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Pools on the Park visitors advised to check social media before visiting

The current weather forecast suggests the possibility of storms over the bank holiday weekend which means potential closures to both the grounds and outdoor pool for safety reasons at Pools on the Park.

Possible swimmers are being encouraged to check with Pools on the Park before wading into the water this weekend. A decision on if the grounds and outdoor pool will open will be made by the Centre Manager at 8am each day.

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Take part in environmental activities near you

There are a number of environmental activities taking place around the borough every week. Activities include walks, litter picks, community gardening and much more.

The next events include a Conservation Day at Crane Park Island Nature Reserve on 27 May and Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House on 29 May.

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Have a go at something new with June’s ‘Festival of Learning’ programme

This year’s full programme of events includes a chance to find out the history of your house, learn a new language with introductory Greek or Italian, or get to know your digital device. You can also find out how babies learn language or get a crash course in how to give your baby or child first aid.

Have a go at something new, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. Be quick and book online as whilst events are free, space is limited.

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New free clothing collection service

Richmond upon Thames is one of six boroughs that will have access to a new free collection service for unwanted clothing and shoes.

The service is simple and easy to use. You can donate any textiles from clothing and shoes to linen, as long as they are in a clean condition. The new service, launched at Richmond May Fair, is provided by West London Waste Authority and London-based clothing charity TRAID.

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Bank Holiday recycling and waste collection days one day later

Following the May Bank Holiday on Monday 28 May, we will carry out household and garden waste and recycling collections one day later than usual.

For example, Monday collections will take place on Tuesday and Friday collections on the Saturday. Normal domestic collection schedules will resume a week later on Monday 4 June.

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Have a magical half-term at Orleans House Gallery

The half-term programme at Orleans House Gallery everything from painting to costume design and from 3D construction to traditional photographic printing techniques.

Your child can create their own dream catcher, transform themselves into a magical beast and much more with full and half day workshops available for children aged 4 and over.

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Assistant Cabinet Members team announced

A team of councillors have been announced to provide additional support and capacity for the new Cabinet.

In order to widen member participation in Council business, nine Assistant Cabinet Members have been appointed to work with Cabinet Members. The Assistant Cabinet Members are not paid and do not have the ability to vote on Cabinet decisions.

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Townmead Road re-use and recycling centre closed to trade

Townmead Road re-use and recycling centre is currently closed to trade. It will also be closed to trade until 10am on Wednesday 23 May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

It will be open to trade as normal tomorrow. 

 

Trumpeters’ House Garden Party

Join The Poppy Factory and explore the beautiful gardens of Trumpeters’ House on 2 June from 2 to 5pm.

This is a rare opportunity to view the gardens of this beautiful, walled, private residence in the heart of Richmond with live music, lawn games and plenty of flora on show! All proceeds go to The Poppy Factory.

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Chief Executive of Achieving for Children to retire

Nick Whitfield CBE, Chief Executive of the award-winning council-owned company Achieving for Children, has announced that he is retiring later this year.

Nick became Director of Children’s Services at Richmond Council in 2008 and took up a joint position with Kingston in 2012. This joint role enabled him to lead the work establishing Achieving for Children.

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Bids from borough encouraged for London Mayor’s ‘Young Londoners Fund’

The borough’s community groups, charities, youth centres and schools are being encouraged to apply for the Young Londoners Fund. £15 million is available to groups from around London who offer skills, training and mentoring to young people so they can reach their potential and avoid getting caught up in crime.

A further £500,000 is available specifically for community organisations to increase social integration and community cohesion through sport as part of the Sport Unites fund.

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Events

10am to 6pm
May 27
St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall Ham Common TW10 7HT
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10am to 6pm
May 28
St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall Ham Common TW10 7HT
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8am to 6pm
May 29
MEADLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL BROUGHTON AVENUE HAM RICHMOND TW10 7TS
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11am
May 31
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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11am
May 31
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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11am to 1pm
May 31
Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant Rd, Little Green, TW9 1DH
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8am to 6pm
May 31
MEADLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL BROUGHTON AVENUE HAM RICHMOND TW10 7TS
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11am to 1pm
May 31
Richmond Library Annex, Quadrant Rd, Little Green TW9 1DH
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1 to 4pm
Jun 2
1 O'Clock Club Marble Hill Playcentres Richmond Road TW12NL
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7pm
Jun 3
Ham Library Annexe (Community Space), Ham Street, Ham, TW10 7HR
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11am
Jun 5
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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1 to 2.30pm
Jun 5
Orleans House Gallery Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ
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2 to 6pm
Jun 7
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College (RHACC) Parkshot Richmond TW9 2RE
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11 to 12 noon
Jun 8
Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Suite Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1JP
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A new boat for Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

Can you help Ham and Petersham Sea Scouts with their Skerry fundraising?

A Skerry is a safe and stable boat specifically designed for young people to learn to row in. It can carry up to 12 people, including a leader and an instructor. The Skerry will enable Cubs and Scouts in Petersham and Ham to learn new outdoor skills in a safe environment. 

 

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£34,500 raised for Mayor’s charities in 2017/18

More than £34,500 has been raised for Cavernoma Alliance UK, Me, Too & Co and Off the Record (Twickenham) during Lisa Blakemore’s term as Mayor of Richmond upon Thames.

Lisa Blakemore served as Mayor from 16 May 2017 to 22 May 2018 during which time she hosted dozens of events to support her chosen causes.

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New Mayor to raise money for Refuge Richmond

Cllr Ben Khosa, a Liberal Democrat councillor for St Margarets and North Twickenham, becomes the new Mayor of the borough and will serve a twelve-month term.

He has chosen to raise money for Refuge Richmond during his Mayoral term. Refuge Richmond works with women and children in the borough who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence or domestic abuse. Refuge offer emergency housing, and community based support.

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New shared ownership properties in Twickenham

Twenty nine new shared ownership properties have launched on Holly Road in Twickenham.

So Resi, a brand of shared ownership properties owned by Thames Valley Housing is selling the one and two bedroom apartments.

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All Hallows Summer Garden Party

The All Hallows Twickenham Annual Fete this year takes place on Saturday 30 June opening at 12 noon.

This summer garden party will include a BBQ, stalls selling cakes, books, tombola, a bouncy castle, picnic areas, children's games and much more. Local high energy band As The Crow Flies will be entertaining us from 12.30pm.

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Consultation on borough-wide 20mph limit gets fast-tracked

Residents will soon have their say on plans to introduce a borough-wide 20mph speed limit in Richmond upon Thames.

The new, borough-wide 20mph speed limit would replace the existing policy under which 20mph zones are implemented on a road by road basis following petitions from residents. The petition is then evaluated by officers before a formal consultation begins.

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Art therapy programme to continue

FiSH Neighbourhood Care is stepping in with funding to enable the popular art workshops delivered by Picassos in the Park to carry on in Barnes.

The workshops, which are open to people living with early stage dementia and their carers, will now continue this summer. Classes will run on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30pm from 5 June to 17 July at the OSO Arts Centre. To find out more or book a place, please contact Liz on 020 8878 8100 or email liz@fishhelp.org.uk

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Sign up for a bright future as a graduate trainee

Future public sectors stars can apply now to the Richmond and Wandsworth Councils’ Graduate Development Programme.

The two-year programme offers graduates opportunities in at least four different placements in key areas of the Shared Staffing Arrangement for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. This could include working in the parks department, business, children’s services, housing, regeneration or adult social care.

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West London Waste library tour

The West London Waste Library Tour will be visiting Hampton Library on 11 June where they will be sharing practical hints, tips and advice on reducing waste.

They will be bringing along loads of information and things for you to take home that can help you save up to £60 a month.

For more information about West London Waste events, call on 020 8825 9468 or email info@westlondonwaste.gov.uk

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017