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One-year countdown to apply for Settled Status

Many thousands of EU nationals based in Richmond have applied to remain in the UK under the European Union Settlement Scheme.

Today marks the one-year countdown to apply and Richmond Council reports there are many more who are yet to start the process.

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Do you need a hand fixing or repairing something at home?

Age UK Richmond’s handyperson service is designed to help keep adults of all ages living independently and safely at home, by delivering minor adaptions and repairs. Their service can help those requiring help with a whole host of home repairs issues. Each handyperson carries Age UK Richmond ID, follows strict infection control policies and will have all the necessary tools to complete the job.

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Drawing for a sense of wellbeing

Drawing is not only a skill but an expression that connects us to our environment. When we begin to draw, other thoughts drift away and we are left with a sense of simple enjoyment and wellbeing.

Raw Ground Arts specialises in delivering it’s ‘Drawing Matters’ workshops. Since the lockdown, Tahira and Stuart have made sure their they can reach the wider community by providing resources for residents of all ages and backgrounds via an online platform and will be providing additional free resources soon.

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Survey launched to assess impact of coronavirus on local people

The current coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the work of public services locally. Richmond Council would like to hear from residents on how this has affected their lives and what services they have received.

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Lord John Mann’s virtual visit to Richmond Synagogue now available to stream

Richmond Synagogue Jewish Community Hub (RJCH) recently hosted a Zoom Q&A session with Rabbi Meir Shindler acting as chair.

The event was very well attended with 90 participants on Zoom and a further 500 on the United Synagogue Facebook page. The live stream is available to watch back now via RJCH’s Facebook page.

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Have you discovered Teddington Nub News?

Teddington Nub News is a new and dynamic Teddington-focussed community website. The website is full of latest news about the area, profiles of local businesses, eye-catching photos of local landmarks. It also aims to celebrate local success and provides a launchpad for business after lockdown with a local business directory and event listings. Support your local news at Teddington Nub News.

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Council supports Armed Forces Day

Richmond Council will be raising the flag outside the Civic Centre this Saturday 27 June, to commemorate this year’s Armed Forces Day.

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Cultural unity in song and poetry

Whitton Adult Community Singers have been very active on Zoom during lockdown. The group have explored the culture of a wide range of countries and regions through song and poetry.

The group sing virtually and are always looking for new members. Sessions run every Saturday, starting at 11am for about an hour with singers of all levels welcome. Contact Loulla Gorman for further information.

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Richmond Rugby continuing to support local community during COVID-19 pandemic

Richmond Rugby’s Community Department are working alongside more than 400 volunteers across South West London to ensure thousands of vulnerable residents receive essential goods and support during COVID-19. The initiative sees the Community Department continuing to operate a drop-off point at the Richmond Athletic Ground every Saturday between 12pm and 4pm.

Food and second-hand technology, such as laptops and tablets can be donated, as well as some clothing. For more information or to donate please contact Dom Palacio at

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Send #LoveThroughTheLetterbox by 12 July

Young people across the borough have two more weeks to let a care home resident know that we are thinking of them.

Please send your letters to Love Through The Letterbox, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ. Include a first name, year group and the name of the school that the young person attends so the recipient can respond to the letter if they wish.

There are 48 care homes in the borough and we want to bring joy to as many residents as possible. Use the hashtag #LoveThroughTheLetterbox on social media to share photos of the letters.

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Voluntary Fund smashes £100k for local youth mental health charities

The Richmond upon Thames Voluntary Fund, aimed at raising money for two local youth mental health charities, has so far raised £100k and it is not too late to donate.

The Fund was launched in February to collect donations for specific vulnerable groups, where there is a need for additional funding for help and support.

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Arts Richmond in lockdown

Arts Richmond were disappointed that so many arts related activities planned for this spring and summer had to be cancelled due to the pandemic - so many of their affiliated societies have their busiest schedules over this period.

However, the resourceful team quickly adapted to the new normal. Their newsletter continues to be produced monthly and has found new and engaging ways of supporting and entertaining members. Sign up today!

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Libraries reopen with click and collect service

The Click and Collect service for library books is being resumed by Richmond Council, as services start to reopen following the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coping well during COVID-19 webinar

A new public webinar series, Coping well during COVID-19, is supporting anyone who is feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus and how it is impacting them, their loved ones, their work and their future.

Taking place on Tuesdays at 4pm, each 60-minute webinar is NHS-led and current topics include managing wellbeing, anxiety, low mood and sleeping difficulties. Each webinar offers participants the chance to explore ideas and tools to support mental health and wellbeing in a clinically led and interactive way, when joining live.

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Twickenham BID launches website and e-commerce platform to support local businesses

The Twickenham BID, Discover Twickenham, has launched a new website as it supports the town centre in reopening post lockdown.

The website is a hub of information about businesses in the Twickenham area, and includes news on the BID's upcoming projects and showcase community events as the town centre begins to navigate a new normal. It also includes access to TwicksTraders, a free online trading platform for local businesses to sell to neighbouring residents.

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Help hedgehogs and birds through the sunny weather

Please help local wildlife in their gardens and outdoor spaces by leaving out water in a shallow bath or tray for hedgehogs and birds as temperatures soar across London. With many areas across of the borough experiencing temperatures in excess of 30 degrees this week, you can help your local wildlife by changing the water regularly in order to keep it fresh. 

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Businesses now open on the newly pedestrianised Church Street in Twickenham

Many independent businesses on Church Street are now back open for business with more to follow soon. Residents are encouraged to support their local high streets over the coming weeks and to walk or cycle to their town centre.

There are several bike racks available at the back of Flood Lane Car Park and by the square (near St Mary's church). If required, parking is available at Flood Lane Car Park accessed from Aragon Road.

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Richmond CVS to host Volunteer Coordinators' Forum

Take stock of your successful and safe volunteer recruitment and management, share your learning and plan for the future with Richmond CVS' webinar on Wednesday 15 July. Richmond CVS will bring together those who have been integral in co-ordinating the local volunteer effort. The Zoom session will be facilitated by their Volunteer Service Manager. The webinar will run from 11am to 12.30pm.

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Hairdresser, nail bars and massage parlour owners invited to join virtual support meeting

Hairdressers, nail bars and massage parlour owners will have an opportunity to speak directly to the local Police, and our Licencing and Regulatory Services teams about how we can support them with producing risk assessments, practical safety measures in your businesses including social distancing, being COVID-19 Secure and licencing.

This Zoom meeting will take place on July 1 from 2 to 4pm by invitation only. To register your interest please email

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Kew Road barriers to be upgraded to semi-permanent cycle lanes

The recently installed water barriers on Kew Road, put in to ensure the mandatory cycle lane was protected from parking transgressions as Kew Gardens reopened, will be upgraded to a semi-permanent cycle lane.

As part of the borough’s Post-COVID Transport Action Plan, the Council is upgrading the barriers to include mandatory white lines to help set out a more defined cycle route.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020