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Have your say on transport strategy

Businesses across the borough are being invited to help shape the next Transport for the South East’s Transport Strategy.

Have your say on the key issues and challenges that businesses face including congestion, journey times, connectivity, and the impact of new technology. You can also express your views on how the transport network could develop to support future growth plans.

Complete the survey by 31 March 2019.

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Eel Pie Island Jazz and Wine Tasting River Cruise

Tickets are now on sale for the the one and only Eel Pie Island Jazz and Wine Tasting River Cruise on the New Southern Belle. Taking place on Wednesday 19 June, the cruise is part of the Twickenham Festival.

Cruise from Eel Pie Island to Hampton Court and back between 7 and 11pm. Enjoy a fish and chip supper, live jazz and wine tasting for £45 for a single ticket and £80 for two.

For tickets please call Crusader Travel on 020 8744 0474.

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Spring at the Bandstand

The next Middlesex Yeomanry Band Concert, Spring at the Bandstand, will be held on Sunday 31 March from 2.30pm at YMCA White House in Hampton.

The programme includes music from stage and screen, concert favourites, foot-tapping marches, and much more.

Tickets are £12 (children free), and include a programme and refreshments. For more information email or phone 020 8941 1227.

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Court agrees firmer enforcement approach on unauthorised encampment

Last week, the High Court agreed to a temporary borough-wide preventative injunction to protect all of our parks, open spaces and highways. This will expedite matters and prevent encampments relocating to other council land.

The temporary injunction will last for three months, upon which we will apply for a permanent measure.

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Richmond’s largest children's fun run is back!

Richmond Runfest are excited to announce that registration for the Kids Mile is now live. The race will take place on Saturday 14 September in Old Deer Park.

To celebrate the launch, they have released a 50% early bird discount of £7.50 for the first 100 registrants! Around 800 free places will be offered to local participating schools.

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Businesses: preparing for Brexit

Businesses around the borough can now use a local one stop shop for all information on Brexit, including exporting and importing, recruitment, GDPR, education and rights of EU citizens in the UK.

The new web pages bring together links to all the latest news and will be updated as more information is made available.

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Future High Street strategies seminar

Come along to a Chamber of Commerce seminar, sponsored by Richmond Council to learn more about the Business Rate Relief scheme.

The seminar will be held at York House, Twickenham, on Tuesday 30 April from 2 to 4pm. This event will include an external speaker to discuss the borough's high streets and appropriate future strategies. Also, it will be discussed how to change expectations of consumers, communities, workers, suppliers, local environment and the impact of the internet.

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£50,000 boost for foster care in 2019/20

Foster care services will receive a further £50,000 boost in 2019/20, an extension of the additional investment provided over the last twelve months.

The announcement was made as part of the presentation of Richmond Council’s latest Budget.

The funding will go towards recruiting and assessing new foster carers and developing the support and training available to existing carers.

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New school approved for children with SEN

A new free school for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities has been approved for the borough.

The school will provide 90 places for children and young people aged 7 to 19 who have social, emotional and mental health needs, and is proposed, subject to planning permission, to be established as part of South West London St George’s Mental Health Trust’s redevelopment of the Barnes Hospital site, on South Worple Way.

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Coalition of local authorities to ask Court to quash Heathrow decision

Lawyers representing a coalition of local authorities opposed to Heathrow expansion will make the case in the High Court today that the Government’s Airport National Policy Statement backing Heathrow expansion should be quashed.

Five councils, along with the Mayor of London and Greenpeace, will say the third runway can only be built by demolishing thousands of homes and making life noisier and unhealthier for millions of people living in London and the Home Counties. Large increases in road traffic will make the capital and Home Counties pollution worse.

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The Petersham Consort: Renaissance choral classics for Lent

Visit the historic and intimate setting of St Peter’s Church in Petersham on Sunday 24 March at 6pm for the Petersham Consort. A performance of choral classics acappella from across Europe, in the medieval and renaissance periods.

Tickets are £10, £5 for concessions. To book please email

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Trumpeter's House Garden Party

Relax in the beautiful gardens and listen to the summer sounds from the Barnes Concert Band at Trumpeter's House Garden Party on Saturday 15 June from 2 to 5pm.

Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children aged 4 to 13, and under 4s go free. Tickets include a glass of wine or a soft drink, tea and cake, and can be purchased online or on the door.

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The Eel Pie Club music night

Twickenham's only not for profit band project, Powerjam, presents an evening of live rock and pop music for both adults and students of all ages!

The Eel Pie Club will open its doors on Wednesday 27 March from 6.30pm, offering a rare opportunity to enjoy live music.

Tickets are £5 for adults, £2 students and £2 for Eel Pie Club Members. For more information email

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Spring has sprung in our Friendly Parks for All

We have developed a programme of accessible activities for Barnes Green, Ham Village Green and Heathfield Recreation Ground over the spring and summer months. These parks have pathways suitable for wheelchair and walking aid users.

All activities are free and will go ahead no matter what the weather is like or how many people turn up. Booking is not required.

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Pledge to help make LBRUT idle-free

Did you know that car idling produces up to 150 balloons of harmful exhaust emissions per minute?

Over 370 residents and businesses have already pledged not to idle their vehicles. Will you join them? Sign the pledge now!

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Make a splash this Easter with Feel Good Swim School

Make a splash these Easter Holidays by signing up to Feel Good Swim School. Come along to Teddignton Pools and Fitness Centre for crash courses, to fun floats and dedicated workshops.

Courses dates:

  • Monday 8 to Friday 12 April
  • Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April

Meanwhile, swimming lessons for children aged 3 to 5, and 5+ are taking place at Pools on the Park in Richmond from Monday 8 April to Thursday 18 April.

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Mental health support in schools to continue after £50,000 boost

A successful programme which provides additional mental and emotional support via a consultant in local schools will be extended thanks to a £50,000 boost in last week’s budget. 

The 2019 Budget for Richmond Council extends funding of a Mental Health Clinician post to support teachers and school staff to help identify emotional and mental health issues in their pupils.

Initially trialled as a pilot, the clinician post has been found to be so valuable to schools that the Council has agreed to extend the funding once again. 

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Residents can now apply for new secure bike parking in their street

Residents can now apply for secure cycle parking storage on their street, in a scheme to enable more everyday cycle journeys.

The Council will fund the installation of Bikehangars, but residents who use them will need to pay £72 a year to Cyclehoop.

Residents are invited to suggest locations online. Each application will be reviewed individually before consulting with residents about the proposed location within selected streets.

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Richmond NHS trust searching for a new chair

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) is searching for a new chair for its Board of Directors.

Current chairman Steve Swords is leaving the award-winning trust at the end of June.

HRCH is the NHS trust responsible for providing community health services for more than 515,000 people in the London boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames. 

For an information pack and general enquiries, please contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or email  

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 3 April.


Your Right – Your Vote: Young people hit the polls for Youth Parliament election

Six candidates are standing in the Youth Parliament and Youth Council elections this month wanting to represent the voices of the 15,000 young people living in Richmond upon Thames.

The​ Youth Council is a group of young people who ensure the voices of children and young people aged between eleven and 19 years are heard and acted upon. In Richmond, the Youth Council is elected each year to proactively represent the views of children and young people to those who make key decisions.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018