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Homes & Gardens creating the home you really want Be Richmond:

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And... • Easter fun for the family • Win theatre tickets! • Dealing with stress

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his issue our focus is on Homes & Gardens. If you've just moved into the area or want to do up your home, this is the issue for you! Whether you want to extend upwards or outwards, have a complete make-over, or have decided that you want to completely transform your garden, all the people you need to call are within these pages. Most people know Barnes resident, Alistair McGowan, for his BAFTA-winning series The Big Impression, but, as I found out when I met him, he is a man of many talents and is part of the Barnes Music Festival - find out more on pg 24. In the 12 years that I have been publishing the magazines, one of my main aims has to been to promote local businesses and the magazines have given a voice to hundreds of them over the years. Richmond town centre, while having many bigger chains, also has many wonderful independent businesses, so I was keen to talk to Erick Kervaon, chairman of Be Richmond, which now represents Richmond Town Centre, about how these shops are being helped to thrive in a difficult economic climate. Read the interview on pg 31. Pippa, Editor

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

repainting, or door frames need touch-ups where they’ve had knocks and bashes over the years? Or maybe a whole room could do with a makeover? You simply can’t beat the spickand-span look of a newly painted space; it’s a relatively quick and inexpensive DIY job that creates an overall impression going above and beyond the effort involved. Introduce colour Now’s the time to ditch dark, heavy and gloomy winter shades and get fresh with spring-like colour. Yellow, blue and green are all traditionally associated with spring – and it just so happens that Pantone’s colour of the year is gorgeous ‘Greenery’, described as ‘a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew’. Use liberally with plenty of bright white for a really clean, fresh look for the season.

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Include a dash of pattern Your clean, clear backdrop of pale spring colours is perfect for adding pops of pattern to make an impact. Chevrons are still having a moment, as are triangles and geometrics in general (especially if they have a tribal feel), as well as tropicals, textures (think chunky knits or grassy weaves), graphic botanicals such as ferns and leaves and the natural patterns of marble and stone.

Bring the outdoors in Now the warmer weather is here, open the windows as much as possible, and get some air circulating around your home. It might even be warm enough to sit outside in a patch of sunshine – so think about pressure washing your patio, scrubbing up your barbecue and cleaning down your outdoor furniture ready for some outdoor entertaining. After all, it’s not that long until summer…

Katherine Sorrell is the author of 17 books on design and interiors

Up your game with accessories Out with the old and in with the new: replace accessories that have seen better days with on-trend items such as cushions and throws, duvet covers, vases, prints, small storage containers, mirrors, clocks, table lamps and plants (quick tip: grab a succulent, a cactus or an air plant for fashion-forward houseplant style). You really don’t have to spend a fortune to overhaul your look dramatically. Add some scent We all want a beautifully scented home – try reed diffusers with essential oils, or simply arrange locally sourced, scented flowers (the ones imported from abroad don’t tend to smell so good). And one last thing – if possible, try to dry your laundry in the sunshine outdoors – you just can’t beat that beautiful fresh smell.


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Reliability, a professional service, a great team and a beautiful finished product: what Loft Solutions can provide for every home


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

Loft Solutions has a great team of skilled tradesmen who work together to create the perfect home you have always dreamed of. ‘You can be assured of our total involvement in, and commitment to, your conversion or extension project,’ says Johnston. 'We used Loft Solutions to completely change our small terrace house to a much larger, more usable space… creating a loft room as well as a light and airy kitchen-diner. The team were as unobtrusive as builders can be and easy to have around.’ Mrs JD, Twickenham ‘Thank you for a brilliant loft conversion experience. You really couldn’t have made it more straightforward for us – delivering on time and on budget.' Mr & Mrs M, Wandsworth ‘We get constant compliments on our loft extension, which really has transformed our house – all down to pioneering spirit, attention to detail and expertise.’ Mrs T, Shepherds Bush

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Extending the life of your home

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Make sure you use the right company when extending your home


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

useable areas. Or, if you just need your bathroom, kitchen or bedroom refitted, they can help with this, too. New builds DPS’s team are experienced in building everything from a one-bedroom flat through to a seven bedroom family home, multi-storey office or apartment block. They can build you the home of your dreams, with every last detail planned. The team’s knowledge, built up from years of experience, means they can offer you a wide range of building methods, techniques and materials. They can work with you from your first ideas through to design development, statutory planning and building regulation processes to the completed project.

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Creating the perfect home

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Bella Interiors in Richmond offers you the chance to transform your house into the home you've always wanted


you pay - there ince Brexit, won’t be any people are additional thinking charges. twice about The company moving house. has just Not only are introduced finances a a new range consideration of traditional, but, in the British made current hand-painted economy, many Shaker doors children are (left). They also staying at home have close for longer after contacts with university while major suppliers, they save up such as Lube for a deposit. 'The company has just and Schröder kitchens, This means the family nest introduced a new range of Willdue bathrooms needs to meet the needs of hand-painted Shaker doors...' and German designer a grown up family. Wackenhut fitted So many families are bedroom furniture. adapting their homes to Projects have included the small job of meet their changing needs. Bella Interiors, designing and fitting an awkwardly shaped whose showroom is on Kew Road in kitchen in Richmond, to a large project to Richmond, has worked on many local homes, design, extend and refurbish a whole house enlarging or re-configuring family space. in South Kensington. ‘We needed to strip back Owner, Abbas Bakhtiary, has been offering the whole house and re-size the rooms before a bespoke interior design service for London fitting four bathrooms and a new kitchen. homeowners for more than 26 years, from We decorated the whole house and selected small jobs to large projects: ‘The needs of all the furniture, so it was a complete interior homeowners change as the family grows and design project - one of many turn-key projects.’ we can provide the solution to get the most Customers always only deal with Abbas, who out of your space without the need to move. has his own in-house team of skilled workmen ‘We are known for offering great value for from carpenters to electricians - no work is money, whether for a small or large job. Our sub-contracted out: ‘I know the high quality ‘turn-key’ service means that our customers professionalism my team provides and will don’t need to go to anyone else - we can only trust their workmanship. source everything from a tap to a table.’ ‘If you’re not sure what will work best for your The showroom shows just a glimpse of what home, give me a call and I’ll be happy to come Bella Interiors can offer their customers and and discuss your needs.’ their great local reputation has been built on Bella Interiors personal service, projects that get delivered on time and that the price quoted is the price Please mention Living In Magazines when contacting advertisers


A world of CURTAINS Curtain Call in Richmond offers a wide range of new and nearly new curtains and made to measure blinds


alk into the newly refurbished and extended world of Curtain Call, at the top of Richmond Hill, to find one of the widest ranges of fabrics and curtains available in the borough. Luxurious fabrics from designers, including Casamance, Voyage Decoration and Clarke and Clarke, can be hand made to order into curtains and blinds. Nestled alongside is their brand new Luxaflex blind showroom showcasing all the latest treatments for your windows, including the newest motorised options. They also have a range of nearly new curtains priced at approximately half their new cost which are a great, affordable way to finish off a room instantly. This family-run business has been based here for 20 years and is not just a curtain and blind shop, it also sells the latest ranges of Jellycat


toys and other interesting gifts. They have a fantastic eye for the unusual in kids’ craft kits, beautiful gifts for ladies and retro gifts for men, as well as a range of over 100 designs of reading glasses. Just a short walk from the famous ‘Turner view’ and Richmond Park, a visit to this shop is highly recommended.

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Supersize your kitchen

Specialising in kitchen extensions, local firm Plus Rooms knows what works and how to create that ‘wow’ factor for clients How we did it Director at Plus Rooms James Bernard explains: ‘On this large wraparound kitchen extension (pictured right), we extended out into the side return, utilising a dead space, and into the rear garden. The result is a multifunctional kitchen and dining space that is open and bright. ‘The extension roof is a gable design with a pitched roof in the side return. The benefit of this design is the height that is created, which makes the space feel so much bigger. ‘Another feature is the angles created by the roof structure, particularly in the side return where glass is angled to give better light reach into the original space underneath the first floor. A large fixed glass panel was installed above the bifold doors on the exterior rear wall to create a feature and maximise light, whilst enhancing the connection with the outside. Most other roofs would typically create a lower ceiling, so in a large open space like this it is a real opportunity to be creative and add atmosphere.’ Minimising disruption Plus Rooms’ service is designed to minimise disruption and mess. A new extension will typically be constructed and made weather-tight before breaking through into the main house. When the original kitchen is decommissioned, a temporary kitchen in another room is arranged allowing home owners to remain living in the house throughout. The process Once the company has discussed your requirements and assessed the feasibility of the project, a schedule and breakdown of costs are provided. Plans are drawn up by a specialist architectural designer and they will

then work to refine the plans ready for council submission. During the planning phase they assist in gaining party wall agreements and any other decisions needed prior to works starting. Project management Once work begins, a Project Manager ensures it progresses in a timely fashion and that the quality of the build is never compromised. If you would like to supersize your kitchen or to discuss other refurbishment work, call us to arrange a free consultation: 0800 917 7127.

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Don’t simply buy a bed – invest in a better lifestyle by choosing the right bed made especially for you. Choose from a selection of models from the best manufacturers in the world – all with advice from the most experienced sales consultants in the UK.

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The POWER of quality sleep

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


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

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

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Just as the human body needs the right food for health and vitality, so do your garden lovelies


n the food world, we have become quite used to reading pack labels to establish ingredients – low fat, salt content, etc. so I’m now advocating that you do the same with plant fertilisers. First let’s take a brief look at the three major nutrients that are vital to a plant to guarantee it a healthy life.

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Nitrogen (N) This is the plant’s leaf maker and is a major component of chlorophyll - the stuff that makes leaves green. Plants that will have the greatest need for nitrogen are those vegetables grown for their leaves and lawn grasses. If your plant’s lower leaves are turning yellow, but the growing tip remains reasonably green, your plant is calling out for nitrogen.


Iron is needed when the upper leaves look mottled green/yellow. However, if your flowering plant is producing lovely leaves, but it isn’t flowering, then the chances are you are feeding it too much nitrogen and not enough potassium (see below). Phosphorus (P) Often described as the plant’s root-maker. It’s a component of DNA and regulates the rate of growth and reproduction of cells at the plant’s growing tip (and this includes the growing roots, too) and germination of seeds. In a nutshell, no phosphate, no plant growth! Potassium (K) Potassium is needed by the plant to set flower buds, which then go on to give the plant sufficient energy for the buds to open to then set fruit and seeds. If your flowering plant is either not flowering at all, or getting to the point of producing flower buds that fail to open, then potassium is needed. All plant fertilisers must declare their nutrient content on the label. It’s expressed as a ratio, giving the values in a block of three numbers. For example, the plant food that I always recommend for flowering plants – a slow release granule product where one application will last for six months – the NPK ratio looks like 12:7:19. This reading tells me that there is a higher ratio of potassium to nitrogen and therefore perfect for all plants but the grass. With tomato food this will be twice the amount.

Slow release v liquid Unless you can guarantee that your soil is well hydrated, I would choose granules to scatter around the base of each plant. Valerie McBride-Munro is a chartered horticulturist offering a plant problemsolving service. Tel: 020 8892 9243

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


listair McGowan is not what I expected. Having seen him impersonating everyone from David Beckham to Jeremy Clarkson, I imagined he would be extrovert and super-confident. But meeting him at the private bar at The Olympic in Barnes, he is both charming and unassuming - and ever so slightly nervous at playing his biggest piano concert yet at The Barnes Music Festival. He has just done four hours of practise when we sit down and says he has been rehearsing way beyond what he does for other shows. ‘I feel very fortunate to play here. It goes without saying that I do a lot of preparation, but I will have to walk past all these people for the rest of the year – and I am sure some will come just to see how many mistakes I make!’ He is doubtless putting himself down – he released an album last year (The Piano Album), which was well received – and has a tour booked for August, combining piano with impressions. The album came about after he first appeared at the music festival in 2016. A representative from Sony happened to be in the audience and asked if was interested in doing an album. ‘I thought, hold on, that’s the only piece I can play!’ But he spent the next year honing his skills and ended up with 18 pieces for the album. While Alistair had a couple of earlier stints of playing the piano – as a child and again in his 30s – he only really started playing properly just over three years ago, happily limiting himself to pieces that mean something to him: ‘That’s the beauty of coming back to music as a mature adult. I know what I want to play, why I want to play it and how I want to play it. 24

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

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

‘You don’t hear classical pieces as much as you used to... I suppose I’m trying to inspire people’

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


o mark their 10th anniversary, Rose Theatre Kingston is thrilled to present a major revival of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, starring celebrated actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice. Living In Magazines in conjunction with Rose Theatre Kingston is offering one pair of best available tickets for either 13, 16 or 17 April, 7.30pm. In the play, Don Pedro is victorious. The war in the city is won and the Mafia overlord comes to Messina, a luxury hotel in the Sicilian hills, to hide out and party. While Leonato, the hotel owner, fawns over his clan boss, his daughter, Hero, wins the heart of the Don’s young protégé. Meanwhile, Beatrice, the nononsense manager, has unfinished business 26

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

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


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

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

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Richmond businesses Erick Kervaon talks to Pippa Duncan about Be Richmond, which represents businesses in the town


hile Richmond recently topped a poll as the happiest place to live in London, it was also voted as one of the Top 10 most vibrant retail destinations, beating other centres such as Westfield Stratford, Canary Wharf and the West End. But it takes hard work behind the scenes to make the town attractive and to keep pulling in visitors as well as locals, and the area’s success has, in part, been due to the launch of Be Richmond, the ‘brand persona’ of Richmond BID (Business Improvement District) in 2016, which represents the businesses within the BID area. The BID – a non-profit organisation launched following a vote of local businesses, with larger businesses contributing a levy which goes towards improving and promoting the area. So how is the town centre, with its large chains and small independent businesses, benefitting? As a keen supporter of independent businesses myself, I talked to Erick Kervaon, Chairman of the Be Richmond board, alongside his full time job as General Manager at The Bingham hotel and running two independent businesses in the hospitality industry, to find out what the future holds. Erick, what is Be Richmond? ‘Be Richmond is now the brand representing Richmond town centre. We wanted to promote more than just the local businesses, as Richmond offers so much more – we have beautiful scenery, a long history and local personalities, which all contribute to the area and which is why we want to promote it as a place to live, work and explore. If we can improve the look and feel of the area, then both businesses and residents are benefitting.’ Larger local businesses pay a levy – what are they getting for their money? ‘We wanted to make the whole area look

more appealing so, with that in mind, we’ve worked with Richmond Council to have extra cleaning in the streets and with the Met Police to help make the area more secure. We’ve improved the signage, so that it’s easier for visitors to find their way around. Part of our strategy is employing a marketing company to create a great website ( and spread the word about what a great place Richmond is to visit.’ What about the smaller businesses, who haven’t paid the levy – is their voice still being heard? ‘Yes! We are really keen to help every

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business registered in Richmond. Apart from the project director, we are all volunteers at Be Richmond, so we need businesses to come to us – big and small - and tell us what they would like improved in the area and how we can help them. We’d love to build up the website and would welcome contributions from smaller businesses – the more information we have about local businesses, the more useful the website will be.’ Are you just flying the flag for shops – or also those businesses without a ‘shop front’? ‘We are trying improve the area as a whole, which will benefit every business in Richmond and encourage more people to visit, work and spend their money here. And it’s not just businesses we help – I was recently asked by residents to get the telephone box on Richmond Green re-painted. They’d been fighting for this for years, but there just wasn’t the budget. I promised them it would get done – and ended up painting it myself!’ How can local businesses find out what’s going on and how they can contribute? 'We hold quarterly networking meetings in Richmond and would love more local businesses to attend. It’s a great way to build contacts, promote your business, learn about the work we are doing and also to find out how everyone can get involved. We all need to work together to make Richmond an even better place to work and live. Nobody is there to sell anything, we all just want to share our knowledge and understanding of what’s happening locally.' What are the plans for the future? ‘As well as making it the cleanest and safest place to live and work we are also working on a new Be Richmond app, which will help workers and residents benefit from promotions and events hosted by local retailers. We will also be organising future May Fairs on Richmond Green and intend to make it a destination event to bring more people to the area.’

more to make it an even greater place and really help local businesses – but we need to work together.’ You can find out more about Be Richmond at: Pippa Duncan

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Booking Information Tickets available online at For enquiries please call 020 8783 4418 Free parking on site, bar and disabled access available

Upcoming productions Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tales • Widdershins Saturday 14 April • 2.30pm • Live Performance

Manon • Royal Opera House Thursday 3 May • 7.15pm • Live Screening Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet. Age 15+ Tickets £15 (£12.50 concessions)

Macbeth • NT Live Thursday 10 May • 7.00pm • Live Screening

What happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? How did the Billy Goats Gruff really deal with that troll? Using lovable puppets and catchy songs this entertaining show explains all. Age 3+

Directed by Rufus Norris, Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy.

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Julius Caesar • NT Live

An American in Paris – The Musical

Thursday 19 April • 7.00pm • Encore Screening

Wednesday 16 May • 7.15pm • Recorded Screening

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar, and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony.

This breathtaking Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, tells the impassioned story of an American GI and a beautiful young dancer in Paris. Featuring the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. A record 28 H H H H H reviews.

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'The mad women of Kew' This year we are celebrating 100 years since women first got the vote and local women played an active part in the suffragette movement. But it was the destruction of orchids and the arson attack on the Tea Pavilion in Kew Gardens, in February 1913, that made headline news

The Tea Pavilion in Kew Gardens (left) and after being burned down in 1913 (right)

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n the early hours of 20 February 1913, two women crept into Kew Gardens and made their way to the popular Tea Pavilion. Shrouded by darkness they started a fire that soon enveloped the whole building. A Kew worker spotted the women and raised the alarm and two policemen, who had seen the flames, ran towards the Gardens and pursued the women as they desperately tried to escape, throwing away incriminating evidence as they ran. The first campaign to give women the vote started in the 1860s and led to the founding of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) by Millicent Fawcett in 1897. Their aim was to seek the vote by constitutional means but, as the years went on, many women felt there needed to be a more militant campaign. So, in 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), moving away from

traditional political pressure through lobbying, to direct action. While violent protests had taken place before 1912, this escalated after the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, made it clear that he was against women having the vote. The violence reached its peak in 1913, both nationally and locally. The burning of the Pavilion wasn’t the first act against Kew Gardens: only days earlier the Orchid Houses were attacked - with windows broken and many orchids destroyed - but the culprits were not caught, only leaving leaflets supporting the suffragettes, resulting in the newspaper headline ‘The Mad Women of Kew’. Acts of protest often occurred locally: potassium permanganate was put in post boxes in Kew, Richmond and Twickenham, the corrosive material destroying the mail; protest meetings were held at Marble Hill Park and a house was burned down in Hampton by Mary Richardson,

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who later went on to mutilate Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus in the National Gallery. There were active WSPU branches in Richmond and Hampton and Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, living Local suffragette, Princess in a grace and Sophia Duleep Singh, whose favour home jewellery was seized for at Hampton non-payment of taxes Court Palace, became the president of the Hampton branch. She led the Tax Resistance League, refusing to pay taxes, saying it was ‘taxation without representation’. Her jewellery was regularly seized for non-payment of taxes and auctioned at Twickenham Town Hall, but friends bought the sequestered articles back for her.

The two women caught running away from Kew were Lillian Lenton and Joyce Locke (real name Olive Wharry) and they were taken immediately to Holloway Prison. They both went on hunger strike and the Daily Report on Suffragette Prisoners for Lillian reads: ‘Has taken no food since reception. Smashed up everything in the cell she was first placed in. Removed to a special strong cell. Kept apart from all other prisoners and not allowed to communicate. All privileges suspended.’ They were both force-fed but Lilian became so ill that she was discharged earlier than Olive who had managed to hide her hunger strike by giving her food away to others. By 1914 the NUWSS considered the WSPU were undermining the suffragette cause by their direct action campaign. However, on 4 August 1914, war was declared and many women, regardless of whether they believed in direct action or not, played a leading part in the war effort. On 31 January 1918, women over 30 were granted the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Change had begun.

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local talk... east twickenham • Nick Hornby on life in Hollywood 13 March Oscar-nominated screenwriter and awardwinning author, Nick Hornby, is hosting a Q & A at Twickenham studios, talking about life in Hollywood, scriptwriting and what it takes to break into the industry. Hornby, known for his best-selling novels such as High Fidelity, About A Boy and A Long Way Down, which were also made into films, is helping to raise money for the Mayor of Richmond’s chosen charities. Tickets £50. To book:


•Kew Pond needs help! Did you know that the pond next to Kew Green – often seen with a wonderful array of birdlife - needs to be regularly re-filled? The pond is thought to date back to the time of the Norman

Conquest. It became part of a fishery in the 10th century but, by the 18th century, had become a horse pond – a place for riders and horse-drawn carriages to let their horses drink and cool down after a long journey. Cattle and livestock also used the pond, which made it unsanitary. Because of this, there were calls to have it filled in, but it has been saved many times, thanks to locals. Volunteers planted vegetation to improve the look and also open and close the valve from the river every month, to allow it to fill up. The photo was taken in the 1960s, before the pond was as well looked after as it today. If you would like to volunteer to help maintain and fill the pond, email:

richmond •Music & Drama Festival: Events from 4 March Events are happening across the borough, with highlights including the Barnes Community Players performing Say Something Happened; Twickenham Jazz Club hosting Kelvin Christiane All Star Big Band, Powerjam & Friends, Kew Dance Arts and Boundless Dance. Richmond Orchestra has a concert of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Brahms. The Festival launches at the borough’s newest art venue, The Exchange in Twickenham.

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


tress can refer to two different but related things: situations or events that put pressure on us, and our reaction to that pressure. Stress can affect your mental health, causing problems such as depression. It can also affect your physical health by disrupting sleeping or eating habits and cause excess cortisol and adrenaline release. What causes stress? There can be many factors, but common ones include: • A big life event, such as bereavement, moving home, financial crises, exams, redundancy, retirement, job change, a relationship breakup, illness or injury • Continual pressure: in your job, health or relationship or overwhelming responsibilities • Feeling out of control and unable to change situations • Uncertainty, such as potential redundancy

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

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Coping with stress Reducing your responsibilities and using time-management or organisational techniques can help to reduce stress. The NHS has a number of videos to help deal with stress, anxiety and depression, which you can find at How to cope You can’t always change stressful situations. However, you can learn to improve how you react to them. Self-help strategies include: Complementary therapies: Therapies like yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture and ecotherapy (time spent in nature) may help you relax. Lifestyle changes: A healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep help. Spend time with family and friends and talk through your problems. Make time for hobbies and relaxation - downtime isn’t a luxury, but essential for a healthy mind and body.

a more positive outlook. Try to note down three things every day that make you happy, grateful or relaxed. There is a useful NHS video on replacing negative thinking with positive (the basis for CBT, mentioned below). Talking treatments: • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you understand what your stress triggers are and how you react to them, showing you how to react more positively • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) combines mindfulness, meditation and yoga to reduce stress Medication to reduce symptoms Medication can help you manage symptoms, such as antidepressants, sleeping pills, irritable bowel syndrome treatments and high blood pressure medication. Talk to your GP about your concerns and they will be able to help you find the best help for your particular circumstances. Alison Runham

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

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

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

London Wetlands Centre

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

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and for coaches and spectators – there has been a noticeable change. That’s not to say the games are not competitive – they are – but the pressure to win at all costs is slowly being eroded with the focus much more on the players and skills. Now, instead of being wary of overcompetitive opposition coaches and parents I find myself chatting with them, swapping ideas, smiling at the players and, yes... enjoying the game! (With apologies to Marx and

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he history of football is littered with the history of club struggles. City and United, Celtic and Rangers, Reds and Blues. In short, them and us in constant opposition to one another. Certainly that had been the scenario until the introduction some seasons ago of Development Football for teams under the age of ten. So how wonderful it has been on returning to junior coaching over the past two years to manage matches that have been played in a spirit of sportsmanship, friendship and enjoyment. These key principles underlying the foundation of Kew Park Rangers have occasionally in the past been shaken by incidents in games with other clubs’ coaches and supporters. However, since Development Football was established for young players –

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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 555 111 020 7223 1234

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 Admin Assistance The Admin Practice Appliances Coopers Artificial Grass Easigrass Audio Visual Lasyl

26 12 29 20

Bathrooms Bella Beds Westend Beds Builders DPS

14 18 3

Car Servicing & Repairs Colin Ferns: Mercedes Richmond Car Service Care in the Home Helping Hands Carpet Cleaning Clean Right Carpentry/Fitted Furniture Dave Casswell Yellow Chisel Catering Katie's Kitchen Children’s Activities Ceramics CafÊ Monkey Music Chiropractic Healing Hands Cinema The Hammond Theatre Computer Services Computer Trading Curtains/Blinds Curtain Call Dance Studio Yes Brazil/Studio Kew Dentist London Dental Care Drama Classes Stagecoach Dog Grooming & Sitting Posh Pups Electrician Electrical Service Team Estate Agents Antony Roberts Fireplaces & Stoves Chiswick Fireplace Garden Centre Sempervirens Garden Design Cadogan Landscapes Garden Services Auntie Planty

51 38 40 16 8 8 26 51 49 42 34 9 16 44 45 52 32

GP (private) Richmond Practice Health & Wellbeing Earthlife Heating Engineer David Harris Interiors/Kitchen Design Bella Kitchens West London Kitchens Lofts & Extensions DPS Loft Solutions Plus Rooms Market Kew Village Market Martial Arts Pee Wee/ Funakoshi Karate Opticians Blink Optics Oven Cleaning Allbrite Ovenman Sewing Classes Sewalicious Soft Furnishing Richmond Soft Furnishings Schools King's College Wimbeldon Halliford Solicitors D & G Family Law Eric Robinson Stationery Supplies Just Write Storage Currie Storage Toy Shop The Toy Shop St Margarets Volvo Showroom MKG3000 Windows & Doors Ayrton Bespoke

45 42 8 14 6 3 11 5 36 49 41 8 32 26 8 46 48 37 30 40 16 49 32 21

9 2 28 22 22 23

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what's on LOCALLY Humble Boy 8 Mar - 14 Apr

Felix Humble returns to his family home after the death of his father, an amateur beekeeper. In the garden he finds his waspish mother Flora, her downtrodden friend Mercy and the suspiciously ever-present George Pye, whose daughter Rosie was once involved with Felix. Felix, an astrophysicist, discovers that solving the riddle of his emotional life is considerably more challenging than the quest for a unified string theory. Orange Tree Theatre. Tickets from £15 (Under 30s £12). Box office: 8940 3633.

Christine Bovill’s Piaf


Christine Bovill’s Piaf, as much a play as it is a musical homage, is a moving tribute to one of France’s most endearing icons; celebrating some of her best known songs, threaded with Piaf’s story, and Christine’s own remarkable journey in the world of chanson. An award-winning songwriter in her own right, Bovill has toured Europe and the Far East with her self-penned homage to the Little Sparrow, appearing on BBC Newsnight and on BBC Radio 4’s series, Soul Music, as well as having an Edinburgh Fringe sell out show. Watermans Theatre, 40 High St, Brentford TW8 0DS. Tickets £15. Box office (1-9pm) 8232 1010.

Martin Turner was part of Wishbone Ash, which has achieved millions of album sales worldwide, and is one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts. Classic album releases such as Argus, Pilgrimage and New England, defined the Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner, the definitive voice, creative force and founding member of the band, continues to perform their best loved works with current line-up – guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown. Martin and the band will be performing the popular 1974 album There’s the Rub. Eel Pie Club at the Cabbage Patch, Twickenham. Tickets £16.

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