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March Contents History by Robin Gill 6 Events - ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ 10 New Malden Matters 14 Pride Of Maldens And Coombe 16 Malden Fortnight 18 View from the City 20 Sudokus 22 Recipe Cajun Meatballs With Herb And Tomato Couscous 26 7 reasons why your New Year’s health & fitness resolutions fail & what you can do about it 26 Quick Quiz 27 Gardening - Get Your Soil into Shape 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 So it is was year ago that after pressure from the children I finally agreed to adding a puppy to the family. Arguments had been put forward and promises made that I would hardly notice his existence. Walks on cold, wet and windy days would all be taken care of by the children. Oh how gullible was I. There is an amusing cartoon where a dog owner promises not to let the dog on the furniture. He succumbs to that rule and progressively many more until the dog has complete rule of the house and it is the humans who have to live by the rules (google). And that is exactly the story of our house for the last year. We have no complaints though - we have ended up with a fluffy ball of fun - a standard issue urban Cocka-Poo. We have discovered amazing places to walk the dog including the commons of Wimbledon and Esher. And what a pleasure they are at this time of year with spring ever so timidly making it way into life. Joy! 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 April one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, New Malden library, Tudor Willams and the Malden Centre but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website. Until next time, best wishes,

Jenny Jenny Stuart, Editor & publisher P.S. Please remember to mention the Village Voice when replying to adverts, and get in touch by 17th of March if you’d like your business, Club or event to feature in the April edition, and 17th April for May.

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New Malden History Boys And Their Toys by Robin Gill There is a saying in the Bible (1 Corinthians 13:11). The quotation is something like “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought like a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. But nowhere does it say, they can’t get them out again, at least occasionally! Good with their hands The men of Malden and the surrounding area were no exception. In 1932 a fledgling model engineering society was set up in the Old Malden and Worcester Park area. Chief instigators were a Mr RW Blake and Mr EET Markham. We don’t know much about these two gentlemen, other than Blake’s address at the bottom of Idmiston Road and the fact that two large rooms were available for meetings of the society, one of these had been fitted up as a workshop to encourage would-be members to build and repair their models. Necessary machinery such as a lathe was provided.

Calling themselves the “Malden Society Of Model And Experimental Engineers”, within a year they had built their own workshop power plant, capable of lighting as well as powering the workshop tools. Plans were also underway for holding a local exhibition of their work. By 1936, the club had a new Chairman Mr Lock, who could offer the society new premises for their club house at his property 21 Onslow Road. This included 500 feet of gauge 1 electric indoor track, taking models between one and two-foot long. My friend Pat mentioned that she lived next door (No 19) when her family first moved to Malden just before the war, and remembers the large shed the Society used for their track layout, but on Friday nights when the club met, she was more interested in dances and boys! “Messing” about with boats These changes resulted in a decision to reconstitute the Society under the name “The Malden And District Model Engineering Society”. Expansion had seen sections formed for the building and operation of power boats and aeroplanes, as well as for locomotives. The sailing of these boats took place on Rushmere Pond on nearby Wimbledon Common. (Modelers still

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Castle) and destroyers (Vidette). There were also representations of tugs and cruisers built by Malden members. Unfortunately, Malden were unsuccessful in any of the races except for Mr Pinder who won the 600 yards race for 30cc Hydroplanes.

use the pond for their recreation today). Club nights were increased to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Unfortunately, as publicity of the society increased, it attracted undesirables, resulting in a break-in at Onslow Road when a power boat and three trains were taken. The boat was found later, with its hull smashed, but the locomotives were never recovered. Sunday September 12th 1937 was a red-letter day in the history of the society, when it held its first inter club regatta on Rushmere Pond. The Malden club were well represented with models of liners (Carnarvon

The following May, the Society held its second exhibition as part of Tolworth Central Schools’ Hobbies Exhibition. The centre stage was taken by the Carnarvon Castle surrounded by other ships either complete or in various stages of construction. Locomotives such as the Princess Marina were also on show together with track and tools. Another regatta was held in May 1938, and while again Malden was unsuccessful in winning any of the ten lap races around the (Rushmere) Pond, the organisers must have been encouraged by the numerous spectators who turned up to watch the event. Whilst part of the fun must have been watching the owners splashing out in their thigh high waders to rescue their craft which had unexpectedly stopped or floundered in deep water. The amount of control they had was limited (no remotes), and collisions were to be avoided. Some craft were tethered, but the attachment was not always secure.

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Exposure to the public The end of the year saw the society venturing out into the public gaze in their home town when they held an exhibition in the old Baptist Hall in Kingston Road in October. There was a large collection of models on display together with a passenger hauling model railway built by the members which covered over four miles during the course of the afternoon and evening. The mayor (FS WAGNER) opened the exhibition, and while congratulating the society on their display, confessed to not knowing the club existed, and that he hoped to promote the good craftsmanship exhibited. It should be mentioned that the mayor had the first ride on the railway, much to the disappointment of the assembled children. Just before the start of the 2nd World War, it had become an annual habit of the society to dine at The Royal Oak. Thirty of the growing number of members attended in 1939, and after they had eaten and the formal part of the evening had taken place, hands went into pockets and out came propellers, gear wheels, and other aspects of their “hobby”. The men talked well into the night happy to be with those who shared their interests.

The early part of the war took away some of its younger members, but the society carried on in name with its members keeping in contact via a newssheet, as meetings were suspended though smaller gatherings were permitted. Mr Baughen of Thetford Road took his model traction engine and trailer on the road to give some local children the thrill of a ride, only to be stopped by an over zealous policeman who asked for his driving licence, and where his number plates were! Some of the members turned their hands to munitions work, and helping repair equipment used at St Dunstans the charity for blind ex-servicemen.



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Park life Because of travel restrictions especially around coastal areas, the public were advised to take their “Holidays at Home” during the war, starting in 1942, and local councils were actively encouraged to put on “entertainments” during the summer months. Two reasons for this, were to conserve fuel supplies, and to ensure that train accommodation was available for troop transport, and other official purposes. The events in Malden started slowly with a band from the East Surrey Regiment giving a concert in Beverley Park. The whole season was to last twelve weeks and the public (including schoolchildren) were to be entertained, after all they were on holiday! Five hundred children were kept amused by “The Lilac Troupe Of Juveniles” on Malden Green followed by the “Provokers Concert Party”. Mixed in with the various bands (Al Bernard, Metropolitan Police Central etc) and fun and games was the announcement that “a miniature railway” was to be found in Beverley Park. This proved to be the hit of the summer (and several summers after). Over 2000 passengers were carried in the first two weeks (it only operated at the weekend). Security soon meant that a barrier had to be erected right round the track, also allowing onlookers a better view at the various trains and carriages. Nearing the end of its twelve-week run, the numbers had risen to over 6500 rides at 1d each which had raised nearly £30 for the Malden and Coombe Day Nursery. Stated to be the first miniature railway to be part of the “Holidays At Home” scheme. The small trains had travelled over 400 miles around the park.

(250 kilos) of paper and the same weight of metal during the two weeks, and over 75% of the passengers were girls making the total number of persons carried to over 8000. Some children were so keen they produced enough salvage for thirty rides. Such was the pulling power of a simple idea, expertly executed, and as appealing to the children of the 1940s as it is to the children of the 2010s. Most of the members of the society had daytime jobs, which is why with the help of the council, the track was opened weekend afternoons and evenings. At 1d for children and 2d for adults to travel along the 175ft track, it was a relatively cheap option for a bit of enjoyment during the dark days of war time. Illustrations 1) Mr Iverson (one of the Malden members) starting his model destroyer Vidette at the Malden Regatta 1937 2) The Malden Model Engineering Club’s stand at the local Hobbies Exhibition 1938 You can read some more of Robin’s articles in our NEW history section online

The track was able to run trains with a 2 ½, 3 ½, and 5-inch gauge, and the driving force behind this idea was a Mr Tonnstein the secretary of the society who lived in Thetford Road. It was mentioned that films of the proceedings had been taken, but sadly none of these seem to have survived. There also seems to be a lack of photographs of the park at the time, and as even the youngest riders will now be in their seventies, it seems unlikely that any recollections with be forthcoming, although the track attracted visitors from all over London and Surrey. Although the rides officially finished at the end of the 12 weeks “Holidays At Home” scheme in September, the enterprising society came up with another idea “A Free Ride For a Pound Of Salvage” where they continued to operate the attraction for a further fortnight on receipt of donations of paper, books, magazines, rubber, and non-ferrous metals from the public. The society received over a quarter of a ton To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915


Events This year we are proud to announce that Coombe Boys’ School will be staging the musical spectacular ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ over three consecutive nights from the 21st to the 23rd March in the Barton Assembly Hall. This Jukebox Musical is set to a score of great Rock & Roll hits from the 1960s and 70s. Inspired by the 1956 film ‘The Forbidden Planet’ and Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ it is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics which will be performed live and will be sure to have the audience on their feet and dancing in the aisles! Passengers will join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on their journey into hyperspace… and beyond! This winner of the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Musical bursts with red hot rock and roll hits, including Great Balls of Fire; Good Vibrations, Teenager in Love, Gloria and The Monster Mash. With a cast of 130, a live band and impressive stage set, passengers will want to book their tickets on board this flight soon. Coombe Boys’ is proud of the high quality Performing Arts opportunities available to all students. The Performing Arts team offer a packed programme of enrichment opportunities in Drama, Dance and Music

available to students from Year 7 to 13 each academic year. The Performing Arts create energy, excitement and enthusiasm here at Coombe Boys’ and they offer something for everyone. Regardless of their success in other areas of learning, our boys gain a great sense of achievement through the performing arts. Drama & Music are thriving and popular subjects at Coombe Boys’ school and the Drama department has a reputation for creating high quality performance work whilst generating an ethos of inclusion and an environment in which anything is possible! ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ offers an amazing opportunity for students to showcase the wide range of Performing Arts talent which we are very proud of here at the school. You can follow the progress of the show through the Drama department twitter account @coombeboysdrama and can find out more about the Performing Arts and the school by visiting or following us @coombeboysnews or via CoombeBoysSchool So fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! Miss O’Reilly, Senior Teacher, Head of Performing Arts

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New Malden Matters By the time Village Voice drops on your doormat, the consultation on the draft London Plan will have almost finished (2nd March). Comments can be submitted online to the website, or emailed to Once the consultation ends there will be an examination in public, and adoption is planned for autumn 2019. It is literally a weighty document of about 500 (albeit fairly large print) pages, covering spatial development, design, housing, social infrastructure, the economy, heritage and culture, green and sustainable infrastructure, and transport, and covering the period 2019 to 2041. Almost inevitably, the focus of discussion in Kingston has been on the greatly increased target for building homes. The existing housing target of 643 per year in RBK is proposed to increase to 1364 per year between 2019 and 2029. The government has produced an even higher figure for RBK (1527). The draft London Plan was discussed at Growth Committee on 6th February and there is a helpful briefing document in the electronic papers for that

meeting. It is more prescriptive than previous Plans, and the Kingston Council commentary stated that it is ‘a direct challenge to local government in London’ and an ‘intrusion into local governance’. The Council may mount a legal challenge on the basis that London Plans should be strategic rather than prescriptive. However, London has been so far adrift in meeting housing need that arguably only a top-down approach will achieve what is needed. But will London continue to grow so rapidly after Brexit, and is it sensible for government to be so laissezfaire? London and the south east are economically, politically and culturally dominant and overpopulated, whereas in Liverpool empty houses are sold for a pound. In the draft Plan there is a requirement to ‘optimise residential densities’, which will depend heavily on optimum design; this is of course fairly subjective, and it is noted that RBK will need more design capacity, including training councillors in ‘good’ design. Sites round stations and town centres will be more dense, and given the number of stations in Kingston, about 80% of the borough will be within one of these zones. Nearly half the annual target (625) will come from ‘small’ sites (fewer than 25 units), which could result in a three or four storey block being built where a house has been demolished and may alter the mix in Kingston from 60:40 houses to flats in 2019 to 49:52 in 2029.

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Current government housing policy focusses heavily on home ownership, but affordable rents are crucial for many people. Three new types of rent, based on household income rather than the widely criticised ‘affordable’ rent of 80% of market value are proposed, with a target of 50% of units being affordable. Given the dismal record in recent planning applications in New Malden, this will be a stretch. Public health underpins many of the policies. There are more prescriptive policies on educational facilities, including air quality, and a ban on hot food takeaways near schools. Kingston town centre will have a greater focus on air quality (and the A3 near the Merton border, although not, oddly, the rest of the A3, despite its poor air quality). City-wide parking standards are proposed to reduce car use, and it is hoped that over time there will be a modal shift to 80% of journeys by public transport, on foot or by bike. In much of RBK the current figure is about 50%, and better orbital public transport would be needed to shift that markedly. There is a significant reliance in the draft Plan on Crossrail 2, which has not yet been committed to by government and will not start until 2033 at the earliest. New developments in Kingston town centre and Surbiton will be car free; in New Malden the stipulation will be up to 0.5 spaces per unit, a slight reduction on the current 0.6 in new developments which causes so much angst.

There are large questions which cannot be addressed in the London Plan of whether we can achieve a balanced future without proper central government investment in infrastructure, including the NHS, and a less ad hoc policy on new schools, and with so much housing development dependent on the commercial sector which the Council has limited powers to shape or modify. If New Malden is to change its character, it should be in order to meet the needs of our fellow citizens, not just big business. Liz Meerabeau New Malden Residents’ Association

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Community Pride Of Maldens And Coombe Every year The Maldens And Coombe Heritage Society run a competition among the local community to present an award to an organisation which has brought pride and esteem to the area. In the first year it was Waitrose in the High Street, for the way they had retained the original fascia of the former council offices within their design of their building. Last year the award went to Suttle’s Of Malden, also in the High Street, for their general level of service to customers, coupled with their friendly approach. This year, we want to do something slightly different, and present an award to a local club, society, or association. We are looking for nominations for suitable groups that are; Non-political, Based in the Maldens and Coombe area, Active for at least three years, And open to all adult residents of the district. The organisation can be part of a church, sports group, a special interest group, a craft group, a

reading group, local charity etc. Please let us know the reason(s) for your nomination, and send your nomination to the Heritage Society either direct, http:// maldensandcoombeheritagesociety., or via The Village Voice jenny@ or by post to The Chairman 120 Chestnut Grove New Malden KT3 3JT. Nominations to be received by Saturday 31st March. The winner will be decided by a vote from members of The Heritage Society

Are you interested in the local History of Maldens & Coombe? Please know that you are very welcome and are warmly invited to join us at the next meeting of

The Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society We meet each month at the New Malden Baptists’ Church Hall in Kingston Road, between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. At the meetings we discuss local history, share memories, have guest speakers, copy and archive memorabilia, etc. We also help with family history research. Why not come along one evening? For more details please contact us via:

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Malden Fortnight Attention All Secretaries And Organisers Of Clubs, Societies, Groups, Institutes And Guilds The theme for this year’s MALDEN FORTNIGHT Is “LET’S ALL CLUB TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY”. We are looking to highlight and showcase the fantastic amount of activities that exist in and around NEW MALDEN in which the residents can become involved. So, we are asking you to contact the Malden Fortnight committee on their website to supply your organisation’s details and contact information which will be entered into a small directory being given away during the ANNUAL PARADE on the 7th July at 2 p.m. and at subsequent opportunities during the Fortnight We also offer you, totally free of charge, a chance to enter some of your members in the PARADE suitably


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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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Tuesdays 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

Colouring Club Centre from 20.30 till 10pm We are A soothing and enjoyable pastime a mixed ability club looking for new for adults with no skills needed. 10members. Lynda 020 8949 2673 or just 11am at Cafe Galio. pop in. Royal British Legion, Malden and NHS Retirement Fellowship Are Coombe Branch meetings are held you retired or about to retire from at the Grafton Club on the second the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st Wed of the month at 2.30pm. Tuesday of every month from 10am New members welcome. Jan Feist: -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & activities are Thursdays also arranged during the month. Early Morning Running Group Lorna 020 8337 4121 Speed work on tarmacked areas, Half Shares We are a group of totaling 6-8 miles. Mixed ability widows who meet together on the group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir 1st Tuesday of every month. We Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina have a speaker and enjoy a cuppa Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three and a chat. Come and join us at 1.45-3.15pm at Christ Church Centre, minutes walk from Motspur Park station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. Coombe Rd Lily 020 8949 1431 The New Malden Investment Club Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 898896, Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Grafton New Malden Quilters Association is a not-for-profit group which Club, Grafton Road, New Malden. meets on the first Thursday evening Secretary 020 8942 1926 Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday of each month at St John The Divine, Kingston Road, New Malden evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham from 7.30 – Refreshments Spicer Institute, by entrance to are provided during the evening. Waitrose car park. We enjoy a variety of speakers, John 020 8942 7560 Act For Justice New Malden Baptist workshops, meetings, friendship church; Westbury Road. KT3 5BE. first and welcome anyone interested in Tuesday of every month, 8 - 9.30pm. Quilting and its associated crafts. £6 entry for guests. This group aims to combat human We are lucky to have a number of trafficking. We’ll discuss issues of forced labour, sexual exploitation and talented members who are willing domestic servitude, raise awareness to share their knowledge and expertise with us. A warm welcome and fundraise. is extended to all visitors, especially beginners.


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

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.

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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

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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

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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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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The Life List Break-Up Presents These days, everyone seems to get recognition, whether it’s baby showers for men (when did they become ‘baby showers’?), sports day participation medals, a 100% school attendance prize, or redundancy greetings cards. If you ask me it’s a slippery slope, but it does suggest a niche market for my new separation concierge business, Break-Ups Inc. • Duplicate DVD box sets and albums, so no one loses out. May require negotiated access and extensive research. Photo albums too, for anything not already defaced by scissors or jam. • New social media identities for each of the combatants – I mean, former partners, complete with fake identities and pictures. And

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Brazilian Galinhada or “Brazilian Chicken Biryani� My grandmother used to make this recipe all the time as it is a one pot dish. You could compare it to a Biryani, but without the curry! Originally from the Minas Gerais State but now a popular dish found all around Brazil. Full of flavour and very comforting, serve it with a green salad or simply boiled green vegetables. Ingredients: 6 to 8 chicken tights (on the bone, skin discarded) 2 tbsp olive oil 3 big garlic cloves, smashed 1 big onion, chopped 1 tbsp cumin Salt and pepper to taste 1 tin chopped tomatoes 220g white basmati rice, rinsed Boiling water (enough to cover the rice and the chicken) A big handful of chopped coriander

Method: In a big pan, fry the garlic and onion with the oil until brown. Add the chicken tights and season with salt and pepper. Fry both sides of the chicken for approximately 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cumin, add the chopped tomatoes and give it a good mix, followed by the rice. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Cover it with boiling water and with a lid on, cook it over a low heat for 20/25 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and the rice looks fluffy. Careful not to burn the rice in the bottom of the pan. Check every now and then, stirring it very gently and covering again. Serve it piping hot. Enjoy!

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65 Parliament of World Religions, Yoga & Holistic Health Saturday 31 March 2018 & Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm at Shiraz Mirza Trust Manor Park Hall, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AU

Join us for a joyful FREE 2-days parliament of world religions, yoga, health and experience the depth of unity of our many and diverse (global) holistic religions and traditions.


The Parliament has been conducted annually for the last 64 years, in different city centres around the world. The great Himalayan living Master Babaji Nagaraj is the cause and inspiration of these annual-global parliaments. Further, an opportunity to receive in-depth training in the ancient techniques of Kriya Yoga is available. Although to aid preparation, prior contact on participation is essential. For further information, please make enquiries via Tel: 0208 397 8695; Email; and/or visit our UK website

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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.



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



10am to 11.30am Tots in Tow (see Monday) 10am and 11.45 ST Joseph’s Toddler Group (see Tuesday). 12.30pm - Stay and Play (0 - 5 years) - New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561


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


9.30am to 11.30am Christ Church Parent and Toddler Group Christ Church, Coombe Road Contact Susie Gregerson 020 8241 9423. 9.45am to 11.15am Tadpoles Parent and Toddler Group New Malden Baptist Church, Kingston Road 020 8942 6912 – not a drop in session so call first. 10.30-11.00am Rhyme Time for age 0-3 at New Malden Library 9-12.Toy Library New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561. Also at NMCC Breastfeeding Support Group - 10.00 - 12.00 - first week of the month Twins Support Group - 10.00 - 12.00 - Second and fourth weeks of the month,


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Malden Wanderers Cricket Club Alec Stewart Returns to Malden Wanderers CC for “An Evening with Alec Stewart” - Saturday 21st April 2018 Malden Wanderers Cricket Club, the club he joined as a boy, has always remained close to the heart of ex-England cricket captain Alec Stewart. He will once again return to the club, located in the heart of the New Malden community, for a special fundraising event. At the event titled ““The Best of Times – Celebrating a Successful Career” – an evening with Alec Stewart” he will join guests for dinner after which he will give a relaxed & informal chat about his career, English cricket today and so much more.


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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Home It’s the same every year. We get to March and I start thinking about moving. For the last few years I’ve been considering a move further afield. Maybe a fresh start in fresher air. Something by the sea. That would be nice. The other residents of Hazell Towers are less keen on the idea and whilst the thought of embarking on a new chapter somewhere completely different has its appeal, it would also bring its risks. I was reminded of this in the most unlikely of places. Whilst paying for admission to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth, the man on the till pointed at one of the girls and said, quite passionately “that’s so true”. Thinking he was pointing at Anna, I looked at her tee-shirt and was somewhat confused as to how “Flamingos Rule” could prompt such a reaction and concerned that this man had spent too much time playing with fish. I then realised he was in fact pointing to Lara who, in a subtle protest at another of my Right Move research sessions had adorned a top with the slogan “Home is where your friends are.” It was this that had led to the moment of sensitivity that I had not, as a result of my unconscious bias, or rather full blown stereotyping, expected from the heavily bearded and even more heavily tattooed member of staff. Even the dog has done his bit to extoll the virtues of staying put. Imagine the scene. The house had been turned into an Hawaiian themed venue on which twenty teenage-ish girls descended in celebration of Anna’s 13th birthday. As a precaution against the destruction of the variety of inflatable props used to create our South Pacific fantasy island and general canine over excitement, Dudley von Schnauzer had been dispatched to our emergency dog walkers. Sporting a particularly garish shirt which complimented the occasion if not my complexion, I was placed in charge of the BBQ which I had painstakingly cleaned the afternoon before in the hope that pretending we were in a tropical paradise might somehow improve the weather. It did not. It was raining.

Shortly afterwards, my propensity for only partially completing cleaning tasks revealed its limitations. As the flames licked forth from the drip tray which I had forgotten to empty and which, as a result, had become highly combustible, I could feel the evening turning against me. At that moment we got a call to tell us that the mutt, displaying all the talents of a doggie Houdini, had slipped his collar and set off across Richmond Park, no doubt in search of a squirrel that had flicked him the V’s. Now, this was not good news. The party was in full swing. The kid’s couldn’t know about the escapee for fear of somewhat ruining the atmosphere, yet we had to join the search. This we managed to do through some slightly dubious excuses necessitating Victoria or my urgent attendance elsewhere, ultimately to no avail. Finding a black dog at night time in 2,500 acres of parkland it would seem is quite hard. The story ends well though with the animal being discovered 12 hours later by the Editor of this very magazine and her other half as part of an advance, early morning search party. As for Dudders, he was blissfully unaware of the trouble he had caused, returning home like an errant teenager after a night carousing, nonchalantly sidling into the kitchen, eating his breakfast and sleeping for rest of the day. Equally as important for our sanity is the fact the dog walking team have not thrown in the towel as a result of his wayward behaviour. In fact it was their reaction to the absconding animal and that of many others which made me realise that Lara’s clothing choice had made a fair point. The endless offers of help on the night, the amount of Facebook sharing, text messages promising assistance when sober and the swift assembly of a pet rescue squad made me think again about continuing my annual property search. Where the grass is greener, the water bill is invariably higher and after all, true friendship isn’t about being there when it’s convenient, it’s about being there when it’s not. Still, a goldfish would have been less trouble.

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths

I particularly like the way the flower, in this picture, is so clearly the point of the photo. The leaf alongside it is partly in focus, but the flower itself is entirely sharp. The colours suit: the green and the purple go well together, And the blurry background prevents any distractions from your enjoyment of the flower. I did do a bit of editing to this, not a lot: this is pretty much as it came out of the camera, with a very small amount of brightening of the colour. It is a picture that could easily be on the wall, or in a small table top frame. I don’t do enough of that – too many pictures that I like maybe, but it is worth a thought.

The garden at home, or at friends or family homes is a terrific place to take photos. At this time of year, it is not always pleasant to go out for a walk in a landscape somewhere – rain, cold don’t encourage me. But I take my dog out for a walk most mornings. She the garden is always right there and is totally ecstatic about the thought of it, so much accessible. so that it becomes a huge exercise just to put Spring is a good time for colour, her lead on. And I only take my iPhone with me and I was in the garden looking at as a proper camera would be too much hassle at the crocuses and daffodils. I saw that time. But the iPhone is plenty good enough P U T Ythis OU R G A R D E N M A I N T E N A N C E I N T H E purple crocus almost on its own to take great pictures, and this one was taken at H A N D in SaO F S M –Eand ON W H O R E A L L Y C A R E S ' the corner of our road on my way to the park. patch of O grass didEthe photographer’s thing by getting Contrary to how it appears, this snail was half way down on my tummy to photograph it. This position is up a garden wall – and this picture was taken from just - Tree surgery - One off Tidy often embarrassing – both to you and to people who trip above it … so if you suffer from vertigo, move on to the Stump Grinding - Garden Maintenance up over you. I enjoy imagining -the comments that other next article! people make they see me- lying flat of theand ground Strimming Weeding - Decking andwhen Lawns poking a big camera at these small flowers.clearance It’s a sacrifice - Garden - Hedge we haveTrimming to make ‘for the sake of our art’!

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Organisations Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch Now that we are into the 100th year of Remembrance of the end World War I, my thoughts have been with those soldiers who remained fighting the enemy in those dark days of Spring 1918. The German Army, having transferred very large forces from the now collapsed Eastern Front, decided to commit itself to a series of large scale offensives against the British Fifth and Third Armies. The high command believed that the British were exhausted by the four major efforts in late 1917 of Arras, Messines, Passchendaele and Combrai. Out of the world wide total of 241 German divisions, 177 were, in early 2018, in France and Flanders. The Germans first offense, Operation Michael, involved a vast attack along the whole “front” between the River Oise and River Sensee which was known as the “Somme” sector. The whole area had been laid waste by the German army in spring 1917.

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