Fulham car boot sale launches
We can’t believe that it has taken this long for Fulham to get it’s very own regular car boot sale. We looked and couldn’t find another when we heard that Fulham’s “first and only” car boot sale launches on 8 September. The sale will be held every Sunday at the Sands End Adventure Playground to raise money for the SEAPIA Project (Sands End Associated Projects In Action).
The organisers aim to bring “the local community together for weekly bargains, fun, snacks and many more treats”. Stall holders get 20% off their first pitch
(SEAPIA) was founded in 1970 by local residents who recognised the importance of having a place for children to play. The small voluntary committee secured the disused Sunlight Laundry wash house building in William Parnell park. The first “venture” playground was created out of debris and materials lying around.
They have an open-access ‘drop-off’ service for 8-13 year olds charging a nominal fee of £1 per session during school holidays, half term breaks and during term time offer after school hours.
Natural play area opens at Fulham Palace
This new play area will open at 2 pm on Sunday 22 September at Fulham Palace’s ‘Glory of the garden’ family fun day. The official opening will be marked by a 20 minute nature themed performance by the Fulham Children’s Choir and the event will also feature birds of prey, live music, a caricature artist, garden games and flower crown making (using flowers and foliage from the Palace’s walled garden).
This natural play area, suitable for children of all ages, will use logs and wooden objects saved from previous tree work on site. The design focus was about getting hands on with nature and encouraging children to interact creatively with natural materials. There will be carved logs and wooden structures to balance on, climb over and under and smaller pieces of timber which children can handle and play with. This project has been an ambition of Lucy Hart, Head Gardener at Fulham Palace, who says “hopefully we are connecting future generations with nature and the outdoors more, and helping them realise its OK to get a bit muddy!”.
The natural play area has been generously funded by the Western Riverside Environmental Fund (WREF), built by Conservation and Access, who also built the natural play trail at Box Hill and once officially opened will be open daily from dawn to dusk. https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/nature-and-nurture-building-a-natural-play-area/
Arro Coffee - Marylebone, Bayswater and now Fulham
We got back from our July travels to discover Arro Coffee had popped up on the New Kings Road, round the corner from Parsons Green. New to Fulham but with two other London branches, Arro Coffee is an Italian cafe that started in 2016 focusing on three key products: coffee, chocolate and pannetone. After looking them up on Insta it only took their Chocco shot (coffee in a biscuit cup) to tempt us to take a look for ourselves and see if they are really as they say “The Temple of Coffee”
We were pleasantly surprised to find that there is a lot more on offer than coffee including a “Fulham Sunshine Breakfast”, Parsons Green Royale, lunch options from soups to lasagne, delicious ice cream (made on the premises daily), fresh juices and gluten free bowls, cocktails and early supper options (they close at 9 pm).
A local resident got in touch with us as, thinking it was already open, she ended up getting a preview from the owner Mr Sassone himself. “Armed with a voucher for a free coffee I returned the following day and was not disappointed. An army of bustling Italian staff were plying people with free coffee and panettone both inside the shop and on the pavement. I was astonished by the panettone - made in Mr Sassone's Culinary institute in Italy - the best I have ever tasted in my life. I have returned on a number of occasions; the staff are delightful”. https://www.arrocoffee.com/ https://www.instagram.com/arro_coffee/
Back to School
Congratulations to all Fulham students who despite tougher exams achieved great GCSE and A level results this summer. We wish them every success in the next chapter be that sixth form, an apprenticeship or taking up a place at university.
If you’re in need of back to school supplies Perry’s Art + Office are kindly offering a 10% discount on any items purchased in their shop during September. Just mention Urban Village LDN in store. They also have a back to school offer with 40% off selected items - another good reason to visit!