Mystical fairies

This lovely shop is set to close unless the owner can find someone who is prepared to take over the business.  Please see the note below which she sent to her customers two days ago.

Fairy shop

To all our fairy fans I would like to personally thank you for all your loyal support over the last 12 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of you and your fabulous children. It has been a pleasure to help you arrange your children’s special birthday parties and events.

It is with sad regret that I have to announce that the Mystical Fairies shop in Hampstead will be closing soon.

As many of our lovely regular customers may know I have been spending most of my time over the last 2 years in Los Angeles where my daughter Abbi, who was my inspiration to start Mystical Fairies, is at school.

While I have been away I feel that the shop may have lost some of its sparkle and direction and with the ever increasing overheads it is no longer viable to continue as is.

We will however be continuing with our fabulous Fairy, Princess and Fairytale character parties at a venue of your choice and we will still be running our famous Fairy School and Princess Academy during the school holidays and one Saturday every month at a venue in Hampstead.

Whist this is very sad news for all of us I would like to focus on the positive and invite all of you to come and celebrate our 12 amazing years with us.

We will be planning lots of special events for you and your children over the next few weeks.  This will include a “Christmas come early” shopping event on 25th September with wine and special discounts not to be missed, as everything must go. And yes, for all of you that have admired our fabulous toadstools, a few of them will be for sale, so don’t miss out!

We are also holding a Macmillan coffee morning on September 26th with amazing coffee, cakes and special discounts, and would love to see a really good turn out for a very special charity.

We will also be having 6 different meet-a-princess sessions (dates to be advised) and lots of other events so please check in with us.

We would love to personally thank and say goodbye to all of you, so please pop in for a chat or a coffee or a glass of wine and share your stories with us.

We would also like to invite as many of you as possible to come and take a selfie in our fabulous party room sitting on a toadstool or throne wearing a tiara and wings and post it on our Facebook page for a donation of £1 to Spread A Smile, a charity we work closely with and who put smiles on the faces of seriously ill children.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

If anyone is interested in enquiring about taking over this business, please let me know asap.

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Hampstead’s Easter Egg 2014 – Prizes for the best selfies

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GROW London, a new contemporary garden f

GROW London, a new contemporary garden fair, will burst into bloom for the first time on Hampstead Heath on 20-22 June 2014 from 10 – 5pm –

Organized by the team behind the Affordable Art Fair, a fresh, innovative approach to gardening arrives in London this summer when GROW London launches its first show on Hampstead Heath. A destination event where design lovers are as inspired and stimulated as passionate plants people, GROW London is an exciting sourcebook of all that’s best in the world of contemporary gardens.

Venue: GROW London Marquee, Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, London NW3 1TH


TRAIN OR BUS: Hampstead Heath overground station is just a 3 minute walk away. Buses C11, 24, 46 and 168 stop at South End Green.

TUBE AND FREE SHUTTLE BUS: Hampstead underground station is the closest tube stop. Free shuttle buses leave from outside the station every 15 minutes; look out for the GROW London bus stops.


Adult Advance – £10 (plus booking fee)

Adult Door – £16

Concession Advance – £8 (plus booking fee)

Concession Door – £14

Children under 16 – Free


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HS2 We have 617 signatures to the petiti


We have 617 signatures to the petition so really well done to those of you who have signed. But, we still need many more to make the Prime Minister sit up and listen.

Remember I am hand delivering this petition in hard copy with all the online comments and signatures to Downing Street with members of the Heath and Hampstead Society on Monday next (24 February) so we need all the signatures we can get to demonstrate the depth of feeling of the Hampstead community on this issue.

If you have not signed the petition below already, please do and please pass it to your friends and anyone else you think may be interested in this matter:

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HS2 – One other effect of the HS2 propos

HS2 – One other effect of the HS2 proposals which I have not hitherto brought to your attention – but which was brought starkly to my attention by a member of the community – relates to house values and saleability of property.

I am informed that a local resident who is having to sell up in order to pay IHT is very worried about the effects of HS2/HS1 on the market value, indeed saleability, of his house.
Another member of the community sent me this link:

and it makes very worrying reading when it is juxtapositioned against the severely damaging effects which this HS2/HS1 whim is going to cause our community.

I am working with the Heath and Hampstead Society to obtain a high level review of what is going to happen to our community by this project. But, ultimately, I need your continuing support.

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Please also see the attached article whi

Please also see the attached article which appeared in today’s issue of the Singapore Straits Times. Thanks to Guy for sending this through.

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Ole White Bear – From London to New York

Ole White Bear – From London to New York and then to Singapore. The Ole White Bear is now famous and has gone global! Please see below the article in the New York Times on the plight of this pub. Thanks to all of you who sent this to me.

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AUCTION ALERT Silver, Jewellery, and Gen


Silver, Jewellery,
and General Antiques

THURSDAY 27th February at 2.00pm.
First session, lots 1-210, commences 2pm.
Internet, telephone and commission bids ONLY.
Evening session, lots 220 – 563, commences 6:30pm, normal sale and internet bidding.

Hampstead Antique Centre, 12 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6TE:
Saturday 22nd February 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 26th February 9am – 8.30pm
Thursday 27th February 9am – 12am and 5.30-6pm

To view catalogue in a new window please click

Evening Session 6.30 pm Sale Venue:

Hampstead Community Centre, 78 Hampstead High Street,
London NW3 1RE.


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Beech trees saved – phew! – please see t

Beech trees saved – phew! – please see the article in the Ham & High re the saved trees. A member of the community also received the email below re the decision to save the trees.

Dear local resident and other interested parties.
I am writing to thank you personally for having taken the time to write to us about our proposal to restore the historic vistas to and from the Kenwood Dairy. The scope of our consultation was considerable, and included a public open meeting, two meetings of the Kenwood Landscape Forum, and a Kenwood Dairy Open Day. During the consultation period, we provided information about the project on the Kenwood page of the English Heritage website, and ensured that the Ham and High reported on our proposal which of course resulted in the publication of a number of letters.

We have been extremely impressed with the scale of local residents’ engagement with the proposal and with the intelligent, mature and eloquent way in which the vast majority of you have expressed your views. In total, we have received responses from 189 individuals, as well as formal responses on behalf of their members from the following organisations who are represented on the Kenwood Landscape Forum:

· Dartmouth Park Conservation Area Advisory Committee,
· Friends of Kenwood,
· Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association
· Heath and Hampstead Society.
· Heath Hands,
· Highgate Conservation Area Advisory Committee,
· Highgate Society,
· Kenwood Dairy Restoration Trust,
· London Parks & Gardens Trust,
· Vale of Health Society
The responses we received included considerable support for, and very limited opposition to, the opening up of the view between the dairy and the house. But it became very clear from your responses that removing the copper beeches in the West Meadow was for most people a step too far. I am writing to let you know that as a result of the feedback received during the consultation period, English Heritage has concluded that the project will still go ahead, but in an amended form to ensure that the three copper beeches will be retained.

As we have been keen to explain during the consultation period, this exciting project will bring Kenwood many benefits. We will restore the holly hedge and the farm pond and as a result, create a more extensive wildlife meadow. Visitors will get a better idea of the care and skill with which the Kenwood landscape was originally created and especially of the connection between the house and the dairy.

This decision was last night presented to the Kenwood Landscape Forum at a special meeting which was convened to communicate the outcome of the consultation. I’m pleased to say that the response was overwhelmingly positive – everyone present expressed their appreciation of having being given the opportunity to share in a genuine and meaningful consultation on an important subject, and the conclusion of the group seemed to be that ultimately, the consultation process had allowed us to arrive at the right outcome.

I would like to conclude by saying how, during our consultation, I have been reminded about how much people care for Kenwood, and about how much they are interested in accurately remembering its past, caring for its present and protecting its future. As the guardians of the Iveagh Bequest, English Heritage also cares deeply about the same things, and are totally committed to the ensuring the long term sustainable future of Kenwood and to honouring the terms of the Iveagh Bequest. I would like to reassure you that we will continue to work hard to achieve this, and will, as appropriate, continue to work with local organisations and seek the views of local people such as yourselves to help us to make the right long term decisions for Kenwood.

Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to actively engage in the Kenwood Dairy Views consultation process.

Yours faithfully

Alex Sydney

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HS2 – do see the article in this week’s

HS2 – do see the article in this week’s Ham & High. You may well have thought that I was being a doomsday specialist when I sent out my note about the potential effects of HS2. Well, since my last note to you, I have found out that the effects will be worse than my last email. Here’s why:

· 8 bridges demolished and rebuilt

· Sewers and drains dug up, new water, gas and electricity facilities built

· All major through roads – Camden Rd, Kentish Town Rd, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden High st, Eversholt st, Adelaide Rd, Hampstead Rd, Albany st, Parkway, Gloucester Ave, Haverstock Hill, York Way – partially or completely closed

· At least 19 new construction compounds and depots built in local areas

· Up to 1500 extra lorry movements a day

· Closures on the North London Line (used by 55,000 people every day)

· At least 15 local bus routes diverted

You are all awesome though because we are now up to 443 signatures on the petition. I thought I might receive a modest 300, but you have been amazing joining me for the general charge.

Do keep the signatures coming in and let everyone you think may be interested know. This is massive and we need to protect Hampstead.

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