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Worcester Park Life

May 11 No 36

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Inside this month... WPark history by David Rymill Worcester Park FC Safer Neighbourhood information View from the City Clubs, recipe, wine, puzzles, useful numbers and much more...

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Welcome to May’s Worcester Park Life

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Articles

Here’s to a month of May sunshine!

7 History Maurices’ Memories 10 Ruth Jemmett Stars in my eyes 12 View from the City by Justin Urquhart Stewart 16 WPark Wine The road less travelled 18 Clubs Worcester Park FC 20 Technoblog Turn on - tune in 29 Time of Year May 30 Clubs Epsom Rotaract 34 Sport Ladies who golf 39 Recipe Asparagus Bruschettas 45 Make ours a Safer Neighbourhood Bike theft

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Local Information

As a local charity, St Raphael’s hospice tirelessly campaigns for funds to support the charity and really appreciates the support of Worcester Park residents. If making or changing your will is on your to-do list then why not take advantage of the great offer that they’ve negotiated this month. There are 16 local firms of Solicitors taking part who will help you tick this off, waiving their fee in return for a donation from you to St Raphael ‘s. For more information have a look at the advert opposite. If you’re a local club or organisation who’d welcome new members then email me in your details and we’ll print them on our Clubs pages – there’s no charge for this. And if you’re a local business who’d welcome some new customers then why not advertise in Worcester Park Life – think about it, if you’re reading this then your new customers probably are too! Just call me on 020 8336 2915.

Jenny Stuart Editor and publisher The next edition will be available in the Libraries, Waitrose, John James, the Police office and other outlets from 4th June 2011 Next copy deadline: 17th May Published by Malden Media Limited 36 Rosebery Avenue, KT3 4JS E: jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk 020 8336 2915 www.wplife.co.uk Also publishing the Village Voice in New Malden

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32 What’s On 36 Useful Information 40 Clubs 42 Toddler groups 46 Business Index

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22 Codeword 27 Number Cruncher 37Quick Quiz

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Worcester Park Life Readers of the local Guardian may have read of the recent death of Maurice Sellwood, Epsom and Ewell’s Parks Officer for over 20 years in the 1960s-80s, aged 83. I thought it might be of interest to present some of Mr Sellwood’s recollections, from a conversation I had with him in 2002.

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He told me how his career in horticulture began: “I was always very interested in the seed trade, and Suttons’ was my aim. I used to save seed from my mother’s garden – didn’t allow her to pick flowers – and I packeted them up and gave them to my aunts, that’s how it all started.” Mr Sellwood began work in Hughenden Manor’s gardens, and studied horticulture at Hertfordshire College of Agriculture. He spent five years in commercial market gardening in the Thames Valley, looking after fruit and cut flowers, and making trips to market. The rest of his career was in local authority parks work. He spent about 15 years with four authorities: Maidenhead, Hayes and Harlington, Luton, and finally Brentwood, where he was effectively the first Parks Superintendent. While there, he heard of the vacancy at Epsom and Ewell, and “When I said to the [Brentwood] Town Clerk what the grade was, he said, ‘Well, I can’t match that, you’d better go, we’ll give you a good reference.’” Mr Sellwood was the second person to head the Parks service for Epsom and Ewell; his predecessor, Harry Butcher, had served from 1936 to 1964, and had, to use Mr Sellwood’s words, “suffered under several Borough Engineers”. The Parks now became a separate department, thanks to Alderman Larby’s enthusiasm, so Mr Sellwood served as a chief officer. In Shadbolt Park (shown in our illustrations, courtesy of John Le Flem), changes were forced upon him by the loss of many elms, including a belt in the wood. On the lefthand side of the wood, “my endeavour was to establish a rhododendron border, and on the right-hand side an evergreen border of shrubs, laurel and aucuba. We did a lot of soil improvement; [there was] a tremendous amount of leaves there, and they used to cart them away, well, we didn’t cart them away, they went into that rhododendron border as mulch.” John Le Flem was the resident gardener at Shadbolt Park at this time, and Mr Sellwood introduced arrangements To advertise in

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for him to use the nursery area (now the day-lily garden cared for by the Friends of Shadbolt Park) for potting up shrubs and trees for planting elsewhere. Tulip Sundays were run for several years, to attract more visitors. Less successful were attempts to maintain ducks on the pond: “The Health Department rat-catcher always kept the foxes down. Then he retired, so they had two pest officers [who] used to go round and count the foxes.” A memorable innovation, still prominent in the Borough’s calendar, was the Herald of Spring event at Bourne Hall in Ewell, consisting of displays of spring flowers, and stalls from local organisations and companies on horticultural and wildlife themes. “That started because the Mayor moved his reception to Bourne Hall, and from u

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Maurices’ Memories continued from page 7 November to February, which was rather good from our point of view because we were able to do forced shrubs, bulbs, forsythia, flowering plum and that sort of thing. We were clearing it away, and one lady said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if the public could see it?’ so I took it to the Parks Committee and they agreed to do it. “The glasshouses were spread around all over the place, including Alexandra Recreation Ground, Bourne Hall and Ewell Court; all these areas needed weekend watering and heating systems.” He brought the nursery operation together at Cherry Orchard Farm on the edge of Nonsuch Park. “We had garden teach-ins [there] on a Saturday morning, and open days so the general public could look round.” One of the staff was later to feature on Gardeners’ World

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and Gardeners’ Question Time: “Anne Swithinbank came to us to do a project, from Kew, and then we employed her. She worked at Cherry Orchard Nursery, and worked very very hard indeed, and she did several good things at the Herald of Spring, she did a tropical garden one year. She left us and went to Wisley, and that’s how she got on to television.”

At Auriol Park, a bowling green was instituted, a prime mover being Mrs Knight, whose husband had been Mayor: “There was no other Worcester Parkian that would surpass her.” Other projects included installing play equipment in Shadbolt Park and elsewhere, cleaning out the lakes at Bourne Hall (removing an amazing number of bottles) and Ewell Court, and providing support for allotment and garden societies. Maintenance of recreation grounds was part of his role, but he was also interested in making provision for those who preferred “passive recreation” such as walking and riding, to more active sports, and one of his approaches was a “linear parks system: the Hogsmill Open Space didn’t connect to Ewell village, and when I was in Leeds on a conference I saw just the scenario to link to the Upper Mill; Council agreed to do it, and we put the footpath in, and the bridge which was over the river and under the railway.” A major acquisition in his time was the land which became Horton County Park, and he drew up a list of features to be included: “golf, horse-riding, landscaping, tree-planting, and an animal farm visitor centre.” The paddock of Shadbolt Park, between Edenfield Gardens and Salisbury Road, will be the venue for the Cuddington Community Fun Day, organised by St Mary’s Cuddington in collaboration with other local groups, on Saturday 18 June – more details next time. St Mary’s Church itself, at the top of The Avenue, will be hosting a concert by Kingston and Malden Scout and Guide Band on Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm, including classics, marches and music from stage and screen. Tickets (£5) will be available on the door or by phoning 07804 365164. David Rymill david.rymill@hants.gov.uk WPLife

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Stars in my eyes

by Ruth Jemmett

(Or ‘confessions of a Worcester Park geek’) When I was about ten years old I bought a book from a jumble sale that was to launch me on an addictive hobby that was to be an important part of my life for the next fifty years or so. The book was called ‘The Book of Natural Wonders’ and from the moment I read the first chapter, entitled ‘The Earth As A Planet’ I was hooked on astronomy. I was fascinated by the fact that our sun was but a mere speck amongst trillions of other suns, which in turn could possibly have Earth-like planets going round them. It certainly brought my own life into perspective and made me realise how insignificant we really are. Since the day of my discovery science has moved on quite a bit, and the book that lured me into all things cosmic is now incredibly out of date. After all, it WAS printed in 1932! Even so, its basic information gave me a thirst for more knowledge, which led me to buy many other books on astronomy and ‘the meaning of it all’ as years have gone by. Although our educational system has always promoted the sciences, and whilst many schools boast astronomy clubs, the subject itself has always been treated as a sideshow, and not deemed relevant to ‘real’ education. Even the wonderful ‘Sky At Night’ television programme, hosted by the great Sir Patrick Moore (seemingly forever), is screened very late at night when many prospective viewers are fast asleep. During my days at grammar school I learnt physics and chemistry in a dusty classroom atmosphere, that, to my young mind, bore no relation to the real world I inhabited. Had our teachers taken us outside and used the heavens above to demonstrate to us the basics of time, gravity and light, how much more interesting those lessons would have been. Surely teaching children about the fundamentals of our very existence should be built into the curriculum and given at least as much importance as, for instance, religion or geography. After the start of my lonely journey into the great unknown I was fortunate enough to eventually have a boyfriend who was a fellow geek, and who indeed was building his own astronomy telescope. His enthusiasm for our

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joint stargazing was infectious (whatever happened to you, Ian Mackinlay …..?!) and we shared many happy hours discussing the craters of the moon or charting meteor showers. As years passed by I acquired a mass of literature on my beloved hobby and eventually bought two telescopes. Unfortunately, even on the clearest star-filled evening, the pollution and mostly unnecessary nocturnal electrical illumination from buildings and street lighting means that images of what is in our heavens always looks a little blurry.

My diary and calendar not only contain the normal quota of birthdays and social events, but also the dates of the predicted meteor showers that our planet passes through several times during the year. These showers can be quite stunning. The first time I witnessed

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one it was part of The Perseids, which are at the height of their activity between 23rd July and 20th August. If, up until now you have perceived astronomy to be a boring subject, I would recommend that you view such a spectacle. I can guarantee that you will find it anything but boring!

I am a great fan of Professor Brian Cox, whose television appearances and recently published book “Wonders Of The Universe” have been drawing in a whole new generation of astronomy fans. I also pounce on every book that either Professor Stephen Hawking (the brilliant physicist) or Professor Richard Dawkins (the world-renowned evolutionary biologist) put into print. Like so many others before me, I constantly want to know “Why are we here? “ and more importantly “Where are we going?” The thought that some of our greatest scientific minds truly believe that parallel universes exist, stuns me. The idea that there might be a ‘little green woman’ (who says it has to always be a ‘little green man‘?!) out there, writing an article just like this on a planet named Zog, at this very moment, whilst overlapping into our own time and space, just blows me away! (I wonder if HER family - every little green one of them - constantly interrupts HER just as mine does when

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by Justin Urquhart Stewart For reasons best not discussed here, I have seen far too many television adverts over the past couple of months. Most are banal wallpaper that make no impression, but I suspect I am not the typical target market for most advertisers on daytime television (which by the way has to be the best incentive to get back to work). There are some however, which have riled me to levels varying from annoyance to outright anger. At a time of economic austerity and consumer nervousness, adverts proffering instant cash are of course going to attract attention, and especially from those most financially vulnerable. From the annoying “cash for your mobile phones” through to “cash for your gold”, these seem no more than licences for untrustworthy types to set about stealing phones and anything else that glitters and effectively “fencing” them through these virtually unknown outfits. Perhaps it would be worthy of some of the channels to also promote the recycling of phones through more worthy causes and charities and even to have their use extended in third world nations. The same was often the case with old spectacle frames. One of the gold adverts especially irks as they promote that they will take “even broken gold jewellery”. I am not sure quite how you can break gold as even in little pieces it is still – gold? However from the annoying area, let me move on to outright anger. “Pay Day Loans” are being promoted by smiling people happily holding a small wad of notes, having seemingly found a way of resolving their particular financial issue. These loans are designed as short term cash facilities to cover you until quite literally your next pay day, but that bland and seemingly comforting offer only covers a far more dangerous problem. The rates being charged for such loans are astonishing with levels of up to 4120% per annum being quoted. This by any measure is usury. Whilst they may be intended for very short periods of time, just how many people are going to find themselves further financially strapped by late and delayed repayment at eye watering interest rates. Usury was illegal in the UK until the 19th century and in many religions the act of paying interest is against the tenets of the faith. In medieval England money lending was illegal under Christian doctrine, and was it thus such

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My husband is an extremely proud Croatian man. Ten years ago when we first met, he assured me that Croatia makes the best wine, the best food (better than Italian!) and that Croatians invented the Cravat, the parachute, the fountain pen, that Marco Polo was in fact Croatian and so on and so on….I think you can see where this is going! I have to admit that most of these things are true, but the wine part, now that’s going to take some serious persuasion. In fact, it seems that he is not alone in his confidence in Croatian wine. It may come as a surprise (it certainly did to me), that 53 Croatian wines were awarded at The Decanter World Wine Awards in 2010 with 8

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Worcester Park Football Club Worcester Park Football Club is based at Green Lane and is part of the Worcester Park Athletic Club. The name WPAC is a bit misleading as there is no athletics track on the sports field and the only other sporting sections (apart from football) consist of cricket (Surrey Championship Division 2) and tennis. There is also, however, a vibrant social side within its fine clubhouse that also caters for competitive darts and pool with both of these events taking part in the local leagues. The history of Worcester Park Football Club is rather

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In 1949 the football club was admitted to the old Surrey Senior League where it stayed throughout the fifties and early sixties before demotion to intermediate grade football. WPFC then became a founder member of the Surrey County Premier League in 1982 before its name change to the Surrey County Senior League in 2000. In 2003 it joined the Combined Counties

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It’s the odourless, invisible drug that helps millions of us face the new day. It’s constantly with us in the house (even the ‘smallest room in the house’ in my case - guess where?), the car, at work, in fact, almost everywhere. Sometimes by choice, sometimes inflicted on us, even from miles away (the car with the 20” alloys and speakers the size of dustbin lids), but usually welcome at some point in our lives. What am I talking about ? The Humble Radio. I’ve been a radio enthusiast for longer than I can remember and have spent the sort of money on Hi Fi tuners (posh name for expensive radio) than most people spend on entire systems. Radio was once the only medium by which many were informed, entertained and challenged. For many, radio still remains the only way to access the outside world, but is now under attack from the hordes of different digital media all vying for our attention- and money. I sometimes feel I’ve crash landed from Mars (or is it Venus) when talking about how wonderful the sound of either a play, or studio discussion from Radio 4 used to be via a high quality tuner. How can the sound of a “Discussion” be wonderful you ask? Well, in the “good old days” (Yes, I’m back off to space on a nostalgic trip !) when FM radio was in it’s heyday, the sound of just voices could raise the hairs on the back of your neck. The topic of discussion could become almost (but never) irrelevant as you revelled in hearing the actual studio in front of you. Imagine then, the thrill of listening to either a live concert or a wonderful piece of music on radio. Of course, radio is still with us, and can now be accessed in a bewildering number of ways. If you’re still awake at this point, you might now start to lose the will to live after I tell you what media are available for radio.

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DAB Radio. Can be accessed via portable units, Hi Fi tuners, Freeview and Freesat TV’s, Sky,Virgin Cable, Mobile Phones and now increasingly in cars (heaven forbid). The range of programming is huge if you like listening to new stations for one week before they disappear (harsh, possibly); and as for the sound quality- a lost opportunity. Internet Radio. Can be accessed from- Let me think..... Yes, the internet! Given you can now access the internet from an increasing number of TV’s there’s no escape. The range of stations is almost limitless and Australian racing commentary alone almost makes it worthwhile. Again, as for sound quality- well what do you think ? FM/ MW/LW/SW Radio- Still with me ? This is where it all started. Still millions of portable radios around (a lot covered in paint I’ve noticed recently) along with almost as many in cars, but all still going strong. Sound quality- I’m afraid studio discussions don’t do it for me any more. I’ve tried not to go into the technical aspects of radio for two reasons: 1) Do you really want to know whether DAB transmissions are vertically or horizontally polarised ? 2) I don’t want to sound like a vindictive, miserable, cantankerous, whingeing, grumpy old git, longing for the days of valve radios. The point I’ve tried to make is that in a world of increasing choices, quality tends to suffer. This is true not only of radio but in many aspects of our daily lives. For the vast majority of us, the greater range of access to and range of radio programs should be applauded, but why this has to be at the expense of sound quality is a discussion left for another time (and after a few drinks possibly). Alas, radio doesn’t thrill me in the way it once did, but I live in hope that once again, Radio will not just be the companion we take for granted, but something to genuinely excite us ! WPLife

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Isn’t May wonderful? Not just one bank holiday, but two! Yes, two opportunities to sit for hours on the A303 on the way to the West Country, with heavy skirmishing breaking out on the back seat, Radio Two’s travel news telling you every half an hour that the A303 isn’t moving, and your dreams of arriving at the holiday cottage in time to unpack and eat a leisurely dinner, before strolling down the village pub to start the weekend in earnest beginning to look less and less likely. But why two such unmissable opportunities for traffic jams in the same month? Well, 1st May has been a holiday since time out of mind. Known to pagans ancient and modern as Beltane, it’s one of the few ancient festivities that can be accurately tracked down: add a few apparently supernumerary letters and it’s the Irish Gaelic for May (the month). And various manifestations of “maying” – maypoles, May garlands, May queens, May fairs, bringing in the May – have been well-documented in England since medieval times. Robin Hood plays were traditional in some districts, complete with Merrie Men, Maid Marian, a hobby-horse, bowers decked with fresh greenery and wildflowers, dancing, drinking, and, as the day wore on, the inevitable outbreaks of immorality. Outlaw-related behaviour was not confined to the peasantry, either: on one occasion Henry VIII and a group of courtiers, all dressed as the greenwood gangsters, burst in on Queen Katherine of Aragon and were generally rowdy in a Bullingdon Club sort of way. The tables were turned on another May Day when Henry himself, out a-maying on Shooter’s Hill, was similarly accosted by men clad all in Lincoln green and, in a mock kidnap, escorted to a rather luxurious Robin Hood’s bower for much feasting and a (doubtless somewhat erratic) archery display. Spring Bank Holiday, by contrast, is an almost entirely modern invention in that it was introduced only in 1971 to replace Whitsun Weekend. Whitsun, of course, falls seven weeks after Easter and was therefore a hugely movable feast, migrating from late May to mid-June. This was much to the annoyance of tidy-minded people who liked things regular. So they changed it, and thereby killed off a centuries-old Christian feast-day. How this increases the happiness of the nation is anybody’s guess. But why should May be the focus of all this feasting and merrymaking and not, say, July, when the weather is more likely to be suited to the purpose? The answer, as some old TV gardening expert used to say – was it Percy Thrower? – lies in the soil. To advertise in

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Ladies who Golf With Spring in the air, there is no better time to try something new. More ladies than ever are now taking up the game of golf and it’s not surprising. Price wise it is comparable to gym membership, but with so much more to offer - fresh air, beautiful countryside, relaxation, new challenges, exercise and socialising, but most of all fun. “Golf is a great game for women of all ages and abilities” says Emma Andersen, a lady member at Chipstead Golf Club. Mum of two young children and a member at Chipstead since 2006, Emma is no stranger to balancing her hobby with work and family life. “If time permits there is nothing better than switching off and enjoying a few hours on the course, but equally 30 minutes whacking a ball on the driving range can be very therapeutic!”

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Doctors Manor Drive Surgery 0844 4778795 Auriol Medical Centre 020 8337553 Pharmacies Plough Green Pharmacy 364 Malden Road, Worcester Park 020 83372083 Concept Chemist 127 Manor Drive North, New Malden 020 83374618 Ruxley Pharmacy 2 Ruxley Lane 020 83932094 Victoria Chemist 524 London Road, North Cheam, Surrey, SM3 8HWTel: 020 82874777 Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd 566 London Road, North Cheam 020 8641 6148 Nima Chemist 58 The Broadway, Stoneleigh 020 83932106 Patson Chemist 67 The Broadway, Stoneleigh 020 83932342 Alliance Pharmacy 322a Malden Road, North Cheam 020 86448139

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On The Road 1. After passing your driving test, you may choose to display P-plates on your car to show your lack of experience in driving. What does the letter P stand for in this case? 2. On which side of the road do people drive in India? The left or the right? 3. What is the only UK road sign that is in the shape of an inverted triangle? 4. The M25 is the second longest ring road in Europe. Around which European capital city does the longest ring road run? 5. On British roads, what animal features on a road sign that warns of wild animals? 6. Who was famously hit by a police motorcycle in August 1993 while crossing a road near Kensington Palace in London? 7. What is the speed limit, in miles per hour, for cars towing caravans on motorways? 8. What is the only standard road sign in the UK that is octagonal in shape? 9. What is the longest motorway in the UK? 10. Which TV and film character originally drove an orange Mini, but crashed it during his first appearance on TV and then began driving a lime green Mini with a black bonnet?

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Worcester Park Life Enjoy the wonderful flavour of fresh British asparagus with these deliciously simple topped toasts. To make them more substantial add some flaked smoked mackerel or ruffles of Parma ham.

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2 Brush the slices of bread on both sides with some of the olive oil. Place the slices on a hot castiron griddle pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until just crisp and lightly charred in places. If you don’t have a griddle pan then simply grill the toasts. 3 Rub the cut garlic cloves all over the hot toasts (this imparts a mild garlic flavour to the toasts). Spread the goats’ cheese over the toasts. 4 Arrange the asparagus spears on top of the cheese and add a few rocket leaves to each. Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately. WPLife

12 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed 6 thin slices crusty bread (such as sour dough) 6 tbsp good quality olive oil 1 large garlic clove, halved 225g (8oz) goats’ cheese Handful of rocket leaves Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 Half fill a large frying pan with water and bring to the boil. Add the asparagus spears and simmer for 3-4 minutes until just tender. Drain well and refresh under cold running water.

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Clubs Do you enjoy listening to show tunes, big band music, jazz, light classics etc? Come along to an evening of live music played by top artistes. . We meet on the second Monday of each month at our Banstead venue BANSTEAD ORGAN & KEYBOARD CLUB Church Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Our next concert – Penny Weedon 9th May – Byron Jones Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start. (Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. Further details from 020 8330 5795, or visit www.bansteadorganclub.co.uk QUEST was set up in 1987 to provide a meeting place for people with physical disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for the members and allow the carers to have a regular break. Everyone pays an annual subscription. and we all pay £2.50 for our lunch, which is cooked on the premises. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker, outings can be arranged if enough people wish to go. The venue is St. Philip Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m Contact June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220 WORCESTER PARK RESIDENTS ASSOCAIATION When issues arise in our town or local council want to implement changes which could affect our daily way of life then as rate payers we need to voice our opinions. WPRA is the voice of the community. The more members we have the more our local council and MP will listen to our concerns. This in turn will help us to get what we want and not what someone outside our community wants us to have. Do you have concerns about issues such as: Central road traffic congestion Flooding of Beverley brookThriving as a community, Graffiti. Litter Help us to help you by becoming a member of WPRA It’s simple to join and only £4 per year per household. This subscription goes towards the cost of producing 3 or 4 newsletters you will receive each year, Sutton councils weekly planning application list ( by email only) postage costs and the hiring of halls for our meetings and the AGM. For an application form please call Tom on 8330 2299 who will drop a form into you. East Surrey Family History Society For those who are interested in finding out how to investigate their family history the Sutton Branch of the East Surrey Family History Society holds meetings on the first Thursday of the month at St Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. Further details of all our branch meetings, can be found at Our award winning website www.esfhs.org.uk

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Social Dancing with “ GLITTERS” At Bourne Hall,

Spring Street, Ewell Village 8.30 pm – 11.00 pm Entrance £7.50 Over 18’s All standards Bar & Free parking & Professional D J We may not have Brucie but we do have a glitter ball! FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 07903 314276 Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.15-11.15am at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Road. Come along and give it a try ! For more information please call Jo Hamilton on tel 020 8786 3444 The WORCESTER PARK DRAMATIC SOCIETY is a local amateur drama group of long standing. We stage two major productions a year at the Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet every Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the Sainsbury’s site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals and set construction, we have quiz nights and various social events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions, anyone willing to act or work backstage. The latter includes stage management, set construction, sound and lighting. If interested, please contact our membership secretary, Joyce Cranfield, on 020 8337 3317.

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AURIOL BOWLING CLUB was established in 1967, and plays on the 6-rink bowling green attached to the pavilion in Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to September, with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. For further information please contact the club Secretary, David Regan, on 020 8337 8919 (email:clubsecretary@auriolbowlingclub.com), or visit the website at www.auriolbowlingclub.com. 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 Christ Church Hall, Christchurch Rd, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & a chat. Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. For more details please contact Lorna on 020 83374121. RSPB EPSOM AND EWELL LOCAL GROUP. We meet the 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

email info@wplife.co.uk their enthusiasm on a variety of natural history subjects. Our speakers are of a high quality and we welcome anyone who has an interest in this area. 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. If you would like more information, please look at our website, www. rspb.org.uk/groups/epsom Worcester Park Life needs YOU!!! We are wanting to get information together for a Clubs page. So if you belong to a local club, group or organisation and want to attract new members please email: jenny@wplife.co.uk You may also want to write an article. Remember, if you’re not in it to make a profit then your listing is absolutely free. So what are you waiting for.... WPLife

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Fun for the under 5s If your group isn’t featured please email jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk Monday Worcester Park Baptist Church 9.30-11.30- a lively toddler group, where carers of any kind are welcome to attend and supervise their youngsters. Our age range is from young babies to 3-4 years. Sarah on 020 8393 7299 or email via the church’s website www.wpbc.org.uk Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group is a very welcoming and relaxed place to meet new friends for yourself and your toddlers. We are open to all Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers. We meet in the Church Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 until 11.15am during term time Wednesday Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday Thursday Epsom & Ewell Toy Library term time 9.30 to 12.30 at Riverview Children’s Centre, Riverview Primary School, West Ewell, which is just off of Ruxley Lane (at the ewell By

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Pass end). 0208 337 7310 Refreshments are available, so come along to play & have a cuppa and a chat! £3 to join/year, please bring 2 forms of ID Friday Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday St. Mary’s Parent and Toddler Group meets 10.00 - 11.30am in the Parish Centre. Families enjoy making new friends in a relaxed atmosphere, while their children play safely. Ladies from St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union serve refreshments during the morning for both adults and children. Feel free to pop in and check us out any Friday morning during term time; you can be sure of a warm welcome. For more information, please contact the Parish Office tel: 020 8337 4026 Saturday Men behaving Dadly, Grace Church - Saturday 19 March & every 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30 to 11 am, at Green Lane Primary School. For Dads and their pre-school children (0-4). The kids get to play with the toys, the Dads get a bacon roll and coffee, and Mums might possibly get a lie-in... £3 on the door. For more information & contact details, www.gracechurchworcesterpark.org WPLife

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