Local Summer Fairs & Fetes 2015 ~ dates for diaries!


Local Summer Fairs & Fetes 2015

Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

There is a plethora of activities in and around East Sheen that local residents can make good use of.  There are plenty of calenders regularly updated on various websites & if you take a look at my Contributors Page you will see links to various magazine and online contributors to information in and around this area, plus a couple of calender links.  The list grows each day and is constantly being upated.

Here is a list of the most common local Fairs and Fetes but there are plenty more if you scout around.


Richmond May Fair ~ Saturday 9th May 2015 ~

all day

You can read up on the 2014 Richmond May Fair here:  Richmond May Fair 2014

Where – Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene and The Green, Richmond, Surrey,


  • Over 100 charity stalls. Quality Craft Marquee.
  • Vintage carousel & helter-skelter.
  • All day free entertainment.
  • Crowning of Richmond May Queen.
  • Maypole dancing.
  • Food!

How much – appears to be free!

Event contact details:

No commercial stall applicants, please

 Chairman Liz Carran 02089484464

Craft Marquee bookings to:


For further more detailed information click here


Hands Charity Fair ~ Bank Holiday Monday May 25th 2015 ~

10am – 3pm

You can read up on last years Hand’s Charity Fair here:  Hand’s Charity Fair 2014

Where – Twickenham Green

What – There will be plants, crafts, gifts, things for children, home-made items, BBQ and the  Mayor of Richmond is invited to begin a tour of the stalls at 11am.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

For further details see handscaregroup@btconnect.com

For further more detailed information click here


Kew Midsummer Fete ~ Sat 20th June 2015 ~

11am – 6pm

Where – Kew Green


  • Traditional Victorian Fairground – Reuben Bond will be bringing his traditional fairground to the Kew Midsummer Fete.
  • The Stage – a great line-up of local based entertainment.
  • Stalls – Over 100 stalls, with approximately 80 outside and 25 in our Craft Marquee.
  • Food Court – Over 12 stalls selling a variety of tasty meals and drinks.
  • Dog Show – the ever popular Kew Fete Friendly Dog Show.
  • Tug of War – enter your team, for our relaxed Tug of War competition.
  • Charity Raffle – over 20 great prizes.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

If you would like to contact the organisers of Kew Fete, please e-mail admin@kewfete.org.

Thank you.

For further more detailed information click here


Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~

12 – 4pm

You can read up on the 2014 Mortlake Summer Fair here:  Mortlake Summer Fair 2014

Where – Stag Brewery Playing Fields, Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7TH


How much – £2 for adults, £1 OAPs and U16s free.

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Email: mortlakesummerfair@gmail.com
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here


Barnes Village Fair ~ Saturday 11th July 2015

This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 11th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

Though it is a little time away it’s good to get ones diary organised as July tends to be a busy month leading up to the end of the Summer Term sometimes dates like these amongst the many other things going on get missed.   You can also see my write-up fro the 2014 Barnes Fair here:  Barnes Fair 2014


That’s all for now, thank you for reading, all comments and feedback appreciated!

© Justine Nagaur @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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Thames Riverside Walk, Petersham to Richmond, great fun!


Thames Riverside Walk, Petersham to Richmond, great fun!

What did you do this weekend?

We had a spontaneous moment.  I decided I wanted to go somewhere different as I have done the Richmond Park route back home and Wimbledon Common many times.

Having heard about a route down by the river via Petersham Nurseries I was curious and so headed down that way on Saturday.

We were not disappointed.

With kids and now one dog in tow we headed down to the Thames Riverside in the Petersham area, there are a  few little ways to get down there but always pretty much busy and tight for parking but we were lucky.

I was surprised to see not only dogs but children in the water enjoying the sunshine and small ripples of waves caused by the numerous but varying amounts of boats which was all a joy to see.

My youngest soon rolled up trousers and threw off shoes in various directions and plunged in.  Teddy my frenchbulldog was not so keen.

Having managed to drag my youngest eventually out of the water we headed down the loose pebbled path enjoying the sunshine and watery view.

We passed the rare breed cows who were curious when they met my dog, both having a good close up sniff.

Eventually we came to a gateway which led us through manicured lawns and the much needed ice cream van.

There were varying riverside restaurants from open top canopied ones to high walled rather exclusive ones.

We passed artists with their easels housing waxy paint drying in the sunshine.  There were quite a few small gazebos out with families and friends having fun.  One such gazebo housed a trio of musicians plucking at stringed instruments, their singular table laden with glorious foods that made me salivate and all for a young just wedded couple who posed by the riverside for photos as champagne flutes were quaffed under the suns rays.

There were majestic swans bobbing by the riverside steps waiting for morsels of bread, there was a father and son fishing further down, a puppet theatre, canoeing and much more.

All in all it was a great walk and I am sure there are those out there not yet taken up the joys of a Thames Riverside Walk.

So I have found a link of Richmond Riverside Walks here – Richmond Riverside Walks

If you would like to see some of the fun photos from the walk, please take a look at my Pinterest album below.

As always, thank you for reading, Justine xx

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Ham Fair Saturday 14th June 2014 – 11am – 4.30pm

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Ham Fair at Ham Common

Saturday 14th June

11am – 4.30pm

It is the 30th Anniversary for Ham Fair which is organise by the Ham Amenities Group.

Ham Amenities Group was formed to preserve as far as possible our natural heritage and services.  This is done by providing the opportunity for social contract through arranging various activities, Ham Fair being one of them.

Some of the activities to be included at the Fair:








dog show

It sounds like a fun place to be, let’s hope the weather stays as good as it has been the last few days!

Thank you for reading/viewing and this post I know a little late but not too late to go and enjoy this activity!

Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk



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Oh Darling ~ Let me introduce you!


Oh Darling

I would like to introduce you to not only ‘Oh Darling’ but Ali who owns this lovely boutique shop that we have in East Sheen, London. (contact details can be found at the bottom of this post)

083Most of you will have seen Ali in her shop, I myself have always wanted to find out a little about her (that might sound weird but isn’t, promise!).

To me, Ali with her looks always had a certain ‘je ne said qoui’ and as such I was intrigued to get to know her a little better.  She however informs me that she really is quite ordinary and has no story to tell, but we ‘all’ have some kind of story to tell don’t we?

So we met up, to talk about ‘Oh Darling,’ it’s creation and also a bit about this lovely lady who wishes to make sure the residents of East Sheen have intriguing gifts, chique clothes, pretty ornaments and more to adorn our homes and  to wear.

Some Background History

Ali started of her working life as a ‘nursery nurse’ through the Government sector which she thoroughly enjoyed, however through policy changes and red tape, it ate away at the job satisfaction she felt and eventually she found herself taking on a career change.

Going in to the retail sector was through family ties, starting off in Fulham helping out relatives running perhaps a slightly less Boutique version of what ‘Oh Darling’ is now.

Luckily for us she eventually moved to East Sheen, taking over the property she is in now, but utilizing the ground floor only.  Slowly over the years she established her ‘look’ for the shop and a confident range of furnishing for us East Sheeners to enjoy!

However six years ago an informal conversation took place between Ali and two of the beauty therapists she frequented.  A suggestion was made to make a beauty salon out of her basement, everyone agreed and the idea was developed and it is now a thriving business.

Oh Darling Beauty Salon

Oh Darling reception area

Clean and elegant reception area

The salon downstairs comprises of two rooms and two full time therapists which Ali has known for a long time.

I have visited Martha, one of the therapists, quite a lot and having been a ‘holistic therapist,’ trained staff and ran clinics for over 20 years in the past I can confidently say that she is a great aesthieticienne.

Having a pedicure by Martha is like watching a creation of art being made, she treats ones feet like a sculpture being lovingly tended bit by bit until perfection is achieved.

Oh Darling Beauty very much concentrates on a core availability of treatments, the ones that we really cannot do without, leaving specialist, more costly treatments to be covered by other salons.

A basic summary of what is provided can be found below:

  • Facials
  • Body Treatments
  • Body Bronzing
  • Purifying Back Facial
  • Eye Tinting
  • Hand and Foot Treatments
  • Waxing
  • Men’s Treatments

There are some additional treatments provided over and above the standard menu, by other practitioners, these being…

  • Merz Aesthetics, Belotero which is a dermal filler by Gilham
  • RevitaLash by Justyna
  • Restylane
  • Suti by Suzanne

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 9.30- 6pm

Friday 9.30 – 6pm

Saturday 9.00 – 6pm

Using Local Artisans and Craftsmen

Love Art by Local Artist Mandy Belmokhtar

Love Art by Local Artist Mandy Belmokhtar

Ali makes a point of trying to use local craftsmen where possible, above you will find a painting by Mandy Belmokhtar and she also sells butterflies sourced ethically, framed and presented by another local resident called Ruth Yardy.

Below you will see a brief selection throughout the post of items sourced by Ali.

Whilst talking to her and finding out about how and where she gets her merchandise from I could see an almost tangible concern that she really takes on a lot of emotional responsibility for ensuring that she provides a variety of well made interesting pieces that her customers really will want and be interested in, in the vein more of being a service of satisfaction than just retailing, which is rare and lovely to see.

Range of Products

For a small space that is not cluttered there is a remarkably wide range of items available.  There is clothing from the Great Plains range which I have used before finding them to be of great quality and simple yet chique in appearance.  There is china, glassware, cards, kids toys, jewellery, ornaments, smellies, picture frames, the list is endless.

Ali has long time friend Jo helping her out who now goes on shopping trips to scout for interesting and new items. You will always find friendly chatter and a wrapping service no matter the time of year.


Being a nosy person of course I moved on to Ali’s tattoos and her dogs.

It is quite obvious that they are utterly adored and getting the chance to cuddle six month old Mabel, a mini dutchaund was a real treat and actually made me feel broody which was pretty scary!  Her dog menagerie started off with George who is a cavalier at the grand age of 13 years old, then Monty who is another mini dutchaund yet not quite so mini, he is five years old and now Mabel. The trio of musketeers sometimes making an appearance altogether if you are lucky!



As for the creative artwork that adorns Ali’s body, for those of you as nosy as me for the story behind them, it all started in her 40′s on a trip to Bali where the first one was bought for her as a present.   I won’t tell you how many she has now, but suffice to say they are a work in progress especially the rose upon her derriere.

So if you have not been to ‘Oh Darling’ it is well worth a visit be it to shop or treat yourself to an essential wax or massage.  You will receive a warm welcome and friendly banter from all the staff.

I would like to thank Ali for letting me interview her it was a grand pleasure.

Contact Details Including Social Media


Oh Darling Beauty Salon

Oh Darling Beauty & Lifestyle Boutique


Oh Darling

Address: 226 Upper Richmond Road West,East Sheen, London, SW14 8AH


020 88767226 (Shop)

020 8876 5588 (Beauty Salon)



Thank you as always for reading & viewing, Justine xx

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ~ July 8th – July 13th 2014

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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ~ July 8th to July 13th 2014

The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast As quoted by the RHS

The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast
As quoted by the RHS

This year the flower show will be combined in theme with a splendid summer festival.

There is lots of hands on interaction to give inspiration.

You will find here for example:
  • Fabulous show gardens
  • Examples of planting
  • Country crafts
  • Floral displays
  • Fine dining
  • Live music
  • Tempting shopping
  • Fashion
  • Food

All in all it sounds like it is to be a great event.

To go to the official website click here.

Thank you for reading/viewing, Justine x


Diary Dates ~ Get ready for the May Half Term

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Holiday activities @ Orleans House Gallery


Orelans House offers a range of full and half day workshops for ages 4 – 14 yrs old.  Professional artists specializing in a range of techniques from drawing to painting, sculpture, print-making and textiles.

They can provide support for children and young people with additional needs.

Here are some brief details for the May Half Term Activities…..

May Half Term Activities

Full day workshops

  • 10am-3pm
  • Materials Included. Please bring a packed lunch
  • £28 per day

Short workshops

  • 10am to 12 noon for 4-7 year olds
  • 2pm to 4pm for 7-10 year olds
  • £11.20 per session

Art Skills workshops

  • 10am-4pm
  • £30 per session

If you wish to see the full explanation of all the activities and to book, click here Orleans House Gallery can be found at:

Orleans House Gallery

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This is a service provided through the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

Thank you, Justine x

Fancy a walk? ~ Friends of Richmond Park have organized walks


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The Friends of Richmond Park organize walks through our wonderful Royal Park, please find below details and links to get further information as per their information….

Walks and Courses 2014

Guided walks are offered on the first Saturday of each month, as well as on some additional dates listed below.  These are FREE to both member and non members.  They also offer a wide range of bookable courses for members only.

If you wish to join as a member please click here.


All walks start at 10am from the designated car park unless detailed otherwise.  They take approximately 2hrs, well behaved dogs on leads are welcomed as are children. (not on leads though!) – distance is approximately 2 miles but not exact.

Sat 7th June – Sheen Gate car park

Sat 5th July – Pembroke Lodge car park

Sat 12th July – SUMMER EVENING WALK Sheen Gate car park , 8pm

Sat 2nd August – Kingston Gate car park

Sat 6th September – AUTUMN BIRD WALK Sheen Gate car park

Sat 4th October – Sheen Gate car park

Sat 1st November – Pembroke Lodge car park

Sat 6th December – Kingston Gate car park

Fri 26th December – BOXING DAY WALK Roehampton Gate car park


10am start with a short talk at Pembroke Lodge followed by a walk.  Friends members only.  Booking essential, contact Sue on 020 9409114 or sue.gibbons@npl.co.uk

Refreshments provided – courses consist of approximately 30 minutes talk, break then 2hrs course time.

Sat 17th May – Trees (Janet Bostock)

Sat 19th July – Butterflies (Ray Garrett)

Sat 11th October – Deer (Peter Burrows-Smith)

Sat 25th October – Fungi (Janet Bostock and Elizabeth Cheesman)


If you have any queries on the walk and courses or need special help and or support please contact Peter Burrows-Smith on 020 8392 9888.

For further information on the Friends of Richmond Park, visit the website link above or find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thefriendsofrichmondpark


Thank you for reading/viewing, Justine x

A great day out was had ~ make a date for your dairy to visit Morden Hall & further Oakleigh Fairs!


What an amazing day out!

Emma Owen, Director of Oakleigh Fairs very kindly gave me a family ticket for one of their fairs being held the weekend just gone at Morden Hall.  I have to admit having never been to this area, yet alone one of the Oakleigh Fairs so was curious to see what it would all be like.

To get to Morden Hall took us under 30 minutes from East Sheen, so it is shocking that we have never been before.  Without even the fair being present it is a place that we will definitely visit again.

It is a National Trust park located near the banks of the River Wandle in Morden, South London.  It has around 50 hectares of sprawling land covered currently in buttercups and daisies, shadowed in areas for comfort by majestic trees, the River Wandle meandering its way through the vast area spanned by numerous foot bridges.

You can just turn up, bring a picnic blanket and plant yourself somewhere to relax for the day, en famille or not, or take a stroll through the craft, educational and gardening shops or get a cuppa at the cafe.

Now I move on to the actual fair, I was not disappointed at all, it provided something for everyone and all budgets.


There were lovely craft stalls selling hand made items….

If you are a doggie lover you would have had plenty of waggy tails waiting for a stroke, or better still watch the various canine activites including terrier racing.

Being an animal lover you would have had plenty to see donkeys, farm animals, ferrets.  Most of which could be stroked and handled, the children especially took delight in this.

There was a plethora of tents, some of which housed retail items such as jewellery from all corners of the world, a real eclectic mix.  There were craft items, imported items.

We now move on to the food for sale, oh boy there was a lovely variety from various breads, pastries, sausage rolls, different oils and vinegars, curries, turkish delights and more, too many to mention.  Some were home made, some were franchise companies.  We stocked up on some lovely fig vinegar, turkish delight, various rolls and breads.  All of which I know won’t last long in the house.

Outside there were many stalls selling what I call Fairground toys, an area where the kids eyes would light up with toys on view and challenge activities to pursue.


Hand made mechanical structures from children's plastic toy pieces.

Hand made mechanical structures from children’s plastic toy pieces.


There were children’s activities with fairground rides, balls to get in to on water and land to move around in and get exhausted, face painting, Jesters, blow up ladders to climb and slide down plus much more, my children were wiped out by the end….

I particularly enjoyed the re-enactments, I found the people there very passionate about what they were doing.  Children were allowed to try on the various bits of armour, to touch the weapons, see old photographs and uniform.

I met one woman called Sandy who has  a tent full of Anglo/Zulu warfare, these possessions having been passed down from generation to generation through her family.  She does not sell anything yet does tours around schools for free educating children on this history.  My children were enthralled with her stories.  If you are interested in her coming to your school please use the contact form on my blog with your particular information and I shall forward details to her.

There were also skilled tradesmen showing their talents in ancient skills such as willow weaving, you will see below some of the amazing things that can be made…

The ‘Big Band’ provided a lovely backdrop to plant your rug and tuck in to all those tasty treats bought in the tents…

The Big Brass Band

The Big Brass Band

We didn’t get to see all the Fair, there were ‘Birds of Prey’ that we missed and the ‘Kondini’s stunts and extreme magic tricks”.  You will see below the stall and some very ‘naughty’ mugs that they sold.  Apparently  they  nearly sold out having retailed over 20 in just a short time span, it just goes to show what us ‘fair ground’ punters like to buy.  Did I buy one?  That would be telling.

We finished off totally exhausted but happy with some freshly squeezed lemonade, the home made cider having brought up quite a thirst.

I would recommend you look out for dates next year for this fair and diarize and perhaps if you have a weekend day spare pop by to Morden Hall it really is a great place to escape even if for a few hours.

As always, thank you for reading/viewing

Justine xx

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk


All Saints Church events & news!


All Saints Church is based on East Sheen Avenue, SW14 8AX

Being my local church I would  like to list a few events that will be taking place soon & to update on some of their information provided in their newest newsletter:

  • They are always looking for new members of their choir, if interested contact Ceila on 0208 878 0594
  • The Church provides a warm welcome for children.  Childrens groups are held on Sundays during term time, except the 3rd Sunday of each month.  Timetables are on the noticeboard.  For any queries contact Helen Shore 07740 778670
  • Christ Church’s bid to raise enough money for a Community Hall has been met with thanks to our wonderful local community.
  • You can sponsor a lily for Easter.  A single lily is £3.50 or 3 for £10.  The name of the loved one to whom the lily is dedicated will be included in the Easter prayer list, a lovely thought.
  • The Church say a farewell to Carol Graham who has been one of the two Churchwardens at All Saints for 5 years.

Holy Week & Easter 2014

Sunday 13th April Palm Sunday

8am Holy communion

9am The blessing of the palms and procession (with donkey)

10am Sung Eucharist

Thursday 17th April Maundy Thursday

8pm Eucharist of the Last Supper

9.30pm – 9.45pm Watch of the Passion

Friday 18th April Good Friday

10am Liturgy of the Passion

Saturday 19th April Holy Saturday

8.30pm Blessing of the New Fire and First Echarist of Easter

Sunday 20th April Easter Day

8am HOly Communion

10am Festal Sung Eucharist plus an Easter Egg Hunt for children.


As always thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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Barnes Newsletter – April 2014

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Barnes Newsletter

Barnes Newsletter
April 2014

Here’s a snippet of what is in the Barnes newsletter for April 2014

If you want to read the full article, click here or visit their website here.

  • Membery’s battle features in Evening Standard
  • Urban Meadow for Barnes
  • What’s on at The Olympic?
  • Fight is on for the Boileau Arms
  • Can the Suffolk Rec become Suffolk Park?
  • Easter Activities for children
  • Crafts in Barnes

As always thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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