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Take the One You Health Quiz

Take the Public Health England '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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The 12 scams of Christmas: credit and debit card fraud

Involves fraud attributable to the misrepresentation of a product advertised for sale; the non-delivery of purchased products (for example, through an Internet auction site); false brokerage or fraudulent payment through a payment service provider, for example PayPal.

Fake websites that misrepresent genuine companies and goods.

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The 12 scams of Christmas: slimming or miracle cure scams

This includes fraud involving health and medical-related products, such as consumer advertising for 'miracle' cures, weight loss products and fake online pharmacies. It is unlikely that the products have been properly tested or proven medically effective, some might even be dangerous.

The advertising often includes fake testimonials from satisfied customers, unsubstantiated claims about product effectiveness, false claims about clinical tests and worthless money back guarantees.

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Recycling Christmas cards

Most cards are paper based and can be recycled, along with their envelopes, in your household recycling kerbside collection.

Any embellishments such as ribbons or glitter cannot be recycled so should be removed first by simply tearing off that section. Batteries should also be removed from musical cards and recycled separately. 

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Cut down on food waste this Christmas

It is estimated that we throw away over seven million tonnes of food each year at Christmas. Much of this food could have been eaten as leftovers the next day.

Here are some turkey leftover recipes to give you some ideas, but remember to portion your food well first and then make the most of what isn't eaten the next day. Also, you could use your freezer to store for up to months.

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Go for a walk with Ralph

Walk with Ralph is a monthly local walk in Kneller Gardens with a behaviourally assessed dog. Pet Therapy is becoming more and more recognised across the country as a way of supporting people with dementia where pets can help improve people’s mood, encourage social interaction, can have a calming effect and reduce challenging behaviours.

For more information about the next walk or to register, email:

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The 12 scams of Christmas: counterfeit and illicit alcohol and tobacco

Properly produced and certified alcoholic drinks are made using ethanol, which is a type of alcohol that is safe to drink, however fake alcoholic drinks may contain cheaper forms of alcohol found in products like anti-freeze and industrial solvents which can make them unsafe for consumption.

Selling fake cigarettes is also illegal. Those who smoke illegal cigarettes, are putting their lives at risk. Many illegal cigarettes contain arsenic, pesticides and rat poison.

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Christmas Day at Meet & Deep Newsagents

If you are alone or have nothing to do on Christmas Day, pop into Meet & Deep Newsagents on Hampton Road, Twickenham for some mince pies and Christmas cheer!

No purchase required.

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Singers invited to sign up for Jewish cultural choral workshop

The workshop, on 2 February 2020, commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To book your place on the workshop, contact the Landmark Arts Centre on 020 8911 7558 or email Tickets cost £20.

You can book tickets to the evening performance for £5 on the website.

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Volunteer at Orleans House Gallery

Immerse yourself in the history and art of an 18th century site, share your knowledge and passion with our visitors, and help us engage to inspire future generations.

There are many roles available including: Study Gallery Volunteers, Volunteers Tour Guides, Volunteer Exhibitions Assistants, Volunteer Gallery Assistants, and Education Volunteers.

Join our volunteer community at Orleans House Gallery by completing an online application.

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Townmead Road festive closing times

Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre will close at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve with last entry at 2.45pm.

The site will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

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Screening of Mr Hulot's Holiday

Join the Friends of Whitton Library for a French movie evening screening Mr Hulot's Holiday, on Tuesday 21 January 2020 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 and they are available at Whitton Library, or by emailing

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The 12 scams of Christmas: scam ticket websites

People purchase non-existent tickets from scam websites to events such as music festivals, the theatre and airline tickers believing the sites are legitimate. However, after paying for the tickets, they are not delivered and any calls and emails go unanswered.

Sometimes scammers will suggest a customer representative will meet the victim at the venue on the day of the event, but nobody turns up. People are left both out of pocket and unable to attend the event.

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The 12 scams of Christmas: phishing emails

Fraudsters send you a message and attempt to make you click on a link to a fake site or open some malware that infects your machine.

Logos, email addresses, even the link might look genuine but you will get more than you bargained for if you do as the email asks. Check twice and click once!

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Wrapping paper recycling

Not all wrapping paper is recyclable. Although most are paper based, they can be coated in plastic, making it very difficult to separate out the paper for recycling.

Try to buy wrapping paper that is 100% paper and glitter free. Please check wrapping paper before recycling.

Use the scrunch test to find out if your wrapping paper is recyclable!

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Pharmacy opening times over Christmas and New Year

For all minor health issues, medicines advice, and other services such as contraception, weight management, stopping smoking, your high street pharmacist is the NHS professional to go to.

They offer free advice without any appointments. You can visit any pharmacist, meaning that if you are at work, away from home, or visiting friends and family, you will always be able to speak with a medical professional in person no matter where you are in the country.

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Big Game 12 at Twickenham Stadium

The annual 'Big Game 12' takes place at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 28 December, with 75,000 spectators expected. Due to ongoing industrial action on South Western Railway, trains will be less frequent and busier than usual, with roads being more congested than a usual match day. Where possible, local residents should avoid travelling during between 12 noon and 4pm, and 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Match day timings are available on the Harlequins website.

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Community and Christmas spirit see the new Twickenham tree decorated

On Saturday afternoon, the local community, Deputy Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Leader of Richmond Council and fire brigade decorated the replacement Christmas tree on Diamond Jubilee Gardens.

Earlier this month the recycled tree had been torched by vandals. To return the festive spirit to Twickenham Riverside, the Council replaced the tree and asked the community to bring decorations to dress it.

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The 12 scams of Christmas: loan scams

Christmas time can put a strain on any budget, and unscrupulous credit businesses are cashing in on people’s financial desperation.

Scammers either send unsolicited text messages or 'cold call' victims offering them an unsecured loan, and those who accept can be charged large, up front fees for little or no service.

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The 12 scams of Christmas: bogus gift cards

The internet is awash with fake gift cards. You should only buy from recognised stores.

If you can’t get out, make sure you are on a store’s official website.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020