Python loose in Battersea park! Emission zone expansion: £12.50 to cross South Circular? Dad’s poker night? Missing engagement ring. NappyValleyNet meet-up

Last Updated on : 11th June 2018
Dear NappyValleyNetter,

I want to open this week with a topic which could be filed under ‘Boring But Very Important.’

It looks like the ultra low congestion zone will be expanded to reach South West London much much sooner than expected and, if I’ve read it correctly it, this means that in less than a year you could have to pay over a tenner to drive around Nappy Valley (read more).

As with all these schemes the devil is in the detail, but as an example. if you live south of Battersea Rise you would have to pay a charge to visit the Wandsworth tip!

I’m not the only one who is worried.

Wandsworth Council have asked the Mayor to consider a rethink but this does seem to be a potentially very divisive initiative (click here)


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

Police have found a stray snake in one of our local parks. I’m not writing about an errant member of UKIP but a real live snake. “Oh that’ll be a harmless grass snake,” I hear you mutter but this time, as the movie posters might scream, it’s different (read more).

It’s time for our NappyValleyNet Summer Meet-Up! We’ll be at the lovely Skylark on Wandsworth Common with coffee, cake and conversation which is well away from ‘Python Park’. It’s entirely free but do sign up because we can only take so many of you lovely lot. And did I mention there’ll be a lovely goodie bag to go away with!? (read more)

Plt, asks if any local Dads might be up for a Poker night? Her hubby’s card school is looking a bit depleted so she’s helping to recruit more members! (read more) Or maybe he won all his opponents money???

There’s an au pair gathering in Earlsfield tomorrow (read more). What’s the collective noun for au-pairs? I’ve no idea but for UKIP’ers it’s a ‘frenzy’ which seems accurate.

P.’s post asking for help and advice around an impending divorce and finding a lawyer, has got lots of replies – thank you (read more).

R. has lost her engagement ring on the corner of Thurleigh Road and Ramsden Road. Anyone spotted a sparkler? (read more)

E. is trying to find Mrs Sophie Mill who moved to Abbeville Road 11 years ago. How intriguing! (read more) There is a Mrs Mills who writes for The Sunday Times – could she be the missing person???

From people to puppies! S. posted about a missing Yorkshire Terrier who has disappeared from Cobham Close off Bolingbroke Grove (read more). Have you spotted the missing mutt?

And A. found a young kitten on Bramfield Road (read more).

Gosh, I think that’s the most “lost and found” posts we’ve ever had!

There’s been a stark warning to schools and teachers from Barnardo’s as we approach what is apparently a key time of year for FGM (read more).

It’s Carers’ Week this week with various free events including the Great Carers Annual Bake Off at Southside. Did someone say cake? (read more)

And it’s also Men’s Health Week and men in Wandsworth are being urged to take the free help on offer to keep them fit and well (read more). Here’s looking at you Mr NVN!Some interesting replies to Z.’s post about feeling terrible since having the Mirena coil removed (read more).

The BBC featured a very moving short clip about a family’s attempt to deal with the loss of a young mother (read more).

Wallace Cotton are showcasing their gorgeous collection at the House & Garden Festival and have two tickets to give away. Be quick – closes Wednesday! (read more)

S. invites you to an open morning of coffee, shopping and wellbeing off Clapham Common (read more).

S. has posted a petition for anyone concerned about the effect of the impending Brexit on au pairing (read more).

And some locals families are going to the Peoples’ Vote on Brexit March – join them if you feel strongly! (read more)

N. is looking for a private pulmonologist or respiratory consultant following a bout of pneumonia when 29 weeks pregnant (read more).

A. would like your recommendations for a private paediatrician in SW London (read more).

More talk about what’s new on Northcote Road including a pizza place and a financial services company – we’ve got it all! (read more)

And staying with Northcote Road, our roving foodie reporter Rob visited Arlo’s for a midweek steak (read more).

And Northcote Fete is ON and they’d love to have a Big Screen for the tennis (and football!) again this year, so really need local help to make that happen (read more).Wandsworth Swimming Club are holding an open swim trial at Ernest Bevin for all budding swimmers (read more).

Funky Moves have just launched street dance steps for you to learn online with the whole family – spontaneous kitchen dancing – love it! (read more)

Tickets are still available for a World Gin Day event at Ben’s Canteen in Earlsfield next week (read more).

Clapham NCT is holding a Nearly New Sale very soon. Elbows out…(read more).

The Get Active Wandsworth Festival Roadshow wheels are in motion again so it’ll be time to get moving soon (read more).

Thinking about Christmas presents yet? Argos has predicted what will be top of every child’s list for 2018 – I know it’s only June, but still…(read more).


We have a girder full of House & Garden questions!

Roundhouse has written a great piece for us on bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out, with some ace pictures that I could quite happily live in! (read more). Kenny wonders if you know who might returf their small garden? (read more) And B. asks about external window and door suppliers? (read more) P. would love to hear from any composters – what do you use to contain your scrapings that isn’t an eyesore? (read more) M. is looking for a basement company – any recommendations? (read more) D. islooking for a short term let, walking distance from Northcote Road (read more). The discussion of the average cost of a rear/side return extension goes on and well worth a read if you’re considering a build! (read more) The where to get a new sofa chat continues too (read more). And there have been a few helpful replies to C.’s post asking about aluminium Crittal-style doors (read more). On a similarish theme, DD, wonders if you can suggest a supplier for Plantation Shutters? (read more)


We have a staff room full of Schools questions!

Alderbrook is advertising for a new Head and B. asks if you know more? (read more)  S. is moving to Clapham this summer and needs to find a nursery for her 3 year old – any advice? (read more) D. is moving back to the UK from the Netherlands and has had several helpful replies after asking for primary school advice (read more). Yellowbird Education is running several summer workshops if you’re busy preparing for some key exams (read more). There’s a free trial session on offer for anyone looking to learn Mandarin (read more). Hyde Tutors have written five fun Creative Writing tips if you’re trying to encourage your 7+, 8+ or 11+ child to put pen to paper in preparation for the exams (read more)Streatham & Clapham Prep School’s Stay Sessions are proving very popular and if you sign up today you can head along to tomorrow’s session for free. Yes, you read that right! (read more) And Streatham & Clapham Prep School’s Reception and Nursery Applications for entry this September are closing soon if you’re still considering your options (read more). The Roche School has just been rewarded with a Premier League Football trophy celebrating the achievements of their female footballers (read more).


We have a sarong full of Travel posts!

Travel Designers have posted details of free child places at Mark WarnePhokaia Beach this June, July and August – looks gorgeous! (read more). Camp Suisse offers French immersion as part of the action-packed one or two week programmes in the Swiss Alps this summer (read more). N. has posted details of a holiday home with a pool near Padstow (read more). And Blue Monkey are offering 50% off their baby- and dog-friendly Cornish cottage during June (read more). If you or yours love cycling and Italy, you might like the sound of this trip to Lombardy in October (read more). Don’t miss out on our current NappyValleyNet holiday offers. There’s an irresistible deal at Luxury Family Hotels including cream teas and candlelit dinners, especially brilliant if you can beat the school holiday rush! Plus exclusive offers on family holidays with Balham’s Travel Designers.  Keep it local! (read more).


Situations Vacant

Experienced painter/decorator with Paint The Town Green (read more). Freelance jewellery assistant at Blackbird London (read more). HR opportunity with Bloomsbury Publishing (read more)Administration Assistant in a luxury holiday letting agency in Fulham (read more). Xtraspace Construction are looking for a PA/Admin assistant based in Wandsworth (read more)Legal PA for law firm with flexibile working (read more). The Spencer Sports Club is looking for someone part-time to join their friendly bar team(read more). Six month contact for a part-time Recruitment Consultant in Clapham (read more). Grade 5+ trumpet teacher (read more).


Finally it’s your for sale posts…

Maxi-Cosi black car seat (read more). Two Gold VIP Taylor Swift tickets to Wembley (read more). And two tickets for Billy Joel at Old Trafford (read more). Elle 3-in-1 TENS machine, still in sealed box (read more). Two Trunki ride-on suitcases (read more).



A hamster cage (read more).



Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team

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