Barnes, East Sheen, Mortlake & Putney



Help children learn to read child-reading-local-talk-barnes
Doorstep Library is a Putney charity that brings books and the magic of reading to disadvantaged children – and they are looking for more volunteers.

Reading to and with children not only improves their reading skills, but also improves confidence, self-esteem, academic performance, social integration and work prospects. If you’d like to help, call for more information: 020 8870 1476.



Barnes Green Centre
The Barnes Green Centre, aided by Age UK, runs a wide range of activities for those who’d like to remain active into their later years. Fancy trying your hand at T’ai Chi, arts & crafts, reflexology, bowls or bridge? Get in touch!

Pop into the centre: The Green, Church Road, Barnes SW13 9HE, call for advice on 020 8876 2377 or visit:


Palewell Common thrives
Palewell Common is one of our many wonderful local open spaces – but it needs constant work to help maintain and protect it. As well as being looked after by the Council, the Friends of Palewell Common take a keen interest in preserving its natural habitat. The first known reference to the common dates back to C16th manorial records, when it was known as a ‘place called the pale’ – and it’s been part of Council lands since 1920. Friends of Palewell are always looking for volunteers happy to help look after the common, so do get in touch if you’ve got some spare time:


Family friendly activities
Mortlake Hall hosts a range of activities for families with young children. For parents there are courses such as ‘Positive Start’ family fitness and exercises and Rhythm & Rhyme and Story Time for tots under 18 months. They also run regular cake and chat events. For more information: 020 3021 1990 or


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