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

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

 

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

Studio flat to rent from October in East Sheen

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Studio flat to rent from October in East Sheen

There is a studio flat, single occupancy to let as from October 2014 in East Sheen, right next to Palewell Common.

It is attached to a family home, yet has a separate entrance giving privacy.  The entrance hallway with storage has a shower room off to the side, one then enters the main studio space with high loft style ceiling giving a light airy feel.

The studio space consists of kitchenette inc washing machine/dryer, fridge + freezer compartment, wrought ironwork chaise longue/bed, tv/dvd/storage, full length wardrobe etc.

Rental is one month in advance and a months deposit.

£750 pm rental

No gas used, water & council tax is inc, electricity however is on separate meter.

Studio rental East Sheen

Studio rental East Sheen

8 Sunbury Avenue 8 Sunbury Avenue 8 Sunbury Avenue

Nearest Railway is Mortlake, multiple buses are available at the bottom of the road, the nearest tube being Richmond or Putney East.

Services, including doctors, dentist and supermarkets are a short walk away.

Please enquire in the first instance to livingineastsheen@gmail.com to arrange viewings.

Thank you, Justine Nagaur

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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

Antiques Market on this Friday 5th September 2014 9am – 1.30pm

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Antiques Market on this Friday 5th September 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

Hertford Avenue Allotments Annual Show, the good life! Sun 7.9.14 1-3pm

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Hertford Avenue Allotments Annual Show, the good life!

Sunday 7th September 2014

1-3pm

Hertford Avenue Annual Show

Hertford Avenue Annual Show

As you can see there is a huge variety going on with the show schedule, even children can enter, why not get them to come along and generate an interest in ‘The Good Life!’

There is even an allotment bake off, our very own East Sheen British Bake off!

Come and see the jam section, perhaps you are stuck like me at knowing how to set the mixtures to gain the various end results, ie not slop instead of jam, I am sure there are many jam professionals to get advice from on the day.

See you there and thank you for reading!

Graphics © Justine Nagaur of LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

A swim and a possible crane in Richmond Park?

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A swim and a possible crane in Richmond Park?

People always have this thought of when the Summer Holidays approach and I am guilty of this too that we must go somewhere else.

When I wander through Richmond Park, I often think why?

So myself and my children decided to go to our ‘secret place’ that I discovered with my youngest a couple of days ago when we saw the deer go for a drink.  If you missed that post the link is here: Richmond Park Deer go for an afternoon drink

A few pics from then:

We had various challenges on Richmond Park as they set off on their bikes commandeering the bumps and dips around the now dried lake, then off down the side of the river we went ahoy!

Now I show my complete ignorance here, my mother seemingly knowing every kind of bird would be shamed of me now as I state, I think we saw a crane on the side of the river.  All I know is that I wanted to photograph it with my rather old iPhone (see the excuse for blurry shots?).

So we advanced quietly, as quietly as you can with children, slowly, camera in place, the crane turned that was it, flew off down to the next tree on the riverbank.  This continued with me getting increasingly frustrated but rising to the challenge all the way down the river.  I got some blurry shots but what we did get was an adventure discovering a small part of the river that my children decided looked good enough to swim in.

Is it a crane, can anyone tell me please?

So I sat on the bank and watched as they slipped and slid on the watery/muddy bank, falling down so that bottoms got completely streaked with the stickiest mud.  Tops then came off and bravery became foremost as they not only went in, but really went in, dipping under and attempting to paddle/swim in the shallow waters.

I think most of their fun was had creeping under the bridge and pretending they were trolls, much to the amusement and wonderment of children crossing over the bridge, not having a clue where the noises were coming from.

When they came out, they said “mummy that was amazing, better than gaming, any day!”

Now that is an achievement, thank you Richmond Park.

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine, LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

 

Richmond Park Deer go to take an afternoon drink!

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Richmond Park Deer go to take an afternoon drink!

I have always rather revered the deer or should I say stags, in any park let alone Richmond Park.  I remember the days I would go riding in Great Windsor Park early morning the mist still swirling around like cotton wool obscuring our view, sometimes droplets of dew would cling to my hair as we wandered along the riding track.

The horses ears would twitch the puffs of misty air leaving their nostrils which would flutter giving us an indication something was near, we would stop, the mist might clear a little as we squinted to see.  There before us, just a few yards away would be a huge stag, my heart would race as it stood there regal in its knowledge that it was indeed a magnificent beast.

I digress a little, a memory creeping up on me.  However, I love watching the deer in Richmond Park and it just so happened a couple of days ago, late afternoon whilst still warm they decided to cool off and get a drink.

I watched them go in almost single file across the grass until they got to the river.  Being nervous creatures anybody going close and not understanding they are not tame would cause them to run away a bit until it was quite and spacious enough for them to feel safe going in to the waters.

And this is what I managed to record, for me a real treat!  Please excuse slightly wobbly phone and blur but it’s still a joy to see 🙂

Thank you for viewing, Justine

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A freaky weekend at Southbank, suitable for everyone!

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A freaky weekend at Southbank, suitable for everyone!

The weekend just gone we decided to go on a spontaneous visit to the Southbank, starting somewhere between Waterloo and Southwark Bridge.

It was my sons 12th birthday and when he asked “what are doing today for my birthday mummy?”  Me answering “going for a walk along the River Thames” was met with a swift “urgh, booooring” and disgruntled looks and a most definite dragging of feet.

Little did he know!

We arrived, the surrounding area giving away no clue as to the delights and excitement nearby but it didn’t take long upon reaching the pedestrianized area along the river to be met with a bevvy of food stalls, street performers and various other things to see, it was a positive feast of entertainment.

What I liked was that there was a complete eclectic mix of food sellers most set up in what seemed to be temporary looking but permanent personalized motorized vans, cars and caravans.  There was even a Lobster Shack set up in a VW Camper Van, the chaps selling all dressed up in their black and whites which set off nicely against the red and white newly painted foody vehicle.

We happened to try the Burrito Stall and oh my, I have to say it was the best I have tasted, my mouth dribbles now just thinking about it.  My children sat and watched the BMX cool guys whizzing up and down the graffiti worked concrete as kids in the background played in a huge sand pit as the boats whizzed past on the river.

There was a veritable feast for the eyes at every step, there were very good street performers, persuading us to part with our pounds and notes at every opportunity but I have to say the standards were high.

There were the water garden which yes got my children wet, shock horror, well one child, the youngest who cannot seem to stay away from water, but all great fun and luckily at the end of the day.

My piece de resistance was going to the ‘Freak Show’.  All of us as a family went in, we were assured it would be suitable for all and I have to say that ‘everyone’ really did have an amazing time.  It was 20mins long, cost £6 per ticket but filled us with “oooohs” and “aaahs” in utter shock and exilaration that we all came out smiling.

The chap who seemed to run the show is called “The Lizard Man” he has nearly his whole body covered in tattoos mimicking I presume lizard skin.  He has body modifications above his eyebrows in the form of a trio of lumps apparently surgically connected to his skull.  He has his teeth filed to points and has a forked tongue of which he does amazingly odd things with.

He in fact outside to wow the passer bys stuck a fork up his nose until it nearly disappeared.  Inside, well he stuck other things in his nose that then came out of his mouth.

There was the lovely flame thrower or eater, I am not sure which but she moved like a ballerina and toyed with the flames marvellously.

Finishing off was the sword swallower with a difference.  He not only swallowed the sword but then embarked on a back flip which if you can imagine how close the sword inside is to things like lungs, our heart not to mention oesophagus it was ‘pretty’ dangerous to say the least.

Warning not for the faint hearted

I do have a couple of videos which I shall be uploading to my Eclectic Odds n Sods you tube account.

But for now, I hope you enjoy the photographs, I must say there are a few fuzzy ones with the Freak Show mainly as I was right at the front a little taken aback and hence concentrating without wiggling my camera was proving to be difficult but perhaps in this situation visually less information is better 🙂

I would thoroughly recommend for families, singles, couples to head down to Southbank for a weekend that is empty and enjoy all that is there.  Take plenty of spare change for the street performers and have an empty tummy to sample the delights, it only takes around 30 mins from East Sheen to get there.

You can find out a little more of what is going on at Southbank by visiting the centres website: Southbank Centre

If you wish to see the complete set of photos from my adventure please click on my Pinterest gallery below, meanwhile thank you for viewing, Justine xx

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