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Village Planning Fund now open for 2018 nominations

Residents can now submit their proposals for new community projects as part of the second round of the Village Planning Fund.

The fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by Richmond upon Thames Council and paid by developers.

The deadline to submit your ideas is Friday 6 April.

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Council funding helps launch new carriage driving project

Nearly 100 children and adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities will be able to take part in horse carriage driving in the local area, thanks to funding from our Civic Pride Scheme.

Park Lane Stables RDA in Teddington has received £5,000 towards the set-up of a Carriage Driving Project.

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Don't be late for a very important date!

Families are invited to afternoon tea with the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland and maybe even a Cheshire Cat next month at a charity event hosted by the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames.

The event is on Saturday 3 March from 12 to 3pm at York House in Twickenham.

Tickets must be bought in advance. 

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Join a new Hampton Hill group for older people

A new group, Connections is being launched at St. James' Hampton Hill on the first Tuesday of the month from 11am. 

Meet people and make friends in your local community over tea, coffee and cakes.

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Council leads the way with new cycle safety technology

Richmond upon Thames is the first place in the United Kingdom to install the latest cutting edge technology to protect vulnerable road users.

All of our heavy goods vehicles are being fitted with the new Cycle Safety Shield + which is designed to make cyclists and other vulnerable road users safer by giving drivers warning if a collision is imminent and filtering out other objects to reduce driver distraction.

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Don’t miss the deadline to apply for local crowdfunding challenge

Local groups and organisations looking for help fundraising for a local community project still have two weeks left to apply for the Richmond Crowdfunding Challenge.

Organisations are invited to apply online and if selected that will receive up to two places on a day of crowdfunding and campaigning training and a package of 1:1 support to help them develop their campaign.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 11 February.

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Join Family Funtime at Hampton Library

Hampton library is launching a brand new activity for pre-school children.

This free weekly activity will include songs and rhymes with playtime afterwards and a chance for parents/carers to chat over refreshments. 

Family Funtime will begin in Hampton Library from 6 February at 10am. 

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GoodGym help heat up the borough

For this week's run, 10 GoodGym runners ran 8km to help spread the message about our fuel grants scheme. 

Two teams delivered a bunch of leaflets each and made their way around Richmond, Ham and Mortlake. 

The fuel grants scheme offers residents on low incomes up to £85 off their winter fuel bill. 

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ADHD Richmond dialogue launches

From March, a support group for Richmond parents of children with ADHD is offering free one to one dialogues. 

Anyone who is interested should book an appointment now to be sure of a place. Email to book.

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Heathrow criticised for jumping the gun on Government expansion decision

The latest consultation from Heathrow is ‘jumping the gun’, according to Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils.

The consultation, which was launched by the airport last week, invites the public to put forward their views on various factors of the expansion scheme.

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Richmond's Music and Drama Festival is back!

A stellar line-up of acts promise to make this year’s Richmond Music and Drama Festival the most exciting ever.

Highlights include the Barnes Community Players performing Say Something Happened; Twickenham Jazz Club hosting Kelvin Christiane All Star Big Band and Powerjam & Friends.

The festival will launch with a special opening event on Sunday 4 March at 3pm at The Exchange in Twickenham.

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Could you be a community gardener?

The Barnes Community Association Environment Group is hoping to create a team of Community Gardeners.

They want to bring together a group of keen volunteer gardeners, who will not only provide valuable help to their elderly and disabled neighbours but also make Barnes an even more beautiful place in which to live.

If you have a few hours to spare, email Nicki at


One month to the unveiling of transformed Orleans House Gallery

The popular Orleans House Gallery on Twickenham Riverside is set to reopen on 1 March, following months of refurbishment and restoration works.

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Hammersmith Bridge closed during half term

Planned maintenance and investigation work will be taking place on Hammersmith Bridge this February half term.

The work is being carried out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London (TfL).

Motorists will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge. One footway will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, who will have to dismount to cross.

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Students help local Twickenham café with new marketing plan

15 students from Richmond upon Thames College have produced a new marketing strategy for Cafe Sunshine on Twickenham Riverside which is staffed by people with learning disabilities.

Students spent time with the staff and customers and designed creative ideas for improving its marketing. 

We will now review the proposals and consider which ones to implement in the future.

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Make a splash at Teddington Pools this half term

From Monday 12 to Friday 16 February we are offering a range of half term activities, from synchro and tumbleturn workshops, to mini water polo and crash course swimming lessons.

To book or find out more please call 020 3772 2999 or pop into the centre.

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Teddington Theatre Club present After Electra

Teddington Theatre Club have a new production coming to Hampton Hill Theatre this March.

After Electra is a dark comedy about family and ageing. It will take place from 4 to 18 March at 4pm on Sundays and 7.45pm on weekdays.

Tickets are available at the box office on 0845 838 7529. 

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Green fingered Mortlake residents to have improved flower beds

Vital repairs will be carried out to the raised flower beds at a community garden in Mortlake, thanks to funding from the Civic Pride Scheme.

The Mortlake Community Association received £4,376 towards the repair of the beds at the Mortlake Community Garden in Alder Road.

The improvements will mean that more people will have the opportunity to join the monthly gardening sessions.

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Richmond youngsters to film history of The Poppy Factory

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, 104 Films can start a project that will enable local disabled youngsters to make a film about the history of the Poppy Factory.

104 films were established in 2004 and aims to change the representation of disabled people both in front of and behind the camera.

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Air quality volunteers needed

Volunteers are urgently needed to join a series of local ‘Idling Action’ days.

Help educate parents, carers and motorists of the dangers to air quality when leaving car engines idling on the school run, outside shops, at level crossings or anywhere when parked for a minute or more.

The first event will be held in East Sheen on the afternoon of Wednesday 7 February 2018.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017