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  1. FREE Young People Wellbeing Programme – The Wild Mind Project

    Feeling low, anxious, stressed or angry? Worrying about isolation, study/work, your appearance, your health or friendships? You are not alone.

    Join us for a range of creative nature-based activities. Both art and nature can make a significant difference to your mental health. Our programme can help to release stress, alleviate symptoms of depression, build optimism and develop a sense of belonging.

    When: Sun 13 Sep to 11 Oct 2020
    Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm or 1:00pm to 3:30pm
    Where: Locations in Richmond Borough

    Suitable for groups aged 13 to 25.

    For more info or to book a place, please contact:
    or phone 020 89779989.

  2. Hello Twickerati supporters. I am planning a new venture to supply our community with a zero waste refill service. It will probably be household detergents to start with and then organic food. I am looking for sites in Twickenham where I have lived for over 30 years. I am also investigating whether a social enterprise could work. I intend this to be a long term project as a regular source for refillable products. I know how long shops last in the high street and I will not join them. I am also old enough to remember returnable bottles for fizzy drinks and I think there is a better way to save our environment than filling our black recycling bins every week. Do let me know if you think it is a good idea and if there is already a similar set up that I don’t know about.

    1. Hi Maria. Do you know of The Refill Larder in Teddington. Maybe worth a chat. Good Luck!

    2. Sounds like a great idea, but your main challenge will be convenience. Getting folks to make a seperate trip to anywhere let alone off central might be tricky. Could there be a way of doing a delivered box of products much the same as the organic veg guys do? Packaging could be collected with each new drop off?

    3. I think that’s a great idea and I think would be well supported in this area. I think the priority would be having it somewhere easily accessible to all and near to other regular conveniences. I would try to support it for sure! Thanns

  3. Local charity Richmond Carers Centre is offering a free online carers wellbeing programme for anyone in the borough who is providing care or support to someone else. The 12-week programme includes three online webinars (recorded in case you can’t make the scheduled time/date), a pdf journal and weekly support emails. You can use this as much as as little as you like but the aim of the programme is to help carers implement some tools into their life to support their own health and wellbeing whilst they are caring for others. The programme is being delivered by local company POINT3 Wellbeing.

    Full details and link to registration

    Richmond Carers Centre is continuing to provide information, advice and emotional support to carers over the phone and by email throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Full details of our current service can be found here

  4. I went to Strawberry Hill post office today and they are going to shut next week, as apparently will all post offices.

  5. POST OFFICES? HELP! We are fast running out of Post Offices with most of the Twickenham “Franchised” sub branches either closed or working limited hours. The Post Office is a major part of the communications fabric of the UK (and of course the world) and people are still trying to operate businesses etc via them. Can our MP /council look into this as there doesn’t seem to be any government or Post Office statement that post offices could close? The Post Office website stating which branches are open is well out of date and not keeping up with the last few days tranche of closures in our area.

    1. I think the post office next to strawberry hill station is still open, but it would be very helpful if our local councillors could put together a database for each of their wards.
      Post offices are also one of the few places where people can put money onto a prepayment meter key for their electricity.

  6. Hi, I’m a professional photographer with 19 years’ experience, working across sport,editorial, PR and events. I’m looking for families (multiple generations) or house/flatmates who have been forced to work at home together for a photo feature. This is just a pitch, so it’s not commissioned I’m afraid but it will be un-pressured and fun. Quirky or not, if you are interested & covid-19 free (as far as you know) please drop me an email: – Cheers, Andrew

  7. Richmond Film Society – Screenings Suspended

    Following Government advice issued on 16 March 2020 to stop non-essential contact with others, Richmond Film Society has suspended its screenings (including ‘Woman At War’ on 17 March) until further notice.We apologise for any inconvenience.

    We shall continue to monitor the situation and if the circumstances change in any
    material way with regard to screenings we shall post messages on our
    website, twitter account and Facebook page.

  8. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Woman At War’ (Iceland) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 17 March at The Exchange.

    RFS’s season continues with the acclaimed Icelandic black comedy drama, ‘Woman At War’. Benedikt Erlingsson’s off-the-wall follow-up to ‘Of Horses and Men’ is a dynamic blend of absurdist comedy and tense thriller.

    An environmental activist wages her own private war against an industrial threat to the breathtaking beauty of rural Iceland. The heroine’s single-minded and bold crusade is, however, given an unexpected jolt and she is faced with a hard choice. A political and eco-action thriller with comedic and surreal overtones.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (subject to a cap of 70) – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online at . A further 40 or 50 tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7.00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on the season, please visit or email

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