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his issue our focus is on Homes & Gardens. If you've just moved into the area or want to do up your home, this is the issue for you! Whether you want to extend upwards or outwards, have a complete make-over, or have decided that you want to completely transform your garden, all the people you need to call are within these pages. Most people know Barnes resident, Alistair McGowan, for his BAFTA-winning series The Big Impression, but, as I found out when I met him, he is a man of many talents and is part of the Barnes Music Festival. He only started playing the piano seriously just over three years ago and is more nervous about performing in front of a local audience than he is getting up on stage in front a whole theatre. Find out more on pg 20. One of the great parts of my job is doing restaurant reviews and I've found an absolute gem on Putney Wharf - Bistro Vadouvan. The chef-patron, Durga Misra, has worked at Michelin star restaurants and as head chef at Joe Antunes's Kitchen and Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair. Not surprisingly, the food was something really special. Read the review on pg 27. Pippa, Editor

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refresh your home for SPRING As our gardens start to grow and blossom fills the trees, it’s time to think about refreshing and re-energising our homes ready for a stylish spring, says Katherine Sorrell Clear the clutter There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned tidy up to make your home feel re-booted. Heavy winter duvets, furry throws and cableknit hot water bottles can all be stored out of the way, while at the same time this is a good opportunity to go through shelves and cupboards and get rid of anything you no longer need. Give it to charity, hold a car boot sale, sell it in on Ebay – whatever works best. If it’s broken, mend it or throw it away; don’t let worn out, unusable and unnecessary items take up much-needed space. Let go of them and you’re bound to feel better: it’s like therapy for your interior. Clean house Now that you have lots of lovely clear space, you will probably notice that some of your house could do with an extra-special deep clean. How good will you feel when you have washed down your front door, wiped all your shelves and light fittings, shampooed your rugs, washed your loose covers and curtains and taken your duvets to the launderette? To say nothing of cleaning your mirrors and windows – there’s nothing like a bit of scrunched-up newspaper and

white vinegar for giving them a really wonderful sparkle. Have a brush with paint Take a long hard look at your paintwork. Be honest: has some of it seen better days? Perhaps windows need sanding and repainting, or door frames need touch-ups where they’ve had knocks and bashes over the years? Or maybe a whole room could do with a makeover? You simply can’t beat the spickand-span look of a newly painted space; it’s a relatively quick and inexpensive DIY job that creates an overall impression going above and beyond the effort involved. Introduce colour Now’s the time to ditch dark, heavy and gloomy winter shades and get fresh with spring-like colour. Yellow, blue and green are

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'Your clean, clear backdrop of pale spring colours is perfect for adding pops of pattern to make an impact...' all traditionally associated with spring – and it just so happens that Pantone’s colour of the year is gorgeous ‘Greenery’, described as ‘a fresh and zesty yellowgreen shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew’. Use liberally with plenty of bright white for a really clean, fresh look for the season. Include a dash of pattern Your clean, clear backdrop of pale spring colours is perfect for adding pops of pattern to make an impact. Chevrons are still having a moment, as are triangles and geometrics in general (especially if they have a tribal feel), as well as tropicals, textures (think chunky knits or grassy weaves), graphic botanicals such as ferns and leaves and the natural patterns of marble and stone. Up your game with accessories Out with the old and in with the new: replace accessories that have seen better days with on-trend items such as cushions and throws, duvet covers, vases, prints, small storage containers, mirrors, clocks, table lamps and plants (quick tip: grab a succulent, a cactus or an air plant for fashion-forward houseplant style). You really don’t have to spend a fortune to overhaul your look dramatically. Add some scent We all want a beautifully scented home – but instead of artificial air fresheners, whether spray or plug-in, use scented candles, avoiding paraffinbased ones in favour of natural wax. Alternatively, try reed diffusers with essential oils,

Scandinavian cushion cover in tile print green, £15.50: Ceramic door knob with gold-painted edge, £4.99: or simply arrange locally sourced, scented flowers (the ones imported from abroad don’t tend to smell so good). And one last thing – if possible, try to dry your laundry in the sunshine outdoors – you just can’t beat that beautiful fresh smell. Bring the outdoors in Now the warmer weather is here, open the windows as much as possible and get some air circulating around your home. It might even be warm enough to sit outside in a patch of sunshine – so think about pressure washing your patio, scrubbing up your barbecue and cleaning down your outdoor furniture ready for some outdoor entertaining. After all, it’s not that long until summer…

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hen you’re ready to undertake a project in your home such as a loft conversion or a ground floor extension, you want to know that the company you choose has the right expertise and experience. Johnston Walker, director and design consultant of Loft Solutions Ltd, says: ‘We offer a very personal design, project management and construction service to increase the space in your home and to provide improvements which will transform your property and add real value.’ The company, whose origins go back more than 30 years, has designed and built more than 1,000 loft conversions alone, with many more home extensions and total remodelling projects. ‘We listen very carefully to our customers needs,’ says Johnston, who will carry out an initial assessment of your property and find out what you want to achieve. He will discuss your options and explain how the project will be managed and what regulatory processes will need to be carried out. ‘At the outset we discuss all the design options with you and provide details of costs, so you know precisely what the final cost of the project will be.’ You may be able to build your extension or loft within Permitted Development or you may need Planning Permission. Your project will probably need Building Control Approval – meaning that the structure, insulation, fire safety and designs comply with regulations – Loft Solutions will organise this. If the work will affect a Party Wall – the wall adjoining a neighbouring property – then they can help you through the Party Wall Agreement process, too.

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Do you often lack energy? Regularly snap at your loved ones? Have a short attention span? A lack of sleep could be the reason


leep is an aspect of life that is often overlooked, but it affects every aspect of our waking life. Life is hard, but without quality sleep it’s a whole lot harder. Did you know sleep deprivation can have the same impact on your reflexes as being over the drink driving limit? You wouldn’t get behind the wheel if you were drunk but people regularly go about their day with very little sleep, oblivious to the effect it is having on their mental and physical health. The most important element of sleep is completing the Sleep Cycle, including the Deep Sleep Stage. During this stage, your muscles fully relax but if your body is not supported by your mattress, you won’t be able to relax and enter this vital stage of the cycle. Westend Bed Company is a specialist bed showroom on the corner of Upper Richmond Road West and East Sheen Avenue in East Sheen. The showroom is run by the Cooper family who have a wealth of experience in the bed industry. Over the years, the Coopers have developed dedicated Sleep Consultations which are offered for free to every customer and include a lifestyle evaluation and sleep analysis. These consultations help customers find the perfect bed for their individual requirements, allowing them to drift off to the Land of Nod and enjoy the benefits quality sleep brings. Westend Bed Company is home to a fantastic collection of luxury beds including the largest collection of Hypnos beds in the UK, including the Royal Comfort Collection which has been inspired by designs and commissions for the Royal households. The showroom is also the flagship store for Marshall & Stewart's

Diamond Collection – six beds that have been handcrafted using the finest natural materials and age-old techniques. Suffer from back pain or sleep apnoea? An adjustable bed may be just what you need and two of the finest adjustable beds in the world are exclusively available to experience at Westend Bed Company. The Nottinblύ PBS Fluid is designed and crafted in Italy and is the world’s most advanced bed system. The revolutionary design actively responds to the curves, weight and movements of your body, every single night. Over the past 80 years, Treca Interiors Paris has developed a worldwide reputation for offering exquisite French elegance. With the Supercad, they have developed discreet technology where four silent motors smoothly move the five independent sleeping surfaces, allowing you to find your ideal sleeping position. Visit the showroom or call 020 7723 2925 to find out more about the collection of beds available at Westend Bed Company or to book your complimentary Sleep Consultation.

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xtending your home is a big investment in time and money, so you want to make sure the company you use is experienced. Dali Pro Services (DPS) has been transforming homes into bigger, beautiful spaces for more than 18 years. Says DPS owner, Dalibor Darak: ‘We belong to the Federation of Master Builders and the Guild of Master Craftsmen, so you know that every job is the result of excellent workmanship. We always provide a high standard in design, management and construction to ensure our customer’s happiness.' House extensions Adding ground floor space not only opens up your kitchen and living space, it can add value to your property, too. Depending on the size of your conversion, you will need to apply for a Building Notice or Full Plan Application. If you don’t know a fully qualified architect, DPS has their own architect and structural engineer, who are experienced in dealing with the local authorities. A typical extension takes eight to 10 weeks to build. Loft conversions Loft conversions are the most cost-effective way of improving your home. They only take around six to eight weeks to construct and by building upwards it means you are using usually dead space rather than sacrificing garden space. DPS offer a complete service from design to finished rooms and provide a fully itemised, fixed price quotation so you can be confident about the cost before work begins. Refurbishments If you don’t need an extension or loft conversion, but aren’t happy with the current layout of your home, DPS can help reconfigure your rooms to increase space, light and

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If I had a penny for every time I brought up the subject of feeding plants, I’d be very rich indeed. Just as the human body needs the right food for health and vitality, so do your garden lovelies


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n the food world, we have become quite used to reading pack labels to establish ingredients – low fat, salt content, etc. so I’m now advocating that you do the same with plant fertilisers. First let’s take a brief look at the three major nutrients that are vital to a plant to guarantee it a healthy life. Understanding this will take you a long way to success. Nitrogen (N) This is the plant’s leaf maker and is a major component of chlorophyll - the stuff that makes leaves green. Plants that will have the greatest need for nitrogen are those vegetables grown for their leaves and lawn grasses. If your plant’s lower leaves are turning yellow, but the growing tip remains reasonably green, your plant is calling out for nitrogen. Iron is needed when the upper leaves look mottled green/yellow. However, if your flowering plant is producing lovely leaves, but it isn’t flowering then the chances are you are feeding it too much nitrogen and not enough potassium (see below). Phosphorus (P) Often described as the plant’s root-maker. It’s a component of DNA and regulates the rate of growth and reproduction of cells at the plant’s growing tip (and this includes the growing roots, too) and germination of seeds.

In a nutshell, no phosphate, no plant growth! Potassium (K) Potassium is needed by the plant to set flower buds, which then go on to give the plant sufficient energy for the buds to open to then set fruit and seeds. If your flowering plant is either not flowering at all, or getting to the point of producing flower buds that fail to open, then the nutrient needed is potassium. All plant fertilisers must declare their nutrient content on the label. It’s expressed as a ratio, giving the values in a block of three numbers. For example, the plant food that I always recommend for flowering plants – a slow release granule product, lasting for six months – the NPK ratio looks like 12:7:19. This reading tells me that there is a higher ratio of potassium to nitrogen and therefore perfect for all plants but the grass. With tomato food this will be twice the amount. Slow release v liquid Unless you can guarantee that your soil is well hydrated at all times, I would choose granules to scatter around the base of each plant, rather than liquid. Valerie McBride-Munro is a chartered horticulturist offering a plant problemsolving service. Tel: 020 8892 9243

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Alistair McGowan, best known for his BAFTA-winning TV show, The Big Impression, thrives on having a varied career. But appearing in front of a local audience at the Barnes Music Festival is possibly his biggest challenge yet


listair McGowan is not what I expected. Having seen him impersonating everyone from David Beckham to Jeremy Clarkson, I imagined he would be extrovert and super-confident. But meeting him at the private bar at The Olympic in Barnes, he is both charming and unassuming - and ever so slightly nervous at playing his biggest piano concert yet at The Barnes Music Festival. He has just done four hours of practise when we sit down and says he has been rehearsing way beyond what he does for other shows. ‘I feel very fortunate to play here. It goes without saying that I do a lot of preparation, but I will have to walk past all these people for the rest of the year – and I am sure some will come just to see how many mistakes I make!’ He is doubtless putting himself down – he released an album last year (The Piano Album), which was well received – and has a tour booked for August, combining piano with impressions. The album came about after he first appeared at the music festival in 2016. A representative from Sony happened to be in the audience and asked if was interested in doing an album. ‘I thought, hold on, that’s the only piece I can play!’ But he spent the next year honing his skills and ended up with 18 pieces for the album. While Alistair had a couple of earlier stints of playing the piano – as a child and again in his 30s – he only really started playing properly just over three years ago, happily limiting himself to pieces that mean something to him: ‘That’s the beauty of coming back to music as a mature adult. I know what I want to play, why I want to play it and how I want to play it. 20

As child you can be told to play a certain piece that doesn’t really interest you, but desire is such a huge part of playing and I really feel I’m making up for lost time.’ While performing music has come later in life – he’s 53 – his career took off from his student days at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. A friend, seeing him doing impressions, told him he should take it further and he got his big break on the award-winning The Big Impression, acting alongside his then girlfriend, Ronnie Ancona. ‘I always wanted to be an actor. The one thing I never wanted to do was impressions! It just happened by default as I was good at it. I made a name for myself, but it was never what I set out to do.’ As a comedian Alistair has appeared in countless shows, both on TV and radio, including The Clive James Comedy Show, Spitting Image and First Impressions, as well as playing straight roles in Bleak House and Leonardo. His first stage play, Timing, was nominated for Best New Comedy. Last year he took on the role of his favourite composer, Erick Satie, playing an ‘all-nighter’ in Birmingham. As well as writing books, presenting and directing, he is also a keen environmentalist and won’t drive. He has just started working on a new set of characters for the first time in nearly five years for upcoming TV and radio shows, including Judge Rinder, Eddie Redmayne, Will Self and Piers Morgan. To get into character, rather than watching hours of footage, he concentrates on a snapshot of that person: ‘You can get a person’s mannerisms and the way they speak in just one minute of speech. There’s almost a musical element to it – you’re trying to learn the music of their voice.'

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At the Festival, Alistair will be performing with his teacher, the internationally renowned pianist and fellow Barnes resident, Anthony Hewitt, as well as his wife, the singer Charlotte Page, whom he met when they performed in The Mikado together. There will be a real cross section of music, including Marcello, Liszt, Grieg, Ravel, with a little bit of Gershwin and, of course, Satie. He’s not pretending to be the most accomplished musician in the world but wants to share his love for classical music and part of his mission is to bring it to a wider audience: ‘You don’t hear classical pieces as much as you used to. I’m under no illusions about my ability, but I suppose I’m trying to inspire people.’ He loves living in Barnes and has been here for 17 years – ‘I moved to Brighton for a year, but I missed it, so I moved back’ – and uses all the independent shops - ‘Two Peas in a Pod is our lifeblood!' – so performing amongst his neighbours is a big deal. ‘I really want to do well. It’s much easier to fail in Grimsby!’ Alistair McGowan is playing at St Mary’s Church, Barnes, as part of the Barnes Music Festival, on 14 March. Tickets £15.

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East and West 1. Which body of water is known by names that translate as "the East Sea" in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands and by a name that translates as "the West Sea" in Estonia? 2. Which country was known as the Dutch East Indies when it made its first and only appearance at a FIFA World Cup in 1938? 3. What is the most westerly capital city in mainland Europe? 4. Which other English county borders both East Sussex and West Sussex? 5. What are the names of the two rival gangs in West Side Story? 6. In which county would you find the town of Lowestoft, which is the most easterly settlement in the UK? 7. What name did the Western Allies use to refer to the best-known crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War? 8. The term West Bank is normally used to refer to a region in the Middle East that lies to the west of which river? 9. What is the name of the local London Underground station in EastEnders?... Walford East or Walford West? 10. If you flew due east from Edinburgh airport, what would be the first country you would fly over after leaving Scotland? 22

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A pair of tickets to see Mel Giedroyc in Much Ado About Nothing


o mark their 10th anniversary, Rose Theatre Kingston is thrilled to present a major revival of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, starring celebrated actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice. Living In Magazines in conjunction with Rose Theatre Kingston is offering one pair of best available tickets for either 13, 16 or 17 April, 7.30pm. In the play, Don Pedro is victorious. The war in the city is won and the Mafia overlord comes to Messina, a luxury hotel in the Sicilian hills, to hide out and party. While Leonato, the hotel owner, fawns over his clan boss, his daughter, Hero, wins the heart of the Don’s young protégé. Meanwhile, Beatrice, the nononsense manager, has unfinished business

with Benedick's consigliere. But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hate and new battle lines are drawn. How to enter Answer the question: Which character does Mel Giedroyc play in Much Ado About Nothing? Email your answer email to: with 'Rose Theatre competition' as the Subject title. Postcard answers to: Rose Theatre Competition, 38 Chelwood Gardens, Richmond TW9 4JQ. Competition closes 31 March. Tickets must be booked on or before 6 April. Tickets are only available for stated performances. Prize cannot be exchanged for monetary value. Not available retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Full competition T&Cs at: Booking Information: 020 8174 0090 /



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Tucked away behind Putney High Street, something really special...


ears ago I used to work near what is now called Putney Wharf, but back then was just a yard with offices above old stables. While the charm of the old buildings has gone and the area regenerated, they have been replaced by a more vibrant collection of restaurants, cafes and, towering above them, swanky apartments. Once a month I attend an early morning networking event and, more alert than I should be at that time of the day, I have always noticed Bistro Vadouvan – in a great location on the river. While the décor is rather pedestrian, the food is very definitely not. When we arrived, we received a warm welcome from the staff. The restaurant is French cuisine with elements from the Middle East, Asia and India. For my starter I had the Middle Eastern beef tartare with smoked aubergine, tahini dressing and flaked almonds (£9.50, pictured). Exquisitely presented – finely chopped raw beef on a bed delicate salad and the soft, warm aubergine – and, really, heaven on a plate. The nearest I have been to tasting such a dish was at Petersham Nurseries. Maybe not surprising the flavours were so tangible as the chef-patron comes from a Michelin-star background. Durga Misra worked under Eric Chavot for five years at his two Michelin star Capital hotel in Belgravia, before becoming head chef at Joe Antunes’s Kitchen and then heading up Chavot’s Brasserie Chavot in

Mayfair. And now at Putney Wharf. Lucky us. My husband, Alex went for the Green Vadouvan Salad (£8) – a combination of tenderstem broccoli and green beans tossed in coconut, lime and Vadouvan dressing. The taste lingered as the spices hit their spot and the crunchy firmness of the vegetables were enveloped in the sweet and sour of the coconut and lime. Alex, not usually one to be able to express his feelings, said the flavours just kept coming and was in raptures. For mains, I was keen to try the lamb and Merguez winter warmer (£17.50) - slow cooked shoulder of lamb, tahini yoghurt and Yemeni zough (green chilli relish). The lamb, was tender and the zough – a first for me – was a delicious accompaniment. Alex’s Cornish Brill was poached in coconut broth with shitake and enochi mushrooms, accompanied by prawn ravioli (£17.50). The flavour was all down to the broth and the taste of fresh coriander. He said he’d died and gone to heaven. Thoughtfully, were both given spoons to mop up the juices. We went for very different puddings – Alex chose from the specials, having the crème fraiche custard tart with rhubarb (£6.95) while I had exotic cheesecake with passion fruit creameux (£6.50). Both were a great end to a great meal. We can’t wait to go again. Pippa Duncan 30 Brewhouse Lane, Putney Wharf Bookings: 020 3475 3776

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local talk... • Help look after your green spaces Help is always needed to maintain the plentiful green spaces and natural areas around Barnes, such as the Leg o’ Mutton Reservoir alongside the river, which is home to a wide variety of birds, including tawny owls, kestrels and wood peckers as well as riverside animals. If you are keen to volunteer, contact: 07825 860 459 or

east sheen •Waiting for your allotted time If you fancy the idea of having an allotment in East Sheen, you may have to hang up your trowel for a while as you’ll have a long wait on your hands! East sheen has five allotment sites and the longest waiting time is around seven years – with 136 people on the waiting list. The Triangle site, which runs along Hertford Avenue, has a shorter waiting time of three to four years, but there are still 75 waiting to hear. There is some overlap on the waiting lists, so don’t give up all hope!


•Turn off your engine! The recent Idling Action campaign at the Mortlake level crossing on Sheen Lane was a huge success. If you missed out going over the crossing that day, there were dozens of volunteers who asked drivers to switch off their engines while they waited for the train to pass. In all, the volunteers spoke to 184 drivers 184, 166 of whom still had their engines running while they waited. However, when spoken to, 94% then switched off their engines. The question is, why didn’t the other 6%? There’s no need to keep your engine running while you wait, so try to help the environment and switch it off.

putney • Putney market Putney market is going from strength to strength, with a great variety of local producers and independent traders offering fabulous food and goodies at Church Square on Putney High St, near Putney Bridge. The market is open every Saturday, 10am to 3pm.

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Watch the Boat Race at Chiswick Pier Saturday 24 March

Why watch the famous Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on TV when you can see the boats go past from Chiswick Pier?


ome along to the Pier House where you can not only watch the start and finish of the race on our big screen but also walk outside to experience the live action as the boats pass. Chiswick Pier provides one of the best views of the race as you can watch the crews power upstream from Chiswick Eyot, past the Pier and through to the final bend before Barnes Railway Bridge. Join us for a bite to eat before the races begin and listen to the sound of our popular band, Shenanigans. We will be serving delicious, freshly cooked food from the barbeque along with the best value beer on the river at our Fuller’s bar. Also available will be hot drinks, cakes and ice cream. Why not come along with the family for the afternoon and get in the mood ready for the action.For the third year, all four races take place on the same day. The

schedule will be: 4.31pm Cancer Research UK Women’s Race, 5.31pm Cancer Research UK Boat Race. Between these two races will be the women’s reserve crews followed by the men’s reserve crews. We expect the boats to pass Chiswick Pier approximately 11 minutes after the start times. The Pier House opens at 2.00pm and will be serving food and drink all afternoon. For further information on the Pier and how to get there, contact the Chiswick Pier Trust 020 8742 2713, follow us on Twitter @ChiswickPier or visit

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Persistent stress can affect our health and even cause serious illness, so we need to know how to deal with it


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• Lack of change, purpose or activity • Clutter and disorganisation, for instance, always running late. Research shows just the sight of clutter causes stress. Your stress threshold may depend on your perception of the situation, your positivity, your mental health and emotional resilience and the support you receive. Symptoms of stress There are a wide range of symptoms, including irritability, impatience, aggression, restlessness, depression or anxiety, an inability to enjoy yourself, a sense of dread, feeling neglected or tearful, difficulty making decisions and concentrating, smoking or drinking, eating too much/too little, shallow breathing/hyperventilating, panic attacks, insomnia or disturbed sleep, muscle tension, loss of libido, teeth grinding, headaches, chest pains, high blood pressure, indigestion or heartburn, constipation or diarrhoea.

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Lifestyle changes: A healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep help. Spend time with family and friends and talk through your problems. Make time for hobbies and relaxation - downtime isn’t a luxury, but essential for a healthy mind and body. Changing your mind: You can try to develop a more positive outlook. Try to note down three things every day that make you happy, grateful or relaxed. There is a useful NHS video on replacing negative thinking with positive (the basis for CBT, mentioned below). Talking treatments: • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you understand what your stress triggers are and how you react to them, showing you how to react more positively • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) combines mindfulness, meditation and yoga to reduce stress Medication to reduce symptoms Medication can help you manage symptoms, such as antidepressants, sleeping pills, irritable bowel syndrome treatments and high blood pressure medication. Talk to your GP about your concerns and they will be able to help you find the best help for your particular circumstances. Alison Runham 37

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an eggcellent Easter! What plans have you got for the kids this Easter? Kew Gardens

This year, it‛s a Peter Rabbit themed event at Kew. Take part in games and learn about the vegetables Peter found in Mr McGregor‛s garden and follow a trail based on Peter and the other famous Beatrix Potter characters. Of course, there will be the traditional Egg Hunt. Enjoy Potter‛s tales at the storytelling events at the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Hampton Court Palace

The Lindt Gold Bunnies will return to Hampton Court Palace this Easter, hiding in the palace and gardens, awaiting discovery. With new stories exploring Hampton Court‛s chocolate-related history to be discovered with every bunny found, there‛ll even be the chance to claim a delicious chocolate prize!

London Wetlands Centre

Children can race through the Wetlands Centre on Dusty‛s Giant Duck Hunt to find the missing ducklings. A great Spring day out for all the family, with plenty of babies, bugs and buds as well as the hunt. Find the ducklings and win a chocolate prize. Also pond dipping and learning how to build a nest.

Ham House

An ‘Olympics‛ of games, with hop scotch, hopping bunny sack race and an egg and spoon obstacle course, plus children can make their own bunny ears. Ham House is said to be one of the most haunted

houses in the country, but during the Easter holidays it is full of fun activities for children. Trails 10am-4.30pm.

Museum of Richmond

Prehistoric Arts & Crafts: discover more about the early life of Britain and handle the museum‛s own collection of early artifacts before making your own replicas of stone age jewellery to take home. 3-6 April, £5.50 per child.

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Mothering Sunday Cruise Chiswick Pier to Tower Bridge 11 March Celebrate Mothering Sunday by joining Chiswick Pier Trust on a river cruise. Treat the family to full afternoon tea served at tables whilst cruising towards Tower Bridge. The boat will depart from Chiswick Pier promptly at 15.00. Please book your tickets early as this is a very popular event and sells out fast. Ticket prices: Adults £20/ Children under 8: £15. Call 020 8742 2713 or 07594 596729 for more information. For further details please check Chiswick Pier Trust website:

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Barnes Surgery Chartfield Surgery Danebury Ave Essex House Surgery Sheen Health Centre Seymour House The Surgery Kingston Hospital Queen Mary’s Hospital

Barnes/Mortlake Barnes Primary 020 8876 7358 Lowther Primary 020 8748 3984 St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic 020 8876 6679 St Osmund’s Catholic 020 8748 3582 East Sheen East Sheen Primary 020 8876 7484 Sheen Mount 020 8876 8394 Putney All Saints C of E 020 87885196 Hotham Primary 020 87886468 Oasis Academy 020 7884 6000 Our Ladies of Victories Catholic Primary 020 87885196 St Mary's C of E 020 87889591

020 8748 7574 020 8788 3252 0844 477 3782 020 8876 1033 020 8876 4086/8876 3901 020 8940 2802 020 8748 1065 020 8546 7711 020 8487 6000

clubs, groups & societies Barnes Community Association 020 8878 2359 Barnes Literary Society 020 8876 3817 Barnes & Mortlake History Society 020 8878 3756 Barnes Music Society 020 8876 1563 Barnes WI FiSH Neighbourhood Care Scheme (For help and to volunteer) 020 8876 3414 Friends of Barnes Common 020 8392 2566 Friends of Palewell Common 07771 970017 Friends of Richmond Park 020 8549 8975 Mortlake with East Sheen Society 020 8876 7744 Mortlake Community Association 020 8487 5500 Neighbourhood Watch 020 8247 5807 OSO Community Arts Centre 020 8876 9885 Putney Music Putney Bridge Club 020 8892 9429 Putney Scouts Putney Society Putney Theatre Company 07900 216 197 Richmond Orchestra 020 8876 4728

sports clubs & activities 144 (Richmond) Squadron Air Cadets Barn Elms Sports Centre Barnes Sports Club Barnes Runners Pools on the Park Putney Leisure Centre Rocks Lane Tennis & Football Ctr Sheen Common Bowling Club Shene Sports & Fitness Centre Sheen Shufflers

020 8940 2223 020 8876 7685 020 8876 1270 020 8241 6574 020 8940 0561 020 8785 0388 020 8876 8330 020 8878 6279 020 3772 2999 020 8876 6819

council Richmond Council Wandsworth Council Crimestoppers


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Secondary Schools ARK Putney Academy Christ’s Grey Court Richmond Park Academy

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local police Barnes Police Station Richmond Police Station (8am-8pm) Putney Safer Neighbourhood Teams East Sheen Mortlake & Barnes Barnes Putney

020 8392 1212 101 101 07879 433 391 020 8721 2007 07768 178 731 0208 247 7860

libraries Castelnau Mon, Tues, Fri 9.30am-6pm, Weds 10am7pm; Thurs & Sun closed. Tel: 020 8734 3350 East Sheen Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9.30am-6pm; Weds 10am-7pm; Sat 9.30am-4pm, Sun 1-5pm. Tel: 020 8734 3337 Putney Mon, Weds, Thurs 9am-8pm, Tues closed, Fri 9am-2pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Tel: 020 8871 7090

recycling Richmond Borough (Townmead Rd) Opening Times Mon 10am - 6pm; Tues-Sat 8am - 6pm; Sun & Bank Hols: 9am - 4pm. Closed: 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan. Richmond residents only. Last admission 15m before closing time. Wandsworth Borough (Smugglers Way) Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm; Sat 8am - 6pm; Sun 8am - 5pm If you have a club, society or association that you would like listed here please email me the details at:

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Index of Local Businesses Admin Assistance The Admin Practice Appliances Coopers Artificial Grass Easigrass Audio Visual Lasyl Ballroom Dance Paul Parsons Beauty Kate Anderson Spa Beds Westend Beds Book Keeping Mundane Tasks Builders/Extensions DPS Care in the Home Helping Hands Carpet Cleaner Right Clean Carpenter Dave Casswell Yellow Chisel Car Services Colin Ferns - Mercedes Catering Katie’s Kitchen Charity Back Up Computer Services Computer Trading Curtains & Blinds Curtain Call Drama Classes Stage Coach Dry Cleaner Hamlyns Humberts

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Fireplaces Chiswick Fireplace


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Hypnotherapy Westfield Practice


Insurance Shene Insurance


Kitchens West London Kitchens


Lofts & Extensions Loft Solutions


Martial Arts Pee Wee/Funakoshi Massage & Rehabilitation Massage & Rehabiliation Clinic Opticians Blink Optics Oven Cleaning Allbrite

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Plumbing & Heating Mortlake Plumbing & Heating Property Maintenance Zest Property Services


Reflexology Reflexology with Janette


Schools King's College Solicitors D & G Family Law Stationers Just Write Volvo Showroom MKG3000 Website Design Kite Web Design Windows Ayrton Bespoke


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what's on LOCALLY Trio of Alan Bennett plays 6-10 March

Barnes Community Players is performing three one-act plays by Alan Bennett, one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights. A Visit From Miss Prothero, Green Forms and Say Something Happened were originally written for TV and have been adapted for the stage, with each play showing Bennett’s acute sense of humour and pathos. Barnes Community Players is breaking exciting new ground in that they will be repeating all three plays with the same cast in August as part of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tickets £14 at OSO Arts Centre or online: On the door, £15, if available. 7.30pm start.

Dr Feelgood

Barnes Comedy Club

Canvey Island, Essex, was an unlikely birthplace for Britain’s finest R&B band, Dr Feelgood. But the band has been touring pretty much continuously since 1973. Performing such hits as Milk & Alcohol, Down At The Doctors and Roxette, the line-up has changed since those early days, but these doctors still have the Feelgood factor! Half Moon Putney. Tickets £16adv/£18 door.

The Bulls Head hosts the only comedy club in Barnes. Guests come from the EdFringe, West End and London’s finest improv teams. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, go along for a little improvised comedy. The first 20 booked will receive a pint of Estrella on the house and the best seats. No entry fee - this is a pay what you want event.

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