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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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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.


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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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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Updated: 04 Sep 2018