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Friendship takes centre stage in heart-warming tale for 3 to 6 year olds

The Girl and The Giraffe, an uplifting show about friendship and wellbeing is coming to Barnes. This is suitable for children aged 3-6 and their families.

The curtain rises at the OSO Arts Centre on Sunday March 26 at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Tickets are £6 (under 3 years free) and bookable by phoning 020 8831 6000 or 020 8876 9885.

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Free men's health event

Age UK are hosting this event for men over 50 and offering health checks, nutritional advice and ways to build physical and mental wellbeing.

This is on Friday 31 March from 10am until 12 noon at Strawberry Hill Golf Club. There will be a guest speaker and refreshments provided.

Booking is essential. Please email or phone 020 8744 1965.

Let's talk crime

What matters most to children and young people when it comes to community safety was explored at a Youth Crime Conference on Thursday.

Achieving for Children’s Youth Service provided this opportunity to schools and Year 9 pupils.

They were able to discuss and participate in workshops designed to explore the consequences of crime, wellbeing and safety.

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Building works underway on exciting new Secondary School

Construction work is now well underway on the exciting new secondary school opening in Twickenham this autumn.

The Richmond upon Thames School Trust is establishing this as part of the Richmond upon Thames College’s redevelopment on Egerton Road. The school will open in September 2017.

The school building is being built as part of the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus

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Afternoon tea with Ham and Petersham SOS

Spring and sunshine has arrived and so is the perfect time for enjoying a piece of cake in the sun!

Ham & Petersham SOS invites all Richmond residents to their festive 'Easter Afternoon Tea'.

This takes place on 7 April at the Woodville Day Centre.

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All aboard Richmond Council's play improvements consultation

A play train is amongst a range of play and fitness equipment that the Council is proposing to install. It could make its last stop at Mortlake Green.

The Council is encouraging residents to have their say on proposed improvement plans.

This is part of a consultation that was launched on 10 March and will run through until 26 March.

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Hundreds get inspired in the world of work

Nearly 1,000 young people from across Richmond and Kingston schools and colleges attended an exciting careers fair on Wednesday 8 March.

This is the 3rd year the popular event has been held and has been organised again by Achieving for Children for young people aged 15-24.

The local students who attended the event had the opportunity to meet 70 exhibitors.

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Love your food but hate your waste

Have your say on a Council consultation which is seeking residents’ views on food waste.

The consultation is aimed at exploring the barriers of recycling food waste in residential homes. This will help the service perform more efficiently and effectively and to assist residents in recycling more.

The consultation deadline is on Wednesday 12 April.

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Richmond RUNFEST hit 1 million charity target!

Richmond RUNFEST announced they have raised over £1 million for charity in only 4 years of running.

In 2016, this included 27 partner charities. This year it will be in a new weekend format.

On Saturday 16 September, the new Kew Gardens 10k will take place and on Sunday 17 September there will be the Richmond half and full marathon.

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The Great European Council

In November 2017, the great European Council will take place on the occasion of the 2nd Constance Council Award. It aims to bring people together from Konstanz and its 4 European twin cities – including Richmond.

The Richmond in Europe Association are looking for people aged 18-25 to act as ambassadors for Richmond and attend the Council.

Flights and accommodation will be covered by Konstanz Council.

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GoodGym practice their gardening skills

For their run this week, GoodGym Richmond had a gardening task at Thomson House Primary School in Mortlake.

It was a straight and fast run from Richmond to Mortlake before they began their task of the night.

Once they arrived, they swept up any loose bark and litter to help maintain the playground as a safe place to play.

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Spring is in the air at Manor Circus roundabout

Manor Circus roundabout has had a spruce-up and is ready for Spring thanks to partnership work between Richmond Council and Transport for London (TfL).

Local Ward Councillors teamed up to prompt TfL to carry out a much needed clear up of the roundabout on the A316.

Overgrown vegetation was recently removed from the TfL-owned roundabout and crumbling brickwork was repaired.

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Curtain comes up on 2017 Music and Drama Festival

A star-studded event marked the start of the 2017 Music and Drama Festival on Sunday.

It was a preview of the wealth of musical and dramatic talent in the borough. Many of the performers will also appear as part of the wider festival.

The curtain is up for the festival which runs for 3 weeks across venues within the borough.

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Students get a Taste of Apprenticeships at RuTC

On Wednesday 8 March, current and potential students attended an apprenticeship taster session at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC). This was to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2017.

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week theme focussed on a ladder of opportunity.

The prospective RuTC apprentices had the chance to meet with the college's teachers and take part in a CV skills workshop.

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St George's Day Parade

Richmond upon Thames District Scouts are holding a St George’s Day Service and Parade on Sunday 23 April 2017.

They are meeting at Richmond College at 10.45am for a service at 11am in the Sports Hall.

After the Service they will be marching from the College through Twickenham and back to the College. Everyone is invited to join.

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Council disappointed in smaller share of social care funding

Richmond Council will only receive £1.2m from the Government’s £2bn extra social care budget.

Richmond Council discovered that from the £316m London funding ‘pot’, it has been allocated £1.2m.

This compares with the average London borough receiving £10m (highest £14m) and neighbouring Kingston receiving around £3m.

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Feel Good about Fitness - join now, no contract!

Take advantage of Richmond Council’s fantastic Feel Good Fitness offer today and join up without getting tied into a contract.

The exclusive join now no contract Feel Good Fitness offer opens the door to:

  • 6 sports centres
  • 4 pools
  • 5 gyms
  • 200+ fitness classes across the borough

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Bring your GP surgery home get online today!

GP practices in Richmond are now offering new online services for local people.

This will enable patients to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view aspects of their medical history.

The GP online services can be used from a computer, smartphone or tablet. They provide another option for people instead of calling or visiting a GP practice.

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Try Twickenham employee of the year

Try Twickenham have announced their first ever Employee of the Year Highly Commended winner for 2016-2017.

This year's winner of the prestigious award is Anit Singh from Cafe Sunshine.

His employer, Deborah Walker commented, "Anit has overcome his disabilities over the years, is growing with confidence all the time and can now handle any task that the job requires".

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We are Hedgehog Heroes!

Richmond Council is delighted to announce, that they have joined an esteemed list of organisations that have recently been added to the ‘Hedgehog Heroes Roll of Honour’.

For organisations to be granted the ‘Hedgehog Hero’ status, they must display stickers on items of outdoor equipment.

These include strimmers and lawn mowers that are used within hedgehog habitat areas. 

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Updated: 14 August 2015