Our Christmas and New Year Opening times…


Our last shopping day for RPS is tomorrow – Saturday 19th December We will be closed Sunday 20th and the following weekend.


The shop will be open through the week  as Lidia and the Craft team will close the shop at the end of the day on

23rd December and re-open on 4th January (Monday-Friday).


RPS will start opening the shop on Saturdays from the Saturday 16th January

no Sunday opening until the West Norwood Feast starts again in April.


We at Rock Paper Scissors London wish all of L’Arche staff, members and supporters as well as  RPS’s customers a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


Two Great Events at L’Arche & RPS 12th December

Facebook Event Page for L'Arche Winter Lights - RPS late opening Events

Would you like to give your loved ones something special for Christmas, help your local charity, local makers AND have HUGE FUN?

Come visit L’Arche & RPS on Saturday in West Norwood as we have two events that you will love.

(Kids welcome!)

RPS are local Artists and makers who create one of a kind work which ranges from kids home decor, toys, jewellery, Art, Prints, Ceramics, Cards and don’t forget L’Arche handmade Christmas decoupage decorations, jewellery, wreaths and lots more – come see!


L’Arche Candle Making Workshop – includes Candle, Cake & Greeting Card

L'Arche Candle making Workshop 12th December


L’Arche are holding their 2nd, extremely popular candle making workshop.

It starts at 11 am and finishes at 4 pm – be prompt as the introduction will go through each step.
Candles also need time to cool down before the bottom is flattened.

£15 admission fee for 1 Candle, 1 Christmas Card & Cake.
The admission fee goes to the charity.

Please RSVP: craft.london@larche.org.uk

click the image below to see more photographs of the first Candle Making Workshop at L’Arche.

Candle Wax - looks like sweets!

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RPS & L’Arche Christmas Fayre

Lots of people came to our Christmas Fayre which meant a lot of cake, mince pies and mulled whisky was consumed so just as well there was a band playing to top it all off!

(note: there were people there but when you produce a large camera people suddenly decide to stand behind the photographer! chickens ;-p)

Music by Uffington 357 – a band from West Norwood (London SE27) playing a beautiful blend of soul, funk and Jazz. with Sue Harvey, Myles Runham and… (I’ll update when I find out! sorry)

RPS, The Stitch & West Norwood Bzz Garage – all projects started by the Open Works project were recently mentioned in the Guardian and you can see Agnes (The Right Stuff Vintage), Tara from the Stitch and Wayne from Bzz Garage photographed and interviewed about these projects.

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Agnès Baumont of Rock Paper Scissors, with Lidia Silaghi, a support assistant with L’Arche. Photograph: Athlyn Cathcart-Keays

read more here: The Guardian Cities

Lidia is the person who will be running the next candle making workshop on the 12th December.




AND it will be late night opening for RPS on the same day – Rum punch anyone? waves hand in the air


Facebook Event Page – come say hi and to let us know you are coming for the Rum Punch … ok… maybe not so RPS and L’Arche can drink it over cooling candles instead 😉



L’Arche & RPS Christmas Fayre – collect coupons for a prize!

L’Arche & RPS Christmas Fayre – collect coupons for a prize!

L'Arche Christmas Decorations - pin cone wreathsL’Arche Christmas Decorations – pin cone ready to be made in to Christmas Wreaths – will be available for sale at the Xmas Fayre.

L'Arche and RPS Christmas Fayre flyer

Spoil yourself and your loved ones this winter with unique hand crafted gifts from our annual Christmas Market!

With a vast array of exciting traditional hand made prints, paintings, cards, textiles and jewellery, our local artists and makers’ stalls will be sure to have something for everyone, so come along and shop until you drop with the added knowledge that you are supporting West Norwood’s creative community.

Our staff will be on hand to supply warming Christmas treats and music to get you into the festive spirit!

Face painting, Christmas Decorations workshop, Live Music, festive cake pops too.



L’Arche & RPS shop window is looking festive

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Baubles made by L’Arche members



How cute is this toy train! (courtesy of Agnes)

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Here’s a few more photos of the shop…


Collect the festive coupons to win a prize

Christmas Coupons to collect to win a prise

click the image above to visit the Facebook event page to collect all 12 coupons – they are shared on twitter too – you can also collect from the main RPS facebook page – see the sidebar 🙂

ps: a huge thank you to Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff for designing all the posters (for L’Arche events as well as for the RPS group) and to Kudret & Aytekin from Odek for printing all the leaflets & posters.

L’Arche Christmas Concert

click to visit the FB event page

The L’Arche London Arkclub Theatre group would like to invite you to their Christmas Concert at All Saints Church, West Dulwich.

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7.30pm!



L’Arche London & RPS Art Trail & Christmas Fayre (prize!)

What a Weekend…

L’Arche and RPS have the Art Trail and the Christmas Fayre – You really have no where else that is more important than coming to L’Arche in West Norwood – the shop next to St Luke’s and their lovely big garden

(Gothic House – Idmiston Road).

see below for some sneak peaks of the Art Work that will be on show & available to buy!

 SE Art Trail – Saturday 21st November

SE Art Trail 21 November SE19 SE20 SE25 & SE27 London

click image to visit the Facebook Event page


L’Arche staff and members taking part in the Art Trail…

Flo Anson – co-ordinator of L’Arche concerts and plays

Has worked at L’Arche London for 16 yrs.
Doing dance drama costume making theatre and music sessions.
Always loved Art and crafts.
Lately started painting again as she had to stop ballet which is her other passion in life.

Flo Anson Painting

Kevin Malcolm

Kevin lives and works at L’Arche London.  He is a non verbal adult with learning disabilities.  He loves nature and particularly birds. He uses visual arts as a medium for communication.

Kevin - L'Arche Member Artwork -Wild Flowers on Black.


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Derek Williams

Derek Williams live and works at L’Arche London.  He is a non verbal adult with learning disabilities who expresses himself through visual art in an abstract way.


recently had an exhibition at L’Arche:


A video posted by @charizagallery on


Derek Williams; Exhibition at The Garden West Norwood London

Derek Williams; Exhibition at The Garden West Norwood London


Oussama Touma – L’Arche Staff

sorry – not sent examples so you will have to attend to see her wonderful work :-)


Rock Paper Scissor members taking part…

Anthony Hodges – Artist

Originally from the northern port of Whitby, Anthony Hodgson has lived in West Norwood, south London since 2002. As an artist, he works mostly in inks and pastels, producing Gothic, Religious and Figurative art. He is inspired by the conflicts within our existence: light, dark; life, death; imprisonment, freedom and the relationships between them. Anthony is also a musician and poet.




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Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff Vintage

Limited edition digital prints

Mid-century graphic designer, art lovers and curious collectors who have lived and journeyed across four continents discovering visually fascinating objets d’art, craft, ephemera and tastes.

Our raison d’être is to ‘revive, share, inspire’ giving beautiful often ignored artifacts a new beginning.

This selection of limited edition prints is part of an on-going series of images influenced by obscure ‘street art’ from our travels, which have been digitally re-worked to capture the vibrance, texture and energy of those places.


  • Agnès Baumont
    Agnès Baumont
    Art, Brooches and Glassware
Agnès Baumont
Art, Brooches and Glassware

    Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff Vintage.

    French born mid-century graphic designer, mother of two, art lover and curious collector. Lived in three continents discovering visually fascinating objets d’art, craft, ephemera and tastes. My raison d’être is to ‘revive, share, inspire’ giving beautiful often ignored artefacts a new beginning.


    Agnes Baumont Framed Art




    Bill Hull

    Photography + Art + Freelance + Design

    Photographic prints and greeting cards, local, London and England, architecture/icons, cityscapes, parks/common land, landscapes, sea/river waterscapes.

    I love working with light to produce images that stick in the mind.

    Freelance Photographer www.billhullphotography.com

    Greeting Cards www.justlocalcards.co.uk

    Prints, cards, cushions, iPhone cases, tote bags, etc.www.pixels.com/art/all/bill+hull/all


    • Bill Hull
      Bill Hull
      Freelance Photographer & Visual Designer
    Bill Hull
    Freelance Photographer & Visual Designer

      When I started in photography, large format plate and rostrum sheet film cameras were normal in studios. I processed and printed (darkroom work) with such formats, in my personal and freelance work I’ve used 35mm SLR’s and large format 6×6 cm twin-lens film cameras. I am familiar with both old and new techniques. Manipulation and enhancement in the past was completed in darkrooms and or as screen prints, but nowadays I use DSLR’s and digital applications, such as Adobe’s Creative Suite – PhotoShop, Illustrator; Lightroom, Affinity – Photo/Design, etc.

      For more than forty years, I have been working as a photographer in London, England, a location that is reflected in my work. I try to capture my part of the world as I observe it and sometimes play with the results (retouch, enhance and manipulate images). I presently sell my work as prints (enlargements) and greetings cards to local businesses including, for example, giftware shops, florists, bookshops and art framers in London at locations of Clapham, Dulwich, Herne Hill and Brixton together with distribution throughout the UK and internationally to offices and homes in the USA and Australia.

      Speciality work includes

      • Product placement studio pack-shots (still-life); studio location food photography/videos; studio location portraits
      • Public relations (PR)
      • Digital image manipulation; processing; retouching; enhancements
      • Teaching photography
      • Land/City/Sea and Waterscapes

      Other skills

      • Typography;
      • DTP/design & scanning;
      • Information technology on Macs
      • Screen printing
      • Pre/post-production video camera & editing

      In my work as a commercial freelance food photographer/video cameraman, I contributed to the publishers Thomson and Cengage, for their Professional Chef and Food & Beverage Services range of books and online videos. I have also taught photography and darkroom skills to others, running courses that demystify photography and simplifying the developing process to all ages and abilities.

      Bill Hull Photography

      Bill Hull Photography

      Janet Rich 

      Paintings – Mosaics – Workshops 

      Janet takes her inspiration from the natural world. Her abstract paintings are a reflection of this. Each one unique, they pulse to a rhythmic, intuitive and felt sense. She aims to cultivate this energy and spirit in her workshops and groups, where process and fun are more important than the finished object.

      Original brightly coloured, hand painted images in gouache on paper in wooden frame. Mosaic tiles decorated with buttons, beads and various colourful, interesting bits and pieces.

      Other works include A4 framed prints of charcoal, ink, pastel drawings and photos. As well as producing her own work Janet is an artist/therapist supporting individuals and groups to find their creativity using a variety of media and techniques.

      Janet Rich Intuitive Painting Janet Rich Sea Gouache painting



      Beth Manderand Clare Haward were invited to Croydon Radio to talk about the SE Art Trail on Janet Smiths Arts Programme yesterday!

      Here is the podcast link and our interview is 35 minutes in…. http://croydonradio.com/upl…/podcast/2015-11-15-14-00-27.mp3

      You can find printed maps in local libraries, coffee shops and other local venues. (click image to visit the main Facebook page)

      Art Trail map - SE London

      A few pictures of the Shop

      This is Agnes… this is what she does when you walk in the door.. she is pointing out her art on the wall and doesn’t want you to miss it 😀

      Agnes pointing out her work!

      L’Arche Handmade Candles…

      Love this Chocolate swirl candle…

      L'Arche Handmade Candles



      L’Arche & RPS Christmas Fayre call out for Makers to come join us.

      The L’Arche charitable community and local maker collective Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) are holding their first Christmas Fayre at the L’Arche Garden in West Norwood on Sunday 22 November.  In addition to selling L’Arche and RPS art and craft work, limited space is being offered to other local makers. (see below for map and photos of the Garden).

      L'Arche and RPS Christmas Fayre flyer

      Up to 12 tables/sections of tables will be available, each with average dimensions of approximately 3 ft by 4 ft.  A variety of tables will be provided in and around the garden of the L’Arche community lodge at 21 Idmiston Road SE27, located inside the garden workshop and greenhouse and outdoors.  While L’Arche will provide the tables and have some tarpaulins and a gazebo to provide protection in the event of bad weather, makers may wish to bring their own covers/gazebos (subject to size and garden location).

      Each table/space will cost £15 and all of the fees will go directly to the L’Arche charity.

      Further information about L’Arche and RPS, including photos of the L’Arche Garden, can be found at: http://www.larche.org.uk

      You can keep up to date on this collaboration via L’Arche and RPS Facebook pages – click images below to visit and follow!

      L'Arche London UK Facebook Page

      Rock Paper Scissors London Facebook Page

      L’Arche will be selling cards, candles and wreaths made by the charity community, so other makers are asked to offer a different range of products.  If you are interested in taking part in the fayre, please email both garden.london@larche.org.uk and makers@rockpaperscissorslondon.co.uk with a description of the work you propose to sell – including photographs, links to your website/blog posts/social media feeds – and an indication of how many tables/spaces you want to hire, confirmation of your public/product liability insurance, etc.

      We would be grateful to receive your email enquiry as soon as possible before 4.00pm on Sunday 1 November please, in order that L’Arche can consider the ideal range of products.  If you are offered space at the fayre, you will be asked to provide payment in person at the L’Arche shop on Norwood High Street or via BACS payment by 4.00pm on Sunday 8 November (please note that fees will be non-refundable after Sunday 8 November).

      Many thanks and we shall hopefully meet you soon.

      Photos by Bill Hull Photography

      Photos by RunnyCustard Photography

      L’Arche Candle Making Workshop in West Norwood

      L’Arche Candle Making Workshop in West Norwood

      Fab Candles at L’Arche Craft Workshop

      The Candle making workshop at L’Arche in West Norwood was a great success – lots of people came and another workshop is being planned!

      Some people asked if it was every weekend!

      Here are some photos of the day – lots of lovely candles and a few ice candles were made too (the round ones with ‘holes’ in them which are beautiful) – the workshop was suppose to last a couple of hours but it went on all day – some people had to go back in order to finish the candles.

      Another workshop will happen possibly the last week of November but we will post up information soon. (see below for L’Arche social media links and for Rock Paper Scissors & The Stitch who will be posting when it will be)

      L'Arche London UK Candle Making Workshop


      L’Arche London UK Twitter

      L’Arche London UK Facebook page



      Rock Paper Scissors London Facebook page



      The Stitch (craft workshop who use the L’Arche craftwork shops on Saturdays)

      The Stitch Facebook Page


      Derek Williams Exhibition at L’Arche Garden

      Derek Williams Exhibition Flyer


      Derek Williams’ Exhibition is on the 29th October at The Garden – Derek is a member of L’Arche London and creates vibrant and colourful work which is for sale and he would like to invite people to come and enjoy the day – Uche, from Maya & Joe (one of RPS members) is making her rum punch and I’m sure there will be nibbles and cake!

      Here’s a little taster of Derek’s work and you can see more on the day.



      Two Girls in the Window of L’Arche

      Polka Dot crazy girls

      Traditional styled cloth art dolls from RunnyCustardMakes are now available at L’Arche in West Norwood – they sit in the window of the new shiny, lovely looking premises that makes everyone sigh with relief when they step through the door!

      The hair accessories are wearable brooches too – if you take one home then you can borrow it any time you like :-)


      RunnyCustard Makes - Cloth Dolls with needle felted hair & brooches to wear
      Check out those needle felted hair buns!


      (Not suitable for young children and are more of a collectors item)

      • Lenny Carter – RunnyCustard
        Lenny Carter – RunnyCustard
        Photographer, Designer - Art, Textiles & Plush
      Lenny Carter – RunnyCustard
      Photographer, Designer - Art, Textiles & Plush

        I’m a freelance Photographer, Retoucher and Designer living in London. I’m also known to dabble in Surface Pattern Design, Arts & Crafts and even Stop Motion Puppets!

        Skills and Experience

        • Website Creation & Social Media Platform set up for small business, individuals and Artists/Makers
        • Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and more.
        • Professional level Photographer.
        • Experience in pattern design, comics, stop motion animation, DTP, typesetting, darkroom print/processing & some film editing.

        I’ve got involved with Rock Paper Scissors group through Makerhood Lambeth who help to teach, support and promote local makers and/or people who wish to start their own business.

        I also co-host ‘The Stitch’, helping new makers in learning new skills in sewing, up-cycling, mending existing clothing and other creative textile projects. Also, assisting with the group’s creator with website creation and social media promotion: including: photography, editing and other technical issues.

        I’m also helping a traditional painter with their photographic and artwork archive, training in software/database and the creation of greeting cards and other products to feature in an Art / Photo Book creation.

        Please visit my main website at RunnyCustard and if you see any work that you are interested in then please contact me and I’m more than happy to help!

        I also licence through Arcangel Images and ‘Works In Print’ offer a corporate service to install my Art in Offices in London and surrounding areas.


        L’Arche Relaunch 1st October 2015 – Wine, Cake Pops & more…



        YES! L’Arche and Rock Paper Scissors London are relaunching their shop in West Norwood next Thursday and we would love you to come for wine and nibbles… yum!

        We may still be knee deep in paint, wood shavings and tools we are determined to be up and running whilst looking as stylish as possible.

        Here’s some more photos of our refurb – L’Arche staff member Paul who also runs the Garden and lots more is a very handy man and is literally building shelving and the displays himself whilst a few RPS members faff about with paint ;-P


        Paul sorting emails as he still have to work whilst painting and building shelving!

        Paul sorting emails as he still have to work whilst painting and building shelving!

        We even roped in Aiden who had some spare time between meetings – did you know that L’Arche have been in that building for 40 years (L’Arche will be celebrating their 50th year soon!) and Aiden is the person raising funds to help improve their entire building as there are a few damp spots and crumbling bits so the place will be decorated again but it could be a few years before they have raised enough funds to do so.


        Aiden & Elaine sorting the little office ready to have the holes filled and painted.

        Aiden & Elaine sorting the little office ready to have the holes filled and painted.

        So pleased that Paul has organised a new carpet… can’t wait to see that installed… here’s a reminder of the old one… ick…


        new carpet soon! thankfully. we had to fill in some holes in the floor and used some spare RPS leaflets to cover them otherwise people stepped in them!


        So please come and visit us to say hi and have a nose at the new shiny white space on Thursday 1st October from 6pm – wine and nibbles (think there is some home baked goodies too!) included 😀


        update: 30th September…

        Apparently, there are shelving units that hate being painted and  repeatedly tries to repel it even after a coat of primer… gargh!

        The night before the launch and we think that we will have it fairly presentable 🙂 if still needs work afterwards we think the wine, cakes, cakepops, snacks, nibbles and healthy stuff will make up for it 😀

        Here’s some more photos and we have lots to do in the morning to be ready at 6pm!


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        Paul drilling holes and Laura painting – me… faffing with my camera!

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        it does look nicer than before!

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        I’ve never thought of wearing a hat to paint but it’s a good idea – I tend to get paint all over me!

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        Paul who works for L’Arche declared he doesn’t actually like DIY… we all stared at him as he was the one that volunteered to do all the work… and has proceeded to do most of the work!

        Wayne from Bzz Garage Wins!

        Congratulations to Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage for winning the ‘Cleaner and Greener Community’ Award.

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        Wayne with his Award!

        Wayne with his Award! (photo taken from the Bzz Garage Facebook page)

        Cleaner and greener community award

        • Wayne Trevor

        Wayne volunteered at the West Norwood Feasts, ran a Trade School growing edible flowers, and has helped local residents with their gardens. For the past year Wayne has dedicated a vast amount of time on a new project called the West Norwood Bzz Garage. He approached the garage and got their permission to transform the space with attractive bee-friendly plants.

        (quoted from Love Lambeth Website – please visit the Love Lambeth Website to see the other winners – well done everyone!

        Wayne receiving his award from the Mayor of Lambeth

        Wayne receiving his award from the Mayor of Lambeth

        Wayne’s project was part of The Open Works scheme to help people in the community to kick start their ideas and help them network with others – the Rock Paper Scissors London group was also part of this and The Stitch too – there are many other groups that are still growing from the Lambeth project which you can read more about it here. The Open Works you will also find their report – which is very stylish and huge! and goes into the why and how plus on how to expand the project to the other parts of the UK!


        Please note the photos are from the sites you can visit by clicking on the images – I was unable to see names of who took them so if you know then I can credit them on this blog post.

        This blog post has also been posted on The Stitch website – Wayne helped the Stitch members to harvest the Lavender outside the West Norwood Bus Station to use for their crafts and helped drag all their materials and sewing machines to their storage place, so he is a very helpful man! 😀