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WELCOME TO OUR MARCH ISSUE… You can tell that Spring is just around the corner as my inbox has been positively overflowing this month! Thank you to everyone who has been in touch. As you will see from our front cover The Rainforest opens at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in March and it’s also time to claim your free residents’ tickets so find details about both on pages 24 & 25. There’s lots to report from our Residents’ Associations and Safer Neighbourhood teams and we also hear from Barwell Business Park on the Leatherhead Road.

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

We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Doggy Dazzler p.6 and George Curran Electrician p.6. Offers and promotions come from: Time For You p.5, Carpets 4 U p.7, Shortland Sawbridge p.8, Dolly’s Candy Cart p.14, Just gardens & lawns p.22, Community Motors p.23, Cine Sanctuary p.30, Fennies Day Nursery Ltd p.31, Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools p.35 and Elmwood Vehicles Ltd p.43.

Editorials and advertisements: 020 8337 7041 75 Cromwell Road, Worcester Park. KT4 7JR sally@chessingtonchat.com www.chessingtonchat.com

Next month is our Easter magazine which is traditionally a very busy issue so please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like any space in our April pages. Deadline is Monday 9th March with delivery w/c 22nd March.

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Funeral planning………………………………………8 What’s on………………………………………...12-13 Business park seeks community links………….………16 Epsom Playhouse competition………………….……..18 Time to give your home a spring clean……….…..20-21 Spring lawn care…………………………………….22 Five Guys fundraiser………………………………....26 Safer Neighbourhoods………………………………28 Residents’ Associations……………………….…...32-33 Community pages……………………….…....36/38/40 Useful contacts………………………….……………42 Index of advertisers and advertising rates……….….46


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FUNERAL PLANNING Loosing a loved one, is one of the most trying and stressful experiences we all go through. It’s at this dreadful time that we must arrange a funeral, which can be heart rending and costly if the deceased did not plan for this. Many people are now relieving their families of this pressure by taking out a Funeral Plan. Our preferred provider, Golden Charter, offer Funeral Plans using your local Funeral Director at a cost which is extremely reasonable and the fee you pay now will lock the price of your funeral in at today’s rates. Instalment Plans are available, e.g. 12 months interest free payments. You may also state your wishes and choices for the service, at this time, so your family do not have to take on this burden. Please enquire with us on 01372 741418 if you would like a Brochure, and as a special offer in March 2020, we are offering a £40 Marks and Spencer’s Gift card for all plans taken out with us. Catherine Sawbridge, email wills@shortlandsawbridge.co.uk

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Have you written your Will? We will help you take care of this important task. We are members of the Institute of Professional Willwriters. Home visits at your convenience. Please call 01372 741418 or email wills@shortlandsawbridge.co.uk We also prepare Lasting Power of Attorney and offer Probate Services.

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CHESSINGTON MOTORCYCLES MOTOR CYCLE SALES & SERVICE MOTS, SERVICE, TYRES, BATTERIES, SPARK PLUGS, OILS ETC.

166-168 Hook Road, Surbiton. KT6 5BZ

020 8397 1138 / 020 8391 1134 www.chessingtonmotorcycles.com

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WHAT’S ON IN MARCH and coming up in April... Ewell KT17 1UF. 8pm, following the AGM for members at 7.30pm. On-site car park, evening parking fee 40p. Includes refreshments, visitors always very welcome. Visit www.ewellhortassn.co.uk or email: eha_ details@ewellhortassn.co.uk

Tuesday 3rd March. 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 prior to the meeting, for which there is no charge. Details from the Secretary: 020 8399 4473 or by email: lenandmarilyn@virginmedia.com Tuesday 10th March. Ewell Horticultural Society present a talk by Andrew Halstead, a retired RHS Entomologist, who’s talk will put into perspective the risks and benefits of using pesticides, covering their history and research into toxicology and environmental effects of new products. Bourne Hall, Spring Street,

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Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th March. 5 Day Gift Market at Bourne Hall, Ewell. Open 10am-5pm, 4pm on Saturday. Stalls are specially selected for originality, quality, usability, great value and good service. New stalls added daily. Free entry and easy and cheap parking. Email: giftmarket.2@yahoo.com Saturday 28th March. Monthly litter pick. Meet at Hook Parish Hall, Hook Road, Chessington at 10am to collect your bags, gloves and high viz vest. Spend as little or as long as you can. #2minutelitterpick(Hook) Friday 24th / Saturday 25th April. The 11th Annual Hook Beer Fest. Verona Drive, Surbiton. KT6 5AJ (Scout hall) Supported by Kingston & Leatherhead CAMRA. Fri evening session 6-10pm. Sat afternoon session 12noon-4pm and 6-10pm. In aid of charities including Princess Alice Hospice. Visit www.hookbeerfest.org.uk

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COMPETITION WINNER Congratulations to COLIN SHALLCROSS who won February’s Dolly’s Candy Cart Competition. Thank you to everyone who entered and to Lesley from Maple Events. Colin wins a fully stocked Candy Cart. www.dollyscandycart.co.uk is part of Maple Events www.mapleeventsonline.co.uk

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Chessington’s business park seeks to build links across its community. Barwell Business Park is getting 2020 underway with a promotional and outreach campaign that will forge links within the estate and expand its influence and reputation to the community beyond its landscaped grounds. Owned by Aviva Investors and home to a diverse mix of 60 businesses across 400,000 sq. ft of manufacturing, logistics and office accommodation, Barwell is a unique place to base your business. A designated Strategic Industrial Location for all of London, Barwell’s on-site management team supports inspirational start-ups through to established global corporations, all of which are succeeding and growing in Chessington. Colin Lawrence-Waterhouse, Asset Manager at Aviva Investors, said: “Barwell is not your standard industrial park. The smaller units give a great base for a start-up business whilst the wide range of larger unit sizes make future expansion within the park easy. “The landscaped environment, improved amenity and transport links make it a pleasant place to work, whilst also giving the park a high quality feel suitable for business headquarters. We want to promote Barwell and Barwell businesses beyond our boundaries, taking our successes to the heart of the Chessington and Kingston borough communities, as well as further afield.” 16

In 2019, Barwell benefited from an ongoing programme to improve the quality of its business space and experienced an influx of new businesses. Kubik Robotics UK moved in last December shortly after Video Europe. Coughlans Bakeries opened a new cafe and Websters Wigs, opened a storage and distribution facility. Other units are currently under offer and when Sunrise Software’s business needs evolved, the Barwell team worked together to relocate them to a better suited facility. With new companies moving in, it is a good time to build on the links within the Barwell community. Colin, who joined Aviva Investors in 2017 following a successful career with Cushman & Wakefield, said: “By increasing awareness of one another’s businesses, we want to encourage more relationships and connections between occupiers on the park that may help all of the businesses going forward.” With an ambitious vision, 2020 will be a great year for Barwell and whether you’re an existing customer, relocating business, a start-up, or a resident or local group, we hope to work, and look forward to working, with you. Email colin.lawrence-waterhouse@avivainvestors.com, call 0800 026 4653 or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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EPSOM PLAYHOUSE

COME WHAT MAY A TRIBUTE TO MOULIN ROUGE Friday 27th March at 7.30pm

Tickets: £29.50

Sweeney Entertainments and Sisco Productions present COME WHAT MAY - The Ultimate Tribute to Moulin Rouge. We present to you an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza as you enter the secret world of one of the greatest movie-musicals of all time. Bursting at the seams with timeless classics including Come What May, Your Song, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, Roxanne, Lady Marmalade plus songs from some of the most iconic movie musicals of all time. Travel back in time as the children of the revolution take you on a thrilling non-stop journey into the sexy, disreputable and glamorous underworld of Paris. It's a ‘Spectacular, Spectacular’ evening of unforgettable dancing, dreams, adventure and above all - love. Win Tickets! We have two tickets to see Come What May at Epsom Playhouse on Friday 27th March. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked: “Chessington Chat Come What May competition” to: fmaloney@epsom-ewell.gov.uk by Friday 20th March. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! 01372 742555 www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

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The inaugural public meeting of Friends of RAF Chessington on Jan 25th was well attended by local residents, including councillors and The Worshipful, The Mayor Margaret Thompson. Our Chair gave a presentation on the history of the site behind the Kings Centre in Coppard Gardens and the first projects we are hoping to accomplish through community involvement; 1. Creating a Woodland Walk linking the King's Centre car park with Lovelace school 2. A wildflower meadow 3. Natural old fashioned hedgerows 4. Lessening of ASB 5. Replacement of footpaths 6. Improved access for all 7. Removal of dead/dangerous/overcrowded trees Our first Community Action events will be ground clearance in preparation for planting the meadow. Please join us on Saturday 4th April 9am - 12pm and/or Sunday 5th April 2 - 5pm - bring gloves/ tools/sustenance! You can stay in touch/watch our progression via the Friends of RAF Chessington pages on Facebook and Instagram. FoRC Committee

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Neat and attractive storage for cleaning products. Shelves contain laundry and utility range from Garden Trading.

It’s time to give your home a spring clean

This wood and metal combo should cope with everything from crumbs in the kitchen to mud in the hallway. Dustpan and brush set, £14, Garden Trading.

As the sun comes out, temperatures warm up and the days get longer, there’s nothing nicer than a thorough spruce up around the house, making sure that everything is squeaky clean from top to toe. Make your own cleaning products using online ‘recipes’ and pour into spray bottles. Method multipurpose cleaner, £3; Hydrea nail brush, £2; Elements glass canister medium, £8; all Dunelm.

The twisted rattan design of this traditional rug beater is both effective and rather stylish. Rug beater, £14, Garden Trading. Set of two jute and cotton baskets, £12; grey laundry powder tin, £10; microfibre kitchen sponges, £1.50 each; rush natural storage basket, £18; grey and bamboo dish drainer, £10; Sorbo wooden dish brush, £1; all Dunelm.

Pull out rack for under-sink area. Sonchus 80cm cabinet liner, £9, GoodHome Kitchens, at B&Q. Knitted dishcloths are a great alternative to single-use kitchen towels. Set of three cloths, £13, &Living.

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Amberglass spray bottles block out UV light, helping to preserve the products inside. Reusable bottles, £27 for three, Wearth London. This organic reed diffuser uses pure essential oils to fill your home with natural aromas. Lemanja diffuser, £40, Wearth London.

Get Fresh Inside and Out • Start with a general clear out. Just tackle one room at a time, and get organised in advance with some boxes and bags, so that you can designate things quickly and easily as rubbish, recycling, charity shop, to sell, and so on. • Gather your tools – brooms, scrubbing brushes, buckets and cloths – and cleaning products. You could make your own natural cleaners using online ‘recipes’. To clean mirrors and windows, for example, scrunched-up newspaper and white vinegar will give them a wonderful sparkle. • Bear in mind the basic principles: work from top to bottom (dust the light fitting

before polishing the table beneath) and tackle dry before wet (vacuum before mopping). Put some music on and really throw yourself into it. • Now is a good time to sort out those less frequently required jobs such as steamcleaning the carpets or having the chimney swept. And how about washing down your front door, shampooing your rugs and taking your duvets to the launderette? • To finish, add some glorious scent. Reed diffusers filled with essential oils or naturalwax candles make an longer lasting alternative to fresh flowers.

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SPRING LAWN CARE. As the warmth of spring arrives let’s look at our lawns and extend some loving care to keep them in tip top condition. Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 have been exceptionally mild and damp causing the ideal conditions for lawn problems like moss to thrive. Here are some tips to guide you in improving the condition of your lawn: 1. Keep the lawn clear of leaves and cut back overhanging and tall boundary shrubs. 2. Use a scarifier or lawn rake to remove as much dead thatch and moss as possible. 3. Use an aerator or garden fork to punch through the grass roots to improve drainage. 4. Dig out the broadleaf weeds by hand, herbicides can be useful for immature weeds but care should be taken to not over use them. Regular mowing actually controls many weeds from spreading. 5. Ensure your lawn is cut with sharp blades at a cut height of at least 3.5cm. 6. Bare patches should be top dressed and re seeded. Where the lawn has deteriorated by rotary clothes line, under swings, in goal areas or on access points onto the lawn try to move the activity items to new locations or place stepping stone slabs along the worn routes. 7. On bare patches aerate the soil under the lawn and re seed with a top dressing mix. Water the patch in early morning or late evening to aid the re establishment of the grass. 8. Fertilise your lawn regularly. A wide range of fertilisers are available to assist in lawn maintenance, do ensure you do not over feed the lawn which is both expensive and can “burn” the grass. A good guide is to water the lawn area thoroughly if no rain comes within a day or so of application. One free source of lawn feed is to “brew” grass clippings in a bucket of water to release the soluble phosphates for a week or so, then just water your lawn.

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The Dance-a-thon in 2019 Second Five Guys Fundraiser to take place in March Following the huge success of the Five Guys Charity Event in 2019, local husband and wife team Sam and Michelle Samman have announced they will run this popular event again at Blenheim School, Longmead Road, Epsom on Saturday 28th March. 2020. Last year’s event saw 160 people take part in an afternoon of dance or an outdoor boot camp and raised an incredible £5,132.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Established since 1970 and

Celebrating 50 years in 2020 FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-5 YEARS HOOK PARISH HALL, HOOK ROAD, CHESSINGTON, SURREY. KT9 1PL *Affordable and flexible payment for nonfunded children* Sam & Michelle

Michelle said: “Last year’s event surpassed our wildest expectations and so many people have asked us if we would do it again to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Sam and I run fitness events in Epsom and the surrounding area and the idea for this came about after five husbands of five friends lost their battle with cancer. We are very grateful to Asda Burgh Heath who are supporting us again by donating water and snacks for everyone taking part.” Dance fitness instructors will guide participants through various styles of dance in the school hall from 2pm until 4pm and the outdoor fitness team will teach a fun session from 2.30pm until 3.30pm. The cost is £15 for the dance-a-thon and £10 for the boot camp session – the choice is yours (minimum age for dance is 13; for boot camp it is 16). To book a place just visit the Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michellesamman2- and add your name(s) to your donation and your place is booked. You are promised an afternoon of fun, fitness and fundraising for a fantastic charity. Can you donate a raffle prize? They would love to hear from you. For more information please email Michelle at sparkyzumba@me.com or call 07958 584289.

*OPEN TERM TIME* *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 3 and 4 YEAR OLDS *FREE FLEXIBLE NURSERY SESSIONS FOR 2 YEAR OLDS (if eligible) (15 hours per week EARLY EDUCATION FUNDING) 30 hours Offer now available 9am-12pm Monday to Friday 12.30pm-3.30pm Monday to Thursday or 9am to 3.30pm Lunch Clubs 12pm-12.30pm Monday to Thursday ENQUIRIES TO OWNER/MANAGER: MRS.S.MCNAMARA ON 0208 397 5226 hookpreschool@hotmail.com www.hookpreschool.co.uk OFSTED RATING: GOOD January 2017 Registration No.131787

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Chessington South / North and Tolworth & Hook Rise SNT Update One month has passed since taking over my new role, and I am amazed at seeing how dedicated my DWO PCs and PCSOs are making our wards safe. I have attended Ward panels, once again I am very impressed at the amount of effort and time the panel members dedicate in protecting their neighbourhoods and ensure their voice is heard when it come to what really matters. We have high demands placed on the police service Met wide and we have had to learn to do more with less, this is very apparent when it comes to Neighbourhood policing. My officers have to prioritise what matters; we have been given a new direction in how to police the neighbourhoods better. Instead of taking on many issues, and dealing with a few issues well, we will now be working to tackle high harm crimes such as knife crime and drug dealing, high volume crime, like burglaries, and ASB crimes such as drug use and speeding drivers. We will be working together as a three ward cluster, not as one single DWO on their own, so you might see us around patrolling in groups or conducting operations on the Wards, (I will not tell where). Burglaries This type of crime has been with us forever; it is one of the most damaging crimes due to the lasting effect it has on the victim. Did you know that some burglars use their brains and plan their jobs? To help them realise it’s a bad idea we as residents can help by doing simple acts such as double locking the front doors; not leaving the keys in the patio doors, yes I know it’s hard to find them when you want to open the door but it’s important to harden any entrance points. Keyless cars: the criminal can use a laptop to pick up your car key signal which will open and start your car. There are several foil lined bags on the market which will stop that signal being emitted. One ward resident told me that you can put the key in the fridge. That works well. I thought maybe in summer it’s a good idea, winter?? I am thinking frozen hands. If you see strangers knocking on doors or asking for small jobs to be done around the house, please note their description, then have a sneaky look to see where they are going or what vehicle they are using, noting down the registration number. Then call the police. Remember always play it safe. You may find small strange symbols outside your house or flat on the floor or walls, possibly written in chalk, these simple markings mean a lot to the burglars. Please call 101 or photograph the symbol sending it to your Safer Neighbourhood Team. You now can see we can do a lot to make the burglars’ lives hard. 28

Vehicle crime This crime has reduced in the last 12 weeks; one suspect, who was caught by Ben, was responsible for many offences on the wards. We can continue to prevent this type of crime by making sure we lock the car doors, yes many crimes were accomplished by doors being left unlocked. If you just leave a carrier bag on the seat, the criminal will think there is something of value in the bag, smash your car window only to find yesterday’s sandwich, totally worthless but causing hundreds of pounds of damage just to find that out. Let’s keep them guessing, out of sight is out of mind. Robbery Sadly, we had one robbery; this was in the alleyway which starts at Chessington North Station to Churchfields. This is a heinous crime, and was carried out by two males. If you are going to use this alleyway in the dark please double check to see if you can see anyone loitering, if you are unsure take the long walk around. I have asked my DWO to see if improvement could be made to that area to make it harder for criminals. Neighbourhood Watch schemes If your road is without a neighbourhood watch scheme please contact them and start one up. This is a great opportunity to protect your neighbours especially the older persons who may not have access to internet, social media or daily human contact. These people are vulnerable to criminals such as Rogue traders, scam artists on the phone and alike. We can help them by providing information and regular contact. If you are interested please visit Kingston.NHW@met.police.uk Dog Watch scheme I have asked PSCO Simon Briggs to restart our Dogwatch scheme as soon as he return from a well earned rest, so please watch out for your invites. I’d like to thank the many residents who contribute to making our wards safe and a wonderful place to live. Contact Details Non-emergency call 101 Emergency please call Police on 999. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via Twitter. Chessington North and Hook - 07342 713970 Chessington.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonN Chessington South - 0208 721 2001 Chessington.south.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonS Tolworth - 0208 721 2045 Tolworth.snt@met.police.uk @mpsTolworth Colin Swan Ward Sergeant: Chessington North, Chessington South; Tolworth & Hook Rise

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

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

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

Zumba Gold with Kat kat@friendlytrainer.co.uk Monday 11am-12pm Calasara Fitness calasarafitness@gmail.com Friday 6:30-7:30pm ‘Small Hands’ for mums & babies Wednesday 10-11:30am Patello Jiu Jitsu patellojiujitsu@yahoo.com Tuesday 8-9.pm Thursday 8-9pm Saturday 11am-12:00pm All Shapes Yoga allshapesyoga@outlook.com Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30pm Irish Dancing griffinkingacademy@mail.com Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm Tai Chi for Health varchilde@aol.com Thursday 7:15 – 8:15 Kay Rose Dance kaycob@yahoo.comTuesday 3:30- 6pm Wednesday 3:45-6:15pm Thursday 4-7pm 30

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION On Wednesday 29th January Kingston Council held their State of the Borough Debate at Chessington School in Garrison Lane. Residents from all over the Borough of Kingston were invited and the theme chosen by a consensus of Kingston Residents was ‘Growing Kingston Together’. The debate was held in the Theatre of the school and was well attended. Residents had been asked to submit questions prior to the event and the panel consisting of a very diverse age range from different regimes took on the responsibility of replying to the questions. At the start of the debate, each panel member was introduced by the lady hosting the debate whereupon they introduced themselves and laid out the aspect of the workings of RBK/business they aspired to. Towards the end of the debate, questions were taken from the audience on different topics which included the building on greenbelt to enable reaching housing targets required by the Mayor of London. Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, stated unequivocally that greenbelt is protected and is not under threat from development. The representative on the panel from Transport for London confirmed that the Mayor has confirmed the importance of the greenbelt, being vital to our environment and that it remains protected. The old Chessington Golf Club was mentioned and Liz Green confirmed the site as mainly greenbelt and that it is owned by a private developer. The developer has put forward several ideas but none of them are suitable as the site is greenbelt. Some of the old buildings on the site may have to be demolished as they are being used by trespassers who are causing a nuisance. We are still patiently waiting for Kingston Council to proceed with plans regarding the installation of a pedestrian crossing over the Star end of the village. It is complicated because of boundaries between RBK and Surrey and involvement of TFL. It is suggested that the crossing and bus stop should be moved towards The Star to alleviate this problem. The MRRA has also asked for the speed limit to be reduced from 40 to 30mph from the Surrey boundary to make the road safer for residents and visitors. It is interesting to know that the boundary between Kingston and Surrey used to cut through the middle of the Star public bar which did of course make life very difficult for the owner of the Star! You may also like a little bit of history about the Star and who owned it many, many years ago, the owner was my great, great grandfather. Of course, and despite what some might say, I never met him but I understand he was a bit of a character locally. Transport for London will be conducting a review on the bus services throughout Kingston and the surrounding boroughs they are responsible for. They have been looking at the 407 bus route servicing Epsom town Centre with a view of routing it to Epsom Hospital. Unfortunately this has had to be stopped for the time being due to the building work being undertaken at Epsom Hospital, in particular the car parking aspect of the building. I know that parking at the hospital can be difficult at the moment so we can only hope that whatever they are doing will improve parking for visitors to the hospital. The MRRA is actively engaged in lobbying for a better bus service in Malden Rushett. We are lucky enough to have a Liaison Officer from Transport for London and he has agreed to visit us in Malden Rushett to experience for himself how the lights on the junction are phased and answer our request for dedicated right hands turns from Rushett Lane & Fairoak Lane. We will be getting together to suggest some dates for a visit before the middle of March. Also, residents living on Fairoak Lane are seriously concerned about motorists speeding despite the 30 mph speed limit. Behaviour issues are a key indicator when motorists roar up to traffic lights that they are afraid are going to turn RED. It is dangerous, take it easy and you will get there while remaining safe. Sgt Colin Swan is our new South of Borough (and other parts of the borough) police representative and we welcome him to Malden Rushett. He is ready and willing to take up the challenges he has been presented with. As always, he is suffering from a lack of staff but has assured us he will be getting some new staff in the near future. He outlined some of the work the existing team are involved with, while saying they are very busy covering such a wide area with so little resource. Drugs are a big problem throughout and they are planning ‘stop and search’ more frequently at targeted areas to bring those responsible before the courts. The old Evans Halshaw site in Malden Rushett will soon be put to use again if Kingston Council permit the planning application submitted for ‘Pets Corner’ who have said only small delivery vehicles will be used to deliver stock. Let us hope so as Evans Halshaw vehicle deliveries were an absolute nightmare causing traffic chaos . 32

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A further planning application has come from a company who would like to erect a 20m tall radio mast at the back of the Silverglade Estate in Malden Rushett. Totally unacceptable to local residents as it will overshadow houses on the A243 and spoil the openness of greenbelt land. The MRRA have objected to RBK planning and to the proposers of the mast. You may have noticed a significant water leakage running down towards the junction near the Monkey Puzzle. Chessington World of Adventures and Transport for London who are responsible for the A243, are in the process of trying to identify the cause of the leakage and exactly where the water is escaping from. TFL’s contractors have been working clearing blocked gullies but it continues to happen, both CWoA & TFL are concerned about the problems the leakage is causing particularly to pedestrians who have been getting soaked as they pass. Booby prize to Thames Water who has taken nearly a year to employ contractors to remove a fly tip from the Thames Water Reservoir gates on the top of Telegraph Hill. I was assured the contractors would also take the ‘white goods’ that can still be seen dumped inside the gates. If you would like to find out more about us you are very welcome to visit our Malden Rushett Residents Association Facebook page on: http://fb/me/MaldenRushettResidents/Association Beryl Gibson. Chairman MRRA. E mail: bfors@outlook.com. Mobile: 0775 1024358

Chessington District Residents’ Association On the A243 between the Chessington World of Adventure’s main entrance and the Monkey Puzzle there has been water running down the road for quite a few months. CWoA maintenance team looked into it and found it to be a blocked drain. They contacted Thames Water who advised it was not their responsibility, but Transport for London. CWoA contacted TfL early in November last year and received a follow-up e-mail on 23rd November. TfL advised that having visited the site they had instructed their highways and maintenance team to send out a gully sucker vehicle to clear the drain. So far, it has obviously not been cleared. Apparently they made a visit and emptied a drain but there must have been a misunderstanding as it as it appears they did the wrong one. They have said that ‘They’ll be Back’. Fortunately, so far, we have not had any freezing conditions that could have turned the area into an ice rink. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ We mentioned in the January issue that the developers of the converted toilet block opposite the Fircroft Trust had applied for a change of use for the building. It was requested to go from Office Class to Dwellinghouse, but was rejected by the council. We had also contacted the council with regard to the rubbish that has remained since the project completion. As it is not on the public highway, it is not the council’s responsibility to remove it. The council contacted the developer a couple of times to ask for it to be removed, but, so far, they have not done so. They will be contacted again to repeat the request. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Coronavirus – Below has been copied from Kingston Hospital’s web site: Following guidance from Public Health England, please consider the following before coming to Kingston Hospital: 

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Please don’t come in to our Urgent Treatment Centre or our Emergency Department if you have a sore throat, cough or flu symptoms and if you have travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau in the last 14 days. Please stay at home and call NHS 111 for medical advice if you are worried you may be infected with coronavirus. If you are seriously unwell and require urgent medical attention please call 999.

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acute respiratory infection of any degree of severity (including at least one of: shortness of breath, cough or sore throat) or severe acute respiratory infection requiring admission to hospital, with clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome and have lived or travelled in Wuhan/Hubei Province in the 14 days before onset of illness, or are contacts of a confirmed case of Wuhan novel coronavirus. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – www.chessingtondra.org.uk To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail chessingtondra@gmail.com

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

020 8397 4883 07958 314721

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

020 8397 3146

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TOAD HALL NURSERY CHESSINGTON

COME AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE HERE AT TOAD HALL NURSERY. Children from 3 months to 5 years LIMITED SPACES. From Forest School, Messy Play, Sports Sessions, French, Music Session and MUCH MORE. For information and to book a visit contact Emma or Mikki on 020 8391 4447. Email - bridgeroad@toadhall-nursery.co.uk or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bridgeroadNursery

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WERE YOU PART OF THE EPSOM & EWELL MUSIC SCENE IN THE 1960S AND EARLY 1970S? As part of the 50th birthday of Bourne Hall at Herald of Spring on March 7th, the Museum is mounting a display on the Epsom and Ewell music scene in the 1960s and early 1970s. We need your help – did you play for a local band in those years? There were many of these – The Presidents, The Phantoms, The Incidentals, The Capitols and The A-Jaes. Did you go to gigs at local venues like the Epsom Baths, Foresters Hall, Kadiva Klub, Ewell Tech and Ebbisham Halls? If you did, we would like to hear from you. Do you have any souvenirs, tickets, posters or pictures? If you do, we would like to borrow or scan them for the exhibition. Please contact David Brooks on 0208 394 1734 or at email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Consultation on £500m Epsom St Helier proposals now live. South West London Health and Care Partnership have launched a public consultation on the three potential options for the location of a brand-new specialist emergency care hospital – on the Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital sites. A copy of the questionnaire, the summary and full consultation documents and more detail about consultation activity can be found at https://improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk/consultation/. We are asking people who use services at Epsom, St Helier or Sutton Hospital sites to give your views on the proposals during this public consultation which will close on Wednesday 1 April 2020. To keep up to date on the consultation visit the Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030 Facebook page or the @IHTogether Twitter feed. Please contact hello@improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk or call 02038 800 271 if you have any questions.


STONELEIGH JOB CLUB Come to Stoneleigh Job Club on any Tuesday 10-12 in Stoneleigh Library in the Broadway KT17 2JA or Thursday 10-12 in Epsom Job Centre 50 East Street KT17 1HQ Everything is free incl tea and coffee. We offer expert coaching 1:1 for all ages with friendly welcoming trained coaches. * Cv review and writing * Interview preparation * Confidence building * Support throughout however many times you want to attend * Basic IT coaching in Office and other packages to get you up to speed * Job searching and access locally and in London * Give us a try * Hundreds have and found success and good jobs and support Drop in or by appointment. Contact: www.Stoneleighjobclub.co.uk 0794 123 1072 Email: stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com

The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Royal British Legion Hall, Church Lane at 7.45pm for 8pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. MARCH PROGRAMME 5th - Our Spring Lunch 19th - The Greatest movies never made. 26th - AGM. New members always welcome for further information please contact Maureen Peters tel 020 8397 1559.

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

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

BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Meet Tuesday Evenings 7.30pm at The Chessington Methodist Church Hall New Members Welcome Enq to Jennifer Savage 0208 3915362 March Program 3rd History of Bentalls - Carolynne Cotton 10th Social – Quiz Night 17th Shepherd’s Bush Tragedy – Terry Johnson 24th Bee Keeping with Sue Woodard 31st St Johns Ambulance with Pat Jenkins

Blitzed Britain Saturday March 14th. 1 to 2.30pm

At 4:56pm on 7 September 1940, the air raid sirens wailed as the German Air Force launched a massive raid on London. Over 350 bombers flew across the Channel from airfields in France and dropped 300 tons of bombs on the docks and streets of the East End of London. The Blitz had begun — a constant rain of death that fell heaviest on London and hammered other cities. How did people live with this death from the air? What could you do to help you survive? Meet an Air Raid Warden and discover how to stay Alive. Blitzed Britain Saturday March 14th. 1 to 2.30pm £5 per child. Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734. Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance meet on the last Tuesday every month except July and August, and December when we have a Xmas lunch date. In addition to our main interest of keeping in touch with local and national issues affecting pensioners, we arrange a variety of speakers to entertain us on lighter subjects. For instance, on 31st March Shirley Cornish describes Trekking the Great Wall of China and on 28th April Pete Allen tells us about Watching The Detectives. Venue: Marion Hill House, Girl Guide Hut, Tadworth Avenue, New Malden, KT3 6DJ, from 2 to 4pm. Limited free parking and on main bus routes and near to railway station. Contact: Brenda Denby tel 020 8398 6054 email brendadenby@live.co.uk, website www.kingston-cspa.co.uk.


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HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION

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, snooker and darts. We are always happy to listen to the ideas of our members if there is something you would like to do. All of the above activities are covered by a monthly membership fee of £10, which goes towards the cost of hiring the facility and includes the costs of tea, coffee and biscuits. Additionally, throughout the year, as well as our regular meetings at the Centre, we arrange several social outings. These can include; annual coach trips to the seaside, boat trips, visits to garden centres, pub lunches, cream teas, ten pin bowling, visits to local attractions, shows and pantomime. These outings would be partially subsidised by the club but paid for separately by members. If you are interested please come along or for more information contact....... Marjorie Hunt tel: 020 8397 2350 or Maureen Barney tel: 020 8287 0162

Chessington Art Group Want to paint, wonder how to get started, don't despair, join our group. Beginner or Experienced all are welcome. We have a tutor to help and advise you. We meet Thursday mornings 9.30 to 11.30 at Chessington Methodist Church Hall KT9 2DJ. and Thursday afternoons 1.00 to 3.00 at The Kings Centre KT9 2GZ. For more information contact D Savage 0208 391 5362 or on line at chessingtonartgroup.club

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

Calling all landlords! Do you have a self-contained house or flat that you would be willing to let for two years to help vulnerable families from Syria under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme?

For more information: www.kingston.gov.uk/syrianrefugees Contact: 020 8547 4686/ syrianproject@kingston.gov.uk

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


KING GEORGE FIELD INDOOR BOWLS CLUB

Learn to Bowl - Free Coaching All Ages & Abilities Welcome Bar - Restaurant - Social Events Large Car Park FUNCTION ROOM FOR ALL OCCASIONS Jubilee Way, Chessington, KT9 1TR

Tel: 020 8397 7025 www.kgfindoorbowlsclub.co.uk

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USEFUL CONTACTS

GENERAL Kingston Police Control Room (Non Emergency) 101 Chessington Safer Neighbourhood Teams 020 8721 2001 Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme 020 8397 6298 The Hook Centre 020 8547 6254 Hook & Chessington Library 020 8547 6480 The Kings Centre 020 8391 5522 Kingston Hospital 020 8546 7711 Thames Doc 020 8390 9991 Thames Water 0845 9200800 Gas Emergency 0800 111 999 Power Loss 0800 028 0247

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

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

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

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


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Dog Walking /Pet Sitting Keith Orbell 10 Domestic Cleaning Ovenclean 21 Time For You 5 Electrician & Electrical Services George Curran * 6 RNB Electrical Services 14 Estate & Letting Agents Jackson Noon 2 & 48 Estate Planning Joanne Orbell 10 Shortland Sawbridge 8 Event Company Dolly’s Candy Cart 14 Film & Video services Cine Sanctuary 30 Function venue Chessington Cricket & Sports Club 37 Garage Community Motors 23 Elmwood Vehicles 43 Gardening/ Landscaping BK Landscapes 41 Just gardens & lawns 22

Prime Tree Care R J Tree Services S.B Landscapes Tolworth Fencing Woodham & Sons Hair & Beauty Julie Harris Nail Cutting Home Improvements Angel Roofing Carpets 4 U DT Rogers Maintenance JH Building Services Jim’s Handy Loui’s Maintenance Ltd R & N Decorating Robinson & Son Host Families Stay at homes Thameside Homestay Hypnotherapy Catherine Bayliss IT / PC / TV Services Ashton Davis Leisure / Events King George Field Indoor Bowls Club Ruxley Gymnastics

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Chessington Chat March 2020 - Issue 151  

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Chessington Chat March 2020 - Issue 151  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

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