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Bellevue Fair’s giant Operation game: will you beat the clock?

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A sneak preview of James Pendleton’s Bellevue Fair Giant Operation game

The annual Bellevue Road Summer Fair is nearly upon us and promises entertainment, refreshments and excitement for all the family!  This year’s fair will take place on Saturday 7th September and local businesses along the picturesque local thoroughfare are busily setting up stalls which promise to make this year’s event particularly thrilling!  The team at James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road are no exception as this year they will be inviting local visitors to compete for a fantastic property prize in a scaled-up version of a challenging family favourite: Giant Operation.

A gigantic buzzer board game will be constructed outside the Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road for the duration of the day.  Visitors will have the chance to compete against their rivals and the clock in a contest that sees the person completing the challenge successfully in the quickest time walking away with an exciting prize!

The winner will receive a cash prize while runners up will walk away with bottles of bubbly.

Beside fun and games outside James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office there is a lot to keep visitors to Bellevue Fair occupied.  A dog show with special judge has been arranged to take place on the Common itself (to the delight of the area’s large dog walking contingent) and children’s fun centre Bertie and Boo will provide entertainment and a selection of local musicians will provide a perfect backdrop to stalls bustling with local wares.  For the celebrity spotters of Wandsworth, look out for property expert and television personality Phil Spencer who will be announcing the fair’s raffle winners.

James Pendleton’steam have provided a very useful money saving prize to the draw, allowing one lucky local to benefit from an ‘Angel for a day’, £250 worth of property maintenance costs covered by the company’s pioneering Angel department.  In short summary, this department is here to help homeowners by taking care of keys, organising home repairs and acting as an emergency point of contact, and the winner will be able to take advantage of the full service whether a property owner or not.  In addition the Angel department will recommend contractors for a range of jobs, on which the winner will save £250.

The company are delighted to be a contributor to the Fair, which has been carefully planned for several months by the Bellevue Road Residents’ Association.  The Association is made up of, and jointly run by, a number of local businesses and each month representatives including from James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common team are able to have their say on how the local area operates.  Groups such as these do a huge amount for the community, representing local needs and using the power of numbers to make important changes.

To find out more about Bellevue Fair contact James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on 020 8673 7777; to learn more about the James Pendleton Angel department call Zara Salih on 020 7501 1045.

 

A successful cycle ride for the LivetoGive team

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As fundraising teams go, James Pendleton Estate Agents’ South West London charity organisation LivetoGive is certainly active.  Since winning Trinity Hospice’s Best Charity Partnership with a Local Business award in December the team has plans aplenty in the pipeline and has organised a number of exciting events and initiatives in 2013 that you can discover here.

The latest of these was the long anticipated London to Brighton cycle ride, which saw ten representatives take to the streets on two wheels in the name of charity and raised a phenomenal £1657!  As ever, the team was fundraising for three causes with very strong local and company bonds: Action for Children, Trinity Hospice and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  These three charities hold very great importance for this Estate Agents’ South West London team and LivetoGive has proactive links with all three: the charity organisation holds regular meetings with all three with fundraising innovation in mind.

Sunday’s 54 mile journey passed through James Pendleton Estate Agent’s South West London base, leading through Clapham, Tooting and Wandsworth on its way to the M25 before breaking out into open countryside on the way to East Sussex’s most famous destination, sometimes known as ‘London-By-The-Sea’.  The route includes some formidable hill climbs as well as many spectacular views and in LivetoGive’s prior experience of the ride there is no greater feeling than catching a first glimpse of the sea at the end of a day’s cycling!

The team are glad to report no injuries and a relatively incident free cycle.  Differing levels of training and ability meant a staggered finish for the ten but all were delighted to spot heart shaped James Pendleton balloons scattered through the crowd, one of which made it to the finish line on the back of a tandem ridden by two Blues Brothers!  As the photos show the team had a fantastic time and as the fundraising totals show they were amply supported by friends, family and well-wishers!  The team send their thanks to all who donated; if you’d like to contribute just pay a visit to LivetoGive’s JustGiving page.

To find out more about the latest and upcoming LivetoGive initiatives keep checking James Pendleton’s homepage: this Estate Agents in South West London posts regular news and updates on their charity organisation’s activities.  Alternatively visit the LivetoGive website.

Easter Activities in South West London!

'Rose' the bunny, winner of the James Pendleton Easter Bunny Drawing competition 2012

‘Rose’ the bunny, winner of the James Pendleton Easter Bunny Drawing competition 2012

Easter is fast approaching (though the weather would have you believe otherwise) and James Pendleton Estate Agents’ South West London team have been scouring the area for top seasonal family activities.  As spring begins to enliven green spaces and young faces alike, keep a look out for pastel colours, cute creatures and holiday activities at a park near you.  Alternatively, just take a quick look at our following top recommendations for Easter in Clapham, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Fulham and Battersea:

The wristband-entry theme park that is Clapham Common’s Easter Funfair attracts visitors for miles around and features rides and activities guaranteed to delight children and adults alike.  When you’re done enjoying the fair you’ll be able to walk off your candyfloss with a stroll around the Common.

Fulham Palace’s Easter Egg trail takes place on 30th March and 1st April and takes the form of a fun and informative children’s tour of the Palace with a chocolate reward at the end, all in one of the most beautiful settings in London.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home will be joining the Easter fun by holding an egg hunt with a twist: the team will hide carob and catnip eggs inside the pens and release for pets to sniff out.  You can support the charity’s Easter cause by donating an egg.

A host more animal themed activities are set to take place at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo over the Easter break.  From 29th March to 1st April children and families are invited to search for colourful eggs hidden in animal enclosures with the promise of a sugary treat on completion. For the rest of the Easter break a Golden Rabbit hunt and animal feeding activities are bound to bring a smile to local children’s faces!

Wandsworth, Lambeth and Hammersmith and Fulham councils have a range of activities available for young people of all ages, and local web stalwarts mumsnet.com and nappyvalleynet.com will be on hand to advise on local events.  Whether interested in sport, craft or learning there is bound to be something for your child in South West London this Easter holiday!

 

 

 

South West London now better connected than ever thanks to the London Overground

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For Clapham Estate Agents James Pendleton, one of the main appeals of South West London is the area’s excellent transport links.  A recent development to London’s suburban rail network has seen Clapham, Wandsworth and Battersea connected to new areas of London; a fantastic array of venues and London attractions are a short train ride away from leafy streets and independent businesses.

9th December saw a momentous change take place in the daily lives of South West London commuters with the unveiling of the London Overground extension linking Clapham Junction with Surrey Quays.  The new stretch of line passes through Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Bridge Road before reaching the UK’s busiest station with its varied local and national connections.

This new development marks an exciting time for South West London.  The time it takes to travel from Clapham Junction into North and East London has been reduced, and Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road are now a short and hassle free trip away from Shoreditch, Islington and Canary Wharf.  Business commutes, nights out on the town and shopping trips have never been easier, with a fantastic range of travel options now available to residents.

The new Overground orbital is the first to make a full loop around London since the Circle line, opened in 1884 and promises to bring thousands of passengers out of central London by eradicating the need to interchange at major central stations.  Those who travel from Clapham to Canary Wharf will now have a shorter, cheaper and more hassle free commute, and venues in the proximity of the newly converted stations should see increased footfall and publicity over coming months.

You can see a video of the extension in action here, and for more information on award winning Estate Agents in Clapham visit the James Pendleton site jamespendleton.co.uk and contact your nearest office.

What’s in store for South West London in 2013?

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Next year promises to be a fruitful time for change in South West London, with developments in Wandsworth Town, Clapham Old Town, Battersea and Fulham set to redefine the skyline of Wandsworth and Lambeth.

For full details of the changes coming to your neighbourhood, please visit our Estate Agency News blog post.

Win up to £400 with James Pendleton at the Bellevue Fair!

 

James Pendleton's Wandsworth Common office

James Pendleton’s Wandsworth Common office

The streets surrounding Wandsworth Common are known locally for their picturesque beauty, benefiting as they do from the superb greenery and open space of the Common.  At the heart of the neighbourhood lies Bellevue Road, an attractive and bustling street lined with small independent local businesses which exemplify the local yet progressive character of South West London.

On 15th September 2012 Bellevue Road’s annual summer fair returns to SW17.  Organised by the Bellevue Road Resident’s Association, the fair will allow locals and visitors alike to sample the best of Bellevue.  The fair always creates a wonderful, neighbourly atmosphere and provides a great boost to local businesses.

James Pendleton Estate Agents will add their usual dash of colour to this year’s event by giving visitors the chance to take part in a real life game show! The crystal-maze style Cash Cube challenge invites participants to catch as many pieces of coloured paper as possible in 30 seconds.  The person who catches the most ‘fun money’ will win a £300 prize, with the two runners-up winning £50 each!  Adults and children alike are welcome to take part in the challenge, which will be taking place outside James Pendleton’s office at 4 Bellevue Road from 10am-4pm on the big day.

Other events on the day include circus entertainment from Bertie and Boo, a hog roast, baked treats from Youmakeacake, a dog show organised by animal charity Mayhew Animal Home and numerous other contributions from local businesses and community groups.

For any questions about Bellevue Fair and the cash cube, please contact socialmedia@jphomes.co.uk , call 020 7501 1044 or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Let the Games Begin!

The James Pendleton team were lucky enough to be out and about in Wandsworth and Lambeth on the penultimate day of the Olympic Torch Relay, and some of them were lucky enough to spot the torch on its way to Stratford!

Our Clapham Common office was in a prime Torch-spotting location, and manager Kelly Higgins managed to take some great snaps of the relay on its way through Lambeth, including this one:

Olympic Torch Runner at Clapham Common

After taking a right into Wandsworth the torch headed straight past our Battersea Park office, and both Derek our in-house photographer and CEO Lee James Pendleton managed to take some fantastic photos of the torch being carried past a jubilant crowd on the way to the River.  Here are a few of the best:

The Olympic Torch reaches Queenstown Road

The Olympic car passes our Battersea Park office

Excited crowds watch from outside the Battersea Park office as the torch is carried towards the river