Great news – with changes to the government’s lockdown restrictions, Kew Gardens will be opening from Monday 1 June 2020 in a limited capacity.  It is now essential that time slots are booked online (see https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/tickets) in order to ensure the safety of visitors and the Kew Gardens staff.  You will need to show proof of your…

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Following the government announcement on Monday, all churches have now closed.  However our local churches continue to offer support at this difficult time. St Anne’s is now closed.  Father Nigel will be posting a streamed Sung Eucharist recorded service every Sunday at 10.00 on the church’s website here,   where you can also download the order of service.…

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Local filmmakers Marie Lanna and Jaime Feliu-Torres have produced a wonderful short film acknowledging the contribution of our key-workers during the Corona Crisis.  Filmed mostly in Kew, the film features many familiar faces and has been widely shared in the community and beyond. Marie says: This short film entitled “We will meet again” is a…

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Kew residents are encouraged to create Great British Bunting to display in windows at home to help commemorate the 75thanniversary of the end of war in Europe.  VE Day 75 falls on Friday 8 May 2020, which has replaced the usual Monday May Day bank holiday this year. Due to coronavirus pandemic, VE Day 75…

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A large number of very local, street level support groups have been set up in Kew in response to the coronavirus crisis.  Using WhatsApp messaging, telephone and email, these groups allow neighbours to stay in touch and support each other with shopping and errands during the lockdown as well as providing the comfort of friendly…

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With the continuing run of good weather, I am hoping we will all be able to keep enjoying our green spaces, including Richmond Park, where the pedestrian gates are still open although there is no vehicle access. With 2500 acres there is plenty of space for everyone to get fresh air and exercise in Richmond…

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Local businesses and residents are urged to come forward and help support some of the boroughs older and most vulnerable residents, who are struggling to get the shopping they need during this pandemic. Age UK Richmond along with 19 other local charities under the Community Independent Living Service (CILS partnership) in collaboration with Richmond Council are working together to help…

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Local police have sent out the following warning: Please be aware that criminals are posing as officials by knocking at doors and pretending that they are testing for the virus in the area. Do not open your door, don’t let them in. Tell your friends, relatives, neighbours about this scam. For police emergencies call 999…

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Richmond Council have put advice up on their website for all those wanting to volunteer to help others in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.  The general guidance can be found here. Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) are currently working with local organisations to assess needs and priorities and this will help to identify and…

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