Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Need help with your IT - Council Taster Sessions Available

Need help with some office applications or would like a refresher on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher? Want to get your digital files and folders stored and sorted? Then this month’s free IT help sessions could be just for you.

They take place at the Information and Reference Library, Richmond in the second week of November and are great hands-on sessions. Get some great tips from our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will guide you through the basics.

Sessions are free but booking is essential.




To Book

Monday 13 November



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Tuesday 14 November



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Wednesday 15 November



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Thursday 16 November



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Friday 17 November


Files and Folders

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Saturday 18 November


Apps for Beginners

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Cllr Gareth Elliott, Cabinet Member for Digital and Technology, said:

“Today, more of our lives, whether at home or at work, are spent using digital devices and require a basic level of digital skills.


“Whether you are dipping your toes into the digital world for the first time or are looking to refresh some of your knowledge these sessions present a great chance to get useful tips on how you can maximise the value of your digital devices.  


“The friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to walk you through the basics, answer any questions and give you some great tips. These sessions are always popular so I urge you to book sooner rather than later!”

Monday, 30 October 2017

Take care this Bonfire Night

Richmond Council is asking you to take care of yourself and be thoughtful of others if you’re celebrating bonfire night on Sunday


The Community Safety Partnerships wants to remind people that, although fun, fireworks can be dangerous and cause serious harm if used incorrectly – so please take care. 


Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Health and Community Safety, said:


“Bonfire Night is a great British tradition and an opportunity for families and friends to come together and enjoy themselves - but we’re asking people to have fun responsibly. 


“Statistics from previous years tell us a majority of injuries sustained from fireworks being used incorrectly have been pre-school children, some even as young as one. The last thing anyone wants is to have to spend bonfire night seeking medical care, so we ask parents to keep a particular eye on younger kids.


“Whether you’re setting off fireworks in your own garden or in public it is important to take care, be thoughtful of those around you and be sensible.“


Parm Sandhu, Borough Commander of Richmond Police Service added:


"Bonfire Night is always a fun evening but it is important that people understand the dangers fireworks pose. I would encourage people to go to organised firework displays if they can, but if they do decide to hold their own display, that they follow the firework code.


“We are working with retailers and colleagues from the Fire Brigade and Council to ensure that shops don’t sell fireworks to children. Safer Neighbourhood teams will be patrolling in the evenings and will deal very positively with underage possession and misuse.  Overall we want people to have a great evening and stay safe.”


The Community Safety Partnership are also asking residents to be vigilant and ensure they buy fireworks from a licensed retailer and not to buy loose fireworks that may have been tampered with. 


It is legal to set off fireworks in your garden if you are over the age of 18. However, it is illegal to set off fireworks in your own garden before 7am and after 11pm. On Bonfire Night you are legally allowed to set off fireworks until 12am.


Tickets for Richmond’s Annual Fireworks Display are on sale from www.vistrichmond.co.ukand from the Civic Centre. Prices start from £8 for adults and £5 for kids (under 16).

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Richmond Upon Thames voted happiest place to live in London

Richmond upon Thames has been voted the happiest place to live in London after almost 17,000 people across Great Britain were asked to rank how happy they feel in their local area.

Property website Rightmove asked people to rank twelve factors about their local area, ranging from how friendly the neighbours are and how much people feel that they can be themselves, to how good the local services are.

Richmond upon Thames came top in London – beating all other boroughs for its nature and green spaces, friendly and polite residents, a borough with a ‘sense of belonging’ and community spirit.  The borough scored 8th in the UK.

The leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Paul Hodgins, said:

"It is great to come top again and get confirmation of how we feel about Richmond locally. It is a superb place to live and work, and our residents and businesses are happy as a result of the quality of life in the borough.

“We go a step further in our friendly rivalry with other boroughs and say that Richmond is the best borough to live in. One of our borough's Freeman, Sir David Attenborough, says it is his favourite place in the world. We agree. 

“We have physical beauty in parks, open spaces, and our stretch of the Thames. But more importantly, we have an incredibly active community, with over 18,000 volunteers. 

“Our resident survey last year showed that 97% of residents were satisfied with the local area. And, we have worked closely with local people over the past few years on a number of local regeneration programmes across the borough. We have invested millions of pounds.

“We are the best in London and almost the whole country for value for money. We have outstanding schools, and we are one of the safest boroughs.

“As a result, our borough offers a strong community with a high quality of life, and this survey shows that residents are happy.”

Whitton ward Councillor Gareth Elliott said:

"For anyone who lives in this borough, this is something we already know and are extremely proud of.

"What frustrated me is the opposition Liberal Democrats who continually try to paint a picture of negativity that is completely at odds with the reality.

"We live in an amazing borough and we should sing loudly at what a great place it is. This survey vindicates what we already knew."