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Richmond has a new 5-star hotel - for insects and bugs

Insects and bugs can now check in for a stay at a new insect hotel on Richmond Riverside.

The project was the brainchild of Richmond resident Anita Capewell. The hotel stands in the middle of the Three Pigeons Plot which Anita and GoodGym members have dedicated hours to building up into a stunning flower bed.

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RUNFEST to host 10k run at Kew Gardens next month

Two socially-distanced 10k events are set to be held inside the beautiful Kew Gardens on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2020.

The event will be run in accordance to full social distancing guidelines and will be spread over two days to ensure all runners can compete in a safe and distanced setting. Limited entries are still available so book your place now.

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Hammersmith Bridge to be fully closed from Thursday 13 August

Due to urgent safety concerns, Hammersmith and Fulham Council have announced that from 13 August 2020 Hammersmith Bridge will be closed to all members of the public, including pedestrians and cyclists, from 5pm, following expert technical advice.

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Many young people have been failed by Government A-level system

The Council is today standing firm with local schools and young people as initial feedback shows that a disproportionate number of the A-level grades awarded locally are unfair, due to the Government's untested evaluation process.

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Join Richmond Carers for their Stretch and Chill classes

Stretch both mind and body in Richmond Carer’s 30 minute Stretch and Chill session designed to give you greater focus and dynamism in thoughts and movement. A combination of dynamic and developmental stretching to increase mobility and lengthen the muscles which get tight, short and weak as a result of sitting all day.

The stretch is followed by a body-scan and mindfulness session to help focus and re-energise. The session is designed for all ability levels and ages.

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Mayoress to run 10K for charity

The Mayor of Richmond’s official consort, Mayoress Eileen McManus, will be taking part in next month’s 10K Richmond RUNFEST at Kew Gardens to raise funds for her husband's mayoral charities, South West London Environment Network and Dose of Nature.

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Council agrees to closely monitor Royal Park traffic trials

As Royal Parks launch their trials to reduce cut-through motor traffic in Richmond Bushy Parks, Richmond Council will be closely monitoring the impacts on nearby communities - including congestion and air quality.

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Discover The National Archives’ extensive collections of maps online

As the keepers of one of the world's largest holdings of maps and plans, The National Archives have a rich and extensive collection for you to explore to help with your research.

Discover what maps they have to offer, as well as their online event and activity highlights, suitable for a variety of interests and ages.

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Phased reopening of borough day centres to begin

Three council-run day centres for vulnerable adults in Richmond upon Thames, will start to reopen from Monday 17 August 2020.

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Commemorative patchwork quilt

The commemorative patchwork quilt project deadline has now passed and the quilt is currently being stitched together to be displayed in the Museum of Richmond!

Former Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Nancy Baldwin said:

"Thank you to everyone who contributed a square to our quilt. I was very touched by the notes you wrote and the stories you told me about your pieces and your time in lockdown. Our quilt will be a real lasting memorial to the kindness, generosity, resilience, and creativity of the people of our borough."


MP’s become Patrons of Age UK Richmond to advocate for the needs of older people

Age UK Richmond has announced that Sarah Olney MP and Munira Wilson MP have become new patrons of Age UK Richmond to advocate the needs of older people in the borough.

Sarah Olney is MP for the Richmond Park constituency and the spokesperson for Business, Trade and Transport. Munira Wilson is MP for the Twickenham constituency and the spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care.

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Sunday Afternoon Art at Orleans House Gallery is back!

Join the team at Orleans House Gallery for a creative trail around the Orleans House Gallery site. Meet at the Coach House to collect your pack at your pre-booked time slot.

Sunday Afternoon Art is for children aged 4 and above and their parents/carers. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Activities run on the first Sunday of the month.

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Tee off at the Mayor’s Golfing Tournament to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr. Geoff Acton, will host a golf tournament next month to raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities - South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) and Dose of Nature.

The golf tournament will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Strawberry Hill Golf Club on Tuesday 15 of September.

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Young people are invited to code on Zoom next weekend

On Saturday 22 August, computer programming club CoderDojo is hosting a demonstration of new, unreleased Scratch projects created by Raspberry Pi that will give young people a chance to experience what it’s like to be a coding tester

The demonstration starts at 1pm for those aged 7 to 17 years old. You will need to book by emailing

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oneRichmond launch COVID-19 Appeal

Local charities are under increasing pressure with loss of income throughout COVID-19 while trying to deal with an increased demand for services. The oneRichmond COVID-19 Appeal will support them to help those most in need. 

They are seeking donations and donations received will be doubled by Hampton Fund and RPLC, up to £100,000.

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Proposed changes to planning system will erode local democracy, says Richmond Council

New proposed changes to planning law announced by the Government are very concerning – putting so much emphasis on the need to build that local people’s voice on planning matters would be very limited, eroding local democracy, says Richmond Council.

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Cllr Coombs welcomes visitors back to Orleans House Gallery

Cllr John Coombs has welcomed visitors back and invites residents to visit Orleans House Gallery again following its re-opening, in a video on the Council’s Youtube channel. In the video Cllr Coombs details the work staff have done to ensure visitor safety at the gallery.

There are currently two exhibitions on at the gallery, ‘Beyond the Frame’ and ‘Views from a Playroom’. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

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Thank you for following COVID-19 guidance!

Richmond upon Thames is leading the way on COVID-19 testing, with the highest NHS Test and Trace programme testing uptake in London and 86% of contacts being identified,  but the Council Leader warns, we should not become complacent.

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United Reformed Churches offering weekly bereavement support services

In partnership with the Princess Alice Hospice, Twickenham and Hampton Hill United Reformed Churches are offering a weekly Bereavement Support service for residents. The service runs every Monday at Hampton Hill United Reformed Church, 35 High Street Hampton Hill from 11am to 1pm.

The service at Twickenham United Reformed Church, Twickenham Green runs every Friday from 11am to 1pm with no booking requires. All current COVID-19 guidelines are in place. For further information contact


Local organisations continue to receive funding to help COVID-19 response

Four local organisations providing vital support – including an online wellbeing programme and virtual music therapy have received funding from Richmond Council.

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Updated: 25 Aug 2020