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Third runway at Heathrow Airport

The Department for Transport (DfT) forecasts show that while a third runway would create a net gain of 45 destinations at Heathrow, only three of these would be long haul routes.

The figures also show that without a third runway, effectively all UK long haul and domestic business passenger demand are met until at least 2050.

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The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme

The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme has launched giving awards to community groups, places of worship, charities and schools, to support events in their local area.

The programme is for organisations who would like to apply for an award to bring their local community together. Applications close on Saturday 30 June 2018.

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Dog show at Diamond Jubilee Gardens

The Twickenham Festival Dog Show at the Diamond Jubilee Gardens will be held on Saturday 23 June. All proceeds from registration fees will be donated to the RNLI.

Dog training will be available on-site along with a mini agility course and there will be a BBQ hosted by the Borough's Best Banger competition winners.

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Help end elder abuse

The plight of older people who suffer abuse in silence will be highlighted on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this week.

Elders fall victim to being harmed, exploited, neglected and discriminated against. Those most at risk include people with disabilities, mental health problems, dementia or those who are physically frail.

Anyone who is being abused, or who knows someone they suspect to be the victim of abuse, can report online or call 020 8891 7971. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Hampton Hill Summer Fair this Saturday

Hampton Hill Summer Fair is taking place from 12 noon on Saturday 16 June. The fair will be held on Hampton Hill High Street and Bushy Park.

There will be entertainment including a dog show, petting zoo and pony rides, as well as a craft fair, live music and more.

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Hammersmith Bridge repairs

Hammersmith Bridge will be undergoing emergency repairs from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Traffic will be controlled by stop and go boards which will manage vehicles in both directions.

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Twickenham School praised for improvement

Twickenham School, under the leadership of the Richmond West Schools Multi-Academy Trust (RWST), has been praised by the Department for Education for their work towards improvement.

The RWST was set up to help support Twickenham School and Hampton High, so they share best practice, joint systems and approaches.

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Barnes Charity Bike Sale

This year’s annual charity sale of second hand bikes at St Mary’s Church will take place on Saturday 14 July (Barnes Fair Day) from 9am to 2pm.

A sale of children’s bikes will also be held on Friday 13 July from 3.30 to 5pm.

All funds raised will go to St Mary’s Church, Castlenau Community Centre, Glassdoor, Under tree schools, Age UK, Barnes Green Centre and other charities supported by the church.

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Art House Open Studios exhibition

The annual celebration of creative talent in the borough starts later this month. Local artists and craftspeople will open their homes and galleries to the public to showcase painting, printmaking, ceramics, photograhy and more.

Visitors can see the exhibition between Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June, and from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July.

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Public transport improvements fall short

Government claims for the economic benefit of expanding Heathrow do not include the costs of the improved public transport links needed to keep road traffic at current levels.

Campaigners are calling for guarantees that the taxpayer will not be expected to meet the costs of new rail infrastructure required for a three-runway airport.

A third runway would generate a further 26 million passengers a year by 2050, more than double the current number. The outcome would be more delays for passengers arriving at the airport whether by road or rail.

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Help to improve air quality

Clean Air Day will be taking place on Thursday 21 June. This is a chance to learn more about air pollution, share information and help to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. 

People can make a difference to overall air quality by making small changes to everyday travel. Bicycles can be hired across the borough making it easier to travel to and from work.

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Go along to the guide dogs garden party

Richmond Guide Dogs group have arranged an open garden party at the beautiful Trumpeters’ House in Richmond on Saturday 23 June from 1 to 4pm. 

Enjoy tea and cakes while you meet local Guide Dog heroes. There is a £5 entry fee to the garden. All money raised on the day goes directly to Guide Dogs.

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Cllr Frost visits HomeStart to discuss family support

This week Councillor Frost visited HomeStart Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow to meet with Director Karen McLean. They discussed ways of ensuring children in the borough are ready for school in September as well as how to support families.


York House goes green for Grenfell

York House in Twickenham was illuminated green last night to mark the first anniversary of the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The Grenfell United Group has requested that buildings from London boroughs across the capital turn green in an act of solidarity for those who tragically lost their lives on 14 June 2017.

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Conference aims to tackle child exploitation

The Local Safeguarding Children Boards for Richmond and Kingston organised a conference about tackling child exploitation. Local hoteliers and safeguarding organisations attended and heard from the police about what child exploitation is and how to spot it.

There was also an interactive session and an online safety advisor gave information about child safeguarding online.

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Church Street goes green this weekend!

Church Street will transform into a green oasis for the annual garden event taking place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June as part of Twickenham Festival.

There will be many stalls including crafts, plants and horticulture stalls, as well as street food and entertainment.

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Council cyclist to raise money for mayors charity

One of our Corporate Performance and Programmes Officers will be taking on RideLondon, the UK’s biggest cycling event.

Joe Fisher will cycle 100 miles to raise money for Refuge, the nominated charity for the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Ben Khosa.

Refuge Richmond works with people in the borough who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence or domestic abuse. It offers emergency housing and community based support.

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Borough’s EU citizens invited to information evening

EU citizens living in the borough are encouraged to attend a free Public Information Evening, delivered by Citizens Advice Richmond. The event will provide an update on the latest Brexit developments and EU citizens will find out what steps to take to protect their future in the UK.

The event will take place on Wednesday 11 July, from 6 to 8pm, at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond, TW9 2RE.

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Have your say on Westerly Ware dog-free space

The community is being invited to have their say on plans to trial a dog-free area in Westerly Ware, Kew.

The Westerly Ware Association has proposed that a trial should take place for a fenced off, dog-free area within the park in an attempt to provide areas for all visitors to enjoy. The consultation follows feedback from some users who felt the presences of dogs impacted on their enjoyment of the park.

The proposals would create a space at the northern end of the park for people to sit and picnic and have access to the playground, leaving the rest of the park free for dog-walkers.

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Richmond swimmers make golden splash at London Youth Games

A team of Richmond swimmers took home gold and bronze medals last week at the London Youth Games Paragames swimming tournament.

The games are Europe’s largest youth sports festival with pupils competing in 30 different sports. Athletes compete in the five Paragames sports of athletics, boccia, football, indoor rowing and swimming to add points to the overall Team Richmond standing.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017