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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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Blue badge fraudster punished after investigation

A local business owner, Mr Hugill, was caught fraudulently using a stolen blue badge to park for free outside his premises.

Mr Hugill was prosecuted for his fraudulent misuse and he was given a 12 month community order with a condition he complete 100 hours unpaid work within the community.

He was further ordered to pay the Council £500 for costs.

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Give your view on pharmacy services

Give your views on pharmacy services in Richmond. These will be used to advise the NHS on what needs to be provided in the borough through the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment.

You can have your say on the draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment until Tuesday 26 January 2018.

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Feedback from Twickenham Riverside consultation published

The feedback from the autumn survey and drop-in sessions has now been evaluated and the Council has published a consultation report presenting this feedback.

There were positive views on the latest proposals. However, opinions varied about the building appearances and proposed site plan.

With regards to the Twickenham Riverside/King Street development, it is hoped that a Planning Application will be submitted in the next week.

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Try out tech before Christmas at Richmond Library

Before deciding which iPad or tablet would be best for you, why not get some hands-on experience at Richmond library. The team at the library will show you what iPads and tablets can do.

These drop-in sessions all being held at the Information & Reference Library. You do not need to book in advance.

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Watch Memories Flow Through Me Like a Boat Flows Down the River

This film is inspired by Belgium refugees who eventually settled in Richmond upon Thames after the First World War.

The award winning creative team included professional dancers and students from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Roehampton University.

This free film is available to watch on our website!

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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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Christmas Fayre at Hampton Court House

Come to Hampton Court House for a Family Christmas Fayre on Sunday 10 December from 1 to 4pm.

Enjoy a festive celebration including a crafts market, games, workshops, mulled wine and carols.

Entry is free. For more information, email


The Wind in the Willows at Teddington Theatre Club

This year, Teddington Theatre Club is presenting Alan Bennett's adaption of the much loved The Wind in the Willows.

Running from Saturday 9 December until Saturday 16 December, Teddington Theatre Club invite you to join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad in this festive family show.

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Richmond Carers Centre develop a technology guide

One of the biggest barriers to accessing support for carers is the ever increasing use of technology to carry out everyday tasks

To help with this, Richmond Carers Centre has developed a Caring and Technology Guide to help carers who struggle with technology.

It includes information on different types of technology, how it can support different caring situations and contact details for local organisations.

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Join the Richmond Reading Round reading group

A new weekly reading group sponsored by Royal Literary Fund has been launched for Richmond residents.

Meetings will be led by local author Linda Buckley-Archer who has lived in the borough for over thirty years.

The meetings will be held in the Old Town Hall, Richmond on term-time Tuesdays from 1.15 to 2.45pm starting Tuesday 9 January.

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Team Richmond races into 6th place on first weekend of London Youth Games

A squad of 45 runners traveled to Hampstead Heath last weekend to compete against 32 other teams.

The squad consisted of runners from twenty different schools within the borough in the under 11, under 13, under 15, and under 17 categories.

The young athletes will next be in action in the New Year when the boys and girls cricket qualifiers take place in January.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017