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West Norwood Feast

West Norwood Feast is a people powered market like no other in South London – it’s run entirely by volunteers from the local community with the aim that people can now do a week’s shopping at Feast and the local shops.

The next market is from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 2ndJune and they will be running them on the first Sunday of every month until December.

Each month there will be five specialist-themed market hubs stretched along the high street:

  • Artisan’s market – here you’ll find artist’s demonstrating their craft, running workshops and selling their wares – anything from handmade pottery, to jewellery, t shirts, toys to photography and art
  • Food fair – whether you’re a keen foodie, committed to local produce or simply fancy a bite to eat there’s something to satisfy everyone’s cravings here
  • Retro Village – alongside clothing rails full of classic vintage and retro clothes, you’ll find kitchenalia, books, re-made and re-claimed furnishings and much more
  • Fresh ‘n’ Green – offers fresh produce and garden stuff to meet local demand for meat, fish, cheese, bread, olives, charcuterie, fruit, vegetables and fresh organic juices as well as old favourites like popcorn, flowers and plants
  • Family hub – a space for free family entertainment, health and wellness advice and activities – there’s always lots happening here plus is a lovely ‘Picnic & Play Area’ just to sit down and take it all in

The major focus this year will be on sustainable living – taking look at our carbon footprint and consulting with traders with a view to reducing single use plastics. They now have a cunning plan to reduce, reuse and recycle. This includes some of the following initiatives:

  • Feast traders have pledged to give a discount to Feast goers who bring their own reusable containers when buying food and drink
  • You may also notice some enthusiastic Feast volunteers at the bins advising on how to dispose of waste. This will include a pilot scheme to compost food waste.
  • Alongside the usual Feast day entertainment, they will be hosting a range of workshops and activities promoting ways to live sustainably. Over the year there will the opportunities to learn how to repair, get creative with plastic, cook sustainably, green your space.

Don’t just take our word for it what a fantastic community organisation this is – here’s some of the reviews of the feast.

“Fabulous community spirit & homemade treats! What’s not to love”

“Plenty of food stalls to choose from with a wide range of International cuisines, lovely artisan stalls selling homemade products, great concerts,. Overall a great community vibe. I’ve been attending regularly since I learned about it.Amazing idea!”

“Hidden gem and family festival. Family friendly, lots of different things going on for all types and ages of people”

Future 2019 feast dates & times are:

10am – 4pm on Sunday 2nd June; Sunday 7th July; Sunday 4th August; Sunday 1st September; Sunday 6th October; Sunday 3rd November; Sunday 1st December

Alleyn’s Girls become ISFA National Champions!

Alleyn’s girls 1st XI footballers became the U18 Independent Schools Football Association Smith’s Construction National Cup Champions for the first time in the School’s history!

After a strong season and an excellent performance in the semi-finals which took the team through to the National Cup Final for the second consecutive year, the girls made the journey to Bisham Abbey where they would face Oakham School who saw off favourites ACS Cobham in their own semi-final.

It was clear from the kick-off that the Alleyn’s side was on the way to achieving something special. They produced a purposeful and determined performance; pressing hard all over the pitch, countering aggressively. Despite carrying a threat, Oakham could not cope with the pace that Alleyn’s set. When they broke through the lines, any attack was quickly snuffed out by Eleanor (Y12) who was composed and confident between the sticks.

Elisabeth (Y12) scored an impressive hat-trick and when Oakham rallied to pull one back, Captain Honor (Y13) produced a spectacular strike to restore her team’s three goal lead.

When Elisabeth latched onto another perfectly weighted through-ball from Emma (Y11) to score her fourth goal late in the game, it was clear to the on looking crowd that Alleyn’s had secured the School’s first ever ISFA National Championship.

Congratulations girls on an outstanding performance and a very well-deserved win!

Bring along baby for London’s smartest new parent event

RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN … BRING YOUR BABY! Babble Talks are daytime TED-style talks for parents, not about parenting. For parents and carers with babies under 1 year old.

Coming Up in East Dulwich…

On Wednesday 22 May at 11.30am, Babble Talks will be hosting Dr Jen Gupta at the East Dulwich Picturehouse for her talk: Rainbow Astronomy.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £12on the door. Visit for more information and to book.

Rainbow Astronomy

Gazing at the night sky with our eyes or telescopes reveals twinkling stars and far away galaxies. But to fully understand the Universe around us, we need to manipulate light coming from these objects, splitting it into its components in the same way that water droplets can spread out the Sun’s light into a rainbow. In this talk I will show and explain how astronomers do this to reveal the secrets of our Universe, touching on the stories of some unsung heroes of astronomy along the way.

Dr Jen Gupta is an astrophysicist and science communicator. She runs the public engagement programme for the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, hosts the Seldom Sirius astronomy podcast, was co-presenter of the BBC Tomorrow’s World Live shows, and has been known to perform astronomy-themed stand up comedy. Jen is currently on maternity leave and buying far too many space-related baby clothes.

About Babble Talks

Babble Talks is a daytime event where expert guest speakers present talks to an audience where babies are welcome! These hour-long events are an opportunity for new parents to find intellectual stimulation and engage in adult-focused conversation in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Speakers present TED-style talks on a range of topics from archaeology to zoology!

Launched by new parents Ruth and Ian Bennett in March 2018, in response to the lack of adult-centred activities to attend with their newborn son, Babble Talks has become a firm favourite on the parental-leave activity scene and was shortlisted in the Hoop London Bring-Along-Baby category. Talks take place on a monthly basis in East Dulwich (East Dulwich Picturehouse), Balham (The Bedford) and Crouch End (Crouch End Picturehouse), with further venues in the pipeline.

What People Are Saying…

“A godsend for the under-stimulated maternity leave brain” Lo Smith

“Babble Talks feeds my sleepy brain cells and gives me something to talk about that isn’t poo- sleep- or teething-related.” Kate Hilton

“The best thing I’ve been to! 100% recommended.” Anna Goodman

“A great way to learn new things with baby in tow” Mamathon London


  • Monthly daytime talks
  • Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door
  • Events last 1 hour, including an opportunity for audience Q&A
  • Opportunity to socialise over lunch after the event
  • For parents with babies under 1 year old
  • Event takes place 11.30am till 12.30
  • @BabbleTalks on social media

The Last Word: Amal Alaoui, Wellbeing & Stress Consultant

Amal Alaoui is a Wellbeing & Stress Consultant to adults and children, incorporating craniosacral therapy into integrated treatments. She is a published health writer and communications trustee to the health charity, Craniosacral Therapy Association [CSTA].

How long have you lived in the area?

SE London is where I have lived for 15 years.  When I first moved to London I lived in Wimbledon and Fulham.  With a growing family, the crossover to SE24 and SE20 seemed logical. I also work in SE23 and central London.

What has changed most during that time?

The demographic profile and the high streets.  It is always encouraging to see more independent places popping up in the area.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

When we first moved here I had no idea how friendly the street was. I feel very blessed to have such considerate and interesting neighbours and there is a great sense of community.  We also have fantastic public transport.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

My children and craniosacral treatment. Yes that’s two!

Do you know your neighbours?

As mentioned above, we know many of our neighbours. It is that kind of street and we nicknamed it Friendliest Street In London!

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

Meryl Streep many years ago in Holland Park!  She was very shy and I remember her smile when I said hello! On another occasion I sat opposite singer, Sade, while attending a wellbeing conference. I was so star struck I only spoke with her when it was time to leave!  I used to work on big PR events and while organizing an awards photo shoot, I met with former rugby player Brian Moore and Cherie Blair [before her husband became Prime Minister]. For one hilariously funny moment the cameras went crazy taking pictures of these two being amused!

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

Either working at my practice in SE23 or enjoying family time with our rescue dog.

Coffee or tea? Where?

Coffee. Dalhousie, described as “cake & coffee heaven” is a little touch of glamour in Crystal Palace.  I would describe it as Soho members club meets SE19!  I am also very loyal to Romeo Jones in Dulwich Village.

The best kept secret?

Self awareness – achieving greater self awareness of what works for us and what doesn’t is an art. Once we have this understanding, it is something we can access to feel more connected and in harmony, both emotionally and physically as an individual.

The perfect holiday?

It would have to be by a sandy beach with plenty of sunshine, music, fresh food and loved ones.

Look Good Feel Great Workshop

Boost Your Confidence

Join us for this relaxed, eye-opening and transformational workshop where you will learn how you can look good and feel great every single day. Each of the two expert-led sessions will introduce you to practical ways you can boost your confidence inside and out.

Don’t waste any more time feeling less than your best – book your place now and invest in a confidence that will last a lifetime.

Event Details

Date:                  Saturday 15 June

Time:                  10am – 2.00pm

Venue:               [Space 61], 61 Cheltenham Road, Nunhead SE15 3AF

Discover Your WOW

Anna Gryce
Colour Consultant and Personal Stylist, [House of Colour]

  • Discover the amazing effect of wearing colours that are in perfect harmony with your natural colouring.
  • Find out how knowing the styles that flatter and fit you can save you time and money – and reflect the real you.
  • Understand how you can build a mix-and-match capsule wardrobe for your lifestyle, body shape and budget

Unleash Your Confidence

Becca Teers
Mindset Transformation Therapist and Author, [MindPlus Retreats]

In this practical session, Becca will:

  • Guide you through a mindset visualisation practice
  • Help you Identify and remove blocks and limiting beliefs that hold you back
  • Teach you ways to reconnect to your inner confidence to help you strive to reach your full potential
  • Introduce mindset tips to enhance and inspire self-belief to and empower good feelings

Now is the Perfect Time

Book your place now to become your own style and mindset expert, and show up to life as your best self.

How to Book

Tickets are £30.00 which includes:

Light lunch and refreshments

  • FREE entry to win a Colour Consultation RRP £150
  • Signed copy of Unlimited ‘7 Habits to Unleash Your Full Potential and Get the Life You Want’
  • Increase Your Confidence practice download
  • Goody bag to take home


The Early Bird Price of £25.00 is available until 20 May 2019

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite, on the House of Colour website and Facebook pages.