Community Activities

Social and fundraising activities: There are two main social groups at the church - both have monthly meetings, some held jointly.

Cameo (Come And Meet Each Other) is intended for anyone in the community to come along, make friends and enjoy a variety of events.

Kaleidoscope is the social and fundraising group at St Richard's, and is responsible for organising a variety of events catering for all age groups. Major annual events include the Christmas Fair, Harvest Supper and a Piano Recital given by international concert pianist Anthony Adkins, who is our organist. Other occasional events include an Art Festival, when local artists are invited to display and sell their work, Open Gardens and an Auction of Promises.

St Richard's Mini Storm Chasers: Mini Storm Chasers meet on Wednesdays during term time. It is a voluntary group run by church members for young children up to pre-school age. We meet in a friendly environment when Mum, Carers, Grandmas and the occasional Dad bring the children along to play, whilst they chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Juice and biscuits are also provided. We meet between 1.00 and 2.45 pm, and there is a nominal charge of 50 pence per family. The group is open to everyone; all are welcome.
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Faithful Friends: This group grew out of the Understanding Islam course held in 2008 organised by St Richard's Church, St Thomas Aquinas Church and St Michael's Convent. With founder members from these three bodies and Kingston Mosque, the Group's aim is to create possibilities for people of faith to get to know each other in friendship. It has representatives on the Interfaith Forums of both Richmond and Kingston Boroughs. For more information about Faithful Friends and its events please contact Diana Mills -

Call-in-for-coffee: St Richard's "Call-in-for-Coffee" on a Wednesday morning was started some years ago and has been a success with what has become a faithful following who turn up each week in order to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits, and a chat with friends. Visitors do not have to be church members and for some it is an eagerly-awaited hour or so when they can be with other people in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. "Call-in-for-Coffee" is open every Wednesday between 10.15 am and 12 noon and the people who serve the tea and coffee are always pleased to see visitors and make sure that everyone has someone to talk to.
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Ham and Petersham SOS : Ham & Petersham SOS is a neighbourhood care scheme staffed by volunteers and has recently moved its office from St Richard's to The Day Centre, Woodville Road, Ham. Its purpose is to support people locally by providing help with transport to those who cannot use the public services, assisting with shopping and offering friendship. The office is open every weekday from 10 am to 12 noon (telephone 020 8948 1090) and there is an answering machine to take messages out-of-hours.

Local Police: The local police hold a monthly "Drop In" surgery from 3.00 - 5.00pm at the Police Office,
14 Ashburnham Road, Ham (Opposite the Library).

Safer Neighbourhood Team
Mobile number: 07768 178 552
e-mail: snttw-.ham&

Space available for Community use: As noted in the section on History of the Building, the church has a versatile hexagonal central area suitable for a range of activities, including recitals and concerts. Current users of the space include a Play Group, a Choir and a Marshall Arts Group. Enquiries about using the space should be addressed to the Vicar.