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A novel way to bring a new show to Hampton Hill Theatre

A Twickenham based theatre director has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring a new children’s musical with an important message about climate change to Hampton Hill Theatre.

Stephen Leslie was inspired to create this production after hearing about Ellie and Starlight, a story by a local writer that explains climate change in a heart-warming way to young children. He is crowdfunding with SWELN, a charity that supports environmental initiatives in South West London. They need to raise a further £4k for the musical to go ahead, and residents who pledge their support will be eligible for free tickets if the show reaches its fundraising target.

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Take the One You Health Quiz

Public Health England have launched the 'How Are You' free online health quiz to measure your health and start the fight back to a healthier you.

One You provides tips, tools, personalised support and encouragement every step of the way to help improve your health. 

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Free employability course

Room for Work are offering a free course for adults looking to get back into work, or wanting to find a better job. The 12 week programme will help you learn current job search techniques, develop social media skills, improve your CV and practice interviewing. 

The next course starts on 8 January 2019.

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Richmond Riverside Walk proves a big success

Over 40 walkers took part in the second annual Richmond Riverside Walk earlier this year, led by the Richmond and Kew Christian Aid group.

The Thames Path from St Matthias Church, Richmond to St Anne’s Church, Kew was blessed with supporters wearing the well-known red Christian Aid t-shirts and raised over £4000.

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Richmond Runfest reach a new record

Runners at this year’s Richmond RUNFEST raised over £630,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, setting a new fundraising record for the event.

Since the inauguration in 2013, the event has now raised over £2 million for charities and local community groups.

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Guide to local NHS services over Christmas period

We're reminding residents that GPs and pharmacies will have different operating hours over the Christmas and New Year preiod.

Your local pharmacy is the place to go to get any prescription medicines and clinical advice for minor health concerns. But did you know they can also help with common illnesses like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains. Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don’t need an appointment – you can just walk in.

GP appointments during the Christmas period, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, may be accessed by calling your GP practice during opening hours or at other times through NHS 111.

Meanwhile, if you need medical help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation call 111.


Sign up to Feel Good Fitness in 2019

Start your 2019 fitness resolutions with a Feel Good Fitness programme.

Sign up for a membership today and receive access to six sports centres, four pools, five gyms and over 200 fitness classes. There are specially tailored services from qualified instructors as well as a ten day money back guarantee on all memberships.

Call the team on 0203 772 2999 to find out more.

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Burst water main on the A316

A burst water main on the A316, Twickenham Road, heading eastbound is currently causing significant traffic in the area.

Richmond Town Centre, Richmond Road and St Margaret's Road are all affected. Thames Water are currently working on site, with one lane closed on Kew Road roundabout.

If you have any queries, please contact Transport for London or Thames Water on 0800 714 614.


Poppy Factory receives Freedom of the Borough

As part of the borough’s commemoration activities to mark the end of 100 years since World War I, councillors presented representatives from The Poppy Factory with the honour at a special Council meeting on Tuesday night.

The Poppy Factory was founded in 1922 by Major George Howson MC to provide employment for veterans injured during The First World War. These veterans were employed making Remembrance products for The Royal British Legion and for The Royal Family.

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New Year workshops for carers

In January, Richmond Carers will launch a series of free workshops focusing on mind, body and spirit, with practical tips for better sleep and stress management.

Monthly sessions will run on Tuesday from 10am. Booking is essential.

If you would like to join Richmond Carers, find out more about their current opportunities online.

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Stay safe this New Year’s Eve with Circle

We are encouraging residents to use a new personal safety app called Circle to help them stay connected with friends and family should they find themselves in a difficult or dangerous situation.

The app has directions to safe places and a function to send a message to friends and family with one tap as well as other features designed to make finding safety as easy as possible.

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College festive fundraiser for Shooting Star Chase

Richmond upon Thames College has raised over £300 for local children's hospice, Shooting Star Chase, by hosting an annual Christmas fundraising day.

Activities included festive carol singing, a bake sale, raffle and lunch.

Well done Richmond College!

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Make your way to Richmond upon Thames in 2019

The 2019 VisitRichmond guide is now available, packed with all the borough has to offer from wild days out in one of the borough’s much-loved parks to a touch of class at one of our historic houses and palaces, and everything in between.

Thank you to Vivi Hanson Sacredote for this photograph!

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Mayor thanks Health Walks leaders

The Mayor was on hand last week to hand out certificates to the volunteers who have led the borough's Health Walks throughout the year.

At a special Christmas meeting the Mayor thanked the walk leaders for their dedication not just this year but over a number of years in getting people out into the bourough's wonderful green spaces.

The Walks will not be running from the 24th December - 1st January. We look forward to welcoming you back from 2nd January. 

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Richmond schools star in TfL awards

Three of the borough’s schools have been recognised for their hard work in improving travel plans and getting more active in their journeys to and from school.

The School Champion Awards are part of TfL's STARS schools initiative to inspire young Londoners to travel sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely. These awards recognise and celebrate the success of the important role these champions do to embed active and safer travel within the school community.

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Fitter, healthier, lighter you with new men’s health programme

A new weightloss programme delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s exercise specialists to help men live healthier lives will be trialled in January.

The programme costs £5 per week and will run over 12 weeks at Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre and is open to men aged between 40 and 60 who either live in the borough or attend a local GP.

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Council Services during Christmas and New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Richmond Council.

Please note the Civic Centre and Customer Services phone lines will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

We have developed a new page on our website with lots of information for residents including waste and recycling collection days, tips on keeping warm, healthy and safe over the holidays as well other community information and events happening in the borough.

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Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection arrangements

Waste and recycling collections in the week commencing Monday 24 December will be carried out from domestic properties on the Monday for normal Monday collections day, and two days later for all other collection days. 

Collections the following week will take place on Monday 31 December as normal, and will then take place a day later than normal after New Year's day. 

Box Deliveries and Special Collections will continue through until Friday 21 December 2018 and will recommence on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Garden Waste collection will continue until 21 December 2018 and will recommence on Monday 7 January 2019.

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Christmas crime tips

Residents are being warned to keep their homes safe from anybody ready to spoil their Christmas festivities.

We have produced a list of helpful tips to combat the increase in burglaries and bike thefts which occur during darker nights and over the holidays.

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Authentic French market in Twickenham

Come and enjoy the festive fun at the Christmas French market in Church Street, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December.

This is a great place to pick up last minute Christmas presents and enjoy the authentic French street food with live music all day from local bands on Saturday.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018