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WELCOME TO OUR MAY ISSUE… Lots going on locally again this month now that the weather is really trying to brighten up. Take your pick from among others The Morden Hall Park Country Fair on the 5th, 6th & 7th, Kingston Borough Bands Tattoo and St Mary’s Coffee morning & Cake stall on the 12th, 2nd Hook Scouts May Fair on the 20th and Celebrating Chessington on the 31st.

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

We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Wedding car for hire p.6, Rose Academy p.6, RJP Accountants p.6, Morden Hall Park Country Fair p.9, Landtech Landscapes p.22 and We buy any motorbike p.30. Special offers and promotions come from: V.S.F Ltd p.5, Carpets 4 U p.7, Synergy 81 p.17, The Optical Gallery p.19, Time For You p.21, Cine Sanctuary p.22, Just Lawns p.26, Community Motors p.35, Mane Event p.37 and Elmwood Vehicles p.51. Our June deadline is Monday 14th May with delivery w/c 27th May and over half term. If you would like some space to promote your summer fete or fair please get in touch asap so I may reserve the relevant slot for you.


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DIY at your peril!.......................................................8 What’s on…………………………………12-14 Surbiton Food Festival……………………………16 Epsom Playhouse competition………………... 20 Going green as a family……………………...24 Safer Neighbourhoods………………………..28 Surrey Countryside Partnerships………….…...30 Striking sunflowers…………………………….32 Residents’ Associations……………….……36/37 Kids puzzle page……………………………...39 Community pages……………….….….40/42/44 Useful contacts………………………………...46 Local listings…………………………….……..48 Index of advertisers and advertising rates....…50

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Dance & Musical Theatre Classes in Chessington Ages 3 – adult Enrol now to start rehearsals for our Winter show!

We are currently recruiting for a part time admin role at a friendly and professional Accountancy firm in central Thames Ditton.

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HANDYMAN Do you have jobs around the home that you are unable, unwilling or simply do not have the time to do? I offer a friendly, reliable, competitive and trustworthy local service that can get the job done for you. D T Rogers Maintenance General maintenance, repairs, refurbishment and renovations. Free estimates, competitive rates. Fully Insured.

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DIY AT YOUR PERIL! Families who are incorrectly filling in homemade Wills could be inadvertently disinheriting their children. ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Will Kits have grown in popularity recently because they appear to offer a cheaper solution. However, it has been documented that there is a dramatic rise in the number of individuals who are disinheriting their desired beneficiaries because they are asking them to be a witness when signing the Will. As a result, they are then ruled out of obtaining anything from the associated Estate. This is not the only problem that could arise. Undated or badly worded Wills can cause problems and ambiguities. Wills are complex documents with intricate legal language and in many cases it is important to obtain expert help. Please contact me if you wish to discuss writing your Will and ensuring that your intended beneficiaries actually receive their gift. 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.

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

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

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

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Tuesday 1st. Surbiton & District Historical Society welcome Dr Christopher French and his lecture "The Metropolitan & City Police Orphanage of Twickenham 1880." Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton at 7.45pm. Visitors welcome – a contribution of £2.00. appreciated. Details from the Secretary, 020 8399 4473. Email: Tuesday 8th. Ewell Horticultural Association present ‘Colour in the garden all year round’ by Claire Brown, owner of a cut flower farm in Surrey. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell. KT17 1UF. Fully accessible venue. Parking: on-site car park, evening parking fee 40p. Cost: £3 members, £4 visitors includes refreshments and raffle, visitors very welcome. /

2ND HOOK SCOUTS MAY FAIR Sunday 20th May From 1pm. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road, Hook. Come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair!


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SURBITON FOOD FESTIVAL A Culinary Celebration of Community taught how to locate, forage and use seasonal delights such as wild garlic, and will have the chance to spice up their very own pizza in a clay oven. Elsewhere the Lamb Surbiton will host a special food festival take on their ‘Pint Sized Popstars’ series, in which children aged 0-5 are given the opportunity to learn to sing and play instruments to create food themed music.

A Culinary Celebration of Community: the Surbiton Food Festival 5 – 20 May, Surbiton. The Surbiton Food Festival returns for its sixth year in May 2018. Community Brain and a host of local partners will deliver a range of events, workshops and demonstrations over a fortnight that celebrate the wealth of culinary talent that can be found in Surbiton. Since being established by a group of volunteers and local businesses in 2013, the festival has rapidly developed into a large scale community celebration that brings the town to life each year: in 2017 over 50 businesses took part, with over 10000 members of the public attending 20 events.

Meanwhile local production enterprise Creative Brain Media will be the using the weekend of the Village Fete to host a 24 hour sponsored broadcast for charity. Gemma Bull, Festival Coordinator, comments: “While the festival is centred around food, it is actually all about community and fun. It’s a chance to catch up with old friends over a burger, meet new people at a work-shop or an event, or experience something new from a business you might otherwise have been unaware of.” “Come along, but please get in touch if you want to be more closely involved. Perhaps you have a skill that can be taught in a workshop, or perhaps you’d just like to help us set up on the day. The Surbiton Food Festival is about community and we encourage anyone and everyone to get involved.”

As in previous years the festival comprises a combination of demonstrations and workshops in the week, and larger flagship weekend events. The latter includes the Freshwater Sardine Festival, an exploration and celebration of local folklore that concludes with ‘The Great Haul’ on the River Thames; the Village Fete, a glorious family friendly celebration of food and drink on St Andrews Square; and the Sports Day, heralding a return of school classics such as the Egg and Spoon Race and the Sack Race. Local businesses will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their innovative skills as they are invited to host workshops or even a pop up restaurant at Community Brain’s Museum of Futures and Community Kitchen - a development on Surbiton’s Brighton Road that was originally inspired by the Food Festival. Other businesses will host ‘in house’ events on their own premises. Outdoor education company A Lesson In Nature will be using their outdoor kitchen classroom to host a special ‘Wild Food’ session - participants will be 16

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Simply Luther - If Only For One Night Tuesday 22nd May at 8.00pm Tickets £18.00 The music of Luther Vandross has had huge impact on a whole generation, Steve Williamson doesn't mimic Luther; he plays tribute to a legend who left us far too early. His voice will leave you tingling and spellbound as he performs all of Luther Vandross’s popular hits, be prepared to dance and sing along to songs like I Really Didn’t Mean It, Give Me The Reason, Stop to Love and be moved by A House is Not A Home, If Only For One Night and the multi million selling Dance With My Father. With a hot live band impeccably matching Steve’s vocals. This is an evening not to be missed.

Win Tickets! We have two tickets to see Simply Luther at the Epsom Playhouse on 22nd May. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Simply Luther Competition” to: by Friday 11th May. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Roger Clarkson who won April’s Calamity Jane tickets. Box Office: 01372 742555 Online:


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GOING GREEN AS A FAMILY Cutting plastic waste There are lots of easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use, from swapping sandwich bags for Tupperware containers to choosing unpackaged fruit and vegetables.

Easy ways to cut down on waste and save some cash If you want to live a greener lifestyle, you’ll want to get the whole family on-board. Children are often more inspired by videos than conversations, so it’s worth searching YouTube for short clips about plastic waste, climate change, recycling tips and so on. When everyone is feeling a bit more motivated, ask each member of the family to make some simple pledges, such as:      

Saying no to plastic straws. Refilling water bottles rather than buying drinks. Using a reusable bag for shopping. Switching lights off when leaving an empty room. Only buying second-hand clothes, toys and so on for six months. Checking whether rubbish can be reused or recycled before binning it.

Ecoegg’s Laundry Egg is a reusable, natural laundry detergent that cleans clothes about as well as a nonbio detergent. You’ll cut down on plastic bottles and save a fair amount of money, as the egg works out at just 3 pence a wash – see Could you make a pact with other parents to buy second-hand or eco-friendly birthday presents? You could club together to buy vouchers for a day out for example, or just pick up a toy or book from your local charity shop. When you do buy new, choose toys that can be easily reused, and that don’t come with lots of plastic parts or packaging. If you’ve lost pieces from a favourite game or toy, check the manufacturer’s website, as lots now sell spare parts. More tips  

Cutting food waste Did you know that the average family wastes £470 worth of food every single year? Some waste is difficult to avoid, particularly if your children are fussy eaters, but much of it can be easily avoided with a bit of careful planning. Simply making a list of meals for the week, and using that to do the shopping, can help to cut down on waste. Try to plan meals that use up any leftover ingredients. So, if you need half an onion for one recipe, for example, plan another meal to use up the other half. is worth following for inspiration and recycling tips. has recipes for food that can be batch cooked and frozen to cut down on waste. sells lots of household products in bulk, including shampoo, shower gel and laundry detergent. Larger bottles mean less plastic waste. has lots of tips for cutting energy use. Kate Duggan

Freeze leftovers straightaway if you’re not going to have chance to eat them, whether it’s half a stick of fresh ginger or a bowl of bolognese sauce. Silicone muffin pans are ideal for freezing sauces. Once frozen, pop the individual portions into a re-sealable bag or tub to keep in the freezer and use for later. Try not to overfill kids’ plates; food that’s been mixed together is more difficult to serve up again.


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Emailed links can be used by unscrupulous people so always manually enter the details of the website you want and never click on a link unless you know it’s from a trustworthy source. Knife Crime.

Chessington North & Chessington South ward update May 2018. There has been an increase in vehicle crime across both wards. In some cases access to the vehicles has been via unlocked doors and property taken from within. In other cases locks have been forced and damage caused to the vehicles and property has been stolen from within. Plain clothes and uniformed Police patrols have been conducted across the wards and useful intelligence has been obtained that has resulted in one arrest and stolen property recovered. Enquiries are continuing to identify and locate the outstanding suspects to recover the stolen property.

The Met strategy for dealing with knife crime is Operation Sceptre. This covers several strands; your local Police team has been involved in several of these strands and as a result knife crime is Chessington is very low. The strands are; Weapon sweeps – searches of parks and open spaces. Youth engagement – engagement with the young people at Chessington Community College. SNT patrols – foot patrols on the wards. Staff Updates. Pc Becky Soole has replaced PC Steve Douglas on Chessington North and I welcome her to the team. Police Merger Update.

The transforming of Kingston Policing and the forming of the BCU – borough command unit is scheduled to commence on the 21/05/18. The Policing of Kingston with Kingston officers will continue and they will be supported by other officers within the BCU cluster. The shoulder numbers of officers will change from VK to SW. The local SNT Policing team will continue to have a Policing hub in Chessington for the foreseeable future and for at least the next two years your SNT Policing Burglaries are low in this period. Please ensure that your team will operate from its current location in Hook Parade, Hook Road next to Tesco. property is secured when you leave it, remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity to the Police. Ward Panel To prevent future vehicle crimes please ensure that; Your vehicle is locked and secured when you leave it by physically checking the locks have engaged. Always remove valuables from the car this includes satellite navigation systems as many instances have included thefts of these. Always remove tools from inside the van and ensure that all the tools are also property marked and identifiable.

If you need any crime prevention advice please use the contact numbers and e mail addresses below and one of the team will gladly be able to visit your property and offer you free crime prevention advice.

The dates of the ward panel meetings are on the 13th June, 12th September, 5th December 2018 at 7.00 pm at the Safari Hotel, Chessington. If you are a resident or work in the area and want to The MPS is currently providing SmartWater kits as part be involved in the local decision making process on of our MetTrace operation to protect London homes and Policing Chessington you are very welcome to attend. your property. See Neighbourhood Watch Scams. There have been reports of various scams that have been targeting residents of Chessington. The general rule and advice I would offer is that if it seems too good to be true or if the story given is unusual or unexpected please think twice before acting. Examples are not exhaustive but include the methods below. Bogus officials posing as water workers. Bogus Police officers requesting residents requested to attend the bank and withdraw cash. The Police will never make any requests for money. If you have an incident whereby you are asked to attend a bank to withdraw money and this is either unexpected, or bogus or if the costs are over and above the price agreed please call the Police on 101. 28

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

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Surrey Countryside Partnerships The Surrey Countryside Partnerships ensure local people make a significant contribution to managing our local countryside. The Downlands, Lower Mole and Heathland Partnerships cover a large area and are responsible for carrying out a range of practical management across Surrey, especially on chalk grassland, lowland heaths and native woodlands. Our vision is to deliver a flexible and responsive countywide shared countryside management service, working across boundaries and providing exceptional value for money. surreycountrysidepartnerships The Partnerships team is core funded by Surrey County Council (host authority), 3 London boroughs, 8 Surrey boroughs/districts, the City of London and the Whitgift Foundation. Our two registered charity partners, the Downlands Trust and Lower Mole Countryside Trust, both run by voluntary trustees, support the Partnerships by raising funds to help them carry out a wide range of projects. The majority of the practical management is carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers. They undertake a huge programme of habitat management, landscape enhancements and access improvements across Surrey. .

Epsom. Please be there by 9.20am. Occasionally, the nature of the work or weather forces us to change the task, but the ansaphone 01372 743783 will give details of any task changes. Please wear appropriate clothing with regard to the work and the weather, especially stout footwear. There are regular tea breaks for which we provide refreshments, but please bring a packed lunch if you plan to stay all day. We provide all the tools, protective clothing and instruction to ensure that you have an enjoyable day. What you get out of it The chance to learn new skills and countryside crafts. We regularly run courses so there are often opportunities to get training in a range of skills from habitat management and wildlife surveys to power tools and first aid skills. Volunteering helps you to meet like-minded people and to help your local countryside. There is great camaraderie among the volunteers and you get to spend the day in some of Surrey’s most beautiful countryside areas. For more information: 01372 743783 Twitter: Follow us @ExploreSurreyUK Facebook: Lower Mole Partnership Lower Mole Partnership, 2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, KT19 8PL

VOLUNTEER TASK PROGRAMME 2018 The Lower Mole Partnership volunteers carry out practical work in the countryside in north Surrey to enhance and maintain the natural beauty of our area. We rely on you to help us achieve these aims. If you have time on your hands this spring or summer, and are aged over 16, why not give us a try? Please come and join us on one of our work days.

HIGHLIGHTS Wed 23rd May Hogsmill Balsam Bash Sat 9th June Ashtead Village Day Tues 5th – Thur 7th June, Tues 12th – Thur 14th June & Tues 19th – Thur 21st June Step building at Box Hill, Dorking. Volunteer Information All tasks are lead by trained leaders who will instruct you on the day’s activities. All tasks start at 10am at the meeting point and finish at 4pm however, we do provide a lift from our office at Horton Country Park, 30

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STRIKING SUNFLOWERS and deep roots to develop, and make it easy to plant out the sunflowers with minimum root disturbance; see for more information.

Sunflowers are one of the most stunning and impressive flowers you could have in your garden, and are easy to grow too. Sow them in May to achieve a fantastic flowery display in just a few months’ time. So which ones should you choose and how do you go about getting the best crop of flowers? There are fast-growing and potentially very tall varieties such as ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Titan’, with the latter reaching a potential height of up to 360cm or 12ft and having heads of up to 60cm (2ft) in diameter! There are some delightful miniature or dwarf varieties. The F1 variety ‘Little Dorrit’ grows to about 60cm (2ft) and has rich yellow flowers with very dark centres. Another favourite is ‘Little Leo’ at just 45cm (18in), which makes lots of impact with golden yellow heads on multi-branching stems. Nowadays there are many colours other than yellow readily available, such as ‘Black Magic’, which has maroon flowers and is multi-branching, reaching a height of about 180cm (6ft).

As their name suggests, sunflowers need plenty of sunshine to thrive. However, although many are tall, each plant does not actually take up much space at ground level. Slugs and snails love sunflowers so I always grow them in small individual pots and plant them out when they’re a few inches tall. This means they’re bigger and tougher and better able to resist attack. As an added precaution, put a ring of slug-deterring material around the base of each one – crushed shells, crushed eggshells, coco-shell or pine needles for instance. If you’re growing sunflowers on anything other than a protected site, it may be necessary to give the taller varieties some support in the form of a sturdy bamboo cane or slim stake, just in case the wind blows too strongly! Pippa Greenwood Visit Pippa’s website and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in May accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus RootTrainers, Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

Grow yourself a few for cutting too, and you’ll have a vase or more full of flowers that would cost a fortune in the shops. Many varieties are suitable, including the orangey-brown ‘Velvet Queen’, ‘Black Velvet’ and the bi-coloured and pollen-free ‘Magic Roundabout’. For containers, ‘Pacino Colada’ is a compact variety growing to just 40cm (16in) and has 10cm (4in) wide golden-yellow flowers, making a wonderful plant for a sunny patio, sheltered balcony or in the flower beds. Children love a competition to grow the tallest plant and varieties like ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Giant Single’ are perfect for smaller gardeners, and as they reach heights of about 180cm (6ft) will soon dwarf them! Sunflowers make a cheap and cheerful addition to a garden boundary, adding splashes of colour to a dreary fence line or helping to mask a garage or shed. You should get a good crop of blooms if you sow sunflowers between March and May, depending on the weather and where you live. You can sow them straight into the soil or into pots of compost. I like to use RootTrainers to encourage really well-developed 32

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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Last month we wrote about the hoarding erected around the Cap In Hand and the planning application that had been put forward. Since then another planning application has been presented. This one involves the complete demolition of the pub to be replaced by 16 one bedroom units, 18 two bedroom units and 4 three bedroom units – total 38 units. These will be up to 7 storeys high and will have parking for only 14 cars. There will also be retail space. (Note they are referred to as ‘units’ rather than ‘homes’). The buildings will overlook the houses in Haycroft Road. The seven storey one will be on the site of the pub and completely out of character with the surrounding buildings. It is not clear from the drawings how vehicles will enter and leave the site. The drawings show an access between house numbers 5 and 7 in Haycroft Road but this is only about 6 feet / 2 metres wide. Will the present entrance from the adjacent slip road be used or will there be an entrance directly off or onto the roundabout? How will the refuse or emergency vehicles gain access to the site? No doubt the answers to these questions will come at a later stage. At Tolworth, on the old Ministry/Tesco site, they put forward an application for 705 homes which was refused on, among other things, too great a density. A second application was then put forward for 950 homes! The Cap In Hand is another example of the developer maximizing their profit by cramming homes on a site. At least with the Tesco site it is flat, does not directly affect adjacent homes as it is between the A3 and the railway line and has a reasonable entry/exit to the site. The Cap In Hand site has none of these. We need homes in which people enjoy living, don’t feel hemmed in and their children can safely play outside. We have chosen to live here in the suburbs and not a city, so city density should not be forced on us. If developers have paid so much for a site that they need to build so many units to make their profit, it is not our problem. We do not want city density. Our council tax pays the wages of council employees, so we are their employers. Will they be doing all they can to deliver our wishes rather than those of the developers? Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail

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MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION What a rain sodden Easter weekend we have had with the temperatures achieving nothing like the start of spring we are all so looking forward to. Vague hopes of cutting the grass put on hold again with the garden far too wet to dig and make preparation for the summer. On the positive side wildlife is evident all around us, and still needing that little extra bit of help to keep body weight up to survive the cold temperatures this late in the year. Nevertheless birds are nesting and it is most important that they should be allowed to do so in peace and quiet so that we maintain our wonderful world of feathered friends around us. Hedges and trees should now be left uncut until fledglings have flown the nest. No doubt we are not the only part of the borough to have been suffering from flooding, and burst water mains seem to be almost a daily occurrence. Thames Water certainly looks to have their work cut out for them with many workmen and vans being seen throughout Malden Rushett over the last couple of weeks. It is so important that drains, ditches and hedges are maintained on an ongoing basis throughout the year so that flooding is kept to a minimum. All around us is the spread of litter, empty cans and bottles, take away cartons, dirty nappies thrown from car windows while passing through on the A243. The government has just raised the fine for litter being thrown from a car to £160 but who is going to enforce it? As residents, the majority of us recycle our waste, yet the people who are passing through leave their litter with us, why? I have just been reading in the Surrey Comet newspaper that Kingston Council has outlined plans to put culture at the forefront of its development and growth decisions. RBK are in receipt of £90,000 from City Hall for a music festival as part of the London Borough of Culture awards. Stephen Evans who is Director of Communities at RBK says ‘Kingston’s priority is to ensure the benefits of growth are enjoyed by all communities’. Congratulations to RBK for ‘winning’ such a large amount to fund a music festival in our borough, which I am sure will be enjoyed by many. Of course I do not know the details of what plans are being made but it would be wonderful if all ages could be catered for, right from the very young through to us golden oldies. Rumour has it that Transport for London has ruled out a ‘Malden Rushett Bypass’ - what a shock to us all, after all it was only suggested some 60 years ago. It seems that TFL have already spent a load of money on the A243 and are not about to spend anymore. The MRRA does not consider that a by-pass would alleviate a lot of the problems we have up this end of Kingston Borough and it would also lead to the loss of much greenbelt and essential farmland, let alone loss of habitat for wildlife. We have already put our proposals to RBK and The Mayor of London, in order that they are under no misapprehension of the direction that our residents want to go, so Malden Rushett retains its character and individuality for the future. Urban sprawl is not welcome on greenbelt land anywhere around this end of the Kingston borough. Beryl Gibson Chairman - 0775 1024358

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It has been brought to my attention over recent days that our recently distributed Leaflet has told everyone that we are a FREE SERVICE. As Chair of the Group I have to inform everyone in our local Community that this is the truth. Some concern has been raised by Clients and Volunteers as to what constitutes such a claim. When we commenced in 1981 this was to be our motto, no charge would be made to anyone that we help in any way. During those early years the volunteers were obliged to transport not only clients around our area but each day a handcase with Daybook records was passed to the next Duty Officer. Their coverage was 24/7. As you may note other expenses were few, maybe a claim for some telephone calls and Insurance cover. By the time I joined an Office was in place at the Hook Community Hall. In moving to the Office next to the Library we were to pay rent of quite a large amount, although we understood that this had been a gift from Douglas Reynolds, one time Mayor in the Borough. With the arrival of the Hook Centre we were promised a room and after some input from our MP we had our rent reduced almost by half!!!!!. Why this history? We now have transport responses totalling hundreds each month covering many miles in and outside our neighbourhood. Each new client receives a welcome letter explaining what our FREE SERVICE is happy to do for them. We run on donations......(or not at all without!) What is a Charge and what is a Donation? Care cannot charge but if you ask a driver you will not always find an answer but possibly a hint of actual costs in taking a Client on a trip. No driver will offer a price of a journey in any circumstances. If they do, you should let the Care Office know on 8397 6298. We are happy that most of our clients are extremely generous especially on our Outings and Socials. We also have a number of Groups and Firms who have helped us in the past to pay our way. I am sorry that this is a bit of a lecture this month but it needed to be said. I hope you are looking forward to the warmer weather and our first Social in June. Office Details: 9am to 12noon Monday to Friday on 8397 6298. With my best wishes David Rowbotham

BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Welcomes new members Chessington Methodist Church Hall Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm Our May program is 1st May - May Merrie 8th May - History of Pears Soap – Andrea Cameron 15th - Home & Away Flowers – Sheila Stacey 22nd May - Summer Supper 29th May – Quiz night Any enquiries to Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362

LIVE MUSIC AT THE CRICKETERS The Cricketers Pub (81 Clayton Rd, Chessington, KT9 1NQ) is now hosting live music from some of the finest Blues, rock, pop & classic covers acts, (both local & national) every Saturday evening. Upcoming May acts are as follows: Sat 5th - LOUDSHIRTS (Classic rock covers) Sat 12th - NIGEL BAGGE BAND (Classic RnB from Worthing) Sat 19th - BLUES PATROL ( Soul blues) Sat 26th - Ransom Rock (Classic covers band)

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Looking Out By Rod Romero Whilst taking coffee and croissant Sheltering from the pouring rain New laid paving stones and slabs Seen through the window pane Chairs arranged in groups of three Held in concrete by their feet They’ll not be moving very far Along the wide pedestrian street A castle once stood on those hills Looking down on those below Shady trees and cycle tracks Through the woods no motors go The castle had no moat around Folks would use the Bank nearby With ancient buildings timber framed Beneath the larks up in the sky For thirty minutes some can wait Signs to warn they must obey When they’ve used their half an hour They must move their car away So, that’s where you park your bike With padlock and a chain Leather saddle bag quite full With your shopping once again Traffic lights are red then green Now you cycle out of view Looking through the double glazing Watching others, seeing you

HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI Our last meeting saw James and Nikki from True Indulgence join us for a talk and tasting of their wonderful chocolates. James and Nikki are Chessington residents who set up their own chocolate making company 18 months ago. We enjoyed the talk but we enjoyed the chocolate more and our members bought up every product True Indulgence brought with them!

James & Nikki

If you are a local food, craft or service provider and would like to give a talk to our WI, please contact our president, we would love to hear from you.

Our next meeting is Thursday 10th May where we will be voting on this year’s WI resolutions, followed by a general knowledge quiz. If you would like to visit us, you will find us on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at the Hook & Southborough Parish Hall, 224 Hook Road, KT9 1PL. If you require any further information please call our president, Sharon Cook, on 020 8391 0723.

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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 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

John Lewis Community Hub - Kingston Did you know…..our Community hub has moved. This room can be booked free of charge by charities, community groups and good causes. The room is on the 3rd floor via the Nursery furniture department. It is a modern, fairly large room that could hold a large group, easily 50 people, but there is only seating for about 25 people. It has tea/coffee facilities, a water fountain, wipe board and two wall mounted TVs.

THE EIGHT O’CLOCK CIRCLE LADIES GROUP MAY PROGRAMME 3rd. "Rogues and Heroes." A return visit by Leslie Broster, a popular speaker, who will enlighten us about the lives of these characters in the past. 10th. "Victorian Life Upstairs and Down" 17th. "Walk on the Wildside." We will hear about the interesting facts of our wildlife. 24th. Regency Gardens. A talk by Cherrill Sands. 31st. A Trip to Portsmouth and Southsea. Hope the weather will be kind! We meet in the British Legion Hall, 7.30 for 8pm every Thursday evening. Bring a friend. You can be sure of a warm welcome. Valerie Birch 020 8397 1256

HOOK ALLOTMENTS & GARDENS ASSOCIATION Our friendly allotment association was founded over 50 years ago and is run by volunteers. We provide a wide range of composts, fertilisers, seeds 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 . Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance will hold their next talks on 29th May [Quiz] and 26th June [Central America]. Marion House, Girl Guides Hut, Tadworth Avenue, New Malden, KT3 6DJ, from 2pm to 4.15pm. Small car park. Contact for further information: Sec Mrs Brenda Denby, tel 020 8398 6054, email

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

PLACES OF WORSHIP St Mary The Virgin C of E Garrison Lane, Chessington. 020 8397 3016 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 NB: These details were correct as we went DOCTORS SURGERIES to print but may have since changed with Kingston Primary Care Weekend the local elections on 3rd May. Service. Surbiton Health Centre Chessington North and Hook Ward: Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6EZ Clive Chase 0203 841 9942 Sat & Sun 08:00hrs – 20:00hrs Margaret Thompson margaret. Walk in and wait or ring for appointment. Last appt19:30hrs Andrew Day 020 8391 1946 Chessington Park Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Chessington South Ward: Gardens, Chessington. KT9 2GY Patricia Bamford 020 8287 0689 0208 739 1977 Shiraz Mirza 020 8241 9938 The Orchard Practice Orchard Gardens, Chessington. KT9 1AG Rachael Reid 020 8974 1779 0208 397 9494 Hook Surgery Merritt Medical MP for Kingston & Surbiton: Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington. Edward Davey MP KT9 2GY. 0208 397 6361 020 8288 2736

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

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LOCAL LISTINGS Alexandra Table Tennis Club. Mon eves. 7.30-9.30pm at St Georges Hall, Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth KT6 7PF. All players welcome. Contact Jane 0208 397 3115 Alexandra Blenheim Academy Table Tennis Club. Sat 10am till 12noon for 8-15 year olds. Blenheim High School, Epsom KT19 9BH. £4 per session including coaching. Contact Tony Line 07703 602552 Better Bones, St Mary’s Centre, Church Lane, Chessington, KT9 2DR. 11.30am Thursdays. Tel: 0300 123 8086 email Bowls - Surbiton Bowling Club, Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Tues eves 5:50pm. David Lark 020 8224 2385. Buckland Womens Club. Tues eves. Chessington Methodist Church. Jennifer Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Art Group. Thurs am. Chessington Methodist Church Hall & Thurs pm at The King’s Centre. David Savage 020 8391 5362 Chessington Beavers, Cubs & Scouts. Meet at Scout HQ to rear of 33, Garrison Lane. Beavers - Mon 6pm to 7pm, Cubs - Tues 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Scouts - Fri 7pm to 9pm. See for details or Email: Chessington Bowling Club, Church Lane - beginners juniors and adults welcome - contact Club Secretary 8397 6705 email: chessingtonbc@aol com Chessington Children's Centre at Castle Hill Primary . Stay & Play sessions, Baby Massage, Breastfeeding support, Family Learning etc. 020 8397 2006. Toy Library at Hook Centre, Tues term time, 9.30-11am. 020 8408 8927 Chessington Cricket Club. Sir Francis Barker Sports Ground, Leatherhead Road, KT9 2NB. 020 8397 9194 Chessington & Hook United & Hook Youth Football Club. Chalky Lane, Chessington. For Match & Training details call Andy on 07958 616829 Chessington Methodist Badminton Club. Tues eves Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Tony 0208 397 3081 Chessington Methodist Women's Fellowship Programme list inside Coffee Bar Door. Sec. Joy Fogg 0208 397 2104. Chessington Youth Action, Reg Charity 1058965. 97 Ruxley Lane, West Ewell. KT19 9HB Corinthian-Casuals FC. Amateur football club for 418yrs at King George’s Field, Hook Rise South, Queen Mary’s Close, Tolworth. KT6 7NA. Friends of Shooting Star CHASE - Epsom & Chessington Sarah Johnson, Chairperson and treasurer 07921 774 191. Guides, Brownies & Rainbows in Hook & Chessington. Ann Fairhall 020 8391 4730 for details/ waiting lists. 1st Hook Beavers. Wed 6– 7pm, Fri 5.30– 6.30pm. 1st Hook Cubs. Tue 6.45 – 8.15pm, Thurs 6.45– 8.15pm. 1st Hook Scouts. Fri 7.30– 9.30pm. Surbiton South Explorers. Thurs 8 – 10pm. All meetings held at Group HQ, Verona Drive, Surbiton. Group Scout Leader Fergus Lang:

2nd Hook Beavers Wed & Thurs 5.15 - 6.15pm, 2nd Hook Cubs Tues 7-8.30pm. 2nd Hook Scouts Fri 7-9pm. Alan Cooke 0208 287 0276 or e-mail 1st Hook Scout & Guide Band. Mon eves 7-9.30pm at 1st Hook Scout HQ, Verona Drive. Min age 9 years. Anne & Ray Bridger 020 8397 7525. Hook Allotments & Gardens Association. Sun 10 -11am at the allotments at rear of King Edward’s Rec Ground. Hook & Chessington WI. 7.30pm every 2nd Thurs in the month. Hook & Southborough Hall, 224 Hook Road, Hook. Sharon Cook 020 8391 0723. Hook & Southborough Bowling Club. King Edward’s Recreation Ground. David 020 8397 1294 / Keith 07906 576270 Hook & Southborough Cricket Club. Somerset Avenue, Chessington. Players wanted. Keith 07828 119552. Hook Singers. Fridays 10.30-12noon at Chessington Methodist Church. New members welcome, no auditions required. Variety of popular songs. Contact Chris Kemp 0208 241 9777. King George Field Indoor Bowls Club, Jubilee Way. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Kevin 0208 397 7025 Kingston Association for the Blind for help and advice for the Visually Impaired, Mon-Fri 10.00/midday 020 8605 0060,, Kingston Cycling Campaign. For those new to cycling or those who have not ridden for some time with easy pace rides around Surrey. Email: Kingston Rugby Club. King Edwards Recreation Ground, Hook Road. Seniors meet Tues eves, Minis on Sun 10am12 noon. Contact Graeme Maisey 07866 124282. Email Little Rascals Toddler Group @ Hook Evangelical Church, Brook Rd, Surbiton. Drop-in group for parents, babies & pre-schoolers. Songs, crafts, play, chat and cake! £1/family. Fri 9.30-11.30am (term-time) Rosie Pease 07736 424102 Mrs Bennet's Ballroom. Regency style dance. St Marks Church Hall, Surbiton KT6 4LS. 8pm-10.30pm. £5. 020 8391 1215. Old Kingstonians Hockey Club. Ditton Fields, Summer Road, Thames Ditton. Social club. Mens/ladies teams. Train Weds. Games on Sat, juniors on Sun. Georgina Perry on 020 8397 2367 Surbiton & District Historical Society. 020 8399 4473 Surbiton Floral Club. 1st Wed in month at Raeburn Hall , United Reformed Church, cnr of Elgar/Raeburn Avenue, Berrylands. 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. Floral demonstrations; talks; workshops & outings. 020 8399 8193 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Branch. 10am every 2nd Tues at the St Paul’s Centre. 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

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

“Excellent facilities including a lift for anybody who struggles with the stairs. Suits all party and function needs. Would hire it again.”

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Chessington Chat May 2018 - Issue 131  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat May 2018 - Issue 131  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory