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Implementation of new North Kew Controlled Parking Zone

The Council is commencing lining and signage works to implement a new parking scheme in North Kew. The new scheme will come into operation on Monday 19 April 2021.

Application form packs for parking permits will be delivered to all properties in the area in the next 7 to 10 days. We please ask you to refrain from parking in the areas where parking is suspended so the works can be completed safely and efficiently.

Please contact 020 8891 7695 if you have any queries or email


Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s virtual exhibition

If the four walls of your home are starting to feel a little too familiar during these uncertain times, then why not escape on a virtual tour of Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s annual exhibition, running online from Thursday 1 April until Thursday 20 May 2021. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in some stunning landscapes, beautiful wildlife and some thought provoking scenes.

It’s free and can be accessed on the society’s website.

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Join Richmond Borough Mind's online workshop

Richmond Borough Mind will host an online workshop entitled 'Counting our blessings and other resilience tools' on Wednesday 17 March.

Resilience is an ability that we are born with but, it is also a skill we can learn in order to thrive, and one we all need in these challenging times.

This two hour, friendly interactive workshop will take a look at what we mean by resilience and consider techniques for building our own resilience.

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Arts Richmond publishes March 2021 newsletter

Despite the lockdown, Arts Richmond is working hard to bring you all the arts news from across the borough with its March 2021 newsletter. The team wish to send their praise and thanks to all their affiliated societies who have shown their versatility in continuing to put on shows, concerts, and exhibitions online.

Arts Richmond Chairman Nicholas George said: "It's a real inspiration to be a part of so much artistic activity over lockdown and we also very much look forward to hearing about and publicising the virtual shows, concerts and exhibitions from our other affiliates."

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Dragon Drama Returns

The team at Dragon Drama are thrilled to announce they are set to return to their home, the Grade II listed Normansfield Theatre on 8 March, along with the schools. 

The Dragons’ survival through the past year has been one of diversification, determination and sheer drive as they adapted their methods and techniques to keep engaging with children in via their workshops online. 

They can’t wait to get back to the theatre (workshops pre-6pm will run from 8 March as the schools return). Their Easter Holiday Event, The World of The Lion King will run from Wednesday 14 April to Friday 16 April.

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Help shape exciting plans for Elleray Hall

Local residents and users of Elleray Hall are invited to have their say on the latest plans for a new community centre in Teddington, following agreement from the Council to invest in its future.

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Supporting local students with half term work experience

During half term the Environment and Community Services Directorate welcomed 16 students for a week long virtual work experience programme.  

Students from Richmond upon Thames worked across areas such as planning applications, parking policy, engineering, transport strategy, a local plan consultation, speed networking as well as working on professional skills such as CV writing.  

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New safeguarding newsletter created by young people, for young people

A new safeguarding newsletter has launched to share pupils' experiences of lockdown and to signpost young readers to support services should they be needed.  

‘In Safe Hands’ was created by local primary and secondary schools in partnership with The Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership. 

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World Hearing Day event

It's World Hearing Day on Wednesday 3 March 2021. This year's topic is Hearing Care for All.

As part of the WHD plans, the NHS Hounslow and Richmond Commmunity Healthcare Trust has arranged a drop-in session for parents via Zoom to give them a chance to ask any questions they may have regarding their child's hearing aids or hearing. 

Please feel free to pass this information on to any parents you feel may benefit from this.  

  • Meeting ID: 935 8210 1009
  • Passcode: HRCHaudio

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Council to host Hammersmith Bridge public Q&A for Richmond residents

Richmond Council will host a virtual public meeting specifically for Richmond upon Thames residents to put their questions about Hammersmith Bridge to the Council Leader.

Councillor Gareth Roberts will be joined by a panel of senior officers from the Council, who will be able to answer residents' questions about the status of the bridge repairs and the measures Richmond Council are putting in place to lessen the impact of the closure for residents and businesses in Barnes and the rest of the borough.

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Poetry brightens up Richmond’s shop windows

Arts Richmond has collaborated with Be Richmond, the brand persona of Richmond Business Improvement District, to brighten up Richmond town centre.

During the first lockdown, Arts Richmond launched an initiative encouraging people to get creative and share their poetry. Be Richmond has now selected four poems to cover the frontage of empty shop windows in Richmond town centre as part of their campaign to enhance the look and feel of the area.

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It’s Fairtrade Fortnight - join the online festival!

Richmond upon Thames' Fairtrade Steering Group is encouraging residents to get involved in this year's online Fairtrade Fortnight, which aims to raise awareness of the farmers behind our food.

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A skerry, a new rowing boat for Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

After three years of fundraising a skerry was built by Mark Edwards and his boatbuilders by Richmond Bridge. Thank you to all who have contributed among them Civic Pride fund, Thames Heritage Trust, Donald Gosling CT and Tesco Groundwork.

The boat has been named Valentin in memory of one of the scouts who were tragically run down by a train in 2019 when he was 16 years old. Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts will have an official launch party once in person meetings are allowed.

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2020 Community Heroes show community spirit is stronger than ever

Over fifty inspiring individuals, groups and businesses have been recognised across ten categories, as Richmond Council announces its 2020 Community Heroes’ Awards.   

Richmond Council received over 200 nominations for this year’s awards which celebrates those willing to go above and beyond to make their communities better places in which to live and work. This year’s awards also took on the additional role of recognising the huge local response to the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Age UK scams awareness talk

Fraud and scams are ever increasing with elderly residents often targeted. Join the Age UK team for a Zoom talk for over 50s that will cover current internet, telephone and text scams, particularly those which have sprung up during the pandemic.

The talk takes place from 2 to 3pm on Wednesday 17 March and will be delivered by NatWest Bank.

The event is free but advance registration is essential.

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Postcard Colour Club brings calm, colour and connection to the borough

A small design studio has created the Postcard Colour Club. A simple concept - every few weeks new sets of postcards are designed and released for people to colour, write and send. 

The postcards, which have featured themes such as birds, robots and dinosaurs, have been enjoyed by residents of all ages - from 4 year olds to 84 year olds and in all manner of settings - from kitchen tables to care homes. 

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Support the ‘Engines Off. Every Stop’ campaign

We are asking residents to support the new London-wide anti-idling campaign. 

Idling is when drivers leave their vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily, for example when waiting at level crossings or outside schools or businesses. 

The ‘Engine Off. Every Stop’ campaign gives London’s drivers a clear action to minimise unnecessary pollution and to protect personal and public health. 

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Vicarage Road play area to close for vital repairs

Vicarage Road Play Area in Teddington will close for vital safety repair and resurfacing works from Thursday 25 February.

Works are to last two weeks. Please use an alternative park such as Church Road Play Area, Alpha Road Gardens, Langdon Park or Broom Road Recreational Grounds. 

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Handmade in Richmond

During these challenging times, when all of us tend to be on screens most of the time, more and more people of all ages rediscovered the beauty of making crafts by hand. As a growing number of people were made redundant or furloughed, Makers United can support those who would like to turn their passion for craft into a business.

As a non-profit organisation, Makers United CIC, is here to support and promote local aritsans as well as bringing the local talented makers into the spotlight. Their vision is to create a much needed community of makers. So, if you would like to sponsor or meet a maker, please let Makers United know.

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Proposals for Twickenham Riverside get local thumbs up

The Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts has welcomed the overwhelmingly positive response to the recent consultation held on the latest version of the plans for Twickenham Riverside.

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