Annual Mortlake Summer Fair, Saturday, June 24th at the Stag Brewery playing fields in Mortlake, SW14 8AE

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Annual Mortlake Summer Fair, Saturday, June 24th at the Stag Brewery playing fields in Mortlake.

A little bit of background on the fair:

Quoted by one of the parents from St Mary Magdalen’s school

Organised by the parents of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in conjunction with the Mortlake Community Association, the Fair is a popular family event that attracts approximately 2,500 visitors and brings together the local community for a day of fun and camaraderie.   As well as being great fun it is also the chief fund-raiser for our school and as a result of the recent cutbacks (approximately £150 per child) it is more important than ever that this year’s Summer Fair is a success.

One of our main goals this year is to raise enough money to purchase an additional 16 iPads so that eventually EVERY child within our school has access to an iPad providing an invaluable resource for learning. In addition to this we hope to raise the money to fund the Easy Grass needed for an area at the back of the school used by the Reception Children so that this space can be used to its full potential in all weather conditions. Due to the popularity of the fair and the support we have received in the past we believe that the above is achievable.

Come and join one of your local fairs, here you will find:

  • Live music from The Grateful Dads, Jade & Kyle Stanger, music theater singers Genevieve & Elisa and a Choir from St. Mary Magdalen’s mini-singers.
  • Enjoy delicious food and drink available from the BBQ.
  • “The Mortlake Market” with arts and crafts, vintage, artisan, homewares & fresh products from local business and charities.
  • We will also have raffle prizes, Punch and Judy, beautiful performances by The little dancer’s school of dance, The Manton School of Irish Dancers, The St. Mary Magdalen’s Zumba Dance Crew,
  • The Pee Wee kid’s Karate demonstration, bouncy castle and children’s games.”

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We look forward to seeing you there, Justine

Lost Gatodouro Sphynx Cat – Urgent – Now Found :-)

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Lost Gatodouro Sphynx Cat – Urgent

Tarquin a much loved pet has been missing since yesterday afternoon (Sunday 11th June) we think from either Palmerston Road or Christchurch.which is very unusual for him.

If you see him, he should come when called and is very friendly.

I have attached two photos of him.

Tarquin missing

Tarquin missing

If you see him, please immediately contact either:

Frank 07957117075 or

Davidene:  07931 372831

Thank you, Justine 

Barnes Monthly Pond Outdoor Collectables Market is on this Saturday! 3rd June 9am – 3pm

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Barnes Monthly Pond Outdoor Collectables Market is on this Saturday! 3rd June 9am – 3pm

On the first Saturday of the month – weather permitting – there is an open air collector’s market held on the green next to Barnes pond and across the road from the farmers’ market. More info at:info@barnesauctions.com

More dates are Saturday June 4th, from 9am to 3pm.

 It’s a fun shopping trip, a great walk and if your thirsty pop by the OSO Arts Cafe for a cuppa!

FiSH Open Garden Event,East Sheen, A Wonderful Surprise

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FiSH Open Garden Event,East Sheen, A Wonderful Surprise

We had an open garden event in East Sheen, organised by FISH, last weekend.  I am sure it has been running for a while now once a year, but this year though I had seen the posters it didn’t ‘register’ in my mind.  What a mistake.  Jenny who runs FISH locally lives on our street and put forth such a great visionary picture for the event that I felt compelled to try it.

I could already see plenty of people walking around locally with maps, and all I had to do was get my £10 out for my ticket, get a map and have fun finding the local generous hosts who had kindly decided to open their gardens to the public.

The sun shone as I walked for 2 1/2 – 3 hours around my local area.  Most of the time I was completely in awe of what I had just seen.

Some of the houses you wouldn’t even know existed as they are down long paths unseen in the depths of mystical greenery.  There was also the added bonus of a classic car viewing down one of the streets for all you car enthusiasts.

There were classic gardens, preened to pristine condition with manicured lawns that you could eat your dinner off.  The houses were glorious and in such a variety of architectural styles and period.  One particular garden was lush and you could smell the abundant flora even as you approached, it reminded me of the headiness from the plants you get in the Caribbean, so pungent.  Another garden had an Eastern versus Western twist, I fell in love simply with the pool house, let alone the main residence.  This had a vintage brickwork pool with an elegant 30yr old Japanese Wisteria hanging like mermaids tresses from a stone pergola.

So next year make sure to save the date, take a bottle of water, or you might be tempted to take a sip of the various cups of tea, sample some cake or have a glass of Pimms, that are also offered for a small fee by the hosts of some of the gardens.

You can find out more about FiSH here:  FiSH

FiSH Neighbourhood Care aims to inspire a caring community where older people live fulfilling, independent lives knowing that help willingly given by neighbours is at hand.

Here are some visuals of my experience.  Until next time, Justine xxx

 

Part-Time Job Vacancy, Customer Service Agent required for 0800Handyman

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Part-Time Job Vacancy, Customer Service Agent required for 0800Handyman

0800Handyman continues to expand and we are seeking a Customer Service Agent to join our team for Saturdays and regular holiday relief during weekdays. You will be responsible for dealing with incoming bookings and allocating jobs on our CRM system. Job is based in East Sheen, so living within a commutable radius would be an advantage.

Responsibilities

  • Answering incoming calls and dealing with customer bookings and enquiries.
  • Issuing cost estimates generated from our system.
  • Answering customer queries.
  • Allocating jobs by region.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience of dealing with telephone enquiries and ability to solve problems.
  • Excellent telephone manner.
  • Comfortable using MS Office and CRM system
  • Live within 15 minutes travel of SW14.

Please contact:

Name: Tom

Email: th@0800handyman.com

Website: http://0800handyman.com

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The Friends of Palewell Common’s Easter Egg Hunt! Fun, Fun, Fun, Sunday 14th April

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The Friends of Palewell Common’s Easter Egg Hunt!  Fun, Fun, Fun

Come and join the chocolate fun on Easter Sunday 14th April for some egg hunting, last year was a grand success, this year promises to be one too!

FOPC 2017 Easter Egg Hunt Poster

FOPC 2017 Easter Egg Hunt Poster

 

Talented Local Photographer, Vicki Sharp

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Talented Local Photographer, Vicki Sharp

I’m not really a fan at all of having my photograph taken, I tend to feel acutely awkward and un-photogenic.  However, after a few failed attempts at trying to take selfies for my various social media channels and also having admired an ex boss’s update of her website photo I decided to make some enquiries and get something just a little more professional.  I was recommended by Kerrie Dorman towards a local, reasonably priced photographer called Vicki Sharp.

So there the story begins…

The booking process was relaxed and easy, Vicki arrived with a view to updating my social media and also taking some family snaps of whoever was around, all I was asked to do was get a few outfits or ideas ready.

Vicki arrived with bouncing enthusiasm at the door after having admired my numerous pairs of wellies outside the front door, announcing she was sure we were going to get on!  I wasn’t sure whether she was putting me at ease with regards to perhaps having equally messy porch or just having a fondness for wellies.

The kettle went on and Vicki made herself at home in my kitchen, all various kinds of equipment being set up and put in to place all the while whilst having a good old natter.  Finally outfits were chosen and it was time to rock and roll.  I was told a few tricks of the trade to get a good portrait photograph and we started.

I have to say at the end of my session I felt that I had had a really good time, almost like a good night out.  Yep I know, sad, I obviously don’t get out much.  But seriously, I had had fun, and more so had felt glamorous, confident, happy and totally at ease in front of the camera and Vicki, which really is rare for me.

Vicki Sharp PhotographyThe dogs then decided to jump in, who would want to stop them?  Everyone was very relaxed even if the dogs were terribly excited and letting off windy pops all over the place to show their enthusiasm.

Then my eldest who I thought equally as reluctant to go in front of the lens had his turn.  I was sent away and low and behold another good time was had.

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Our French Bulldog resembling a walrus!

Then Vicki took on both my boys, some with myself some not, there was a lot of configurations going on and she spent a huge amount of time at ours which upon reflection for what she charged was incredibly reasonable.

The turnaround of photos via a low-res gallery was very quick, a number of days.  Then Vicki popped around again, another natter and relaxed discussion again on what my requirements were and a few ideas and choices put in to place.

I was then updated with examples, a streamlined gallery to choose from.  All very professional and easy.  There was no hard sale which for me was very important.

Vicki Sharp Photography

So, if you fancy updating your family photos, your LinkedIn profile or anything else, I thoroughly recommend Vicki, you can find her details on her website here:  Vicki Sharp Photography

If you need another reason to persuade to book Vicki take a peek here:

NEWS UPDATE – AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHY!

Vicki Sharp Photography is delighted and proud to have been Commended in the ‘Best Customer Service’ category at the Richmond Business Awards 2016!

 

Celebrate Christmas In East Sheen & The Hare & Hounds, 1st, 2nd, 3rd December 2016

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Celebrate Christmas In East Sheen & The Hare & Hounds,

Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd December 2016

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As you can see there are a few fun filled days of events for all ages, all provided by local business’s, an integral, important part of our community.  Let’s go and support them with a bit of festive cheer!

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There is something for everyone.  If you havn’t been to this event before you are missing out on a great community gathering, a time to catch up with friends, have a drink, shop, meet new people and find that fabulous present for Christmas and get to know your local shopkeepers over a glass of mulled wine!

Ibstock Place School Christmas Market Saturday 12th November, 11am – 3pm

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Ibstock Place School Christmas Market Saturday 12th November, 11am – 3pm

This is a Christmas Market that I always look forward to every year and the fact it is hosted by one of our lovely local schools, even better.

You know the place, the time, the date, tickets are £2 per person and all welcomed, the more the merrier!

This year there will be over 90 stalls, many new so you won’t necessarily see the same thing again.  If you come with hungry tummies don’t expect just the usual yet well known BBQ, you will also find also Filipino street food, hot soup, crepes and a wonderful new cake stall, yum!

Hot off the press!  There will be an ice rink this year, advanced tickets for certain time slots have gone however there will still be a few available on the day.

If skating, shopping, eating or socializing isn’t your thing then there will still be the usual rodeo reindeer, laser tag and bouncy castle and a variety of stalls which will appeal to children or even adults young at heart.

See you there

Ibstock Christmas Fair 2016

Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards

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Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards

Come see a fireworks extravaganza and support one of our fabulous local secondary schools on Saturday 5th November.  Food, banter and fireworks are on the menu.

Ticket only.

Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards