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Work begins on third Friendly Park for All

The Parks Team have joined up with Friends of Ham Village Green to fund the development which will include a new semi-circular bench on the path in the centre of the green.

A central marker of a mosaic on the grass will also sit behind the bench which will serve as a guide for people who may have become disorientated whilst using the park.

It is hoped that these additions will make the green more user friendly for people with dementia.

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Christmas Day lunch at Elleray Hall

Churches in Teddington are again inviting the elderly and those who are alone on Christmas Day to join them for a traditional Christmas meal. There will be entertainment, mince pies and other refreshments, as well as a chance to join in carols and other activities. Transport can be provided for those who need it.

The event organisers are searching for volunteer musicians, entertainers and assistance with food preparation. If you would like to attend or register as a volunteer, please contact Jo Nicholds on 07968 960459 or by email.

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Community Art Project at Whitton Library

Whitton Library will be displaying artwork and a book of remembrances from Friday 23 November to Saturday 15 December 2018.

The display has been created by participants from White Farm Lodge, students at Chase Bridge Primary School and members at 2nd Whitton Beavers to commemorate the centenary of WW1.

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Ham and Petersham towpath clean up

Volunteers are needed to help at the annual Thames Towpath clean up this Saturday 24 November. 

Pickers and gloves will be provided upon arrival. If you are available to help, meet members of the Ham and Petersham Association at the Ham Street car park at 10am.

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Twickenham Christmas lights switch on

Enjoy an afteroon of Christmas festivities on Twickenham Green, King Street and Diamond Jubilee Gardens this Sunday 25 November!

From 2pm there will be music and stage performances, games, giveaways, face painting, market stalls and much more. Make sure you don't miss the King Street Christmas tree switch on will take place at approximately 5.30pm.

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Are you drinking responsibly?

This week is Alcohol Awareness Week, and we are urging residents to drink responsibly by keeping track of their alcohol intake.

You can use the DrinkChecker website to help set goals to drink less, see how much you can save in cash and calories by reducing your drinking and find information about local support services.

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Launching the litter squad

Last night members agreed proposals to trial a new Environmental Enforcement Service, and increase the current littering Fixed Penalty Notice fine from £100 to £150.

Earlier this year we carried out a campaign to reduce the amount of fly-tipping and littering across the borough. Despite a drop in reported issues, littering continues to be a problem and we are proposing to procure a new, external, uniformed environmental enforcement service to further discourage offenders.

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Formal agreement to regenerate Ham Close

At last night’s Cabinet meeting, Members agreed proposals for the Council to sell land and enter into an agreement with RHP to enable a proposal for redevelopment to come forward. 

The proposal is to replace the 192 existing homes on Ham Close with new homes for the current RHP tenants and leaseholders as well as provide additional properties, including new affordable homes for both rent and Shared Ownership.

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TAG highly commended in national awards

TAG Youth Club received a highly commended certificate at the UK Youth Showcase and Awards ceremony this week - a major achievement in recognition of the work at the Ham-based club.

The club aims to empower and optimise the potential of young people with disabilities. Youth workers deliver a range of programmes that encourage personal and social development.

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Join Feel Good Fitness and pay nothing until 28 January

Get fit this winter with Feel Good Fitness, sign up for a membership today and pay nothing until 28 January 2019.

Our Feel Good Fitness membership programme gives you access to:

  • 6 sports centres
  • 4 pools, 5 gyms and over 200 fitness classes
  • Specially tailored services
  • 10 day money back guarantee on all memberships
Call us today on 020 3772 2999.

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Work Club at Twickenham Library

Work Club run sessions for people looking to get back in to the workplace. Sessions run every Tuesday from 9.30 to 11.30am at Twickenham Library.

The final three sessions for the year will take place on 27 November, 4 and 11 December. Knowledgeable volunteers with experience in careers guidance are available to help you with online job search skills, writing your CV and achieving work related goals.

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Normansfield Christmas Carol Concert

Tickets are now on sale to the annual Christmas Carol Concert at 7.30pm on Friday 7 December at Langdon Down Centre.

The event will include performances by the Marble Hill Singers and Teddington based choir the Chirpy Cheeps.

Tickets are £10 each and £8 for concessions and can be purchase online or by calling 0333 1212 300.

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Off the Record: November’s local Community Hero

Off the Record (OTR) Twickenham have been titled November's local Community Hero for their work in providing free counselling for young people in the Twickenham area. They were nominated by Cllr Robin Brown.

OTR provide the only free and confidential drop-in counselling, information and sexual health service for young people aged 11 to 24 who live, work or study in the Richmond Borough, helping more than 1,500 young people every year.

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Christmas Concert in aid of the Holly Lodge Centre

A wonderful lead-up to Christmas for the entire family, the ever popular Holly Lodge Centre's annual Christmas Concert returns for 2018.

The evening of song and festive readings will feature choirs from local schools and celebrity readers. Entry to the event is £20 (under 16s £5) and includes wine and mine pies.

The concert will take place on Wednesday 5 December at Christ Church in East Sheen from 7.30pm onwards.

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Whitton Photographic Club

Join a photography session this evening at Whitton Community Centre and learn more about digital techniques.

The Photographic Club are a small and friendly group of enthusiasts who meet every Monday evening at 8pm. For more details about the club please email Whitton Community Centre or call Roy on 020 8230 5533.

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Firmer enforcement approach on unauthorised encampment

In recent months, there have been a number of unauthorised traveller camps in the borough. It can take between two to three weeks to secure a Removal Order and this does not stop evicted travellers moving to nearby borough property.

At last night’s Cabinet, members agreed to streamline and improve the process by seeking a borough-wide preventative injunction to protect all of our parks, open spaces and highways.

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Brexit impact on the borough's EU citizens

A report to Cabinet last night outlined the potential negative impact leaving the European Union will have on EU citizen residents living in Richmond upon Thames.

The Brexit process is already impacting confidence in the borough’s business community with a March 2018 survey showing 31% of the borough’s businesses expected their business performance will get worse because of Brexit, and 53% expect the general business environment to worsen due to Brexit.

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RuTC awarded Microsoft Showcase College status

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) has been awarded status as a prestigious Microsoft Showcase College. 

Showcase colleges are supported by Microsoft to focus on personalised learning for students through the use of one-to-one devices and Office 365 Education, Teams, OneNote, Skype and more. They also share ideas and are given the opportunity to host education events.

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Armistice Day 2018 in Fontainebleau

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools, Cllr Penny Frost represented the borough and the Richmond in Europe Association (REA) at the Armistice Day commemorations in Fontainebleau.

Joining the Mayor of Fontainebleau, the Oberbürgermeister of Konstanz and REA vice chair, Helen Baker, Cllr Frost attended a concert for peace and reconciliation, visited the First World War exhibition and took part in the joint laying of wreaths.

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Get your free grit ready for an icy winter

Richmond residents are once again being offered free bags of grit and rock salt as part of the Council’s annual winter initiative to tackle snow and ice.

We will again be offering residents the option to collect up to 50kg of rock salt from our depot in Langhorn Drive, Twickenham.

Collection will be available from Monday 26 November until Friday 30 November between the hours of 9am and 3pm. As the depot is a secure area, you will need to sign in at the gate reception so please ensure you have photo ID and proof of address with you when you arrive.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018