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Listen to Talk Richmond – a new podcast for Richmond upon Thames

Talk Richmond is a new fortnightly podcast that discusses topics of interest in the borough with help from different guests each week - bringing you closer to what’s happening in Richmond upon Thames. The first episode of Talk Richmond dives into how the community and the Council responded to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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New hyperlocal online newspaper Richmond Nub News launches

A new online newspaper dedicated to Richmond town has launched. Richmond Nub News is packed with community stories, features, photography, jobs, live traffic, property and much more.

Readers can promote their business and events for free via the 'Nub It' buttons. Check it out today - happy reading.

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Leader joins Police on first weekend of pub reopening

The Leader of Richmond Council joined with local Police last Saturday to meet residents and businesses in Richmond town centre.

This weekend, watering holes, eateries and hairdressers across the borough reopened their doors as coronavirus lockdown restrictions continued to ease.

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Kick-start your career in Local Government with Graduate Training Programme

Future public sector stars can apply now to the Richmond and Wandsworth councils’ Graduate Development Programme. The scheme, now in its eighth year provides graduates with a broad range of development and career opportunities.

The two-year programme offers the chance to take on real opportunities in at least four different placements in key areas for Richmond and Wandsworth councils.

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Mobile Landlord visiting Petersham Riverside

Walking or cycling along the towpath by River Lane, Petersham this weekend, 11 and 12 July, and you will find the Mobile Landlord parked just inside the Petersham and Ham Sea Scout field, ready to meet all your liquid refreshment needs.

There will also be a plant stall in operation. Both activities are in aid of the new scout hut building fund. Licencing hours will run until 19.30 on Saturday and 19.00 on Sunday.

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Age UK Richmond hosting taster meditation session tomorrow

Age UK Richmond is offering a free calming session run by teacher Rakhi. Spaces are limited for this session, but Age UK Richmond will also be running a 6-week course. 

The session will take place on Thursday July 9 at 2pm via Zoom. Email to book your spot.

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Age UK Richmond ‘conversational French for beginners’ starts next week

Age UK Richmond is offering a 6-week course covering some basics of conversational French for beginners. The course will include role play and discussions.

Age UK Richmond’s teacher Fabienne will be running this 6-week course from France via Zoom. The lessons will begin on Tuesday 21st July at 10am.

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New app launched promoting safer schools

A new app has been launched by Achieving for Children to offer vital safeguarding information and advice for Richmond schools and families.

Since lockdown, there have been numerous warnings from the Government, police and leading charities about the online risks that children can face. 

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George’s Marvellous Rainbow Rock Garden

Young resident George Summers has created a stunning rock garden he hopes will inspire others. George said he “started the rock garden in Vine Road Park at the start of lockdown for the whole community to get together."

George thought it would be nice for everyone to paint a rock and place them at the bottom of the tree to show that we are all together even as we were apart during lockdown.

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Survey launched to assess health and wellbeing of young people during lockdown

A new youth survey has been launched looking at the health and wellbeing of children and young people during the pandemic.

The survey has been designed by the borough’s Youth Council in partnership with Achieving for Children and the Council’s Public Health Team.

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Council slams Government for axing children’s free travel

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, has warned that axing free travel for under-18s will lead to children missing out on opportunities, could cause social isolation, will increase financial hardship for many local families, will not encourage more children to walk or cycle and, in the long term, could result in the lack of normalisation of public transport meaning another generation will become dependent on cars.

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Keep on recycling with Kew Riverside Primary School and Sainsbury’s

KKew Riverside Primary School has teamed up with Sainsbury’s Richmond to help make it even easier for you to recycle some hard to recycle plastics such as crisp packets, biscuits, cosmetics, cleaning, Pringle’s, LOL Surprise, etc.

You can now drop plastic wrappers to the collection boxes at the front of the store - near the plastic bag recycling point. Please visit the school’s Facebook page @kewriversideps or email for more details.

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Council stands united against racism in the borough

Members across the Council were united last night in their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the need to stamp out racism, in all its forms.

At the full Council virtual meeting (7 July), members discussed the public concern about ingrained institutional racism directed against Black, Asian and minority ethnic people and voted unanimously to work with the community and the local police to ensure that policing in the borough is proportionate and fair to all residents.

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Teen author event - An audience with Nicky Singer

Tomorrow (July 9) at 2.30pm, the Bafta and Blue Peter Book of the Year winner Nicky Singer will be live in an online discussion with the young people of the borough.

Nicky has written 14 books and will be discussing her latest novel 'The Survival Game', prior to its upcoming film. To tune in, go to the Richmond Libraries YouTube page where you will be able to watch live.

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Naked Health tips to help you lose any excess lockdown weight

Naked Health has a series of YouTube videos specially created by founder Dawn Peters to help you get rid of any excess weight you might have gained through lockdown, with healthy tips to help.

The videos tell you what you need to know to make a difference and help improve your all-round health. The videos are free and can be watched on Naked Health’s YouTube channel.

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Red Lights at The Landmark

The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington was yesterday one of 1,000 venues across the country lit up in red as part of the #lightitinred event, aimed at shining a spotlight on the critical condition of the £110 billion live events industry and the half a million people who work in it.

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Quilting joy!

A reminder that the deadline for Cllr Baldwin's Quilt Project is at the end of this month. The finished quilt will be displayed in Richmond Museum as a lasting memorial of life under lockdown.

Emily and her son have taken part, she said: "My son and I have been quilting all lockdown and it is a real joy for us to be able to contribute to a local project." There's still time to take part. Find out full details and closing dates.

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Free online psychological first aid training

Public Health England has launched an updated digital training module for psychological first aid aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.

It aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19.

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Families - don’t miss out on free summer meals

Families in Richmond upon Thames are being urged to check if they qualify for free school meals, after a Government u-turn means that the scheme will now be funded over the summer holidays.

Last month, the Government announced that they would be funding the scheme that provides vulnerable and low-income families with vital vouchers for food over the traditional six-week summer break. 

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Six playgrounds have been upgraded ready for the summer holidays!

Summer holidays are looking up as six of the borough’s playgrounds have recently been upgraded in time for the Government’s decision to reopen playgrounds on 4 July, following their closure due to COVID-19. All the borough’s playgrounds are now open.

Tangier Green (North Sheen), Raleigh Road Recreation Ground (North Sheen) and Heathfield Recreation Ground (Twickenham) have all had new trim trails installed, which encourage fun and active play.

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Updated: 11 Mar 2020