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hat a great summer we had! It didn't quite last until the end of August, but we had weeks and weeks of wonderful hot weather. However, this has inevitably taken its toll on our gardens. Dried out grass and limp plants abound, but how can we make sure they're in good shape for next year? Our horticulturist and garden writer, Valerie McBride-Munro, shares her tips on how to protect your garden for future hot summers on pg 19. The next couple of months are important for some parents as they take their children to visit local independent schools during their Open Days and prepare them for the 11+ exams in January. Look at our Education Focus section to find out more about the top local schools from pg 42. Women suffering from mental health issues are more likely to seek help than men and the stereotype of the 'strong, silent man' doesn't help. So how can we encourage men to open up and talk about their feelings. Read our feature, Men & Mental Health on pg 39. We have a great competition - Marks & Spencer are offering a £100 voucher to spend in store! Find out more on pg 21.

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he saying ‘form follows function’ is often the case with interior design, and never more so than when planning a bathroom. Practicalities must come first (though prettiness is a close second). With careful thought, and maybe some inspiration from books, magazines and websites, you can create a room that reflects your style as well as being warm and welcoming, clean and calm. Initially, think about who will use the room, how often and at what times of day, and consider what fittings, in an ideal world, you would like to include. Then sketch the room to scale on squared paper, indicating the positions of windows, doors, radiators and pipes, and allowing generous activity space for knees, elbows, drying and so on. Avoid moving pipes unless absolutely necessary, as this will increase installation costs considerably. It is also a good idea to plan out the electrics, marking the position of light fittings (ensure anything you buy is rated for wet areas) and perhaps a shaver socket/ toothbrush charger. Sometimes it makes sense to build shallow false walls within which to hide cables and pipework, whilst installing underfloor heating allows you to remove a radiator, thus freeing up some wall space for a statement towel warmer, as well as providing cosy, constant heat. Finally, having taken everything into consideration, work out what is possible given your budget and the space available, if necessary considering specially designed, space-saving fittings, such as a corner WC or a P-shaped shower/bath.

Bathroom fittings are available in a multitude of styles and prices, but simplicity is often the best option. If you are on a tight budget invest most in moving parts, such as shower doors and taps. Don’t forget to plan in plenty of storage, whether free-standing or built in. When choosing baths, showers, basins and loos, cast your inhibitions aside: in the showroom, stand in the shower, climb into the bath and sit on the loo. Since you will be using them on a daily basis for years to come, it is worth ensuring that they are comfortable and feel well made. In addition, ask your retailer how products have been tested, whether they conform to British or European standards and what guarantee is on offer. Baths The more you pay for a bath, the more variety there is in size, shape and material. While the standard bath is a 1700 x 700mm rectangle, you can also find double-ended, corner and free-standing baths, and a variety

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WCs Basic loos are of the pan and cistern variety, but if you pay a little more you could go for a close-coupled style (the pan and cistern are in one seamless unit), a back-to-wall WC where the cistern is hidden behind either a false wall or furniture, or a contemporary, wall-hung type. Wet rooms If you enjoy an indulgent shower then a wet room is a great option. It is simply a waterproof, walk-in shower area (more or less any shape or size you like), with a drain in the floor, a drenching shower head and – sometimes but not always – a glass screen. Spacious and stylish, wet rooms are often seen as the last word in luxury, but they can have pitfalls, especially if not on the ground floor. Their walls and floors must be made completely watertight by covering with sheeting or sealant, or you could have disastrous leaks. You will also need a suitable drainage slope (or a pre-formed tray), high water pressure and – to prevent condensation and mould – excellent ventilation.

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Sort out your bathroom STORAGE Bathrooms are often small and tight on space, so well-organised storage is vital

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e’re tickled pink that Kew Village Market has now been immortalised in song! Those In Favour – the four-strong semiacoustic band who mostly play their own original songs, in styles ranging from punk-tinged folk to reggae ­– have written a song in praise of KVM which they’re now recording for our website. It should be there in time for our birthday market on 7 October – fittingly, because that’s when we’ll be giving out more donations to local charities, including the generous sum the band collected when they passed round the hat after performing our song. Not just fine musicians but all-round good guys too!

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it's time to MULCH

Now that the hot and dry weather appears to have left us, it’s time to have a post mortem in the garden

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he one message that has come out loud and clear is that if we mulch our garden soil, then precious plants have a much better chance of surviving the predicted repeats of this year’s summer sizzle. The word 'mulch' is a strange one. Like the riddle of the Snark, it means nothing specific and yet it means everything. The dictionary definition of the word 'mulch' is a layer of material applied to the surface of the soil. It doesn’t define what – it could be pebbles, shingle, compost, bark chips, straw or even cardboard or old carpet. Whether your soil is light and sandy or heavier clay, mulching is king. You can use the product of your own compost bin but, for the reasons that I will explain, I always use wellrotted stable manure. It’s an excellent material which does four important things. By covering all of the spaces between your plants this well-rotted stable manure will suppress weeds. As you are applying a fairly thick layer – at least 2.5cm/1in – this will help to stop the soil drying out, while also keeping the soil at an even temperature. This wonderful organic matter, which incidentally doesn’t stink at all, will re-mineralise your soil and improve its structure. So, if you started out with a light sandy soil it will help to hold on to moisture for longer; if you have a heavy clay then this magic material will help to break it up. If this was a human beauty product achieving so much, it would cost a fortune! Garden centres normally sell it for around £5 for a 70 litre bag, or at a ‘come and buy me’ price of around three bags for £12. There’s no need to dig it in, merely spread it on top of the soil and allow the soil animals to do their stuff by pulling it down. For the sake

'By covering all the spaces between your plants this wellrotted stable manure will suppress weeds...' of hygiene, I would recommend using a pair of gloves fit for the purpose – either disposable, or an old pair of Marigolds that you keep for a repeat performance in the spring. If I needed any proof that this one simple act was worth the effort, out of all the local gardens that I visited during the beastly hot weather, it was those that had mulched their flower beds that fared best. Of course, plants still needed water but, where mulch had been applied, the plants were much better off as soil moisture wasn’t escaping like a leaky bucket – and autumn is a good time to mulch. Valerie McBride-Munro is a qualified horticulturist offering a plant problem solving service. Tel: 020 8892 9243

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Win! A £100 Gift Card from M&S Kew M&S Kew is offering Living In Magazines readers the chance to welcome autumn in with style by winning a £100 M&S Gift Card to spend in store. Whether it’s stocking up on essentials for a cosy night in with the family after a walk along the Thames, taking inspiration from Kew’s floral heritage and filling your home with beautiful autumnal blooms, or picking up a collection of wardrobe must-haves for the cooler weather, M&S Kew has it all.


orraine Edwards, Commercial Manager at M&S Kew, shares her M&S autumn favourites with Living In Magazines readers… • ‘Our Foodhall is packed with firm favourites as well as new season innovations. At this time of year when the leaves are turning we want warming comfort food perfect for autumn - I love M&S’s new British Collection Seasonal Menu, which is an amazing range of prepared meals offering modern twists on classic recipes. Another great option is our Gastropub range, which we’ve been selling for 15 years as a great, quality alternative to restaurant dining.’ • ‘It’s not just innovation in the food department – we’ve got a brilliant Autumn/Winter range landing across Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear and a fantastic bra and suit fitting service. I’ve got my eye on our £89 purple knee length coat that’s set to be a customer favourite.’ • ‘Enjoying the best our store has to offer can work up a thirst and our 84 seat Café has a great atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for a warming cup of coffee or hot chocolate with friends.’ • ‘Finally, with the party season heading our way our Food to Order team are ready to serve customers – order online and pick up from the Collection desk located on the ground floor.’ For your chance to win the £100 voucher, just answer the following question: How many years has M&S been selling its Gastropub range? A) 5 years B) 10 years C) 15 years Email your answers to pippa@livinginmagazines., putting M&S Kew in the subject line. Or, you can post your entry to: Living In Magazines, 38 Chelwood Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4JQ. All answers must be received by 31 October. Competition Entry Terms and Conditions apply and can be read at: Please mention Living In Magazines when contacting advertisers


Barnes Food Fair

15 September

Barnes Food Fair returns to Barnes Green for a day of cookery demos by top chefs and 100 food stalls to delight the palate


ll the good things in life will be at the Barnes Food Fair on Saturday, 15 September. A foodie extravaganza, there will be more than 100 carefully selected food stalls, including speciality delicacies, organic produce, handmade chocolates and street food full of flavour from regions as diverse as India, the Middle East, Italy and Colombia. Top chefs will be showcasing cookery demonstrations at the OSO Arts Centre, opposite the Green: • Ian Salmon - head chef at Rick Stein, Barnes: 10.30-11.30am • Raymond Blanc - owner/chef at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons: 12-1pm • Phil Howard - partner at Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes and head chef at Elystan St restaurant: 1.30-2.30pm • Paul Merrett - chef director at The Victoria, East Sheen: 3-4pm All events will take place at OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes SW13 0LF

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A new Indian restaurant in Kingston, set right on the Thames, is perfect for a light lunch when shopping, or a romantic evening meal, with the twinkling lights of the bridge and passing boats


hakra is not setting out to be just another local Indian restaurant. It take its name and inspiration from chakras – or energy points – fusing this positive energy into the preparing, marinating and cooking of the high quality ingredients and offering an experience well beyond the usual fare. Like its original sister restaurant in Kensington, the décor is stylish whilst relaxing. I went for lunch with Rita Kamat – an expert, it seems, on every good Indian restaurant there is in London from Indian Zilla to Chutney Mary – and her knowledge of the origins of each dish made choosing from the menu all the more interesting. Most of the dishes are from Northern India with influences from the Punjab and other regions. And most are vegetarian, with a selection of vegan dishes, too. We started with Yam Chaat – sweet potato chaat, roasted with cumin and lemon, drizzled with tamarind chutney (£7.50) and Avocado Ke Gole – fried crispy puff pastry filled with avocado, cumin yoghurt, and tamarind (£7.95). The chaat was a wonderful mix of flavours and texture – the thick, sweet and spicy potato combined with the coolness of the yoghurt, but then again a tang of the tamarind chutney. I was keen to try the avocado starter as I’ve never had fried avocado before and it arrived as little balls of deliciousness - the avocado wrapped in the pastry and the piquant flavours of the spices complementing the smoothness of the fruit. With our appetites whetted, we shared three mains – not quite such a light lunch! The Mirchi Murgh Chicken Tikka (£10.95) was so tender it literally melted on the tongue. Marinated for a good few hours in Kashmiri chilli powder, green chillies and accompanied by garlic and plum chutney, it was fabulous. The Maa Di Dal (£8.95) was a thick, dark pot of simmering lentils, peas and beans. Rita explained that in Northern India, the pot of dal

is left in the ground to gently cook through the day and night before being served. Here they cooked it in a clay oven over night and the result was full of flavour. For me, the outstanding dish was the Baingan Ka Bharta – roasted aubergine then slowly cooked with a blend of spices, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and coriander (£9.95). Smokey flavours and perfect for dipping. Sadly, after three main courses, neither Rita nor I had room for dessert, despite favourites such as mango kulfi and sorbets being on offer, but the fresh mint tea was a great end to the meal. 020 8541 5757 1 Riverside Walk, Kingston KT1 1QN

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Aut umn ART FAIR

20 & 21 October 2018 10am - 5pm

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utney Artists Open House is once again being held this October, giving art lovers the chance to visit artists in their homes, studios, workshops or sheds. Putney is part of the bigger Wandsworth Artists Open House, being run across the borough. The Putney Artists group offer a diverse collection of paintings, sketches, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture and this year around 50 of them will be showing and selling their work in 30 different locations around Putney. Artists in the group include Alan Smart (1), who left advertising to study painting in St Ives in the 1960s. He has had shows at Chelsea Art Society, Mall Galleries and Affordable Art Fair. Alison Edwards’s work (2) ranges from delicate porcelain pieces to garden sculptures. Sheila Roe (3) grew up by the sea and loves coastal images, using the essence and vitality of a place to capture the sense of being there. Bill McCombe (4) trained at Wimbledon and City and Guilds of London art schools. His recent work focuses on land and town scapes. 15,000 Trail Maps will be available from early September – they can be picked up from one of the purple bikes dotted around Putney or from various locations, including Putney School of Art and Putney Library.




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Helping local businesses to grow Chartered accountants, SKS Business Services, can help you to make sure your business runs efficiently and profitably


KS Business Services is a boutique group of Chartered Accountants with a network of practices in Richmond and across the south east. Their range of expertise within the group means that they are well equipped to handle all accountancy, tax and outsourced finance functions. Their passion is to help local businesses grow through costeffective management accounts, modelling and fundraising, as well as tax advice and inheritance planning. Their clients range from sole traders and small and medium companies, to larger corporations. Their range of services can help increase profitability and reduce accounting costs. They were voted ‘Best Finance and Accounts Outsourcing Team’ at the UK’s National Outsourcing Awards (NOA) and were Finalists at the Accountancy Age Awards. Operating as a full-suite financial consultancy, they can efficiently process all your financial information, and provide regular, up-to-date management accounts, including independent advice on how your business is performing. Frequent or real-time reporting also features as part of their standard service – important if you are a smaller company or larger corporation - all have the same need to drive efficiency and grow profitably. And it isn’t as costly as you may think: their services are often typically less than the costs SMEs and sole traders currently pay – as many of their clients will confirm. Like any successful partnership, they

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Lucy loves Victoria 9 September

Historian, author and TV presenter, Lucy Worsley, has become queen in her own right, having brought history to the masses in entertaining but educational documentaries such as Six Wives and Nights At The Opera as well as best selling books, including Jane Austen At Home and Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court. She graces the stage at Richmond Theatre on 9 September to talk about Queen Victoria. Not only was Victoria a monarch but a daughter, wife, mother and finally, a widow. At a time when few women had much power, Victoria oversaw a time of great change in Britain and Lucy examines the different roles she played throughout her reign. Richmond Theatre. Tickets from ÂŁ22.90

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Twickenham has its own weekly Farmers’ Market, selling produce such as organic meat, eggs vegetables, cheese, cider and baked goods, plus delicious hot food to eat while you wander round. Everything is seasonal, so there’ll be corn in September, game in October, root vegetables in November and turkeys in December! 9am – 1pm, Holly Road Car Park (behind M&S)

life and society in the aftermath of the war. Open to all, the conference will bring together academics, independent researchers, museum curators and community groups, and will cover four main themes: Reconciliation, Revolution, Remembrance and Rebuilding. Tickets £40-£70. • Free walk around Kew Gardens for people with dementia People with dementia and their carers can join a guided walk around Kew each month. Meeting at the Guide’s Desk at Victoria Gate Plaza, the walk is led by a volunteer walk leader and allows participants to learn about what they are seeing, while walking at a gentle pace. Walks take place on the third Tuesday of the month (except Jan) at 10.30am. Upcoming walks: 18 Sept, 16 Oct, 20 Nov. Free walk, including entry to the Gardens. Register in advance by email: or phone 020 8332 5643.



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BLUE PLAQUES We can chart part of the lives of some of history’s most notable men and women through the blue plaques that adorn the walls of local buildings

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here are many blue plaques hung on the walls of buildings around the borough. While the most famous plaques are put up by English Heritage, in fact others have been erected by the former GLC such as the plaque at Sandycombe Lodge, commemorating Turner – as well as a large number of unofficial plaques, for instance, the one commemorating Pissarro’s stay in Gloucester Road, Kew, in 1892. The English Heritage scheme has existed for 150 years and anyone can recommend a person who they think deserves commemorating with a plaque. However, there are very strict criteria. The principal ones are that the person nominated has to be someone of importance, to have died at least 20 years earlier and to have had a definite connection with the building where it is intended to install the plaque. Richmond Borough has 21 English Heritage blue plaques and the names represent quite a cross-section of the community. One of the first was for Christopher Wren, but the plaque is at his home, Court House in Hampton, not nearby Hampton Court Palace, which he partially rebuilt in the grand Baroque style. Nearby there is a plaque to Launcelot 'Capability' Brown at Wilderness House, who was responsible for creating romantic landscapes. In creating these landscapes, he would often demolish whole villages if he thought that the village spoilt the view. This was the fate of West Shene, when he redesigned the landscape of Kew for George III. David Garrick, the great theatre

''Capability' Brown, who was responsible for creating romantic landscapes, would often demolish whole villages...' manager, whose roles are celebrated in paintings by Johan Zoffany, has a blue plaque on his house, Garrick’s Villa – a Grade 1 listed house on the banks of the river in Hampton. Literature is well represented. There is a plaque on Hogarth House, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown Richmond, commemorating Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard Woolf, as joint founders of the Hogarth Press and a plaque on South End House, Montpelier Row in Twickenham, where the poet Walter de la Mere lived in 1939. One of the most unusual persons to be honoured with a blue plaque is Bernardo O’Higgins (1778-1842), a wealthy landowner of Spanish and Irish ancestry, who came to Richmond to study and lived at 2 The Vineyard, where you can see his plaque. He helped to free Chile from Spanish rule and is seen as one of Chile’s founding fathers. John Moses

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uicide is on the rise worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it’s the second leading cause of death among 15-29-yearolds and nearly 800,000 people die due to suicide every year - that’s one suicide every 40 seconds. There are also around 20 times as many failed attempts. These worrying statistics make World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September more important than ever. Suicide risk factors Men are at significantly higher risk than women and suicide is the leading cause of death among men under 50. Statistics from The British Psychological Society show that men aged 20-29 and 40-49 are most at risk. The Movember Foundation, which works to raise awareness of men’s health issues, has concluded that men’s reluctance to openly discuss their health and feelings or take action when they’re unwell, coupled with the stigmas still surrounding mental health, are two of the chief reasons why men’s life expectancy remains significantly lower than those of women. The damaging stereotype of the physically and mentally tough ‘real man’ is to blame for much of men’s reluctance to express their feelings and seek help, as they fear being labelled weak. The biggest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt, but what drives people to attempt it? The WHO points out that while there are clear links between suicide and mental disorders (including alcohol use disorders), many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis. A trauma, relationship break-up, financial problems or chronic pain and illness can cause high levels of stress that may suddenly overwhelm us and seem too much to cope with.

'The damaging stereotype of the tough 'real man' is to blame for much of men's reluctance to express their feelings...' Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are also strongly associated with suicidal behaviour and suicide rates are also high amongst groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees, migrants, prisoners and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. So, what can we do to prevent suicide on a personal level and as a society? Tackle discrimination and stereotypes The boy who is brought up to believe he mustn’t cry or admit he’s stressed; the girl who hides her true sexual orientation because she’s grown up hearing gay people ridiculed; the migrant shunned by work colleagues – they’re all at higher risk of isolation and depression, and so at higher risk of suicide. It can be tough to tackle this kind of discrimination among family, friends and colleagues, but it’s important we do so.

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Tackle the stigma We can do this by challenging negative attitudes and ensuring that in our words and actions, we treat mental illness as just as valid and important as physical illness, acknowledging how closely they are related. Maggie Warrell, founder of Global Courage, recently wrote for Forbes magazine about losing her brother to suicide and the role we must all play in tackling it. ‘If people felt as comfortable talking about their PTSD, bipolar or anxiety as they did talking about their eczema or tennis elbow, it would markedly reduce the suffering of those with mental illness and the ability of those around them to support them.’

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What can an independent school offer your child? There are more than 200 independent schools in London offering great facilities, pastoral care and support as well as academic success

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Why consider an independent? We have many excellent primary and secondary states schools locally – among the best in the country – so what can independent schools offer? Class sizes tend to be smaller, although not always by much, but it is the the calm focus and expectation of learning that is attractive to parents, as well as often excellent facilities, whether that is state-ofthe-art laboratories, a large performance theatre or onsite playing fields. ‘Hot-housing’ and elitism? It would be hard to find a school that says it ‘hot-houses’ its students, but most obviously do work to ensure each child learns to the best of their ability, which they want to show in their academic results. This doesn’t come from an overload of classes and homework, but by encouraging an interest in learning and taking advantage of extracurricular activities, such as the debating society, adventure society, film or photography clubs. Good pastoral care ensures that any concerns are identified as early as possible to help keep the child on track. While private education used to be an option for just the wealthy, this is no longer the case. A parent could just as easily be a taxi driver as a lawyer, with around 32% of pupils having fee assisted places*. Some schools are now aiming to have 25% of pupils fully funded by bursaries, giving bright children who would not normally have had the chance to attend the opportunity to do so. Most independent schools are also actively partnering other local schools or organisations in their local community, sharing facilities and offering grounds for sports use. Theatres

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are also open to the public for NT Live productions. However, it is still only a small percentage of children – around seven per cent nationally and 13% across London – who are privately educated. According to the Independent Schools Council, research by a leading psychometric testing company, found that private school pupils, across all ages, tended to be committed, confident and resilient to setbacks. Academic results While you obviously want your child to get the best academic results they can, choosing

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the right school to suit their needs is more important than just going for the one that tops the League Tables. They could get better results from a smaller, more nurturing school, that maybe takes pupils with all levels of ability, than one that gets the highest A Level grades. Prep or junior schools are not generally selective, but if you’re keen on a particular senior school then do look at which schools they feed into before making your choice. Curriculum Prep schools offer a wide range of subjects and also guide pupils towards the 11+ and Common Entrance exam at 13. Check which subjects are offered by the independent senior schools you visit - particularly if your child has an interest or talent, such as drama or sport. Check whether the school follows GCSE and A Levels or alternatives such as IGCSE and IB. Single sex or mixed Many senior schools are co-educational, whether all the way through or from Sixth Form. It’s said that teenagers are less selfconscious in single sex schools and less distracted during class. However, others say co-education offers the chance for boys and girls to mix easily and offer a wider perspective on subjects. Facilities & extra-curricular Most independent schools have superb sports facilities. Many have great playing fields and sports halls on site whereas other schools bus the children to sports centres and grounds elsewhere - which means you could be doing a lot of picking up after sports events. Check what extra-curricular activities are on offer during the lunch hour and after school. Clubs and organisations are a great way for children to mix with others outside their class and helps them to pursue new interests. Fees, scholarships & bursaries Fees average around £13,600 per year, although this rises to £15,900 for London schools. Scholarships are mainly available for academic skill, music, sport, drama or allrounders. They are not means-tested but based purely on ability. However, there is a

'While private education used to be an option for just the wealthy, this is no longer the case...' shift in many schools to giving bursaries rather than scholarships. Bursaries are means-tested and are awarded to families where it would not normally be possible to send the child privately, due to the cost. Schools are actively partnering organisations to help children get a partially or fully funded place. Different levels of bursary may be offered – often from around 25% upwards, but each school will have a different policy, so ask early on. What to ask on the day You can get a good feel for a school just by wandering around, but do ask questions as you go. Ask about the ethos of the school, how they deal with discipline and bullying strategies. First year pupils usually help out on the day so encourage your child to ask them questions, for instance, what they like about the school. Exams Even though you may be keen on a particular school your child still has to pass an exam to get in. However, an offer of a place is not always dependent on the highest scores. While some take only those who show the highest academic achievement, many others take children from the top, middle and lower tiers academically. If your child does well enough, they will be asked to come for an interview, which is an important part of the selection process. Pippa Duncan

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ne of the UK’s top-performing schools, Hampton combines academic and all-round excellence with exceptional pastoral care. Boys leave as happy, well-rounded individuals with a wide range of skills and interests and the confidence and resilience to succeed in the world. The School received the highest praise from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in its latest report. Hampton is academically selective and pupils achieve exceptional results at I/GCSE, A Level and Pre-U, progressing to elite universities across the UK, USA and Europe. Between 20 and 25 boys receive offers from Oxford or Cambridge each year. Teaching is challenging, innovative and tailored to suit boys’ learning styles. We are not, however, all about hard work! The exceptional cultural, artistic and sporting experiences on offer are essential elements of the balanced, all-round education which Hamptonians enjoy. Our extensive cocurricular programme ensures that our boys’ academic studies are enhanced and enriched by opportunities beyond the classroom. There is a vibrant creative programme and a superb Performing Arts centre, The Hammond Theatre, supports impressive music and drama provision. Hampton is also one of only a handful of All-Steinway Schools in the UK. Set in 27 acres of spacious grounds, the School also has an enviable reputation for excellence across an unusually wide range of sports and boys benefit from first-class coaching, superb on-site playing fields and a stateof-the-art 3G sports ground. Particular strengths are cricket, football, rowing, rugby, tennis and

chess. Hampton produces some exceptional sportsmen and its teams consistently compete at the highest level in national schools’ competitions. However, there are teams for every ability and all boys are encouraged to represent the School. For those seeking adventure, the Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes, The Combined Cadet Force and the School Adventure Society offer plenty of excitement and challenges and there are more than 70 trips each year to destinations as diverse as Bruges, Borneo and Berlin. The School also enjoys close links with neighbouring LEH which we believe provides the best of both worlds – all the advantages of single sex education but with the benefits of joint activities and co-operation in the academic and co-curricular programme. These links include an extensive coach service network.

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hile most independent schools or grammar schools such as Tiffin tell you your child doesn't need to be tutored to do well in their exams, most parents feel it will give their child confidence to be tutored in the subjects on which they will be examined. Each year the Tiffin schools in Kingston have around 1,600 applicants sitting their exams for just 140 places and competition for the independent schools is high, too. When your child is sitting a timed exam it is important for them to understand the kinds of questions they will be asked - and for them to be able to answer quickly, within the time frame, which is where tutoring can help. Many parents also say that tutoring not only helps with exams but generally gives their child more confidence and an improved attitude to learning. Deciding to use a tutor is a big commitment for both you and your child in terms of time and cost, so it's important that you're both prepared for this. If you are not tutoring your child yourself, you have two main options: Individual tuition For individual tuition, one-to-one, the tutor usually comes to your home. This saves time on travel and also makes life much easier if you have other children to consider. It also means that your child is working at home in familiar surroundings, although you may feel that they would actually work better in a different environment. There are agencies that supply reputable and experienced tutors who can come weekly, or as often as you want. More ground can be covered each week with individual tuition than in a group and many children thrive on the one-to-one attention.

'When your child is sitting a timed exam it is important for them to understand the kinds of questions they will be asked...' Most tutors will be teachers (or ex-teachers) or graduates. Meet your tutor first before taking them on and ensure that they are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. Oneto-one tuition costs vary but generally start from around ÂŁ30 per hour. Group tuition Group classes often alternate subjects, for instance doing a mix of verbal and non-verbal reasoning one week and then Maths and English the following week. Group classes offer the advantage of working with other children so that your child can see how they are doing compared with their peers. If your child is competitive then they may find a group more stimulating. There are local agencies and independent tutors who offer group tutoring. The cost of group tuition classes vary, but expect a minimum of around ÂŁ25 for an hour- and-a-half. Pippa Duncan

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e offer an excellent all-round education, with superb pastoral care and exceptional teaching. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and allowed to flourish in a caring, lively and happy environment. Our 2016 ISI report found: ‘The achievements of the pupils are excellent…. A close and nurturing atmosphere is at the heart of the School.’ The School’s stunning state-of-the-art Prep building opened recently and includes many environmentally friendly features such as a ‘living roof.’ Our pupils have an abundance of outdoor space with onsite grass playing fields, an all-weather games area, and ‘the allotment corner’ with raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables. Inside, the design is light and spacious. Facilities include IT suites, a purpose-built art room, library, music rooms, and an attractive, spacious hall. Part of the Hampton School Trust, the PrePrep & Prep School enjoys close links with the nearby senior school and an increasing number of our boys move onto Hampton School via the Assured Place Scheme. To arrange a visit to Hampton Pre-Prep and Prep school, book a place for an Open Morning via the website:, or call the admissions office on: 020 8979 1844

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ady Eleanor Holles (LEH) is a remarkable school. It is a school where girls successfully combine impressive intellectual endeavour with enthusiastic engagement well beyond academia. The school educates approximately 885 girls aged seven to eighteen, with around 185 in the Junior School and 700 in the Senior School. The girls’ public exam results and their sporting achievements are among the best in the country. Their musical and dramatic activities place them among the best of young performers. And most importantly of all, their stimulating and happy approach to all they do makes LEH a joyful place to study and grow. There is so much more to LEH life than academic achievement: if young women left here with excellent exam results alone, we would be disappointed. Our goal is that LEH girls become expert learners, unafraid to tackle new and challenging ideas, prepared to take risks, and able to learn from failure. Our school motto ‘Hope Favours the Bold’ sums it up beautifully – at LEH, girls learn to be courageous and ever hopeful, optimistic and determined in all that they do. Throughout its 300-year history LEH has produced many remarkable women. If you think your daughter would enjoy joining their ranks, please come and visit us. Only by seeing the school in action will you get a true flavour of all that an LEH education offers. Hanwoth Road, Hampton Middlesex TW12 3HF Tel: 020 8979 1601 Admissions:

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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

'Learning French with my tutor is a pleasure. She uses a mixture of conversation, responding to questions that arise from day to day life and text books, in a way that makes the learning feel easy.’ Nick, Richmond 'My daughter is in Year 9 and has been having French lessons through Stephanie's company for nearly a year now. This has really helped her grasp the fundamentals and given her much needed confidence before embarking on her French GCSE.' Frances, Kew ‘I have been enjoying French conversation classes for nearly a year. Stephanie is an excellent and able teacher. She makes each lesson educational, instructional and enjoyable. Above all Stephanie makes learning fun. She is very encouraging when one struggles and makes you think about the language from a fresh perspective. Stephanie prepares thorough, bespoke lessons. I would thoroughly recommend her for all levels of ability.' Susan, Chiswick

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Darell Primary and Nursery School



Reception 2019

OPEN MORNING Wednesday 17th October 9 .30 -11 .00 Wednesday 7th November 9 .30 -11 .00 Darell Primary & Nursery School - Niton Road Richmond TW9 4LH



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0208 876 6721

STAGECOACH - a class act The principal of Stagecoach Kew, Stephen Guilfoyle, explains how singing, dancing and drama classes help children to develop confidence in all areas of life


’ve been running the school in Kew for the last 14 years and children attend for many different reasons. Some may dream of being performers, while for others it’s more about building up their confidence both on and off the stage. ‘Our classes give children the opportunity to learn how to perform and at the same time become more confident within a likeminded environment. Children find their feet by working alongside their peers in the classroom. Once they’re ready to take on bigger roles in our stage productions we encourage and nurture them as much as possible. ‘In dance we work on improving fitness, stamina, suppleness and co-ordination. As well as working on engaging dance routines, children are also encouraged to develop their own choreography skills, building up a vocabulary of moves and dance steps. ‘In singing we start off with breathing technique, vocal warm ups and tricky tongue twisters. Diction exercises help to enunciate, so each word is heard clearly. In chorus everyone has to sing the same consonants and vowels and finish at exactly the same time, which means students also have to get their breathing right. It’s also not enough just to sing a song – you must tell its story. Students have to stand, move properly and present themselves to an audience. These are all great skills at any point in life.’ ‘In drama we always encourage an individual’s ideas, but our students also learn that by working together they become more creative as a team. We develop this through lots of drama games, improvisation, script work and performances. ‘These skills boost confidence so much that many of our students apply for dance and drama scholarships at local independent schools. We often role-play fun ‘mock interviews’ for the 11+, enabling children to feel prepared and relaxed. We look at interview technique, presentation, speech, body

'Our classes give children the opportunity to learn how to perform and at the same time become more confident...' language and of course the confidence to look someone in the eye and give a good account of themselves.’ ‘Stagecoach can also be a stepping stone to professional work. But most children come to us because they love being part of a creative group. As one of my old pupils put it: “Stagecoach is the only time I can combine all the things I love - music, dance and drama - in one place!’’’ Skills children learn from Stagecoach: • Creativity • Confidence • Focus • Perseverance • Problem Solving • Non-Verbal communication • Collaboration • Dedication • Accountability • How to receive constructive feedback

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it's a game of TWO HALVES

Quiz answers 1. Orville and Wilbur 2. KLM 3. The Moon 4. Chuck Yeagar 5. Air Force Two 6. New York City and Paris 7. Spruce Goose 8. Denmark 9. Hong Kong 10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Studio Hours: Monday–Saturd ay 10am - 6pm Sunday 11am - 6p m www.ceramicsca Tel: 020 8332 66 61

1a Mortlake Terrace, Kew Green Richmond TW9 3DT






The route to take over the lava is.... 18, 36, 120, 78, 84, 126, 30, 72, 132, 6, 60, 140, 46, 114, 66, 90, 42, 96, 12, 102, 54, 108, 14, 24 & 152.

Original Ceramics - Painted By You

Andy Becker, Football Manager

The number to add is ‘8'.

Ceramics Café Kew

At this age even over a summer break they can change so much. Some will have taken the opportunity to push themselves, some will have really got the plot and some will still need to work hard to reach the standards I know they can. Everyone of them will be enthusiastic and willing to learn... and I can’t wait to see them all again.

The hidden word is ‘volcano’.


ow, what a summer made even more glorious by those sons of St George! I refer of course to the splendid effort of the England team at the World Cup, and with the junior teams also successful the future of our national game looks very bright indeed. Down at grassroots level (though as I write there is no grass) I am beginning to wonder if our pitches will be fit to play on in time for the start of the season. Football life would be so much simpler if we had access to all weather pitches across the country. However, I know my players are really looking forward to the new season when the Under 9s move up from 5 to 7-a-side – this is a significant change and it will be interesting to see which players are ready to step up to the challenge.

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useful numbers doctors surgeries/hospitals Kew Medical Centre North Road Paradise Rd Parkshot Medical Richmond Green Medical Centre Richmond Lock Seymour House Twickenham Park Vineyard Kingston Hospital Queen Mary's Hospital West Middlesex Hospital

schools 020 8487 8292 020 8876 4442 020 8940 2423 020 8948 4217 020 8332 7515 020 8892 2543 020 8940 2802 020 8892 1991 020 8948 0404 020 8546 7711 020 8487 6000 020 8560 2121

clubs, groups & societies Cambrian Centre 020 8948 3351 East Twick Neighbourhood Assoc Kew Horticultural Society Kew Neighbourhood Assoc 020 8948 8054 Kew WI Richmond Decorative & Fine Arts Society Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society Richmond WI Rotary Club (Kew Gdns) The Avenue Club 020 8948 8807 The Kew Society The Richmond Art Society 020 8943 1735 The Richmond Local History Society 020 8891 3825 The Richmond Society 020 8948 0643

sports clubs & activities 144 (Richmond) Sqdrn Air Cadets Mid Surrey Bowls Club North Sheen Bowling Club Pensford Tennis Club Priory Park Club Bowls Priory Park Tennis Richmond Athletic Assoc Richmond Junior Chess Club Richmond Lawn Tennis Club Richmond Indoor Bowls Club

020 8940 2223 01784 885 052 020 8876 2896 020 8255 6725 020 8876 6492 020 8892 9763 020 8940 0397 020 8948 0895 020 8940 3783

local police Richmond Police Station (8am-8pm) Safer Neighbourhood Teams North Richmond South Richmond East Twickenham


101 020 8721 2928 020 8721 2066 07768 178 989

Darell Holy Trinity CE Kew Riverside Marshgate Orleans Infant & Nursery St Elizabeth’s Catholic St Mary's CE St Stephen's CE The Queen’s CE Windham Nursery

020 8876 6721 020 8940 2730 020 8487 8437 020 8332 6219 020 8892 1654 020 8940 3015 020 8892 7849 020 8892 3462 020 8940 3580 020 8831 6060

Christ’s Grey Court Orleans Teddington Twickenham Academy Waldegrave

020 8940 6982 020 8948 1173 020 8891 0187 020 8943 0033 020 8894 4503 020 8894 3244

libraries Richmond 020 8734 3330 Mon 9.30am-7pm; Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30am-6pm; Weds 10am-7pm; Sat 9.30am-4pm; Sun 1-5pm Twickenham 020 8734 3340 Mon 9.30am-7pm; Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30am-6pm; Weds 10am-7pm; Sat 9.30am-4pm; Sun closed Kew 020 8734 3352 Tues, Thurs,10am-6pm; Sat 9.30am--4pm; Mon, Weds, Fri, Sun closed

council Richmond Council Crimestoppers Victim Support (Richmond) Complaints: Road, lighting, pavement, abandoned vehicles, consumer protection, parks, planning applications etc

08456 122 660 0800 555 111 0845 450 3936

0845 612 2660

recycling The Dump (Townmead Rd) Opening Times Mon 10am - 6pm; Tues - Sat 8am - 6pm; Sun & Bank Hols 9am - 4pm (last admission 15 mins before closing time). Closed: 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan Freecycle: give away or find unwanted goods and recycle locally. Join the local group at: 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 Aesthetics Clinic Hedox Clinic Appliances Coopers Arts Centre Landmark Arts Centre Watermans Auction House Hansons Audio Visual Lasyl Bathrooms Bella Beds And So To Bed Westend Beds Bicycles Moore's Cycles Book Keeping Mundane Tasks Builders/Extensions DPS Business Services SKS Business Services Car Servicing & Repairs Colin Ferns: Mercedes Richmond Car Service Care in the Home Helping Hands Carpet Cleaning Clean Right Carpentry/Fitted Furniture Yellow Chisel Catering Katie's Kitchen Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Activities Ceramics CafĂŠ Monkey Music Computer Services Computer Trading Curtains/Blinds Curtain Call Dance Studio Yes Brazil/Studio Kew Department Store Marks & Spencer Design Six Miles High Design Drama Classes Stagecoach Dog Grooming & Sitting Posh Pups Electrician Electrical Service Team Estate Agents Antony Roberts Financial Planning Astus Fireplaces Chiswick Fireplace

38 20 24 24

Health & Wellbeing Earthlife Heating Engineer David Harris Host Families College Guardians Hypnotherapy Sue Laurie Hypnotherapy

41 9 31 38

26 36 6 17 12 40 30

Interiors/Kitchen Design Bella


Lofts & Extensions DPS 3 Loft Solutions 32 Plus Rooms 5 Market Kew Village Market Martial Arts Pee Wee/ Funakoshi Karate

18 56

3 27 63 28 38 15 15

Networking Events The Sheen Network


Oven Cleaning Ovenman


Solicitors D & G Family Law Storage Currie Storage

26 8

Tuition French Tuition


Vets Vets 4 Pets


22 59 56 10 13 40 21 8

Windows & Doors Ayrton Bespoke Education Focus Claremont Fan Court Darell Primary Hampton Hampton Prep King's College Lady Eleanor Holles Putney High


54 56 46 50 48 52 44

64 22 11 2 33 23

Garden Services Auntie Planty 18 GP (private) Medicaoptima 40 Grout & Tiles Grout 10

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what's on LOCALLY

Ballet Black Double Bill 30 Oct

Celebrating the work of black and Asian dancers, Ballet Black performs a double bill at The Rose, led by renowned choreographer, Cathy Marston. Starting the evening with Can Themba’s South African fable, The Suit is a story which takes place in a township of Johannesburg in the early 1950s just before the apartheid regime forcibly removes non-whites from the area. The double bill ends with Arthur Pita’s Olivier nominated A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production blends contemporary and classical dance to a great soundtrack. 7.30pm, Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston. Tickets £15-£25.

Dealing with Clair 26 Oct – 1 Dec

Clair, a young estate agent, is helping Mike and Liz to sell their home. Charming cash buyer, James, is keen to sign the contract. But appearances can be deceiving and James becomes increasingly sinister as he pries into Clair’s private life. And, it seems, when things turn bad, priorities and moralities become confused. Orange Tree Theatre. Tickets 25 (£12.50 for under 30s). Box office: 020 8940 3633. 62

The Habit of Art

15-20 Oct

Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art portrays a fictious meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten in Oxford, 1973, exploring the happiness, pain and the emotional cost of creativity as they discuss their friendship and rivalry and heartache each has been through. Starring Matthew Kelly (Of Mice & Men) and David Yelland (The Crown), this is the first revival of the play since 2009. Richmond Theatre. Tickets £16.90£39.90. Box office: 0844 871 7651.

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Unlock your child’s potential with Stagecoach Performing Arts Singing, dancing and acting classes for 4 - 11 year olds, where students learn to embrace life with creativity and courage 020 8487 1457

Creative Courage For Life


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