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Join Barnes Community Choir

Do you love to sing but can’t read music? Join the Community Choir to sing a wide range of Pop, Gospel, Blues and Zulu music. Open to adults of all ages.

Come and join in the noise on Thursdays 7.30 to 9pm at Lowther Primary School, Stillingfleet Road!

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Mayor’s radical Plan threatens local environment

This spring, the Mayor of London was consulting on a plan that outlines the policy framework to be followed by London boroughs when setting their priorities for development, dealing with Planning Applications, and what needs to be considered.

The London Plan’s one track build, build, build focus is not the solution to the Capital’s housing problems and would mean radical changes to the environment of Richmond and other outer London boroughs - says Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of the Council.

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Cruise for a cause – Fish and Chips on the Thames

Tickets are now on sale for the latest dinner cruise up the Thames in support of the Mayor of Richmond’s charities on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

Tickets are just £25 per person. This includes a fish and chip supper, complimentary drink and cruise along the Thames on the New Southern Belle.

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Toads in the road - BEWARE!

Residents in Church Road in Ham are being asked to keep their eyes open for breeding toads which are now crossing the carriageway.

The toads, which live on Ham Common, make the 100m journey from their habitat to pools on the other side of the road to spawn for about two weeks.

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Residents try joining an orchestra at charity event

Richmond Orchestra teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Research in East Sheen to organise a charity fundraising concert.

Residents were able to try their hand at conducting, joining or requesting a song.

The free four hour day concert, held at Sheen Lane Centre, was opened by Paddington actor Samuel Joslin and raised over £16k.

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Recycling centre available to help you #KeepRichmondClean

As part of the campaign to #KeepRichmondClean, residents are being encouraged to take advantage of Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre and dispose of their waste in a legal and environmentally-friendly way.

The recycling centre processes between forty and sixty tonnes of household waste a day and around 14 tonnes of cardboard waste each week.

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Councillor Speak explains more about Council Tax

Councillor Speak, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, explains more about the 2018/19 Council Tax for Richmond upon Thames, the rates and why Council Tax had to increase.

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Community encouraged to take advantage of crowd funding initiative

If you’re a local resident or community group with environmental projects you would like support for, or are inclined to support these kinds of projects, then a new crowdfunding page could be just for you.

Administered by South West London Environmental Network, the SWLEN Crowdfund will be available for anyone to make a difference to their community.

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Ham and Petersham's Great British Spring Clean

Spring is here, the snow has gone and The Ham and Petersham Association want to get the area clean for spring.

Please come along to Ham Pond at 10am on Saturday 17 March to help litter pick, clean the white fences, clean grafitti and generally get the area tidied after a long winter. Litter pickers and refreshments provided.

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Borough’s businesses asked to ditch plastic straws

Food and drink businesses are being asked to ditch plastic straws to help Richmond upon Thames become the first borough to go plastics free.

In a letter to all pubs, bars, takeaways and restaurants in the borough Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community asked business to join the Council’s ambitious moves to eliminate single-use plastics from the borough.

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Justice served on antisocial resident

A fly-tipper who illegally deposited their household waste on Teddington High Street has been issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice.

The Council would like to remind residents that they must keep their waste within their property, only placing it on the pavement at the front of their address after 8pm the evening prior to collection and before 6am the following morning.

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Bikeshare pilot to begin in Richmond

A pilot to bring dockless bike share to the borough will launch in April.

Advancements in technology means bicycle hire schemes no longer require docking stations, with the technology now built directly into the bikes themselves.

Users of the new system will register on an app and use this to locate the closest bike. Upon payment, they will be given a code to release the bike. They can leave the bike anywhere in the borough when finished.

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Council to cover care leavers Council Tax payments

Richmond Council has agreed to pay the Council Tax for young people leaving care, it was announced at last week’s Council meeting.

Managing budgets can be very challenging for vulnerable young people adjusting to living by themselves. Therefore, Richmond Council plans to relieve some of this pressure by exempting care leavers from having to pay their Council Tax until their 21st birthday.

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Green fingered residents can join Barnes gardening club

Pottering about in the garden in the fresh air is a great way to lift spirits and feel like you have achieved something.

The Castlenau Centre have a blossoming group of people who grow crops on their award-winning community allotment and keep their borders looking pretty.

You don't need to know anything about gardening to join in. All you need to bring is a pair of old shoes.

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Join the Vineyard Centre's Swimathon team

The Vineyard Centre are hoping for a minimum of 8 team members to take part in the Rotary Club Swimathon at Teddington Pools and Fitness Centre on Saturday 24 March.

Each team swims as many 25 metre lengths as possible within an hour. Money raised will go to local charities.

Please let Timi know as soon as possible if you are able to join the Vineyard team, email


Be a part of our eggs-ellent adventure

Children and families are invited to be part of an eggs-ellent adventure and join the Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt in York House Gardens on Sunday 25 March from 2 to 3pm.

The event is in support of the Mayor’s charities, Me Too and Co, Off the Record Twickenham and Cavernoma Alliance UK.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

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Volunteer at Whitton's St George's Day Parade

Whitton Business Association (WBA) are organising another spectacular event to celebrate St George’s Day on 21 April from 10am until 6.30pm on the High Street.

The WBA will be running three stalls to help fund the day and are looking for volunteers to help out.

If you would like to volunteer, email

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Twickenham Riverside redevelopment given thumbs up by Planning Committee

On Wednesday 7 March, the Planning Committee discussed an application to redevelop 1, 1A, 1B and 1C King Street; 2-4 Water Lane; the site of the former swimming pool building at the corner of Water Lane and the Embankment; and river facing parcel of land on the Embankment in front of Diamond Jubilee Gardens, Twickenham.

The Committee heard from speakers both for and against the proposal and, after considering all the representations, it voted in favour of the proposal.

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Art project to improve mental wellbeing gets Civic Pride grant

Art & Soul is arts and wellbeing charity that uses creative activity to improve wellbeing in the community. They deliver weekly arts and wellbeing programmes for adults with mental wellbeing challenges at a number of venues including Orleans House Gallery.

Thanks to a £4,990 grant from Richmond Council, Art & Soul will recruit 12 new adult participants, ten children and young people and five families for the charity’s 2018 programme Kaleidoscope.

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Council Tax rise agreed to protect key local services

In order to maintain the quality of services that residents have told us are important to them, Council Tax must increase.

At the full Council meeting, members agreed proposals to accept a further 2% Government precept for social care as well as a 1.99% increase in Richmond’s element of the Council Tax.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017