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The TARA Hallowe’en Ceilidh

Saturday 26th October 2019

Wheatsheaf Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane (off South Lambeth Road) London SW8 2UP

·         7pm Doors 
·         7:30pm Dancing
·         10:30pm Carriages, ambulances, hearses

Tickets £10 ·  Fancy dress prizes ·  Bring your own drink ·  …and a little food to share on the buffet table

TARA Ceilidh 2019

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FAQ Frequently asked (and therefore quite annoying) questions

Can I buy tickets on the door?
No, tickets must be bought in advance. We don’t want to be faffing around with money and tickets when there’s reeling and jigging to be done.

Do I need to know how to dance?
No. A caller explains the steps before each dance. No experience is necessary.

Do I have to wear fancy dress?
No, but you won’t win any prizes either. Most people make a bit of an effort.

Is there a bar?
No, bring your own drink. We’ll supply receptacles.

Do I have to bring food?
Traditionally,  everyone brings a contribution for the shared buffet table. This has always worked well in the past but if it’s all a bit communist for your tastes, do your own thing.

What if I have food allergies?
Leave them at home. Seriously, though, eat at home. You must know the drill by now.

What about children?
Come one now, no-one wants to eat children. Oh, I see what you mean. Yes, children are admitted. £10. Same price as an adult on the basis that they use the same number of chairs (1).

Got any other questions?
We’d love to hear them. Bored of these ones. Email

Photos from last year's event ...

50 wayward plants successfully bedded in

50 plants used at the RHS Hampton Court flower show were given new leases of life in the TARA area yesterday.

A few days earlier, TARA were told we’d been selected as one of the community groups to take part in the re-homing scheme run by the House of Wayward Plants, the RHS’s reuse partner.

Andrew, Ben, Peregrine and Roberto drove to the distribution hub at Morden Hall where they were allowed to choose 50 plants. They took a broad range including dahlias, ornamental grasses, broom, hazelnut trees and quite a few unidentified ones.

Once back in South Lambeth, Ben and Peregrine set to work plating on the Dorset Road / Meadow Road build-out, while Andrew and Roberto were joined at the pocket park (in the Tradescant Road spur near St Stephen’s Terrace) by Daisy, Helen H, Indiana, Mike, Penny, and Simon. An amazing morning’s work. Thanks to everyone.


We’re adopting homeless plants from Hampton Court flower show

TARA is thrilled to be one of the community groups selected to help re-home plants from this year’s RHS Hampton Court flower show.

Big thanks to the House of Wayward Plants which is the Official Reuse Partner for the RHS and has helped millions of plants to get a new life after being used at Chelsea, Hampton Court etc.

We don’t yet know what we’re getting or how many of them, but that’s part of the excitement.

We’re picking the plants up on Saturday morning (13 July 2019) at 9am and expect to be planting them by 10:30am or so. If you want to pitch in and help, come and find us – we’ll base ourselves at the ‘pocket park’ on Tradescant Road near St Stephen’s Terrace. Bring a garden fork if you have one.

The plants are for use in the pocket parks, build-outs and planters in our streets, so if you have one near to you that you think merits attention in the form of fresh planting, feel free to come along and bag some plants for it.


PS: There was an interview with House of Wayward Plants on the BBC’s flower show coverage last Friday. You can still catch it on the BBC iPlayer for another few weeks (interview starts at 50:30)

Yes, people got wet but TARA’s street party 2019 was no washout

Say what you like about the people round here but they do know how to throw a street party.

A groaning buffet table, silly games, sunshine, music, samba, drag and a high-pitched waterbomb fight between residents and outsiders (or ‘guests’ as they are sometimes called) are the key ingredients for success, we feel.

For videos of the action, see this post on Facebook.

Loads of people contributed by organising, setting up,  clearing up, bringing food and drink or even just by turning up (eventually). But special thanks are due to Heidi for organising the games, Bhavini for her microphone skills, Mick for putting together a sound system for us, and — of course — to Mike for making it all happen at all.

Roll out the barrels…

A big thanks to everyone who turned up on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June 2019 to help paint and plant the barrels that now grace the north entrance to Tradescant Road. 

Even bigger thanks to Helen and John for organising it all.

Helen had successfully applied for funding from the Veolia Recycling Fund for Communities to pay for much of this project. Fantastic stuff.

She also went to a a huge amount of trouble researching the plants themselves — each one is associated with the Johns Tradescant in some way. 

The hope is that these planters will mark out this area as unmistakably residential and discourage some of the ant-social behaviour which the weekends often bring. 

Diary date: Saturday 22 June 2019 for our annual street party

Put the date in your diary now: Saturday 22 June 2019 for our annual street party on the north tine of Tradescant Road which will be closed to traffic.

As ever, it will be a fabulous afternoon of food and drink, fun and games.

The fun starts at midday and goes on until 4pm (officially).

Just bring food and drink to share.

See you there!

Keep abreast of things through the event page on Facebook.