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Best village in London

Congratulations to Ham and Petersham which has been named best village in London by the London in Bloom competition.

Judges of the competition noted the rural character of the village and described Ham and Petersham as unique. 


New beginnings for Richmond Brass Band

After decades of absence, the Richmond Brass Band played again last weekend.

Under the Musical Direction of local musician Victoria van Uden, the band members will now prepare for their first public event. 

The band welcomes enquiries from events organisers or musicians interested in playing.

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Volunteers wanted to plant bulbs in Barnes

Green fingered volunteers are needed to help us and the Barnes Community Association plant daffodil bulbs on Barnes Green this Halloween.

Volunteers are asked to meet in front of the entrance to Age UK Barnes Green Centre at 9.30am on 31 October 2017.


Teddington Artists' Exhibition this weekend

Teddington Artists are holding a two day exhibition this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, at the Normansfield Theatre.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm. Admission is £2 per person.

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Question Times are back on the road

Residents will be able to quiz the Leader and Cabinet Members about priorities for their local area in a programme of Village Planning Question Time events scheduled over the next few months.

The first events will be in Mortlake, Ham and Petersham, Kew and Whitton and Heathfield.

You can pre-submit questions for the events online.

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New adult art classes at Orleans House Gallery

Workshops in oil painting, acrylics, community art, life drawing, talks and more are all part of the new Autumn adult art programme at Orleans House Gallery.

The new packed programme has now launched, with highlights including life drawing classes, talks on modern thinkers, expressionism and impressionism in acrylics workshop, an introduction of oil painting and a workshop introducing black figures in European Renaissance art.

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Free Richmond Park Minibus Service

Until the Wednesday 25 October, Royal Parks is providing free transport to help visitors get better access to Richmond Park and the Isabella Plantation. This free mini bus service runs every Wednesday between 9.40am and 4.10pm.

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Jeevika Trusts’ Walking for Water 2017

To tie in with the International Day of Rural Women, the Jeevika Trust is hosting their annual sponsored Walking for Water to help raise funds for rural villages in India with no access to clean water.

The walk will take on Sunday 15 October from 2pm. The meeting point is Pistachios in the Park at Bushy Park.

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Free course for professionals starts this week

Room for Work is a free employability course for skilled workers, managers and professionals looking for guidance and support to find the right job.

This 12 week course starts from 10.30am on Wednesday 4 October at Richmond Adult Community College.

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Enjoy Autumn in our Friendly Parks for All

Residents are invited to enjoy the changing colour of the leaves at two Autumn craft activity events at the borough’s new ‘Friendly Parks’.

As part of the ‘Friendly Parks for All’ project, the Council is working with the Richmond Dementia Action Alliance to look at how the Council can encourage everyone, including people with dementia, to enjoy local parks.

Activities start at 11am on Thursday 5 October at Heathfield Rec and Thursday 19 October at Barnes Green.

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Barnes Community Association is blooming

The London in Bloom judges awarded Barnes Community Association a Silver Gilt for the second year running in the London Village category.

The judges further said that Barnes is an exemplary entrant into the London in Bloom competition while enjoying a superb visit which really focussed on how the community works together.

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Join Teddington Choral Society

If you enjoy singing, why not join Teddington Choral Society? They have just announced their new program for 2017 and 2018 and will perform three concerts under the direction of Sam Evans.

To sign up, contact

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Come down to the country house library study day

The shelves of Horace Walpole’s Library at Strawberry Hill have recently been filled with the loan of books from the library of Aske Hall.

In celebration, a study day is being held on 19 October between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Themes of the day include the evolution of country house libraries and how the libraries of art collectors such as Walpole support and enrich our understanding of their broader collections.

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Spots still open for Mayor’s charity cruise

Tickets are still available for the Mayor’s charity cruise on 11 October.

The £25 ticket price includes a delicious fish and chip supper, complimentary drink and cruise along the Thames on the Yarmouth Belle.

Proceeds go to the Mayor's chosen charities.

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Social prescribing – just what the doctor ordered!

A new pilot service has been introduced in Barnes to help improve patients’ wellbeing by prescribing social and leisure activities, volunteering opportunities or well-being activities, as well as dealing with medical needs.

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Have your say on the future of police front counters

Richmond Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the Mayor of London's proposals to cut the number of police front counters in London.

The consultation closes this Friday 6 October.

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Appeal continues for Christmas Day dinner

On Thursday 28 September a group of 20 residents came together for the inaugural steering group meeting for one cause: providing a scrumptious, fun and welcoming Christmas Day dinner experience.

The dinner will take place on Christmas Day for 18 to 25 year olds who have been in care. The steering group are all volunteers who are busily organising the day.

If you think you can help in anyway please get in touch.

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Free beginner's email session this weekend

As part of Get Online Week, join the Libraries Team for a free session at the Information and Reference Library in Richmond this Saturday 7 October from 10.30am.

This session will show you how to set up an email account and learn how to receive and compose emails. The course is free but booking is essential. 

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Show your support for Village Planning Fund projects

Eighteen community projects from across the borough are out for public feedback from today.

From Monday 2 to Friday 27 October 2017 members of the public are invited to go online to review each proposal and express their support for their preferred local project to receive the funding.

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Cabinet Members go ‘back to the floor’ in Customer Services

Over the past two weeks, three Cabinet Members, including the Leader of the Council, spent time in the Council’s customer services team. They heard first hand from residents why they pick up the phone to the local authority.

The visit enabled Members to understand the top issues residents raise when they contact the Council, seeing how the Council handles their enquiries and identifing ways that we can help customers access more services online rather than having to pick up the phone.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017