Wrap up London – a project from the charity Hands on London

Image As the days draw in and the season brings the colder wather in, Hands on London are asking for those who can to donate an un-wanted coat o help keep someone warm this winter.

The coats will be directly donated to a number of shelters for the homeless, cntres for the elderly, youth groups,. community centres and women and children’s refuge across London.
I will be collecting any un-wanted coats to be donated from 7:30pm this evening at the Lamb Surbiton. Any coat will be greatly appreciated; esspecially coats for children. I wil then be donating these coats tomorrow.

If you are unable to donate this way you can drop your coat at any of the following London Stations between 7am and 11am on Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November:

  • London Bridge Station
  • London Paddington Station
  • London Victoria Station
  • Charing Cross Station
  • Liverpool Street Station
  • London WAterloo Station
  • Kings Cross Station
  • Canary Wharf Station.

Anything that you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

You can find out more about Hands on London by following this link.

Hands on Londonis a registered Charity. Charity No. 1140291

Thank you.

The next brilliant Sething event will soon be upon us





It is indeed that time of year again when the champion Bread Golfers re-emerge from retirement to take up the worlds biggest bred golf challenge – held every year in no other than Kingston – upon – Thames.

Test your golf skill by hitting dough balls towards a floating hole in the river on Sunday 18th November 2012.  No experience is necessary, just a £5 dough-nation, and a trio of bready balls are yours to thwack from the riverside at Kingston into the Mighty Thames. What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon but in the company of new friends and sporting legends!

The British Bread Golf Open 2012 takes place on Sunday 18th November 2012 at O’Mahony Square (next to Woody’s Bar) Kingston KT1 1HH between 1pm and 3pm.  Golfing attire encouraged.

This quirky event is in-aid of the brilliant charity Creative Youth; Aniela Zaba, Artistic Director of the Charity said:

CREATIVE YOUTH is a charity born from The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) which was established in 2008 with the ambition to create a festival of national importance, showcasing youth arts (5-26yrs) of the highest quality. This year’s festival saw 7000 young people participating in the 26 day festival which transformed Kingston into a blaze of colour, spectacle and joy.  Creative Youth works throughout the year to support and mentor creative young people who wish to develop skills and successful careers in the arts and related subjects. We are always seeking out the most innovative, original and high quality projects and therefore to be involved with the world renowned sport of Bread Golf is the perfect partnership”

Chief organiser of the event Robin Hutchinson said;

 Is there a better way to end a year of fantastic sporting achievement than the British Bread Golf Open 2012? Now in its third year this event is already ranked up with the FA Cup, the Grand National and cheese rolling. Come along and take part and you might end the year as a world champion.”

Further information about the event can be found at www.seethingwells.org

The Seething Halloween Walk

And yet again the State of Seething brings us another wonderful event!

On Sunday 28th October we welcomed families frm in and around South West London to join us on our annual Halloween Walk. An air of terrifyingly good fun was drawn upon the streets as Surbiton as the infamous Mr Smoke led the prossession.
Children and adults alike were mesmerised by the wonderinfly alluring tree of screaming apples and were amazed by the wisdom of the talking tree.

This is the event in pictures.


Take with you Halloween bugs.

The other day whilst searching for a few ideas for Halloween kids workshops I came across these little critters. They would be great to occupy the kids over the weekend – and even better they would be a perfect accompaniment to the Seething Halloween Walk (if you are in the Surbiton area that is)!

All you need to make them is;

  • Orange and Green wool
  • Black Craft Foam
  • Two googly eyes – you can buy these from any craft  / arts / kids shop
  • 1/2″ green pompom (try to match with the colour of the wool) – you can buy these from any craft / arts / kids shop
  • 5″ square of cardboard –
  • Glue and a clothes peg
  • A pair of scissors.

And here is your how-to guide:

Make two pompoms from the orange and green wool. First the Green and then the orange.

You make a pompom by wrapping the wool around the 5″ square of card. You need to wrap the wool around the card at least 100 times so you have a thick layer of wool! Once you have done this take 6″ of your wool and use this to capture your wrapped wool.(See diagram below) Tie off and cut trough the layers of wool. You can now remove your piece of card to use again – pat down the fluffy wool ball so it looks more like a mop.

Repeat the above process again but with the following changes. Taking the orange wool begin to wrap as before around the 5″ square of card, wrap the orange wool around 50 times then as before, take 6″ of your wool and use this to capture your wrapped wool. Tie off and cut trough the layers of wool. You can now remove your piece of card to use again – pat down the fluffy wool ball so it looks more like a mop.

Now take the black craft foam and cut out one pair of feet – you can use the image below as a template if you would like.

Then cut (using the below template) your witches hat.

Glue the two long sides of the cone together. Use the clothes peg to keep the material together as the glue dries.
Once the glue has dried add the cone to the circular base shape.

Attach the foam feet to your bug. The best way to do this is with a needle and thread – giving your Halloween creature spooky dangly legs.

Finally glue on your googly eyes and tiny pompom nose.

Et Voila.