Hamptons and Teddington news

Orange Tree Theatre to remain closed until 2021

The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond has announced it will not be re-opening for the rest of this year. Paul Miller the theatre’s Artistic Director made the announcement last week in a video on the Council’s YouTube page, citing a significant reduction in expected income.

It was also announced that three quarters of the people who had booked for this season had opted to either donate or keep their booking fees as credit to help the theatre’s cashflow through this difficult period for the arts.

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Could you be a Fire Cadet or volunteer?

Fire Cadets currently have spaces available for cadets and volunteers across the borough of Richmond. If you're aged 14 to 17 and are looking for a fun, challenging, exciting way to gain new skills, the Fire Cadets could be a great new challenge for you. 

Joining Fire Cadets is a great way for young people to have fun, make friends, gain a qualification and develop their skills and confidence. 

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Calling residents in Teddington, Hampton Wick, Whitton and Kew

Next week we will be holding virtual events for residents in Teddington, Hampton Wick, Fulwell and Hampton Hill, Whitton, Heathfield and Kew.

As part of our Community Conversation programme, you can register now to have your say in a live Zoom chat with your local ward councillors. If you have something to say about the area in which you live – register now!

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Get peace of mind with Careline

Careline is the Richmond Council telecare alarm service designed to help older, frail or disabled people to remain in their own homes, safe in the knowledge that they always have somebody to help them in an emergency.

The monitoring and response service aims to help vulnerable residents manage the risks associated with living independently and provides the reassurance that help for you or a loved one is always just a phone call away, day or night.

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Landmark Arts Centre’s Summer Art event given go ahead

Teddington’s Landmark Arts Centre's annual summer Art School will be going ahead from 1 to 27 August.

The centre has been given COVID secure status to enable it to hold the summer school as well as The Summer Art Salon, a special showcase of 35 local artists' work, which will take place over three weekends: 7 to 9, 14 to 16 and 21 to 23 August.

Advance booking for both events is essential with entry to the Art Salon by timed ticket only.

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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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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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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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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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Do you need a hand fixing or repairing something at home?

Age UK Richmond’s handyperson service is designed to help keep adults of all ages living independently and safely at home, by delivering minor adaptions and repairs. Their service can help those requiring help with a whole host of home repairs issues. Each handyperson carries Age UK Richmond ID, follows strict infection control policies and will have all the necessary tools to complete the job.

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Van Morrison announced as final headliner of Kew the Music festival 2021

Kew the Music festival has announced Van Morrison as its final headliner for next year’s festival. The legendary Belfast singer/songwriter joins an already impressive weeklong line up of artists including Will Young, James Blunt and many more to excite music fans for a return to concerts next year.

Van Morrison is one of the world’s most celebrated and inspirational singer/songwriters and last year released his 41st studio album ‘Three Chords & the Truth’. Tickets on sale now.

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Richmond Art House announce Art Unlocked festival for October

This October, Richmond Art House will host 'Art Unlocked' at Orleans House Gallery. The exhibition will feature over 80 of Richmond's open studios artists and will provide artists, designers, makers and residents alike an opportunity to reflect on the unfurling of COVID-19 with artwork created in response to the pandemic.

The exhibition is planned to take place at Orleans House Gallery from 2 to 4 October 2020.

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Travel the world at Kew Gardens this summer

With foreign summer holidays not happening for many this summer, Kew Gardens is aiming to satisfy resident's desire for foreign adventure with its themed gardens.

Bask in the glory of the Californian summer with the Redwood Grove, explore Spain with the Mediterranean Garden, adventure around Asia in the Japanese Garden and experience the Himalayas in the garden’s incredible Rhododendron Dell. Advanced ticket booking is essential. 

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Have your say on order renewal to protect our parks and open spaces

Residents are invited to have their say on the proposed renewal of local Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which aim to address antisocial activities in public spaces. The PSPO includes a limit on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person, consumption of alcohol, public urination, defecation, or damage to land.

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Calling all businesses: Final chance to complete the COVID-19 impact survey

Businesses across Richmond upon Thames are urged to take part in a Council survey on the coronavirus pandemic.

The Council will use the results of the survey to help signpost businesses to existing support measures, identify any specific local support needs and understand what measures are needed to assist recovery from the crisis.

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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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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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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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Could you be a Census Engagement Manager?

The census is a once-a-decade compulsory survey of the entire population of England and Wales. It provides detailed information and statistics that drive future decisions and the direction of the country. As an engagement manager, you will work with councils and diverse communities to help make Census 2021 a success in your area. Applications for the role open on 6 July.

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Have you discovered Teddington Nub News?

Teddington Nub News is a new and dynamic Teddington-focussed community website. The website is full of latest news about the area, profiles of local businesses, eye-catching photos of local landmarks. It also aims to celebrate local success and provides a launchpad for business after lockdown with a local business directory and event listings. Support your local news at Teddington Nub News.

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Updated: 08 Jul 2020