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Struggling to pay your fuel bills?

If you are on benefits or have a low income you may be eligible for help with heating bills. Grants of up to £85 per household are now available, to protect residents who are at risk from living in fuel poverty.

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2019. Please note, applications received after the closing date will not be processed. Successful applicants will not be notified of the outcome until after the closing date.

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Virginia Woolf in Richmond

Aurora Metro Arts & Media have launched a campaign to commission a statue of Virginia Woolf in Richmond upon Thames, where she lived with her husband Leonard from 1914 to 1924.

Virginia developed as a writer and wrote short stories, essays, reviews and novels while living in Richmond. She worked with her husband to set up the Hogarth Press in Richmond.

The target for the statue is £50,000 and over £200 has already been raised from those who attended the talk during the Richmond Literary Festival.

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Making Richmond a more inclusive borough

Today marks the International Day of Disabled Persons with this year’s theme focusing on empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

We were awarded ‘Disability Confident Employer’ status in August by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in recognition of our commitment to ensuring disabled people and those with long term health conditions have opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

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Edgar Road and Butts Farm Group

The  Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group has set up the Edgar Road and Butts Farm Group for black and ethnic communities. The group will provide help, information and support to all members.

The group meet regularly on Tuesday at the Hounslow Heath Community Centre from 9.30am to 3.30pm with a combination of IT and yoga sessions, as well as support group awareness sessions.

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Christmas at the Mary Wallace Theatre

Twelfth Night will be showing at the Mary Wallace Theatre in Twickenham on Saturday 8 to Saturday 15 December.

Shakespeare's whirlwind comedy of romantic complications and practical jokes is set during the festive season in the 1950s.

Tickets can be purchased online, on the door or by contacting the box office on 07484 927662.

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#TeamMayor jump from up high for charity

Councillor Ben Khosa, Mayor of Richmond, and ten colleagues from the community, Council and Achieving for Children, will sky dive 15,000 feet to raise money for Mayoral charity, Refuge Richmond.

They will be taking to the air in March 2019 and have started fundraising now to ensure they can raise as much money as possible. If you would like to donate, visit the Mayor's Office JustGiving page.

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Contractor should reimburse Council for felled trees

A number of trees will have to be removed following inappropriate action by a contractor in Selwyn Avenue, Richmond and will be replaced at the cost to the contractor responsible.

Significant root severance has been identified at 11 locations during recently completed paving repair works, rendering trees unstable and therefore posing an unacceptable risk of damage or injury. These trees will be removed and replaced as quickly as possible.

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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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Local artists help those affected by homelessness

Vineyard Editions is a local art initiative that aims to help make a difference for people affected by homelessness. 100% of funds raised go directly to Richmond’s Vineyard Community Centre, a charity that works to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in our area.

Six renowned local artists are supporting the effort, each donating a unique, signed, limited edition piece of art that you can buy now at a fraction of their usual price.

In keeping with the local focus, the prints are all of Richmond scenes.

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Recycle electronic items at your local library

Recycling points for unwanted electric and electronic items are being made available at most libraries across the borough.

From Monday 3 December, everything from broken computer keyboards to battery powered toys can be left in the new small Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment bins.

If you are disposing of items which have personal data stored, it is your responsibility to delete this data before placing the item in the bin.

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Invitation to public exhibition for Greggs Bakery site

London Square Twickenham are preparing proposal for the Greggs Bakery site between Crane Road and Norcutt Road which is now surplus to Greggs' operational requirements.

Residents, businesses and stakeholders are invited to view the public exhibition at Crane Community Centre on Monday 3 December from 4 to 8pm or at Twickenham United Reformed Church on Wednesday 5 December from 4 to 8pm.

Proposals will be available to view online from Thursday 6 December.

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Age UK Richmond Christmas activities

Age UK have a range of opportunitites for residents to join in the festive fun this month.

Register for one of the Christmas lunches across the borough, meet new friends and enjoy delicious festive food. There is also a Christmas concert at the Brenftford Musical Museum and a Christmas song time at the Whitton Social Centre.

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Christmas Eve Festive Outdoor Swim

Join Pools on the Park for a festive swim in the outdoor pool on Christmas Eve.

Sessions will be available from 8am to 1.45pm, normal swim charges will apply (free for members). Hot drinks and food will also be available at the café.

Book your place today by calling 020 3772 2999 or visit Pools on the Park reception.

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Council adopts new definition of antisemitism

At the full Council meeting on Tuesday night, the Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Michael Wilson put forward a motion to adopt a new legal definition drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Over 100 councils across the UK have adopted the IHRA definition. It defines antisemitism as:

'A certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.

'Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.'

After a unanimous agreement, Members will now seek to agree to include the definition within the Council's constitution and code of conduct for members and officers.

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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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Updated: 04 Sep 2018