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Dentistry during COVID-19: Tell us your experiences

Have you used or tried to use dental services in Richmond since March 2020? Healthwatch Richmond want to hear from you.

In response to COVID-19, dental services have had to drastically change the way they work. Healthwatch Richmond want to understand how these changes have impacted residents. If you had any experience of needing or using dental services in Richmond during the pandemic, please take a few minutes to answer this quick survey. Answers will be treated anonymously.

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Richmond's own fashion photoshoots

This weekend (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2020) marks the first of a series of three photoshoot which will see Richmond Fashion Festival create a virtual fashion show on social media.

The photos will be taken around Town to show everyone that we boast a beautiful shopping centre flanked by the River Thames, The Green and Richmond Hill. Richmond Fashion Festival is running several We LOVE Richmond competitions on its Facebook page.

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Charities join forces for marathon

Four Richmond based charities - Citizens Advice Richmond, Richmond Borough Mind, Richmond AID and Ruils - are combining forces for the first time, walking a marathon to raise funds to support services for local residents in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by each charity's CEO, 30 participants – all walking in socially distanced groups no greater than six – will don walking boots and take on the 26.2 mile challenge on Saturday 17 October 2020. If you can, please donate now!



Tickets now on sale for this year’s Literature Festival

Richmond Lit Fest will take place during November 2020, and will include talks by authors, historians, politicians, poets and more, with writing workshops, as well as activities for children and families. You can book online or by phone.

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Services to support your mental health this World Mental Health Day

To mark this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October 2020), residents are reminded by the Council’s Public Health team of the free support services that can help.

COVID-19 has made this year a particularly difficult one - months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on mental health. If you have been affected, or you know someone who has been, try reaching out to one of the free support services available.

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5000 crocuses planted to highlight World Polio Day

Rotary Club of Richmond will be planting 5000 purple crocus corms in the shape of a Rotary wheel in The Rotary Gardens on the riverside on Saturday 24 October 2020. (World Polio Day). The purple crocus wheel will be a reminder each spring of the fight for a polio free world. Contact the Rotary Club if you would like to get involved.

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Online Young Theatremakers course this half-term

Do you know a young person interested in all things film, production and directing? The Richmond Theatre Trust will be running their ‘Young Theatremakers’ course this half-term for those interested in pursuing a creative career.

The course is for residents aged between 12 and 16. It runs from Saturday 24 to Friday 30 October and is absolutely free. This is a great opportunity young people to learn while having fun. 

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Pensford Field - your local nature reserve

Pensford Field is a nature reserve in Kew with woodland, a meadow, pond, beehives and recently refurbished studio. The Field has provided a haven for several groups since the easing of lockdown, including three therapeutic groups and Darell School.

Pensford Field are currently welcoming visitors. Check their website for more information or email to volunteer for their Saturday work parties.

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Black History Month recognised in Richmond

Join us in celebrating Black History Month this October. 

The main aim is to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world and to educate all on Black history.

We have launched a programme of events and activities, including a virtual exhibition, community discussion, podcast series and cultural events. 

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Watch Kew Garden’s State of the World report video

Following the worldwide attention garnered from yesterday’s publication of the Kew Gardens 'State of the World's Plants and Fungi 2020' report, the report and accompanying video are currently available online to watch and read.

With two-fifths of plants estimated to be threatened with extinction, the 2020 State of the World's report takes a deep dive into plants and fungi worldwide. 

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The Riverbank Trust turns 10!

We are celebrating the Riverbank Trust turning 10 and receiving a London Faith and Belief Community Award for its work with women, particularly mothers and their children.

Riverbank is based at Holy Trinity Church, but with links borough wide, they are a local charity which supports vulnerable single mums and their families in the borough and has done so for the past 10 years. Riverbank has supported children 1:1 in three local schools and is linked with both the Hygiene Bank and Food Bank.

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Twickenham School Virtual Open Days

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Twickenham School have moved their open events online for parents and pupils. Twickenham School invites you to take a look around at its virtual Open Evening.

Join them for a virtual Open Morning on Friday 9 October from 9.30 to 10.30am or alternatively on Monday 12 October from 9.30 to 10.30am. Email for further information.

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The London Ultra Low Emission Zone to expand from October 2021

Air pollution is not just a central London problem, with many areas still exceeding the legal limits for pollution across the city. That is why from 25 October 2021, the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single larger zone up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Check your vehicle meets the ULEZ emissions standards and the interactive map of the zone.

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Today is Clean Air Day! Council trials roving air pollution monitors

Traffic wardens will help monitor air quality around the borough by wearing air quality monitors when they are out patrolling.

As part of Richmond Council's fight against air pollution, this week for Clean Air Day (8 October), in an innovative London first, traffic enforcement officers will be wearing small monitoring devices that will report back insight at each location.

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Apply for a walking and cycling grant

Walking and cycling grants (WCGL) is a programme funded by Transport for London, in partnership with The London Marathon Charitable Trust and administered by Groundwork London.

Grants of up to £10,000 over three years are now available to community groups and organisations across London, to deliver projects and programmes that remove barriers to walking and cycling and enable all communities to enjoy the benefits of active travel, many of whom will have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 15 October.

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Funding provides extra support to residents

Over £120,000 has been awarded to three local voluntary organisations to support residents who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19. The funding will enable further cash grants, vouchers, food and hygiene parcels to be distributed to those impacted by the pandemic.

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Council wins £500k bid to help residents save money and improve their homes

Local people who are on a low income and live in properties with poor energy ratings will soon be able to apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their home and save on bills.

Richmond Council successfully bid for £534,700 of funding and now plans to set up a grant scheme for local home-owners in properties that are currently not very energy efficient (with EPC ratings of E, F and G) and who have a household combined income of £30k or less. 

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Start KEW-ing now for Richmond RUNFEST 2021!

Following the two successful socially distanced Kew Gardens 10k events, organisers Richmond RUNFEST have announced a brand-new format for 2021.

London’s flattest marathon will return with a new spring date on Saturday 27 March, followed a day later by the brand-new AIR:10K inside Kew Gardens.

Entries for both races are now open with COVID-19 safety procedures and a refund policy to protect runners in case of cancellation.

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Return to safe, live and group singing

The Whitton Adult Community Singers have returned to in person singing classes in the Whitton Community Centre.

Classes run each Saturday morning from 11.15am to 12.15pm. Singers of all levels and experience are welcome to join, just come along and enjoy learning some great songs. The venue has been risk assessed and is COVID-secure.

Contact Loulla Gorman for further details by emailing or calling 07788664957.

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SPEAR online comedy night in support of homeless people

In association with professional comedy Always Be Comedy, SPEAR presents the stellar line-up of comedians James Gill, Paul Sinha (Sinnerman from ITVs 'The Chase'), Suzi Ruffell, Hal Cruttenden and Dane Baptiste.

With tickets priced at only £5 this is a wonderful opportunity to witness these hilarious humans raise laughs, the roof and funds for local charity, SPEAR. The Comedy Night will take place on Friday 9 of October 2020 at 8pm.

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