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Mayor and Leader select young artists for Christmas cards

Six young budding artists from primary schools across the borough have been picked as the designers of the Mayor’s and Leader of the Council’s annual Christmas cards.

Over 400 children from across the borough submitted their designs for the competition. All the winners and runner ups attended a thank-you tea party with the Mayor and Leader, where the winning designs were turned into official civic Christmas cards.

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Have your say on the future of our transport

The new Local Implementation Plan (LIP) outlines how we intend to deliver the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy in Richmond upon Thames.

We will work towards making our streets cleaner, greener, safer and healthier for everyone who uses them so that more people choose to make journeys on foot, by bicycle or on public transport.

Have your say on the plan before Friday 11 January 2019.

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Don’t fall victim to scams this Christmas

It may be the season of goodwill but fraudsters are working overtime at Christmas. To help residents spot the scams and not fall prey to the criminals, we have come up with a 12 scams of Christmas list.

Shoppers must look out for bogus charities, fake online gift cards and be cautious of telephone calls from scammers or con-artists. The 12 scams of Christmas list includes information on subscription traps, bogus charities, loan scams as well as phishing emails.

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Work to start on new footbridge in Barnes

We are partnering with Network Rail to fund a new footbridge over White Hart Lane level crossing in Barnes. The project will see construction run from 3 December 2018 until mid April 2019 with most of the work taking place between 7.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

For safety reasons some work will require the train line to be blocked as well as lane and road closures over some nights and weekends. Any disruption will be communicated to residents closer to the time.

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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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Mayor’s Asian celebration raises £2,800 for Refuge

Eighty guests joined the Mayor for an Asian Celebration last week to raise money for Refuge.

The delicious Indian meal took place at Twickenham’s newest Asian restaurant, Panas. A performance by Bollywood dancers helped to put everyone in a giving mood, as they raised over £2,800.

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The only way is up at the Landmark

Changing light bulbs in their magnificent, but enormous, building has always been an expensive challenge for arts charity the Landmark Arts Centre. Thanks to wonderful community support for two fundraising events and a generous private donation last week, the Landmark team took delivery of an access lift.

This will enable safe access by trained staff and contractors up to 11 metres - enough to change the light bulbs, service the heating and even do the dusting!


Have a very Mayorly Christmas

Join one of the Mayor's magical fundraising activities taking place this month. 

The annual Mayor's Christmas concert will be taking place on Tuesday 11 December at Clarendon Hall Twickenham, featuring musicians from the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall). Doors open at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8pm.

Beauty and the Beast will be screened at the Exchange in Twickenham on Saturday 15 December. Free face painting will be available from 10am and there will be a prize for the best fancy dress.

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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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Updated: 04 Sep 2018