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Re: A family celebration - ideas please

You could look at renting a house at Lower Mill Estate, near Cirencester. We have a holiday rental house there, although it's not big enough for your group, but the Estate's own rental company (google the Estate and their website has a link to it) has some larger properties on its books and prices v...
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Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:33 am

For sale: Folding fire escape ladder (over window ledge)

Selling a high quality, thankfully never used, over window ledge folding fire escape ladder like this one: We bought it when we lived in a 3 storey house and it gave great peace of mind for the bedrooms on the top floor and was part of o...
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Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:34 am

Re: Advice re going from 2 to 3

Oh yes, and FionaG's point about older ones having friends who accept the younger ones is very good. We have weeded out several PITA playdate candidates who have been obnoxious or slammed doors in the face of the youngest (who is very sociable). I think it's a good character test - a kid should be a...
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Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:50 am

Re: Advice re going from 2 to 3

I agree with FionaG - we have 3 children, also now older and almost all in secondary school. We always wanted 3 and were very lucky to have been able to have them, but yes, sacrifices are made in larger families. We rarely go anywhere that requires a flight or out to dinner as a family, but we have ...
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Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:36 am

Re: Theatre shows for 3 year old?

Agree about the Polka - they do great stuff. Two theatre companies I would really also recommend for little ones are Tutti Frutti ( and Hiccup Theatre ( They both do gorgeous fun shows for small kids, often based on classic fairy tales, but original stuff...
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Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:11 am

Re: Activities for 4/5 year olds visiting London

Nothing to add in terms of activities - they all sound wonderful - but I did want to add my total respect to Pentneyprincess for doing double godchildren duty during half term! I think I had one or two evenings' babysitting altogether out of my kids' godparents. Anyway, hope it goes well and hope yo...
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Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:09 pm

Re: Balham High Road Shops may Disappear!

That would be absolutely awful and depressing - have spent so many happy evenings at Buccis with family and friends. I hope they are are able to keep their lease somehow.
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 9
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:20 pm

Re: How do people get to Newton Prep?

We did exactly this commute for years. I did it before Balham had the lift, with a variety of babies/toddlers in tow, so just lugged the buggy up the stairs, v good keep fit! There's no lift option at Battersea Park and those stairs are steep so do a trial run before you decide for sure. It is a squ...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 3
Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:30 am

Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

St Mary's on the river in Battersea is a wonderful Church, used to be our Parish Church. They are very welcoming, quite traditional and usually have lovely music. The church itself is stunning and full of history (Benedict Arnold is buried there, so if your visitors are from the USA, they may have a...
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Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:51 am

Re: Sunday Times top independent prep schools

I know that Newton Prep doesn't feature as it doesn't make the children take SATS which are published and used as the basis for many of these kinds of lists. It was one of the reason we chose the school (my children are older and no longer there, but when they were starting out, SATS were taken in m...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 6
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:28 am

Re: Newton Prep or Thomas's

My kids have all been through NP (to 11+), great school - we used to live in Balham and there were plenty of local NP families there and we also took the train, which was very easy and meant I got a sit down and 10 mins to read the paper on the way home (bliss). There will always be the odd party or...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 15
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:37 am

Re: Please donate to get a helipad at King's hospital

Have just donated. Fantastic cause, great hospital (my oldest son was born there) and I have a cycling husband too. Hope your husband makes a good recovery, HelpKings.
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Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:15 pm

Re: Childcare Vouchers

When they are older, you can also use them for PGL holidays and similar schemes which are a godsend if you work. Do check if they have an expiration date though.
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Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:16 am

Re: Views on Dunraven and Graveney

I can't help on the academic/ethos within the school, but I live near Dunraven, and get the bus with a lot of their students in the mornings. I have been impressed with their decent manners, humour and general lively good feeling (you can't help but eavesdrop on teenage conversations in a crowded bu...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 4
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:10 am

Re: Feeling so sad

So sorry for your sad news. I just wanted to post that even if the family want to just be together at the moment, do please keep in touch with them over the coming years, it sounds like you have had a lovely relationship. One day those children will want to know more about their mother and how she w...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 5
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:30 pm