Attempted kidnap Clapham South. Credit card fraudsters working locally. Asked for flat repairs, landlord ordered me to leave. Southfield’s cannabis factory found. Fire in Clapham High Street

Last Updated on : 7th September 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

The phone rang.

“If that’s the Sainsbury’s man running late tell him it doesn’t matter,” I shouted down the stairs, “I’ve still got a ton of stuff to do.”

We’d just come back from holiday and the house looked like a bomb site. Bags and suitcases were filling halls and bedrooms, their contents half pulled out and disemboweled by the children looking for favourite toys and hoodies.

As I was trying to sort through this mess I could hear a mumbled conversation going on downstairs.

Then Mr NappyValleyNet walked up the stairs, carrying the phone and wearing his “sloat” face.

It’s a grin that sits somewhere between a smirk and gloat and it usually means I’ve messed up and he can’t wait to tell me it was my fault.

“It was the Sainsburys man and he wants to know if you can open the door?”

“Well, let him in then,” I said, still not quite sure where this was going but with a rising sense of all was not well.

“I can’t,” and at this point I swear his voice actually squeaked with glee, “he’s outside the holiday cottage in the Lakes.”

Brilliant. I am now officially the world’s least organised mother. I’d forgotten to change the address from the last delivery which was in Ambleside. We’d just driven back from there!

“Don’t worry,” he continued, “at least we know I had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with this and so cannot be blamed in any capacity whatsoever.”

There was a pause.

“Which is nice.”

Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):

Attempted kidnap Clapham SouthThis story appeared on Saturday and is very disturbing. A young woman was the subject of an attempted abduction in Clapham South. Please do warn any friends, family, nanny and aupairs…click here for details

This is a long post but definitely worth a read. BP has posted that is believe a local business may be working with a credit card fraudster. Goods have been ordered on his card and someone actually waited outside his house to intercept the delivery. Thank you for the warning Brian…click here for details

Attempted kidnap Clapham SouthSticking with nefarious activity. A cannabis factory has been found in Southfields…click here for details

There can’t be many people who weren’t desperately upset by last week’s photos of refugees who’d lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean. MumofThree wonders how she can help?…click here for details

LOACA is going away for Christmas and needs a “rabbit sitter”. Do you know someone who can babysit her bunny? I have to say my initial reaction was one of shock that someone is ALREADY planning for Christmas. That is SO organised!…click here for details

Sticking with rabbits, DJ has lost her white bunny. The errant cotton tail has pink polka dots and was last seen at the Belleville Meteor site. It’s not a REAL rabbit, if you know what I mean, however that doesn’t reduce the sense of loss felt by her little one so please shout if found!…click here for details

Attempted kidnap Clapham SouthIs playing sport essential to be “school ready”? Some of you agree…click here for details

Sticking with sport, AJ Sports is that new sports shop at the bottom of Northcote Road. They specialise in cricket but have recently added hockey sticks. A LOT of hockey sticks. Bully Off? here for details

Anna is a new local mum based in Battersea and is looking to meet up with other here for details

Even more dog questions! We had a kennel-load last week and we’ve got more this week! JL is looking for K9 classesclick here for details

Looking for some flexible childcare or babysitting? We’ve known Likeminders for years and they’re brilliant!…click here for details

Mary is looking for workspace for her husband. He’s recently unemployed and needs somewhere quiet. Some gorgeous replies, thanks everyone!…click here for details

Shopper would LOVE a dance party for her eleven year old. Who might choreograph a gaggle of eleven year olds?…click here for details

7EL asked her landlord to make some repairs and now he’s given her one month’s notice. Legal?…click here for details

LP73 wonders if Northcote House nursery’s childcare is like their admin? It’s not looking good if that’s a yes! (click here). On a similar note, Westhorpe has the same request but about Gwendolen House and Noddy’s in Putney?…click here for details

Mary’s little one has got into tree climbing in a serious way. Where might he found some terrific timber to tangle with?…click here for details

Misty needs a verruca busted! “Who she gonna call…?”…click here for details

There was a large fire on Clapham High Street last week. No-one was hurt but around twenty firefighters were needed to douse the flames!…click here for details

Two school uniform questions. Reb wonders if black, non-marking trainers are the same as plimsolls? (click here),  MrsM wonders if you can recommend name tags? here for details

9Nicolap asks if you have any spare/unwanted toys for the Bowling Green Cafe?…click here for details

Tigger asks how one gets a bank account for an au-pair?…click here for details

Do you know of someone who might want a nanny role in Kent? Johnathan at Hamptons has a friend looking for someone!…click here for details

A77 would like to recommend Dr and Daughter. Thanks for the tip, sounds like a great service!…click here for details

Our good friends at First Aid for Life have won TWO awards. “Service Excellence” and “Best Business in London”: well done FAFL!…click here for details

I really hope we can help with this post! GTC is looking for help with her 16 month old daughter who has been increasingly highly irritable with severe mood swings. Good luck GTC!…click here for details

Two travel topics! NEW KAH is looking for large villa recommendations (click here) and SAHM is looking for a reliable cab firm near Hounslow?click here for details

Looking for a new position? We have roles for property managers, communication managers and plenty more!…click here for details

Hungry? Kricket in Brixton gets a great Telegraph restaurant write up!…click here for details

Geraldine is looking for your feedback on St John Bosco, Chestnut Grove and St Ceciiias. She’s new to London and would love feedback. Bueller? Bueller?…click here for details

Sticking with schools, Wandsworth Council would like to invite parents to one of two secondary school advice evenings. Thanks for posting!…click here for details

Finally, it’s your house and garden questions: we have more than the FTSE 100 has fluctuations!

SD is looking to rent a three bed property in Earlsfield for his family whilst theirs is renovated (click here), MD desperately needs moving boxes (click here). T&R wonders where she might get a Dyson serviced? (click here) and for carpenter suggestions (click here). Sophie needs a plumber and an electrician (click here). Orangetree is searching for a window cleaner (click here). KD needs a builder to knock down a wall and install a kitchen (click here) KamiK would love someone to install a wooden floor in SW20 (click here), Lastly, AL needs a damp proofing company (click here).

Annabel’s Arcade is our “totes free” buying and selling site!

FOR SALE: an IKEA kids storage unit (click here), FOR SALE: a fridge (click here) and WANTED: a nursing chair (click here)

Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!!


Annabel and the Team


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