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KT3’s independent community magazine


New Malden history by Robin Gill Party in Beverley Park Clubs, Gardening, Toddler Groups Community news Competitions, Finance, Puzzles, recipe & more & more... Something for everyone!

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Editor’s letter This month we’ve get another magazine full of varied content and advertisers. In this edition Holy Cross School writes about it’s forthcoming 80th anniversary and appeals for founder pupils to get in touch, so if you know of anyone who has moved out of area maybe you could let them know. If you street isn’t able to hold a party for the Diamond Jubilee then why not join the Party in Beverley Park that’s being organised by some of the residents who live in the Beverley Park area – read more about it on page 8. Robin Gill also has a jubilee theme this month in yet another really interesting history article – Robin, we are so lucky to have you! More great readers offers this month from some of our advertisers. The Real Butchers 10% off p2 Agassi Hair offers p17 National Tyres and Autocare 10% off all tyre prices – p21 Rosemary Conley Free membership and diet pack voucher – p23 Royal Guhrka 20% early bird offer – p25 Fake it half price treatment with ad p35 Shannon Corner Service Centre - 15% off voucher – p37 A3 Self drive 10% discount p49 Daal Handi 20% off vouchers p51 Aroma Ironing 10% off p59 If you’d like your business to feature here next month just give me a call on 020 8336 2915. Finally, please remember to support the Village Voice and mention to advertisers where you got their details from.


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7 Holy Cross celebrates 80 years Ans appeals for Former Pupils 8 Jubilee party in Beverley Park 13 History Diamond Jubilations 18 View from the City Justin Urquhart Stewart 20 Good news at Easter 22 Events Kingston’s May Merrie 26 Streetbank 28 Fun with flowers 29 Easter Chocolate Mousse Cake 34 Anyone for tennis? 44 A right old Marathon! 46 Gardening Slugs & snails 54 Safer Neighbourhood Information

Local Information 38 What’s On 53 Clubs 54 Toddler groups 62 Business Index


42 Quick Quiz 36 Number Cruncher

Best wishes Jenny Stuart Editor & publisher

Next copy deadline: 17th March Published by Malden Media Limited 36 Rosebery Avenue, KT3 4JS E: 020 8336 2915 Also publishing Worcester Park Life


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The Holy Cross School, New Malden celebrates its 80th Anniversary In 1881 a house called “Southesk” was built in Sandal Road. It was surrounded by fields. The first occupants were the Austine Family. They had 3 children: Beatrice (15), Alice (12) and Henry (13), and Eliza who was a servant. Over the front door there is a Latin inscription, which in English says, “this is the house that John built” – John was Mr Austine’s first name. In 1931 the last of the Austine family had died and the Sisters of the Holy Cross bought “Southesk” from Mr Thomas, the solicitor who was dealing with the estate. The Sisters of the Holy Cross already had a Convent and School in West Wimbledon. The Bishop (Amigo) asked them to start another School in New Malden. Sr Christina, and two other Sisters moved into the house in June 1931. On 23rd September 1931 Holy Cross Convent School was opened with 5 Students. Above excerpt taken from ‘History of the School’, a piece written by Sr Margaret which features in the ‘Memories of Holy Cross Book’ produced for 75th Anniversary of the school in 2007. Copies are available from the school. Over the years the school has grown and more buildings have been added, but the original house front, with minor alterations, still remains as the main entrance to the school. The school is holding an 80th Anniversary Reunion on Saturday 12th May 2012 from 1.15pm to 6pm and all past pupils and staff are welcome to attend. It will be a chance for you to catch up with old friends, tour the school and attend the Thanksgiving Mass. For this special occasion there will also be a Grand Raffle to raise money for the work that the Holy Cross Sisters do for children in the Karnataka State in India. If you are a past pupil and you have any photos, memorabilia etc that you would like to share with us please email it

to the email address below or post it to the school for the attention of Giuliana Slocombe, before the event, or you can bring it along on the day. We will of course return any originals. Scanned photos or copies are preferable. For more information on the event please visit the school website www.holycross. or email Giuliana Slocombe at hxsreunion@ The Holy Cross School, 25 Sandal Road, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5AR. Tel: 020 8395 4225 VVoice

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Party in the park Cool Britannia is back…and the flags will be flying in Beverley Park on Saturday 2 June! By royal approval (well, The Royal Borough of Kingston!) the residents (and friends) of the Beverley Park area have once again been granted permission to hold a ‘street party’ in the grounds of BP (that’s Beverley Park, not Buckingham Palace!) - this time to officially celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Obviously throughout the whole of the extended Bank Holiday weekend in June, there will be street parties and community lunches taking place across New Malden, Kingston and rest of the UK. But, what better way to get together with a huge range of friends of neighbours (and without causing any disruption to the flow of New Malden’s traffic system!) than to pack up a picnic and head to a mass, all-inclusive party in our beautiful park!


After the success of the Royal Wedding celebrations last year, many residents of New Malden could be heard asking, “when can we do it again?” So, the answer’s simple - all you need to do is bring a picnic, drinks, gazebos, bunting, a football etc (and of course of plastic bag to make it easy to take all your rubbish away with you at the end of the day) anytime from 1pm on Saturday 2 June. Games & music will be organised throughout the day – (shame we can’t organise the weather too!) For more info, please drop an email to: Or, for more information and inspiration about holding a street party and getting into the community spirit in 2012, then why not log (a nationwide campaign to “get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun”) LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE! VVoice

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Jubilations (Part 1) Diamond Life by Robin Gill

Working to rule As you cannot fail to realise, this year marks the Diamond Jubilee of the Queens reign. Her coronation took place on Tuesday 2nd June 1953, and the celebrations in Malden were covered in the Village Voice of March 2010 (“To Crown It All”).The events programme lasted from 30th May to 7th June, I wonder how many residents still have their commemorative teaspoon from the Council, given to all the borough’s schoolchildren. Older than you think Part of the celebrations then (and in June this year), were gatherings of people in street parties. Most people think of these particular festivities originated from those on VE Day in 1945, but in fact their roots go back to “Peace Teas” held to celebrate the end of the Crimean War in 1856. Tea was very expensive then,

and newspaper reports frequently stated how much was spent on this luxury item. These celebrations were held in local buildings, and it wasn’t until the official end of the 1st World War, celebrated by Peace Day on 19th July 1919, that the revelry was organised on a street by street basis, and this has continued to the present day. Diamond Jubilees are pretty rare as regards monarchs of the United Kingdom; the last one was the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria in 1897. Locally it was normally left to communities to decide how best to celebrate the occasion. Cottage industry Kingston decided to build a “cottage hospital” for local residents. In March the Mayor of Kingston Alfred Homersham wrote to the Queen on behalf of the borough requesting her patronage for the intended facility. She was unable to give this, but agreed that the hospital could be called the Kingston Victoria Hospital. The Duke Of Cambridge gave three acres of land in Coombe Lane for the site of the building. He was offered the position of President of the Hospital, which he accepted. The Mayoress Sophia Homersham cut the first sod of the land on Jubilee Day (21st June). Work progressed rapidly, and by the beginning of November, Mayor Homersham was able to lay the foundation stone for the structure. The cost was estimated to total between £4000 and £5000, all of which had been raised by public subscription, and special events such as a concert at the Royal County Theatre in Fife Road. The hospital was ready for its grand opening two weeks before Christmas the following year (1898), the ceremony performed by the Duke Of Cambridge who used a gold key for the occasion. The building which originally had accommodation for ten patients stood in Coombe Lane close to Norbiton Station. Enlarged with 44 beds, together with other hospitals, it joined the NHS in 1948, but in 1950 the Regional Hospital Board decided that the function of the building should change to become a special gynaecological unit of Kingston Hospital, rather than a general cottage hospital. Despite a petition containing over 40,000 signatures from both Kingston and Malden, and various questions in Parliament, it was decided that the Kingston and Malden Victoria Hospital should close. After a prolonged refit, it reopened in its new guise in 1951 before becoming a branch of the Royal Eye Unit in 1981. The New Victoria Hospital opened at Coombe Manor in Coombe Lane West in 1958, whilst the original building was demolished in 1995, and the site in Coombe Road is now occupied by a care home, and Jemmett Close.

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An Institution Meanwhile, back in 1897, Old Malden had to decide what their memorial for the Diamond Jubilee would be. Rev Thomas Birkett Dover who had been vicar of St John The Baptist since December 1894 was of the opinion that the parish would benefit from a hall or institute. At a meeting held in April at the National School (now Malden Parochial) it was decided to proceed with this plan on a site (quarter of an acre)given by Merton College on open land. By August nearly £650 had been collected by voluntary donations, and building could commence. The architect was Henry Saul from Gray’s Inn Square. The red brick building’s main rooms were a hall (38’ x 22’), and another room (22’ x 18’) to be used as a billiard room, with full size table presented by Harry Hylton Foster of Tolworth Hall. The foundation stone was laid in November by Mr Tommy Bucknill the local MP (Epsom and Ewell), who was presented with a silver trowel for the occasion. In the stone was placed details of the ceremony, a current newspaper, and a Jubilee medal. It was hoped that the hall would last for many years, and would remind the grandchildren of those present of their Queen’s Jubilee. The club was formally opened in June of the following year (1898) the ceremony performed again by Mr Bucknill who

had been elected president. The total cost of the premises complete with fixtures and fittings was £1200. As well as Mr Hylton-Foster’s kind gift, the Worcester Park Beagles had provided 50 chairs; Mr Charles Madge of Newhouse Farm (now Columbia Court), a bagatelle board and Mr Bucknill presented the club with a portrait of Queen Victoria. The building still stands today, over 100 years later, and even after a spell as a “civic cafe” in the Second World War, still carries out its original function, and is used not only by parishioners, but by all in the surrounding neighbourhood. Nursing Times Early in Jubilee Year (April 1897), in New Malden, a meeting was held at the Institute (now part of Waitrose) to discuss how to celebrate the upcoming occasion. James Bryant a local dairyman living in the Kingston Road had, ten years previously, (Victoria’s Golden Jubilee) put forward the idea of opening a nursing institute. For that celebration (1887) the “Women Of England” had collected a fund of £70,000 (the area that included New Malden contributed over £375). The Queen decided that this money should be used for nursing, and various towns and cities opened nursing institutes which accommodated nurses employed to care


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for people in their own homes. New Malden were not in a position to open one then but, ten years later they felt they were now able to do so. A house would be rented or bought for the nurse(s) to live in, and they would attend patients where required. Residents would pay a small fee to enrol in the scheme (3 to 10 shillings a year). If a nurse was required to live in the patient’s home, the charge (to the patient) would be between 2 and 10 shillings a week. The monies were dependent on the patient’s circumstances. Mr Bryant’s idea was not the only one put forward; another suggestion was a cottage hospital similar to Kingston’s proposal, but this was felt to be too ambitious a project, and it was possible that the nursing institute might develop into such a facility over the years. Other suggestions were a town clock, a recreation ground, or a public library, all facilities which Malden lacked. There was even an idea for a fire escape, although it is not clear which building this would have been attached to. The county of Surrey was also collecting money in order to build a convalescent home for women (finally built at

Bognor Regis), and Malden could have contributed money towards this, or if the village was able to raise as much as £200, they could send six women a year to the seaside for a fortnight. All these ideas had to be considered, and it was decided to form a committee to look into them. This committee decided to form a sub-committee to explore the idea of the nursing institute, and came back with recommendations that a circular be sent to all the residents of the district asking for subscriptions towards the project. This was agreed, and a number of ladies were appointed to collect the money from the households. Meanwhile at the next district council meeting (June 1st) the chairman Frederick Merryweather, proposed that the council send an illuminated address to the Queen sealed on 21st June complimenting her on her long reign. The proposal was carried unanimously. The address was inscribed on vellum, and after congratulating the Queen, it praised the advancements in art and science, and the benefits they had bought in social and domestic life. The address was signed by the chairman on behalf of the members.

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By the middle of June, £50 out of the £200 required for the institute, had been subscribed, and by the end of October, the committee were advised that this had risen to £68 with promises of annual subscriptions amounting to another £30. The meeting presided over by John Bignall decided to start up the nursing institute with Mr T Astley as President, and Mrs Mary Bevan as Lady President. Mrs Bevan who lived at Coombe Court was the wife of Wilfrid Bevan a banker and director of Barclays Bank when it used to be Barclay Bevan & Co. She was to remain president for over 30 years. The association was originally called “The New Malden and Coombe (the part within New Malden parish) Victoria Nursing Institute” Fortunately this was soon truncated to “The Queen Victoria Nursing Institute (New Malden)”. The object being, to provide a nurse or nurses to tend the sick of the parish. The executive committee composed entirely of ladies were to act as superintendents of the nurse(s), while the “council” composed of ten men and ten women would manage the institute. Most members of the council had either a religious or medical background. A property was found in Cleveland Road and a nurse employed. It was soon found that as more people moved into the district, a larger property was required, and another house was found in Westbury Road (Taku). In time the institute became the “Malden & Coombe District Nursing Association” and had (by World War Two) premises in Poplar Grove. With the advent of the NHS

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Too many business initiatives and acronyms around in the world of finance? Justin Urquhart Stewart shares his thoughts So just how many company finance initiatives do you think we have? Political leaders have, over the years, taken great pride in launching their own initiative, their pet idea – new fresh and different from the last one – mainly because it was ’invented here’. They then go on to rubbish the fading and failing predecessor and show how their idea is better. Its title? Well, you can simply put your hand into a scrabble bag and come out with some odd letters and there you have it – created in a party think tank, designed by Whitehall and ignored by everyone. So I have made a small effort to try and identify the current crop of acronyms and jumbled letters. Now I can’t be sure that this is a complete list, as no doubt there are some other economic initiatives that the Ministry of Ministerial Affairs has developed that I have not been made aware of. The list is quite extensive, with seven as far as I can see. With the Budget nearly upon us, we can all hear a


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Easter Chocolate Mousse Cake Perfect for a special Easter Sunday meal this indulgent dessert has a chocolate sponge base, creamy white chocolate mousse filling and a rich and dark chocolate glaze. It can be prepared the day before or made a couple of weeks in advance and frozen. BASE • 3 eggs • 70g caster sugar • 50g plain flour • 2 tbsp cocoa powder MOUSSE • 2 x 150g bars good quality white chocolate, broken into pieces • 3 tbsp milk • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 300ml double cream • 3 large egg whites • 2 tsp powdered gelatine GLAZE • 85g plain chocolate • 20g unsalted butter • 4 tbsp double cream • Melted white chocolate and small candy coated chocolate eggs, to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 20 cm round spring-form tin. To make the base, whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until very thick and pale – the whisk should leave a trail in the mixture when lifted. Sift over the flour and cocoa and fold in gently. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 12-15 minutes until just springy to the touch. Turn out and leave to cool completely. Clean the tin and lightly grease and re-line the base. Place the cold sponge in the base of the tin. To make the mousse, place the white chocolate, milk and vanilla extract in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth then stir in 4 tbsp of the cream. Dissolve the gelatine in 2 tbsp hot water. Cool for a few minutes then stir into the chocolate mixture. Softly whip the rest of the cream and fold into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold in. Spoon the mousse over the sponge base and chill for 3-4 hours until set. For the chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir until smooth then stir in the cream. Leave until cool and thick enough to spread, stirring occasionally. Remove the mousse cake from the tin and gently spread the chocolate glaze over the top. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and decorate with the chocolate eggs. VVoice

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Anyone for tennis? Local sporting legend, Alec Stewart, is best known of course as a cricketer. The most capped English cricketer ever, he has had an illustrious playing career leading both his county, Surrey, and his country to victory on numerous occasions. Our local Cricket Club, Malden Wanderers, is where he learned to play his cricket and he has fond memories of his time as a Colt at the Club, as well as playing for the senior sides.

whether from a local company, or from a local organisation. Perhaps there are some tennis players amongst your business or club/ society colleagues who would be interested in getting together as an informal group, to dig out their tennis rackets and get a bit of exercise! So if anyone is at all interested in joining our Tennis Section or playing tennis at the Wanderers, please let us know ~ we are very keen to increase the usage of the court, especially with our local community, and it would help with our applications to know what interest there is. And who knows, if ~ as we hope ~ we do achieve the refurbishment of our tennis court, we might just see Alec Stewart wielding his tennis racket instead of his bat! Please contact Mrs. Bobby Child either at the Club 22 Cambridge Avenue, New Malden, KT3 4LE or on 07946 532 846 for more information ~ including details of tennis coaching for juniors courses starting in May. VVoice

But he also has firmly fixed in his memories the tennis courts at Malden Wanderers ~ he was also a junior Tennis Member at the Club. He is therefore giving his wholehearted support to the Club’s endeavours to refurbish the tennis facility. The all-weather surface and the perimeter netting will need to be replaced soon, and we are working hard to find ways of funding the refurbishment. Not everyone realises that we do still have a tennis court, tucked away behind the Clubhouse in Cambridge Avenue, New Malden, and overlooking the cricket pitch, and we currently have a number of Tennis Section Members, seniors and families. . We welcome new members ~ adults and juniors as well as families, and as well as running introductory coaching course for youngsters during the summer, the Club runs many social events throughout the year. We are ideally placed for local residents as well as commuters ~ what could be nicer on a summer’s evening than to meet up with neighbours or family straight from work, or pop down with the kids, especially during the summer holidays, and enjoy a tennis session as sociable or as competitive as you like! We would also welcome “corporate” members ~


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What’s on Malden Fortnight The following events have been confirmed. To add yours email events@maldenfortnight. Parade on 30th June, Craft Fair 7th July, Lunchbowl Funday Sunday in Beverley Park on 8th July with the ‘fortnight’ ending with the Dog Show on Sunday the 15th July. New Malden Rotary Club. New Malden residents will have the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked by St. John Ambulance nurses on Saturday 28th April from 10am to 3pm.A stall will be provided next to the War Memorial in the High Street. The stall will be manned by members of the New Malden Rotary Club from 10am to 3pm. The service is free and forms part of a nationwide campaign by the Stroke Association in partnership with Rotary International and the Ambulance Association called “Know Your Blood Pressure”. All being well the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Patrick Codd, will be supporting the campaign and will have his blood pressure checked about midday. New Malden Baptist Church is staging the rock musical Godspell by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak on April 5 and 6. Godspell is based on the Gospel of Matthew and presents the parables and other teachings of Jesus, culminating in his crucifixion. The performance at the church in Kingston Road, is an amateur production by members and friends, by arrangement with Samuel French Limited. Performances will take place on Thursday, April 5, at 7,30pm and Friday, April 6, at 2.00pm and 7.30pm. Tickets, £7.50 for adults and £5.00 for under 16s, can be obtained by calling 07507 223888 or emailing uk. Handel’s Messiah (Part 2), Good Friday 6th April at 8 pm (doors open 7.45 pm), New Malden Methodist Church High Street KT3 4BY Heather Higgins – Soprano, Grace de Grouchy - Contralto, Graham Currie – Tenor, John Kelsey – Bass, Stefan Bown – Leader, Peter Bullett Conductor, Local Ecumenical Choir with Orchestra. Retiring collection for charity. Give blood tel:0300 123 23 23 Worcester Park St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park, KT4 8LH Wednesday 04 Apr 2pm to 4.30pm, 5.30pm to 8pm The Rose Theatre Box Office: 08444 821556 (bkg fee) (bkg fee) Comedy Store Saturday 31 March 7.30pm The Comedy Store continue their monthly residency presenting the best stand-up from around the globe on your doorstep. Tickets: £10-12 (£14 on the door) Kingston & Sutton Concert Band Showcase Sun 1 Apr 6pm Kingston and Sutton Music Services are joining


together in an exciting concert showcasing their six Concert Bands. All Tickets £5 - £8 The Crucible Fri 6 & Sat 7 Apr 7.30pm Fri 6 & Sat 7; 2pm Sat 7 Parallels between Salem’s infamous witch-hunt and 1950s McCarthyism have been studied in schools across the world. Rose Youth Theatre and Rose Plus Players combine forces to present a sumptuous and exciting version of this classic masterpiece. Here Thu 19 Apr - Sat 12 May Rarely seen on stage, Here is a touching and brilliant razor-sharp comedy about a young couple facing the challenge of organising their new apartment and their new relationship. Comedy Store Saturday 29 April 7.30pm The Comedy Store continue their monthly residency presenting the best stand-up from around the globe on your doorstep. Tickets: £10-12 (£14 on the door) Time To Talk with Michael Frayn Tue 1 May 5:30pm Playwright and novelist, Michael Frayn talks to Stephen Unwin about his career in both drama and prose fiction. Tickets: £5 (£3 for concessions) Time To Talk with Jo Brand Wed 9 May 5:30pm Since leaving her job as a psychiatric nurse in 1987, Jo has built a large following across the UK resulting in a nomination for the Perrier Award in 1992. Jo Brand is the star and writer of Getting On, the BBC’s BAFTA award winning series, Jo Brand’s Hot Potatoes (BBC1) and the award-winning Through the Cakehole (Channel 4). Tickets: £5 (£3 for concessions) VVoice

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Community Awards On the 8th March 2012, Malden & Coombe Branch were proud to be able tosay that three of their members had received the Mayor's Community Award for outstanding service to the community. The recipients were Major Ron Morris, June and John Fairclough. June and John received their award for work with the 1st Scout movement for over 40 years but also because when they took over the Poppy Appeal the total stood at £16,000. As at the present date the amount for Malden and Coombe is £35.446. Mary Clark read out the citation for June and John and Peter Bruinvels read out the citation for Ron Morris. Peter Bruinvels is the Surrey County Field Officer. Mary Gillett Secretary VVoice

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A right old marathon! As the date of the London marathon approaches some New Malden residents are pounding the pavements as their training continues. Here are two of their stories.. Kath’s Marathon Effort: A big thank you! Part 3 By the time you read this, I’ll have just a couple of weeks until I run the London Marathon. Over the past six months, I’ve clocked up over 500 miles round Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, running in all weathers. I’ve happily ploughed my way through plenty of carbs (porridge, peanut butter on wholemeal toast, spaghetti carbonara, oh and the odd cream cake) to make up for the 50,000 carbs I’ve burnt off! The best part of all this training, though, is that people have been so supportive and positive. I’ve been stopped in the street by strangers who want to know how the training and fundraising are going - which has been lovely. I’ve been lucky enough to team up with someone from Christ Church who is also training for the London marathon. We’ve been able to go on longer training runs together. It makes such a difference if you have someone to talk to as you start upping the mileage. Time and distance seem to fly by if you’re chatting about your family or the new book you’re reading while you run! Training for this marathon hasn’t just been about the running, though. Raising funds for charity has been very much a part of it, too. Thanks to various fundraising ventures, donations and some major sponsorship from Chicco Caffe, The New Victoria Hospital, Suttles of Malden, Tudor Williams and the New Malden Rotary Club (I’ll be wearing the red vest, pictured, with their logos on it), I’ve managed to raise over £2,500 for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA). SIA has been a huge support to my brother, who was left paralysed after a disastrous operation on a slipped disc eight years ago. He has been in a wheelchair ever since. Without SIA, my brother and his family would have found it very difficult trying to get back to a ‘normal’ way of life.


So, as the day approaches, my thoughts now turn to Fauja Singh, from Ilford. At 100, he has become the world’s oldest marathon runner – known as the ‘Turbaned Tornado’. He completed the Toronto Waterfront marathon last October in 8 hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds and puts his success down to ginger curry, tea and ‘being happy’. The fact he ran 10 miles a day probably helped, too! If he can run a marathon, and stay happy, then so can I. Wish me luck! There’s still time to donate to the Spinal Injuries Association online: Particular thanks go to: The Village Voice, Chicco Caffe, Suttles of Malden, The New Victoria Hospital, Tudor Williams, New Malden Rotary Club, Pure Serenity, The Royal Oak Pub, The Malden Centre, Headmasters, Barclays, Little Rascals, Christ Church, Christ Church New Malden Primary School, Camilla, Rocket Promotions: discos/quizzes/karaoke, all by lovely friends and of course Rich, Maddy-Rose and Ruby.

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Helping our Heros My name is Sarah Foote and I have lived in New Malden all my life. Several years ago I made a promise that should I ever get a place in the London Marathon then I would run for Help 4 Heroes a charity that supports and helps our injured service men and women. Having been awarded a place last October in the London Marathon 2012 via the ballot I now have the opportunity to fulfil that promise. My 4 month training programme starting on Boxing Day and has been going well. Even though I have an ongoing battle with shin splints requiring regular treatment I have managed to stay on target with my training schedule. As we know all to well from the news many of our service men and women are returning from active service with terrible injuries that require a vast amount of medical expertise and rehabilitation resources. Help 4 Heroes is there to support their rehabilitation to help them overcome their disabilities and to help them rebuild their lives. A life rebuilt means that, that person has dignity and a sense of worth and is able to

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Slugs and snails by Pippa Greenwood

This is the time of year when you’re likely to start to notice the presence of slugs and snails in your garden, greenhouse, coldframe, window box....indeed just about everywhere. There are many different species; the most common in gardens are probably species of Milax (the keeled slugs) and Arion (e.g. the garden slug and the large black slug), plus the grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatus). The garden snail, Helix aspersa is generally the most troublesome but may also be joined by various species of the banded snail, Cepaea. It never ceases to amaze me how much damage something as small as a slug can do and in such a short space of time. But then the truth of it is, there is never just one slug or one snail, you can always be sure that there will be hoards of them. I garden on clay and our soil is alkaline and so we have a plentiful supply of snails; if you garden on an acidic soil you will generally find that snails are not a problem as they need the calcium to make their shells. To say that they infuriate me would be an understatement, but the type I hate most are those small grey-black keeled slugs that do such a lot of damage to crops such as potatoes. I garden without chemicals so there is no question of using pellets, but I have tried pretty well every other trick in the book. When it comes to potatoes I grow largely earlies and early mains and these crops are less susceptible because they are lifted relatively promptly. It also pays dividends if you grow varieties such as Pentland Dell, Wilja, Charlotte, Estima and Pentland Ivory all of which show a good degree of resistance to these slugs. I also use the biological control nematode Phasmarhabdites hermaphrodita. True this may prove quite expensive but it works brilliantly against slugs, poses no environmental problems (it is a naturally occurring parasite of British slugs) and is perfect for controlling any slug that spends time underground. If you time the applications so that the crops, flowers or other plants are protected while they are at their most vulnerable, it shouldn’t be too much of an outlay. Slug and snail traps also work well, whether you buy your own ‘Slug Pubs’ or make them by plunging plastic beakers into the soil close to susceptible plants and then part filling them with beer. I once did a mini trial on Gardeners’ Question Time to see which beers slugs and snails liked best, and Guinness came out tops....with alcohol-free lager proving least popular! I also find that



milk (stale works well) is good, and if you add a small quantity of grain or porridge oats to the liquid, the pests come in at an amazing rate. Do make sure that you leave a centimetre or so of the rim of the beaker protruding above the soil level as this will greatly reduce the number of beneficial creatures such as ground beetles that inadvertently fall in to the traps. Upturned half grapefruit skins or even large cabbage leaves can also be used as traps, but remember to empty or replace these daily or else the slugs and snails will re-enter the garden. If you create barriers around plants this can help, but I find it less reliable. My preferred materials are cocoshell (the mulching material), pine needles and crushed shells (e.g. oyster shell sold by poultry feed suppliers). But whatever you use do remember to put it in a complete circle around the base of the plant, not just a ring or the slugs may simply come up inside the ring and of course check it regularly, replenishing the material as necessary. So before they start to really get a hold, show them who is boss, and take action straight away: • Encourage wildlife such as ground beetles, birds and hedgehogs as these may help to keep numbers down. • Create barriers around particularly susceptible plants. • Buy or make slug traps. • If growing potatoes concentrate on earlies and lift these as soon as possible. • Grow varieties of potato that show some resistance to attack. • Use the biological control as a soil drench to control slugs (not snails) • Attach copper strip around the circumference of pots containing slug susceptible plants. • Go on night-time slug and snail hunts. • In late autumn collect up snails from their hibernating places. Visit Pippa’s website and make Veg Growing Easy. Just select the vegetables you’d like to grow and you’ll receive garden ready veg plants PLUS every week Pippa emails you hints, tips and advice about your chosen veg. From just £39 for up to 66 garden-ready plants, 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails. Pippa’s website now also offers a great selection of growing frames, cloches, raised bed kits and biological controls. VVoice

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What to do with unwanted antique furniture? Local author Carl Sims has possible solutions… Some thirty years ago when we moved to our home in New Malden, we promptly put back most of which the previous owner had ripped out. Painfully, we reintroduced dado rails, picture rails, old wrought iron fireplaces; we stripped doors and exposed beautiful pine. We attacked the Sanderson’s wallpaper range to introduce a unique Victorian look and feel – which was daft as our house was 1930’s. We bought furniture from, I’d like to think antique shops, but in truth, junk shops; a real eclectic range of chest of drawers, chairs and framed prints – placed haphazardly in some kind of time warped period ranging fifty years… Later, having regained some sense of proportion and/ or sense, we started to look at more contemporary furniture, but then wondered; what do you do with the, err, shall we say ‘charismatic’ furniture? There are many of us who have wonderful old furniture but have little knowledge, and to be honest, enthusiasm to do something with it. Further more – what is ‘old’? If you’re over a certain age, furniture that is 60s/70s/80s you may not consider as ‘old’ - dated possibly, old – never. But it is, and people will pay money for it. Ok, if you have an original Queen Anne sideboard you should talk to experts – now! However, if you have a Victorian/Edwardian piece then go to the little known, but staggeringly large and entertaining Kingston Antique Market (Old London Rd – just behind the fallen red telephone boxes) and they’ll give you some idea on price and may even buy it from you (failing that, have coffee in their restaurant).

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Let’s get back to the more modern old furniture, 60s/70s. This period has long been popular and now recognised as ‘retro’– much of which is beautiful, well made, solid and distinctive – not least the famous G-Plan range. And if you have anything that’s 50’s you’re in luck, as these pieces are increasingly rare and very sought after. If you don’t fancy trying to get a good price for your now euphemistically called ‘pre-loved’ furniture, you can go back to London Rd, but this time visit the Princess Alice Hospice furniture shop. Have a chat and they’ll pick-up your furniture for free, and of course put the proceeds to good use. Alternatively, “spruce it up with a lick of paint” as my old nan would say (who once forgot to tell my granddad she had just painted the outside loo seat). Her colourful, if not random style is now called ‘shabby chic’ – simply, you roughly paint that old tired-looking pine set of drawers using a wash instead of standard paint; try the range from Farrow and Ball, perfect for the popular distressed look - similar to the one on my granddad’s face. Ok, you could recycle at Villiers Rd but as new families to New Malden rip out what we had lovingly put back, and fashions change, you may just want to give your preloved furniture a second chance… VVoice Carl is author of ‘Ahh! Sims’ available Kindle/Amazon.


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NEW MALDEN ROTARY CLUB Where: Malden Golf Club,Traps Lane,When: Monday evenings at 6:15 for 6:45pm Contact: Barry Collins on 07740 257 255 MALDEN EMERGENCY FIRST AID SOCIETY (MEFAS). Members meet each Thursday evening at 7.30pm for First Aid training. New members required. Everyone welcome. Hall available for hire. Contact Christine on 07966661015. MONDAY NETBALL CLUB When: Mondays 8.30pm Contact: Ching Lee 07813 556184 ENGLISH CONVERSATION / LESSONS FOR KOREANS Where: Christ Church Centre, Coombe Road When: Mondays & Tuesdays, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon All welcome: contact Chris Coke 020 8942 7388. ST JAMES PLAYERS Where: St James Bodley Road When: Mondays 8pm.


ARTHRITIS CARE New Malden branch Where: Raleigh House 14 Nelson Road, New Malden, KT3 5EA When: 4th Tuesday of month 7.30 -9.30pm We aim to provide back-up support for arthritis sufferers and an opportunity for members to enjoy a social evening through our regular monthly meetings. Jocelyn King 020 8942 6745. THE NEW MALDEN LADIES BADMINTON CLUB When: Tuesday at the Malden Centre from 20.30 till 22.00 We are a mixed ability club looking for new members. Please ring Lynda on 8949 2673 or just pop in 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 1.453.15pm at Christ Church Centre, Coombe Rd For more details contact Lily on 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. We do have a few vacancies and new member are always welcome.Contact the secretary on 020 8942 1926 for further information.


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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION MALDEN & COOMBE The Legion meets every second Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm at the Grafton Club. Any interested parties in joining please contact Mary Gillett on 020 8949 2342 who will be very pleased to give any information to help or assist.


MALDEN CAMERA CLUB Where: New Malden Library, Kingston Road When: Thursday evenings throughout the year at 7.45pm Contact: www. MALDEN CENTRE ORCHESTRA Where: Malden Centre, Blagdon Road When: 10.00-12.00noon, every Thursday (term time only) Contact: Conductor David Benke on 02087868517. TOLWORTH BADMINTON CLUB Where: Play at Tolworth Recreation Centre When: Club night Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 Standard: Intermediate/advanced level Contact: or ring Pat on 0208 395 9175 or just turn up on a Thursday MALDEN AND COOMBE FLOWER DECORATION SOCIETY At St.James Church Hall Bodley Road WHEN the third Thursday of the month at 7.50 pm


MALDEN ARTS ASSOCIATION Everyone is welcome including non-artists. We meet once a month on a Friday afternoon in the Malden Centre, Cocks Crescent, Blagdon Road, New Malden, Surrey at 4.00pm.prompt. Visitors are welcome. Contact: Joyce Clay on 0208 540 6578. RSPB Epsom and Ewell Local group. We meet the 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. uk/groups/epsom.


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There’s lots going on for pre-schoolers in New Malden (term time only) Monday 10am to 11.30am Tots In Tow St John’s Church, Kingston Road Contact Penny Welsh 0208 288 1801 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 9.30 - 11.30 Stay and Play (0-18 months) - New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561. Tuesday 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 Wednesday 10am to 11.45am 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 Thursday 9.45 to 11.30am Methodist Church Parent

and Toddler Group Methodist Church, High Street, Contact Greta Curry. 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 aimed at age 3+New Malden Library, Friday 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. 10.30-11am, Rhyme time aimed at age 0-3 Kingston Library. 9.30-12.30 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, Tuesday-Friday Parent and Toddler Play Sessions Dickerage Lane Adventure Playground Dickerage Lane, Daniel Slocombe 020 8942 1707, Saturday 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. VVoice

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Safer Neighbourhoods by Sgt Nick Ellis Dear Local Resident, With lighter evenings on the way it is a good time to remind ourselves about general bike security. The temptation of an unsecured or inadequately secured pedal cycle is one few thieves can ignore. In our borough, in line with all other boroughs within the Met, we have seen an increase in those thefts. An average of 43 bikes are stolen every week in Kingston and in New Malden alone in March we had reports of no fewer than xxx bikes stolen. Many of these were opportunist thefts and some involved children’s bikes. When stolen it is up to us to try to return the bikes to the owner and ensure a strong case to allow prosecution of the thief. I am sure that all would agree, however, that it would be better if the bikes were not stolen in the first place and there is a great deal that bike owners can do to keep their property secure. Wherever feasible, make sure it is attached to a fixed structure, preferably a designated bike rack. Invest in a good lock. Lock strengths can vary enormously and

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you generally get what you pay for. Essentially any lock can be broken but having a lock will definitely deter opportunistic thieves and using more than one lock will make stealing your bike even harder. Gold rated locks give you maximum security but may be too heavy or expensive for the average user. Silver and bronze levels may be lighter and cheaper but should still deter the thief. When stolen, pedal bikes, especially top end versions, are moved on very quickly and difficult to trace unless the owner has taken some preventative steps by visiting one of our regular bike marking events. At these events we register details on line at www., the Metropolitan Police’s preferred cycle registration database. Independently owners can register their bike’s frame number and other details themselves by visiting the website. This means that when we find bikes we can match them against the database and, at the end of the case, return them to their owner. Bike thefts don’t just happen from the streets and are often taken from garden sheds so make sure you lock your shed. Remind your children not to throw their bikes down on the grass when playing in the park. Take a little time to attach them to the railings or, if possible, the bike racks. Often lone bikes are taken for joy rides and then just dumped elsewhere. Again, without registration, it is difficult for us to return them to their owner. All is not doom and gloom however. As a borough we have had considerable success in catching and prosecuting a number of bike thieves. But this is very much a case where prevention has to be better than the cure. If you have any questions or specific concerns you can contact me on the details shown below or come and see one of the team at one of drop-ins. On the first Wednesday of every month we are in the café at the Methodist Church on the High Street (Near Tudor Williams) between 2pm and 4pm. We are also there between 10am and midday on the third Wednesday of every month. Please come and see us and we would be happy to discuss any issues you have. On a final note, a reminder of our opening times here at CI Tower, Monday - Friday 12.30pm - 5.30pm Saturday 10.30am - 3.30pm Sunday - Closed Nicholas ELLIS PS 46VK Beverley Safer Neighbourhoods Team VVoice

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Dad’s Diary by Ian Duncan “The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.” Anon Busy Doing Nothing You don’t want to do it.You know you shouldn’t do it.You promise yourself that this time you definitely will not do it. But you do.You get sucked in. A little dabble wouldn’t hurt. Everyone else seems to be doing it, talking about. Then it’s too late you’re hooked and can no longer resist. Indeed if Oscar Wilde had been born a hundred years later then perhaps he would have been able to resist everything but rubbish TV. Whether it’s Strictly, The X Factor or Britain’s got Talent, you know that it’s rubbish, has no instrinsic value or life-affirming content but there’s something hypnotically addictive about it that means once you’ve watched you just can’t stop. Not only that but, with repeats on multiple channels, catch up TV and coverage on other media, these programmes get harder and harder to avoid. And what on earth would you talk to your colleagues about if it wasn’t last night’s episode of Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Strictly on Ice? Watching the Whole Day Through According to a report published in March by TV Licensing , Britons spends on average thirty one hours a week watching television. (Twenty eight hours on a traditional set plus with a further three hours on a laptop, phone or other smaller screen.) The mathematically minded among you will have worked out that for everyone shouting “but I haven’t got a TV; I watch nothing”, there is someone watching sixty two hours a week! Again doing the maths our average Brit spends 134 hours a month or 1,612 hours a year in front of the box. Trying to find lots of things not to do That’s the equivalent of 201 eight hour work days. Now, the average reading speed is about two hundred words per minute and the typical novel about seventy five thousand to eighty thousand words long. So, a novel takes about six to seven hours to read. Giving up just half their TV watching in the next year, the average Brit could read an additional one hundred and fifteen novels. They might even finish War and Peace. Some of you may know that I’ve been writing a novel. What with work and home and stuff it never seems to


come along as quickly as I’d like so I have read a lot on writing, from planning and preparation to editing your final draft. Most writers say they can write about three pages per hour, I think that’s a bit optimistic. Let’s say it would take three hundred hours to prepare, plan and write a novel. So, if the average Brit gave up half their TV watching, then they could finish nearly three books in a year. Can you imagine being an author of three books or multiple articles for Village Voice? And you’d still get to watch eight hundred hours of TV. Now where did I put the remote? I’m sure the new series of The Apprentice starts soon. PS If writing your novel or getting your next article to Jenny on time wasn’t incentive enough then researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in August last year, said “TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; after the age of twenty five every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as twenty two minutes.” 97% of UK households have televisions and there are more than 25 million TV Licences in force. More than 20,000 people still have a black and white TV licence. VVoice

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Health & Wellbeing

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Hotels & B&B Jewellery

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Martin Flanagan (Electrician) 16 Unilet (Hi fi) 47


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