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WELCOME TO OUR DECEMBER ISSUE… …..and a very busy Christmas magazine. Thank you to

everyone who has sent in a festive submission this month. Its really been quite a squeeze to get everything in. We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: TMF Dance p.6, Purity Beauty & Skin Clinic p.6 and CORT Furniture p.9.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Sgt Simon Baxter Beryl Gibson, MRRA Sarah Gray Colin Punch, CDRA Catherine Sawbridge Andrew Watson, Malden Rushett Community Editorials and advertisements: 020 8337 7041 75 Cromwell Road, Worcester Park. KT4 7JR Printed by: Direct Colour, Unit 2, 60 Cox Lane, Chessington Industrial Estate, KT9 1TW. 020 8391 0011. Website: Paramount Website Design

January deadline: Monday 11th December Delivered from 28th Dec and over New Year 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.

And bring special offers and promotions from: Purity Beauty & Skin Clinic p.6, Carpets 4 U P.7, Community Motors p.11, Cine Sanctuary p.14, Smithtech Ltd p.22, Elmwood Vehicles Ltd p.24, Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd p.29, The Optical Gallery p.31, Synergy 81 p.35, Brashford Media p.38, Garner’s Funeral Service Ltd p.39, Taylored Room Solutions p.41 and Chessington Karate p.45. Thank you to EVERYONE who gets involved with Chessington Chat throughout the year. Whether you are one of the 100s of local businesses who grace our pages, or an editorial or community contributor, we simply couldn’t do it without your fantastic support. Thanks also to my wonderful delivery team of local residents and to Paul our graphic designer. Huge thanks to Mark and his printing team at Direct Colour and to our website providers Paramount. I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and New year break. I’ve just got the small matter of my January issue to complete first and so if you would like some space in this magazine please get in touch before our very strict deadline of Monday 11th December. Thank you. Till 2018!


INSIDE: Unclaimed Estates. Could you be a secret millionaire?.8 What’s on………………………………..………12/13 Epsom Playhouse competitions………………………16 Safer Neighbourhood update………………………20 Christmas Church services………………………..25-28 The December & January Garden………………….32 Residents’ Associations……………………….…..36/37 Community pages………………………...40/42/44/46 Local Listings……...…………………………………49 Last Christmas posting dates………………………...50 Index of advertisers…………………………………50



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Unclaimed Estates. Could you be a secret millionaire? The Treasury has published records that reveal that millions of pounds of unclaimed inheritance is now waiting to be claimed from the UK government. Despite best efforts to convince people to write a Will, many still never get around to it. When someone dies without a Will they are ‘intestate’ and if there are known family members this situation, whilst not ideal, can be resolved. However, where there are no known family members, or they cannot be traced, the Estate is passed to The Crown as ownerless property. Whilst in many cases these unclaimed Estates are of little value, in some cases they can be worth millions. The Government does publish up-to-date details of unclaimed Estates held by the Treasury and this list is updated every day. Details can be found at http:// To register a claim for an estate, people should send details of how they are related to the person who has died to the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department. Catherine Sawbridge


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Saturday 2nd December. Grand Avenue Primary School Christmas Fair. 11am—3pm. Mulled wine & mince pies, Santa’s Grotto, Grand Draw Raffle, Craft & tombola stalls, Face painting, Festive Games, Gifts & stocking fillers, Delicious food and much more. Entrance: Adults £1, accompanied children free, unaccompanied children 50p. Grand Avenue, Berrylands, Surbiton. KT5 9HU Tuesday 5th December. Surbiton & Historical Society present their Christmas Social meeting. 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton with refreshments, a raffle and wall quiz and short illustrated talk. Visitors very welcome - £2 entrance appreciated plus extra £2 for refreshments. Details from the Secretary, 020 8399 4473 /

Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th December. Christmas Gift Market at Bourne Hall, Ewell. 10am to 5pm. (7pm Tuesday & 4pm Saturday) Stalls are specifically selected for Originality, Quality, Usability, Great Value and Good Service. New Stalls Added Daily. Plus Collectables. Easy and cheap car parking. Free entry. Wednesday 13th December. Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents NAFAS Demonstrator Anna Miller demonstrating 'Christmas XXX's'. Relax and watch Anna fill the stage with beautiful festive arrangements. Also see competitive exhibits and browse flower arranging sundries & publications for sale. 1.30 for 2pm start at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. Visitors very welcome. £6 entry fee. For more information call Pauleen on 020 8337 1318 or email Saturday 16th December. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club presents ’Christmas in the Trenches’. 1-2.30pm. Discover how troops in WW1 managed to celebrate Christmas. Learn how gifts from the homefront were organised and about the Christmas truce of 2014. Cost £5 per child. Contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell. KT17 1UF. 020 8394 1734. Email

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Hook Singers Conductor Susan Higgins Pianist Janet Mannan

Saturday 9th December at 3pm At Chessington Methodist Church Moor Lane, KT9 2DJ Admission free. Retiring collection in aid of The Fircroft Trust. Festive songs and carols. Contact Chris Kemp 020 8241 9777 or John Botterill 020 8391 1079


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EPSOM PLAYHOUSE Santa Claus & The Magical Christmas Journey. 8th-24th December. Tickets from £10.50 A Brand New Christmas Adventure! With songs, stories, a meet and greet with Santa and a free gift. It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus is flying high above the clouds delivering presents to all the good boys and girls around the world. Hiding in the back are two naughty elves Charlie and Kara who have snuck onboard for the ride…! From the producers of last year’s record breaking production, this brand new adventure filled with songs, nursery rhymes and magic promises to be the Christmas treat you won’t want to miss.

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Are you ready for a gigantic sprinkle of Epsom Playhouse magic this Christmas? Then get set to join Cinderella on a pumpkin coach ride through pantoland! Fancy Balls, midnight curfew, pumpkins and magic slippers? Spillers Pantomimes will be returning after the record breaking Aladdin in 2016, so if you like allsinging, all-dancing, laugh-out-loud silliness with a big helping of festive mayhem, then Cinderella promises to be the perfect fit.

Win Tickets! We have family tickets for 4 to see both Santa Claus and The Magical Journey and Cinderella at the Epsom Playhouse this December. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Santa Claus Competition” or ‘Chessington Chat Cinderella Competition’ to: by Friday 8th December. First names pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Barbara & Brian Hayman who won November’s Viva Neil Diamond tickets. Box Office: 01372 742555 Online:


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Essentially it gives guidance on how to protect your property and avoid becoming a victim. I have highlighted the key points below. The full details are available on the MPS website or via the internet. However if you need any leaflets printed off please get in touch with me and I will arrange it.

Chessington Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Welcome to my December ward update. As I write this edition the borough policing of Operation Autumn Nights encompassing Halloween and bonfire night is drawing to a close. Your local team were out on patrol on Halloween meeting and engaging with the children ensuring that there was no anti social behaviour (ASB) on the ward. As a result of this activity there was only one ASB related call on Chessington North which was after the team had gone off duty. Part of the engagement strategy was offering sweets that were donated by local businesses in Chessington. I want to pass on my thanks to all businesses that supported me again this year: Sainsburys North Parade Tesco Hook Parade Chessington World of Adventures BP Malden Rushett Chessington Garden Centre.

The Met Police are working hard to tackle burglary and help Londoners keep themselves and their property safe. We are in the third year of our MetTrace operation, where officers are providing SmartWater forensic property marking kits to homes that are most vulnerable to burglary in London. So far we have distributed over 280,000 kits and burglary has fallen 25% in MetTrace areas. We are working closely with the local authority and other partners to help provide advice and other burglary prevention materials required to support vulnerable victims and residents in hotspot areas. While determined burglars will find ways to enter, you can take action to make it harder and less attractive for them. Keep your home safe by following 3 Step Protect: Protect your valuables; safeguard your building; secure your outside. Simple steps can make a difference. You can be a hero and help to stop crime before it happens by following our simple burglary crime prevention #OpBeSafe

As reported in my August edition Vehicle crime continues There have been some team changes to the Chessington teams. You still have your local team and their to be an issue across both wards in Chessington and in community work and Policing will continue and we Kingston. remain at our base at Hook Road at this stage - this I am pleased to report that I was successful in running may change and when I have details of this I will let you Operation Harley which was the proactive Kingston know. I have just taken over responsibility for Tolworth strand of Operation Venice. The Operation ran in the & Hook Rise wards. I am looking forward to working borough for a week period from the 16th October with Ben and Chris and in the coming editions I will be 20th October and in this period there was a reduction highlighting their work. in vehicle crimes as well as a significant reduction in burglaries. This operation involved working with the Met If you have any questions or need crime prevention advice please contact the team on the contact details traffic command, Met dog section, Kingston Crime below. Squad and Surrey Police. I thank them for their enthusiasm and support in this operation. Finally I would like to wish you all a happy Christmas If you have a motorcycle ensure that it is always locked and healthy New Year, please be safe and look after and secured with a good quality lock and covered from yourselves and each other. view as this reduces your chances of having the bike If it is an emergency please call Police on 999, if it’s a stolen. non emergency call 101. Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via Twitter. #OperationVenice #Operation Harley Chessington North and Hook - 07342 713970 Burglaries are still a focus for the ward; and unfortunately burglaries do increase at this time of year. The @ChessingtonN Met Police are focussing on a new initiative and Chessington South - 0208 721 2001 burglary toolkit entitled Be Safe. What is Be Safe? @ChessingtonS Be Safe is an ongoing Met Police crime prevention campaign that aims to motivate, empower and mobilise Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Londoners to take steps to reduce their vulnerability to Chessington North and Chessington South crime. It aims to support Londoners in adopting long term & Tolworth. crime preventive behaviours by looking at the reasons behind why certain actions are not taken and how this might be overcome.


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The Ministers and Congregation of St Paul’s Hook wish you a peaceful Christmas You are very warmly invited to join us for our community events this Christmas as we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ Sunday 17th December 6.30pm A COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 3.30pm CHILDREN’S CRIB & CHRISTINGLE* SERVICE please come dressed in Nativity costumes (*in aid of The Children’s Society) 11pm THE FIRST COMMUNION OF CHRISTMAS ~ ‘The Midnight’ Monday 25th December (Christmas Day) 10am A ‘FAMILY COMMUNION’ SERVICE FOR ALL AGES





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My winter garden is full of jewels; small but potent pockets of colour. There is a cloud of bright red hips poised above the fence on the bare stems of the dogrose, a cloud that will last all winter and peek cheekily from any snow or frost, and blaze against the darkest stormiest sky. And the cotoneaster and pyracantha are both laden with swags of orange-red berries, the tiny yellow flowers of winter jasmine twinkle in the hedge, and the viburnum bears massed clusters of tiny pearl-white flowers, and the mahonia’s exuberant firework splash of yellow blossoms wafts an exotic perfume, and did I forget to mention the brazen red of crab-apples at knee-height, too low for the parakeets? Obviously to achieve a cloud of rosehips takes effort: it involves me NOT pruning that irritating mass of twirling flowerless thorny stems until the following spring. Seriously though, the rest is just planning: when I planned my garden I thought about winter, for the dreariest times with short days too cold to linger outdoors. There are non-flowering evergreens here in a range of shades – matt conifers contrast with shiny yellow-green griselinia, delicate bamboo leaves flutter on black stems, bronze phormium spears wave and bend in the gales, a clump of brick-red cornus stems sing against a minty-coloured prostrate juniper. And if I look closely, the delicate lacy forms of lichen drape and sleeve the bare twigs of the tree. Spring bulbs lurking underground are starting to show, Christmas box will soon drift its heady scent from almost invisible flowers, and we shall have sparkling crocus and snowdrops, and primulas, and the richness of wallflowers. Bergenias and heathers also fill this role, along with hollies, ivies, hellebores, aconite, and so on: choose carefully and think ahead.

That’s just week one. During the rest of the month he advises checking tree-stakes and cloches are secure against wind and weather, sowing onions for exhibition, forcing rhubarb, digging a runner bean trench, ordering seed. And don’t forget to spend Christmas Day considering what the garden has provided for it (sprouts, cabbage, onions, parsnips, beetroot, apples, or flowers?) and plan how you will manage it better next year. If you get really bored, wash the outside of the greenhouse and paint your cold-frames. In January – I’ll condense it – he says to dig the vegetable beds, sweep and renovate the lawn, prune blackcurrants and raspberries, sow seed of early varieties of carrots, onion, lettuce, radish, peas and broad beans under cloches, plan and dig herbaceous borders ready to plant next month, and in the greenhouse: prune fuchsias, take cuttings of carnations, prepare to take cuttings of greenhouse chrysanthemums by starting new growth, bring potted strawberry plants in for forcing, repot fuchsias and pelargoniums, and be careful with watering. Clearly Mr Thrower’s style of gardening involved lots of greenhouse growing and a formidable amount of work. To this I’ll add: cold winter weather brings its own problems, so do check that any pots or containers have good drainage, wrap tender foliage in horticultural fleece, knock or sweep snowfall off conifer boughs and glasshouses, keep off frosted lawns, feed the birds, and if the ground is not frozen dig bare ground. Plant garlic bulbs for June cropping, and lift celeriac and turnips as these don’t like frozen ground. I’ll leave you with some wisdom from Mr Digwell, the Daily Mirror’s cartoon gardener since the 1950s, who has mysteriously revived in recent years and now dispenses advice in podcasts. These New Year’s resolutions for better gardening from ‘Mr Digwell’s Gardening Book’ (circa 1957), ring very true: ‘Order seeds early. Choose and put out bedding plants in good time. Always pick off dead flowers. Keep climbers pruned and well tied in. Roll the lawn when possible and keep the mower in good trim. Keep the hoe going and the weeds flying! ‘

For garden tasks this time I’ll refer to the estimable Percy Thrower and his ‘Gardening Year’ (1973), which gives weekly advice - ten pages for December, so get those gloves on: trim the roses (this is not the actual pruning, just a tidy), repair wooden fences & arches, don’t plant trees as its too wet but do spend time contemplating and planning your garden, cover and ventilate coldframes, severely prune outdoor vines, dig in manure, cut back chrysanthemums in greenhouse and begin to dry out, and water cyclamen with care. 32

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association In October, two of our members were invited to visit the 999 and 101 call handling centre in Lambeth. It was very interesting and gave an insight into how the Metropolitan Police are protecting us. They receive about six million 999 or 101 calls a year with the 999 ones being answered within ten seconds. There are three dedicated centres, one in Lambeth, one in Hendon and the third in Bow. Should there be a problem that causes a centre to be non-operational, the other two can immediately handle their calls. The 101 is for non-emergency calls but the system has not been working efficiently and so people were hanging up and re-dialling 999. This then put additional and unnecessary pressure on the 999 system. With the problem having been recognised, extra funding has been allocated and an additional 200 Call Reception Operators will be recruited. However, it is not just a question of starting new people. Such is the pressure of the job, they are given a sixteen week induction and training course so that both sides can see if the person has the temperament and attributes to deal with what can be, at times, a stressful situation. The operators have two screens one shows the Call Handling System and the second for maps and other useful information. The calls are graded from Immediate Response down to No Response, the latter being due to the operator having been able to resolve the problem. With non-urgent calls, the police are using an appointments system, but even these are checked to ensure that where they are attending does not have a history that may give concern, e.g. a record of violence, use of a weapon, etc. ‘Immediate Response’ calls are sent to the Computer Aided Despatch room on the floor below. Here they have access to maps, CCTV systems, CAD record system and radio channels. This floor is divided into areas, e.g Kingston, South Norwood, Norbury, etc. The operators work in pairs with a supervisor who has overall control and, if required, will make decisions if there is a problem with an incident. There is a Special Operations Room which is used for incidents that are either planned, e.g Notting Hill Carnival, or unplanned, such as a terrorist attack. For example, here they give permission for pursuing police vehicles to carry out a ‘T Pack’ where three or more police cars surround a vehicle that has failed to stop, and bring it to a halt. In other instances, they will give permission to use a ‘stinger’ which is deployed by an officer at the side of the road to puncture the vehicle’s tyres. The room has many desks which are not generally manned. When required, they can bring in additional personnel from outside or down from other floors. Should the room be fully occupied and becomes too noisy, they are able to lower dividing walls from the ceiling to create three quieter areas. Along one side of the room are three separate area of command for the control of major incidents where they can hold ‘brainstorming’ sessions and plan a way forward. The centre has visits from representatives of forces and organisations around the world to see how they operate generally and when dealing with major incidents. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail

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MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Dear Residents, In this edition of Chessington Chat I would like to take you for a guided tour around Malden Rushett that may lead you to the conclusion that it is an extremely pleasant place to live. Starting at the road junction and heading towards Epsom on Rushett Lane, as you round the bend of the road you will shortly come to an entrance to the Stew Ponds. On entering a whole new world opens up, as you will find a large expanse of green in front of the lower pond (families and groups often use this area for games and picnicking). You can take footpaths to the right which will lead you up to Ashtead Woods and onwards off-road towards Leatherhead; the majority of the paths are suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists. Should you turn left at the lower pond you will be able to either walk or cycle on pathways leading you to Christchurch and into the surrounding wooded areas. You can make your way up to the upper pond where you can view the vast array of birds and fish that inhabit such a wonderful natural area. On the lower pond you can fish (subject to season and permit). Alternatively, you might like to turn into Fairoak Lane from the road junction and proceed up to just before Woodview (on your left), where you will see on the right an entrance into Jubilee Woods where you can walk unhindered, and your children can play safely. If you turn into Woodview, you will find at the very end of the cul-desac the children’s playground with space for them to run around freely and safely. Should you proceed up the main Leatherhead Road towards The Star Pub, keeping to the left of the road and just past the Star, you will find an entrance into Ashtead Woods where you can walk and ride for miles while taking in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Malden Rushett is rich in greenbelt land where both humans and wildlife can flourish together. We want your children and grandchildren to be the beneficiaries of such a pleasant place to inhabit and visit. The MRRA is active in liaising with Kingston Council and other authorities on behalf of Malden Rushett residents, in preserving our way of life and protecting the wildlife habitat that we are so fortunate to have surrounding us. In doing this we confirm that the MRRA is not associated with any other form of publication held out as similar in name. Beryl Gibson, Chairman. - 0775 1024358

Malden Rushett Community Last month I mentioned two of the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) announced in February’s DCLG White Paper, “Fixing the broken Housing Market”. These reforms, along with others in the White Paper, are designed to speed up the house building process in an attempt to solve the nation’s chronic housing crisis. The new London Plan will propose that 65,000 houses need to be built in the capital each year over the next ten years and Kingston’s annual quota (which was just 375 in 2010 and increased to 643 in 2015) will be set at an eyewatering level of 1,364. To achieve this level of house building the Mayor proposes increasing the density levels in the suburbs by replacing around 10% of the existing housing stock with 2.2 new homes for each semi demolished. This is naturally a concern for residents of Malden Rushett. Whilst the village is currently classified as a “washed-over” Green Belt settlement, the criteria used to reach that decision were changed in 2012 when the NPPF replaced the suite of Planning Policy Guidance Notes and Statements that were used to inform the last Local Plan. A village can now only be included in the Green Belt if it has an open character and contributes to the openness of the Green Belt. The methodology used in a recent Green Belt Village review in Runnymede by Arup suggest that our village would struggle to retain its washed-over status in a future Green Belt review. Removing its 11 hectare built core would expose it to the same strategic policies that allow developments similar to those seen on the Leatherhead Road around Lidl’s. Fortunately there is a solution: Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to determine how strategic policies are interpreted in their area. A well-written plan for Malden Rushett will ensure that we can protect the semi-rural character of our village for the next 25 years. For more details visit our website – Andrew Watson

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Function room for hire at Kingston Rugby Club The function room at Kingston Rugby Club can be hired out for dinner & dances, wedding receptions, parties & discos. It has a fully licensed bar and well equipped kitchen suitable for catering hot dinners. The room is suitable for a maximum of 220 persons in a disco buffet function, or 140 persons for a seated silver service function. It has full disabled access with a brand new lift installed for anybody who struggles with the stairs. Cost of hiring the venue is as follows: Sunday to Friday – Hire of room — £250.00 Saturdays – Hire of room — £300.00 Booking deposit — £100.00 (non-refundable if the booking is cancelled or if there is damage/breakages at the function) The price may be subject to change depending upon the type of function and the length of time the venue is needed for. ie. weddings. Price confirmation upon booking. For all enquiries regarding the hire of the function room contact: Rachel Codd – mob: 07903 762 943 or email her via:


“Really good function room for parties. Friendly bar staff!! And discounted bookings offered for a Friday evening.”

“Excellent facilities including a lift for anybody who struggles with the stairs. Suits all party and function needs. Would hire it again.”

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COMMUNITY PAGES SNOW FRIENDS Winter is fast approaching and Kingston Council are recruiting volunteers to be Snow Friends. Snow Friends support the council’s winter maintenance programme and help to protect vulnerable residents in times of cold weather.

Surbiton Christmas Farmers’ Market Saturday 16 December, 9 am to 1 pm

You will be invited to attend an induction session where you will be given guidance and provided with free equipment! Are you already a Snow Friend and want to do more? Kingston Council are asking residents to become coordinators for their local area. If you are interested in signing up or becoming a coordinator please contact or call 0208 547 5000.

BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Chessington Wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas Our December dates are 5th Christmas Lunch @ Horton Park Golf Club 12th Christmas Party @ the Chessington Methodist Church Enquiries to Jennifer Savage 0208 391 5362

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL “Chessington Chat is simply the best way to provide community related information to our immediate local residents and the only written medium that I have 100% confidence gets delivered to its intended audience for them to eagerly read!” Simon Burge, Strategic Development Director Chessington World of Adventures Resort

THE EIGHT O’CLOCK CIRCLE LADIES GROUP DECEMBER PROGRAMME 7th. Christmas Dinner at the Hogsmill Toby Carvery. 14th. Christmas Party. We meet in the British Legion Hall, 7.30 for 8pm every Thursday evening. Bring a friend. You can be sure of a warm welcome. Valerie Birch 020 8397 1256

Special Christmas activities at this year’s Surbiton Christmas Farmers’ Market will include carols from the YMCA Choir and the usual pop-up choir with song sheets for all to take part. We’ll be serving mulled wine, running fun activities for children (crafts and biscuit decorating), have a visit from Santa with presents for children, and chocolates for anyone wearing a Christmas jumper. And of course there’ll be 26 stalls of fabulous fresh farm produce and seasonal food, just in time for Christmas plus Giggly Pig hog roast. Maple Women’s Institute will be joining us with home-made jams and preserves. We’ll also have a prize for the best dressed stall. Our Christmas charity this year is Shooting Star Chase. And we’ve joined with the Rose Theatre Kingston to give away four tickets to see its dazzling festive show, Alice in Winterland, together with a meal at Pizza Express. Pick up a flyer from the organisers’ stall at the market to enter. The winner will be drawn at 12 noon. Sign up for a monthly newsletter at to keep up to date with the latest market news.

Chessington Art Group Want to paint, wonder how to get started, don't despair, join our group. Beginner or Experienced all are welcome. We have a tutor to help and advise you. 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. For more information contact David Savage 0208 391 5362 or on line at

UK CAT KILLER Following the recent deaths of several cats in the Chessington area we have been asked to publish the poster below to raise awareness along with a description of a man South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) and the police want to trace. The description given is as follows: "A man in his 40s, white, with short brown hair, between 5'8" and 5'11", average build, possibly with some acne scarring to his face, dressed in dark clothing, trying to coax cats with a toy or feed them, or looking [into] or entering gardens. He may be wearing a headlamp or carrying a torch." SNARL asks anyone who sees someone matching this profile to call the police and not confront him themselves. For more information visit find them on Facebook

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, New Years Day 10-2pm

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DECEMBER ( CHRISTMAS TIME--GIFTS, FOOD, HOLLY, CAROLS, FRIENDS and a HO-HO GENT) around CHESSINGTON & HOOK VOLUNTARY CARE SCHEME We will be celebrating the Christmas season in December thus a change to the get together for the clients will be the Christmas Festive Gathering. We have planned a meal at the King George Bowls Club in Jubilee Way for Monday, 4th December. Letters will have been sent to all who are on our Social List. We do hope as many as possible will be present. Some star entertainment has been booked for the occasion. Good news following our AGM is that the committee is back in force with yours truly still in the Chair. Our meeting at the Chessington Methodist Hall on 13th November included a review of the past year. It was good to see we have gained more volunteers. This is becoming a must as more clients are joining our Scheme each month. I was able to thank the many volunteers who have driven many clients to numerous appointments. Also the volunteers in our Office at the Hook Centre seeking to arrange the services of a volunteer. Others need thanking for all the little jobs done to help clients in need. Those visiting are also really appreciated. As we are entering a new year we as a committee are having to see the future of our Scheme. What started out in 1981 is in many ways quite different in todays world. Change is to be expected over thirty plus years, it has since joining myself in 1995. The style of retirement nowadays has certainly been noticeable with many men and women of 60 to 70 years of age reluctant to be committed to the voluntary work that we do. Clients also have wider help so we perhaps are not needed quite as much. What we provide in our organisation is a friendly face and willing hands. With a world that is seriously becoming problematic and more selfish if you want to change it then start in Chessington and Hook by joining us and certainly using our services. You will all find the world a better place which is much the reason for our existence as an organisation in the community. Our hours are Monday to Friday on 8397 6298 from 9am to 12noon. Please get in contact to get help or to be of help. David Rowbotham

Brochures By Rod Romero The brochures for next summer Come pouring through the door Listing all the places Where I’ve not been before With contents ranging far and wide By plane or train or bike We’ll find your destination So you can ski or hike The Agent in the High Street Said they would assist With visas and insurance And currencies they list Take a trip to Iceland Where temperatures are low Stopping off in Scotland To see the oats they grow Adventures in the Amazon And cruising up the Nile You can have an upgrade Now that will make you smile The choice is quite outstanding Try trekking in Nepal Seek out the Northern Lights I cannot have them all But what if I am sea-sick And flying’s not for me Coach tours make me dizzy There’s not much here for me So…, digging out my ancient tent Still packed to go away I’ll tour around the Kingdom I’d better start today

HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI Happy Christmas to all of you who supported and encouraged me some three years ago, and a special "Yes, I was serious" to a friend in Gilders Road!

I have settled in Cambodia now and have passed a Grade 8 level Reading, Speaking and writing in Khmer. I work with children in the city Phnom Penh, and out in some villages with the teens. I am awaiting a post of assistant to help with Pronouncing English words, this will help get a work permit. There is plenty to do out in the villages, and one opening is to teach Self Defence to women who have come to a "Safe house." Lessons really do go well there. I Pray that you all have a great season with friends and family, and send best wishes from South East Asia! Julia Simon Liles (of Gilders Road, Chessington) Facebook: Jules Liles.

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Our November AGM saw H&C WI reflect on a successful year with theatre, museum, educational and garden trips including a visit to Jane Austen House, the Physics Garden and an overnight trip to Llangollen. Group activities included lunch meetings, coffee mornings, book groups, bowling sessions, a craft group and a walking group. We have had a range of talks from the life of Mrs Beeton to the salvage of the Costa Concordia. Our final meeting of the year is on Thurs 14th December with Hedley Kay singing the Nation's Favourite Songs. We meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Hook & Southborough Hall, 224 Hook Road, KT9 1PL. For further info please call Sharon Cook on 020 8391 0723.


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GIRLGUIDING SURBITON DIVISION What does 2018 hold for our Rainbows, Brownies, Girlguides and Senior Section? Fun! Who is in charge of organising all of that Fun? It’s our amazing volunteer members. What kind of fun? I bet you are thinking campfire, singing funny songs, games, badges and you would be right, we have kept the favourites but added much more. One of our favourite badges has been “Growing up Wild in Mud” and you guessed right there was a lot of mud! Our girls have had lots of different opportunities from camps, challenges and adventures to concerts such as Girlguiding “Big Gig” at SSE Arena, Wembley, with performances from Pixie Lott, Ella Eyre, You Tubers Noodlerella and many more. You can imagine the unique atmosphere created by 10,000 girls and their leaders? Coming up in 2018 we have “Magic and Mayhem” events across the country where Brownies will be brushing up on their Circus Skills. In January Guides will have the opportunity to have 'Fun in the Dark' enjoying challenges and playing Wide Games. We also have “Sparkle and Ice” an extreme Winter camp for members of the Senior Section, which will be cool (in many ways!) Girlguiding research has found that 90% of 9 to 10 year-olds think that women and men have the same chance at succeeding in their jobs - but only 35% of 17 to 21 year-olds feel the same. Camp CEO is just one example of an event Girlguiding puts on to support

girls with their aspirations. #LetsGrow will be the theme for World Thinking Day, 22 February, a day when Guiding members and Girl Scouts across the word think of each other and of their commitment to international friendship and understanding. #LetsGrow invites more girls and volunteer leaders to join our incredible worldwide movement. We have girls on our waiting lists for many of our units and so need more volunteers to help us keep units open and re-open closed units. There are all sorts of roles available and time contribution can start from 1 hour per week. Come and join the fun #LetsGrow. Contact:


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LOCAL LISTINGS Alexandra Table Tennis Club. Mon eves. 7.30-9.30pm at St Georges Hall, Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth KT6 7PF. All players welcome. Contact Jane 0208 397 3115 Alexandra Blenheim Academy Table Tennis Club. Sat 10am till 12noon for 8-15 year olds. Blenheim High School, Epsom KT19 9BH. £4 per session including coaching. Contact Tony Line 07703 602552 Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane, Chessington, KT9 2DR. 11.30am Thursdays. Tel: 0300 123 8086 email Bowls - Surbiton Bowling Club, Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Tues eves 5:50pm. David Lark 020 8224 2385. Buckland Womens Club. Tues eves. Chessington Methodist Church. Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Art Group. Thurs am. Chessington Methodist Church Hall & Thurs pm at The King’s Centre. David Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Beavers, Cubs & Scouts. Meet at Scout HQ to rear of 33, Garrison Lane. Beavers - Mon 6pm to 7pm, Cubs - Tues 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Scouts - Fri 7pm to 9pm. See for details or Email: Chessington Bowling Club, Church Lane - beginners juniors and adults welcome - contact Club Secretary 8397 6705 email: chessingtonbc@aol com Chessington Children's Centre at Castle Hill Primary . Stay & Play sessions, Baby Massage, Breastfeeding support, Family Learning etc. 020 8397 2006. Toy Library at Hook Centre, Tues term time, 9.30-11am. 020 8408 8927 Chessington Cricket Club. Sir Francis Barker Sports Ground, Leatherhead Road, KT9 2NB. 020 8397 9194 Chessington & Hook United & Hook Youth Football Club. Chalky Lane, Chessington. For Match & Training details call Andy on 07958 616829 Chessington Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship Pop in to our coffee Bar (Mon - Fri 10.00/1.00) for a programme and a chat with us. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 97 Ruxley Lane, West Ewell. KT19 9HB Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 418yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. Friends of Shooting Star CHASE - Epsom & Chessington Sarah Johnson, Chairperson and treasurer 07921 774 191. Guides, Brownies & Rainbows in Hook & Chessington. Ann Fairhall 020 8391 4730 for details/ waiting lists. 1st Hook Beavers. Wed 6– 7pm, Fri 5.30– 6.30pm. 1st Hook Cubs. Tue 6.45 – 8.15pm, Thurs 6.45– 8.15pm. 1st Hook Scouts. Fri 7.30– 9.30pm. Surbiton South Explorers. Thurs 8 – 10pm. All meetings held at Group HQ, Verona Drive, Surbiton. Group Scout Leader Fergus Lang: 2nd Hook Beavers Wed & Thurs 5.15 - 6.15pm, 2nd Hook Cubs Tues 7-8.30pm. 2nd Hook Scouts Fri 7-9pm. Alan Cooke 0208 287 0276 or e-mail

cont. 1st Hook Scout & Guide Band. Mon eves 7-9.30pm at 1st Hook Scout HQ, Verona Drive. Min age 9 years. Anne & Ray Bridger 020 8397 7525. Hook Allotments & Gardens Association. Sun 10 -11am at the allotments at rear of King Edward’s Rec Ground. Hook & Chessington WI. 7.30pm every 2nd Thurs in the month. 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 Chris Kemp 0208 241 9777. King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Kevin 0208 397 7025 Kingston Association for the Blind for help and advice for the Visually Impaired, Mon-Fri 10.00/midday 020 8605 0060,, Kingston Cycling Campaign. For those new to cycling or those who have not ridden for some time with easy pace rides around Surrey. Email: Kingston Rugby Club. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road. Seniors meet Tues eves, Minis on Sun 10am12 noon. Contact Graeme Maisey 07866 124282. Email Little Rascals Toddler Group @ Hook Evangelical Church, Brook Rd, Surbiton. Drop-in group for parents, babies & pre-schoolers. Songs, crafts, play, chat and cake! £1/family. Fri 9.30-11.30am (term-time) Rosie Pease 07736 424102 Mrs Bennet's Ballroom. Regency style dance. St Marks Church Hall, Surbiton KT6 4LS. 8pm-10.30pm. £5. 020 8391 1215. Old Kingstonians Hockey Club. Ditton Fields, Summer Road, Thames Ditton. Social club. Mens/ladies teams. Train Weds. Games on Sat, juniors on Sun. Georgina Perry on 020 8397 2367 Surbiton Arts Group meet monthly from September June. Monday evenings from 8 - 10pm in Surbiton Library Annex, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT5 5AG. 020 8397 1050 Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month at Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues at the St Paul’s Centre. Val Edwards 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Thurs eves at the Royal British Legion Hall. Valerie Birch. 020 8397 1256 The St Paul’s Players. Jean Harwood 020 8391 5133 West Chessington Childrens Centre. Lovelace Primary School. Stay & play sessions, Cook and eat courses, Messy Play and Welly walks. Jennifer Devane 020 8391 2145


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