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September Contents

History - And you thought that was hot by Robin Gill 6 Malden Fortnight 2018 by The Malden Camera Club 10 New Malden Matters 14 View from the City 16 Sudokus 18 Recipe Spice - Ham, Roasted Pepper And Feta Cheese Flan 22 Gardening Wonderful Window Boxes 28 My Chicken Cacciatore Rotary 34 Codeword 36 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 Just back this morning (3am) from our annual excursion to visit family and friends in South West Cork – a journey, now we have Matty in tow, that takes a mere 16 hours in car and ferry (groan). Not much I can say to make it sound exciting except that it was only raining for a couple of hours of that and youngest daughter got an extra chicken McNugget in the Drive Thu! Thank goodness we have lovely offspring who would never dream of rowing with each other or fighting for space in the car.. (ahem)… We are also incredibly lucky to have a dog who settled happily without so much as even a tiny woof during all the hours of the car drive. Made up for it in spades though when he was left alone in a kennel on the car deck. Not nice - so hardly surprising. If only we could trust leaving him snuggled up in the car without digging and destroying. Any tips/suggestions from well behaved dog owners most welcomed as it is just horrible leaving him, despite the unconditional welcome we got on collection. Anyway, hope you all had a great summer and that the weather holds out for those of you still to go away, or have time off at home. And best of luck to everyone whose children are starting a new chapter in their lives in September, whether it be a new educational establishment, or stepping out into the big, wide world… Please get in touch if your school, club or organisation is planning any events in September or October that we can help to promote - at no cost to you. Or if you have a local business and want to get the word out locally then check out our rates online, or call me for a chat to see what would work best for you. And as a reader, please support the businesses that advertise, and let them know where you got their number from. In order to deliver the magazine to most of the KT3 postcode, we split the distribution over a two month period. So if you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the October one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, New Malden library, Tudor Willams and the Malden Centre but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website.

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New Malden History And you thought that was hot by Robin Gill The only time that New Malden is mentioned in national weather records was in September 1906 when the temperature reached 95degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of the month (Saturday). The Surrey Comet commented that it was so hot, that people had lost the energy to inquire how hot it was! One dangerous feature of the intense heat was the number of fires which were liable to break out spontaneously. Three haystacks in a field off Longfellow Road in Worcester Park caught fire at about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. The Malden Fire Brigade was called, equipped with a steamer and an escape (ladder). Thanks to water from a nearby pond the blaze was soon brought under control. Indications Back in 1976 the clues were there if you knew where to look. The weather forecaster for the local paper predicted we would have a wet summer with around 6 ins of rain especially during July and August, even though we had enjoyed the driest six-month period from December 75 to May 76 since the 1700s. The average temperatures in the first five months in the 1970s locally were June 68.5

July 71 and August 72.4. At the end of March David Broome the well-known showjumper rode his horse to success in the Marlboro Grand Prix (tobacco advertising in those days) in Gloucestershire. The horse’s name was Heatwave. During April and May 1976, the Surrey Fire Brigade attended nearly 3000 fire regionally, some involving the use of up to 10 engines. These machines were not built to cover rough terrain such as heath and common land, and some had been damaged trying to reach blazes in remote areas. Advice for the british sunworshipper By the beginning of June, London’s parks were full of sun lovers taking advantage of their lunch hours to collapse on the grass. According to the World Health Organisation at that time, even the British should only take two weeks to get use (acclimatise) to the increase in heat. “Accordingly, after the initial fortnight, sweating becomes more efficient, and it’s salt content falls, and distress and exhaustion disappear”.

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Their advice was to get up early, work a few hours, and then take a long break around midday, until the heat has passed. Drink plenty of fluids, avoid direct sunlight, and wear as little as possible. Beer and lager sales showed a sharp increase. Shortage of water used in the production of lager in Northampton meant that some of the disused wells in the city had to be opened up and the contents used. An increase in sales of motorcycles and mopeds was also noticeable. Some welcome rain arrived in the middle of June but only amounted to 0.8 millimetres making the total of the year amounting to 3.75 inches. It was officially, the hottest June of the 20th century in Britain. For the first time in the history of Lords Cricket Ground members were allowed to take their jackets off in the pavilion, but were obliged to keep their ties on. Malden swelters Life in Malden went on with Lloyds Bank celebrating 50 years of trading in the local community. It had opened in 1926 with a staff of four, but had expanded twice over the fifty years and had 15 employees in place by 1976.When the bank first opened it shared its premises with a lady’s hat shop and had an attractive garden at

the rear. Another business succeeding in Malden was Conways, which specialised in top range china and glassware such as Wedgewood and Waterford Crystal. If you were looking for employment then the local employment agency was Foster’s Employment Bureau based at 140 High Street (now part of the Bon Marche shop). The bureau had just moved across the road into a new building when Betty Smith bought the goodwill of the business from the original Hylda Foster who retired in November 1975. Miss Foster had started the concern in 1934 dealing mainly with domestic enquiries for servants in Coombe and Malden of which there was more of a requirement than nowadays. In 1976 a secretary could earn up to £3000 pa locally. Children were well catered for with Woolworths, Cannings, Rideways (all sadly now gone), but there are a few stores still remaining today such as Johnsons Shoes, Unilet, also a small jeweller and watchmaker called CF Ramsey. Mr Ramsey (snr) had arrived in Malden in 1923 to take on the business of watchmaker and jeweller William Brooker in Malden Road. Brooker had gone to America to work in the diamond trade. One of the responsibilities Ramsey inherited was to ensure that the clock in the town hall (now Waitrose) kept good

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time. The clock was powered by a battery, and to check its performance, a wire was led over the fire station which stood next door, and connected to a make or break device attached to a Vienna Regulator at the back of the jewellers. The regulator was still there in 1976, but I don’t know whether that is still the case. Thames drying up? Anyway, back to the weather. By the beginning of July, it was felt that the drought was so bad that the Thames might become just a series of lakes joined by weirs and locks. The local area endured its hottest week since records began, pubs rang out of beer, children were sent home from school including Beverley Boys after one mobile classroom buckled at 127 degrees. Hospitals were inundated with patients with heat related illnesses. Deaths were up by one third in Greater London. Surbiton Lagoon enjoyed record attendances (5600 on a Sunday), and wildfires sprung up all over the place including one at Warren Cutting which threatened to spread to the golf course. Passers-by and local help firemen beat out the flames. During May June and July, it only rained on four days. July temperatures were regularly in the 90s, whilst 90 degrees had been reached only once between July 1961 and August 1975. It rapidly became the hottest summer on record, between three and five degrees

above average. Earlier hot summers had been in 1868 and 1921. The rainfall during June and July amounted to ½ inch. Roads were affected all over the locality with loss of friction, and motorists were warned that when rain fell the roads would be very slippery. No watering allowed A ban on the use of hosepipes was bought in by Thames Water on 24th July with gardeners facing a £5 fine if they were used. Water levels in the company’s reservoirs were 40% below normal. Of course, the ban coincided with the outbreak of thunderstorms across the area bringing much needed rain. August started relatively cold with temperatures of 64 degrees, making it the coldest start to the month for 30 years, but the drought and hosepipe ban were still in force with no rain for three weeks after the storms. Sporting events were now being cancelled including horse racing and athletics. Even though the sports ground at Norbiton had been partly converted into an all-weather facility, the council refused to let the Surrey Athletic Club train there. By mid-August the hallowed sports of Cricket and Bowls were being called off as the hosepipe and sprinkler bans reached most recreation areas and parkland. Cuts came into force regarding the washing of vehicles unless for safety or hygiene purposes, this meant that London Transport’s fleet of buses were collecting passengers after not being regularly cleaned. Automatic car washers were closed, and fountains turned off with August completely dry. But of course, in the end the weatherman came to the rescue again, stating that September and October would be dry, and consequently we had heavy rain throughout both months, ending both the drought and hosepipe ban.


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Malden Fortnight 2018


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New Malden Matters

maintaining this strong coming- together of the community all year round. From events such as the Farmers’ Market, located down the High Street on the first Saturday of every month, to community groups such as the Royal British Legion, we can all help bring our community closer together. This month, we are hoping to highlight just a handful of the many groups in our community that help bring our community together, in hope that you will get involved, or even feel inspired to go one further and organise something yourself, for the benefit of the community! The Kingston Environment Centre holds many events, such as ‘Stitch and Chat’ on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7pm, with all welcome to bring along some knitting or sewing, get ideas from other people, recycle and re-use materials and talk about community issues. New Malden library hosts the Malden Camera Club every Thursday from 8pm to 10pm, welcoming photographers of all ages and abilities. The Malden and Coombe Heritage Society meets once a month at the Baptist Church, with details available on the local noticeboards. Danielle O’Shaughnessy is embarking on a campaign for a new Community Arts facility in New Malden, called ‘The Village’, and is looking for local residents to get involved with the steering committee to help make this community dream a reality. Danielle is contactable on 07402 484845. And as discussed in last month’s Village Voice, plans are underway for a community Passion Play (

Making our neighbourhood a community Readers may remember that several years ago David Cameron launched the Big Society; in August this year the government produced its successor, the Civil Society Strategy (available at In the Strategy, the government sets out its ‘vision of the UK with better connected communities, more neighbourliness, and businesses which strengthen society’ in which ‘power is decentralised so that local officials and professionals are properly accountable to local people’. ‘The government’s vision is for all people to be able to thrive, connect with each other, and give back to their communities’. Whatever the questions- and there are many- about whether and how volunteers can fill the gaps left by repeated cuts to local government, the strategy is worth reading and we look forward to seeing how our borough decides to address it. It’s easy to criticise the powers that be for not doing enough to bring the community together - and, yes, we agree they could do more - but building community spirit is a team exercise, and something that the New Malden Residents’ Association is passionate about. The annual Malden Fortnight exemplifies community spirit in New Malden; the challenge we face is




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Recipe Ham, Roasted Pepper And Feta Cheese Flan Using a ready-rolled sheet of puff pastry makes this summer flan a doddle to make. Serve warm or cold with a peppery watercress and rocket salad and some boiled new potatoes for a lovely late summer lunch or supper. Serves 4, Ready in 50 minutes 1 large red pepper & 1 large yellow pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed, 2 tbsp olive oil 320g packet ready-rolled puff pastry sheet 2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to garnish 75g feta cheese, crumbled. 6 slices Parma ham Freshly ground black pepper, Beaten egg, to glaze

TIPS • You can use any other variety of continental ham for this flan, or try thin slices of salami or pastrami instead. • Remove the packet of pastry from the fridge about 20 minutes before unrolling to allow it to soften a little.

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. Place the peppers and garlic in a shallow roasting tin and drizzle over half the olive oil. Roast in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until just tender. 2 Unroll the pastry sheet onto a large baking sheet lined with baking paper. Arrange the tomatoes over the pastry, leaving a 2cm border, and scatter over the thyme leaves. Top with the crumbled feta and ruffles of Parma ham. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil. 3 Gently fold in the pastry edges a little to give a raised border. Brush the pastry border with beaten egg. 4 Bake the flan for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden and the peppers are lightly charred in places. Serve warm or cold garnished with the extra thyme leaves.

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Gardening Wonderful Window Boxes Pippa Greenwood As summer fades into early autumn, it can be sad to see beds, borders, pots and planters look a little worse for wear, so why not treat yourself to some late summer and early autumn colour in a pot, planter or, better still, a window box? With styles ranging from woven willow to classic hardwood and urban chic aluminium, in all sizes and colours, there is plenty of choice – but make sure it will fit easily on to the window sill and won’t be too heavy! Some of my favourites plants to use are hardy Gerberas (these do need a good warm, sunny spot), variegated ivies and the wacky, compact Crassula with fleshy foliage and dusky pink flowers. But take time deciding on the combination that makes YOUR heart sing. Some window boxes have impermeable liners, in which case add an inch or so of horticultural grit or gravel to provide drainage, so if you do overwater (or it rains too much) the excess water will be less likely to sit around the roots and cause the plants to suffer or die. To keep weight to a minimum, use broken up polystyrene from bedding plants or the packaging around household appliances instead of the grit or gravel. A good quality multi-purpose compost is perfect for a temporary planting like this, but if you intend to replace your plants with other hardy, seasonal stunners later in the year, then a 50:50 mixture of a loam-based compost and a multi-purpose one allows for better stability from the weight and texture of the loam, combined with better aeration and drainage from the multi-purpose compost. Fill the window box about half full, gently firming it, but don’t compact it or the plants won’t get their roots down so well.

watering can with the rose in place, so imitating rainfall. A stunning window box can be created in under half an hour. Make sure it is secured properly on the window sill – and that you can open the window (or access the box from outside) to keep it adequately watered. The window box will benefit from occasional feeding with high-potash feed and of course will need to be regularly dead-headed! Visit Pippa’s website and you’ll find some great gardening items: Nemaslug, green controls for leatherjackets, chafer grubs, ants and greenfly, plus garden plant supports, raised bed kits, Easy-Tunnels, gardening tools, Grower Frames, signed books and more! Or why not book Pippa for a gardening talk?

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It’s definitely worthwhile paying attention to changes in your pet’s behaviour, as it could indicate that they’re in pain. September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, so here we look at some of the signs you should look for. Altered sleeping patterns Some pets sleep more when they’re dealing with pain, whilst others are less able to sleep because of the discomfort. If

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your vet as there might be a serious underlying cause. Change in eye appearance When an animal is in pain, it often shows in their eyes, which can appear strained, potentially with larger dilated pupils. Dogs and cats also sometimes squint, and develop bloodshot eyes. It’s often an animal’s general behaviour that alerts you to their pain, but by keeping an eye out for these telltale signs, you’ll be able to react quickly and deal with the cause. september-animal-pain-awareness-monthlook-10-signs-mean-pooch-pain/ By Ann Haldon

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

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

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

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


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


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

Early Morning Running Group Hill training on The Hamptons, covering 6-8 miles. Mixed ability group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three minutes walk from Motspur Park station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 898896,

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

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

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

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

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

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


Malden & Coombe Social Club For The Blind Alternate Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY welcome Talking Of Trains In Surbiton Talks at the Surbiton Library Hall each Wed evening throughout the winter months. 1st meeting free, cost £50pa www.talkingof

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


KINGSTON U3A SINGERS! 10.30 - 12.30, Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent, Surbiton KT6 4BN. We enjoy singing many different styles of music. There is no formal audition but we are looking for the ability to sing in tune, a willingness to practice at home between rehearsals and, above all, an enthusiasm for making music. A quarterly charge is levied to cover choir expenses. Please ring Helga Randall 020 8397 8712 or Roger Dench on 07759 020433. Early Morning Running Group Speed work on tarmacked areas,

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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 talented members who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with us. A warm welcome is extended to all visitors, especially beginners. 075785780726

St. John’s Hall is open between 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If you are on your own please feel free to drop in for a free cup of tea and some company. 411 Malden Road (between Worcester Park station and The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby. The Malden and Coombe Townswomen’s Guild welcome new members. We meet at 10am on the third Thursday of the month at the United Reformed Church hall in New Malden. We are a friendly group of women of all ages and backgrounds. We have interesting speakers from various organisations; outings, clubs, bring and buy sales and competitions. We charge just £3 for your first visit which includes coffee and biscuits. Deirdre Banks on 020 89494743

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time only). Come and enjoy great symphonic music in a friendly group of players under the leading of an experience conductor. Contact: Tolworth Badminton Club Tolworth Recreation Centre Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 Intermediate/advanced level Pat 0208 395 9175 or just turn up

Malden Emergency First Aid Society (Mefas) Members meet each Thursday evening at 7.30pm for First Aid training. New members required. Everyone welcome. Hall available for hire. Christine 07966661015

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

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Come and join our friendly local bridge club at the Shiraz Mirza hall (behind Norbiton station). We play 24 hands of duplicate bridge - with electronic scoring - every Thurs from 7.30pm.Host system so partners always available. £5 table money. Parking available outside the hall. 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 expertise! Visitors £6 Alison Honor 020 8949 8036 Malden Wanderers Badminton Club 22, Cambridge Avenue, KT3 4LE When - 8.30-10pm We are a friendly club looking for new members. Bobby 07946 532 846 New Malden Women’s Institute Shiraz Mirza Hall, Manor Park Hall, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AV. 2nd Thurs of each month at 7.30pm Barbara 0208 546 1495 or

Kingston Debating Society An evening of lively intelligent debate, where you get to have your say. Thurs7.45pm 10 March Kingston Methodist Church, Avenue Road, off Fairfield South, KT1 2UJkingston New Malden Youth Choir for children 7-15 years old 6.15-7.15 every Thursday in term time at New Malden Methodist Church Contact Jane on 07775654854


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

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

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


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


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

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

Supreme Bowls Club

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

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Friendly social table tennis club in Raynes Park welcomes new members (sorry not complete beginners). 020 8947 3564. Surbition Bowls Club Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Roll ups Tuesday evenings from 5,50pm. Small friendly mixed club (35 players.) David 020 8224 2385

Surbiton Croquet Club

Where: Alexandra Drive, Berrylands. Croquet is a game for all ages and abilities. All welcome at very friendly club, including (especially!) complete beginners. Free introductory croquet coaching sessions. Chris Osmond 020 8330 6698 Malden Manor Bowls Club, Manor Park, Malden Road. New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, league matches, internal and external competitions; we offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Men’s Secretary Gerald 020 8949 4623 or Ladies Secretary 020 8394 0877.

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My Chicken Cacciatore

This is one of those very easy recipes when you want to eat something hearty and comfy but either don't have much time or feel a bit lazy... My family loves it and you can serve it with plain rice, roasted or boiled potatoes or just a green salad and crusty bread. Ingredients: 4 big chicken breasts, each one sliced in half 3 tbsp olive oil 3 garlic cloves, grated 1 tin chopped tomatoes Dried oregano Salt and pepper to taste Black olives, a handful Fresh basil Cheddar cheese, grated - optional

Fundraising In July 2019 Luca Viani, Rebecca Newman and Rosa Boyd from 2nd Malden (St Josephs’) Scout Pack will be joining up to 36,000 other young people and taking part in the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. They will be joined by several other young people from New Malden and around 15 other young people from Kingston. Luca, Rebecca, and Rosa have to raise a large amount of money to take part in the Jamboree and the money they raise not only pays for their trip but it subsidises those from poorer countries to attend the Jamboree. So far the 3 of them have been bag packing, baby sitting, gardening and helping run a stall at the Malden Fortnight in order to raise funds. 2nd Malden Scout pack has been part of the New Malden community for the last 15 years and during this time hundreds of children have had the opportunity to be a Beaver, Cub or Scout and have had the chance to take part in a wide range of positive activities.


Method: Place the chicken into a large oven proof dish, season well with salt, pepper, oregano and grated garlic. Drizzle over the olive oil and give it a good mix arranging the sliced breasts again in the tin. Pour over the chopped tomatoes and scatter over the olives and chopped basil. Roast it in a preheated oven 200C for approximately 35 to 40 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Towards the end of cooking you can sprinkle over the cheddar until melted, but this is optional. Serve it immediately.


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Fitness So you think you can’t dance? Think again! You certainly can (and should) by joining a movement & dance class that is accessible, vibrant and a lot of fun.

to have a certain amount of flexibility or anything like that. It’s the process of finding sensation of the body which makes Nia such an immersive experience. A Nia class is a place where we can feel every sensation and need our bodies have. This is why Nia is such a beautiful and important practice.

WHAT IF you took up dancing for the first time, right now? Even if you’ve never danced before or haven’t in decades, now there is a class where you fit in, have fun and maybe even learn to love moving & dancing.

The best part of dancing Nia, is that you really can go at your own pace. Stop if you want. Sit down and dance while sitting on a chair for a while. Or just sit back, watch and listen until you’re ready to join in again. People can gain flexibility, balance and stability, even from a short while dancing NIA. It can really change posture, overall strength and balance that you have within your body.

For me, it only took one class to get hooked on NIA –a movement practice, combining dance arts, martial arts, healing arts and mindfulness, founded in 1983. In Nia, there’s just joy, and then there’s more joy and I’m sweating, and I’m laughing and I’m smiling, and I’m not working out! It’s a whole new way of looking at your body, not punish it.

Nia, is fusion fitness at its finest. The original mind-body fitness program. Conditioning for body, mind, emotion and spirit. You have got to try it to really get it. It looks like a dance class, but it’s much more. It’s a lifestyle of health and wellbeing. If your body came with an owner’s manual, would you read it?

Nia is accessible to everyone, all ages, all abilities. It’s working out, without actually feeling like you’re working out, because it’s such an artistic type of fitness.

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!

In Nia, the routines are all different so you’re always creating new neurologic pathways. Our bodies get set in our ways from repeated, habitual ways of doing things. It’s your body, learning a new way. And that’s beautiful, at any age, to do something that you would never do anyplace else. And yet, here you are doing it. It’s about moving. You don’t have to have a certain style of body. You don’t have

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What’s On New Malden Community Passion Play 2019 Are you interested in taking part in some way ? If so - come to a meeting at the Space, United Reformed Church, Cromwell Avenue, on Saturday 22nd September at 3.00pm and find out more No need to commit at this stage, just come and chat. Contact us at Charity Quiz Night at The Willow (16 The Triangle, KT1 3RT) for Love Kingston on Wed 26th Sept? Great prizes and fab raffle! Starts 7.30pm. Entry £5 per person. Reserve your lucky table by emailing

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Kingston’ grants, for which the autumn application round is now open and for which the deadline for applying is Friday 7 September. Please see the article on the Kingston Council Website for criteria and the application process and form. The key things to note are that it would need to be for new work and is not open to any groups who secured funding in the Spring round. Secondly, as individual Ward Councillors we have small discretionary funding given to each of us to give to local groups for community activities. We are likely to each use some of this for small grants and also consider pooling some of the funds between us for any larger projects of wider benefit to the whole of New Malden. The time-scale is a bit longer for this, but would need to have ideas in mind by around October time to look to then have firm proposals to be submitted by the end of the calendar year as the funds do not roll over if not used. So if your idea doesn’t fit into the criteria for the community grant but you’d like to discuss an idea you have for our Ward funds, please do get in touch on (or similarly contact the relevant Councillors for the Ward in which you live) to take this forward.

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Cricket Stags season comes to a close by James Kuhrt In a game where her inclusion in a competitive adult side was already a landmark in the history of Malden wanderers, Tanaya Dissanayaka created more history by dismissing Valley End’s number 11 to round off an extraordinary 83 run victory for the fours. In truth this was a game which no one would have backed them to win – with six under 18’s included this was surely one of the youngest Malden Wanderers ‘adult’ teams ever to be fielded. Such was the unavailability prior to the game, Skipper Adam Barlow was also forced into making two last minute replacements, one of which included a friend he met at university, who’s only playing experience came in the six a side tournament the weekend before. The standout figures in a team where everyone deserved praise were 15 year old Alex Dodd, who added to his amazing season, holding the innings together with a score of 72 and Adam Barlow, who’s performance both as captain and a bowler was described by former captain Steve Morgan as his ‘best ever.’ That is taking nothing away from him as well – the current skipper ripped through Valley End’s middle order with a five-fer and took three catches – one of them which was sublime from close range. Sadly the ‘big game’ against league leaders Kingstonian ended in defeat by a sore margin of 8 runs. The fours then lost their next game and while Kingstonian have now won the league mathematically, if they were to finish runners up for the fourth year in a row, that would be another great effort.

three’s have remained strong all season, thoroughly deserving their position. Michael Jacobs has hit some big scores, while James Murphy’s crucial 65 on this occasion showed his ability to remain unnerved when needed most. The amount of colts that have turned up to training and participated for another season is tremendous. The coaches must be thanked also and the managers of each team. A special mention must go to the U13b side who were crowned champions after defeating Worcester Park. While the Colts games have all finished, the adult teams are still playing. The ones and threes have a great chance to get promoted and look on course to do so. However, regardless of what happens next, everyone at Malden Wanderers is aware that this has been another great season.

An evening celebration awaited Stags players regardless of outcomes in the fixtures on 11th August. Matt Marks, a long serving member of Malden Wanderers and Stan Harrison, this year’s overseas player, both had birthdays. While the two’s were relegated, their fate was becoming apparent. It will take a stern attitude next season to reenter a league which has proved unrelenting. Their captain Rob Graham can be happy about the fact his Exeter uni team won the six a –side tournament however. The ones won the derby against Worcester Park, making themselves look even more likely to gain promotion. The three’s knocked Banstead out of pole position to occupy first place themselves by a narrow margin of 3 points. The bowling honours board was re-adjusted as Sam Hopkins took record figures for this season – 7 wickets in a match! Being the fastest bowler currently in the team – even quicker than Alex Cormack, who opened the bowling with Krish Patel on this occasion – Sam rattled the Banstead rearguard and by his reckoning may have taken them ‘by surprise.’ The

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


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


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


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

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Fortunately things have moved on a bit since then and whilst so far none of my body parts have fallen off, boffins have even uncovered links between Parkinson’s and diseases like Leprosy which might inform future treatment. So, from an illness that was once hidden away in places like Spinalonga lessons are hopefully now being learned to benefit a disease where the symptoms are not always so obvious.

Pink Flamingo “Unicorns are so last year” said Anna. “I need a pink Flamingo!” The choice available at Delmitrios Boy’s inflatables emporium was vast but there was no doubt as to where her holiday investment would be made. This definitely, absolutely, without doubt was the must have accessory.

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maybe a giraffe or two standing next to it – but no success yet. This was taken in the Satara Rest Camp in the park. One of the constraints about staying in the Kruger is that the camps shut at 6 p.m. and so it is not possible to get outside the fences to capture sunsets except for a short time in the winter. So, this picture was taken from between the strands of the fence looking out over a waterhole. It was about 6:30 in the evening, and the sun was going down over the veld. No animals in sight (unfortunately) but the tree by the fence gave some extra interest to the picture. Ronald and I were standing there with our cameras pressed to the fence (actually, more me than Ronald), and snapping away. This image didn’t need any cropping, was just fine out

Autumn is coming (sorry). But hopefully we will have one of those glorious Indian summers before then. Although, after the long hot weather we have had this year, I am not sure that we deserve it! This time last year, I went on a quick visit to Northumberland with a friend – we stayed at Durham for a night to see the Cathedral (no photography allowed – bother!), and then a few nights in Alnwick. The largest second-hand bookshop that I have ever seen was right next to our B & B … a real problem as KING GEORGE FIELD Tom and I both find these places irresistible. And then INDOOR BOWLS CLUB a trip to the Farne Islands on a boat, and a visit to Holy Island (Lindisfarne). But, as you can see, this picture Learn to Bowl has none of that (maybe in another article); we passed the Angel of the North on the way up – hadn’t Free Coaching realised that we would do that – and so we decided to visit it on the way home. It really is impressive. I All Ages & wasn’t convinced that there would be anything other Abilities Welcome than a sense of “Wow, that’s big”, but there was. A feeling of a huge presence overshadowing, almost Bar • Restaurant protecting the surrounding countryside. Social Events And it was big – you can see in the photo, two people at its foot. There was a lot of it to see! I took a variety Large Car Park of photos – mostly with my wide-angle lens so that FUNCTION ROOM FOR ALL I could get the whole thing in and also some of its context, the countryside it stands in. I have seen OCCASIONS photos that focus on part of the sculpture – the head or torso, or wings – but in this case what I wanted Jubilee Way, Chessington was to get a view of the whole thing to give a sense KT9 1TR of its size and power. I was lucky about the weather – rain would have spoiled the pictures, but the fluffy Tel: 020 8397 7025 clouds and blue sky really bring out the glory of this sculpture. Well done Anthony Gormley. Another picture from the Kruger National Park in South Africa. I really want to take one of those classic African sunsets, with a single tree in the background, 42 Please remember to mention the Village Voice when you speak to our advertisers

of the camera, but the sun was a bright white, and not at all how it had actually been. It’s always difficult to take a picture with the sun looming large – the range of light that needs to be shown is too big for a camera, and too big for a printer as well. Our eyes have a much wider range (dynamic range) of light than either of these. I took a couple of photos of the sun using my lens extender (so that the effective length of the lens was about 900 mm) trying to expose the picture so that the sun would look golden. That worked, and, in Photoshop, I painted the inside of the sun in this picture with the colour of the sun in those pictures. Genuine colour, just from two images. Parakeets are beautiful birds. Lovely tropical colours and they give the sense of being in an alternative universe – they just shouldn’t be living here in the wild! But they do and are actually quite a nuisance; they are more successful than many other birds in building up their populations and this is threatening some of our bird life in the areas where parakeets have colonised. So far it is largely restricted to south west London (and so my two favourite parks have a lot of these birds).

But they do look nice! I have tried many times to get a photo of one of them, but only have a few pictures that I can say are good enough to show. They fly very quickly, and don’t seem to like being too close to camera-bearing humans. This one is an exception to that, and spent its time sitting on a branch above my head, looking down and wondering what to do. Its curiosity is quite unusual, but this is the time when I got almost all my reasonable pictures of the bird. I used my long telephoto lens and took several shots as it moved around the branch getting a better view of me. It was important to get the background out of focus, but the bird itself needed to be sharp. So, I took the photo at a high speed and small aperture (1/1250 second, f6.3 and an ISO of 250) in order to get the whole bird in focus, but only the bird and the branch in focus. There is no catch light in its eye – I am not sure that there ever is one in these birds, but no matter, the photo is still one of my favourites. The Malden Camera Club meets on most Thursday evenings at the Library in Kingston Road. We are a friendly group and love our photography. Come along one evening. You will be very welcome!


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Organisations Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch Great Britain and the many organisations within this wonderful Island of ours are always ready to “put on a show “ in a spectacular way. To prove this point, The Chairman of Malden and Coombe RBL Ken Smith and our Standard Bearer David Cheesman took part in The Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90 in Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium on 8th August to remember and commemorate the end of World War 1. GP90 marked 90 years since the original British Legion Pilgrimage in 1928 for 11,000 war widows and veterans who visited Battlefields of the Somme in France and Ieper in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended. At that time the Pilgrimage culminated in a march through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days offensive and in remembrance of those who never returned. The photo shows the original Pilgrimage of 1928. So this week, Malden and Coombe’s representatives visited Battlefields in France and Belgium, War grave cemeteries and museums in both areas with over 2,000 other members of The Royal British Legion. I also visited the area with family and left a poppy at my Gt Grandfather grave in Leper. However, the march past in the Market Place of over 1000 Standard Bearers ,1000 wreath layers and marching bands were spectacular and had to be seen to be believed. These photos cannot convey the emotion and pride and sheer glory of those

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