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WELCOME TO OUR DECEMBER ISSUE… Another jam packed magazine this month as we hurtle towards the festive season. We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Jaggers Barbershop p.5, Surbiton Sitters p.6, Cine Sanctuary p.6, Hook Road Dental Practice p.6, JH Building Services p.10, Alan Noguer Kinesiology p.10, Diamond Dogs Grooming Salon p.11, The Abbeyfield Ewell Society p.15 and Karen Underhill Mobile hairdresser p.16.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Francis Brannan, CDRA Beryl Gibson, MRRA Sarah Gray Catherine Sawbridge Sergeant Simon Baxter Editorials and advertisements: 020 8337 7041 75 Cromwell Road, Worcester Park. KT4 7JR sally@chessingtonchat.com www.chessingtonchat.com Printed by: Evonprint Ltd. www.evonprint.co.uk Website: Paramount Website Design www.paramountwebsitedesign.com

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Wednesday 7th December Magazine delivered from 27th December. Leaflets for inclusion with this next issue can be accepted up till Friday 16th December. 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.

Seasonal special offers and promotions come from: Jaggers Barbershop p.5, Cine Sanctuary p.6, Carpets 4 U p.7, Magnus Hair Salon p.8, V.S.F. Ltd p.17, Andrew Holmes & Son p.19, Chessington World of Adventures Resort Safari Hotel p.22, The Optical Gallery p.25, Community Motors p. 26, Taylored Room Solutions p.31, Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd p.33, Family Dental Care p.39, Synergy 81 p.41, Protegem p.43 and Elmwood Vehicles Ltd p.47. A big thank you to everyone who has supported the magazine throughout the year especially all of our local businesses without whom there would be no Chessington Chat. Thanks also to all of our community contributors for keeping us up to date with all that is happening in KT9 and to you, our readers, for continuing to enjoy our pages and use our advertisers. Thanks also to my wonderful team of distributors, our Graphic designer Paul, and our printers Evonprint. Please note our very strict and slightly early January deadline of Wednesday 7th December and get in touch as soon as you receive this Christmas magazine if you would like some space in our New Year issue. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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INSIDE: When wills are in dispute………………………….…8 What’s on....…………………………….……….12-13 Safer Neighbourhoods update……………………..16 Epsom Playhouse competition………………..............20 Christmas Postal dates……………………………...24 Christmas Church Services……….……………....27-30 Residents’ Associations…………….………………...32 Community pages……………..…………..…40/44/48 The December & January Garden………………….52 Index of advertisers & advertising rates……………54


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

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When wills are in dispute. Disputes over the wills of those in the public eye are becoming ever more prevalent. Celebrity estates of thousands or even millions of pounds are frequently becoming the centre of bitter disputes between family members, with asset distribution leading to rifts dividing those left behind. Most recently reported as having a problem with a celebrity will is the son of the late Paul Daniels. Lynda Bellingham’s Estate was similarly the subject of conflict. What can we learn from this? When making a will, it is important to give thought to the implications of how children from different marriages should be provided for, and that your wishes of what you want to happen and why are clearly recorded. A clear record of why a certain family member has been left out of the will may reduce the chances of a challenge to the will from the outset. Certain categories of person such as spouses, partners and children are able to dispute the will should they consider they have not properly been provided for and should have been. However, please think carefully about the emotional nature of will disputes before proceeding. Once someone raises even the prospect of disputing the will, it immediately sets families against each other at a time when they are already distressed by the loss of a loved one. Catherine Sawbridge

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

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WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER... Sat 10th December. Christmas Fun Day at The Shy Horse in Malden Rushett in aid of the NSPCC. 10am – 4pm. Father Christmas, tea, coffee, mulled wine & mince pies plus prize draw. Further details on page 32. Weds 14th December. Christmas Carol Concert at YMCA Surbiton - 7.30pm. Our fantastic choir will perform followed by mince pies and refreshments. Free entry and all are welcome. Sun 4th December. “Here we come a-Wassailing!” An afternoon of Christmas choral music performed by Song Circle. 3pm at St. Paul’s Church, Hook, Chessington. Includes mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets: £10 for adults, FREE for children under 14 years. Please contact the Parish Office on 020 8391 2362 or see Alison Forrester or Pam Ingram. All proceeds in aid of fundraising for St. Paul’s Church. Sun 4th December. 2nd Cuddington Scouts Christmas Fair. 12.30-3pm at Rowe Hall, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park, KT4 7DD. Raffle, tombola, homemade cakes & refreshments and much more. All welcome. Tues 6th December. Surbiton & District Historical Society Christmas Social meeting. 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton with refreshments, a raffle and wall quiz and short illustrated talk.

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Fri 16th December. Christmas Lunch at YMCA Surbiton. Traditional 3-course lunch plus entertainment. £12. 12.30-3pm. Call 020 8390 0148 to book. Weds 21st December. Waldegrave Ensemble Christmas Concert. 6:30pm at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village, KT17 1UF. Join our wind quintet for an evening of seasonal music and carols for all the family. Please note that a Mince pie & festive drink is included in the ticket price! £12 adults, £10 concessions / students, £5 children. Book tickets online at www.waldegrave-ensemble.com or visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/waldegraveensemble/ Till 24th December. Santa’s Chocolate Factory Grotto at Chessington Garden Centre. Child £12, Adult £3.50. Book online at www.chessingtongardencentre.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT Hook Singers Conductor Susan Higgins Pianist Janet Mannan

Saturday 10th December at 3pm At Chessington Methodist Church Bridge Road, Chessington Free entry. Collection in aid of The Fircroft Trust Come along and join in! Contact Chris Kemp 020 8241 9777

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CHESSINGTON MOTORCYCLES MOTOR CYCLE SALES & SERVICE MOTS, SERVICE, TYRES, BATTERIES, SPARK PLUGS, OILS ETC.

166-168 Hook Road, Surbiton. KT6 5BZ

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R & N DECORATING For all your painting and decorating No job too small References available

020 8397 4883 07958 314721 Professional Toe Nail cutting service for those who find it difficult to cut their own nails. Professionally trained, enhanced CRB certificate. Cut & file of all types of nails from straight forward to more complex. Treatment of hard skin & a foot cream /massage provided. I can visit you at home or in a residential centre. Price ÂŁ25 per visit, discounts available if more then one person in the same house hold e.g. Husband & Wife.

Please contact Julie on: 07932 510855

RNB ELECTRICAL SERVICES LOCAL ELECTRICIANS FOR LOCAL PEOPLE Chessington Based Business

Call Rob Cooke on 07931 750325 Free Quotations available & competitive prices. NICEIC Approved and Checkatrade backed business. www.checkatrade.com/ RNBElectricalServices

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large sums of money from the victim’s bank account. This is also a scam as banks or building societies will NEVER ask for your PIN.

Chessington Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update I was on patrol with my team at Halloween speaking with the parents and children who had all got dressed up for it. The team were highly visible travelling around the Chessington wards on their bikes, in a marked van and in a car giving away sweets to the children. All the sweets and chocolates were donated by local businesses. The aim of this is to prevent anti social behaviour (ASB) on Halloween so as to ensure the quality of life of residents is not affected. I am pleased to report that there was a marked decrease in calls made to Police to report anti social behaviour and there was no Halloween related ASB.

Finally from me and all of my team I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The team will be working over the Christmas period. If you have an emergency call 999, non emergency call 101 or if you want to speak with one of the team please call 020 8721 2001. Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant Chessington North & Chessington South.

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL “I have a steady number of calls from people who have found me through Chessington Chat!” Anne Duncan, Electrician

I am very grateful for all the businesses listed below that supported me in this initiative and I thank them for their invaluable support. Chessington North Sainsbury’s Hook Road Sainsbury’s North Parade

Martins Newsagents Whitfords Newsagents

Chessington South Chessington Garden Centre Lunch Box Chessington BP Malden Rushett South Village Supermarket Chessington World of Adventures Unfortunately I have a concerning and emerging crime trend on the borough to report. There has been a surge in the amount of frauds reported to Police, where victims receive a phone call to their landline by a person impersonating a police officer. They then inform the victim that they were a victim of fraud and make a request that they attend their bank and withdraw a large amount of money. Many victims were immediately suspicious and so hung up, others got as far as the bank where staff became suspicious but unfortunately some got as far as making a withdrawal and the suspects then attended the victims address, acting as a courier, and took the cash. The victims have lost a substantial amount of money. Please do not let this crime happen to you. If you have calls like this, do not be conned, call 999 immediately. Police officers will NEVER ask you to attend a bank or withdraw money. The banks are all aware of this scam and are on high alert so can offer advice at the branches before withdrawing any money. A variation on the above is that people may impersonate banks and ask for your PIN and then send a courier to collect your card. They then leave and withdraw 16

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AW AUTOS The Service that comes to you Servicing - Repairs MOT Failures (Free re-test) Clutches All makes and Models Vans, Light Commercial Classic Cars Bodywork Repairs Workshop facilities available too

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Established since 1970 FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-5 YEARS HOOK PARISH HALL, HOOK ROAD, CHESSINGTON, SURREY. KT9 1PL *OPEN TERM TIME* MONDAY- FRIDAY MORNINGS 9 - 12 MONDAY - THURSDAY AFTERNOONS 12.30 - 15.30 Lunch clubs Monday - Thursday 12 - 12.30 MONDAY-THURSDAY FULL DAY 9 - 15.30 FREE PLACES FOR 2 YEAR OLDS (if eligible) FREE PLACES FOR 3 and 4 YEAR OLDS ENQUIRIES TO OWNER/MANAGER: MRS.S.MCNAMARA 020 8397 5226

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EPSOM PLAYHOUSE was always on our television screens, not only with his own show, but also guesting on other celebrity based shows.

A GOOD IDEA….SON! - The Max Bygraves story Thur 26th Jan at 2.30pm. Tickets £12.50

Anthony toured for many years with Max and has worked with famous names such as Danny Kaye, George Burns, Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor and has also appeared on a Royal Command Performance where he was introduced to The Beatles and was presented to Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip. This is an experience….not to be missed!

Anthony Bygraves, the son of legendary entertainer MAX BYGRAVES takes to the road in this ‘walk down memory lane’ with stories, songs, photographs and film clips related to his famous Dad’s illustrious career within the world of showbiz. ‘A Good Idea Son’ will tell the story of the fascinating life of the relationship between a devoted father and his offspring and gives us all a chance to recollect the amazing career of this famous Max Bygraves dynasty.

Win Tickets! Win two tickets to see A Good Idea Son at the Epsom Playhouse on Thursday 26th January. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Max Bygraves Competition” to: fmaloney@epsom-ewell.gov.uk by Friday 20th January. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets!

MAX BYGRAVES was born in London but was known worldwide and was also known for recording over 100 singalong albums which are still played time and time again to this day. He also starred in several movies and

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Our technicians have highly specialised knowledge, skills and ability. They are all trained computer engineers with a raft of experience. So if you have a problem, you can be sure they’ve come across it many times before. They’ll solve your current problem and advise you on any improvements you can make for the future. On a day to day basis we: Fix computer problems (hardware or software) Provide general IT support & advice Setup your emails Setup your internet Setup web protection software Data backups & recovery Protect against viruses & spam Setup your wireless / wired home network Fix printing problems Remove pop up advertisements Computer training Setup iPhone and iPod synchronisation & much more. Contact us for more information today. Tel: 0208 4324686 Email: support@gfctech.co.uk 20

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DAVID RUSSELL CHIMNEY SWEEP All fires, stoves and flues swept Advice on any chimney problems

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association The proposals to develop the former Government office site adjacent to the Tolworth roundabout and along Kingston Road are not yet decided. The eight year long saga continues. Here is a snap-shot of the situation as it was in the middle of November. The last proposal by Tesco was to build 705 housing units on this site which already has massive vehicle generated air pollution. Their plan was to build mainly in high rise buildings up to 20 storeys high, but with only 350 car parking spaces for residents. It was rejected by our Councillors. Tesco then sold the site to a German company called Meyer Bergman who brought in new architects. A new plan was submitted for the same number of housing units and parking spaces, but arranged in closer together eight or ten story buildings. This was also rejected by our Councillors. Meyer Bergman is now appealing against this decision to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. At the same time, encouraged by the Mayor of London’s call for more homes to be built, they launched a new proposal to increase the number of housing units to 950 and started a public consultation. This is a huge number of housing units on such a small site. TfL, the road authority, say that they can redesign the roundabout to take the increased traffic and support the scheme. We think this is doubtful. One hundred yards away, on the Kingston Road, Premier Inns are currently building a hotel which will have 137 rooms, a bar and a restaurant, but only parking spaces for 60 cars and 2 coaches. This also has the support of TfL. Further down Kingston Road, on the corner of Jubilee Way, the supermarket chain Lidl want to construct their new UK headquarters building which will eventually house 700 workers. This will require a car park for 400 cars which will be located on Jubilee Way. In our opinion it will greatly increase the already bad traffic congestion at this corner and jeopardise access to the industrial estate. TfL agree and are at present stopping this development from going ahead. The irony is that this development offers the greatest benefit to our community – a wide range of 700 high grade jobs with the promise of local recruitment when possible! Our Council have dug their heels in and said no development can take place next to the roundabout unless the traffic problems are sorted out, and paid for by TfL, the Government and developers. There is a long way to go to resolve these problems.

Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 0208 397 2659 – www.chessingtondra.org.uk To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on Email info@chessingtondra.org.uk

MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION On the 10th November Remembrance poppies were erected on lampposts throughout Malden Rushett. Dale, who is one of RBK’s Rangers, came to the village and installed the poppies, a big thank you to him. I would also like to thank Gemma Gallant and Councillor Andrew Johnson-Creek for taking the time to arrange for this to be done, so that we, as a village, could take an active part in remembering all those brave men and women who lost their lives so that we could live in freedom today. Bonfire night has come and gone, with a wonderful display of fireworks at Hook Road Arena. Congratulations to all those involved in the organisation of the event, it went like clockwork. Free Park and Ride was organised from several pick up points in and around the area, and we chose to go from Chessington Garden Centre with our grandchildren (this was included in the price of the entry ticket). It made the evening so much more enjoyable not having to find somewhere to park, I thoroughly recommend it. The Shy Horse pub in Malden Rushett is holding a fun day in aid of the NSPCC on 10th December from 10am – 4pm. Father Christmas will be sitting in his grotto waiting for our children to visit him. You can enjoy breakfast with Santa (even if you are 90!). Emma and Amy along with their staff, are also serving tea, coffee, mulled wine and mince pies and you can even buy a raffle ticket for the prize draw. I have had contact with Transport for London regarding the state of the ditches, verges and hedges in Malden Rushett and they have agreed to come down and see it for themselves. Unfortunately this meeting has had to be postponed due to the terrible tram accident in Croydon where so many people lost their lives and many were horribly injured. We send our sincere condolences to the families of the bereaved in this accident and wish those who are injured a speedy recovery. Along with the residents of Malden Rushett I wish all residents a very happy Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. I would also like to say thank you to Sally, the editor of Chessington Chat, for printing my article every month free of charge, and for providing us residents with a magazine that contains so much local and useful information. Beryl Gibson, Chairman.

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COMMUNITY PAGES Kingston approves innovative plans for new sport and wellbeing hubs New council-owned sport, leisure and community hubs in New Malden, Kingston and South of the Borough and a replacement building at Kingsmeadow Athletics and Fitness Centre were recently given the green light at Growth Committee. Kingston’s approved Indoor Sport and Leisure Facilities Strategy proposes combining sports and community services, such as healthcare, to create integrated hubs across the borough. The proposed replacement hubs for the Malden Centre in New Malden, the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston, as well as the new facility in South of the Borough, will all include swimming pools. Supporting both the local community and homegrown sporting stars, the strategy also highlights the potential to include a martial arts facility in the plans due to uptake of the sport in Kingston. Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: “The Indoor Sports Strategy has highlighted what we all know, our existing facilities are much loved, with huge demand, but are in need of further investment and more centres need to be built to meet the growing demand in the borough. “There is a huge appetite for sport in our borough. Together with the Mayor of London, we launched a pop up swimming pool in Chessington during the summer - the uptake was incredible. Over 1,200 people used the pool, 841 were local to South of the Borough and a fantastic 68% of school children achieved a swimming award. The recommendation from the report is for a new swimming pool and leisure centre in the South of the Borough. The council, with residents, now needs to investigate further potential options on where that could be. “The new strategy demonstrates the need for more facilities across the borough, as well as allowing closer links with schools, which is brilliant. Residents play an integral role in shaping our community spaces and we will make sure that local people are kept up to date as these exciting plans progress.” The approved Indoor Sport and Leisure Facilities Strategy will run from 2016 to 2028. Find out more about sport in Kingston by visiting www.kingston.gov.uk/sports

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Local children’s charity Christmas cards help make a difference If you are looking for Christmas cards that will make a real difference for charity, then look no further than the new range from The Children’s Trust. These delightful cards, with a variety of designs and seasonal greetings to suit all tastes include three twin packs. All are available to purchase from £3.95 with every pack containing ten high quality cards. Proceeds from the sale of The Children’s Trust Christmas cards, will help children with brain injury at the specialist rehabilitation centre in Tadworth Surrey, and across the UK. Children like Tommy. At just three years old Tommy suffered a horrific accident resulting in a severe brain injury, leaving him unable to walk or talk. After his accident Tommy came to The Children’s Trust where he underwent specialist rehabilitation. Gradually an incredible transformation took place, with Tommy first learning to sit, then to crawl and finally to walk and talk again. Tommy is just one of 40,000 children a year in the UK who acquire a brain injury. You can view and to order online, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/christmascards or order by phone on 01372 389943. Alternatively, pop into one of The Children’s Trust’s charity shops across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Don’t delay, order your cards today and help make a difference! The last date for ordering to ensure you get your Christmas cards before Christmas is 16th December.

CHEMIST FESTIVE OPENING HOURS LLOYDS NIGHT & DAY CHEMIST. 11 The Broadway, Tolworth. 020 8390 6797. Christmas Eve 9am-10pm, Christmas Day 9am-1pm, Boxing Day 9am-10pm, New Years Eve 9am-10pm and New Years Day 9am-10pm. ACE PHARMACY. 1-3 Ace Parade, Hook Road. 020 8397 4564. Christmas Day 10-2pm, Boxing Day 10-2pm, Bank Holiday Tues 27th 10-2pm, New Years Day 10-2pm


The Dent Professor Dent removals Bumper scuffs Stone chips Paintwork scratches Alloy wheels restored Plastic bumper repairs Mobile service We come to you Workshop facilities Free estimates Office: 020 8397 8821 Mobile: 07917 667290 Email: stephencain62@hotmail.co.uk

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KING GEORGE FIELD INDOOR BOWLS CLUB

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

Tel: 020 8397 7025 www.kgfindoorbowlsclub.co.uk

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THE DECEMBER & JANUARY GARDEN

Winter weather brings particular hazards to the garden, but the sparkly coating of frost or the muffling downy duvet of snow will give an entirely different look to plain hedges or bare stems, as well as topiary and evergreens, and any vegetables still standing. 

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If the ground is not frozen: plant garlic bulbs by 21st Dec, lift celeriac and turnips, and dig roughly over new beds leaving large clods for frost action. Crops that are happy in cold weather include parsnips, carrots, leeks, brussels sprouts, savoys, red cabbage and kale. Protect plants in containers by raising on bricks or pot-feet to allow good drainage, wrapping any susceptible foliage in horticultural fleece and the container in bubblewrap. Snow can be very heavy on greenhouse glass and the boughs of shrubs, so knock or sweep it off to prevent damage. Be careful with salt on paths as it can kill plants. Keep off the lawn as far as possible. Fish in ponds will need an area of ice-free surface. Feed wild birds with seeds or fatballs.

Christmas (Yule) is traditionally associated with bringing evergreens indoors to decorate the house, try using those long trailing growths of ivy to make a garland, or pruning a laurel, eucalyptus, griselinia, holly or robinia to provide sprigs to wire into a wreath; for berries use conoteaster or crab apples, or decorate with pinecones or nuts in shell. Dried seedheads and flowerheads can also be very effective, and don’t wilt, so add cinnamon sticks and ribbons and enjoy.

Things to sow and grow: Salads can be successfully grown on windowsills; sow rocket, cress, lettuce, chard, chervil, parsley for use as seedlings or young plants as ‘microleaf’ or babyleaf salad. Corn salad (lamb’s lettuce) will grow outdoors, preferably under a cloche. Cuttings of rosemary or sage, and clumps of mint or chives could also be kept going indoors to add to these. Sow under cover to get a headstart on next spring: broad beans, sweet peas, peas, radishes, brassicas, spinach, onions and shallots. Rhubarb crowns can be lifted for forcing; first leave them exposed to cold temperatures to get them going, then plunge into pots under cover but cool, and exclude light with an upturned pot over, so that when the shoots start they grow long and pale pink towards the small amount of light from the drainage holes in the upturned pot. Chicory chicons can also be forced; bury the chunky root or stump into a deep pot and wait. The idea is to allow the ‘bud’ to form a heart under the compost so it is blanched pale. Mild weather If the weather is fine, it’s possible to plant trees and shrubs (as with autumn), especially bare-rooted types such as hedges and fruit trees. But it isn’t spring; don’t expect lots of visible growth too soon, and don’t feed anything yet as the proper growing season could be three months away. New growth will be vulnerable to frost damage so protect it with horticultural fleece. Prune wisteria - take off all sideshoots from the main stems. Sarah Gray

Pruning depends on the weather also, as nobody should go up a ladder in a gale. For apples and pears grown in traditional ‘standard tree’ lollipop form, midwinter is the time to prune, as you can see the fat flower buds (to keep) among long whippy water shoots (to cut out). Keep the overall shape and height in mind. Remember to first take out dead or diseased or damaged wood. For different apple varieties or pears grafted together as a ‘family tree’, be very careful what you cut off in case you wipe out an entire variety! For apples grown in ‘Ballerina’ form (ie a single vertical cordon with no side branches), don’t prune unless you have wild growth sideways in all directions but no fruit, and prune this in August along with espalier or fantrained or ‘stepover’ forms. 52

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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PLEASE REMEMBER TO MENTION CHESSINGTON CHAT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADVERTS Barbers 5 Jaggers Barbershop * Bicycle Maintenance/ Servicing Rebel Waltz 42 Cycle Solutions Bodywork Repairs 49 The Dent Professor Childcare services 6 Surbiton Sitters * Children’s Pre-School and Nurseries 18 Hook Pre-School Chimney Sweep 24 David Russell Community & Council Chessington Methodist Ch 27 Chessington World of 23 Adventures Resort 13 Grand Avenue Primary 13 Hook Library 13 Hook Singers Lovelace Primary 13/36/37 St Catherine’s Church 12/30 28 St Mary the Virgin 30 St Paul’s Church 29 The Kings Centre 9 YMCA London SW Computer CLP 51 Computer Solutions 3 Counselling CPA Dance classes 46 Mrs Bennet’s Ballroom Dental Surgery Hook Road Dental 6 Practice * 39 Family Dental Care

Dog Walking/Pet Sitting Health & Fitness 14 Synergy 81 Keith Orbell Dog Grooming Home Improvements 49 Angel Roofing Bonnie Dogs 11 Birch Roofing Diamond Dogs * Domestic Cleaning Carpets 4 U 14 Dream Doors Ovenclean Electrician JH Building Services * 10 Jim’s Handy George Curran 15 Mayhew’s Property RNB Electrical Services Estate & Letting Agents Services Jackson Noon 2/56 R & N Decorating Estate Planning Robinson & Son 11 Taylored Room Joanne Orbell 8 Solutions Shortland Sawbridge Film & Video Services Host Families 6 Stay at Homes Cine Sanctuary * Function Venue Hypnotherapy Chessington Cricket Club 53 Catherine Bayliss Funeral Director IT / PC / TV Services 19 Ashton Davis Andrew Holmes & Son Garage GFC Tech 26 Kinesiology Community Motors 47 Alan Noguer * Elmwood Vehicles Garage Repairs Leisure/Events 17 CWoA Resort Safari V.S.F Ltd Gardening/Landscaping Hotel 42 King George Field R J Tree Services 38 Indoor Bowls Club S.B Landscapes 33 Mini Cab Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd Hair & Beauty Zedcarz 46 Mobile mechanic Emmaculash 34 AW Autos Jon Garrod 15 Motorcycle Sales & Julie Harris Nail Cutting 16 Service Chessington Karen Underhill * 8 Motorcycles Magnus Hair Salon

Optician 25 41 The Optical Gallery Pantomime Aladdin 21 50 at Epsom Playhouse 15 Performing Arts 43 7 Protegem 55 Piano tuition 14 10 Julie Cooper 14 Plant Hire 49 Ransoms 11 Plumbing & Heating 34 15 CJM Plumbing 42 Hook Gas Services Ltd 46 Removals 51 31 Humpit Removals Repairs 38 38 Good As New Sheltered Housing 6 Abbeyfield Ewell 15 Society * 34 Solicitors 18 20 Lewis & Dick Swimming lessons 11 10 Colin Bull Swimming KOI Swim School 1/35 Tyres 3 22 K & P Tyres Videography 50 Event Supplies 10 Videography 1 Web Design 14 Colour-Color 18 Windows/ Conservatories 45 Pro-Fit Windows 14

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Chessington Chat December 2016 - Issue 115  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat December 2016 - Issue 115  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

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