Hamptons and Teddington news

Save Our Stables! Help keep Park Lane Stables in Teddington

Park Lane Stables RDA (Riding for the Disabled) has been a key part of the Teddington community for many years, providing much-needed therapy and happiness to hundreds of local children and adults with (and without) disabilities and mental health challenges.

The lease at Park Lane Stables lease will be ending on 31 May 2021 and the property owner of their premises wishes to sell. The site has been approved as an Asset of Community Value, giving the community group time to develop a proposal and raise the required capital in order to bid for the land once it comes onto the open market. 

The team are urgently looking to raise £1 million through crowdfunding so they can buy Park Lane Stables on behalf of the community to continue their amazing work. If you would like to support this effort, you can make a donation through their Crowdfunding page. 

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Christmas tree drop-off sites opening extended

Christmas tree collection sites will now remain open for an extra week until Sunday, January 24 2021.

The sites that will continue to operate are:

  • Squire's Garden Centre car park, Sixth Cross Road, TW2 5PA
  • Old Deer Car Park, TW9 2RA
  • Ham Street Car Park, TW10 7RS
  • Nelson Road Car Park, TW2 7BB
  • Hampton Library car park, TW12 2AB
  • North Lane Car Park, TW11 0HJ

Please note this does not included the use of the site at Barn Elms which will not be available.

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Clap for Heroes this Thursday

Communities across the borough are being asked to clap for our heroes for carers and the NHS this Thursday as the weekly applause is brought back for the second lockdown. Residents are being asked to clap on their doorstep at 8pm for the NHS and also all teachers, homeschooling parents, social workers and those who are shielding. 


Support available for unpaid carers this Christmas and beyond

Christmas is a time to take a break and relax for many people – but not for most unpaid carers who care for loved ones 365 days a year.

Unpaid carers in Richmond upon Thames are reminded of the help and support services available this Christmas. A carer’s assessment can help carers understand the impact caring is having on their life and the support options available to them.

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Local talent join forces

St Margaret’s songwriter Sha Armstrong and Teddington producer Dave Cooke have joined forces with Twickenham YouTubers Singing Hands, to create a special Wash Your Hands song with Makaton signing. It features on the new album ITS Music - Health and Happiness, with 25 other original songs out in time for Christmas. 

Sha and her son, Silas, an ex-Orleans Park student, started ITS Music 18 months ago, and have already amassed over 5M views on YouTube.

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Hampton School students tell fascinating local history of how Twickenham housed 10 Jewish boys

On the anniversary of the first Kindertransport arriving in the UK in 1938, two fourth year students at Hampton School, Felix and Josh, share their research on the amazing local history of ten young Jewish boys who fled Nazi Europe and came to a Kinderhostel in Twickenham.

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Beavers success to benefit The Poppy Factory

Early in November, the Beavers reached the first round proper of the FA Cup and the kit worn that day has been put in an online auction.

The auction will raise funds for the football club at this difficult time where supporters aren't allowed to attend.

In recognition of the match taking place on Remembrance Sunday, 10% of the proceeds will also go to the Poppy Factory, based in Richmond.

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Landmark Arts Centre takes Festive Emporium online

Teddington’s Landmark Arts Centre have confirmed that following the new lockdown restrictions, its Festive Emporium will now launch online, instead of the shopping event previously planned at the centre. The fundraising event will go live on Thursday 19 November and will run through to Sunday 6 December.

The festive fair will featrue over 600 products including homewares, handmade and crafted jewellery, ceramics, artworks, children’s gifts and gourmet foods from 25 talented makers and will include special Black Friday deals.

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Get Lucky Local

Are you a good cause? Need to raise funds? Join the non profit Richmond Community Lottery, the first draw is on Saturday 14 November at 8pm. 36 good causes in the borough have already signed up and £15,000 is being raised for them in the first year.

It is free to join and 50p of every £1 ticket sold goes to your good cause. 


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Youth climate summit

The Youth Climate Summit is taking place 9 to 13 November 2020, with over 160 sessions during the week and it's all free! You just need to register for a free Transform Our World Account.

There are separate primary and secondary school programmes running in parallel and all sessions will be streamed via YouTube and hosted on the Transform Our World webpage.

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New QR codes to make it easier for residents to report overflowing bins

We have a helpful new feature in our parks to help residents to report full or overflowing bins. Bins will now have QR codes attached to the lid making it easier for residents and visitors to report overflowing bins quickly and easily directly to our park cleansing contractors.

These measures have been put in place following an increase in rubbish generated in the borough’s open spaces since March, with more people now meeting in our many parks and open spaces.

After scanning the QR code using the camera on a smartphone, residents will be taken to our website where they can quickly and easily report an overflowing bin. The new system will be a more efficient way of reporting incidents directly to the contractors, therefore reducing the need for residents to phone or email us.

We continue to encourage park users to take their waste home and recycle where possible.



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COVID-19 testing for those with no symptoms rolled out

All residents in the borough who are essential workers, volunteering, providing vital support for a vulnerable resident, or who need regular reassurance that they don’t have COVID-19, can now apply for a rapid COVID-19 test; this test is for people NOT experiencing symptoms (asymptomatic).

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Local Pharmacy open today for Christmas Day

If you need to visit a pharmacy on Christmas Day today, K C Pharmacy on Broad Street in Teddington will be open from 10am until 6pm.

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Beaver Boxes to help local community enjoy Christmas

In these hard times, Hampton & Richmond Borough FC are planning to make sure as many families and members of our local community that are going through difficult times, have something to help them enjoy Christmas.

With other local businesses - The Jolly Coopers pub, YMCA Hampton Pool and the Beavers Trust - the club are going to be putting together some special 'Beaver Boxes' to give to those in need before Christmas. Each box will contain food and Christmas treats to help make this year as special as possible.

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Kew Village Christmas Market takes place this weekend

The next open air event on will take place on Sunday 6 December, from 10am to 2pm. Forget online shopping – here’s your chance to have fun stocking up on fine foodie treats, beautiful original hand-made gifts and seasonal specialities.

There will be over 40 stalls from the best independent traders, Santa giving cheques to four local good causes and live music from the Richmond Youth Jazz Band.

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Last few days of the Landmark Arts Centre’s online Festive Emporium

Teddington's Landmark Arts Centre have taken their Festive Emporium online this year. The fundraising event will finish it’s online run this weekend as it concludes this Sunday 6 December 2020.

The festive fair will feature over 600 products including homewares, handmade and crafted jewellery, ceramics, artworks, children’s gifts and gourmet foods from 25 talented makers and will include special Black Friday deals.

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Views sought on new SEND provision at Hampton High

Parents and the community are invited to have their say on plans for a new Specialist Resource Provision at Hampton High for young people with Social Communication Needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties.

Subject to consultation, the new provision would enable existing school facilities to be adapted, enabling up to 20 additional pupils to begin in September 2021.

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Getting into novel writing workshop

This 90 minute workshop led by Dr Jonathan Gibbs looks at ways of moving beyond the genesis of the novel, and aims to help writers concentrate and consolidate their thoughts and ambitions into something real and manageable.

Come along to this online workshop on 12 November at 7pm on Zoom. For more information and to book your place visit The Exchange, Twickenham website.

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Have you heard of Rotary?

Rotary is a charitable organisation that puts 'Service Above Self' in the local community and beyond. It prides itself on helping others, whether that be through local charities or international causes.

Rotary meet as local clubs, so if you are interested in helping others in a social setting, then go to their website Rotary.org or contact Chris Hack at chack@onetel.com at the Twickenham Upon Thames Rotary Club.

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Teddington Remembrance Day Service

Every year the Remembrance Day Service in Teddington is held outside the Teddington Memorial Hospital following a parade up the High Street. 

This year's service has been cancelled due to COVID-19, but a special online service will be available to view on Sunday 8 November at 10.45am, featuring representatives from local organisations and music from local choirs. 

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