Basement return on investment? Planes flying over 4.45am: illegal? Ripped off by plumber? Xmas family “whats on” guide!

Dear NappyValleyNetter,After weeks of speculation, guesswork and gossip the winner has finally been announced!I’m not writing about the X Factor, Strictly or even Nigel Farage’s latest parliamentary candidate, I’m writing about the only competition that matters if you live in SW London: the “Win a Nappy Valley Christmas” competition.This is truly one of those situations where I wished everyone could win, but we could only select one entrant and that winner can be found here.It goes without saying that we couldn’t host this annual event without incredibly generous support from a whole heap of fantastic local businesses so I’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to: Thorold Wines, Likeminders, The Lemon Tree, Sinabro, Ben’s Canteen, Big Fish Little Fish, Antony Laban’s Barbershop, All about the girl, Francesa Alexander, Independent mindbodysoul, Volker & Quinn, Dee Light Bakery, The Dessert Deli, Cleavers Butchers, Tranquility Flowers and Battersea Flower Station.

Without their prizes this competition simply wouldn’t happen.

Last, and definitely not least, a huge over-emotional Yuletide hug to all of you who entered!


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

Basement return on investmentOutnumbered was charged for two hours plumbing work when the job took only ten minutes! Ripped-off or caveat emptor?…click here for details

TXmum is being woken by planes landing at 4:45 am! Is that allowed? Can she report them?…click here for details

There is an update on the refurbishment work on the Grandison road here for details

Now I bet no-one begrudges a council their parking revenue (oooh, can you sense my sarcasm) and probably a good thing too as last year Wandsworth earned the fifth highest amount in the country!…click here for details

Mungomuffit asks does anyone have a Fiat 500? Do you like or hate it? Some great feedback here, MM, but bearing in mind the previous story just be careful where you park it!!!…click here for details

Basement return on investmentA brace of scooter stories! TM needs to repair her son’s Maxi Scooter. Who supplies marvellous Maxi maintenance? (click here)  Sticking with two wheels, Lia wants to buy a scooter for her husband who is 6′ 3″ tall and 90 kg. Suggestions for a source of wheeley big wheels?…click here for details

If these posts were movies we’d be moving from “The Need for Speed” to “Great Expectations”: Mertony needs a lawyer to create a watertight will?…click here for details

RHOB is about to move to the USA and wants to know if you can suggest a similar Stateside brand to HIPP stage 1 formula?…click here for details

Young at heart needs a very large uterine fibroid removed. She has private medical insurance and would be grateful for any gynaecologist recommendations?…click here for details

Sticking with medical topics, Hhirst needs suggestions for a hypnobirthing therapist for a home course in Wandsworth?!…click here for details

Jonathan at Hamptons International has 130 left-over grotto gifts from last weeks Northcote Road festivities. They’re a combination of rulers, Haribo, bouncing balls, “light up” teddies and dinosaurs. If anyone knows of a charity that would like them please shout!…click here for details

gbh2Felicity0204 wants to buy a gingerbread house? Jonathan from the previous post sells houses but I don’t think they’re made of Gingerbread!…click here for details

Claire M needs ideas for an easy female Bond fancy dress outfit? Mr NappyValleyNet once dressed up as Lara Croft for a fancy dress party. I’ve hidden the photos, they shall never see the light of day…click here for details

Goldhawk has Christmas visitors who’d like to attend a church service over the holidays. Recommendations? A friend of mine has just taken over St Matthews in Fulham (click here), I know you’d be very welcome there!…click here for details

EM would like ideas for a nursery gift but there are tons of staff she wants to thank, so she’s not sure what to do! How might she express her gratitude to so many carers?…click here for details

Total change of subject and I can’t think of a way to link them! Anna needs a cat sitter!…click here for details

From kitty sitters to a nanny called Kitty! NK lost a glove on Northcote Road and although they’re not expensive she’ll struggle to find replacements. Have you found the missing gauntlet? (click here) and “Lostkeys!” went for a run on Friday afternoon on Clapham common and  dropped her house keys! Have you seen the missing metal?…click here for details

KM is looking to meet other mums-to-be! She’s 29 years old and currently working in the City but looking forward to meeting expectant mums in the coming months! Hope we can help you KM!…click here for details

Looking for a new challenge? Check out these vacancies!

Angelique is looking for a cleaner for three hours per week (Wednesdays) for her local church in Wandsworth. They offer £10ph and good English language skills are preferred as the successful applicant will receive written instructions in the morning…click here for details

French teacher required for a nursery on Wednesday mornings (9.30-10.30) starting in January 2015. Tres bon! here for details

Looking for Xmas “Things-to-do”? Check out our “Festive What’s On Guide” (click here)

TheBiscuiteers have a few spaces spare on the first Icing Workshop in their new Northcote Road boutique! (click here).   Deester is trying to set up a support group for single parents, either divorced or single by choice (click here).  Cuqui03’s nanny is looking to meet nannies from Ecuador /Latin America (click here).  Marta_bcn  would like to know if there are any Spanish playgroups for babies or mums groups around Wandsworth? (click here).    Kristyna has a 14 month old daughter and lives in West Wimbledon and is looking for some new Czech friends to hang out with? (click here).  Spursmummy lives in Balham and wonders if anyone knows of any swimming lessons that take place locally on Saturday or Sunday?…click here for details

It’s not just Katie and William who travel around the world at Christmas: NappyValleyNetters are still asking holiday questions!

Sw11 would like a recommendation for a super compact buggy that you can be “carried on” to a plane? (click here).  Some great feedback from many of you around villas and hotels in Barbados…click here for details

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

Some lovely comments about Wandsworth Prep and the chances of a “late application” place (click here).  DCB asks if anyone has experience with the Clapham Village Nursery? (click here).  Sara1 is looking for nursery place for her son and has visited the Yukon day nursery.  Any good? (click here). Her son is currently at the Abacus nursery and she is not too happy…click here for details

Is someone in your family about to take the Eleven Plus? Our good friends at the Parent Practice havewritten a handy Christmas survival/revision guide (click here). Thanks guys!

Like Alex Salmond our “House and Garden” Section just keeps coming back…

Sw11 is keen to dig out her basement but has a niggling doubt about whether it’s a good investment? (click here).  SVhopeful is looking for recommendations for a granite worktop company? (click here).  Melissa.j.shepherd needs a recommendation for a company to install a burglar alarm? (click here).   Gdavies is looking for a damp expert(click here).  and Emmsas needs a recommendation for a reasonably priced plumber? here for details

AnnabelsArcade is our totally free buying and selling site!

Nearly New Bosch Tumble Dryer, £100 ONO…click here for details three seater sofa, £900 ONO…click here for details   and Babydan true pressure baby gate, £20…click here for details

That’s it, have a wonderful week!!


Annabel and the Team



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