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Donations needed for charity auction

Be Richmond are once again running Bid with The BID, an online charity auction in aid of The Poppy Factory, who work with veterans with disbailities to help them settle back into meaningful work.

Local businesses are encouraged to donate an auction lot to support the cause. If you wish to donate, please email Be Richmond.


Join in the Richmond Health Walks

Richmond Health Walks are free, organised group walks to increase physical activity in a safe and social atmosphere.

Each walk lasts between 45 and 70 minutes and will be supervised by at least two walk leaders. Shorter and slower walks are also available for beginners and those with limiting health conditions.

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Borough’s schools top national results tables

Primary school students in Richmond upon Thames have topped the national league tables yet again, following publication of the provisional 2018 Key Stage 2 (SATs) results last week.

These excellent results place Richmond first out of all local authorities nationally, for the proportion achieving the expected standard in all three subjects combined and maintain the high levels of attainment seen in recent years.

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Clarendon School moves into new building

Clarendon School has moved into its brand new, fit for purpose, school building on the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus in Twickenham.

Clarendon is a day community special school for pupils aged four to 16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs including autism.

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Historic York House opens doors to future brides and grooms

An informal Wedding Open Day is being held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 22 September.

Entry is completely free and refreshments will be provided. Discounts on bookings will be available on the day.

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Circling in on the sticky problem of gum

We are circling in on the problem of chewing gum this month as part the national 'Bin It Your Way' intitiative, encouraging users to dispose of their gum responsibly rather than dropping it on the street.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, the Assistant Cabinet Member for Environment, took to the streets of Twickenham armed with chalk to highlight the growing issue of people who drop chewing gum on the floor. Throughout September she is inviting local groups and schools to follow suit and shine a chalky light on the problem across the borough.

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Join the conversation and have your say on local issues

We are developing a new programme of community engagement where residents can have a meaningful dialogue with the Council. 

The ‘Community Conversation’ is a transition programme launching in October. It is a series of events, hosted by local ward councillors. Residents can have their say about local issues that matter to them. Ward councillors will then work with the Cabinet and Council officers to resolve any issues and feed back regularly to residents and the community.

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Council voices support for Brexit People’s Vote

Members have voted in favour of a motion to support the growing campaign for a People's Vote on the future Brexit deal. 

At the Full Council meeting, Councillor for North Richmond, Richard Pyne, proposed a motion that voices the Council’s concern over the country leaving the EU and agrees that the British people should have a say on the terms negotiated.

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Wellbeing initiative launches in Richmond

POINT3 Wellbeing and TRO are collaborating to bring Wellbeing Wednesday, an event with weekly workouts based on movement and mindfulness. The event aims to help increase workforce wellbeing in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

The workouts have been designed to reduce stress and increase happiness through a combination of movement and mindfulness. Any donations received will go towards Richmond Borough Mind.

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Celebrate Car Free Day

To celebrate Car Free Day on Saturday 22 September, we will be closing Whittaker Avenue in Richmond and Crown Road in St Margarets to hold stalls, bouncy castles, face-painting, cycle activities, street entertainment and more.

This free event will run from 11am to 4pm. Join in on the fun and find out more about air pollution, how to reduce it and discover the practical things that people can do to cut their exposure.

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Rambert School Open House event

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance will open its doors as part of the Open House Scheme on Saturday 22 September, offering a unique occasion to discover one of London’s secret venues.

Visitors will be offered a free tour of the Clifton Lodge, the last remnant of St Margarets House and the Violet Needham Chapel. Doors will open at 1pm with talks and demonstrations scheduled throughout the afternoon.

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New accessible play area for Suffolk Road Rec

Friends of Suffolk Road Recreation have been awarded £15,000 to create a new dog free area in the Park with more seating and a playground with swings, climbing frames, a slide, trampoline and sandpit.

The project will also see new shrubs, trees and a wildflower meadow planted with picnic tables and benches helping to make the area family friendly.

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Volunteer for a project at Kneller Hall

The Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall are seeking local volunteers to help deliver an ambitious project to chronicle 160 years of military music at the celebrated institution.

Music and history lovers are needed to help with a range of creative activities at the school including research, tour guiding, creative writing and social media. Training will be provided where necessary. If you are interested, please email Legasee.

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Adult social care system facing ‘unprecedented challenges’

Around ninety people, including social care users, carers, the voluntary sector and other professionals gathered at York House last night to discuss the crisis facing adult social care.

The conference comes on the back of estimates by the Local Government Association (LGA) that adult social care services face an annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.

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Miss-Hits Girls' Tennis Festival

Next Sunday 23 September from 12 noon to 5pm is the Miss-Hits Girls' Tennis Festival at Sheen Park.

Miss-Hits are a starter tennis course for girls aged three to eight, involving lots of fun, games and even dancing. There will be a variety of tennis activities on the day for the whole family to enjoy.

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Armed Forces Champion appointed in centenary year

Cllr Michael Butlin, a former Army Captain, has been appointed as the borough’s Armed Forces Champion.

The appointment comes in the year we mark the centenary of the end of World War One. He encourages all residents to support The Royal British Legion in their work for veterans and their families all year round, particularly during the Poppy Appeal.

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Help shape future of Twickenham Riverside

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, has announced that an architects’ competition will be held to help inform the future design of Twickenham Riverside.

This follows the withdrawal of the Planning Application, agreed locally in March 2018 for the Twickenham site. Further information will follow later in the autumn, when a Scrutiny Committee will review the proposed process.

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New school opens in Twickenham

As The Richmond upon Thames School opens its doors for a second year, over 280 pupils moved into their exciting new school building this week.

The school is part of the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus and opened in September 2017. The new building includes 31 classrooms, art rooms, a drama studio, ICT classrooms, science labs and more.

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Raising money for cancer research

Local musical theatre quartet, 4 Blondes and a Piano, will perform on Friday 21 September to raise money for cancer research. The performance will start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £9.50, plus a booking fee.

The performance will be set in the extravagant Old Town Hall in Richmond. You will be taken through their show tune favourites including numbers from My Fair Lady, Sister Act, The Phantom of the Opera and more.

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Community Fund helps provide A Place to Go in Hampton

The completion of Hampton Hill United Reform Church’s upgrade work has been given a £110,000 boost by our Community Fund.

The project aims to meet increasing demand for community space in Hampton Hill by repairing and refurbishing the church building. The upgrade work will see a new café, as well as learning and counselling facilities created in the church.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018