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WELCOME TO OUR MARCH ISSUE… You can tell that Spring and Easter are just around the corner as my inbox has been positively overflowing this month! Thank you to everyone who has got in touch despite an earlier than usual copy deadline. The result is 56 absolutely packed pages of all that is going on locally plus several new advertisers and some returning ones too.

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

As it opens it’s doors again in March, Chessington World of Adventures Resort have our centre pages this month detailing how to collect your free local resident tickets plus a competition to win Go Ape tickets, their upcoming Wedding Fair and the new Gruffalo Groove! We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Mane Event p.6, Gray’s Building Solutions p.6, Let Tony do it p.6, Ashton Davis p.9, Carers required p.10, The Children’s Trust p.17 & 39 and Leatherhead Rep Season p.31. And bring special offers and promotions from: Mane Event p.6, Carpets 4 U p.7, Community Motors p.11, Garner’s Funeral Service Ltd p.15, The Optical Gallery p.21, Cine Sanctuary p.22, Tolworth Fencing Co Ltd p.23, Taylored Room Solutionsp.25, Synergy 81 p.27, Time For You p.33, Elmwood Vehicles p.49 and Hook Road Dental Practice p.50. Our April magazine is delivered from 25th March right up to Easter weekend and so if you would like some space in this issue please get in touch before Monday 12th March.

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Online Assets The word ‘Inheritance’ typically conjures up thoughts of property and money. Advances in technology however, has now meant that it’s meaning extends far beyond family heirlooms. Although the majority of an individual’s assets may be in the real world, a growing number now reside in the digital world in the form of a music library, PayPal account or maybe even Bitcoin! Digital assets can include reward points on store cards & credit cards and Airmiles/Avios points. Despite them being non-existent in physical terms, their monetary worth is often very real. Online assets are frequently sold for hundreds if not thousands of pounds. It is recommended that individuals compile a list of such assets and how to access them. In order to ensure that these accounts remain secure, any confidential information should be stored separately to the Will. It is hoped in the future that a digital Will can be introduced, enabling individuals to create a secure inventory of their assets online which is unlocked to the relevant beneficiaries upon their death. Catherine Sawbridge

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH ... Patton. 8pm to 10pm, following our AGM at 7.30pm. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Free admission includes refreshments, visitors very welcome. On-site car park, evening parking fee 40p. www.ewellhortassn.co.uk / talks@ewellhortassn.co.uk Weds 14th. South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meeting. 7.30pm, Tolworth Girls School, Fullers Way North, KT6 2DJ. Tues 6th. Surbiton & District Historical Society AGM. 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. No charge is made for visitors on this evening. Come and find out more about our Society and perhaps become a member. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting, for which there is no charge. Details from the Secretary - 020 8399 4473. Email: lenandmarilyn@virginmedia.com Tues 6th. Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society SW London Group present Matt Allen’s Photographs. 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. £3 with refreshments included. Tues 13th. Ewell Horticultural Society present an illustrated talk: ‘Growing for the Kitchen’ by Paul

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Sat 17th. Surbiton Farmers’ Market. 9am - 1pm. Maple Road, Surbiton. www.surbitonfarmersmarket.co.uk Tues 20th - Sat 24th. Home Furnishings & Gift Market at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell. Open 10am - 5pm, 4pm on Saturday. Includes curtains, cushions, rugs & gift items. Free entry. Easy and cheap car parking. Weds 21st. Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents Sally Hardy demonstrating 'Anything Goes' at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. 1.30pm for 2pm start. Visitors (£6) are warmly welcome. See competitive exhibits, browse flower arranging sundries & publications for sale and refreshments. For further information call Pauleen Moss on 020 8337 1318 or email epsommaydayflowerclub@gmail.com

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EPSOM PLAYHOUSE

That’s Life - The Frank Sinatra Story Fri 16th March at 8pm Tickets £21.50 That’s life is a brand new production celebrating the life through music of one of the 20th century’s greatest icons, Frank Sinatra. From his first early recordings with the big bands, his rise, fall and the women, notorious connections and collaborations that assured his rise again to International Stardom, in a spectacular career spanning 70 years. Frank Cognoscenti effortlessly assumes the persona and captures the essence of Sinatra down to the finest detail, being a natural body double with Blue eyes and having the uncanny ability to convey the most subtle vocal nuance when interpreting the classic torch songs, to the cock of the walk swagger of the Vegas years and beyond, all with his own dry and mischievous sense of fun honed from years of performing the Sinatra songbook to audiences all over the world. Complemented by the world class Franks Place Jazz Orchestra, and unique scene setting audio visuals, this is a show like no other, offering something new for even the most avid theatre goers and Sinatra fans alike.

Win Tickets! We have two tickets to see That’s Life - The Frank Sinatra Story at the Epsom Playhouse on 16th March. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Frank Sinatra Competition” to: fmaloney@epsom-ewell.gov.uk by Fri 11th March. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Marilyn Illidge and Linda Evans who won February’s Voodoo Room tickets. Box Office: 01372 742555 Online: www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

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EARTH HOUR 2018 8.30pm Saturday 24th March Planet in Crisis Right now we’re up against the biggest environmental threats that our generation, or any generation, has ever faced. Wildlife we love, like elephants, turtles and polar bears, are at risk from the effects of climate change, pollution & over-consumption.

Hi all. As an Earth Hour Ambassador, I’m calling for your support again this year. Chessington Chat readers have taken part over many previous years and as a local resident, I’m asking you to get involved and do your bit. What is Earth Hour? Earth Hour is a global movement, which brings millions together across the world to call for greater action on climate change. Each year, hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights and organise events – at home, in their community or in their towns or cities – to show they care about the future of our planet. Last year nearly 9 million people across the UK took part to send a clear message of support for climate action. From the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower to Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh Castle, cities, towns and communities like ours across the world switched out their lights and came together for an hour, to join a global show of support for action on climate. Join us at 8.30pm on Saturday 24th March. Sign up, switch off your lights and show you want action.

The damage has been shockingly fast. Over the last 25 – 30 years: (Source: WWF-UK Living Planet Report)  80% of freshwater species have declined  Over 50% of populations of land species have declined  40% of our forests have disappeared to agricultural land with 15 million trees lost each year just for soy production  1 in 6 of the planet’s species are at risk of extinction from climate change How WWF are helping to fix it:  Working with international governments to accelerate

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the shift to a low-carbon economy and drastically reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels like coal, oil & gas Restoring & protecting important habitats Addressing our food systems to ensure we’re farming sustainably, reducing waste and consuming responsibly Helping poorer countries cope with their changing climate Encouraging everyone to make sustainable lifestyle choices such as the energy in their homes, transport options, sustainable diets and more…

You can find out more details about Earth Hour here, wwf.org.uk/earthhour and @wwf-uk #EarthHourUK Thank You. Simon Jakeman B.E.M, Earth Hour Ambassador

WWF’s Earth Hour is the biggest movement to protect our planet and hundreds of millions of people take part every year. People do a wide range of things around the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet. Your support for Earth Hour, and for WWF’s work in general, has helped us find solutions for the environmental challenges we face the world over. This includes influencing national climate policies, planting new forests in Uganda, and banning plastic in the Galapagos. This year, we want to get as many people in the UK to make a promise for the planet as we can. 20

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Welcome to my March Chessington North & Chessington South ward update. As your local Policing team we regularly deal with victims of burglaries, the impact of which can never be underestimated. Chessington is not too affected by these crimes but below is a sample of the material available on the MET website to give you advice and tips on being safe and reducing your chances of being a victim of this crime. Protect your valuables  Don’t advertise your goods.  Always keep valuables like tablets and laptops out of sight from windows and store keys away from the letterbox.  Help police identify your property if stolen by using a property marking kit and taking photos. The MPS is currently providing SmartWater kits as part of the MetTrace operation. Visit www.met.police.uk/mettrace  Consider buying a safe or using other safe storage providers. Safeguard your building  Lock all windows and double lock doors when you go out, even if it’s only for a few minutes.  Make your home look occupied: use timer lights and cancel deliveries if going away.  Make sure locks are strong enough to keep burglars out. Secure your outside  Keep gates, sheds and garages locked and don’t leave tools lying around as they can be used to break in.  Keep hedges at the front low and install outdoor lighting, so burglars have nowhere to hide.  Install trellises and spiky plants to stop burglars from climbing over fences. Millions of pounds worth of gold and jewellery is stolen in London every year. Keep your family gold and heirlooms safe by following our advice:  Review your current home security arrangements to make sure they are adequate.  Keep jewellery and gold secure with the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA). Visit www.thenpa.com to find your nearest branch  If you need to keep jewellery at home, don’t leave it on display or in obvious places such as bedrooms and bathrooms.  Be discreet if wearing jewellery in public. The only way police can prove that jewellery found on a thief doesn’t belong to them is if you take the following steps:  Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery, keep a written description and get a valuation from your insurance company.  Make sure your jewellery is property marked with a product suitable for jewellery such as SmartWater.

Scams. We have also had reports of various scams that have been targeting residents of Chessington. The general rule and advice I would offer is that if it seems too good to be true or if the story given is unusual or unexpected please think twice before acting. Examples are not exhaustive but include the methods below: Bogus officials posing as water workers. Bogus Police officers requesting residents to attend the bank and withdraw cash. The Police will never ask for any money… Staff Updates. I say farewell to PC Steve Douglas who leaves the team on the 5th March to pursue his Police career in the dog section. Steve has been a very dedicated member of my team and he has worked very hard in keeping the residents of Chessington safe. I have appreciated all his efforts and I wish him well for the future. Police Merger Update. I attended a South of the Borough meeting with the Kingston Borough Commander and Chief Inspector Mills recently. They attended to answer the concerns and questions on the forthcoming borough merger and in particular how it will affect local Policing. I will keep you updated on the progresses prior to the go live date in May. However I can confirm that the Chessington base and your local Police team will remain at Hook Road for the foreseeable future- this will be for at least 2 years. Ward Panel The next ward panel meeting will be on the 7th March at 7pm at the Safari Hotel, Chessington. If you are a resident or work in the area and want to be involved in the local decision making process on Policing Chessington you are welcome to attend. Snowfriends. If you are interested in becoming a snowfriend, a scheme where local residents assist the council in clearing snow in their local area and gritting the pavements please visit the following; https://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200287/ health_and_wellbeing/896/coping_with_extreme_weather https://www.gov.uk/clear-snow-road-path-cycleway

Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch is a way of the Police communicating fast time messages on crimes and crime updates. If you would like to receive these e mails please e mail me using the details below. If it is an emergency please call Police on 999; if it’s a non emergency call 101. Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via Twitter. Chessington North and Hook - 07342 713970 Chessington.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonN Chessington South - 0208 721 2001 Chessington.south.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonS Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Chessington North, Chessington South & Tolworth & Hook Rise.


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PROFESSIONAL REPERTORY THEATRE excited by the new plans for Leatherhead's theatre. Repertory in the Home Counties used to RETURNS TO LEATHERHEAD! Seasonal rep will return to The Leatherhead Theatre after almost 30 years, with a series of three plays presented by professional theatre company Hordern Ciani. This exciting new initiative will be brought to the area by the team behind the hugely successful Swanage Rep. The brand new season will see the company of nine actors perform across all three shows, rehearsing one play during the day whilst performing another at night. The Leatherhead season will feature ‘Yes, Prime Minister’, the stage version of the smash hit TV series by the original writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, ‘The Secret Garden’, a brand new musical adaptation by Dave Simpson based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and ‘Communicating Doors’ by hugely popular playwright Alan Ayckbourn. The Leatherhead Theatre is a 500 seater, Grade II listed building which originally opened as The Thorndike, a purpose-built rep theatre in 1969, named after Dame Sybil Thorndike. However, the last professional repertory season to play there was in the late 1980s. Support for the project has been given by Timothy West CBE who said “Prunella and I are much 30

be a flourishing resource, and should be again. The Thorndike was responsible for some fine shows, and I'm sure there's a great future for this new production team!”

Katherine Mount, Producer and co-founder of Leatherhead Rep said: “We are so excited to be bringing our rep season to this beautiful theatre, and feel extremely privileged to be working in a facility that was designed for, and was home to repertory theatre for so long. Regional theatres often overlook ‘traditional plays’ in their programming and we feel lucky to have been welcomed here with such open arms, and to be able to restore this wonderful tradition to the Surrey community. We hope everyone will come out in support of this and enable the theatre to thrive once again”. Tickets for all three shows in the Spring rep season can be purchased from The Leatherhead Theatre box office on 01372 365141 or via their website www.theleatherheadtheatre.com/ leatherheadrepseason. Further details of the shows including cast can be found at www.leatherheadrep.com The season opens on Tuesday 17th of April and closes on the 5th of May.

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THE GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN Feeling Adventurous? The more adventurous of you may like to combine litterpicking with sightseeing, exercise or both.

The Great British Spring Clean campaign, which is taking place on 2 - 4th March, has a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches. The campaign is organised by Keep Britain Tidy, an independent charity working towards eliminating litter, ending waste by creating sustainable practices, and improving our beaches, parks and streets. Places to be Proud of The goal of the Great British Spring Clean is to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish around them, so that they can ‘live and work in places that they can be proud of and prosper in.’

Wayne Dixon, whose adventures can be tracked by following @WayneKoda on Twitter, is walking and litter-picking his way around the 7,500 miles of Britain’s coastline accompanied by his dog, Koda. He is raising money for Mind and North Inuit Dogs while also supporting Keep Britain Tidy and their Great British Spring Clean campaign. It’s a cause dear to his heart and Koda’s, as Koda nearly lost a leg when he was injured by a discarded can. You may not have a few years to spare to follow in Wayne’s footsteps, but a shorter coastal excursion could be fun. If you like to be on the water rather than walking beside it, you could join the Plastic Patrol, as featured on The Russell Howard Hour. The group paddleboard the waterways of Britain removing discarded plastic. ‘We’ll supply the litter pickers, refuse sacks and we’ll even dispose of everything you find – just come along, do your bit and have fun.’ Visit www.plasticpatrol.co.uk and click on ‘clean-up events’ to find one near you.

The campaign works with individuals, businesses, organisations and public bodies, and has some bigname supporters including Coca-Cola Great Britain, Lidl, McDonalds, Wrigley, Costa, Iceland, KFC, Greggs, Stagecoach, the RSPCA, the RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society. Get Involved ‘Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it,’ urges the campaign’s statement. ‘Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.’ You can do some litter-picking by yourself or with friends and family, although make sure you stay safe, particularly if you’re litter-picking near roads. If you prefer to join an organised event or group, the campaign page has a handy map of what’s on – and you can also enter your postcode to discover events taking place near you. Visit www.keepbritaintidy.org/ get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-britishspring-clean. There are lots of events on the map already – just click on a virtual map pin to see a snippet appear, then click the snippet heading to find out exactly where and when the event is taking place.

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has recently published a draft copy of the London Plan giving clear guidance of what his draft proposals are for London over the coming years. Among those listed requirements are additional housing to meet the increased population growth, protection for the greenbelt and open spaces, and increasingly important air pollution. Local authorities, including Kingston Council, are at present in consultation with residents and businesses to see how they can best meet the Mayor’s proposals and for us by producing a Local Plan for the borough of Kingston. The South of the borough covering Chessington and Malden Rushett has a high concentration of greenbelt and the Mayor has pledged to protect the greenbelt. This assurance has also been pledged by Kingston Council. Developers will only be permitted to build on greenbelt land if they can show a very special case that would outweigh the damage to the greenbelt, this is rarely achieved. For those residents who have not had sight of the draft London Plan, I have copied the relevant extract directly from The London Plan as below: The official site of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly Draft New London Plan Policy G2 London's Green Belt G2 The Green Belt should be protected from inappropriate development: development proposals that would harm the Green Belt should be refused. The enhancement of the Green Belt to provide appropriate multifunctional uses for Londoners should be supported. The extension of the Green Belt will be supported, where appropriate. Its de-designation will not. 8.2.1 The Mayor strongly supports the continued protection of London’s Green Belt. The NPPF[1] provides a clear direction for the management of development within the Green Belt and sets out the processes and considerations for defining Green Belt boundaries. London’s Green Belt makes up 22 per cent of London’s land area and performs multiple beneficial functions for London, such as combating the urban heat island effect, growing food, and providing space for recreation. It also provides the vital function of containing the further expansion of built development. This has helped to drive the re-use and intensification of London’s previously developed brownfield land to ensure London makes efficient use of its land and infrastructure, and that inner urban areas benefit from regeneration and investment. 8.2.2 Openness and permanence are essential characteristics of the Green Belt, but despite being open in character, some parts of the Green Belt do not provide significant benefits to Londoners as they have become derelict and unsightly. This is not, however, an acceptable reason to allow development to take place. These derelict sites may be making positive contributions to biodiversity, flood prevention, and reducing the urban heat island effect. The Mayor will work with boroughs and other strategic partners to enhance access to the Green Belt and to improve the quality of these areas in ways that are appropriate within the Green Belt. The MRRA has written directly to Sadiq Khan setting out The MRRA’s position on the need to protect the greenbelt in the South of the Borough and relaying our plans for easing the congestion and traffic on the A243. We do not believe that a by-pass would necessarily be the answer to Malden Rushett traffic woes, and that a by-pass would destroy valuable farmland and greenbelt areas of which our wildlife have precious little left to inhabit. We have put forward our ideas to both the Mayor and Kingston Council. We will of course continue to talk to both authorities and hopefully arrive at a solution that will be acceptable to all parties. Again flooding has been a problem at The Shy Horse end of the village with a property’s garden being completely under dirty muddy water. It is so unfortunate when the householder has to repeatedly contact the authority responsible to come out and take remedial action. All our services are so expensive and they want us customers to pay a lot of money for them, why can’t they keep their side of the arrangement? The Star end of the village also suffers from flooding which the same authority seems powerless to put right in an acceptable manner, why? (cont.) 36

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On a different note, I can see how very easy it is to be cheated out of the money we have in our bank and savings accounts. Recently I have been bombarded with messages telling me that I am due a tax refund (wishful thinking), or that I have ‘unusual’ transactions on my well known internet payment account. These e mail messages are known as ‘phishing’ e mails and are sent by fraudsters who want you to select the button on the e mail message they have sent to you, so that they can gain entry into your bank accounts and relieve you in a flash of all your money and savings. Please make sure that you check very carefully the source of any e mail you receive and do not click on any re-direction buttons that could lead to information that you do not want to share being accessed. Similarly with telephone cold calls, do not answer any questions that may put your identity or security in danger, should anyone require such details they will write to you, not telephone you. If you are a dog owner please be aware of dog kidnapping in and around this area, it is absolutely heart breaking to lose a much loved dog in this way and not know what has happened to it. Take care when out walking and always keep your dog in eyesight as thieves are known to lure them into undergrowth with treats and then snatch them. *Due to some confusion, please be aware that the MRRA is not associated with any other association of a similar name such as The Malden Rushett Community. Beryl Gibson, Chairman. bfors@outlook.com - 0775 1024358

Chessington District Residents’ Association Last year, the land at Tolworth, which was originally the government offices and more recently known as the Tesco site, had an application to build 705 homes rejected by the council for, among other things, the density of houses being too great for the size of the site and the potential problems with traffic. Transport for London (TfL) are responsible for the surrounding roads. They have been considering options to improve the Tolworth Roundabout and as they are in the early stages it would be about twelve months before any schemes could be put forward for public consultation. The developer, Meyer Bergman, has put in another application and this time it is for 950 homes. They had increased the number of affordable homes from a previous proposal of 13% to 25%, even though the council’s stated requirement is 50%. In December last year there was a Development Control Committee meeting in the Guildhall which heard reasons for and against the project. Each party had five minutes to put forward their case. For a development of this size and complexity it is a very short time to state the reasons to the councillors, for them to note and digest, before making their decision. However, before they could, the chairman announced that they had received a draft of a New London Plan. It was suggested that the Plan should be studied to see if it may have an effect on the application and the decision on the application be deferred. A vote was taken and approved. One of the councillors asked how long should the decision be deferred, a week, a month, three months? At present, it is a draft and the council have until this March to respond and the results will not be published until autumn 2019. Meyer Bergman could appeal against the deferment and if this does happen then it could be decided by an inspector appointed by the department in Bristol and not by our elected councillors. The Mayor of London has committed to build many more homes, but Tolworth is not London, it is an urban and suburban area, therefore the housing density should not be that of London. There are no high rise flats in this area so why should we be forced to have them? At rush hour, the traffic approaching the roundabout from Ewell stretches back quite a way. Imagine what it will be like with construction lorries entering and leaving the site for months on end. Once the project is completed and all the units are occupied how long will it take the people going to work to actually leave the estate in the mornings - or does the Mayor think everyone will be going by bus and train? Bear in mind also that on the other side of Tolworth station there is now a large Travel Lodge hotel and already approved is the building for Lidl’s UK headquarters which will eventually provide jobs for 700 people. This is a land-locked site with the only practical entry and exit being adjacent to Tolworth station. Whilst it can be turned into a housing estate, the numbers they propose are impractical for those who will finally live there, but maybe not with regard to the profit of the developer. 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 Editor’s note: Please also see p.47 for a piece from The Malden Rushett Community.

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COMMUNITY PAGES TWO GUIDE DOG PUPPIES THANKS TO THE ASHLEY CENTRE CUSTOMERS AND TO THE ASHLEY CENTRE The Epsom Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind was one of the charities chosen to be The Ashley Centre’s charities of the year 2017 and are delighted that their fundraising has raised enough to sponsor not one but two Guide Dog puppies! The Ashley Centre pledged to support the charity to raise enough money to sponsor a puppy but thanks to the generosity of shoppers the collections, tombolas, activities and information stands held in the Centre each month they raised an incredible £11,564.93! The funding will enable these puppies to start their journey to become a life-changing companion for an adult or child with sight loss. The other charity supported by The Ashley Centre was The Sunnybank Trust and their hugely popular gift wrapping service in the Centre in the run up to Christmas raised nearly £3,000 which will go a long way to fund essential services. Centre Manager David Beddows said: “We are delighted to have been able to support these two worthwhile charities this year and we congratulate them on the amazing amounts they have raised. For more information about The Ashley Centre and all the latest events, please “like us” on Facebook (facebook.com/theashleycentre), follow us on twitter (@ashley_centre) or visit our website (theashleycentre.co.uk)

HRH Princess Alexandra visits veterans at The Royal Star & Garter Home Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra recently visited the disabled veterans living at The Royal Star & Garter Home, Surbiton, to mark the Charity’s 102nd anniversary. The Princess was received by the Charity’s Chairman, Major General Tim Tyler, Chief Executive, Andy Cole, Director of Care, Pauline Shaw, and Surbiton Home Manager, Barbara Carter. Her Royal Highness was welcomed by Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) veteran Phyllis and presented with a beautiful yellow posy. Phyllis commented, “The Princess was absolutely delightful. She asked about my time in the WAAF and we chatted for a long time about all sorts of things. I will always remember today with great fondness and happiness.” After signing the visitors’ book, Her Royal Highness was introduced to residents, staff and volunteers who make up the Star & Garter Singers choir. The Princess spent time listening to the choir, who in tribute to the typical British weather, sung a spirited rendition of Singing in the Rain. The Princess then moved into the café bar and chatted with more residents including Betty and Pat, who were delighted to meet her. Her Royal Highness was then given a tour of the dementia care house, where she watched residents participating in a lively exercise class to music. The Princess has a long-standing relationship with The Royal Star & Garter Homes, after becoming the Charity’s president in July 1964. Since then Her Royal Highness has visited the Homes on many occasions, always devoting much of her time to conversing with residents. Major General Tim Tyler, commented, “Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra’s visits are always an absolute pleasure and most welcomed by residents who greatly enjoy her company. This is a significant year for our nation, as we commemorate the end of the First World war. At this poignant time, it is a privilege to share the Charity’s Founders’ Day with our President and we look forward to welcoming the Princess back to our Homes in the near future.”


Mum’s the Word By Rod Romero Make sure you put your vest on My Mother used to say Don’t want you catching cold When you’re going out to play We’d have powdered egg for supper And ‘Airplane’ jelly too When Dad came home from fighting There were dumplings in the stew Mum would try to keep us smart And keep us neat and clean But, those hands are now quite dirty Where do you think you’ve been Stories she would read to us And comics passed around We’d listed to the radio Through oscillating sound She would read our school reports Perhaps you could do better I think I’ll go and see the head Or maybe write a letter And as our youthful days went by Our friends and foes she’d vet And sometimes lend a bit of cash When we got into debt The wheel then turned full circle Grandchildren came along She would tell them funny stories And sing them Granny’s song So if you can remember And when you pass this way Pop in and have a cup of tea With Mum on Mothers Day

Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance Group We meet on the last Tuesday of the month except for July and August, and December when we enjoy a Xmas lunch instead. In addition to our main interest of keeping in touch with local and national issues affecting pensioners, we organise speakers from a wide range of subjects to entertain us on lighter fare! Venue: Marion House, Girl Guides Hut, Tadworth Avenue, New Malden, KT3 6DJ, from 2 – 4.15pm. Contact for further information: Sec Mrs Brenda Denby, tel 0208 398 6054. Email: brendadenby@live. co.uk. Small car park but also on main public transport routes. These pages are FREE for local groups, clubs, residents and charities. Submissions are accepted on the proviso that they can be formatted to fit the available space each month.

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HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION Our friendly allotment association was founded 50 years ago and is run by volunteers. We provide a wide range of composts, fertilisers, seeds and other 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 Feb till Nov. We currently have full and half plots available to rent. To arrange a viewing call John on 07807 300749


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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: petercodd@yahoo.co.uk “Really good function room for parties. Friendly bar staff!! And discounted bookings offered for a Friday evening.”

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An ‘Eggcellent’ day out for the whole family – The Children's Trust Easter Fair Promising enough chocolate eggs to feed the whole of Surrey, The Children’s Trust annual Easter Fair returns on Saturday 31 March, taking place at the charity’s specialist centre in Tadworth between 12 and 4pm. Family fun includes the much-loved Easter egg hunt, an Easter themed market, Easter egg decorating, Wacky Wheelers mini-tanks, ponies, fairground rides, raffles and more. Local band Atlantis will also be entertaining crowds with music throughout the day. Last year the event raised more than £6,000 and it is hoped that this amount will be beaten with the fantastic attractions and games on offer for families. All proceeds from the event go to The Children's Trust, supporting children and families affected by brain injury and neurodisability. FREE entry for children (under 16), £3 for adults. Book now, www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/easterfair

THE EIGHT O’CLOCK CIRCLE LADIES GROUP MARCH PROGRAMME 1st. We are having a lunch out at Il Cappriccio restaurant in Ewell Village. 8th. The Amazing Mr Dickens. A talk by David Allen. 15th. A talk about Big Ben, by Tim Redmond. 22nd. AGM 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. www.8oclockcircle.webs.com Valerie Birch 020 8397 1256

BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Come & Join Us, see what we do Buckland Women’s Club meet at Chessington Methodist Church Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm Enquiries to Jennifer Savage 0208 391 5362 March 6th Surrey AGM – no meeting March 13th Energy Saving with Ms Revell March 20th Surrey Search & Rescue Rosie Jordan March 27th Social – Quiz Night

Chessington Art Group We meet for 2 hours on Thursdays to paint and draw. If you are interested in art and would like to practice and improve your artistic talents then come along and join us. Thursday 9.30 to 11.30 am at The Methodist Church Hall, KT9 2DJ. Thursday 1.00 to 3.00 pm at The Kings Centre, KT9 2GZ. Last sessions before summer break on 27th July. Enquiries to D Savage 0208 391 5362 Or view us on line at chessingtonart.wixsite.com/mysite 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. 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 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 £7, which goes towards the cost of hiring the facility. 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: 0208 397 2350 or Maureen Barney tel: 0208 287 0162


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HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI The Women’s Institute is more than just a monthly meeting in a church hall. We have many different groups and activities running within Hook and Chessington WI and all of our members are welcome to join in with book clubs, bowling, theatre groups, museum trips, gardening clubs and craft clubs among many others, there is always something happening and to take part in. Activities and groups are designed with our members in mind, they take place locally and over different days and times to ensure all our members can join in. If trips are further afield, they are accessible by public transport or our members arrange to share cars. Here is our Evening Book Club meeting at The Hook Centre Cafe for a delicious afternoon tea and a discussion on their latest read. Our next meeting is Thursday March 8th where our theme will be Easter with a talk on chocolate making and an egg decorating competition. If you would like to find out more about your local WI group we meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Hook & Southborough Parish Hall, 224 Hook Road, KT9 1PL. If you require any further information please call Sharon Cook on 020 8391 0723.

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Online safety will be hot topic at tech event for local young mums. Online safety will be one of the key topics at HomeStart Richmond, Kingston & Hounslows' free, weekly get-together for mums under 25 who want to find out more about all things digital including; how to keep themselves and their children safe online; how to become digital entrepreneurs; and how to use the internet to find work. Home-Start are partnering with digital charity, #techmums, to host weekly Mums Connected parties which will feature a live broadcast exclusively from Facebook’s UK headquarters in London. The one hour livestreamed interactive show will be delivered through Facebook Live helping mums become more technology literate and confident. It will be hosted by digital-guru, Dr. Sue Black OBE, teaching and inspiring mums to use different technology skills to improve their lives. The format provides a safe environment for local mums across the boroughs to meet and support each other in developing technology skills that will empower them and their families. At the same time the format gives flexibility for mums who are not able to attend in person (especially given childcare issues), to not miss out, and instead join remotely via Facebook or watch the podcast from the comfort of their own home. The Mums Connected parties will be held at Kingston United Reformed Church (Richard Mayo Centre), Eden Street, Kingston, KT1 1HZ from 10 -11am each Wednesday for five weeks starting on Wednesday 21 February. The dates for all five parties are: • • • • •

Wednesday 21 February Wednesday 28 February Wednesday 7 March Wednesday 14 March Wednesday 21st March

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Surrey Cycle Challenge launched to raise money for The Children’s Trust The Surrey Cycle Challenge, a brand-new event, has been launched by The Children’s Trust. Taking place on Sunday 9 Sept, the challenge is encouraging cyclists to get on their bikes to raise money for children with brain injury and neurodisability. Cyclists are given the choice between a 46 or 68 mile route. Both challenges will start and finish at the charity’s specialist centre in Tadworth and promises a picturesque ride through Surrey’s stunning countryside, passing areas such as the Low Weald and the North Downs. Cyclists will be able to look forward to the all-important after party at The Children’s Trust headquarters where they will enjoy a complimentary sports massage, food and music. Early bird offer, signup before 1 April and pay a £20 entry fee. Usual entry fee £35. To register or for further information and visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/cycle


Malden Rushett Community This Spring the Government is announcing a number of significant reforms to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as part of its solution to address the current housing crisis. At the heart of the changes is a new Housing Delivery Test to ensure that local authorities plan to meet their local housing need requirements. Using a formula that considers the size of the local population, its projected future growth and its median income in conjunction with the level of housing stock and a comparison of local house prices with the market average, it is hoped that this formula will enable local authorities to plan a sufficient level of new housing that is within financial reach of its residents. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has set a provisional annual target of 1527 new houses for RBK. From 2020, local authorities are expected to maintain a rolling average of at least 65% of their target, with those that fail to meet that threshold being subject to a series of measures and sanctions to address the shortfall. For RBK that threshold would be 993 new houses annually, measured over a three year period. Other changes include new circumstances where developers can submit proposals for certain types of development on Green Belt land, a scenario that is of particular concern for residents of Malden Rushett wishing to preserve our village's unique character. With a number of the changes designed to speed up the delivery of new housing, communities could find themselves at the mercy of speculative developers seeking to secure a quick profit. To ensure that their views are represented, communities are being offered the opportunity to determine how strategic policies in a Local Plan are interpreted in their area by writing a Neighbourhood Plan which will form part of the Local Plan. Communities will have the ability to add extra protection to Green Belt sites they wish to protect from development as well as determining the type and the location of any future housing within the village. Neighbourhood Plans can be used to protect existing community facilities and manage the future growth of their community in a controlled manner. Who is best placed to decide how a community grows – developers or the community? Everyone who lives or works in Malden Rushett can contribute to our Neighbourhood Plan: visit our website to have your say – http:// maldenrushett.community/our-plan/ Andrew Watson info@maldenrushett.community

2018 Dementia Friends sessions Know anyone with Dementia? Has someone in your family got Dementia? Want to know a bit more? A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia, changes that occur in the brain and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Tell your friends to come along, all welcome. All it takes is to attend a Dementia Friends session for 45 minutes‌.you will learn 5 key messages, learn where to get support and get a badge! All sessions start at 12pm and are held in the John Lewis Kingston Community room, first floor by The Opticians. Next sessions: March 5, April 16, May 14 & June 4 Contact: Lene Wood, Dementia Development Coordinator Lene.Wood@staywellservices.org.uk or 020 8942 8256


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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 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 www.chessingtonparksurgery.co.uk

The Orchard Practice Orchard Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG 0208 397 9494 www.orchardpracticechessington.co.uk

Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361 www.hooksurgery.co.uk

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: Clive Chase clive.chase@councillors.kingston.gov.uk Margaret Thompson margaret. thompson@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

Andrew Day 020 8391 1946 andrew.day@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford 020 8287 0689 patricia.bamford@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

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

Shiraz Mirza 020 8241 9938 Shiaz.mirza@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

Rachael Reid 020 8974 1779 rachel.reid@councillors.kingston.gov.uk MP for Kingston & Surbiton: Edward Davey MP contact@eddavey.org 020 8288 2736

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LOCAL LISTINGS Alexandra Table Tennis Club. Mon eves. 7.30-9.30pm at St Georges Hall, Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth KT6 7PF. All players welcome. Contact Jane 0208 397 3115 Alexandra Blenheim Academy Table Tennis Club. Sat 10am till 12noon for 8-15 year olds. Blenheim High School, Epsom KT19 9BH. £4 per session including coaching. Contact Tony Line 07703 602552 Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane, Chessington, KT9 2DR. 11.30am Thursdays. Tel: 0300 123 8086 email 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, 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 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 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 Wed & Thurs 5.15 - 6.15pm, 2nd Hook Cubs Tues 7-8.30pm. 2nd Hook Scouts Fri 7-9pm. Alan Cooke 0208 287 0276 or e-mail

cont. alanjancooke@yahoo.com 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. www.band.1sthook.org.uk 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. 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. 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 Arts Group meet monthly from September June. Monday evenings from 8 - 10pm in Surbiton Library Annex, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT5 5AG. 020 8397 1050 Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month at Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues at the St Paul’s Centre. Val Edwards 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Thurs eves at the Royal British Legion Hall. Valerie Birch. 020 8397 1256 The St Paul’s Players. Jean Harwood 020 8391 5133 West Chessington Childrens Centre. Lovelace Primary School. Stay & play sessions, Cook and eat courses, Messy Play and Welly walks. Jennifer Devane 020 8391 2145


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PLEASE REMEMBER TO MENTION CHESSINGTON CHAT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADVERTS Bicycle Maintenance/ Servicing Rebel Waltz 34 Cycle Solutions Children’s Pre-School, Nurseries & Day Care 38 Hook Pre-School Chimney Sweep 8 David Russell Community & Council 19 CHAT Easter services Chessington Evangelical 13 Chessington World of Adventures Resort 28/29 41 Lovelace Primary 18 St Catherine’s Church 18 St Mary’s Centre 12 St Paul’s Church The Children’s Trust 39 School * Computer CLP 6 Computer Solutions Counselling 3 CPA Dental Surgery Hook Road Dental 50 Practice Dog Walking/Pet 34 Sitting Keith Orbell Dog Grooming 53 Diamond Dogs Domestic Cleaning 32 Ovenclean 33 Time For You Domestic Help 45 Extra Help

Electrician George Curran 38 RNB Electrical Services 8 Estate & Letting Agents Jackson Noon 2 & 56 Estate Planning Joanne Orbell 38 Shortland Sawbridge 8 Film & Video services Cine Sanctuary 22 Function venue Chessington Cricket & Sports Club 51 Kingston Rugby Club 43 Funeral Director Garner’s Funeral Service Ltd 15 Garage Community Motors 11 Elmwood Vehicles 49 Gardening/ Landscaping BK Landscapes 9 R J Tree Services 10 S.B Landscapes 14 Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd 23 Woodham & Sons Ltd 16 Hair & Beauty Jon Garrod 14 Julie Harris Nail Cutting 34 Mane Event * 6 Health & Fitness Synergy 81 27 Home Improvements Angel Roofing 14

(cont.) Carpets 4 U Dream Doors DT Rogers Maintenance Gray’s Building Solutions * JH Building Services Jim’s Handy Let Tony do it * R & N Decorating Robinson & Son Taylored Room Solutions Host Families Stay at Homes Thameside Homestay Hypnotherapy Catherine Bayliss Kinesiology Alan Noguer IT / PC / TV Services Ashton Davis * GFC Tech Leisure / Events King George Field Indoor Bowls Club Mini Cab Zedcarz Mobile mechanic AW Autos Motorcycle Sales & Service Chessington Motorcycles Optician The Optical Gallery

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Chessington Chat March 2018 - Issue 129  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat March 2018 - Issue 129  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

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