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November Contents History by Robin Gill 6 Fashion - Scandi-Style! 12 New Malden Matters 16 Christmas Lights Switch On 18 The History of Chocolate 20 Cryptic Crossword 22 Hobbies 24 View from the City 26 Sudokus 30 Christmas Services 32 Recipe French Omelette With Garlic Tomatoes 34 Health 38 Finance 40 Gardening 42 Clubs 44 Codeword 50 Kid’s play 52 Parkin’ some thoughts 56 A Photographer Dreams 58 Solutions 60 Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch 61

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Welcome to Your Village Voice Remember, remember…. Family Stuart are getting ready for Bonfire weekend when we have a few friends round, pots of chilli and hot chocolate on the hob (stove sounds better doesn’t it) and let off a couple of fireworks (or so). However this year it’s not as simple as quick tidy of the garden and re-homing the chickens into the front room for the evening. No, this year will be our first year with 10 month old puppy Stuart (Mad dog Matty). Googling and hard core treat training currently in hand in preparation but could end up with a big cuddle on the sofa with doors firmly shut… Stay safe everyone. Anyway, remember that the Village Voice is YOUR magazine so if you are helping to organise an event 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. Did you know that 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. So, until next month, best wishes


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New Malden History The English Rose by Robin Gill The rose in question, Olga Brandon, was not English by birth. Born in Redcastle Australia in 1863, she died in London on 8th May 1906 of consumption, an illness she suffered from for ten years keeping her away from the stage for the last six. She had a good reputation as a dramatic actress especially at the Adelphi Theatre, but was equally at home in comedic roles elsewhere. At the end of her career which was dramatically cut short, she was suffering from the onset of tuberculosis. Acclaimed as a heroine to many stage heroes, she was constantly in demand in her early acting years. The eyes have it She was a tall beautiful woman, with a distinguished appearance and fluidity in motion, a powerful emotional actress. Renowned as “Olga of the midnight eyes” people meeting her in the street remarked “I am conscious of a huge pair of dark brown eyes long before she gets close enough to recognise whose they are”. Olga insisted she was of Russian descent,




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her real name was Olga Lazzarovich, and her mother was Danish. After leaving Australia, she emigrated first to China, and then America in 1875. In February 1878 when aged just fourteen, she married August Valentine Wolfenstein a photographer seventeen years her senior, but divorced after a couple of months. She married again two years later (1880) Herman Brandenstein a 25-year-old bookkeeper, who she divorced in December 1885. Her stage career began in San Francisco in 1882 where she played all sorts of parts, from burlesque to Shakespeare. She made her first East Coast stage appearance at the Madison Square Theatre New York in October 1884, and then travelled to London, where her debut was at the Olympic Theatre in January 1886. She continued to make appearances in the theatres around London mainly in matinees, but started attracting positive comments from the critics in spite of” a pronounced American accent”. They reported that her beauty was allied with a brain, and was “likely to win a host of admirers”. Rumour had it that for ten years “she had never touched water to her face or neck, but removed dust and all impurities by careful rubbing with a piece of white velvet”. She returned to America in 1887, touring for six

months playing amongst others Ophelia in Hamlet and Miss Hardcastle in She Stoops To Conquer. Returning to London she toured the provinces and played in London. Major success came with a revival of a 50-year-old comedy called Caste where she played a pure minded and noble ballet dancer and “surpassed even her most ardent admirers’ anticipation” Have faith in me In May 1890 she opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in a new play “Judah” where she played a bogus faith-healer called Vashti Dethic, a part which in later life she always identified with. This performance received lavish praise from the critics “an actress of extraordinary promise”, “secures her a prominent position on the London stage”. Leaving Judah, her next play “The English Rose” had her playing opposite another up and coming actor in the Irishman Leonard Boyne. It was during rehearsals for the production, that Boyne wrenched her arm so severely, that the surgeon who treated the injury, recommended amputation. Olga refused this dramatic suggestion, but for some weeks had to play her part in a sling. The play had a year’s run playing to a full house of 1500 with room for another 500 standing. She was back playing Vashti in January 1892 for three weeks. She followed this with a succession of flops before

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playing the part of a Russian Countess in The Broken Melody at the Prince Of Wales’s theatre for 30 nights. Olga returned to the New York stage in August 1893, but found herself upstaged by Louie Fuller, a pioneering American dancer. In the end, Olga fled the stage in tears as it became apparent she was not who the audience had come to see. Accidents will happen Returning again to London, she found difficulty in obtaining parts she thought suitable, so she turned her hand to management gaining mixed reviews. She toured with La Tosca, but one night in Leicester, when the scene required her to throw herself off the castle ramparts she slipped and fell eight feet knocking herself out. She returned for the rest of the play’s run non- the worst for her experience. Olga’s last performance was at the Norwich Theatre in December 1900 where she played her part “in a convincing and earnest style” but the fact that the review was in a Norfolk newspaper, and she was playing in a Norwich theatre, showed how much her star had fallen. Dying of tuberculosis almost penniless six years later, she was about to be buried in a common grave in St Pancras Cemetery when


her coffin was rescued with the help of friends, and placed in a private burial site. For some time during her stage career in London, Olga lived at Lytton Lodge on the corner of Cambridge Road and Connaught Road New Malden. A large property with seven rooms and servants, five minutes walk from the railway station with direct trains to London. She only gave two performances locally, one in 1894 at the Assembly Rooms in Surbiton in a comedy drama that she co-produced (The Yellow Curtain), and another at the Royal County Theatre in Kingston in 1898 a one act “comedietta” (Delicate Ground). She regarded that the actor she could play best with was Leonard Boyne a young Irish performer who “acted with you” (she said), rather than acted alone. Down on the farm At the same time Olga was living in Cambridge Road in the 1890s, Leonard Boyne was also living locally. Firstly, in Acacia Grove, before moving to Blue House Farm a twelve-roomed property near to West Barnes Lane, now occupied by the road Barnes

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End. He called this his sylvan retreat, though he could still reach the Strand within an hour. The farm stood at the bottom of a leafy lane, surrounded by fields of hay and grazing cows. Leonard was an Irishman, born in County Westmeath around 1853. He was originally destined for the army but ran away, booked a passage on a steamer to Liverpool, for a life on the boards. He was robust and always popular making his debut in Liverpool at the Theatre Royal in 1870, and his first London appearance four years later. Amongst his many parts was the lead in Romeo and Juliet, but he was more at home playing the hero in the great melodramas. He was an excellent all-round sportsman, proficient at riding, shooting and boxing.

stage ridden by his Boyne his owner. He had to clear various fences including a mock water jump to win the race (Grand National), pursued by other horses in “The Prodigal Daughter”, which was later taken to America. Boyne made his last appearance on the London stage in 1918 at the New Theatre. He had played at practically every theatre in the metropolis over a career lasting nearly fifty years. He died in 1920 in Barons Court. Two actors living in Malden in the 1890s who even acted together for a short time. Different backgrounds, personalities and lifestyles, but lauded by their critics.

Knock out performance Sometimes these attributes presented unexpected hazards. In a play called “Sporting Life” Boyne playing the hero was supposed to knock out his opponent in the first round of a boxing bout. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred everything went according to plan, but, in one performance his foe had had too much to drink, and Boyne ended up knocked out nearly into the audience. As a horseman he was an expert at riding in the confines of a stage, even when it involved skirmishes as in Richard III or Dick Turpin. He nearly lost his life when a trap door gave way sending his horse and rider down through the stage. On another occasion his horse galloped off stage caught its hooves in some scenery depositing Boyne rather heavily on the boards. Avoiding “dead” bodies on stage while riding also proved a hazardous task, as did avoiding the orchestra pit!

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Another common query from residents is how to deal with abandoned vehicles that cause a nuisance. The first step in dealing with this issue is to understand what an abandoned vehicle is defined as; a vehicle that has been stationary for over three weeks, either without road tax, with debris around the vehicle, vandalism or with flat tyres. If you’ve come to the conclusion that the vehicle in question meets the criteria, it’s now time to get in touch and report the vehicle. Visit or call 020 8547 5002. You’ll need the registration number of the vehicle. If the inspector agrees with you, he’ll put a notice on the car asking the owner to get in touch. Failure to do so means, a week later, the vehicle is arranged to be removed. Job done! Thirdly, one of our committee members regularly litter picks and has done sterling work on the large raised flower beds outside the Tesco Metro. The space outside the station is more of a problem, as is anywhere on private land, but we do what we can. All of us can pick up litter as we walk and report fly tipping. And how about adopting a street tree if there is one near you? Newly planted rowans have struggled this year – they are more of a northern tree- and could often do with a drink. Crab apples are pretty in bloom but a menace when their fruit lies ungathered, squashed and slippery on the pavement. If you have a compost heap, how about picking it up? Finally, there’s the issue of poorly maintained pavements. Whether you’ve just noticed a problem in the pavement, or have been unfortunate enough to have tripped over and been injured, it’s important that you contact the council so that it can be repaired. A quick email to should suffice, with the location, a picture and your contact details. Should you have had any injury, you’re also entitled to ask for a claim form. If you’d rather pick up the phone, the number to dial is 0208 547 5002. Did you know - a total amount of £33,335.00 was paid to claimants for personal injury due to slips and trips on RBK pavements that occurred during the period 01 April 2014 to 27 August 2016. I hope that you have found the above information useful. Should you ever need assistance with local issues, the New Malden Residents’ Association is more than happy to help. Please get in touch with us at, and, if you’re not already a member, join us! Visit www. for more information. James Giles Liz Meerabeau

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The History of Chocolate By Catherine Rose Our favourite confectionery, chocolate dates back four thousand years. Originating in Central America, indigenous Indian tribes first produced an antecedent very different to today’s. Although debated, the word chocolate is said to come from the Mayan term ‘xocalatl’ meaning ‘bitter water’. It was the Mayans who first cultivated the cacao plant that grew in the rainforests of Mesoamerica - an area that today encompasses Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They fermented, roasted and ground the beans of the plant into a paste that they would mix with water and spices to produce a potent frothy bitter liquor. Drunk cold, it was used as an aphrodisiac and believed to have magical mood-enhancing properties. On conquering the Mayans, the Aztecs - who lived in the mountains where cacao did not grow naturally - demanded a tax in cacao seeds so that they could control and cultivate the beans themselves. Cacao seeds became a currency for the Aztecs and were used to buy everything from produce to prostitutes! The Aztecs believed that the cacao plant was a gift from their god Quetzalcoatl - the god of creation and wisdom. Their chocolate and chilli drink was so precious, it was reserved for those of importance such as rulers, warriors and priests, and often drunk from gold vessels during religious ceremonies. Women were not permitted to partake as the effects were considered too potent. When the Spanish conquered the region in the 1500s, one Jesuit missionary described it as follows: “…Loathsome to such as are not acquainted with it, having a scum or froth that is very unpleasant to taste. Yet it is a drink very much esteemed among the Indians, where with they feast noble men who pass through their country… which they say is good for the stomach and against the catarrh.” Because it was so valued, the Spanish conquistadors took chocolate back to Spain where they added sugar to sweeten the fermented drink and it was enjoyed by nobility. Soon the custom of drinking chocolate had spread to the rest of Europe. Chocolate houses sprang up and cocoa plantations were grown in tropical regions of the various colonies.


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Hobbies Bottoms up! Let’s toast this terrific tasting hobby By Kate McLelland “Honeydew melon…a little smell of cream…it reminds you of lying in bed upstairs and having a tiny waft of someone marvellous having made you breakfast downstairs. You get that smell of toast and butter…” These are the words of wine expert Jilly Goolden, describing the aroma of a Chenin Blanc wine to a Guardian reporter at the launch of the wine-tasting courses she runs at her Sussex home. While some readers may find Jilly’s descriptions a tad over the top, most wine lovers would probably admire her ability to find so many different sensations packed into one sniff of vintage white. Since she first appeared on our TV screens in the 1980s, Jilly has waxed lyrical about wines of every age, colour and price. She believes that drinkers who simply quaff a bottle without dwelling on its finer points are “probably missing out 50% of what it [the wine] has to say to you.” What does wine tasting involve? Wine tasting is the practice of using the senses of touch, sight and smell to evaluate different wines. It is believed that the first wines were produced in Mesopotamia - an ancient region that included present day Iraq and Kuwait together with parts of Syria and Turkey - between 4,000 and 3,000 BC. By the time of the Roman Empire, the production of wine had spread throughout the Mediterranean, even as far as the British Isles. The ancient Romans were particularly passionate about their wines, realising that the more a wine was allowed to mature, the better it tasted. They were also the first to introduce wooden barrels, glass bottles and corks to preserve the precious liquid. It’s more than likely, therefore, that the first wine tasters were slaves employed by their masters to check that wines were drinkable (and also, possibly, to ensure that they hadn’t been poisoned by their enemies!) 24

Although unofficial methods of wine tasting have been around for thousands of years, it was not until the 14th century that more formalised ways of sampling and evaluating wines began to emerge. The rules put in place at that time have since evolved into a craft with its own precise language and methods. If you’re taking up wine-tasting as a hobby, you won’t be obliged to use the specialised terminology employed by today’s professional wine-tasters and sommeliers, but you will need to follow some basic rules to help you identify the particular characteristics of the wine you are sampling. The four stages of wine tasting The first phase in the four recognised stages of wine-tasting is appearance. The liquid is examined to see how well it reflects or refracts light, whether it is cloudy or clear, and how much the process of oxidisation over time might have affected its colour. The wine’s smell (also known as its “nose”) is then judged. Tasters must attempt to describe the perfume it gives off, as determined by its “aromas” and “bouquets”. “Aroma” refers to the smell of the specific grape - or combination of grapes - used, while “bouquet” refers to the scent created as the wine matures. To judge the taste, swirl the wine around your mouth so your taste buds can do their work. As well as teasing out the specific flavours of the wine, you’ll be considering the amount of sweetness and/ or tartness you find. You might also want to judge the amount of astringency (bitterness caused by the tannin in grape skins) you can detect. Overall,

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you’ll be looking for “balance” in the wine, deciding whether all its components are in harmony. The final part of the process is to consider the impression left on your tongue when you have either swallowed or used a spittoon to clear the wine from your palate. At this stage you’ll be able to tell a well-made wine by its crisp, clean finish: poor quality wines often leave a watery and insubstantial aftertaste. The best quality wines leave a “long finish”: that’s a flavour that remains in the mouth after the wine has gone. How do I start? If you’re not sure how to kick off your wine-tasting hobby, an online search will lead you to a number of excellent courses, taking place nationwide. On the jobs and training website run by the Reed Group you’ll find a short online course costing £97 (visit the Hospitality and Catering section at for details), alternatively Jilly Goolden herself runs winetasting afternoons under the title “The Wine Room” at £125 per person, taking place in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex (telephone 01342 822251 or email

As you develop confidence you’ll be able to explore some of the 400 or more commercial vineyards that operate in the UK. Visit England has a list of vineyards, many of which are open to the public, offering luxury on-site accommodation in B&Bs and self-catering accommodation so you can relax and make the most of your wine-tasting experience ( Whether you’re planning to become the next Jilly Goolden or simply someone who loves to explore the subtleties and complexities of wine, you’re certain to find a course or vineyard experience to suit. Bottoms up!

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View from the City What are two anniversaries telling us about investing? Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder and Head of Business Development


History always provides timely reminders of the need to keep investment risks in mind. They also offer us cues to remember that investments can go down, as well as up, to the extent that your original investment may be affected. Some 30 years ago, on 19 October, stockmarkets around the world fell in value to such an extent that the day earned its gloomy moniker of ‘Black Monday’. In just a single day, the S&P 500 index had dropped 20.5%, while the FTSE 100 dropped 10.8%. By the end of October 1987, headline stock indexes in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Spain, the UK and the US had tumbled 41.8%, 22.5%, 45.5%, 31.0%, 26.5% and 22.7% respectively. New Zealand’s market was particularly hard hit, falling some 60% from the peak in 1987. And although that index took a number of years to recover, UK shares actually recovered in value relatively quickly. In fact, the FTSE 100 at the end of that year was at a higher level than at the beginning. It was almost as if Black Monday had just been just a terrible dream. And since then more financial crises have been and gone – from the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis to the dotcom boom (and bust) through to the Global Financial Crisis. The UK vote to leave the EU threatened – the FTSE 100 was initially off by over 8% before it rallied later in the day to end down by just over 2% – but that particular topic may yet come back to haunt financial markets. None of these upsets though has resulted in the FTSE 100 falling by more than 10% of its value in any one day. The Global Financial Crisis, by way of an example, resulted in falls of about 9% on the worst days, which for the FTSE 100 was on 10 October 2008 and the S&P 500 on 15 October 2008. This month also marks the fifth anniversary of the last time we saw 3% inflation. And the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics saw the Consumer


Price Index rise by 0.1% back up that 3% and a full percentage point above the Bank of England’s own target. By the time you read this, the Bank may well have responded and raised base rates for the first time in a decade. It could be that a third anniversary will need to be marked! And while the increases in inflation mean higher pension pay outs (and the lifetime allowance is going back up for a change), and an increase in interest rates will help savers, they’re only likely to go up by 0.25%. At 0.50% they’d still be trailing inflation by 2.50%. And that would be the amount by which your money would be steadily losing its spending power year-on-year. So we are really still in negative interest rate territory. So what can investors learn from these events? My first learning would be that investing has to be for the long term, and the longer the better. That’s because the lengthier the period you’re ‘in’ the market, the more you’ll be able to potentially benefit from the delights of compounding i.e. the process of generating returns from both the capital you have put in and the investment gains you’d have already received. Quite! Secondly, it’s about putting your future financial security in the hands of a professional financial adviser or investment manager. Your savings will need to probably last for 30+ years or so of you spending money from that pot. Not seeking advice has been proved to be false economy time and time again. Last, but definitely not least, I believe in the benefits of a well-designed, really diverse portfolio. It should span lots of types of investments across various sectors, geographies and styles. Portfolios such as these are not intended to shoot the lights out when markets go charging off (as they have done over the last couple of years). Instead, when the inevitable happens and the gloom hits, you will have an investment or two to help keep on those lights – everything in a portfolio shouldn’t all go south at the same time, and there ought to be some investments that help ensure that inflation is taken into account and your spending power is more likely to be maintained than eroded. Thinking through and carrying out these three points could pave the way for a far better celebration than the three anniversaries noted here would ever deserve. Seven Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered office: 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AS. Registered in England and Wales No. OC378740.

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Left and Right 1. Does the Statue of Liberty hold a torch in her left or right hand? 2. In tennis, if the score is “advantage”, will the player serving be serving from the left side or the right side of the court? 3. On the TV show The Simpsons, who opened a store in the Springfield Mall called The Leftorium, specialising in products designed for left-handed people? 4. On a standard UK keyboard, left and right brackets feature on which two number keys? 5. What was Right Said Fred’s only UK number one single? 6. With which arm did Diego Maradona score his famous “hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup?... his left or his right? 7. Which Irish comedian was famous for wearing wellington boots, one labelled “L” for left, and one labelled “R” for right? 8. In 2003, who became the first ever left-handed golfer to win the US Masters? 9. If an actor is facing the audience and needs to follow the instruction “exit stage left”, should they turn to their left or their right? 10. What is the most populated country in the world where everyone drives on the left side of the road?

How To Care For Your Pet In The Colder Weather With colder weather now upon us, it’s worth thinking about how you’ll take care of your pet to minimise illness and make sure they’re safe. So what areas should you be thinking about? Paws Although dogs’ paws may be more at risk of damage from frost and icy conditions when they go for walks and runs, other animals also experience pain in this area. They can suffer from cracked paws, and pick up salt deposits, which if ingested could cause stomach



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Older animals Older pets can suffer more at this time of year, even if they don’t have arthritis. They’ll be less flexible generally, and potentially more susceptible to picking up germs. • Make sure they exercise enough – carry on taking your dog out for regular walks, taking into account the wintery conditions. Take advantage of a break in the weather if you can, and choose your route carefully. how-to-care-for-pets-in-coldweather/ www.dogsnaturallymagazine. com/15-winter-care-tips-for-yourdog/

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Health Seven Exercises you can do at home to get fit and lose weight You don’t need to join a gym to lose weight and get fit. There are hundreds of body weight exercises that you can do in your home with no equipment required. Below are seven of the most effective body weight exercises which are also easy to learn. Aim for three sets of 10 repetitions (reps) of each exercise and rest for 30-90 seconds between each set. Try and repeat 3-4 times a week with a day off between each exercise day. It’s important to warm up first to get your body ready for exercising and cool down and stretch at the end. Also speak with your doctor first if you are new to or returning to exercise after a break. So here goes: 1. Stair Climb – Walk up and down the stairs 10 times, rest and then repeat for two more sets. You can make the exercise more challenging by carrying something such as a small bag/box of books. 2. Stand Up Out of Chair – Without using your hands slowly sit down onto a chair. To stand up, make sure your heels are directly under your knees, lean forward slightly and stand. Repeat for 10 times and rest between each set. To make the exercise harder, hold onto a small box/bag of books to add some resistance or try the exercise using the sofa which can be more challenging than a chair to sit up out of. 3. Get Up, Get Down – Lie down on the floor on your back and use your hands and elbows to get up to a standing position. Once standing, get back down to the lying position and repeat for 10. To make the exercise more challenging try and only use one hand to help get you up off the floor. Keep progressing until you eventually don’t need to use your hands or elbows to get up off the floor. 4. Bear Crawl – Release the inner grizzly by getting down onto your hands and knees, tighten your stomach muscles (engage your core) lift your knees off the floor and crawl on your hands and toes from one side of the room over to the other. To make the exercise harder pause for a count of 2-3 each time you lift your foot off the ground before you move it forward. 5. Wall Squat – Stand with your back to a wall and slowly slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel with the ground. Make sure your knees are directly above your ankles and you keep your back straight. Try and hold for 30 seconds and then stand up out of the squat position. To make the


exercise harder, you can hold a bag/box of books in your hands and well as increase the time spent in the squat position. 6. Plank – Lie face down on your forearms on the floor and interlock your fingers. Tighten your stomach muscles (core), extend your legs and push up on your toes, keep your core tight and try and hold the position for as long as you can. 7. Box Press Up – Kneel down and place your hands on the floor in front of you directly underneath your shoulders with your fingers pointing forwards. Bend your arms at your elbows and lower your chest down towards the floor and then press back up again through your hands. To make the exercise harder move your knees back, or try with one knee off the ground but ensure you keep your core engaged. You don’t have to do all of the above exercises in one go. You can spread them throughout the day. Keep score of your progress and maybe recruit family and friends to do them, so you can compare results and support each other. Pete Bodley-Scott Personal Trainer

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Finance Should you invest in stocks and shares, and if so, how do you start? With savings interest rates at a record low, you may be considering whether to take a more adventurous approach with your money. Purchasing stocks and shares is one way to do this – it’s a long-term investment that can reap benefits if you’re prepared to take a risk and branch out from the ‘standard’ savings accounts. Investing in this way can provide you with funds you wouldn’t otherwise accrue, as long as you’re not looking for a return in the short-term. So before we see how to get started, let’s look at what stocks and shares are in more detail.

The potential value of investing in stocks and shares is twofold:

A small piece of a company When you purchase shares in a company, you’re essentially buying a small part of that organisation. Limited companies often issue shares to raise money on start-up, and also further down the line if they need additional funding for expansion, or a large project, for example.

Dividend payments You receive a dividend payment as long as the company remains profitable, but the amount you receive depends on the type of share you hold. Payments are usually made twice a year, and you generally have a choice of taking the money as cash or reinvesting it in more shares.

Stock is the term used to cover different types of share, of which ordinary shares, preference shares, and non-voting shares are just a few examples.

Growth potential A company’s growth potential relies on a number of factors, including: • Size of their market share. • Management efficiency and experience. • Brand identity and its popularity with the wider population. • Company profits and profit margins.

• Ordinary shares Also known as ‘common stock,’ ordinary shares provide you with a share of a company’s assets and profits by way of dividend payments, as well as voting rights on issues such as executive pay or the appointment of directors. • Preference shares Dividend payments are fixed at a certain rate when you buy preference shares. There are no voting rights, but you do receive payment before holders of common stock. This is true in good times and bad – if the company experiences financial difficulty, for example, as a preference shareholder you would be positioned higher up the ranking for payment. • Non-voting shares These are ordinary shares that do not carry voting rights, although in some instances shareholders may have the right to vote under certain circumstances. Where does the value lie when investing in stocks and shares? 40

The price of shares is driven by expectation of the company’s performance. It will rise if there is significant interest or if traders have high expectations that the company will do well, based on the management/executive team. How do you get started when investing in stocks and shares? Initially, you should determine the level of risk you’re willing to accept. Understanding that there is always an element of risk, however small the investment, and balancing this with the potential rewards, is a sensible approach. There are two types of investment when it comes to stocks and shares – direct and indirect.

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Direct investment This involves choosing the stocks and shares yourself, rather than using the services of a broker or other professional advisor. It’s likely to be cheaper, but you won’t receive the expert direction or guidance that a beginner often needs. There are online investment platforms where you can set up an account and pay for your investments as a lump sum, or ‘drip feed’ payments using a monthly direct debit. Some people prefer to make monthly payments as it can smooth out market fluctuations and spread the risk a little. Indirect investment You can also purchase stocks and shares through a stockbroker or financial company. They may also provide online services for buying and selling, but you’ll receive a professional opinion on the most appropriate investments based on your circumstances. This comes at a cost, of course, so you need to weigh up the benefits of receiving expert advice if your own knowledge of stock market investment is minimal.

The Life List More 1970s’ TV Revisited British society had a lot to contend with in the 1970s – the three-day week, compulsory flares, a giant Curly Wurly, and a secret campaign to educate the public through cunningly disguised television programming. Only now can the truth be revealed… Crossroads – Long-running Health & Safety series about a motel’s shoddy building standards and the environmental impact on the people there. Contained frequent examples of memory loss, poor coordination and acting strangely. Nationwide – Regional programming proving that nothing says ‘regional’ like an eccentric in outdated clothing who speaks with a thick accent. Pot Black – Novelty colour-blind snooker competition, where players tried to pot the mid

Other aspects to consider if you decide to invest • You can lower your exposure to risk by diversifying the investments. • It’s generally advised to invest for a minimum of five years, but longer if possible. • Carry out lots of research on each company prior to making an investment. • Compare fees and charges between providers. • Regularly review your investment portfolio. Investing in stocks and shares can provide a higher return than cash that’s held in a savings account, as long as it’s viewed as long-term. It can help you achieve your financial goals faster, and you also have the option of choosing stocks and shares yourself or using an advisor. The downsides of this type of investment include potential volatility in the market, the fact that your money is tied up for the long-term, and that it’s not risk-free. So what is your attitude to risk? Could you see yourself investing in the stock market?

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Gardening A Busy November Pippa Greenwood It is time for the seasonal slowdown, as your garden and most of the plants and animals in it start to prepare for the colder months ahead. But, of course this doesn’t mean to say that you can start snoozing! There are lots of jobs which, if done now, could end up saving you time and money later on in the season or when the garden comes back to full life next spring, so I thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the top November gardening tasks that you should try to get to grips with. Get prepared for a relatively weed-free few months but hoe off weeds that are around now, as some might still set seed during mild, damp periods. Provided they don’t have any seed pods on them their top-growth can safely be composted. Bin, burn or rot down fleshy weed roots to prevent them growing in the compost heap!

well succumb to frost or cold wind damage this year. If heavy frosts are forecast or winds are getting icy, a layer or two of horticultural fleece draped over the plant and pegged in place, should do the trick, and can be removed on warmer days. I’ve also got some great fleece ‘jackets’, complete with a drawstring and in various sizes, available from my website - perfect for easy protection of all sorts of sizes of plants and shrubs, see

Flower beds and borders are likely to have a lot of deteriorating plants in them now. Cut back or pick off obviously diseased leaves and stems, and remove some of the foliage that is dying back purely due to the time of year. The flower beds will look a lot neater and it’ll give you an insight as to what might need replacing. Leave some deteriorating but healthy foliage in place to provide some protection for the crowns of the more fragile plants. Rabbits can be a menace at the best of times, but over the next few months their natural or wild food supplies are likely to dry up. This means they will be on the lookout for some tasty meals from your garden. Make sure that rabbit netting is not damaged and that trees, especially those that have been planted recently, are fitted with tree guards. Rake, rake and rake some more! That’s what you’ll need to be doing if there is a sizeable tree near your lawn. Use a spring-tined rake and do it on a regular basis - if you don’t collect up the fallen leaves they can do quite a lot of damage to the grass beneath. Please note our new address

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If you’re planning on planting a hedge, bear in mind that many hedging plants are far cheaper if bought ‘bare root field grown’, meaning they are lifted from their nursery field without being potted on. These plants generally establish and grow really well and are likely to be available now, but to make sure you get the pick of the bunch get your order in now. Bare root plants are not feasible once the leaves start to appear next year.

Less tender bulbs such as nerines and many of the agapanthus are more likely to come through the winter with style if you give them a little protection now. Mound dry chipped bark or other mulch over the area in which they are planted. And last but not least, water butts may not have had a lot of water going in to them over the last few drier months, but this is likely to change. Before they fill up with rain, grab a sturdy brush and clean each one out thoroughly, removing deposits of algae, soggy bits of plant and general gunge! Rinse out and then re-install ready to collect some rain.

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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

Monday Netball Club Mondays 8.30pm

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

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

NHS Retirement Fellowship Are you retired or about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10am -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. Lorna 020 8337 4121

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

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


Early Morning Running Group Speed work on tarmacked areas, totaling 6-8 miles. Mixed ability group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir Mem Sec: Joseph Hood Playing Fields, Marina St James Cafe, Bodley Road, New Ave, Motspur Park, KT3 6NE. (Three Malden runs on the 3rd Monday minutes walk from Motspur Park of every month (except August) station). Time: 6.00am at the gates. between 9.30am and 11.30am. Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 Secretary 020 8942 1926 Everyone welcome. Come for a chat Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday 898896, over a hot drink and a tea cake. Dates New Malden Quilters Association evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham for the rest of 2016 - 17th October, is a not-for-profit group which Spicer Institute, by entrance to 21st November and 12th December meets on the first Thursday evening Waitrose car park. (note earlier date). Contact Heather of each month at St John The John 020 8942 7560 020 8336 1582. Act For Justice New Malden Baptist Divine, Kingston Road, New Malden church; Westbury Road. KT3 5BE. first from 7.30 – Refreshments Tuesday of every month, 8 - 9.30pm. are provided during the evening. Tuesdays We enjoy a variety of speakers, 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 Hill training on The Hamptons, domestic servitude, raise awareness Quilting and its associated crafts. covering 6-8 miles. Mixed ability £6 entry for guests. and fundraise. group. No fee. Meet: The gates of Sir We are lucky to have a number of 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 Finish 7.30-7.45am. Olwen 07941 beginners. The Blind Alternate Wednesdays 898896, 2pm to 4pm Mike Ball 020 8942 0819 Arthritis Care New Malden Branch 075785780726 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 House Berrylands Road Surbiton you are on your own please feel free Wed evening throughout the winter Jocelyn King 0208 942 6745 to drop in for a free cup of tea and months. 1st meeting free, cost £50pa The New Malden Ladies Badminton some company. 411 Malden Road www.talkingof Club When: Tuesday at the Malden (between Worcester Park station Centre from 20.30 till 10pm We are and The Plough). 213 Bus stops a mixed ability club looking for new nearby. members. Lynda 020 8949 2673 or just pop in.


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The Malden and Coombe Tolworth Badminton Club always available. £5 table money. Townswomen’s Guild welcome Tolworth Recreation Centre Parking available outside the new members. We meet at 10am Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 hall. Also buses and trains from on the third Thursday of the month Intermediate/advanced level very close by. Rosemary Vase 0208 at the United Reformed Church hall Pat 0208 5468719 or Pauline Finn 0208 549 in New Malden. We are a friendly 395 9175 or just turn up 3270 or just turn up group of women of all ages and Malden Emergency First Aid Malden And Coombe Flower backgrounds. We have interesting Society (Mefas) Members meet each Decoration Society St.James speakers from various organisations; Thursday evening at 7.30pm for First Church Hall Bodley Road 3rd Thurs outings, clubs, bring and buy sales Aid training. New members required. of the month 7.30pm. Why not and competitions. charge just Everyone welcome. Hall available forstaff come toqualified these evenings and R.J. Tree Services & profession R.J.WeTree Services qualified & professional arealong dedicated £3 for your first visit which includes hire. Christine 07966661015 dazzle your family and friends with to Blind the highest levelsVisitors of service in every to the highest levels of service in for every instance. coffee and biscuits. Deirdre Banks on Kingston Association The your expertise! £6 020 89494743 Lunch Club at The Mefas Hall, rear of Alison Honor 020 8949 8036 WeNew are happy give advice – on all you WeClub are happy to give advice – onCrescent, all your arboricultural queries. Malden Camera Malden Centre, Cocks Maldento Wanderers Badminton New Malden Library, Kingston Road Malden - for people with a severe Club 22, Cambridge Avenue, KT3 Thurs evenings throughout the year sight loss - for a sandwich lunch on 4LE When - 8.30-10pm We are • Free quotes • last Free quotes at 7.45pm the Thursday of every month a friendly club looking for new re dedicated 12.30 to 2.30 pm. £3 per person and members. • Fully NPTC qualifie • Fully NPTC qualified Malden Centre Orchestra friends or family are welcome.Kerry at Bobby 07946 532 846 • Tree reductions / c • Tree reductions / crown thins Malden Centre, Blagdon Road, K.A.B. 020 8605 0060 New Malden Women’s Institute ultural10am-12noon queries. every Thursday (term Come and join our friendly local Shiraz Mirza Hall, Manor felling Park Hall, • Tree • Tree felling time only). Come and enjoy great bridge club at the Shiraz Mirza hall Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 • Stump removal • Stump removal symphonic music in a friendly group (behind Norbiton station). We play 6AV. 2nd Thurs of each month at of players under the leading of an 24•hands of duplicate bridge - with 7.30pm Barbara 546 1495 or • 0208 Hedgeworks Hedgeworks R.J. Tree Services qualified staff are dedicated experience conductor. electronic scoring - every Thurs from& professional • Tree surveys & rep • Tree surveys & reports to 7.30pm.Host system so partners the highest levels of service in every instance. s Contact:


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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


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 Learn to sew and knit! Do you want to learn to sew or knit, improve your skills or just meet other knitters and


sewers to work and chat? Join the Sew and Sews on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10.30 a.m. at St. James’ Bodley Road. Everyone welcome. 50p for refreshments.


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

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

For enquiries ring Sue on 0208 395 6778 or John on 0208 949 4315

Supreme Bowls Club

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

West Wimbledon Society Table Tennis Club

Friendly social table tennis club in Raynes Park welcomes new members (sorry not complete beginners). 020 8947 3564. Surbition Bowls Club Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Roll ups Tuesday evenings from 5,50pm. Small friendly mixed club (35 players.) David 020 8224 2385 From The Ground Up local affordable organic box scheme - Kingston’s own - fresh organic veg, fruit, bread, cheese and preserves at exceptional price. Collection every Saturday from Kingston or Surbiton.

Surbiton Croquet Club

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

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Light up a life Service on Sunday 3rd December at 4.30pm

In the grounds of St Raphael’s Hospice, London Road, North Cheam SM3 9DX Refreshments from 3.30pm in St Bedes Conference Centre

For all Light up a Life enquiries contact 020 8254 2464 Please note there is no parking on site except for disabled blue badge holders by prior arrangement. Please contact us in order to be sent a permit (limited availability).


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In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the cocoa, butter, cream and condensed milk. Cook stirring it all the time with a spatula for approximately 8 mins until it starts to boil. It should look slightly thick but still runny in consistency. Let it cool. Tip: If it gets too thick which would be proper Brigadeiro consistency to roll, add a couple of tbsps of milk and mix it vigorously until it becomes a bit loose.

Brigadeiro Cake This is a recipe loved by all Brazilians, Brigadeiro Cake! It is a traditional celebration cake and I haven’t met anyone in my life who has tried and not liked it! Brazilian cakes can be quite sweet and we don’t usually use sugar paste to cover it perhaps because we are obsessed with condensed milk, glace and merengue icings! It’s a simple chocolate sponge cake drizzled with “chocolate milk” and iced with “Brigadeiro mole”, which is Brigadeiro with a runny consistency that allows it to be poured on top rather than spread. Very easy to make and absolutely delicious! For the sponge: 200gr self-raising flour 200gr caster sugar 200gr butter or margarine (at room temperature) 4 tbsp cocoa powder 4 eggs (beaten) 1 tsp baking powder Heat the oven to 180C. Start mixing the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale. Add the eggs little by little mixing it all the time. Finally sieve all dry ingredients together into the wet mixture and combine it very well with a wooden spoon. If the batter is too thick you can add one tbsp of milk. Butter and line with grease proof paper a 22 cm cake tin, (or any other tin you prefer) pour in the mixture and bake it for approximately 30 to 40 mins. Check the cake is cooked by inserting a cocktail stick into it and it should come out dry and clean. For the drizzle 150ml milk (full-fat) 2 tbsp drinking chocolate (any will do - I usually use Nesquik) Mix it well in a jug and reserve. For the “Bridadeiro mole” 1 tin condensed milk (full-fat) 1 tbsp butter 3 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tbsp thick cream

Once the cake is cool, pierce it all over with a small fork, drizzle with the chocolate drink and give it a few minutes to absorb the liquid. Transfer it to a nice cake plate and pour over the Brigadeiro icing and sprinkle some chocolate vermicelli on top. Eat it straightway! It’s just luscious!!! Another option is to cut the cake in half and fill it with the Brigadeiro, cover it with more and sprinkle generously with chocolate vermicelli! If you don’t have chocolate vermicelli, don’t worry, you can use any other sprinkle like confetti, jimmies, hundreds and thousands, nonpareil, glitter... be creative!!




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Kids Play There’s lots going on for pre-schoolers Mondays

10am to 11.30am Tots In Tow St John’s Church, Kingston Road Contact Dave on 02089425643 1.15 pm 3.15pm. St James Tiddlers Group We welcome all parents and toddlers, plus big sisters and brothers when they’re on holidays. St James Church Hall, Bodley Rd Contact Angie: 020 8942 2093 9.15 11.15 Stay and Play (0-18 months) - New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561. Bumps and Babies under 1 NCT coffee morning, fortnightly Mondays. 10am to 11.30am. The Watchman Pub, New Malden. All welcome. NCT members and nonmembers. For more information and to confirm the next meeting date please contact



Parent and Toddler Play Sessions Dickerage Lane Adventure Playground Dickerage Lane, Daniel Slocombe 020 8942 1707,


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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@ the carpark behind the Fountain pub 9am-2pm 1st Saturday of each month


Music in New Malden 3 o’clock, 2nd Sunday in the month New Malden Methodist Church, High Street KT3 4BY an hour of music followed by tea and cake All concerts and programmes are subject to confirmation. Check the website for latest news. web:


Kingsmeadow Friday 3rd November For the only organised firework display in Kingston go to Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium in Kingston Road, where Kingston Rotary Club and Kingston Round Table jointly host this great event each November. You can be assured of a display full of colour, noise and excitement set to music, as well as children’s fairground rides, a wide range of refreshments, and music and fun provided by Radio Jackie DJs live in the arena before the big display. Gates open at 6.30pm Display starts at 8.00pm – (Last entry at 7.45pm) Tickets in advance: Adults & Children £4 Children (under 5) Free On the day: Adults & Children £5 Children (under 5 ) Free Malden Parochial CoE Primary School Fireworks Display Saturday 4th November Gates open at 4.30pm Low Noise Display at 6.15pm Main Display at 7pm BBQ, Hot Food, Licensed Bar, Games, Glowsticks and more. Ticket Prices: In Advance: £6 each or £20 for a family of 4 On the door: £7 each Under 3s free Tickets cover both displays Tickets available for sale in school playground or via

Christmas Fairs

It’s a great way to start your Christmas celebrations. We hope to see you there. Sacred Heart Primary School - Christmas Fair Saturday 9th December, 12-3pm Burlington Road, New Malden, KT3 4ND All welcome! Interested in having a stall there? Contact sacredheart. Burlington Schools Friday 24th November 4.30pm7.00pm Featuring: Cakes, crafts, cards, toys, refreshments Father Christmas in his Wonderland, preserves, £1 stall, books, raffle, face painting and fun area and much more PAMPER & CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING Friday 10th November 7pm - 10pm At Burlington Junior School (entrance gate next to the Children’s Centre) Burlington Schools’ PTA invite you to come along for a relaxing evening of pampering and gift shopping! Enjoy a glass of fizz or mulled wine, mini-treatments, raffle, and buy your Christmas shopping from local small businesses. Stalls include beauty, homeware, jewellery, cards, children’s books and much more. Refreshments and nibbles will be for sale. Tickets: £5 which includes a free drink; buy in advance to get a free raffle ticket included! Treatment details are on our Facebook Event page at: www. To buy tickets, or pre-book treatments please email Westbury House School Christmas Fair Join in the Festive Fun! Westbury House School 80 Westbury Rd, New Malden KT3 5AS Saturday 2nd December 2017 12noon - 3pm Entrance@ £1 per person Stalls: Lucky Dip, Santa’s Grotto, Spin the Wheel, a variety of international food stalls, craft activities, tattoos and much more!


Graham Child Christmas Carol Concert, in aid of Mary Preston Holiday Projects 6th December 7.45pm New Malden Methodist Church, High St Tickets £5 Contact: Bobby Child 07946 532 846

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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Choices It’s strange what crosses your mind while all around you are sleeping. It’s 3am in the morning and I’m wide awake. I often find myself in this situation these days. Sleep doesn’t come easily to us Parkys at least not when convention dictates that it should. During the afternoon in the middle of a meeting I can often find myself drifting off, sometimes mid-sentence only to jolt awake and contribute something, usually quite random, to the conversation. Night time presents more challenges. Invariably my brain recognises my attempts to sleep and offers up a selection of memories, to do lists and unresolved issues stamped “urgent” that need to be dealt with in the early hours or my medication prompts the premier of Hammer Horror style dreams. On this occasion the thing that’s on my mind is this article. It’s getting late in the month and I’ve suddenly realised that don’t know what to write. The amount of thought I give to the task is inversely proportionate to the number of ideas I have. I’ve enjoyed writing over the last few months. When starting I often don’t know where I’m going to end up, but the experience of getting there has usually been cathartic. I also write because I sometimes don’t know what I think until I read what I have to say. It helps order the thoughts in a brain which has a few problems with its wiring. At the moment though, the loose connections have the upper hand.

Having experienced my life scales tilting downwards precariously on one side, I’m keen to ensure that my children don’t endure a similar fate. I’m often asked whether I would encourage the girls to take up the practice of law. I don’t normally take long to answer that in the negative. It’s so hard to get a good offer with a law firm these days. When I started, it was enough to show you were not a murderer, had reasonably intact social skills and could survive several all-nighters in a row without disintegrating into a dribbling mess. The modern recruitment process is, to say the least, somewhat more demanding. If you haven’t climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, spent a year saving Orangutans, crossed the Atlantic on a bicycle or swum with Polar Bears you won’t even get a first interview. I’d never get the job now. That’s not to say I’ve no confidence in the abilities of my children. It’s more that I want them to be happy in what they choose to do even if that means taking a less traditional path, a fact that I need to remind myself of from time to time.

There was a time when I had ambitions to become a journalist, but the thought of the long and unsociable hours, deadline driven existence and strained family life put me off. Instead, I became a lawyer and embarked upon a deadline driven existence of long and unsociable hours that put a strain on my family life. I’ve often wondered whether that career choice and the resulting burning of the candle too much at one end contributed to my condition. I really didn’t have much balance in my work/life. Now, I just struggle with my balance.


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In Lara’s case, that reminder came recently during a conversation about what she wanted to do when she was older. Lara was quite clear that it needed to be an occupation that involved working with animals. In a mistaken display of parental ambition, I immediately began looking up the process involved in becoming a Vet, On receipt of this suggestion though, Lara paused…gave me a sympathetic look and said, “Nah… I’ll just look after people’s pets when they go on holiday.” You can never aim too high!

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But enough of this. I really do need to try and sleep. It’s 4am and the sheep I’ve been trying to count are now crashing into the fence rather than leaping over it. I’m hoping that if I lie here long enough I will fall asleep before I fall apart. Perhaps when I wake up, inspiration may also strike, but in the meantime all I can say is that whilst Parkinson’s may have given me the opportunity to test my writing skills and enjoy a new and greater perspective on life, it ain’t ‘alf knackering!

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It’s November again! The season of cold and slushy weather, but also a time of rugby and bonfires. The Autumn Internationals are upon us – and we can see the best of northern and southern hemisphere teams playing over the next few weeks. But it is also the time to remember Guy Fawkes. We have so many ‘days’ in the UK, to remember particular events or to get us to think of particular people. Father’s Day, May Day, The Queen’s Birthday … many others. But Guy

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Fawkes is a bit different, if only because it is a ‘night’ and not a ‘day’. Remembering when the terrorists of the time tried, and failed, to blow up Parliament. Quite important, and especially so in light of the terrorist activities that we are currently facing. I was in Lancing that weekend last year and the local Sailing Club had a bonfire on the beach about 150 metres away from us. I have never photographed a bonfire and I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. But the pictures were rather effective, with the fire clearly burning and sparking away, and the small crowd enjoying the fire and each other’s company. I think that this picture clearly shows the feel of Bonfire night … I could have thought through what sort of image I wanted to achieve, but instead just took the pictures with the camera speed set to 1/125. The ISO it gave me was 6400, which is a lot for most cameras and can result in a lot of grainy noise in the picture. Luckily my camera is very good at high ISO levels and, although there is some noise, this is not easily seen. The composition is important: with the person on the left and the seated group on the right all showing the bonfire light as a halo around them. The other two people are silhouettes. The picture would not have been anything like so good, if the sparks had not been visible as they give a more real feeling of being present. I do like this picture!

looking at me and my camera, posing for it I reckon. This portrait is the best of the bunch and shows him in side view with his eyes clear and sharp. Whenever you take animal or bird pictures, you should make sure that the eyes are in good focus, as this is pretty much always what people look for first. Similarly, with human portraits, sharp eyes and, if possible, a catch light in the eyes makes a huge difference. Of course, sometimes you are aiming at a different effect – that’s fine – but let’s be honest and say that usually we want to just get a decent picture of the creature. So, keep your focus on those eyes!

And now back to the Autumn Internationals. South Africa were playing the Barbarians on the 5th November at Wembley. I like South Africa and that was enough to get me there with a group of friends. We had got tickets behind one of the posts at the end of the field, meaning that while we couldn’t see the whole match close up, any tries at our end would be in spectacular 3D IMAX hyper vision! It was a great match and the Springboks were losing 31-19 with ten minutes left but two brilliant tries brought them equal and the game was a draw. I’m sure that my ‘green and gold’ jersey was helpful in that. We were right by those tries and I was able to use the high speed mode on my camera (10 frames a second – but most cameras have an acceptably fast speed) to get the pictures I wanted. Timing matters in a lot of circumstances – as every budding stand-up comic knows – and photography is no exception. That picture of a bird grabbing a worm – only there for a second or two, and I am usually left with a feeling of regret and no photo worth keeping. Much of the time when I see something I want to photograph, I have to get my camera out, put it up to my eyes, remember to turn it on, turn it on, up to my eyes, focus and then realise that I’m too late. The scouting phrase is always appropriate – Be prepared!

Later that month, I was lucky enough to go to stay with some good friends near Phoenix in Arizona, USA. They live in a small town (in American terms, anyway!), and their house backs on to open ground. It was awesome to discover that they not only had coyote in that open space, but there was also a road runner who came regularly to their home for a bite to eat. I don’t know if you remember those Looney Tunes cartoons with these two characters … the road runner always escaped in some bizarre fashion, The Malden Camera Club meets on Thursday and Wile E. Coyote always got hammered by his own evenings at the Library in Kingston Road. We are a plots. A touch of my past! Well, here is a road runner friendly group, and love our photography. Come – the real thing this time and not just a cartoon along one evening. You will be very welcome! character. He came along and spent a lot of time To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915



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Organisations Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch November is finally here and we at Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion are working hard both for the Poppy appeal and The Remembrance service preparations. The Memorial Service will be held on 12th November at 9.25am at the War Memorial in New Malden High Street by Waitrose store. The Parade itself will begin at 9.05am from the corner of Fountain roundabout by Nando’s and will have invited guests from local services and groups marching behind the wonderful Kingston Guide and Scouts band who, on the previous day, will have taken part in the Lords Mayor’s Parade in London. We are so very grateful to Alison for allowing her band to take part in our service. The service should last until around 10.10am. This very special service is held in Remembrance and thanks to those persons from the armed services since 1914 who gave up their lives for our freedom, especially remembering those who were born in New Malden. We are very proud of the fact that we have 3 servicemen from New Malden who were awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross and members and associates of the families will be laying wreaths. The Mayor of Kingston, local members of Parliament and HM The Queen’s representitive will also be laying wreaths and we hope that the community of New Malden will support the event, as they have done since 1924 as you can see from the photo.We have a special entry of Coombe Boys choir in the proceedings this year which we hope you will enjoy! Lets hope the weather is kind to us. It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Harry Farmer our Artic convoy hero ,passed away on 15th October quite suddenly. We are all so sad to lose him as he was a wonderful character and an important member of our branch. Our thoughts are with his family.

spare an hour or 2 during the fortnight beginning 28th October, please, please let Tina know on 07764769858. Or myself on 077900482379. The more the merrier!! Lets make 2017 commemorations one to remember. So hope to see you around New Malden. Perhaps you will buy a Poppy from me!!!And I look for to seeing everyone at The Parade Memorial service on 12th November. And as always… “AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM” TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND THE FUTURE OF THE LIVING You can now follow us on social media: Twitter @MaldenCoombe Facebook Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion

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