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Have a smashing summer with local tennis leagues

Local tennis leagues are now running in Richmond, making it easy for everyone to play friendly, competitive tennis matches regardless of their skill level.

There are 3 different leagues available across the borough which are open to men and women of all abilities aged 18 and over.

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Take on the Summer Reading Challenge

Mischief Makers, the Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds, will run from 14 July to 8 September 2018.

Everyone who reads six library books will be rewarded with a Mischief Makers gold medal and certificate!

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Library IT help sessions for summer

Sign up for one of the free IT sessions at your local library this summer. Come along and learn how to download apps, access the internet, use social media and more. These workshops will provide you with the skills you need to get the most out of your device.

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Richmond Art School open day

The Richmond Art School will open its doors for an exciting one day programme of events on Saturday 14 July.

Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the school and try out a range of activities including drawing, printmaking, ceramics and more. 

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The first Petersham Meadows Thistle Pull

To celebrate National Meadows Day on Saturday 7 July, Ham House’s garden team are gathering volunteers to thistle pull across the water meadow.

Join Rosie and the team at 11am at the National Trust compound on River Lane for a short introduction to the meadow and to the splendid thistle. 

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Changes to HMO licensing

From 1 October 2018 houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) rented to five or more unrelated people must have a council HMO licence. The law change is designed to make sure that rented shared houses are of a good standard and are safe to live in.

Landlords seeking a HMO licence will need to demonstrate that the property meets national safety regulations. We will be conducting inspections of properties over the coming months, and as of 1 October any landlord renting out a HMO without a licence will be committing an offence and could be subject to a fine.

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Accessible community allotment opens in Teddington

Local charity Ruils have created a fully accessible allotment in the heart of Teddington. Located on Shacklegate Lane next to Teddington cemetery, the new garden boasts wild flowers and a vegetable and herb patch and is fully accessible to wheelchairs and those with mobility needs.

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New Disability Champion to work for an inclusive borough

Councillor Rob O'Carroll has been announced as our new and first ever Disability Champion as we work to make the borough accessible for everyone who lives and visits here. 

Cllr O’Carroll will work with the Cabinet Member for Equality, Communities and the Voluntary Sector to support and advocate for the disabled community.

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A third runway at Heathrow could mean arrivals before 5am

Figures now show that an additional 38 arrivals and 25 potential departures could be entering and leaving Heathrow airport before 5am if the third runway goes ahead.

Residents already suffer noise from around 15 or 16 flights every morning before 6am and council leaders fear that local people will pay the price for the expansion with more early morning noise.

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London Mayor joins Councils in opposing Heathrow expansion

Today it was announced that the Mayor of London will join the cross-party campaign fighting the Heathrow airport expansion should MPs 'vote Heathrow' in the House of Commons on Monday night.

Leaders of Richmond, Wandsworth, Hillingdon and Windsor & Maidenhead councils have already signalled they will be exploring the possibilities of a judicial review of the Government’s intention to build the third runway if the plans are approved.

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Pools on the Park entry restrictions

To ensure the ongoing weekday term time programme of activities can be delivered, entry to the outdoor grounds at Pools on the Park may be restricted during this very hot spell.

The restrictions will only be in place Monday to Friday and the grounds will open as normal at the weekend.

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Final weekend of Art House Open Studios

It's the last weekend of Art House Open Studios 2018, don't miss your chance to see some of the borough's finest artists at work in their homes, studios, galleries & gardens!

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1000 Messages in support of Armed Forces Week

Local charity The Poppy Factory have launched 1000 Messages for 1000 Veterans, to coincide with Armed Forces Week.

The campaign aims to support wounded, injured and sick veterans back into work by posting a good luck message for their first day in their new job.

You can support the cause by leaving a special message at the The Poppy Factory tent outside Richmond Station on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June, or alternatively use #1000messages on social media.

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Art Play exhibition at Stables Gallery

An exhibition of work by artist and designer Jason Taylor, co-created by and for children, launches at the Stables Gallery this week.

In the Art Play: Fun Limited exhibition, Jason transforms everyday objects into opportunities for play asking visitors to look at ordinary objects in a new way.

Explore this interactive exhibition which runs from Thursday 5 July to Sunday 2 September.

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Councils ready for legal challenge on runway plan

Local authority groups opposed to Heathrow expansion, alongside Greenpeace and the Mayor of London, will seek to challenge a third runway being built at Heathrow.

The local councils have six weeks to challenge the decision by way of judicial review.

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Petersham House Open Gardens

To raise funds for local charity, The Vineyard Community Centre, the gardens of Petersham House will be open to the public this Sunday 1 July from 11am to 5pm to enjoy afternoon tea in the summer gardens.

Since 2012 the Vineyard Community Centre have offered help, comfort and hope to those in crisis, the lonely and the marginalised.

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Twickenham Riverside planning application withdrawn

The application outlining plans for the future of Twickenham Riverside has been withdrawn subject to a review of the proposals. Over the coming weeks, we will set out to review the brief for developing and a programme of engagement with residents and businesses.

A new planning application will hopefully be submitted early 2019.

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Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts are the happy recipients of £9,200 after receiving one third of the ticket sales from the Petersham Open Gardens. The contribution will go towards the new Phoenix scout hut project to build an energy efficient hall with wheelchair access for members.

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Students learn about the importance of air quality

The Assistant Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, joined students from St Stephen’s School in Twickenham to mark Clean Air Day last week.

Parents and students were encouraged to walk to school on the day and children took part in activities including a smoothie bike.

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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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Updated: 04 Sep 2018