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50 bird species to see in the borough

Despite the short, grey January days there are plenty of bright spots for local birdwatchers. Fifty different species, including wintering wildfowl, have been spotted in the borough, mostly around the Leg o' Mutton Local Nature Reserve in Lonsdale Road.

As spring comes, we will see the the return of common terns following successful broodings here since the installation of a new nesting raft in 2016 and we hope to maintain our status as the 4th largest breeding ground for herons in London.


Free choir taster sessions

DyNaMix Rock-Pop Choir is coming to Twickenham! If you love singing and are looking to try out something fun and energetic, go along to the free taster session on Thursday 7 March.

The first session will include an introduction to the choir and basic vocal and breathing exercises. Contact Jax on or call 07891 813 474.

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Stub out smoking for good in 2019!

Smokers looking to kick cigarettes to the kerb and give up their deadly habits this New Year are urged to take advantage of the free Stop Smoking service.

You can receive confidential face-to-face advice and support from specialist advisers, as well as free materials and medication.

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Beat the booze this January

Start the new year happier and healthier, by going alcohol-free with the Dry January challenge.

Research shows that in Richmond upon Thames, about 54,000 adults drink more than the recommended maximum of 14 units per week. Yearly there are over 2,800 hospital admissions due to alcohol-related conditions.

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Councils call on Government to scrap apprenticeship levy

The number of residents from Richmond and four other London boroughs starting an apprenticeship has fallen by over a quarter in the last year, following the introduction of a Government levy.

7,390 people from Richmond, Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Kingston, signed up for apprenticeships in 2017/18, compared to 10,030 in 2016/17.

A major change to the funding of apprenticeships was introduced in April 2017 with the start of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy. We are campaigning for Levy reform.

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Art and history at Orleans House Gallery

Art Historical London and Orleans House Gallery will be hosting weekly lunchtime art and history lectures.

These lectures are open to all. The first talk, The Portrayal of Motherhood, is on Tuesday 8 January, from 1.15 to 2.30pm. Tickets are £15, or £13.50 with a Richmond Card.

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New Managing Director of Achieving for Children announced

Ian Dodds, Interim Chief Executive of the award-winning council-owned company, Achieving for Children (AfC), has been appointed as the permanent Managing Director of the company.

Ian, who has been working for AfC since it was established, has been interim lead of the company since Nick Whitfield’s retirement in September.

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Christmas tree recycling services start today

Our free Christmas tree recycling services starts today, Monday 7 January, on your scheduled collection days.

You should leave your tree outside your property taking care to not block the footpath and not pile trees at the end of the road as this is fly-tipping. Ornaments, stands and pots should be removed and your tree should be left ideally next to your recycling containers on collection day.

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Clarendon students work on school mosaic

During their first term at the school's new site, pupils at Clarendon drew their mosaic designs onto the re-purposed breeze block walls, along with the assistance of a local community artist. The project is thanks to Council Civic Pride funding.

Over Christmas, the elves completed the background to the pupil's work, ready for the next phase later this spring.

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Auction raises £4,500 for the Poppy Factory

An online auction organised by Richmond BID/Be Richmond and supported by local businesses helped raise £4,500 for Richmond-based charity The Poppy Factory.

Auction lots were provided by 25 Richmond businesses and organisations, including software developers, exhibition companies, hotels, retailers, restaurants and pubs. Contributions included everything from rugby tickets and afternoon teas to panto tickets and even an original oil painting.

The funds raised will help The Poppy Factory support more veterans back into meaningful employment across the UK.

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Mayor receives cheque from Richmond Music Trust

The Richmond Brass Band Richmond Music Trust has given £600 to our Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Ben Khosa, for the charity Refuge. The money was raised through the Christmas charity concert held in December. 

Refuge supports more than 6,000 people by helping them to rebuild their lives and overcome whatever type of domestic violence and abuse they may have faced.


Council condemns proposals for additional 25,000 flights from Heathrow

The Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, has condemned Heathrow’s latest consultation on expansion, claiming 25,000 extra flights would be disastrous for the borough.

The Heathrow eight-week public consultation is asking for public feedback on issues such as noise, runway alternation and night flying relating to its two existing runways and the proposed controversial new third runway.

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Free workshops for your new technology

Did you recently purchase or receive a digital device over Christmas but are unsure how to get the best out of it? Our friendly Libraries Team have a range of sessions to help you get the most out of your new tablet, laptop or mobile phone.

Last year the team helped over 450 people get to grips with their technology. This year, they want to help even more people.

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Sign up for men's health programme

Men aged 40 to 60 are invited to sign up for a men's health programme. The programme, delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s exercise specialists, will run over 12 weeks at Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre starting on the Monday 14 January.

It’s open to men aged between 40 and 60 who either live in Richmond upon Thames or attend a local GP. Places are limited, so contact Neil Young at or 020 8326 7048 to secure your place.

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Free choir places for music students

Teddington Chamber Choir (TCC) has a limited number of free and half-price places for music students and other musically qualified people under the age of 25. Applications are also invited from others, particularly those who sing lower voice parts. Ability to read music is advantageous.

TCC is an auditioned mixed voice choir, singing mainly classical, which rehearses on Tuesdays from 8.15 to 10.15pm at St Mark’s Church, Teddington, TW11 9DE.

If you are interested in joining, please contact or come along to our open rehearsals on 8, 15 or 22 January 2019.

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SEND funding falls well short

The Government's latest announcement around funding for Special Needs Education falls well short. The £474,000 per annum funding injection gets nowhere near the £5.8 million predicted funding gap in 2018/19. It adds to the pressure local authorites are under to deliver high quality SEND services under increasing strain from Government underfunding.

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Start your new year with a health MOT!

If you are over 40 years old you are entitled to a free NHS Health Check every five years.

Kick start the year by booking your check today. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

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Mayor of London funding for community sports projects

The Mayor of London has launched his flagship community sports programme, Sport Unites, supporting his long-term vision to make London the most active and socially-integrated city in the world. 

Sport Unites funding is available for individuals and not-for-profit organisations, both non-sporting and sporting.

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Volunteers help give Richmond a clean and tidy start to 2019

The area around Richmond Green and the Riverside greeted the new year in a clean and green state thanks to the help of a group of young people from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

More than sixty young volunteers turned out in Richmond on New Year’s Day to help clean the green and Riverside following New Year’s Eve revelry.

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Volunteer for Idling Action Day

We are seeking volunteers to help with an anti-idling day at Deer Park School and around Richmond Station and Town Centre from 2pm-5pm on Thursday 24 January.

Volunteers will be encouraging drivers to turn off their engines whilst stopped outside the station, in the Town Centre or waiting to pick up children from school.

Email to find out more and register to help out.


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Updated: 04 Sep 2018