Chessington Chat November 2020 - Issue 159

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WELCOME TO OUR NOVEMBER ISSUE… So the clocks have just gone back, we got an extra hour in bed, the kids are on half term and things are feeling well and truly autumnal now. Normally this issue would be bursting at the seams with all of your local events but of course this year these are few and far between. So it was great to receive an advert again from the St Mary’s Centre now it has re-opened for classes.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Beryl Gibson, MRRA Colin Punch, CDRA Sgt Colin Swan Editorials and advertisements: 020 8337 7041 75 Cromwell Road, Worcester Park. KT4 7JR Printed by: Direct Colour, Unit 2, 60 Cox Lane, Chessington Industrial Estate, KT9 1TW. 020 8391 0011. Website: Paramount Website Design

December deadline: Monday 9th November (Delivery w/c 22nd November) Disclaimer: Whilst all reasonable care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information included in CHESSINGTON CHAT, the publishers can take no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers or for the loss arising from non publication of any advertisement. All information is correct at time of going to print.

On that note we welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Grassify p.3, Baked by Francesca p.6, Choppers Hairdressers p.6 and The St Mary’s Centre p.12. And bring offers and promotions from: Grassify p.3, Carpets 4 U p.5, Choppers Hairdressers p.6, Elmwood Vehicles p.11, The King’s Centre p.13, Community Motors p.19, Cine Sanctuary p.27, Just gardens & lawns p.33 and Time for You p.39. Next month is our Christmas issue delivered w/c 22nd November so please get in touch if you would like some space in this magazine. Stay safe.


Inside: Brunskill Family Funerals comes to North Parade……..8 Pep up your hallway………………………………...16 Pets: Fireworks Phobia………………………………18 Veteran’s charity celebrates America day…………..20 Parenting: Do try this at home……………………….22 Safer Neighbourhoods………………………………24 Get a good tech deal on Black Friday……………...26 Residents’ Associations…………………………...28/29 Kids puzzle page……………………………………31 Recipe: Spiced chickpea and tomato stew…………..32 Community pages………………………………..34/36 Useful contacts………………………………….……38 Local listings……………………………………….....40 Index of advertisers and advertising rates………….42

ONLINE PIANO LESSONS AVAILABLE IN CHESSINGTON for children & adults. Contact Julie Cooper Dip ABRSM in Piano Teaching, Cert (PPTC), Cert Teaching ABRSM. Email or call 0208 397 5655. Member of EPTA (UK), ISM & The Curious Piano Teachers. 6

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CHESSINGTON WELCOMES BRUNSKILL FAMILY FUNERALS TO NORTH PARADE The new funeral home they have created at Chessington, (the former Versatile Showroom), has all of the facilities to care for those who have passed away including a serene chapel of rest, mortuary facilities and arrangement rooms. It is a calm, spacious, light area with a fresh modern feel but with all of the traditional values you would expect in an Independent funeral director. For those who don’t know them the Brunskill family have lived in Chessington since 1997 when Ed & Ruth took a residence post at Andrew Holmes funeral directors on Ace Parade, not long after came their children Josh, Zoe & Jack who all went to school locally, the family have always felt very much at home & welcomed within the local community and they have made long lasting friends in the area. Ed Brunskill is a qualified funeral director with over 27 years’ experience in his profession, most recently managing large funeral homes across SW London. He took the opportunity to start his own funeral business at the beginning of 2019. Ed explained “I have always wanted to open my own funeral home and work alongside my family to look after bereaved families in our community. To be entrusted to care for someone’s loved one is always an honour and a privilege and I now can use my knowledge and expertise to give people a personal service which always strives to exceed their expectations. We meet with people at a very sad time in their life, and it is very rewarding to bring comfort by making things a little easier in any way we can. Our ethos is simple - to provide the type of funeral that is unique to the person that has died. We will meet with the families either in our funeral home or if they prefer, at their own home, to really find out what they want and give all the help support and guidance we can, we don’t want to restrict people to times or limitations on the service we offer, or the way they want to say farewell and celebrate a life. We are always mindful of affordability and we can help create a ceremony in many different ways that doesn’t come with expensive or unnecessary costs or lessen the funeral service itself. We are proud to deliver a service which meets people’s needs both emotionally and financially”. The Family would like to thank everyone for their support and good wishes over the last few months whilst they refurbished, and a special thanks to Paul Harrington the former tenant and proprietor of Versatile who helped make the move happen. Paul ran the DIY and Tile business with his late father for over 30 years from No 13, so we are well aware of the attachment he has to the premises and we as a family have assured him the place is in safe hands moving forward. If you would like to speak with Ed about any funeral related matters please don’t hesitate to get in touch. They also offer bespoke funeral plans if you or any of your family want to record their funeral wishes and flexibility to pay for the services today or spread the cost over a period of years. Brunskill Funerals, 13 North Parade, Chessington. 020 3887 2090 or visit Ed & Josh

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CHESSINGTON HYPNOTHERAPY CLINIC Hypnotherapist, Psychologist Stress, Weight, Smoking, Phobias, Insomnia, Depression, Lack of Confidence, Panic Attacks, Exam nerves, Migraine, Regression and self hypnosis. Catherine Bayliss D.H.D.P., M.B.C.H. Principal of the British College of Hypnotherapy Established. 1981

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All Shapes Yoga Wednesday 7–8pm Thursday 9:30–10:30am

ST MARY’S CENTRE, CHURCH LANE, CHESSINGTON, SURREY, KT9 2DR General enquiries Tel: 07732 019152 Email: Moves Fitness with Nicky Monday 7:30-8:30pm Moves Fitness Gold with Sara-Jane 07958 480662 Tuesday 10-11am and 11:30am-12:30pm Moves Fitness with Scott Friday 10-11am Patello Jiu Jitsu Tuesday 8-9pm,Thursday 8-9pm Saturday 11am-12:00pm


Irish Dancing Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm Kay Rose Dance Tuesday 4:30- 6:15pm Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm Aikido 07919 124651 Friday 5-7pm; Sunday 5-8pm First Class Learning chessington Maths and English Tuition Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm The Centre is not currently available for private parties due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Rates of COVID -19 are increasing across the country and we all have a vital role to play in stopping the spread of the virus and protecting our family and friends particularly those who are most vulnerable to the severest impacts of the disease. If you have any symptoms of COVID -19 - a new cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell - you must self isolate, that means stay at home, and book a free test as soon as possible. To book a test visit coronavirus or call 119.


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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS ”I love reading the magazine, it makes me feel in touch with the locality. Also, I have used several of the people who advertise in it and found them all pleasant and reliable.” D.N. “Thanks for sorting the magazine out - we already got a booking from a leaflet from Chessington Chat yesterday afternoon!” Hook Swim School “Chessington Chat has been another successful run for us and its been really good to have our advert running in your magazine. It's the most beneficial form of advertising for us.” Michelle Lucas Acorn to Oak Pre-School “The advert went very well, I did gain several new customers. Thank you to you and the advert designers for making this whole process so straightforward.” Bobby Martin, BM Plumbing Services

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Giving children the best start in the heart of Chessington since 1964 Ofsted rated Outstanding “For children’s personal development, behaviour and welfare” and rated consistently good in all other areas. Spaces available for children aged 3months to 5years (15 and 30 hours funding available for all eligible 2-4 years olds) High quality care and education at affordable prices from £4.90 per hour including all meals, snacks, nappies, and wipes. Flexible times and sessions available. All about Playtime We are a purpose-built nursery with individual rooms for Babies, toddlers, and Pre-school children. This enables your child to thrive in a homely, safe, and caring environment that is specifically tailored to meet all their needs emotionally, developmentally, and educationally. All rooms and children’s washrooms have been refurbished during lockdown and the nursery is now fully air conditioned. The nursery has a large all-weather play area for all individual rooms including a mud kitchen, sandpit, Telly tubby house, Bike area and growing area. Enabling the children to enjoy outdoor play whatever the weather. Forest school sessions We now offer regular forest school sessions (with our Forest school trained staff) these sessions give the children the opportunity to spend the whole day outside. All weather clothing is provided. This has been a huge success and the children have loved all aspects of this, especially the Alfresco dining. Extra-curricular activities We also offer Spanish classes, music, and dance classes and multi sports For further information please look at our website:

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Fireworks Phobia If your pet becomes really distressed during bonfire season, it could be that they have ‘firework phobia’. LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Established since 1970 and

Celebrating 50 years in 2020 FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-5 YEARS HOOK PARISH HALL, HOOK ROAD, CHESSINGTON, SURREY. KT9 1PL *Affordable and flexible payment for nonfunded children* *OPEN TERM TIME* *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 3 and 4 YEAR OLDS *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 2 YEAR OLDS (if eligible) (15 hours per week EARLY EDUCATION FUNDING) 30 hours Offer now available 9am-12pm Monday to Friday 12.30pm-3.30pm Monday to Thursday or 9am to 3.30pm Lunch Clubs 12pm-12.30pm Monday to Thursday


RSPCA animal behaviour expert Dr Samantha Gaines says: “Firework phobia in pets is a treatable condition and we recommend planning ahead to help your pet cope. For example, if your dog really seems to suffer, your vet may suggest referral to a clinical animal behaviourist to teach him/her to deal with the sounds, or suggest the use of diffusers which disperse calming chemicals into the room.” It is also a good idea to provide your dog with a safe haven – perhaps under some furniture or in a cupboard – and it is best to get them used to this before the season starts. Choose somewhere quiet and help him to learn that being there is positive and that no harm will come to him. You can do this by giving him toys or a variety of chew toys. Small animals that live outside should have lots of extra bedding so they can burrow. Some of their enclosure could be covered by a blanket for extra insulation and soundproofing. If you are planning to bring them indoors just before the fireworks are likely to start, then introduce this a week or two in advance. Finally if you are using fireworks yourself, try to stick to traditional celebration dates like Bonfire Night, when most animal owners will be expecting fireworks and will hopefully have made preparations to help their animals cope.


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Veteran’s charity celebrates the Land of the Free with America Day. Royal Star & Garter has celebrated all things American at its care home in Surbiton. Residents enjoyed a three-day America Day party, singing songs by US legends including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, tucking into iconic meals and dressing up. The Home in Upper Brighton Road was decorated with bunting, a giant poster of the Statue of Liberty, and the Star Spangled Banner. At lunch, veterans tucked into a Feast of America, which included quintessential dishes such as Cobb Salad, sticky bourbon barbeque chicken, loaded hot dogs and Cajun chicken burgers. Desserts included pancakes and New York cheesecake. The party took place over three days from Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October, allowing all residents in the Home’s three floors to take part and enjoy while observing social distancing. It was organised by the Home’s Activities team. WWII veteran Amy said: “The decorations were amazing, the staff put in so much effort. The food was delicious and we had good fun singing and dancing to Ol’ Blue Eyes and the King.”

WWII veteran Amy invokes the spirit of the Wild West with her neck scarf and cowboy hat

Royal Star & Garter provides loving compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. The Surbiton Home is once again welcoming new residents. Please visit our-homes-and-care/surbiton/ to find out more.

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Do try this at home… A homemade lava lamp


Runaway milk

This lava lamp is short-lived, but pretty magical.

For this experiment, you probably have everything you need already.

Don’t worry, this is a lot less messy than it sounds.

You’ll need: A glass Vegetable oil Water A bright food colouring (e.g. red or green) An Alka-Seltzer tablet

You’ll need: A glass Ice cubes Salt String

You’ll need: A plate or wide, shallow bowl Full fat milk Food colouring (ideally three different colours) Washing-up liquid

What to do: Fill the glass to about halfway with vegetable oil. Add around a fifth of a glass of water. Add around 10 drops of food colouring. Drop in the Alka-Seltzer tablet and watch the marvel unfold. Why it works: The oil floats on the water. When you drop the tablet in, it reacts with the water to make carbon dioxide bubbles. They carry the coloured water to the top, before popping and sinking back down.

What to do: Dangle a piece of string in the glass with one hand. Pop ice cubes into the glass so that it’s at least half-full. Can you pull the ice-cubes out of the glass using the string? Repeat the first two steps. Pour a couple of tablespoons of salt over the ice cubes and the string. Wait 10 seconds and pull the string out. This time, the ice cubes should come out with the string. Why it works: The salt makes the edges of the ice cubes start to melt but then they partially refreeze, sticking to the string as they do.

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What to do Pour some milk into the plate. (You only need it to be around a centimetre deep.) Add a few drops of food colouring in different areas. Not too many, there should be large gaps between each one. Dip a finger in the washing-up liquid and then touch one of the spots of food colouring. Repeat with other spots of food colouring. The colour will swirl away from your touch. Why it works: The milk and washing-up liquid can’t mix. What you’re seeing is the fat particles swirling away from the washing-up liquid. Don’t have food colouring? Try touching a felt tip pen to the milk instead.

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Chessington South/ North and Tolworth & Hook Rise SNT Update Covid 19 All change once again, no more than 6 people, when is it going to end I hear you ask? It is now most important to follow the guidelines about the wearing of masks. We are to be careful not to judge too quickly people not wearing masks because disabilities are mainly hidden and very personal. For someone having to reveal their disability it is often very embarrassing to that person and could make them feel as a lesser person. This matter is for the shopkeepers and police to enforce and I would not expect members of the public to enforce this rule as it often leads to violence and prosecution. Always remain respectful and understand many cannot wear mask for a variety of reasons. I have instructed my officers to conduct patrols and intervene where necessary, we have the power to issue fines; the shopkeeper has the right to refuse entry into their establishment. Police will be breaking up large gatherings, we need to remember that the Police are doing all they can to protect everyone from transmitting this virus and are not so called party poopers, we need everyone’s co-operation, so we can get back to normal. We must respect the safeguarding put in place by Shopkeepers, Dentists, Doctor’s surgery and any other establishment as they continue to fight this virus by minimising the risks of infection. For further guidance please visit the government website at publications/face-covering Burglaries Burglaries have fallen across the borough due to Covid 19. They are still out there so please be mindful of how secure your home is, how can you make it harder for burglars to enter. There is a new sign for burglars who are targeting your home; they are placing electrical ties on your front fences, keep a watch out for small strange symbols outside your house or flat written on the floor or walls, these could be written in chalk, simple marking mean a lot to the burglars. Please call 101 or photograph the symbol sending it to your Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Vehicle crime An eagle-eyed neighbour spotted some horrible people stealing their neighbour’s Catalytic Convertor, and managed to clock the number plate of the vehicle. Be on the lookout for a blue Mazda car, if you see this vehicle with males sat inside and are clearly not known in your street, please call 999, do not engage. We will check to see if they are legit. Think number plate. The criminals can take these convertors off vehicle in rapid time. Please continue to park your vehicles in well lit areas and in front of your homes especially if you have CCTV facing the road. Fitting dash cams which are activated if someone starts touching your vehicle can help identify these criminals. We can continue to prevent this type of crime by making sure we lock the car doors leaving no valuables on display. Let’s keep them guessing, out of sight is out of mind. Drugs I have applied for closure orders for our resident drug users and dealers, I am liaising with the council to bring an end to this kind of behaviour, which has blighted Chessington, by eviction. Drug dealers, keep looking over your shoulder. If you have any information on drugs please call crime stoppers in the first instance to maintain your safety. Please be on the lookout for a group of males knocking at vulnerable people’s houses, we have incidents where drug dealers are looking to cuckoo vulnerable people into selling their drugs. Please alert police if you see similar behaviour with your vulnerable neighbour. Neighbourhood Road Watch Scheme This has been run by Roads Transport Policing Team (RTPT). If you have a problem with speeders and would like to assist in making our streets safer please contact us via SNT email and I will speak to RTPT, to set up a community road watch. Neighbourhood Watch Schemes If your road is without a neighbourhood watch scheme please contact them and start one up. This is a great opportunity to protect your neighbours especially the older persons who may not have access to internet, social media or daily human contact. These people are vulnerable to criminals such as Rogue traders, scam artists on the phone and alike. We can help them by providing information and regular contact. Please contact

Dog Watch Scheme I have asked PSCO Simon Briggs to restart our Dogwatch scheme please contact him via our email, he hasn’t had a response to date, if you are interested please email him via the SNT email. Contact details: Non-emergency call 101 Emergency please call Police on 999 Crime stoppers 0800 555 111 Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via twitter: Chessington North & Hook – 07342 713970 @ChessingtonN Chessington South – 020 8721 2001 @ChessingtonS Tolworth – 020 8721 2045 @mpsTolworth Colin Swan Ward Sergeant: Chessington North, Chessington South; Tolworth & Hook Rise

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Autism affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and challenges. The naturalist, Chris Packham, CBE is autistic and was in his forties when he was diagnosed as having Aspergers Syndrome. He has said ‘‘The greatest discomfort for autistic people can be the social one. For me, I was confused by the way people behaved’’. The number of children with Education, Health and Care (ECH) plans in Kingston has increased over recent years and is forecast to continue to grow. To support these children and young people with special educational needs, the council applied to the Department for Education (DfE) to open a new school. Following a rigorous application process, it was announced in July 2020 that the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust had been chosen to open the new special free school. The new school will support up to 90 pupils with autism, aged four to 19, and will open at the old Moor Lane Junior School site in Chessington, behind the existing building. This will be a joint venture between Kingston Council, Richmond Council and Achieving for Children (a community interest company which provides children’s services for both councils). Kingston are allocated 60 children and Richmond the remaining 30 children. The new build will be entirely funded by the Government's Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), which is part of the DfE. They have a provisional timetable aiming the school to be open in September 2023. Subject to the Council's lease arrangements, Achieving for Children (AfC) will continue to occupy the current main building on the site. This will allow the site to continue to be a centre of excellence for children and young people with disabilities. Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism and it is their mission to make the ordinary possible. They are autism experts and have over two decades experience providing autism education. Ambitious about Autism runs Treehouse School, London NW10, The Rise School, Feltham TW3, and Ambitious College in both London N15 and Isleworth TW7. All their schools and colleges are Ofsted rated Good or Outstanding and have strong educational track records, often achieving much higher than the national average for Special Educational Needs (SEN) students. For example, at The Rise School the youngest Key Stage 1 group started in 20172018. In English, the expected national standard was for 30% of pupils to pass, however 60% of The Rise School’s pupils passed. In Maths, 33% of pupils were expected to pass, yet 80% achieved this. In Science there was an expected pass rate of 42% - but an incredible 100% of pupils passed. As they are key stakeholders in the development, they will be involved and contribute to conversations about the design of the school. The DfE will produce a tender to appoint a contractor/ architect, at which point they will work together to ensure the building is fit for purpose. For more information about Ambitious about Autism go to their website at Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail

MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION On Sunday 25th October British Summertime ends and the clocks go back, the nights are already drawing in and it is getting dark early. Our countryside is preparing for autumn and the landscape is changing colour. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have hedgehogs in your garden (now an endangered species) who would appreciate a bit of extra help with bedding down or food to supplement them over the winter. Still a lot of nocturnal activity in Malden Rushett from our usual wildlife residents hunting for food among the hedgerows and creepy crawlies moving in with us for the winter! A very unwelcome side of autumn is the sight of litter everywhere you look as it now becomes visible with the trees shedding their leaves. Personal rubbish thrown out of cars passing through, cans, cigarette butts, fast food wrapping and the worst of all bags of dirty nappies. I have even seen a bag of dirty disposable nappies left on the BP station forecourt. Another accident at the Malden Rushett junction is added to the already too many crashes, caused usually by the jumping of the traffic lights by motorists who are in such a hurry to get to where they are going 60 seconds before they would have done if they had waited. With the shorter daylight hours we will experience an increase in accidents due to lack of concentration and driver behaviour. Despite our pleas and the backing from our local SOB Councillors Transport for London have now officially refused to place a pedestrian crossing over by the Star end of the A243. Apparently one of the indicators of ‘footfall’ is the number of times the 465 bus stops at the Star end. This would not be a good indicator as far as the MRRA is concerned as a good many of people who cross the A243 there are walkers and bike riders from Ashtead Woods. Another factor for TFL is the cost and road layout and what they say is ‘customer behaviour’. i.e., people will still try to cross the road away from the crossing. We will still continue to press the need for a pedestrian crossing in that vicinity but it is so disappointing to be refused continually up this end of the Kingston Borough when they sprout up elsewhere over the A243 in every increasing numbers. You may have seen a flyer from Poppymill who are they say the new owners of the large area of ‘despoiled’ land next to the A3. They are calling this the ‘Hook Park Engagement’ and want residents to respond to a survey and sign up to workshop sessions regarding what they are planning to do with the land. We would assume that some if not all of the land is greenbelt in their proposals. As I understand it they are planning some 2,500 houses and in return will be good enough to give residents back some greenbelt and possibly a pond…! As Chessington Chat goes to print it looks very likely that the government is going to take further measures to attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus which may mean further isolation and loneliness for a lot of people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. If you are able to please take the time to help your neighbours and friends during this very difficult time as just a hello could make such a difference. If you would like to find out more about the MRRA please visit our Facebook page on: http://fb/me/ MaldenRushettResidents/Association Beryl Gibson, Chairman

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This warming veggie stew will hit the spot on a cold autumn evening. Serve with steamed couscous or orzo pasta instead of rice, if preferred. Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes 1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp smoked paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tsp brown sugar 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed Salt and freshly ground black pepper Cooked long grain rice, to serve 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley, to garnish

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, adding the garlic after 5 minutes. 2. Stir in the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant then add the tomatoes, puree and sugar. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. 3. Stir in the chickpeas and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with cooked long grain rice and garnished with the parsley.

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COMMUNITY PAGES BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB I hope you are all well and safe and keeping in touch with one another. If you don’t have a list of members contact details and would like one, please ring me and I will send or bring you one. Please look after yourselves and keep safe. The Committee will keep the situation under review.

Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance: Monthly meetings currently suspended due to Covid but feel free to enquire about information affecting our pensioners by contacting Brenda C Denby tel 0208 398 6054/ email website

Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362

THE EIGHT O’CLOCK LADIES CIRCLE The committee are making plans and booking speakers to resume meetings in April 2021. The first meeting will be the AGM and welcome evening. Best wishes to all our members. Maureen Peters 020 8397 1559 If you’re facing redundancy at the end of being Furloughed or just want a change or are starting out... Welcome to Stoneleigh Job Club on any Tuesday 10-12 or Thursday 10-12 ( other times and days by arrangement) for phone or virtual Zoom coaching .... no need to leave home ... all you need is a laptop, smartphone or just a mobile. Everything is free, appts for an hour, as often as you need. We offer expert coaching 1:1 by phone or Zoom (we will help with that too) for all ages with friendly welcoming trained coaches. *Cv review and writing *Interview preparation *Confidence building *Support throughout however many times you want to attend *Basic IT coaching in Office and other packages to get you up to speed *Job searching and access locally and in London *Give us a try *Hundreds have and found success and good jobs and support Contact and apply right now on 0794 123 1072 E: Facebook stoneleighjobclub

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS URGENTLY NEEDED • Do you have some time to spare? • Do you want to support some of the more elderly and less mobile members of our local community? • You decide how much time you want to give. • Expenses are covered. If you are a driver with your own transport, please call us on

020 8397 6298 (Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 noon). Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme Registered charity no. 289765

HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION Our friendly allotment association was founded over 50 years ago and is run by volunteers. We provide a wide range of composts, fertilisers, seeds; gardening products at not-for-profit club prices to members. Membership costs £5.00 a year and our trading facility is situated next to the entrance to the allotment plots, just beyond the rugby club pavilion, at the rear of King Edward’s recreation ground, Hook Road, Chessington. Sun: 10am-12noon Mark and Liz Cooper 07970 692395. Hook Leisure Gardeners Association

Nature Calls Another weekend looms ahead, Time for an extra lay in bed. But today is a time for work, Something I don’t think we shirk. I’m trying to avoid the housework though, It’s a skilled profession and I don’t know If I’m too old to learn this trade, At least that’s the excuse that I’ve made For escaping outside to my greenhouse, Where I recently met a little brown mouse. He made me jump, I have to say, As off down the garden he ran away. But Tuesday evening I had a shock, A fox in the kitchen, he seemed to mock My panic response, as off he fled Dashing round the back of the shed. The sparrows are flocking here to feed, It’s costing us a fortune in bird seed. A goldfinch drinks from the bird bath, He splashes about and makes me laugh. I enjoy our garden’s wild-life, It really calms my lock-down strife. If the garden is the new normal, Then I’m happy to answer nature’s call, I’m avoiding housework while out there, If I can’t see the dust then I needn’t care! Sue Towner

HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI After an actual meeting in our hall for our September meeting we returned to Zoom for our October meeting. After a brief chat and catch up we had a fascinating talk from Andy Thomas on The Crop Circle Mystery. He was such an entertaining speaker that, whatever your opinion on crop circles, you couldn’t help but be interested. We have managed to keep a lot of our activities going on line, from coffee mornings to book clubs, Zoom has kept us in contact. A few of our ladies met for coffee in real life too! Our November meeting will be online again and we will be voting for our president and organising our new committee. We usually end this mainly administrative meeting by sharing food together, a perennial WI favourite! We will be encouraging our online participants to join us with something nice to eat and a glass of wine. At least there will be no worries about getting home! Petra Nelson

SPARE DRIVER REQUIRED A spare driver is required to sometimes transport adults with learning difficulties to and from colleges and day centres. The spare drive would best suit someone with a 7 seater vehicle less than 10 years old but will also consider a 5 door vehicle, less than 10 years old. DBS CHECK AND OTHER CHECKS REQUIRED. You will receive waiting pay allowance, plus money for driving when required.


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GENERAL Kingston Police Control Room (Non Emergency) 101 Chessington Safer Neighbourhood Teams 020 8721 2001 Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme 020 8397 6298 The Hook Centre 020 8547 6254 Hook & Chessington Library 020 8547 6480 The Kings Centre 020 8391 5522 Kingston Hospital 020 8546 7711 Thames Doc 020 8390 9991 Thames Water 0845 9200800 Gas Emergency 0800 111 999 Power Loss 0800 028 0247

PLACES OF WORSHIP St Mary The Virgin C of E Garrison Lane, Chessington. 020 8397 3016 St Paul’s C of E 280, Hook Road, Hook. 020 8391 2362 St Catherine of Siena R C 100 Leatherhead Road, Chessington. 020 8397 3971 Chessington Evangelical The Kings Centre, Coppard Gdns, Chessington. 020 8391 5522 Chessington Methodist Moor Lane, Chessington. 020 8296 9344 Hook Church Brook Rd, Tolworth. 020 8397 8909

COUNCILLORS Chessington North and Hook Ward: Stephanie Archer Margaret Thompson Sharon Young Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford Andreas Kirsch Christine Stuart The Orchard Practice Orchard Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG Tolworth & Hook Rise Ward 0208 397 9494 Lorraine Dunstone Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Dennis Goodship Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361 Thay Thayalan DOCTORS SURGERIES Kingston Primary Care Weekend Service. Surbiton Health Centre Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6EZ 0203 841 9942 Sat & Sun 08:00hrs – 20:00hrs Walk in and wait or ring for appointment. Last appt19:30hrs Chessington Park Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY 0208 739 1977

KINGSTON COUNCIL South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meetings Kingston Council - all committee meetings Kingston Council home page Visit for copy deadlines, our rate card, advert sizes, customer testimonials, distribution map and back issues.

MP for Kingston & Surbiton: Edward Davey MP 020 8288 2736 SCHOOLS Castle Hill Primary Buckland Road, Chessington. KT9 1JE 0208 397 2006 Ellingham Primary Ellingham Road, Chessington. KT9 2JA 020 8397 3864 Lovelace Primary Mansfield Road, Chessington. KT9 2RN 020 8397 3265 St Mary’s C of E Primary Church Lane, Chessington. KT9 2DH 020 8397 9597 St Paul’s C of E Primary Orchard Road, Chessington. KT9 1AJ 020 8397 3553 St Philip’s School Harrow Close, Chessington. KT9 2HR 020 8397 2672 Chessington School, Garrison Lane, Chessington. KT9 2JS 020 8974 1156 PHARMACIES Ace Pharmacy. 1-3, Ace Parade, Hook Rd, Chessington. 020 8397 4564 Boots Pharmacy. 4, Arcade Parade, Hook, Chessington. 020 8397 3793 Boots Pharmacy. 11, North Parade, Chessington. 020 8397 3072 Cohens Chemist. Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gdns, Chessington. 020 8397 1212

Alexandra Table Tennis Club. Mon eves. 7.30-9.30pm St Georges Hall, Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth KT6 7PF. All players welcome. Contact Andrew 07917 422137 Alexandra Blenheim Academy Table Tennis Club. Sat 11.30am - 1.30pm for 8-15 year olds. Glyn School, The Kingsway, Ewell, KT17 1NB. £5 per session. Tony 07703 602552 / Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane. 11.30am Thurs. 0300 123 8086 / Bowls - Surbiton Bowling Club, Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Tues eves 5:50pm. David Lark 020 8224 2385. Buckland Womens Club. Tues eves. Chessington Methodist Church. Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Art Group. Thurs am. Chessington Methodist Church Hall & Thurs pm at The King’s Centre. David Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Beavers, Cubs & Scouts. Meet at Scout HQ to rear of 33, Garrison Lane. Beavers - Mon 6pm to 7pm, Cubs - Tues 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Scouts - Fri 7pm to 9pm. See for details or Email: Chessington Bowling Club, Church Lane - beginners juniors and adults welcome - contact Club Secretary 8397 6705 email: chessingtonbc@aol com Chessington Children's Centre at Castle Hill Primary. Stay & Play sessions, Breastfeeding support, Family Learning etc. 020 8397 2006. Toy Library at Hook Centre, Tues term time, 9.30-11am. 020 8408 8927 Chessington Cricket Club. Sir Francis Barker Sports Ground, Leatherhead Road, KT9 2NB. 020 8397 9194 Chessington & Hook United & Hook Youth Football Club. Chalky Lane, Chessington. For Match & Training details call Andy on 07958 616829 Chessington Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship Programme list inside Coffee Bar Door. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 97 Ruxley Lane, West Ewell. KT19 9HB Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 4-18yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. Friends of Shooting Star Children's Hospices - Epsom and Chessington. Sarah Johnson, Chairperson and Treasurer 07921 774 191 Golden Slippers. New ballet class for mature clients. Surbiton New Life Baptist Church, Balaclava Road, Surbiton KT6 5PW. Tuesdays 10.45 -11.45 am. Contact "Meryl" Tel: 07944246778 Guides, Brownies & Rainbows in Hook & Chessington. Ann Fairhall 020 8391 4730 for details/ waiting lists. 1st Hook Beavers. Wed 6– 7pm, Fri 5.30– 6.30pm. 1st Hook Cubs. Tue 6.45 – 8.15pm, Thurs 6.45– 8.15pm. 1st Hook Scouts. Fri 7.30– 9.30pm. Surbiton South Explorers. Thurs 8 – 10pm. All meetings held at Group HQ, Verona Drive, Surbiton. Group Scout Leader Fergus Lang:

2nd Hook Beavers - Weds 5:30 - 6:30pm, 2nd Hook Cubs - Tues 7 - 8:30pm, 2nd Hook Scouts - Weds 7 8:30pm. Group Scout Leader Emma Nash, 0794 4031369, Hook Scout & Guide Band. Mon eves 7-9.30pm at 1st Hook Scout HQ, Verona Drive. 9 years +. Anne & Ray Bridger 020 8397 7525. Hook Allotments & Gardens Association. Sun 10 11am at the rear of King Edward’s Rec Ground. Hook & Chessington WI. 7.30pm every 2nd Thurs in the month. Hook & Southborough Hall, 224 Hook Road, Hook. Paula McKelvey 0208 397 2885. Hook & Southborough Bowling Club. King Edward’s Recreation Ground. David 020 8397 1294 / Keith 07906 576270 Hook & Southborough Cricket Club. Somerset Avenue, Chessington. Players wanted. Keith 07828 119552. Hook Singers. Fridays 10.30-12noon at Chessington Methodist Church. New members welcome, no auditions required. Variety of popular songs. Contact Ruth Mackinlay 07746 234508 / Further details at King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Kevin 0208 397 7025 Kingston Association for the Blind for help and advice for the Visually Impaired, Mon-Fri 10.00/midday. 020 8605 0060,, Kingston Cycling Campaign. For those new to cycling or those who have not ridden for some time with easy pace rides around Surrey. Email: Kingston Rugby Club. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road. Seniors meet Tues eves, Minis on Sun 10am12 noon. Contact Graeme Maisey 07866 124282. Email Little Rascals Toddler Group @ Hook Evangelical Church, Brook Rd, Surbiton. Drop-in group for parents, babies & pre-schoolers. Songs, crafts, play, chat and cake! £1/family. Fri 9.30-11.30am (term-time) Rosie Pease 07736 424102 Mrs Bennet's Ballroom. Regency style dance. St Marks Church Hall, Surbiton KT6 4LS. 8pm-10.30pm. £5. 020 8391 1215. Racal Decca RFC. Senior, social rugby in a friendly, inclusive environment. Home matches Saturday's, Tolworth Court, KT4 7QH. Web; Email; Tel; Robert Holmes 07980 802241 Old Kingstonians Hockey Club. Ditton Fields, Summer Road, Thames Ditton. Social club. Mens/ladies teams. Train Weds. Games on Sat, juniors on Sun. Georgina Perry on 020 8397 2367 Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month. Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues. St Paul’s Centre. Carole Noakes 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. 1st & 3rd Thurs eves of the month. Royal British Legion Hall. 020 8397 1559. The St Paul’s Players. Jean Harwood 020 8391 5133 West Chessington Childrens Centre. Lovelace Primary School. Stay & play sessions, Cook & eat courses, Messy Play and Welly walks. 020 8391 2145

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