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Bringing Local Businesses and Communities Together To Connect

Issue 01 FREE Monthly

Nov/Dec 2019

The Magazine TW7 & TW8

Published by Goldstar Creative Ltd

Community News | Local Business | History | Services | Events Covering areas: Osterley, Isleworth, Brentford and Syon



After spending time researching and thinking about ways to bring the local community to unite together and also at the same time be able to promote local small, medium and larger businesses and give them exposure, I felt it was time to use my services and skills to come up with this magazine publication to join and merge the two components of people and business together. The Magazine TW7 & TW8 has a reach of over 5,500 businesses and residents of Osterley, Isleworth, Brentford and Syon areas. Being a local resident of the beautiful area which we are proud to live in, gave me pride and confidence in approaching and talking to the locals regarding my magazine idea. In this publication I hope you will find some interesting articles and content to to read and entertain you. Also please feel free to drop me a line to add any suggestions, ideas or any contributory advice to help enhance/improve upon future publications. I do hope you enjoy reading the articles and connecting with the contents to follow, in some way or another!

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!..... Suki Chagger (Publisher/Designer)

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Published by: Goldstar Creative Ltd | ©2019 Whilst every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information included in this publication, neither the publisher, designer nor the editorial contributors can accept any liability to any party or damage caused by error or omissions resulting in negligence, accident, or any other cause. The Magazine TW7 & TW8 does not endorse any advertising materials included in this publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form without prior permission of the publisher. Cover image: Osterley Park and House by Arnhel de Serra

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BOOK- A Set of Lies The idea of re-writing history isn’t always a comfortable one to consider. With so many instances wherein this concept has been used, or attempted to be used, as a means to erase some embarrassing, damning and shameful episodes from the common conscious, the very notion of changing our very understanding of what happened is potentially dangerous. Of course Carolyn McCrae’s new book is less about attacking unwanted cultures, and more about proposing a fascinatIng alternative to the story of a very well known European leader. Put simply, the scribe asks her readers ‘what if Napoleon Bonaparte was never truly exiled to St. Helena, but instead turned by the British secret service, who replaced the French military mastermind with a double, and offered him asylum on our own shores?’ It’s unclear exactly what has inspired this somewhat strange but intriguing proposition. The author’s background is varied- from the Bollywood movie extra, to solo pilot and occasional race car driver (who claims to have been overtaken by the late, great Ayrton Senna several times)- but nothing that would suggest a penchant for imagining the history of our nearest international neighbour. In many ways, though, there couldn’t be a more fitting subject for this kind of fantasised past. Bonaparte was famously quoted as saying ‘history is a set of lies agreed upon’, and as such it makes just perfect sense that he should now find himself at the centre of a newly conceived (fictional) suggestion of that which has already been. Call it art 6 | To advertise please email:

taking a leaf from life’s book, or that something very different indeed, either way the result is a genuine page-turner that is really guaranteed to grip you once the hooks are in. McCrae’s previous literary exploits range from The Last Dance, to Highly Unsuitable Girl and Her Parents’ Daughter, all of which have enjoyed much praise from the public and press alike. And from where we’re sitting, perched on a couch contemplating the last page of A Set of Lies, we believe there’s a new title to add to her highly recommendable achievements, which is set to arrive late-June via Troubador Publishing. One to keep in mind, certainly for the summer holiday reading list, then.

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Osterley Library Give your local library a try - we’ve have free internet & MS Office PCs, WiFI, Scanning, Printing & Copying as well as Meeting rooms for hire, Relaxing & Study areas.

Opening Hours Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm Wednesday Closed Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm Friday Closed Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm Sunday Closed.

Address: 11 St Mary’s Crescent, Isleworth. TW7 4NB Telephone: 020 8583 5566 Email: Hounslow Libraries also have a whole host of online services available 24/7 with your library card.

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FLOWERS- The beautiful scent of Marlena’s success story....

My passion for flowers has been with me since I was a teenager. I have 10 years of experience working with flowers, and for 6 years I worked in a local florist in Isleworth. Whilst working in the florist shop I met lots of local people and I liked Isleworth so much that I decided to move to the area and set up home with my family. I then decided that I would like to open my own florist shop and I started to make plans for this. The Camomile – Flower Design, was founded in February 2019, in Isleworth of course! This is the place to come for fresh, seasonal flowers and various types of plants, with friendly customer service, advice on options to suit all budgets and a willingness to meet customer needs. 10 | To advertise please email:

For wrapping we always use recyclable packaging. Weddings are our favourite section in floristry, we love to create dream flowers for our brides. We also create the most beautiful wreaths, funeral lettering and shapes. We are happy to create flowers for all occasions to meet specific needs including bespoke flowers. We deliver fresh flowers to the following areas: Isleworth, Brentford, Osterley, Richmond, Twickenham, Hounslow.

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Thames views, where like-minded individuals can work, innovate and collaborate and make. In addition to making work benches and hot desks available for our member’s use, we provide unique services such as workshops, classes, courses, networking, storage, a meeting space, a retail outlet for makers, fabric books and a supplies shop. We often host creative parties, birthdays, hen do’s, corporate team building exercises, as well as offering space for external teachers to host workshops.


hen we discovered this fabulous riverside space in West London with loads of natural light we knew it was too good not to share, & The Maker Station was born. As small business owners ourselves we understand that two of the biggest obstacles for independent makers and artisans is finding affordable workspace and avoiding the isolation that a kitchen table startup can bring. The Maker Station is a co-working studio space for makers and creatives with FRIEND £15 A MONTH Selected Free Classes / Demo’s / Tasters / Events / Lunch and Learn Access to our Fabric Scheme Hot drinks Wifi

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HEALTH- Positive Mental Attitude might be good for more than mood

They say there are two fundamental people-types in the world. You’re either glass half-empty, or glass half-full.

Recently there has been plenty said about the merits of being ‘half full’apparently some of the wealthy people gravitate towards the more positive people, and avoid those that err on the side of pessimism. Whether that’s true or not, we’re sure that there will be a few figures out there to prove that the majority of the public would actually prefer not to spend an afternoon with someone who is just plain miserable and not much fun at all. But have you ever wondered whether

a negative attitude is actually bad for you and your health? Nope, can’t say we did, either. That is until reading about a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, which says that if we look towards the future as a positive thing we’re more likely to boost our physical health. Or at least this seems to be true for women. Over 70,000 were surveyed, and it was found that optimists were less likely to contract potentially fatal conditions like cancers, heart disease, and lung problems or

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suffer strokes. Quite the claim, in some ways the reason behind this is pretty self-explanatory. Positive people are statistically likely to be more active, rather than be sedentary, and this means getting more exercise on the entire whole. However experts are now becoming more increasingly sure that positive attitude in itself is important for

more overall health, too, which is quite interesting to say the least, but this poses a problem in today’s international climate. With so much negativity in the press overall, is it really going to be that easy to be able to maintain a sunny disposition with talk of World War III, climate change, and globalised economic catastrophe rarely far from the agenda?

REMEDY & TOUCHOLOGY The Magazine TW7/8 catches up with Elsie Ng and Lyon Tran....

The Magazine TW7/8 caught up with entrepreneurs and business owners Elsie Ng of Remedy Hair and Nails and husband Lyon Tran, business owner of Touchology. Living and setting up business in Isleworth has been great. We are in a fantastic location, central to all amenities. It’s a friendly area, near the river, where you can soak in some of the beautiful scenery around this lovely village!

What got you into the Beauty Industry? My husband and I are actually both qualified Accountants. We wanted to have a change of lifestyle and do something different. Especially after the birth of our two children, we craved more of a work/life balance. We wanted to be local to our home, our children’s school and work. Isleworth is a lovely place to be. What do you enjoy the most about your work? I love meeting people, we have our regular customers coming in for our services and we have lots of new ones, recommended to us too. I like welcoming the new ones in. It’s a very relaxed, calm and friendly atmosphere in the shop. Remedy Hair and Nails: 0748 406 4165 Touchology: 0738 784 7905

Tell us more about your services? At Remedy, it’s all about hair and nails -we cater to men, women and children. Many mums come to us with babies, as we are extremely child friendly. Speak to us about your new venture Touchology? Touchology is our new shop across the road. It’s got a lovely feel to it. It’s relaxing, calm and inviting. We offer waxing, threading and massages. Our beauticians are experienced in what they do and will offer you an in-depth consultation to find a treatment service to suit your needs.

Touchology 7 Shrewsbury Walk, Isleworth TW7 7DE 07387847905

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My background is in Psychology and Child Development, so to find something that was flexible around my family and still be able to share my knowledge and love of child development was perfect. Over the last few years I have slowly built up my classes so that

Fancy giving us a go? I offer 3 week trials for ÂŁ25 so get in touch today to book your space: Thanks, Kayleigh & The Baby Sensory Team Isleworth & Surrounds Phone: 07729699361

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We love sharing our knowledge with you, regularly explaining what we’re doing and why. For the first year of your baby’s life is one of the most important, when, soon after birth, the brain starts creating two million new connections every second! And understanding more about your child’s development will really enhance what’s already a very special time.

What is Baby Sensory? Our multi-award winning classes will introduce your baby to a world of sensory exploration. Where the two of you can relax, have fun and share in each other’s delight. For ours is a magical world, full of glowing balls, light shows, puppets, bubbles, rainbows, petals, massage, singing and songs. Imagination is a vital part of childhood. And together we’ll dance in the snow or dive under the waves, trek through a rainforest and sing the shanties of sea pirates. What also makes our programme so groundbreaking is that every element has been meticulously designed with your baby’s development in mind. Created by Dr Lin Day, it’s the result of a lifetime’s work and study and testament to her overriding passion to inspire and educate children and support their parents.

You can join us at any point, and we’d encourage you to begin as soon as you feel able. Because routine is important, every session is structured to follow the natural play-rest-play cycle of babies. What’s great about this is that each week you’ll have the opportunity to chat with others in a relaxed manner. Which is brilliant for forging friendships as the weeks go on, sharing tips and experiences at a time when you’ll probably really appreciate the support. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun!

ISLEWORTH VILLAGE HALL Available for hire! For parties, events, meet-ups and all other celebrations!

We have 5 different rooms at Isleworth Public Hall, Room 2 & 3 are used Monday - Friday by Mini mes our nursery group, for more details information is on their own website. Room 1 - holds capacity 20 boardroom style or 30 theatre style meetings/exercise classes. Room 4 - holds capacity 16 boardroom style or 20 theatre style same as above. Vestry Room - holds capacity of 2- boardroom style or 30 theatre style same as above.

Main Hall - holds capacity for meetings/concerts - 120 max, Party buffet style - 150 max and for sit down meal - 120 max. We have kitchen facilities located on the first floor and a lift for elderly users and wheelchair access users, female, men and disabled toilets located on the ground floor. For further information on booking please contact:

Rent Our Spaces LONDON HEAD OFFICE SPACE Spacious venue rooms for hire with kitchen facilities as well as the outside parking area. Prices starting from ÂŁ50 Event/venue spaces suitable for Photoshoots/Videographer/Filming Individual or Family Portraits, Product Shoots, Ceremonies & Events, Conferences, Meetings, Fashion Modelling & Much More!above our Head Office, Our rooftop is available Our Venue rooms for hire are also suitable for various other activities from yoga to therapy rooms from ÂŁ30

ideal for photo shoots and video shoots

Seminar rooms are available to rent in our Brentford Head Office. Our rooftop is available above our Head Office, ideal for photo shoots and video shoots

Our Venue Space in Waterman Park, 40a High Road, Brentford, TW8 0BB If interested in booking space in our Head Office building email us with your requirements Offices/rooms for one off-hires or monthly hire, suitable for hot desk, or long term office use. Seminar rooms are available to rent in our Brentford Head Office.

Photography studios often used by renowned film companies.

Our space available above our Harlow Charity shop, suitable for holding various classes from book reading clubs, sewing classes, knitting classes, meetings, parties and much more. 3 East Walk, Harlow, Essex CM20 1JH

Our space available above our Harlow Charity shop, suitable for holding


Dee Izmail, the designer responsible for iconic wardrobe moments such as the Spice Girls’ ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ video outfits has launched her Infinity collection, to raise awareness for Kawasaki Disease UK, which her daughter was diagnosed with at a young age.

Inspired by those people affected by the disease, and the trauma Dee suffered herself as a mother of a child affected by this life threatening disease.

Dee monochrome inspired collections having been successful for Dee in recent years for Celebs such as Amy Childs and Lauren Goodger has made its presence once again with this " Infinity" collection for her charity. The white brings life, clarity and hope and the edgy black tipically reminding us of the pain and anguish the KD is causing across the planet. Created from ultra-modern body form technology and made of machine washable laminated airtex for lightness and comfort. Each piece is allocated a fictional character, to showcase the range of people the disease can affect.

30% of the revenue gained from sales of the collection goes directly to Kawasaki Disease UK.

Dee says: “It was a pleasure to create a range that aims to spread hope and positivity to everybody affected by the disease, whilst also being inspired by the trauma I myself have experienced as a mother of a child affected by it. I created the range from this unique material as I was inspired by its lightness and transparency – it is a material that looks solid but in fact is as light as air, yet holds its shape very well. The inserts in the pieces are very typical of my usual work with vinyl and I was pleased that I could find a way to use my skills in these areas with such an interesting fabric. I hope to attract a significant store that will buy the collections in support of my aims and help to raise money for research that will help achieve a better understanding of Kawasaki Disease.

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body overcomes the illness but can leave behind a heart with aneurysms, which can lead to unpredictable cardiac arrest. It’s something that could affect any one of us but very little is known about it – my aim with this collection is to raise the funds needed to help raise awareness of both the disease and its symptoms, to promote quick diagnosis.”

Dee Izmail has designed for superstars including Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, Cher, Isla Fisher, Paula Yates and many more. Dee’s designs focus on empowering and versatile pieces in metallics, chain mail, broken mirrors,

latex and hand-painted clothing, amongst much more. She set up the charity Kawasaki Fund (now rebranded as Kawasaki Disease UK) in 1997, after her seven-month-old daughter was diagnosed by coincidence, after many misdiagnoses, with the now globally spiralling and leading cause of paediatric heart disease. The disease mainly affects children under five and is characterised by inflammation of the blood vessels, damaging the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart.

Dee Izmail is working to raise awareness of the complex disease and its symptoms, including fever, infections in the eyes or mouth, rashes, loss of appetite and peeling of the skin. Dee is also striving for prompt diagnosis, Dee Izmail, the designer for iconic moments such as the Spice You Think within four days, and hasresponsible built a research teamwardrobe to distribute posters to hospitals andGirls’ GPs ‘Who acrossDo the UK, in an

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30% of the revenue gained from sales of the collection goes directly to Kawasaki Disease UK. Notes to Editors:

Kawasaki Disease UK is a registered charity, number 1064518

Dee says: “It was a pleasure to create a range that aims to spread hope and positivity to everybody affected by Donations can be made to the charity at

the disease, whilst also being inspired by the trauma I myself have experienced as a mother of a child affected by it. I created the range from this unique material as I was inspired by its lightness and transparency – it is a material that looks solid but in fact is as light as air, yet holds its shape very well. The inserts in the pieces are very typical of my usual work with vinyl and I was pleased that I could find a way to use my skills in these areas with such an interesting fabric. I hope to attract a significant store that will buy the collections in support of my aims and help to raise money for research that will help achieve a better understanding of Kawasaki Disease.

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Not quite up for standing outside in the cold this 5th November? Prefer to snuggle up on the couch and watch something that involves lots, and lots, and lots of fire? Happy with tenuous links to Guy Fawkes when it comes to reading movie lists? As per usual, we’ve got your back- here is a quintet of flicks to savour whilst everyone else is outside waiting for the fireworks to begin.

V For Vendetta ; James McTeigue; 15; 2005 (pictured) Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Rupert Graves

Guy Fawkes masks have long been used by anarchists and protestors as a symbol of anti-establishmentarianism, but rarely do they appear in great films. V For Vendetta breaks with that trend, adapting the work of graphic novel legend Alan Moore to tell a tale of dystopian England, ruled by a totalitarian regime, and an anonymous freedom fighter who- along with a young recruit called Evey- is hellbent on bringing down the regime, using the Gunpowder Plot as inspiration for his deeds.

The Wicker Man ; dir. Robin Hardy; 18; 1973 Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento

OK, so this doesn’t really get bonfire-y until the closing moments, at which point it gets really, really bonfire-y. Sergeant Howie is sent off to the remote Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of youthful Rowan Morrison. Even better than that, he stumbles upon a cult that runs to the very top of this community, and we wind up looking on in sheer horror as the villagers- led by Christopher Lee, here with a penchant for Pagan chants- decide to have the biggest bonfire you’ll ever see on screen. 26 | To advertise please email:

Final Destination 3 ; dir. James Wong; 15; 2006 Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche

The weakest in our list so far, nevertheless the Final Destination movies were unfathomably popular when they first hit the screen; probably something to do with the fact everyone feels uncomfortable about dying, and these stories focus on people who escape death, only to be pursued by the grim reaper through strange accidents and unlucky twists of fate. In this instance one of those ‘would you believe it’ fatalities occurs via the liberal use of fireworks, if nothing else sending out the message not to mess around at any firework displays..

Firestarter ; dir. Mark K. Lester; 15; 1984 Starring: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones

One of the worst Stephen King adaptations ever is still an incredibly fitting watch on 5th November. The clue is in the title, and all that. For those keen to learn more, a very young Drew Barrymore plays Charlie McGee, one of those ‘gifted’ children King loves to have in his stories. Her power is the ability to torch things through thought alone, and you can probably guess where that gets her. Truly ridiculous and, at times, bordering on lunacy, despite those criticisms if you’ll struggle to get more flames for your money...

The Towering Inferno ; dir. John Guillermin; PG; 1974 Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden

...Unless you decide to watch this one, that is. ‘The tallest building in the world is on fire. You are there with 294 other guests. There’s no way down. There’s no way out.’ Or so said the original movie poster. Little more is needed to explain the premise here, other than to add that Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Faye Dunaway work together to turn what should be just another bog standard 1970s disaster movie into something far more entertaining, although hardly a classic by any of those three stars’ standards. Loads of things burn, though, and that’s the point here.

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SUNVIL- The top best destinations to keep a look out for in....2020!

Hot destinations for 2020 from your local travel agent

There is a distinct autumnal glow in south west London. The trees are shedding their golden leaves, hedgerows are strewn with blackberries and the morning mist is lingering over the Thames creating a beautiful scene full of mystery. It is at this time in the year that we in the travel industry take stock of the year that has past and look forward to the year ahead. Where will we be travelling and what trends can we predict? At Isleworth Travel we have been adding ‘personal service’ to the travel plans of our clients for over 40 years. Our independence, wealth of knowledge and competitive fares allow us to find the perfect trip for you. Maybe one of our hot destinations for 2020 will take your fancy? If not, pop in to our Old Isleworth office and discuss your holiday goals face-to-face and let us work our magic. Grenada: Offers everything you’d expect of a Caribbean isle and more: soft white sand beaches fringed by palm trees, crystal-clear turquoise waters and the bluest of skies. It is renowned as the spice island, with local fare offering a sensory explosion for visitors, and has retained an authentic vibe. This is THE island for those who want more than a superficial Caribbean experience. Oman: Luxurious retreats, lost cities, Arabian palaces, desert camps and majestic mountains come together in Oman in a kaleidoscope of colours and experience-led holidays. Stay a few days in Muscat, watch the setting sun over dramatic sand dunes and even observe dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat. Combine with Abu Dhabi and Dubai on an Arabian adventure. Vietnam: Vietnam’s popularity has increased over recent years and it is easy to understand why. It is a country of contrasts with colonial cities, verdant countryside and sun-drenched beaches. It can feel as if time has stood still as you observe their age-old traditions and way of life. Yet at the next moment, you feel transported into the future with exciting innovations and experiences that challenge the status quo. French Polynesia: For those who make the long journey to the South Pacific, the rewards are a plenty. Names such as Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea stir images of paradise, and here, these images are a reality. Jagged peaks, blue-green lagoons, forested valleys and the finest of sand. Relax in your beachfront villa, dive with sharks, tour ancient temples or take an exhilarating jeep tour amongst the trees - the choice is yours. India: Away from the well-trodden Golden Circle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur), lesser-known India has come into its own in recent years. Let us introduce you to the real India and the delights of Rajasthan, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Hampi. Call us on 020 8847 3041 or visit us at Upper Square, Old Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 7BJ. Article by Rachel Jelley, Isleworth Travel

How did we get Santa?

The name Santa Claus was derived from the Dutch St. Nicholas, or ‘Sinterklass’. Early Dutch settlers in New York (once called New Amsterdam) brought their traditions of St Nicholas. As children from other countries tried to pronounce Sinterklass, this soon became Santa Klass, then Santa Claus. The old bishop’s cloak with mitre, jewelled gloves and crozier were eventually replaced with his red suit and clothing seen in modern images. His clothing was initially green, and according to urban legend, the red and white is down to the influence of Coca Cola. Many legends and tales have grown up around St. Nicholas. He was born in 280 AD, in Patara, a city of Lycia, in Asia Minor. He became the gift giver of Myra.

His gifts were given late at night, so that the gift giver’s identity would remain a secret. St. Nicholas was named patron saint of children, sailors, Russia and Greece. One story is about a poor man who had no money to give to his three daughters on their wedding day. St. Nick dropped bags of gold into the stockings which the girls had left to dry by the fire. The sisters found the gold and ever since, children have hung up stockings on Christmas Eve hoping that they will be filled with presents by Christmas morning. Despite being quite young, Nicholas earned a reputation for kindliness and wisdom. In the year 303, the Roman emperor Diocletian commanded all the citizens of the Roman Empire, which included Asia Minor,

to worship him as a god. Christians believe in one god and one god alone, so their conscience would not allow them to obey the Emperor’s order. Angered by their stubbornness, Diocletian warned the Christians that they would be imprisoned. The Emperor carried out the threat and St. Nicholas, who resisted too, was also imprisoned. For more than five years, St. Nicholas was confined to a small cell. He suffered from cold, hunger, and thirst, but he never wavered in his beliefs. In 313, when Diocletian resigned, and Constantine came to power Nicholas was released, and he returned to his post as Bishop of Myra.

He then continued his good works and became even wiser and more understanding by the time of his death on December 6, 343. By 450, churches in Asia Minor and Greece were being named in honour of him. By 800, he was officially recognized as a saint by the Eastern Catholic Church. In the 1200s, December sixth began to be celebrated as Bishop Nicholas Day in France. By end of the 1400s, St. Nicholas was the third most beloved religious figure, after Jesus and Mary. There were more than 2000 chapels and monasteries named after him.

Seven years of free tea! 6th NOVEMBER 2019

teapigs turns 13 years old! It's teapigs 13th birthday on 6th November and to celebrate they’re holding their 7th free tea day. Over 250 teapigs stockists will be taking part and giving away free tea at their cafes and delis in over 15 countries, and in the UK, teapigs will be “popping up” at various city locations handing out tea. In the UK alone they will be giving away over 120,000 cups of tea – wowzers! Here’s how you can get involved. A café or deli near you Over 250 UK teapigs stockist locations are joining their party, so go on, pop in, say hello, grab your free cuppa and make a new friend! You’ll know if they are involved because there will be BALLOONS EVERYWHERE!!! Visit in the weeks leading up to 6th November to find your local teapigs stockist. “It’s been great to see how enthusiastic the trade have been in response to our Free Tea Days over the last 7 years. We’ve received some fantastic photos from them over the years, not only sharing free teapigs tea with their customers on the day, but also clearly enjoying themselves! Taking part in teapigs Free Tea Day is a great opportunity for the trade to engage with their customers – new and existing – and offers a point of difference from other businesses in the area. It’s also an opportunity to upsell other items on the menu – who can resist a slice of cake with a cuppa? It’s not every day that customers will be treated to a free cup of teapigs so it’s in the trade’s interest to drum up the publicity and take part in the biggest teapigs tea give away of the year.” teapigs free tea day is definitely not to be missed, so pop it in the diary now and join in on the fun on 6th November and don’t forget to be social @teapigs #teapigsfreeteaday -ENDS32 | To advertise please email:

Notes to Editor: For more PR information or images please contact: Andy on 0208 568 1322 or Where to find teapigs:, Whole Foods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, John Lewis Food Hall, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores across the UK. About teapigs teapigs was set up in 2006 by Nick and Louise, self-professed tea nuts on a mission to get the nation drinking real tea. Louise has been a professional tea taster for over 15 years, and has travelled the world sourcing all sorts of teas. The result is a range of the very best quality teas you’ll find. teapigs only use whole leaf teas; whole berries; and whole herbs and flowers - not the dusty stuff you’ll find in regular tea bags! Their teas come in biodegradable tea “temples” - roomy mesh bags that gives the leaves lots of room to infuse. About matcha teapigs was the first to launch matcha in the UK in 2008. “Matcha has been drunk in Japan for centuries, but when we launched it in the UK it was relatively unknown. It’s now our fastest growing tea and we have tonnes of people writing in to tell us how great they feel from drinking it,” says Louise, teapigs co-founder and tea taster. teapigs range The teapigs range of 34 covers best of what tea can offer: traditional black teas such as everyday brew and earl grey strong; punchy herbal teas such as peppermint leaves and chamomile flowers; a range of green, white, oolong and rooibos teas; and a range of functional feel-good teas that do good and taste good! teapigs introduced their super power matcha green tea to the UK market in 2008. Matcha is 100% green tea leaves, ground to a fine powder – essentially a super concentrated green tea. It is available in its pure original powder (30g and 80g tins) in sachet format and in readyto-drink versions mixed with spring water and natural fruit juice – available in apple and elderflower. teapigs also sell loose tea - for those who like tea the traditional way - and have a selection of stylish, quirky teaware. Discover more at

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9 Months Nursery Ltd. 30a The Grove, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4JU / Contact us:

9 Months Nursery is a family run modern se4ng who have been established in the area for 18 years. We are looking to expand our team, so if you are a qualified pracDDoner looking for a new adventure, we might be the perfect se4ng for you. We offer a compeDDve salary, promoDonal opportuniDes and a number of employee benefits. If you would like to find out more please send your CV to the above address and we’ll be in touch.

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Hello! My name is Jemma and I am the Principal of Little Voices. What a year it has been! Full of fun, laughter, watching children develop through performances and amazing exam results. I am SO proud of all our pupils. One of the main reasons we are outstanding is our small class sizes. Every Child is Different and gets the chance to shine! I have been teaching in secondary schools for 10 years and understand the importance in recognising individual talents and nuturing them. We all need an opportunity to grow! Our environment is set up to enable that.

We are not just Little!

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CARING | CURIOUS | CONFIDENT Nurturing the individual talents and abilities of our pupils, from the moment they walk through our doors. Ashton House is a successful, one-form entry, Prep School for boys and girls aged from 3 – 11 in the leafy west London area of Isleworth. We pride ourselves in offering a caring educational atmosphere that inspires intellectual curiosity and gives children the confidence they need to thrive in the future. The ‘Ashton House Way’ develops resilience, empowering pupils to embrace change, to have a clear sense of right and wrong, to be brave enough to make mistakes and to have confidence to aim for personal success whilst supporting those around them. “As a small school we know each pupil as an individual in their own right. We are able to develop children’s existing talents and encourage experimentation and discovery within a nurturing environment. Children respond to our high expectations with enthusiasm and we are as thrilled as they are when they achieve their targets. Of course, they also have time to be children and have fun with their friends. Although we are non-selective on entry, our graduates successfully move onto a range of independent, grammar and well regarded state schools. I would be delighted to show you around our happy school, for you to see it in action and judge whether it is the right setting for your child. Our best testimonials are the children you will see here, enjoying their learning and participating fully in all we have to offer.” Mrs Angela Stewart – Head Teacher Recent leavers’ destinations include: Halliford, Hampton, Herschel Grammar, Kew House, Lady Eleanor Holles, Langley Grammar, Merchant Taylors, Notting Hill & Ealing, Putney High, Queen Elizabeth Barnet, Radnor House, St Bernard’s Grammar, St Catherine’s, St James’ Senior Boys, and Girls, St Pauls Juniors (Colet Court), Tiffin Boys and Girls, Upton Court Grammar, Westminster Under

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The Hounslow Regeneration 2.0 Conference Held on 26th September to celebrate the regeneration of the borough of Hounslow The afternoon started at 2.00pm with guest speakers: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

A2Dominion Ballymore Barratt West London Dell/EMC Technologies EE Architects Ecoworld HAL (Heathrow Airport London) Hounslow Council Korendon Construction London Irish SEGRO UWL (University of West London) WTC (West Thames College)

The conference/dinner was held to promote the borough. Ballymore was upbeat about their development of the south side of Brentford High Street. The event was followed by pre-dinner drinks and an evening gala dinner, which included keynote speakers: John Holland-Kaye (CEO of Heathrow Airport Ltd) Cliff Crown (Chairman of Brentford Football Club) Niall Bolger (Chief Executive of London Borough of Hounslow) Councillor Steve Curran (Leader of Hounslow Council)

125 guests stayed for the evening dinner and enjoyed the hospitality at The Holiday Inn, Brentford Lock: “Hi Sally, I just wanted to pass on our thanks on behalf of West Thames, for a really good event last Thursday. I hope you have a restful weekend!” Thanks, Rez Rezveer Dwyer Executive Assistant to the Principal West Thames College

“Hi Sally, Well done. I heard all the hard work that went into it to set up such a fantastic and engaging event.” Kind regards, Sukhvinder Dhanjal Commercial Manager (Finance) Heathrow Airport

“Hi Sally Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for organising such an informative Regeneration Conference. The speakers were very well chosen and I felt it was time really well spent. Thoroughly enjoyable.. and I trust the evening event was just as successful for you all. Look forward to catching up again soon.” Warm regards and thanks again Deborah Barnes Director of Sales and Marketing (Clayton Hotel Chiswick)

“Hi Sally, Thank you for a great informative session yesterday. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!” Kind regards, Ash Sanjenbam MSyl IOSH Managing Director

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Creamy Caribbean Veggie Curry

Serves 4 If you’re a fan of korma, you will love this new seasoning mix from Santa Maria’s Latin American Kitchen. Inspired by Indo-Caribbean food, and with its mild curry flavour, this is a great way of giving your vegetables a tropical twist!

Ingredients 1 tbsp cooking oil 1 cauliflower, chopped into florets 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 handful of mangetout 1 handful of spinach 1 sachet Santa Maria Caribbean Creamy Chicken Curry Seasoning Mix 1 pack Santa Maria Arroz y Frijoles Three Bean Rice 1 pack Santa Maria Mini Coconut & Black Pepper Soft Tortillas 200ml coconut milk or soya cream Steam the cauliflower, sweet potato and mangetout. Once cooked, but still firm, add to a large frying pan with 1 tbsp of oil. Sprinkle Santa Maria Caribbean Creamy Curry Seasoning Mix * over the vegetables and stir to coat. Add 200ml of coconut milk/soya cream. Add the spinach to the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. Serve with Santa Maria Mini Black Pepper & Coconut Soft Tortillas and Santa Maria Arroz Y Frijoles Three Bean Rice . *Vegan and vegetarian-friendly product. The seasoning mix contains no chicken. 1























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