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Finding Ivy and Aktion T4

On Monday 27 January at 2pm the Langdon Down Museum is holding a talk and film screening about the Aktion T4 Nazi Euthanasia programme that was responsible for the murder of approximately 275,000 people with learning disabilities.

The talk tells the story of Ivy, a 10-year-old victim, followed by a screening of the documentary film Aktion T4 that sees Berge Kanikanian, who has Down’s Syndrome, travel to Poland and Germany to visit the sites of these euthanasia centres.

This event is free. Booking not required. 

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Holocaust Memorial Day programme of events

We are running a programme of events throughout January and early February to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place each year on 27 January. HMD 2020 is particularly poignant as it is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the borough’s programme of events will be a moving tribute to the millions who died.

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Civic Pride helps make musical bridges

A new intergenerational music workshop for 15 children and 15 older people with dementia has received funding from Richmond Council.

They bring together local schools, care homes, colleges and universities in creating exciting and meaningful music projects to improve well-being, mental health, tackle loneliness and help integrate local communities.

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Little Red Riding Hood Panto – This Friday!

A fantastic fun filled performance is promised for all this Friday 10 January at the Whitton Social Centre. There will be a special panto performance of Little Red Riding Hood organised by Age UK Richmond.

Tickets cost £5 and will include a buffet lunch. Performance starts 11am at the Whitton Social Centre. What better way to dust off the January blues then with a trip into the woods with fun and laughs assured. Book your tickets by calling 020 8894 4963.

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Get crafty in 2020

New knitting and needle craft groups will meet once a month for friendly chats, tea, biscuits and crafts.

Groups will meet once a month from 10am until 12 noon. Simply bring yarn and needles or your own project with you to join.

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Freedom Pass renewal 2020

Your renewed Older Person's Freedom Pass will automatically be posted to your home address between February – March 2020 as long as you have used your pass within the last two years and your address details have not changed. You will receive your new pass before your current pass expires. You do not need to take any action.

If you have recently changed address, visit the Freedom Pass website for more information about the renewal of your pass.

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Have your say on Richmond’s aspirations for greener new developments

A newly updated checklist that aims to help developers make new developments as green as possible has been published by us and local people are being encouraged to have their say.

When adopted, it will give housebuilders and those developing non-residential spaces, a clear steer on what is expected of them to reduce the environmental impact of their developments, regardless of whether their projects are new builds, conversions or extensions.

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Test your knowledge at the BIG Barnes Quiz

Come and test how good your general knowledge is at the Big Barnes Quiz on 10 January, with dinner included. You can book a table for eight people or share a table with others. All the proceeds from the event will go towards the OSO Development fund, which will allow for refurbishment of the venue’s foyer, bar area and toilets.

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Struggling to pay your annual fuel bills? The Council can help

A vital lifeline for residents who are struggling to pay their annual fuel bills has once again been launched by Richmond Council.

If you are on benefits or have a low income you may be eligible for help with heating bills. Grants of up to £85 per household are now available from the Council to protect residents who are at risk from living in fuel poverty.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 March 2020.

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Crafty mosaics in Teddington

Learn the different techniques of mosaic with a new eight-week course at the Teddington Landmark Arts Centre, whilst exploring styles and inspiration to design and create two bespoke mosaic 15cm tiles. In the second half of the course you will create a square mirror or panel to hang in your home or give as a gift. Courses start on 20 January - prebooking essential. 

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Orange Tree Youth Theatre: Stand Together

The Orange Tree Youth Theatre group have been exploring the theme of standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day in their weekly sessions. At 3pm on Sunday 26 January, the group will perform two pieces of theatre created from scratch by its members.

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Over 1,000 pledge to support an idle-free borough

Over 1,000 residents, schools, businesses, community groups and visitors are committed to improving the borough’s air quality by turning off their vehicle’s engine when possible. Will you join them by signing the idle-free borough pledge?

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Coffee Mornings to meet your neighbours and help reduce waste

The Real Junk Food Project have resumed their weekly Coffee Mornings aiming to reduce food waste across the Borough.

The project aims saves surplus food from going to waste by encouraging local businesses to donate excess food and then using it to prepare tasty meals at their local pop-up cafes. The coffee morning takes place every Monday at the ETNA Centre from 11am to 1pm.

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Have your say on the draft Transport Supplementary Planning Document

A draft Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has now been created to help people when they are submitting planning applications.

The SPD includes information on travel plans, deliveries and servicing, sustainable development and active travel, cycling, car clubs, electric vehicle charging, car parking, dropped kerbs and vehicle crossovers. 

The deadline for feedback is Monday 27 January 2020.

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Get philosophical in 2020

Did you know that Barnes had a Philosophical Club? Any subject is open for discussion whether your interest is in aesthetics, ethics, ancient Greek philosophy or political and social philosophy. On Tuesday 14 January they are holding a Royal Institute of Philosophy talk: ‘Lessons from History?’ The Consequences of Plato’s Republic for Modern Communism’ at the Barnes OSO. Get your tickets!

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A New Year, a new you when you sign up to Feel Good Fitness today!

Start the New Year as you mean to go on by signing up for a Feel Good Fitness gym membership.

The Council's membership gives you access to the borough’s six sports centres, four pools, five gyms and more than 200 fitness classes.

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Richmond’s stunning New Year’s Day Parade entry wins big

Richmond’s first entry to the London New Year’s Day Parade in over a decade has won second place in its annual Borough Competition.

Richmond’s colourful entry featuring a diverse and exciting line-up of talent secured £9,000 in prize money. The parade entry was organised from scratch by a committee of dedicated local volunteers and funded entirely through donations from the community and local software business Minesoft.

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Beat the booze this January

Richmond Council is again supporting Dry January, asking people and start the New Year with 31 days off the booze to feel healthier and save money!

Residents are reminded of the free and easy to use Richmond DrinkChecker. It helps raise awareness of alcohol limits, healthy lifestyles and safer drinking.

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Free activities for 11 to 19 year olds at Ham Youth Centre

Ham Youth Centre offers a wide variety of positive activities for young people in the Richmond area. The centre is open every day after school offering, sports, art, archery, music studio, parkour, street dance, cooking etc and also trips and residentials in school holidays. 

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Blast from the Past - Tonight!

Tonight at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes, a rehearsed reading will be held, giving people a ‘Blast from the Past’. Take one actor who wants to act; a brother, daughter and neighbour who want him to; another daughter who doesn’t, and an actor - who can’t! The scene is set for an entertaining, poignant and humorous drama about family relationships, ageing and hope.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020