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Safe in Faith Conference

Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Boards are hosting a conference for all churches and faith group leaders who play a vital role in the lives of many children, young people and adults. Responding effectively when someone comes forward to share concerns or disclose abuse is key to all safeguarding.

The free event will take place at Kingsgate Church in Kingston on Thursday 28 February from 2 to 5pm. For more information email

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Youth Hate Crime event

The Hate Crime Forum in Richmond are hosting a day event at York House on Wednesday 20 February for young people aged 11-18 years. The event intends to provide an understanding of what hate crime is, what it is like to be a victim, how you should report it and what to do if you witness a hate crime.

The event is free to attend, but booking is required. You can book your place sending an email at


Gas works disruption around Barnes High Street

Major gas mains replacement works taking place in Barnes High Street are planned to begin on 15 February and will continue for approximately 10 weeks.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place throughout the works, which will be manually controlled between 7am and 7pm daily to optimise traffic flow. Residents are advised that their gas supply may be affected and there may be a need to temporarily turn-off supply for a short period during this time.

Residents who have concerns or queries should contact Cadent Gas on 0800 1512404 or alternatively email including your postcode.

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Recycle your old or broken electrical items

From Monday 11 to Friday 15 February you can drop off your small electrical items at the Civic Centre in York Street, Twickenham. This includes alarm clocks, toys, kettles, hair dryers and more!

You can also donate electrical items at nine of the borough's libraries. 

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New Freegle community for Richmond and Twickenham

Residents can now register for the Richmond and Twickenham Freegle community!

Freegle is a UK organisation that aim to increase reuse and reduce landfill by offering a free online service where people can give away and ask for things that would otherwise be thrown away. Whether you are an individual, local organisation, sports club, school or business you can benefit from joining Freegle.

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Young Carers Awareness Day

Young carers and their families came together on Young Carers Awareness Day on Thursday 31 January to receive awards from Richmond Carers Centre which celebrated their personal achievements over the last year.

In the ceremony at York House in Twickenham, The Major of Richmond chatted with many of the young carers and spoke of the pride he felt hearing so many stories of courage and resilience.

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Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated worldwide on Tuesday 5 February. Come along to our FREE informal drop-in session and learn some tips and tricks to help you be safer and more confident online!

The session will take place from 2.30-3.30pm at Richmond Library. No booking is required.

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Pink Night at the Proms musical extravaganza

The annual Pink Night at the Proms returns to Teddington on Saturday 16 February 2018 at 7.30pm and it promises to be better than ever!

Hosted by the LGBT Equality & Ally groups for Richmond and Wandsworth councils, attendees will enjoy music from the London Gay Symphonic Winds with all the proceeds going to Opening Doors – a charity that provides information and support services specifically for older LGBT+ people in the UK.

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Turn your free time into something amazing!

Gain new skills and make new friends through giving your time to volunteer!

If you are over 18 years old, there is a huge range of opportunities across the borough and the Richmond Volunteer Service can help you find one that is right for you. Get started today by registering on their searchable database, or call 020 8843 7940 to find out more.

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Secondary schools competition: win a new bike or scooter

Do you know a budding videographer? We’re looking for talented young people to create a video/animation to encourage drivers to stop idling. Winning entries will get a £100 voucher for a new bike or scooter. If you know someone in Years 7-13 encourage them to enter today.

We are excited to see the creative ideas our children come up with and encourage you to share these with us via our social media channels and email.

Find out about the terms and conditions for this competition. Deadline for submissions is 29 March at 5pm.

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Whitton Day Nursery wins National Award

Congratulations to the team at Whitton Day Nursery who were voted as the Nursery of the Year - South in the National Nursery Recognition Awards for 2019, held in Leicester on Saturday 26 January.

Whitton Day Nursery is an independent, family-owned business close to Whitton High Street; along with their sister nursery, Twickenham Day Nursery, they support several local primary schools and business associations with sponsorship and raffle donations.

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St Georges Day in Whitton

Whitton Business Associaiton will be celebrating St Georges Day on Saturday 20 April on the High Street and need your help!

The group are currently looking for parade participants (youth and community groups), performers, stallholders and volunteers. If you would like to take part in the huge community event, please contact at or call on 07860 465 769.

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Make The Stoop your office!

Former Harlequins player, Matthew Hopper is turning The Stoop into inspirational and affordable office and co-working space, inviting all local businesses and entrepreneurs to a tour on Friday 15 February where you can watch the First XV train, network and see the space for yourself.

With free parking, flexible contract options and an epic pitch side view all from just £150 per month, this is an amazing opportunity to set up your company in an iconic sports venue.

Email for more details or to reserve your place.

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Brexit Contingency Planning

Residents and business owners of all nationalities have been assured the Council stands ready to support them as the Government’s chaotic Brexit preparations raise concern for local authorities.

We have already taken a number of steps including writing to our adult social care providers to ensure they have Brexit readiness plans, creating advice pages for businesses, and commissioning Citizens Advice to offer information and support to EU nationals in the borough.

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Church Street Valentine Extravaganza

Don’t miss the Church Street Valentine Fayre on Saturday 9 February!

From 11am to 5pm, there will be stalls with all kinds of gifts, flowers, cards, cakes, chocolates, street food, and live music. Find that special something for your loved one!

Church Street will be pedestrianised and is free entry. This event is organised by the Twickenham Town Business and Church Street Association.

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You still love our libraries!

The latest CIPFA Public Libraries User Survey shows 94 per cent of users found the borough’s libraries to be either ‘good’ or ‘very good’. The people of Ham were particularly happy with their library, with almost three quarters of them being satisfied with the library.

In fact, last year, Richmond libraries lent a total of 1,033,173 books, making our residents the most well read in London.

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Twinned Towns Re-Affirmation 2020

The 60th Anniversary of the Twinning will take place in Richmond on 27 and 28 June 2020, marking the formal signing of the Re-Affirmation between the Mayors and The Leader.

All partnered clubs, societies and associations are invited to participate. To register your interest please write to

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Share the love with Twickenham Farmers Market

Do you have a favourite stall at the Twickenham Farmers Market?

Vote your favourite online and you could win £25 in vouchers to spend at the next market! Simply fill out an online form to be in the running. Competition closes at the end of February.

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FREE flu jab for residents over 65

Extremely cold weather is on the way. To ensure you stay well this winter, remember to get your FREE flu jab!

If you are aged 65 or over, the colder weather can increase your chances of catching flu. Anyone within this age group is deemed to be at risk because you are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia.

Simply visit your local pharmacist or contact your GP.

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Young people remember the holocaust

Richmond Synagogue hosted two Holocaust survivors for a day of Holocaust Memorial Day workshops for over 100 secondary school children this week. They were joined by two Jewish councillors, Cllr Andree Frieze and Cllr Jo Humprheys, who led break-out sessions for the pupils during the workshops.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018