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Mayor’s policing proposals must result in more frontline policing in Richmond!

Last week, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a public consultation on plans to reduce the number of police front counters in London in order to put an additional £10 million – equivalent to the cost of 170 police constables - into frontline policing in London’s communities.

Locally, this will result in the closure of the Teddington and Richmond (Sovereign Gate) counters. However, the main 24 hour desk in Twickenham will be retained.

New Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Mark Boyle, met with local police to discuss the proposals. 

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Free online support helps to make every contact count

The ‘Making Every Contact Count’ programme is our new online initiative that has been designed to help local groups, organisations or charities best help their clients or those they represent.

The courses cover a range of topics including addressing loneliness and isolation, accessing new technologies and supporting winter warmth.

These online courses are free and easy to access, with no pre-booking required!

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Civic Pride helps Kew Gardens Station to be blooming marvellous

Newly planted flowerbeds at Kew Gardens Station have been officially unveiled.

The project, which has taken two years to complete, is a unique collaboration between the Kew Society, TfL, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), Energy Garden and Richmond Council.

We awarded the project a £3k grant from the Civic Pride Fund in recognition of the community commitment and collaborative working required to make this very public space more attractive.

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Take a free guided walk through Richmond Park

Friends of Richmond Park are organising a free guided walk through the park on Saturday 5 August.

The walk will begin at 10am at Richmond Park and will finish around midday at Kingston Gate Car Park. Everyone is invited to join and welcome to bring their pets as well!

If you need help or support, contact Ian McKenzie on 020 8943 0632 or consult the Park notice boards.

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Have your say on future of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill

Residents of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill have been consulted over the last 12 months on plans to develop draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) for their areas.

These documents contain the vision for the area and planning guidance that when considering development proposals or making planning applications in these areas.

We are now inviting residents to review the draft SPDs and give their views before these are formally adopted later this year.

The deadline to have your say on the proposed plans is Friday 28 July 2017.

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Keep the kids happy this summer

It's the phrase that every parent dreads hearing over the long summer holidays - I'm bored.

But with free app Club Hub it has never been easier to banish those summer blues.

A mobile app and web search engine that allows you to search for children's clubs in your area using only your postcode. No sign up is required, and there are no fees to pay.

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Kew Village Market

Fancy trying something new that will tickle your tastebuds? Come on down to Kew Village Market on Sunday 6 August. There will be a colourful selection of stalls selling their finest freshest food.  

This market is run completely by volunteers and all operating profits are donated to local good causes.

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Family Fun Day in aid of Grenfell Tower

A Family Fun Day is being held at Twickenham RFC from 12 noon to 10pm on Saturday 29 July 2017, to raise funds for all those affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower Fire.

The free event will include a huge range of activities and live performances throughout the day, as well as a a live DJ to really liven up the evening with a big party atmosphere!

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Richmond's first ever Asian Festival

A unique Asian Wellness and Vegan Festival is coming to Richmond.

There will be all-day Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as stalls, Asian vegan food, cookery demos, art workshops, Bollywood dancing and lots more.

The festival takes place on Saturday 29 July from 10.30am to 5pm at Richmond Adult Community College. Ticket prices start from £3, with free entry for children. 

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Dignity in Care deadline looms

The deadline for the local Dignity in Care Awards, which celebrate excellence across the care sector, is only days away – 28 July 2017.

The awards aim to promote and recognise the very best in care and support and promote dignity in care whatever the service provided. 

Make sure to submit your nomination before the deadline!

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Rain doesn’t stop WW1 commemoration dance

Despite the rain, residents turned out to view a number of pop-up-dance performances this weekend celebrating the history of the Belgian refugees who lived and worked in Richmond upon Thames during the First World War.

The performance was inspired by the unique stories of the Belgian refugees who, having been displaced from their country by invading German forces at the beginning of the First World War, eventually settled across East Twickenham and St Margarets.

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Jul 28
Ham Library, Ham Street, TW10 7HR
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10am - 5pm
Jul 29
Richmond Adult Community College
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10am until 2pm
Aug 6
Station Parade, Kew, TW9 3PZ
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10am - 3pm
Aug 6
41 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3SY
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Aug 9
Puppet Theatre Barge Opposite 87 Petersham Road, TW10 6UT
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Aug 9
Puppet Theatre Barge, opp 87 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UT
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Aug 10
Friends of Barnes Common Vine Road Recreation Ground London - SW13 0JZ
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Tea and bubbles with the Mayor

Over 40 guests, including fellow Mayors from across London, attended the new Mayor’s first charity event on Monday 24 July.

All enjoyed a special afternoon tea on the Terrace at York House and took part in a tour of the building, gardens and famous Naked Lady fountains with guides from the York House Society.

All the money raised will go to the Mayor’s nominated charities, which are Off the Record, Me Too and Co and Cavernoma Alliance UK.

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Have you booked your play beach sessions for this August?

Come and have fun at the beach with the team from Brilliant Play at Teddington Sports Centre.

Sessions will feature arts, crafts, games and more suitable for toddlers and upwards. They cost £2 per child and can be booked online.

To book, visit the link below and click 'Special events'.

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Advanced warning of roadworks on Queen's Road, Richmond

Queens Road in Richmond will be closed from 9.30am on Friday 4 August until 6pm on Sunday 20 August, due to gas main replacement works.

The road will be closed between Star & Garter Hill and Stafford Place. In addition our Highways Department will be continuing their refurbishment works at Star & Garter Hill.

Diversions will be in place.


Please help us give trees a helping hand

We have recently planted a number of new street trees across the borough, and while these trees are being monitored and watered by our appointed tree contractor, they would greatly benefit from any extra watering that residents may be able to provide!

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Take a tour of Twickenham police station at open day

The Twickenham Police Station Open Day is just around the corner and it's your chance to get a behind the scenes glimpse at how the service operates.

Visitors will get the chance to meet some of the force's canine friends, attend a number of demonstrations including crime scene investigations and finger printing, or take a look at the vintage police cars on show.

The event takes place on Sunday 6 August from 10am to 3pm.

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Mush app prevents loneliness

Mush was born when Katie and Sarah struck up conversation in a rainy London playground, both with two small children. They realised that all mums should have access to a free and fun way to make friends nearby in the same boat.

This led to the app Mush being launched in May 2016 on which mums can organise events, meet new friends and prevent post-pregnancy loneliness. 

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Be a young ‘Archive Explorer’ this summer

A five day course organised by the Local Studies Library and Archive, Archive Explorers is an adventure through the borough’s exciting past for 9 to 14 year olds.

From 25 to 29 July, youngsters are invited to join the Archive Explorers and become a detective, hunting for clues to uncover the secrets of the borough, and bringing them to life through a range of fun activities.

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Healthwatch Richmond Grassroots Engagement Fund

The Healthwatch Richmond Grassroots Engagement Fund is continuing for another year.

We are offering this opportunity to more organisations and groups to run fun and engaging one-off activities or events and put more people in contact with the NHS. If you've got an idea for activities or events that would be enjoyable to local people then apply now.

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Council welcomes schools funding announcement

This week the Government Education Secretary announced an additional £1.3bn for schools funding would be provided over the next two years.

Justine Greening MP also announced plans for a new national funding formula aimed at maintaining overall ‘real term’ per pupil funding for the next two years. This includes new minimum secondary school funding of £4,800 per student.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017