Hamptons and Teddington news

Citizens Advise Richmond to continue advise service through this difficult time

The past couple of weeks will have proven extremely difficult for large sections of residents across the borough.

Citizens Advise Richmond is continuing to operate over the phone and online to provide residents with up to date information on a wide array of issues including advice for residents who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced and support benefits available to them.

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Small businesses can apply for Government Coronavirus support grants online

Businesses eligible for grants to help during the Coronavirus pandemic can now go online to claim their funding.

A package of measures to provide support for businesses was announced by the Government last week, including grants and business rates holiday for qualifying businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. It is estimated that this overall support package for Richmond businesses is worth around £80m.

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New Coronavirus helpline set-up

Richmond Council has set up The Community Hub to help co-ordinate the support being offered by the Council and Richmond’s many voluntary organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Community Hub will be a first response for residents, particularly elderly and or vulnerable residents without support networks. The Community Hub is designed to help those most in need stay safe and well while self-isolating at home.

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Townmead Waste and Recycling Centre CLOSED

The Townmead Household Waste and Recycling Centre has now been closed. Richmond Council are requesting that while residents are being asked to stay at home, they do not have a clear out or Spring clean of their homes, clothes, furniture etc.

Residents are asked not to leave items outside for the kerbside recycling collection service and to store items in their homes for collection when the Government’s restrictions are lifted.

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Health staff, key workers and volunteers prioritised in parking changes

To enable those working in health services or delivering vital community support, key workers and those providing help to vulnerable residents can now apply for an emergency parking dispensation, giving them priority over parking in the borough. Residents or those who are providing vital care, support or services to help during the Coronavirus pandemic can therefore apply for a parking dispensation by emailing: parking@richmond.gov.uk.

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Arrange a pony visit with Park Lane Stables!

Teddington and Hampton-based riding school Park Lane Stables is offering pony visits for those in self-isolation and unable to leave their homes.

If you'd like to see a friendly face outside your window to brighten up your day, then contact them on 07796 842 328 to arrange a four-legged visitor today.

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Sign up to help vulnerable residents in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak

Richmond Council has issued guidance to people, businesses and organisations who want to help support vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Council is centralising efforts by working with Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (Richmond CVS), Age UK Richmond and other voluntary organisations. Those who want to help should sign up with Richmond’s volunteering database to help out at this challenging time.

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POSTPONED U3A want to help you get the most out of an active retirement

Are you retired or semi-retired and want to meet new people and make new friends? Richmond-based U3A offer monthly meetings for all members on the last Wednesday of the month in Twickenham.

U3A is a co-operative of older people working to enable members to share learning, creative and leisure activities. The groups are run by members and have a strong social dimension, with like-minded folk having a chance to meet over shared interests.

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Kids run to support children’s cancer charity

Children with Cancer UK has been revealed as the new partner of Richmond RUNFEST’s Kids’ Mile event on Saturday 12 September.

The RUNFEST Kid’s Mile has grown considerably since 2013 when the organisers set out to create a fun and inclusive kids run. Each year, RUNFEST donates 800 entries free to local schools.

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POSTPONED:‘Keeping our Children Safe’ event in Twickenham

UPDATE: this event has been postponed until further notice.

The Mayor’s Violence Reduction Unit is hosting a free information and networking event at York House, Twickenham on Monday 16 March at 5pm.

This event will give parents, carers, and guardians the chance to hear from a panel of experts on themes such as mental and emotional wellbeing, exclusions, special educational needs, disabilities, and exploitation. The event is free, but registration is required. 

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Leader issues stark warning to residents ignoring Government guidance

Residents who continue to ignore Government guidance regarding social distancing are putting their lives and the lives at others risk unnecessarily.

Over the past few days, the Council has received numerous reports of residents ignoring new Government distancing rules to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

The guidance states that everyone should stay at home and people should only go outside for food and health reasons and should stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.

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Events

7.30pm
Mar 28
All Saints Parish Church 14-16 Market Place Kingston KT1 1JP
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7.30pm
Mar 28
Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN
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10am to 12 noon
Mar 28
Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN
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10.30 to 12 noon
Mar 28
Meet beside Baber Bridge, Staines Road, Feltham TW14 0HW
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11am, 12:30pm & 2pm
Mar 28
St Mary's University Student Union Waldergrave Road Twickenham TW1 4SX
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10:30am to 14:30pm
Mar 28
London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth Walk London SW13 9WT
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6.30 to 10pm
Mar 28
St James's Church Hall, Hampton Hill TW12 1DQ
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9.30am to 5.30pm
Mar 28
Queen Elizabeth's Walk Barnes SW13 9WT
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7.30pm
Mar 28
Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington TW11 9PS
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1.30 to 3.30pm
Mar 29
Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN
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11am to 12.30pm
Mar 29
Queen Elizabeth's Walk Barnes SW13 9WT
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2.30pm
Mar 29
Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington TW11 9PS
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6pm
Mar 31
Whitton Library Community Space, 141 Nelson Road Whitton Twickenham TW2 7BB
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11:00am
Mar 31
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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10.30am to 12.30pm
Apr 1
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE.
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1pm
Apr 3
Elleray Hall , Elleray Road Teddignton TW11 9ND
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9.30 am - 5 pm
Apr 4
Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN
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8am to 6pm
Apr 6
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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8am to 6pm
Apr 7
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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Apr 7
Hampton Hill Theatre 90 Hampton High Street Hampton TW12 1NZ
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8am to 6pm
Apr 8
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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10am to 5pm
Apr 9
Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN
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8am to 6pm
Apr 9
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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8am to 6pm
Apr 14
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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7.00pm
Apr 17
St Anne's Church Kew Green TW9 3AA
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10am
Apr 17
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE
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5 to 8pm
Apr 22
Richmond Upon Thames College Langhorn Drive TWICKENHAM TW2 7SJ
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10.30am to12.30pm
Apr 22
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE
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Online workshop to help businesses survive coronavirus lockdown

Richmond businesses are being encouraged to take part in a free online workshop "Survive the lockdown and come out fighting" next month.

The free online summit will aim to provide businesses with practical advice to help them navigate their business through the current uncertain times. The summit will be run by StartUp Richmond and supported by Richmond Council. The session will run on Thursday 2 April 2020, from 2 to 5pm.

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Richmond Council’s bulky waste collection suspended

Richmond Council has announced that its bulky waste collection service has been suspended to help protect residents and staff during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Residents are asked to avoid plans for removing bulky items from their houses over the coming weeks to avoid requiring such services from their house or business. This suspension will be reviewed in the coming weeks in line with Government and Public Health recommendations.

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Royal Parks announce temporary car ban from Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks

Royal Parks have temporarily banned cars from Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks following police advice after these parks saw a huge surge of traffic over the past weekend with large numbers of people entering the parks and ignoring Government advice on social distancing. Cyclists will not be affected by these measures but are asked to not congregate in large groups and to respect social distancing guidelines. 

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Council offers reassurance on Council Tax collection

Richmond Council has moved to ease residents' financial concerns during this difficult period after announcing no enforcement or recovery action will be initiated against people who fall behind with their payments of Council Tax. With some people facing reduced incomes or job losses as a result of the outbreak, the Council has confirmed it will be relaxing its normal rules on non-payment of Council Tax.

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All Richmond Health Walks suspended

Local residents should be aware that all activities held on behalf of the parks team through Richmond Health Walks have now been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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We must work together to beat Coronavirus

As the situation regarding COVID-19 escalates, Richmond Council will have to work differently to prioritise the wellbeing of everyone and in particular the most vulnerable across the borough. As a result, it is inevitable that services will be impacted and, in some cases reduced.

Following Government guidance regarding social distancing, all public events held on Council premise or property will unfortunately be cancelled or postponed. A letter will be sent to 85,000 households across the borough over the coming days, outlining how to access support if needed.

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CANCELLED It Shoulda Been You premiering at the Hampton Hill Theatre this month

The BROS Theatre Company will premiere their charming new musical, ‘It Shoulda Been You’ at Hampton Hill Theatre from 24 to 28 March. The play is a modern-day, fast-paced musical comedy, filled with family rivalry, witty one-liners to make you laugh out loud and a few surprises along the way! Tickets are available now. Booking is essential.

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Tree House Learning sessions for children at Ham’s local Forest School CANCELLED

Tree House Learning offer nature classes for children from toddlers to teens all year round, including a weekly session for ages 3+.

Tree House Learning work to engage with nature using all the senses and to educate children on the natural world. It is play based child led learning that takes place outdoors. The Forest Team also offer school holiday learning opportunities to occupy your little ones over the holiday periods.

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Bike hangars could be installed across the borough

Richmond Council has unveiled a list of 20 residential streets across the borough which could soon have bike hangars.

Last year, the Council asked residents to apply for bike hangars for their street and are now at the final round of consultation. We are asking local people for any final comments on the chosen locations. Residents living near the proposed locations will soon receive letters inviting them to take part in the consultation.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017