Putney's Hidden Gems

Whilst the bridge is closed take time to discover new or old favourites

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Putney Bridge is currently closed for essential repairs but Putney Town Centre is open for business and would welcome you to come and discover the beauty of Putney, the great range of retail shops, fine restaurants and pubs, relaxing cafes, excellent entertainment and of course the river bank.

Each day during the bridge closure works the Town Centre Manager will identify a gem of Putney which she recommends you visit.

Week 6 - Focus on Putney Bridge Road

Monday 18th -The Putney Debates of 1647 - The Conception of British Democracy
From the 28th October to 9th November 1647, soldiers and officers of Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army, including civilian representation, held discussions on the constitution and future of England.

Should they continue to negotiate a settlement with the defeated King Charles I? Should there even be a King or Lords? Should suffrage (a civil right to vote, known as the franchise) be limited also.

This historic event saw ordinary soldiers take on their generals to argue for greater democracy and provided a platform for 'common people' to make their voices heard. These debates, forced by the Levellers, paved the way for many of the civil liberties we value today.

There is an exhibition inside St Marys Church based on secondary source material from the Wandsworth Archives including: material illustrating the social context of Putney and its riverside position in the Civil War; its fiery local preacher and Cromwell’s chaplain Hugh Peters who was also one of the founders of Harvard University in the United States of America; an introduction to the Debates and copies of the original transcript; and the democratic and religious context by leading historians and human rights specialists. There is a fully accessible audio narrative and video as well as educational material. It is well worth a visit.

Tuesday 19th - Peterpennys Hair and Beauty

Peterpennys is an independent salon on 277 Putney Bridge Road providing a wide range of hair cutting and hair colouring. The experienced hair and beauty team are happy to offer their expert advice.

The services include cutting, styling and colouring for women, men and children. We also create beautiful hair updos for special events and wedding hair and makeup.

You will receive a complimentary Shiatsu scalp massage and hot towel treatment with every hair cut, and they offer complimentary fringe cuts for regular customers in between their haircuts.
The team of dedicated hair stylists are multi-skilled and able to advise you on a cut and colour to suit your individual skin tone and face shape.

Peterpennys pride themselves on the personal service they maintain with their customers each time they visit.

Wednesday 20th - Putney Pantry

Putney Pantry in St Marys Church is a lovely café, restaurant serving Barista coffees, teas, and yummy home made cakes. They also offer daily lunch specials, hot and cold food to eat in or take away. All the food is home made by the chef proprietor, Issa Cissokho.

It is a very welcoming, spacious café so good for groups, parties or meetings. They have a pleasant outside seating area away from the bustle of Putney High Street.
They also offer outside catering for the Church function rooms.

Thursday 21st - Live Free Chiropractic & Wellness

Live Free on Putney Bridge Road is a multidisciplinary health care centre opened in 2013 by Nicole Paine Owner and Chiropractor. The clinic philosophy is to focus on treating every patient as an individual. We approach health from a unique perspective offering patients an opportunity to integrate different therapies.

Offering chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, active release techniques, physiotherapy, nutrition, counselling and also offer group and one on one class’s. Group classes we offer include yoga, pilates, meditation, foam rolling, workshops and much more.

Our treatments and classes can work on your mind, body and soul to help you become the healthiest you can be. It is our integrated approach that can help guide you back to health and help to enable you to walk, run and play free from pain, restriction and limitation.

Live Free is hosting a Charity Open Day on Saturday September 20th 10am - 4pm. All proceeds go to the Lily Foundation. There are taster treatments like massage, spine check ups, meditation, active release techniques, acupuncture all for a minimum donation of £10 to charity. Classes on the day include meditation, foam rolling and yoga all for a minimum £5 donation to charity. Platinum sponsors are Sporting Feet and Paleo Gym who will both be doing a Free talk at the centre on the open day. Sporting Feet talk is "How to choose the best shoe for you."
To learn more about Live Free visit our website at www.livefreewellness.co.uk or call 0208 780 0898 or email info@livefreewellness.co.uk to book your appointment.

Friday 22nd - Trinity Hospice Furniture Shop

Trinity's furniture shop in 212 to 216 Putney Bridge Road stocks a huge range - old and new, modern and antique - from dining sets and dressers to side tables and sofas.
More unusual items have included pianos, Singer sewing machine tables and designer chairs.
They also sell small electrical goods - all of these are PAT tested and comply with electrical retail regulations.
They are able to offer a free collection service for donations within the local area and for a small charge they can deliver items you buy.
They are always looking for energetic, motivated volunteers with a passion for retailing. In return they offer work experience in a friendly and supportive environment and the opportunity to learn new skills which could look good on your CV.
Trinity Hospice provide free, skilled, compassionate care in Central and South West London. They need to raise £7 million each year to fund the specialist services that so many local people rely on.

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August 19, 2014