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Clarendon School moves into new building

Clarendon School has moved into its brand new, fit for purpose, school building on the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus in Twickenham.

Clarendon is a day community special school for pupils aged four to 16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs including autism.

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Historic York House opens doors to future brides and grooms

An informal Wedding Open Day is being held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 22 September.

Entry is completely free and refreshments will be provided. Discounts on bookings will be available on the day.

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Circling in on the sticky problem of gum

We are circling in on the problem of chewing gum this month as part the national 'Bin It Your Way' intitiative, encouraging users to dispose of their gum responsibly rather than dropping it on the street.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, the Assistant Cabinet Member for Environment, took to the streets of Twickenham armed with chalk to highlight the growing issue of people who drop chewing gum on the floor. Throughout September she is inviting local groups and schools to follow suit and shine a chalky light on the problem across the borough.

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Join the conversation and have your say on local issues

We are developing a new programme of community engagement where residents can have a meaningful dialogue with the Council. 

The ‘Community Conversation’ is a transition programme launching in October. It is a series of events, hosted by local ward councillors. Residents can have their say about local issues that matter to them. Ward councillors will then work with the Cabinet and Council officers to resolve any issues and feed back regularly to residents and the community.

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Council voices support for Brexit People’s Vote

Members have voted in favour of a motion to support the growing campaign for a People's Vote on the future Brexit deal. 

At the Full Council meeting, Councillor for North Richmond, Richard Pyne, proposed a motion that voices the Council’s concern over the country leaving the EU and agrees that the British people should have a say on the terms negotiated.

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Wellbeing initiative launches in Richmond

POINT3 Wellbeing and TRO are collaborating to bring Wellbeing Wednesday, an event with weekly workouts based on movement and mindfulness. The event aims to help increase workforce wellbeing in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

The workouts have been designed to reduce stress and increase happiness through a combination of movement and mindfulness. Any donations received will go towards Richmond Borough Mind.

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Celebrate Car Free Day

To celebrate Car Free Day on Saturday 22 September, we will be closing Whittaker Avenue in Richmond and Crown Road in St Margarets to hold stalls, bouncy castles, face-painting, cycle activities, street entertainment and more.

This free event will run from 11am to 4pm. Join in on the fun and find out more about air pollution, how to reduce it and discover the practical things that people can do to cut their exposure.

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Support the Richmond in Europe Association

The Richmond in Europe Association has been shortlisted for a prize for its work in promoting the benefits of linguistic and cultural diversity.

The funding would go towards raising awareness of the benefits of cultural and linguistic diversity and promote racial and ethnic harmony benefits to the community.

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Twickenham Apiary Honey Show

On the first weekend of October Twickenham Apiary will open its doors for the annual Honey Show on Sunday 7 October.

Learn about bees and beekeeping from the professionals, enjoy tea and cake in the garden and a number of activities for the whole family. Entry is free with gates opening at 1pm.

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INS charity dinner in Kew

Integrated Neurological Services (INS) are a local charity providing professional support and care for those with neurological disabilities and their carers in the borough.

INS will host a charity dinner on 27 September to raise much needed funds. There will be a number of prizes to be won at auction and Leader of the Council, Councillor Gareth Roberts will appear as guest speaker. Email Ellie Kinnear to book tickets or call 020 8940 7662.

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Adult social care system facing ‘unprecedented challenges’

Around ninety people, including social care users, carers, the voluntary sector and other professionals gathered at York House last night to discuss the crisis facing adult social care.

The conference comes on the back of estimates by the Local Government Association (LGA) that adult social care services face an annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.

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Miss-Hits Girls' Tennis Festival

Next Sunday 23 September from 12 noon to 5pm is the Miss-Hits Girls' Tennis Festival at Sheen Park.

Miss-Hits are a starter tennis course for girls aged three to eight, involving lots of fun, games and even dancing. There will be a variety of tennis activities on the day for the whole family to enjoy.

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Armed Forces Champion appointed in centenary year

Cllr Michael Butlin, a former Army Captain, has been appointed as the borough’s Armed Forces Champion.

The appointment comes in the year we mark the centenary of the end of World War One. He encourages all residents to support The Royal British Legion in their work for veterans and their families all year round, particularly during the Poppy Appeal.

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Help shape future of Twickenham Riverside

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, has announced that an architects’ competition will be held to help inform the future design of Twickenham Riverside.

This follows the withdrawal of the Planning Application, agreed locally in March 2018 for the Twickenham site. Further information will follow later in the autumn, when a Scrutiny Committee will review the proposed process.

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New school opens in Twickenham

As The Richmond upon Thames School opens its doors for a second year, over 280 pupils moved into their exciting new school building this week.

The school is part of the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus and opened in September 2017. The new building includes 31 classrooms, art rooms, a drama studio, ICT classrooms, science labs and more.

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Raising money for cancer research

Local musical theatre quartet, 4 Blondes and a Piano, will perform on Friday 21 September to raise money for cancer research. The performance will start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £9.50, plus a booking fee.

The performance will be set in the extravagant Old Town Hall in Richmond. You will be taken through their show tune favourites including numbers from My Fair Lady, Sister Act, The Phantom of the Opera and more.

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Community Fund helps provide A Place to Go in Hampton

The completion of Hampton Hill United Reform Church’s upgrade work has been given a £110,000 boost by our Community Fund.

The project aims to meet increasing demand for community space in Hampton Hill by repairing and refurbishing the church building. The upgrade work will see a new café, as well as learning and counselling facilities created in the church.

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See what's on at Strawberry Hill House this month

There is a great lineup of activities and events happening at Strawberry Hill House this month.

Go on a short walk and visit the Jewish Gentry or 'Meet the Curator' of the Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill Exhibition, featuring over 150 items from Horace Walpole's renowned collection.

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Grey Court Community Sports Centre to receive funding

Grey Court Community Sports Centre will be made fit for purpose after receiving support through the Council’s Community Fund.

Grey Court School has been awarded £56,666 to help with improvements to the forty-year old facilities. As part of the works the changing rooms will be made fully accessible in order to enable everyone in the community to use these facilities.

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Community Talks at Elleray Hall

Elleray Hall Social Centre are hosting a series of Community Talks this month in Teddington.

You will have the opportunity to hear Peru Travel Tales and the 130 year history of Strawberry Hill House. The talks are completely free to attend and aim to create a platform for local charities to engage with the community.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018