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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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Pensford Field - your local nature reserve

Pensford Field is a nature reserve in Kew with woodland, a meadow, pond, beehives and recently refurbished studio. The Field has provided a haven for several groups since the easing of lockdown, including three therapeutic groups and Darell School.

Pensford Field are currently welcoming visitors. Check their website for more information or email to volunteer for their Saturday work parties.

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Black History Month recognised in Richmond

Join us in celebrating Black History Month this October. 

The main aim is to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world and to educate all on Black history.

We have launched a programme of events and activities, including a virtual exhibition, community discussion, podcast series and cultural events. 

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Watch Kew Garden’s State of the World report video

Following the worldwide attention garnered from yesterday’s publication of the Kew Gardens 'State of the World's Plants and Fungi 2020' report, the report and accompanying video are currently available online to watch and read.

With two-fifths of plants estimated to be threatened with extinction, the 2020 State of the World's report takes a deep dive into plants and fungi worldwide. 

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Arts Richmond October Newsletter

The Arts Richmond October Newsletter is now available to read online. Check out all the news from Arts Richmond, the wide array of events and enter their competition. There's something for everyone. 

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New podcast episode on young people’s mental health

Hear an honest account of what it feels like to be a teenager living through the Coronavirus pandemic, and the help that is available locally.

This episode features Deborah Kerpner, Counsellor and Manager at Off the Record Twickenham, a charity providing young people with drop-in counselling information and sexual health services. Also speaking is Lydia, a 14 year old student at a local school and Vice Chair of the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council.

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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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ETNA's sensory garden project appeal

Help the ETNA Community Centre to create a sensory garden for Twickenham by purchasing a unique, limited edition photographic montage entitled ‘Aspects of Twickenham’ by professional photographer Emma Durnford with funds raised going to towards the new sensory garden. The artwork would make a fantastic Christmas gift.

The sensory garden project will be an all-inclusive community space for local people and visitors to ETNA Community Centre. Visitors will be able to sit and socialise in this beautiful outdoor environment. To purchase, visit Emma's website or email:

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Start KEW-ing now for Richmond RUNFEST 2021!

Following the two successful socially distanced Kew Gardens 10k events, organisers Richmond RUNFEST have announced a brand-new format for 2021.

London’s flattest marathon will return with a new spring date on Saturday 27 March, followed a day later by the brand-new AIR:10K inside Kew Gardens.

Entries for both races are now open with COVID-19 safety procedures and a refund policy to protect runners in case of cancellation.

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Return to safe, live and group singing

The Whitton Adult Community Singers have returned to in person singing classes in the Whitton Community Centre.

Classes run each Saturday morning from 11.15am to 12.15pm. Singers of all levels and experience are welcome to join, just come along and enjoy learning some great songs. The venue has been risk assessed and is COVID-secure.

Contact Loulla Gorman for further details by emailing or calling 07788664957.

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SPEAR online comedy night in support of homeless people

In association with professional comedy Always Be Comedy, SPEAR presents the stellar line-up of comedians James Gill, Paul Sinha (Sinnerman from ITVs 'The Chase'), Suzi Ruffell, Hal Cruttenden and Dane Baptiste.

With tickets priced at only £5 this is a wonderful opportunity to witness these hilarious humans raise laughs, the roof and funds for local charity, SPEAR. The Comedy Night will take place on Friday 9 of October 2020 at 8pm.

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Ham Parade Market returns on Saturday 3 October

Support your local market and traders and visit Ham Parade Market on Saturday 3 October 2020 from 10am to 2pm. Social distancing measures will be in place at the market with visitors asked to wear a mask to keep others safe. Stalls will maintain social distancing between each stand.

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New town twinning information board unveiled at Orleans House

On Thursday 1 October the Leader of the Council, Gareth Roberts, helped to unveil the second twinned towns information board at Orleans House.

The new boards, provided by the Civic Pride Grant, contain information about Richmond’s twinned towns of Fontainebleau in France and Konstanz in Germany, helping to strengthen ties. 

The socially distanced ceremony was attended by committee members and councillors.

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Updated: 25 Aug 2020