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Windfall for Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

The Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts are currently waiting for the steel frames to arrive before continuing with the building work for their new Scout hut. They have received a generous donation from the sale of the Ham Institute, the former Royal Oak.

The trustees awarded a sum of over £89,000 towards the cost of building. Thanks to the Ham Institute, they will be able to complete the interior fittings.

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Applications for Arts Richmond volunteer press officer role now open

Arts Richmond are looking for someone organised, dynamic and motivated to join the Arts Richmond team. Full details are available on their website.

If you are interested in the role please contact the office on

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Charity raffle offers superhero illustration by leading Comic Artist

Skylarks and Prentis Rollins (DC and Marvel) launched an online fundraiser. He's drawn Superman and Wonderwoman and now it’s you! Winner gets a customised superhero artwork of themselves or someone who’s been a hero to you. The raffle ends Sunday 25 October.

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Calling all young writers

Arts Richmond are calling all young writers living/studying in Richmond Upon Thames. The competition is a chance to demonstrate writing skills of any form: stories, descriptive writing, poems or lyrics for songs.

Send Arts Richmond your writings on any theme to be in with a chance of winning a prize or becoming our junior/senior laureate for the year.

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Listen to Kew Garden’s new podcast ‘Unearthed’

In Kew's very first podcast series, botanist and 'plant geek' James Wong (BBC, Observer, New Scientist) will take you on journey in this one-of-a kind docuseries looking at the science behind murder, trade, allergens and medicines. 

Learn about the illegal trafficking of rare species, how we identify dangerous poisons and how plants heal the human body through real-life human stories told through the expertise of Kew's own scientists and horticulturists. 

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Congratulations to the Angel & Crown in Richmond

Huge congratulations are in order for Nick Botting and his team at the Angel & Crown Pub in Richmond who have won the award for Best Community Initiative in the Hospitality Lockdown Hero Awards! Angel & Crown provided free meals, teas and coffee, clothing and more in collaboration with local charity, SPEAR, for the homeless and most vulnerable during lockdown.

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Help us celebrate the heroes in your community

Do you know inspirational individual, group, or business who deserves recognition for the work they have done in their community? Well we want you to tell us about them.

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Unicorn School celebrates 50th Anniversary

Unicorn School was founded in Kew, by a group of parents and teachers who wanted to create a school that offered a rounded education, encouraged children to flourish creatively and enjoy the process of learning.

Fifty years on, the school has come a long way from the village hall venue where it originated. Today, based in a converted Victorian house opposite Kew Gardens, the school provides a broad and rich educational experience, alongside an outstanding reputation in the arts.

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NHS launches Stoptober 2020

The NHS has launched Stoptober to encourage people to give up smoking this autumn. If you smoke, there is an increased risk of contracting respiratory infection and so smokers are at increased risk of COVID-19.

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. It's never too late to quit, so join in this Stoptober.

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Help us fight dirty

A new campaign against litter and street urination has been launched after figures show that the bill for picking up waste dumped on the street is costing local taxpayers nearly £3m a year.

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Do the right thing – download the NHS COVID-19 app today

The long-awaited COVID-19 app has now launched and residents in Richmond upon Thames are encouraged to download the system onto their phones to help enhance and support the national NHS test and trace service.

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No spectators for autumn rugby events at Twickenham

In line with latest Government guidance, the RFU are now preparing to play all their 2020 fixtures at Twickenham Stadium behind closed doors. This move will also enable the NHS COVID-19 test centre to remain open.

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Richmond Trustee Recruitment Events – 20 and 22 October

If you’re thinking of taking on a new volunteering role, a trustee position could be for you. Richmond Trustee Recruitment Evenings can help to inspire your next steps. This year’s Trustee Recruitment Events will be held online, across two themed evening sessions.

Every charity or not-for-profit group looks for individuals with a range of interests, experience and skills, along with a genuine passion for their work. Trustee roles are usually strategic, rather than practical, and can fit around your regular commitments. The event is free to register.

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Launch of new Richmond online therapy service

Upp Therapy is an online service designed to make mental health and counselling services more accessible and affordable. Therapy sessions are conducted directly with a therapist via video link, meaning there is no need for clients to leave the comfort of their home and if a client doesn’t have a car, then they don’t have to worry about taking public transport.

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New provider sought for Radnor Gardens café

A new operator is being sought for this popular park-based Twickenham café, which unfortunately had to close recently. Last month the lease was surrendered back to the Council by the Friends of Radnor Gardens – and the Council is therefore now actively marketing the reletting of the café on a five-year lease for an experienced café operator.

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Final chance to see the ‘Beyond the Frame’ exhibition this week

This week is your final chance to see the 'Beyond the Frame' exhibition at Orleans House Gallery. The exhibition is an eclectic mix of new work from eighteen artists. Each artist took inspiration for a work from the Richmond Borough Art Collection as a starting point and invite you to wander beyond the physical and conceptual confines of the depicted view. The exhibition finishes this Sunday, September 27.

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Give schools access to more COVID tests, says Richmond Council

As concerns around access to COVID testing continue to grow, Richmond Council has called on the Government to sort it out before the situation impacts local schools.

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Join the September Clean

This week is the last week of the 2020 September Great British Clean. If you can get outside for a time this week, why not join the effort to keep our local areas clean by doing a quick litter pick.

If you are working from home or need a break from screens why not spend a short time with friends or family doing a litter pick to help Keep Britain Tidy.

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Free online Richmond Theatre Trust course this half-term

Richmond Theatre Trust's free online Young Theatremakers course is for people aged 12 to 16 who live or attend school in TW9, TW10, SW13 and SW14 postcodes. A small number of places are available for younfg people from other areas of Richmond, Hounslow, Ealing and Kingston.

Workshops will cover acting, devising, directing, producing and much more, with students forming mini theatre companies to create a digital performance. To apply, download an application form and email a completed copy to by 12 October.

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Have your say about community safety in a series of virtual conversations

Residents are invited to join the Council and Police and have their say on community safety issues, sharing their ideas on local priorities in a series of virtual community engagement events.

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Updated: 25 Aug 2020