FACE Events 2022

Art in the Garden
Sunday 7 August 2 to 4pm

 

A special day of guided creativity in  Tooting Community Garden, raising money for The Women’s Garden Project.

 

Led by Andy Richards, founder of We Are Artists, this one-off charity workshop will explore the themes of nature and sanctuary in a fun and challenging way in the beautiful setting of Tooting Community Garden, 5 North Drive, London SW16 1RN. 

Materials provided (but feel free to bring your own), the art workshop starts from 2pm to 4pm, suitable for all levels, for a suggested donation of £20.

Everyone welcome to pop in even if not taking part in the workshop - There will also be stalls selling cakes, books, plants and eco goodies from Karma Crafts.

For more details and to reserve your place, email: womensgardenproject@gmail.com

FACE has sponsored this wonderful local initiative that's helped women with a refugee background living in our area. The project is now open to all women and offers weekly social activities for women on Thursday lunchtimes, 11:30am to 1:30pm - a friendly environment to learn new skills and enjoy this beautiful garden. Full details HERE

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Garden Gig - 1 July 2022

 

It was a wonderful evening of live music, starring acclaimed singer-songwriter Jennifer Owens and other talented local musicians and singers including renowned cellist Tony Wollard, whose 'Mozart Requiem for cello 'won the 2020 Classical Music Digital Awards (Lockdown Project), Ukranian singer Daniella Tushevska and Graveney Music. Composer and producer Andrew Holdsworth, accompanied the acts on piano - he also organised and produced all the music for the night.

Enjoy this clip of Jennifer Owens singing Sooner or Later at our Garden Gig

 

The event was held in a beautiful garden on Chillerton Road, tickets were completely sold out! On arrival the audience enjoyed a glass of sparkling 'Chateau' Tooting - a very special tipple, produced from grapes grown in gardens across South London by Urban Wine Co. They also had a great choice of food, with Alan cooking beer-basted chicken and Stuart a delicious vegan curry (with vegetables and salad picked from his garden that morning) with a wide selection of desserts. 

There was also a raffle. The Rose & Crown pub gave a £40 voucher,  local photographer Amy Adams gave a signed copy of her fascinating new book 'Wild about Tooting & Furzedown' (which is for sale in Sprout, Morleys and other venues) and there was a special prize of a grape vine from The Urban Wine Company - to help grow your own Tooting vintage!

The Acts:

The evening started with Nyla Thomas, from Graveney school, who is just 16, she has an amazing soulful voice and we're sure to be hearing more from her. She was followed by 8 year-old Arianna Holdsworth (Andrew's talented daughter) who brought tears to many eyes! After dinner Archie Chettleburgh (aged 16) also from Graveney Music played the Trumpet Concertino.

Jennifer Owens sung several of her own heartfelt songs and her fiancé Guy Gyngell accompanied her on his guitar. She also did fabulous covers  of songs - Diamonds was a memorable piece, which was accompanied by cellist Tony WoollardIn the second half Tony Woollard performed two solo pieces on the cello.

Before the break and at the very end of the show, Daniella Tushevska (@DiEvska) performed. She is a young Ukrainian refugee who had to flee her home and is currently staying with a host family in Furzedown. She  wowed everyone at the midsummer's night community concert on 23 June and her final act was an emotional Ukrainian ballad  View Di Evska's beautiful performance HERE.   some of the money raised at the gig will go towards the piano lessons she wants, to help progress her career as she and her family make a new life in our community.

All profits will go to supporting local charities including South London MNDA and Little Village. As well as helping fund music lessons for our talented young singer Daniella.


 

Save the date - FACE's QUIZ NIGHT - Saturday 1 Oct 2022

We are planning a fun filled Quiz Night at Graveney School in October. Details to be Confirmed

In 2019 our quirky quiz night raised almost £2,000. There was an excellent turn-out from Furzedown, with lots of chances to win, plus a delicious meal and some great rounds of questionable questions - identify the ketchup?! - Andrew Holdsworth on the piano for Name that tune... Team Biscuit were the winning team but everyone had fun.

It was wonderful to hear from Eveline, the chair of our local MNDA group, who helped explain how important our fundraising has been for them.

Please read more on our blog here
 

FACE - our 2022 vision!

 

Sadly Furzedown Community Network (FCN) Big Day Out 2022 is uncertain, even before the crisis they were struggling to find volunteers to help organise the much-loved event, but there will be a fun family day out on 24 July on Furzedown Rec with live performances of The Princess and the Frog, and The Princess and the Pea, from Let’s All Dance, alongside Art and fitness classes from Enable services: Details HERE

 

For more information on the FCN visit: http://furzedown.net 

Join the local chat group email: furzedown+subscribe@groups.io

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We are looking for new blood to join the FACE gang - There are also many other ways you can help in the future, including providing prizes, visiting our stall and buying or selling raffle tickets. You can also make a donation and we welcome any other ideas or support you can offer.

Please email us here or contact Alan Feast on 07973 216260

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Kid's Halloween Disco raises over £400!

The Rose & Crown's Halloween Kid's Disco on 28th October 2021 raised an amazing £413 from donations and games for FACE's local charities.

There were fancy dress competitions and the Amazing DJ Dan provided lots of great spooky dancing music and fun games and treats for all little terrors, plus some frighteningly delicious craft beers and gruesomely gorgeous gins for grown-up monsters!

Entrance was FREE (but with a suggested donation of £3 for FACE at the door). It was great to see all the mini witches, vampires, scary monsters and superheroes accompanied by their responsible adult creatures...

The Rose & Crown, 140 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17 8BN

Chill-out room opens

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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. A specialist nurse advocate (funded by MacMillan Nurses) will be based in the room to support young people.

The chill-out room was officially opened on 18th September by our local MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan with St George's staff, governers and patients and members of FACE- This was only possible thanks to all the fundraising efforts locally; including Graveney School and FCN. This successful outcome demonstrates 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 have helped make this dream become a reality. Please read more in the official press release HERE