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WELCOME TO OUR JULY ISSUE… There’s a very summery feel to this month’s magazine as school exams come to an end, the World Cup undoubtedly dominates conversations both in the playground and the workplace and we look forward to the start of Wimbledon and balmy mid summer evenings. We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Seasons Art Class p.5, The Red Rose of Chessington p.6, Teambuilders at Hook Church p.11 and Anne Duncan Electrician p.22.

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Sgt Simon Baxter Beryl Gibson, MRRA Colin Punch, CDRA Catherine Sawbridge 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

August AND September deadline: Monday 9th July 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.

Special offers and promotions come from: Carpets 4 U p.7, Just Lawns p.20, The Optical Gallery p.23, Elmwood Vehicles p.27, Synergy 81 p.31, Community Motors p.37 and Cine Sanctuary p.43. Please remember that as always our next issue is a combined August AND September magazine with a copy deadline of Monday 9th July and delivery w/c 22nd July just as the school holidays begin. The next issue after that is October’s. Till then.


INSIDE: Nil rate band discretionary trust……………….8 What’s on………………………………....12/13 Safer neighbourhoods…………………….…..16 The Life List: Trip off the tongue………………18 Lets look at moss in our lawns………….…...…20 Cuddington Beer Festival……………………..24 Epsom Playhouse Competition………………...28 Residents’ Associations………………….…32/33 Holiday reads………………………………...34 Community pages………………………....36/38 Kids puzzle page……………………………..40 Local listings…………………………………..42 Useful contacts………………………………..44 Index of advertisers and advertising rates…...46

We are currently recruiting for a full time Office Administrator at a friendly and professional Accountancy firm in central Thames Ditton. Salary ÂŁ23,000-ÂŁ25,000, Mon-Fri (circa 8.30am to 4.30pm). Based in a small team, key duties include the management of post and online scanning, client invoicing and billing, tax administration, general office admin and covering reception. The role has a high level of both internal and client facing communications. Role is flexible and would suit a positive, team player with an eye for detail, who is looking to make the position their own. To apply please call 020 8339 1930 or email


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Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust These Trusts were commonly used prior to 2007 in Will Writing to mitigate Inheritance Tax. Most of our clients in the Surrey and London areas had these Trusts included in their Wills as without them, Inheritance Tax would be charged. With the introduction of the Transferrable Nil Rate Band in 2007, these Trusts are now infrequently used and serve little purpose when trying to save Inheritance Tax. In fact in some cases they can have a detrimental effect on the overall tax position of the Estate. Please check your Wills and if your Will includes one of these Trusts it may be time to consider rewriting the Will to remove it. Also if a Spouse has died, and the Will contained one of the Trusts, you MUST do something about it, you cannot just ignore the Trust. There is a period of two years from the date of death to either open or wind up the Trust, depending on personal circumstances, but it cannot just be ignored. Please contact me to discuss your requirements if you do still have one of these Trusts within your Will. Catherine Sawbridge

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

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WHAT’S ON IN JULY and coming up in August... Sat 14th & Sun 15th. Kingston Regatta. For details see Thurs 19th. Cream Tea in the Garden from 11.30am2.30pm at the Fircroft Trust, 96 Ditton Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6RH. Sandwiches, scones and cake with tea or coffee. Tickets are £8 per person in advance. Please call 0208 399 1772 for further information. Tues 3rd. Surbiton & District Historical Society present Mr Mike Page from The Surrey History Centre with an illustrated lecture on "The Most Wretched Man in the World: The Lives and Loves of the 5th Viscount Midleton - (1806-1848)". Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton at 7.45pm. Visitors welcome – a contribution of £2.00 appreciated. Details from the Secretary, 020 8399 4473 or email: Tues 3rd. Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society SW London Group present a talk by Ron Howes. 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. £3 with refreshments included. Sat 7th. Castle Hill Primary School‘ Beside the seaside’ summer fair. 1-4pm. Buckland Road, Chessington.


Sun 22nd. Kingston Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge. Canbury Park Gardens, Kingston. 9.30am - 4.30pm. Sat 28th & Sun 29th. Prudential Ride London Cycle event. Road closures throughout Kingston & Surrey on Sunday 29th. See

2nd Hook Scouts Jumble Sale

Saturday 7th July 2pm at Scout HQ, rear of Hook Parish Hall, Hook Road, Chessington. Refreshments. Entrance 50p.

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In addition thieves may use the ball lost in the garden trick so to gain entry to a premises. If the story given at the front door is unusual or unexpected please think of your safety and politely decline and close the door, never let them in your property and call us on 999. Examples are not exhaustive but include: Bogus officials posing as water workers. Chessington North & Chessington South ward update. Bogus Police officers requesting residents requested to attend the bank and withdraw cash. The Police will Since my last edition I am pleased to report that the never make any requests for money. incidents involving sling shots have reduced but I do still urge you not to give these items to children as they are Knife Crime. not toys. These weapons can cause serious injury to The Met strategy for dealing with knife crime is persons as well as damage to property. If you see any Operation Sceptre. This covers several strands; your situations involving these weapons please call the Police. local Police team has been involved in several of these strands and as a result knife crime is Chessington is very Burglaries. With the warmer weather upon us and with the holiday low. Activity for this period consists; Weapon sweeps - Churchfields, Francis Barker, season approaching I urge you all to ensure that your Bullwhips, Woodgate area. property is secured when you leave it and that all Youth engagement – Frequent engagement with the windows and doors are secured. Ensure that good quality locks are fitted to all external doors along with young people at Chessington Community College. SNT patrols – foot patrols on the wards. window locks. If you have CCTV please check that it is functioning correctly. The number of reported burglaries Police Merger Update. is low but I do urge all residents to be vigilant and if The south west BCU which has amalgamated other they see any suspicious persons or any behaviour out of boroughs into the SW BCU has now been implemented. the ordinary to call Police. The contact points for your local team will continue to If you need any crime prevention advice please use the operate from key locations across the wards so if you have any questions for your local team or if you have contact numbers and e mail addresses below and the any concerns about this merger please come and speak team will assist. with the team. These contact points are published on the Met Trace is a Police operation to protect London homes internet on website. and property. This is essentially a property marking Ward Panel scheme which marks your valuables so should they get The next ward panel meetings will be held at 7pm on stolen and recovered they can be reunited with the 12th September and 5th December at Safari Hotel, owner. See for more Chessington. If you are a resident or work in the area information and want to be involved in the local decision making Vehicle Crime. process on Policing Chessington you are very welcome Vehicle crime continues to be very sporadic but I am to attend. pleased to report that in Tolworth some offenders have Neighbourhood Watch been identified for being involved in stealing from Neighbourhood Watch is a way of the Police motor vehicles, they have been sent to court and I am communicating fast time messages on crimes and crime awaiting a result. There is still a need to be vigilant where you park your car and how your store your keys updates. If you would like to receive these e mails as keyless technology can be bypassed by thieves using please e mail me using the details at the bottom of the page. specialist equipment. Keyless technology continually sends a signal from the key to the car so that the car doors can be opened. Signal amplifiers can be used by criminals to intercept this signal and gain access to the car. To prevent becoming a victim of this crime please consider storing / placing your car key when not in use in a protective sleeve such as a signal blocker/Faraday bag. These can be easily bought online cheaply.

Contact Details Emergency please call Police on 999. Non emergency call 101. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via Twitter. Chessington North and Hook - 07342 713970

@ChessingtonN Please ensure that your van or car is locked and secured and that nothing valuable is inside when you leave it, Chessington South - 0208 721 2001 this includes power tools and sat nav systems. Distraction Burglaries. @ChessingtonS Please be aware of the distraction burglaries whereby thieves pose as officials to dupe occupiers of houses to Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Chessington North, let them inside so that property can be stolen. Chessington South, Tolworth & Hook Rise wards.


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LET’S LOOK AT MOSS IN OUR LAWNS We are often asked why customers’ lawns have such large amounts of moss in the grass and what can be done about it; so here is some advice on the causes and management of this problem. The first thing is to investigate the causes of the problem rather than jump into treatments that can be a waste of time and money.

the soil conditions to aid grass seed establishment improving germination rates by often double. The use of moss control treatments is usually focused on ferrous sulphate which if applied carefully limits moss regrowth whilst helping green up the grass at the same time by the inclusion of nitrates in the mix. These procedures are phased through the year with spring and autumn being the most opportune times to tackle a moss problem whilst giving your lawn the best chance to become lush and green.

It may also well be worth getting a free quote and some advise from your local specialist tree surgeons who can suggest procedures to assist with grass growth at the expense of moss. The surgery can include thinning Moss is actually a very primitive plant from the Bryophyta group which includes ferns, it is not so much a the tree crown to let more light pass through the tree, a crown lift to remove lower branches that create most weed but an opportunist that takes advantage of favourable conditions to spread across your lawn. Moss shade or a complete crown reduction across a tree. Be advised that tree works might need to be spread loves damp, cool and shady conditions in mainly acid through the year according to each tree species. soils so look around your garden to see if you have created these conditions for it to prosper. Are your Moss in our lawns is a fact of life; it is nature competing lawns often waterlogged by being too compacted so in our gardens! There is no quick one off solution to moss rain cannot drain away quickly? Do you have dense incursion it is an ongoing battle through the year, but it canopy trees that create excessive shade? Do you mow can be tamed. your lawn too low at times? Does your lawn have a lot Just Lawns London of dead organic matter in the section between the grass and the roots (thatch)? Are winter leaf falls promptly removed? Do you think you might be over applying fertilizer onto your lawn? As you can see a combination of factors can create a moss problem and a garden centre moss control application is often not the appropriate solution. The best management approach is to create the conditions for vibrant grass growth that can suppress the development of moss. If your lawn is too damp then killing moss with a chemical application is just a temporary solution because the conditions for moss growth are still there. You need to be a detective and investigate the causes of your problem possibly with the assistance of a specialist and then resolve them over time whereby applications are a part of the process to get the perfect lawn. The over use of moss killer or its application at the wrong time can actually damage your grass lawn by “burning” it making the situation even worse! The range of management solutions does vary from garden to garden, but there are some general procedures that are frequently used. The mechanical removal of dead thatch with a scarifier unit can promote vigorous grass growth, whilst on heavy and compacted soils an aeration machine cuts right down into the root area that then aids drainage and better grass root development. The next stage can be re- seeding in low density grass areas with shade tolerant grass varieties sown near trees or on north facing lawns to speed up recovery. Next, you may possibly require a topsoil dressing where the mix of sand/loam/compost matches 20

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CUDDINGTON BEER FESTIVAL There are 3 sessions: Friday 13th July – Evening 6 to 10pm. Saturday 14th July – Lunch 12 to 4pm. Saturday 14th July – Evening 6 to 10pm.

CUDDINGTON BEER FESTIVAL Friday 13th & Saturday 14th July Come join us for a great selection of ales and ciders from London producers plus freshly cooked food at Rowe Hall, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park, KT4 7DD just a 5-10 min drive from the centre of Chessington.


It is essential to buy tickets in advance, as we have a strict capacity limit which we expect to fill quickly. All tickets entitle you to a souvenir lined pint glass and a programme with tasting notes. In previous years we have sold out on sessions and there were no tickets available at the door, so to avoid disappointment please book your tickets in advance at:

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

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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. 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, line dancing, 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 ÂŁ10, which goes towards the cost of hiring the facility and includes the costs of tea, coffee and biscuits. Additionally, throughout the year, as well as our regular meetings at the Centre, we arrange several social outings. These can include; annual coach trip to seaside (free for members), 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 01629


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Sunday 29 July 2018 at 7.30pm Tickets £23.00 It's been ten years since Lee Mead first donned the coat in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. So Join Lee and his amazing band as he takes you through the last ten years of his life. Featuring songs from the classic shows he has starred in, such as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA , MISS SAIGON , CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG , LEGALLY BLONDE, WICKED and many more. Including songs from his previous albums, and his brand new album LEE MEAD TEN YEARS VIP package available - Front row seats, a meet and greet with Lee and a signed photo for just £50. Please call Box Office to book - 01372 742555 So come along for a fantastic evening of songs and stories and you never know Lee might don the coat once more!

Win Tickets! We have two tickets to see Lee Mead at the Epsom Playhouse on 29th July. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Lee Mead Competition” to: by Friday 20th July. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Elaine Milne who won June’s Islands in the Stream tickets. Box Office: 01372 742555 Online:


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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION I am very pleased to be able to say that new traffic bollards have been fitted to the middle of the A243 over The Star end of the village. These bollards offer pedestrians some degree of safety when crossing the road to and fro Ashtead Woods. After much discussion with Surrey Country Council, Kingston Council and Transport for London (multi agencies responsible for the A243 in Greater London and Surrey) Surrey County Council finally had to admit responsibility for the bollards and replace them. I do not wish to sound pious and say ‘I told you so’ to SCC but a lot of time and effort has been wasted by myself and others on trying to identify who was responsible, when really I was sure of who was responsible in the first place. We now need a proper pedestrian crossing at the Star end of Malden Rushett to make sure that pedestrians are safe when crossing the road. I have made representations to TFL and Kingston Council regarding how dangerous it is for families in particular to cross that part of the A243 especially when you are accompanied by young children and animals. The speed limit needs to be reduced from 40pmh to 30mph at the boundary of Surrey and Kingston. The A243 is a real disgrace at the moment running from the Surrey boundary to the junction. Litter everywhere and overgrown. As you head towards London from the Star end the undergrowth is infringing on the road and damaging vehicles. The last time the undergrowth was cut down in order that the ‘Malden Rushett’ sign could be seen entering the village just before Byhurst Farm, us residents took responsibility and did it ourselves. But, we cannot take responsibility for the rest of the road as no pathway exists on that side of the A243. Recently, I attended a liaison meeting with Transport for London and other local interested parties which is a great step forward for the MRRA. Previously whenever you managed to get a handle on who you thought was responsible for an issue that person would disappear in a puff of smoke! We now have a dedicated TFL real person to talk to and I find this prospect very exciting indeed for the future. You may also be interested to know that I have recently read an article in the Leatherhead Advertiser detailing the planning inspectorate’s overturning of a unanimous decision by Mole Valley Council’s planning committee to refuse a development of 10 flats in Ashtead. A ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ previously formulated by local residents to protect Ashtead from unsuitable development was tested and ignored by the planning inspectorate. Mole Valley District Council have decided not to appeal against the decision as it would appear they believe there is no reasonable chance of successfully challenging the decision in the courts. This outcome is precisely why the MRRA cannot support a Neighbourhood Plan and why we work with TFL and RBK to achieve the best results for our residents in Malden Rushett. Beryl Gibson – Chairman MRRA

ROBERT COOKE RNB ELECTRICAL SERVICES LOCAL ELECTRICIAN FOR LOCAL PEOPLE Chessington Based Business Call Rob on 07931 750325 Free Quotations available and competitive prices. NICEIC Approved and Checkatrade backed business. RNBElectricalServices

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

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Chessington District Residents’ Association Last month we wrote about the pigeons underneath the railway bridge at Chessington North station. A few days after the copy was sent to print, it was seen that the old mesh had been removed and replaced with a finer one. The result was a continuous barrier and quite a few very confused pigeons hanging on to it to try to get to their roosting area. They then began sitting on branches adjacent to the bridge creating a line of droppings across the pavement. The number of birds reduced over the following weeks but there are still a few roosting on the ledges at each end. Hopefully they will eventually find somewhere else to go and leave a clean pavement. Whilst Network Rail promised to advise us when the installation would take place, but didn’t, the end result was they did what we had, for some time, been asking for and we thank them for that. Mesh has also been fitted under the bridge on the other side of the road to ensure the birds do not take up residence there. ---------------------------------------------------------------On the 7th June there was a South of the Borough Committee meeting at the Hook Centre where, among other things, the proposed redevelopment of the Cap in Hand site was discussed. The strength of feeling regarding this was evident as all seats were taken with more people standing. CDRA put forward a number of objections with additional ones from local residents, including those from Haycroft Road. The design includes a retail unit on the ground floor. How successful is this likely to be when there is no allowance for parking when visiting the shop? Drawings viewed at the meeting show access to the site for residents’ cars is off the slip road. This means they will have to go to the roundabout at Hinchley Wood to then come back up towards the Ace of Spades. How practical will this be for the recycling and land fill collection vehicles? Apart from all the Haycroft Road houses being overlooked, one person had checked on Google Earth and found that in November, when the sun is low in the sky, the shadow cast by the tower block would not only fall over houses in Haycroft but also in the adjacent road. There were many reasons put forward to show how impractical and unwanted this development is – unless you are the developer.

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A report of the meeting will now be put forward to the Development Control Committee (DCC) and at their next meeting, which the public can attend, a decision to accept or reject will be made. The date of the meeting will be found on the Kingston Council web site. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail

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HOLIDAY READS Now You See Her – Heidi Perks

Sun-lounger worthy reads to keep you occupied this summer. Finding Gobi – Dion Leonard This is the story of ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard and the small stray dog that joined him on his 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert. Dion becomes determined to offer the dog a home, but there’s an awful lot of red tape to get through, and then the dog disappears. This Sunday Times bestseller has also been rewritten as a picture book and as a young readers’ book, so do make sure you order the right version!

Charlotte only took her eyes off the little girl for a few minutes but when she doesn’t turn up, Charlotte is ostracised by the community and blamed by the media. And, of course, the little girl’s mother is never going to forgive her. But then the two women come under police investigation and something isn’t quite as it seems. A tension-filled thriller, with plenty of twists and turns.

All Things Bright and Strange – James Markert In the wake of WWI, Ellsworth Newberry is grieving for his wife and just wants to be left alone. But when a strange chapel is unearthed in the woods, Ellsworth may be the only one who can lead his community in a fight against an unknown, unseen enemy. Part Christian fiction, part horror, part historical fiction, All Things Bright and Strange starts strongly, but gets lost a little bit along the way.

The Possible World – Liese O’Halloran Schwarz After his mother is killed, six year old Ben tells people that his real name is Leo, and that he has another mother. But no one believes him. Doctor Lucy is struggling to come to terms with her marriage breakup when she first meets the little boy. Clare is approaching her 100th birthday and decides to tell someone the story of her life before it’s too late. Three separate characters, whose stories (past, present or future) are interlinked. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

The Trick to Time – Kit De Waal Mona leads a quiet life in a seaside town – making her dolls, visiting the carpenter and helping grieving mothers. But how did she get here? What happened to the spirited young woman who set out seeking adventure, and the man she fell in love with? A beautiful read with engaging characters that covers issues as diverse as grief, immigration, mental illness and love. 34

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COMMUNITY PAGES Local Fishing Club Offering Free Fishing for all the Family During National Fishing Month Leatherhead and District Angling Society are holding their annual Open Day on Saturday 28th July at Long Copse Ponds located at the corner of Eastwick Drive and Spring Grove, Bookham KT22 9PD.

Wednesday 11th July - Princess Ida Presented by the Malden Community Choir Malden Community Choir will perform `Princess Ida’ by Gilbert & Sullivan for Malden Fortnight at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th July.

Reduced membership packages will be available on the day, from Junior to Family memberships. No need to book, just turn up between 10am and 5pm.

As in the acclaimed production of `Iolanthe’ last year, the plot turns on the battle of the sexes, and the women have to contemplate facing heavy armour and artillery. The subject is topical- women’s education and equality, but there is a clash between Princess Ida’s vision of a women’s university and the plans of her father and prospective father-in-law.. However, the heroes try a softer approach to charm the women out of their avowed intention to live on a higher plane without them, which involves some hilarious crossdressing and mistaken identity. The opera contains some of the loveliest music Sullivan ever wrote in this genre, and one sequence of songs is often called `the string of pearls’.

Due to the popularity of this event, fishing sessions will be limited to a maximum 2 hours per person/family.

This evening’s entertainment is not to be missed. Tickets are £10 from the Malden Centre and include interval refreshments.

Everything is FREE; the Club provide all the tackle and bait plus, for this event you don’t even need a licence! Senior club members will be onhand to teach the basics to beginners, as well as pass on tips to the more experienced.

Visit our website to learn more:, or call Eric on 07818 493505 for more information about the Open Day. BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Chessington Methodist Church. Tuesdays @ 7.30pm Please come and Join Us July program 4th July – Summer Party 11th July - Surrey AGM at Ashtead We break for the Summer on the 10th July and resume meetings on the 11th September Enquiries to Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362

COFFEE MORNING In aid of Fight Against Blindness a local-based UK charity targeting the needs of children with sight loss. Home-made cakes, coffee and teas, and stalls including Bring & Buy. Thursday 9th August at the Methodist Church, Moor Lane 10 - 12. All welcome, and bring a friend.

HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI Summer is definitely upon us now and with that comes all of our summer activities. We will be running a stall at the Hook Summer Fair, in conjunction with 1st Hook Scouts, on 30th June at King Edward Recreation Ground. We will be holding a cake and home made goodies tombola, so please do come and see us there. Many of our members will also be enjoying an evening picnic at RHS Wisley on 28th June to celebrate the centenary of the Surrey Federation of Women’s Institute. Our July meeting on Thursday 12th is the final one before the summer break and we will be taking part in some Tai Chi. There is no August meeting, we meet instead for an evening meal at a restaurant chosen by our members. If you would like to visit us, you will find us on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm 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.


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 £2.50 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 John on 07807 300749 .

East Head By Rod Romero The wind around East Head Strews sand from off the beach The island must be shifting May go beyond our reach Board-walks on the dunes New routes for us to follow Changing vistas to be seen New hills and filled in hollow Last years cliffs have crumbled Down to the beach below Exposing Maram roots To wind and tidal flow A fir tree near the beach Was rooted centrally The changing shape ensures It moves eternally The causeway to the mainland Attacked by wash and spray Rocks left by the Rangers Are nearly swept away On yachts they come to picnic Drop anchor in the bay To find that where they were Is no longer there today In records it’s recorded East head will always change Tides and wind and sand Will try to rearrange So gather up the debris Remake the boundaries strong Though remember what you do Won’t last for very long

GOOD news for Chessington Community College Ofsted report! Chessington Community College is celebrating the result of it’s latest Ofsted report where once again inspectors have judged the school to be good. ‘The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection and have ensured a caring, welcoming and supportive environment where pupils feel safe, attend well and are ready to learn. Pupils behave well in classrooms and round the school. They value the many rewards and are proud to wear badges and ties that reflect their success. They recognise the improvements that the school has made in the last two years and appreciate the attention to their safety and well-being.’ ‘Pupils’ results have also improved since the previous inspection. Overall progress was broadly average in 2017 and was above average in 2016. Pupils’ progress in work-related and optional GCSE subjects at key stage 4 has been well above average for the last two years.’ In a recent email to parents Headteacher Mr Ali wrote: ‘We are now not only a solidly Good school with many confirmed exceptional features but also a school that can be proud of itself. For me, that students are happy, feel completely safe, have cracking lessons, achieve well and love coming to school are what really matters. We will not rest on our laurels and will continue to strive to being the very best we can be. This is a good milestone on that journey. ‘ Tony Mills, Chair of Governor’s said: “As Chair of Governors, I share the Headteacher’s pride in the achievements of our pupils and staff over the last two years, with fantastic support from parents, governors and the local community. This was recognised by Ofsted in their report. The focus on pupil wellbeing in the school to promote a safe learning environment has resulted in positive outcomes for our students.”


JULY PROGRAMME 5th - Mystery Trip. A day out to a mystery destination!! 12th - "The swinging sixties." Christine Jarvis will help bring back a few memories on this evening! 19th - Women in Prison. A talk by Richard Warren 26th - Aloe Vera. Ann McCormack will give advice on her products and have a large selection for sale. 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

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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. £5 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 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 & 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. Carole Noakes 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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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: Stephanie Archer Margaret Thompson Sharon Young Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford Andreas Kirsch Christine Stuart The Orchard Practice Orchard Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG Tolworth & Hook Rise Ward 0208 397 9494 Lorraine Dunstone Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Dennis Goodship Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361 Thay Thayalan 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

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MP for Kingston & Surbiton: Edward Davey MP 020 8288 2736 SCHOOLS Castle Hill Primary Buckland Road, Chessington. KT9 1JE 0208 397 2006 Ellingham Primary Ellingham Road, Chessington. KT9 2JA 020 8397 3864 Lovelace Primary Mansfield Road, Chessington. KT9 2RN 020 8397 3265 St Mary’s C of E Primary Church Lane, Chessington. KT9 2DH 020 8397 9597 St Paul’s C of E Primary Orchard Road, Chessington. KT9 1AJ 020 8397 3553 St Philip’s School Harrow Close, Chessington. KT9 2HR 020 8397 2672 Chessington 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




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Chessington Chat July 2018 - Issue 133  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat July 2018 - Issue 133  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory