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Hammersmith Bridge closed to traffic during half term

Emergency repair work is being carried out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London (TfL) on Hammersmith Bridge from 5pm on Saturday 21 October until the early morning of Sunday 29 October.

Motorists will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge and several bus routes will be affected. Both footways will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, who will have to dismount to cross.

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Richmond Library’s Workspace nurturing new businesses

A workspace operated by Richmond’s Library Service which caters for lone workers, small businesses and freelancers, has helped a new business in Richmond take flight.

‘The Workspace’ is situated on the first floor of Richmond Library Annex and is available to use each day, Monday to Sunday, between 7am and 11pm.

The space provides for fast Wi-Fi, printing facilities and lockers, and includes break-out space with free tea and coffee, a small kitchen and a bookable meeting room.

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West London awaits intrepid trail-blazers during half term

We are partnering with ten local heritage organisations to bring a voyage of discovery across West London for aspiring explorers during the autumn half term.

From historic country houses to London’s only narrow gauge railway, families will be able to discover a hidden world of art and culture within the West London Wonders, a collection of 11 museums, galleries and historic houses.

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Aviation strategy ignores health impacts

The Government’s draft aviation strategy tries to shut down any discussion on expansion at Heathrow and puts the demand for additional flights ahead of the health impact on communities affected by increased noise and worsening air quality.

Speaking on behalf of Wandsworth, Richmond, Hillingdon and Windsor and Maidenhead councils, Richmond leader Paul Hodgins said: “It is difficult to see what purpose the draft aviation strategy serves when, in it, the government is ignoring the problem of Heathrow."

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Quiz the cabinet at Mortlake Question Time

Residents will be able to quiz the Leader and Cabinet Members about priorities for their local area.

Prior to the event, residents are invited to submit questions about issues which impact Mortlake. You can submit more than one question, however you will only be able to ask one.

The question time for Mortlake will take place on 31 October from 6 to 9pm in St Mary's Church.

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Motorcycles to be allowed in bus lanes

Motorcyclists will soon be able to use all the bus lanes across Richmond upon Thames, following a decision made as part of a wider bus lane review that is supported by Transport for London (TfL).

The decision comes after an eighteen month trial was undertaken in two bus lanes in the borough: Eton Street/Paradise Road in Richmond and London Road in Twickenham.

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Something for the kids at this year’s Literature Festival

There is a wide range of activities for your kids this November at Richmond’s iconic Literature Festival.

Children will have the chance to do some live drawing, take part in craft workshops, and chat to award-winning authors.

David Baddiel will be introducing his new book 'Birthday Boy' and Chris Riddell his latest 'Goth Girl' book. 

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Twickenham RFC 150th anniversary celebrations

Twickenham RFC will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Twickenham Green on Sunday 29 October, 1.30 to 4pm.

All are welcome to watch mini, junior and senior touch rugby exhibition matches and view a unique 150 year TRFC historic display.

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40th anniversary town twinning celebrations

Anniversary festivities for Richmond upon Thames’ town twinning with Fontainebleau, France, took place on 7 and 8 October.

Richmond in Europe Association hosted its twinning support partner ARCIF (Fontainebleau) during the birthday weekend with a tour of Strawberry Hill House. A solemn Pledge of Friendship between the two was signed.

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Dance your way to fitness

Join in upcoming dance fitness classes to get fit while having fun. Everyone is welcome to join in - all you need is the desire to feel great.

Changing facilities are available and there is no charge other than a small donation to cover heating costs.

The class takes place on Wednesday 18 October from 2pm at Temple Sheen Road, East Sheen, SW14 7PY.

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Are you happy with our parks? Have your say now!

Our ‘Parks Satisfaction Survey’ 2017 will take place over the next four weeks and aims to assess overall satisfaction with local parks and, importantly, highlight any areas for improvement.

Have your say by 13 November.

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12 noon - 2.30pm
Oct 20
Cole Court Lodge, 150 London Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1HD
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9.30am to 5.30pm
Oct 21
WWT London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT
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Oct 21
Normansfield Theatre Teddington TW11 9PS
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Oct 22
The Chapel Royal, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
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10.30am - 12 noon
Oct 23
Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4ST
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Oct 24
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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10am to 12 noon
Oct 24
Museum Of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1TP
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Oct 27
The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE
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Oct 27
OSO Arts Centre 49 Station Road (entrance on Barnes Green) SW13 0LF
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12 to 5pm
Oct 28
Starts from Hare & Hounds, 216 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, London SW14 8AH
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Oct 31
Barnes Green Centre Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE
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Nov 3
Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Suite, Whittaker Avenue, TW9 1JP
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New exhibition to open at Stables Gallery

A new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Katie Sollohub titled 'Eternal Sunshine' (from a poem by Alexander Pope) will go on display at The Stables Gallery next week.

The artist is well renowned for her lively charcoal drawings and vibrant oil paintings.

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Draw and explore with Orleans House Gallery

A series of free art walks will set off from Orleans House Gallery over the coming months, adventuring to a different local area each week.

Families will be able to create artworks inspired by nature and local heritage along the way.

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Future political stars gather for Pupil Parliament

Year 6 children from around the borough gathered at York House last week for the annual Pupil Parliament.

This year’s theme was ‘Is social media and technology affecting how we communicate?’

Students gave one minute speeches on the topic, asked questions of the speakers and voted for a Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The young politicians voted Adam from St Elizabeth’s School in Richmond as their Mayor and Gigi from Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton as their Deputy Mayor.

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Have your say on fly-tipping and street cleanliness

We are expanding and exploring our efforts to tackle fly-tipping by building upon education and enforcement initiatives.

We want to hear what you consider to be fly-tipping and the main barriers to disposing your unwanted items.

The survey will be open until 10 November. 

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Sign up for courses and lectures in art history

Art Historical London have been running art history events for all to enjoy at the Old Town Hall in Richmond.

There's no need to sign up in advance and commit to lengthy series or hefty course fees. Simply come to those you fancy, and enjoy the expertise of Art Historians who all bring their own special interests and knowledge to a range of subjects.

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Richmond and Fontainebleau friendship exhibition

Richmond in Europe Association (REA) Seniors and REA friends from Fontainebleau, France, dug out memorabilia and old pictures for an exhibition of 40 Years of Town Twinning at Orleans House to mark the 40th Anniversary. The display was expertly arranged by REA Secretary Carol Wain.

Richmond residents and REA members were able to trace the history of the Fontainebleau friendship in photo albums of previous anniversaries dating back to the 1980s.

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Get Swishing. Wear it. Love it. Share it.

Swap items you don’t wear for ones that you will at a charity swishing event in aid of The Mulberry Centre and The Princess Alice Hospice on Wednesday 25 October.

Come along to Curves Hampton/Teddington, 77-81 Hampton Road TW12 2BJ, bringing at least one good quality item of clothes, shoes or accessories to swap (max 10 items).

Drop off your items between 7.30 and 8.30pm. The swish takes place from 8.30 to 9.30pm.


Protect yourself and your family against flu

Flu is a common infectious viral illness but it can lead to serious complications, particularly if you have a long-term health condition.

The best way to protect yourself and your family according to NHS Richmond CCG is to get the flu vaccination. You can get one at your GP or a local pharmacy offering the service.

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Choral Evensong at Hampton Court Palace

All are welcome to attend the sung religious services from the Church of England Book of Common Prayer at The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.

This service takes place on Sunday 22 October.

Those attending the chapel for a service only do not pay the Palace entrance fee.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017