All the fun of the Northcote Road Summer Fete! Plus other summery goings-on: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

 As I write this, Andy Murray is still in it.  As I write this, I remember that this time last year I wrote the same opener, only to have a last minute, “Arrggh, stop press!” kind of moment from my iPhone on the school run when I heard he’d gone crashing out.  Come on Andy, do it for my sanity if nothing else…And do it for NappyValleyNetters everywhere who want you and only you (well, with one other I suppose) to adorn the green turf at Wimbledon this Sunday afternoon.  The Northcote Road Summer Fete never feels so good as when one of our own makes it to the Final (rare, I know).  It just makes what’s an already really good afternoon in the neighbourhood a really, really, really good afternoon in the neighbourhood.  All together now, “Come on, Andy”.  Oh, and if you can see past Sunday and want to know what else is going on, take a look at our calendar and keep on adding to it.  It’s full-to-bursting with summer fun. (click here) 

On the move?  In the market for a new abode?  Start your search with your trusted NappyValleyNet.  We have all the homes for sale and to rent in the area together with their distance from your preferred Primary, with helpful catchment area distances provided by our friends at Wandsworth and Lambeth councils. (click here) 

Check out these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week 

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Available to rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family home within easy walking distance of Honeywell Primary School and Northcote Road, with lovely wooden floors, neutrally decorated throughout and a west-facing garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom house very close to the station, shops, cafés and restaurants of Earlsfield, beautifully presented and fully extended to create a bright and airy family home. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family home on one of the most sought after roads ‘Between the Commons’ and just off Clapham Common, superbly finished throughout and renovated to retain the Victorian features but with a stunning kitchen and bathrooms …click here for more details

On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached house on one of the most popular streets in Clapham Old Town, with a natural basement housing a wine cellar, utility room and kitchen/family room, opening onto a 65ft south-facing garden. …click here for more details

Plans, plans and more plans.  Diaries at the ready.  You won’t want to miss this lot!

This is the last time we’re going to remind you.  If you’re not at the Northcote Road Summer Fete on Sunday, then you’ll need a jolly good excuse in writing from your parents to explain your whereabouts!  But seriously, we’re all so looking forward to it.  A great day for friends, neighbours, local businesses and NappyValleyNetters to come together to celebrate all that our fab neighbourhood has to offer.  See you there! …click here for more details

Time for another Tooting Field Day on Sunday so get ready to join in on another ‘safari’ around the area.  Not a zebra or lion in sight (phew!), but you could join in on a free puppet-making workshop or a picnic, or walk all the way from Tooting to Clapham Junction only on the grass!  Sounds impossible?  Better join in to find out if it can be done! …click here for more details

And to get you in the mood, why not help make the Carnival Bird this very evening?  Free to join in, it’s a ‘Meet & Make’ craft session for all ages and together you’ll construct a giant bird out of ‘borrowed’ feathers.  I’m thinking of a crazy mixture of Big Bird, Orville and Emu…or maybe I’m just showing my age! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby are in Clapham tomorrow, this time with the guitar for ‘Summer Strumming’.  You and your little ones will discover the world of classical guitar with pieces from Spain, France and Japan making up an enchanting programme.  It sounds like it might just stop those toddlers in their tracks! …click here for more details 

Bien sur! C’est Bastille Day next week!  Head over the river to celebrate in style at the Duke on the Green in Parsons Green. Sounds like a fun party in a pub with a lovely French twist – French wine flowing and an accordionist playing.  String of onions and beret optional.  Chouette! …click here for more details

It’s Nelson Mandela Day next weekend and you could celebrate in the heart of Wandsworth.  GJ’s will be helping to raise money for the Starfish Charity which supports South African children orphaned by AIDS.  Go along for hog roast, live rugby on the big screen, live music in the bar and plenty of fun and socialising.  Sounds fab! …click here for more details

It’s nearly time for the annual NCT Summer Portrait Day at the Aspire Centre in Southfields.  An award-winning photographer will capture your family at its best with ‘English country garden’ as the theme, so arrive decked out in your summer best and with props that represent your family well.  Maybe hold off on the melting ice creams until afterwards though..…click here for more details

Any budding actors and actresses out there?  Or just children who like to sing, dance, act and shine!  Let’s Act are signing up new members for their autumn term right now, and places are extremely limited on certain classes, so if you have LAMDA in your sights or a mini Valjean or Cosette on your hands, then book in now! …click here for more details

Summer holiday activities are really hotting up.  Here’s just a handful from our calendar.  Don’t forget to dip into our What’s On section for even more ideas!

Summer, camera, action! If your child is aged from 8 to 12, they might like to join The Quick Brown Fox Video Production team at their summer workshops.  Film, edit, direct and create at a whole week of filmmaking fun in either Putney, Battersea or Southfields.  They’ll get their hands on professional cameras, lighting and microphones…sounds like a lot of fun and if they hit the Big Time, they can look after you in your old age……click here for more details

 Or if they prefer being on the other side of the camera with un peu de francais thrown in, then there’s French & Drama Summer Club.  A week of being immersed in French and drama with Exchange Theatre – acting classes in the morning and cultural and drama-related fun in the afternoons, including outings to Tate Modern and The Globe Theatre.  For children aged 7 to 15 …click here for more details

Flying Fantastic run regular classes and intensive workshops in Trapeze and Aerial Skills for 8 to 15 year olds and are holding summer clubs in Battersea.  Let their confidence soar as they take on new challenges and swing to new heights.  Gulp.  This one’s for children way more gutsy than me! …click here for more details

At Eddie Catz in Putney, let them learn all about the water cycle with Little House of Science.  A drop-off session for 4 to 7 year olds, they’ll follow the incredible journey of a water drop and make a mini earth system to take home.  But not before they’ve had a ball in the soft play! …click here for more details

Inspired by Wimbledon?  All Star Tennis are running weekly camps throughout the summer holidays at no less than four of our fabulous big green open spaces.  Take your pick from Wandsworth Common, Leader’s Gardens in Putney, King George’s Park and Tooting Common. Move aside Murray, the next generation’s on its way..…click here for more details

The Fabularium Family Fairytale Festival sounds simply fabulous!  Think attention-grabbing stories, unrivalled and award-winning storytellers and a giant yurt in the heart of the South Bank.  With various dates and times to choose from, surely it’s a must as a summer holiday treat.  See how many London landmarks you can spot from just a short stroll down that stretch of the river too! …click here for more details

Wandsworth Museum, based at the Battersea Arts Centre, has got plenty of Family Fun in store for you this summer.  They’ll be joining in on Family Saturdays and getting creative with arts and crafts as they investigate the history of work and play in the area.  Get sticking, colouring, glueing and drawing.  Lovely fun! …click here for more details

One for the grown-ups and how about this to brighten up a late summer’s evening?  There’s a Lampshade-making class at Barmouth Kitchen where, with your own choice of material but everything else provided, you’ll make your own drum lampshade to admire day in, day out, forever more……click here for more details

And finally…
Have you seen our completely and utterly fabulous collection of offers and competitions for you this summer?  We’ve unleashed a whole new batch and they have to be seen to be believed!  Let’s Act are offering a free place on their Summer School AND a whole term of classes!  Then there’s breakfast and bubbles at the lovely Skylark, a gorgeous Hydraclean facial at All about the girl and £100 to treat the family to lunch thanks to Lifestyle D&B, as well as fab offers fromLaundrapp, Camp Suisse, Gambado and more, more, more! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, be lucky!

See you Sunday!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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