Melanie Charnock, The Jumble Trail
Tell us about yourself?
I am Melanie Charnock (aka Mrs Jumble) and I am the West Norwood Jumble Trail Champion. I have 3 kids - Stanley 9yrs and twins Albert & Atticus aged 2yrs 7m
What is the Jumble Trail?
Jumble Trail is a like a whole community car boot sale on the streets around your neighbourhood. I heard about the Jumble Trail concept whilst listening to the founder, Martina Randles, being interviewed on BBC London Radio. I'm really passionate about the importance & value of community, I also used to be a Costume Stylist & absolutely LOVE rummaging for second hand & vintage stuff, i'm a massive magpie, so it felt like a match made in heaven to me! I couldn't resist setting one up for West Norwood & just knew our amazing community would be right
up for it too.
How do you find balancing it with motherhood?
I only decided to organise the first Jumble Trail just 4 weeks before the day & definitely underestimated the amount of work involved. It was just little old me beavering away answering emails & organising promotions whenever my twins were napping. I also used to head out most evenings after they'd gone to bed to flyer the local area, my partner & I saw very little of each other that month, the washing mounted up & the cupboards became bare, but it was just for a short time & was definitely worth it.
What do you love about SE London and particularly being a mother here?
The thing I love most about being a mum in SE London is the fantastic sense of community. I'm from Manchester & have no family nearby, the local mum friends I've made through playgroups & school have been an absolute lifeline for me, especially since I had the twins, I honestly don't know how I would have survived without them. I've got two welcome new additions to the Jumble Trail team this time & they are both local mums, Daniella Moore Andrew & Stephanie Hyde, we have named ourselves The Jumblettes! I met Daniella at a baby group a few years ago & when she heard about the second Jumble Trail she very kindly offered to help, Stephanie also offered her help via a post about Jumble Trail on SMN. A perfect example of the fabulous, supportive mamahood community we have here.
Finally, can you share a secret top tip for other mamas in our area?
My secret local tip is camping at Dulwich Woods Scout Centre, a great taste of freedom for the kids right on our door step, not glamping by any means but it's cheap, easy to get to & if it all goes pear shaped you can be home in a warm bed within 10mins. http://www.southlondonscouts.org.uk/adventure/south-london-scout-centre/
West Norwood's Jumble Trail is on Sunday 26th April, sign up and find out more here: