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WELCOME TO OUR APRIL ISSUE… I really love this time of year. Easter is just so refreshing after months of cold, dark days and, although we’re not out of the woods entirely, everyone and everything seems to have a definite spring in their step. Not least this magazine which as always sees a real upsurge in activity from businesses and community alike.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Colin Punch, CDRA Beryl Gibson, MRRA Sarah Gray, Chessington Horticultural Society Catherine Sawbridge Sergeant Simon Baxter Editorials and advertisements: 020 8337 7041 75 Cromwell Road, Worcester Park. KT4 7JR sally@chessingtonchat.com www.chessingtonchat.com Printed by: Direct Colour, Unit 2, 60 Cox Lane, Chessington Industrial Estate, KT9 1TW. 020 8391 0011. www.directcolour.com Website: Paramount Website Design www.paramountwebsitedesign.com

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Monday 10th April Leaflets for inclusion with this next issue can be accepted up till Tuesday 18th April. 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.

So we welcome the following new, and returning advertisers: Paw Necessities p.6, Woodham & Sons Ltd p.6, Chessington Bowling Club p.29 and Castle Tots at Castle Hill p.43. And bring special offers and promotions from: Carpets 4 U p.7, Techgecko p.10, Community Motors p.13, Time For You p.15, Tolworth Fencing p.21, Taylored Room Solutions p.25, Chessington Bowling Club p.29, Cine Sanctuary p.32, Elmwood Vehicles p.33, The Optical Gallery p.39, Hook Gas Services p.42 and Synergy 81 p.47. Chessington World of Adventures Resort are currently recruiting for seasonal staff so turn to page 49 to find out what’s involved and how you can apply. Till next month.

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INSIDE: The Morden Hall Park Town & Country Fair...….8 Shocking increase in Probate fees…….………12 What’s on……………………………...….16 -19 The April & May Garden……………….…….20 Epsom Playhouse competition………….……...24 Recipe: Chocolate & orange hot cross buns…...28 Safer Neighbourhoods update…………….….32 Children’s parties……………………………...34 How to tackle hay fever………………………36 Residents’ Associations……………….……40/41 Community pages……………….…….44/46/48 Kids Puzzle page……………………….……..51 Useful contacts and local listings………..…52/53 Index of advertisers and advertising rates…....54


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Chessington Kids Club are holding their

Easter Holiday Club Playscheme from Weds 5th - Thurs 13th April 2017

Chessington Holiday Club (Playscheme) at Castle Hill Primary School, Buckland Road, Chessington. 8.30am - 3.30pm or 8.30am - 5.30pm . A mixture of activities are on offer, physical activities, arts & crafts, soft play, team games and much more. For more details phone 020 8397 2023.

Announcement It is with deep regret and sadness that Chessington Kids Club After School childcare provision will cease to exist from Fri. 18th August 2017, the last day of our Summer Holiday Club (Playscheme.) Changes within Castle Hill Primary school has led to their decision to provide all extended childcare provision In-House from September 2017. We would like to thank everyone in the Chessington community who have supported and used our childcare provision over the past 25 years and we would like to thank our loyal staff who have provided such excellent childcare over the years. 6

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THE MORDEN HALL PARK TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR As always there will be Arts, crafts, food, drink and gifts marquees as well as a licensed bar featuring Real Ale and cider. Plus traditional children’s fairground and bouncy castles (charges apply). Special Interest Groups are warmly invited to take part and we welcome enquiries from trade stands.

The Morden Hall Park Town & Country Fair, Morden Hall Park between Wimbledon & Sutton. Saturday 29th April, Sunday 30th April and Monday Bank Holiday May 1st. 10am till 6pm each day. Brand new for this year we are delighted to bring you Savage Bike Skills Display Team, as well as birds of prey flying displays, Grant Bazin the Horse Whisperer, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Devilstick Peat plus Circus Skills Workshop, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment with the Company of 1415 and Moment in Time as well as for the first time a miniature steam engine parade. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy.

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Also on Monday we're proud to host the Companion Dog Show - so bring along a canine friend and have a go! (All proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care). Admission on the gate: £7.50, concessions £6, Children age 5 -16 £3, Family Ticket: £19 (2 adults & 2 children) and accompanied under 5s - FREE Parking: £2 per car in the sign-posted event car park. For advance tickets at discounted rates, please log on to: http://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/morden-hall-parkcountry-fair/

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SHOCKING INCREASE IN PROBATE FEES The Government has recently confirmed that Probate Court Fees are to increase…and dramatically! Currently, when you apply for a Grant of Probate after someone dies, regardless of the value of the Estate, the fees are £215 if you make a personal application or £155 if you use a professional/solicitor to do this for you. It has just been announced that these fees are to rise from May 2017. The new fees will be: Estate Value Up to £50,000 Between £50,000 - £300,000 £300,000 - £500,000 £500,000 - £1 million £1 million - £1.6 million

New Fee £0 £300.00 £1,000.00 £4,000.00 £8,000.00

And above that the figures get even more ridiculous……. With years of experience as a Probate Practitioner, I can say most of the Estates I have dealt with in this locality fall into the £300K to £1million brackets, but as our home values continue to increase more & more people will need to pay these ridiculously high sums for the Probate Application which they need to access their deceased loved one’s assets. If you would like any further information or guidance on this, please call me: 01372 741418

Have you written your Will? We will help you take care of this important task. We are members of the Institute of Professional Willwriters. Home visits at your convenience. Please call 01372 741418 or email wills@shortlandsawbridge.co.uk We also prepare Lasting Power of Attorney and offer Probate Services.

Catherine Sawbridge

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WHAT’S ON IN APRIL & OVER EASTER... Sun 9th April. London Bus Museum’s Spring Gathering featuring special ’Pay As You Board’ exhibition with large display of buses and stalls. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge. KT13 0QS. Tickets/ details: www.londonbusmuseum.com Tues 11th April. Ewell Horticultural Association present a rare opportunity to meet some beautiful Birds of Prey and a talk by Julian Huxley. 8-10pm. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Cost: £3 members, Sat 1st April. Ewell Horticultural Association's Spring visitors £4, includes refreshments, visitors very welcome. Show. 2.30 to 4.30pm at Blenheim School, Longmead Details: eha_details@ewellhortassn.co.uk. Road, Epsom KT19 9BH. Free Admission - all welcome, Wed 19th April. Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents free parking, plus raffle, refreshments and delicious Tracey Griffin (NAFAS National Demonstrator) homemade cake. Displays of Spring flowers, cookery, demonstrating 'Inspired by Nature' at Bourne Hall, handicrafts, photography & floral art plus plants & Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. 1.30pm for 2pm start. garden sundries for sale. www.ewellhortassn.co.uk Visitors £6. Competitive exhibits, flower arranging Tues 4th April. Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society sundries & publications and refreshments. For further - South West London Group AGM and Farewell talk by information call Pauleen Moss on 020 8337 1318 or Colin Chambers at 7.30pm at Surbiton Methodist Church, email epsommaydayflowerclub@gmail.com. Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT6 6AF. 020 8979 6484 Tues 4th April. Surbiton & District Historical Society 2nd Hook Scouts Second Hand Sale present "The Lushington Family of Esher" with Mr David Saturday 22nd April C Taylor. 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, 2pm at Scout HQ, rear of Hook Parish Hall, Hook Surbiton. Visitors welcome – a contribution of £2 Road, Chessington. Refreshments. Entrance 50p. appreciated. Details: lenandmarilyn@virginmedia.com

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THE APRIL & MAY GARDEN

As the garden bursts fully into spring, there is so much to do it’s possible to forget to enjoy it. But this is the season for fluffy drifts of tree blossom to drench the garden with colour, for blooms that are pale and delicate or bright and breezy, for patches of scent to catch your breath as you pass, and for the unending joy  of seeing seedlings sprout and grow. In weather terms it should be warming up, but there is still the possibility of frost, which will wipe out both a lot of new growth (seedlings, open blossom before fruit can set, new shoots), and entire plants (bedding is mainly half-hardy or tender). The only prevention is to keep a note of the weather forecast and use horticultural fleece to protect, say, strawberries, if there is a  risk. Frost damage looks like burns, and is usually irreversible, although unaffected parts of the plant may recover. Tender shrubs (olive, citrus, etc) should be protected or moved under cover to prevent loss. Lawns will be growing and will need regular mowing. If you have moss, spike holes into the lawn to improve drainage, scarify (use a spring-tine rake to scratch out the moss), re-sow any bald patches, and keep the blades of the mower fairly high until growth is steady. A spring/summer feed contains a high proportion of nitrogen to ‘green-up’ the lawn, whereas an autumn lawn feed formulation has increased phosphates to encourage root growth. Some also have mosskillers. Be aware, if you do all this, that your lawn will look awful for a few weeks while it recovers and new grass grows, so if you’re planning a garden event (the crazy dream of an Easter barbecue, perhaps) be sure to time it well.

brassicas can go into pots outdoors, tender seed such as tomatoes must be started in a bright cool indoors place where there is no risk of frost. If you don’t have a greenhouse find a bright windowsill without a radiator under it, and be vigilant once the seedlings are up, as they will tend to be too tall and leggy and bend toward the light; put them outside as often as possible to get proper daylight, but bring them indoors at night. ‘Hardy’ seed includes - broad beans, beetroot, spinach, carrots, chard, chicory, and brassicas like brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kale etc. ‘Half-hardy’ or tender veg includes tomatoes, courgette, aubergine, peppers and chillies, French beans, pumpkin and squash, and sweetcorn. Prick out seedlings from a clump or row holding by a leaf not the stem, and grow on in individual pots or trays. Certain things react better to thinning from a row left in situ (root crops i.e. beetroot, carrot, turnip, swede, celeriac), or to being transplanted several times as they grow (all brassicas). Broad beans can be planted out now, support them with twiggy pea sticks or canes, and watch for blackfly (use a spray of softsoap). Carrot root fly and cabbage root fly are tiny insect pests that will seek out your precious young seedlings, so protect them with a fine mesh cover (e.g. a mesh cloche) once planted outdoors. Be careful however of covering other things that need insect pollinators, such as beans. Onion sets and chitted (sprouted) potatoes can be planted out now. Be careful to keep the growing potato shoots covered with soil as these are very vulnerable to frost. Keep weeding.

Things to do in May:  Trim hedges (box, beech, hornbeam, common laurel, thuja and Leyland cypress). Very fast growers like privet and lonicera should have a trim every six weeks from now on.  Keep weeding.  Water young plants and seedlings, and any newly planted trees, shrubs, hedges, roses, fruit, etc. Avoid mowing over any naturalised spring bulbs, just leave that area to grow long until the bulb foliage has  Keep mowing the lawn. Hand-weed persistent or deep-rooted things like dandelions. completely died down, since this period is when the  Sow more seed! There’s still time for them to catch up. bulb builds up for next year’s flowers, and if you cut it short you’ll make a nasty mess and get nothing up next  Stone fruit such as cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, can be pruned now if overgrown. year. You can feed the bulbs now with a high-potash feed such as tomato feed, to give them a boost – seems  Plant up growbags or containers. Ideal subjects are odd doing this after the flowers have been and gone, tomatoes, peppers, aubergine, cucumbers. Plant out young brassicas, leeks, and sweet peas into final but that’s how bulbs work. growing positions. Things to do in April:  Greenhouses must be ventilated during the day once  If it turns cold, protect vulnerable plants with it gets warm, and closed at night. Watch for pests; horticultural fleece (eg strawberries, bedding) red spider mite can be prevented by damping down  Sort out the lawn (as above). Mow with blades set (watering the hard floor). high at first, then lower. Sarah Gray,  Sow seed. It’s such fun! Everyone and anyone can do Chessington Horticultural Society it – just try it! Hardy vegetable seed such as


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EPSOM PLAYHOUSE

Magnificent Music Hall Matinee Thur 6th April at 2.30pm Tickets from £15.50 Back by popular demand. Take a trip down memory lane to the glorious and glamorous heyday of traditional Music Hall, a truly golden era. Helming this splendid afternoon of rich entertainment of song dance, magic & laughter will be your eloquent & elegantly waist coated Chairman complete with gavel and sharp wit together with an ‘august’ line up of artistes who have all appeared on BBC TV ‘The Good Old Days’. This two hour gala performance will delight and entertain with the songs you love to sing and the jokes you love to hear.

Win Tickets! Win two tickets to see Magnificent Music Hall at the Epsom Playhouse on Thursday 6th April. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Magnificent Competition” to: fmaloney@epsom-ewell.gov.uk by Tuesday 4th April. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Kathleen Redmond who won February’s Two Sisters tickets and to Yasmin Dempster who won March’s Abbamania tickets. Box Office: 01372 742555 Online: www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

KING GEORGE FIELD INDOOR BOWLS CLUB

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CAKE & BAKE Chocolate & Orange Hot Cross Buns 1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the

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500g strong white plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp ground mixed spice Zest of 1 orange 50g caster sugar 1 x 7g sachet easy-blend or fast-action dried yeast 300ml hand-hot milk 55g butter, cubed 1 large egg, beaten 75g dried mixed fruit 50g dark chocolate chips

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salt, mixed spice, orange zest, sugar and dried yeast. Make a well in the middle. Bring the milk almost to the boil in a small pan then stir in the butter until melted. Leave the liquid to cool until it’s just hand hot. Pour the liquid into the well with the beaten egg and mix with a round- bladed knife to make a soft and slightly sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky. Place the dough in a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover with oiled cling film. Leave the bowl in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, flatten out with the palms of your hands and scatter over the dried fruit and chocolate chips. Fold and knead the dough until the fruit and chocolate chips are incorporated. Divide and shape the dough into 12 even-sized buns and place on a large greased baking sheet. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until the buns have risen by at least half again and are almost touching each other - this will take about 45-60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, Gas Mark 6. Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 1520 minutes until risen and golden brown. Leave on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Brush with the warmed golden syrup whilst the buns are still warm. When the buns are cold, spoon the melted chocolate into a small disposable piping bag, snip off the end and pipe a cross on each bun. Leave until set then serve. TIP These buns are best eaten on the day they’re made, but if you have some left over the next day simply split and toast and serve with butter or chocolate spread.

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Chessington Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Welcome to my April ward update. Since the last edition there has been a lot of focussed activity on drug activity on both wards. There have been two warrants executed for drugs on the wards. This reinforces the message that drugs will not be tolerated on Chessington Wards. If you are concerned about any drug activity please call the team. The team have continued school patrols and engaging with the local primary schools. With the onset of the warmer weather and longer evenings the team will be patrolling the open areas for longer into the evenings. In partnership with Kingston Council there was the Neighbourhood Conversations held at Chessington Community College. This was an opportunity to engage with local Councillors, ASB officers for the council and your local Policing team. The topics consisted of but were not restricted to; burglary, motor vehicle crime, youth crime and anti social behaviour. There was a lot of discussion around the key topics above and this will be used on the south of the borough Neighbourhood Community Plan, to focus resources both from the Council and the Police in dealing with and resolving neighbourhood issues. These events are run regularly and if you wish to be involved in the next one please contact me via e mail at the address below. In case of emergency please dial 999. You can contact the team on 0208 721 2001 this will be answered by a member of the team if we are on duty and will be diverted to voicemail if we are off duty. You can also E mail us at Chessington.snt@met.police.uk. Follow us on Twitter @MPSChessington Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Chessington North and Chessington South.

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CHILDREN’S PARTIES 

Keep the fun levels up and your stress levels down with these top party tips. Outdoor parties Most kids love a treasure hunt, and it ties in well with a pirate, knights or princess party. You could leave a series of clues leading to one big stash of small prizes to split (chocolate coins tend to go down well). Or you could hide sweets, trinkets and other mini prizes around the garden. Just make sure you keep a few extras to hand, to avoid any tears. Once they’ve found the treasure, you could:  Have a water pistol fight.  Challenge the kids to an obstacle course.  Hold a mini-Olympics, complete with ‘real’ medals.  Set up a tin can alley, or a game of skittles. Parties for craft-loving children If your child loves nothing more than creating a new work of art, why not dedicate the party to ‘making stuff’? Depending on the age of the children, you could:  Make masks out of paper plates, feathers, stickers, glitter and so on.  Paint pots or trinket boxes.  Decorate plates or mugs with porcelain pens.  Raid the recycling box to make robots, spaceships or monsters. Make sure you tell parents that the children will need old clothes or painting aprons. And bear in mind that paint may not have dried by the time the party finishes, so you’ll have to deliver the artwork at a later date.

Hold a fashion show. Just raid some charity shops and let kids loose on the clothes with fabric pens, glitter and badges. Have a disco party, with glow sticks, a glitter ball and a dance-off.

Parties that let you take it easy If this all sounds like a bit too much work, you could turn to the professionals. From hiring a children’s entertainer to heading to a soft-play centre, there are plenty of options to choose from. And they’re often not as expensive as you might think. Some companies offer a full package including entertainment, food and a party bag, which can actually work out around the same price as you’d pay to buy it all yourself. Alternatively, you could let your child choose two or three friends to take out for the day. Head to the zoo, trampoline park, cinema, theme park, or just out for a picnic. Top tips for a successful party:  Don’t invite too many people. A good rule of thumb is to only invite one or two more than the age of your child. So if your son is turning five, you might want to invite six or seven children. However, it is a very rough guide, as all children are different.  Consider how many children there are in the class or friendship group. Inviting 12 of the 14 girls in your daughter’s class could cause a lot of upset.  Don’t overwhelm your child. Younger children may struggle with lots of excited guests, loud music and bright lights. Try to create a safe, quiet space where they can retreat if they need to.  Don’t feel you have to spend a fortune. Often the simpler, cheaper parties are the ones that children love the best.  Rope in as many helpers as you can! Kate Duggan

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Wheezes and Sneezes: How to tackle Hay Fever Some older antihistamines (e.g. chlorpheniramine, known as Piriton) make you drowsy and can affect your ability to do your job or drive. However, most people now choose newer, non-sedating antihistamines (e.g. Loratadine).

Hay fever or seasonal allergies can be caused by the pollen of numerous trees, grasses or plants and it affects around 18 million people in the UK. Diagnosis If you’re unsure it’s hay fever causing your symptoms, see your GP. They may refer you for an allergen test to determine whether you’re allergic to pollen or other organic material such as animal hair or dust mites. A skin prick test only tests for the most common allergens, so it may be inconclusive. Your skin is pricked and exposed to a tiny dose of allergen - it should react if you’re allergic. A blood test for the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody, produced when you encounter pollen, may also be used. Symptoms Symptoms can range from mild to life-impacting:  itchy and/or runny nose  sneezing  irritated, itchy, watery eyes Treating Hay Fever How you treat your hay fever will depend on the type and severity of your symptoms. Research by Allergy UK in 2014 showed that 62% of sufferers found their current medication ineffective – yet they failed to seek better alternatives or didn’t use it properly (only 14% of steroid nasal spray users were using them correctly in the study). Ask a pharmacist for advice on the right medication and alternatives if it’s ineffective. Ensure you follow doctor’s, pharmacist’s and manufacturer’s instructions carefully. See your GP if over the counter treatments aren’t working, or you develop sinus or ear infections. Oral Medications (Tablets and Liquids) Antihistamines block the action of histamine, a chemical triggered by allergen exposure, to reduce or stop your allergic reaction. They may not relieve a blocked nose but are usually effective against other symptoms. As a preventative, they work best if taken regularly and started in advance of high pollen count periods. They can also be taken as required when symptoms begin. 36

Steroids are only usually used short-term if other medications aren’t working or if your hay fever causes or aggravates asthma. They reduce symptoms by reducing inflammation. Nasal Sprays and Drops Decongestant nasal sprays unblock your nose but can cause rebound congestion after a few days, so only use them for occasional relief or as an additional treatment on days when symptoms are severe. Steroid nasal sprays or drops prevent and reduce inflammation in the nasal lining and can help relieve eye itchiness too. Antihistamine nasal sprays relieve an itchy nose and reduce sneezing. Eye drops Antihistamine eye drops reduce itchiness and watering. Inhalers and Injections If seasonal allergies cause or exacerbate asthma, you may be offered a steroid inhaler and/or a ‘reliever’, such as salbutamol (‘Ventolin’). Injectable medications may sometimes be recommended if steroids aren’t adequate. Monoclonal antibody treatments (‘mabs’) such as Xolair block a substance involved in allergic reactions. Immunotherapy If your symptoms are persistent or severe, your doctor may suggest immunotherapy to progressively build allergen immunity. A specialist will gradually introduce your body to small amounts of allergen by injection or a sublingual tablet and monitor your reaction. Treatment is started three months before your trigger pollen season. Prevention Reduce pollen contact by avoiding drying washing outside, showering before bed and closing windows. You can check the Met Office pollen forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk/health/public/pollen-forecast For more information: AllergyUK: www.allergyuk.org; Helpline: 01322 619898

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Spring is on the way and lots is happening in and around us. The countryside is waking up and the birds are starting to nest. Colourful birds are everywhere, flying from one garden to the next, feeding on the nuts and seeds kindly residents supply. Robins and Woodpeckers squabbling with other birds around them and a Robin keeping you company in the garden, waiting for you to dig up a nice juicy worm for his tea. Such a wealth of countryside for which we are so grateful, long walks or bicycle rides we can all share together as families or on our own. Ashtead Woods is a great place to spend a couple of hours walking around, pathways are good and you can go ‘off piste’ should you wish to be more inquisitive. We have so much for both young and old eyes to take in; plenty of room to work off the energy and frustrations of the day and enjoy ourselves in the peace and quiet. Recently the MRRA has approached Surrey County Council and Transport for London to inquire whether they would be able to install a pedestrian crossing along the stretch of the road just past the Star pub, to enable walkers to cross the road safely from the Star to Ashtead woods side as all there is at the moment is a bollard in the centre of the road. TFL have confirmed that they are not responsible for that part of the A243 (only for lighting up the bollard in the middle of the road) and Surrey County Council have refused to make any alterations to make crossing the road safer as it would appear no one has been killed there, so they cannot justify the expense! Well, have you ever tried to cross that part of the road with a dog and a pushchair, I can assure you it is extremely dangerous. We are also asking for the speed limit to be reduced to 30 miles per hour from the Surrey boundary into Malden Rushett. The A243 from the Surrey boundary going towards Leatherhead is full of potholes, particularly between Leatherhead Golf Club and the Star pub. Daily you see people taking photographs of the potholes in the road presumably because cars have been damaged. SCC must be receiving so many complaints, it is time they made proper repairs to the road surface and stopped filling up the potholes and wasting the resources they say they have not got. We still await news from TFL regarding the traffic jumping the lights at the Malden Rushett road junction. They have told us that they have invigilated the junction and seen very little of this happening! They are going to invigilate the junction again in case they are missing something… Residents do find this strange as everyone you speak to comments on seeing motorists jumping the lights coming from Rushett Lane and Fairoak Lane, we wonder if they carry out this exercise at busy times. Anyway, another long wait ahead of us we suspect. Thames Water have finally completed the work by the Shy Horse to stop the flooding in that area, thank you Thames Water. Also a big thank you to the Landlady of the Shy Horse for clearing most of the grass verge from The Shy Horse down to the BP Station. Beryl Gibson

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Chessington District Residents’ Association The new block of flats by North Parade is now starting to be occupied. Thirteen units with only three car parking spaces, one of which is a disabled bay, plus cycle racks. The design is quite interesting and whilst the brickwork blends in with the existing buildings, the construction itself does not, mainly because it does not have the pitched roof of the surrounding buildings. The overall effect has been likened to a ship and so would be more suited to a quayside development in Portsmouth. The balconies overhang the public footpath and with today’s Health and Safety rules and regulations, how was this permitted? Why did the Planning Department allow it to go through, or did they miss it? Should something fall from a balcony and injure someone, who will be liable? There appears to be a slight problem with drainage on a top balcony as water is dripping from it onto the balcony below and then onto the pavement. Along the front, small bushes have been planted which, in time, will fill the border and look pleasant, if regularly maintained. Standard building practice is for the damp proof course (DPC) to be a minimum of 150mm above finished ground level (to prevent damp rising through the brickwork). Here the soil is ABOVE the DPC. With the pavement directly outside the windows, the public are able to look into the rooms affording the occupants little or no privacy. At the end of Sopwith Avenue, on the left of the building, the road has a raised block paved area where it meets the main road. This had double yellow lines and the white markings to indicate a junction. An area had to be taken up during the building process, but when they were re-laid, they were not put back in the correct order so now there are no lines, only an untidy splattering of white and yellow across the area. Will the lines be re-painted and the scattered painted blocks be cleaned or replaced and who will pay for it? There is no outside area for the occupants, unless you include the balconies, which those on the ground floor do not have. The building has been shoe horned onto the site and is so close that at one point, part of the roof, soffit and gutter of the adjacent building had to be removed then replaced in a modified form with the new building which is inches away. Whilst we need more housing it should be in a form that is pleasing to the eye, blends in with adjacent buildings, has some outside area and doesn’t require the occupants to have their blinds or curtains closed to give them privacy. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – www.chessingtondra.org.uk To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on Email info@chessingtondra.org.uk

CHESSINGTON HYPNOTHERAPY CLINIC Hypnotherapist, Psychologist Stress, Weight, Smoking, Phobias, Insomnia, Depression, Lack of Confidence, Panic Attacks, Exam nerves, Migraine and many other problems. Also 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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The Life List Genteel Gangs Many of us, who grew up on the right side of the tracks, may feel we’ve missed out on heady living and have had to make do with vicarious thrills. Not so much On the Waterfront as on the seafront with a good book. Luckily, senior subcultures are all the rage now. Aga Louts and Rayburners - kitchen living on the edge, where you dry your clothes and cook a hot pot at the same time. Sure to cause the occasional stir. Dude Boys - you may have thinning hair and a bit of a paunch, but you can still wear (elasticated) denim jeans when you drive your sports car. You’re always in top gear. 42

Gransters - child minding, fun loving, spinclassing dervishes. With added mints. Junk Rockers - you prowl the car boot sale and no Toby jug or James Herriot bargain is safe from your all-seeing eye. Your motto is ‘hagglers not stragglers’. Old Romantics - you favour black & white films, style over fashion, and in-depth conversations over Snapchat. You don’t need a watch because you are timeless. Sheddy Boys - the man cave is your domain, which you share with the lawnmower, a wind-up radio and your collection of hoes. The allotment is your stamping ground, mainly to compact the soil. Tantastics - you’ve been to the South of France and you want to let the world know it. (Or you’ve actually been to an out-of-town tanning salon and you just want the world to believe it.) By Derek Thompson, www.alongthewritelines.blogspot.co.uk

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COMMUNITY PAGES Want to do something rewarding, fun and worthwhile? Staywell are looking for volunteers

We are a friendly group of over 50's who meet up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm at The King's Centre, Chessington. There is ample car parking space and we are also on the K4 bus route. Why not come along, as it is free for the first month, to see if you would enjoy the chat, tea coffee and biscuits, companionship, varied activities and outings that are arranged.

Wide variety of ways you can help, working with older people or behind the scenes: Meeting and greeting Supporting basic IT Visiting people at home Befriending Admin support Photography... and more! Friendly team and flexible hours.

Regular weekly activities are: Freestyle Art Group (Tuesdays), exercises, Bingo and board games. Other activities include: quizzes, crazy golf, curling and darts. We are always happy to listen to the ideas of our members if there is something you would like to do. All of the above activities are covered by a monthly membership fee of ÂŁ6, which goes towards the cost of hiring the facility. Additionally, throughout the year, as well as our regular meetings at the Centre, we arrange several social outings. These can include; annual coach trip to seaside (free for members), boat trips, visits to garden centres, pub lunches, cream teas, ten pin bowling, visits to local attractions, shows and pantomime. These outings would be partially subsidised by the club but paid for separately by members. If you are interested please come along or for more information contact....... Marjorie Hunt tel: 0208 397 2350 or Maureen Barney tel: 0208 287 0162

Local, independent charity (previously Age Concern Kingston) Contact us: 020 8942 8256 hello@staywellservices.org.uk

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Indecision By Rod Romero Am I right or am I wrong Or am I not quite sure Should I change my mind To what it was before I wish I could decide Not sit upon the fence All this indecision Makes me feel quite tense To go this way or that Or turn around again The choices placed before me Quite muddle up my brain If I say I should But think that I should not I’m not much further forward From standing on the spot Once I had a plan To sort this muddle out I made a minor change And now my plan’s in doubt

Chessington Art Group We are holding our annual exhibition of paintings on

Saturday 22nd April, 10am until 4pm The Chessington Methodist Church Hall KT9 2DJ. (71 Bus route) Come along, view our work and vote for your favourite picture. Admission is free. Tea, coffee & homemade cakes are available Enquiries to D savage 0208 391 5362 Or view us on line at chessingtonart.wixsite.com/mysite

HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION Our friendly allotment association was founded 50 years ago and is run by volunteers. We provide a wide range of composts, fertilisers, seeds and other gardening products at notfor-profit club prices to members.

BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Welcomes New Members We meet in the Chessington Methodist Church Hall Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm Please come and join us April 4th Social evening April 11th `The Italian Job’ with Sheila Stacey

Membership costs £2.50 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 Feb till Nov.

April 18th Easter Tuesday – no meeting

We currently have full and half plots available to rent. To arrange a viewing call John on 07807 300749

For further info Jennifer Savage 0208 391 5362

April 25th `The Attenborough Brothers’ with Steven Jenkins

Maybe this could be The right way to proceed I’ll stop and sit and worry In case I don’t succeed The day will surely come When I must concentrate Or time will pass me by And it will be too late So now I will decide You’ll be surprised to hear I’ll postpone all decisions To later in the year

THE EIGHT O’CLOCK CIRCLE LADIES GROUP April programme We now meet in the Royal British Legion Hall, Church Lane. 6th - No Meeting 13th - No Meeting 27th - Spring Supper 27th - "Get ahead, get a Hat". A talk by Mary Riley. www.8oclockcircle.webs.com Valerie Birch 020 8397 1256

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Free ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ courses - April Are you over 50, live in the borough of Kingston, and want to get fit, lose weight and improve your wellbeing? Why not join a free 6 week course! Choose an activity that suits you from: Nordic walking: Richmond Park, Tuesday 18th April,10.30am Aquacise: Kingfisher, Kingston, Wednesday 19th April, 11.30am Body Balance: Tudor Drive library, Kingston, Thursday 20th April, 1pm Chair based exercise: Tolworth Hospital, Surbiton, Friday 21st April, 1pm These courses all include weight loss workshops

To book a place please contact Grace : 020 8942 8256 email: grace.shorthouse@staywellservices.org.uk Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme

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Just how do you get something going in a community? Let me inform you of our own group and how it all took off in the early eighties. Some information has been passed to me by Jean and Len Sutehall about those early years. The needs were evident then, as they are today, that people need help in the later years of life. John Millman, a Citizens Advice Bureau worker and a young Australian called Rhona challenged the local neighbourhood to produce a ‘Care Scheme’. A public meeting took place under the leadership of a Mrs Penny Mare, Manager of the C.A.B. in November 1981. A Constitution was agreed with the nomination and election of residents to form our first committee. A well attended audience saw our Scheme born and our help was to hand in our community. John Millman had retired from work in the city and at once volunteered his services to Hook C.A.B., he had a car and could type. From here he saw a bigger need in our area and possible demand for peoples community situations. John declined to be the Chairman because he wished to offer more of the needed ground work. However in true volunteer mode he was secretary, treasurer, volunteer driver (at all hours!) and helped disabled residents without transport to travel to a holiday at the coast or countryside. Thus the Scheme had strong beginnings with good neighbourliness in no small measure due to the time, work and skills given freely from its new band of local volunteers and the indomitable spirit of John Millman. Several other areas invited John to speak and help set up their own Care Schemes. Sadly John died in 2001 and Rhona returned to Australia but we now have an Organisation with a great history and hopefully men and women in our community will come forward to help us in our task in our 36 th year. Contact our Office Monday to Friday 9am to 12noon on 8397 6298 if you are interested. Clients who need that certain help can now see what our pedigree is at CARE. David Rowbotham (I have been Secretary and Treasurer too!!) HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI At our February meeting we had a fascinating talk on bees and beekeeping from Epsom Beekeepers Association, based in Ewell. (www.epsombeekeepers.co.uk) There was also an opportunity to buy local honey. Also discussed was a list of upcoming events which included the Emlyn Vale Social on 31st March, our Birthday Tea at Chessington Garden Centre on 18th March and trips out to see 'Kinky Boots,' the Lawn Tennis Museum, and our annual trip which this year is to Chawton, in celebration of Jane Austen. There will also be a photographic competition again this year, humourous and landscape, to be submitted at our September meeting. We also have our regular activities including the lunch club, coffee mornings and book clubs, which are well attended. All these events and details of our regular meetings can be viewed on our new website at www.hookandchessingtonwi.btck.co.uk. If you would like to join or visit our friendly social group, we meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Hook and Southborough Parish Hall, just a short walk from the bus stop (71/465/K2 and K4 buses)

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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 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 www.chessingtonparksurgery.co.uk

The Orchard Practice Orchard Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG 0208 397 9494 www.orchardpracticechessington.co.uk

Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361 www.hooksurgery.co.uk

PLACES OF WORSHIP St Mary The Virgin C of E Garrison Lane, Chessington. 020 8397 3016 www.stmaryschessington.org St Paul’s C of E 280, Hook Road, Hook. 020 8391 2362 www.stpaulschurchhook.org.uk St Catherine of Siena R C 100 Leatherhead Road, Chessington. 020 8397 3971 www.stcatherineofsiena.org.uk Chessington Evangelical The Kings Centre, Coppard Gdns, Chessington. 020 8391 5522 www.thekingscentre.org.uk Chessington Methodist Moor Lane, Chessington. 020 8296 9344 www.chessingtonmethodist.org.uk Hook Evangelical Church Brook Rd, Tolworth. 020 8397 8909 www.hookchurch.org COUNCILLORS Chessington North and Hook Ward: Clive Chase clive.chase@councillors.kingston.gov.uk Margaret Thompson margaret. thompson@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

Andrew Day 020 8391 1946 andrew.day@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford 020 8287 0689 patricia.bamford@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

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 Community College, 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

Shiraz Mirza 020 8241 9938 Shiaz.mirza@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

Rachael Reid 020 8974 1779 rachel.reid@councillors.kingston.gov.uk MP for Kingston & Surbiton: James Berry MP 255, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT6 7AA 020 3026 4614 james.berry.mp@parliament.co.uk

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LOCAL LISTINGS Alexandra Table Tennis Club. Mon eves. 7.30-9.30pm at St Georges Hall, Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth KT6 7PF. All players welcome. Contact Jane 0208 397 3115 Alexandra Blenheim Academy Table Tennis Club. Sat 10am till 12noon for 8-15 year olds. Blenheim High School, Epsom KT19 9BH. £4 per session including coaching. Contact Tony Line 07703 602552 Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane, Chessington, KT9 2DR starting Thursday 19th February, 11.30am. Tel: 0300 123 8086 email KINCCG.Betterbones@nhs.net 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 www.chessingtonscouts.org.uk for details or Email: info@chessingtonscouts.org.uk. 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, Baby Massage, 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 www.chessingtoncricketclub.co.uk Chessington & Hook United & Hook Youth Football Club. Chalky Lane, Chessington. www.chufc.co.uk. For Match & Training details call Andy on 07958 616829 Chessington Horticultural Society. Sun am 10-12noon at ‘the hut’ on the Moor Lane allotments. Chessington Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship Pop in to our coffee Bar (Mon - Fri 10.00/1.00) for a programme and a chat with us. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 137 Church Lane www.chessingtonyouthaction.org.uk Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 418yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. www.ccfcys.co.uk Friends of Shooting Star CHASE - Epsom & Chessington Sarah Johnson, Chairperson and treasurer 07921 774 191. Foc-epsomandchessington@live.co.uk 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: fergus.lang@1sthook.org.uk 2nd Hook Beavers Wed & Thurs 5.15 - 6.15pm, 2nd Hook Cubs Tues 7-8.30pm. 2nd Hook Scouts Fri 7-9pm.

(cont.)Alan Cooke 0208 287 0276 or e-mail alanjancooke@yahoo.com 1st Hook Scout & Guide Band. Mon eves 7-9.30pm at 1st Hook Scout HQ, Verona Drive. Min age 9 years. Anne & Ray Bridger 020 8397 7525. www.band.1sthook.org.uk Hook Allotments & Gardens Association. Sun 10 -11am at the allotments at rear of King Edward’s Rec Ground. Hook & Chessington WI. 7.30pm every 2nd Thurs in the month. St Paul’s Parish Hall, 224 Hook Road, Hook. Sharon Cook 020 8391 0723. 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 Chris Kemp 0208 241 9777. www.hooksingers.btck.co.uk 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, kingstonassoc@btconnect.com, www.kingstonassociationforblind.org Kingston Cycling Campaign. For those new to cycling or those who have not ridden for some time with easy pace rides around Surrey. Email: rides@kingstoncycling.org.uk Kingston Rugby Club. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road. Seniors meet Tues eves, Minis on Sun 10am12 noon. Contact Graeme Maisey 07866 124282. Email graememaisey@hotmail.com. www.kingstonrfc.com 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. www.mrsbennet.co.uk. 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 www.okhockey.com Surbiton Arts Group meet monthly from September June. Monday evenings from 8 - 10pm in Surbiton Library Annex, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT5 5AG. 020 8397 1050 Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month at Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues at the St Paul’s Centre. Val Edwards 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Thurs eves at the Royal British Legion Hall. Valerie Birch. 020 8397 1256 The St Paul’s Players. Jean Harwood 020 8391 5133 West Chessington Childrens Centre. Lovelace Primary School. Stay & play sessions, Cook and eat courses, Messy Play and Welly walks. Jennifer Devane 020 8391 2145


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PLEASE REMEMBER TO MENTION CHESSINGTON CHAT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADVERTS Bicycle Maintenance/ Servicing Rebel Waltz Cycle Solutions Children’s Activities Chessington Kids Club Children’s Pre-School and Nurseries Hook Pre-School Toad Hall Nursery Chimney Sweep David Russell Community & Council Castle Tots, Castle Hill * CHAT Easter Services Chessington Art Group Chessington World of Adventures Resort Hook Church Lovelace Primary Chessington Evangelical Church St Mary’s Centre CHAT Easter egg trail Computer CLP Computer Solutions Counselling CPA Curtain Maker Curtains by Melanie Dental Surgery Hook Road Dental Practice

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Dog Walking/Pet Sitting Keith Orbell 40 Paw Necessities * 6 Dog Grooming Bonnie Dogs 14 Diamond Dogs 50 Domestic Cleaning Ovenclean 29 Time For You 15 Electrician George Curran 40 RNB Electrical Services 38 Estate & Letting Agents 2 & 56 Jackson Noon Estate Planning Joanne Orbell 41 Shortland Sawbridge 12 Film & Video Services Cine Sanctuary 32 Function Venue Chessington Cricket Club 23 Garage Community Motors 13 Elmwood Vehicles 33 Gardening/ Landscaping BK Landscapes 30 R J Tree Services 35 S.B Landscapes 26 Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd 21 Woodham & Sons Ltd * 6

Hair & Beauty Jon Garrod Julie Harris Nail Cutting Health & Fitness Synergy 81 Home Improvements Angel Roofing Birch Roofing Carpets 4 U Dream Doors JH Building Services Jim’s Handy R & N Decorating Robinson & Son Taylored Room Solutions Host Families Stay at Homes Thameside Homestay Hypnotherapy Catherine Bayliss IT / PC / TV Services Ashton Davis Techgecko Leisure/Events Chessington Bowling Club * Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Show King George Field Indoor Bowls Club Morden Hall Park Country Fair

Mini Cab Zedcarz 30 Mobile mechanic 35 AW Autos Motorcycle Sales & 47 Service Chessington Motorcycles 29 Optician 6 The Optical Gallery 7 Plant Hire Ransoms 55 Plumbing & Heating 14 CJM Plumbing 38 Hook Gas Services 41 Removals 50 Humpit Removals Repairs 25 Good As New Retail 8 The Ashley Centre 22 Sheltered Housing Abbeyfield Ewell 41 Society Solicitors Lewis & Dick 38 Swimming lessons 10 Hook Aqua Centre KOI Swim School Tuition 29 The Literacy Lounge Tyres K & P Tyres 16 Weight loss Slimming World 24 Windows/ Conservatories 9 Pro-Fit Windows

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Chessington Chat April 2017 - Issue 119  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat April 2017 - Issue 119  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

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