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Common-law wife divorce rights? Which universities going bankrupt? Local school mentioned in parliament.

Last Updated on : 26th November 2018
Common-law wife

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

“And there were REALLY weird noises coming out of mummy and daddy’s bedroom last night.”

It was my godson’s birthday supper and my daughter’s latest pronouncement managed to silence all of the adults seated around the table.

“Ooooooh,” continued my youngest encouraged by the fact she now had the floor, “Mooooh,” she gurned to the other children whilst my bestie mouthed a quizzical “Mooh???” in my direction.

So, if your other half has some weird bedroom habits, including listening to whale music (on their new Amazon Echo) whilst trying to get to sleep, I suggest you let your friends and family know in advance of your bedtime.

Because, trust me, none of them will believe you after the event.


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

LG’s little one found a screw in a loaf of bread. She’s posting a warning for others but where did the loaded loaf come from? (read more)

MQ asks what rights she has as a “common-law-wife”? She’s not looking to leave her partner but is suddenly feeling a little vulnerable (read more).

Someone is urgently looking for Eileen Bell. That’s all the information we have. Very very mysterious (read more).

T. has posted to share the news of some new openings on Northcote Road (read more). Whaddaya mean we’re getting a Wimpy bar?

M. is a new mum looking for advice on nurseries in Clapham (read more). Can you help?

And just down the road, locals are horrified at the proposed loss of a much-loved children’s centre on Tooting Common (read more).

D. has posted an update on the proposed development of the Balham Bowling Club site (read more). If it’ a planning update that means everyone is happy right? Oh.

M. is looking for a good curry house in Clapham. Yum, that’s made me really fancy one. Take away tonight… (read more).

On a different note, H. is looking for a piano tuner (read more).

Oooh don’t get them confused, you’ll be naan too pleased if you try and eat the piano or play a tune on a tikka masala! Although the piano could be good at complicated ghee changes!!

B. is after one-to-one Excel tuition to take her to the next level of columns and rows (read more). I. Need. This. Course. Too.

B. would love to be able to tell her trees apart. Know of any specialists roaming around the commons so we can bough to their knowledge? (read more)Geddit? Bough?

S. is a Wandsworth council award-winner and would appreciate help in getting her indefinite leave to remain (read more).

And we have the annual and ‘joyous’ news of station closures over the festive period…(read more).

G. has posted to ask if interesting, well-paid part-time jobs actually exist?(read more).

M.’s post about needing a child therapist has brought in so many helpful and thoughtful replies – thank you all! (read more)

In other news, we’re having a NappyValleyNet Festive Meet-Up at Fresh Ground on Battersea Rise. Coffee and conversation for you and playtime for your little ones with the lovely Happy Tots, plus a goodie bag to take home thanks to The Lemon Tree. All the trappings of a happy Thursday morning! It’s free, but do book your place to avoid disappointment and tears! (read more)

And talking of festive, our Community Editor went to Winterville last weekend with her family and they all had a pretty unforgettable family day out. Sounds like it’s not to be missed and filled with wall-to-wall treats, whatever your age (read more).

Skylark Café is hosting regular Wednesday Pop-Up Shops and would love to hear from you if you’d like to sell your wares, with some availability on pre-Christmas dates! (read more)

And still a few places left on the second December date at Skylark with Saskia Frost and her Festive Wreath Making Workshop (read more).

Onto brighter things and great sharing of colouring tips following Z.’s post on where to go to go blonde! (read more)

More happy reviews following our post about Indy Market’s delicious supper to the door (read more).

Need help cooking in preparation for Christmas. A. has posted to say she has availability – is this a cooking elf I see before me? (read more)

C. has posted to tell us about the Putney School of Art & Design which she came across recently. Lots of local talent and a Christmas show in early December – perfect for original Christmas presents (read more).

There’s a new Thursday Theatre Company at Tara Arts starting in Januaryfor any budding performers, and they’re offering a lovely 10% off (read more).

D. knows a female NZ student keen to meet up with other Kiwis her own age (read more).

One of our team took her family to see Ratty, Mole and Toad at The Polka Theatre recently in their festive production of Wind in the Willows, and it has become a firm family favourite (read more).

And talking of theatre, Fantastic for Families is the place to find fun and affordable arts and cultural activities locally, and they want your votes. You’ll even be entered into a draw to win a Mini iPad 4 (read more)

Neal’s Nurseries is hosting a Christmas Terrarium Workshop later this week – go try your hand at this oh-so-on-trend creation and your presents will be the best in your gang! (read more).

And if you’re expecting, there’s a lovely sounding evening coming up soon focusing on pregnancy wellness. And relax….(read more).


We have a Thanks Giving Turkey stuffed full of House & Garden posts

If you’re planning a new kitchen, then Bellevue Bespoke are running a fabby Black Friday discount until the end of November. Free installation and their showroom, just off Bellevue Road, is GORGEOUS! (read more)

C. is new to the area and would love your recommendations of reliable builders for renovations(read more).

D. would like to find someone to clean her electric oven (read more).

And T. needs a good electrician (she or he might not stretch to cleaning though…) (read more).

S. is looking for reputable flat roof specialist recommendations (read more).

S. needs someone to repair the washing machine (read more).

SM needed a floor sander. Did you find one? Because we’ve had another suggestion this week! (read more)

OM wonders if you need any waitressing help this Xmas? (read more) I

f so, she and her friends can help! FV is looking for someone who can supply a roof balustrades? (read more)


We have a Black Friday Sale of Schools Posts

There’s an open morning at Ecole de Wix off Clapham Common North Side today! (read more)

And Swaffield Primary has an open day on Wednesday(read more).

Great news that Allfarthing Primary has been hailed in a recent parliamentary review, proudly posted by a current Y1 mum! (read more)

Teatime tutors is running a series of 7+ through to 11+ mock exams to help anyone preparing for the real things (read more).

T. would love to hear from you if you know about The Hall School in Wimbledon (read more).

Another T. has posted an interesting link suggesting that some universities are about to go bust– but which ones? (read more)

And at the other end of the educational scale, Little Lavenders is a new Montessori pre-nursery opening soon (read more).

G. would love to hear from you if you know Garden House or Knightsbridge School (read more).

And L. is deciding between Newton Prep and Thomas’s Battersea. Any experiences? (read more)


We have a New England Fall Full of Travel Posts

Travel Designers in Balham love banging the drums for working mums and are as proud as punch of one of their new directors who was a finalist recently in the UK Everywoman in Travel Awards (read more).

H. has posted lovely warm-looking pictures of a house in the South of France available for rent (read more).

An old thread on Christmas in Goa has risen again with some of you suggesting there are other wonderful places to explore in India instead (read more).

Fancy NYE wrapped up warm in Cornwall before taking the NY Day plunge in the sea? Maybe it’s on your bucket list…Blue Monkey have a discounted rate for that week! (read more)


Here come the Situations Vacant

Term time Office Manager at L’Ecole du Parc nursery school. Parlez-vous francais? (read more)

SEN teaching assistant role in Southfields, school hours (read more).

Volunteer role using digital skills to make a difference to women and girls around the world (read more).


For sale

Red Islabike Beinn 24 (read more).

Parkgate House School nursery uniform (read more).

Black Helly Hansen ski salopettes, age 4 (read more).



Doll’s house with people and accessories (read more).

Keyboard with stand (read more).



Annabel and NappyValleyNet Team


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