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Reports of fallen trees around the borough

There have been a number of reports of fallen trees due to high winds.

A large private tree has fallen across Mortlake High Street and St James Road, Hampton Hill and Cumberland Road, Kew have been closed due to fallen trees.

A telegraph pole has also been damaged in St James Road. This was reported to BT who have attended the site and made it safe.

St. Margaret’s Road has a tree blocking the road adjacent to Richmond Lock Surgery. This has been prioritised at the same level as Mortlake High Street and we are aiming to clear these locations as a priority.

Please note there may be disruption in these areas as a result.

Emergency roadworks taking place in Richmond

Emergency roadworks are taking place on Queens Road. Outside Lass O’Richmond Public House near the junction with Star and Garter Hill.

The works will take place from 7am on 22 February to 7pm on 24 February 2017.

This is due to a water leak in the carriageway. There will be temporary two-way traffic signals which will be manually controlled.

The Great Mortlake Bake Off - everyone is welcome!

Great Mortlake’s first ever Bake Off will take place on Saturday 29 April at St. Mary the Virgin Church.

The event, inspired by the well-loved Great British Bake Off TV series, is open to children and adults and there is a number of categories to show off your bread and cake making skills.

Entry costs £3 and tickets can be booked online.

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Richmond Park Academy calls for new Governors

The Richmond Park Academy Governing Board are recruiting new community governors.

They would be very interested in talking to people with a background or in-depth knowledge of the secondary education sector, professional experience in working with young people or a track record in Human Resource Management.

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Richmond Entrepreneurs Conference

‘Inspirational speakers’ is a cutting-edge programme of professional Chamber business seminars and quality high net worth business networking.

Journalist and TV presenter, John Stapleton, and Sir Vince Cable join the event for entrepreneurs at all stages of their business life.

The conference takes place on Thursday 23 February 2017.

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New scheme tells young people how to ‘Be your own boss’

Over 1,400 youngsters from Richmond upon Thames have taken part in a programme to find out how they could be their own boss.

Achieving for Children, in partnership with Richmond Council’s Economic Development Team, launched a 2 year ‘Pathways to Self-Employment’ programme, for young people aged 16 to 24.

The programme includes workshops delivered by expert speakers and opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs.

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Mystery of Spitfire Fuselage

Scouts are appealing for information on a Spitfire fuselage that has supposedly been buried in Douglas House Meadow.

It could really boost their new hut building fund now standing at £350,000, total cost £756,000.

They are hoping to make up the shortfall with the help of supporters and well-wishers giving them grants, donations or interest free loans.

Silk River is to be part of the UK-India Year of Culture

The Queen is to launch a UK-India Year of Culture at Buckingham Palace on 27 February to strengthen the cultural partnership between the countries.

Silk River is a project exploring the relationship between communities in London and Kolkata along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

Kinetika has brought partners in the UK and India together to deliver this project.

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A family affair!

The concert at St Michael’s Church, Barnes on Saturday 25 March will be conducted by former Westminster Abbey organist Martin Neary.

Martin will be joined by his daughter, Alice (cello) and her husband David Adams (violin), both outstanding instrumentalists.

They will perform the moving setting of Psalm 137 "By the waters of Babylon" by former Barnes resident, Herbert Howells.

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Businesses asked to help inform residents on home fire rules

In a bid to combat local air pollution levels, local businesses are reminding their customers that the Borough is in a Smoke Control Area.

Over the past few months, air pollution in London has peaked.

One of the main contributors is the extra cold weather, combined with traffic pollution and air pollution from wood burning.

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Temporary signals in Hampton Hill

Road works are underway on the junction of Hampton Hill High Street, Park Road and Hampton Road with temporary signals in place.

The works take place from 20 February for 6 weeks and are scheduled to be completed at the end of March.

Take part in the Big Lunch!

The Big Lunch on Sunday 18 June, is fast approaching. The UK’s annual get-together for neighbours. This year we are planning to be bigger and better than ever.

This is a great get-together to encourage neighbours and communities to come together. To celebrate and connect with each other and find out what more they have in common.

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Have your say on the future look and feel of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill

Have your say on the future look and feel of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill by taking part in the next stage of Richmond Council’s innovative Village Plans project.

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Complimentary curry dinner at Sheesh Mahal in Twickenham

StreetInvest are inviting you to complimentary curry dinner at Sheesh Mahal, Twickenham on Wednesday 8 March at 6.45pm.

This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about their street work around the world with a particular focus on Calcutta, India, where tens of thousands of children call the streets and the city's train stations home.

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At a loss for moss! Can you beLEAF it!

Goodgym welcomed a new face to their ever growing group this week. Adam has joined them from the American university in Richmond. 

They were faced with the mammoth task of clearing the leaves on the tennis court at Pools at the Park. Eight bursting bags later, they accomplished it and did a spontaneous circuit lap on the outdoor gym to celebrate.

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Mechanical fault affecting Bring Sites across the borough

We are currently experiencing some difficulties emptying recycling sites (Bring Sites) across the borough as the equipment that is used to lift the pods as part of the emptying process has failed. Whilst this equipment is under repair our contractor has arranged for vehicles and crews to clear the sites manually.

We understand that a number of sites have now been cleared and additional crews are undertaking evening clearance works.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will update this information when we have a clearer indication of when our contractor can get the lifting vehicle back into operation.

Councils help residents understand true impact of airport expansion

Councils and community groups from across the south east are working together to expose the true impact of expanding Heathrow Airport.

This is amid claims the Government’s on-going consultation is designed to mislead millions of people.

To ensure residents have a more balanced picture, the councils are sending out information to residents across their boroughs over the next few weeks.

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Benevolent Barnes funds community bus (almost!)

In just 3 weeks, residents of Barnes, East Sheen and Mortlake have donated 84% of the £30,000 needed for a community bus.

The adapted minibus provides accessible transport by ferrying people on appointments, trips and outings.

Residents have come to rely on this service by FiSH transport which will continue to be part of the community, thanks to local generosity.

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Life Drawing at Orleans House Gallery

Come along to Orleans House Gallery and make the most of your creative skills.

Draw from a life model under the guidance of an artist and learn the simple and effective techniques to develop and enhance your drawings.

All abilities welcome. 

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Prolific flytipper receives suspended prison sentence and community service

Ryan Smith collected waste for payment and dodged disposal costs by flytipping rubbish he collected from commercial businesses in Twickenham, Staines and Redbridge in 2015.

He will have to carry out community service following enforcement action by Richmond Council.

This was made possible from the dedicated work of Richmond Council’s enforcement team working with officers from Spelthorne Council.

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Updated: 14 August 2015