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WELCOME TO OUR MAY ISSUE… May brings with it several local job opportunities. Could you be a Support worker at The Fircroft Trust p.11, a Lifeguard at The Savannah Splash Pool & Gym at Chessington World of Adventures Resort p.25 or even a Local Community Advisor to the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee p.37?

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

We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Avon - Sharon Harrison p.6, Epsom & Ewell Swimming Club p.6, The Fircroft Trust p.11 and Sole Purity Reflexology p.14. And bring special offers and promotions from: The Optical Gallery p.5, Carpets 4 U p.7, Chessington Bowling Club p.10, Elmwood Vehicles p.19, Synergy 81 p.21, Time For You p.27, Hook Gas Services p.30, Taylored Room Solutions p.35, Teckgecho p.43, Tolworth Fencing p.45 and Community Motors p.47.

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Next month’s magazine will be our first of the summer! And so if you would like to advertise your business throughout June, July & August or promote your local summer fete or fair in our June issue please get in touch before Monday 15th May.

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Monday 15th May Leaflets for inclusion with this next issue can be accepted up till Monday 22nd May. Disclaimer: Whilst all reasonable care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information included in CHESSINGTON CHAT, the publishers can take no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers or for the loss arising from non publication of any advertisement. All information is correct at time of going to print.


INSIDE: Overseas held assets………...…………………8 What’s on……………...…………………..12-13 National Doughnut Week…………..…………16 The Great Surbiton Bread Bake off…………..20 Ella set to share her slimming secrets….………22 Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme…24 Epsom Playhouse competition…………………28 Safer Neighbourhoods ...…….………………..30 Residents’ Associations…….………………32/33 Local Listings…………………………………..34 Useful Contacts……….....……………………..36 Community pages……….…………38/40/42/44 Index of advertisers and advertising rates…....46

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Your local Avon rep Ring Sharon 07504 300653 for a brochure or buy online at Reps also wanted in your area, contact me to join.

Come and learn to swim or improve technique and stamina in our friendly club. We are a non-competitive club for ages 4 to 18. All classes are taught by qualified ASA/STA Instructors. Classes on Fridays for 30 or 45 minutes run between 7pm and 9pm at Rainbow Centre, Epsom. Charge is ÂŁ146 up to 29th September. (3 Week break only during August.)

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Overseas Held Assets For those folk fortunate to hold assets overseas, a holiday apartment in Spain, perhaps a timeshare in Orlando, or even a Euro Account in France, it’s essential to ensure that your Will is correctly drafted. If it is, these assets can be easily dealt with by your executors after your death. I am currently dealing with a Probate Case for a deceased lady who once lived and worked in Gibraltar and retained a Barclays Bank account there. Barclays will not allow us to access the funds without a Grant of Probate obtained in Gibraltar. Fortunately, as her Will was correctly drafted, this Grant of Probate has been reasonably simple and inexpensive to obtain, but an incorrectly drafted Will could have led to a very different result. Homemade Wills inevitably cause problems in this respect. Dealing with ‘land’ (a villa or apartment) is even trickier and it may be that an overseas Will is required, depending on the country where the property is situated. ALWAYS seek professional advice if you are in this position to ensure your affairs are dealt with swiftly and properly after your demise. Shortland & Sawbridge are happy to help with any questions you may have in respect to your Wills. Catherine Sawbridge

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 We also prepare Lasting Power of Attorney and offer Probate Services.


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JOB VACANCIES The Fircroft Trust is a local charity working in Kingston upon Thames with adults with a mental health problems and/or learning disabilities. We are currently recruiting for people to join our team at our residential and supported living service.

SUPPORT WORKER - 2 posts 37.5 hours per week over a 6 week rota (working hours range from 7am-10pm/9am-10pm sleep ins required) £16.088 after successful completion of probationary period £ 17,132 Sleep-ins £25 Sunday-Thursday £30 Friday-Saturday Annual leave 4 weeks plus bank holidays, pension plan.

SUPPORT WORKER - 1 post 24.4 hours per week over a 5 week rota (working hours range from 7am-10pm/9am10pm) £10,468 after successful completion of probationary period £11,147 Annual leave 4 weeks plus bank holidays, pension plan. Some experience of a care setting is required. You will be supporting service users with personal care, administering medication, domestic cleaning, laundry duties as well as being responsible for the general welfare and safety of service users, promoting their dignity, qualities, values and rights. You will also be supporting service users to access the local community and their leisure interests, hobbies, etc. You will also be expected to act as keyworker. You should have good communication, empathy skills and team work is vital for the role along with your positive “can do” attitude and commitment to the highest standards of customer service. You will also be expected to complete relevant training to this role. Two satisfactory references are required and a DBS check. The individual will be expected to pay for the DBS check which will be refunded after appointment. Application forms and job descriptions can be downloaded from our website or by telephoning 020 8739 1530 The Fircroft Trust Charity Number: 1167428


Tuesday 2nd May. Surbiton & District Historical Society present Mr Brian Parson with "Frederick W Paine Serving the Community in War and Peace". 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. Visitors welcome – a contribution of £2 appreciated. 020 8399 4473 or email Tuesday 2nd May. Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society - South West London Group talk. Southern Electrics by David Brown. 7.30pm at Surbiton Methodist Church, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT6 6AF. 020 8979 6484 Thursday 4th May. Operatic trio Tenors Unlimited, the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’, will be performing at 8pm at The Epsom Playhouse, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL, as part of their nation-wide tour “From Venice to Vegas”. They will be joined by Epsom based Show Choir. Tenors Unlimited have performed alongside such notables as Sting, Lionel


Richie, Beyoncé and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few. Tickets from Friday 5th May - Saturday 17th June. Senses at Kingston Museum. We use our senses all the time to help us understand the world around us - but what exactly are they doing for us and how are they doing it? Feel, see, hear and smell your way around this interactive exhibition to discover how our senses help us and how they sometimes trick us. Admission free. Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS. 020 8547 5006, Tuesday 9th May. Ewell Horticultural Association present ‘Behind the scenes at RHS Shows, Chelsea and Hampton Court’ by Paul Patton. 8-10pm at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. £3 members, £4 visitors, includes refreshments; raffle, visitors very welcome. Wednesday 17th May. Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents Christine Brazier demonstrating 'Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF. 1.30pm for 2pm start. Visitors £6. Competitive exhibits, flower arranging sundries & publications and refreshments. Contact Pauleen Moss on 020 8337 1318/

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Relax… Refresh… Recharge Reflexology is a popular and relaxing treatment which uses specific massage techniques to help improve wellbeing and promote relaxation. It is based on the theory that different reflexes on the feet correspond to different parts of the body. Reflexology may help in the treatment of insomnia, stress, anxiety, digestive problems, joint & back pain, fertility issues, respiratory problems, hormonal imbalances, headaches / sinus problems and more. Treatments offered: Reflexology, Hot Stone Reflexology, Mindful Reflexology and Chinese Foot Massage. All are provided in the comfort of the client’s home. Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology * AoR and CNHC registered * Fully Insured * First Aid Trained * Enhanced CRB Certificate Please contact Clare (07747 834060 day) (0208 241 7916 eve) or email for more information or to book


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NATIONAL DOUGHNUT WEEK 4. 3D CREATIONS – there’s a big trends for turning doughnuts into different shapes such as animals or other foods. These fruity doughnuts are great fun!

FIVE OF THE COOLEST DOUGHNUT FLAVOURS THIS NATIONAL DOUGHNUT WEEK: 6TH – 13TH MAY The most delicious week of the year is fast approaching as the nation goes crazy for National Doughnut Week. The week of fundraising has been running for 26 years, after being launched in 1991 by independent baker, Christopher Freeman. To get involved in the fun, simply purchase a delicious doughnut from a participating baker to raise money for The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. Last year £22,783 was raised for the charity, with the help of 394 bakers, cafes and shops. To prepare for you for the excitement, CSM has shared some its favourite crazy doughnut trends this year:

5. FREAKSHAKE MADNESS – everyone is going for mad for freakshakes, the ultimate in indulgence. And doughnuts are the perfect topper, why not create your own freakshake this National Doughnut Week using doughnuts from a participating baker? Thanks http:// for the photo! For competitions, inspiration and delicious doughnuts visit or find us on facebook, instagram or twitter. To find out more about The Children’s Trust visit

1. DOUGHNICORNS – Unicorn food is taking the nation by storm, with glitter, sprinkles and all things fantastical. These cute mythical doughnuts from @caperucitacupcakes are beautiful! 2. BOTANICAL INFUSIONS – 2017 is proving that savoury herbs and sweet things go hand in hand. Just check out these orange glazed doughnuts with sugared rosemary. Credit to http:// delicious/orange-glased-doughnuts-with-sugaredrosemary 3. COOKIE DOUGH INDULGENCE – these doughnuts topped with fresh cookie dough are the ultimate dream. Thanks for the inspiration http:// produce-on-parade/ cookiedough-doughnuts


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Surbiton Farmers’ Market presents The Great Surbiton Bread Bake Off! Can you rise to the occasion? Are you a kneady sort? Can you knock out a brilliant bloomer or a fabulous focaccia? Then here comes your chance to be the toast of the town! To celebrate this year’s Surbiton Food Festival, Surbiton Farmers’ Market is launching The Great Surbiton Bread Bake Off! We’re asking budding bakers to use their loaf and come up with a delicious doughy delight. It could be soda bread or brioche, banana bread or cinnamon rolls, a Dorset lardy cake or an olive and sun-dried tomato loaf. It’s entirely up to you.


Once you have produced your culinary creation bring it along to the special competition stalls in front of The Antelope pub on Maple Road on Saturday 20 May before 10.30 am. Judging the competition will be London social media food phenomenon The Topless Baker – one of his breadslashing videos has more than 8m views on Instagram! Winners will be announced at midday and awards handed out shortly afterwards. The competition is open to amateur bakers of all ages with prizes for our two main winners and two runners-up. Sounds fun? Then come up with a recipe, have a go and let’s bake it happen!

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Ella Chapman (before) A slimmer who transformed her life by losing 1stone 10lb is using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dream too.

All Slimming World Consultants receive training in Slimming World's healthy eating and physical activity programmes and learn how to use the power of group support to empower members. Consultants also learn how to build a successful community-based business. "For me becoming a self-employed franchisee was a great option. I wanted a job that was well paid, flexible, and could fit around my two young children so I wanted to avoid the regular 'nine-to-five' routine.” Angela Myall, who runs Slimming World's Weybridge group and who manages Ella as a Team Developer, says: Slimming World Consultants are chosen for their positive outlook and because they genuinely care about the health and happiness of others. With Ella's experience of being a successful Slimming World Member, her kind and warm personality and great sense of humour I just know that she'll be an amazing support to members, cheering them all the way to their target."

Ella Chapman joined her local Slimming World group in Chessington 3 months ago and dropped from 12stone 10.5lbs to 11 and a half stone. Now she has trained as a consultant for Slimming World at their national training academy in Derbyshire and will be taking over as Ella's Slimming World group will be held at St Catherine of Siena Church every Wednesday at 5:30 pm & 7:30 the group’s new consultant on 3rd May. pm from 3rd May. For more information or to join Ella's The latest government figures reveal that around one in group either pop along on the 3rd May or call her on four adults are obese and it is estimated that, by 2034, 07947 987134. this will increase to one in three. 14.6% of Kingston's For more information visit population is now overweight or obese, and Ella says her new role has never been more important. "Obesity is becoming such a huge issue across the UK. When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight but now I just can't wait to get started. Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with the feeling that you're not alone. I couldn't have lost 1stone 10lb without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant and group and so I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their chosen target weight.” "Like a lot of slimmers, I had tried to lose weight many times before by following numerous diets but they were never sustainable because I would always get tired of restricting what I ate. Slimming World was different. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eating plan encourages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and fish and no foods are banned so there's no deprivation. I couldn't believe I'd found a way to lose weight without starving myself.” "Slimming World isn't just about changing what you eat. Becoming more active is important too. Our Body Magic programme takes the threat out of activity by showing people, many of whom have unpleasant memories of being forced to take part in activity at school, how they can build activity into their daily routine without having to take up traditional forms of exercise like going to the gym or running. Everything counts from walking to gardening to washing the car. I love Walking to get my Body Magic!”

Mondays The Rhodrons Club Chessington 9.30am,11.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm Lia 07414 599909

Wednesdays (New consultant) St Catherine of Siena Church Hall, Leatherhead Road. 5.30pm and 7.30pm Ella 07947 987134 Come along and find out more.

CHESSINGTON & HOOK V C S IN THE MONTH OF MAY host of tasks in our community. These ladies have shown that desire I mentioned last month, that John Millman had, to help where they can. I was also looking out for a new recruit from the male gender and before I could rub my magic lamp up popped a male volunteer. Hopefully he will be on board before too long.

Now that’s more like it for the weather in the past days at the end of March and into April. Chessington Care were able to arrange an Outing to Denbies in Dorking in glorious sunshine! A number of our regular Clients attended and with the help of several Drivers a trip to the ‘country’ saw everyone having a great tea. As the background to this trip it had been arranged for me to go on it but my eye-op got in the way. A kind member of our Committee delivered a super Cream Tea (Devon Cream and Handmade Blueberry Jam) that lasted my wife and I for three days. Yummy Yummy. Thanks to all participating in this day out.

On the recruiting front again, we have some new volunteers in our midst. Since recruiting No 38 in the summer I have been kept busy. Ladies have again led the rush and it is my pleasure to inform our Clients we now have Angela, Lynne, Jennifer and Sue to cover a

When looking at the many tasks needed to help our neighbours a lot depends on the key role of the Duty Officer. Quite a few of our members rather shun the idea of being shut up in a smallish room for three hours. However the job is essential to the running of our Scheme. I know a variety of problems can arise with the key factor at times always elusive.... no driver/ volunteer is available!!! The work can also get boring with no activity at all. ( A sure way to get work, is to take a book/paper to read, the phone never stops !!) Should you be a driver or just a shopper, then please consider if you can be encouraged to give this part of our local work a try. Only a year or two ( perhaps twenty years ago) our Office was staffed in two shifts from 9.00am till 3.00pm with two people on each duty. Thanks again to all our volunteers and especially the one who provided those lovely scones. Call our Office Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12noon on 8397 6298 David Rowbotham (just over 11stone)

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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 and many other problems. Also regression and self hypnosis. Catherine Bayliss D.H.D.P., M.B.C.H. Principal of the British College of Hypnotherapy Established 1981

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The Country Superstars Experience Wed 24th May Tickets From £18 Hosted by Sarah Jayne, Europe’s Leading Tribute to the Queen of Country - Dolly Parton, along with Award Winning Vocal Impersonator Andy Crust, this truly unique show will take you on a journey back through time meeting some of the most influential icons who shaped Country music history. The show features Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks, John Denver and new for 2017 Glen Campbell! They are accompanied on stage by the incredible Tennessee Allstars 6-pce band featuring truly authentic slide guitar and world famous musicians from across the country. Each artist not only looks and sounds like the Country Star they portray, these professional performers transform themselves through hours of practice at their craft. Endorsed by Kenny Rogers himself on his website.

Win Tickets! We have two pairs of tickets to see The Country Superstars Experience at the Epsom Playhouse on 24th May. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Country Superstars Competition” to: by Friday 9th May. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Margaret Mazzina and to Miss M Greenwood who both won a pair of tickets to April’s Magnificent Music Hall Box Office: 01372 742555 Online:




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Chessington Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update Welcome to my May ward update. Unfortunately since my last edition there has been the harrowing and disturbing terrorism incident in Westminster. The thoughts of me and the team are with all the families affected by the incident. On an operational level there have been an increased number of officers in Westminster and some of these officers have come from your safer neighbourhood team. The officers have also been conducting high visibility patrols on Kingston borough as well as in Westminster. However local patrols by your team of dedicated ward officers have continued and will continue to patrol the parks and open spaces. In case of emergency please dial 999. You can contact the team on 0208 721 2001 this will be answered by a member of the team if we are on duty and will be diverted to voicemail if we are off duty. E mail us at Follow us on Twitter @MPSChessington Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Chessington North and Chessington South.

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL “Can I also mention that I have had 4 enquiries to our advert so far which is great news.” Natasha Price, YMCA London SW

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Part of the Chessington Countryside Walk runs between Garrison Lane (near Selby Close) and Green Lane and passes behind the now defunct Chessington Golf Club. At one point it runs parallel to Huntingate Drive. A local resident, fed up with the overgrown vegetation and dumping of garden waste by some householders, contacted Tricia Bamford, one of the Ward councillors. Subsequently a meeting was arranged with various bodies resulting in the formation of the Huntingate Drive Committee. A leaflet was created and distributed locally advising of a working weekend of 25th and 26th March and that volunteers would be provided with hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pizza and home made cakes. It was also mentioned on the Kingston Council web site. On that weekend at least a dozen people attended on each day and not all were from the immediate area. On the Saturday, a large trailer was filled with green waste and by the end of Sunday an equally large amount was piled to one side ready to refill the trailer once it was emptied on Monday. General rubbish also removed included glass and plastic bottles, cans, a toilet seat, two television sets, bicycle wheels and a double bed mattress. This was a Community Project involving not only adults but children as well who delighted in finding about seventy golf balls. The Chessington World of Adventures landscape gardening team gave a head start by spending two days before the weekend clearing a lot of the undergrowth and cutting back the laurel. idVerde, a Kingston Council contractor, supplied secateurs, loppers, pruning saws and gardening gloves for the volunteers, with Selco of Cox Lane providing wheelbarrows. C J Wildlife gave bird food and bird boxes which were put up in the trees. A new notice board was also installed. Others attending were a Neighbourhood Ranger, RSPB members from Epsom and Ewell, Kingston Biodiversity and Surbiton Wildlife. A couple of the Neighbourhood policemen also stopped by. Once areas were cleared, 420 saplings supplied by the Woodland Trust were planted. These will eventually form a hedge which will give all year round colour. The wood chips spread around them were supplied by Chessington Garden Centre. Chips were also supplied by The Lower Mole Trust along with some gardening equipment and valuable advice. The majority of them were planted adjacent to Huntingate Drive with the remainder by the pathway on the top of the banking together with a number of bulbs. From this part of the Countryside Walk, the Mole Valley and Ashstead Wood is layed out before you and across to the left in the distance is the grandstand of the Epsom Downs racecourse. With the birds singing in the trees, you may be fortunate to see a fox moving around on the border of the golf course. Should permission be given for houses to be built on the site, then this view and the peace and quiet will be lost. This is an ongoing project so there will be more days in the future when volunteers are needed. If anyone would like to help then either check on the Council website or e-mail Tricia Bamford at who will act as a point of contact. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on Email

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MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Since the last Chessington Chat we have received some good news in that the 465 bus service running from Kingston to Dorking is now assured for the next 5 years. People power can make a very big difference to the outcome as in this case Surrey County Council have decided to continue to make a contribution covering the leg from Leatherhead to Dorking. As residents we are very relieved as for many residents from the Kingston borough it is the only means of getting to work or school. For residents of Malden Rushett the 465 bus is the only public transport service we receive on the leg from Chessington World of Adventures to Leatherhead and Dorking. The heavy A243 traffic has hit our community very hard recently, with long delays making it very difficult to go anywhere. Accidents and near misses occur on an almost daily basis all along the stretch from the boundary at the Star pub to the junction because of inconsiderate and erratic motorists risking lives to get somewhere five minutes earlier. We are still waiting for the results of the invigilation by TFL concerning the right hand turns from Rushett Lane and Fairoak Lane, I hope we get them soon. We have just received details from the air pollution monitor cited at the Malden Rushett junction and will make them public so that residents are aware of the levels of pollution along the A243.

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Call Rob Cooke on 07931 750325 Free Quotations available & competitive prices. NICEIC Approved and Checkatrade backed business. RNBElectricalServices

The old Chessington Golf Club area is still up for grabs as far as development is concerned, so please make sure you make your preferences and views known to your MP James Berry. We are waiting for the outcome of the appeal on the field opposite Chessington Garden Centre. Hope you all had a very good Easter holiday. Beryl Gibson 0775 1024358

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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 starting Thursday 19th February, 11.30am. Tel: 0300 123 8086 email Bowls - Surbiton Bowling Club, Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Tues eves 5:50pm. David Lark 020 8224 2385. Buckland Womens Club. Tues eves. Chessington Methodist Church. Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Art Group. Thurs am. Chessington Methodist Church Hall & Thurs pm at The King’s Centre. David Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Beavers, Cubs & Scouts. Meet at Scout HQ to rear of 33, Garrison Lane. Beavers - Mon 6pm to 7pm, Cubs - Tues 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Scouts - Fri 7pm to 9pm. See for details or Email: Chessington Bowling Club, Church Lane - beginners juniors and adults welcome - contact Club Secretary 8397 6705 email: chessingtonbc@aol com Chessington Children's Centre at Castle Hill Primary . Stay & Play sessions, Baby Massage, Breastfeeding support, Family Learning etc. 020 8397 2006. Toy Library at Hook Centre, Tues term time, 9.30-11am. 020 8408 8927 Chessington Cricket Club. Sir Francis Barker Sports Ground, Leatherhead Road, KT9 2NB. 020 8397 9194 Chessington & Hook United & Hook Youth Football Club. Chalky Lane, Chessington. For Match & Training details call Andy on 07958 616829 Chessington Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship Pop in to our coffee Bar (Mon - Fri 10.00/1.00) for a programme and a chat with us. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 137 Church Lane Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 418yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. Friends of Shooting Star CHASE - Epsom & Chessington Sarah Johnson, Chairperson and treasurer 07921 774 191. Guides, Brownies & Rainbows in Hook & Chessington. Ann Fairhall 020 8391 4730 for details/ waiting lists. 1st Hook Beavers. Wed 6– 7pm, Fri 5.30– 6.30pm. 1st Hook Cubs. Tue 6.45 – 8.15pm, Thurs 6.45– 8.15pm. 1st Hook Scouts. Fri 7.30– 9.30pm. Surbiton South Explorers. Thurs 8 – 10pm. All meetings held at Group HQ, Verona Drive, Surbiton. Group Scout Leader Fergus Lang: 2nd Hook Beavers Wed & Thurs 5.15 - 6.15pm, 2nd Hook Cubs Tues 7-8.30pm. 2nd Hook Scouts Fri 7-9pm. Alan Cooke 0208 287 0276 or e-mail

1st Hook Scout & Guide Band. Mon eves 7-9.30pm at 1st Hook Scout HQ, Verona Drive. Min age 9 years. Anne & Ray Bridger 020 8397 7525. Hook Allotments & Gardens Association. Sun 10 -11am at the allotments at rear of King Edward’s Rec Ground. Hook & Chessington WI. 7.30pm every 2nd Thurs in the month. St Paul’s Parish Hall, 224 Hook Road, Hook. Sharon Cook 020 8391 0723. Hook & Southborough Bowling Club. King Edward’s Recreation Ground. David 020 8397 1294 / Keith 07906 576270 Hook & Southborough Cricket Club. Somerset Avenue, Chessington. Players wanted. Keith 07828 119552. Hook Singers. Fridays 10.30-12noon at Chessington Methodist Church. New members welcome, no auditions required. Variety of popular songs. Contact Chris Kemp 0208 241 9777. King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Kevin 0208 397 7025 Kingston Association for the Blind for help and advice for the Visually Impaired, Mon-Fri 10.00/midday 020 8605 0060,, Kingston Cycling Campaign. For those new to cycling or those who have not ridden for some time with easy pace rides around Surrey. Email: Kingston Rugby Club. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road. Seniors meet Tues eves, Minis on Sun 10am12 noon. Contact Graeme Maisey 07866 124282. Email Little Rascals Toddler Group @ Hook Evangelical Church, Brook Rd, Surbiton. Drop-in group for parents, babies & pre-schoolers. Songs, crafts, play, chat and cake! £1/family. Fri 9.30-11.30am (term-time) Rosie Pease 07736 424102 Mrs Bennet's Ballroom. Regency style dance. St Marks Church Hall, Surbiton KT6 4LS. 8pm-10.30pm. £5. 020 8391 1215. Old Kingstonians Hockey Club. Ditton Fields, Summer Road, Thames Ditton. Social club. Mens/ladies teams. Train Weds. Games on Sat, juniors on Sun. Georgina Perry on 020 8397 2367 Surbiton Arts Group meet monthly from September June. Monday evenings from 8 - 10pm in Surbiton Library Annex, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT5 5AG. 020 8397 1050 Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month at Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues at the St Paul’s Centre. Val Edwards 020 8391 2362. The Eight O’Clock Ladies Circle. Thurs eves at the Royal British Legion Hall. Valerie Birch. 020 8397 1256 The St Paul’s Players. Jean Harwood 020 8391 5133 West Chessington Childrens Centre. Lovelace Primary School. Stay & play sessions, Cook and eat courses, Messy Play and Welly walks. Jennifer Devane 020 8391 2145


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

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

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

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

Andrew Day 020 8391 1946

Chessington South Ward: Patricia Bamford 020 8287 0689

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

Shiraz Mirza 020 8241 9938

Rachael Reid 020 8974 1779 MP for Kingston & Surbiton: James Berry MP 255, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT6 7AA 020 3026 4614

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COMMUNITY PAGES Age Concern Epsom & Ewell have secured 40 places (and 12 have already gone!) at the 2017 Color Obstacle Rush at Kempton Park on 10th June at 2pm. Would you like one?

It is a unique event combining the fun of colour powdered runs, the thrill of an obstacle course and the atmosphere of a music festival. 20 obstacles, 8 colour stations, 25 music zones, a chill out area, 'colour from the sky', colour festivals... and much more! It really will be the most fun you will have on a 5k run AND you will be doing it to raise funds for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell. Book your place through us here http:// and when you raise over £150 we will refund your registration fee of £38. For more information: 01372 732 456 / 07796 686 619 or email

THE EIGHT O’CLOCK CIRCLE LADIES GROUP May programme 4th - The Children's Trust. This evening will include a talk by a representative from this very worthwhile charity. 11th - Wildlife Aid. A talk by Dr Mike Berwick. The trust deals with 20,00 wildlife emergencies a year and he will have many tales to tell. 18th - "Queen Victoria's Daughters". Mr Colin Parrish will talk about the very strict life of these princesses. 25th - Mary Watson-Harpist. A return visit by this very popular lady with her harp. Valerie Birch 020 8397 1256

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BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB welcomes new members at the Chessington Methodist Church Hall Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm Please do come and join us 2nd May Merrie social evening 9th May The Shepperton Wig Co Linda & Joanne 16thMay Autumn in New England with Anne Beauchamp 23rd May A Foreign Correspondent – Jonathan Fryer 30th May No meeting - Annual Outing 31/5 For further info: Jennifer Savage 0208 391 5362

Chessington Art Group Thanks to all who came to our exhibition, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Look in next month's Chat Magazine for the 'Best Picture' vote result and on the Hook library notice board. If you would like to join us and improve your drawing and painting we meet every Thursday morning 9.30 to 11.30 at Chessington Methodist Church Hall KT9 2DJ and Thursday afternoon 1.00 to 3.00 at The Kings Centre KT9 2GZ. For more information contact David Savage 0208 391 5362 or on line at

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Established since 1970 FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-5 YEARS HOOK PARISH HALL, HOOK ROAD, CHESSINGTON, SURREY. KT9 1PL *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) 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 OFSTED RATING: GOOD January 2017 Registration No.131787

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KAB - Kingston upon Thames Association for the Blind Could you VOLUNTEER? Could you spare a couple of hours or so a week, to spend time with one of our visually impaired members? You could be their eyes either out shopping, going for a walk or in their home having a cup of tea and a chat. If you have a car and could take someone out this could also make a big difference. We also need volunteers to help in our various clubs, including lawn bowls, which run just once or twice a month. We also need people who can help out occasionally. If you are interested please contact us for more details on 020 8605 0060 or email

WE NEED YOU! Promoting the interests of people with sight loss in Kingston. Charity registration number 249295 Funded by Greater London Fund for the Blind


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Dear Editor, In January 2015, I collapsed at school. I’d had a stroke. I was 14 years old. I was left with a brain injury and could no longer move my right side, talk or walk. After time in hospital, I moved to The Children’s Trust, a specialist rehabilitation centre in Surrey, where I relearnt some of the skills I had lost. It took a lot of willpower. I had to be brave and work hard. My biggest achievement was learning to walk again. I’m sharing my story because the charity that helped me, The Children’s Trust, is asking us all to go outside of our comfort zone and help raise money for children with brain injury. Every year more than 40,000 children are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. As I have found, specialist rehabilitation is their best chance of recovery. But it’s not possible without your help. #MyBrave was learning to walk again for the second time in my life. What’s yours? Visit for inspiration. Thank you.

Harrison Andrews

By Rod Romero I am a wall in Chessington Down by the Roebuck Road For centuries I’ve held my ground Held back the earthen load I’ve broken flint within my core And rubble to the ground With buttresses along my length Designs no longer found Valerian grows in crevices There’s moss along my base Violets here, there and everywhere When they can find a place But now I feel quite shaken up Foundations have a crack Some think I might fall over Unless you push me back Motors bump my balustrade Whilst frost attacks my bricks My pointing falls upon the ground When I am hit with sticks When heavy trucks are passing by My bricks begin to chatter The Council it has writ to you To look into this matter

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 £6, 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 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

Surbiton Arts Group’s Spring Exhibition This year Surbiton Arts Group celebrate their 70th year. George L Eccleshall, a past Chairman of the group wrote: “In the summer of 1947 Britain was weary and in need of brightening up. The six years of war had ended; but servicemen were still being released according to age and length of service and rationing was still in force. Kenneth Bidmead, a schoolmaster by profession and later Mayor of Surbiton, which at that time was separate from Kingston, organised an art exhibition to be held in the Council Chamber building at the junction of Berrylands Road and Ewell Road. Various local residents, including myself, submitted pictures and the exhibition was a success. Following that, a number of the more active artists who had taken part, including a fair sprinkling of professional artists and at least one first-class sculptor, formed a society and gave it the name of Surbiton Arts Group”. As part of the celebration of 70 years, the Spring Exhibition will include a specially painted collection of small pictures with an image size of 70 square inches in addition to the usual display of the member’s new work, all of which will be available to purchase. The Spring Exhibition will be held in the Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton from Saturday May 27th at 2 pm till Saturday June 3 rd. Opening hours are 11am to 5pm on the 30th, 1st, 2 nd and 11am till 4 pm on June 3rd. There will be over a hundred pictures plus cards on display, free entrance and free parking at the rear of the hall. Contact info: Alan Williams 020 8397 1050.

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The image to be used for flyers for the 2017 spring exhibition is ‘The Gulls’ painted by Daniele Mandelli, voted favourite painting at the autumn exhibition.


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Chessington Chat May 2017 - Issue 120  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat May 2017 - Issue 120  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory