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WELCOME TO OUR FEBRUARY ISSUE… And our 150th magazine! Where does the time go? As you will see from our front cover we have an amazing competition prize on offer this month courtesy of Dolly’s Candy Cart so see p.16 for how to enter and win the use of a fully stocked cart for up to 75 guests! We also welcome Sergeant Colin Swan to our pages who has recently taken over from Sergeant Simon Baxter. See p. 24 for his first neighbourhood update.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Beryl Gibson, MRRA Colin Punch, CDRA Catherine Sawbridge Sgt Colin Swan Editorials and advertisements: 020 8337 7041 75 Cromwell Road, Worcester Park. KT4 7JR sally@chessingtonchat.com www.chessingtonchat.com

And on p.31 Chessington District Residents’ Association report on a recent Planning meeting regarding the proposed development of 11 to 25 Leatherhead Road. We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Atlantis Swim School p.6, Dolly’s Candy Cart p.16 and Pro-Fit Windows p.25. Offers and promotions come from: Carpets 4 U p.7, The Optical Gallery p.11, Dolly’s Candy Cart p.16, Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools p.19, Elmwood Vehicles p.21 and Community Motors p.43. Next month is the first of our Spring magazines so please get in touch before the 10th February if you would like some space in our March issue.


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A brief look at those we lost in 2019………………....8 Tech tip: Too good to be true………………………..10 What’s on………………………………….……..12-15 Win Dolly’s Candy Cart……………………………..16 Your family run, reliable local garage……………....20 Safer Neighbourhoods………………………………24 Recipe: Cheesy vegetable gratin……………………26 Epsom Playhouse competition………………………..28 Residents’ Associations………………………..….30-31 Planning to retire?........................................................32-33 Community pages………………………………..34-36 Useful contacts………………………………………38 Local Listings………………………………………....40 Index of advertisers and advertising rates………….42


March deadline: Monday 10th 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.



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AS WE START FEBRUARY A BRIEF LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE WE SADLY LOST IN 2019…. Albert Finney, aged 82. The actor passed away on 7th February. He was nominated for Five Academy Awards during his career. He starred in films such as Erin Brockovich, Murder on the Orient Express, Annie and Scrooge and Skyfall. Gordon Banks, aged 81. The England World Cup winning goalkeeper passed away on 12th February. Karl Largerfeld, aged 85. The iconic designer, passed away on 19th February after a battle with cancer. He was the creative director of Chanel. Cliff Barnes, aged 83. The Dallas actor passed away on 21st April. Peter Mayhew, aged 74. The actor, famous for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies passed away in April. Freddie Starr, aged 76. The comedian passed away on the 9th May. Mr Starr had a varied career in entertainment. Peter Sissons, aged 77. The TV legend, most known for being a news reader died on 1st October. You too may have lost a loved one last year, it is probably one of the hardest things we must deal with in our lives. It is therefore the responsibility of each one of us to ensure that we have all our affairs in order, which includes writing a Will. This makes the difficult time your families will be facing, a little easier.

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.

We are happy to help you in this matter with our friendly and professional service at a time convenient to you. Catherine Sawbridge

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS “Currently busiest we've been for a long time, think advert is doing the trick!” Sue Mcnamara, Hook Pre School “The editorial was great and we've had at least 6 enquirers already.” Toni-Marie Foster, Surrey Dance Addicts “Just want to say that I have great business return thanks to Chessington Chat. Well done you. Just want to say thank you. “ Maggie, Ovenclean


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Sunday 2nd February. Open Day at King George Field Indoor Bowls Club. 10am-2pm. Free coaching. Bowls provided. Car parking. Refreshments available. Jubilee Way, Chessington. Call 020 8397 7025 Tuesday 4th February. Surbiton & District Historical Society present Mr Mike Page from Woking History Centre with another superb illustrated lecture, this time on "King Richard III and Surrey: A Drama in 4 Acts”. Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton at 7.45pm. Visitors welcome and a contribution of £2.00. appreciated. Details from the Secretary, 020 8399 4473 or by email: lenandmarilyn@virginmedia.com

Tuesday 18th February. The Friends of Nonsuch present Bob Sinfield with stories about The Gag Trade. 2.30pm. The Museum Wing, Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park. SM3 8AP. www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk Friday 21st February. Comedy @ The College. ‘Gagging for Laughs’ are back with 3 more amazing comedians at 8.15pm at Epsom College raising funds for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell. Book online at www.jumblebee.co.uk/comedythecollege2020 Saturday 22nd February. The Hook Centre is holding an Emotional Wellbeing day from 10am-2pm. Attend FREE workshops which include Mindfulness and How to reduce your daily stress. Speak to a variety of people about how you can improve your emotional wellbeing. For more information, pop into Hook Library where the staff will give more information. Visit The Information Hub in The Hook Centre on Tuesdays 10am-12pm, to speak with various organisations and services. Please see the timetable in the Hook Centre to find what day relates to your needs.

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

TEL: 01372 469349



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Voong Zumba liavoong@me.com Saturday 9:30-10:30am Art Class lizchristian@ntlworld.com Friday 10am-12pm

ST MARY’S CENTRE, CHURCH LANE, CHESSINGTON, SURREY, KT9 2DR General enquiries Tel: 07732 019152 Email: stmaryschessington@hotmail.co.uk Moves Fitness with Nicky nickymoves@hotmail.co.uk Monday 7:30-8:30pm Moves Fitness Gold with Sara-Jane 07958 480662 sara-jane.17@hotmail.co.uk Tuesday 10-11am and 11:30am-12:30pm Moves Fitness with Scott scottworldwide@aol.com Friday 10-11am

Yoga Superstars Yoga & mindfulness for children emsiehill83@yahoo.com Friday 4:45-5.35pm Sew Spice “SewAlong Saturdays” – every 2nd Saturday of the month 10:30am-1:30pm collettespice@aol.com 07581 405784 Affected by Addiction Support Group For families and friends of addicts First Sunday of each month 7-9pm (For more information contact Zoe on 07412 094874) The Centre is available for hire for children’s parties and other private events at very reasonable rates.

Zumba Gold with Kat kat@friendlytrainer.co.uk Monday 11am-12pm


Calasara Fitness calasarafitness@gmail.com Friday 6:30-7:30pm

For all your painting and decorating

‘Small Hands’ for mums & babies Wednesday 10-11:30am

No job too small References available

Patello Jiu Jitsu patellojiujitsu@yahoo.com Tuesday 8-9.pm Thursday 8-9pm Saturday 11am-12:00pm

020 8397 4883 07958 314721

Irish Dancing griffinkingacademy@mail.com Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm Tai Chi for Health varchilde@aol.com Thursday 7:15 – 8:15 Kay Rose Dance kaycob@yahoo.com Tuesday 3:30- 6pm Wednesday 3:45-6:15pm Thursday 4-7pm


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

020 8397 3146


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COMPETITION Win the hire of Dolly’s Candy Cart for your next party or event. As shown on our front cover we have teamed up with Dolly’s Candy Cart this month to offer one lucky reader an amazing prize. You could win the hire of a fully stocked Candy Cart with sweets, bags and serving equipment for up to 75 guests (normal charge £230) as shown below.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Established since 1970 and

Celebrating 50 years in 2020 FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-5 YEARS HOOK PARISH HALL, HOOK ROAD, CHESSINGTON, SURREY. KT9 1PL *Affordable and flexible payment for nonfunded children* *OPEN TERM TIME* *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 3 and 4 YEAR OLDS *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 2 YEAR OLDS (if eligible) (15 hours per week EARLY EDUCATION FUNDING) Simply email Dolly’s Candy Cart with your favourite chocolate bar and owner Lesley will pick a winner. Send your emails to lesleyev@hotmail.co.uk by Friday 21st February along with your name and telephone number. Please note this prize is only offered to readers in the local area. www.dollyscandycart.co.uk is part of Maple Events www.mapleeventsonline.co.uk

30 hours Offer now available 9am-12pm Monday to Friday 12.30pm-3.30pm Monday to Thursday or 9am to 3.30pm Lunch Clubs 12pm-12.30pm Monday to Thursday ENQUIRIES TO OWNER/MANAGER: MRS.S.MCNAMARA ON 0208 397 5226 hookpreschool@hotmail.com www.hookpreschool.co.uk OFSTED RATING: GOOD January 2017 Registration No.131787


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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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Elmwood Vehicles - Your Family Run, Reliable Local Garage. Since 1993, Toby and the crew at Elmwood Vehicles have been diligently maintaining and servicing customers’ vehicles. From those that have been with us since the very beginning, to their children, to our new customers, Elmwood aims to deliver a consistent, reliable service. The motor industry has had many technological breakthroughs since then, and Elmwood have kept up, using state of the art equipment, six repair bays, and an MOT bay for motorbikes, cars, vans, minibuses and motorhomes, to ensure that repairs are done efficiently, and quickly. Here at Elmwood, we truly care about the experience that our customers receive. The number of satisfied customers who come to us regularly for their MOTs, servicing, checks, repairs and just for advice is evergrowing, which is testament to the service that we provide. See www.goodgaragescheme.com and search Elmwood Vehicles to see over 500 reviews! The MOT Bay

We are also proud to support local events such as Trifest and Lights on Stoneleigh Broadway along with raffle prizes for local schools.

Every member of the Elmwood Family is truly dedicated to our customers and their vehicles, which is why we always go the extra mile. We want to make your visit as hassle free as possible, by collecting and delivering customers cars locally at no cost, and working in a timeframe that is convenient to our customer. We aim to completely remove the stress and uncertainty that comes with vehicle repairs and maintenance. We have Claire & Meg in the office who will talk to you in plain English rather than mechanic talk! So why not call, email or pop in to see us, and see for yourself why so many people keep coming back. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Lights on Broadway

Meg & Claire

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before the Magistrates in the morning for sentencing. Good old copper’s nose at work again. Help us stop vehicle crime by not having any items on display, believe me if it can be sold the criminals will break in, items such as satnavs, bags, golf clubs, phones, good pair of trainers and cash.

Chessington North, Chessington South & Tolworth ward update

So leave nothing on view. Suspicious activity

Well it’s 2020 and already we have been facing new changes here at our SNT.

Please contact Crimestoppers to report any suspicious criminal activity.

Sergeant Baxter has moved to the Mash team at the Guild Hall Kingston, and I Sergeant Colin Swan take over his role looking after the three wards. I can see that a lot of good work was done by my predecessor and I continue that good work.

Neighbourhood Watch

Another new member of the team has joined us, PC Dan Graham also known as the famous Dancing Dan, he will be shimmying his way around the ward hoping to get a tango on with the criminals who blight the ward with their criminal ways, so when you see Dan on his patrols you can shuffle up to him and say hello. There is a great drive to recruit more new police officers, soon more officers will be coming to our South West BCU. If you are interested in joining the best police service in the world and policing London as a Police Constable, Special Constable or as Police staff then visit our web site at www.met.Police.uk Burglaries Unfortunately, there have been burglaries across the wards and the criminals have gained access via the front doors. This means that the suspects may have been loitering about before committing the crime. If you see anything suspicious or a crime in progress call 999, please make a note of descriptions of suspects especially clothing and vehicles they use.

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

Knife Crime We all must do as much as we can to reduce knife crime in London so I have directed my teams to contribute to this aim to target knife crimes. I want our young people to be safe in our wards at all times. This means our officers will be using all tactics to bring this about. Vehicle Crime There have been several vehicles broken into across the wards, PC Ben Styles took hold of the problem and arrested a suspect. The male was charged for several vehicle crimes. He decided not to appear at court and warrant was issued by the courts for his immediate arrest. PC Styles was determined not to allow this criminal to escape justice and went out looking for him. Just before PC Styles’s shift had ended the suspect walked across the road right in front of him. PC Styles was very obliging arresting the male making sure he had a bed for the night in Kingston Custody to appear 24

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CHEESY VEGETABLE GRATIN A warming one-pan family supper packed with winter vegetables and topped with a rich cheese sauce. Serve with toast or crusty bread.

Ready in: 55 minutes | Serves 4 Ingredients            


2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 350g small cauliflower florets 1 large courgette, roughly chopped 100g mushrooms, sliced 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped Large handful baby spinach leaves, chopped 1 tsp dried oregano 350g tub fresh four-cheese pasta sauce 150ml passata 100g Red Leicester cheese, grated Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish


Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof frying pan (see TIP) over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the cauliflower, courgette and mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 5-6 minutes, then stir in the tomatoes, spinach and oregano. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour over the pasta sauce and turn gently to coat the vegetables. Drop spoonfuls of the passata on top and scatter over the grated cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve straight from the pan with toast or crusty bread, if liked.

If your frying pan is not suitable for use in the oven, transfer the vegetables to a large shallow baking dish before pouring over the cheese sauce.

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David Harper – Unexpected Tales Wed 26th Feb at 7.30pm Tickets £14 The show will feature funny behind the scenes anecdotes from TV, live auctions, exciting antique finds, huge profits, even bigger losses, as well as stories from celebrity TV appearances and historical journeys through time. It’s all part of what makes this show like no other. David Harper is a BBC TV presenter well known for his appearances on Bargain Hunt, The Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Flog It and For What It’s Worth. These hugely popular BBC programmes are shown in over 50 countries worldwide. David has appeared on many other BBC TV programmes too from The One Show to Celebrity Masterchef, Through The Keyhole to Countryfile, Celebrity Eggheads to The Heaven & Earth Show! The show is very much audience led with involvement in the form of questions from the audience or questions and challenges from David throughout, as the talk develops. Win Tickets! We have two tickets to see David Harper - Unexpected Tales at the Epsom Playhouse on Wed 26th February. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked: “Chessington Chat David Harper competition” to: fmaloney@epsom-ewell.gov.uk by Friday 21st February. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Jean Jones who won January’s Simon & Garfunkel tickets. 01372 742555 www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk


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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Here we are in 2020 wondering what is to become of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, will it remain as a leafy suburb of London, or become another inner London Borough with all of the problems inner London boroughs are suffering? Crime, violence and anti-social behaviour are everyday events in inner London and we are following these changes in behaviour in ever increasing speed. Wherever you go drugs are readily available particularly to school children, with compelling evidence telling us that the younger you are when using drugs, in particular cannabis, the more likely it is that you will suffer from mental health problems in your future life. Every community has addicts and dealers who are openly dealing drugs. Drugs are responsible for so much crime, bad behaviour and anti-social behaviour. Cramped living conditions, and in particularly overcrowding results in stress for those who are unfortunate to live in undersized rabbit hutches with no gardens for children to play. This coupled with poor access to health care, schools and transport make things worse. We all know that change is difficult, but it really has got to be the right sort of change, not a knee jerk re-action to the need for more housing, which will only result in bad decision making. Residents who have invested in properties over a lifetime should not be subject to having housing developments built on their doorsteps spoiling the dream they have worked hard to achieve, it is simply not fair. Again, and at the risk of boring you all, I mention how urgent it is that a proper pedestrian crossing is installed over the A243 at the Star end of the village. We do not benefit as much as other parts of the borough and it is time RBK & TFL spent some of our hard earned council tax to update Malden Rushett. I would much like to thank the driver of the road sweeper who over the Christmas period managed to get the undergrowth swept on the A243 from The Star end of the village down to Byhurst Farm, we do very much appreciate it. The following list is also overdue:    

Top of Telegraph Hill road subsiding, breaking up and will soon collapse into a really big hole (TFL) Undergrowth growing onto the road and damaging vehicles as they pass, litter on the verges (that is when you can see them) both sides of the road, (we are not paid litter pickers). Between The Shy Horse pub and the BP station the verge is completely overgrown (it is not our fault, we just happen to live here, the council say it is privately owned and not their responsibility, well it is not ours either!) Thames Water have so far taken approximately 6 months to contact and get an outside contractor to remove the scattered rubbish outside the gates of the water reservoir at the top of Telegraph Hill – we are still waiting – RBK say it is not their responsibility

I would also like to remind all residents about the danger of fraud you can become a victim to. We regularly update our Facebook page to keep residents informed about what is going on around us. Please be careful with anyone knocking on your door and offering services such as roofing/guttering, drive resurfacing, and similar services. Always use a reputable company and get a quotation for the work you need to be done, it will be cheaper in the long run. Malden Rushett may have a very busy road cutting through the middle of it but we are so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful countryside, much of it greenbelt. Countryside where wildlife and flora, trees and hedgerows flourish among people who care and where you can take a few steps out of your door to find peace and tranquillity surrounding you. Places for children to get some fresh air and play, two pubs to meet friends and enjoy a drink or two. Although our village shop at the junction is no longer open, we do have the BP station which incorporates an M&S and where the staff always have a smile on their face. Champion Timber (has a good variety of timber) operate with consideration for local residents and just beyond the junction Chessington Garden Centre, a family run business (with a particularly good cafeteria) plays a big part in our local community and are always willing to put an extra bit into local activities, we wish them all well for the future. If you would like to find out more about us you can do so by looking at: http://fb/me/MaldenRushettResidents/ Association Beryl Gibson. Chairman MRRA. E mail: bfors@outlook.com. Mobile: 0775 1024358 30

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Chessington District Residents’ Association The meeting of the Planning Sub-Committee, which had been arranged to solely discuss the proposed development of 11 to 25 Leatherhead Road, took place on Tuesday evening, 7th January in the Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane. It started just after 7.30pm and finished at 10.15pm. The seats were soon filled and more had to be added. The table at the front with the microphone where speakers from the public would sit to make their comments, had to be moved forward twice to make room for seats as more people came in. Eventually, not only were people standing at the back of the hall into the entrance area, but a number were sat on the stage. Never, in recent times, has there been such a high attendance for a particular planning application. The Developer gave a presentation of the current design of the project, including changes that had been made since the last public meeting. This was followed by members of the public, one at a time, expressing their opinions. The chairman asked that when residents spoke, they made sure not to repeat any points that had already been made, but just to say that they agreed with them. This was to ensure the meeting was not unnecessarily extended by repetition. There were fourteen people who spoke and all were against the development. At one point a lady appeared to be in favour of the whole design, praising it and saying how good it looked and how well it would fit in . . . . . but anywhere except Chessington! There were many points, including overdevelopment, not in keeping with homes in the area, inadequate parking (0.7 of a car per unit), setting a precedent for similar developments further along the A243, inadequate safe space for children to play, the current gardens not only being home to plants, trees and wildlife, also absorb rainfall, but the new hard landscaping will result in increased water run-off into the drainage system, part of the site is too close to an existing house, concern that the pile driving required will have a detrimental effect on the foundations or walls of nearby houses, dust created during demolition or construction could affect residents’ health. Some of the speakers had obviously done a great deal of research when putting forward their objections resulting in very strong arguments against the development. After each person had spoken, the audience applauded showing they agreed with their point of view. The meeting highlighted that there is a great passion within the Chessington community against this type of development. They are not necessarily against development, but it has to be in keeping with the existing ‘feel’ of the area, which is why people choose to live here in the first place. Chessington is classified as suburban and developers are trying to change it to a denser, urban one. The Planning Sub-Committee will now report to the Development Control Committee who will make the final decision at a public meeting. In a recent council meeting, at the end of his reply to a question regarding the refusal of an appeal for another development, Councillor Malcolm Self said:- ‘This appeal decision is welcomed as it reinforces this Lib Dem Administration’s commitment to welcome well designed and sustainable developments and delivers much needed housing and infrastructure but resists development that does not meet the needs and aspirations that our residents deserve.’ We can only hope they honour their commitment. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – www.chessingtondra.org.uk To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail chessingtondra@gmail.com

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Planning to retire? Here’s a checklist of the essentials.

If you’re thinking of retiring in the next few years it’s a good idea to organise your finances well ahead of time, so you can consider some of the big issues without feeling too much pressure. Preparing in advance helps you maximise the money in your pension, savings, and investments, gain an idea of how much income you’ll have, and how much you might need in retirement. So what steps can you take to prepare? Here are a few questions to think about and issues to consider that could help you enter retirement with greater financially stability, ready to enjoy this new and exciting stage of life. How much income will you have? When calculating your potential income you should include your state pension, occupational pension(s), and any savings and investments you hold. You can request the latest figures in writing from your pension provider, bank, building society, and investment companies with which you have an interest. Find out about the state pension and how to claim. As far as your state pension is concerned, you can request a pension forecast from the gov.uk website. When the time comes to retire you’ll need to proactively claim your state pension as it’s not paid automatically unless you receive certain benefits. You can claim by calling the Pension Service, requesting a form, or making a claim online. The Pension Service should send you notification approximately four months before you reach your state pension age, but you’re under no obligation to take the pension at this time. If you decide to defer it, the amount you’re eligible for may increase. 32

Check your workplace pension. Your workplace pension provider should have sent annual statements over the years showing your accrued pension at the time, plus a forecast of how much your pension might be when you retire. If you can’t find your latest statement, you’ll be able to obtain one by contacting your pension provider. Check for old and forgotten pensions. If you’ve changed employers a few times during your career, you might have one or more ‘forgotten’ pensions. You can find out by contacting the Pension Tracing Service – it’s government-run and free to use. You could also get in touch with your old employer if they’re still in business, or contact the pension provider directly if you know who they are. If you have several old pensions it may be worthwhile combining them into a single scheme, but you need to seek professional advice first. Consider how you could boost your income when you’re retired. 

Depending on your circumstances you could be eligible to claim one or more state benefits, potentially including pension credit, attendance allowance, housing benefit, and council tax reduction.

Reducing household expenses is another way to optimise your finances in retirement. Maybe you’ve been tied into insurance, mobile phone, or energy deals for a long time, in which case negotiating a reduction can make a significant difference to your monthly financial position.

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Paying off debt ahead of retirement is another way to achieve financial stability when you leave work, and can release a considerable sum each month for other purposes. There are various debt charities in the UK that offer free debt advice, and can be very helpful if you need to put together a repayment plan.

Will you have enough money to support your desired lifestyle in retirement? When you’re still working it can be difficult to envisage life in retirement, and easy to underestimate how much you’ll need. Online pension calculators can help you get an idea of whether you’ll have enough money, however – you’ll just need a few facts and figures to hand. Typically, you input your proposed retirement age, desired income, existing pension pot amounts, and current contributions, and the calculator returns your likely income. You can then see if there’s a shortfall, and take action if necessary. Another important question when you’re retiring is how you’ll use your pension pot. The new pension freedoms provide a wider choice for retirees, but you’ll need to take professional advice that’s tailored to your own circumstances. What to do with your pension. Depending on your provider you may be able to use your pension in different ways, including:   

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Taking some or all as a cash lump sum (this has significant tax implications). Purchasing an annuity. Using income drawdown, which allows you to withdraw a sum from your pension and invest it in a different product for an income. A combination of these options. Leaving your pension alone, and not withdrawing any money for now.

The pension freedoms that were introduced by the government in 2015 mean you now have far more choice in how you use your pension. It’s even more important, therefore, to obtain reliable professional advice before deciding how to proceed. With so many people falling foul of pension scams these days, finding specialist advice you can trust is vital – it ensures you don’t lose your hard-earned money, and helps you enjoy a fulfilling and active life in retirement. www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/checklistthings-to-do-as-retirement-approaches www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/work-learning/ retirement/ www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk/about-pensions/ the-state-pension/claiming-state-pension By Ann Haldon

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COMMUNITY PAGES Schools and Youth Groups Scarecrow Competition 2020 The great scarecrow competition returns again as part of this year's Herald of Spring, 7 March 2020. Local primary schools and youth groups are invited to enter our competition and create a scarecrow on this year’s theme – Bourne Hall’s 50th birthday where to celebrate we are going all 1960s. So maybe a hippie scarecrow with flowers in its hair, Beatles or Rolling Stones, or a scarecrow in a mini skirt! Or perhaps 1960s children’s programmes… how about Camberwick Green, Captain Pugwash, Clangers, Fireball XL5, Magic Roundabout, Sooty, or Stingray. Or the Kinks well-respected man! Scarecrow criteria:  Entries must follow the theme of the 1960s.  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 6 feet tall and be able  to withstand all weather conditions.  The use of recycled materials is encouraged. Scarecrows must be brought to Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell. KT17 1UF by Friday 6 March. Prizes: The scarecrows will be judged by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell on the Saturday of Herald of Spring. 1st place £100 vouchers 2nd place £50 vouchers Contact David Brooks on 020 8394 1734 or dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

U3a Singers - Kingston The Kingston U3a Singers meet locally on Thursday mornings 10.30am to 12.30pm at : Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent, Surbiton, KT6 4BN. The hall has a large car park with local bus stops outside. This very friendly 4 part choir (SATB) is looking to recruit more voices for our future concerts. We sing various different styles of music ranging from sacred to secular, classical to modern. All are welcome. There is no formal audition but we are looking for the ability to sing in tune, a willingness to practice but above all, an enthusiasm for music making. All music is provided and, with a refreshment break it’s a chance to come and meet and make new friends. A quarterly charge is levied to cover the choir’s expenses. If you are interested then do come along to a Thursday rehearsal or speak to Helga Randall on 020 8397 8712 or Roger Dench on 07759 020433

The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Royal British Legion Hall, Church Lane at 7.45pm for 8pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. FEBRUARY PROGRAMME 6th - Beetle Drive and Fish & chip supper 20th - The Aristocrat and the Able-seaman New members always welcome for further information please contact Maureen Peters tel 020 8397 1559.

New year! New decade! New you! Hook Singers would love to welcome you as we start this new year. We meet in the Methodist Church Hall, Moor Lane, Chessington every Friday morning from 10.30am-12.15pm. We are a friendly group who sing popular music from West End shows and musicals and everyone who loves to sing will find a warm welcome and a cup of tea or coffee at half time. There are no auditions. We're looking forward to seeing you soon! Chairperson: Ruth Mackinlay. Mob: 07746234508 Email: ruthmac20@hotmail.com

HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION Our friendly allotment association was founded over 50 years ago and is run by volunteers. We provide a wide range of composts, fertilisers, seeds; gardening products at not-for-profit club prices to members. Membership costs £5.00 a year and our trading facility is situated next to the entrance to the allotment plots, just beyond the rugby club pavilion, at the rear of King Edward’s recreation ground, Hook Road, Chessington. Sun: 10am-12noon We currently have full and half plots available to rent. To arrange a viewing call Mark Cooper 07970 692395.

Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme

We are a friendly group of over 50's who meet up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm at The King's Centre, Chessington. There is ample car parking space and we are also on the K4 bus route.

By the time this goes to print we will have finished our Christmas festivities – thank you for all your cards and gifts. Our Christmas Social at The Shy Horse, attended by 46 members, went very well and our Volunteers’ New Year’s lunch is to be held soon at Il Capriccio in Ewell village.

Ladies and gentlemen please don't be shy,why not come along, as it is free for the first month, to see if you would enjoy the chat, tea coffee and biscuits, companionship, varied activities and outings that are arranged. Regular weekly activities are: Freestyle Art Group (Tuesdays), exercises, Bingo and board games. Other activities include: quizzes, crazy golf, curling, snooker and darts. We are always happy to listen to the ideas of our members if there is something you would like to do. All of the above activities are covered by a monthly membership fee of £10, which goes towards the cost of hiring the facility and includes the costs of tea, coffee and biscuits. Additionally, throughout the year, as well as our regular meetings at the Centre, we arrange several social outings. These can include; annual coach trips to the seaside, boat trips, visits to garden centres, pub lunches, cream teas, ten pin bowling, visits to local attractions, shows and pantomime. These outings would be partially subsidised by the club but paid for separately by members. If you are interested please come along or for more information contact....... Marjorie Hunt tel: 020 8397 2350 or Maureen Barney tel: 020 8287 0162

HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI Hook and Chessington WI will meet again on Thursday 13th February at 7.30pm for what must be one of the most unusual Women’s Institute talks we’ve ever had; the history of kilts! Please join us for what will surely be a fascinating evening. We like to run a varied programme of speakers and activities to suit all of our members’ interests. Find us the Hook & Southborough Parish Hall, 224 Hook Road, KT9 1PL. If you require any further information please call Paula on 020 8397 2885

If your New Year’s resolution might be to help others in the Chessington Community, then please give us a ring on 020 8397 6298 between 9-12 hrs, Monday to Friday for a chat. We are always in need of volunteers, particularly drivers. Sue Weymouth

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BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Meet Tuesday evenings at The Chessington Methodist Church Moor Lane at 7.30pm NEW MEMBERS VERY WELCOME February program 4th Vera Brittain `Loved & Lost’ told by Jonathan Jones 11th Edward Muybridge Photographer – Kingston Museum 18th Social/Quiz Night 25th Afternoon Cream Tea Enquiries to Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362

Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance Group Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance Group keeps in touch with local and national issues affecting pensioners, plus guest speakers. Venue is at Marion Hill House, Girl Guides Hut, Tadworth Avenue, New Malden KT3 6DJ. Limited parking but on all public transport routes. Our next meetings are 25th February and 31st March [previously advertised in issue 149 ] then 28th April when the talk by Pete Allen will be about Watching the Detectives and then 26th May, by John Lyon on The Cold War. Contact for further information : Brenda Denby, tel 0208 398 6054, /email brendadenby@live.co.uk / website www.cspa-kingston.co.uk. Newcomers most welcome.

ANGLO-SAXONS OR THE NOT SO DARK AGES Saturday 8th February 1pm-2.30pm The Anglo-Saxons ruled for six centuries from 410 to 1066. Mercenaries had for many years fought in the Roman army in Britain, so they were not total strangers to the island. Their invasions were slow and piecemeal, and began even before the Romans left. There is even some evidence to suggest that, initially, some Saxons were invited to help protect the country from invasion. It was a time of war, of the breaking up of Roman Britannia into several separate kingdoms, of religious conversion and, after the 790s, of continual battles against a new set of invaders: Vikings. Discover what life was like for the people that gave Ewell its name which means the people who live at the start of the river. £5 per child. Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734. Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Broadway Sequence Dance Club

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Mondays 8.00 to 10.15 pm at The Raeburn Hall, Tolworth United Reformed Church More details on website www.broadwaysequencedance.co.uk

Talking of Trains Wednesdays (September to March) 7.00 to 9.00pm at Surbiton Library Hall. More details on website www.talkingoftrains.co.uk

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 Thursday mornings 9.30 to 11.30 at Chessington Methodist Church Hall KT9 2DJ. and Thursday afternoons 1.00 to 3.00 at The Kings Centre KT9 2GZ. For more information contact D Savage 020 8391 5362 or on line at chessingtonartgroup.club


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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

PLACES OF WORSHIP St Mary The Virgin C of E Garrison Lane, Chessington. 020 8397 3016 www.stmaryschessington.org St Paul’s C of E 280, Hook Road, Hook. 020 8391 2362 www.stpaulschurchhook.org.uk St Catherine of Siena R C 100 Leatherhead Road, Chessington. 020 8397 3971 www.stcatherineofsiena.org.uk Chessington Evangelical The Kings Centre, Coppard Gdns, Chessington. 020 8391 5522 www.thekingscentre.org.uk Chessington Methodist Moor Lane, Chessington. 020 8296 9344 www.chessingtonmethodist.org.uk Hook Evangelical Church Brook Rd, Tolworth. 020 8397 8909 www.hookchurch.org

COUNCILLORS Chessington North and Hook Ward: Stephanie Archer Stephanie.Archer@kingston.gov.uk Margaret Thompson Margaret.Thompson@kingston.gov.uk Sharon Young Sharon.Young@kingston.gov.uk Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford Patricia.Bamford@kingston.gov.uk Andreas Kirsch Andreas.Kirsch@kingston.gov.uk www.chessingtonparksurgery.co.uk Christine Stuart The Orchard Practice Orchard Christine.Stuart@kingston.gov.uk Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG Tolworth & Hook Rise Ward 0208 397 9494 Lorraine Dunstone www.orchardpracticechessington.co.uk Lorraine.Dunstone@kingston.gov.uk Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Dennis Goodship Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. Dennis.Goodship@kingston.gov.uk KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361 Thay Thayalan www.hooksurgery.co.uk Thay.Thayalan@kingston.gov.uk DOCTORS SURGERIES Kingston Primary Care Weekend Service. Surbiton Health Centre Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6EZ 0203 841 9942 Sat & Sun 08:00hrs – 20:00hrs Walk in and wait or ring for appointment. Last appt19:30hrs Chessington Park Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY 0208 739 1977

KINGSTON COUNCIL South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meetings https://moderngov.kingston.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=179&Year=0 Kingston Council - all committee meetings https://moderngov.kingston.gov.uk/iedochome.aspx Kingston Council home page https://www.kingston.gov.uk/ Visit www.chessingtonchat.com for copy deadlines, our rate card, advert sizes, customer testimonials, distribution map and back issues.

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

LOCAL LISTINGS Alexandra Table Tennis Club. Mon eves. 7.30-9.30pm St Georges Hall, Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth KT6 7PF. All players welcome. Contact Andrew 07917 422137 www.Alexandra-table-tennis-club.business.site/ Alexandra Blenheim Academy Table Tennis Club. Sat 11.30am - 1.30pm for 8-15 year olds. Glyn School, The Kingsway, Ewell, KT17 1NB. £5 per session. Tony 07703 602552 / www.ab-tabletennisacademy.co.uk Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane. 11.30am Thurs. 0300 123 8086 / KINCCG.Betterbones@nhs.net Bowls - Surbiton Bowling Club, Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Tues eves 5:50pm. David Lark 020 8224 2385. Buckland Womens Club. Tues eves. Chessington Methodist Church. Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Art Group. Thurs am. Chessington Methodist Church Hall & Thurs pm at The King’s Centre. David Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Beavers, Cubs & Scouts. Meet at Scout HQ to rear of 33, Garrison Lane. Beavers - Mon 6pm to 7pm, Cubs - Tues 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Scouts - Fri 7pm to 9pm. See www.chessingtonscouts.org.uk for details or Email: info@chessingtonscouts.org.uk. Chessington Bowling Club, Church Lane - beginners juniors and adults welcome - contact Club Secretary 8397 6705 email: chessingtonbc@aol com Chessington Children's Centre at Castle Hill Primary. Stay & Play sessions, Breastfeeding support, Family Learning etc. 020 8397 2006. Toy Library at Hook Centre, Tues term time, 9.30-11am. 020 8408 8927 Chessington Cricket Club. Sir Francis Barker Sports Ground, Leatherhead Road, KT9 2NB. 020 8397 9194 www.chessingtoncricketclub.co.uk Chessington & Hook United & Hook Youth Football Club. Chalky Lane, Chessington. www.chufc.co.uk. For Match & Training details call Andy on 07958 616829 Chessington Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship Programme list inside Coffee Bar Door. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 97 Ruxley Lane, West Ewell. KT19 9HB www.chessingtonyouthaction.org.uk Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 418yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. www.ccfcys.co.uk Friends of Shooting Star CHASE - Epsom & Chessington Sarah Johnson, Chairperson and treasurer 07921 774 191. Foc-epsomandchessington@live.co.uk Golden Slippers. New ballet class for mature clients. Surbiton New Life Baptist Church, Balaclava Road, Surbiton KT6 5PW. Tuesdays 10.45 -11.45 am. Contact "Meryl" Tel: 07944246778 Guides, Brownies & Rainbows in Hook & Chessington. Ann Fairhall 020 8391 4730 for details/ waiting lists. 1st Hook Beavers. Wed 6– 7pm, Fri 5.30– 6.30pm. 1st Hook Cubs. Tue 6.45 – 8.15pm, Thurs 6.45– 8.15pm. 1st Hook Scouts. Fri 7.30– 9.30pm. Surbiton South Explorers. Thurs 8 – 10pm. All meetings held at Group HQ, Verona Drive, Surbiton. Group Scout Leader Fergus Lang: fergus.lang@1sthook.org.uk

2nd Hook Beavers - Weds 5:30 - 6:30pm, 2nd Hook Cubs - Tues 7 - 8:30pm, 2nd Hook Scouts - Weds 7 8:30pm. Group Scout Leader Emma Nash, 0794 4031369, gsl@2ndhook.org.uk. Hook Scout & Guide Band. Mon eves 7-9.30pm at 1st Hook Scout HQ, Verona Drive. 9 years +. Anne & Ray Bridger 020 8397 7525. www.band.1sthook.org.uk Hook Allotments & Gardens Association. Sun 10 11am at the rear of King Edward’s Rec Ground. Hook & Chessington WI. 7.30pm every 2nd Thurs in the month. Hook & Southborough Hall, 224 Hook Road, Hook. Sharon Cook 020 8391 0723. Hook & Southborough Bowling Club. King Edward’s Recreation Ground. David 020 8397 1294 / Keith 07906 576270 Hook & Southborough Cricket Club. Somerset Avenue, Chessington. Players wanted. Keith 07828 119552. Hook Singers. Fridays 10.30-12noon at Chessington Methodist Church. New members welcome, no auditions required. Variety of popular songs. Contact Ruth Mackinlay 07746 234508 / Ruthmac20@hotmail.com Further details at www.hooksingers.btck.co.uk King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Kevin 0208 397 7025 Kingston Association for the Blind for help and advice for the Visually Impaired, Mon-Fri 10.00/midday. 020 8605 0060, kingstonassoc@btconnect.com, www.kingstonassociationforblind.org Kingston Cycling Campaign. For those new to cycling or those who have not ridden for some time with easy pace rides around Surrey. Email: rides@kingstoncycling.org.uk Kingston Rugby Club. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road. Seniors meet Tues eves, Minis on Sun 10am12 noon. Contact Graeme Maisey 07866 124282. Email graememaisey@hotmail.com. www.kingstonrfc.com Little Rascals Toddler Group @ Hook Evangelical Church, Brook Rd, Surbiton. Drop-in group for parents, babies & pre-schoolers. Songs, crafts, play, chat and cake! £1/family. Fri 9.30-11.30am (term-time) Rosie Pease 07736 424102 Mrs Bennet's Ballroom. Regency style dance. St Marks Church Hall, Surbiton KT6 4LS. 8pm-10.30pm. £5. 020 8391 1215. www.mrsbennet.co.uk. Racal Decca RFC. Senior, social rugby in a friendly, inclusive environment. Home matches Saturday's, Tolworth Court, KT4 7QH. Web; rdrfc.com Email; rdrfcinfo@gmail.com Tel; Robert Holmes 07980 802241 Old Kingstonians Hockey Club. Ditton Fields, Summer Road, Thames Ditton. Social club. Mens/ladies teams. Train Weds. Games on Sat, juniors on Sun. Georgina Perry on 020 8397 2367 www.okhockey.com Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month. Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues. St Paul’s Centre. Carole Noakes 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Thurs eves at the Royal British Legion Hall. Maureen Peters. 020 8397 1559. The St Paul’s Players. Jean Harwood 020 8391 5133 West Chessington Childrens Centre. Lovelace Primary School. Stay & play sessions, Cook & eat courses, Messy Play and Welly walks. Jennifer Devane 020 8391 2145


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