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August Contents History - Congregating Together by Robin Gill 6 Cricket and the Community 10 Life Begins 12 People Power’ in Beverley Park 14 New Malden Matters 18 View from the City 20 People 21 Sudokus 22 Recipe Spice - Crab Parcels 22 Gardening - Lethal Leatherjackets 26 Clubs 28 A Community Passion Play for New Malden 33 Berry and chocolate pavlova 34 Rotary 35 Codeword 40 Quiz 37 Kid’s play 38 Parkin’ some thoughts 41 A Photographer Dreams 42 Solutions 46 Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch 47

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Welcome to Your Village Voice Hard to believe as we are enjoying temperatures like this, but 10 years ago, we, and pretty much the rest of our campsite, bailed on our holiday early before our tents were washed away (Windy Woolacombe we now fondly call it). On our return home we left the girls in a creche and enjoyed a nice lunch followed by guilty matinee Mama Mia the movie. Despite having been a huge Abba fan since the age of 8 (almost wearing out cassettes learning all the words) I only made it to the West End to watch Mama Mia last month. The family planned an elaborate birthday surprise (dropping lots of red herring clues) and had me guessing until the last minute when we pulled up outside the theatre. And guess what… I loved it! So I’ve been particularly excited about the new movie coming out – saw it the day it was released, loved every minute and looking forward to a repeat viewing. If you’ve not already been and fancy it, remember to take some tissues! Please get in touch if your school, club or organisation is planning any events in September or October that we can help to promote - at no cost to you. Or if you have a local business and want to get the word out locally then check out our rates online, or call me for a chat to see what would work best for you. And as a reader, please support the businesses that advertise, and let them know where you got their number from. In order to deliver the magazine to most of the KT3 postcode, we split the distribution over a two month period. So if you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the September one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, New Malden library, Tudor Willams and the Malden Centre but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website.

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New Malden History Congregating Together

Emily, Ada, Arthur, and Alfred. Then there were two from the Pascalls, James and his wife Elizabeth, two Heathers, Frederick and wife Caroline. Finally, there was Mary Love.

by Robin Gill Most groups in the local area have what might be called their “Founding Fathers” or in some cases Mothers. These were the pioneers who started an enterprise from nothing except a good idea and enthusiasm. Admittedly, in Victorian times, there were less “hoops to jump” and less chance to get tied up in red tape. The founders Some of these groups were led by religious zeal, and such a case were the Congregationalists. Of the initial eighteen people who signed the original covenant establishing the church in Malden five were from the Woodroffe family. Charles the patriarch, Sarah his wife, his eldest son Charles (George), his wife Maud, and the family’s youngest daughter Adeline. There were eight from the Derry family. Father Charles, his wife Christiana, and children Christiana (M), Clara,

Derry Mary was the nurse to the Derry family from early in their marriage in the 1850s until they left Malden in May 1891, by then the youngest of the Derry’s ten children had reached the age of thirteen, and aged 53 she must have moved on. The Derry family were a family of London drapers. Charles who was born in Chelsea in 1821 started up a business in Blackheath with his brother Thomas around 1846. He later (1860) established a shop on the corner of Wright’s lane and the High Street in Kensington though still kept in contact with his brother. He had married Christiana Toms in 1851 the sister of Joseph who had inherited a toy and fancy repository on Kensington High Street from his father. Derry stayed in Wright’s




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before his death. He was a great philanthropist and strongly religious. His wife had predeceased him by two years. Of the family Clara and Emily remained single women living with their parents, while Arthur and Alfred became partners in the Kensington store. Ada married Edward Shrimpton Woodroffe on 29th August 1889 at the Congregational Church in New Malden, where Ada was leader of the choir. Pascall James Pascall was born in Croydon in 1838. He bought a two roomed shop in Wells Street just off Oxford Street in London to work as a confectioner in 1866. James was joined by his brothers Frederick and then Alfred. Production first started with sugar eggs, then herbal cough drops, French rock, and almond hard bake. James also started a welcome initiative in paying workers on Bank Holidays and other holidays. James, known as a master of “industrial relations� before the term was in common usage, and started a scheme in supplying repaired boots and shoes for the poor. He also involved himself in the welfare and education of mentally handicapped children. He moved to New Malden about 1874 into a newly built property called Ambleside (now the site of the Holmwood Corner Surgery) at the corner of Malden Road and Cromwell Avenue. James was very popular with the children in

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Lane until 1869 when both families reorganised their businesses after the arrival of the railway in the area. In that year Charles (Derry) took another of the Toms family (Charles William) into partnership. Charles Toms had been working under Derry for some years and the pair trading as Derry and Toms took new premises at the future 107-111 High Street Kensington. By 1900 they had acquired the whole block from Derry Street (renamed in his honour) all the way to the railway station with the exception of the local public house. The family had arrived in New Malden in 1880, living first At Broadlands (now the site of Broadlands Way), before moving to Coombefield (now the site of Wickham Close) in 1884 where they stayed until May 1891 moving out to Tooting Common. Charles Derry died at Woodlands Beulah Hill Upper Norwood on 24th October 1917 aged 97. His obituary stated that he was vigorous and active until a fortnight

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the neighbourhood as he could always be relied upon to having a bag of sweets in one of his pockets. He left Malden to return to Croydon in about 1890 moving into a house also called Ambleside. He died in May 1918, stopping work just one month previous. His funeral was notable for the fact there was around 100 wreaths from family and friends. Heather Frederick Heather was well known in the world of fine arts and lived at Brampton Lodge in Coombe Road. He was a strict teetotaller and led many local groups associated with the cause. He was appointed as Inspector of Palaces in 1883 and worked for the Lord Chamberlain based at Windsor Castle ensuring that the furniture was kept in first class condition, and arranging that the Court in general, and any visitor that Queen Victoria had, were kept in suitable accommodation while staying in the Royal residence. His salary would have been about £250

per year. (>£100,000 today). He was responsible for the arrangements during the Queen’s Jubilee in 1887, but unfortunately died two years later on the Isle Of Wight, one of the wreaths at his funeral, which was conducted by Henry Storer Toms [his brother in law], was from the Queen. Frederick had become a deacon of the Congregational Church at Windsor and a teacher in the Sunday School. His widow Caroline lived for another fifty years dying in Enfield just before World War Two. She had been born a Toms, a sister of the wife of Charles Derry, and also to his partner in Derry and Toms. Woodroffe Charles Woodroffe lived at Charnwood (originally called Beulah House), a large 14 roomed property standing in Malden Road (now High Street) almost opposite Blagdon Road. In 1850, He married Sarah Shrimpton Gover; the daughter of John Gover who was responsible for the building of the local roads around the Cambridge Road area in the 1840s/50s. Charles had moved to Malden around 1862 from Lambeth and was the secretary of a large life assurance company. He had been chairman of the Local Board in Malden for a number of years. He died on 4th May 1885. He was for a long period a deacon of the Baptist


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Chapel in Kingston but resigned to concentrate on the establishment of the Congregational Church. Described as a sensitive man, inclined to worry, but held with respect by an affectionate group of friends. He tried to do what he could for his neighbours, and the neighbourhood in general. After his death, his wife and daughter Adeline continued to live at Charnwood for a number of years before finally leaving for Kent in April 1894. But it was only a temporary removal as two years later (1896), Adeline married the Rev George Manington who had become minister at the congregational church in Malden in 1891. So, the family including Sarah moved into the manse and remained in Malden until ill-health forced Rev Manington to retire to Wallington, where Sarah died in 1911. The family then moved to Golders Green in 1914 where both George and Adeline suffered with ill health and where she died in February 1929. Charles Gover (after his grandfather) Woodroffe lived at South Esk a large house in Sandal Road. This property had been built by John Austine a Scottish accountant from Montrose in 1881. Above the front door of the building is a Latin inscription which translates into “This is the house that John built”. He did not live in his property for long, as he died two years later in 1883. Charles and family moved out to Hampstead in



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1915 where he died in 1941. His wife Maud died in Golders Green in 1945. The property in Sandal Road finally became Holy Cross School in 1931. Building rights The land on which the church was built was donated by John King (see We two Kings VV March 2012) The memorial stone for the church was laid on 5th October 1880 after many months of organisation and meetings galore. One thing that could not be organised was the weather on the day, and at best this can be described as inclement. This necessitated a large awning to be erected over where the ceremony and service took place. Some of the walls of the building had already been constructed to a height of around fifteen feet. A few of the boys from the nearby Malden College help provide vocal accompaniment, while Miss Derry played the harmonium. Speeches were made declaring the reasons behind the need of such a church in a district of only 2600 people. The stone was laid by Henry Wright Chairman of the Congregational Union and in the cavity under the stone was placed a bottle containing a copy of The Times, The Daily News, and The Liberator together with the first subscription list to the church. The assembled congregation then made the short journey to Malden College where further speeches took place. The architect of the church was WD Church, and the builders were Dove Brothers building in the “early decorated or geometrical style”. Dove Brothers built 130 churches between 1858 and 1900. The church completed in 1881, is cruciform (cross) in shape with a tower and spire. Two entrances, one from the “new road” (Cavendish?) and another with a porch. The main construction is a mixture of Godalming and Bath Stone. The Lecture Hall was built at the back of the church also by Dove Brothers and was completed a year later. It was the home to many church concerts with performances from amongst others, the Derry children in anything from a duo to a sextet. A Sunday School was formed in 1881, with Mr Heather as Superintendent, and his band of teachers consisting of various Derrys , a Woodroffe and a Pascall. Some of the land beside the church was bought from John King to be the site of the manse erected in 1887. As can be seen from the above, the formation years of this church was helped considerably by a small number of local families, who laid the bedrock of the thriving body that today meets regularly at the corner of Malden Road and Cavendish Road, and has done so for the last 137 years.

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Cricket & Community Community offers up its resources by James Kuhrt The beginning of July saw locals flock their houses to bask in the glory of the opening of brand new tennis courts at Malden Wanderers. This exciting development would not have been possible without a generous grant from Suez to add to the Club’s own fundraising, and once the refurbishment was complete, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Olivia Boult, kindly cut the ribbon to perform the official opening ceremony. Helping to celebrate the event were Sky Sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao together with Emily Appleton, a tennis star of the future who is being sponsored by Sky. Members of Surrey Tennis’s Under 18 squad played an exhibition match to get tennis at the Wanderers off to a good start, and members, friends and neighbours all had a good time celebrating in the sunshine. Following a fantastc Wimbledon in July, what better time to pick up that old racket and get some exercise! The Club is looking for new members to take advantage of this wonderful facility. Contact the Club on 020 8942 0685, Roger Parham 020 8949 4649 or roger.parham@ or Bobby Child 07946 532 846. On Saturday 7th July, a collection of colts, all kitted out in their whites, wearing maroon caps, while carrying cricket bats, paraded down New Malden High Street. While the scene as a whole was nothing short of spectacular, the Malden Wanderers section stood out for all the right reasons. Thanks to parents, managers and coaches showing their support, along with colts demonstrating their passion for the club and the game of cricket, Malden Wanderers was able to be integrated into a day which celebrated local clubs and organisations in the New Malden area. It is hard to imagine an on looking cricket loving child viewing the scene without responding with excitement and enthusiasm – all kitted out, these colts looked raring to go for a match! On the subject of cricket matches, the two’s had secured the convincing result they were searching for against Farnham. However, a week later Reigate Priory’s openers showed tough resistance. A lot can be taken from the spirit shown in the unforgiving heat,


as the field were doing their utmost to encourage the bowling unit. It was only when the stern opposition found themselves on 152 that Stags’ thirst for a wicket was quenched. That breakthrough inspired more wicket taking as Reigate Priory found themselves eight down only having scored just over 200, largely thanks to four wickets from the in-form Harry Williams. After the tea break, it was not to be for the two’s though as they fell well short in their pursuit of a pegged back total. The one’s, three’s and four’s, though facing different challenges, have all maintained a good record, with all of them finding themselves on the fringes of a promotion spot. On Sunday 15th July, over fifty people played in a tournament as a way of paying tribute to the life of Ieuan Morgans – a hugely popular member of the club who very sadly passed away in March this year, only at the age of 24. Since then, the response from his family and friends has been immense, with donations being given to CLIC Sargent – the charity which helped Ieuan during his battle with leukemia. The tournament – which included a raffle – required a match fee of £20 from each participant. Half of the money raised by this went to the charity, while the other half went to the club. As we approached the middle of the day, Jonathan Marks summoned everyone to gather for a minute’s applause in memory of Ieuan. The day was hugely successful and Malden Wanderers would like to show their appreciation to the following, who donated towards the raffle: Waitrose, New Malden Branch, Lal Akash New Malden, Fordham Sports, Royal Horticultural Society Wisley, Imber Court Sports Club and Liz@MaldenWanderers.

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Life Begins Back to stay (and not just for the weekend) Meet the ‘Boomerang Generation’ By Kate McLelland When, in November 2017, the Chancellor announced relief on Stamp Duty payments for first time buyers, it’s likely that millions of parents across the UK breathed a sigh of relief. It is estimated that 3.4 million parents in the UK are living with grown up children who’ve returned to the family home, and these mums and dads may have hoped the tax incentive would be the nudge their offspring needed to finally fly the nest. The phenomenon of so-called ‘Boomerang Kids’ (adults who return to the parental home after living independent lives) hit the headlines recently when the London School of Economics and Political Science carried out research with parents aged between 50 and 75 from seventeen different European countries. The study, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, examined the effects on quality of life for

older people who shared a house with a grown up child. Researchers looked at factors such as freedom to enjoy yourself, to make your own decisions and control your environment, and the results were disturbing. The academics who authored the study didn’t pull their punches when it came to their conclusions: “We found that parents’ experienced a decline in quality of life when one of their children returned to live with them,” they stated, adding: “Parents enjoy their independence when their children leave the home, and refilling an empty nest may be regarded as a violation of this life course stage.” The ‘Boomerang’ experience So how does it feel when you’re asked to provide bed and board for a grown up child after they’ve lived independently for several years? Marsha Okafor was initially pleased and excited when her 23-year-old daughter Leah asked to return home so she could save for a deposit on a flat. However, after two years she found that the effort of sharing her tiny Birmingham apartment with her daughter was putting a strain on their relationship. “It’s the little things, like the time she spends in the bathroom, and asking friends round when I all I want

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shopping or tending the garden. Discuss how things will work if your child invites friends round, and which rooms are off-limits at those times. It may be less stressful if you restrict visits to certain days or hours. Finally – and most importantly – it’s vital to treat your child as the adult they have become. In the years they have been living away from you, it’s likely they will have established a lifestyle that’s very different to the family life you shared together, so give them space and don’t be tempted to ‘parent’ them in the way you used to do. is a quiet evening in front of the telly,” Marsha sighs. “I love my daughter, but having her here effectively puts my own life on hold. I had plans to move closer to my sisters in Nottingham, but I can’t do that while Leah needs to live in Birmingham for her work. Jane and Phillip Leahy experienced similar problems when their son Mark asked to spend a few weeks at their home as he was between jobs and couldn’t afford his rent. The weeks turned into years and although Mark found another job, he showed no sign of wanting to leave.

Whatever your child’s reason for returning home may be, it’s likely that this is just a phase, after which they will once again be able to lead an independent life. Handled carefully, this episode may even strengthen the bonds between you and your son or daughter, creating a tighter family unit that will go on providing mutual support far into the future.

“Mark’s 33 now, but his life follows the same pattern it did when he was a teenager,” Phillip explains. “He spends hours in his bedroom, playing computer games, and expects us to cook for him and do his laundry. He does pay us something towards his food, but it doesn’t compensate for the feeling that our home isn’t quite our own any more. I think we’re partly to blame: we’ve taken away his motivation to build a life of his own.” Preparing the ground for your child’s return The biggest mistake reported by people who have been through the ‘boomerang’ experience is that they didn’t discuss the terms of the arrangement before their child moved back in. This is the time to establish the ground rules and set clear goals for the end of their stay. It may seem insensitive to talk about leaving before your child has even moved back in, but acknowledging this as a temporary arrangement will help them hold on to a sense of independence. If your child has a job, you should agree upfront on the amount they will contribute towards the household bills. If they are not working you could ask them to help in various ways, such as cleaning, To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915


Community People Power’ in Beverley Park by Gary Jones, On behalf of the ‘Friends of Beverley Park’. In recent editions of ‘Village Voice’ there have been some really interesting articles on the history of Beverley Park and its importance to New Malden folk. Sadly, over recent years the Park has suffered from the economic squeeze that has affected many, if not most, public parks in the UK. This time last year the rosebeds (and other flower beds) in the park were in a dire state. The weeds were higher than the roses and little pruning of the rose bushes themselves had been done. In talking to Kingston Council and to the parks contractors (Idverde) it was clear that there were simply insufficient resources available. A few of us local folk decided therefore to do something about it ourselves. A ‘Friends of Beverley Park’ group was created (now over 140 members) and meetings were set up involving the Kingston Parks Management Team; senior managers from Idverde; and our then local Councillor, Terry Patton. In the twelve month period from then until now considerable progress has been made in improving things in Beverley Park: * hundreds of hours have been spent by local folk in weeding and pruning the rosebeds and other flower beds; * a number of ‘Volunteering Days’ have been organised for heavier digging etc work by local people (supported by a Idverde); * courtesy of some funding from Terry Patton (our then local Councillor) we planted over 100 new roses; 500 tulips; 40 hydrangeas; 20 lavender plants; dozens of catmint and aubretia plants; and 45 Cornus (Dogwood) plants. We also purchased a bulk supply of compost to help facilitate growth; * around 400 daffodils bulbs were purchased and planted by local folk and a large number of wildflower seeds were also sown; * regular watering of the rose beds/flower beds is done; * litter-picking patrols are undertaken a number of times a day; * the pathway behind the tennis courts has been cleared of weeds and nettles and now offers a pleasant place to walk through a delightful wooded area of the park; and


* an informal ‘early warning’ communication arrangement has been put in place with the Council/Idverde for issues such as fallen tree branches. So, what to the future? Well first of all we intend to build on the good start we have

made as set out above. We aim to have a ‘Bulb planting day’ in the autumn where lovers of the park will be invited to provide and/or plant eg daffodils/tulip bulbs. We also have ambitious plans to secure funding for renovations to the walls around the rose beds (where, sadly, a number of capping stones have been stolen); to replace missing London Plane trees at the bottom of the park; and to provide additional park benches. If you would like to see what Beverley Park looks like now then why not come down and take a look – we think you’ll be impressed. If you would like to get involved in helping us then why not join the ‘Friends of Beverley Park’ Facebook group (or contact me via the ‘Beverley Park’ tab on ‘’. Or simply stop and have a chat to any of us working in the park at any time.

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New Malden Matters

the High Street, Traps Lane, Burlington Road and Kingston Road are particular hotspots. This year the annual public health report, Clearing the Air, focusses on improving air quality. It is supported by the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, available at data. Public health has been defined as Clearing the Air efforts to improve health through the organised efforts of society, and air quality certainly requires a system-wide At NMRA we take a keen interest in the quality of the response, and changes in our habits. Air pollution is the air in New Malden. We have in the past done our own biggest environmental cause of ill-health in Kingston, as air sampling and hosted a public meeting with a world in the rest of the UK, and is estimated to contribute to expert, Professor Frank Kelly from King’s College. R.J. Tree qualified profession R.J. Tree Services qualified & professional staffServices arebeen dedicated one in twenty deaths. It has linked to strokes,&heart Like other outer London boroughs, Kingston generally disease,to asthma and progressive lung disease. Deprivedin every the highest levels of service has better air quality than inner London, but worse to the highest levels of service in every instance. communities are more at risk- they are often more than England as a whole. The best air quality is in exposed to air pollution and have other underlying health Chessington, and theare worsthappy in Norbiton, adjacent We are happy to give advice – on all you We to the give advice – on all your arboricultural queries. problems. part of Canbury near the London Road, and Tolworth Prenatally air pollution can result in lower birth weight near the A3. Another pollution hotspot is the A3 at the and preterm birth. In childhood and adolescence it can Malden junction. Both central Kingston and•theFree A3 • Free quotes quotesaffect school attendance due to respiratory disease. near the Malden junction have been Air Quality Focus re dedicated an air quality expert showed air pollution • that Fully NPTC qualifie • Fully NPTCRecently qualified Areas since 2013. was a contributory factor in the death from asthma of Road transport is responsible for nearly three quarters • Tree reductions /c • and Tree reductions / crown thinsgirl who lived near the South Ella Kissi-Debrah, a young of PM2.5 (tiny particles) in the air in Kingston Circular. Children are particularly at risk since they tend of the oxides of nitrogen (NOx). That equates to felling ultural58% queries. • Tree felling • Tree to spend more time outdoors, their airways are shorter a staggering 516 tonnes of NOx in a year. Burning gas and lungs not fully formed, and small in prams •children Stump removal • Stump removal accounts for 19%, or 173 tonnes. The good news is are near car exhausts. The worst affected educational that air pollution has reduced since 2008 and should • Hedgeworks • Hedgeworks establishments in Kingston are for older learners, namely reduce further if action is taken, but New Malden R.J. TreehasServices & professional staffCollege, are dedicated thequalified Grammar School, Tiffin Boys and•Kingston Tree surveys & rep & reports some of the poorest air quality in Kingston,• on aTree par surveys but Coombe Boys and Burlington are also near the theexpect highest levels of service in every instance. top of with that in central Kingston, and as weto would ns the table.

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The best way to reduce air pollution in Kingston is to reduce traffic congestion, through measures such as clean air zones, reducing emissions from public transport, smooth driving, and more walking and cycling. A third of car trips in London are less than 2km long, Tree Surgery • Tree Felling which could be walked in less than 25 minutes. But car ownership is still increasing. Between 2009 and 2016 Stump Grinding the vehicle registrations in Kingston increased by 4.5% Tree Surveys and Reports (national figure 10%) but diesel registrations went up by Planting• Hedge Maintenance 57%, from 22% to 32% of all vehicles. The 2015 consultation on the Kingston air quality action Fruit tree management plan produced responses on improved cycle storage, more greening of the A3, action on engine idling, low Fully qualified Arborists emission buses, planning to improve transport flows £5 Million Liability Insurance and an extension of 20mph limits. Kingston has focussed Local Authority Approved heavily on promoting cycling. For example, in 2016 1257 Free Quotations and Advice children and 348 adults were trained in cycling skills, there were 97 Go Cycle events, and the first of the cycle routes was opened in Portsmouth Road. As an example of how one change can have a large effect, in the two years since Kingston University adopted hybrid buses, they have travelled over 246,000 miles and saved over 158 tonnes of CO2 being emitted. The recommendations from the JSNA include that the GLA and TfL should consider the effect on outer London boroughs of diverting polluting vehicles from the clean air zone (e.g. sending them up New Malden High Street!) and work with RBK to improve air quality on TfL controlled roads. RBK should consider discouraging commuters driving into Kingston to park (presumably by controlled parking zones). Recommendations for several bodies, including businesses and RBK, concern engine idling, which should definitely be curbed. Public health will promote the Healthy Schools programme, including walking, cycling and air quality projects. As residents we can walk and cycle more, check our home insulation, use apps such as AirText which gives a three -day forecast, use the GLA Cleaner Vehicle checker before buying a car, and think twice about that wood-burning stove. Local, Friendly & Professional removal services Local, Friendly & Professional Clearing the Air was launched on 21st June, National Free quotations – packing – storage – local/national/international Clean Air Day, in partnership with Kingston University “We’ll hump anything” with a marketplace and then a workshop discussion on Office : 020-8336-1956 six topics- low emission vehicles, car use, commercial deliveries, walking and cycling, community action and planning. Each group was tasked with generating a bid which could be worked up for the Mayor’s Air Quality Action Fund- the winner at the launch was the WE’LL HUMP ANYTHING community action proposal for an air quality toolkit which can be used to teach in schools and with voluntary Packing • Storage groups. At NMRA we will be very happy to do what we Local / National can on air quality, working with local schools. / International Nationally, more than 2000 schools work with the organisation Living Streets to promote walking, cycling and scooting, and many are now trying to stop the school run by closing roads, and introducing ‘park and stride’ schemes, one of which uses the local pub car park. Now there’s an idea for Burlington school and the Fountain pub- if the developers want to give something back to our community. Liz Meerabeau New Malden Residents’ Association To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915

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View from the City Are you set for the longest holiday of your life? Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder of Seven Investment Management

Hurrah it’s the summer! And what splendid weather we’ve had so far. Well…at least at the time of writing, and hopefully I haven’t tempted fate in saying this! It’s also the holiday season. I’ve already enjoyed mine having been ahead of the out-of-school timeline and thoroughly enjoyed my weeks in the Middle East – Petra to be precise – digging for relics before I become one myself! Meanwhile, whether you’ve been planning a staycation or about to bemoan the weak level of Sterling because of Brexit (no matter which way you voted), the amount of time spent on holiday apparently is pretty similar to the amount of time spent ahead of the holiday researching and arranging it. Here, hazarding a guess, you’ve even probably spent more time thinking about on your one or two weeks away than you have on your retirement planning this year. And yet this time will be the longest time of your life when you will spend time doing precisely what you want to do and when. So it’s always been a bit of an anathema to me why people procrastinate quite so much about retirement planning and pensions. I realise that the negative news about pensions won’t leave anyone willing to leap out of bed just to think things through, but the headline problems facing others would hopefully also give you pause for thought. Readers of my columns here in the Village Voice will know that I can’t stress often enough that it is really important that you plan for those years ahead given you want to enjoy them. So what is putting people off? To strike a brighter note, auto enrolment has helped. Almost 10 million more people are now saving for their retirement. Perhaps linked to the push for auto enrolment, we also apparently understand that it is important to pay in. The last annual British Social Attitudes Study that 18

researched the topic (in 2016), showed that 80% of people deemed it worthwhile to pay into a workplace pension, while almost the same percentage (78%) said it was normal for someone like them to save for retirement. While auto enrolment is a good start, however, many of us probably need to do more. This though might become another decision that gets kicked into the long grass. Probably part of the reason why we’re putting off the right conversations is that they’re likely to be protracted. After all we’re trying to decide about a future that feels (very) far off and a lifestyle that you’re hopefully going to be enjoying for all those years (actually decades) but that has yet to be defined. Even once you have thought through these aspects, the question then begs as to how much all of this will cost. Conversations around how long a piece of string could be, for many, are potentially remarkably similar in your mind’s eye! So what would I suggest here? Perhaps seizing the season would work. Conversations on holiday, at least, will give you a benchmark as to what type of holiday you’d like to enjoy in later life. Whether you’re aiming for a value-for-money B&B through to a 5 star luxury resort, the leisurely time spent away from the daily stresses and strains of life could give you the headspace you need. Seizing this summer holiday time could also give you the time to finally download 7IM’s free app, 7IMagine (available on our website,, and plug in the broad details of bank accounts, general investments, ISAs and any pensions – the numbers can always be finessed later. And, in as little as time as quarter of an hour, you will be looking at a picture of your future finances. Summertime may also give you the chance to talk to the family sitting around you about what the future might look like given how the decisions you may impact them too. And if the picture you’re looking at leaves you looking to gulp down your Pimms rather more quickly than usual, at least you have time to do something about it! Seven Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered office: 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AS. Registered in England and Wales No. OC378740.

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People 2018 has proved to be a busy year for New Malden woman Pippa Beecheno. She’s had her third baby, plans to move house and has just seen her first novel A Thin Sheet of Glass published. Pippa, whose oldest two boys attend Burlington Infants School, has always wanted to write and took a creative writing course when her eldest Danny was a baby, completing tasks while he napped. Fast forward six years and Pippa is represented by top literary agent Laura Macdougall at United Agents. Her debut novel was published by Endeavour Media. It’s an historical novel, set around the time of the Second World War and based on the story of her Great Aunt Jane, a schizophrenia sufferer. Pippa tells us what prompted her story and how she started to tell it.

How did you find your agent? Luck and the right fit! Laura had been lead historical fiction editor at Hodder & Stoughton but had always wanted to be a literary agent. I approached her when she had just started building up her client list. She was looking for debut authors to represent, specialised in Historical Fiction, and saw potential in my work. We worked on the draft for a year before we felt it was ready to send out to publishers. You’re now editing your second novel - what advice would you give to aspiring authors? Seek out constructive criticism from a few trusted friends or family members - it will help you spot areas for development. I also sent my work to a mentor at The Writer's Bureau for feedback. It's easy to get stuck playing around with words and sentences, hard to see the bigger picture. Calling New Malden bookclubs! Pippa would love to come and talk to you about A Thin Sheet Of Glass. Just email her at

You’d dreamed of becoming an author for years, how did you manage to make it happen? ‘It started with the creative writing class I took. It was fantastic, something for myself in a world that mostly revolved around my son’s needs. ‘As my time was limited, I was forced to make the most of it, so I would make myself a cup of tea and sit down as soon as I’d settled him in bed. I wouldn’t stop writing until he woke up. ‘I set to work on A Thin Sheet Of Glass, towards the end of my course. I had always wanted to write historical fiction based on the life of my great-aunt, and this was my chance. ‘I had reams of private letters, including my grandfather’s, and many conversations with family members to help me. ‘With these and a small amount of time on my hands, I was finally able to take that huge leap of faith, and write my novel. ‘I moved to New Malden when my second son was one year old and my oldest started nursery. Local parents were incredibly supportive. I had great fun sharing ideas and plotlines in New Malden coffee shops and in the school playground. Now that my novel has been published, the community is helping me spread the word. I've already been to one brilliant local book group and look forward to attending more events over the coming year.'

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Recipe Crab Parcels These crisp filo pastry parcels with a crab and ginger filling make a tasty seafood starter for a special dinner or can be served as nibbles with refreshing drinks on a hot summer’s evening. Makes 20 Ready in 40 minutes 1 x 230g can crab meat, drained and flaked 1 tsp grated fresh root ginger 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander 2 spring onions, finely chopped 1 tbsp lime juice Freshly-ground black pepper 8-10 sheets of filo pastry (see Tip) Vegetable oil for deep frying 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce Shredded spring onion, to garnish 1 Mix the crab meat, ginger, coriander, chopped spring onions and lime juice in a bowl. Season lightly with freshly-ground black pepper. 2 Cut the sheets of filo pastry into twenty 15cm squares. Take one square and brush lightly with water then top with a second pastry square. Place a spoonful of the crab mixture in the centre of the square. Brush the edges lightly with water and gather them together to enclose the filling and form a moneybag-shaped parcel. 3 Repeat with the rest of the pastry squares and filling to make 10 parcels in total. Half fill a large deep pan with vegetable oil and heat until a small piece of filo pastry dropped in the hot fat sizzles and browns in 20 seconds. Deep fry the parcels, in 2-3 batches, for 2-3 minutes until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. 4 Serve warm with sweet chilli sauce for dipping and garnished with shredded spring onion. Tip

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Gardening Lethal Leatherjackets Pippa Greenwood Daddy-longlegs or crane-flies are starting to hatch out now as adults, but it is their young – known as leatherjackets – that really cause grief in gardens. If your lawn has yellowing patches on it or you’ve noticed it being ripped up in the last few weeks, chances are leatherjackets are to blame and it is likely that the problem will get a lot worse. Leatherjackets feed on grass roots (and can also cause problems in flowerbeds and vegetable plots) and this may cause the plants they attack to be weakened and even die back; worst of all, these juicy larvae are tasty snacks for animals such as crows, rooks, magpies, badgers or foxes. So if there are leatherjackets in your garden, these animals will search them out, ripping up your lawn or excavating beds and borders in the process. Lawns are usually worst affected and can be quickly devastated. What is the best way to check if you have them? Early in the evening, water a couple of the yellowed patches thoroughly and do the same with a rippedup patch. Next, cover these areas in black polythene weighed down with a couple of bricks or similar. A double layer of black bin liners or an opened-out plastic compost bag will work well. Next morning, lift the polythene and you’ll see the pests on the soil or lawn surface. So how do you know leatherjackets are to blame? Leatherjackets are greyish-brown, tubular, legless, up to about 4.5cm long and so nearly transparent that you can often see inside them, lunch and all. To remove more, repeat this black polythene trick and deposit the pests on the bird table as free and nutritious bird food. For a much quicker, easier and more thorough solution, use the biological control nematode ‘Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer’. It is quick and easy to apply – I just use a watering can and water it onto the affected area shortly after I’ve seen the first daddy-longlegs and when soil conditions are right – 26

usually late August to late October. As long as you keep the area moist for about three or four weeks, it works a treat – and is even safe if you have a dog, pet rabbit or other pets (or kids!) who use the lawn. So how can you get hold of this? There are two pack sizes available, suitable for standard lawns or those with a very large area to cover but you won’t find them in garden centres as they have a short shelf life. You can, however, find out more and order them from in the Protect Your Plants section. We’ll send them out by first class post in an insulated envelope for you to show those pesky leatherjackets who’s the boss! Visit Pippa’s website and you’ll find some great gardening items: Nemaslug, green controls for leatherjackets, chafer grubs, ants and greenfly, plus garden plant supports, raised bed kits, Easy-Tunnels, gardening tools, Grower Frames, signed books and more! You can even book Pippa for a gardening talk at your local gardening club.


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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

Fit For Life – Older adults fitness. Every Monday at 9:35am. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. No mat exercises. All exercises are seated or standing. Advanced Circuit Training suitable for those with good base level of fitness. Every Monday 10:30am Where: New Malden Library, KT3 3LY When: Every Monday during term time. Booking required. First session FREE. Contact Sabrina sqactive@ or 07739 147987 Monday Netball Club Mondays 8.30pm

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English Conversation / Lessons Christ Church Centre, Coombe Road. Mon 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. Mem Sec:


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 Brenda Denby, 0208 398 6054


Fencing Club, every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at Coombe Boys’ School, College Gardens, New Malden KT3 6NU. Children & adults, beginners & experienced fencers are all welcomed. Equipment is provided.

Early Morning Running Group Hill training on The Hamptons, covering 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 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941

Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham Spicer Institute, by entrance to Waitrose car park. John 020 8942 7560

Act For Justice New Malden Baptist church; Westbury Road. KT3 5BE. first Tuesday of every month, 8 9.30pm. This group aims to combat human trafficking. We’ll discuss issues of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, raise awareness and fundraise.


Malden & Coombe Social Club For The Blind Alternate Wednesdays 898896, 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 Arthritis Care New Malden Branch Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY Arthritis Care Kingston and District welcome Meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month Talking Of Trains In Surbiton 7.30pm in the evening at Alfriston Talks at the Surbiton Library Hall House Berrylands Road Surbiton each Wed evening throughout the Jocelyn King 0208 942 6745 winter months. 1st meeting free, The New Malden Ladies Badminton cost £50pa Club When: Tuesday at the Malden www.talkingof Centre from 20.30 till 10pm We are Colouring Club a mixed ability club looking for new A soothing and enjoyable pastime members. Lynda 020 8949 2673 or just for adults with no skills needed. 10pop in. 11am at Cafe Galio. NHS Retirement Fellowship Are Royal British Legion, Malden and you retired or about to retire from Coombe Branch meetings are held the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st at the Grafton Club on the second Tuesday of every month from 10am Wed of the month at 2.30pm. -12 at Royal British Legion, Hollyfield New members welcome. Jan Feist: Road, Surbiton, KT5 AL. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat. Other outings & activities are also Thursdays arranged during the month. Lorna Early Morning Running Group 020 8337 4121 Speed work on tarmacked areas, Half Shares We are a group of totaling 6-8 miles. Mixed ability widows who meet together on the group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir 1st Tuesday of every month. We Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina have a speaker and enjoy a cuppa Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three and a chat. Come and join us at 1.45-3.15pm at Christ Church Centre, minutes walk from Motspur Park station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Coombe Rd Lily 020 8949 1431 The New Malden Investment Club Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 898896, Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Grafton New Malden Quilters Association is a not-for-profit group which Club, Grafton Road, New Malden. meets on the first Thursday evening Secretary 020 8942 1926 of each month at St John The

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Divine, Kingston Road, New Malden from 7.30 – Refreshments are provided during the evening. We enjoy a variety of speakers, workshops, meetings, friendship and welcome anyone interested in Quilting and its associated crafts. £6 entry for guests. We are lucky to have a number of talented members who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with us. A warm welcome is extended to all visitors, especially beginners. 075785780726

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. 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

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

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

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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 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

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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.

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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

Kingston Debating Society An evening of lively intelligent debate, where you get to have your say. Thurs7.45pm 10 March Kingston Methodist Church, Avenue Road, off Fairfield South, KT1 2UJkingston 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


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

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.



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

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. 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. Summer Lovebug FREE embroidery workshop

as part of the National Celebration of Stitch 2018 with the Kingston & District Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild Sew and embellish your own little jewel encrusted Lovebug and enjoy the museum’s exhibition of huge images of tiny creepy crawlies. For all skill levels, adults, and children aged 5+ (children must be accompanied by an adult). When: Saturday, 4th August 2018, 2-4pm Where: Kingston Museum Art Gallery Wheatfield Way KT1 2PS Booking required (numbers limited): admin@ For more information about our embroiderers’ guild:

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Events A Community Passion Play for New Malden on Saturday 13th April 2019 An exciting project is developing for a community Passion Play, the story of Jesus’ final week, to take place before Easter next year in Blagdon Road Recreation Ground. Susie Pottinger of the Lantern Arts Centre in Raynes Park has been commissioned to write the play with the community in mind, and is very excited about the project. “I see this as a ‘New Malden’ play,” she says, “Not just those who worship in the churches but involving anyone who wants to be a part of it. In Medieval times, the Mystery plays were performed by guilds (all the potters, carpenters etc) of the community for the community. Bible Stories told in the streets by the people you would see next day in town.” We are looking for a true cross-section of the community and all ages to take part (although under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult). We would love to involve many diverse groups and individuals from New Malden and to hear languages other than English. The commitment doesn’t have to be too demanding. Groups such as choirs, dancers, musicians and children’s groups can rehearse a piece in their normal schedule of meetings. General crowd members can come to just a few rehearsals. Those who love to act and be main characters will, of course, need more rehearsals. Maybe your role is to be audience, maybe to build sets or make costumes, maybe to do publicity, maybe your role is to be part of the crowd with a single “moment”, maybe your role is to be a disciple or a Roman soldier or Jesus. Nothing is decided yet, but… Imagine... skateboarders and gymnasts announcing the arrival of Jesus on Palm Sunday. Imagine... children playing or singing as Jesus joins in and gathers them around him. Imagine... older people, leaning on sticks, shouting at Jesus as he is seen suffering. Imagine... standing and watching as Jesus dies and a choir starts to sing from within the audience. Imagine... business people in suits, asking Jesus a question.

We want this play to be by New Malden, from New Malden, representing New Malden. Look out for us in the High Street during Malden Fortnight, when you can chat to get more information. And why not join us on Saturday 22nd September at 3pm in the Space, at the United Reformed Church (near the Fountain) to find out more? There’s no need to commit at this stage, you can just come and chat and play with some ideas. Or contact us at or 07436 119 626.

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Sweet Recipe Berry & Chocolate Pavlovas These divine individual pavlovas are ideal for a summer dessert. You can make the meringues in advance then layer with fruit and cream a couple of hours before serving.

Ingredients: • 4 large egg whites • 225g caster sugar • 1 tsp cornflour • 1tsp white wine vinegar • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 500g fresh strawberries • 200g fresh raspberries • 25g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra to serve • 2 tsp lemon juice • 300ml double cream, softly whipped • 200g Greek yoghurt • Chocolate curls, to decorate

Makes 4 Ready in 2 hours

Line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper. Draw six 9 cm circles on each sheet of baking paper. Turn the paper over.

2. Using an electric food mixer whisk the egg whites in a clean grease-free bowl until stiff. Gradually whisk in the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition to make a firm and glossy meringue.

3. Blend the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla extract

together in a small bowl and fold into the meringue. Divide the meringue between the marked circles.

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5. Hull and chop most of the strawberries (reserving

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1. Preheat the oven to 150°C, fan 130C, Gas Mark 1.

Clubs Rotary Club Of New Malden Following on from last month’s edition we have now entered a new Rotary year under a new President and begun our programme for the coming year. Community and Youth Services committee affairs are always very high on the priority list and usually there is a great similarity to the previous year’s focus. Some of your donations last year were spent on ’Dictionaries for life’, a copy for each student leaving year 6 at Kings Oak Primary school. We also provided ‘Service above Self’ awards by way of a certificate and cheque to deserving pupils nominated by their teachers in recognition of their commitment to this aim. (N.B. ’Service above Self ’ is the slogan of Rotary the world over). We also undertook ‘mock interviews’ with several pupils in schools in our area who are about to leave school, in order to assist them with the experience of being interviewed by someone completely strange to them. Our club members who undertake these interviews really enjoy the experience. Some schools also received donations towards their school drama production costs and some received

donations towards travel costs to national competitions, one such example being Coombe Girls’ School team. Following our sponsorship (£500) towards the cost of entry for the National Young Citizens competition, the girls came 7th out of 260 teams from all over the UK. Well done girls! As mentioned in earlier issues, our Fund raising committee devise a programme to raise the monies required by the operating committees of the club and one of the larger events is the Golf Day, which this year raised money for three separate organisations. New Malden Rotary Club manned a stand at the Malden Fair where we displayed a ‘Literacy in a box’ contents. The boxes get delivered to areas around the world which have undergone severe disasters, eg earth quakes, flooding and tsunamis etc. Funds are donated to organisations to enable them purchase the boxes New Malden Rotary Club support the Mayor’s charities every year and several additional organisations in need of funds. The Club is always open to any suggestions about local charities which would benefit from our support for a specific item or project.. Next month we will report on our International committee programme. If you have an interest in joining the club please contact our secretary on :- tel 07946526783.




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The Sun And The Moon 1. In Greek mythology, who died when he flew too close to the sun and the wax in his wings melted? 2. What number goes after “Apollo” to give the name of the mission that saw Neil Armstrong become the first man to walk on the moon? 3. The name of which beer is also the name given to an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and can especially be seen during an eclipse? 4. “Moon starers” is an apporiate anagram for what eleven letter word? 5. Approximately 99% of the entire mass of the sun is composed from which two chemical elements? 6. “They danced by the light of the moon” is the last line in which famous poem? 7. Occurring twice a year, what name is given to a time when the sun crosses the celestial equator and when the length of day and night are approximately equal? 8. Which film studio’s logo depicts a young boy fishing while sitting on a crescent moon? 9. Approximately how long does it take light from the sun to reach the earth after it has been emitted from the sun’s surface?... 8 seconds, 8 minutes or 8 hours? 10. Written and directed by Fritz Lang, the 1929 film Frau Im Mond, meaning Woman In The Moon, is generally credited with introducing which technique, which is now commonly used immediately before important events?

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Kids Play There’s lots going on for pre-schoolers Mondays

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


10am to 11.30am Tots in Tow (see Monday) 10am and 11.45 ST Joseph’s Toddler Group (see Tuesday). 12.30pm - Stay and Play (0 - 5 years) - New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561


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


9.30am to 11.30am Christ Church Parent and Toddler Group Christ Church, Coombe Road Contact Susie Gregerson 020 8241 9423. 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 by Nick Hazell

Give me a break That great philosopher Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Although made in the context of the ferocious domination of his chosen sport, the statement is capable of a more general application. Indeed, my life script has undergone a major re-write as a result of the combined upper cut to the face and jab to the stomach delivered by the gloved hand of fate. Recently though I experienced the boxing equivalent of a kick to the goolies performed whilst the referee wasn’t looking. At the sound of Dudley the Miniature Schnauzer preparing to vomit over the new carpet, I quickly turned to prevent the mutt from doing too much damage. The movement was accompanied by a loud “CRACK” from my right foot and a pain that brought tears to my eyes and unrepeatable words to my mouth. The dog was meanwhile completing his part in the misadventure oblivious to my predicament. The appearance of a lump the size of a small planet and the involuntary utterance of imaginative, multi syllabled expletives each time I attempted to put my foot on the floor, suggested that all was not quite right. Even Victoria seemed to accept I was not over dramatizing the situation for a change and a visit to A&E confirmed a broken foot. At this diagnosis, my sense of humour failed. Not only was this inconvenient, but I didn’t even have a dramatic or heroic tale to explain my being there. The break itself is apparently quite common, but of course, I have to complicate matters by having a movement disorder. My brain has trouble controlling my legs at the best of times, but now it has another two limbs to negotiate with in


the form of my newly acquired crutches. This has introduced a whole new level of coordination confusion. What should be a series of straight forward messages to my arms and legs to work collaboratively with my walking aids is interpreted as a requirement for each of them to do their own separate thing, not necessarily at the same time. Shortly after returning home, the results of one manoeuvre had me adopting the pose of a foul mouthed, upturned tortoise on stilts. I’ve become hopelessly dependent at times on the assistance of those around me. I can’t carry anything and the stairs might just as well be Mount Kilimanjaro. Small objects on the floor or a smooth surface become deadly bear traps for the unwary crutch wielder, but equally seem to have a magnetic draw that no crutch can ignore. On top of these hazards, the dog, who let’s remember was the cause of my situation, can’t decide whether to chew, bark at or run away from the metal poles dangling from my limbs. To be honest that dependency is sometimes evident even without the crutches, but at least with them it’s more obvious that I might be in need of help. Within 24 hours of wielding the sticks I’d had more offers of assistance than in the last twelve months of attempting to negotiate Waterloo station with a curious gait. That said, I can’t wait to be rid of the things. They are a complication I could well do without, but as that other famous philosophical pugilist, Rocky Balboa once observed “in the boxing ring of life, it’s not how hard you can hit, but how many times you get hit and keep moving forwards”. Wise words I’d do well to remember, although sometimes it’s easier said than done.

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths

He was hovering right above me. I was lying on my back on the grass at Bushy Park, having seen this kestrel looking for mice and other small animals in the park. He didn’t seem to mind me being there – maybe I don’t frighten mice away – and stayed hovering for a long time. I suspect that he always kept half an eye open in case I did something dangerous. A walk in the park without my dog is a bit sad (love my dog!) but it does help me to get this sort of picture. Poppy would have been zooming around and disturbing everyone and every animal if she’d been there, but no, I was on my own. I saw the kestrel hovering and thought that it would probably move away as soon as I came near – but it didn’t and, as I said, seemed happy to have me being a paparazzo! Now here’s the thing, kestrels numbers have been declining since the 1970’s and the species is on the British Trust for Ornithology’s Amber list, meaning that while not critically endangered, there is a continued decline in their numbers. But they seem to have found a home in the semi-rural parks near me and in urban surroundings. Great! I took about 20 photos of the bird and have chosen this one as my favourite. It is sharp and shows the whole bird. The bird is only a small proportion of the image but that only gives it a bit of dynamism as it looks down and along seeking whom it may devour. And the way it is pointing to the right – with space to breathe, helps to make the composition satisfying. … Down in Lancing again. The coast path near our chalet is usually full of people walking their children or being walked by their dogs. There is a yacht club


right next to us, and the beach is also used by a lot of kite surfers – you can see one in the right of this image. It doesn’t seem to matter how much wind there is for them to be out, but clearly the windier it is the better. The day doesn’t look particularly windy in the photo, but obviously it was windy enough for this enterprising young man to work out a way to ease his travelling. As soon as I realised what was happening, I was out like a shot with my camera ready and was able to get just two photos before he got away into the distance. I was only a few metres away from him when I took the picture and tried to get the whole scene in – giving a context for the umbrella wielding traveller. He and his umbrella and skateboard are all in focus, as is the path ahead of him. Indeed, the two walkers in the distance are pretty sharp as well – I wanted to get as much sharp as I could, and so used a small aperture (large f-number) to give a long depth of field. This is by no means a great artistic photo – I can’t see it hanging in the Tate for example! – but it is fun, and, as with some of my other pictures, it shows that photography does not need to be about making fabulous creations – but should be primarily about enjoying yourself and then creating a masterpiece. This masterpiece makes me laugh.

Taken a few hours earlier – at just before 6 in the morning, but from almost the same position. I am often down here with my dog – and one result is that I am woken up early in order to take her for an urgent walk. Sometimes this is just a short trot and back, but at other times the sunrise can be quite spectacular, and I take the opportunity to carry my camera and look for great pictures to take. This was one of those days, and I made sure that I had my camera with me when we went out. I have walked along this path hundreds of times, whether with my dog or not. Shoreham is about 5 kilometres ahead of me, and Worthing the same distance behind. Both lovely towns, although Worthing is more tired than it used to be in its heyday ,in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Shoreham is very pretty – and has the best patisserie for miles around – and the collection of bizarre house boats along the River Adur

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are a sight that repays a lot of revisiting. One day I’ll get a photo story out of them … I am not sure that the row of beach huts is that great a photograph in its own right. But there are some features that make it worthwhile to me. The path, glistening in the early morning sun after some rain in the night, gives a sense of direction in the picture. The golden light of the sun, shining on the huts and the clouds, the fence alongside the path, helping to keep your eyes focused on the main content of the picture. And the Sussex downs behind Shoreham in the distance. But above all, it is a memory of a lovely place and lovely time! … Bees are a central part of the British summer. Their buzzing and feeding are a constant reminder that life can be good and relaxed. Of course, it isn’t that relaxed for them. They have to be out and about for long periods of time, looking for the right sort of flowers that can feed their hunger for nectar. They have to be able to dance the directions so that the other bees in the swarm can find the flowers later. And they have to be vulnerable to birds looking for their food as they sit on flowers with their tongues feeding from them. Bees are also, usually, pretty to look at. I know that there are varieties of bee that are fairly bland, but the bumble bee with its black and yellow stripes is always good to look at.

They are always active and don’t sit still on a flower for very long. Taking a good picture of these insects is hard – I have taken dozens (now deleted) of photographs of blurs sitting on a flower. So, when you get a good sharp picture of the bee, you can celebrate! I used as large an aperture, and as fast a speed, as I could for this image – wobbly hands, moving bee – and the effect was to have the bee in sharp focus, and the flower gradually fading out. But the feeding zone (I know there is a proper word for this; I just don’t know what it is) is also sharp, the effect of that is to emphasise the bee feeding, but in a context of some gentle colour. That colour, the petals, doesn’t take away from the impact that I was hoping for. I was very pleased with this!

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Organisations Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch One of the best things about living in New Malden is the great sense of Community which in other places can be quite rare these days. A great example of this is the Malden Fortnight which brings all communities within our community together. In addition, to name but a few, there are charities such as Rotary Club who raise money locally, our cricket, bowling and golf clubs, children’s clubs and organisations, The Malden Centre, New Malden Residents Society, (who litter pick and much more), Heritage Society and our friends The Grafton Club where membership of £50 pa ( £15 for pensioners or 1p for over 80’s! ) will give you the chance to meet friends socially play Snooker and Darts as well as take part in events and BBQs. Then, of course, there’s the Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion. We are desperate to raise the Legion’s profile in New Malden. Our message is that it is not all about WW1 and WW2 and Remembrance of 100 years ago. It is about NOW. New Malden alone collects £23,000 during the annual Poppy Appeal and we thank the community of New Malden. Most of our volunteer collectors are actually non ex service. Do you ever stop to think “where does that money go?” We have tried to inform everyone that it goes to help our brave armed forces veterans who are injured and in need. And many are in need. I was lucky to meet two servicemen this week. One about to retire, the other a 6 year resident of Headly Court - a home for injured service personnel. Both had one thing in common. Neither believed the government and, more disturbingly, the general public cared about their plight. I was unsuccessful in persuading them otherwise. I know the community of New Malden care. Just by their response of the Malden and Coombe Float and stall this past week and their generosity in the Poppy Appeal proves that to me. So, if you happen to see a current or ex member of the armed forces, please say thank you if you can. I know the small gesture will mean a lot to them.

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