Britain’s Got Talent Finalists Come to The Grand

When the Circus of Horrors started in Glastonbury ’95 people thought it would run for 25 weeks let alone 25 years, yet here we are a quarter of a century later and the Circus of Horrors is still touring all over the World, still getting rave reviews & still getting loads of media coverage. The show performed for the 4th consecutive year at last years Download Festival when it also returned to the Glastonbury Festival.

The new Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing phantasmaglorios amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter.

The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is now a West End & World Wide Hit will take you on a rock n’ roller coaster ride of amazing & Bizarre acts.

It is a circus like no other and a show you simply can’t afford to miss. Not advisable for under 16’s

One Night Only

The Grand, Clapham Junction. 21-25 ST JOHN’S HILL LONDON SW11 1TT Box office 02072236523

Sunday 18th October  2020. One Show Only at 8pm

Plus After show and Rock DJ.

Visit www.circusofhorrors.co.uk for more info and tickets.

Special Offer £5 off any full price ticket.  Go to Ticketmaster and use the code GORY in advance.

Community groups can benefit from Give London A Lift

Charities, community groups, clubs and sports teams in Battersea, Clapham and Putney affected by the Covid-19 outbreak are being given their chance to secure a helping hand in the recovery through a share of a £10,000 community fund.
Leading decorating, hardware and DIY brand Leyland SDM, which has 23 stores on high streets, has launched its ‘Give London a Lift’ campaign.

Each month between July and October, the business will give away two prizes of £1,000 worth of Leyland SDM credit for groups to use on a project.

Organisations can apply online each month, detailing why they believe they would by worthy recipients of the £1,000 credit, and winners will be chosen by a team of judges.
Leyland SDM has branches on Battersea Park Road, Clapham High Street and Upper Richmond Road in Putney.

Paul Gerreli, Marketing Director at Leyland SDM, said: “Like the rest of London, Battersea, Clapham and Putney have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and charities and groups which support the community will be trying to pick up the pieces for their organisations over the coming weeks and months.
“Leyland SDM is a big part of communities across London and it’s the only area in which we operate. We want to help groups get back on their feet and are delighted to have 10 lots of £1,000 worth of credit to give to deserving community projects.
“With everything from paint to tools and electrical wiring to plumbing parts available from our stores, that will go a long way towards assisting with much-needed renovation projects.”

Groups can apply for prizes to help them open new premises, recover an existing building from a state of disrepair or any other project which benefits the community.
Applications can be made on the Leyland SDM website – leylandsdm.co.uk/givelondonalift – by providing a 200-word overview of what the organisation does, how it benefits the community and how the £1,000 credit would be spent.
Established in 1985, Leyland SDM started trading with a single store in central London, supplying local tradesmen as a Specialist Decorators’ Merchants with paint and decorating materials.
Today the business has grown to become one of the most recognisable and trusted decorating and DIY retail brands in central London with stores in some of London’s most prominent locations.
Visit www.leylandsdm.co.uk for more information.

J.K. Rowling reveals true birthplace of Harry Potter

In a recent tweet, author J.K. Rowling has surprised her fans by revealing that the birthplace of the world famous wizard, Harry Potter, was Clapham Junction.

Pro-Kut is still in the same location, but Flight Centre is no more. The shop is now Ollie Quinn as this up to date photo shows

J.K. Rowling tweeted that she was renting in a room in a flat above what was then a sports shop in Clapham Junction, on St John’s Road.

 

UK’s oldest and leading Muslim Community shares Ramadhan through Virtual Iftar

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK is extending a warm invitation to the general public and media to view and participate in a series of five Virtual Big Iftar events to be held in the month of Ramadhan. The next event is being held on Saturday, 2nd May. The first event was held on Friday, April 25th.

Those interested should register their interest at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-virtual-iftar-registration-102618797586?aff=eand

Ibrahim Ikhlaf, Director for Outreach & Public Affairs says: ” As proven by research there are many physical and mental health benefits of fasting. During these talks you can learn how fasting can strengthen your resilience in the current crisis, help with self-development, root causes of addictions and domestic abuse. Event participants will also have the opportunity to try our Fasting Challenge and join the live event to break the fast with the Muslim community.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Built the largest mosque in the UK, the Baitul Futuh Mosque as well as the first in London, the Fazal Mosque, in 1924.

Other content highlights include:

  • Government guidelines during this crisis – is obedience an attribute of loyalty?
  • Fasting and the battle against Covid-19 – a story of an NHS Intensive care Doctor
  • An online virtual tour of Western Europe’s biggest Mosque
  • British Muslims sharing their Vlogs about their fasting experience during lockdown
  • Practical tips on social distancing and self-isolation.

Further details can be obtained at http://www.bigvirtualiftar.co.uk

Come Dine With Me Couples is coming to CLAPHAM

COME DINE WITH ME COUPLES IS BACK AND LOOKING FOR BUDDING CHEFS IN CLAPHAM!

· FILMING DATES 11TH – 15TH MAY 2020

· MUST BE OVER 18

· TO APPLY EITHER EMAIL CDWM@MULTISTORY.TV AND CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW: https://itvuk.etribez.com/ag/itvmultistory/cdwmcouples6/welcome.html

Think you can and your partner can whip up a food frenzy and host a winning dinner party? Think you’ve got what it takes to walk away with a £1000? If so, you could soon be part of the nations most favourite tea time show.

The only criteria is that you’re in a couple and you both must be over 18 and not working or trained as a professional chef.

The shoot will take place between the 11th – 15th May 2020 but casting starts now!

To apply, please click on this link: https://itvuk.etribez.com/ag/itvmultistory/cdwmcouples6/welcome.html

Advert Phone Booth Company Goes Bust

Firm that puts up UK’s ad-supported phone booths enters administration

Apparently the firm did not achieve the growth it had predicted. Not only were some councils blocking installation on grounds of the additional clutter they would add to public space. They also faced opposition from privacy campaigners, with good reason as Wired.com explains in this article: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/linkuk-bt-google-free-wifi-and-calls-london

They also become notorious for use by drug dealers and other criminals says TheRegister.

It is not clear if the local council will not get these unsightly monsters removed from our streets.

 

 

 

New crime novel set partly in Clapham

Gender Justice by Nicky Charlish  shows Clapham as a glitzy place, and includes a number of other London locations.

The truth was, the computer graphics thing was ok, but it wasn’t the most exciting of jobs. I could meet people at FAGS as well as make some extra money with the part-time work. A little voice in the back of my mind continued to say that this might not be a good idea if I really wanted to put the criminal life behind me – clubs and bars always have a degree of dodginess lurking about them. But another part of me thought that I’d give it a try and, if I didn’t like it, make my excuses and leave. Bar staff and office workers come and go, so I doubted there’d be any problems if I left.

Toni, 20, transgender and raised on a tough south London council estate, is just out of prison after a two-year sentence. Her crime? Attacking her mum’s would-be rapist. Determined to better herself, Toni works in a graphic designer’s office in Clapham whilst awaiting the surgery that – she hopes – will complete her female transformation and help to change her life for the better.

A meeting with an old prison friend leads to Toni also working part-time at a gay bar in Old Compton Street. But that – and a gangland war which leads to the past catching up with her – threatens to destroy Toni’s dream as violence explodes in the streets of Soho and Shoreditch.

Clapham’s Community Christmas Raffle

Venn Street Market (VSM) has held yearly Christmas raffles in support of the local charity Ace of Clubs for several years. Each year the Market has asked for donations from its traders who’ve been very generous in donating a variety of goods, such as bottles of wine, hampers of cheese, vouchers worth £10 to £30 and Christmas trees etc. Ticket sales each year have been very positive and the monies raised have all gone back to the Ace of Clubs.

This year VSM wants to go further by creating a new local community Christmas raffle enabling local businesses and organisations to support this community raffle and event. VSM has applied to administer a Small Society Lottery (raffle) and has invited two charities based in Clapham SW4 to receive proceeds from the raffle – they are Ace of Clubs and Royal Trinity Hospice.

To make the raffle as successful as possible we’d like to ask all Clapham businesses and organisations to donate prizes ranging from meals for two, pedicures, artwork, tickets to a show, bouquets etc. Clapham has such a great variety of businesses and organisations on its doorstep that we’re sure the prizes will be of the highest standard enticing customers to buy many tickets in advance. We also aim to organise an event fitting for a prize-winning raffle in Clapham for local residents just before Christmas to help boost interest and sales.

Overall we’re looking to raise awareness of our charities and boost local interest on the High Street with tickets available directly from local businesses. We had hoped to organise online ticket sales but there’s not enough time this year to do this, so we propose to sell tickets from local shops including Moen & Sons, Clapham Books, Apex Cycles and D Vine Cellars, benefiting all who take part..

Please contact Kate from Venn Street Market if you’d like to donate any prizes towards this year’s Christmas raffle – we aim to advertise as many donations from local businesses and organisations onto the posters to entice our residents to support this important raffle.

As we’re pushed for time please can donations be registered with Kate by the end of next week ie 14th October – just send her an email with any donations you’d like to make.. Her contact details are: kate@vennstreetmarket.co.uk or tel: 0207 622 8259.

Sponsorship to Support Providence House and Shallowford

It’s a long way to Widecombe!
9 cyclists, 2 women, 5 men, 2 young people.
250 miles from Providence House, Battersea to East Shallowford, Widecombe, Devon.
5 days travelling the back roads of southern England, staying overnight in church halls, from Battersea to Odiham, to Salisbury, to Somerset, to Devon, and then the big climb up to Dartmoor.
£20,000 target for sponsorship to support 100 young people and children from the inner city to benefit from a unique residential farm experience on Dartmoor.
£3,500 in so far. Keep it rolling in.
Please sponsor us Donate Here

 

City to Farm Cycle Ride Fundraiser 2019

City to Farm Cycle Ride Fundraiser 2019

The riders from Providence: Phil is a carpenter, Gavin a builder, Christian a music studio technician, and Ashur and Imaan are students in local Battersea Schools.
The riders from Shallowford: Johnny works at Exeter Crown Court, Serena at East  Shallowford, Brenda is a nurse and Roger a Bereavement Counselor
If you’ve sponsored us already, thank you so much!
For more information about us visit Shallowford Farm or  Providence House

Quote for the ride:
“Shallowford is the home that I did not have growing up. It’s the solid foundation that I believe we all need. The simplicity of life and ways of the farm are very important for the development of the man I am today. The farm gives a very important respite from the city life.
My children have all been brought going to the farm over the years. I believe it has had a big impact on them. They will all hold the memories for years to come, long after the visits have been and gone.
The farm is a unique educational place – food, environment, lifestyle, communication, family, relationships.
I am cycling to keep the experience going.” Phil Dorman

Loneliness Awareness Week

TV broadcaster and campaigner Dame Esther Rantzen is using Loneliness Awareness  Week 2019 to make an impassioned plea to people living in London to volunteer for The Silver Line Helpline, which provides vital support for older people living with loneliness and social isolation.
Throughout this week (June 17th – 21st) awareness will be raised of the growing loneliness epidemic which affects around 9 million people across the UK. One of the groups most affected by this debilitating issue is older people, with studies suggesting there around 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the country. On top of the psychological impact of loneliness, it has potentially serious health implications which have been found to be akin to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Dame Esther Rantzen set up the charity The Silver Line after experiencing this crippling loneliness first-hand after the death of her husband. The charity, which has been running for just under 6 years and has its headquarters in Battersea, provides a 24/7 Helpline to older people in need of a friendly, supportive conversation during times of loneliness and despair. Since launching, demand for the Helpline his been overwhelming, with the charity receiving nearly 2.5 million calls already.
Currently, most of these calls are answered by a team of paid staff, but now in an effort to meet the growing demand and ensure the sustainability of the charity for many years to come, the organisation is planning an ambitious drive to recruit volunteers to help answer calls at Volunteer Hubs around the country. One of the first of these Hubs is being launched in the heart of Battersea at The Silver Line’s London Headquarters, and the charity urgently needs volunteers to sign up as it gets ready to launch the exciting new project.
Charity founder Esther Rantzen commented: “We need to create a volunteer force who can answer this tsunami of calls. Therefore, we are now recruiting volunteers, initially in the London area, to help us. We have already piloted this approach. We know volunteers have a huge amount to offer and can be easily trained to provide information, friendship and advice. We need a few daytime hours each week to answer older people most of whom have absolutely nobody else to have a conversation with, to help them feel, as one caller told us “that I am a member of the human race again”.
“We are offering volunteers in London the chance to make a real, tangible difference to the lives of isolated and vulnerable older people, who turn to us, principally because they are suffering loneliness and isolation.
“It’s rewarding, you will make a difference. We will train you. It’s important work and extremely fulfilling as well.”
If you live in Battersea or within commutable distance and are interested in giving your time on a regular basis to help lonely and isolated older people, please email: volunteering@thesilverline.org.uk