Don't bother with the West End & disrupted tubes - everything you need is in Putney
PutneySW15.com has put together a shopping guide which exclusively features presents offered by SW15 businesses. There's no need to traipse into town when gifts for every member of the family can be purchased right here on your doorstep.
Putney Town Centre Manager, Nicola Grant said:
"No need to fight with the crowds in Oxford Street, Putney has lots of great gifts available on the High Street, in the Exchange shopping centre and in both Upper and Lower Richmond Road. Putney residents can play a big part in supporting the local economy this Christmas by shopping locally wherever possible. Support Super Saturday on Saturday 6th December where lots of independents in Putney will be offering special deals."
Discerning shoppers will find great value and choice in our local shops without the hassle and fuss of going to the West End. In fact, many local businesses offer home delivery, too, so you can shop from the comfort of your own home, safe in the knowledge that you are 'being green'.
And we've even done some of the hard work for you. Below is listed some of the very best that's on offer in the local area for the festive season.
A recent survey conducted by Friends Life has found that UK shoppers will each spend on average £248.82 on Christmas presents this year. The most common price bracket is between £101 and £200 (25%), though 14% plan to spend £500 or more. Londoners plan to spend an average of £240.90
16% of people plan to spend between £1 and £100 on Christmas presents, with just 3% looking to spend nothing at all. Women account for a larger proportion of Christmas spending. They will spend (£259.39) 9% more on Christmas presents than men (£237.05).
Who spends what?!
15% of women spend £500+ on Christmas presents compared to just 12% of men. 18 to 24-year-olds are expecting to spend £145.07 each on Christmas presents, with 6% planning to spend nothing at all. Whereas 25 to 30-year-olds are expecting to spend £229.2 each on Christmas presents, with 9% spending £500+.
With matuurity comes the greater spening power; 31 to 39-year-olds are expecting to spend £269.36 each on Christmas presents, with 27% spending between £201 - £300 whilst people aged 40+ are expecting to spend £266.19 each on Christmas presents, with 16% spending £500+
PutneySW15.com are always happy to give our support to locally owned shops, businesses, artists and artisans. If there is any provider of local gifts that you think we should feature let us know. To add your company please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8932 8295.
A time for giving........
|With Christmas shopping upon us we hope the high street will be buzzing with generous activity. Warren would like to take this festive opportunity to encourage Putney residents to celebrate local independent business.
In 2015 we will be celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the first Warren office opening in Putney. We are particularly mindful of the corporate competition and their ability through economies of scale to, on occasion, offer what appears, very superficially, to be better value. However, we also know that in both what we do and also what our fellow independent retailers and service providers do there is very real, and in some cases incalculable, value to an independent owners’ approach to service and product quality.
With this in mind Warren would heartily encourage all Putney residents to investigate and champion their local independent businesses and ensure that they spend plenty of Christmas money with them so that they continue to be able to provide a superior service and easy access to high-quality products on our doorstep.
194 Upper Richmond Road
London SW15 2SH
Tel: 020 8780 1100
Fax: 020 8780 0872
139 Lower Richmond Road
London SW15 1EZ
Tel: 020 8780 3604
Fax: 020 8789 5952
Make it a Very Yummy Putney Christmas by giving a loved one a Christmas voucher for a cookery class at The Avenue Cookery School www.theavenuecookeryschool.com or win one by answering this question, ‘What is the cheese dish mentioned in our Avenue Cookery School Video?’ Answers to email@example.com by 5pm 19 Dec - one correct answer will be ‘pulled out a hat’.
The cards are blank inside - personalised orders can be taken for orders of a minimum of 50 cards.
(Deadline for bespoke printing would be orders by 1st December, signed off proofing by the 5th December and printed by the 10th December)
pets & home portraits
Eat, drink and be merry at home....
|Emiles At Home in your front room combining our preparation (with first class ingredients) and your home cooking - cut out the boring bits, but keep the fun of cooking. Simply follow 5 simple steps.. and have a very merry pre-Christmas without the heartache! (Last orders taken on 20th December).
Eat, drink and be merry with someone else doing the hard work....
|Looking for a great pre-Christmas Party Menu? Or a fantastic meal to see in 2015?
Bookings are now being taken at Emile's for pre Christmas Parties - 3 courses £32.00, 2 courses £28.00 - and for their ever popular New Year's Eve Party - 5 course dinner (with options), bar extension until 2.00am & dancing costs £53.00. Please call Emil (020 8789 3323) for more details (Snow not guaranteed).
Closed 24th - 30th December inclusive
Emile's 96-98 Felsham Road, Putney SW15 1DQ
Telephone: 020 8789 3323
|Enoteca Turi - 28 Putney High Street, SW15 1SQ
020 8785 4449
Celebrate Christmas with our Christmas Party menus, which are available from 1st - 23rd December, lunch or dinner, for a minimum of 10 people. So book your Christmas party either in the main restaurant, separate seating area or private function room which seats maximum of 18.
Deck the Halls ........ It is that time of year again!!! Trees are dotted around Putney, the current thinking is that Blue Spruce is the tree most likely to hold onto its needles all Christmas. They are bushy and have a blue tint to their thick needles.
The more traditional Norway Spruce is now regarded as the cheaper choice and the most likely to shed its fine and spiky needles at the least provocation. (Don't forget you can leave your tree for recycling after Christmas outside your house - click here for details.)
|Happy Christmas to all our valued customers and PutneySW15 readers
Gas Safe Registered plumbers and gas engineers in Putney. We specialise in domestic heating and plumbing to private residential clients or landlords. We provide free estimates and can assist you with any plumbing, heating or gas work including:
• Boilers installations and repairs
• Boiler servicing and gas safety certificates
• Central heating installations and repairs
• Power flushing
• Bathroom installations
Please call Russell on 07951 173092
|Happy cooking this Christmas from West London Kitchens, local suppliers of bespoke German family kitchens. If you want to cook your turkey in a new kitchen next year, please give us a ring and we'll visit to discuss your plans. We sell beautiful kitchens at friendly prices; they’re designed bespoke to you and delivered ready built; and there are no flatpacks. Please visit www.westlondonkitchens.com for more information or ring on 020 8741 1981. Merry Christmas!
Looking to the year(s) ahead.....
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Prepare your car for 2015 take advantage of our special offers:
* MOT's s only £35 with free top up checks
* full service and MOT £170 including filters and oil
* specials on all bodywork ask for a free estimate
Wardo Autos MOT & Servicing Centre -
29 Winthorpe Rd, Putney, SW15 2LW
020 8788 9862 or 020 8788 2006
Have yourself a very healthy Christmas....
Beware the morning after
You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it's the 'morning after'. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don't help to sober you up - time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
There is no excuse for drink driving
"I can handle my drink."
Alcohol affects everybody's driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop
"I'm only going down the road."
A large proportion of all drink drive crashes occur within three miles of the start of the journey.
If you're planning to drink alcohol, plan how to get home without driving
Options include agreeing on a designated driver, saving a taxi number to your phone, or finding out about public transport routes and times before you go out.
Don't offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive
Even if you're not driving, you can help reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving.
Don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol
Carol services, music & panto.....
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Thursday 4 December Australia
Friday 5 December Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East
Monday 8 December Cyprus, Eastern Europe
Tuesday 9 December Canada, France, Greece, Poland
Friday 12 December
Saturday 13 December Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland)
HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office
Friday 28 November Airmail to Operational BFPOs
Friday 12 December Airmail to Static BFPOs
Thursday 18 December:
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All Saints' Church
Carols by Candlelight
- Sunday 21 December, 7pm
Sung by the choir, with traditional carols, readings and poems in the candelit church followed by mulled wine and mince pies This service is not suitable for children
Crib Service - Wednesday 24 December, 4pm
A traditional crib service with carols for families, at which children present the Christmas tableau – suitable for young children
Midnight Mass of the Nativity - Wednesday 24 December, 11.30pm
Traditional midnight service to celebrate the arrival of Christmas Day. The first Eucharist of Christmas sung by the All Saints’ choir.
Family Christmas Eucharist -Thursday 25 December, 10.30am
All Age Holy Communion sung by the choir with hymns, and children’s presentation for Christmas.
The Community Church
Carol Services on 15th December 4pm and 7pm
St Mary's Church:
Advent Carol Service - Sunday 30th November at 6:00pm
A sequence of music, hymns and readings by candlelight to mark the beginning of the Advent season. A joint service for Churches Together in Putney and Roehampton.
Blue Christmas Caritas - Sunday 7th December 6.00 pm
Is the festive season a difficult time for you? A chance to find the true comfort of Christmas with our ‘Blue Christmas’ Service, a reflective service for those who find Christmas a time of pain or sadness.
Lerum Swedish Choir – Santa Lucia - Saturday 13th December 7.30 pm
A concert of traditional Swedish Music for Lucia and Christmas with the Lerum Motet adult, youth and children’s choirs lasting about 1 hour
£5 adults, children free. For more details click here.
Carols by Candlelight - Sunday 21st December 6.00 pm
Our Christmas carol service is a traditional service with readings and carols by candlelight. The service is based on the festival of nine lessons and carols which is sung at Kings College Cambridge every year, and helps us look forward to greeting the Lord at Christmas.
Unfortunately this service may not be suitable for young children.
Christmas Eve Crib Service Tuesday 24th December 4.00 pm
The Christmas Eve crib service is a great chance for children to learn about the nativity. This is a busy service where carols are sung, and children from the parish act out the story of the nativity and is great fun for all the family on Christmas Eve.
Midnight Mass of the Nativity by Candlelight - Tuesday 24th December 11.30 pm
Our Midnight Mass is a traditional celebration of the first Eucharist of Christmas as we welcome Christ into the world. This service is very special and there is a great sense of joy and celebration in the congregation, as we welcome Christ into the world by the light of candles.
Christmas Day Family Eucharist - Wednesday 25th December 10.00 am
This is our all age celebration of Holy Communion to welcome Christ into the world and celebrate his birth. This is a family service where all are welcome, and we will be singing carols and listening to the story of the birth of Jesus. We will be finished in time for Christmas Dinner!!