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

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.

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

Real life ‘girl from Clapham’ releases feminist reworking of the Squeeze classic

I, Doris release debut single ‘The Girl From Clapham’ – a feminist reworking of Squeeze’s ‘Up the Junction’ – on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019

Ever wondered what the story of Squeeze‘s classic ‘Up the Junction’ might look like from her point of view? London’s I, Doris are here to tell you.

The band are releasing, this Friday 8 March 2019 (fittingly, International Women’s Day) their debut single, ‘The Girl From Clapham’ – a loving, fuzzed-up tribute to the original song, with a poignant reminder that women’s experiences are all too often erased from history.

The new song lyrics were written by punk poet Janine Booth, and published in her brilliant anthology ‘Disaffected Middle Aged Women‘. Squeeze’s Chris Difford has given the new lyrics – and the I, Doris version of the song – his personal seal of approval. All profits from the sale of the track on Bandcamp are being donated to domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.

I, Doris are a self-proclaimed “kitchenpunk mummycore” band, consisting four 40-something women, dressed in dinnerlady-esque tabards, and answering to the name of Doris (that’s Doris on guitar, Doris on bass, Doris on drums, and Doris on – wait for it – keytar). Audience members are sworn in to the Doris collective with a group pledge at the start of each gig. Their live set is 60s girl-group style pop with lashings of fuzzy punk and plenty of good-humoured swipes at the patriarchy. At least, we think they’re good-humoured.

Bassist Doris (AKA Cassie Fox, previously of Guttfull and Thee Faction, and founder of the Loud Women festival) takes the lead vocals on ‘The Girl From Clapham’.

“I’ve always loved the song, and feel so honoured to get to sing this version” she says, “I am, legit, a girl from Clapham though. My childhood and teens were spent by/on Clapham Common, mostly trying to stay out of the way of my drunk and violent father. The song strikes a big power chord for me. That feeling at the end – of being trapped in a hopeless situation – it’s painfully familiar to a lot of people I’m sure, particularly women. This is the reason I was keen for the profits from the track to go to Women’s Aid.”

I, Doris are currently blazing a gloriously happy trail through the DIY gigs circuit, and beyond – they’ve played with Mekons in Leeds, the launch of Loud Women NYC in Brooklyn, they’re playing the Royal Albert Hall on 17 March, and Rebellion Festival on 2 August. Keep an eye on the I, Doris Facebook page for news of their continued adventures.
‘The Girl From Clapham’ by I, Doris is out 8 March 2019, available to download from Bandcamp for £1 or more, which will be donated to Women’s Aid.

 

I, Doris gigs coming up:
10 March – SheFest in Walthamstow
17 March – The Royal Albert Hall, with ILL, Nun Habit and Lilith Ai
11 May – The Hope and Anchor, Islington, with Miss Eaves
16 May – Paper Dress Vintage, with HAVVK, Charmpit and Scrounge
7 June – The Bird’s Nest, Deptford
14 June – The Finsbury, with CLT DRP
15 June – Sistafest in Oxfordshire
2 August – Rebellion Festival, Introducing Stage

Links:
I, Doris on Bandcamp – https://idoris.bandcamp.com/track/the-girl-from-clapham
I, Doris on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IDoris/

Chef Mark Hix becomes pizza delivery boy

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.

pizzeria Manifesto

pizzeria Manifesto

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.

Gymnastic Summer School: 13 – 17th August

Location: St Marys RC Primary School, Lockington Road, SW8 4BE

9am – 12pm, new places just released. You do not have to be a member of Precision to attend!
A week filled with skills routines, floor, bars, beam, vault, games and making friends.
There will be video analysis in the classes also which you are welcome to have for free at the end of the course and we have a display day on the Friday where you can see everything that we have done!

For more info and to book please see: http://www.precisiongymclub.com/