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GoodGym run to the Vineyard Community Centre

For this week's run, GoodGym Richmond made their way to the Vineyard Community Centre.

The Vineyard Community Centre helps to meet the needs of those who are in a crisis or homeless.

When they arrived, they helped sort through clothes donations for the Vineyard Community Centre's drop in session.

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Crime reporting tool launched in Richmond

A crime reporting tool that will make known criminals 'think twice' has been launched in Richmond Town Centre.

South Richmond Local Policing team secured funding for this from the Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Board, TrueCall and the Richmond Parish Lands Charity.

The ‘Facewatch’ app allows businesses to upload images of suspected shoplifters that can be seen by shoppers and other businesses.

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Ham and Petersham neighbourhood forum consultation

Over the last 3 years Ham and Petersham neighbourhood forum have worked to consult with the local community and have prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan.

The consultation period runs for 6 weeks from 30 January until 10 March 2017.

A summary of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan has been published in the February 2017 edition of the Ham and Petersham Community Magazine.

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Human rights defence sunk at unauthorised boat mooring appeal

The owner of a boat who attempted to use his human rights as a defence for flouting bye-laws.

The Council fought to be introduced was harboured by the High Court on Friday.

Richmond Council was delighted by the Court’s decision to dismiss Christopher Akerman’s appeal and uphold his convictions at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in February last year following Council enforcement action.

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The window into the future of Orleans House Gallery

Another rare find has been uncovered at Orleans House Gallery as the £3.6million restoration project reaches the half-way point.

An original 18th century window frame hidden away in the gallery’s octagon room has been unearthed this week as refurbishment works are underway.

No stranger to rare archaeological finds an 18th century brick drain was also discovered shortly after the restoration project began in July last year.

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Donate to the Barnes FiSH bus appeal

Accessible transport is one of the services which FiSH provide for elderly and vulnerable people who live in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen.

One of the buses is now due for replacement - at a cost of £30,000.

The aim of the Barnes Community Association FiSH Bus Appeal is to raise the funds before the new bus arrives at the end of March.

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Fancy kick starting your weekend with a run and a coffee?

Why not take part in the Richmond parkrun?

This free 5k timed run takes place in Richmond Park on Saturday at 9am. All are welcome, but runners must ensure they register before their first run.

Come along and join in, whatever your pace. After completing the run, stroll along to Pembroke Lodge for your caffeine fix.

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Volunteers needed for Ham and Petersham SOS

Ham and Petersham SOS is a local charity that provides activities, outings and transport to local less mobile residents.

They are looking for volunteers to help provide these services.

If you drive and have an hour or two to spare, they would like to hear from you.

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Hammersmith Bridge closure

Hammersmith Bridge is closed from 7am on Saturday 11 February to 5am on Monday 20 February for essential maintenance.

During the works, motorists will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge.

Footpaths on the bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Cyclists will need to dismount and walk across, or use alternative routes.

For any enquiries on the repair works, contact Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s transport team at 

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SPEAR receives £1 million of government funding to help rough sleepers in SW London

SPEAR are delighted to announce this funding which will be awarded over the next two years to find new solutions to prevent homelessness.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Rough Sleeper grants awarded this to SPEAR.

It will enable SPEAR to increase its rough sleeping outreach and accommodation offering in the five selected SW London boroughs.

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Choose your perfect Valentine's Day gift courtesy of the Richmond Card

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and a treasure trove of romantic gifts are on offer through the Richmond Card.

Give the local economy a boost and pick up a discount Valentine’s Day gift exclusive to Richmond Card holders.

There’s a range of special presents from health and beauty, dining in the Borough and fun activities for couples to do.

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Sign up today for a course at Richmond Carers Centre

Richmond Carers Centre are holding another 3 week Introduction to using your laptop course.

This will be followed by some workshops focusing on physical and mental health and wellbeing.

There will also be a course in back care and 2 courses detailing how you can use homeopathy for managing stress and for getting a better night's sleep.

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"Heathrow consultation is a farce" says Lord True

The Government opted to expand Heathrow rather than Gatwick last year, six years after the coalition government scrapped the idea.

Over the past 14 years, Richmond, Hillingdon and Wandsworth councils have said that the legal, political and environmental barriers for expansion are insurmountable. Gatwick is the only airport suitable for expanding.

The consultation will run for approximately 16 weeks.

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Let your child make a splash over the Half Term Holiday

Intensive swimming classes are taking place throughout the half term holiday. They're for children and young people of all ages at Richmond Council’s Feel Good Swim School.

The classes cater for children of all abilities and take place from Monday 13 to Friday 17 February at the Council’s Pools on the Park Centre at Old Deer Park in Richmond.

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Who you gonna call? Coldbusters

With the mercury levels plunging to below freezing. Richmond Council is reminding residents that grants for heating systems and insulation remain available.

Coldbusters is a Richmond Council scheme which offers residents, who may struggle financially to heat their homes, funding to do so.

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Volunteer with Age UK

Age UK Richmond upon Thames are currently looking for volunteers.

They are looking for people who have experience with giving information and advice, and those who enjoy DIY and socialising.

If you have a few hours a week to spare, and are passionate about the work that Age UK do. Then they would like to hear from you. A DBS check may be required for some roles.

For more information, contact Jackie on 020 8878 3451 or

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Feel the love at the Valentine Fayre in Church Street, Twickenham on Saturday 11 February

The Church Street Association welcomes you to join in the celebrations and come along to the Valentine Fayre.

There will be stalls with all kinds of gifts, cakes, street food and also live entertainment.

There may also be a gift from the Saint Valentine of Church Street!

This event runs from midday until 6pm.

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Attend a free gig against Climate Change in East Sheen

Come and hear original songs from talented singer and songwriter Lew Ajegbo.

There will also be a short talk on climate change from Friends of the Earth speaker Vicky Phillips.

This event takes place on Thursday 23 February from 7 to 11pm at Barnes Home Guard Club, 76a Richmond Park Road, East Sheen SW14 8LA.

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Photography Exhibition at Richmond Adult Community College

Mum of three, Julie, recently signed up to Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) to take part in a Photography course which she attends every Wednesday.

As part of this course, students were asked to display their work.

An exhibition of the photography course students work can be seen in RACC in the hallway of the college.

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Prolific flytipper faces prison

An environmental menace who ran an illegal waste management business by flytipping rubbish across the borough and surrounding area has been brought to justice.

Ryan Smith collected waste for payment and dodged disposal costs by flytipping rubbish he collected from commercial businesses in Twickenham, Staines and Redbridge in 2015.

Thanks to the dedicated work of Richmond Council’s enforcement team and help from Spelthorne Council officers. Mr. Smith from Staines pleaded guilty to a catalogue of offences at Guildford Crown Court last Monday.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017