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
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.
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.
Wandsworth Council has welcomed news that a range of businesses will be moving into Battersea Power Station providing hundreds of jobs for local people.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wanted to get better at fundraising, recruit and retain volunteers, get your Board of Trustees working more effectively or tell your story more persuasively? Then attend the free events taking place across Battersea Charities Week. Get your free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/battersea-charities-week-batterseatogether-tickets-62249589197 Book them now as places are limited!
Battersea Charities Week (24-29 June) is for anyone who works or volunteers for a charity, social enterprise, faith group or community organisation for the benefit of local people and the communities in Battersea. It’s a week at the end of June to celebrate the amazing work we all do, by strengthening our relationships with each other, sharing our skills and learning from one another. We hope it will build partnerships and raise the profile of charities and community groups working to rebuild the social fabric of the community in Battersea.
Battersea Charities Week has been organised and is being delivered by local community voluntary sector groups and individuals. Together we’re running a variety of fun and engaging activities, events and trainings, across 6 themed days (including partnerships, funding and volunteering), during 24-29th June 2019, at venues across Battersea, culminating in the Falcon Road Festival on Saturday 29th June
For FREE tickets to the events register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/battersea-charities-week-batterseatogether-tickets-62249589197
If you have any questions or thoughts then please do get in touch with us on email@example.com
Chef Mark Hix becomes pizza delivery boy for one night only, as he joins forces with Clapham Junctions’s coolest pizza take-away joint, Manifesto, on Thursday 29th November.
Ever wished you could have chef Mark Hix turn up at your door on a Vespa with your pizza order in hand? Of course you have. The British chef has joined forces with organic, ingredient-led pizzeria Manifesto on Northcote Road, Clapham Junction, to create two Hix-inspired pizzas for their seasonal menu. Launched by former Natoora Director Vittorio Maschio earlier this year, the no-frills pizzeria has quickly become of London’s coolest take-away spots, serving the slow-proved, biga-style pizza at affordable prices.
To celebrate his two guest pizzas, Mark will don his leathers and personally deliver the first ten pizzas ordered from 1pm on Thursday 29th November. Open to lucky Battersea/Clapham residents living within a one mile radius of Manifesto, those first off the mark will see Hix delivering his creations in person, as they enjoy his very British take on pizzas in the comfort of their own homes.
Magpie Dance have launched new inclusive contemporary dance classes with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Classes start this Friday and continue till the end of November. They’re a drop in basis so no booking is necessary.
Magpie Dance drop-in: Royal Academy of Dance
Weekly drop in class from 21 September – 30 November (excluding Friday 26 October for half term).
Location: Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA
Day/Time: Fridays, 17:45 – 19:15
Suitable for: 16+ Adults both with and without learning disabilities
These sessions offer adults over 16, both with and without learning disabilities, the opportunity to develop skills in contemporary dance technique. Our unique and highly accessible inclusive dance methodology is about facilitating dancers to express their artistic voice.
For dancers with learning disabilities, the session offers the opportunity to develop their dance technique while supporting them to collaborate with dancers without learning disabilities; giving them greater scope and confidence to engage in mainstream programmes and activities.
Cost: £8 per session, £7 for Wandsworth residents. No booking necessary, pay as you go.
The annual Aspire2inspire Dyslexia (A2i) evening is always worth waiting for. Wandsworth saw a remarkable line-up of inspirational dyslexic people who showed how being bullied or called “stupid” in school was not going to stop them achieving their ambitions. said “Welcome to our third year of inspirational dyslexic speakers who will share their stories, and how their struggles resulted in inspiration. Some of these speakers changed my life completely.”
Downstairs at Caius House in SW11 there was an exhibition of organisations and equipment vendors who help dyslexics and people with other challenges. The team behind Irlen glasses – which assist people who have reading problems due to imperfect colour vision, and the C-pen which scans and reads information, were there.
Tonisha Tagoe, a dyslexic lecturer, introduced the event, with the first speaker being Margaret Rooke, an author who is not dyslexic but has written several acclaimed books about dyslexia and has a dyslexic daughter: Creative, Successful, Dyslexic, interviewed various successful dyslexics; and the wryly-named Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time) takes a positive view of dyslexia in children and adults. Margaret advises “Focus on your strengths.”
The next speaker was Jasmine “Jazzy” Hearts, a 13 year old dyslexic, bullied at school, who has become a speaker and ambassador for dyslexia. Many people in the audience identified with her struggles as schools can be very cruel places to anyone who seems a bit “different”. She uses her gift for speaking to help other people now. Councillor Ian Lewer, the Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth Council, who came out publicly as dyslexic at last year’s event, said he was lucky enough to be diagnosed early and got special schooling, and extra time in exams which enabled him to start on a successful career.
After a food break the second session started with a non-dyslexic, Jannette Morgan, who supports people with dyslexia, who amazed the attendees by giving her speech in poetry. It was hard for anyone to follow that. Pennie Aston, the Founder of GroOops dyslexia charity and Gaby Holford a nutritionist and healer gave presentations on different aspects of having a positive lifestyle.
Gershom J. Allen is a very forceful speaker who says “It is all about accepting who you are, before you can become” (that is, who you want to be). His journey took him from being beaten at school in Montserrat for not being able to read, to working his way up in a factory from sweeping the floor to supervisor. “Every person with dyslexia has a gift. There are special people that are meant to do great things.” He became a coach, and a motivational speaker, like his heroes such as Tony Robbins.
Many of the speakers were quite candid about their struggles and the psychological pain of undiagnosed dyslexia, although it does seem that schools are getting better at spotting this early on and getting help to those who need it.
Overall it showed that many dyslexics find a different path in life – using their artistic, verbal, intuitive or empathic skills to benefit themselves and wider society, and that dyslexia can be a “gift” rather than a handicap.
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