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The annual Leader's Tea Dance is back!

The annual Leader's Tea Dance is back again for older residents from around the borough.

This year we would like to welcome more residents who do not get out as much as they would like. If you know someone who is keen to spend more time with other people and make new friends, why not bring them along?

Booking is essential. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 20 April. 

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Council Tax rise to protect key local services

Faced with massive cuts in Government funding, Richmond Council is forced to put up Council Tax to protect key services that residents want.

For further information, check our guide to Council Tax and Business Rates.

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Charges frozen for Council Commercial Waste collections

It has now been agreed that the charges for Commercial Waste collections 2017/18 will be held at the same prices as 2015.

This will enable more businesses to benefit from this service.

All commercial premises in the borough have a legal duty to ensure that their waste is collected and disposed of by an authorised waste carrier.

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Shop local as vacancy rates fall

Official figures released by Richmond Council have shown that in 2016 the business vacancies in borough centres dropped from 186 in 2015 to 133.

Six years ago, the Council estimated that there were around 233 empty units across the borough.

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Get your tickets for The Juniper Tree!

The 2017 Music and Drama Festival takes place from 13 to 31 March 2017.

The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and Robert Moran takes place at the Hammond Theatre on 30 and 31 of March at 7.30pm.

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Richmond celebrates history of Pocahontas with Native American tribe leaders

Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tribes in Virginia. An area ‘twinned’ with Richmond upon Thames.

Over the next week, Native American chiefs, and US representatives interested in river management and Richmond’s heritage are visiting the UK to pay tribute to Pocahontas.

This has been organised by the Thames Landscape Strategy.

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Take part in the Festival of Local Crafting 2017

Our festival of local crafting is open to everyone. There are a range of craft events taking place at our libraries.

This Saturday, 25 March, there will be a craft fair from 11am until 3pm at Twickenham Library.

"Make your own felt spectacle case" will also take place this Saturday 25 March from 1 to 3pm at Richmond Library Annexe.

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Zero Tolerance of Child Sexual Exploitation

Richmond Council and local Police are supporting Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March.

They are expanding it into week of activity and are calling on local businesses to help by spotting and speaking out against possible abuse.

This week, the local Police will be working with local businesses to hold training and briefing sessions on child sexual exploitation.

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Former newspaper offices to provide low cost homes for shared ownership

Last week, planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of Informer House, 2 High Street in Teddington.

The office block was built in the early 1980s and was once occupied by The Informer - the former local newspaper.

Richmond Housing Partnership managed to acquire the building prior to receiving planning permission for affordable housing.

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Football stars of the future show what they've got in knock-out cup

This year’s Boys’ Primary School Football Tournament was fiercely contested with Barnes Primary School fighting off 33 other Richmond schools to win the Cup Final.

Barnes Primary School is now in training for the School Games where they will represent Richmond at Crystal Palace on Wednesday 22 March.

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Townmead recycling centre temporary closure

Townmead Road Household Re-use and Recycling Centre is set for an upgrade and will be closed for five days next week.

The planned improvements include the resurfacing of the site in Kew which will be closed from Monday 27 to Friday 31 March.

The site will reopen on Saturday 1 April.

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Events

10.30am-4pm
Saturday 25 March 2017
Sainsbury's St Clares 303 Uxbridge Road, TW12 1AW
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7.30pm
Saturday 25 March 2017
St Michael's Church, Elm Bank Gardens, Barnes SW13 0NX
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12 noon-3pm
Sunday 26 March 2017
275 St. Margarets Rd, Twickenham TW1 1PN
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12 to 3pm
Sunday 26 March 2017
Kilmorey Mausoleum, Twickenham
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8pm
Tuesday 28 March 2017
The Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5), St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4SX
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10.30am
Tuesday 28 March 2017
Barnes Green Centre, Church Road SW13 9HE
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10.30am-4pm
Thursday 6 April 2017
Boots 59 Broad St, Teddington TW11 8QZ
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10.30am-4pm
Friday 7 April 2017
Boots 59 Broad St, Teddington TW11 8QZ
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10.30am-4pm
Friday 7 April 2017
Boots 59 Broad St, Teddington TW11 8QZ
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4.30-6.30pm
Friday 7 April 2017
The Woodville Centre, Woodville Road, Ham. TW10 7QW
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10.30am-4pm
Saturday 8 April 2017
Boots 59 Broad St, Teddington TW11 8QZ
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All aboard the Hampton Wick Station improvements project

Friends of Hampton Wick Station were awarded £3,350 from the Council’s Civic Pride Fund last year.

This was to undertake a feasibility study looking at the regeneration of the station.

South West Trains match-funded the Council’s award and the Friends of Hampton Wick Station will set about making a number of changes.

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Book Jungle open for business

The Book Jungle is officially open at Kew Riverside Primary School which was marked by a swinging visit by Richmond’s Mayor.

The Book Jungle was named by a child from the school following an in-house competition.

All of the artwork was carried out by a parent at no charge and the bookshelves were put together by one of the parents.

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Children's services in Richmond and Kingston to benefit from Government-backed programme

As a ‘Partner in Practice’, Achieving for Children (AfC) has been awarded a grant to support teenagers on the edge of the care system.

This will help them to test new ways in supporting some of the most vulnerable children in Kingston and Richmond.

AfC has successfully helped several other local authorities rated as 'inadequate' to improve their services.

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Don't suffer in silence - airTEXT is here to help

Asthma sufferers and people with other respiratory problems can breathe a sigh of relief before the pollen levels rise by downloading a special app.

Forecasts are provided with a range of information on air pollution.

Download AirTEXT now for alerts on air quality, pollen counts, temperature and UV index on smart-phones and mobile devices.

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New powers to protect our public spaces

New rules that could encourage the appropriate use of the borough’s parks and public places will be introduced, subject to public consultation.

Following changes in national legislation, Richmond Council is launching a consultation on proposals for new Public Spaces Protection Orders.

The consultation will run through until 10 April.

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Community and wildlife to benefit in London as local ponds secure a grant

The conservation charity Froglife have secured a grant of £25,530 from Biffa Award.

This is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

The project will improve and enhance the biodiversity value of an area of woodland at Ham Common Woods by creating 2 new ponds.

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Council Leader wins promise of change in planning policy to protect local businesses

In the House of Lords on 15 March, Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, proposed an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

This was to combat the negative impact that Permitted Development is having on businesses in the Borough, including the voluntary sector.

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The Belgian Village on the Thames explored

The moment in history when 6,000 refugees formed the ‘Belgian Village on the Thames’ during the First World War will come to life.

This is possible through funding from Richmond Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Richmond Civic Trust Fund.

The project revives the forgotten story of the thousands of refugees who worked and lived close to the Belgian munitions factory in East Twickenham.

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New Assistant Headteachers to join exciting new secondary school

Following a recruitment process, Lee Cornwall and Pippa Wright have been appointed as Assistant Headteachers Designate for The Richmond upon Thames School.

Lee is currently Head of Year 11 at Orleans Park School in Twickenham and Pippa is Head of Languages at Rosebery School in Epsom.

They will both formally take up their posts from September 2017.

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Updated: 14 August 2015