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An incredible £5330 raised at St. Faith’s Christmas Fair!

James Pendleton balloons at the Winter Wonderland Christmas Fair

It’s that time of year again!  The thoughts and calendars of families across London are filled with everything festive and local communities are pulling together to showcase and share the best of the Christmas season.

On 30th November St. Faith’s school Parents Teachers Association organised the marvellously festive ‘Winter Wonderland’ Christmas fair, which was sponsored by Wandsworth estate agents James Pendleton.  The fair was a tremendous success and raised a phenomenal £5330 towards the development of a new school library.

The school was packed with parents, teachers, and local residents enjoying a fun packed festive celebration featuring stalls, refreshments, fairground rides and a bouncy castle.  Children had a fantastic time visiting the real fire engine, playing ‘Beat the Keeper’ and seeing Santa in his grotto. Meanwhile parents were entertained by Christmas stalls with contributions from local businesses.

The afternoon culminated in a very successful silent auction and raffle, prizes for which were supplied by James Pendleton estate agents who have two local offices on Old York Road.  Raffle prizes included a Wii U, £300 cash and £100 John Lewis vouchers.

The PTA did an incredible job of organising an interesting and varied event in support of the future education of St Faith’s pupils.  James Pendleton’s support was also invaluable to the success of the event and the sponsors were delighted to receive a wonderful branded cake and card from the organising team.

Christmas comes early to Wandsworth with St Faith’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ festive fair

Winter Wonderland logo

As anyone who’s entered a supermarket, bought a magazine or switched on the TV this week will have noticed, the festive season is well and truly under way.  It’ll soon be time to start plan the decorations, hang the advent calendar and find out what the children would like Santa to bring.  There’s certainly a lot to plan, and St Faith’s School’s Christmas fair on 30th November is sure to help plenty of parents plan for the big day.

The Winter Wonderland themed event, to be held at the school on Alma Road between midday and 3pm, has been organised by the St. Faith’s Parent Teacher Association and is sponsored by Wandsworth based estate agents James Pendleton.  With fairground attractions, Santa’s Grotto and a special visit from a fire engine among the entertainment on offer there will be plenty to entertain the little ones whilst their parents browse the stalls for festive ideas from local businesses.

There will also be a raffle and silent auction featuring incredible locally supplied prizes:

Raffle

1st– £300 cash
2nd – Wii U
3rd – £100 John Lewis vouchers
4th– £100 meal for four at Brady’s
5th– £100 voucher for a personalised cake
6th – Five swimming lessons, Sarah Harris School

Silent Auction

A blue topaz heart pendant set in white gold (by Robinson Pelham)
An over-night stay in the luxurious Alma Hotel
Two Wimbledon 2014 Grounds Tickets.
Three hours of specialist Tutoring (Maths/ English)

Tickets are now for sale from the school and cost £1 per ticket or £4 for 5.

Other entertainment to feature at the fair includes a bouncy castle and live local music.  The event promises to be a dazzling celebration of Christmas and the season of winter-look out for photographs and accounts of the day on James Pendleton’s Facebook page and here on the company’s South West London blog.

Amazing kitchenware shop on Northcote Road, Battersea

kitchenware shop battersea

La Cuisiniere: Kitchenware shop in Battersea

As Northcote Road institutions go, you can’t do much better than La Cuisinière.  Owned by French native Anne Blackie, this popular kitchenware retailer has been a much loved Battersea stalwart for over twenty years.  As well as stocking near enough any utensil or cooking tool you might think of, La Cuisinière also leases cake tins and offers a wealth of cookware expertise via a very helpful website.  Of course, the best way to get to know La Cuisinière is to spend a while exploring its shelves and corners.  The store compares itself online to an Aladdin’s Cave and a better description could not be found.

Before you spend an hour pottering at La Cuisinière on Northcote road, take a moment to read our interview with Anne Blackie and find out what makes the store so special.

  1. Could you give us a taster of some of the cookware you have in store?

It’s hard to know where to start!  As a taster, our most popular brands are:

  • Le Creuset (Cookware)
  • ScanPan (Cookware)
  • Joseph Joseph (kitchen Accessories)
  • Global/Wusthof/Robert Welch/I.O. Shen (Kitchen Knives)
  • Good Grips (OXO gadgets)
  • Silverwood (Bakeware)
  • Nespresso (Coffee machines)
  • KitchenAid/Dualit/Magimix/Cuisiniart small electricals

The following types of item also prove popular:

  • Cake decorations and candles
  • PVC table clothes
  • Ceramics and glassware
  • Silicone tools
  • Children lunch boxes
  • Barware

2. How has La Cuisinière changed over the past twenty five years?

We haven’t really changed that much from the original concept of being a Cookware and Tableware outlet.  The only major change was when we opened La Cuisinière Too in 2003 due to the fact that we were desperate for more shop space.

The current set up was established in 2012. With the ever growing popularity and increased demand for home baking, our bakeware section was moved lock, stock and ‘rolling pin’ into La Cuis Too. The main shop of La Cusinière has always and still provides the best range and quality of all types of cookware.

3. Have you seen a big change in how much people enjoy cooking over the years?

Not really! Residents of Battersea have always enjoyed cooking and entertaining at home providing great meals for family and friends. As mentioned in the previous section, we have seen a steady growth in baking product requirements in recent years.

Trends: The last few years have seen a definite increase in simple and earthy types of cooking. (Pie dishes and casseroles sell well).

4. How long have you been in Battersea and why did you choose to open a store along Northcote Road?

Annie Price was the founder of La Cuisinière and she was the one who discovered Northcote Road and saw its potential. Not only did she open the shop in 1988, she also moved from Fulham to Hendrick Avenue at the same time. She sadly died in 2004. I was Annie’s first manager and have been here ever since!

5. Do you have a favourite eatery or food supplier along Northcote Road?

Over the years, we have often enjoyed going to Buena Sera and Lola Roja.  We regularly use the fishmongers in Northcote Road and for a treat, we buy our cheese and deli produce from Hamish Johnston.

6. Which are your favourite items that you have in store?

My recommended brands are:

  • Laguiole knives – beautifully hand crafted knives from France. Not particularly well known in the UK, but not many Frenchmen would sit down to a “steak frites” without one!
  • Le Creuset “buffet” shallow casserole. To my mind, one of the most versatile cooking implements in the kitchen.
  • Glover and Smith pewter tableware – handmade in England.
  • Ecozone –  a planet-friendly cleaning range.
  • Tala and Silverwood bakeware – Tala is deliciously retro in design and has hardly changed since the fifties! Silverwood’s tinware is made for the British market and made in Britain!

7. Could you offer our readers a cooking or baking tip which you couldn’t do without?

One of the most important tools in the kitchen is the kitchen knife. But it’s got to be of good quality and kept sharp! So my tip is to have a quality knife sharpener to hand where you prepare your food.  Each time you use the knife give it a swipe or two through the sharpener and you will always have the sharpest of knives.

Fulham Estate Agents proudly sponsor local music open day

Music School in Fulham

Music School in Fulham

On 18th May 2013 from 10am to 3pm Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green will play host to the Music’all Open Day, which will be sponsored by Fulham Estate Agents  James Pendleton.

Established in 2008, Music’all is a charity run extra-curricular music school.  The dedicated team of tutors and musicians provide a fantastic opportunity for local children to develop their skill and awareness of music in a vibrant and welcoming environment.  Lady Margaret School, one of the schools highlighted as outstanding on James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Fulham local area guide, has hosted the school’s Saturday classes since 2011.

Music’all offers classes for both musical beginners and those with advanced levels of skill, and develops young people’s musical ability and awareness via a range of teaching techniques from one-on-one tuition to full orchestral rehearsals.  One of the most exciting aspects of the programme is that children progressing beyond foundation level are given the chance to test a range of instruments before choosing their own specialism. Besides improving musical proficiency, a Music’all child will have a great opportunity to make friends and develop social skills.

The Music’all open day is a chance to introduce your family (and yourself-the school also runs an adult choir) to the team and discuss the music education options best for you.  The school is a great way to introduce children and families to music, and is home to a thriving community.  Look out for advertisements for the event James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Fulham and Parsons Green billboards, and if you’d like to find out more about the event or the school don’t hesitate to contact us at socialmedia@jphomes.co.uk

Music’all Open day – Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green SW6 4UN

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!

 

 

 

James Pendleton to help Wandsworth athlete fulfilling his Olympic dream

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Wandsworth born and bred Table Tennis champion Aaron Mckibbin is set for great things: following a Bronze medal victory in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, he is now ranked 14th in the world and aims to reach the lower single digits by the next Games in 2016.  Aaron is a brilliant example of an inspirational Wandsworth resident and soon you will be able to catch up with his training news on a regular basis thanks to James Pendleton Estate Agents’ dedicated blog.

Born with bilateral talipes which affects his ankle mobility, Aaron’s skill, drive and sheer hard work have seen him transform from school lunchtime table tennis player to consummate professional in a few short years.  He describes his experience at the 2012 Games as perhaps the most incredible experience of his life:

“Usually we play in front of audiences of a few hundred people: I was one of the first to play at London 2012 and when my name was called thousands of people stood up and cheered for me as a member of the GB team.  I’ve never experienced anything like it”

The London Games redefined standards of Paralympic media coverage and increased global audience figures by a staggering 1 billion.  Suffice it to say that the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games have a lot to live up to, and that the Paralympics, and Aaron, had better get used to taking centre stage.

James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth connections make the company the ideal sponsors for this local figurehead, and he can now be seen sporting James Pendleton branded kit at tournaments across the UK.  The company’s dedicated blog will feature videos, clippings and interviews with Aaron as he journeys toward Rio.

James Pendleton Estate Agents are absolutely thrilled to be helping a local talent with high Olympic hopes.

Keep a look-out for the latest news on Aaron on the James Pendleton website and email jpinfo@jphomes.co.uk for more info.

Rainy Day Pursuits for South West London Children

 

James Pendleton “Live to Give” mascot, Rose the Bunny

As this summer’s weather rolls through Wandsworth and Lambeth with the standard unpredictability, local families are faced with the usual dilemma: where in South West London can kids be entertained and educated come rain or shine?

Children are full of energy at the best of times and being holed up at home on a rainy day can be frustrating for both parent and child.  A list of last minute weatherproof South West London activities is a must for busy parents and we have scoured the area for some of the best examples of part-time pastimes for children of all ages and temperaments.

Sporty

  • Amanda’s Action Club welcomes children aged four months to five years and their parents to join her regular Action Clubs in Clapham, Wandsworth and Battersea for fun and varied exercise designed to help children develop both physically and creatively.  Children with special needs are always welcome and catered for.
  • Battersea Park’s Millennium Arena provides a range of children’s activities from athletics to tennis, perfect for aspiring Olympians!
  • For Olympic emulation with a twist, take your kids to Back Flip Performers in Fulham or Streatham.  Children aged two to 12 are coached to improve agility, strength and social skills.

Academic

  • Local libraries are a treasure trove of free local activity for children.  What’s more, the emphasis is on making education fun!  Libraries across the UK are challenging children to get to grips with reading through story lab, an interactive website offering interviews with authors, reading challenges and online games.  Closer to home, Potter fans can invent magical stories of their own on JK Rowling’s Pottermore website and both Wandsworth and Lambeth Libraries provide reading, craft and other activities for children of all ages.
  • With centres in Clapham, Brixton and Battersea, Kids Language Club uses fun and varied teaching methods to help children aged three to 11 progress with languages including French, German and Mandarin.  The club also provides activity days, parent-toddler classes, one to one tuition and trips abroad.

Creative

  • The fantastically named Artful Toddler encourages children aged 12 months and over to get creative (and messy) with craft materials.  Classes run weekly at Clapham Junction and don’t worry: overalls are provided!
  • Perform  runs both regular and holiday classes in Clapham, Battersea, Streatham and Fulham.  Babies and toddlers learn catchy tunes and gentle activities at ‘Mini P’ workshops, while older children train in acting, dance and singing with the end of term show in mind!
  • Tin Pan Annie is an innovative troupe of musicians, performers, music therapists and teachers providing classes and parties for children aged four months to six years across Lambeth and Wandsworth.  The group’s focus is on building confidence and breaking down social and language barriers whilst introducing kids to music in all its forms.
  • Studio Film School provides coaching in directing, shooting and editing movies and animations as well as acting for camera.  Children aged four to 16 can hone their media skills and awareness at regular workshops in Balham and the team are also available for children’s parties.