Page 1

Please mention CHESSINGTON CHAT when responding to adverts


WELCOME TO OUR OCTOBER ISSUE… Looking back through last year’s October issue my Editor’s letter spoke of a mini heatwave with temperatures into the 30s! So despite the cooler than expected summer holidays there may still be some hope. But for now I’m back in long trousers and socks!

CHESSINGTON CHAT MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher: Sally Hawkins Contributors: Sergeant Simon Baxter Beryl Gibson, MRRA Sarah Gray Colin Punch, CDRA Catherine Sawbridge Andrew Watson, Malden Rushett Community Editorials and advertisements: 020 8337 7041 75 Cromwell Road, Worcester Park. KT4 7JR Printed by: Direct Colour, Unit 2, 60 Cox Lane, Chessington Industrial Estate, KT9 1TW. 020 8391 0011. Website: Paramount Website Design

November deadline: Monday 9th 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.

As always after our summer break October’s magazine is a jam packed affair with details of all of your upcoming Autumn events for example Harvest Festival, an Art exhibition, Jumble sale, Fireworks display, Good as new sale, Quiz night and several primary school Open Days. November’s issue will be even busier still so please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like some space for a business or event advert. We welcome the following new and returning advertisers: Evolution Private Finance p.5, Fit Brick Personal Training p.6, Chessington Karate p.6, Smithtech Ltd p.6, Vagtek p.8, Chessington Community College PTA p.13 and Chessington Youth Club p.22. And bring special offers and promotions from: Fit Brick Personal Training p.6, Chessington Karate p.6, Smithtech Ltd p.6, Carpets 4 U p.7, V.S.F. Ltd p.9, The Optical Gallery p.17, Garner’s Funeral Service Ltd p.21, Synergy 81 p.23, Elmwood Vehicles p.25, Time For You p.27, Cine Sanctuary p.45, Community Motors p.51, Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd p.53 and Taylored Room Solutions p.55. November’s deadline is Monday 9th October with delivery w/c 22nd October and over half term. Leaflets for inclusion with this issue can be accepted up until Friday13th October.

Till next month.


INSIDE: A sad announcement………………………………….8 What’s on……………………………….…...…..12-15 Tech for the new term……………………………….16 Epsom Playhouse Competition……………………….20 Safer Neighbourhoods………………………………24 Residents’ Associations………………………...…28/29 The October & November Garden………………….32 Community pages………………………..…..36/38/40 Useful Contacts……………………………………...48 Local Listings………………………………………...52 Index of advertisers and advertising rates…………54


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

A Sad Announcement Many readers of Chessington Chat are long term residents in the area and will have been reading this column for many years now. It was originally written by my father and business partner Edward Shortland, who retired in 2012 at which time I took over writing this column. Sadly, my father passed away on 12th July after a short but brave battle with pancreatic cancer. His death has left a huge hole in my life and also the lives of my mother Tina, my 2 brothers and the lives of his 5 grandchildren. Many of our clients, friends and neighbours in Chessington speak with high regard for my father. He is always described as a tall elegant man and residents in the North Parade area of Chessington have told my mother that they secretly used to call him ‘The Smart Gentleman’ such was the dignity and demeanour with which he always dressed and carried himself. Our business, Shortland & Sawbridge, which we created together 20 years ago will continue, that is what my father would have wanted. In conclusion, on behalf of myself and my late father, I would like to thank our clients in Chessington for their support and loyalty over the past 20 years. I would also like to thank Sally at Chessington Chat for giving us this space and helping us to build the thriving local business it is today.

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.

Catherine Sawbridge


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email


For your

Chessington Chat discount Quote Ref: KT95


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER and coming up in November ... Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th October. Surbiton Arts Group’s Autumn exhibition at Surbiton library hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6AG. Open at 2pm on 21st, closing at 4pm on 28th. Weekday opening hours are 11am - 5 pm, closed Wednesday. There will be a wide selection of paintings and cards on display, all at affordable prices and entrance and parking is free. Contact info: Alan Williams 020 8397 1050. Sunday 1st October. Harvest Communion for All. St Paul’s Church, Hook. 10am Refreshments in Church. 10.30am Harvest Communion for All. Everyone is welcome. Please bring your gifts of Harvest produce (non-perishable) in aid of Kingston Food Bank and Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness, and others in food need.

‘St Michael’s Mount’ painted by Daniele Mandelli and voted the public’s favourite painting at the spring exhibition.

Tuesday 3rd October. Surbiton & District Historical Society present Dr James M S Taylor and "Brilliant British Humour in the Art of the Picture Postcard 1909-1939". 7.45pm at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton. Visitors welcome – a contribution of £2 appreciated. Details from the Secretary, 020 8399 4473 or email: Sunday 8th October. Psychic & Holistic Fair. 10am-4pm Sunday 22nd October. Transportfest at the London Bus at Chessington Community College. Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge. KT13 0QS. Featuring Service vehicles, Commercial vehicles, Horse bus and other attractions. Tuesday 10th October. Ewell Horticultural Association Friday 27th / Saturday 28th October. Hinchley Manor present an illustrated talk by Martin Boiling from the Woodland Trust talking about England’s First World Operatics Society presents ‘Old Time Music Hall’ at the Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames ditton. War Centenary Wood at Langley Vale. 8pm to 10pm at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Large car KT7 OLQ. 7.45pm on Fri and 2.30pm and 7.45pm on park, fully accessible venue. £3 members, £4 visitors, Sat. Tickets £15. Box office: 020 8942 6867 includes refreshments and raffle, visitors very welcome. or Saturday 28th / Sunday 29th October. Jukebox & Saturday 14th October. Jumble sale, 11.30am-2pm at Retro Fair. 10am-5pm at Chessington Community The Fircroft Centre, 96 Ditton Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 College. 6RH. 50p entrance for adults and entrance for children is free. A variety of stalls including clothes, bric-a-brac, NOVEMBER DEADLINE: toys and a Good as New stall plus refreshments. We MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER. require donations for the event, and collection can be Magazine delivered w/c 22nd October arranged if required. Contact number is 0208 399 1772 or e-mail

KING GEORGE FIELD INDOOR BOWLS CLUB The Pink Mile’s Christmas Charity Fair 4th November 12pm - 4pm St Paul's Parish Hall, Hook and Southborough 224 Hook Road, Chessington, Surrey. KT9 1PL Entrance: Adults £2. Children free unless seeing Santa Come and see Santa and his elves in his grotto Each Child is £3 and gets a present and sweets Craft stalls, Raffle, Face-paints, Santa's grotto Making magic reindeer food Hot and cold drinks plus cake and biscuits

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

Tel: 020 8397 7025


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

Please mention CHESSINGTON CHAT when responding to adverts


TECH FOR THE NEW TERM (£169): the basic Kindle is just £59.99 and does the job perfectly well. It’s worth checking your insurance policies too, especially if your children will be moving out for college or university. Your home insurance might already cover your children’s gadgets when they’re away from home, but don’t assume that’s the case and if they do, check the excesses, which might be higher than the cost of repairing or replacing a The best solutions for students and schoolwork. gadget. The same applies to any contents insurance you may take out for your children’s accommodation. It’s that time of year again: schools, colleges and Lots of companies have insurance policies specifically universities are readying for a new term and parents designed for students’ computers and smartphones, and are running around trying to get everything their sites such as enable you to compare the children need. Increasingly that includes technology, cover, cost and excesses quickly. We’d particularly whether that’s a basic laptop for younger children’s recommend insurance that covers you for accidental homework or an all-rounder for studying, social media damage: if something can be dropped, smashed or and streaming video at home or in student accidentally covered in liquid, it probably will be. accommodation. It’s worth thinking about streaming video if your children are staying away from home, because you can get almost all the TV you 1. want for free, entirely legally, via the internet and most catch-up TV apps (BBC Iplayer does need a licence). There’s no need for a pricey Sky or Virgin contract, just a decent broadband service. If video is going to be a key thing, make sure whatever you buy has a good-sized screen or buy a Chromecast, which enables you to stream video from your computer to a TV. The best all-rounder is a Windows 10 laptop, and you’ll find lots of really good bargains from the likes of Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer and Asus around the £400 mark.

Main Image- iPad Pro 10.5” £619. 1. Google Chromecast £30-£69. 2. Dell Dimension laptop £369. 3. Lenovo P2, around £300.

2. There’s another option: tablets such as the iPad. Previously we’ve said they aren’t really ideal for serious work but that’s changed with the arrival of the iPad Pro, which is a genuine alternative to a powerful laptop. It’s pricey though (from £619) with another £159 for a keyboard cover or £99 for the Apple Pencil (£99). In the unlikely event that your child doesn’t already have a phone, give Apple a miss unless you’re really fond of their products or don’t care about the cost: Lenovo’s P2 and the Moto G5 are both brilliant Android smartphones and cost less than £150 SIM-free. And if they need an e-reader, Amazon’s all-conquering Kindle remains the one to get - but you don’t need to 3. buy the top-end Kindle Voyage 16

To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

Please mention CHESSINGTON CHAT when responding to adverts



020 8397 1848 436 HOOK ROAD, CHESSINGTON, SURREY. KT9 1LY (Please use green door seen in picture)


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email


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

020 8397 3146

MACCA - The Concert Thursday 12th October at 8pm Tickets £23.00 Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney, a brand new experience for 2017. Starring West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti (Let It Be) as Paul McCartney, this is a celebration of the music of a legend. In the first concert of its kind to tour the UK and Europe, ‘Macca: The Concert’, featuring acclaimed West End performers and using state of the art visual media projection throughout, celebrates McCartney’s entire solo career from 1970-2016 including all his best loved hits, the acclaimed ‘Wings over the World’ 1975-6 Concert Tour and a selection of Beatles favorites. Experience the drama of “Live and Let Die”, the pathos of “No More Lonely Nights” and the nostalgia of “Band on the Run”, alongside many, many more.. Win Tickets! We have two tickets to see Macca - The Concert at the Epsom Playhouse on 12th October. Just send your name, email address and telephone number marked “Chessington Chat Macca Competition” to: by Friday 6th October. First name pulled out of the hat will win the tickets! Congratulations to Jennifer Savage who won July’s ’A whole lotta Shakin’ tickets and to Anita Boxell who won August/September’s Genesis Connected tickets. Box Office: 01372 742555 Online:

AW AUTOS The Service that comes to you Servicing - Repairs MOT Failures (Free re-test) Clutches All makes and Models Vans, Light Commercial Classic Cars Bodywork Repairs Workshop facilities available too CONTACT ANDY WEST ON

20 Sherriff Close, Esher. KT10 8AT 20

To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

cover the moped or motorcycle with a good quality cover. Research has proven that if these points are followed the bikes are far less likely to be stolen. #OperationVenice

Chessington Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update

You can contact us on 0208 721 200. This number goes through to a mobile that we will answer if we are on duty. If we are off duty there will be an option to leave a message. If its urgent please redial 999.

Welcome back to my column after the summer Email us at break. I hope you all managed to get some time Follow us on Twitter @MPSChessington off to enjoy with your families over the last couple Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: of months. Chessington North and Chessington South. The ward priorities and promise 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. 3) Youth engagement. This panel meet every 3 months and is attended by local councillors, business owners and residents. If you would like to be part of the panel please do get in touch with the team on the number below. 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 patrolling Chessington with chocolates and sweets for the trick and treaters that are out and about. If this is you please enjoy yourselves but be safe. 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. Vehicle crime continues to be an issue across both wards in Chessington but a lot of these crimes could be prevented by taking a few steps when you leave your vehicle. Please ensure that all valuables are not left on display, (including Sat Nav’s) also ensure that the vehicles doors are closed, windows are up and all the doors are locked. This all sounds very basic but the numbers of crimes could be reduced if you spend some time checking the car before you leave - such as ensuring that the remote fob has actually locked all the doors. Also in relation to moped enabled crimes Kingston borough crime figures are low when compared to other boroughs but a few basic steps could prevent you becoming a victim. Always lock the wheels using good quality locks and if possible lock one of the wheels to a ground anchor and

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association Sometimes the things we report on can be viewed as being a little negative or ‘you couldn’t make it up’ in their content. It is not intentional, but merely a presentation of the incidents. So for a change, here are a couple of positive things. Back in February we wrote about the young mother who wanted to rejuvenate the dilapidated playground in Woodgate Avenue which had become run down due to neglect. Funding of £125,000 was applied for to the London Marathon Trust (LMT) which would be match funded by the council. The latter has been allocated by the council and they are still waiting for a response from LMT which is dependent on the acceptance of the detailed design at stage 2. Either way, there is £125,000 available for the project. On the 10th August a tree came down and was blocking the northbound carriageway of the A243, a little way before the entrance to the Monkey Puzzle. It was reported at 1.40pm to Chessington World of Adventures by one of their customers. Simon Burge, the Strategic Development Director (also a local resident) was on duty that day as the Onsite Incident Director. After viewing the problem he mobilised a team to remove it and prevent an inevitable build up of traffic. By 2.05pm the road was clear. Another example of CWoA working with the Community Previously we mentioned that the proposed removal of the pedestrian guardrails by TfL between Hook and Merritt Gardens was still awaiting a survey by TfL. Whilst the guard rails at the pedestrian crossing on Bridge Road by the roundabout were not included, they have recently been hit by a vehicle and are bent, but still in position. Had they not been there and pedestrians were waiting to cross, there could have been a different outcome. Surely an indication to TfL that although they are not safety barriers, maybe they are not just ‘street clutter’ after all? UPDATES:In the last issue, we wrote that TfL said that the replacement of the previously removed barrier at the end of Elmcroft Drive by the A3, would be completed by the end of August 2017 with a vehicle restraint system. At the beginning of September there was a line of cones. At the end of the first week there were the lengths of the restraint system lying on the ground waiting for the support posts to be fitted. Slowly but surely. After the barrier was removed in November 2009 our vice chairman, Mike Hoare, wrote to them in December pointing out the folly of their decision. After numerous subsequent letters and two accidents involving cars with, fortunately, no injuries, they are finally replacing the barriers. Better late than never. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail

DAVID RUSSELL CHIMNEY SWEEP All fires, stoves and flues swept Advice on any chimney problems

TEL: 01372 469349 128 COVERTS ROAD, CLAYGATE, SURREY KT10 0LH Your leaflets can be delivered inside Chessington Chat Magazine for £30 per 1000 or £255 for our full 8,500 distribution. 020 8337 7041


MALDEN RUSHETT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION September is here and signs of autumn are everywhere. The MRRA is still in conversation with Transport for London (although it appears one sided) trying to get them to carry out basic maintenance work in and around the village. Unfortunately, Kingston Council appear to have lost another member of staff who had been appointed to be our main contact up this end of the borough, so it has been difficult to get anything done as a lot of maintenance work is a shared responsibility, the A243 is one example of this. Budgets have been slashed resulting in authorities spending a lot of time ‘arguing’ with each other as to who is responsible for what when it comes down to maintenance. We are of course very used to this situation up this end as have for the most of the time, been at the end of the line and in the main forgotten in the greater scheme of things. Nevertheless, we plod on in our own determined way to get the improvements to our surroundings, road congestion, dedicated right hand turns at the road junction (still nothing from TFL, despite Sadiq Khan telling us on the radio just how much he cares ha ha). We are now entering a period of long term planning by RBK for Kingston borough. RBK has launched an appeal to residents for building land (regardless of planning status) within the borough. Our elected government has promised to protect the greenbelt and we expect them to keep the promise they have made. This pledge must also be fulfilled by RBK when deciding the fate of Malden Rushett, we want improvements to our infrastructure, but they must be carried out sympathetically and not at the expense of our green belt and wildlife population. You only have to look up skywards and observe the squadrons of geese flying over us to realise how special our countryside and wildlife community is to us all. Surrey County Council are at last resurfacing the stretch of the A243 from The Star to the junction 9 roundabout and we are all so pleased, thank you at last SCC. I noticed the other day as I drove down from The Star end of the village, that the fairies must have been out during the night cutting the undergrowth away from the verge areas around the rusty old Malden Rushett sign, a really big thank you to those fairies. At last, motorists will know where they are and who knows even observe the speed limits. I would just like to mention that although we are rural up this end of the borough, we do have commercial enterprises in our midst and they are most welcome, bringing trade to our local economy. The majority of these businesses are considerate but every so often you get a business, which really does not care about local residents despite being asked to be more considerate. We are in discussions with the appropriate authorities and are determined to stop this inconsiderate abuse. Beryl Gibson - Chairman. 0775 1024358

Malden Rushett Community Six years ago new planning laws were introduced that offered communities more control over developments in their area. Across the country communities have been seizing this opportunity to take matters into their own hands to transform, protect and shape the places in which they live for the better. North Kingston Forum was the first community in our borough to embark on a Neighbourhood Plan; Malden Rushett Community (MRC) has been set up to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan in the south of the borough for Malden Rushett. Our Neighbourhood Area stretches from Chalky Lane to the Epsom Gap and includes just under 54% of the borough's Green Belt land. Much of this land has recently been classified in the “lowest category of environmental quality” by the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission and is potentially vulnerable to development using exceptions and "very special circumstances" permitted by the National Planning Policy Framework. We hope our Neighbourhood Plan can address this and provide additional protection to any site we consider to be vulnerable. Our community considers Malden Rushett to be a rural settlement, however, over the last 50 years the lack of any plan for the area has resulted in the loss of farmland, orchards and half of Jubilee Wood, as suburban style development has crept into the village. Our Neighbourhood Plan can build on policies in RBK's new Local Plan to ensure that future development in our area is rural in nature, enhances the village's character and meets the needs of the community. Whilst the scope and detail of our plan will be decided by those who live or work in Malden Rushett, anyone who lives outside of our area is more than welcome to assist with the plan's preparation. If you have knowledge of the planning system or experience in securing and managing grant funding we would particularly like to hear from you! Further details can be found on our website: Andrew Watson



166-168 Hook Road, Surbiton. KT6 5BZ

020 8397 1138 / 020 8391 1134

*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 30 hours Offer now available - please call for further information. ENQUIRIES TO OWNER/MANAGER: MRS.S.MCNAMARA ON 0208 397 5226 OFSTED RATING: GOOD January 2017 Registration No.131787


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

THE OCTOBER & NOVEMBER GARDEN as long as they’re not damaged), and apples and pears should be stored in a single layer on wooden trays, with good air circulation. Onions and shallots should be stored in light, potatoes in the dark. ‘Late’ varieties of leeks, sprouts, and winter (savoy) cabbage will continue growing.

I have always felt October to be the richest month – rich in colour and texture of autumn leaves and fruit, everything in glorious abundance - and November to be the darkest month, all wind and gales, with those gorgeous golden leaves reduced to dark slime under foot, before the excitement of midwinter and lengthening days and the impending new growth of spring. But autumn is necessary for plants to recover and rest before next season; without a rest period herbaceous perennials would not be ‘perennial’, and fruit would not have a season. This rest period is the best time to plant or transplant all kinds of shrubs, trees, fruit, and hedges, including evergreens and roses. Be sure to dig a big enough, deep enough hole, breaking up the soil at the bottom, and if your soil is poor mix in some well-rotted manure or compost, and a little slow-release general feed, and backfill with this, keeping the plant at the same surface level it was in the pot. Press the earth down firmly and water straightaway. If the plant needs a stake put this in before putting it in or you will damage the roots. However if your soil is heavy clay or prone to flooding in winter, this may cause the roots to rot, so don’t attempt any planting till spring. Check tree stakes and ties are secure before winter, and prune back leggy or imbalanced shrubs. Take hardwood cuttings now – try roses, all kinds of shrubs, hedging, and woody herbs like sage.

Greenhouses should be cleaned out, and bare ground dug over, but don’t make the garden too tidy as many useful insects need fallen plant debris to survive. Tender shrubs such as citrus and olives must be moved under cover – an unheated bright porch is ideal if you don’t have a greenhouse. Tubers of dahlias should be dug up for storage somewhere frost-free. New lawns can be laid from turf in autumn – prepare the ground thoroughly and try to pick a time when it’s mild and not too dry. If your lawn is looking scraggy, give it a thorough treatment; mow it, rake out moss and dried thatch (scarify) with a wire-tooth rake, mow it again, spike it if there is poor drainage or moss, and then feed with an autumn lawn feed which encourages root growth rather than ‘greening it’ with lush topgrowth. Keep lawns clear of autumn leaves. Bedding in containers can be replaced with winter bedding – pansies, primulas, heathers, wallflowers, and spring bulbs such as tulips and hyacinths. Daffodils and narcissi prefer earlier planting so do these first. Drainage is most important in winter for all containers. Seed of hardy perennials can be sown now outdoors. Indoors you can try growing ‘windowsill’ salads – quick -maturing early lettuce, oriental salad mixtures, corn salad, cress, rocket, and herbs such as basil, chervil, dill, and parsley. Bear in mind that salad crops grown indoors won’t reach full size, and the potted herbs you can get in supermarkets won’t last till spring, but it’s still nice to be able to grow and cut a handful of fresh leaves in winter.

Harvest festivals would not be complete without wonky squashes and exaggerated pumpkins and monster marrows (all of which will store well in a cool dry place


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

Sarah Gray

Providing Excellence Locally For 15 Years

Please mention CHESSINGTON CHAT when responding to adverts



To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

Please mention CHESSINGTON CHAT when responding to adverts


COMMUNITY PAGES Get your boots (and paws) ready for The Halloween Howl

The Royal Star & Garter Homes receives Level 1 Kitemark for exceptional dementia care

A brand new event for people and their pets is coming to Reigate’s Priory Park on Sunday 29th October. The Halloween Howl, which is in aid of The Children’s Trust, is a sponsored walk of 3km or 5km with furry friends (or without) to raise money for children with brain injury.

The Royal Star & Garter Homes is proud to announce that both the Charity’s Homes’ have been awarded the Level 1 Kitemark by Dementia Care Matters, following recent, unannounced audits. The Charity has Homes in Solihull, West Midlands, and Surbiton, Surrey.

Participants of the sponsored spooky stroll can look forward to taking part in the costume competition, open for dogs and humans, as well as a post-walk dog show. There will be refreshments along the route as well as stalls offering gifts and craft items.

Level 1 is the highest accolade achievable through Dementia Care Matters’ National ‘Butterfly Home Quality of Life National Accreditation Kitemark’ awards. It indicates that a Home is demonstrating ‘exceptional person-centred dementia care of the highest quality of life level’. Only 1% of care homes within the UK achieve a Level 1 distinction.

Hannah Beresford-Ward, a dog walker and supporter of The Children’s Trust, is taking part in the event: “Me and my friends were so excited when we heard about the Halloween Howl. It’s a great idea giving us the chance to walk our dogs, get our children and grandchildren dressed up and outdoors, all while raising money for a very special charity. We can’t wait!” Tracy Poulton, fundraising manager at the charity: “The Halloween Howl is a lovely opportunity for local people to get together, take on a challenge, and have a bit of fun! 40,000 children are left with a brain injury each year and without fundraising challenges like this we wouldn’t be able to reach out and support as many of these children as we do.”

The Royal Star & Garter Homes’ are ‘Butterfly Service’ Homes and follow the Dementia Care Matters’ nationally recognised standard of care. The care team passionately value the lives of residents and the care is given with true engagement and with genuine friendship. They work as a close, coherent familycentred team which is feelings-based and emotional; they treat residents as they would wish to be treated themselves, with compassion and love.

Event opens at 9am. Entry fee £15, minimum sponsorship target £50. To register visit . The Halloween howl is supported by Happy Buddies and sponsored by Priory Vets.

CEO / Founder of Dementia Care Matters, David Sheard, commented, “This is a testament to stamina, commitment, perseverance, huge heart and belief in the journey.” Such has been the dedication of the dementia care teams that the Charity is now also able to provide the DCM dementia care training in-house, working in conjunction with the expertise and experience of its highly motivated staff, who understand person-centred care and ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained. The Charity’s Director of Care, Pauline Shaw, remarked on the impressive result, “It takes courage, passion and resilience to achieve care at this level of excellence. We are hugely proud of our teams for the star quality they bring to people’s lives every day.”

Want a New Interest? Make New Friends? Come and see what we do at BUCKLAND WOMEN’S CLUB Tuesday evenings at the Chessington Methodist Church Hall 7.15 for 7.30pm start New Members Welcome Our October program is 3rd A.G.M. 10th `Lady Chatterley’ talk by Terry Johnson 17th Hampton Court in Camera with Ian Franklin 24th Chocoholics – Sue Carter 31st Ealing Comedies with Graham Rinaldi For further information Jennifer Savage 0208 391 5362

CHESSINGTON & HOOK VOLUNTRY CARE SCHEME - OCTOBER Welcome back to the pages of CHAT and to all that is happening in Care in the last few weeks. As we go to print we have just had a successful Social at the Chessington Methodist Hall. This was a ‘do it ourselves’ event with over forty people present to sample the foods of Waitrose. We were very grateful to this store for being one of their monthly charities and receiving a very helpful gift recently. A big thank you to any who shopped in Surbiton in February. The meal was accompanied with entertainment from Steve Forward with a Nostalgic programme of music and song. A big thank you to drivers and others for all your help in putting on this Social.

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

THE EIGHT O’CLOCK CIRCLE LADIES GROUP OCTOBER PROGRAMME 5th - "It never gets any better!" A return by popular Mel Rees who always has a quirky outlook on life! 12th - The Tale of a Court Jester by Lesley Broster. 19th - Hampton Court in Camera. A talk by Ian Franklin, who has worked at the Palace for many years. 26th - Bali and Java. Maggie and Geoff Paul will bring along memories of their holiday in this exotic location. 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

These pages are FREE for local groups, clubs, residents and charities. Submissions are accepted on the proviso that they can be formatted to fit the available space each month.

Volunteers assisting at our social The response to my plea for HELP in the August Chat was limited with Kavina and Terry joining us and John almost in the team. We have had to rethink our strategy on certain activities with gardening being a task we are finding difficult to cover. If you know of such gardeners who are willing to be on our ‘Useful Numbers’ please contact the Office. A recent publication from STAYWELL did offer help in the area of gardening if this is a problem, they will make a charge though. The next major event for Volunteers will be our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held at the Chessington Methodist Hall. This is booked for the 13th November commencing at 11.00am. It is always great to see that most of our volunteers see this as important to attend. Afterwards we have some refreshments and these make it worth coming!! Volunteers will be receiving a letter with details. Come along on the day and let’s hear your views on our Scheme. We hope that you will have had an enjoyable Summer and we trust that our group will continue to be of help in the coming months. A big thank you to the many volunteers who have helped in the difficult holiday months. To the volunteer who has kept the Office active during these holiday weeks a special thanks. The Hours open at the Hook Centre are Monday to Friday 9.00 to 12noon and the telephone number is 8397 6298. Has anyone seen how many days to Christmas? David Rowbotham

TALKING OF TRAINS IN SURBITON A new series of informative and entertaining presentations on railway subjects will start at Surbiton Library Hall on Wednesday 20th September 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 South African Steam in the 1970s, The Regional Railway Story by rail supremo Chris Green and the progress of the GWR railway extension to Broadway. Along with several guest speakers, Cliff Perry the former MD of Thameslink will be the speaker at a special Christmas social and party. Returning again for his 15th 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 are available on the website ‘’



Spanish Lessons in Surrey organises a Spanish Club for Adults on the second Thursday of each month at 6.30pm-8.30pm. Practice your Spanish whatever your level or just network with professional people. The club is open to everybody especially to:

By Rod Romero

 English speakers who are learning the language and don't have

opportunities to practice Spanish.  Adults who have a house or travel to Spain and Latin America and

want to know about cultural issues.  Spanish speakers who want to socialize among English speakers and

share their experience living in the UK. We meet at the North Star Pub, 271 Hook Road, Chessington, KT9 1EQ. Next meetings: Sept 14, October 12, November 9, January 11, February 8 March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14. £5 per month. To register please email: Twitter: @spanishinsurrey

HOOK & CHESSINGTON WI With no meeting in August our members held their summer meal at Il Capriccio in Ewell Village - a good time was had by all. We continued to hold our coffee mornings and lunch clubs during the summer break and our monthly meetings resumed in September when we learnt about the Life & Times of Mrs Beeton. Our next meeting will be held on 12th October when we will be having a visit from Mayfield Lavender, learning all about the lavender fields and the items produced. We meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except August, at the Hook & Southborough Parish Hall, 224 Hook Road, KT9 1PL. All visitors will be made welcome. For further details please contact Sharon Cook - 020 8391 0723


We thought we’d have a holiday Go down to see the sea Just to spend a week or two My campervan and me My campervan is half a car And half a maisonette It has a sink and shower A bunk and kitchenette To Worthing we would go We’d find a place to park Cook some chicken curry Before it gets too dark Some car parks had a barrier We couldn’t squeeze inside Could not park just anywhere A proper site’s required Luckily we found one Where we could stay for days We overlooked the sea The rocks and salty bays Walks along the beach And swimming in the sea Searching in the rocky pools The days passed rapidly The time had come for us to go We stowed away the chairs Swept the sand from the van And left behind our cares Cleared up all our rubbish And paid the campsite fee Then back along the A- two-four My campervan and me

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


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email


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

PIANO LESSONS from professional and experienced piano teacher in Chessington. Vacancies for beginners to grade 8 for age 6 to adults. Friendly & relaxed teaching style with support given for exams, festivals and concerts if required. Member of EPTA (UK) & ISM. Contact Julie Cooper 0208 397 5655 or

Please mention CHESSINGTON CHAT when responding to adverts


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

020 8397 4883 07958 314721


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email


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: Edward Davey MP 020 8288 2736

KINGSTON COUNCIL South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee meetings Kingston Council - all committee meetings Kingston Council home page 48

All 2017 deadline & delivery dates available online

To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

Please mention CHESSINGTON CHAT when responding to adverts



Tel: 020 8974 2711 Mob: 07929 786895

This eighth page space just £72 for 3 issues


To advertise call 020 8337 7041 or email

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 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


New *

PLEASE REMEMBER TO MENTION CHESSINGTON CHAT WHEN RESPONDING TO ADVERTS Bicycle Maintenance/ Servicing Rebel Waltz Cycle Solutions Children’s Pre-School and Nurseries Hook Pre-School Toad Hall Nursery Chimney Sweep David Russell Community & Council Chessington World of Adventures Resort Chessington Youth Club* Ellingham Primary Lovelace Primary St Mary’s Centre St Paul’s Church RBK SOB The Kings Centre Computer CLP Computer Solutions Counselling CPA Curtain Maker Curtains by Melanie Dental Surgery Hook Road Dental Practice Dog Walking/Pet Sitting Keith Orbell Dog Grooming Bonnie Dogs Diamond Dogs Domestic Cleaning Ovenclean Time For You

10 30 14 28 26 22 35 47 44 12 41 11 46 3 49 49 46 34 45 30 27

Electrician George Curran 50 RNB Electrical Services 45 Estate & Letting Agents Jackson Noon 2/56 Estate Planning Joanne Orbell 20 Shortland Sawbridge 8 Film & Video Services Cine Sanctuary 45 Function venue Chessington Cricket & Sports Club 19 Funeral Director Garner’s Funeral Service Ltd 21 Garage Community Motors 51 Elmwood Vehicles 25 Vagtek * 8 Garage Repairs V.S.F. Ltd 9 Gardening/ Landscaping BK Landscapes 33 R J Tree Services 33 S.B Landscapes 33 Tolworth Fencing Co. Ltd 53 Woodham & Sons Ltd 24 Hair & Beauty Jon Garrod 42 Julie Harris Nail Cutting 49 Health & Fitness Chessington Karate * 6

Fit Brick Personal Training * Iyengar Yoga Synergy 81 Home Improvements Angel Roofing Carpets 4 U Dream Doors JH Building Services Jim’s Handy R & N Decorating Robinson & Son Taylored Room Solutions Home Security Smithtech Ltd * Host Families Thameside Homestay Hypnotherapy Catherine Bayliss IT / PC / TV Services Ashton Davis Leisure / Events King George Field Indoor Bowls Club Fireworks at Chessington Community College * St Raphaels Hospice Mini Cab Zedcarz Mobile mechanic AW Autos Mobility Lifelong Healthcare Ltd

Mortgage Broker 6 Evolution Private 12 Finance * 23 Motorcycle Sales & Service Chessington 10 Motorcycles 7 Optician 43 The Optical Gallery 16 Piano Tuition 24 Julie Cooper 46 Plant Hire 10 Ransoms Plumbing & Heating 55 CJM Plumbing Recruitment 6 The Children’s Trust Removals 50 Humpit Removals Sheltered Housing 20 Abbeyfield Ewell Society 18 Solicitors Lewis & Dick Swimming lessons 14 Colin Bull Swimming Tyres K & P Tyres 13 Weight Loss 15 Slimming World Windows/ 1 Conservatories Pro-Fit Windows 20 31



Clocks go back Sunday 29th October

EIGHTH PAGE £72 for 3 issues QUARTER PAGE £51 or £130 for 3 issues HALF PAGE £80 or £204 for 3 issues FULL PAGE £125 or £318 for 3 issues

NOVEMBER DEADLINE: Monday 9th October

Our full rate card can be viewed online at 020 8337 7041

5 30 17 45 18 42 39 34 42 34 46 3 1 37

Chessington Chat October 2017 - Issue 124  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory

Chessington Chat October 2017 - Issue 124  

KT9's Independent community magazine and business directory