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February Contents History by Robin Gill 6 Health - Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? 10 New Malden Matters 14 New Victoria Hospital’s Sports Injury Clinics 16 How career coaching can help you 18 View from the City 20 Sudokus 22 Recipe Spiced bean and carrot patties 26 7 reasons why your New Year’s health & fitness resolutions fail & what you can do about it 26 Quick Quiz 27 Gardening - Time to Get Pruning 28 Clubs 30 Codeword 38 Cooking with Elida 37 Kid’s play 38 Parkin’ some thoughts 40 A Photographer Dreams 42 Solutions 44 Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch 45

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Welcome to Your Village Voice Congratulations to all of you who have successfully completed Dry January, or who have yet to break their New Years’ resolutions. My decluttering is continuing at a slow yet steady pace, and each week more treasures are excavated and corners re-appear. Bathroom drawer re-organisation for me today. Bliss! February of course is the month associated with romance and roses, but in our house it’s all about the rugby. Yes, the Six Nations starts on the 3rd and weekends will be punctuated by afternoons shouting at the TV! Remember that the Village Voice is YOUR magazine so if you are helping to organise an event in 2018 and would like some FREE publicity then please do email details. Likewise if you are part of an organisation that could benefit from attracting new local members next year then why not send in an article. 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 January 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 Fountain of information (part 3) by Robin Gill By 1887 the Norbiton Park Hotel was deeply embedded in New Malden society. Trading for twenty years, it was the headquarters and starting point for the Malden Harriers running team, and the headquarters for the village cricket team (Malden Wanderers). The hotel was also the base for the local lodge of the Oddfellows Society, and the local Working Men’s Conservative Association. It was commonplace to arrive at the Hotel midweek to find one of the spacious rooms used as an auction house and filled with bedsteads, chests of drawers, pianos, carpets and chandeliers. Catalogues were also made available for livestock auctions from the local farms. A particular point of sale was Blagdon Stud Farm, where Mr Clement Keevil earned an enviable reputation for breeding magnificent Shire Horses, This, together with the regular auctions of building plots in the area, made the hotel a popular rendezvous for all branches of society

There was even a meeting held at the Hotel to consider the formation of a local golf club. This would have been on a course laid out close to Malden College on land now covered by Haddon Close, Chatsworth Gardens, Woodfield Gardens and the Cromwell Avenue Open Space. Although it was agreed that a club be formed, nothing came of the idea. Golf was only to come to the area more than 10 years later with the formation of Coombe Wood GC. Dangerous profession The hazards of being landlord even in a place like New Malden continued. Charles Airey, a labourer of no fixed abode, but hailing from Wimbledon was charged with assaulting Mr Radford at the Hotel knocking him out. It had taken nearly a year for the case to come to court, and Mr Airey was actually arrested while trying to apologize to Radford. This was all the landlord wanted, but because of the arrest, it had to go to court. Obviously, Airey pleaded guilty, and was fined 1 guinea (£1 5pence). Radford was also assaulted by George Robinson a bookmaker who lived at Avenue Lodge which stands at the junction of Avenue Road and Cambridge Road. Robinson threw a bottle and two iron match stands. Fortunately, the stands missed but

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shillings (75 pence) with half a crown 12½ pence extra (each way) if you wanted to occupy a box seat. Hiring the whole coach (12 seats) would cost 8 guineas £8-40pence. Various other coaches passed through Malden in the following years including the “Shamrock” and “Defiance” culminating with the Venture driven by Mr Vanderbilt, all changed horses at the Norbiton Park Hotel providing an interesting sight for the locals. Small boys were known to hitch a ride on the back of the carriage for a short distance.

the bottle hit Radford on his side, no doubt causing some degree of bruising. Robinson’s language was disgusting, and he refused to leave the premises, but by the time the police arrived, he had surprisingly fled! He was fined £5 6shillings and sixpence (£5 32½ p).

After several days illness, and contracting pneumonia John Radford died at the Hotel on Monday 3rd December 1893 aged 62, the funeral was an important affair involving a transparent hearse followed by many private carriages and preceded by twenty members of the oddfellows, who walked ahead of the coffin to the cemetery at Bonner Hill. Ten days later the hotel’s licence was transferred to Emma his widow.

The early 1890s also saw the start of New Malden being included on some of the coaching routes out of London. “The Magnet” operated by Mr Christmas started its journey from the hotels in Northumberland Avenue and travelled south to Reigate, changing horses at the Norbiton Park Hotel. The journey each way took three hours, and the return cost was 15

Back in the old routine Life went on at the Hotel, the Malden Harriers reformed after a couple of years dormant using the hotel as its base, and Mrs Radford seemed to have coped quite well with the routine of smoking concerts and dinners together with the regular clientele, but it must have been difficult for her when she had to

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cater for a cricket match played at the Wanderers ground in Burlington Road between the married and single men of the village which attracted over 200 spectators. For the sake of recording history, the single men were triumphant.

More building land was being auctioned off at the hotel, particularly on the Kingston Road which was still comparatively empty near to where Dunbar Road was to be built. Other parts of Malden were still quite rural. The new landlord of the Hotel (Mr A major local event in 1894 which Morgan) liked a bit of fishing, so when ultimately had a profound effect on the he heard that Mr Kent the proprietor Norbiton Park Hotel, was the building of the pottery works in Blagdon Road and opening of the original cattle troughqualified & professional wasServices going drain a small pond his R.J. Tree qualified & on profession R.J. Tree Services staff are todedicated and drinking fountain, practically in front premises, he asked whether he could to the highest levels of service in every i to the levels of service in every instance. of its main entrance (seehighest Fountain Of fish there first. It proved successful as Youth VV May 2010). A pedestrian refuge he and some friends caught several We are happy tochub, give advice – on all you to give advice – on all your arboricultural queries. now marks theWe spot,are and happy the edifice roach, some and a jack which ultimately led to the change of name to must have survived from when the The Fountain Hotel in 1929. pond was part of the Blagdon Farm • Free quotes • Free quotes estate. re dedicated On 25th February, Emma Radford the landlady of • Fully NPTC qualified • Fully NPTC qualified the Hotel married George Henry Edwin Morgan a Unfortunately, sporadic outbursts of disorder still • Tree reductions / cr • lived Treein reductions / crown thins coachbuilder who worked in Kingston, but occurred. Mr George Dicker who was drinking alone in Villas Malden Road. These villas are/were a fellingthe public bar reading his newspaper, was seized upon ultural Derby queries. • Tree felling • Tree row of houses which stretched from the junction of and thrown through a glass door cutting his wrist. • driver Stump • is Stump removal Kingston Road to roughly where Pengillys in the The assailant was a 42-year-old cab Peter removal Foote High Street, although there were originally who with others, was celebrating • in the saloon bar, the Hedgeworks • sixteen, Hedgeworks qualified & professional staffAfrica areduring dedicated there are only four remaining today.R.J. Tree Services capture of Pretoria by the British in South Treeunpatriotic surveys & repo • Tree surveys reports the& Boer War. Dicker was accused • of being

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by not standing when “God Save The Queen” was sung, and his hat was forcibly removed. When Dicker objected, he was given two black eyes and forcibly marched outside through the glass door by Foote. Foote was fined £15, and sent to prison for one day, but this would be extended to a month if he did not pay. The hotel was renowned for its patriotism and when victory came in 1902 a marquee was erected on the lawn and a large crowd gathered to celebrate the news.

Third time lucky The Malden Wanderers last smoking concert of the year 1902 held at the hotel saw the first appearance of John Randall Burroughes a former schoolteacher from Norfolk with a very pleasant singing voice. He was to become the third husband of Emma Radford/ Morgan on 15th November, and the new landlord of the Norbiton Park Hotel.

Death in the family The hotel mourned the death of Queen Victoria in February 1901 when Mr Morgan draped the windows with purple and white ribbons, and a wreath of ivy tied with a bow of purple ribbon hung on the door of the entrance. The flag outside the stable was at half-mast. Unfortunately, the year also saw the death of George Morgan, Emma’s second husband and landlord of the Hotel aged 36. He, like his predecessor, was buried in Kingston Cemetery, his mother who died two months later was interred in the same grave. Later in the year it was announced that the new tramway system to be operated by London United Tramways Company would have stops close to the Hotel on the route to and from Kingston, in fact a terminus would be built until the line could be extended to Wimbledon. This would bring added custom into the Hotel, although they were resigned to losing a small piece of land to the laying of the track. During 1901/02 there was a major outbreak of smallpox in the London area. While mainly occurring north of the river, there were no physical barriers to the spread of the disease. So, when the driver of a vehicle carrying an infected passenger from Teddington to Cheam Hospital, stopped and went inside the hotel for a drink, suspicions were aroused. The vehicle (which was not an ambulance) carrying the unfortunate patient was left outside with the windows up and doors closed, but it soon attracted the attention of passers-by including children. The driver stayed for just one drink, but freely mixed with other customers. The patient subsequently died, and the driver was charged with the crime of exposure as a danger to the public, for which he was fined £3 or a month’s hard labour. Mrs Morgan and her staff were re-inoculated, and the other customers were advised to follow suit. Most customers are welcome most of the time, while some customers are welcome some of the time.

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New Malden Matters

But a crime that seems to be on the increase, and affects us all, is environmental crime.

Cleaning Up New Malden New Malden Residents’ Association and Keep Britain Tidy are supporting several local community clean up events in New Malden from Friday 2nd March till Sunday 4th March. We are holding a day of action coordinated from the Kingston Environment Centre, at 1 Kingston Road, New Malden, KT3 3PT from 10:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday 3rd March. We will coordinate residents, businesses and community groups targeting up to six streets around KT3. If you need help for an eyesore you know about, or just want to join us, see our up to date website for contact details or contact Tariq on 07443 508514. Crime: the word makes you think of burglary, fraud or assault.

Litter dropping, dog fouling and graffiti, blight almost every area of our town. Our Council has powers, albeit delegated to a private company, to issue on the spot fines . But that is using the stick. Our aim is to make the carrot an attractive option. We need a cleaner, more pleasant environment for all to enjoy, to foster pride in New Malden. So what’s the solution? - We need to encourage a change in people’s behaviour. - Make ‘Pick it up and Bin It’ the motivating force. - Encourage a pride in our area being clean. - Use a combination of stick and carrot. - Reduce mice, rats and vermin from streets and houses. - A collaborative approach with all residents working with us and the Council. Have you seen any litter wardens in New Malden recently?

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Do they have an effect in reducing litter ? If you have any stories, please drop us an email. We are coordinating with this years ‘Keep Britain Tidy’- Great British Spring Clean, with our own ‘Clean Up New Malden Campaign’ from Friday 2nd March till Sunday 4th March 2018 Full up to date details on our website www.newmaldenresidents.org.uk You might question: - Why should we clear up after lazy litter droppers? - What’s in it for me? - Wouldn’t I feel embarrassed cleaning the streets? To clean some areas, could seem like a big task. Bottles, paper and cartons strewn across pathways, often means that a neglected area, will stay a neglected area. People find satisfaction by teaming up with fellow pickers, and ridding a street of its debris . Getting out, exercising, meeting like-minded

neighbours and making friends is very rewarding. Together we can and will, bring back a sense of pride and responsibility for the street we live in. Litter droppers are less likely to be the first to offend in a clean well loved street. A clean tidy street free of potential dangers of hidden bottles and rubbish attracting vermin, will be more appealing to prospective house or flat purchasers or tenants. A clean area has more appeal to businesses and shoppers alike, increasing prosperity for all. Once we start to improve the aesthetics of public areas, owners and tenants will start to look at their own property’s kerb appeal, gardens, fences and painting. Occupiers will have more interest in reporting broken paving, blocked gully drains etc., and this will all add to motivation. So come and join us on Friday 2nd March. Tariq Shabbeer and Mike Freeman www.newmaldenresidents.org.uk newmaldenresidents@gmail.com Tariq 07443 508514

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Careers How career coaching can help you by Jessica Blanco

Most of us spend more time at work than we do with our families. Our happiness at work can have a profound impact on our wellbeing and our relationships. It’s easy to get lost in the day to day and loose sight of what is important to us. Taking a step back and reflecting if we are where we truly want to be in our career can be helpful in identifying the changes we want to make to our work life. Career coaching can be invaluable in supporting you define and achieve your goals. Having someone by your side to guide and challenge you (in a positive way) can help you gain clarity and take control of your career. Here are 5 ways career coaching can help you: 1. Helping you discover what you love doing Career coaching can help you find a role that truly fulfils you. Identifying your strengths and the values that matter to you will form the basis of a career plan and put steps in place that will help you get a job you’ll thrive in.

2. Returning to work after maternity leave It can be daunting and overwhelming returning to work after having a baby. Whether you’re returning to your existing workplace or are looking for a new role, career coaching can help you with this important transition. 3. Developing your leadership skills You may have moved into a new role and be new to managing people. Career coaching can help you build your leadership skills and help you excel in a people manager role. 4. Support you in your job hunting strategies Providing you with tools and strategies to navigate today’s job market, career coaching can support you in finding a new role. From helping you write that killer CV to ensuring your interview technique is tip top, a career coach will partner with you to ensure you have an action plan to achieve your goals. 5. Building confidence We all experience self-doubt or lack of confidence at times. Boosting our confidence is vital for us to succeed and thrive in our careers. Lack of confidence can impact our career progression and our performance. A career coach can help you learn how to boost your confidence and challenge any limiting beliefs you may hold.

Whether you’ve had a career break, are looking to make that next step up the career ladder or aren’t sure of what’s next, my mission is to help you gain clarity of what motivates you, identify your skills and help you shine in your chosen field. I can help you: • Write a strong CV that truly reflects your skills, experience and personal brand • Improve your interview techniques to ensure success at interview stage • Career coaching to help you career plan effectively If you’d like to find out more or simply want to discuss your current situation to find out how I can help, please get in touch. There is no charge for an initial exploratory conversation. Get in touch via jessica@jbcareersolutions.com

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View from the City What will you give your Valentine? Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder and Head of Business Development 7IM This year some 40% of the UK population is apparently going to be buying (romantic) gifts for their loved ones. Most of the money is, unsurprisingly, going to again be spent on dining out, jewellery, flowers, chocolates, and, of course, the frequently over-effusive cards. Money may be even spent by the singles trying to avoid any celebrations. But while any gifts will (of course) have been carefully considered, 7IM believes that there are a number of financial gifts that you could give your spouse instead and that would still be ‘giving’ in a fortnight’s time – long after the flowers have died and chocolates have been consumed – and they may even save you money!

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3.Capital gains tax If you’ve used up your own allowance of £11,300, there could be an occasion where you can benefit from gifting investments to your spouse if you as a couple want to benefit from their disposal. Yet again rules apply, but it could be worth finding out more.

6. Car insurance bills With multiple car households, a common occurrence today, insurance bills are automatically lower if your insurance company recognises that each car is probably doing fewer trips than if you only used the one car. Did you check that box on the form?

4. Emergency funds While this probably won’t result in any immediate benefits, it’s always worth thinking through what cash reserves you could need and, if necessary, topping them up. For some people, that stash could cover three months of spending, while others might want income for up to a year, and some want to keep a round number…everyone’s different, but please do have a think.

7. Family considerations Last, but by no means least, you may be able to benefit if your spouse, indeed if your broader family, has investments with the same firm as you even if you’re invested individually in entirely separate accounts. You won’t be able to see what each other is holding or learn any financial details, but they could be ‘banded’ together so that you benefit from the same (and hopefully a better) fee bracket. So have a think and realise that by considering these suggestions, you could earn more of a moniker than that of a soppy romantic!

5. Charitable donations While the craze to ‘give a goat’ has definitely had its day, you could consider a gift to your loved one’s charity of choice. Not only does this make a difference to the charity’s beneficiaries (especially if you check the gift aid box), but you can also offset that donation against tax if it’s a registered charity and you’re a high rate tax payer.

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Juniors (8+) 5—6.30 pm Adults 6.30pm onwards Friendly club All levels of fitness and experience welcome

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We are a local, fa mily business and offer very competitive prices on our exceptional dry cleaning services F in d u s oo k on Fa ce b e rs A1 D ry C lea n

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Recipe Spiced bean and carrot patties This is a great recipe for meat-free Monday - or any other day of the week! Harissa paste is a fiery hot blend of spices from North Africa sold near the dried herbs in most large supermarkets. If unavailable, replace with 2 tsp curry paste or sun-dried tomato puree. Makes 15 Ready in 35 minutes, plus chilling time

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Thank you! The Rotary Club of New Malden with Rudolf were again busy collecting donations from the community for the Christmas Charity Appeal. As always the residents were extremely generous. A record of £8,500 was collected which together with Gift Aid of £2,000 from HMRC will enable the Club to raise a total of £10,500. A very big thank you to all for your contributions."

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Nicknames 1. On which TV show might you come across people nicknamed the Beast, the Governess, the Dark Destroyer, the Sinnerman and the Vixen? 2. Taken from the small red flower he would draw on his messages, what is the nickname of the literary character of Sir Percy Blakeney? 3. In January 2009, it was revealed that Prince Charles referred to an Asian member of his polo club by what nickname - a nickname that a number of people deemed to be racist? 4. Qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in 2006, which national football team are nicknamed the Soca Warriors? 5. Completed in 2003, the London skyscraper called 30 St Mary Axe is commonly known by what food-related nickname? 6. Which 1997 film has a two-word title that is a nickname for the US government agency called the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System? 7. Which snooker player is nicknamed 00-147? 8. Gripper, Gonch and Zammo were all nicknames of characters in which BBC TV series? 9. In which district of London would you find Aorangi Terrace, a grassed banked area that has been known by a number of different nicknames in recent years? 10. Which blues musician was born McKinley Morganfield in 1913, but took his stage name from a childhood nickname he got given due his habit of playing in a local creek? To advertise email jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk or call 020 8336 2915

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Gardening Time to Get Pruning Pippa Greenwood

At this time of year the weather is often perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants, so take advantage of the fact that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are now devoid of leaves and get stuck in. Here’s how to make sure your pruning will really benefit your plants: • For a small hedge or to roughly reshape a shrub, a good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should do the job. Angle the blades to make a level trimmed surface. To make a neat and level surface when cutting the top of a hedge, use a taut string as a guide line. For large hedges consider using a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer, but make sure you can use it safely! • When removing stems at various heights and of varying thicknesses, use ‘loppers’, which are much better at cutting through relatively thick stems than shears or secateurs and yet also allow for accurate positioning of the cut. When cutting back branches above your head, wear protective headgear and goggles. • Secateurs are used for the most precise pruning of smaller woody stems. Provided they are good and sharp, you can make a perfectly clean and accurate cut. Always cut to an outward-facing bud (so that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards). Secateurs are good for removing dead and dying stems as well as for formative pruning (where you are helping to ensure the plant grows in the direction you want it to), and for pruning to encourage flowering. • To remove larger tree branches or if you have fruit trees to prune, then a pruning saw is the perfect tool. Use a sawing action for best results and make the cut a few millimetres from the main stem to which the branch you are removing is joined. A cut like this will heal quickly and the wound will be smaller and less prone to fungal rotting. • Check the best pruning time for the plants you have in mind. Although most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now, there are exceptions. • Some trees - mainly those in the Prunus family such as cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and nectarines - are very prone to a potentially fatal fungal infection known as ‘silver leaf’. To reduce the likelihood of this, prune these trees in the summer unless there is

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no alternative. • Pruning tools should be really sharp; if blunt, the job will need more effort and may result in damage to the plant from a jagged cut or crushed stems. • Create sloping cuts whenever you can so that rain and moisture runs off (wetness encourages wood rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud to allow new growth without dieback - you will need to use secateurs, loppers or a saw to do this. • Stand back from time to time when pruning to check the overall appearance of the plant and judge which part to tackle next, as close up it is harder to see how your pruning is affecting the overall shape of the plant. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in the spring accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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Clubs

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Mondays

New Malden Rotary Club Malden Golf Club,Traps Lane Monday evenings 6.15 for 6.45pm

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.

Thursdays

Early Morning Running Group Speed work on tarmacked areas, totaling 6-8 miles. Mixed ability Monday Netball Club group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Mondays 8.30pm Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina Katie Leason 07910 256107 Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three English Conversation / Lessons minutes walk from Motspur Park Christ Church Centre, Coombe Road. station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Mon & Tues, 10am - 12noon Chris Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 Coke 020 8942 7388 Secretary 020 8942 1926 898896, olwenseear@gmail.com. St James Players Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday New Malden Quilters Association If you enjoy acting do come or help evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham is a not-for-profit group which backstage. Mon and Weds 8pm Spicer Institute, by entrance to meets on the first Thursday evening St James Church Hall, Bodley Road Waitrose car park. of each month at St John The New Malden. John 020 8942 7560 Divine, Kingston Road, New Malden Mem Sec: linda@dunnz.net Act For Justice New Malden Baptist from 7.30 – 9.30.pm Refreshments church; Westbury Road. KT3 5BE. first are provided during the evening. Tuesday of every month, 8 - 9.30pm. We enjoy a variety of speakers, Tuesdays This group aims to combat human Tuesdays workshops, meetings, friendship trafficking. We’ll discuss issues of Early Morning Running Group and welcome anyone interested in forced labour, sexual exploitation and Quilting and its associated crafts. Hill training on The Hamptons, domestic servitude, raise awareness £6 entry for guests. covering 6-8 miles. Mixed ability and fundraise. group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir We are lucky to have a number of ellykeevil@hotmail.com Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina talented members who are willing Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three to share their knowledge and minutes walk from Motspur Park expertise with us. A warm welcome Wednesdays station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. is extended to all visitors, especially Malden & Coombe Social Club For beginners. Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 The Blind Alternate Wednesdays 898896, olwenseear@gmail.com. farnboroughskid@gmail.com 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 075785780726 Arthritis Care New Malden Branch Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY Arthritis Care Kingston and District welcome Meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month St. John’s Hall is open between Talking Of Trains In Surbiton 7.30pm in the evening at Alfriston 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If Talks at the Surbiton Library Hall each you are on your own please feel free House Berrylands Road Surbiton Wed evening throughout the winter to drop in for a free cup of tea and Jocelyn King 0208 942 6745 The New Malden Ladies Badminton months. 1st meeting free, cost £50pa some company. 411 Malden Road www.talkingof trains.co.uk Club When: Tuesday at the Malden (between Worcester Park station Colouring Club Centre from 20.30 till 10pm We are and The Plough). 213 Bus stops A soothing and enjoyable pastime for nearby. a mixed ability club looking for new members. Lynda 020 8949 2673 or just adults with no skills needed. 10-11am The Malden and Coombe at Cafe Galio. pop in. Townswomen’s Guild welcome Royal British Legion, Malden and NHS Retirement Fellowship Are new members. We meet at 10am Coombe Branch meetings are held you retired or about to retire from on the third Thursday of the month at the Grafton Club on the second the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st at the United Reformed Church Wed of the month at 2.30pm. Tuesday of every month from 10am hall in New Malden. We are a New members welcome. Jan Feist: -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ friendly group of women of all janfeist@hotmail.com Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We ages and backgrounds. We have have speakers, activities, coffee & interesting speakers from various chat.Other outings & activities are organisations; outings, clubs, bring also arranged during the month. Barry Collins 07740 257 255

Lorna 020 8337 4121

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and buy sales and competitions. We charge just £3 for your first visit which includes coffee and biscuits. Deirdre Banks on 020 89494743

Malden Camera Club New Malden Library, Kingston Road Thurs evenings throughout the year at 7.45pm www.maldencameraclub.org.uk

Malden Centre Orchestra Malden Centre, Blagdon Road, 10am-12noon every Thursday (term time only). Come and enjoy great symphonic music in a friendly group of players under the leading of an experience conductor. newmaldenorchestra.weebly.com Contact: pbuttaboni@yahoo.co.uk Tolworth Badminton Club Tolworth Recreation Centre Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 Intermediate/advanced level tolworthbadmintonclub.co.uk 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

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 twocavs@ googlemail.com

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 2UJ kingstondebating.org.uk

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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

General

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

emanuelrugby.co.uk info@emanuelrugby.co.uk Fergus McCarthy 0845 8338974

Fridays

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 ron_fibb@tiscali.co.uk.

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.

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!

For enquiries ring Sue on 0208 395 6778 or John on 0208 949 4315 www.maldenlimegrovebowlingclub.com

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. rspb.org.uk/

West Wimbledon Society Table Tennis Club

Bob 07936 240937

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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

Saturdays

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

Cathy or Marion email saturdayclub@staywellservices.org 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.

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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. supremebowling.org.uk. 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. fgu@ttkingston.org

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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Do you have jewellery you no longer wear? Is your jewellery “tired” and in need of a re-vamp? Adorn will repair or totally re-model your existing jewellery to create a beautiful new piece. Why not create your own custom designed jewellery? From bangles to pendants, rings to earrings, we will help you through the design process to create a totally unique piece.

Handmade Gifts Adorn will create the perfect personalised gift for your loved ones that reflect their favourite pastime. • Made in silver, gold or platinum • Engraved with your personal message • Can be set with precious stones

Need help with gift ideas?

Here are some gifts we made recently: • Golf ball markers • Guitar plectrums • Bookmarks • Fishing hooks • Keyrings • Poker chips

David Sutcliffe, your local Goldsmith and owner of Adorn Jewellers, will give you free expert advice on all your jewellery needs.

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Pork fillet Stroganoff Stroganoff is a classic comfort food dish, either made with beef or chicken. I came across this recipe given to me by a Brazilian friend and I have to say, it is absolutely gorgeous!!! So rich and creamy, perfect served with plain rice and some green vegetables. I hope you will like it too!

Ingredients: 1.5 kilo pork fillet, chopped in cubes (bite size) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped pepper and add it to the pan. Mix it well and let it cook 3 big garlic cloves, crushed uncovered for approximately 10 minutes mixing it to D taste P U T salt Y Oand U Rpepper GAR E N M A I N T E N A N C E I N occasionally. THE generous tbsp ketchup H A N D6 S O F S O M E O N E W H O R E A L L Y C A RAdd E Sthe ' ketchup, mustard and mix well. Cover with a lid 4 tbsp mustard and let it cook for another 10 minutes. Add the cream 300ml double cream and parsley and finish cooking it for another 10 minutes A handful of chopped parsley - Tree surgery - One off Tidy or until the meat is tender. - Stump Grinding - Garden Maintenance Check the seasoning and serve it piping hot with plain Method: rice. - Strimming and Weeding - Decking and Lawns In a frying pan, add the olive oil and fry the onions Yummy!!! Garden clearance - Hedge Trimming and garlic until soft. Season the pork with salt and

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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.

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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Music It was Bob Marley that said “one good thing about music is that when it hits you, you feel no pain”. Those of us who have experienced a child’s first musical expression through the medium of the violin may have ear drums that would attest otherwise, but the right music played or listened to and attuned to our individual tastes can be medicine for the mind or a gin and tonic for the ear. I though do not possess a crotchet of musical talent. My effort to learn the recorder aged 9 is the sole musical return on my 45 years. It did not end well. Not only did I play all the wrong notes, but I somehow played them in the wrong order. Fortunately my own musical negligence is not reflected in my children. Whilst instruments come and go, singing is their one constant. Admittedly, it’s sometimes like living with a suburban version of the Von Trapps, with the addition of a demented miniature schnauzer occasionally providing a backing vocal or accompanying the saxophone, but they at least show signs of the musical talent sadly lacking in their father. Playing or listening to music though can have a beneficial effect upon us Parkies. It’s all about the rhythm. The beat in the music acts as a cue to perform movements which are no longer natural. The playlist is key (think more Katy Perry and less AC/DC) but when it works, it acts as my personal arbitration service settling otherwise debilitating disputes between my brain and legs. It’s a sort of ACAS for the mind. Having harnessed the power of song for the purposes of movement, the next step in my musically inspired Parky Prevention Policy is to investigate my own ability to sing. A lesser known

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side to PD is its effect on the voice, making it softer and weaker and singing is known to improve those symptoms. However, there we return to my lack of musicality and the certainty that the results will again prove Mr Marley wrong in his assessment. What I need then is a discrete platform. Somewhere that I can practice the enunciation of my less than dulcet tones without anyone thinking an air raid siren has mistakenly gone off. How fortuitous therefore that I should live in the vicinity of some fine establishments of alternative musical therapy in the form of New Malden’s Karaoke bars. These are places where people who shouldn’t drink combine with those who shouldn’t sing. You can sing your heart out safe in the knowledge that no-one is listening or if they are, they won’t remember quite how bad you were come the morning. Those of you reading this that know me will be thinking that my appearance at such a venue is as likely as me undertaking a two week wild camping trip to Wales and I have to say that this almost insatiable desire to tread these particular boards has had me checking my medication. The drugs I take are well known for encouraging pre-existing compulsive behaviour, typically gambling, the use of ladies of negotiable affection and other reckless activities. But you see, I don’t think it is the drugs. In my case, they seem to have acted more positively, encouraging a hitherto disguised desire to try new things. Why else at my age would I also suddenly feel the need to go to the Glastonbury Festival? The muck spreader of gloom may have fanned its load upon my acreage, but why should that stop me or anyone else subjected to an unexpected event from doing the equally unexpected. It’s much easier to complain than to do. As Bob also put it “some people [choose to] feel the rain; others just get wet”. If I ever get to Glastonbury though, I guess I’ll do both!

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths www.creativelight.org.uk I take my dog out for her morning walk to a nearby park which is only 10 minutes from our home. Beverley Park is mostly grass and has a children’s playground (where my children played when they were small); it also has a path running through the middle which is bounded by a line of trees on either side. As I have said earlier in this book, I like the starkness of trees in winter with the trunks and branches showing a shape that vanishes in the summer. Not that I don’t like the green of that period, but I really like the patterns made by the branches in winter. I usually meet up with a group of fellow dog-walkers and we talk and walk and throw things for the dogs. I also take my iPhone: and sometimes take the opportunity to photograph those trees. In this picture, the mist is rising, as is the sun behind them. The golden light and the mist give it an eerie feel – mist usually does that in my experience. I have edited it a bit – highlighting the mistiness and emphasising the clarity of the branches. Yet again, a photo taken with a smart phone camera can provide quality and enjoyment. As someone has said,

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“the best camera is the one with you”. Not strictly true, but certainly our phones, which are always with us, can take perfectly adequate pictures. I took this next picture in South Africa. It was my first visit to a new client and I was in Pretoria for about 5 weeks. During that time, a friend of mine had suggested that I visit some friends of his about 215 miles north of the city. It’s always a risk to meet friends of friends, especially to stay for the weekend, and they were very quick to invite me to stay. I’m glad to say that we got on extremely well, perhaps helped by the 2011 Rugby World Cup taking place in New Zealand and being on the TVs in South Africa. I love watching rugby – and we spent a lot of time sitting with a glass or two of wine laughing at the adverts (when has it been a rugby player’s dream to have soft and smooth skin

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by using a brand of skin cream? Why does the Range Rover Epoque look like an elephant has sat on the back?) and cheering our respective teams. But we did have time to visit a small game reserve which is part of the local area; this was my first adult experience of ‘raw’ wild animals, and it was fantastic to see the giraffe staring snootily at me, the zebra crossing, and many other animals. These egrets, however, were not there; they are in the estate where my (new) friends live. Outside one of the houses there is a decorative slab making up a water feature, and these two birds are at it slaking their thirst. It’s almost a mirror image – with the two egrets doing the same thing on opposite sides of the slab. I like that sort of picture - to me it’s a bit creative, and adds a bit of a question for the viewer – I suspect that one of your thoughts on looking at the image was that it was a reflection, and then you realised it couldn’t be. Not an artistic picture, but one that I enjoy and one that brings back good memories. The Narcissus is part of the daffodil family of flowers; and, of course, daffodils are a very Welsh flower. The arrival of crocus, snowdrops and the like is always a pleasant sign that Spring is coming, that winter is close to being defeated. And one of the (very few) benefits of global warming is that this is happening earlier each year. Seeing the bright colour of the flowers, especially when they are in large clumps really makes us (well, me certainly) feel better about the day. I took this picture some years ago – probably in one of the parks near us. (And, while not knowing where you took a photo isn’t the end of the world, it is always interesting. I wish I had made a note on the photo file’s electronic data about the place. The camera I use now has a GPS in it, so I can always find out where the picture came from). But I do remember a little bit about the photo. This particular flower was part of a small clump of daffodils and narcissi – but they were fairly widely spread. I was therefore able to photograph this one on its own, but with an aura of yellow behind it from the other flowers. I think that this really works – it highlights the flower and separates it from the main background colour. The flower itself is also in good condition. Most of the flowers that I photograph have, as I discover when editing the image, got a blemish or a broken edge. That can really detract from the impact of the picture – you may be wanting to show something that illustrates the briefness

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Organisations Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch Now that we are in the year 2018 we will, of course, be commemorating the end of World War One and we at Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion have plans to make this a year of Remembrance in New Malden. One such commemoration is for The Royal Air Force which was formed in April 1918. We will keep you informed in The Village Voice of events of interest. Our member numbers have been increased recently by the amalgamation of Kingston RBL and we look forward to welcoming those members at our meetings and events. Our branch is now 97 years old and has struggled to gain local support on many occasions during those years. However we are lucky enough to have three people in the branch whose support has allowed the branch to continue and grow in strength; our President since 1992 Major Ron Morris, Tom MacKenzie our Vice President and Ken Smith our Chairman. Any organisation needs strong leaders and this branch is without exception. So we are very proud to report that on 13th January at RBL Surrey Annual Conference , our Chairman received The County’s Chairman’s Gavel special award for outstanding dedication and support to Malden and Coombe RBL. Plans for future events of course include The Malden Fortnight in July .The theme for the parade is “Let’s Club together for our Community”,so come and join us at Malden and Coombe RBL and you can be part of our float and walking group, dressed as sailors, or Poppy umbrella girls and men or whatever code of dress is decided this year! Call 07572 390203 to speak to our membership secretary and for only £19 per year you can become a member and join in the fun, whilst supporting our veterans and serving

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