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Crystal Palace fan reunited with mystery girl on train following Twitter appeal - Evening Standard


Evening Standard

Crystal Palace fan reunited with mystery girl on train following Twitter appeal
Evening Standard
Angus Mainland, 19, of Balham, met the mystery woman while travelling from Bournemouth to Southampton on Saturday to watch his team play. The love-struck student sat next to the brunette during the journey and put his Crystal Palace scarf around her ...
Crystal Palace fan reunited with mystery girl he met on train girl after ...Irish Mirror
Love-struck Crystal Palace fan's Twitter plea to find mystery woman he met on ...Wandsworth Guardian
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BR DE-loc class 73 no 732.. komt met een reizigerstrein door in het station van Balham.

BR DE-loc class 73 no 732.. passes the station from Balham with a passenger working.

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BR D-loc class 47 no 47818 arriveert in het station van Balham.

BR D-loc class 47 no 47818 arrives in the station from Balham.

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BR EMU class 455 no 582. vertrekt uit het station van Balham.

BR EMU class 455 no 582. departs from Balham station.

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House prices in Balham boosted £415 a day - Estate Agent Today


House prices in Balham boosted £415 a day
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Favoured by first-time buyers and young families, Balham witnessed the steepest annual growth during 2014 – closely followed by Brook Green where property values are now 19% higher than a year ago. In contrast, average prices in exclusive Prime Central ...
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Balham becomes London's new property hotspot as prices jump - ITV News


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Balham becomes London's new property hotspot as prices jump
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The prestigious prime property bastions of Kensington, Chelsea and Holland Park will always command worldwide appeal from buyers – however everyday demand for more affordable homes has catapulted Balham and other Outer Prime corners of the ...
House prices soar 21 per cent in Balham, 'London's new leading property hotspot'Evening Standard
Balham is London's 2014 hotspotMortgage Introducer
Prime London prices rise by up to £415 a dayFinancial Reporter
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20mph speed limit comes to Balham and Tooting - Wandsworth Guardian


20mph speed limit comes to Balham and Tooting
Wandsworth Guardian
The local Labour Party campaigned for the zones and Tooting MP Sadiq Khan said: “I am extremely pleased that after years of campaigning the work to introduce 20mph speed limits in Furzedown and parts of Balham and Tooting Bec is about to begin.

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Staff Training

PoliticsYesterday evening Radio 4 reported that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for an end to income inequality. That was the headline at least. I’d imagine there’s more to say than that. But the intervention of these Senior Anglican clerics into the world of Government and has apparently irked some politicians. Can they reasonably expect Christians not to have something to contribute to wider debates about policy decisions?! Though they may wish it so, the Bible simply cannot be kept out of the public square. But, the ensuing debate on the radio served to highlight how ill-equipped I felt to be able to contribute very much to the discussion.

And so, last Monday afternoon’s staff training day on Government and Politics was well timed. At the start of the church year we’d taken the decision to introduce termly staff training. Of course, as part of a network of churches like Co-Mission, we’re big on training. There’s Co-Mission staff training as well as the weekly Apprentices’ Workshop and so on. It’s a pretty training-tastic environment to be in. But we wanted to do something just for those us at CCB, equipping us for our particular context.

And so this term we decided to ‘do’ Government and Politics. We’ve got an election coming up in this country in May. And we wanted to be prepared for it. And we wanted to be able to prepare the congregation for it as well. And so I asked a few trusted friends for advice, surfed the interweb and put together a realistic package to accommodate the diversity of our staff team.

We listened to a talk on the Gospel Coalition website on Romans 13 by Richard Coekin. We wanted to begin with biblical exposition. It’s not everything you’d want to say on how Christians are meant to relate to government, but it’s not far off. For anyone familiar with Richard’s preaching, the opening ‘stab points’ are pure gold as he sets the discussion in the wider biblical context. It’s certainly a great place to start thinking about these issues.

We read an article from The Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics by Jonathan Chaplin. It’s entitled ‘How shoukld Christians vote in 2010?’ It stimulated helpful discussion about the nature and significance of voting, especially in a context where no one party adopts a biblical position on all the issues.

We watched a DVD recorded talk by Wayne Grudem, available from the Christian Institute, on Christian influence on Government. It’s long. Just over an hour. But it’s good. It’s essentially the first few chapters of his book ‘Politics’ condensed. The talk is entitled ‘Does ‘political’ involvement distract from the gospel?’ As we discovered that’s somewhat miselading. It’s only a part of the talk. Nevertheless, the talk is well worth listening to.

As a result of the afternoon, I don’t think we’re sorted on the issues. But we are at least engaged with them. And we’re probably clearer on what questions we’d like to find biblical answers to. And so we’re not done. It’s encouraged us to read some more and to think some more. And we’ll have some ‘Thinking about an Issue’ slots for evening church that will force us to do both!


My Sunday Highlight – the Kids’ Slot

2015-01-12 10.17.11There can’t be many churches that choose Athanasius’ theological conflict with Arius as the subject of their kids’ slot. More fool them.

Of course, it depends on how you do it. But if you do it like Hannah did it on Sunday, you’ll be fine. She was clear. She was simple. She was faithful. And she brought the fun. All of which you need for a successful kids’ slot at CCB.

The opportunity to present our forthcoming series as theological battles sent her running to Sports Direct for a large pair of boxing gloves. She tells me she’s got the rest of the series planned out. And I believe her. Who’d have though that the idea for our series ‘Truth Worth Fighting For’ would emerge from the Christmas holiday reading habits of our children’s’ worker.

2015-01-12 10.16.55The substance of Hannah’s slot was that Jesus was fully God and fully man. Not everyone at the time believed that. But he did. Because he read his Bible. Unlike Arius. Who didn’t. As a result of his biblical faith he was kicked out of his home five times. But because he knew it mattered he kept on believing and teaching the same thing. My favourite line went something like ‘you may be the only person in your school playground who believes that Jesus is fully God and fully man’. That got number two son’s attention. He visibly sat up and listened more intently than usual. He’s convinced that no one else at school shares his view of Jesus. It’s a big school. And the Lord has others there. But he’s not met them yet. Discovering that there are truths worth fighting for is just what he needs to be convinced of. And he was. He was persuaded that Jesus’ divinity means that we can know what God is like and that Jesus’ humanity means that we can actually know God Himself. Hannah didn’t put it quite like that. But that was what she meant. It was terrific. I was as proud as punch that we’re willing to be bold in what we teach our kids.

We’ve got Dr Garry Williams from the John Owen Centre at the London Theological Seminary at the Co-Mission Workshop this Wednesday. He’s lecturing on Christology. I imagine he’ll go a bit deeper than ‘fully God and fully man’. But he won’t go further than that. And neither now will CCB’s kids!


Recovering Resolutions

2011-year-resolution-400x400I want to talk about resolutions.

This is the time of year when we typically make all sorts of decisions to change something in our lives. And in many ways, that’s fine. Resolutions can be good things. I’m all for change. I’m not characteristically conservative. I get bored of the same old, same old. But there’s more to say about resolutions than that.

The Bible, of course, allows us a lot of leeway on resolutions. We’re free to make them. And we’re free not to make them. There’s no obligation either way. On the whole though I think resolutions are a good thing. After all, Jonathan Edwards the great American Puritan Theologian made an absolute shed load of them. And it’s a brave man that wants to prove him wrong. And more importantly, the Apostle Paul wasn’t averse to making his own resolutions. In 1 Corinthians 2 he reminds his readers of his evangelistic strategy whilst he was among them. He wrote, ‘For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’. At some point then it seems reasonable to assume that Paul made a resolution to prioritise the message of the cross in his gospel ministry. As Christina Fox in her Gospel Coalition blog post from a few days back said,

‘it’s a good thing to set goals and work toward them. We ought to be purposeful, intentional, and determined in the way we live. We don’t want to waste a second of the brief time God grants us on this earth’.

So, on the whole I’m positive about resolutions. But. And there was always going to be a ‘but’. I have with resolutions. That has to do what we resolve to change, when we resolve to change, how we resolve to change and ultimately why we resolve to change. Let’s examine each of those in turn.

What we resolve to change is so often little more than vacuous triviality. I’m overstating it, of course. But the value of our resolutions are often marred by their superficiality. They’re lightweight. Deciding to give up chocolate is not entirely unimportant I’ll happily concede. Especially if weight is an issue. But really? Is that the single most significant thing about our life that needs attention? So let’s go for the big things. The substantial things. The things that we really do need to address if we’re going to make any progress in personal godliness. I’m talking about our personal private habits that no one ever sees. The good stuff that we pretend happens but doesn’t. And the bad stuff that we pretend doesn’t happen but does. Let’s deal with those things.

When we resolve to change irritates me as well. We do it annually. Around and about January 1st. I appreciate the stimulus to change that a New Year presents. But I don’t have annual issues. I have daily issues. My life doesn’t need a once a year check-up like an MOT. It needs ongoing monitoring. I’m guessing you’re the same. So let’s go for continual progress not annual readjustment. Apparently Jonathan Edwards used his 70 resolutions as an ongoing benchmark by which to calibrate his Christian life. Now, it’s possible to be overly introspective. Too much self-examination creates paralysis. But deciding on what we want to be the main things in our lives and then keeping the main things main will at least keep us focussed not merely on the minutiae but the significant things of the Christian life. And we can review our progress as often as we need to. We don’t have to wait till the start of the year.

How we propose to change is revealing also. I tend to think of change as an independent project shaped by the exercise of my will. I decide to do something different and change will come. But I’ve lost count the number of times that I’ve resolved to cultivate a good habit or try to eradicate a damaging one. It would appear that I am unable, by myself, to defeat the slavery to my sinful flesh that holds me in its captivity. I need a redeemer. No amount of resolve, no matter how good my intentions will actually accomplish anything. We need to pray. Any change in our lives is ultimately God’s work. I’m sure that we know this. We readily acknowledge that God effects transformation in our lives by employing means. But one of the principle means by which He effects change is prayer. And so, any resolution to change without the accompanying habit of prayer is likely to whither on the vine. It’s dead in the water. Jonathan Edwards knew this to be true and wrote,

‘Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake’.

Well said young man (as he was when he said it). Albeit in a somewhat inaccessible seventeenth century vernacular.

Why we want to change shows what the bottom line is. Usually I want to change something about myself that I don’t like. I’m too chubby round the middle. I’m staying up too late catching up on old episodes of the West Wing. I need to stop being ratty with the kids and actually spend some time with them. None of those is necessarily bad. But what have any of them got to do with the glory of God? As the Westminster Shorter Catechism so helpfully reminds us, our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Our motivation is one of the key things that will sustain our resolve. Why we’re doing what we’re doing. So let’s make sure that it’s not just my enjoyment of my life but instead my pursuit of God’s glory that underpins our resolutions.

I’d like to resolve to be different this year. But I’d like to do more than that. I’d like to change. And I suspect you would to. Because we know we’re not the finished article. We’re a work in progress. And when we’re honest there’s a whole heap of progress to be made. So let’s take these things to heart. And maybe, just perhaps, make some resolutions.


Convenience Church

richmond parkI went for a ride a few Sunday mornings ago. That’s unusual. Not the ride; ever since I was forced to stop playing rugby, cycling has become my exercise of choice. But riding on Sunday was out of the ordinary because I’m normally in church. Fair enough, it’s my job and it’s unavoidable. But I’d still be there even if I wasn’t the Senior Minister because I’m a Christian and gathering with your church family comes with the territory. But this just means that I’m not usually out and about on a Sunday morning. But that Sunday was different. We’d postponed our usual 10.30am meeting until 4pm so that we could enjoy our family carols in the dark. The candles work better when the light has something to disperse.

And so I went out riding. I headed off to Richmond Park and span round like a deranged hamster on speed. But on the way there, on the way round and on the way back I was overwhelmed at the numbers of people going about a very different Sunday morning to my usual fayre. I’m willing to admit that their usual morning church may also been postponed to take advantage of the ambience of a candlelit nativity. But I don’t buy that. I’m simply going to assume that for the vast majority of people who I saw, church simply isn’t on their radar. At Christmas. Or at any other time of the year. And I don’t blame them. Not entirely. Don’t get me wrong, I think they ought to be in church. But I understand that they’ve made the decision not to be. I think they’re wrong. But I get that they don’t want to be there. Presumably they’re non-Christians and so it goes with the territory! And so on this particular Sunday morning I passed families on bikes, kids playing rugby or football for their team and the park was heaving with people going for a walk.

So here’s the question that nagged me all the way home: How do we reach them if we’re asking them to give all that up and join us on a Sunday morning?

We could say (and people have said this to me) that non-Christians need to realise what’s really important and then they’ll come to church. And I agree. But it’s not as simple as that. It’s true that what we do expresses what we value. So if I take my kids to rugby on a Sunday morning instead of taking them to church it’s because I think that their skills with the oval ball is more important than knowing the God who made them for Himself. When it’s an ‘either-or’ decision, that’s called idolatry. [For the record, I think it’s a ‘both-and’ decision. In other words, I think you can be a Christian rugby player! But the Christian bit of that description means that when you have to choose, rugby loses out.] Therefore not being in church is what you’d expect from non-Christians, isn’t it?

And so, if we’re asking non-Christian people to join us at church (when they have lots of other exciting things that they could be doing) that’s going to be difficult. It’s virtually impossible. Without a change of heart. And that’s called conversion. That occurs through the work of the Spirit through the proclamation of the gospel. The same wonderful gospel they may not hear and understand if they don’t go to church! That’s the conundrum in a nutshell. It prompts the question, is our current evangelistic strategy flawed? Aren’t we asking non-Christians to make a choice that even Christians find difficult. We’re asking them to give up the things they value on a Sunday morning without having had the opportunity to be persuaded that there’s nothing that we could ever give up that would make gaining Christ look like a bad deal. Aren’t we simply saying that church is for Christians? It is. But not exclusively so. After all, the Apostle Paul expected the presence of unbelievers in the church gathering 1 Corinthians 14. So why do we do church on a Sunday morning? Is it sensible? I’m not the first to ask this. And I won’t be the last. And it’s not a straightforward question. But it’s got to be worth visiting, hasn’t it?

We thought long and hard about it as a church family a few years’ back. It wasn’t an easy time. In the end, we decided not to move our family congregation to 4pm. We did so not because of the strength of the arguments against it. But because of the strength of feeling against it. Weak leadership? Perhaps. But It didn’t seem wise at the time to oppose the consensus on what’s a matter of judgment. And I still think that was the right call. But what was so disheartening about that discussion was just how few of some very fine Christian people were able to see how church can be an integrated part of our evangelistic strategy. For sure, bringing people to church isn’t our only evangelistic strategy. It doesn’t and shouldn’t replace inviting people into our homes and our lives so that we can talk about the gospel. But that missional strategy, though much to be encouraged, is not the only string to our bow.

It may seem harsh but the responses we received to our proposal could have been interpreted to mean that people were more concerned about the inconvenience of the change of time than they were about the conversion of unbelievers. If church has any part in our evangelistic passion to reach the unbelievers among whom we live then when we do church has to be a matter for debate. And, in fact, it already has been. Most urban evangelical churches do evening church for their 20s. Why is that? Because we’ve worked out that this is the best time to get the 20s along. We’ve conceded that getting them out of bed before midday on a Sunday is ambitious! I’m not being critical. I’m simply pointing out that we’re already willing to make concessions in order to reach people. So why not do the same for families? It may be that there simply isn’t a time that works for everyone, not even every family. And it may be that 10am not 4pm is the best time. But it’s worth pondering, isn’t it?

Do I think therefore that we all ought to close our morning meetings and instead find a more convenient time to reach unbelievers? No. I’m not really sure what to propose, which is frustrating. But the memory of the vast numbers of people out and about on that Sunday morning will stay with me for a long time. And the numbers of kids at rugby was simply astonishing.

Rugby church, anyone?


Globe Church London

The-Globe-Church-logoFor some time, behind the scenes, planning has been underway, preparing for the imminent launch of the Globe Church. This is an exciting new gospel venture on the South Bank of the Thames, here in London.

My involvement in this is minimal. Technically this is not an Antioch Church Plant. However, we’re delighted that Mike Sohn an Antioch Planter will be part of the team supporting and working together with the principal planter, Jonty Allcock. Jonty wrote an article on the FIEC website a few months back defending the rationale for the plant. It’s entitled ‘Does London Need Another Church?’ Mike will remain part of our church planting workshops, mentored by an Antioch Church Planting Coach and financed through the Antioch Plan. And wonderfully Jonty will access whatever exeprience and expertise we can provide and undoubtedly add to it by joining us for our Co-Mission Church Planting Consultations.

Trevor Archer, one of the key players in the plants’ planning and one of the four recenty installed ‘bishops’ at the centre of the re-invigoration of the FIEC, has written about the plant here.

It’s not going to be easy. Planting is hard graft. Planting in Central London is especially demanding, where the ‘churn’ of people can feel like you’re running church with a revolving door. Pray for Jonty, Mike and the team. And pray that through the exciting establishment of this new church plant the very people that they long to hear and engage with the gospel, hear it. And engage with it.


Lots on in Balham for New Year’s Eve!

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There’s lots happening in Balham for New Year’s so why not spend the evening locally?

The Bedford is hosting a Banana Cabaret New Year’s Special, with a very special lineup featuring John Moloney, Paul Sinha, Angela Barnes, Adam Bloom and John Fothergill. Tickets £26.50 + 10% online booking fee with wegotickets.com (Concessions £4 refund on door with ID),Doors open 7pm, Show 8.30pm, DJs and dancing til 4am.

Meanwhile at The Grove, it’s a Swinging Sixties New Year’s Eve featuring retro treats, fantastic sing-a-long-sounds and champagne cocktails, with a full dinner service from 7-10pm and festivities until 2am. Pre-order a bottle of champagne to bag a table – call or email to book your spot now!

Or ring in the New Year at The Exhibit – with festivities on all three floors. The Main Bar and First Floor will be playing the regular Exhibit playlist while the Level 3 Bar on the top floor will be playing the very best dancefloor fillers from the 80s & 90s. Tickets are just £15 and are available on The Exhibit’s website. Ticket holders must be in the venue by 10pm, with the party ending at 4am.

For a special guest DJ and drinks promotions all night long, head down to the 3 Monkeys NYE, open from 5pm-2am. Tickets £5 (includes a welcome cocktail on arrival)

Harrison’s New Year’s Eve promises a fantastic night of dinner and dancing. Enjoy a glass of champagne and canapés on arrival followed by a special three course dinner for £80 per person. A DJ and disco in the bar will take you dancing into the early hours.

New Year’s Eve is always a fantastic night at Lamberts and for the 13th time they will be hosting a tasting menu celebration! The evening starts with cocktails & canapes at 8.30pm followed by a 6 course tasting menu with matching wines, culminating wih a glas of Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne and delicious petit fours for the bells.

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Lots on in Balham for New Year’s Eve!

harrisonsNYE

There’s lots happening in Balham for New Year’s so why not spend the evening locally?

The Bedford is hosting a Banana Cabaret New Year’s Special, with a very special lineup featuring John Moloney, Paul Sinha, Angela Barnes, Adam Bloom and John Fothergill. Tickets £26.50 + 10% online booking fee with wegotickets.com (Concessions £4 refund on door with ID),Doors open 7pm, Show 8.30pm, DJs and dancing til 4am.

Meanwhile at The Grove, it’s a Swinging Sixties New Year’s Eve featuring retro treats, fantastic sing-a-long-sounds and champagne cocktails, with a full dinner service from 7-10pm and festivities until 2am. Pre-order a bottle of champagne to bag a table – call or email to book your spot now!

Or ring in the New Year at The Exhibit – with festivities on all three floors. The Main Bar and First Floor will be playing the regular Exhibit playlist while the Level 3 Bar on the top floor will be playing the very best dancefloor fillers from the 80s & 90s. Tickets are just £15 and are available on The Exhibit’s website. Ticket holders must be in the venue by 10pm, with the party ending at 4am.

For a special guest DJ and drinks promotions all night long, head down to the 3 Monkeys NYE, open from 5pm-2am. Tickets £5 (includes a welcome cocktail on arrival)

Harrison’s New Year’s Eve promises a fantastic night of dinner and dancing. Enjoy a glass of champagne and canapés on arrival followed by a special three course dinner for £80 per person. A DJ and disco in the bar will take you dancing into the early hours.

New Year’s Eve is always a fantastic night at Lamberts and for the 13th time they will be hosting a tasting menu celebration! The evening starts with cocktails & canapes at 8.30pm followed by a 6 course tasting menu with matching wines, culminating wih a glas of Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne and delicious petit fours for the bells.

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Christmas is coming to Balham!

An afternoon of festive activities will take place on Sunday 30th November in Hildreth Street, from 1pm – 5pm to celebrate the completion of its stunning new makeover and to mark the start of the Christmas season.

The new look Hildreth Street and its businesses will be joined by a wandering Father Christmas and his elves. The afternoon will continue oozing Christmas cheer with community carol singing accompanied by local choirs and the Balham Ukelele Orchestra. Free mulled wine and cider will add to the merriment.

For the first time, Hildreth Street will also have its very own Christmas Tree, a 15’ beauty no less, which will be officially switched on by The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Stuart Thom at 4.30pm. Also not to be missed are the beautiful new Christmas lights adorning Balham’s lamp columns in and around the town centre.

Flower Sanctuary owner, Lisa Carr, said ‘This is a really exciting development for Hildreth Street and will change the area
for the better’.

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The program for the day is as follows:

1pm onwards:
Hildreth Street Businesses In-Store Events & Activities
2pm–3pm
Wandering Father Christmas & His Elves (Featuring The Southside Players & Stagecoach Battersea Theatre)
3pm onwards
Mulled Wine & Music (with the Balham Ukulele Orchestra)
3.30pm onwards
Carols & Community Singing
4.30pm
Lights switch-on by the Mayor of Wandsworth
4.45-5.00pm
Event Finishes

In store promotions include:

-Free balloons at JN Money Transfer
-Warm winter cocktails & cheese fondue at The Lodge
-Boxes of celebrations at Julie’s Nails
-Christmas windows at FARA Charity Shop
-In-store tastings at We Brought Beer
-Robots, candy canes & sweets at E-Computing
-Red carpet with models and face painting at Balham Bou
-’Make your own wreaths’ at The Flower Sanctuary
-Christmas decorations at No. 9 Antiques

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Christmas is coming to Balham!

An afternoon of festive activities will take place on Sunday 30th November in Hildreth Street, from 1pm – 5pm to celebrate the completion of its stunning new makeover and to mark the start of the Christmas season.

The new look Hildreth Street and its businesses will be joined by a wandering Father Christmas and his elves. The afternoon will continue oozing Christmas cheer with community carol singing accompanied by local choirs and the Balham Ukelele Orchestra. Free mulled wine and cider will add to the merriment.

For the first time, Hildreth Street will also have its very own Christmas Tree, a 15’ beauty no less, which will be officially switched on by The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Stuart Thom at 4.30pm. Also not to be missed are the beautiful new Christmas lights adorning Balham’s lamp columns in and around the town centre.

Flower Sanctuary owner, Lisa Carr, said ‘This is a really exciting development for Hildreth Street and will change the area
for the better’.

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The program for the day is as follows:

1pm onwards:
Hildreth Street Businesses In-Store Events & Activities
2pm–3pm
Wandering Father Christmas & His Elves (Featuring The Southside Players & Stagecoach Battersea Theatre)
3pm onwards
Mulled Wine & Music (with the Balham Ukulele Orchestra)
3.30pm onwards
Carols & Community Singing
4.30pm
Lights switch-on by the Mayor of Wandsworth
4.45-5.00pm
Event Finishes

In store promotions include:

-Free balloons at JN Money Transfer
-Warm winter cocktails & cheese fondue at The Lodge
-Boxes of celebrations at Julie’s Nails
-Christmas windows at FARA Charity Shop
-In-store tastings at We Brought Beer
-Robots, candy canes & sweets at E-Computing
-Red carpet with models and face painting at Balham Bou
-’Make your own wreaths’ at The Flower Sanctuary
-Christmas decorations at No. 9 Antiques

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November 2014 Balham Town Centre News

Read the November 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter here: Balham November Newsletter

In this edition: Christmas is coming to Balham!, Small Business Saturday, Reporting Crime, Business Priorities Survey and a Warm Welcome to The Lodge!

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November 2014 Balham Town Centre News

Read the November 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter here: Balham November Newsletter

In this edition: Christmas is coming to Balham!, Small Business Saturday, Reporting Crime, Business Priorities Survey and a Warm Welcome to The Lodge!

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Independent mindbodysoul combine and refurbish their spas at Balham High Road location

Independent mindbodysoul’s mummy & baby spa is moving!

They’d like to say a huge thank you for the amazing support Balham has shown them at their Ritherdon Road mummy & baby spa over the years and now have some news to share… Both spa locations will be brought together with the mummy & baby spa moved into their Balham High Road site from 3rd December.

Customers will be offered a one-stop hair and beauty experience, and the Balham salon will also be revamped with a new Garden Room for mummy and baby to enjoy!

You’ll still be able to enjoy a massage, facial, waxing and other treatments in the downstairs spa with your tot in tow and can make use of a travel cot in your treatment room, just like at Ritherdon Road.

For those visiting us without little ones, rest assured that the spa will remain the oasis of calm you expect with just the added extras of our new ‘garden room’ upstairs.

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