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Blossoms, daffodils, April showers – everything’s coming up roses! Especially on our High Streets where women are changing the game, running thriving businesses with a passion and empathy that online shopping could never compete with. Read their amazing stories in our special report on page 8. Local darling, Annabel Croft, and evergreen Carol Smillie, have come up with a cracking business idea to inspire us all, and budding new businesses, including Absolute Abode in Raynes Park, Thom Kirby and Bounce Personal Training on Arthur Road, are springing up too. Sports Science turns one, and Parent Practice celebrates turning 10. And Kate Greenhalgh reveals her deathly secret – she’s a Palace fan! Who knew? So whether it’s investing, networking, marrying, singing your heart out or perking up your homes, we’ve got it covered in an issue bursting with sunshine and green shoots! Karine Torr Editor | email@example.com
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Inspiring Women: Carol Smillie and Annabel Croft Special Report – Are Women Saving the High Streets? Financial Wiz, Miss Lolly, helps you invest Thom Kirby, plush on Arthur Road Art for Art’s sake – Open Studios are here again The incredible Rock Choir Get the kids off their sofas and into Sport Science On the Scene – Wimbledon’s movers and shakers All you need is love – Pam Custers helps you find it Exploring pre-nuptials with Hart Brown Latest décor trends with Kirsty McMorron Our new builder, Paul Bryan Bringing nature into our homes Bridge with Paul Mendelson Marathon Man, Mike Mitchell, at Westside in May Darling ‘Hotspots’ and your local directory to keep Want to improve your parenting skills with a 10 year old? Darling’s Diary – What’s On locally Darling classifieds Kate Greenhalgh thinks she’s royalty! darlingmagazine.co.uk | april–may 2014
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How Carol Smillie and Annabel Croft’s savvy business idea is changing the lives of girls and women everywhere Carol: It all started when Annabel and I bumped into each other on holiday in Portugal. We’d been shopping together and chatting about our daughters dealing with period problems and the issues of playing tennis in whites at that time of the month. The idea, in fact, was Annabel’s, who suffered as a young teenager travelling around the world on the tennis circuit, but I was also keen to learn about business and could see the immediate potential of such a simple idea. Our four daughters all helped with input and market research, even modeling for the website! We naively assumed our profiles would be enough to spread the word, but totally underestimated how taboo the whole subject really is. We surveyed 100 teenage girls from three schools and the results were startling. 34% leaked every month, but 91% were so afraid of accidents they avoided sleepovers, sport or wearing light coloured clothing at that time. It’s not uncommon for girls as young as 10 to start their periods, that’s tough when you’re still a little girl but your body is going through such major changes. Leaking through your skirt in front of boys at school is social suicide and
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something that’s incredibly hard to get over at any age. That’s when we knew we were onto something. What we hadn’t considered were the number of 40+ women who bought them to help with pelvic floor problems when running, doing Zumba and playing golf, a market we’d never even anticipated! Our third customer is the post-maternity mum. Who wants to leave hospital with your little bundle of joy, wearing paper pants? We launched online, with Chinese-made stock and sold every day without any advertising!
As the sales rolled in, we knew we had to spread the word quicker, and retailers were the obvious move, but we wanted to improve the quality and fine-tune the branding before taking such a big step. We switched manufacturing to the UK where Elys of Wimbledon were the first to take that leap of faith with us, and we really appreciate their support. Annabel lives locally and I stay with her when I’m in London, so I’m learning my way around Wimbledon. It’s so pretty, and I could spend a small fortune in the village if I’m let loose!
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THE WOMEN WHO ARE SAVING OUR HIGH STREETS A special report by Darling Editor, Karine Torr
few weeks ago I happened to notice a news feature by the BBC’s Home Affairs Editor, Mark Easton, about a dramatic change in the character of our high street. His analysis of thousands of shops revealed that of the businesses set up in the last two years, 50% were led by women – more than double the figure for firms established 20 years ago. The reason was that many traditional stores selling basic commodities had struggled to compete with online shopping, and the saviours of the High Street were women whose businesses offered the kind of personal service and attention shoppers simply couldn’t get on the internet. Inspired by Mark’s report, sent from the ancient market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire, I set out to discover whether his analysis was also true right here in Wimbledon. The results were stunning! Here’s what our local women entrepreneurs had to say: Diana Sterck, CEO Merton Chamber of Commerce: Women are definitely at the heart of the High Street – either as small business owners or as key users of many high street outlets – such as hairdressers, beauty and nail salons, cafés and gift shops. People look for an overall experience when they buy – with customer service and the customer experience at the heart of the choices we make. Women with excellent communication and people skills therefore make brilliant High Street shop owners! Debbie Knight, Senti: I started my shop 8 years ago as a distributor of home fragrances from Italy. Women keep communities alive because it is inherent in their make-up to nurture and multi-task. To run a shop you need to be a ‘Jack of all trades’ and women are good at that. Historically women shop, so women know what they want and how to serve them... simple! 8
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Marie-Helene Rodiguez, CHIC Locations: Travel has always been my life and passion. I have always enjoyed tailor designing holidays and four years ago I set up CHIC Locations, a bespoke specialist travel company offering spa and family holidays along with honeymoons. Women are very intuitive and understand clients’ needs and I pride myself on my telepathic abilities with my clients. Simona Masso, Bellissima Beauty: Our customers are our number one priority! We specialise in lash extensions to Caci Facials, waxing to manicures and pedicures. So whether you need a relaxing massage or some help preparing for a red carpet event, we are the salon for you. We believe that being a company run by women for women gives us a real insight into what they want. To be made to look, but most importantly feel fabulous in a friendly, social environment, gives us the edge.
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special report Alison Young, Stephen Young Salon: Rejuvenated an outmoded salon 18 months ago into the bespoke salon it is today, not only securing the retail premises, but adding a new vibrant dimension to the local community. Combining running a home with two children and a business is a challenge women can rise to. Toni Lee Clarke, TLC Therapy Lounge: Opening a Beauty Salon has been a lifelong dream which, 5 months ago, became a reality. Women have an instinctive, caring nature which is top priority in an industry where our clients expect to be pampered to the highest standard and, I believe, being a woman makes this job that much easier! Kirsty McMorron, Absolute Abode: It’s really important to be revitalising our local high streets, and women are playing an ever increasing role here. They are choosing to leave their corporate careers and are passionate about creating thriving businesses. For example, the senses are engaged when people enter an excellent retail store – they can enjoy engaging with others, touching and feeling products, and enjoying delicious food and drinks – which they can’t do online. Gina Conway, Gina Conway Salons and Spas: 14 years ago, when I opened my first location, the estate agent asked me what my husband did before he would discuss any properties! Now it’s much easier to open doors with the increase in women entrepreneurs. I believe we are in touch with delivering a personal and engaged experience that makes a connection with our guests. Offering a sanctuary designed to relax is something the internet cannot compete with.
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Maggie Heaney, The Mint Source: My career brought me to The Mint Source via Conran and Designer's Guild bringing this experience to Wimbledon Village 20 years ago, creating a shop tailor made for local residents and beyond. Women, as homemakers, probably make up the majority of our customers and women in our field can, I believe, empathise well with other women in respect of their home interior and gift purchasing needs. Women are carers, we care about our customers but small independent shops do need loyalty, care and support to be reciprocated as the High Street staggers beneath the pressures of business rates, excessive parking restrictions and the internet. Lucy Woodruﬀ, The Forest Bailiﬀ: Instinctively every generation of women create and share loving homes full of warmth, comfort and a collection of meaningful things. The Forest Bailiff was born from my great love of home-making, creating a space to welcome our customers where they can see, feel, touch, smell and talk. All impossible to do online! Liza Gleeson, Gleeson Framers: Women bring highly skilled, diverse and niche businesses to our High Streets. After 8 years of trading, having my own business continues to be a huge and exciting learning curve. Design, technology and regulations change all the time, women are adaptable and embrace these changes and make them work for their business model. Carol Andrews, Wimbledon Village Stables: When I started my business over 30 years ago I was determined to make Wimbledon Village Stables the best riding school in the UK, and have achieved this with my amazing 100% female team. We also focus strongly on raising money for charity and getting involved in community activities. I think this helps us create the caring and welcoming environment that has made us so successful.
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women in business Louise Keenan, NatWest Wimbledon: NatWest have a ‘Women in Business’ proposition which was born in 2007 to support women in setting up businesses and encourage existing women owners to grow. Initially there were just 12 Women in Business Specialists and now we have over 200. Kimberley Salmassian, Bridget Salmassian Boutique: A mother-daughter team with over 17 years’ experience in the fashion business. We address the underlying confidence, emotional and practical considerations that women need to feel good in their clothes. We also contribute a lot to our Village community events to create a better environment for both customers and local residents. Maria Sotiriou, Teokath: My passion and love for bridal is what enables me to feel comfortable and tireless when at work, even after 6 years. My goal is to be part of every girl's dream, buying the most important dress of her life. Dedication and commitment comes easier to women when we love what we do. Julie Donabie, My Favourite Things: Owning a busy gift and card shop is very challenging and requires a woman's multi-tasking ability. There is a friendly atmosphere and an ambience created by the many colours and fragrances. Women love 'pretty things' and being creative and organised. The shop window and displays are regularly updated to enhance seasonal events.
Lisa Lamberti, The Pilates Clinic: The environment I work hard to create in my clinic is one of openness, friendliness and warmth. I want all our customers to feel liked and welcomed and we take great care to get to know each client in order that they would feel valued. As a woman, I understand the need to have a space that feels free from judgement. Shawn Stone, Radiance Health & Beauty: A lot of my beauty business is built on networking and women in business know its value instinctively. Our own Wimbledon Women in Business group is a very supportive group. Julie Eltham, The Athena Women’s Network: I run 8 women’s business networking groups in SW London, including Wimbledon. I am constantly amazed and inspired by how women communicate in business and are able to manage their kids, homes and various enterprises all at the same time. In my experience, dealing with over 100 members in my groups, I have noticed that they have also become ‘risk takers’ which used to be the domain of men.
The FSB surveys tens of thousands of small businesses each year, including the ﬁrms that ply their trade on a typical High Street: retail outlets, services such as hairdressers and dry-cleaners, cafes, bars and restaurants. In Helmsley there are some women traders who have been operating in the town for decades, but many more who have started up in the last few years. Some said the trigger was a failed marriage or the children leaving home, others that it was the desire to be their own boss or just a long-held ambition to run that sweet shop, traditional bakery or little tea-shop. The FSB data shows that women opening High Street businesses tend to be better educated than their male counterparts – a signiﬁcantly higher proportion have a degree. And, on average, they borrow less to set up their company than men – £18,700 compared with £28,800. The last word comes from Liesl Smith of the FSB: “It is true that many more women are getting into business, joining the entrepreneurial ranks. There can be absolutely no doubt that we are seeing a big increase in the numbers of women running services for women on the High Street, and that must be a good thing.”
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Open Studios Popular local art show dazzles again
outh West London is very lucky to host twice every year one of the largest single-site Open Studios Art Shows in the UK, with 150 artists taking part. Wimbledon Art Studios will be celebrating its 35th Art Show between Thursday 15th and Sunday 18th May. Four days of open doors when art collectors from around the UK and Europe meet under one roof to discover new talent and visit the studios of artists whose work is shown in main international art fairs and prestigious galleries. The event is free entry and open to everyone, with lots of free parking too. It also gets packed with art lovers looking for the perfect piece for their living room, professional interior designers, or parents
with children looking for a great, inspirational family day out. There is no obligation to buy, although it is easy to be tempted. It is so eclectic that you can find anything from unique greeting cards or handmade wrapping paper for a fiver, all the way to wall-size oil canvasses or life-size sculptures worth a few thousand pounds. Something for everyone! Visit wimbledonartstudios.co.uk
The artists, their studios, their art
Thu 15th - Sun 18th May 2014 Wimbledon Art Studios Riverside Road, SW17 0BB Tel: 020 89471183 Thu & Fri 2-10pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sue takes Joan to Cannizaro House for a walk every day and a coffee in the Orangery.
Diana helps Margery walk to the Village to buy fresh fruit and her favourite marmalade from Bayley and Sage.
Brenda helps Mary to keep her ﬁngers green in her cottage garden just up the road from the All England Tennis Club.
Laura is a regular at Bentalls, with style conscious Elsie, shopping for fashions followed by a bowl of soup in their favourite café.
Sandra shares Betty’s love of Richmond Park and takes her to feed the ducks and for a sneaky cup of tea at Pembroke Lodge.
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ROCK ON, WIMBLEDON! Jim Hawkins, the driving force behind Wimbledon’s Rock Choir chats to Darling Editor
t’s a chilly Wednesday evening and as I enter St Mark’s Church a wall of Something Inside So Strong hits me in the solar plexus. Sopranos, altos, basses (yes, with 10 precious men), 6-part harmonies – it’s all there in various shapes, sizes and ages. I have entered the domain of Rock Choir! It’s thrilling, with a gospel feel set to some of my old favourites Rescue Me, How Deep Is Your Love, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and I Say A Little Prayer. I sit at the back and sing along – to myself, of course; I can’t help it. I am swept away. Jim Hawkins, dynamic Choir Leader: Rock Choir is the biggest and most popular contemporary choir in the UK today. It is open to all with no audition and offers the opportunity to sing pop, motown, rock, and feel-good classic hit songs with others in a relaxed, friendly, fun environment led by a professional choir leader. The choir started in Farnham, Surrey in 2004 by Caroline Redman Lusher and now boasts over 17,000 members UK-wide! The two Rock Choirs in Wimbledon (over 200 singers, mostly female), meet on a Wednesday evening in St Mark's Church - very close to the High Street and, most importantly, on the doorstep of local pubs The Alexandra and The Hand and Racquet, two of the regular postrehearsal meeting places.
Exciting local events have included the opening of TK Maxx in 2009, The Wimbledon Village fair, Wimbledon Winter Wonderland, a charity fundraiser hosted by Cllr Krystal Miller at Edge Hill. On a grander scale, Wimbledon Rock Choir have recorded at Abbey Road, sung at Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium, Hammersmith Apollo, a sold out O2 arena, The Tower Of London to set a Guinness World Record and at The Southbank as part of a national choir festival. They are scheduled to return to the world famous Abbey Road Studios in April this year and you can find their recordings online at james-hawkinsmusic.co.uk.
L-R: Gill Wilde, Jim Hawkins and Susie Goulding -“Since joining 4 years ago and being really nervous for my first solo I’ve now developed enough confidence to start singing professionally.”
If you don’t fancy a choir but are interested in ‘finding your own individual voice’ try Elaine Hallam’s weekly courses in Wimbledon Village: singersandsongs.com Other local choirs include: wimbledoncommunitychorus.org.uk wimbledon-choral.org.uk hillsingers.co.uk wimbledonchamberchoir.org.uk academychoirwimbledon.co.uk rockchoir.com darlingmagazine.co.uk | april–may 2014 21
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port Science has been the buzzword for the last year among parents eager to sign their kids up to this revolutionary concept in children’s fitness. Launched in April 2013 in Wimbledon by Jenny Walker, its aim is to provide ‘FUNdamental’ fitness sessions for kids age 7 to 13. The programmes have been designed by Biomechanics coach, Cliff Young, to improve general fitness, speed and agility, aiming at creating better young athletes, improving their skills, which are applied on rugby, football, hockey, netball, tennis, badminton, squash courts and pitches. Over 150 kids have experienced and enjoyed Sport Science throughout the year, whether enrolling in the very popular holiday camps or the 10-week term time programmes. Sport Science uses new dynamic ways to train kids and keeping children’s attention for a full hour is often a challenge; however Sport Science, with the help of some energising equipment such as speed gates, clocks, parachutes and agility courses, are able to do this with ease. Children love it! “I started Sport Science to improve my fitness because I had changed my football position to goalkeeper so was doing less Cardio Vascular Endurance. I improved my bleep test results to 10.2. I feel more confident going into the athletics season.” Thomas Reilly (aged 11)
“Sport Science has been fantastic for my daughter’s fitness levels. She used to complain about having ‘tired legs’ on family bike rides and she doesn’t anymore! She has a lot more energy and absolutely loves the sessions, particularly as they are different each week and are incentivised to compete against their own personal levels, not against other children.”
Jenny Walker, co-founder says, “We have seen astonishing successes from all our children irrespective of their fitness levels and sporting abilities.” What better way to get ahead of the game? Sport Science has teamed up with Fit8’s Annual Adult Run around the Coombe Estate in May with a kids’ 2.5km Fun Run. For information on Easter Holiday camps: 7th – 11th and 21st – 25th April and the Summer Term starting 28th April, as well as the Fun Run please contact Isabella Murray. Isabella@sportscience.gb.com Mobile: 07543 262037 sportscience.gb.com
Mother of Darcie aged 7
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N THE SCENE CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW DARLING KINGSTON MAGAZINE AT THE FAB ROZ ANA INDIAN RESTAURANT
L-R: Annie Friend, Ann Jackman, Lynne Parker, Patricia Campbell-Parker, Lorna Votier, Carolyn Henderson and MarjaLeena Toseland, wonderful new Darling Kingston Magazine Editor
L-R: Cathrine Micholich, Esther Jolker, Alessandro Ferullo, Carolyn Henderson (GM Warren House)
BIG BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 70s/80s STYLE FOR MARTINE! THE WWIB WERE THERE IN FULL FORCE
L-R: Angela Allright, Josu Shepard, Martine Mansourian and Penny Webber
L-R: Sue Hovell, Rosemary Clark, Martine Mansourian, Caroline Geraerts, Diana Mason and Catherine Green
DAO TRAN-BOYD CELEBRATING HER BIG BIRTHDAY
L-R: Nick and Christina Alexander, Nalan Caouki and Taylor Torr
L-R: Geoff Wilson, Vania de Toledo, Sacha Rehmat, Dao Tran-Boyd, Suki de Silva, John Elvidge (back)
The Enormous Elephant Run to take place on Saturday 7th June 11am - 4pm on Wimbledon Common Registration ÂŁ35 per person, the chance to help us set a Guinness World Record and includes your elephant suit! To register and for more information, please visit www.runforelephants.com
HEMINGWAYS LOUNGE BAR LAUNCHES THEIR SWISH NEW ‘SUSHI TUESDAY’ - LIVE MUSIC EVENING IN STYLE
L-R: Katie Burr, Cathy Stutt, Trina Cooper and Francesca Knight
L-R: Emma Ansty, Katharine McErlean, Cinzia Causer & Suzi Hewes Below right: Jenny Walker and Claudia Martindale
WWIB MEET AT THE DOG & FOX
L-R: Josu Shepherd, Julia Williams, Jane Brown and Charlotte Francis-Coope
L-R: Mary Hogan, Morena Byrne, Steve White and Benita Gibbons
BOUNCE TRAINING OPENS ITS DOORS IN STYLE OFF ARTHUR ROAD
SCOTTISH PAINTERS EXHIBITION AT WIM FINE ART
L-R: Christine Conitzer, Jenny Whitby, Sue Edwards and Ena Woolard
L-R: Local artist, Gill Furlong, Sarah Sereda-Pink, Sandy Rumfitt
L-R: Tina Taylor, Jo Simmons, Andy Beckinsale and Steffi Nevstad
L-R: Bounce co-founder Dan Cullen, Kayak champion Mark Clive, UFC fighter Jimi Manuwa, Team GB Triathlon Master Rosie Guy & co-founder David Van Gasse. Back Mark Lambert, Harlequins
‘GEEKS’ GET MOVERS & SHAKERS NETWORKING
COOMBE HILL MANOR CARE HOME OPENS ITS DOORS
L-R: Ray Kinsella, Caroline Ewans, Ina Sergejeva, Shakeel Butt, Mark Bridgens
L-R: Azra Butt, Yasmin Kuhn, Theresa Nikolic, Christina McDermid
CELEB CHEF, ADAM BYATT WOWS GUESTS AT VALLEBONA
L-R: Christine Bunce, Mayor of Kingston Cllr Penny Shelton and Helen Fletcher L-R: Stefano Vallebona, Adam Byatt,Trinity Restaurant, Jacob Kenedy, Dhruv Bake, MasterChef Winner ’10 Front: Naoko Vallebona
RIP-ROARING POLKA THEATRE CHARITY BALL EVENT
SEEN AT DÉCOR FEST EXHIBITION HELD - KING’S COLLEGE
L-R: Jane Henman, Claire Henman & organiser, Debbie Blott KING’S MUMS COFFEE MORNING IN THE ORANGERIE
L-R: Ball Committee - Sarah Wilton, Dorrie Nelson, Debbie Bowman, Rachel Parrack and Julia Rawlinson
L-R: Back - Helen Mungeam, Betty Heatley and Alka Mathur Front - Nidhi Grover, Julie Straughan and Karen Lundie
L-R: Peter Glanville, Peter Mather, Vivienne Creevey, Pierre Lumsden and Stephen Midlane
DARLING SOUTH AFRICAN LADIES’ NETWORKING EVENT HELD AT KÖNIG KITCHENS IN WIMBLEDON VILLAGE
L-R: Karine Torr with Sable Sponsors and speakers Bill Monty and Carey Kolver
L-R: Elspeth Campbell, Dilnaaz Kazi and Louise Edwards
Bronwyne Mocke & Justine Pietersen
Tam Jackson & Claire Cotton-May | Angelique Panagos & Amy Leeson | Claire & Robyn Falck
L-R: Karen de Villiers, Heather Walker (Editor of The South African newspaper and Veronica Congdon
WIMBLEDON VILLAGE STABLES BALL AT CANNIZARO HOUSE
NATIONAL APPRENTICE WEEK IS CELEBRATED
Apprentices are winners, as Capital Training Group celebrates National Apprenticeship Week L-R: Stephen Hammond, Wimbledon MP, Emma Elliot (Home Instead Apprentice) - Apprentice of the Year 2014, Nisa Leach (Clear Insurance) - Special Merit Award, Wallis Browne - Highly Commended (Capital Engineering Personnel)
CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO LAUNCH WIMBLEDON YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP Sponsored by Peacock & Co 15th May 2014 From 5:30pm Rose & Crown Wimbledon Village email@example.com L-R: Oonagh Moulton with the The Rt. Honourable Theresa May MP
TOP PIC: L-R: Clive and Cathy Williams, Carol Andrews and Elizabeth Bottriell BOTTOM PIC: L-R: Nenupher Clarke, Catherine Green, Lucy Stangl & Jan Jaquelin Back: Carol Andrews and Caroline Stevenson - organisers
‘LOVE TO LUNCH’ MERTON CHAMBER AND LOVE WIMBLEDON NETWORKING AT CHIMICHANGA RESTAURANT
L-R: Charmaine Bennett, Protima Sikdar-Wood, Isabel Hargreaves, Daniela Sarti and Linda Stewart
L-R: Vandana Chitroda, Danielle Cleobury and Helen O’Kelly
SEEN AT LOVE WIMBLEDON’S STAKEHOLDERS EVENT
L-R: Zahra Roberts, Max Maginess, Helen Clark Bell and Tom Ruffell
L-R: Danielle Cleobury, Juliano Lucio and Kevin Bassett
SHELLY PALMER’S ‘BODY BY VI’ LOCAL LAUNCH DUPLICATE BRIDGE IN COOMBE HILL
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METRO BANK NETWORKING
L-R: Karine Torr and Metro Bank founder, Vernon Hill, Marja-Leena Toseland
What is Relationship Therapy? Local psychotherapist Pam Custers explores this sensitive subject
rom the time we take our first breath we are relational in nature,” says Pam. “Relationships are vital for our wellbeing and happiness. Naturally when we are feeling good about our relationships we are able to manage life’s stresses better and flourish.” Pam Custers is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in Relationship Therapy, working with individuals, couples and families. Her private practice is based in Wimbledon and she draws clients from across SW London. Pam has a broad base of experience having worked in both the film industry and in business. She is warm, empathetic with keen sense of humour. However it is for her perceptive insights that she is best known. She has a clear and intelligent approach and is easily accessible to men and women in all walks of life.
Who comes to see you? “I enjoy working with a range of people. I work with those who are stressed, anxious or isolated or with couples who may no longer be communicating or are feeling like the relationship is falling into a rut. Perhaps they need to resolve bigger issues around infidelity, money or children. I also work with families who are going through challenging times.” How rewarding is Relationship Therapy? “That is often a question in the minds of people who are about to start therapy which can be daunting for some. Most comment how much calmer they feel after the first session. My role is to keep in mind what it is that the couple wishes to achieve and from that point remain on the side of the relationship. This enables me to remain neutral, facilitate meaningful communication in order to find the strengths and resolve the challenges being faced. My clients find the rewards are great and often remark that they wish they had come earlier.” How do you work? I generally work with clients face to face or Skype from my practice in Wimbledon. I also run group workshops for people who wish to enhance their emotional wellbeing. Pam’s qualifications are MA, BA Hons Psych, Pg Dip Couple Counselling. She is a member of BACP and AFT. Her experience includes being a Relate Counsellor, a family therapist and working in an Addiction Clinic. If you would like to contact Pam please call 07572 841 388. All contact is strictly confidential. pamcusters.co.uk
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Are you considering your options? Whatever your family issue, book an options meeting with Hart Brown today. Concise, informal and without obligation, there is no paperwork involved. A limited number of appointments are available weekly in all 6 of our offices. Our options meeting is suitable for you if: you are divorcing or separating you have an issue surrounding children you have family related finance issues you are considering a cohabitation agreement, prenuptial or postnuptial agreement you are considering mediation or the collaborative process. Call us today on 0208 947 8171 to book your options meeting.
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Do pre-nuptial agreements take the romance away? Hart Brown’s Sharon Powell explains An engagement is a time for happiness and excitement for the future. From my perspective as a family solicitor, it is also a time for couples to consider their circumstances and how their engagement and marriage will impact upon those. For those couples who get engaged, or those who may be planning to move in together, they may wish to consider the benefits of entering into either a prenuptial or cohabitation agreement. Some may see these agreements as ‘unromantic’ or pessimistic. However, the unfortunate reality is that some relationships do break down. Deciding how you would both wish to settle financial matters is perhaps best considered when a couple is at their happiest.
You are more likely to agree together what you would each consider to be fair. To be as effective as possible, pre-nuptial agreements should be clearly drafted with the professional help of lawyers, be fair to both of you and deal with both of your needs adequately as well as those of any children. They can be particularly useful where one party has inherited assets or has a family run business. A court can then consider whether to follow or take into account the pre-nuptial agreement when resolving financial matters on divorce. For those of you considering living together, you should consider what outcome you would seek if you were to later separate, both in terms of any property you both own and arrangements for any children. Considering this at an early stage can save you both the emotional and financial heartache for the future. This provides you with the possibility of agreeing what you would both like to happen in those circumstances from the start. Couples may find that this helps to give them an element of security. Unmarried cohabiting couples often believe that they have similar rights to those of married couples. Unfortunately, this is not the case and expert legal advice should be sought. It is, of course, every couple’s intention that such agreements will never be acted on. However, the potential security and peace of mind, which can be afforded to each couple by putting in writing their intentions at an early stage, is invaluable. If you would like any advice in respect of either a cohabitation or pre-nuptial agreement please contact one of our specialist family solicitors or call Sharon on 020 8947 8171.
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Absolutely Fab! Kirsty McMorron’s new emporium lights up Raynes Park high street
pring is well and truly with us, and the days are finally getting longer and warmer. We are very busy curating beautiful homewares, furniture, textiles, lighting and giftware for our new opening so do drop by to have a browse, enjoy a delicious coffee locally roasted by Alchemy in Wimbledon and crafted by our master barista. We are also proud to be showcasing our architectural interior design practice, so please pop in to visit us and have a chat or make an appointment to meet with us in our new premises. absolute abode is working with fantastic British and international artists and designers – we love Ciara McGarrity’s ‘Waffle’ collection of cushions and throws, hand finished in the UK, and are proud to be showcasing Mud Australia’s beautiful handmade porcelain pieces. We are also thrilled to be working with Lindsey Lang, who has just won Homes & Garden’s prestigious Designer Awards 2014 ‘Young Designer’ award for her beautiful, colourful textiles and tiles. • bespoke furniture and joinery design • colours, textures, fabrics and furniture
Some wonderful new fabric collections launched at London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre in March have really inspired us too. Jessica Zoob’s collection for Romo Black Edition is a fantastic example of how established brands are working with fresh designers, and Jessica’s ‘Desire’ collection is the perfect evocation of spring.
Please come and visit us from late April at absolute abode | design | café | emporium, enjoy a delicious treat and browse our carefully curated design collection. 76 – 78 Coombe Lane SW20 0AX
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Photography courtesy of Romo, Waffle, Lindsey Lang and Mud. Breathe - Wildflower from the ‘Desire’ collection by Jessica Zoob for Romo Black Edition
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Make Your Home a Haven Paul Bryan, Darling’s new builder
ith interest rates still at a record low, and with signs of a real recovery on the horizon, there couldn’t be a better time to add value to your home. It could be that loft or basement conversion you’ve always dreamed of, an open plan living space, or simply using skylights to let the summer sunshine in. The best approach with any new build is to work together very closely at the planning stage so we have a shared vision of what you are looking for. It’s this foundation at the very beginning that creates the kind of working relationship you need for the best results. Whatever you have in mind, my team and I can turn your home into a haven. With an excellent reputation in South West London, I have a passion for meticulous planning and great craftsmanship. All of my tradesmen have a minimum of 15 years’ experience, and I’m particularly proud of the feedback I get from clients about the quality, the
reliability and the timely completion of my projects. Take a look at the examples on my website, or give me a call to discuss your dream haven. Haven Construction and Building Services Ltd: havenconstruction.net email@example.com 177-187 Arthur Road Wimbledon SW10 8AE T: 78805 460639 “We had initially seen the Haven Construction signs in our area and consequently requested a quote on our planned house extension. On the basis of their competitive price and favourable testimonials we appointed them for the project. They did an excellent job and completed the double story side extension, and rear raised patio on time and exactly to budget. We found the team to be very efficient, competent, tidy and polite. From the design phase through to completion – they delivered on all fronts.” AJ Frank, SW19
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THE JOY OF STAYMAN With Darling’s Bridge Guru Paul Mendelson American Sam Stayman did not invent the eponymous convention, a British guy did. Sadly, the American’s talent for promotion meant that it is his name which is long remembered, even if his convention is sometimes not…
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To use Stayman after a Weak 1NT opening, you should normally hold 11pts or more. This is so that, if your partner gives you a response you do not want to hear, you can return to 2NT, or higher. However, when you are 5-4 in the major suits, as South is in today’s hand, you can utilize the convention with no points at all! This is because, if partner bids 2♥ or 2♠, you can just pass; if he responds 2♦, you can still bid your 5-card major suit at the 2-level, and it is still a weak take-out. Here, bidding 2♥ as a weak take-out is not nearly as good as finding the 4-4 spade fit and, although East-West should really compete (West should probably double for take-out), if left to play in 2♠, you should make London it. stockist for Clearview Woodburning stoves
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Just for Men by Kate Greenhalgh
n case you’re bothered by the appalling gender bias of this magazine, I’m using the back page properly for once: for football. We ladies might huff and puff, but what honest man, after a long week, isn’t glad to herd through the turnstiles, neck a dodgy burger and spend a couple of hours shouting and chanting with 25,000 other men? Come on girls, at least it’s better than them watching it at home with their mates, with a lot of shouting and chanting (and drinking beer and swearing and dropping crisps on the floor.) So maybe that’s why it’s
such fun at Selhurst Park - 25,000 men doing all of the above, and it’s not our problem. It’s the nice policeman on a horse's problem. I’ve gone to a lot of the home fixtures for Crystal Palace this season. It makes sense - they are in the Premier League, so the football is quite good, and it’s much cheaper than Chelsea tickets. I’m not going to embarrass myself, a middleaged lady from the leafy suburbs burbling on about how adorably gritty it is to be in the Arthur Wait stand of a Saturday, jumping up
and down singing “We support THE PALACE! THE PALACE! THE PALACE!” because, obviously, it’s a helluva lot of fun. The ladies’ loo is a paradise of no queues, and women are treated like royalty. We don’t get searched for cans of beer in our coat pockets, (they miss a trick there), we don’t get told to arrfing arrfing arrff off by the away supporters we meet outside the gates, but for 90 minutes we get to be an honorary boy - shouting, chanting, and dropping crisps. It makes a change from flower arranging. But this brings me to my original point. After a shaky start under Ian Holloway, Tony Pulis’ team have consolidated their defensive position and are passing convincingly in the midfield. Faith in the striking abilities of Chamakh and a recognition of his aerial abilities, which need space, have produced a steady climb up the table under Jedinak’s strong captaincy; but without heavy reliance on Julian Speroni’s saves, can Palace avoid relegation? I write this without knowing. When you read this, we probably do.
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