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WELCOME TO OUR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER ISSUE… Hasn’t the weather been amazing lately? Admittedly too hot at times but rather that than the usual soggy affair we seem to experience. I just really hope it continues, as we deliver this magazine, into the school holidays. As a parent it makes such a difference to have fine weather when occupying children for 6 or 7 weeks.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Sergeant Simon Baxter Beryl Gibson, MRRA Sarah Gray Colin Punch, CDRA Catherine Sawbridge 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

October deadline: Monday 11th September 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.

I actually find that we run out of weeks in the end to do all of the things that we want despite best-laid plans but I know for many that entertaining the kids can be more of a chore. With that in mind our Summer of fun article on page 20 will hopefully inspire those in need. Summer special offers and promotions come from: The Ashley Centre p.5, Carpets 4 U p.7, Taylored Room Solutions p.11, Time For You Domestic Cleaning p.13, Cine Sanctuary p.14, Tolworth Fencing Co Ltd p.17, Community Motors p.19, Garner’s Funeral Service Ltd p.27, The Optical Gallery p.29, Synergy 81 p.31 and Elmwood Vehicles p.35. Please remember that the magazine takes a break over the school holidays and so the next issue will be delivered at the end of September. Till then.


INSIDE: Funding long term care………………………....8 What’s on……………………………………..12 The August & September Garden…………….16 Parenting: Summer of fun……………………..20 Safer Neighbourhoods update……………….25 Epsom Playhouse competition…………….…...28 Residents’ Associations……………..……...36/37 Community pages……………..……....40/41/42 Useful Contacts……………………………….44 Local listings…………………………………..45 Index of advertisers and advertising rates…...46

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Funding Long Term Care I am often asked if giving one’s home or other assets away to the children/other family members can be a useful way of avoiding costs of long term care. This kind of action should always be approached with extreme caution. As the law stands, any capital and savings below £14,250 are disregarded when means testing for care fees. A sliding scale applies between this figure and £23,250 and above that self funding is usually required. Where an individual has deliberately transferred an asset from their name to someone else to improve their position in the Local Authority (LA) Means Test, this can be classed as deliberate deprivation and in some cases can lead to the LA to suspect intention to avoid payment. The Local Authority will then conduct an investigation as to whether this was the case taking into account the time the gift was made and whether the need for care could be foreseen. If you are thinking of any type of planning like this, please always seek professional advice first.

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 We also prepare Lasting Power of Attorney and offer Probate Services.

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WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER... Tuesday 5th September. Surbiton & District Historical Society present Ms Mel Harrison with an illustrated lecture entitled "Shakespeare Debunked: - the Bard and What We Don't Know." Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. 7.45pm. Visitors welcome – a contribution of £2 appreciated. Details as before.

From Tuesday 25th July till Friday 11th August. Team Break out at venues throughout Kingston & Richmond. A fast paced holiday programme for 11-15 year olds organised by Achieving For Children’s Youth Service. Visit or for further info on locations. Tuesday 1st August. Surbiton & District Historical Society Members’ Evening with talks by four members, a quiz, raffle and a finger buffet. 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. Visitors are also very welcome and a contribution of £2 appreciated plus an extra £2 for refreshments. Details from the Secretary, 020 8399 4473 / Tuesday 5th September. South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meeting. 7.30pm. Tolworth Girls School, Fullers Way North, Tolworth. KT6 2DJ


Wednesday 20th September. Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents NAFAS National Demonstrator Tony Brown demonstrating 'It's a Gardener's Joy'. Relax and watch Tony fill the stage with beautiful arrangements. Also see competitive exhibits and browse flower arranging sundries & publications for sale. 1.30 for 2pm start at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. Visitors very welcome. £6 entry fee. Contact Pauleen on 020 8337 1318/

ST MARY THE VIRGIN, CHESSINGTON Our 800 year old church will be open again in conjunction with Heritage Open Day. The date is Saturday, 9th September and the time 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The 71 bus route to Chessington passes the door. We would be very happy to welcome visitors on that day.

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Water daily – all containers, young plants and seedlings, and crops that like to bolt (salads, lettuce, celeriac, beetroot, radishes).  Water tomatoes often to avoid splitting and blossom end rot. Also water often: peppers, chillies, cucumbers, aubergines, melon, squash. Use a liquid feed for hungry crops like Early autumn reminders tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, aubergine. New plantings (or transplantings) of shrubs, roses, fruit trees, trees, hedging, and lawns will need a thorough soaking every so often during the summer as their roots develop. Prune hedges of yew, beech, thuja, box, hornbeam, Leyland cypress. Crops that respond to frequent picking: tomatoes, courgettes, summer squash, cucumbers, runner beans, and also ‘cut-andcome again’ leafy crops like certain lettuce and salad leaves, chard, spinach, kale.

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Watch out for pests: in dry weather snails and slugs will be less active. Look out for tiny yellow eggs or stripey caterpillars of cabbage white butterflies on brassica crops. Wet weather may trigger potato/tomato blight, remove affected leaves and don’t compost these, and use up the crop quickly as it won’t keep. Greenhouses: keep vents open. Damp down hard floors to prevent red spider mite. Ponds: top up falling levels with rainwater not the hose, to avoid problems with algae. Time to plan ahead: spring-flowering bulbs! Daffodils, narcissus, crocus should be planted in August. Tulips & hyacinths need later planting, Oct/November.

Crops to pick quickly once they’re ready: lettuce, summer cabbage, cauliflower. Crops that will keep a few days till you’re ready for them: root crops (carrots, potatoes). Pick soft fruit once ripe, as it will quickly spoil left on the bush. Take advantage of harvesting currants (black, white, red) by pruning out the entire fruiting branch - two jobs done in one!

Keep picking crops that are still producing (tomatoes, courgettes, summer squashes, etc). Deadhead late bedding. Pick sweetcorn cobs when the tassels start to turn a nice brown colour, it’s worth peeling back a leaf first to check the kernels are fully developed. Pumpkins and winter squashes are still growing and need defending against slug/ snail damage, lift them off the ground on pots, keep watering. Protect from frost with fleece. Overnight frosts are a real threat to tender plants; this includes most bedding plants, a lot of summer crops (tomatoes, cucumber, courgette, peppers, beans, potatoes etc) and some choice shrubs (citrus, olive etc). Keep a watch on the weather to avoid losses. Crops can be protected with horticultural fleece, while tender shrubs in pots can be moved under cover overnight. Transplant winter cabbages, leeks to final positions. (no need for fleece). Sarah Gray

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PARENTING: SUMMER OF FUN Hours and minutes are brightly coloured and easy to read. There are also lots of interchangeable straps to choose from, including camouflage, animal print and stripes. Our eight year old tester said the watch made it much easier for her to work out the time, see Wet days at home The British weather being what it is, there are likely to be some rainy days this summer. It can help to have From family-friendly festivals to wet weather fun, we’ve some plans up your sleeve, so here are a few ideas: plenty of ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer.  Build a den inside. A couple of chairs or a table, a few old sheets or blankets, and a washing line with Back to nature pegs are all you need. Use the den for family board Fly a kite, go geocaching, build a den, explore a new games, picnics and teddy bear tea parties. trail – you don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of  Have a treasure hunt, with a series of clues, or a money to have fun outdoors. If you need some scavenger hunt to find mini prizes or chocolate coins. inspiration, try The National Trust’s 50 things to do  Make some puppets out of old socks, cardboard before you’re 11¾ list, which is available as a free boxes or wooden spoons; write a play and put on a app, a printed leaflet, or a PDF. The app is particularly performance for other members of the family. appealing for tech-savvy kids, as it lets them record  If you just can’t tear them away from their screens, their activities and earn printable certificates. Activities have a pyjama party. Add pizza, popcorn and range from bug hunting and playing pooh sticks to playmates and you should be able to hide out in canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering. another room for at least an hour’s peace and quiet. Festivals Kate Duggan Festival season isn’t just for the grown-ups – there are plenty of family-friendly festivals to choose from, including:  Suffolk’s Latitude Festival has its own family campsite and kids’ area. Children can enjoy a whole host of activities, from pizza making to weird science. There are live shows for children of all ages, a kids’ disco, and plenty of music to dance along to.  At Camp Bestival children can learn circus tricks, be entertained by Mister Maker, Mr Tumble and Dick & Dom, jump on the world’s biggest bouncy castle, and lots more.  Cheshire’s Just So festival is specifically aimed at children and offers a ‘magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wondrous landscape.’ There’s everything from baby yoga and storytelling to dance workshops, live shows and a jelly fight!  Chagstock is rather smaller than Latitude or Bestival, but offers great value for money. An adult weekend ticket is £90, including camping, and under-12s go free. There’s a family camping area, play area, bouncy castle and various activities. © National Trust Images David Levenson

Learning through play The summer holidays are not the time to worry about spelling tests and practice papers. However, that doesn’t mean that your child can’t have fun learning a new skill, whether it’s sewing, baking or climbing trees. Many children struggle with learning how to tell the time. If yours is one of them, a Twistiti watch might help them master that particular skill this summer. 20

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Engagement with local schools has continued across both wards. The Chessington South team attended Chessington Community College as part of the Love Kingston challenge to raise money for charity, PC Will Martin and PS Simon Baxter in full uniform took the challenge to see how far an exercise bike could be ridden in 1 minute.

Chessington Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Welcome to my August Chessington ward update. Vehicle crime continues to be an issue across both wards in Chessington. A lot of these crimes could be prevented by taking a few steps when you leave your vehicle. Please ensure that any valuables are not left on display (including Sat Nav’s) also ensure that the vehicles doors are closed, windows are up and all the doors are locked. This all sounds very basic but the numbers of crimes could be reduced if you spend some time checking the car before you leave - such as ensuring that the remote fob has actually locked all the doors.

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 not. E mail us at Follow us on Twitter @MPSChessington Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Chessington North and Chessington South.

Also in relation to moped enabled crimes - Kingston borough crime figures are low when compared to other boroughs but a few basic steps could prevent you becoming a victim. Always lock the wheels using good quality locks and if possible lock one of the wheels to a ground anchor and cover the moped or motorcycle with a good quality cover. Research has proven that if these points are followed the bikes are far less likely to be stolen. #OperationVenice Burglaries are still a focus for the ward; and unfortunately burglaries do increase in the warmer weather. Please ensure that you do not become a victim by locking and securing your windows when you leave your property. If you are going away ensure that you have someone checking the property. Chessington Golf Club has been causing some concerns for local residents for a number of reasons. Firstly the buildings are causing youths to congregate in the area for anti social behaviour- patrols are continuing in the area to identify and deter the youths from entering the area which is private property with no public access allowed. Also the buildings are very dangerous and the whole area is a risk due to broken glass and debris. Please keep away from the area so as to prevent any incidents. Motorcyclists have been using the location to ride trail motorcycles around the area, this is illegal and is also a noise nuisance. No one has been given permission apart from agents of the landowner to enter the site. There have been several riders challenged as they have stated that they had permission, this is categorically incorrect - no riders have permission to use the land. The riders were given advice to keep off the area and if it continues notices will be issued to the riders explaining they face the risks of having their bikes seized.

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Genesis Connected Friday 8th September at 7.30pm Tickets from £19 Genesis Connected is a tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics. This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles. Hits spanning from the late 70s onwards including; Turn It On Again, Sledgehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more. The frontman, Pete Bultitude, is not only an incredibly versatile vocalist, he is also a truly gifted drummer just like Phil Collins, So expect the show to include the iconic “double drums” element as featured on every Genesis and Phil Collins tour. Win Tickets! We have two tickets to see Genesis Connected at the Epsom Playhouse on 8th September.

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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Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Genesis Connected Competition” to: by Friday 25th August. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Sheila Cassidy who won June’s Dancing Queen tickets. Box Office: 01372 742555 Online:


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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Due to the weather, our AGM did not have as many people as we usually do, but it was a good turnout considering. Our guest speaker, Charlie Adan, spoke of her reasons for coming to RBK and of her previous positions and experience. She answered various questions, one of which, as a result of the terrible Grenfell Tower fire, concerned tower blocks in the borough. She was able to reassure by saying that within twenty four hours of the disaster, RBK actioned a survey of all affected blocks with the result that none were at risk. Another question was about the old Chessington Golf Club and the motor bikes and scooters using it as a scrambling area plus the drug taking. Coincidentally we were in a meeting the day before on the site with the owner, the police and Councillor Bamford, to discuss those problems. The owner said that as soon as any breach in the fence is repaired another is created but that he would continue to effect repairs. The club house has been mindlessly vandalised and although they had grills specially made and installed to prevent further access to the building they found other ways in. A small section of the roof has recently had the tiles removed and thrown to the ground, breaking them and leaving that part open to the elements. The owner has put a number of suggestions forward to the council with regard to the site, but all have been turned down for various reasons. As the building is now in such a state of disrepair, he has proposed to demolish it, hopefully to remove the attraction for the vandals, but was told that it needs to go through a planning process which would take some time, maybe three months. The police advised that although they respond to calls from the public regarding the nuisance, when they arrive the troublemakers disappear. After the questions finished, Sergeant Baxter gave a brief talk on the current terrorist activities and asked that we all be a little more vigilant and to report anything we see that we feel is not right. It was generally in our travels and not Chessington particularly. UPDATES:Proposed removal of the pedestrian guardrails by TfL between Hook and Merritt Gardens – still awaiting a survey by TfL. Replacement of previously removed pedestrian guardrail by TfL at the end of Elmcroft Drive by the A3 – TfL advised it will be replaced by the end of August 2017. The damage to the roundabout at the Ace of Spades – TfL are currently ‘investigating a scheme to redesign the roundabout to overcome the damage that is caused to the kerbs by turning vehicles’. However, they do not have a timescale for these works. King George’s Gate (old Tesco site) – the appeal against the 705 units will not have a decision until September/ October. There is another application by the developer for 956 units which is to be brought to the Development Control Committee Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail

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MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Still no contact from Transport for London regarding the improvements needed at the Malden Rushett road junction. Dedicated right hand turns from Epsom and Oxshott would make us all so much safer, but our requests are ignored, after all we are only the people who live with this danger on a daily basis. I listen to Mayor Sadiq Khan, who advertises on LBC, saying that he wants us all to be safe, but he does not appear to put into practice what he preaches. Traffic continues to speed coming from Oxshott to the road junction. The 30 mile speed limit as you enter Malden Rushett is clearly displayed but many motorists choose to ignore this and speed up to the junction. We have made representations to Surrey Country Council for a pedestrian crossing at the Star end of the village where the A243 meets Surrey and you can enter Ashtead common. As usual, nothing is simple or straight forward as three authorities are involved! Surrey say that as no deaths have been recorded it does not have the funds to put in a crossing, despite the many walkers, families, bike riders and residents using the traffic island to cross the road. If you are a family with a pushchair and a dog it is impossible to cross the road safely at that point. We have now drawn this to the attention of our local councillors attention, and are hoping that Kingston Council will consider putting in a pedestrian crossing due to safety concerns. We would also like the speed limit from the Star towards Chessington reduced from 40 to 30 miles per hour for safety reasons. Traffic passing through that area continually ignores the 40 speed limit going towards the top of the hill, where traffic is often backed up, resulting in collisions with stationery vehicles from the rear. Verges, hedgerows and ditches are neglected both in the village and side roads. A couple of years ago, Kingston Council spent ÂŁ100,000 on clearing the long neglected areas along Rushett Lane. Of course Rushett Lane should have been properly maintained by the contractors responsible and then this work would not have been necessary. Today, if you walk up Rushett Lane you will see for yourself what a terrible mess it looks again with rubbish everywhere. The area around the road junction looks like the barber from hell has been let loose and rubbish is strewn everywhere. I do not know who is responsible for overseeing contracts given for work of this nature but, whoever they are, they are failing to ensure that works being carried out are according to contract and are value for money. When money gets tight it is even more reason to assure us taxpayers that our council tax is being spent correctly not poured down the nearest drain. We all know that councils are having to economise due to government cuts, but they are not the only victims of austerity, we all are! Beryl Gibson

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COMMUNITY PAGES £60 million worth of supercars raise money for children’s charity 150 supercars with a combined value of almost £60 million took part in The Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park, on 24-25 June, raising more than £100,000 for The Children’s Trust to help children with brain injury. Thousands of visitors paid to take a passenger ride around the famous Top Gear track in supercars, including a Ferrari F40, McLaren 570GT, Ferrari 488 Spider, Ariel Nomad, Mercedes AMG GTR, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini Aventador SV and a Pagini Huarya that on its own is worth a cool £2 million. Celebrities including Shane Richie and Phil Tufnell attended the event which is now in its 11th year, and enjoyed attractions such as displays from 1990 Benetton F1 car, Caterham Sevens, hovercrafts, Diggerland, Lexus LFA and a 4x4 course. The event was hosted by TV presenter Craig Phillips and racing driver Nick Whale.

Craig Phillips and Phil Tufnell

Shane Richie, who went along to the event with his family, said: “I love the Supercar Event – being taken out on the Top Gear track is superb and there’s so much to do. I went out in a Lamborghini and took the kids on a helicopter ride. Knowing it’s all for a good cause – helping The Children’s Trust – makes it extra special. Everyone had such a great time.”

Dalton Leong, Chief Executive at The Children’s Trust, said: “We’ve had some really special cars out on the track over the last two days and raised a fantastic amount to help children with brain injury. Every penny raised will help us to provide specialist therapy, care and education for children with brain injury and neurological conditions. The generosity of our visitors and everyone who volunteers to make the event such a huge success never fails to amaze me, and is greatly appreciated. Watch this space for the date to The Supercar Event 2018.” To find out about The Supercar Event 2018, visit

Chessington Art Group

Buckland Women’s Club

Want to paint, wonder how to get started, don't despair, join our group. Beginner or Experienced all are welcome. We have a tutor to help and advise you.

Please come and join us when we return after the Summer Break on the 12th Sept Chessington Methodist Church Hall Tuesday evenings at 7.30 start New Members Very Welcome

We meet every Thursday morning 9.30 to 11.30 at Chessington Methodist Church Hall KT9 2DJ and Thursday afternoon 1.00 to 3.00 at The Kings Centre KT9 2GZ. We will close for a summer break, the last sessions being on 27th July and the first sessions after the break are on Thursday 7th September For more information contact David Savage 0208 391 5362 or on line at

September program 12th Quiz night 19th Voice Therapy – Liz McGovern 26th Burma & Mandalay - Ann Beauchamp Enquiries to Jennifer Savage 0208 391 5362

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CHESSINGTON YOUTH CLUB Chessington Youth Club at Chessington Sports Centre will be open for the first 3 weeks of the school holidays continuing to run on a Thursday evening. The club will then close until returning on Thursday 14th September. 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 not-for-profit club prices to members. 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. We currently have full and half plots available to rent. To arrange a viewing call John on 07807 300749

September programme NO MEETINGS IN AUGUST 7th - "I am a tulip, what are you?" An intriguing title for our first evening after the summer break! 14th - "The Songbirds." A welcome return visit from this popular ladies singing group. Performing many well loved and popular songs. 21st - A visit to Kensington Palace to see the "Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibition and also an opportunity to explore the Palace and gardens. 28th - "Poisonous Plots." A welcome return visit by Sheila Willis. We meet in the British Legion Hall, 7.30 for 8pm every Thursday evening. Bring a friend. You can be sure of a warm welcome. Valerie Birch 020 8397 1256

OCTOBER DEADLINE: Monday 11th September

HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI Thanks to everybody who paid a visit to the WI tombola stall at the 1st Hook Scout Group Fair - it was lovely to see you. There is no meeting in August, our programme for the rest of the year is as follows: 14 September Life & Times of Mrs Beeton 12 October - Mayfield Lavender 9 November - AGM 12 December Nation's Favourite Songs

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.

For further details please contact Sharon Cook - 020 8391 0723

Regular weekly activities are: Freestyle Art Group (Tuesdays), exercises, Bingo and board games. Other activities include: quizzes, crazy golf, curling and darts.

A message from Chessington Horticultural Society

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 £7, which goes towards the cost of hiring the facility.

Thank you to our CHS members and volunteers for all their hard work and support over the years, from the committee.

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

VOLUNTARY CARE SCHEME (Where?) CHESSINGTON & HOOK Into August/September The activities of our group continue with many residents in the area having been taken to their appointments and also for an outing at Garsons. HELP The volunteers also met up at the Olive Tree in Epsom in July. These events are just the opportunity to encourage both Clients and volunteers as we are able to be of service and to be friends. HELP During our year we again seek out the men and women who really do not have someone to help on those occasions when there is no one to help. HELP We over many years have been able to do just that. We care as individuals and hopefully this has shown over thirty-six years. We, like many voluntary organisations, are finding ourselves stretched. Whilst we have had good response to new volunteers joining us the needs of the community have grown in recent years. HELP These articles that many of you read here in Chessington Chat have given the idea to many that things run smoothly with Drivers and Shoppers along with Visitors just waiting to help. Our unfulfilled slot each month is first class, even reaching one we feel we have let someone down! HELP The Committee you read about last month are really concerned for our current situation. We are at present in need of Drivers, Gardeners, Duty Officers and others to continue our Scheme in Chessington and Hook. We HELP are encouraging those with time to spare maybe just one day or even one hour in the week to consider helping. I have had the pleasure over twenty years of being helpful and it gives everyone a lift to know that help is at hand. HELP It would be really great if you could consider giving us and the community your time. The Care Office is open from Monday to Friday ( to 12noon) Our Telephone is 8397 6298. We are at the Hook Centre. My theme this month is plain to see and I hope that you can respond to our need. Answers on a postcard on how many times HELP is to be seen. More important perhaps you could be that HELP. David Rowbotham (Helping at home at present)

Re – Location By Rod Romero We moved the works to Chessington From Merton Park you know Merton Park of compost fame John Innes would make it grow We brought some old equipment And plugged it into place We moved it up to Chessington So now we have more space We moved because there was no where For us to put our cars Now there’s lots of room for us To park our Jaguars The roof in Merton Park would leak We worked with umbrellas When it snowed the wind would freeze The gals and all the fellas The new roof leaks a little less And we are double glazed Goods in, goods out and turn-around Customers amazed A key pad opens up the door Art Deco stairs then raise To air conditioned offices Canteen with microwaves A happy band of employees Their fortune celebrate With open doors to visitors Just phone to make a date

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TALKING OF TRAINS IN SURBITON A new series of informative and entertaining presentations on railway subjects will start at Surbiton Library Hall on Wednesday 20th September from 7 to 9 pm. All interests are catered for in the weekly programme of talks which run throughout the winter months. The first meeting is free; the fee for the complete year is just £50. Topics this season will range from South African Steam in the 1970s, The Regional Railway Story by rail supremo Chris Green and the progress of the GWR railway extension to Broadway. Along with several guest speakers, Cliff Perry the former MD of Thameslink will be the speaker at a special Christmas social and party. Returning again for his 15th year will be our regular railway expert Dick Crane who will cover many other varied subjects. All with any interest in railways, both men and women, will find something to fascinate them and they will find a warm welcome at the T o T classes. Full details are available on the website ‘’ 'Tornado' steaming through Surbiton. Built in 2008 at a cost of £3million it achieved fame in April when it exceeded 100 mph the fastest in modern times.


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

The Orchard Practice Orchard Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG 0208 397 9494

Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361

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 Evangelical Church Brook Rd, Tolworth. 020 8397 8909 COUNCILLORS Chessington North and Hook Ward: Clive Chase Margaret Thompson margaret.

Andrew Day 020 8391 1946

Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford 020 8287 0689

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

Rachael Reid 020 8974 1779 MP for Kingston & Surbiton: Edward Davey MP 020 8288 2736

KINGSTON COUNCIL South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meetings Kingston Council - all committee meetings Kingston Council home page 44

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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 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, 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 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 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 Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 418yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. Friends of Shooting Star CHASE - Epsom & Chessington Sarah Johnson, Chairperson and treasurer 07921 774 191. 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 Wed & Thurs 5.15 - 6.15pm, 2nd Hook Cubs Tues 7-8.30pm. 2nd Hook Scouts Fri 7-9pm. Alan Cooke 0208 287 0276/

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. 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. 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. 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 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 & eat courses, Messy Play & Welly walks. Jennifer Devane 020 8391 2145


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Chessington Chat August & September 2017 - Issue 123  
Chessington Chat August & September 2017 - Issue 123  

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