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Teddington village fair and pram race

Come along to a wonderful free day out for all the family. There will be pony rides, music, dancing, boats, cars and all manner of entertainment.

The pram race starts at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded by The Mayor of Richmond at 3.30pm.

You can apply for a stall or enter a team. This event takes place on Sunday 25 June from 12 noon to 5pm.

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Richmond Hill Open Gardens

15 beautiful gardens will be open to the public and some will have plants for sale.

They are all set on the slopes of picturesque Richmond Hill and are within easy distance of each other.

The gardens will be open on Sunday 21 May from 11am to 5pm and proceeds from the day will go to local charities.

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Springtime Safari

Springtime Safari is back for another wonderful activity-packed afternoon of creatures, wildlife, pond life, arts and crafts and wild stories for children and families.

This is a free event on the Sunday afternoon of the Spring Bank Holiday.

It will take place on Sunday 30 April from 1.30 to 4.30pm at Orleans House Gallery and Grounds, Twickenham Riverside TW1 3DJ.

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New book celebrates cultural history of Twickenham

A new book was launched yesterday celebrating the cultural history of high streets across London – including Twickenham.

Over 100 people from the cultural sector gathered in London's Living Room at City Hall to attend the launch of Discover Your High Street.

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53rd Mayor of borough announced

The 53rd Mayor of Richmond upon Thames will be Cllr Lisa Blakemore.

Cllr Blakemore was first elected as a Councillor for North Richmond in 2010.

She was Deputy Mayor between 2012 to 2013 and she held the title of Tenants' Champion between 2010 to 2015. Since 2015, she has been the Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Health.

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Saturday Handyperson Service

Do you need help with little jobs around the house but are out during the week? Age UK's popular Handyperson Service is now available for weekend work on Saturday 29 April.

They are offering:

  • Painting/decorating (‘refreshing rooms’)
  • Change taps/plumbing/maintain boilers/fit sinks
  • Electrics – change plugs/light fittings/repairs
  • Carpentry – door hanging/hinges
  • Repairing/refitting windows
  • Plus all household minor repairs and maintenance

Please contact their Home Services team to book on
020 3326 9432 or email them at

Richmond May Ball is only around the corner!

The Richmond May Ball is all set for another sell out year in its elegant marquee on Richmond Green.

The Ball supports two charities very dear to people’s hearts within the local community. React, who provides urgent assistance for low income families looking after children with life limiting illnesses and The Poppy Factory, who supports disabled veterans into employment.

It takes place on Friday 12 May 2017.

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Give 30 minutes to help your local community

Residents are being asked to take 30 minutes out of their week and consider volunteering as part of National Microvolunteering Day.

Microvolunteering Day is recognised every year on 15 April and aims to encourage people to consider easy, no commitment, on-demand volunteering that typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

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TryCycle Twickenham

Join Try Twickenham BID Businesses for an afternoon of TryCycle fun and earn a TryCycle medal on their Mini Grand Prix.

There will be lots of free activities suitable for all the family, so bring your bikes and scooters along (or borrow one from Try Twickenham).

This will take place at the Embankment and Diamond Jubilee Gardens on Twickenham Riverside on 7 May from 1 to 5pm.

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GoodGym scores a leaflet hat-trick

For this week's run, GoodGym had 3 charity events to help with.

After a warm up in Richmond town centre, the team headed to East Twickenham Neighbourhood Association (ETNA) Community Centre where they collected leaflets to distribute.

The 3 sets of leaflets were for The Poppy Factory, The Holly Lodge Centre and a charity auction supporting 30 different charities.

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Mayor's Fish and Chip Cruise

Join the Mayor of Richmond for a scenic cruise aboard the Yarmouth Belle along the Thames.

Tickets are £20 and include a fish and chip supper and a complimentary drink on arrival.

This event takes place on Wednesday 26 April and booking is required. The cruise will board at St Helena Pier, Richmond at 6pm and will return at 10pm.

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Richmond Council statement regarding Fallow Deer Café

In April 2014, the Fallow Deer Café and Bar in Teddington was issued a notice to confirm a temporary change of use.

This was for 2 years from a retail unit (A1) to a restaurant (A3) and was lawful.

See Council statement

New special needs school announced for Twickenham

A new Special Educational Needs school will open in Twickenham.

The Maaz will be a 72-place special school for children aged four to 19.

It will be for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs. This is as a result of speech, language and communication or social, emotional and mental health issues, including autism.

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The Great Mortlake Bake Off - everyone’s welcome

The team at St Mary the Virgin has decided that it’s time for Mortlake to have its very own Bake Off.

There are categories for both adults and children so bakers of all ages are invited to join in this fun event

It will take place on Saturday 29 April at St Mary the Virgin Church in Mortlake.

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Art Exhibition: Eric Jiani

Eric, who has Asperger’s syndrome, describes himself as a self-taught, fantasy artist and says that his work is semi-autobiographical.

Much of the imagery and inspiration that can be seen in his paintings are memories of his time living close to the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil, where he grew up.

This exhibition is currently running at the Stables Gallery until 7 May.

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Running to support carers

Mark Barun will run his first ever London Marathon in 11 days’ time.

He is raising money for Richmond Carers Centre to support those people in the Richmond Borough who have given up their time, energy, hobbies, social lives and often employment to care for a loved one.

This organisation provides essential advice, information and emotional support to aid all the unpaid carers within Richmond.

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Interactive workshops at YMCA

YMCA's Employment and Life Skills workshop is a Big Lottery-funded initiative that helps improve the employability of people with a disability and mental illness. It also teaches invaluable life skills.

The workshop sessions are free and are led by inspirational Paralympian runner Tim Prendergast.

The next workshop starts on Thursday 20 April from 10.30am to 2pm at Richmond Adult Community College.

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Richmond secures a further £4.4m to put towards school places investment

We have welcomed the allocation from Government which will go some way to helping the authority pay for the school expansion programme in the borough.

The Department for Education has allocated the money to support the provision of new primary school places in areas where they are needed.

Further investment needed to deliver the long term primary schools expansion programme is estimated at £310m to £315m.

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A Personal Portrait: Photography exhibition

Since photography was invented in the 19th century, portraiture has been an important and popular genre of this medium.

This open exhibition brings together work by photographers from across the UK exploring different approaches to the theme.

From formal studio studies, photographs commemorating significant life events, candid shots of subjects snapped on the streets and self-portraits.

It is currently running at the Riverside Gallery until 13 May.

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Boat race flag sales raise over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK

Local charity co-ordinator Karen Cadbury teamed up with Winkworth on the day of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Races to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

They set up a stall earlier this month selling flags and raised an amazing £3,280 for the charity.

This will hopefully lead to neighbouring shops in Barnes making the Boat Races more of a big annual village event.

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Updated: 14 August 2015