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Welcome to YOUR Village Voice from

November November is always a time of change. The clocks have just changed (as have our body clocks!) and all around us in our parks and green spaces, the colours are changing to a stunning autumnal glow. But not everyone enjoys change. In fact, many of us resist it because the effects are unpredictable and unknown. I have to admit, it took me a year to get over the switch of Great British Bake Off to Channel 4…..I almost boycotted it (would Channel 4 have even noticed the loss of one minor superfan?) But I stuck with the new-ish format and have really loved this latest series. I know my limitations though, so won’t be vying for the title of New Malden’s Star Baker anytime soon! So, whilst change, particularly when you haven’t asked for it, is uncertain and often takes us out

I hope you enjoy a good read please make sure you see what our local businesses and advertisers have to offer- i’m delighted to say we have quite a few new ones this month. If you’ve any feedback on how they’re doing, or have any ideas for future editions, news or views to share then please get in touch. Remember, we deliver to most homes every second month but if it’s not delivered to you, you can read it on your phone, tablet or PC. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, New Malden library, The Methodist Church and the Malden Centre. The copy dates for the next couple of editions are below. If you’d like to advertise or have a local story to tell, please call or email. Until next time, best wishes,

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New Malden History Blagdon Road (Part 4) by Robin Gill Many of the new built houses were rented out. For instance, The Nook (no 54) was available for 9/6 (48 pence) a week back in 1908. The property consisted of 3 bedrooms, parlour, kitchen etc and was situated near the trams and the railway station. As mentioned in the previous article Maurice Ronayne who ran the general grocery store at number 120 Blagdon Road had been successful in obtaining a licence to trade as an off-licence. Sadly, he was to lose his life in one of the first accidents to occur on the Kingston Bypass. The road had only opened two years earlier but was to become notorious for incidents, rising to about two or three per week by 1930. So, the Wimbledon Branch of the British Red Cross decided to organise a patrol of the road at weekends from the middle of April to the middle of August. The patrol would consist of two men, one riding a motor cycle and the other in the sidecar. The bike would patrol from the Robin Hood Gate to the Marquis of Granby at Esher travelling at not more than 20mph.In the event of there being an accident, they would render what assistance they could. Additionally, there would be a First Aid Station with two tents by the junction of the by-pass and Malden Road, where nurses would be on duty. Should a doctor be required the police would be informed, so they could call him. Mr Ronayne had got into the habit of taking a daily evening stroll and was crossing the bypass near the junction with Burlington Road (no fly over in those days) (1929) when he was hit by a car travelling towards Esher at a speed of between 15-25 mph. He died later at Nelson Hospital in Wimbledon. At his funeral in Kingston there was a large floral cushion from the local school children of Burlington showing how well liked he and his shop was by the youngsters. Mr Ronayne was succeeded by his son also called Maurice carrying on the family business. In my day the shop was run by the Padgett, and the Green family which was convenient as their son was in the same class as me at Burlington School, but I understand that previously you could buy sweets for as little as a farthing and others for a halfpenny or penny. The sweets corner of the shop had a notice “Children’s Woolworth Nothing over 1d”.


Dumps in the road I find it difficult to believe, but I am told that there used to be an ammunition dump off the road. With the close proximity of the school there must have been safety issues. Having said that, it was not long ago, that a grenade was found at Burlington. There were certainly a number of scrapyards and repair shops on one side of the road. A story is told of a lorry laden with explosives tried to turn the corner into Beverley Road, overturning, and depositing its load into various front gardens. Most of the area off the road was open space with an alleyway between The Mount and Blagdon Road covered by locals with ash or cinders from their fires to stop it churning up with mud. Not surprisingly this was called “The Cinder Path”. End of an era The death occurred in March 1945 (two months before the end of the war) of William Adams, 53 Blagdon Road aged 78. No 53 was one of a group of cottages built for the pottery workers, and was originally 1 Pottery Villas. William had moved into this property at the turn of the century when he became engineer at the brickworks so he did not have to travel far to work. Doctor in the house The near end of Blagdon (No 2) was the home of the doctors Petit (Gerard and Christopher) The brothers were born in Sligo Ireland, and had four sisters. Sons of a doctor it was probably inevitable that they would join the profession. Gerard the elder by two years had a distinguished medical career in the Royal Army Medical Corps serving in India for about five years until his discharge in 1923, when he came to New Malden to set up his practice with his brother. He was also the local divisional police surgeon dealing with accidents on the bypass, and drownings in Beverley Brook. During the war he initially served with the Grenadier Guards, reached the rank of Major, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1916. Recalled to the ranks in 1939, he was placed in charge of a large military hospital in Egypt, and promoted to the rank of Colonel. He was a founder (and prominent) member of St Joseph’s Church in New Malden, he received many accolades from the church and the Pope, and in return was one the church’s main benefactors. He was a

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great friend of the first priest at Malden, Father Eugene O’Sullivan (1909-1948). Locally, he had been President of the local branch of the British Legion for about 20 years, and had joined the Rotary Club in 1930, and was made President on three occasions. Recreation time saw him playing dominoes and he received his pilot’s licence in September 1929. He died in August 1959 at St Georges Hospital after a night at the theatre (playhouse not medical). He drove a Rolls Royce before World War Two but a much smaller car after.

firm Lovell and Christmas well-known provision merchants in 1920, but during the war the ground was used as allotments (as most open spaces were) under the campaign “Dig For Victory”. The main car park in the road was given over to the construction of an air raid shelter for 2760 people at a cost of £8000 by Gleesons.

Brother Christopher lived at Cleveland Road Worcester Park, before moving back to Blagdon Road and had married in Ireland in 1915. There were three children John who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Anglian Regiment and was awarded the OBE whilst serving as an intelligence officer in Borneo in 1966. Louis who was ordained as a Benedictine novice in 1941 and 1954, becoming a priest in 1956 as Fr Ian, and Christopher who trained as a doctor practising in Buxted Sussex. Christopher (Snr) died in Kingston Hospital in October 1965. The Cricket pitch first used by Malden Wanderers (who moved to Cambridge Avenue) was taken over by the

Cicely’s house Hobkirk House opened in November 1978. Named in honour of Cicely Hobkirk. Initially, in charge of the local branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau at the beginning of the war, she became one of the driving forces behind the Malden & Coombe Old People’s Welfare Association and Housing Society. For the work she did on behalf of the people of the local area, she received the freedom of the Borough of Malden and Coombe in 1953. The Malden and Coombe Community Association presented her with their first civic award in 1962, and she received her MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1972. The property quickly became part of Malden’s community, receiving money from the Rotary Club, music equipment from the Mayor, proceeds from an


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Autumn Fayre at the Methodist Church, whilst the Royal Oak raised funds on behalf of the building and its residents. The building also held regular jumble sales and invited singers and groups to perform for the residents. The Noble Centre was original part of the facility but separated in 2010 when the new faculty was opened by the Princess Royal as part of the Carers network. Unfortunately, both facilities faced closure in 2018 being regarded as ‘being unfit for their former purposes’ and unable to meet modern requirements’ Arts and crafts Over the years Blagdon Road has seen its fair share of large discount stores. MFI or Mullard Furniture Industries arrived in the 1970s soon to be join by Currys. MFI went into administration in 2008 with all of its 111 stores closing, and the loss of 1200 jobs. Smaller shops included “The Nugget” and Annette’s art supplies. Also established was the Mobile Emergency Aid Team which became MEFAS near to the Malden centre. Although not strictly in Blagdon Road, mention should be made of Brycbox the youth arts workshop which started in 1973 and was used by primary and secondary schools during the day for drama, and in the evening performances from Youth Theatres, art exhibits and music recitals. The facility closed due to council cutbacks and the site was sold to Fountain Television in 1985 and later became flats. The Crescent Resource Centre and Causeway Centre also provided so much for the most vulnerable in our society. Both sadly now gone. Through all the developments that this road has seen from sewerage, brickworks, explosives, construction, demolition etc the community spirit has remained strong. In 2016 the residents organised their own street party to commemorate the 90th Birthday of HM The Queen.


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Clubs Rotary Club Of New Malden WORLD POLIO DAY was on October 24th — you may have seen us promoting the END POLIO NOW campaign in the High Street. Ending polio is a project that Rotary have been intensely promoting worldwide since 1985 . It exists now in only two countries of the world but even when the last case has been cured we must anxiously wait three years before we can claim that the world is free of it. Much of our charity work and events are aimed at raising funds for this project and we thank our local community for all the help and support they give us. On Monday 7th we were delighted to induct a young Friend into full membership. This is good on several levels, not the least of which is that the average age of members has reduced! Over the weekend of 11th to 13th a twelve strong party from New Malden Rotary attended our District Conference and Showcase in Torquay, an annual event where up to 94 Rotary Clubs in Southern England get together. On Tuesday 15th several members joined the monthly

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meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of New Malden at their home venue, the Tasty Affair Restaurant in Worcester Park where we heard a very good speaker giving some insight into the sinking of the Titanic. FUNDRAISING - Work is very much in hand now on two fronts. Our Race Night on Saturday 16th November at Malden Wanderers Club in aid of the End Polio Campaign and our Christmas Appeal which is for our general charity fund. INVITATION - For our usual Monday evening meeting on 18th November we are inviting anyone who has an interest in finding out more about our activities to join us at 6.30pm for a fish and chip supper at 7.00pm at Malden Golf Club followed by a speaker on the subject of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. David Powers Club correspondent FOR MORE INFORMATION go to or follow us on Twitter @NewMaldenRotary

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Christmas Services in New Malden United Reformed Church, Malden Road Sunday 15th December - 10.30am Junior Church Nativity Service & Christingle Sunday 22nd December Korean Language Service 10.30am, Tea and Light Refreshment 4pm Carols by Candlelight’ Service 5pm Coffee and mince pies Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas Praise New Malden Methodist Church, High Street Sunday 1st December 10.30am Gift Service Donations of luxury items will be given to the Kingston Foodbank, 6.30pm Festival of Lights - A traditional candlelit service Sunday 8th December 10.30pm Nativity Service Nativity performed by the young people of the Church Thursday 19th December 7.30pm Blue Christmas For People finding Christmas Service difficult due to disappointment and bereavement Saturday 21st December 11.30am Community Carols - A half hour of carol singing in front of the church for everyone Sunday 22nd December 6.30pm Lessons & Carols Tuesday 24th December 5.00pm Christingle Service - A lively service for all the family (great fun!) 11.30pm Christmas Eve Communion Wednesday 25th December 10.30am Christmas Morning Service – Happy Birthday Jesus! Christ Church, Coombe Road Sunday 22nd December 9.30am Children’s Carol Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Tuesday 24th December 11pm Midnight Communion Wednesday 25th December 10am Christmas Day Service (All age) St John’s Kingston Road Sunday December 15th 10.30am Scratch Nativity (All Age Service) Sunday 22nd December 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Tuesday 24th December 5.00pm Christingle 11.00pm Communion Wednesday 25th December 10.30am Christmas Day celebration


New Malden Baptist Church, Kingston Road Sunday 22nd December 10.30am Family Christmas Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Wednesday 25th December 10.30am Christmas Day Service 3/4hr Malden Manor Community Church Sunday 22nd December 4pm Family Christmas Service followed by tea St James’ Church, Malden Road Sunday 15th December 2 - 3.45pm Children’s Christmas Workshop leading into our Christingle Service– 4pm Sunday 22nd December 6.30pm Christmas Lessons and Carols Tuesday 24th December 4pm Crib Service with Nativity 11pm Midnight Mass with Carols Wednesday 25th December 8am Christmas Eucharist 10am Christmas Day Family Service St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Kingston Road Mass at 7am (except Weds) & 10am every weekday. Monday 16th December 6pm Corpus Christi School Carol Service Tuesday 17th December 7pm Holy Cross School Carol Service Sunday 22nd December - 4th Sunday of Advent Usual Sunday Mass times: 6pm Saturday, ie. 1st Mass of Sunday, and at 9.30am, 11.30am (traditional music & Latin), & 5.30pm Blessing of Bambini (for family Cribs) at all Masses. Tuesday 24th 5.30pm Christmas Vigil Mass, with Blessing of the Crib 11.30pm Office of Readings & Carols, leading into: Wednesday 25th December Midnight - Midnight Mass 9.30 & 11.30am Masses of Christmas Day & Carols. (NB. No 5.30pm Mass on Christmas Day)

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Mince pies, gifts, cards and so much else! Can you believe it? Thinking about Christmas already, so soon after summer holidays? Well, it is nearly half term so perhaps it is (almost) time to prepare for this special time of year. I’m sure the shops are counting down the shopping days! As well as starting out with the present buying, the family invitations, planning festive menus, we might also want to consider the deeper message of the forthcoming season, beyond the trappings of cards, presents, food and good company. Perhaps we are invited to attend a carol service at our place of work, or a school Nativity play, and remember that the reason we celebrate

Christmas is to mark the arrival of Jesus as a baby in Bethlehem. This message comes to you from ALL the churches in New Malden with an invitation to join with us at least one of our services this Christmas (details will appear in this and the next edition of Village Voice and on the church websites) Happy Christmas when it comes!!


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Events Cirkt Celebrates Kingston’s Live Music Scene - 9 To 17 November To view the full programme and to book tickets visit CirKT Music Industry Conference Saturday 9 th November, 2-7pm Kingston Grammar School, 70 London Rd, Kingston KT2 6PY Workshops, panel discussions, networking sessions and 1 to 1 mentoring from music industry specialists are wrapped up with live performances from CirKT’s new talent programme, in this one day conference devoted to grass roots live music development. Tickets: £6, £4 (conc) Sunday 10 th November, 8pm The Fighting Cocks, London Rd, Kingston A mixed bill of up and coming artists featuring solo performer musician/producer Mungrul, post punk band Glossii, alt rock band Tangieguar, dazzling jazz, electro, soul fusion from Urchin and the raw energy of Time Dilation Unit. Monday 11 th November, 8pm (Bar) Sing Sing, 5A Coombe Rd, New Malden KT3 4PX An eclectic mix of up and coming singer-songwriters featuring Mungrul’s cross breed of genres ranging from blues, jazz and grunge to hip hop; gritty, soulful and socially conscious singer-songwriter Miri; genre defying hip-hop duo Graver Ekow and Korean rapper, PianWooo. Tuesday 12 November, 8pm The Victoria Pub, 28 Victoria Rd, Surbiton KT6 4JT A mixed bill of up and coming musicians featuring talented singer-songwriter Maddie Bowe and dynamic, home-grown textured indie rock band Baby Husband. Tuesday 12 November, 8.30pm The Oak, 98 Richmond Rd, Kingston KT2 5EN Introducing the next generation of outstanding music talent with singer and spoken word artist Kitty Got Claws; producer and performer Mungrul with his unique cross breed of genres; Korean rapper, PianWooo and singer-song writer with a social conscience - Miri. Tuesday 12 November, 8.30pm Berrylands Pub, 107 Chiltern Drive, Surbiton KT5 8LS The Motive are a local indie rock band. Since starting out two years ago, they have had multiple successes onstage as well as online amassing over 300,000 streams on Spotify and gaining a loyal listenership locally and worldwide. Wednesday 13 November, 8pm The Fighting Cocks, 56 Old London Rd, Kingston KT2 6QA Introducing the next generation of music talent


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Gardening Winter hanging baskets… by Pippa Greenwood Hanging baskets are a great way to create a miniature gardening space with your choice of colours. Once established they make even the gloomiest back yard look more cheerful, or the prettiest patio look even more gorgeous. Making a hanging basket is not difficult and although traditionally a summer planting feature, they work just as well for the winter months. Plenty of plants make for a colourful basket and your local garden centre or nursery should have a good selection, including winter-flowering pansies (I am fond of the purple and yellow varieties) and heathers, Gaultheria with its waxy red berries, dianthus for late autumn into early winter and assorted miniature shrubs, including variegated Pieris, Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ and variegated euonymus, to help give structure and colour. The shrubs will look great in a container for a year or two, before being planted in the garden. A thicker, almost felt-like liner provides insulation in cold weather as well as keeping the compost and plants in place. I suggest a 35cm (14”) diameter basket as it can take more plants and, because it is larger, resists cold better. You’ll also need compost. Stand the basket in a large flowerpot before you start to prevent it rolling about. Once the liner is in place, remove the chain at one anchor point to stop it getting in the way. The liner will protrude above the basket edge at this stage but this helps to keep the compost in place. Use good quality multi-purpose compost, firming it gently, and fill the basket about half full. Mesh baskets allow for easy side planting. Cut holes in the liner then insert small plants such as pansies at regular intervals around the sides of the basket, inserting them from the outside inwards to reduce damage. Nestle the roots into the compost and make sure that the liner is back in position after the last plant is in place. Add more compost to cover the roots of the side plantings and firm again gently. Next get the central plant in place and add three more upright plants such as miniature shrubs, equally spaced around the edges. For extra colour, add more winter bedding plants around the very outermost edge of the basket. Pinch out any faded flowers and add more compost, carefully filling in any gaps before watering thoroughly.

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A more sustainable me

The one where I try to have a slightly greener Christmas by Ali Warner

Ho Ho Ho! As The Village Voice hits the presses it’s 67 days until Christmas. How did that happen? I have friends who buy their Christmas cards in January, that have finished their present wrapping by Halloween - but readers I am not one of them. No matter how much time I have, I seem to miss the posting date for cards or find myself running round looking for stocking fillers as the retailers pull down the shutters on Christmas Eve. It’s mad isn’t it - especially when two-thirds of us admit to getting presents we don’t like. And the total cost of those unwanted gifts adds up to £5.03 billion. Let’s face it - that’s a lot of Ferro Rocher. And that’s just the start of the waste! To wrap all those pressies we’ll use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper and 40 million rolls of sellotape. (Oh and 83km2 of that paper will be non-recyclable and end up in the bin). So how do you green your Christmas without turning into Scrooge? My inspiration came from an alternative to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs posted by @justlittlechanges whose online shop provides eco-sensible solutions for everyday living. It’s inverted pyramid of needs looks at ethical gift giving. Giving memories, giving time, upcycling, buying second hand and crafting are all on there. It’s worth considering that shopping local and putting some coins into the family stores that add value to your community should be on there too. I posted the hierarchy of needs to a set of friends to see if any of these options were part of their Christmas gift ideas and some of the replies are worth a mention.


Jo decorated the bedroom of her oldest team in the colour of his choice (yep it was black). Katie crocheted some string bags and made cushion covers for her kids from their junior school jumpers. Jenny bought her in-laws tickets to see a play at Stratford Upon Avon, got her kids to decorate some plant pots and filled them with Aloe Vera for their pressies for the grandparents. She also gave her husband a voucher for what - she declined to say… (saucy). My other friend Jo is currently putting a set of family photos in an album for her hubby, and I have plans to book a meal and weekend away with one of my oldest Cardiff-based friends so that we can chat all the way through our starters and let our meals go cold. As for the gift wrap, Julie Andrews said it best. Why not make some brown paper packages tied up with string? Andy Ross of Suttles has a fine selection of raffia, stamps, hemp and wooden beads that you can use to customise your paper. Release your inner crafter. He even set my friend - Danielle the brilliant pressie wrapper - a challenge to come up with some wrapping ideas. The photo of the results is shown here - what you can’t see is that she even found a way of wrapping that means you don’t need sellotape. I tell you she’s talented that lady. Because despite all the faff of Christmas - it’s not the latest gadget or the sparkly gift wrap that your friends or your kids will remember (OK not quite true - my son still remembers me trying to pass off a toy computer as an iMac by putting an apple sticker on it)… it’s the things we do and time we spend together (Queue Lily Allen song).

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New Malden Matters Rubbish – and all that jazz! by Nick Hazell As many people will probably know by now, the Residents’ Association has conducted quarterly litter picks, in and around the High Street, over the past two years. There is no doubt that this Borough, and the country in general, are becoming more unsightly with the passing of time. A few facts for your edification (taken from an article published in 2017 online so figures will have changed by 2019) Litter facts • Cleaning up litter from the streets of Britain costs taxpayers around £500 million not including the costs to clean up parks/public spaces. • Roughly 48% of people admit to dropping litter • The amount of litter dropped each year in the UK has increased by a massive 500% since the 1960s. • 7 out of every 10 items of discarded litter is food packaging or wrappers. • Around 122 tons of cigarette butts and cigarette-related litter is dropped every day across the UK. • 1.3m pieces of rubbish are dropped on UK roads every weekend. 1/3 of motorists admit to littering while they are driving. Biodegradability • All types of litter take time to degrade with the longest being glass (does not degrade) down to orange peel/ banana skins – 2 years; plastic bags 10-22 years and plastic bottles which can last forever. Fly-tipping - can result in a fine of up to £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment. Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court, and the potential prison term rises to 2 years. If hazardous waste has been dumped, the sentence can be as much as 5 years Whilst I appreciate that the Council cannot clear up every bit of litter in the Borough and without some draconian laws put in place, people will continue to do what is easiest, i.e. drop their litter. But a more robust attitude towards this problem might have an effect. We make much of our heritage in the Royal Borough of Kingston, but do not seem to care much for what is happening on our streets and open spaces. We have noticed an improvement since we started the litter picks, but this would mainly be in the localities that we target. Litter dropped at the New Malden end of the new pathway to Raynes Park, could be overcome with some (or even one) bins. Volunteers spent a huge and productive time planting the sides of the pathway, only to have it spoilt by litter. No bins for dogs’ waste so this could be picked up and thrown into the bushes (this from a dog walker). I have also been photographing and reporting the amount of litter in piles in our High Street for over four months, at times on a daily basis. Nothing, as far as I can see at the present time, has been done. The Council seems unable


to get to grips with the problem, but they are, so they are saying, hoping to put a new procedure in place in October that will “hopefully” deal with the problem. The problem seems to be that some traders will not pay to have their rubbish collected and some residents seem to have very little space around their flats at which to dispose of their rubbish, so it ends up on the High Street in piles. So what is the answer? • If we could get the message through to children and young children at that, they are brilliant at taking what they have been told and passing it on to adults. Litter has no bearing on culture, religion, ethnicity etc. so perhaps a talk to primary school children could be one approach to take • More bins in strategic places will not stop litter dropping, but it could have a significant impact on the amount dropped • More signs, especially around our High Street, might possibly make people think twice. • We need a more active campaign to target litter droppers So a huge thank you to the volunteers that take part in the litter picks, including, young Abdullah who, so his mother told us, was the driving force for them to come along to volunteer. Also our grateful thanks to the people, sometimes singly or in groups, that do their own litter pick. Our next litter pick, all being well, will be 30th November (if the weather is bad we will move it back one week to 7th December) and details of where to meet and time of meeting will be notified to you prior to the date. We hope that YOU will come along and join us. Please send your e-mail address to to be included on our mailing list. If you would like to be contacted by telephone, please ring 020 8605 1609 and leave your telephone number with a short message. Frances Marsh New Malden Residents’ Association

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Clubs Mondays

Christ Church Community Cafe (In the Lounge) Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 to 12 for Refreshments and Chat. Trained Listeners available. All Welcome! Katie Kuhrt 07449333123

New Malden Rotary Club Malden Golf Club,Traps Lane Monday evenings 6.15 for 7pm Secretary 07946526783

English Conversation Group meeting during term-time from 10.00 to 12.00. Chris & Elspeth Coke; telephone 0208-942-7388 mobile 07903618159

St James Players If you enjoy acting do come or help backstage. Mon and Weds 8pm St James Church Hall, Bodley Road New Malden. Weekly Peer Support for parents with mental health conditions. Crafty Mondays 9.30-12noon Hatha Yoga 1.30-2.30 53-55 Canbury Park Rd. KT2 6LQ Tel: 02085463258

The Broadway Sequence Dancing Raeburn Hall, Tolworth from 8 to 1015pm. Those who have learnt ballroom dancing should have little difficulty in mastering sequence. No charge for the first ‘taster’ and then it’s just £5 per night.


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


KT3 DJ, from 2pm to 4.15pm. Mrs Brenda Denby, 0208 398 6054

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

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

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

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

Half Shares We are a group of widows who meet together on the 1st Tuesday of every month. We have a speaker and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. Come and join us at 1.45-3.15pm at Christ Church Centre, Coombe Rd Katie Kuhrt 07449333123 The New Malden Investment Club Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Grafton Club, Grafton Road, New Malden. Secretary 020 8942 1926

Malden Bridge Club When: Tuesday evenings 7.30-10.30pm Graham Spicer Institute, by entrance to Waitrose car park. John 020 8942 7560 Act For Justice New Malden Baptist church; Westbury Road. KT3 5BE. first Tuesday of every month, 8 - 9.30pm. This group aims to combat human trafficking. We’ll discuss issues of

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Talking of trains is steaming again! The regular weekly meetings of Trains resume on Wednesday 18th September at 7pm in the Library Hall of Surbiton Library. The programme has a wide variety of topics as diverse as the Railways of Derbyshire area and rail preservation in France! We also welcome a senior Rail Freight manager for an overview of freight on Britain’s railways from the 19th to the 21st century. The first meeting is free and then it is just £50 covering all of the 20 meetings. www.talkingoftrains.

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

Colouring Club A soothing and enjoyable pastime for adults with no skills needed. 10-11am 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:


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month at the United Reformed Church hall in New Malden. We are a friendly group of women of all ages and back-grounds. We have interesting speakers from various organisations; outings, clubs, bring and buy sales and competitions. We are currently offering a first visit free of charge. 020 8337 7423 New Malden Quilters’ Association First Thusday of the month at 7.30pm in St John the Divine Church hall, Kingston Road, KT3 3RX. Post-natal Coffee Morning. 10-11.30am last Thursday of the month. 53-55 Canbury Park Rd KT2 6LQ Tel: 02085463258 Chair Yoga 10.45am-11.45am at Avenue Hall (West Wimbledon Society), 70 Richmond Road, West Wimbledon, SW20 0PQ. Join Jackie (Jackie JJC Yoga) for accessible yoga in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Either sitting on a chair or using the chair as a prop, everyone can enjoy

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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. Contact: Tolworth Badminton Club Tolworth Recreation Centre Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 Intermediate/advanced level Pat 0208 395 9175 or just turn up

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First Aid training. New members required. Everyone welcome. Hall available for hire. Christine 07966661015 Kingston Association for The Blind Lunch Club is held on the last Thursday of every month from 12.30 to 2.30pm at The Mefas Hall, Next to the Malden Centre, Cocks Crescent, New Malden. This is for people living with sight loss and their carers. A Sandwich lunch is provided at the cost of £3 per person. 020 8605 0060 or

Come and join our friendly local bridge club at the Shiraz Mirza hall (behind Norbiton station). We play 24 hands of duplicate bridge - with electronic scoring - every Thurs from 7.30pm.Host system so partners always available. £5 table money. Parking available outside the hall. Also buses and trains from very close by. Rosemary Vase 0208 5468719 or Pauline Finn 0208 549 3270 or just turn up

Malden And Coombe Flower Decoration Society St.James Church Hall Bodley Road 3rd Thurs of the month 7.30pm. Why not come along to these evenings and dazzle your family and friends with your expertise! Visitors £6 Alison Honor 020 8949 8036 Malden Wanderers Badminton Club 22, Cambridge Avenue, KT3 4LE When - 8.30-10pm We are a friendly club looking for new members. Bobby 07946 532 846 New Malden Women’s Institute Shiraz Mirza Hall, Manor Park Hall, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AV. 2nd Thurs of each month at 7.30pm Barbara 0208 546 1495 or

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


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

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


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


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

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

Supreme Bowls Club

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

West Wimbledon Society Table Tennis Club

Friendly social table tennis club in Raynes Park welcomes new members (sorry not complete beginners). 020 8874 1654. Surbition Bowls Club Alexandra Rec, Tolworth. Roll ups Tuesday evenings from 5,50pm. Small friendly mixed club (35 players.) David 020 8224 2385

Surbiton Croquet Club

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Wednesday 25th December 9.30am “A star is born”, all-age Christmas Day service

Sunday 15th December at 6 pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

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What’s On GRAHAM CHILD CHRISTMAS CAROLS The Graham Child Christmas Carols has been going for ten years. Although the idea for the Carols Evening was the brain child of my husband, Graham, in 2006 as a fundraiser for the Mary Preston Holiday, after Graham’s death the evening was renamed in his memory. So we are delighted that it is continuing this Christmas. The Mary Preston Holiday has, sadly, ceased. It ran for more than 60 years, a project supported by the Inner Wheel Clubs in District 14 (south West London, north East Surrey and a bit of Hampshire). The holiday was for carers, or people in need of or deserving a break, often someone recently bereaved, but times change and the way society works these days is very different from the 1950’s. Reluctantly, but sensibly, the Mary Preston Holiday Committee has decided to bring it to an end. So this year the Graham Child Christmas Carols is being organised by Kingston upon Thames Inner Wheel Club and will raise money for their President’s charity which is SMILE UK.. All are welcome on Wednesday, the 4th December, 7.45 p.m. at New Malden Methodist Church, in the High Street; tickets are £6 per person to include interval refreshments of tea/coffee and mince pies. It is always a good evening; some music, some dancing, some carol singing, and a wonderful start to the countdown to Christmas. Come and enjoy, and support a very worthwhile cause. Tickets: from Lynda Rowland ~ lynrow9761@ or me, Bobby Child ~ 07946 532 846

Director Peter Bullett Music by Brahms, including 9 Liebeslieder Waltzes Sunday 24th November 3pm: Festive Brass Band concert at St James Malden. Award-winning Friary Brass Band and St James stunning Choir with a new take on seasonal favourites. Mince pies and mulled wine. Venue: St James Church, Bodley Road New Malden, KT3 5QE. Parking in road, buses 213 and K1, nearest station New Malden. Tickets £12 adults, £5 children (up to the age of 12). Available through St James website, by emailing or phoning Parish Office:, 0208 942 5070 Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Christmas Fair Sat 23rd Nov Come along to our wonderful Christmas Fair – you can visit Santa’s Grotto, browse the stalls and win in our raffles and tombolas. Put on you r best Christmas Jumper to win a prize too!!! 12-3pm £2 entry Burlington Rd, New Malden, KT34ND

The Space New Malden United Reformed Church Free Wednesday Lunchtime Recitals 13.10-13.50 Featuring students from the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music November 13th—Laura Mac Donald—Cello November 27th - Zoë Perkins—Trumpet 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, artists and programmes are subject to confirmation. Do check our website for latest news. November 10th Anna Jamsek and Min Young Bae Virtuoso sonatas for violin and piano by Tartini, Bartók & Prokofiev December 15th (N.B.3rd Sunday) The Harmonie Choir and Instrumentalists


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Fundraising If you have walked past New Malden United Reformed Church on the corner of Cavendish Road recently you will have noticed wire fencing around the foot of the Spire. This is because in February a few pieces of concrete fell from the spire onto the roof and then onto the ground. In order to protect the public wire fencing was erected.

“people are free to bring a book or newspaper to read, sit and chat with some friends, or just listen to the piano being played. The idea is to have a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink being served while Judith plays the piano.” If anyone would like to donate to help repair the New Malden Spire the church has set up a just giving page at

The church was built in 1881 and the Spire has been a unique part of the New Malden skyline ever since. In the 1960s it was decided to cover much of the stonework with concrete to protect it, many other buildings had a similar process carried out. The minister Peter Flint said “This has been fine for a good number of years but sadly cracks have appeared and it now needs to be replaced”. The church need to find in the order of £100,000 and they are busy trying to raise this money with fund raising events and applications to grant making bodies. A key fund raising event is taking place on Saturday November 23rd when the Minister's wife Judith is doing a 12 hour sponsored piano play. People are invited to drop into the church at anytime from 7.00am – 7.00pm to listen to the piano being played. Peter said

Quick Quiz Lords and Ladies 1. Which alternative name for the devil literally means “lord of the flies”? 2. Florence Nightingale became known as “the lady with the lamp” after checking on wounded soldiers at night during which war? 3. What word comes after “first lord of the” to complete the inscription on the letter box of 10 Downing Street? 4. Which famous 1949 British film has a title that is taken from a line in the poem Lady Clara Vere De Vere by Alfred, Lord Tennyson? 5. Which singer is often referred to as “the first lady of country music”? 6. An anagram of “I am Lord Voldemort”, what was the birth name of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter novels?

7. First used to refer to the leading female singer in an opera company, what two word term means “first lady” in Italian? 8. What were the names of the landlord and landlady of the Queen Vic when the TV show EastEnders was first broadcast? 9. What word for a wealthy and powerful business person comes from a word meaning “great lord” that was used as a title for leaders of Japan? 10. According to legend, only one person spied on Lady Godiva when she rode naked through the streets of Coventry. What two word phrase was used to refer to this person and has come to be used more generally to refer to anyone who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching others?

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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 Bumps and Babies under 1 NCT coffee morning, Mondays. 10am to 11.30am. The Glasshouse Pub, New Malden. All welcome. NCT members and nonmembers. For more information and to confirm the next meeting date please contact


9 to 11:30 Bumps and Babies at Christ Church in the new hall off the carpark. 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


9.45am 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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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.


9:30 to 11:30 Toddlers in Tow at Christ Church, in the new hall off the carpark. 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 Born Too Soon-Parent Support Group Arrange to meet your neonatal friends for a free catch up 1st Thursday of every month 1-2.30pm Facilities available: Playroom and garden and kitchen. You are welcome to bring your own food. Where: WelCare House, 53-55 Canbury Park Rd Kingston Kt2 6lq Tel 02085463258


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Parkin’ some thoughts Heard the one about the Mother in Law?

by Nick Hazell

A few years ago I went to a legal awards dinner. It was dreadfully dull. Lots of self important, high achieving egotists celebrating just how fabulous they were and hoping to justify a fee increase through the winning of another acrylic paperweight. Although my team was regularly nominated, the positioning of our table next to the toilets and far from the stage was an early indication that it was not to be our night.... again. The presentation of the awards is often made by some public personality of the moment. On this occasion and for reasons that remain unclear, the compare was Coombe’s very own Jimmy Tarbuck. Now, I’ve the greatest respect for Tarby’s entertainment achievements but if we’re being honest, his repertoire was more suited to the cultural smorgasbord of the 70’s and 80’s than to the political correctness of the noughties. I was therefore more than a little bemused when he appeared at the behest of the organisers of the 2007 Private Equity Awards to bestow gongs upon the worthy. The first indication that we were in for a surreal evening was his deployment of an extensive portfolio of mother in law jokes inbetween the distribution of such inspirational awards as Continental Regional House of the Year (Large). Admittedly I’m now old enough to remember his jokes the first time around but without the option of turning the sound off, this incongruous pairing was bum squirmingly uncomfortable. But there was a time when such jokes were the foundations upon which a generation of comedians built their success. Growing up in a house where the television was always on meant that an over exposure to this sort of humour led to a belief that all mother in laws were over bearing, unloved harridans, not inclined to allow interruption or accept that any man would be good enough for their daughter. What do you expect from someone who can rearrange the letters of their familial title to read “woman Hitler”? As it turned out, some of the early prospective candidates fitted that description, but the one I ended up with did not. That has made her recent departure from this mortal coil all the more upsetting.

Like most of Victoria’s family she was little, but what she lacked in stature she made up for with a great sense of humour and a boundless energy and enthusiasm for life which saw her skiing at 62, running her first 10k at the age of 71 and travelling the Globe with the Father in Law gloriously spending their kids’ inheritance. She had a fondness for reading, red wine and coffee that’s clearly genetically wired as was her willingness to do anything for her family (inclusive of dogs) regardless of the inconvenience. For someone so small, she’ll leave a big hole in our lives. That’s rather unfortunate as she was the only member of the family who could have sewn it up. We’re sad, angry and mad that she has left the building sooner than she should have done. The end though, unlike one of her telephone conversations with Victoria, was thankfully quick. The audience at the Grosvenor Hotel in 2007 wasn’t quite so lucky. After an excruciating ceremony we retired to the bar where an older lawyer of the Tarbuck generation told of how his mother in law had, out of the blue, told him and his wife that she’d decided to be cremated. “That’s great” he’d said, “I’ll just get my coat”. As someone whose first gift to me was a small wooden hippopotamus to remind me of her in the way of Reggie Perrin, I think Mary would have appreciated the humour. Rude, but amusing she might have thought. I’m going to miss her.

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A Photographer Dreams... October by Hugh Griffiths centre, looking along the front and including the old customs house in the right of the picture. Cardiff Bay has very little left of its old buildings, but this is a very evocative memory of the old days. I like the mix of buildings in the picture, the open area at the front giving a bit of ‘breathing space’ to them and the rather weird sky which I suspect doesn’t truly reflect what was there at the time and is more than likely to be an editing problem! The autumn is always a good time for me: the autumn internationals are usually happening in the rugby world (of course, this year it’s the Rugby World Cup in Japan, so the extra matches were played in the summer between the home nations and France). And last November, Wales were having their annual game with South Africa in Cardiff; and I went with my son to watch the game. The kick-off was in the evening, so my son and I stayed overnight in Cardiff, giving us time to do a bit of nostalgic sightseeing on the Sunday. My parents lived in Cardiff – so I and, to a lesser extent, David know our way around. We decided to spend time in the Bay area: which has been rejuvenated in the last 30 years or so, changing from docks and a redundant steelworks (where I had my first ever paid work – testing the quality of the steel being manufactured against the specifications) to a place of restaurants, music and performance and the Welsh Assembly – the Senedd. The Wales Millennium Centre is a centre piece – providing a stunning concert hall and performance facilities; the outside of the building is clad in copper and slate, commemorating minerals that made Wales rich in the 19th century. Did you know that the world’s first million-pound contract was written and signed in the Coal Exchange in Cardiff? The front of the Millennium Centre (not the Stadium!) has a text (in Welsh and English) from the then Welsh Poet Laureate that says, “In these stones horizons sing”. I’m not sure what to make of it to be honest, but it does look impressive. I took this photo in the huge square in front of the


So, down to Lancing to stay for the last time this year; in November I have to close down the caravan for the winter as we can’t stay there during the 4 months to end February. On the way down, with my dog Poppy, she started whining and clearly needed to get out of the car. I have stopped at this place several times – there is a tiny church through the woods, and it is surrounded by a farmer’s fields at the top. I love it here as it is so quiet and secluded. Whatever the time of year, it is always pleasant to walk down the muddy path from the road across a stream and then up to the church itself. And of course, Poppy likes it and does her duty faithfully each time we go. This photo is taken from near the church, looking down the path to the stream. I like it because of the wooden fence on the right giving a sense of direction for your looking, and the bench at the bottom where you can have a rest after the hard work of walking 50 metres! It’s clearly autumn: you can see all the leaves on the path and in the woods: this is a picture that has a real ‘sense of place’. So, we got to Lancing. As you may know, I love seagulls and seeing these two flying about together over the waves was brilliant. There was a whole flock of them on a windy and cloudy day, giving me loads of chances to catch them in my camera. Over a couple of days, I must have taken about 30 or 40 photos of these birds, some of which were ok! Anyway, these two were having a great time wheeling

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around and chasing each other and I was lucky to catch them both with their heads and beaks visible (haven’t you found that whenever you want to take a picture of a bird or an animal, it is their backside that is facing you!). My camera is really good at focusing on moving things and so I was able to capture a fair number of pictures of these seagulls in focus, and clear against the sea. Now, it is a rule (guideline actually) of photography that you should have odd numbers of things in the frame – this has been shown to make a picture more accessible, more acceptable over centuries of painting and a century and a half of photography. The human brain is a funny thing! I only have two seagulls here – and it may have been better to have shown you a photo with three of them in – I did get one that is good, but the birds were not being cooperative about showing their faces. So, we have to do with this. I don’t think, in fact, that I’ve lost much artistically. The picture might have done well as a black and white image as there isn’t all that much colour there anyway. And when I have converted it to mono, there doesn’t seem to be a lot lost by doing it, and there is a gain in that you can be not distracted by any colour. One of

the benefits of black and white is that it reduces colour distractions from the viewer’s eye. I enjoy the way they are diving and weaving in the sky, above the grey sea and waves. I also like the way their feet are shown – helping them to balance the demands of flight in a wind! The Malden Camera Club meets on most Thursday evenings at the Library in Kingston Road. We are a friendly group and love our photography. Come along one evening. You will be very welcome! Our website gives a lot more information …

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Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch The most important time of Malden and Coombe Royal British Legion is this period of time. We have already ordered and received Poppies, wreaths and other goods to sell to the New Malden residents. Our wonderful collectors have booked their slot at Waitrose, The Big Tesco, War Memorial and Wilkos. We have booked the vicar, band and choir and spoken to our wonderful New Malden police and community group. Schools, Charity and Support groups, Guides, Scouts and Girl’s Brigade, local emergency services and local armed Service personnel have all been invited to take part in the Parade and Remembrance Service. Microphones have to be installed as do the road closure barriers and service sheets and posters have to be produced. It is indeed a mammoth task every year. But it wouldn’t be the same without the support of our residents. We all look forward to seeing you on 10th November for the 9.30am service at the Memorial. I have been asked why 9.30 and not 11am, the official time. The Mayoral Party and dignitaries as well as the band, take part in the Kingston service at the later time. We will however stand in Remembrance

at 11am at our War memorial and you are more than welcome to join us. The Royal British Legion organises the Field of Remembrance by Westminster Abbey. This is opened on 7th November at 1pm usually by Prince Harry then is open to the public from 7th until 17th November at 9-4pm. This is the 91st year where over 80,000 dedicated wooden crosses are planted. I myself will have 3 there in memory of my family members lost during World War 1.I can recommend a visit. I look forward to seeing you in the High Street and at the Remembrance Service. It is the time to remember those lost but also time to support the living. TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND THE FUTURE OF THE LIVING

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