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Dance your way to fitness

Join in upcoming dance fitness classes to get fit while having fun. Everyone is welcome to join in - all you need is the desire to feel great.

Changing facilities are available and there is no charge other than a small donation to cover heating costs.

The class takes place on Wednesday 18 October from 2pm at Temple Sheen Road, East Sheen, SW14 7PY.

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East Sheen Halloween treasure hunt

What better way to get children into the spirit of Halloween than with a fancy dress treasure hunt around your local shops?

Starting at the Hare & Hounds, you can collect a map to guide you around some lovely East Sheen businesses.

Treats are guaranteed, but there may be some tricks in store.

The event takes place on 28 October from 12 noon to 3pm. Tickets cost £3.50.

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Fireworks display to light up Richmond's sky

Iconic songs from the 1980’s provide the perfect soundtrack to a cracking night of fireworks at this year's Richmond Athletic Ground display.

This is alongside funfair rides, mulled wine, hot food and candy floss stalls.

The event takes place on Sunday 5 November and tickets are on sale now - don’t miss out!

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Free Feel Good Fitness membership until the end of the year

With Feel Good Fitness you can join now and not pay anything apart from a joining fee until the end of the year.

There are six sports centres across the borough.

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The Christmas Day dinner for care leavers needs you!

50 care leavers (young people who have been in foster care) are organising a dinner on Christmas Day so that none have to spend Christmas alone.

They are need of the community’s help: wrapping presents, decorating the venue, buying a present, picking up donations and delivering to the venue. If you can think of ways to help please do get in touch. A warm fuzzy feeling inside guaranteed.

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Flute Theatre presents 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Flute Theatre, who produce work especially for young people with autism and their families, return to the Orange Tree with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

The performances give up to fifteen children on the spectrum the chance to unravel Shakespeare’s story through sensory games.

Performances take place through October and tickets cost £10.

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Village Planning Fund for the Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts

Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts have passed their first hurdle for a grant application from the Village Planning Fund for their 'New Phoenix' new scout hut building project.

They are now dependant on votes from people who live, work or study in Richmond upon Thames Borough to have their grant approved.

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Construction of two local schools reaches key milestone

Construction of the newest secondary school in the borough and new facilities for a local SEN school, reached a significant milestone on Wednesday 11 October when a topping out ceremony took place.

The Richmond upon Thames School (RTS) opened this September. It is governed by The Richmond upon Thames School Trust, made up of partner organisations including Harlequins, Haymarket Media Group, Richmond upon Thames College, Achieving for Children and Richmond Council.

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Photographing the Fallen

A new author from Hampton has just published a book titled 'Photographing the Fallen' about the work of his great great uncle Ivan Bawtree who was a war graves photographer on the Western Front from 1915 to 1919.

Ivan's job was to take photographs of the wooden grave markers to send to bereaved relatives. A talk will be given on Friday 10 November at 7.30pm at St Stephen's Church, East Twickenham.

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Literature Festival gets moving with screening of dance performance

The first public screening of ‘Memories Flow through Me like a Boat Floats down the River’ will take place at 3pm on Sunday 29 October at Orleans House Gallery.

The piece depicts the history of the Belgian refugees who lived and worked in East Twickenham during World War I, and is told through dance theatre.

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Choral Evensong at Hampton Court Palace

All are welcome to attend the sung religious services from the Church of England Book of Common Prayer at The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.

This service takes place on Sunday 22 October.

Those attending the chapel for a service only do not pay the Palace entrance fee.

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Singing scales with the FiSH Choir

If you enjoy making music, the FiSH Choir could be for you. The choir rehearses twice a month on Monday afternoons at Barnes Green Centre. It's a great opportunity to meet people and have fun. 

New members are very welcome. For more information please ring 020 8876 3335.

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Councillor Seymour visits the Planning Department

The Cabinet Member for Planning and Strategic Development spent a day with the Council’s Planning Department last week, learning how the service works and the amount of work that goes into processing all the applications.

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Tricks of the Light: Open exhibition

For centuries, artists have attempted to capture the effects of light.

From the dramatic chiaroscuro works of 16th century artist Caravaggio, to the colourful, vibrant plein air oils of the 19th century French Impressionists.

This open exhibition brings together contemporary artists and will take place from 25 November 2017 to 13 January 2018 at the Riverside Gallery.

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Nick Payne's Constellations coming to the OSO in Barnes

Constellations premiered at the Royal Court in 2012 and now this 'astonishingly fine play' (Independent) will be brought to the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes.

The play by Arena Theatre is about free will and friendship and packs more into 75 minutes than most plays do in 3 hours.

It takes place on Friday 22 October from 8pm at OSO Arts Centre.

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Council wants you to wrap up warm this winter

Richmond Council is encouraging residents to “WRAP up warm this winter” as part of its campaign to keep people healthy over the next few months.

The Wandsworth and Richmond Assessment Point (WRAP) service provides free home visits with advice and information on heating, insulation, benefits and health for older residents and those with long-term conditions.

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Barnes Sports Club fireworks display

Barnes Sports Club is holding its fantastic fireworks display at the grounds on Lonsdale Road on Saturday 4 November. Gates open 5.30pm with the bonfire being lit around 7pm and fireworks display at 7.45pm.

Tickets will be on sale in local shops from 15 October – look out for posters in shop windows.

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Full of Life Fair showed clear interest in Tech

The Full of life fair brought together charities, companies and organisations from across the borough and beyond to help get the most from later life. Many people think that senior citizens aren't interested in technology, but this is simply not true.

After spending the day demonstrating the latest gadgets, keen interest was clear. From keeping in contact with family to helping loved ones with Dementia, it's clear we're all becoming more aware of the benefits technology can offer us.

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Mayor launches Richmond’s Green Gym

Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Lisa Blakemore, was on hand this week to launch Richmond’s Green Gym, which offers volunteers the opportunity to take part in practical nature conservation sessions while getting active and fit.

The group meets every Wednesday at Kneller Gardens café from 10.45am.

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Fashion exhibition at Hampton Court Palace

Throughout the years, both professional and amateur dressmakers have used embroidery and beading to embellish garments and accessories. This exciting new display from the Royal School of Needlework captures the style and versatility of embroidery and embellishment from the 18th to 21st centuries.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017