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April Contents History by David Rymill Shopping through the years 6 Ruth Jemmett Writes Flowers And Showers 9 View from the City 12 Codeword 18 What’s On 20 Quiz 23 Sudokus 26 Voice for Wildlife So Much Rubbish 28 Gardening Overhaul your lawn 30 Clubs 34 Recipe - Spice-crusted baked salmon fillets 40 Parkin’ some thoughts 42 Kids Play 44 Solutions 46

Published by Malden Media Limited Editor Jenny Stuart jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk 020 8336 2915 www.maldenmedia.co.uk 36 Rosebery Avenue KT3 4JS Please note that the opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily represent the views of the editor. All advertisements are commercial and not indicative of any endorsement by the editor who accepts no responsibility for any loss suffered directly or indirectly by any reader as a result of any advertisement or notice published in this magazine. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Malden Media Ltd. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored on any retieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical. recording, photocopying, or otherwise without prior permission from the Publisher.

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Welcome to Your Worcester Park Life So it’s official, spring has sprung at last! The bulbs are sprouting up and at last we are awash with snowdrops and daffodils. The days are getting longer and the temperature just slightly warmer. Although come on…. we’re all far too accustomed to the British weather to be lulled into a false sense of security and to dare pack away our winter boots quite yet (let alone, bring out the flip flops!). We still need to be on our guard for those April showers (and a final flirtation with winter). A few years ago we spent Easter visiting my brother and his family in Dubai (otherwise known as the sand-pit). We enjoyed a week of amazing hospitality and great fun for the girls to be spending quality time in the heat with their older cousins. From sun, sea, sweat and sanddunes we flew back ridiculously dressed for the freezing weather that awaited us at Heathrow. brrrr.... And this is also the month where Husband and Daughters all celebrate birthdays within 30 days from first to last. Lots of surprises, to plan. Might even get them with an April Fool as well. Thinking cap on! Anyway, remember that Worcester Park Life is YOUR magazine so if you are helping to organise an event and would like some FREE publicity then please do email details. Likewise if you are part of an organisation that could benefit from attracting new local members next year then why not send in an article. You may or not know that in order to deliver the magazine to most of Worcester Park, we split the distribution over a two month period. So if you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the April one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, the libraries, Manor Drive surgery, St Marys and also Christ Church with St Philip but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website.

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

Shopping through the years Did you visit the exhibitions about the history of Central Road which Richard Johnson, Brendan Austin and I arranged in the Royal British Legion in 2015? If you missed them, you might like to know that we plan to stage a similar free display on Saturday 28th April, from 11am to 4pm – once again in the British Legion’s premises in Central Road, nearly opposite Brinkley Road. If you visited it last time, do come along again, because we plan to include additional material about Central Road, and also old photographs – with modern equivalents for comparison – showing some of the residential roads off Central Road, and further afield. Also on show will be copies of war damage maps. The Legion premises will be open to all for the occasion, and the bar will be serving coffees, teas and other drinks. One of the most enjoyable aspects of organising exhibitions is being able to add to our knowledge, thanks to the memories and photographs contributed by some of those who attend – whether recent memories or information from further back. At our first exhibition we were delighted when Barbara Brown (née West) brought in the sepia photograph reproduced here, believed to show her father as a young man, perhaps doing a Saturday job, outside the shop of Sydney H Tubb. The photograph vividly depicts an intricate window display typical of its time: one wonders how long it took to arrange all the tins and packets in the right-hand window. These include some brands familiar today, such as Quaker Oats and Oxo, and the sign immediately above the door recommends ‘Oxo for invalids’. In the left-hand window is a fine array of hardware: this was a time when there were far fewer shops in Central Road (then known as Cheam Common Hill or as part of Cheam Common Road) than today, and this shop seems to have had something of the variety of a village shop, being both grocer’s and hardware shop. The smaller writing either side of the name confirms that this was a grocer’s and also sold china, glass, paints and so on, while the words above Sydney Tubb’s name read ‘Brooms, brushes, mats, methylated spirits’.

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So where was this shop? The wide central upstairs window, flanked by two smaller windows and two panels with indented brick surrounds, will be recognised by many regular visitors to Central Road as being the defining feature of nos. 36-48, originally known as Percival Parade, immediately below St Philip’s Avenue, and a more detailed inspection of the brickwork leads to the conclusion that the shop was the second one down from St Philip’s Avenue, now the launderette at no. 38. This is confirmed by a photograph of the parade, believed to date from c1920, reproduced in Frank Burgess’s Cheam, Belmont and Worcester Park, which shows the name F W Anderson over the door, but a similar combination of words including grocer, china and glass, and brooms and brushes. A look at directories suggests that the shop may have later restricted its range to grocery: in 1926 and 1938 William George Wood’s grocer’s shop is listed here, and by 1938 he was mentioned as being a Fellow of the Grocers’ Institute. In the Worcester Park and District Chamber of Trade’s 1957 directory, P G Riglar was advertising at no. 38 as a high-class grocer and provision merchant, offering personal service and free weekly delivery. Our colour illustration is one of a number of photographs contributed by Jenifer Poynter, and shows that even pictures from a couple of decades ago – 1997, in this instance – can bring back memories of shops that have since changed hands. At the righthand side – at no. 44, three doors to the left of the former Tubb’s shop – was Model Road and Rail, which will be remembered by very many readers; some of you doubtless also remember its predecessor Morgan’s Valley, which began this location’s connection with

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model railway supplies; I recall being pleased to discover here, about 40 years ago, a second-hand locomotive to add to my Hornby Dublo railway. You may remember the Morgan’s Valley steam wagon giving rides at local fêtes. No 44 had previously been a baker’s shop for at least 50 years, run in the 1920s-30s by the Chitty family, and later operated, until about 1977, as a branch of J W Morley and Sons whose main shop, with the bakery behind, was at no. 138, on the corner of Longfellow Road. Barbara Brown recalls an occasion when the existence of this branch, combined with John Morley’s often-mentioned kindness, proved beneficial for a surprising reason: ‘When I was ten I was playing football in the school playground up at Cheam Common and I fell and hurt my leg. Two friends hopped me down the road because I couldn’t walk on it, and we got as far as Morley’s at the top and had to stop there – I think I knew the lady that worked in there – so she went down and got old Mr Morley, and he came up in his old Austin car and drove me home [to Longfellow Road].’

Other shops visible in this photograph include the premises of Ann Rhodes’s printing, copying and secretarial services business, and Andrews’s estate agency – the different upstairs windows of the latter indicating that we are now in Alexandra Parade, which extends nearly to Brinkley Road. Further to the left, the 1997 photograph shows two businesses which continue to provide specialist services to local people, Dawson Aerial Service at no. 54, and AMS Opticians at nos. 56-58. Dawson Aerial Service was founded in 1957 by Mike Hedge and started trading above no. 54 before moving into the shop in c1980. From the early 1980s the company was run by Fred and Pauline White; Fred passed away in 2007, and in 2008 Pauline retired and sold the business to Paul Roberts and Alan Harding. Paul has worked for Dawsons since he left school in 1980, and Alan joined in 2000. Analogue has given way to digital, and the company continues its work of installing aerials, along with satellites and network cabling. AMS is run by Aristos Savvides who, having been in practice as an optician in Purley since 1986, took over in 1989 the practice of George Quinn, which in the 1960s-early 1980s had been known as Harrison and Meakin. You can see a photograph of a very similar view about 90 years earlier in my November 2014 article at issuu.com/maldenmedia/docs/wp_life_november_14 If you would like to contribute any photographs of local shops, or your memories as a shopkeeper or a customer, please get in touch; we’d be delighted to hear from you. David Rymill David.Rymill1993@alumni. aber.ac.uk (020) 8330 6563

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Ruth Jemmett Writes

altered the landscape, hedgehogs gradually lost their homes. Also people putting up trendy fencing in their gardens has often eliminated the run-throughs that hedgehogs need to exist when in suburbia. Consequently, it is thought that there are now only a mere By Ruth Jemmett 750,000 hedgehogs in this country. The use of pesticides by both farmers and ordinary home A Month of Tomfoolery owners hasn’t helped things. To encourage our and The Scent of Spring prickly friends back, make small holes in the base of your fencing so that they can run from I was recently given a lovely floral garden to garden as they used to do, ensuring arrangement. (See attached pic) that we can again enjoy the company of these The scent was heavenly, and endearing creatures - and please don’t give even though our country had to them bread and milk. Cat food is much better contend with snow in March, I rejoiced in the fact ' P U T YforOthem! UR GARDEN MAINTENANCE IN TH that nature forges on regardless, despite a drop in H A N D S O F S O M E O N E W H O R E A L L Y C A R E S the temperature. The spring bulbs shout “Showtime!” Whilst on the subject of gardens, a recent report in whatever is happening with our eccentric British The Times informed us that time spent working in the - Tree climate. The plants in my greenhouse have been - One offcan Tidy garden slash our risk of having ansurgery early death by flourishing. I am particularly proud of my hydrangea 17%. Public Health England has estimated that one - Stump Grinding - Garden Maintenance cuttings, which are sprouting leaves all over the place. in six such deaths could probably be traced back - Strimming andtoWeeding - Decking and Lawns They are so easy to propogate, and can save you a laziness. I have shown my husband the relevant article. - Garden - Hedge Trimming fortune! I will be cutting my raspberry canes back He looked at it, grunted, and then noddedclearance off again!!! - Path andinto Patio soon, and look forward to another bumper crop of a - Landscaping On a serious note, when you DO venture the Washing delicious fruit. My fruit cage ensures that squirrels and birds won’t get first pickings!

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gardens again, please PLEASE think twice before cutting trees down in this beautiful enclave of Surrey. At this time of the year, many fans of TV gardening programmes often get inspired to take chainsaws to trees in this area, often decimating the homes of squirrels and birds, and suddenly exposing their neighboursd to ugly views - not to mention prying eyes. When we moved here many years ago, it was very wooded, and we had wonderful privacy. Now we are overlooked from several vantage points, and a bungalow directly behind us has added another storey without consulting us. At the time it was built the local council also didn’t consult us to see if we minded what was happening. Just for the record, - we DID mind, and still do! The golden rule if you move into suburbia is to consider your neighbours, and think deeply before you cut anything down - or build anything up!!! Once a view has gone, A7 Advert or an unwanted one is built - it is forever. We have all worked very hard to live here, and changes that alter the way we live, aren’t always for the good. On 11th of this month It will be World Parkinson’s Day. It is a disease in which nerve cells that deliver the neurotransmitter’dopanine’ to other cells, are reduced in numbers. Consequently it can cause numourous non-motor disorders. In the EU area it is estimated that 1.3 Million people have the condition. We should all be generous to the Parkinson’s charity, as this condition could so easily affect our own families. On the 14th of this month it will be Grand National Day. Love it or loathe it, it is certainly a highlight on the sports calendar. On the 21st Month it will be H.M. The Queen’s Birthday. She is indeed an inspiration to us all. I can think of fifty year olds who can’t negotiate steps as well as she can! It will certainly be an exciting year for her, with a new baby in the family, and a Royal Wedding. Talking of fitness, do you have your outfit prepared for The London Marathon?! I have nothing but admiration for the brave souls who puff and pant their way around London on 22d April. For many weeks now I have seen numerous Lycra-clad bodies staggering along Salisbury Road as they do their training, in the hope that they can raise money for deserving causes. I think I will sit that one out - but well done to them! On 25th April it will be the birthday of the man with

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the twinkling toes and teeth from Strictly Come Dancing - namely Len Goodman His enthusiasm for dancing has made many couch potatoes get moving again, and I think we all miss his cheeky presence on Strictly’s judging panel. As regular readers know, I help to run Glitters, our local dance club, at Bourne Hall in Ewell Village, and I am sure that Len’s example has encouraged many people to join us. People of all ages attend our dances, So if you are over 18, take the plunge. Dancing keeps you fit, and it is a good life skill to have. Let us hope that the cold snaps diminish, and that we can truly enjoy the April flowers. As Mark Twain said: “There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm”. May you have many rainbows this month, but not too many storms!

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View from the City What do pork pies, Dutch cheese and peaches have in common? Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder and Head of Corporate Development Let me start by pointing out that these groceries do not form part of a typical menu in my household and probably don’t for many of you in the New Malden area either. Instead it’s all to do with inflation. Each year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announces annual changes to the way it calculates inflation. They do this so that those aggregated price changes, regularly recorded and published across the UK, continue to be representative of what we as a nation buy. This, in turn, means that the end output – the various inflation gauges – should reflect how much more or less expensive our day-to-day lives are in general. Back to my question, the items in the article’s title are

all goods that this year have been removed from the 700-odd items in the official ‘basket of goods and services’ used to calculate inflation. The main reason for their exclusion is that people aren’t buying as many of these now as they did before. So pork pies and a type of Dutch cheese are no longer listed as people now buy a broader range of meat-filled pastries and other continental cheeses are more popular. Changes can also be for statistical purposes. For example, the goods should be available throughout the whole year – hence why peaches (and incidentally nectarines) have been removed as they are seasonal and only on shelves for some eight months of the year. Quiches have been included to help balance out the pizza sub category as apparently their prices fluctuated so much that adding in another product to the calculations should help balance out any vacillations – who knew! However, before I digress further into more of the new nuances behind these calculations, the changes highlighted should serve to show that this is not the way that I buy things and probably a lot more people beside! The issue with collating large tracts of data is that you have to create that representational data set. This is in much the same way that for quite a period in

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Thursday 19th April 11:30am – 1:00pm Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church Banstead Road SM5 3NL Join us for free refreshments in a relaxed and friendly environment. Bring along a friend or family member. Contact Jacky on 0208 661 9960 www.lakeshorecare.co.uk

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Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel 020 8394 1734. Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk When a Knight won his Spurs Saturday 7 April 1pm to 2.30pm We follow a young knight as he is served and eats a meal. Did he throw his bones over his shoulder or was it all very polite? Watch as he is dressed and armed for combat. We then follow him as he takes part in his first tournament, a preparation for the brutal medieval battlefield. Discover his armour and weapons, how he fights and defends himself with them. Then cheer him on as he takes on other knights for his lady’s favour and his honour. Local History Walk Hidden Ewell April 13 3pm to 4.30pm Peel back time and discover Ewell’s hidden past and unseen history in a guided walk around the village. Hidden beneath the modern village are secrets dating from prehistoric times. Visit Bourne Hall’s sacred lake

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with its offerings to the ancient gods. Tread in the footsteps of the Romans on Stane Street and uncover Ewell’s Saxon past. Learn about exploding gunpowder mills and visit the graveyard where the victims rest in peace.Please meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall. £5 per person Local History Walk Horrible Ewell April 13 1pm to 2.30pm Discover Ewell’s dark past and the tales that some would rather forget. Tread in the footsteps of the body snatchers and see where they plied their grisly trade. Hear stories of witches, tragic coach crashes and folk who won’t stay dead! Discover Ewell’s historic jail and see what eighteenth-century justice was like. Please meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall £5 per person Local History Walk Horrible Epsom April 9 2pm to 3.30pm Look beneath Epsom’s respectable surface whilst you stroll around its ancient town centre. Discover dark deeds, wrongdoings and ghosts who won’t rest in peace. Hear tales of Epsom’s own highwayman and the life of the evil Lord Rochester, together with the even more wicked Lord Lyttleton. Relive the time when a visit to Epsom started a battle! Epsom’s spa was the height of fashion but the behaviour of some visitors was not as elevated as their pedigree. Hear about the Epsom riot! Please meet by the Clock Tower. £5 per person

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams

So Much Rubbish You will be reading this in April and by then perhaps some tadpoles will have hatched into Shadbolt Park pond - the first spawn of the year arrived just before Mother’s Day. Our pond is intended to be a wildlife pond, so we are not happy with the irresponsible person who climbed the railings (ignoring the sign that requests people do not do this) and dumped a couple of goldfish in there last year. As these fish are now breeding, this could completely wreck our carefully nurtured ecosystem - thank you to whoever it was for your completely selfish, thoughtless behaviour. If people have fish they no longer want, please take them to a rescue or give them to someone who has a fish pond in their garden, do NOT dump them into the nearest river, park pond or lake. There are only 3 of us who regularly commit to working on the pond site - we do not need the added headache of having to try to remove unwanted fish from the water. In February this year, I crawled into the shrubbery behind the electricity sub station on The Paddock, to retrieve a glass bottle. When I got in there, I discovered such a mass of litter it looked like an unofficial tip - glass, plastic, cans, tattered clothes, cardboard, wrappers, used lighters - and a small glass aquarium (no doubt the one used to transport the unwanted fish). I spent an hour clearing all of this out and leaving the non recyclables for the Rangers to collect and dispose of responsibly, which, to their credit, they did very quickly. I took home all the materials that could be recycled, washed them and put them into my kerbside bins. Litter is not only an eyesore, it is very dangerous to wildlife. I urge everyone with any concern for wild creatures to please pick up litter as you walk about the area. This is every bit as valuable as putting out bird feeders. If you keep a bag in your pocket, and a rubber glove, you will always be prepared for that odd can or bottle you see rolling about the grass verge. Keener people please organise some local litter picks - involve children. Woodlands and parks seem to attract a lot of rubbish discarded into thickets and shrubberies you could take the kids on a litter hunt. Remember to recycle what you can.

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All this rubbish talk leads me nicely into the disaster that is plastic. The latest article I saw featured a dead dolphin who had been found on a beach with masses of plastic in the digestive tract. Last week I read a similar piece - that one was a whale. We already know that turtles mistake plastic bags for jelly fish - with disastrous consequences. Ocean liners thoughtlessly dump tonnes of rubbish out at sea, so much of it plastic - and, with the grinding down motion of the water, many of the bags, cups, cutlery, containers, wrappings and so forth, break up into tiny particles called micro beads. These end up on the guts of fish and the gizzards of birds. People who eat fish and seafood will also be ingesting microscopic particles of plastic, and we just don’t know what the long term effect of this build up will have on our health. We are emptying the seas of all life, with our greed, and poisoning the entire marine ecosystem with our rubbish. There is no need for any of this environmental destruction. We don’t need to eat fish and we certainly don’t need to have everything wrapped in plastic. Recycling plastic is not enough - it is still generating plastic, and we just can’t get rid of the stuff, so making more of it is insane -dumping it adds a further insanity. We all need to try to drastically reduce our reliance on plastic, in whatever way we can. This, I am afraid, will be even harder to achieve than going vegan!! ( Except that this actually isn’t hard, people just seem to think it is!). Animal products are everywhere, and much more easily avoided than plastic. We should all be using cloth shopping bags and washable tableware. Say no to plastic straws. See if you can get a bamboo toothbrush. Why do supermarkets wrap fruit and veg in plastic? Try the local markets, greengrocers and veg bag deliveries instead. We should probably all get active asking manufacturers to phase out plastic wherever they can and encourage coffee shops and takeaway places to sell refillable containers for their products - polystyrene is even worse, if that is possible, it can’t even be recycled. Paper plates and cups, if not covered in a plastic film, can go in our food waste bins - biodegradable plastic bags( which are made from plant fibres) may be used to line these bins too. Get your thinking caps on and see how many ways you can reduce your reliance on plastic. Share your tips with others. Please let’s all band together and try to help stem the tide of plastic rubbish, and clean up our local environment. For wildlife, but also for ourselves.

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Gardening Overhaul your lawn Pippa Greenwood It has rained so much in recent months that my lawn has taken a battering, though the flower and vegetable beds are starting to pick up. Over-wet conditions can cause roots to die off and will reduce the oxygen in the soil. Worse still, any areas of the lawn you’ve walked on or moved a wheelbarrow over will have become compacted or squashed. Thus, the air spaces in the soil are dramatically reduced, and the heavier your soil is, the worse the problem is likely to be. So for green grass that’s ready for summer, it’s time to get to work. Check over your lawn mower and see to anything that needs sorting. If necessary, take it to a reputable outlet for a service as soon as possible. If your grass needs cutting, make sure you don’t set the blades too low for the first few cuts, as this weakens growth and makes weed invasion more likely. After mowing, you can relieve some of the soil compaction to allow air down to the roots, making for better growth and healthier grass. If only small areas are compacted, drive a garden fork into the lawn every 4-6 inches or so, getting the fork tines to a depth of 4-6 inches, then gently ease the handle of the fork back and forth to enlarge each drainage hole. Next, mix some sieved garden soil or loam with horticultural sand (about one part soil/loam to nine parts sand) and brush across the lawn and into the holes you’ve made. The result is a drainage system over those compacted areas. If the soil in the garden is quite heavy or contains a lot of clay, the whole lawn will benefit from aerating. I recommend you buy, borrow or hire a ‘hollow-time aerator’, either as a hand operated one, a machine or a mower attachment. This cuts cylinders of soil from your lawn and when filled with the ‘top-dressing’ mix above will result in longer-lasting drainage channels. Any moss should be removed, so apply moss killer and then rake it all out after the time specified on the pack. The lawn will look worse initially, but it allows more air to the roots of the grass plants and gives them more space to grow and spread too.

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Lawns that have suffered from waterlogging benefit from a suitable feeding regime. Whether you choose a granular or liquid feed, make sure that it is a spring lawn food formulated to give the balance of nutrients lawns need now. Granular feeds must be watered in unless it rains shortly after application. Walking on a very wet lawn soon wears it out and kills off grasses. To repair bald or thin patches, roughen up the areas using a rake and then sprinkle a suitable seed mix on to match the existing grasses. If you’ve not got many patches to sow, you can buy small patch repair packs. Once all the work is done, keep off your lawn for a few weeks to allow it to take advantage of all that TLC and grow away really well. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen gardenready vegetable plants in May accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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Clubs

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Mondays

Vibrant Ukulele Club meets most Mondays from 7.30-9.30pm at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, WP. Beginners and players all welcome. The club is aimed at adults learning to play the ukulele and singing a number of well-known songs in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Music is provided and also tuition for beginners. Sessions are FREE with a small donation towards music and refreshments. Contact Steve 07795 085600

New Malden Rotary Club Malden Golf Club,Traps Lane Monday evenings 6.15 for 6.45pm Barry Collins 07740 257 255

Worcester Park Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Group first Monday of the month at 2pm and finishing by 4pm. If the first Monday falls on a Bank Holiday the meeting takes place on the second Monday. Old Malden Scout Hall, 411 Malden Road, KT4 7NY. All retired civil servants and friends are welcome to attend and if you are interested in listening to one of our speakers please contact John Wright on 020 8337 8965 or johnandglenisw@gmail.com

mailto:johnandglenisw@gmail.com Do you enjoy listening to show tunes, big band music, jazz, light classics etc? Come along to an evening of live music played by top artistes. We meet on the second Monday of each month at our Banstead venue Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club Church Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start.(Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. 020 8330 5795, or visit www.bansteadorganclub.co.uk

Worcester Parkers Women’s Institute meet on the 3rd Monday of every month 7.45pm to 9.45pm at Christchurch with St Philip Church Hall in Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. For more information contact Sue Hostler on 020 8337 3756 wi.worcesterparkers@gmail.com

*There is currently a waiting list. Cheam Common Art Group Small friendly Art Group who meet at Christ Church With St Philip Ruskin Road, Worcester Park 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. Welcome new members just to draw and paint in any medium without tuition. If interested come down for an evening and meet us to see whether this is for you Brenda Banks 020 8330 0928 Worcester Park Over 60’s Welcome Club meet every Monday from 1pm to 3pm at Christ Church with St Philip Church Hall in Ruskin Drive. Worcester Park. All over 60’s welcome to join us for a cup of tea and a

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biscuit or two, plus some outstanding entertainment in the way of singers and musicians. One Monday a month we have Bingo and every Monday we run a raffle. Days outings to the coast are organised throughout the summer months, and mid week holidays are organised two or three times a year. Come a little earlier and meet up with some friends and have a chat before the entertainment starts. We would love to see you. Contact Joyce on 020 8330 5065. The ladies After Eight Club 2nd Monday of every month from 8pm onwards at Christchurch with St Philips church hall. We have interesting speakers, outings and dinners and all are welcome for a small subscription to cover our costs. Just come along and join in. Carol on 020 8337 2452 St James Players If you enjoy acting do come or help backstage. Monday and Wednesdays 8pm New members welcome. St James Church Hall, Bodley Road New Malden. Mem Sec: linda@dunnz,net

Tuesdays

Music Lovers Wanted! - for “In the Mix” Singing Group. at Wesley Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip Church, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. Every Tuesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm. A weekly sing- along and social with pro

Music Lovers Wanted! for “In the Mix” Singing Group Established in 2012 in Cheam – join us in our new home at Wesley Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip Church, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. Every Tuesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm. See Tuesdays for more information

Group Singing Lessons

“Discover the high level of well being, strength and confidence which can be achieved when you learn to sing without effort.” .Weekly small group classes. Each session focuses on gentle physical and vocal exercises, breathing technique and song practice with individual advice and feedback. Call 07868 039 514 or visit www.skylarkvocal. co.uk for more info. Sessions Mondays at 11.30am and Thursdays at 7.30pm at Christchurch with St. Philips, Worcester Park. Suitable for beginners and confident singers.

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singer/vocal coach Sheila Daniels and pianist. New songs every week, from the 1920s through to the 1970s, covering all genres. £6.50 on the door plus tea/ coffee and home-made cakes. No booking required. Sheila 07868 039 514 or visit www.thesugarband.co.uk/In_the_Mix

Vegan Group - monthly bring and share buffet,. every second Tuesday. 7.30pm until 9.30 in Room 1,Christchurch with St Philip, corner of Ruskin Drive, WP. For vegans and anyone interested in learning more about veganism. Conquest Art Group inspires people living with disability or long term health issue to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. Our art group meets every Tuesday at St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Anyone over 18 is welcome, all art materials and refreshments are provided. If you would like to come along and give us a try, please contact Carole on 020 8786 8534.

The Worcester Park Dramatic Society is a local amateur drama group of long standing. We stage two major productions a year at the Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet every Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the Sainsbury’s

site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals and set construction, we have quiz nights and various social events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions, anyone willing to act or work backstage. membership secretary, Trevor Payne on 07540 084430.

“Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired, meeting on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but donations invited. Occasional speakers. Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298

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

Wednesdays

Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.15-11.15am at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Road. Come along and give it a try ! Jo Hamilton on 020 8786 3444. The Probus Club of Ewell Coming up to retirement? Just retired? Looking to make new friends? Why not join the Probus Club of Ewell? Since it was founded over 40 years ago, the

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Probus Club of Ewell has been attracting businessmen from Worcester Park and its surrounding areas with a broad range of professional and business backgrounds. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at The Chalk Lane Hotel, Epsom for a Lunch followed by a Speaker. Anyone wishing to know more about us or wanting to make contact can do so through our website www. ewellprobus.co.uk or by email to secretary@ewellprobus.co.uk.In addition to two Ladies Lunches during the year, there is an active social programme for members and their partners with visits to places of interest and West End Shows. Talking Of Trains In Surbiton Programme of talks which take place locally at the Surbiton Library Hall each Wednesday evening throughout the winter months. The first meeting is free; the fee for the complete year is just £50. www.talking of trains.co.uk

Free Badminton taster session Come and enjoy playing BADMINTON with us! Wednesdays 7:45pm to 9:15pm at Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, KT19 0RT Interested? Please contact Will Ward: willjward@gmail, 020 8393 9779 or 07874 896211 or just turn up on the night. N.B. Spare racquets available - if requested beforehand.

Thursdays

drop in for a free cup of tea and some company. 411 Malden Road (between Worcester Park station and The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby. Sutton Mariners Sailing Club A local offshore sailing club founded in 1988 that meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Borough Sports Ground, home of Sutton United FC, Gander Green Lane, SM1 2EY. We are a small and friendly club of about 60 members and have about a dozen boat owners amongst us providing crewing opportunities during the summer months as well as enjoying meetings listening to interesting speakers and social nights. If you would like to get afloat come along and meet us – we’re sure you will enjoy the experience. www.suttonmariners.org.uk

East Surrey Family History Society For those who are interested in finding out how to investigate their family history the Sutton Branch of the East Surrey Family History Society holds meetings on the first Thursday of the month at St Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. March 2 Miss Anne Carter How life changed forever in 1914 April 6 Ian Waller: Village Crafts Finding out about the records of those who worked in rural industry. www.esfhs.org.uk Kingston Phoenix Road Club is a cycling club with members in Worcester Park, New Malden, Epsom and

Tunes’n’Tea An afternoon of live music, tea, coffee, home made cakes, conversation and dancing if you wish. Guest musicians perform for your delight! Relax and listen to a mix of songs and tunes, old, new and everything in between! It’s at St john’s church hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh. 2nd Thursdays 1.30pm and finishing at 3.30. Group Singing Lessons -“Discover the high level of well being, strength and confidence which can be achieved when you learn to sing without effort.” .Weekly small group classes. Each session focuses on gentle physical and vocal exercises, breathing technique and song practice with individual advice and feedback. Call 07868 039 514 or visit www. skylarkvocal.co.uk for more info. Sessions Mondays at 11.30am and Thursdays at 7.30pm at Christchurch with St. Philips, Worcester Park. Suitable for beginners and confident singers. Ewell Badminton Club Meet every Thursday 9.30 11.30 am in hall in Welbeck Close, Ewell, KT17 2 BJ ( near Honda Garage, Ewell Bypass ). We have use of 3 courts, and are a very friendly group of players. New players would be most welcome. Elizabeth on 0208 393 3355 or e-mail libbymuscutt@ yahoo.co.uk

St. John’s Hall is open between 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If you are on your own please feel free to

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Ewell. The club was founded in 1936 and currently has a membership of 85. New members are welcome to join us at the car park in Horton Country Park on Saturdays at 10am for either a road ride or an off-road ride. Our rides are usually between 20 and 35 miles and always include a cake stop before returning by 1pm. kingstonphoenixrc@gmail.com or see our website at kprc. org.uk.

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. Christine 07966661015 Breathe Easy (Merton & Sutton) Group Wheezy? Breathless? you are not alone, come and join us at your local friendly support & information group for anyone affected by a lung condition. We meet between 2-4 pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at St. Bedes Conference Centre, St. Anthony’s Hospital, London Road, North Cheam. SM3 9DW George on 0208 647 7530

Thursday Fellowship Every Thursday at 2.30pm for men and women, finishing with a cup of tea and biscuits or cakes. A lively, friendly meeting at Worcester Park Baptist church in The Avenue. Well-known, familiar hymns and prayers, musical afternoons, and a variety of speakers on topical subjects, including help and advice. New members welcome. Church office 0208 330 1755

The Worcester Park Hello Club launched last November and is welcoming new members! We meet every Thursday morning from 10am – 12 noon. The club is aimed at anyone who would like to come and join in with board games, quizzes, cards, occasional craft sessions - or just to have a chat and a coffee. Adults of any age are welcome to come and get to know each other. The main aims of the club are: • To meet new people and build friendships • To become involved with the local community • To access activities, information and advice The club is very friendly and informal. Every month there will be a member of staff attending from the SCILL Information & Advice Service – they have information on most topics for all your needs and will be pleased to assist you. The drop in club was set up by Sutton Vision, Christ Church with St Philip and SCILL , working together in partnership. We are fortunate to be provided with a welcoming and comfortable venue at the Christ Church with St Philip Community Hall. There are accessible toilets on site. There is a small charge for coffee and tea at the church café. SCILL 020 8770 4065 Sutton Vision 020 8409 7166 Christ Church with St Philip 020 8330 7630

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New Malden Women’s Institute Shiraz Mirza Hall, Manor Park Hall, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AV. 2nd Thurs of each month at 7.30pm Barbara 0208 546

The Association of Surrey Bookbinders - we meet on Friday mornings in the Scout Hut in Dell Lane, Stoneleigh

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Quest a meeting place for people with physical disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for the members and allow the carers to have a regular break. Annual subscription. and £2.50 for lunch. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker. Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220

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

Roger@gmathews.co.uk 020 8330 2306

North Cheam badminton club meet every Sunday at the Elmcroft Community Hall North Cheam. We are a small mixed club looking for new members of reasonable club standard especially ladies. Contact Pat Odonnell on 02083938895.

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Auriol Bowling Club Auriol Park, Salisbury Road,

Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to Sept with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. David Regan 020 8337 8919 www.auriolbowlingclub.com. Cuddington Bowling Club Sandringham Road, Worcester Park and we play on an excellent 6 rink green that has been acclaimed by many of the club’s visitors this year. We are a mixed club with about 60 members and play a range of friendly and league fixtures catering for all abilities. Secretary Mike Ridley 020 8715 8326 Treasurer Mark Broughton 020 8337 9699

Social Dancing with Glitters at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village. 8.30 - 11 pm. Over 18s. Entrance fee £8. All standards of dancing. 6th April and 20th April National Trust - Epsom, Ewell and District Supporters Group Formed in 1971, we run a varied programme of social eventswhich includes Evening Lectures at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from Oct. to June, Coach Outings which visit historichouses and gardens(not necessarily N.T.),Guided London Walks, and other trips to London e.g.The Magic Circle, The Royal Opera House (backstage tour).Other special events include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch. Newsletters are produced four times a year.If you would like more information please visit our website: www.epsom-ewell-district-nt.co.uk or telephone Paul on 020 87158486 Malden Manor Bowls Club, Manor Park, Malden Road. New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, league matches, internal and external competitions; we offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Men’s Secretary Gerald 020 8949 4623 or Ladies Secretary 020 8394 0877.

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Recipe Spice-crusted baked salmon fillets This salmon dish is ideal for easy weekend entertaining. Bake the day before and when cold cover and chill in the fridge overnight. Allow to come to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serves 6 Ready in 1 hour 6 x 150g salmon fillets 2tsp mild chilli powder 2tsp ground coriander 2tsp ground cumin 1/2tsp freshly ground black pepper Squeeze of lemon or lime juice 2tbsp olive oil TO SERVE 6tbsp mayonnaise or soured cream 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped Zest and juice from 1 lime Lime wedges and spring onion curls (see tip) to garnish 1 Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C Fan, Gas 6. Run your fingers along the top of the salmon fillets and remove any fine bones with tweezers. Mix together the spices and rub over the surface of the salmon fillets. Season with a little salt. 2 Place the salmon pieces in a foil-lined roasting tin. Whisk together the lime or lemon juice and oil and drizzle over the salmon. 3 Bake for 20-25 minutes until the salmon is just cooked to the centre. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely. 4 Arrange the cold salmon fillets on a platter. Mix together the mayonnaise or soured cream, spring onions and lime zest and juice. Serve the salmon and mayonnaise garnished with lime wedges and spring onion curls. TIP To make spring onion curls use a sharp knife to thinly shred a few spring onions. Place in a bowl of iced water and leave in the fridge for about 1 hour until curled. Drain on kitchen paper before using.

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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Differences It was a slightly surreal experience. At a recent dinner with friends, conversation turned to The Greatest Showman, the musical phenomenon with marmite qualities. On this occasion, those present were largely in favour of smothering their cultural toast with this peculiar topping. However, the sight and sound of two grown men reaching the high notes to “a million dreams” would have been enough to have inspired Salvador Dali to reach for his paintbrush. As if that wasn’t enough, I was then subjected to a Mothers’ Day prompted cinema visit to the sing along version of what has, quite rightly in my view, been described as a “completely and utterly, bibbly, bibbly, quack-quack insane” production. That said and aside from its inspirational effect on the singing capabilities of middle aged men, it contains within its big top a number of serious messages. One of these is that to be different is something to be understood and celebrated not judged or ridiculed. Whilst Parkinson’s itself is a politically correct condition, embracing diversity in the widening of its membership, some of its symptoms are differentiators I could do without. This is especially true at the moment as the medication is proving as effective as our Russian foreign policy. The lack of narcotic support is having an effect on my movement which would qualify me for employment in the Ministry of Silly Walks and, like the Minister of that department, I often find myself apologising for my late arrival on account of my walk becoming rather sillier recently. My way of dealing with this is to try and see the lighter side of my predicament and being objective, I suppose my efforts to transfer soup from hob to table without depositing the contents over my trousers make for an amusing spectator

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sport. Then I’m old enough to handle the pointed looks and tutting from those who perceive my genuine attempts to walk in a straight line as drunken foolishness rather than a symptom of a physical difference between us over which I have no control. As a child though one is perhaps less able to rationalise in that way when confronted with others who choose to view you through a narrow lens. In my case, as a 9 year old, I felt the need to hide my short sightedness and resulting glasses at school for fear of being the subject of amusement for the speccists amongst my then peers, a fear that was heightened by the unfortunate design of said spectacles that made me look like I was wearing ear rings. When it comes to highlighting or exploiting differences, children have been and can often be the worst offenders, giving expression to views better left unspoken. The slightest imperfection (whether it be height, sight, size, weight, shape, skin colour or blemish) can be preyed upon in the playground and made to seem the most terrible of afflictions, discouraging the thought that being different is often just as good as being perfect. Sadly, this is something that we’ve witnessed a bit too often recently. I don’t know where it comes from. I just know that as parents, we try and protect our kids from being exposed to that situation and encourage them to tolerate and accept people for what and who they are. Everyone has something that can mark them out from the crowd. It may not be as obvious as a beard on a lady or an ability to ride an elephant while firing pistols into the air, but with a little encouragement rather than disparagement it can emerge as a source of strength rather than vulnerability. We are not all the same. It would be a strange place if we were. As PT Barnum (or at least Hugh Jackman) said, “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” You see, I was watching.

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

Monday

Worcester Park Baptist Church 9.30-11.30- a lively toddler group, where carers of any kind are welcome to attend and supervise their youngsters. Our age range is from young babies to 3-4 years. Sarah on 020 8393 7299 or email via the church’s website www.wpbc.org.uk Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group is a very welcoming and relaxed place to meet new friends for yourself and your toddlers. We are open to all Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers. We meet in the Church Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 until 11.15am during term time

Tuesday

Toddling2Church, Christ Church with St Philip 2-3pm. Parents, carers and pre-school children are all welcome to join us for songs with percussion instruments, a Bible story simply and sensitively told, a story-related craft activity and, of course, drinks and biscuits.

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Wednesday

Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday Worcester Park Baptist Church 9.30-11.30- see Monday. we have vacancies on a Wednesday

Thursday

Carer and Toddler group for all families with twins and multiples. Come and meet other local families who understand all about having more than one of everything! We meet every Thursday at Worcester Park Baptist Church from 9.30- 11.30 am with toys, craft, songs, refreshments and stories during term time. Come along and join in - other pre-school siblings also welcome. There will be a minimal cost of £2 per family.

Friday

Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday

Saturday

Men behaving Dadly, Grace Church - every 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30 to 11 am, at Green Lane Primary School. For Dads and their pre-school children (0-4). The kids get to play with the toys, the Dads get a bacon roll and coffee, and Mums might possibly get a lie-in... £3 on the door. For more information & contact details, www.gracechurchworcesterpark.org Old Malden Library (Church Road, Worcester Park) Tuesdays, 10.30-11am, Rhyme time aimed at age 0-3 Tuesdays, 2.30-3pm, Story time aimed at age 3+

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A report came out this month which we found interesting. One of the key findings of research by a Sussex and Kent based Law Firm, Rix & Kaye, is that traditional agents are having to step in to support clients who have chosen to be represented by online agents in order to ensure that chains do not collapse and sales complete.

We must pass on all offers to vendors but are also asked to advise on the likelihood of those offers coming to fruition. An offer from a cash or first time buyer is always more likely to lead to completion. The shorter the chain, and fewer people involved, the more likely everything will be tied up quickly and successfully. We need to look for weaknesses in a chain and determine how that might impact our clients chances of making the move they hope for. We weigh up all factors, including the types of agent used by all parties in a chain, before making an assessment as to which offers tip the balance to sale agreed.

The largest UK estate agency, Countrywide, also chose to comment on this area. They had begun to offer an online, fee-up-front service alongside their traditional service but this has not been without problems. Chairman Peter Long stated the resulting hybrid digital fee proposition led to confusion for Countrywide customers who WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE expected to receive a full service at a In February it was revealed that there are reduced fee. 768,553 UK property millionaires, Guildford Most traditional agents don’t receive being the town with the most £1m-plus payment until a sale has completed and it’s properties. Zoopla have added a little fun therefore important that we have dedicated and introduced a ‘million pound calculator’ members of staff, progressors, whose task it to their website giving a current value for is to ensure all the necessary investigations your home and estimate as to when it would and paperwork are completed on a timely be worth seven figures. We had a little fun basis. Any chain is only as strong as it’s but weren’t convinced by their calculations. weakest link. We are very aware that when We find that Zoopla’s estimates of current an online agent is involved the chances of values are often wide of the mark, everything coming together is reduced. Fee increasingly so if a property hasn’t been up front agents will support listing, viewing sold for many years. Also, compared to our and negotiating a sale but, as they have records of actual sales, their 20 year already collected their fee, they do not average price rise of 4% per annum seems generally have strong progression services. an underestimate for most property types in This is an issue that has been gathering our area. If you are wondering what your momentum for a while and we are clearly home is really worth please give us a call not alone in having to pick up the pieces and take advantage of our many years of where that is not being done. very local experience.

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