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CR5 May 2017 Issue 144 CR5 Magazine is a local community magazine serving the residents of Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon, Netherne, Hooley & Chipstead, delivered free of charge every month to 11,450 homes. Contributions of local content are warmly welcomed. Welcome to the May 2017 edition of CR5 Magazine. This month we celebrate issue 144 - 12 Years to be precise - Happy Birthday to us. Thank you to our advertisers, contrbutors and distrbutors for your support over the last 12 years - you are all very much appreciated. We have also increased our distrbution this month to a massive 11,450 copies, by covering more of the Chipstead area- welcome to our new readers :-) Dates for your diary in May: 29th Spring Bank Holiday If you are planning any home projects in 2017, the CR5 Magazine can help you to find local services and trades. Take a peek at our useful index on page 98 to find the particular service you are looking for. If you call any advertsiers, please do mention you found their advert in the CR5 Magazine- this will ensure the future of CR5 popping through your letterbox each month. There is, as usual lots going on in and around the area, so do take a look at the CR5 community pages for local events. (p90-97) Dont forget to LIKE our Facebook page for regular updates. You can also find more information on our website Have a fabulous May and more importantly take care of yourselves. Warm regards

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CONTENTS: A Doll’s House - Courtyard Theatre Production 6 As if by Magic ! 8 NEW:Croydon Urgent Care Alliance 16 Furry Friends Animal Rescue 24 Animal Protection Trust 24 Gardening: Slug Survival 32 Camembert & Red Pepper Tarts 40 Rhubarb & Almond Tart 40 The History of Beauty 48 COULSDON:Parking, Roads and the Town’s Businesses56-57 SNAP!64 Coulsdon & Purley Debating Society 72 PETS: Poisonous Foods 78 Wealth Management Seminar 79 CR5 Motoring: BMW M760Li xDrive 80 Finance: Should you pay off debts with your pension? 84 CR5 Codeword 85 Terms & Conditions Apply 85 CR5 KIDS Page 86 Old Coulsdon Camera Club 87 RSPB  87 CR5 Just for Fun Crossword 88 Trip Down Memory Lane 89 CR5 Days of the week QUIZ 89 CR5 Community Pages 90-97 Index of Advertisers 98 We take the hassle out of advertising, giving you time to run your business. To advertise your business in the next issue, either call or email us for our CR5 media pack Deadline for artwork for June 2017 issue : 24th May 2017 Please note: Advertising Space cannot be guaranteed in our deadline week: please make your booking in plenty of time DISCLAIMER Although every effort has been taken in compiling the contents, the publisher cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions or information supplied by its advertisers. CR5 is COPYRIGHT protected. No part of this publication may be reproduced, storedin any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form, without priorpermission of the publisher.

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‘As if by Magic’

In the early part of the twenty first century, by the strangest of chances, we find ourselves surrounded by magic. Now it’s said that technology and science, if suitably advanced or unknown to the observer might seem like magic, and a sliver of plastic that you can keep in your pocket and at any point is able to show you a video of a cat doing something cute might seem like magic to some. Facebook depends for its very survival on this kind of nonsense. But I refer to the reality changing, probability inverting miracles that somehow have become part of our culture. Due in no small part to the phenomenon that is ‘Harry Potter’, the concept of the magic spell, the incantation and the invocation that creates not anything as pedestrian as a rabbit from a hat but fireballs, mystical creatures and gateways to other dimensions, is now something you can drop into conversation without people backing away in acute discomfort. It’s not just the scarred and bespectacled boy wonder who now plays in the world of illusions. His books and the following media frenzy gave the public a fresh taste for fantasy. The ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies and the subsequent and interminable ‘Hobbit’ prequels featured Sir Ian McKellen’s ‘Gandalf the Grey’, an archetype of the all-knowing yet irritatingly cryptic magic-user, reprised by Rowling’s own ‘Dumbledore’. Just last November Benedict Cumberbatch donned the title and CGI animated cloak of ‘Doctor Strange, Sorceror Supreme’ the latest from the Disney/ Marvel stables. On smaller budgets, ‘Wizards Vs Aliens’ graced BBC screens, and ‘Constantine’, the tale of a chain-smoking Liverpudlian wizard taking on demons hit US TV care of NBC. What a change. For centuries the merest hint of witchcraft led to suspicion, paranoia and death. It was parodied in ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ with a scene in which a group of villagers are attempting to duck an unfortunate woman in a pond for being a witch. They have no evidence (‘She turned me into a newt!’ (Pause) ‘I got better!), and have tied a carrot to her face to give her the pointed nose the stereotype requires. But beneath the joke, the truth was little better. Rumour and hearsay, maliciously spread, was enough kill many. The Salem witch trials of 1692, used as basis for Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible’, saw fourteen women executed and two children die in prison on the back of unproven claims. And that’s the interesting thing. Though certainly not exclusively, the vast majority of people accused of witchcraft, knowledge of the devil, cavorting with demons and so forth were women. Why? Because in some eyes, especially those in authority, there was little more daunting, even threatening, than a knowledgeable woman. The classic ‘wise woman’ of early communities was born of necessity. Childbirth was a dangerous time, and the learnings and skills passed on from


woman to woman were done so for the sake of survival. They became over time repositories of aural history, and the lore of the countryside. What herbs had which effect, for instance, how you could tell from the subtle changes in the plants and animals around them what weather might be coming and so on. We’ve lost much of this knowledge, some corrupted into garbled ‘old wives tales’, some simply gone, with modern researchers occasionally rediscovering that a certain plant has a particular beneficial effect. But those ‘old wives’ didn’t just evaporate, they were effectively hunted into extinction. In a superstitious time, what better way of removing competition for the trust of the people you would lead than to have someone accuse them of placing a curse on someone, or their farm animals, or their children. An accident becomes an act of malice with just a few words, respect for a woman’s abilities turning to fear for what else she can do that is beyond their ken. The fear of the intelligent woman persists still. It took a terrorist campaign of bombings, arson attacks and hunger strikes to get the Vote for Women in this country in the early 20th Century. Millicent Fawcett, soon to be the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, may have intellectually championed the vote for women, but it was the radical Pankhursts who brought the inequality, brutally, to the attention of both Parliament and people. Before that, it was felt that women just wouldn’t know what to do with the vote. Even Queen Victoria was against women’s suffrage. Eighty-nine years on from gaining the vote, women are lauded. But really, only if they’re pretty. Size 0 clothes horses, parading sullen-faced along the catwalks of New York, Paris, London and Milan. They’re not chosen for intelligence, wit, or insight. And intelligent women are expected to be hard-faced, as if by gaining their intellectual superiority they have to sacrifice femininity and beauty. A pretty face can’t make a serious statement. Ask Emma Watson, the one-time ‘Hermione Grainger’ of the Harry Potter movies. So, we’re still a long way from equality. And it’ll take more than a magic wand to make the change. And if you think I’m wrong, then think on this. All the magicians at the top of this article are men. Do you think Ms Rowling would have had such success with ‘Harriet Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’? Paul M Ford writes for GrayDorian The Writing Bureau

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New Croydon Urgent Care Alliance to offer urgent GP appointments from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. People in Croydon will soon have access to a wide range of urgent care services, including GP appointments available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. From April 2017, three ‘GP Hubs’ will open across the borough to treat children and adults with urgent care needs. The new ‘Hubs’ will be open for longer hours every day, and will offer more services to treat both minor injuries and minor illnesses. People should call NHS 111 for an assessment to book an urgent appointment at a GP Hub. The hubs also offer walk-in services, but the NHS is encouraging people to ‘phone before you go’ to make sure they access the most appropriate service for them. NHS 111 is staffed by highly-trained health advisors to direct people to the best medical care depending on their symptoms – including the GP Hubs where appropriate. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day and is free to call from landlines or mobiles, Appointments at any of the new GP Hubs will be available to people living and working in Croydon if they are unable to get an appointment with their own GP. The improved services are part of a new contract with NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group and the Croydon Urgent Care Alliance – a coalition of hospital doctors, nurses and local GPs. This means, that for the first time, emergency and urgent care services will be working together to provide more coordinated care and support right across the borough. It also means patients and GPs within the Hubs will benefit by having more services closer at hand.

There will also be a continuation of the Urgent Care Centre and GP outof-hours services located at the front door of the Emergency Department at Croydon University Hospital. The Urgent Care Centre itself will be open 24/7 and equipped with the expertise to treat all urgent but non-life threatening illnesses or conditions.

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Dr John Chan, a local GP and chair of Croydon GP Collaborative said: “The new urgent care service enables previously separate parts of the system – including the Urgent Care Centre, A&E, and Walk-In Centres – to be joined-up along with other primary care services, such as GPs and local pharmacies. This will make access to appropriate care and advice much more straightforward for patient and professionals alike.

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Dr Fiyaz Lebbe, GP Director of AT Medics added: “By combining our services, we Additional services from the Croydon are placing people at the heart of Urgent Care Alliance will include: everything we do, rather than ex•A roving GP service to provide pecting people to navigate their way urgent home visits for local residents round from one service to the next. live from 1 July 2017 By working together, our people will •an out-of-hours GP service, benefit from extended opening hours including rapid telephone advice, for GP Hubs, with direct links into face-to-face consultations and hospital care and local pharmacies. home visits from trained clinicians This means we can do more to keep Monday to Friday (between 6.30pm people well, and provide expert care to 8.30am), and 24 hours a day at and treatment when it is needed.” weekends and bank holidays. The Croydon Urgent Care Alliance

“We are also promoting 'Phone Before You Go!', which uses NHS 111 to book individuals for telephone or face-to-face consultations at the hubs for a more seamless patient experience.” Dr Kathryn Channing, lead consultant for the Emergency Department at Croydon University Hospital said: “In joining-up our urgent and emergency care services, we have a real opportunity to get this right for Croydon. Across the country, you hear reports of emergency services under pressure as people often find it difficult to access primary care – especially in the evening and at weekends.

The new GP Hubs will increase the services already available at Purley Minor Injuries Unit and New Addington Minor Injuries Unit. A new Central Croydon GP Hub will be provided within the East Croydon Medical Centre, replacing the walk-in “Our alliance means that GP centre located on Edridge Road. appointments will be available from


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Camembert & Red Pepper Tarts Makes 4

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Ingredients: • 2 large red peppers, deseeded and cut into strips • 1 tbsp olive oil • 250g puff pastry • 150g Camembert cheese, thinly sliced • 150g bag rocket and watercress salad

Preheat the oven to 220C, Gas Mark 7. Place the pepper strips in a shallow roasting tin. Drizzle over the olive oil and roast for 15 minutes until just tender.Leave to cool. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface to a rough square shape the thickness of a pound coin. Trim with a sharp knife to make a 26cm square. Cut into 4 x 13cm squares. Place the squares of pastry on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. With the tip of the knife, score a border in each pastry square about 1cm in from the outer edge. Top each pastry square with some of the roasted pepper strips and cheese slices. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is risen and golden and the cheese has melted. Serve warm with the salad leaves.

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Rhubarb and Almond Tart

Serves 8 Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes, plus chilling time

A delicious tart with a layer of tangy roasted rhubarb topped with a sweet almond frangipane. Serve warm or cold with crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream. 1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll out the pastry to about 3mm thickness. Use to line a 23cm loose-based fluted flan tin. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, place the rhubarb, 25g of the caster sugar and the orange juice in a shallow roasting tin. Roast in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until just tender, turning once. Leave to cool. 3. Trim off the excess pastry from around the edge of the chilled pastry case and prick the base all over with a fork. Line the case with baking paper and baking beans and bake blind for 10 minutes. Remove the beans and lining and bake for a further 5 minutes until pale golden.

Ingredients: • Flour, for dusting • 300g ready-made shortcrust pastry • 250g rhubarb,chopped • 175g caster sugar • 3 tbsp orange juice • 150g unsalted butter, melted • 125g ground almonds • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract • 2 medium eggs, beaten • Icing sugar, for dusting


4. Strain the rhubarb from the roasting juices and spoon into the pastry case. Beat together the melted butter, remaining caster sugar, ground almonds, vanilla extract and eggs in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Gently spread over the rhubarb. 5. Bake the tart for 30-35 minutes until the topping is golden and just set. Serve warm or cold dusted with icing sugar. See tip for serving suggestion. TIP:For a stylish way to serve the tart, pipe swirls of fruit puree or sieved jam onto individual serving plates before placing the slices on top. Decorate with fresh mint or basil sprigs.

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History The History of Beauty By Catherine Rose

Across history and cultures, the concept of what makes a woman beautiful has changed according to the social background and fashions of the time. Primitive art usually depicts women as full-figured and often pregnant. This is because fertility was of the utmost importance for those civilizations. Just as today, people also adorned their bodies with jewellery, paint, tattoos and piercings, not only to attract but as status symbols. Status has always played a big part in our concept of beauty. Throughout the medieval and early Renaissance era, ‘beautiful’ women had narrow shoulders, small breasts, and, often, rounded stomachs. This didn’t necessarily mean they were pregnant but was used to show a woman was desirable and able to have many children. It was also a religious time and the more virtuous a woman was, the more beautiful she was. A long neck and a high 48

forehead with fair brows were prized. Women would often pluck or shave hair from their hairline to achieve this look. Once married, they were also expected to modestly cover their hair with the elaborate headpieces and veils of the period. During the late Renaissance and Baroque periods, women became more voluptuous. Food was scarce unless you were wealthy and being full-figured meant you were well-fed and therefore of high status - hence a desirable mate. In a similar way, if you were light-skinned, you were clearly from the wealthy classes as only the poor who worked outdoors had ‘coarse tanned skin’. So for several centuries pale skin was sought after and often achieved using poisonous lead-based white make-up. Wigs, which had become very elaborate and tall by the 18th century, were also worn because many women lost their hair to venereal disease. Fake beauty patches or ‘mouches’ were popular to cover up smallpox scars. Made of materials such as mouse fur and velvet, they also became a status symbol. During the 19th century, the hourglass figure became the height of female beauty. Achieved using tight whalebone corsets, this was later accentuated by the bustle. Following WWI and suffrage, a new sense of female liberation revolutionised female beauty.

Hemlines went up and dresses became straighter, giving a slender, more androgynous appearance. Coco Chanel banished the porcelain complexion to history when she showed off a suntan, declaring “a woman can never be too rich or too thin”, arguably beginning the modern trend. The 1930s-50s saw a return to curves, possibly thanks to the Hollywood film industry. Wearing make-up also became popular after actors used it to emphasise their looks on-screen. Max Factor was originally a make-up artist to the stars. The 1960s saw another beauty revolution. Once again women were re-establishing their power and asserting their sexual freedom. Mini-skirts and big hair arrived and Twiggy, the slender, doe-eyed model from north-west London, was the most desirable example of womanhood. Compare her with the women in Rubens’ The Three Graces and you could not have two more opposing ideals. Over the last fifty years, beauty goals have gone through more subtle changes. Today, with models that range from the catwalk clothes-horse Gigi Hadid and black model Winnie Harlow who has vitiligo, to the curvy Ashley Graham, we seem to be embracing more diversity in women’s beauty than perhaps ever before.

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OULSDON: Parking, Roads, and the Town’s Businesses

as 2013 said that improvement to highways and traffic circulation, and in-town parking to support the town as a retail destination should be among key strategic objectives It is self evident, surely, that if Coulsdon is (Plan, para 2.4, p9). This diagram in the to house significantly more people – as many Masterplan provided hope that seven large as 1,500 new homes over the ten year period sites might contribute to off-street parking, 2016 to 2026 - then the road system will need such is the need. None has done so. (Aldi’s looking at. Otherwise compacted growth will parking spaces are needed wholly for its reach a point where it imperils town centre customers). businesses. I fear we are reaching that point. Despite assertions by some traders that the bypass would be the death of Coulsdon town centre, the number of empty shops is at its lowest for twelve years; just five units. Quite a lot of refurbishment has occurred. Numbers of shops look a lot smarter. The town centre is more comfortable to walk around with far less through traffic. But warning signs are becoming ominous. Croydon’s need to provide more dwellings for its growing population (it’s the fastest growing of the 32 boroughs) is leading the council to put housing way ahead of all other issues.

Heightened concern expressed by traders and community groups in 2015 over the closure of the Lion Green car park in preparation for development, and then the collapse of the proposal to develop the site as a major supermarket, led the Council in April 2016 to undertake an independent study of business needs in the town centre. It’s report concluded that the overriding present day concern is parking. But it failed to say how much additional parking is needed.

Imminent peril for town centre businesses will arise from what is now being proposed for Lion Green. Brick by Brick intend to Cane Hill will yield 675 dwellings; Pinewood, build several low rise blocks of flats as social Coulsdon Town and the Plumb centre are housing, and will need a minimum of maybe providing 200 more. Other smaller sites 70 parking spaces. The company concede round the town centre combined will provide these will be at the expense of public parking, a similar number. Then add the bit-by-bit which could be limited to less than 80 spaces. subdivision of larger houses around the town Before all this ‘planning’, Lion Green car park into flats, and Coulsdon could well increase its offered 217 marked spaces, and perhaps as total population from around 35,000 to about many as 80 unmarked spaces (at the rear of 42,000 by 2026 – almost a fifth increase. the site). Pressure on the Council is clearly putting housing way ahead of the needs of Among this increase will be the contribution town centre business. The reinstatement of that Croydon’s new semi-detached housing one hour free parking throughout the town development company – Brick by Brick – centre is to be welcomed but the sum total will bring by building on Lion Green, and of parking spaces must be constraining both by developing the site of the Community footfall and turnover. It is clear that many Centre along Chipstead Valley Road. There more cars park in the evenings, helping the will doubtless be other smaller sites around ‘night time economy’ when the single yellow the town that Brick by Brick could add to the line is in abeyance. Adequate day time stock of social housing too. parking remains a key problem. All the larger sites mentioned cluster around Then there’s the matter of congestion. the town centre. They will add significantly to Parking constraint on the town centre’s pressure on local roads and on parking. The viability will be as nothing to the frustration Masterplan for Coulsdon published as recently 56

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felt by businesses and households alike if the bottleneck at Lion Green Road is not resolved. Rat-running and long snakes of cars have become endemic features these last twenty years as two car households have mushroomed. Impact on the morning and evening rush-hour is serious. And Lion Green Road and its adjacent junctions is the problem. The 2013 Masterplan was at its weakest here.

Its whole thrust was on walking, cycling and public transport. Its view of Lion Green Road was plain wrong, and bedevils a solution. Levy and S106 money is needed to protect the cottages along Lion Green Road, while creating a dual carriageway and easing junction flows at either end. This is the least Coulsdon deserves. Time for some real town planning.

Proposed indicative Movemnet Diagrams Coulsdon Town Centre

Comments on these matters would be welcomed by the four Residents Associations: WCRA, ECRA, HADRA and OCRA.

Written by Graham Lomas

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Snap! A ‘snap election’ sounds suitably abrupt. Onomatopoeic almost. Swift and unexpected. It certainly wasn’t the news I was anticipating as I rejoined the work conveyor-belt following the Easter weekend. The prospect of a relatively short electioneering period is no sadness to me having only just recovered from the exhausting and lengthy circus that was Brexit/POTUS. Probably it is not great for democracy giving little warning about such a big event – there is barely time to consider the issues. However, I like an easy life and avoiding months of televised debates and 24/7 coverage seems like a ‘win’!

I know this because the Bible makes it clear but also from my own experience of knowing him. Whilst my performance is, at best, patchy; Jesus is always faithful, always loving, always just. I couldn’t conceive of a better Despite the above, I do take my electoral duty person to follow. seriously as I hope you do too. The opportunity to have a say in the direction When it comes to Election Day I will put my pencil cross in a box and hope that I make of the country is a privilege. Granted, that a decision I can live with. Jesus was also ‘say’ is not direct, and the voting system marked by a cross: Not in a box in pencil, but further dilutes the voice of the individual; on a hill in agony. It was a choice he made: however it is important nonetheless. I am His vote for you and me. It is that decision struck by the significance of it each time I that paves the way for us to follow Him and head to the polling station. My main concern is – ‘what if the party I vote for gets in that is a decision I can’t live without. and does terrible things!’ It’s that feeling of responsibility that unsettles me. It is always easier to stand on the sidelines and criticise than to feel involved and invested. Putting that cross in a box is such a definite act.


Have a great month. Peter Russell

Perhaps you are more politically comfortable than me and have more confidence in the polling booth. Perhaps not. However you approach the election I hope you are able to embrace the responsibility given to you in our democratic system.

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One area where I have a lot more confidence is in my decision to follow Jesus. It is not that I don’t questions or even doubts sometimes, but what I know of God in Jesus gives me a degree of certainty I cannot muster elsewhere. Whilst politicians of all shades vary in moral fortitude (even the most upright ones can be misguided) I know that Jesus is completely good – he is goodness personified.

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Replacing the Brexit debate cancelled in January, ‘This House is optimistic about our prospects after leaving the EU’ was enthusiastically proposed by our ex-remainer MP for Croydon South, Chris Philp. Brexit is the most important change in the UK, he said, and the dire consequences forecast by prominent ‘remainers’ have yet to materialise. Unemployment stands at a 12-year low, with an economic growth of 24% and increasing wages. There has been no collapse in foreign investment; indeed, Siemens has not, as predicted, pulled out of the UK, both Toyota and Nissan have announced new investment and Apple, Google and Facebook have all promised to create new jobs. Chris said that 44% of our exports went to the EU but as this was declining, so trade with the US has grown faster – even without a free trade agreement – and China’s markets are ready to exploit. Will abandoning the free trade agreement with the EU damage us? Chris said he would be surprised if the Germans and French want to lose their valuable UK car and wine export revenue. Even Michel Barnier, the French politician serving as European Chief Negotiator for Brexit, has suggested that our free trade facility should continue. How will Brexit affect the financial sector? Chris said that City banks could probably continue to benefit from ‘passporting’ (ability to set up and carry on trading in EU states) and even in the worst-case scenario, losses would amount to just 5%. The nation states of Europe would not want to punish the UK’s economy - because that would undermine theirs. Brexit will still mean that Europeans working here can stay, and British people in Europe will have similar rights. However, while recognising that some European workers are needed here, Brexit will give us the right to choose who can or cannot enter the UK. We will keep some of the positive benefits of the EU by incorporating regulations on employee protection, but we will now be able to continue research into GM crops, banned in the EU, but racing ahead in the USA. The Government will also abolish the infamous ‘tampon tax’ – although it does, in fact, give the money raised to charity. Chris said he was optimistic that our confidence, ingenuity, marketing skills and inventiveness will let us negotiate new free trade deals with other markets, and ensure a prosperous future for post-Brexit Britain. Opposer Andrew Pelling was very sceptical about post-Brexit optimism. A very misplaced idea, he said, when the country is so obviously divided between the mainly young ‘Remainers’ and the older ‘Brexiteers’ – not to mention many unhappy MPs, a large minority of Scots who wantindependence and the fraught question of the Northern Irish border with Eire. We are also seeing the vilification of the poor and needy, the growing incidence of racial tension and intimidation (as with the vicious attack on an Iranian refugee in Croydon) and NHS budget cuts


of 25% in care of the elderly, inadequate funds to meet routine 18-week surgery targets, resulting in lower life expectancy. Anticipating political isolation, the Government seems to be cultivating unsuitable alliances with countries such as the Philippines, run by the foul-mouthed, trigger-happy President Rodrigo Duterte. On the other hand, we look to be squaring up to EU member Spain over the vexed Gibraltar question – an unwise move! Andrew then examined the term ‘optimism’. Its Latin root ‘optimum’ means ‘best’ so optimism is used to mean ‘best possible outcome’, echoing the philosophy that we are living in the ‘best of all possible worlds’, savaged by Voltaire in his satire ‘Candide’. But it is not a typically British concept – we like to present a stiff upper lip as we persevere through adversity and face situations realistically, in the stoical Civil War spirit of ‘Trust in God and keep your powder dry’. Realistically, Teresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond recognise that EU negotiations will take time and that reducing immigration, a key Brexit promise, will probably be broken – but we must remember, said Andrew, that London’s economy relies on immigration. Realistically, the EU Court of Justice, which protects our ‘Stilton’ cheese and ‘Cornish’ pasties may still affect our laws, but will British bureaucracy carry on protecting them? Financially, jobs in the City will probably be safe, although the weak pound is gradually undermining the standard of living and savings rates are very much lower. Research into GM crops will be encouraged. Andrew expressed doubts about our EU negotiators – some were so inexperienced they were sacked! Finally, Andrew said that optimism is misplaced – it was too early and there was too much uncertainty, with sticking points like the £60 billion ‘release’ fee the EU would like us to pay. The Government’s vision is a stronger economy, a fairer meritocracy – ironically, all good Corbynite stuff. But ultimately, our future is still controlled by Brussels and the other 27 EU states will set our severance terms. We will be a diminished nation, having lost the influence of the EU. The motion was lost by 16 votes to 20, with 1 abstention – perhaps reflecting Croydon’s pre-referendum vote to remain. The Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place on May 8th., so the next debate will take place at the Old Coulsdon Centre on June 5th. at 8 p.m., when Nick Jupp will propose that ‘Space exploration is a waste of money’, and Ian Payne will oppose. All visitors welcome; for further details, contact Angela Applin on 020 8668 8558.

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THREE TYPES OF FOOD THAT ARE POISONOUS TO YOUR DOG If your dog has ever ingested a poisonous substance, you’ll know the sudden and devastating effect it can have on their health. Unfortunately, three commonly used foods regularly cause serious issues for dogs, often requiring emergency treatment by a vet. Chocolate

Chocolate contains a poisonous substance called theobromine, which is derived from the cocoa plant. Amongst other symptoms it can cause severe vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature, irregular heart rhythm, and fitting. Dark chocolate contains more theobromine than milk or white chocolate, and it is not unusual for a dog to need veterinary intervention even when a small amount has been consumed. Onions, leeks, chives, garlic and shallots

All members of the allium family, these foods can cause anaemia in dogs and are poisonous both in their raw and cooked form - even something as innocuous as onion gravy can cause a severe reaction in some dogs. They contain organosulphides which attack the red blood cells over a period of time. After a few days you might notice your dog has an upset stomach, is lethargic, sleepy, or breathing rapidly. Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas These can all be fatal to your dog, although the dried versions are believed to be more toxic. Some dogs are able to eat these foods with no illeffects, but others experience serious illness over a period of several days, with vomiting and diarrhoea, and in some cases kidney failure a few days after ingestion. poisons-and-hazards poisons.pdf By Ann Haldon


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David Stainton, Wealth Management Consultant has a seminar planned for 10.30am on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at the Old Coulsdon Bowling Club, Coulsdon Road, CR5 2LD. Refreshments will be available from 10am and the seminar will be followed by a light buffet lunch. The agenda for the event is: • Tax efficient Investment Planning • Wills and Power of Attorneys • Inheritance Tax Solutions

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Motoring BMW M760Li xDrive

Those of you hoping this was BMW’s M7 need to look away now. Although this may be the fastest BMW the German firm has ever made, if you’re after a fire-breathing, full-blooded M car, the M760Li will leave you a little disappointed. You see, it may have that fabled tri-colour badge on its boot, but this isn’t cut from the same cloth as an M2, M3 or M4. BMW says that’s because this is a car for buyers with something of a split personality. One moment they may be keen on a country road assault so they can enjoy the glorious V12, the next they might want to kick back and relax in the massaging seats and just cruise along. LOOKS AND IMAGE The 7 Series has long been a luxury choice for the type of buyer who still enjoys driving, though – and the M760Li is the epitome of that. With several driving modes to choose from, sporty drivers are well catered for as throttle response is quickened, gear changes swifter and the whole car feels more taut and agile in bends when its sport setting is active. Flick back to the comfort setting and it’s a different story – mellower, more relaxed, it eases over bumps and floats along beautifully. It’s an impressive dichotomy. The looks of the M760Li won’t be for everyone, though. There are some gaudy chrome touches and in the matt grey it looks, dare we say it, a little common. Inside, however, it’s a wonderful place to spend time. Buyers in the UK will predominantly drive themselves, but for those that do get chauffeured around the


back seats are arguably more comfortable than up front. There are multimedia screens to enjoy, cushioned headrests and massaging, reclining seat backs. SPACE AND PRACTICALITY The 7 Series does feel a little smaller in the rear than rivals from Mercedes and Audi, though. Up front the driving position is a little cosseting too, with controls wrapped around you, but it’s easy to get settled and comfortable. WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET? BMW made a lot of noise about it being 30 years since they installed a V12 engine in their 7 Series at the launch. And since that first unit arrived in 1987 in the 7 Series, the 12-cylinder lump has doubled in power. The 2017 6.6-litre unit now boasts a whopping 601bhp, a staggering 800Nm of torque and is capable of propelling it to 60mph in just 3.6 seconds. That gives it the impressive title of the fastest accelerating BMW ever made – not bad for a model that’s not even a ‘proper’ M car. All that grunt does mean you’ll pay at the pumps; the M760Li will return 22.1mpg and emits 294g/km. BEHIND THE WHEEL The BMW is a true Jekyll and Hyde car with distinct personalities behind the wheel. We tried the M760Li on the track first. Although the long sweeping bends and snooker table smooth surfaces weren’t going to show off the car in anything other than the best light, it was incredibly swift for such a lump. That V12 makes a pleasingly sound and while there may be some body roll, it’s not too intrusive and, for a car of this size, actually rather impressive in

the way it’s kept under control. It’s all helped by four-wheel drive that has a rear wheel drive bias when it’s needed. The steering is a little light in the comfort setting, though, especially for track work, but flick it into sport and it’s far better. VALUE FOR MONEY At £132,310, you’d expect to get some goodies thrown in, and fortunately you do. Lightweight 20-inch alloys, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system and Car Play are included, as is an Advanced Parking System, adaptive LED headlights, a head-up display, and massaging seats. There’s even rear-seat entertainment and a panoramic glass sunroof provided too. How very generous. Naturally there’s an extensive options list. Executive lounge seating to make rear passengers even more comfortable, night vision and BMW laser headlights are just a few of those you can tick. VERDICT For petrol heads, the fact BMW perseveres with a V12 is a revelation. In a world where downsizing is the buzzword, it seems hard to believe that a manufacturer would launch a 6.6-litre petrol drinking lump. Although the market for it will be small, we’re still very glad it has. OK, so this might not be the M7 that many performance BMW fans crave, but it’s as close to it as we’re going to get. It’s great fun to drive, sumptuously luxurious and wonderfully relaxing when you want it to be - and all in, a very competent and exciting 7 Series indeed.

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Should You Pay Off Debts With Your Pension?

The 2014 Budget introduced new regulations on how personal pensions can be accessed. These new pension freedoms mean that, if you have a money purchase or defined contribution pension, buying an annuity is no longer your only option at retirement. Many people have since chosen to withdraw pension monies to invest in other financial products, and some have decided to pay off debts with the money. So is it a good idea to repay debt in this way, and what are the main aspects to consider? DO YOU WANT TO ACCESS YOUR PENSION BEFORE RETIREMENT? Some pension schemes allow you to access your pension at the age of 55. Doing so can significantly reduce the amount you have available in older age, however, unless you have other pensions or a large savings pot. If you have large-scale debt there may be better options that would leave your pension intact until retirement – for example, making informal agreements with your creditors for more time to pay. A WORD ABOUT PENSION LIBERATION SCAMS Since the new legislation was introduced, people under the age of 55 have been targeted by pension ‘scammers’ who claim legal loopholes exist allowing them early access to their pension. There are no such loopholes, however, and these firms charge extortionate fees to their victims. TAX ISSUES YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE You can withdraw a 25% tax-free lump sum from your pension, but taking any more than this percentage will increase your level of income for that tax year. This could mean that you enter a higher rate tax band, and subsequently lose much of the benefit of gaining access to this money.


Staged withdrawals of cash may help you reduce your tax bill, but you’ll need professional advice from a pensions expert to find out the most tax-efficient route for you. They may be able to offer alternative options to manage your money better, pay off debt, and maximise your pension savings. WILL IT AFFECT YOUR BENEFITS ENTITLEMENT? If you claim means-tested benefits, withdrawing a lump sum from your pension could affect your entitlement. It might severely reduce the amounts you receive, or even mean that you can’t make a claim. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and your local council need to be informed if you withdraw money from your pension, so they can make the necessary adjustments with regard to existing and future benefit claims. WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF ACCESSING YOUR PENSION? Many pension providers charge a fee for early access to a pension, and there is generally a charge each time you make a withdrawal. This could severely deplete your pension fund, making it expensive and unrealistic financially to repay debts in this way. FINAL SALARY SCHEMES If you have a final salary pension, you might be tempted to transfer your money into a personal pension scheme that gives you access to withdraw cash. This is likely to offer a poor reward in terms of conversion, however, and also may not provide you with sufficient income in retirement. BE CAREFUL ABOUT PENSION RECYCLING The government has introduced legislation to prevent ‘pension recycling’. This situation occurs when someone uses their pension to pay off debt before they retire, with the intention of replacing their pension money whilst still working. Even if you do not deliberately set out to do this, by withdrawing your pension you could be inadvertently caught out by the pension recycling regulations.

For example, if you: • Withdraw over £30,000 from your pension, and as a result: • Receive £7,500 or more tax-free, and then: • Increase your pension contributions by more than 30% The rules apply regardless of whether you pay off debt with the money, and can result in the anticipated ‘tax-free’ sums being taxed by up to 70% by the government. The reason why these rules have been introduced is to prevent people benefiting from taking more than one series of taxfree sums from their pensions, and as encouragement to save more for retirement. POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES TO USING YOUR PENSION TO PAY OFF DEBT You may be able to make some small adjustments to your finances that could pay off debt without having to use any pension monies. For instance: • Make a detailed budget – you’ll get a clearer picture of your overall financial situation, and be able to make an informed decision about whether to use your pension. • Cut back on unnecessary expenditure whilst you repay debt. • Use a 0% balance transfer credit card offer to prevent your debt increasing. • Increase your income, and use the extra money to boost debt repayments. With so many people now expected to live longer, it can be risky to use your pension to pay off debt. Personal circumstances will dictate whether it’s the right move for you, but it’s crucial that you obtain pension advice from an independent financial adviser before taking any action. You’ll be able to find out the ‘bottom line’ figure once the tax, charges, loss of benefits and other potential deductions have been taken into account, and decide whether or not it’s truly worthwhile. http://www.moneysavingexpert. com/savings/pension-liberation

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CR5 CODEWORD Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a different number between 1 and 26. The codes for three letters are shown. Once you have filled these throughout the grid you can start guessing words and reveal other letters. As you find the letters enter them in the box below.

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Terms and Conditions Apply

“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37 (NIV) If you’ve ever used a computer or a smartphone you will undoubtedly have come across T&Cs Terms and Conditions (or EULA – End User Licence Agreement) that you need to agree to when installing software. Typically, these are written in turgid legalise and often as long as a Shakespeare play. No wonder that for the vast majority of us, our eyes just glaze over and we click ‘I AGREE’ and be done with it. A cynic would say that they are designed to do just that. A few months ago an IT company did an interesting experiment. They provided free wi-fi for people in a small town, but buried in the T&Cs was a clause that, if you agreed to use the ‘free’ service, you would have to give the company your first born child. Needless to say, as usual nobody read the T&Cs and they all signed their firstborn’s lives away without realising it. When researchers asked people why they had agreed to give their first born in exchange for ‘free’ wi-fi, they were shocked to have discovered exactly what they had agreed to! What are the T&Cs for a Christian? When we sign up, so to speak, what are we agreeing to? Does God write eons of incomprehensible verbiage designed to swindle us in some way? Fortunately not. In fact,

God only really asks one thing of us, so simple that anybody (including lawyers) can understand: that we believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that, having lived a perfect life, he paid the penalty for everything we have done/will do wrong in our lives by dying a horrific death in our place. John 17:3 says, “This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” In return, He offers us the chance to become His adopted children, to live forever. Isn't that incredible? In fact, it’s so good that it’s almost unbelievable—this simple thing in exchange for utopia and eternal life. Normally, we would ask what’s the catch? After all, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But there is no catch. That is the Good News of the Gospel in a nutshell. Prayer: Father, we thank you for all that you have done for us, that you sent your son to die for us in our place and to offer us eternal life. No catch. How can we ever express our gratitude for such a promise? Amen. GCI Coulsdon Community Church meets at 11.00am on Sundays In Coulsdon Community Centre Upper Hall. For further information please contact Pastor Brian Smith on Reconcile@bdlrs. or 01798 813133. To receive daily e-mail messages like this one please go to

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Tim says "This Iguana was seen in a botanical garden in Mauritius in January. It was quite free and resting unrestrained on an outside log and seemed to enjoy the attention of those prepared to stroke it (me included). It was about 3 feet long nose to tail tip and was almost smiling at me when I photographed it." DIARY: 2nd "Developing creative vision" Adriaan van Heerden 9th Monochrome Print competition (3 of 3) 16th Members Evening 23rd Evening walk 30th Portrait competition We meet each Tuesday evening (7.45pm for 8pm) in Cameron Hall, Canons Hill, Old Coulsdon. Visitors £4 (refunded on joining). Visit, see us on facebook or contact lynda@oldcoulsdoncameraclub.

Bird’s Eye View

By John Birkett, RSPB Croydon Local Group Spare a thought for an overlooked member of the pigeon family. You will be familiar with Feral Pigeon; the town centre/Trafalgar Square pigeon that comes in a wide variety of colours. And then there is the Woodpigeon; that big pigeon that waddles round your lawn and hoovers up the seeds spilled from your feeders. And then there is the Collared Dove; 60 years ago there were very few in this country and now they are widespread. All these three species regularly feature in our garden survey. Sadly, many of you will also know about the Turtle Dove; this species has suffered a severe decline in numbers over recent years and is now less than annual in its visits to Croydon. There is a fifth species. The Stock Dove is similar in size to the Feral Pigeon, but may often associate with Woodpigeons in feeding flocks in the countryside. They are present around Croydon and turn up in gardens and I suspect they are under-recorded as many people have never heard of them, let alone know what they look like!

I was down at Chartwell recently and realised that the ‘pigeons’ under the bird feeders by the car park were actually Stock Doves. Why not try to find your own in Croydon (and then tell us where you saw them). To find out where you can go to watch birds in Croydon have a look at our website ( or the Croydon Birders website, which also gives news about some of the latest sightings in Croydon ( wiki/Latest_News). We would like to hear about what you see in Croydon, so please do get in touch through either website or come along to one of our meetings (details on page 91 of this issue).

Stock Dove - photo by Peter Gunkel, drawing by Alan Pearson

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CR5 Just for Fun Crossword

Across 7. Scratch (6) 8. Lower spine (6) 9. Settee (4) 10. Very young frogs (8) 11. Normally (7) 13. Closes (5) 15. Not heavy (5) 17. Moves up (7)

20. Keeps you dry (8) 21. Coffee shop (4) 23. Aggravates (6) 24. End (6) Down 1. Repeat (4) 2. Yellow fruit (6) 3. E.g. snake (7) 4. Scottish river (5)

5. Level (6) 6. Skilled (8) 12. Dieting (8) 14. Mortified (7) 16. Terror (6) 18. Getaway (6) 19. Dental care (5) 22. Blaze (4)

The two lucky winners from the April Crossword are Jean Craske & Audrey and Chris Sharpe both residents of CR5. CONGRATULATIONS — you will both receive two free tickets to “EVERYMAN CINEMA” Oxted. March 2017 Answer; “EMERALD”. Answers to this months crossword below.

CR5 CODEWORD Answers from Page 85 This months Crossword Answers: Across: 7 Scrape, 8 Lumbar, 9 Sofa, 10 Tadpoles, 11 Usually, 13 Shuts, 15 Light, 17 Ascends, 20 Umbrella, 21 Cafe, 23 Annoys, 24 Expire. Down: 1 Echo, 2 Banana, 3 Reptile, 4 Clyde, 5 Smooth, 6 Talented, 12 Slimming, 14 Ashamed, 16 Horror, 18 Escape, 19 Floss, 22 Fire.


Kids Answers from Page 86 The true/false answers are... 1. True 2. False 3. True

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CR5 Trip Down Memory Lane This postcard of the Lacey Green shopping parade was posted in 1955. Notice the absence of parking restrictions along Coulsdon Road and the handsome tree on the corner of Waddington Avenue that was blown down a few years ago.

Are you interested in local history? Then why not join the Bourne Society. Apply to : J Hurrion, 7 The Towers, Hayes Lane, Kenley, CR8 5YL

of Week the Week CR5 DaysDays of the Quiz 1. If Monday's child is fair of face, which day's child has "far to go"? 2. What is the only word in the English language that is an anagram of one of the seven days of the week? 3. Shrove Tuesday occurs how many days before Easter Sunday? 4. In a well known 1873 novel, which literary character realises he has won a bet that he thought he had lost when he finds out that what he thinks is a Sunday is actually a Saturday? 5. What was the name of the sequel to the film Saturday Night Fever? 6. Since 1935, every General Election in the UK has been held on which day of the week? 7. The term "Mardi Gras" translates from French as what?... a) Big Monday; b) Fat Tuesday; or c) Lazy Wednesday? 8. On what day of the week did the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001 take place? 9. Who played Wednesday Addams in the 1991 film The Addams Family? 10. In 1979, what became the first UK number one hit single to have a day of the week in the title? Answers below : NO PEEKING!

Days Of The Week Answers: 1. Thursday's 2. Dynamo (an anagram of "Monday")3. 47 4.Phileas Fogg (in Around The World In Eighty Days, confusing dates after crossing the international date line) 5. Staying Alive 6. Thursday 7. Fat Tuesday 8.Tuesday 9. Christina Ricci 10. Sunday Girl (by Blondie)

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Affected by cancer? Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green

The South East Cancer Help Centre a Our facilities have2016) local NHS recognition (Season Nowis closed until April charity that over the last 25 years has and provide athfriendly, supportive environment with only one purpose – helped thousands of people affected by Park, Coulsdon Road to helpGrange you cope. cancer. At The Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired

AGM 7.00 for 7.30pm Monday 16 November 2015 Agenda Come and talk to us and explore

1. Apologies for Absence the ways we may be able to help you 2. Chairman’s for the year 2014/2015 whether it Report be through information, 3. Financial Report forwide the year 2013/2014 counselling or the range of 4. Officer elections for 2014/2015. complementary therapies we offer. Committee elections for 2014/2015 6. Plans for the Future. 7. Any Other Business. More volunteer help is needed for next season. Contact : 07532 233159

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FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations The RSPB Croydon Local Group Monthly Illustrated Wildlife Talks in South Croydon Whitgift Sports Club, Croham Manor Road off Croham Road, South Croydon, CR2 7BG Second Monday of each month, 2pm and again at 8pm. Admission £4.00. Everyone is welcome, not just RSPB members. Free refreshments. A selection of RSPB goods, nuts & seeds are on sale. Parking limited on site but free in adjacent roads. 64 & 433 buses stop nearby in Croham Road. Monday May 8th 2017: “Reserved for Birds”. Brian Nobbs will talk about a number of RSPB reserves in Scotland, Wales and England, each requiring a very different management approach and regime to maintain habitat and visitor interest. The RSPB works with the Environment Agency and others to make the most of land given in recompense for important areas that have been lost to projects such as port expansion. For more information contact John Davis on 020-8640 4578 or see Note: on request we give illustrated bird talks to local organisations.


Sunday 7th May 2017.

Come and enjoy this annual spectacle of restored histroric commercial vehicles, buses, fire engines, vans and steam vehicles of all sizes travelling from Crystal Palace to Brighton. All commercial vehicles must be older than 1997 and will pass through Coulsdon between 7.30am and 10am. More information


Saturday June 17th

The Cameron Hall, Canon's Hill Cost: £10 per person.Doors open: 7pm

Supper at 7.30pm followed by the Quiz


Please bring your own drink and glasses Teams (8 max), Couples & individuals all welcome To Book: Please contact Jane East 01737556131

Welcomes lively over 40's to social events including barbeques, theatre, walks, meals etc. New members evening – 1st Thursday of the month at 9pm Contact: Linda 020 8668 1382, Glenn 020 656 9007, Shirley 020 8651 5835. email:

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FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations Coulsdon Floral Arrangement Group Fun & Friendship with Flowers Sit back and enjoy watching beautiful flower arrangements by an expert demonstrator Meetings held at The Cameron Hall, Canons Hill,Old Coulsdon Come along for a visit (£5.00) and see what we are all about At 7.00pm for 7.30pm First Wednesday of the Month Except January & August Chairman - Chris Sawer 01737 554815 Honorary Secretary Ann Nicholson 020 8656 7388 COULSDON SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB

Coulsdon Community Centre, Chipstead Valley Road

We have several vacancies for Short Mat Indoor Bowls. No experience necessary Gentle exercise with a friendly group Flat shoes required Mondays 12–2pm /Thursdays 2-4pm Contact 020 8668 2841 for info 92

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OPEN DAY 1st Coulsdon Scout Group Fourth Drive, CR5 2YP

Scouting for boys and girls 6-14 yrs Beavers for boys and girls 6-8 yrs INFO: Cubs 8-10½ yrs Scouts 10½ - 14 yrs INFO: View Croydon District Newsletter on: Hall Hire Available: contact

Come along to Reigate Fire & Rescue Headquarters and see first hand the range of activities involved with being a modern firefighter, with demonstrations of firefighting & rescue skills throughout the day. There will also be activities, stalls, cakes and lots of other fun stuff, it is a great day out for the whole family!

Sat 1st July 2017 at 10:00–16:00

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Croydon Road,Reigate,Surrey,RH2 0EJ,

C oulsdon N etwor k i ng Cl ub Launched in 2016 Coulsdon Networking Club has been a great success. The club is about local businesses coming together over a coffee and a pastry once a month and exchanging business ideas, helping each other and of course giving referrals. We meet in I Calabresi on Chipstead Valley Road at 9.30am every third Tuesday of the month. Please join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter. Regular attenders will get publicity via both of these. Please feel free to come along and join us.

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FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, COULSDON

2nd Tuesday of every month 2pm – 4pm & fun quizzes and entertainment for a modest donation Holy Communion at 1.30pm

Back by popular demand Saturday 25th November PARISH PANTO Caribbean-African Family Fun Evening Tickets on sale soon

3rd Tuesday of every month 3.30 – 5.30 pm in the Church Hall

Messy Church is for all ages. You get to be creative, learn about God & the bible, and eat a yummy meal together.

Everyone is welcome & it’s totally FREE!!

Hold the dates

Sunday 7th May 6pm – EVENSONG Sunday 18th June 4pm – SUMMER CONCERT

For more information please contact Rev Esther 020 36201885 or St Andrew’s Parish office on 020 8676 2966

Old Coulsdon Community Friendship Club Meetings: 2.00pm for 2.30p.m Venue: The Cameron Hall Old Coulsdon Congregational Church Canons Hill, Old Coulsdon All welcome Contact: Joan Dixon Tel. 01737 851467 Feeling like a friendly chat? A warm welcome awaits you on: Wednesday 10th May (2 for 2.30 pm)

Talk by Brian French “The Marie Curie Foundation” (Includes Raffle)

Wed 14th June (2.00 for 2.30pm)

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Fun football for children played on GRASS

Every Friday Night from 6:45pm till 8pm starting on Friday 28th April 2017 Cost: £5 per child per session

Ages 6 to 11 year olds (School Year 1 to Year 6) Venue: Walcountians Sports Club Carshalton Road, Woodmansterne SM7 3HU For further information please contact:Paul Marsh 07752 082398 or email:

Please ensure your child wears the appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather conditions All children MUST wear shinpads It is advisable to bring a non-fizzy drink Check out our website:

Rotary Club of Croydon Jubilee Presents

OUR KIND OF SWING Enjoy the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie & Ted Heath Join us on Friday 9th June 2017 at Warlingham Rugby Football Club Limpsfield Road Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9RB Concert starts 8.00pm - Doors open 7.30pm

Featuring THE BIG BAND SOUND of the

NIGEL GARRARD ORCHESTRA Tickets £15pp (Children under 15 - £12pp) All profits to Prostate Cancer UK Licensed Bar NB: No tickets will be on sale at the door. Please order from David Cronk Telephone: 01883 819 087 Email:

To advertise call Lucy on 01737 557888 or 07703 209292


What’s On in the Community

FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations


Have a lot of FUN !

Meet Monthly (2nd Thursday) at 10.15 All Saints Church Hall, Sanderstead

We are looking for like minded people that are interested in Art. We have expert lecturers to do the talks. Get outdoors

Learn new skills

11th May

The Colossal Art of Egypt’s Boldest Pharaoh

8th June

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler, Punch Magazine. For further details phone 0208 657 2496 or email

Scottish Country Dancing Classes

Make new friends Contact : Sonya Dyer

Mondays 6.15 to 7.45 pm

Try new things Tel : 01737—553004 Text : 07900—281949

24th PURLEY SCOUT GROUP : Rear of Hillars Heath Road, Coulsdon CR5 2JP

Old Coulsdon W I Women Involved We are a friendly group of ladies who meet monthly to socialise, learn and have fun. Interesting speakers, quizzes, parties Christmas and summer, lunch club, walking, drama, outings, book club and crafts are all on offer.

Every Friday 8pm - 10pm St Andrews Church Hall Woodmansterne Road, Coulsdon All welcome - £5 per session On street parking available. Contact Dorothy 01737 551724 Charity ref: 1063364


Why not join us on the second Monday of every month at 1.45 for 2.00 pm at The Cameron Hall, Old Coulsdon Congregational Church, Old Coulsdon, Surrey (Entrance via Canon’s Hill). For more information ring 01737 554815 email visit Old Coulsdon WI

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What’s On in the Community

FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations


FREE CAP Money Management course Starts Saturday 10th June @ 9:30am Bookings 020 8668 4189

Tollers Estate residents Action Group are looking for donations. Thank you Clothes Banks and Toy exchange—any items suitable for all ages in good condition Gardening Workshops — gardening equipment, soil, compost, bark, logs, seeds, flowers Food growing —bulbs, seeds, trees, cuttings, netting Sarah: 07891375570 or


PC, Laptop, Tablet (iPad & Android)

By appointment (tailored to your specific needs)

Staying Put (Croydon Council) Help to live in own home

Mondays (By appointment) Between 10.30 am -11.30 am

CAP Job Club (Free) (Christians Against Poverty)

Mondays (Booking required) 12:30 pm – 3.00 pm @ Purley Baptist Church

Advice Services Croydon (ASC) (Age UK Croydon) (Free)

Tuesdays (By appointment) 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Legal & Will Advice (Free) (Streeter Marshall)

Wednesdays (By appointment) 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Nail Cutting (Age UK Croydon)

Wednesday 10th, 17th & 24th & every Thursday (By appointment) 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Tax Help for Older People (Free)

Mondays (By appointment ) 10.30 am – 12:00 noon

Citizens Advice Bureau (Free)

Visit or ring the Purley Cross Centre for a referral

Some services by appointment/referral and others drop in surgeries

Centre Opens Monday to Friday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm ………………………………………………………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………… Open Mondays -…….. Fridays 10am - 2pm


24 High Street, Purley, Surrey, CR8 2AA

020 8668 4189

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Old Coulsdon Trefoil Guild Trefoil Guild is guiding for adults – fun, friendship and making a difference. Even if you have never been involved in either guiding or scouting, there is always a warm welcome for anyone who likes the idea of learning something new, travelling, meeting new people or getting involved in local Guiding and Scouting projects. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month 7.30 – 9.30 pm in the Guide Hut, Coulsdon Road, CR5 1EA For further information call Sandra Ash on 01883 349633 or email

To advertise call Lucy on 01737 557888 or 07703 209292


INDEX OF ADVERTISERS •Accountancy/Finance St James’Place Wealth Management  79 LJ Accounting 50 Tax Data 21 •Aerials / Satellite Communitech 26 •Architectural Services Jameson Architectural Services 50 •Blinds/Curtains JT Blinds 47 Mobile Curtain Studio 67 Surrey Group 41 •Building Services Clearview Property Group 2 DSB Construction 70 Exclusive Extensions 66 SN Building Services 75 STL Building Services 69 •Care Services Right Care For You 74 •Carpentry Ben Saunders Carpentry 49 S F Carpentry 50 •Carpets/Flooring Carpets 4U 19 CSL T/A Coulsdon Flooring Co  82 Janes Flooring 20 •Cleaning Brite N Breezy 67 Molly Maid 81 Ovenu 18 Sparklean Oven King 62 Surrey Carpet Care 21 Time 4 U 5 •Computer Services Computer Solutions 49 Fahy Consultancy 28 Plum Planet Computer Tuition 44 •DVD Carlton Video 45 •Education & Tuition Hartbeeps for the under 5’s 28 Oasis Academy Coulsdon 30 Roger Graham Piano Tuition 62 •Electrical/Electrician/Supplies Eco-Electrical 77 Michael Steele Electrician 38 NP Electrics 70 PAT Man (Testing) 20 RAFF Electrical 25 Surrey Electrical Services 33 Wandle Electrical Services 66 Watt Electrical Services 68 •Estate Agents Daniel Adams 3 Frost Property 7 John Brown 100 Park & Bailey 1

•Gardening Services Absolute Gardens 51 Aralia Tree Services 14 Brighter Shade of Green 59 CJ Gardening 61 Daisy Garden 54 DPH Garden Services 47 Emsworth Tree Care 27 Expertrees 53 Fresh Outlook 38 Gaskells Gardens 62 Lawn & Weed Solutions 9 Manor Gardens 27 SJB Treecare 58 •Glazing Services Ideal Glass & Glazing 35 •Health, Hair & Beauty 77 The Hair Salon 65 Coulsdon Opticians 46 Dtail Hair Salon 58 Foot Health Centre 39 Hair by Rachel 43 Jane Naylor-Maury Osteopath 41 Lipstick & Lashes 81 Mobile Nails by Tamsin 75 Old Coulsdon Osteopathic Clinic 22 Precious Moments Beauty Salon10-11 Relax Therapy 26 Slimming World 15 Surrey Physiotherapy 52 •Kitchens/Bathrooms/Bedrooms Dream Doors 29 •Locksmith Alpine Lock Services 37 •Motoring Car Body Solutions 75 Coulsdon Auto Parts 33 Robe & Hitchen 18 Top Marks Tyres 61 Wallace Automotive 42 We Buy ANy Vehicle 99 •Painter/Decorator/Supplies Paintsmart 14 Paintwise 17 Southern Decorator Supplies 54 •Pest Control BEE OFF Pest Solutions 21 •Pets Anwell Veterinary Clinic 42 Sitting Purrfect 27 Waggers Walks 73 Whoof Whoof Doggie Day Care 41 •Plastering/Brickwork/Tiling KWS Plastering Services 58 SWS Plastering 28 •Plumbing & Heating Dapson Heating & Plumbing Serv. 44 DV Services-Plumbing/Install 74 Jonathan Davidson Heating 73 MPM Plumbing 74 SE Services-Heating & Plumbing 71

•Printing Advanced Print 39 •Property Maint/Handyman Services David Tuppen Handyman 65 Joe’s Sharp Edge 81 Maiden Maintenance 51 MJ Services ~Elect. & Plumbing 49 PAT Man (Testing) 20 RCB Maintenance 44 Warwick Property Maintenance 83 •Restaurants/Café Chez Vous 71 Curry Leaf 37 Pizza Express 14 Surrey National Golf Club 55 Wood & Stone Pizza  75 •Roofing SG Roofing 25 W.Brown & Sons 34 •Solicitor Beach Law 23 Rowe Radcliffe 45 Streeter Marshall 60 •Sports & Recreation Caterham Dance School 67 Surrey National Golf Club 55 •Stamp Collecting John Curtin Ltd 18 •Taxi Services District Cars  12-13 •Upholstery/Furniture Renovation Croydon Upholstery 43 •Windows & Doors Atlas Glass 63 Guild Home Improvements 76 Selsdon Windows 36 SG Windows 20 Surrey Glazing Company 31


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CR5 issue 144 May 2017  

A Free monthly community magazine delivered to 11,450 homes in the CR5 postcode containing local business services, interesting reads and Wh...

CR5 issue 144 May 2017  

A Free monthly community magazine delivered to 11,450 homes in the CR5 postcode containing local business services, interesting reads and Wh...