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St Peter’s Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting and Summer Party



St Peter’s Residents’ Association celebrates its ruby anniversary at the annual general meeting and Summer Party on Saturday 1st July at The Carpenters Arms on Black Lion Lane.  The SPRA was established in 1977 and is open for membership to all residents in the immediate and surrounding area.  Its objectives are the maintenance of the quality of life in the area, the fostering of positive community relations and the prevention of undesirable changes to the neighbourhood whilst encouraging improvements.  This brilliant and established local organisation is part of what makes the St Peter’s area of Hammersmith such a special and desirable place to live.

The AGM begins at 6pm and this is free to attend – everyone is welcome!

From 7pm the drinks will flow and the summer party will begin.  The Carpenters Arms will fire up the BBQ at 7.30pm.

The SPRA are on the hunt for founder or ‘early’ members of the residents association.  If you have photographs, memories or any other materials from the past 40 years that are to do with the association, please be in touch and let them know.

Tickets cost £10 for members and £15 for non-members and can be purchased in advance on www.spraweb.net or email contact@spraweb.net.  Your first drink is included in the cost of the ticket as is the delicious BBQ.

Addison Singers – Summer Concert 2017


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Horton and Garton is proud to support the Addison Singers charity, one of west London’s longest running and most established  group of choirs.  The summer concert will be held on Saturday 8th July at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church in Fulham Fields.  The concert brings together three of the group’s choirs – the Jazz Ensemble, the Oratorio Choir and the Chamber Choir, each making their own ‘solo’ contributions, singing music ranging from Gershwin to Elgar, Chilcott to Pearsall and including an entertaining cycle of folk-song arrangements by well known local composer Cecilia McDowall.

The concert will provide a variety of music and a thoroughly enjoyable evening of music on a beautiful summer’s eve.  To top off the evening, Pimm’s will be available!

Tickets are available via https://www.addisonsingers.com/event/addison-singers-summer-concert/

Tickets: £13 adults / £11 concs / £3 under 16’s in advance (+ booking fee), £15 / £13 / £3 on the door.

 

The Musical Director is David Wordsworth; Conductors are David Wordsworth & Matthew Hough.

Why we’re the best in the west: sales and lettings summer case studies


We keep our clients at the heart of our business.  It’s not just marketing blurb, it’s part of our mission statement at Horton and Garton.  Our vendors and landlords are at the centre of every viewing, each phone call and email.  We strive to achieve the best for them and their properties.  If you’re thinking of selling or letting in Hammersmith, Chiswick, Shepherds Bush or Fulham and only the best will do, give us a call; your most valuable asset will be handled with care.  Read on for recent examples of our superior practice in estate agency.

We’re number one for lettings in Hammersmith.  Here’s just one example of why we’re market leaders by a west London mile:

Flat to let: Edith Road, W14

  • 11 viewings on the first two days of showing the property
  • 6 offers by the end of the second day
  • Best and final bids/offers resulting in the highest offer being 7% over asking price
  • Let agreed within 3 days of the first viewing
  • Let in advance of the move date with no void period
  • We now have several disappointed applicants looking for a similar home in the area

 

Our sales team is on a roll!  With double figure sales in the last two months, we never stop working for our clients and their properties.  Here’s one example of how we go above and beyond:

House for sale: Iffley Road, Brackenbury Village, W6

  • Multimillion pound house in Brackenbury Village
  • Buyer secured and contracts exchanged within 22 days from first visiting and valuing the property
  • “Thanks to your sales team, the process has been perfect… well mannered, attentive and patient with regards to our needs. I really cannot be more satisfied with the whole experience.” –Client feedback

Picking up the pieces – why choose an independent agent from the start


For most of us, our properties represent our most valuable assets. When we are looking to sell or let, we want to maximise our return. The temptation to instruct the estate agency that presents you with the most attractive figure is understandable. Many agencies will tell you exactly what you want to hear, presenting you with a pumped up, inflated price tag simply to get the property on their books. “Another listing secured – tick!” The manager is pleased because they are closing in on his monthly target for new listings, even though few of them will actually sell or let.

I can understand the temptation. It’s hard not to be seduced by the highest number… but they’re setting you up for failure. There’s one small matter before you can proceed - the contract that binds you in for an 8 to 12 week exclusivity period. A week or two in and your property is now languishing on the market with no new interest or viewings scheduled.

Another week goes by the excuses start rolling in, but you have an unbreakable contract of exclusivity so you can’t market the property with another agent. The agency will blame political or economic events, Stamp Duty changes, Brexit, Trump, the financial crash of 2007, the cold war, the kitchen sink. You’re presented with a dossier of research to back up their claims complete with bar graphs and pie charts leading back to the conclusion that it’s not their fault. They’ll blame everything but their sheer incompetence, unprofessionalism and inability to treat buyers and vendors alike with the honesty and integrity they deserve.

Surely dropping the price once or twice will do the trick. Once you agree, a stream of buyers or prospective tenants flood through the doors but from the feedback you receive it turns out many of them were unsuitable… they’re looking for a townhouse with a large garden when yours is a top floor flat. It’s not just you that is losing patience - the buyers and tenants are fed up with the agents who are bringing them to see irrelevant properties. Credibility and trust are lost and the sales or letting process unravels leaving you to start from scratch. Meanwhile, your property has been on the market for several months with no suitable offers.

You’ve pinned your hopes, dreams and future plans on an inflated figure. Sadly, this business model is old as the hills; it is wrong and morally defunct. We hear this story time and time again. The process is tiresome, frustrating and emotionally taxing.

However, it doesn't have to be this way.

Often Horton and Garton is enlisted to pick up the pieces, developing a targeted marketing plan, a clever blitz across our ‘socials’ and injecting fresh enthusiasm and energy when ringing through our black book of buyers. However, the scenario above can be avoided by choosing a locally owned and operated independent agency where reputation is everything.

For almost a decade, Horton and Garton has served west London as a professional, honest and ethical estate agency. We put our clients at the heart of our business. We don’t inflate property figures – we treat our clients, buyers and renters with the respect and honesty they deserve, telling them what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear. With over 90 years of combined office experience in West London property, ours is a reliable and informed opinion. This is demonstrated by our conversion rate from properties listed to sold and let by - the best in Hammersmith in 2016. We live and work in our neighbourhoods meaning we offer a both a resident’s and property professional’s perspective. For advice that you can trust from a team who knows and loves Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush, Fulham and Chiswick, call or stop by one of our offices. If only the best will do, it has to be Horton and Garton.

- Phil Coombes, Sales Negotiator, Chiswick W4

West London is property hotspot for wealthy over-65s, study finds


Over 50,000 London pensioners are estimated to live in properties valued at over £1m. 

 

In Kensington and Chelsea the total value of properties over £1 million owned by pensioners was found to be a whopping £45 billion, with Westminster coming in second place at £24 billion, with the total for London amounting to over £127 billion 

A total of almost 52,000 people over the age of 65 in London were found to live in property with a price-tag of over £1 million. The only boroughs where over-65s did not own such high value properties were Barking and Dagenham and Newham.  

Data revealed by The Telegraph puts the combined property wealth of British Pensioners at £926 billion. The data, provided by CACI, provides stark contrast to the 20% drop in home ownership in under-45s.  

For specialist advice on buying and investing in property in West London, Horton and Garton have extensive knowledge of the housing market in Hammersmith and Fulham, and have advised buyers and renters of all ages.  

 

Last chance to grab great Summer offers with Our Patch Partners


Our June partners offered up some fantastic food, drink and shopping deals in and around W6 and W12, and there’s still time to take advantage!

With every issue of Our Patch magazine comes a selection of amazing deals, discounts and offers from local West London business partners in and around Hammersmith and Fulham. If you’re out and about in the area this weekend, it’s not too late take advantage of these deals.

The June issue featured a wide selection of food, drink and retail offers. Our Patch readers were invited to share a special Sunday lunch at Toro Gordo for just £50, take 10% off a wine, cheese and beer order from Askewine, or treat themselves to a brand new carpet with 10% discount courtesy of Carpetstore.

Other partners for the month of June included the Andover Arms, Thatched House, and Laveli Bakery. A mention of ‘Our Patch’ when making your order is all that is needed to make a handy saving on a leisurely pint, coffee or pub lunch.

Our featured partner for the month of June was Barbed, located on King Street, who design of quality, design-led, all-weather furniture to transform your garden space.

For further details of these offers, closing dates, and directions to any of the businesses featured, see pages 12-14 of the June issue of Our Patch Magazine

Hammersmith Ladies FC : “Women’s football is thriving in the capital”


While the England squad were battling it out in Euro 2016, Hammersmith Ladies FC were getting in shape for the upcoming season

Our Patch Magazine caught up with the team in June to talk about the rise in popularity of women’s football in West London, and their own promotion to division 2 of the Greater London Women’s Football League.

Women’s football is now thriving in the capital, thanks to girls’ schools enthusiastically embracing the game. Michael Smith, manager of the Hammersmith Ladies team, also believes that large events such as Euro 2016 are also a valuable recruiting tool.

“Female fans get just as agitated about football as male fans. Anything to encourage players will boost women’s football.”

There are many fully-fledged professional women’s teams in West London, including QPR LFC, Fulham FC Foundation Ladies, and Chelsea LFC. Hammersmith Ladies FC was launched by Michael, with help from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, in 2015 and has been training at Ravenscourt Park ever since.

Members of Hammersmith Ladies include PE teachers, publishers, and PR pros, and Michael is keen to keep the flow of new talent trickling in. The diverse team also includes players from Iceland, Australia, Venezuela, Spain, and Switzerland.

Horton and Garton are extremely proud to sponsor Hammersmith Ladies FC. Following their promotion to division 2 of the league, the team will be taking a shot at the Women’s FA Cup for the first time.

To read this article in full, check out the latest issue of Our Patch Magazine

A new account of the history surrounding St Peter’s Square, Hammersmith


New history book written by local author, Jilly Paver, charts the growth and development of the Hammersmith area spanning two centuries

The project started life a quarter of a century ago as part of a photographic exhibition by Jilly - who is the area’s longest continuous resident - and her husband at St Peter’s Church, and grew into the newly published ‘St Peter’s Estate: A History of St Peter’s Square and its Neighbourhood”

The initial 150-print run of the book has already sold out, but the second edition is on its way. The book is illustrated with 60 black and white images of the way life used to be in the area.

Jilly recalls: “When I was a child it was all artists, sculptors, painters, designers and actors… It was a bohemian area that was known as west London’s Bloomsbury Set.”

Past residents of St Peter’s Square include Vanessa Redgrave, Alec Guinness, painter John Piper, and sculptor James Woodford. Jilly has immersed herself in the local history archives and interviewed many long term residents in the area to build an accurate picture of the history of the square.

To read this article in full, check out the latest issue of Our Patch Magazine.

Buy a copy of ‘St Peter’s Estate: A History of St Peter’s Square and its Neighbourhood’ by emailing stpeters-estate@btconnect.com

Come together with Hammersmith and Fulham Council for Unity Day – Sunday 17th July


Council officials in W6 and W12 urge West London residents to join the March Against Racism, followed by a Celebration Rally in Ravenscourt Park  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council are taking a firm stand against racism with the march, aiming to tackle rising concerns and incidents of racist abuse and graffiti in the West London area, which will depart from Shepherds Bush Green, moving towards Ravenscourt Park. 

Councillor Stephen Cowan issued a statement this month, denouncing the increase in reported hate crimes in the area, including racist graffiti daubed across Hammersmith Polish Centre, and urging local residents to stand and state their pride in multicultural Hammersmith and all who have made their homes there. 

Cllr Cowan stated:  

"Generations of good, brave people fought to kick racism out of British society... On Sunday, 17 July the vast majority of us will have a chance to stand up and state that we are proud of all the good people that have made their home in Hammersmith and Fulham: those who came from the other 27 EU countries, and those from everywhere else in the world. H&F's Unity Day will begin with a chance for us to walk together against racism and xenophobia. It will finish with a festival of celebration of the many cultures that make our London borough one of the most wonderful places to live anywhere in the world. Please come and please tell your friends and neighbours." 

The march will depart from Shepherds Bush Green at 11.30am and arrive at Ravenscourt Park at 1pm. This will be followed by a Celebration Rally with live music performances, a full line-up of speakers, and food from all over the world.  

There will be partial road closures and parking suspensions in effect on the day. For more information visit the Hammersmith and Fulham Council website. 

 

Our Patch winners dance the night away at FOLD Festival


June competition winners received VIP tickets to the Freak Out Let’s Dance (FOLD) festival held in the picturesque gardens at Fulham Palace.

The festival, hosted by Grammy-winning composer, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers, spans all genres of music and features his legendary, multi-platinum disco band CHIC, alongside other famous names including Beck, Alison Moyet and John Newman.

Fulham Palace provided an incredible setting for the event which lasted for the whole weekend of 24-26 June. Our Patch magazine had five pairs of tickets to give away and, judging by the glowing reviews, a fabulous time was had by all.

Here’s what one winner, Dharshani Weerasekera, had to say about the event:

“What good luck to win 2 VIP tickets to the FOLD Festival the weekend of June, courtesy of Horton and Garton! It was great fun watching and dancing to the great Nile Rodgers and Chic delivering effortlessly cool disco, Thompson Twins, Alison Moyet and Labyrinth at Fulham Palace. Thank you Horton and Garton!” 

For more local news, events and competitions in and around Hammersmith and West London, keep an eye out for the next issue of Our Patch magazine by Horton and Garton.