Role Models Confidence & Resilience courses, Cinderella at Eddie Catz and a school open days update: Your What’s On activity Guide from NappyValleyNet!

  Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Mother's Day.  Just saying.  Don't let it pass you by in amongst all the day-to-day commotion.  Take the time to relax and enjoy the moment.  Hopefully there might be a homemade card to keep forever, breakfast in bed (never mind the crumbs) and a nice brew.  Grab a good book, a newspaper, a magazine, a local website packed full of conversation and up-to-the-minute goings-on. Entertainment and … [Read more...]

SW11 restaurant fined £24K for mouse urine. New Emanuel head from King’s. When does cleaner become employee? Education cuts coming to Nappy Valley

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, According to recent news reports we may be about to enter a school funding crisis. The new 'National Funding Formula' will result in London secondary schools losing the equivalent of six teachers from their annual budget, whilst primaries could lose two. Unsurprisingly this has become a hot topic on NappyValleyNet (read more) and if you would like to protest against these cuts then you have until the 22nd of March to take part in the consultation. Here is … [Read more...]

NappyValleyNet Meet-up at Skylark, Where’s Wally Fun Run and Deciphering 7/8+ with Bonas MacFarlane: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Bone-strengthening sunshine is a wonderful thing, not least for women of a certain age.  It lifts the spirits, puts a spring in the step and wards off any issues with old(er) bones.. Time to strip back the layers and get out in the big fresh air. Whether you're running around to keep up with speedy toddlers or running round just for you, make good use of our busy-bee calendar to help you … [Read more...]

£100k for 3 bathrooms: reasonable? Valuing house split in divorce? Local filmmaker hits the big time!

Dear NappyValleyNetter, Twelve months ago we published the very first NappyValleyNet Design & Build Guide. Our aim was to produce an authoritative annual, packed full of genuinely useful information, to help you create a gorgeous home for you and your family. We must have done something right as your feedback has been phenomenal and I'm delighted to say that the 2017 edition, which is even bigger and better, should be popping through your letter box in the next few days. We do, … [Read more...]

NappyValleyNet Meet-up at Skylark, Stacks Property Surgery and The Affordable Art Fair: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! March. The time of spring flowers, mad March hares (the boxing variety not a common sight around here), 40 long days and nights without chocolate or crisps or, in some extreme cases, wine.  Replace these voids in your life with something different to really embrace the change of season and the challenge you have set yourself.  There's plenty on offer out there and you'll find it on our … [Read more...]

Earlsfield Gastropub stabbing. ‘Wealthy Balham residents targeted for being rich’. Help me sell Catholic school to husband!

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, "Wow, you've pushed the boat out for World Book Day!" I love World Book Day but in spite of Mr NVN's little joke, I hadn't made an effort, we were about to disappear on a Turquoise holiday (oooh get us!) and I'd simply given myself a spray tan. Maybe a little light on the spray and a little heavy on the tan, but it was nothing to do with World Book Day. Then my eldest came into the kitchen, she'd overheard our exchange. "Is that really for World … [Read more...]

Bright Horizons’ West Hill Nursery & Pre-School Grand Opening, The Hamptons International Countryside Roadshow and a Science Family Fun Day: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! So two days ago you were busy flipping pancakes and covering them with lashings of sugar and lemon/chocolate spread/strawberry jam/honey/whipped cream, and today you're struggling with your resolution not to eat sugar for the next 40 days.  It is supposed to test you, so good luck with that. Help the next six weeks go more smoothly and reduce your sugar-craving stress levels by making good use of … [Read more...]

Raw sewage closes popular local restaurant. Help me choose a fertility clinic. 30 smashed windows in Balham

Dear NappyValleyNetter, Like most parents I try to encourage my children to read as much as possible, to ask lots of questions and to be genuinely curious about our weird and wonderful world. And sometimes, if I'm honest, I might feel a frisson of smugness thinking I'm doing a pretty good job in this department. But most days I realise I'm making not one iota of difference. Yesterday I spent almost an hour arguing with my eldest who, it turns out, has always believed that "prima … [Read more...]

The Roadshow at Hamptons International, Raising Girls with The Parent Practice and Nurturing Mums on Northcote Road: Your What’s on guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Smiles are slightly broader this week as colourful crocuses pop through grass, temperatures rise and the sun peeks out (occasionally) giving us all a much-needed Vitamin D boost.  While spring is busy springing keep one eye on our calendar, not just to be up-to-date with the latest goings-on but also for posting your own events, classes, fairs, performances and protests. We'll help you spread the … [Read more...]

Can I ‘outsource’ the puberty/s*x chat? Weight loss resistant: help! I’m giving up “Between The Commons

Dear NappyValleyNetter, It was a perfect storm of deliveries. A YODEL van arrived at the same time as a DPD delivery driver just as a neighbour brought round a parcel we'd 'missed'. My family made short shrift of the packaging and soon the living room resembled a cardboard shredding plant as everyone pored over their new purchases. Mr NVN was sporting a new ski jacket, my daughter a pair of salopettes and my sister-in-law holding a blouse up to the mirror. My very young niece … [Read more...]

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