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WELCOME TO OUR OCTOBER ISSUE… As we went to print we were experiencing a mini heatwave with apparently the hottest September day since 1911. I can well believe that as my south facing garden hit 40 degrees in the sunshine! So it’s been with some reluctance that I have been in the office wading through details of all of your Autumn events. And wading is the right word as our What’s on listings have proved incredibly popular this month!

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Francis Brannan, CDRA Beryl Gibson, MRRA Sarah Gray, Chessington Horticultural Society Catherine Sawbridge Sergeant Simon Baxter

There’s so much going on locally in October including an art exhibition, a flower show, two jumble sales, a brass band concert, a church open day, an operatic production, a good as new baby sale, a children’s disco plus spooky events at Chessington Garden Centre and, with reference to our front cover, Howl’o’ween at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. We welcome back the following advertisers: Monkey Music p.6, Hook Gas Services Ltd p.8, Emmaculash p.16, Julie Cooper Piano tuition p.21 and Rose Academy of Theatre Arts p.43.

And bring special offers and promotions from: Carpets 4 U p.7, Elmwood Vehicles p.9, Taylored Room Solutions p.11, Family Dental Care p.15, The Optical Gallery p.17, Community Motors p.19, Tolworth Fencing Co Ltd p.25, Time For You Domestic Cleaning p.27, Synergy 81 p.31, Thomas Sanderson Blinds & Shutters p.34, Purity Hair, Beauty & Skin clinic p.43 and Jackson Noon p.48.

Front cover image: Trick, Treat & Top Hat

Till next month.

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NOVEMBER COPY DEADLINE: Monday 10th October Magazine delivered w/c 23rd October. Leaflets for inclusion with this next issue can be accepted up till Monday 17th October. 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: Strange final requests and bequests…………...8 What’s on…………………………………12-13 Introducing Emmaculash…………………….…16 Residents’ Associations……...………………....20 The October & November garden……………24 Epsom Playhouse competition………….……...28 Safer Neighbourhood Ward update.…….…..32 Community pages……………….…36/38/40/42 Recipe: Sweet potato & chick pea curry……...44 Index of advertisers and advertising rates…...46





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Strange Final Requests and Bequests After such a number of great losses this year from the world of entertainment, including Prince and David Bowie, I thought I’d take a look at some more unusual funeral requests from some of the many famous faces no longer with us…  It is usually money or property that is left within a Will – but Napoleon Bonaparte reportedly requested that his hair be cut and distributed to his close friends!  Dusty Springfield requested that her cat Nicholas be fed imported baby food and listen to her songs frequently.  In keeping with his flamboyant nature, singer James Brown requested that his outfit was swapped during each of his 3 funerals that were held at various locations across the USA.  For Frank Sinatra’s funeral he had a variety of ‘gifts’ placed within his coffin, including a cigarette lighter, a bottle of whisky and a coin – in case he needed to make a phone call!  And finally, Elizabeth Taylor. In March of 2011, Taylor’s funeral service in California was delayed in order to honour her final parting wish. She left specific instructions that her coffin should arrive at least 15 minutes later than the scheduled start time. She also requested that someone in attendance announce, “She even wanted to be late for her own funeral.” Leave it to Elizabeth Taylor to make sure her final starring role featured one last hurrah. Catherine Sawbridge


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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER... Wednesday 26th October. Kingston’s United Reform Church in Eden Street celebrate the 25th Anniversary of U3A with a free day-long exhibition showcasing the 80 groups within it’s organisation. These include Art Groups, Science and Philosophy, Family History, Poetry Groups and Book Clubs. The Bridge and Scrabble Groups will be playing and the cycling group will also be represented. Membership is open to everyone who is retired, or soon about to retire. Groups will be Saturday 8th October. Jumble sale in aid of The Fircroft performing throughout the day from 10am until 4pm Trust. 11am to 2pm at The Fircroft Centre, 96, Ditton and the Mayor will cut the cake at 10.30am. Further Road Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6RH. 50p entrance for adults; details from children are free. There will be a variety of stalls Friday 28th October. Age Concern Epsom present including clothes, bric-a-brac, toys and a Good as New Surrey Brass. Join us for an evening filled with amazing stall. Refreshments will be available. We require music from the films. 7pm at The Main Hall, Epsom donations for the event and collection can be arranged College, Epsom. Great music at a gorgeous venue if required. Contact number is 0208 399 1772 or including The Gin Bar. Tickets £20. Beverley on 01372 email 732456 or From Saturday 8th till Monday 31st October. Halloween events at Chessington Garden Centre includes 2nd Hook Scouts Jumble Sale Halloween Circus, Creepy Maze, Spooky Teas & Spooky Saturday 22nd October Zoo. Wednesday 12th October. Ewell Horticultural Association 2pm at Scout HQ, rear of Hook Parish Hall, Hook present ’Gardening without aches & pains’ by Peter Road, Chessington. Refreshments. Entrance 40p. Spriggs. 9pm at Bourne Hall, Ewell. KT17 1UF. Admission members £2, visitors £3. Includes refreshments & raffle. Tuesday 18th October. Learn English at Home Coffee Morning. 10-11.30am at Siddeley House, 50 Canbury Park Rd, Kingston. KT2 6LX. Are you interested in helping local people who are isolated and lonely because they can’t speak English? Join us for coffee and meet other volunteers. Contact 020 8255 6144 or Friday 21st October. 1st Hook Scout Group’s Christmas shopping evening. 7.30pm – 9.30pm at 1st Hook HQ, Verona Drive, Surbiton. KT6 7SU. Refreshments available and many lovely craft stalls including jewellery, scarves, nail wraps and makeup to name a few. Stall enquiries or further info from Saturday 22nd October. Ewell Horticultural Association present their Late Autumn Show. 2.30-4.30pm at Blenheim High School, Longmead Rd, Epsom. KT19 9BH. Raffle, floral Art, plant sale, photography plus tea & cakes. Free admission. Visit Saturday 22nd till Saturday 29th October. Surbiton Arts Group present their Autumn exhibition in the Surbiton Library Annexe, Ewell Road, KT6 6AG. Open to the public on Sat 22nd from 2-5pm. During the week we are open from 11am until 5pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and on Sat 29th we are open from 11am until 4pm. Closed Wednesday. Entry to the exhibition is free. Tuesday 25th till Saturday 29th October. Hinchley Manor Operatic Society presents ‘Thank you Ma’am’ in celebration of HM Queen Elizabeth Il’s 90th year. At the Vera Flethcher Hall, Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton. KT7 OLG. 020 8942 6867or 12

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Colour & Light Children’s Disco Back due to popular demand this is a fun, happy, safe children’s alternative to Halloween. With a disco and bouncy castle, craft activities and healthy refreshments the children will have an amazing time. £7 per child. Entrance is limited so arrive on time to secure your place. Children must be accompanied by an adult and remain the responsibility of the adult at all times.

Time: 2-5pm on Saturday 29th October Address: St Paul’s Parish Hall, Hook Road, Chessington. Surrey. KT9 1PF Parking behind hall or on side roads.


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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Summer is over. We hope that you were able to have some holiday and to enjoy the fine weather. Sally writes that Chessington Chat has now served the community for ten years. We got out our September 2006 copy to see what has changed. There were twenty eight pages; the most recent August 2016 edition had fifty two! The 2006 edition was well laid out and printed; the names of many early advertisers still appear each month. What has changed is that now every page is very attractive with lots of colour. However, the biggest change is that the August 2016 Chessington Chat has a whopping nine community pages! Well done Sally, you are a great support to the community. Now for some sad news. By the time you read this the Chessington Horticultural Society, located on the Moor Lane allotments, will probably have announced that this will be their last year. They advertised a Special General meeting to be held on September the 26th, “to give notice of the dissolution and winding up” of the society. This is a great shame as, for many years; on each Sunday morning they have run a shop on the allotments, which was open to all. They supplied gardening materials and member grown plants at very keen prices. Why are they closing? Because the committee are all getting old and no younger people would volunteer to help out! This is happening to many of our voluntary community organisations, including us! Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 0208 397 2659 – To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on Email

MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION We held a very well attended residents meeting on the 1 st September at Chessington Garden Centre, where many of our residents joined in discussions on all the usual topics such as the junction, Transportation Consultation, green belt issues, traffic congestion and in particular, speeding motorists both on the A243 and in Fairoak Lane. It is apparent that some motorists using Fairoak Lane appear to forget they are entering a 30 mile speed limit as they approach Malden Rushett, even though the speed limit signs are sited clearly for all to see. Recently, aided with assistance from Tony Arbour our local London Assembly member, we achieved what some might say is the impossible! Officials from Transport for London came down at our request to take a look at what we are experiencing with the new junction design. They listened and saw for themselves the madness that some motorists’ behaviour cause when driving through the junction. Of course the junction is not perfect but it is a great improvement on what we had before and we do now have a crossing at the junction over Fairoak Lane making it much safer for pedestrians. The main problem is caused by motorists jumping the lights coming from Rushett Lane leaving cars trying to turn right towards Leatherhead from Fairoak Lane stranded in the middle of the junction. TFL are aware that the traffic has greatly increased due to the large increase of new building on the Epsom cluster, and have said they will be looking at all the issues we raised in the near future when they evaluate how well the junction design is operating. The bus stops outside Chessington Garden Centre appear to have been a popular addition and are certainly being used frequently. Concerns that buses stopping at the bus stops would impede traffic flow have proved to be without foundation. I wonder if anyone could answer the following question: Do the contractors employed by TFL and RBK to maintain our verges and keep our ditches and waterways clear, get any actual training to do the job they do? Recently, Rushett Lane looks as though it has been given a very bad haircut, with other parts of the village either left uncut, half cut, ditches left clogged up and stagnant, is this really what we spend our hard earned taxes on? I wonder how often checks are done to ensure we are getting value for money from these contractors; how often are these contracts evaluated by those who are in charge at the authorities? Perhaps someone in ‘authority’ could enlighten me? At the end of this month we bid a sad farewell to our South of the Borough Neighbourhood Manager, Barry Allen, who has decided to retire. On behalf of the residents of Malden Rushett I would like to say a very big thank you for all the assistance you have given us over the years, both practical and by always knowing the answer (or knowing where to go to get it). You are the first person from RBK who we have actually felt was on our side and cared about Malden Rushett, us residents wish you a very happy and long retirement.

Beryl Gibson, Chairman.

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Editor’s note: I would like to echo Beryl’s comments and wish Barry Allen a wonderful retirement! Thank you for all your support of the magazine over the years Barry. 20

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OVER 65? IN NEED OF A LITTLE EXTRA CASH AT CHRISTMAS TIME? ON A LOW INCOME? LIVING IN THE PARISH OF ST MARY’S CHESSINGTON? If so, you may be eligible for a small cash Christmas grant from Chessington Charities. Every year Chessington Charities give away small cash amounts of around £100 to those over 65 who are in need of a little support at Christmas time. If you think you, or someone you know, may be eligible for such a grant please collect an application form from: St Mary’s Parish Office, St Mary’s Centre Church Lane, Chessington. Tel: 0208 391 4551 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am – 1pm, Friday 10am – 2pm. Please note applicants must live in the parish of St Mary’s Chessington. Closing date for applications – November 4th (If you received a grant last year, we will automatically send you an application form this year)


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THE OCTOBER & NOVEMBER GARDEN horticultural fleece which ‘breathes’. Check all existing tree-stakes are stable and replace any rotten or wobbly ones. Check that ties are not too tight and cutting into the bark.

Autumn brings the most gorgeous colours in all directions, the richest wealth of harvested vegetables and fruit of the year, and in some respects the greatest risks to your treasured plants as frosts creep in. Early frosts will destroy your crops and wipe out your prize dahlias before you’ve had a chance to remove them, while winter storms will wobble your poorly-staked trees to the ground and flatten your fruit. However, hard frosts are also very effective at crumbling clods of soil. October tasks: Squashes and pumpkins must be cut before the frost destroys them and need to be ‘cured’ in the sun; place them outdoors on sunny days until the rind is hard and the pumpkin sounds hollow when tapped. Once cured pumpkins and squashes will keep for MONTHS in a cool dry frostfree place! The fridge is not suitable for long-term storage – a cool cupboard or a frost-free garage are better. Harvest top fruit (apples and pears) and store carefully in a cool, dry, frost-free place. Prune out the canes that have borne fruit on raspberry, currants, loganberry etc. Lift dahlia tubers before frost kills them, cut off the stems to about two or three inches, and store in trays in a dry, frost-free, mouse-free place. Clear the vegetable patch of spent crops and dig over. Green manures can be sown now (ie grazing rye or vetch). Heavy soils can be manured now or in spring; use well-rotted manure not fresh. Hard compacted clods of clay should be left for the frosts to crumble, don’t break your back! Spring bulbs – daffodils and narcissi should already be planted. Tulips and hyacinth can be planted now or in November, as can winter bedding plants ie pansies, wallflowers etc. Winter preparation Make sure all tender plants are under cover now even if the weather remains mild; citrus, olives, and tender perennials such as fuchsia and pelargoniums. They can be overwintered in a frost-free cool porch, or greenhouse with anti-frost heater (line with bubblewrap and ventilate on warm days). Raise outdoor pots and containers off the ground to allow good drainage. Wrap the pots in bubble wrap to prevent frost damage, wrap the actual plant in 24

Lawns A thorough lawn workout can be done either now or in spring; mow the lawn, then scarify it (scratch out moss and dead grass thatch with a metal spring-tine rake), then weed, and mow again, and seed any bare patches. Feed the lawn just before it’s due to rain with an autumn lawn feed (phosphate-rich) which will encourage strong root growth, rather than a nitrogenrich summer feed. And for November: Root crops that are susceptible to frost should be lifted for storage in a cool dry place- potatoes, celeriac, turnips, beetroot. Root crops that can stay in the ground until you need them are swedes, parsnips and carrots; however it’s helpful to cover with something insulating like straw or cardboard, so if the ground freezes you can still dig them up. Salad leaves – can be grown on windowsills for cutting as baby-leaf salad; corn salad, rocket, basil, watercress, and some of the ‘oriental leaves’. Check stored crops for rot. Plant tulip bulbs and hyacinths for spring. Plant garlic bulbs. Keep clearing fallen leaves from the lawn to avoid the grass dying underneath. Compost these separately to get excellent leafmould in a year or two (perhaps use black binbags with a few pierced holes, as the leaves take a long while to break down). Mow the lawn occasionally if it’s mild. Trees & shrubs This is a great time to plant or transplant all kinds of trees and shrubs, including hedges, roses, fruit trees, and evergreens, as there is time to develop roots before the ground becomes frozen. Remember to dig the planting hole bigger than the rootball, add a little general fertilizer to the soil, and hammer the stake in before putting the new plant in, rather than damage the roots. Hardwood cuttings of shrubs (such as cornus, buddleia, euonymus, kerria, spirea, berberis, etc and soft fruit bushes such as currants and gooseberries) can be taken now. ‘Hardwood’ relates to the time of year not the plant. Simply cut stems / twigs below a bud, strip the leaves, and sink deeply into the ground somewhere they can be undisturbed for a year. Some will fail, so take several. Sarah Gray, Chessington Horticultural Society

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HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI We enjoyed our meal at Cappadocia which replaced our August meeting. I was particularly impressed by the belly dancer who performed balancing a scimitar on her head! Our September meeting welcomed Mark Davison who spoke on 'Chessington Now and Then' and brought back many memories to us of how things were not so long ago. Coming up we have a lunch at Denbies and our October meeting on 'Ghosts of Surrey'. There is also the Autumn Surrey Federation meeting in Dorking, which is always a great day. Our regular activities include the lunch club, coffee mornings and book clubs which are well attended. Visit If you would like to join or visit our friendly social group, we meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Hook and Southborough Parish Hall, just a short walk from the bus stop (71/465/K2/ K4 buses) Elaine Richards


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EPSOM PLAYHOUSE promises to entertain and dazzle the whole family.

Win Tickets! Win two tickets to see Vienna Festival Ballet’s Snow White at the Epsom Playhouse on Tuesday 11th October.

Vienna Ballet - Snow White 11th October at 7.30pm Prices from: £16 Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their unmissable production of Snow White. World class choreography propels this timeless fairytale and answers the question; who is the fairest one of all?

Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Snow White Competition” to: by Friday 7th October. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Susan Lancaster who won Aug/ Sept’s Des O’Connor tickets. Based on the traditional Grimm brothers story, this Book online and choose your own seats or ring the ballet incorporates all the important elements, a Box Office on 01372 742555. beautiful girl, an enchanted mirror, a poisoned Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, apple. Hip-hopping dwarves help Snow White KT18 5AL find her Prince Charming. This spellbinding ballet


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CHESSINGTON CHILDMINDER An Ofsted registered childminder in Chessington provides childcare services from September 2016 on:  Childminding  Ellingham Primary School drop-off & pick-up  Baby sitting

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You can contact us on 0208 721 2001- this number goes through to a mobile that we will answer if we are on duty. If we are off duty the number automatically diverts to the police operator so that every call gets answered. Or email us at

Ward Update from Chessington Safer Neighbourhood Team. Welcome back to my column after the summer break. I hope you all managed to get some time to enjoy with your families over the last couple of months.

You can follow us on Twitter @MPSChessington Simon Baxter | PS 54 VK | Chessington North & Chessington South SNT

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The priorities that the team are working towards which were set by a panel of local people are 1) Drugs possession and supply 2) Anti Social Behaviour in open spaces. This panel meet every 3 months and is attended by local councillors, business owners and residents. On 17th August Police officers were out patrolling a known drug dealing location in Chessington where they stopped and searched a male. During the search they found 79 wraps of heroin and crack. If you have any information about drug dealers please get in touch. If you would rather do this anonymously you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. We are now working towards our plans for Halloween and Fireworks night which have been busy times for us in the past. We are on duty and will be out and about patrolling Chessington and hopefully giving out a few treats to the kids. Neighbourhood Watch is something that we are still promoting. If you are not part of a watch and would like to know if there is a watch in your area please get in touch with us. 32

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COMMUNITY PAGES Surbiton market’s shoppers support new sports kit for visually impaired people Kingston upon Thames Association for the Blind’s lawn bowls team is sporting smart new kit, thanks to the generosity of market shoppers in Surbiton. Award-winning Surbiton Farmers’ Market donated £1,500 from stall fees and fundraising to support new kit and transport for the KAB team. Market volunteers including charity coordinator Robyn McAllister (pic. right) went along in August to see the players in action. KAB offers a range of services and support for visually impaired people in the borough, where there are over 1,000 people with varying degrees of sight loss. The donation was one of several larger amounts the market has handed out recently. Shoppers have helped raise more than £50,000 for local charities and causes since the market began nearly seven years ago. Refugee Action Kingston is the latest local charity set to benefit from funds following a Sponsored Fun Walk in September. ‘Go Bananas,’ a family event, took place in Richmond Park where everyone was invited to join market volunteers and supporters on a seven-mile sponsored walk. Each child then received a free giant inflatable banana for taking part! A special fundraising page has been set up to receive sponsorship funds and donations. RAK will also be receiving donations at the next market on Saturday 15th October as its Charity of the Month. Surbiton Farmers’ Market takes place in leafy Maple Road every third Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm. Each market has 26 stalls of wonderful fresh produce and speciality foods. Adjacent bars, cafés and restaurants are open for breakfast, coffee and lunch. For full details visit, join Facebook at Surbiton Farmers’ Market or follow Twitter @SurbitonFM. Fun for children at YMCA Surbiton Did you know that YMCA Surbiton runs children activities from toddlers up to the age of 11? From baby ballet to karate, hip hop dance to arts and crafts, and much more. One of our popular classes is Story Storks for ages two and upwards, themed around pirates, pixies, fairies and mermaids – perfect to engage your child and fire up their imaginations. Our qualified, highly professional team will ensure that your child is well cared for and gets the most out of their activity. We also offer children’s parties on Saturdays and Sundays from 2.30pm which run for two hours and include the following:  A play worker to come and set up the room (approx. 1 hour before party starts)  Use of resources (i.e toys, soft play items, paints, paper, music etc)  A playworker tidying away after the party ends We can make arrangements for different types of parties: simple hire of the room, ideal for dancing party/ disco, roller-skating parties, or you can hire your own children entertainers. There are three party rooms to choose from at Surbiton and we advise the party host to take a look at the rooms and the resources we have to offer prior to booking, so that you know what to expect on the day and to arrange which resources you want out for the party. For prices and for more information, visit our website at or call Julie Cocker at YMCA Surbiton on 0208 339 4621.

BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Invites you to JOIN US on Tuesday evenings at the Chessington Methodist Church Hall 7.45pm for 8pm start Our October program is 4th AGM 11th Social/ Quiz night 18th `Alphabet Tour of the UK’ 25th Chocoholics evening Enq to Jennifer Savage 0208 3915362

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 notfor-profit club prices to members.

Ginger tom Harry was lost in Berrylands whilst staying with relatives. He lives in Chessington and so may be trying to find his way back home. Please check sheds etc

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.

If found please contact: Jacqui on 020 8241 4601 or Sue on 020 8391 3446.

We currently have full and half plots available to rent. To arrange a viewing call John on 07807 300749




We are a small, friendly choir and are keen to recruit new members. We meet for practice on Friday mornings at 10.30am at the Methodist Church Hall, Bridge Road, Chessington. KT9 2DJ.

We will now be meeting in the Royal British Legion Hall, Church Lane, until further notice, due to changes taking place at the St Mary's Centre.

If you are interested in joining us please contact Chris Kemp on 020 8241 9777 or Noel Jones on 020 8397 7244 or just come along on a Friday morning.

St Paul’s Church Quiz Night Saturday 15th October Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. For more details and tickets please contact 020 8391 2362 or email

October programme

6th - "Children of the poor in Victorian Kingston." A talk by Dr Helen Gupel about our local town and it's very interesting past. 13th - Flying from a pilot's point of view. A talk by Captain Lorimer Burns. This should be an inter-esting talk especially for people travelling by air. 20th - An evening of amusing anecdotes by Janice one of our talented members. 27th - "A Conspiracy History of the World." A return visit by Andy Thomas. New website: Valerie Birch 020 8397 1256


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News from Chessington & Hook Voluntary Care Scheme


I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable Summer and been able to do most of the things you planned. This time of year is one that we, as a group, have always found difficult to organise. I do hope that we have been able to help all of you in your requests. In my own case I have to take some time from direct activity. Our volunteers are always prepared to give of their time and a holiday is taken as a natural break in life, not to be taken lightly. Several of our drivers always seem to put in an extra shift at this time of year. In the last CHAT I was looking to replace No. 38 volunteer, well even before it was in print a lady had applied to join us. So let me welcome Diane, the new No. 38, hopefully a great encouragement to Care. Now we have a further two ladies making application to join us. Dare I ask where are the men in our neighbourhood? By the time this is published a good number of our Clients will have been on a Social Outing. A Tea was arranged on 12th September for many of you to go to the Bowls Venue in Jubilee Way. I trust it was an enjoyable occasion. Our next event will be on November 28th which sounds like ‘a bit of a do’ near to Christmas. Regarding an item in an earlier CHAT I have been asked to talk at two meetings about the work we do in our Care group. This enables us to make known the needs of our community to both old and young. We are able to spread the help we can give. This and advertisements around Chessington and Hook are vital to recruiting new Clients but also the vital Volunteers. Anyone interested contact the Office Monday to Friday (9.00 am to 12noon) on 020 8397 6298 Thanks for your interest and look forward to hearing from anyone wishing more information. David Rowbotham Chairman

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The Bittern By Rod Romero The Bittern lived amongst the reeds Before the factories came Down beside the river The Bonesgate was its name We thought we’d find one lurking Between the reeds so tall Hoped that we might hear one Give out its croaking call The reeds before us parted They rustled like the Fens Came wading in the water One or two Moorhens We thought we were unlucky And then to our surprise A creature like a heron Appeared before our eyes From out the reeds it came Just yards from where we stood It looked around quite puzzled Then disappeared for good Could this be the Bittern Brown head and pointed beak Was this the one that’s listed As spotted once a week Our camera was not ready For the photo we would need So now there is no evidence For the Bittern in the reed

NOVEMBER DEADLINE: Monday 10th October

World Mental Health Day - 10th October Alan had not long been retired from a career in teaching – most of which was spent in one of our local secondary schools. One lovely, sunny day he was quite happily out at the front of his house, giving his metal railing fence a new coat of paint, when he was overcome with a complete sense of not being able to cope and total hopelessness. He felt so bad that he could barely tidy up his paint pot and brush. He was completely immobilised and did not understand what was happening to him. Alan had become mentally unwell, rapidly and without warning. His illness was so bad that at times he considered killing himself. Even with antidepressants, he felt his life had fallen down into a black hole from which he would never return. Through some of the pupils he had taught and the school’s community work, Alan knew about The Fircroft Trust. As a way of asking for help, he decided to come along to us to see if he could volunteer. Initially he was taken on as a client, so that he could receive the care and support he so desperately and obviously needed. Alan has now recovered and is once again enjoying his retirement. If you have been to our quiz nights, you will know Alan – he is our quizmaster. He also talks to various community groups about his experience of being unwell and his recovery with Fircroft’s help. We are grateful to Alan for allowing us to use his story without changing his name. Mental ill-health is the biggest killer of men under 50 in this country and is still misunderstood and stigmatised by many. World Mental Health Day is on 10th October this year. Could you help us to support someone like Alan? We are dependent on donations to run our centre in Surbiton where we offer individual support, a cooked meal and a range of activities to help adults manage their illness, all in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Please consider supporting us. For more information about our work, please visit our website or call us on 020 8399 1772. TALKING OF TRAINS IN SURBITON A new series of informative and entertaining presentations on railway subjects has just started at Surbiton Library Hall on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm.

All interests are catered for in the weekly programme of talks which run throughout the winter months. The first meeting is free; the fee for the complete year is just £50. Topics this season will range from the Upgrade of London Bridge railway and station, the Railways of North Korea and the changed railway scene in the county of Norfolk. Along with several guest speakers, TV personality Nicholas Owen will be the speaker at a special Christmas social and party. Returning again for his 14th year will be our regular railway expert Dick Crane who will cover many other varied subjects. All with any interest in railways, both men and women, will find something to fascinate them and they will find a warm welcome at the T o T classes. Full details of the programmes at

Rose Academy of Theatre Arts Dance and Musical theatre for ages 3 years and up Classes at The St. Mary’s Centre, Church Lane, Chessington For more information and to sign up for Free Trial Classes Call Kay on 07918 683070

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SWEET POTATO & CHICK PEA CURRY A quick and easy vegetarian dish full of Indian flavour. If you don’t have all the spices just use 1-2 tbsp medium curry paste. Serve with boiled basmati rice or warmed naan breads, if liked. 1. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and fry the garlic, ginger and onion over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until light golden. Stir in the aubergine and fry for a further 2 minutes. INGREDIENTS: • 1 - 2 tbsp vegetable oil • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 3cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped • 1 aubergine, cubed • 2 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp ground turmeric • 2 tsp ground coriander • 1/2 tsp hot chilli powder • 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed • 500g carton passata (sieved tomatoes) • 400g can chick peas, drained and rinsed • 1 tsp garam masala • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Freshly chopped coriander, to garnish

2. Add all the spices to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the sweet potatoes, the passata and 150ml water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender and the sauce has thickened. 3. Stir in the chick peas and garam masala and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for a further few minutes. Serve in warmed bowls garnished with chopped coriander.

TIP: For a chunkier sauce use a 400g can of chopped tomatoes and add 250ml water.

Serves 4

Ready in 45 minutes




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Chessington Chat October 2016 - Issue 113  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat October 2016 - Issue 113  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory