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60th anniversary plans announced

The provisional programme for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the twinning between Richmond, Fontainebleau and Konstanz, which will take place in Richmond between Friday 26 and Sunday 28 June 2020, has just been announced.

The programme includes a parade, concert, exhibition and reaffirmation ceremony in the grounds of York House. Scores of local schools, clubs, societies and associations - which have partners in Fontainebleau and Konstanz - will be welcoming guests from overseas.

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Volunteer at Orleans House Gallery

Orleans House Gallery are now recruiting for volunteers! Whether you’re a budding storyteller, a green fingered gardener, or an art and history enthusiast, they have opportunities for you to get involved with and be at the heart of the action.

This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer right in the heart of the action of a public Grade 1 listed building, home to the Richmond Borough Art Collection.

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Barnes Literature Festival 2019

The Barnes Literature Festival is back for it's fifth year, featuring many big name authors and illustrators, amazing children’s shows and attracting thousands of families.

The festival will take place from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 May. You can collect the two-day programme from your local library or download it online.

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Pack and Send pledges to be idle free

Pack and Send Richmond has signed the pledge to help make Richmond upon Thames an idle free borough.

It is one of nearly 500 people, community groups and businesses to have signed the pledge so far in the borough.

If you support an idle free Richmond upon Thames like Pack and Send, then sign the pledge today.

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Become a walk leader

We are looking for more walk leaders so we can expand our Health Walks programme.

If you are interested in becoming a leader then come along to a free training session at York House from 9.45am to 3pm on Tuesday 28 May 2019.

For more information and to book please email

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World Book Night 2019

Tuesday 23 April is World Book Night, a national celebration of reading where books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read.

Richmond libraries will be sharing the joy of reading by donating over 60 books to people who don’t regularly read across the Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington areas. Many of these will be donated in partnership with other organisations such as SPEAR.

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23,000 wipes removed from Barnes shore

A record 23,000 wet wipes were cleared from one stretch of the Thames foreshore in Barnes last month. 160 volunteers from Thames21 filled a total of 473 bags of wet wipes within two hours!

Thames21 is the voice for London’s waterways, working with communities to improve rivers and canals for people and wildlife.

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Ham Open Gardens

Ham Open Gardens will take place on Sunday 19 May from 1pm to 5pm, giving the public a unique opportunity to go ‘behind the garden wall’ of a selection of the most beautiful private gardens in Ham.

Organised by the Ham and Petersham Association (HPA), the event will include lots for all the family to enjoy, including a barbecue, homemade teas and music from the excellent Salamander Saxophone Quartet.

Tickets are £11 each or two for £16.50 (free for under 16s). Proceeds will go to Home-Start, HPA and other local causes.

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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Teddington Theatre Club presents Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, the Tony-nominated romantic comedy for everyone who doesn’t like romantic comedies. This is suitable for over 18s only.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is performed at Hampton Hill Theatre from Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 May 2019.

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Photographic Society Exhibition

Visit the Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society Annual Exhibition at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington this week.

The exhibition will include fine art prints and projected digital images, plus the Royal Photographic Society’s Visual Art Group touring exhibition and work by students of St. Catherine’s Girls School in Twickenham.

Admission is £2 and ends on Monday 22 April 2019.

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Join the Mayor for afternoon tea in York House Gardens

Enjoy a special Darjeeling afternoon tea with the Mayor in the Winter Gardens at York House. Attendees will be invited to a tour of the building, gardens and the famous Naked Ladies fountains with guides from the York House Society. There will also be performances from the Richmond Academy of Dance.

The event will take place on Friday 10 May from 3.30pm until 5pm. Tickets cost £20 and include afternoon tea and prosecco.

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Richmond young carers charity receives £98,000 grant

Richmond Carers Centre Young Carers Service has received a £98,000 grant from the charity Global’s Make Some Noise. This will fund a project coordinator, equipment, more outings and extra mentoring. 

Every year the service supports over 450 young carers, aged from 5 to 18 years, and their families, across the borough.

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Strawberry Hill Golf Club open day

If you’re new to golf or are thinking of joining a golf club, Strawberry Hill Golf Club is holding an open day on Monday 6 May from 10am to 4pm.

All are welcome to join the fun social event which will include free beginners coaching and nine holes of golf. There will also be a bbq from 12pm.

Reservations are essential - call 020 8894 0165 or email

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River Crane litter pick

Last weekend, 30 volunteers of all ages took part in a litter pick along the River Crane.

Organised by the Ibn Battuta Scouts in collaboratoin with SWLEN and FORCE, the litter pickers collected 148 glass bottles, 213 plastic bottles, 649 cans, and 10 bags of general waste between Hounslow Road and Chertsey Road.

The litter pick was organised as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

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Kindly Leave the Stage

The Richmond Shakespeare Society presents Kindly Leave The Stage, a comedy exploring themes of love, fidelity, reality and the stage.

Playing from 27 April to 4 May 2019 at the Mary Wallace Theatre, tickets are available online or by calling the box office between 10am and 7pm on 07484 927 662.

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Life as a Richmond Park gamekeeper

For 30 years, John Bartram worked as a gamekeeper at Richmond Park, ensuring the welfare of its world-famous deer. In a conversation with radio and TV presenter Adrian Mills, John will draw upon a treasure trove of memories to offer a fascinating glimpse of his life in the park.

The talk will take place on Monday 13 May. Tickets are £10 and include entrance to WWT London Wetlands Centre.

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Funk the Ruils II

Funk the Ruils returns for another year! A great night to celebrate 50 years of the finest dance tunes across the genres from 8pm on Saturday 1 June, at the Teddington Constitutional Club.

Tickets are £15 and can be booked online.

All proceeds will go to Ruils, a local charity that supports children and adults with disabilities and the elderly to live independently.

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British Art: the interwar years

A new exhibiton is coming to Richmond Old Town Hall this May, exploring the history of British art.

British Art: the interwar years will include exhibits such as The impact of WWI – art, memorials and Stanley Spencer, Constructivism and Abstract Art in 1930s Britain and The impact of the Second World War; War artists commission.

The exhibition will be open every Friday from 3 May to 31 May between 11pm and 12 noon.

Tickets cost £12 per session.

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Parenting talk with Home-Start Richmond

Home-Start Richmond are hosting a parenting talk on social media, mental health and resilience on Thursday 6 June at Hampton Prep and Pre-Prep school. Dr Kathy Weston will help parents be prepared for their children using social media, signposting them to the very best evidence-based tips and ensuring they leave the talk feeling more knowledgeable and better able to help their child navigate the digital world.

All proceeds will go to local family support charity Home-Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.

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MNDA presents Steve Hutchinson in concert

The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) presents an evening of original melodic rock and pop performed by Steve Hutchinson. Steve Hutchinson and his band (plus special guests) will be performing songs from his new album at the Hammond Theatre on Saturday 11 May 2019 starting at 8pm.

All proceeds from this concert will be going directly to MNDA.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018