Our Great Big 2017 Garden Gig

We had a fantastic fundraising Garden Gig last night.
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Over 100 people of all ages came to enjoy the music and perform on a beautiful sunny Wednesday night. The evening started with the Uka-ladies sing-a-long which was great fun, then the very talented pupils from Graveney music department entertained us with classical music, jazz, and songs from soloists and a wonderful new girl’s choir. Finally the FAB FWB (Furzedown Wind-Breakers) treated us to their debut performance to close the show.
There was a delicious BBQ featuring beer-basted chicken (thanks to Alan Feast’s Big Green Egg) followed by strawberries.
It was a great success – thanks to everyone who came – we raised nearly £1000 to help local causes like St George’s Hospital, South London MNDA, Furzedown Project minibus and Furzedown Youth Club.
Looking forward to more fun at the Big Day Out on 17 June!
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St George’s Chill-out room launches!

We are delighted to announce that on Monday 19 June the chill-out room for young people with cancer will be opening at St George’s Hospital.

Over 6 years we have raised almost £20,000 to enable St George’s Hospital transform a small tatty staff room into a relaxing oasis for young people with cancer, as well as being a base for a specialist nurse (funded by Macmillan Nurses) who will provide support and therapeutic activities – which we are hoping to support in the future.

This has only been possible thanks to the support of Furzedown neighbours, local schools, businesses and friends. Including the generous donations from Heyland & Whittle, plus fundraising and support from Graveney School and FCN.

We have held many events, including our popular FACE Quiz Nights, Garden Gigs, Arthur Smith’s Comedy night, Valuation Days and The FACE Ball and we’ve sold lovely Heyland & Whittle products, bric-a-brac and plants at local events. Plus our raffles have offered fantastic prizes, including holidays!

Looking forward to updating everyone after the night!

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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