Abusive relationship: help. NHS warning: Wandsworth mumps. Ex-prisoners door-to-door scam.

Last Updated on : 12th March 2018

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

“Why is your eldest doing an impression of a dog rolling in the snow?”

The text from a neighbour didn’t make much sense.

I’d just sent both my children off to school, despite their protestations that in the midst of the snowy deluge this was tantamount to child cruelty.

“Errrr….he’s finished rolling around and now he’s rubbing it in his hair,” she continued, “v. v. odd.”

Until it totally made sense.

Thirty seconds later the doorbell rang and my son stood there looking like he’d just been pulled from an avalanche.

“I told you it was too snowy for school,” he complained, “I slipped AND now I’m freezing AND it’s your fault.”

I held up my phone for him to read.

On the basis that every snowdrift has a sparkly lining, he then turned around, slammed the door behind him and slushed off to school.


Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet…

SW4 is in an abusive relationship and needs your advice. Please remember when replying that this is a real person with a very really problem (read more).

Our NappyValleyNet Design & Build Guide 2018 has just landed!  If you’d like a free copy but haven’t received one yet (it could be because you have a ‘no junk mail’ sticker) please drop me a line (click here) and we’ll pop one in the post for you (read more)

Local author Sam Bunch’s book is becoming a word of mouth hit. I’m not the only one who loves it and it really can help those “Grappling with Life” (read more).

From Grappling with Life to grappling with school deposits. Anyone had any luck getting one back, asks Siying? (read more)

Two mumps infections have been reported in Wandsworth (read more).

First #snowmageddon, then no water, then burst pipes at Tooting Broadway. Whatever next? Just don’t say the prosecco is running out! (read more)

M. warns you about door-to-door salesmen who claim to be on an ex-prisoner programme but the police say they’re not legitimate (read more).

The subject of dog poop goes on and on! (read more)

S. has posted a police video of a BMW keyless car theft (read more). These are increasingly common, move those X5 keys away from the front door!

Wandsworth Council has planted nearly 600 new trees across our ‘Brighter Borough’ (read more). That’s must have been an arbor of love! (geddit???)

Some really helpful replies to S. who asked for speech therapy in the area (read more). Thank you all!

B. would like to set up a support group for parents of babies with reflux (read more).

B. has posted to ask for your thoughts on an elective C-section for her second baby? (read more).

R.’s post about her false positive HIV test at St George’s has sparked some interesting posts (read more).

L. would love your night nanny recommendations (read more).

M. would like to find a Swedish tutor (read more). Hej!

A. is looking for ideas for the weekend to keep her 14 month old son and two step daughters – and both parents – happy and united (read more). Laser Quest?

Our managing ed., Charlotte, defied the ‘Beast from the East’ and headed off to Wimbledon to try a tasty Thai. Pass the prawn crackers, please (they sound delicious!) (read more).

There’s been so much discussion on what really works to keep your face looking young (…er than it really is) (read more).

And ‘All About the Girl’ has posted about their fab new ‘Skin Scope’ machine. It offers a facial analysis and is only available for a few more weeks (read more)

T. is looking for a mobile hairdresser who is good with colour (read more). Keep those recommendations of the ones who are bad at colour to yourselves!

F. would love to help her au pair find some new local friends (read more).

Skylark has posted to remind us of what a great venue it is for a party, especially now it’s been newly decorated (read more). I went one of their guest chef events last year – OMG so so good!

L. is looking for a customised tennis racket for her husband. Any pointers? Just don’t STRING us along! We don’t deSERVE that. I could on and but you wouldn’t LOVE that. Ok, ok, that’s the last comment (read more)

Michael Morpurgo will be at St Luke’s soon. Yes, he of War Horse fame – you read that right! (read more)

F. is in Clapham South and looking for an after-school nanny (read more).  Actually that reads like she’s lost her nanny and is looking for her in Clapham South but you know what I mean!

Let’s Act is running an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Easter Camp so if yours love to act, sing and dance, or would like to build up some confidence, don’t be late for this very important date! (read more)

Swimming school, SwimWay, is looking for a new venue. Any hidden pools out there (and I’m not talking about that Tooting Broadway flood…) (read more).

Julian has posted details of his summer term tennis classes for adults and children (read more). We LOVE Julian Tennis Coach!

And Open Air Fit on Wandsworth Common are running a 3 for 2 PT offer if you’re ready to come out of hibernation (read more). We love them too!


We have more Schools posts than Tinder has swipes!

M. would love your feedback on both Graveney and Streatham & Clapham High School (read more). E. is after your thoughts on the new Wimbledon Harris Academyopening in September (read more). And F. would love to hear from anyone at Thames Christian School (read more). Ernest Bevin has had a great review from a parent while discussing secondary school places and they have some show-arounds for those with offers coming up soon (read more). There’s an Open Evening at Clapham Park Montessori this week (read more). M. would like your experiences and advice on tutoring for the 10+ at Emanuel (read more). Some helpful replies for a user who ismoving to Clapham South soon (welcome!) and after nursery recommendations (read more)Exceptional Academics 11+ preparation classes are starting up again on Saturdays in April (read more). Still lots of discussion about the support, or lack of, for children who need learning support in the independent sector (read more).


We have more Travel posts than Ebay has bids!

The Algarve seems to be the holiday spot of the moment (read more). E. has posted about a 3-bedroom apartment to rent in Menorca (read more). Who knew the Maldives were so great for the children?! You’re all sharing your fave places and they sound heavenly (read more). And don’t miss our lovely new offers – filled with opportunities for away-stays (read more).


We have more Situations Vacant posts than Google has doodles!

An expanding company based in Fulham needs a bookkeeper (read more). Looking for a new role? How about being a part-time marketing assistant in a yoga and birth education business? (read more) A local health and wellbeing business need a part time personal trainer (read more). And EPM is hiring a housekeeper in East Putney (read more).


We have more House & Garden posts than Snapchat has animal filters!

B. has a glazed side return extension roof and needs her guttering cleaned at second floor level. No one will do it – any ideas? (read more). A. is looking for a deep clean company for an end of tenancy visit (read more). The question of which artificial grass to use has really got you talking and comparing #fakegrass (read more). E. is looking for a reliable cleaner on Friday mornings (read more). A. is after a short term rent starting April while they do work on their house (read more). B. is looking for a property solicitor to help buy a freehold (read more). And S. would love your recommendations for surveyor for a house purchase (read more). V. is after a good plumber (read more). Those mid-range kitchen recommendations keep coming (read more).


And here are your “For sale” and “Wanted” posts:

tricycle (read more), a rattan trunk for storage (read more), a pram and pushchair, Peg Perego Pilko P3 (read more) and a white Boori cot bed (read more).



Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team

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