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Local broadcasters to debate on subject of happiness

Two distinguished local authors and broadcasters, Gyles Brandreth and Richard Harries, are set to come together to debate the subject of “What Really is Happiness?”.

The event takes place on Sunday 17 September at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 (in aid of Friends of St Mary’s Barnes) and can be bought from Barnes Bookshop, St Mary’s office.

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Volunteer with Integrated Recovery Service

If you would like to make a difference in your local community, why not try volunteering with the Integrate Recovery Service (IRS), a confidential drug and alcohol service for adults in Richmond?

Find out more about the service at their open day on 4 September from 11am to 3pm in Liex House, Holly Road, Twickenham.

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Stolen telescope to be replaced thanks to council funding

A rare telescope that was stolen from Richmond Hill last year is set to be replaced, thanks to funding from our Civic Pride Scheme.

Local charity the Father Thames Trust has been awarded £4,500 to replace the telescope which will be free to use and have improved security.

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Quit smoking with new bespoke helpline

Richmond smokers who want to kick the habit can now get help from a new NHS Smoke Free telephone service which offers expert advice on how to quit for good as well as regular motivational phone calls from a specialist stop smoking advisor.

If you're interested, call the free support service on 0300 123 1044.

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Veteran footballers wanted

Kew Park Rangers are looking for players to join their Veterans side (over 35s).

Training on a Wednesday evening, they play on Saturday mornings in the West London Veterans Football League - in and around the Richmond area.

For more information please email the team's manager Mark Newton on

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Council funding boost for future Hampton young leaders

MTV Youth in Hampton has received £5k funding for a new leadership skills course from the Civic Pride Fund.

The course will include 12 leadership skills sessions for those aged 13 and 14.

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Celebrate the summer in Georgian style!

Bring a picnic and come along to Orleans House Gallery to an afternoon of Georgian face painting, historical paper costume making and competitions on Thursday 24 August from 3.30 to 5pm.

The event costs £3 with no pre-booking required - just drop in on the day.

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Make the most of Richmond at Open House weekend

The annual Open House weekend, which takes place this year on 16 to 17 September, is a celebration of London’s architecture and urban design.

It is a fantastic opportunity to visit over 800 buildings in our city.

Be sure to check out this year’s programme to find out how you can visit the gems of Richmond upon Thames, including Kew House and Bushy House.

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Improve your computer skills in Ham

Computer enthusiasts in the borough are invited to join the Richmond Makerlabs community project.

If you want to develop a new electronics or computer project, digital art or just want to learn new skills, then this group is for you.

The group meet every Tuesday evening at Little House in Ham Close.

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Find out more about Richmond’s most historic street

The Museum of Richmond is holding a series of workshops looking at previous Victorian residents of Old Palace Lane in Richmond, one of the oldest streets in the borough.

Aimed at children and families, sessions will take place at the museum between 22 and 25 August from 10am to 12 noon each day. £4 per child, pre-booking is required.

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Sixth forms celebrate A-Level success

Students in Richmond upon Thames school sixth forms are once again celebrating as they receive their A-Level results.

Yesterday’s results show that the 429 pupils in school sixth forms achieved A-Level results above those seen nationally. The proportion of all entries graded as an A* to C was 85%, an increase of 7% points since last year. This compares with the national average of 77%.

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7.35pm - 9.45pm
Aug 21
St Catherine's School, Cross Deep
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Aug 22
Museum Of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1TP
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3.30pm to 5pm
Aug 24
Orleans House Gallery
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2 to 5pm
Aug 24
Whitton Library, 141 Nelson Road, TW2 7BB
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7 - 8.30pm
Aug 31
Lululemon, Richmond, TW9 1DT
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Sep 2
Puppet Theatre Barge Opposite 87 Petersham Road, TW10 6UT
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Sep 2
Puppet Theatre Barge, opp 87 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UT
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Next Kew Village Market coming up in September

Kew Village Market is sure to be a busy, buzzy event with live music from local bands and more than 45 stalls selling the finest food and handmade crafts. The Safer Transport Team will also be marking bikes for free.

The next market takes place on Sunday 3 September from 10am to 2pm.

The organisers are looking for volunteeers to help set up and close the market. If you are able to lend a hand, email

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Local jobs available at Boots

Richmond Boots are holding a recruitment event to give information to residents looking to work at their local branches.

They are looking for trainee Pharmacy Advisors, Pharmacy Advisors and Assistant Store Managers.

The event is on Saturday 2 September from 10am to 5pm at Boots on George Street in Richmond.


Council Village e-newsletter launched

Residents in the borough are now able to find out the latest news and events thanks to a new weekly e-newsletter being launched today.

The new electronic updates will let people know the latest council news, including information on new developments, opportunities to get involved, council decisions and local improvement schemes.

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Autumn sports programme jam-packed with sporting fun!

Our sports centres have launched their autumn Sports and Fitness programme and it's jam-packed with activities.

The programme is full of courses for both adults and juniors and includes a variety of activities from ballet, trampolining, karate, gymnastics, taekwondo, badminton, judo, roller skating, street dance, basketball, football, tennis and to squash.

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Reading groups for young people

If you enjoy reading, why not join Chatterbooks reading group at libraries around the borough.

The reading group meets once a month in each library to discuss books, play games and do quizzes.

Reading groups are suitable for 8 to 10 year olds. 

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Local choir on lookout for new singers

Love singing and want to get some experience with a community choir? Join the Teddington Choral Society.

No previous experience of choral singing is required, just a willingness to learn. The choir rehearse during term time on Monday evenings from 7.45 to 9.45pm at St Catherine's School, Cross Deep in Twickenham.

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Council celebrates Shared Lives success

More adults than ever who need additional support to help them stay out of residential care are now benefiting from a pioneering family-based care scheme.

Shared Lives is a little known form of social care that offers either permanent support or regular breaks in the home of a local family.

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Have an idea for cycling-based project? Apply for a TfL grant

Community groups are invited to apply for Transport for London’s latest round of cycling grants.

Grants are available for up to £10k to fund projects that engage people in safe, enjoyable and inclusive cycling.

The deadline is 5pm on 18 September 2017.

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Pharmacies encouraged to install defibrillators

Local pharmacies are being urged to support a national campaign and help save more lives by making defibrillators available in their branches.

As part of the national London Ambulance Service (LAS) ‘Shockingly Easy’ campaign, we have written to pharmacies urging them to join the campaign and install a defibrillator in their branch.

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Updated: 13 Apr 2017