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Council moves in on travellers in Ham

Richmond Council received reports late on Thursday evening (19 July) of travellers bringing 22 caravans, other vehicles and dogs, illegally establishing themselves on Ham Common.

Council officers have visited the site and will start legal proceedings for an eviction order if the travellers do not move. In the meantime, officers are working with the local police to negotiate an amicable move.

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Reducing local food waste in Twickenham

Members of The Real Junk Food Project are doing their bit to help reduce local food waste by operating a pop up cafe in East Twickenham.

Christine Weller and Clare Box have been running the cafe since June and are now looking to raise funds with the South West London environment Network for additional equipment and certification.

The cafe is open every Monday from 11-1pm at the ETNA Community Centre.

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Councils set for court challenge on Heathrow decision

Richmond Council, along with other local authorities, has notified the Secretary of State for Transport that it intends to seek judicial review of the Government’s decision to give policy support in the Airports National Policy Statement ('NPS') for a third Heathrow runway.

The councils are challenging the Government on the grounds of air quality, climate change and strategic environmental assessment including failing properly to deal with the noise consequences and surface access impacts.

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Nominate your favourite high street

Applications for the Great British High Street Awards 2018 are now open.

Recognising local achievements on our high streets, the awards celebrate individual businesses and people who are playing a leading role in making our high streets special. 

Show your support by nominating one of your favourite high streets in the borough.

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Overground line closures

There are services changes planned from this weekend on London Overground: 

  • There will be no service between Shepherd's Bush and Willesden Junction and between Richmond and Gospel Oak on Sunday 22 July 2018.
  • The 0015 train from Stratford will terminate at Camden Road from Monday 23 July to Thursday 26 July 2018.

Use local buses to complete your journey, please the TFL website to plan an alternative route.

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Eighteenth borough park awarded Green Flag

North Sheen Recreation Ground has been recognised by the Green Flag award scheme as one of the best parks in the country, becoming the eighteenth Richmond borough park to achieve this status.

The Green Flag award scheme began in 1996 as a way of recognising the importance of parks and green spaces and encouraging the provision and attainment of high environmental standards.

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Innovate TfL summer programme

An exciting opportunity for year 12 and 13 students to work with TfL is now open for registration. Working in teams, attendees will design, develop and propose an innovation to the iconic transport network and learn how different careers come together to turn an idea  into reality.

The Innovate TfL project runs from September 2018 to January 2019 with prizes and work experience opportunities to be won.

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Hate crime doesn't belong in the UK

Over 50 students from schools across the borough came together to discuss media portrayal of refugees and immigrants, stereotyping of different groups and the relation between hate crime and racist bullying in school or on social media in the UK.

Organised by Achieving for Children, attendees heard from two inspirational speakers from Richmond Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group and Stop Hate UK.

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Summer at Orleans House Gallery

Join the team at Orleans House Gallery for a summer of creation and exploration.

Families are being encouraged to check out Orleans House Gallery's Summer Programme and to take part in events. The programme is open to children aged up to 15 years with half-day, full-day and 3-day workshops available, as well as family events.

There are also two days dedicated to creative activities for dads or male carers and their children.

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White Swan annual raft race

The White Swan raft race has been an annual Twickenham summer tradition since it was launched in 1970 to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Contestants must paddle their self-built rafts across the river to the bank at Ham and back, in a series of heats. Entrants are asked to come in fancy dress, with a prize given to the best team costume.

This year the race will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 4 August.

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Borough primary schools excel

Primary school students in Richmond upon Thames are expected to top the national league yet again following publication of the 2018 Key Stage 2 (SATs) results.

The results show that the borough scored well above the national average in nearly all areas with 87% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, 87% in writing and 88% in mathematics.

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10am to 4.30pm
Jul 22
The People Hive 8 Heath Road Twickenham TW1 4BZ United Kingdom
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9am to 6pm
Jul 22
Grey Court School, TW10 7HN London, United Kingdom
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8am to 6pm
Jul 23
Meadlands Primary School Broughton Avenue, Ham, Richmond, Surrey. TW10 7TS
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9.30 to 11.30am
Jul 24
Twickenham Library Garfield Road TW1 3JT
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10am to 12 noon
Jul 24
Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP
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8.30 to 10am
Jul 25
Costa Coffee 26/26a London Road Twickenham TW1 3RR United Kingdom
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10.30am to 12.30pm
Jul 27
Heathfield Recreation Ground, Powder Mill Lane, Twickenham, TW2 6EG
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Jul 28
Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington TW11 9PS
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12 to 7.30pm
Jul 29
Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4ST
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10:45am to 1pm
Jul 30
St Mary’s University, Twickenham Waldegrave Road Strawberry Hill London TW1 4SX
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9.30 to 11.30am
Jul 31
Twickenham Library Garfield Road TW1 3JT
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Museum of Richmond gains National Lottery grant

The Museum of Richmond and Richmond Team Ministry have gained a National Lottery grant of £22,700 for an exciting heritage project celebrating the 800th Anniversary of St Mary Magdalene’s Parish Church in Richmond.

New school and family workshops will be developed, as well as a new booklet about the history of the church and an audio guide app. All these will continue to be available for visitors after the exhibition closes.

The project and exhibition will open in July 2019 and run until January 2020.

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Find out about STEM careers

A new information board outside the ticket machines at Twickenham Station is helping people learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and how to enter a career in this field. 

The Council’s Economic Development Team has teamed up with engineers Osborne and The Science & Engineering Hoardings Company in launching the board, which illustrates key aspects of the design and construction work involved at the site.

Check it out next time you're there.

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Safe drinking this summer

As summer continues with sunnier weather and warmer temperatures, more people will want to enjoy themselves with a drink or two. 

Staying hydrated is very important, particularly in warmer weather. If alcoholic drinks are your tipple, make sure your drinking remains within safe levels.

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Have your say on proposals for Buccleuch Gardens café

We are inviting the community to have their say on plans for a new café facility in Buccleuch Gardens. Currently a disused toilet block, the existing building infrastructure would be reconfigured to include a café, toilet facilities and a new terraced seating area at the front of the building.

It is proposed that the new facilities would be funded from money paid by the developer of the Star and Garter under a legal agreement.

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Summer fun in Richmond Park

The Holly Lodge Centre are hosting free pop-up activities in Richmond Park for children with special needs or disabilities and their families.

There will be a range of activities including crafts and storytelling, running from 11am to 2pm on 24, 25 and 26 July 2018. 

Booking is not required as all activities are drop in sessions. 

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Recycle your small electrical items

West London Waste Authority and Richmond Council are once again partnering to provide the opportunity for borough residents to get rid of broken or unwanted small electrical items responsibly.

Residents can bring along smaller electrical items for recycling to the Civic Centre in Twickenham from 9am to 5.15pm Monday 16 July to Thursday 19 July, and 9am to 5pm on Friday 20 July.

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Clarifying misunderstandings on Mortlake petition

A petition launched by a local resident claims that the Council has handed over land for a new school in Mortlake without any consultation or due diligence. This has raised a number of concerns as the information provided is misleading.

The current process in England to set up a new school is via the Free School application route. Whilst there is local discussion, decisions on which applications are approved are taken by the Government, not the Council.

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Eel Pie Club Twickenham Sixties Day

On Sunday 5 August, meet outside The Barmy Arms just over the bridge from Eel Pie Island, to celebrate Twickenham in the 1960s.

Enjoy drinks and BBQ all afternoon, see the Mods showing off their fabulous Lambrettas and scooters, and watch a performance from The Eel Pie All-Stars from 2 to 4pm. 

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New Comment Spot posted

Read this week's new Comment Spot post to find out what Cabinet Members have been up to and what they have planned.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017