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Richmond's first ever Asian Festival

A unique Asian Wellness and Vegan Festival is coming to Richmond.

There will be all-day Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as stalls, Asian vegan food, cookery demos, art workshops, Bollywood dancing and lots more.

The festival takes place on Saturday 29 July from 10.30am to 5pm at Richmond Adult Community College. Ticket prices start from £3, with free entry for children. 

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Dignity in Care deadline looms

The deadline for the local Dignity in Care Awards, which celebrate excellence across the care sector, is only days away – 28 July 2017.

The awards aim to promote and recognise the very best in care and support and promote dignity in care whatever the service provided. 

Make sure to submit your nomination before the deadline!

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Practice your tennis skills like a Wimbledon pro for £1 per day!

Have you been inspired by the success of British tennis players this summer? Then hit the tennis courts with your friends and family for only £30 for 30 days! 

Feel Good Fitness sports and fitness centres in Hampton and Teddington are offering the opportunity to residents to improve their tennis skills and train like a Wimbledon pro at their tennis courts.

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Get online at free drop-in IT sessions

Free drop-in IT taster sessions are being held at local libraries this summer to help residents get to grips with their tablets, laptops and smartphones.

Whether it’s setting up email, going online, downloading apps, changing settings or learning what your device can do, staff will be on hand to help.

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Your family day out sorted – book your place at Pools at the Park

With the recent warm weather, Pools on the Park has opened the huge outdoor complex consisting of a lido, paddling pool and grassy area perfect for adults and their children.

All of this just in time for the summer holidays!

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RuTC raise over £340 for local charity challenge

Over the last few months, staff and students at Richmond upon Thames College have collected five pence pieces to help raise money for the One Million 5p Challenge for Shooting Star Chase.

Staff and students across the college filled 500ml plastic bottles, placed in various departments across the college, with five pence pieces to raise £340.


Key ‘exchange’ for Twickenham community building

St Mary’s University has taken over the management of the borough’s newest community building in Twickenham, now named ‘The Exchange’.

They plan to open The Exchange early in the Autumn.

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Pupil designs winning sign promoting new 20mph zone in Whitton

A sign designed by a year 5 student from Nelson Primary School has been selected as the winner of a poster competition highlighting the new 20mph on a Whitton road.

The new zone is on Nelson Road, between Constance Road and the High Street junction. 

The lower speed limit will improve safety for all users of the roads and will increase driver awareness on approach to the two schools, Nelson and St Edmunds.

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Empty site in Hampton Wick to be developed

Work is about to begin on a brand new residential care home and new affordable housing development in Hampton Wick.

The site was formerly home to the Avenue Centre which closed in 2007 and was subsequently demolished.

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Celebrate the history of Radnor Gardens

In partnership with the Friends of Radnor Gardens, a new information board has been installed in the middle of the gardens near the Summer House.

The board includes information and photographs citing the history of the gardens since the mid-nineteenth century.

The gardens now have a First World War memorial, grass area, bowling green and pavilion, a café and children’s playground.

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Healthwatch Richmond Grassroots Engagement Fund

The Healthwatch Richmond Grassroots Engagement Fund is continuing for another year.

We are offering this opportunity to more organisations and groups to run fun and engaging one-off activities or events and put more people in contact with the NHS. If you've got an idea for activities or events that would be enjoyable to local people then apply now.

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Council welcomes schools funding announcement

This week the Government Education Secretary announced an additional £1.3bn for schools funding would be provided over the next two years.

Justine Greening MP also announced plans for a new national funding formula aimed at maintaining overall ‘real term’ per pupil funding for the next two years. This includes new minimum secondary school funding of £4,800 per student.

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Apply now to Film London’s short film schemes

London Calling and London Calling Plus provide a career-changing opportunity for new and emerging London-based filmmakers.

Applicants selected for the schemes will receive a comprehensive package of production funding, support and expert mentoring. They will also get the chance to have their film screened at the BFI London Film Festival and win industry prizes.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 25 July.

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Experience 'animal magic' at Twickenham Riverside

'Animal Magic' is a fantastic opportunity for children to meet some exotic live animals up close and personal.

The free event takes place on Saturday 22 July from 12 noon to 4pm, with shows taking place at 12.15, 1.30 and 2.45pm.

A children's activity tent, face painting, BBQ and refreshments plus the resident playground, sandpit and Sunshine Cafe will keep everyone entertained!

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£30,000 raised for Richmond veterans at the May Ball

The annual Richmond May Ball raised £30,000 for The Poppy Factory, a charity that helps ex-service men and women with disabilities find meaningful work across the UK.

Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, Deirdre Mills, said:

"We are extremely grateful for the generous cheque of £30,000 from the May Ball.

"This money will go a long way to helping veterans with a physical or mental health condition find fulfilling work.”

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Expand your market and trade with the USA

Small and medium sized businesses in Richmond are invited to a local event to find out how they can benefit from trading with the USA.

The event is specifically targeted at businesses with an annual turnover of less than £40m, who have been trading for at least 12 months and have less than 250 employees.

It will take place on Thursday 31 August from 10am to 3pm at The Exchange, Brewery Wharf.

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Richmond parks set the standard, again!

17 parks across the borough have again set the standard for having some of the best green spaces in the country by reaffirming their Green Flag status.

We have been re-awarded all sixteen of the Green Flags for parks and open spaces managed by the Council. A new one, Carlisle Park in Hampton, was also presented with the coveted award.

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Summer holiday activities at Orleans House

Join Orleans House Gallery for a month of workshops inspired by the new Stables Gallery exhibition 'Picture Play'.

Explore themes of animation, toys and games and the exciting stories and characters of Orleans House.

The next holiday activities take place from Monday 31 July to Thursday 24 August 2017.

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A royal experience for RuTC catering students

Richmond upon Thames College students studying an NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery recently completed work experience placements at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

Carl Woodcock and Mathieu Haskins will return to work at Buckingham Palace over the summer to continue learning from the chefs of the Royal Household.

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Are your kids safe this summer?

The extended holiday break tends to see a rise in peer pressure and behaviours that aren’t typical of many young people.

With this in mind, we have issued a series of hints and tips for parents to help try and help keep children and young people safe when having fun this summer.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017