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Health staff, key workers and volunteers prioritised in parking changes

To enable those working in health services or delivering vital community support, key workers and those providing help to vulnerable residents can now apply for an emergency parking dispensation, giving them priority over parking in the borough. Residents or those who are providing vital care, support or services to help during the Coronavirus pandemic can therefore apply for a parking dispensation by emailing:

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Richmond schools respond robustly to the Covid-19 outbreak

Richmond Council and Achieving for Children are working with schools in Richmond Borough to coordinate a robust and sustainable response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Following the guidance issued by the Government on Thursday, schools in the borough are identifying children of keyworkers and vulnerable children, such as those with Education, Health and Care Plans and those who have social worker support. Schools will provide education on site for those children for the last two weeks of this term.

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Non-perishable food and essentials urgently needed

Businesses and residents are urged to come forward and help support some of the borough's older and most vulnerable residents, who are struggling to get the shopping they need during this pandemic.

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Merging local charities seek new Chair of Trustees

Environment Trust (ET) and South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) are currently seeking a new Chair of Trustees who will play a leading role in reshaping the environmental and heritage sector in South West London. ET and SWLEN are merging to create a unified charity focused on supporting and engaging communities to conserve and enhance the built and natural environment of South West London.

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Further steps taken to beat Coronavirus

Following Government guidance on limiting the spread of Coronavirus, schools are to close to most pupils from the end of Friday, while some Council services are being suspended and events postponed. This is to ensure people are kept safe and staff resources can be directed towards supporting the most vulnerable in our society.

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Arrange a pony visit with Park Lane Stables!

Teddington and Hampton-based riding school Park Lane Stables is offering pony visits for those in self-isolation and unable to leave their homes.

If you'd like to see a friendly face outside your window to brighten up your day, then contact them on 07796 842 328 to arrange a four-legged visitor today.

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Richmond Rugby announces suspension of play

Richmond Rugby have announced that there will be no matches, training or events at the club until 14 April at the earliest.

The news follows an RFU announcement last week that all fixtures would be suspended until then. This applies to all levels of rugby and community initiatives. All pre-purchased tickets to National League 1 games will be refunded.

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Sign up to help vulnerable residents in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak

Richmond Council has issued guidance to people, businesses and organisations who want to help support vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Council is centralising efforts by working with Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (Richmond CVS), Age UK Richmond and other voluntary organisations. Those who want to help should sign up with Richmond’s volunteering database to help out at this challenging time.

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POSTPONED U3A want to help you get the most out of an active retirement

Are you retired or semi-retired and want to meet new people and make new friends? Richmond-based U3A offer monthly meetings for all members on the last Wednesday of the month in Twickenham.

U3A is a co-operative of older people working to enable members to share learning, creative and leisure activities. The groups are run by members and have a strong social dimension, with like-minded folk having a chance to meet over shared interests.

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Kew Riverside Primary School to mark Global Recycling Day

As part of Global Recycling Day on Wednesday 18 March, Kew Riverside Primary is asking residents and businesses to review the list of non-recyclable items they collect and bring any items listed on the poster to the school. 

Items can be dropped at the bins outside the school gates at 37 Courtlands Ave, Richmond TW9 4ES between 7am and 4.30pm.

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Royal Parks announce temporary car ban from Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks

Royal Parks have temporarily banned cars from Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks following police advice after these parks saw a huge surge of traffic over the past weekend with large numbers of people entering the parks and ignoring Government advice on social distancing. Cyclists will not be affected by these measures but are asked to not congregate in large groups and to respect social distancing guidelines. 

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Council offers reassurance on Council Tax collection

Richmond Council has moved to ease residents' financial concerns during this difficult period after announcing no enforcement or recovery action will be initiated against people who fall behind with their payments of Council Tax. With some people facing reduced incomes or job losses as a result of the outbreak, the Council has confirmed it will be relaxing its normal rules on non-payment of Council Tax.

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‘Celebrating France and Germany’ event POSTPONED

The upcoming ‘Celebrating France and Germany’ event, due to take place across the weekend of June 26-29, has been postponed. The event would have seen the people of Richmond celebrate alongside visitors from our twinned towns of Konstanz in Germany and Fontainebleau in France. The decision was taken in line with current public health advice in relation to the outbreak of Coronavirus, Covid-19.

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Richmond Upon Thames College commits to second phase of campus redevelopment

Richmond upon Thames College Board have approved plans for the second phase of a £80m campus redevelopment.

This phase will see the construction of a STEM Centre which will provide a state of the art environment for training in engineering, science, forensic sciences and robotics and a brand new Sports building to further develop the College’s sports programmes.

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All Richmond Health Walks suspended

Local residents should be aware that all activities held on behalf of the parks team through Richmond Health Walks have now been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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We must work together to beat Coronavirus

As the situation regarding COVID-19 escalates, Richmond Council will have to work differently to prioritise the wellbeing of everyone and in particular the most vulnerable across the borough. As a result, it is inevitable that services will be impacted and, in some cases reduced.

Following Government guidance regarding social distancing, all public events held on Council premise or property will unfortunately be cancelled or postponed. A letter will be sent to 85,000 households across the borough over the coming days, outlining how to access support if needed.

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EKO Marketing cancels events across Richmond

EKO Marketing, which runs events across the Borough, has postponed three upcoming events due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Palace2Palace charity cycle ride, the Primary Schools Come Together concert at Richmond Theatre, and the Richmond Fashion Festival in September have been postponed and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

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Children’s charity gifted new home in Richmond

Local charity Small Steps has been donated with a state of the art new building in Worple Way, Richmond, by the Grant Making Foundation.

Small Steps has been running since 1998, but never had their own building to operate from. It supports babies and young children with physical disabilities and welcomes over 90 families a week through their doors. The donation will ensure that the charity has security to continue operating for years to come.

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Tree House Learning sessions for children at Ham’s local Forest School CANCELLED

Tree House Learning offer nature classes for children from toddlers to teens all year round, including a weekly session for ages 3+.

Tree House Learning work to engage with nature using all the senses and to educate children on the natural world. It is play based child led learning that takes place outdoors. The Forest Team also offer school holiday learning opportunities to occupy your little ones over the holiday periods.

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Kids run to support children’s cancer charity

Children with Cancer UK has been revealed as the new partner of Richmond RUNFEST’s Kids’ Mile event on Saturday 12 September.

The RUNFEST Kid’s Mile has grown considerably since 2013 when the organisers set out to create a fun and inclusive kids run. Each year, RUNFEST donates 800 entries free to local schools.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020