Wandsworth first COUNCIL to issue speeding fines

Last Updated on : 24th October 2022

Dear NappyvalleyNetter,

We subscribed to one of those weekly “Hello Gousto” meal kits and it’s Mr NVN’s job to choose the menu.

He’s been pretty rubbish at making the deadlines and so, for the last few months, we’ve been eating whatever they have left over the company think we’d like.

Or so I thought.

When I called to complain, it transpired that far from missing the Tuesday cut-off he’s been zinging through our orders with the efficiency of a Japanese car factory, but substituting my “veggie Wednesday” and “fish Friday” preferences for more steak and lamb than a Smithfield butcher.

But revenge will be sweet.

I am now looking forward to our next delivery, for which I’ve chosen has enough tofu to feed the entire Wokerati.


Here’s what you’ve been talking about this week on NappyValleyNet:

F. has posted a warning about school children in the Furzedown area being targeted by muggers on scooters as they make their way to and from school. Please ensure your children know to keep their phones hidden whilst out and about (read more).

C. and her husband were disturbed by a loud noise outside their home near Wandsworth Common which was the result of three men drilling a catalytic converter off a parked car. They were wearing masks and were equipped with weapons (read more).

A. has posted a warning about a scam someone sadly recently fell victim to in Balham’s Sainsbury’s car park, which resulted in two perpetrators trying to spend over £25,000 in Balham and Clapham (read more).

Wandsworth Council is to become the first local authority in the country to issue fines to drivers who breach 20mph limits. Wandsworth will run a pilot scheme for up to eight months, starting this week. Fines will incur a £130 charge but no penalty points (read more).

U. is very surprised to hear that independent schools don’t necessarily accept all their current children into their sixth forms, even though parents have been paying school fees for several years. U. asks can this really be the case? (read more)

B. has had an awful experience with a garage in Balham. They held onto the car for three months, without doing any of the work that she had paid for upfront (read more).

A.’s post questioning the split of family responsibilities in households has had several controversial responses. As L. says, it’s a very sore topic for most. And a very sore back for those of us actually doing it (read more).

On a similar(ish) theme, local author Sam Bunch has a new book out, ‘Men Talk’ exploring how men think, feel and navigate their life. We’re massive fans of Sam and this is brilliant! (read more)

C. is looking for therapist recommendations in the Clapham area who specialise in post-natal mental health (read more). Come on NVN – I really hope we can help with this request.

First Aid for Life have posted some helpful information about eating disorders, which coincides with the government releasing a brand new eating disorder manifesto. Plus, they are offering 50% off their Enhanced Mental health course for children and young adults until the end of October (read more). Could be the best course you ever take. Seriously.

W.’s  post about how many trick-or-treaters to expect Between the Commons on Halloween is serving as a good reminder to go huge on the Haribo! Massive on the Marshmallows. Chunky on the chocolate! Ok, I’ll stop now (read more).

The Clapham Junction BID has teamed up with trail experts ‘High Street Safari’ to bring ‘The Luminauts!’ a free, interactive, Augmented Reality trail to The Junction. Heaps of Halloween fun for all the family (read more).

E. is wondering what happened to the nanny agency Like Minders as their website is no longer working, and I guess is mindful to know where they’ve gone?! (read more)

R. has posted a link to an online petition which calls for revenue from all council penalties and fines, except parking, to be paid directly to central government (read more)

As part of Black History Month in Wandsworth you can apply for free tickets to ‘Up Close and Personal’: an evening with Frank Bruno taking place this week. Know what I mean?! (read more)

If you would like to get your kids skiing during February half term, but don’t know where to start, then check out Camp Suisse Ski Camps which are a wholesome, friendly and fun camp environment for young people to meet other likeminded youngsters, and of course improve their skiing or snowboarding in the majestic Swiss Alps (read more).

We have more House & Garden posts than London had rain!

R. needs a fence company to sort out some poor workmanship on their fences which are barely six months old. The original company are being very unresponsive (read more). F. is looking for a good broadband provider in Balham/Clapham and is also interested in hearing views on Community Fibre from the NappyValleyNet community (review). A.’s parents are visiting from the US over Christmas and are very keen to housesit in the local area (read more). More humane suggestions are coming in for P. who wants to keep foxes at bay from her bins (read more). H. has set-up a Frenchic paint concession at the Home at Last store in Earlsfield, great for painting second hand furniture and bringing it back to life (read more)To celebrate the launch of their updated website Ludley Interiors have a giveaway where you could win a free room design (read more).

Looking for a new place to call home?

For sale with Portico is a 2-bedroom flat close to Abbeville Village (read more). For rent with Rampton Baseley is 3-bedroom Victorian house on a sought-after road between the commons (read more). For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Victorian family home in the heart of Clapham Old Town (read more). For sale with John Thorogood is a 6-bedroom handsome Victorian house on a sought-after road backing onto Wandsworth Common (read more).


We have more Schools posts than the UK has wannabe Prime Ministers

Belleville primary school is hosting two open mornings on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of November from 9.15am to noon (read more). E. would love to hear feedback on Sacred Heart RC Primary School and St Mary’s RC Primary School in Battersea (read more). H. is looking for a nurturing gentle nursery environment, suitable for their three-year-old son who has sensory integration needs (read more). H. and C. have added their thoughts to the thread on Honeywell’s recent Ofsted report having had / have children at the school (read more). More feedback is coming in for S. who was keen to hear views on Wandsworth Prep, Allfarthing, Swaffield and Floreat schools (read more)Congratulations to Dulwich College who have won this year’s Independent School of the Year Award 2022 for Contribution to Social Mobility. Dulwich College is committed to helping academically-talented disadvantaged students from the local community achieve their potential. The deadline to apply for Free and Subsidised Places is next week (read more)Through its new Eaton House Foundation, Eaton House Schools is proud to announce that it is offering three 100% fully funded bursaries for entry into Year 3. These bursaries are for bright children that have the potential to benefit from an Eaton House education (read more)London Choices, a major new feature at this year’s Independent Schools Show, makes it easy for London parents to meet a wide range of schools from their neighbourhoods. Register now for free advance tickets to the Independent Schools Show taking place this November in Battersea Park (read more)Honeywell Infant School’s annual open mornings are taking place just after half term (read more)Swaffield Primary School also has Open Mornings coming up in November (read more)The Parent Team have put together a free guide for parents to help their children during their 11+ preparation, so they are all set to do their best on exam day (read more).

Situations Vacant

Work and Play Scrapstore in Tooting is looking for an individual to become Chair of Trustees (read more)Part-time office manager needed in Wandsworth (read more)A number of roles available at Royal Trinity Hospice, including community engagement officer, assistant shop manager and ward administrator (read more)Sports venue manager at a south London charity (read more)Part-time administrator wanted at Swim Studio (read more).

For sale

Air hockey table (read more). Theophile & Patachou cot bed (read more). Sofology swivel chair (read more).



Annabel and NappyValleyNet Team

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