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 →

Meet the Neighbours

Residents at The Vale have the opportunity to get to know their neighbours better at one of the twice weekly coffee & pastry mornings held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The informal occasions, hosted on the sunlit terrace (in good weather,) are a great way for new arrivals to meet others living in The Vale community.… Read More →

Art Returns and Puts Photography in the Frame

Good news for art lovers. The Dulwich Picture Gallery has re-opened to the public. This much loved and respected venue houses one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the world, including by Rembrandt, Canaletto, Poussin, Constable and Gainsborough. The collection has its roots in the early 17th century when Edward Alleyn, a favourite… Read More →

Discovering Norwood

Open Orchard plants small orchards in communities and provides free fruit and a green oasis to local residents. Join the Open Orchard Walkabout on Saturday 26 June at 2pm and enjoy the peace and seclusion of this flourishing natural space. Find out about the different varieties of tree planted in the orchard and discover the… Read More →

Time to get out and about

With restrictions starting to ease and the warmer weather arriving, it is time to step out into the new Covid-secure world and discover what is on your doorstep. Friends of Streatham Common are making it easy for us with a series of events based on or around The Rookery (www.streathamcommon.org/events). Shakespeare in the Rookery –… Read More →

Patio Gardening for Pleasure, Plate or Peace of Mind

The benefits of immersing oneself in nature’s greenery have been well promoted. For many who have just a balcony or patio, there are many colourful plants and edibles that can be grown in pots or other containers, as evidenced by those that have already sprung up around The Vale. Whether you are new to gardening… Read More →

Five Benefits of Meditation for Seniors

Lockdown has taken us away from our busy lives but just being on our own for so long can be stressful. Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and has many benefits, both physical and spiritual, for older people. Here are the top 5: Improved memory and cognitive ability: Meditation stimulates the Hippocampus and front… Read More →

Flower Power

It’s Spring and all around us are a host of golden daffodils and delicious scented hyacinths with the promise of further spring blooms to come. With a little knowledge and practice, flower arranging not only beautifies our surroundings, it improves manual dexterity, promotes sensory stimulation and can also reduce stress. If you are interested in learning… Read More →