Beat the 5p bag charge, save the planet!

England has become the last country in the UK to charge 5p for plastic bags when shopping at larger shops. Why? A whopping 7.64 billion plastic bags were handed out to shoppers in England in 2014, most of which end up in land-fill but also some escape into hedges, trees, taking hundreds of years to break down.. looking unsightly and ultimately damaging our wildlife, seas and coastline.

By charging for these, the government predict a 80% reduction from supermarkets and 50% on high streets leading to litter clean-up cost and carbon savings. Shoppers are encouraged to instead re-use plastic bags and/or bring their own bags to fill with goods.

So that’s the bad news out of the way, how about the good news? You can buy re-usable Totally Locally Teddington bags at local shops Gardenia, Heirloom, Card Collection and Simply Skin for £5.

They are versatile enough to hold a lot of paper/cardboard/glass etc to transport to a recycling centre on your travels, then strong enough to carry lots of shopping (tested 4 x 2 litre bottles or lots of misc items).

They’re also a great way to show that you support your high street and the Totally Locally campaign.

If you have a TL bag and are travelling abroad, take a snap of the bag and send it to us, we’re collating a map to see how far they travel! (click for full map).

Summer Surprise 2015

In case you hadn’t noticed, Summer is here!

To help celebrate the momentous coincidence of this calendar event and actual hot weather, local independent businesses will be putting on special offers to help you enjoy this sunny time.

The crazy summer prices will last for two weeks from 13th to the 27th of August so keep an eye-out for these posters in windows that will tell you what’s on offer.

Some of the offers:
1of1Design: Vintage watch cufflinks £40 (were £60).
Card Collection: 2 x 18″ Helium filled foil balloons for £5.
Cavan Bakery: Buy any filled speciality bap & choose a cake for £1.
Heirloom: 20% off Avoca socks and throws.
Shambles bar/restaurant: Two Aperol Spritz for only £10.
Simply Skin: Get 10% off all products when you have any facial.
Stevens Tyres: Two wheel balance for £10.
Teds: 50% off selected items.


From Thursday 16th – 30th April 2015, for every purchase of £5 or more in one of the participating traders listed below makes you eligible to enter the prize* draw. Hang on to the draw tickets you are given with your purchase for proof of purchase.
The more you shop locally, the better your chances are of winning! There will be £460 of local shop vouchers* to win and spend in your lovely local high street!
1st prize: £260 worth of vouchers. 2nd prize: £120. 3rd prize: £80

Participating traders (who will also be supplying prize vouchers):

1of1Design La Bottega
A G Miller La Casa Del Habano
Card Collection London Health Foods
Cavan Bakery Mela Mela
Divine at no 12 Mercado
Fallow Deer Nova Fortuny
Fun Factory Play Inside Out
Gardenia Florists Pristine Dry Cleaners
Heirloom Shambles
Ivy Clinic Simply Skin
KC Pharmacy Stevens Tyres
Ted’s Children’s Clothes


Keep an eye-out for the posters in shop windows that will indicate that money spent within will increase your chances of winning. Who doesn’t like a shopping spree? Well how about helping to support your local independent traders by going on one with the chance of winning a huge free one!

Small print and/or boring stuff:
The Prize Draw will be held on Tuesday 5th May 2015, 6:30pm at Shambles Restaurant.

Prize amounts will consist of £20 vouchers from the participating 23 traders (listed above). Email addresses are collected on ticket stubs so that we can contact the winners. So basically, fear not, we would never pass on your details to anyone and ticket stubbs will be destroyed in a proper manner which may or may not involved an army of Russian Hamsters.

Totally Locally Teddington is not an official body. We are a group of people just trying to do nice things for our town. So we can’t guarantee prize vouchers* and tickets are only while stocks last. Terms & Conditions apply to the voucher prizes from the individual shops, but to be honest, if there was a problem, have a word with the friendly shopkeepers and they will sort you out with something great. Because that’s what this is all about. Thank you. The Totally Locally Teddington Team.


Three very happy draw winners (and one helper) picked their vouchers and some immediately set off on the start of their spending spree! Thanks everyone for taking part.


The February Fiver Fest will be taking place from Sunday 15th Feb until 1st March.

Offers this time are are a varied bunch, grab a map from London Health Foods, La Bottega or Heirloom and explore the town to find your favourite bargains!

See double-sided map/offers list or large map below.

* Updated 20/02/2015, additional offers from London Heath Foods, Shambles and Teddington Cheese.
* Updated 22/02/2015, added Instant Print offer.
* Updated 24/02/2015, added Suki Design offer.

1of1Design – Scrabble rings and vintage brooch cards £5 each.
Abercorn Arms – Any lunch baguette, panini or wrap with a bowl of homemade soup for £5 (normally £7.45). Evenings: any sharer bucket of Calamari with garlic mayo or Falafal with humus or Nachos with guacamole, salsa (usually £6.95-£7.95).
AG Miller – Gammon joints £5 a kilo (usually £9.99).
Alpha Vets – Microchip for £5 (normally £19.95).
Bilas Tandoori – Lunchbox offer: any chicken or lamb curry and rice or naan for £5 (eat-in or takeaway).
Card Collection – 2x18inch foil balloons for £5 (usually £7).
Cavan Bakery – Buy a filled speciality bap, cake/bun and Americano/tea for £5.
Diners Delight – Chicken kebab or grilled meatballs served with salad, chips, pitta bread, homemade chilli sauce.
Divine at no. 12 – Spring flowering camelia plant £5.
Do Events – £5 Party styling consultation (see leaflets in Heirloom).
Douetil Holistic Therapies – Aromatherapy Neck and Shoulder Massage £5. To book call 07757030791.
Elements – KMS and Goldwell Style Sign products all £5 (usually minimum £10).
Fallow Deer Cafe – Two bottles of craft beer for £5 (excluding cocktail evenings).
Fun Factory – Cluster of 3 x 12″ pearlised latex helium balloons with curled decorative ribbon & weight (usually £7.50). Childs Victorian fancy dress outfit (usually £11.99).
Happy Potter – Hippo for £5 (normally £8, excludes £5 studio fee).
Heirloom – JellyCat Bunnies and St Eval candles each £5 (normally £9.25).
Instant Print – 2 reams of A4 80gsm copier paper for £5.
Ivy Clinic – Eyebrow shape for £5.
KC Pharmacy – Burt’s Bees Honey Pot, Lip and Hand collection.
Kimm Stevens (at Mitzi B) – Bound packs of 4 (varied) greetings cards of works by local artist Kimm Stevens (normally £10).
Kindle Stoves – Enamel string dispenser (normally £10), E. mugs (normally £12), miners lantern (normally £10).
La Bottega – Bring your own 1L bottle and get 1L of cold-pressed olive oil for £5 (normally £8.50).
La Casa Del Habano – Selected lines of chocolates for £5.
Loft – Flower and stripes scarves – 3 different colours to choose from.
London Health Foods – Euro Gold Complete multi-vitamins or Nature’s Own vitamin D tablets. Other discounted items added. (Normally: £8.80 / £5.90).
Mela Mela – Vintage pearl bracelets for £5 each (originally £15).
Mercado – Snow bunnies key rings, assorted colours £5 (usually £8).
Mini me – Two Mini u bath products for £5 (usually 3.99 each).
Mischief and Mayhem – Trouser turn up alterations for a fiver. See
Mitzi B – Tights £9.50 now £5, other discounted items available.
Moore’s Cycles – Reflective slap band (usually £7.99), wet chain lube (usually £6.99).
Orange Tree Clinic / Judy’s Herbal – 20min herbal medicine consultation with a free gift. Appointment only, contact Judyta to book: 07860819598
Park Lane Stables – Pony test drives, meet and greet one PLS’s lovely horses or ponies. Learn to mount and dismount, and be taken for a short ride around the quiet streets of Teddington. Call 07796842328 to book.
Paul Kay Jewellers – Shambala Bracelets or First Rank Watches (both previously £19.99).
Sarasvati Dance – Belly Dance (at Fitness First) – 1 hour belly dance beginner lesson Thu 8:15pm or intermediate Sat 2:30 (normally £10). Shimmy belts provided. For more info
Shambles – Children’s three course menu (normally £8.50) or Full English breakfast for £5.
Sidra Patisserie – Any cake and drink £5.
Simply Me Boutique – Eyebrow shape with Lauren £5 (usually £15).
Simply Skin – Indian head massage taster, eyebrow tint or £5 underarm wax with any leg / bikini wax.
Stevens Tyres – 2 x wheel balance £5 normally £15.
Suki Design – Mother’s Day A6 sketches (details here).
Teddington Cheese – £8 worth of Dolci De Maremma, Torta, Stinking Bishop, Camembert Au Calvados, Livarot or Reblechon for £5.
Teddington Sports – Optimum size 3, 4 & 5 Rugby training balls for £5 (normally £9.99).
Teds – Teddington Teddy for £5 (normally £7.50).
Vet4Life – £5 Nail trim for all animals, rabbits, cats, dogs (normally £12).
Waldegrave Arms – £5 lunch special.
Zabu Coffee (at Heirloom) – Freshly roasted coffees (in beans or ground) £5 per bag – (normally £6.99).


Offers map (click to enlarge):

Disclaimer bit: Totally Locally Teddington is not an official body. We are a group of people just trying to do nice things for our town. So we can’t guarantee these offers and they are only while stocks last. Terms & conditions apply to all offers from individual shops, but to be honest, if there was a problem, have a word with the friendly shopkeepers and they will sort you out with something great. Because that’s what this is all about. Thank you.. The Totally Locally Team.

Totally Locally at 2014 Lights Up

This year we’ll again have at stall at the Teddington Lights-Up evening and as we launched on a Lights-Up night, this year we will also be celebrating our second birthday!

All the tables this year will be in Cedar Road car park (opposite Elements) so pop down and say hi! We will be there from 5:30-8pm ish. Full details of the whole evening can be found here.

You can pick up one of our cool Totally Locally Teddington bags to help you with your Christmas shopping and put all the freebies for the evening in! Sales of these bags fund the Totally Locally Teddington campaign so that volunteers don’t have to pay themselves to help support our traders.

We’ll again be accepting nominations for Hidden Gems (your favourite local independent business) – and if you do, pick a ticket from a lucky dip and you could instantly win one of these prizes donated by fab local businesses:

£20 voucher (1of1Design)
3 x £10 vouchers (AG Miller) – separate prizes
Bottle of retro sweets (Card Collection)
Box of violet cream chocolates (Casa Del Habano)
£5 voucher (Cavan Bakery)
2 x Bottle of red wine (Disability Resource Centre) – separate prizes
£25 iTunes gift voucher (The Dress)
Children’s hair products (Elements Mini)
Bottle of bubbly to drink in (Fallow Deer)
3 x Christmas Tree decorations (Heirloom) – separate prizes
Manicure (Ivy Clinic)
Reed diffuser & spiced apple candle (Loft)
Framed picture (Love Framing)
Vintage inspired headband (Mela Mela)
Set of bike lights (Moore’s Cycles)
Bottle of Prosecco (Shambles)
£15 voucher (Simply Skin)
Hancock tyres mugs/cube (Steven’s Tyres)
£20 Voucher (Teddington Cheese)


The October Fiver Fest will be taking place on 17th-31st October 2014 (Friday to Friday).

See double-sided map/offers list or large map below.

List updated 17/10/2014 – added Astrora Coffee, Happy Potter & York Pet Supplies.

1of1Design – Vintage Brooch Cards, Stainless Steel Rings, Golden Coloured Metal Rings, Scrabble Brooches, vintage French maps.
AG Miller – Kilo of best minced beef for £5 (normally £7.89).
Alpha Vets – All primary vaccination courses and vaccine boosters for £5 (worth up to £46 & £76).
Alva Malka Yoga – introductory class £5.
Astrora Coffee – Cup of coffee + bag of coffee offer, or cup of coffee + cake for £5.
Bilas Tandoori – Any lunchtime chicken or lamb curry plus rice or chappatti lunchbox (normally £9.60).
La Bottega – Bring your own 1L bottle and get 1L of cold-pressed olive oil for £5 (normally £8.50).
Canta Napoli – 1 pizza, pasta or main course salad for £5. Mon-Fri 12-5.30pm. (normally around £7.50).
Card Collection – 2x18inch foil balloons for £5.
Cavan Bakery – 5 Halloween treats for £5 – gingerbread mummies, shortbread ghosts and marshmellow ghost cupcakes.
Diner’s Delight – Meze platter: cucumber dip, tzatziki, hummus, olives, tabbouleh, hot feta cheese filo pastries with home-made bread (normally £7.50).
Divine at Number 12 – A Divine Posy in a Pot for £5.
Douetil Holistic Therapies – 20 minute aromatherapy neck & shoulder massage with a complimentary £10 Gift voucher for your first signature treatment.
Do Events – £5 Wedding & party planning consultation or £5 Venue finding or supplier search service. Contact via
Elements – Goldwell dual senses hair treatment.
Elements MiniMe – Any three items for £5 on selected items including bath products & toys.
Fallow Deer – Two small glasses of house wine for £5 (excluding evenings).
Happy Potter – Decopatch letters for £5 + the paper from the scrap box.
Heirloom – St Eval candles in 4 fragrances, each £5 (normally £9.25).
Instant Print – 2 reams of 80gsm copier paper for £5 (normally £7.90).
Ivy Health Clinic – Eyebrow waxing for £5.
KC Pharmacy – Any Kneipp herbal body wash for £5 (lavender, gentle almond blossom, lemon, passion fruit & grapefruit or mint and eucalyptus).
Kindle Stoves – Birchwood kiln-dried logs for £5 (normally (£6).
Kitchen Sync – Three assorted Maxwell Williams bamboo utensils for £5 (normally £12).
La Casa Del Habano – 100g box of Neuhaus Chocolates (normally £8).
Loft – Santa and Reindeer covers, or three bath bombs for £5 (normally £8.25).
London Health Foods – Nature’s Own vitamin D spray (normally £9.95).
Mela Mela – Selection of vintage compact mirrors for £5 each (usually £10).
Moore’s Cycles – Disney Cars or Disney Princess Bicycle Bell (normally £6.99), Smart 3 LED Rear Light (normally £7.99).
Park Lane Stables – Pony test drives,meet and greet one PLS’s lovely horses or ponies. Learn to mount and dismount, and be taken for a short ride around the quiet streets of Teddington.
Pink & Blue – Fringe trim for £5.
Retro Bistrot – Dessert and coffee for £5.
Shambles – Full English Breakfast (pork sausages, free range eggs & fresh wild mushrooms) with fresh juice £5.
Sidra Patisserie – Any cake & drink for £5.
Simply Me Boutique Beauty – Eyebrow shape, File and varnish, Face and Décolleté spray tan, all £5 each
Simply Skin – File and polish (for hands), Eyebrow shape, Mini Dermalogica products, 5 minute introduction/trial for Dermalux treatment.
Stevens Tyres – Winter car pack consisting of de-icer and screen wash.
Teddington Cheese – £7 worth of delicious, unpasteurised, Brie de Meaux for £5.
Teddington Sports – Hockey boys & girls Freedom shin guards – 2 for £5 (normally £7.99 each).
Teds – Teddington Teddy for £5 (normally £7.50).
Vet4Life – £5 Nail trim for all animals..rabbits, cats, dogs (normally £12).
York Pet Supplies – 2 x bags of Archers premium cat food for £5 (normally £6).
Zabu Coffee (at Heirloom) – Bags of coffee beans including Ethiopian Sidamo for £5 (normally £6.99).
Zen Bootcamp – Quote ‘FiverFest’ during your first free session, second is £5 (normally £10) tel 0203 727 7287.

Offers map (click to enlarge):

How far can your Totally Locally Bag travel?

The gauntlet has been thrown down – how far can your Totally Locally bag travel? We have received photos of TL bags as far afield as Dubai and Mauritius!

If your bag has travelled outside of Teddington, drop us a photo via email, Twitter or Facebook and we will add them to our map found here.

One of the TLT team recently met up with one of the Totally Locally founders and all-round nice guy Chris Sands for a tour of one of the first Totally Locally towns – the lovely Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. What a vibrant and busy town! Locals have fought off several attempts to open large supermarkets in the centre and the town is awash with interesting and varied independent businesses. Many shops have Totally Locally posters in the windows and some proudly display Totally Locally awards as voted by residents and even maps showing the origin of local produce in pubs!

Chris got a bag jammed with Teddington delicacies such as Teddington Honey, some well-received Teddington Cheese, a Teddington Teddy and more!

To our surprise, a greetings card trade magazine featured an article about our bags – thanks for the nice words Card Collection and ‘Greetings’!

If you haven’t already picked one up, they are for sale at Heirloom, Card Collection, Simply Skin and Happy Potter. You can also get one for free at Mela Mela if you spend over £100.

Proceeds from the bags are split between retailers and Totally Locally Teddington – so your £££ can help fund the campaign and keep our town strong and vibrant.

Bags, bags and more bags. Also news!

From Monday 8th September, our sturdy, re-usable Totally Locally Teddington bags will go on sale at Heirloom, Card Collection, Simply Skin and Happy Potter for £5 each.

On Sunday 7th September we will have a stand at the prestigious Dog Olympics at Udney Hall Gardens (next to the Landmark) from 12-4pm. Here you can nominate a Hidden Gem for a chance to win some fab prizes (live draw), also if you’re bringing your dog along, take a photo of the pup in our photo frame and tweet @TLTeddington or email the photo to and the owner of the cutest photo will also win a prize!

At our stand, you can be the first to own the fabulous bags as well as having your own lovely Rachel Morris artwork, they’re strong and big enough to hold more than a standard plastic carrier bag’s worth of shopping, recycling etc and help reduce the impact on the environment! Funds from sales will go towards each retailer and help support the Totally Locally campaign here in Teddington.

Next to us on Sunday will be representatives from the Say No To Sainsbury’s Campaign – many locals aren’t aware that an appeal by Sainsbury’s overturned the Council’s rejection of their plans and the team are happy to chat to locals about the reasons for their objection and add petition signatures to help their campaign.

Whether you have a dog or not, it’s a great day out so pop along and help Vet4Life raise money for local animal charities. Stop by and say hi!

Coming up next will be another of our popular FiverFests in mid-October leading up to some ghoulish goings-on for Halloween.

Sainsbury’s – the fight goes on

Did You Know… that campaign to fight Sainsbury’s moving into Teddington High Street is still on-going?

Despite Richmond Council unanimously rejecting the proposals that would see a high-volume small supermarket move into the Calligaris site near the Landmark Arts Centre, Sainsbury’s appealed the decision and won. In a quite farcical turn of events, the planning Inspector brought in to review the case ironically had quite an issue parking near the site to inspect it and took a long time to be able to cross the busy road! Traffic issues are one of the main concerns in this area as they are a problem even without the additional strain of a supermarket. The inspector also noted that plans for the proposed loading bay on the main road were only a car-wide, not lorry-wide.

Traffic studies and comparisons with a Twickenham local supermarket were deemed unusuable in the appeal and the clause forbidding A1 food & drink selling on the plot was brushed aside in the decision which shocked campaigners and LBRUT. Richmond Council are being urged by campaigners to voice their disappointment over the ruling in strong terms and add their support to the campaign.


Local residents opposed to the plans have been advised there is a chance that the decision could be overturned on legal grounds in court and are again funding the campaign and legal costs out of their own pockets. As well as affecting trade in local independent traders, adding to traffic & safety woes and the general effect a long-hours supermarket would have in the conservation zone most simply don’t want yet another supermarket in our small town. Having a good balance of chains and indies is key to a strong high street but many feel we have enough supermarkets – chains are starting to creep in to Teddington and we have to be careful they don’t take over and raise rents for existing traders!

Without such a good mix of useful chains and fabulous independents, Teddington wouldn’t have made it to the Telegraph top ten best high streets list. Mary Portas recently referenced the Sainsbury’s fight in Teddington in an article about the onward march of Supermarkets and how the new battle ground is back on high streets – larger out-of-town units are seeing sluggish growth and even decline as shoppers do more frequent and smaller ‘en-route’ and ‘top-up’ shops nearer home. The big four are now installing Express and Local supermarkets back where our gaze is more intensely focused again – on our high streets. Sainsbury’s are also planning to move a Local store into the newly rebuild building at 210 Kingston Road with a 20 year lease if plans to fight them there fail.

Sainsbury’s have always said they would never open a store where it’s not wanted – look at the list of who is objecting, does it look like the majority of Teddington want’s it!



Mary Portas article: “Why don’t we like multiple grocers anymore? Ask Teddington.”

Say No To Sainsbury’s (Teddington) – check back here for info about fund-raising events happening soon!

Fund-raising website – any donation no matter how small helps the cause, please help their cause and send a message to Sainsbury’s!

World Cup cheque handover

Traders involved in organising the Totally Locally Teddington World Cup were thrilled to handover the amount raised to Pamela Bryant, chairman of the League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital.

The Totally Locally Teddington World Cup was a great community event and we are thrilled at the money raised to support the League of Friends work for the benefit of Teddington Memorial Hospital and its patients. We are very grateful for the huge effort and enthusiasm of TL Teddington who made all this happen and the generosity of many people who donated, bought raffle tickets and participated in the football tournament.

Caroline (Do Events), Pamela Bryant, Massimo (Shambles), Roberto (La Bottega)

Photo montage of Teddington