Darling Magazine Wimbledon April-May 2015

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PARENTAL CONTROL Just Ask Sylvie PEAK PERFORMANCE Alex’s Amazing Journey ARE-YOU-VEDIC? Yoga & Wellness SPREAD THE WORD The Really Helpful Club WORDS OF INSPIRATION Publisher Annie Eaton

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SMASHING THE RECORD Mike’s 3 Day Marathon

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editor’s letter Dear Darling Reader A man on the cover? It takes something special to break our long standing tradition of featuring only local women, but Mike Mitchell’s daring attempt to set a world record for the longest game of tennis matches (page 21), with the support of tennis ace Clare Wood, deserves star treatment. Cover: Mike Mitchell and Clare Wood Photographer Annie Armitage Makeup Trina Cooper On location at The Wimbledon Club

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This issue’s stellar achievers include Inspiring Woman, Annie Eaton, local mover and shaker, Mel Wilde and our ever-insightful therapist Pam Custers. It’s also packed with advice and tips on everything home and interiors, kids and computers, looking good and feeling well with Jamie Chalmers and Samsara Mind and Body. And with spring well and truly upon us, it’s time to make your business blossom by entering the Merton Best Business Awards (deadline 25th June). Until summer. Karine Torr Editor | info@darlingmagazine.co.uk

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Annie Eaton – proud bookworm, inspires us Plastic surgery. Are you thinking about it? The Really Helpful Club – great local recommendations Get gorgeous – try a new colour on your crown Serene Samsara. Our local sanctuary Local networker, Mel Wilde’s story A touch of Capri on the Ridgway Marathon Man, Mike Mitchell goes for gold Practising mindfulness with Pam Custers Who’s Who on the scene Award winning Jamie Chalmers on Ayurveda Absolute home style at absolute abode Going down under right here in Wimbledon Computer talk with Sylvie Garvey Downsizing your property with Annie Friend Athena’s helpful website and services Bridge with Paul Mendelson Darling’s Diary – What’s On Classifieds & Hot Spots Kate Greenhalgh’s Point of View

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Annie Eaton kindles our love of books


’ve lived in Wimbledon Park for 27 years and have worked in children’s publishing for even longer, starting off at Puffin Books back in the 1980s. Having worked at Random House for two decades, my career has gone full circle with the merger of Random House and Penguin Books last year.

I’m practically a fixture on the District Line – a long tube journey is a godsend to an editor, providing at least 90 minutes of daily reading time, although the typescripts I used to carry have now been replaced by a lightweight Kindle. My two sons – now grown up – went to Bishop Gilpin primary school, and I remember the excitement when I persuaded my star author Jacqueline Wilson to do a talk at the school. The joy of this business is that there's scope for a huge range of tastes. Several publishers might turn down a book that ends up being a huge best-seller. My team and I read so many submissions - sometimes I have to go back and read one of my all-time favourites, to remind myself what a truly outstanding children's book is (THE SHEEPPIG by Dick King-Smith, HOLES by Louis Sachar, NOUGHTS AND CROSSES by Malorie Blackman, THE ILLUSTRATED MUM by Jacqueline Wilson, CLOCKWORK by Philip Pullman…). It's not that we editors spend our lives reading rubbish - most of the manuscripts sent to us are well-written and readable. It's just that what we're looking for is more than that: the plots that stand out as 'wow, where did that come from?', or the writing that takes your breath away with its lyricism, or the story that pulls at your heartstrings and has you weeping on the tube on your way to work. Stories that really move you are a tiny proportion of those we read, but when they come in, the excitement is electric. I still remember Michelle Magorian's GOODNIGHT MR TOM whizzing round the team when I was a junior Puffin editor in 1980. The manuscript should have been circulated

with a box of Kleenex! A couple of years ago when R.J. Palacio’s WONDER was submitted there was a similar emotional reaction. I'm often asked whether I've thought of having a go at writing myself. Of course the thought has crossed my mind, but writing is a very different skill to editing, and it's the rare few that can do both. Editing is having a good eye (or ear) for that great new voice. It's managing to acquire a book, often in the face of competition from other publishers. And, once acquired, it's helping the author to turn their work into the best

No two authors are the same. Some need a lot of hand-holding, but others need barely a comma adding. Once the editorial work is done, then a book must be championed, and that's one of the editor's most important roles. With tens of thousands of children’s titles published each year, making yours stand out is a huge challenge. First it's about getting the whole team on-side - colleagues in Sales, PR, Marketing are all important, but what about our receptionist? If we can get her to love a book we are publishing, she is the person in our company who sees more new people than any of us each week! Then it's about spreading the word to other movers and shakers in the business: reviewers, buyers and librarians, authors, book bloggers, influential teachers... there are so many book lovers out there.

way to check out their latest children’s selection – it’s usually pretty good, and sometimes I even spot some of my own books in the window! Author, Jacqueline Wilson with Annie

I love the fact that Wimbledon has its own Bookfest now – many of my authors have taken part over the last few years, and it’s a very well-run festival. I feel lucky to live in Wimbledon, and one of my favourite weekend things is a walk up on the Common, popping into the village bookshop on the

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As a local photographer, SW19 mums in business inspire me. I collaborate with many, they’re phenomenal. Don’t you love how women are endlessly resourceful about their careers? It’s humbling. I owe my business, in part, to a bunch of mums at the school gate. They rated my imagery, pushed me on. They are an awesome lot and

I’d love to see more families this year in front of my lens. I’ve a knack with children, am great at improv’ and awesome with a camera! Come on shoot with me and get inspired.

For the last two years, I’ve co-hosted the Wimbledon Wedding Show at Cannizaro House and a women in business network. Women should champion women we’re powerhouses of possibility, especially mums. My own mum was a visionary- she left school at 15 but took both me and my sister through the GDST school system through to university and on. Some family teasing exists on that score though! We did super well with GDST, but I went 9 years ahead of my sister when no one on TV had a northern accent. Elocution was compulsory. There’s a reason I sound posher than my sibling!


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ome people get their thrills driving fast cars. For some braver souls amongst us it might be bungee jumping or sky-diving. A select few may decide to test their limits of physical and mental endurance. That is exactly what has driven a bar manager from Wimbledon to attempt a World Record for the most consecutive tennis matches in a 72 hour period. Mike Mitchell, a 35 year-old philanthropist and manager of the popular Hemingway's in Wimbledon Village, is attempting the impossible after being inspired to take up the sport - watching Andy Murray's historic victory at SW19, only 20 months ago! Let’s put this insane goal into perspective. The average time to run a marathon is 4.5 hours. Most competitors finish an Ironman in about 13 hours. When Murray ended a 77-year wait in 2013, he played seven matches over 14 days totaling exactly 18 hours. To achieve his feat Mitchell reckons he will have to play at least 34 best-of-three set matches consecutively. So what has motivated a man born in Ruislip to do this? "I took up playing tennis in 2013 after Andy's win. Tennis is a unique sport that can be played by anyone, any age,

irrespective of your background. I played for 40 hours last year in my first Tennis Marathon to benefit Help for Heroes and this time wanted to break the world record. We can achieve anything we set our minds to.” The challenge will take place at the Wimbledon Club starting at 8pm on Tuesday June 2nd and will continue right through until Friday June 5.

don't have to be a professional sports person or a celebrity to do something extraordinary that can really make a difference to the community." There are already two opponents lined up: a nine year-old junior and 91 year-old Christine Channer from TWC. Who else thinks they can join him for a spot of midnight tennis or chasing balls as the summer sun rises?

Mike’s goal is to raise at least £50,000, which will be split equally between the three charities: NSPCC, Tennis for Free and the Elena Baltacha Foundation benefitting Royal Marsden Cancer Research. To achieve the impossible, Mike has secured the support of sponsors such as Yonex and Maui Jim sunglasses, a venue in the Wimbledon Club as well as building team of coaches, nutritionists, physios, doctors and supporters to see him over the finish line. Wimbledon Club Director Clare Wood, herself a former British No.1 and three-time Olympian, looks at Mitchell's record attempt in awe, "I struggle to stay on the court these days for an hour let alone 72! What Mike is doing is truly amazing and just shows you

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MIND THE GAP Therapist, Pam Custers keeps us in the moment


ust as you settle down with your favourite Darling Magazine, you may find your thoughts wandering.

“Have I sorted our summer holidays? Christmas? Next year it’s their turn - mental note to self. Remember to buy milk..." Thoughts rush through our heads and can overwhelm us. Thinking about our ‘to do' lists or worrying about past events we often lose the pleasure of the moment. Our thoughts can hold us captive and we become prisoners of our thought processes. Oh, to step off the rollercoaster of our mind’s chatter. Developing an ability to sit and be in the moment has enormous benefits: reducing stress, boosting immunity and helping manage pain. I often find that when I talk to clients about the benefits of mindfulness they are blown away but also somewhat incredulous. “What - listening to my own breathing is going to do all this?” Well, it’s a bit more complex than that. Being able to override the distraction reflex and being in the moment takes a clear intention and, above all, practice. This practice is full of paradoxes. Thinking too hard makes it worse and zoning out is also not ‘being in the moment’.

We are often trapped in the thoughts of the past or the future and we seldom relish what we are doing in the moment. To worry is, by definition, about something that may or may not happen. To be in the right now, right here, allows our worries to melt away. It’s refreshing to think that our thoughts are not us and that we can choose the right ones. It makes sense! Hold this mag, close your eyes. Start quietly becoming aware of your breath and allow all distracting thoughts to simply scud through your mind. With each thought, you let go and become aware once again of your breath. By doing this you will have started your own journey towards being more mindful. The process is at once simple and complex. So that seems easy enough. Well here is the rub. Practice, practice, practice, preferably under the

guidance of an instructor and a more positive demeanour, less reactive to stress and the ability to detach from thoughts that are not useful could result. Oh, and not minding too much about who does Christmas next year! I include mindfulness in the work I do, and for those that persevere and practice being able to choose not to worry and not being defined by our thoughts is a truly liberating experience. Pam Custers is an experienced therapist working with individuals, couples and families. Accred MBACP. MA. BA (Psych) Hons and is a RELATE trained and registered counsellor. 07572 841 388 pam@pamcusters.co.uk www.pamcusters.co.uk

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controlling the ama (toxins) in an individual’s body. By analysing each person individually we can ascertain their dosha (their genetic makeup) and even out areas of imbalance. This will include the incorporation of my treatments and healthy lifestyle advice. What Ayurvedic treatments do you offer here in Wimbledon? I offer the ‘Abhyanga’ (Ayurvedic Body Massage). This massage works in many ways, it focuses on muscle pain and tension, releases stagnation in the body as well as balancing body and mind with the use of herbal oils. I also offer the Ayurvedic Head Massage which can clear and soothe even the busiest and stressed of minds. Do you offer any other treatments? Yes, I have been a Reflexologist for 17 years and find it compliments my ayurvedic work perfectly. I also offer Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. Where and when can people find you? The Wimbledon Village Osteopath, 39 Church Road, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5DQ. Mon 2-9pm, Wed 9am-1pm and Thurs 9am-5pm. (Saturday afternoons coming soon too). To check availability and to book call 0208 286 7024 rasayana.co.uk

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TEN TIPS TO SAVE INHERITANCE TAX Inheritance Tax (IHT) is perhaps the least popular of taxes. However, with the right planning, the tax burden can be reduced or even avoided completely. Hart Brown set out their top ten tips on how to save IHT.

Inheritance Tax – The Basics Every estate is allowed to gift a sum of money without paying IHT, known as the ‘nil rate band’. This is currently £325,000 and is to stay the same until 5 April 2019 at least. Anything over the nil rate band that does not qualify for an exemption or relief is subject to IHT at 40%.

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Review your will and avoid IHT with a transferable nil rate band A surviving spouse or civil partner who inherited their partner’s estate can claim an increase of up to 100% of their nil rate band – a potential tax saving of £130,000 at current rates.

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Tip 3 Set up a regular, ongoing arrangement to gift excess income and use your allowances If a person has income surplus to their needs, they can gift that excess income free of IHT. There is also an allowance of £3,000 per year that a person can gift from capital and this will be immediately outside of their estate, plus there are some other gift exemptions. Giving with ‘warm hands’ can save IHT even if you exceed the limits as any growth on the amount gifted will usually be outside of your estate and so will the gift itself if you survive for seven years.

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Tip 4 Use a Discounted Gift Trust (DGT) to gift capital, reduce IHT and retain an income A DGT is suitable where an income is required but the capital is not. A discount may be applied which is immediately free of IHT, and there are further savings depending on surviving for seven years.

Tip 5 Business property and certain shares are exempt from IHT Though not suitable for everyone, certain investments in trading companies (e.g. certain AIM shares or Enterprise Investment Schemes), woodland and agricultural property enjoy government tax breaks exempting them from IHT (conditions apply).

Tip 6 Pay capital into a trust as an interest free loan This type of arrangement can be very useful where a client is unsure of their future capital needs. The loan may be repaid by regular or ad hoc instalments (providing an income or emergency fund) or be repayable on death. A saving is made on

any capital growth or interest earned, which stays within the trust.

Tip 7 Use non-pension assets to supplement your retirement income and keep your pension pot intact Recently announced changes to the taxation of pension death benefits have increased the need to take a planned approach. By leaving a greater proportion of assets in a pension fund and drawing on other assets to supplement your income there is potential to substantially reduce inheritance tax. Tip 8 Review Spousal Bypass Trusts for Pensions These arrangements were popular to avoid tax where pension fund death benefits were intended primarily for a spouse or civil partner. With the changes to the pension death benefit rules coming into play it will often be more tax-efficient (and cheaper) for a spouse or civil partner to take flexible benefits from the pension and leave any excess in the pension fund for future generations.

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Gifts to charities are generally exempt from IHT. Alternatively, you could set up your own charitable trust which would also be exempt from IHT. Such gifts can also reduce the tax paid on the balance of your estate. If you give 10% of your net estate to charity, you can also benefit from a reduced IHT rate of 36%.

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Pass on your inheritance with a Deed of Variation If you want to pass on a received inheritance to your family or charity, it is possible to enter into a Deed of Variation within 2 years of the death. This will remove the inheritance from your estate for IHT purposes.

Before taking any steps mentioned in this article, you should take professional advice. The options mentioned are based on the current tax rules which may be subject to change.

For further information contact Chris Thurlow or Brian Martin on 020 8947 8171 hartbrown.co.uk


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ith longer days and more sunlight, it’s time to slowly welcome spring. For many, the warmer seasons invite a sense of relaxation – of vacations, of longer days spent outdoors and more time socialising with loved ones. At absolute abode, one of the ways we are celebrating the change of season is by embracing the spring trend story, ‘Aura’. Aura celebrates the ethereal and hazy, the soft hues of dreams and the concept of escapism. If you have been into absolute abode recently, you will have seen our beautiful new range of products in keeping with the soft new colour palette for spring. From our array of candles by the Danish brand, Ester & Erik, that capture the essence of Aura with their soft colour palette of dusty pink, lavender, pearlescent white and minty green, through to new homewares such as boho cushions & textiles., we are certainly embracing the new season! Springtime also signifies change and growth. This is a

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Anne Friend, Home Move Consultant at local property agents andrew scott robertson, shares her advice


he financial benefits of moving to a smaller place are well worth exploring; whether it be reducing day-to-day living costs, releasing some equity to family as part of your future financial planning, making sure that you have enough set aside for a rainy day or avoiding the high running costs of a larger house. Regardless of your motivation for selling, our focus is ensuring that your property is sold at the highest possible price, to the best buyers and in the most efficient way. At andrew scott robertson we provide a bespoke, personal service for downsizers to make the process of moving somewhere smaller and more manageable cathartic and not chaotic.

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Summer's lease has all too short a date By Kate Greenhalgh


pril is the cruellest month, so let me tell you about David’s funeral. I never met David, but I was at his funeral to keep his nephew company. David died at his beach house after walking the dog. The sunlight on the garden hardens and grows cold. We cannot cage the minute within its nets of gold. Everyone kept saying how David was still too young. I do wish people would shut up about longevity as if it’s the be-all and end-all. If you’ve had a lovely life and seen your children grow up, it’s not a disaster to go and die. Even at my undisclosed age, I think I’ve had a good innings and one shouldn’t grumble. I think David would have agreed with me. He had the other David - Bowie - playing as we walked into the crematorium, and his wife (3rd) read a poem about how untidy and flirtatious he was, with his 1st and 2nd wives, who were also there, nodding in tearful, smiling agreement. The poem told how much she loved him, and then his brother told us how many times David fell off his Vespa riding to Brighton to ‘fight’ Rockers despite his slender stature, and finally, with all his children gathered around, David’s coffin disappeared, somewhat boastfully, to the strains of James Brown’s ‘Sex Machine‘. I really wished I had met David other than at his funeral. You can see the photo of him in the ‘70’s. Boring he was clearly not! Then David’s nephew met all these cousins he hadn’t seen since childhood; faces like his own, voices and laughter echoes of his own, and everyone agreed it was a marvellous reunion, and how silly it had been for the family to lose touch. We spoke about the people in families you never see anymore, because

you feel that you ‘will’ see them, but then they die, and it’s too late. My father said to me approvingly the day before he died, “You have been very regular in coming to see me.” (Regular? Regular? Try heartbroken and distraught, Dad!) And now I realise his point. Regular. No better aim. If nothing else, be regular seeing your kin, before the day when you can’t.

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