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Social care team shortlisted for National Award

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards team (DoLS) for Richmond and Wandsworth councils have been shortlisted for the national Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018, recognising their work to uphold human rights laws, providing excellent service to the two borough’s most vulnerable residents.

The team ensures that there is a lawful framework to deprive a person of their liberty, in order to provide necessary care and treatment to vulnerable adults in care homes, nursing homes and hospitals.

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Vine Road Recreation Ground Open Day

The Friends of Barnes Common are planning an Open Day at the Vine Road Recreation Ground on Saturday 27 October. Presentations are planned throughout the day as well as various activities for children.

Take the opportunity to view the refurbished pavillion and speak with Friends of Barnes Common trustees.

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Get the jab and defend yourself from flu this winter

Winter is coming and it’s time to set up defences against the flu by getting the jab.

The flu vaccination is particularly important for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu. These include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions. It is also essential that people who provide care for others at risk get vaccinated this year.

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Emergency Thames Water works in Richmond

Due to emergency works, multi-way signals are in place by the junction of Sandy Lane on Petersham Road. This is in addition to the temporary traffic lights in place outside no. 27 Petersham Road. This is to enable urgent repair works by Thames Water and they have advised us the works will be completed by the end of the day.

Please note Richmond Gate is also closed from 8 to 10 October.

Therefore traffic is heavy in the area and drivers are encouraged to avoid Petersham Road if possible.

For more information about the Thames Water works, call 080 0980 8800

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Nominate a community hero today

There’s only one week to go to nominate special groups and individuals who live and work in the borough for the 2018 Community Heroes Award.

This is the first time awards will be offered in specific categories, a sign of the breadth of voluntary work being done in communities across the borough. Winners will be recognised for their heroic achievements in everything from sporting activities and community events to care work.

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WWI Commemoration weekend at St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church in Ham are holding two events for Rememberance Day on Sunday 11 November 2018. Hear local stories told by the young people of Ham for the centenary of WWI at 4pm on Saturday 10 November.

The Parish Communion Service at the church will commence at 9.45am on Sunday 11 November, along with community planting of native UK bluebells near the memorial at 11.20am.

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Big programme for little bookworms at 2018 Literature Festival

With the children and families’ programme now live, families are encouraged to browse what’s on offer and grab their tickets soon to avoid missing out!

Seven events are available for children of all ages, including a Flute Theatre production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for children with autism and their families. There is also a baby yoga session, interactive storytelling and a hands-on science workshop!

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Petersham Nurseries fundraising feast

On Thursday 1 November 2018, Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is opening with an exclusive feasting menu served in the iconic glass house restaurant. The evening will be hosted by esteemed journalist and broadcaster John McCarthy CBE.

The event is being held to raise funds for Refugee Action, a national charity which supports refugees in the UK who have lost everything in war, violence and conflict.

Tickets are £150, and tables of 10 are available.

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Helping you stay warm and dry in your home this winter

As we head into autumn, find out whether you are eligible for help getting your home fit for winter.

Sixty nine people were helped last winter through the ‘Coldbusters’ grant to help make their homes warm and healthy for the colder months. If you get certain benefits or are aged 60 or over and on a low income, you may be eligible for a grant.

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Emergency Thames Water Works on Richmond Road

Emergency waterworks are currently underway on a large section of damaged sewer main at 391 Richmond Road. Two way lights are in place, and road users should expect delays at peak times.

Thames Water teams will be working extended hours to expedite a repair which is expected to take approximately 3 weeks.

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Enforcement of Dog Control Order now live

The enforcement for our dog control Public Space Protection Order is now live. We will monitor the implementation of the order and in January will conduct an internal review of the number of licences and the impact that their introduction has made.

We will publish the outcome of the review via our website, once the review is complete.

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Twickenham and St Margarets Community Conversation

Residents from St Margarets, North Twickenham and Twickenham Riverside are invited to a Community Conversation on Monday, where they can have a say on issues which impact them and raise local priorities with the Council.

The first of the Council’s Community Conversations takes place in Clarendon Hall at York House, Twickenham at 6.30pm this Monday 15 October.

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Circus welcome – says Richmond Council

Over the past few weeks, concern has been raised regarding the future of Zippos Circus in Twickenham. The Circus has hired the open space each autumn for many years, attracting thousands of visitors to performances on Twickenham Green.

During their last visit, the Circus informed attendees that Richmond Council had told Zippos that it was not welcome to return - this is incorrect. Cllr Martin Elengorn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Sustainability has written to the Circus to reiterate the Council’s commitment to welcoming them back.

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Konstanz flag flying at York House

The flag of Konstanz was hoisted in front of the Civic Centre in Twickenham yesterday to honour the children and teachers of the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule and das Ellenrieder Gymnasium in Konstanz who visited Richmond for their annual exchanges with Teddington, Hampton & Lady Eleanor Holles schools.

The Richmond in Europe Association have also been shortlisted for an award for promoting the benefits of linguistic & cultural diversity. Show your support by voting online

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Have your say on borough’s Sexual Health Strategy

Richmond residents are being invited to have their say on the borough’s draft strategy on sexual health.

The Strategy aims to identify actions to be taken locally to improve sexual health outcomes, reduce inequalities and promote good sexual health, with focus on prevention, awareness, inequalities and primary care. 

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Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Businesses and communities in the borough are being encouraged to take advantage of a new voucher scheme to get fibre fitted.

The Government’s Gigabit Voucher is for up to £3,000 for small and medium sized businesses to install gigabit-capable infrastructure. The scheme is meant to help bridge the digital divide by bringing as many businesses as possible onto the high-speed network.

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Nominate a heroic young person for a Community Heroes’ Award today

Often young people make the biggest difference in our communities, giving time and energy to make this borough a better place, and we want to hear about them.

If you know an inspirational young person who has made their community a better place, tell us about them by nominating them for a Community Heroes’ Award before the 15 October deadline.

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What's on at WWT London Wetland Centre

Visit the WWT London Wetland Centre for a range of fun activities throughout October! The Giant LEGO Brick Animal Trail is back with three new friends, meet the new animals and book a place at one of the LEGO workshops.

You can also photograph the wetland's autumnal colour and abundant wildlife at the Autumn Wildlife photography course or learn basic drawing techniques at the drawing workshop.

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Getting our roads winter ready

October marks the start of gritting season with the Council’s gritting service standing by to ensure our roads are winter ready.

As well as keeping main roads clear of snow and ice, where reasonably practical, we will also clear secondary carriageway routes and selected footways of heavy snow throughout the winter. This includes footways in town centres, station forecourts, footbridges near to and adjacent to schools, care homes and hospitals.

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Celebrate Silver Sunday with Richmond Library

Richmond upon Thames Libraries invites the borough’s older residents to celebrate Silver Sunday on 7 October by joining a special afternoon of free events.

Richmond Library Annexe will host a range of activities including a chat over tea and cakes, a drop-in session demonstrating free online services, and a guided tour of Richmond Green.

No booking is required.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018