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Together with FCN we held a funtastic fundraising night with Arthur Smith & his Smithereens doing their own unique take on Leonard Cohen.

Arthur (AKA the 2nd best Leonard Cohen tribute in Balham) lives locally in Balham and was delighted to support FACE and FCN (Furzedown Community Network) with this show. His reflections on dementia, enthusiasm, comedy and death were marinated in Cohen’s music in a performance that was personal and poignant, yet packed with big laughs.

Smith’s rendition of the songs was hugely enhanced by his beautiful backing trio, The Smithereens: Kirsty Newton, Carrie Marx and Ali Day, plus a very energetic bit of dancing.

It was a great venue at Chestnut Grove Academy and the tickets were sold out well in advance, the bar was very busy and there was also a raffle to win great prizes which were drawn at the end of the evening

  • a ‘Taste of Tooting’ Hamper with Graveney Gin, Chateau Tooting, Tooting honey and preserves plus other Tootastic treats
  • a hand-made Furzedown window box planted with Spring flowers
  • Cheese and wine
  • Arthur Smith’s signed autobiography – My name is Daphne Fairfax

The money raised will help FCN keep this year’s Big Day Out event FREE and FACE will be helping local charities including opening a chill-out room for young people with cancer in St George’s Hospital early this year.

Thanks to everyone who came – looking forward to the next event!

Furzedown Comedy Night with Arthur Smith

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Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen comedy event

Enjoy his celebrated Edinburgh hit – Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen – a fantastic event to look forward to on Saturday 21 January 2017

A critical and word-of-mouth hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, is a love letter to his mother with reflections on life, death, dementia and Leonard Cohen along the way.

Arthur lives locally in Balham and is delighted to support FACE and FCN with this show. His reflections on dementia, enthusiasm, comedy and death are marinated in Cohen’s music in a performance that is personal and poignant, yet packed with big laughs. Smith’s rendition of the songs is hugely enhanced by his backing trio, The Smithereens: Kirsty Newton, Carrie Marx and Ali Day.

Tickets are on sale now (with reduced rates for FCN members) from events@furzedown.net there is limited availability so please book early to avaoid dissapointment

Watch a clip of Arthur’s show here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ors5xGaFF2I

Merry & Bright!

Furzedown enjoyed a wonderful Christmas event on Saturday 17 December, with Moyser Road being closed for all the fantastic stalls selling local produce and gifts – from Graveney Gin to EA Wates – lovely crafts in Sprout, including Jane’s nice knits and our Heyland & Whittle stall was so popular that we sold out!

It was great to see the Wandsworth Mayor Cllr Richard Field at our stall and the streets were packed with neighbours having a lovely time. Big thanks to Furzedown Community Network FCN.

We raised over £1500 which will be going to local causes, including St Georges, where the chill-out room for young people with cancer is now being built, thanks to people supporting events like this.

We also started selling tickets for the Arthur Smith comedy night – a joint venture between FACE and FCN – something to look forward to in January2017! For tickets email events@furzedown.net today

Quiz Night success!

Our recent Quiz-Night was a fantastic success…


Together with all our friends & neighbours in Furzedown we have raised the final amount of funds to cover the opening of a chill-out room for young people with cancer in St George’s Hospital!

Please share these great photos of the night – the quiz was a hard-fought draw between The Brilliant Friends & Tooting Muffins!

Prizes galore

We’ve been very well supported by local businesses who have given prizes for our charity raffle and quiz night.

Raffle tickets cost £1 and are available from 6 Chillerton Road, they will also be for sale locally including at Sprout Arts on Thursday 6 October and at lunchtime at The Village Restaurant on Wednesday 28 Sept and outside Cut the Mustard on Saturday on 1 September.

A big thank-you to everyone and looking forward to Saturday 8th October when the raffle will be drawn

The 2016 FACE Charity Quiz Night: on Saturday 8 October

Saturday 8 October 2016 from 7-10pm at Graveney School, Welham Road SW17.

This will be our 6th annual Quiz Night and it looks set to be the best so far!

The quiz will have a wide range of questions; something for everyone, including taste challenges, music rounds and general knowledge. Get together a team of 8 or come and join new friends on the night.

This year our new MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan will be opening the evening (and hopefully bringing a team). We’ll be raising money for local causes including opening a chill-out room for teenagers with cancer in St Georges and South London MNDA.

Tickets for the night are available now for £15, which includes a delicious two-course meal and a chance to win special prizes on the night, provided by Unwined and Graveney Gin, as well as taking part in the Quiz, which was won last year by Team Biscuit.

We will also be drawing our Charity Raffle at the end of the evening, with prizes including dinner at The Gherkin and a Red Letter Day at The Shard; tickets are £1 and available now from local businesses and on the night.

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For tickets email elaine@elainesutton.co.uk or call Elaine on 07976 368 204

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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