Global superstar films in Balham. Three thousand council staff sacked. Vegetable thief on the prowl. Police crime update.

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

This coming Easter we’re taking a ski/drive holiday so my parsimonious husband decided to buy pre-worn snow tyres and pay someone to fit them at home.

He’s hatched worse schemes so I stayed silent whilst he checked tyre sizes, read online reviews and then proceeded to spray carefully calculated bids around a well known auction website like a toddler clicking “buy it now” in Moshi Monsters.

What he didn’t do was open a window and check to see if we were in the middle of the warmest winter on record, as that would pretty obviously, affect the other bidders.

And as a result he won all the auctions.

Every. Single. One.

I now have eleven snow tyres scattered around my small back garden and more are arriving tomorrow.

All I’m missing are a couple of chimpanzees for it to resemble the monkey enclosure at London Zoo.

But that’s not the best news.

My lovely friends at Volvo have just offered me a press car for the very same holiday.

So we now have “snow” need for any winter tyres whatsoever.

Sorry about the pun but I feel it’s acceptable when I’m the one living in KwikFit.

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

Jackie Chan, the world famous martial arts superstar, was shooting a movie in Balham last week. I don’t suppose he’d have a use for eleven snow tyres? (click here)

Is there a healthy eating thief running around Wandsworth? Three veg. boxes have just been pinched off one NVN’ers doorstep (click here)

From veg. to lead. Yup, you read that right. DDR warns us all to be careful, a bunch of houses on Lyford Road have had lead stolen from their roofs. I wonder if it’s the same bunch who’ve been procuring the veg boxes? I guess you have to be in good shape to climb a building? (click here)

In other crime news, we have an update for the Balham Ward from PS Tom Chamberlain. With his permission I’ve reproduced it on NappyValleyNet and there are some interesting points – be careful with your bags, wallets and purses in Waitrose, Sainsburys and Lidl (click here).

Three and a half thousand council staff have been told they’ll be dismissed and then re-engaged as part of the merger between Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. A very stressful time for all involved (click here).

Clapham Souther would love your advice. She’s eight weeks pregnant (congrats!) and is terrified of hospitals. Should she consider a home birth? Any soothing advice very welcome! (click here).

Are you about to get married? St Marks church are running more of their popular marriage preparation classes (click here).

Mummag is looking for birthday ideas for her husband. Something involving supercars. Try the Classic Car Cub, they’re ace! (click here).

DJ wonders if you’d recommend the Lion King or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for her little one? I’d plump for Pumba every time! (click here)

Saggitarius is looking for an orthodontist for her little ones. Some good recommendations so far, thank you everyone! (click here)

A bunch of ballet kit was left in The Flight Centre last week. Is your little one missing his/her tutu? (click here)

A massive thank you to “Bills” on Northcote Road for looking after us all so well in our last meet-up. Great company, a lovely location and cake – who could ask for more!(click here)

Looking for a new challenge? We have more vacancies than the Oscars have statues

A lovely local firm of interior designers are searching for a freelance part-time residential architect (click here) the Clapham Village Nursery are holding a recruitment fair on the 20th of February for a range of nursery vacancies within the Bright Horizons family (click here). Laura Tenison, the founder of JoJo Maman, needs a P/T book keeper to manage a couple of buy-to-let properties (click here) The reCentre in Balham need a P/T administrator/receptionist (click here) MTC is searching for a nanny share with a family who’ll be attending the Mousehouse from this September (click here) We have TONS of other positions from property PA’s, P/T accountants and even mandarin teachers! (click here)

Two Dulwich boys are looking for a magician for a charity event. Is there a David Copperfield in Nappy Valley? (click here)

Abcdefg asks what is the going rate per hour for a nanny? (click here)

MM is searching for a career coach. She is thinking of switching to a different internal role and needs help with interview skills (click here)

HJM is looking for 40th birthday ideas and a cheesy DJ! All together now…”Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine.” That’s one of my favourite songs but as I type I realise it doesn’t make sense. Tambourines don’t have a beat, do they? (click here)

Mummag asks for your Maldives suggestions. Take me, take me, that’s a suggestion! (click here)

Another stack of nursery posts! First off, Belmont House is a new French/English speaking nursery that’s just opened near Wandsworth Common, bienvenue! (click here). Some LOVELY comments about Little Starlings – it sounds lovely! (click here) Bright Horizons have taken the time to explain the rationale behind the name change of their Kids Unlimited nurseries, thank you (click here)Lastly, CL asks if you can suggest any nurseries in Southfields? (click here)

Little Voices have just achieved an amazing set of “Acting and Musical Theatre” LAMDA exam results. Wow! Well done! AND they count as UCAS points (click here)

We have more school questions than I have snow tyres!

CM wonders what is an “informal” interview as far as schools are concerned? (click here) Alleyns or JAPPS for reception, asks LM? (click here). Newton Prep or state is a very interesting question and has generated a huge number of replies (click here) Can you recommend an 11+ online resource? (click here). Lastly, Spannar is looking for a private school for a struggling student? (click here)

We have more “House and Garden” questions than the Super Bowl has touchdowns!

Blipa needs a solicitor to work on a house sale (click here) NightingaleMum wonders if anyone has used Martins the builder? (click here). MMM is looking for mattress and carpet cleaning recommendations (click here). AM would love advice on a new kitchen, she isn’t a “Shaker” person and would love something modern and reasonably priced (click here). Waxed Floors on Battersea Rise gets some mixed reviews (click here). P20 would love oven cleaner recommendations (click here) Petal needs a new spindle– I think LP73 has sorted her out – thank you! (click here). Finally, Janet would love acarpet fitter (click here)

Do you remember our recent piece on local female entrepreneurs? Well, we’ve just added to it with an interview with the Sadia from Lifestyle Design and Build. From banking to design guru, what a journey! (click here)

Looking to buy or sell? It’s totally free to post your items on NappyValleyNet

FOR SALE: a brand new iCandy Peach travel bag (click here), a John Lewis Kitchen Aid blender (click here) and Boon Flair high chair (click here)

Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the Team

PS the sharp-eyed amongst you will have realised that although we mentioned Grand Design tickets in our latest offers email we didn’t actually link to it. Apologies. The link is here.

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