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

Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 7th November 2014 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 7th November 2014 9am – 1.30pm

It is held just next to the Library in the large hall, full of lots of bargains to be had!

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

You will also find homemade refreshments being served and a nice cosy atmosphere with friends new and old.

There is a waiting list for stalls but if you do wish to enquire the number is: 0208 393 2042

Hope to see you there, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur, LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Kyrie at All Saints Saturday 29th November at 7pm £5 per ticket

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Kyrie at All Saints Saturday 29th November at 7pm £5 per ticket

A winter-warming exploration of the Mass Setting through the centuries from Palestrina to Chilcott.

Directed by Sam Gosden.

Accompanied by Chris Stokes.

Kyrie at All Saints

Kyrie at All Saints

Sounds like a great event, tickets available at the door or reserve through:  info@sheengatecoir.co.uk or visit their website: http://www.sheengatechoir.co.uk

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Bellinis donates back to our local schools upon each food purchase!

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Bellinis donates back to our local schools upon each food purchase!

Bellinis

Bellinis

What a great idea I wish all eateries would do this, don’t you, a great example of Community spirit?

Thank you for reading/viewing, Justine

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Our Autumn Event was a grand success!

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Living in East Sheen:

Lots of fun seem have been had at the Friends of Palewell Common & Fields Autumn Event. Why not join to become a member it is only £10 per family for a year and its a great way to support the local green space we so love to use.

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Our Autumn Event was a grand success!

The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields

The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields

On the Saturday morning of the 25th October we had our Autumn Event which was to raise awareness about the Friends of Palewell Common, hopefully get a few more members to join and to provide some fun to local residents.

We seem to have succeeded on all counts.

Fairy cakes theme for the 'Friends'

Fairy cakes theme for the ‘Friends’

Mushroom Treasure Hunt

Mushroom Treasure Hunt

The half price hot dogs provided by Pistachios went down well as multiple children between football changeovers scooted off to the field edges to find planted false mushrooms on the treasure hunt.

They returned to get their culinary treat be it a chocolate bar or one of the beautifully baked themed fairy cakes donated by the wife of David who is Chairman of The Friends.

Pin the Antlers on the Deer under construction

Pin the Antlers on the Deer under construction

A deer had been created out…

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A bulby experience at Palewell Common and Fields

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Living in East Sheen:

It looks like the volunteers who went down to Palewell Common and Fields achieved some tremendous planting. Save the next date for your diary, 2nd December at 10am as they really could do with some more volunteers to help.

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A bulby experience at Palewell Common and Fields

Friends of Palewell Common & Fields logo

Friends of Palewell Common & Fields logo

A little run down of the Volunteering with Nature’s Gym on Tuesday 21st October past by David the Chairman of ‘The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields’

The weather was kind to us and we had a good turn out – Angela and me from the committee, John Blundell and Paul Kenny from the membership and Gina brought along a volunteer Robert from Twickenham and an intern working with Glendale for three months.

The intern was an ecology graduate and wanted to get into paid employment in environmental work – but lacked experience.

We started with bulb planting in the area around the old pond with 200 bulbs provided by the Council.  The aim was to help fill in the spaces where the daffodils hadn’t grown – so hopefully we will have an even more…

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Arts through the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

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Arts through the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

Did you know that our local Borough list a huge amount of Arts Educational Services, Exhibitions and Festivals on their website?

If not take a peek here:  Arts – London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields Autumn Event, Saturday 25th October 10am – midday.

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Living in East Sheen:

Sounds like a great Community Event held by the hard working volunteers of the Friends of Palewell Common and Fields next Saturday 25th October 10am – midday. Lets go and show them our support and sign up to become a member whilst having some fun!

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The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields Autumn Event, Saturday 25th October 10am – midday.

Please come to our Autumn Event at Palewell Common & Fields which promises to be not only to be packed full of interesting facts about our green space but also full of fun filled events too.

Please tweet, facebook share, shout about, sing about and share the news about this upcoming event.

The Friends of Palewell Common Autumn Event

The Friends of Palewell Common Autumn Event

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Weekend away activities for anyone?

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Weekend away activities for anyone?

Country Life

Country Life

Country Life have rounded up activities for anyone wishing to get away, not just this weekend but leading up until December 2014.

Why not subscribe to their magazine, or catch up with them online, you can do so here:  Country Life

Weekend activities….

Exhibition
Until October 11 ‘David Fowles’, Rowles Fine Art, Ludlow, Shropshire. An evocative selection of local scenes (01584 872123; http://www.rowlesfineart.co.uk)

Day out
October 11–30 Deer Rut Safaris, Knepp Wildland Safaris, near Horsham, West Sussex. Visit the lecking grounds and watch fallow bucks and red-deer stags do battle. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, £35 per person (01403 713230; www.kneppsafaris.co.uk)

Dinner
October 11 A Foraging Dinner, The Arundell Arms, Lifton, Devon. A special six-course menu featuring wild mushrooms, rabbit, mallard and rosehips. 7pm for 7.30pm, £50 per person (01566 784666; http://www.arundellarms.com)

Fair
October 12 London Antique Textile Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall King’s Road, London SW3. Everything from Persian rugs and tapestries to quilts and clothing. 10.30am–4.30pm, entry £6 (020–7923 0331; www.textilesociety.org.uk)

Show
October 12–13 Tackle and Guns Show, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Some 120 exhibitors from the shooting, fishing and country-clothing sectors. Sunday 9.30am–5.30pm, Monday 10am–4pm, entry free (01327 311999; http://www.tandgshow.com)

What to book this weekend
October 15–25 Two Moors Festival, various venues, Devon. Concerts, recitals and talks across Exmoor and Dartmoor (01643 831006; www.thetwomoorsfestival.co.uk)

December 1 Festive willow decorations, West Dean College, near Chichester, West Sussex. Learn how to weave fish-, tree- and star-shaped decorations. 9am–5pm, £118 (0844 499 4408; http://www.westdean.org.uk)

Country Life

Country Life

Are you keeping up with Robert Young MarathonManUK?

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Are you keeping up with Robert Young MarathonManUK?

MarathonManUK

MarathonManUK

You might be thinking I mean literally, I do in fact mean in both senses.

Yes literally, you can keep up with him by running with him.  You don’t have to be a marathon runner to do so, just a plodder and just for a few yards if that is all you can manage.

It might seem like MarathonManUK is getting big press, but he is still our down to earth local gem and having an active supportive network of local people running beside him would do nothing but bolster his spirits even further.

If you want to see when he is next going to be running in our wonderful Richmond Park, or which marathon he might be taking on next then look here on his website:  My Marathons

If you happen to be a follower of my blog, Living in East Sheen, you might have noticed that for some time now I have had a dedicated page to MarathonManUK which sections up all his social media sites neatly in to one area and there is a nifty button on the side also that goes directly to his website.

He completed yesterday his 188th run in 176 days, isn’t that simply crazy, or astounding?  Both I think, so much so that he is now a person of scientific interest, you can read an amazing article on him about this here:  ISEH Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health

Some of you might not have been lucky enough to have met him yet.  So I very sneakily plied away some short footage of his run last night from his devoted partner Joanna, which I have edited, it gives an opportunity to see Robert in person, see how likeable and down to earth he is.

Now that you have seen him you might want to know if you don’t already that he has a young family, he holds down a full time job, plus completes all these marathons for charity.  That is his choice, but it is a choice that helps vulnerable & sick children all over, through his 3 chosen charities, NSPCC, Dreams Come True and GOSCHH.

Being a marathon runner to his extent means he consumes lots of food which needs to be healthy, which is expensive, not to mention running kit, travelling expenses if he isn’t running to the marathon just to get there which he has been known to do in the past.  Most of all he wants to be situated with his family at home, because home is where the heart is and home for him is East Sheen.

Local residents got together to help write an article for support, in varying ways for Rob.  This request for support as well as being published on a local community website, has also gone out to one of the local schools.

This was the local school that housed the pivotal moment when Rob found his natural home, that being East Sheen, SW14.  The amazing welcome he received through both the parents and children when he came to demonstrate and talk about being an accomplished athlete to inspire our youngsters in turn brought to us a new resident.

You can see the article sent out here:

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MarathonManUK

MarathonManUK

 

If you can help in any way whatsoever please contact Alistair Parkes: alistair.parkes@me.com – 0208 876 2814 – 07970 652 555

Thank you for reading!   © Justine LivinginEastSheen.co.uk