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Welcome to YOUR Village Voice from Does anyone else have real problems buying Christmas presents? So many of us are virtually impossible to buy for and fall into the category of ‘people who have everything’. I’m afraid that I lack imagination and would much rather supply a voucher so the recipient can buy something they ‘really want’. And ‘things to open’ tend to be rather dull everyday items that I know will be used and enjoyed. Back in the day on Christmas morning itself we weren’t allowed to tear the wrapping paper - it would be taken from us and carefully smoothed and folded to be used again next year. I have been known to recycle newspapers and brown paper used to stuff boxes – don’t look so good in the photos but can still be dressed up using other bits and bobs that are cluttering up drawers and cupboards! These days, with so many resale websites available for ‘upcycling’, it should be easier than ever to avoid feeding the consumer economy.

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I heard a fabulous idea if anyone is involved in Secret Santa present. Chose your favourite charity shop and give them £5 or £10 you would maybe spend on a ‘novelty item’ that you’d probably be gifting to a charity shop in the New Year anyway. Gifting second-hand is a bit of a challenge though. Will your family and friends turn their nose up at something which isn’t brand new and in neat packaging? Will they think you’ve been mean? Are they only asking for the latest and greatest anyway? Quite possibly, so maybe setting expectations would be advisable! OK, now I’m sounding like the Grinch. But as in the famous film/book, the season is about being with family and friends, not just gifts and fancy decorations. Remembering last year, I’m sure fewer gifts and more hugs this December will still feel like a very Happy Christmas! Hope that whatever you are up to that you have a lovely time, and please get in touch if you want to find out more about promoting your business locally in 2011. Until next time, very best wishes,

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New Malden History New house on the block by Robin Gill As has been mentioned previously, the area around Malden was originally mostly farmland. The farms themselves were widely scattered as most of them had a large acreage for grazing and crops. One such farm was called “New House Farm” which stood on the junction of Malden Road and South Lane in Old Malden. The flats called Columbia Court now stand on the site. The farm Built around 1850 the farm was first owned by William Dennis from the Kings Road Chelsea, a florist who operated an exotic nursery called World’s End and specialised in dahlias, roses and fruit trees. It is possible that part of the 10 ½ acres of orchard included in the sale of the land in 1931 could have included some of his original trees. The original building is described as having four bedrooms, a dressing room, two large parlours, a large kitchen and offices. Accommodation for horses included stables and a paddock. The land was well shaded meadows, with a beautiful stream called the Malden River (Hogsmill) running through it, which showed the extent of the land. The farm became vacant in 1857 and was taken on in 1858 by George Hatch who in the same year had been appointed overseer for Malden and in this capacity was responsible for issuing ejectment summons to residents. He was made the constable for Malden the following year. He left the farm in 1861 becoming an auctioneer specialising in horses. In 1862 the farm was occupied by the Millward family the head of which was Thomas who was also the Tipstaff of the local court of Common Pleas dealing with minor disputes between local parties. He was made overseer in 1863 and remained at the farm until 1873 when he sold off the old stock, and some of his furniture (as he was moving to smaller premises.) Pottering about William Charles Looker who took over in 1875 was perhaps better remembered for his connection with the Looker family who developed the pottery in Blagdon Road. He was the son of Benjamin Looker who had started the business in 1876 when he decided to


build his pottery and brickworks. The clay in the company’s previous site on Kingston Hill was exhausted, and Benjamin had acquired the 14 acres which was part of the lands of Blagdon Farm to carry on his trade. In late September that year, a rumour had swept through the village that a field had been acquired by Looker for the manufacturing of bricks or pottery. While no formal application for building had been made, the Local Board let it be known that they regarded brick making as an “offensive pursuit that would not be tolerated”. The Board also received a petition from several local ratepayers objecting to the proposal, the local doctor (Dr Child) also objected on health grounds. Mr Looker the son proved more popular in his field of work, especially when he threw a Harvest Supper for those in his employ. It was held in one of the barns with food and drink provided by Mr Toghill of the nearby Plough. Families were also invited, and singing and dancing carried on well into the night. There were tennis courts in the grounds of the farm at this time some of the first in the area. Looker resigned from the farm in 1877 to join his father in the clay production in New Malden. After the pottery closed down, he returned to New Malden, after time in Guildford and Kent, retiring to Elm Road. Other tenants In 1881 the farm which now covered 150 acres (over 600 thousand square metres) was operated by John Hoare a well-known farmer who was born in Cornwall, who after marrying in Kingston, emigrated to New Zealand. Interestingly enough, he called his property in Wellington Mael-Dune. Col George Pilkington Blake was in charge of the farm from 1883. He was Master of the Surrey Union Foxhounds from 1884 to 1886 and moved the dogs from Fetcham to Malden. Sewerage problems meant they were soon moved to purpose-built buildings in Green Lane Worcester Park. Blake was interested in theatrical matters, and was involved in a couple of legal cases involving actresses. He resigned from the hunt in 1886, and moved to Suffolk. By 1887 the lease was up for sale again, described as a

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gentleman’s farmhouse, it now had six bedrooms and three sitting rooms. Stabling for five horses, a large garden, and a tennis court, set in “perfect country”. All yours for 8 guineas a week. In 1891 the property was in the name of Ralph Burdett a member of the Stock Exchange though the farm was run by David Batters, a local cattle dealer. Death and disease Over a period of time the Hogsmill and the ditches running off it became polluted as raw sewage from the farm and other properties seeped into the water. The stench was enough to make passers-by ill, and required regular flushing out. This regularly occurred after heavy rain. There was sadness throughout the local area in April 1894 when an old gardener Joseph Neal of no fixed abode was found dead in a pond on the farmlands. He had told a number of people that he had just come out of the workhouse and it was his intention to commit suicide. The body was found by the local police constable and a local teacher in four feet of water. Local hero In 1899 New House was occupied by Charles Madge who was a member of the armed forces fighting

in South Africa. He was a captain in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and saw action over an eighteen-month period at the front seeing action at Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, and Belfast. He was mentioned in dispatches. Charles was a member for Old Malden on the Maldens and Coombe Urban District Council, and an overseer in the district. An area of the farm described as a “cricket meadow” was lent to the Old Malden Jubilee Committee for use as a sports field in the late 1890s. He was also one of the main driving forces behind the building of the Institute which stands on Malden Road. Madge had to leave in a hurry to join his regiment in South Africa and subsequently he did not have time to appoint a deputy. On his return from South Africa

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in June 1901 after sixteen months away, and his train arrived at Worcester Park station at 6.59pm he was greeted by what looked like the whole population of Malden. Representatives of the local council assembled outside the station together with members of the local fire service complete with engine. When Madge arrived, he was greeted with cheers and maroons were set off by the firemen. The horses pulling his carriage were replaced by farm employees to convey him the short distance to the farm. The whole procession was proceeded by the Worcester Park and Cuddington Band playing suitable music. They had only travelled a couple of hundred before having to stop for speeches from the council. The procession then proceeded to the farm where a large banner of Welcome was displayed and the singing of the National Anthem took place when they were inside the grounds. What was unknown at the time was that Madge had to make immediate plans to return to the colony as part of the defence force and therefore had to quit the farm permanently. One of his Madge’s sons also called Charles, went on to become a founder of the Mass-Observation in the late 1930s, and another son John wrote “The Origins of Scientific Sociology” Charles Madge was killed in action in France in May 1916 by a mortar while attached to

the staff of a division of the South African Defence Force. Hard times William James Twigg took over the running of the farm in 1902 but fell into bankruptcy the following year. He was a member of the District Council, but as a result of the court case resigned, and sold all his stock. And his wife’s jewellery. Early in the 1900s, pollution problems had continued to affect the farm and land, causing a nearby well to be closed up, and a proper water supply to the building laid on. 1908 saw the farm in the occupancy of Francis Champion a farmer from Somerset. He was elected as councillor for Old Malden and guardian for Malden two years later. He remained in charge of the farm until the 1920s. A lease of 21 years was taken by Mr Hooper in November 1929 from the Weeding family who owned the land. The acreage of the farmland was 120 acres and Hooper bought the farmhouse in 1931, when the whole area was sold off by the executors of Thomas Weeding in 17 lots. Thomas had died in 1929. A description of the farmhouse reads” Approached by a gravelled drive and sheltered from the road, built of brick with slated roof.” It had six bedrooms, a bathroom


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Thomas George Burnett Hooper died 12th March 1938 and was buried at St John the Baptist Malden. His wife Ada retained control of the farm until 1948 when they were sold to Malden and Coombe Borough Council and housing development started. She died in 1949

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Malden had a Prisoner of War Camp on land that used to belong to Newhouse Farm. It consisted of five huts but other details are sketchy. The prisoners were repatriated in 1947, and some of the huts were immediately demolished because of the risk of squatters. According to reports, there were at least 25 POWs who were once entertained to tea at the Congregational Church (URC) earlier in thar year. Illustrations New House Farm Map showing where the farm was.

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But our projects are not only at Christmas. We support local charities as well as projects further afield with funding and practical help throughout the year. We show details of money distributed in recent years on our website. Father Christmas with Rudolph and his sleigh will be touring the streets of New Malden through December, and we hope New Malden folk will welcome us back this year after our enforced absence in 2020, the only time in 73 years when we failed to get out on the Have you always wanted the kitchen of your dreams, but can’t quite justify paying the streets.

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Christmas! New Malden Methodist Church New Malden Methodist Church are very happy to be able to hold their Christmas Tree Festival and Christmas Fair again this year. We will also be organising the Sheep Trail so collect your entry form from the church (from 4th December at our Christmas Fair) and keep an eye out for the knitted sheep in shops down the High Street! Christmas Tree Festival Around 20 local organisations will be showing their artistic flair by decorating trees for their favourite charities to raise much needed funds as well as put on a Christmas display. Entry is free but please bring a few coins (or notes!) to put in the box of your favourite tree, or there is a general collection box to be divided between the charities if you can’t decide. Opening Times: Saturday 11th December 10.00am – 4.30pm Weekdays 11.00am – 1.00pm, when Wesley’s is open from Monday 13th December until Christmas Eve

Saturday 18th December 10.00am – 2.00pm (plus carol singing from 11.30 in the High Street in front of the church) New Malden Methodist Church is right on the High Street and our coffee bar, Wesley’s, is open to all 10.00am until 12pm on Saturdays (opening later during the Christmas Tree Festival) and 11.00am1.00pm on weekdays so why not have a break from Christmas shopping, stop for a coffee and a biscuit and and take a look at the trees?

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Parkin’ some thoughts Isn’t it Ironic? by Nick Hazell Inflation, plague and gloom. As Christmas approaches this year with the whiff of a fresh variant of Coronavirus in the wind, you could not be blamed for allowing your inner Scrooge to scream “bah humbug” as you disappear back underneath the bed covers. It’s meant to be a season of goodwill. A time for joy and celebration. For some it heralds instead the arrival of a criminal assault on the finances and the prospect of Christmas meals and conversations fraught with more tension than the Cuban Missile Crisis. The sooner the door is firmly shut on the departing relatives for another year, the better. Assuming, that is, they’re allowed to visit in the first place. This year we are flicking COVID the bird and the excitement of an overseas trip beckons. Well, sort of. The Isle of Wight does at least require a boat journey. I’m looking forward to it although possibly less because of the adventure itself and more the opportunity to rib my brother in law on his recent visit to A&E to separate a part of his body from his trouser zip. Hours of fun to be had on that one over the Eggnog. As well as this childish desire to amuse myself at his (literal) discomfort, I think I’m also looking forward to it as I’m simply here to do so. My medical history has presented a few challenges and caused a few changes, but I generally consider myself to be quite lucky and today’s experience served to remind me of the fact. Not normally a source of inspiration, I was at a funeral which was good for one thing - refreshing my perspective on life. It was for a friend. A quiet and unassuming chap with an innate kindness, a wit drier than a kiln dried Twiglet and passion for all things Liverpool. He had an illness that wasn’t particularly fair, nor was it particularly kind. He did his best to kick it in the goolies, but it was the kind of thing that paid little attention to the rules of cricket. He was only 50. A little early to say the least. At the after party, there were pictures laid out showing moments from various stages in his life. Amongst them was one of me, him and another friend sat in a restaurant fifteen years ago with our


respective one year olds precariously balanced upon our laps. A lot has happened since then even though it seems like only yesterday. The volume and colour of my hair was in itself enough to suggest otherwise and as I looked at our younger selves, it struck me that life and our time within it is full of more irony than Alanis Morrisette. It takes sadness to know happiness, noise to recognise silence and absence to value presence. So, as Grandpa feeds the dog sprouts again fully aware of the consequences for your cream carpet, or as Great Aunty Norm insists on watching another repeat of Downton Abbey with the volume LOUD and the subtitles on, take a breath before showing them to the door. Whatever you’re doing and who ever you’re doing it with, enjoy the moment. After all, maybe a point of Christmas is to appreciate what you have before time leaves you to remember what you once had.


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The Churches in New Malden invite you to join with them as together we rejoice and give thanks for the birth of God’s Son, Jesus. Below are the details of services at all the main churches in our area along with points of contact if you need more help. Christ Church C of E (

19th December: 24th December: 25th December: 26th December:

9.30am - Children’s Carol Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight 11.00pm – Midnight Communion 10.00am - All Age Christmas Day Service 10.00am – All Age Service

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12th December 18th December 19th December 24th December 25th December 26th December

3.00 to 4.00pm - Children’s Craft 4.00pm Christingle Service 6.00pm - Carols by Candlelight 6.30 pm – ‘Blue Christmas’ (quiet and reflective service) 4.00pm – Nativity (the Panto) 11.00pm - Midnight Mass 8.00am – Christmas Day Communion 9.30am – Christmas Day Communion 9.30am - St Stephen’s Day Communion

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19th December 24th December 25th December

St Joseph’s R.C.

19th December 24th December

25th December 26th December


10.30am – Pop-up Nativity 6.30pm – Carols by Candlelight 3.00pm and 5.00pm – Christingle Services 10.30am – All Age Christmas Celebration


9.30am, 11.30am and 5.30pm – Masses 10.00am – Mass of the day 5.30pm Christmas Vigil Mass 10.00pm – First Vespers of Christmas leading into Midnight Mass and Blessing of Crib 9.30am and 11,30 am – Masses of Christmas Day and Carols 9.30am and 11.30am – Masses

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5thSt. December 10.30am – Gift Service (Food Bank) Pius X R.C. ( th December 6.00pm – Vigil–Mass for Christmas 11.30pm - Carols followed by 1224thDecember 10.30am Nativity (A lad in a manger) Midnight Mass th 1925 December 10.30am – ofLessons th December 10.00am – Mass the Day and Carols 6.00pm – Vigil Mass (26th) st th December 10.00am – Mass 5.00pm – Mass 2126 December 7.30pm – ‘Blue’ Christmas th 27 December 10.00am Mass 24th December 5.00pm – Christingle (ticket only) 8.00pm – Communion S th 25New December 10.30am – Christmas Morning Service Malden Baptist Church ( 19th December

10.30 am – Family Christmas Service

25th December

10.30am – Christmas Day Service

7.00pm – Carols by Candlelight

New Malden Methodist Church (

5th December 12th December 19th December 21st December 24th December 25th December

10.30am – Gift Service (Food Bank) 10.30am – Nativity (A lad in a manger) 10.30am – Lessons and Carols 7.30pm – ‘Blue’ Christmas 5.00pm – Christingle (ticket only) 10.30am – Christmas Morning Service

8.00pm – Communion Service

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Pre-Schooler Groups Christ Church New Malden Toddlers in Tow for pre-schoolers, every Thursday in the Explorers Hall, term time 9.30-11.30am £2 per family, no booking required Bumps and Babies for new parents and parents to be, every Tuesday in the Explorers Hall, term time 9-11am, free but donations welcome, no booking required Men Behaving Dadly for male carers and infant school children 2nd Saturday of each month 9.30-11.00am in the lounge, free but donations welcome, no booking required

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In a famous novel set around Christmas time, who lived on Mount Crumpit with his pet dog Max?


Who wrote the 1997 novel The Hogfather, where the Santa Claus-like title character would grant children’s wishes and bring them presents on December 32nd?


Who wrote and illustrated the 1984 children’s book Mr Christmas?


Although originally published anonymously in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore is generally thought to have written the poem called A Visit From Saint Nicholas. Also used as an alternative title for this poem, what are its first five words?


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10. 10. “God bless us, every one”, the final line of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is said by which character?

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New Malden People In Search of a Silver Wolf Have you seen a Silver Wolf? I suspect not. In the world of Scouting it is the highest accolade you can earn and was originally set up by Baden-Powell himself described as “for services of the most exceptional character.” This year it was awarded to a local resident, Yvonne Wilkinson of 1st Malden Scout pack. In understanding the impact of Covid, a recent study of scouting found its young people learn more skills, volunteer more often and contribute to a more cohesive society - and it has part of Yvonne’s life for over fifty years! Fifty years! Fifty years ago was the first microprocessor, the first arcade video game, Elon Musk and Gary Barlow were born and the threepence was still legal tender. Over this period, Yvonne transitioned from being a young leader at sixteen to leading Beavers and the overall group. Thanks to her and the teams over the years at 1st Malden we currently have over 100 active young

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Folk Law from Pearson Hards New Malden Business Community. It is not a cheery subject for a Christmas edition of Village Voice, but it is very important that everyone should realise the need to have a properly drawn up will. Not only does a will provide certainty as to who will inherit your possessions after your death, but it will also make things a lot easier for those who have to deal with looking after your affairs at a time that is usually stressful. It is a great concern that nearly two thirds of the adult population have not grasped this reality. So what happens if there is no will? Simply put, the person’s estate is dealt with according to the Intestacy Rules laid out by Parliament. This means that the nearest relations to the person who has died share in the estate, in a strict order of precedence and according to the value of the estate. The Rules have been amended fairly recently, to go someway to helping disadvantaged spouses, but many problems still remain. If a person dies leaving a spouse but no children, then the spouse is entitled to the whole estate. However, if there are children then the estate is shared, with the first £270,000 passing to the spouse, together with personal possessions and then half of the balance going to the children and the other half to the spouse. This situation could cause great hardship to a surviving spouse with a young family, left struggling to maintain a home for the family with limited resources. If a person is not married then their estate does not pass to their partner, even if the relationship had existed for many years. The Intestacy Rules do not recognise “Common Law” spouses. The fact is that unmarried partners have no entitlement at all. The failure of unmarried couples to make a will can be catastrophic, with the surviving partner being frozen out of any benefit, and perhaps forced to move home. If a person dies without being married leaving children, then those children inherit. If there are no children then the estate would be shared by any surviving parents, or brothers and sisters, or possibly by the extended family if none of the closer relations are alive and entitled. If someone dies without making a will the administrative burden can be enormous. Unless the person had close relations such as a spouse and children, it might be necessary to engage genealogists to research the family tree so the right beneficiaries can benefit. This is expensive and time consuming. Often in those situations distant relations benefit who have never met the person who died, or even knew of their existence until enquiries were made to establish a connection. In just the same way as the Intestacy Rules do not recognise “Common Law” spouses they don’t recognise the interests of other people or charities who might well


have benefited if the person had actually put pen to paper. Injustice and heartache often follows. An Act of Parliament was passed in 1975 giving courts power to entertain claims from close family members if a person’s will or the Intestacy Rules failed to make adequate provision for them. Such proceedings are expensive and lengthy and bring their own pressures and worries. It is only people who were close to the person who can claim, such as their spouse, former spouse or unmarried partner, children or someone who had been treated as a child or who was financially dependent. Others who don’t fit in to one of the categories cannot make a claim. A recent case illustrates the use of this Act. It concerned the death of a man whose failure to make a will stating his intentions threatened to deprive his ex-wife and two children of their rightful inheritance when he died suddenly. During the course of his first marriage, the man and his wife had lived modestly and worked hard to bring up their children and to establish a thriving family company. When they separated and divorced, however, he was the company’s sole owner. After he remarried, the company was sold and he received a sum of almost £5.2 million, which was paid into his second wife’s bank account. Following the divorce, the man had maintained a good relationship with his first wife and their children. He promised that he would pay for them to be housed comfortably and that he would cover the costs of the children’s private education. However, he had done neither of those things before his premature death. His first wife and children launched proceedings under the 1975 Act with a view to obtaining reasonable provision from his estate. The man’s widow contested the case and following negotiations, a settlement of the dispute was agreed whereby his first wife would receive money and property worth a total of about £1 million. A further £950,000 would be divided between the two children. Although the case was settled without a full trial, it is certain that there would have been a long delay before the first wife and her children received the much needed and promised support and there would have been extensive legal costs. All of this could have been avoided if he had just made a will. Have you made arrangements so your loved ones are secure if something happens to you? If you would like to discuss matters further please call. In the meantime, may we wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday and a prosperous New Year

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Friday Night Cocktail Club The Grinch by Ali Warner Here we are just a sparrow’s fart off Christmas and there’s not a present bought in the Warner household. It’s like 2021 has gone from July to December simply bypassing all the months in be-tween. The festive season usually fills me with good cheer but this year I’m feeling distinctly Grinchy.

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The inspiration for Dr Seuss’s cave dwelling character who hated Christmas and was determined to put a dampener on it for those living in close proximity was none other that the author himself. The increasing commercialisation of Christmas and his wife’s health problems were dragging him down, and this year I very much found myself in the same camp. Reasons to be cheerful can feel few and far between sometimes. But there is a happy ending to Suess’s tale, the Grinch’s faith is restored by kindness and the friendship of others that love you no matter what. And in the past few weeks my spirits have been restored too by people who have fed, watered and supported my family and friends and care providers who have done their upmost to keep me on the right side of sane. I know I’m piling on the saccharine and way off track from the point of this article which is helping you concoct a Friday treat from your drinks cupboard. But this extended foreword is all for a good cause. Consider it prep work for your first mouthful of the

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The season of giving… to nature by Caroline Knight

The gift that keeps on giving The season of giving generally represents a time of excessive consumption and shopping for those who participate in festivities. So, with the end of the year in sight, there’s no better time to start giving to nature on a permanent basis. Most of us could improve our habits, so that we give more than we take. Did you know, for example, that within around two years, new developments in England will be expected to demonstrate that their projects will increase biodiversity by at least ten per cent? Known as Biodiversity Net Gain, this is a big change from what happens at the moment. The new Environment Bill will make it necessary for developers to use ecological features and environmental enhancements to protect and improve existing natural habitat and green infrastructure. Apply similar principles to a garden Anyone with a garden can start right away. Although not covered by the new Bill, we are all developers in a minor sense and should play a part in improving our immediate surroundings. We build patios, erect sheds, put up fences and decide where the beds and borders should be positioned. Some of us roll out turf to create lush lawns and we might allow portions to grow long so that nature can thrive within those areas. Others tend to favour green plastic grass. Whatever our preference, we should all be nurturing nature. Even if you have chosen artificial turf, biodiversity can be encouraged to triumph within the rest of the garden. You need to select plants with ample benefits for insects, allow wood piles and untidy areas to become part of the border, and use vertical fences and walls for further planting. Animals including birds, insects and small mammals need habitats, food and protection. Best plants for wildlife Most gardens have room for a tree, if only a small one. Some can even live in a large pot, provided they are cared for. Trees and shrubs can support a remarkable number of living things, so if you only have time to plant just one thing in your garden, make it a tree, a shrub or something that provides positive benefits for small creatures. If you have a little more time, a mixed hedge is just about the best you can offer wildlife. Ideally, it will contain several different species all included within the same feature, which will also provide you with screening, wind diffusion, water absorption and beauty.


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Well-being The Memory Bank: Investing in Children’s Well-being this Festive Season The festive season is a time for coming home. It’s a time of peace, love, gratitude and generosity. But the holidays can be a really hard time for anyone whose home no longer feels like home. A lot of us take for granted coming through our front door and breathing a sigh of relief – ‘I’m home! I can relax, rest, be myself, de-stress’. When you live with someone and the love is gone, so too are those positive home feelings. Many of my family mediation clients have told me they no longer ‘feel at home’ at home - they can’t relax, they cannot sleep well. These clients, focused on their own challenges, may not realise that children quickly pick up on their feelings too. For children, the festive season is supposed to be a time of joy, surprise, wonder, and magic. When we think back to the festive seasons of our childhoods, we probably mostly remember how they felt. Our childhood festive seasons may have felt wonderful or perhaps they did not. But we have had our childhood festive seasons, they are in the memory bank. Our children are making those memories and banking those feelings right now. Parents whose couple relationships are ended but who still have not found homes of their own, can put themselves in their children’s shoes and reflect on what their children might need from them to have good festive feelings and memories for their bank. While the adults’ love for each other may be gone, love for children cannot go. Parents can talk and work together to make the holiday season feel good for their children. That might be about agreeing how time will be shared, it might be about giving each person some space, maybe some one-to-one time in the home with the children during the festive period. Talking about the holidays ahead of time and trying to find out what everyone needs to make them OK, and planning is something that can be done now. It can help to speak with extended family to let them know that – you know they love and support you – but that it’s really hard for a child if, for example, a beloved uncle rolls his eyes whenever that child’s other parent is mentioned. A put-down of a parent is hurtful and confusing for children. It may be


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A Photographer Dreams... by Hugh Griffiths

I mentioned my local golf course last month – well, the weather didn’t get any better and these two photos show what it was like one morning just after 8 a.m. in early December. The same frosted ground, but this time a lot more mist. Now, I love mist – not so much the damp, coldness of it, but the way it creates photo opportunities out of ordinary trees and other objects. You usually have to be up and about early to benefit from the mist as it often melts away in the first few hours of the morning, but as I’m up in any case, and out with Poppy (my energetic cockerpoo) that’s not a great problem for me. Early starts are a problem – but by that I mean really early; early enough to catch the sunrise in summer for example. I can usually do that a few times each year, but it is a habit that I am still working to build into my lifestyle. A warm bed at 5:30 is very attractive! The thing about mist is that it hides a lot of the details of the trees and grounds that you’re in. And this can add a sense of mystery to the picture, or even make you feel colder just looking at it! I like it because of that mystery – of trees appearing out of nowhere, questioning what may be lurking in the mist, or just generally the lovely haziness that you can see. I think the light is often very beautiful in the mist as the sun tries to pierce the vagueness and shine on to us – especially in early morning mists. The picture on the left shows a bit of light trying to shine through at the bottom of the trees on the left, but in truth neither of these pictures give a great show of sunlight! They’re still nice pictures.


We were in a lockdown for part of December and onwards last year, so I was back to my indoor photography. I don’t find it easy to see what to take pictures of: my imagination doesn’t (yet) run to thinking of all the things in my home that could be photogenic. It really is a limitation of mine, and not in

any way a statement of how little there is to photograph. I regularly get emails that give ideas on home photography … maybe I need to pay more attention to them. And my flower photographs – if you follow these articles or my blog, you will have seen a number of them – are nice, but I have felt recently that I needed to do a bit more to them to make them stand out. So, this rose – a lovely red rose in a bouquet that I had given to my wife (or was it the other way round? Oops!) – was quite attractive on its own against a plain background, just as I had photographed it. But, as one of our club judges said (about not-winning photographs) “they are good, but not exciting”. And this one was in the ‘good’ category. So, I deleted the background in Photoshop and then added in some sky from another photo taken early one morning. I chose a fairly mild set of colours – vivid would have drowned out the rose, and dark would have looked silly. And this is the result. In my view, the rose stands out against a background that doesn’t take away from it but does have its own interest. Some people say that you shouldn’t ‘Photoshop’ pictures like this – leave them as they originally were so that the photo is faithful to the reality of what was in front of the camera. I disagree very strongly: I wonder how many classical painters included everything in the scenes that they painted – was Constable’s ‘The Haywain’ perfectly true to what he saw, or did he add or subtract a cow in the fields? The point is that photographs can be meant to be a true record, but they can also be a piece of art, which does not demand complete accuracy to the scene. (And there’s a lot more on the subject of art and photography that we may return to in the future). And December is about Christmas, and candles, and red, and holly and all sorts of happy decorations in the home. We were having a competition at the camera club – to illustrate Christmas things. One of the days was candles (I think) so I made up this scene, with leaves and berries from the garden and a glass candle holder with a lit tea candle inside. It’s a totally different style from most of my favourite photos – a lot more happening in the picture than I normally like. Usually, my choice of a good photo will have a lot of empty or nearly empty space with the point of interest being very obvious. This image though, hasn’t got any particular focal point for you to look deeply at. And Christmas is often like that too

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– with lots of things happening, family get togethers, remembering to take the turkey out of the freezer in time, huge amounts of cooking, brussels sprouts etc etc! I think that this picture captures some of the colour of Christmas (those red berries at the front and the white berries at the back for instance) as well as some of the chaos and messiness of our preparations. Unsurprisingly (to me anyway) it didn’t get any prizes, but it is a memory picture that brings back some recollections of the time.



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