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Pippa Popins Christmas Fair in Parsons Green, London

by 21stcenturymummy on December 8, 2009

It was the first ever Pippa Popins Christmas Fair on Saturday (6 Sept), held in Parsons Green, on the green itself. We got there around 3 and it was nice to see it was full of people, especially families, despite the poor weather and muddy grass. Attractions included a huge, super-speedy carousel, mini ice-rink, Santa’s Grotto and brass band. There were around 40 stalls selling all sorts of Christmas gifts and food, from cashmere baby clothes and children’s bedroom furniture (including delightful handpainted designs from Sarah Sherrington) to mince pies and mulled wine (provided by the Duke on The Green).

At 4pm the carol-singing commenced and candles were handed out to the children. Pippa (organiser and owner of Pippa Popins Nurseries) had hijacked about 30 slightly-inebriated Santas who were running through the Fair whilst on a pub crawl, and they joined in happily. Apart from being totally out of time with the band, they managed to get everyone singing. My daughter insisted on sitting on my shoulders (where was her Daddy when I needed him), holding a candle right above my head. I had visions of my hair going up in flames (but thankfully Granny was on watch-duty). We left when it sadly started pouring with rain and we got soaked.

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With 8 days to go until the charity event in Parson’s Green in aid of The Chase Hospice, it’s full steam ahead! We rely principally on the support of the local community to provide the food and drink for the event, so 100% of the money raised can be given to the charity.

I have been bowled over by the generosity of some of the independent grocers, delis, restaurants and individuals in the local community etc. who have given wine, canapes, raffle and auction prizes. It’s amazing how they have been willing to support the event, despite the tough times we are in. I’m not sure I should mention their names, because people might start hounding them!

Some, however, haven’t been at all forthcoming, suprisingly mainly the big names, the multiples for example. I appreciate they get requests for help for events but…it would have been easier to get blood from a stone!

We’re nearly there now, all we need now is ice and soft drinks.

Charity Party, 14 Nov, Alpha Romeo Showrooms, Parsons Green

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Simon Cowell, new patron of UK Children's Hospices, visits CHASE Hospice

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Simon Cowell spent the afternoon at the CHASE children’s hospice, Christopher’s, on Thursday (29 Oct). CHASE supports families with terminally-ill children. Here he formally announced becoming patron of Children’s Hospices UK. Read about here on the Chase website. Children’s Hospices UK is the national children’s hospice umbrella organisation which is chaired by CHASE Chief Executive, David King. […]

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Charity Event, Parsons Green 14 November

October 26, 2009 Last November, my husband and I went to a charity party in Parsons Green, organised by friends of friends, in aid of Kids Company. We didn’t really know anyone but surprisingly had a fabulous night, my husband came away having won a Caterham for the weekend in the auction (which we went all the way […]

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