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ballroom, ballet & being beastly

Nov/Dec 2017

Craig Revel Horwood


CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Find out what's on And... • a festive home • ding dong, merrily on high • where's the mistletoe?

Plus: local people, local lives, local events... and great local businesses


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raig Revel Horwood is best known as the judge who loves to be beastly on Strictly Come Dancing. But Craig is a man of many talents- he is currently playing the evil Miss Hannigan in Annie (until 26 November) and has choreographed the latest production, 14 Days, by the innovative BalletBoyz, who are appearing at Richmond Theatre. Find out what he thinks about Strictly without Len, missing Brucie and the fit young men of BalletBoyz (pg 18). In case you hadn't noticed, Christmas is coming! There are some great local events that you won't want to miss - from Christmas concerts to late night shopping for those last minute presents. Find out more on pg 20 and pg 37. Whether you are a church-goer or not, the sound of pealing bells is evocative on Christmas morning. But who rings the bells? Michael Uphill is one of the country's most experienced bell ringers - find out more about him in A Day In The Life Of... on pg 35. Have a great festive season and see you in 2018! Pippa, Editor

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Homes & Interiors: A festive home Homely Christmas traditions Gardening: Where's the mistletoe? Ballroom to ballet: Craig Revel Horwood Christmas is coming! Health: Myths about colds Restaurant review: Orpheus A Day In The Life Of... a bell ringer Christmas locally



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Local Talk What's On

Business Profile 26 Blink Optics

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It’s all too easy to go overboard at Christmas. This year, why not decorate your home with subtle glamour, says Katherine Sorrell

FEELING FESTIVE • Too many colours together tend to look garish. Choose one main colour theme for each room and stick to it. This season, dark backdrops are very on trend, with accents of gold or brass, while white, beige or grey are classics that always look great, with dashes of red or green for that seasonal feel. This living room is welcoming and cosy, but also cool, calm and collected, thanks to a subtle colour scheme of greys and whites, together with touches of texture in the form of wicker, wool and wood. Traditional Nordmann Fir, from £29.99; LED warm white string lights, from £9.99; wool throw, £59.99; Firwood star decoration (set of three), £44.99; Magical Hare cushion, £39.99; tree decorations, from £1.49; all Dobbies An intriguing and subtle way to display the twinkle of fairy lights. Bo 80 LED glass-domed cylinder, £13, B&Q Beautiful baubles will add class to your Christmas tree. Walther & Co bronze acorn and leaf decoration, £9.99, Cotswold Trading

• With limited colours, textures come into their own. Think linen, wool, fur (faux if you prefer), wicker, concrete and velvet. And for this look, avoid twee animals, anything knitted or made from felt, and all-out glitter (a little sparkle goes a long way). • Christmas ornaments tend to be collected over the years and so can look rather haphazard if all displayed in one go. Carefully choose a selection that co-ordinate and – stay strong – put the rest back in the loft for next year.

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CHRISTMAS traditions We love Christmas traditions, but many of those we celebrate on 25 December are far more recently adopted than you may think Celebrating 25 December Why is Christmas celebrated on 25 December? Mid-winter festivals abounded by the time Christianity took hold. There were winter solstice celebrations such as Yule and the Roman festivals of Saturnalia. It was easier for Christians to introduce it into these longstanding festivals than to persuade people to give them up. The first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine, began celebrating Christmas on 25 December in 336. A few years later, Pope Julius I declared it the official date to celebrate Jesus’s birth. Orthodox and Coptic Christians celebrate Jesus’s birth on 7 January - the ‘original’ 25 December. Our 25 December moved when we adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. Yule logs Today, Yule logs have been mainly superseded by log-shaped chocolate cakes. Logs were burned as part of the Scandinavian Yule celebration, beginning at the winter solstice and continuing until they burned out. Celts also burned a Yule log, believing it persuaded the sun to return. Holly and ivy Evergreens were used in winter solstice festivals to bring good luck and signify the coming of spring. Christmas pudding The original Christmas pudding was frumenty, a thin 14th century porridge, containing raisins, currants, prunes, wine, spices, beef and mutton. But, by around 1650, people ate plum pudding and, by Victorian times, it was similar to the modern-day pud.

The Christmas tree Evergreen fir trees have been used in winter festivals for thousands of years to symbolise the coming spring, although they were often hung upside down from the ceiling rather than upright. Christmas trees emerged in the 1500s in town squares before appearing in houses. The Royal Family had one from Georgian times, but it was a 1848 image of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family gathered around theirs, that popularised the idea. A merry Christmas Christmas wasn’t celebrated widely in the UK until the Middle Ages, when it was more a time for merrymaking and feasting. It was later banned by the Puritans but returned in Georgian times with a focus on charity and gift-giving, paving the way for the idealised Victorian Christmas described by Charles Dickens.

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time to pucker up...


Christmas is upon us again, and apart from the Christmas tree, there is one other important plant to complete the festive celebrations – mistletoe. This is the plant that gives you licence to pucker up

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ur familiar white-berried Christmas plant of Europe is just one of many hundreds of other mistletoe species worldwide. Most people will be quick to tell you that mistletoe is a plant parasite but in truth it’s only a hemi-parasite; it has its own set of green leaves, so can photosynthesise for its own energy. It only relies on its host for support and a continuing supply of water. So why does it feature so highly for us at Christmas? There are any number of mistletoe traditions from around the world dating back to ancient times, so you can really take your pick. In Norse mythology there was a God called Baldr who was slain by a weapon made of mistletoe. The white berries represent his mother’s tears, and it became a symbol of peace and friendship. In Ancient Greece, Aeneas successfully found the abode of the dead in search of his dead father, navigating the tricky path using a bough of mistletoe. Ancient Druids worshipped mistletoe where it grew on their sacred trees, particularly oak. Modern Druid groups still take an active interest in mistletoe, and in 2004 a new initiative called the Mistletoe Foundation was established to review and rekindle interest in the ancient Druid traditions. Mistletoe has long been seen as a remnant of an ancient fertility tradition - an evergreen growth on a deciduous host, showing the continuing vitality of the host tree. So where did the kissing traditions start? Ever since I can remember, Christmas was not complete without hanging up a sprig of mistletoe just over the front door, or in the hallway, so that the unsuspecting would be in a great place to plant an innocent kiss. Our

kissing tradition began sometime in the early 1700s and has now become amazingly popular all over the world. Before you try and grow 'Our kissing tradition your own began sometime in plant from the early 1700s...' this year’s decorations, a word to the wise. Mistletoe berries do not mature fully until around April, so you’ll need to find a live plant. On the host tree, choose a branch 10cm (4in) or more in girth and that is 15-years-old or more. Ideally this should be fairly high up, so the developing plant receives plenty of light. Make a shallow cut to create a flap in the bark. Remove the seeds from the fleshy berries and insert them under the bark flap. Finish by covering the flap with a piece of hessian to protect from birds Don’t expect quick results – it may take around five years for your own supply of the Christmas kissing plant! Valerie McBride-Munro is a chartered horticulturist offering a plant problemsolving service. Tel: 020 8892 9243

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From ballroom to ballet Famous for being the tough judge on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, and currently appearing in the West End as the evil Miss Hannigan in Annie, Craig Revel Horwood has also found time to choreograph the latest BalletBoyz production,14 Days, appearing at Richmond Theatre


raig Revel Horwood is a man of many talents, but he’s maybe not so well known for his collaboration with the fit young men that make up the male dance group, BalletBoyz. ‘I had a fantastic experience with BalletBoyz a few years ago, creating a tango for two men as part of a gala show which re-opened the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. So I was thrilled when they asked me to create a new work. I really admire them as a company. They’ve really pushed the boundaries of ballet and made it sexy and cool. 'Story-wise I based it on my hometown of Ballarat [in Australia] where there was a revolt of miners in the mid-19th century, known as the Eureka Stockade. The concept is a clog dance battle between the miners and the soldiers.’ What is it that distinguishes BalletBoyz as a dance company? ‘Each Ballet Boy is an


individual, they all have characters. That makes it different, because you’re not getting a corps de ballet as such, you’re getting to know each individual dancer. But they’re very generous as a company, they very much work as a team. And, of course, they’re all boys, but that doesn’t restrict the opportunity to convey romance or sexiness.’ Craig says his love of dance began from an early age – and started as a way to lose weight: ‘I was always a bit of a show off, especially at Christmas when we had lots of cousins round. We’d always put on a show for the adults. I would put on feather bowers and wigs and play all kinds of characters. I got into dance because I was a fat kid and I was getting teased at school. A friend advised me to join an exercise class, and it just happened to be jazz ballet. It turned out I could naturally do it, so the teacher advised me to get some formal training. He enrolled me into ballet school and that started me down the path.'

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A judge since the first Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, Craig still sees the long hours of recording as fun rather than hard work and the new head judge is adding to the show. ‘Shirley Ballas is fantastic and really knows her stuff. It’s a complete change of dynamic, but I like that. And it’s nice to have another lady on the panel. I miss Len, but it’s nice to start another chapter.’ And, of course, Bruce Forsyth is also much missed: ‘Brucie was a legendary performer, but he was also a wonderful human being, who loved other people and entertaining. He reacted so well to live audiences, which is what made him so good at his job. People also forget that he was a brilliant tap dancer, and he left such a strong legacy to the dance world. Strictly is a celebration of him.’ Craig doesn’t mind his image as a tough judge – on Strictly or anywhere else: ‘I’m hard on people because I want to push them. I tell my dancers what’s wrong so that we can make it right. After all, we want to make the piece as good as it can be. It’s sometimes misconstrued on Strictly that my criticism is not constructive, but that’s completely wrong. I want to help people to improve. But, that said, I do wear different hats, and when I’m at home I take them off and I’m myself. I’d probably go a bit made otherwise!’ Theo Bosanquet

'They're all boys, but that doesn't restrict the opportunity to convey romance or sexiness...'

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Kew Gardens 22 Nov – 1 Jan Over one million twinkling lights illuminate trees and buildings throughout the gardens. Look out for laser beam shows, giant baubles and Santa and his elves in the North Pole Grotto, alongside a traditional fairground. Tickets: £16 adult, £10 child. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink 24 Nov – 7 Jan The rink has been enlarged this year, making this seasonal event even more fun for the family, in the grounds of the spectacularly-lit palace. Tickets: £14 adult, £10-£12 child. Wetland Centre Santa Weekend 2-3 Dec Find Father Christmas in his Grotto, set in the pine forest, and help the elves in their workshop make decorations and gifts for family and friends, before going 20

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fun this Christmas!

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Colds can make life miserable and flu can make us quite ill. But which cold and flu facts are true - and are there really any cures?


or something as common as, well, the common cold, there are a lot of myths about what can help - or can't...

If you have a high temperature, it’s the flu Myth: Colds can sometimes cause a high temperature, although it’s usually short-lived and not above 38oC. However, sweats and chills normally indicate flu. ,

It’s pointless to avoid someone with a cold or flu. You’ll get it anyway Myth: Flu and colds are highly contagious, spread by air and direct contact, but you can help to stay germ-free by avoiding sufferers and practising good hygiene, such as cleaning hands and high-contact surfaces regularly (e.g. door handles), avoiding sharing cutlery or towels and ensuring the contagious person has tissues to catch coughs and sneezes. The flu vaccine doesn’t always prevent flu Truth and myth: Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts must predict the strains that will be prevalent the following winter. While you may catch an unexpected flu strain, the vaccine will protect you from most strains. It’s vital if you have low immunity, e.g. if you’re a carer, over 65, pregnant or have a medical condition. Getting very wet and/or cold can give you a cold or the flu Myth (obviously): However, cold and wet conditions can put your body under stress, making it more vulnerable to germs. The flu vaccine gives you flu Myth: The vaccine contains inactive viruses, but it may cause a temperature and aching. Antibiotics can help a cold or flu Myth: Antibiotics are only useful if you have a bacterial infection, not viral.

Can you treat a cold? Research shows that good hygiene is the best way to prevent a cold. But what about other remedies? Boost your immune system: to help you resist viruses, try to reduce stress and get adequate sleep. Regular probiotics may have a preventative effect, but research is sketchy. Vitamin C and echinacea really don’t prevent colds and any symptom reduction is negligible. Decongestants and antihistamines: when used separately, they have very little or no effect. However, when used together, they may cause a slight improvement in symptoms. Ipratropium bromide (Rinatec) nasal spray: does seem to alleviate symptoms, particularly a runny nose. Cough suppressants: benefits are negligible. Vapour rubs: do seem to alleviate night time coughs a little and improve sleep. NSAIDs: (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, e.g. ibuprofen) can reduce fever and help with aches and pains. If you have a cold or flu, stay hydrated, alleviate the symptoms and take heart researchers are working to modify peptides that can combat cold viruses. Alison Runham

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restaurant review

Shelley Instone finds a warm and welcoming restaurant that offers the best in traditional Greek food in East Twickenham


n a dark, damp Saturday evening, my son and I head out to sample some traditional Greek fare at the Orpheus Taverna in St Margaret’s and, as we walk through the door, are much cheered by the restaurant’s inviting ambience. We’re seated by the proprietor and head chef, John Elia, who has been cooking and serving food at the Orpheus for decades. We glance at the menu, but the popularity of the meze dishes is all too obvious, as couples, friends and families enjoy the restaurant’s customary offerings. We order our own meze which includes two generous platters of traditional dips with pitta, alongside olives, calamari, chilli peppers, baked halloumi cheese, Greek sausage and dolmades. We might not be eating al fresco, but the freshness and enticing appeal of the food stirs memories of holidays gone by in the warmth of the Greek sunshine. The atmosphere and buzz of the taverna certainly has that holiday celebratory vibe, as diners unwind and relax in the glow of soft candlelight. We finish our starter and await our mains of souvlaki and kleftico. If there is something I feel confident, it’s the ability of a Greek chef to cook lamb. The result is a delectable experience that takes traditional cooking to a whole new level. The meat is incredibly tender and it takes very little effort to remove it from the bone. Served alongside roast potatoes and a Greek salad, the portions are

'I can't help but admire the proprietor for staying with tried and tested recipes...' extremely generous and, at this rate, we won’t need to eat for a week! We finally manage to finish our meal and opt for an apple pie and ice-cream dessert. It’s at this point that we begin to chat to a father and daughter sitting next to us. The father informs us that they first came to the Orpheus 35 years ago when his daughter was in a Moses basket! The owners join the conversation and bring their own recollections to this event. In an age when restaurants and food fashions come and go, I can’t help but admire the proprietor for staying with tried and tested recipes that prove to be an on-going success whatever the occasion – and our meal was less than £55 for two, so great value, too. It was Winston Churchill who stated that Greek should be a treat, and who could fail to disagree when served with food as delicious as this. 369 Richmond Road, East Twickenham 020 8892 3103

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a day in the life of... a bell ringer

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Michael Uphill has been a bell ringer for 57 years. On Christmas Day, he starts ringing the bells at St Mary’s Church by Putney Bridge, before dashing across London to Southwark Cathedral and then on to Westminster Abbey


t takes about six weeks to learn how to handle a bell, but a decade, or even a lifetime, to get really good,’ says one of the country’s most experienced bell ringers. Michael Uphill rang at Will and Kate’s wedding and has been invited to ring the bells at cathedrals across the world. ‘People are drawn in by bells – it’s a very evocative sound. Christmas is obviously a particularly stirring time. You can feel the sense of anticipation and excitement and the atmosphere building as people enter the church on Christmas Eve for Midnight Mass. It’s wonderful. This year the 24th falls on a Sunday, so we’ll ring for the usual morning service and then again for the midnight service at 11pm. ‘Bell ringing is mathematical. It’s all about learning patterns and each ringer learns a path among the others, all doing the same thing but starting in a different place. When you pull the rope the bell rotates 360º and the part hanging inside – the clapper – hits the rim to make it ring. When the bell is pulled again, the bell rotates back and the clapper hits the other side. ‘You learn to get a rhythm and slow down or speed up, as needed. The movement goes right down your body, so that you and the bell act as one unit. ‘The bells here at St Mary’s have been

'Bell ringing is mathematical. It's all about learning patterns...' restored many times. The church has been rebuilt over the centuries and, despite a fire in 1972, which destroyed most of the building, the walls and tower, which date back to 1450, luckily survived. ‘At a normal Sunday service we’ll ring for about half an hour and for a wedding, for 15 minutes before and after the service. All the bells are different sizes, forming a diatonic octave (scale). We practise rounds every week and have new people learning – from the young to a couple in their 60s although other churches have members in their 90s. And it's nice to end up in the pub after Monday night practise sessions. I visit other churches purely for the pleasure of ringing and the great camaraderie. ‘Things do go wrong: the rope can slip out of your hand, or the clapper breaks. And I’ve been in the belfry on two occasions when, sadly, someone died as they were ringing. ‘Christmas Day is a special time – and it’s wonderful to see children as they grow up over the years. After a day of ringing, I have my Christmas lunch at 4pm, when I get back from Westminster Abbey, tired but glad that I’ve rung another Christmas Day.’

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Christmas Food and Drink 1. What name is given to the part of a traditional Christmas dinner that consists of small sausages wrapped in bacon? 2. With the first part of its name meaning "star" in Latin, which lager was originally launched as a festive beer in 1926? 3. Not wanting to offend any of those who invited her, Geraldine Granger eats four Christmas lunches in a 1996 Christmas special of which TV show? 4. According to tradition, eating at least one what on each of the 12 days of Christmas is thought to bring good luck for the coming year? 5. Which liqueur is mixed with lemonade to make a cocktail called the Snowball? 6. Commonly eaten at Christmas in the USA and Canada, which dessert is mentioned in the lyrics of the songs Sleigh Ride and Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree? 7. Consumed by many people around Christmas time, what is known as Glogg in some parts of Europe? 8. In a famous nursery rhyme, who was "eating a Christmas pie"? 9. Which alcoholic spirit is traditionally added to butter and served with Christmas Pudding? 10. In 2008, three episodes of Deal Or No Deal that were aired shortly after Christmas featured what food item in place of the 1p booby prize? 36

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Local Christmas fairs & festivities Christmas markets, carols, concerts and late night shopping... Putney

plus plenty of mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cheer!

12.30pm start. Church Square, Putney

12-5pm, East Sheen

Sat 2 December Winter wonderland with great stalls, food and festive fun for all the family - and, of course, Santa and his helpers! Putney High St lights switch on at 5pm.

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Thurs 7 December An evening of entertainment, with late night shopping, Christmas stalls and activities around Sheen Lane Centre and treasure hunts and Father Christmas for he kids. Evening market at the Hare & Hounds.

Tuesday 5 December Late night shopping on White Hart Lane so you can buy local presents and soak up the festive atmosphere. From 6pm

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Friday 8 December A Christmas Festival, with shops staying open until 8pm, carols from local choirs, Santa's Grotto and fun for children. A Christmas 1Lights Fair will be open from 11am at The Sun Inn and there will be a Christmas Market from 5pm at the OSO, by Barnes Pond. From 11am

St Mary's Church - Putney Christmas Concert - 9 December

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Winter Wonderland 12:30 to 17:30 light switch on at 17:00

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Church Square, Putney, SW15 2JQ Saturday 2nd December

The Dover House Singers will performing at St Mary's in Putney, 7-9pm. Entry free and proceeds go to Regeneration-RISE, a local charity helping the elderly to feel less isolated. St Mary's Church, Putney Bridge Approach, Putney SW15 2JQ

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• Lionel Shriver: Barnes Literary Society The Barnes Literary Society hosts monthly meetings, often with top authors who come to share their experiences. On 22 November, Lionel Shriver, author of the chilling We Need To Talk About Kevin talks about her latest novel, Fun with Financial Ruin: The Mandibles [A Family 2029-2047] – a dystopian tale set in America.

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by the Council to encourage residents to step up their activity. The all-weather apparatus, while not the most beautiful, will do the job whether you want to cross train or build up those biceps. Go on, you can do it!


•Brewery development The development of the brewery along the river is not only going to affect Mortlake residents, but everyone in the surrounding areas. While there are lots of positives – new homes, green space, more shops and amenities etc – the density of the scheme, the increased traffic and loss of the playing field concern many. Find out what other locals are thinking at

putney • The Holly Lodge Carol Concert - 6 Dec A carol concert always gets you in the Christmas spirit and the Holly Lodge Centre’s Annual Christmas Carol Concert is hugely popular. An evening of song and readings featuring local choirs and the odd celebrity or two. While the entrance fee is £20, this gets you mulled wine and mince pies while knowing that funds raised are going to a great cause. 7pm at Christ Church, 69 Christchurch Road, East Sheen • Get fit for free If you can face the cold, it won’t take you long to warm up at Palewell Common, one of a number of local parks which have had outside fitness equipment fitted 38

•Volunteers at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability The RHN is a charity that has helped care for many people living with neurodisability. The hospital cares for those who are disabled due to a brain injury, either from one moment in time – a fall, a car crash – or due to an illness or neurological condition, including degenerative diseases. Volunteers play a key role in helping to bring a greater quality of life to patients and supporting their families. Volunteering may include activities such as arts, sport or gardening, engaging in group activities or working one-to-one with residents helping with reading or crosswords. If you would like to help, call the hospital on 020 8780 4500 x 5019, email or visit for more information

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Alicia’s Gift - the concert of the novel: 20 Nov

Jessica Duchen author, narrator Viv McLean piano

A narrated concert, at the OSO, based on Jessica Duchen’s novel Alicia’s Gift, presented by Barnes Music Society. Repertoire includes works by Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Ravel and Gershwin, played by the award-winning pianist Viv McLean. What does the presence of a prodigy do to a family? Duchen’s story follows the piano prodigy, Alicia Bradley, and her embattled parents, from the revelation of her talent, aged three, through to adulthood. The process leaves none of them unchanged. 7.30pm. Tickets for non-members £15 from (or at the door, subject to availability). For further details 0208 8761563 or

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Pandemonium The toy shop, Pandemonium, in East Sheen is under new ownership and now offers beautiful space to rent for parties and classes


wner of Pandemonium, Max Evans, has revitalised the area’s favourite toy shop. As well as a large range of toys, Max has created a new space at the back of the shop, available to hire for classes, clubs and parties. The space has everything needed for a successful event: a toilet with baby changing facilities, a small kitchen (with sink, fridge, microwave, kettle and coffee machine), a speaker system for music and a TV and DVD player. Plus, there’s plenty of space for buggy parking and a separate entrance in the back. The space can be rented at hourly rates:

• £15 per hour for a repeat booking of 6 or more sessions (£20 after 6pm) • £20 per hour for a one-off booking of a class or club (£25 after 6pm) • £25 per hour for a children’s party (£30 after 6pm)

Max is also offering party packages for room decoration, catering and entertainment. If you are interested in using the space, contact Max at hello@pandemoniumlondon. com or call: 0208 878 0866. And rest assured, Pandemonium will also continue to be the toy emporium it has always been! 125 Sheen Lane, East Sheen SW14 8AE


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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

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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 10am-2pm. 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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what's on LOCALLY Barb Jungr 25 November

BARB JUNGR Barb Jungr, known for her passionate sings Bob Dylan singing, subtle arrangements and great humour, has wowed audiences and critics worldwide with her powerful reinterpretations of Bob Dylan’s work. Variously described by critics as magnificent, mesmerizing and magical, Barb Jungr has built a formidable reputation as an international live performer and recording artiste. For four consecutive years (2008 through to 2011) Barb was ranked at the top of Time Out, New York’s best cabaret awards. In 2013 The Wall Street Journal called her first album ‘the most significant vocal album of the twenty first century thus far’ while Billy Bragg calls her ‘possibly our best interpreter of Dylan’s songs …'

The Bull’s Head, Barnes. 8.30pm. Tickets £18 in advance & £20 on the door.

Anna Karenina 7 -11 November

‘I’ve always loved you and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.’ Through the impact of one woman’s decision, Helen Edmundson’s celebrated and ‘exemplary adaptation’ (The Times) of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, looks at the cost of love on the human soul. Anna is enchanting and admired but empty – until a chance encounter throws her into a scandalous affair. In contrast, is the story of Levin, an idealistic man striving to finding meaning in life. This fast paced production will intrigue those new to Tolstoy’s seminal novel and fans of one of the greatest works of fiction. Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, Putney. Tickets £14. 46

Picnic at Hanging Rock 14-18 November

On St. Valentine’s Day in 1900, a group of 20 Australian schoolgirls and two governesses set out from Appleyard College to picnic at Hanging Rock. Some were never to return. Hanging Rock is a spectacular volcanic uprising of ancient rocks in the Australian plains. “The rock is a nightmare, and nightmares belong in the past.” Or do they? In the words of The Guardian ‘This play will scare the pants off you’. OSO Arts Centre, Barnes. Tickets from £14.

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