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Sign up for men's health programme

Men aged 40 to 60 are invited to sign up for a men's health programme. The programme, delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s exercise specialists, will run over 12 weeks at Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre starting on the Monday 14 January.

It’s open to men aged between 40 and 60 who either live in Richmond upon Thames or attend a local GP. Places are limited, so contact Neil Young at or 020 8326 7048 to secure your place.

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Free choir places for music students

Teddington Chamber Choir (TCC) has a limited number of free and half-price places for music students and other musically qualified people under the age of 25. Applications are also invited from others, particularly those who sing lower voice parts. Ability to read music is advantageous.

TCC is an auditioned mixed voice choir, singing mainly classical, which rehearses on Tuesdays from 8.15 to 10.15pm at St Mark’s Church, Teddington, TW11 9DE.

If you are interested in joining, please contact or come along to our open rehearsals on 8, 15 or 22 January 2019.

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SEND funding falls well short

The Government's latest announcement around funding for Special Needs Education falls well short. The £474,000 per annum funding injection gets nowhere near the £5.8 million predicted funding gap in 2018/19. It adds to the pressure local authorites are under to deliver high quality SEND services under increasing strain from Government underfunding.

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Start your new year with a health MOT!

If you are over 40 years old you are entitled to a free NHS Health Check every five years.

Kick start the year by booking your check today. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

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Mayor of London funding for community sports projects

The Mayor of London has launched his flagship community sports programme, Sport Unites, supporting his long-term vision to make London the most active and socially-integrated city in the world. 

Sport Unites funding is available for individuals and not-for-profit organisations, both non-sporting and sporting.

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Volunteers help give Richmond a clean and tidy start to 2019

The area around Richmond Green and the Riverside greeted the new year in a clean and green state thanks to the help of a group of young people from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

More than sixty young volunteers turned out in Richmond on New Year’s Day to help clean the green and Riverside following New Year’s Eve revelry.

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Volunteer for Idling Action Day

We are seeking volunteers to help with an anti-idling day at Deer Park School and around Richmond Station and Town Centre from 2pm-5pm on Thursday 24 January.

Volunteers will be encouraging drivers to turn off their engines whilst stopped outside the station, in the Town Centre or waiting to pick up children from school.

Email to find out more and register to help out.


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Art workshops for those living with early dementia

FiSH Neighbourhood Care is working with Picassos in the Park to deliver art therapy workshops open to people living with early stage dementia and their carers.

These workshops take place weekly at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes.

To find out more and to book a place, please contact Liz on 020 8878 8100 or email

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Warning: road closure in Richmond

Following a burst water main, Manor Road in Richmond has been closed to enable Thames Water to complete emergency repair works. All buses and traffic are on diversion.

The repair works are expected to be completed on 2 January 2019.

For more information, contact the Thames Water emergency line on 0800 714 614.

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Get the job you want in 2019

Room for Work is a prize-winning employability course designed for skilled workers at all levels, including managers and professionals. 

This is a free course, part-funded by Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity. In their free 12-week programme participants learn current job search techniques, develop social media skills, improve CVs, and practice competency-based interviews.

To join the winter 2019 course, commencing 8 January, register online.

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Councils call on Government to scrap apprenticeship levy

The number of residents from Richmond and four other London boroughs starting an apprenticeship has fallen by over a quarter in the last year, following the introduction of a Government levy.

7,390 people from Richmond, Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Kingston, signed up for apprenticeships in 2017/18, compared to 10,030 in 2016/17.

A major change to the funding of apprenticeships was introduced in April 2017 with the start of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy. We are campaigning for Levy reform.

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Art and history at Orleans House Gallery

Art Historical London and Orleans House Gallery will be hosting weekly lunchtime art and history lectures.

These lectures are open to all. The first talk, The Portrayal of Motherhood, is on Tuesday 8 January, from 1.15 to 2.30pm. Tickets are £15, or £13.50 with a Richmond Card.

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New Managing Director of Achieving for Children announced

Ian Dodds, Interim Chief Executive of the award-winning council-owned company, Achieving for Children (AfC), has been appointed as the permanent Managing Director of the company.

Ian, who has been working for AfC since it was established, has been interim lead of the company since Nick Whitfield’s retirement in September.

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Christmas tree recycling services start today

Our free Christmas tree recycling services starts today, Monday 7 January, on your scheduled collection days.

You should leave your tree outside your property taking care to not block the footpath and not pile trees at the end of the road as this is fly-tipping. Ornaments, stands and pots should be removed and your tree should be left ideally next to your recycling containers on collection day.

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Clarendon students work on school mosaic

During their first term at the school's new site, pupils at Clarendon drew their mosaic designs onto the re-purposed breeze block walls, along with the assistance of a local community artist. The project is thanks to Council Civic Pride funding.

Over Christmas, the elves completed the background to the pupil's work, ready for the next phase later this spring.

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Auction raises £4,500 for the Poppy Factory

An online auction organised by Richmond BID/Be Richmond and supported by local businesses helped raise £4,500 for Richmond-based charity The Poppy Factory.

Auction lots were provided by 25 Richmond businesses and organisations, including software developers, exhibition companies, hotels, retailers, restaurants and pubs. Contributions included everything from rugby tickets and afternoon teas to panto tickets and even an original oil painting.

The funds raised will help The Poppy Factory support more veterans back into meaningful employment across the UK.

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Improve your photography skills!

If you are looking to take up a new hobby in 2019, or share your current passion with fellow enthusiasts, the Hampton Hill Photographic Society are welcoming new members.

They meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm. The first meeting of 2019 will be on Wednesday 16 January, and will feature a talk from Darren Pullman. 

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Valentines Extravaganza in Church Street

Don’t miss the Church Street Valentine Fayre on Saturday 9 February! There will be stalls with gifts, flowers, cakes, chocolates and street food as well as live music and other entertainment.

The street will be pedestrianised and it is free entry.

If you would like to run a stall it is £40 for the day. Email for details.

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Local language school raises money for Save the Children

Twickenham language school, LAL, has started raising money for Save the Children and is inviting local people to donate.

The school, based in London Road, accepts full-time English language students from all over the world. Every year students decide on an annual charity to support. This year, the global children's charity has been selected. If you would like to donate, pop along to the school on the first floor of Allied House, between 8am and 5pm.

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Spark! is the main act at the big game

Street theatre group Spark! will light up London’s greatest stage as the main act at this year’s big game when Harlequins face historic rivals Wasps on Saturday 29 December.

A spectacular live light and music show will transform Twickenham Stadium at half-time during the match, which has already sold over 70,000 tickets.

Tickets are still available.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018