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Editor’s letter Welcome to the final edition of the Village Voice of 2011 Well, the weather is chilling off, woollen garments are being excavated from the depths of wardrobes and drawers and the build up to Christmas that stared months ago for some, reaches its climax. Forecasters are already predicting early snow (my eight year old has been saying that for weeks now) – let’s hope London doesn’t get caught out like in previous years. We have another packed edition for you, including our wonderful allotment writer Libby Rothwell’s final article after two years! Thanks so much to Libby and everyone else who contributes to make this a truly local community magazine. The Village Voice is now in its 7th year and seems to be more popular than ever. It’s always wonderful to get your feedback and I am so pleased that so many of you continue to be avid readers Remember, most homes get a copy delivered every 2nd month, so if you don’t receive the January edition, or aren’t able to pick one up from one of our many distributors, then you can still read it online on our website With that I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and happy New Year. Warm wishes,

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6 Christmas Services in New Malden 11 Histpry - Power to the People 17 New Malden’s Poppy appeal uodate 19 Kingstons’ festive delights 20 New Malden’s Christmas Tree Festival 23 View from the City Justin Urquhart Stewart 34 Scout Christmas Postal Service 40 Follow the Plot 46 Are you a struggling author? 48 A Marathon Attempt Kath Hill is on a mission! 54 Safer Neighbourhood Information 56 Dad’s Diary

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Christmas is coming Most of us, of a certain age, will know the well know jingle that begins with these words. I do not know what your thoughts are as the time draws closer. For some it retains much of its magic that we enjoyed as children.! For others it can be a very lonely time, one that they (and maybe you) try to avoid. Only this last weekend (as I write this article) I learned of someone who every year goes on a holiday to avoid being with family etc. The rhyme continues with ....“the goose is getting fat”.... words that perhaps remind us of the fact that Christmas is also a time when many people struggle to find the money they feel they need to spend at this time of year. The pressure of the adverts on the TV and the displays in shop windows often tend to make this festival a period of pressure and stress, rather than as the angel said to the shepherds at that first Christmas “I bring you good news of great joy” The next couplet in the rhyme requests some action on our part, not towards our family and friends, but to those who are less fortunate. When it says, “please put a penny in the old man’s hat”. This may not just refer to money. During the months over the winter period the local churches across the borough will be organising night shelters for some of the homeless in the area – offering an evening meal, a warm place to sleep and a cooked breakfast before they face the day. The Christian community are offering a wide range of different services in the period leading up


to and over Christmas – something for all ages. There will be ones with traditional carols, Christingle events for children as well as family services on Christmas Day itself. Tear out page 7 and keep it on your fridge to remind you about what’s happening and when. And as the final words say may, “God bless you.” ?

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Christmas Services New Malden Churches invite you to share in their services over the Christmas period Christ Church New Malden Church of England Coombe Road Website: www. Vicar: Rev Stephen Kuhrt Tel 020 8942 0915 Sunday 18th December 9.30am Children’s Carol Service 11.00am Holy Communion 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve 11.15pm Midnight Holy Communion Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day 9.00am Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer) 10.00am All Age Christmas Service Methodist Church High Street Minister awaiting appointment: Tel 020 8942 1288 Website: www.newmaldenmethodistchurch. com Saturday 17th December (through to 24th) 10am-noon Christmas Tree Festival Sunday 18th December 6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons & Carols Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve 5pm Christingle Service 11:15pm Midnight Communion Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day 10:30am Family Worship New Malden Baptist Church Kingston Rd Website: www. Rev Johnny Pozzo Tel 020 8942 6912 Sunday 18th December 10.30am Family Christmas Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 25th December 10.30am Christmas Day Family Celebration (approx 45mins) St James’ New Malden Church of England Malden Road Rev Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente Tel 020 8942 1860 Sunday 18th December 6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons & Carols Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve 3.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Sung Eucharist Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day 8.00am Said Eucharist 10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist 6.30pm Said Eucharist St John the Divine Church of England Kingston Road (opposite Homebase) Website: Tel 020 8942 0915 Associate Vicar: Rev Helen Durant-Stevensen Sunday 18th December 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve 5.00pm Christingle 11.00pm Midnight Communion Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day 10.30am All-age Christmas Service London New Centre Church (Korean) Meets in St John’s, Kingston Road Pastor Hwang Tel 07790553317 / 020 8949 3692 Please contact Pastor Hwang for details of Services this Christmas

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United Reformed Church Malden Road Rev Bruce Stuart Tel 020 8397 2745 Sunday 18th December 10:30am Junior Church Nativity Service 4.00pm Carols by Candlelight Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve 5.00pm Children’s Service Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day 10:00am Family Service St Joseph’s Catholic Church Kingston Road. KT3 3QW. Tel 020 8942 2602 Fr Peter Edwards , Fr Jonathon Routh , Dcn John Lawson Website: joseph- new Confessions before Christmas: See Bulletin & Website (in addition to our regular Saturday Confession times) Saturday 17th December 7.15pm Parish Carol Service Sunday 18th December - 4thSunday of Advent Usual Sunday Mass times viz: 6pm Saturday, ie. 1st Mass of Sunday, and at 9.30am, 11.30am (traditional music & Latin) & 5.30pm. Blessing of Bambini (for family Cribs) at all Masses. 4.00pm Christmas


Nativity Tableau in PC Daily Mass at 7 & 10am on weekdays. Saturday 24th - Christmas Eve 5.30pm Christmas Vigil Mass 11.30pm Office of Readings & Carols, leading into Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day Midnight Midnight Mass & Blessing of the Crib 8, 9.30 & 11.30am Masses of Christmas Day & carols. (NB. No 5.30pm Mass on Christmas Day) For details of Korean Services please contact the following: New Malden Korean Church (meeting at the United Reformed Church) Rev Jong K Oh; Tel 020 8286 1609 God’s Will Korean Church Pastor Rev Young Kook Kim; Tel 020 8942 7893 Korean Roman Catholic Church (meeting at St Anne’s, Kingston Hill ) Father Jal Hak Leonino Lee; Tel 020 8546 4013

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Power to the people 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of electricity being supplied to Malden. Our historian Robin Gill gives us the full story.... We are inclined to take many things for granted these days, but with the sharply increasing costs for gas and electricity, a lot of people are being extra careful on what they spend on these commodities. What’s that smell? When New Malden came into being, one of the first industries to be set up was the New Malden Gas Company whose premises were situated at the far end of Chestnut Grove at the junction with Elm Road. The company was set up in 1857, and ten years later when the newly formed New Malden Local Board looked for a supplier for the lighting

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of the district they naturally first looked at the local company. Unfortunately, Ebenezer Viney’s Gas Works had built up an unpopular image in the village and had suffered complaints from residents about the escape of “effluvia and smut” from the buildings. This was the production of coal gas which supplied some of the houses locally, but had dangerous and obnoxious by- products.Viney who had earned his money from his father’s upmarket luggage manufacturing business, lived many miles away in Norwood, so the problems affecting nearby residents did not directly affect him. The Gas Works were instructed to find another site probably far away from any residential area, but when this didn’t happen Mr Viney was taken to court and fined 40 shillings plus costs. Meanwhile, the Merton Gas Company declined to extend their mains into Malden, probably because of the small population at the time. In 1868 the Kingston Gas Company were persuaded to provide lighting for the district, at a cost of £132 for the year, plus a contribution of £34 14 shillings for the erection of the lampposts. Bright Lights Of Malden There was one lamp in each of the Groves giving out a greenish glow at night. These were the days before mantles were invented (in 1880s), and the flame often used to be blown out by strong gusts of wind. Soon after the flame was protected by a glass cabinet. The following year (1869) the Local Board decided that an additional lamp was required in Cambridge Road (Now part of Kingston Road). This made a total of seven lamps which were lit at sunset and extinguished at sunrise. The Local Board in an effort to save money, had originally wanted the lamps to remain unlit for the five nights in each month when there was a full moon, but the Gas Company would not agree to this, and insisted on an annual contract. The population of the district reached over 1600 in 1871, and the Board decided on an extra eight lamps, one extra in each of the six Groves (Acacia, Chestnut, Elm, Lime, Poplar, and Sycamore), a new one outside Mr Woodroofe’s house (now Charnwood Close), and another between Dr Child’s residence (now Pearson and Maddin), and the Norbiton Park Hotel (now The Fountain).More lamps were erected in later years providing illumination, and safety for the residents. Bright sparks By the late 1890s the District Council had seen other towns being lit by electricity and in 1896 a lighting

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committee was set up to investigate the possibility of bringing electric light to the area. They originally thought they could undertake the whole job themselves, but soon found out that it was impractical, and so started negotiations with other local authorities to obtain electricity. The initial idea was for the Kingston Corporation to supply the district starting with Coombe where the demand was greatest. Malden was adamant that all cables were to be underground, and no generating station was to be erected without their consent. And, of course the cost of the supply was to be no higher that was already charged in Kingston. Sadly agreement could not be reached, and in 1903 the Council entered into discussions with the London Electric Power Company to supply the whole district. In 1904 the alternating current supplied in England was standardised at 50 hertz, before this different power stations produced different sorts of frequency so some appliances that worked in some areas would not work in others. Two years later the modern tungsten filament became available, and replaced the carbon filament bulbs. Tungsten bulbs were brighter, used less electricity and lasted longer. Unfortunately this development was one of the reasons that the protracted negotiations with the London Electric Co eventually failed. Additionally, there had been objections from influential persons such as Admiral and Colonel Fitzgeorge, sons of the Duke Of Cambridge and substantial landowners in the area. Further objections came from the Surrey County Council and, not surprisingly the Kingston Gas Company. Finally electricity became available in the Maldens and Coombe under the Wimbledon (Extension) Order 1911. Wimbledon Corporation laid mains from their substation in Cambridge Road Merton, and separate high pressure cables were laid to a point in Coombe, and another point in New Malden. This would enable consumers to link up to obtain domestic supplies. New houses being built in Malden would automatically be linked to this new supply making electric light etc an added attraction to the purchaser. The whole process cost around £7500 which was loaned to Wimbledon Corporation and repayable over 18 years. The official opening took place at the Council Offices in October 1911, when Sir Charles Henry Davis (Chairman Of The Lighting Committee) formally turned on the lights. On the front of the offices there was a large piece of canvas surrounded by lamps, with a crown of red and white


bulbs in the shape of a crown above. Emblazoned on the canvas sheet were the words “Electricity Supply For The Maldens And Coombe”. It was stated that the whole array amounted to the light of about 3000 candles. The illumination, when switched on, received loud applause on a historic day in New Malden. The Surrey Comet with a straight face, reported that the assembled dignitaries then adjourned for “light refreshments” Amazingly enough, within 25 days of the order being granted, electricity had appeared in New Malden. The work involved included digging 10,000 yards of trenches, and laying 12,000 yards of cable. They had also erected a substation, and a small building behind the fire station for storage. Initial domestic costs were 6d (2 ½ pence) per unit in 1911, reduced to 5d the following year as customers took up the supply. The take up of electricity was slow at first with 72 consumers in 1912. But when the voltage of mains electricity was standardised at 240 volts in 1916, more customers signed up. Before this local


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power stations produced electricity at lots of different voltages. Over 1000 customers had been connected by 1923, and over 2000 by 1926, and when the gas lamps began being converted to electricity in the late 1920s, over 3000 consumers were registered. Just before the start of the Second World War nearly 7200 customers were connected, and all 863 street lamps had been converted from gas to electricity. A bit of an increase from the original six in the Groves 70 years earlier.


Re-wiring The Kingston Gas Company, who had its Head Office in Church Street, started production in 1854 and finished in 1931, when it was taken over by the Wandsworth Wimbledon and Epsom Gas Company. The National Grid first thought of in 1916, started to be built in 1926, and was completed in 1937. In 1947 the Electricity Act saw the formation of 14 area Electricity Boards, one of them (London Electricity Board) taking over the supply for the Malden area. Two years later, the local gas company was nationalised, and became part of the South Eastern Gas Board. So, this year marks the 100th anniversary of electricity coming to Malden, maybe when you switch on your Christmas lights, instead of saying Happy Christmas, you should say, Happy Anniversary. ?

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Poppy Appeal 2011 I would like to thank all the Legion Members, Collectors and public for their support for this year’s Poppy Appeal. It was also great to see such a marvellous turnout at both Services on the 11th November and the 13th November at the Memorial. Our counting for this year’s collection is not yet complete but I thought everyone would like to know the amount donated as at the date of publication which stands at just over £35.000 well up on last year. My thanks go to all concerned. If anyone would like to give a little more please contact June Fairclough on 02083954437 who would gladly accept any donation. I will of course let you all know at a future date the final amount. Mary Gillett Secretary RBL Malden & Coombe 02089492342 ?

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Kingston’s Festive Delights Kingston is the perfect place for all your Christmas shopping needs; we’ve loads of top brands, an evening of chocolate, two festive markets and free evening parking. This December in Kingston, for the first time, many of the major retailers will be opening until 9pm, Monday to Friday, giving you even more opportunities to find that perfect Christmas gift, away from the weekend crowds. To make your shopping experience even less stressful, you can park for free in selected car parks. Every weeknight in December, parking is free in Bentalls A & B car parks from 5pm and in John Lewis and Seven Kings car parks from 6pm. If you’re looking for an unusual gift that you can’t find on the high street, then try one of Kingston’s visiting Christmas markets.

The Eden Craft and Gift Fair, located on All Saints Church Lawn, has over 75 exhibitors selling a range of unique crafts. Over in the Market Place, the Traditional Christmas Market returns for its seventh festive season. Don’t leave before you’ve treated yourself to a glass of glühwein. For the chocoholics and shopaholics amongst you, join us for the Markets Discovery Evening & Chocolate Festival on Thursday 8th December, from 5 to 9pm. Indulge yourself with an evening of chocolate, shopping and entertainment, with special offers and prizes to be won. In the Ancient Market House, major chocolate brands will be selling their treats on the ground floor, with more chocolate surprises to be found upstairs. Plus, the New Malden Guides will be on hand to wrap your festive purchases for a donation to one of their chosen charities. For more details on Christmas in Kingston visit or call 0208 547 1221. ?

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree The sparkly Christmas Tree Festival returns to New Malden Methodist Church on Saturday 17 December this year.

Around 24 local organisations will be showing off their artistic flair and decorating trees for their favourite charities. Last year saw entries from a host of local organisations including the Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Tudor Williams and various Church groups. The Festival usually raises a few hundred pounds for charities so make sure you pop into the Church to view the trees and vote for your favourite one.

You can view the trees at the following times: •10am till 12pm on Sat 17th •6pm on Sun 18th Dec leading up to Carols by candelight at 6.30pm •10am– and 6pm-7.30pm, again with singers Mon 19th 10am–2pm Tues 20th •10am-2pm on Wed 21st •10.00am-2.00pm on Thursday 22 December •10am-2pm on Fri 23rd New Malden Methodist Church is bang on the High Street and the coffee bar in the Church is open 10am-12pm on Saturdays and 10am-2pm on weekdays so why not have a break from Christmas shopping, stop for coffee and cake and take a look at the trees? ?

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View from the city This month Justin Urquhart Stewart unravels the mystery of Credit Default Swaps Credit Default Swaps (CDS) are one of those technical financial terms that are bandied around, apparently more often to confuse rather than to clarify. Here is a great example of where our industry goes out of its way often to create private expressions, keeping the knowledge of what they are up to within the coven and not for the broader masses. Heaven forbid that we should actually be using the same language as the rest of the population. Such practice is common in many professional areas where “technical expertise” is often a great excuse for using obscure terms and obfuscation – lawyers, please stand up.

The truth is that actually a CDS is just a form of insurance, but rather than being on a house or a car or even an individual (as in life assurance) it is on a specific financial instrument like a bond or a mortgage. A CDS reflects the annual cost of insuring against the default of the borrower: the higher the likelihood of default, the higher the CDS price. Now there is nothing wrong with insurance - in fact it is a vital part of the economic and financial structure of the capitalist world. However, like any product, if taken to an extreme it can have some rather strange and generally unwanted consequences. An example of this would be the growth in trading in these insurance policies – CDS – such that they almost have a greater importance than the underlying asset that is being covered. Trading in CDS on, say, Italian government debt reflects the risk of default on the bonds. The more fearful markets get and they more they fear default, the more CDS or insurance will be bought driving bond yields up to (theoretically) reflect the level of default that the CDS is implying. Higher bond yields are bad news for countries because they make the cost of borrowing higher which then increases the risk of default: the tail wagging the dog. Others are concerned about the complex web of counterparty relationships and obligations that has been built up with CDS trading: you can buy a CDS contract to be protected if the underlying borrower defaults, but someone else – usually an investment bank – has underwritten that

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CDS contract and has the obligation to pay you if the borrower defaults. But how credit-worthy is the bank that has underwritten the CDS contract? What other CDS have they underwritten? Can the CDS buyer really rely on them to pay out? These questions are complex and hard to answer and, in the event of a major default, these uncertainties could lead to paralysis in markets and banks mistrusting each other and refusing to trade. So, instead of acting as a safety net, the Credit Default Swap market may in fact be increasing the risk and the potential collateral damage in the event of default. Investors are completely justified in taking insurance on assets they own – insuring against default of the UK government because they have a large holding in UK Treasury bonds, perhaps. Companies and investors are also justified in taking insurance on other firms with strong links to their business – key suppliers or customers, whose demise would be detrimental to their own business. But what about betting on the failure of another firm, or the default of a government, for a speculative profit? An example everyone can relate to is life insurance. We may take out a policy on ourselves in order to maintain family security. We may even take out insurance on a parent, perhaps to cover any inheritance liabilities. However no one sets up

an open market trading on their mother’s life. By having all sorts betting on her demise, you could end up with the illogical (not to mention undesirable) result that there are more people with an interest in ensuring her departure than preventing it! However, this is exactly the situation we are seeing in current CDS markets - we have created a mechanism which in some ways encourages betting on a default. Instead of a guy rope of stabilisation, the CDS has become a lever of instability. So what can be done? A system to allow insurance of your assets and investments is perfectly logical. A system allowing speculators to insure assets they do not actually own is patently not. In effect, it creates a sub-market trading in the insurance, which puts a greater, but less visible burden upon the underlying asset and creates far larger risk if it were to collapse. This would become an inverted house of cards all balanced on one single card at its base. Call time on these unnecessary sub markets: CDS should be allowed but only for assets you actually own, or have some tangible connection with. They should not be used as a trading instrument for market punting. ?

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Competition Win a copy of Chalet Girl on DVD. Just email your name and address to and title the email Chalet Girl. Simple! Kim (Felicity Jones) is a 19 year old exskateboarder, working in a burger bar for a living. When she stumbles into a chalet girl job, she’s completely out of her depth, both on the snow - she can’t even ski - and with the Madsen family, her uber-posh employers and their ultra-cool son Jonny (Ed Westwick). Desperate to fit in, Kim dusts off an old snowboard and takes to the slopes. Unleashing her talents, she enters the resort’s pro-boarding competition. As she and Jonny grow closer and the finals draw nearer, Kim could have the world at her feet - but can she overcome the obstacles and odds to triumph?

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Scout Christmas postal service Get your local Christmas cards delivered cheaply and support New Malden Scouts Those of you who have lived in New Malden for a while will probably be familiar with the annual Scout Christmas Postal Service. Its red and black post boxes will be back out at various locations around New Malden in December, ready to take care of all your local Christmas card delivery needs. The service wholly supported by volunteers in the local Scout movement arrange for the boxes to be delivered around suitable sites within the New Malden community. They


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What’s on in December The Rose Theatre Box Office: 08444 821556 (bkg fee) www. (bkg fee) The Snow Queen Fri 2 Dec 2011 – Sun 8 Jan 2012 Morning, matinee & evening performances - see the website for individual dates and performance times Tickets: £8-26 Family Ticket: £70 (2 adults, 2 children) The Snow Queen is a beautiful and popular fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson and perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Kai and Gerda are best friends who do everything together, until one cold night when Kai is whisked away by the evil snow queen to her icy palace far away. Can Gerda save Kai in time? Join her on this magical journey through rivers, forests and snow to find out. Coombe Girls Christmas Shopping Event is taking place on Friday 2nd December, 3.30-7pm. Over 30 stalls, selling quality jewellery, crafts and gifts, plus tombolas, raffle and refreshments. £1 entrance, 50p OAPs and under 16s 50p, under 5’s free We have a few stalls available at £25…if you are interested please contact Delyth on No jewellery or cards please. We especially welcome all girls who came to the prospective parents evening in October…come and have fun!! Christmas trees on sale at the school on Saturday 10th December 10am-12pm. In support of the Mayor of Kingston’s Charity Pub Challenge THE BROADWAY BAR, in Tolworth, is delighted to announce one of its exciting Quiz nights on: Saturday 3rd December at 8:00PM (arrival from 7:30pm) Always a fun and friendly night, the quiz will be hosted by two very experienced Quizmasters, with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the Mayor of Kingston’s nominated charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and Born too Soon Bookings are being taken now at £5 per ticket so please call on 0208 399 7698 or 07771 817346 to reserve your seat. You may put together a team of your own or enter as individuals and we will create a team for you. The fabulous Corpus Christi Primary School Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, 10th December. Entrance is FREE for children and just £1 for adults. The event will be held at the school in Chestnut Grove, New Malden, between 12 – 3pm. The fair will be bursting with the usual favourites: toy stalls, mulled wine, mince pies, face painting, festive biscuit decorating, tombolas, lucky dips, stocking fillers, Christmas tea room and much more. Father Christmas himself and some of his hardworking


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Follow the Plot After two fine years of sharing her thoughts and tips in the Village Voice, Libby Rothwell writes her final chapter... Walking round the allotment site one chilly morning recently, my friend and I stopped to watch a couple of newcomers digging away on their plot. “Looking good!”, he shouted to them; but as we moved out of earshot he added, “if it lasts”. With all the smugness of Monty Python’s Four Yorkshiremen, we proceeded to compare hardships-of-the-seasonedallotmenteer experiences, along the lines of: -When I took on my plot, it was knee-high in bindweed and old carpet. -That’s nothing! I had marestail, an old fridge and a rotting shed on mine. -A shed! I dreamt of a shed! When it rained, all I had for shelter was six feet of brambles ….etc., etc. Ah, sheds. Sheds are the symbol of allotment life. A plot with no shed means no storage: you are forced to lug your gardening basics with you every time. Or leave them somewhere on the plot and hope they survive. And even if they do, you very soon find the concept of “basics” expanding to include industrial quantities of oddments: bales of netting, insect mesh, tins of nails, packets of lime (no self-respecting cabbage will grow without it), boxes of birdseed (reward for birds that don’t attack your cabbage), a bucket, a chair or two, bags to take crops home in --the list is endless. But it’s not just a matter of storage. A shed can be a symbol of personal identity too. All allotment sites have sets of rules about what you can and can’t have on your plot. Some are more quirky and restrictive than others. At the Bushy Park Allotments, for example, plot holders cannot devote more than 25% of their plot to flowers. On some sites, bonfires are banned; on others, it’s chickens and rabbits. Some rule out any construction other than a bin for compost or storage. Thank goodness our site is one of the many which allow sheds. There are limitations, of course, on size and materials used, but allotmenteers are a resourceful breed: the more uniformity imposed on them, the more ingenuity they display in asserting their individuality.


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       

  

     

♥   ♥     ♥    ♥    ♥     ♥   

 

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   

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Clubs To feature inthis section email


NEW MALDEN ROTARY CLUB Where: Malden Golf Club,Traps Lane,When: Monday evenings at 6:15 for 6:45pm Contact: Barry Collins on 020 8949 8080 MALDEN AND COOMBE LIBRARY CIRCLE Christ Church, Monday nights 7.30 pm prompt. 7 th Exploits of a WW2 Bomber Pilot - Delyth EvansWright 14th Lord Beaverbrook - Mrs Richards 21th High Arctic Circle - David Cordle 28th Does your Granny play the Banjo? - John Edwards 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.


MALDEN & COOMBE SOCIAL CLUB FOR THE BLIND WHEN: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm Contact; Mike Ball 02089420819 Volunteer drivers/helpers VERY welcome 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: 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


ARTHRITIS CARE New Malden branch Where: Crescent Resource Centre, Cocks Crescent, New Malden 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 to see us any club night. 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 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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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. Our speakers are of a high quality and we welcome anyone who has an interest in this area. 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.

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SATURDAY DEMENTIA CLUB Age Concern Kingston 2nd Saturday of the month 11am and 2pm in New Malden for people living with dementia, their family and carers, Call 020 8942 8256 and ask for Jyoti or email


EMANUEL RUGBY Where: Shannon Corner, KT3 4PU When: Adults Mondays & Wednesdays 7.30pm, Saturday 2-3pm. Children Sunday 10:30am Contact: info@ Fergus McCarthy 0845 8338974 days & evenings. GRAHAM SPICER SNOOKER ROOM Availible for hire during the day and evenings. Contact Secretary for availibility on 020 8942 2157. MALDEN BOWLING CLUB Where: Lime Grove, New Malden Tel: 020 8942 0296 SUPREME BOWLS CLUB Where: junction of Thetford Road and Windsor Avenue in the playing field opposite Woodies pub in New Malden. Contact Mick or Diana 020 8942 0294. WEST WIMBLEDON SOCIETY TABLE TENNIS CLUB Friendly social table tennis club in Raynes Park welcomes new members (sorry not complete beginners). For more details call 020 8947 3564. FROM THE GROUND UP local affordable organic box scheme - Kingston’s own - fresh organic veg, fruit, bread, cheese and preserves at exceptional prices. Collection every Saturday from Kingston or Surbiton. Contact for details.?

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Are you a struggling author? New Malden author Carl Sims offers advice as to how you can get published for free! It’s said everyone has a novel in them but what if that novel (or short story) wants to come out and dance around on the page? How would you get it published? This was my dilemma when I completed my book ‘Ahh! Sims’, a collection of tales about a young boy trying to grow up in 60’s south London. Publishers have a massive unsolicited post load on a daily basis; hundreds of authors send manuscripts and await response. Most will get a ‘Dear John’ response or in my case, ‘Dear Carl’. Don’t be put off – now there’s a way for you to see your inspiration in print, or rather, on screen. You may not be an e-book reader – doesn’t matter, millions are! The phenomenon is relentless – many people download books onto their Kindle, iPad, Kobo, phone, android, even their laptop or computer and it’s growing! Let’s take a look at what you could do. You can send your 50,000+ words to numerous publishers – you never know, it may work. Or you should do what I did with ‘Ahh! Sims’ - self-publish with Kindle/Amazon, and it costs – nothing. Ok, it’s not quite as simple as that – there are a few things you’ll need to consider: Just how do you actually upload your book? How can you make sure it is, at the very least, worthy? Can you get it reviewed anywhere? Where do you find somebody who can produce a professional cover? And how do you market your book? You love your book/story and have agonised over every word but you must get an objective opinion and painful though it might be, need to accept some criticism. Try - this site has budding plus published authors who’ll critique your prose – take most of it on the chin! Either way, you’ll have the opportunity of reading their efforts – that’s the way it works – you read theirs, they read yours. Once you have considered various critiques; adopted some, ignored others, you’ll then want to get it read by


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A marathon effort! Kathryn Hill updates us on her training and sponsorship progress and offers some advice to would be marathon runners My marathon training has started! I’ve been for a few runs but it hasn’t been easy – as I finished my first run wheezing, coughing and aching, I was convinced I’d done 5 miles, only to plot my route on and find it was 3.2 miles! My second run faired no better. I was delighted to have clocked up 6.1 – only I’d plotted it in kilometres, not miles! If I can’t even get the distances right at this early stage, how am I ever going to make it to 26.2 miles? I decided to get advice from an expert! And who better to ask than Pete Bodley-Scott, an ex-marathon


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Start slowly When it comes to running, Pete advises you don’t push yourself too early on. He says it’s more than ok to go for a brisk walk for your first two or three runs. After that you can jog to a lamppost and then walk to the next one. Build this up over time so that you jog between two lampposts and then walk to the next one. This is a great way of monitoring progress and it won’t be long before you are jogging the whole route. Think in terms of time, not distance Always run for a time to start with, such as 10 minutes, instead of concentrating on distance. Pete says this will remove the pressure of trying to run quickly and will help minimise risk of injury. Remember to take plenty of rest days in between your run days, especially in the first month. This will give your body time to heal and adapt to the new demands you are placing on it. Start eating well. This will help your body repair itself. Choose wholefoods and unrefined carbohydrates when you can, as they will give you the nutrients you need as well as replenish your depleted energy levels. When it comes to training for the marathon itself, Pete has these nuggets of advice: Don’t put yourself any under any unnecessary pressure by setting an unrealistic goal. Aim for something simple such as ‘get to the start line injury-free and enjoy the day’. Find a training schedule that works around family, social

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Fun for under 5s There’s lots going on for pre-schoolers in New Malden 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

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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. 10am12pm Stay and Play - Dads group - - first Saturday of every month New Malden Children’s Centre, Burlington Road 020 8336 1561. ?

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Safer Neighbourhoods by Sgt Nick Ellis Dear Local Resident, MPS Kingston Police have launched Operation Safehouse which is a pro-active operation to combat residential burglary in Kingston. There have been a number of significant arrests and search warrants carried out at various premises leading to the recovery of believed stolen goods. MPS Kingston police would like to identify owners of the recovered stolen property and have uploaded approximately 50 photos’ which can be viewed on the Kingston Borough Page on Kingston residents are urged by police to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior particularly people of South American or Mediterranean appearance knocking on house doors asking dubious question. This should be reported immediately via dialing 999. Top burglary crime prevention tips: • Mark/ etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number. Register items with a serial number at • Do not leave your car keys, valuables or ID documents near a door, letterbox or window and always close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes. • Always check who's at the door and don't open it if you feel anxious. • Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home. • Fit a mortice lock to your front door and other external doors. Consider installing a burglar alarm. • Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked. • Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time and. Coombe Vale and Beverley Safer Neighbourhood team run a Drop in Service with Korean speaking volunteers on the first Wednesday of every


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Dad’s Christmas Diary by Ian Duncan “Hey, since when was Christmas just about the presents? Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.” Bart Simpson

which they didn’t necessarily want but came to regard as their right. It was commissioned after an earlier UNICEF report ranked Britain as the worst country in the industrialised world to be a child. They travelled to Sweden and Spain to find out what was going on. In both these countries, they discovered, children were getting fewer “things” but more attention from their parents. The report’s author, Dr Agnes Nairn, said “Parents in the UK almost seemed to be locked into a system of consumption which they knew was pointless but they found hard to resist”.

They know that Santa’s on his way It started months ago, daughters one and two began petitioning for an iPad2 for Christmas. Perhaps they think they would be happier if they had one but that doesn’t mean they’re right. I’m certain that they’d enjoying playing with it but they’re at their most contented when they’re outdoors playing football, cycling or climbing hills. The truth is, they’re not as materialistic as they make out. Sure, they’ll take what’s offered to them and they’ll maintain that they will be pariah’s; the only one in their class if they don’t get the desired gizmo or branded t-shirt. However if,on New Year’s Eve, you were to ask them for their highlights of 2011, what they enjoyed most, it will not be the things they got rather it will be the things they did: the birthday parties, the days at the beach, or the snowman making in the park.

All I Want for Christmas is my two front teeth? Another piece of research, conducted by Saga together with Netmums, found that down the generations, parents are spending more and more on children's presents and that older people feel far stronger that Christmas should be about family time than today's parents. Sixty one percent of those parents born in the thirties said they had spent less than fifty pounds in total on Christmas presents for their young families. Of the most recent parents, born in the nineties, fourteen percent spent less than fifty pounds and twenty two percent admitted to spending more than two hundred pounds.

A survey by the Daily Mail of 5,363 cards in major supermarkets found only 45 with pictures of the Bible story. Traditional nativity scenes appear on less than 1% of all cards available.

Santa baby, slip an XBox under the tree, for me A survey published by UNICEF UK earlier this year, suggested that British parents were trapping their children in a cycle of consumerism by showering them with goods


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increasing pressure to spend more money on Christmas presents for their children. For today's parents with young children, this can mean going without things themselves to buy ever more expensive gifts, often getting into debt in the process. Previous generations of parents didn't seem to go to such great lengths to fill their children's stockings and perhaps – in this 'age of austerity' – we should be learning from their attitudes and remembering that Christmas is about more than gifts." Ros Altmann, of Saga added: "The research we conducted shows that more than ninety percent of the over fifties believe that more money is spent on children's presents in this day and age than when they were a child. They feel that Christmas is becoming too commercialised, has lost the 'family time' they used to have when they were children. Merry Christmas So, what will it be this Christmas? In these hard times, is it appropriate for a traditional approach to a more minimalist Christmas or do

you think giving generous presents to children is fundamental to the occasion? As for the daughters, I’m not sure how they will react to the news Santa won’t be bringing them an iPad this Christmas after all there are only so many games of Cluedo you can play before you fancy a quick go at Angry Birds. ?


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Wednesdays 7th, 14th & 21st December, 12-2pm Roast pork, boiled & roast potatoes, two fresh vegetables. Only £8.95. Please note this is a very popular offer & may sell out. Voucher must be presented at time of purchase.

FREE Father Christmas visit Visit Father Christmas in his grotto & receive a special Playmobil gift. Saturdays 3rd, 10th & 17th December, 10am-4pm, Toy Department

FREE visit (saving £3.50) with this voucher. One voucher per customer.


Spend £30 or more on a purchase from Lingerie, Esprit & First Avenue departments and get £5 off with this voucher. Valid until 24th December 2011 One voucher per customer


Spend £30 or more on a purchase from Molton Brown, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins or Lancome, and get £5 off with this voucher Valid until 24th December 2011 One voucher per customer.


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