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Richmond Literature Festival set to mark thirtieth season

This year marks the thirtieth season of the Richmond upon Thames Literary Festival, which means, after I googled it, the Pearl anniversary. It is fitting that this year the Festival has been able to reinvent itself and offer a programme which embraces the most important contemporary issues.

Comment Spot by Cllr John Coombs | 19 Oct 21

Let’s pause for the menopause...

It’s World Menopause Awareness Day on 18 October.

In Richmond, nearly 24,000 women are aged between 45 and 60, that’s more than 1 in 10 residents. This is the age group for whom perimenopause and menopause are significant life events.

Comment Spot by Sonia Borrero and Lisa Wilson | 14 Oct 21

It’s never too late to quit smoking and make health gains

Even some 40 years later, I can still remember the look of severe disappointment on my father’s face when I came home for the weekend and nonchalantly (or so I thought) lit up a cigarette.

Comment Spot by Cllr Piers Allen | 12 Oct 21

Fostering - A sense of achievement

Children and young people can come into local authority care for lots of reasons, through no fault of their own. Usually, this happens when their parents can't look after them because of drug, alcohol or mental health problems, or there’s been a family crisis. Fostering is a way of providing a short-term home for a child until a permanent solution is found, although how long they’ll be in foster care for isn’t always known.

Comment Spot by Mandy Rimer | 05 Oct 21

Introducing new Neighbourhoods Inspector Jon Mcloughlin

I have been meeting residents and those who work and visit the borough this month, as I replace Inspector Rebecca Robinson, who is moving on from the borough.

Comment Spot by Jon Mcloughlin | 28 Sep 21

Consent, do you get it? Sexual Health Week 2021

This week we’re supporting Sexual Health Week, which runs from September 13 to 19, 2021.

Comment Spot by John Dugdale | 14 Sep 21

Two important days shine a light on the impact of COVID-19 on mental wellbeing

This pandemic has had a devastating impact on mental wellbeing and two days in September shine a light on this fact.

Comment Spot by Val Farmer | 07 Sep 21

Back to school

Thinking back to schooldays 15 years ago when my daughter was six, the only times children would be covering their faces was during hide-and-seek, and being ‘sent home to isolate’ just followed an outbreak of impetigo!

Comment Spot by Cllr Julia Cambridge | 31 Aug 21

Overcoming habitat fragmentation

Over the last few decades, it is difficult not to notice the lack of butterflies, bees and other pollinators in our gardens, local parks and out and about more generally. There have been numerous studies that confirm our anecdotal observations and the collapse in pollinator numbers.

Comment Spot by Colin Cooper | 25 Aug 21

The cost of litter and BBQs on wildlife

Dropping litter in the parks isn’t just unsightly, it can have a devastating impact on wildlife. Too often our park teams have spotted the shocking impacts of left litter and BBQs on the natural environment and wildlife, and we have listed a number of the top impacts on nature. Please help nature thrive and leave no trace by taking rubbish home - or putting it in the bins if there is space, and please remember, BBQs aren’t allowed in the parks.

Comment Spot by Tom Jarvis | 17 Aug 21

Local policing update - August

We’ve had another busy month in Richmond.

I am pleased to say we have continued our proactive work, resulting in a few noteworthy pieces of work from the team. We have executed a number of warrants again this month, seizing a potentially dangerous dog and a large amount of drugs.

Comment Spot by Rebecca Robinson | 11 Aug 21

Summer of Play - National Play Day

National Play Day is upon us, and this year’s theme of ‘Summer of Play’ highlights that there is no better time than now to remember the importance of play for all our children and young people.

Comment Spot by Cllr Penny Frost | 03 Aug 21

Summer Reading Challenge

This year's Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds could not be more timely following the recent introduction of our new grass cutting regime in our parks and grass verges. In beginning to create bug friendly habitats in our public realm the support and understanding of young families is essential for the long-term success of this project. 

Comment Spot by Cllr John Coombs | 27 Jul 21

Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week

Richmond is a low crime borough; indeed against most measures we're one of the safest, if not the safest London borough in which to live. And perhaps that's one of the reasons why, when we come up against issues such as antisocial behaviour, we tend to notice it more.

Comment Spot by Cllr Gareth Roberts | 20 Jul 21

Love Parks Week

We are unusually blessed in this borough to have two large historic Royal Parks, both designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, containing not only deer, rabbits, owls, geese, swans, and ducks but a range of invertebrates, veteran trees and acid grassland.

Comment Spot by Councillor Martin Elengorn | 13 Jul 21

Support for the South London Mental Ill-Health Prevention and Recovery Programme

I recently represented Richmond Council at a summit hosted by the South London Mental Ill-Health Prevention and Recovery Programme.

Comment Spot by Cllr Piers Allen | 06 Jul 21

Electrifying the borough's trade sites

London Climate Action Week was founded in 2019 and is the largest independent climate change event in Europe.

Comment Spot by Cllr Julia Neden-Watts | 29 Jun 21

Local policing update - June

The month of May has been challenging for police and understandably concerning for the community. This follows a handful of serious offences that have taken place across the borough in May, including the tragic, fatal stabbing of Tim Hipperson on 17 May and a separate, unrelated violent incident in Teddington.

Comment Spot by Rebecca Robinson | 22 Jun 21

Ten years of the Tenants’ Champion

This year marks ten years since Richmond Council first started its Tenants' Champion service. How did the role come about and why do we have a Tenants' Champion?

Comment Spot by Cllr Jim Millard | 15 Jun 21

Making caring visible and valued in Richmond

The theme of this year’s Carers Week 2021 is ‘Make Caring Visible and Valued’. The national charity Carers UK has joined forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness to help raise awareness of caring around the country. 

Comment Spot by Cllr Piers Allen | 09 Jun 21

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Updated: 24 Mar 2021