Lisa Spills the Beans

Vale residents and Streatham Seniors took a trip down Memory Lane recently with well-known South London resident, drama teacher, performer and priest, Lisa Wright. Lisa entertained all at our coffee morning with readings from her book, Spilling the Beans.  This is a collection of letters written by her mother, Margot, between 1953 and 1958, when… Read More →

Eat well and support our local food producers

Many of us have become more aware of the need to reduce our food miles and be more enquiring about where our food comes from. As a result, farmers’ markets are booming. South London has a range of markets to choose from. Here are a few: West Norwood Feast  This takes place on the first… Read More →

World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day takes place on 1st November and an increasing number of people are opting to go either fully vegan, vegetarian or cut down on the amount of animal- derived products they consume. Following a vegan diet need not be difficult and the food can be delicious. The Vale is fortunate to have Gordon Gellatly as… Read More →

Book in some library time

The Vale’s library shelves are starting to fill up nicely with the latest acquisitions offering the chance to add to your knowledge or plan an enticing trip away in the near future. One could easily spend a good couple of hours reading and dreaming of foreign climes. Among the new titles are: Wine Trails: 52… Read More →

Pizza success

A taste of Italy came to The Vale with a pizza evening designed for residents to get to know one another better. In-house chef Gordon Gellatly prepared the pizza bases and produced a range of toppings so that guests could choose their favourite. It was all washed down with a glass of wine or beer.… Read More →

Why playing Bridge is good for you

Bridge is one of the most popular card games in the world with around 200 million people playing on a regular basis. Not surprisingly, its popularity rose during the pandemic as families played together and on-line sessions proved a huge draw. Under normal circumstances, bridge is a great way to meet people and build friendships,… Read More →

The Vale is Buzzing

Ground staff at The Vale have been working hard to make the garden as inviting as possible – both to residents and wildlife. The result is a stunning display of nectar and pollen-rich plants that have proved irresistible to bees and other valuable pollinators. The display includes majestic red hot pokers, (also known as torch… Read More →

Secret Garden Concerts Return

The popular Secret Garden festival of music, comedy, theatre and literature returns for its second season with a wealth of international talent and the chance to savour some delicious food on summer evenings. Master minded by Chris Grist, founder and artistic director of London Concertante, this year’s entertainment kicks off on Saturday 30 July. Events… Read More →

Check In With The Lambeth Country Show This Weekend

The ever-popular Lambeth Country Show takes place this weekend (17/18 July). There is one big difference this year, the 2021 event is a virtual show. You will still be able to savour the delights of horticulture, mindfulness, music and comedy with an array of workshops, displays and performances. The advantage is you won’t have to… Read More →

Gordon’s Garden Bistro Delights to Tempt the Palate

The Vale’s Garden Bistro is now officially open with the launch party (8 July) providing a taste of what awaits diners. We are delighted to welcome chef, Gordon Gellatly, whose wealth of experience in a variety of top roles, will undoubtedly yield some delicious menus. If the launch party’s sumptuous canapés were anything to go… Read More →