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May/June 2019

LOCAL OPEN GARDENS FAIRS, FETES & FESTIVALS Win tickets! Jools Holland & Caro Emerald

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love this time of year - there are so many events going on locally and so many things to do. One of my favourites is the annual Open Gardens, where locals open up their gardens for all to come and admire. The ever popular Sheen Open Gardens has more than 20 gardens open to the public this year, with other fabulous gardens on Richmond HIll and in Kew and Ham. Find out which gardens to visit on pg 15. There are lots of fabulous fairs, fetes and festivals this summer. Large fetes include Richmond May Fair, Kew Fete on Kew Green and Barnes Fair in July. Find out where to go to have fun on pg 22. We have a great competition in this issue with two pairs of tickets to see Jools Holland and Caro Emerald at the Hampton Court Music Festival. See how to enter on pg 23. In May, the hugely successful Children's Literature Festival is back. Top children's authors and illustrators will be talking about their work - read more on pg 35. Enjoy!

Pippa, Editor

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Homes & Interiors: the modern bedroom Gardening: Chelsea Flower Show Open Gardens: visit local gardens Restaurant review: 144 On The Hill Art House Open Studios Fairs, Fetes & Festivals Art House Open Studios Health: Get walking!



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Does your bedroom look a little dated, or is it brimming with contemporary style? We outline some quick and easy ways in which to give it a brand-new look


quiet retreat, a calm haven, and a cosy place in which you can relax, read, watch TV, listen to music, make phone calls or even sleep – your bedroom is your own personal space, and the ideal room in which to express your unique personality. If, however, it feels boring rather than beautiful, dull rather than delightful, why not consider a makeover? With some forward planning (and without spending a fortune) you can transform a tired space into a gorgeous room that you’ll love spending time in.


A pop of colour Bold colours are on trend this spring, often quite dark and moody – an intriguing antidote to the careful beiges, greiges, stones and neutrals that have predominated over the last few decades. Where better than a bedroom to go for this dark décor? Be brave and use fuchsia, turquoise, emerald, orange, mustard or deep blue in arresting combinations or, if you don’t feel quite courageous enough, perhaps just cover one wall with a strong shade. Even the simple addition of a bright headboard, rug, throw or group of cushions can make all the difference. On the walls A new paint colour will transform the room. Experiment by using a tester pot to cover a large sheet of card and sticking it to different walls at various times of the day, so you can see how the colour changes according to the light. Another way to make a difference is to use patterned wallpaper, all over (for huge impact) or just on a feature wall. Or opt for a wall-sized mural – they are easy to order, sized to your dimensions, via specialist websites, and look absolutely amazing, whether the image is of, for example, a wooded glade, tropical palms, a cityscape, oversized flowers or a starry night sky.

'To transform a bedroom from boring to boudoir, introduce sumptuous bed linens that are gorgeous to look at and soft to the touch...' Beautiful bed linen To transform a bedroom from boring to boudoir, introduce sumptuous bed linens that are gorgeous to look at and soft to the touch. You may wish to use plain white as the basics, just adding a stunning throw, blanket, eiderdown or quilt – or several – for a jolt of eye-catching colour and pattern. Or go for broke and put colour with colour, plains with

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'Wall-mounted lights will free up space on a bedside table...' patterns, and revel in the excitement and drama of layered vibrancy. Take the floor In a bedroom where wear and tear is not a factor, luxurious, deep-pile carpet laid wallto-wall is an option to consider. It’s not cheap, however, so if that’s beyond your budget, consider sanding back your floorboards and either varnishing or painting them, then adding a rug or two in a bold, modern style (blocks of vivid colour, chevrons or Berber, perhaps) for heaps of character.


Lights fantastic Assess your lighting and ensure it’s both subtle and flattering. You can make it more adaptable by adding table or floor lamps in the corners and fitting a dimmer switch to the central pendant. Even changing the bulbs makes a difference – LED for energy saving, choosing warm white and not overly bright. For bedside reading, a pair of swing-arm, wallmounted lights will free up space on a bedside table or go with the on-trend look and hang a bare filament bulb from a coloured cotton flex that’s suspended either from the ceiling or a wall-mounted bracket. How to update your furniture Wardrobes, chests of drawers, blanket boxes and bookcases are an investment, and not necessarily items that you’ll want to replace too often. But there are ways in which to improve or disguise such furnishings that are old-fashioned, overly bulky or otherwise just

not quite right. A lick of paint works wonders, for example, though it’s inadvisable on anything antique. Sand thoroughly, undercoat and cover with a top coat – choosing either a colour which will stand out or, if your aim is to minimise the look of the piece, the same colour as the wall behind. It’s also possible to paste wallpaper (or wrapping paper, maps, sheet music, posters – the list is endless) onto the flat panels of wooden furniture, painting the rest of the piece in a co-ordinating colour to give it a quirky new look. Another surprisingly effective upgrade is simply to change the knobs or handles for something more sleek and modern. It may even be possible to do the same for feet or legs, where appropriate.

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Sit back and relax on this iconically styled rocking chair that’s inspired by ‘50s and ‘60s interiors. Monet rocking chair by Sika, £515, Cuckooland. Add pretty texture and minimal styling with a lightweight, occasional bench seat. Hampstead bench, £290, and seat pad in charcoal stripe, £18, both Garden Trading.

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Back to nature


The greatest flower show in the world is coming to town very soon, and the central theme of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is all about wellbeing. But the one garden that I’m particularly looking forward to is the ‘RHS Back to Nature Garden’


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f you cast your mind back to Hampton Court Flower Show 2017, my good friends Andree Davies and Adam White swept the boards with a gold medal, People’s Choice Award and Best in Show for their Playscape Show Garden, so I am willing them on to do great things this year at Chelsea. As they specialise in designing interesting and challenging gardens for children, I suppose that it was not much of a surprise that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge should want to join forces with this dynamic duo. The key elements of this woodland garden include a crafted hollow log for children to climb through, a den, a waterfall, stream and tree house. So, it’s shaping up to be a great place for families to get together, play, dig and generally have a great time without fear of doing any damage in an otherwise manicured garden. It’s to be a great place for wildlife, too, as plants, fruits and seeds are there to provide food for them and nectar for bees and butterflies. There’ll also be nesting sites for birds and cover for other animals to hide in the garden.

I haven’t yet seen the full plant list, but as some plants are there to provide material for crafting, I suspect that there’ll be swathes of willow; the trees, I’m told, are full of character and personality, so expect some pretty lovely old gnarled specimens. This has been a true collaboration between these garden creators. Behind the scenes, the design ideas have been drawn together from many, many walks in the Sandringham Estate, endless cutting up of photographs and plant material to develop the main themes, building intricate models, all of which has resulted in the development of this exciting outside space. And, you’d be quite wrong to assume that this garden collaboration is merely a one-hit wonder. After Chelsea, there are plans for this ‘dream team’ to continue. They’ll be codesigning two further RHS gardens, mirroring many of the elements from their Chelsea design. So, expect another amazing creation at Hampton Court this year and another garden at RHS Wisley later in the year. The message with all three gardens has to be ‘Go outside and get your Nature fix!' Valerie McBride-Munro is a qualified horticulturist offering a plant problem solving service. Tel: 020 8892 9243


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'There are always flowers for those who want to see them'

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Over the summer, numerous private gardens are opening their gates to the public… 19 May: 6-8pm Ham Open Gardens Only open every other year, a wonderful selection of 17 gardens, one originating rom the C17th. Tickets from Ham Common, £11each or £16.50 for two 26 May: 2-5pm 2 June: 6-8pm Kew Green Gardens A range of large gardens, mainly informal, with borders and well-established shrubs. 65, 67, 69, 71, 73 Kew Green TW9 3AH. Tickets £6 2 June: 3-6pm 26, 34, 59, 60, 61 Marksbury Avenue Five very different gardens, from a New Zealand theme with camomile lawn to a quintessential English cottage garden and one with more than 20 varieties of clematis. Teas at no. 60. See Siobhan McCammon, below right. Kew TW9 4JE. Tickets £7 2 June: 11-5pm Richmond Hill Open Gardens 14 beautiful gardens, from small to large, scattered across Richmond Hill. Tickets available from St Matthias Church, £12.50 8 June: 2- 5pm Trumpeter’s House & Sarah’s Garden A two-acre garden on the site of the Richmond Palace. Ancient Tudor walls are covered in roses and climbers. Unusal shrubs and trees. Richmond TW9 1PD. Tickets £5 9 June: 1-4pm 28 Taylor Avenue Verdant gardens with mature trees and shrubs - a typical urban garden. Kew TW9 4ED. Tickets £3.50

9 June: 1-6pm Sheen Open Gardens See details on poster below. Visit or for more details and other gardens

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144 On The Hill

restaurant review

Georgian splendour mixes with modern magic at the newly relaunched 144 On The Hill, writes Pippa Duncan


he restaurant at the Richmond Hill Hotel has been re-invented. Keeping to its Georgian heritage, it has a simple grandeur but with contemporary elements. A lot of thought has gone into the décor and it shows – beige mixed with flashes of orange, sumptuous banquettes, leather and velvet chairs. The long wraparound bar spans the room and is spectacular – worth going for just a drink. Having ordered cocktails, Emy, the mixologist, brought the ingredients for a Virgin Mary to the table. No Worcester Sauce and Tabasco here, but Sichuan pepper, ashberries, pimento and lemon verbena, mixed with tomato and then streamed from one cup held high to another. Other tables stopped talking to look. It was mesmerising if slightly nervewracking to watch. But he didn’t spill a drop. And it was absolutely delicious. For the first course my husband, Alex, chose the open rabbit lasagne with mushrooms and truffle sauce (£8). Fresh lasagne, tender rabbit mild in flavour, in a creamy sauce – it was excellent. My retro prawn and smoked salmon in a cocktail glass (£9) was good, particularly the salmon and the side accompaniment of a Bloody Mary shot (oh yes!), but couldn’t compete with the flavours of the rabbit. Alex, always keen to try something new when we do a restaurant review, went for the vegan Jackfruit Dirty Burger – Cajun jackfruit with red cabbage, apple slaw, vegan cheese

and beer sourdough bun with with chips (£12). It was a mountainous magnificence and tasted just as good. Neither of us are vegan but, if we hadn’t known, we would have just assumed it was meat. Layers of thinly sliced jackfruit blended well with the cabbage and apple slaw, tasty cheese and crispy fries. I opted for the more traditional seared Gressingham duck breast, Richmond honey and Earl Grey jus and Isle of Wight garlic fine beans (£14). The duck was cooked medium, as ordered, and was tender to cut, while the garlicky beans were fabulous. We could have tried every dessert on the menu but, foregoing the Bakewell tart, Alex went for the rhubarb bread and butter pudding (£7), which came as freshly cooked rhubarb on a soft bed of bread. The tang of rhubarb hit the spot and he was a happy man. I had the Valrhona chocolate mousse with honeycomb crunch. It came beautifully presented, topped with delicate edible flowers and little segments of deeply chewy honeycomb. Expecting a smooth chocolate experience, the mousse was very textured, possibly because it was a vegan version, but shows that the restaurant does more than a simple nod to vegetarians and vegans. Bookings: 020 8940 2247

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Art House Open Studios More than 200 artists are taking part in Art House Open Studios: 21-23 and 28-30 June


rt House offers a unique opportunity to visit artists' creative spaces, chat to the artists themselves and hear how their work evolves. And, by buying direct, you are not paying gallery prices.

Hundreds of local artists, from Barnes and Sheen to Richmond and beyond will open their doors over the two weekends in June, exhibiting a wide range of work including paintings, sketches, photography, stained glass, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and upholstery. Venues are spread across Richmond borough with exhibitions in homes, studios, schools, cafes, church halls, boathouses and in heritage buildings. Entry to all venues is free. You can find out where to go at or the free brochure is available from local libraries, arts venues and Orleans House Gallery. 18

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A new chapter for Richmond Hill Hotel The newly re-launched Richmond Hill Hotel will delight, whether you stay in one of its luxurious bedrooms, dine in the fabulous new restaurant or just enjoy a cocktail at the bar


ichmond Hill Hotel, a retreat on the edge of one of the world’s greatest cities, has begun a new chapter in its history that will assert Richmond as a ‘go to’ destination in 2019. The Georgian townhouse has recently completed a multimillion pound refurbishment programme, revitalising its Georgian bedrooms, restaurant and bar.  Designed by award-winning designers, K&M, who have drawn on Richmond’s unique heritage, the bedrooms feature comfy, hand-stitched Heal’s king-size beds, with furniture commissioned to fit within each of the individual room styles. Deep, freestanding baths, antique phones and clocks give a nod to the past, complimenting the modern walk-in showers, underfloor heating and Nespresso coffee machines - combining the best of all eras and further enhancing the familial townhouse experience to create calm and considered spaces. Richmond Hill Hotel has also undertaken the remodelling of its food and beverage outlet, 144 On The Hill, launched this spring as an independent, destination restaurant and bar, embracing a contemporary, welcoming and timeless identity.  Combining the Georgian architecture of the building with fine elegant detailing of the interior, the design is influenced by famous poets, writers and artists, including Thomas Hudson, the famous portrait painter and former resident of the area. Designed by award-winning Russell Sage Studio, the space

has been devised as a place to kick back, brunch, lunch or dine. 144 On The Hill provides a series of spaces, all effortlessly connected and each dedicated to a different experience, boasting bursts of natural daylight. The Snug is a quiet, comfortable, intimate space for cosy down time; and the bar and lounge offer an upbeat vibe with live music, innovative cocktails, specially selected wines and a medley of delicious small plates.  The newly created restaurant provides an iconic setting for many celebrations; an eclectic combination of locally-sourced ingredients, championing Surrey farms, Kent vineyards and local Richmond beekeepers, selected by the Head Chef to create a robust, classic British ‘Turf to Table’ inspired menu that changes with the seasons. With a nod to the local environment, the unique menu ranges from much-loved British dishes with a twist and sharing plates to appetising vegan dishes, all prepared from scratch by the team of talented chefs. Whether you are looking to celebrate a milestone, indulge in a delightful afternoon tea, enjoy a long, lazy brunch or sample the delicious modern British cuisine with a cocktail or two, experience the team at 144 On the Hill’s unique culinary vision. 020 8940 2247

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FAIRS, FETES & FESTIVALS Plan ahead - it's going to be a fun-packed summer! 3-19 May Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival

Hosting more than 180 shows across 55 venues. Music, theatre, circus, outdoor arts, dance and comedy. Tickets individually priced, some events free. More details at 11 – 12 May Richmond May Fair Now under the management of Richmond Bid, the Fair is back - for the first time over two days - this year. More than 100 stalls with a mix of charities and independent stalls, plus live entertainment. Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Richmond Green.

25 – 27 May Foodies Festival

Mouth-watering summer festival at Syon Park, with workshops, masterclasses, top chefs and Bake Off winners, live entertainment and, of course, lots of lovely food! From 11am. Weekend Ticket £29, family ticket £38 (2 adults, 4 children).

6 – 22 June Hampton Court Music Festival

This year’s Festival presents a sensational line-up including Tears For Fears, Kylie, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Caro Emerald, Jools Holland, Busted, The Jacksons, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe. Bring a hamper and enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Hampton Court Palace. 22

22 June Kew Midsummer Fete

Kew Fete has previously been voted one of the Top 10 weekend activities by Time Out Online. More than 120 creative and imaginative stalls, fabulous food, great live entertainment and Victorian fairground. Kew Green, 11am-6pm.

13 July Barnes Fair

One of the biggest and the best in London, with more than 300 stalls dotted around Barnes Pond and the Common. Live entertainment and fabulous food. From 9.30-6pm.

Win! Win! Win!

You can win a pair of tickets to see Caro Emerald and Jools Holland at Hampton Court Palace Music Festival – full details on pg 23.

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Win! Tickets to see Jools Holland & Caro Emerald Living In Magazines has a pair of tickets each to give away for Jools Holland and Caro Emerald at this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival


highlight of the summer calendar, Hampton Court Palace Festival provides world-class acts in a spectacular setting, as well as gourmet Fortnum & Mason picnics and sumptuous VIP dining experiences. This year’s Festival presents a sensational lineup of shows including Kylie, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Caro Emerald, Jools Holland and more. Gates open at 5.30pm, so soak up the pre-concert atmosphere in the East Front Gardens, enjoying a picnic and a glass of champagne before taking your place in the seated auditorium, against the magnificent backdrop of the intimate Tudor courtyard, for the evening’s performance. It’s an event not to be missed! Visit for more information and the full line-up.

HOW TO ENTER: We have one pair of tickets to see Jools Holland (6 June) and one pair of tickets to see Caro Emerald (12 June). For your chance to win, just email: with Jools or Caro in the Subject line and answer the following question: Where can you enjoy the pre-concert atmosphere at the Festival? Send postal entries to: HCPF Competition, 38 Chelwood Gardens, Richmond TW9 4JQ. Final entry date: 16 May. Terms & conditions apply – please visit for further details. Please mention Living In Magazines when contacting advertisers



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love learning FRENCH French is a beautiful language – and it can be easy to learn!


onjour! My name is Stéphanie Paillasson and, together with my team of handpicked tutors, we offer fully tailored French language tuition in and around the Richmond area. Founded in 2008, we have helped hundreds of clients to reach their goal of learning and improving their French. My qualified native French tutors are highly experienced in teaching individuals and groups of all ages and abilities, whether to learn French for business, travel, exams or just for fun.  I know that learning a language can be a challenging and dry experience, but our tutors develop a fun and supportive environment to help you learn and exceed your expectations and we have the track record to prove it! Our clients have busy schedules, so we believe in flexibility - offering teaching at home or at the office - as well as distance learning over the internet. We treat every client as an individual, so we will take you through our free level assessment, discuss your objectives and tailor our lesson plans to match your needs.  Call us now to book your free level assessment - À bientôt! Why learn French? • Make travel more enjoyable • Improve the chance of entry to college or university • Understand a foreign culture • Be more competitive in the job market Stéphanie Paillasson 07502412296

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the right vision Blink Optics offers beautiful frames, the latest eyecare technology and superb customer service


ou just have to look at the number of positive online reviews to see that Blink Optics is getting it right. Based in East Sheen, this independent optician, owned by Nilesh and Alka Soneji, has not only got great frames and state-of-theart technology, but that all important excellent customer service, which turns one appointment into a life-long customer. ‘Locals have really taken on board that we

Blink Optics offers a great selection of designer glasses including SALT, Ray Ban, Tom Ford, Moscot, Face a Face and Nifties - which creates glasses for the smaller face - as well as a wellpriced house brand, offering specs for every budget. And, with an in-house lab on site, they can offer a quick and easy express service as well as repairs.

like to go that extra mile. We’re not a chain, which means we can really take time with each customer and give a personalised service. And, having treated the parents, we now see them bringing in their children for eye tests, too.’ Nilesh emphasises the importance of eye tests in the young. ‘Kids might not be thinking about the fact they can’t see the board clearly at school, so it’s up to the parents to notice if there may be a problem with their vision,’ he says. And, as children’s eye tests are free, there’s no reason not to get them checked out. Nilesh and his team also offer a complimentary 4D eye health scan – worth £50 – when you book an eye test. This is important for all ages, as the scan can spot debilitating eye conditions at an early stage, before they cause irreparable damage, particularly as having good eyesight doesn’t mean your eyes are necessarily healthy. ‘The scan can see into the deeper layers of the retina and detect conditions such as glaucoma and age-related macula degeneration.’

There are many types of contact lenses on offer these days and Nilesh has built up years of experience to find which would be most suitable for you. He says: 'Many of our clients require correction for both distance and close up. I can fit them with multi-focal contact lenses that suits all their viewing needs.' • • • •

Under 18 and Over 60: free eye tests Complimentary 4D eye health scan State of the art technology Exceptional customer care

‘Having struggled for some time with a high street optician to obtain the lenses appropriate to my needs, I am delighted with the results that Nilesh has achieved for me.’ 327 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen 020 3327 1510 /

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There’s no place like home CuraCare East Sheen is a local, independent, family business. We provide care and support services to the elderly in their own homes. We can help with: • Short term or on-going support • Hourly visits to 24 hour live in care • Companionship & Home Help • Personal Care & Dementia Care • Medication & Meal Support For friendly help and advice

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R PLS I E You have two minutes to find all the words of three or more letters that can be made from the letters above. Plurals are allowed, proper nouns are not. The 6 letter word will always be just a normal everyday word.

3 letters: 11 4 letters: 17 5 letters: 9 6 letters: 2 28


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National Walking Month


May is National Walking Month and is part of an annual campaign to promote the benefits of walking. We have fantastic open spaces nearby, such as Richmond Park or Wimbledon Common, so there’s no excuse not to stretch those legs


t is perhaps walking that is the most accessible exercise, available to all, regardless of current levels of fitness or income. Your health Walking gives your leg muscles and lungs a workout, reduces stress, helps you sleep, burns excess calories and reduces your risk of osteoporosis, cancer, depression and Type 2 diabetes. Phew, that sounds so good it should be prescribed. The NHS says even just a brisk 10-minute daily walk has many health benefits, counting towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. A brisk pace is around 3 miles an hour – if you’re relatively fit, you should still be able to talk, but not sing a song. The free NHS Active 10 app handily tells you when you’re walking fast enough and suggests ways to fit in more brisk walking. Particularly through the late spring and summer, walking outside will top-up your levels of Vitamin D which is good for your bone health and your immune system. Be sociable – or get alone time Walking can be a chance to chat with your friends and family. Nordic walking classes, a Walking for Health walk, or a walking group such as the Ramblers (formerly the Ramblers Association) are ideal if you don’t have anyone to walk with. However, you may prefer to use walks as a chance for some time to yourself. You could listen to music which can help you get into a rhythm and walk faster If you are concerned about wearing headphones while you walk, look at AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones. These sit on bones on the sides of your head but not in your ears, so you can still hear traffic.

Raise money for a good cause For National Walking Month, the British Heart Foundation is promoting the Just Walk initiative to encourage you to raise money in an organised walk. Tying in with this is their Walk to School Week (16-20 May), where they ask teachers, parents and children to put their best foot forward and walk to school each day. Get it right • Wear supportive, suitable footwear. If you are walking to work, you could take a smarter pair of shoes with you to change into. • Stay hydrated. Always take a drink with you if you’re planning to walk for more than 20 minutes or it’s hot. • Always consider the terrain and the weather, especially if you’re heading off the beaten track. Do you need warm and/or waterproof clothing, headgear and footwear? Do you have snacks, drinks, a first aid kit and a charged mobile phone? An internet search will return innumerable resources to help you both start and stick with it, not just for May but throughout the year.

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• Family walks in Barnes The Friends of Barnes Common offer a popular nature walk for families with young children. The walk, known as Yaffles, welcomes all ages, but activities are most suited for children aged 2 – 8. Annual membership to the FoBC is just £10 for the whole family. Find out more at:

east sheen • AgeUK helps you get out and about If you’d like to be more active in your later years, but don’t necessarily have friends to do things with, Richmond Borough’s AgeUK branch can help you to get out and about. They organise outings, a variety of exercise groups, clubs and courses, pub lunches, social events and advice on computers. Activities needs to be booked, so call 020 8744 1965 or email communityservices@ • Story time for under 5s East Sheen library offers free weekly story time sessions for the under fives. A lovely way to encourage a love of books and listening for young ones, opening up a whole new world of storytelling. Mondays at 4pm, East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane


• Discover Historic Mayfair 10 May The Mortlake With East Sheen Society organises regular events for the community. Next on the agenda is a 30

guided walk through historic Mayfair, led by Blue Badge Guide, Pauline Lake. She will talk about the great houses that used to be in Piccadilly, walk to Shepherds Market and along Bond Street, Conduit St and Grosvenor Square before finishing at the Royal Institution. 10.30am meet up at Green Park Station. Cost £10 per person. To reserve a place, email

putney •Taking to the Thames The Port of London Authority (PLA) is giving out grants totalling £40,000 to clubs and organisations to help encourage locals to enjoy river sports such as rowing and paddling on the Thames. With various rowing clubs, such as Putney Rowing Club, activities on the water are already popular, but more can be done to increase the use of the river as a way of getting fit. Head of Thames Vision delivery at the PLA, Nadine Collins-Smith, says: ‘Our aim is to make enjoyment of the river through sport more accessible to people of all backgrounds.’ Any local clubs or organisation’s can apply for grants through the PLA website:

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Weekend golfers are choosing physio to enjoy a better golf swing


o you sit behind a desk all week and then wonder why your back feels stiff? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to send the ball an extra 50 yards? People are under the impression that golf is just a good walk! But they underestimate the physical demands of the sport and underprepare for play. Here, Dave Burnett, one of our team of physios – who is a Titleist accredited Golf Rehab Physio and a keen golfer himself explains how a sedentary life can lead to stiffness and pain in the back and problems with your golf swing. Upper back stiffness Most of us have the best intentions to sit correctly at work but, with time, our posture deteriorates into a slouched position and this leads to a loss of back extension and rotation – two movements essential for golf. And sitting for long periods can lead to tightness of the thigh muscles (hamstrings and hip flexors). Affecting your golf swing Golf requires: • A good range of upper back rotation in both directions for back swing and follow through • Plenty of hip rotation • strong core –your deep trunk muscles that give your back support are strong providing a firm centre When the upper back becomes stiff and painful you compensate by finding the rotation movement elsewhere in your body. This may mean using the arms too much to generate power, or over rotating the lower back leading to overstrain. A mobile upper back allows your arms, shoulders and hips to swing in a smooth, co-ordinated pattern for a great golf swing!

ask clients to bring their clubs with them so we can see them in action. Having identified your specific problem we might: • Design a programme of strength and conditioning exercises to address any weak muscles • Give a programme of stretching • Release any joint stiffness or muscular tightness contributing to the problem • Teach you how to prepare your body to play What simple things can you do to help? • Starting with your shorter irons, practise your swing. Always start gently and increase your swing and vigour as you get warmed up • Only at the end of your warm up will you use your driver • Taking regular exercise in your daily life will help you maintain fitness • Exercise classes such as yoga and pilates can also help with flexibility and core strength Go to a gym regularly to maintain muscle strength To make an appointment with Dave Burnett, call 020 8876 5690. Physio on the River, The Old Ticket Office, Barnes Bridge, Barnes

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11+ open evening for entry 2020 onwards Wednesday 12th June 2019

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Opening up the world of books This year's Barnes Children's Literature Festival has more than 80 events, with authors and illustrators such as Lauren Child, Michael Rosen, Francesca Simon, Axel Scheffer, Jeremy Strong and Judith Kerr


he Barnes Children’s Literary Festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year with a host of fantastic events and a fabulous cohort of authors – all to encourage in children a love of books. UK Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child (pictured top), creator of Charlie and Lola¸Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort will be introducing her latest character, child genius, Hubert Horatio. The best-selling writer, Jeremy Strong (middle), author of more than 100 books will be joined by his characters, the cardigan-wearing Armadillo and the tuba-playing Hare, as they ponder the meaning of life and cheese sandwiches. And Jessie Burton (bottom) will be hosting a fun fairy tale event, while describing how her first children’s book The Restless Girls came about, after the huge successes of her adult novels, The Miniaturist and The Muse. As well as authors, Aardman Animations will be model making Shaun the Sheep, there will be Matilda Musical Theatre workshops and Elmer the Elephant will be leading a story and song session. There are lots of events over the whole weekend, including theatre and singing workshops and outdoor theatre trail. Tickets online at or from OSO Arts Centre: 49 Station Road, Barnes SW13 0LF

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Read with Children Doorstep Library brings the joy of reading into homes of families in disadvantaged areas throughout Hammersmith & Fulham. We operate a team of volunteers who read with the children, lend them books, befriend the families and offer support.

Volunteer 3 hours a week to share your love of books If you are proficient in English and want to share a passion for reading, please email us at 020 8870 1476 Registered Charity: 1158197

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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 Community Players Barnes Literary Society 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 Barn Elms Sports Centre Barnes Sports Club Barnes Runners Putney Leisure Centre Rocks Lane Tennis & Football Ctr Sheen Common Bowling Club Shene Sports & Fitness Centre Sheen Shufflers

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

council Richmond Council Wandsworth Council Crimestoppers


08456 122 660 020 8871 6000 0800 555 111

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

020 878 83421 020 8940 6982 020 8948 1173 020 8876 8891

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

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Hot metal

Neil Brown is one of the few modern-day blacksmiths, working from his forge at the Museum of Water and Steam in Brentford. He talked to Pippa Duncan


ot many people know that there is a forge at the museum. But it has been in existence since 1838 and is the oldest continuously used forge in London. There are only around 600 blacksmiths in the UK, but the numbers are growing as people return to a love of uniquely beautiful and traditionally made pieces, rather than mass-production. Neil Brown trained as a blacksmith more than 15 years ago, having tried a variety of jobs that he hated. ‘I did sculpture at college and got a job making architectural models and sets, so I knew I liked working with my hands, but somehow I ended up working in IT for years. It was actually my manager there who told me to find something I liked doing more! I found a three-day blacksmithing course in Leatherhead. It was January, freezing cold and I was outside all day, but I loved it. I knew this was what I wanted to do.’ Now a highly skilled blacksmith, with years of experience behind him, Neil makes bespoke pieces for his customers. ‘I recently created a gate for a lady in Kew. She came with a photo of what she liked. I drew up some ideas and we honed down exactly what it was that she wanted and based the gate on leaf shapes in forged metal. She was really delighted with the finished product and absolutely loves it. ‘For each piece of work, once the idea is

firmed, I draw it up to full size, work out what materials I want, cut them to size and then light the fire and start forging the shapes. Depending on the piece, it can be a week’s worth of forging, followed by another couple of weeks of assembly, with a couple of trial fits on site to ensure it all works. But at other times, if I’m making an artistic piece, it’s all cutting, welding, drilling and there’s no forge work at all.’ Neil has also created a large tree of life for St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey and, recently, a garden table with metal vine leaves wrapping round the legs for a local couple. ‘I am starting work on a staircase balustrade soon. The customer wants two flights of stairs, starting with a lot of detailed work at the bottom. Elements will then be repeated up through the balustrade. I love the fact that I can make so many different things, from hooks and sculptures to garden ornaments.’ Before being turned into the museum, the building next to the forge was Kew Bridge Pumping station – created to produce clean water using steam, diesel and electric pumps. The pumps were made in Cornwall and a team came up to install them, including a blacksmith. He stayed on to set up the forge and, as well as working with the pumping station, worked with the local boats and stables. Recently, says Neil, his great great grandson paid him a visit, delighted to see the forge still in use. You can see Neil’s stall – Hot Metal Works – at Kew Fete on Saturday 22 June, or see more of his work at

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what's on LOCALLY Boris Rex Until 3 May

A Shakespearean take on the tragi-comedy that is Boris Johnson. Boris Rex follows the anti-hero and buffoon from his boorish days at Oxford University, through the skulduggery of the General Election. A tale of ambition, back-stabbing and national chaos. Charlie Dupré takes elements from Julius Caesar and Richard III, blending original verse and poetry. OSO Arts Centre, Barnes. Tickets £7-£14. Box office: 020 8876 9885.

The Odyssey 25 – 29 June

How do you go about adapting the Odyssey? 24 books, over 100 characters, 500 miles travelled. There are so many viewpoints, so many stories, where do you begin? How do you find the beginning of such vast epic? A world full of gods and monsters and men. Through the eyes of Odysseus and the women who help and hinder him you will learn about war, identity, power and poverty. Putney Arts Centre, Ravenna Road, Putney. Tickets £14.

Paul Young’s Los Pacaminos 28 June

Missing the camaraderie of being a band member after 10 years as a solo performer, Paul Young (Wherever I Lay My Hat…) rounded up a few well-known friends and created the group, Los Pacaminos, presenting Tex-Mex classics, Spanish songs and original material. Buy a beer and tequila and join in the fun! Half Moon Putney. Tickets £23 at door, £20 adv. 8pm start. 18+ only. 38

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