Health Training – free support

Wandsworth NHS offers one-on-one support in developing a personalised health training programme. Caroline Pead provides this health service support in the Battersea area, see details & FAQs below. You can contact her at 020 8812 5040, or

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Prince’s Trust – Invitation to Unemployed between 16 & 25

If you are unemployed and aged between 16 & 25, the Prince’s Trust is inviting you to join a FREE 12 week programme, which includes a week away.  See more details below, and give Colette or Lisa at the Prince’s Trust a call on 020 8874 4679.

To find out more about this TEAM training, go HERE.





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Seed Saving & Propagation Worskshop – Sunday 14th August

Just to let you know there are still some spaces left for a seed saving and propagation workshop run by the Wildlife Trust,  this Sunday at the Centre For Wildlife Gardening, in East Dulwich.

Learn the tips and techniques you need for increasing the plants for your wildlife area, which will also apply to your fruit and veg. 

The course costs £10 for Capital growth spaces. (£20 for others)

if you would like to book, please email

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We’re Official!

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Battery Recycling in Wandsworth

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Involving Youngsters in Residents’ Affairs

The Council is offering an excellent initiative on training how to involve young people in the running and shaping of estates. Ethelburga should have somebody participate in this training. This person could then assume responsibility for liaising with and involving kids and young people.

Volunteers please!!


Please ask for/reply to: Kay Willman

Telephone: 020 8871 6000

Direct Line: 020 8871 6596

Fax: 020 8871 0964



Date: 15 June 2011

Dear RA Chair/ Secretary/ Treasurer

Re: Involving Young People on Council Estates

The Housing Department is looking at ways to better involve young people in the participation structure and would like to invite the Chair or a representative from your committee to some training on Youth Participation.

The Council in line with the Coalition Government supports the view that children and young people should be given opportunities to express their opinion in matters that affect their lives to help develop the skills, confidence and self-esteem they will need for the future. One of the Housing Department’s key actions in the Children, Young People and Families Action Plan 2010/11 – 2013/14 is to:

‘Improve communication, participation and consultation with harder to reach groups concentrating on younger people on council estates’.

Residents’ Associations are key to achieving this action and therefore the Department strongly encourages you to attend a free workshop on ‘How to Involve Young People’.

The training will look at the advantages and disadvantages of involving young people in Residents’ Associations. You will be guided through national legislation and look at practical examples of involving young people directly, through forums and indirectly, through social media etc. The training will provide you with support on how to involve young people and will have realistic outcomes that are easy and free to implement.

It has been organised by Antonia Dixey, Youth Participation Officer, Integrated Youth Support Service and will be held at:

Integrated Youth Support Service

Training and Resource Centre

St Faith’s, Alma Road


SW18 1AQ

The proposed dates for the training are:

Tuesday 28th June 4 – 6pm or 6.30 – 8.30pm

Thursday 30th June 4 – 6pm or 6.30 – 8.30pm

Monday 4th July 11am – 1pm

Please could you contact me either via email or telephone to let me know your preferred date of attendance. Please contact me by Wednesday 22nd June and I will endeavour to ensure you can attend the training on you preferred date.

Yours faithfully

Kay Willman

Policy and Performance Officer


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Making Local Food Work – Newsletter

Please open this newsletter – it contains a lot of information we should all know about local food. This winter the shelves of Edinburgh’s supermarkets were empty for a few days, simply because the snow prevented deliveries. Imagine the weather … Continue reading

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Save London Bees

When the bees die out, we will most likely die out with them, that is the view of those who fully understand and appreciate the role of bees in our lives. And world-wide bees are dying in extraordinary numbers.

That is why the initiative described more fully on the following site,G9I2,3HUKJN,1BLR0,1 is so very important.

We have the knowledge and skills to keep our own bees on Ethelburga, but first we need everybody’s agreement.  The minuscule risk of being stung by a bee sure is compensated by the contribution we could make to saving the London bee!  Do you agree?



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The Answer Lies in the Soil – Training on Offer

Capital Growth News

Our next food-growing training sessions will focus on the most important thing in any garden…SOIL!

The session will be led by soil guru and master grower – Paul Richens, who will provide you a basic understanding of how to improve and care for your soil so that your harvest is plentiful, in the wonderful surroundings of The Regents Park Allotment Garden .

The training takes place as follows:

Saturday 4 June 10.30am-1pm (before London Green Fair – so why not combine the two!) or

Wednesday 8 June 5.30 – 8pm

Places cost £10 for Capital Growth spaces and London Food Link Members and £20 for others. Plus we have a special offer for our supporters: Book 2 places on our training before the end of June and get the second half price).

Email or call 020 7837 1228 to book (ask for Capital Growth team).

Please note that Paul will also be running the following sessions in the Park if you would like to book early to take advantage of our special offer:

• 18 June and 22 June: Organic Pest and Disease Control

• July 2nd and 6th: Composting and Wormeries

• July 13th and 16th: Container Growing/ Growing in Small Spaces

We hope to see you soon!

The Capital Growth team

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Family Information Service – June 2011 Newsletter

Click on (CTRL+Left Click) below for  the FIS June-2011 newsletter –

Family Information Service – June 2011


  1. Activities/Events Deadlines reminder
  2. Measles Outbreak
  3. The Month of June
  4. Making Inclusion Work  (attached)
  5. Getting Back to Work workshops (attached)
  6. Homestart Wandsworth
  7. Training Courses to support families with substance misuse (WSCB application form attached)
  8. Training for Provider updates
  9. Childminder Vacancy List (attached)


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Falcon Estate Big Lunch Invitation for Sunday

Falcon Estate Residents’ Association warmly invites you to The Big Lunch on the 5th June 2011 at The George Shearing Centre, Este Rd, Clapham Junction, SW11 between 12 – 4.

The Big Lunch is a one day get-together for neighbours across the UK. This year it’s happening on Sunday 5th June 2011 and a record number of people are expected to take part. Make sure you’re one of them.

The day will start with the planting of a Magnolia tree in the estate by the new Mayor followed by entertainment from Jamie West (Busker of the Year); DJ, bouncy castle; face painting; free refreshments & food; cake decorating; magic acts and much, much more.

See you there,

Caryl Davies

Resident Participation Officer

Eastern Area Team London

Borough of Wandsworth


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Mystery Shoppers Wanted

The housing department at Wandsworth Council is looking to recruit to our existing panel of volunteer mystery shoppers.

‘Shoppers’ will make unannounced visits or telephone calls to the housing department and will report back on the service they receive.

By becoming a mystery shopper you will be helping to assess how well we deal with our customers so we can improve our services for all residents.

Free training will be provided as well as incentives for mystery shoppers who successfully complete the shopping exercises.

The next training workshop is on Monday 6th June from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.

If you’re a council tenant or leaseholder, interested in being part of our team of mystery sh0ppers and would like to attend the training, please contact Jasmin Mamani by 2nd June on 020 8871 6802 or via email at

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Excellent News for Street Diners – You are Invited to Help Establish a World Record

Hi there,

I hope that this email finds you well.

I’m writing to invite you to come along to Potters Field Park next Wednesday 25th May to enjoy a free lunch, courtesy of MasterCard, ongoing partners of The Big Lunch.

MasterCard have arranged an exciting promotional event where they will attempt to break the Guinness World record for the Longest ever picnic table! The giant picnic table will be situated at Potter’s Field, right by City hall, and is set to be a staggering 90 metres (=270 feet) in length.

We’d like you to come along, be part of the fun and enjoy the free lunch provided at the table on the day from 12pm—first come first served!

Former Blur star and passionate foodie Alex James will be hosting the lunch and overseeing the world record breaking attempt. Following the lunch, the picnic table will be divided into sections and smaller tables donated to London parks, creating a lasting legacy in some of The Big Lunch’s most supportive boroughs.

The event will be taking place at Potters Field Park, Tower Bridge, City of London, EC4R at 12pm [NB A reader has kindly drawn attention to the fact that this PostCode is wrong – so please beware, it is more likely SE1; the site is on the South Bank, near the London Assembly’s Headlamp Building. We are simply relaying the e-mail as received from the organisers.].,+SE1&searchp=newsearch.srf&mapp=newmap.srf

Let me know if you have any questions.

We really hope you can make it and we look forward to meeting you!

Best wishes

Kate and The Big Lunch team
Kate Groves
The Big Lunch
Social Marketing Executive, England and Wales
12 Margaret Street,
London, W1W 8JQ
020 7255 6455
07713 069 672
Follow us on Twitter @thebiglunch

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New Gate almost complete ……

Exciting stuff – the new gate for the GYO Plot of the Garden Club is almost complete. As soon as the space has been cleared we can get down to detailed planning – and begging for equipment and supplies from far and wide!

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No Ethelburga Big Lunch

Unfortunately nobody was willing to take on responsibility for Big Lunch arrangements. So there will be none on June 5th. Those who might have done so were exhausted from arranging the Juer Street lunch on The Wedding Day.

If you have an overwhelming need to lunch in the street on that day, you may care to join one of the many parties around our capital city or across the nation – pop on over to the Big Lunch site here to see what’s within easy reach of Ethelburga.

Perhaps it is time to start planning for Olympic Year Big Lunch 2012! Any volunteers? There is some off-Estate interest.

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Bigger Picture

Philips has produced a number of short films on what makes city living more pleasant. Some of these ideas can be incorporated in Ethelburga – given the will and greater cooperation from our Council. Shown for inspiration (the films are in a loop, so after a while the series repeats itself).

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Adult Learner Week – May 14-20

Learn something new! During Adult Learner Week the Council is offering a series of 1-2 hour classes on a wide range of subjects.  Treat these as introduction classes to any subject that you might be interested in, or at least feel you ought to know something about – Twittering? Free e-Books?

Deatails are as follows –

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Major Works Meeting

Members of the Ethelburga Residents’ Association, Major Works Sub-Committee, met today afternoon with the Council for a first round of discussions on the up-coming MW programme.

The meeting was most creative, fruitful and positively educational. The next step will involve a meeting on site between the consultants to the Council and the Sub-Committee, following which the specifications to be given to potential contractors will be finalised.  In due course, the Council is obliged to invite all residents and leaseholders to comment on the proposals. The Residents’ Association will in the interim be in regular contact.

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Survey on Refuse Collection and Street Cleaning

Households in Wandsworth have just over a fortnight left to have their say
on refuse, recycling and street cleaning priorities over the next eight

Read more:

Have your say.

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Green Champions – Council Seeks Nomination

The council has launched its 2011 Wandsworth Green Champions competition.

Read more:

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