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August Contents

History by Robin Gill 6 Malden Fortnight 2017 12 Recipe Cream of pea and herb soup 16 Stay safe in the sun 16 The fun of fundraising! 18 White Chocolate Filo Tarts 20 Cryptic Crossword 22 Finance - Using credit and debit cards abroad 24 View from the City 26 Who needs to run when you can WALK? 28 Sudokus 30 Quizes 37 New Malden Matters 40 Gardening 42 Clubs 44 Eating - Holiday Time 48 Codeword 50 Kid’s play 52 Safer Neighbourhoods 55 Parkin’ some thoughts 56 A Photographer Dreams 58 Solutions 60 Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch 61

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Welcome to Your Village Voice What a busy month it’s been. But alas, I’m starting off with a cautionary tale…. When I signed off last month it was to jet off with the family to Cyprus to visit where I was born, a significantly ‘round’ number of years ago. 24 hours before travel I tried to check in on-line only to be hit with the shock and dismay that darling daughter no2’s passport expired at the end of May. Ouch! After the initial upset I realised that worst things could happen – particularly considering some of the terrible events that happened in June. So, took comfort in a wise friend’s words that went something like this – you are in the universe at any given time where you are supposed to be. Well, if worked for me, I had a fantastic celebration here and thanks to a bit of compassion at BA, will still have the weekend to look forward to next year. Have had a few weeks of intense excitement helping the Holland family run a raffle for a private screening of Spider-man Homecoming, the global box office smash starring local boy Tom Holland in the central role. Ticket sales were fantastic, a large chunk to abroad and joining our UK winners we have some flying in from the US, Canada, Australia and China!!! Small setback when the winner of the ebay (£7.9k) transpired to be a US 14 year old who did it for a dare not expecting to win. Grrrr! But it all came good and is raising money for 3 fantastic small charities, Momentum, Debra and The Lunchbowl Network (which we volunteer for and support). Can’t wait for the event on Sunday and maybe I’ll tell you more next month. Hope you have a great August and, if you haven’t dashed off to do it already, go check your passports!

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New Malden History A bridge too far by Robin Gill

Anne Maria Robinson aged 19 was the daughter of a laundress in Tooting; her father had died in 1866. When she was reaching the full term of a pregnancy at the beginning of 1869, she was sent to stay with the Collett family in New Malden. In Victorian times this was known as confinement, and Martha Collett who lived at 6 Market Place (close to the Methodist Church), seems to have been well versed in looking after young ladies who were in the last few days before giving birth.

Wimbledon was walking alongside the mill pond by the river Wandle about 1¼ miles from the station , when he thought he saw a piece of cloth in the water, and retrieved it with a rake. He found it was a child’s body, and took it to a nearby pub where Police Superintendent Butt was informed. The police made inquiries in the local area particularly among old women (like Mrs Collett) who “attended at confinements”. It did not take long for Anne Maria to be contacted, and on Saturday evening (20th) she identified the child as her own, and was afterwards taken into Merton police station.

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about 2¼ miles. She had taken a path which was rarely used and very marshy (locally called “going through the quick”). Feeling faint, she rested on the railings across a bridge over the river near to a flour mill, she lost hold of her umbrella in the wind, and on bending down to retrieve it, collapsed and lost hold of the baby, which fell into the water. She became frightened and confused over the incident; “she did not know whether she stood on her head or on her heels “and did not mention it to anyone, let alone the police, other than her mother (Maria) on reaching home at 9pm. Her mother confirmed her daughter’s story, and said that she had looked in the newspapers the next morning to see if a baby had been found.

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According to the police, Anne Maria had already had a child by a “respectable young man”, and it was suspected he was also the father of the baby girl. The majority of jurors at the inquest before William Carter the coroner for East Surrey found her guilty of “wilful murder” but the proceedings had to be adjourned by request of her mother so she could organise a defence lawyer, and Anne Maria had to be held in custody at the infirmary attached to the workhouse, to be brought back before the local bench at a later date. The inquest was resumed on 26th February at the Horse and Groom in Haydons Road. Charlotte Hicks also a laundress, who lived next door to the Robinsons, stated that she had inquired about the baby on the Wednesday, to be told by Anne Maria that it was dead as it had been

born prematurely. The following day, Hicks told Anne Maria that she had heard her baby was still alive, and was told by Robinson that was correct, and she was with a wet nurse in Wimbledon. The jury found Anne Maria guilty of wilful murder and sent her for trial at Wandsworth Police Court. Her next appearance was on 9th March before James (later Sir James) Ingham at Wandsworth. A letter dated 18th February (Thursday) was read .This had been sent by Anne Maria to Mrs Collett at New Malden, and was attached to a large woollen shawl which Mrs Collett had lent Anne Maria in which to wrap the baby when she left on the Wednesday night. The letter stated she had arrived home safe, and her mother would be calling on her to settle the account for her services. Although Mrs Collett did not charge, there were the doctor’s fees to pay. There was no mention of the child in the letter. Mr Smith the medical officer of the workhouse said that when Anne Maria was brought into the institution on 21st February, she was exhausted, and he confirmed that if she was in the same state after walking from Wimbledon station carrying a child and umbrella it may have caused her to faint. Nevertheless Mr Ingham committed her for trial at Kingston Assizes for murder. The trial at Kingston The day of the trial at Kingston before Baron Bramwell duly arrived on 24th March, and when Anne Maria appeared in the dock she appeared to many observers to look much younger than her age (19). She soon started to scream and cry, “What are they going to do with me, Oh, mother what are they going to do”. This brought on a fainting fit from

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her mother, who had to be removed from the court. After order had been restored, Drewett was first to be cross-examined, and said that the bridge was not broken, but there was only a single rail on both sides. The water was about five foot deep, and there was no bank nearby.

the body in the river. Mrs Collett stated that Anne Maria had always treated the baby kindly, as she had with her first child, although she had never seen her kiss the baby. Richard Drewitt who lived close to the bridge was called. He said he was at home suffering from gout, and did not go to bed until 10pm. He had a light burning which could be seen from the bridge, but nobody called on him.

The defence council Douglas Straight, (later Sir Douglas) made a good case as to how the evidence accurately reflected Anne Maria testimony, and the loss of the child Martha Collett was then was a terrible accident. The shawl called, and related that had been retained because Anne Robinson had lodged at Maria made a grab for the baby her house for six weeks in when she fell, but the child fell out total. When she saw that she was getting ready to leave of the cover and she was left just on 17th , she asked her not to go on such a night (raining holding the shawl. The bridge was and foggy), but instead to go to church with her and she PUT Y O Utake R her G Ahome R DinE the N morning. MAIN T EMaria N A told N Cher E I N known T H Eas a dangerous place, and would Anne wanted andOheaded offLtowards H A N Dthat S her O Fmother SOM E O her N Ehome, WH REA L Y C A Rthe E river S ' was swollen by the heavy rain. The local surgeon confirmed Malden railway station. She left on a train at 6.45pm and what the workhouse doctor had the journey to Wimbledon took about six minutes. She - Tree stated that such a young girl who - One off visited Tidy the Robinson’s house (Martha) onsurgery 19th February had recently given birth would likely after hearing about the discovery- of a baby’sGrinding body, and Stump - Garden Maintenance feel faint after walking that distance. demanded to see the young child. She was told it and was not Strimming Weeding - Decking and Lawns After about half an hour’s deliberation, the jury took a there, and both Anne Maria and her mother accompanied Garden clearance - Hedge Trimming merciful view and acquitted the girl, and Anne Maria left the Mrs Collett to the police station-after she told them about - Path and Patio Washingcourt with her mother. - Landscaping

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Later lives Readers may be interested to know what happened to the major persons involved in this article. Martha Collett the midwife died within the next 12 months, she was 60 years old. Maria Robinson the mother of Anne Maria died in 1877 aged 65. James Ingham the magistrate at Wandsworth police court became the chief magistrate throughout London in 1876 the same year he was knighted; he died in 1890 age 83. Thomas Collett shoemaker and husband of Martha carried on living in New Malden, firstly in the Market Place, then Sycamore Grove, ending his days in Northcote Road. He died in 1891 aged 83, and is buried in Kingston Cemetery. William Carter the coroner, became the chief coroner for Surrey and did not retired until he was 81, he died in 1892 aged 85. Baron Bramwell the judge at Kingston Assizes became a privy councillor in 1876 and a baron in 1882. He died in 1892 aged 83. As for Anne Maria, she married the following year (1870) David Skelton a labourer from Beddington. They had at least seven children, the eldest of which, Henry became a jockey riding in Great Britain, and Russia. He was known as the “Sparrow King Of Sutton” on account of his small stature. His daughter who carried on the laundry work from her mother, and grandmother, was the only person allowed to iron Harry Secombe’s shirts in the local laundry in Sutton. (My thanks to Des Adams for providing the information on the Skeltons). Anne Maria died in 1909 aged 59.

Finally, Douglas Straight the young barrister who acted on behalf of Anne Maria at the Assizes, and was instrumental in her acquittal. He was elected an MP the following year, and later became a judge in India for thirteen years. On his return to England he was knighted, and became editor of the Pall Mall Gazette for thirteen years. He died in 1914 aged 69. Illustrations 1) Market Place New Malden 2) Baron Bramwell judge at Kingston Assizes 3) Douglas Straight defending barrister in court case

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Recipe Cream of pea and herb soup This light and creamy summery soup tastes delicious hot or cold. To serve cold, leave the soup to cool then chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving. Top with a dollop of crème fraiche and serve with crusty bread, if liked. Serves 4 Ready in 45 minutes, plus cooling 25g butter 1 leek, trimmed and chopped 1 potato, peeled and diced 1 litre vegetable stock 400g fresh podded peas Few fresh mint leaves Few fresh dill sprigs, plus extra to garnish Pinch of sugar 100ml double cream Salt and freshly ground black pepper


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1 Melt the butter in a large deep pan. Add the leek and potato and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes until beginning to soften. 2 Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potato is tender. Add nearly all the peas (reserve a few for garnish), mint, dill and sugar and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes. 3 Cool the soup for 10 minutes then puree until almost smooth with a stick blender or in batches in a food processor. 4 Return the pureed mixture to the pan and heat through gently. Stir in the cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 5 Ladle into four warmed bowls and serve garnished with the reserved peas and dill sprigs. TIP If fresh peas are unavailable use the same quantity of frozen peas instead.

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I am a Caregiver with Home Instead and I care for Celia. She is vibrant and loves fashion, jewellery, shoes, singing, dancing and everything that sparkles - a lady after my own heart. Celia has dementia. Nothing you can see about her gives this away. She is funny and engaging and loves to chat, but behind all this is a lady who is finding life quite hard. I took Celia to a theatre trip in Wimbledon, arranged by Home Instead. Being out in a busy public place is hard for Celia and she becomes agitated but with me there, she tells me she feels safe. Celia knows she has Alzheimer’s and gets very frustrated with the words not flowing freely but I have been caring for her for a while now so I understand her and give her time and support to be herself. In the close confines of a busy theatre, Celia’s spatial awareness was compromised and she struggled to shuffle down the row to her seat. However, once the show started with the Music Hall melodies and dancing nothing mattered. Celia was captivated, sung her heart out, remembering all the words to all the songs from yesteryear! For those couple of hours, she was just Celia, not worrying about anything. Not concerned that things didn’t make sense. It was clear and colourful and familiar. Her trip out with me also helped her husband, who has been her carer for years. He had the chance to be himself for a short while, take some time out from watching, checking, helping, explaining and loving his wife. I love my job. Change someones life and become a CAREGiver. Contact Ana on 0208 942 4137

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The fun of fundraising! By Helen Webster “You’ll never get to Brighton on that!” the facial expressions said in 2001 when I attempted the London to Brighton Bike Ride of about 58 miles for British Heart Association. I’d only cycled locally and to Burlington Infants where I taught. Sponsors donated wondering, pityingly, which would fail first, me or the old bike which sported three gears, only two of which worked. Even the radio reporter at Clapham Common start didn’t believe that the bike and I would make it. Scary stories of dreaded Ditchling Beacon, a road nailed to a cliff, as my husband described it, did not deter. The prospect of Harry Ramsden’s fish and chips at the end beckoned. So from 2001 to 2008 that was the annual fundraiser. Sometimes I did it alone, once with my son with the other driving the “support vehicle”, once with a long distance walking acquaintance who, very disappointingly, didn’t want the fish and chips so we came immediately home. Once it was with an unprepared friend who didn’t know she had a slow puncture so we stopped. Frequently. Often cyclists would peer into my capacious willow basket ask “Got any cake?” 2008 was the last time, as the roads were

slow, crowded with 27,000 cyclists, and sometimes waiting in narrow country lanes after an accident in searing sunshine and the risk of sunstroke didn’t appeal. From 2009 to 2012, it was the London Bridges Bike Ride for the Stroke Association, in memory of a dear Uncle. This was a much more gentle, sedate event over 14 Thames bridges. But the old bike had to be carried over Barnes Bridge! Actually 2011 was the 50 or so miles Night Rider Bike Ride from Crystal Palace. Starting at 11.30pm the aromas of perfume from revellers leaving clubs, and curry from restaurants were delightful, but whereas daytime sweat evaporates, at night it is damp, so damp and leg cramps were a horrible combination. And the cobbles of Covent Garden shook EVERYTHING up! Pedalling had to stop while I knew I could still do it. March 2013 found our outgoing lively 34 year old son Philip with aggressive cancer of the liver, lungs, stomach and oesophagus. His two year old daughter spent her birthday on his hospital bed. He died on September 4th. His widow gave birth to their son three months after he died. Fundraising was brought into very sharp focus that year. What to do in his memory?




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Was my stamina faltering? It had to be for Cancer Research UK. It was the “100 Foot Drop” (about 30 metres) abseil from the roof of the Twickenham Rugby Stadium. Thinking of Philip all the way down made it easy. 2014 was abseiling from the Spinnaker in Portsmouth, (about 330 feet, or 100 metres). On the flat, that’s the distance from New Malden station to Tudor Williams. The instructors prepared abseilers with great humour, but if you do it take your own gardening gloves for grip because those provided were smelly on the damp day! Again, thinking of Philip the many kind sponsors, the research the donations would help fund, banished any fear. By 2015 it was a case of finding an event that has an element of risk, or, something that most people wouldn’t want to do. So it had to be a firewalk. There is no mystique, as some people claim. The preparation on the day proved that it’s all down to physics. Most of us, including a blind man holding a companion’s hand, did three walks. Sadly, that year my dear Dad died. Suffering from Dementia for the final few years he was cared for excellently at Kew House in Wimbledon. So money raised would be shared with Dementia UK. It had to be something that most people would NOT want to do. A headshave in January (!) was decided on, and Carol at CN hairdressers in Burlington Road (surprisingly she had never done this before!) wielded the razor! I wasn’t expecting my face to be like a bare canvas, and, always loving makeup, became very bold with it and big earrings! This year my Father in law died at the Abbeyfield Home in California Road, New Malden, also well cared for by attentive staff. So the fundraiser was in his memory too. Again, a risky event or one people wouldn’t want to do? The 9 mile pootle from Clapham Junction to Wellington Arch was to raise awareness of the need to reduce carbon and encourage people to cycle. But I did it for Cancer Research UK and Dementia UK incorporating Alzheimer’s UK. At the start I was glad of huge sunglasses because I didn’t know where to look! So a huge thankyou to family, friends and especially the Inner Wheel and Rotary clubs of New Malden who generously sponsored me to Dare to Bare and pedal in the London Naked Bike Ride 2017. Suggestions for a fundraising event for 2018 will be gratefully received!


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Finance Using credit and debit cards abroad this year? What you should know before you go Spending money abroad can be costlier than you think if you’re not prepared for the fees and ‘hidden’ charges. Whether you choose to take a debit or credit card, it pays to check the small print in your terms and conditions before you go. You could save a considerable amount in added interest and charges, potentially including: • An extra fee added to the currency exchange rate, known as a non-sterling transaction fee – this can be as much as 3% of each transaction. • Fees for withdrawing cash from ATMs abroad – although many people are aware of this fee when using a credit card, some banks also charge a cash withdrawal fee for debit cards. • Credit card companies can charge interest on cash withdrawn abroad, even if the balance is repaid in full at the end of the month. • Certain debit card providers charge a fee for shopping with their debit card abroad, so if there is no alternative, it can be cheaper to withdraw cash instead. With that in mind, here are a few tips on using credit and debit cards abroad, so you can save money and maximise your holiday spend. Specialist credit and debit cards for overseas use only Rather than taking your ‘regular’ credit or debit card on holiday, look for specialist cards designed to be used abroad, as these are intended to reduce the cost of holiday spending. If you find one that’s suitable and your application is successful, however, just make sure you pay off the balance in full every month. The interest rates on these cards are extremely high if you don’t, which could wipe out any savings you’ve made. The best overseas credit cards generally offer much better exchange rates than local retailers. So if you use a credit card and you’re asked which currency you want pay in, choose the local currency as it’s likely to save you money – more on Dynamic Currency Conversion below. Credit cards for holiday spending are generally


easier to obtain than debit cards If your current bank doesn’t offer a specialist debit card for use abroad, you may have to switch your bank account to obtain one. Alternatively, you could just open a new account with the provider, but this might seem a little unnecessary when there is an easier alternative in credit cards. Be careful when you apply for a new card though your credit file is adversely affected when applications are refused. The Money Saving Expert website offers an ‘eligibility calculator’ to give you an idea of your chances of acceptance, and help you narrow down the choices. Credit cards offer consumer protection When you buy a product or service between £100 and £30,000 using your credit card, you’re automatically entitled to consumer protection. Under Section 75 legislation, your credit card provider accepts equal responsibility with the retailer for the item(s) purchased, making it easier to obtain a refund if necessary – an important consideration when you’ve bought the item abroad. Debit cards can be better if you’re going to withdraw mainly cash Although taking a dedicated credit card for use abroad has many benefits, if you intend to withdraw mainly cash, a specialist debit card will probably be cheaper overall as there are usually no added charges or fees for this. Be careful about card ‘cloning’ When you use a card abroad, or anywhere in fact, be aware of the danger of cloning. This can happen when the card is taken out of your sight, or even when it’s right in front of you if you aren’t taking notice.

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When a card is cloned the person taking payment swipes it through a small device that looks like a pager - because this device is so small, it could be attached to a belt or placed in their pocket. It’s easy, therefore, to steal the information on the card’s magnetic strip. Your details are then imprinted onto a brand new card, or overwritten onto a card that’s already been stolen. Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) Some retailers abroad will offer to convert your purchase into sterling when you pay by card, so you can see exactly how much you’ve spent. This process is called dynamic currency conversion, or cardholder preferred currency. The problem is that you’ll probably lose out on the exchange rate by paying this way.

Local retailers choose whether or not to offer this service, and in some cases may automatically convert your purchase to sterling without asking you. It’s a good idea, therefore, to check whether DCC has been used prior to signing a payment slip or entering your PIN.

Avoiding the non-sterling transaction fee Although your bank uses the MasterCard, Visa and Amex optimum exchange rates, the charge for conversion adds a non-sterling transaction fee of up to 3% to your bill when you use a non-specialist card abroad. Finding the best card may take a little research, but your time and effort will be repaid via the extra holiday treats you’ll be able to enjoy.

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View from the City When will you retire?

Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder and Head of Business Development


Next week I’m back after a short sabbatical at my desk at Seven Investment Management (7IM). You think I’d have opted for the Riviera or a beach, but no. Instead it was spent in the Golan Heights in Israel on an archaeological dig dusting off the remains of the Roman VI Legion, known as the Ironclads. I’m fascinated by the history of all, but it’s hot. It’s been over 45oC during the day. However, I am here by choice and the organisers are being very kind to us amateurs. Back home in Blightly, however, it transpires that a lot of us will be grafting away long after we want to. Our latest piece of research has highlighted that early retirement is often an impossible dream and, in fact, we’re probably going to be working at least five years more than we hoped. One in seven are expecting to work to 75 and beyond. Only 4% actually like that idea – although I have to caution that when something is a necessity rather than a luxury, it can grate. But why are we working longer? Well it’s all to do with the grubby stuff… and I’m talking about money, not my scratching around in the dirt on a dig! Our research also turned up that some 35% are not saving anything for their retirement, and a further 15% are not sure whether what they’re doing is right. Another 12% admit they’re taking a ‘live for today’ approach rather than putting any thought into retirement plans. Many are still having to ‘hope’ that everything will be alright in the end. As a result, 10% believe in the power of an inheritance, while one in 12 state that their issues will be resolved by downsizing and living off the differences in the values of their old and new homes. Unfortunately the realities of moving to a home worth £100,000 less and still having the space for grandkids to visit may mean this is actually quite difficult to achieve. So that just leaves one in ten able to say they are on track for a comfortable retirement. Our survey 26

flagged that 39% admit they’ll probably need to increase the amount they’re saving. But a similar number stated the same last year when we ran the survey… So much more work is obviously needed here to get the message through to people: the sooner you start to save, the easier it is to achieve your goals. We calculate that saving £100 a month for 40 years in an investment fund generating 5% annual growth should give you nearly £150,000. Of that amount, you’re putting away £48,000 to achieve this. However, if you do nothing for 25 years, then you’d have to save over £550 a month – setting around £100,000 aside in total – to try to get to the same amount of £150,000. Of course, you would have to take on investment risk, and there are no guarantees available. Much of the advice out there is to take more risk at the outset as you technically have the time to be able to recover from any losses (given investments do go down as well as up) and reduce risk over time. We’re challenging that thinking though, not least as this might be more than you are comfortable with and too many hits early on in your investing ‘career’ could put you off for life! This approach also ignores the fact that it is later in life, when your retirement pot is largest, that taking more investment risk is potentially most impactful. And this comes down to compounding – the process of generating return from both the capital you have put in and the investment gains you have already received. Early on there simply isn’t enough in the pot to build on until you’ve been investing a regular sum over a long period. At this point you’ve got more money ‘at stake’. Here compounding kicks in properly, and it’s also when you’ve also probably learned a thing or two about investment. So there’s the potential for profits upon profits and investment risk to become meaningful compared to savings. But all this does obviously depend on you having something in the pot in the first place. More planning and less procrastination needed here I feel! Seven Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered office: 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AS. Registered in England and Wales No. OC378740.

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New Malden Matters In last month’s Village Voice, Robin Gill described the state of disrepair in Malden in 1907, when the council was finding it difficult to provide the facilities needed to keep pace with the number of houses being built. The latest amenity needed was a public hall- but how would it be paid for? The options at that time included a municipal piggerytoday’s answer seems to be a partnership with developers. On 28th June many residents attended a meeting on developments in New Malden at Coombe Girls School, at which Kingston council’s Head of Planning and Regeneration, Viv Evans, outlined proposed schemes in New Malden and Kingston more widely, starting with the familiar story of the unprecedented size of London and the shortfall in the provision of homes. London is apparently the only region now with a regional planning framework. Locally, a Direction of Travel document was agreed in 2016, although it would be instructive to know how many New Malden residents knew about it (and how many realised that it was about development, not actually travel). Growth is planned along all the transport corridors into London, and Viv Evans reminded us that Kingston has an unusually high number of rail stations- ten- all of which will be part of Crossrail 2 if that ever materialises. ‘Good growth principles’ apparently include access to affordable housing, but it was striking that in 2014-16, 229 affordable units were built in Kingston- but 435 hotel rooms and 1219 student rooms. We were also given a useful listing of the developments in New Malden, and a rather optimistic booklet, Planning for Kingston’s Future, which assures us that growth will mean more schools and healthcare, and cleaner air (perhaps- but it would be even cleaner without the growth, and what about Heathrow?) The developments in New Malden include housing approved on the old Shell garage site and Spillers building, planning applications for housing in Coombe Road and the Blagdon Road car park, the SPD for Cocks Crescent, possible housing on the old Roselands Clinic site in Kingston Road, and the infamous 23 storey proposal beside the CI Tower, which appeared briefly in January 2017 and


disappeared after a few days. The ‘opportunity area’ in the Direction of Travel document, centred on New Malden station, could have 2,500 new homes, but quite what that would look like (and what might need to be demolished to provide them) is anyone’s guess. Among the points raised by the audience was that the previous government passed legislation which favours the developer, and provides little defence against ‘monstrous’ buildings. Apparently a Tall Building SPD can be created to provide some additional protection, although RBK does not seem inclined to do so. There is also no definition of what constitutes a tall buildinggenerally in inner London it is over 20 storeys. There were also calls for viability assessments to be made more transparent, as they are in some other boroughs. Developers are required to complete these, to help to determine the amount of affordable housing they are required to provide. There was a request for the council to be more proactive, and a receptiveness to the idea of an Area Plan, as discussed in last month’s Village Voice. In response to concerns about the amount of student accommodation, Viv Evans stated that it is mayoral policy for outer London boroughs to provide accommodation for students attending inner London universities, and that such applications from developers have actually reduced (in fact student applications to British universities have reduced by 4% this year). Viv was unable to comment on the potential number of units in Cocks Crescent, but committed to public engagement when a developer is selected, and that it would reflect local character. I was struck by a sense of scepticism from many in the audience, and a low-level rumbling which occasionally became mild heckling. Overall, there seemed to be a lack of confidence that the council would enable acceptable change in New Malden. One audience member argued vehemently that tower blocks are unsuitable for families, raising questions about how, with a waiting list of 9,000, and over 10,000 people in Kingston in privately rented accommodation, the development of New Malden can address that need. We don’t want to end up with hundreds of tiny studio flats, which are legal due to the recent government deregulation of space standards in converted offices, and are not safe given the 2012 repeal of fire prevention measures in the London Building Act. All the new developments will need careful scrutiny by residents, not just to address our own interests, but those of our future neighbours. Liz Meerabeau New Malden Residents’ Association

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Gardening It’s Not Always Good To Be Green Pippa Greenwood Water is great in a garden and whether you have a large pond, a formal pool, a miniature pond in a half barrel or a self-contained fountain or other water feature, the chances are that from time to time you will have been frustrated by the fact that the water turns green: the so-called ‘pea-soup’ effect! Generally, this will be due to one of many different types of algae infestation, and this problem tends to get much worse during warmer weather. Sometimes it completely ruins the appearance of the water feature and on other occasions it is just a passing phase, but what should you do about it? Blanket weed is so called because the long filaments of algae tangle up together, making a mass that resembles a dense green blanket. The easiest way to remove this once it has taken hold is to simply pull or rake it out. Over large areas a rake is worthwhile, providing you can avoid bringing the pond plants with it. Alternatively, use a stick or bamboo cane that you twirl into the mass of algae (rather as you would load spaghetti onto a fork) and then compost it down in your compost bin. Surface floating pond weeds such as duckweed, which looks like lots of very tiny oval leaves floating on the water’s surface, can be a real nightmare too. Sometimes it is impossible to work out how it got there, but I think it is often brought in on new plants or simply on the feet of birds or other creatures as they come to the pond to drink. It builds up very rapidly, soon forming a bright green layer on the surface and the best control for this is to regularly scrape the weed off using a good-sized kitchen sieve. Again it can be composted, but do make sure that you remove every scrap of it from your pond or it will soon be back.

is as deep as possible: shallow water is much more inclined to develop algal problems than a pond which has deeper water. If you want fish that’s fine, but avoid putting too many fish in a pond as their excreta raises the nitrogen level in the water and this encourages algae. It really helps if you grow plenty of surface floating plants – water lilies are a wonderful solution, as they help to shade the water’s surface and so are particularly useful if the pond is in a fairly sunny site.

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I’d also suggest that with a new or existing pond, you go down to your local garden centre or pond plant supplier and ask for a selection of oxygenating plants. Some of these float in bundles in the water, others can be grown in containers, and all of them help to raise the level of oxygen in the pond and so decrease the problem with algae. Installing something which moves the water around, such as a spout or fountain, will help to reduce the amount of algae because it also oxygenates the water, but do bear in mind that water lilies do not like water that is in motion. It is important not to give up on a pond too quickly – if you keep changing the water in an attempt to keep it clear, the pond never gets the chances to create its own natural balance and the situation will not get better. Try to be patient and usually, provided you try all the above, the pond will eventually sort itself out and you can enjoy seeing clear water again. You can consider using various proprietary physical and chemical controls for algae, but always make sure that the one you have chosen is suitable for

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New Malden Rotary Club Malden Golf Club,Traps Lane Monday evenings 6.15 for 6.45pm Barry Collins 07740 257 255

Monday Netball Club Mondays 8.30pm

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English Conversation / Lessons Christ Church Centre, Coombe Road. Mon & Tues, 10am - 12noon Chris Coke 020 8942 7388

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

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 Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. 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.

Colouring Club A soothing and enjoyable pastime for adults with no skills needed. 1011am 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:


Early Morning Running Group Speed work on tarmacked areas, totaling 6-8 miles. Mixed ability group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Mem Sec: Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina St James Cafe, Bodley Road, New Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three Malden runs on the 3rd Monday minutes walk from Motspur Park of every month (except August) station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. between 9.30am and 11.30am. Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 Secretary 020 8942 1926 Everyone welcome. Come for a chat Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday 898896, over a hot drink and a tea cake. Dates New Malden Quilters Association evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham for the rest of 2016 - 17th October, is a not-for-profit group which Spicer Institute, by entrance to 21st November and 12th December meets on the first Thursday evening Waitrose car park. (note earlier date). Contact Heather of each month at St John The John 020 8942 7560 020 8336 1582. Act For Justice New Malden Baptist Divine, Kingston Road, New Malden church; Westbury Road. KT3 5BE. first from 7.30 – Refreshments Tuesday of every month, 8 - 9.30pm. are provided during the evening. Tuesdays We enjoy a variety of speakers, This group aims to combat human Tuesdays workshops, meetings, friendship trafficking. We’ll discuss issues of Early Morning Running Group and welcome anyone interested in forced labour, sexual exploitation and Hill training on The Hamptons, domestic servitude, raise awareness Quilting and its associated crafts. covering 6-8 miles. Mixed ability £6 entry for guests. and fundraise. group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir We are lucky to have a number of Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina talented members who are willing Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three to share their knowledge and minutes walk from Motspur Park expertise with us. A warm welcome Wednesdays station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. is extended to all visitors, especially Malden & Coombe Social Club For Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 beginners. The Blind Alternate Wednesdays 898896, 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 Arthritis Care New Malden Branch 075785780726 Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY Arthritis Care Kingston and District welcome Meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month St. John’s Hall is open between Talking Of Trains In Surbiton 7.30pm in the evening at Alfriston 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If Talks at the Surbiton Library Hall each House Berrylands Road Surbiton you are on your own please feel free Wed evening throughout the winter Jocelyn King 0208 942 6745 to drop in for a free cup of tea and months. 1st meeting free, cost £50pa The New Malden Ladies Badminton some company. 411 Malden Road www.talkingof Club When: Tuesday at the Malden (between Worcester Park station Centre from 20.30 till 10pm We are and The Plough). 213 Bus stops a mixed ability club looking for new nearby. members. Lynda 020 8949 2673 or just pop in.


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The Malden and Coombe Townswomen’s Guild welcome new members. We meet at 10am on the third Thursday of the month at the United Reformed Church hall in New Malden. We are a friendly group of women of all ages and backgrounds. We have interesting speakers from various organisations; outings, clubs, bring and buy sales and competitions. We charge just £3 for your first visit which includes coffee and biscuits. Deirdre Banks on 020 89494743

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

always available. £5 table money. Parking available outside the hall. Also buses and trains from very close by. Rosemary Vase 0208

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 at The Mefas Hall, rear of Malden Centre, Cocks Crescent, New Malden - for people with a severe sight loss - for a sandwich lunch on the last Thursday of every month 12.30 to 2.30 pm. £3 per person and friends or family are welcome.Kerry at

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 Pat 0208 395 9175 or just turn up

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New Malden Voices for all adults 8-9pm every Thursday in term time at New Malden Methodist Church. 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

Friday Morning Running A mixed group, consisting mainly, but not restricted to, mothers with children in school, meet each Friday morning at 9.50 am in the Pembroke Lodge car park TW10 5HX, for a run of between 3 and 4 miles in Richmond Park. This is a social group of runners with no pressure on ability. New runners are more than welcome (everybody has to start somewhere) and time will be taken to accommodate them. Don’t feel inhibited, come and try us! Bob 07936 240937

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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. Coach outings are organised during the Summer months. 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

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Emanuel Rugby Where: Shannon Corner, KT3 4PU When: 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.

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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 8947 3564. Surbition Bowls Club Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Roll ups Tuesday evenings from 5,50pm. Small friendly mixed club (35 players.) David 020 8224 2385 From The Ground Up local affordable organic box scheme - Kingston’s own - fresh organic veg, fruit, bread, cheese and preserves at exceptional price. Collection every Saturday from Kingston or Surbiton.

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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. New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, league matches, internal and external competitions; we offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Men’s Secretary Gerald 020 8949 4623 or Ladies Secretary 020 8394 0877.

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When on holiday I always prefer self-catering cottages or villas to big resorts or hotels. I love cooking in different kitchens and, most of all, food shopping in new places! I love street markets, local shops, small delis, organic butchers… There are so many lovely places you can source your food and cook amazing meals when on holiday, and enjoy that nice chilled glass of wine whilst preparing that yummy dinner! If you have time you can always make a quiche and freeze it before going away, so you can take it with you and this means you will have a nice meal ready to go. Flapjacks are good too to nibble during your journey or for breakfast. I always carry a list of my favourite holiday recipes with me, with ingredients easy to find anywhere. If in the UK, I normally bring along dry ingredients and always visit butchers and local markets to get fresh meat, fruit and veg. It is also a good idea to do an online shop for basics and get it delivered to your accommodation the morning after you arrive. If abroad, it’s even better; I love exploring and trying new ingredients! Countries I love the most for food shopping have to be Spain and Portugal! Anyway, here is a short list of my favourite recipes which I always prepare when staying somewhere nice in the UK or anywhere else in lovely Europe! I hope you feel like cooking them and full recipes can be found at • Chicken with BBQ sauce • Spaghetti ala Carbonara • Creamy smoked paprika chicken and mushrooms • Salmon teriyaki • Oven baked meat balls • Quiche Lorraine • Flapjacks • Lemon Meringue pie


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Beware Rogue Traders Reports of rogue traders, cowboy builders and doorstep callers are unfortunately still a concern for both Police and Trading Standards Departments. Rogue traders trick people into paying very high prices for unnecessary or shoddy work primarily on homes or garden maintenance. Most recently the New Malden area has seen an increase in reports whereby a “builder” will offer services to clear leaves from your gutter for the low cost of £10…bargain right?! However when the job is complete (or in most cases when they has had enough!) the £10 increases to £150 often pricing for “extra work completed”. These cowboy builders mainly target elderly residents and this can be a very intimidating experience meaning that cash gets handed over. To avoid becoming a victim of rogue traders, follow these simple steps: • Never agree to have work done by somebody who is just passing or take their word that it needs to be done at all.

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Parkin' some thoughts Stress Hound by Nick Hazell Stress is not a friend to Mr Parkinson. One of the strange side effects of the condition is that stress and stressful situations can be magnified. Tremors become worse, muscles become tighter and thoughts even more jumbled. On reflection, one of the first signs that all was not well at the operations centre of Hazell’s Brain HQ was the occurrence of an uncontrollable shaking induced by a negotiation meeting opposite some loud and fairly obnoxious US investors. I thought this was down to little more than an excess of caffeine or my annoyance that the opposition were so thoroughly gittish. However, it turned out that the resultant scattering of coffee over my carefully prepared notes was caused by a full on, stress induced Parky shake fest. Mindful of this limitation I have since deployed a number of strategies designed to bring some calm to my daily existence. A change in job responsibilities, exercise, yoga, gardening, meditation, deep breathing (of a legal nature) and a realisation that there really are some things you can’t control, have all contributed to the experiencing of a near zen-like, or at least less agitated state. Then we got a dog… For years, the female contingent of the Hazell family petitioned for the addition of a canine supplement to the household. For just as long, I resisted. I didn’t do pets. A childhood memory of my brother cleaning out our fish tank with washing up liquid with the fish still in it had taken its mental toll. My diagnosis though led to a more cavalier attitude. What was there to worry about? Learned academics had even produced studies showing that interactions with animals can decrease stress in humans. Apparently, playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. The problem with these studies though was that they clearly didn’t have Dudley the Miniature Schnauzer within their sample set. When he arrived about 18 months ago satisfying my child friendly, small, non-moulting criteria, he


seemed the perfect pooch. I soon realised that perhaps the best way to select your breed may not have been by seeing one that looked well behaved in a pub. Don’t get me wrong. In many ways he is quite a likeable mutt... as long as you’re not the postman, a courier, anyone that comes to the door, a runner, a walker or come to think of it, anyone who hasn’t passed a Schnauzer devised people quality check for which only he knows the criteria. It seems that his mantra for stress relief is that if you can’t play with it, eat it or wee on it, the only thing left to do is bark at it... a lot. This is causing some difficulties for the team of builders currently engaged at Hazell Towers. When they arrive, the entire street knows about it as Dudley greets their trespass upon his territory with a medley of growls, yaps, howls and yodeling and attempts to burrow through our wood floor to reach their ankles. After the exchange of what is undoubtedly enough bad language in Polish to make a respectable man blush, there ensues a sort of stand-off with the Dog barking from the garden and the builders ill-advisedly taunting him from the safety of their scaffolding. I fear they may not have read page 2 of the schedule of works headed, “ground floor”. Dudley’s contributions to daily living have therefore occasionally supplemented rather than reduced my cortisol levels. However, I don’t think we’d give him back, even if we had kept the receipt. He may be as mad as and often resembling a brush, but he’s now part of the family. A sort of hairy, fish breathed, crotchety relative, but family all the same. He even has his own Instagram account for goodness sake. The thing is, there’s so much stress in our daily lives it’s sometimes hard to retain perspective, particularly in my case during the early morning ritual of attempting to retrieve the missing sock from the Dog’s mouth before my medication has fired up. So, every time I walk back up the garden with my wet and slightly chewed sock in hand, muttering some newly acquired phrases in Polish, I try to keep a positive attitude and remember that some things are just not worth the worry. After all, worrying is only like spending time in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths August is holiday time! The sun is usually out and it is a whole lot warmer than most of the rest of the year. For a photographer, there is only one minor problem with summer – sunrise is really early, and sunset is quite late. And so, any pictures that you take at those times may mean an element of sacrifice – of sleep or of an evening at home. But it is often worthwhile – and this picture shows some beach huts glowing in the early morning sunshine. I took it at about 5:50 one morning in August last year; an early start but justified by the joy of the glorious light. You can see the colours of the huts on their sides – but the sunlight makes their backs pretty similar – all showing a golden shine, reflecting the colour of the sunlight. At this time of day, down on the beach just beyond these huts, there are only a few dog walkers, but over the next few hours, the beach and the coastal path fills up with people going to work, or

just coming to enjoy the sea. And the photo is nice to look at: I think that the fact there are three beach huts in the picture helps – giving a sense of balance and fullness that would be missing if there had been only two. The bit of foliage on the left, hiding the bottom of the hut there is fine in my view. You could see it as being in the way, but I see it as adding something



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more for you to be looking at. I have also included a lot of the sky above the huts. The proportions seem right to me – what do you reckon? Could I have cut off a bit more from the top, giving greater emphasis to the huts? And a summer day at the beach can’t end without a pleasant glass of chilled wine. This isn’t a great picture – not one that is going to be shown off in exhibitions or competitions. But, wow, do I get a great memory hit when I look at it! It hadn’t been a busy day, although I had been working and writing, but come 6 p.m. I reckoned it was time to relax even further and to go down to the beach with this glass for a quiet sit and read in the sunshine. competitions, but it is interesting and does tell a story. I was at a small country church on the South Downs and wandered around the church yard, looking at the graves. (I’m always hoping to find some odd or very old inscription – so far no luck however). This church yard had clearly seen better days … at the edge there was an old flint wall that was being pushed aside by the vegetation, and some of the gravestones were clearly being moved as well. I liked this sight of an old tree (which seemed older than the grave stone) that was doing just that. The stones were stuck between the wall and the tree – and yet you can still read the date – 1896.

However, there are some features about the picture that are worth pointing out. The sky isn’t a uniform blue, but the wispy clouds take up some of the space and make it more interesting: if there hadn’t been any clouds I might have had to crop a lot of the sky away, and then the rest of the picture would look unbalanced. The top of the glass is in the sea (as it were) and is almost supporting the sky on its rim. The wooden fence post is huge in the foreground, giving you something interesting to look at there and to anchor your thoughts near the wine!

When I took the photo, there was a lot of choice to be made as to how it could be composed. I chose to focus on the three main components – the grave, the tree and the wall – and to attempt to reduce any other clutter that would take your attention away from these. Part of that choosing was done at the time, and partly at my computer when I cropped it to this size and shape. But the real point of the picture is the story of a person’s last resting place next to an old flint wall, being pushed aside by the strong force of Mother Nature. Again, a picture that brings back memories, not just one that looks nice. The Malden Camera Club meets on 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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