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Discover the history of Marble Hill House and Park this evening

Local historian and regular writer with the Twickenham and Richmond Tribune, Alan Winter, will deliver a special online lecture for those with an interest in the local history of the borough, this evening (8 September).

Alan will delve into the history of the iconic Marble Hill House and Park through picture postcards. Book your place now ahead of this evening's talk which begins at 6pm.

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Are your children vaccinated against measles?

Now that children have returned to school, parents are being urged to check that their children are protected against measles and are vaccinated.

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United Response virtual art gallery

Disability charity United Response has created an online art exhibition to give the people it supports an opportunity to showcase their artwork. The online gallery has given hope to those stuck in doors during the pandemic and has helped the most vulnerable within society stay connected with others in the same position.

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Still time to send in your Letter of Lockdown

Earlier this year The National Archives opened its exhibition ‘With Love’ which featured letters through the ages. With so many of us still in isolation, there has never been a greater need to stay connected. So why not put pen to paper and get involved with ‘Letters of Lockdown’ which invites you to write about your own experiences.

Get involved by writing a letter to a friend, stranger, someone you miss or even your future self! Email your letter to:

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Share your views and opinions with South Western Railway’s directors and senior management

South Western Railway (SWR) will continue its Meet the Manager programme on Tuesday 29 September. SWR customers can book their 15-minute spot to put their views and opinions directly to SWR’s Directors and senior management on issues important to them.

With many customers returning to work and children going back to school, this session is a great opportunity to discuss timetabling questions, what’s being done to make travel safer or SWR’s long-term investment in the network. 


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White House community centre to partially reopen whilst hunt for new provider continues

Richmond Council has stepped in to partially reopen the White House in Hampton following the announcement that Hampton upon Thames Community Association (HoTCA) are financially unable to manage this valued local resource.

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Mask exemptions pin badge now available!

Residents who are exempt from wearing face coverings can now apply for a pin-badge to help communicate their exemption to others in the community.

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Saturday watercolour workshops for artists of all abilities

Brush up on your watercolour techniques and skills with a made-to-measure one-day workshop led by experienced tutor Pat Harvey at her Twickenham riverside home. All abilities are catered for.

The workshop will take place at 21 Cranebrook, Manor Road TW2 5DJ, on Saturday September 19 from 10am to 4pm. A small donation is suggested to the artist. Email or call 020 3643 6227 for further details and to book your place.


Free employability courses

This autumn, local charity Room for Work presents two online employability courses to support Richmond residents in getting back to work. Each course is designed for skilled workers 45+ with work experience ranging from administrative to managerial and professional roles. To attend, participants need a good working knowledge of English, basic computer skills, access to the web plus a laptop or tablet.

The courses are free and delivered on Zoom in a group format. Richmond residents are eligible to join either the Tuesday ESF-funded course or the Wednesday course which is supported by Richmond Parish Lands Charity.

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Check before you leave for school!

Plan before you leave home, is the message to all parents this week – as children and young people prepare to return to school. And, if possible families are encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot.

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Traffic and air quality impacts to be monitored around local Royal Parks

Air quality and traffic numbers are being monitored by Richmond Council to help understand the impact on air quality and congestion, as a result of the Royal Parks Movement Strategy trial.

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Barbers warned not to cut COVID safety corners

Local barbers have been warned to make sure they are following the national guidance on how to keep people safe – with over 20 local businesses found to be flouting the COVID-19 rules!

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Coronavirus: Back to School Special - episode five of Talk Richmond

Are you feeling anxious about all children heading back to school? This 15-minute podcast episode discusses these anxieties, as well as the importance of all children returning to the classroom and the measures taken to make schools as safe as possible.

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Visit Kew Gardens virtually

If you can't get to Kew Gardens, then let the gardens team bring the gardens to you. Travel to the tropics, the desert and the mountains without leaving the house. Escape to Kew Gardens from the ease of your own couch with an online virtual tour.

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Richmond Local History Society talks programme resumes on Monday 14 September

The Richmond Local History Society hope to hold their next meeting on Monday 14 September, with a talk by Simon Fowler followed by their Annual General Meeting.

This may be held at Duke Street Church or by Zoom, depending on guidance. Check out their website for full details of the event.

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Charge your car for free for World EV day!

Drivers with an electric vehicle will be able to charge their car for free on September 9 for World EV day.

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The National Archives ‘Meet the Author’ series starts next week

The National Archives has launched its first ever online ‘Meet the Author’ series, guest authors will discuss their latest books and answer your questions in a live Q&A.

The authors announced for the series include Dermot Turing, Wendy Holden, Trevor Barnes, Rebecca Gowers and Roger Dalrymple. Book your tickets now!

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Stories to shape Black History Month in Richmond

To commemorate Black History Month later this year, Richmond Council is appealing for Black people who live, work or study in the borough to share their stories and experiences - so that we can recognise the outstanding contribution that Black people have made shaping our borough and allow everyone to better understand the histories of fellow residents, colleagues and students.

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New interim cycling scheme to be installed in Hampton

A new interim cycling scheme is being installed on Hampton Court Road to help improve cycling safety and support the countless residents making the switch to their bikes.

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Community Conversation event hosted about RFU autumn fixtures

The RFU will be hosting a rugby test event on either 10 or 17 October and England v Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 25th October.

Inline with Government guidance, they are putting in place significant measures to mitigate the impact of the events on the local area.

As part of the Richmond Council Community Conversation programme, if you would like more information about the events, particularly regarding the RFU COVID-19 safety plans, transport and policing, attend this virtual discussion.

The Zoom event will be hosted by Cllr Gareth Roberts (Leader of Richmond Council), with representatives from the RFU and Council officers.

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Updated: 25 Aug 2020