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Christmas Day Dinner Richmond need your help

The volunteers behind the Christmas Day Dinner in Richmond are kindly asking for gift donations to fill 50 stockings for young adults aged 18 to 25 from across the borough who have recently left the care system.

Presents for the guests can be dropped off at Positive, Willoughby House, 439 Richmond Road, TW1 2AG on Friday 14 December between 9.30am and 5pm

View the wishlist on Amazon and find out how you can get involved and make this Christmas a special one to remember.

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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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Christmas Day lunch at Elleray Hall

Churches in Teddington are again inviting the elderly and those who are alone on Christmas Day to join them for a traditional Christmas meal. There will be entertainment, mince pies and other refreshments, as well as a chance to join in carols and other activities. Transport can be provided for those who need it.

The event organisers are searching for volunteer musicians, entertainers and assistance with food preparation. If you would like to attend or register as a volunteer, please contact Jo Nicholds on 07968 960459 or by email.

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Christmas Concert in aid of the Holly Lodge Centre

A wonderful lead-up to Christmas for the entire family, the ever popular Holly Lodge Centre's annual Christmas Concert returns for 2018.

The evening of song and festive readings will feature choirs from local schools and celebrity readers. Entry to the event is £20 (under 16s £5) and includes wine and mine pies.

The concert will take place on Wednesday 5 December at Christ Church in East Sheen from 7.30pm onwards.

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Off the Record: November’s local Community Hero

Off the Record (OTR) Twickenham have been titled November's local Community Hero for their work in providing free counselling for young people in the Twickenham area. They were nominated by Cllr Robin Brown.

OTR provide the only free and confidential drop-in counselling, information and sexual health service for young people aged 11 to 24 who live, work or study in the Richmond Borough, helping more than 1,500 young people every year.

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Twickenham Christmas lights switch on

Enjoy an afteroon of Christmas festivities on Twickenham Green, King Street and Diamond Jubilee Gardens this Sunday 25 November!

From 2pm there will be music and stage performances, games, giveaways, face painting, market stalls and much more. Make sure you don't miss the King Street Christmas tree switch on will take place at approximately 5.30pm.

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TAG highly commended in national awards

TAG Youth Club received a highly commended certificate at the UK Youth Showcase and Awards ceremony this week - a major achievement in recognition of the work at the Ham-based club.

The club aims to empower and optimise the potential of young people with disabilities. Youth workers deliver a range of programmes that encourage personal and social development.

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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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Dec 15
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT
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St Mary's University, Chapel 692, Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham, TW1 4SX
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High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2ST
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High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2ST
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Park Road, Teddington, TW12 2EJ
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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!


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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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Work Club at Twickenham Library

Work Club run sessions for people looking to get back in to the workplace. Sessions run every Tuesday from 9.30 to 11.30am at Twickenham Library.

The final three sessions for the year will take place on 27 November, 4 and 11 December. Knowledgeable volunteers with experience in careers guidance are available to help you with online job search skills, writing your CV and achieving work related goals.

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Ham and Petersham towpath clean up

Volunteers are needed to help at the annual Thames Towpath clean up this Saturday 24 November. 

Pickers and gloves will be provided upon arrival. If you are available to help, meet members of the Ham and Petersham Association at the Ham Street car park at 10am.

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Community Art Project at Whitton Library

Whitton Library will be displaying artwork and a book of remembrances from Friday 23 November to Saturday 15 December 2018.

The display has been created by participants from White Farm Lodge, students at Chase Bridge Primary School and members at 2nd Whitton Beavers to commemorate the centenary of WW1.

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Armistice Day 2018 in Fontainebleau

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools, Cllr Penny Frost represented the borough and the Richmond in Europe Association (REA) at the Armistice Day commemorations in Fontainebleau.

Joining the Mayor of Fontainebleau, the Oberbürgermeister of Konstanz and REA vice chair, Helen Baker, Cllr Frost attended a concert for peace and reconciliation, visited the First World War exhibition and took part in the joint laying of wreaths.

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Friendly Christmas carol service for all

Following the success of last year’s first ever dementia-friendly Christmas service in Barnes, the Barnes Community Association (BCA) have now made it a fixture on their calendar.

This year Holy Trinity Barnes will host the carol service with the FiSH Choir on Wednesday 12 December from 2.30 to 3.30pm

If you would like more information about the service, please call 020 8876 3765 or email merlene@barnes-ca.org.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017