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Proposals for Twickenham Riverside get local thumbs up

The Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts has welcomed the overwhelmingly positive response to the recent consultation held on the latest version of the plans for Twickenham Riverside.

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Newly upgraded play road opens at St Richard's CE Primary School

A new play road within the playground at St Richard's CE Primary School was unveiled over half-term. The Play Road upgrading to the school playground will enable pupils to practise their scooting and cycling skills in a safe way.

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Everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines

Listen to the new episode of Talk Richmond with the GP Borough Chair for Richmond upon Thames, Dr Patrick Gibson, who tells you everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines.

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HealthTalk the Podcast

Healthwatch Richmond are excited to launch their podcast series, HealthTalks. 

The first episode explores carer's rights and how Kingston Hospital supports them when the cared for person is staying in hospital as inpatient, or visiting as an outpatient. This is explained by Olivia Frimpong, Service Improvement Lead for Dementia and Delirium Team at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Contributions in Richmond

To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month this year, Healthwatch, OUT Richmond and Richmond Council's Community Engagement Team have joined together to invite you to a Community Conversation event tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23.

They will welcome residents and community groups focused on LGBTQ+ issues and support to take part in a discussion on the topic of LGBTQ+ history in the borough, access to health and social care provision, the current state of LGBTQ+ groups within the local community and next steps.

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You could be a Charity Trustee for local charity Skerries for Schools

Skerries for Schools enables young people to discover the discipline and excitement of rowing. The charity has two skerry boats that each sit eight people and lends the boats to schools to give all pupils the experience of rowing.

The Trustee is responsible to the Charity, Skerries for Schools, and its satellite charity Thames Community Rowing. The Trustee contributes to the running of the Charity by providing administrative support and strategic direction, among other duties. It's a voluntary role and you can apply or request more information by contacting 


Free devices to help tackle loneliness and social isolation

Do you know of someone who might benefit from a video Carephone?

Vulnerable residents in Richmond upon Thames can apply for easy-to-use video communication tablets, which allow people with little to no technological experience to keep in touch with their loved ones and carers.

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Council sets out 2021 Climate Emergency Action Plan

Tackling food waste, switching to greener energy, and a tree planting strategy to increase the borough's canopy are some of the key priorities set out in Richmond Council’s first Climate Emergency Strategy update.

Significant progress has been made by the Council in the year since the Climate Emergency Strategy was published, despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has posed to climate initiatives around the world.

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Richmond Foodbank emergency appeal for food donations

The Richmond Foodbank supports residents in need during difficult times. The Richmond Foodbank is fully reliant on donations of food from the public to help support residents in need. The team at Richmond Foodbank are in urgent need of food donations to ensure they can continue to support the local community. If you can, please consider making a donation at one of their drop off food donations site.

Items in need include: Tinned Fish & Meat/ Long life milk & Juice/Tinned Fruit & Veg/Pasta, Rice & Sauces /Beans and Pulses/Packet Mashed Potato/Jams, Marmalade & Spreads/Biscuits and Snacks/Tea & Coffee/Breakfast Cereals & Porridge/ fresh fruit and veg. 

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New housing and homeless strategy agreed

An ambitious new strategy for helping rough sleepers stay off the streets, building new affordable homes in the borough and helping to support the growing number of people at risk of becoming homeless, has been agreed by Richmond Council.

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JMW Turner’s Sandycombe years lectures this April

Turner’s House Trust will be hosting a series of Turner themed Zoom talks each Tuesday at 7pm in April 2021. From 1827, the year after he sold Sandycombe Lodge, Turner visited Petworth House in West Sussex on an annual basis for the next ten years. Find out about Turner's history in the area and his unique links to local landmarks.

Talks will last 30 minutes followed by a Q&A. Tickets grant access to all four talks. Joining information will be sent on the morning of the event.

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Amazing community spirit helps ensure the future of Park Lane Stables

Richmond Council has expressed its praise for the incredible local community spirit seen in recent days with the mammoth fundraising effort achieved by the team at Park Lane Stables, Teddington.

The stables have raised in excess of £1 million in order to purchase its site in from their landlord, ensuring they can stay open and continue to operate as a Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group.

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Virtual Museum Tours all over the world

One of the few upsides of being stuck behind our computers at the moment is that it is just as easy to connect with places near us as it is with places on the other side of the world.

Art Historical London decided to make the best of the present and visit all those museums they had wanted to visit, but couldn't because of COVID-19. So far the team have visited the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, The Cloisters in New York, The Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. You can join them for the same price as it would have cost you buying a ticket, but with the bonus of having a private local guide. Check out their calendar of events or sign up for the newsletter.

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Landmark Arts Centre launches new fundraiser with a Royal thread

Teddington’s Landmark Arts Centre has launched a new fundraising project – 'Be Kind' - which has been created by expert embroiderer, Sophie Long, graduate of The Royal School of Needlework and one of the team who worked on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

The ‘Be Kind’ gold work and ribbon work embroidery kit is suitable for all abilities and contains a linen design, by Sophie, silk ribbons, gold thread, needles, wool and image of the end piece along with access to an online tutorial, which is a step-by-step guide to create the project. The kit costs £45 and for every one sold a £10 donation is made to The Landmark and can be purchased via their website.

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Potential industrial action on bus routes this weekend

This weekend will see potential industrial action by RATP Dev London, which could impact a number of bus routes in West, South West and North West London next weekend.

TFL are issuing travel advice to customers ahead of the potential industrial action and are urging all parties to sit down and talk through the issues to try and resolve them as soon as possible. If you must travel, please plan your journey before you leave.

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Make sure you have your say on the Richmond's Culture Review before next week's deadline

We are developing a new vision for culture for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and we want to hear from you.

Now more than ever we recognise the value of arts, parks, sports and libraries in enriching and improving the lives of residents and visitors and the opportunities these services present in supporting us to manage some of the current and future challenges the borough faces.

Our aim is to develop a ten-year vision and set of priorities for arts, parks, sports and libraries (currently known as the 'cultural services') in Richmond and we would like your input in helping inform and guide this process before next week's deadline.

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Council set to restrict Council Tax increase to help residents recover from pandemic

Richmond Council will be putting household budgets first as it announces its lowest Council Tax increase for five years and freezes fees and charges.

The Council will be keeping the rise in Council Tax as low as possible to avoid adding additional strain on individuals’ finances after the toughest year in a decade. The plans will be discussed at the Finance, Resource and Performance Committee meeting this week, after which the Council will consider the proposal to raise its element of Council Tax by just 0.6%. 

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Richmond virtual networking event for small businesses

FSB are launching a free regular networking event for the small business community, held bi-monthly on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The inaugural Richmond event takes place on Wednesday 24 February from 11.45am to 1.30pm. It will include a presentation entitled 'Pivoting really, what does this look like for you?'.

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Complete the March 3 Marathon Challenge

Walk, run or cycle three marathons in March to raise funds for Richmond Borough Mind. Over 31 days you just need to cover 2½ miles a day, or around 5,800 steps. Complete the challenge in your own way, so whether leisurely weekend walks, daily jogs, or long cycle rides are your thing, your miles will make a difference to people’s lives.

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Kew Road cycle lane gets an extension

Work is about to begin to extend the borough’s first protected cycle lane in Kew – all the way to Richmond Circus.

At the Transport and Air Quality Committee on Thursday, Members were told that thanks to £140k from TfL, the popular segregated cycle lane that currently runs from Kew Road to Lion Gate Gardens, will be extended from Lion Gate Gardens towards Richmond Circus.

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