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Inside this month... WIN The King’s Speech shoppers WPark history ‘Up the Avenue’ Local cat charity asks for support Safer Neighbourhood information Clubs, what’s on, recipe, puzzles, gardening and much more...

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Articles At the beginning of January I had an email from a lady for whom Christmas 2010 will be remembered with sadness. Jo was visiting her son in Worcester Park and parked under a streetlight opposite 135 and 137 Highdown KT4 7JD. Unfortunately, she forgot to lock her door and someone took a red Christmas bag containing new cards and old cards including one from her mother before she passed away. There was also an A5 address book with pictures of Tuscany in it which had 30+ years of information (which is only of value to her.) Jo is desperate to get these items back and if offering a reward. Please get in touch with me if you can help. February brings, amongst other events, St Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and half term (already!) For some of us long-sufferingrugby-widows, it also sees the start of the Six Nations tournament. My girls and I get to watch more than our fair share of rugby throughout the year (some of it in Welsh) but it is the Six Nations which is the biggie. My OH (other half) grew up in Wales, to Irish parents, moved to England and married a Scottish girl whose brother lives in Italy. We always have someone to support in our house. Passions run high. Wish me luck! I do hope you enjoy this edition, and continue to support the local businesses who advertise, without whom we wouldn’t have this great community magazine. Enjoy! Jenny Stuart Editor & publisher

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7 History Up The Avenue... continues 10 Ruth Jemmett Thoughts for St Valentines Day 12 Gardening Crocuses 20 Charities Can you give a cat a home? 29 Hair today The beox professional blowdry 31 Age concern Independent living – whatever your age! 32 Valentine Celebrate in Worcester Park 36 Gardening Protecting Trees 38 Recipe Five Spice Chicken with Soy and Honey Sauce 44 Make ours a Safer Neighbourhood A timely reminder 45 Dad’s Diary You are taking them WHERE?

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Last month in our journey up The Avenue we reached Purdey Court. Opposite this is the entrance to Orchard Court, built in the early 1930s on the site of a plant nursery owned by Henry Dare and Son who also had premises at the top of Central Road. Beyond, Forresters Court occupies the site of The Bungalow, home of Frederick Chifferiel who played a major part in the development of The Avenue. No. 13, which has recently reverted to an earlier name, St. Helen’s, after being known as Alauna, is typical of the large 1860s villas. Next on the left is Rushmere Court, on the site of three pairs of large semi-detached houses built in the 1860s by the architect Chester Foulsham, probably with his partner John Giles. The first pair, St. Andrew’s and Woodville, were later converted into one house: Horace Shrubb, a chorister at St. Mary’s Church in the 1920s, remembers calling here at the end of an evening’s carol singing. “Two of the senior boys would usually go round and book into these houses – at nine o’clock on Christmas Eve it was always Mrs Clarke we went down to. We used to get invited into the hall in these places, and she had a plate on a table in the hall, and there were all the sixpences in a circle round, and we were given sixpence each.” The second pair of houses were named Elm House and Rushmere, and the third pair St. John’s and Shelocke. Initially John Giles lived in St. John’s himself. By 1881 Shelocke had become St. John’s College (see below). Both these houses later had medical connections. In about 1900 Lt-Col Sir Launcelotte Gubbins, an army surgeon, lived at St John’s. In the 1870s-80s he served in Afghanistan, Egypt and Burma. Later, as Assistant Director, and then Director-General, of the Army Medical Service, he was involved in its transformation into a royal Corps. He also handled the medical arrangements for Edward VII’s coronation. After his death in 1925, The Times paid tribute to “his struggles to combat those maladies which especially affect the soldier abroad.” By 1930 these To advertise in

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Up The Avenue continued... by David Rymill houses were occupied by Dr Rowat and Dr Hamilton Hart. In 1952 the site of all six houses was sold to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, and Rushmere Court, with its Dutch-style mansard roofs, was constructed. Its curving drive neatly accentuates the line of The Avenue at this point. Next on the left is Lansdowne Court, a development of maisonettes in a restrained moderne style (similar to Timbercroft) built about 1935. The name was inherited from the house (perhaps the largest Victorian house in Worcester Park) which had stood here since the 1860s. In 1869 Jane and Eliza Turk, with their sister Fanny Carter, took a lease of the building; they opened a girls’ school, Lansdowne College, and by 1881 had 32 boarders, with four governesses and six servants. Another school, St. John’s College, was opened next door that year, with five girls taught by Mrs Mabel Robson, part of a network of schools devised by Prebendary Joseph Lloyd Brereton, a Norfolk clergyman and educational pioneer. In 1858 he had founded a ‘county school’ in Devon, providing a liberal and religious boarding education to sons of local farmers, supported by fees. He moved to Norfolk in 1867 and extended his scheme to university education, founding an inexpensive ‘county college’ in Cambridge in 1873. In 1881 he established the Graduated County Schools Association, providing self-supporting schools and colleges for girls and women. Three ‘grades’ of institutions were planned: junior or ‘County’ schools, regional senior or ‘Centre’ schools, and university colleges. Worcester Park became 7 In 1882-83 the location of the Southern Centre school. Lansdowne College was amalgamated into it; Eliza Turk stayed on as housemistress. The schooling was academically rigorous: an 1880s syllabus mentions Euclid’s Geometry and Vergil’s Æneid. A trip to London Zoo would have provided an exhilarating change: Mrs Robson wrote that “I had the greatest difficulty in persuading them to leave the Monkey House even after u

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we paid it a second visit. They rode on the elephant and were quite brave about feeding all the animals.” In 1885 there were 11 resident and seven visiting teachers, 55 boarders and 14 day girls.

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The Association closed in 1887, but the Worcester Park school was perhaps more successful than the other institutions. Miss Elizabeth Walsh, Headmistress since 1885, took over the lease of Lansdowne herself. In 1891 she had six assistants and 38 pupils, all girls and mostly 12-18. Some had been born as far away as Yorkshire or Cumberland, whilst six had been born in India and two in Trinidad (probably the children of colonial officials or businessmen, sent back to be educated in a less hazardous climate). By 1926 the premises had become a hotel, run by a Miss Dodd. Adjacent to the house was a large hall; this was presumably less useful for a hotel than for a school, and in 1933 Miss Dodd let the congregation of St. Mary’s use it as a church hall. Our illustrations this month show one of the large houses in The Avenue, very likely St Andrew’s, and the view from Lansdowne of the tennis courts in the grounds. Reverting to the topic of when the Malden Green poplars were planted – Jeff Wallder points out that they do not appear on a 1937 aerial photograph, which supports the suggested date of 1938. Finally, turning to the forthcoming royal wedding – do you have any photographs or memories of Worcester Park street parties or celebrations for other royal weddings, perhaps in 1947 or 1981? If so, do contact me, please. David Rymill david.rymill@hants.gov.uk 020 8330 6563 david.rymill@hants.gov.uk WPLife

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Thoughts for St Valentine’s Day by Ruth Jemmett

after our disastrous date. I was obviously too high maintenance for him and not rock chick enough. Probably just too rockhard hair…..

Most of us have a hazy idea of who St Valentine was. Two claims were made for the title in ancient times, one being a Roman priest and the other a bishop, both of them martyrs. Neither of them seems to have had any association with romance. St Valentine’s Day appeared to come into being during the middle ages when it was associated with the onset of spring.

Throughout my teenage years I had many boyfriends, always hoping with each one that I would experience the full moonlight and roses treatment. Unfortunately I just encountered the real world where boys were, well, boys, who usually put their love of football or cars before me. I needed violins. They gave me halftime scores.

The first time in my life that I became aware of feelings of romance was when I was at my junior school which wasn’t that far away from where I now live in Worcester Park. I had heard through the class grapevine that a fellow pupil named Michael was going to give me a bag of aniseed twist sweets at playtime because he liked me a lot. (His parents owned a sweetshop in Epsom town. What more could a greedy girl want of her first love? ). I stood nonchalantly in the playground at the appointed time, but sadly Michael never came in my direction. I found out later that hunger had got the better of him and my love token had been scoffed. Thus, at an early age, I discovered the fickleness of men. When I had my first real boyfriend in my early teens I was ecstatic at the thought of being taken to the local cinema by him (the now demolished “Rembrandt” at Ewell Court) and even though it was raining on the day of our date nothing could dampen my young spirits. As we headed off to the bus stop together I handed my young beau an umbrella to shelter me from the rain. Unfortunately he kept crashing it down on my fashionably back-combed and lacquered bouffant creation, which rapidly turned into a bird’s nest. Arriving at the cinema I was equally unimpressed by him as he made me pay for my own box of chocolates, and then led me to the very unromantic front row of seats. Any thoughts of a quick snog rapidly disappeared from my mind as I cricked my neck looking up at the screen. So apart from a ruined hairdo, soggy feet, an empty purse and a pain in the neck (in every sense….) I had a sort of O.K. first date. The boy in question was a blonde good-looking chap called Chris Dreja who lived in Surbiton and went on to be part of the Yardbirds, a world-class group who toured with the Rolling Stones. I split up with Chris a short time

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I longed to be swept off my feet by a handsome Lothario who adored me. Unfortunately, being a capable-looking tall girl I didn’t engender a protective instinct in the opposite sex. As one chap put it – “I might fancy you if I didn’t have to get up a ladder to kiss you”. Eventually I married in my twenties (having had to propose to my then boyfriend as I was gathering dust on

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Crocuses, like Hamlet's sorrows, come not as single spies, but in battalions. And stealthy battalions at that. One day, there is no sign of them, while the next they have popped up everywhere. Anyone who walks across a public park daily to get to work and suddenly, one morning, comes across a veritable carpet of plump Dutch crocuses, purple and yellow, will know what I mean. That jack-in-the-box character is only part of the fascination that crocuses have to offer us. For me, their appeal lies as much in the way they open their petals out when the sun warms them as in their colours. It may be a no-nonsense bio-chemical reaction to sunlight, but it is still reminds me of the way I feel like stretching my arms out to enjoy the February sunshine, so it always makes me smile. Nor is that all, for the styles (that is, stigmas and stalks inside the flowers) exhibit an intriguing variety of form, depending on the kind of crocus it is. I really enjoy going round the garden on a sunny day, peering into crocus flowers to observe the branching of the golden or red styles. In fact, this is one way that botanists identify different species. The styles of the well-known spring-flowering Crocus chrysanthus, for example, are orange-red and divided into three, while those of Crocus sieberi are fringed. The styles of Crocus imperati are so divided that they look like masses of fine orange threads. The styles of the autumn-flowering Crocus sativus believe it or not - provide the culinary spice and yellow dye that we know as saffron. It seems remarkable now that saffron was once commercially grown and harvested in this country; indeed, it was so important to the prosperity of one part of Essex that there is a town named after it - Saffron Walden. It would be nice to think that such a benign industry could be resurrected, especially since saffron is the most expensive spice you can buy, but the summers would have to get a bit hotter and winters appreciably colder before it was viable again. And I rather doubt you could get people to pick the flowers. It would be back-breaking work, which we would not appreciate; after all, it takes 100,000 flowers to make just a kilo of dried culinary saffron and the harvest has to be done very quickly. Crocus

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croydonanimalsamaritans.co.uk Croydon Animal Samaritans is a Registered Charity that has been helping and rescuing animals since 1974. We have many volunteers all working hard to rescue, foster and re-home all animals taken into our care. The Charity’s ethos is ‘the rescuing, sheltering and provision of veterinary care for unwanted or abandoned animals and, wherever possible to find them suitable homes”. We have a number of foster carers across Surrey and one of these is in Worcester Park. Angela Jennings has been volunteering with the charity for four years now and lives in Worcester Park. Angela says: “I have been

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fostering cats for Croydon Animal Samaritans and have cared for 18 cats over that time. I have a cabin in my garden in Worcester Park, which is heated and has a small exercise run. I am a mother of 3 boys, work part-time and I find looking after and re-homing the cats in my care very rewarding. Indeed my whole family gets involved in the charities work in one way or another either by helping to care for the cats in my care or by giving them love and cuddles. The Charity relies totally on donations and help from volunteers like myself to re-home the animals in our care. Animals come into mine and the other fosterers care for all sorts of reasons from job loss, marriage breakdown or bereavement. The current financial crisis has meant that we have also seen an increase in the volume of animals that need our help”. We always have many animals that are desperately in need of loving homes. The photos above are just a few of the cats we have for adoption. All of our cats have been checked for good health and are neutered and vaccinated. If you are interested in offering a home to any of our animals please contact us on our General Helpline on 020 8644 8829. Another important part of Croydon Animal Samaritans is the fundraising side of the charity. As well as an Open Day every summer we also have a fund raising shop in Croydon run by volunteers. If you would like to help with any of our fundraising events by participating or donating goods again please contact our General Helpline on 020 8644 8829. We are constantly looking for new fosterers, not just those who can have a cabin in their garden, but also those who can give a spare room to a cat, or kittens and look after them while a new home is found. If you feel this would be of interest to you please call Lois on (020) 8647 7815 or Anna on (020) 8698 6813 or visit our website www.croydonanimalsamaritans.co.uk WPLife

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Celebrate St Valentines Day in Worcester Park by Katherine Hawkins

The one day of the year that really segregates the nation- Valentine’s Day. You either love it or you hate it (and you will often find that the majority of those who resent the day are single). Many people find the day sweet and romantic whilst others find it over commercialised and soppy. Whatever view you share on Valentine’s Day, most people celebrate with their loved ones or with friends. Valentine’s Day is an old tradition carried on for hundreds of years. It all started with a priest called Valentine. Legend has it that during the Roman era, marriage was banned for a while, supposedly because single men made better soldiers. However, Valentine did not agree and decided to conduct marriage ceremonies in secret. Unfortunately Valentine was found out and was put to death on February 14th. Ever since, February has been the month to celebrate love and romance, the month in which it is acceptable for strange men to send

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Worcester Park Life n Jim and “The Gaffer” At the lower end of our allotment site lies the entrance to a secret garden. For most of the year, it’s hidden by greenery. But on a stark January day you can’t miss it. On a corner where the path sweeps round towards the car park, there’s a bird table where robins squabble for seeds. Below is a white sign bearing the inscription: The Jim Mansbridge Wildlife Area. Who was Jim, I wondered, and how did the area come to be created? “Go and talk to Jean”, was the advice I was given. “It was Jean’s project”. Jean Galsworthy is a surprising woman. Judging by her two and a half productive plots, you might think she was a lifelong allotment addict. You’d be wrong. “I just wanted somewhere to burn garden prunings”, she admitted. “In 1990, local residents got a council leaflet inviting them to take on a vacant plot. They assured us you didn’t have to do anything on it.” How times change! For the annual sum of £7, she was allocated a half plot : a wilderness with a damson tree –and no damsons. Some would have sprayed the lot with weed killer. Not Jean. Never keen on pesticides, she decided to go completely organic. In this she was ahead of the trend. Armed with only an old sickle and a fork, she cleared the plot and planted lettuces and a herb garden. Soon, she was hooked. In October, she took on the derelict other half, “to stop somebody else messing about on my plot!” Two more followed. But with many plots still unlet, something had to be done to prevent the site being grabbed by developers. So Jean set about recruiting a band of enthusiastic volunteers to “get things moving”. Her efforts paid off. Working parties gradually cleared neglected plots and Open Days drew in a dozen new tenants. Perhaps Jean’s biggest triumph was to persuade the AGM to accept her plans to turn a triangle of land roughly 160 x 90 feet into a wildlife area. Most of this was left as cover for birds, foxes and badgers. The remainder, often flooded in winter, was dug out to form a pond, drainage ditches, bog garden and meadow area. Jim Mansbridge, a retired policeman, was full of

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Protecting trees by Roger Kerr

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. For many reasons some trees are protected by Local Authorities, this feature looks at the procedures and types of protection. An individual tree, a group of trees or an area of land can have protection orders put in place by the planning department in the council, these are called Individual,Area and Conservation Areas respectively. In some cases conditions can be made in respect to a building application that can also affect the trees. To check your property for any forms of protection just contact your council by phone or the website eg.www. kingston.gov.uk; this should be done if any treeworks are proposed to ensure you do not end up in a magistrates court with a fine up to £20,000! . Companies like RJ Tree Services can do these checks for you as part of discussing possible treeworks in your garden.

Why are some trees protected? Trees are given TPO’s if they are considered as making a significant positive impact in the local environment. If you feel a tree in your local area should be protected then contact your council planning department and request that they inspect the tree with regard to creating a TPO; it normally takes a month for the council to consider the reasons you give before coming to a decision. Protection orders cannot be put on shrubs and are usually not placed on trees like Leylandii conifers along with multi stem trees like Hazel. Within Conservation Areas trees with a diameter of 7.5cm at a height of 1.5m above ground level are covered by protection measures. If a tree is under immediate threat of works or removal an emergency TPO can be put in place that can later be ratified into a permanent order. How can treeworks be done on a protected tree? A planning application is necessary if any for of work are desired on a protected tree. The application must be in the name of the tree owner with their signature and details including the tree species and why it requires either surgery or removal.

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In order to reduce, thin, crown lift or fell a tree that has either a TPO or CA protection an application is necessary to the council planning department. The forms can easily be downloaded from the respective website and once submitted a decision is usually made in 6 to 8 weeks. RJ Tree Services and other professional arborists can do these applications on your behalf for free to ensure the appropriate tree detail and exact specification for surgery is given. Many application forms are rejected if the map detail and nature along with reasons for surgery are not accurately provided. If a protected tree is dying, dead or diseased then a formal application is not required to the council. However we recommend that photographs of the tree along with a letter to the planning departments tree section is made before surgery/felling takes place. Only in instances where the tree is dangerous eg, root plate displacement, partial collapse; should the felling be done without this letter but still a quick telephone call to the council could save difficulties at a later date. Are protected trees that are removed replaced? Many local councils will require an appropriate replacement tree to be planted in the vicinity of the one removed. The planning consent letter from the council tree officer will specify usually 3 species of tree that can be planted and give details on the height/age of the replacement one. If you feel you would like to plant an alternative tree species not on the

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list then a letter to the council is required giving the reasons for your choice. At some point in the future a tree officer may require you to confirm that the replacement tree has been planted. Although it can be a time consuming exercise to have a protected tree on your property requiring council permission for works. The consequences of a “free for all” on treeworks can be dire for our communities. We have seen some fantastic trees that form a magnificent feature in surburban London removed or butchered in such a way that they create an ugly blot on the landscape for many years to come. Just imagine our landscape devoid of trees we would all miss those spring blossoms through to spectacular autumnal colours!. Council Planning Department tree officers do understand the need for gardens to have light and that over time trees can become oversized and require works to restrict growth. Likewise the officers understand the impact of subsidence to property services and foundations as rootplates develop that also mean tree surgery can be necessary, the majority of the applications R J Tree Services make for clients are approved. WPLife

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five-spice paste over the skin of each chicken fillet and place in a foil-lined roasting tin. Drizzle over the oil and roast for 30-35 mins until the chicken is cooked through and the spice coated skin is lightly charred. 2 Remove the chicken from the tin and cover and keep warm. Pour any juices from the roasting tin into a small pan and add the soy sauce and honey. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 4-5 mins until slightly thickened, Stir in the sweet chilli sauce. 3 Slice each chicken fillet into 5 pieces and arrange on a bed of hot cooked rice. Garnish with the shredded spring onion. Serve the soy and honey sauce in small bowls, garnished with chopped red chilli. WPLife

Ready in: 50 minutes Serves 4

Chinese five-spice paste is an aromatic blend of cinnamon, fennel, star anise, ginger and cloves. It’s great for adding an authentic Oriental flavour to meat, fish and poultry.You’ll find small jars of it in the herb and spice sections of most supermarkets. 4 chicken fillets with skin 10ml (2tsp) Chinese five-spice paste 10ml (2tsp) sunflower oil 60ml (4tbsp) light soy sauce 30ml (2tbsp) runny honey 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 225g (8oz) hot cooked long grain rice, to serve Shredded spring onions and finely chopped red chilli, to garnish 1 Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Spread the

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Worcester Park Life Serves - 4 Made with frozen mixed berries and thick Greek yoghurt this is a quick and easy low fat dessert - a refreshing alternative to the usual calorie laden winter puds! For a more adult version replace the apple juice with red wine or add a splash of cassis to the softened fruit. 400g bag frozen mixed berries 75g (3oz) caster sugar 55ml (2fl oz) apple juice 1 mulled wine spice sachet 1-2 tsp vanilla extract 500g carton Greek yoghurt 6 ready-made brandy snaps Place the frozen berries in a deep frying pan. Stir in the sugar and apple juice and add the mulled wine spice sachet. Gently heat the fruit, stirring all the time, until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer gently for 10 mins until the fruit has thawed completely and the liquid is syrupy. Set aside and leave to cool for 30 mins. Remove the mulled wine spice sachet and discard. Stir the vanilla extract into the yoghurt. Lightly crush half the brandy snaps. Layer the fruit compote, vanilla yoghurt and crushed brandy snaps in 4 tall serving glasses, ending with a layer of yoghurt. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Break the remaining brandy snaps into pieces and use to decorate the desserts. Serve immediately. For a hot version, allow the fruit compote to cool for just 10 mins. Warm a carton of fresh custard and use in place of the yoghurt. n

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To feature in this section email info@wplife.co.uk Do you enjoy listening to show tunes, big band music, jazz, light classics etc? Come along to an evening of live music played by top artistes. . We meet on the second Monday of each month at our Banstead venue Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club Church Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Our next concerts are on 14th February – Ian House 14th March – Andrew Nix Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start. (Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. Further details from 020 8330 5795, or visit www.bansteadorganclub.co.uk Quest was set up in 1987 to provide a meeting place for people with physical disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for the members and allow the carers to have a regular break.

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Everyone pays an annual subscription. and we all pay £2.50 for our lunch, which is cooked on the premises. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker, outings can be arranged if enough people wish to go. The venue is St. Philip Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m Contact June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220 Worcester Park Residents Assocaiation When issues arise in our town or local council want to implement changes which could affect our daily way of life then as rate payers we need to voice our opinions. WPRA is the voice of the community. The more members we have the more our local council and MP will listen to our concerns. This in turn will help us to get what we want and not what someone outside our community wants us to have. Do you have concerns about issues such as: - Central road traffic congestion - Flooding of Beverley brook - Thriving as a community - Graffiti - Litter

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Help us to help you by becoming a member of WPRA It’s simple to join and only £4 per year per household. This subscription goes towards the cost of producing 3 or 4 newsletters you will receive each year, Sutton councils weekly planning application list ( by email only) postage costs and the hiring of halls for our meetings and the AGM. For an application form please call Tom on 8330 2299 who will drop a form into you. East Surrey Family History Society For those who are interested in finding out how to investigate their family history the Sutton Branch of the East Surrey Family History Society holds meetings on the first Thursday of the month at St Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. Here is what we have on offer for the next few months 6th January Paul Blake Crime, Criminals& Punishment in England Paul is a professional genealogist & President of ESFHS 3rd February Else Churchill English Parish Record Else is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists 3rd March Geoff Swinfield Tracing Living Relatives & Missing People. Geoff has a Ph D in genetics & is a professional genealogist.

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April no Sutton meeting due to our annual open day and AGM at Croydon on Saturday 9th April. This year’s topic is the census with three very interesting speakers. Non-members are very welcome to all the above events, which are free. Further details of all our branch meetings, and open day can be found at Our award winning website www.esfhs.org.uk Social Dancing with “ GLITTERS” At Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village 8.30 pm – 11.00 pm Entrance £7.50 Over 18’s All standards Bar & Free parking & Professional D J We may not have Brucie but we do have a glitter ball! 21st January 4th & 18th February 18th March 1st & 15th April FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 07903 314276 Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.15-11.15am at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Road. Come along and give it a try ! For more information please call Jo Hamilton on tel 020 8786 3444 Worcester Park Life needs YOU!!! We are wanting to get information together for a Clubs page. So if you belong to a local club, group or organisation and want to attract new members please email: jenny@wplife.co.uk You may also want to write an article. Remember, if you’re not in it to make a profit then your listing is absolutely free. So what are you waiting for.... WPLife

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Fun for the under 5s If your group isn’t featured please email jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk Monday Worcester Park Baptist Church 9.30-11.30- a lively toddler group, where carers of any kind are welcome to attend and supervise their youngsters. Our age range is from young babies to 3-4 years. Sarah on 020 8393 7299 or email via the church’s website www.wpbc.org.uk Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group is a very welcoming and relaxed place to meet new friends for yourself and your toddlers. We are open to all Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers. We meet in the Church Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 until 11.15am HK No Sub 92x62 col port March 09.pdf during term time

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Wednesday Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday Thursday Epsom & Ewell Toy Library term time 9.30 to 12.30 at Riverview Children’s Centre, Riverview Primary School, West Ewell, which is just off of Ruxley Lane (at the ewell By Pass end). 0208 337 7310 Refreshments are available, so come along to play & have a cuppa and a chat! £3 to join/year, please bring 2 forms of ID Friday Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday St. Mary’s Parent and Toddler Group meets 10.00 - 11.30am in the Parish Centre. Families enjoy making new friends in a relaxed atmosphere, while their children play safely. Ladies from St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union serve refreshments during the morning for both adults and children. Feel free to pop in and check us out any Friday morning during term time; you can be sure of a warm welcome. For more information, please contact 18/3/09 22:39:19 the Parish Office tel: 020 8337 4026

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Make ours a safer neighbourhood by PCSO Gary Weaving

Timely Reminder Following on from last months good news on crime figures, the latest statistics have arrived from Sutton and they confirm that the expected rise in burglaries due to the festive season has taken place. This rise in activity has been mainly on the east side of the borough, however, there have been a couple of residential burglaries in the Worcester Park area where jewellery, watches and satellite navigation systems have been stolen. So this is as good a time as any to remind you of measures you can take to ensure your property is not seen as an easy target. How does a burglar’s mind work? Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured: • Side gates open

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• Accessible windows open • Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows • Garden tools available to force entry • Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance

Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it’s worth a second look. Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and to be cautious of people seeking to ‘tailgate’ them into buildings. Please also ensure that you do not leave any valuables including car keys visible near the front door as there have been a few letterbox burglaries among those mentioned above. Just a few ideas to help you protect your property, I’m sure many of you will have already taken steps to upgrade your security. Whilst on the subject of burglary, It’s a pleasure for me to tell you about a tremendous instance of the Worcester Park community working well with the police. Acting on information from a resident about unusual movements coming from the neighbouring dwelling and knowing what we knew about commercial burglaries in that particular area, we were able to piece together what was going on. With the help of updates from the neighbour, we made plans and entered the property early one morning and arrested three males who had in their possession a large quantity of stolen lead. The three are known to police and investigations into their unlawful activities are ongoing.They are currently on police bail. Staying on the theme of good news, the total number of reported crimes in Worcester Park in 2010 was 216 compared to 305 in 2009. That’s a fall of 29%. Also in Worcester Park, the total number of calls police received relating to anti social behaviour in 2010 was 188 compared to 220 in 2009. A fall of 15%. Proof that neighbourhood policing is working well. Bad news? You’ll have to wait a whole month for my next article. For more information and tips on how to secure your home, visit: www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention or go to your nearest police station or call 0300 123 1212. Please stay vigilant! WPLife Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhood Team, 020 8 649 3590 worcesterpark.snt@met.police.uk Nonsuch Safer Neighbourhood Team, 0208 721 2491 nonsuch.snt@met.police.uk 154 Central Road, Worcester Park In an emergency always dial 999.

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You are taking them where? Her godmother was aghast, "You are taking my goddaughter (Age seven and three quarters) to see JLS at the O2. Are you sure?" Well, we had been up to that point. She didn't appear to have any objections to our daughter's taste in music so what was it that made her question our parenting skills, the journey, the crowds, the late night? However confident we were that she could handle it now there was this pressure – we all want to be seen as a good parent. Perhaps we shouldn't have admitted to what thousand of others were doing that Saturday night. Guilty? Not Guilty or Un-proven? So, what else are parents guiltily hiding from the friends, family and other parents for fear of being cast out of polite society? Leaving them at home will they pop to the to the newsagents for a paper and a pint of milk or for a latte in Il Chicco's? Letting them wear make up? Allowing them walk to school or the corner shop on their own. Agreeing to them have a Facebook account? Giving them a mobile phone? Any of these might be okay if your child was sixteen but what about eleven or six? Home Alone Despite the fact that many people believe the magical age children can be left alone is fourteen, there is no minimum age when you're legally allowed to leave them. However, it is an offence if it puts them at risk. Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’ (Children and Young Person’s Act). 'The law is unclear,' says the NSPCC, "'If a child is happy to be left alone for short periods of time, that could be acceptable. It's important that the parent and child talk about leaving him or her alone. A child can seem mature with a lot of bravado, but may actually feel very insecure about being left alone.' The NSPPC suggests a number of things to consider before you decide to leave a child alone. These include: the age of the child, the child's level of maturity and understanding, the place where the child will be left, how long, and how often, the child will be left alone and whether or not there are any other children with the child. Walking to School I'm sure many of us have pondered the question of when to let our little ones travel to and from school on their own. In September 2010, Lincolnshire County Council To advertise in

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