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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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Life Drawing at Orleans House Gallery

Come along to Orleans House Gallery and make the most of your creative skills.

Draw from a life model under the guidance of an artist and learn the simple and effective techniques to develop and enhance your drawings.

All abilities welcome. 

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Prolific flytipper receives suspended prison sentence and community service

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.

He will have to carry out community service following enforcement action by Richmond Council.

This was made possible from the dedicated work of Richmond Council’s enforcement team working with officers from Spelthorne Council.

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Have your say on future of local health services

Richmond residents are invited to a Health and Care Forum to have their say on the future of local health services.

All parts of the local NHS have worked together with the Council on a plan that aims to make services sustainable for the long term.

The forum is on Thursday 2 March from 6 to 9pm at Clarendon Hall.

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Brush up your skills with an art workshop at Orleans House Gallery

Keen artists can pick up a brush or pencil and take part in a series of courses this spring as part of Orlean House Gallery's 2017 programme.

Courses including a range of techniques including life drawing and creative writing.

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February Fools Celebrity Cricket Match

David Adams Leukaemia Appeal Fund invite you to February Fools Celebrity Cricket Match on Sunday 26 February.

This free event takes place at Teddington Cricket Club on Cobblers Walk, Bushy Park, Teddington TW11 0EA from 12 noon.

There will be a grand raffle, bottle hoopla, book stall, tasty cupcakes and a licensed bar and all proceeds from the Grand Raffle and from the day go to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

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Creative Writing: Painting to Paper at Orleans House Gallery

Develop your creative writing and learn how to generate inspiration from poetry, gallery exhibitions and even the world around at upcoming creative writing sessions.

These three sessions will focus on developing a creative dialogue between the writer and the art work, based on a series of writing exercises and responses to the exhibition.

The sessions are delivered in partnership with London poet, Agnieszka Studzinska.

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Heathrow expansion: help challenge Government on reduced noise respite

A proposal to halve the length of aircraft noise respite periods for more than a million homes under Heathrow’s flight paths.

This is among the key concerns councillors have raised with the Government’s third runway plan.

A consultation on the airport’s expansion was announced last week.

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Mayor of London accused of hiding real increase in Council Tax precept

The Mayor of London has been accused of hiding the real increase in his Council Tax precept - costing Richmond residents around £700k.

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, demands Sadiq Khan ‘come clean’.

Lord True urges Mr Khan to admit the proposed 1.46% increase in the Greater London Authority Council Tax contribution is in fact a rise of 4.3%.

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Climbing to the Summit for Twickenham Charity

Jon McPherson, 47 has lived with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s for 7 years.

Integrated Neurological Services (INS) is a charity providing long-term support to people with a neurological condition.

Jon says, and has decided to “conquer the top of Bennachie [a range of hills in Aberdeenshire] because INS is a great charity that has supported me”.

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Free tickets to Music and Drama Festival opening event

Join us at the Music and Drama Festival 2017 launch event which will showcase performances curated especially for the festival.

It will feature:

  • Richmond's Chamber Choir Cantanti Camerati
  • A musical extract from Philip Glass & Robert Moran's opera The Juniper Tree
  • A finale performance from the internationally renowned London Conchord Ensemble

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

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Tuesday 21 February 2017
Barnes Green Centre, Church Road SW13 9HE
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Wednesday 22 February 2017
The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, Richmond, TW9 4DU
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7 to 9pm
Saturday 25 February 2017
Priory Park Tennis Club, Riverside, end of Forest Road, Kew. TW9 3BZ
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Tuesday 28 February 2017
The Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4SX
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Tuesday 28 February 2017
Barnes Green Centre, Church Road SW13 9HE
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Friday 3 March 2017
Castelnau Community Centre, Stillingfleet Road, SW13 9AQ
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Saturday 4 March 2017
Ham Common Pond
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Sunday 5 March 2017
The Visitor Centre Richmond Park
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Businesses asked to help inform residents on home fire rules

In a bid to combat local air pollution levels, local businesses are reminding their customers that the Borough is in a Smoke Control Area.

Over the past few months, air pollution in London has peaked.

One of the main contributors is the extra cold weather, combined with traffic pollution and air pollution from wood burning.

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Report a pothole - don't ignore

This year, Richmond Council has put aside more than £3.7m* to repair roads and pavements in the Borough.

Whilst a lot of this funding will go towards scheduled maintenance and repair work, some of the funding is used to deal with urgent issues when they are reported.

Residents can report potholes online.

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Great Masters of Landscape Painting at Orleans House Gallery

This series of five lectures, delivered in partnership with Mariska Beekenkamp-Waldimiroff of Art Historical London, focuses on the art of landscape painting.

They cover a range of topics from its first appearance during the Golden Age of Dutch Art to Modern interpretations.

The series starts on Tuesday 21 February.

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Hunt for teachers for new exciting secondary school begins

The Headteacher and trustees for The Richmond upon Thames School have begun the hunt for the new school’s senior teaching staff.

The Richmond upon Thames School will open in September 2017 and will be for 11 to 16 year olds.

It will be co-educational, non-selective and non-faith based and admit five forms of entry (150 children) per year.

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Leaky defence leads to prosecution

A building contractor who dug a trench through a public pavement so he could hack into a water pipe to increase the water pressure has been prosecuted by Richmond Council.

The filled-in trench led straight to his customer’s front door in Buckingham Road, Hampton and was spotted by a Richmond Council enforcement officer during a routine inspection in August last year.

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RichDance 2017 – get your tickets now!

The box office is now open for the annual and explosive RichDance events, which never fails to entertain. It’s packed with prodigious talent and choreography.

It’s back and bigger than ever with this year’s programme filled with young talent, dance companies, movers, shakers and dance tips and tricks from those who know best. 

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A whole litter loving in Richmond

A litter bit of loving goes a long way, especially the night before Valentine’s.

This week, GoodGym has been charging around the Green collecting litter. Along the river front, down the A316, over the footbridge and ending in the Old Deer car park.

A performance that even the Wombles would be happy with.

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Age UK Richmond - Free Doorstep Safety devices

Age UK Richmond are working with the Safer Neighbourhood Team and Trading Standards to help keep you safer from doorstep crime.

They are offering a free Doorstep Safety Pack and free supply and fitting of:

  • Security chains
  • Letter box visors
  • Spyholes (wooden doors only)
  • Door mirrors

Please phone the Age UK Richmond Handyperson Service on 020 8876 0620 to enquire.

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NHS in Richmond is calling for your views on IVF and ICSI services

NHS Richmond has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).

The consultation will run until Tuesday 4 April.

A public meeting to discuss these proposals will be held on Monday 27 February from 7.15 to 9pm in York House, Twickenham, TW1 3AA.

Please register for the event by emailing

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Updated: 14 August 2015