Pop-up beach opens! Case snatched whilst texting: be careful. Rules for school open days?

Last Updated on : 8th May 2017

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Are their any “rules” for school visitors on open days?

WorriedWifey has just asked this very question.

I have to say it hadn’t occurred to me that there might be. I thought the only thing to remember was to walk around asking loudly “but what can your school offer GIFTED children?”

Unfortunately that doesn’t apply to my two, unless the gifted criteria now includes a propensity for negligent hamster care and extreme bedroom trashing.

To read WW’s post, and some sensible answers, just click here


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

A new pop-up beach and food market has opened by the river next to Wandsworth Bridge (read more). If Mr NVN is going to ‘pop-by’ this beach in his mankini I’ll try to warn you all, there are some sights you can never unsee.

weekly1-copyNow this is a fascinating post: TPTP shares a great article questioning our behavior around local shops: ‘Is it wrong to buy the same things cheaper online?’ (read more)

Sticking with shops: we now know what’s taking over the old slot machine shop on Balham High Road. But what about Twist, anyone else have their ear to the ground? (read more)

Still sticking with shops, well retail, Duck20 wonders where’s good for brunch on Northcote Road? I might be able to help: there is a new(ish) place called Park Road Kitchen – I hear they’re fab! (read more)

MMM would love your recommendations as to where to buy clothes now she’s crossed that 40 threshold? Are you implying my favourite rah-rah skirt might have an upper age limit? (read more)

weekly1-copyEarlsfield1980 (so young – I bet she could wear a rah-rah skirt!) is asking for your mobile hairdresser recommendations? (read more) 

NC would like to know where she can go for clothes alterations? Please please please let it be a rah-rah skirt she’s having altered – that would be BRILLIANT (read more)

City living can often mean exploiting small spaces for maximum benefit. We asked the wonderful Georgina Blaskey to help you make the most of every nook and cranny. From dual-use rooms to multi-functioning furniture we’ve a stack of great ideas (read more).

In less happy news, AMSW12 wants to warn you that she had her document case snatched whilst texting, please be careful! (read more)

BC is on the look out for anyone else who’d like an immersive French session? N’importe qui? (read more)

weekly1-copyKatyaArtist has just finished her unputdownable page-turner and would love any recommendations for her next read to take on holiday?  Ooh let’s get a mini book club going! (read more) Don’t forget to check out brilliant local author Shannon Leone Fowler’s ‘Traveling with Ghosts” (read more)

Sticking with books, it’s the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival this coming weekend and we have a family ticket giveaway for ‘The Really Big Pants Theatre Show’, ideal for the over 5’s (read more)

The Thessaly Oasis is an area of green space in SW8 and plans are being mooted to build upon it. K. asks you to tell the council it’s far from ‘underused’ (read more)

Lifechanger wonders if there is a charity that accepts used bras? (read more)

FTSW11 is looking for an accountant to answer a very simple question (read more)

Fresh Ground on Battersea Rise are running a series of art based talks and ‘The Portrayal of Mothers in Art’ is next on the palate. I wonder if they’ll cover those animals playing pool – I love that picture! (read more)

Sticking with things we love, JulianTennisCoach has just posted details of his fabby SW Sports Half Term Camps on Clapham Common (read more)

Forkful Food are a local caterer and I’ve used them countless times – they’re ace. If you’re planning a summer party please do check them out! (read more)

The Bowling Green café still doesn’t appear to have new owners – any idea when it might reopen? (read more)

We have more health and fitness posts than the UK has elections!

There’s a new Iyengar Yoga class for your body and mind – downward dog? (read more)Interested in free tennis for all at King George’s Park and Tooting Common?(read more)  Sticking “on court” – FHM is tempted to dust off her racket any ideas for lessons? Try Julian! (read more)


We have more health and fitness posts than the UK has elections!

There’s a new Iyengar Yoga class for your body and mind – downward dog? (read more). Interested in free tennis for all at King George’s Park and Tooting Common?(read more)  Sticking “on court” – FHM is tempted to dust off her racket any ideas for lessons? Try Julian! (read more)


We have more Travel posts than Eurovision has dodgy outfits!

We have some amazing offers from Gitcombe Cottages and Luxury Family Hotels (read more). I’m still working off my Easter Eggs but some of you are thinking about your next skiing holiday! Club Med La Plagne or Val Claret?, asks MM (read more)  Ever thought of holidaying in Croatia?  Some top tips here and it all sounds very Game of Thrones! (read more) Lastly, SamT asks about Mark Warner holidays (read more) which gives me an excuse to remind you all about our last review! (read more)

Looking for a new role? We have more job vacancies than Apple has apps!

I’m looking for a PA/digital marketing helper – yes, me!  So if you’re an organisational wizard and looking for flexible from-home working hours, please get in touch! Thanks to everyone who has already applied, we’ll be looking at everyone this week! (read more)  Part time Admin Assistant need for small childcare agency in Earlsfield. (read more)  The Actors Centre is looking for a part time bookkeeper to keep their books in good order in the heart of theatreland. (read more)  We LOVE Ayrton Bespoke and they’re looking for a full time Business Support Assistant.  Could this open the window to a whole new chapter in your life…! (read more)  Trinity Fields need an Assistant Grounds Person (read more)

And still with careers, RR is considering a post-baby career change and would love to hear from any early years teachers (read more)


We have more schools questions than Prince Phillip has retirement cards!

Three Nappy Valley prep schools are listed among the top 15 for the whole of London (read more)  TAN is currently abroad but returning soon and asks about applying to schools outside of the usual entry points (read more). The debate on Rutherford House or Fircroft or Ravenstone is back on! It’s like Blur versus Oasis or Boeing versus Airbus! (read more). Inji has been offered both Streatham Wells and Hitherfield School nurseries and would love your advice (read more).  Rae99 is looking for a qualified dyslexia assessor (read more)  Windmill26 would love to hear your thoughts on Ashcroft Academy – she keeps hearing only the negative (read more)  Bananacare is looking for tuition for the Wandsworth Test (read more)  Mrsmac35 is after nursery recommendations close to Wandsworth Common and Earlsfield. (read more)


We have more House & Garden queries than Richmond Park has deer!

Wmum has a broken loo! Anyone got any plumber recommendations? (read more)  TR would like to spread the word about her brilliant new handy man (read more)  SWfriend is new to the area – welcome – and would love thoughts on buying next to the Springfield Hospital Redevelopment. (read more)  LondonBuilders asks what’s missing from the construction company offering around Nappy Valley. Could they plug a gap? (read more).  RoaringLioness is looking for recommendations for a painter/decorator for her walk-in wardrobe? Is there a connection between her name and the wardrobe, I wonder…!? (read more)  AVM is looking for a skylight blind  Anyone shed any light on the matter? (read more)  Cuqui03 needs a gardener for sporadic work (read more)


It’s totally free to post your Wanted, For Sale and Recycling adverts

Claphamama is having to say goodbye to her Dwell Verona corner sofa in blue/grey (read more)  Shallowmummy is selling a child’s Sleigh bed (read more)  Mum2two2012 is selling a used Maclaren Four Seasons pushchair (read more)


Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team


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