Fruity Tunes, Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair and Thumbs Up for Scooting: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

 

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! 

We’ve been saying spring has sprung for a while now but writing this, it really has.  It’s getting busy out there.  Summer term classes are up and running with plenty of free tasters on offer if you want to try something different, the commons are buzzing with people on brighter days – sporting, playing, meeting, running, cycling, strolling, even picnicking.  In true British style, a glimmer of sunshine and the flip-flops are out.  I love that brave and hardy spirit.  And the fairs – the Spring Fairs, not the Summer Fairs quite yet – are beginning to take off.  Hibernation time is well and truly over.  We’re all coming back out to play. Our calendar is buzzing too.  Please keep adding to it so that we can keep spreading the word for you.  It’s more fun that way. (click here)

Are you in the market for a new home to rent or to buy?  Or thinking of selling?  Our property pages are filled with bricks and mortar in SW London thanks to PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  As well as the usual search criteria we have school catchments.  Key in the postcode you’re looking for, click on the primary school you have in mind and all the available homes and distances from school gate will come to you! (click here)

 

Take a look at these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week

Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair    Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair

    

For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom terraced house on one of Earlsfield’s most sought after roads, immaculately presented after being stripped back to bare brick and refurbished to exacting standards, with a large kitchen reception room and bi-fold doors opening onto a south-facing garden …click here for more details

For sale with Portico is a spacious 2-bedroom flat with stunning views of London over the River Thames with a smart and modern large open plan kitchen and reception room, good storage space and a lovely communal roof terrace. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house just off Northcote Road, finished to an excellent contemporary standard while retaining many Victorian features, with plenty of natural light and concertina doors from the kitchen leading to a lovely garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Edwardian home on a tree-lined road close to both Tooting Bec and Balham stations, with plenty of natural light and a stunning conservatory leading onto a decked garden designed for entertaining. …click here for more details

 

Day in, day out, there’s all sorts going on in Nappy Valley

A new term of Fruity Tunes is underway with a great collection of classes dotted around the neighbourhood.  Original music played live on real instruments to both appeal to adults and to bring on children’s development, musical appreciation and participation.  There’s a free taster on offer if you’re new to it and then it’s a Flexi-Ticket system which sounds, well, lovely and flexible! …click here for more details

First Aid for Life runs regular sessions in Balham in small groups led by professionals from the medical and emergency services, so you’ll learn a great deal and head home feeling so much more confident about how to help if the worst ever happens to an adult, a child or a baby. …click here for more details

Lady Berry Cupcakes is holding a Queen’s 90th Birthday Cupcake Decorating Class(Happy Birthday, Ma’am) and has designed some very special creations in her honour.  You’ll make 12 gorgeous sugar-crafted cupcakes – The Queen, a telephone box, a letter box, Big Ben, a tube sign…take a look!  …click here for more details

The Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair is on this Saturday afternoon.  Head over for a fun-filled family time with international food, face painting (told you the season had arrived!), washable tattoos, karaoke and games including Uni Cycle, Nerf Guns, Grand National and more. …click here for more details

Or if you live in a different area, you won’t want to miss the Abbotswood Road Street Fair which is on for a second year to raise money for The Haven.  Music, gymnastics, live music, dancing, Dog Show, raffle and more…ooh, how we love this season of community fairs and general merriment! …click here for more details

There’s a Nearly New Table Top Sale at St Michael’s just off Northcote Road on Saturday too in aid of the restoration appeal, Small Steps School for Parents and For Lucie.  You’ll find stalls selling everything from baby clothes, toys and games to homemake cakes, chutneys and raffle tickets. Time to bag a bargain! …click here for more details

 

Want to be a culture vulture? You won’t have trouble around here!

Rumplestiltskin is on at the Polka Theatre this weekend.  A fairytale favourite spun before your eyes in this woolly wonderland of a show with weaving, puppetry and music.  Everyone gets their threads in a twist before you know who steps in…lovely family fun!…click here for more details

Little Folk with Albo is back at The Colour House Theatre on Saturday with his folk style concert, a great way to introduce your children to live music, with a very relaxed atmosphere and plenty of opportunity to join in – and not just for the little people. Imagine yourself by an open fire and in full of voice… …click here for more details

It’s Hammersmith’s turn to celebrate Shakespeare 400 with Bach to Baby tomorrow.  Head to the Merry Old England concert and you’ll hear the noble bagpipes, the exotic shawm and the twisty serpent.  They promise the lute, flute and more to boot – the Bard himself would be proud of that rhyme! …click here for more details

This Saturday sees the Wenlin Chinese School Open Day in action at Chestnut Grove.  A cultural extravaganza, you’ll get to experience Chinese opera, art, music and Kung Fu, taught by Master Lin Cunguo.  Sign up for a trial lesson and try it for yourself – just don’t pull anything! …click here for more details

The 23rd sees Shakespeare’s birthday and 400 year anniversary, so head to Clapham’s Omnibus for Shakespearience!, a slightly off-beat look at his life and dramatic works.  Expect music and song, witty Beatrice and Benedick, Hamlet’s Advice to the Players, Falstaff and Hal, as you’ve never quite seen them before! …click here for more details

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave hits The Bedford on Sunday to help you prepare for Camp Bestival with an Outer Space themed indie special! Think DJs, a multi-sensory dance floor with glitter cannons and bubbles, craft areas, soft play areas, chillout zones, transfer tattoos and glowsticks and a bar for the grown-ups. …click here for more details

Kava Girls is a play with songs to be performed at The Bedford in May as part of theWandsworth Fringe Festival.  Filled with pathos, humour and brittle glamour, it tells the story of a transgender Samoan and her contemporaries who are struggling as understudies in the West End.  ‘Pick of the Fringe’ at Edinburgh 2014, it also features live and recorded music – sounds like cutting edge culture in our midst. …click here for more details

 

In other news…

Piccoli & Co on Abbeville Road is holding a charity event this afternoon and evening to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Russia.  Launching their Spring/Summer collection, there will be drinks, nibbles, a prize raffle and more, with 10% of all sales going directly to the fundraising effort. …click here for more details

The Laurels School is holding an Open Day next week.  Based in Clapham, it’s an independent secondary school with a Catholic ethos and its doors will be open for you to have a look around and to get a good feel for the environment. Please do book in advance, though. …click here for more details

Thumbs Up for Scooting 4 (or should that be IV?) hits Battersea Park again in May. Stand back, it’s the turn of little ones aged 2 to 7 to take on a challenge on their scooters and raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  It’s after school, it’s great fun and a brilliant opportunity for children to grit their teeth to cross the finishing line and support a great charity. …click here for more details

 

Your chance to win!

Did you know we run regular NappyValleyNet offers and competitions put together with you in mind?  Each month our partners come up with a fab range of goodies which might be up for grabs to win (it could be you) or on offer for you to snap up if the mood takes or the content strikes a chord.  New shutters?  Holiday in Greece? Family photography session? New garden lighting? Free entry to Grand Designs Live? Tickets to The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl?  How fizz-whizzingly wonderful! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, have fun and keep an eye on our calendar so you don’t miss a thing. (click here)

 

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xxx

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