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Thieves steal vital air quality kit

The Council has slammed thieves who have stolen the borough's air quality monitoring unit from the A316 and is appealing for its urgent return.

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Turner's House reopened to the public

Turner's House Trust have announced the reopening of Turner's House for public visits following its closure. The 'Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings' exhibition has been extended until 31 October 2020.

This is the first time that Turner paintings have been present at the house since Turner and his father sold the house in 1826. The house is open Thursday to Saturday 12pm-4pm with visitor numbers reduced to 8 people per hour and the wearing of face coverings mandatory. Pre-booking is essential.

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TFL launch new travel app, TfL Go

TfL Go is now available to download for Apple devices and is designed to help get users around London. It can help users to plan journeys and follow safe travel guidance.

The app shares real-time train times, plus peak travel times for the busiest stations, to help you travel during quieter times. With step free mode users can also customise the map to show step free access to trains and platforms.

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Help us fight litter in our borough

Residents in Richmond upon Thames are being asked to help fight the influx of litter that is being left behind in our parks and open spaces.

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Van Morrison announced as final headliner of Kew the Music festival 2021

Kew the Music festival has announced Van Morrison as its final headliner for next year’s festival. The legendary Belfast singer/songwriter joins an already impressive weeklong line up of artists including Will Young, James Blunt and many more to excite music fans for a return to concerts next year.

Van Morrison is one of the world’s most celebrated and inspirational singer/songwriters and last year released his 41st studio album ‘Three Chords & the Truth’. Tickets on sale now.

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Mayor of London consults on Homebase planning application

As part of the ‘call-in’ by City Hall on the planning decision for the redevelopment of the Homebase site in Richmond, the Mayor of London is carrying out a consultation on a revised proposal.

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Orange Tree Theatre to remain closed until 2021

The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond has announced it will not be re-opening for the rest of this year. Paul Miller the theatre’s Artistic Director made the announcement last week in a video on the Council’s YouTube page, citing a significant reduction in expected income.

It was also announced that three quarters of the people who had booked for this season had opted to either donate or keep their booking fees as credit to help the theatre’s cashflow through this difficult period for the arts.

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Mobile landlords supporting Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

If you travel along the Thames tow path by River Lane, Petersham this weekend you will come across the mobile landlords.

The mobile landlords will be offering their services at weekends during the summer to raise funds for the Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts. The 20 percent of their profits will go towards funding the new scout hut. The Scouts will also be having a book and cake stall.

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Kew Gardens adds socially distanced 10k dates

Like many event organisers, the team behind Richmond RUNFEST have had to postpone their half and full marathons to next April 2021.

RUNFEST have worked hard to plan two socially distanced 10K events inside the beautiful Kew Gardens on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2020. Kew Gardens 10K have also announced online marketplace provider, Find a Race as a new event partner.

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Could you be a Fire Cadet or volunteer?

Fire Cadets currently have spaces available for cadets and volunteers across the borough of Richmond. If you're aged 14 to 17 and are looking for a fun, challenging, exciting way to gain new skills, the Fire Cadets could be a great new challenge for you. 

Joining Fire Cadets is a great way for young people to have fun, make friends, gain a qualification and develop their skills and confidence. 

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Listen to episode 3 of Talk Richmond on muggings in the borough

Sergeant Scott Brody from the Metropolitan Police and Barbara Lingle Elliot from the community group Mothers Against Muggings joined Cllr Jim Millard to discuss muggings (or personal robberies) and how an alarming increase in incidents led to the Police and the community increasing preventative action.

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Picnics and free live music to support historic site and help veterans into work

Marble Hill House in Twickenham is hosting a series of performances each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm and urging visitors to enjoy the English Heritage site.

If you're planning to visit, why not consider holding an Operation Picnic fundraiser to help wounded, injured and sick veterans move back into work? Simply make a gift towards the 100 Lives campaign by Richmond-based charity The Poppy Factory.

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180 activities for young people to enjoy this summer holiday

Find out about the virtual and socially distanced activities happening in Richmond and Kingston over the next month - and encourage young people to have fun this summer and get involved!

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Something's brewing with Age UK

Would you like to learn how to brew your own ale from the comfort of your home using simple high street ingredients? Age UK will be inviting Stew Horne, certified beer tasting judge, to host a live chat via Zoom explaining how you can make your own beer at home.

In this live session for Age UK Richmond, he will be showing you how to brew an English ale with an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.

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Masters of Street Photography – An online presentation

Professional Photographer Stuart Wall will introduce an online presentation looking at and reviewing the work of others and how this can help photographers develop their own work.

Attendees will be introduced to a series of masterful photographers, including Magnum. The presentation will take place on August 19 from 8 to 10pm ahead of this year’s online London Street Photography Festival.

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Richmond joins Keep London Safe campaign

Richmond Council has joined a London-wide campaign called “Keep London Safe” the aim of which is to address low awareness of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in the capital.

Cllr Gareth Roberts said, "This London-wide campaign demonstrates how important it is that we do everything necessary to keep the number of COVID-19 cases down in Richmond upon Thames."

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Fabric sale event in aid of Vineyard Community Centre

Works of Love are running a fundraising fabric sales event with all proceeds going to the Vineyard Community Centre, a local charity which supports people in crisis.

Works of Love is a sewing and craft community in Richmond who have an amazing array of fabrics suitable for dressmaking, crafts or home furnishings. The sale will take place in Works of Love’s sewing studio at Unit 1, Dickson House , 3 Grove Road Richmond . TW10 6SP on Tuesday 25 August 2020, from 2 to 6pm, and Saturday 29 August from 10am to 2pm.

Spaces are limited so please email Susie to book at


Arts Richmond to host series of sketching days next week

Arts Richmond will host a weeklong series of sketching days from Monday to Friday (10 to 14 August) across a range of iconic areas within the borough.

The sketching days will run daily from 11am to 4pm. The series will begin next Monday 10 August at the Leg O'Mutton Reservoir in Barnes, and then running at a number of locations through the week before finishing at Crane Park, Twickenham on Friday 14 August 2020.

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The making of Kew’s Palm House

Find out about the amazing story of one of the greatest showpieces of Victorian Britain: the Palm House in Kew Gardens. The Spectator recently featured the fascinating story on their Book Club podcast with guest Kate Teltescher who also discussed other stories from her new book Palace of Palms.

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Richmond Canoe Club 2020 Paddle Camps this month

Paddle Camps at Richmond Canoe Club are running five-day beginners’ kayak and canoe courses for children aged 10 to 14. The Club will run 90-minute sessions daily from Monday to Friday. Courses will be conducted in boats, allowing for social distancing.

The courses are an introduction to the sport with children wearing buoyancy aids at all times, children should be comfortable in the water and able to swim at a basic level. Contact for more information.

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Updated: 25 Aug 2020