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Welcome to YOUR Village Voice April


So, the clocks have sprung forward, the days are getting longer... and the forecast continues to keep us guessing! Fingers crossed for another bout of unseasonably warm weather to enjoy over the Easter holidays - mingled with a healthy dose of studying for Year 11 and 13 pupils....

stairs and plan a summer street party, for no other reason than getting together with our neighbours?

But let’s face facts here…. we’re all far too accustomed to the British weather to be lulled into a false sense of security and to dare pack away our winter boots quite yet - i’ve got them lined up with wellies, trainers and flip flops and can go though all 4 in a day! From experience we still need to be on our guard for those April showers (and a final flirtation with winter). You can take the girl out of Glasgow but…..

Whatever you’re up to this month, make sure it’s a really egg-citing (sorry I had to get just one Easter pun in!) time with friends and family in the April sunshine or showers!

And, for all our royalist friends out there there’s also the excitement of a new baby to look forward to ‘sometime soon’. Is that an excuse to get the Jubilee bunting back out of the loft/cupboard under the

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New Malden History The House Of Tudor by Robin Gill In 1880, when New Malden was only thirty years old, and with a population of less than 2500, there was great discussion in the village about the formation of a Working Men’s Club. Norbiton had a Working Men’s Institute in the 1860s, and Kingston’s Workmen’s Club had begun life in 1878. Another movement also popular at the time was those that preached temperance (anti liquor), and had instigated the opening of Coffee Taverns up and down the country. Strict rules The movement for a working men’s club in Malden was very strong, with the only problem to be resolved seeming to be its ideal location. It was agreed that any club should be open to everyone “no matter what their class or religious beliefs“. So, on 1st March there was a public meeting held at the school in Lime Grove to decide on a proposed club, but operated under strict temperance rules. The meeting was chaired by the Reverend Charles Stirling the first vicar of Christ Church, who stated that the idea for such a club was first put forward at the recent “Mothers Annual Tea “held at the church. A provident club had been formed to help its members in more difficult times, but it was felt that a more purely social organisation was needed in the village, especially for the working men who made up a large proportion of the population. He then called upon the Reverend George Simmons of the Baptist Church to speak. He agreed that a club had been needed for some time, and thought that working men would benefit from strict temperance principles. This was agreed with by the Rev Professor Bradshaw of Holy Trinity Church (which became the old Graham Spicer Institute), but he was unsure what “strict temperance principles” actually meant. He was told that no alcohol would be sold on the premises. Satisfied, he said that he also disapproved of smoking especially amongst the youths of the village as “wherever there was smoking there was drinking, and vice and misery generally followed in their train”


Robert Bryant (Sycamore Grove) suggested that one pint of beer might be allowed as per a similar club in Teddington, and Charles Davis (Penrith Road) agreed, suggesting that this would attract more members. Others, such as Edward Stonehouse (Chestnut Grove) felt that for the club to be a success both financially and morally, the alcohol ban should be enforced. The chairman stated that members of the club didn’t have to be “total abstainers” they just had to go elsewhere for their beer. Robert McCulman (Kingston Road)said they needed the site of the club to be as central as possible, A new premises built by a local builder at the corner of Cambridge Road (present day site of Tudor Williams) was available for £650, and would suit the requirements. They had looked at other sites but one in Kingston Road was next to a pub, and another in Chestnut Grove was too far from the centre of the village. There was already a coffee house in Malden, but that was regarded as too small for their purposes. Mr James Pascall (Ambleside) [Founder of the sweet empire], and one of the founders of the Congregational Church (Now URC) felt that many entertainments should be provided such as billiards and dominoes, and also an outside area for quoits and bowling. Fund raising was then discussed, and as was normal in those days, a committee was formed to take the matter forward. Many names were proposed for this committee, but not one working man was initially included, and seeing that this club was for them, extra names were then added. Recommendations The committee reported back on 14th May to another meeting in Lime Grove. The chairman was Lord Brabazon a well known supporter of “clean living and physical health for the masses”. The committee had decided that the best course of action was to form a limited liability company, and were pleased to inform the meeting that nearly 800 shares had been applied for. 60 members had registered their interest, and some donations had been received. In fact, due the interest that had been shown, the committee put forward the idea that later projects could include a public hall and public bath. They proposed to rent the premises on the

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corner of Cambridge Road and Malden Road for a year at £50 per annum with an option of another one/two years, or the purchase of the building for £650. Lord Brabazon had taken 200 shares, and Mr Charles Baring (Barings Bank) from Coombe had offered to take 50, as would Miss Elizabeth Christy (Coombe Bank). They would be no alcohol sold on the premises, and the Rev Simmons warned against allowing any form of gambling. Mr Davis hoped that accommodation could be found in the building where young men could lodge for the night maybe in small cabins. Mr Frederick Merryweather (Acacia Grove) then raised the important question of how many of the large shareholders were working men. The answer was none, and as the qualification of being a director of the company was the holding of ten shares, all working men would be excluded. Therefore it was agreed that the existing directors would be supplemented by an additional ten working men to organise the club on the agreed lines. At a later meeting in June, it was decided that the building would be called the “Palm Tree Coffee Tavern”. 2000 shares of 10/- (50 pence) each were issued. By the end of July the premises were nearing being fitted out, ready for the opening.

Formal opening The official opening took place on 15th September performed by the Duchess Of Teck. Princess Mary, who lived at White Lodge in Richmond Park, was a granddaughter of George III, and sister to the Duke Of Cambridge (who owned much of the land in the New Malden area). She was also mother to the future Queen Mary (who later married to George V).Flags were hung from the houses in the village, and bunting stretched across the Malden Road. The building itself was ready to receive its royal visitor. On the ground floor there was a large coffee bar area, and a reading room equipped with the latest newspapers and journals, a kitchen where food could be prepared and a scullery. The first floor had living space for the manager, a room where games could be enjoyed such as dominoes or chess, with a separate room for bagatelle with two tables. Upon arrival, Princess Mary was handed a bouquet of flowers, arranged by John Haynes a local florist, and presented by Mary (Mittie) Stirling the vicar’s daughter. The New Malden Drum and Fife band erupted into the first six bars of “God Save The Queen” followed by cheers from the children of the local school. On entering the building Princess Mary was shown to a chair, and a prayer was said by the vicar, who then proceeded to formally welcome her. She was

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then presented with a poem written to specially commemorate the occasion by the Rev Professor Bradshaw. The Duchess then declared the Coffee Tavern open, and enjoyed a cup of coffee as did her husband and children who had accompanied her. After chatting to the assembled dignitaries, she inspected the building, and after their short visit, they left to great cheers from those assembled outside.

and amongst the groups that used the rooms were the YMCA, and the Bible Study class run by Mr Graham Spicer before they moved across the road to the Institute. Nicholas and his family continued to trade downstairs until his wife died at the shop in February 1911. Nicholas soon lost interest, putting the shop up for sale, and returning to Cornwall. Newlyweds (John) Tudor Williams the son of a congregational minister Hard times and his wife (Mary) Norah Sadly the organisation was short lived, and closed were visiting friends in down nine years later. With outstanding debts of Malden in 1913 and saw nearly £300 and no assets or cash the liquidator (Mr the “little black painted Pascall) was left with no other option but to wind up corner shop” was vacant, the company. The name Palm Tree would still carry on and decided to purchase as the manager Frederick Chieseman was taking the the freehold with the help name to another premises in the Market Place. The of a £200 legacy from a coffee tavern had been struggling for the last couple relative. P U T YofOyears U Rdue G to A lack R Dof E support, N M Aand I Nonly T E loans N A Nfrom C EMrI N T NB:HItEis ironic to note that the original builder of the H A N DPascall S O FhadSkept O MitEgoing. O N E W H O R E A L L Y C A Rpremises E S ' from New Malden had died in 1899 from a drink related illness. Maybe the Tavern wasn’t such a Clothing outlet bad idea after all? - Tree surgery - One off Tidy The freehold of the building was soon taken up by The store opened on St David’s Day 1st March 1913, - Stump Grinding - Garden NicholasMaintenance Pearce who had arrived in the village from with the family living upstairs. The opening hours - Strimming and Weeding - Decking andwas Lawns Cornwall and keen to start a drapery business. The were 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 9pm upstairsTrimming of the premises were-still used forclearance meetings, on Saturdays. Nora Williams had a great talent as a Garden - Hedge - Path and Patio Washingmilliner, and so in times where everybody wore hats, a - Landscaping top-class millinery was a great asset, Tudor carried on in household linens and drapery making a formidable team. Soon the First World War started and Tudor joined the navy leaving Norah to run the store. On his return expansion took place with the shop being extended down the back further into Cambridge Road using up their back garden. Ransoms next door was bought, and this enabled the shop to start its large ‘PUT YOUR GARDEN MAINTENANCE INTel: THE020 8330 window 7787displays along the Malden Road and also to HANDS OF SOMEONE WHO REALLY CARES’ develop Mobile: 07958 727 the 272arcade within the store and quadrupled their retail space These same windows were blown out - One off Tidy in the bombing in August 1940. - Garden Maintenance - Decking and Lawns A family concern - Hedge Trimming Trevor Williams started his career in retail at Harrods - Landscaping where he was referred to as “laddie”, but deterioration - Tree surgery in his father’s health brought him back to Malden where he gradually took over authority for the - Stump Grinding business. He found it vastly different to Harrods and - Strimming & Weeding was told to save all string and fold any brown paper to - Garden clearance be used again as most goods were parcelled up with - Path & Patio Washing brown paper and string. Trevor spent 45 years buying E H IN T INTENANCE GARDEN MA in linen and was on the floor of the shop for the whole Y CARES' 'PUT YOUR WHO REALL E N O E M O S HANDS OF day other than meeting reps. Contact us on: - Tree surgery y The business continued to acquire other shops ding or 07958 727 272 - One off Tid Tel: 020 8330 7787 - Stump Grin ce nan g nte Mai edin We - Garden - Strimming and like Salters and Perkins, and about 35 years ago an Lawns ce ran - Decking and clea den - Gar g Washing escalator and lift were installed to reach the extra floor - Hedge Trimmin - Path and Patio g - Landscapin which had been built on top, with the sculpture on


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the front of the building representing “the family” erected at the same time. Trevor’s son in law John Morris took over as company secretary and the business is now part of AIS (Associated Independent Stores) with other stores that have been acquired such as Elphicks (Farnham). They have also bought shops in Cobham, Dorking, Guildford and Farnham (Millets). But from 2005 it turned out to be troublesome times for Tudors and other traders in the High Street, as a well intentioned but badly thought out road redevelopment scheme over nine months caused traffic chaos and a marked drop in sales. Some customers never came back. One idea that didn’t go down well, was laying cobbles the length of the High Street where cyclists would normally travel. These proved an uncomfortable and dangerous ride, and had to be dug up the following year causing another month of disruption. Another knock-on effect of the redevelopment work, saw the change in the road camber, and after some heavy rain in July 2007 flooding caused damage to the ground floor and warehouse of the store. In 2008 the road was dug up for the fourth time in two years as parts of the highway had failed almost immediately after the development of 2005 had been completed. It was difficult to establish the root cause of this as some of the council officers responsible had either left or had been suspended. But the continual disruption meant that some customers went elsewhere The High Street was dug up again in 2010 (fifth time). No wonder traders like Tudors suffered, some smaller concerns went under, and the department store losses were estimated £3-£4 million. The store celebrated its centenary in 2013 taking more than 120 members of staff both past and present to a gala dinner. They also issued a new loyalty card and open various new departments within the store as well as producing an anniversary mug and tea towel. But on March 4th this year (2019) the announcement was made that Tudors was to close on Saturday June 29th, ending an era for a store that June Sampson rightly called the “Jewel in New Malden’s Shopping Crown”. Truly a wonderful asset in the locality, and the lifeblood of New Malden. Heaven knows what will replace it, but please let it be retail. Tudor Williams could always be relied on to support local charities, and where will the toys come from for the children at Christmas? Yes, the building can be replaced or occupied, but the loss of Tudors will leave a big hole in Malden life.

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Appeal New Malden men listed on British Normandy Memorial to be erected in France The idea for a British D-Day/Normandy Memorial, recording the names of all those serving in British units who died in Normandy, June-August 1944 - the first step in ending the Second World War in Europe, originated among Normandy Veterans who’ve long felt that Britain should have a national memorial to match those of its main wartime allies, the United States and Canada. It was championed by George Batts, the former National Secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association. Mr Batts, who’s now aged 93, was among the first British troops to land on ‘Gold Beach’ on 6 June 1944. “I saw many of my mates die on that beach,” Mr Batts said, “and it has never seemed right to me that Britain does not have a memorial in Normandy which records the names of all those Brits and comrades from other nations who lost their lives fighting to rid Europe of tyranny.” Now, seventy-five years after D-Day, the dream of veterans like George Batts is poised to become a reality. Backed by a grant of £20 million from the government’s LIBOR fund, the Normandy Memorial Trust has been developing its plans for the past three years. Fifty acres of land have been purchased in the village of Ver-sur-Mer on a hillside overlooking ‘Gold Beach’ and the Mulberry Harbour and British architect Liam O’Connor – creator among other things of the Bomber Command Memorial in London – has finalised his designs for the memorial [picture]. The ‘Roll of Honour’ of the names of 22,440 men (and two women) of the British Armed Forces from more than thirty different nations who died in the D-Day landings and the subsequent Battle of Normandy has been compiled by the trust’s researchers and will be inscribed on the memorial. At least eight men were from New Malden.

Jameson aged 31, of 49 Squadron, son of Arthur and Eliza Jameson of New Malden, was the Bomb Aimer in Lancaster ND684. On the night of 18/19 July 1944 his squadron took off from Fiskerton, Lincolnshire to attack the important railway junction at Revigny, in north-eastern France as part of the RAF’s role to hold up German reinforcements to the Normandy battlefield. But there was heavy German activity that night. His aircraft was hit by a night fighter at around 1.30am and crashed near Granges-sur-Aube, killing all on board. The site of the Normandy memorial will be formally inaugurated as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day on 6th June this year. A Foundation Stone will be laid and the “D-Day Sculpture” commissioned by the trust from British sculptor David Williams-Ellis will be unveiled. But additional funds are needed and the trust has launched its “22,442 Sacrifice for Freedom” campaign to raise the £9 million needed to complete the memorial project. Lord Peter Ricketts, the former British Ambassador to France who chairs the trust’s board of trustees, said: “The launch of the trust’s public appeal is an opportunity for as many people as possible to show their support and help us to build a fitting tribute to the young soldiers, sailors and airmen who did not hesitate when they were asked to fight for Europe’s freedoms.”

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Among those who’ve campaigned most passionately for the memorial is Normandy Veteran Harry Billinge, aged 93. Last summer he embarked on a one-man fundraising initiative in the centre of his local town, St Austell in Cornwall. He singlehandedly raised more than £5,000.00. “This memorial means more to me than any other charity project I’ve ever been acting classes for 4 - 18 year-olds involved with. Please support it,” Mr Billinge said.

Private James Hooker, aged 21, son of Thomas and Clarinda Hooker of Coombe Garden, was in the York and Lancaster Regiment. He was killed on 16 August near Le Plessis as his battalion moved to link up with the 49th Singing, dancing and Division. The inscription the family asked to be placed on his headstone in Banneville reads: ‘In loving memory of To find out more and donate to the “22,442 Jim. Silent thoughts and memories keep you forever near’ Sacrifice for Freedom” campaign please visit NEW MALDEN CHEAM & WORCESTER PARK or send a cheque payable Others listed on the memorial fought in the wider to ’Normandy Memorial Trust’ to - The Secretary, The 0208 773 4242 7791 campaign in0208 support 540 of the Battle of Normandy, not Normandy Memorial Trust, 56 Warwick Square, London just the main land battlefield area that tourists typically SW1V 2AJ visit, whom many wouldn’t consider part of the battle. But they definitely contributed. Flight Sergeant George

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Scouting Happy Birthday 1st Malden 110 years ago, on 2nd April 1909, 1st Malden Scout Group was officially registered with the dark green scarf reserved for the first group to register in each Scout district. 1st Malden is one of the only groups in Kingston to have stayed open non-stop since then, including through two world wars. The group began with a Scout Troop led by Mr Odom, Scoutmaster, and his sister opened a Cub Pack in 1914. The Scouts were on camp in the Isle of Wight when the first World War broke out and back home members of the Scout band helped with the war effort by sounding the ‘all clear’ on bugles after Zeppelin raids. In the 1920s up to 100 boys headed off on twoweek long summer camps each year near Bognor. They travelled at 8mph in noisy steam wagons on loan from Mr Typke, a supporter of the group and a Commissioner for Kingston District. In 1931 the Scouts headed off further afield to Switzerland and last year, 87 years after that trip, 1st Malden was back in Kandersteg for another memorable summer camp.

In the early days the group met in a wooden shed in Acacia Grove before moving to a disused rifle range in Alric Avenue. In 1931 this pavilion was moved to Mr Typke’s garden in Sycamore Grove. When he passed away later that year, Mr Typke left the group money to purchase the land in Tadworth Avenue where 1st Malden still meets today. The pavilion was moved again to be a temporary home for the group before the brick headquarters was opened in 1934. This building is still in use today. During the second world war, War Service Scouts were based at the HQ in Tadworth Avenue and four


of them set up a Senior Scouts Section in 1944. They kept careful records of their activities and we have a wonderful account of 1st Malden Scouts heading off to the 4th World Scout Jamboree in France in 1947. Later this year, four 1st Malden Young Leaders will be following in their footsteps, taking part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the USA. In 1975 the building was damaged in a devastating fire and many of the records were destroyed. Luckily for 1st Malden, Harry Ward, who had joined 1st Malden in 1946 and became Group Scout Leader in 1965, was an avid collector of Scouting memorabilia and an accomplished model maker. When he died last year, part of his collection was donated to the group and Voyager Explorer Scouts have been busy cataloguing, cleaning and repairing Harry’s models ready for display. In 1989 the first Beaver Colony opened and in 1996 the group welcomed its first girls. The world has changed so much since 1909 and so has Scouting but 1st Malden is proud to have been serving New Malden and preparing young people with skills for life for 110 years. Today, 1st Malden has more than 100 members and couldn’t begin to imagine how many people have had links with the group over the years. We’ll be celebrating our 110th birthday in style on Saturday 27th April with afternoon tea at the HQ for former members of 1st Malden followed by a campfire for our current members. If you played a part in 1st Malden’s 110 years of Scouting in New Malden and you’d like to come along and share some of your memories with us, please email or call Yvonne Wilkinson, Group Scout Leader, on 020 83998505.

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New Malden Matters An Ongoing Story Back in October 2018, we wrote about the start of an initiative by residents in California Road (opposite the soon to be no more Homebase site) to improve the Kingston Road Recreation Ground which had become run down and neglected. One of the residents approached our Residents’ Association to enquire whether we could help them in their efforts. Some work had been done already by some of the residents, but they realised a more coordinated plan needed to be made. So a plan was made and work commenced. As with all these sorts of initiatives, the amount of work is not really appreciated until well under way. Research, meetings, proposals, contacts, more meetings – time goes by. For those who no longer work (i.e. retired) time can be found, but for those who are still in employment, evening committee meetings might not be top of their agendas! The upside to this community action is, of course, getting to know more local people, having contact with other residents doing something similar and the feeling that if you succeed, it is something done by the people for the people. So – at this point in time, the Tennis Courts on the Grounds have almost been completed and will be available for play in the Spring, which according to my information is just around the corner. A wildflower meadow has been started and there is now the start of a copse, and tree planting is under way. A public meeting was held in January to inform and involve the local community and to get feedback on what residents would like to see on the site. The main items on the wish list came up as Outdoor gym equipment More Rubbish and dog waste disposal bins A dedicated nature area A big “yes” to the wildflower meadow and a nature area Jogging Track Café (may be) “Facilities for teenagers” was quite high on the list and this is one of the areas that needs a lot of thought.


Another suggestion was for a boxing club to be set up in the two derelict buildings on the Grounds which at the present time are an absolute eyesore. The boxer in question is also a builder and, therefore, if the proposal could go ahead, the phrase “….two birds with one stone” springs to mind. The buildings could be brought back into use and there would be somewhere positive for local kids to go. So at the moment we are hoping that the Council can move quickly to go through their due process in getting something sorted for the buildings – that other phrase used by rail companies now which can drive you mad on a longish journey “See it –Say it – Sort it”. We’ve seen it, we’ve said it and now we want it sort-it.” Along with this, a few people added a basketball court and 5-aside pitch, again targeting teenagers. For all ages, a jogging track with outdoor equipment along its length would be a spur for some of us to get out and get fit.

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The tennis courts will also be a draw. There will be a charge now for their usage - £50 per household per year (which I think is excellent value) or £6 per session? The renovation of the Courts alone has already made a difference. “The Friends of the KRRG” have already held planting days and litter picks and one of the members has been busy in trimming some of the plants spilling over the asphalt patch running the length of the Ground. The next task is to formulate an overall plan for the Grounds so that we can apply for funding for the various segments to be either installed or improved. Outdoor gym equipment has a hefty cost and, of course, equipment for children’s playgrounds doesn’t come cheaply. Another idea for the nature area is bat boxes – apparently there are bats to be seen around the Grounds. At Manor Park on the other side of the A3, bat boxes have been purchased and given to children to decorate. This gives children a personal connection to the Park and a feeling of “ownership”. And, of course, all of this might mean that the vandalism, litter, and other problems of the modern age might, just might either decrease or stop altogether. Whatever we feel about Councils and what they

should be doing, the sad fact is now that less money in the pot means fewer services to the community. There isn’t even really a choice to be made. We need to take more responsibility for what is happening around us and to us. Parks, Recreation Grounds, Common, Woods, Open Spaces are our heritage. With some of the truly awful design in building developments that we are now seeing, we need all the open spaces available and we need to take good care of them. I would just like to end this article by thanking all those that have given their support and help to this project, not least of whom have been the Norbiton Councillors who I know use the Recreation Ground and have done what they can to work with us and the Kingston Environment Centre who have helped to organised our planting days. Frances Marsh New Malden Residents’ Association

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Community Getting Ready for the New Malden Passion Play Rehearsing with a bunch of like-minded people from all walks of life, in a living room transformed into a Roman encampment, is fantastic, a budding Roman soldier told me. Little groups have been rehearsing all over New Malden, learning lines together, practising moves, or singing in impromptu choirs. The script has been sharpened up, posters and banners designed and displayed, and everyone involved is feeling both excited and a little nervous about our Passion Play taking place on 13th April. Passion plays, which dramatize the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, are rooted in medieval traditions from all over Europe. Apart from the story, a defining factor is that they are performed by the local community for the local community, usually with performers from a wide age range and background. So it is with our play for New Malden. The idea was born in the Churches Together in New Malden group, and it has been supported by them, by enthusiastic individuals and also by the Passion Trust, a charity

which promotes and aids passion plays all over the country. There has been a surge in numbers of these plays in recent years, as they have been shown to help communities bond and come together, and we in New Malden are excited to be on the map. What can you expect when you come along? It’s a compelling story, and you will be borne along by it – moving around the park with the actors and following the person of Jesus as he reacts with the crowd, talks to his disciples, faces Roman soldiers and a trial. The truth that he dies and rises again, the Easter story, is part of the narrative, of course. It’s an event for all ages, but there won’t be seating, and it will go on whatever the weather. There’s room for all-comers, no charge, and space for wheelchairs. Be prepared to be amazed as Blagdon Road Recreation ground becomes the setting for the story of the first Easter. Saturday 13th April, performances at 1pm and 3pm, Blagdon Road Recreation Ground. Further information from

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Folk Law by Ian Lipscombe, Pearson Hards Where there’s a Will there’s a way ….. . . . .But if there is no will then complications and difficulties usually follow. The law makes a distinction in the way a person’s estate is dealt with after they have died, between people who have made a will and those who have not. Where the person has a left a valid will setting out their wishes, the estate is usually dealt with in accordance with those wishes. Where no will has been made, the person is said to have died intestate. In that case, the provisions of the Intestacy Rules apply and the estate is divided amongst the family of the person, very often in a way that the person would not have wanted. The Intestacy Rules can deal with a variety of situations depending on the nearest relatives to the person who has died. If the person was survived by a spouse and children the estate passes to them. It is a common misunderstanding that a spouse would receive the whole of a person’s estate. In fact, the Intestacy Rules provide that a spouse receives the personal effects and household goods for a person and then up to £250,000 from the estate. The remaining estate is then divided into two parts, with one part passing to the spouse and the other part divided amongst the children. In cases where the family home is owned by one person and intestacy could mean that the spouse might have to leave the family home to satisfy the legacies due to the children. The situation for people who have not married is even worse. The Intestacy Rules do not recognise partners who are not married. In that case the surviving partner would not inherit anything under the rules and would be left in a very difficult position. If there is no spouse or children the estate gets divided between more distant relatives. This often causes difficulty as it is necessary to get a full understanding of the family tree. Usually it is necessary to involve a firm of genealogists to research the family tree so that everyone who is entitled gets their proper share. This process adds expense and can cause substantial delay. The Intestacy Rules provide a pecking order for the people entitled to share in the estate of a person who has died without a will. This pecking order is used to identify the people who are entitled to apply for a grant at the Probate Registry. This can sometimes cause a problem as the people entitled to take the grant might be unsuitable or unwilling to get involved.


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Malden Wanderers Club News Stags busy over the winter period by James Kuhrt netting will be used at the bottom of the field to protect our neighbour’s gardens. The club also has a new defibrillator. Malden Wanderers are grateful to Nigel Gills and his family for this, which has been provided through the community Heartbeat Trust. The tennis court is looking stunning as ever. Malden Wanderers are keen to develop this section and want to encourage everyone who wants to join, to do so. While fully aware of the challenges awaiting the first team in a higher division, Richard Croney reckons his side have the backbone to deal with any difficulties which may come their way. The 1’s skipper drew attention to his side’s ‘humble, hardworking mindset’ which has ‘developed over a couple of tough seasons.’ Provided that this continues, the 1’s have plenty of reasons to be hopeful of another season of success. Croney anticipates that there will be ‘fierce competition for places in the team’ with good recruitment taking place in the winter, bolstering all departments. This includes the introduction of overseas player Daniel Moore. Having been recommended by a coach in Perth, Daniel, although only aged 21, has played a lot of first grade cricket and has also represented Australia U19’s at State level. He is a top order batsman who can also bowl off spin. However, the benefits of his arrival also extend to the influence he will have on training and playing standards in the team and the role he has in coaching the colts should inspire the next generation at Malden Wanderers. Plenty of work has been done over the winter to give the 1’s a good chance of continuing last season’s success. A big thanks is owed to members of Malden wanderers who have given time and effort over the winter period to help make advancements to the club’s facilities. The Old Shed is in the process of being replaced by a new, larger one. This will be formally opened in memory of leuan Morgans later in the season. Jonathon Marks can be thanked for a new picket fence outside the pavilion. Wimbledon Breweries will now provide new beers – Gold Lager and Wimbledon Pale Ale will be on offer. The beer will also be cooler now that a new chiller unit is being installed – Dave Thomson and David Bateman can be thanked for their work on this project. Thanks to Franzi Marks, the kitchen hall is being resurfaced. Malden Wanderers would also like to show their appreciation to Mandy Cormack for securing £500 from a grant from Aviva. £750 has been secured from RBK for refurbishment of the cricket nets. The old


Lastly, training for over 16’s begins on Tuesday 23/4/19 and runs from 6:30-8pm. Colts training begins on the week commencing 22/4/19 and finishes on 13th July. On Monday we have training for U10, U11 and U12 and Girls aged Year 7 and above. On Wednesday we have Minis, U8, U9 and Girls (up to year 6.) On Thursday U13, U14 and U15 have their training. All of these training sessions run between 6:30-8 and if you wish to send your child along, yourself or someone you know then sign up at Registration evening on Friday 5th April. Details are to follow, however we also have a Race night at Malden Wanderers on Saturday 8th June so save the date if you wish to come.

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Clubs Mondays

New Malden Rotary Club Malden Golf Club,Traps Lane Monday evenings 6.15 for 7pm Secretary 07946526783 Barry Collins 07740 257 255

English Conversation Group meeting during term-time from 10.00 to 12.00. Chris & Elspeth Coke; telephone 0208-942-7388 mobile 07903618159

St James Players If you enjoy acting do come or help backstage. Mon and Weds 8pm St James Church Hall, Bodley Road New Malden.


Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance meet on the last Tuesday every month except July and August, and December when we hold a Xmas Lunch. In addition to our main interest of keeping in touch with local and national issues affecting pensioners, we arrange a variety of speakers to entertain us on lighter subjects, such as 24th April, Round the World on a reclining bicycle, 29 May a Quiz and 26th June slide show on Central America. Venue: Marion House, Girl Guides Hut, Tadworth Avenue, New Malden KT3 DJ, from 2pm to 4.15pm. Mrs

Arthritis Care New Malden Branch Arthritis Care Kingston and District Meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month 7.30pm in the evening at Alfriston House Berrylands Road Surbiton Jocelyn King 0208 942 6745

The New Malden Ladies Badminton Club When: Tuesday at the Malden Centre from 20.30 till 10pm We are a mixed ability club looking for new members. Lynda 020 8949 2673 or just pop in.

NHS Retirement Fellowship Are you retired or about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10am -12 at Royal British Legion, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton, KT5 AL. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat. Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. Lorna 020 8337 4121

Half Shares We are a group of widows who meet together on the 1st Tuesday of every month. We have a speaker and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. Come and join us at 1.45-3.15pm at Christ Church Centre, Coombe Rd Lily 020 8949 1431 The New Malden Investment Club Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Grafton Club, Grafton Road, New Malden. Secretary 020 8942 1926

Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham Spicer Institute, by entrance to Fencing Club, every Tuesday from Waitrose car park. John 020 8942 7560 7:00 to 9:30 pm at Coombe Boys’ School, College Gardens, New Malden Act For Justice New Malden Baptist KT3 6NU. Children & adults, beginners church; Westbury Road. KT3 5BE. first Tuesday of every month, 8 - 9.30pm. & experienced fencers are all This group aims to combat human welcomed. Equipment is provided. trafficking. We’ll discuss issues of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, raise awareness Early Morning Running Group and fundraise. Hill training on The Hamptons, covering 6-8 miles. Mixed ability group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Wednesdays Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina Malden & Coombe Social Club For Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three The Blind Alternate Wednesdays minutes walk from Motspur Park 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 welcome 898896, Brenda Denby, 0208 398 6054


Talking Of Trains In Surbiton Talks at the Surbiton Library Hall each Wed evening throughout the winter months. 1st meeting free, cost £50pa www.talkingof

Colouring Club A soothing and enjoyable pastime for adults with no skills needed. 10-11am at Cafe Galio. Royal British Legion, Malden and Coombe Branch meetings are held at the Grafton Club on the second Wed of the month at 2.30pm. New members welcome. Jan Feist:


KINGSTON U3A SINGERS! 10.30 - 12.30, Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent, Surbiton KT6 4BN. We enjoy singing many different styles of music. There is no formal audition but we are looking for the ability to sing in tune, a willingness to practice at home between rehearsals and, above all, an enthusiasm for making music. A quarterly charge is levied to cover choir expenses. Please ring Helga Randall 020 8397 8712 or Roger Dench on 07759 020433. Early Morning Running Group Speed work on tarmacked areas, totaling 6-8 miles. Mixed ability group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three minutes walk from Motspur Park station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Finish 7.307.45am. Olwen 07941 898896, St. John’s Hall is open between 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If you are on your own please feel free to drop in for a free cup of tea and some company. 411 Malden Road (between Worcester Park station and The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby. New Malden Women’s Institute Shiraz Miraz Hall Manor Park Hall Malden Road New Malden KT3

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Malden Camera Club New Malden Library, Kingston Road Thurs evenings throughout the year at 7.45pm

Malden Centre Orchestra Malden Centre, Blagdon Road, 10am-12noon every Thursday (term time only). Come and enjoy great symphonic music in a friendly group of players under the leading of an experience conductor. Contact: Tolworth Badminton Club Tolworth Recreation Centre Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 Intermediate/advanced level Pat 0208 395 9175 or just turn up

Malden Emergency First Aid Society (Mefas) Members meet each Thursday evening at 7.30pm

for First Aid training. New members required. Everyone welcome. Hall available for hire. Christine 07966661015

Kingston Association for The Blind Lunch Club is held on the last Thursday of every month from 12.30 to 2.30pm at The Mefas Hall, Next to the Malden Centre, Cocks Crescent, New Malden. This is for people living with sight loss and their carers. A Sandwich lunch is provided at the cost of £3 per person. 020 8605 0060 or kingstonassoc@

Come and join our friendly local bridge club at the Shiraz Mirza hall (behind Norbiton station). We play 24 hands of duplicate bridge - with electronic scoring - every Thurs from 7.30pm.Host system so partners always available. £5 table money. Parking available outside the hall. Also buses and trains from very close by.

Malden And Coombe Flower Decoration Society St.James Church Hall Bodley Road 3rd Thurs of the month 7.30pm. Why not come along to these evenings and dazzle your family and friends with your expertise! Visitors £6 Alison Honor 020 8949 8036

Malden Wanderers Badminton Club 22, Cambridge Avenue, KT3 4LE When - 8.30-10pm We are a friendly club looking for new members. Bobby 07946 532 846 New Malden Women’s Institute Shiraz Mirza Hall, Manor Park Hall, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AV. 2nd Thurs of each month at 7.30pm Barbara 0208 546 1495 or twocavs@

Kingston Debating Society An evening of lively intelligent debate, where you get to have your say. Thurs7.45pm 10 March Kingston Methodist Rosemary Vase 0208 5468719 or Pauline Church, Avenue Road, off Fairfield South, KT1 2UJkingston debating. Finn 0208 549 3270 or just turn up

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New Malden Youth Choir for children 7-15 years old 6.15-7.15 every Thursday in term time at New Malden Methodist Church Contact Jane on 07775654854


Craft Group We meet at New Malden Baptist Church on the 1st Friday of the month from 7.30pm - 10pm to knit, crochet, sew, papercraft, bead. Fiona on 0208 949 8269 or

RSPB Epsom & Ewell Local group 2nd Friday of every month at 7.30, apart from July and August, at All Saints Church Hall Fulford Road, West Ewell with guest speakers who illustrate their enthusiasm on a variety of natural history subjects. We also have several birding outings throughout the year which is arranged to suit all ages. There is a small charge for non-members of the RSPB. groups/epsom.

Over 60’s club St. James Church Hall. Bodley Road, New Malden from 1pm to 2:30 pm (Doors open at 12:30) We have musical entertainment, a raffle and refreshments. Sheila 0208 949 5118


Saturday Dementia Club staywell Services 2nd Saturday of the month 11am to 2pm in New Malden for people living with dementia, their family and carers, Call 020 8942 8256 and ask for

Cathy or Marion email Learn to sew and knit! Do you want to learn to sew or knit, improve your skills or just meet other knitters and sewers to work and chat? Join the Sew and Sews on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10.30 a.m. at St. James’ Bodley Road. Everyone welcome. 50p for refreshments.


Emanuel Rugby Shannon Corner, KT3 4PU Adults Tuesdays and Thursdays,7.30pm, Saturday 2-3pm. Children: Registration at the club is 1030am with training starting at 11am on Sundays Fergus McCarthy 0845 8338974

Malden Lime Grove Bowling Club, New Malden Both new and experienced bowlers are welcome at our friendly club with coaching on hand to guide and advise. We bowl outside from late April to the end of September, but social events for members are run throughout the year. For enquiries ring Sue on 0208 395 6778 or John on 0208 949 4315

Supreme Bowls Club

We welcome new bowlers of both sexes, all ages, and all abilities from late April to end of Sept. Come and try bowling for free. We are a friendly club with around 70


members on the Kings College Sports Ground close to Woodies pub at the junction of Thetford Road and Windsor Avenue, New Malden, KT3 5BF. Mick or Di on 020 8942 0294.

West Wimbledon Society Table Tennis Club

Friendly social table tennis club in Raynes Park welcomes new members (sorry not complete beginners). 020 8874 1654. Surbition Bowls Club Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Roll ups Tuesday evenings from 5,50pm. Small friendly mixed club (35 players.) David 020 8224 2385

Surbiton Croquet Club

Where: Alexandra Drive, Berrylands. Croquet is a game for all ages and abilities. All welcome at very friendly club, including (especially!) complete beginners. Free introductory croquet coaching sessions. Chris Osmond 020 8330 6698 Malden Manor Bowls Club, Manor Park, Malden Road. Men’s Secretary Gerald 020 8949 4623 or Ladies’ Secretary Maureen 020 8337 5472.

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What’s On Bereavement Café

In partnership with the Princess Alice Hospice, New Malden Methodist Church will be hosting a Bereavement Café. This will run on the second Tuesday of every month from 2.30pm to 4pm, beginning in April, and will be held in the Church’s coffee bar. A Bereavement Café is a comfortable and welcoming place, where guests can meet with others who have been through their own loss, and who can understand something of what you’re going through. Being able to talk about your experience and be listened to is so important, and that’s what a Bereavement Café offers. This is not a counselling service, but is a place for you to talk and be heard. All are welcome to drop into the Bereavement Café, enjoy a tea or coffee, and join in the conversation, whether or not you see yourself as having a faith. The Café is here for anybody who feels it could be helpful for them. The first three Cafes will be held on 9th April, 14th May and 11th June.

Passion Play

Saturday 13th April, performances at 1pm and 3pm, Blagdon Road Recreation Ground. see page 18 for more info. You are warmly invited to The Space New Malden United Reformed Church

Free Wednesday Lunchtime Recitals.

Time:13.10-13.50 April 3 Cello—Ekaterina Solomennik (R.C.M.) May 1 Meraki Duo: Flute and Guitar (R.A.M.) May 15 Chagall Piano Quartet. (R.C.M.) June 5 Piano—Louis Ng (R.C.M.) June 19 Violin—Carolina Blaskovic (R.C.M.) July 10 Suri Duo: Flute and Harp (R.A.M.) Come and hear musicians at the start of their career performing exciting Classical Concerts R.C.M—Students from the Royal College of Music R.A.M.—Students from the Royal Academy of Music

Charity Quiz Night At The Willow

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Malden Fortnight

The 2019 Malden Fortnight celebrations start on Saturday 6th July with the annual parade at 2p.m. This year’s theme is “Screen Heroes” and we hope to get another record turnout from Schools, Clubs, Societies and Institutions all showing their usual flair and imagination and fancy dress depicting any number of Heroes that have appeared on our cinema and television screens over many years. Entry is free and the application forms are available on the Malden Fortnight website. On the following Saturday 13th July the Craft Fair will be taking place with up to 90 stalls on display along the High Street - again, the application form is on the website. Places are being taken up already and early action is recommended. We will be asking all organisers to make contact with us with details of the events that are being planned so that your information can be printed in the Fortnight Diary leaflet which is circulated to 25,000 houses and business in the KT3 postal area. Our Committee wish you every success with your efforts and look forward to another successful year. Tony Gooding Chairman, Malden Fortnight Committee

50th Anniversary

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School will be holding our 50th Anniversary Open Evening for Past Pupils & Parents on Friday 21st June from 7-9pm. Welcome drink, nibbles and cash bar will be provided. Please email the school at to inform us if you would like to attend and to help us with numbers. All are welcome!

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be a great idea to do a joint community drop-in surgeries. The drop-in surgery is to provide our local community with an opportunity to meet the police, obtain crime prevention advice and to discuss any concerns they may have in their local neighbourhood. New Malden Community Police Office, CI Tower, St George’s Square,KT3 4HG. 3rd April 5-7pm Street Briefing 11th April 3-4pm held at the entrance of THE CUT opposite New Malden BR Station.

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Rotary Club Of New Malden Our Club’s Youth Committee has been busy with our programme of conducting mock interviews etc. with the four major schools in our area and due to the dedicated work by the committee Chairperson and the schools involved the following event is being organised :Summer Celebratory Concert This summer on July 6th, the Rotary Club of New Malden is hosting a celebratory concert. Celebrating what you ask? Two things! Firstly It is the 90th year of our Rotary Club in New Malden! An achievement of which we are quite proud. Secondly, we are celebrating our many and varied links with the 4 local schools, working with them to produce a musical extravaganza! Taking place at Richard Challoner School, the local senior schools, Richard Challoner, Holy Cross, Coombe Girls’ and Coombe Boys’, will be demonstrating their amazing musical talents for our delight at this evening concert, starting at 7pm. Tickets will be on sale to the public in June and we hope that many of you will be excited to see what talent lies in the hearts of the young people of New Malden. This

information will be updated next month. We are coming to the end of the mock interviews for this term. Briefly Rotarians and a few local volunteers attend Holy Cross and Richard Challoner schools for about two hours on Tuesday mornings to help pupils who have started preparing for A levels with a view to going on to University or pursuing a career. The feedback from the schools has been excellent and emphasises what can be achieved when members from different parts of the community work together. To see the effect and the benefit that being interviewed by a stranger has on the children and the pleasure that the interviewers get from helping the young move on makes us determined to spread the work into other schools. We are looking to attract more volunteers and by doing so expand the interviews across our area. David Powers - Club correspondent.

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Gardening Heavenly Herbs by Pippa Greenwood I’ve always liked to grow herbs in pots – they look pretty, and ornamental variegated forms are available too. More importantly, they can be kept in any well-lit spot close to the house, ideal if your garden soil is wet and soggy, plus they are in easy reach if you fancy perking up the supper with some fresh, zingy herbs. If your life lacks a garden, then herbs in window boxes are perfect. Making a herb planter is easy and inexpensive, and the results should be long-lasting. You need a good-sized container – terracotta is ideal for these plants, many of which have Mediterranean origins. You also need some good-quality compost, some horticultural grit and (of course) your favourite herbs. A local nursery or garden centre should provide a fantastic array of herbs perfect for your planter at this time of year. Some of my favourites include: variegated cream and green sage; ‘Tricolor’ sage, which also has splashes of purple on its leaves; golden lemon thyme (with a great lemony flavour); prostrate rosemary; chives; and golden oregano. Choose herbs you enjoy eating but opt for pretty varieties where available. Good drainage is essential for a herb pot, so use broken crocks (such a smashed flower pots or kitchen crockery) laid loosely over the drainage hole(s) before you add compost and gravel. Always use proper horticultural grit and mix about one-part grit in with three parts compost. Positioning the plants properly within the container is important. The plants will get bigger, so allow them room to grow, but – as you’ll be constantly trimming them throughout the growing season – planting a little closer than the plant label suggests should be fine! If you include a trailing or prostrate form of herb, it helps to position it close to the edge so it can cascade downwards. I also suggest you hide the labels around the edges of the pot, just beneath the soil, for later reference.


Once all the plants are in position, fill in all the gaps between the root balls and around the edges of the container with the compost and grit mixture, firming it in as you go. Next, top dress the compost with grit, which helps to keep drainage good around the plant crowns, makes the planter look better and helps discourage weeds and pests. Next, water the pot well, top up the grit layer if necessary, and stand your pot in a sheltered spot close to the house door or on your balcony or patio so it is easily accessible. If you find you’re not eating the foliage fast enough, you can freeze chopped herbs in ice cube trays with a little water for use later in the year when growth is slower. At you’ll find some great gardening items: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ for vegetable plants and advice, Nemaslug and other natural pest controls, stylish cloches, pretty plant supports, the fantastic SpeedHoe, gardening tools, Grower Frames, signed books and more! Or book Pippa for a gardening talk at your club.

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10am to 11.30am Tots In Tow St John’s Church, Kingston Road Contact Dave on 02089425643 Bumps and Babies under 1 NCT coffee morning, Mondays. 10am to 11.30am. The Glasshouse Pub, New Malden. All welcome. NCT members and non-members. For more information and to confirm the next meeting date please contact


10-12noon Who let the dads out is at Norbiton Children’s Centre, The Mount School, Dickerage Lane, New Malden Runs the third Saturday of every month. 10am-12pm Stay and Play - Dads group - - first Saturday of every month New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561. Every second Saturday of the month, New Malden Library 10.30-11.00am. Free Saturday Rhyme Time for under 5s. Dads especially welcome. Join us for 30 minutes of rhymes, songs and instrument shaking! Men behaving Dadly is a group that meets on a Saturday morning once a month in the Christ Church lounge. Dads bring their young children to enjoy playing with the toys and relax together by eating bacon sandwiches and drinking coffee.


10am to 11.45am St Joseph’s Toddler Group St Joseph’s R C Church, Montem Road 9.30am to 11.30am Sparkles United Reformed Church, Cavendish Hall, Cavendish Road Contact Peggy Cox 020 8949 3402 to visit. 9-11.30 Stay and Play New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561


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9.45 to 11.30am Methodist Church Parent and Toddler Group Methodist Church, High Street, Contact Julia Morton 020 8942 1288. 9.30am to 12.30pm 9.30 - 12 noon Childminders’ drop in including school holidays, Norbiton Children’s Centre, The Mount School, Dickerage Road, 0208 942 2559 10.30-11am Story Time for age 2.5+ at New Malden Library


9.45am to 11.15am Tadpoles Parent and Toddler Group New Malden Baptist Church, Kingston Road 020 8942 6912 – not a drop in session so call first. 10.30-11.00am Rhyme Time for age 0-3 at New Malden Library 9-12.Toy Library New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561. Also at NMCC Breastfeeding Support Group - 10.00 - 12.00 - first week of the month Twins Support Group 10.00 - 12.00 - Second and fourth weeks of the month,


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Parkin’ some thoughts Family Life

by Nick Hazell

I could have been a Doctor. There were just a few things against me. A total lack of interest in pursuing a scientific qualification was one. I’ve also never had a robust constitution when it comes to witnessing surgical procedures or Holby City. I may have had enough blood tests over the years to start my own blood bank, but still the thought of actually looking at the needle as it takes the plunge brings me out in a sweat and reaching for the nearest bucket. My chances of pursuing a medical career were therefore as likely as Elvis serving up Shergar Steaks to Lord Lucan in an episode of Come Dine With Me. However, as this disease progresses and the treatment options become less attractive, I am faced with a menu of choices more limited than the chances of surviving a long weekend in Midsomer and a need therefore to overcome my squeamish disposition. One of those options is brain surgery. So, it was with a degree of trepidation and with a handily placed receptacle that I began watching a recent documentary “The Parkinsons Drug Trial - A Miracle Cure”. It followed the story of’ 42 brave and inspirational Parkies who’d volunteered to undergo an experimental and risky operation aimed at placing a naturally occurring protein deep into the brain in the hope of restoring the missing cells. Some of the scenes involving drilling, cutting, sawing the insertion of tubes and presence of gore which led to my turning a unhealthy shade of green and seeking sanctuary behind the sofa. The story that unfolded gave hope that somewhere amidst the literal blood, sweat and tears, there was the prospect of a treatment that could slow, stop and even reverse the effects of the disease. That would indeed be a miracle but once I’d resumed my position in front of the sofa, I heard one of the participants comment that the success or otherwise of the trial would make the difference between whether or not he could be a father to his daughters.


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A Photographer Dreams... April by Hugh Griffiths

Arundel Castle has a ‘Tulip Festival’ each year in April through to mid-May. And last year I was down in Lancing for a few days when my wife rang to tell me that it was happening (BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood was doing the weather forecasts from there that day!). So, I took the chance to see it – our dog was not with me that time, fortunately. The Arundel Castle website describes it like this: “Over 18,000 tulips will be in full bloom in the Castle’s stunning gardens providing visitors with one of the most impressive tulip displays in the country. A wide range of varieties of tulips will be in flower at the Castle creating an explosion of colour throughout its extensive walled gardens.” And seeing them is far more impressive than those words … it is a truly fantastic day of colour and beauty. Well worth visiting … and it really was brilliant. I probably took over 200 photos that morning – many of which were not very good, some were OK, and some were interesting and worth looking at some more. This is one of those. These tulips (I reckon they don’t look like tulips, but I am not a gardener), were in a large bed near a fence, and the pastel colours struck me as being very lookable at. They look almost as if they have been painted – and there are quite a few photo editing tools to help it look even more like a painting. But I don’t have them and so haven’t used them. Why does this picture ‘work’? Well, partly from the composition: the flowers make a pleasing arc across the top of the image and the fence behind is there but not obtrusive. And the colours work together. As pastels they are not too harsh or bright but are more restful and calm. This is a picture that could be blown up to quite a big canvas as wall art.


Arundel is a pretty little town – the castle and gardens are lovely and the town itself has character and interest; but it also has a Wetland Centre there – a sister to the London Wetland Centre in Barnes and part of the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, founded by Sir Peter Scott. A couple of days after seeing the tulip festival, I went to the centre. I bought a membership last year and want to make the most of it – not very difficult to do, as these places have a lot of things that I enjoy seeing. I am not a bird-watcher of any note at all, but I do like looking at them as they nest or fly or whatever. They have a lot of very colourful birds – an unkind friend said that they are all ducks, so why bother ... they’re not, and it is worth bothering – but not all of them are. The sort of pictures that you can get of the birds includes things such as unusual birds or a bird doing something that looks unusual. I have a lovely (‘chocolate box’ but none the worse for that) photo of a small gosling sitting down with some daisies around it, taken on a later visit. Or of a Canada Goose behind a fence looking through and seeming to be saying ‘Let me out!’. And there are detail photos, like this one. Very little colour, but a great picture of the fine detail in a duck’s wing feathers. I like the way that the white edges offset the grey feathers, the way they all hang together so tightly. It goes out of focus as you go to the right or the left – deliberately, honest! – and I also like that as it makes you focus on the center part, where there is more interest. I enjoy the detail in the feathers where the individual vanes grab hold of each other. And the flow of the feathers, seeming to move your eyes from the top left to the bottom right, is pleasant too. Well, I think so!

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Beach huts are a favourite of mine. This one is along the coastal path at Lancing towards our local restaurant – The Perch – along with about 50 others. Most beach huts are white or non-descript, but a few have been very lovingly decorated and stand as a bright light for walkers and cyclists to enjoy. I have taken photos of quite a few of these, and this is one of my favourites. In case you can’t read the text in the box – here it is … Beach huts are a real throwback to the 19th Century and the first decades of the 20th Century. The colour and decorations, often they have names like “Seize the Plaice”, are not really today’s style, but the seaside humour, maybe slightly infantile to some, is a sign of life and a sense of fun. It is so easy to be a pretentious and to knock people’s tastes and enjoyments … but almost always a bad thing to do! They are used now as a place to sit and enjoy a view of the sea, a place to have the family down for barbecues (did Queen Victoria ever have a barbecue at her house on the Isle of Wight?) or a place just to sit and watch the world go by. Down in Lancing, they are also used as bases for

wind and kite surfing – which give another set of photographs that can be colourful and give a great impression of life on the beach. Another picture which won’t win any awards, but which keeps on reminding me that there is more to life than that. The Malden Camera Club meets on most Thursday evenings at the Library in Kingston Road. We are a friendly group and love our photography. Come along one evening. You will be very welcome!


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Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion are always interested in learning about the history of local heroes. I was walking past the Memorial in the High Street yesterday and was so happy to see the plants still flowering especially since they were planted in November! Thank you to our members who litter pick and pull up weeds, especially Linda ! The Union Flag was replaced by Kingston Council recently and our thanks go out to them. Of course, the reason for the Memorial is to remember those lost in two World War conflicts. However ,also included are those local civilians lost in those Wars If you have any personal stories of these persons, or indeed any stories you have of living in New Malden between 1939 and 1945, we would love to read and publish them. We have commemorative events coming up in Surrey to remember 75 years since the D Day landings details on the RBL main website. Again, if you have any stories from members of your own family who took part please let me know. The Royal British Legion is completely dedicated helping Veterans and their families who are in need. The money raised from the Poppy Appeal and fundraising events is vital so that our work can continue. With this in mind ,we are still looking for volunteers to join our current wonderful team of Poppy Collectors. You do not need to have been in the services, nor be a member of The Royal British Legion (although we would be happy for you to become a member!). The criteria is just for you to care enough about our brave ex -service men and women to stand for 1 or 2 hours in a designated spot in New Malden and smile at passers-by !!! If you would like to be a member or know of any ex- service personal in need, please call the main RBL number of 0808 802 8080.Also, the Poppy Shop has beautiful Poppy gifts to purchase. The website www. will give you all the information you need for anything connected with The RBL.

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