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Thirty more affordable homes for Teddington

Thirty new affordable homes and a new nursery building will be built in Teddington on a former Council owned site, following approval from the Planning Committee.

In a plan developed with the Council, the new affordable homes will be built, owned and managed by PA Housing. The scheme provides 24 homes for affordable rent and 6 homes for shared ownership.

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Don’t forget to renew your garden waste contract

Garden waste contracts with Blue Stickers are due to end on 31 October 2020. If you are an existing customer, you will receive a discount if you renew your contract. If you are a direct debit customer, you do not need to do anything.

You can make a quick and easy payment online. The charges below are for collection during the period of 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021 inclusive.

Existing customers charges for under 75 years old is £50 while 75 years and overs are only £37.50. New Customers charges are £67 for under 75 and £50 for 75 years and over.

On 1 December 2020 we will not empty bins with Blue Stickers. 

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York House will light up green tonight to celebrate the borough’s 20th Green Flag Award

Following an extensive external judging regime, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has been re-awarded all 19 of its Green Flags and gained a new Green Flag, bringing the total number of parks with the award to 20.

Heathfield Recreation Ground has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best parks in the country.

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Great News for Teddington's Landmark Arts Centre

Teddington’s Landmark Arts Centre has announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

The arts centre is now able to plan with greater certainty what it can offer the community over the next five months, with sufficient funds to keep The Landmark viable even with a limited programme. The Landmark is now actively planning events in the run up to Christmas, including a week of mixed live performances and the Landmark Festive Emporium arts and crafts event.

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Richmond Inter Faith Forum to host ‘Unity in Crisis’ webinar

Richmond Inter Faith Forum will host a special online event on Tuesday 24 November at 19:30 entitled "Unity in Crisis - How can our diverse communities work together in these difficult times?".

The event aims to bring together people from diverse backgrounds from Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow and neighbouring boroughs to hear from Dr Marissa Quie, an expert in migration, peace and conflict studies at Cambridge University. Dr Quie will talk about what we can learn from experiences elsewhere in the world to make our communities work better together.

Register your place now! To find out more please email Elizabeth Kingdom, Partnership Officer;

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New 'Green Richmond' guide to sustainable living

Richmond and Twickenham Friends of the Earth have launched a new guide, with everything you need to know about sustainable living in the borough.

It includes a directory of local businesses offering green products, tips on reducing waste, active travel advice and volunteering suggestions, and lots more.

You can suggest additional businesses for inclusion. Suggestions from the north of the borough (Barnes/Mortlake/Sheen) are particularly welcome, to increase coverage in these areas.

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Test and Trace support payment is introduced

If you are unable to work as a result of testing positive for coronavirus or have been told to self-isolate by the NHS, you might be eligible for a one-off £500 payment.

The new payment will be administered by local authorities and will apply to those who had to start self-isolating from 28 September 2020 onwards.

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'Porch Pirates' seek to steal your home deliveries

Police and the Council have warned the public to be aware of delivery thefts after reports of packages being stolen from outside people's homes.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, parcels left outside people’s homes or in communal areas by delivery drivers have been stolen. Residents are encouraged to do their bit to protect their delivered goods.

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Barnes Charity Fashion Week begins tomorrow!

The Barnes Charity Fashion Week begins tomorrow, Saturday 10 October 2020.

Visit Barnes' fabulous fashion boutiques along the Fashion Week Trail, try on the latest autumn and winter collections, enjoy discounts and other incentives all while supporting Barnes' charities at the same time. Check out the fashion trail now. 

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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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Join Age UK’s new book club

The new Age UK book club will meet at Age UK Richmond's Whitton Social Centre approximately every 6 weeks. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020 from 11am to 12pm.

Age UK Richmond will lend you the books to read. If we are unable to meet in person due to the pandemic, the book club will continue to meet via Zoom. The first book will be: The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard. 

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No place for hate crime in Richmond upon Thames

This National Hate Crime Awareness Week (10 to 17 October), the Council, local police and partners are calling for everybody to play their part in reporting hate crime to make Richmond upon Thames a safe place for everyone.

Hate crime is a crime targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s perceived: disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity.

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Have you been approached by a private security company?

The Police and Local Authority are committed to keeping the residents of Richmond safe. We are aware that some residents are being canvased to sign up to security companies, both the police and the Council have spoken to one of these companies to gain an understanding of their operation.

These companies are not accredited by Police or endorsed by the Council, the Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) or the Metropolitan Police. Residents should ensure the services they sign up for are lawful and provide a service that is right for their communities. The Police will continue to work with colleagues from the local authority and SNB to deal with local concerns promptly and correctly.


Community groups sign up to Get Lucky Local lottery

Good causes and charitable organisations are queuing up to join the new community lottery Get Lucky Local which offers players the chance to choose which specific group they want to support in the borough.

In less than a week nearly 30 groups, from the sports, arts and charity sectors have uploaded profiles to the Get Lucky Local website. Tickets for the online draw went on sale for £1 last Tuesday. The first draw takes place on 14 November so there is still plenty of time to sign up.

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Community Fund now open for funding applications

Do you have a big idea about a project for the area where you live but get stuck on how to pay for it? Apply now for the Richmond Community Fund!

Any local resident, business or community group, living or located within the borough can bring forward a proposal.

The money can be used for a variety of projects, including green space improvements, resources and equipment for community use, or community centre renovations. 

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Gruffalo adventures at Kew Gardens

Starting this Saturday, 17 October, go on a woodland trail to find the Gruffalo at Kew Gardens. Unleash your inner detective to find out what creatures live in the woodland. Discover the secret world of plants and animals, what marks they leave behind, and how their lives are interconnected.

Meet your favourite Gruffalo characters on the way, and keep your eyes peeled to spot the Gruffalo himself. Don’t forget, tickets to Kew Gardens must be booked in advance.

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How can the Arts help to revitalise Richmond?

The Richmond Society believes the Arts have a role to play in bringing life back to our town centres.

This will be discussed by a panel composed of Ann Chapman-Daniel, Chair of Richmond Business Improvement District, Cllr John Coombs, Council spokesperson for the Arts, Hilary Dodman, Chair of Arts Richmond and Paul Miller Artistic Director of Orange Tree Theatre.

Richmond author, presenter and lecturer Anne Sebba will chair the forum from 7.30pm on Thursday 15 October via Zoom. To attend, please register by emailing

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Council questions accuracy of COVID-19 data

The Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, has called on the Government to conduct an urgent review of the accuracy of the COVID-19 data after the Council discovered many of the positive cases in the borough are people who had their tests carried out far away from the area. 

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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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