Sparks Charity Day, cookery competitions & super savings: your weekly what’s on guide from NappyValleyNet!

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Welcome to your NappyValleyNet weekly “What’s On” guide!

So, the time has come. The lovely long summer is slipping away and school is ON!

Nursery, primary and secondary doors are opening all over Nappy Valley and in go our children big and small, sometimes swamped by a new uniform, sometimes squeezed into one that’s a little on the snug side (let’s work that 3/4 length trend), sometimes nervous, mainly happy.  That’s life and it’s supported around here with no end of classes, groups, activities and goings-on. Keep the NappyValleyNet community up to speed with what’s on our doorstep by posting your own classes, events, fairs, and all the rest, right here on our fab calendar! (click here)

Week-in, week-out and that’s why we love it around here!

Puddle Ducks swimming lessons for 0-5s will encourage your little ones to swim through music and rhyme.  Perfect timing straight after all the summer fun.…click here for more details

Todos a cantar run regular classes for 4 year olds and under in Wimbledon and you will be entirely immersed in Spanish songs, games, puppets and stories.  Less of the que? que? que? and more of the que bien! (if only I knew where the key for upside down ? and ! was I would look even more fluent…!)…click here for more details

The Build It Workshop classes are coming to Clapham and Putney and the term starts soon.  Any budding Zaha Hadids or Norman Fosters out there?  Harness that love of construction play (apart from anything else, it’s often blissfully quiet!)…click here for more details 

Wanderers Junior Hockey will be getting the new season underway in Battersea Park from 14th September with fast and furious training sessions each weekend.…click here for more details

Dance Grooves are starting new regular after-school Street Dance classes in Putney on Tuesdays.  Any little groovers in your gang?  Apply here!…click here for more details

Any budding Rory McIlroys or Justin Roses out there?  Junior Golf Taster sessions and After School Clubs could just set them on the right track with the Birdie Club…click here for more details

Babyballet are about to pirouette their way into the new term for little ballerinas up to 6 years old (and they start at 6 months – point those sweet little tootsies!)…click here for more details

Looking for Inspiring guitar to uncover the musical genius in your child?  How about lessons with someone who has performed and recorded with One Direction? Sometimes it’s not classical that’s going to float their boat, but a bit of 1D and Frozen.…click here for more details

Bach to Baby is back for the autumn with a series of classical concerts for you and your baby to enjoy in Clapham, Putney or Wimbledon.  Doors open half an hour early for a good ol’ coffee and natter first.…click here for more details

Are you a determined tennis ‘improver’?  Perhaps so after hitting a few balls this summer.  Julian Cousins has this Tuesday morning class fast filling up (click here). Or you might be looking for a warm up and drills followed by match play each week, in which case this is the one for you.…click here for more details

How about something a little bit different to throw into the mix.  All part of life’s rich pickings.

The Doodle Plant Bar in Battersea is calling all green-fingered children (and their grown-ups) to come along this Sunday to make lots of mess and help spruce the place up with autumnal plants and fun art activities.  Rather their place than mine..!…click here for more details

Brilliant idea here!  Any students about to fly the nest?  It needn’t all be beans, toast and tea (well not every day anyway…) The Cookhouse Battersea will teach them how to cook tasty and healthy food in a day!…click here for more details

Top Tooting Cook?  Try your hand at this fun competition, part of the Tooting Foodival on 14th September. Cook up a dish using locally grown ingredients bought the day before. You’ll be judged on food miles (the lower the better!) as well as the look and taste and one of the judges is Mr NVN himself! He’s already wearing his high-waisted pleated Farah slacks in anticipation of a Cowell-like role. It’s a YES from him!…click here for more details

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off?  Wooden spoons and whisks at the ready! It’s the Wandsworth Bake Off on 20th September.  We’re all invited to get baking, from traybakes and bread to cupcakes and afternoon tea.  If you have any budding bakers with you, they can join in too, with entries to be judged in two age groups from 7-11 and 12 to 16 years.…click here for more details

As we’re into September, that means the Sparks Charity Family Day on Wandsworth Common is fast approaching.  We’re thrilled to be supporting the day which will be packed with fun and games for all, including a delicious BBQ from Skylark, once you’ve worked up an appetite with Try Time Rugby, Dantastic, Bertie & Boo, Amanda’s Action Club and Open Air Fit to name a few. Brilliant!  Book your tickets now!…click here for more details

Stop press!  Don’t miss these ones!

A reminder about this weekend’s St John’s Hill Festival on Sunday 7th from 11am to 5pm.   Go along for all things fun, foodie and frolicksome (is that a word?), including the hilarious Great Golden Goldfish Gala with the team at FishClub.  Racing fish, anyone!? …click here for more details

Wandsworth Council are holding two secondary school advice sessions on 9th and 10th September from 7pm in the Wandsworth Civic Suite. A great opportunity to find out more about how the system works and to arm yourself with all the latest information. …click here for more details 

Surface Tiles are holding an ‘Extra 10%’ day at their outlet near Hampton Court.  If you wend your way down there on Saturday 13th, you’ll get an extra 10% off an already bumper 70% saving!  Time for an update in the bathroom/kitchen/loo/utility anyone…?!…click here for more details

After all that, sit back with a chilled glass of white in hand and take a look at our fabulous property section, with homes for sale or to rent all linked to school catchments.  We’ve got distances to the nearest schools all mapped out for you.  Handy, hey?click here for more details

On the move? Don’t miss these fab four properties from our Preferred Property Partners:

New to the market this week with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom house, beautifully refurbished throughout and with a south facing garden…click here for more details

On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a Victorian family townhouse on a sought after road very near Clapham Junction and with a larger than average garden…click here for more details

Available to rent with Hamptons International is a beautiful 3-bedroom family home, tastefully finished…click here for  more details

And from Savills, a wonderfully presented 4-bedroom house with a recently refurbished kitchen, and an excellent location between Lavender Hill and Battersea Rise…click here for more details

That’s all for this week!  Whatever you decide to do, have fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team


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