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WELCOME TO OUR FEBRUARY ISSUE… It’s always such a mad dash to complete my February magazine as deadline comes so soon after the festive break each year. So thank you to everyone who managed to send in their submissions on time.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Sgt Simon Baxter Beryl Gibson, MRRA Pippa Greenwood 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

March deadline: Monday 5th February 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.

February can sometimes be a quiet month but there’s lots going on locally over the next few weeks including comedy nights at 1st Hook Scouts HQ in Verona Drive, Surbiton and at Epsom College in aid of Age Concern Epsom & Ewell. As you will see opposite there’s also Comedy with dinner & dance at Chessington Community College and also at the same venue The Big Purple Psychic and Holistic Fair. We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: D T Rogers Maintenance p.6, Smoky Pistols p.6, The Big Purple Psychic & Holistic Fair p.12 and Stagecoach Hinchley Wood p.15. Special offers and promotions come from: Carpets 4 U p.7, Hook Road Dental Practice p.8, V.S.F. Ltd p.9, Time For You Domestic Cleaning p.11, Elmwood Vehicles Ltd p.17, Community Motors p.25, Garner’s Funeral Service Ltd p.31, Taylored Room Solutions p.35, Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd p.37, The Optical Gallery p.39 and Synergy 81 p.47. Our next issue will be the first of our Spring magazines (how lovely to be able to say that!) and so please get in touch by Monday 5th February if you would like any space in our March magazine. Till then.


INSIDE: Keeping your Will up to date..………………………8 What’s on………………………………………..12-13 Safer Neighbourhood update………………………16 Perfect pancakes……………………………………20 Chessington Campus SEN garden update…………..24 Epsom Playhouse competition……………………….28 Residents’ Associations……………………….…..32-33 Time to get pruning…………………………………36 Community pages……………………………….40-43 Useful contacts………………………………………44 Local listings…………………………………………45 Index of advertisers and advertising rates………….46

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Keeping your Will up to date. How often do you review your Will? Our demise is not something we want to dwell on and we usually try to keep such an event farthest from our minds. However, reviewing our Wills is something that needs to be done on a fairly regular basis, say once every five years. Life these days moves incredibly quickly and documents such as these can quickly become out of date and no longer accurately reflect our wishes or where we are now in our lives. Our children grow up, no longer need guardians or Trust Funds, executors or other beneficiaries may die or become unsuitable for the role. One example of not reviewing a Will is the case of the late socialite, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson who died last year. In her Will she left her Estate of ÂŁ2.3 million to children she never had. She wrote her Will in 2004, perhaps in the expectation of meeting the love of her life, settling down and having kids. Sadly, that never happened and she died childless. She had never changed that Will. The distribution of her Estate therefore could not be fulfilled according to her Will and her assets will now be shared between the families of her brother and sister under the rules of Intestacy. Take a moment this year to look at the Will you hold and review it in light of your life now. If it needs updating, give me a call and I will be happy to help. Catherine Sawbridge


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WHAT’S ON IN FEBRUARY ... there including Katherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII in 1542, and Guy Fawkes in 1606. Cost £5 per child. Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel 020 8394 1734. Email http:// BourneHallMuseumClub.html Fri 16th. Comedy @ The College. ‘Gagging for Laughs’ are back with 3 more amazing comedians at Tues 6th. Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society - SW Epsom College raising funds for Age Concern Epsom & London Group present Baie de Somme Steam Festivals Ewell. Book here: by Michael Bunn. 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, We say ... Fabulous comedians, fabulous venue and a Ewell Road, Surbiton. £3 with refreshments included. fabulous bar! Our guests say... “Beautifully arranged, Tues 6th. Surbiton & District Historical Society present stunning setting, great atmosphere and heaps of Mr Ian Franklin with an illustrated lecture "Hampton laughter. I am so glad I came along and all the more so Court in Camera - Filming at the Palace", a history of to support such a worthy cause”. how the Palace featured in many films. 7.45pm. Weds 21st - Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. Visitors Stephen McDonnell demonstrating 'A Backward Glance' welcome – a contribution of £2 appreciated. Details: at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. 1.30pm 020 8399 4473 or for 2pm start. Visitors (£6) are warmly welcome. See Sat 10th. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club presents competitive exhibits, browse flower arranging sundries The Tower - Escape, Imprisonment and Execution. & publications for sale and refreshments. For further 1pm to 2.30pm. Discover the dark bowels of this great information call Pauleen Moss on 020 8337 1318 or Royal palace and the stories of those held prisoner email


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be conducted with the aim of educating young people not to use or carry knives.

Chessington Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Welcome to my February Chessington North & Chessington South ward update. A large part of our focussed activity in this period has been working on the ward priorities; Burglaries Vehicle crime Drugs High visibility burglary patrols have continued to be a key part of the patrol strategy on the ward. Intelligence is used to focus patrols to effectively patrol so that offenders can be identified. I planned and deployed officers on another Operation Robinson to target burglaries across the wards where other resources such as marked and unmarked vehicles have been used on the wards. I am please to say that during the 24 hour period there were no reported burglaries. These operations will continue to be run across Chessington and the rest of the borough in the coming months. For burglary crime prevention #OpBeSafe

The next ward panel meeting will be on the 7th March at 7pm at the Safari Hotel, Chessington. If you are a resident or work in the area and want to be involved in the local decision making process on Policing Chessington you are welcome to attend. If you are interested in becoming a snowfriend, a scheme where local residents assist the council in clearing snow in their local area and gritting the pavements, and would like more information please visit the following; health_and_wellbeing/896/ coping_with_extreme_weather If you are interested in helping please email Neighbourhood Watch is a way of the Police communicating fast time messages on crimes and crime updates. If you would like to receive these emails please email me using the details at the bottom of the page. If it is an emergency please call Police on 999; if it’s a non emergency call 101. Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via Twitter. Chessington North and Hook - 07342 713970

Motor vehicle crime continues to be a concern on both @ChessingtonN wards. There have been several crimes recorded where unattended vehicles have had property removed from Chessington South - 0208 721 2001 them with no damage caused. Owners have been convinced that they have locked their vehicles. There are various after market devices that criminals are using @ChessingtonS to gain access to vehicles. Please ensure your vehicle is Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: locked when you leave it by physically checking the Chessington North, Chessington South door handles and always ensure that any valuables such & Tolworth & Hook Rise. as cash, tools and sat navs are removed from your vehicle before you leave it. Drug engagement activity also continues to be focussed activity for the team. Warrants have been executed and will continue to be executed across the wards so as to reduce drug related crime in Chessington.


Unfortunately there has been an increase in dog related incidents which have been reported to Police. Your local SNT team have dealt with and are dealing with several crimes and I am very worried about this increase. I do not want any people or animals to be injured by the irresponsible behaviour of the owners. If you are a dog owner please take responsibility and ensure that your dog is on a lead and controlled when in public.

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Operation Sceptre is the MPS objective in reducing knife crime and there was a period of week long activity in January 2018 where the ward officers conducted weapons sweeps to search open spaces to locate any discarded knives. Engagement with schools continues to 16

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CAKE AND BAKE: Perfect Pancakes SWEET Choc ‘n’ nuts – spread warmed pancakes with chocolate and hazelnut spread then fold into quarters. Drizzle with warmed chocolate sauce and serve with toasted hazelnuts.

Whip up a classic pancake batter to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Simply serve the traditional way with sugar and lemon juice or try one of our extra special sweet or savoury serving ideas. Makes 8 Ready in 30 minutes plus standing time Ingredients: • 100g plain flour • Pinch of salt • 1 large egg • 300ml milk (or milk and water mixed) • Sunflower oil or unsalted butter, for frying Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the salt and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and beat with a balloon whisk, gradually drawing in some of the flour. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking all the time and drawing in the rest of the flour, until you have a smooth batter which is about the consistency of single cream. Stand the batter for about 30 minutes to allow the starch grains in the flour to soften and expand - this will give a lighter pancake. If the batter has thickened slightly then just whisk in a splash of milk. Heat a little sunflower oil or a knob of butter in a non-stick shallow frying pan (about 20cm diameter) until almost smoking then quickly ladle in enough of the batter to thinly cover the base of the pan, swirling the pan to give an even layer. Cook for 1-2 minutes until small air bubbles appear in the pancake then flip it over and cook for a further minute until golden. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, serving the pancakes as they are cooked or interleaving with baking paper and keeping warm in a low oven. 20

Orange cream – heat 4tbsp thin-shred marmalade with 150ml orange juice in a frying pan and simmer for a few minutes until syrupy. Fold the pancakes and add to the pan, turning to coat in the syrup. Serve topped with whipped cream or crème fraiche. SAVOURY Cheese and bacon melts – add 2tsp dried Italian herbs to the pancake batter. Fill each cooked pancake with some grated Cheddar and 2 rashers crisply fried smoked bacon rashers. Fold over and pop in a hot oven for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted. Tuna parcels – place a spoonful of canned flaked tuna fish in the centre of each cooked pancake and top with some canned sweetcorn and chopped spring onion. Fold the pancakes to make parcels and enclose the filling. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.


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Esther Rantzen: That’s Life and more... Tuesday 20th February

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Esther Rantzen: That’s Life - My family and more... An evening with Dame Esther Rantzen and her daughter, journalist and broadcaster Rebecca Wilcox. For one night only broadcasting legend Dame Esther Rantzen and her daughter Rebecca Wilcox discuss their illustrious careers, personal lives and family ties. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the country’s national treasures. The star of That’s Life, Esther, Grumpy Old Women, Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! among many, many others, Dame Esther is also well known for her tireless campaigning. As the founder of ChildLine and more recently The Silver Line, her charity work is legendary. She was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to broadcasting, a CBE in 2006 for services to children and a DBE in 2015 for services to children and older people. Rebecca Wilcox began her television career as an undercover reporter on Conning The Conmen (BBC3). She is a regular reporter on Watchdog (BBC1) and a well-known consumer journalist who presented shows such as Your Money Their Tricks (BBC1) with Sian Williams and Nicky Campbell.

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association People often give unwanted or surplus items to charity shops, however, among things they do not accept for re-sale is bedding and they do not even take it to be sold on as rags. The usual response is that it will have to go to landfill. Having to dispose of some perfectly good bedding and not accepting that it should be discarded, the writer continued to investigate and eventually found success via the Salvation Army. At the back of the Salvation Army building at 109 Kingston Road, South Wimbledon, SW19 1LT is a charity called Faith In Action. (Tel: 07843 280419) This Merton-based charity helps the homeless and accept not only bedding but clothing as well at its drop-in centre which is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 3.00 pm. It is seven miles from Chessington and only a 15 minute drive on a relatively traffic-free day. A quarter of a mile or so after the tram crossing, is the white Salvation Army building on the left, set back a little from the line of the adjacent building. There is an alleyway on the left of the building so you are able to pull off the road to unload. Among the things they provide are:breakfast and lunch with tea, coffee and squash all day access and referrals to support groups including Job Centre Plus advice on accommodation options practical help with benefit claims, job searching and writing a CV internet access phone charging facility For those sleeping rough they offer laundry, showers, clothing and food parcels. They also help people who have found accommodation but need homemaking items which is why they will take not only duvets, but also sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, etc. On my first visit, among the items I took was a bin bag with two pillows in - just the pillows without pillow cases as they were in a separate bag. On returning from the car with more bags, one of the helpers said that the two pillows had already gone and the recipient was just behind him. The gentleman shook my hand and thanked me a couple of times for them as they were for him and his friend. He had a slightly weather-beaten face which probably made him look older than he actually was and he would have benefited from a visit to the dentist. It wasn’t until I was driving home later, with the events of my visit running through my mind, that it struck me how sad it was that someone was pleased he now had a pillow to rest his head on at night. We don’t realise that what we take for granted as everyday items, others may regard them to be luxuries. Maybe we should sometimes look a little deeper at things and say to ourselves ‘There but for the Grace of God go I’ 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 You may be aware that at the end of 2017 a planning application was lodged with Kingston Planners for the Erection of an Energy Storage Facility opposite the electricity sub-station in Fairoak Lane (REF 17/10404/FUL). The application consisted of a large amount of shipping type containers that were to be used for storing electricity collected in batteries. Again, the site chosen was a designated ‘greenbelt land’ area. The proposers for the site did, to their credit, hold an open day at Chessington Garden Centre so that residents could go along and talk about the scheme, so, I along with other residents took full advantage of this opportunity to put forward our concerns. I think that most residents agreed that the proposals were quite ludicrous and horribly ‘commercial looking’ for such a rural and natural greenbelt area. The planning application included hardstanding for 28 extremely large containers for the storage of batteries. Malden Rushett is subject to flooding, especially around that area where local houses in both Woodview and Fairoak Lane border the site and are subject to their gardens flooding in heavy rain, this being without the hard standing proposals for the site. They wanted to cut down trees many years old so that they could install a monstrosity within a designated greenbelt area. We have Kingston Council planners to thank again for refusing this planning application and want them to know that we appreciate all they do for us. We know that ‘times are hard’ and that agencies have been driven into making hard choices when deciding how to ‘carve up’ the money they have. The MRRA would like to put forward the case that Malden Rushett has always been the poor cousin when it comes to money being spent in the borough. We have recently been given a new road junction by Transport for London, some say it is an improvement, others say it is no better and still causing long tail backs. We have requested dedicated ‘right-hand turns’ to be installed on all directions at the junction but are being ignored by TFL, even though it would make the junction a great deal safer. As soon as you manage to obtain a name to contact, that person disappears and you are back to square one. Further flooding has become a problem around the Shy Horse pub area again and over at The Star end of the village, with agencies being far too slow when dealing with resident’s complaints. Hedgerows and ditches are again blocked and overgrown, the A243 hedgerows are encroaching on the A243 scratching vehicle paintwork as they drive, where has the care and maintenance gone? So many agencies involved, and so easy for them to push problems around from one to the other! Perhaps we can hope that in 2018 Malden Rushett will be allocated the services that other parts of the borough expect as normal, and where greedy developers finally accept that just because you can buy up greenbelt land cheap, it does not follow that you can build and destroy our local countryside and wildlife. *The MRRA is in no way associated with any other agency or association with a similar name. Beryl Gibson - Chairman


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Malden Rushett Community The Government is offering communities a simpler and clearer planning process that makes it easier for them to get involved and shape plans for their area. Neighbourhood Plans will now form an integral part of Local Plans and will allow communities to determine how local strategic policies are interpreted in their area. A well-written Neighbourhood Plan provides developers with clear guidelines as to what the community will or will not permit. By providing this at the start of the planning process the Government is hoping to significantly reduce the number of objections and the costly delays that they currently bring at the end of the planning process. To qualify as the designated body to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan the relevant community group has to adopt a specific constitution that ensures everyone who lives or works in the area has an equal say in the decision making process. A Residents Association typically has a structure where only a small elected group takes decisions on behalf of the community and therefore cannot qualify - with this structure it is all too easy for decisions and policies to become influenced by the personal opinions of this group and to make assumptions on behalf a community without fully consulting them. Neighbourhood Plans ensure that the whole community is involved in the decision making process and for a plan to be adopted, the use of a thorough and transparent process has to be demonstrated. If Neighbourhood Plans are intended to assist in speeding up the planning process, it follows that the opportunity for communities to object at the end of that process will become more limited. In March, a number of changes to the NPPF come into effect that aim to shift a community's involvement to the beginning of the whole process. The recent publication of the draft London Plan gives us an indication of the sort of strategic policies that will be included in the new RBK Local Plan. It is clear that these could have a major impact on the future of Malden Rushett. Our community faces a choice – do we spend the next twenty years opposing developments we consider to be unsuitable or do we embrace the new powers granted to us and produce a document with definitive guidelines developers are obliged to adhere to? Visit our website to have your say – Andrew Watson -

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TIME TO GET PRUNING By Pippa Greenwood  To remove larger tree branches or if you have fruit

trees to prune, then a pruning saw is the perfect tool. Use a sawing action for best results and make the cut a few millimetres from the main stem to which the branch you are removing is joined. A cut like this will heal quickly and the wound will be smaller and less prone to fungal rotting.  Check the best pruning time for the plants you have in

At this time of year the weather is often perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants, so take advantage of the fact that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are now devoid of leaves and get stuck in. Here’s how to make sure your pruning will really benefit your plants:  For a small hedge or to roughly reshape a shrub, a

good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should do the job. Angle the blades to make a level trimmed surface. To make a neat and level surface when cutting the top of a hedge, use a taut string as a guide line. For large hedges consider using a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer, but make sure you can use it safely!  When removing stems at various heights and of

varying thicknesses, use ‘loppers’, which are much better at cutting through relatively thick stems than shears or secateurs and yet also allow for accurate positioning of the cut. When cutting back branches above your head, wear protective headgear and goggles.

mind. Although most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now, there are exceptions.  Some trees - mainly those in the Prunus family such as

cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and nectarines - are very prone to a potentially fatal fungal infection known as ‘silver leaf’. To reduce the likelihood of this, prune these trees in the summer unless there is no alternative.  Pruning tools should be really sharp; if blunt, the job

will need more effort and may result in damage to the plant from a jagged cut or crushed stems.  Create sloping cuts whenever you can so that rain and

moisture runs off (wetness encourages wood rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud to allow new growth without dieback - you will need to use secateurs, loppers or a saw to do this.  Stand back from time to time when pruning to check

the overall appearance of the plant and judge which part to tackle next, as close up it is harder to see how your pruning is affecting the overall shape of the plant.

 Secateurs are used for the most precise pruning of

smaller woody stems. Provided they are good and sharp, you can make a perfectly clean and accurate cut. Always cut to an outward-facing bud (so that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards). Secateurs are good for removing dead and dying stems as well as for formative pruning (where you are helping to ensure the plant grows in the direction you want it to), and for pruning to encourage flowering.


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COMMUNITY PAGES Schools and Youth Groups Scarecrow Competition at Bourne Hall The great scarecrow competition returns again as part of this year's Herald of Spring, 10th March 2018. Local primary schools and youth groups are invited to enter our competition and be inspired to create a scarecrow on this year’s theme of Mother Nature. Scarecrow criteria: ・ Entries must be a lady scarecrow. Perhaps one famous in history such as a Suffragette. ・ Props may be used with the scarecrow. ・ Scarecrows must include some plant material which can be living, fresh or dried. ・ They should be no taller than 1.8m and be able to withstand all weather conditions. ・ The use of recycled materials is encouraged. Scarecrows must be brought to Bourne Hall on Wednesday 8th March. The scarecrows will be judged by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell on Saturday 10th March. PRIZES:

1st place - £100 vouchers of your choice

2nd place - £50 vouchers of your choice

Further information available from David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel 020 8394 1734. Email

CHESSINGTON and HOOK VOLUNTARY CARE SCHEME From Office Boy to Chairman in Twenty years. Moving back into the local area in 1995, that is from Tolworth to Chessington, I passed at the rear of the old Hook Community Centre and observed a Notice. This stated that volunteers were needed in a local group. The group were the Chessington and Hook Voluntary Care Scheme and I made enquiries. After a brief interview by Warwick Taylor, I was informed I would be able to help in a number of ways. The group were well organised at the time I joined and so I was thrust into the Office (a small room just behind the stage in the Hall!). Whilst in this situation, and a little later when we moved into a superb two roomed office adjacent to the Hook Library, I joined the Committee. Taking people to various appointments was a big part of our tasks and then to do a spell in the Office (or the hub) from time to time. This was just what I was looking for, meeting people of an older age some looking out for friendship. The Charity was formed in 1981 with over one hundred people volunteering to join! The aim was to help anyone after family, friends or Social Services were unable to do so. At times we were often mistaken for a taxi service. Driving clients around always gave us an opportunity to befriend them so much that they often requested the same driver (this we tried to avoid so that all our volunteers were used well). The variety of requests over the years have at times been odd but it is with a smile we recall them. On the Committee, with older volunteers moving on, various posts were available and I moved in to the Secretary’s position. For a spell I took a role of Treasurer and in due course rose to the grand position of Chairman (or Chair these days). ( I smile and think of Gilbert & Sullivan, “And now I am the ruler of the Queen’s Navy.”) At present I have not had much opportunity to be of service to my local Community. However I am able to keep an eye on things at monthly meetings. It is good to have a Committee to discuss the variety of needs in our area. At present we have Forty Volunteers and around One Hundred and Thirty Clients. If anyone, Client or would be Volunteer is interested please get in touch with me (8397 8427) or our Office on 8397 6298 (Office times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 12noon.) Finally it was just reward for a good number of Volunteers to celebrate the New Year with a great time at The Shy Horse Restaurant in January. We all look forward to giving our time to those in need of the help of the Care Scheme. David Rowbotham

David Walliams named as Ambassador of The Children’s Trust David Walliams OBE has recently been announced as Ambassador of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. The comedian, actor and children’s author has supported The Children’s Trust for several years, and has visited the charity’s headquarters in Tadworth, Surrey on a number of occasions including dropping-in on Christmas Day, when he delighted everyone with a reading from his latest book. David Walliams and Archie

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston, Councillor Julie Pickering, found a warm welcome when she joined shoppers at Surbiton’s Christmas Market back in December. Festive events included carols from the Surbiton YMCA Choir and for children, there was biscuit decorating at Maple Road restaurant No 97 and a visit from Santa with presents. Festive fayre included a hog roast, hot mulled wine and crêpes and there were also 26 stalls of seasonal specialities, drinks and gifts, just in time for Christmas. Maple Women’s Institute joined regular stallholders, selling home-made jams and preserves and Maple Road’s cafés, bars and restaurants were open for warming drinks, breakfast, brunch and lunch. The market’s Christmas Charity this year was children’s hospice Shooting Star Chase. The market runs on the third Saturday of the month throughout 2018, from 9am to 1pm and the next market is Saturday 17th February. Visit for details.


David said: “I am absolutely thrilled to become an Ambassador for The Children’s Trust. It’s a charity I care greatly about, and every time I visit I am struck by its warm, caring atmosphere and the dedication of its staff. The Children’s Trust is a very special place with incredibly inspiring young people. I feel very proud to be involved.” Dalton Leong, Chief Executive at The Children’s Trust, said: “We are truly honoured to have David’s support. He will be helping to raise awareness of brain injury and our work supporting thousands of children every year. Over the past few years, David has generously given us a lot of his time, hosting fundraising events and reading to the children, which really brightens their spirits and helps with their rehabilitation. We are delighted that David has chosen to support our work at The Children’s Trust.”

1st - "Sea-Sick-in-Sinai." A talk by Anne Chance. 8th - Behind the scenes of TV shows, by Faith Powell.

Chessington Art Group

15th - The Story of English Freedom. A return visit by Andy Thomas.

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.

22nd - Burma - Land of the Pagodas. With Christine Jarvis. 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

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

The Highwayman’s Detour By Rod Romero Why should we stop at Hindhead The folks on route would say Would it not be better To go some other way For two-hundred years The main route was through here Straight on for Portsmouth Town Or left for Haslemere Traffic jams at traffic lights Congestion at Hindhead Widen road, perhaps Re-route them all instead The traffic load increased Long queues on either side Delays and perturbation ‘Cause junction was not wide Plans were then compiled To circumvent the place But local voices raised You’re going to need more space Then the sandy soil beneath The home of Holmes creator Caught the planners eye And contract excavator Their solution was quite boring The road would go below No longer any junction To interrupt the flow Now when we look around The road cannot be seen The cars have all but gone Just grass where they had been

BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Please come & join us on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Chessington Methodist Church Hall. All New Members very Welcome. February program is 6th Ham House – Roger Bone 13th Canine Partners – Libby Rome 20th Classic Post Office – Paul Wood 27th Social evening Enq to Jennifer Savage 0208 391 5362

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HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI Raising money for charity is an important part of the ethos of the WI. Throughout the year we fundraise through raffles, bring and buy sales, collections, and craft and cake stalls at various community events. At our December meeting we raised £200 from a bring and buy sale and a Christmas raffle. This was donated to TREES (The Residents Enjoyment and Entertainment Society) which provides social activity and entertainment opportunities to local groups and individuals who are learning and/or physically disabled, have dementia or who are incapacitated in any other form or manner. The prizes for our raffle were donated and we would like to say a special thank you to the local business that made a donation: Simon Smith Flowers

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The WI supports local charities that have an impact on all members of the community. If you run a local charity and would like to be considered as one of our charities then please let us know. Our next meeting is on Thursday 8th February where we will be having a talk by Sarb Athwal from True Honours, a charity that helps those who have suffered or are at risk of ‘honour’ based violence or FGM. If you would like to find out more about your local WI group we meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Hook & Southborough Parish Hall, 224 Hook Road, KT9 1PL. If you require any further information please call Sharon Cook on 020 8391 0723


GENERAL Kingston Police Control Room (Non Emergency) 101 Chessington Safer Neighbourhood Teams 020 8721 2001 Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme 020 8397 6298 The Hook Centre 020 8547 6254 Hook & Chessington Library 020 8547 6480 The Kings Centre 020 8391 5522 Kingston Hospital 020 8546 7711 Thames Doc 020 8390 9991 Thames Water 0845 9200800 Gas Emergency 0800 111 999 Power Loss 0800 028 0247 DOCTORS SURGERIES Kingston Primary Care Weekend Service. Surbiton Health Centre Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6EZ 0203 841 9942 Sat & Sun 08:00hrs – 20:00hrs Walk in and wait or ring for appointment. Last appt19:30hrs Chessington Park Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY 0208 739 1977

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

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

PLACES OF WORSHIP St Mary The Virgin C of E Garrison Lane, Chessington. 020 8397 3016 St Paul’s C of E 280, Hook Road, Hook. 020 8391 2362 St Catherine of Siena R C 100 Leatherhead Road, Chessington. 020 8397 3971 Chessington Evangelical The Kings Centre, Coppard Gdns, Chessington. 020 8391 5522 Chessington Methodist Moor Lane, Chessington. 020 8296 9344 Hook Evangelical Church Brook Rd, Tolworth. 020 8397 8909 COUNCILLORS Chessington North and Hook Ward: Clive Chase Margaret Thompson margaret.

Andrew Day 020 8391 1946

Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford 020 8287 0689

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

Shiraz Mirza 020 8241 9938

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

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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 Programme list inside Coffee Bar Door. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 97 Ruxley Lane, West Ewell. KT19 9HB 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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Chessington Chat February 2018 - Issue 128  
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