Hamptons and Teddington news

50 bird species to see in the borough

Despite the short, grey January days there are plenty of bright spots for local birdwatchers. Fifty different species, including wintering wildfowl, have been spotted in the borough, mostly around the Leg o' Mutton Local Nature Reserve in Lonsdale Road.

As spring comes, we will see the the return of common terns following successful broodings here since the installation of a new nesting raft in 2016 and we hope to maintain our status as the 4th largest breeding ground for herons in London.


Clarendon students work on school mosaic

During their first term at the school's new site, pupils at Clarendon drew their mosaic designs onto the re-purposed breeze block walls, along with the assistance of a local community artist. The project is thanks to Council Civic Pride funding.

Over Christmas, the elves completed the background to the pupil's work, ready for the next phase later this spring.

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Auction raises £4,500 for the Poppy Factory

An online auction organised by Richmond BID/Be Richmond and supported by local businesses helped raise £4,500 for Richmond-based charity The Poppy Factory.

Auction lots were provided by 25 Richmond businesses and organisations, including software developers, exhibition companies, hotels, retailers, restaurants and pubs. Contributions included everything from rugby tickets and afternoon teas to panto tickets and even an original oil painting.

The funds raised will help The Poppy Factory support more veterans back into meaningful employment across the UK.

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Get the job you want in 2019

Room for Work is a prize-winning employability course designed for skilled workers at all levels, including managers and professionals. 

This is a free course, part-funded by Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity. In their free 12-week programme participants learn current job search techniques, develop social media skills, improve CVs, and practice competency-based interviews.

To join the winter 2019 course, commencing 8 January, register online.

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College festive fundraiser for Shooting Star Chase

Richmond upon Thames College has raised over £300 for local children's hospice, Shooting Star Chase, by hosting an annual Christmas fundraising day.

Activities included festive carol singing, a bake sale, raffle and lunch.

Well done Richmond College!

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Guide to local NHS services over Christmas period

We're reminding residents that GPs and pharmacies will have different operating hours over the Christmas and New Year preiod.

Your local pharmacy is the place to go to get any prescription medicines and clinical advice for minor health concerns. But did you know they can also help with common illnesses like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains. Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don’t need an appointment – you can just walk in.

GP appointments during the Christmas period, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, may be accessed by calling your GP practice during opening hours or at other times through NHS 111.

Meanwhile, if you need medical help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation call 111.


Book your Christmas moonlight swim

Tickets are selling fast to the Hampton Pool Christmas moonlight swim. Enjoy a swim under the night sky and amongst the festive lights on Friday 21 and Friday 28 December from 10pm to midnight. Seasonal drinks and snacks are also available for purchase.

The two hour session costs £8.50 per adult and £4.25 per child. Booking is essential, please call 020 8255 1116.

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Local artists help those affected by homelessness

Vineyard Editions is a local art initiative that aims to help make a difference for people affected by homelessness. 100% of funds raised go directly to Richmond’s Vineyard Community Centre, a charity that works to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in our area.

Six renowned local artists are supporting the effort, each donating a unique, signed, limited edition piece of art that you can buy now at a fraction of their usual price.

In keeping with the local focus, the prints are all of Richmond scenes.

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Middlesex Yeomanry Christmas Band Concert

The Middlesex Yeomanry Christmas Band Concert will be held on Sunday 9 December from 2.30pm at the White House, 45 The Avenue, Hampton, TW12 3RN.

The programme includes well known Christmas music such as the vibrant Dance of the Tumblers from the Snow Maiden, selections from the Wizard of Oz and many other concert and seasonal favourites.

Tickets cost £10, with free admission for children. This includes a programme, refreshments of mulled wine or hot drinks, and mince pies. Call 020 8941 1227 for more information or to book your tickets.

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Fundraiser for the Vineyard Community Centre

The Vineyard Community Centre have been listed as a Paypal charity of the year! This #GivingTuesday 27 November, Paypal are doubling donations received through the centre's fundraising page up to a maximum of £50,000 total matching donations.

The Vineyard Community Centre's mission is to those in need who are homeless, hungry or socially disadvantaged across the borough. They offer help in crisis and hope for life through morning drop-in, foodbank, community cafe and skills based training programmes.

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Free choir places for music students

Teddington Chamber Choir (TCC) has a limited number of free and half-price places for music students and other musically qualified people under the age of 25. Applications are also invited from others, particularly those who sing lower voice parts. Ability to read music is advantageous.

TCC is an auditioned mixed voice choir, singing mainly classical, which rehearses on Tuesdays from 8.15 to 10.15pm at St Mark’s Church, Teddington, TW11 9DE.

If you are interested in joining, please contact enquiries@teddingtonchamberchoir.org or come along to our open rehearsals on 8, 15 or 22 January 2019.

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Whittaker Suite Old Town Hall Whittaker Avenue TW9 1JP Richmond
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Whittaker Suite Old Town Hall Whittaker Avenue TW9 1JP Richmond
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Percy Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 2JT
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Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Suite Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1JP
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Teddington Library, Waldegrave Road, TW11 8NY
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Improve your photography skills!

If you are looking to take up a new hobby in 2019, or share your current passion with fellow enthusiasts, the Hampton Hill Photographic Society are welcoming new members.

They meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm. The first meeting of 2019 will be on Wednesday 16 January, and will feature a talk from Darren Pullman. 

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A novel way to bring a new show to Hampton Hill Theatre

A Twickenham based theatre director has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring a new children’s musical with an important message about climate change to Hampton Hill Theatre.

Stephen Leslie was inspired to create this production after hearing about Ellie and Starlight, a story by a local writer that explains climate change in a heart-warming way to young children. He is crowdfunding with SWELN, a charity that supports environmental initiatives in South West London. They need to raise a further £4k for the musical to go ahead, and residents who pledge their support will be eligible for free tickets if the show reaches its fundraising target.

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Take the One You Health Quiz

Public Health England have launched the 'How Are You' free online health quiz to measure your health and start the fight back to a healthier you.

One You provides tips, tools, personalised support and encouragement every step of the way to help improve your health. 

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Free employability course

Room for Work are offering a free course for adults looking to get back into work, or wanting to find a better job. The 12 week programme will help you learn current job search techniques, develop social media skills, improve your CV and practice interviewing. 

The next course starts on 8 January 2019.

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New litter-pick scheme to reduce plastic entering the Thames

South West London Environment Network and BeRichmond are making it easier for Richmond residents to keep the towpath tidy and reduce the amount of plastic entering the Thames with #2minutelitterpick. Locals can quickly and easily get hold of the equipment they need to run a litter-pick with the support of The White Cross and The Bingham.

To take part, look out for an A-board outside either business with litter pickers and a roll of rubbish bags attached. Simply take the pickers, fill the bags, bin them and then return the pickers to the board.

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The only way is up at the Landmark

Changing light bulbs in their magnificent, but enormous, building has always been an expensive challenge for arts charity the Landmark Arts Centre. Thanks to wonderful community support for two fundraising events and a generous private donation last week, the Landmark team took delivery of an access lift.

This will enable safe access by trained staff and contractors up to 11 metres - enough to change the light bulbs, service the heating and even do the dusting!


Age UK Richmond Christmas activities

Age UK have a range of opportunitites for residents to join in the festive fun this month.

Register for one of the Christmas lunches across the borough, meet new friends and enjoy delicious festive food. There is also a Christmas concert at the Brenftford Musical Museum and a Christmas song time at the Whitton Social Centre.

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Schools collaborate on Remembrance concert

A concert has been held to commemorate the centenary of the armistice, and to celebrate the uniqueness of Ham and Petersham's Anglo-German connections, has been held at the German School.

The 'War is Over' concert was organised by Ham and Petersham Sea Scouts, Meadlands, Russell and St Richards schools with perforamcnes from Grey Court School's orchestra, choir and band and the German School's orchestra and choir.

A packed audience was treated to outstanding performances from all the music departments with the message of peace and reconciliation felt strongly by all who attended.


Normansfield Christmas Carol Concert

Tickets are now on sale to the annual Christmas Carol Concert at 7.30pm on Friday 7 December at Langdon Down Centre.

The event will include performances by the Marble Hill Singers and Teddington based choir the Chirpy Cheeps.

Tickets are £10 each and £8 for concessions and can be purchase online or by calling 0333 1212 300.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017