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August 26, 2011

Secondary School Open Events 2011

It is that time of year again… time to start thinking about secondary schools if you have a nine-eleven year old. Here is a list of all the Open events at local authority secondary and private schools around the borough….

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26 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

New Alpha Course at St Stephen's Church

Alpha Course - Life is worth exploring!

Alpha Course - Life is worth exploring!

The Alpha Course is open to everyone interested in discovering what Christianity is about, and we would love to meet you! The Alpha Course runs on Wednesday evenings at 7:45pm from 28 September until 7 December 2011 at Stephen’s Church, East Twickenham. Evenings are relaxed and informal, so please get in touch alpha@st-stephens.co.uk

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26 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

August 25, 2011

Great Annual Street Sale - 10 September 2011 - It's A Guaranteed GASS!


There are times when the stuff that we accumulate around ourselves threatens to take over our lives. Bookshelves groan under the weight of unread books and CD racks creak with forgotten records. Cupboards are stuffed with things that we don’t even know we had and wardrobes are hung with clothes that went out of fashion when David Bowie abandoned the 3 inch stack heel for lounge suits. What can we do? There are 3 possible solutions:-

  1. Do nothing until the neighbours wonder, “Whatever happened to old so-and-so?” and our bodies are found buried under a mountain of David Cassidy albums, Dan Brown books and rusting Swiss Fondue sets.
  2. Go out at midnight and stick it all into a neighbour’s skip.
  3. Take it all to GASS and sell it.

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25 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 21, 2011

Charlie Shore's Children's Regatta

Charlie Shore's Children's Regatta

Saturday 17th September will start with the recreation of the Charlie Shore’s Twickenham Boys’ and Girls’ Regatta, which was founded in 1894 and last held in 1958; it is hoped to be an annual event. The regatta competitors are boys and girls (ages 13-16). The event will be for 20 rowers from schools in the Borough.

The Charlie Shore Regatta is sponsored by the Richmond Environmental Information Centre, with the Twickenham Rowing Club as its delivery partner. The 350m course will be from opposite the White Swan to the site of the original Charlie Shore boathouse, just below the Eel Pie Island footbridge.

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21 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Rhythm Force 2011

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A musical showcase from the British Army’s finest musicians featuring Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz Big Band, Folk and Celtic music performances

RHYTHM FORCE was launched in 2006 to showcase the Corps of Army Music’s contemporary musical talent. The RFU has agreed to sponsor the highly popular event as part of the Great River Race and Twickenham Riverside Regatta Weekend on 17th and 18th September with two nights of concerts in Orleans Gardens on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 Sept 6.45pm-10.45pm.

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21 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 19, 2011

Trial RichmondCards Expire Soon

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Over the past two months thousands of residents have been using a free trial RichmondCard - these are due to expire on the 31 August 2011. If you have a trial card and would like to continue to receive benefits such as up to 30 minutes’ free parking and 10% discount on longer stays, register now.

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19 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [5]

Event Reminder: On the Edge Festival - 20 August 2011

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World music festival on Richmond Riverside, Terrace just North of Richmond Bridge

Richmond Riverside comes alive from 1 to 8pm, Saturday, 20 August 2011 to the sights and sounds of live music and dance from across the globe. Now in its sixteenth year, this much-loved festival offers the borough’s residents and world music enthusiasts eight hours of fantastic free entertainment.

Grab your picnic basket and dancing shoes and head down to On the Edge.

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19 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 18, 2011

The Great River Race - 17 September 2011

boats at Richmond Bridge

The UK Traditional Boat Championship

21 Miles from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey ~ Saturday 17th September 2011 ~ Starting Cannon - 1:40pm

The Great River Race, London’s River Marathon, is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, to serious sportsmen and women who like to win. A great fun day out for competitors and spectators alike.


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18 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 17, 2011

Event Reminder: Thames Angler's Conservancy "The Annual TAC Summer Match" - 26 August 2011

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A year has passed since the first summer match. If you attended the first one, we are sure you will be here for the second and if you didn’t why not come down and show some support. Whether you are fishing or saying hello you will be made most welcome.

There will be 2 matches run at the same time.

  • 19.00 - 00.00 (midnight)
  • 19.00 - 07.00 (12 hours)

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17 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 16, 2011

Event Reminder: The Summer Romance - 10 September 2011

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On 10th September 2011 at 7:30pm at the Duke Street Baptist Church in Richmond there will be a classic concert by a young Czech opera singer who lives at St Margarets. The Summer Romance has Ester Svandova singing and Chris Huntley accompanying her on the piano in the evening full of romantic music including Schubert, Dvorak, Smetana and also Bellini, Rossini and Mozart arias.

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16 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Bats in Richmond

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Take an illustrated talk by Philip Briggs of The London Bat Group followed by a guided walk along the river to hear and see them. On Thursday, 8th September 2001, starting at 8.00 pm at the Twickenham Yacht Club.

Bat detectors and refreshments provided.

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16 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Kew Village Market - Invitation for Stall Applications

Kew Village Market

Starting Sunday 2nd October, Kew Village Market will run for a 3 month trial period on the Sundays: 2nd October, 6th November and 4th December 2011. We hope to have between 15 and 25 stalls for each of these dates. We will be actively promoting the market via our website, social media, e-mails, posters, articles in local media and a leaflet drop.

The market is being run by a volunteer committee and any profits made will be distributed to local charities. Stalls (per market) will cost £55 for residents of Richmond Borough and £65 for those outside.

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16 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

August 15, 2011

Will You Accept Mayor Clare's Volunteer Challenge?

Mayor Clare Head

Borough Mayor Cllr Clare Head is spearheading a volunteer recruitment drive to encourage more people to give their time to support others in the community. The Mayor is encouraging people to sign up to work with local organisations and charities through Richmond Council for Voluntary Services or to help improve the area where they live through the borough council’s Community Resource Bank.

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15 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

August 14, 2011

Photos of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic

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The Olympic test event, the London-Surrey Cycle Classic, raced through St Margarets this morning, 14 August 2011. Approximately 180 riders passed through at approximately 40mph. Thousands of residents turned up to cheer on the racers.

We have two slideshows on flickr:

If you have some photos and want to share, please email content@stmgrts.org.uk

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14 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

August 12, 2011

Three Peaks for Francesco

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Richard Lomas, a resident of St Margarets, is one of a team of around 20 attempting the Three Peaks Challenge in honour of their friend and colleague, Francesco Anstey, who passed away in May earlier this year. They are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the Anstey family’s chosen charity, the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.

Francesco, a former colleague of Richard’s, sadly passed away after an outrageous, courageous fight against the odds. Francesco was aged just 23 and his job at Firebrand Digital Ltd was his first “proper” one after recent graduation from the Royal Holloway University.

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12 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

August 11, 2011

Timings and Road Closures for the London-Surrey Cycle Classic

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The London-Surrey Cycle Classic is a dress rehearsal for the London 2012 Cycling Road Race, and is one of the most important pre-Olympic test events taking place. The race will take place along a 140km route from central London to Surrey and back. Starting and finishing at the Mall in central London, world-class cyclists will race through the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Richmond and Kingston.

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11 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: The Good Wine Shop Free Beer Tasting - 13 August 2011

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Saturday 13th August from 2pm at our St Margarets shop we are hosting a FREE beer tasting of Brewers & Union beers from the Sao Gabriel Collective.

Brewers & Union believe the beer giants have lost their passion and aim to put things right with their quest for more authenticity and substance.

They have found artisan-produced German beers from some of Europe’s oldest family-run breweries and worked hand-in-hand with brewmasters to develop the finest lagers and ales.

Come along and see what you think!

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11 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Missing Cat: Jessie

Missing Cat: Jessie

Jessie is missing.

If you have seen her please contact Kevin on the following number:

  • mobile: 07855 391 802
  • home: 0208 744 0380

Thank you.

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11 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign

The Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign has been set up to oppose the Council’s decision to spend our Council tax buying the only local site that is big enough for a new secondary school (Richmond Adult and Community College in Clifden Road, Twickenham - formerly Twickenham Girls School) and giving it to the Catholic Church to set up a Catholic Secondary School whose admissions policy will favour children of Catholic parents from a wide swathe of London and discriminate against local children. There is already a serious shortage of secondary school places in Fulwell/Twickenham, especially for boys, and the number of children going into local primary schools is increasing all the time.

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11 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [8]

New: Kew Village Community Market

Kew Village Market

Kew Village Community Market is a local market that is run by the community for the benefit of the community. The current plans for the market are that (when it starts) it will be held on the first Sunday of every month in Station Parade from 10.00am - 2.00pm.

We’ve now believe that we’ve got enough interest, helpers and potential stallholders to run the market for a 3 month trial period starting in October. We’re aiming to hold the first market on Sunday 2nd October, and thereafter on Sunday 6th November, and Sunday 4th December.

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11 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Three Parks Challenge and Family Walk - 24 September 2011

Three Parks Challenge and Family Walk

Ramble through three beautiful Royal Parks - Richmond Park, Hampton Court Park and Bushy Park and make a real difference to Shooting Star CHASE.

The Three Parks Challenge and Family Walk is a great opportunity for walkers of all ages to view the beautiful scenes and historic landmarks of the Royal Parks in the Borough of Richmond in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The Three Parks Challenge is a 15-mile walk, with 8-mile and 3-mile options, so there is a route to suit everyone from the enthusiastic hiker, sports enthusiast or leisurely rambler.

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11 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 10, 2011

Zac's Blog - The Riots

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston has published an interesting article on how the police are prevented from using more power to stop the riots. “How is it possible that a relatively small mob was allowed to…

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10 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

August 9, 2011

Ongoing Disorder in the London Area

Advice to the community from the Community & Police Partnership Every member of the community can assist the police in helping to bring the recent spate of serious disorder in London to an end. Neither police nor communities can resolve…

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9 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Response to London Disorder

Residents in Richmond upon Thames can be reassured that the Council is working closely with the Police to monitor the London riots and have rigorous contingency plans in place should any incidents occur in the borough. Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond…

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9 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

August 8, 2011

London-Surrey Cycle Classic Schedule

The London-Surrey Cycle Classic will start at The Mall in central London at 9am on 14 August. The list below shows the times at which riders are expected to pass relevant points on the course (please bear in mind that…

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8 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 5, 2011

Discover Stories in Gardens this Summer!

Inclusive arts company Funsense is working with The Orange Tree Theatre to bring you Stories in Gardens, an arts event for all ages and abilities in the grounds and gardens of two beautiful venues in the London Borough of Richmond…

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5 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

August 3, 2011

Richmond Tops England in Primary School Sats 2011

Top 10 Sats

Richmond had the highest percentage of children achieving level 4 or above in both English and maths in the nation at 86% vs the national average of 74%. Despite the national average going up over last year, there is still some concern at the pass rate for level 5.

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3 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

London-Surrey Cycle Classic Road Race - 14 August 2011

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London is preparing to welcome the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the London-Surrey Cycle Classic road race on Sunday, 14 August 2011 will be one of the most important test events.

The race will take place on closed roads along a 140km route which will pass through southwest London and Surrey, starting and finishing in central London. Roads will be closed along the route and over 60 bus routes will be affected from very early in the morning until mid-afternoon. This includes Richmond, East Twickenham, Twickenham, Teddington, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hampton Wick, Kingston, etc…

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3 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [18]

Use Your Senses and Hit the Trail in Richmond Park

Book Cover - Family Trails in Richmond Park

Friends of Richmond Park have just published a new book specially designed for families to get the most out of the Park. It’s called Family Trails and it is now on sale in bookshops and on the Friends website, www.frp.org.uk.. All profits from sales of the book go back to the charity and conservation projects in the Park and as the Government has slashed park funding by over 25%, buying this book could really help preserve and improve the Park. The book also includes a forward by one of the UK’s leading children’s authors, Jacqueline Wilson, a Patron of the Friends.

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3 August 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

August 2, 2011

Would your children like to be part of a dance performance at Hampton Court Palace?

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LOCATE dance festival, run by Richmond Council’s arts service is looking for young people from the age of 8 to 12 to get involved with a performance taking place in the 20th century gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with award winning choreographer Darren Johnston. Darren has been artist in residence at the Roundhouse, Camden, winner of the prestigious Herald Angel award and nominated for the Place Prize amongst countless others. His work combines theatrical dance and movement with playful costumes and witty ideas.

Rehearsals will take place over three days from Monday 8th August to Wednesday 10th August from 1pm to 4pm.

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2 August 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]