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Welcome to YOUR Village Voice January


After a hectic December, January can be a bit of an anti-climax but does give us a chance to breathe again. As I write this (still mid-December), we have a very busy lead up to the 25th and looking forward to both carol concerts, singing and nativity whilst frantically still writing cards/buying presents/wondering when they’ll get wrapped/where to hide them away from curious offspring and dog. The Christmas delivery slot is booked, and, because I’d forgotten to get in there early, a nice bit of contingency is built in - who can forget Margo Leadbetter’s cancelled Christmas from the Good Life! There was, however, the year I’d been so organised I’d cleverly secured a late delivery for the 23rd. We were at a neighbour’s drinks party when the truck arrived, so for convenience I asked the driver to just offload the shopping into the boot of my car. Awoke the next morning to a still frozen solid turkey (it was a very cold night!) that had no chance of safely defrosting in time. I couldn’t get a fresh one - despite my best search efforts

- so instead we were treated to a couple of large chickens with all the usual trimmings. I did make it up to my guests by having them and others back a few weeks later and took the opportunity to shun to traditional route and prepare ‘the bird’ in a less conventional way - slow cooked, smothered in a wonderful Moroccan rub of spices and served with cous cous and chick peas. OK, I did have to do roasties for the children, but not a sprout in sight. Delicious! I’m still waiting for a flash of inspiration for our annual Hogmanay dinner party. We’ve had the same very traditional menu for a number of years and feel it’s time to shake it up a bit. My request for permission to return to the Murrrderr Mystery night format has been rejected by ‘himself’. Bah humbug! So it’s back to the drawing board... I hope you enjoy the magazine this month, please use our advertisers and keep hold of it until you get the next one. So we can deliver the magazine to most of the KT3 postcode, we split the distribution over a two month period. If you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the February one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, New Malden library, Tudor Williams and the Malden Centre but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website. The copy dates for the next couple of editions are below. If you’d like to advertise or have a local story to tell, please call or email.

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New Malden History Booking in by Robin Gill A local landowner (Mr David Bushell of Westbury Road) donated one of his outbuildings, a former stable, (the farmhouse was in the occupancy of Thomas Burkitt) for use as a public library, and paid for the adaptations necessary to equip it for its new function, initially for three years. The building measuring 20 foot by 10 foot, stood on the south side of Park Road, just off the Kingston Road, and was ready for use on 13th August 1929.The building’s steel shelves could hold some 2000 books, and there was a smaller room to be used as a reading room. A librarian being appointed was a Miss ER Cresswell. The initial cost to ratepayers was calculated at 3/8th of an old penny. There were over 2750 borrowers in the first year borrowing from a selection of over 3500 volumes. Steps were taken for the future with the acquisition of Mecklenburg House in May for the new library.

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St James parish was formed taking part of three separate areas Christchurch (New Malden), St John the Baptist (Old Malden) and St Saviour’s (Raynes Park). The Order in Council forming the new “district” was published in the London Gazette of 8th November 1929. The population of the area covered was approximately 7500 living over 40 roads in New Malden. The first “minister in charge” was Geoffrey Longsdon who had the foresight to buy the house opposite the church (193 Malden Road) known as St James House to be used as a vicarage. He also purchased the land next to the church for £375. The first home for St James was 87 Burlington Road, where a church dedicated to St James had been built in 1908 for the people in the immediate area to worship in. The building was never consecrated. A choir was formed in time for Advent Sunday 1929 consisting of four men and four ladies, and the church magazine commenced with an initial print run of 250. Rotary engines The New Malden Rotary Club was also founded in 1929 with the first president being the Rev Zia Bentley the vicar of the Congregational Church. They were founded in April that year, and were presented with their charter at a special dinner in Kingston on 18th June at the Zeeta Café. Rotary was an extension of goodwill and the making of money came secondary to the help they could give their fellow man. The Kingston Rotary Club agreed to act as foster club for the first twelve months of the new club’s existence. Before the advent of the National Health Service the local council had the responsibility for the initial treatment for its citizens involved in accidents and if adequate treatment wasn’t available, they had to provide means of transporting patients to the local hospital. To that effect the council purchased a new

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Anyone for tennis? Until the modern era, it was well-known that Fred Perry was the last British tennis player to win the Championships at Wimbledon (1934-36), what it probably less well known was that he was an accomplished table tennis player as well winning medals in the world championships of 1928/9. He also won his first ever open tennis tournament at Courtlands New Malden in August 1929 beating WF Freeman in the final. This was the same tournament where earlier in the week a field mouse had strayed onto the court causing a brief interlude in play as the two players Mrs Gwendoline Beamish and Miss ME Todd left the playing area quicker than the mouse who after running about a bit disappeared.

ambulance, the vehicle was a 20-25 hp Austin with an interior seven-foot-long, large enough for a stretcher and four seated passengers. The cost of the vehicle was £630 and proved very useful carrying the injured from the frequent accidents on the by-pass to the Kingston and District Hospital. Life in Malden in 1929 was not always a bed of roses. One resident of South Lane for over 50 years put pen to paper to complain about the amount of noise in the area especially on a Sunday. Motorbikes racing down the road, greengrocers brawling, the arrival of the strawberry seller, and street musicians. I wonder what he would have made of South Lane today.

One idea which seems to have never been brought to fruition was the idea of turning part of the Hogsmill River into an open-air swimming pool. Many children used the river for bathing already, and it was thought to be a relatively simple idea to purify the water from sewage. A purifying plant would cost only £170, but it is believed that the building of the Chessington rail line and later the 2nd World War put pay to the scheme.

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Sadness was widespread in the local area with the death of William John Cole of Chestnut Grove, the former headmaster of the Elm Road Boys School for 36 years (1883-1919) during which time over 2000 pupils attended. In 1883 the school was in Lime Grove and there were about 90 boys present, later a new school was built in Elm Road because of the increase in numbers. Under his headmastership the school was recognised as one of the best in the country, and on retirement, he became the manager there. Another council policy which does not seem to lasted the test of time was the donation by the chairman of a number of trees of remembrance to be planted in the locality for the “beautifying of the housing estates”. Eleven were donated in 1929, signifying 11 years since the end of the 1st World War and this was officially recognised by the council wherein “remembrance may be observed”. This idea again may have been overtaken by the advent of further wars.

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Community New Malden VC Plaques The Victoria Cross is awarded for ‘Gallantry in the presence of the enemy’. Gallantry is not ‘Bravery’! It is where, despite your knowing that the task is onerous, perhaps dangerous, you make the decision to continue -despite the risk to yourselfbecause the action is, in your heart and mind, absolutely necessary. New Malden is one of only four towns in the world that has 3 Victoria Cross recipients recognised on its war memorial. The other three towns have prominent memorials to the recipients, in addition to the town’s War Memorial, and people in the town or visiting can read what their individuals did ‘above and beyond the call of duty’. Sadly, New Malden is currently the only town of the four without any dedicated memorial to its Victoria Cross recipients and it is now time (and long, long overdue) that these men, who each selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice, are recognised and are commemorated in sight of the War Memorial. Our aim is to mount 4 plaques commemorating the 3 VCs on the wall of Waitrose (who has given permission) such that people, young and old, can stop, read, think and then turn to consider the others on the memorial who also gave their lives that we can live as we do today - freely. The fourth plaque is to respectfully acknowledge in general, ALL others, civilians, essential services from Maldens and Coombe who too have served the Borough and who, in so doing, have sadly also paid the ultimate price in troubles, conflicts, war and in peace. Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society (who will be responsible for the monies) have produced a booklet ‘We knew you were coming’ (£5.00 plus postage ) telling the story of each of our 3 V.C.s (available from our website) but we would dearly like to erect these plaques whilst close family members of the recipients are alive.

in March on the 75th Anniversary of the gallantry of Cyril Barton. We have secured £1,250 from initial donations (Waitrose / John Lewis Partnership has kindly donated £1,000 ) but we require the set target to pay the balance for the plaques and their mounting, etc.. Please help us honour the gallantry of these three men and , in so doing, honour all those on the adjacent War Memorial too. The motto for the old Borough of Maldens and Coombe was ‘DUCIT AMOR OPPIDI’ (The Love of our Town Leads us). Please help us show that people of New Malden (along with Old Malden and Coombe) still love the town and, more importantly remembers and is grateful! Many thanks for any contribution you can make whatever will help. You can donate online or send a cheque payable to the Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society to the Village Voice address on page 4.

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Community A Big Thank You From the Malden Fortnight Committee Another very successful “Switch on” took place on Friday 30th November and thanks must go to the all the members of our community who braved a pretty cold evening and lined the High Street and then waited patiently to meet Santa Claus in St. George’s Square. We are allowed the use of the square courtesy of CLS Holdings and through Clan the general manager and Rotary we had the luxury of a cabin for Santa and the Mayor to sit in this year. This was decorated by Peter Findlater and his team. This annual event requires many areas of expertise and support to ensure that things go well. Firstly we must thank the Rangers of RBK who erect and dismantle the safety barriers in the square. RBK contractors Kier ensure that the central catenary lights illuminate along with the seasonal starburst festoons.

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As I reported in the November 2018 issue of ‘Village Voice’, we on the ‘Friends of Beverley Park’ have built a very good relationship with the Study School, New Malden. In October, a class from the school helped us plant 2000 daffodil bulbs. On 28th November they were back in force (ie the whole school - from the Nursery to Year 6) to plant over 100 hedge saplings supplied (gratis) by the ‘Woodland Trust’. We had already agreed with the school that the hedge would be created as a memorial to the more than 300 local men who were killed fighting for this county in the First World War. To help mark this very special occasion, we were very honoured to have joining us: the Mayor of Kingston Cllr Thay Thayalan; Cllr Lesley Heap (from Beverley Ward); Captain Kevin Haresign from the Kingston Army Reserve Centre; and representatives from the Malden & Coombe British Legion. Oversight of the planting was done by Andy Robinson from Idverde (the contract company that looks after Kingston’s parks).

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of friends, I decided to hit the charity shops. I questioned whether I would dare to wear a dress that I’d bought in a charity shop. However, I was blown away by the cornucopia of amazing dresses available and wore a blue and black ‘Et Vous’ dress for the black tie event. It cost £4.50! (See pic). I’ve also got dresses lined up for the two weddings. I got some amazing compliments about the Et Vous dress and some friends mentioned that they would love to support charity shops but they just don’t have the time to visit and look through the clothes. This got me on to the idea of my new enterprise called ‘Charity Cat’; you tell me what event you’d like a dress or outfit for and I’ll do the legwork and ‘prowl’ the charity shops for you. I’ll make sure the dresses or clothes are in great condition and will offer returns. This means you will still be supporting the charity shops and doing your bit for recycling, but all from the comfort of your own home with great prices and getting a bespoke service too! If this would appeal to you, please visit my Facebook page ‘Charity Cat New Malden’ Please visit my Facebook page to see more.pictues of some of my ‘finds’. Charity Cat New Malden’ ‘or send me an email to charitycatnewmalden@gmail. com’

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New Malden Matters Taking the Lead on Air Quality

Spurred on by the recent report by ClientEarth condemning the current government air quality strategy, wherein they urge ‘government leadership’ to stop the ‘air pollution crisis’, our association is again taking the lead in testing air quality in New Malden. Our last round of testing took place two We, like many of you, attended the exhibition, and years ago, revealing shocking results; nitrogen were left with many questions and concerns, one dioxide levels were above the legal limit on Malden of which was a strong concern about air pollution. Road by St. James’ Church, significantly over the limit As anyone who shops in Aldi will know, St John’s at the Fountain Roundabout, at Burlington School, Road can be a nightmare at the best of times, with with the worst site on the High Street at the junction cars regularly queuing over 15 minutes to exit to the with Blagdon Road. Five of our ten sites were over Kingston Road - this is without the extra 144/160 legal limits, with a further two very close to this limit. ' P U T This Y O time U R around, GARD E Ntesting M A in I Na variety TENA cars that will be on site if permission is granted for we’re ofN C E I N T H S O F retesting S O M Esites O Nsuch E W OElm R ERoad A Llevel LY CARES the Fairview development. We recognise that it isH A N Dlocations, asHthe government and London policy to limit parking crossing, the High Street, Fountain Roundabout, spaces in developments that are near public Burlington School, and are particularly focusing on - Tree surgery - One off Tidy transport, as one way of trying to improve traffic the area around Homebase in- Kingston Road in the Stump Grinding - Garden Maintenance congestion, and the developers assert that fewer light of the recent proposal for mass development. - Strimming and Weeding - Decking Lawnsto be with people are buying cars, probably because young We expectand the results us in late December Garden clearance people are so financially stretched, but limiting - Hedge and willTrimming be sure to share our -findings with our spaces will put parking pressure on local streets. members in January. - Path and Patio Washing - Landscaping

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The problem with air pollution is that we cannot actually see it and, therefore, tend to ignore what is now a major issue. It has now been shown that children living in areas of high air pollution will suffer from reduced lung capacity and even babies in the womb can have their lung development affected. Unicef, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, have recently pointed out that we focus on older people when we discuss winter pressures on the NHS, but the majority of patients admitted to hospital for respiratory illness in winter are actually young children. Cold, still weather both aggravates illnesses such as asthma, and can also worsen air pollution so there is a double whammy. In October 2018, the Government set out its intended action to tackle air pollution in the UK and improve air quality. It lists thirty- three local authorities and details how they will now take action to reduce harmful NO2 emissions; Kingston is not amongst them.

on the road. Travel along the High Street, Kingston Road, or Burlington Road almost any time of the day, and traffic is bumper to bumper. It is only going to get worse. Of course, it is not only traffic that is causing air pollution; our homes can be at fault with all the cleaning products we now use. Cigarette smoke, vapour, wood burners etc. are all adding to the problem and just about every single one of us is part of this problem. More information on the proposed development on Kingston Road will be available in January, when Fairview Homes intend to hold a further public exhibition with more detailed plans and designs. Please go and see it, and if you aren’t yet a member of the New Malden Residents’ Association, please visit our website and consider joining us for just £5 per year. James Giles Frances Marsh

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Events Cinderella St James Players New Malden’s drama group, St James’s Players, are staging a family pantomime “Cinderella” from Saturday 19- Saturday 26 January in St James’s church hall, Bodley Road, New Malden, KT3 5QD. This is a true family show, written and directed by longterm members of the group, Sarah and John Taylor, and with a cast of over 20, including dancers from Kirstie’s Star Dancing School. There will be 6 performances, including 3 matinees, and details are on their website Each year St James’s Players fundraise to support a local charity and this year it’s Kingston Mencap, so their first performance on 19 January is to support this charity, members of whom will attend. This show follows all the usual pantomime traditions oh yes it does! This story begins, as all good fairy tales do, Once Upon A Time….

Cinderella is a fair and kind-hearted girl who is at the mercy of her cruel and spiteful stepmother and appalling stepsisters. Her one true friend is Buttons the bell-boy who always looks after her. Her poor father, Baron Hardluck, has spent all his money on a business venture that is crumbling around his ears. His faithful staff work hard to keep things going but the outlook is grim. Meanwhile, a neighbouring Prince is looking for a bride and this could be the very opportunity for Baroness Hardluck to ensure one of her daughters marries into everlasting wealth – as long as Cinderella is kept out of the way. With the occasional interesting twist, St James’s Players adaptation brings this popular story alive once more in a truly magical way. Evening performances take place 24th-26th January 2019 at 7.45pm; Matinees 19th, 20th & 26th January 2019 at 2.30pm. Doors open 2.00pm & 7.15pm. Tickets cost £10 adults and £5 children (12 & under), including programme. Box office 07747 818920 or book online at

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The Space New Malden United Reformed Church Free Wednesday Lunchtime Recitals. January to July 2019 Time:13.10-13.50 The Merton Concert Band, based in Wimbledon, was formed in 1981, the brainchild of a former mayor of the London Borough of Merton. It had strong links with the famous Mantovani Orchestra through its star trumpeter and conductor, Stan Newsome. He died in 1989, but his motto is still maintained that: “The audience should be entertained, not educated.” We play a wide variety of music from our extensive library and welcome new players of all ages. We are also available for hire for various events. So if you are interested in joining our friendly and enthusiastic band or would like to hire us, please email us for more information at: We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Old Ruts Rugby Club, Poplar Road, SW19 3JS and would be pleased to meet you.


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gives you little time to go through the documents properly, and to carefully consider what you’re doing. Tax loopholes Pension fraudsters might say they know of tax loopholes, or ways in which you could make extra savings on tax. There are no tax loopholes with legitimate pension arrangements. Withholding contact details If they don’t want you to call them back, have limited contact information available, only a mobile phone number or a PO Box address, for example, it’s cause for serious concern and you should cease communications with them straight away. Pension scammer common phrases These are some of the words and phrases used to con people out of their hard-earned pensions (they could all be used at any time during the con process): • Tax loophole: relating to the early withdrawal of pension funds. • Sophisticated investor: often when trying to sell products ‘not traditionally available’. • Free-of-charge: in relation to pension reviews and transfers.

• This offer won’t last long/you need to sign quickly/ we’ll send a courier with your documents: high pressure selling tactics. • Pension loan/savings advance/cash incentive: in relation to unlocking a pension before you’re 55. What can you do if you think you’re being targeted by scammers? • Simply hang up the phone and block their number if you believe you’re being targeted. Ignore any email messages or text communications. • Check the FCA Register – this contains firms authorised to provide pension and other financial advice. If they’re on the register, make sure the contact details match those provided by the FCA. • Contact Pension Wise or the Pensions Advisory Service for free, impartial advice and guidance. • Report it to the FCA on 0800 111 6768, and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. • Contact your own pension provider – they may still be able to block a transfer of monies. Hopefully, being aware of the common tactics used by pension scammers, and when they’re likely to be used, will offer some protection, and help you avoid becoming one of the unfortunate and startling statistics.

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

Monday Netball Club Mondays 8.30pm

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

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

minutes walk from Motspur Park station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 898896,

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

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

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

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

Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham Spicer Institute, by entrance to 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 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY welcome Talking Of Trains In Surbiton Talks at the Surbiton Library Hall each Wed evening throughout the winter months. 1st meeting free, cost £50pa www.talkingof

Colouring Club A soothing and enjoyable pastime for adults with no skills needed. 1011am at Cafe Galio. Royal British Legion, Malden and Coombe Branch meetings are held at the Grafton Club on the second Wed of the month at 2.30pm. New members welcome. Jan Feist:


KINGSTON U3A SINGERS! 10.30 - 12.30, Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent, Surbiton KT6 4BN. We enjoy singing many different styles of music. There is no formal audition but we are looking for the ability to sing in tune, a willingness to practice at home between rehearsals and, above all, an enthusiasm for making music. A quarterly charge is levied to cover choir expenses. Please ring Helga Randall 020 8397 8712 or Roger Dench on 07759 020433. Early Morning Running Group Speed work on tarmacked areas, totaling 6-8 miles. Mixed ability group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three minutes walk from Motspur Park station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 898896, New Malden Quilters Association is a not-for-profit group which meets on the first Thursday evening of each month at St John The Divine, Kingston Road, New Malden from 7.30 – Refreshments are provided during the evening.

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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.

various organisations; outings, clubs, bring and buy sales and competitions. We charge just £3 for your first visit which includes coffee and biscuits. Deirdre Banks on 020 89494743

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

Malden Centre Orchestra Malden Centre, Blagdon Road, 10am-12noon every Thursday (term St. John’s Hall is open between time only). Come and enjoy great 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If symphonic music in a friendly group you are on your own please feel free of players under the leading of an to drop in for a free cup of tea and experience conductor. some company. 411 Malden Road (between Worcester Park station and Contact: The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby. Tolworth Badminton Club The Malden and Coombe Tolworth Recreation Centre Townswomen’s Guild welcome new Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 members. We meet at 10am on the Intermediate/advanced level Pat 0208 third Thursday of the month at the United Reformed Church hall in New 395 9175 or just turn up Malden. We are a friendly group of Malden Emergency First Aid women of all ages and backgrounds. Society (Mefas) Members meet each Thursday evening at 7.30pm for We have interesting speakers from 075785780726

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Kingston Association for The Blind Lunch Club at The Mefas Hall, rear of Malden Centre, Cocks Crescent, New Malden - for people with a severe sight loss - for a sandwich lunch on the last Thursday of every month 12.30 to 2.30 pm. £3 per person and friends or family are welcome.Kerry at K.A.B. 020 8605 0060

Come and join our friendly local bridge club at the Shiraz Mirza hall (behind Norbiton station). We play 24 hands of duplicate bridge - with electronic scoring - every Thurs from 7.30pm.Host system so partners always available. £5 table money. Parking available outside the hall. Also buses and trains from very close by. Rosemary Vase 0208 5468719 or Pauline Finn 0208 549 3270 or just turn up

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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


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

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

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


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

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



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

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

Supreme Bowls Club

We welcome new bowlers of both sexes, all ages, and all abilities from late April to end of Sept. Come and try bowling for free. We are a friendly club with around 70 members on the Kings College Sports Ground close to Woodies pub at the junction of Thetford Road and Windsor Avenue, New Malden, KT3 5BF. Mick or Di on 020 8942 0294.

West Wimbledon Society Table Tennis Club

Friendly social table tennis club in Raynes Park welcomes new members (sorry not complete beginners). 020 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.

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Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society Art Competition In March this year, the Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society again asked local infants and Junior Schools to submit entries to our Art competitions for our Green and Wood awards. (these are named in memory of two of our members who have passed away). The two competitions were for children aged 5-8 and children aged 9-11, and we asked the children to produce a picture of the local area. This could be anything; their school, place of worship, houses, parks, shops, roads, etc. They could use any medium they like; drawing, painting, collage and so forth. As before, we are again grateful for New Malden Library displaying some of the successful entries like

last year, and there were engraved awards for the winner’s school to keep for a year, as this is an annual competition. Entries were judged by members of our society, and were original, imaginative, and striking, use a lot of colour, and the child’s own work, the size was limited to A3 (297mm X 420mm). The winners this year were Anna Benkova from The Study School, and Iman Khan from Westbury House School. Special praise was given by the judges for all the entrants for their ability, and use of colour in their pictures. As one of the teachers said “These lovely little competitions are fabulous for the children’s confidence”

Pride Of Maldens And Coombe Every year in March, the Maldens And Coombe Heritage Society run a competition among the local community to present an award to an organisation which has brought pride and esteem to the area. In the first year it was Waitrose in the High Street, for the way they had retained the original fascia of the former council offices within their design of their building. Last year the award went to Suttle’s Of Malden, also in the High Street, for their general level of service to customers, coupled with their friendly approach. This year, we wanted to do something slightly different, and present an award to a local club, society, or association. We were looking for nominations for suitable groups that are; Non-political, Based in the Maldens and Coombe area, Active for at least three years, And open to all adult residents of the district. The organisation could have been part of a church, sports group, a special interest group, a craft group, a


reading group, local charity etc. We were delighted this year to make the award to Staywell based at Raleigh House in Nelson Road for their services to the community over the years. The Heritage Society Chairman (Maureen Wilkins) and the Secretary went to the centre on 17th August on the invitation of Cathy Weight (Day and Outreach Services Development Manager) to present the award (as pictured) We found the centre packed with happy users, and were delighted to talk to many of them, asking what they enjoyed most about the services offered. We were then given a tour around the building, and were very impressed as to the facilities available. We left, secure in the knowledge that our members (who had voted for the award) had made the correct decision. We promised that we would return, to donate two of our history books (Monday was always washday) for the centre, and when requested to talk about the history of the local area.

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These delicious individual hot lemon puddings are the perfect sweet treat after a hearty winter supper or Sunday lunch.

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100g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 175g golden caster sugar

Zest and juice of 2 large lemons (you will need about 120ml lemon juice) 4 medium eggs, separated 75g plain flour 130ml milk

2 tbsp flaked almonds


Icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas mark 4. Grease six 175ml ovenproof ramekin dishes with butter. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Beat in the lemon zest then beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. Sift over half the plain flour and fold in, then fold in the lemon juice and milk. Sift over the rest of the flour and fold in. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared ramekin dishes and sprinkle over the flaked almonds. Place the dishes in a large roasting tin and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden on top. Serve immediately, dusted with icing sugar.

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please contact our Secretary on 07946526783 or Barry Collins 0774025725 The lights are six years old now and will require renewal before too long. There again more funds will be required.

A question asked by many inhabitants of New Malden. Last season the High Street longed for a little brightening. The Rotary Club of New Malden is responsible for purchasing the hanging baskets and arranging their maintenance. Of course this requires financial back up by the community and we approach local shopkeepers for donations since the local councils contribution is really quite small. In all it costs around £3000 annually to finance the display. Last year the donations were insufficient to provide the baskets. Many local residents will have seen Santa’s arrival in the High Street on Friday 30th November accompanied by His Worship the Mayor and Mayoress. As Santa passed down the High Street he switched on the lights.— A little Winter brightening! The festive motifs have been on site all during the last year due to the contractors request to have the High Street closed to take them down. Closure of the High Street is an expensive operation that we did not have funds to cover. We are trying to find a cheaper alternative for the coming year.

All the this endeavours to explain a little about why your donations are vital to help in these areas, as well as in all the other areas that your generosity to our collections helps. Each year we review the destination of funds raised for our local and international projects. Very many thanks are due to the population of New Malden . Ten years ago at the start of the Rotary year the club had 38 full members of which only 1 was a lady. Today we have 36 full members of which 7 are ladies. We have 22 full members left from 10 years ago. Our longest serving full member has been with the club now for 48 years and happens to be one of the more active members. Traffic, street parking, slight reduction in membership and ageing all affect our ability to gather funds especially at Christmas. Nevertheless we will continue to support our local and International projects. Yes, we do need new active members. Contact details above




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Gardening Winter Colour by Pippa Greenwood Happy New Year to you! Despite the winter weather, with planning and strategic planting your garden can still look gorgeous, with colourful plants to add interest to your plot. Dogwoods or Cornus are great winter stem-colour plants. Planted in a moist sunny spot, the crimson-red stems are stunning during winter, plus in autumn you’ll get red and purple foliage. To keep these colourful stems coming, cut them back to ground level in late spring every alternate year. Winter classic good looks come from hollies, either green-leaved or in variegated form, such as ‘Argentea Marginata’ with silvery leaf edges, ‘Golden Queen’ with golden-yellow leaf edges, or ‘Ferrox Argentea’ with silver-edged leaves covered with prickles! Some willows can be kept quite small, and have stunning coloured winter stems. For egg-yolk yellow stems go for Salix alba ‘Vitellina’, for scarlet-orange stems there is ‘Britzensis’, or Salix acutifolia ‘Blue Streak’ has purple stems with a slivery-grey bloom and grey buds. These stems also need to be cut back to ground level every two years. The ghost bramble, Rubus cockburnianus, a relative of the standard bramble, has arching white stems that look great in winter sunshine. In summer it produces sprays of small purple flowers. Christmas Roses or hellebores, including Helleborus argutiflorus, have cup-shaped green flowers with prominent stamens, are tough and perform well. The classic Christmas rose proper is white-flowered (developing a pink tinge as they age), and look stunning against the central cluster of golden-yellow stamens. The variety ‘Potters Wheel’ has flowers up to 10cm in diameter. Snowdrops in single and double forms look great planted in drifts or naturalised on a grassy bank. Buy ready-to-flower snowdrops in pots now, plant them out, and then plant them ‘in the green’ in a month or two’s time, when you can get the bulbs, complete with leaves, ready for planting by mail order.


Winter aconites have bright yellow, shiny petals and flowers like golden stars, and produce a superb display when planted close to and amongst snowdrops. Plenty of moisture without waterlogging is key. Winter flowering pansies make a splash of colour in any garden, with just about every conceivable colour available. Even when struck by frost, the flowers soon perk up again. Clematis cirrhosa is a winter-flowering climber with yellow to white bell-shaped flowers and a delicate lemony perfume. The inner surface of the petals is delicately freckled, with variety ‘Freckles’ having the best dark spotting. The flowers last from early winter until the start of spring. Winter-flowering jasmine can be loosely trained against a wall for a great winter display of bright yellow starry flowers, and will remind you that spring is coming! At you can join ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ for great vegetable plants and weekly advice, practical and pretty plant supports, the fantastic SpeedHoe, gardening tools, signed books and more! Or why not book Pippa for a talk at your gardening club?

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


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


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


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


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


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Parkin’ some thoughts Fighting Fit

by Nick Hazell

The London Prize Ring Rules of 1838 make for an exciting read. They introduced measures that remain in effect for professional boxing to this day. From then on, head butting, gouging, scratching, kicking, hitting a man while down, using stones or hard objects in the hands and biting were outlawed from the ring to become features of the January sales. Boxing today is a bit safer now than in the early 19th century. Even so, on the surface it might be hard to see how a sport in which two people throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time with the express aim of beating each other senseless, could offer anything of interest to your average Parky. After all, brave and inspirational though he was, Mohammad Ali wasn’t the best advertisement for the neurological benefits of this particular sport. Yet, as that other pugilistic philosopher Lennox Lewis remarked, in boxing you create a strategy to beat each new opponent and in that sense it’s just like chess, only slightly more blood, missing teeth and Sylvester Stallone. When your opponent is the “Parkinator”, having a strategy that keeps you on your feet rather than one which sends you crashing to the canvass is a must have. As it turns out, all of the things boxers do in training that build balance, speed, agility and flexibility, people with Parkinson’s need to help reduce and even reverse some of the effects of the condition. I first experienced the potential as part of a gruelling session with Craig, my personal trainer at the Malden Centre. Craig is a man who can make a minute during the course of a workout seem like a fortnight, but he’s brilliant at adjusting his sadistic techniques to challenge my physical deficiencies and our boxing sessions became a highlight of the week.

At this point I should say that no one gets hit. It’s all about using boxing moves and other strength and conditioning methods to get the brain and body to work in collaboration which is not the typical way of things Chez Parkinson’s. Hammering at the punch bag or hitting the pads also affords the opportunity to get rid of some of the frustration that comes with the daily experience of living in that inhospitable accommodation without getting arrested. So convinced am I as to the potential benefits, I’ve even helped to set up a charity to support the work of my friend Charlotte. She’s a specialist fitness coach from up North who has pioneered these techniques in the UK and is achieving some incredible results. People who have not walked for years are now skipping and throwing punches, more often than not in the right direction. I’m not sure what’s happened to me, but through this experience I seem to have developed a social conscience which is inconvenient for a corporate lawyer. At present, our London offering is confined to the fashionable but Parky strewn surroundings of Peckham. The concept has the backing of Parkinson’s UK, the European Parkinson’s Association and is being sign posted through the NHS. They, of course, are not doing the work or paying the bills, but the hope is that the combination of Charlotte’s tenacity with the outcome of a research program will lead to a more widely available alternative treatment. Of course, this isn’t a cure. Parkinson’s doesn’t play to the Marquis of Queensbury’s standards. It flouts the Prize Ring Rules, constantly hitting the man when he’s down, holding him against the ropes and pouring the spit bucket over his head. What I hope we’re doing through this initiative though is adding a few lead weights to the gloves of fate and giving our opponent a few painful blows under the belt. After all, it’s no more than he deserves.

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A Photographer Dreams... January by Hugh Griffiths

This picture was taken in Richmond Park – near the Roehampton Gate for those who know the area. A very cold January that year, with snow lying on the ground and the trees looking their stark best for the camera. I really like trees in winter; their lack of leaves gives them an architectural feel with lots of tracery and detail to look at. And here, the trees, alongside the Beverley Brook are particularly interesting. They look like they have been pollarded, so that the branches are sparse and thin – making it seem like someone has given the tree a bad fright. To be honest, I don’t find this part of the park great for pictures; it’s too open and doesn’t have enough trees or deer to create enough interest. However, there is a whole line of these trees along the brook, and they can make for a nice photograph. There is a good photo to be taken of the whole line of them – but I saw that the single tree silhouetted against the snow-covered grass would work. So, I took a few shots, and decided that this one could bear with some extreme editing. I took all the colour out and increased the exposure of the picture, so that I could get what is called a very high key look. Does it work? I think so: the picture is certainly worth more than a passing glance. The detail on the tree itself – the bark and the bit of snow in the crook of the trunks – together with a lot of missing detail elsewhere in the picture make the trees the centre; as if they weren’t anyway, but even more so now. The branches were sharpened to create that crispy gossamer effect … I really like it and it was one of my earliest “good” photographs.


Bushy Park again. There are two car parks, one of which is almost always full. But that is the one near the ponds which have nice trees around them and plenty of water birds – swans, gulls of different sorts, ducks, coot. There is a lot to photograph when you’re there, but that’s not always a helpful situation to be in. You can flounder around, taking pictures of a lot of nice things, but never settling down to take a great photo of a particular scene. That’s one of my problems: not thinking ahead as to what I want to photograph and therefore just looking around to see what’s good. It can work, but I know (and need to keep telling myself ) that some of my best work has come when I’ve sat and looked and waited. This picture is a result of that sitting and waiting. Swans are beautiful creatures, very graceful and elegant. They glide along as if there is nothing for them to do – just swanning along (sorry!). But they are not exactly uncommon, and lots of people take lots of pictures of them. The trick is to make a picture that is a bit different, but still shouts ‘swan’ at the viewer. I spent a fair amount of time looking at a pair of swans – they mate for life and spend their days swimming around with their mates and, when the time comes, with their cygnets. A lot of photos, then. But too many were of the normal, and too common, graceful ship floating along variety. Then they turned their backs on me: and the tips of the wings seemed to be so lovely and clean, and pure. I was really pleased with this image; the feathers are sharp, the background doesn’t take anything away from the wings, and way in which they are arc-ing towards each other is attractive. During the first half of last year a friend and I spent time walking along the Wey and Godalming Navigations in the Guildford area. We took a 3- or 4-mile portion each time, and gradually covered the whole length. These canals are absolutely amazing. You are less than a kilometre from the A3 in most

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cases, or even in the heart of Guildford, but you could be 100 kilometres away. Particularly in the countryside, surrounded by farms and water meadows, crossing roads and walking past locks; I have lived around here for ages, and have never been. What a waste! Late January, then, and we were walking a stretch from Guildford to Bowers Lock in surprisingly nice weather. It wasn’t exactly tropical sunshine, but you can see that the sun was doing its best to keep us happy. And since this was our first walk that was quite an important motivator. There were lots of very pretty views – of the canal itself, canal barges, the locks, the houses alongside the path; but the picture that has stood out to me is this gentleman, probably homeless and carrying his belongings on his back, walking up the path, overtaking us and moving into the distance. We did say hello, but there was no conversation. And I took a few pictures of him on his way. This one, however, sums up a lot of the pathos and hardness of his situation (of course, I am making an enormous amount of assumptions about him – always dangerous!). There he is, his world on his shoulders,

marching slowly but determinedly along. On a path that winds into the distance, but with no rest places in view. A couple of kilometres away is Guildford, and behind us is Bowers Lock. Where is he going? What are his thoughts? I don’t know, but I hope this picture helps you, just a bit, to care. As you may realise, I don’t often take photos with people in them – last year that began to change and maybe 2019 will continue that change – so this is pretty unusual. It helps me remember that for all the beauty in our landscapes it is people, you and me, who really matter. I love nice looking images, but sometimes one that sends a message can be much more valuable. Try it – think about something you want to say from a picture, try to capture that message in the photo. And then see if that communicates to the viewer. They may get a different message, maybe none at all, but it is truly worth trying. The Malden Camera Club meets on most Thursday evenings at the Library in Kingston Road. We are a friendly group and love our photography. Come along one evening. You will be very welcome!



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Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch A Happy New Year to you all from Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion! January is always a time of reflection but also a time to look forward to the coming year and make plans for the months ahead. We look back on 2018 and remember visiting The Poppy Factory, visiting local schools and care homes, Ypres in Belgium for the 100 years Remembrance Parade, taking part in the Malden Fortnight Parade and running a High street stall. Not to mention arranging, organising and taking part in Once again, we all wish you a Happy and Peaceful 2019! November 11th’s Armistice Remembrance Service. Also our BBQ’s and Christmas meal and, of course, TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND THE this year’s Poppy Appeal. As usual, the New Malden FUTURE OF THE LIVING Residents pulled out all the stops and donated over £22,000! This amazing amount will help us support our Armed forces personnel who are in need of KING GEORGE FIELD physical, mental or financial assistance. Throughout the year I will be showing you, thanks to the Village Voice, how the £52 million raised each year is spent and I’m sure we will be visiting some of the residential facilities that help those veterans and their families who are in need. We also hope to raise money locally from events throughout the year. So, if you would like to join us in 2019, please don’t hesitate to contact myself on 07900482379 or the main RBL number 0808 8028080 or where it will take 2 minutes to become a member for only £19 a year. Please quote Malden and Coombe as your branch of choice. All membership joining fees go towards The British Legion support fund. So we look forward to hopefully seeing some of you in the coming year. You need not do anything once you have joined. You can be a silent member. However, if you choose to join us at one of our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm in the Grafton Club, you will be made very welcome!


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