Chandler Wright Facelift

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With a desire to breathe some post Brexit fresh air into the new year, Chandler Wright Hair in Blackheath is having an extensive refurb. Having been part of the Village community for over a decade, the team have employed local award winning architect, Suzanne Brewer to rework the salon image which will include a bespoke reception and waiting area, new work stations, flooring and chairs.

Chandler Wright Hair, founded by David Wright back in 2003, has been at the heart of Blackheath Village for 14 years. It recently won Retail Salon of the Year (2015) and is an official associate salon for London Fashion Week (2016) and will be working alongside House Of Holland once more at LFW in 2017.

The official re-launch event will be held on 28th January 2017 where local media and clients alike will be invited to experience the new look salon with a glass of bubbly. Please RSVP the email below, if you would like to attend.

Date: 28th January 2016
Location: Chandler Wright Hair, 7 Lee Road, Blackheath, SE3 9RQ
Time: 6pm-9pm

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Media Enquiries Contact: Andrea Britton:, or call 07957 264576.



Press Release: Sir Ian Mckellen To Open New Not-For-Profit Art Gallery #London

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Blackheath, London, July 27, 2015 –  The Coombe Trust are delighted to announce that Sir Ian Mckellen will officially open Artful Pelican, the organisation’s charitable art project, on July 31, 2015.

The gallery, which is in the suburbs of Blackheath, aims to raise £40,000 a year through the sale of unique art pieces, most of which have been created by the city’s extremely talented and up-and-coming homeless and vulnerable artists. Funds raised will go towards supporting London’s homeless community through Coombe Trust’s Street Souls initiative.

The catalyst for the gallery is David Hardy, a former homeless artist, who has managed to turn his life around thanks to the help of Street Souls. Mr Hardy met David Coombe, the charity’s Chief Executive, four years ago, whilst in the process of being made homeless. At the time, Mr Hardy was in a dark place and asked Mr Coombe to dispose of his art. Fortunately, Mr Coombe realised this and knew that Mr Hardy would probably live to regret his decision, so he stored the art, and through contacts at Lloyd’s of London, entered the pieces into various art competitions. As a result, Mr Hardy won best newcomer at the annual Lloyd’s art exhibition and subsequently the people’s choice award two years later.

Mr Coombe hopes that Artful Pelican can help more people like Mr Hardy, who are made homeless through no fault of their own.
“It’s a very much misconceived and accepted norm that homeless people are alcoholics or drug addicts, which isn’t the case. Most of the alcoholics and drug addicts get taken in and put on special programmes, whereas the regular adult whose marriage has broken down, those who have lost their job, maybe missed a few mortgage payments, or had a breakdown due to losing a loved one, have nowhere to go and the council can’t help,” said Mr Coombe.
“Things are very much on the up for David, and I hope that this will prove to be the case for some others too,” he added.
Artful Pelican is divided into three different sections – the main gallery, the lower gallery and the affordable art area. Prices range from as little as £1 for a postcard, to £5,000 for the gallery’s centrepiece – which will be unveiled on the night. Therefore, it is hoped that everyone who walks through the door will be able to leave with a piece of original artwork and do their bit in helping the homeless.

All exhibiting artists will donate a minimum of 25 per cent of any sale, with most donating the full value of each of the pieces sold.

“We will feature unknown artists and established artists all of whom offer something a little bit special,” said Mr Coombe.

The aim is to eventually have homeless artists producing all of the art that is sold, however, this will take time, as these people often lead chaotic lives and are difficult to find.

Artful Pelican will hold a further five or six exhibitions throughout the year. The next one, which is planned for later this year, will be called Isn’t it iconic don’t you think?, and will feature iconic prints of people, places and things.

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Headed up by Andrea Britton (*Online PR UK) and partner James Hemsley, WE ARE SE3 is mainly addressing the needs of residents, local business owners and local groups that wish to maximize their online visibility, plus in turn building a dynamic online community and platform for Blackheath and surrounding areas.

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There are many things going on in the area and all too many times folk miss out because they just didn’t know about it. On the business side, I have worked with various businesses in the area for many years and understand that marketing budgets are tight, therefore it made sense to offer a communal online space for all who wish to benefit from it. When people and businesses unite it creates a ripple effect for success. There are hundreds of small businesses, self-employed workers and freelancers in our area who will welcome this kind of prospect. One of our core brand values is to keep the independent businesses that enhance the area alive WE ARE SE3 will also continue to increase awareness of the #shoplocal ethos that we are so very passionate about.“

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