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Take part in Church Street of Twickenham's Pumpkin Trail

This year the Church Street Traders come up with the Percy Pumpkin Halloween Trail! It’s a fun treasure hunt and you can find the forms in participating shops, download it from the Church Street of Twickenham Facebook page or email

It is a visual delight with fantastic illustrations by the talented Eel Pie Island artist Simon Cassini. The competition will run until 8 November and all correct forms will win a voucher for a special bag of sweets from Sweet Memories of Church Street. 

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Book cycle classes for half term now

There are still spaces left for The Cycle Coach’s half term cycling lessons for children. With many kids taking to two wheels in recent months and with the encouragement of further clean green transport across the borough, these classes could be ideal for your child looking to improve their cycling confidence.

Classes are offered for ages 4 to 12 and will be held at Teddington Sport Centre.

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Still time to book a place for half term swimming lessons

Spaces are still available for Pools on the Park’s family swimming sessions during half term. Sessions are taking place in the main pool and teaching pool.

Call 020 3772 2999 for more information or to book your place now.

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Octagon 300 exhibition opens at Orleans House Gallery

A new exhibition celebrating 300 years of the Octogon room in Orleans House Gallery has now opened.

Art group Alice in Hackneyland have drawn on 300 years of history of the Octagon room establishing an artistic dialogue between Baroque and contemporary art to create a mesmerising, immersive, sculptural tableau through use of colour and illusion. 

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Church Street honours our veterans with a mass of poppies

While COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for the busy Church Street and the traders are still trying to bravely soldier on. As part of this will be this year’s Remembrance Day celebrations a mass of poppies and flags organised by the Church Street Association on all the lamp posts and flag poles.

Church Street will be proudly commemorating our armed forces, the wounded, injured, sick or destitute. Church Street will remember the fallen and hold the torch high this year.

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Fourteen school streets now live in Richmond!

Fourteen School Streets are now in place across the borough, enabling children to travel safely to school every day!

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Take the GLA Business Energy Efficiency survey

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and his team at City Hall want to work with businesses to help deliver a green recovery from this pandemic and make London a zero-carbon city. London’s commercial and industrial buildings make up 36% of London’s carbon footprint.

Taking action can be overwhelming, especially in these challenging times. That’s why they are carrying out a survey to find out the challenges that businesses face when thinking about taking energy efficiency actions. Take the survey now before it closes on Friday 13 November 2020.

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York House exterior to be restored

York House in Twickenham will be benefiting from some restoration works over the next few weeks, repairing damage that has occurred to the external façade as result of weather damage over recent years.

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New online guide for those needing financial help

A new online guide has been launched for those needing some additional help accessing food, household essentials, paying for bills, rent or their mortgage as a result of COVID-19.

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Hats off to Richmond Fashion Festival

Richmond Fashion Festival would not let COVID-19 defeat it. They adapted their events and are now running virtual social media shows leading up to the 'Richmond Fashion Spotlight' in December.

Their first photoshoot included Titfer Tat hats at the One Paved Court art gallery show of local artist's Judith Brenner's painting. Richmond Fashion Festival is supporting the Fashion and Textile Children's Trust through a Christmas charity auction and hopes that Richmond residents will bid generously.

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Be part of Age UK Richmond user group and help shape their future

Age UK Richmond is looking to establish a user group to obtain clear unbiased feedback that will help them develop their services and focus their resources appropriately.

The group will be made up of people who have accessed an Age UK Richmond service before, who are keen to help make a difference to their services. If you would like to be part of the Age UK Richmond user group please email CEO Rob Burton by 31 October on

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Celebrate Record Store Day this weekend

Tomorrow, Saturday 24 October is Record Store Day, when over 200 independent record shops across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture and the art form of the album.

The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. Why not get out to support your local record store in the brough or on your local high street this Record Store Day and pick up a new album to enjoy this weekend.

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Have your say on improving Barnes High Street

Residents in Barnes are invited to have their say on a host of proposed improvements that will reduce traffic and improve air quality in the town centre.

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Council to host first public meeting with Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce

Richmond Council will host a virtual public meeting on 28 October with the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce, the first since the group’s formation last month.

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Reimagining Castelnau House

An exclusive new film: ’La Nouvelle Maison’ a dolls house, created by artist Tahira Mandarino will be released on the Richmond library Facebook and YouTube channels at 10am on Friday 23 October.

Inspired by old black and white photographs from the Borough’s archive collection for the Reimagine Exhibition at Orleans House Gallery. The photographs show the interior of the now demolished Castelnau House, where in its place, the Castelnau Library was built. Watch the video tomorrow and ignite your own imagination about this absent house with Tahira Mandarino.

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TTC launch podcast with 13 Frights of Halloween

Hampton Hill Theatre may not be open to audiences at present, but this doesn’t mean that theatre club members are resting! Resident theatre company, Teddington Theatre Club has been busy recording the first season of its brand-new podcast, Audiotorium!

13 Frights of Halloween comprises 13 days of spine-chilling tales read by TTC members. The line-up features a weird trio of Poe, an E Nesbit classic, a dark original piece and culminates in a full-on Gaskell phantasmagoria on the night of Halloween itself.

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Renewal of orders to protect our parks and open spaces

Following a public consultation, two local Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which aim to address antisocial activities in public spaces in the borough have been renewed.

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Free info evening to help EU citizens find out their rights after Brexit!

Are you an EU citizen living, working or studying in Richmond upon Thames and worried about Brexit? Why not attend a free event to find out about your rights!

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Marble Hill House announces special ‘Marble Hill Remembers’ programme of events

Marble Hill House has unveiled a special programme of events to commemorate Poppy Day this year. As part of the commemoration, Marble Hill House will be installing 897 poppies remembering all the local residents of Twickenham and Richmond that died during WWII.

The programme of events will include both in person and online events. In person events include tours of the gardens, remembrance celebrations in the park and community bulb planting, while online talks and lectures will focus on wartime allotments at Marble Hill and The Richmond Poppy Factory. Check out the full programme of events now.

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Council to bring in Parkguard to patrol towpath during Hammersmith Bridge closure

Richmond Council has confirmed it will roll-out a series of safety measures to provide assurance to residents as the days get shorter, following the closure of Hammersmith Bridge to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Updated: 25 Aug 2020