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September Contents

History by Robin Gill 6 New Malden Voices 10 Malden Fortnight 2017 12 Recipe Lamb koftas with minted couscous 16 The fun of fundraising! 18 London Symphony 20 Cryptic Crossword 22 The magic of toy making 24 View from the City 26 The McSweeney Kings 28 Sudokus 30 Attic Theatre Company 33 Kingston Ladies Swimming Club 34 Quiz 36 Coconut Rice Pudding with Caramelised Apples 38 How to Build Up Your Credit Rating at University 40 Houseplants Go Home 42 Clubs 44 The Malden Orchestra 48 Codeword 50 New Malden Matters 51 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 Well summer isn’t quite over yet (fingers crossed) but the school holidays pretty much are. We survived the long journey by car to South West Cork, and the mixed weather conditions. First trip for puppy Matty who had a fantastic time - despite not being able to enjoy the freedoms that other dogs do, on account of not being trusted off lead around cars and small children! As much as I LOVE the summer (the long, lazy and light evenings, the BBQs, drinks in the garden, holidays and the general feeling of life slowing down a gear for a few weeks), there’s also something pretty special about the onset of Autumn. Living where we do we’re very fortunate to be able to witness the gradual change of colours and to feel the crisp Autumn air whilst out walking (with or without dog) or perhaps going for a run or cycle (and maybe even clinging onto a bit of warm sunshine with a last minute “Indian Summer” that we’ve seen over the past few years)... 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 Glad All Over by Robin Gill William Ewart Gladstone was not everybody’s “cup of tea” unlike Earl Grey! He certainly didn’t agree with Benjamin Disraeli, and in later life was not to Queen Victoria’s taste. But one young lady from New Malden called Daisy Helena Christopher from Grafton Road wrote to the former premier on the occasion of his birthday in December 1895, and it is worth reproducing her letter here: “Dear Sir I wish you many happy returns of your birthday. I hope you have many happy birthdays yet. My dear father, who has gone to heaven, was so pleased that I was born on your birthday. I am only 13, but I hope soon to be able to earn something to help my dear mother

and afflicted brother. With kind regards to dear Mrs Gladstone, and again wishing you many happy returns of your birthday. I am, dear sir, yours very truly Daisy Helena Christopher” Nowadays, the cynics amongst us would regard all this as a mixture of spin and hyperbole, but with the assistance of modern technology we are able to go both backwards and forward in time to find out about this family.

Daisy’s father Alfred had been appointed groundsman (and umpire) for Malden Wanderers in March 1889 and reappointed in 1893 even though he wasn’t well. He was also honorary secretary and verger at the Congregational Church (URC), a member of the local Liberal and Radical Club and living in Grafton Road where he died on 18th September. By the time of the 1901 census we find the family still in Grafton Road, but Daisy’s elder brother also called Alfred after his father is no longer there, we find him

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in the workhouse at Kingston (close to the site of the hospital) described as a pauper, but employed as a grocer’s assistant. Forward ten years to 1911, we find that Daisy has married (to Alfred Malins) a fruiterer from Kingston, they have two children (and one adopted), and are living in Wimbledon. Christiana (Daisy’s mother) is living with them, and probably being supported by them. Unfortunately, Daisy’s brother Alfred is now in the Surrey Asylum at Woking described as an “imbecile” Under the Mental Deficiency Act of 1913 an imbecile was defined as somebody “incapable of managing themselves or their affairs”, whereas an idiot were “unable to guard themselves against physical danger” Alfred died in the asylum in 1915 aged 36, one can only imagine the life he had. Daisy came back to New Malden with her family, and lived in Burlington Road where she died in 1962. Liberal society Gladstone had strong connections in the Coombe area, and stayed there many times. In the 1860s the area was known as a place where many bankers had built houses to live within easy reach of London. Many of these bankers were of the Liberal persuasion,

the first of these to move to the area was Edward Charles Baring (Barings Bank) who had a property on Coombe Lane which he called Coombe Cottage. In 1863, the existing small ivy clad house was enlarged, and more land acquired. Gladstone often called at the house, and the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) was a frequent visitor on Summer Sundays when the gardens were a sight to behold. Mr Bertram Currie of bankers Glyn Mills Currie and Co soon followed Baring to the area, having a large property called Coombe Warren built in 1863 in 15 acres of grounds. These houses together with Warren House the home of Lord Wolverton formed a triangular base of closely knitted properties where the owners had much in common both politically and financially. The family moved into the property in September 1863, and their first child Mary was born at Coombe Warren on 17th July 1864. By 1865 Bertram had been elected onto the committee for the successful return of the Liberal candidates for the East Surrey, and the unsuccessful return for Mid Surrey in 1868. Coombe Warren burnt down 29th January 1870, when a fire was discovered in a room near the kitchen. The local fire brigades were called, but suffered from a limited supply of water, and with the family being in

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Health Resort The house was lent to Gladstone while he was recuperating from an illness in March 1884, for some weeks, and was, very unusually, the location for a Cabinet meeting on 29th of the month. The other members of the Cabinet arrived on a specially charted train from London. The Prime Minister had initially arrived at Coombe at 4.30pm on 19th March with Mrs Gladstone and two attendants. The press was kept up-to-date on his health through daily bulletins. London there was no one to authorise the breaking of windows to recover paintings etc. A new substantial house was constructed in 1870/1 again to designs by George Devey. Built of red brick with Dutch gables and wide bay windows, it incorporated some of the buildings still standing after the fire. The art collection in the house included paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Brughel, and Rubens. Bertram grew to love the place which was entirely his own creation including his principles of taste. The large formal gardens included an orangery which still remains today, along with the lodge house, and some of the walling.

A detective from Scotland Yard was placed on duty in the neighbourhood, with close scrutiny of any strangers, although Mr Gladstone’s arrival had been kept secret. Plain clothed policemen were also on duty in the house. Gladstone was suffering from a bronchial condition, and had to have total peace and quiet. Mr Currie and his family stayed away in London while Gladstone in occupation of the house. The Prime Minister was confined to the property for the first four days, before being able to walk in the grounds, visiting the orangery, and greenhouses. He returned to Downing Street on the Monday.

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Sometime after the cabinet was held, a large brass plaque was placed in the room of the house where the council meeting took place. In front of the house, on a small piece of lawn, there was a building liken to a Grecian temple, the centrepiece of which was a bust of Gladstone. Gladstone returned to Coombe in July, this time staying at Warren House, the home of Lord Wolverton. This was a property he was to visit frequently over the next few years. In 1890 Currie hosted a garden party on behalf of the local Liberal Association which drew 4000 supporters, and in 1893 he was appointed High Steward of Kingston. He was already a Justice Of The Peace for Surrey and High Sheriff of London. In October 1896, he left Coombe for the very

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last time knowing he was terminally ill with cancer. Lord Wolverton had died in 1887, while Currie died on 29th December 1896; Edward Baring died the following year and Gladstone himself in 1898. Mrs Currie died in 1902, she was largely responsible for the building of St Agatha’s Catholic Church in Kingston. The couple were also associated with other local institutions. Her husband had adopted the Catholic faith shortly before he died. The younger generation of Curries only lived in the property during the summer months, and the grounds were sometimes used for political fetes and garden parties. During the first world war, the house was offered by the family as an auxiliary hospital. The house was demolished in 1926, and the grounds were replaced with new housing with a house named Coombe Moor occupying the site of the old property. Showing political allegiance has changed over the years. I can’t image anybody having a temple containing a bust of Vince Cable, Jeremy Corbyn, or Theresa May, but who knows what goes on in the back gardens of suburban Malden and Coombe.

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Hobbies New Malden Voices How many articles have been written on the benefits of singing? We often hear about the positive impact upon our physical and mental health. There is something about getting in a group of people where everybody breaths together, harmonises together and channels their creative energy into a common cause that makes the soul feel fed and satisfied. To put your worries aside for a while and to let yourself sing is one of the greatest feelings. The country has cottoned on to this and there are now more choirs nationwide than ever before. New Malden Voices is now in its third year of existence and has grown from being a small group of school mums who enjoy singing to being a fully fledged choir incorporating a whole range of enthusiastic singers across the local area. New Malden Youth Choir has also expanded, developing and nurturing the next generation of singers.

Hospital Charity singing an electric mix of music from Handel to Bette Midler. The variety of music means there is always something for everyone. We currently have around 25 singers in the adult choir made up of women – but where are the men?! We are not an exclusively female choir so men are very welcome to along. There are no auditions and no experience necessary. As long as you're enthusiastic, we'll have you! The youth choir is made up of singers from 7 years of age. Again, we sing an array of music from different genres. Musicianship is incorporated into the sessions helping to develop their musical ‘ear’ and general awareness of reading music. Voices have emerged from the most under confident of singers and the encouraging atmosphere makes it a place to meet new friends and grow. We play music based games and give any child the chance to be a soloist. So why not let that glimmer of a voice flourish and be part of an uplifting movement that's sweeping the nation? Sing, laugh and discover your voice.

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Recipe Lamb koftas with minted couscous This flavour-packed dish is great for a late summer lunch or dinner. Serve with warmed flatbreads and tzatziki, if liked. Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes For the koftas 350g lean minced lamb ½ red onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 2tsp ground coriander 2tsp ground cumin 1tsp smoked paprika 2tbsp fresh chopped coriander Squeeze of lemon juice For the couscous 225g couscous 3tbsp olive oil 1tbsp lemon juice

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The fun of fundraising! By Helen Webster “You’ll never get to Brighton on that!” the facial expressions said in 2001 when I attempted the London to Brighton Bike Ride of about 58 miles for British Heart Association. I’d only cycled locally and to Burlington Infants where I taught. Sponsors donated wondering, pityingly, which would fail first, me or the old bike which sported three gears, only two of which worked. Even the radio reporter at Clapham Common start didn’t believe that the bike and I would make it. Scary stories of dreaded Ditchling Beacon, a road nailed to a cliff, as my husband described it, did not deter. The prospect of Harry Ramsden’s fish and chips at the end beckoned. So from 2001 to 2008 that was the annual fundraiser. Sometimes I did it alone, once with my son with the other driving the “support vehicle”, once with a long distance walking acquaintance who, very disappointingly, didn’t want the fish and chips so we came immediately home. Once it was with an unprepared friend who didn’t know she had a slow puncture so we stopped. Frequently. Often cyclists would peer into my capacious willow basket ask “Got any cake?” 2008 was the last time, as the roads were

slow, crowded with 27,000 cyclists, and sometimes waiting in narrow country lanes after an accident in searing sunshine and the risk of sunstroke didn’t appeal. From 2009 to 2012, it was the London Bridges Bike Ride for the Stroke Association, in memory of a dear Uncle. This was a much more gentle, sedate event over 14 Thames bridges. But the old bike had to be carried over Barnes Bridge! Actually 2011 was the 50 or so miles Night Rider Bike Ride from Crystal Palace. Starting at 11.30pm the aromas of perfume from revellers leaving clubs, and curry from restaurants were delightful, but whereas daytime sweat evaporates, at night it is damp, so damp and leg cramps were a horrible combination. And the cobbles of Covent Garden shook EVERYTHING up! Pedalling had to stop while I knew I could still do it. March 2013 found our outgoing lively 34 year old son Philip with aggressive cancer of the liver, lungs, stomach and oesophagus. His two year old daughter spent her birthday on his hospital bed. He died on September 4th. His widow gave birth to their son three months after he died. Fundraising was brought into very sharp focus that year. What to do in his memory?

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Was my stamina faltering? It had to be for Cancer Research UK. It was the “100 Foot Drop” (about 30 metres) abseil from the roof of the Twickenham Rugby Stadium. Thinking of Philip all the way down made it easy. 2014 was abseiling from the Spinnaker in Portsmouth, (about 330 feet, or 100 metres). On the flat, that’s the distance from New Malden station to Tudor Williams. The instructors prepared abseilers with great humour, but if you do it take your own gardening gloves for grip because those provided were smelly on the damp day! Again, thinking of Philip the many kind sponsors, the research the donations would help fund, banished any fear. By 2015 it was a case of finding an event that has an element of risk, or, something that most people wouldn’t want to do. So it had to be a firewalk. There is no mystique, as some people claim. The preparation on the day proved that it’s all down to physics. Most of us, including a blind man holding a companion’s hand, did three walks. Sadly, that year my dear Dad died. Suffering from Dementia for the final few years he was cared for excellently at Kew House in Wimbledon. So money raised would be shared with Dementia UK. It had to be something that most people would NOT want to do. A headshave in January (!) was decided on, and Carol at CN hairdressers in Burlington Road (surprisingly she had never done this before!) wielded the razor! I wasn’t expecting my face to be like a bare canvas, and, always loving makeup, became very bold with it and big earrings! This year my Father in law died at the Abbeyfield Home in California Road, New Malden, also well cared for by attentive staff. So the fundraiser was in his memory too. Again, a risky event or one people wouldn’t want to do? The 9 mile pootle from Clapham Junction to Wellington Arch was to raise awareness of the need to reduce carbon and encourage people to cycle. But I did it for Cancer Research UK and Dementia UK incorporating Alzheimer’s UK. At the start I was glad of huge sunglasses because I didn’t know where to look! So a huge thankyou to family, friends and especially the Inner Wheel and Rotary clubs of New Malden who generously sponsored me to Dare to Bare and pedal in the London Naked Bike Ride 2017. Suggestions for a fundraising event for 2018 will be gratefully received!

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Events Local filmmaker to take silent film and classical music to communities across the UK A brand new silent film directed and edited by Alex Barrett, a filmmaker from Kingston who now lives in New Malden, will tour around over 30 venues throughout the UK, after launching with a special event at the Barbican Centre on 3rd September. Combining stunning images and stirring music, the project, entitled LONDON SYMPHONY, offers a poetic journey through the capital. Already receiving critical acclaim, it presents an artistic portrait of the city as it stands today, and celebrates London’s rich diversity of culture, architecture and religion. Footage for the film was captured in over 300 locations around every borough of London, including many that are local to New Malden. It was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017. The music has been especially composed by James McWilliam and, thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, it will be performed live by the Covent Garden Sinfonia (formerly the Orchestra of St Paul’s) at three special events during the tour – including one at the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wimbledon, on 28th October. The Temple was the first fully consecrated Hindu temple in Europe. Since 1981 it has developed an unparalleled approach to serving the Hindu community in London whilst also contributing to and supporting the local multi-cultural community. All of the venues where LONDON SYMPHONY will play during its tour have been carefully selected – some appear in the film, some have a connection to the history of cinema, and some reflect the community spirit of LONDON SYMPHONY. For the London leg of the tour, the filmmakers have been careful to maintain the spirit of the film, and will be holding screenings scattered throughout the city, and not just clustered within the centre of town. Says Barrett: “LONDON SYMPHONY is a community project, and we will be bringing it directly into those communities during our release. It is a contemporary take on the ‘city symphony’, a genre of creative nonfiction that flourished in the 1920s and consisted of works that attempted to build poetic portraits of city


life. As well as serving as a form of virtual tourism, city symphonies raise important and universal questions about the nature of community life – questions that have become vital within the current political climate.” The most famous of the original city symphonies, Dziga Vertov’s MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (1929), was voted the best documentary of all time by Sight & Sound magazine. In addition to featuring many local sights, LONDON SYMPHONY includes direct references to Eadweard Muybridge, a Kingston-born photographer who created pioneering work in early motion-picture projection. To celebrate this, LONDON SYMPHONY will screen at Kingston Museum on 19th October, followed by a Q&A with Barrett and Kingston Museum Curator Charlotte Samuels, who will discuss Muybridge’s work and legacy. Tickets are already on sale for many of the screenings, and advanced booking is recommended. For further details, please visit:


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Hobbies The magic of toy making By Kate McClelland “There’s a tactile, magic quality to a handmade toy. It stimulates the imagination in a way nothing else can”, says Giles Brown of Dorset Model Soldiers, a company that has been producing traditional lead toy soldiers since 1976. David Plagerson would agree. After carving his first wooden Noah’s Ark toy to celebrate the birth of his daughter in 1971, he has never looked back. He says: “What makes me happiest is all the correspondence I receive from parents, saying how much their children love playing with my toys.” Karl Longbottom is equally enthusiastic about his reasons for taking up kite-making, claiming that “nothing beats the satisfaction” of watching a child’s face as he or she flies a kite for the first time. Whether they are making lead soldiers, carving wooden figures or creating new kite designs, what many of these professional toymakers have in common is that their work grew out of a passionate hobby. Karl Longbottom, for example, drew on his background in engineering to design and build kites, and his success at creating these high-flying toys allowed him to turn a part-time hobby into a full-time job. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in artisan-made toys, reflecting a growing movement against screen-based entertainment for children. There has been considerable online debate about “unplugged vs. electronic toys”, with many parents taking the view that simpler toys are more likely than their electronic counterparts to stimulate children’s imagination, speech and motor skills. Retro fashions are also popular at the moment, and vintage toys such as spinning tops, wooden bricks and string puppets are now being rediscovered by a new generation of children. If you are thinking about taking up toy making as a hobby, the chances are that you have reached this point because you have skills in a certain area – perhaps knitting, wood-carving or sewing. You have probably created well-loved toys for your own children, or the children of friends and relatives, and are wondering where to go from here. But before you launch into your hobby you should be aware that as a


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View from the City Inflation and shrinkflation Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder and Head of Business Development


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released their latest inflation number and, much to everyone’s surprise, the headline number as measured by the consumer price index has actually stayed the same at 2.6% for July. However it’s still high: in July 2016 it was 0.6% Digging into the detail, the fall is mostly down to a drop in petrol pump prices. Working against an actual fall in the rate was an increase in the cost of clothes, utilities and food. But I was actually expecting food costs to be (much) higher given that we import about 50% of our food and since the value of Sterling is still way south of its level post the Leave.EU vote. So is this where the much-hyped shrinkflation is supposed to be stepping in? A second set of statistics from the ONS released at the end of July suggests otherwise. They state that their price collectors make note of any changes in a product that’s been included in the index and alter the price to reflect any change in weight. So when a product’s been reduced in size to be able to offer it at the same price on the shelves, the statisticians calculate what the price would be for the original amount and include that in the sums. Who knew? And it transpires that the only area where shrinkflation is apparently taking place across the category is in the sugar, jam, syrups, chocolate and confectionery index. Toblerone triangles, it transpires, were not the only sweeties getting smaller! The data also shows that shrinkflation is nothing new. In fact, there’s been a lot of shrinkflation taking place over the last five years – as many as 2,529 products have been put through the practice. But I’m confused… my weekly food shop is definitely more expensive. In November 2016, my 250g jar of tartare sauce was £1.19 at a big supermarket. Last month, I paid £1.20 for a 144g jar from the same shop.


Using the same calculations as the ONS use, my 250g jar would cost £1.74 – a 46% hike. And I’m sure there are plenty of other examples. But why aren’t they showing up? Well… not everything you and I buy will be among the 713 items used to calculate inflation. My weekly shop is probably different to yours and not everyone’s shopping is considered when they calculate that ‘average’ UK basket. So, the top 4% of households aren’t consulted when drawing up the ONS’s shopping list and the New Malden area may not be among the 150 locations out of the estimated 48,000 number of places in the UK that are visited by officials to collect prices. So while prices may be indicative, they might not be exactly what you pay for stuff locally. The only thing you can actually count on is that your inflation level is unique. But what’s this got to do with the price of fish? Well, more data shows that our wages are not rising as quickly as headline inflation. We know from recent news headlines that the Government’s imposed a 1% limit on pay rises for all state employees. And the rest of us aren’t doing much better. Again, it’s an average, but the measure used to calculate these – the average weekly earnings – showed people’s earnings actually fell by 0.5% in Q2 2017 versus Q2 2016. So we are getting poorer in the pocket. And our savings will also be losing money in real terms if they’re just sitting in a bank account given that interest rates are still at 200-year lows. You might be getting absolutely nothing if you have your money in a current account. Welcome to real negative interest rates! But at least there is something you can do about this. And that’s to ensure that your money is invested. A good multi asset fund could deliver a rate of return that beats the level of inflation and may, depending on the level of risk you take, also serve to compensate you for the drop in household income. Of course, there are no guarantees and your investments could fall as well as rise to the extent that you actually lose some of your original investment. But you would be doing something proactive – and over the long term creating real value not losing it! Far better in my opinion to be proactive than procrastinate. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “You may delay, but time will not”. 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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People The McSweeney Kings We would like to introduce to you The McSweeney Kings, a band consisting of four Singer-Songwriters who were born and raised in New Malden. The McSweeney Kings have just made it through to the Semi-Finals of ‘The UK Songwriting Contest 2017’ with not just one, but six songs from their latest album Back to the Start! The McSweeney Kings are formed of siblings - Simon, Andrew and Helen McSweeney; along with their Father, Peter McSweeney, the founder of the band. Their music has elements of Pop, Folk and Rock ‘n’ Roll and because of their varying ages their influences come from 1960’s right up to current day. In 2012 the family, who have always enjoyed writing Music and Poetry, decided to come combine up to 30 years of their individual efforts and begin Songwriting together. The band went to local Music Studio, Auburn Jam, Raines Park to record their first album, Tilimet. They were so delighted with the encouragement and support they received from Joe & Nikki Davidson at

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about The McSweeney Kings is that many of their melodies and lyrics come from night time dreams. It is not uncommon that any one of them will wake up on any given morning with new chord progressions or even entire compositions! “My favourite example of this...” recounts Helen, “...was when Dad dreamt that John Lennon said to Paul McCartney, ‘I have a new song!’ then proceeded to play a song called, ‘One Day’ which Dad then got up and wrote!” ‘One Day’ is available to download on the The McSweeney King’s Bandcamp Page (link below). The name The McSweeney Kings was chosen in memory of Peter’s Parents, Jack McSweeney and Sheila McSweeney nee King, who were a wonderful inspiration of loving-kindness to the entire family. Peter and his 3 sisters Jill, Ann and Nina well remember watching Jack and Sheila regularly singing at the Cambridge Club, New Malden. Music has always been important to the wider McSweeney family, Cousin Kirsty Morar is a Singer and Vocal Coach in South Africa, who reached one of her dreams by becoming a finalist in South Africa’s talent competition ‘Onesto The Search’. Many other members of the McSweeney family have also contributed vocals to some of the band’s songs, including Simon’s 4 years old twin boys who recorded a rendition of the Nursery Rhyme, ‘The

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Theatre - First production by new Attic Artistic Director Jonathan Humphreys - World premiere THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH - Adapted by Stephen Sharkey - Continued producing partnership with Merton Arts Space and Merton Libraries, developing new theatre in London Borough of Merton Attic Theatre Company are delighted to announce their new production - a world premiere of The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Stephen Sharkey. This will be the first production by new Attic artistic director Jonathan Humphreys. The production will be the companies second production in the pioneering Merton Arts Space. Artistic Director Jonathan Humphreys: ’Attic exists to create world class theatre in Merton and foster creativity in the borough. At this time

of great change in local authority funding we are delighted to be growing and developing our local partnerships to ensure we will continue able to offer fantastic, accessible theatre opportunities to our audience.’ ‘I am incredibly excited that we are continuing our partnership with Merton Libraries pioneering Merton Arts Space this October, following the success of Great Expectations, with a world premiere adaptation of Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Illyich. Moving forward we aim to produce at least a show a year in the Space and are committed to working with Merton Libraries to develop and grow an audience for new theatre and performance in the borough. ‘ / @ attictheatreco

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Clubs Kingston Ladies Swimming Club See Success at Regional Synchronised Swimming Championships KLSC’s Amelia Farr collects her gold medal at the Middlesex Regional Synchro Champs.

On the 23rd of June, Kingston Ladies Swimming Club (KLSC) ventured to Southgate, North London to represent Surrey in the first round of the Middlesex Regional Championships in Synchronised Swimming, an open competition held over four days. This annual event sees girls aged eight to fifteen compete in their age group for much coveted rankings and medals. For the first part of the competition, each age group needs to display four figures to a panel of judges, who score the girls out of ten. This year saw a large number of swimmers from five local clubs compete. The Kingston Ladies had an incredibly successful competition. Katie Wallace (pictureed top right) successfully beat eighteen other girls to be placed third in her age 10-12 category, her score for the inverted split position was the highest in her group. Livy Crow came first for her fantastic figure performance, beating second place by over 1.5 points! Amelia Farr (pictured above) and Esme Jones also came first in their categories winning KLSC another two gold medals in the 15-18 categories.


For the second round of the competition KLSC journeyed to Southgate to compete in the routines part of the competition. In this event the swimmers perform a group routine, synchronised to each other, to a piece of music of their choice. The routines are three and a half minutes long and must show strength, endurance, creativity and skill. Once again Kingston Ladies saw fantastic results. Our Oceanita and Aurora teams both placed third and each swimmer took away a bronze medal. KLSC’s Dolphin team also swam brilliantly, especially considering it was the team’s first ever competition. Well done to KLSC for such a successful competition, superbly representing the county as Surrey’s only synchronised swimming club! KLSC is a club of 50 swimmers, run by a group of very dedicated volunteers. They train throughout the week in New Malden, Leatherhead, Sunbury and Wimbledon and are currently recruiting new swimmers, coaches and volunteers; don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information. ( For more information or images or to request future articles please contact the KLSC Press Officer Laura Lindley at klscasaofficer@ or on 07896 862 152.

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I am a Caregiver with Home Instead and I care for Celia. She is vibrant and loves fashion, jewellery, shoes, singing, dancing and everything that sparkles - a lady after my own heart. Celia has dementia. Nothing you can see about her gives this away. She is funny and engaging and loves to chat, but behind all this is a lady who is finding life quite hard. I took Celia to a theatre trip in Wimbledon, arranged by Home Instead. Being out in a busy public place is hard for Celia and she becomes agitated but with me there, she tells me she feels safe. Celia knows she has Alzheimer’s and gets very frustrated with the words not flowing freely but I have been caring for her for a while now so I understand her and give her time and support to be herself. In the close confines of a busy theatre, Celia’s spatial awareness was compromised and she struggled to shuffle down the row to her seat. However, once the show started with the Music Hall melodies and dancing nothing mattered. Celia was captivated, sung her heart out, remembering all the words to all the songs from yesteryear! For those couple of hours, she was just Celia, not worrying about anything. Not concerned that things didn’t make sense. It was clear and colourful and familiar. Her trip out with me also helped her husband, who has been her carer for years. He had the chance to be himself for a short while, take some time out from watching, checking, helping, explaining and loving his wife. I love my job. Change someones life and become a CAREGiver. Contact Ana on 0208 942 4137

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Health What is Fitness? If you asked yourself this simple three word question, what would be your answer? What fitness means to you would probably be relevant to the current challenges you are facing in everyday life. Popular answers to this question are: • to lose some weight • to deal better with stress • to tone up • to be able to play a sport • to reduce blood pressure • to walk up the stairs • to reduce lower back pain • to play with your children


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Gardening Houseplants Go Home Pippa Greenwood This year I didn’t get a summer holiday but I’m proud to say that my houseplants did – no need for costly air fares or over-priced hotels and dodgy meals out however, because they spent the summer in the garden. Most houseplants grown widely up and down the country need to be just that, plants in houses, but come the summer it usually gives them a real boost to get the higher natural light levels, refreshing (relatively warm) rainfall and seriously fresh air. But now that September is here it is time to bring them indoors. The daytime temperatures are generally warm enough in almost all areas of the country but there will soon be some noticeably nippy nights and these can do untold damage, especially to some of the more tender varieties. Before bringing them in though, it is essential to put your plants through their paces; think of it as being a bit like going through Customs on your way back from your seasonal break! First I go over them checking for dead, damaged or dying leaves, and then use a sharp pair of scissors to remove these, cutting back neatly into clean, healthy growth. Next it is time to inspect the stems, foliage and any flowers for pests and diseases. There is often a wide range of these problems that can infest or infect your houseplants, and it always pays to bring them in totally clean. Look out for white powdery mildew deposits, often accompanied by a bit of leaf yellowing, and check for greyish fuzzy fungal patches caused by the notorious Botrytis or grey mould - this will often start out on an already dead part of the plant such as a faded leaf or flower, but is often associated with yellowing, petal browning and dieback too.

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Once your old favourites are safely re-installed in their old positions and are free from unwanted guests, you may like to treat yourself to a new houseplant or two. There are some wonderful (and amazingly good value) houseplants readily available in garden centres now and you’ll often find some gems in the supermarket too - how about a marvellously elegant moth orchid (Phalaenopsis) or two? I treated myself to a couple when I was working at The Woburn Abbey Garden Show this summer, and they’ve proved to be a beautiful reminder of a lovely show and I know that even with my sometimes erratic care they should keep on performing for years to come! Visit Pippa’s website for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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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.We Tree Services qualified & professional arealong dedicated £3 for your first visit which includes hire. Christine 07966661015 dazzle your family and friends with to the highest levels of service in every to the highest levels of service in every instance. coffee and biscuits. Deirdre Banks on Kingston Association for The Blind your expertise! Visitors £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 • Fully NPTC qualifie 12.30 to 2.30 pm. £3 per person and members. • 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 • Tree and join our friendly local Shiraz Mirza Hall, Manor felling Park Hall, • 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 • 0208 Hedgeworks of players under the leading of an 24•hands of duplicate bridge - with 7.30pm Barbara 546 1495 or 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.

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Supreme Bowls Club

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

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.

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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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Get together and have fun with friends and family to raise vital funds to help ensure that St Raphael’s can continue being there to provide peace, support and specialist hospice care to everyone who needs us. Get involved at and receive your free pack!

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Music A new season of music with the Malden Orchestra Beginning on the 14th of September and going on until July 2018, the Malden Orchestra resume the rehearsals with a varied and promising repertoire which includes major classical compositions such as Mozart and Mendelssohn Symphonies, or Strauss and Rossini overtures to the opera, along with more familiar works by well-known British composers like P. E. Fletcher, E. German, or E. Elgar, and again selections from Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas and musicals. The autumn term will be primarily consecrated to the preparation of the Christmas concert, which has become a tradition going on for 12 years. As in the past, the orchestra join forces with the Malden Community Singers, under the skillful direction of Celia Cviic, in order to offer the audience a varied music programme which will be concluded with a selection of favourite Christmas Carols where the public is invited to sing along. On this occasion, we team up with the Red Cross to raise funds for local families in need. During a thriving 2016-17 academic year, the orchestra has gone from strength to strength, growing in numbers and improving in quality. The arrival of a trombonist has made the brass section richer and more articulate while opening its sound to new possibilities. As a new feature, the past year has seen the introduction of music from the 21st century, with musical extracts from Stravinsky's Suite Pulcinella, in a tailored arrangement created by its musical director. This first experiment has proved successful and was so enjoyed by the musicians that, upon request, this coming year 2017-18 will see new arrangements from two modern composers Britten and Shostakovich. The successful formula of the orchestra has remained the same through many years and several music directors, that is to allow less experienced players to play along more experienced ones, giving the opportunity to learn the multifaceted orchestral discipline: to follow the music director, to maintain a good tuning, to listen to other parts playing, to change the colour/dynamics of the sound of the instrument, to mention but a few. The learning process is carried out in a supportive and friendly environment within the vibrant atmosphere of the Malden Centre. You are welcome to join us: the orchestra is always interested in hearing from new musicians, particularly

strings, but we also have a vacancy for a 2nd horn and 2nd bassoon. The orchestra require a Grade 4 on the instrument and much enthusiasm: visit our website and get in contact with the musical director to join in with your instrument for a free trial.


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New Malden Matters Back in the day, we published an article in the Village Voice with its pivotal point being that a Residents’ Association is mainly about the Community with a capital C. We pointed out what seems to be obvious, that most people want to live in a locality that is clean and safe and that most people, we think would also like to know that if they needed help, someone would be there to offer the proverbial hand. We have a very pleasant shopping centre, but it needs help. We are very conveniently located as far as transport and access to transport is concerned, but this situation makes us vulnerable to congestion and a parking nightmare. We have sites ready for development, but this makes us vulnerable to Developers who can only see the pound in their pocket and not an opportunity for lasting and sustainable development that will prove a legacy for future generations. Somewhere on the Council website is a statement about sympathetic development, but unfortunately what we have seen over the past two or so years is proposed development that is anything but sympathetic to local architecture. In order to get people housed, buildings have to go up (as in high rise), but these are just blocks with very little architecture involved. It sometimes seems that New Malden is in line for anything that Developers think they can get away with. The Residents’ Association has striven over the years to meet with Developers before any planning applications are submitted. They are all very nice people. They are all very sincere people. Sometimes they are surprised when we obviously do not like what they are proposing. The most recent example is the 2 storey block in St Georges Square which, we were lead to believe, was to be replaced by a 21 storey building that would be a landmark in New Malden! With all the bad planning mistakes that have been made in the past that have ruined town centres, the question has to be asked “Why is this still happening?” Buildings that do not provide adequate facilities for families - that do not take into account basic human requirements - Government

inability to see that children need space to play in a safe environment - some system in place that does not allow flats to be bought simply for profit to be rented out for the highest possible rent - a recognition that if we want good teachers,doctors, nurses, firemen etc. we need to provide housing for them that is affordable in places they are needed. The planning system in this country is, or appears to be, for the developer and against the population. Councils should have much more say about what goes up in their Boroughs and residents should have a greater input in real terms, in the planning system and not, as seems to be the case now, on paper only. We need people with vision, Councils with guts and Central Government who are able to see more than five years in advance. A town is more than the sum of all its parts - New Malden is worth fighting for. And the Residents’ Association needs members who are active and passionate about our town. Come and join us. Frances Marsh New Malden Residents’ Association

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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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Welcoming Students on Kingston Road As many of you will have noticed, there is lots of student accommodation springing up around us, including a large complex on Kingston Road called Arbury Court which is opening in September. The churches nearby are gearing up to welcome students to the local area, and a combined group from St John’s (Kingston Road) and New Malden Baptist Church have been working on ways to do this. Specifically, we want to give those new to looking after themselves or new to the area a helping hand, and are offering meals on Sundays, a cookery course, and a CAP Student Money course which helps with budgeting. We have a dedicated web-page and lots of local information for them. We hope they will enjoy living in New Malden as much as we do!

Heritage Open Days 7th -10th September

The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Church Road, Worcester Park St. John’s will be OPEN on the following days for National Heritage Open Days. Thursday 7th - 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Friday 8th - 11.00 am to 4.00pm Saturday 9th - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Sunday 10th - 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (plus services at 8.00am and 9.45am) History boards will be on display in this ancient church telling the story of St. John’s and Old Malden over many centuries. Refreshments will be available. A Heritage Walk will take place from the church on Sunday 10th at 2.00 pm. Heritage Open Days is your chance to visit free thousands of buildings and places across the UK which are usually closed to the public or charge admission. To find out what‘s on go to www.heritageopendays.

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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell The problem with camping is that the closer you get to nature, the further you get from a decent hotel. As I see it, camping is in fact nature’s way of promoting the hotel industry. I know many of you enjoy it and are perhaps reading this after returning refreshed and enlivened having spent many a night under canvass. That’s as maybe, but my favourite thing about camping is when I don’t. The same could be said for my feelings towards anything that involves a water sport, particularly one involving an oar or a paddle. With that in mind, I was surprised, confused and a little disturbed when Mrs H suggested we spend a weekend on a sea kayaking and wild camping break in and on the Norwegian Fjords in celebration of a recent wedding anniversary. Surely I must have misheard. An idea combining my least favourite things which would, undoubtedly, take place in the rain? What was she thinking?

scenery was, after all stunning, the weather was unusually warm and our guide in possession of a Mary Poppin’s bag-like Kayak from which he could produce all manner of cooking utensils and an unexpectedly edible range of meals. There was also the fact I hadn’t capsized, drowned, or crashed into a ferry and was now able to convince my transport to travel in something resembling the right direction. The campsite may have been basic, but the view from the tent (see picture) more than adequate compensation. As they say, a ship In a harbour is safe, but that’s not what it’s built for and an experience like this emphasised to me that we should all spend time travelling beyond our respective comfort zones. You can learn a lot about yourself and your capacity when you make that journey. That said, I’ll be taking some spare toilet roll on my next trip. There’s only so much discomfort I can take!

Well, it turned out this was part of her plan to encourage me to do things that I wouldn’t have contemplated in the pre-Parky era and to take me even further out of my comfort zone as clearly this was not something I’d have readily agreed to if in possession of all my brain cells. A first night spent in a Norwegian hostel which combined Taiwanese prison comforts with food and drink prices that Dick Turpin would be ashamed to charge, did little to convince me that this was going to be a worthwhile adventure. The slightly damp wetsuit I was given to wear, the absence of any opportunity to familiarise myself with my vessel and a consequent morning on the water spent going around in circles increased the risk of marital breakdown. By the time I’d encountered my first Norwegian, wild camping toiletry facility I was looking up details of divorce lawyers, or at least I would have been if there had been any reception, which there wasn’t. Then the strangest thing happened. Despite myself, I began to enjoy the experience. The


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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths First of all, the results from your votes for Best Print at our annual exhibition in July. We had 197 votes in all, and three pictures (see left) tied for first choice: Friends by Grace Ro The Robin by Sue Law District Line by me And the best Projected Image in your view was: Take Off by Graham Tyers

You know that I like sunrise and sunset ‌ they are magical times of day when the light can add extra glow to the world around you. And, as autumn starts thinking of coming, the days are getting shorter and I can get out to watch a sunrise without losing too much sleep. I took this picture at about 6:30 one morning last September; I love the interplay of colours and darkness. There is a sort of brooding, threatening presence in the sky with the clouds to the right and the land to the left being dark with little detail being visible. But there is something else – the sun is pouring its golden light through the clouds at the back, and making the dark clouds near it turn white. It is always a real joy to be out there at sunrise with no two days being the same. Sometimes it is just dull and cloudy with no detail and no visible sunrise, and sometimes it is just the opposite, with no clouds and just a blue sky ... allowing for an almost complete lack of colour and interest in the picture. Clouds always add interest in photos through their shapes and colours. As I write this article, there is a completely blue sky outside, and warm sunshine. Lovely for being in the open, but not the greatest for taking beautiful photographs.


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I have the great privilege of being able to go to South Africa reasonably often; I was working in Pretoria on and off for a number of years and made some brilliant friends there. Some from my client, and others from the church I went to while there. Friends for life are not the easiest thing to get, and these are people that I feel close to. I have been to the Kruger National Park with Ronald a couple of times (and hoping to go again next year). I took this picture and the next one on my last trip with him, in September 2016. We saw a lot of animals – and this shot of a young elephant drinking from a water hole is lovely. You can see that it has been playing in the mud, and that it hasn’t yet learned to put its trunk down rather than along! Or maybe it sees some sweeter water over there. The shadow is fairly well reflected in the water – not brilliant, but definitely there – adding a sense of depth to the scene. The elephant itself is on the thirds facing into the picture. This gives a feeling of ‘rightness’ with the animal having space to move into. Again, the fact that the trunk is extended (after all, here is a child playing) gives some added interest and makes the picture a bit different form the many others of elephants at waterholes. I could have cropped a bit off the top and bottom – I’m not sure if that would have helped to focus your eyes more on the elephant. What do you think? Mum and Dad were nearby keeping an eye on him – predators like lion and leopards are not a great threat to them, however. I guess they are mainly concerned to see that it doesn’t go wandering off without them. Mind you, I’m not sure if those logs in the water are crocodile and not wood …

My next picture is all about atmosphere and a sense of place. This was taken at the Oliphants Rest Camp in the centre of the Park, looking to the East and looking for the sunrise. The camp itself is on a hill overlooking the Oliphants River and there are viewing platforms allowing you to look at the river and the bush beyond. The chap I was travelling with had been out for a run around the camp already and he and I were getting ready to leave, in his truck, to spend the day looking at animals and birds and the veld. The gentleman in the picture was out there (at the best view point; I wasn’t!) and enjoying the long long view over the bush. To our right is the river, and beyond that are the hills and mountains separating South Africa from Mozambique; but, straight into the picture, it is all Kruger Park, going off into a great distance. I think there are two features that make this picture work. The man is standing looking out over a distant scene. He is placed on the thirds (noughts and crosses style!) and at the lower left which means he has a lot of space to be looking at. I don’t know about you, but I follow his eyes first of all when I look at the picture and it makes me wonder if he has seen something, or is just enjoying the view. And the second thing that helps is the tree at the right. I reckon that without it, there may have been too much blank space in the picture; it adds a bit of interest where it is needed, but doesn’t act as the main focus for your eyes. The Malden Camera Club meets on 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!

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Organisations Royal British Legion Malden & Coombe Branch The Royal British Legion is always looking for new ways to raise funds for our brave ex service men and women.The Legion website has lots of ideas, especially if you are willing to push yourself a little !!There are Adrenalin events such as carrying a 30lb weight for 30 kilometres on 14th September,or skydives or the more gentler 5K Poppy run between 28th October and 5th November. If you are interested in any of these events and do not have use of a computer, then contact me and I will forward the details to you. On 31th July Malden and Coombe commemorated 100 years of the beginning of the terrible Battle of Passchendaele in Belguim which continued until November 1917 with a loss of about 200,000 allied troops.We laid a wreath from the Branch and held a minutes silence for those lost. In Passchendaele itself, The Royal British Legion have planted 15,062 poppies (including mine )in memory of those with graves or those who have no known resting place. Please remember you can join our group for £19 per year (1.58 per month !).Our meeting at the Grafton Club are held on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2.30.If you would like to meet us before joining officially, perhaps you could attend the Grafton Clubs BBQ Open day on 27th August after 12pm. Come and say hello !!

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