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CONNECTION

THE COMMUNITY MAGAZINE AND DIRECTORY FOR RESIDENTS OF KT20

october 2017 issue 112


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Stoptober

Find out ways to help you quit for good with this month’s Stoptober campaign.

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Eat to be Slim

That Little Black Dress may have been a bit tight last year, but help is at hand from Olivia Parry.

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Fit for Life

If you are struggling to flatten your stomach, Jade may have the answer.

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Legal Matters

You may have an unusual request to make in your will. Nicola Dudley talks you through it.

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Designer Secrets

OCTOBER Banstead-based interior designer Ruth Marshall on reader’s latest queries.

P26 Exam success for a former Children’s Trust patient University awaits student Alex Barton.

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News from The Children’s

Fancy going on a ‘Halloween Howl’ this October?

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Keystroke Associates

Latest techology tips from the IT experts at Keystroke Associates.

P33-35 Community News Cat’s Protection, Carshalton Diabetes Group, Sutton Dyslexia Association, DGA Autumn Exhibition, KADDS.

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This month is Stoptober

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If you’ve struggled to kick the habit, here’s how you can give up for good this year.

toptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back from 1st October.

Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good. There a lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help people choose what works for them. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help people on their quitting journey including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, people can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services. Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully. Stoptober in a nutshell Whilst Stoptober is a campaign in its own right, it is now positioned within the wider One You programme. One You is the PHE programme that helps adults across the country make small changes to their lifestyles that can have a big

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impact on their future health. In addition to encouraging people to stop smoking, One You also tackles other everyday habits and behaviours such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended and not being active enough. Launched in 2012, Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge from PHE that encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good. Stoptober is based on the insight that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to be able to stay quit for good. T h e campaign chunks down the quitting process, presents it as a more manageable 28 days and rallies people around a specific date to get started. Stoptober encourages as many smokers as possible to prepare to quit from 1 October by taking part in the campaign and utilising the range of free resources and support available. Throughout October the campaign will continue to recruit smokers to take part, whilst also encouraging and supporting people to quit through the 28-day smoke-free journey. The overarching objective is to trigger significant numbers of quit attempts, by increasing motivation to quit and providing products to make this quitting easier. www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home

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eat to be slim Dreading getting into that Little Black Dress this party season? Slimming guru Olivia Parry may have the answer.

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he party season is approaching. Is your little black dress hanging in the back of your wardrobe unloved? Was it a bit of a squeeze to get into last year? Are you pretty sure things have got worse this year? Are you filled with dread thinking about it (and reach for a piece of cake instead?!). Is something holding you back from doing anything about it? Why is it easy for some people? It doesn’t seem fair that they are blessed with a high metabolism. They have endless energy. Even the ones who are older than you. They can eat what they want and never gain weight. You just look at a piece of cake and it goes straight to your tummy. You try so hard, and cut down. You have read about diets. You notice how celebrities and TV personalities have miraculous transformations. Let me tell you about Jane. She had her 50th birthday approaching, and was in a bit of a panic. A party was planned. She’d tried meal replacements and a personal trainer, who told her she needed to eat less and exercise more. She did an hour’s cardio, and

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cut down to 1,500 calories a day (on top of working and running a household). With just a few months left to go she was running out of time and panicking. ‘Try harder, and eat less’, said the PT. The scale would not budge. She was losing nothing, except her sanity. What happened? Well, after 4 months with me, she lost 2 and a half stone. What happened in six months? Where was she after a year? The 3 key elements of weight loss are hormones: insulin, leptin and ghrelin. Our bodies were designed to survive in times of famine. Our appetites are wired to our brains directly from our fat cells. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you to eat. It is very insistent. It’s harder for women. Would you like to understand how insulin, leptin and ghrelin stop you from losing weight, and learn exactly how to control your hunger and lose weight for good? Just send an email to olivia@eatslim.co.uk or text 07702 779019 with your name and, ‘I’m in’ today.

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Get Fit For Life!

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Having trouble with your middle? PT Jade Simmons shows how to deal with it.

oes your midsection look how you want it too? Usually not. We are never happy with how we look really and usually, this area is a problem area. The look of your stomach changes day-to-day, meal to meal and we are never happy. There is something you can do about it though but you need to be thinking differently when working your abdominals. Yes, you need that area as much as possible but you need to do so with different big exercises, ones that will work them hard. This is because no matter how hard you try or how many crunches you do, you can't get a firm, toned midsection through one specific exercise. This is known as spot reduction and it just isn't going to happen. There are certain types of exercise that when combined in an intense workout regimen and paired with a controlled good diet, will help your stomach look better. You need to be weight training!! Try adding more weights to help with getting rid of body fat and tighten up your midsection. Exercises like barbell squats and deadlifts, lunges and split squats all require loads of balance, which automatically activates your core muscles and tightens your abs. Remember the more muscle you can build the more calories you will burn. To get a tight and flat stomach you need to burn fat, and the best fat-loss exercises are strength training and big movements. These are the best ones to try and do. Exercises that hit more muscle groups will burn more calories and

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provide a huge metabolism boost if done correctly. This means you can tighten your stomach while working the rest of your body! A tip is to try and contract your stomach muscles and pelvic floor. It is key to keep engaged and firm when performing all of these exercises. To have fat loss you have to do more than just burn calories, you need to boost your metabolism and the only was is to build muscle and strength. Specific core exercises won't necessarily give you a lean flat stomach. They'll certainly strengthen the muscles in your stomach area, but to reveal a set of lean, flat and toned abs you've got to get rid of the fat on top. This does not mean doing 500 sit ups or crunches every day or spending 90% of your gym time doing abdominal work - that is silly! You will just get tired, achy and give yourself bad posture. Doing two or three abdominal exercises for three or four sets, of 10 to 15 reps every other workout session will be more than enough. Make the exercises something simple like Russian twists, weighted side bends, hanging leg raises, medicine ball slams, weighted core twists or weighted cable machine crunches. The slower and more controlled you do them the better and then you will not need to do so many of them. Go to www.simmonsfit.co.uk to find out more. Contact me on 07564525351 or EMAIL simmonsfitness@hotmail.com Legs, bums and tums, Friday 9.30am Church Hall, Lower Kingswood, KT20 7DN.

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Legal Matters

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How To Make Provision in Your Will for Unusual Circumstances

he majority of Wills are relatively simple. It would not be unusual for parents to leave their estates to their children, either for them to receive immediately on the death of the surviving parent or to receive when they reach a certain age. However, Wills often need to deal with more complex circumstances and that is when it is essential to take legal advice so that you are aware of all your options. Making provision for a pet Animal lovers are often concerned about the care of their pet when they die. Although most pet owners will have someone in mind to look after their beloved companion they may wish to make it easier for the animal to be cared for by making financial provision for them in their Will. There are various ways to achieve this, either by leaving the animal and a sum of money to the carer or by leaving a sum of money to an animal charity to look after the pet. It is also possible to provide that any funds that remain when the animal dies will pass to another friend or relative. Separate Executors can be appointed to ensure that the money is used for the animal’s maintenance and to make sure that any balance passes in accordance with the Will. Dependent Relatives Is there someone who you regularly help either financially or practically? What would happen to them when you die? If you own a property that is occupied by someone to whom you do not intend to leave any part of your estate, an elderly parent or sibling for example, have you thought about what would happen if you died before them? It is possible to provide in your Will that that person be allowed to continue to live in the property following your death for as long as they need to. They could be responsible for the outgoings, live there rent free or pay rent

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to your estate and when they die the property could pass to other beneficiaries named in your Will. If you provide financial assistance to someone a fund could be established in your Will to continue to make payments to him or her following your death. Protection for the Vulnerable Do you have concerns that someone to whom you would like to leave an inheritance may not be able to manage what they receive or that they may be taken advantage of or may loose benefits because of sum that you leave them? It is possible to make provision in your Will via a trust established for the vulnerable beneficiary’s benefit so that they can be provided for without affecting their personal financial circumstances. A trust would also provide protection as the fund would be managed by Trustees appointed by you in your Will, who could ensure that the beneficiary receives what they need but that the monies are not wasted. This type of arrangement would also be useful if your beneficiary is in a bad relationship or susceptible to addiction because your Trustees can manage what they receive. Next steps? If you would like to discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney, your Will, how to mitigate Inheritance Tax or obtain Probate and administer a deceased’s estate then please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Dudley at PWT Advice LLP on 0845 833 9025 or 07900 931478 ndudley@ pwtadvice.co.uk PWT Advice LLP are a local, niche firm of Solicitors specialising in Inheritance Tax planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney. We charge fixed fees and provide full Inheritance Tax planning advice with even our basic Wills. Home visits can be arranged at no additional charge.

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Designer’s Secrets Interior Designer Ruth Marshall answers readers’ questions on their design dilemmas. Q. We are about to start decorating our living room but want to replace the magnolia walls with something different. Can you tell us what colours are popular at the moment- we feel like we are living in a beige box. A. One of my favourite paint colours for walls is Farrow & Ball’s ‘Peignoir’ (www.farrow-ball.com, see image below). It’s a very soft pink but it comes with a large dose of grey, so would be a great colour choice to soften your open plan living space and would work well with your grey velvet sofas. I would suggest you combine it throughout the apartment with some of Farrow & Ball’s warm neutrals such as ‘Skimming Stone’ or ‘Elephant’s Breath’ and if you want to add some easy drama it looks great paired with the darker shades of ‘Brassica’ or ‘Pelt’. I would always advise you get tester pots and paint up some large samples onto cards of at least A4 in size. Move the cards around the rooms to see how dayight and artificial light affects the colours. Paints are priced from £43.50 for a 2.5l tin of Estate Emulsion. Q. We have inherited a large much loved sofa for our family room and want to re-cover it in a striped or geometric patterned fabric with some blue in it. We don’t like velvet or chenille, and we

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want it to be informal and more importantly, very sturdy, as we have two dogs and a toddler. A. I love breathing new life into pieces of furniture by reupholstering them, and I’m going to direct you towards a new range of upholstery fabrics by Romo (www.romo.com) called Soraya. This range of rustic upholstery weaves has been inspired by decorative rugs that reference traditional Najavo and Berber designs and comprises bold geometries, block stripes and small scale diamond patterns. They have a lovely textured quality with a martindale rub test of 40,000 which means it will be plenty tough enough for your family, and there are also a couple of blue colour ways to choose from. The Najavo inspired Nesma chevron design (shown here in a different colourway) in bold Buxton Blue would be my favourite. For further interior design inspiration, please call Ruth on 01737 355600 or email: studio@ruthmarshallnteriors.com.

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Student with brain injury passes A-levels to secure place at University

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espite being diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a golf ball four years ago, Alex Barton from Hertfordshire achieved a distinction in Applied Science and A Levels in Geography and Geology, securing him a place at the University of Leicester. Now 19, Alex is over the moon with his results and university place which, at one point, looked as though would never be possible. Alex has deferred his place for a year and will start at the University of Leicester in 2018 where he will study Applied and Environmental Geology and hopes to be a geologist in the future. Until then, he intends to enjoy a year away from studying and is currently in the US where he viewed the recent solar eclipse and to mine for diamonds. Alex’s Dad, Miles, said: ‘I am so proud of Alex, he's truly amazing. There were lots of tears when he collected his results. We are sure The Children's Trust helped him on his way. We cannot thank them enough.’ Dalton Leong, Chief Executive at The Children’s Trust, said: ‘Alex is a very brave and optimistic young man and he has worked very hard. He thoroughly deserves this result and we are sure he will have a bright and successful future. We are very grateful for the invaluable contribution he makes to The Children’s Trust, helping to

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raise money for the charity and supporting and inspiring other young people with brain injury.’ Alex was 15 when he noticed a weakness in his right hand was preventing him from playing his guitar properly. An MRI scan and biopsy revealed an inoperable brain tumour the size of a golf ball sitting on his brainstem. Alex received proton beam therapy in the USA to try to stop the tumour in its tracks. He returned home a few months later, but soon after became unwell and needed emergency surgery to drain a large build-up of fluid that damaged his brain. Alex stayed at The Children’s Trust for three months of intensive neurorehabilitation, accessing therapies to help improve his cognition, communication and confidence including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and play therapy. As a result of his brain injury, Alex faces some ongoing challenges. He still suffers with memory problems and fatigue. Alex is heavily involved with The Children’s Trust, helping to raise awareness of brain injury and inspire other young people not to give up on their dream.

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Latest News from The Children’s Trust Get your boots (and paws) ready for The Halloween Howl

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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. 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. 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.” Event opens at 9am. Entry fee £15, minimum sponsorship target £50. To register visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/ halloween-howl-walk-2017. The Halloween howl is supported by Happy Buddies and sponsored by Priory Vets.

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Banstead Art Group Exhibition 2017 Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3AJ Thursday 26th October 10.00 - 20.00, Friday 27th October 10.00 - 17.00 and Saturday 28th October 10.00 - 16.00 Affordable artwork to suit all tastes and ages with over 250 paintings from 50 exhibiting local artists. We have everything from watercolours to oils, acrylics, pastels, collage, charcoal and pencil. There are traditional landscapes and modern townscapes, breathtaking seascapes and atmospheric still life, stunning portraits, gorgeous animals and many more. Put a splash of colour in your life, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed, and you may even find an original piece of art to replace that tired old print above the fireplace. Come and meet the artists with free wine and nibbles on Thursday, 26th October between 18.00 - 20.00. FREE ENTRY REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE

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Community Noticeboard info@ktconnection.co.uk CARSHALTON DIABETES UK GROUP NEXT EVENING MEETING:Learn more about Diabetes from a Specialist: A talk by Dr.Hyer, Diabetes Consultant. 7.30 pm on Thursday, 2nd November 2017 at The Friends Meeting House, 10 Cedar Road, Sutton SM2 5DA

NEXT DAYTIME MEETING:Hand Bell Ringers: Demonstration and beginners “have a go” session. 2.30 pm on Friday, 13th October 2017 at the Diabetes Centre, 2nd floor, Block A, St. Helier Hospital, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton SM5 1AA People with Diabetes, their families and friends are all welcome Further details at www.diabetesukcarshalton.org.uk or phone 07983 628071

Dyslexia, Measurement, Diagnosis and Management: An Ed Psych’s Perspective – Ged Balmer, Educational Psychologist Wednesday 18th October at 8pm Sutton Dyslexia Association, The Friends Meeting House, 10 Cedar Road, Sutton A rare opportunity to hear the views of an EP on dyslexia! Ged is an experienced professional who taught for a number of years before training as an EP. Both parents and teachers should find this a very interesting evening. FREE admission. For further details, please contact 07948 702491 www.suttondyslexia.org.uk To advertise in CONNECTION please call 01737 831498

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The Dorking Group of Artists – Annual October Exhibition 2017 Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA Fri 13th Oct – Sun 15th Oct 10.00am – 5.30pm The exhibition closes at 4pm on Sunday 15th October. The Dorking Group of Artists, one of the largest art groups in Surrey, will be once again holding their popular Annual Exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate in October. Exhibiting members, many professionals among them, will be displaying over 250 pieces of exciting new and original art, all for sale at affordable prices. The paintings should appeal to every taste, featuring different subjects and styles and covering a wide variety of prices and media. There will be large selection of unframed paintings for sale too. Entrance to the exhibition is free and Denbies has a good café and restaurant, runs tours of the vineyard and has an excellent shop, so come and make a day of it! There is plenty of free parking. The Dorking Group of Artists meets on Tuesday afternoons at Beare Green Village Hall from September through to Easter. Membership is open to artists of all abilities, from beginner to professional and costs just £20 per calendar year. The activities programme is varied and includes workshops and demonstrations. (Outdoor painting and sketching during the summer months). For more information contact Jane Anderson Wood (Chairman) Tel: 01372 375123. Email: j.andersonwood@gmail.com

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Student with brain injury passes A-levels to secure place at University

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espite being diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a golf ball four years ago, Alex Barton from Hertfordshire achieved a distinction in Applied Science and A Levels in Geography and Geology, securing him a place at the University of Leicester. Now 19, Alex is over the moon with his results and university place which, at one point, looked as though would never be possible. Alex has deferred his place for a year and will start at the University of Leicester in 2018 where he will study Applied and Environmental Geology and hopes to be a geologist in the future. Until then, he intends to enjoy a year away from studying and is currently in the US where he viewed the recent solar eclipse and to mine for diamonds. Alex’s Dad, Miles, said: ‘I am so proud of Alex, he's truly amazing. There were lots of tears when he collected his results. We are sure The Children's Trust helped him on his way. We cannot thank them enough.’ Dalton Leong, Chief Executive at The Children’s Trust, said: ‘Alex is a very brave and optimistic young man and he has worked very hard. He thoroughly deserves this result and we are sure he will have a bright and successful future. We are very grateful for the invaluable contribution he makes to The Children’s Trust, helping to

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raise money for the charity and supporting and inspiring other young people with brain injury.’ Alex was 15 when he noticed a weakness in his right hand was preventing him from playing his guitar properly. An MRI scan and biopsy revealed an inoperable brain tumour the size of a golf ball sitting on his brainstem. Alex received proton beam therapy in the USA to try to stop the tumour in its tracks. He returned home a few months later, but soon after became unwell and needed emergency surgery to drain a large build-up of fluid that damaged his brain. Alex stayed at The Children’s Trust for three months of intensive neurorehabilitation, accessing therapies to help improve his cognition, communication and confidence including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and play therapy. As a result of his brain injury, Alex faces some ongoing challenges. He still suffers with memory problems and fatigue. Alex is heavily involved with The Children’s Trust, helping to raise awareness of brain injury and inspire other young people not to give up on their dream.

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Connection Magazine October 2017  

October 2017 edition of community magazine and directory for KT20 in Surrey

Connection Magazine October 2017  

October 2017 edition of community magazine and directory for KT20 in Surrey