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WELCOME TO OUR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER ISSUE… So much for things quietening down for the summer. It’s been a real jigsaw to fit everything in this month so thanks to everyone who has been in touch and welcome to our many new advertisers. We introduce local party planning company Maple Events, p.10 and congratulate Community Motors who have recently won Garage of the Year 2019 p.24.

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

October deadline: Monday 9th 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.

Dr Jennifer Cole, a Chessington resident, shares the background to her newly published book on Planetary Health p.16, Sergeant Baxter updates us on recently police activity on North Parade p.22 and we also bring details of the long awaited accessibility improvements at Chessington South Station which were officially opened last month, p.20. We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Sew Spice p.6, Primroses Florist p.6, Racal Decca RFC p.6, Julie Cooper Piano Tuition p.6, Maple Events p.11, Friends of Woodview p.12 and Dr Jennifer Cole with her book Planetary Health p.16. Special offers and promotions come from: Carpets 4 U p.7, Just gardens & lawns p.11, Planetary Health p.16, Elmwood Vehicles p.19, CORT Furniture p.21, Community Motors p.25, The Optical Gallery p.27, Cine Sanctuary p.34 and Time for You p.45. 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: Aretha Franklin’s handwritten wills……………………8 Introducing Maple Events……………………………10 What’s on………………………………………..12-15 Planetary Health…………………………………….16 Chessington South station becomes fully accessible…20 Safer Neighbourhoods update………………….…..22 Community Motors wins Garage of the Year……….24 Epsom Playhouse competition……………………….28 How to get online on holiday……………………….30 Residents’ Associations………………………..….36/37 Community pages……………………………..…40/42 Local listings…………………………………………44 Index of advertisers and advertising rates……….…46

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


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Aretha Franklin’s Handwritten Wills. After last month’s article on George Michael’s Will, I can now report that Aretha Franklin’s family are in a bitter feud over the legitimacy of 3 handwritten Wills being recently found and the current handling of her estate. When she died last summer, it at first appeared she had no Will, and there would be no quarrel in the family as her 4 sons would each receive, under the laws of intestacy, equal shares in her fortune. Fast forward nearly a year after her death, and tensions are rising within the family. Following the recent discovery of 3 handwritten Wills in the famous soul and gospel singer’s suburban home in Detroit, the family has been arguing with each other over the validity and requests of Wills allegedly handwritten by Franklin before she passed away. A judge is to review the validity of the three handwritten Wills by the late singer following their discovery last month and decide which one should be admitted to Probate. A handwriting expert has been hired to review the Wills but the examination has not yet been finalised. If you do choose to prepare a handwritten Will, although I don’t advise this, please ensure that you destroy any previous Will and make sure your family know where the most up to date one is. Your family likely does not have the financial resources available to the Franklin family to be able to sort all this out in court!

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Alternatively, save your family any quarrels after your passing and have your Will professionally drafted by Shortland and Sawbridge. Catherine Sawbridge

Chessington School A number of interesting Reception and Administrative roles are becoming available in September. For latest details of vacancies please see our website: http://chessington.kingston.sch.uk/vacancies-2/ 8

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Learn to Bowl - Free Coaching All Ages & Abilities Welcome Bar - Restaurant - Social Events Large Car Park FUNCTION ROOM FOR ALL OCCASIONS Jubilee Way, Chessington, KT9 1TR

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INTRODUCING MAPLE EVENTS Having spent most of my career hosting corporate events, setting up trade fairs and working in nightclubs, I have always enjoyed transforming venues and arranging themed events. In those days, it was a job, so I had plenty of time to plan and prepare without interruption. However, planning an event when you are busy working and have a lot going on, can sometimes prove to be more stressful than you imagine. It can also take the fun out of it. So, Maple Events was launched to take away the added pressure and running around that comes with trying to do it all yourself. That said, those that can, should! Based in Chessington Surrey, Maple Events are a local party planning service, www.mapleeventsonline.co.uk, offering support for private parties, corporate events, local venues and weddings. We work with ‘tried & tested’ suppliers for a host of services, which include; cakes, flowers, balloons, wedding cars, makeup artist, DJs, balloons, in fact, anything you might need to create the perfect event. WEDDING PLANNING Our Wedding Planner Service can provide as much or as little support as you require for the big day. We offer a FREE consultation to collect as much information as possible regarding your plans and ideas, that way we can help reflect your vision on the décor and help transform your venue, whatever the budget. LOCAL PARTY HIRE We also offer a selection of items for hire, including chair covers, sashes, cake stand, sweet cart, LOVE sign lights, table planner mirror & easel, donut wall, centre piece glass wear and decorations. For private parties, these can be hired individually and delivered to you. Otherwise are all available as part of your planned event. THE SERVICE We will set up an initial meeting to discuss your event plans and help you with your ideas. We can also source everything you need to fit your theme and budget, as well as providing regular communication with you right up until the event. On the actual day, we will arrive early to set up and decorate the venue. And, if requested, return at the end of the evening to take everything away, allowing you to enjoy the whole day completely stress free and giving you more time to celebrate your special occasion with family and friends. CHARGES We charge a flat fee for each event which is dependant on how much or little support you require and all hire charges are made clear at the start, so that you can keep an eye on your running cost. (deposits apply).


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Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August. Prudential Ride London Cycle event. Road closures throughout Kingston & Surrey on Sunday 4th. New route this year. Visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk for full details. Tuesday 6th August. Surbiton & District Historical Society Members’ Evening. Includes talks by members, a quiz, raffle and a finger buffet. 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. Cost to members is £2. Visitors are also very welcome and a contribution of £2 is appreciated plus an extra £2 for refreshments. Details from the Secretary, 020 8399 4473 or email: lenandmarilyn@virginmedia.com Saturday 17th August. Abbeyfield Southern Oaks Garden Party. 2pm to 6pm. All welcome: join us for an afternoon of fun for all the family - free entry – BBQ, cakes, ice cream, beer, refreshments, raffle & craft stalls. The Old House, Epsom Road, Ewell Village KT17 1JZ (pedestrian entrance via Mongers Lane) www.abbeyfieldsouthernoaks.org Email: admin@abbeyfieldsouthernoaks.org Registered Charity No: 247308 From Monday 2nd September. The Broadway Sequence Dancing. A new season of sequence dancing

at the Raeburn Hall, Tolworth from 8 to 10.15pm and thence each week. Those who have learnt ballroom dancing should have little difficulty in mastering sequence. The various dances are led and demonstrated very ably by our leaders Ken and Brenda. There is no charge for the first ‘taster’ and then it’s just £5 per night. Visit www.broadwaysequencedance.co.uk Tuesday 3rd September. Surbiton & District Historical Society present Ms Julie F Chandler with an illustrated lecture on “The Great Stink.” Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton at 7.45pm. Visitors welcome – a contribution of £2 appreciated. Details from 020 8399 4473 or email: lenandmarilyn@virginmedia.com From Wednesday 18th September. Talking of trains is steaming again! The regular weekly meetings of Trains resume from Wednesday 18th September at 7pm in the Library Hall of Surbiton Library. The programme has a wide variety of railway topics as diverse as Derbyshire and rail preservation in France! We also welcome a senior railfreight manager for an overview of freight on Britain's railways from the 19th to the 21st century. The highlight of the year is sure to be the Christmas Evening when senior rail manager and author Chris Green returns with his take on the major changes facing Britain's railways. The first meeting is free and then it is just £50 covering all of the 20 meetings. Full programme details on www.talkingoftrains.co.uk Saturday 28th September. Surbiton Festival. Stalls, entertainments, procession, live music, freshly cooked food, friends, festivities and fun – all in and around Surbiton town centre. www.surbitonfestival.co.uk

BOURNE HALL MUSEUM’S KIDS CLUB ROMAN EWELL Wednesday 7th August 2pm to 3.30pm WHO WANTS TO BE AN ARCHAEOLOGIST? Wednesday 14 August 2pm to 3.30pm DON’T YOU KNOW THERE’S A WAR ON? Wednesday 21 August 2pm to 3.30pm CAVE PAINTING Wednesday 28 August 11am-12.pm & 2pm-3.pm CATS Club (Craft Art Technology Science) Anglo-Saxons Workshop Tuesday 27 August 10.30am-12pm & 1-2.30pm CATS CLUB (Craft Art Technology Science) Fun with Dinosaurs Workshop Thursday 29 August 10.30am-12pm & 1-2.30pm Archaeology, Roman Ewell, Cave Painting and WW2 cost £5 per child. CATS Clubs £8 per child. Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF Tel: 020 8394 1734. Email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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Planetary Health – Human Health in an Era of Global Environmental Change. You might have noticed the recent increase in media stories and public interest relating to the condition of our environment – from climate change to plastic pollution to air quality in London and beyond. The damage modern lifestyles are doing to our planet is becoming more and more difficult to ignore. Building cities, cultivating land for farming and burning fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere all harm the planet as well as our bodies, causing illhealth and an increase in cancers, psychological issues, respiratory problems, allergies and many other conditions. The Global Burden of Disease Study estimates that 23% of all deaths worldwide are due to preventable environmental factors – 16% due to pollution. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Universities all around the world are helping scientists and governments to understand the scale of the damage, what is causing the worst problems, and what can be done to improve things. For instance, it’s easy to say that the cause of air pollution is too many cars, but the real problem is the petrol and diesel fuel they use – better investment in new electric vehicles would go a long way to solving the problem. So too would investment in housing closer to where people work, so they don’t have to drive so far, or better bicycle lanes, so they can cycle safely and get fitter into the process. Saying ‘ban plastic’ isn’t much use unless practical alternatives to food packaging, artificial fibres for clothing, etc can be suggested instead. There is hope that changes can gain popularity quickly. The vast reduction in plastic shopping bag use over the past few years is one example. The interest in re-using consumer items through freecycling, ebay and gumtree is another. So too is the growing interest in veganism and vegetarianism (1kg of protein provided by beef uses more than 100 times as much land and releases nearly 500 times as much CO2 as the same amount provided from pulses). Dr Jennifer Cole, who lives in Chessington with her partner and two children, is one of the many academic researchers who is working in the field of Planetary Health. She is a Research Fellow in the Geography Department of Royal Holloway, University of London where her main role is as co-investigator on two projects that are researching the use of antibiotics in the Indian livestock industry, and how Indian farmers can be supported in reducing the levels of use.


She is also public health policy advisor to the Rockefeller Economic Council on Planetary Health, a project run by the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University and this has led her to produce an introductory text book on planetary health, which was published in July. The middle section of the book is a series of short briefing papers on key planetary health challenges, including urbanization, land use and energy use that lead to problems such as pollution, climate change, ocean acidification and species extinctions that in turn affect human health. Often, these challenges are approached in silos, but by looking at them more holistically, it may be possible to find solutions that improve many different environmental conditions at the same time and the book will hopefully help policymakers, industry directors, academics and students to start taking a more holistic approach. Helping to introduce future academics to the topic, and to a more holistic way of thinking and working, will ensure solutions stay focussed on the bigger picture, such as transforming transport systems that will have a bigger impact across all of society. Chessington is a great place to live for anyone interested in planetary health – whether this is young people who might want to study it as part of a university degree, or for adults who are, or would like to be, working in a career in sustainability and environmental responsibility. The plethora of green space and parks, and outdoor activities such as those offered by Hobbledown and GoApe, give everyone plenty of opportunity to see and value nature. With so many wonderful natural assets in Chessington, and plenty of parks, common ground and woodland to enjoy, the important thing is to ensure we preserve them for the future. If anyone would like to know more about planetary health, please contact Jennifer Cole at Jennifer.cole@rhul.ac.uk You can order the book from: https://www.cabi.org/ bookshop/book/9781789241648

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CHESSINGTON SOUTH STATION BECOMES FULLY ACCESSIBLE. For the first time since the station’s construction in 1939 Chessington South station is fully accessible, providing passengers with reduced mobility step free access to and from the platform. Integrated journeys with London buses are also possible with the bus stops located directly opposite the station and drop kerbing installed to facilitate easier transfer from the station forecourt to the bus stops. Each year more than 300,000 customers use Chessington South to get to Chessington School, Chessington World of Adventures as well as many other local businesses.

The new cycle shelter Alan Penlington, SWR’s Customer Experience Director, said: “We’ve invested more than £300,000 to make the station accessible so it’s great to see these facilities ready for our customers. We’d like to thank all of our partners who contributed to the project and made this happen.” Sir Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, said: “This is great news and will be a real boon for disabled people but also families with buggies and senior citizens with mobility issues. With the new cycle racks and plans to improve the landscaping, Chessington South station will be transformed.

Sir Ed Davey officially opens the new accessibility ramp. June’s official opening of accessibility improvements at Chessington South marked positive partnership working between South Western Railway (SWR) and Network Rail, Department for Transport, the London Borough of Kingston, Chessington School, Chessington World of Adventures and local Councillors. The scheme was largely funded by the Department for Transport under their National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) but contributions are also being made by SWR, Royal Borough of Kingston, Local Councillor representatives and Chessington World of Adventures. The main accessibility improvements include:  Step-free pedestrian path from platform 1 to the station forecourt and new way finding signs.  New compliant accessible car parking bay.  New anti-slip treads on steps and new hand rails.  New lighting for the path and additional CCTV cameras.

"It has taken years of campaigning and has at times been frustrating but all that work has now come to fruition. With the new cycle racks and plans to improve the landscaping, Chessington South station will be transformed." Chetna Khatri, Network Rail’s scheme sponsor, said: “We are delighted with the completed accessibility improvements at Chessington South station and proud that this key part of Network Rail’s upgrade plan will provide more passengers with easier access to the railway. We would also like to thank the station operator, South Western Railway, for their drive to make this project a success” Councillor Christine Stuart, ward member for Chessington South and the council’s Disability Champion, said: “The council is committed to doing whatever it can to make travelling on trains as accessible as possible for our residents. We thank our colleagues at SWR, Chessington World of Adventures and Chessington School for their help in making these major accessibility improvements at the train station a reality.”

Ash Ali, Headteacher, Chessington School said: "As a school and community, we are delighted to have access to such a vital resource. At school, we have young There is also a new cycle shelter for 12 bikes. people and families with wheelchairs and so this is SWR is also working with Chessington World of essential. The south of the borough is a great place to Adventures, local organisations and the recently created be and this facility will enable more people to see that. Chessington South station community group, to create a When the businesses, institutions and community in community garden and to improve the landscaping in Chessington get together, good things happen!" the station forecourt as well as along the accessible footpath.

I am also pleased to report that Chessington North SNT has a new Community support officer PCSO Arafat. I welcome him to the team and so do say hello when you see him out and about on patrol . Contact Details

Chessington and Tolworth ward update August. Chessington North Closure Order success!!! I hope by the time you read this article that you will have noticed some positive changes in and around North Parade. Chessington North SNT along with the emergency response team have been attending the area of North Parade, Chessington for a long period now with over 20 incidents and reports in a 6 month period. The calls made to Police ranged from being drunk, robbery, public order, drugs, and repeated shoplifting offences. An individual was identified who had been involved in the above offences as well as anti-social behaviour in the parade. In addition they had caused criminal damage within their own housing block which resulted in it being boarded up for several months - this has added to the run down look of the block and makes the area look very neglected.

Non-emergency call 101 Emergency please call Police on 999. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via Twitter. Chessington North and Hook - 07342 713970 Chessington.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonN Chessington South - 0208 721 2001 Chessington.south.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonS Tolworth - 0208 721 2045 Tolworth.snt@met.police.uk @mpsTolworth Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Chessington North, Chessington South; Tolworth & Hook Rise

The resident raised the fear of the crime in the area for many local residents who were too scared to go to the area due to concerns around the numbers of youths who were entering and congregating outside the flat block. PC Roberts the ward officer for Chessington North has been focussed on getting a full Closure Order using the AntiSocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 for the address. This has taken a long time due to protracted enquiries and the need to gather quality evidence but as a result the closure order was granted at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on PC Roberts 01/07/2019 and was served on the occupier who left quietly and without any further incidents. The address was then made secure with the use of Sitex metal shutters. As the ward sergeant for Chessington North ward I am delighted with the result and the use of the Closure Order for such a problematic address that was massively affecting the community in Chessington. The Housing Association now have full possession of the property subject to the appeals process. 22

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Community Motors staff with the Garage of the Year award. Local garage and social enterprise, Community Motors, was recently recognised as one of the leading garages in the UK, at the Automechanika Garage of the Year event. As well as winning in the ‘Training and Standards’ category, Community Motors was a finalist in the ‘Large Garage’ and ‘Community Initiative’ categories. Community Motors CIC, in Red Lion Business Park, Tolworth, was started in 2015 to provide excellent MOT, service and repair work to the public, alongside its primary aim to offer vocational training and work experience opportunities to young people and disadvantaged groups. Receiving the award, Garage Manager, Mark Wedd, said “The award recognises the daily work of all our staff to develop themselves and help others to do the same. We pride ourselves on treating everyone fairly and with integrity.” Back at the garage, Training Manager, Kevin Martin noted “We’re all about doing things right here; whether it’s developing our trainees, training our staff or keeping ahead of Health and Safety standards. We want to set a great example to our trainees and give a great service to our customers”. The awards evening was held at the National Motorcycle Museum and was organised by GarageWire magazine. Community Motors is always looking to help new customers, and to work with schools or other agencies who might benefit from their educational services. www.communitymotors.org Pictured L-R: Fuzz Townshend (Presenter of TV’s ‘Car SOS’), Jack Halliday (Automechanika), Martyn Houghton (ZF, award sponsor), Mark Wedd (Community Motors), Matt Shakespeare (ZF), James Onions (GarageWire)


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California Dreamers Friday 6th September at 7.30pm Tickets £23.50 Join California Dreamers for an unforgettable night of live music! Let the Dream team help you to release your inner hippie with this sunshine celebration of the Los Angeles music scene from 1965 – 1975, paying homage to the iconic artists who made their home in ‘Laurel Canyon’, a small neighbourhood nestling in the foothills of L.A. You may not recognise the neighbourhood…but you’ll recognise the neighbours! Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Eagles, The Mamas and The Papas, The Monkees, The Turtles along with legendary songwriters Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and many more! Join us on this epic journey from the Troubadour to Woodstock and hear the songs that chronicled the rise and fall of the love and peace generation and created stardom that many found just too hard to handle. While memories may fade the classic hits will live forever. Compositions that have won over 40 Grammy awards, enjoyed multiple number 1 hits and helped to sell millions of albums throughout the world, this is nostalgia at its very best.

Win Tickets! We have two tickets for California Dreamers at Epsom Playhouse on Friday 6th September. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Greatest Showman Competition” to: fmaloney@epsom-ewell.gov.uk by Friday 30th August. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets!

*Affordable and flexible payment for nonfunded children* *OPEN TERM TIME* *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 3 and 4 YEAR OLDS *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 2 YEAR OLDS (if eligible) (15 hours per week EARLY EDUCATION FUNDING) 30 hours Offer now available 9am-12pm Monday to Friday 12.30pm-3.30pm Monday to Thursday or 9am to 3.30pm Lunch Clubs 12pm-12.30pm Monday to Thursday ENQUIRIES TO OWNER/MANAGER: MRS.S.MCNAMARA ON 0208 397 5226 hookpreschool@hotmail.com www.hookpreschool.co.uk OFSTED RATING: GOOD January 2017 Registration No.131787

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HOW TO GET ONLINE ON HOLIDAY We make sense of mobile data and dongles. Going online is a necessity for many travellers. It enables us to get accurate weather predictions, to check flight statuses and to find out about local tourist attractions. So how do you get connected when you’re far from home? Many hotels, resorts and attractions promise free Wi-Fi, but in some cases the Wi-Fi is limited to a single device, and you’ll often find that the service is too slow to stream TV programmes. In some cases the Wi-Fi will block specific servers and websites. You can get around the single-device limit if you have a smartphone with a Personal Hotspot feature. This creates a Wi-Fi network that other devices can connect to, but all the data runs through the phone. It won’t change any blocks on streaming – if you’re determined, you can get around them using Virtual Private Networking software – or speed up very slow internet connections, but it does mean the kids can connect their Kindle Fires or other devices when the weather isn’t brilliant. Sometimes, the best way to go online is to use your phone’s data connection – 4G coverage in most big holiday destinations is very good. The main concern is the potential cost, with some tourists running up massive mobile phone bills during their holiday. But mobile data needn’t be expensive. It might even be free. Each major operator has a list of countries where you don’t need to worry about big data bills, so for example Vodafone offers free roaming across 48 different countries on Pay As You Go and 77 countries on contracts that include Global Roaming Plus. Always check 30

before you go: if your phone contract doesn’t include roaming you can usually buy a roaming add-on, such as a certain amount of data for a fixed fee. It’s usually much cheaper to buy a data bundle than to incur charges when you’re abroad, and if you need more you can buy another one via your provider’s app or website. But check coverage – you can’t use your phone if your destination has no signal. If you want to connect laptops or other devices and your phone doesn’t have the virtual hotspot feature, another option is to invest in a data dongle. This can be a device that plugs into your laptop’s USB port to give it mobile data access, or it can be a dedicated device that creates a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. At the time of writing, Vodafone’s mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is £50 on Pay As You Go. That price includes 15GB of mobile data, which lasts for up to 90 days before expiring. If you’re using public Wi-Fi networks, be very careful: it’s really easy to set up a convincinglooking but fake Wi-Fi hotspot to intercept people’s internet traffic. If you need to do secure things such as online banking, consider investing in an app such as Tunnelbear. It creates a secure, your-eyes-only tunnel between you and the site or service you’re using.

Images: top left clockwise - Personal Hotspot on an iPhone,Vodafone mobile wi-fi dongle, Vodafone roaming promo, Anker Powercore portable battery pack.

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

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Our annual general meeting was well attended and our guest speaker was Jim Morford, the Borough Commander of the London Fire Brigade who gave an interesting presentation about the Service. He explained about its origin 150 years ago and the way it has developed over the years. Not only do they fight fires and attend accidents, but among the other things they do is advise homes on fire precautions, ensuring smoke detectors are fitted in the correct place and are working. If there are none, they will supply and fit them free of charge. After every major call-out, they have a de-brief to assess their performance so that if anything comes to light that they need to adopt, it can be put into practice. More importantly this can be passed on generally to the Fire Service so that everyone can learn from the experiences of others. As it happened, a few days later we were able to see first-hand their efficiency and professionalism when they attended the fire in the roof above the estate agent on the Bridge Road roundabout. Fortunately no one was seriously injured. …………………………………………………………………………………………………. Working for the benefit of Chessington, there are things to which we object and give valid reasons, but they still goahead and in the fullness of time, and so too late, our reasons are shown to be correct. However, there are three things which we have been working on for quite some time, one of which has been years, and which have come to a successful conclusion. First:- Back in March we wrote in Chessington Chat about the Post Office at Hook but at that time the one at North Parade was not doing too well. The office counter itself closed and business was transferred to the shop counter with rumours that it was going to close completely. We contacted the Post Office and arranged a meeting at the shop together with McCalls, the shop owner and also the shop manager. We gave them the general public’s point of view and made some suggestions including signage and publicity. These were subsequently acted on, and the Post Office put an article in May’s Chessington Chat. Things are now back on track and everything is going well. Second:- We have been pressing local surgeries not to withhold their numbers when phoning patients. Some people will not answer the phone if they cannot see who is calling and are concerned that it may be some unscrupulous person on the other end. It has finally been agreed that all surgeries will operate CLI which is Calling Line Identity so patients are able to see that it is the surgery calling. Lastly, and possibly most rewarding, the step free access was recently opened at Chessington South station meaning that wheelchairs and parents with buggies can easily go from platform to street level, with able bodied passengers also using it. This was something CDRA worked on from as far back as 2015 with numerous e-mails to various bodies including Network Rail. The easy rising slope even has a seat located half way up for those who may struggle. This is set back so as not to interfere with people going up the slope. There is also a further recess for wheel chairs to stop – out of the way. It is planned that the area will be enhanced and landscaped with the combined help of Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington Garden Centre, Chessington school and the South Western Railway Team. This is a great example of the community working together. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – www.chessingtondra.org.uk To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail chessingtondra@gmail.com

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MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Good news in the form of the dismissing by Bristol Appeals Inspectorate of the planning application for a ‘battery farm’ proposed in Fairoak Lane, Malden Rushett, opposite the electricity sub-station. Had this gained permission a whole greenbelt field would have been subjected to being covered in large metal containers containing batteries. The many residents of Malden Rushett, along with the MRRA, who objected to this application are very pleased with the outcome, especially as it sends out a warning to other budding developers that we will do our very best to protect our environment from greedy developers who are out to make a pretty penny at the expense of our wildlife and way of life. So many RBK meetings about the Local Plan etc., residents are confused as to what meetings they should attend, what survey they should complete and so on. The MRRA has a very clear policy regarding Malden Rushett and that is we are a village, we are surrounded in the main by greenbelt consisting of farmland, woodlands and recreational land for all people and wildlife to enjoy, we will not give way to urban sprawl. To make it clear to whom this may concern, we do not need or want a ‘Designated Neighbourhood Area Plan’ leading to other processes such as a Neighbourhood Plan, where proposals could include the building of an estate of low cost rental properties in Malden Rushett. The MRRA will object to any such proposals including the closing of the BP Station and a by-pass passing through swaths of greenbelt land either side of Malden Rushett. On a lighter note I am sure you will join with us all in Malden Rushett to say how glad we are that Fern, the black spaniel stolen from her home in Malden Rushett some six years ago, has been reunited with her owners. Tom, Jodie and Ethan were devastated when Fern disappeared, having to eventually conclude she had been stolen. They never gave up on Fern, continuing to keep her microchip up to date when they moved. Fern was picked up as a stray by a kind lorry driver who took her to the vets to see if she was microchipped and now she is back home where she belongs with her family. It is thought she may have been stolen for breeding and we hope that she has not been damaged too much, and will live happy ever after with her family. Dog owners should be aware of the really unscrupulous people out there just looking for the opportunity to snatch away a beloved pet, this time it has ended happily, but often the animal is never seen again. Scammers are plentiful and are trying to take your hard earned money away from you, please don’t forget that if something looks too good to be true, it usually is. We post information on our Malden Rushett Residents Facebook page. Please take a look on http://fb/me/MaldenRushettResidents/Association. Wishing you all a very long and happy Summer with lots of sunshine. Beryl Gibson. Chairman MRRA. E mail: bfors@outlook.com. Mobile: 0775 1024358

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COMMUNITY PAGES KINGSTON DIABETES BRANCH GETS WELCOME RECOGNITION A Kingston-based support group to help people either living with diabetes, or concerned about avoiding the condition has received a top honour in the annual awards from Diabetes UK. Presented to the Kingston branch of Diabetes UK by the charity’s Chief Executive Chris Askew at a London ceremony, the Nomination for an Inspire Award recognises both the work of the group in helping people in the Kingston area, but also in supporting research to help progress towards alleviating the condition. The achievement is all the more remarkable in that the Kingston group only came into existence less than five years ago. Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK presenting the certificate to both Richard Allen and David Cruden, who is Treasurer of the Kingston Group. Meetings of the group take place monthly in the Education Centre of Kingston Hospital, as well as a weekly exercise programme every Tuesday morning at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Fairfield, Kingston. “We draw members from a wide spread across many of the surrounding boroughs and attendance at our meetings at the Hospital is always free of charge,” said Richard Allen, Chairman of the group, who is also the Lead Governor at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. “The remarkable progress that we have made in helping those with diabetes or in a pre-diabetic state has only been possible with the great help of the Hospital, and particularly the staff of the Diabetic Day Unit who have done a wonderful job in encouraging and advising almost every step of the way.” For further information on the group contact: richardallen52@btinternet.com or telephone 0794 9466795

Chessington Cake and Community Chessington Cake and Community welcomes everyone ages 0-105 to join us for coffee/tea, cake and a natter every Thursday from 9.30am at the Hook Centre Library Café. Get out and about, make some new friends and eat some cake. For information of other events see our facebook page.

Chessington Chat I look forward to reading my Chessington Chat, I make sure I grab it when it lands on the mat. Local events, residents’ reports too Places to go and plenty to do. News from the Police and the W. I. Adverts for bargains that we can buy. Experts and services, all different skills, Unusual treatments to cure all ills. This is really such an indispensable book When I need something, I know where to look The Chessington Chat, my local guide, All necessary information I’ll find inside.

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SUMMER WALKS WITH BOURNE HALL MUSEUM A series of fascinating guided walks around Epsom & Ewell for all the family during August. Epsom’s Oldest Road Tuesday 20 Aug 2pm, Sunday 25 Aug 2pm Explore Epsom’s ancient heart along its oldest road. Originally the centre of Epsom village it became one of the finest addresses in town. Please meet opposite the fire station in Church Street, KT17 4PW Horrible Ewell Thursday 15 Aug 2pm, Thursday 22 Aug 7.30pm Saturday 24 Aug 2pm Discover Ewell’s dark past and the tales that some would rather forget. Learn about exploding gunpowder mills and visit the graveyard where the victims rest in peace. Tread in the footsteps of the bodysnatchers and see where they plied their grisly trade. Meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall KT17 1UF. Nonsuch Park and Palace Thursday 8 Aug 2pm, Saturday 10 Aug 2pm Enjoy a guided walk around Nonsuch Park and explore the history of its’ beautiful landscape. See where the original palace once stood and how it dominated the local area. Meet on the lawn opposite the café in Nonsuch Mansion House SM3 8AP. Nearest car park entry is from Cheam Road, A232. Walks cost £5 per person and places are limited to 25 people per walk. Places must be booked with David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734 dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme We have had several events happening over the last few months. The Chessington Fun Day in Churchfields in May was good fun and we managed to attract a few new volunteers.

THE EIGHT O'CLOCK LADIES CIRCLE Meetings now on 1st and 3rd week each month. AUGUST & SEPTEMBER PROGRAMME No meeting in August. September programme: 5th - Chip in The Sugar a Talking Heads Monologue by Ian Recordon. 19th - My Career as a BBC Journalist by Michael A Woolard. www.8oclockcircle.webs.com Maureen Peters 020 8397 1559.

Chessington Art Group Thanks to all who came to our exhibition and voted for your favourite picture. The results were: first, Dignity by A Roberts Second, Hollyhocks by P Layzell and Third, Bella (long haired cat) by R Leaver. Come along and join us, beginner or Experienced, all are welcome. We have a tutor to help and advise you. 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. June 17th saw a very entertaining tea in Chessington Methodist Church hall. Approximately 50 members attended an afternoon of sandwiches, cakes and tea followed by entertainment from Yvonne McGuiness on her accordion. There was plenty of chat, singing but not quite dancing in the aisles, and the sun shone. On July 8th our Volunteers met at the Shy Horse where we had a lovely lunch and catch-up. We are still looking for more HELP in the way of VOLUNTEERS, for driving, office duty and visiting. If you can help, please ring the office on 020 8397 6298, Mon-Fri 9am to 12 noon. Sue Weymouth BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Meet Tuesday evenings 7.30 pm Chessington Methodist Church COME & JOIN US New members welcome After a Summer break we recommence meetings on the 10th September – with a social evening 17th `London’s Lungs’ with Christine Jarvis 24th To be Confirmed All enquiries to Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362

We will close for a summer break the last sessions being on 25th July and the first sessions after the break are on Thursday 5th September. For more information contact D Savage on 0208 391 5362 or on line at chessingtonartgroup.club HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION Our friendly allotment association was founded over 50 years ago and is run by volunteers. We provide a wide range of composts, fertilisers, seeds; gardening products at not-for-profit club prices to members. Membership costs £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 We currently have full and half plots available to rent. To arrange a viewing call John on 07807 300749 .

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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 11.30 am till 1.30 pm for 8-15 year olds. Glyn School, The Kingsway, Ewell, KT17 1NB. £5 per session inc coaching. Contact Tony 07703 602552 www.ab-tabletennisacademy.co.uk Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane, Chessington, KT9 2DR. 11.30am Thursdays. 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 Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship Programme list inside Coffee Bar Door. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 97 Ruxley Lane, West Ewell. KT19 9HB 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 - Weds 5:30 - 6:30pm 2nd Hook Cubs - Tues 7 - 8:30pm

2nd Hook Scouts - Weds 7 - 8:30pm Group Scout Leader Emma Nash, 0794 4031369, gsl@2ndhook.org.uk. 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. Hook & Southborough 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 Ruth Mackinlay 07746 234508 / Ruthmac20@hotmail.com Further details at 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 & 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. Carole Noakes 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Thurs eves at the Royal British Legion Hall. Maureen Peters. 020 8397 1559. 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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Chessington Chat August & September 2019 - Issue 145  

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Chessington Chat August & September 2019 - Issue 145  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory