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Council Services during Christmas and New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Richmond Council.

Please note the Civic Centre and Customer Services phone lines will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

We have developed a new page on our website with lots of information for residents including waste and recycling collection days, tips on keeping warm, healthy and safe over the holidays as well other community information and events happening in the borough.

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Richmond Riverside Walk proves a big success

Over 40 walkers took part in the second annual Richmond Riverside Walk earlier this year, led by the Richmond and Kew Christian Aid group.

The Thames Path from St Matthias Church, Richmond to St Anne’s Church, Kew was blessed with supporters wearing the well-known red Christian Aid t-shirts and raised over £4000.

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Richmond Runfest reach a new record

Runners at this year’s Richmond RUNFEST raised over £630,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, setting a new fundraising record for the event.

Since the inauguration in 2013, the event has now raised over £2 million for charities and local community groups.

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Guide to local NHS services over Christmas period

We're reminding residents that GPs and pharmacies will have different operating hours over the Christmas and New Year preiod.

Your local pharmacy is the place to go to get any prescription medicines and clinical advice for minor health concerns. But did you know they can also help with common illnesses like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains. Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don’t need an appointment – you can just walk in.

GP appointments during the Christmas period, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, may be accessed by calling your GP practice during opening hours or at other times through NHS 111.

Meanwhile, if you need medical help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation call 111.


Sign up to Feel Good Fitness in 2019

Start your 2019 fitness resolutions with a Feel Good Fitness programme.

Sign up for a membership today and receive access to six sports centres, four pools, five gyms and over 200 fitness classes. There are specially tailored services from qualified instructors as well as a ten day money back guarantee on all memberships.

Call the team on 0203 772 2999 to find out more.

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Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection arrangements

Waste and recycling collections in the week commencing Monday 24 December will be carried out from domestic properties on the Monday for normal Monday collections day, and two days later for all other collection days. 

Collections the following week will take place on Monday 31 December as normal, and will then take place a day later than normal after New Year's day. 

Box Deliveries and Special Collections will continue through until Friday 21 December 2018 and will recommence on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Garden Waste collection will continue until 21 December 2018 and will recommence on Monday 7 January 2019.

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Christmas crime tips

Residents are being warned to keep their homes safe from anybody ready to spoil their Christmas festivities.

We have produced a list of helpful tips to combat the increase in burglaries and bike thefts which occur during darker nights and over the holidays.

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Authentic French market in Twickenham

Come and enjoy the festive fun at the Christmas French market in Church Street, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December.

This is a great place to pick up last minute Christmas presents and enjoy the authentic French street food with live music all day from local bands on Saturday.

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Civic Pride grant supporting local dance project

Local dance group Combination Dance have been awarded a £4,975 Civic Pride Grant to help develop a dance project marking 100 years of suffrage and the end of the World War I.

The group will create a dynamic dance involving professional dancers, dance students from Roehampton University and a women’s community group which will be performed at various locations around the borough.

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Christmas social at Twickenham Library

Are you aged over 65 years and interested in socialising in an informal and friendly setting? Do you enjoy sharing memories and stories with others?

Come to Twickenham Library on Friday 14 December from 11am for the Christmas themed edition of the monthly Reminiscence Cafe and celebrate the festive season with mince pies, joyful activites & songs and a friendly chat.

To book a place visit Twickenham Library or call 020 8734 3340.

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Make your way to Richmond upon Thames in 2019

The 2019 VisitRichmond guide will shortly be available, packed with all the borough has to offer from wild days out in one of the borough’s much-loved parks to a touch of class at one of our historic houses and palaces, and everything in between.


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Dec 18
St Michael & All Angels Church, Elm Bank Gardens, Barnes, SW13 0NX
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5.30 to 6.45pm
Dec 20
Bennet Close, Hampton Wick, KT1 4AT
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Dec 21
High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2ST
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Dec 22
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE
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Dec 23
Twickenham Green Baptist Church, 50-52 The Green, Twickenham, TW2 5AB
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Dec 28
High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2ST
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Jan 1
Park Road, Teddington, TW12 2EJ
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Mayor thanks Health Walks leaders

The Mayor was on hand last week to hand out certificates to the volunteers who have led the borough's Health Walks throughout the year.

At a special Christmas meeting the Mayor thanked the walk leaders for their dedication not just this year but over a number of years in getting people out into the bourough's wonderful green spaces.

The Walks will not be running from the 24th December - 1st January. We look forward to welcoming you back from 2nd January. 

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Richmond schools star in TfL awards

Three of the borough’s schools have been recognised for their hard work in improving travel plans and getting more active in their journeys to and from school.

The School Champion Awards are part of TfL's STARS schools initiative to inspire young Londoners to travel sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely. These awards recognise and celebrate the success of the important role these champions do to embed active and safer travel within the school community.

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Fitter, healthier, lighter you with new men’s health programme

A new weightloss programme delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s exercise specialists to help men live healthier lives will be trialled in January.

The programme costs £5 per week and will run over 12 weeks at Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre and is open to men aged between 40 and 60 who either live in the borough or attend a local GP.

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Burst water main on the A316

A burst water main on the A316, Twickenham Road, heading eastbound is currently causing significant traffic in the area.

Richmond Town Centre, Richmond Road and St Margaret's Road are all affected. Thames Water are currently working on site, with one lane closed on Kew Road roundabout.

If you have any queries, please contact Transport for London or Thames Water on 0800 714 614.


Poppy Factory receives Freedom of the Borough

As part of the borough’s commemoration activities to mark the end of 100 years since World War I, councillors presented representatives from The Poppy Factory with the honour at a special Council meeting on Tuesday night.

The Poppy Factory was founded in 1922 by Major George Howson MC to provide employment for veterans injured during The First World War. These veterans were employed making Remembrance products for The Royal British Legion and for The Royal Family.

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New Year workshops for carers

In January, Richmond Carers will launch a series of free workshops focusing on mind, body and spirit, with practical tips for better sleep and stress management.

Monthly sessions will run on Tuesday from 10am. Booking is essential.

If you would like to join Richmond Carers, find out more about their current opportunities online.

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Former Mayor raises over £33,000 for charity

The Former Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Lisa Blakemore, presented her three Mayoral charities with cheques yesterday.

A total of £33,241 was raised at the Mayor’s events, with the funds being evenly distributed between Cavernoma Alliance UK, Me too & Co and Off The Record Twickenham.

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Christmas pop-up at the ETNA Community Centre

On Monday 17 December the Real Junk Food Project in Twickenham will be hosting a special Christmas themed pop-up cafe. Wear your best (or worst) Christmas jumper and be in the running to win a prize!

The cafe will open from 12.30 to 2.30pm at the ETNA Centre, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham TW1 2AR.

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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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Updated: 04 Sep 2018