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Thieves steal vital air quality kit

The Council has slammed thieves who have stolen the borough's air quality monitoring unit from the A316 and is appealing for its urgent return.

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Thank you for following COVID-19 guidance!

Richmond upon Thames is leading the way on COVID-19 testing, with the highest NHS Test and Trace programme testing uptake in London and 86% of contacts being identified,  but the Council Leader warns, we should not become complacent.

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United Reformed Churches offering weekly bereavement support services

In partnership with the Princess Alice Hospice, Twickenham and Hampton Hill United Reformed Churches are offering a weekly Bereavement Support service for residents. The service runs every Monday at Hampton Hill United Reformed Church, 35 High Street Hampton Hill from 11am to 1pm.

The service at Twickenham United Reformed Church, Twickenham Green runs every Friday from 11am to 1pm with no booking requires. All current COVID-19 guidelines are in place. For further information contact


Local organisations continue to receive funding to help COVID-19 response

Four local organisations providing vital support – including an online wellbeing programme and virtual music therapy have received funding from Richmond Council.

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Richmond Fashion Festival - Bringing the high street alive

It has been announced that Richmond Fashion Festival will be held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 2020. With fashion among the sectors worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the event aims to help retailers – both large and small – back on their feet. There will be fashion stages, street entertainment and music. For further information, email

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Picnics and free live music to support historic site and help veterans into work

Marble Hill House in Twickenham is hosting a series of performances each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm and urging visitors to enjoy the English Heritage site.

If you're planning to visit, why not consider holding an Operation Picnic fundraiser to help wounded, injured and sick veterans move back into work? Simply make a gift towards the 100 Lives campaign by Richmond-based charity The Poppy Factory.

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180 activities for young people to enjoy this summer holiday

Find out about the virtual and socially distanced activities happening in Richmond and Kingston over the next month - and encourage young people to have fun this summer and get involved!

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Something's brewing with Age UK

Would you like to learn how to brew your own ale from the comfort of your home using simple high street ingredients? Age UK will be inviting Stew Horne, certified beer tasting judge, to host a live chat via Zoom explaining how you can make your own beer at home.

In this live session for Age UK Richmond, he will be showing you how to brew an English ale with an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.

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Masters of Street Photography – An online presentation

Professional Photographer Stuart Wall will introduce an online presentation looking at and reviewing the work of others and how this can help photographers develop their own work.

Attendees will be introduced to a series of masterful photographers, including Magnum. The presentation will take place on August 19 from 8 to 10pm ahead of this year’s online London Street Photography Festival.

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Richmond joins Keep London Safe campaign

Richmond Council has joined a London-wide campaign called “Keep London Safe” the aim of which is to address low awareness of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in the capital.

Cllr Gareth Roberts said, "This London-wide campaign demonstrates how important it is that we do everything necessary to keep the number of COVID-19 cases down in Richmond upon Thames."

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Discover The National Archives’ extensive collections of maps online

As the keepers of one of the world's largest holdings of maps and plans, The National Archives have a rich and extensive collection for you to explore to help with your research.

Discover what maps they have to offer, as well as their online event and activity highlights, suitable for a variety of interests and ages.

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Aug 11
Kneller Gardens
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Aug 12
Orleans Gallery Gardens & River Views
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Aug 13
Hampton Ferry Boathouse
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Aug 14
Crane Park, Twickenham
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Aug 15
Virtual/ On the road / In a park near you
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Phased reopening of borough day centres to begin

Three council-run day centres for vulnerable adults in Richmond upon Thames, will start to reopen from Monday 17 August 2020.

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Commemorative patchwork quilt

The commemorative patchwork quilt project deadline has now passed and the quilt is currently being stitched together to be displayed in the Museum of Richmond!

Former Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Nancy Baldwin said:

"Thank you to everyone who contributed a square to our quilt. I was very touched by the notes you wrote and the stories you told me about your pieces and your time in lockdown. Our quilt will be a real lasting memorial to the kindness, generosity, resilience, and creativity of the people of our borough."


Listen to episode 3 of Talk Richmond on muggings in the borough

Sergeant Scott Brody from the Metropolitan Police and Barbara Lingle Elliot from the community group Mothers Against Muggings joined Cllr Jim Millard to discuss muggings (or personal robberies) and how an alarming increase in incidents led to the Police and the community increasing preventative action.

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Turner's House reopened to the public

Turner's House Trust have announced the reopening of Turner's House for public visits following its closure. The 'Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings' exhibition has been extended until 31 October 2020.

This is the first time that Turner paintings have been present at the house since Turner and his father sold the house in 1826. The house is open Thursday to Saturday 12pm-4pm with visitor numbers reduced to 8 people per hour and the wearing of face coverings mandatory. Pre-booking is essential.

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TFL launch new travel app, TfL Go

TfL Go is now available to download for Apple devices and is designed to help get users around London. It can help users to plan journeys and follow safe travel guidance.

The app shares real-time train times, plus peak travel times for the busiest stations, to help you travel during quieter times. With step free mode users can also customise the map to show step free access to trains and platforms.

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Help us fight litter in our borough

Residents in Richmond upon Thames are being asked to help fight the influx of litter that is being left behind in our parks and open spaces.

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Van Morrison announced as final headliner of Kew the Music festival 2021

Kew the Music festival has announced Van Morrison as its final headliner for next year’s festival. The legendary Belfast singer/songwriter joins an already impressive weeklong line up of artists including Will Young, James Blunt and many more to excite music fans for a return to concerts next year.

Van Morrison is one of the world’s most celebrated and inspirational singer/songwriters and last year released his 41st studio album ‘Three Chords & the Truth’. Tickets on sale now.

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Mayor of London consults on Homebase planning application

As part of the ‘call-in’ by City Hall on the planning decision for the redevelopment of the Homebase site in Richmond, the Mayor of London is carrying out a consultation on a revised proposal.

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Orange Tree Theatre to remain closed until 2021

The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond has announced it will not be re-opening for the rest of this year. Paul Miller the theatre’s Artistic Director made the announcement last week in a video on the Council’s YouTube page, citing a significant reduction in expected income.

It was also announced that three quarters of the people who had booked for this season had opted to either donate or keep their booking fees as credit to help the theatre’s cashflow through this difficult period for the arts.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020