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Make a splash with the summer swim programme

Children who want to learn to swim or improve their skills in the water can dive into the summer swim programme taking place at Pools on the Park and Teddington Pool from Monday 23 July to Friday 31 August.

A great range of water based clinics are on offer, including stroke technique, diving skills and basic synchronized swimming!

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Stay cool this summer – take our Summer Quiz!

With the spell of hot weather set to continue, just how well do you know your summer health facts?

Whether you are heading abroad, having a staycation or just making the most of the hot weather, take our short quiz and find out how much you know about staying cool and healthy this summer.

Once you've taken the quiz check out the NHS guidance on how best to cope with the heat.

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Enjoy some sociable shopping at Kew Village Market

Kew Village is home to Kew Village Market, a community market with around 42 stalls selling quality foods and beautiful crafts.

The market takes place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm. 

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Contribute to Civic Centre poppy display

VisitRichmond and the British Legion are once again partnering up to mark 100 years since the end of World War I with a special 'thank you' campaign.

If you’re visiting the Civic Centre this week you can pop your very own poppy in our floral display for a pound coin donation, and help spell out the word ‘Richmond’.

Whilst you’re there, find out all the big and little ways you can say thank you to the First World War generation by picking up a brochure from the stand.

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Borough primary schools excel

Primary school students in Richmond upon Thames are expected to top the national league yet again following publication of the 2018 Key Stage 2 (SATs) results.

The results show that the borough scored well above the national average in nearly all areas with 87% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, 87% in writing and 88% in mathematics.

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Museum of Richmond gains National Lottery grant

The Museum of Richmond and Richmond Team Ministry have gained a National Lottery grant of £22,700 for an exciting heritage project celebrating the 800th Anniversary of St Mary Magdalene’s Parish Church in Richmond.

New school and family workshops will be developed, as well as a new booklet about the history of the church and an audio guide app. All these will continue to be available for visitors after the exhibition closes.

The project and exhibition will open in July 2019 and run until January 2020.

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Find out about STEM careers

A new information board outside the ticket machines at Twickenham Station is helping people learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and how to enter a career in this field. 

The Council’s Economic Development Team has teamed up with engineers Osborne and The Science & Engineering Hoardings Company in launching the board, which illustrates key aspects of the design and construction work involved at the site.

Check it out next time you're there.

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Safe drinking this summer

As summer continues with sunnier weather and warmer temperatures, more people will want to enjoy themselves with a drink or two. 

Staying hydrated is very important, particularly in warmer weather. If alcoholic drinks are your tipple, make sure your drinking remains within safe levels.

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Have your say on proposals for Buccleuch Gardens café

We are inviting the community to have their say on plans for a new café facility in Buccleuch Gardens. Currently a disused toilet block, the existing building infrastructure would be reconfigured to include a café, toilet facilities and a new terraced seating area at the front of the building.

It is proposed that the new facilities would be funded from money paid by the developer of the Star and Garter under a legal agreement.

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Summer fun in Richmond Park

The Holly Lodge Centre are hosting free pop-up activities in Richmond Park for children with special needs or disabilities and their families.

There will be a range of activities including crafts and storytelling, running from 11am to 2pm on 24, 25 and 26 July 2018. 

Booking is not required as all activities are drop in sessions. 

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Bridge and road closures for RideLondon

This Sunday will see bridge and road closures throughout London including Richmond Park, Hampton Court Road, parts of the A316 and the Upper Richmond Road for the RideLondon cycling event.

All of these roads form part of the outbound route for the cyclists taking part in the events, which start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and runs through London, Richmond upon Thames and Surrey before returning to the capital to finish along The Mall.

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Emergency water works in Hampton Hill High Street

Hampton Hill High Street near the junction of Holly Road has been closed to through traffic due to emergency works, following a water leak over the weekend.

It is anticipated that the road will be re-opened later on today (Monday 23 July).

A local diversion is in place.


Library teams recognised for delivery of Cityread programme

The Libraries team have been recognised at the first annual Cityread awards for their delivery of the borough's Cityread 2018 programme during May.

The team were honoured for delivering a fantastic programme for the Cityread festival, with 11 events taking place throughout the borough.

Members of the team were also honoured as stars of Cityread for their efforts in organising, running and promoting the borough’s events programme.

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Council moves in on travellers in Ham

Richmond Council received reports late on Thursday evening (19 July) of travellers bringing 22 caravans, other vehicles and dogs, illegally establishing themselves on Ham Common.

Council officers have visited the site and will start legal proceedings for an eviction order if the travellers do not move. In the meantime, officers are working with the local police to negotiate an amicable move.

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Reducing local food waste in Twickenham

Members of The Real Junk Food Project are doing their bit to help reduce local food waste by operating a pop up cafe in East Twickenham.

Christine Weller and Clare Box have been running the cafe since June and are now looking to raise funds with the South West London environment Network for additional equipment and certification.

The cafe is open every Monday from 11-1pm at the ETNA Community Centre.

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Councils set for court challenge on Heathrow decision

Richmond Council, along with other local authorities, has notified the Secretary of State for Transport that it intends to seek judicial review of the Government’s decision to give policy support in the Airports National Policy Statement ('NPS') for a third Heathrow runway.

The councils are challenging the Government on the grounds of air quality, climate change and strategic environmental assessment including failing properly to deal with the noise consequences and surface access impacts.

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Nominate your favourite high street

Applications for the Great British High Street Awards 2018 are now open.

Recognising local achievements on our high streets, the awards celebrate individual businesses and people who are playing a leading role in making our high streets special. 

Show your support by nominating one of your favourite high streets in the borough.

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Overground line closures

There are services changes planned from this weekend on London Overground: 

  • There will be no service between Shepherd's Bush and Willesden Junction and between Richmond and Gospel Oak on Sunday 22 July 2018.
  • The 0015 train from Stratford will terminate at Camden Road from Monday 23 July to Thursday 26 July 2018.

Use local buses to complete your journey, please the TFL website to plan an alternative route.

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Eighteenth borough park awarded Green Flag

North Sheen Recreation Ground has been recognised by the Green Flag award scheme as one of the best parks in the country, becoming the eighteenth Richmond borough park to achieve this status.

The Green Flag award scheme began in 1996 as a way of recognising the importance of parks and green spaces and encouraging the provision and attainment of high environmental standards.

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Innovate TfL summer programme

An exciting opportunity for year 12 and 13 students to work with TfL is now open for registration. Working in teams, attendees will design, develop and propose an innovation to the iconic transport network and learn how different careers come together to turn an idea  into reality.

The Innovate TfL project runs from September 2018 to January 2019 with prizes and work experience opportunities to be won.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018