Archives from December 2020

New school term COVID-19 update

Richmond Council wants to reassure parents that they are committed to actively supporting schools and local families across the borough to ensure a safe reopening in January.

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31 December 2020 | news

MP Munira Johnson votes against EU trade deal

Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham, has today voted against Boris Johnson’s trade deal with the European Union, stating it was “bad for jobs, bad for businesses and bad for our environment”. It is the only trade deal in history that puts up barriers to trade rather than takes them away. Crucially, it contains very little for our service sector which constitutes 80% of the UK economy. It leaves this key industry in limbo and subject to future negotiations.

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30 December 2020 | news

Covid testing in Old Deer Park

People who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are reminded that they can also get tested at the temporary pop-up testing centre in Old Deer Park, on selected dates this January, including New Year’s Day.

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29 December 2020 | around_town

Christmas tree collection 2021

Residents are reminded that the free Christmas tree recycling service will commence from Monday 4 January 2021.

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28 December 2020 | around_town

One Christmas in 1944

On Christmas Day 1944 my mother Peggy was in the Maternity Ward at the Royal Northern Hospital in Holloway, North London waiting for me to arrive. I was already two weeks overdue and the story goes that the midwives were gathering round the bed and pointing at my mum’s impressive bump saying “We know you’re in there. If you don’t come out immediately, we’re going to come in and get you!”

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23 December 2020 | around_town

Nearly 1,000 children send #LoveThroughTheLetterbox

A big thank you to the 950 children and young people who spread festive spirit in care homes around the borough - by creating Christmas cards and letters.

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23 December 2020 | around_town

Be a good neighbour this Christmas

Richmond Council is encouraging residents to be a good neighbour this Christmas and check on the wellbeing of older people in their communities who live alone.

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23 December 2020 | around_town

Deadline approaching for settled status

EU nationals living in the borough are reminded to end the year with peace of mind that they can remain in the UK by applying for the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

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21 December 2020 | news

Pyes, puddings and Puritans

The French writer and traveller Henri Misson de Valbourg was a big fan of English Puddings. In his 1698 book “Memories and Observations in his Travels over England” he noted one particular favourite, “Christmas Pye” - a forerunner of our familiar Christmas puddings and mince pies…

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17 December 2020 | around_town

Wilson calls for Prime Minister to step in and block Heathrow expansion

Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham, has called on the Prime Minister to step in and block the expansion of a third runway at Heathrow. This follows the decision of the Supreme Court this morning to overturn a judgement from earlier this year that ruled a third runway at Heathrow was illegal.

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16 December 2020 | news

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