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editor’s letter Let the festive season begin

Cover: Marja Putkisto Photo by Kiera Fyles, Palmer Photography Makeup by Emma Rosenkowitz at Kristina Gasperas Makeup Artists

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Where did the year go? The end has crept up on me again but I’m not complaining as I love this time of year; the lights are on and our homes have been decorated. There are gift fairs, parties, concerts, fabulous food and drink; and the presents of course. We are bringing you our top choices for the best places to eat and drink, to look stylish as the ‘belle of the ball’ whether your budget is high street or boutique, and fabulous, and a little different gift ideas from local businesses. On the cover is our Inspiring Woman, Marja Putkisto, who’s dedicated the last 30 years to developing her internationally acclaimed Method Putkisto body transformation programme, which is recognised by the likes of Harpers Bazaar as one of the best programmes available. She is passionate about teaching us a way to physical wellbeing that will last a lifetime. Darling is all about inspiring you, whether it’s in your working life with tips on how networking can boost your business or career, looking after yourself both mentally and physically, creating a home of your dreams or enjoying the best of the art and culture on offer locally. Enjoy the family get-togethers, ice-skating, skiing, sunny escapes, wintry walks, mince pies and mulled-wine…you can even admire our magnificent Richmond Park from a horse driven carriage! Until the New Year when Spring is on its way.

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Marja Putkisto - one woman’s vision can change your body for a better life Antipodea brings Australian warmth to wintry Richmond Festive season's restaurant guide Are we being savvy by networking in women only groups? The voice of business in the borough On the couch with Dr De-Stress Don't let the bugs to get the best of you this winter What is the state of your colon? What every woman should know about osteoarthritis Release your natural energy Richmond joins the fight against food waste A very heatlhy Christmas and a vegan New Year High street or boutique? - festive season's style edit One Paved Court - a new space for contemporary art lovers Will you be my attorney? Disappearing vistas of London Christmas inspiration - shop fabulous gifts locally De-mystifying Tarot cards Out and about with our editor The heart and soul of our home by The Painted Furniture Company How to bring zen into your home? Horse-drawn carriage rides in Richmond Park Love local What's On - festive season's diary pages Cook's Corner Paul Mendelson's bridge column Lyndsay Russell's Point of View

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NO MADNESS in this method

One woman’s vision to change your body for a better life Darling editor enjoyed an elevating one-to-one session with the truly inspiring founder of Method Putkisto, Marja Putkisto, at her East Sheen studio


ethod Putkisto is an internatioally acclaimed body management programme, with its roots deeply in the Finnish philosophy on physical movement and wellbeing. Marja is originally from Finland and came to London 28 years ago. She lives in East Sheen with her husband and daughter. She has published 14 books; the “Body Lean & Lifted in 30 days” is available in English and Marja is preparing to publish her 3D Face Clinic and the Body Up books in the UK soon. The core of the Method is deep stretching and breathing, making it far more than an exercise routine. It’s actually a pedagogical teaching method on how to conduct our own body and it can be used in any sport or physical activity. The Method teaches us to take charge of our own physical wellbeing and put the practice into our everyday lives.

It’s like a new body language we need to learn to speak and understand. And it works for everyone, regardless of body


shape, fitness level, and with all the shortcomings and problems our bodies present. Harpers Bazaar named Method Putkisto as one of the most sensible, natural and effective ways for improving your body shape and overall condition. The magazine listed Marja amongst the six best body transformation professionals in the UK, in 2010 and 2011.

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to exercise regimes and body conditioning classes. Where did the inspiration to develop your own method for exercise and body management come from? ‘I spent the first year of my life in a cast leaving me in a static state and wanting to be free to move. This drove me to find a way to move and to use my body in a way that would be right for my physique. Not even Pilates, which both I and my academy teach, helped. I knew I needed to go deeper. I have always loved physical activity, especially dance, so I

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joined a ballet school aged nine. Despite the difficulties, I continued enthusiastically, even after being told by my PE teacher that ‘I had no talent for any sport or physical activity’. By the age of 25 I was teaching at the Finnish National Opera, incorporating my methods into the lessons. I could see the change in the students’ bodies, movement, and even their singing voices. The original quest of the Method to elongate the short, tight muscles still applies. It became clear that I needed to understand thoroughly what the logic behind movement is in order to understand what really makes the body reach its optimum and potential. At the same time my own physiological challenges played in the background; I needed a well-functioning body for life, and very importantly, I needed to feel good in my body. I embarked on a long journey in search for answers and worked out, bit by bit, the ideas through my own body, studying different philosophies and information from around the world, picking what I felt were the right pieces for changing my musculoskeletal balance. I was determined to re-train my body and my brain as well.

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I introduced this new knowledge into my own way of moving. This demanded total focus from me, emotionally and mentally. By giving my mind a ‘workout routine’ in order to drive the change, took enormous energy and dedication. I ignored many experts’ advice along the way, allowing my intuition to lead me. This work, over several years, led to Method Putkisto being born. During this time I had moved to London to study choreography at Goldsmiths University and later at Laban Dance Centre. For 25 years I have had my own academy with a team of professionals, now including 100 MP trainers and 10 studios; in Finland, London, LA and Geneva, all specialising in Method Putkisto.’ The Method Putkisto philosohy stretches to facial rejuvenation as well. This is a lot less well known and practised amongst the fitness and wellness aware public. Is your 3D Natural Face Clinic part of the overall body wellness concept or something for those more concerned with beauty and anti-ageing? ‘The 3D Facial Clinic offers a natural alternative to facial rejuvenation and I am so excited that we have had regular followers for over a decade. But its benefits go far deeper than the face alone, affecting the whole body alignment. Increasingly, sports men and

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women are finding that the Method Putkisto Face programme ‘workout’ helps them and can also improve their performance. I never imagined it would be used by Formula 1 drivers and ice hockey players, but of course it is mostly used by ordinary men and women. The Method takes its inspiration from the earth, forest and Sibelius. You will find us in Richmond Park on Monday mornings - not quite a forest, but a place where we can respond to the challenges the different surfaces present outdoors. We’ll hang from the trees, literally, balance on logs and work on agility and balance and even rebuild how we walk to spiral our spines. The way we move outdoors is then translated into what we do in the studio. It is very Finnish in its simplicity. With the forest I refer to the lumberjacks and the way they used their bodies in the optimal way when rafting logs; a very common sight in Finland during the heydays of the paper and timber industry. Sibelius refers to the glamorous women of the past who knew how to carry themselves graciously and what a good posture could add; that was elegant, understated beauty. The British women have always mastered this so well. You have also found time to write and publish 14 books and trained a great number of instructors and your Method is taught and practiced by over 100 instructors and 10 studios internationally. What’s next for you? ‘I feel now that I’m one of the team and working for the Method. I was only 25 when I formulated and developed the origin of the Method (which remains the same) – and am working on it every day with my wonderful clients and instructors. I also work as a consultant to businesses, educational institutions and government departments in Finland. I’m really enjoying the work I’m doing with the Finnish equivalent of The Department of Transport with my new ‘Posture Angel’ service.

We are implementing important changes into the culture of work and ways of working throughout this industry: I hope to see soon if my formula can free thousands from tiredness and back pain caused by static office work. The Method offers tools for independence; freedom to move for the rest of our lives, and feeling good in our bodies. WINTER 2017-18


new restaurants


brings Australian warmth to wintry Richmond


f you are familiar with Brew Café chain then you know what to expect from its sophisticated sister Antipodea.

Modern Australian cuisine is known for its global influences and Antipodea will offer a taste of Sydney and Melbourne to Londoners with a well-travelled menu by Executive Chef Moran Etedegi. Antipodea benefits from a network of producers and provenance carefully curated by the Brew team over 10 years, including freshly baked bread daily from the Hellfire Bakery at Brew Putney, an in-house butcher, and herbs grown on- site. Breakfast isn’t just avocado on toast. Dishes such as Turkish poached eggs with hung yoghurt, hot chilli butter and toasted pide, and of course, vegemite will be available! Grills, pitta pockets and bagels join a selection of main dishes to be the focus at lunchtimes with stand-out dishes including the house ground chuck steak burger and spiced cauliflower steak with hung yogurt, summer peas, baby gem, toasted cashews and caviar lentil salad. Antipodea comes alive at night, offering guests a vibrant dinner destination with the à la carte menu drawing inspiration from around the world. A robata grill will get things fired up and play the role of the barbecue in the kitchen with dishes such as grilled half lobster and 45-day aged Aberdeen


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Angus steaks. A wood fired oven will deliver a selection of seasonally changing pizzas as well as dishes such as Korean wood roasted chicken with kimchi and gochujang pepper ketchup. Desserts too feature exotic twists on classics with the likes of chocolate souffle with pashmak – a type of Iranian candy floss, and sticky fig pudding with coconut and salted caramel. A daily changing selection of cakes and baked goods will be available, including treats from down under such as Anzac biscuits. As to expect from any brasserie worth its weight, the wine list packs a punch with a focus on new world wines from Australia and New Zealand, with wines imported directly from the vineyards. The concise yet considered list is sure to please wine lovers, while a selection of craft beers and creative cocktails will offer refreshing alternatives. The restaurant interiors have been inspired by modern Australian design with links to the locality of Richmond’s landscape, with earthy tones, indoor plants and natural finishes. 30 Hill Street Richmond TW9 1TW 0208 3946906 |

Festive Season's   RESTAURANT GUIDE Alexander Pope

Whether you’re planning the office Christmas do, or the family Christmas Day lunch there are festive menu options suitable for one and all at The Alexander Pope this year. Choose from a range of party sharing boards, which come loaded with delicious titbits – from a turkey board with all the trimmings, to a pub snack board with Scotch eggs, handmade sausage rolls, pork pies and crackling. Alternatively, opt for the Christmas Feast set menu and choose from a range of festive starters, mains and desserts

The Bingham

A beautiful place to meet, drink and eat for special occasions and everyday encounters. The food is modern British-biased with subtle flavours from vibrant, interesting ingredient combinations from Head Chef, Andrew Cole. The menus adapt daily with the seasons and feature dishes such as mackerel, tarragon mayonnaise and shimeji mushroom. It’s the perfect spot for both small and large tables – date nights and meet-ups with friends and the bar is always open for a cocktail or two. Private dining and parties take place downstairs with its canopied, heated private terrace.

La Buvette

An independent, French bistro in the centre of Richmond town. The bistro has an intimate dining room and a secluded courtyard. They have been serving local residents since 2004. The menu represents Regional French cooking, with nods to the influ-encing neighbours of Spain, Basque, northern Italy and North Africa. The menu changes fortnightly with the Prix Fixe at £18.50 for the 3 courses. The wine represents all the regions of France. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

The Retreat Kitchen

Food for your heart and soul. Hugely popular for a reason, this independent vegan cafe is one of a kind. It occupies an unassuming, spot on Richmond's Hill Rise - a perfect place to refuel after your Christmas Shopping with a mince pie and a chai or turmeric spiced latte. Maggie and Claire have created a warm, open and friendly atmosphere in which you can truly unwind whilst enjoying their healthy winter salads, hearty vegetable pasties and homemade guilt free treats. Vegan or not this place has something for everyone. WINTER 2017-18


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Are we being savvy by networking in women-only groups? by Charmaine Mace


s a woman, starting a business and working on your own can be daunting as you won’t have colleagues to discuss an idea or problem with. Women in particular want local support, local networks and local advice – joining a womenonly group offers this in a supportive and relaxed environment. A lot of women are natural networkers. It’s NOT about shoving your business card into someone’s hand and hard selling. The women who are successful at networking are the ones who nurture the relationships, help each another in good and bad times and find opportunities for one another. I’ve seen so many women grow personally and also develop their businesses. Again, I think that this is because of our non-threatening environment. We laugh with each other…. Not at each other. Most women prosper in this environment. Some of them, when they first start networking, are so nervous standing up and speaking. I’ve been told so many times that because of the training they have in our groups, their “elevator pitches” or “60 seconds” are buttoned down and they can now stand up in all sorts of groups without have butterflies in their belly. This makes me chuffed. Over the years of doing networking, I have found that more people are now “getting it‘. Networking is a good place to spend part of your marketing budget and to include in your business plans as long as you take heed of the “rules”. Being part of a network and maintaining relationships is about giving as much as it is receiving. Offer value without the expectation of a return and watch your success grow.

“I joined Athena not knowing what to expect and have been wonderfully surprised. This is a safe environment, with diverse women and has changed my business for the better, opening doors and creating opportunities that I never expected. I have not looked back.” Alexandra Willis “My decision to join Athena was one of my best. I knew it would give me opportunities I couldn’t achieve on my own in such depth – networking skills, business development and support; forging lasting friendships was the bonus.” Valerie Munro aka Auntie Planty

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VOICE of BUSINESS in Richmond


ichmond Chamber of Commerce, predominantly self funded, is the dynamic and independent business network of more than 5,000 startups, SMEs, corporates and charities from a wide range of sectors with the mission to market, advertise, represent to Government, councillors, MPs and media, and to support businesses with weekly networking events, corporate social responsibility (CRS), training and mentoring services with an aim to increasing local prosperity and sense of community. If you run your own business or work for a corporate, large or small business, charity or organisation operating in or around the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, or wish to launch a start-up, broaden your network or share your years of experience with fledgling businesses, then you

are invited to join the Chamber and enjoy the subsidised broad ranging programme of weekly networking events, mentoring, business masterclasses, seminars and established annual keynote events: The Richmond Business Awards at the RFU delivered with The Richmond and Twickenham Times; The Richmond Entrepreneurs Conference at RACC; and the meeting, chaired by Sky Media, with Peers at The House of Lords. Richmond Chamber of Commerce is not a place you’d go to ‘hard sell’ your business: there are no stressful ’60-second rounds’ where you pitch to the other delegates, and making a sale is not the purpose of their meetings. Instead, you will meet and get to know other members

Richmond Theatre’s team with Chamber’s CEO Anne Newton in July 2017.

of the business community in pleasant, informal settings at a wide selection of local venues. That’s not to say you won’t get business. I have met some of my trusted suppliers at Chamber events, and also gained clients. Anne Newton, Richmond Chamber’s CEO, is very good at putting people together. She takes the time to get to know her members and what they do, and can make suggestions as to which members might be able to help you in your business. A wide range of networking and training events take place at all times of the day and in all parts of the borough, so you can guarantee there will be something to suit you. Try it. Annette Peppis - Graphic Designer The Chamber will be very pleased to welcome you. richmondchamberofcommerce.

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health promotion

Release your



he human body works constantly to repair and rejuvenate its cells in order for your body to function as nature intended. The foods we eat and the thoughts we think directly impact this process every day - either positively or negatively. The good news is, your energy levels and your overall wellbeing, can be dramatically enhanced by taking control of this process. It is possible to free out the natural energy in your body, to feel your very best and on top of your game - this really could give you the ‘edge’. I believe many people operate ‘below par’ because they digest thoughts and foods they are not designed to eat, both mentally and physically. Sadly, with an overload of misinformation in the area of health and wellbeing you may not even realise you are doing so. For most of us, life is always going to be busy, so here’s how to address what you think and how you nourish your body to ensure your energy flows at its optimum:

1. Aim to feed yourself positive thoughts – focus on what you can do and in the direction you want to go. 2. Take a moment - allow yourself ‘a moment’ or two during your day to simply observe. Wherever you are, Stop… and just look at what’s in front of you. Notice the colours, shapes and movements. Then notice how you can instantly feel calmer and more able to think clearly. 3. Focus as you eat - take the time to notice how your food looks, smells and tastes. This can increase your awareness about how they make you feel and to help you make better food choices. 4. Fuel your body - aim to eat real unprocessed foods in their natural state. Eat protein with every meal for more sustainable energy - think grass fed meats, wild fish, organic eggs and natural yoghurt.

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Dr Mariette Jansen

Aligning the dialogue of head and heart Dr Mariette Jansen (Dr De-Stress) is a psychological coach who helps her clients to discover more about themselves and to take control of their lives and its challenges. If you are worrying about anything, share your questions with Mariette in confidence and receive a personal answer from her:

Q: Dear Mariette, I am in a real state about Christmas. I want to do something different and am anxious about telling my family. Since my parents died four years ago, I have taken it on to host Christmas for my three sisters and their families (8 children and 1 dog) and now everybody takes it for granted that I will do that again. I have a very demanding job, a lovely husband, big house and no kids. This year I want to go on a cruise with my husband as we need time together. I don’t know how to tell my sisters and part of me feels very selfish. What do I do? Celia A: Dear Celia, aren’t you a lovely sister? Hosting Christmas for four years in a row. I bet your sisters were delighted to have the burden taken off them. For that reason, they will not be too happy with you this year.

However, this reaction is not personal. It is about inconvenience and effort. Their lives were much easier with you taking care of Christmas. Now they have to spend time, energy and money themselves. But, is it your responsibility to organise their Christmas? Are your sisters not capable? Is it selfish to look after yourself and your marriage? Even though family is very important, your primary relationship is with your husband and it is important to nurture and nourish that relationship as well as looking after yourself. I suggest you communicate your decision via an email, so each can digest the message first. You can explain your decision clearly, tell you understand they might be disappointed and even though you will miss them, you are also looking forward to being away and getting some rest. I wish you a wonderful Christmas.

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Don’t let the BUGS get the best of you this winter


inter is the coldest of our seasons and it can put extra pressures on us, both mentally and physically. While you may have the urge to stay inside and hibernate, being proactive and following healthy living strategies will boost your winter wellness, here’s some of my tips for you: • Exercise – helps your immune and digestive system work more optimally and produces happy hormones • Love your gut – it houses arounds 70% of your immune power so support it with a balanced diet including a rainbow of fruits, vegetables, protein and fermented products (full of good bacteria) • Drink water – vital for wellness, plus the moisture boosts the bacteria fighting powers of mucous membranes, including those in your sinuses • Reduce stress – this releases more energy for your immune system • Sleep – this is when your body rebalances, recharges and regenerates. Ideally be in bed by 10pm to get the sleep your body deserves

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What is the state of your colon? Asks Rian Torres from Health Etcetera


very day our food ends up in our colon where it often gets stuck against the colon’s wall. Did you know that impacted faeces forms a dirty crust, which is the root cause of many health problems? Regularly cleansing our colon helps with a myriad of issues, both physical and emotional. Everyone should cleanse their colon once in a while if they are healthy. If you have health issues, a series of treatments is recommended. Scientists are now proving in the lab that your health starts in your colon. Whatever health condition you suffer from, a colonic cleanse will help you in some way.


Unfortunately, most clinics’ expensive rates mean that only the wealthy have access to this ancient treatment. Rian is set to change all that and offers treatments at a very reasonable rate. ‘I would like to educate people about the benefits of colonic irrigation in a safe and quiet environment’, says Rian. She sees clients at her retreat in Coombe Hill. T: 07963 692441

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What every woman should know about


Ali Mobasheri D.Phil.(Oxon) Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiology, Univ. of Surrey


steoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and one of the most frequent causes of physical disability among adults. It causes pain, swelling, impaired joint function and inflammation of the joints and leads to irreversible changes in bone. It is more common in men under 45. However, research suggests that women over 50 have a significantly higher risk of developing OA and other types of arthritis (except gout, which primarily affects men). Some of the risk factors are beyond our control, such as abnormal biomechanics (joint loading) and changes in our hormones as we get older.

So why do women get such a raw deal here? We don’t have a clear answer to this but some hints can be found in the female anatomy (hips, curves and so on) and the female hormone system. This is especially relevant when combined with excess body fat. The desease primarily affects knees, but hips and hands are also often affected. Women tend to have more flexible joints and this anatomical hypermobility causes laxity and increases risk for developing OA. Women’s bodies are designed to give birth and their tendons and ligaments in the lower body are therefore more elastic than men’s. OA in women rises significantly after menopause suggesting that oestrogen plays a part as it increases the risk of osteoporosis, making bones less dense and more fragile. However, taking estrogen (via hormone replacement therapy, or HRT) does not necessarily reduce the risk and this highlights the importance of several factors that are not beyond our control: excess weight, body fat and low levels of physical activity.

Obesity is one of the most important risk factors for OA and a range of other musculoskeletal problems. Excess white fat in our bodies acts as an inflammatory organ, releasing harmful mediators that exacerbate the symptoms of OA. For decades OA was considered a wear and tear disease affecting the elderly. It is now generally accepted that it is an inflammatory disease that can start in our teens and 20’s and manifest itself as early as our 30’s and progress further and faster when we are overweight. All this may sound depressing but the good news is that losing a few pounds can make a difference and losing weight can decrease joint pain and slow joint degeneration as well as benefit muscles, tendons and ligaments. “Obesity is one of the most important risk factors for OA and a range of other musculoskeletal problems. Losing a few pounds can really make a difference.” WINTER 2017-18


beauty news

Home spas and personalised skincare our bathrooms are suddenly looking like beauty salons


spent an hour with Marion Couffon, anti ageing consultant with more than 10 years of experience in the industry, who explained the philosophy and science behind the many innovative ‘cadgets’ that her company has developed for home and also professional use. Marion demonstrated her unique Spa System on one half of my face, leaving the other side un-touched, in order to show me that even one treatment can have immediate effects, albeit minor as expected. Noticeable results will need a few weeks of regular use together with the specially formulated products. No wonder this is nicknamed the ‘face iron’ as it does just that, smooths

out lines and wrinkles. It is used to enhance the effectives of the products so they penetrate much deeper into the skin. I also discovered that some of these products can now be personalised to an impressive degree; age, sex, ethnicity, skin condition e.g. sun spots, acne and also preference for a SPF factor and fragrance. The products; cleanser, serum, day and night creams are delivered to you in capsules that slot into a dispenser. I have been applying their line corrector and the SPF22 day moisturiser every morning and the night cream at night. My skin is looking smoother and hydrated, even with-

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Richmond joins the fight against FOOD WASTE


f food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China.

This shocking statistic should be enough for anyone to realise that food waste is a problem we need to act on, and it is something anyone can play a part in. Two Richmond-based businesses have partnered up with the free app Too Good to Waste in order to allow stores to sell surplus food to customers at the end of the day for a re-duced price. Since this social enterprise came to the UK, almost 100,000 meals have been saved. More than 1000 British restaurants, cafes and bakeries have already joined the initiative, includ-ing brands likeYo! Sushi, Chop’d, Sofitel and Mitchells & Butlers. Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go, said that “a great deal of environmental challenges pose a threat to modern-day London”, where statistics suggest 16

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food waste costs the average citizen £200 a year. In addition, for every 5 bags of shopping purchased, one is thrown away with perfectly edible items. Trough the app, users can now pick-up their pre-bought food before the closing of the stores, contributing to a growing movement that could lead to a more sustainable future. As Crummie explained, “what we perceive to be waste isn’t waste at all”.

local restaurants

A very healthy Christmas & a vegan New Year at The


s the nights draw in and the countdown to the Festive Season begins Maggie and Claire at The Retreat Kitchen, Hill Rise, Richmond are working harder than ever to bring you their own nutritious winter warming vegan dishes that will keep you feeling full and energised in these darker months. Having set up their kitchen in February 2017 they are keen to celebrate their first Christmas with as many of their customers as possible and share their love of vegan cuisine. The ladies will be serving vegan mince pies, vegan sausage puff pastry plaits, mulled wine and their fine selection of vegan bubbles, wine and beer. In terms of weekday lunches they offer warm broccoli, leek and cashew cheese quiches, homemade vegetable curries, hearty pies and seasonal winter salads such as braised red cabbage and apple and beetroot slaw. For a lighter option,

Retreat Kitchen

try their delicious daily soups, which are packed full of fresh vegetables sourced from Streets (their local green grocer in St Margarets). At the weekend you can feast your eyes on their popular All Day Vegan Brunch Menu. Organic turmeric lattes have been immensely popular, as have their Green Giant smoothie which is packed full of kale, ginger and spinach to really detox the body after a heavy night! They also have a great selection of juices which are expected to be even more of a hit in January. Maggie and Claire will be serving up nutrient packed detox salads for those looking at healthier choices after Christmas. They are also keen to support those taking the Vegan Pledge in January 2018 for Veganuary. This movement challenges people to eat a vegan diet for the whole of January to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve

personal health. The campaign grew by 260% this year, with close to 60,000 people signing up and it looks to be an even bigger number this year. The Retreat Kitchen has been well received and these days it’s hard to get a table in the small but perfectly formed venue! Maggie and Claire have high aspirations for the future and are excited to be hosting a One Day Retreat in January (keep an eye on their social channels for details!) 16 Hill Rise, Richmond WINTER 2017-18



High Street or BOUTIQUE Hi, as your local Image Consultant, I’ve put together some ideas for your upcoming party season this Christmas & New Year. Whatever your budget, style or body shape, I can help you find the best outfit choices to make you the ‘Belle of the Ball’. A few simple tips to remember: 1. When you want to amp up the glam, chose an item you love whether it be a skirt, a dress or a top, then work your accessories around it; don’t over do it, otherwise you’re in danger of looking like one of the Christmas decorations!

Justine Elton Sartorial Image Consultant

2. Make-up can play a huge part in finishing off your look, matching nails and lips in a vibrant colour, which suits your complexion, will make your face glow. It’s the party season, be brave and try something different. If this is all too much information and you’re not sure how to apply these tips to you, why not book a styling appointment with a professional, you are worth it! Phone me on: 020 3759 1445 | web: | Instagram: sartorial_imageconsultant

Sartorial gold coloured tassle earrings £12.50

MAC Lipstick Satin, MAC Red £16.50

Cabinet Gold Plated Swarovski Crystal Erinus Ring £174

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Sartorial burnished gold, rose gold & silver statement necklace £24.50

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Sartorial gold ball and crystal drop earrings £10.50

Kailani Keyhole top by HALE BOB. Anna Boutique, Hill Rise, Richmond £215

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This faux fur cropped coat by IJMA goes with anything. Anna Boutique, Hill Rise, Richmond £159

Damsel in a Dress Military Trousers, Navy £110

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a new space in town for contemporary art lovers Meet the team of artists behind it filmmakers. We particularly welcome new talent to showcase their work in a less commercial setting. We are always looking for new artists and are pleased to say that artists are increasingly finding us.” “The work we exhibit, and indeed, the talks, poetry, film and music events we run here, is a little different and often more challenging than what more traditional places offer. We want to bring great contemporary art to Richmond”.

Founders Kate Proudman, Judith North and Charmaine Stimson


ne Paved Court is a new art gallery and studio space in the heart of Richmond. Founded and run by a fa female trio of artists, one of whom is also an architect who's architect husband is the fourth partner. Together they restored this Georgian building into this functional space.

The recent Bruce and Flora Mclean UNSCRIPTED exhibition was this father and daughter duo’s first joint art exhibition. Bruce is often quoted as the Father of Conceptual Art, already leading in this field in the 60s, often working outside in the urban and suburban landscapes. Flora is a talented fashion

designer with her House of Flora label. She is known for her avant garde headwear, but also creates geometric jewellery pieces and angular sunglasses. She’s designed pieces for film and her work has been worn by supermodels on the covers of magazines. Visitors should expect an exciting programme of innovative, serious and stimulating work, and the opportunity to engage directly with artists working in a range of media. Artists are given the freedom to exhibit a diverse range of projects offering flexible terms and occasional studio hire. It's worth signing up to their newsletter for details on events and exhibitions.

The space offers an alternative to the conventional commercial gallery model. “We show work ranging from internationally recognised to local and emerging artists. They also host a variety of arts events including artist’s talks, and open our doors to community projects, musicians, and 20

Founders Charmaine Stimson, Kate Proudman and Judith North Photos by Paul Mowatt

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legal promotion

Will you be my attorney? What you need to know Barry Adamson


asting Powers of Attorney (LPA) enable a person to choose who they would like to make decisions on their behalf should they become unable, by reason of mental incapacity, to make those decisions themselves. Whilst much has been written about the need to make an LPA, the responsibilities of the person being asked to become an attorney are not so well publicised. Your first instinct is likely to be that, of course you would like to help a friend or loved one, but the following should be considered before agreeing to become their financial attorney: Best interests The cardinal rule is that, as an attorney, you must act in the donor’s best interests at all times. Keep your finances separate If you are taking charge of

someone else’s finances, it is essential that you do not mix their money with your own. There are some exceptions to this rule so it is always worth seeking advice. Banking If you need to use internet banking on behalf of someone else it is vital that you first register the power of attorney with that person’s bank and the bank confirms they have accepted that you have authority to act for their customer. Not doing so can be considered a crime under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 – something very few people realise. Expenses Unless you are taking on the role of attorney in a professional capacity (as the donor’s accountant or solicitor) it is most likely that you will not be paid for your time acting as attorney.

from the donor’s assets, even if you believe the donor would have wanted you to make them on their behalf, is extremely limited. It will be necessary to ask for the Court of Protection to sanction a proposed gift. We would recommend advice is obtained to ensure that any proposed gifts are approved. Following death The authority conferred by a power of attorney ceases upon the donor’s death. As attorney you do not have the right to close the deceased’s accounts or pass monies on to the beneficiaries of the donor’s estate. These are tasks for the donor’s legal personal representatives….as is the payment of the donor’s funeral bill. Barry Adamson Partner and Head of Private Client 020 8332 8679

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VISTAS of London

ondon has 13 protected vistas, one of the most famous being the view from King Henry VIIIs Mound in Richmond Park to St Pauls Cathedral in the City of London (below). Unfortunately this historic view has in the last year been destroyed due to the construction of a 42-storey building in Stratford, which towers behind and dwarfs the dome of the Christopher Wren masterpiece, and compromises the 300-year-old view from the park.

act of parliament, and it is said to be the most expensive view in the country, which will be further bolstered by the recent refurbishment and sale of Doughty House, with a price tag of a cool £100 million.

The developers of the tower seem to have ignored the rules that protect such views. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been urged by campaigners to have the top 12 storeys of the tower removed, sadly this has been to no avail.

The view is beloved by many of us, and also proved an inspiration to painters such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and JMW Turner, and Sir Walter Scott who described the view as “an unrivalled landscape.”

Richmond of course benefits from other vistas too, such as the wonderful view of Petersham meadows and the Thames from Terrace Walk on the hill. It’s the only view in the country that is protected by an

The wonderful view of Petersham meadows is the only view that is protected by an act of parliament, and is said to be the most expensive view in the country

Photographer Paul Mowatt, who grew up in the area, photographed the view of the Kew Gardens pagoda on his way home from college one wintery afternoon in 1981. The great storm of 1987 took many of the trees down, seen in the original Black and White picture here. Subsequent development of the Richmond Cricket Club and London Welsh Rugby Club, with the installation of large obtrusive floodlights, has rendered Paul’s original view as somewhat ‘lost’. Paul says : “I only printed the negative after the great storm and I remember being quite taken aback by how much the landscape had changed due mainly to the storm. It motivated me to photograph more of these spectacular vistas, as I realised that these beautiful views can literally be lost overnight” To mark the anniversary of the great storm, Paul has produced a series of limited edition prints of his original view of the pagoda. Titled ‘from the pagoda’ only 75 will be produced, and each print will be printed on fine art Giclee paper, measure 12”x8”, and will be signed and numbered by the artist. Priced at £185.00. email: left: St Paul's Cathedral from King Henry's Mound right top: Petersham Meadows right middle: Kew Gardens Pagoda in 1981 right bottom: Kew Gardens Pagoda today


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The Men’s Edit from Mr Mullan's Mantidy - Gents Grooming Kit £149 Handwoven leather organiser with six carbon steel tools - produced in a combination of silver, gunmetal and brass designs: a large nail clipper, a small nail clipper, small curved nail scissors, a nail cleaner and file, a pair of tweezers and a pen-knife.

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Fjallraven - Kanken - Plum £65 The Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack is available in a fantastic range of over 30 colours. Surprisingly spacious, this product is a great size for day-to-day wear. Mr Mullan's General Store 4 Friars Stile Rd, Richmond


Stress-free Christmas Shopping Baby it’s cold outside … cute, yet practical Swedish childrenswear All 100% organic cotton Newbie Willy Sweater £18 Newbie Hat with pom-pom and cabling £12 Newbie Cable Knit Mittens - £12 28 George Street, Richmond

Heartwarming Christmas giving By choosing to buy beautiful Christmas gifts such as a 100% woollen Bailey Lane throw or Christmas cards from Momentum children’s charity you will be helping to support sick children locally. christmas-shop

ILU Fitwear - Stylish, Active and Calm Range Fitness Wear ILU creates beautiful pieces which lift your mood, suit your lifestyle and make you look fabulous, whether as work-out clothes or everyday clothes!

ILU Hygge Cardigan £77

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A fabulous chance to try different accessories and to experiment with new styles with your friends in the comfort of your own home.

Celebrated photographer Peter Dazeley takes you behind the scenes of some of the most opulent, well known and much talked about buildings Available form good bookshops such as Waterstones in the Bentall Centre and Amazon £30

Charlotte Price Facebook: stella&dotbyindependentstyli stcharlotteprice Margeaux Clutch Gold SG199GLD £68 Pave Feather Hair Pin H104 £22 Evie Bib Necklace N905G £136 Philippa Bracelet B429G £88 Trove Statement Ring R187G £35

gifts for him & her available locally Snow Way!! Your loved one will thank you Give the Gift of Bootcamp Pilates this Christmas From a block of 5 for the newcomer to 30 classes for the enthusiast - the more you buy the greater the benefits. Or get your loved one on a fast track to the perfect body with the help of a personal trainer! Quote 'darling' & get 10% off. Offer ends 31 December 2017. Unforgettable experiences make perfect gifts New Year Winter Breaks in Iceland We are Iceland travel specialists Iceland is our only destination. Solo, family, friends and group holidays all year round. Pursue the Aurora: from £555 per person (5 days/4 nights) Contact: 07879 563 808 WINTER 2017-18


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mental health

Jaishree Manani

De-mystifying TAROT CARDS A powerful tool for guiding you


hen people hear that I am a Tarot Card reader I smile and wait for their reaction. I have been working with Tarot cards and Angel cards for over 25 years and have found that the cards are a great tool in self discovery. The 78 cards in the pack can pretty much describe every situation we can possibly experience in life. My journey started with the Tarot when I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life. My health and marriage were in trouble and life became a challenge. It was at this time the cards were gifted to me. Prior to that I was a student of Vedic astrology, my other passion. The cards became a source of guidance and allowed me to access my true self; they became my ‘best friend’ and guide. As my connection with the cards deepened, I was able to access my intuition and align myself powerfully to my higher self. Realising my strong affinity with

them I started to do readings. The Tarot needs to be demystified as the benefits are practical and simple; it can give insight and guidance, also bring a fresh perspective to a situation you are experiencing. The cards highlight what conscious and subconscious effort you are exerting on your life and how these various factors impact your life. I pick up on any blocks you may be experiencing; these can be external, such as people and your environment, or internal, such as fear, worry and doubt. Whatever is on your mind will be highlighted by the reading. I bring you into the ‘now’ so you can focus and gain clarity. Once the cards are laid out in a spread, a picture of your current situation begins to unfold, like a story in my mind. My aim is to help you make more balanced and insightful decisions.

I believe the Tarot is an excellent way to gain a clear view of what you are thinking and doing, also where you are heading. A reading gives you the opportunity to focus on possible outcomes and examine influences around choices. By getting an impartial view often helps in making changes you need to make, in order to reach your desired results. If the path you’re on is not making you happy, you have the power to change it. You hold the key to your future. Facebook & Instagram: jaishreetarot WINTER 2017-18


On the scene

With editor Marja-Leena Toseland


Marja-Leena Toseland

Sarah Astoan and Jade Parker, Richmond Bee Smith, RUNFEST milliner

Flora and Bruce Mclean

Flora Mclean and Marcia Thompson


Paul Mowatt, photographer, Bruce Mclean and Kate Proudman, OnePavedCourt


Samantha Trinder (Bhuti and the Bingham) and Mairead Murrey Artists Luke Martineau and David Mach

Rekha Mehr (artist) and Sylvie Gormezano (Picture this Productions)

Sara Whitman and Barbara Spain, The Wharf

Steve Mowbray from Radio Jackie with our editor

Annie Armitage, photographer and Clare Darby, Pearson Hards Solicitors


Jan Stevens and our editor

Dejam Panov, Headmasters in Chiswick, Anita Feron Clark, stylist, our editor and Gjorgi Sokolov, Manager at Headmasters in Richmond


Satin Pleated Skirt £139 From WHISTLES

Mercury Moonglow Candle £42 from ANTHROPOLOGIE

Matilda Fedora £65 from REISS

Ana Victoria Moreno and Charlotte Smith


Sandra Nardi, 'Lady Wimbledon', Mayor of Merton, Cllr Marsie Skeete and 'Being Mr Brown'


Anita Feron Clark and Gillian Thorpe


Susan Green, founder of Inspired Women, Carole Barnes and Elaine Jones

Andres Sarda Neptune Bra £140 from RIGBY AND PELLER

Pompon and Marble Necklace £34.95 MASSIMO DUTTI

Cashmere Sneakers £310 from MAX Slogan T-shirt £16 MARA from TOPSHOP

Signature Glow facial at Bhuti Tweet / Facebook #DarlingRichmondWinter & @EyesOfLadyWimbledon for a chance to win WIN

Ellie Wing, Etienne Bretaudeau, Steven Cooper, Myung Jeong (Kingston store manager) , Molly Radberg, Judyta from Sarasvati Tav Juttla and Lucy Caller Chantille Wright andKostovska Rachel Le and Tissier our editor, Monika Gemma Keenor Dance taught us the (Richmond store manager) basics of bellydancing


Rochelle Tomlin, Judith Almieds, Christine Gill, Marja-Leena Toseland, Eloise Moffett and Shannon McGrath

Heather Knight, team captain, Julie Baker (Head of Enterprice, Business Banking at NatWest) and Ebony Rainford-Brent (retiree, England team)

Our editor with Rochelle Tomlin from NatWest with the England Women's Cricket Team and the ICC Women's World Cup trophy


David, Kim Birkbeck, Lucy Symons and Martin Birkbeck

John Mullan, Jessie Migee and Jason Revell, artist


Alison Gabrielidas, Sarah Fraser and Jo Hindley

Robin Smith, Robert O'Leary and Steve Westover - all fromYoung's Brewery

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Diana Sterck (CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce,), Karine Torr, Marja-Leena Toseland and Charlotte Broadbent

Darling Wimbledon editor and publisher Karine Torr


Tim Wakeley, Garry Mumford, Sherise and Marc Patric (CEO), Tracey Pike, Kelli Fenech, Joanne Mayfield, Tim Tounney, Edward Davies ad Gary Watford

Paul Funner, Helen Williams (landscape gardener) and Philippa Funner

interiors promotion


HEART & SOUL of your home

The Painted Furniture Co – beautifully British built just for you


Surrey showroom in Hampton Wick. With beautiful collections of high-quality bedroom, living and dining furniture, they are a first-stop for anyone looking for stunning painted pieces.

"We always strived to have something a little different in our Cotswolds showroom”, says Adam, “and, much as we love the oak furniture we grew up with, we were really struggling to bring some life and colour back into the showroom, everything was just a bit… well, brown!

Whether your style is bold and bright or soft and subtle, a freshly painted dresser, sideboard or table will revive your interiors and introduce a splash of your favourite hues to your home. Whatever your room’s décor, our passion is in providing you with a piece of furniture that is just what you were looking for, and is built to last a lifetime.

dam & Rosy Brown, the founders of the Painted Furniture Company, have been in the furniture and interiors business for many years, but the brand was really launched in 2010, when one afternoon they got a bit bored....

Just for fun we asked a supplier to paint one of our bestselling pieces in a nice grey green, the colour we always called the ‘Cotswolds window frame’ colour, just to see what it looked like. The results were stunning! We now had a collection of furniture which we knew was properly made and great quality, but we could now have some fun offering it in all sorts of colours.” The Painted Furniture Company, originally from Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds, have recently opened their first South West London and 32

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When it comes to paint colour; the choice is yours. We have a huge range of colours as standard, each carefully chosen to compliment a modern colour scheme from classic whites to striking greys.

“In an age of mass production, we are proud to be hand building our timeless classic furniture here in the UK and keeping traditional hand crafting techniques alive.” “Producing good painted furniture is much more complicated than simply producing furniture and painting it. Over the years, we have developed the expertise, the contacts and the experience to ensure we supply our customers with the highest quality furniture,” comments Rosy Brown, Managing Director at The Painted Furniture Company. “For any product to be included in our furniture collections it must be the best of breed and offer a great value price point too.” The customizable collections allow for complete versatility in terms of colour and sizing. So, whether you’re looking for a sideboard to fit perfectly in the nook under the stairs, or a low wardrobe to fit under the eaves, they'll be pleased to provide something that fits your vision perfectly. “Whilst our website has helped us grow to be probably the largest specialist retailer of painted furniture in the UK, that wouldn’t have happened without the backup of a real showroom where customers can see a wide range of our collections, in a range of colour options, displayed in beautiful room settings. We are fully committed to keeping a high street presence for the business. The opening of our showroom in Kingston seemed an obvious choice for us and we’ve been delighted by the reception so far. Pop in and meet our showroom manager Sam for a friendly chat and a browse.” 59-61 High Street |Hampton Wick | KT1 4DG

0208 946 8336

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Serious About Sofas? We Make It Personal. Meet Andrew Jones. Along with his wife Ruth, he runs Seriously Sofas of Kingston – home to some of the most beautifully designed bespoke and customised sofas, sofa-beds, corner units, chairs and accessories in the UK. In our showroom you’ll find quality products at affordable prices. And even better they can be customised to meet the exact requirements of your home or new extension. So why not pop in and discover a sofa or sofa bed to suit your personality as well as your space... a real focus on choice, quality and flexibility… and some of the most knowledgeable advice this side of the River Thames. We look forward to meeting you. Please visit us online at Crown Arcade, Union St, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1RP Tel: 020 8549 1233 Email: 34

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building promotion

Bring ZEN into your home Create  MORE SPACE to breathe


xtending your home will not only give everyone more space to live, hopefully more harmoniously as well, but it will also increase the value of your property, if done well. That should help you smile too. Whether you have a rear, side or double extension in mind, you'll need sound advice on how to maximise the space in your home. This can then lead to the desired results.

You need dependable, stress–free service We can take care of planning, managing and build work for your extension and guarantee it will be built to strictly regulated standards.

Start by booking a complimentary two-hour consultation with us You’re about to make a large investment in your home, so you need to feel sure you are hiring the right team. The first meeting is about exploring different ideas and options with you.

It’s all in the detail The process and costs can be baffling when it comes to home extensions. We take pride in an exhaustive attention to detail right from start. Our quotes are extremely detailed and clearly show where your money is being spent. This allows clients to budget more accurately and to work out their priorities.

Customer care We know that building work can be invasive, which is why our teams ensure that your home is kept as clean and tidy as possible while your project is brought to life. Trendy Spaces goes the extra mile and, if necessary, a temporary kitchen will be provided until your new one is ready to be used.

rative and the customer service we received both during and after the project was excellent. In contrast to other companies I've worked with, I could always rely on the team to be on site, they were extremely courteous and their work ethic was very strong - often working well into the evening to get the job done.” Tel: 020 3488 2332 Twitter: @trendyspaces Facebook: Pinterest: trendyspaces

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local interest

Turn your day into a fairytale with a horse-drawn carriage ride in Richmond Park This winter, experience the beauty of Richmond Park like neve r before


he Royal Parks has partnered up with Operation Centaur to offer six-person carriage rides drawn by the Shire Horses in this magical location. The hour-long tour begins with refreshments at Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, and includes a behind-the-scenes visit of the stables. The two daily rides – the first one at 12.00pm and the second one at 1.00pm – are scheduled upon booking on selected dates from Saturday 25 November to Saturday 30 December. Profits from the experience will also help to fund sustainable conservation initiatives involving the Shire horses in The Royal Parks. Founded in March 2017 in order to manage 5,000 acres of parkland across London, the charity Royal Parks looks after


eight major open spaces that include Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Every year the Royal Parks are visited by 77 million people. The organisation Operation Centaur, partner of the project, highlights the importance of horses as collaborators in human work such as agriculture, transportation, conservation and therapy. Active mainly in London’s Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces, it also supports charitable projects and ensures the survival of the last working herd of the Shire horses. This breed was introduced into Richmond Park in 1993 to guarantee the sustainable management of the land. The herd contribute to rolling bracken for the preservation of the grassland, road verge cutting and timber extraction from the woods. The Royal Parks has often supported the Shire horse team in order to help raising awareness of the valuable role of these animals.

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You can book your carriage ride at uk/horse-carriage-rides A two-people ride ticket costs £125, while the price for the exclusive use of the whole carriage is £375 Children over the age of 8 should be accompanied by adults Refreshments such as tea, sloe gin and mince pie are included in the ticket price The closest station is Richmond Underground or Overland; if you arrive by bus, take the 371 towards Kingston Upon Thames and get off at The Richmond Gate. For drivers, the post code is TW10 5HS.

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Mindfulness and Yoga at Marble Hill House Wednesdays throughout December 6:30-8 am places/marble-hill-house Axel Scheffler, Children’s Author The Alligator’s Mouth, Church Court, Richmond Thu 7 Dec 3:30 pm Behind the Scenes Spies in the Archives tour The National Archives, Kew Fri 8 Dec 10am–noon visit-us/whats-on/events Dad Day Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond Sat 9 Dec 10am-noon £6 for the first child; additional children £3 house_gallery Little Squirrels Forest Schools Thames Young Mariners

Thurs from Dec to Jan 9:45 to 11 am £12.50 18mths to 4 yrs

Sun 24 Dec 8am, 10am, Noon Booking essential and_grounds#festive

Singaround In Aid of Crisis For Christmas Bring a song or a carol and enjoy a mince pie The Cabbage Patch Pub Sun 17 Dec 7:45 pm

32Red Winter Festival Jump Racing Kempton Park Racecourse 26 and 27 Dec from 10am

PAST skills & Methodology Workshop Tue 9 Jan 9 am Medieval and Early Modern Tue 23 Jan Modern Overseas and Defence £50 visit-us/whats-on/events Twilight Flat Racing Kempton Park Racecourse 13, 20 Dec 14:35pm Festive Swim at Pools on the Park Old Deer Park, Twickenham

Richmond Foodies / Artisan Market Every Saturday / Sunday Heron Square Run Richmond Park 5K and 10K Sat 13, 27 Jan, 24 Feb 10 am East Sheen Carpark Baby Mindful 29 Jan, 26 Feb, 10 am Orleans House Gallery Theatres Richmond Theatre Aladdin 9 Dec – 14 Jan Matinees and Evening Performances (check website) Youth Theatre Stage Pantomime workshop Sat 16 Dec 11:00 am Moscow City Ballet Nutcracker Wed 17 & Thurs 18 Jan Swan Lake Fri 19 and Sat 20 Jan 19:30 pm Matinee Sat 14:30 pm Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales Mon 12 & Tue 13 Feb 11 am


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Nine Lessons and Carols Sun 17 Dec 6 pm All Age Eucharist with Carols Christmas Day 10 am St Mary Magdalene Christingle Service Christmas Eve 4pm Midnight Mass Christmas Eve 11:30 pm St Matthias christmas-services-2011#

The Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham The Railway Children Sat 9 – Sat 16 Dec 7:30 pm Sun 10, Sat 16 Dec Matinee 3 pm Bette and Joan Sat 20 – Sat 27 Jan 7:45 pm Matinee Sun 21 Jan 3 pm Romeo and Juliet – Youth Theatre Thu 15 – Sun 18 Feb Matinee Sun 18 Feb 3 pm

Advent Carol Service Sun 3 Dec Crib Service Christmas Eve 4 pm Festival Eucharist Christmas Day 10 am St Mary’s Twickenham Nine lessons and Carols Fri 22 Dec 7:30 pm St Elizabeth of Portugal Catholic Church

Orange Tree Theatre

French Market A fun, festive and authentic annual Christmas French Market Sat Dec 9 9am-5pm and Sun 10 Dec 10am-4pm Church Street, Twickenham OnePaved Court art space & studio Christmas Group Show 14 – 17 Dec 11am-6 pm Open until 8pm on Thu 14 for a special Christmas shopping evening, with mulled cider and a raffle. All welcome to drop in The things we leave behind 24 Jan – 3 Feb Teresa Albor & Lais Pontes A collaborative show about migration curated by Clara Rocha and Catalina Bunge Fred Ingrams 7 – 18 Feb Recent Work exhibitions-projects Swing classes Every Tue 7-8pm The Royal Oak, Twickenham

Misalliance, G. B. Shaw 2 Dec to 20 Jan Kika's Birthday (Over 3s) an interactive family-friendly show with puppetry 20 Dec to 6 Jan at 11 am Allegri String Quartet The UK’s longest running quartet 7 Jan, 28 Jan 11 am Christmas Services Traditional Carol Service Sat 16 Dec 4 pm Blue Christmas Mon 18 Dec 7 pm Midnight Mass Christmas Eve 11 pm St John the Divine WINTER 2017-18


Cook's corner

BRING A LITTLE ITALIAN TO YOUR CHRISTMAS Recipies submitted by Darling intern, Cristiano Dalla Bona

Savoury Panettone

Bagna Cauda

Your go-to appetiser during the holiday season

This Piedmont specialty is an essential part of the Christmas Eve buffet.

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500 gms – 1.1 lbs. flour 250 ml – 1 cup milk lukewarm 3 egg yolks 7 gms – 2.5 tsp active dry yeast 80 gms butter – 5.5 tbsp at room temperature 40 gms – 3 tbsp sugar 10 gms – 2 tsp salt

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WINTER BRIDGE With Darling’s bridge expert Paul Mendelson This hand defeats most players yet, upon analysis, it is embarrassingly logical. Would you play it correctly?

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TRIPPING at The Burning Man Oh God, do you think everyone’s going to spaced out on drugs?' my travel mate Karoline had asked me anxiously when we were heading deep into the Nevada desert. She was referring to a particularly lurid account of The Burning Man that had recently appeared in that bible of truth, The Daily Mail. I had no idea. But I did know it was the highly creative Mother of All Festivals. And to see why, you only have to Google BM Images… then triple the impact of those photos for the reality. Thousands of colourfully costumed festival- goers on sparkly-lit bicycles, plus insane, music-pumping vehicles in the genre of Mad Max meets Dr. Seuss, all circling giant art structures in the sand - created by the lovechild of Monty Python and Salvador Dali.

For eight days, a vast deserted desert plain is suddenly edged by a horseshoe of 78,000 people living in about 800 themed camps. In the centre of the wild, dusty landscape, a giant 100ft wicker man looms over the whole, surreal scene. Landing on another planet, is the nearest I can say to describe it. Going to the event is a radical challenge as you have to supply all your own water and food and survive in up to 110-degree heat. ‘Gifting to strangers’ is another special element. I came home laden with jewellery, poems, stickers etc., plus more (temporary) tattoos than Beckham’s left thigh. In return, I distributed English Breakfast Tea bags to those I met. You can take the girl out of England… I’m not going to even try and describe the event further, because it’s just too awesome and impossible in 400 words. But I am going to describe what happened on the last night. I tripped heavily. Yes, shocked readers - I really tripped. However, not on LSD or mushrooms, but through the air. My foot catching on a ground-sheet in the dark. Suffering a ripped hamstring and a trapped nerve, I was flown home after a two-day stay in a US hospital. Total bill: $30,000. YES, that’s when I really thought I was hallucinating. Yet regardless of the ensuing flashbacks and rehabilitation, I wouldn’t have missed the festival for all the opium in China. A trip of a lifetime, that utterly, totally blew my mind.

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