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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.

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.

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

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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

 

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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.