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Tradespeople recommended by MapRA Members

The people are shown alphabetically by trade; comments anonymised by membership number. Note that MapRA can't accept any responsibility for standard of work/ service.

Bike repair, Richard Thompson. richard1998thompson@gmail.com. "I met this young man recently when he was working for Brent on their bike stall outside Willesden tube station. On the basis of one visit this evening, he definitely seems worth recommending for competence, friendliness and affordability"  recommended by Member no 1655  8/11/2016

Bike repair, Paul at Wheel Power. 173 Kilburn High Road, NW5 7HY, 020 7625 4888 "He did a fantastic job servicing and repairing our bikes" recommended by Member no 59  8/04/2017


Builder, Lubo Chmena 07815 303789. Extensions & Loft conversions, Kitchen & bathroom installation, decoration and specialist joinery.

He is very reliable and has done all of the above for me to a high standard.

recommended by Member no 1603  updated 12/11/2014

Business adviser, John Clarke (020 8459 4069) - experienced adviser to businesses , helpful approach and reasonable fees. recommended by Member no 1297  updated 25/8/2015

Butcher. O'Farrell's, 80 High Road, NW10, 020 8459 2840. Denis O'Farrell has been long term supporter of MapRA providing food for AGM and Dell events. recommended by Member no 673 . MapRA report sponsor for many years.



Chimney Sweep. Austen Kaill, Kaill & Co based Mill Hill. 07910 412751. www.londonchimnesweeps.co.uk. Used in Lydford Road to sweep 2 chimneys with gas fires.  Reasonable price, very efficient, prompt and above all clean and tidy.  Full smoke test and written report on each chimney. recommended by Member no 407, 6/7/2015

Car Mechanic. Ian Newstead, Kilburn Auto Centre. MOT servicing and diagnostics. Arch 6, Exeter Parade. 020 8452 0739. "Many members have used him for years". recommended by Member no 323 6/5/2014. MapRA report sponsor for many years

Car Mechanic. Besik, runs the Grays tyre shop (020 8450 7683), 100 Cricklewood Broadway - entrance on Richborough Road. 

"He's a very good mechanic, and thoroughly decent and honest chap - really works well and efficiently, often finding inexpensive ways to solve car problems".  recommended by Member no 862  28/11/2013


CarWash. I would like to recommend carwash at the side of the Queensbury (I went there for the first time on Saturday - the man was so nice and did a really good job.) recommended by Member no 1675  1/6/2017

Carpet layer, Danny Malone, 07967 789 224. So efficient and quick and moved all furniture for us!  recommended by Member no 1222 21/12/2014

"very impressed" recommended by Member no 1393 3/11/2015


Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. Paragon carpet cleaning ltd Mathew 07787112900, Tim 07939340614. "Excellent, professional service at a very fair price". recommended by Member no 1393 3/11/2015


Catering. Judy Ruback, Food with Flair, Melrose Avenue (judyruback@aol.com)  Can cater for dinner parties & events; large and small. Provides servers, kitchen staff, hires tables, chairs if necessary, "She is a brilliant caterer. Range of styles modern british,Italian, Asian, French, whatever her clients want" recommended by Member no 385 3/06/2016

Catering, Rosy, Flyer. 020 8930 6607 rosy@rosychatsworthcatering.com Parties, Weddings, Christenings, dinners, luncheons – even conferences. Rosy is happy to cater at your chosen venue; alternatively she can offer her London Secret Garden (seats up to 22 people) which has a wonderful Japanese-style pavilion, complete with a wood-burning fireplace. 86 Chatsworth Road, London, NW2 5QU: recommended by Member no 383 21/12/2014

Catering, Marisa. Authentic Italian cook caters for family gatherings, special

occasions for up to 60 guests, also deliveries of home cooked food.  list of dishes on request.  tel. 0208 930 4001 or marisaforsyth@rocketmail.com.

MapRA report sponsor for several years.


Cleaner. Paula Rodziewicz, 07535 353120. "Great cleaner who runs a small cleaning business and has capacity" Recommended by member no 1222 07/10/16

Cleaner. Neti, 07881 271687. Can work Tuesdays and Thursdays; £10 / hour rate. "Hard worker, trustworthy, good English"  Recommended by member no 401 15/06/16

Cleaner. Mari. Experienced, reliable, hard-working cleaner with time available during the week is looking for a regular job. Has worked with Mapesbury family for 3 years, references available. Text Mari on 07710 482362. Recommended by member no 1001 15/1/16


Computer problems. Nathan; 07972 367 501; Nathan@computerbloke.net. "Lot of MapRA people swear by him. very helpful" recommended by Member no 673  28/12/2013

MapRA report sponsor for many years


Door repair. DWLG Door, Window, Lock and Glass Service. Including bi-fold doors. http://dwlg.co.uk/.  "It was actually quite difficult to find a company who repair (rather than supply and fit) bi-fold doors, and repair work is expensive. These guys are based in Croydon, but cover a wide area. They did a really good job, and were conscientious and good humoured with it. If you’ve got a door or window-related problem, they’re definitely worth considering". recommended by Member no 1295. 25/9/2017


Electrician. James O’Neil 07825 447 057 or 020 3662 3589 hello@electricjames.com "Cricklewood based, high quality electrical work which is fairly priced". Recommended by member no 200 4/4/2016

"endorse that, good job, less than quoted as materials less - honest" member 673 5/8/17


Fence replacement. Roger Bill; 07891 033808; rbillfencing@btinternet.com; www.rbillfencing.co.uk. "His standard of workmanship is excellent.  He has a highly professional approach to his work and to his customers.  His manner is extremely pleasant and helpful."   recommended by Member no 487 17/4/2013


Floor Sander. Michael Cobb; 07891 033808; mjcflooring@gmail.com

"He works very efficiently and cleanly and very reasonably priced.  Very nice chap and his work is excellent.  I am absolutely delighted with my brand new looking wooden floors". recommended by Member no 1222 30/1/2015


Florist. Kilburn Flowers. Kilburn Station 020 7328 5661/2. recommended by Member no 487. MapRA report sponsor for many years


Funeral. Co-operative Funeralcare, Cricklewood. 83 Cricklewood Broadway, 020 8830 8876. www.Co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk

MapRA report sponsor for many years

Furniture repair: Russell Shaw, RS Furniture Services. rsfurnitureservices@gmail.com. "We had a cabinet that needed professional repair, but trying to find someone able to work out how to fix it was a bit of a challenge, until we came across Russell – resourceful, professional, good humoured, and did a really good job! based in Stanmore."  recommended by Member no 1295 3/11/2017

Garage.  VP cars. 53-55 Oak Grove. 8450 5195. Good garage. Very helpful. (speak to Mick) recommended by Member no 673 5/12/2016


Garage for Mercedes.  Schmitt Motors at 65-67 Waterloo Rd NW2 7TS tel: 0208 450 5088 http://www.schmittmercedes.co.uk "Having had poor experiences with local Mercedes main dealers, these folks were a welcome change. The service was efficient, timely and reasonably priced, and arranged in a good-natured way. I was given a choice of being driven home or a courtesy car while the work was being done. And when ready the car was returned cleaned inside and out." highly recommended by Member no 585 20/10/2015

Garden Design and maintenance. Wendy Pearn. RHS and Writtle qualifications. 07752 304403 or wendy.pearne@ntlworld.com. "Wendy is delightful and very skilled." Recommended by member no 387, 21/3/2016

Gardener. Henry, 07881 812841. £20 per hour. Lives locally. Very experienced. Fast and very thorough work. Recommended by member no 642, 25/3/2015


Gardener. Jean-Marc. orfray@hotmail.com. 07410965939. "I would like to recommend Jean-Marc; can vouch for his honesty, a vital requirement in a gardener, who sometimes may of necessity, be in your home unsupervised and alone. He has a wealth of experience, has worked at Michael Winner's house for many years". recommended by member no 1580 22/04/2014. "Efficient and hardworking for garden maintenance and clearing (though doesn't take cuttings away, so uses green bin)" Member no 40, 15/6/2017


Gardener. Robert 07768 582446, recommended by member no 1655 25/10/2013


Gardener. Robert  07747 199 785, Lydford Road. £17.50 / hour. recommended by member no 1058 10/10/2013


Gym. Fit 4 Less. 249 Crick Broadway. Fantastic experience. Manager has made all local hires and has gone out of his way to employ and give opportunities to local youths. The atmosphere is very friendly and especially welcoming to older members The price includes studio classes and offers very good value for money. recommended by member no 778 14/2/2014

Hard Landscaper. Matt Greenan, Greenan Landscape Co. 07949 952136, . matt.greenan@gmail.com. Very experienced; does a good job which lasts. recommended by member no 215 20/03/2015

Hard landscaper Nicholas Cannon. 07990 583022. 25 years experience in all aspects of hard landscaping including fencing. "Nicholas was punctual, professional, friendly and did an excellent job" recommended by member no. 729 22/4/14

Interior Design and consultation,  Clare Gordon, 07884 010 454 clare.gordon@virgin.net  Clare offers help with everything from choosing colours and fabrics, bathroom or kitchen designs, to complete project management. She has 30 years experience and has worked on projects from the high end residential and commercial to working with Brent and Ealing Council on upgrading four of their estates. She is also a specialist painter. Clare's clients include several members of MapRA. recommended by member no 383.  13/1/2015

Landscaper Jonathan Gordon, 07814 701 221, Did a great job on the Mapesbury Dell recommended by member no. 387 26/1/16.

Loft Conversion and Externsion, Denis  07985123125, recommended by member no 626 3/11/2012

Mending. London Haberdashery, 45a Willesden Lane. 07971 402 286. http://www.london-haberdashery.com. Sophie runs the Haberdashery and  does more than you see when passing the shop.
"I gave her a delicate cashmere garment to mend and not only had I had to look long and hard where the repair was done, she also found another hole and did it straight away. Prices are very good and she can help with all sorts of problems. She has also yarn, needles, buttons, thread, ribbons.." recommended by member no 1144 3/3/2014

Optician. Alison Davidson 76 Mill Lane  NW6, 020 7794 9168. Friendly and efficient optician running her own business. Personal service, good selection of frames, reasonable prices. recommended by member no 302 20/1/2015; recommended by member no 215 17/3/2016

Painter and Decorator, Jordan Brafman, 07793 205047, "Jordan has done work for me and my family for a few years. He recently redecorated my mother's flat and was meticulous and efficient. He was straightforward and professional and and did a fantastic job at a very reasonable price.  I would not hesitate to recommend him as he takes great pride in doing something to his own very high standards."  recommended by member no 464 19/1/2018. 

Painter and Decorator, Ian Mason, 07515 571837, imason69@hotmail.com. "Ian and the team redecorated the exterior of our house in October 2015.  They did a great job.  Very helpful, tidy and polite throughout while not being intrusive. A reasonable price for the job and they stuck to the quote.  recommended by member no 407 22/11/2015.  "He painted our door to a very high standard, was extremely polite and professional in all our communications and did what he said he would do.  Over and above that, he charged a very reasonable price." recommended by member no 487 9/1/2017


Piano Tuition. Lidia Amorelli GGSM, 020 8830 5881. MapRA report sponsor for many years.


Piano Tuition. Elizabeth Dunn AGSM, All ages and abilities. 020 8208 1255. MapRA report sponsor for many years.


Piano Teacher. Kicki Moxon Browne, Mowbray Road, 07747 056 097

"Kicki holds two super pupils' piano concerts twice a year.  It is always great fun to listen to everyone's pieces, which are enthusiastically performed." recommended by member no 671 8/7/2014. "our daughter taught for many happy years with Kicki who builds up excellent rapport", recommended by member 298 31/1/16


Piano Teacher. Philip Godfrey. West Hampstead www.philipgodfrey.co.uk. recommended by member no 1222 10/10/2013


Picture Framer. Fine Artisan, 5 Pennine Drive, NW2 1NT 020 8617 8240. "Excellent quality, super frames, personal attention and reasonable pricing". Recommended by member no 200 4/4/2016


Pilates. Yuliya Vorobyovayavvy@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 07882 337 648. www.pilatescircle.co.uk. mat work, one-to-one or small group work. "I recommend her to anyone who wants to improve the way their body works - and she makes it fun too!" recommended by member no 1058 13/02/15

Plumber and Heating Engineer. Culkin Plumbing and Heating. 07904178441. Works almost exclusively in our area. Jeff Culkin personable, fast, efficient and reliable. I was really impressed. recommended by member no 1585 5/11/14. Endorsed by member no 673 04/10/2016


Plasterer. Wayne Fennell, Plasterer / Coving specialist, Edgware 07930 670023, fennellw@hotmail.co.uk "Good, professional, reasonable price and reliable and customer friendly". recommended by member no 673 6/7/2012. "very pleased, responded promptly, turned up at right time and done excellent job" recommended by member no 298 31/1/16


Printing. QP Printing, Glyn Rees 020 3332 0102. Printed MapRA reports and Newsletters for many years. MapRA report sponsor for many years


Property Maintenance:  Gregory, SDM Services (www.sdmservices.eu; email: info@sdmservies.eu; 07540792294). Does all general maintenance work including decorating, plumbing and carpentry. "He completely overhauled my sash windows and installed draft proofing and security locks. He also decorated the hall, stairs and landing to a very high standard.  He is reliable and his rates are very reasonable." recommended by member no 673 6/7/2012


Roofer:  Denis, 07985123125. He replaced our roof and we found him to be pretty good (though he was working for the people who own upstairs. Recommended by member no 673 31/7/2013


Roofer:  Pat Liston 02084500095 "Pat and his son John  and are trusted and reliable builders who know the houses of Mapesbury well and have done work both inside and outside my home. I can thoroughly recommend them.” member no 383


Surveyor Woodward Chartered Surveyors. Harrow, 020 8423 4001 woodwardsurveyors.co.uk. "The surveyor did an excellent job". member no 1787 3/1/2017

Surveyor  Martin Lewy, Chartered Building Surveyor, EC1V 9HX, 020 7490 3396, 07956 652611; martin.lewy@btconnect.com "A good building surveyor" recommended by member no 383

Telephone Engineer  Richard, tel: 07966 189463, website: http://www.thetelephoneengineer.com/index.htm "Really good – arrived on time, sorted out the problem quickly, efficiently, cost-effectively and with good humour". recommended by member no 1295, 15/3/17

Therapies and Counselling. Swan Therapies, Sally Turberville Smith, 07870 671 981. http://www.swantherapies.co.uk/ Offering bespoke nutritional therapy and holistic facials, low-cost counselling as counsellor still in training. "Sally is a lovely, kind and very professional person who has great experience, works well with adults and children and sees and treats more than the surface" recommended by member no 1144 1/3/2014


Tree surgeon. Kieren McDonough. 07710489744. "We have found him to be extremely good at what he does; very efficient, reliable, polite and reasonable in price. He is very knowledgable and will give impartial advice. He also does general garden clearing. recommended by member no 1741 30/3/2016

"He was really good: very knowledgeable, really reliable and efficient, reasonable in price, and did a really good job. We’ll certainly be inviting him back to help care for our trees." member no 1295 25/8/2017


Tree surgeon. Red Squirrel. 07957 140179. They were very efficient. recommended by member no 464 24/3/2015

Tree Surgeon. Luke Geddes, NW2 based. 07863 927519. www.lgtrees.co.uk – ISA Certified Arborist.  "Used in Lydford Road to reduce a very large oak, remove 3 very tall sycamores, trim various other trees and maintain an ancient false acacia covered under the local tree preservation order. Luke knows the Brent regulations and dealt with Brent efficiently.  The whole job was completed sensitively and carefully over several days by himself and team who left everything remarkably clean and tidy.  Price was very competitive compared to previous tree surgeons. A bonus was that all the wood was recycled via Freecycle."  Recommended by Member No. 407 17/06/2015.

"Very knowledgeable and obliging, his service included obtaining planning permission for treework at my house as well as doing the work."
Recommended by Member No. 1603 05/04/2016.


Tuition. Maria Gonzalez, Maths and Physics/Science and 11+ preparation. 07879 376372, 0208 4500826 Recommended by Member No. 673 22/2/2016.


Upholsterer. Jacques, Northolt Furniture Services. 07957 680143. "Good and not expensive work on chair". recommended by member no 673 6/7/2013


Window Cleaner. Asher and Joanne, 07898290412, "very reasonable charge, punctual, careful, thorough". recommended by member no 175 23/2/2011.

"They did a superb job for us two weeks ago including a conservatory roof that others have found difficult". Member no 27  5/.8/2016


Window Cleaner. Lee Moxon 07512 354526 or l33moxon@outlook.com "highly recommended. He and his mates do a good job. Reliable, do monthly or one –off cleans, gutters, jet washing and they can do house maintenance. They are cheaper than most." recommended by member no 1196 10/4/2014


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