Artisan’s Donation Day Asks London Coffee Lovers To Help Raise £10,000 Wednesday 7th Septmber 2017

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Artisan’s Donation Day Asks London Coffee Lovers To Help Raise £10,000

South West London Coffee Company To Raise Funds For Ugandan Community Who Inspired The Business’ Success.

Fans of South West London coffee company Artisan can help the company raise funds for the small community in Uganda which inspired its success.  On Wednesday 7th September, customers of their Putney, Stamford Brook, East Sheen and Ealing sites will not be charged but instead asked to donate straight into the charity buckets.  Owners Edwin and Magda Harrison helped build a community college whilst volunteering in Uganda, which inspired them to write their business plan which today results in four coffee shops and a training school.  The event is a way to give thanks by raising £10,000 which will extend the college building and accommodate more students.

Even the coffee industry has kindly backed the efforts to raise funds for the local community in Uganda, donating their supplies free for the day including Allpress (coffee), Allan Reader (milk/diary), Seven Seeded (pastries and bread) The Artisan Bakery (muffins) and Cake Lovers Ltd (cakes).  Finally Artisan’s own staff will donate their time and work for free for this event across all four sites in Putney, Stamford Brook, Ealing and East Sheen in a solid effort of collaboration and charity.

“Seeing the coffee growing process first-hand and the challenges faced by the poorest communities in Uganda, we were inspired to dream and think big!” says Artisan owner Edwin Harrison.  “We developed and planned the vision for Artisan and we are truly humbled by its success.”

“We hope our loyal and wonderful customers will help join us as we pay thanks back the roots of our inspiration, and continue the work to provide education and training to those in much need.” Edwin continued.

The proceeds will go directly to a small local community charity – LIDEFO (Liberty Development Foundation) whose aim is to economically empower people and offer quality services that enhance income-generating activities and sustainable rural livelihoods.  Artisan owners Edwin and Magda Harrison undertook a year’s voluntary work with the charity to develop a sustainable business model to train local beekeepers as well as help raise money and build Liberty College.

From one class outside a tree and 30 students to four teaching rooms on their own property and over 300 students, the college offers occupational opportunities for the youth and women aged between 18-30 providing them with certificates and diplomas in various fields such as journalism, accountancy, catering and hotel management and tourism to name a few.  The funds raised from Artisan’s Donation Day will help build another storey and four classrooms on top of the existing build which will accommodate a further 200 students.

Original classroom with Magda teaching then the New college building and Edwin teaching class

For further information on Artisan’s locations for Donation Day please visit www.artisancoffee.co.uk or follow the team on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

For more information on LIDEFO Charity visit www.lidefo.net

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Palewell Pond Vandalism And The Friends of Palewell Common And Fields

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Palewell Pond Vandalism

Please take time to pop by one of our community blogs which covers one of our most precious green spaces, Palewell Common & Fields.  It would be great to get feedback and perhaps find out all the behind scenes activity that goes on by local volunteers who act as guardians for mother nature.  You can find the blog here:  Palewell Common & Fields

I write because recently I went down to admire the Palewell Pond that the volunteers have spent so much dedicated time on maintaining and creating in the first place, along with other local groups.  Having taken some photos, I didn’t get time to post them before finding out the horrible news that vandals had in fact attempted to ruin this wonderful area.

You can read the full post here:  Palewell Pond Vandalism

You might want to consider supporting The Friends of Palewell Common and Fields by becoming a member, it’s a mere £10 per annum for individual or family membership.  In return for this £10 you get a sense of ownership and participation in supporting The Friends and joining in with a local community group to keep our green space as it should be for the enjoyment of others.

To join please click here:  About The Friends Membership or To Join

Two Choirs Concert, Sheen Gate Choir and Newland House School Choir, Saturday 21st November, 7.30pm

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Two Choirs Concert

A winter-warming exploration of classical to modern choral music

Sheen Gate Choir and Newland House School Choir
Musical Director – Sam Gosden
Accompanist – Christopher Stokes
Date – Saturday 21st November
Time – 7.30pm
Venue – Christ Church, West Temple Sheen. SW14 7RT
Cost – £5, tickets available on the door or from email below
Contact – info@sheengatechoir.co.uk

Two Choirs Concert

Two Choirs Concert

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

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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Children volunteer in East Sheen!

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Children volunteer in East Sheen!

I thought this title might attract the attention of a few!  It is true however.  Yes I am a mean mother and volunteered my 8yr old and 12yr old to volunteer down at Palewell Common & Fields where Gina from Nature’s Gym was organizing various path clearing etc activities.

I have to say they really really enjoyed themselves and were suitably exhausted afterwards having spent 1 1/2 – 2 hrs down on the Common.

Who came to volunteer?

The group who came to volunteer consisted of the organizer, Gina from Nature’s Gym you can find her on facebook here Natures Gym Facebook.  We also had David who is Chair of the volunteering group,  The Friends of Palewell Common and Fields (see their website here – The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields or you can follow their blog here – The Friends Of Palewell Common, or you can friend their Fb account or Fb page, or better still follow and twitter them on their twitter – Friends of Palewell Common & Fields Twitter @PalewellCommon.   There were a couple of other Friends committee members and members but I know they would have liked more.

The volunteers with Natures Gym down at Palewell Common and Fields

The volunteers with Natures Gym down at Palewell Common and Fields

It is surprising the amount of behind the scene work that goes on by volunteers through either The Friends of Palewell Common and Fields or Nature’s Gym that I am sure most residents do not really notice nor have any idea of.  But if the work was not done, things would soon get unruly and not look as manageable and pleasant as they do.  So if you have any time to spare, please do join in on these volunteering activities, you can spend as long or as little time as you like.

Both my children and myself got to learn a whole heap more about the forest, nature and gardening in general.  We got some exercise, fresh air and chatted with some lovely people.  All members present were totally at ease with the 100 questions my lively youngest would fire off one after the other without drawing breath and managed to occupy them in a totally engaged fashion in clearing brambles, cutting down branches and overgrown areas.

Volunteering for Natures Gym at Palewell Common and Fields

Volunteering for Natures Gym at Palewell Common and Fields

Volunteering down at Palewell Common and Fields

Volunteering down at Palewell Common and Fields

They strode through the forest with cutters in hand, I admit I was slightly nervous as to whether they would damage either themselves or the implements, but they waltzed down the pathways like warriors and set to work in united fashion with the adults.

Volunteering down at Palewell Common and Fields

Volunteering down at Palewell Common and Fields

What did we do?

As you move through the path, there are many areas where either brambles, branches or other vegetation would smack you in the face or catch your ankles etc, which is particularly annoying for joggers amongst other residents.  These were clipped back.

There was a large overgrown area of brambles all down the side of the path that has the Richmond Park brick wall beside it, now a pram would fit down this path.  You can see from the pictures below the before and after.

There were areas where trees had fallen over, or branches that were either in the way  or a hazard, these were sawn up and moved away.

You will see from the picture below that a branch high up is precariously hanging off another branch, about ready to fall down and hit a walker, this will be reported and dealt with.  Do you see it?

Volunteering down at Palewell Common and Fields

Volunteering down at Palewell Common and Fields

We noted areas of interest, as The Friends of Palewell Common and Fields are hoping to create a nature walk.  There is already the den with a vine to swing off (how long the vine will last I’ve no idea).  There is also the Woodpecker tree, which stands in solitary fashion with many holes easily visible up the entire length.

Believe it or not there is a pond, well a kind of pond with a small stream, we cleared the path to there also and areas were noted that needed more work done.

Of course on the way we found various creatures and insects, two were a newt and a rather handsome looking spider!

a new from Palewell Common and Fields

a new from Palewell Common and Fields

A handsome spider from Palewell Common and Fields

A handsome spider from Palewell Common and Fields

There is talk also of a bug hotel being built or two perhaps a focal area for the children to enjoy seeing the bugs and insects that help also to clear the forest floor, giving them a hotel fit to compete with the Dorchester!

After the stint of volunteering we bumped in to two local dog walkers, being a dog fan I had to take pictures, one is of monty owned by Ali from Oh Darling in East Sheen, the other is a stunning french bulldog called Rocky, no idea who owns him but whoever it is is lucky!  I am a bit biased as I have a frenchie myself.

We then finished off of course down at the icecream parlour which brought a great big smile to my boys faces.

volunteers at Palewell Common and Fields

volunteers at Palewell Common and Fields

If you want to find out regularly about events and activites, why not join to become a member of the Friends of Palewell Common and Fields, it is only £10 per annum for an entire family, this gives you a discount card for various things ie at Pistachios on the Common, gets you on the list for recent events and items to discuss but more importantly gives you a say in what goes on on your local common and gives you also the knowledge that the money spent gets re invested in various events and also restorative/productive acitivities on the Common.

The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields membership page

Thank you as always for reading, Justine xx

© Justine Nagaur, LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Palewell Common & Fields

Palewell Common & Fields

Roll up, roll up come & help us out at Palewell Common Tuesday 2nd Sep 11am with some woodland activities!

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Let’s not forget to help out at Palewell Common tomorrow, 2.8.14 at 11am in maintaining the lovely space we have called Palewell Common and Fields. Volunteers needed please

Friends of Palewell Common & Fields

Roll up, roll up come & help us out at Palewell Common Tuesday 2nd Sep 11am with some woodland activities!

Improve your health and well being by taking part in conservation activities in nature reserves, parks and green spaces in Richmond. Nature’s Gym is free and fun – and no experience is needed.

We meet outside Pistachios around 11am, just come along as you are, perhaps some wellies if wet, Nature’s Gym provides the rest.  Gina will be organising the group and directing people to all kinds of different interesting activities.  It’s a great opportunity to learn a new skill and socialize.

Activities proposed

Trail along our Tree ID walk!

Optional tasks include; sycamore sapling removal, building a Stag beetle loggery

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A selection of fun pictures from some of our other gardening volunteering days!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please take a look at our website for further…

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Young local female resident to walk throughout the night for homeless charity Crisis, please come and support her!

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Young local female resident to walk throughout the night for homeless charity Crisis, please come and support her!

Siobhan Callas training for her 100k charity walk

Siobhan Callas training for her 100k charity walk

 

On the 13th September one of our local residents, a young woman named Siobhan is going to walk 100km, that is approximately a whopping 62 miles along the River Thames path from Putney Bridge to Henley (passing through Mortlake) for the homeless charity Crisis.

The difference with this particular challenge is that it is her first and she will be doing the distance in one whole lot which will mean she will walk throughout the night, the time scale estimated to complete it approximately 20 to 30 hours with short breaks.

I really do take my hat off to her, for her guts and determination that is evident, I would be uncertain to walk at night and the mere length of it I am sure my feet let alone the rest of my body would not cope and go on strike.

 

 

I am hoping that after reading this interview you will either come along to support her on the day and or top up some of her sponsorship funds for this very worthy charity, her just giving page can be found by either:

Clicking =   Siobhans just giving page

or

Copy paste the following link in to a web browser  https://www.justgiving.com/siobhan100k/

The interview

 

Justine – “Lovely to meet you Siobhan, could you give me a little bit of history about yourself so everyone can get to know you a little better?”

Siobhan – ” I’m 32 and originally from a small village in the Highlands of Scotland,  I moved to London 4 years ago, currently living in East Sheen and working as a Script Reader which involves reading film screenplays for producers and filmmakers and advising them on improvements that can be made.”

Justine – “Have you ever done anything like this before in any form?”

Siobhan – “I have never done anything like this before ever. I’ve never done a marathon or even a 5k! I’m not really built for running, but I love walking, I wanted it to be a real challenge for me so I’ve thrown myself into the deep end and gone straight for 100k!”

Justine – “What made you decide to do this?”

Siobhan – “I’ve always wanted to raise money for the homeless as it’s an issue I care a lot about and don’t believe it gets enough attention or support. I came across the Thames Path Challenge website and as you are able to choose your own charity to walk for I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try and raise money for homeless charity Crisis.”

Justine – “How have you prepared yourself mentally and physically for this challenge?”

Siobhan – “I’ve prepared myself physically by just getting as much practise in as possible, even walking the 9 miles home from work from Waterloo to Mortlake instead of getting the train. I’m luckily enough to live near the Thames path so have been walking along it at the weekends and have almost got up to 50k, which is half of the challenge. Mentally, I have been trying not to think about how tough the challenge will be! As the walk takes on average 24 hours to complete, it’s the thought of doing the second half through the night which is most daunting, I should probably start preparing mentally!”

Justine – “What has been the reaction from family and friends?”

Siobhan – ” The reaction from friends and family has mostly been shock, with some saying ‘rather you than me’ and others just worrying about me and asking whether I can drop down to 50k – I could but I don’t want to, I know I could do the 50k. People have dropped out of past 100k walks, to me that makes it a real challenge, I want to push myself. If I feel like giving up I can always think about how much more tough it is for people living on the streets.”

Justine – “What is your future hope for other events like this?  Do you intend to involve yourself more, do other challenges for charity?”

Siobhan – ” As for other events similar to this, I don’t think im going to get the ‘sponsored challege bug’, this is definitely a once in a life time thing for me, that’s why I’ve gone in at the hardest level. But charity work in general i’d love to be more involved in. I recently helped out at a food drive for the Richmond Food Bank, but I’d also love to organise my own charity events to raise money for the homeless, perhaps locally in East Sheen.”

“Thanks so much for your help Justine, I hugely appreciate it. Siobhan x”
If you wish to find out more about the charity Crisis click here: Crisis Website
Thank you for reading, Justine x
© LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Computer Tuition in your home by Age UK

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Computer Tuition in your home by Age UK

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  • Are you a local resident within the Richmond Borough of Thames?
  • Would you like to learn how to use the internet and how to keep in touch with family and friends?
  • Perhaps you know someone, family or otherwise who might like some help?

AGE UK have a reliable and friendly IT team that can help you to get the most out of your computer and internet experience.

To find out more call 0208 876 0620 or 0800 917 9980

Email:  handyperson@ageukrichmond.org.uk

Website:  Age UK Richmond

Thank you for reading/visiting, Justine @ Living in East Sheen

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