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Conference gathers to raise awareness of child neglect

Nearly 100 representatives from local schools and other organisations who work with children and young people across the borough came together on Tuesday to learn more about how to tackle child neglect.

The event was organised by the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) for Richmond and Kingston, where attendees took part in workshops to make sure they were aware of how to spot neglect and how to combat it.

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Toddlers at risk of flu in Richmond

We are urging local parents to vaccinate their toddlers against the flu this winter, after figures revealed that only 39.05% of 2-3 year olds in the borough received the free flu vaccination last year which is below national average of 43.5%.

Children are at even greater risk than adults of contracting the virus and unfortunately, some children also go on to develop a very high fever or complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia, and may require hospital treatment to feel better.

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Volunteers sought for Idling Action Campaign

Volunteers are being sought to help with anti-idling days taking place at Manor Road and White Hart Lane Level Crossings later this month. 

The first event takes place from 2 to 5pm, on Wednesday 21 November at Darell Primary School to campaign around the school and Manor Road level crossing.

The second is on the afternoon of Friday 30 November based at Thomson House School, to campaign around Sheen Lane and White Hart Lane level crossings.

Email Carol Lee for more details and to get involved.

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Know your risk this World Diabetes Day

Could you prevent diabetes in your family? Reducing your family’s diabetes risk starts at home.

Check your diabetes risk today and see what’s available in Richmond to support you and your family in making small lifestyle changes.

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Celebrating Purple Tuesday at the People Hive

Cllr Geoff Acton visited The People Hive in Twickenham to celebrate Purple Tuesday, an initiative that aims to increase awareness of the value and needs of disabled customers, and make sustainable changes to improve customer experiences.

As part of Purple Tuesday, we are offering 20 local businesses in Teddington or Twickenham the chance to apply for a free wheelchair ramp.

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Sign up to Purple Tuesday

Local businesses are encouraged to sign up to Purple Tuesday, the UK’s accessible shopping day on Tuesday 13 November.

Purple Tuesday is a new campaign to encourage retailers to make shopping experiences more accessible and inclusive for disabled customers.

To encourage even more businesses across the borough to make the shopping experience more inclusive and accessible for disabled customers, we are offering 20 local businesses initially in Teddington or Twickenham the chance to apply for a free wheelchair ramp.

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Donate socks for the homeless

Donate your unwanted, unworn socks to St Margarets Foot Clinic this month, where they will be donated to Sikh Welfare & Awareness Team (SWAT)

SWAT are a charitable organisation based in West London who unite and transform financially disadvantaged communities by focusing on projects which make a difference to people’s lives.

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Normansfield Christmas Craft Fair

Visit the annual Normansfield Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday 24 November from 11am to 4.30pm.

All items for sale are handmade, including prints, jewellery, cards, gifts and much more. A coffee shop will be open all day serving delicious coffees and cakes, with a children’s craft activity table and a tombola.

All proceeds from the table hire, coffee shop and tombola are going to the Down’s Syndrome Association.

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Donate your unwanted winter coats

This month Chesterstons Richmond are collecting unwanted winter coats as part of the Calling London Winter Coat Collection 2018. The charity are then distributing the coats to the homeless and families that are struggling financially.

To donate, please visit Chesterstons Richmond, or for more information please call 020 3758 3222

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York House to light up red this weekend

York House in Twickenham will be lit in red on Saturday and Sunday night as a mark of respect to our armed forces on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. This forms part of a range of activities and civic ceremonies taking place across the borough. 

the Leader of the Council, Cllr Roberts, will join the Mayor and other councillors at a special Commemoration Service at St Mary’s Church in Twickenham on Sunday night. The service begins at 6pm and all are invited.

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Open letter explaining the rationale behind 20mph

A group including councillors and the borough’s MPs have written an open letter to Richmond upon Thames residents to explain the rationale behind a 20mph borough-wide limit.

The letter outlines the evidence of benefits to public safety, air quality, and public health which arise from introducing 20mph limits. It includes an outline of results seen in places like Islington, Southwark, and Brighton and Hove which have introduced such a limit.

We are consulting on the plans through to 21 December 2018. 

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Sports and fitness centres phone fault

The sports and fitness centres phone system has a fault and we are currently unable to make or receive calls. Until this fault is fixed, please direct your enquiry by email to

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


German School Concert for peace and reconciliation

A concert of peace and reconciliation to mark the centenary of the ending of World War I will take place at The German School in Petersham, on Thursday 22 November.

The concert has been organised by Churches Together in Ham and Petersham, with support from all local schools and the Petersham Sea Scouts.

The reception starts at 7pm, with the concert starting at 7.30pm. Entry is free and no booking is required.


Friendly Christmas carol service for all

Following the success of last year’s first ever dementia-friendly Christmas service in Barnes, the Barnes Community Association (BCA) have now made it a fixture on their calendar.

This year Holy Trinity Barnes will host the carol service with the FiSH Choir on Wednesday 12 December from 2.30 to 3.30pm

If you would like more information about the service, please call 020 8876 3765 or email

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Negotiating the best commercial lease for your business

A masterclass on negotiating the best commercial lease for your business will be held on Thursday 22 November, from 10am to 12.45pm at Revolution Putney.

The tips from this masterclass will equip you with the fundamentals you need to put in place to ensure you can get the best property lease for your business. The session will be delivered by Panikkos Euripides, a UK Commercial Lease expert and a fully qualified member of the RICS.

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Book still open on this year’s Literature Festival

There are only two weeks left to get involved in the borough’s literary bonanza at the 2018 Richmond Literature Festival.

With another 22 events still to come this November there’s plenty on offer for the borough’s boisterous bookworms, culture vultures and curious children to come along to.

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Get checked this HIV Testing Week

17 to 24 November is National HIV Testing Week and we are calling on people in the borough who may be at risk to get themselves checked.

Anyone who lives in Richmond upon Thames can get a free, fast, confidential HIV test with results in 20 minutes.

Checks are taking place at:

  • Heatham House in Twickenham from 11.15am to 2.30 pm on Fridays 2 and 30 November
  • Vineyard Community Centre in Richmond from 8.45 to 11am on Wednesday 21 November.

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Schumann: The Faces and the Masks

A unique Richmond Literature Festival event comes to the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre this Thursday 15 November at 7pm.

Judith Chernaik will discuss Schumann: The Faces and the Masks, her groundbreaking account of a major composer whose life and works have been the subject of intense controversy ever since his early death in an asylum in 1856.

Visit the OSO website for more details and to book tickets.

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Illustration on Richmond’s First World War stories

The Richmond Council Art Service have commissioned an artist to bring local stories from the Great War to life as part of the borough’s First World War Commemoration Programme.

The illustrations will later be published in a book available to view through the borough’s local history archive and at Orleans House Gallery.

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Council slams dangerous and senseless school bus burning

Vandals who set fire to a school bus in St Margarets overnight should face the full weight of the law for their dangerous and senseless behaviour.

Councillors and Council officers were alerted to the burning school van overnight and have been working with the police and the vehicle’s owner on the investigation and clean up. 

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018