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Council and Police unite on cyber crime

Last week, Richmond Council and the Police attended a seminar which looked to educate those who work on the front line about the dangers of online crime, how to prevent it and what to do if someone becomes a victim.

Cyber crime is an ever increasing problem, with an estimated 1 in 10 people found to be victims last year alone.

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High praise for local support for disadvantaged children

In its fifth annual State of the Nation report, the Social Mobility Commission found that Richmond has “dramatically” improved poorer children’s outcomes since 2014.

The report highlights the borough’s use of its 15 hours of early education for the more disadvantaged two-year-olds and praises the Richmond for “outstripping” the number of eligible children who benefit from this provision beyond the national average by a wide margin.

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Richmond residential care is one of the best

Data shows 94% of care home beds in the borough are in homes rated as good or outstanding, putting Richmond in the highest bracket of the more than 150 council areas providing adult social care.

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Help needed for an extra special Christmas Day dinner

A Christmas Day dinner is being organised for young people who have been in foster care or children’s homes.

A venue, food, decorations and crackers have been organised but organisers are still in need of a few more stockings as they have 50 to fill.

If you are able to help in any way with costs for the day, please get in touch.

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Table Tennis debutantes make a winning start for Richmond Park Academy

Richmond Park Academy’s Girls under 13's Table Tennis team won the London South Schools Table Tennis tournament this week.

The winning team of Elizabeth P, Michaela P, Adelka D and Lilah J now go on to represent the region at the zone finals in East London.

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Another successful Richmond Literature Festival

Richmond Literature Festival sold more than 3000 tickets for 38 events in venues across the borough over the last 3 weeks.

A variety of authors, personalities and celebrities held a range of fascinating workshops, talks, and events across the programme.

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Council stands united on anti-Heathrow expansion

In a cross-party motion the Council on Tuesday unanimously reaffirmed its position to resist any proposals to expand Heathrow.

They confirmed that Gatwick can be expanded with far less impact on air quality, congestion, quality of life, competition and lower prices, and public investment.

The Government consultation is open until 19 December 2017.

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£900 raised in support of Mayor’s Charities

More than thirty people joined Mayor of Richmond upon Thames Cllr Lisa Blakemore to shop for a cause, raising over £900 for the Mayor’s Charities.

The event, at L.K. Bennett’s Richmond store, gave attendees the chance to view the L.K. Bennett Collection and enter the draw to win a clutch bag and bottle of champagne.

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Take part in Baby Mindful at Orleans House Gallery

Soon to be parents, new parents and their pre-walking babies are invited to a monthly mindfulness class at the calming gallery space.

These free sessions will take place on Monday mornings from 10am to 12 noon.

Tea and coffee will be served from 10am, with the session starting at 10.15am and followed by coffee, lunch and time to socialise from 11.15am.

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Meet the artists behind the Mayor’s Christmas card

The winners are Ayla Qader-Parsons from Kew Riverside School, Jaeger Macias from Lowther Primary School and Hannah Carr-Hill from Stanley Primary School will feature on the front of the cards.

The runners up are Sophia Dorey from Lady Eleanor Holles School, Lucas McVey from Stanley Primary School and Joshua Janssen from Stanley Primary School.

The children and their families will be hosted for tea by the Mayor of Richmond at York House.

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20mph limit could be introduced across borough

Cllr Buckwell announced that the Council would look at whether a 20mph limit could be introduced across the whole borough, where appropriate, following a rise in the number of community petitions being submitted to the Council requesting a 20mph limit.

Any proposal would be subject to public consultation.

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Library web catalogue is back

You can now browse for books, CDs and DVDs, reserve items for click and collect and explore our archives and local history stock. 

If you're having trouble getting to the right page, try clearing your browser cache.

Access the catalogue now


Council backing White Ribbon Day campaign

White Ribbon Day is a male led campaign to end men’s violence against women and girls.

Council officers visited Waldegrave School last week to raise awareness about violence against women and girls and promote healthy relationships amongst our teens.

This was part of 16 days of action, from Saturday 25 November to Sunday 10 December.

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Winter holiday activities at East Sheen Primary

The Next Step Holiday Activities team will be running two days of seasonal fun on Friday 22 December and Tuesday 2 January at East Sheen Primary School.

Both days offer two programmes - the football-oriented NS Strikers and NS Stars offering art and crafts, discos and sports.

Booking is essential. 

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The Drebbel has surfaced

Boat designer Mark Edwards built The Drebbel in 2012 for BBC series "Building the Impossible". It is a replica of the first ever submarine constructed by Cornelius Drebbel.

Mark's replica has now taken pride of place in Douglas House Meadow, the Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts field.


Young people from Richmond forging closer ties with Europe

18 delegates from Richmond recently attended a European Youth Conference in Konstanz, Germany.

The young delegates identified a number of priorities for action including a combined website for the five towns, an exchange programme for workers in the towns, a festival pass for young people in the towns and an exchange programme for refugee children in Germany with the Czech Republic.

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Stables Gallery to sparkle with new exhibition

A new exhibition will open in the Stables Gallery from 7 December 2017 to 21 January 2018.

‘Just Glass’ invites art lovers to explore the artists’ use of the transition of glass from solid to liquid and back to solid.

Admission is free.

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Make Christmas magical for all children

Give a gift to a child at Shooting Star Chase hospice and help add some magic to their Christmas!

The idea is simple: choose any age group to buy for. Then drop your chosen gift at Featherstone Leigh’s Sheen office at 361 Upper Richmond Road West SW14 8QN, ideally by 3pm on 15 December.

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Innovative children’s service recognised

The delivery and quality of children’s services in Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has been recognised by the Local Government Chronicle.

Achieving for Children (AfC) has been shortlisted in the categories of Best Children’s Services and Best Delivery Model at the 2018 LGC Awards.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on 21 March 2018.

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Views sought on vision for lower River Crane

Residents across the boroughs of Richmond and Hounslow are encouraged to have their say on proposals to restore 1.8 miles of the lower River Crane.

The project would replace the bare concrete channel, hidden from view, with a more natural river full of plants, fish and wildlife which would run through re-landscaped parks and open spaces.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017