Should I betray my niece’s trust? Revealed: how local schools select brightest pupils. Help: noisy neighbours! Late postal deliveries?

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

“I’ve been offered my first modelling gig!”

I wouldn’t expect to hear these words from anyone in my family but if I had to rank them in order of likelihood, Mr NappyValleyNet would be right at the bottom.

After Patches the hamster.

And he’s been dead for two years.

Anyway, it really was my husband who was claiming to be on the fast track to catwalk fame and fortune and it turned out he wasn’t fibbing.

If you’ve seen a copy of our recent Design and Build Guide (click here to be sent a copy) you may have noticed the builder’s, ahem, bottom on page 35. But unlike most of the ones I’ve seen the one in print is much more “Tom Hiddleston: The Night Manager” than “Nick Knowles: DIY SOS”.

And last Thursday the firm in question tweeted at Mr NVN to ask if he’d like to be their next model.

“It’s a win-win situation,” he happily expounded whilst excitedly waving the tweet receiving phone in the air, “I get to be famous and they’ll have to book a massive advert to fit all of me on a page.”

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

how local schools select brightest pupilsSG is in a moral quandary. Her niece has trusted her with some pretty sensitive information and she wonders if she should tell her mother, who is also her own sister? She’s very close to them both and can’t see how to do the right thing (click here).

Neighbourhood noise in terraced houses: how do you deal with it, asks MGM? It sometimes feels that their neighbours are actually INSIDE their house! (click here)

Have Wandsworth clamped down on scooter parking? MO reckons there was an internal meeting that decided to issue more tickets (click here)

Jen66 is receiving VERY late postal deliveries. Anyone else being visited by an almost nocturnal Postman Pat? (click here).

Boden sales – are they worth a visit, asks GLT? Mr NVN LOVES their clothes but he always wants to buy maroon jumbo cords and stuff that makes him look like Julian Fellowes (click here)

Mo2 is looking for a parenting expert. Can you recommend a local child whisperer? (click here)

how local schools select brightest pupilsYoung at Heart is hunting for a hip specialist. That’s a medical request not for someone who rides a fixie bike, has a beard and lives in Hoxton! (click here).

PS wonders if you can recommend a family solicitor? (click here)And on a similar theme, CW asks if you would trust a trust? It’s for estate planning and wills (click here)

Lucy Gardening Lady lost her iPod on Wandsworth Common. It was in the trees. I know that sounds like a Kate Bush song but lets focus on the missing music machine! (click here)

Abcdef has a question about terrace sizes. How big should a garden terrace be? It’s in the process of being built and 10 feet feels a little small! (click here)

weekly3Galette des Rois: where might Papinian buy them? I don’t even know what they are! (click here).

HM is looking for midwife recommendations near Northcote Road (click here)

Our great friends at First Aid for Life have written an article on sepsis signs to watch out for. Thank you FAFL. This could be the most important article you ever read (click here).

Lords of London have posted details of the Easter Eggstravaganza: 10% off Easter eggs has to be egg-cellent! (click here)

And in school news…

Two Wandsworth Prep. posts. Firstly, Soph. is really keen for your feedback on the school (click here). Then the school have posted that they have complimentary space for hire (click here). Moving on to results, Hornsby House released details of their 11+ leavers destinations – congratulations to everyone involved! (click here). With the increasing pressure on school places we asked Nicola Woolcock of The Times to look at the ways local schools are selecting the brightest pupils. You can read the article behind this link (click here). Finally Dolphin School have announced that they have a limited number of places in year 1 for boys and girls (click here)

In other news, was this article written by a Honeywell Dad, asks BMHAW? It’s a cracking read about how tough it is to be a SAHD. (click here).

Two tutor events I want to mention: firstly, a children’s creative writing course (click here) and secondly, a post from Elite Tutors with revision tips (click here). Thank you everyone!

JH would love your local Doula recommendations. Can you help? (click here)

Looking for a chiropodist? Some great recommendations and a post from a local mum offering her foot-fixing services (click here)

Would you like to meet other mums? We have a ton of meet-up requests from French and American mums to regular meet-ups too (click here).

Looking for a new challenge? We have more vacancies than England scored tries

I seriously cannot list them all here but we have recent posts asking for shop assistants, estate agents, cooks, nannys and more! (click here)

Planning to rent office space in SW6? If so, Rupert might have just the desk(s) for you! (click here)

Cobblers! I’m not being rude but simply highlighting that one local shoe-fixer gets an AMAZING recommendation (click here)

LYB posts to tell me that our FB log in is working – great to hear! (click here)

RM is considering a ski trip over Easter with his wife and two daughters. Any suggestions for where they can hit the piste? (click here). WW asks about accommodation in Marbella, any suggestions as to where they can stay? (click here)

We have more “House and Garden” questions than Trump has critics

We’ve previously mentioned that Rampton Baseley has just opened new offices on Wandsworth Common. We met up with co-founder Joel for a chat about their plans(click here). Boddrs comes to the defence of Waxed Floors, Battersea Rise (click here). ISL is searching for a lock-up garage (click here) BL has some LOVELY questions about terracotta pots and seating for a balcony – really hope we can help! (click here) Jen has posted an electrician recommendation – thank you! (click here). Finally, Tinkerbell is offering to paint your much-loved furniture (click here).

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

WANTED: Trunki Boostapacks  (click here), FREE wooden bed (click here) and FOR SALE a huge steel fridge! (click here)

Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team

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