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New technology helps Council fill potholes faster

An innovative new method for repairing the borough's roads is being rolled out this week as Richmond Council has taken delivery of its thermal repair equipment.

Following a successful pilot in June, we will now use the technology to carry out a range of road repairs throughout the borough. The first programme of works will be carried out in Barnes over the next week.

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Act now to your flu vaccine before winter

The flu kills an average of 11,000 people in England each year and hospitalises tens of thousands more. People at high risk from flu are also at higher risk from Covid-19 – and co-infection could cause serious problems.

By getting a free flu vaccination you will be protecting yourself, your loved ones and the NHS from a double threat this winter.

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Age UK Richmond launch LGBT+ Telephone Befriending Service

Are you part of the LGBT+ community and feeling particularly isolated? 

As part of Age UK Richmond's Telephone Befriending Service, the team are offering a specific strand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender older people because it's important to have someone to talk to who understands.

The service offers weekly calls, and plan to run LGBT+ get togethers once life gets back to normal. 

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Represent Richmond in the London Youth Games Virtual Cross Country!

Young Londoners can keep active during lockdown by competing for Richmond upon Thames in the ‘Nike x London Youth Games Virtual Cross Country event’.

From Saturday 21 November until Sunday 6 December, four different age groups will have the chance to represent Richmond in the London-wide competition. Participants must complete a set running distance and submit their time via the London Youth Games website to earn points for their borough.

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Check out this week’s Let’s Go Outside and Learn newsletter

Local group Let’s Go Outside and Learn have released their weekly newsletter full of helpful ideas and tips for you and your garden during the lockdown. This week focuses on activities in the garden, patio and windowsill. It also includes ideas from the group's lockdown November calendar, with a different activity for every day of the month.

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Struggling to access food? Apply for a new grant

Residents who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19 can apply for a grant to help them over the next few weeks.

Last month, Richmond Council awarded over £120,000 to local voluntary organisations to support residents who are struggling to afford food. The funding enables further cash grants, vouchers and food and hygiene parcels to be distributed to local residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.

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New book awards and fund launched for children

A new primary school children’s book awards scheme has been launched in Richmond and Kingston, alongside a fund that aims to raise money to help buy books for children from low income families.

Over 50 books have already been submitted for shortlisting by a team of judges including teachers, librarians and local book sellers. Children from the schools that have signed up to the scheme will then be invited to read the books next spring and vote on their favourite. 

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No shows at Townmead Road mean residents miss out

Earlier this year, a new online booking system was launched, enabling people to book their slot in advance and avoid lengthy traffic queues.

However, around 25% of people who booked appointments at Townmead Road Household Waste and Recycling Centre last month failed to turn up – meaning a longer wait for a slot for other residents.

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Applications now open for International Youth Arts Festival

Are you looking for a platform for your latest piece of artistic work? Perhaps somewhere to network with other emerging international artists?

Applications are now open for the International Youth Arts Festival 2021, which will run from 2 to 11 July 2021. The festival is looking for works of theatre, dance, comedy, circus and more. Get involved now and apply for your big break. 

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Cash scheme for businesses forced to close in second lockdown now available

Richmond Council is now accepting applications for COVID-19 Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) from businesses which have been legally required to close during the second lockdown. These include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Those eligible must be liable for business rates, have been trading on Wednesday 4 November and then been required to close from Thursday 5 November. The grants will cover a four-week period to Wednesday 2 December when the national lockdown is scheduled to end. 

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Residents urged to take extra care when buying goods online

Trading Standards officers are urging shoppers to be extra savvy when buying goods online – especially when getting Black Friday bargains or doing their Christmas shopping.

During National Consumer Week from 16 to 22 November, before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Trading Standards officers are also backing the British Toy and Hobby Association’s (BTHA) call for caution when buying toys online.

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Care Home Christmas Gift Box Appeal

Many elderly care home residents do not have family or friends to spend Christmas with. Local charity, Embracing Age, is creating Christmas Gift Boxes for residents alone at Christmas so that they feel valued and loved by their community.

If you would like to make a difference this Christmas, please consider donating a small gift to the appeal. Alternatively, you can donate to their online appeal and Embracing Age will buy gifts on your behalf. Donations can be accepted up to Thursday 17 December 2020.

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Public meeting held for landmark Ham Close regeneration

Residents of Ham Close, local stakeholders and the wider community attended a virtual meeting this week on the latest news around the Ham Close regeneration.

Hosted by the housing group RHP, the meeting covered a wide range of topics relating to the regeneration, including the latest news from the project team, a chance to meet the shortlisted developers, and  the next steps for Ham Close.

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Complete our free online cycle skills course and unlock a 15% Halfords discount

TfL is working with Halfords to offer Londoners a discount on cycle security accessories to keep your cycle safe. Everyone who completes their free online Cycle Skills course will receive 15% off Halfords own-brand locks, lights or helmets.

The course will help you cycle safely and confidently. To get your discount, add your unique code to your Halfords basket.

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Writing about Music webinar

How do you write about music? Join four people who know some of the answers: chaired by journalist and author Peter Jones, the discussion features author andpresenter Alyn Shipton, jazz drummer and biographer Clark Tracey and documenter of today's London jazz scene Emma Warren.

The writers will be talking about their craft and inviting questions from the audience. This online webinar will take place on Wednesday 18 November at 7.30pm. Book your tickets now!

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Views sought on new SEND provision at Hampton High

Parents and the community are invited to have their say on plans for a new Specialist Resource Provision at Hampton High for young people with Social Communication Needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties.

Subject to consultation, the new provision would enable existing school facilities to be adapted, enabling up to 20 additional pupils to begin in September 2021.

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Landmark Arts Centre takes Festive Emporium online

Teddington’s Landmark Arts Centre have confirmed that following the new lockdown restrictions, its Festive Emporium will now launch online, instead of the shopping event previously planned at the centre. The fundraising event will go live on Thursday 19 November and will run through to Sunday 6 December.

The festive fair will featrue over 600 products including homewares, handmade and crafted jewellery, ceramics, artworks, children’s gifts and gourmet foods from 25 talented makers and will include special Black Friday deals.

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Speaking up about alcohol and mental health this Alcohol Awareness Week

Richmond residents are encouraged to drink responsibly by keeping track of how much they are drinking this lockdown and beyond to improve their mental health.

Alcohol is proven to exacerbate mental health disorders. Managing your drinking and getting the right support are important for your mental health. You can use our DrinkChecker tool to help set goals to drink less.

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Legal structures, risk and liability - what trustees need to know

Following last month's first ever local online trustee recruitment events, Richmond CVS is running its popular introductory training again.

The friendly, jargon-free online (Zoom) session on 25 November includes need-to-know information for any new or existing trustee and is also relevant for anyone starting up their own not-for-profit enterprise. Places are limited so find out more and book your places now.

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Charity Christmas cards

Christmas cards are now available from St Mary's Barnes with the proceeds to be shared this year with local charities who have been helping others during the pandemic.

A new online shop has been set up offering cards from as little as £1.50 for a pack of 10 cards up to £5 for their delightful new card painted by Linsey Wang. Volunteers will deliver free of charge in SW13 and SW14 and others will be posted (£2.95 for up to 20 packs). Get yours now!

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