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This Residents’ Journal represents a fresh, innovative approach to local media, whilst retaining a traditional feel. We will deliver intelligent editorial with integrity and depth on subjects that matter to the residents and business community. Published on a monthly basis with the kind support of a select handful of relevant advertisers, we will present regular editorial contributions from prominent local residents and members of the independent local business community, as well as seasoned journalists who live locally. If you live or work in these areas and have a particular interest in contributing to the Residents’ Journal, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email us at contact@residentsjournal.co.uk; or telephone us on 020 7987 4320.

Giles Ellwood Publisher

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Dear Resident, For my first edition of the Journal, I can think of nothing more pleasant to mark the beginning of the season than the event of the summer: Wimbledon. On page 8, Jennifer Mason visits the All England Lawn Tennis Club ahead of The Championships to see how this year’s ball boys and girls are preparing for the highlight of the tennis season. Get the Champagne and strawberries and cream at the ready! Elsewhere, to kick off the wedding season in style, the Journal speaks to industry experts including a milliner, a cake artist, a designer, a photographer and a florist, as well as rounding up a trio of venues in the area (from page 20). Meanwhile, Putney’s very own Avenue Cookery School teaches us how to cook up a storm in the kitchen on page 18. Alongside these features, we’ve rounded up the latest news and events to add to your calendar, as well as reporting on planning matters and information regarding ongoing road works. I look forward to meeting you out and about in the area over the coming months. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with your news and updates, email contact@residentsjournal.co.uk.

View from the Millennium Building across The Championships, Wimbledon. Image by Chris Raphael, courtesy of AELTC

Distributed to selected homes in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, as well as Wimbledon, Putney, Barnes and Coombe, the Residents’ Journal is a platform for locals to discuss issues and events that matter. Please do not hesitate to get in contact

with your news, email contact@residentsjournal.co.uk.

Managing Editor Francesca Lee

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

Assistant Editor Lauren Romano

Managing Director Eren Ellwood

Main Editorial Contributor Jennifer Mason

General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Publishing Director Giles Ellwood

Communications Director Loren Penney

Editorial Intern Ozel Rowland

Senior Designer Grace Linn

Associate Publisher Sophie Roberts

Head of Finance Elton Hopkins

Production Hugo Wheatley Alex Powell Oscar Viney

Members of the Professional Publishers Association

Client Relationship Director Felicity Morgan-Harvey


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NOTEBOOK Keep your finger on the pulse with our round-up of local news

WWT London Wetland Centre

KEW Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Glasshouse

Barnes Common

NORTH SHEEN

Richmond Theatre

Putney Lower Common

BARNES Wandsworth Park

RICHMOND The Poppy Factory

PUTNEY

National Tennis Centre

EAST SHEEN

The Bingham Hotel Twickenham Stadium

TWICKENHAM Strawberry Hill House

STRAWBERRY HILL

Ham House & Garden

Richmond Park

Putney Heath

HAM Wimbledon Windmill

Wimbledon Common

WIMBLEDON

All England Lawn Tennis Club

COOMBE TEDDINGTON

New Wimbledon Theatre

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Image by George Powell

TW9

SHE’S BEHIND YOU!

CHUKKA TIME Hurlingham Park hosts Chestertons Polo in the Park this summer, where you can see the likes of George Meyrick, one of London’s most hotly-tipped players. Tickets are available for 6, 7 or 8 June. If the matches get you in the spirit, then why not head to one of London’s oldest amateur clubs, Ham Polo Club, too? On Sundays, spectators can watch a game while enjoying a pre-prepared picnic with refreshments served from the Chukka Tukka stall. Tickets can be purchased on the door for £5.

Powell Image by George

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(polointheparklondon.com; hampoloclub.com)

DID YOU KNOW? TW9

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Popular favourite The Fallow Deer has moved to new premises on Teddington High Street. The venue offers a new extended lunch menu, as well as a full bar stocked with craft beers, wines and cocktails, all of which can be enjoyed in its courtyard garden. Make sure you look out for the exciting programme of events too!

You can now shop in Richmond town centre until 9pm every Thursday. Furthermore, on the first Thursday of every month you can enjoy live music and special offers.

130 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8JB, 020 8943 2578 (thefallowdeer.com)

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Richmond Theatre has just announced that model, actress and theatre patron Jerry Hall will take to the stage this festive season as the Wicked Queen in this year’s pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Hall, who is a local resident, says: ‘I look forward to playing the Wicked Queen and working with such a wonderful cast. I am excited to be glamorously evil and, of course, my outfits will be fabulous! Mick and I have always had a family tradition of taking our children to the pantomime at Richmond Theatre every Christmas. I can’t wait to make fun of myself and hear children boo at me.’

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will run at Richmond Theatre from 5 December 2014 to 11 January 2015. Tickets are already on sale from £10. Book early to avoid disappointment (atgtickets.com)


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ART ATTACK ARThouse Open Studios returns this summer to celebrate the wealth of creative talent housed within the borough of Richmond upon Thames. More than 500 artists will exhibit their work in this open-house event over two weekends in June and July. This annual festival, which has been running for 19 years, will showcase artwork, ranging from print-making to portraiture; wood sculptures to mosaics; nail art to bag-making; as well as ceramics, jewellery and photography.

27-29 June and 4-6 July, for more information visit arthouseopenstudios.co.uk

by Julie Sullock

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EXAM

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SUCCESS

by Ken McClymont

A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

Leightons Opticians, an 85-year-old family business with more than 30 stores across the UK, has chosen Putney to unveil the first of its new-look shops. The aim of the refurbishment is to combine optical expertise and audiology in a modern and contemporary environment. Practice owner and long-time local resident Renee Bansal tells the Journal: ‘The glass ceiling, oak floors and designer sunglasses wall are just some of the new interior additions. The look and feel is much more vibrant than before and we’ve put a great deal of care into the clinical environments too. ‘The opticians will remain faithful to the brand’s traditional origins but will have a contemporary look.’

The Journal is pleased to congratulate the students at Little Voices in Putney, who all received distinctions in their recent LAMDA exams. Well done all!

(littlevoices.org.uk)

ONE YEAR ON

14 The Exchange Shopping Centre, High Street, SW15 1TW, 020 8789 7300 (leightonsopticians.com)

Last month, the Journal celebrated its first birthday. We’ve had a blast over the last 12 months, and we would especially love to hear your news, feedback and ideas for future issues. You can get in touch with us via email, phone, or even on Twitter!

contact@residentsjournal.co.uk, 020 7987 4320, @RWPB_RJ

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Written for residents by residents october 2013 • Issue 6

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FÊTE ACCOMPLI

On 21 June, Kew Midsummer Fête returns to south west London. A traditional village fair set amidst the beauty of Kew Green, it will feature fairground rides, side-shows and more than a hundred stalls selling local crafts, food and drink. It makes a fun family day out and offers the attractions no great fête can be without: a carousel, dog show, tug-of-war and grand charity raffle.

11am to 6pm, free entry. Kew Green East Side, TW9 3AP (kewfete.org)

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ACHIEVEMENT TW10

BIRTHDAY

CELEBRATIONS To mark its 30th birthday this year, The Bingham Hotel in Richmond is celebrating in a variety of ways. Most recently, it launched 30 red balloons from the roof of its neighbour’s property – The Poppy Factory – and there were prizes on offer, including lunch for two at its award-winning restaurant for those who retrieved the balloons. The Bingham is a long supporter of the work The Poppy Factory does for ex-servicemen and women. The Bingham’s general manager Erick Kervaon says: ‘We’re really committed to supporting the charity and its brilliant work which helps get disabled veterans back into employment, which is achieved through fundraising initiatives and raising awareness with our local, loyal customer base.’

(thebingham.com, poppyfactory.org)

Last month, a record 300 young people from the borough of Merton celebrated earning their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in a special ceremony held at Rutlish School. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a national scheme that provides a rewarding personal development programme for those aged 14 to 25 years old. Young people are given the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of leisure, learning and voluntary activities that are both challenging and enjoyable. Merton Council’s director of children, schools and families department Yvette Stanley says: ‘Well done to everyone who received their gold, silver and bronze level awards. It’s great to see more young people taking up the programme and challenging themselves.’

(merton.gov.uk/dofe)

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AWARD-WINNING ARTISAN

Independent café Artisan in Putney, run by husbandand-wife team Edwin and Magda, recently scooped the top prize for ‘Best Cakes and Bakes’ at the London Coffee Stop Awards, as well as being voted the second best coffee shop in the capital. This is the first year that the awards have been run, and votes came in from more than 18,000 Londoners. Artisan was praised for its ‘unique and delicious’ offerings – many congratulations!

Artisan, 203 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 6SG 020 8617 3477 (artisancoffee.co.uk/putney)

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Words / Kate Jennion


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NEW BALLS

please

Jennifer Mason visits the All England Lawn Tennis Club ahead of The Championships, 2014, to see how this year’s ball boys and girls are preparing for the highlight of the tennis season: Wimbledon Image by Chris Raphael/AELTC

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rriving at the hallowed grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, I am issued with an all-important visitor’s pass and ushered past the innumerable security guards to the indoor practice courts where I meet Sarah Goldson, director of ball boy and girl training. Having young assistants on court at Wimbledon is a tradition that dates back nearly 100 years. The first ball boys from Shaftesbury Homes, appeared on court in the 1920s, then from 1946 they were volunteers from local schools. However, it wasn’t until 1977 that ball girls were introduced, and not until 1985 before they were allowed to set foot on Centre Court. Since then, training has become much more inclusive, and each year’s intake is

Image by Matthias Hangst/AELTC

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split roughly 50/50 between the boys and girls – although that’s not always the case in the individual teams. Sarah explains: ‘We try to have at least two boys or two girls on each team, but we try not to put a particular focus on gender, rather on selecting people who work well together.’ Each year, Sarah and her team receive more than 700 applications from youngsters aged 14 and over from around 30 local schools, including Wimbledon High School, Ursuline High School and Ricards Lodge. Whittling that number down to 250 (including applicants who’ve been involved in previous years) is no small task; nor is dividing them into final teams. All of the finalists have to complete various physical and mental tests in the run-up to the final selections, but only a chosen few will make


Image by Chris Raphael/AELTC

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Image by Matthias Hangst/AELTC

It’s the discipline that gives Wimbledon ball boys and girls their stellar reputation

it on to Centre Court or No. 1 Court during The Championships. ‘Discipline, a high level of fitness, knowledge of the game and sharp skills are essential,’ Sarah tells me. ‘All of our ball boys and girls have these attributes, but to be the best, their actions must be imbued with a sense of urgency that can be hard to grasp, especially for those who haven’t done it before.’ Ball boys and girls are a familiar feature for tennis fans, but there’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than spectators see on court. ‘I think most people don’t realise the level of intensity and attention to detail that goes into the training,’ says Sarah says. ‘When you watch the ball boys and girls, they make it appear easy,

because they are so good at what they do,’ she continues, ‘but even the way they present the towels to the players has been meticulously thought through and practised repeatedly.’ Wimbledon ball boys and girls are renowned for being the best in the business. Partly because they represent the traditions and history of this prestigious club, but partly, Sarah thinks it is to do with their demeanour and attitude. ‘It’s the discipline that gives Wimbledon ball boys and girls their stellar reputation,’ she insists. ‘If you look closely at the way they behave during The Championships – whether they’re on court or off – they are always extremely well-behaved. It’s impressive because at the end of the day they are just normal kids, which people tend to forget when they see them poised and alert on court.’ This entrenched discipline is hardwon; training is a long and gruelling process with strict rules. ‘A few of them tell me the training is harder than The Championships!’ Sarah laughs. ‘It is very tough. We can’t replicate the crowds or the atmosphere of a high-profile game, so instead we have to try and replicate the pressure they will be under.’ Robbie, one of this year’s potential team captains, tells me: ‘Physically, the warm-up at the beginning of training is the hardest bit. We do circuits, and then we have to stand completely still for two minutes, to practise for situations on court. You can get quite dizzy and faint.’ I ask him whether he’s worried about this when it comes to the big day. ‘No, I’m most nervous about the ball change. As team captain, I have to know which end the balls need to be and I don’t want to get it wrong.’

LOCAL LINKS British jewellery and gift brand Links of London has taken inspiration from The Championships to launch its Wimbledon-inspired collection, which will be sold at a one-off pop-up store inside the club grounds during this year’s tournament.

TRAFFIC WARNING

(linksoflondon.com)

Local residents are reminded that during The Championships, Southfields, Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon town centre and areas near Church Road and Wimbledon Park Road will be exceptionally busy.

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Maths, I’m learning, is an essential part of the training process – as is an in-depth understanding of the game. ‘We train them to focus on the score, and what the umpire is saying,’ explains Sarah. ‘But working as part of a team is also hugely important. They have to support each other as a unit, on and off court. That’s why it’s great to have the underlying experience of boys and girls who’ve done it before – the younger ones learn a lot from them, both in skills and attitude.’ Lucy, another of this year’s potentials, reminds me that it’s not all work and no

play. ‘Getting out on court is one of the fun bits,’ she grins, ‘and doing a great feed or roll is a brilliant feeling. I’m nervous about messing up, of course, but I can’t wait for The Championships to start.’ With just weeks to go, I imagine the nerves are beginning to kick in. ‘On the first morning, the ball boys and girls will be extremely nervous,’ Sarah predicts. ‘The first day of The Championships will be the most time they’ve spent on court thus far. Once they get out there, though, I know they’ll remember their training, have a great time, and I’ll be proud of them all.’

I ask Robbie and Lucy for their predictions for this year’s games. ‘We hope Andy Murray wins,’ they chorus. Of course, they’ll only be able to cheer on the inside if they make it into the final Centre Court team, but I wonder if Mr Murray will still be able to sense the goodwill radiating from his most unobtrusive, but most determined fans – many of whom will be feeling the highs and lows of the Wimbledon experience right alongside him. n

23 June to 6 July. AELTC, Church Rd Wimbledon, SW19 5AE (wimbledon.com)

Image by Matthias Hangst/AELTC

They act like they’ve got the biggest

tournament in the world, and they’re right,

they do. Pete Sampras

THE BIG BUCKS

elock/AELTC Image by Tom Lov

Prize money for The Championships has increased by more than 10 per cent from last year, resulting in a total pot of £25 million. Much of the new budget will go towards boosting the prize money for singles players who lose out in the first three rounds, but the Ladies and Men’s Singles 2014 winners will each take home a cool £1.76 million.

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The Really Helpful Club (reallyhelpfulclub.com) is an infinitely useful resource for smart, sensible women. The members’ forum enables you to reach out beyond your immediate network of friends to share great ideas and your best recommendations. More and more women are benefitting from RHC, a new trusted best friend

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ime is almost always of the essence and finding solutions to life’s daily needs can be a challenging process. Searching the internet for answers to our questions can inevitably throw up a minefield of conflicting results. The Really Helpful Club (RHC) can always be relied upon to come up with the answers. An online forum for smart, sensible women to share great ideas, helpful tips and trustworthy recommendations, RHC is gaining a foothold in local communities across south-west London and beyond; it has carved its own special niche. RHC enables members to reach beyond their own circle of friends to find tried and tested solutions to all manner of needs from women who share a similar perspective. Sarah Austin, founder and Wimbledon resident, attributes its success to the RHC’s wide-reaching network of contacts. ‘One person simply cannot have the answers to everything,’ she explains. ‘There is nothing worse than wasting time or money. No one has time to make the wrong decision these days, whether they are choosing a reliable caterer for a special event, a trusted dog-walker or finding a family-friendly holiday location – we all feel most comfortable making our choices based on word of mouth recommendations. RHC is all about helping one another and making our lives easier.’ The Residents’ Journal heartily agrees. Sarah adds, ‘my favourite topic was recently posted by a member who found a black Labrador puppy via a recommendation from another RHC member.’ The comment left by a delighted member speaks volumes: ‘We collect our gorgeous new pup on 8 June…excited would be a massive understatement! THANK you to Really Helpful Club – couldn’t/wouldn’t have happened without your site!’ SHARING THE BEST IDEAS WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED WOMEN

RECONNECTING WOMEN WITH THE WORKPLACE The Really Helpful Club also offers a unique way of connecting women via networking opportunities. Women may have launched a business and want to reach out to a wider community or they might also be looking for a career change or to rediscover the workplace once their children have started school or flown the nest. The RHC facilitates this with a selection of roles placed by employers looking to recruit like-minded local women. Recently, one member posted a role in her south-west London based company and the topic rapidly generated significant interest, after being viewed by more than 500 members. The employer went on to hire not one but two Really Helpful Club members. GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY The Really Helpful Club is also about giving back to the community. The new charities section enables good causes to spread the word about the vital and tireless work they do. By connecting with members at a personal level, Sarah is keen to stress that collectively a real difference can be made. Many women of all ages have already welcomed The Really Helpful Club into their daily lives. Sarah wants to see its reach increase and for those who have not already joined the fold to do so. The Really Helpful Club serves a wonderful purpose. Having created its own approachable, relevant and mutually beneficial destination online, The Really Helpful Club has quickly become an indispensible source of reliable and trusted recommendations, a well-curated platform of information and advice. Don’t miss out; join today! n

(reallyhelpfulclub.com) The power of the network and its effectiveness is evident in the number of testimonials left by its members. One such example speaks for itself: ‘A couple of months ago, I asked if anyone could recommend a private chef who could cook in our home for a special dinner party we were hosting. Thanks to this post, I came across the perfect chef. She was absolutely amazing and provided us with the most delicious three-course meal, plus canapés. She then went on to recommend a waiter who looked after us incredibly well throughout the evening and even cleaned up the kitchen before silently slipping out the door. It was quite literally effortless entertaining – restaurant quality food, but in the comfort of our own home.’ The post, left for all to read, highlights a fact that RHC’s members know only too well: positive, personal recommendations are the best way to spread the word and garner trust and reassurance.

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The Calendar A selection of the best events happening in the area

7 JUNE

8-15 JUNE

13-21 JUNE

RUNNING WITH ELEPHANTS

CULTURE CRUSH

a feast for the eyes

Just over the river in nearby Hammersmith & Fulham, an exciting new volunteer-led arts festival launches, packed full of creative offerings to suit all tastes. Theatre, music, dance, film, visual arts and literature all feature in the week-long event ArtsFest, as well as fun and interactive art and circus workshops to keep children entertained. The festival will showcase a range of artists, including the likes of Twice as Nice Comedy, The Lyric and Rachel Cooke to promote the cultural richness of one of London’s most iconic boroughs.

This month, it’s the turn of Wimbledon College of Arts undergraduates to showcase their talents. Exhibitions of art and design for theatre and screen are taking place at the prestigious creative college over the next few months in the annual Summer Show. Many of the pieces are available to buy, and a fine example of the calibre of work on offer is that of third-year BA (Hons) Fine-Art: Print & Time-Based Media student Rosa Nussbaum, whose degree show concept is a presidential campaign.

Every day, nearly 100 elephants in the wild are killed for their tusks in the illegal ivory trade. The future of these majestic animals is in danger as long as poaching continues. That’s why, this month hundreds of runners, dressed as elephants, will compete in either a 5k or 10k course on Wimbledon Common for The Enormous Elephant Run to raise funds for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s projects to protect this iconic species.

The 5k race costs £32, while the 10k race is £35; both include an elephant suit. Start line is outside the Wimbledon Windmill Museum (runforelephants.com)

For the full line-up and more information visit hf-artsfest.com

Admission is free. Wimbledon College of Arts Merton Hall Road, SW19 3QA, 020 7514 9641 (showtime.arts.ac.uk)

Nayika Vrsabha, Acrylic on Canvas, 122cm x 183cm, 2012

STAND UP AND SUPPORT Image/HF ArtsFest

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EASTERN ART


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UNTIL 27 JULY

STAND UP AND SUPPORT

AN EVENING OF JAZZ

EASTERN ART

40tude curing colon cancer, a charity raising funds to support research under way at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, is launching a 26-mile endurance Stand-Up Paddleboard challenge this month on the River Thames. The course starts at Shepperton and ends at Putney, passing through some of the area’s most iconic landmarks. Founded in September 2011, the charity has raised more than £500,000 to help continue the fight against the second biggest cancer killer in the Western world – a cause worthy of your support.

Talented saxophonist Hannah Horton will lead this month’s jazz night at Teddington hotspot Retro Bistrot. Renowned jazz guitarist John Etheridge told the Journal: ‘Hannah has a warmly attractive sound on both the tenor and baritone saxophone, combined with lovely, unhackneyed phrasing.’ As well as the sax, she is accomplished on the flute, bassoon and clarinet and teaches her own students to a high level while juggling her performing career with the Hannah Horton Quartet.

Chai Journal of International Arts, set up by founder Shelina Begum, promotes creative talents from the East. Evoking the chronicles of the Silk Road, the gallery features artwork illuminating the characteristics of art traditions in Asia and the Middle East and their relationship to Western thought. The current exhibition showcases artist Ravindra Salve and her ‘Invented Mythology’ series – featuring Greek and Indian figures that dominate the canvas.

For more information on the event or how to register, visit 40tude.org.uk/Events.html

Free entry to diners. 114-116 High Street Teddington, TW11 8JB, 020 8977 2239 (retrobistrot.co.uk)

EASTERN ART

The Valiant Knight, Acrylic on Canvas, 122cm x 122cm, 2012

By appointment only at Harrods Village Barnes, SW13. Call Shelina Begum on 07860 944 993, alternatively e-mail info@chaijournal.com for more information

by Rosa Nussbaum

SUMMER SHOW

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The Really Helpful Club:

1 year on

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ne year on and the Really Helpful Club (RHC) is already an indispensible source of reliable and trusted recommendations for busy, like-minded women across south-west London and beyond. Enterprising mother and Wimbledon resident, Sarah Austin, launched her online forum, The Really Helpful Club, at the same time as the Residents’ Journal reached Wimbledon. During the course of the last year, the

RHC and the Residents’ Journal have grown together, becoming an essential part of the community and proving a very popular and reliable “go-to” resource for local residents. When Sarah launched her infinitely helpful network, little did she know the impact it would continue to have 12 months on. RHC has earned its place within the community, with more and more active members, who rely on the website and the wide-reaching network of people it unites. ‘Many members have already embraced The Really Helpful Club. When I see how many women the website helps, I am delighted,’ Sarah admits. ‘It has done everything I hoped it would and more.’ Sarah moved to Wimbledon in 2002 and quickly became involved with the local community. The concept for RHC arose when she realised that she had an invaluable network at her fingertips, like most women do. ‘I noticed that sometimes you have to go beyond your own network to a wider audience to find a solution for your needs. ‘You can canvas help from your friends but from time to time you need a bigger perspective than that offered by your immediate group,’ she explains. The helpful ideas that the RHC members provide come from a wealth of knowledge that is much more personally tailored and relevant than a random Google search because the recommendations come from women like you. Today, members can post questions, recommendations and seek advice. No stone is left unturned by the purposeful community that contributes to the forums. The RHC has also become a platform for women looking to take the first steps to re-engage with the workplace. It offers valuable networking potential to those who want to connect with other professional women, pooled from the RHC community made up of women who have enjoyed a myriad of interesting careers. Sarah herself is one such example. After a fulfilling career in the City, she chose to remain at home with her children until they went to - 17 -

school. ‘I now have the time to give to the RHC and to bring it to fruition alongside raising my family. This has been a long held dream of mine, and I can achieve both without having to compromise and I am very happy doing it,’ she explains. Sarah really listens to what her members want, and has evolved RHC to keep up with their growing demands. Over the course of the year several new and wellreceived features have been introduced; from a charities section that raises the profile of worthy local causes to a recipes feature and a book club where members can share their latest recommendations for riveting reads. The Really Helpful Club is fast becoming an increasingly influential means of showcasing outstanding local businesses. A case in point that highlights the RHC’s growing success is the Little Black Book. This is a directory of recommended businesses – a compendium of all you would need to know in your local area. Brimming with a selection of local enterprises, only those that have received a positive recommendation from RHC members are invited to be listed. This means that whether you are searching high and low for a reliable gardener, a wonderful caterer, a fantastic holiday destination or all those many and diverse decisions that a woman has to make in her daily life, you can rest assured that you have made a wellinformed choice. Having already become a book marked favourite on tablets and phones, Sarah is looking to the future. She plans to launch a new calendar section for special events soon. The Really Helpful Club is highly accomplished; ’Women of all ages are drawn together by the common thread of helping each other to make our lives easier and to ensure we get the best out of life for ourselves and our families,’ she explains. Long may it continue; here’s to another successful year ahead. n

(reallyhelpfulclub.com)


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DINNER & A SHOW Jennifer Mason visits the educational and entertaining Avenue Cookery School in Putney

fter five minutes in the spotless kitchen at the Avenue Cookery School I can already tell that I’m in for a riotous afternoon of cooking and chuckling. Chefs Diana Horsford and Fran Parsons are preparing for the latest instalment of their popular lunchtime Cookery Club course – a two-hour session focusing on different aspects of catering basics – perfect for those looking to brush up on their culinary skills. Although the Cookery Club is a hands-off course, the school run plenty of other classes where you can get stuck in and practise your skills. Among the most popular are one and two week courses for school leavers and undergraduates, which not only teach basic cookery skills, but also a range of other essential ‘life hacks’ – engine maintenance and ironing techniques to name a few. Duo Diana and Fran have plenty of experience under their belts. Diana taught for seven years at The Grange Cookery School in Somerset before joining Avenue Cookery School, and Fran spent her winters working in Courchevel for top chalet companies and her summers cooking on super yachts in the Mediterranean prior to earning a First Class Diploma in Food and Wine from Leiths and an Advanced Certificate in Wine. Sitting in front of their demonstration workspace (at the front of the class, no less) I feel as though my culinary repertoire is about to get an overhaul. Attendees will learn how to prepare the perfect dinner party in advance; meaning that, on the big day, you can spend all your time playing host or hostess, Diana assures us. On the menu today are Piedmont peppers, salmon en croute, cheese soufflés and hazelnut and raspberry roulade – not to mention Diana’s tomato soup and signature fresh loaf which she’ll be serving up for lunch. I enjoy cooking, but despite that, at first glance these recipes seem a little out of my league. - 18 -


I feel as though my culinary repertoire is about to get an overhaul When I voice this opinion, Diana declares it nonsense, and goes on to prove it. As she works through each of the dishes, pausing to crack jokes and answer questions, the process of producing a soufflé that actually rises is demystified, and I begin to believe that I too could roll an acceptable meringue roulade. Recipe instructions are coupled with handy hints; safe and quick methods of chopping vegetables, refrigerator shortcuts – and even a sure-fire way to rid your hands of that garlic smell. I’ll give you a clue; it involves groping a tap. As the class comes to a close, we enjoy bowls of tangy tomato soup accompanied by Diana’s incredible bread. It acts as perfect fuel to keep us energised through the fork-fighting that ensues when portions of today’s class menu appear on the table for us to sample. Blink and you’ll miss them: these dishes are so delectable that in moments only the tiniest morsels remain. I miss my chance at the Piedmont peppers but quickly learn from my mistake; nobody is getting in the way of me tasting the hazelnut and raspberry roulade. I am rewarded with a bite that is everything it should be; tart, sweet, crumbly and sticky. My sweet tooth rejoices. Looking back on what I’ve just learned, do I feel a renewed vim to try something new in the kitchen? Unquestionably. I leave the class with a plethora of new recipes, a full stomach, and a smile on my face. n

The school offers a range of options, from evening sessions and one-day classes to one or two week courses. Prices start from £60 per day, contact: The Avenue Cookery School, The Mission Hall, Walkers Place, Putney, SW15 1PP, 020 8788 3025 (theavenuecookeryschool.com) - 19 -

Ingredients

Diana’s delicious bread

• 600g white flour • 46g salt • 700g malt flour • 900ml warm water • 1 large heaped tbsp soft brown sugar • 2 sachets of easy blend yeast Method Pre-heat the oven to 50°C/100°F. Oil and flour two large bread tins. Dissolve the sugar in the water. Mix the flour, salt and yeast together, then add the water to form dough. Divide into two, and put into the bread tins. Put to rise in the pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Once risen, take out of the oven. Turn the heat up to 200°C/400°F then bake the bread for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the tins, then return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until hollow sounding. Cool on a rack.


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The wedding PLANNER

The Journal investigates how to plan the perfect wedding in south-west London

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ulling together all aspects of your wedding day can be a tricky business, especially in an area of London swarming with florists, bakers, dressmakers and venues. Luckily, for potential brides among our readers, we’ve selected the crème de la crème of the area’s occasion-makers for your perusal.

The milliner Mary Spiteri has been designing and making hats in south-west London for 25 years. Her boutique in Richmond, TitFerTat Hats, not only sells pieces crafted by some of the industry’s top designers, including Philip Treacy and Gina Foster, but is also home to a unique collection of eclectic and hitherto unknown talent from around the world, as well as Mary’s own collections and bespoke millinery service. Stepping into the store, I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole. Each nook and cranny is styled with marvellous creations; a riot of colour and texture. ‘I try to be different,’ Mary tells me. Already she’s succeeding in my eyes; this is not your typical millinery shop. Mary’s creative flair is evident in all aspects of her business, as she explains: ‘People want something that’s going to make them look great; they want something that’s going to “wow” them. But as far as I’m concerned they’re buying into an experience – my passion for hats is about the interaction and engagement that I have with a customer, from design to delivery. ‘Hats are very seasonal, but they’re very special,’ Mary enthuses. ‘I design two new collections each year – winter and summer – and I spend a lot of time trawling magazines and attending fashion weeks

Mary Spiteri

All images on this page by Emily Frances Wood Photography

to make sure I’m at the top of my game.’ Her dedication to discovering the latest innovations in her field means that her clients are in safe hands. ‘I spend around 40 minutes talking to my customers about their outfit, about the occasion they need it for (whether it’s a wedding, or a social event like Ascot), analysing their face shape and proportion, skin colour, hair colour – it’s essential to determine what kind of hat shape will suit them. That’s the difference between having a hat made for you, versus buying one from a department store; the comfort, quality, style and elegance. You might find cheaper hats on the high street, but you’ll never be completely comfortable – the difference is incredible.’

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Image courtesy of The Cake Parlour

The cake artist Zoe Clark’s passion for baking has taken her around the world to train in some of Australia’s most prestigious restaurants before returning to London to open her own business. The Cake Parlour, her boutique studio and café in Wimbledon, opened in 2010 and has been creating and serving delicious (and fabulous-looking) treats ever since. ‘I love designing and decorating cakes,’ says Zoe. ‘I like floral, graphic and lace designs; but I always recommend that people try to be as original as possible – particularly with wedding cakes. I think cakes that tie in with a theme always look stunning; I once made a cake completely covered in small sugar roses, and another as a giant beehive with bees buzzing round! It sounds over-the-top but it worked perfectly for the couple.’ Pop into Zoe’s boutique to peruse her varied menu – and yes – they do taste as good as they look.

Zoe Clark

The Cake Parlour, 146 Arthur Road Wimbledon Park, SW19 8AQ 020 8947 4424 (thecakeparlour.com)

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The designer Looking and feeling great is the key to enjoying any social occasion, weddings especially – whether you’re in the party, or just there to enjoy it. Local fashion designer Mary Treacy offers a truly bespoke service to ensure you a comfortable couture experience whatever the occasion. Mary Treacy has always been interested in fashion. Her childhood fascination with style blossomed into a degree from the Grafton Academy in Dublin, and a career making bespoke clothes for her clientele – who come to her shop from across London to have her create their couture. From business suits to black-tie outfits to wedding dresses, Mary adds her individual style to all of her designs, crafting pieces that are expertly tailored and perfectly fitted to the wearer.

Mary Treacy

‘There is a huge difference between buying off-the-rack and ordering personalised, bespoke couture,’ Mary insists, and she makes a valid point. Not only do her creations look exceptional, but they also fit exactly, making for a supremely comfortable experience. You only have to look at the testimonials on her website to see how satisfied her clients are with the finished designs. Mary started her business in 1986 in West Brompton, where she remained until last year when she moved her operation over to the light and bright studio in Putney she now calls home. It’s a very personal space, with sketches and design inspiration gracing the walls; a space where she knows her clients will feel at home. ‘First off, I discuss with customers what they like and what they feel comfortable in,’ she explains. ‘People often bring in ideas of what they’re looking for, I make

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sketches and then we decide on the finished design together. I never re-use patterns or templates; everything I make is based on the individual measurements of each customer. It means each design is 100 per cent bespoke and fits like a glove.’ Is this uniqueness important, I ask. ‘I make couture for individuals, rather than creating a “collection”,’ Mary replies. ‘I feel it’s very important for people to have a few bespoke pieces in their wardrobe, to make them feel special.’ Mary’s dedication to crafting clothes of the highest quality has everything to do with her attention to detail and her absolute refusal to provide anything but the best fabrics for her customers. ‘I only work with high-quality fabrics; all natural silks and linens – even wool, if I’m making a suit,’ she tells me. ‘I have a few trusted suppliers that I work with, but if someone comes in with a particular fabric they’ve already bought, I can use that too. I get immense satisfaction from working with such beautiful textures.’ Approaching the busy summer season, Mary’s workload triples. ‘I get a lot of brides coming to me for summer weddings,’ she informs me. ‘I always recommend leaving at least six months to create the perfect wedding dress, as it’s a rather complicated and time-consuming process, requiring plenty of fittings,’ she laughs. ‘I make a lot of mother-of-the-bride ensembles too – sometimes those are more stressful!’ However, nice weather doesn’t just mean more weddings; Mary also designs couture for the myriad social events that take place at this time of year – Ascot, Polo, Goodwood – you name it, and somewhere you’ll find a few of Mary’s very satisfied and extremely well-dressed customers.

Initial consultation free 5 Manfred Road, Putney, SW15 2RS 020 3740 7620/020 8335 0890 (marytreacydesigns.co.uk)


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The photographer As far as auspicious career beginnings go, Helen Jones just about takes the cake. A chance encounter soon after the birth of her son led to her taking up photography as a hobby, and has ended with her shooting collections to adorn the walls of leading London restaurants, snapping celebrities at the BAFTAs, and recording the special moments of couples across the country. ‘There’s more to wedding photography than people think,’ Helen tells me. ‘Unlike a studio, there are always elements you can’t control, like the light or the weather – not to mention the personalities! Fortunately I have some very

Helen Jones

All images on this page by Helen Jones Photoghraphy

high-quality equipment which means I can get the most out of all my shots, without imposing too much on my clients’ big day. For me, a silent shutter and a professional lens are essentials for any wedding photographer – particularly if you’re taking pictures during the ceremony.’ However, booking a wedding photographer is not as simple as picking from a list, Helen cautions. ‘Comparing photographers is not comparing like-for-like. The bigger the charge, the longer people spend on their work and the more experience they have. I spend a lot of time on post-production so that I can get the best out of my images, but that’s not true of everyone. To be sure that you’re going to get what you want from your photos, I recommend looking through each photographer’s portfolio of previous weddings. That way, you can get a better idea of how your finished pictures will look.’

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The florist

L-R: Ella & Jo

Owned and run by decade-long friends Ella Sarafian and Jo Antrobus, Bramble & Moss is a florist with a difference. Specialising in wedding flowers, it is best known for its striking, and highly popular, vintage bouquets and hand-ties. As well as a great selection of seasonal flowers, Ella and Jo also pride themselves on providing something a little out of the ordinary – you could say it’s their trademark. Their warm and friendly attitude is backed up with years of experience; most recently at Moyses Stevens in Sloane Square where Ella honed her skills. No event is too big or too small – and the duo love to hear plans, thoughts and ideas from their prospective clients at an initial free consultation. For distinctive, dramatic and decorative flowers for your big day, this is the place.

Bramble & Moss, 60 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UB, 020 8332 2268 (brambleandmoss.co.uk)

Image courtesy of Bramble & Moss

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Warren House

The venue Choosing the right location for your big day is essential. The Journal has sought out three of the area’s top candidates to inspire you… WARREN HOUSE, KT2 A stunning Victorian mansion set in four acres of beautiful, private landscaped gardens, Warren House is an idyllic setting for any wedding. Located just five miles outside the City, the house is near enough for ease of transport and organisation, but far enough away to afford a tranquil, rural setting. With a maximum of 25 wedding dates available per year, Warren House is able to offer exclusive use of the house and gardens (including the 46 bedrooms), accommodating up to 100 guests for a ceremony, a Champagne reception and wedding breakfast and up to 120 guests for an evening event.

a stunning orangerie, the house offers an elegant setting. There are plenty of options for wedding parties of all sizes; from the traditional Oak Room which caters for up to 24 guests, to exclusive use of the house that’s suitable for up to 200 guests. The venue is also licensed for civil ceremonies, making it an ideal setting for those looking to hold their day in one location.

Cannizaro House, West Side Common Wimbledon, SW19 4UE, 020 8970 2773 (cannizarohouse.com)

KEW GARDENS, TW9 Kew Gardens offers a range of venues to suit all tastes. Its multiple-venue hire package offers guests access to the iconic Nash Conservatory, the Princess of Wales Conservatory, and the beautiful Orangery. With the capacity to cater for up to around 200 people, Kew Gardens is a flexible venue that will work with you to create the perfect space for the big day.

Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9 3AB 020 8332 5641, venues@kew.org (kew.org)

Warren House, Warren Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7HY, 020 8974 7115 weddings@warrenhouse.com (warrenhouse.com) CANNIZARO HOUSE, SW19 Having played host to some of history’s greatest characters, including Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Henry James and Oscar Wilde, Cannizaro House is accustomed to grand social occasions. Recently refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, including

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Cannizaro House

Kew Gardens

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Cannizaro House

Words / Jennifer Mason


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Sweet airs

and graces

Maisy Molloy quizzes perfume aficionado Debbie Knight, owner of sweet-smelling emporium Senti in Wimbledon Village, about the importance of home fragrances

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ebbie Knight could be considered a fragrance maverick; she’s passionate, direct and knows what she’s talking about. For some, scenting their homes might make up around 0.1 per cent of their thoughts, but for Debbie, it’s the starting point for everything that goes on within a household. Why do you think it is important to fragrance our homes? There’s a difference between scenting your home and masking smells, which is what some people assume a fragrance is for. Scenting can influence the way you feel; for example, it could evoke a happy childhood memory or take you back to a particular destination you’ve visited. How did the company start? Following my treatment for breast cancer, I travelled to Florence with my husband and my daughter. The hotel was filled with the most wonderful smell, which totally overwhelmed me. Little did I know that I’d

discovered not only a new passion, but also a new business. Which would you recommend: candles or diffusers? Both – they each do a different job. Candles not only subtly fragrance a room, but they also add ambience, soft lighting and a feeling of warmth. However, in the daytime, the most important features of a candle are lost, so this is where a diffuser comes into its own. What are your tips for deciding which fragrance is right for which room? Everyone has a different sense of smell and what they like and dislike, so it really depends on the person. Children, for example, often turn their nose up when they walk into the shop, whereas adults tend to say ‘oh what a wonderful fragrance’. For customers who need a little help in deciding which scent to use where, our products have some guidelines that they can always refer to if needs be and we have very helpful shop assistants. - 28 -

If you could pick just one room to fragrance, which would it be? It would have to be the hallway, because if you get the position right, the scent can travel through most of the home by air flow alone. There’s also something very comforting about being welcomed by your choice of perfume when you open your front door. What sets Senti apart from the rest of the competition? It’s the variety of fragrances we offer that makes us different, I think. We also offer an at-home customer service, which is very popular indeed. My conclusion? Senti is a one-stop shop for mood-changing, atmosphere-setting, life-enhancing fragrances; and it looks rather nice too. n

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am5.30pm, Senti, 39B High Street, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5BY, 020 8947 5179 For more information, visit senti.co.uk


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THE PLAYGROUND The latest news and fashion for little ones

HERE COMES THE SUN Popular Spanish childrenswear brand Neck & Neck has introduced a new Spring/Summer collection to its Richmond store. Featuring bright, colourful clothes made from comfortable yet durable fabrics in exclusive prints, there are plenty of options to choose from for your stylish little ones.

Neck & Neck, 18B Hill Rise, Richmond, TW10 6UA, 020 8940 5335 (neckandneck.com)

GA GA FOR THEATRE

OFF TO MOOMIN LAND

A new children’s theatre company brings its show to Richmond this month. Ga Ga Theatre and its touring performance (an adaptation of the book Up & Down by awardwinning children’s author Oliver Jeffers) re-thinks the way theatre is experienced, aiming to make it a regular part of kids’ lives. The show tells the magical tale of a penguin who dreams of flying and the little boy who tries to help him. The production combines traditional theatre with modern technology; incorporating a cinema screen, where the live action is integrated with projections based on illustrations from the book.

Images taken from the book Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers, published by HarperCollins Publishers © 2013 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

3-5 June; see website for timings. Tickets cost £12 (under twos go free), Richmond Curzon, Water Lane, TW9 1TJ (gagatheatre.co.uk)

This summer, we’re getting a little nostalgic: a band of characters beloved by children (and big kids alike) will take to the stage at the Polka Theatre. Tove Jansson’s iconic The Moomins – known from the comic strip and TV series – will appear in a brand-new production, Moominsummer Madness. Directed by Dani Parr and the theatre’s new artistic director Peter Glanville, the show makes a fantastic family day out.

11 June to 16 August, tickets from £13.50. Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888. For performance times and to book tickets visit polkatheatre.com

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Parent Trap: Nappy Valley Net Richmond NappyValleyNet.com has become an online sensation in the three years since founder Susan Hanage, aka. Annabel, unleashed it, with more than 130,000 visits to the site every month. An invaluable tool for parents based in south-west London who are seeking to swap tips and share advice, we’ve teamed up to post some of the most pressing topics posted on the site

I’m not from the UK, but my husband is from south-east England. We met overseas when we both worked for a large bank and had a ball travelling the world before we had children. We decided to settle in London when we were planning to start a family, and we’ve been lucky enough to have beautiful children and a lovely home in Nappy Valley. The problem is his mother. She lives an hour or so away, and is becoming more and more dependent on us. What started out as occasional family visits is now almost every weekend; and last week she and my husband suggested we give her the spare room to leave her things in so it’s not as much work for her ‘weekly’ visit. I almost laughed as I felt it was a joke, but then I realised they were serious. Now they’re talking about registering her with our local library and GP, and I can see all this leading to her ending up living with us permanently. On the one hand I understand she’s his mother; on the other I can see I’m going to be the one doing all the work. Last week, for example, she needed an emergency prescription and I was the one who had to go to the doctors with her, and I’m the one who has to pick her up and drop her off if she comes up by train. I can see that I’m going to spend more and more of my time caring for her. Please don’t get me wrong; if we decide as a family that her moving in is easier for us I’m OK with that, but no one has actually asked me. Also I can’t help but think if we’re going to spend time looking after my partner’s family, what about my parents? I’m getting so stressed. If you’ve been in this situation and resolved it, I’d love to know. Top replies:

be taking on each other’s extended families, with all of the pros and cons thrown in. My parents are almost a generation older than my wife’s, and they’ve stayed with us for three months (in a two-bed flat with a baby). We’ve also had a cousin stay with us for two months because she couldn’t get a place to rent for such a short period and we’ve also had other cousins and their children stay with us while visiting London. There’s no right or wrong stance on this. Clearly, you have a different perspective from us, but maybe also from your husband. I think you should sit down and talk with him about how things are going to work with his mother and her care, and any help your parents may need too. Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:06 pm My husband and I live in Nappy Village and when my motherin-law visits, she’ll often stay with us for up to five weeks. In the beginning it used to annoy me endlessly; my mother-in-law isn’t accustomed to doing household chores, unlike mine who will, for example, cook, clean and iron when she visits. However, after we had kids she got better and I guess I’ve mellowed too. Although it was often tricky in the beginning, she’s now very useful to have around, to the extent that last year I invited her to stay with us for three months to act as our ‘au pair’. Whenever she’s here on a longer visit, I make sure I put her to good use; free evening childcare, school drop-offs, Saturday morning babysitting are some of the tasks she helps out with. As previous posts have already stated, you need to talk to your husband and explain the way you feel. It might be a good idea for you to have possible solutions ready for how it could work for you, before you have a chat with her.

Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:08 pm Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:22 pm Is your partner sharing his life with you or his mother? Ask him this. The matter of your mother-in-law getting the spare room is for you both to discuss. It seems as though he’s either sidelining you or you’re not letting him know exactly how you feel. My advice is to speak up now or it will be impossible to put an end to it. Remember – it will be easier to stop her moving in than being the one who wants to chuck her out. Perhaps you could suggest things to do together at the weekend with the kids that don’t involve her? Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:49 pm We’re European and when we married we understood that we’d

We have the same issue as my husband is an only child and his mum is a widow, and is becoming more and more dependent on him. The main issue is that she’s lonely, which is inevitable as she’s retired. She therefore relies on my husband to be there for her. It’s tricky as we have split loyalties to our mums. What we’ve tried doing is to address the loneliness his mum feels by looking at things she can do in the local area. You mentioned the library – can she join a reading or walking group or attend an evening class? A computer workshop may prove useful as it opens up other areas that she can get involved in. It can be daunting to go to these types of places alone, so it may be worth going with her for the first session. Good luck as I know it’s not an easy situation to be in!

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All threads from NappyValleyNet.com; users’ names have been omitted to protect individuals identities and although opinions have not been altered, posts have been edited into line with the Residents’ Journal house style

This month: my husband is slowly moving his mother in


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Planning & Development Keeping you in the know about important street plans affecting south-west London

SKYFALL-ING The council is urging ownersof shops, restaurants and period buildings across the borough to check their properties regularly for damage, following a recent incident where a piece of decorative stonework or cornicing fell from an upper storey onto the pavement below. Luckily, the incident took place in the early hours of

the morning and nobody was hurt. However, council engineers fear there could be more properties in a similar situation putting local residents at risk. Says head of planning and development for Wandsworth Council Tim Cronin, ‘This underlines the importance for all residents to check their buildings are properly maintained. Many of the properties in this part of London date back to the Victorian era, when architects tended to add decorative stonework to the façade of a building. It’s these types of cosmetic extras that can cause problems, because they’re not an integral part of the structure. Many will have been fixed to the front of the property with metal ties or nails, and over time these can rust away or decay, leaving these heavy stone features unsafe.’

Planning applications Date RECEIVED: 14 April Address: Kingston Road Proposal: Loft conversion with rear dormer and front roof lights Date RECEIVED: 22 April Address: Rectory Road Proposal: Loft conversion to main roof of house and outrigger roof Date RECEIVED: 25 April Address: Deburgh Road

PROPOSAL: Erection of additional storey to existing building to provide additional office space Date RECEIVED: 25 April Address: Hamilton Road Proposal: Erection of a single-storey rear and side infill extension Date RECEIVED: 25 April Address: St Simons Avenue Proposal: Front and rear garden: bay – fell to ground level

For more information, visit wandsworth.gov.uk

Planned roadworks and closures in and around June STREET

PLANNED WORK

DATES

WORKS OWNER

Embankment

Footway reconstruction

Richmond Park Road

Install 11m of 1-way poly duct in footway

2 June to 13 February 2015 Until 9 June

York Road

Non-critical sewer failure

Until 9 June

Evelyn Road

Excavate to clear blockage in carriageway

16-18 June

Durham Road

Connection projects: new supply scheme

24 June to 2 July

High Park Road

Carry out ASP footway patching works

Until 27 June

Wandsworth 020 8871 6000 British Telecommunications plc 0800 800 150 Thames Water 0845 9200 800 Virgin Media (formerly Telewest Communications) 0845 454 1111 UKPN East & Lon LTD (formerly EDF Energy Networks) 0800 028 4587 Richmond upon Thames 020 8891 1411 Words / Kate Jennion

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Past, present & future The Journal talks to Simon Banks, owner of local Barnes estate agent Charles Banks, about exactly what’s going on behind the scenes of the local property market

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imon Banks is a longstanding (possibly the longest standing) estate agent in Barnes Village, having been selling houses in Barnes since 1984, when there was a grand total of three estate agencies in the village. ‘How things change,’ Simon muses. ‘In those days, large detached houses on Castelnau were achieving around £500,000. I recall selling one particular detached house in 1987 for around £875,000, which was a record for this part of south-west London at that time.’ These days, similar properties are selling for £5-7.5 million; an enormous increase in just 30 years. However, it’s the past year’s increase in price changes of up to 20 per cent on certain roads that are bringing the biggest changes to this once sleepy village. ‘Barnes at the moment is a bit like the Wild West,’ Simon jokes, when we bring up the subject. ‘There are just not enough properties to go round.’ Barnes may be small, but it is mightily competitive nowadays. The current lack of new instructions for sale, coupled with the high number of estate agents – several new to Barnes over recent years – has brought the buzz of Central London property wars into Barnes for the first time. ‘Barnes has always been incredibly popular,’ Simon explains. ‘Although the reasons for this popularity have changed over time. It used to be simply the “village atmosphere” with its common and pond providing the main attractions; but now it’s serious local schools like St Paul’s and The Harrodian drawing families in from far and wide. Our location is exceptional; despite the rural feel, we’re only a couple of miles from Fulham and Chelsea with excellent transport links into the West End and the City as well. It’s this combination of factors which makes Barnes one of the top areas in London to live and invest in.’ The Barnes “bubble” has also made for a unique local property market. ‘Prices here have always climbed steadily,’ Simon confirms. ‘In times when the market has been weaker and sellers haven’t been achieving the value they want from their properties, they don’t accept less, they just wait for the market to pick up again – which in an area

as small and popular as Barnes, they invariably do. People here will never sell for less than someone else has already sold for. For that reason prices in Barnes never go down, they just plateau and go up again – making it a very safe place to invest your money.’ What does the future hold for Barnes, we ask? ‘I think we might be in for a period of relative price adjustment,’ says Simon. ‘Barnes has increased in price so quickly over the past year, there is likely to be a period of consolidation over the next year or so. We’ve heard lending limits are reducing and we expect interest rates to rise over the next year, and when factors like this enter the equation, there can be a knock-on effect in terms of a general slowing of the property market. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has already confirmed his belief that the general economy is under pressure due to “overheating” in the property market. Even mid-range properties in Barnes are selling up to around £1,000+ per square foot, a relatively high figure south of the river. I think we may be reaching a price saturation point, although because of the tiny nature of Barnes, there are always buyers prepared to pay whatever is required to achieve their goal.’ According to Simon, rising prices in the area are subtly changing the Barnes demographic. Foreign money flowing into Central London is leading to wealthy buyers (who would previously have bought in town) beginning to filter into Barnes Village, as it offers them a similar living environment at more attractive prices. However, Simon points out: ‘Barnes residents are Barnes through and through, generally trading up or down within the area as the need arises. They have an exceptionally strong bond with Barnes Village and many of them will never leave. And a combination of local stalwarts and environmental groups like the Barnes Community Association (BCA) will always be here to safeguard the atmosphere and interests of the village.’ n

The Charles Banks team has just moved into their new Village office at 1 Church Road, SW13 9HE, 020 8878 8400 (charlesbanks.co.uk)

Image by Andrew Wilson Photography

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Living and giving The Journal meets Sharon Scott of developer indigoScott, to discuss why this Robert Holmes & Company Wimbledon property is one to watch

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o launch one of the area’s most exciting newly-built properties, on 18 June, Robert Holmes & Company will host an open house event, not only for potential purchasers, but also for local residents and neighbours who would like to explore the newest addition to their street. During the event, the walls of the property will be adorned with exclusive work by local artist Meltem Quinlan, whose striking and powerful abstracts and nudes sit beautifully in the space. All the artwork will be available to buy, with 20 per cent of the proceeds going to Cancer Research, a charity very close to Sharon’s heart. ‘I was diagnosed with cancer aged 21,’ she explains. ‘So I firmly believe it’s an important cause to support.’ Each year, the charity raises funds to help fight more than 200 forms of cancer, supporting hundreds of thousands of patients and their families through the difficult process of living with, and battling this terrible disease. The money raised at this event will go towards helping Cancer Research to find a cure, and eventually save the lives of millions of future sufferers. The house, a joint venture by indigoScott and Indigo Development, backs on to the famous All England Lawn Tennis Club grounds, in a sought-after residential road close to shops and boutiques in the village and transport links. ‘The site on which the house is located is in a conservation area, so we worked very closely with Merton Council to produce something that is sympathetic to that, but still light and airy with some very special features,’ Sharon says. ‘My particular favourite of these is the two-storey glass wall, which brings a sense of the beautiful green garden into the house.’ The Journal has it on good authority that the master suite is sumptuous; a little like staying in a boutique hotel. The vaulted ceiling and twin dressing rooms give a luxurious feel, while taking a stroll through the French doors on to the terrace that overlooks the garden is an experience to remember in itself. ‘I believe it’s the spacious yet intimate feel of this property that makes it something really special,’ muses Sharon. ‘We spent a lot of time picturing who might potentially purchase the property and we’ve set it up deliberately as a canvas for people to bring their life and their style into; whether they’re interested in antiques or modern design. This event will show how

each room can support and reflect unique pieces of art in a beautiful setting.’ Working together, indigoScott and Robert Holmes & Company have brought a stunning new development to the market – which deserves celebration. ‘This event is also about congratulating everyone who has worked on the project,’ Sharon tells us. ‘We couldn’t have done it without the team at Robert Holmes & Company. Their involvement is the reason we’ve been able to put together such an exciting event that we hope people will really enjoy.’ n

POA. The open house event will take place on 18 June from 12pm-8pm. To RSVP, or for more information on the property, contact Robert Holmes & Company Wimbledon on 020 8947 9833, e-mail: enquiries@robertholmes.co.uk or visit robertholmes.co.uk

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Life for rent Emily O’Garra, head of Savills Richmond Lettings, decodes the local lettings market

The lettings market in Richmond was one of the star performers in London last year, rising by 3.1 per cent in comparison with a dip in average values in prime central London. The forecast for the future is also looking bright, with a 20.4 per cent rise in average values predicted by 2018. International tenants are active across all price bands, while UK tenants continue to dominate the market. Western Europeans and north Americans follow closely behind, attracted to the area’s great history and high-quality property stock. The combination of green open spaces, great schools and the convenience of remaining in close proximity to the City make it an ideal destination for both families and young professionals. There are plenty of properties to choose from in Richmond; from grand homes with sprawling gardens, to two-bedroom apartments on the river. In May, we noticed a revitalised lettings market, picking up after a sleepy Easter holiday period. Stock levels and the number of serious applicants have both increased ahead of summer, with some savvy families looking as far ahead as August in a bid to beat the market and be the first to know about upcoming availability. We currently have a good range of stock available; from modern flats perfect for young professionals, to spacious family homes.

Blade House, Richmond, TW10 Guide price £2,495 per month A lovely two double bedroom apartment on the river, with a reception room, kitchen, two bathrooms, balcony and secure underground parking space.

Savills Richmond, 020 8614 9100

Fife Road, SW14 Guide price £30,000 per month This Grade II listed property has a wealth of original features and is set in a one acre plot. The 280ft garden includes a swimming pool and children’s play area. The main house features six bedrooms and four reception rooms, and to the side of the property there are two annexes offering living accommodation for two members of staff.

Savills Richmond, 020 8614 9100 and Savills Barnes, 020 8939 6900 Award-winning home for sale Many congratulations to Kylemore House, winner of this year’s prestigious Evening Standard New Homes Award for ‘Best out of London Home’. Currently on the market at Savills Wimbledon, Kylemore House took top place for its high-class design and excellent planning in a category judged by industry experts and ES readers. As well as boasting a stunning design, the property, developed by Brian Hoban and his architect brother Gary, has been constructed to extremely high energy efficiency standards, receiving an ‘A’ grade EPC rating only achieved by 0.1 per cent of houses.

Kylemore House is currently on the market at Savills Wimbledon for £7.85m, 020 8971 8111

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We believe that every building is one-of-akind. Every design is created to a unique, specific and personal vision. And every project requires individual understanding, research and planning. Blending architectural flair with building surveying professionalism. Collaborating with clients, suppliers, engineers and builders. Together we create original and beautiful bespoke houses. We are experienced and pragmatic, fresh thinking and innovative; we are Pennington Phillips.

Pennington Phillips 16 Spectrum House 32–34 Gordon House Road London NW5 1LP t: 020 7267 1414 f: 020 7267 7878 design@penningtonphillips.co.uk


Residents’ Journal

The Directory Whether whim or wish, all of the essentials are taken care of in our round up for harmonious living

Lifesavers Councils Merton Council London Borough of Merton Civic Centre London Road, SM4 5DX 020 8274 4901 merton.gov.uk (Large or Bulky Household waste collection, Merton Council: 020 8274 4902) Richmond Council Civic Centre 44 York Street Twickenham, TW1 3BZ 0845 6122 660 richmond.gov.uk Wandsworth Council The Town Hall Wandsworth High Street SW18 2PU 020 8871 6000 wandsworth.gov.uk

Post Offices Church Road 96 Church Road, SW13 0DQ Danebury Avenue 31a Danebury Avenue SW15 4DG East Sheen 234 Upper Richmond Road West SW14 8AG Haydons Road 317 Haydons Road SW19 8TX

Raynes Park 1a Amity Grove, SW20 0LL Richmond 16-17 George Street, TW9 1JS postoffice.co.uk

Vets and pets M.A. Dog Training and Services 07547 716076 madogtraining@gmail.com madogtrainingandservices.co.uk Richmond Vets 161 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2PN 020 8940 1090 richmondvets.co.uk The Vet on Richmond Hill 38 Friars Stile Road Richmond TW10 6NQ 020 8948 3737 thevetonrichmondhill.com

Dentists Arthur Road Dental Practice 172 Arthur Road Wimbledon SW19 8AQ 020 8946 2646 dentistsw19.com Roseneath Dental Care Corner of Mount Ararat & Paradise Road, Richmond TW10 6PA, 020 8940 9955 roseneath.co.uk

Stephen Powell Orthodontics 2a Barham Road Wimbledon, SW20 0EU 020 8946 3064 orthodontist-wimbledon.co.uk

Doctors Coombe Medical Practice 13 Brook Gardens Kingston upon Thames KT2 7ET 020 8605 0044 coombemedicalpractice.co.uk Richmond Practice - Private doctors’ service 19 Sheen Road (Opposite Waitrose carpark) Richmond, TW9 1AD 020 8940 5009 richmondpractice.co.uk

Courier Riverside Cars 368 Upper Richmond Road West SW14 7JU 020 8878 7777 riverside-cars.com

Solicitors Dixon Ward 16 The Green TW9 1QD 020 8940 4051 dixon-ward.co.uk Russell-Cooke Solicitors 2 Putney Hill, SW15 6AB 020 8789 9111 russell-cooke.co.uk

Cleaners

Seymour House Surgery 154 Sheen Road Richmond, TW9 1UU 020 8940 2802 richmondsurgery.co.uk

American Dry Cleaners 5 Royal Parade Richmond, Surrey TW9 3QD 020 8332 1364 americandrycleaningcompany.com

Sheen Lane Health Centre Sheen Lane SW14 8LP 020 8876 3901 sheenlanehealthcentre.co.uk

Bright And Sparkling 113 Harbridge Avenue SW15 4HA 07717 307095 bright-and-sparkling.co.uk

Optician

Motoring

David Clulow Opticians 5 George Street Richmond, TW9 1JY 020 8332 0345 davidclulow.com

West Motor Company 4 Castelnau SW13 9RU 020 8748 8844 westmotorcompany.co.uk

EDUCATION Holy Cross 25 Sandal Road New Malden, Surrey, KT3 5AR 020 8395 4225 holycross.kingston.sch.uk

Rokeby School George Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7PB 020 8942 2247 rokebyschool.co.uk

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home & Culture Architects

Museums/Galleries

Andrew Catto Architects 154 Putney High Street SW15 1RS 020 8785 0077 andrewcatto.co.uk

Henry Boxer Gallery (visits by appointment only) 98 Stuart Court Richmond Hill, TW10 6RJ 020 8948 1633 outsiderart.co.uk

Strawberry Hill House (Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle) 268 Waldegrave Road Twickenham, TW1 4ST 020 8744 1241 strawberryhillhouse.org.uk The Architect’s Gallery The Powder Rooms 69-71 Broad Street Teddington, TW11 8QZ 020 8977 6999 thearchitectsgallery.com

Bob Trimble Architects 36 York Street Twickenham TW1 3LJ 020 8538 9303 trimblearchitect.co.uk

Lacy Road Gallery 30 Lacy Road SW15 1NL 020 8789 1777 lacyroadgallery.co.uk

GPS Architects 14 The Green Richmond TW9 1PX 020 8940 8244 gpsarchitects.co.uk

Landmark Art Gallery Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN 020 8977 7558 landmarkartscentre.org

Holden Harper 26 High Street Wimbledon SW19 5BY 020 8879 0310 holdenharper.co.uk

Orleans House Gallery Riverside Twickenham, TW1 3DJ 020 8831 6000

The Russell Gallery 12 Lower Richmond Road Putney, SW15 1JP 020 8780 5228 russell-gallery.com

Richmond Hill Gallery 26 Richmond Hill Richmond, TW10 6QX 020 8940 5152 therichmondhillgallery.com

The Twickenham Museum 25 The Embankment Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3DU 020 8408 0070 twickenham-museum.org.uk

Riverside Gallery 36 Barnes High Street SW13 9LP 020 8878 0040 riversidegallery.co.uk

Will’s Art Warehouse 180 Lower Richmond Road Putney Common, SW15 1LY 020 8246 4840 wills-art.com

Antiques The Gooday Gallery 14 Richmond Hill Richmond TW10 6QX 020 8940 8652 thegoodaygallery.com

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Church Road Wimbledon, SW19 5AE 020 8946 6131 Wimbledon Windmill Museum Windmill Road Wimbledon Common SW19 5NR 020 8947 2825 wimbledonwindmill.org.uk

The Museum of Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue Richmond, TW9 1TP 020 8322 1141 museumofrichmond.com

entertainment Theatres New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway Wimbledon SW19 1QG 020 8545 7900 Normansfield Theatre The Langdon Down Centre Normansfield 2A Langdon Park, TW11 9PS 0333 121 2300 langdondowncentre.org.uk Orange Tree Theatre 1 Clarence Street Richmond, TW9 2SA 020 8940 0141 orangetreetheatre.co.uk

Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway Wimbledon, SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 polkatheatre.com

Teddington Theatre Club Hampton Hill Playhouse 90 High Street, Hampton Hill TW12 1NZ 0845 838 7529 teddingtontheatreclub.org.uk

Putney Arts Theatre Ravenna Road, Putney, SW15 6AW 020 8788 6943 putneyartstheatre.org.uk Richmond Theatre The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ 020 8332 4500 Step on Stage Academy of Performing Arts The Whitehouse Community Centre 45 The Avenue, Hampton, TW12 3RN steponstageacademy.co.uk

The Bearcat Comedy Club The Turk’s Head 28 Winchester Road St Margaret’s Twickenham TW1 1LF 020 8607 9190 bearcatcomedy.co.uk The Half Moon 93 Lower Richmond, SW15 1EU 020 8780 9383 halfmoon.co.uk

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The Richmond Shakespeare Society The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment, Twickenham TW1 3DU 020 8744 0547 richmondshakespeare.org.uk The Rose Theatre 24-26 High Street Kingston, KT1 1HL 020 8546 6983 rosetheatrekingston.org


Residents’ Journal

Your local agents A selection of the areas top estate agents

Charles Banks Barnes 1 Church Road SW13 9HE 020 8878 8400 charlesbanks.co.uk

Hamptons Barnes 67 Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD 020 8658 7344 (sales) 020 8970 7895 (lettings)

Richmond 5 Duke Street TW9 1HP 020 8939 2803

Putney 198 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2SH 020 8780 9900

Wimbledon 81 High Street SW19 5EG 020 8946 0026 knightfrank.co.uk

Richmond 40-42 Hill Rise TW10 6UA 020 8614 9100

East Sheen 252 Upper Richmond Road West SW14 8AG 020 8454 7247 (sales) 020 8936 3028 (lettings)

Chesterton Humberts Barnes Village 133 Church Road SW13 9HR 020 3603 4320 (sales) 020 3603 9065 (lettings) East Sheen 254a Upper Richmond Road West SW14 8AG 020 8104 0580 (sales) 020 8104 0580 (lettings) Kew 306 Sandycombe Road TW9 3NG 020 8104 0340 (sales) 020 8104 0340 (lettings)

Putney 184 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2SH 020 8454 7243 (sales) 020 8454 7259 (lettings)

Marsh & Parsons Barnes 73/75 Church Road SW13 9HH 020 8563 8333 marshandparsons.co.uk

Winkworth Barnes 2 Barnes High Street SW13 9LB 020 8255 0088 (sales) 020 8878 7966 (lettings)

Richmond 8 The Quadrant, TW9 1BP 020 8454 7251 (sales) 020 8454 7261 (lettings) Teddington 164 High Street, TW11 8HU 020 8970 7902 (sales) 020 8970 7906 (lettings) Wimbledon High Street, SW19 5BA 020 8454 7249 (sales) 020 8454 7265 (lettings) hamptons.co.uk

Robert Holmes & Co Wimbledon Willow House 35 High Street, SW19 5BY 020 8947 9833 (sales and new homes)

Putney 196 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2SH 020 8788 9295

11-13 Church Road, SW19 5DW 020 8879 9669 (lettings) robertholmes.co.uk

Wimbledon 37 Church Road SW19 5DQ 020 8946 2930 winkworth.co.uk

North Barnes 192 Castlenau SW13 9DH 020 8748 8833 (sales) 020 8748 7733 (lettings) Putney 153 Upper Richmond Road SW15 2TX 020 8246 5959 (sales) 020 8704 1000 (lettings) chestertonhumberts.com

Knight Frank Esher The Old Post House High Street Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QA 01372 464496

Wimbledon 1 High Street SW19 5DX 020 8971 8111 savills.co.uk

Savills Barnes 52 Barnes High Street SW13 9LN 020 8939 6900

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KnightFrank.co.uk Clifton Road , Wimbledon SW19

Beautiful 4 bedroom property This individual and elegant house has been designed with the highest quality materials and fittings for maximum comfort, labour saving and exceptional energy efficiency. Master bedroom with en suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms , family bathroom, shower room, WC, family room, kitchen, dining room, reception, conservatory, utility/fitness room, boiler room, garden. Approximately 262.2 sq m (2,822 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ2,950,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/wimbledon wimbledon@knightfrank.com 020 8946 0026 (WMB110111)

Wilton Crescent , Wimbledon SW19 Stunning period house

Newly refurbished house set on a very popular tree lined road with off street parking and good sized garden. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms (1 en suite ), family bathroom, WC, reception room, kitchen/ breakfast room, dining room, garden. EPC rating E. Approximately 214.5 sq m (2,309 sq ft) Freehold Guide price ÂŁ1,950,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/wimbledon wimbledon@knightfrank.com 020 8946 0026 (WMB130284)


KnightFrank.co.uk

Bank Lane, London SW15

A stunning family house close to Richmond Park This detached house has amazing lateral space and offers 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, spacious kitchen/family room, utility room, cloakroom, second kitchen, wonderful South facing gardens, garage and gated off‐street parking. EPC rating C. Approximately 442 sq m ﴾4,757 sq ft﴿. Freehold

 

Guide price: £3,500,000 ﴾RCH140112﴿

KnightFrank.co.uk/richmond richmond@knightfrank.com 020 8939 2800

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The Old Vicarage, Cambridge Park TW1 A magnificent detached period house

Wonderful lateral accommodation including 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms, superb kitchen/family room, large gardens, ample gated off‐street parking and separate staff accommodation. EPC rating F. Approximately 720 sq m ﴾7,750 sq ft﴿

KnightFrank.co.uk/richmond richmond@knightfrank.com 020 8939 2800

Freehold

Guide price: £7,500,000

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Coombe An impressive detached family home situated in a generous plot of approximately 0.6 acres, overlooking Coombe Wood Golf Course, in a prestigious location. Currently laid out over two floors the 1920s property includes six bedrooms, excellent reception space and a stunning southerly garden with swimming pool and tennis court. The property provides scope to extend and update, subject to the usual planning consents. EPC: E

Hamptons Wimbledon Office Sales. 020 8454 7627 | Lettings. 020 8454 7265

£3,990,000 Freehold • • • • •

O.6 acres Gated driveway Six bedrooms Five reception rooms Pool and tennis court


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Richmond Hill A rare opportunity to acquire a handsome detached four storey Victorian house which is currently arranged as three apartments but has permission granted to convert back to a single dwelling. This imposing property is ideally located in a prime position on a prestigous Richmond Hill street, moments from the village. EPC: Available

£3,650,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Richmond Office Sales. 020 8454 7621 | Lettings. 020 8454 7261

Six bedrooms Three reception rooms Three bathrooms Garden 3,484 sq ft Permission granted for off-street parking


Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Putney A magnificent gated seven bedroom detached house located on one of the premier roads in the heart of Putney Heath. The house has a garage, off-street parking for a number of cars and a 97ft rear garden. EPC: E

£3,950,000 • • • • • •

Hamptons Putney Office Sales. 020 8454 7612 | Lettings. 020 8454 7259

Detached Seven bedrooms Four bathrooms Four reception rooms Garden Private parking


Barnes A unique and rarely available five bedroom house of Townscape Merit, which provides substantial reception space and a rear garden designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show award winning Landscape Architect, Luciano Giubbilei. This outstanding house is approached via an electric security gate, opening onto a gravelled driveway with off street parking for numerous cars and has been restored to enhance its original period features and provide a balance with contemporary living. EPC: C

Hamptons Barnes Office Sales. 020 3285 7734 | Lettings. 020 8454 7259

£5,500,000 Freehold • • • • •

Victorian family home Unique 5 bedroom house Architect designed Stunning free flowing reception space Private off street parking with security gate


Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

East Sheen A substantial and spacious detached family home providing superb lateral accommodation comprising three well proportioned reception rooms, a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, seven bedrooms, dressing room and three bathrooms. Two of the reception rooms open directly onto a stunning landscaped South facing garden with a covered seating area, outdoor fireplace, sauna, plunge pool and hot tub making this a superb house for those who enjoy entertaining. EPC: D

Hamptons East Sheen Office Sales. 020 8454 7625 | Lettings. 020 8936 3028

£2,995,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Three reception rooms Kitchen and breakfast room Seven bedrooms Three bathrooms Garage Landscaped South facing garden


Hampton A handsome and imposing detached family house on a generous plot with gravelled driveway off-street parking, quietly situated in one of Hampton’s most sought after residential areas, opposite Bushy Park and enjoying a large rear garden with heated swimming pool. EPC: E

£1,895,000 • • • • • •

Hamptons Teddington Office Sales. 020 8945 5026 | Lettings. 020 8970 7906

Freehold Five bedrooms Four reception rooms Three bathrooms Private parking 2,909 approx sq ft


savills.co.uk

1 A COLLECTION OF FOUR OUTSTANDING HOUSES WITHIN A GATED CLOSE warren road, kt2 Development of 4 family houses ø 5 double bedrooms ø family kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø west facing garden ø off-street parking and car port ø within Coombe Estate ø 400m from Richmond Park ø CGI used for front external ø PEA=B Prices from £2.5 million Freehold

Savills Wimbledon Clive Moon cmoon@savills.com

020 8971 8111


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1 EDWARDIAN SEMI-DETACHED FAMILY HOME SITUATED IN BARNES VILLAGE melville road, sw13 Reception room ø TV/family room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø conservatory ø 6 double bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms (1 en suite) ø 50' garden ø basement/cellar ø 2,985 sq ft (277 sq m) ø EPC=D Guide £3.25 million Freehold

Savills Barnes Sandra Carline scarline@savills.com

020 8939 6900


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LETTINGS LAYOUT ONLY

BEVERLY LANE, kt2

STRAND DRIVE, tw9

4 double bedrooms ø 1 reception room ø 2 bathrooms ø cloakroom ø garage ø garden ø 220 sq m (2,350 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

5 bedrooms ø 1 reception room ø 3 bathrooms ø balcony and roof terrace ø residents parking ø 215 sq m (2,340 sq ft) ø Council Tax=E ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £3,499 pcm

Unfurnished £5,950 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Wimbledon aclements@savills.com 020 8971 8100

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Richmond nhowe@savills.com 020 8614 9115

LANCASTER PARK, tw1

WOODSPRING ROAD, sw19

5 bedrooms ø 1 reception room ø 3 bathrooms ø kitchen/ breakfast room ø private garden ø 230 sq m (2,520 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=F

6 bedrooms ø 1 reception room ø 3 bathrooms ø playroom ø swimming pool ø off-street parking ø 430 sq m (4,630 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

Unfurnished £7,500 pcm

Unfurnished £12,000 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Richmond nhowe@savills.com 020 8614 9115

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Wimbledon aclements@savills.com 020 8971 8100

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*£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees.

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FIFE ROAD, sw14

GRANGE ROAD, sw13

6 bedrooms ø 4 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø games room ø cinema room ø garden ø off-street parking ø 519 sq m (5,590 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=C

5 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø cinema room ø conservatory ø 230 sq m (2,490 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=D

Unfurnished £10,500 pcm

Unfurnished £7,250 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Barnes pzammit@savills.com 020 8939 6914

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Barnes pzammit@savills.com 020 8939 6914

RINGFORD ROAD, sw18

GWALIOR ROAD, sw15

5 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø WC ø private decked garden ø cellar ø residents parking ø 170 sq m (1,820 sq ft) ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=E

2 double bedrooms ø bathroom ø kitchen/reception room ø split level ø own front door ø 74 sq m (797 sq ft) ø Council Tax=E ø EPC=E

Unfurnished £3,750 pcm

Furnished £1,700 pcm

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Putney rhole@savills.com 020 8780 6117

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Putney rhole@savills.com 020 8780 6117

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*£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees.


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Bristol Gardens, SW15 ÂŁ4,300,000 Freehold A superb detached property presented to an incredibly high standard. Created by an internationally renowned designer, this is one of the most outstanding properties to be placed in the market in recent years. The bathrooms are lavishly appointed, the kitchen is of the most stunning design and the materials throughout are uncompromising in their level of opulence. Great care has been given to the comprehensive security system incorporating TV/close circuit and alarm systems. Bristol Gardens is set in an almost rural oasis of Putney Heath conveniently located for easy access to central London from atop Putney Hill. Reception Hall | Double Drawing Room | Reception/Media Room | Dining/Family Room | Kitchen/Day Dining Room | Mirrored Bar | Master Bedroom Suite Comprising of a Bedroom, Dressing Room & Bathroom | Five Further Bedrooms | Study/Bedroom Seven | Wine Cellar | Cloakroom | 75ft Rear Garden | Gated Front Garden with OSP

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barnes ÂŁ3,250,000 Freehold An extended double fronted detached house providing an excellent family home with off street parking, spacious entrance hall, Crabtree kitchen, master bedroom suite, generous garden, close to all the amenities and transport links of Barnes, including the Olympic Cinema, Wetlands Nature Reserve, the famous Duck Pond. Detached Period House | Reception Rooms | Six Bedrooms | Three Bathrooms | Dining Room | Kitchen | Off Street Parking | Garage | Garden

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Wimbledon Village

Price on Application

An exceptional new home offering extensive entertaining space, light filled day rooms, sumptuous bedrooms, indulgent leisure facilities and the latest technology - Open day art sale for cancer research Wed 18th June 12-8pm RSVP Drawing room • superb open plan kitchen/dining/family sitting room • study/sitting room • movie room • gym wine cellar • 6 bedrooms • 7 bathrooms • 4 dressing rooms • carriage drive • garage • landscaped garden

Wimbledon Village’sWimbledon Premier Estate Agent Lettings: +44 (0) 20 8879 9669 Village 020- 8947 9833


www.robertholmes.co.uk

Wimbledon Village

Guide Price £6,000,000

A beautifully bright period home enjoying an enviable position in a highly regarded road with wonderful views over Wimbledon Park golf course Currently with 4 receptions • 6/7 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms • lovely garden • garage and parking. Planning permission to signif icantly increase the current accommodation

Wimbledon Village’s Premier Estate Agent - Sales: +44 (0) 20 8947 9833 Wimbledon Village 020 8947 9833


Wimbledon Village

Price on Application

An exceptional new home offering extensive entertaining space, light filled day rooms, sumptuous bedrooms, indulgent leisure facilities and the latest technology - Open day art sale for cancer research Wed 18th June 12-8pm RSVP Drawing room • superb open plan kitchen/dining/family sitting room • study/sitting room • movie room • gym wine cellar • 6 bedrooms • 7 bathrooms • 4 dressing rooms • carriage drive • garage • landscaped garden

Wimbledon Village’sWimbledon Premier Estate Agent Lettings: +44 (0) 20 8879 9669 Village 020- 8947 9833


www.robertholmes.co.uk

Wimbledon Village

Guide Price £6,000,000

A beautifully bright period home enjoying an enviable position in a highly regarded road with wonderful views over Wimbledon Park golf course Currently with 4 receptions • 6/7 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms • lovely garden • garage and parking. Planning permission to signif icantly increase the current accommodation

Wimbledon Village’s Premier Estate Agent - Sales: +44 (0) 20 8947 9833 Wimbledon Village 020 8947 9833


Wimbledon Common

£6,450,000

‘A country house in London’ designed by M H Baillie Scott set in secluded grounds of about 0.5 acre with an indoor swimming pool and a hard tennis court Galleried hall • 3 reception rooms • study • conservatory • 6 bedrooms • 5 bathrooms (4 e/s) • wine store beautiful gardens • discreet driveway • garage ER/E

Wimbledon Village’s Premier Estate Agent - Sales: +44 (0) 20 8947 9833 Wimbledon Village 020 8947 9833


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Wimbledon Common

£2,850,000

Wimbledon Common

£4,150,000

A handsome Georgian-style house with a wonderful garden overlooking and adjoining playing fields

With planning permission to demolish and build a new house of 7,000 sq ft with a lovely south facing garden

5 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms • 3 reception rooms • stunning west facing garden • driveway parking ER/C

Currently with 5 bedrooms • 4 bath/shower rooms • tennis court and south facing garden ER/F

Wimbledon

Wimbledon Village

£3,350,000

£3,650,000

A very attractively presented family home with a versatile layout close to King’s College School

Comprehensively refurbished and beautifully presented coach house in the heart of the Village

6 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms • 3 reception rooms • lovely mature gardens • driveway parking ER/D

Fantastic kitchen/super room • 2 receptions • 4/5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms • south-facing garden • gated drive ER/C

Wimbledon Village

£3,800,000

Wimbledon Village

£5,650,000

A most attractive period house in one of the Village’s most sought after roads off the Common

An impressive residence located behind a walled and gated drive in a tree-lined road near the Village

6 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms • 3 reception rooms • south facing garden • off-street parking ER/E

6 bedrooms • 7 bath/shower rooms (incl s/c flat) 4 receptions • beautiful garden • double garage ER/C

Wimbledon Village’sWimbledon Premier Estate Agent Lettings: Village 020- 8947 9833+44 (0) 20 8879 9669


The Barnes Property Specialists

020 8878 8400

Ferry Road ÂŁ2,550,000 An immaculately presented and wider than average Edwardian family home, situated in this convenient location within a short walk of Barnes Village. This light and airy property which blends older style charm with well-planned modern convenience has been very well maintained over recent years and is currently presented in very good order throughout. Of particular note is the impressive ground floor with ample reception spaces and a very pretty and private rear garden. The accommodation to the ground floor comprises a spacious entrance hall, two large reception rooms, fitted kitchen with dining area and cloakroom/utility room. There are six bedrooms with two bathrooms to the upper floors. As this characterful property offers an attractive and ready to move into family home, we strongly recommend an early inspection to fully appreciate its true quality.


The Barnes Property Specialists

020 8878 8400

Lowther Road, Barnes £2,195,000 One of the limited number of attractive Edwardian semi-detached family houses situated at the favoured Village end of Lowther Road. The property consists of 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms and a lovely 60’ rear garden. The house is presented in very good condition throughout.

Gilbert Scott Building, SW15

£999,000

A rare opportunity to buy a beautifully unique and spacious 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom family home occupying the old library in the ever popular Grade II listed Gilbert Scott Building.

1 Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HE www.charlesbanks.co.uk 020 8878 8400


Riverview Gardens

£2,650

Barnes SW13

per calendar month

EPC rating D

Barnes

A fantastic 3 bedroom, 1st floor mansion flat in superb condition, with modern kitchen & bathroom. Comprises 3 double bedrooms, large hallway & 2 balconies. Convenient for Hammersmith underground station.

020 8748 7733 lettings.barnes@chestertons.com

Additional charges apply. Administration: £222 (VAT included). References per tenant: £42 (VAT included)


Beverley Road

Barnes SW13

This substantial semi detached house was built in 1867 and retains many of it’s original features including very high ceilings in many of the main rooms. With 7 bedrooms, a lovely garden, large living space and off street parking, it is in good overall condition and located on this premier Barnes village road. EPC rating F

Price on Application

Barnes

020 8748 7733 lettings.barnes@chestertons.com

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Castelnau SW13 £3,500,000 Rare to the market, this stunning, semi-detached six-bedroom Victorian house is situated on the highly sought after Castelnau. This impressive family home has beautifully maintained original period features throughout and is set back from the road, with off-street parking for up to four cars. The reception space offers a drawing room with feature fireplace, a double reception room leading out to a stunning 113ft garden and a large kitchen/dining room. Freehold. EPC=F. Sole Agents.

BARNES: 020 8563 8333 sales.bar@marshandparsons.co.uk


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Castelnau SW13 £2,999,950 This elegant Victorian semi-detached house has been restored and modernised, yet still offers an abundance of original features throughout. The ground floor comprises an elegant drawing room with working fire place, a dining room, a further informal reception room and a modern kitchen leading out to an outdoor dining area and 73ft garden. The upper floors offer six large bedrooms and two bathrooms. Benefits include a cellar and off street parking. Freehold. EPC=F. Joint Sole Agent.

BARNES: 020 8563 8333 sales.bar@marshandparsons.co.uk


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Belgrave Road SW13 £3,400,000 This stunning six-bedroom, semi-detached family house is located on quiet residential road and has been refurbished to an extremely high standard. Offering a balanced mix of traditional and modern finishes; the accommodation includes a formal dining room with a beautiful bay window, a formal double reception room with fireplace, an open plan kitchen/dining area and a further reception room. The property also benefits from off-street parking, a superb private garden and an integral garage. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

BARNES: 020 8563 8333 sales.bar@marshandparsons.co.uk


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