Chessington Chat August &September 2022 - Issue 179

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Welcome to our August and September magazine…. As we went to print with this busy 16th Birthday issue a rare extreme weather warning for heat was forecast and all around us Covid cases are climbing through the roof again. Goodness knows what kind of summer it will therefore be but we hope you are able to get out and about and enjoy the good weather once things cool down a little. And we hope that those of you jetting off abroad can do so with limited disruption. Good luck to everyone getting exam results soon too.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Beryl Gibson, MRRA Colin Punch, CDRA Catherine Sawbridge Friends of the Earth Kingston 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.

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OCTOBER DEADLINE: Monday 12th September with delivery w/c 25th 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 correct at time of going to print.

We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Ken at Red Driving School p.6, Acorn to Oak Nursery p.11 and Jigsaw Surbiton p.13. And bring special offers and promotions from: Carpets 4 U p.5, Jigsaw Surbiton p.13, GRASSify p.19, Elmwood Vehicles p.31, CORT Furniture p.37, Time for You p.41 and Chessington Garden Centre p.43. Please remember that as always the magazine takes a break now but we will be around over the summer holidays to take your calls and emails ahead of our October issue. You just might not get hold of me quite so quickly as usual especially if this hot weather continues.

Sally Inside:

Children without being married…...…………… 8 What’s on………………………………….. 12-13 Start swimming this summer…………………… 16 Birds of prey wow residents………………….. 18 50th Birthday celebrations for bowls club…….. 20 Safer Neighbourhoods………………………… 22 Residents’ Associations……………………. 28-29 Campaigning to protect our local waterways… 32 Community pages…………………. 36/38/40/42 Useful Contacts & Local listings…...………. 44/45 Index of advertisers and advertising rates…….. 46

Ken at Red Driving School Driving lessons covering all KT postcodes. I have over 30 years experience of training, coaching and mentoring people of all ages and abilities. I will help take you from novice to test standard or help you to brush up on your existing skills. 07707 457450


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Children without being married? Many families these days fall into this category. It is very important that such parents have Wills making clear who is to be the child’s guardian should a parent die. Parental Responsibility is only afforded to the birth mother automatically. A child’s father will have Parental Responsibility if he was married to the mother, or if unmarried, his name is on the child’s birth certificate.

So, in the case of blended families, it is vital that the legal position is confirmed and a Will drafted to protect the child, should the mother pass away. This applies not only in the matter of who is to become the child’s guardian, but also to ensure adequate financial provision is made for the child. If you are in this position and would like further advice, or indeed any more information on Wills, please do not hesitate to call me. Catherine Sawbridge


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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Four Week Beginners Build Strength, Relieve Aches and Tone Pilates Course Starting in Chessington Starting 9th September, Friday mornings, Spaces Limited Want to try pilates but feeling nervous about what to expect? Fed up of bodily aches and pains such as lower back, neck and hip pain? Worried about loss of balance and want to avoid future trips and falls? In this x4 week beginner course you will: • Find a supportive environment and teacher to learn the pilates method. • Learn exercises which will relieve, hip, neck and lower back aches. • Build strength in muscles which are responsible for helping with stability and balance. Register your interest now. ONLY £36 for the 4 week course. Contact Helen at Progress Pilates on 07889 142134 or

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Chimney Sweeps Dave and Jim Russell 01372 469349 email

Claygate Established 1986 All chimneys and flues swept Open fires, wood burning and solid fuel stoves Nest removal Cowl, bird guards and cap installations Advice given on any chimney or stove problems

This amazing postbox topper was created by Tori Russell, wife of Chimney Sweep Dave Russell, and has recently been celebrating all things Wimbledon on a postbox in Claygate Village.

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Summer walks with Bourne Hall Museum. A series of fascinating guided walks around Epsom and Ewell for all the family during August. Walks cost £5 per person and are limited to 20 people per walk. Places must be booked with David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. 020 8394 1734 Email:

WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER. Weekly Rhyme Times, the popular under 5's singing sessions, will run throughout the summer at Hook Library on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Booking not required.

Tuesday 2nd 2pm - Hidden Ewell Walk Wednesday 3rd 2pm - Ashley Road Cemetary Thursday 4th 2pm - Horrible Ewell Wednesday 10th 2pm - Explore Epsom Common Thursday 11th 2pm - Epsom’s Oldest Road Wednesday 17th 2pm - The Manor Hospital Thursday 18th 11am - Ashley Road Cemetary Wednesday 24th 2pm - Epsom Downs Horton County of London, War Hospital, Epsom

Monday 29th August. Epsom Downs Racecourse Family Fun Day. An afternoon of live racing action with free kids entertainment. Visit Saturday 3rd September. Join us for a fabulous Quiz Night to support our team of Sky Divers who will be jumping from a plane to raise funds and awareness for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell. Our wonderful quizmaster will provide a highly entertaining evening and there’ll be slices of pizza, nibbles and a drink all tied in with your ticket price too. 7pm. Ruxley Church Hall, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell, KT19 0JG Costs: £15pp. To book tables of 6 please see or for smaller numbers please call 01372 732 451 and we’ll organise the teams on your behalf. The sky dive takes place on Sat 18th Sept in Kent. Donations can be made to the team by visiting Sunday 11th September. Brooklands Museum Emergency Services Day featuring a huge range of vehicles and apparatus to explore. Visit for details.

Planning an Autumn event? Check out our next few deadline dates: OCTOBER: Monday 12th September NOVEMBER: Monday 10th October DECEMBER: Monday 7th November 12

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HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI Hook and Chessington WI have started on their planned adventures: some ladies visited a Garden in June as part of the Open Garden Scheme, others had a lovely visit to Chislehurst Caves in Kent, followed by a pub lunch. Some members should have gone to see the Temple of Mithras in the City of London; however, this was postponed until later in the year due to the train strike. We are also visiting Windsor Castle in August to see the Queen’s Coronation Robes and have a big 4-night 5-day trip to Blackpool via Liverpool planned for November. We are still running our additional groups for the members to enjoy, so why not visit one of our meetings. Our August meeting will be a picnic in King Edwards Playing Field, which will be our social and chat. The first 3 meetings are free although you may like to buy a raffle ticket, all we ask is for you to come with an open mind and heart, and see for yourself how much fun we have, while making new friends. We meet on the 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm of each month at Hook and Southbrough Parish Hall next door to King Edwards Recreation ground. contact Chris Wilson 07710 098356 or email Have your leaflets delivered inside Chessington Chat Magazine for £33 per 1000 or £280 for our full 8’500 distribution. Printing quotes available too from our local printers Direct Colour.

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If you’re interested in competing regularly, it might be worth joining a swimming club. As well as helping you to improve your skills, it’s also a great way to meet new people. Visit to find out more.

Start swimming this summer Whether you used to swim for your county or you’re yet to master breaststroke, swimming is a great way to keep fit and de-stress. The benefits of swimming Swimming has numerous benefits for your health. According to the NHS, regular swimming can reduce your risk of serious illness, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can help to build muscle strength. And it’s a great stress reliever. But most importantly, swimming is an essential life skill that helps to keep you safe around water. And it can be a lot of fun! All-inclusive Swimming is a low-impact activity, so most people can benefit from it, even if you have mobility issues or joint pain. As Paralympic medallist Matthew Whorwood says, “Swimming is great because it’s non-impact and a good way to get fit without risking injury. Also, once you’re in the pool you’re the same as everyone else, any physical disabilities are irrelevant.” Many swimming pools now have lifts to help wheelchair users in and out of the pool, and sessions aimed at swimmers with disabilities.

Where to swim You’ll likely need to become a member of your local leisure centre or private fitness centre to use its pool, but some do offer day passes. If you’re over 60 or on a low income, it’s worth applying for a Passport to Leisure card, which gives you a discount off leisure centre fees. (Some councils run their own scheme instead.) Ask your local leisure centre for details. If you prefer swimming outdoors, there are numerous lidos and community pools around the UK. And, of course, you could also try openwater swimming, in the sea, lakes or pools. Just check that swimming is permitted and always make sure that you have someone with you. You can find advice about open water swimming, and a list of sites, at openwater.

Learning to swim Almost a third of adults in the UK can’t swim a length. But you’re never too old (or too young) to learn to swim. More than 1,000 centres across the UK offer adult-only swim classes. As well as courses for complete beginners, many centres offer coaching for people who want to improve their techniques, and advanced classes for swim mers who are training for a triathlon or other event. Head to to find an accredited course. Taking your hobby to the next level Are you a competent swimmer who fancies an extra challenge? Why not try competing? Races are usually seeded, which means you’ll be competing against people at a similar level. And results are ranked in five-year age groups. 16

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Birds of prey wow residents at Surbiton care home Residents at Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton were given the chance to see birds of prey up close, during a talk about the winged wonders. The care home welcomed the Birds of Prey Trust on Monday 4 July, with founder Colin Sutherland bringing owls and hawks for residents to look at, stroke and hold.

Afterwards, Surbiton resident Vera said: “I thought the birds were beautiful, especially the African spotted owl. And the barn owl was so soft. It was a really enjoyable morning.” Birds of Prey Trust helps people living with disabilities, dementia and special needs, and aims to improve their quality of life through interaction and activities with the birds.

Residents gathered in the reception area for the talk, and saw an African spotted eagle owl, a barn owl, a tawny owl and Harris hawk. Colin spoke at length about the birds, before taking the barn owl to visit residents cared for in the Home’s award-winning dementia care house.

Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton is welcoming new residents. For more information on this, or to work for the charity, go to Images courtesy of Royal Star & Garter


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King George Field Indoor Bowls Club is having a birthday!! It’s been 50 years since the club was formed and we still have a good active membership. Bowls still has a bit of a reputation of being for old people and a bit of an old fuddy-duddy’s game. Well, that is far from the truth!! Admittedly, a lot of our members are retired but certainly not all and we have had a good junior section. One thing’s for sure, we can all have a lot of fun playing our chosen sport. It’s a very gentle, relaxing way to exercise. Our club in Jubilee Way has 6 rinks to play on, a licensed bar, catering facilities, a large social area and plenty of parking space. As well as the bowls, we hold various social functions throughout the year and welcome social members even if you don’t want to bowl .

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September we are holding an open weekend to celebrate our birthday and want to encourage people to come along to see what we can offer and give bowls a try. There will be fun games to play (and win prizes), bowls to try (and a free gift for trying) and a birthday cake to cut and even a free drink and snack. We will be open from 10am - 3pm both days and if you come along you will find a very friendly welcome awaits you.

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Dear Residents, Hope you’re all keeping well and ready for the upcoming school summer holidays. We’ve had some amazing events over the last few months and have been all-systems-go with the ward boundary changes. To quote Sergeant Henderson in our previous Chat update: ‘If you are unsure as to where your road sits following the May elections, Kingston council have published detail rich maps (with interactive versions via a QR code) here:

We’ve kept up our proactive work; conducting a joint operation with the status dog unit to target drug dealing in the Chessington area. This led to both an arrest, and, a large knife and significant quantity of drugs being taken off the streets. Following resident feedback we’ve also been running Motor Vehicle operations across the three wards to reduce traffic offences. We are continuing our open spaces work targeting Violence against Women and Girls and want everyone across the wards to feel safe whilst out walking and going about their lives. We also feel like regulars at magistrate’s court with the number of warrant applications made in the past few months and we’re very proud to be actively tackling addresses that may be involved in criminality.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any requests for presentations on safety, crime prevention or youth engagement. We’re always happy to come and share knowledge and it’s always a fun day to show off the blue lights and download/428/kingston-council-new-ward-maps’ hand out stickers. We’ve had a HUGE uptake in contact across the On behalf of Inspector Trudy Hutchinson, Serwards with our restarted street-a-week campaign geant Tom Henderson and all of the PC’s and now in full force. We’re knocking at all doors PCSO’s across the wards, we’re thankful for all across the wards and offering an opportunity to the hard work undertaken by residents to help us join the mailing list for the ward teams (and leav- keep the area safe. ing a leaflet with how to join the mailing lists for All the best, those who aren’t home). We’re looking forward James Wright, Dedicated Ward Officer – to providing lots more updates moving forward Chessington South and Malden Rushett so make sure that you get your details over to us so we don’t miss you out. OCTOBER Chessington South and Malden Rushett DEADLINE: If you would like to be added to our mailing list then please email us your name, address and Mon 12th telephone number to: September Hook and Chessington North If you would like to be added to our mailing list then please email us your name, address and telephone number to: Some other exciting events undertaken by the team includes personal safety advice delivered to the Mother’s union at St Paul’s Church and a crime prevention booth at St Mary’s Primary School Fair. We have also had the whole team out with our esteemed colleagues from the London Fire Brigade to deliver a crime awareness presentation to staff at Surbiton Medical Centre. This is alongside our weekly contact point sessions and a July ward panel meeting. 22


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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Our AGM was well attended and although we only had two of the intended three speakers their presentations were very informative. Vicki Harper-Piper spoke about the forthcoming change in health and social care when the current Clinical Commissioning Group will become an Integrated Care Board. Mike Keen explained about the changing role of the local pharmacy, the extra services they are providing and the possible roles they will play in the future. Iona Liddington was to have spoken about the work RBK did during the pandemic but unfortunately she tested positive for Covid that morning. As it was such short notice, none of her deputies were able to stand in for her. Whilst it was a shame she could not attend it meant there was more time for the audience to ask questions, plus a few more during the tea and coffee break at the end. _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Spring School, the new autism school to be built on the old Moor Lane School site, had its application unanimously approved by the planning committee at the end of May. Once the Planning Department has issued the relevant paperwork then the project can commence to the next stage. They have a target opening date of September 2023. The headmaster with experience in this field has already been sought and appointed as from September this year. In the meantime, Ambitious About Autism, who are a local autism training partner In Kingston, are offering free autism training to all schools in Kingston. This joint venture between Kingston and Richmond councils is for ninety pupils of which sixty will be from Kingston and the remaining thirty from Richmond. As the project progresses, Ambitious About Autism will issue updates. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail

The Fircroft Community Wellbeing Hub The Fircroft Community Wellbeing Hub offers a wide range of activities for adults who require a host of services. We have created a warm, safe, supported & positive space for “everyone” to use and enjoy at our new temporary site.

Come and visit us at: Kingsmill Business Centre, Unit 13, Chapel Mill Road, KT1 3GZ, or call Teresa on 07598 910797 for more information on the range of services we offer to the local community.

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We thought you might enjoy the peaceful scene above showing Malden Rushett’s greenbelt farm fields after the hay had been cut and baled. Fortunately, the weather has been kind allowing the hay to be cut. Fabulous scenes akin to a show by the Red Arrows were staged by Red Kites looking for anything that had been caught up in the harvesting of the hay. It is heart-warming to witness such precision by these truly magnificent birds of prey. The odd Kestrel was also about and at times seemed to be taking on the kites along with the crows. The planter at the Malden Rushett junction is now starting to take on colour and will hopefully cheer motorists up when crossing the junction. Amazing gardens everywhere full of colour and so pleasing to look at. Such a pity that so much rubbish is thrown about, such a shame that we all have to pick up other people’s rubbish when they should be disposing of it in their own rubbish bins properly. We lifted an old wheelbarrow out of the ditch recently, but I guess that must have walked there on its own! As you enter the main part of the village from the Star end the Malden Rushett sign is now completely obliterated by undergrowth. We have over the years cleared signs ourselves, but as there is no path on parts of the A243 it is impossible to reach everywhere. Notifications have been hung on lamp posts (some by our council) and have been left to rot, why is this type of littering allowed to happen? Dogs seem to get everywhere don’t they? We all love them and some people are lucky enough to have more than one dog sometimes two or three. Thankfully around Malden Rushett we have wonderful green spaces to walk our furry friends where they can potter about to their hearts content. So, being that we have all these wonderful spaces please tell me why any dog walker would choose to walk their dog/s in the Woodview children’s playground? I have been told that paid dog walkers have been using the playground also! Dog excrement is extremely toxic to young children who can catch all sort of illnesses from it. We want our children to be safe and the playground in Woodview is for children to play in not for walking dogs. We are actively seeking security measures for the playground and if anyone can help with any ideas for this, it would be much appreciated. Summer is upon us and the MRRA wish all residents a wonderful, relaxed summer and look forward to Chessington Chat returning after a much welcome break for Sally who is the editor of this very popular magazine. Beryl Gibson, Chairman MRRA.

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CAMPAIGNING TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL WATERWAYS Throughout May, June and July, Kingston Friends of the Earth have been running a campaign to make dog owners aware of the harmful effects that liquid flea treatments can have on wildlife in and around our waterways. You may have seen their posters and social media posts or, if you are a dog owner, have been interviewed in Tolworth Court Farm, Bonesgate Open Space and Castle Hill Nature Reserve or at Chessington Fun Day. Our waterways are routinely contaminated with two toxic chemicals found in flea treatments, Fipronil and Imadacloprid. Their presence can kill aquatic insects and fish and birds which feed on them. Fipronil and Imadacloprid have been banned for use in agriculture since 2017. The likely sources for the contamination are dogs going into rivers after being treated and owners washing recently treated dogs. The chemicals then enter the river through sewage treatment plants. Nick Fulton from Chessington is a Kingston Friends of the Earth Organiser. He said less than 1 in 4 local dog owners using liquid flea treatments know the precautions they need to take after applying the treatment. Kingston Friends of the Earth are working to make dog owners aware of the need to keep dogs out of water after applying liquid flea treatments and to, better still, swap to safer flea treatment tablets. To find out more, Email and follow Instagram friendsoftheearth_kingston, twitter @Kingston_Foe and Facebook Kingston Friends of the Earth.

Hook Singers Hook Singers were delighted to perform their Summer Concert in early July on one of the hottest days of the year, in the Methodist Church Hall in Chessington, in front of a full house. People gave generously to our chosen charity The Fircroft Trust for which we are grateful. We were encouraged by a number of people who enquired about joining the choir, following the concert. There are no auditions and no experience is necessary, the only requirement is to enjoy singing! All are welcome. Here are the contact details for further information: Chair: Ruth Mackinlay Mob: 07746 234508 Email:


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ST MARY’S CENTRE CHURCH LANE, CHESSINGTON, SURREY, KT9 2DR General enquiries Tel: 07732 019152 Email: Moves Fitness with Nicky Monday 7:30 - 8:30pm Moves Fitness Gold with Sara-Jane 07958 480662 Tues 9:45 – 10:45am & 11:15am - 12:15pm Moves Fitness with Scott Friday 10 - 11am First Class Learning chessington Maths and English Tuition Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm

Progress Pilates Build strength, relieve aches and tone Pilates classes. Call Helen on 07889 142134 Tuesday 7 – 8 and 8 - 9pm Thursday 10 – 11am Saturday 9:30 – 10:30am Free trial available TinyTalk Baby Signing with Steph 07852 976680 Monday 9:30 – 10:30am Community Food Pantry Every Saturday 10am - 11.15am Open to everyone in need of a little help. CBT West London Motorcycle training Mon – Fri mornings

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Patello Jiu Jitsu Monday 7:30 – 8:30pm Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30pm Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30pm Thursday 7:30 – 8:30pm Saturday 11am -12pm Kay Rose Dance Mon 5 - 6pm Tues 3:45 - 6.30pm Weds 3:45 – 6.30pm Tai Chi for Health Thursday 7:15 - 8:15pm ‘Small Hands’ Baby and Toddler group for parents and carers Wednesday 10.00-11.30am Clubbercise Chessington Contact Carly on 07989 475126 Thursday 6:30 - 7:15pm 34

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COMMUNITY PAGES Memorial Bench at King Edwards Recreation Ground A new bench and cherry trees have been unveiled in recognition of the contribution made by South of the Borough key workers, volunteers and residents throughout the COVID pandemic. Funding for the project was provided by former Hook & Chessington North Councillor Dr Sharon Young, using her Councillor Ward Funding. Dr Sharon Young says "We are so proud of our parks and green spaces locally and know how many residents enjoy using these. In South of the Borough, people have come together to support each other during these tough two years of COVID and I wanted to recognise their community spirit and say a heartfelt thank you to all.” Neighbourhood Manager Richard Dean says "I think it's a really positive use of the Ward Funding given to Councillors to enhance and support communities in their Wards. The decision to support this project was made in support of suggestions from local communities." You can find the bench and trees in the King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road by the children's play area.

Left-Right: Former Councillor Dr Sharon Young, Councillor Helen Grocott (Current Neighbourhood Chair) and former Chair Lorraine Dunstone.

The Eight O’clock Circle The Eight O’clock Circle meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 8pm in The Royal British Legion hall, Church Lane, Chessington. KT9 2DR. There will be no meetings in August and we return on 1st September with our first talk ‘Volunteering with Guildford Street Angels’. On the 15th September Shirley Cornish will be speaking about dolls houses. We always have a warm welcome for new members, why not come along and meet us. For further details please contact Maureen Peters Tel 020 8397 1559 or email

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED FOR COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY AT THE ST MARY’S CENTRE Volunteers urgently needed so we can keep the Community Food Pantry open at The St Mary’s Centre. To find out more please speak to a volunteer at the pantry by coming along one Saturday morning 10-11.15am or email Thank you.


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BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Is now on a summer break but will be BACK on the 13th of September 2022 to resume meetings at Chessington Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoons. 2.30pm start. New members will be made very welcome. Our September program is: 13th Coin appraisal with Ian Franklin & Norman Clarkson 20th A social afternoon 27th Paris to Honfleur on the Seine a travel talk by Ann Beauchamp Enquiries to Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362

KINGSTON CAMERA CLUB PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION If you have time to pop into the All Saints Church, the historic parish church of Kingston you are likely to be impressed at the talented photographic work done by members of Kingston Camera Club in the past year. This long established photographic club, formed in 1893 has a justifiable high reputation for producing superb images in subjects such as landscape, wildlife, nature, portraiture, black and white monochrome, street photography and also imaginatively creative pictures. The church exhibits wall mounted printed photographs, but visitors can also view many beautiful projected digital images on a monitor.

BEREAVEMENT CAFE Are you struggling with the loss of a loved one? Would you find it helpful meeting other people who understand how you feel? Join us for a tea or coffee and a friendly chat. When? What time? Where?

Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite picture in the exhibition, and are welcome to chat about the club, and photographic topics to Kingston club members who steward the exhibition.

First Saturday of the month 10am - 11.30am The King’s Centre, Coppard Gardens, KT9 2GZ email tel: 0208 391 5522

Admission is free. All Saints Church 14–16 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1JP, opposite John Lewis Store. Open between Saturday 1 and Sunday 16 of October during the hours 10am to 4pm daily.

We are a local independent charity empowering older people in the borough. Could you volunteer with us? We urgently need: Medical Transport Drivers Sunday Tea Drivers

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Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much! For details please contact: Dawn Coller, Volunteer Coordinator: Tel: 01372 732 458 or email

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Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme


Our drivers and helpers will be here throughout the summer to help those in the community who are otherwise unable to get to medical appointments or other important events. Please give us a call on 020 8397 6298 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 12.00 hrs). We are also always on the look-out for any local residents who can help us deliver this valuable service, especially drivers with cars, who may call the same number for more information. Our lovely Secretary, Jill, has now moved away from the area but before she went we were able to thank her for all her hard work with a farewell meal at the North Star.

HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION Our friendly allotment association was founded over 50 years ago and is run by volunteers. We provide a wide range of composts, fertilisers, seeds; gardening products at not-for-profit club prices to members. Membership costs £5 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 Email: Hook Leisure Gardeners Association

HOOK CHURCH PRAYER GROUP If you would like to pray with someone, Hook Church, Brook Road, Surbiton. KT6 5DB is open for this on Saturday mornings between 11-12.30. You would be most welcomed. Any queries please ring Barbara on 020 8391 0335

Chessington Unity Running Club It's been a busy month, with Nonsuch Relays and Claygate Country 5. It was amazing to see so many of our runners achieve new goals. We'd love for you to be one of those runners. As well as our regular club runs, we also meet for breakfast, drinks at the pub, or social events. We have lots of runs to choose from: morning sessions 7am Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm Thursday evening session (with a range of paces and distances) and runs on Saturday mornings (9am) We have lots of other ad-hoc runs too, including races. Joining costs just £5 for the year - less than a cup of coffee and a cake. Whatever your pace, come join us for a free taster! For more information on trying out a session or how to join visit or visit our website:

Chessington Art Group Thanks to all who came to our exhibition on the 2nd July Lots of you voted for the best picture and the results are 1st ‘The lighthouse’ by Ruth Leaver, 2nd ‘Times long Gone’ by Sue Doyle, Joint 3rd ‘Best Friend’ by Ann Botterill, ‘Fluffy fun’ by Niki Christie and ‘Only The Brave’ by Maureen Goodwin. We will return on the 8th September if you want to come and join us 9.30 to 11.30 am at the Methodist Church Hall KT9 2DJ 1.00 to 3.00 pm at The Kings Centre KT9 2GZ For more information see us on line at or phone D Savage on 020 8391 5362

These community pages are FREE for local groups, clubs, residents and charities. Submissions are accepted on the proviso that they can be formatted to fit the available space. OCTOBER DEADLINE: Mon 12th September

PHOENIX SOCIAL CLUB for over 60's We are a friendly group of over 60'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. Ladies and gentlemen please don't be shy, 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. Regular weekly activities are: Freestyle Art Group (Tuesdays), exercises, Bingo and various board games. 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 £10, which goes towards the cost of hiring the facility and includes the costs of tea, coffee and biscuits. 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, pub lunches, cream teas, ten pin bowling. 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... Bert Boulden tel: 020 8397 5716 or Maureen Barney tel: 020 8287 0162

Please note that club is closed for 2 weeks from week beginning 15 August.

Kingston U3A Singers After all the lockdowns we’re now a smaller but very friendly choir and are actively looking for new recruits. As well as being good for your physical and mental health, singing is great fun! There are no auditions, anyone can join. We sing mostly in “4 parts” which means you’ll sing with those your voice matches - but we do need more singers, especially sopranos and men, though we do have some very good sopranos, tenors and basses. We sing a wide variety of music, ranging from jolly folk tunes, lovely Christmas carols and songs from shows to inspiring pieces by great composers. You’ll recognise many and may remember singing along to them or singing carols in church or at school. We do use music sheets, but very few of us can sing straight off the page, so if you’re not familiar with sheet music don’t let that stop you from joining - you can always follow the dots up and down along the lines. The words will be there, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Our rehearsals are on Thursday mornings from 10.30 for 2 hours, with a coffee break halfway, at Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent, KT6 4BN, in Surbiton. There is ample free parking, also the railway station and several buses for public transport. If you would like to come, please ring Helga on 0208 397 8712 or Roger on 07759 020433 for any questions you may have and for a welcoming contact and personal introduction on the day. Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance group continue with their monthly meetings at 2pm on the last Tuesday every month except July and August. Venue is Marion Hill House, Girl Guide Hut, Tadworth Avenue, New Malden, KT3 6DJ. Limited parking available, on main bus routes and near to local railway station. In addition to our main purpose of keeping members in touch with local and national issues affecting pensioners with a regular Newsletter by post, and via website access, we organise a variety of speakers at our meetings to entertain us on topics of lighter subjects. For more information contact Brenda Denby tel 0208 398 6054/email website Next meeting date Tuesday 27th September. New members always welcome.


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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 Kings Church Chessington The Kings Centre, Coppard Gdns, Chessington. 020 8391 5522 Chessington Methodist Moor Lane, Chessington. 020 8296 9344 Hook Church Brook Rd, Tolworth. 020 8397 8909

COUNCILLORS Chessington North and Hook Ward: Afy Afilaka Sue Ansari Stephanie Archer Chessington South Ward: Andreas Kirsch Griseldis Kirsch Sharukh Mirza The Orchard Practice Orchard Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG Tolworth & Hook Rise Ward 0208 397 9494 Mariana Goncalves Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Thay Thayalan Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361 Andrew John Wooldridge DOCTORS SURGERIES Kingston Primary Care Weekend Service. Surbiton Health Centre Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6EZ 0203 841 9942 Sat & Sun 08:00hrs – 20:00hrs Walk in and wait or ring for appointment. Last appt19:30hrs Chessington Park Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY 0208 739 1977

KINGSTON COUNCIL: 020 8547 5000 South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meetings Kingston Council - all committee meetings Kingston Council home page Visit for copy deadlines, our rate card, advert sizes, customer testimonials, distribution map and back issues.

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

Alexandra Table Tennis Club. Mon eves. 7.30-9.30pm St Georges Hall, Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth KT6 7PF. All players welcome. Contact Andrew 07917 422137 Alexandra Blenheim Academy Table Tennis Club. Sat 11.30am - 1.30pm for 8-15 year olds. Glyn School, The Kingsway, Ewell, KT17 1NB. £5 per session. Tony 07703 602552 / Bereavement Café - a group to support those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Meets every 1st Saturday at 10am at The King's Centre. All welcome and invited details on https:// Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane. 11.30am Thurs. 0300 123 8086 / Bowls - Surbiton Bowling Club, Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Tues eves 5:50pm. David Lark 020 8224 2385. Buckland Womens Club. Tues afternoons. Chessington Methodist Church. Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Art Group. Thurs am Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Thurs pm The King’s Centre. 020 8391 5362 Chessington Beavers, Cubs & Scouts. Meet at Scout HQ to rear of 33, Garrison Lane. Beavers: Mon 6-7pm, Cubs: Tues 6.45-8.15pm; Scouts: Fri 7-9pm. or email Chessington Bowling Club, Church Lane - beginners, juniors and adults welcome - contact Club Secretary - 8397 6705 email: chessingtonbc@aol com Chessington Children's Centre at Castle Hill Primary. Stay & Play sessions, Breastfeeding support, Family Learning etc. 020 8397 2006. Toy Library at Hook Centre, Tues term time, 9.3011am. 020 8408 8927 Chessington Cricket Club. Sir Francis Barker Sports Ground, Leatherhead Road, KT9 2NB. 020 8397 9194 Chessington & Hook United & Hook Youth Football Club. Chalky Lane, Chessington. For Match & Training details call Andy on 07958 616829 Chessington Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship. Programme inside Coffee Bar Door. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Unity Running Club. 7am Tue and Thu, 7pm Thu, 9am Sat. Email: Facebook: Web: Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 97 Ruxley Lane, Ewell. KT19 9HB Community Food Pantry. Saturday 10-11.15am St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane, Chessington. Email Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 4-18yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. Friends of Shooting Star Children's Hospices - Epsom & Chessington. Sarah Johnson, 07921 774 191 Golden Slippers. Ballet class for mature clients. Surbiton New Life Baptist Church, Balaclava Road, Surbiton KT6 5PW. Tues 10.45 -11.45 am. Meryl. Tel: 0794 4246778 Guides, Brownies & Rainbows in Hook & Chessington. Ann Fairhall 020 8391 4730 for details/ waiting lists. Guitar & Ukulele Group Tues 8-9.30pm, Chessington Methodist Church. Chris 07920 180270/ 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. Group HQ, Verona Drive, Surbiton. Group Scout Leader Fergus Lang: 2nd Hook Beavers Weds 5:30-6:30pm, 2nd Hook Cubs Tues 7-8:30pm, 2nd Hook Scouts Weds 7-8:30pm. Group Scout Leader Emma Nash, 0794 4031369, Hook Scout & Guide Band. Mon eves 7-9.30pm at 1st Hook Scout HQ, Verona Drive. 9 years +. Anne & Ray Bridger 020 8397 7525. Hook Allotments & Gardens Association. Sun 10-11am at the rear of King Edward’s Rec Ground. Hook & Chessington WI. 7.30pm every 2nd Thurs in the month. Hook & Southborough Hall, 224 Hook Road, Hook. Chris Wilson 07710 098356 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. Contact Ruth Mackinlay 07746 34508 / Further details at King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Kevin 0208 397 7025 Kingston Association for the Blind Mon-Fri 10.00/ midday. 020 8605 0060,, Kingston Cycling Campaign. Easy pace rides around Surrey. Email: Kingston Rugby Club. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road. Seniors meet Tues eves, Minis on Sun 10am-12 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) Sandra Fitzpatrick 07720 675825 Mrs Bennet's Ballroom. Regency style dance. St Marks Church Hall, Surbiton KT6 4LS. 8pm-10.30pm. £5. 020 8391 1215. Racal Decca RFC. Senior, social rugby in a friendly, inclusive environment. Home matches Saturday's, Tolworth Court, KT4 7QH., Tel; Robert Holmes 07980 802241 Old Kingstonians Hockey Club. Ditton Fields, Summer Road, Thames Ditton. Social club. Mens/ladies teams. Train Weds. Games on Sat, juniors on Sun. Georgina Perry on 020 8397 2367 Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month. Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues. St Paul’s Centre. Carole Noakes 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Circle. 1st & 3rd Thurs eves of the month. Royal British Legion Hall. 020 8397 1559. The Friendship Club over 60s group at The Kings Centre on 1st, 3rd and 5th Mons. 1.30-3.30pm. 020 8391 5522 The St Paul’s Players. Jean Harwood 020 8391 5133 West Chessington Childrens Centre. Lovelace Primary School. Stay & play sessions, Cook & eat courses, Messy Play and Welly walks. 020 8391 2145


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