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Scam email alert over fake Council Tax refunds

Residents are being warned to be on their guard against a new email scam that promises people a refund on their Council Tax bills.

Criminals are sending out so-called 'phishing' emails using an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) email address that tells people they are due a Council Tax refund.

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GoodGym complete their first starter run of 2017

GoodGym Richmond's first Starter Runs took place on Saturday 14 January. They are designed as taster sessions for GoodGym so you can get a feel of the good work they do.

This week they were tasked to break down some of the overgrown bramble and holly in East Sheen Common.

The second Starter Run will be on Saturday 28 January.

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Want a smoking hot start to the New Year? Give up cigarettes with Richmond Council

Smokers who want to kick-start the New Year by giving up their deadly habits are being urged to take advantage of a range of free Council services to help them quit.

Free support services to help smokers are available through the Council's Kick-It service with confidential advice to any smoker who lives or works in Richmond or Kingston.

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St Margarets Community Parking Zone - Have your say

In September 2015, St Margarets Riverside Parking Scheme was implemented and the existing St Margaret’s North zone was extended.

Since then, a number of requests and petitions have been submitted to the Council, requesting that the existing CPZ be extended to cover Northcote Road, Newry Road, Haliburton Road, Heron Road, Talbot Road, Kilmorey Gardens and Kilmorey Road.

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Be good to yourself and others - become a Goodgym member

Volunteering has never been more fun with Goodgym, a local charity which combines physical tasks with running, so sign-up today.

Get the feel-good factor of helping your local community, get into shape and meet like-minded people as a Goodgym member.

This unique local charity builds community cohesion, promotes fitness and reduces social isolation.

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Take part in FiSH Open Gardens

FiSH Neighbourhood Care will once again be holding its popular Open Gardens event in May 2017, and they are now beginning the search for potential gardens.

If you are interested in opening your own garden, or know someone who might like to open their garden, email

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Living with and beyond cancer

Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are holding a cancer information event later this month, featuring expert speakers, and organisations that support people to live a healthy life during cancer treatment and beyond. The event is open to people with cancer, and also family members and carers.

The event will take place in Clarendon Hall, York House on Tuesday 31 January from 4.30 to 6.30pm. To attend the event, please contact Amy Burns by emailing or telephone 020 8734 3016.

GoodGym left no smear on SPEAR

GoodGym runners ran to SPEAR to clean their windows on the evening of 9 January 2017.

SPEAR is a charity who work with homeless people in and around Richmond and Merton.

GoodGym Richmond were honoured to be able to help them in this way with great enthusiasm and team work.

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Volunteer your time and grow together at community gardening sessions

The Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) was set up in 1992 as a not for profit association to actively participate in the management, conservation and enhancement of the Common.

The group have set up a Community Gardening volunteer programme which meets Tuesday mornings at Vine Road Recreation Ground SW13 0NE. Sessions for 2017 start on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

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Join the hedgehog super highway

Barnes can now boast one of the country’s most famous colony of hedgehogs thanks to the efforts of Michel Birkenwald who has started a ‘Hedgehog Super Highway' in Elm Grove Road.

Urban hedgehogs need space to roam so they can feed, so accessibility to our gardens and alleyways is essential. Some residents in Elm Grove Road have already created small gaps in their fences from the back and sides, so that the hedgehogs can access the gardens from the alleyways and from adjoining gardens to create the start of the super highway.

If you would like to get involved in a hedgehog project in your street or report a hedgehog siting you can contact Michel

Community consultation event for restoration of Marble Hill House

You will be able to learn about plans for a major restoration and conservation project at Marble Hill House and park in Twickenham.

The consultation event is on Wednesday 25 January from 7 to 8.30pm at York House, TW1 3DD.

A separate consultation event for local sports groups is on Tuesday 24 January from 6.30 to 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, TW1 3NJ.

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Wednesday 18 January 2017
Members’ Club House, The Stoop, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham, TW2 7SX
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10am - 2pm
Saturday 21 January 2017
Meadway TW2 6PY
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2- 3.15pm
Monday 23 January 2017
Barnes Baptist Church, Lonsdale Road
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Tuesday 24 January 2017
Barnes Green Centre, Church Road SW13 9HE
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10.45- 11.45
Friday 27 January 2017
Barnes Green Centre
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Saturday 28 January 2017
Richmond Unitarian Church Ormond Road Richmond upon Thames TW10 6TH
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Tuesday 31 January 2017
The Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5), St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4SX
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Don't miss the 15 January deadline for primary school applications

The deadline for applications to start primary school in September 2017 is fast approaching. This affects children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.

Parents wishing to a make an application for a Richmond primary school place should do so by the deadline of Sunday 15 January.

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Feedback from Ham Close consultation now published

Over the past three years Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP), in collaboration with Richmond Council, has been working with local residents to develop a vision for Ham Close.

Headline results have now been published following a consultation with over 300 Ham residents on the proposed redevelopment of Ham Close, including the creation of additional new affordable homes in Ham.

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"Respect the individual character of each borough Mr Mayor" says Lord True

The Leader of Richmond Council has urged the Mayor of London not to lose the unique character of each London borough in his new London Plan.

In December 2016, Sadiq Khan carried out a consultation on ‘A City for All Londoners’.

The draft plan looks at land use, growth, transport, housing, economic development, the environment, policing and crime, culture and health inequalities.

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The most flamboyant night of the year is back - don't miss out!

Cut some shapes on the dance floor, slip on something outrageous and join the party at this year's Pink Night at the Proms.

It's back, it's promising to be bigger than ever and once again The Pink Night at the Proms is taking place at the Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Park, Teddington on Saturday 25 February from 7pm.

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Showcase Your Artistic Talents at Art House 2017!

Applications are now open for 2017’s Art House festival, which sees artists from across the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames open their homes and studios to the local community.

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 February.

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Richmond Women’s Institute

Would you like to join the Richmond Women’s Institute? Their first meeting of 2017 takes place on Thursday 12 January at 7.15pm at Holy Trinity Church, Sheen Park, Richmond, TW9 1UN.

The agenda includes:

  • Reaching a consensus about the new committee
  • Offering you the chance to shape the coming year’s events
  • Running speed dating for members, where you get the chance to learn more about each other and have fun

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Sir Vince Cable becomes patron of Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau

Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau is delighted to announce that the Right Honourable Sir Vince Cable has agreed to be their patron from January 2017.

Sir Vince was MP for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015 and said “I am happy to accept the offer to be the patron of such a vital local charity. In these tough, uncertain times, it’s good to know that local people can rely on their advice.”

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Make use of co-working space in Richmond

If you are looking to expand your business or simply looking to work alongside others, co- working spaces may be an option.

The Richmond Library Annexe comprises co-working space for small businesses and has two rooms which, when unpartitioned, form one large room for hire. This light and airy work environment is ideal for business customers or entrepreneurs who do not have an office or usually work from home or coffee shops.

The hire fee includes fast Wi-Fi, printing facilities, lockers and includes break-out spaces with free tea/coffee and a meeting room available to book.

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Visit the Church Street St Valentine's Fayre

Church Street Association would like to celebrate St Valentine's day with a fayre for everyone in the community to enjoy and take part in.

There will be stalls with all kinds of gifts, cakes, street food and also live entertainment. There may also be a gift from the Saint Valentine of Church Street!

The fayre will take place on 11 February from 12 to 6pm.

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Updated: 14 August 2015