Stories from the Scrapstore


Happy Volunteers Week!

To celebrate volunteer's week and to thank our fantastic volunteers for all of their hard work, our lovely Trustee Niamh put on a fabulous posh tea as a special treat. What fun we had on 6th June! Everybody enjoyed hand-baked goodies including quiche, cakes (including Catherine's legendary banana bread), sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream...All was served on Niamh's beautiful inherited china. Thank you Niamh for such a special event. Did you know that we have around 30 volunteers helping us from week to week and also regularly welcome one-off volunteers and corporate groups? Last year our volunteer hours were worth 2 full-time members of staff. Definitely deserving of a spe

Fab Fundraising

The 11th May saw our third and best-so-far visit to Richmond May Fair. We braved the '3 seasons in one day' to meet many wonderful people interested in hearing about our work. Our volunteers had spent weeks sorting, sewing, packing, folding and generally preparing our lovely donated materials (otherwise destined for landfill or incineration) for people to buy for their arts & crafts, sewing, play, design and reuse projects. Our gorgeous hand-made shoppers and aprons literally flew off the stall as did our quilts, bunting, buttons, haberdashery and fancy bits and pieces. We made a brilliant amount of money which will be spent on continuing our community outreach work in Tooting. Our next st

Did You Listen During Chelsea Arts Fringe?

Sunday 23rd May Battersea Park. 'Are you Listening'- a walk by artist Billie Penfold, part of the Chelsea Fringe 2019. In preparation for the walk Billie visited us at The Work and Play Scrapstore in March, to collaborate with the volunteers in making flags that would then become part of the processional walk. On Sunday I took part along with the finished flags. Starting at the Pump House Gallery and ending at the monumental Peace Pagoda. The idea of the walk was for us to consider our relationship with the environment. We did this through listening and interpreting the sounds around us in drawings, poetry readings and meditative knotting of ropes, while Artist Composer Lucy Clair was recor

Hazelfest The Third!

What a wonderful day we had on 19th May running our green festival - Hazelfest - as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe. This was the third, and we think the best, Hazelfest so far! The weather was good, the vibe was chilled and lots of local groups, artists and performers supported us to make the event very special. Around 350 of our estate and surrounding community joined us to celebrate being together, to make, perform, listen and relax. Highlights included: Street dance from Smallwood Primary School James, The Castaway and the magnificent duo from the Sound Lounge Face painting from Heart In Art UK Motown dancing from the Gemini Dancers of Earlsfield Jayson Singh with his aspiration catcher

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