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darling AUTUMN 17 PRICELESS

The Inspiring

CHARLOTTE BROADBENT

AUTUMN RED

FASHION SPREAD

Our new stylist in residence

BEWARE! Women at work THE POWER OF LINGERIE Caroline’s secret weapon

AUTUMN ARTS What to see Who to hear What to read

BAYLEY & SAGE We’re 20! FIGHTING FIT The new Ray Stevens Academy

OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL Helping kids adjust SW20’s oldest school Happy kids - happy homes by Pam Custers living & lifestyle in wimbledon

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Cover Girl: Charlotte Broadbent, Personal Stylist Front Cover: Charlotte wears a gown from Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta Ring and Zara earrings Inset Image (above): Charlotte wears a dress from Alice & Olivia Hair by: Andy & Elena at Andy’s Salon Styled by: Charlotte Broadbent Photography: Kiera Fyles - Palmer Photography

Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Karine Torr 020 8739 0059 Advertising 07930 396356 Email info@darlingmagazine.co.uk Contributors Kate Greenhalgh Paul Mendelson Photography Kiera Fyles 07971 804196 palmerphotography.co.uk Darling North Surrey Philippa Hennessy 07772 633339 Darling Kingston & Richmond Marja-Leena Toseland 07802 949836 Design Director Hermina Williams design@herminawilliams.com Website Design charlieapple.co.uk Printer Aquatint scott@aquatint.co.uk Distribution info@3colours.co.uk Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Darling Magazine does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form – electronic, recording or otherwise, without prior permission from the publisher.

Dear Darling Reader, The sure signs of autumn are when you can’t find a parking outside The Ivy, the politicians are back to politicking, the tent goes up on the Common and you can’t help getting the feeling that tomorrow’s excitements are more likely to be indoors than outdoors. And there are so many on the autumn calendar that this issue of Darling is bursting at the seams! Up and down The Broadway and in The Village, summer blues are making way for autumn reds. Our new fashion page (pg9) has red-hot style tips from super-star stylist, Charlotte Broadbent, our Inspiring Woman and new resident fashion guru (pg5), also celebrating Centre Court Shopping’s 25th Birthday! At schools, in businesses and in the arts, women are on the move - connecting with The Really Helpful Club (pg15), Selena Quick in a man’s world (pg 17) and spilling the banking beans with Elaine Miller (pg12). See What’s On (pg56) and our Arts Section for a full list of autumn’s cultural treats, but a shout-out must go to Parry Ray performing at The Pheasantry (pg41), The Jigsaw Players live at The Light House (pg43) and Melissa’s Book Club Boys (pg31), where sons and dads can share the fun of reading. So enjoy the Bookfest, Merton Arts Fest and Wimbledon Music Festival - I’ll see you there!

Karine Torr Editor | info@darlingmagazine.co.uk For franchise enquiries in other areas please email us. CONTENTS 5 9 11 12 15 17 18 19 20 21 23 25 27 28 29 31 33 34 36 37 39 39 40 40 41 43 45 46 47 48 49 53 54 55 56 57 58 59

Style & substance, cover girl Charlotte Broadbent Red all over - Autumn’s hottest fashions Caroline Randell’s secret weapon Elaine’s bank account Get connected with The Really Helpful Club Mover and shaker Selena Quick Colon cleanse with Rian Torres Zara gets under your skin The perfect Finnish - Method Putkisto This won’t hurt… Infinitidental Clinic Ray Stevens’ new dojo Cook’s Corner with Carole Party-time at Bayley & Sage Autumn bridge with Paul Mendelson Once upon a time - Boy Book Club Schools in the news St Matthew’s turns 150 Hart Brown: getting the paperwork right A good read with Wimbledon BookFest ‘17 Steph Nimmo, local author Jigsaw gala night at The Light House Parry Ray sings live at The Pheasantry Merton Arts Fest 2017 Party at the Polka Music to our ears - International Music Festival A Chance Encounter - Panama the Musical Absolute Abode’s new trends in bathrooms Modern Flooring - parquet all the way David Lloyd bowling us over On the Social Scene with Editor Karine Torr Lady Wimbledon’s ‘What’s Hot’ Tea & talks at The All England Cystitis with urologist Mrs. Nadine Coull Happy families with Pam Custers Darling’s Diary Stella’s new batch of bakers Kate Greenhalgh: ‘Stuff is just stuff…’ Darling Loves Local - women in business


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A TASTE OF THE HIGH LIFE

With glamourous Charlotte Broadbent, local personal stylist and style blogger extraordinaire How did you start out? I’ve always found fashion, style and beauty totally intoxicating. Not just because of how it can make people look, but in terms of how it can make you feel. How colours channel emotional and physical therapeutic benefits, how you can express yourself and create confidence through style and makeup, how the right colours can make you appear healthier and more youthful, how style can create memorable moments without having to speak. I started my career by qualifying as a Chartered Marketer then worked on a range of incredible luxury brands…for Estée Lauder Companies, Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Calvin Klein to name a few. I worked on launching celebrity fragrance brands for Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani and J-Lo and latterly was HELLO! Magazine’s Fashion & Beauty Director. I’ve always felt it important to take career risks. I take inspiration from this quote by Erin Hanson: “What if I fail? Oh but my darling, what if you fly”. Venturing out on my own, under my own brand CHARLOTTE LOVES was the new chapter of my journey. Landing your job with HELLO! Tell us about your time there… HELLO! was absolutely a career highlight. I was drawn to HELLO! because of its glamorous, uplifting, happy persona. When I joined as Fashion and Beauty Director we re-styled the fashion pages, introduced new luxe fashion shoots as well as editing the latest watches and jewellery trends. On my pages, I wrote a weekly edit of the latest style trends, must-have beauty products and must-attend social events. We partnered with celebrities and brands to create exclusive, engaging content. I worked with the likes of Pandora and Tess Daly, Citizen Watches and Katherine Jenkins, L’Oreal and Davina McCall…and along the way interviewed personalities from radio (Lisa Snowdon) to popular music (Geri Halliwell) to sport (Judy Murray). The role required me to attended a variety of events on behalf of HELLO!, such as London Fashion Week, Royal Ascot, Cartier Polo, Wimbledon, the BAFTA’s and The British Grand Prix to name a few! Did you experience any lows? When my husband fell sick, the pressure to retain a balance between work and family was a strain and I turned to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help combat anxiety. Mindfulness techniques, being grateful and creating more family time became my ‘mots du jour’.

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I was inspired by the care and generosity of medical staff over the years who’d cared for close family members. I knew it was time to give something back using my skill set. My mission was to carry out more charity work for LGFB (helping female cancer sufferers) and The Good Grief Trust (raising funds for the bereaved). I wanted to help others, make an impact and inspire confidence in them to look their best to be their best, through colour and style choices; I work with corporate women, my VIP network, local women and mums in SW London. My aim was to build an influential styling business and style blog and I now work with a myriad of women, all with different needs, shapes and anxieties; from losing youthful looks, to changing body shapes, to needing that all important promotion at work or a new look for a TV appearance. Through wardrobe edits, personal shopping and outfit pairing as well as colour and shape advice, together we work on creating a life-changing experience.

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As a working mum, what are your tips in managing the relationship with your children? With two young girls, life in the fast lane was hugely exhilarating but such a juggle, even with the unwavering support of my husband and a live-in nanny. However, I reached a point where I needed more flexibility, and this in many ways drove me to launching my own brand at the time when I did. There’s so much that we can learn from each other, and we’re learning all the time. But my tips would be to share as much as you can with your children; involve them in what you are doing (I’d read HELLO! Magazine together with the girls, take them to my office, even an interview with Tess Daly). Encourage enthusiasm and passion. I love to exercise together with the children, I run alongside them while they scoot to the library. We have clear boundaries and share daily rituals. We love family drinks in bed at 7am, reading before bedtime, dancing after breakfast. I always listen carefully to what they say and never let go of a hug first. Accept you’ll never get it 100% right (Grandma has to teach the girls to garden and knit), but if you make it to 80% then you’re good enough! Charlotte is a Wimbledon based Personal Stylist. charlotteloves.co.uk | charlotte@charlotteloves.co.uk

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Top to toe in red

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THAT EMPOWERS WOMEN Darling chats to Caroline Randell as she celebrates her 8th anniversary in the Village

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aroline Randell Lingerie Boutique has become a shopping destination for A-listers, players from The Championships and residents of SW19 alike. She has been continuously nominated for awards over the years, winning UK’s Best Lingerie Shop in 2015. Caroline’s start in the lingerie industry began at a young age working in her mother’s lingerie boutique in Warwickshire and attending buying shows and fitting events in Paris. After university, she worked at Rigby & Peller in Knightsbridge, corsetieres to the queen, before opening up her own boutique in the heart of Wimbledon Village. Caroline remembers the turning point when she decided to take the leap of faith to open her own boutique: “Not enough women were making the most of the amazing benefits of good fitting, attractive lingerie. Without a doubt, wearing lovely lingerie has a knock on effect on how we feel, what kind of energy we radiate, and therefore how we present ourselves to the world. Not to mention how comfortable it will feel and how it will improve your shape under your clothes. Lingerie is the first thing you put on every day; it’s the first layer of dressing and

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“A matching set is a secret weapon only you know, it’s empowering – I think there is something very special about that.” Caroline encourages her clients to build up a lingerie collection of different styles and vibrant colours, as well as basics of nude and whites. She will ensure that each client has an effective collection that goes with the rest of their wardrobe, perfectly suiting their style. We recommend visiting the boutique to experience their award winning service and stunning selection of brands. You will leave with a new secret weapon - empowered and glowing. 6 Church Road, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5DL 020 8946 6171 carolinerandell.co.uk carolinerandell_lingerie


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What’s it like being a woman in the world capital of finance? Wimbledon’s Elaine Miller shares her story

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he first time I stepped on to a trading floor back in the mid 80’s, I noticed immediately a complete lack of women! Aside from myself, no females were to be seen - except on a Friday, when 10 tall stunning women in red mini-skirts and high heels used to come in and clean the screens and keyboards. Being a woman in finance is certainly challenging. From

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finance to. I had spoken to him the day before, and as he was in the process of destabilising sterling, he said under no circumstances to call. I explained to her that it would be a mistake whereupon she slapped me around the face. This woman would eventually depart the company after attacking three other women - put out to pasture somewhere where the threat of lawsuits faded appropriately.

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What I have learned over these years in banking, is what Lord Acton was talking about when he said in the 1800s “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. I am afraid I have seen that way too often with men in positions of power. Fred Goodwin’s megalomaniacal drive to make RBS the biggest bank in the world, resulted in spending £200 million on celebrity endorsements, £350 million on a new headquarters, £10 billion buying part of ABN Amro (where I happened to be working at the time). Yet he ended up being at the helm of a £24.1 billion loss. Fred had no technical banking experience or any banking qualifications. How did that happen? I met the guys from Long Term Capital Management. I have never been in a room with so

many tailored and bejewelled individuals. So mighty was their ability to impress, their hedge fund had a debt to value ratio of 25 to 1 - in simple terms it had equity of $4.2 billion but was allowed to borrow $125 billion. When it failed, it was bailed out by the Fed to the tune of $3.65 billion in order to stop the predicted collapse of the American financial markets. On the plus side, I have flown across the Atlantic first class many times, staying in beautiful hotels in New York - wining and dining some of the richest men in the hedge fund world. One boss - new to the firm decided to accompany us on a trip. I raised concerns that he would be a liability but alas - warnings went unheeded. At a client meeting, when he inadvertently and very

embarrassingly started discussing the wrong hedge fund, I tried to interrupt him. He asked to speak to me outside and was incredibly rude. I asked him who we were here to see - he said the name of a hedge fund - I pointed to the 6ft high company name above the atrium. It dawned on him eventually. I have watched with complete and utter dismay, how we lurch from one financial crisis to another, and I truly believe had there been more women at the helm of these vast old schoolboy networks, we would be in a much better place. I wonder what form the next financial crash will take? Living in Wimbledon Village offers me the solace and peace I need to forget that from 5:30am when I get up - to whatever time I get home - there is sanity around me here…

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A WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD Combing the international life of broadcasting with the business of property acquisition and development. Darling caught up with local dynamo, Selena Quick to talk about challenging the status-quo PAD was formulated to make a difference. Drawing from my personal experiences in property acquisition and development, our company concept was inspired by the needs of clients rather than the approach of competitors. Today, we are fast developing a reputation for our ethical approach and exceptional standards, with PAD emerging as an exciting young company that stands out from the crowd. We are a boutique consultancy dedicated to helping time-poor professionals and public figureheads, ensuring a stress-free experience while preserving our clients’ privacy. Prioritising integrity and value, we work with a trusted network of experts to acquire and create highspecification homes

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It stimulates ‘glycosaminoglycans’, which help to keep the skin hydrated (fed with water). Water in our skin helps to give that luminous healthy glow. The most worrying skin concern is sun damage. In the UK over 15,400 people develop malignant melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s. So to find out more about the health of your skin and how to improve its appearance, once and for all, get in touch with Zara.

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After a year of sweat (and not a few tears) Ray Stevens can at last say *“Hajime!” Editor Karine Torr gets a sneak preview of the stunning new Ray Stevens Martial Arts Academy in Raynes Park.

“Hajime!”, the Japanese word for “Let the game begin!”, is said at the start of a judo match. And visitors to this new dojo are hearing a lot more of it as it opens its doors from September on, just a ten minute walk from Raynes Park station. It took a year of hard work for Ray and Natalie to transform an old disused warehouse into a state of the art dojo at 253 Burlington Rd KT3 4NE. After ten years of operating at various venues in Wimbledon, the Academy is already well known to local residents. “But it’s a dream come true to have a permanent home at last,” says Natalie. “A purpose-built HQ gives us the advantage of been able to offer many new ways to keep you fighting fit, including Brazilian Ju-jitsu, Self-defence, Mixed Martial Arts, and Yoga. We’ve expanded our very popular Brazilian Ju-jitsu and judo classes by adding many more classes and we cater for kids from four years old upwards. She showed me around the fabulous new premises, which include a lovely café area complete with TV screens on the

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wall so you can watch your children honing their skills while sipping a latté. And it’s all under a spectacular glass roofed ceiling. Ray Stevens, our very own Olympic medalist says, “It’s never too late to take up a new martial art. No matter what your age or level of fitness, our dedicated team of qualified professionals will be on hand to guide you and encourage you. The new dojo is impressive in every way, but it certainly hasn’t lost the charm and friendliness Ray and Natalie are famous for. I’m sure Darling readers will join me in saying, “お祝いの言葉”- congratulations! Do feel free to pop in for a taster class or simply email enquiries@raystevensacademy.co.uk raystevensacademy.co.uk

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an you remember what you were doing in the autumn of 1997? It was a momentous time for many reasons and it seems unbelievable that 20 years have passed since Bayley & Sage arrived in Wimbledon Village. How did we manage before they opened? Where did we get sourdough breads, unpasteurised cheeses and coeur de boeuf tomatoes before they arrived? To celebrate this anniversary you have the chance to enter a draw every month for three months with the opportunity to win an amazing hamper each month. The first hamper to be won in October is “20 products from 20 years” a feast of products that have been favourites for the last 20 years. The following month is “20 of my favourite things” chosen by founder, Jennie Allen and I know that she struggled to get down to 20 from the 2000 lines that are carried in the store. The final month is 20 bottles of wine just in time for the festive season.

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Based in South West London, David Hur Design offers a complete interior design service from contemporary through to classic. Handmade furniture, upholstery, kitchens, curtains, carpeting and decorating. We understand our clients’ needs to create tranquil yet practical solutions for everyday living.

To celebrate their 20 years in the village, Bayley & Sage are throwing a day party and you are invited! They are welcoming all customers on Friday October 13th to join them for some food and wine between 12pm - 5pm to toast their birthday. The winner of the first hamper will be announced at this event. And just in case Jennie was not busy enough in October, she tells me that she is opening her largest store to date at Parkgate Road in Battersea in the same week…

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AUTUMN BRIDGE With Darling’s Paul Mendelson Creating Connections Inspiring Success

THE LEADING INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING, TRAINING ANDKingston, Wimbledon, Putney, Balham, DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS CLUB FORCourt FEMALE Surbiton, Streatham and Hampton EXECUTIVES AND ENTREPRENEURS. VISITORS AND NEW MEMBERS WELCOME.

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IT’S A BOY THING This September Book Club Boys opens its Wimbledon club

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e talk to the founder and director, Melissa Haggist, about why the club is such a hit with parents and boys.

‘Book Club Boys is essentially a book club for boys. I was inspired to set it up when I saw the pressure young boys were under with assessments and exams and their lack of enthusiasm for essays, comprehensions and reading. I felt they needed a safe haven of creative down time where they could let off steam and simultaneously acquire the essential English skills they needed to do well. A boy’s brain develops differently to a girl’s and Book Club Boys is designed specifically around a young boy’s brain and learning style. Our male actors read aloud and the boys discuss what the story is about, why they think and feel the way they do about it and to what effect the writer uses literary tools. The outcome is improved comprehension, analytical and creative thinking, independent reading, improved vocabulary and confidence in their own ideas. Mothers tell me their sons love the club and refuse to miss it even for a party and truly it’s joyful to see the boys so stimulated by books!’ To find out more or to book your place on the club visit bookclubboys.com or call Melissa directly with questions on 07456 489 469. Book Club Boys also runs clubs in Chelsea and Belgravia.


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• Print off the school curriculum, taking note of the topics that will be covered. • Bring to life what they are learning by scouring the Discovery channel and ploughing through old movies - sharing knowledge through different mediums can empower you and your child and integrate you into their work whilst watching their confidence grow. • For the younger ones, leave an assortment of pens and paper out on the kitchen table or devise a fun yet educative game to motivate and engage them in the morning. If they still gravitate towards the iPad or the TV, that’s ok - embrace what your ‘digital natives’ can teach you about the technological universe which they have been born into. • An understanding of educational apps will be a welcome surprise for all your children. parenteducationconsultancy.com


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On the morning of 11 February 1867, a bell rang out over the fields of West Wimbledon and some thirty small children arrived at school. It was the opening day of the Cottenham Park Branch Infants National School, Pepys Road, SW20. The school came into being through the foresight of Canon William Haygarth, the Vicar of St Mary’s Wimbledon from 1859 until 1902. He had been troubled by the difficulty little children in West Wimbledon had with travelling to the Central National School on Camp Road and founded the school to provide them an education. The first teacher was Miss Crump who was paid £12 per annum until the first permanent Head Teacher Miss Emma Welsford was appointed in January 1869. In 1870 H. M. Inspectors recorded “this is a small Infant School, in a retired situation. The mistress, Miss Emma Welsford, manages the children with animation and judgement, and the children are intelligent and orderly” Parish Church and Sunday School services were held at the school in the 1880’s and in 1901 the Vicar of Wimbledon bought land at the corner of Durham and Spencer Road. St Matthews’s Church was opened on this site in 1909 and has since had a very close association with the school. This long affiliation was recognised in 1997 when the school name was changed to St. Matthew’s C of E School, Cottenham Park. The original school was located at the bottom of Pepys Road, to the south of Worple Road, where it stood until 1975 when it relocated to its current site on Cottenham Park Road. The school remains a small single entry primary school and now has 213 pupils. st-matthews.merton.sch.uk T: 020 8947 7228

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Mr Quinn the Head teacher says, ‘’We are proud to be the oldest Primary school in SW20 and we’re celebrating with visits from the Bishop of Southwark and the Bishop of Kingston and other local dignitaries.”

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ll too often suppliers and customers are so caught up in the enthusiasm for a new project that one of the last things either party want to do is talk about contracts, especially if the parties have been working together for a long time. However, a case at the end of last year, shows the importance of taking the time to get the contract right, especially regarding your liability if something goes wrong. What happened? An architectural company had done design work on two large projects for a customer. The design work had been undertaken on an understanding that a wider agreement would be agreed and entered into. Unfortunately the wider agreement was never prepared and despite not agreeing detailed terms of a contract, the customer still placed the order for the design work and the architects completed that design work. However, issues arose in the design and the cost of rectifying these defects was valued around £40 million. The architects claimed their liability had been limited to £610,515, which was a figure proposed by the customer. The amount paid to the architects for the design work was £285,000, so that limit does seem reasonable. To be faced with a £40 million claim is very different. 34

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There were two issues the court had to decide: 1. Was there a contract and, if so, what were its terms? The judge decided that the parties had discussed three sets of terms, but had not in fact agreed on any of them as: • The first set was superseded by the second set of terms. • The second set of terms was not identified (both parties had lost the correspondence) and a third set had been proposed. • The third set of terms had never been agreed. However, the court found there had been a contract for the simple reason that the court said that if one party is carrying out work and the other is paying for it, it will usually find there is a “simple contract”. However, it was decided that the other terms of business which had been put forward by both parties did not form part of the agreement. 2. If there was a contract, was the limit on liability included in it? The parties had discussed at least three different limits on liability, and ultimately, none had been agreed. The court said that there was no limit on liability despite it being the customer (not the architects) that had put forward the limit. As the limitation on liability when things go wrong is so important, there had to be a clear and express agreement to the change these limits. This had not happened and therefore the judge confirmed that there was no limit to the architect’s liability resulting in a liability of tens of millions of pounds. Lessons learnt 1. Contract negotiations should be started and concluded quickly. The judge said the architects could be “properly criticised” for not responding promptly to the customer’s numerous proposals causing a muddled view of the contract from the architects. 2. Limiting a party’s liability should be by agreement, be clear and written down. The judge concluded that it was a classic case of it being better to have an agreement in order to obtain a limit on liability, even if some of the other terms were not so commercially friendly. 3. Delay work if necessary. This is always tricky, especially if a contracting party has fought tooth and nail to get the work. However if the architects had waited until the liability limitations had been agreed (perhaps to a professional indemnity insurance level), then the architects would be in a far less vicarious position than it now finds itself. 4. Clarity is king – in order to say an agreement exists, there needs to be a clear offer and very clear acceptance of that offer. This was not apparent here as the judge was not able to determine that the terms of business had been accepted when the architects accepted the instruction to do the design work. Therefore there was no limit on liability. Danielle Collett-Bruce | Senior Solicitor, Commercial & Corporate dcb@hartbrown.co.uk | 01483 887653 shop local

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ugely anticipated by the local community, BookFest, now in its eleventh year, features a carefully curated mix of literary names, local talent, politics, current affairs, sport, film, music, theatre and children’s events in the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common. Speakers include bestselling novelists Ali Smith (opening the event in conversation with Samira Ahmed), Salman Rushdie, AL Kennedy, Anthony Horowitz, Tracy Chevalier, Tessa Hadley, Elif Sahfak and Kamila Shamsie; entrepreneur Liz Earle; Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman; philosopher A.C. Grayling and Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Live’ host Rev Richard Cole. As ever BookFest showcases a lively politics and current affairs strand with speakers including Alan Johnson, Chris Patten, Jon Sopel and Fergal Keane; whilst Chris Boardman, Judy Murray and Brian Moore and friends will provide a unique insight in to the world of sport. Children’s events include Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell and writer and illustrator Clare Vuillamy, with further speakers to be announced soon. Joe Lycett headlines BookFest’s legendary comedy night and the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival returns with a stunning new collection of films. Wimbledon BookFest is also launching the Robert Graves Poetry Prize in partnership with the University of Roehampton. Full details on how to enter will be announced shortly. wimbledonbookfest.org

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Was this in the plan? How I faced the unimaginable and learned to live By Steph Nimmo I have written a book about my experiences and how we responded to them as a family, it will be published on 12th September on what would have been our 25th wedding anniversary. Pre-order a copy of Was this in the Plan? From stephnimmo.com and 5% of the rrp will be given to ShootingStar-Chase Hospice.

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y husband Andy and I moved to Wimbledon when I graduated from university in 1990.Our four children all went to school in and around the borough and it’s been wonderful for them to grow up in such a close knit community. This became especially important to me after the birth of my fourth child, Daisy. She had a rare, life-limiting condition requiring a lot of medical support. When Daisy was 6 months old we were referred to ShootingStar-Chase children’s hospice, they became a lifeline for us, supporting our children with siblings days and giving us respite from the stresses of caring for a life limited child. In late 2014 we were given the devastating news that Andy had terminal cancer. When he died I was left to care for our four children alone. Sadly Daisy’s health deteriorated rapidly and just afer her 12th birthday she also died. In the space of just over a year we went from a family of six to a family four I am a writer and this has been my way of helping with the grief of losing both my husband and child in such a short space of time.

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HOME GROWN Emmanuella Reiter, founder of The Jigsaw Players chats to Darling

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reshly off the plane from Boston, USA, and just out of music school, Founding Artistic Director Emmanuella Reiter was stuck at home in Raynes Park during the hot summer of 2006, so poor she couldn’t even afford the train into town! So Emmanuella and her pianist friend Hannah Shileds, decided to take action and organise a recital. They started calling local churches, and Christ Church West

Wimbledon’s pastor Richard Lane said “Yes, please!” They only gave themselves one week to organise the concert. They made flyers, offered it as a free concert and about forty people came! After a bit of research Emmanuella realised that the only classical music concert series in Wimbledon at that time was the Florestan Trio’s at King’s. So she decided to start her own series. They did two “preview”

concerts and officially started Jigsaw in September‘08. “It’s called Jigsaw because the idea is that we put a host of diverse musical talents together... I know, cheesy as hell!” says Emmanuella. As they prepare to launch their ninth season with a Gala Dinner at the Light House Restaurant on the 12th September. For info: jigsawplayers.co.uk

RAY OF SUNSHINE Local singer, Parry Ray celebrates favourite hits of her childhood

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ondoner, Parry Ray is a mother, singer and blogger. Last year, she released her fourth album, Know the Way Back, a collection of musical childhood influences from 1978-88, produced by the renowned Andy Wright (Eurythmics, Simple Minds). Rearranging songs by Blondie, Bowie, and Prince to name a few, Parry has created a unique collection infused with her own unwavering style. Parry explains, “Although this is a covers album, it feels like a collection of originals – as I have poured a lot of me into each track.” “The album is a blend of my jazz roots with songs that cemented my passion for pop, offering I hope both familiarity & surprise. So, I am excited to be performing this album at The Pheasantry, Chelsea in September.” Parry is also a lifestyle blogger with a growing online audience (www.parryray.com). She explains, “I have lots of passions in my life that feed into who I am, I hope that comes through in my music too.” The Mum-of-two is donating part of the ticket sales to The Compassionate Friends, a charity providing support to families living with child bereavement. parryray.com

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Transformation’. Pick up a Festival Arts map from libraries, galleries and cafés; it has all the details you need, with clearly-marked locations, to curate your own art journey.

Get a different perspective: look out for group exhibitions, where you can see how artists have interpreted this year’s theme of ‘Reflection and

Open weekends 16-17, 23-24 September. Visit mertonartsfestival.com Follow @mertonartsfestival

As you go round, you’ll chat to artists and get an insight into how they make their work. Why not sign up for workshops in jewellery and etching, or go along to an artist’s talk?

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The Festival theme ‘Musical Capitals’ has celebrated ‘Tenebrae’ choir contrasting the music of London and Rome; jazz super-star Claire Martin brings ‘Hollywood Romance’; the virtuosic Red Priest share their own brand of musical Venice; the Schubert Ensemble give a double helping of plums from Vienna; while the Philharmonia Orchestra provide ‘London’ and ‘Paris’ symphonies as a finale.

Why are they coming? Because the Wimbledon International Music Festival is “One of the capital’s major autumn events “ [Evening Standard] and “One of the most distinguished festivals in the UK, possibly the world” [Musical Opinion]

But the opening night is reserved for Wimbledon itself, with a brilliant oratorio based on the poems of Wimbledon-born Robert Graves.

Russia is richly represented, with Yevgeni Sudbin “One of the greatest pianists of the 21st century “[Daily Telegraph]; Viktoria Mullova, the legendary violinist who defected from cold war Russia; “colour and vitality” from the Russian Virtuosi of Europe, with wonderful melodies by Tchaikovsky, and Borodin [who inspired the musical Kismet]…

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An occasional column about the wonderful people I get to meet and the lovely things I get to see when I’m out and about. By Editor Karine Torr the family heavily indebted to the local caberet brothel - La Dama Pintada, and to keep herself out of debtor’s prison, her mama sells her daughter to the owner - Jefe Rico Pistola.

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love a good musical. I love that Wimbledon theatre was the stage on which Fred Astaire and his sister once tripped the light fantastic. We are so lucky to have it on our doorstep and to be able to enjoy great musicals after the curtain falls in the West End. So I was thrilled to get a glimpse behind the scenes of how musicals are born and to meet their creators at the 2017 Page to Stage Festival. Rob Brown and Yolanda van der Kolk-Brown together with niece Tara Van der Kolk, are Canadians who migrated to Panama in search of sunshine and found inspiration to write the musical ‘PANAMÁ’ that’s soon going to be warming the hearts of audiences around the world. We spent a fascinating evening chatting about all things musical after seeing their song ‘Wanted’ from PANAMÁ: THE MUSICAL

(which was riveting and moving), performed by the Page to Stage stars. The musical has been five years in the making - from Panama via the Edinburgh Festival to its world premiere at the Ateneo Theater in Panama City on 1st February 2018 to March 4th. The North American premiere will be in Toronto November 3rd, 2018. “ We have been together for 25 years and this is our first musical together.” says Yolanda. The story (performed in English) is set in 1927 in The Panama Canal Zone and neighboring Casco Viejo. It is a love story: a beautiful American songwriter Caramia falls in love with a Panamanian musician. She dreams of hearing her songs on this new thing called “radio”. When her father dies, the family is forced to survive in the decadent streets of Casco Viejo. Papa left

Caramia wins a songwriting contest by a new company called RCA. The first prize is a trip to NYC to record her songs. However, Jefe Pistola threatens that if she leaves, he will force her thirteen year old sister to pay off the family debt working behind the red doors. It’s dark and gripping but with a happy ending. “To find out what happens you will have to buy a ticket!” says Rob with a gleam in his eye and future plans for a London run. Watch this space, Wimbledon! panamathemusical.com facebook.com/ panamathemusical/


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MERTON CHAMBER AGM NETWORKING HELD AT HOTEL DU VIN - CANNIZARO

Merton Chamber’s Raymond Kinsella with Natalie Hostombe and Piyush Patel

L-R: Nadia Kfaiti from Hotel du Vin, Caroline Cook, Karine Torr, Nick Samuel and Cheyne Ritchie

Julien Upson, Kate Cooper and Sara Thain

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NEW LOOK FOR LADYWIMBLEDON.COM AN ‘ALL IN WHITES’ LAUNCH CELEBRATING THE TENNIS AT HOTEL DU VIN - CANNIZARO

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L-R: Becca Carslaw, ‘Lady Wimbledon’, Mayor of Merton Cllr Marsie

@SW19 CYCLE 300KMS FOR THE CHANGE FOUNDATION EARLIER THIS SEASON

L-R: Annabel Lintott, Elaine Miller, Kelly McAteer and the New Wimbledon Theatre GM, Neil Chandler

Ollie Weguelin (Wimbledon) Charles Sandford (Kingston) Rob Clarke (Wimbledon) David Rowe (Wimbledon) Andrew Cotton (Budleigh Salterton) Mark Cusack (Wimbledon) Johan Depraetere (Chelsea) Bill Blurton (Budleigh Salterton) Andy Skinner (Budleigh Salterton) Paul McCarthy (Budleigh Salterton) James Bowtell (Velusso cycling) James is the holder of the Guinness World Record for cycling across Europe in just 37 days, beating the previous record by 7 days. He started in Ufa, Russia on 27 July 2014 and arrived at the Lighthouse in Cabo Da Rosa, Portugal on 1st September 2014 Front: Mauro Mattiuzzo (Wimbledon) Susan Cusack (Wimbledon) and Martin Gill (Wimbledon)


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L-R: The hosting team -Katherine Carroll, Karen Webbe, Kai Jones, John Peacock, Caroline Mills, Marijana Molnar and Kim Peacock

Seen at LK Bennett in Wimbledon Village - Founder Linda Magistris, Karine Torr, Shirlie Kemp and Charlotte Broadbent, Darling stylist

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT SUMMER BBQ FUNDRAISER LEFT: L-R: Susan Cornelius, Nigel Jennings, Pam Jennings, Val Morrison, Chris Morrison, Jacquie Cheetham, Sol Davidson BOTTOM LEFT: MacMillan Chair, Zoe Penny, Marion Godwin and host, S. J. Holden

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EXCITING ‘JAMAICA’ NETWORKING AT KÖNIG KITCHENS

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DRAGON BOAT RACING DAY IN AID OF MOMENTUM CHARITY

L-R: Sally Strang (travel consultant and host), Andrew Hillier, Karine Torr, Sandra Nardi, Max Tchanturia and Donovan Donaldson from the Jamaica Tourist Board

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NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE’S NEW SEASON’S MUSICALS

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Sue Fauknall & Gaelle Hughes

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ST MATTHEWS PRIMARY SCHOOL CELEBRATES ITS 150TH BIRTHDAY IN SW20! Left: School’s secretaries, Louise Morgan & Gloria Saunders

Right: Steven Read & Keith Malone

L-R: Michelle Herbst, Werner Herbst, Mike Fekete, Charlie MorimotoEllis, James Smith and Robyn Smith Below: L-R: Gala evening committee - Sadie Cook, Carrie Thompson, Emma Boatman, Lania McCall, Liz Errington

L-R: Grant Lester, Dr. Rachel Gow & Jo Fordyce, Pam poet David Nieta and Paul Custers Top: Rev Dr. Helen Orchard, the Bishop of Southwark and Head Teacher Gary Quinn. Below: Sigi Leigh, Janet Mc Donagh, ex Head Teacher, Mary-Jane Taylor and Jennie Sheehan

SUMMER PARTY AT PHO RESTAURANT ON THE BROADWAY

L-R: Sisley White, Siobhan Nolan, Bronwen Gray and Melissa Haggist Right: May Simpkin & Helene Arentz LAUNCHING THE MERTON ARTS FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

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The company pride themselves on the quality of companionship led care and are always looking for ways to improve the lives of their clients, having already invested time and resources establishing a host of community events, including Singing for the Brain and their Memory Cafés. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 10.30am - 12.30pm, Home Instead host a ‘Coffee and Culture Club’ in the Wingfield Café at the All England Lawn Tennis Association on Church Lane, Wimbledon, SW19 5AQ. In the shadow of Centre Court, this stunning environment offers a date in the diary for older people who appreciate the finer things in life. As well as talks from interesting members of the AELTC, including the Head Gardener and the Wimbledon Foundation Director, this interesting group enjoy news and current affairs, reminiscence, and stimulating activities as well as time to relax and enjoy the delicious morning coffee and tasty pastries. Cost £5 per person.

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Cystitis Don’t think nothing can be done - it can! Says Nadine Coull Consultant Urologist at New Victoria Hospital

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“I am only as happy as my least happy child”

Pam Custers

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ur home and family life has long been our place of refuge. A place where we can find love, support, nurturance and acceptance for being ourselves. In reality we often return home to find ourselves in the midst of chores, stress and pressure. To flourish we all need a safe place, both physically and psychologically, to come home to. When a home is secure and solid it gives children the ability to handle the demands of growing up. Giving our kids a sanctuary is a gift, it allows them to go out into the world and deal with life knocks in the knowledge that they can come home to recharge. No home is perfect and we all have had some “robust” moments in our family life but what research shows is that what we give to our children in their early years lasts a life time. How your relationships work at home is the template by which your children will see the world. Our relationships resonate with each other. As one parent said, “I am only as happy as my least happy child”. Making our home a refuge works for both the adults and the children. What simple things can we do to make our home a refuge? Firstly slow down. Be honest with yourself and reduce the stress by simply slowing down. Secondly be clear that home is a sanctuary where disrespect will simply not be tolerated. Thirdly try and make home a low pressure place where there is enough down time for everyone to “noodle about”. Fourthly accept your children’s baby self when they just can’t keep up the “big girl” self anymore. All children need a chance to be their baby self. Finally consciously decide what your family’s ethos is and have everyone buy into it. If you want to get the most out of your family life so all the relationships run smoothly then contact Pam.

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                                                                                      

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SHE’S GOT JULIETTE GRÉCO’S

By Kate Greenhalgh

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ere we are, at ‘peak stuff’ time of year again. Presents, possessions, spending, accumulating, consume, consume. “Enough!” I scream. “You are all getting clean water for a village in Africa for Christmas this year.” But not all presents are frivolous. In 1988 my best friend’s mum gave me a present. It was a plate with Juliette Gréco’s eye on it. An engagement present. What a fabulous engagement present! All women should get engaged with a beautiful woman’s sardonic eye mounted on their kitchen wall ever after, like my wonderful plate. Last week, it got broken. I said to the culprit, no, no, don’t worry, not your fault, it’s fine! Then I went and discreetly cried, because I’d had Juliette Gréco’s eye on me for nearly 30 years, and now she was in a bin. Stuff is just stuff of course. Love it and let it go, I tell the kids. The term ‘sentimental value’ makes me feel sick. The real Juliette Gréco is gloriously immortal, still going strong at 90, after a life of risqué affairs, smouldering film roles, political activism and general Frenchness. I doubt she would give a damn. Just shrug existentially and smoke another Gauloise. The man who made the plate used a picture of a tatty, weatherbeaten

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movie poster of her - who knows what those arty postmodernists thought they were up to back in the Seventies. But it is a loving plate. Was. My best friend’s mum Valerie - ran a gallery in Oxford, championing contemporary ceramicists. She has died now - long ago. Thank you Valerie, not just for the plate, but for all the childhood meals at your house, for the camping holidays in Wales, and for mending my hobby horse when its head fell off. It is not just Juliette Gréco’s eye I miss. It is yours. In Japan, there is an art form called Kintsugi. It is the honourable repair of a precious piece of ceramic ware, which must have been broken only accidentally, and the repair must not hide the cracks. Golden Joinery, it translates. After the accident I glumly came down to the kitchen. My partner (who was not the culprit) was sifting through coffee grounds, dirty cat litter and drain sludge with his bare hands. “Found it!” he said. “The last piece!” And he headed for the superglue. And I said I wouldn’t be sentimental about stuff. Juliette is back on the kitchen wall, chips and cracks showing, but still giving me the eye. Golden joinery.

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Darling Magazine Wimbledon - Autumn 2017  

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