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Richmond Good Neighbours need drivers

Richmond Good Neighbours are looking for local residents who can drive and have some time to spare. 

Volunteers are needed to drive elderly residents to various places such as medical appointments. 

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Find your volunteer opportunity at Richmond Volunteer Fair

Are you looking to get more involved and give back to your local community? Come along to Richmond’s annual Volunteer Fair and find out what opportunities might be best suited to you.

The Fair is free to attend and takes place from 2 to 6pm on Thursday 7 June at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond.

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Civic minded person sought to maintain standards of public life in Richmond and Wandsworth

Richmond Council and Wandsworth Council are looking for independent persons to assist in promoting and maintaining standards of conduct amongst our elected councillors and co-opted members.

If you are interested, and able to review information to reach evidence based conclusions, have strong personal ethics and high standards of probity, you are encouraged to apply before the 29 May deadline.

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A new club launched for ADHD in Richmond

ADHD Richmond and Achieving for Children are inviting young people with ADHD & High Functioning ASD in Years 6-11 to become members of their own free club.

Parents are also invited too, to meet and chat with advisers, or simply drop-off.

The first club session is on Monday 21 May 3.45 to 5.15pm at Whitton Youth Zone, Brittania Lane, Whitton TW2 7JX.

Booking is via

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Richmond streets set to rock for Royal Wedding

To celebrate the royal nuptials the council has agreed to waive the cost of closing roads on the 19 and 20 May and during the bank holiday weekend of 26, 27 and 28 May. 

This includes the cost of the statutory adverts required to make drivers aware.

Neighbours and resident groups will only have to fund the cost of hiring road closure signage. 97 streets around the borough have applied so far, to host a street party.

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Hedgehogs in Barnes need help

Hedgehog numbers have declined in the last 10 years because they need to roam to find food and a mate.

SWLEN (South West London Environment Network) are currently fundraising for a project to build a hedgehog highway in Barnes. 

Their aim is build 30 new connecting passages to the existing Barnes highway. 

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Happenin’ Hampton to host celebration of summer

Hampton Square will host a celebration of summer with families encouraged to come down, pack a picnic and groove the day away.

Attendees will enjoy performances by an array of bands, as well as attend the Hamptons’ Carnival with community activities, stalls, children’s entertainment and music.

The events will take place from 12 noon to 5pm on 9 June at Hampton Square, Nursery Green and at the YMCA White House, Hampton.

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New future Cabinet announced

The leader of the Liberal Democrat majority party at Richmond Council has announced his intended Cabinet today.

Following last week’s local election, Councillor Gareth Roberts will be formally announced as the Leader of the Council at a Full Council meeting on Tuesday 22 May. His Cabinet Member colleagues will also be confirmed.

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Sneak preview of local exhibition kicks off this weekend

The Art House Open Studios exhibition will run from Saturday 12 May to Saturday 28 July 2018 at the Riverside Gallery. 

Art House Open Studios celebrates the array of artistic talent in Richmond upon Thames, and offers local art fans a sneak peak of what can be expected during Art House 2018. There will be over 70 artists that will open their homes and studios to the public.

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New timetable on London Overground

From Sunday 20 May 2018, a new timetable will be introduced on the London Overground from Richmond and Clapham Junction to Stratford.

Some weekday afternoon trains on the Richmond branch will temporarily start and terminate at South Acton - this is to prepare for the introduction of longer-term service improvements.

Visit TFL for more information and to view the new timetable.

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Royal party organisers encouraged to go plastic-free

Royal wedding street partiers are being asked to keep the environment in mind and banish single-use bunting and throwaway plates from the realm of any street party in the borough.

However just because the wedding is a one time event doesn’t mean the decorations should be too. Visit the Council’s website for helpful tips on how to go plastics free.

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Monitoring stress levels important for mental health

Everyone across the borough is being encouraged to monitor their stress levels and take care of their emotional wellbeing during this Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May).

As part of the national week, The Mental Health Foundation has launched a new online stress checker, helping people gauge how stressed they are and providing ideas on how they can help deal with their emotional wellbeing.

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Discuss White Hart Lane footbridge with new Cabinet Member

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, the Cabinet Member Designate for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality, will visit the junction between White Hart Lane and Railway Side from 4.30pm on Thursday 17 May.

This is a chance for the community to give their views to Cllr Ehmann about plans for a new footbridge ahead of a decision on the scheme by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Network Rail later this month. Residents and businesses are invited to come along and have their say.


Government praises local adoption services

The quality and timeliness of adoption services delivered to children and families in the borough has been praised in the Government’s latest Adoption Scorecards.

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families said he was ‘particularly impressed with the commitment Richmond upon Thames is showing in ensuring that children are found a permanent home without delay.’

The adoption services in Richmond are delivered by Achieving for Children.

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Inaugural SEND rugby festival

The Harlequins Foundation is bringing rugby to new audiences by hosting the inaugural Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Rugby Festival at The Stoop on 18 May.

Up to 200 pupils will join Harlequins Foundations Coaches for an entertaining morning of mixed ability coaching and an afternoon of round robin festival matches.

For more information email

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Al fresco summer dining on Church Street

The much loved and long awaited season of Al Fresco dining is about to happen again on Church Street Twickenham.

It starts on 24 May and runs until 2 September on Thursdays to Sundays. During the al fresco season restaurants and cafés take the tables outside and the street is also lined with huge hanging baskets. 

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Richmond NCT 'Babies who Brunch'

The Richmond branch of the National Childcare Trust (NCT) are a charity organisation that help support parents through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.

They will be hosting their first fundraising event 'Babies who Brunch' at 10.30am on Wednesday 6 June at The Marlborough. There will be food, goodie bags, discounts from local businesses and a raffle.

Tickets are £15 and can be booked online.

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Turner's House wins two awards

For the past five weeks, people all over the city have been voting for their favourite restaurants, bars, shops, parks and other local spots. 

The results have now been revealed and Turner’s House has won Most Loved Local Culture Spot and Most Loved Local Landmark in Richmond for London’s Time Out readers. The great British landscape artist JMW Turner designed the house, which was built in 1813, for himself and his father, Old William.

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Summer entertainment in Richmond Park

Discerning diners are invited to book now for an evening of ‘Reflections’ at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park on Tuesday 5 June 2018. This is the annual fundraiser in support of The Holly Lodge Centre.

The Belvedere has been booked exclusively for the occasion and there will be music to suit every taste, from opera to boogie woogie. Tickets to ‘Reflections’ include a welcome drink on the terrace and buffet supper with wine.

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Barnes Children's Literature Festival returns

London's largest dedicated children's literature festival will be running from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May.

The festival aims to inspire children from all over the UK about the power of reading, writing and creativity.

This year's line-up includes Judith Kerr, John Burningham, Cressida Cowell, Axel Scheffler, Andy Stanton, Tony Ross, Harry Hill, Emma Chichester Clarke, Peter Snow and many more.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017