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Gruffalo adventures at Kew Gardens

Starting this Saturday, 17 October, go on a woodland trail to find the Gruffalo at Kew Gardens. Unleash your inner detective to find out what creatures live in the woodland. Discover the secret world of plants and animals, what marks they leave behind, and how their lives are interconnected.

Meet your favourite Gruffalo characters on the way, and keep your eyes peeled to spot the Gruffalo himself. Don’t forget, tickets to Kew Gardens must be booked in advance.

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How can the Arts help to revitalise Richmond?

The Richmond Society believes the Arts have a role to play in bringing life back to our town centres.

This will be discussed by a panel composed of Ann Chapman-Daniel, Chair of Richmond Business Improvement District, Cllr John Coombs, Council spokesperson for the Arts, Hilary Dodman, Chair of Arts Richmond and Paul Miller Artistic Director of Orange Tree Theatre.

Richmond author, presenter and lecturer Anne Sebba will chair the forum from 7.30pm on Thursday 15 October via Zoom. To attend, please register by emailing

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Council questions accuracy of COVID-19 data

The Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, has called on the Government to conduct an urgent review of the accuracy of the COVID-19 data after the Council discovered many of the positive cases in the borough are people who had their tests carried out far away from the area. 

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Dentistry during COVID-19: Tell us your experiences

Have you used or tried to use dental services in Richmond since March 2020? Healthwatch Richmond want to hear from you.

In response to COVID-19, dental services have had to drastically change the way they work. Healthwatch Richmond want to understand how these changes have impacted residents. If you had any experience of needing or using dental services in Richmond during the pandemic, please take a few minutes to answer this quick survey. Answers will be treated anonymously.

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Richmond's own fashion photoshoots

This weekend (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2020) marks the first of a series of three photoshoot which will see Richmond Fashion Festival create a virtual fashion show on social media.

The photos will be taken around Town to show everyone that we boast a beautiful shopping centre flanked by the River Thames, The Green and Richmond Hill. Richmond Fashion Festival is running several We LOVE Richmond competitions on its Facebook page.

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Charities join forces for marathon

Four Richmond based charities - Citizens Advice Richmond, Richmond Borough Mind, Richmond AID and Ruils - are combining forces for the first time, walking a marathon to raise funds to support services for local residents in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by each charity's CEO, 30 participants – all walking in socially distanced groups no greater than six – will don walking boots and take on the 26.2 mile challenge on Saturday 17 October 2020. If you can, please donate now!



Tickets now on sale for this year’s Literature Festival

Richmond Lit Fest will take place during November 2020, and will include talks by authors, historians, politicians, poets and more, with writing workshops, as well as activities for children and families. You can book online or by phone.

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Services to support your mental health this World Mental Health Day

To mark this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October 2020), residents are reminded by the Council’s Public Health team of the free support services that can help.

COVID-19 has made this year a particularly difficult one - months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on mental health. If you have been affected, or you know someone who has been, try reaching out to one of the free support services available.

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5000 crocuses planted to highlight World Polio Day

Rotary Club of Richmond will be planting 5000 purple crocus corms in the shape of a Rotary wheel in The Rotary Gardens on the riverside on Saturday 24 October 2020. (World Polio Day). The purple crocus wheel will be a reminder each spring of the fight for a polio free world. Contact the Rotary Club if you would like to get involved.

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Online Young Theatremakers course this half-term

Do you know a young person interested in all things film, production and directing? The Richmond Theatre Trust will be running their ‘Young Theatremakers’ course this half-term for those interested in pursuing a creative career.

The course is for residents aged between 12 and 16. It runs from Saturday 24 to Friday 30 October and is absolutely free. This is a great opportunity young people to learn while having fun. 

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Test and Trace support payment is introduced

If you are unable to work as a result of testing positive for coronavirus or have been told to self-isolate by the NHS, you might be eligible for a one-off £500 payment.

The new payment will be administered by local authorities and will apply to those who had to start self-isolating from 28 September 2020 onwards.

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'Porch Pirates' seek to steal your home deliveries

Police and the Council have warned the public to be aware of delivery thefts after reports of packages being stolen from outside people's homes.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, parcels left outside people’s homes or in communal areas by delivery drivers have been stolen. Residents are encouraged to do their bit to protect their delivered goods.

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Barnes Charity Fashion Week begins tomorrow!

The Barnes Charity Fashion Week begins tomorrow, Saturday 10 October 2020.

Visit Barnes' fabulous fashion boutiques along the Fashion Week Trail, try on the latest autumn and winter collections, enjoy discounts and other incentives all while supporting Barnes' charities at the same time. Check out the fashion trail now. 

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The Riverbank Trust turns 10!

We are celebrating the Riverbank Trust turning 10 and receiving a London Faith and Belief Community Award for its work with women, particularly mothers and their children.

Riverbank is based at Holy Trinity Church, but with links borough wide, they are a local charity which supports vulnerable single mums and their families in the borough and has done so for the past 10 years. Riverbank has supported children 1:1 in three local schools and is linked with both the Hygiene Bank and Food Bank.

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Twickenham School Virtual Open Days

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Twickenham School have moved their open events online for parents and pupils. Twickenham School invites you to take a look around at its virtual Open Evening.

Join them for a virtual Open Morning on Friday 9 October from 9.30 to 10.30am or alternatively on Monday 12 October from 9.30 to 10.30am. Email for further information.

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The London Ultra Low Emission Zone to expand from October 2021

Air pollution is not just a central London problem, with many areas still exceeding the legal limits for pollution across the city. That is why from 25 October 2021, the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single larger zone up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Check your vehicle meets the ULEZ emissions standards and the interactive map of the zone.

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Today is Clean Air Day! Council trials roving air pollution monitors

Traffic wardens will help monitor air quality around the borough by wearing air quality monitors when they are out patrolling.

As part of Richmond Council's fight against air pollution, this week for Clean Air Day (8 October), in an innovative London first, traffic enforcement officers will be wearing small monitoring devices that will report back insight at each location.

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Apply for a walking and cycling grant

Walking and cycling grants (WCGL) is a programme funded by Transport for London, in partnership with The London Marathon Charitable Trust and administered by Groundwork London.

Grants of up to £10,000 over three years are now available to community groups and organisations across London, to deliver projects and programmes that remove barriers to walking and cycling and enable all communities to enjoy the benefits of active travel, many of whom will have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 15 October.

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Funding provides extra support to residents

Over £120,000 has been awarded to three local voluntary organisations to support residents who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19. The funding will enable further cash grants, vouchers, food and hygiene parcels to be distributed to those impacted by the pandemic.

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Council wins £500k bid to help residents save money and improve their homes

Local people who are on a low income and live in properties with poor energy ratings will soon be able to apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their home and save on bills.

Richmond Council successfully bid for £534,700 of funding and now plans to set up a grant scheme for local home-owners in properties that are currently not very energy efficient (with EPC ratings of E, F and G) and who have a household combined income of £30k or less. 

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