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darling WINTER 17/18 PRICELESS


From Mad Men to West End

GOING BACK TO WORK With The Really Helpful Club

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! Rave reviews & recipes


BREAKING UP & MAKING UP With Peacock & Co Solicitors


NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Fat-Freezing, fashion & fitness


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editor’s letter Dear Darling Reader,

Cover Girl: Carmela Corbett Photography: Michael Shelford

Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Karine Torr 020 8739 0059 Advertising 07930 396356 Email Contributors Kate Greenhalgh Paul Mendelson Photography Kiera Fyles 07971 804196 Darling North Surrey Philippa Hennessy 07772 633339 Darling Kingston & Richmond Marja-Leena Toseland 07802 949836 Design Director Hermina Williams Website Design Printer Aquatint Distribution 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.

As Neil Sedaka (remember him?) once said, “Breakin’ up is hard to do.” Whether it’s personal or political, couples or countries, or gender issues that are starting earlier than ever, breaking up seems to be the order of the day. But we’ve seen tough times before, and we’ll pull through again with true British grit. Take Julia Rawlinson and Emma Scott’s Link Café and the great work they’re doing to support local victims of domestic violence (pg49). When making up is no longer an option, smooth your divorce with expert advice from our new legal eagles Peacock & Co (pg36). Single-sex or co-ed schooling? To find out what’s right for your child turn to The Parent Practice (pg33) kindly sponsored by communityminded Tennison Property. Whatever happens, our resident psychologist Pam Custers is always there to pick up the pieces. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Merton’s business world is thriving, and Wimbledon is host to many company headquarters - see our Merton Best award winners (pg30). There’s plenty to brighten up our lives in the New Year with fashion, furniture, beauty and fitness to keep us looking and feeling gorgeous (see new Fitness Space based on your DNA! pg47) and a spread of great eateries to tempt us too. What more could we want this winter? So keep warm and cuddle up with your Darling! PS I am thrilled to have won the first Andrew Wakefield Award this year. Thank you all for your love and support. Karine Torr Editor | For franchise enquiries in other areas please email us. CONTENTS

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Our Inspiring Woman – star of the stage Fashion focus for winter with Charlotte Heading for the sun? First stop Boho Beach Fest Luxurious gift ideas for the Festive Season Perfect for petites Great beauty tips from Naked Health Medispa Couples getting closer with Pam Custers Bayley & Sage at your service Lebanese hospitality at Aya Really Helpful back to work ideas Smile and the world smiles with you Freeze yourself slimmer New Year resolutions at David Lloyd Raynes Park New yoga studio at Ray Stevens Academy Winners of Merton Best Business Awards Lu-Ma Café – a winner all the way Single sex/co-ed schools? Age old question Carole’s cracking Cook’s Corner Divorce – a better way with Peacock & Co Painted Furniture Company – British built On the Social Scene Lady Wimbledon’s ‘What’s Hot’ picks Brand new Fitness Space Wimbledon Domestic Violence on our doorstep Darling Loves Local businesses Jane Britton wins at St Andrews Darling Diary Earth to Table, calling all foodies Kate Greenhalgh – Super Skier! | winter 2017/18 


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Editor Karine Torr chats to accomplished Wimbledon born actress Carmela Corbett about her inspirations, Mad Men and her dreams


grew up in an late 2015 work and eccentric and life brought me back creative household. to Wimbledon whilst My father, a filming Undercover for traditionally English BBC 1 and then onto man down to his playing Sheila Birling pocket-handkerchief in Steven Daldry’s An and love of steam trains Inspector Calls in the and George Harrison. West End. A circle My mother, American, seemingly complete. passionate, singing Jazz With that said I’ll be in the evenings and heading back west this selling contemporary winter to play Viola in art in the day. They were Shakespeare in Love at vivid and inspiring role South Coast Repertory models and Wimbledon and then returning to was the backdrop for my Blighty to shoot, Her childhood. Sundays on Majesty, a short film Wimbledon common, which I wrote and will Christmas Eve in the act in, set in colourful Rose and Crown and my Brighton. It would seem first job was working in that even after the circle Maison St. Cassien café completes, the path during the Wimbledon never does fall straight. fortnight as a teenager. It can be bumpy, bloody I began my schooling busy and beautiful but Carmela as Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well at at Wimbledon High the trick, it seems to The Juilliard School in New York where I soon discovered me, is striving to remain my interest in the arts was far more than just present and grateful for every moment. an interest, but was in fact, a calling. I was then What was the defining moment when you decided fortunate enough to be sent on to a school with a to pursue acting as a career? more creative emphasis and where I blossomed. There, I explored theatre, dance, music and began I auditioned for a play at The Royal Court when with timid caution - to delve deeper into writing. I was 17 and still in school. I was recalled and ended up getting very far in the process. The director wrote me a letter after my last audition The journey I set out on as an artist has by no and encouraged me to go to drama school and means been straightforward. There have been really pursue this career after training. That was many twists, turns, roadblocks and diversions. the first moment that I thought - ok I can do this. I ended up traveling very far from Wimbledon Cate Blanchett has said that you only need one indeed to continue my education at The Juilliard person to believe in you and I have found that School in Manhattan, after which I lived in Los to be true. Jeremy Herrin writing me that letter Angeles for four years and where I appeared shaped the trajectory of my life. in the landmark television series, Mad Men. In

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inspiring woman I have to ask (because I loved the TV show), what was it like to appear on an episode of Mad Men?

Carmela with director Marc Masterson at South Coast Repertory, California

When I first moved to New York and started Juilliard, my mother and I watched one of the early episodes together. We were both just sitting there agape. What is this amazing new series?! The costumes! The actors! The elegance of the whole piece! And we had this moment where we looked at each other and she said, “Carmela, you’re going to be on this show - you do realize that right?” I think we both knew then that in some capacity, big or small, that series was going to have an impact on my life. And it absolutely did. It was a dream realized. What play has made a lasting impression on you?

Photo taken by photographer Cristina Schek

BBC Undercover with Daniel Ezra

Carmela with parents, Cynthia & Harry

There have been many that have been poignant at different moments in my life. Ibsen’s, A Doll’s House, continues to fascinate me. Most recently I saw Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic and was deeply moved. I think the profound thing about the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan is that it resonates at all ages and stages of life. Who are your literary and artistic heroes? Audrey Hepburn because she was the embodiment of grace. Sylvia Plath because she wrote from a place of deep and vivid emotion with unapologetic passion. Maya Angelou because she spoke the truth.

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Carat London ‘Be my lucky star’ Collection Vega Ring £69

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IT’S SUNNY‌ SOMEWHERE Boho Beach Fest is your one-stop resort wear shop to fulfil your vacation needs all year round Check out our stunning range of Ilse Jacobsen flip flops to provide day to night time effortless glam available in 12 colours.

Also stocking an extensive range of beach bags and baskets, now available Hermosa London, launched this summer - a fabulous neoprene bag that will take you anywhere.


ooking for that WOW factor for Christmas day in the sun? We have a stunning collection of maxi dresses, kaftans and beach throws. Just landed on the runway is our latest PITUSA collection available in mini/midi and maxi lengths in addition to our beautiful exclusive French collection.

Here at Boho Beach Fest we believe your holiday wardrobe is a work in progress and that you can build on your collection, retaining those favourite key pieces and adding in a few exquisite, special and unique pieces for each trip. We appreciate the busy period leading up to the Festive Season and purchasing new additions for your wardrobe for that special winter break can be time consuming. We are happy to arrange late night opening for you to shop privately in our store after hours, and can even recommend our favourite personal shopper to assist you. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! BOHO BEACH FEST 15 High Street, Wimbledon Village SW19 5DX 020 8944 7375 | boho.beach.fest.official @bohobeachfest @boho.beach.fest

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Darling discovers this season’s exclusive collections and gifting ideas at Caroline Randell in Wimbledon Village


opping into Caroline Randell is like discovering a treasure trove of exquisite lingerie, sumptuous silks and cosy loungewear. They have an exceptional new swimwear collection, including holiday dresses and beach accessories all ready for those winter sun vacations.

These are Darling’s favourite pieces from the new collection. Caroline Randell Lingerie Boutique 6 Church Road | Wimbledon Village | SW19 5DL | 020 8946 6171 | INSTAGRAM @carolinerandell_lingerie

Heading off to Barbados this winter? You must swing by their swimwear room - full of fab new resort collections

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“Take advantage of our unique expert fitting service, where we will ensure you are wearing the correctly fitting items and that you leave glowing and feeling empowered with your new stunning purchase!”, says Caroline.


‘GALLERY EDIT’ A Christmas show featuring stunning paintings and prints by many of our established and new artists including: Amy Judd, Bruce McLean, Flora McLachlan, Bill Bate, Angela Edwards, Colin Taylor, Nathan Jones, Bobbie Russon and Peter Blake. Show continues until 24th December Opening times Wednesday to Saturday 10.30 – 5 2 Leopold Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7BD Other times by appointment 020 8944 7171

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Darling readers may recall reading in our Spring issue about a new petite brand of womenswear, Jennifer Anne. We caught up recently with the local founder Jennifer Ison How have the first six months been since the launch of your petite brand? “It has been really exciting. The clothes have been selling well and we have had fantastic press coverage. In week one we had our lovely V-neck Beiwen dress featured in Woman and Home and that was followed up by The Independent Online placing Jennifer Anne as one of the top high-end petite brands in the UK. Marie Claire clearly liked our Anna Shirt Dress as they have featured it twice! I think potential customers are reassured by a new brand being recognised by fashion journalists and it has certainly attracted new customers.”

“We offer a try-before-you-buy service and we will take the clothes to the customer’s home or office!” Are you still just selling your range online? “While many customers are perfectly happy to order online, others prefer the possibility of trying on the clothes. Since the summer the collection has been available at Gallery 5, a fabulous boutique in Islington. We also offer a try-beforeyou-buy service, where for a small charge we will take the clothes to the customer’s home or office. One new development that I am really delighted about, came through an introduction from your Editor Karine Torr to Caroline Randell, owner and founder of the eponymous lingerie shop in Wimbledon Village. Caroline loved our petite range and was happy for me to have appointments for Jennifer Anne customers in her beautiful shop.” Jennifer Anne The Petite Collection

OFFER .................................................................................................................................................................... If Darling readers would like to try on any of the Jennifer Anne Petite clothes, they should let the Jennifer Anne team know which styles they would like to try on and we will arrange for these to be brought to Caroline Randell’s shop for a bespoke appointment. There is no charge for this service and as a special welcome to Darling readers, they will receive a 10% reduction for any Jennifer Anne purchases made at the boutique before 1 April 2018. We look forward to meeting petite Darling readers very soon.


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It’s what we all want to hear. Naked Health Medispa could help to make this a reality


t makes us feel good when people compliment us, doesn’t it? Often said following a holiday or when we’ve had a restful time. But how can we make sure people are saying this all year round?


Louise Stewart


Skin looks healthy when it’s fresh and glowing, when it looks firm and the pigment is evenly distributed, when it’s luminous and not too red. Some people are genetically blessed but most of us need a little help to achieve a more youthful look. It’s especially important for those who have spent too much time in the sun, have been ill or under considerable stress. Where do you start when there’s a bewildering array of choices? The best way to help you decide is to book a personal consultation with an experienced skin therapist. This is an opportunity to focus on YOU, review your home care regime, prioritise the results you are after and decide on a gradual or radical process. You can also consider your budget. Some will prefer something costly but quick while others prefer a more reasonable and gradual approach. Two light based options are IPL and LED. You can’t beat IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment for evening out pigmentation often with remarkable and rapid results. After the first session the skin becomes red and the pigmentation marks (some of which were hidden in the deep layers of the skin) are brought to the surface creating dark brown patches which, turn crusty. These after effects reduce gradually during the following week and your skin then starts looking fresher, younger and more springy. Sometimes subsequent treatment is needed but the after effects are less noticeable each time. You need to plan ahead. Keep a clear diary and make sure that you have a good concealing make-up.

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You can pop to the shops or do the school run but want to avoid being scrutinised and certainly don’t go partying. Dermalux LED Phototherapy involves relaxing whilst your skin is bathed in beneficial light energy which enables the stimulated skin cells to function better and regenerate faster. It can be programmed to help with varying conditions from ageing lines and wrinkles to rosacea and acne. For more information and to book your consultation visit or call 020 8944 5454 for your free consultation. | winter 2017/18  17


at Parkside Hospital

A happier, more confident you... With over 30 years of experience we offer an extensive range of cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures from facial rejuvenation to body contouring. All our procedures are carried out by our team of highly-qualified registered consultants who are BAAPS/BAPRAS accredited. • Providing comprehensive care pre- and post-surgery • Fully registered and reviewed by the Care Quality Commission • Known for providing patients with high standards of care in a friendly environment • Competitive package prices available /cosmetic-surgery 53 Parkside, London, SW19 5NX

To start your journey, give us a call on 020 8971 8026, or email

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Help! My partner

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ometimes with the best will in the world, our partner refuses to do couples therapy. Your relationship is in trouble and you know that the time has come to make changes. You asked nicely, you cajoled but they just won’t budge.

“Taking personal responsibility may feel unbalanced but will have an impact on your relationship” There are a number of reasons they may not want to join you: too busy, tried it before and it didn’t work, things will just blow over or perhaps they can’t see how a stranger can help. Before you think you’re sunk, there is another way! Attend by yourself. Dragging a reluctant partner to therapy may easily derail and sabotage the process. It may be time for an empowering rethink. Going for therapy shows that you are prepared to do whatever it takes. Relationship issues don’t belong to “the relationship” for which you both are equally responsible. Getting support breaks the deadlock when in trouble. Taking personal responsibility may feel unbalanced but will have an impact on your relationship. As you support yourself in making healthy changes in your relationship, so your partner will follow suit.

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Pam Custers is an experienced therapist working with individuals, couples and families. MA. BA (Psych) Hons and is a RELATE trained.MBACP (accredited) Contact 07572 841 388 |

A Couples Retreat Pam Custers & Associates is delighted to present this highly acclaimed couples retreat. Are you stuck in a Rut? Rediscover:

Emotional closeness Trust Security Tenderness Love Connectedness Intimacy Defuse Conflict Good relationships are the difference between thriving or just surviving. 7/10 couples say their relationship has been reinvigorated. Pam Custers MA, BA (Hons) PG Dip and EFT

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hristmas shopping in Bayley & Sage has never been easier (or more tempting!). You can do your entire Christmas shop in store, or you can grab an order form and they will drop it off to your door (check the website for full details). Even easier, this year you can place your order online ( Choose tasty, traditional food - from Christmas turkey, puddings and mince pies to fabulous cheese, fine wines and chocolates.

The perfect house gift: are you going to a house party or providing the cheese for the Christmas table?

Stuck for a Christmas present idea this year? Then make up a luxurious hamper and have it gift wrapped - or buy some vouchers - problem solved!

Bayley & Sage have produced a really special cheeseboard, crafted in the Lake District and made from British Elm. Each cheeseboard is unique and extremely beautiful. It comes stylishly wrapped with care instructions and a fabulous cheese booklet on how to assemble four perfect cheese board selections. Have your cheeseboard made up to order and get it at a special price. What’s not to like?

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Hair Natulique now available at Thom Kirby Certified organic colour 360 BIOCERT. For post holiday Sun Stressed hair enjoy a free consultation with one of our senior Colour Technicians, where you can discuss colour and treatments available, including OLAPLEX.

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Editor Karine Torr meets the driving force behind Aya

s I set off one warm afternoon in autumn to meet Amira Mahfouz, the co-owner of Aya Lebanese Cuisine, I had no idea of the delights that were awaiting me. Aya means ‘wonderful’, ‘amazing’ or ‘miracle’ in Arabic (named after her daughter who is now 12) and so my expectations were high! Amira welcomed me with open arms and as we waited for our food to arrive I had a chance to contemplate my surrounds. Bearing in mind a terrible fire broke out in the building in 2015 the restaurant has been beautifully restored and you could be sitting in the middle of sunny Beirut, gazing up to the stained glass ceiling window, admiring a beautiful and intricate mosaic picture or puffing slowly on a shisha pipe, contemplating your existence. There’s a separate space for private dining or parties and different nooks depending on the level of romance you are after. I was enthralled by Amira’s stories and enthusiasm. She and her husband Ali are utterly charming hosts and are there most evenings to welcome their guests and check that things are running smoothly, as they have done for eight years now, having started as a tiny takeaway around the corner in 1994. Now they run the award winning main restaurant (Aya), two bustling takeaways on The Broadway and Merton High Street with another Aya restaurant opening in Streatham soon. Watch this space! With the scene set by quiet Arabic music the food began to arrive at the table. So fresh, so delicious, so much! My favourites Tabouleh, Fattoush (a special Lebanese salad with fried or toasted pieces of Arabic flat bread) and my best of all, Babaghanoush. Then some exotic chicken and lamb dishes appeared, made on a real charcoal grill. They also have vegan and lots of vegetarian options. No alcohol is on offer but one can bring one’s own and there is generously no corkage fee. A miracle? Find out for yourself. Aya Cuisine 195-197 Merton Rd | Aya Takeaway 72 The Broadway | Aya Cuisine 2 24 Merton High St 020 8417 0606

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A must in your diary if you are considering a return to work or wanting ideas and the support to start or grow a business.


eally Helpful Club (RHC) Founder, Sarah Austin and Events Director Caroline Edwards continue their exciting programme to help women return to the workplace and to build confidence with their next seminar: “Back to Business - The Next Steps” on Thursday, 25th January at Roehampton University The impressive line-up includes talks from The Return Hub, about City Returnship Programmes for women, the founders of job shadowing platform ViewVo, The Primrose Bakery and online interiors business Alison at Home. There will be opportunities to meet and learn from experts throughout the day. The day offers an exciting opportunity to be inspired and learn from other women. It’s about accessing a wealth of knowledge, experience and support as well as making new connections and sharing experiences with one another.

“The RHC 2016 event was informative, inspiring and engaging. The wide range of speakers, plus the opportunity to network, provided a much needed confidence boost to my return to work journey.”(Gemma M, RHC member) With thousands of members, the RHC is buzzing. A free online and offline network for positive, like-minded people to support one another in our personal and business lives, the RHC brings its community together at all levels from helping members to find trusted solutions in their daily lives to connecting them to life changing opportunities. The RHC events bring everything to life and allow members the opportunity to meet and support one another and learn something new. Sarah explains “The power and reach of the RHC network is enormous. We come across so many talented women who have stepped away from their careers to raise families and are now looking for something fulfilling that allows them to be true to themselves. Taking those first steps can be daunting and our events help our members to rebuild confidence and find the role that suits them. We are excited about the difference we are making.” Tickets: £56 per person or earlybird rate of £49 if you book by 15th December. Includes coffee, refreshments and lunch. Contact to book your place. We look forward to welcoming you to another exciting day to help you take your next step.

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A picture’s worth a thousand words Infinitidental Clinic can show you how your smile could look with Invisalign’s ClinCheck video

The consultation is non-clinical in nature, but instead is there to provide an opportunity for an open discussion on your goals and for our dentists to look at what is possible. You should feel free to ask all the questions that are on your mind so we can help you work through the decision making process. Prior to any straightening treatment, following a series of x-ray and digital scans, our dentists will be able to share with you your Invisalign ClinCheck video which is a short graphical animation of your teeth and how they will be moved through wearing Invisalign clear aligners.

You have so many reasons to smile… Your smile is extremely important and has an impact on numerous areas that would not even immediately spring to mind. Your smile has importance for your appearance, confidence, self-esteem, health, happiness, mood, stress levels to name just a few. So why not invest the next few minutes thinking about this subject a bit more. Infinitidental Clinic, opposite the Nelson Medical Clinic, is passionate about helping the people of Wimbledon and surrounding areas to improve their lifestyles. The dentists work hard with each of their patients, both existing and new, to achieve the goal of a better smile. Initially either of our dentists, Dr Anand Patel and Dr Nisha Patel, will spend time with you through a free consultation to look at your smile and discuss the options you have to hand.

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This provides you with a great opportunity to be able to feel at ease with the treatment outcomes as well as look forward to what is in store for your smile! The first step is arguably the hardest, and that is making the decision that you could feel happier with a better smile. Let us help you with that decision and come in and speak with us. Our door is always open. Book in for your free Invisalign consultation by calling us on 020 8542 2171

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We understand the journey people living with dementia, and their families, go through We understand how frightening and heartbreaking it can be for someone to lose their memories. Our dedicated team at Kew House Care Home is specially trained to help people living with dementia make the most of each day. And our care is unique to each person, at every stage of their journey.

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Fat Freezing in Wimbledon Get the body you want and keep it


What they say

s we come into the festive period followed by the New Year and all that brings, we want to look our best before our thoughts turn to January and the new healthy plans we all have.

“Very nice team that explained the procedure clearly and could answer all the questions I had. I can see a difference on my legs and stomach already. I can’t wait to see the final result” Laura 32, London

What is it?

Is there a way to have both we ask, it seems there is with fat freezing. If you have not heard about fat freezing, it’s a process where local areas of stubborn fat are frozen. Most people cite the stomach, muffin tops and thighs as their problem areas. Once frozen, the fat cells are killed off and expelled from the body over 90 days. Could this be the answer we have all been looking for? Available to both women and men, the company behind these treatments say ‘if you can squeeze it we can freeze it.’

So what happens on the day?

Based at the popular Radiance Clinic on Kingston Road, you will be welcomed by Shawn and her team before you go through for your initial free consultation. Here the treatment is explained in full and you discuss the area you wish to be treated. Once this is all agreed you lie back and the protective membrane is placed on you. Next the treatment heads are positioned and turned on. They suck up the stubborn fat and start to freeze it. The treatment lasts for just 30 minutes and you are then treated to a lymphatic massage to break down the now dead frozen fat cells.

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After care

After your treatment, you are issued with some additional hints and tips including the Eskimo nutrition plan to increase the benefits of the fat freezing treatment. Over the next 90 days, the body naturally expels the dead frozen fat cells and you really start to see the results within 7-14 days of your treatment.

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DAVID LLOYD CLUB NEWS Discover your “Why?” at David Lloyd


he New Year is fast approaching which inevitably means thoughts start to turn to resolutions and goals for 2018, many of which will be fitness related. These goals, powerful as they may seem at the moment of decision, invariably lose their attraction when the alarm goes off at 5am on a cold February morning. It is all too easy to switch off the alarm and grab another 30 minutes in your warm, cosy, safe environment

rather than face the somewhat more challenging option of pushing yourself at the gym. That is unless you understand your ‘why’. Your ‘why’ is the underlying factor that will push you to come to the club and train when you would rather sit at home in front of the fire, and it is ultimately what will make you accomplish those things that you never thought possible.

programme will help you to understand the reasons your goals are important to you, why you have joined the club and will give you that extra motivation needed to achieve them. Delivered by our expert team of personal trainers, it is a great way to make 2018 the year of positive change!

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Judo Olympian opens yoga studio in new martial arts academy


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ew people would put fighting and yoga together and yet that’s exactly what academy owner, martial artist and Olympic silver medalist Ray Stevens has done. On the first floor of his custom-fitted dojo in Raynes Park you’ll find a ‘Yogashala’ hidden away from the action of the martial arts area. The academy’s three different instructors each teach a distinct style in the Zen minimalist yoga studio – class numbers are kept small to ensure every student gets individual attention. • Bhavin Thakker has been teaching yoga for 17 years, mentored by Bharat and also a certified yoga instructor from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Institute in India. • Huma has over 5 years teaching experience in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga and Moon Sequence, taught by world renowned Brian Cooper and Matthew Sweeney. Her students state she adapts the class individually, inspiring each one of them to achieve more, every class. • Ashim Bhalla is one of only fifteen teachers trained by Manoharan Subramanium a.k.a. ‘Mano’ (renowned for his discipline, intensity, and spirituality) in his unique style of Hatha yoga. Whether you’re a complete beginner drawn by the countless health benefits or an experienced practitioner wishing to deepen their practice, the Ray Stevens Academy Yoga Studio is a space to explore ancient wisdom for modern life. T: 07552 774 111

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t The Parent Practice we frequently encounter clients who insist their child has to get into a certain school, because it’s the BEST. In fact parents need to find a school that is suited to their child’s needs, academic and otherwise. The same argument applies to this debate. To advocate that either single-sex or co-ed schools are ‘best’ is to fail to see our children as unique individuals. You may also have different views on single sex or co-ed in primary and secondary schools. The better question is how does a particular school treat your individual child? My dyslexic son attended a boys’ special needs school. The ability to tap into the huge array of creative technical subjects has ensured he entered adult life with a vast array of life skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. My daughter, having been in a girls’ secondary school, found it emotionally intense, with an unhealthy obsession on looks and friendship issues rife. After declaring she wanted fresh air, fun and to play more golf, I couldn’t disagree. She ended up at a mixed boarding school. What are the pros and cons? • The league tables’ top results are dominated by single sex secondary schools. It seems that free from the distraction of the opposite gender, children are free to concentrate on pure academics. But is there a cost? Does the school emphasise a holistic approach to education? Helen Fraser CE of the Girls’ Day School Trust argues that “single-sex schools are equipping the women of the future with excellent academic credentials” (Telegraph,

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Jan 2016) but I can’t help thinking that maybe we need to look past academic attainment and chose an environment where children can be supported to be the best version of themselves. • Some research indicates that segregation of sexes increases gender stereotyping and given the many accounts of sexual harassment in the workplace, you have to wonder whether institutionalised sexism begins at school. • It’s not the norm in our society for the sexes to be segregated. In the real world being able to connect and communicate, mix with ease and develop friendships is a healthy and normal part of life. | winter 2017/18  33

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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 40

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IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Darling Editor chats to Julia Rawlinson, co-founder of local service, The Link Café, which is supporting women fleeing domestic violence in Merton “DV has the effect of a stone thrown into a lake, the ripples go on and on. Some of the scars are physical and can be seen by the many but the emotional ones are hidden, buried deep within until something triggers them; a smell, a sound, a behaviour. The legacy of DV never goes away even if the perpetrator does, although often they don’t. It’s relentless for the individual and yet so often we stand in awe of these women, with tears in our eyes, recognising we have learnt so much from them.” Emma Scott co-founder The Link Café


hink you know what a victim of domestic violence looks like? Think again. Forget the stereotype. She looks like any one of us. Every colour, ethnicity, socio-economic background: DV (domestic violence) is evenly spread across them all. I have been supporting women in the DV arena for nearly 20 years. It’s a passion; I’m addicted. I met Emma Scott from the Salvation Army three years ago. We’d recognised the need to support DV ‘victims’ (some prefer the word ‘survivors’ but to me that implies that the abuse is over; the consequences and long-term effects are rarely over) in the community, a ‘women to women’ approach, which required a local base to meet. We wanted to get involved at a practical level, knee-deep, sleeves rolled up, so The Link Café (TLC) was born. We realised that ‘sign-posting’ our ladies to the different DV professionals and government agencies would achieve the most efficient outcomes, whilst mentoring them at TLC would provide a safe space for them to meet. We are inundated with work now - which of course is good and bad!

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Mentoring requires us to be non-judgmental, good listeners, enthusiastic, encourage self-belief and build self-esteem, be approachable, creative and find solutions. When I work with ladies I only focus on the way forward; not on where they’ve been or what happened in the past as that’s too painful for them. I give them self-development exercises which encourages ownership of their own outcomes. I am quite resourceful (I worry I will run out of friends as I’m always scrounging second-hand goods, funding, help… please don’t turn the other way when you see me!). I have joined local websites and drive round SW19 and SW20 picking up furniture, household goods, clothes and baby items, squeezing them into my car (I need a van!), and delivering them to our ladies. If you are reading this article and something is resonating and you want to help, or perhaps it’s uncomfortably familiar, the first step is to share and look to other women for support. We’d love to hear from you. | winter 2017/18  49

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ocal Wimbledon Common Golf Club member Jane Britton has become the UK National Public Course Championship Ladies Champion playing on the prestigious Eden Course at St Andrews.

Jane Britton (left), our Lady Vice Captain has become the UK National Public Course Championship Ladies Champion. She played at St Andrews with fellow member Virginia Marin (right)

Jane, the club’s current Lady Vice-Captain took up golf 3 years ago and qualified through club and regional rounds to make the finals alongside club member Virginia Marin who won the regional round in Hertfordshire earlier this year.

With Madge Corbitt, Club Treasurer, as her caddie, Jane scored an impressive 40 points to take the overall title in wet and windy conditions. Jane said: “It’s the first time the club has entered this event and I only just made the final. I was so excited just to play at St Andrews so to win is unbelievable. My caddie was a vital part of the day and the club members have been incredibly supportive. WCGC is a small friendly club with a relatively new ladies section and hopefully this shows that we can produce some excellent results, so I hope this will inspire members and encourage other golfers to join us.” For more information call: 020 8946 7571 | | Facebook@19wcgc | Twitter@wcgc19



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                                     Classic Tenor         Born and bred   Classic Tenor       in Wimbledon Born and bred        in Wimbledon        Harry Kersley     Harry Kersley  

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To ski or not to ski?

By Kate Greenhalgh

on, but I’m sure it’s all different now. They took me to the top a ‘red’ and then everyone shot off out of sight, yelling ‘Race you to the Folie Douce, Daphne!’ From the edge of a ruddy great precipice in blinding snow, I got down 1,000 meters on my bum, sobbing with self-pity and wiping the snot from my nose with a crusty mitten.


hen I were a kid, skiing was for Other People. Ee by gum, tent in middle of t’moor if we were lucky. Luxury. We used to dream of a flysheet, and when our Dad had finished hammering in pegs in t’dark and t’rain, he used to kill us. Try and tell the young people today that. Going ‘off-piste’ in our family meant going to the loo in the bracken because the farmer still hadn’t got plumbing. The ‘Trois Vallées’ were Scratchy Bottom, Devil’s Dyke and Rhondda. But then things changed. I did go skiing. Just when it was too late and embarrassing to tell anybody it was for the first time. I was in a group of corporate wives, back in the days when corporate people all had ‘wives, rather than ‘husbands’, because gay marriage and women being trusted to run things hadn’t really caught 54 winter 2017/18 |

But I persisted. The trick is to hire a handsome instructor called Jean-Claude, who rakes you with an insolent gaze whilst spitting tobacco, swigging endless espressos and telling all his mates in rapid Savoyard patois what a numpty you are. Jean-Claude then has to untangle your boot from the piste netting which you haplessly skied into, and fish you out of the odd snow drift by the belt of your salopettes. The indignity is so complete, it makes you a better person. And I persisted. Soon, I was skiing with the grace and élan of a Cappagh skip lorry with brake failure. Getting on and off lifts was a doddle. You fall over, and they stop the entire lift for you, with people shouting encouragement in French or German. Skiing as Tail-End Charlie in a group? Just sneak in behind a line of snow-ploughing four-year-olds, and arrive at lunch 2 hours late. Easy. And realising I had ended up living in a suburb of London populated entirely by women who can all ski like corporate wives was a wrong turn on life’s path which I learned to accept. So I’m very excited to be going skiing again this winter. Luxury! And Jean-Claude - I don’t need you no more. shop local

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Darling Magazine Wimbledon Winter 2017  

living and lifestyle in Wimbledon

Darling Magazine Wimbledon Winter 2017  

living and lifestyle in Wimbledon