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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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Get fit with our free outdoor gym equipment

The Council has installed a mixture of Outdoor Fitness Equipment at a number of sites across the borough. The latest installation can be found at Kings Field, Hampton Wick.
It is designed for a total body work out which encourages the use of natural body weight exercises. Approximately 13 exercises can be performed without the need for additional equipment. The frame can also be used for elastics based training and numerous other exercises.
If you would like to attend free sessions with a Personal Trainer, these will be taking place in Kneller Gardens this month.

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Take part in Teddington cycle surgery

South West Trains, in partnership with the Rail Delivery Group, invested £4m in new cycle facilities across 36 stations on the network. A big part of the project was delivering 8 innovative hubs including one at Teddington. From 9 January, they will be running customer satisfaction surveys at all of the hubs and British Transport Police will run cycle surgeries at the same time.

The cycle surgery for Teddington will take place on Thursday 12 January from 7.30 to 9.30am. For more information, please see page 4 of their newsletter.

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Nearly time to say goodbye to your Christmas tree

Residents are reminded that the free Christmas tree recycling service will commence from 9 January 2017.

From 9 to 20 January, Richmond Council will begin collecting the trees for free on residents’ scheduled collection days. Trees will then be shredded and turned into compost, which will be used to feed plants in gardens, green spaces and flowerpots across the borough.

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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

Young Carers Awareness Day

Young Carers Awareness Day is a national day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK. It falls on Thursday 26 January and will focus on young carers’ dreams and aspirations, helping them to think about what they want to achieve when they grow up. 

Richmond Carers Centre supports young carers aged 5 to 18 years with advice and information, emotional and listening support, after school groups, mentoring and short breaks from their caring role. 

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Essential works being carried out in the borough

Petersham Road, 8 January: Two way temporary traffic signals will be in place outside Russell School, Petersham Road for a new electric connection to the school.

30 Castelnau, Barnes, 9 January: Thames Water will be carrying out a sewer repair with temporary two way traffic signals. The signals will be manually controlled at peak times. Advanced electronic warning signs are in place plus additional signage on either side of the proposed works. These works are taking place between 9 and 20 January 2017.

Star & Garter Hill, 9 January: There will be the final stage of the new connections to Ancaster House at the top of Queens Road/ Star & Garter Hill Richmond. There will be temporary 4 way traffic signals in place which will be manually controlled at all times.The set of signals by Richmond Gate will be switched off when Richmond Park is closed. The works are due to be completed by Friday 13 January.

New Year new you - Feel Good about 2017!

Start the New Year as you mean to go on by signing up to Richmond Council’s Feel Good Fitness programme, and take a ‘member journey’ designed especially for you.

Your Feel Good Fitness Member Journey is a set of fitness products, services and rewards to help guide you towards your goals in the New Year. Feel Good Fitness membership includes access to six sports centres, four pools, five gyms and more than 200 fitness classes.

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Kick start 2017 by de-cluttering your old or broken electrical items

Is your baby bottle-warmer broken? Is your printer in pieces? Now is the time to clear away those old, broken and unfixable electrical items that you’ve been hoarding in your cupboards and drawers at home.

A WEEE collection point will be open at the Civic Centre from 9 to 13 January. If you have any small electrical items that you have been itching to get rid of, bring them along on your next visit so we can get rid of them for you! 

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Updated: 14 August 2015