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Cruel cuts to Public Health Grant will harm residents

The grant enables local authorities to deliver public health services to their communities, and is projected to fall 7.5 per cent by the year 2019/20 which equates to a £731,000 cut.

The cut in funding comes despite the borough’s population growing 2.4 per cent over the past three years.

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Have your say on new Council Tax reduction scheme

Earlier this year we agreed to consult on proposals to reverse the previous Council policy, where the most financially disadvantaged residents must contribute a minimum of 15% towards their Council Tax.

It is estimated that the proposals will benefit around 2,500 residents across the borough, costing the Council £400,000 a year.

You can have your say on the proposals until 10 December.

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Have your say on BPAS Clinic PSPO proposals

There is still time to have your say on proposals to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around the British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinic in Rosslyn Road, Twickenham.

A consultation on the proposals will run until Sunday 9 December 2018. The proposed PSPO would address concerns raised around the impact of protests and vigils taking place outside the clinic.

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#HelloNeighbour Challenge

As part of Nextdoor’s #HelloNeighbour Challenge to tackle loneliness, we are asking residents across the borough to help out a neighbour in need.

It could be helping with shopping, raking leaves, or simply a cuppa and a chat. All you need to do is visit the Nextdoor website.

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Volunteers needed at Orleans House Gallery

Orleans House Gallery are now recruiting for Weekend Gallery Assistant volunteers. This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer right in the heart of the action of a public Grade 1 listed building, and home to the Richmond Borough Art Collection.

This is a public facing role in the Front of House team, welcoming visitors and giving excellent customer service, based in the reception and shop.

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Team Richmond race out the blocks for 2019 London Youth Games

Team Richmond opened the 2019 London Youth Games competition season with some outstanding performances at the cross-country competition held at Hampstead Heath earlier this month.

Over 70 athletes from 24 of the borough’s schools were selected in the first squad, with both the girls’ and boys’ teams finishing in 4th place out of 33 London boroughs in their respective competitions.

The squad’s scores combined to leave Team Richmond in 3rd place in the Jubilee Trophy standings after the first competition of the 2019 London Youth Games.

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Fundraiser for the Vineyard Community Centre

The Vineyard Community Centre have been listed as a Paypal charity of the year! This #GivingTuesday 27 November, Paypal are doubling donations received through the centre's fundraising page up to a maximum of £50,000 total matching donations.

The Vineyard Community Centre's mission is to those in need who are homeless, hungry or socially disadvantaged across the borough. They offer help in crisis and hope for life through morning drop-in, foodbank, community cafe and skills based training programmes.

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White Ribbon Day funding boost for victims of domestic abuse

Sunday 25 November is White Ribbon Day, a day designated by the United Nations as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

We have just received a £483,000 government grant to continue the provision of an outreach service to support victims of domestic abuse who have multiple, complex needs that was due to close this December.

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Information evening for EU citizens

A free public information evening for EU citizens living in the borough will be held at Whitton Methodist Church on Wednesday 12 December.

Attendees will receive the latest updates on Brexit developments and find out what steps they need to take to protect their future in the UK. The event is delivered by Citizens Advice Richmond as part of a package of support funded by us, enabling EU residents to get impartial and expert advice on nationality matters.

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New exhibition at Orleans House Gallery

An innovative exhibition exploring the concept of sound and tapestry has arrived at Orleans House Gallery. The British Tapestry Group: Sound and Weave/Rhythm of the Weave is a free exhibition on show now at the Stables Gallery until February 2019.

The exhibition is expected to transform woven tapestry away from a two-dimensional historical document towards an imaginative, and more multi-disciplinary approach through sounds and distorted dialogue.

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Community Heroes' Awards 2018

Twenty four individuals and groups were honoured on Monday night at the inaugural Community Heroes’ Awards.

Nominees gathered at York House to celebrate achievements in everything from sporting activities and community events to care work. This is the first time the community awards were offered in specific categories, a sign of the breadth of voluntary work being done in communities across the borough.

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Borough’s EU nationals can now sign up for e-updates

European nationals living in the borough can now sign up to receive email updates from Citizen Advice Richmond about the latest developments in the Brexit process.

The updates are part of a package of support, funded by the Council and delivered by Citizens Advice Richmond, aimed at enabling EU residents to get impartial, expert advice on nationality matters or the impact of the Government’s proposals and options available for them.

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Middlesex Yeomanry Christmas Band Concert

The Middlesex Yeomanry Christmas Band Concert will be held on Sunday 9 December from 2.30pm at the White House, 45 The Avenue, Hampton, TW12 3RN.

The programme includes well known Christmas music such as the vibrant Dance of the Tumblers from the Snow Maiden, selections from the Wizard of Oz and many other concert and seasonal favourites.

Tickets cost £10, with free admission for children. This includes a programme, refreshments of mulled wine or hot drinks, and mince pies. Call 020 8941 1227 for more information or to book your tickets.

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Flood warning on the Thames

There ha sbeen a warning issued for possible flooding along the Thames riverside. The locations potentially affected include:

  • Thames Bank at Mortlake (SW14)
  • Ranelagh Drive (TW1)
  • Friars Lane and Water Lane (TW9)
  • Riverside and The Embankment at Twickenham
  • Towpath below Teddington Lock

If you require any more information, the Environment Agency Flood line can be contacted on 0345 988 1188. Reference Number for Met Police will be CAD 1957 26/11/18.


Celebrate Christmas at the Church Street Christmas Fair

Church Street are celebrating the start of the festive season with their Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 9 December from 11am until 5pm.

There will a great variety of craft stalls from local artists, businesses and the Church Street traders will also be getting into the Christmas spirit with festive gifts, offers and displays! There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family with live music from local bands, face painting, braiding, glitter tattoos, and Punch and Judy.

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500 new trees for Richmond

More trees are set to be planted in Richmond upon Thames this winter as we plan to almost double the number of trees planted last year.

As part of National Tree Week, 500 trees will be planted across the boroughs highways and parks during this planting season, which runs between the middle of November and the end of March.

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Schools collaborate on Remembrance concert

A concert has been held to commemorate the centenary of the armistice, and to celebrate the uniqueness of Ham and Petersham's Anglo-German connections, has been held at the German School.

The 'War is Over' concert was organised by Ham and Petersham Sea Scouts, Meadlands, Russell and St Richards schools with perforamcnes from Grey Court School's orchestra, choir and band and the German School's orchestra and choir.

A packed audience was treated to outstanding performances from all the music departments with the message of peace and reconciliation felt strongly by all who attended.


ETNA community kitchen for Twickenham

Congratulations to the ETNA Centre for reaching their crowdfunding target towards a new, affordable community kitchen that will be run by the Twickenham Real Junk Food Project using food that would otherwise go to waste.

The kitchen will include step free access and a timetable of activities and cooking classes. Building is expected to commence in spring 2019.

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Christmas in Hampton Square

Hampton residents will enjoy a range of Christmas festivities that will soon arrive to Hampton Square on Thursday 6 December.

There will be live music and entertainment from local bands including Groove Academy, Buckingham Primary School, Redshift and The Basement Door, and more. You can also visit Santa’s Arts and Crafts Grotto, and create seasonal art.

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Charges scrapped for storing belongings for homeless and unemployed residents

In November 2017, a charging system for residents who found themselves homeless, in temporary accommodation and needing somewhere to store their belongings was introduced.

The new administration committed to scrap these charges for residents who were the most vulnerable and at a recent Cabinet meeting, agreed that homeless households requiring storage facilities will no longer be required to pay for the storage service.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018