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Welcome to YOUR Village Voice June

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Following a washout May our water butts are overflowing and looking forward to dryer times ahead! Great for my developing gardening ambitions – I know, it’s taken a while! The herb garden is looking very healthy and seeds planted on the kitchen windowsill are developing nicely. So far! I’ve been the lucky lockdown recipient of a handcrafted garden gazebo shelter (clever husband) and we have enjoyed following the rules and entertaining outside in the dry - only having to cancel once because the recent weather was just too miserable. Judging by the reported shortage of garden furniture, fencing supplies and cement, lots of us are looking forward to spending the summer enjoying our outdoor spaces and our local parks are looking beautiful too. Now all we need is the sun.

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As restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks and months we should be able to start including club and community information again and, maybe even some What’s On listings. If you have something to contribute, or, would like to advertise in our July edition please do get in touch. And thanks so much to all our advertisers this month, I do hope that you’ll support them and our other local businesses during continuingly difficult times for many. Remember, we deliver to most homes every second month but if it’s not delivered to you, you can read it on your phone, tablet or PC or collect a copy from Waitrose, The Malden Centre, Suttles or New Malden library. But remember, copies are limited. 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. Until next time, very best wishes,

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New Malden History It’s for you by Robin Gill In the year 2000, 95% of UK households had a landline. This had risen steadily from 35% in 1970 and fell to 85% in 2017. This has probably fallen even further to date with popularity of mobiles and computers. Also disappearing are the local printed telephone directories. The last one for the local area was published in 2016, as was the Thomson Directory, and the last local Yellow Pages was distributed in the Kinston area in January 2018. Of course, access to telephone numbers is still available through directory enquiries and digitally on the web. I remember when large thick directories were available in telephone boxes (remember them?) and the short-lived telephone cards. My memory even goes back to the black boxes with the A and B buttons. After placing your coins in the coin slot, you dialled the number and when the call was answered pressed button A. If there was no answer, you pressed button B to get your money back or any unused coins. Coins used were old pennies, and the timing of these calls did not start until 1960. The first of these call boxes opened in 1906, and at their height were placed all-round the New Malden area including two outside the exchange in Coombe Road and also outside the station, the post office, and several around the Fountain area. In the early days’ calls could be made from the various post offices in the area, and from the premises of enterprising retailers such as Cleasby Chorley, a chemist in the Market Place who realised that providing such a service would bring customers into his premises. The dialling code for Malden corresponded with the letters on the old dial. MAL was originally 625 which was converted later to 942. The automatic exchange in Coombe Road was built in 1937 but only brought into service at the end of July 1939 just over a month before the start of World War Two. It was modernised in 1994 with the introduction of digital equipment. The subscribers As far as telephone numbers were concerned the MALDEN exchange began in 1907, starting with the prestigious number MALDEN 1 which surprisingly wasn’t allocated to the local council as they already were reachable under the number KINGSTON 555 a number dating back to 1905 when the council offices were opened where Waitrose now stands. The

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Municipal Offices only reverted to number Malden 1 just before World War One when the Fire Station next door was designated MALDEN 100. In February 1907 Mr James Ward Burchell a solicitor with offices in Westminster and a large 12 roomed house called Copthorne, just off Grafton Road in Worcester Park, was given the number MALDEN 1. He specialised in the law covering the building and maintenance of new railway lines throughout the country. Unfortunately, the possession of an important telephone number did not preclude Mr Burchell from ill-health and he died in March of the following year (1908). The house (and telephone number) was sold to Charles James L’Estrange a budding author of children’s adventure books wring under the name Herbert (or Mrs Herbert) Strang with George Herbert Ely. The partnership produced nearly 50 books. The number MALDEN 2 was given to James Brand Pinker who lived in the Oaks, the Avenue, Worcester Park which now houses Badgers Court (no 27) divided into six maisonettes. Pinker was the literary agent for amongst others HG Wells, Arnold Bennett, Joseph Conrad, George Gissing, Oscar Wilde and Somerset Maugham an impressive list. MALDEN 4 was the first of the entries from Malden being the surgery of Dr George Cowen and Dr William George Porter. This property eventually became the site of Woolworths in 1936. Dr Cowen died in 1925, is remembered in Christchurch through the Oak Reredos above the Communion Table in the Chancel. MALDEN 5 was allocated to Mr Payne a dairyman at 39 Malden Road, a forerunner to the dairy company Coleman and Cole. It is now an estate agent Parry and Drewett.

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MALDEN 8 was at Gateforth Lodge Traps Lane the home of Humphrey Brooke Firman the father of one of Malden’s Victoria Cross recipients. He was descended from old and historic Yorkshire families. Gateforth Hall near Selby Yorkshire was the seat of the family. MALDEN 9 was the telephone number allocated. to the estate agency Hawes and Co (who have recently closed their office in New Malden). Hawes and Co were established in 1885 and covered the local area. The offices have moved over the years, but they were last in Coombe Road.

MALDEN 6 belonged to a firm of auctioneers and surveyors named Boyton Sons and Trevor who had an office on Coombe Parade (recently demolished). They were established in 1878 in Fulham and by 1907 had premises in New Malden. They acted as agents for the Alric Avenue estate and were reprimanded by the Council for allowing the use of clinker instead of broken brick and stone hardcore in the laying out of the road. They were to become a short-lived enterprise, ending business in 1908, and filing for bankruptcy as the property market took a downturn. MALDEN 7 was a firm of solicitors called Corbould Ellis and Mitchell with an office at 7 The Parade (demolished), and a main office in Lombard Street London. Horace Charles Mitchell who lived at Ivydene in Sandal Road had been elected onto the council in 1906. He moved to Coombe Lodge where he died in 1924.

MALDEN 10 was installed in the home of Thomas Charles Cloud who lived in Abbotsford a large house in Nelson Road. Thomas was a consulting metallurgical engineer born in Hackney in 1848, he spent 25 years in Australia as manager of the Wallaroo Smelting Works in South Australia. Returning to England in 1903, he moved to New Malden in 1906, he operated a laboratory in the accumulator works of Pritchetts and Gold in London. He relocated to the south coast for health reasons, but died in Bournemouth in 1918.

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MALDEN 11 was the telephone number of Alan Woods who a butchery and grocery business at 1 Park Terrace near Worcester Park Station. Mr Woods was famous for his window displays especially around Christmas time. Each year, this included bullocks, 200 turkeys, 50 geese, and game birds. The public were invited to guess the weight of the largest bullock, with the nearest estimate winning 20 lbs of beef. MALDEN 12 was at the home of Auriol Alan Henry Auriol-Barker a solicitor, who from the beginning of the 20th century lived at Royal Avenue near the top of Barrow Hill Worcester Park changing its name from the original Hunters Hill. He was very keen on Polo and was one of the founders of the Worcester Park Polo Club who played at what was to become Motspur Park. He also gave his name to Auriol Park in Worcester Park (Salisbury Road), which opened in 1958. MALDEN 14 was given to The Wimbledon Shooting Grounds which adjoined Worcester Park Station in 65 acres of land which ran alongside the railway line. These grounds have now been replaced by the Kingshill and Pembury Avenues Estate. MALDEN 15 belonged to George Estwick the landlord of The Worcester Park public house. George had arrived

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New Malden Rotary ... and our Environment For many years Rotary’s projects have focused on six main Areas of Focus. Basic Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Disease Prevention, Community Development and Conflict Prevention and Peace. In recent years, however, a new emphasis is being placed on the protection of our environment and combating climate change, resulting in the adoption of a new Area of Focus for Rotary International, Protection of the Environment. It has become increasingly clear that something has to be done before the damage to our planet is beyond repair. The Environment is not new to Rotary; there are many examples of clubs already working on environmental projects such as supporting sustainable living by building school vegetable gardens and compost centres. Rotarians have been restoring riverbanks and forests by planting trees, shrubs and grasses and collecting litter from rivers, creeks and roadsides. The fact that the environment is becoming Rotary’s seventh Area of Focus legitimises past environmental projects and inspires us to take on new ones. Caring for the environment is, of course, inter-generational; it affects us all and much of the progress which has been made to arrest the decline has been led by the awareness and concern of the young people. And New Malden Rotary will not be left behind; we are looking for the ways in which we can contribute to the work needed to protect the world around us; it may be that we can manage small scale improvements and remedies. We don’t expect to change the world but we can make a difference locally if we work with our community; and we’re open to ideas and suggestions from anyone. And maybe we can help schools and other local organisations who are doing their bit. We are always happy to co-operate with others in worthwhile projects. Let us know if you have ideas or plans which might benefit from Rotary input. AND FINALLY Have you seen the hanging baskets in the High Street yet? At time of writing, as illustrated in the photo, they are not yet in bloom but we hope that the sun will have arrived by the time you read this. Then we

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might be able to say that the long-awaited summer has arrived. To comment on the above or for more information on Rotary go to our website or message us through our Facebook page @New Malden Rotary. www.newmaldenrotary.org.uk

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Malden Wanderings Strength in Breadth When I joined the Malden Wanderers management committee last Autumn I took the pleasure of asking the rest of the committee what the club meant to them. The following themes shone through: community-achievement-wellbeing. What does community mean? Community means a couple of things for us. Firstly, the club is a community of its own, a place where we share a common purpose and understanding, recognition and friendship – and a watering hole for all the game. Our club president was keen to highlight to me the importance of diversity. And so, secondly, the club is felt to be both diverse and inclusive and we aim to reflect the local community as far as we can. A cursory look at our membership and you might think we’ve got diversity solved. And whilst we do really well in this, there’s more to be done. Our girls and women’s cricket sections are strong and growing and females increasingly play in mixed squads. One of our star batters in the under 15s is a British Indian girl, Laxmi Johal (pictured here, being shown details of her recent 67 not out off 47 balls against Worcester Park). In fact, we have a lot of non-white (I dislike the term BAME) players which is great though they are, unsurprisingly, mainly of Indian or Sri Lankan origin. And who doesn’t enjoy having some Sri Lankan names on the scoresheet to give the oppo. scorer a spelling challenge. Our particular community is also what helps make us unique. But there are gaps. Where are the Koreans?...is a persistent question. I understand we have a couple in the juniors but we are very underrepresented in this area. It’s not exactly their national sport but we’d love to see more Korean players! We are also underrepresented by players of Afro-Caribbean origin and no doubt other groups I haven’t called out. So here’s a reminder that everyone’s welcome at Malden Wanderers: please come and say hello and get involved! And beyond the more visible demographics? The main sport at the club is cricket and cricket’s a posh

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F TE game, right? If by posh you mean money, then yes, it is. Increased inequalities in schooling have created a big imbalance over the last 15 years or so impacting opportunity and selection all the way up to the national team. The lack of state school funding, coupled with the cost of having and maintaining cricket facilities means that a lot of kids miss out. But it’s more than just schooling: a lot of families involved in cricket are often middle class; if not in origin and identity, then by occupation. This country is developing a talent pool that is both deep and narrow which doesn’t seem like a good use of the talent pool, never mind fair. I don’t intend to be political here so much as state what I understand to be the facts. Meanwhile, the club’s youth cricket teams are fighting back strong as we now field teams in competitive matches from under 9 from all backgrounds and results are beginning to show through, including against clubs located in high wealth areas (I mischievously refer to the Rightmove-Zoopla method of predicting results in the past). Whilst Malden Wanderers can’t solve broader inequalities, our very existence means that any kids can play: we welcome beginners and we look to support those of fewer means where possible. ‘Street cricket” is played regularly at the club, an activity led by the organization, Chance to Shine, which goes even further to give all kids the opportunity to learn resilience, teamwork and respect through cricket. Our doors are open. I’d love to hear your views on diversity in sport and in the community at commsmw@gmail.com. ‘im Indoors is Communications Officer at Malden Wanderers

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Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 49 minutes Serves 2 1. Heat the oil in a large shallow pan and sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat in the oil. 2. Add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then simmer covered for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Add the lemon, peas, broad beans and asparagus and cook for a further 4 minutes until tender. 4. Spoon into bowls and scatter over the Parmesan to serve NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: Calories per serving 403kcal, fat 9.9g, carbohydrates 59.4g, protein 14g

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Health Knowing the right time for care It has recently been Dementia Action Week and across the country organisations have been raising awareness about the disease, how it affects people who are living with it and the support that is available within the community. Dementia is a degenerative disease and as such, people living with dementia will require increasing levels of care as the disease progresses. However, all those living with dementia will experience the disease in a very different way. Knowing when care should begin, what that care should look like and who should deliver it are all concerns that many people have. Knowing when to reach out for additional support can often be the most difficult step. Unless you are living with this person day in and day out, it can be difficult to gauge whether a person is coping or not coping, as most of us are very able to put on the best version of ourselves when we see those that we love for short periods of time. You may know someone who is beginning to struggle with tasks which used to come naturally to them. These could be things like paying bills on time, preparing meals and dressing themselves correctly. In these early stages it may be that this person is unwilling to accept support. Living independently is a skill built up over a lifetime, and one that is not easily relinquished. So, it may be that this first step of support isn’t to introduce a ‘carer’, but possibly a cleaner or someone to help out around the house. When the time does come for a carer to be introduced, it can be a hard choice to know who this person should be. Often partners and children will have been giving the support for a long period of time already and asking for additional support can feel like they are falling short of what their loved one needs. But bringing in a professional carer can transform the quality of living for all involved. Whether a carer is part-time, full-time or live-in, this person can offer an incredible release and help maintain and protect loving relationships as care becomes more intensive.

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Folk Law from Pearson Hards Where there’s a Will there’s a way ….. But if there is no will then complications and difficulties usually follow. The law makes a distinction in the way a person’s estate is dealt with after they have died, between people who have made a will and those who have not. Where the person has a left a valid will setting out their wishes, the estate is usually dealt with in accordance with those wishes. Where no will has been made, the person is said to have died intestate. In that case, the provisions of the Intestacy Rules apply and the estate is divided amongst the family of the person, very often in a way that the person would not have wanted. The Intestacy Rules can deal with a variety of situations depending on the nearest relatives to the person who has died. If the person was survived by a spouse and children the estate passes to them. It is a common misunderstanding that a spouse would receive the whole of a person’s estate. In fact, the Intestacy Rules provide that a spouse receives the personal effects and household goods for a person and then up to £270,000 from the estate. The remaining estate is then divided into two parts, with one part passing to the spouse and the other part divided amongst the children. In cases where the family home is owned by one person and intestacy could mean that the spouse might have to leave the family home to satisfy the legacies due to the children. The situation for people who have not married is even worse. The Intestacy Rules do not recognise partners who are not married. In that case the surviving partner would not inherit anything under the rules and would be left in a very difficult position. If there is no spouse or children the estate gets divided between more distant relatives. This often causes difficulty as it is necessary to get a full understanding of the family tree. Usually it is necessary to involve a firm of genealogists to research the family tree so that everyone who is entitled gets their proper share. This process adds expense and can cause substantial delay. The Intestacy Rules provide a pecking order for the people entitled to share in the estate of a person who has died without a will. This pecking order is used to identify the people who are entitled to apply for a grant at the Probate Registry. This can sometimes cause a problem as the people entitled to take the grant might be unsuitable or unwilling to get involved. All in all, dying without having made a will often leads to uncertainty and delay and can give rise to unfairness and hardship. The moral is – make a will before it is too late!

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There are many advantages in making a will. Each person gets to choose who they wish to deal with their estate after they have died and how they wish their estate to be distributed. The person can make proper provision to protect their loved ones, especially any who might be vulnerable for one reason or another. The Intestacy Rules are very much “one size fits all” and do not cater for the needs of people with particular needs, such as those with a physical or mental disability. In addition friends and charities can benefit from the estate, which would not otherwise happen. A further reason why a will should be made is to ensure that Inheritance Tax is minimised. As part of the willmaking process decision can be made that would save Inheritance Tax, either on the person’s death, or perhaps for future generations. It would not be right to say that simply having a will stops any problems arising. Unfortunately, too often people think they are able to draft their own wills and get things wrong, either making the will invalid or open to misinterpretation. A famous example of this arose out of perhaps the shortest will ever written. The will simply said “All to Mum”. An argument then arose between the man’s mother and his wife, who he frequently called “Mum.” It took a court case to sort it out. There is an increasing trend of people challenging wills and it is important that any will is made in the correct way, after proper consideration of all the circumstances. So, another moral is to get professional help in making a will. Many people delay making a will because the process is a bit daunting. Perhaps they are unsure about how to protect their children, or a vulnerable parent. Perhaps people have a second marriage and want to balance the needs of the new spouse against the children from their first marriage. Perhaps a couple are unmarried and not sure how best to deal with their assets. Whatever the circumstances, it is likely that the Intestacy Rules would not result in an outcome that would be better than if there was a will, and very likely the outcome would be much worse. At Pearson Hards we have specialists who are able to assist in making wills to help and advise people in a wide range of situations. Why not give us a call? If you call and give instructions before the end of May and quote VV3, we will give you a discount of 10% on the cost of the will. Please call Marie Simmonds today to fix a time to discuss your situation, so everything can be put in order – just in case

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Parkin’ some thoughts Elephants never forget

by Nick Hazell

Some of us tend to miss things. Even things that happen right in front of us can be easily overlooked. If there were to be an elephant in the room, dyed pink, wearing a smoking jacket and inhaling from a pipe, we wouldn’t notice. Such is the life of the inattentive. I put my own failings in this regard down to the need to have a Poirotrian regard to the detail in the day job. As a lawyer the fear of a career limiting report to the insurers normally provides the incentive to pay attention. At home though, it’s a different story. When it comes to family plans and instructions, I’m always the last to know; not because no one told me, but because there was a fair chance I wasn’t listening when they did. Anyone giving me directions in the hope of my arriving at the right place at the right time and let’s face it on the right day is destined for the room of disappointment, although probably not in a vehicle driven by me. The simple instruction of “straight on and right at the roundabout” might as well come to me as “giraffe, giraffe, honey badger, waffle” for all the good it will do. My capacity for hearing but not listening and therefore not quite grasping how to act on the instructions on the domestic front has been the source of many a subsequent, frankly well earned, rebuke. I’d like to claim this tendency toward inattention has been caused solely by the Parkinsonian Fog that sometimes now lurks of the edges of that part of my mind reserved for recollection. That would though be over-simplifying matters and ignoring a past record littered with evidence of my innate ability to switch off at critical moments in the development of a plan. I fear, unlike Mr Parkinson’s malady, it’s hereditary.

when someone else is talking! Mind you, her hearing does not help. Frustrated by yet another rather louder than necessary interruption, I asked whether she had noticed any problem with the functioning of her lug holes to which she replied “pardon?” That rests the case for the defence M’Lord... It’s all in the genes. I had no chance. As lockdown eases then I have resolved to do better, particularly as I’m theoretically more useful following the op. I’ve been on the alert for incongruously dressed quadrupeds with recreational drug habits and been allotted the first opportunity to prove I can heed a simple instruction by picking up the eldest daughter from some club or other. How hard can that be? Now was that left at the walrus and straight over the aspidistra or the other way around….

My mother is an Olympian in this sport. She is quite adept at failing to listen to the answers to her own questions which she invariably asks

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What is the name of the organisation dedicated to saving human life that was formed by Jeff Tracy and his sons in the TV show Thunderbirds?

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Derived from a German word meaning “lightning war”, what name was commonly used by the British press to refer to the heavy air raids carried out by Germany against Britain in the Second World War?

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What type of chocolate-covered, creamfilled pastry item has a name that means “lightning” in French?

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In the National Lottery’s Thunderball draw, what is the highest number that the “Thunderball” number can be?

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Which actor provides the voice of Lightning McQueen in the Cars film series?

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Which play by William Shakespeare opens with the line “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain”? In the 1980s film and TV series Blue Thunder, what mode of transport is Blue Thunder?

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The term “thunderbox” is used in Australian slang to refer to a what?

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Which 1968 single features the lyrics “I like smoke and lightning, heavy metal thunder”, which led to the term “heavy metal” being used as a music genre?

10. In which sport was a competitor owned by the Queen renamed Sandringham Lightning after it won a race in 1990?

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Biological Bug Blasting by Pippa Greenwood

Warmth and protection – just what most of us need, plants too – but sadly now that the warmer weather has arrived, plants growing in the protected environment of a greenhouse or conservatory are especially likely to suffer attacks from a whole host of pests and diseases. If you want to get on top of the situation it is essential to act promptly, and what better way than to try to tackle some of the more common pests using biological controls? They work well, provided you have not been using chemicals in your greenhouse or conservatory too recently, and can refrain from them once your green controls are in place. Biological controls may sound high-tech, but they are actually a straightforward and great way to sort problems out, as you are simply introducing tiny creatures in to control the pests – and of course it means there is no need for chemicals and therefore no chemical residues left on edible crops either. They’re safe for humans, pets and wildlife too! There are great controls for many outdoor pests, including slugs (Nemaslug), chafer grubs and leatherjackets, and one control with a wide range of vegetable-crop pest controllers in it. If vine weevils are the bane of your life there is a nematode control that can be watered on to the compost of edible or ornamental plants. This is best used in spring and autumn because higher levels of the grubs are around at that time. It is easy to apply using a watering can and is not too expensive either. In greenhouses, red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly numbers soon build up as the weather gets warmer, and your plants are quickly wrecked if you don’t take action to stop the pests in their tracks. Whitefly also have a nasty habit of producing a very sticky excreta called honeydew and this causes a sugary layer to appear on the plants, often followed by black mould growth known as sooty mould. I’ve used a tiny parasitic wasp, Encarsia, with great results. This extremely small wasp lays her eggs in the young stage of the whitefly (often called the whitefly scale), killing it in the process, and then new Encarsia wasps hatch out of the parasitised whitefly scales. Provided there are some whitefly

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in the greenhouse, and as long as temperatures average 10C (50F), it works a treat. Red spider mites (which cause that minute but densely packed flecking on the plant foliage, often followed by browning and dieback) are so tiny that they are difficult to spot unless you have sharp eyesight, and you may only notice the devastation

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Community Beautifying Blagdon by The Blagdon Friends (or What we did in the pandemic lockdown and are continuing thereafter!) One thing on which, I am certain, we all can agree is that life has changed for all of us since the pandemic. We are aware of the masks, the social distancing and the media is constantly updating us with the latest guidance and figures. Covid has most definitely had an effect on people and how we view each other and our surroundings. The pandemic has also inspired people to achieve things that previously they would not have considered or thought possible. The majority of the inspired have noticeably focussed their endeavours on making things better, but more specificallymaking things better ‘for others’! We will, in time, look back and the now seldom heard phrases of “What did you do in the war?” and “Do you remember the 60’s?” will be replaced by “What did you do during lockdown?” Residents of Blagdon Road, New Malden, as in so many other streets across the country, used technology and formed a Whatsapp group and ‘spoke’ to people they had never had any contact with before. Neighbours, previously separated by the working day, lack of introduction and may be British shyness became friends and supported each other. Nothing astounding in this, it happened everywhere. Those of us who continue to call this our home long after raising our families here have been thrilled by the enthusiasm and camaderie shown by “newer” residents both in and around Blagdon.

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One hot topic of conversation was the rubbish accumulating over Blagdon Park during lockdown. The park has always been popular (and certainly not “underused” as frequently mooted by the development documentation for “Cocks Crescent”). Perhaps fewer council visits due to the COVID situation, certainly more leisure time encouraging visitors to the park come rain or shine, maybe a certain disrespect by those just visiting en route to the local shops or station; whatever the reason, Blagdon Park was becoming an eyesore and a safety hazard with people discarding rubbish from beer bottles to face masks. It seems that for every person educated, or educating their family, in

respect for the environment, there are still those who just don’t care and have never heard of the days of “Keep Britain Tidy”. However, the one thing about Blagdon Road, that many of you may not know is that it is frequented by people who use the park, the Malden Centre and car park, Lidl and the road as simply as a place to park free and as a route to the station. Understandably, these people do not care about Blagdon Road, or the Park- why should they? If they happen to drop litter, so what? It’s not their road and there will always be someone to pick it up or leave it! The residents of Blagdon Road, acknowledging and following in the leading footsteps by the Friends of Beverley Park, whose fabulous efforts and distinct improvements have returned the park to being a well-used community asset, set about looking to improve the quality of the Blagdon Road Park. (Please note that the previous reference to Blagdon ‘Open Space’ is a now an archaic term which conjures, for us, the same image as a litter-strewn car park! The area is a Park in its own right) The ‘Beautifying Blagdon’ campaign is now well underway, and the first task is to remove the accumulating litter each day, starting with an early morning dog walking and litter clearing, and later daily clearing rota and several unscheduled clearing on route to shops etc. The residents are pragmatic enough to know that they may not manage to educate those who are ignorant with respect to littering and cannot prevent the

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accidental dropping of waste but by having regular litter picking does also raise awareness. Recently one of the picker team noticed a young women with two young children from Burlington Rd doing their own picking. She explained she wanted to educate her children in keeping the place litter free. The next step has been to display old Edwardian views of the road which, in addition to being of historical interest to passers-by, show the road pre cars and pre-litter unintentionally and subliminally creating a clean and tidy image. These images and the glance back in time show that there are people living in the street, who care and want to make it look better, thus re-enforcing the efforts of the litter picking teams. We are now in the process of improving the patchy areas around trees and will be planting bulbs. Admittedly, what we are doing is not new, is not unique and you may then wonder why it needs to be mentioned at all. The answer to that comes in two parts.

The number of favourable comments and compliments received by users of the park and people looking at the images of the past in the street simultaneously boosts the moral and mindfulness of the ‘litter watch’ but leads to interaction with non-residents, intrigued as to how the road once presented. Simply asking passersby what they think of the images or being thanked when litter picking is leading to a community awareness that Blagdon cares. It follows that there is nothing to stop you doing the same in your street and the local Malden and Coombe Heritage Society may even be able to help you with an old image of your road. Yes, the world is now different and there is the potential pandemic of the uncontrolled litter virus which no vaccine or lockdown can prevent. The world has changed with its view on taking one’s rubbish home, but it is not too late to change it back. Next time you walk through Blagdon Park and into the road, spare a thought for those who are trying to keep the Park clean, safe and tidy for you, your families and friends and all to enjoy.

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Friday Night Cocktail Club The Daiquiri, but not as you know it by Ali Warner ‘He had kissed her good night that night, and she had tasted like strawberry daiquiri, and he had never want to kiss anyone else again’ Neil Gaiman If your idea of a daiquiri is a super sweet slushy served during a Soho happy hour or at a each bar in Ibiza, this column may be a slight disappointment. As we enter June it would be rude not to call on the plentiful nature of seasonable berries to create this month’s Friday night cocktail of choice, and I have no doubt, that much like Neil Gaiman, the taste of the recipe I’ve chosen will leave you yearning for more. But while it will be cold and fruity and lovely to drink, it will also pay homage to the sour cocktail’s traditional roots. A simple sour with three ingredients

Using raspberries as an alternative can provide all the sweetness of berries with just a hint of sharpness to give the cocktail a little more kick. And if you need further convincing, consider this according to astronomers, the galaxy’s centre tastes of raspberries and smell like rum. What you need to make a raspberry daiquiri You don’t need a shed load of ice to enjoy the cool refreshment of a berry daiquiri. Leave the slush puppies to the kids. Instead, rub the rim of glass with half a lime, dip it in granulated sugar and put it in the fridge to chill. Ingredients (per cocktail)

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Daiquiris originated in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century. They were the signature drink at El Floridita cocktail bar, a destination which won fame and notoriety as the hostelry of choice of writer Ernest Hemingway.

There are two choice with the raspberries - sieve them and collect the juice - or simply add them to the bottom of your cocktail shaker and muddle them for a more subtle but still fruity taste.

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sourness that defines the character of the drink.

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A Photographer Dreams... by Hugh Griffiths www.creativelight.org.uk

It’s officially summertime! I love the change from the cold, and sometimes gloomy, days of winter as they move from a short day with low temperatures back to a long day with loads of sun. Alright, that may not be completely accurate, but Spring and Summer bring with them a huge sense of release from the indoors-ness of winter. Last year, of course, we were still in lockdown at the beginning of June – and those of us who were shielding stayed that way until the end of the month. We did have great weather, and so I spent a lot of time sitting in the garden with my camera and an iPad. Relaxing and reading but always ready to snatch up my camera if a bird happened to pause for more than a moment or two. Like most of us, I love robins: they are so friendly and chirpy; very much in your face in their lack of fear. I took quite a few pictures of them that month, but not all of them came out well. Like all birds they can move quite fast and so a lot of my pictures caught a blurred robin shape as they moved away. My first picture shows this happening as the bird came in for a landing. In fact, I rather like it – for no particular reason! But I did get a few good pictures, and this one illustrates that. I admit that I have cheated here and have put together composite image from several pictures of individual birds in the bush. It was only 4 separate images – if you look closely, you will see that the robin on the left and the one on the right are in fact the same. I think it’s a lovely picture and is one that I could easily see hanging up in my hallway. Photoshop tricks like this aren’t actually that difficult to do (fortunately) and can make a nice picture into a really good one. I called it ‘cheating’ earlier, but it isn’t really: creating a work of art which is good to look at and is enjoyable doesn’t have to mean ‘exactly as I saw it’. But it is my responsibility to be upfront with the viewers and tell them the truth. = Now here’s another garden photo that could only exist because of Photoshop. The back of the garden swing bench isn’t printed with

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a young holly branch – although that would be rather nice. (Although, come to think of it, you might think twice before leaning back!). I had taken a photo of the seat back – rather hoping to see a nice abstract image. Sadly, there wasn’t one, at least not one that I thought was halfway usable. And I had also taken a few photos of the holly growing in our garden. It grows in all sorts of places, but this particular one had chosen to live within the Quince bush providing even more protection to the sparrows who nest in it. I then cropped the holly picture and selected just the holly branch. And cut out all the surrounding leaves and things. I find this sort of selection quite hard – very easy to make an approximate selection but when you look at the cut out you can still see where I hadn’t been precise, and this makes the picture look a bit stupid. Fortunately, Photoshop has a (for me) really essential tool – ‘Select Subject’. This selects what it thinks is the main subject in the photo and it is usually pretty good at doing that. In this case it was more than pretty good – it was well nigh perfect. So, I cut out the holly, and then placed it, in Photoshop, on top of the back of the swing seat. And there you are! It’s one of the joys of Photoshop that you can do all sorts of creative work on photos with a lot of help from the tools that it provides. I don’t think that this one is particularly artistic, but I did enjoy the creative process! = We can get quite extraordinary skies wherever we are – I have put a lot of my sunrises and sunsets from the south coast of England in my articles previously. And these are made, not by the sun on its own, but by the clouds mixing it up with the light, creating colours, or light and dark patterns in the sky. I particularly like it when I can see those rays of light coming from behind the clouds, showing that the sun really is still there, struggling to get out and to show its brightness to us. It’s also a symbolic reminder of hope and expectation; our lives can sometimes seem grey and dull, but those rays spearing down towards us show that there is still (and always) a hope for us. Sometime soon, that sun will appear from behind the clouds and

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show us its full glory. It’s a Sunday School picture of hope! In Lancing, down on the coast, the sky seems to go on for ever, and the sunrises (particularly) seem to bring out all those lovely warm colours of reds and orange. This picture was taken from my home, looking up and across the back garden to the cricket pitches behind my house. I like the misshapes of the light and the cloud – no regular patterns here. The clouds are hazy, but not really uniform in shape, making the picture look more like an abstract image. Mind you, the tree at the bottom left brings reality back to us: it gives some grounding to an otherwise (possibly) remote picture.

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Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch At 9am on 15th May all branches, including Malden and Coombe, laid a wreath at their local Memorial to commemorate 100 years since the formation of the British Legion. During World War 1 Field Marshall Douglas Haig was Commanderin-Chief of the British Army on the western Front during 1915. He was very concerned by the plight of those returning after the war in 1918 and the wives and children of those of had fallen. Three organisations emerged: The British National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, The National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers and The Comrades of the Great War. At first there was no love lost between them but by 1920, when Haig founded The Officers

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