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Stub out smoking for good

Smokers looking to kick cigarettes to the kerb and give up their deadly habit this New Year are urged to take advantage of the free, local services available to help them.

We provide a free Stop Smoking service, which includes confidential face-to-face advice and support from specialist advisers, as well as free stop smoking materials and medication.

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Accredited Parkour training at Ham Youth Club

Young people wanting to learn Parkour can now join a programme at Ham Youth Club from 2 January. Parkour is the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. Ham Youth Club are running an accredited course led by a qualified coach.

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Start your new year with an NHS - Health MOT

Are you over 40 years old? Did you know you are entitled to a free NHS Health Check every five years? Why not kick start 2020 by having your Health Check, helping you to enjoy life for longer!

The NHS Health Check is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

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Kick off this year with our free accessible walks

A programme of accessible walks has been launched by Richmond Council to encourage people of all abilities, particularly those with wheelchairs and walking aids, to get out and about and enjoy the beauty of the borough, whilst staying fit and healthy. Walks start from the 6th January 2020.

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Getting men singing this New Year

A new and inclusive men’s choir harnessing the power and range of male voices in a welcoming atmosphere has been launched by the Landmark Arts Centre. From 13 January for 11 weeks they will sing a wide variety of music, including folk, pop, world, all taught by ear, working towards enjoyable performances to promote the cause of getting men singing.

If you’ve never been before, try a free taster workshop.

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Exhibition to celebrate 500 years of history on local road

An exhibition celebrating five centuries of history through the lens of one road in Richmond, will be curated by the Museum of Richmond, thanks to Civic Pride funding.

The exhibition will focus on the social history of Queen’s Road in Richmond – named after Queen Victoria. It will tell the story of how the road developed from a muddy track through the countryside to a thriving modern community by looking at the lives of the residents, as well as the buildings they lived in.

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AfC will continue to provide services for children in Richmond

Richmond Council has agreed to recommission its children’s services to be delivered by Achieving for Children (AfC) until 2026, following a decision at an Education and Children’s Services Committee meeting.

After considering several recommissioning options, the decision was taken to extend the contract jointly with Kingston for another five years.

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Did you get lots of festive fails this Christmas? Donate to charity

Were you inundated with festive fails this Christmas? The British Heart Foundation is appealing for quality donations to help support the charity’s vital work and save unwanted items from landfill.

Donating to the charity couldn’t be easier. Simply head down to your local shop or go online to arrange a home collection free of charge and say farewell to your Christmas clutter.

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Sign up to Feel Good Fitness in 2020

Start your 2020 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 or email to find out more.

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Richmond Routes photo series

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to our Richmond Routes series!

We loved seeing all your amazing photos captured whilst walking and cycling around the borough. If you have any images you would like to share, please email them to

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Did you receive a new digital device for Christmas?

Are you unsure how to get the best out of a new digital device received over Christmas? Our friendly Libraries Team have a range of sessions to help you get the most out of your new tablet, laptop or mobile phone.

You can bring your new device along to one of a number of local drop-in sessions and get tips and advice from the knowledgeable staff. No booking is required just turn up on the day.

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Get fit outdoors this New Year

Keen walkers can now keep fit and healthy whilst enjoying the surroundings that Richmond upon Thames has to offer through a series of coordinated volunteer-led health walks.

The Richmond Health Walks are one of a range of free healthy lifestyles services on offer for local residents as part the Richmond Lifestyles Service. The walks are free for all to join.

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Get crafting this January in Castelnau

Join the volunteers at the Castelnau Community Centre for some easy free crafting projects, based in their warm and friendly café. All materials provided. The workshops are part of their Rebalance Wellbeing Project in partnership with RUILS. Sessions in 2020 start on Monday 6 January from 10.30am.

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Almost time to say goodbye to your Christmas tree

Residents are reminded that the free Christmas tree recycling service will commence from Monday 6 January 2020.

From Monday 6 January through to Friday 17 January, Richmond Council will be collecting trees, for free, on residents’ scheduled waste collection days.

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Christmas tree recycling

We will collect your real Christmas tree on the scheduled garden waste collection day for your street between Monday 6 January and Friday 17 January 2020.

This service is free and you do not need a garden waste contract to have your tree collected and recycled. You can also take your tree to one of several sites across the borough.

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Leader thanks the borough for a great 2019

The Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, reflects on all the positive things achieved this year – not just as a Council, but as a borough, and as a community.

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Take part in a local photography competition

To celebrate the Year of the Tree, the Friends of Richmond Park are running a series of photography competitions throughout 2020. The first competition – Winter – is now open. The overall theme is images that show the character of the Park’s trees. Each seasonal winner will receive a prize of a beautiful book of trees by leading landscape photographers. The deadline is Saturday 29 February 2020.

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Be prepared for New Year’s Eve trains

Due to RMT industrial action, South Western Railway is running an amended timetable on New Year’s Eve, with fewer services that will finish earlier and are likely to be very busy. If you are planning a trip into town, make sure you check before you travel.

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Have your say on future of Kneller Hall

Help shape the future of the Kneller Hall site in Whitton in the consultation on a new draft Supplementary Planning Document.

The consultation will run until 27 January 2020, with two drop-in sessions with Council representatives on Thursday 9 and Saturday 11 January.

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Calling all men – get fit and healthy in 2020

Applications are now open for the new men’s 12-week weight-loss programme, delivered in partnership with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.

The programme costs £5 per session and helps men aged between 30 and 60 who have a BMI 25+ to get fit and lose weight.

Sign up to sessions at Shene Fitness Centre on Mondays 7:30pm to 9:30pm or at Teddington Sports Centre on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Courses start week commencing 20 January. 


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Updated: 11 Mar 2020