Chilling-out at FACE Garden Gig

On Friday 24 June we hosted a fantastic Garden Gig as part of the 2016 Furzedown Festival.

 After a very traumatic day it was wonderful to do something positive and relax, eat a fantastic meal and listen to live music. Alan Feast opened his beautiful garden and prepared a delicious selection of food; including beer-smoked chicken, burgers and a delicious vegetarian option with drinks – to enjoy while listening to live acoustic music.

 The evening started with talented performances from Graveney School Music department:  singers Willow and Josh, Ella on the flute, Faye on the piano, Teiba on electric guitar and Mia, Alice, Oliver and Theo on the Sax. Their teachers Ms Berry and Ms King must be very proud of these fantastic performers. Many of their friends also came to support them.

To end the evening the great singer/songwriter Gabriel Mesh played (www.gabrielmesh.com) – he is helping organise and will be appearing in this year’s Tooting Folk-Festival on 6 August which we’ll be looking forward to going to!

FACE Garden Gig 2016

On Friday 24 June 7 – 10pm we will be hosting a Garden Gig as part of the 2016 Furzedown Festival.

Alan Feast will be opening his garden at 27 Chillerton Road, London SW17 9BE and preparing a delicious selection of food; including beer-smoked chicken, burgers and a delicious vegetarian option with drinks – to enjoy while listening to live acoustic music.

We are delighted to start the evening with talented performances from Graveney School Music department – very appropriate as we’re raising funds to open a chill-out room for young people with cancer in St George’s Hospital

Tooting Folk-Festival www.tootingfolkandblues.co.uk are providing acts including young award-winning folk singer/songwriter Conrad Vingoe (listen to him HERE) and Gabriel Mesh (TBC).

Last year was great and we hope to be even better this year so please book your tickets as soon as possible.

Call Alan on 07973 216 260 or email alan@feast.me.uk

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Bigger & better #BigDayOut

The furzedown Festival Big Day Out on 18 June was a fantastic day despite the cloudy weather; the afternoon got very busy with crowds enjoying the music and entertainment from local groups and we sold lots of Heyland & Whittle goodies, bric-a-brac and lovely plants – including the popular hand-made Furzedown window boxes.

It was a great boost to our efforts to raise funds to open a chill-out room for young people with cancer in St Georges hospital.

Furzedown 100 Club supports St George’s Chill-out room

For the last 5 years FACE have been raising money to open a ‘Chill-out room’ for young people with cancer in St Georges – but there is still a £1500 shortfall in funds.

This year, to boost the campaign FCN Furzedown Community Network) have combined forces with FACE to bring you Furzedown’s very own 100 Club. We aim to sell 100 tickets at just £2 per month and run the scheme initially for one year.

Three winning tickets will be drawn at the FCN monthly committee meeting. First prize is £50, second is £25 and third is £10; winners will be announced on the chat group.

As there are no admin fees all profits go directly to the ‘chill out room’ fund.

If you would be interested in buying a ticket (or two) please email furzedown100club@gmail.com to register your interest. Or come and sign up at either the FACE or FCN stall at the Big Day Out on June 18thOnce all numbers are sold and paid for we will start the draw.

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Chill-Out Garden Gig

On Friday 24 June from 7pm we will be hosting a Garden Gig as part of the 2016 Furzedown Festival.

 FACE Chairman, Alan Feast will be opening his garden at 27 Chillerton Road, London and preparing a delicious selection of food; including beer-smoked chicken, burgers and a delicious vegetarian option to enjoy while listening to live music from local musicians.

The final music line-up is still to be confirmed and if any local singers or musicians are interested in helping us then please get in touch… The funds raised will help to open a Chill-Out Room for teenagers with cancer in St George’s Hospital this year! 

The evening will start at 7pm and should end by 10pm. Drinks will also be available and all ages are welcome, there is wheelchair access.

Last year (pictured below) was great and we hope to be even better this year so please book your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are £15 (all money goes to our charities) and include a delicious meal with a drink, plus live music to enjoy.

Call Alan on 07973 216 260 or email alan@feast.me.uk

FACE at the 2016 Furzedown Festival

FACE will be at the Furzedown Festival this summer on Saturday 18 June 2016 where we’ll be selling gorgeous Heyland & Whittle goodies at half price (all money raised going to local charities). We are also busy growing plants and flowers to sell; including sunflowers, vegetables like squashes, tomatoes, peppers, chilli and herbs, plus we’ll be making special herb boxes and Furzedown planters. They were very popular last year so be sure to get yours quick!

There will also be a chance to win a Heyland & Whittle hamper in our special festival raffle.

Please come along and support us – and help us reach the £1,500 target to open the door of the Chill-Out Room for teenagers with cancer at St George’s

Launching St George’s Day: St George’s Chill-Out Challenges

Launching today – on St George’s Day – we are challenging our local community to help us make the final push to open the doors of a special ‘chill-out’ area in St George’s Hospital for Teenagers with cancer.
FACE has been supporting the development of a special unit in St Georges that will uplift the experiences of children and young adults while they are in hospital being treated for cancer, by creating a special zone for relaxation, communication, and enjoyment. Plans are advanced, but there remains a serious shortfall in funding:
We want to help St Georges Hospital fight Cancer, by combining the resources of Furzedown Community Network (FCN) and Furzedown Annual Charity Events (FACE) and demonstrate what a caring and brilliant community we live in. By uniting efforts from individuals, families, schools, organisations, and enterprises in and around Furzedown we can make such a difference and help make thiorganisations,s become a reality.

What’s YOUR Chill-out Challenge?

We’d love to hear from any schools, societies or local business running events, or from any individual who is planning a fundraising challenge, or could help organise a street party- you would be part of opening the doors to the St George’s Chill-out room this summer!
  • by organising a fundraising event on behalf of FACE & St George’s
  • by donating PRIZES
  • by supporting us at local events such as our stall at the Furzedown Big Day Out on 18 June, our raffle, Garden Gig on 24 June and Quiz Night in October
  • or with a personal cash donation

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Last push to open the door…

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Over the past four years, Furzedown’s fundraising group FACE have helped St George’s plan a much needed area for YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CANCER by raising over £14,000 – St Georges has chosen the room, Macmillans Cancer Charity is funding a specialist TYA nurse-advocate and with the help of Teenage Cancer Trust, the plans have been drawn up using specialist design agency Grosvener Designs – but there is still a short-fall in funds!

We are hoping local schools, businesses and individuals could help us finally open the doors this summer!

  • by organising a fund raising events and sponsored challenges on behalf of FACE & St George’s
  • by donating PRIZES 
  • by supporting us at local events like the Furzedown Big Day Out on 18 June
  • or with a personal cash donation

HERE’S WHY Young people with cancer need your help

Treatment for cancer can be a long traumatic process with lengthy in-patient stays and frequent outpatient visits to St Georges’ Hospital. The need was identified for an area where young people with cancer could meet, use their laptops to study or play games, watch TV and chill-out – an oasis away from the busy general wards and the crowded waiting areas of the main hospital and a base for a specialist nurse to provide support and therapeutic activities.  

“Having their own dedicated chill-out area can only have a positive affect on teenagers and young people’s recovery during their treatment stays and visits to St George’s Hospital”  St George’s consultant Mr Nicholas Hyde

Cracking Xmas!

We had a fantastic day at the Moyser Road Christmas Market on Saturday 12 December.

Furzedown Community Network worked really hard to make it a success and the streets were packed – we were sold out of Heyland & Whittle long before the end!

We also had some lovely handmade knitted items and bric-a-brac and have made over £1500 to help local charities: the South London Motor Neurone Disease Association and St George’s Hospital where we’ll be helping create a ‘chill out room’ for young people with cancer which will be opening early next year.
The winning raffleticket for the hamper was picked by Santa and the lucky winner was Jayne of Rectory Lane.


Thanks to everyone who supported us – Happy Christmas and looking forward to more in the new year!

Wonderful Heyland & Whittle

We have been so lucky with the support we’ve received from Paddy and Ursula who used to live in Furzedown and still have many friends here. They founded Heyland & Whittle in 1998 making lovely handmade natural soaps and fragrances.

They have given us lots of their wonderful produce to sell at local fairs and events, which has helped us raise so much money for local causes. Recently we were all invited to St George’s Hospital to a special event to celebrate local fundraisers.IMG_1482

We are very close to getting the special ‘chill out room’ for teenagers with cancer – see the plans below – hopefully opening early next year!

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