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Thumbs up for improvement work at two local schools

Twickenham Academy and Hampton High schools, under the leadership of a local Trust have been praised by the Department for Education.

According to separate reports from the Regional School’s Commissioners Office, both made huge strides since joining the Richmond West School Trust.

Last September, Waldegrave and Teddington schools established a local Multi-Academy Trust to assist these schools that required improvement.

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Waitrose Richmond Supporting Embracing Age

This month Waitrose Richmond has selected Embracing Age as one of the local charities to benefit from the green tokens.

Embracing Age is a charity that seeks to improve the quality of life of care home residents.

If you shop at Waitrose Richmond ask for your tokens and support Embracing Age.

Volunteering opportunities are available.

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Kilmorey Mausoleum Spring Open Day

Join Environment Trust for a Spring open day at Kilmorey Mausoleum on Sunday 26 March from 12 noon to 3pm.

The visit will offer a chance to learn about a local historic gem which is rarely open to the public.

The Kilmorey story will be brought to life by their knowledgeable team of volunteers.

Entry is free. Donations are welcomed.

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Broaden your digital horizons during Be Online Fortnight 2017

Need a confidence boost in buying or selling on eBay? Want to know more about online storage? Feel like branching out into social media via Facebook or Twitter?

As part of Be Online Fortnight, free taster sessions are taking place at the Information and Reference Library.

The sessions will take place from 27 February to 11 March. Booking is essential.

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Your vision, your Hampton and Hampton Hill

Unprecedented numbers of residents in Hampton and Hampton Hill have got involved in Richmond Council’s innovative Village Planning project and have worked in partnership with the Council to create a future vision for their area.

After five drop-in events; four questionnaires and three walkabouts attended by large numbers of residents from both areas throughout 2016, Hampton and Hampton Hill’s Village Plans have now been published online.

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Calling all photographers!

Orleans House Gallery is seeking photographic portraits for an exhibition. There is only 3 weeks to go until the deadline to open.

They are looking for photographic portraits of people in a variety of styles. The deadline for submissions is 27 February.

A Personal Portrait exhibition will run at the Riverside Gallery in Richmond from 8 April to 13 May.

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Don't be alarmed by bogus callers – get free security devices and advice today!

Free doorstop security devices are available to prevent elderly residents from becoming victims of bogus tradespeople and cold callers.

This has been made possible from collaboration between Age UK Richmond, the Council’s Trading Standards Team and the Safer Richmond Partnership.

The doorstop packs contain anti-cold caller door stickers and details of how to have security devices fitted at no charge.

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North Teddington controlled parking zone to launch

Last year, the Council consulted residents:

  • To increase the hours of the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Waldegrave Road
  • To introduce a new CPZ in a number of roads north of this CPZ

The feedback showed support for both proposals.

The Council has reviewed information received from residents and determined there is sufficient support to move forward with the changes.

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Have the thyme of your life at an exhibition dedicated to botanical art

An exhibition which celebrates contemporary botanical art and illustration opens at the Riverside Gallery on Saturday 25 February.

‘Botanical Beauty’ will bring together the work of artists, illustrators, photographers and textile artists from across the country.

The free exhibition is varied and includes work on exotic flowers, plants, fruits and trees to studies of the simple carrot, onion and spud.

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Safer Internet Day

Parents across Richmond upon Thames are being urged to pay attention to online safety as part of a campaign which aims to protect children from online grooming.

Tuesday 7 February 2017 is ‘Safer Internet Day’.

The aim of this day is to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially for children and young people.

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Spring into life this April and get down to North Sheen Rec's brand new outdoor gym!

A £15,000 outdoor gym will be installed in North Sheen Recreation Ground.

Partnership work between Richmond Council and local Friends Groups made this possible.

The London Marathon Trust also made a generous donation.

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Valentine's Day at SW14

Come Dine With Us - Great Eating Out Choices in East Sheen & Mortlake.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we take a look at some great East Sheen & Mortlake choices for dinner with your special someone.

From American to Swedish, traditional to contemporary, there are plenty of delicious reasons to come and dine in SW14!

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Lidl school . . . for Lidl people

Planning permission has now been granted for an East Twickenham home for Deer Park School.

This will be part of a new mixed development which also includes a Lidl supermarket.

From 2018/19 academic year, the school will occupy the first and second floor of the development. At capacity (in 2024/25 academic year) there will be room for 420 pupils.

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Valentine's Card-making pop-up workshop

Who needs flowers and chocolates? Make your loved one a present 'from the heart' this year by creating a unique valentine's card at our pop up card making workshop on Thursday 9 February.

This free event takes place from 12 to 2.30pm outside the Gallery Shop at Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2RE.

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Get ready, get set for World Book Day!

Thursday 2 March is World Book Day (WBD) and this year, 2017, marks the twentieth anniversary of this annual celebration of authors, illustrators, reading, fancy dress and fantastic fun.

Children love dressing up for World Book Day and just a little bit of planning goes a long way. There are plenty of options to choose from.

So, get your thinking hats on, to ensure you get those outfits on point for World Book Day.

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GoodGym go litter picking

This week, GoodGym runners helped to clean Richmond Green and the riverside.

During their run, the team headed along the riverside to clean up anything they found along the way.

GoodGym are always looking for new tasks to carry out on their weekly run.

Please contact GoodGym Richmond if you are looking for a helping hand on 020 3432 3920.

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Richmond’s Music and Drama Festival 2017 – it’s back and bigger than ever!

This 3 week festival of events begins on Monday 13 March and will feature a wealth of musical talents that exist in Richmond.

The special opening launch event will take place on Sunday 12 March at 3pm at The Stoop Rugby Ground.

This will include performances from local, national and international artists, including the London Conchord Ensemble.

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If you go down to Ham Common today you’re in for a big surprise

Over the next 4 weeks breeding toads will be taking their annual 100m trip from their habitat in Ham Common to spawn.

The short stretch between Ham Gate Avenue and the entrance of Wilmer House in Church Road will be closed.

The closure will begin on Friday 3 March from 10am and will run until Friday 31 March.

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Heavy court costs and fines rock the boat of illegal houseboat owner

Judges ended the legal voyage of a man who illegally moored his houseboat in Richmond. He must pay thousands towards court costs on top of a £200 fine.

The Council campaigned on behalf of residents and riverside communities to have greater powers to clamp down on unauthorised mooring.

After four years of work the bye-laws were introduced in March 2015.

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Staff and students at Richmond upon Thames College start the conversation for Time to Talk Day

On Thursday 2 February, staff and students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) started the conversation about mental health for Time to Talk Day.

Time to Talk Day aims to encourage everyone to take part in activities to support those with mental health problems.

There are several facilities at RuTC for those wishing to discuss the topic of mental health.

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Updated: 14 August 2015