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Stall applications for Richmond's 2020 May Fair closing soon

Do you have a local business, charity or community group and would like to have a stall at Richmond May Fair 2020?

The May Fair will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it will be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020. Apply for your stall before closing date, Friday 31 January 2020, to avoid disappointment.

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Tallis Scholars Choir bound for Richmond Concert

The highly acclaimed Tallis Scholars Choir are set to shine as they take to the stage on Tuesday 28 of January. The specialist a cappella sacred vocal group will perform an intimate concert in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond.

Having formed back in 1973, the group have become a touring sensation having performed concerts right across the globe spanning Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

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Happy 90th birthday to local volunteer walking guide

A resident from Ham will be celebrating his 90th birthday this weekend by leading a health walk in Bushy Park.

Peter Davenport joined the boroughs Health Walks programme nearly 16 years ago. He quickly became an avid walker, and after 100 sessions was encouraged by the team to sign-up as a walk 'leader'.

Happy Birthday Peter!

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Turner and the Thames: Exhibition opens in Twickenham

The Turner House Trust has launched the first exhibition of J.W.M. Turner’s original oil paintings in the house he designed for himself. The works have been chosen for their depictions of scenes close to his house near the river Thames.

The exhibition will run until Sunday 29 March and will feature rare oil sketches seldom seen by the public in the beautiful surroundings of Turner’s own home.

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Dine, dance and donate at this year’s St. Patrick’s Weekend Charity Dinner

Join the Richmond Irish Network on Friday 13 March for a drink’s reception, three course dinner, live Irish music and a charity auction in aid of the Mayor of Richmond’s charities.

Last year’s event raised over £7,000 for The Vineyard Community Project. This year, the Richmond Irish Network hopes to exceed this figure with all donations benefitting local charities Home Start and the Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT).

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Youth Musical Theatre Classes Begin This Week

Marble Hill Dance Studios will begin their new term of Musical Theatre classes on Tuesday 14 January.

The classes are an ideal introduction for any young talents (aged 10+) looking to get involved in musical theatre. Running for 12 consecutive weeks the classes focus on building confidence, vocal ability and performing in front of an audience. 

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Finding Ivy and Aktion T4

On Monday 27 January at 2pm the Langdon Down Museum is holding a talk and film screening about the Aktion T4 Nazi Euthanasia programme that was responsible for the murder of approximately 275,000 people with learning disabilities.

The talk tells the story of Ivy, a 10-year-old victim, followed by a screening of the documentary film Aktion T4 that sees Berge Kanikanian, who has Down’s Syndrome, travel to Poland and Germany to visit the sites of these euthanasia centres.

This event is free. Booking not required. 

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Holocaust Memorial Day programme of events

We are running a programme of events throughout January and early February to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place each year on 27 January. HMD 2020 is particularly poignant as it is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the borough’s programme of events will be a moving tribute to the millions who died.

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Civic Pride helps make musical bridges

A new intergenerational music workshop for 15 children and 15 older people with dementia has received funding from Richmond Council.

They bring together local schools, care homes, colleges and universities in creating exciting and meaningful music projects to improve well-being, mental health, tackle loneliness and help integrate local communities.

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Little Red Riding Hood Panto – This Friday!

A fantastic fun filled performance is promised for all this Friday 10 January at the Whitton Social Centre. There will be a special panto performance of Little Red Riding Hood organised by Age UK Richmond.

Tickets cost £5 and will include a buffet lunch. Performance starts 11am at the Whitton Social Centre. What better way to dust off the January blues then with a trip into the woods with fun and laughs assured. Book your tickets by calling 020 8894 4963.

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Daily walking groups across Richmond Upon Thames

Richmond Health Walks are a volunteer led group providing free walking groups across a variety of locations in the borough. This is an ideal way for keen walkers to keep fit whilst enjoying the beautiful surrounding on offer across Richmond Upon Thames.

Walks happen daily across the borough and no sign up is required. Simply arrive at the starting point fifteen minutes before the start time and introduce yourself to the walk leader.

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Catch it, Bin it, Kill it: Help stop the spread of flu germs

Richmond Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding residents of the importance of good hand hygiene to help stop the spreading of the flu virus.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu we are urging everyone to:

  • Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Bin used tissues as quickly as possible

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Are you interested in joining a reading group?

Did you know that Richmond has a whole range of active book clubs throughout the borough? No matter what genre of reading, poetry or storytelling you're interested in you can be sure that there's a book club for you.

Book clubs are free to join and are a great way to meet new people with similar interests. 

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Treat your taste buds with a Swiss Raclette Cheese Evening

Shine for ShelterBox will be hosting a special Swiss Raclette cheese evening on Saturday 18 January at the Twickenham United Reformed Church Hall. The Swiss cheese is traditionally ready sliced and melted before being poured over boiled or steamed potatoes, vegetables or dried cured meats. Attendees try the process for themselves by cooking their own cheese at their tables. 

The evening offers a truly authentic experience with tickets priced at £25 per person. This is a ticketed event. Interested parties should contact or call 07366-180789 to obtain their ticket.

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Free IT drop-in sessions at Richmond Library

Do you need a helping hand with learning how to use a new electronic device? Did you recently get a new laptop, tablet or mobile phone and are struggling to get your head around using it?

Richmond Library are running a free IT drop in sessions throughout the month of January to help with any IT issues you might have.

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Choral Workshop

Singers are invited to take part in a special choral workshop focusing on Yiddish and Hebrew music at the Landmark Arts Centre on Sunday 2 February from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Run by world renowned Jewish choir director Polina Shepherd participants will then perform that evening in a concert to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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Orange Tree Youth Theatre: Stand Together

The Orange Tree Youth Theatre group have been exploring the theme of standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day in their weekly sessions. At 3pm on Sunday 26 January, the group will perform two pieces of theatre created from scratch by its members.

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Over 1,000 pledge to support an idle-free borough

Over 1,000 residents, schools, businesses, community groups and visitors are committed to improving the borough’s air quality by turning off their vehicle’s engine when possible. Will you join them by signing the idle-free borough pledge?

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Coffee Mornings to meet your neighbours and help reduce waste

The Real Junk Food Project have resumed their weekly Coffee Mornings aiming to reduce food waste across the Borough.

The project aims saves surplus food from going to waste by encouraging local businesses to donate excess food and then using it to prepare tasty meals at their local pop-up cafes. The coffee morning takes place every Monday at the ETNA Centre from 11am to 1pm.

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Have your say on the draft Transport Supplementary Planning Document

A draft Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has now been created to help people when they are submitting planning applications.

The SPD includes information on travel plans, deliveries and servicing, sustainable development and active travel, cycling, car clubs, electric vehicle charging, car parking, dropped kerbs and vehicle crossovers. 

The deadline for feedback is Monday 27 January 2020.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020