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Local choir leader features in ITV Christmas Special

Local choir leader Seb Valentine will feature along with his Blue Light Symphony Orchestra in the ITV Christmas special, A Night for the Emergency Services, on Wednesday 20 December.

Ahead of his TV appearance, you can see Seb conducting the choir at the evening Christmas Concert this Sunday 10 December at St Mark’s Church Teddington.

Tickets are £10 (concessions £8, children free) on the door. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available during the interval.


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Third Heathrow runway ‘unbuildable’

The latest evidence which has been published as part of the Government’s revised National Policy Statement (NPS) fails to show how an expanded airport could meet air quality limits in an area where pollution levels are deteriorating.

This makes a third Heathrow runway unbuildable while expansion at Gatwick could go ahead without this risk.

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Consultation on draft Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Plan

The draft Neighbourhood Plan, which puts forward the Neighbourhood Forum’s long term vision for the local area, seeks to retain the area’s identity as a distinct and sustainable mixed residential community.

The consultation will run from Wednesday 6 December 2017 until Friday 26 January 2018.

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Cheer for ETNA Community Centre with Starbucks

This Christmas, ETNA Community Centre has been nominated to take part in Starbucks Cheer for Good by customers and Starbucks partners at the Twickenham branch.

If they win, there is an opportunity for ETNA to be awarded up to £2,000.

ETNA Community Centre is asking the local community to 'cheer' for them on Twitter using the hashtag #CheerforGood and @ETNACentre until midnight on Wednesday 20 December. 

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Get your tickets for LNYDP Festival concert

A series of concerts will be taking place, starring some superb international bands and orchestras, as part of London’s New Year’s Day Parade and Festival 2017.

All proceeds from the tickets sold through the Richmond Mayor's Office will go directly to the Mayors charities.

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Take part in Christmas activities at Orleans House Gallery

Get into the festive spirit throughout December with our range of children and family activities including Christmas card making, printing, arts, crafts and much more.

Activities are suitable for children up to 11 years.

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Volunteer with Ham and Petersham SOS

Ham and Petersham SOS are looking for volunteers to help with their weekly shopping bus service.

Volunteers are needed to drive the mini bus and assist individuals to stay mobile, reduce isolation and improve the health and social well being of local residents.

Full training will be provided.

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20mph limit could be introduced across borough

Cllr Buckwell announced that the Council would look at whether a 20mph limit could be introduced across the whole borough, where appropriate, following a rise in the number of community petitions being submitted to the Council requesting a 20mph limit.

Any proposal would be subject to public consultation.

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Library web catalogue is back

You can now browse for books, CDs and DVDs, reserve items for click and collect and explore our archives and local history stock. 

If you're having trouble getting to the right page, try clearing your browser cache.

Access the catalogue now


Council backing White Ribbon Day campaign

White Ribbon Day is a male led campaign to end men’s violence against women and girls.

Council officers visited Waldegrave School last week to raise awareness about violence against women and girls and promote healthy relationships amongst our teens.

This was part of 16 days of action, from Saturday 25 November to Sunday 10 December.

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Students’ sustainable transport efforts recognised

East Sheen Primary won the Top School Award for the Southern Region, Barnes Primary was voted a School of Excellence for Cycling and Hampton Prep and Pre Prep voted a School of Excellence for pupil-led projects.

The TfL STARS Top Schools Awards ceremony was held at City Hall this week to recognise the hard work that the top schools have been putting into developing their travel plans. 

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Christmas at Hampton Hill URC Church on the High Street

All Christmas activities and services are still going ahead at the Hampton Hill 'church on High Street' despite rebuilding works taking place.

The new Christian community facility will be open for everyone in spring 2018, with a wonderful new stained glass window too!

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Have your say on Barnes and Mortlake conservation areas

Local residents are invited to have their say on plans to extend and create a number of new conservation areas in Barnes and Mortlake.

Conservation areas are special groups of buildings or areas designated for their architectural quality.

The consultation runs until 17 January 2018.

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Planning process commences for Twickenham Riverside redevelopment

The designs submitted have been developed using resident feedback and include two buildings – one on the riverside and one on King Street, stretching down Water Lane.

Over the past two years we have been consulting with residents and businesses in Twickenham on proposals for a new development.

It is hoped that the application will be considered by the Planning Committee in March 2018.

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Get into the festive spirit at Barnes Christmas Festival

The Barnes Christmas Festival takes place on Friday 8 December and kicks off with the BCA Christmas Lights Fair at The Sun Inn from 11am.

There will be festive performances from St Osmund’s School and local choirs throughout the day and opportunities to shop for gifts at stores in the area and the OSO Christmas Market.

Santa will be making an appearance too, with his visit starting from 5.30pm at The Castelnau Centre.

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Quiz the cabinet at 2018 Question Time events

​The next Village Planning Question Times have now been scheduled, giving residents the opportunity to quiz the Leader and Cabinet Members about priorities for their local areas. ​

The first events in 2018 are:

  • East Sheen on 25 January
  • Teddington and Hampton Wick on 1 February
  • Hampton and Hampton Hill on 27 February

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Council and Police unite on cyber crime

Last week, Richmond Council and the Police attended a seminar which looked to educate those who work on the front line about the dangers of online crime, how to prevent it and what to do if someone becomes a victim.

Cyber crime is an ever increasing problem, with an estimated 1 in 10 people found to be victims last year alone.

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High praise for local support for disadvantaged children

In its fifth annual State of the Nation report, the Social Mobility Commission found that Richmond has “dramatically” improved poorer children’s outcomes since 2014.

The report highlights the borough’s use of its 15 hours of early education for the more disadvantaged two-year-olds and praises the Richmond for “outstripping” the number of eligible children who benefit from this provision beyond the national average by a wide margin.

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Richmond residential care is one of the best

Data shows 94% of care home beds in the borough are in homes rated as good or outstanding, putting Richmond in the highest bracket of the more than 150 council areas providing adult social care.

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Help needed for an extra special Christmas Day dinner

A Christmas Day dinner is being organised for young people who have been in foster care or children’s homes.

A venue, food, decorations and crackers have been organised but organisers are still in need of a few more stockings as they have 50 to fill.

If you are able to help in any way with costs for the day, please get in touch.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017