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Womanhood photography exhibition

London Photo Festival has announced a partnership with English Heritage to deliver its first outdoor exhibition, 'The London Photo Festival Fence'. Inspired by Henrietta Howard, the theme of 'womanhood' was selected to capture the diversity of women through photography.

The top ten images will be displayed in the grounds of Marble Hill House, Twickenham for six months.

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Kew Christmas Lights Appeal and virtual quiz fundraiser

Every year, Kew village is illuminated with thousands of lights hanging in the trees during the festive period. The Kew Sparkle committee have to invest in the repair and replacement of many sections and are asking the community to consider making a donation ahead of the festive season.

The committee will host the Keep Kew Sparkling Community Quiz on Wednesday 28 October from 8 to 10pm to raise funds for the Christmas Lights Appeal.

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Join Couch to Fitness - the free home fitness programme

Couch to Fitness is a free nine-week home exercise programme for anyone looking to get active this autumn. The programme is held online allowing participants to get active from their own home.

Participants can also remain socially engaged with others by joining the Couch to Fitness Facebook group for support from others on the programme.

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Support a Local Art Project: Short film

In August, several young people from across Richmond created a short film dealing with many current issues affecting young people, such as family breakdown and substance abuse. The film was shot entirely in Richmond.

Due to COVID-19, funding for the project was pulled so the group decided to self-fund the project. The group are currently seeking fundraising to enter the project into film festivals but need financial assistance to make this happen.

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Culture lovers online talks

Art Historical London organise online talks which can be watched in real time or as a recording, on a wide range of art and history related subjects. You can either book online or get in touch and sign up offline.

There is no need to become a member, know a lot, actively participate or commit in time or money - simply watch whenever you fancy! Check out their calendar of events to Christmas now.

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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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Arts Richmond November newsletter now available

Check out all the news from Arts Richmond, the wide array of events and enter their competition. With an extensive array of events coming up in the borough why not explore what's happening in our culturally diverse borough? There's something for everyone.

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Hampton Court Palace Festival announce stellar 2021 lineup

Hampton Court Palace have announced an amazing lineup of artist to get live music lovers excited for next summer. Preforming next summer will be Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, Bastille, Björn Again, Rick Astley and George Benson. The series of concerts will take at the beautiful surroundings of Hampton Court Palace in June 2021.

Tickets for all events are on sale now.

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Residents warned about private security companies

The Leader of Richmond Council and local police have warned residents to be careful about signing up with private security companies who have been canvassing residents of Richmond upon Thames.

Councillor Gareth Roberts and Inspector Rebecca Robinson have assured residents that the Police, the Council and the local Safer Neighbourhood Board had enough resources to keep the borough safe.

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New Trustees wanted for RPLC

RPLC is currently looking for local people interested in making a difference by overseeing its work in Barnes, Ham, Kew, Mortlake, Richmond and Sheen. £1.7m of grants have been made by RPLC with an additional £800,000 set aside for COVID-19 related support.

Applications from voluntary sector service users, employees or volunteers/people with grant-making experience are particularly welcome.

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Public meeting on Richmond Park

Ham & Petersham and North Kingston Forums will provide the residents of North Kingston and Ham & Petersham with the opportunity to hear from The Royal Parks about the reasons for the proposed changes to movement around Richmond Park and the car parking charges currently being consulted upon.

Tom Jarvis, Director of Parks will lead the event, with Mat Bonomi, Head of Transport at the Royal Parks in attendance. This event is for residents of Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside only.

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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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