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Get crafty in 2020

New knitting and needle craft groups will meet once a month for friendly chats, tea, biscuits and crafts.

Groups will meet once a month from 10am until 12 noon. Simply bring yarn and needles or your own project with you to join.

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Freedom Pass renewal 2020

Your renewed Older Person's Freedom Pass will automatically be posted to your home address between February – March 2020 as long as you have used your pass within the last two years and your address details have not changed. You will receive your new pass before your current pass expires. You do not need to take any action.

If you have recently changed address, visit the Freedom Pass website for more information about the renewal of your pass.

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Have your say on Richmond’s aspirations for greener new developments

A newly updated checklist that aims to help developers make new developments as green as possible has been published by us and local people are being encouraged to have their say.

When adopted, it will give housebuilders and those developing non-residential spaces, a clear steer on what is expected of them to reduce the environmental impact of their developments, regardless of whether their projects are new builds, conversions or extensions.

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Test your knowledge at the BIG Barnes Quiz

Come and test how good your general knowledge is at the Big Barnes Quiz on 10 January, with dinner included. You can book a table for eight people or share a table with others. All the proceeds from the event will go towards the OSO Development fund, which will allow for refurbishment of the venue’s foyer, bar area and toilets.

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Struggling to pay your annual fuel bills? The Council can help

A vital lifeline for residents who are struggling to pay their annual fuel bills has once again been launched by Richmond Council.

If you are on benefits or have a low income you may be eligible for help with heating bills. Grants of up to £85 per household are now available from the Council to protect residents who are at risk from living in fuel poverty.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 March 2020.

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Crafty mosaics in Teddington

Learn the different techniques of mosaic with a new eight-week course at the Teddington Landmark Arts Centre, whilst exploring styles and inspiration to design and create two bespoke mosaic 15cm tiles. In the second half of the course you will create a square mirror or panel to hang in your home or give as a gift. Courses start on 20 January - prebooking essential. 

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Have your say on updated guidance for developer contributions

Richmond residents, local groups and businesses are being asked to have their say on updated planning guidance setting out the expectation that developments should contribute to local infrastructure.

This includes open space, community facilities including for sport and recreation, trees, biodiversity, education, health care and transport requirements.

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Kew Riverside Primary School Recycling Programme

If you over indulged during the holiday season we have some good news for you.

Kew Riverside Primary School is now collecting hard to recycle plastic and packaging to help the environment and reduce things being sent to incineration. 

Drop your items to the school between 7am and 4.30pm or in the wheelie bin by the gate of Kew Riverside Pitches Twenty-four hours a day.

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Start your New Year with new skills

If your new year resolutions include getting involved with a local good cause, Richmond CVS has some ideal training sessions to help you.

The Richmond Volunteer Development programme is designed to help local people explore the voluntary sector and gain basic knowledge and skills. The sessions are available to book now and are equally useful for anyone looking to either start or refresh their volunteering or career path. You could be considering a trustee or volunteer opportunity, be seeking a career change to the voluntary sector, or you may be an existing team member of a local community organisation.

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Room for Work January Course

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

In the 12-week programme participants learn current job search techniques with an emphasis on networking, developing social media skills, improving CVs, and practising competency-based interviews.

Classes are free and held on Wednesdays 10.30am-1pm at RBS 21, RHACC Parkshot, TW9 2RE. The next course starts 15 January and runs to 1 April. 

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Get philosophical in 2020

Did you know that Barnes had a Philosophical Club? Any subject is open for discussion whether your interest is in aesthetics, ethics, ancient Greek philosophy or political and social philosophy. On Tuesday 14 January they are holding a Royal Institute of Philosophy talk: ‘Lessons from History?’ The Consequences of Plato’s Republic for Modern Communism’ at the Barnes OSO. Get your tickets!

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A New Year, a new you when you sign up to Feel Good Fitness today!

Start the New Year as you mean to go on by signing up for a Feel Good Fitness gym membership.

The Council's membership gives you access to the borough’s six sports centres, four pools, five gyms and more than 200 fitness classes.

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Richmond’s stunning New Year’s Day Parade entry wins big

Richmond’s first entry to the London New Year’s Day Parade in over a decade has won second place in its annual Borough Competition.

Richmond’s colourful entry featuring a diverse and exciting line-up of talent secured £9,000 in prize money. The parade entry was organised from scratch by a committee of dedicated local volunteers and funded entirely through donations from the community and local software business Minesoft.

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Beat the booze this January

Richmond Council is again supporting Dry January, asking people and start the New Year with 31 days off the booze to feel healthier and save money!

Residents are reminded of the free and easy to use Richmond DrinkChecker. It helps raise awareness of alcohol limits, healthy lifestyles and safer drinking.

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Free activities for 11 to 19 year olds at Ham Youth Centre

Ham Youth Centre offers a wide variety of positive activities for young people in the Richmond area. The centre is open every day after school offering, sports, art, archery, music studio, parkour, street dance, cooking etc and also trips and residentials in school holidays. 

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Blast from the Past - Tonight!

Tonight at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes, a rehearsed reading will be held, giving people a ‘Blast from the Past’. Take one actor who wants to act; a brother, daughter and neighbour who want him to; another daughter who doesn’t, and an actor - who can’t! The scene is set for an entertaining, poignant and humorous drama about family relationships, ageing and hope.

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New Climate Emergency Strategy now published!

An amended strategy outlining the borough’s approach to combatting climate change and reducing the borough’s carbon footprint has been published – following extensive consultation and engagement with residents, businesses and local organisations.

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Are you under 19 and in a band?

From Wednesday 8 January 2020, Heatham House Youth Centre in Twickenham will be holding sessions to help young people develop their band and studio skills in their recording studio and rehearsal room. Instrument tuition is also available. Get in touch!

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Would you like to join a choir?

Do you love to sing but can’t read music? Join the Barnes Community Choir to sing a wide range of Pop, Gospel, Blues and Zulu music. Open to adults of all ages, come and join in the noise! Barnes Community Choir is a friendly, inclusive group of people led by the fabulous Joe Bunker, and we all share a love of singing. There are no auditions. Our first session back in the New Year is on Thursday 9 January 2020.

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Improve your wellbeing at the Exchange

A ten week ‘Creative Wellbeing Project’ will be launching on Saturday 7 January designed for adults experiencing mental wellbeing challenges or short-term coping difficulties. The project will explore the values, strengths and goals and helps participants chart a meaningful direction forward.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020