Christmas with RPS & L’Arche


well… it’s nearly December and we have had one Christmas Fayre already at West Dulwich Rosendale Road which went rather well… flippin cold though.3_128x128

So here’s the info on the coming up dates you can find us and L’Arche handmade goodies to give to your loved ones… and yourself obviously

…self love is important! ūüôā


Rock Paper Scissors London and L’Arche will be at the Impact Hub Christmas Market¬†this Friday from 6pm to 10pm at Pop Brixton
Christmas Fayre - Impact Hub, Pop Brixton

You will discover prints, jewellery, food and other crafts created by members of Impact Hub Brixton and other Lambeth creatives which will make your Christmas Gifts totally unique and with an extra warm fuzzy feeling of supporting local small business!

Never been to Pop Brixton before… here’s a map – it’s the container city type structure with tons of food and Christmas spirit!


L’Arche Garden Christmas Fayre with RPS & WN Feast

L'Arche Garden Christmas Faire with RPS & WN Feast

The countdown to our Christmas Fayre on Sunday 4th December¬†10‚Äď4pm at l’Arche Garden, has already started over on our Facebook page – the first 5 contestants to have collected all coupons will win a prize.



6_128x128Want to sell at L’Arche & RPS & WN Feast Christmas Fayre?

If you¬†would like¬†to participate in the Xmas Fayre on Sunday 4th December, I’d be grateful if you would please email me by 3.00pm on Wednesday 30th November.

Hire a table space (approx 3ft x 4ft) at our Xmas Fayre on Sunday 4th December at L’Arche’s Gothic Lodge, 21 Idmiston Road, West Norwood SE27 9HE. The cost will be ¬£10 – payable on Sunday 4th December, which goes to L’Arche, who will be providing tables (indoors and outdoors) and some weather protection. If you would like to bring your own gazebo, please let us know.

Stallholders will need to set up on site at Gothic Lodge from 9.00-9.30am on Sunday 4th December and the Fayre will run alongside the Christmas Feast (on and around Norwood Road/Norwood High Street) from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

We do ask stallholders NOT to sell greetings cards (unless they feature prints of the maker’s own original artworks/photographs), candles or christmas wreaths, please, in order to avoid competing with those products that are handcrafted by the L’Arche charity community.


West Norwood Feast are also selling their new 2017 Calendar so keep an eye out for that Feast fans!


Also The Stitch will have their fundraising stall at the main Feast area in the Church Grounds so check out those handmade goodies – great for stocking fillers too and Christmas decorations all made to help keep the community group free for everyone ūüôā

As well as the huge blanket that is being made with WN Feast to help support the South London Refugee Association.

Have a look at The Stitch blog posts which have lovely photos too.




Oval Christmas Farmers Market

Oval Farmers Christmas Market Poster 2016




Herne Hill Market

Herne Hill Market logo

Congratulations to Herne Hill Market for winning the Time Out Love London awards – it’s not a surprise really ūüėČ

We and L’Arche will be back at Herne Hill Market on the 18th December

Herne Hill Market Winner of Time Out London 2016

City & Country Farmers’ Markets – Oval

City & Country Farmers’ Markets – Oval

L‚ÄôArche and¬†Rock Paper Scissors will be at¬†the¬†City & Country Farmers’ Markets (CCFM)


St Mark’s Church, The Oval

Saturday 12 March



It has a very social feel with friends meeting at our designated outdoor caf√© area to eat some of the delicious food on offer ‚Äď including Oriental Thai food and delicacies from Guadeloupe. If you fancy arts and crafts there are also stallholders selling items such as unique jewellery fashioned from bicycle chains.

The market has proved to be extremely popular not least with the farmers and other food producers who prefer it over other markets, but with shoppers who stagger home with bags full of shopping and come even when the weather is bad.

(paragraph taken from the CCFM website)


Here’s a selection of the goodies that will be available¬†from our collective


 Bunting & Pops

Handmade Skandi Cushions


Jude Caisley

Prints and cards featuring bold and vibrant artwork


The Right Stuff Vintage

Vintage Tins and glassware as well as, brooches, magnets and Artwork featuring Vintage finds


Bill Hull Photography

Framed Photographic Prints and Greeting Cards of the Local Area & more


L’Arche London UK

Handmade Candles, Cards and Decoupage Accessories made by members of L’Arche


Anthony Hodgson

Art Prints and Bracelets for Men



 State of Craft

handmade cards, knitted/crochet accessories and keyrings



 RunnyCustard Makes

handmade creatures and dolls




Photographic Prints and Cards




The Market is just outside Oval Underground Station and next to Kennington Park

Callout for Artists & Makers for the Easter Fayre in West Norwood

The L’Arche charitable community and local maker collective Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) are holding their Easter¬†Fayre at the L’Arche Garden in West Norwood on Sunday 20th March.

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 & RPS Easter Fayre Poster

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:¬†

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

If you are interested in taking part in the fayre, please email both and with a description of the work you propose to sell Рincluding photographs, links to your website/blogs/social media sites Рand an indication of how many tables/spaces you want to hire, confirmation of your public/product liability insurance, etc. Deadline Sunday 13th March

We would be grateful to receive your¬†email enquiry as soon as possible¬†in order that L’Arche can organise the fayre.¬†L’Arche will notify selected stallholders asap in w/b 14th March.

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¬†3.00pm on Friday 18th March¬†(please note that fees will be non-refundable after the 18th March).

Many thanks and we shall hopefully meet you soon.

Photos of L’Arche/RPS Christmas Fayre:

Garden Photos by Bill Hull Photography


Upcoming Events at L’Arche London UK – West Norwood

Saturday 5th September

L’Arche Garden Open Day

Elaine (Bunting & Pops) Husband’s band will be¬†playing ūüôā

L'Arche Open Gardens

Saturday 3rd October

Candle making workshop

I want to go to this – they really have excelled at the new candle shapes! hope to take photos too ūüôā (Lenny)

Sunday 22nd November

L’Arche and RPS Christmas Fayre ¬†– 11.00am‚Äď5.00pm @ l’Arche Gardens.

We will be inviting more local makers to sell at the market – more information available soon.

South Norwood Community Festival – Photos of the Day


The day started off with rain and many stalls didn’t turn up but the sun came out and most of us went home burnt!

Whilst most people enjoyed the music, sunshine and the rather nice breezes, the stall holders had to cling to their work to stop it flying away.

This blog post is also featured on RunnyCustard’s main blog – photo copyright Lenny Carter –

Here’s¬†the ladies standing still and NOT pole dancing!!!

Handmade Palace & RPS_London at South Norwood Community Festival

Here’s Rock Paper Scissors shared table – being part of a collective means ‘newbies’ can help each other ūüôā

Handmade Palace & RPS_London at South Norwood Community Festival
Handmade Palace & RPS_London at South Norwood Community Festival



Uchie a RPS member (Jewellery) had her own stall

Handmade Palace & RPS_London at South Norwood Community Festival

Mandy is a RPS member (painted pots/plants) too and sells at HandMade Palace in Crystal Palace most weeks.

Handmade Palace & RPS_London at South Norwood Community Festival


Here’s a few photographs of the day (the sunny part!)


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South Norwood Community Festival

South Norwood Community Festival

South Norwood Community Festival

Sunday, 5th July 2015 – 11am to 7pm

South Norwood Recreation Ground

South Norwood Community Festival is a free family event a few minute’s walk from Norwood Junction station.

Organised by volunteers to raise money for local charities, SNCF 2015 has a fun fair, music of all kinds, food of every description, and a varied programme of events.

SNCF builds on last year’s successful festival in the park with local legends Boston Brew, Birdogg, Ruby Red, Famous Last Words and Blues Hammer performing, along with another dozen or so bands on the main ‘Roger Piner’ stage.

There is also a second stage, DJ zone, arts and crafts stalls, a wide variety of food and of course a beer tent. We would like to thank all of the local businesses and sponsors who make this event possible.

This festival is for EVERYONE, it’s free, and it’s friendly. (quote from website)


Say Hi to our members who will be on a shared stall: (click images to see them larger!)

Lenny from RunnyCustard & RunnyCustardMakes will be bringing a selection of oddball furry creatures as well as some illustration & photographic prints.





  • Lenny Carter ‚Äď RunnyCustard
    Lenny Carter ‚Äď RunnyCustard
    Photographer, Designer - Art, Textiles & Plush
Lenny Carter ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄėThe Stitch‚Äô, helping new makers in learning new skills in sewing, up-cycling, mending existing clothing and other creative textile projects. Also, assisting with the group‚Äôs 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.



    Elizabeth Tabi will be bringing a selection of her crochet and knitted accessories such as:

    • Elizabeth Tabi
      Elizabeth Tabi
      Crochet & Knitted Accessories
    Elizabeth Tabi
    Crochet & Knitted Accessories
      I’m Elizabeth and I make crocheted and knitted accessories.

      I’ve been crocheting for about 10 years and my excitement is the same as when I first started because there are so many possibilities and always something new to learn. I love the act of using a simple hook to transform lengths of thread into something that is usable, wearable, or a piece of art.

      My background is in Geography and Statistics and whilst studying and working in these fields, crochet always came along with me. Whilst on the surface these subjects may seem far apart from textile work, there are connections: exploration forms a large part of both Geography and the creative process; and calculations are critical to Statistics and to the ability to produce a piece to a specific size.

      My aim when making is to create something fun and functional, with an edge.


      Bill – Bill Hull Photography will be bringing a range of photographic prints, framed, unframed, of various sizes as well as greeting cards

      • 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.



        Festival Map

        The below map details the layout of this year’s Festival in South Norwood’s Recreation Ground, near Norwood Junction Train and Overground station. Рmap and transport info provided by South Norwood Festival website Рclick images to visit their website.

        South Norwood Community Festival 2015 Map

        The park is 14 acres and has three entrances; the main entrance is on Cargreen Road, just 5 minutes from Norwood Junction Train Station. There are also seven main bus routes surrounding the park and there is parking in surrounding roads.

        Buses: 196, 75, 197, 312, 130, 157, 410 & 468 (468 is 5-10 minutes walk)

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