Christmas Carol Concert, All Saints Church, Thurs 11th December, 6.30pm in aid of REACH

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Christmas Carol Concert, All Saints Church, Thurs 11th December, 6.30pm in aid of REACH

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust will be holding a carol concert at the All Saints Church on East Sheen Avenue. The carol concert will begin at 6.30pm on Thursday 11th December.

The carol concert is in aid of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s Reach Appeal.  The aim of this appeal is to raise money in order to help us reach out to more victims of stalking.

Tickets can be bought by following this link: Ticket Sales

Come and join them for an evening of music and festive cheer and help raise funds towards their Reach Appeal – helping everyone to reach out to more victims of stalking. There’ll be singing, mince pies, a good old-fashioned tombola… and much more!

Christmas Carol Concert Thurs 11th December in aid of REACH

Christmas Carol Concert Thurs 11th December in aid of REACH

For more information about the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, you can visit the website: Suzy Lamplugh Trust

East Sheen’s Christmas Shopping & Santa Event Was A Great Success!

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East Sheen’s Christmas Shopping & Santa Event Was A Great Success!

I was very excited last night about the East Sheen Christmas Event having heard good things prior.

As we walked down the street my children kept hurrying me up saying “Mummy we need to get to the Hare and Hounds to get the map!”  Their enthusiasm evident in the tone of their voices.

We arrived around 5pm to an already busy pub and though we were meant to retrieve the map, the market proved too tempting and as such distracted us from intended initial objectives.

East Sheen Christmas Events

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It was a small market, but nonetheless took enough time to get around whilst bustling through the throng of onlookers.  There was a mix bag of items being sold most seemingly handmade which was nice and ‘some’ as I did not ask all, appeared to be local.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

I found a lovely woman who bakes bread, I had wondered if she had a shop, but no, she does not. She started off making bread for a few friends, the word spread and soon she was receiving orders the shoppers all exclaiming they would prefer to collect in person rather than have her deliver.  So her door is open, the smell of freshly baked bread oozes out of the house as does the chitter chatter of people coming and going.

Eventually we collected ‘the map’ which was a sheet listing 16 participating shops.  The children were to find these shops, adults in tow, inside there would be questions and or treasure to find and for the adults usually some bubbly and something to nibble.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

We found the first two shops took us nearly an hour due to the Community spirit, knowing the Owners and people milling in and out to whom we had to chat to.

It became apparent to ‘us’ in particular that we were most definitely  not going to make all 16 shops in a hurry, consequently we cut out quite a few.

The temptation to avoid Madeleines boutique cake shop proved to be too much and yes we added to our children’s sugar intake.

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East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

After the children had eaten numerous amounts of sweets and sugary filled things I was very happy to end up in Sheen Sports, where they got to meet Robert Young again, aka MarathonManUK.

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East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

They had a running machine out and it was with glee that I watched as both my children enthusiastically ran off their sugar buzz, a great idea, thank you to whoever thought of that part.

Robert seemed to thoroughly enjoy supervising the children as they ended up forming an orderly yet energetic queue to have a go.  Much of the time he spent turning the speed down as they sneakily tried to turn it up!

Finally we ended up back at the Hare and Hounds, yes Santa was there, the presents of which most had been seemingly pillaged but pirates, however my youngest was coaxed in to conversation as my eldest decided to red lazer Santa’s belly.

Our bellys mostly were full from having eaten the street food which consisted of either paella or Swedish hot dogs, we had both and most yummy they were too.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

We did come across Santa’s helper more than once, in fact around most of East Sheen in our journeys.

This particular helper had the most brilliant smile and banter and after the busy rounds of going shop to shop it was with no surprise that I find ‘said’ helper relaxing with joyful smile back at Santas Den.

East Sheen Christmas Events

East Sheen Christmas Events

I settled for some mulled wine as the wonderful jazz duo sang, the pub by now was packed.

East Sheen Christmas Event

East Sheen Christmas Event

I watched from the side lines as various hard core treasure hunters came in later who had obviously completed all 16 shops, only to find Santa had retired but a man looking suspiciously like him sat at the bar drinking a well earned pint.

We didn’t manage to stay until the raffle being drawn by Robert Young which was a shame as tired children with a school day needed to be put to bed.

However I am sure the frivolity continued late in to the night.

So I wish to thank East Sheen Village, The Hare and Hounds and whoever else contributed to putting on this event.

I shall look forward to next years arrangements.

Thank you for reading, Justine x

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 5th December 2014, 9am – 1.30pm, last chance to get some collectable goodies from there

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Sheen Lane Antiques & Collectables Market Friday 5th December 2014, 9am – 1.30pm

This is the last Sheen Lane Antiques & Collecteables market until February 2015.  That is right folks, its your last chance to get down there and bag some goodies as wonderful presents for a loved one.

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

There is a huge selection of items, from jewellery, crockery, books, war memorabilia and more and the stall holders don’t mind the odd haggle, just make sure you don’t get haggled up!

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Christmas Shopping, Music, Treasure Hunts, Santa, Food & Robert Young who is our MarathonManUK

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Christmas Shopping, Music, Treasure Hunts, Santa, Food & Robert Young who is our MarathonManUK

It might appear that Christmas has come early, it certainly will be later tonight in our lovely #EastSheenm #SW14 as we get to experience a myriad of different activities.

My mind boggles with excitement as to whether I will get to see and do all, not to mention the children’s elation.

What do we start with? – A Treasure Hunt at the Hair & Hounds, Thursday, 4.30pm

Treasure map

Treasure map

Let’s get the children even more excited and pop down to one of our favourite pubs, the Hare & Hounds where they will be given directions, much like a treasure map.

The fun then begins for all as they pop in to shops, adults get to shop, perhaps have a glass of bubbly (one hopes), our little ones get to answer questions and collect treasure.

Then it is back to Santa (Thurs pm)

Santa

Santa

After all this excitement it is back to the Hare & Hounds, were Santa will be relaxing in his snug waiting for the Treasure Hunters to return.

The bar staff will be at the alert to pour pints and glasses of whatever ordered as one warms up beside the cosy flickering fires, watching the children in glee as the Christmas Spirit is in full flow.

Now is your chance to meet Robert Young, #MarathonManUK (Thurs pm)

MarathonManUK

MarathonManUK

I expect most of you have heard about Robert Young, aka MarathonManUK.

However, maybe you have not had a chance meet him yet and feel the inspiration that oozes from his very being.

I certainly am not a runner myself and not an early riser, so have missed many opportunities to see him in action.

If you are like me you might have been waiting for ‘that’ opportunity not arisen yet. Here is a chance to pop by Sheen Sports our family run sports shop where Robert will be between 4-9pm

A little brief bit about Robert you can read below, for a fuller account please go to his website, where you can also donate to support the charities near to his heart, helping sick and vulnerable children.

Robert started by wanting to run 50 Marathons in 50 days, now it is to break the current World Record of 366 marathons in a year.  He had never run a marathon before starting this incredible challenge.

Robert not only has been running one marathon a day, but sometimes two, sometimes ultra marathons, which are crazy ones where one climbs and encounters hard terrain.

He has even been known to pick up others and carry them when injured.

He himself has recently had to take some time off, to re-couperate after the pounding his body has had, but he is still determined to beat this record and meanwhile doing everything he can to still promote and support the charities near to his heart.

So why not pop by not only to say “Hello”, but give him some local support, ask him questions, see how inspiring he can be and perhaps find yourself wanting to pop some money in to his donation page – here.

Christmas Markets at the Hare & Hounds ( Thursday eve & Sat pm)

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

Yes that is right, as if the Treasure Hunt was not enough, there will be two Christmas Markets being held in the gardens of Hare & Hounds, Thursday 4.30 – 9pm and a second one on Saturday, midday – 5pm.

Can you imagine the Christmas Spirit whilst shopping for those hand crafted goods? The stalls lit up with fairy lights, wrap up warm with some mulled wine and see if anything takes your fancy.

Al Fesco Dining & Late Night Shops Opening (Thurs pm)

For those of you who are enjoying the late night shop opening by our wonderful retailers you might fancy to also indulge in some ‘Al Fresco Dining’.  There will be street food being sold outside Pearsons and Oh Darling to cater for those grumbling tummies on the move.

Liquid Tasting Opportunities (Thurs pm)

If you are a connoissuer or simply curious about Brewery delights then make sure you make yourself known in the Hare & Hounds that same Thursday evening to sample some taste bud liquid teasers from a selection of local sources.

What happens after Santa & The Shopping?

There is food and entertainment to keep everyone happy including the youngsters! There will be a singing duo, Swedish Hotdogs, Spanish Paella & local banter and Community Spirit!

Remember, Remember, Christmas is about giving too!

Don’t forget there are raffle tickets being sold at the Hare & Hounds, this will be drawn at 9pm by our very own Robert Young, MarathonManUK.

There are plenty of wonderful prizes supplied by those near and dear.

All proceeds are going to Dreams Come True, GOSH and NSPCC, these charities being the ones that MarathonManUK, Robert Young has been raising money for, all supporting and helping vulnerable and sick children.

Pop Up Cinema

Last but not least there is a Pop Up Cinema, for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Friday 5th December, from 5pm.

5pm is Frozen for the children and at 8pm a good old almost classic now in the form of Grease.

East Sheen Pop Up Cinema

East Sheen Pop Up Cinema

 

Sunset in Richmond Park & Dangerous Dogs

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Sunset in Richmond Park

I decided to take the boys out Saturday afternoon, it had been a while since we had had one of ‘those’ walks, the ones that when you do go out you think “Why don’t I do this more often?”

As I arrived in to Richmond Park the sun was already setting.  Now if you are familiar with Richmond Park you will know that the scenery in itself is already pretty amazing, but with a sunset, or I imagine a sunrise, just stunning.

 

Richmond Sunset

Richmond Sunset

 

We wandered down to the pond, a signet came to greet us, it seemed very friendly, or hungry and had no problem with coming up close in a non aggressive fashion.

Richmond Park signet

Richmond Park signet

There was a flurry of activity on the pond as all the other birds converged towards us in the hope of food, guilt ridden we had to just stand and admire the aviary show before went on our way.

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Richmond Park Pond

Richmond Park Pond

Dangerous Dogs & Irresponsible Dog Owners

On our way down the main path from Sheen Gate to Roehampton I saw a flurry of activity across the fields and a sound of a whistle.

Upon looking up I could see all the deer, including baby ones herding in fear and running in this direction and that.

I then saw a black dog which looked like a labrador, but I was not completely sure.

The dog continued to terrorize the deer by chasing them, splitting them up to run in multiple directions.

It then went back to its Owner at which point I assumed she would put the lead on.

She did not.

She let the dog go off again even though it had come up to greet her and stayed a moment.

The dog continued to chase the deer, it was at this point I went u to her, took a photograph of the dog and her.  She was aware of this.

I saw two leads hanging from her hand.  I asked her if they were her dogs or if she was a professional dog walker.  She confirmed they were her dogs.  I asked her why she had not put the dog on a lead.  She just shrugged and walked past me.

I am afraid at this point my blood did boil a bit, she gave the impression of utterly not caring one jot as to the danger she was causing by not keeping her dog under control.

I informed her that I had her photo and would be reporting her to the police.

She then continued up towards Sheen Gate and I heard and saw at least two more incidences of her dog going off to terrorize the deer.

The thing is, not only could the deer have run on to the road, been hurt or killed themselves, but also cause damage to the driver, but also there were children around, people on the fields etc, it was a complete hazard allowing a dog to behave in such a fashion.

I am a dog owner myself, I do not know my dogs reaction around deer and as such I chose to keep him on a lead if any are close by.

So just for the record, if an incident like this happens, apparently one does not telephone Richmond Park which is what I initially did.

You should phone 101 which is the police and ask for the Parks Police.

I reported the incident and am waiting for someone to give me a call so I can hand over the close up photos, for now however, I have only posted the dog be it grainey.

dangerous dog in Richmond Park

dangerous dog in Richmond Park

Let’s hope that in future whoever this was will take more care of the wonderful environment in which we are allowed to enjoy!

© Justine Nagaur Living in East Sheen

 

Volunteers needed 2nd December, 10am, Palewell Common to help tidy & maintain our paths

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Living in East Sheen:

Another great opportunity to volunteer in Palewell Common & prepare the ground for the Winter months, have a cuppa and a natter! Tuesday 2nd December at 10am, meeting place Pistachios Cafe.

Originally posted on Friends of Palewell Common & Fields:

Volunteers needed 2nd December, 10am,  Palewell Common to help tidy & maintain our paths

bark chippings

bark chippings

It is coming to that time of the year again when maintenance of the paths is a must to keep it safe for walking upon during the slushy and cold Winter months.

With this in mind, Nature’s Gym are holding their Volunteering day this Tuesday, 2nd December, 10am start to meet outside Pistachios Cafe.

We really could do with a good round up of volunteers to help with filling the wheelbarrows with the bark, pushing them to the various locations, raking the coverings upon the path, plus general tidying up of the overgrown areas etc, all hearty and healthy work.

Please spread the word if you cannot be there yourself, the more the merrier, tea is provided and plenty of great banter.

BarkMulch

BarkMulch

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Donate your old bike for recycling in aid of charity

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Donate your old bike for recycling in aid of charity

The Kingston Eco-op Bike Workshop is a friendly group of people who take in old bikes and recycle them for their charity which supports training for disabled people and those at risk of social exclusion to gain employment skills.

For further details see below:

Kingston Eco-op Bike Workshop

Kingston Eco-op Bike Workshop

Thank you for reading, Justine

Tread lightly in Richmond Park – find out a little more about local preservation in our wonderful green space

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Tread lightly in Richmond Park – find out a little more about local preservation in our wonderful green space

You can find out all about our wonderful Richmond Park at this website here.

However to give you a little heads up here is some general information about our wonderful green space, park regulations and 9 ways to help protect our rich flora and fauna!

Tread lightly in Richmond Park

Tread lightly in Richmond Park

Tread lightly in Richmond Park

Tread lightly in Richmond Park

Thank you for reading, Justine

 

Dates for Diaries, Hare & Hound pre Christmas Activities

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Dates for Diaries, Hare & Hound pre Christmas Activities

For those of you who have not picked up one of these fliers yet there are two great activities going on at the Hare & Hounds, consisting of:

A pop up cinema

Christmas Markets x 2 pm & day time

See below for further details…

Hare & Hounds pre Christmas activities

Hare & Hounds pre Christmas activities

Hare & Hounds pre Christmas activities

Hare & Hounds pre Christmas activities

Thank you for reading, Justine Nagaur

 

Ibstock Christmas Market was a great shopping treat!

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Ibstock Christmas Market was a great shopping treat!

Wicker weaving

Wicker weaving

I was very excited when I heard that Ibstock school was hosting a Christmas Market and especially so when I saw the variety of items that would be on sale, some of which you can see on their facebook here: Ibstock Christmas Market

Pink's Pestos Jellies & Chutneys

Pink’s Pestos Jellies & Chutneys

I arrived an hour in to it starting, the rain had made the ground pretty slushy but spirits were certainly not dampened.  I was given a map in the entrance which surprised me having assumed it would be some tiny affair not big enough to need one, however I was wrong.

There was a lovely mix of activities for children that were well thought out and appealing, some of which I had not seen at fairs or other markets so this was a nice surprise.

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

I had worried that the BBQ would have a huge queue by the time I arrived, it was actually rather small, I instinctively thought that must mean it’s not very good, but queued nonetheless as my stomach didn’t care.

However, the food though simple in offerings, ie hot dog and burgers, which actually in hindsight make things a lot easier for both the cooks and customers, was delicious.  It was obvious that good meat had been chosen and the staff on board the BBQ tent were akin to a military operation, hence the queue was small, a thoroughly pleasant experience.

The stalls were dotted around in different buildings, this made the map necessary. Upon only a couple of instances did I feel there a strange combination of stall holders put together, ie very nice hand made jewellery and plastic children’s toys, all tucked way in the back.  However the range of crafts, produce and items tailored to all needs and most budgets and wants.

Coral & Bone Decorative products for the home

Coral & Bone Decorative products for the home

After helping myself to a hot dog, I shopped until I nearly dropped, swigged down a very strong mulled wine which nearly blew my head off, watched the children play lazer quest in some plastic zip up blow up contraption which they said was absolutely excellent then drift off home with a few Christmas presents tucked under my belt.

Bright, light & striped Fouta Towels

Bright, light & striped Fouta Towels

I believe this is the 2nd year that this market has been held, I myself hope for it to be repeated next year.

Nutty Lady, glazed nuts

Nutty Lady, glazed nuts

I have listed below a few stall holders of whose items I tried and tested within the time frame given and give a thumbs up to….the rest I hope to peruse next year!

  • Pep up your pasta with Pink’s Pestos – http://www.pinksfoods.com – I bought a selection of jellies and chutneys from here after having tasted I think the entire variety, there were simply YUM
  • Portrait Artist for furry friends or children – 07739730578 or http://www.emilyburrowes.com – though I have not commissioned anything from Emily it is a serious contender to do so.  The paintings had a modern look to them, fresh and colourful and simply adorable.
  • Nutty Lady, Almonds, glazed, chewy caramelised and spicy pecans – yup I tried these, didn’t buy simply because I was running out of hand space to hold things, but they were unusual and moreish for sure – http://www.yumbles.com/nutty-lady
  • Fouta, bright, light & striped Fouta towels – http://www.foutala.com – though I didn’t buy one of these towels again I was sorely tempted, but I cannot buy everything right?  The colours were beautiful and I was initially attracted to them simply because of this and thinking they were some kind of throw.  They are super slim and apparently hold a huge amount of water versus the thinness of the material and dry super quickly.
  • Blue Blanc – http://www.blueblancmange.co.uk – here I found super pretty and funky what looked like pyjama bottoms, but then saw a poster with people wearing them with wellies, so I guess super versatile, long socks in bright colours, hats and a few other items.  What kept my attention was the quality and colour of the items, plus friendly staff of course and yup some pyjamas were bought but not to be opened until Christmas.
  • Coral and Bone – http://www.coralandbone.com/ – a friend of mine runs this stall but I am not biased, this business provides antique and new eclectic items to decorate the home and I am always tempted every time I see their stall to buy something.

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk