What will you make in 2014…

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Welcome to another exciting and creative year! We are very excited about our 2014 workshop programme and are looking forward to sharing this with you very soon.  We are now in our fourth year, and in 2013 we have been blown away by all the lovely creative people we have met, all the things you have made, our talented tutors,  wonderful hosts at the Railway and Gorringe Pubs and Ben’s Canteen and generous funding for special events with Wandsworth Arts, Brick Box and Kingston First.

We are having a little holiday, so our 2014 programme will begin after Easter.  If you would like to be one of the first to see details of this, please join our mailing list and email Gillian at Crafty Pint.  And for younger Crafty Pinters, we now have Moocat Makers Crafty Club for Boys and Girls at the Railway Pub.

Thanks for all your support and look forward to seeing what you make in 2014!

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January 30, 2014 at 00:49 Leave a comment

Xmas Pint – Weds 11th December – 7pm

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This year’s Xmas Pint will be a cosy evening of crafting a handmade christmas at the Railway Pub in Streatham.   Join us for an evening weaving willow stars and wreaths, felting baubles and new for this year, print yourself a set of festive napkins!

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We are very excited to have Geraldine back with her willow workshop, this was very popular last year and lots of fun.  Carol will be joining us with her popular felting workshops and showing you how to turn brightly coloured fleece into festive baubles.

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Gillian will be sharing her passion for lino printing and helping you to print a set of festive napkins, perfect for a handmade present!

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 Bookings

At our mini Xmas Pint you can pick and mix your workshops and pay as you go for whatever you make.  Crafty Pint workshops are friendly and informal. We will provide tons of materials to choose from as well as lots of examples, one-to-one help and demonstrations.  Suitable for beginners, no experience needed.

Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place. The workshop fees are payable cash on the day.

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Workshops take place in the Railway Pub’s new tea rooms where you can also sample delights from local bakers The Wren Sisters as well as The Railway’s menu of independent ales and wines and yummy pub meals.

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

The Railway pub is just across the road from Streatham Common station, served by Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Balham and Victoria and is accessible from Tooting, Streatham and surrounding areas.

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December 3, 2013 at 20:52 Leave a comment

Christmas workshops with Crafty Pint

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Our next workshops at The Railway pub will be christmas themed evenings making gifts, decorations and cards.

Wednesday 13th November from 7.30pm

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Flaming Nora will join us for an evening making fabric wreaths and festive dangles! Jane from Flaming Nora is a talented seamstress and her wreath making workshops were very popular at last year’s Xmas Pint. Jane will demonstrate fabric wreath making using scrap fabrics and ribbons and will show you how to transform cotton reels into pretty festive decorations.

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Xmas Pint Wednesday 11th December from 7.30pm

We will be holding a mini Xmas Pint in December.  Join us for an evening weaving willow stars and wreaths, felt baubles and new for this year, print yourself a set of festive napkins!

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We are very excited to have Geraldine back with her willow workshop, this was very popular last year and lots of fun.  Carol will be joining us with her popular felting workshops and showing you how to turn brightly coloured fleece into festive baubles.

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Gillian will be sharing her passion for lino printing and helping you to print a set of festive napkins, perfect for a handmade present!

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Bookings

Our thee-hour workshops cost £20 and all materials and tutors are included.  At our mini Xmas Pint you can pick and mix your workshops and pay as you go for whatever you make.  Crafty Pint workshops are friendly and informal. We will provide tons of materials to choose from as well as lots of examples, one-to-one help and demonstrations.  We make sure you go home with something you have finished! Suitable for beginners, no experience needed.

Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place. The workshop fees payable cash on the day.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREWorkshops take place in the Railway Pub’s new tea rooms where you can also sample delights from local bakers The Wren Sisters as well as The Railway’s menu of independent ales and wines and yummy pub meals.

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

The Railway pub is just across the road from Streatham Common station, served by Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Balham and Victoria and is accessible from Tooting, Streatham and surrounding areas.

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October 16, 2013 at 21:52 Leave a comment

Autumn workshops

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We will be popping up at Wandsworth Open Studios with a tea towel printing workshop and pottery painting during the first two weekends of October (5th and 6th October) and (12th and 13th October).  Drop in and have a go! Email gillian@craftypint.co.uk for more details.

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We will be experimenting with lino prints and printing cushions and tea towels at The Railway this Wednesday 9th October from 7.30pm. Email gillian@craftypint.co.uk to find out more and book a place (£20pp). Here are some pics from our last workshops for inspiration.

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Tooting workshops

We are taking a short break from our Tooting workshops while we go on some adventures of our own with our new family. The Gorringe Park Pub have been brilliant and we are looking forward to returning in 2014!  In the meantime, we will be running ad hoc events and will keep you posted.

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October 5, 2013 at 02:21 Leave a comment

Summer workshops

Coming up next in Tooting will be willow weaving with Geraldine and screen printing cushion covers with Justine Ellis, and after a summer break, Alex will start our autumn workshops in Streatham with a knit a phone (or camera) cover class.

Saturday 3rd August 2pm to 5pm – Willow weaving with Geraldine – Gorringe Park Pub Tooting

Geraldine’s workshops were so popular at our Xmas Pint, that we have invited her back for an afternoon of making baskets and sculptures.  At our Xmas Pint, Geraldine showed people how to make stars and wreaths, at this three h0ur workshop, she will  show you how to make a choice of tray or a small basket as well as plenty of samples and doodles to help you learn different weaving techniques for your own projects.  We will work with prepared willow (soaked and mellowed); newspaper, and whatever plant leaves are available on the day and learn different techniques such as cordage, coiling, looping and basic basket-making.  At the end of the workshop you will come home with a choice of woven tray, willow ‘sunflower’ or fish, your own hand made string, plus whatever you turn it into.  Dirty hands and worn fingers an added extra!

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Geraldine grew up with textile handy-work in a ‘make-do-and-mend’ sort of way.  She turned to making baskets, plus weaving, spinning and dyeing, in a moment of disillusion at the allotment – ‘How is it that weeds manage to grow so quickly and so well in next to no space?’ She organized a series of alternative workshops hoping to find some use for those dreadful weeds. The outcome has been a fascination with world-wide and age-old techniques of basket-weaving. Geraldine uses whatever natural material comes to hand – plus newspaper which comes in conveniently large quantities, very cheaply.

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Saturday 7th September 2pm to 5pm – Screen print a cushion cover with Justine Ellis – Gorringe Park Pub

Join talented screen printer Justine Ellis for an afternoon learning how to create your own designs, make up screens and print up your own cushion to take home.  Justine Ellis is a London based printmaker and designer who specialises in original, hand screen printed, art and homewares.  Her designs have a bold, textural quality reminiscent of mid century textiles and ceramics. She will share her approach to printing, where each print begins life as a drawing or paper cut collage before being transfered into a silk screen print. Justine is also an experienced tutor having taught teenagers with special educational needs before finding her home within the inky world of screen printing and now she can be found teaching adults to screen print and designing and facilitating arts workshops for young people.

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Bookings

The thee-hour workshops cost £20 and all materials and tutors are included.  We will provide tons of materials to choose from as well as lots of examples, one-to-one help and demonstrations.  Suitable for beginners, no experience needed!  Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place.

Gorringe Park Pub

29 London Road, Tooting SW17 9HW

Next to Tooting rail station or 44, 77, 264, 270, 280, 355 buses from Tooting Broadway.

Wednesday 11th September 7.30pm – 10.30pm – Knit a phone cover – The Railway Streatham

Join talented south London artist Alex who will share her love of knitting with you.  Alex has devised some simple yet effective knitting patterns so you can knit a cute cover for your phone.  Learn to knit and protect your phone from bumps and knocks with a super cool, but snug knitted cover. This workshop is suitable for all abilities.  Alex will show you the basics of knitting and provide one-to-one trouble shooting.

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Bookings

The thee-hour workshops cost £20 and all materials and tutors are included.  We will provide tons of materials to choose from as well as lots of examples, one-to-one help and demonstrations.  Suitable for beginners, no experience needed!  Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place.

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

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July 15, 2013 at 09:56 Leave a comment

Make Your Own Fete – Saturday 13th July

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We have all sorts of treats lined up for you at our crafty fete.  Join us for a day of haberdashery happenings and sewing shenanigans at the The Railway Pub from 11am until 3pm.  Here are some of the fun and games we have lined up for you…

Pet Parade – make outfits for your toy pets and teddies for the toy pet parade
Vegetable sculptures – create animals and mystical creatures from fruit & veg kindly donated by Sheringhams.
Glamourous accessories– sew brooches, fascinators and adorn yourself
Flags to wave – print a flag and wave on the carnival
Silk screen print your own bag – perfect for the farmers market
Bet your buttons on the crafty roulette reel of fortune
Try your luck on the haberdashery tombola
Make doves for the Railway olive tree
Felting fishes – learn wet felting and make a bright fish
Painting by numbers – colour in our giant picture of The Railway
Seaside photos – take a peak through our end of pier board
Crafty Fortune teller – cross her palm with a button…
Roll a button – a game of skill and buttons!
Face painting

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And did we mention prizes!  We have been scouring the streets for the best vintage haberdashery treasures and crafting handmade gifts for you to win!

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And here is Jane with her beautiful banner, currently on display in The Railway.

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This event is part of the Streatham Festival and co-incides with the Lane & Vale Carnival and The Railway pub farmers market. The carnival parade will feature the famous Giant Mechanical Elephant, The Binbots, Bollywood Brass Band, Vintage Cars, and much more! A lively high energy carnival parade will depart Streatham Common at 10:30am with a second parade departing Streatham Vale at 12 noon. After the carnival and fete, take a stroll up Greyhound Lane to join the Streatham Festival on Streatham Common for a glamorous afternoon of dancing, tea and fun.

Join us on Saturday 13th July for an afternoon of crafty fun.  There is no need to book, there will be lots of activities to choose from and workshops are suitable for all ages.  Please do email Gillian at Crafty Pint If you would like more information.

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Saturday 13th July, from 11am until 3pm

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2 Greyhound Lane, Streatham SW16 5SD

Opposite Streatham Common Station.

July 8, 2013 at 10:59 1 comment

Saturday 6th July – Saucy Postcard Textile Workshop!


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Join Flaming Nora for an afternoon of saucy stitchery at our regular Tooting workshops!  We all know them, we titter at them, we all love them, now’s your chance to make  your own Saucy Seaside postcards.  Spend the afternoon mixing up collages of fabrics, trims and papers to make some old fashioned summery postcards.  Learn how to applique and collage with textiles. They are fun to make and will have you sniggering all day long!  We will bring our collection of spots, stripes and vintage fabrics and trims as well as a selection of seaside images for you to choose from. Make one or a set! Send them to your friends or frame a cheeky pair for your wall.  Jane is an amazingly talented seam mistress, she makes costumes for west end theatre productions as well as her own fabulous creations.  She will have lots of nifty techniques and skills to share at this perfect summer workshop.

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The Gorringe Park is a beautiful, welcoming pub next to Tooting rail station and just a short walk or quick bus ride from Tooting Broadway. They serve a fab menu ranging from British tapas to yummy desserts and have lots of light, space and even a garden and a cinema. Ed and Josh have been very welcoming and are very keen to make the Gorringe Park community pub with lots of events for Tooting people to enjoy.

This three hour workshop costs £20 and includes all your materials and tutors.  We will provide tons of contemporary and vintage fabrics and trims for you to choose from and our tutors will be on hand to give you demonstrations and one-to-one advice. Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to book a place.

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Saturday 6th July 2pm – 5pm

Gorringe Park Pub

29 London Road, Tooting SW17 9HW

Next to Tooting rail station or 44, 77, 264, 270, 280, 355 buses from Tooting Broadway.

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June 20, 2013 at 06:26 Leave a comment

July workshops

We have all sorts of crafty treats lined up for out July workshops, from mosaics at Ben’s Canteen to saucy summer postcards at the Gorringe Park and needle felting at The Railway.  Take your pick from our crafty offerings from our talented local artists and designers and just drop me an email to book up an afternoon or evening of creative fun. These three-hour workshops costs just £20 and include tuition, examples, inspiration and lots of materials to choose from.  We go out of our way to make sure you have lots of choice so you can play and experiment with a range of materials that you may not have access to at home.  We ensure our groups don’t get to big, and always have enough tutors to provide one-to-one help as well as group demonstrations. Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint if you want to reserve a place, further details of all the workshops are below.

Monday 1st July 7pm to 10pm – Mosaic Making – Ben’s Canteen, Clapham

Lovely mosaic artist Concetta Perot will be showing us the beauty of broken glass and pottery and transforming these into tiles and wall hangings.  Concetta’s work is very much in demand and her classes are often booked up, so we are are very lucky to have her join us at Ben’s Canteen for our Monday evening workshop. Concetta will demonstrate mosaic skills and show you how to make your tiles into coasters and hanging decorations. Get some inspiration from our last workshop with Concetta.

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Ben’s Canteen, is on St John’s Hill, just a hop and skip up the road from Clapham Junction.  Ben is a big fan of Etsy and all things handmade, reflected in the decor of his very lovely cafe-bar serving delicious coffee, yummy food, and a decadent range of gin!
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140 St John’s Hill

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Train to Clapham Junction or one of the many buses that stop on St. John’s Hill, including the 37, 39, 87, 156, 170 or 337.

Saturday 6th July 2pm-5pm – Saucy summer postcards –  Gorringe Park Pub, Tooting
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Join Flaming Nora for an afternoon of saucy stitchery at our regular Tooting workshops!  We all know them, we titter at them, we all love them, now’s your chance to make  your own Saucy Seaside postcards.  Spend the afternoon mixing up collages of fabrics, trims and papers to make some old fashioned summery postcards.  They are fun to make and will have you sniggering all day long!  We will bring our collection of spots, stripes and vintage fabrics and trims as well as a selection of seaside images for you to choose from. Make one or a set! Send them to your friends or frame a cheeky pair for your wall.  Jane is an amazingly talented seam mistress, she makes costumes for west end theatre productions as well as her own fabulous creations.  She will have lots of nifty techniques and skills to share at this perfect summer workshop.

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The Gorringe Park is a beautiful, welcoming pub next to Tooting rail station and just a short walk or quick bus ride from Tooting Broadway. They serve a fab menu ranging from British tapas to yummy desserts and have lots of light, space and even a garden and a cinema. Ed and Josh have been very welcoming and are very keen to make the Gorringe Park community pub with lots of events for Tooting people to enjoy.

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29 London Road, Tooting SW17 9HW

Next to Tooting rail station or 44, 77, 264, 270, 280, 355 buses from Tooting Broadway.

Wednesday 10th July – Needle Felting with Carol – The Railway Pub, Streatham

Discover the delights of felting with Carol Grantham . Carol’s feltmaking workshops are fun and popular and we are very pleased that she is returning to Crafty Pint with a fabulous new needle felting workshop (you can see photos of Carol’s last workshop here). Carol will show you all you need to know to make your own needle felted garden birds, sharing her skills and knowledge of this lovely textile art. You can also make little felted brooches to wear.  We have lots of fun ideas to choose from on the summer garden theme from snails to ladybirds!

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Carol will bring natural fleeces in an array of different colours and demonstrate basic and decorative needle felting  techniques as well as how to transform your felt into a small sculptured piece or brooch.  You can see what we made at Carol’s last workshops here! Perfect for beginners, or for those who have tried wet felting before and fancy learning something new. We have lots of wonderful colours for you to choose from…

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 The Railway

2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD

Opposite Streatham Common Station.

And don’t forget our special Make your own Fete for Streatham Festival at the Railway on Saturday 13th July from 11am until 3pm.

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June 14, 2013 at 09:51 Leave a comment

Make your own fete!

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Crafty Pint and The Railway bring you a summer fête with a huge dose of crafty and a side show of make do and mend. We will be taking over the pub garden and transforming it into a crafty hub of fun and creativity.

At our summer fête with twist, we invite you to spend an afternoon creating, making and up-cycling with Streatham’s talented artists and designers. Learn something new at our creative workshops, dress-up in our glamour booth with your own handmade accessories, make mini outfits for your toy pets and then take part in the Best in Show Parade. Create vegetable sculptures, win prizes in our crafty tombola, and many more handmade shenanigans from felting and stitching to stamping and printing!  All ages are welcome to come and join in and make your own fête!

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This event is part of the Streatham Festival and co-incides with the Lane & Vale Carnival and The Railway pub farmers market. The carnival parade will feature the famous Giant Mechanical Elephant, The Binbots, Bollywood Brass Band, Vintage Cars, and much more! A lively high energy carnival parade will depart Streatham Common at 10:30am with a second parade departing Streatham Vale at 12 noon. After the carnival and fete, take a stroll up Greyhound Lane to join the Streatham Festival on Streatham Common for a glamorous afternoon of dancing, tea and fun.

Jane has made a beautiful banner for The Railway Pub, well worth dropping in for a preview of what we will have on offer.

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Join us on Saturday 13th July for an afternoon of crafty fun.  There is no need to book, there will be lots of activities to choose from and all workshops are drop in.  Workshops will mainly be low prices, including many free activities.  Please do email Gillian at Crafty Pint If you would like more information.

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Saturday 13th July, from 11am until 3pm

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

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June 14, 2013 at 09:11 Leave a comment

Take part in Save the Children’s race against hunger

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At our  Crafty Pint at the Railway Pub on 12th June, we are very proud to be hosting an evening with Save the Children and the Craftivist Collective’s I’m a Piece project.  This special evening will take place during the run up to the UK  hosting the 2013 G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland on 17 – 18 June 2013.  World leaders could provide the necessary funding to transform the lives of millions of children affected by malnutrition.  Despite enormous progress in other areas – such as a halving in the number of child deaths over the last two decades – malnutrition still affects millions of children around the world.  Save the Children have been campaigning to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger.  Chronically malnourished children are on average nearly 20% less literate than those who have a nutritious diet.  Not having a nutritious diet can severely impair a child’s ability to read and write a simple sentence and answer basic maths questions correctly – regardless of the amount and quality of schooling they have received.  Save the Children Chief Executive Justin Forsyth explains: “… poor nutrition is capable of seriously damaging a child’s life chances before he or she even sets foot in a classroom.”

One campaign to raise awareness of child hunger has been I’m a Piece.  Over 700 people have hand stitched jigsaw pieces with messages to MPs asking them to work towards reducing world hunger. You can read more about I’m a Piece here and here.

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I’m a Piece is the result of an amazing collaboration between the Craftivist Collective, Save the Children and the craft community and is touring the UK to support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign.  This is what they say about the project..

“Life is like a puzzle, it all seems a mess but when it gets finished it looks brilliant. This project aims to show that we are all connected and our actions make a difference. There is no one solution to the problem of injustice but we can all play a part in a movement for change. We are supporting Save the Children because, as well as being a conscious consumer, this is a vital time to effect long-term change through campaigning and meeting your MP. We can’t miss this opportunity.”

Save The Children/Craftivist Installation evening at The Peoples History Museum Manchester.

Join us on Wednesday 12th June to see this very beautiful and moving collection of hand stitched jigsaw pieces, hear more about the project and craft activism and stitch you own jigsaw piece to add to I’m a Piece.  If you would like to make a jigsaw piece to bring on the night, you can download a template here and follow the instructions here. Otherwise, come along in the evening and we will provide everything you need to make your own jigsaw piece and message.  There is no need to book, but if you would like me to reserve you a table, please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a table or seat.

I’m a Piece Workshop

Wednesday 12th June, from 7.30pm.

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

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