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

 

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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