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Classics on the Green

Taking place on Sunday 1 July, this annual family day out is organised by the Hampton Village Traders.

The event takes place between 11am and 4pm on Hampton Village Green, where there will be many amazing classic cars, modern classics and motorbikes which visitors can vote for their favourite.

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Make a difference to our air quality

Today is Clean Air Day and the borough's residents are being encouraged to help improve air quality in the borough by making small changes to their lives.

Our Clean Air Day stand will be available to visit today for more information about air quality. The stand will be outside Richmond Station from 10.30am to 4pm, and there will be a electric car on display in Lower George Street.

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Changes to borough Air Quality Strategy

As part of prioritising the air quality issue in the borough, we have committed to strengthening our Air Quality Strategy. Resident feedback from last years Air Quality Strategy was that the plan lacked ambition and specific targets that would make a meaningful change to air quality in the borough. 

Cllr Alexander Ehmann has reviewed the feedback and is committed to redrafting the plan, putting forward ambitious, tangible targets for the future, as part of the new administration's commitment to tackling the issue.

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Mayor attends opening of The People Hive

Cllr Ben Khosa, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, attended the opening of a new business in Twickenham which is partially staffed by volunteers with learning difficulties. It will give volunteers an opportunity to gain valuable work experience to help them into paid employment. 

The People Hive, run by RHLT, will be selling locally sourced, handmade products including candles, chocolates, handbags and jewellery. Find out more by calling 020 8977 5447.

 

Residents give thumbs up to electric charging points

Proposals to install on-street electric charging points are proceeding to planning after receiving positive response from local residents. Following a consultation, 76% of those who took part were in favour of installing more free standing kerbside EV charging points. 

Planning applications will now be submitted for the units. As part of this process, residents will have a further opportunity to have their say on proposals.

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Construction for new Richmond campus

Richmond upon Thames College and construction partner ISG have marked the beginning of a major £80 million campus redevelopment. 

Over 70 people attended a ceremony on Friday 15 June to celebrate the beginning of phase 1 construction. 

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Education Secretary urged to rethink SEND funding

Cllr Robin Brown has written to the Secretary of State for Education to call for further funding towards the education of children in the borough with special educational needs (SEND).

While there will be a welcome additional £371,000 to support local schools accommodate new SEND places, Cllr Brown makes it clear that more support is needed.

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New Cycling and Walking Champion announced

First-term Cllr Gareth Richards for the Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside Ward has been announced as the borough's new Cycling and Walking Champion.

Cllr Richards will be responsible for promoting interests of cycling and walking across all aspects of our work, making it easier and safer across the borough, and helping to bring forward essential infrastructure, promotion and training.

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Test drive the latest electric vehicles

In support of Clean Air Day this Thursday, a member from The Octopus Electric Vehicles team will be at Richmond Town Centre to answer questions about electric cars.

There will also be an opportunity to test drive the latest electric car models (Tesla, Nissan, BMW, Renault) this Saturday 23 June at the Richmond Athletic Grounds on Twickenham Road.

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Show your support for Community Fund projects

Residents across the borough can review proposals and express support for up to two local projects in the next round of the Community Fund, until Friday 13 July.

The Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by us and paid by developers, allows us to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the borough to support and fund new physical and social infrastructure. In Richmond, a portion of the total tax collected in an area will be spent on local priorities.

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Twickenham Green Village Fete 2018

Support the local community on Sunday 1 July for an afternoon of fun, food and drink, music, art, sport and more at the Twickenham Green Village Fete.

There will be a variety of stalls and live bands performing throughout the day, you can even watch the Twickenham Cricket Club play.

The fete is a free, family-friendly event and it will run from 12 noon to 8pm.

 

Events

7.30 to 10.30pm
Jun 22
19 Park Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0AB
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7 to 10pm
Jun 22
Twickenham School Percy Road Twickenham TW2 6JW
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7.30pm
Jun 22
Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington TW11 9PS
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11am to 5pm
Jun 23
Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, TW1 3DY, United Kingdom
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10:30am to 12noon
Jun 23
Crane Park, Twickenham
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1 to 4pm
Jun 23
Trumpeters' House Gardens Old Palace Yard Richmond TW9 1PD
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11am to 4pm
Jun 23
Chase Bridge Primary School Kneller Road TW2 7DE
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7.30pm
Jun 23
Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington TW11 9PS
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7.30pm
Jun 24
Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington TW11 9PS
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10:45 to 11:45am
Jun 25
Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
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2 to 5:30pm
Jun 30
St James's Church, Hampton Hill, Hampton TW12 1DQ
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7pm
Jul 1
Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington TW11 9PS
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12 noon to 8pm
Jul 1
Twickenham Green
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11am
Jul 3
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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8pm
Jul 3
OSO Arts Centre Station Road Barnes SW13 0LF
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9.30-10.30am
Jul 5
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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Flying visit from Konstanz

Michael Jack, the President of Konstanz Tennis Club, made a flying visit to Richmond last week.

The borough is twinned with Konstanz, and their local tennis club is twinned with the borough's St Mary's Tennis Club. Mr Jack met with Alan Mockford from the Richmond in Europe group, just before cycling home to Konstanz. 

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Are you at risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

Diabetes UK have developed a Know Your Risk online tool to help people find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Taking part only takes a few minutes and is an easy way to find out your level of risk and get advice.

According to The Diabetes UK Richmond and Twickenham Group, it is estimated that just over 6,000 people in the borough are diagnosed with diabetes.

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Active travel a priority for Richmond Council

The Cabinet Member for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality has announced the creation of an Active Travel Advisory Group to replace the previous Cycling Liaison Group.

This consultative group will be made up of representatives from local organisations that promote and support active and suistainable forms of travel including cycling, walking and urban realm improvements.

Proposals will be developed over the next month and are expected to be in place by early Autumn.

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Take part in a Tennis League

If you enjoy playing tennis, join one of the three tennis leagues taking place in the borough. The leagues are open to anybody aged 18 and over and are available in Barnes, Hampton or Richmond.

Players are organised into groups of six to eight players and matches can be arranged at mutually convenient times. Any court that suits both players can be used. 

Anyone who completes three matches before the halfway point in the league is sent a free can of tennis balls. Prizes are available for the winner of each group.

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Bikeshare pilot launches in time for Clean Air Day

In the lead up to Clean Air Day this Thursday, an additional 150 bikes will be arriving in the borough as part of the ofo bikeshare scheme launched in the borough earlier this year.

In April around 50 ofo bikeshare bikes were placed in Richmond and Twickenham town centres for the initial pilot. Users of the system can register on the ofo app, using it to locate the closest bike, release it using a given code and to pay for the hire. The bikes can then be left and re-locked, ending the hire period anywhere in the area of operation.

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GoodGym helps ETNA Community Centre

This week, GoodGym Richmond had a team of 15 runners join them for a 4.5km run, finishing at ETNA Community Centre where they were tasked with watering the flowerbeds, weeding and digging up overgrown plants.

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Stop plastic polluting our river

Get involved with Be Richmond on Thursday 21 June and take part in the stand up paddle board event which aims to tackle the issue of pollution along the river.

An estimated 90 paddleboarders will complete a plastic litter collection journey, passing through iconic sites including Kew Gardens, Old Deer Park and Richmond Riverside.

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Showing support for Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight challenges carers face, and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. 

To mark Carers Week, Richmond Carers Centre hosted an event at York House for local carers with workshops ranging from art, yoga and meditation to financial wellbeing and overall wellness.

Carers were also able to have a health check and meet a wide range of local professionals.

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Third runway at Heathrow Airport

The Department for Transport (DfT) forecasts show that while a third runway would create a net gain of 45 destinations at Heathrow, only three of these would be long haul routes.

The figures also show that without a third runway, effectively all UK long haul and domestic business passenger demand are met until at least 2050.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017