Hamptons and Teddington news

Further appeals to supermarkets to support vulnerable residents

The Leader of Richmond Council has written to local supermarket chains in the borough to request more action in their efforts to support vulnerable residents. In his letter, Cllr Gareth Roberts thanked supermarkets for the work they have done so far to keep people fed throughout the pandemic. However, he has asked them to do more to protect the health and wellbeing of residents who are unable to access their stores - particularly the elderly or vulnerable.

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Council issues Covid-19 scam alert

A fake text message is being sent to Richmond residents telling them they have been ‘caught’ flouting the Government’s ‘lock down’ rules, the Council has announced.

Following an official Government text sent across all mobile networks, people have been receiving fake messages claiming to know people have left their homes too many times and will be subject to punishment as a result.

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Leader issues stark warning to residents ignoring Government guidance

Residents who continue to ignore Government guidance regarding social distancing are putting their lives and the lives of others at risk unnecessarily.

Over the past few days, the Council has received numerous reports of residents ignoring new Government distancing rules to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

The guidance states that everyone should stay at home and people should only go outside for food and health reasons and should stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.

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Army delivers protective equipment for Richmond’s social care workers

The Army delivered an emergency supply of masks and aprons to Richmond Council on Friday 27 March. Richmond’s social care staff support some of the most vulnerable and frail people in the borough.

On Friday afternoon, Army personnel delivered limited supplies to help staff continue their work safely. These supplies are now being distributed to care homes and other key workers.

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New Coronavirus helpline set up

Richmond Council has set up The Community Hub to help co-ordinate the support being offered by the Council and Richmond’s many voluntary organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Community Hub will be a first response for residents, particularly elderly and or vulnerable residents without support networks. The Community Hub is designed to help those most in need stay safe and well while self-isolating at home.

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Townmead Waste and Recycling Centre CLOSED

The Townmead Household Waste and Recycling Centre has now been closed. Richmond Council are requesting that while residents are being asked to stay at home, they do not have a clear out or Spring clean of their homes, clothes, furniture etc.

Residents are asked not to leave items outside for the kerbside recycling collection service and to store items in their homes for collection when the Government’s restrictions are lifted.

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Health staff, key workers and volunteers prioritised in parking changes

To enable those working in health services or delivering vital community support, key workers and those providing help to vulnerable residents can now apply for an emergency parking dispensation, giving them priority over parking in the borough. Residents or those who are providing vital care, support or services to help during the Coronavirus pandemic can therefore apply for a parking dispensation by emailing: parking@richmond.gov.uk.

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Arrange a pony visit with Park Lane Stables!

Teddington and Hampton-based riding school Park Lane Stables is offering pony visits for those in self-isolation and unable to leave their homes.

If you'd like to see a friendly face outside your window to brighten up your day, then contact them on 07796 842 328 to arrange a four-legged visitor today.

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Sign up to help vulnerable residents in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak

Richmond Council has issued guidance to people, businesses and organisations who want to help support vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Council is centralising efforts by working with Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (Richmond CVS), Age UK Richmond and other voluntary organisations. Those who want to help should sign up with Richmond’s volunteering database to help out at this challenging time.

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POSTPONED U3A want to help you get the most out of an active retirement

Are you retired or semi-retired and want to meet new people and make new friends? Richmond-based U3A offer monthly meetings for all members on the last Wednesday of the month in Twickenham.

U3A is a co-operative of older people working to enable members to share learning, creative and leisure activities. The groups are run by members and have a strong social dimension, with like-minded folk having a chance to meet over shared interests.

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Dog owners urged to keep dogs on a lead to ensure social distancing

Richmond Council is asking local dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead while in local parks and open spaces. This is to help ensure that all park visitors comply with the Government’s advice on social distancing which requires people to remain two metres apart.

This requirement has been introduced across the country to try and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 

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Events

10.30am to 12.30pm
Apr 1
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE.
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1pm
Apr 3
Elleray Hall , Elleray Road Teddignton TW11 9ND
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9.30 am - 5 pm
Apr 4
Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN
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8am to 6pm
Apr 6
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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Apr 7
Hampton Hill Theatre 90 Hampton High Street Hampton TW12 1NZ
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8am to 6pm
Apr 7
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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8am to 6pm
Apr 8
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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10am to 5pm
Apr 9
Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN
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8am to 6pm
Apr 9
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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8am to 6pm
Apr 14
St Osumund's Catholic Primary Church Road Barnes SW13 9HQ
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7.00pm
Apr 17
St Anne's Church Kew Green TW9 3AA
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10am
Apr 17
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE
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5 to 8pm
Apr 22
Richmond Upon Thames College Langhorn Drive TWICKENHAM TW2 7SJ
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10.30am to12.30pm
Apr 22
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE
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7:45pm
Apr 30
The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU
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Citizens Advice Richmond to continue advice service through this difficult time

The past couple of weeks will have proven extremely difficult for large sections of residents across the borough.

Citizens Advice Richmond is continuing to operate over the phone and online to provide residents with up to date information on a wide array of issues including advice for those who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced and support benefits available to them.

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Small businesses can apply for Government Coronavirus support grants online

Businesses eligible for grants to help during the Coronavirus pandemic can now go online to claim their funding.

A package of measures to provide support for businesses was announced by the Government last week, including grants and business rates holiday for qualifying businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. It is estimated that this overall support package for Richmond businesses is worth around £80m.

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Online workshop to help businesses survive coronavirus lockdown

Richmond businesses are being encouraged to take part in a free online workshop "Survive the lockdown and come out fighting" next month.

The free online summit will aim to provide businesses with practical advice to help them navigate their business through the current uncertain times. The summit will be run by StartUp Richmond and supported by Richmond Council. The session will run on Thursday 2 April 2020, from 2 to 5pm.

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Richmond Council’s bulky waste collection suspended

Richmond Council has announced that its bulky waste collection service has been suspended to help protect residents and staff during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Residents are asked to avoid plans for removing bulky items from their houses over the coming weeks to avoid requiring such services from their house or business. This suspension will be reviewed in the coming weeks in line with Government and Public Health recommendations.

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Royal Parks announce temporary car ban from Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks

Royal Parks have temporarily banned cars from Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks following police advice after these parks saw a huge surge of traffic over the past weekend with large numbers of people entering the parks and ignoring Government advice on social distancing. Cyclists will not be affected by these measures but are asked to not congregate in large groups and to respect social distancing guidelines. 

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Council offers reassurance on Council Tax collection

Richmond Council has moved to ease residents' financial concerns during this difficult period after announcing no enforcement or recovery action will be initiated against people who fall behind with their payments of Council Tax. With some people facing reduced incomes or job losses as a result of the outbreak, the Council has confirmed it will be relaxing its normal rules on non-payment of Council Tax.

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All Richmond Health Walks suspended

Local residents should be aware that all activities held on behalf of the parks team through Richmond Health Walks have now been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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We must work together to beat Coronavirus

As the situation regarding COVID-19 escalates, Richmond Council will have to work differently to prioritise the wellbeing of everyone and in particular the most vulnerable across the borough. As a result, it is inevitable that services will be impacted and, in some cases reduced.

Following Government guidance regarding social distancing, all public events held on Council premise or property will unfortunately be cancelled or postponed. A letter will be sent to 85,000 households across the borough over the coming days, outlining how to access support if needed.

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CANCELLED It Shoulda Been You premiering at the Hampton Hill Theatre this month

The BROS Theatre Company will premiere their charming new musical, ‘It Shoulda Been You’ at Hampton Hill Theatre from 24 to 28 March. The play is a modern-day, fast-paced musical comedy, filled with family rivalry, witty one-liners to make you laugh out loud and a few surprises along the way! Tickets are available now. Booking is essential.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017