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National art competition coming to Richmond upon Thames

A national art competition looking for the most contemporary British painting will be coming to three local art galleries this summer.

The ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’ will be holding an exhibition in the Stables Gallery between 24 August and 22 October featuring 3 paintings from each of the 12 finalists.

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Deadline looms to apply for a free ‘better boiler’

There are just over three weeks left for local home owners who are on benefits to apply for a London-wide scheme that could see their home energy bills reduced by installing a new, free boiler.

Residents who have inefficient or broken boilers have until 31 August to apply for the Mayor of London’s £1m Better Boilers scheme.

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Fire safety information this summer

Over the next few weeks, local firefighters will be bringing a fire engine and visiting libraries in Teddington, Richmond and Whitton, to host fire safety information stands.

Residents can speak to the crew about the work of firefighters, the importance of having a smoke alarm at home, and pick up tips about making sure that your property is protected from fire.

  • Teddington Library – 15 August from 2 to 5pm
  • Richmond Library – 19 August from 2 to 4pm
  • Whitton Library – 21 August from 2 to 5pm

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GoodGym take on Richmond Hill

GoodGym headed over to the Vineyard Centre this week to help get ready for some summer refurbishment.

The group of local runners started off with a run up Richmond Hill, then arrived at the centre for an evening of stock taking, merchandising and recycling.

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You’re hired! Jobs available for young people aged 16 and over

Aged 16 and over and looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship in Richmond upon Thames or Kingston? Way2Work has a number of local opportunities.

Way2Work is an apprenticeship training provider run by Achieving for Children on behalf of Richmond and Kingston Councils. 

Current opportunities include traineeships at the Museum of Richmond and apprenticeships at a number of local schools or nurseries.

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See The Good Old Boys live on stage

Come and spend the evening with the The Good Old Boys at Eel Pie Club.

The band have played with, or alongside, Deep Purple, BB King, Paul McCartney, Simple Minds, and The Strawbs, among many others!

Don't miss out on seeing them live on Thursday 10 August from 8.30pm. 

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Watch your drink and your friends this summer

Richmond Council and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are joining a London Ambulance campaign to encourage people to watch what they drink this summer.

Residents are also encouraged to look after their friends when out drinking, so they don't end their night in the back of an ambulance.

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Donate for Christmas lights in Barnes

Richmond Council will be giving £2,750 to fund Barnes Christmas Lights this year and this will be joined by £1,000 from the Barnes Community Association (BCA). However it costs £7,500 to install, take down and store the lights. The BCA is working with local retailers to try to raise money to cover the shortfall.

If you would like to chip in you can donate online or you can text XLTS17 £10 to 70070 to give ten pounds.

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Funding awarded for local stroke club support

A local club aimed at supporting victims of strokes and their families, has received funding from Richmond Council.

The South West London Stroke Club - Moving On aims to provide the opportunity for stroke survivors to meet in an informal atmosphere to share ideas, swap information, enjoy the company and support each other.

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Changes to South West train services

Between 5 and 28 August inclusive, fewer South West Trains services will run while work starts to extend platforms at London Waterloo.

This will affect those travelling to and from a number of stations in the borough.

Timetables for this period are available now.

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Police body cameras to be rolled out in Richmond

The Body Worn Video (BWV) will be issued to around 250 frontline police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in the borough, with additional cameras being made available for specialist departments.

The cameras have already been credited with delivering speedier justice for victims particularly in cases of domestic abuse.

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Are you planning an event or looking to hire a room?

Twickenham Training Centre has seven rooms with versatile environments that can offer spaces for 2 to 100 delegates.

If you are planning a team celebration, an away day, a board meeting, or need an assessment centre, this could be the venue for you.

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The Britain in Bloom judges are back in town!

Richmond upon Thames is again representing London in the annual Royal Horticultural Society ‘Britain in Bloom’ awards as a finalist in the ‘City’ category competing against Islington and Tower Hamlets.

Judges visited the borough looking at highlights including York House Gardens, Richmond Riverside, Strawberry Hill House, Terrace Gardens and the recently upgraded Barnes Green.

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Try beach tennis at free taster sessions

Teddington Sports Centre are offering a free taster session of beach tennis on Wednesday 23 August.

The minimum age for participants is 9 years old, but all abilities are welcome.

The session takes place at Sand Courts from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

To register your place, telephone the centre on 020 3772 2999.


Take a walk with the Richmond Ramblers

The Richmond Ramblers have organised a walk via Wimbledon Common and Cannizaro Park on Sunday 13 August.

Walkers will stop for a cafe/picnic lunch at Windmill Tearooms and then the walk will continue via Richmond Park to Thames riverside. There is also a possible tea stop at Pembroke Lodge.

The walk starts from Wimbledon Station at 10.35am and is free for all to participate, so don't miss out!

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Marble Hill House wins £4 million grant

A £4.8 million grant has been awarded to English Heritage to restore and open Marble Hill House to the public for free. The 18th century gardens will also be renovated for future generations to enjoy.

Facilities in the grounds of the house will also be developed, including the installation of a new play area for children, and a women's changing room at the adjoining sports centre which offers cricket, rugby and football grounds.

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How Barnes is saving British high streets

When the campaign team for Save the High Street were searching for somewhere to pilot an innovative new scheme to reboot local high streets, Barnes came top of the list. Now 20 retailers across Barnes are helping them develop a strategy that will be rolled out nationwide.

The campaign, which is funded by big names in the retail world, aims to address the lack of evolution and innovation in the British High Street.

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Get pedalling to help a street child

Local fundraisers who are not able to participate in the borough's charity cycle ride from Fontainebleau to Twickenham Riverside this autumn, can still help raise money by taking part in ‘Ride40Minutes'.

StreetInvest are asking local residents to get on a gym bike and cycle for just 40 minutes. There is a prize for those who cover the furthest distance.

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Drop-in IT taster sessions – get online now!

Need help using your iPad, tablet or smartphone? Bring it along to one of our drop-in IT taster sessions at Richmond library.

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you make the most of your gadgets.

Sessions are free, and no booking is required. For further information phone 020 8734 3308.

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Take a leisurely walk in the Chilterns

On Saturday 5 August, the Richmond Ramblers will be holding a leisurely walk in the Chilterns. 

The group organise regular walks led by local experts – a great way to get outside, make new friends and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness.

The walk starts at 10.25am from Chorleywood Station.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017