Community at the heart of the Alton

We want people to be inspired by the Alton and for the Alton to be inspired by people. Community will feature strongly in the transformation of the Alton. 

FREE BAUBLE DECORATING WORKSHOP

On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November from 3-4pm on Danebury Avenue (next to the pop-up art gallery), come and decorate your very own wooden bauble to be hung on the Roehampton Christmas Tree!

The baubles have been made from recycled wood by the Roehampton Community Sheds.

Following this, come and see the baubles light up on the tree at the Christmas Tree Light Switch on 30th November at 4pm with the Mayor of Wandsworth.

Christmas Tree Light Switch On & Schools Lantern Parade

Christmas Tree Light Switch On

Come to the top of Danebury Avenue, near the junction with Roehampton Lane, to see the Christmas Tree Light Switch On & Schools Lantern Parade. The event will take place at 4pm on Tuesday 30th November and will be attended by the Mayor of Wandsworth.

SHARE THE LOVE

Come along to support Age UK in writing handmade Christmas cards to every isolated older resident in our community. If you'd like to write your positive message of support, come along on 2nd December at 3:30pm to the Alton Arts Hub, Portswood Place.

OVER 55s PANTO

Performed by the Rah Rah Theatre Company on 3rd December, this free rendition of Dick Whittington is an original pantomime with a twist. The afternoon is set to provide free, enjoyable adult entertainment for anyone aged 55 or over.

The show has plenty of songs, dancing and comedy for the audience to join in with and enter into the Christmas Spirit!

Festive refreshments will be served. Please bring a bottle too!

Contact Jo Baxter or call 07974586335 for your ticket.

Performed by the Rah Rah Theatre Company on 4th December, this free rendition of Dick Whittington is an original pantomime with a twist! The afternoon is set to provide bountiful entertainment for all ages!.

The show has plenty of songs, dancing and comedy for the audience to join in with and enter into the Christmas Spirit!

Festive refreshments will be served, and the show will take place at 3:30pm at Alton Activity Centre, Ellisfield Drive.

Contact Jo Baxter or call 07974586335 for your ticket.

ROEHAMPTON CHRISTMAS MARKET 2021

ROEHAMPTON CHRISTMAS MARKET 2021 - CALL FOR MAKERS & BAKERS

If you are a baker, craft maker or local organisation looking to sell your homemade goods, or raise funds, how about taking a stall at the Roehampton Christmas Market? The market will take place on Saturday 11th December in Portswood Place. Stalls are £10 each. We are also looking for choirs, singers or bell ringers to take part.

Contact Jo Baxter for more information.

Children

Children "lend a hand" in creating Fontley Way hoarding

Children from the neighbouring Alton Community Playschool had 'a hand' in creating the colourful design for a vibrant new hoarding installed around the Fontley Way development site.

The children, aged between two and four, spent a fun, messy morning painting handprints which were incorporated in the final design of the hoarding which spans 40 metres and will enhance the area prior to and during construction.

The site, which was previously the home of the One O'Clock Club, has been boarded up whilst work on the plans for the development of 14 new affordable homes progresses. Planning permission was obtained in September 2020 and the team is currently in the final stage of the design process for the building, which will lead to the start of construction."

Panel of Art

Pop-up Panel of Art on Danebury Avenue

Disused window panels are being put to creative use by local artists and schools to create a pop-up art gallery on Danebury Avenue. The large window panels were destined for landfill until they were donated by one of Wandsworth Council's major works contractors. Estate Art are curating the Panel of Art exhibition with support from the Community Engagement & Cultural Co-ordinator Jo Baxter and the Alton regeneration team.

Jo Baxter explains: "More than 20 large window panels were donated to Lynne, the founder of Estate Art, and she is priming them and distributing them to professional artists, amateur art enthusiasts and schools to create pictures that will feature in the pop-up gallery."  

Hoardings are being put in place around the old Co-op and chemist's at the entrance to Danebury Avenue, which are currently empty. The hoardings will be painted white to take on the appearance of a gallery wall. The panels produced for Estate Art will then be professionally and securely hung on the hoarding to provide a massive outdoor gallery. Panel of Art will be available for everyone to enjoy, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The gallery will remain in situ for an estimated six months. Opening day will be 5 July 2021, to coincide with the start of Roehampton Community Week. There is a concert planned to celebrate the opening.