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Archive for February, 2013

South West London’s best charity events

James Pendleton Estate Agents' Trinity Star Award for Best Partnership with a Local Business at the 2012 Trinity Star Ball

James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Trinity Star Award for Best Partnership with a Local Business at the 2012 Trinity Star Ball

When searching for a place to call home in London, it’s worth remembering that each area of the Capital has its own distinct and well defined character.  South West London is known as a residential haven with a strong community network, a reputation which is reflected by the thriving charity work which is constantly on-going in Clapham, Balham, Battersea, Wandsworth and Fulham.

South West London Estate Agents James Pendleton’s charity organisation LivetoGive has worked with locally involved charities for a number of years.  As a company with firm community connections the James Pendleton team takes great interest in what’s happening in the world of fundraising.  LivetoGive’s three charities are Action For Children, Trinity Hospice and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  This spring and summer, LivetoGive will host an exciting programme of fundraising events which can be seen on the charity organisation’s website.  What’s more, the three worthy local charities L2G fundraises for have planned the following exciting events for the spring and summer:

National charity Action for Children runs an assortment of events across the country and welcomes fundraising suggestions from local communities.  This year’s events range from UK wide Easter Egg hunts to a half marathon through  London’s splendid parks.  On 19th May 2013 Clapham based end of life care charity Trinity Hospice will host its annual Country Fayre as well as a Golf Day and is taking part in various sporting events. In 2012 South West London Estate Agents James Pendleton was delighted to be awarded “Best Charity Partnership with a local Business” at Trinity Hospice’s bi-annual Star Ball.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has a place in the nation’s hearts thanks to its work rehoming vulnerable animals and does a great deal of work in South West London and beyond.   As well as a host of sports and community challenges the charity hosts a heart-warming reunion day every summer in Battersea, where ex residents and their owners can revisit their meeting place.  The best place to catch up with the latest goings on at Battersea is on their facebook page, while James Pendleton’s LivetoGive team website will also post updates on the pet charity.

South West London is a fantastic place to get involved in charity work.  LivetoGive have always had tremendous local support and look forward to an exciting year of fundraising commencing with the 2013 pub quiz on March 2013.  To get involved or to register your team please visit our Justgiving page.

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Lifestyle Interiors: Property renovation and Interior design in South West London

Lifestyle Interiors: Property Development in South West London

Lifestyle Interiors: Property Development in South West London

Lifestyle interiors are a building company offering a comprehensive design & build service spanning from concept to completion. This locally based company’s services come highly recommended by James Pendleton’s Angel department with whom they work in conjunction.  The multi skilled team are able to deal with property issues large and small and are pleasant and thorough to work with.  Contact James Pendleton’s Angel department for more information

  1. Tell us more about the range of services you offer:

We supply and fit loft conversions, extensions, refurbishments, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and wetrooms. The products are all on display in our showroom.

2.  How long have you been working in South West London, and would you consider yourselves local property experts?

We have been in the area for over 25 years and have done a lot of work for local residents in South West London, so we would consider ourselves property experts and local specialists.

3.  What’s the most challenging project your team have taken up?

The most challenging project involved installing a 13 meter beam flushed in to the ceiling in a double storey height house, cutting each individual joist in the process. Furthermore a grand oak staircase needed to be supported by 2 steel beams, T-ing from the 13 meter beam!

4.  What is the most common mistake you see when it comes to maintaining or reporting property issues?

We often encounter and deal with cowboy jobs by previous owners, especially when it comes to plumbing and electric works.

5.  What would you say are the current interior design trends in South West London?

Sleek and modern yet glamorous and sophisticated- the on-going local preference is for an elegant yet contemporary style. Simplicity of form compliments luxurious materials and finishes.

South West London is an up and coming area and residents look to achieve a luxurious and timeless style to show off the true value of the area.

6.  Do you have any tips for homeowners to help their property maintenance work run as smoothly as possible?

Communication is vital; we always ensure the client is aware of the work schedule.  For things to run smoothly it’s helpful that both ourselves and our clients make sure the place is kept as tidy as possible and dust sheets are used.

Bellevue Bicycle Workshop – Bike repair in South West London

With over 12 years’ professional experience and a number of cycle mechanics qualifications under his belt, Tim Holroyde’s mobile cycle repair workshop is perfectly attuned to the needs of South West London’s dedicated pedallers and comes recommended by James Pendleton’s LivetoGive cycling team.  The Bellevue Bicycle Workshop hosts informative drop-in sessions at locations across Clapham, Battersea and Wandsworth as well as running a ‘totally pedal powered’ mobile repair service.  Tim’s friendly expertise helps set this innovative service apart at a time when more and more locals are taking up the two wheeled commute.

We caught up with Tim to find out more about how, where and why he runs Bellevue Bicycle Workshop.

•           Could you tell us more about the range of services you offer?

I offer a mobile repairs service that can attend your home/workplace, coupled with regular appearances at a few local farmers markets to offer my services. There is also a group saver section, headed ‘Bellevue Connect’ on the website, which gives a decent discount to syndicates.  I run maintenance skills workshops, which are designed to teach you whatever you would like to know and to build your confidence in diagnosing problems. There is also a brand new second-hand bike section (please see website for more information). I can also produce wheel builds to the lacing pattern and colour scheme of your choice, delivered by hand and fitted if required.

•           Why did you choose to set up a mobile service?  Did you notice a need locally?

I set up the service for lots of reasons really; firstly I needed something to do after being made redundant back in 2010. I had many years of expertise and had worked in the vast majority of places so I couldn’t see myself working for other people: to do so would have meant going backwards, getting sucked back into the cycle essentially. Secondly, yes, I felt there was a demand generally and being born and bred here in South West London, I felt I knew what local people wanted and more importantly needed. I consider myself very fortunate to have been in exactly the right place at the right time, and what’s more I consider this business an excellent platform allowing me to express myself and explore new ideas whilst still having the time to do the things I enjoy.

•           What are the most common questions people come to you with?

I get a lot of requests for puncture protection tips and general advice on tyres. A common one is ‘I’ve got a funny clicking sound coming from my gears!  I also get asked quite often about where to find a decent second hand bike.

                       Do you have any advice for someone wishing to keep a new bike in good shape for as long as possible?

Inflate the tyres once a week to prevent punctures and slow down tyre wear and tear. Clean and correctly oil the drivetrain and associated parts to keep them rolling  as smoothly as possible as they can be expensive to replace. Depending on the amount of use, a regular service every 6-9 months can keep on top of things you don’t fancy doing as well as pre-warning you of any future work that might need doing.

                       Do you have a favourite cycle route in South West London?

It has to be the part of Trinity Road that cuts through Wandsworth Common. It makes me feel at home riding past the place where I learnt to ride a bike and the small undulations in the road makes me enjoy it more for some reason. I’ve always loved that one! I also love riding through the many lines that Stockwell Skate Park has to offer. Having been my stomping ground for the past 11 years or so, nothing gives me more pleasure than feeling my tyres burn off the ground of this type of concrete; it allows me to blow off steam!

                       Are there any cycling events you could recommend in South West London?

There are a huge range of local cycling events in South West London.  London to Brighton is always a landmark event. Also Lambeth’s Bike The Borough and Skyride as well, to name a few.

Bellevue Bicycle Workshop: Bicycle repair in South West London

Bellevue Bicycle Workshop: Bicycle repair in South West London