A bulby experience at Palewell Common and Fields

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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

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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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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)

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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

Your Vision Your East Sheen Thursday 23rd October 6.30pm – 8:30pm All Saints Church

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Your Vision Your East Sheen

Do you want to shape the area you live in, do you wish to protect it’s character?  Now is the perfect opportunity to come along to a Question Time Event.

Three local ‘Question-time’ style events will enable residents to share directly with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members the local issues that mean most to them, to make suggestions for improvements and hold leading members of the Council to account.

The Question Time events will be held:

  • Mortlake: 15 October (Wednesday) from 6.30pm-8.30pm in The Old Power Station, 121 Mortlake High St
  • Barnes: 20 October (Monday) from 6.30pm – 8.30pm in OSO Community Arts Centre: 49 Station Rd.
  • East Sheen: 23 October (Thursday) from 6.30pm – 8:30pm in All Saints Church, 86 East Sheen Avenue, East Sheen.

 

Your Vision Your East Sheen

Your Vision Your East Sheen

To submit a question to any of the events, Question Times, or for more information, please email:events@richmond.gov.uk. Please clearly state at the start of your email which Question Time you want to attend.

Pre-submitted questions will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis to be asked on the night, but all questions submitted in advance will receive a written answer and be published online.

Click the link to see the Village Plans: Village Plans

Thank you for reading, Justine x

 

VOLUNTEER DAYS – PALEWELL COMMON AND FIELDS

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Important dates for your diary, come help out volunteering for a couple of hours at Palewell Common & Fields our beautiful local green space

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VOLUNTEER DAYS – PALEWELL COMMON AND FIELDS

We have volunteer days with Nature’s Gym (Glendale – Richmonds conservation partner).

As a rule of thumb we meet at Pistachios cafe which you can find situated just a short way from where the cars are parked.  The time of meeting is usually 10am.

There are a variety of activities undertaken on the volunteering days which generally improves not only the look of Palewell Common & Fields but also the environment.

It also sometimes is a chance to take up a new skill and or to socialize.

Dates for the next volunteering days at Palewell Common & Fields are:

On Tuesday 21st October we hopefully will have some bulbs to plant on the old ‘pond’ area.  These bulbs are to fill in gaps in what is our gorgeous annual daffodil display. In addition, work on clearing the woods and paths will  be undertaken.

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 3rd October 2014 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 3rd October 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

The Barnes Food Fair was a gluttony delight!

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The Barnes Food Fair was a gluttony delight!

This was my first visit to The Barnes Food Fair.  I had heard varying opinions, from it being expensive to wonderful, so my curiosity was at its height to find out for myself.

Of course it started with an adventure.  Seeing that Teddy (my frenchbulldog) had lost his companion recently, I decided to bring him along, knowing that there was doggycare there and he needs a bit of doggy playtime with others.  Not being allowed on the first bus that came along due to another dog already being on there we had to wait for another, all a learning curve.  So if you are planning on taking a bus with a dog bear this in mind and make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your destination.

Teddy really wasn’t sure about the bus and promptly flopped himself down flat on to the floor for safety, I guess he wasn’t sure about the motion of it and he remained there until we arrived which was in hindsight a good thing.

I always love wandering through Barnes seeing the lovely array of shops, ones that I make a mental note to make sure I visit later when more time.  One being a lovely old fashioned Grocers Shop, called Two Peas in a Pod (featured below).

When I lived on Wandsworth Bridge Road we had a traditional grocers there for a while and it was an experience rather than just a shopping trip.  Though there is a wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables in our local Waitrose, it isn’t quite the same.  Maybe one day we will get a grocers down my end of Upper Richmond Road, instead of another Estate Agents!

We spotted Bruce’s doggy daycare which consisted of a tent and a handful of people ready with leads to take our beloved pets.  It was like dropping one of my children off to nursery for the first time.  I made the mistake of looking back only to see him straining against the lead to be with us, yes a heart tugging moment, but I braved on and went to the Food Fair without another glance back.

Bruce’s doggy daycare

- you can find their website here – Bruce’s Doggy Daycare

An example of their reasonable pricing

Half Day

1 dog from £16 2hrs minimum

 

Two Peas in a Pod Grocery Store

020 8748 0232

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Having entered the Barnes Food Fair I met the lovely Charlotte Sharpe-Neal who is the main organizer, she was introduced to me as the ‘Oracle’ which is testament to others opinions of her.  The main area outside consisted of stalls with hot food ready to buy for lunch and a small selection of saleable goods.

The fair wasn’t as big as I imagined it would be, having been to the Barnes Fair which is huge I had anticipated something like that.  In fact I was grateful it wasn’t as it allowed me to get around the stalls in a decent non back breaking time, get an idea of what was tickling my taste buds and make my choice what I wanted to eat.

I also bumped in to Anthony from Pistachios our local cafe in Palewell Common & Fields, his wife had cooked up a samosa storm!

Stockholm restaurant & Deli

I stopped in my tracks when I saw the board below saying Reindeer burgers with a pathetic “awe” coming out of my mouth.  Of course I think of Richmond Park, the majestic deer and then the sign.  It is all about what we find normal and I guess in Stockholm reindeer burgers are normal and apparently they are also very good for us.  No I didn’t try one, but that is not to say that next time I wouldn’t.

The reindeer burgers came from the Stockholm Restaurant and Delhi, which is local in East Sheen, you will find it as you head down towards Mortlake Train Station on the right hand side.  I havn’t been in yet to eat there, it is always somewhere I imagined to go for a ‘special’ event.  But seeing as they have a deli which I had not noticed before I think it is high time I go in and visit.

You can find their website here – Stockholm Restaurant & Deli

109 Sheen Lane, East Sheen, London SW14 8AE

020 8876 7747 – info@stockholmdeli.co.uk

Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 10pm (Sunday and Monday – closed)

Exotic Tagine Moroccan Cuisine

My choice for lunch was in fact from the Exotic Tagine Moroccan Cuisine stall.  The selection of lentils, lamb and chicken sizzling away was too much for me.  The plate was stacked high as you could see, fit for my tummy to burst, very tasty and at around £7 was in my opinion well worth it.

16 Milfield, Mill Place Kingston- Upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 2RP

Tel 07760 273425  Email:  tadimi@exotictagine.com

Website:  www.exotictagine.com

Swing music – Entertainment at The Barnes Food Fair

There was music put on for the visitors, a wonderful duo of girls sung swing music, a real treat.

Caribbean Cuisine

I am particularly fond of caribbean cuisine.  Going down to Oistins in Barbados on a Friday night where they pull in the catch of the day which are then cooked in oil  drums, a swig of rum, a spoonful of macaroni pie you can’ get better. So I wait for a Caribbean Restaurant to open up in East Sheen, that is on my wish list!

Tapestry Tapas Bar

Apparently we have a tapas bar not too far away and it has been here for over 13yrs!  Another one of my favourite foods.  They cater in house and out, so it’s worth taking a look at their website if you have any parties coming up.

You can find their website here - Tapestry Tapas Bar

Tapestry Tapas Bar, 1 Lower Richmond Road, London SW14 7EZ

Tel: 020 8878 7177020 8878 7177

 

Tapestry Tapas Bar
Tapestry Tapas Bar

The Giggly Pig Company

All I know about the Giggly Pig Company is that we have come across them before at another fair.  They are just about to set up online ordering and now 2nd time around I can vouch that their sausages are absolutely divine.  Just eaten some for Sunday lunch.

132 Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9PH

Tel:  01708 343896

Their website can be found here:  The Giggle Pig Company

The Giggly Pig Company

The Giggly Pig Company

Inside the Barnes Food Fair Festival Tent

Inside the tent were taster stalls and areas where one could buy produce.  It was particularly hot in there so I didn’t manage long but whizzed around.

The giggly sausages caught my eye of course as mentioned above and chocolate.  I am an official chocoholic and what better way than to divulge in this weakness than as described below the next set of pictures.

 

Pots & Co

Luckily for me there were some sample pots and rather large wooden throw away spoons to dip in, yay chocolate heaven for me but I did not take advantage.  I headed straight for the salted caramel and chocolate pot and felt my eyes nearly bulge out of my head in ecstasy.  Their gourmet, delicious, decadent, divine pots are sold in various places, you can find out where on their website.

You can find their website here:  Pots & Co

Pots & Co

Pots & Co

Thank you for reading and I hope next year you are now inspired to go and visit the Barnes Food Fair!

© Justine Nagaur – LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

 

 

 

Barnes Food Fair this Saturday 20th September 10.00am-5.00pm

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Barnes Food Fair this Saturday 20th September 10.00am-5.00pm

For all you foodies!

Location
Barnes Green, next to the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre at 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF
Timing 10.00am-5.00pm
Tickets
£4 on the door for adults -

free admission for children under 16 accompanied by adults
Dogs Sadly for food hygiene reasons we do not allow dogs in the marquee – however we do provide a dog creche courtesy of Bruce’s Doggy Daycare

You can find the official Barnes Food Fair website here for full details - Barnes Food Fair

How to find them