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CAROLYN HENDERSON A woman at the top of her game


THE REALLY HELPFUL CLUB Great advice at your fingertips

THE WEDDING GUIDE Your essential directory

ABSOLUTE ABODE Share their savvy design tips Yoga and meditation guru Chris James tells you to


Does your CHILD need a DETOX?

MUMS ARMY NEEDS YOU to help mums in developing countries Choosing


inspiring local women in kingston and surbiton | www.darlingmagazine.co.uk

editor’s letter


Dear Darling reader,


can’t believe we are celebrating our first birthday already! I hope you have enjoyed reading all the past issues as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them.

Cover: carolyn hendersoN Photography: Annie Armitage Photographed at: Warren House, Warren Road, Kingston Clothes from: Shoes At Last

............................ Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Marja-Leena Toseland All Enquiries 07802 949836 Email kingston@ darlingmagazine.co.uk Contributors Lyndsay Russell, Paul Mendelson Photography Annie Armitage annie@anniearmitage.com Design Anu West info@apila.co.uk Printer Aquatint/bsc jane@aquatintbsc.co.uk Distribution Three Colours Ltd info@3colours.co.uk Darling Wimbledon Karine Torr: 07930 396356 Darling Cobham, Esher & Weybridge Philippa Hennessy: 07772 633339


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.

Our inspiring woman, Carolyn Henderson, heads a real local gem; the fantastic Warren House in Coombe. This edition welcomes reasons to celebrate; Valentine’s Day is around the corner and, if you are looking for a Valentine’s date who won’t let you down, see what Lyndsay Russell suggests in her column. And if you’ve already snapped up your date and are planning a wedding, look no further! We’ve got such great talent locally; from your perfect dress, cake, flowers, make-up, hair and venue to a brilliant photographer to capture it all and an artist to sketch you at your most beautiful. When we are spoiling our mothers, and us mothers being spoilt too, on Mother’s Day, Just A Drop will be launching its Mums Army campaign to help mums in developing countries to bring clean water to their communities. Also in this issue are interviews with Surrey Assistant Police Commissioner, Shiraz Mirza, and yoga guru Chris James, simple tips for boosting your child’s immunity with a gentle detox, Absolutely Abode share their savvy design tips, Seriously Sofas knows what to look for when buying upholstery and Heart Brown gives sensible advice to parents whose offspring may need the Bank of Mum and Dad and much more. Marja-Leena Toseland Editor | kingston@darlingmagazine.co.uk CONTENTS 3 4 6 9 11 13 14 15 17 19 20 21 22 24 29 31 33 35 37 39 41 42

Editor's letter Carolyn Henderson – at the top of her game The wedding guide – your essential local directory Looking for something different to wear this spring? The really, Really Helpful Club Shiraz Mirza, a true mover and a shaker with a big heart The Victoria Foundation Mums Army needs you! Unleashing the energy within with Gaia healing Boost your child's immunity Cook's corner Mind your body Wealth management – the bank of mum and dad Social pages An evening with Ol' Blue Eyes Savvy design tips for your home Start dreaming now! Tips for choosing upholstered furniture Are we on track for a good year in the property market? Spring is just around the corner Let's go slamming – Paul Mendelson's bridge column Woman seeks male – Lyndsay Russell's point of view

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inspiring woman


At the top of her game Carolyn Henderson got there through hard work and more hard work You have been the General Manager of Warren House for 16 years now. What does it take to reach such a respected position at the top of a luxury property?


teering Warren House in Kingston from a conference centre to a top luxury venue makes Carolyn Henderson, General Manager, one of the few women leaders who’ve made it to the upper echelons of the hospitality industry. 4

Carolyn grew up in East Sussex and the Cotswolds. She studied hospitality management in Worcester and South Devon. Prior to Warren House, Carolyn worked at The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge for 6 years.

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“Hard work and more hard work! Being in my industry is a total lifestyle choice is my honest answer. My social life is interwoven with my work life and I must be one of the lucky few to have experienced all that I have during my career. When I was considering what I wanted to do in life I think someone somewhere said ‘you’d be good in hospitality’ and I probably shrugged my shoulders and said well I’ll try that then. Little did I know that you start working and you become part of this ready-made family; my work colleagues became my parents, my siblings and my best friends all at once. You laugh together, cry together and grow up together. Considering that I’m not from a close-knit family, I thought I’d hit the jackpot there and then. You are always ‘on show’ though, I think you have to remember you are an ambassador for the business as you climb your way up and certainly when you are at my level. There is always someone

inspiring woman


watching your every move; particularly when you lead a business like Warren House. It can be quite disconcerting how many people actually know who you are! So as much decorum as possible at all times is my little rule!”

Have you always wanted to work in hospitality management? “I was so naïve when I was young. I told a fib about my age to get my first job. So there I was at 15 years of age working as many hours as the full timers and loving every moment. What’s so heartwarming is that I met, just a couple of weeks ago, with my Restaurant Manager from my first job. It was a revelation to me that he knew I’d lied about my age and there I was finding that out 28 years later! He said he asked his wife which year I was in at school so he knew from day one.”

“Women in business are so supportive, in tune and willing you on to your next business success.” chaps but so often I’ve been at an event chatting to a man and he’s looking over your shoulder for the next person he wants to talk to! Or he’s thrust a business card at you and doesn’t even give you a chance to mention who you are or what you do. Ladies are so supportive, in tune and willing you on to your next big success.”

What do you enjoy doing most when you are not working? “There honestly isn’t all that much time when I’m not

working in one way or another. Modern technology doesn’t let you rest much. I love it, but it’s addictive and probably not that good for you. I have two breaks a year when technology is absolutely out of bounds though – holiday time. My husband and I love travel and usually take a cruise in the spring and visit the US in the autumn. Being on a small ship in the middle of nowhere with my head in a good book is my idea of absolute bliss. Seeing brown bears in Alaska or being on the bridge as the Captain navigates the Panama Canal were truly special moments. Work life is enormously social; I’m the absolute opposite when I’m away. It’s about recharging the batteries, truly switching off, enjoying nature and creating some amazing memories.”

You are also a big supporter of women in business and a member of a women only networking group. What do you see as the biggest benefits of female power in business? ‘There is a hugely different mindset from women in business. There is massive support and a natural willingness to see your female colleagues succeed. I don’t mean to be negative to the darlingmagazine.co.uk | feb – march 2015


Wonderful Weddings

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...... Your essential guide to the local experts who will make your perfect day Aya Couture wedding dresses


outure Bridal, Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaid Dress Designer

Aya Couture is a couture house run by Malika Hemici whose ethos is to create exquisite couture wedding and evening gowns as well as bespoke mother of the bride and bridesmaids dresses. Aya Couture's workmanship is always of the highest quality.

Our love for design and creation shows in our unique and one-off pieces through fabrics and the exquisite detailing used in our designs. All our gowns are made in-house in our workshop in Kingston. www.ayacouture.co.uk | 07903 037045

Clare Marie Jones wedding flowers

Bdesigning bespoke wedding arrangements for London brides since

ased in Surbiton, the team at ‘Clare Marie Jones Flowers’ has been

2008. Working closely with you, we will create custom pieces to match the colours and style of your dream wedding. Our passion for flowers and design speaks for itself and we pride ourselves on only working with the best quality blooms, handpicked by us daily at New Covent Garden Market. Call us now. We would love to chat through some ideas for your special day. www.claremariejones.com | 07968 944842

Coco hair & beauty

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Rachel Barclay makeup artist & hairstylist

R3 years ago after a long carreer in the city. With her love of

achel Barclay is a makeup artist & hairstylist who retrained over

makeup and attention to detail, Rachel has spent the last few years working on photo-shoots, special occasion makeup, special effects, makeup lessons and, lately, weddings. With Rachel, your special day begins with you being relaxed and assured in the hands of a professional who will make you glow with beauty on such a momentous occasion! rachel99barclay@hotmail.com | 07801 611840

fabulous hair. Our beauty therapists will give you glowing skin with one of our prescriptive facials and finish off your look with a bridal manicure and pedicure. The whole package is tailored to your needs in order to make you look and feel like the bride of your dreams. It's the ultimate preparation for your special day. www.coco336.co.uk 0208 949 4393

Warren House wedding venue

Wof days. A beautiful, Victorian mansion, set in stunarren House is the perfect venue for your most special

ning landscaped gardens, it combines the convenience and accessibility of a London location with the elegance and tranquillity of a traditional country house creating a unique setting for a memorable occasion and the perfect backdrop for your photographs.

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Our award-winning and friendly team provide service that never compromises on quality, allowing you to enjoy the day, confident that everything is taken care of. We offer a bespoke service ranging from an all-inclusive package (including the marriage ceremony) to stand-alone receptions.

Lake Thomas wedding cakes

Ling quality bespoke cakes and sweets since 2007. We offer a variety ake Thomas Cakes is located in New Malden and has been offer-

of wedding cakes, anything from traditional to quirky designs with a selection of flavours to choose from, as well as cupcakes and sweets for the discerning customer. Our cakes are made to order and we work closely with the clients leading up to their special day and ensure they receive a beautiful, quality, tasty cake. Why not book a complimentary consultation where you have the opportunity to sample some our delights and assist creating your designed cake into reality. www.ltcakes.co.uk | 0777 4483219

Capture It wedding photographers

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special day. A recent reviewer of wedding websites said "Simple, beautiful, stunning wedding photography… from two of the nicest people you may ever meet!" We're confident that we can provide just the right style of photography that you're after. Please visit our website to see our portfolio, full coverage of real weddings and some great planning guides to help you have the perfect wedding. www.captureit.co.uk | 020 8577 7109

Lyndsay Russell wedding dress artist

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omething totally unique...Looking for a priceless gift? A Vogue-style fashthe bridal ensemble makes the ideal Wedding, Special Anniversary, Birthday or Valentine’s present. “I’m often commissioned by the bride’s mother, best friend, and the groom … as well as by the bride herself. All I need to work from are photos, and a swatch of material (bride’s or my own). Although I usually take independent commissions, I’m also delighted that I’m included in the Exclusive Wedding Package for 5 Star Hotel Warren House.”

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Your wedding at Warren House

For more information please call our Wedding Consultant on 020 8974 7115 or email weddings@warrenhouse.com Warren House, Warren Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7HY warrenhouse.com/weddings

Looking for something different this spring?


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Sarah Taylor, who owns the shop, has over 30 years’ retail experience, she’s always been interested in people and is passionate about customer service, and even remembers most of their sizes!

From 2009 to 2013 the award winning Surbiton Farmers’ Market was headed up by Sarah. It’s a successful, monthly event and a real boost to Surbiton, plus money raised goes to local charities. It’s now run by a great team of residents and Maple Works.

Shoes at last has changed over the years from selling only shoes to stocking an eclectic range of clothing, jewellery, Italian scarves, handbags and of course… wonderful shoes in the softest leathers. New for spring 15 from Australia, is One Season, soft brightly coloured cotton tops that

Gorgeous Original Gift Put the dress away but not the memories...

Artist and illustrator Lyndsay Russell will create a beautiful Paris-style fashion sketch of your wedding dress, shoes, bouquet and headdress – adding personal touches such as fabric swatches, the wedding date and the bride’s name. If you're looking for a unique and thoughtful wedding gift these artworks are ideal. They're also perfect for Christmas, Birthdays and of course Special Anniversaries. From as little as £125.

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coordinate with clothing by European designers, Bitte Kai Rand, Ilse Jacobsen and Sandwich, also with shoes by Spanish and Italian brands Audley, C Doux, Candice Cooper, Gia and AGL. A shop certainly worth a visit this spring. shoes at last 81 Maple Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4AW 0208 390 5673 | www.shoesatlast.com


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The Really Really Helpful Club Sarah Austin

When Darling Magazine discovered the Really Helpful Club, an online network for dynamic, like-minded women to share great ideas, helpful tips and their best recommendations, we knew our prayers had been answered!


he Really Helpful Club (RHC) was founded by enterprising mother and Wimbledon resident Sarah Austin a year ago. It is already an indispensible part of our local community. As Sarah explains, “RHC is all about helping one another, giving something back to the community and making our lives easier. The concept for the Club arose when I realised that I have an invaluable network at my fingertips, as do most women. I noticed that sometimes we need to go beyond our own network of friends for help. And so, the Really Helpful Club began!” “RHC is already the very well known 'go to' source for our local area. Very lucky for all of us to have such a resource available to us”, Tina Stonely (Wimbledon) (Coombe) Word of mouth is the best and most trusted way of getting the answers you need and this is key to the RHC. Whether you’re looking for a reliable gardener or dog-walker, a wonderful caterer, a fantastic holiday destination or all those many and varied decisions that women make in their our daily lives, you can rest assured you will find helpful solutions and trusted recommendations from women just like you. The RHC actively supports local businesses, entrepreneurs and charities. The Business Forum offers uniqueway wayfortowomen reconnect with thewith workplace. offers aaunique to reconnect the workIt’s buzzing with with networking andand job job opportunities, place. It's buzzing networking opportunities,

aimed at women looking for a career change or to rediscover the workplace once their children have started school or flown the nest. Sarah has also launched The Little Black Book, a directory of everything you need to know. Only businesses that have been tried and tested and received positive recommendations may be invited to have a listing. Many businesses give RHC members exclusive offers too. It’s free to join, easy and friendly to use and serves a wonderful purpose. Hurry up and join the conversation! reallyhelpfulclub.com darlingmagazine.co.uk | sept–oct 2014




A true mover and shaker with a big heart Shiraz Mirza is living his second life committed to helping his community


arling editor Marja-Leena Toseland meets Shiraz Mirza, the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for Equality and Diversity for Surrey: What does your current role entail on a day-to-day basis? “I work to build links with minority and hard-to-reach groups across Surrey, making sure they receive a good service from Surrey Police and the criminal justice system and encourage these groups to engage with the police”.

A large part of your working life has been committed to community work and local politics. Where does your drive to help others to such an extent come from? “I see this as my second life after nearly losing my life to an illness that lead to temporary paralysis when I was visiting my home country Pakistan in 1992 and feel extremely lucky to be in a position

to help others”. Six months of rehabilitation in Kingston Hospital followed before he was able to return home and, eventually, to his work as an electrical engineer in a defence company. How did you become involved in politics and community work? “Meeting Brian Bennett in 1997, then the Mayor of Kingston, ignited an interest in local politics for me and, after a lot of persuasion, I eventually agreed to stand as a Lib Dem candidate at the local

elections. I was elected as the first Asian Councillor for my party in Chessington South Ward”. Shiraz’s rapid success in politics lead to him becoming the first Asian Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston in 2000 and again in 2007 and a deputy mayor in 2009.

for the first time I felt I should do something tangible for my community; leave a legacy”. Soon after the Mayoral election we acquired the hall in Norbiton. Local politicians across party lines came together to form the Shiraz Mirza Trust and, with the help and financial backing of property developer Ian Dobie of St George Plc and Philip Champion of the New Malden based Timber Merchants, the hall was opened a year later by then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. A second hall in Worcester Park was inaugurated by Boris Johnson in 2007. Shiraz is also a founding patron of Love Kingston charity, a governor at Kingston College and a Patron at the Hillcroft Women's College in Surbiton.

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THE VICTORIA FOUNDATION a charity helping to improve many lives in our community By Lorna Votier, Development Director


he Victoria Foundation provides medical support and equipment to those in need in the local community and wider area. This includes wheelchairs, which give disabled children greater independence, accessible transport vehicles, which ensure many elderly people are not isolated at home, bursaries for medical students helping to widen participation into medicine, and medical treatment when it is not readily available. Individuals, charities and community organisations can apply to the charity for a grant to fund medical equipment and support. Richmond & Kingston Accessible Transport (RaKAT) has received grants from The Victoria Foundation to fund six fully accessible mini-buses which make it possible for hundreds of nursing home residents in the Kingston and Richmond area to go on much appreciated days out. The vehicles have travelled over 65,000 miles and are the most popular and requested vehicles in RaKAT’s fleet. The mini-buses have also assisted over 60 local organisations and community groups and provided over 35,000 passenger journeys.

The charity raises funds through donations it receives and from the proceeds of events it organises both locally and overseas. Staff and supporters of the charity are currently training hard in Richmond Park and the surrounding area for a cycling and trekking challenge in

Burma in February. The team, which includes Graham Ball CEO of the charity and the Development Director Lorna Votier, will be cycling or trekking up to 7 hours a day for five days in temperatures of 26C. The Victoria Foundation Burma Challenge team is aiming to raise £25,000 to continue to fund much needed medical equipment and support to help improve many more lives in the local and wider area. Team members, including Nikki Williams of Jumblebee online auctions, have been working very hard to reach their fundraising target. Nikki raised £1,840 by organising an online auction of products and business services generously donated by the ladies of the Athena Network Surrey and South West London. Help the Burma Challenge team reach their target - text TVFB15 £10 to 70070 to donate to TVF to help improve many more lives. To find out more about how the charity helps to improve lives and the Burma Challenge go to www.thevictoriafoundation.org.uk or contact l.votier@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk


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MUMS ARMY Needs You to help mums in developing countries By Fiona Jeffery OBE, Founder and Chairman, Just a Drop


magine walking 6km, carrying 20kg of water on your head, whilst also carrying a baby and bringing a toddler with you.

Or, imagine sending your own child out, alone, to fetch unsafe water from a dirty pond. Picture them standing ankle deep in a stagnant pool, scooping up and then drinking the muddy water. Then consider that this water is guaranteed to make them sick with a life-threatening illness.

when things are most serious and in need of the most committed support. When an army is mobilised, it means that action is being taken and that the most professional, most dedicated and most able of bodies are moving in to assist a situation that is overwhelming its victims.

In fact, shockingly, a child dies every 20 seconds from a water related disease. International water aid charity, Just a Drop, is launching its Mums Army campaign on Mother’s Day to support the plight of mums worldwide in their daily struggle to find water. It is the first time that a charity has specifically called on mums of the UK to unite with mothers in developing countries.

Mums united Wherever in the world they are, there is a deep understanding between mothers. She is the pivot on which the family revolves; a formidable force. And an army is also a major force, mobilised at times

Just a Drop’s aim is to mobilise a Mums Army to inspire mums in the UK to rally together and raise funds and awareness to help mums in developing countries who do not have the luxury of having water on tap. There are various ways to get involved from being a ‘Troop Leader’, recruiting other mums in your local area to form a fundraising ‘brigade’, or becoming an individual ‘trooper’ and organising your own fundraising activities. Either way, by joining the ranks of Just a Drop’s Mums Army, you will be contributing to a national force for good, so please consider signing up today! Mums Army will launch on Mother’s Day – the one day of the year that everyone celebrates their mum – and will run for one year, culminating on Mother’s Day 2016 when the campaign’s target to raise £250K will be announced. More information can be found here:

Anne Marsh with Alice Makau Self Help Group chairlady and grandmother, Kanthuni School, Kenya.

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We are delighted to announce that in May 2015 we will have a dedicated Momentum Garden in the Great Pavilion at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


This is an exciting and rare opportunity for us to have the previous Gold Medal winners Chris and Lorraine Birchall from Tale Valley Nursery and renowned willow sculptor Victoria Westaway, display their professional horticultural knowledge and design expertise to represent the journey taken by Momentum families.


We are now seeking sponsorship of approximately ÂŁ6,000 to pay for the construction of our garden. This is a fantastic marketing opportunity for a good cause and a chance for unique company branding and networking opportunities.


Contact the Momentum office on 020 8974 5931 or email Bianca@moment-um.org for more details.

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Registered charity no 1106677


love kingston fundraising at the heart of our community

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Reading helper opportunities available now in Kingston

Beanstalk is a charity that trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children aged 6-11 to help them become confident and literate.

www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk Tel: 0207 730 8259 Email: innerlondon@beanstalkcharity.org.uk Registered Charity Number 296454. Registered Office: 6 Middle Street, London EC1A 7JA


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Unleashing the energy within With the help of  Gaia healing What is Gaia healing? Gaia evolved from Reiki – an energy renewal therapy in which the trained practitioner accesses and channels energy through her hands, into the body and energy field of the recipient. Gaia also forms the basis of a comprehensive healing system, known as Eternal Light. I was invited to do the Gaia teacher's qualification last year and I now train and initiate others in Gaia levels I and II, to those who wish to learn and give healing to themselves and others. What happens in a Gaia session? After a short consultation, you lie down, fully clothed on the healing couch. This would be either in front of the fire in my healing room at home, or at Kingston Natural Health Centre in the evenings/weekends. Once you are completely comfortable and I have

Discover joy, vitality and inner peace “Raise Your Vibration” With Gaia Healing by Nicola Swan at Kingston Natural Health Centre Gaia Healing evolved from Reiki and offers powerful energies for deep physical, emotional and mental release. Following your Gaia Treatment you will: • • • •

Feel deeply rested Have less pain Feel balanced and energised Cope better with life’s ups and downs

Just one treatment brings you deep relaxation and a profound sense of wellbeing. Have a course of treatments and discover more joy, vitality and inner peace. Regular treatments will raise you to a higher state of consciousness. Let Go, Live Lightly and Shine! Nicola Swan is a registered teacher of Gaia (beyond Reiki) and is fully trained in Eternal Light Healing. Call Nicola now for an appointment or queries. Tel: 07753 562043 email: gaiahealingkingston@gmail.com www.kingstonnaturalhealthcentre.com/therapists

by Nicola Swan Registered teacher of Gaia Fully trained Eternal Light Healer

tuned in, I cup your head in my hands as the energy starts to flow. Your mind quiets as your brainwaves move into a slower rhythm. You will enter a peaceful, altered state of consciousness, as I work on other areas on or above your body, focusing on the main energy centres. There's little or no talking during the session, though relaxing music accompanies the session, which lasts an hour. What are the benefits of Gaia Healing? In addition to being a very effective detox for your whole system and deeply relaxing, Gaia is a wonderful antidote to many mental conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Gaia can also reduce or eliminate pain, and speed up the healing process during convalescence or post-operative recovery. The re-energising and restorative effects of the Gaia treatments will be of great benefit to anyone who is feeling low, stressed or out of balance in any way. Who is it for? Anyone can enjoy and benefit; there are no contraindications. It is safe, simple and powerful. As one client put it: ‘It’s like a holiday – for the soul!’ Does Gaia work together with other therapies? I do massage and find the two work really well together. I offer a bespoke 90 minute session, of a full body or back massage, followed by 30-40 minutes of healing. A Gaia Gift Voucher would make an excellent Valentine’s gift for your beloved this Valentine’s Day. A single 1-hour session costs £45. A course of 4 or more sessions reduces the price: £40 per session, or £35 if six sessions are booked together. email: gaiahealingkingston@gmail.com darlingmagazine.co.uk | feb – march 2015 17

health & fitness

BOOST YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNITY If your child is struggling to concentrate, experiencing low energy levels and mood swings, testing for metal toxicities and mineral deficiencies through hair mineral analysis could reveal chronic metal poisoning (predominantly mercury, lead and arsenic) which can occur in children as young as three up to 16 years old. After a gentle detox of these metals and the inclusion of relevant mineral supplements, the change can be significant. DIET ESSENTIALS Protein The amino acids in protein provide the building blocks for

Your wellbeing is a topical subject at this time of year, but, asks Kate Llewellyn-Waters, how is your child’s diet?

the chemical messengers that allow optimal cognitive activity. Omega-3 Fish oil is high in omega-3s DHA and EPA which are necessary for maximum brain function. Zinc Deficient levels can result in low energy, poor immunity, bad

memory and an inability to focus. Magnesium Supplements will increase cognition. Vitamin D Plays a vital role in attention span and brain function.


O O U U C C H H!!!! Yes, Toothache Day exists and it’s in February, but it’s not about celebrating it, insists Dr Sachin Anand, it’s about knowing how to prevent it Tooth decay is the most common cause of toothache – it can lead to a tooth abscess, a damaged filling or a broken tooth. Other causes are infected gums and repetitive motions such as chewing gum and grinding teeth at night time. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste – the two-minute rule just doesn’t cut it any more. Floss once a day and keep regular dental and hygiene appointments. Enquire about sealants and fluoride applications for the children. Minimise sugary diets and reduce snacks in between meals. Act quickly – the minute something doesn’t feel right, get it checked out. All too often, people have a hunch that the pain will go away on its own and before you know it, you’re awoken

at night by the most intense, throbbing and shooting pain. A few rare cases have led to life-threatening conditions. I’ve only every had one patient who required immediate treatment for an infection that was starting to spread rapidly. Treatment depends on the cause – it can range from simply disinfecting the area, laser or cavity fillings, to complex root canal treatments usually for an infected tooth nerve due to the build-up of bacteria, or tooth extraction. Antibiotics or phototherapy with a cold laser are often recommended to reduce the pain and inflammation. dentalessence.co.uk

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Cook's corner Spinach and Feta Frittata

2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 8 large eggs 1 red onion, finely diced 6 vine tomatoes, diced 250g fresh spinach 100g feta cheese, crumbled Fine sea-salt and black pepper to season • Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to large pan over medium high heat. • Beat the eggs thoroughly and season with salt and pepper. • Add the onion and tomatoes and cook 2 to 3 minutes until the onions are tender. Add the spinach and cook for another minute, or until the leaves begin to wilt. • Pour eggs into the pan and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until egg mixture has set on the bottom and begins to set on top. • Next, top with cheese, and place in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes, until the frittata is lightly browned and fluffy. Remove from oven and it’s ready to enjoy! www.thenutritionnut.co.uk

A ‘cleanse-friendly’ baked sweet potato with protein packed borlotti bean stew Serves 4 2 large sweet potatoes Olive oil 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 large red onion, diced 100g/3 ½ oz mushrooms, sliced 400g/14 oz tomatoes 400g/14 oz borlotti beans • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. • Prick the potatoes all over. Rub them with oil and place on a baking tray. Cook the potatoes until they are soft all the way through. • Meanwhile prepare the stew. Heat the oil in a pan and sweat the garlic and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 5–10 minutes to allow the vegetables to soften and the sauce to thicken. • Open up the baked sweet potatos and add the stew. Serve and enjoy! www.chrisjamescleanse.com

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Makes one 7 inch large tart or 10-12 individual sized tarts Chocolate fudge crust: • 1 cup pitted dates • 1 cup slivered almonds • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 2 tbsp cocoa Chocolate avocado pudding: • 4 avocados • 1/4 tsp salt • 1 tbsp vanilla extract • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Agave (maple syrup or coconut sap – for a sugar-free version use liquid stevia to taste) • 1/3 cup natural cocoa • 1/2 cup (ca.100 g) melted dark chocolate To make the chocolate fudge crust: • Mix all crust ingredients in a food processor until dough-like consistency.Tip – if your dates are dry and the dough is not sticking together add 1-2 tbsp of water. • Grease a muffin tin or spring-form pan with a natural oil. • Distribute crust evenly into the muffin tin or spring-form pan pressing down. To make the chocolate avocado pudding: • Melt dark chocolate and set aside to reach room temperature. • Place all pudding ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. • Make sure to scrape down the sides occasionally. Tip – feel free to reduce the amount of chocolate if you are not indulging. Pour pudding evenly on top of crust. Place in the freezer and let set for min 4 hours. Remove from freezer, top with fresh raspberries or strawberries and enjoy!

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with yoga, meditation and detox Darling talks to Chris James, the renowned yoga and meditation teacher and the man behind the Mind Body Cleanse range. What makes your one-onone teaching and philosophy unique? “Yoga classes are a western adaptation of the traditional master pupil model. My speciality is one-on-one. When I work this way, I apply my knowledge of yoga, diet and lifestyle to the individual, rather than the individual to the yoga. I do not teach from a format like most teachers. I use my experience and postures, breathing techniques, meditation, nutrition and cleansing techniques to achieve optimum results, according to the needs and goals of the individual. I have worked with celebrities to hone their perfect bodies, athletes aiming to qualify for the Iron Man competition, international rugby players and

people recovering from cancer; my service is bespoke.” Where do you teach yoga and meditation? “I am based in the Richmond area and do mainly home visits. As well as teaching Masterclasses and Workshops I run Clean Break retreats like our next one in The Ananda in the Himalayas, which has been voted top spa in India by Condé Nast.” Tell me about the “12 Days” Cleanse. “In 2004, I developed a 12- day programme for my private clients who typically led busy lives. The product started its life in a shoe box. After great success seeing many lives

change for the better, the product started gathering its own momentum and is now stocked at Harrods, SpaceNK, Liberty of London and I am really excited to have it at U.R Beautiful in Kingston now too!” Who would you recommend the product range to? “It's ideal for people who are looking to improve their health and lifestyles. Especially those people who tend to lack the willpower to kick bad habits, and struggle to stick to their health regimes. It's good for anyone with tired looking eyes & skin, who have a poor diet and feel sluggish. I would also recommend the cleanse to people who sleep restlessly and wake up tired. The Cleanse is also great for people who suffer from a mental fog and who may be carrying a spare tyre ...I could go on.” For more information go to: www.chrisjamescleanse.com

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t is not unusual today for grown up children to be living at home well into their late 20s and even early 30s. Indeed, it is a sad fact that for many the dream of buying one’s first home, or even a larger family home, particularly in south east England, is unlikely to ever become a reality. High rents and strict mortgage rules mean saving for a deposit or securing a mortgage is becoming ever more difficult, making parental assistance an attractive proposition. Step up the bank of Mum and Dad!

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In practice, for individuals seeking to implement wealth management measures into their estate, it could prove to be very tax efficient. If a deposit is provided to your children to assist them in purchasing their home, or for the purposes of carrying out improvements, it will be made free of inheritance tax provided you do not die within 7 years of making the payment. So far so good. However, if your child purchases, or already owns, their property with their partner or spouse, and they subsequently separate, what happens to your money and, if you are seeking for it to be returned to you, how do you avoid becoming embroiled in any litigation arising out of that separation?

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Make sure that your intentions are clearly expressed to all parties before the monies are paid and that you fully understand the implications of your decision. For example, if it is your intention that the monies are a gift which you do not intend to be repaid, in the event of separation your contribution will be retained by them both, and shared in accordance with the way they own the property.


If it is your intention that the monies should be repaid at a later date, or in the event of separation, ensure that you have a Declaration of Trust or suitable Loan Agreement, drawn up by a solicitor before the purchase is completed, or the monies paid, clearly setting out the contribution you have made, the events that would give rise to the monies being returned to you and the terms of repayment.


Consider registering a legal charge over your child’s property similar to a mortgage to protect your interest, or even owning the property jointly with your child and their partner, or spouse, as tenants in common, until such time as the monies have been repaid.


If your child is proposing to cohabit with their partner, it would be advisable for them to consider entering into a cohabitation agreement; or if they are married, or anticipating marriage, a pre, or post nuptial agreement.

If the monies do come back to you it is equally important to seek advice from a solicitor at that stage as there are likely to be tax implications for you. You may also wish to consider some form of trust arrangement to provide extra protection.

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While the above measures may appear to be rather extreme, it is important to bear in mind that informal, often casual agreements, between family members can be the most difficult to address in the event of separation. Taking steps to protect your contributions from the outset not only makes good financial sense, it can also protect relationships, leaving you to focus on what’s really important; family. Kate Smith and Chris Thurlow will be running a seminar in 2015 dealing with the topic of wealth management. If you would like to register your interest to attend, please contact marketing@hartbrown.co.uk.

Further advice regarding family breakdown and tax planning can be obtained by contacting Kate Smith on: family@ hartbrown.co.uk and Chris Thurlow on: wills@ hartbrown.co.uk. Alternatively you can call 0208 947 8171.

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On the ON THEscene SCENEpeople out and about in and around Kingston ....................................... 11th Anniversary Dinner of the Shiraz Mirza Community Hall and the 5th Anniversary of the Shiraz Mirza Trust

L-R: Lally Malik, Shahid Mirza, Cllr Shiraz Mirza, Baroness Jenny Tonge of Kew, William Soek and Karine Torr

L-R: Elaine Miller, Fundraising Manager for Love Kingston, Edward Bentall, Founding Patron; Marja-Leena Toseland and Marcus Le Brocq from Signature Care Homes

Rose Theatre launched its spring season Hart Brown Ladies' Night at Hobbs in Wimbledon Village

L-R: Mary Waring, Amanda Cullen, Angela Williams and Laura Hart

L-R: The Lady Eleanor Holles School's Prize Giving Day

L-R: Paola Pozzi, Marketing Manager; Maureen Beattie, Lady Capulet in Romeo + Juliet; Jerry Gunn, Executive Producer and Siobhan Sharpe, Marketing and Press Officer

Frank Sinatra's100th birthday Gala Concert at the Rose Theatre

L-R: Heather Hanbury, Headmistress of the Lady Eleanor Holles School with Debra Searle, Adventurer and TV presenter

L-R: Karine Vandermuelen, physiotherapist, Sara Jackson, Marie Hadgianni, Dalia Matusevicience and Carol Davids, all teachers at Holy Cross Preparatory School

Expressions Des Bijoux's Designer Jewellery Sale at Cannizaro House

U.R Beautiful VIP evening in Kingston

L-R: Carol Bennett; Mary Bell, Managing Director at U.R Beautiful; Sally Sensier and Nicci Sensier, Salon Manager

Athena Networking Christmas Fair at Warren House

L-R: Maria Hoogakker, Catherine Miholich and Rosita Hashmati, owner of Expressions Des Bijoux

Athena Christmas lunch at Warren House

L-R: Julie Watts, SkinCerity and Younique; Clare Cotton-May, Forever Living; Mark Bradford and Carolyn Henderson from Warren House; Tam Jackson, social media expert and Angela Allright, Tennison Property

L-R: Kirsty McMorren, owner of Absolute Abode; Clare Marie Jones, florist and PR consultant; Julie Eltham, Regional Director of Athena Networking, Carrie Cantor, Cantor Hindson Associates and Sally Strang, Travel Councellors

4N Christmas lunch at the Bingham Hotel

L-R: Sarah Lewis, Director at Salt PR and Jane Skynner, Property Developer

L-R: Anita Feron Clark, personal stylist; Annie Armitage, photographer; Millie Govekar, Millie Whizz Tutoring and Elaine Swift, Mr Montry's Art Emporium

Elmbridge Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2014

Henry's Grill opens in Esher

Junior Sports Team winner: Surbiton Hockey Club U12 Girls

L-R: Reza Amini, owner of Henry's; Edward Davey, MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Mark Linehan, MD of Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA); Shruti Choudhary, SRA and Monica Amini

Carol Concert raising funds for South London Younger Parkinson's Network L-R: Lucia Sanderson, Assistant Head (Junior), Rokeby School; Kerri Stephens, Director of Music, Rokeby School and Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson's UK

L-R: Sarah Webb, Founder of South London Younger Parkinson's Network and Sarah Austin, Founder of The Really Helpful Club

Fabulous Women and Marvellous Men network in Kingston Stella & Dot party in Coombe Hill

L-R: Mark Rouvray, Diane Carey, Victoria Hamblin, Caroline Ewans - Group Leader for Kingston and Wimbledon, Keith McDonald and Monica Castenetto

L-R: Gina Clayton; Tessa Wilson, S&D stylist; Brit von Plato and Sandy Reid

Northen Attitudes; Kingston and twin town Oldenburg's (Germany) artists' exhibit at Kingston Museum

L-R: Rachel Pearcey and Ruth Blackford, both KAOS members

L-R: Martina van de Gey; Brigitte Pfender; Cathy Roberts, Deputy Mayor of Kingston; Hanna ten Doorkaat, KAOS; Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council and Robin Hutchinson

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has arrived in Thames Ditton

L-R: David Edwards, GM at Guy Salmon Land Rover Thames Ditton; Brian Cosgrave, raffle winner of a signed Harlequins shirt and Mike Brown, Harlequins and England Rugby Team and a Land Rover Ambassador

Christmas festivities in Coombe

Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2014

L-R: Shamin Sarif, writer and Hanan Kattan, film director from Enlightenment Productions receiving the Best Creative & Media Sector Business award from Edward Davey MP

Just A Drop gets ready to launch Mums Army campaign

L-R: Mark and Ingrid Vaessen; Peter Dazeley, photographer with his Unseen London book and Jason Horsler, Head of Contemporary Music for Kingston Music

The Bourbon Street Revival live at the Willoughby Arms

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What an evening with Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday Gala Concert at the Rose Theatre By Darling Editor, Marja-Leena Toseland


t’s hard to believe that Frank Sinatra would be one hundred years old this year.

His timelessly romantic tunes are still the choice for cool gatherings, stylish commercials, special social occasions and many a Valentine’s dinner too. Sinatra is one of the best selling artists of all time recording over 1000 song titles and appearing in numerous films. He was born in New Jersey to Sicilian immigrant parents; a high school drop-out who became a legend. To honour his hundredth birthday, Rose Theatre in Kingston staged a fabulous Charity Gala in November raising funds for the locally-based charity, Princess Alice Hospice. Frank Cognoscenti and his all-star band of some of the UK’s finest Jazz and Big Band musicians from the BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club got Kingston singing along and toe-tapping. The audience got into the swing of the brilliant band and couldn’t have enough of Frank's mesmerising voice. The experience was brilliantly close to the real thing opening with Come Fly With Me followed by Lady is a Tramp and, my favourite, I Got You Under My Skin which got the audience singing along. We were treated to so many of Sinatra’s finest songs such as Nancy, Ol’ Man River, Fly Me To The Moon, Second Time Around, My Funny Valentine, It Was A Very Good Year and the ever-cool Girl From Ipanema, to mention but a few. The remarkable, physical likeness of Congnoscenti

to the forty-something Sinatra really brings the experience close to what I imagine it would have been with the maestro of smooth himself. Frank appeared as a Sinatra body double for a key holographic feature at Simon Cowell's 50th birthday party and more recently on the BBC’s The One Show. Frank Cognoscenti has been a professional vocalist and songwriter for over twenty years and since 2002 has devoted his professional career to Sinatra’s work. Today he is regarded as one of the UK's most passionate defenders and the ‘definitive’ interpreter of the early 60s Sinatra sound. For forthcoming concerts and information on Sinatra shows visit: www.franksplace.co.uk and for Rose Theatre productions: www.rosetheartekingston.org

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fter a really cold and gloomy winter we’re all looking forward to the radiant yellow of the daffodils and some warmer weather. Unfortunately, there is still a bit of a wait for that, so why not utilise these colder months and plan what inspirational additions you can make to your home? At Haven Construction we would be happy to meet you in the evening and discuss the feasibility of these plans, draw them up and assist in cost effective ways of achieving the most out of your home. We offer you an all inclusive package and will

take your dreams and deliver the build you’ve always wanted. We are based in Wimbledon and have been delivering a high standard of work here and in South West London since 2005.

What sets us apart from many of our larger competitors is our small business ethos; we are able to provide a dependable, personalised service tailored to your exact requirements.

We specialise in loft conversions, extensions, full refurbishments and renovation work. No matter what your requirements, we will work with you every step of the way, from design to completion, on time and on budget.

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it through your front door and that it will fit your room.

hen buying upholstered furniture, the temptation is to choose what looks good, feels comfortable (often after only sitting in it for a few minutes), fits in with the home colour scheme and/or based on price. However, strength, durability and maintenance requirements should also be considered. Lifestyles have changed and, as a result, upholstered furniture typically receives considerably more use than it did decades ago. Price is not necessarily an indication of durability. Here are some of the factors to consider when buying upholstery: Sit on the furniture with your partner or a friend and check that the cushions do not push you towards the centre or tip you forwards. The cushions should fit snugly and there should be no gaps between adjacent cushions or arms. The back should provide firm support to your lower back when you sit with your feet on the floor and you shouldn’t have to lean back too much. Check the overall shape and size. Upholstered furniture comes in many shapes and sizes – ensure that you can fit

Consider how much you will use the item and ask about the fabric – is it suitable for general or severe domestic use? Ask how long the product has been on display – this will give you some idea of how the piece will appear and feel after a period of use.

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Move around on the furniture and avoid anything that squeaks or creaks. If the furniture has a recliner action, check that the mechanism does not rub against the cover fabric as this could lead to premature cover wear. Look for information labels or pamphlets providing care and maintenance instructions and/ or details on the furniture’s suitability for domestic use. Seriously Sofas offers affordable, quality upholstery, with plenty of choice and would be delighted to offer you expert advice and assistance. www.seriouslysofas.com galleries: www.pinterest.com/ seriouslysofas/

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he beginning of 2015 has started well for the lettings market, with the majority of flats on the market being let at their advertised price. However, 2015 sees a tightening of belts on the sales front. The market seems to have shifted from being a sellers’ mecca in 2013/2014 to a buyers’ heaven in 2015. While the lettings market is seasonal and the price is driven by local amenities, it’s also down to the landlord to be realistic. Even if you don’t have the Thames or a station on your doorstep, a well presented flat should not be on the market for any longer than a week. Since opening our Kingston Hub we have noticed that one and two bedroom flats are a hot commodity and are much sought after by young professionals either working in Kingston or commuting

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SPRING is just around the corner


here is no more welcome sight at the end of those cold and wet days of winter than to see the tiny tips of snowdrop leaves poking through the soil. Snowdrops can arrive looking in perfect condition because their leaf tips are specially strengthened – they literally bore their way through frozen soil.


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Although some varieties of daffodils are early flowerers, others may wait until well into April to show their faces. Like all spring bulbs, these should have been planted in the garden last autumn. But if you missed that particular boat, worry not: why not go to your favourite garden centre, buy up some miniature

It is extremely important for daffodil leaves to be allowed to die off naturally, as this is nature’s way of replenishing the store cupboard for the following year’s floral performance. Removing the dead flowers is OK, but each plant will need at least 4 weeks for their leaves to wither, and then you can cut them off at ground level. You may see some gardeners valiantly tying their daffodil leaves into neat bundles; this is also a dreadful thing to do as it garrottes the supply of food, and you may as well have used the scissors in the first place!


If you think that you are getting fewer flowers than last year, then it’s time to think about thinning out the over-crowded clumps. Unlike most other bulbs, snowdrops can be lifted when they are still in full leaf.

daffodils in pots (Tete a Tete will do just fine) and then bury them, pot and all? No one will ever know!


Bulbs that are to stay in the ground from year to year can be given a feed, and the critical time for doing this is between the time when the flowers first appear and when all the leaves are brown. Any later than this and your efforts will be wasted. Auntie Planty is a qualified horticulturist. As Auntie Planty she offers gardening masterclasses in your own garden.

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What's on? Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy: an exhibition Until Sat 14th Feb Rose Theatre, Kingston Free entry, a selection of paintings on sale www.rosetheatrekingston.org Talk: The Rothschilds Tue 3rd Feb At Surbiton & District Historical Society, Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Rd, Surbiton 7:45pm Mrs Diana Davis will give an illustrated lecture on "The Rothschilds". Contribution of £2 welcome Email: lenandmarilyn@virginmedia.com Discussion: "Energy for the future - is policy fit for purpose?" Fri 6th Feb At Kingston Workmen's Club, 25 Old London Road, Kingston 7:30pm - 9pm, bar open from 7:00pm Transition Town Kingston hosts a discussion on energy policy between Energy Minister and local MP Ed Davey and Duncan Law of Biofuelwatch. More info, and book your free ticket, at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discussion-energy-for-the-future-is-policy-fitfor-purpose-tickets-14746698773 Cost: Free, donations to cover costs welcome Exhibition Gala Night Tue 10th Feb, 7:00-9:00pm At The Corner House Community Art Centre, 116 Douglas Road, Surbiton A one-off multidisciplinary art exhibition celebrating 3 local artists, consisting of stunning micro-pen fine art work, black and white photography from Asia, and poetry. Art work for sale on the night, along with music, film screenings and a free drink! Free Event! www.thecornerhouse.org Rich Man Poor Man - a Love Kingston fundraising dinner Sat 14th Feb, 7:30-11:00pm


St John’s Church. Grove Lane, Kingston KT1 2SU Cost: £10 including a lucky dip supper; will you pick a Foodbank or a festive meal? Box office: richmanpoormanevents@ gmail.com Thames Concerts - Alison Pearce and Adrian Clarke Sat 14th Feb, 7:30-9:30pm Well-known opera and musical theatre arias and duets by Purcell, Mozart, Lehar, Puccini, Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein, plus songs by Finzi, Ireland and Vaughan Williams, to mark Valentine’s Day. St Andrews Church, Maple Road, Surbiton, KT6 4DS Cost: £15 10K Road Race Sun15th Feb At Chessington Sports Centre, Chessington Community College, Garrison Lane, Chessington. Time: 09:00am. We welcome entries from ALL grades of runners. Online entries can be found at www.runnersworld.co.uk/v10k or a postal entry form can be downloaded from the main race website. Entry costs vary dependant on UKA affiliation www.26point2.co.uk/valentines10k/

Cost: £5 www.facebook.com/pages/SOULSensations/1383808485177343 Scottish Ceilidh Dance in aid of The Faircroft Trust Sat 28th Feb, 7:30pm St Paul’s Parish Hall, Hook, KT9 1PL office@thefircrofttrust.org Romeo & Juliet Directed by Sally Cookson Sat 28th Feb-Sat 21st March Rose Theatre, Kingston www.rosetheatrekingston.org Peter Pan Goes Wrong Winners of 2014 WhatsOnStage ‘Best New Comedy’ Tue 31st Mar - Sat 4th Apr Rose Theatre, Kingston www.rosetheatrekingston.org

Talk: Michael Koch - “Happy Days Are Here Again?” Tue 17th Feb, 8:00-10:00pm Kingston Jazz Society. Michael traces the development of jazz in post-war Germany from 1946-1955. Druids Head, Market Place, Kingston Cost: £1. briangoddard@waitrose.com

Sewing & Crafts Sale Fri 6th - Sat 7th Mar, 10:00am4:00pm At Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, East Front, Hampton Court Everything for the sewing and craft enthusiast including threads, fabrics, wools and haberdashery and vintage accessories and clothing. Also one-off collectors’ items, antique sewing accessories and vintage curios. Cost: Admission £3 which includes entry to our Grand Draw In aid of Royal School of Needlework www.royal-needlework.org.uk

Soul Sensations Dance and Social Sat 21st Feb, 8:00pm-1:00am At Goals Tolworth, Deckers Sports Ground, Kingston Road, Tolworth Soul Sensations is a local event previously held at venues in Wimbledon and Epsom. Two DJs playing original vinyl and CDs of disco and boogie classics from the 80s and the best of today's Soulful House.

Easter Egg Hunt 4 dates; 3rd until 6th Apr Cost: All Tickets £3 (+ normal admission) Ham House and Garden Follow our spring trail in the gardens to win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/ whats-on/find-an-event

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rowsing the latest online photos, I find myself looking at a handsome male. Ripped torso, and a gleam in his eye that’s irresistibly mischievous. I study his profile: “Loves freedom” and “being the centre of attention.” Yep, gorgeous as he is, I know he’d give me the complete run-around. Pass. The next one is less threatening; huge, brown eyes, soft and gentle. Definitely easier to handle, but, knowing this type, the chances are he’d be slobbering all over me in seconds. Valentine’s Day approaches and I am forced to admit finding the perfect match is as challenging as ever. Even if you’re willing to settle for a total dog! To explain, I’m perusing the latest pooches on BorrowMyDoggy.com. The concept sounds barking, but is actually brilliant. Dog owners with time issues lend out their pets to dog lovers with commitment issues. For borrowers, this

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