Pop Ups – 10am-3pm Saturday 10 December

    How the Pop Ups Work

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    Check in here to find out how to make the most of your day – and don’t forget the After Party at Foxes! We hope that all our information is now complete, but as things can change at the very last minute, we recommend that you start at Wooster & Stock on Saturday to check the schedules.

    The Pop-Up Launch Party Friday 9th December

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    If you’re thinking of coming to the Kirkdale Christmas Pop Up Event on Saturday 10th December, then why not come to our Launch Party tonight, to meet the Pop Up team and some of the Pop Up hosts? There will be mulled wine, plus a hog roast* by Buffalo Catering – but you will also [...]

    Santa’s Elves Fancy Dress and Reindeer Hunt

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    On Saturday 10th December, all day – a treasure-hunt for the kids around the shops of Kirkdale Village, followed by a parade and competition (with prizes) for those who have come in Christmassy fancy dress!

    Children’s Yoga Class

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    Stand as tall as a mountain, reach up to the sky like a tree, stretch like a dog, bend your legs like a frog then rest like a sleepy bunny…

    Come along and try a children’s yoga class. It’s fun, fast and dynamic; an opportunity to playfully and casually learn some yoga poses.

    Group Drumming

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    Drumheads provide inspirational events, workshops and courses using drums and percussion. You too can enjoy the benefits of drumming by joining into our team building “ice-breaker”, where we’ll have instruments for up to 80 people to make a great rhythmic racket!

    A film about the history of Kirkdale Village

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    Local historian Steve Grindlay and film maker Joyce Treasure look back at the fascinating history of Kirkdale Village – Sydenham’s very first shopping street.

    Glass Foiling

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    Meet glasswork artist and tutor Lucy Winter. Learn about glass foiling. Help Lucy foil the edges of small coloured glass pieces. These will go towards a final glass piece being designed and put together at events held around the Lewisham Borough over the next year.

    Dynamic Yoga – 45-minute taster class

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    A wonderful opportunity to try a dynamic yoga class with registered yoga teacher Adam Murby. A class with creative sequencing and a more energetic pace to introduce deeper moving meditations. Many postures are taught with options for modifications, encouraging students to approach the practice in a way that is best suited to their individual bodies.

    Cookie Decorating

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    Bring the kids to come and make a yummy Christmas treat at Alhambra. Christmas cookies provided for decorating with icing, hundreds and thousands and other delicious toppings. And the best bit is that the cookies can be taken home!

    Come and meet us: St Christopher’s Hospice

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    Come and meet volunteers from St Christopher’s Hospice and find out more about our work in providing and promoting care of the highest quality for dying people.. We will also be selling our Christmas Raffle tickets.

    Christmas time – Eat well and keep the weight off!

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    Come & find out how to enjoy eating Christmas food without feeling deprived and start the New Year feeling good about your eating habits and body.

    Let 2012 be your best year yet!

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    This introduction to life coaching will help you get 2012 off to a great start. Carrie will introduce you to easy-to-use tools that may transform your life next year. It will help you focus on what you really want. Lighten up your life in 2012.

    Meet Sydenham Society

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    Come and meet members of The Sydenham Society, and find out more about what it means to be a member.
    The Sydenham Society was founded in 1972 and has around 1,100 members. Our aim is to be a voice for Sydenham and to make SE26 a better place to live and work.

    Sydenham Community Radio

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    Local people producing local radio – that is what we are about.SCR has no paid staff so there are roles for lots of people, not just presenting. You can learn new skills or contribute your experience. Come along and find out more or come to our next volunteer meeting on Thursday 8th December at 7.45pm. at our studio in Sydenham Road.

    Get a neck and shoulder massage

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    Kirkdale Christmas Pop Up offers you the chance to enjoy a 10 minute soothing through-your-clothes neck and shoulder massage, compliments of Suzy Shand of Vitality Therapies.

    Do the Hula Hoop!

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    Come and hula hoop! Sessions for adults and kids.There are no formal classes: just hoops, danceable music, lots of enthusiasm and encouragement, and some simple coaching for those who are ready for it. You will use the modern version of the hula hoop which is larger, heavier and paradoxically easier to twirl with.

    Community Singing

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    Singer-songwriter / Community musician Janna Goodwille will be running a fun, expressive and fully inclusive session, consisting of a warm up and learning a few short songs from different cultures.

    Un-cooking at Christmas…alternative festive fayre

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    Enjoy xmas…but would like a healthier, option? Fed up with the usual fayre on offer? Looking for an alternative?
    For anyone interested in a healthier lifestyle and a healther Xmas, then come along to Cathy Green’s wonderfully informal and totally informative, ‘un-cooking’ raw vegan, at Xmas, pop up!

    Paint my street

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    Discover how even everyday scenes that we walk past can be just as beautiful as a traditional country landscape painting. The landscapes of London are the local pubs, launderettes and garages – and through this workshop you will have the opportunity to have a go at painting a view of the beautiful south London.


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    Lynne Robinson – talented florist and tutor at Community Education Lewisham – will be demonstrating ideas for a simple, contemporary festive table design. Pick up some ideas including where to buy your fresh materials, and how to incorporate seasonal accessories into your design.

    Christmas Paper-chain making

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    This year have the kids deck your halls with Alhambra’s festive paper chains. Up to eight children per session are invited to come and make a paper chain with Alhambra’s Julia in two 20-minute sessions.

    Spanish Conversation Taster – Traveller’s Spanish

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    Learn a few useful words and phrases for your next trip to a Spanish speaker country. A great opportunity to meet Miguel (from Peru) who teaches conversational Spanish at Alhambra every Weds and Thursday night during term-time.

    Displays about Christmas and Faith

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    The Grove Centre is pleased to be hosting some of the pop-up sessions. There will be a rolling slide show every hour (at quarter to the hour) showing some of the many activities that happen in the Centre and Church, and a static display from the church, with people in attendance to talk to/ask questions

    How to: Make Samosas

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    Why not try something new this Christmas? Just come along to this Pop Up and be shown how to make your own delicious samosas. You choose your favorite combination of ingredients and level of spice with guidance. The samosas will be cooked, for you to keep (and eat).

    Creative Writing Master Class

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    East Dulwich Writers’ Group presents a fun, interactive creative writing workshop. Debi Alper, published author, editor and experienced workshop leader will be giving tips and advice on essential writing skills and demonstrating tools and tricks to get those words flowing .

    Alexandra Carter Sings!

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    Alexandra is a freelance singer specialising in vintage songs from the 30′s to 50′s, with
    accordion, guitar or jazz trio. She loves Piaf, Trenet, Milva, Neapolitan songs, and Classical songs.

    Make Christmas Decorations

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    A great opportunity for kids to come and make Christmas decorations for the tree or for the home. We have a few talented local folk who have volunteered their time and decoration making skills. There will be angels, stars and a whole host of other great decks to make, that will ensure your home is looking truly HomeMade this Christmas…

    Kirsty eat your heart out!

    This Way Up Jolly Laughter Club

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    Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where inviduals come together to laugh with no jokes needed! That is the beauty of it… fully accessible regardless of age, physical fitness, race or culture. When we laugh to bring more oxygen to the body, resulting in new levels of energy and relaxation and bring joy to ourselves and others around us.

    Meet The Green Champion – Sustainability

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    Did you know that you may be entitled to a FREE home energy saving measure from the environmental charity Groundwork, working in partnership with Lewisham Council? There will be a ‘Green Champion’ and ‘Green Doctor’ at the Kirkdale Pop-up to help explain the scheme, answer any questions you might have and book you in!

    Storytelling: The Magic Christmas Tree!

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    The Magic Christmas Tree! An interactive story for children using puppets & props. Why is the tree magical and what happens to it on Christmas Eve? Join us on our exciting journey and make and take home a Christmas decoration. Lots of fun!

    Introduction to Guitar with John

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    Never picked up a guitar before? Our resident minstrel John will be happily strumming away in the Fox & Hounds pub (and probably strolling around around Kirkdale the rest of the time, still strumming) – let him teach you a few cool chords. This could be the start of a beautiful hobby!

    Personal Styling at Antoinette’s

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    Our Styling session will look at the principles of dressing. Learn how to dress for your body shape, how to choose the right colours for your clothes and hair, how to dress appropriately for an occasion, your personality, or your age.

    Law of Attraction in action

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    Join us in this simple introduction on how to harness the most consistent force at work in our lives in order to manifest our desires on a daily basis. Have fun practising the basics of the Law of Attraction: exploring some of the key aspects through some simple processes and reflection on our life experience.

    Meet the Friends of The Horniman

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    Come and meet some Friends of the Horniman, and find out the many benefits of joining, such as invitations to private views and exhibitions, opportunities to be involved in events to support the Horniman and the chance to make new friends.

    YASH Mini Fashion Parade

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    Be one of the Kirkdale glitterati and come along to our mini fashion show at Kirkdale’s famous Costcutter Supermarket where we will be profiling some of the vintage clothing and other clothing that can be purchased at the YASH Charity shop.

    Botanical Drawing

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    Discover the particular skills involved in drawing plants – the beauty of the tiny detail that makes up a single leaf or petal.


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    Kids are invited to come along and get their faces painted in between making Christmas decorations at Holy Trinity Church from 11am-12:45pm. Whether you want to be a Tiger or a Butterfly, you can certainly ensure that you’ll add that something extra at the Fancy Dress Competition!

    Antiques Q&A

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    Bring all your antiques questions to the folks at Behind the Boxes. They’ll give you the benefit of their many years of experience!

    10 Tips for staying crime-free this Christmas

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    A presentation from Forest Hill Police on how to stay safe this christmas. Not to be missed!

    Free blood pressure/sugar tests

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    Get a free blood pressure or blood sugar test from Perfucare, at any time during the Pop Up.

    Christmas Nails

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    Its Christmas – what about your nails? Come in, take a seat and relax and let Theresa take you through some of her tips for Christmas-ing up your nails at home.

    Pop Up Christmas Forest

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    Buy your Christmas Tree from Tomorrow’s People and help fund programmes for young people. Tomorrow’s People is a specialist charitable trust that helps people out of long-term unemployment, welfare dependence or homelessness, into jobs and self-sufficiency.

    YASH Charity Stall

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    YASH (young, achieving, successful, and hopeful – derived from the Hindi word meaning success, distinction and eminence).Come to our stall and whatever you buy will help us to provide new and nearly new quality clothing, toys, books and other resources to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people both at home and abroad.

    Zumba Fest

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    Zumba Fest, where Karolina, our young and lively future Zumba instructor will be showing Kirkdale and the rest of the south east, how Zumba can help them feel good, lose weight, keep fit, have fun and connect with others. Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system.

    Cha Cha Cha (Latin Dance)

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    En Vogue’s star nail-technician Henry will take you through the classic moves of Latin dance. It’s fun, it’s smooth – and we know that you’ve got rhythm. Pop in you, and pop out full to the brim with Cha Cha Cha!

    Make a scented cushion

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    Create your own sanctuary by making a scented cushion made from Lavender or Chamomile flowers, as a gift or for your home.

    Screen Printing

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    Sarah Gursoy-Heuser treats you with her passion for print. Come along and see how you can screen print your own Christmas cards at home – perhaps even print one yourself. The artist’s own work will be available to purchase.

    Jed’s Photographs

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    Jed shares her portfolio of photographs. The artist’s own work will be available to purchase. Grab an opportunity to take a few pictures that will be developed by Jane Frost our photographer and displayed at Lewisham Community Education. This project is to help raise peoples awareness of adult education.