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Race announced for those who like to run wearing headphones

AIR:RUN is a brand new 10k and Half Marathon for Richmond Park, taking place on Sunday 31 May, where entrants are allowed to wear headphones while they run. 

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Harlequins launch first ever LGBTQ+ Pride fixture

Harlequins’ Premiership fixture against London Irish on Saturday February 15 has been confirmed as the inaugural LGBTQ+ Pride Game.

Following on from Premiership Rugby’s Rainbow Laces campaign in December 2019, Harlequins will become the first professional rugby club to host an LGBTQ+ Pride game, in a step to try help break down barriers and drive inclusivity. As part of LGBT History Month, the fixture is designed to be a celebration of diversity and to try create an inclusive environment.

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UPDATE: 1pm Wednesday (5th) - Gas supply in Richmond (TW9)

Cadent have now restored the gas supplies to all properties impacted by the burst water main, where their engineers can gain access.

They will continue to revisit the remaining properties where they have so far been unable to gain access. Anyone who still hasn’t had their gas supply switched back on should also contact Cadent on 0345 835 1111 as soon as possible.

People can also visit Cadent at their incident support vehicle on Sheen Road near Waitrose until Friday 7 February.

Please DO NOT try to restore your own supply. Cadent engineers MUST do that. Their engineers need to check everything is working, including all your appliances. Please ask to see their ID and check it.

Regarding compensation - everyone who has been impacted will receive a letter regarding compensation for the loss of gas. See this web page for information on compensation See the FAQs tab. If you have a faulty appliance as a result of the gas outage, please speak to Thames Water at their information stand, also outside Waitrose on Sheen Road.

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Richmond upon Thames College students raise money for children charities

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) recently hosted various events to raise money for Save the Children and Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

On Friday 13 December 2019, students and staff came to college in their favourite Christmas jumpers and held a bake sale, raising a total of £153.35 for Save the Children. RuTC also raised funds for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices with a special Christmas carol performance and hosted a bake sale raising a fantastic total of £192.08. 

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New exhibition to open next week at the Museum of Richmond

The Museum of Richmond's new exhibition 'Queen's Road: 500 Years of History' will open to the public on Saturday 1 February.

This exhibition will explore how one road in Richmond changed over five centuries, from land owned by Tudor courtiers to grand Victorian developments and innovative social housing. Various events and activities will be taking place throughout the exhibition which run through until September.

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Richmond Green Gym aims to improves the environment and your well-being

Every Wednesday Richmond Green Gym volunteers meet at Meadway Orchard from 10.45am to 2pm.

From sowing meadows to planting trees, the group partake in conservation tasks running every week to help you get active while working to improve our local green spaces before enjoying a nice chat over a cup of tea or coffee accompanied by some healthy snacks.

Activities are free and no experience is needed so everyone is welcome, simply show up to one of the sessions.

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#FSBAwards Environmental Business of the Year deadline is 24 January

Do you have or know a small business that cares for the environment in Richmond?

If yes, then we would like you to showcase their businesses and are asking you to put forward your business for the honour of Environmental Business of the Year at the London area FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020. 

The FSB Awards are a great way to raise business profile and the application process is easy as well as being free to enter. 

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Battle of the Bands happening this weekend in Twickenham

The first of this year’s annual Battle of the Bands heats will take place this Saturday, 25 January, at The Exchange Twickenham. Now in it’s eighth year, the competition has grown in popularity as it showcases some of the best local young talent across the Borough. This year’s heats will be held The Exchange, with the finals being held at St Mellitus Church Hanwell. Doors open at 7pm with advanced booking advised.

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25th Annual Kew Orchid Festival coming next month

Indonesia will be the focus as the Kew Orchid Festival returns for its 25th year this February. This year’s festival will highlight the incredible wildlife as well as the vibrant culture of Indonesia. As well as a spectacular landscape, Indonesia boats an exceptional array of flora and fauna.

Kew has worked closely with the Indonesian Embassy in London to help portray Indonesia's rich culture at the festival. The festival will open Saturday 8 February with advanced booking essential.

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Climate change conversations starting this week

A series of ten sessions for local people interested in their local environment or taking action against climate change will start on Wednesday 22 January 2020, and it will cover 'the big questions’ about climate change.

Those talks will run as part of the Richmond Adult Community Learning Programme, and it will be free for Community Learning groups with prior registration encouraged.

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Book now for this years Pink Proms

The LGBT Equality & Ally Group will host this year’s edition of the hugely popular Pink Proms at the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington on Saturday 8 February at 7.30pm. 

The annual event has grown from strength to strength in recent years and this year’s performance from the London Gay Symphonic Winds promises to be another special evening for all in attendance. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance.

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London Premiere of 'It Shoulda Been You' comes to Hampton Hill Theatre

Bros Theatre Company will present the London premiere of the smash-hit comedy Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 March 2020 in the Hampton Hill Theatre.

The show is set in 2015 and deals with issues relevant to modern-day society. Religions collide, promises are broken, secrets are exposed and hope springs from unlikely places. A charming and funny musical that invites you to a wedding day that you’ll never forget. 

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RuTC Supported Learning students visit National Maritime Museum

Supported Learning students from Richmond upon Thames College participated in a work experience programme for Special Educational Needs learners at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Students learned to gather, remember and communicate facts about various displays, and helped visitors to discover objects’ stories. Staff helped built the students’ confidence and allowed them to understand how different customer skills are needed in different organisations.

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The Friends of Barnes Common awarded Quality Badge

The Friends of Barnes Common were recently awarded an LOTC Quality Badge. The badge, awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, is a national award awarded to indicate quality of a provision.

The award combines essential elements of outdoor learning and safety into an accreditation for all types of learning outside the classroom.

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Temporary closure: Twickenham Police Station

Twickenham Police Station will be undergoing redevelopment in February 2020.

Refurbishment of the station is expected to take between six and nine months. During this time, most staff will move to Teddington Police Station, some will relocate to Kingston and some Neighbourhood officers will continue to use Twickenham as their base.

The front counter at Twickenham Police Station will close at 2pm on Friday 24 January.

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All will be welcomed to the ‘Lands of Song’ concert this Sunday

All Saints Church in Twickenham will host their charity concert 'Lands of Song' this Sunday 26 January, at 3.30pm, with all proceeds benefitting two fantastic children's charities.

Tickets are priced at £12 on the door, which includes light refreshments afterwards.

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Be prepared in case of flooding

The Environment Agency is urging people to be better prepared for the potentially devastating impacts of flooding and be aware of the damaging effect it can have on mental health.

Are you prepared in case there was a flood in your home or business?

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Richmond Rugby take on Bishops Stortford this weekend

League leaders Richmond Rugby will continue their push for the National League 1 title this weekend as they take on Bishops Stortford. Having defeated the Rams 17-22 away last weekend, Richmond currently sit 2 points clear of second place and will look to maintain winning ways with a 3pm kick off this Saturday 25 January, at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

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Twickenham Work Club relocating to the Richmond Reference Library

The Twickenham Work Club will temporarily relocate to the Richmond Reference Library until April 2020.

The Work Club runs every Tuesday from 9.30 to 11.30am and helps local residents in all aspects of job searching, including voluntary work and work experiences.

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Have you booked your tour through 300 years of history?

The Orleans House Gallery will resume their extremely popular Heritage Tours this month. The tour takes guest through 300 years of history of the old house, originally built in the 1700's. 

Discover the stories hidden within the walls of the Grade 1 listed building and delve into the lives and history of the people who built and lived in this hidden gem.  Tickets are free with advance booking recommended.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020