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May Contents History by Robin Gill 6 People - Our boy Vinnie 10 50sq m of nature for £15/ year! 12 New Malden Matters 14 Stags huddle for the return of ‘The Gaffer’... and a ‘special’ guest 18 View from the City 20 What Is The Nia Technique? 22 Sudokus 20 Recipe Spice - Ricotta stuffed pork 24 Gardening - Striking Sunflowers 26 Clubs 28 Quiz 30 Our boy Vinnie 35 Codeword 40 Cooking with Elida 37 Kid’s play 38 Parkin’ some thoughts 41 A Photographer Dreams 42 Solutions 46 Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch 47

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Welcome to Your Village Voice As I write this introduction to our May issue London seems to be the hottest city in Europe and the grass and flowers outside look just beautiful, basking in the glorious sunshine – it’s so easy to forget the miserable wet days that we had over the Easter holidays, isn’t it. I’ve been planting bedding plants and this year I will remember to water them as it’s set to stay dry for a while. Fantastic weather for getting out and about on our bikes and up to our local beautiful parks. I started the couch to 5K programme (again) in January but running with excitable Matty-dog on the lead was a step too far and at the end of week 3 I was forced to retire as shooting pains had started in my left knee. After a few months of physio I’m back to square one so really enjoying some gentle cycling. However you’re keeping your fitness levels up, I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s much easier when the sun is shining… Please get in touch if your school, club or organisation is planning any events in June that we can help to promote - at no cost to you. Or if you have a local business and want to get the word out locally. In order to deliver the magazine to most of the KT3 postcode, we split the distribution over a two month period. So if you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the April one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, New Malden library, Tudor Willams and the Malden Centre but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website. Until next time, best wishes,


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New Malden History We that are left

November 1918, although the German army did not officially surrender until two days later.

by Robin Gill Remembrance is important, when our thoughts are centred on those who died in the service of this country. New Malden can be justifiably proud to number three recipients of the Victoria Cross amongst its fallen.

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But what about those who survived and returned home? As 2008 is the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, it is important to remember what life was like for those who had fought in the “War to end War”, and whether the land they returned to was “fit for heroes to live in”. Most of the injured had returned earlier, those who had lost limbs or eyesight, those who had suffered from the effects of gas or shellshock. For the majority, the war ended with the signing of the armistice on 9th

Bringing our boys home Demobilisation started almost immediately, but with eight million men (two thousand from Malden) and one million women, serving in the army, navy, air force, or in munitions manufacture, it was a logistical nightmare. As far as the men were concerned, husbands were demobbed before single men, based on their trade before the war, and its relevance towards the reconstruction of the country. This of course meant there was no “homecoming” en masse.

Men and women returned home at intervals, and in some cases the family were not aware of when they could expect to see them until they literally “walked through the door”. It was a happy time for most, but for others, a sad and anxious time. Those whose husband or son had been reported as “missing” maybe up to four years previous, hoped the returning forces would bring news of their loved ones.




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Spare a thought for Mr and Mrs Luxford of Lime Grove, who learnt that their son Robert had been killed in action on 4th November 1918 (just five days before the armistice) serving with the London Regiment. He was 20 years old. Some families wanted to journey to the continent to bring their husband or son home, but the authorities would not allow this.

At night, some of the street lights which had been kept in darkness for many months because of the threat of air raids were lit. Crowds assembled in both Coombe and Malden Roads, and for several hours the streets were illuminated with flares and coloured bulbs, while squibs and crackers were thrown about.

The demobbed man could expect 28 days pay, a free rail journey back home to New Malden, and an allowance together with a voucher to purchase civilian clothes at a discount price. He also received pay in the form of service, a war gratuity and unemployment insurance for a year. Finally, he was allowed to keep his uniform, and army clothing, but was asked to return his greatcoat within 28 days.

Some residents acted in a way we might regard today as out of hand, as effigies of the Kaiser (the German Leader) and his son, were suspended from trees in front of the council offices, and then taken to a nearby field to be burnt. Similar scenes took place at the College Works (Malden College) which had become a clothing factory during wartime, making electrically heated suits for airmen involved in raids over Germany.

Celebrations As the news of the end of the war broke in New Malden the streets quickly filled. Every house and shop hung out flags, and Malden Road was soon festooned with colour. The Union flag flew proudly from the flagstaff at Christ Church, and a short ceremony took place at the boys school in Elm Road. Mr Cole, the headmaster, hoisted the Union flag, and the boys sang the National Anthem. Three cheers for the Allies followed, and the salute of the flag by the pupils, after which they were sent home for the day.

Trophies were also considered important, and the Council applied for captured guns etc to be placed in open spaces in the district. People also celebrated in church, with large congregations attending morning and evening services. Christ Church was crowded with sailors, officers and men in khaki, with the wounded in hospital blue.





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who had been released from prisoner of war camps in Germany and repatriated locally. Some, such as Able Seaman Coombs the son of the stationmaster at New Malden, had been a prisoner since 1914. A branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers had been formed in Malden The performance of emergency in March 1918, and by the end of January services in New Malden (such as the 1919 membership had risen to 430. The fire service) had suffered according federation gave ex servicemen advice on to the chief fire officer, because they pensions, treatment for injuries incurred were not “getting the right men “ due in the war, and training for new jobs. A Certificate presented to members to the war, and it was hoped this would local post of the Comrades of the Great of "National Federation of now be rectified. But men who before War was Discharged and Demobbed the war, had had jobs like window formed at a meeting held in Poplar Sailors and Soldiers". cleaning, gardening , and general Grove in September 1919. Membership repairs, found that their “rounds” had had doubled from 65 initially to 128 by been given to other people who had agreed long term the beginning of October. The members felt that ex' P U T servicemen Y O U R Gshould A R Dhave E Npreference M A I NofTany E Nstalls A Nwhich CE IN TH contracts with their customers. Returning soldiers had H A N Dwere S O F Sset O up M in E the O Nproposed E W Hmarket O R EinAGrafton LLY CARES to beg for jobs, and the council asked residents to give being preference to former combatants. Shortage of horses Road, and that any local employer (including the also caused problems for those wishing to return to council) should consider employing men in - Treedisabled surgery - One off Tidy business. any vacancy. Both these groups combined with others Stump Grinding - Garden Maintenance in May 1921 to form the British- (later Royal British) - Strimming and Weeding - Decking Silver badge holders Legion. and Lawns Local newspapers began printing the names of men - Garden clearance - Hedge Trimming Hardships Some food was still rationed and basic foodstuffs had their price strictly controlled. It was hoped that rationing would end by July 1919, but it continued well past that month.

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Local churches gave “welcome home(s)” to small groups of returned servicemen in April and May, but it was decided that a full scale celebration would not be possible until all combatants had returned. This took place in August 1920 in a ceremony in Beverley Park. Peace treaty signed When the formal peace treaty was signed in Versailles on 28th June 1919, people in New Malden were first alerted by a notice in Mr Thomas’s (stationer) window in Coombe Road, at 3.30pm; twenty minutes after the signatures were attached. Within a few minutes, Union flags and flags of the allies appeared on shops and residences, and in the evening coloured fairy lights shone from houses. Children first, children last Peace celebrations took place on 19th July 1919, when a procession of 3,00 children marched from the council offices to Beverley Park. Led by the local boy scouts, the procession included members of the council, clergy, police, and local residents. On arrival at the park there was the salute of the flag, followed by sports for the children. Each child was given a victory and peace medal donated by local resident Mr Typke. The council offices had been decorated for the occasion using models made by Pytram of Dunbar Road. Angels holding wreaths of laurel illuminated in the centre, hundreds of coloured lights interspersed with figures of Britannia, crowns, and flags. Streamers ran from the top of the building to the surrounding fence. Next door the Graham Spicer Institute was also decorated, and Tudor Williams was covered with lights, flags, and streamers. An archway stretched across Cambridge Road made up of flags with a large basket of flowers as its centrepiece again illuminated by lights. At regular intervals coloured flares shot skywards from the tower of the fire station. Bands played and there was dancing on the lawn behind the council offices.


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New Malden Matters Planning – “What A Farce” “Councils lose £12 million in planning appeal costs Local authorities paid out nearly £12 million in costs awarded in planning appeal cases between 2010 and 2016, Freedom of Information (FOI) requests have revealed Responses to FOIs from 178 planning authorities showed that over the past six years UK councils wasted a total of £11,965,077 paying the costs of victorious developers following failed attempts to fight planning appeals. The FOIs, which were made by property consultancy Daniel Watney, uncovered that Cornwall Council spent the most. It was penalised £981,332 for unsuccessful defences. Poole Borough Council had the highest number of cost decisions made against it – 30 – and Halton Borough Council paid out the highest average sum per lost appeal – £360,735.

In general, such costs are met from the local planning authority’s budget.” The above is taken from an article by “Ella Braidwood” Freelance journalist, in November 2016. Ms Braidwood worked with the Architects Journal until December 2017. It is not the full story as not all instances of successful appeals will result in costs against Councils. For costs to be granted to Developers, it could be that the elected members refuse applications against planning officers’ advice or that “the local authority has acted unreasonably”!!! However, it does seem obvious that with any planning application, a refusal by the Council to grant planning consent “could” result in costs being awarded against them. Therefore we have the ridiculous situation that a planning application, opposed by residents for good reasons and possibly by many on the Council’s Planning Committee, will receive planning consent because of fear of the financial consequences to the Council. This seems to be the case for the most recent applications to come before the Development Control Committee in February and March of this year. These applications were for (1) the multi storey car park in Blagdon Road and (2) 5-29 Coombe Road, which is the section of road between the railway line and Alric Avenue. Neither proposal showed any sympathy to the architecture of the surrounding buildings. In particular,


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the Multi Storey Car Park proposal resembles nothing more than an overbearing, dark, block that will overpower the area around Blagdon Road. The Coombe Road proposal, although much lighter in appearance, again is totally out of keeping with surrounding buildings. In addition to the design of the buildings, density in both applications is over and above that laid down by the London Plan Matrix. In the covering documentation issued by the Council on both applications, it is stated thar “Whilst it is recognised that the density would be well above the prevailing character of the surrounding area and above the London Plan density matrix………… it is considered that the site could support increased densities without being detrimental to the character of the surrounding area as a whole – subject to other material considerations”. This seems to imply that density in New Malden can be increased willy nilly – and how it can’t be detrimental to the character of the surrounding area is a complete mystery. It seems to the writer, that a planning system which goes against the stated and published aims of a Council and where Councillors on a Committee could pass any planning application because of a fear of repercussions, is a flawed system (not to say a dishonest system) and one which takes no account of objections from residents. Whilst I am not sure about the system under which other Councils work, our Council allows residents five minutes towards the start of the Planning hearing to voice their objections. In at least one of the two recent meetings, incorrect statements were made by Officers, but residents were not allowed to comment or to object to what had been said. The Planning sy stem has huge importance to any locality and should be seen to be above board and free from pressure, by anyone. I do not believe that our Planning process is as it should be. And I also think that if this is the state of our country, then bad design, bad planning and bad decisions will blight many areas in the UK. It is not only the builds and and density that should concern us, it is also the infrastructure which seems not to have any place in the thinking of the Government or the Council. Back in 2014 when the Supplementary Planning Document for Cocks Crescent was declared “not fit for purpose” one of the objections was that nothing in the document mentioned the infrastructure. With planning applications either granted or in the process of being heard or in the pipeline; Fountain Pub, multi storey car park, Coombe Road, the old Shell petrol station site, and Cocks Crescent, this could amount to easily another 600+ dwellings in the middle of New Malden. 600+ dwellings could mean 1200 and more people all living on or very near to the High Street. Air quality which is bad enough in the High Street, will deteriorate even further. You only have to be in the High Street during the day to see the amount of traffic on

this road and the fact that it is stop start along its whole length. Central Government – and our Council – can issue any amount of words about improving air quality, but there is absolutely no concrete strategy in place to ensure this can be done. I have not seen one document that lays out a timetable for improvements and with no timetable, words are meaningless. In addition, I do not think that the Council takes note of the cumulative effect of all the intended builds. One proposal for say 80 flats does not seem overpowering, but added to all the other proposals, then there is a problem. New Malden Residents Association chairwoman Dr Liz Meerabeau objected to the Coombe Road development, particularly on the grounds of density. She said: “I think the council is riding roughshod over the current density guidelines in the London Plan. The council is also being contradictory, because they are saying ‘save our suburbs’, criticising the London Plan at meetings, but also going well above the density it suggests in Coombe Road. We have several developments in New Malden that have gone over that. New Malden has been identified as an opportunity area, but it seems all the council is interested in is opportunities for housing here.” Communities are the lifeblood of any country – they are the bedrock of the family and of our future and Councils ignore this at their peril. New Malden may not be the smartest, wealthiest, or architecturally superb small town around, but that does not give the Council and Developers carte blanche to foist such bad design and over densification (new word?) on our community. Good design, joined up thinking, long term planning (not the short termism that is so prevalent at the present time), should be fundamental to all development – something that seems to have passed by developers and Councils. Frances Marsh Committee Member New Malden Residents’ Association

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Cricket Stags huddle for the return of ‘The Gaffer’... and a ‘special’ guest by James Kuhrt Prior to our five senior teams and colts taking the symbolic step across that boundary rope, a herd of stags strenuously secured New Malden’s 139th year of cricket as they arrived to help with ground preparations. Stags (namely anyone affiliated with MWCC) lumbered across the still mossy, rain-sodden outfield, their efforts a microcosm of those that fuel this – and all other non-profit making clubs and organisations. As the hardy souls dragged ropes, added paint to sightscreens and secured netting, already you could visualise an eagerly anticipated season unfolding. A season with a real kick-starter, too – the nostalgic return of Wanderers, Surrey and England legend Alec Stewart on 21st April for a fund-raising evening. An evening with another bonus – Test Match Special commentator Dan Norcross quizzing the man who was once England’s most-capped Test player in front of a packed clubhouse. Pre-season prep has been ongoing for a while now. Richard Challoner School and Wimbledon College were the venues for successful winter colts and seniors nets – three of our colts have also been grafting hard in the Surrey juniors programme. Giving young cricketers a chance and a stage to develop their skills is a huge part of the philosophy at Malden Wanderers. Ever-increasing competition for places in the 4th XI, as youngsters aspire to come through the ranks, is bound to leave new captain Adam Barlow scratching his head at times this term. The final Surrey Championship standings of last season – all found on the club website – paint a positive picture, notably for our 2nd XI, whose league-winning campaign restored them to the Premier Division. Our 1st XI just missed out on promotion, too, finishing third. They will be keenly eyeing a return to first-team cricket’s second tier, with a National Cup first-round fixture at East Molesey offering a chance to show early intent.


The 3rd XI will hope to bounce back swiftly after a gamely fought, but ultimately fruitless battle against relegation from the Premier Division. The 4s can be excused for feeling rather unfortunate in their search for promotion, finishing second in a league where only the winners go up – for a third consecutive season. However, those who know anything of the competitiveness and fortitude of every Malden Wanderers team will know their response will be to go one better. Malden Wanderers would like to thank Harris & Hoole Coffee Shop in Tesco Extra, New Malden, who have kindly agreed to support the club as their community project for April. They hope to raise around £200, to be used towards cricket equipment and improving outside areas at our Cambridge Avenue home. While pre-season is always a time of anticipation, this season it is also one for reflection for everyone connected with the Wanderers, especially the family of Ieuan Morgans, who passed away following a brave battle against leukemia, aged 24. Ieuan, hugely popular as colt, a senior player – and a proud captain of the 4th XI – was bid farewell at Kingston Crematorium less than a month before the season began. His loss will be keenly felt in this and future seasons; but he will act as an inspiration to his team-mates, as he perfectly embodied what grassroots cricket – and a sense of community – is all about. You can keep tabs on Wanderers’ progress this season via the club’s website:

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I am always staggered to read that apparently some 60% of people don’t have a will. Quite apart from the mess that this leaves matters in when one of life’s certainties takes place – to misquote a US founding father in Benjamin Franklin – it could present your family with a big tax bill. When someone dies without a will in England, the first £250,000 is paid out to the surviving spouse (or civil partner of course) and then the rest is distributed 50:50 between the spouse and the children (and/ or grandchildren). Nothing would be paid to any godchildren or the other family members who are often recognised in a typical will. Now I can understand why people might want to avoid the difficult conversations that may accompany drafting a will. It can often upset family members if your view about how

you want your affairs handled differs from their purview of the world – particularly since families can become quite complicated. However, writing up that will means that you’ll overcome those challenges and at least everyone will understand what your wishes are and your reasons behind your decisions. I have never, however, believed that people want to give the government any more of their family’s hard earned savings than is necessary. While HMRC does some sterling work, I am not entirely sure that their efforts would ever prompt you to tip them! And this could happen if you died intestate i.e. without a will. For example, if you leave 10% of your net estate to a charity the inheritance tax rate reduces from 40% to 36%, a difference that can quickly become quite meaningful. Of course, tax matters are very individual and you do need to speak to a professional tax adviser to really dig into the details, and which would be beyond the support that 7IM offers. But even this example shows that it is worth a conversation (and writing a will) so that your heirs get to keep more of the family money. It will also save your family quite considerable heartache. For anyone who has ever had to wade through the painful process of probate for a loved one, making it easier for them should surely mean you can find a couple of hours to put pen to paper. And while I am conscious that not every family may become the 21st century version of the Jarndyce court case at the centre of Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, I am equally quite confident that they all got along very amicably before the initial ancestor died. There may be some skimming this article who are feeling slightly smug as they have a will. And I am very glad you have. I would, however, ask here that you check it’s up-todate and indeed valid. Last but not least, I want people to stop procrastinating about a document that you could categorise as meaningless while you’re alive because it is a great start to some proper financial planning. Drafting it makes you realise what is included in an estate (e.g. an ISA) and what is excluded (e.g. a pension). And that is where the best family conversations can be had. You’ll also be able to structure your affairs to be far more tax efficient to your own benefit and not just to the benefit of a loved one to enjoy when you’ve departed this world. Where there is a will there is a way, or rather make a way to have a will. Seven Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered office: 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AS. Registered in England and Wales number OC378740.


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Fitness What Is The Nia Technique? Are you sick of pounding on the treadmill or counting out sets in the gym? Then try the Nia technique which engages your mind and spirit, as well as your body- with its joyful, healing, empowering movement program. In 1983, two disillusioned aerobics instructors started to look for a more meaningful, expressive way to get an exercise workout. What they (Carlos and Debbie Rosas) came up with was ‘Nia’ (pronounced ‘nee-a’), a unique mixture of healing arts (Alexander Technique, Yoga, Feldenkrais), martial arts (Tai Chi, Aikido, Taekwondo) and dance arts (Jazz , Modern, Duncan) carried out to soul stirring world music. ‘Nia’ stands for ‘neuromuscular integrative action’, as well as ‘non-impact aerobics’ – but perhaps the best representation of the word is its Swahili translation, ‘with purpose’- because if Nia is about anything at all, it’s about giving purpose to movement.


In Nia, instead of striving to do exactly as the instructor does, you focus on how a particular movement feels to you, and examine how best to express yourself through it, -“The Body’s Way”-. For example, rather than endlessly running on the spot or doing jumping jacks, you might focus on rooting your energy to the earth though the soles of your feet. In a single class, you might move to classical, cabaret, world music - so the word ‘eclectic’ could definitely have been invented to describe Nia! One minute you could be stomping your feet like a furious caveman, while the next you could be raising your leg in front of you as gracefully as a ballerina, or shuffling face-up on the floor on your hands and feet like a crab. It’s a lot of fun - which is an element that has disappeared from some modern fitness classes. The classes aim to engage the mind and emotions through exercise and are completed in bare feet, to help you feel a connection between you and the earth. As the sessions are low impact, there is less chance of injury - another added bonus of Nia. That’s why it’s suitable for all ages, genders and levels of fitness and abilities.

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Nia can improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility and balance. That is probably the case if you are new to exercise - but for aerobics veterans, the true benefits lay more in Nia’s multi-directional movements, diversity, and subtle way of engaging your mind and body without you even noticing - rather than calorie expenditure and muscle firming. Still a sceptic? That’s not a problem - the great thing about Nia is that you don’t need to believe in its power for it to work. If you can leave your inhibitions behind, you are sure to come out of your Nia class feeling far better about yourself than you did when you went in! Classes starting May 2018 in New Malden and, “YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE!” For more information and to book your place, please contact Gelara: Tel: 07530007210 E-mail:

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Recipe Ricotta stuffed pork This is a great way to jazz up pork steaks for a midweek meal. Serve with brown rice or creamy mashed potatoes on the side, if liked. Serves 4 Ready in 1 hour 4 thin-cut pork loin steaks 175g ricotta cheese 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil 15g butter 450ml meat or vegetable stock 4 tbsp dry sherry or apple juice 175g green beans, trimmed 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted 1 Place the pork steaks between two sheets of cling film or greaseproof paper and bash with a rolling pin until very thin. 2 In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with the chopped basil and lemon zest and season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3 Place a spoonful of the cheese mixture at the base of each piece of pork then carefully roll up to enclose the stuffing and secure each with a wooden cocktail stick. 4 Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the pork rolls for 4-5 minutes, turning once until browned all over. Pour in the stock and sherry or apple juice and simmer for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Remove the pork rolls and keep warm. Add the green beans to the frying pan and cook for 5-6 minutes until just tender. 5 Slice each pork roll and serve on the green beans with the pan juices and toasted pine nuts. TIP If you don’t have fresh basil use 1 tsp dried mixed herbs and for extra flavour add a crushed garlic clove.

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Gardening Striking Sunflowers Pippa Greenwood Sunflowers are one of the most stunning and impressive flowers you could have in your garden, and are easy to grow too. Sow them this month to achieve a fantastic flowery display in just a few months’ time. So which ones should you choose and how do you go about getting the best crop of flowers? There are fast-growing and potentially very tall varieties such as ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Titan’, with the latter reaching a potential height of up to 360cm or 12ft and having heads of up to 60cm (2ft) in diameter! There are some delightful miniature or dwarf varieties. The F1 variety ‘Little Dorrit’ grows to about 60cm (2ft) and has rich yellow flowers with very dark centres. Another favourite is ‘Little Leo’ at just 45cm (18in), which makes lots of impact with golden yellow heads on multi-branching stems. Nowadays there are many colours other than yellow readily available, such as ‘Black Magic’, which has maroon flowers and is multi-branching, reaching a height of about 180cm (6ft). Grow yourself a few for cutting too, and you’ll have a vase or more full of flowers that would cost a fortune in the shops. Many varieties are suitable, including the orangey-brown ‘Velvet Queen’, ‘Black Velvet’ and the bi-coloured and pollen-free ‘Magic Roundabout’. For containers, ‘Pacino Colada’ is a compact variety growing to just 40cm (16in) and has 10cm (4in) wide golden-yellow flowers, making a wonderful plant for a sunny patio, sheltered balcony or in the flower beds. Children love a competition to grow the tallest plant and varieties like ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Giant Single’ are perfect for smaller gardeners, and as they reach heights of about 180cm (6ft) will soon dwarf them!

You should get a good crop of blooms if you sow sunflowers between March and May, depending on the weather and where you live. You can sow them straight into the soil or into pots of compost. I like to use RootTrainers to encourage really well-developed and deep roots to develop, and make it easy to plant out the sunflowers with minimum root disturbance; see for more information. As their name suggests, sunflowers need plenty of sunshine to thrive. However, although many are tall, each plant does not actually take up much space at ground level. Slugs and snails love sunflowers so I always grow them in small individual pots and plant them out when they’re a few inches tall. This means they’re bigger and tougher and better able to resist attack. As an added precaution, put a ring of slug-deterring material around the base of each one – crushed shells, crushed eggshells, coco-shell or pine needles for instance. If you’re growing sunflowers on anything other than a protected site, it may be necessary to give the taller varieties some support in the form of a sturdy bamboo cane or slim stake, just in case the wind blows too strongly! Visit Pippa’s website and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in May accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus RootTrainers, Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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Sweet Recipe Chocolate Fondant Puddings Don’t overcook these divine chocolate puds or the centres will set and you’ll lose the gooey molten middle. You can prepare them a couple of hours in advance and bake them just before serving.

Ingredients: • 175g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing • 175g caster sugar • 175g good quality plain chocolate, broken into pieces • 3 large eggs • 50g plain flour • Cocoa powder and icing sugar, to dust • Whipped cream and strawberries, to serve

Serves 4 Ready in 45 minutes


If you don’t have ovenproof ramekin dishes, you can use small metal pudding basins or ovenproof teacups.

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas mark 5.

Lightly butter four 300ml capacity ramekin dishes (see Tip) and sprinkle with a little of the caster sugar.

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3. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and remaining

caster sugar together for 5 minutes until very thick, pale and creamy, then whisk in the chocolate mixture. Sift over the flour and gently fold in using a metal spoon.

4. Divide the mixture between the four dishes. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the puddings have risen and are just set on the outside – the tops should still wobble when pressed lightly. Run a knife around the edge of the puddings and turn out onto plates. Dust with cocoa powder and icing sugar and serve immediately with whipped cream and strawberries.

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

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

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

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


Kingston and District Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance meet on the last Tuesday every month except July and August, and December when we hold a Xmas Lunch. In addition to our main interest of keeping in touch with local and national issues affecting pensioners, we arrange a variety of speakers to entertain us on lighter subjects, such as 24th April, Round the World on a reclining bicycle, 29 May a Quiz and 26th June slide show on Central America. Venue: Marion House, Girl Guides Hut, Tadworth Avenue, New Malden KT3 DJ, from 2pm to 4.15pm. Mrs Brenda Denby, 0208 398 6054


Early Morning Running Group Hill training on The Hamptons, covering 6-8 miles. Mixed ability group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three minutes walk from Motspur Park station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941

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Malden & Coombe Social Club For The Blind Alternate Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 898896, Arthritis Care New Malden Branch Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY welcome Arthritis Care Kingston and District Talking Of Trains In Surbiton Meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month Talks at the Surbiton Library Hall 7.30pm in the evening at Alfriston each Wed evening throughout the House Berrylands Road Surbiton winter months. 1st meeting free, Jocelyn King 0208 942 6745 The New Malden Ladies Badminton cost £50pa www.talkingof Club When: Tuesday at the Malden Colouring Club Centre from 20.30 till 10pm We are a mixed ability club looking for new A soothing and enjoyable pastime members. Lynda 020 8949 2673 or just for adults with no skills needed. 1011am at Cafe Galio. pop in. Royal British Legion, Malden and NHS Retirement Fellowship Are Coombe Branch meetings are held you retired or about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st at the Grafton Club on the second Wed of the month at 2.30pm. Tuesday of every month from 10am New members welcome. Jan Feist: -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. Lorna 020 8337 4121

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


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. 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

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talented members who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with us. A warm welcome is extended to all visitors, especially beginners.

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

Malden Centre Orchestra Malden Centre, Blagdon Road, St. John’s Hall is open between 10am-12noon every Thursday (term 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If time only). Come and enjoy great you are on your own please feel free symphonic music in a friendly group to drop in for a free cup of tea and of players under the leading of an some company. 411 Malden Road experience conductor. (between Worcester Park station and The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby. Contact: The Malden and Coombe Tolworth Badminton Club Townswomen’s Guild welcome Tolworth Recreation Centre new members. We meet at 10am Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 on the third Thursday of the month Intermediate/advanced level at the United Reformed Church hall Pat 0208 in New Malden. We are a friendly 395 9175 or just turn up group of women of all ages and Malden Emergency First Aid backgrounds. We have interesting Society (Mefas) Members meet each speakers from various organisations; Thursday evening at 7.30pm for First outings, clubs, bring and buy sales Aid training. New members required. and competitions. We charge just Everyone welcome. Hall available for £3 for your first visit which includes hire. Christine 07966661015 coffee and biscuits. Deirdre Banks on 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

Malden And Coombe Flower Decoration Society St.James Church Hall Bodley Road 3rd Thurs of the month 7.30pm. Why not come along to these evenings and dazzle your family and friends with your

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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 Voices for all adults 8-9pm every Thursday in term time at New Malden Methodist Church. New Malden Youth Choir for children 7-15 years old 6.15-7.15 every Thursday in term time at New Malden Methodist Church Contact Jane on 07775654854


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

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

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. Coach outings are organised during the Summer months. Sheila 0208 949 5118


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

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

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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 From The Ground Up local affordable organic box scheme - Kingston’s own - fresh organic veg, fruit, bread, cheese and preserves at exceptional price. Collection every Saturday from Kingston or Surbiton.

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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Dancing 1. Which dance has a name that means “two step” in Spanish? 2. The title characters in which famous poem went “hand in hand on the edge of the sand” and “danced by the light of the moon”? 3. In 1996, which song gave Los Del Rio their biggest hit and led to a new dance craze? 4. Name the two dances that feature in the NATO phonetic alphabet. 5. In which 1980s film does a teenager called Ren McCormack move to a small town where dancing has been banned? 6. Who created and choreographed the original Riverdance? 7. Which 1980 hit single by the Gap Band is typically danced to by sitting on the floor in rows and performing a rhythmic rowing action? 8. With over 1,000 complaints, an advert featuring “Gary the bodyguard” was the most complained about TV advert in the UK in 2016, with viewers saying Gary’s dance moves were overtly sexual and not suitable to be seen by children. What website was this advertising? 9. Which Spanish dance features in the lyrics to the number one hit singles A Whiter Shader Of Pale by Procul Harem and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen? 10. The Infernal Galop from Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus In The Underworld is a tune that is most associated with which dance?

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Clubs Looking for a new activity in sociable company while enjoying healthy exercise with the sun on your back and a refreshing drink at hand? Lawn bowls can provide you with all these things – even the sunshine in a good English summer! By combining healthy exercise with a competitive element in a relaxed environment bowls is perfect for both sexes and all ages. Most clubs have members with a wide range of abilities and skills with ages ranging from teenagers to the over 70’s. Here in my own club, Supreme BC in New Malden, the youngest member is 12 and the oldest over 80. Try it out and you will soon appreciate how much fun it can be. And don’t be put-off by its fuddy-duddy media image because bowls is taking positive steps to broaden its appeal and actively recruit members from all sections of the community. A continuing tradition in bowls is that it’s a sport in which the whole family can play on equal terms in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. It’s not at all uncommon for several generations of the same family to join a club and play regularly together. Currently our club includes 3 generations of one family.

Supreme BC hold regular Free Open Days (see our advert) specifically designed to introduce beginners to the sport, so don’t be shy about coming along and trying your hand. All you need to bring with you is an open mind, a good sense of humour, comfortable clothes and flat-soled shoes/trainers – we will provide you with the bowls, friendly advice, coaching and refreshments. After you have learned the basics you can then pick it up as you go along, gradually improving your technique and skill level at your own pace. Once you start playing you can buy a pair of bowling shoes for around £30 - £40 and should be able to pick up a decent set of 4 second-hand bowls for around £40. Unlike other sports our members can practice at our club most times during daylight hours 7 days a week, either on your own or with other club members. The main proviso to this is that the club’s home matches and competitions take priority over practice sessions. Most bowls clubs have an active social side – Supreme hold quiz nights, BBQ’s, day trips to the races and similar activities. Our outdoor bowls season runs from the end of April to the end of September with many members then playing indoor bowls throughout the remainder of the year.



2018 Free Open Days for new bowlers of all ages & abilities are on : ● Saturday 5th May, ● Sunday 6th May, ● Saturday 12th May, ● Sunday 20th May. All sessions start around 10.00am and finish around 1.00pm. We provide : bowls, refreshments, friendly advice & coaching. Just bring comfortable casual clothing, flat-soled shoes / trainers. Ample parking in Woodies pub car park. If you can’t make these dates just contact us to arrange a visit. Kings College Sports Ground, Woodies Lane, off Malden Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 5BF. Tel N° 07906 552529 Web : E-mail : 34

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People Our boy Vinnie Vinnie has a life limiting condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. He lives in Mount Pleasant Road, New Malden and soon will be attending Bedlesford School in Kingston Upon Thames. He lives with his mum Kelly, dad Luke and big sister Kaydee who is 8 years old. This is their story…. Our little boy Vinnie who was 3 on the 24th March has a life limiting condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. We were told back in May 2015 that we would be lucky to have a year with him as the natural progression of SMA means that they lose the ability to move, feed orally and the ability to breathe independently. We were fortunate enough to enrol Vinnie in a clinical trial of a drug called Spinraza, this has since been approved in many countries and hopefully in the UK this year.

The Life List Gym Etiquette According to the experts, we’re all living longer so it makes sense to stay healthy and keep in shape. But it takes more than superfoods, mindfulness and Botox to always appear at your best. Before you rush off to your nearest leisure centre and play ‘hunt the parking space’, here are a few pointers for what not to do in the gym. Avoid giving yourself a round of applause after using each exercise machine. Similarly, no highfiving yourself or doing the infamous Wimbledon fist-pump. Don’t get the speed and gradient buttons mixed up on the treadmill; otherwise you’ll be walking very slowly up a mountain for 15 minutes. Also,

Instead of getting weaker Vinnie is gaining strength, he can move, drive a power chair and he is now off his ventilator 8 hours a day. Our little hero even starts school in the next few months which is amazing as SMA does not cause any developmental delay and he is above average in his learning. We are currently trying to raise £11,671 to purchase an Innowalk . This is a standing machine that moves Vinnie’s legs, kind of like a cross trainer. This will hopefully build Vinnie’s leg muscles up with movement through weight bearing. The family are raising money via Vinnie's facebook page “Our Boy Vinnie”. The money is to provide Vinnie with everything that he needs to help him thrive including private Physiotherapy sessions. They are gathering loads of support from the local community and many businesses have been helping with donations for raffles and auctions. If you have a business that could donate any prizes to raffle off please get in touch. If you’d like to make an online donation you can do

resist holding a mobile conversation for your entire mechanised stroll. Please refrain from wearing a baseball cap on the rowing machine, or shouting ‘ahoy’ to whoever’s on the machine next to you. There’s no need to hum the music from Rocky as you lift the free weights. Never assume that your sweat prevents the person using the cross-trainer after you from getting dry skin. Clean up your act. However pooped you feel, halfway through your routine, don’t break for sandwiches and a flask of coffee. One word for those without hair: headband. (Or maybe that’s just ‘band’.) Never confuse the bench press with a trouser press. And while we’re on the topic, tiny shorts are for dancing in, not doing squat thrusts. No one needs to see that. Lastly, don’t head straight to the café afterwards to replenish your carbs. Exercise isn’t a piece of cake. By Derek Thompson

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Jean’s Pork Chops This delicious recipe was given to me by my motherin-law who got it from a close friend of hers many years ago. I have changed it slightly but still tastes the same. We love it so much because it’s comforting, tastes amazing and so easy to prepare! I hope you will enjoy it too! Ingredients: 6 pork chops or boneless pork steaks 2 garlic cloves, crushed salt and pepper to taste 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1 tsp medium curry powder (I have used hot curry powder before and it works too) 2 dessertspoons white wine vinegar 5 tbsp tomato ketchup 2 dessertspoons brown sugar 1 dessertspoon Worcester sauce about half a pint of hot stock (veg Bouillon) a handful of chopped flat parsley to garnish

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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Faith I’d almost forgotten about Nigel Farage. Having inspired political and economic chaos of epic proportions I thought he had abandoned the listing ship of the British Isles to its fate. But no. A recent cab ride revealed that someone, clearly not of sound mind, has given him a slot on a Talk Radio station from which he can engage with the public on a range of Daily Express headline grabbing topics. The results, if my listening was anything to go by, are normally car crashes of an insurance underwriter’s nightmares and enough to question one’s faith in humanity. I mentioned this to Mrs H who, being a bit of an authority when it comes to females with a talent for running and then in the final stages of training for the Brighton Marathon, referred me to the work of Katherine Switzer. I’d not heard of her and my admission was the cause of such eye rolling as would have made our teenager proud. A swift bit of research though revealed that in 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. This was at a time when such things were just not done and the words “diversity” and “training” were distant cousins liable to meet infrequently at family weddings and bicker over the vol au vonts, rather than the conjoined twins they are today. It therefore had to be done in disguise. Such an audacious venture was not without risk. In fact, as a result of the prevailing lack of enlightenment, a race official thinking that such a feat of stamina was beyond the capabilities of the “fragile sex” and seeing through her not so cunning disguise of a bad wig and oversized jogging pants, attempted to grab her race bib and forcibly remove her from the course. In doing so, he not only sealed his reputation as a total arse but also ensured the future eligibility of female numbered runners. Although an interesting story of itself, it was a subsequent observation of its heroine to which Victoria was alluding. She said that “if you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon” and whilst spectating events unfold in Brighton I


realised it’s truth. Marathon crowds don’t distinguish between ability, gender or age. Theirs is just a universally good natured desire to see everyone succeed and finish unscathed. The crowds scream the names of runners they don’t know, encouraging them, cajoling them to make it to the finish and providing a source of extra strength to make it across the line. It’s infectious too. Whereas my natural inclination might be to politely clap on the sidelines and mutter encouragement in a very otherwise British way, I found myself shouting at strangers, cheering them on, telling them to keep going, convincing them they could do it when they looked physically spent and assuring them that they were nearly there. I realised afterwards that as I was standing at the half way point, this last phrase was perhaps misleading at best. Still, in a world where Farage can still find a forum and almost every day there’s a report of some atrocity or crime having been committed by some government, group or lone nutter, standing amongst a few thousand people whose collective desire was simply to see the assortment of athletes of different colours, creeds, shapes and sizes succeed was instantly refreshing. Katherine also said something else in the context of marathon running that I’ve had to try and apply to life generally in these past few years. She said “all you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of another”. That’s actually not bad advice for us Parkies even if at times doing one is a lot simpler than the other.

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths

On the way to Lancing, we always drive past a very pretty little village called Steyning (pronounced ‘Stenning’). This has a number of places to have tea or coffee, a stunningly good grocer’s shop and café and a really old church. The church is largely Norman – dating to the 12th century, but Richmond Park is always a great place to visit … and I there has been a church in the town since the 8th or 9th often take my dog for walks there. One of my favourite ' P U T Ycenturies. O U R And G Athere R Dare EN Mlovely A I NTudor T E style N A cottages NCE IN TH some treks is to start at the Kingston Gate, walk up to the H A N DinStheOvillage as M well.E O N E W H O R E A L L Y C A R E S F SO Isabella Plantation and then walk around the two Pen The village has an annual festival – a proper country one, Ponds. This picture is of one of the larger Pen Pond on a with farming implements on display, a maypole with lovely clear day. The trees around the pond – I think it’s a - One off Tidy dancing round it- –Tree schoolchildren I had surgery never seen a lake really – especially at the upper end, are quite full, and - Garden maypole Maintenance in actual use before – and a lot ofGrinding food stalls. And - Stump give a very rural view across the water. One of the joys farm animals. Pigs, chickens, sheep – all there in small pens Strimming and Weeding - Decking and Lawns of having a dog is that I-have the perfect reason to walk in one of the village’s car parks. - Garden clearance around the great outdoors. This particular point is about - Hedge Trimming 4 kilometres from my usual start, and so I am beginning - Path and Patio Washing - Landscaping to think how nice it will be to be turning back. Poppy (the dog!) is rarely that eager to get home, but she follows what I do with eternal hope in her eyes. I took this picture with my iPhone – so the level of detail or rather, the accuracy of the detail, is a bit lacking. The reflections are not as crisp as they would be with my normal camera – this is definitely a time when more pixels are better. (But that is surprisingly untrue most of the time: it is a marketing and sales myth that you have to ‘PUT YOUR GARDEN MAINTENANCE INTel: THE020 8330 7 have more and more megapixels in order take better HANDS OF SOMEONE WHO REALLY CARES’ Mobile: 07958 pictures). The ducks, floating serenely in the foreground give - One off Tidy interest to the picture – I would have had to crop a lot - Garden Maintenance more off the bottom if they hadn’t been there. And, to - Decking and Lawns be completely transparent, they weren’t there. I had to - Hedge Trimming Photoshop them in from another picture taken a few - Landscaping minutes later. And, in fact, you can see a slightly different colour of the water where they are floating, compared - Tree surgery to the rest of the lake. It’s only a small cheat – they - Stump Grinding really were just outside the picture, but sometimes it - Strimming & Weeding is artistically necessary to add or move key parts of the - Garden clearance image. But it’s also artistically honest to be open about - Path & Patio Washing when you do that. IN THE INTENANCE GARDEN MA ARES' 'PUT YOUR O REALLY C MEONE WH O S F O S D N HA - Tree surgery g - One off Tidy - Stump Grindin nance Weeding - Garden Mainte - Strimming and ns Law and ce - Decking - Garden clearan g shing Wa o - Hedge Trimmin Pati - Path and - Landscaping

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It is a good chance to walk around – a townie in the countryside – and to enjoy the smell and sound of country living. And chatting to the farmers as well: a very different set of pressures and priorities from mine and it’s always nice to hear this. The festival is, of course, aimed very much at children so there are lambs as well as the parent sheep on display. This picture shows ‘mum’ caring lovingly for her two lambs in one of the pens. She seems almost smiling as she hovers over them. There was almost no need to edit the picture – I did crop it to force a focus on the sheep and to get rid of the distractions around, but this is just what I saw! A real ‘awwww’ moment. This is probably my favourite tree. A bit odd, I know, to have a favourite tree, but this one looks great in winter, when there are no leaves, and also in the early summer, as now. It is in Bushy Park, which has herds of red deer and fallow deer – all wild and not domesticated. Walking Poppy there, as in Richmond Park, can be an exciting experience as I keep one eye open for deer ahead of us. She is usually off the lead, but when I see deer she goes back on. Not that she would do anything – probably – but just in case. My winter shots of this tree have done well in competitions in black and white, and I keep trying to get another great picture. This isn’t it! But it does show the shape of the tree, the hollow trunk, and maybe more importantly, also shows Poppy, sitting there looking at me. I truthfully have no

clue what she is thinking, except that she does follow me around – so I assume that she is eager to please me, sees me as important (how nice!). What makes this photo good to look at – well, I think there are a number of things: • The horizontal bars of the fence – at a slight angle – give a structure to the picture • The tree in its environment – with grass and other trees and woodland around it, but being fairly isolated in reality • The dog, lying there under the fence, gives a foreground interest. I didn’t do much editing to this image – maybe a bit of brightening to make it ‘pop’ a bit more. The picture itself is a memory jerker – nothing at all wrong with that – and brings back a recollection of a happy sunny day with my dog.

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Organisations Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch A group of Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion members visited the Poppy Factory in Richmond this month. We were given a great lunch and fantastic talk and tour about the factory and we learned so much from it. We even made our own poppy!! We also saw one of the original wreaths made in 1922. The symbol of the Poppy really began with the poem by a Canadian Lt Col John McCrea who treated Of course, distributing the Poppies ,is wounded soldiers in Essex Farm the job of local branches of The Royal dressing station in Ypres in 1915. British Legion.Without our volunteers He was so moved by the sights he the poppies cannot be sold! We at witnessed that he penned the poem Malden and Coombe also incorporate “In Flanders Fields“. This published Kingston Branch and ask if any readers poem was read by American Moina are willing to give up a few hours in the Belle Michael who promised to fortnight leading up to Remembrance wear a red poppy every day in Sunday on 11th November to help us Remembrance.She also made silk poppies and distribute and raise the money for Veterans. Our gave them away for a small donation. A French organiser Tina on email socialite, Anna Guerin received one of these poppies would love to tell you all about it. and spent 2 years visiting veterans’ organisations Poppy organisers are needed in other areas such as promoting the poppy made by French widows as a Wallington, Beddington, Carshalton and Epsom. So symbol of Remembrance. She pitched her idea to if you can help there please contact Peter Wakeham General Haig who had just formed The British Legion on 01273411058. By being a volunteer you will help in 1921 and the First Poppy day raised over £100,000 ensure that we are here for all veterans. that year. One hundred years ago, on 1st April 1918, The Royal The Poppy Factory was founded in 1922 by Major Air Force was founded as the third Military service in George Howson MC when he realised that the Great Britain. Although Britain used planes during thousands of disabled soldiers who had returned WW1, they were made of wood and very flimsy, tied from the Battle Fields had such a poor quality of life with wire to stop them breaking up. Each squadron and that no one wanted to give them a job because was attached to either the Army or Navy. However, of their injuries or impairments.He had been looking after many German air raids in 1917, it was decided for a factory to provide paid work for the disabled that Britain needed to improve it’s air defence and veterans so when he approached General Haig the RAF was formed. Although it was not supported and offered to produce poppies made by British by many in Whitehall, the newly appointed Secretary veterans, his offer was accepted. On 5th June, with of State for war Winston Churchill ensured that it 5 disabled men as its first employees, the Poppy was a permanent fixture in Britain’s military set-up. factory was founded. Little did they know what an important decision that Nowadays 7.5 million poppies, 136,000 wreaths and would be in the future for 1939 ! 950,00 Remembrance symbols are produced every year by the Poppy Factory, all made by paid veterans. Gateway 24 hour for veterans 0808 802 8080 or The veterans are also given help to find jobs with Branch membership queries 07572 390203 other employers and continue to be supported by the team at The Poppy factory. Please arrange to visit this wonderful establishment. TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND THE FUTURE As a charity, it receives no funding.The visits are free OF THE LIVING and there a small shop which sells goods with a poppy theme. 45 To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915



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