CENTRAL HILL ESTATE IN OPEN GARDENS SCHEME THIS WEEKEND / NEW CANCER INITIATIVE GETS SUPPORT OF CRYSTAL PALACE BUSINESS / WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! / PAXTON TALK / PENGE FESTIVAL 2015
CENTRAL HILL ESTATE IN OPEN GARDENS SCHEME THIS WEEKEND
Central Hill estate has been asked to take part in the national open gardens scheme this weekend (June 13 and 14).
“This event is being put together by Architects for Social Housing and we are co-planning with Knights Walk estate (who are also under threat of forced regeneration) to open up a few gardens to the public as well as residents on the estate.
“Gardens could be your own little oasis or one of the open spaces on the estate.
“The event is designed to raise awareness of the beautiful green spaces on the estate and to get the community together.
“We are planning a seed sowing session too and local groups have also been invited to run activities and stalls.
“Jonathan, one of the Central Hill residents, is organising this with Architects for Social Housing – and he really needs some help with things as it’s not very far away!
“If anyone out there would be up for helping/opening their garden/organising a parallel event on the day like a BBQ or making cakes please get in touch – either comment on this post or contact him via facebook or email [email protected] and your email will be passed on to him.
“If you’ve in any way got green fingers or fancy helping out then get in touch. “Either way please come along on the day and show your support. Hope to see you there!” (Source: Save Central Hill Community)
NEW CANCER INITIATIVE GETS SUPPORT OF CRYSTAL PALACE BUSINESS
Ellie’s Friends, a new cancer charity, is seeking the support of businesses in and around Croydon, to bring rays of sunshine into the lives of cancer sufferers.
Crystal Palace community interest company MWAH (Multicultural Wellbeing and Healing) has been the first to sign up, offering a ‘Girls’ Day Out’ for up to ten participants.
Ellie’s Friends provides free and discounted products and services to UK adults living with cancer. Founded by TV producer Tom Thostrup in memory of his fiancé Ellie Jeffery, who died of secondary breast cancer in 2012, the charity has given away a wide selection of experiences including free massages, X-Factor tickets and weekend breaks, both in the UK and overseas.
Tom was inspired by Ellie’s belief that people living with cancer could have a relatively normal, if not fabulous life.
Unlike other cancer charities, Ellie’s Friends is not seeking financial support, but is asking local business and individuals to pledge free or discounted products or services, which will help to make the lives of people with cancer more bearable.
Initially piloted on Facebook, the charity is now encouraging users and donors to sign up through its new website www.elliesfriends.org.
MWAH aims to increase community cohesion through personal wellbeing by the delivery of multi-partnership projects, using community arts activities, intergenerational workshops and community wellbeing techniques.
It works pan London with youth services, social services, schools and local community organisations on a range of innovative and tailor made programmes, for people of all ages.
MWAH has offered the Ellie’s Friends participants a choice of workshops including hand massage, choir sessions and sound therapy.
MWAH IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
MWAH (Multicultural Wellbeing and Healing) community interest company (CIC). We see ourselves as an ideal-driven community development business which exists to reduce isolation and increase community cohesion through caring for the self and, in turn, caring for the community.
“We work with a wide range of participants – from babies to elders and anyone in-between – and deliver high quality projects which use art, sound therapy, wellbeing and intergenerational activities to build social networks and increase resilience.
We are local residents of Crystal Palace and deliver our work in and around the community. At the moment we are working in partnership with Paxton Green time bank to deliver a lovely community choir.
We have also delivered a variety of creative families activities at market, in the library and also for the Crystal Palace Overground Festival. Currently we are offering Teacher Treats (soundbath) to local schools within the area.
“A soundbath is a beautiful deep meditation experience that uses ancient instruments from around the world. The unique experience can help people feel more energized,happier and uplifted.
In May (with Bamboo Studios) we ran a soundbath as a fundraiser for the Overground festival and raised £120, it was so successful that we are delivering another one at the festival on Sunday 28th June. (£10)
We (Nicola and Bronagh) began working together in a residential youth project back in 2003 and in 2010 we decided to take the plunge and start our own community business , to find out more please visit www.mwah-uk.org. or www.facebook.com/pages/Mwah_cic .
Due to the fact that we are always out and about we do not have an office so admin is done at home or in a local coffee shop (that’s why our address is unclear.) Sources: Ellie’s Friends / MWAH
Open Garden Estates 13th and 14th June 2015
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!
Kids can go wild at Southwark Libraries this June as Southwark host free events for the Big Wild Rumpus 2015, a nationwide campaign celebrating Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.
On Saturday 13 June, children and adults alike can take part in free activities at Southwark libraries designed to help them unleash their inner wild things.
Children and families are invited to come as their favourite wild thing character, listen to storytelling, take part in mask making, and have a wild rumpus at all Southwark Libraries from 11am.
The Big Wild Rumpus Jungle, this will take place on Friday 12 June at 4pm to 5pm.
All activities are for under eights and families.
For more information please contact: [email protected]
For more information on Southwark’s libraries please visit www.southwark.gov.uk/libraries or follow the team on twitter @SouthwarkLibs
The Paxton Crystal Palace Reconstruction Project, a talk by John Greatrex, is being held as part of the Penge festival.
The talk on Friday June 12 takes place in the side bar, Crooked Billet, Penge High Street SE20 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, admission free.
PENGE FESTIVAL 2015
This year’s Penge Festival takes place over a period of three weeks with the first official event, the Tour de Penge, being held on Sunday 7th June 2015.
This year, the number of events included within the festival exceeds 40 and covers nine productions at the Bridge House Theatre, heritage walks and talks on a variety of subjects, an organ recital and a performance by the Norwood Wind Ensemble.
For the children we have the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Activities for the Under 5’s and a Fun Afternoon in Penge Recreation Ground. The “Penge’s Got Talent” competition at the Bridge House Theatre is open for anyone aged between 5 and 99!
My sincere thanks go to Chris O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chair, whose inexhaustible energy and commitment have enabled us to branch out this year and to include more cultural events in the Festival.
Chris also launched the Penge Poetry Competition which is proving to be very popular, the Penge Art Trail (a copy of the brochure can be downloaded from the link on the festival website) and the Walter de la Mare Art Project where local artists respond to the poems of the poet who lived in the Penge and Anerley area from 1899 to 1925.
One of the most favourite events of the Festival is always the Fete. This year this is being held on Saturday 13th June 2015 from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs on Royston Playing Field. Pitches are still available and an application form can be downloaded from the link on the festival website.
Fete activities include a petting farm, rodeo bull rides, Botton’s fairground rides, football activities with Christ Central’s Kick Academy and Late Knight brewery’s beer tent.
Refreshments include a BBQ, fresh cream tea tent, an ice cream van and a stone-bake pizza van. Penge Canteen will be teaching kiddies how to make their own beefburgers and A Star will be showing the children to decorate cup cakes. Admission to the fete is free.
PENGE FESTIVAL PRINCESS
This competition is open to young ladies aged between eight and 10 years who live within the SE20 postcode area. Judging will take place at 1430 hrs on Fete Day. Entry is free and Application forms can be downloaded from the link on the festival website. (Penge Festival 2015 – home).