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Winners announced for the Mayor’s and Council Leader’s Christmas card

Six budding young artists have been selected from over 400 entries this festive season to design the Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Nancy Baldwin and Leader of the Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts annual Christmas cards.

The cards will be sent to many organisations, businesses and charities that the Council and Mayor have worked with throughout the year.

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Normansfield Christmas Carol Concert

Join the Normansfield Theatre for their annual Carol Concert featuring the Marble Hill Singers and the Chirpy Cheeps on Friday 13 December at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and £8.

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Christmas Day Dinner Richmond need your help

Christmas Day Dinner in Richmond are kindly asking for gift donations to fill stockings for young adults from across the borough who have recently left the care system.

Presents for the guests can be dropped off at Positive, Willoughby House, 439 Richmond Road, TW1 2AG. Alternatively check their Amazon wishlist or shop directly on TwickTraders website and let their Christmas elves do all the hard work for you!

You can also drop off your unwanted, or half-used rolls of wrapping paper as well as bows, and ribbon to the Eel Pie Pub on Church Street in Twickenham for wrapping gifts.

There are plenty of ways you can get involved and make this Christmas a special one to remember. 

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Join your local Facebook page

Did you know our Community Engagement Team manage a Facebook Group for each of the local areas in the Borough?

You can join the page and post your local news, events and keep up to date with other activities in your area. 

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Donate sanitary products to the Richmond Box Project

The Richmond Box Project is a local not for profit partnership that provides free sanitary products to young women in the Richmond upon Thames area.

The group are hoping to supply free sanitary products into a local college, youth groups and care leavers event.

You can also drop off sanitary products to the red box at the Civic Centre in Twickenham or visit their Richmond Box Project wishlist on Amazon.

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Donate your unwanted winter coats

Chestertons are collecting unwanted winter coats and parkas for both adults and children as part of the Calling London Winter Coat Collection 2019.

The charity are then distributing the coats to the homeless and families that are struggling financially. Drop off your coats to your local branch.

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900 Don't Be Idle pledges and counting

Thank you to the over 900 individuals, local businesses, schools and community groups who have pledged not to leave their engines idling. Join our campaign for better air quality in Richmond upon Thames - sign the #DontBeIdle pledge today!


1657: Rebel Christmas at the Keeper's Gallery

Head to The National Archives for a unique festive offering this season. Exploring the centuries-old traditions forced to go underground when Christmas was outlawed.

1657: Rebel Christmas includes an immersive gallery experience and exciting events programme suitable for all ages.

The exhibition will run between Wednesday 27 November 2019 to Saturday 4 January 2020.

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Royal Oak is emblem for Year of the Tree

The iconic, ancient Royal Oak tree in Richmond Park is the subject of a stunning new artwork by acclaimed artist Mark Frith, commissioned by the Friends of Richmond Park (FRP) as emblem for their conservation campaign, Year of the Tree.

Limited edition prints of the artwork are available, with net proceeds going towards funding tree conservation projects in Richmond Park.

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Join the spinathon at Anytime Fitness

The volunteers behind Christmas Day Dinner Richmond are raising money by holding a 24-hour spinathon at Anytime Fitness in Twickenham.

The classes take place from 8am on 14 December to 8am on 15 December 2019. Each class runs for 30 minutes and costs £5 and a roll of wrapping paper. To book, call 020 8432 2024. 

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Help keep your home warm this winter

Stay warm this winter by visiting our Winter Warmth page for helpful tips and links to support services.

The page includes information on heating grants, tips for staying warm, the warm home discount scheme, and free home visits and assessments.

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Christmas shopping event at Orleans House Gallery

Embrace the festive spirit at this year’s Christmas Shopping weekend at Orleans House Gallery on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2019!

Browse 30 local designers and London-based independent makers including homewares, fashion and children's toys.

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Repair works starting on Hammersmith Bridge

Preliminary repair works on Hammersmith Bridge will commence in the next few weeks, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London have confirmed.

Whilst the full restoration project is still in the planning phase, the Bridge’s decorative cast iron housings need to be partially dismantled to provide access for thorough investigation of the bridge’s structure and for surface preparation.

Set-up for this dismantling and preparation phase will start on Monday 25 November 2019, with works scheduled to start in the next few weeks and run until June 2020.

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Join the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday

Join the Mayor of Richmond and patients from Hampton Wick Surgery at Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday 23 November at 9am.

Parkrun organise 5km runs every Saturday morning in green spaces around the world. They are open to everyone, free and easy to take part in. 

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Join a new reading group

A new reading group is coming to the Information and Reference Library in Richmond this Wednesday 20 November from 2.30 to 4pm

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while you listen to or read a selection of non-fiction material. The session is free and open to all.

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Home-Start Carol Service

Tickets are now on sale to the Home-Start fundraising Carol Service at St Mary's Church in Barnes on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

The evening will feature an exclusive performance by the choir from St Osmund’s Primary School as well as musical contributions from Barnes residents. Tickets are £20 each and include festive refreshments. All money raised will go towards supporting local children and families experiencing difficulties in the London Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.

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Residents’ Christmas cards help raise money for Royal Star & Garter

Veterans are helping raise money for charity, Royal Star & Garter by designing Christmas cards.

Royal Star & Garter provides loving, compassionate care for veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. You can view the Christmas card collection online, and all profits from the sale of the cards will be donated to the charity.

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Sheen Gate Choir celebrates 10 years

Sheen Gate Choir is celebrating 10 years of singing with a concert on Saturday 30 November in Christ Church, West Temple Sheen at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm).

Tickets for the concert are £10 on the door. All are welcome to join.

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Celebrate Christmas at the Church Street Christmas Fair

Church Street is celebrating the start of the festive season with its Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 8 December from 11am until 5pm.

You will find a great variety of craft stalls from local artists and businesses, while the Church Street traders will also be getting into the Christmas spirit with festive gifts, offers and displays. There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

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Graffiti removed from station wall

In partnership with the Whitton Business Association, we have returned the wall outside Whitton station to its former glory.

Members of the public and local businesses have expressed concern over the graffiti-style coating that has been covering the wall outside of the train station. High Street traders particularly feel that the bridge is an ‘architectural landmark’ and an ‘important anchor at one end of the High Street’.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020