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Campaign to #KeepRichmondClean launches

Residents are being asked to #KeepRichmondClean as we launch our campaign to raise awareness and reduce the impact of fly-tipping in the borough.

The campaign follows on from feedback received in 2017, in which two-thirds of people felt fly-tipping was a problem in the borough and only half knew that fly-tipping can result in a fine.

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Trumpets sound as historical local brass band is revived

A local brass band has been revived in Richmond upon Thames and historical recordings published, thanks to funding from Richmond Council.

The Richmond Brass Band was disbanded in 1983 after 50 years. Last year a community group reformed to relaunch the band in Twickenham, with their first performance being part of the British Legion Remembrance day service.

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New planning guidance launched for Twickenham and Strawberry Hill

Official planning guidance for Twickenham and Strawberry Hill has now been launched, following consultation with residents and business.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide locally specific planning guidance that residents and developers should take into account when preparing proposals or making planning applications in those areas.

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Explore mindfulness and nature at Murray Park

Let’s Go Outside and Learn CIC connects local communities with the nature on their doorstep.

They introduce people to the natural environment, show the benefits of improved health and wellbeing that spending time outdoors offers, and bring people together to make new friends.

Their next event is Be Mindful on 26 February at Murray Park, from 11am to 1pm.

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Be Online Week 2018

Take part in our IT sessions during Be Online Week at the Information & Reference Library. Learn about using ebooks, online TV and radio, cloud storage and more.

Sessions are free but booking is essential. 

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Have your say on borough’s housing and homelessness plan

Have your say on the Council’s proposed Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023, to address housing challenges within the borough to better meet a range of housing demands.

The consultation closes on 25 February.

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Top police officer and TV presenter to give advice on avoiding fraud and scams

On 10 March Richmond Police will be hosting a free event at Twickenham Stadium, from 10am to 2pm.

Come along to see Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and TV presenter Gloria Hunniford and hear advice from officers on measures you can take to avoid falling victim to dodgy doorstep salesmen, cunning cold-callers or illegal internet scammers.

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Get ready to say ‘I Do’ at York House

Whether you have been planning for a couple of months, or recently got engaged, the York House Wedding Open Day is a must-attend event for all brides and grooms-to-be looking for their picture perfect venue.

The open day will take place on Saturday 10 March from 11am to 3pm. On-day discounts will also be available.

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'Ham is where the heart is' need you!

'Ham is where the heart is' is a new oral history project which needs your help to capture stories.

They need people to be trained to conduct interviews, suggestions for interviewees, volunteers to undertake background research, donations or loans of photographs and more.

For more information contact Jill Lamb by email, by phone 07855 065 945 or leave a message c/o Ham Library.

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Freedom Pass renewal

If your freedom pass expires in 2018, you will have been written to in February asking you to renew your pass.

If you received a letter, it’s quick and easy to renew your pass online at: You just need your current freedom pass with you and the letter containing your unique renewal number.

Your new pass will be sent within three weeks once you’ve completed the renewal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Freedom Pass team at: or call: 0300 330 1433.

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New EU passport checking service now live

European nationals living in Richmond upon Thames are now able to use a new Passport Return Service available at the Register Office.

Eligible residents can bring their passports to the Register Office in Twickenham to be verified, copied and sent on to the Home Office.

The benefit of this service is that applicants can keep hold of their passports while their application is being considered.

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Kew Neighbourhood Association connecting the future thanks to Village Planning Fund

Kew Neighbourhood Association’s (KNA) digital presence is to be boosted through an award of £9,660 in the first round of the Council’s Village Planning Fund.

The project will see the KNA commission a new interactive website, professional training package and re-brand so they can better engage new volunteers, advertise new services and attract new clients.

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Volunteers ask drivers to switch off for air quality

Dozens of volunteers turned out in East Sheen to ask drivers to switch off their engines whilst  stopped at level crossings. This was to raise awareness of the effects idling cars can have on air quality in the borough.

Volunteers spoke to the drivers of 184 vehicles, of which 166 were idling, 94 per cent of whom switched off after being spoken to.

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Spring Serenade: All At Sea!

Cantanti Camerati, a chamber choir formed in 1968, present a nautical medley of works celebrating the richness and diversity of the ocean waters.

It includes extracts from HMS Pinafore, and audience participation.

Two concerts will be held on Saturday 10 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Normansfield Theatre. 

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Still time to get £85 to help with your fuel bills

Over 250 people have already applied to the Council for a one-off grant of £85 this winter to help with their fuel bills. If you are on benefits or have a low income you may be eligible for help.

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2018.

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Support our feathered friends… put up a bird box

As part of National Bird Box Week (14-21 February), Continental Landscape has donated £100 towards the purchase and installation of House Sparrow Boxes. The boxes will be installed on council owned buildings.

We are challenging residents and local businesses to also do their bit by putting up similar boxes in their gardens or on their properties.

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Toy library service boosted with £15,000 from Village Planning Fund

A service which provides accessible toys and games to local children has been awarded £15,000 through our Village Planning Fund.

Pictologue's Toy Library scheme currently offers carefully recommended high street toys which increase language, communication and learning through play.

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Oscar nominated screenwriter to host local Q&A

To help raise money for the Mayor of Richmond’s three chosen charities, Oscar nominated screenwriter, Nick Hornby, will be answering questions at a special Q&A session at Twickenham Studios on Tuesday 13 March.

Only 60 tickets are available and all attendees will receive a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes.

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Half term fun at Landmark Arts Centre

Teddington’s Landmark Arts Centre has got something for all ages this half term. 

The week starts on Saturday 10 February with Paddington’s First Concert. There will also be storytelling of Parrots Don’t Live in the City!, an arts workshop and a film club. 

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Free half term activities at Barnes Common

There is something for everyone at Barnes Common this half term with activities taking place from 12 to 14 February. 

There will be community gardening for all ages, art, science and lots more. 

Booking is essential.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017