New head for Ravenstone? Council warn of bogus binmen! Local policeman saves baby’s life! Christmas activities galore!

Last Updated on : 22nd December 2014

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

This week’s email contains a double whammy of festive fun.

We’re rolling together our regular Monday mail with Thursday’s “What’s On” guide to bring you a cracker full of discussions, questions and activity ideas.

“Why?” we hear you ask whilst, if you’re anything like me, panic buying your few remaining presents and praying for a last minute delivery slot.

Well, we didn’t really think you’d appreciate our usual activities guide on Christmas Day as it’s the one day of the year when we know what almost everyone will be doing (“Dear NappyValleyNetter, How about trying a turkey dinner today and perhaps a heavy fruit based pudding for dessert?”)!

So with that in mind, please enjoy this Yuletide NVN bonanza and all that’s left for me to do is to wish you an incredibly Merry Christmas and I’ll see you on the other side!

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

New head for RavenstoneA lovely lovely story! A local police officer saved a baby’s life and was then reunited with the child a few weeks later. If this story had a movie poster it would say “Heartwarming!”…click here for details

Actuallyadad asks the councils for some more playgrounds. Do we need more playspace? here for details

Bogus binnys blag bonus! If you tip your binmen, make sure you’re tipping the right guys!…click here for details

Stripyshirt lives just off Earlsfield Road and wonders what’s causing the motocross noises he hears most Sundays? We know! We know! Pick us! Pick us!…click here for details

New head for RavenstoneTooposhtopush heard there was an awful accident at Clapham South on the 13th, does anyone know what happened?…click here for details

Londonlady14 needs a couples counsellor but her husband would feel more comfortable with a male therapist. Do you know of someone who might help? I REALLY hope we can get some answers for this query…click here for details

GrumpyBadger needs help. They want to give their childminder a nice Christmas gift but don’t know what’s appropriate. Any advice or suggestions?…click here for details

Zaza107s’ four year old is not yet reading but is interested in more complex books than The Gruffalo, Winnie the Witch etc. Can you recommend reads that sit between picture books and chapter books?…click here for details

New head for RavenstoneDansk1234dance is getting desperate. She ordered a ‘vintage pirate treasure chest’ on eBay but it’s rubbish! Any ideas or there’ll be one very unhappy swashbuckler on Christmas Day?…click here for details

Kjam143 asks if there are any companies that will come to your home and baby proof it?…click here for details

A shop on Northcote Road for eight thousand pounds per month? Looks like it and no wonder it’s hard for local retailers, says Seb…click here for details

TheMuir’s son turns six in January and she’s planning a party but needs inspiration for going home presents, any suggestions?…click here for details

Looking for a new challenge? Check out these vacancies!

Fcardoletti is looking for a lovely person to take care of their two small dogs from the 28th of December to the 5th of January. Their regular sitter backed out at the last minute. Must love dogs. (OK, I put that last bit in but you never can be too careful!)…click here for details

A French teacher is required for a nursery in Wimbledon. Tres Bon!…click here for details

“Oliver” are looking for an “Operations & Marketing Support” person for their lovely office team based in Streatham Hill…click here for details

Crystaltips74 is searching for a full time live-in nanny to join them in Jan to help take care of their 2 yr old daughter and 3 month old son…click here for details

SabineMum is recruiting a French-speaking live-in nanny to start on 5th January…click here for details

Here’s our “What’s On” Guide for Christmas Week

ice1Our fabby friends at Skylark have special Christmas opening hours! Apart from Christmas Eve & Christmas Day they’ll be open over the festive period(click here).   Oab needsrecommendations for a badminton court in Battersea/Wandsworth(click here).   JuliaG would love to meet up with Russian moms and their babies / toddlers (click here).

If you can still move after ingesting a flightless bird on Christmas Day then why don’t you show it what it’s been missing by flying off to Peter Pan in Wimbledon at The Polka Theatre? Brace yourselves for pirates, mermaids, tick-tocking crocs and swashbuckling fun!…click here for details

He’s behind you! Oh no he isn’t! This isn’t the level of support that Nick Clegg can expect from David Cameron but a cheesy link to Cinderella The Panto at the New Wimbledon Theatre! Sue Ellen is in it too! Yes her from Dallas!…click here for details

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Antarctica is a ‘must-see’ at the Battersea Arts Centre. It’s got intrepid explorers, seals, icebergs and tons of relatives of the star of the John Lewis advert: penguins!…click here for details

Why not head up to Regent Street, hop on a bus, dash upstairs and get the best seat in the house for a perfect view of the beautiful Christmas lights?  Magical!

And if you’d rather stay at home and surf the web, did you know that Christmas is a major moment for house-hunting online? Get ahead of the crowd by checking out our property pages!…click here for details

Put these four at the top of your Christmas list from our Preferred Property Partners:

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Available to rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 7-bedroom Victorian detached house minutes from Streatham Common, with a large entertaining space and private driveway…click here for details

For rent with Hamptons International is an extremely well presented 4-bedroom family home with an extended kitchen, Between the Commons and just moments from Northcote Road…click here for details

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a beautifully refurbished 2-bedroom, split level flat accessed through its own front door, just a moment’s walk from Battersea Park…click here for details

And on the rental market with Savills, is a charming 3-double bedroom split level flat on a quiet residential street moments from Battersea Park and Clapham Junction…click here for details

Like Santa on Christmas Eve, NappyValleyNetters have the travel bug and a heap of questions!

8han has just booked their first family ski trip with Mark Warner over Christmas. They’ve got a 5 and 6 year old who they’ve booked into morning ski school.  Has anyone got any useful tips?…click here for details

BDB is really unhappy with Opodo! I would be too! They bounced her flights!…click here for details

IndyB is preparing for a long-haul with the little one and seeking tips from those of you who’ve done this before. e.g. can you take formula cartons on a plane?…click here for details

Hjm has just booked to stay at the Abama in Tenerife for a week in April. At the moment they have just booked the room and breakfast but are wondering whether to book half board?…click here for details

Geegee007 asks does anyone know of a website/app that can be used to watch channel 4 (specifically the series finale of Homeland) whilst travelling in Europe? 4OD does not work outside the UK…click here for details

BettyBoo have a very real first world problem. They are off on holiday in January for some winter sun and can’t find any online retailers that sell summer clothes in the Winter…click here for details

The school term might be almost over but your education questions keep coming!

Wheresmyschool? has just heard there is going to be a new head for Ravenstone, does anyone know anything about this? (click here).  This year’s primary school league tables were published in the Daily Telegraph. See here for Wandsworth’s top 20…click here for details

If Santa got stuck in the chimney he could ask for advice in our “House and Garden” section, it’s that good!

Abettina wants to know what are the most sought after areas in Wandsworth(click here).  Nicnox needs a recommendation for an accountant who can help with the tax return on buy-to-let? (click here).  Ballymanu needs a suggestion for a company to replace casement windows? (click here).   LP73 would be very grateful if anyone is able torecommend basement and loft conversion companies – even ones to avoid! (click here).   MumsRus has just bought a wreck of a house and needs to get it completely redone, has anyone out there has had good experience of working with builders that have delivered on time, on budget and to the plans? (click here) and Pico are currently looking for one/two bedroom(s) flat in Tooting (Broadway or Bec) possibly with a small private here for details

AnnabelsArcade is our totally free buying and selling site!

A Little Tikes pink car for sale £25…click here for details    XBox 360 with Kinect for sale £150 ono…click here for details   and an Ikea HENSVIK cot bed for sale £60…click here for details

That’s it, have a wonderful festive week!!!


Annabel and the Team


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