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Burning Celebration

It’s the time of year when Londoners with Celtic origins celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns. There were, as always, celebrations across London to mark one of the most important days in the Scottish calendar and the Mayor and Wandsworth council organised an excellent event locally, proudly sponsored by leading London estate agents James Pendleton.

The event, held at the Wandsworth Civic Suite, was organised in association with the Burns Club of London and guests were invited by the Mayor of Wandsworth. A fantastic four course meal was provided with drinks flowing throughout the night. Diners were treated to a superb programme of entertainment provided by mezzo soprano Lilly Papaioannou and speaker Bill Henry with a prizewinning rendition of “Tam o’ Shanter” among others.

As well as entertainment from north of the border, MP for Battersea Jane Ellison represented the local area, giving an entertaining speech and raising a toast to Wandsworth.

After the meal a ceilidh got into swing with music from the acclaimed Frank Reid Scottish Dance Band and guidance, for the benefit of non-Scots in the audience, from Scottish country dancing caller James Fairbarn. When all the dancing concluded it was time for carriages home.

Lee James Pendleton, Founder Director of James Pendleton estate agents said ‘We were delighted to be associated with this fantastic evening and look forward to future collaborations.’

Atlantic Row 2013 – an exceptional adventure for two Wandsworth locals

Wandsworth and Lambeth are two superb boroughs to live in if you’re a community minded, local-park-on-a-Sunday-afternoon kind of person.  Ours is an area where local initiatives flourish and new business ideas are given time to grow; in short, this is a special part of London and Dan Howie & Will North’s Atlantic Row challenge perfectly exemplifies South West London’s combination of friendliness and dynamism.

This local duo (Dan is based in Wandsworth Common, Will in Battersea) have done wonders to promote their challenge and the causes they’re supporting and have gathered a huge following in the local area and beyond including from Estate Agents in South West London. These causes are Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and St Anna’s, charities with which the pair have a strong connection (see their website for the full story).

Meet the team: Dan and Will

Meet the team: Will and Dan

It’s not too hard to see why Dan and Will’s challenge has gathered such a following; this is a crossing that only 300 intrepid explorers have even attempted to complete.  Made famous recently by Ben Fogle and James Cracknell’s widely publicised success, the challenge requires a gargantuan amount of physical and emotional endurance as well as an absolute necessary combination of self-reliance and team commitment.  It is the difficulties the pair face and the positivity with which they approach them that has captured the hearts of schools, retailers, local organisations and Estate Agents in Wandsworth, Battersea, Clapham and Fulham.

The boat...

The boat…

The trip will require Dan and Will to row one on one off in shifts of two hours.  To prepare for the strain this will place on their bodies the pair have embarked with enthusiasm upon a busy calendar of visits, promotional appearances and mini challenges alongside their rigorous training.  As Dan puts it, “If one of us is unable to make training one day, the other always tries to arrange a demo in front of a local business to raise awareness; that way they still get some training done!”  Look out for Dan or Will this summer in public spaces, shop fronts and events in South West London.

Dan and Will’s commitment and hard work have earned them publicity in local and national press and write their own dedicated blog so fans and followers can keep track.  As Estate Agents in South West London with a dedicated South West London blog and lively Social Media presence, we will be supporting their journey throughout; it is wonderful to see local residents setting such a good example to all!

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’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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James Pendleton’s charity Cash Cube takes Bellevue Fair by storm

James Pendleton Estate Agents and its Social Media team, headed by Melanie Simon, was very proud to take part in the Bellevue Fair – Wandsworth Common on Saturday, 15th September 2012.

It was a huge success, the Bellevue Resident’s Association has never seen the Road so busy and we were blessed by wonderful weather!

We were delighted to learn that the James Pendleton ‘Cash Cube’ was one of the fair’s major attractions this year. A Crystal Maze style test of stealth and speed, the ‘Cash Cube’ gave participants 30 seconds to catch as many flying tickets as possible to be in the running for a fantastic cash prize.

James Pendleton Cash Cube Challenge- Bellevue Fair Wandsworth Common

James Pendleton Cash Cube Challenge- Bellevue Fair Wandsworth Common

The ‘Cash Cube’ was open to all and an amazing time was had by children and adults alike (the James Pendleton team included)! As the queue grew throughout the day, the team saw a multitude of interesting techniques being used to catch the coloured tickets, with approaches ranging from extremely methodical to singularly eccentric.

James Pendleton Cash Cube Challenge- Bellevue Fair Wandsworth Common

James Pendleton Cash Cube Challenge- Bellevue Fair Wandsworth Common

At 4pm, James Pendleton’s owners, Lee James Pendleton and Lucy Pendleton were thrilled to award the winner, James McLarin, £300 cash and runners-up David Ramsdale and Anna Jacobs £50.

James Pendleton Cash Cube winner - Bellevue Fair Wandsworth Common

James Pendleton Cash Cube winner – Bellevue Fair Wandsworth Common

We have raised £150 which was donated to James Pendleton’s “LivetoGive” charity organisation which supports Action For Children, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Perthes Association and Trinity Hospice.

Other attractions at the fair included a dog show for local pets and their owners, live music, a plethora of children’s entertainment and stalls selling a range of local wares from boutique clothing and accessories to dog biscuits!

This year’s fair has once again affirmed Wandsworth Common’s status as a thriving hub for local trade as well as a warm and vibrant neighbourhood.

An outstanding effort by every business on Bellevue Road so congratulations to them all, roll on next year.

The Battersea Park Jubilee Festival: Celebrating South West London

 

As many a South West London resident knows, Battersea Park will play host to a The Diamond Jubilee Festival on Sunday 3rd June 2012.  The festival promises to be a no holds barred homage to Britishness, celebrating and modernising national traditions from boot sales to big bands.

As our job is to scour South West London for key events and hot topics, we thought we’d use the festival’s time travelling theme to bring our readers the top generation-hopping events and destinations in Clapham, Wandsworth Town, Wandsworth Common, Balham and Battersea.  Read on for our reasons for loving London!

KNEES UP MOTHER BROWN

The Jubilee has encouraged local music, theatre and cinema groups across the UK to celebrate all things British.  In South West London the focus is on pearly kings, great British creatives, flights of storytelling fancy and a good pinch of tongue in cheek humour.

Wimbledon theatre will celebrate the life of Charles Dickens in A Dickens of a Life

White Rabbit’s amazing storytelling cabaret act comes to Battersea Park Road as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival.

If you don’t get chance to meet real life Pearly Kings and Queens at the Jubilee Festival, they can be found at events across London including this community Thames boat party on 9th June!

PUNK SAVED THE QUEEN

Though the queen may not have been best pleased by the Sex Pistols’ take on the National Anthem back in 1977, we’re sure she’d concede that, in 2012, the punk movement has become as British a cultural institution as baked beans, and arguably more revolutionary.

Why not pay a visit to the exhibition of Punk vinyl records in Chelsea throughout June

A punk ukulele anti society playing at venues across London, you say?  Whyever not…

OH WE DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE…

…unfortunately in London that wish can’t always be granted, but besides hopping on a fast train to the coast from Clapham Junction there are some delightfully tongue in cheek ways to bring the traditional British seaside holiday to the SW postcodes.

Bringing the summer spirit to Clapham Common, no summer is complete without South West Four.

If your sea legs need stretching, head out to Battersea Park lake to while away a summer’s afternoon

Get a taste of the seaside with Clapham’s finest Fish and Chips.

STRICTLY TEA DANCING

A combination of afternoon tea and ballroom dance, nothing sums up the romantic side of the United Kingdom like a traditional tea dance with a modern twist.  Battersea Park will host a jubilee tea dance their 1950’s bandstand on June 3rd, and we’ve found a few more for locals and visitors to make a day of.

Head to the Bedford in Balham for a raucous summer Swing Dance

For a gentler tea dance experience, head to Battersea’s beautiful period town hall on 29th May

Or for a tea dance with all the trimmings, book a place at the Waldorf hotel for big bands, formal dancing and afternoon tea combine dancing with afternoon tea at the Waldorf hotel.

NOT SO SECRET GARDEN PARTY

An ever evolving British institution, the summery garden party has breezed back onto the social calendar after a few decades’ absence, bringing with it a haze of cotton printed dresses, Pimms and barbecue smoke.  This year, street parties up and down the country will offer up home-grown jubilee festivities, but for those who prefer full board to self-catering we’ve rustled up a few local garden gatherings. Let’s hope the rain stays away for these top summer parties!

A community expanding idea from the Eden project, coming to a garden near you

Balham’s Hildreth Street market will play host to a Jubilee vintage clothing extravaganza this June 3rd!

Clapham’s Gigalum bar promises to ‘bring Ibiza to London’

DON’T FORGET YOUR LOCAL

From real ale to roast dinners, the homely British pub is a true cultural institution and encompasses such timeless traditions as darts, battered board games and the humble pork scratching.  Here are a few of the best South West London watering holes:

Visit Clapham’s Windmill on the Common for a reminder of just how green South West London is.

Alternatively, take a look at this homage to this Battersea nod to the 1930s.

Finally, for fine ales and a view of the river head to The Ship in Wandsworth

VILLAGE PEOPLE

Since the Queen’s coronation UK cities, and London in particular, have become fantastically diverse, and traditional rural-urban divides have dissolved.  In today’s London, market stalls offering farm and organic produce, handicrafts and bespoke products spring up beside supermarkets and sprawl along high streets.  We’ve found a few of the best in Balham, Battersea, Wandsworth and Clapham.

Northcote Road Market is a South West London stalwart known for selling a vast array of fresh produce, crafts and interesting bric a brac.

Visit Balham’s Hildreth Street for an authentic local market selling quality produce since 1903

Clapham’s Venn Street Market offers local fine foods, crafts and specialist plants, and feeds revellers at London festivals such as Field Day.

We hope our handy list has helped you plan your own Jubilee celebrations and given you yet more reason to explore South West London!

South West London Icon in jeopardy? The uncertain future of Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, Wandsworth

Battersea Power Station, Wandsworth

We took to the streets of Battersea in South West London this weekend to photograph the stunning industrial riverside panoramas the area has in abundance.

The wharf-side landscape of modern and period buildings is a rich and poignant one, the scenery telling the story of a region historically subject to huge and frequent change. A once heavily industrial area is now dominated by luxury apartments and award winning architecture.

Lodged incongruously amongst steel spires and glass turrets is the iconic Battersea Power Station.  Built between 1929 and 1953 and designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the brain behind the red telephone box, the site revolutionised power supply in the UK and is the largest brick building in London.

Quick fire technological advances and pollution concerns led the station to cease all production by 1983.  Since then, a tug of war has been taking place between developers keen to clear and rebuild on the site and those campaigning to protect and maintain the listed building.  Numerous plans for redeveloping the site have fallen through for a variety of reasons.

With the Olympic year upon us, the ecological concerns ever present and the debate still fresh, what will become of the station? 

Here are some of the rumours and plans currently connected with the site.

  1. 1.       Luxury apartments

Probably the most lucrative venture would be to demolish Battersea Power Station in order to build and sell luxury apartments on the site.  The region is highly desirable and there are numerous similar developments on the banks of the Thames.  However, the cultural and historical value of the site has led to widespread opposition to such ventures, and the Station’s Grade II* listed status prevents the site from being completely cleared.

  1. 2.       Affordable Housing

The space created by the station’s demolition would also in theory provide space for a large number of affordable homes, thus easing the strain of overcrowding in London.

  1. 3.       A state of the art football stadium

Chelsea FC are rumoured to be interested in purchasing the site and building a state of the art stadium with retractable roof.  The rumours are as yet unconfirmed, and it is also uncertain whether the station building would be retained or demolished.

  1. 4.       An iconic new rail terminus and shopping centre

Under a series of proposed extensions to the London Underground’s Northern Line, Battersea Power Station could become the terminus of a new extension of the line into South West London.  Under this scheme, the station building would be kept intact and redeveloped, and a local shopping and recreation centre would be created.

  1. 5.       A cultural centre

Reincarnations as a shopping centre, gallery, venue and cinema have all been mooted.  The Battersea Power Station Community has suggested a local hub comprising all of the above along with parkland and plazas.

  1. 6.       Allotments

A number of eco-friendly proposals have been made, including turning the space into a park, allotments or a renewable energy plant.

Can you suggest a new use for the emblematic South West London site?  Post your ideas here or on our Facebook or Twitter sites.