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Get fit for free in Twickenham

A sixteen week programme of free exercise classes is being launched next week in Radnor Gardens, Twickenham.

Richmond Council has commissioned Our Parks to provide group based supervised exercise classes free of charge from 24 April.

Our Parks is one of London’s biggest providers of free outdoor exercise classes and designs its classes around the needs of the local communities.

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Ditch the disposables and 'get real'

To be in with a chance of winning a £60 nappy voucher. All new parents within the borough are encouraged to ditch disposable nappies and try out real ones.

Disposable nappies are expensive and are consider very harm for the environment.

This initiative to support young families will be launched as part of the UK wide Real Nappy Week, starting Monday 24 April.

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Heathrow expansion - explained

The Teddington Action Group are hosting a public meeting to help inform people about the real impact of a bigger Heathrow.

The aim of the meeting is to help residents participate in the current consultation on the airport.

The event will be on 28 April 2017 from 7.30 to 9.30pm at Worship Hall, Teddington Baptist Church, 17 Church Road, Teddington TW11 8PF.

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Teddington village fair and pram race

Come along to a wonderful free day out for all the family. There will be pony rides, music, dancing, boats, cars and all manner of entertainment.

The pram race starts at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded by The Mayor of Richmond at 3.30pm.

You can apply for a stall or enter a team. This event takes place on Sunday 25 June from 12 noon to 5pm.

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Richmond Hill Open Gardens

15 beautiful gardens will be open to the public and some will have plants for sale.

They are all set on the slopes of picturesque Richmond Hill and are within easy distance of each other.

The gardens will be open on Sunday 21 May from 11am to 5pm and proceeds from the day will go to local charities.

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Springtime Safari

Springtime Safari is back for another wonderful activity-packed afternoon of creatures, wildlife, pond life, arts and crafts and wild stories for children and families.

This is a free event on the Sunday afternoon of the Spring Bank Holiday.

It will take place on Sunday 30 April from 1.30 to 4.30pm at Orleans House Gallery and Grounds, Twickenham Riverside TW1 3DJ.

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New book celebrates cultural history of Twickenham

A new book was launched yesterday celebrating the cultural history of high streets across London – including Twickenham.

Over 100 people from the cultural sector gathered in London's Living Room at City Hall to attend the launch of Discover Your High Street.

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53rd Mayor of borough announced

The 53rd Mayor of Richmond upon Thames will be Cllr Lisa Blakemore.

Cllr Blakemore was first elected as a Councillor for North Richmond in 2010.

She was Deputy Mayor between 2012 to 2013 and she held the title of Tenants' Champion between 2010 to 2015. Since 2015, she has been the Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Health.

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Saturday Handyperson Service

Do you need help with little jobs around the house but are out during the week? Age UK's popular Handyperson Service is now available for weekend work on Saturday 29 April.

They are offering:

  • Painting/decorating (‘refreshing rooms’)
  • Change taps/plumbing/maintain boilers/fit sinks
  • Electrics – change plugs/light fittings/repairs
  • Carpentry – door hanging/hinges
  • Repairing/refitting windows
  • Plus all household minor repairs and maintenance

Please contact their Home Services team to book on
020 3326 9432 or email them at

Richmond May Ball is only around the corner!

The Richmond May Ball is all set for another sell out year in its elegant marquee on Richmond Green.

The Ball supports two charities very dear to people’s hearts within the local community. React, who provides urgent assistance for low income families looking after children with life limiting illnesses and The Poppy Factory, who supports disabled veterans into employment.

It takes place on Friday 12 May 2017.

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Cast announced for An Octoroon at Orange Tree Theatre

The cast for the European premiere of Branden Jacobs -Jenkins’ OBIE award winning play has been announced.

It includes Cassie Clare, Emmanuella Cole, Celeste Dodwell, Iola Evans, Ken Nwosu, Vivian Oparah, Alistair Toovey and Kevin Trainor. They will be joined by cellist James Douglas.

An Octoroon runs from 18 May to 24 June 2017 at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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Have your say on St Mary’s University Masterplan

St Mary’s University are inviting residents to take part in a public consultation on their proposals to develop the Strawberry Hill and Teddington Lock campuses.

This will help them accommodate the planned growth in student numbers and academic activity.

Have your say online or attend a drop in event at the Strawberry Hill campus:

  • Monday 24 April, 6 to 9pm
  • Saturday 6 May, 10.30am to 4pm

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Archaeological Dig

The Ham and Petersham Association are organising two archaeological digs on 22 April.

The first will take place from 10am to 12 noon and the second from 1 to 4pm.

If you would like to take part, please meet at the corner of Church Road and Bainbridge Close/Latchmere Close before the start times.

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Mayor's Fish and Chip Cruise

Join the Mayor of Richmond for a scenic cruise aboard the Yarmouth Belle along the Thames.

Tickets are £20 and include a fish and chip supper and a complimentary drink on arrival.

This event takes place on Wednesday 26 April and booking is required. The cruise will board at St Helena Pier, Richmond at 6pm and will return at 10pm.

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Richmond Council statement regarding Fallow Deer Café

In April 2014, the Fallow Deer Café and Bar in Teddington was issued a notice to confirm a temporary change of use.

This was for 2 years from a retail unit (A1) to a restaurant (A3) and was lawful.

See Council statement

New special needs school announced for Twickenham

A new Special Educational Needs school will open in Twickenham.

The Maaz will be a 72-place special school for children aged four to 19.

It will be for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs. This is as a result of speech, language and communication or social, emotional and mental health issues, including autism.

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The Great Mortlake Bake Off - everyone’s welcome

The team at St Mary the Virgin has decided that it’s time for Mortlake to have its very own Bake Off.

There are categories for both adults and children so bakers of all ages are invited to join in this fun event

It will take place on Saturday 29 April at St Mary the Virgin Church in Mortlake.

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Art Exhibition: Eric Jiani

Eric, who has Asperger’s syndrome, describes himself as a self-taught, fantasy artist and says that his work is semi-autobiographical.

Much of the imagery and inspiration that can be seen in his paintings are memories of his time living close to the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil, where he grew up.

This exhibition is currently running at the Stables Gallery until 7 May.

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Running to support carers

Mark Barun will run his first ever London Marathon in 11 days’ time.

He is raising money for Richmond Carers Centre to support those people in the Richmond Borough who have given up their time, energy, hobbies, social lives and often employment to care for a loved one.

This organisation provides essential advice, information and emotional support to aid all the unpaid carers within Richmond.

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Interactive workshops at YMCA

YMCA's Employment and Life Skills workshop is a Big Lottery-funded initiative that helps improve the employability of people with a disability and mental illness. It also teaches invaluable life skills.

The workshop sessions are free and are led by inspirational Paralympian runner Tim Prendergast.

The next workshop starts on Thursday 20 April from 10.30am to 2pm at Richmond Adult Community College.

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Updated: 14 August 2015