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Network Rail level crossings to temporarily close

Network Rail have announced that Strawberry Hill level crossing will be closed from Monday 29 March until Wednesday 7 April. The level crossing at North Sheen will also be closed for the weekend of Friday 2 April, until Monday 5 April.

Between 2 April (Good Friday) and 6 April there will be no trains running between Mortlake and Whitton (no services at Richmond or Twickenham).

Reading and Windsor services will be diverted via Hounslow, and Whitton services will run via Hounslow. There will be no trains running between New Malden and Shepperton. Kingston services will be diverted to Hampton Court.

Replacement bus services will be in operation. Please use alternative routes where possible.


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Richmond remembers local lives lost to COVID-19

Today, Richmond Council is joining the national day of reflection, to recognise the lives lost to COVID-19. Tuesday 23 March is the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, and we are joining the Marie Curie's National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who've been bereaved and hope for a brighter future.

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There is still time to complete Census 2021

Sunday March 21 marked the day that millions of people across England and Wales completed key questions about themselves and their households to ensure local services in every community are informed by the best information possible.

If people do not complete their census, they may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000. However, for those who have not yet submitted theirs, there is lots of help available. Follow the link below for more information, including how to find a local census support centre.

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Dementia Friendly TV Channel

My Life TV, a video-on-demand channel for people living with dementia has recently launched. It features specially created quizzes, sing-a-longs, chair yoga as well as feelgood content, animal, nature, childhood and archive programmes curated for the cognitive needs of viewers.

Use the promo code RichmondPromo for a 3-month free trial, then it’s £4 per month for households and £30 for care homes. This is a not for profit service launched by charity My Life Films who specialise in using filmmaking to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Call 020 8154 6220 for more information.

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Unpaid carers now eligible to book COVID-19 vaccine

Unpaid carers across the borough could be eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine as part of the ongoing vaccination programme.

Under priority group six which is currently rolling out, unpaid carers of family members and friends who receive carers allowance are eligible for the vaccine. It also applies to those who are the sole or primary carer for someone elderly or with a disability who are at an increased risk and considered clinically vulnerable.

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Free e-cargo bike deliveries for local organisations

Are you a Richmond-based business, pharmacy, charity or local organisation? The Cross River Partnership have hours of free e-cargo bike delivery services and riders available for you to use across the borough.

E-cargo bikes can save you and your business time and money on deliveries by using a quick and clean delivery system direct to your clients. Register your interest today.

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Apply to be a temporary COVID Test Operative

Are you looking for temporary work in Richmond? Richmond Work Match are currently hiring for a role as a COVID Test Operative. Selected applicants will earn £12 per hour.

The deadline for applications is tonight.

Apply now before the deadline


Nine local groups awarded community funding

Nine local community projects have been awarded £304k in the fourth round of Richmond Council's Community Fund.

The Community Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), a tax collected by the Council and paid by developers (15% or 25% in neighbourhood plan areas). A portion of the total tax collected will fund local priority projects which address the impact development has on an area.

This money might be used for a variety of projects, including; green space improvements, resources and equipment for community use or community centre renovations.

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Poetry brightens up Richmond’s shop windows

Arts Richmond has collaborated with Be Richmond, the brand persona of Richmond Business Improvement District, to brighten up Richmond town centre.

During the first lockdown, Arts Richmond launched an initiative encouraging people to get creative and share their poetry. Be Richmond has now selected four poems to cover the frontage of empty shop windows in Richmond town centre as part of their campaign to enhance the look and feel of the area.

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Dragon Drama Returns

The team at Dragon Drama are thrilled to announce they are set to return to their home, the Grade II listed Normansfield Theatre on 8 March, along with the schools. 

The Dragons’ survival through the past year has been one of diversification, determination and sheer drive as they adapted their methods and techniques to keep engaging with children in via their workshops online. 

They can’t wait to get back to the theatre (workshops pre-6pm will run from 8 March as the schools return). Their Easter Holiday Event, The World of The Lion King will run from Wednesday 14 April to Friday 16 April.

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Activities galore for children this Easter

Children who receive Free School Meals in Richmond upon Thames will have the chance to take part in a range of free activities during the school holidays, including music production, podcasting, dance and football. Achieving for Children (AfC) is providing children and young people with a range of activities this Easter through its F.U.E.L programme.

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Richmond upon Thames moves at home for a healthier borough

Get moving at home by following a series of helpful videos filmed by our Sports team's Personal Trainers in partnership with its Public Health team. The videos are easy to follow, no longer than 20 minutes and will help everyone to start reaping the benefits of being active from the comfort of their own homes!

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Final chance to apply for help with your fuel bills

A vital lifeline for residents who are struggling to pay their annual fuel bills has once again been launched by Richmond Council. The closing date for applications is Friday 2 April 2021.

Grants of up to £85 per household are now available to protect residents who are at risk from living in fuel poverty. If you are on benefits or have a low income you may be eligible for help from us with heating bills.

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Local projects awarded grants to support vulnerable young people

oneRichmond has announced the award of 15 grants to the value of £104,100 to support vulnerable young people across Richmond who have been affected by COVID-19.

The funding was made possible thanks to National Lottery players and a £100,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

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Council acts on parking machine concerns

The Council will bring forward the removal of parking 'pay and display' machines in the borough to help improve safety, reduce fraud and to make way for further tree planting opportunities. 

The first phase will see the removal of 100 parking machines in residential areas before the end of June this year - with the first 50 removed before the end of March. All nearby properties will be sent letters with details of the removal and instructions on how to pay by mobile phone.

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TFL strike to affect local bus services

Planned strike action is due to affect London bus services today, Wednesday 10 March. Drivers with trade union Unite have been engaged in strike action against parent company RATP Group.

TFL have issued travel advice to customers who may be affected. If you must travel, please plan your journey before you leave home.

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Richmond residents throw away over 14,000 tonnes of food each year... but recycle less than a fifth of it

Richmond upon Thames residents are being urged to make efforts to reduce their food waste and recycle everything they don’t eat, as the truth about Richmond's food waste habits have been revealed in the Council's latest Talk Richmond podcast episode.

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Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s virtual exhibition

If the four walls of your home are starting to feel a little too familiar during these uncertain times, then why not escape on a virtual tour of Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s annual exhibition, running online from Thursday 1 April until Thursday 20 May 2021. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in some stunning landscapes, beautiful wildlife and some thought provoking scenes.

It’s free and can be accessed on the society’s website.

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A skerry, a new rowing boat for Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

After three years of fundraising a skerry was built by Mark Edwards and his boatbuilders by Richmond Bridge. Thank you to all who have contributed among them Civic Pride fund, Thames Heritage Trust, Donald Gosling CT and Tesco Groundwork.

The boat has been named Valentin in memory of one of the scouts who were tragically run down by a train in 2019 when he was 16 years old. Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts will have an official launch party once in person meetings are allowed.

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2020 Community Heroes show community spirit is stronger than ever

Over fifty inspiring individuals, groups and businesses have been recognised across ten categories, as Richmond Council announces its 2020 Community Heroes’ Awards.   

Richmond Council received over 200 nominations for this year’s awards which celebrates those willing to go above and beyond to make their communities better places in which to live and work. This year’s awards also took on the additional role of recognising the huge local response to the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

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