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Council agrees to join business rates pool for London

More of the money generated by business rates in London could be retained locally rather than being distributed to other parts of the country, following approval from Richmond Council’s Cabinet to be part of a London-wide pool.

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Celebrating unsung heroes this Local Charities Day

Charities, unsung heroes and volunteers who devote their time to improving the lives of others are being celebrated as part of Local Charities Day.

Some local voluntary groups have received £500 through the Starbucks Cheer for Good campaign and you can help 'cheer' on twitter for charities to get a £2,000 grant.

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Take care of yourself and others this holiday season

Christmas is around the corner and we are advising people celebrating in the borough to do so responsibly, and look after themselves and others.

In the cold weather there is lots of demand on the borough’s health services.

Unnecessary calls can take services away from other seriously ill and injured patients. This year party-goers are encouraged to think about the consequences of drinking too much.

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Take part in Richmond Health Walks

Join Richmond Health Walks every Sunday at 10.15am. The walks are free for all to join and there is no need to pre-register, just turn up.

No special equipment needed – just wear sturdy, comfortable footwear.

There will be a Bushy Park walk on Christmas Eve meeting at Pheasantry Car Park TW11 0EW.

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Nominate an RHP customer for a Christmas Star award

As part of the Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) ‘Christmas starts at home’ celebration, they want to know all about the heroes in their customers' lives.

RHP are asking customers to nominate the stars in their lives for a 'Christmas Star' award. There are 3 categories; Everyday Hero, Green Fingered Hero and Pay It Forward Hero.

The only rule is that the nominee has to be an RHP customer. Nominate them by Tweeting @rhp_uk or email your nomination to

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Local schools project brings breath of fresh air to pollution study

Pupils at three schools in the borough created posters to raise awareness about reducing pollution, encouraging parents to make conscious decisions about improving air quality around their schools.

They also mapped the air quality and looked for cleaner alternative routes to school as part of the project.

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Join Silver Days with Silverfit

Silverfit are running Silver Days in Richmond and Whitton. Meet at Whitton Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1.30pm and on Fridays from 2pm. After the activities, they stay in the centre for tea, coffee and a chat. 

Silverfit promote happier, healthier ageing through affordable physical activity, also helping combat social isolation.

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Find out what's happening with FiSH this week

FiSH Neighbourhood Care in Barnes have a range of activities taking place this week.

Activities include a coffee morning, a game of chess, a trip to Squires Garden Centre and bridge.

FiSH combats loneliness and social isolation in older and vulnerable people living in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen.

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Kneller Hall concert raises money for Mayor’s charities

More than 150 people joined the Mayor for a night of festive music this week at Kneller Hall in support of the Mayor’s charities.

The concert, featuring the Band of the Royal Engineers, raised more than £3,600 for Off the Record, Me Too & Co and Cavernoma Alliance UK, who do great work in our community.

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Have your say about Old Deer Park, Richmond

We have been working with residents, businesses, community groups and organisations to help create planning guidelines for the Old Deer Park Conservation Area.

Representatives will be available to discuss the proposals at Pools on the Park from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday 6 January and at Richmond Adult Community College from 4 to 8pm on Thursday 11 January.

Have your say in the online consultation by Monday 22 January.

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16 community projects supported through the Village Planning Fund

Projects ranging from a toy library scheme to sporting facilities and outdoor space refurbishments will be awarded a total of £826,750 in the first round of Village Planning Fund.

More than 3,000 people showed their support for projects during this round of consultation.

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Dec 16
The Exchange, Twickenham
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Dec 17
St Mary's Church Mortlake
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1.30 to 3.30pm
Dec 19
Strawberry Hill House 268 Waldegrave Rd Twickenham TW1
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Dec 19
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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2 to 3pm
Dec 21
St Mary's Church Barnes
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8 to 6pm
Dec 22
East Sheen Primary School SW14 8ED
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Young artists enjoy afternoon tea with the Mayor

The children who designed the Mayor's Christmas cards were invited to tea in the Mayor's parlour.

Their designs were chosen from over 450 entries around the borough. 

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Lend a hand to local organisations in East Sheen

If you can spare time to volunteer, there are many local opportunities to make a difference to those who need extra help and support.

Organisations including East Sheen Scout Group, Richmond Park Academy, Shelter and Age UK are looking for volunteers.

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Make a splash in 2018 at Teddington Pools

Pupil lessons at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre are now open to book, with courses for both adults and children starting in January

Spaces are limited so please call us now on 020 3772 2999 or pop in to the centre for more information or to book.

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Cheer for Ruils with Starbucks #CheerForGood

Ruils has been nominated to take part in Starbucks Cheer for Good by customers and Starbucks Teddington meaning there’s an opportunity for them to be awarded up to £2,000.

Ruils is asking supporters in Richmond get behind them by ‘cheering’ for them on Twitter using the hashtag #CheerforGood and @Ruils until midnight on 20 December 2017.

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Local safeguarding board receives high praise from inspectors

The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB), made up of local organisations who work with children, young people their families and carers, has been judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Inspectors found that the Board is meeting its statutory responsibilities. Members of the LCSB were praised for creating a collaborative and effective partnership with a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

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Keep your property safe this Christmas

Residents are being advised to keep their homes safe from burglaries this Christmas. 

We've put together some tips on how to keep your homes, sheds and valuables safe and secure.

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Check your route before you travel this Christmas

Planned works and service updates may affect your journey between 23 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

There will be some key changes to TfL timetables over the Christmas period including:

  • Early finishes on some transport on Christmas Eve
  • No TfL services on Christmas Day
  • Free travel all evening on the TfL network on New Year's Eve

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Children in Richmond benefit from book gift

To celebrate Bookstart’s 25th anniversary, the Library Service held a very special Tiny Teddies session at Twickenham Library with guests including the Bookstart Bear.

Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme. Every child in England is entitled to a free Bookstart pack at 0 to 12 months and 3 to 4 years. 

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Barnes teen wins national art award

12 year old Lottie, who has just started at Richmond Park Academy, has won the National Open Art Seaward Properties Chichester Art Award for Lost Memories.

Lottie, who has won £700 for her school’s art department, created the pen-drawing of a woman with Alzheimer’s.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017