Holidays are coming to Sutton & Carshalton’s Frost Fair

Christmas in Cheam Village 2015

Residents have a range of events to choose from to help them get the festive season underway.

Cheam marks the start of the holiday season on Friday 4 December. The annual Cheam Village Late Night Christmas Shopping event, run by Cheam Traders with the support of Sutton Council, starts at 5.30pm. The theme for this year is Star Wars – so expect to see light-sabers and Sith Lords alongside food, jewellery, and handicraft stalls as well as singers, street entertainers and even an appearance from Santa himself. Whitehall Museum will be open late allowing visitors to enjoy the building dressed for Christmas, and a special snowman trail is sure to delight the little ones. The festivities culminate at 6.20pm as the lights themselves are switched on. Last year’s event attracted nearly 4000 visitors so expect busy streets and bustling market stalls.

Saturday 5 December sees the festive fun move on to Carshalton Village where area charity EcoLocal will host the Frost Fair, starting at 1pm. All Saints Church bells will peal to get the event underway when attendees will be able to enjoy a varied range of tasty treats and a variety of craft stalls selling wonderful gift ideas such as glassware, pottery, woodcraft and much more.

Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“There are lots of events taking place across our borough to mark the start of the holiday season. There’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas – we can’t wait to welcome you to one of our fantastic festive events.”

Carshalton Frost Fair 2015

Carshalton Ponds in the Snow
Carshalton Ponds in the Snow 6 years ago…

Carshalton will be welcoming its third annual Frost Fair on Saturday 5th December between 1pm and 6pm. The event is organised by The Friends of Honeywood Museum and local charity EcoLocal with lots of local community support. Please help spread the word about this exciting and atmospheric family event.

The 2015 event will use the same layout as last year to allow for more space between stalls and more twinkly lights.

Eco-Local are looking for a few more volunteers to help with the event on the day. If you would like to help, please contact Tansy on tansy@ecolocal.org.uk

The start of the event will be signalled by the ringing of All Saints Church bells (feel free to pop into their coffee afternoon 2.30 – 6pm on your way to or from the Frost Fair) and please don’t forget to visit Carshalton’s wonderful High Street shops.

Carshalton’s Frost Fair is a traditional winter event with activities for all of the family set in beautiful grounds next to historic buildings by Carshalton Ponds. Outside Honeywood Museum, along Festival walk and in the nearby Memorial Gardens there will be a varied range of Farmers’ Market and Craft stalls offering tasty supplies and treats and unique wonderful gift ideas.

As it gets darker, the area will be lit with twinkling fairy lights and there will be the smell of hot food & hog roast in the air. There will be choirs, a brass band, clog & morris dancing, live folk and popular music and entertainment of various types with a seasonal feel. There will be a bar and hot drinks.

Inside Honeywood Museum look for traditional story telling with puppets, Punch and Judy shows and a Father Christmas’ Grotto in the magic of the refurbished ‘childhood room’ surrounded by toys from a bygone era.

The Friends of the Ecology Centre are running their Christmas Fair and Winter Wonderland Trail alongside the Frost Fair. This will include hand-crafted gifts, teas, coffees and homemade cake. The Winter Wonderland Trail offers the chance to explore the delights of the award winning Ecology Centre.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Heather on 020 8404 1522020 8404 1522 or email heather@ecolocal.org.uk.

 

Carshalton Village – Focus Team’s Actions

In recent years we have been fully involved amongst many other matters with the following activities:-

1) More School Places. We successfully worked with Carshalton All Saints C of E Primary School and with local residents to bring a new form of entry.

2) Preserving and Enhancing our Heritage. We designed and obtained funding for a new Carshalton Second World War Memorial to be completed this year. We are also deep cleaning all the borough’s war memorials.

3) Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour. We worked with local police to ensure that anti-social behaviour is minimised and Carshalton High Street and local parks kept safe.

4) Heritage Centre. We refurbished the Heritage Centre at Honeywood Walk, Carshalton with improved displays, using Lottery Funding.

5) Improved Leisure Facilities. We refurbished and modernised Westcroft Centre including a new Carshalton Library.

6) Invested in our High Street. We secured funding for new Carshalton village signs which will be installed soon, introduced the Carshalton Christmas lights and brought the new Frost Fair to help local businesses thrive.

7) Listening to You. Carshalton Council buildings including The Lodge and The Grove House: We consulted extensively with local residents and Friends Groups over re-use of the redundant council buildings whose future re-use is now assured.

8) Better Transport. We successfully campaigned with Tom Brake MP and other Lib Dem councillors to save the cross London Thameslink loopline trains service.

9) Safer Roads 1. We installed safer crossing facilities at the junction of Ruskin Road and Park Lane following the All Saints School expansion nearby. We got pavement bollards installed at the junction of Ruskin Road and Woodstock Road.

10) Safer Roads 2. We successfully campigned for TfL to install new railings around Carshalton Ponds.

11) Carshalton Park. We installed marker posts to protect the air raid shelter discovered in 2012 and various brick piers to the park railings rebuilt/repaired. We have got the “Ornamental Garden” between Talbot Road/The Square junction and Ruskin Road improved.

12) The Grove Park. We install a new waste bins and a new multi-gym at the award winning park.

Carshalton Frost Fair

2013_frost_fair_medCarshalton welcomes its second Frost Fair on Saturday 7th December 1-6pm. The Friends of Honeywood Museum and local charity EcoLocal are again organising the event and are keen to spread the word about this exciting and atmospheric family event.

In the beautiful setting next to Carshalton Ponds, the Frost Fair promises to be a traditional winter event with activities for all of the family. Outside Honeywood Museum and in the nearby Memorial Gardens there will be farmers’ market and craft stalls offering a varied range of tasty treats and a variety of wonderful gift ideas. As it gets darker, the area will be lit with twinkling fairy lights and you can do some shopping with the smell of hot food & hog roast in the air. There will also be choirs, live music and entertainment of various types with a seasonal feel.

Inside Honeywood Museum, there will be story telling for the under sixes, a shadow theatre show ‘Vasalisa the Wise’ for the over sixes and Santa’s Grotto in the magic of the newly refurbished ‘childhood room’ surrounded by toys from a bygone era.

Why not head to the Honeywood Café for mulled wine, mince pies and other food and drink?

The Friends of the Ecology Centre will be running their Christmas Fair and Winter Wonderland Trail alongside the Frost Fair.

The annual Christmas Fair will have hand-crafted gifts, teas, coffees and homemade cake and their Winter Wonderland Trail, from 1pm-4pm, offers the chance to create festive edible tree-decorations for your favourite winter wildlife and explore the delights of the award winning Ecology Centre.

Cost: £1 per person for the Winter Trail. Suitable for: everyone. No booking required.

There’s a competition for best photo of the day. Send your pictures to EcoLocal’s Facebook and Twitter pages and if we think yours is best, you win £20!

Entertainment and stalls for the day!

Amplified stage

1pm-1.25pm – Nylon Ostrich – Five piece alt rock band from South London.

1.30pm-1.55pm – La Petite Vache – tunes from Brittany and France, featuring the hurdy gurdy, two fiddles, accordion and mandolin.

2pm-2.25pm – Carl Chamberlain – Poet

2.30pm-2.55pm – Zero Carbon Band – Upcycled classic pop songs with new words and homegrown songs with homespun props and audience participation.

3pm-3.25pm – Chris Crooks – singer songwriter of Mexicana/Americana: presenting songs from his latest album, “Crimes and Misdemeanours.”

3.30pm-3.55pm – Kodakromes – alternative rock and sub pop

4pm-4.25pm – Moth – Chilled out accordion driven trip hop chanteussing.

4.30pm-4.55pm – Andy Gibbons – Great songs, great voice and one great acoustic guitar.

5pm-5.30pm – Dirty Spoons – energetic folk band, infusing their music with character and well rounded tones.

5.35pm-6.00pm – David Fisher Trio – Dave Fisher and his fantastic trio bring sing-a-long Christmas songs to close the night!

Non amplified stage

1.00 Pennyroyal Clog Dancers – Clog dancing, what more needs to said?

1.40 Carshalton Methodist Church – The Church choir and friends present a programme of Advent and Christmas songs.

2.20 All Saints Handbell Ringers – A mixture of traditional and Christmas tunes rung on one and a half octaves of English handbells

3.00 East Surrey Morris Men – Proudly keeping the English tradition alive!

3.40 Sutton Chorale / All Saints – A selection of Christmas carols seasonal music

4.20 Steampunk Morris – Morris dancing with a Steampunk twist!

Stalls and Organisations:

Festival Walk

Giggly Pig – Hog roast and sausages

Just be Natural – skincare products made from Carshalton Lavender

Nut Knowle Farm – goats cheese

Boutique Blooms – flowers for all occasions

Antares Concepts – hand crafted wooden toys

Lovingly Made – Cupcakes, Celebration Cakes, handmade truffles & chocolates

Emmas Art – Mostly recycled items – painted tin, pottery and wood

Wandle Tree – decoupage and wooden items

Cheam Woodturners

Belmont Bead Company and Suzy Q Too – beaded jewellery and childrens activity 

West Fisher Winery – English wines

Tillingboune Trout – Smoked fish and meats

Honeywood Walk

Friends of Honeywood Museum

Women’s Institute tea stall

Hallsgate Wood – Rustic artefacts made from British wood

Koula’s Kitchen – jams and preserves

Wrights Original – traditional ginger drinks

Chalk Hills Bakery – artisan baked cakes, rolls and bread

S&S Patisserie – patisserie, puddings and confectionary

Selsdon Ceramics – pottery

Memorial Gardens Marquee

EcoLocal Energy Road Show exhibits

Carshalton Lavender – Local Lavender Growers and Distillers

Made at the Wishing Well – recycled jewellery

K Designs – hand painted glass

Sutton Fostering Service – Information of fostering caring

Simply Scarves – beautiful choice of scarves

Baby Name Illustrations – pictures and sign of custom names

Shop with Love – Handmade soaps and gifts

Belle Gifts – Vintage/historical home décor and jewellery

Memorial Gardens

The Hope Bar – beer and refreshments

Red Gingham Bakery – Delicious cakes and fudge

Little Honey Bee – skin care products and candles made from beeswax and honey

Hocus Pocus – fair-trade goods

Goan Food – samosas and curry sauces

The Pizza Project – handmade wood fired pizza

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Heather on 020 8770 6611 or email heather@ecolocal.org.uk.