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July Contents History by David Rymill Women through the centuries in Worcester Park 6 Ruth Jemmett Writes Quintilius, Julius, And Heymonath 9 Quiz 13 View from the City 14 Codeword 18 Malden Fortnight 20 Sudokus 26 Voice for Wildlife 24 Gardening 26 Recipe 29 Clubs 32 Parkin’ some thoughts 38 Kids Play 40 Solutions 42

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Welcome to Your Worcester Park Life We might be in the minority in Chez Stuart - in fact, the world! - but I have to admit that the ‘Village Voice’ HQ is essentially a football-free zone!! Yes, there really is very little world-cup action going on in our house this summer - which might leave you thinking that we have very little to do / talk about or watch on the telly!! But....on the contrary! Thanks to this fine warm weather and long summer evenings, there’s quite a considerable amount of watering to be done, his self has been enjoying lots of quiet time on the allotment and shed building and then of course there’s BBQs and summer fairs. By the time you read this, who knows what will be going on in Russia who will be in, who will be out! But as ever at this time of year, whatever happens this July, I’ll personally. be helping to ‘kick off’ the start of Malden Fortnight, making sure we score a real winner this year, pushing for extra time and all of you lovely people in Worcester Park are invited!! You can see what’s happening on p20&21. Please get in touch if your school, club or organisation is planning any events in August or September that we can help to promote - at no cost to you. Or if you have a local business and want to get the word out locally then check out our rates online www.maldenmedia.co.uk, or call me for a chat to see what would work best for you. And as a reader, please support the businesses that advertise, and let them know where you got their number from. In order to deliver the magazine to most of the KT4 postcode, we split the distribution over a two month period. So if you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the August one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, Worcester Park Library, St Mary’s and Christ Church with St Philip but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website. Until next time, best wishes,

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

Women through the centuries in Worcester Park WPL readers have responded splendidly to my question in May about a mug commemorating a Longfellow Road Silver Jubilee party in 1977 – was this the Longfellow Road in Worcester Park? The answer is: it was indeed, and several readers say that they have similar mugs. Debra MacLeod explains that on the same occasion children were given commemorative owl-shaped money boxes, and she kindly provided the photographs reproduced here. David Gardner adds that Braemar Road also had specially-overprinted mugs for the Silver Jubilee, which like the Longfellow Road mugs were made by the Fordham Pottery. Continuing the royal theme: there was a Worcester Park connection at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – as well as the presence of Sir John Major, formerly of 260 Longfellow Road. The carriage procession’s Household Cavalry escort was commanded by Lt. Col James Gaselee, whose greatgrandmother Clementina was a daughter of Auriol Auriol-Barker, after whom Auriol Park, Auriol Junior School, etc are named.

Our knowledge of women’s involvement in community life goes back many centuries: excavations in Old Malden at Manor Farm, the old Vicarage and Percy Gardens have revealed that people lived here from the Early Iron Age, c500 BC, and finds from the next few centuries have included a quern for grinding corn, and weaving loom weights, giving clues to women’s household activities – just as, from more recent times, recipes in private letters or in publications such as The Cuddingtonian hint at the domestic work that is usually unrecorded. Turning to women’s roles in the wider community: in local hospitals and other caring institutions, women have taken many roles, as early female GPs, and as members of the Daughters of the Cross (at St Anthony’s Hospital) and the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (who ran a home for elderly people at St Michael’s, now St Michael’s Close, on the corner of The Avenue and Cleveland Road). Local businesswomen have included Julia Greenwood, an early 20th-century postmistress and postcard publisher, and Clara Curtis, a dairy farmer in Ewell who kept some of her cattle at Coldharbour Farm, between Thorndon Gardens and Stoneleigh Park Road.

And now: a date for your diaries: St Mary’s Church at the top of The Avenue is planning to participate in the nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme again. The church will be open on Saturday 15th September, from 11am to 5pm. All are welcome and there is no need to book; refreshments will be available. There is plenty of car parking, and most of the church is accessible to wheelchair users (including wc). This time the nationwide organisers are suggesting an exhibition theme, Extraordinary Women, which we are planning to follow. This is a chance to celebrate some of the roles which women in Worcester Park, Cuddington, Old Malden and North Cheam have played over the centuries, both in the local community and in the wider world.

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Worcester Park, Old Malden and North Cheam: History at our Feet Published in 2012 and available at £10 (plus £2 towards postage if required) from the Rymill family. Ring 020 8330 6563 for more details. This 300-page book tells the story of Worcester Park from the Iron Age to the present day, and includes memories of local life from 1908 onwards, and over 150 maps, photographs and drawings - mostly never published before.

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Women have been prominent in local education: the first headteachers of most nearby maintained schools were women, including Harriet Starr at Cheam Common in 1869, Miss B Hayter at Stoneleigh West Junior and Infants’ (now Auriol and The Mead), Iris Smith at Cuddington Primary, and Barbara Furneaux, who pioneered the education of children with autism, at Linden Bridge. Sadly I have very few photographs of local teachers; please get in touch if you can help with this. In churches and local organisations, women have played crucial roles – such as Miss J K Taylor, a Girl Guides’ leader for nearly 50 years, shown (at extreme left) in relaxed pose in this photograph of a Worcester Park and Old Malden Rangers’ camp in 1946 (courtesy of the late Dorothy West).

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Wartime has seen women undertaking additional or unexpected roles: during the First World War women formed much of the workforce making munitions at the Brocks Fireworks factory, now the Brocks Drive estate at North Cheam – and the war memorial in St Philip’s Churchyard records that Eliza Bailey, of Longfellow Road, was among those killed doing this dangerous work. The theme was chosen by the HODs organisers to mark the centenary of some women becoming able to vote, so was anyone from Worcester Park involved in the suffrage movement? As yet I can’t be sure, but I recently read on the blog of researcher and writer Elizabeth Crawford at https://womanandhersphere. com about some of the donors to the Women’s Social and Political Union named in their newspaper Votes for Women in 1911, including Susan Cunnington who donated five shillings. Elizabeth Crawford suggests that, of the few people named Susan Cunnington alive in 1911, the most likely had been teaching maths in 1891 at the Worcester Park Centre School, part of a network of junior and senior girls’ private schools, plus a Cambridge college for women (this school was in The Avenue, where Lansdowne Court and part of Rushmere Court are now). She also wrote numerous books, mainly aimed at young people, ranging from The Story of Arithmetic to Home and State: an introduction to the study of economics and civics. The ‘Extraordinary Women’ theme isn’t meant to celebrate only women who became famous – although I plan to include several who were active in literature, art, etc – but also the commitment of unsung women to their communities and families. I am sure there are many women from Worcester Park and hereabouts who could be featured, that I don’t know about, so please tell me about anyone you think should be included. At the last Heritage Open Day we had a ‘memory wall’ where anyone could contribute memories, in advance or on the day, concerning the exhibition theme, and I’d like to repeat that: so if you would like to send in your recollections – just a line or two, or something longer – about a local woman who has inspired you – perhaps a teacher, a Guider, someone who launched you on a career path, or a member of your family, I’d be delighted to include them. David.Rymill1993@alumni.aber.ac.uk (020) 8330 6563

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Ruth Jemmett Writes Quintilius, Julius, And Heymonath By Ruth Jemmett

July - by any other name It is hard to believe that Midsummer’s Day is behind us already. It seems only yesterday that I was sweeping snow away! July is the seventh month of the year, according to the Gregorian calendar. It was the fifth month in the early calendar of ancient Romans. They called it Quintilius, which meant ‘fifth’. They eventually renamed the month ‘Julius’ in honour of Julius Caesar, who was born on 12th July. The Anglo Saxon names for the month, included Haymonath, or Maed Monath, which related, respectively to hay-making and the flowering of meadows. According to an old English proverb - “If the first of July be rainy weather, it will rain, more or less, for four weeks together”. Let us hope that the proverb doesn’t turn out to be true! Also, let us not forget that St Swithin’s day tells us on the 15th of the month if the heavens should open, forty days of rain will ensue! All I can say is ‘keep your brolly hand just in case!” On the 2nd of the month tennis lovers everywhere will be flocking to Wimbledon. Our country’s performances there can be very unpredictable. We don’t invest in the sport enough, with our young hopefuls often finding that their local sports facilities have fallen prey to property developers, who delight in buying up school fields - and indeed, any patch of green that will fill their coffers. No wonder we struggle at Wimbledon! On 4th July it will of course be American Independence Day, which commemorates the formal adoption of The Declaration of Independence in 1776. The first official celebration took place in Massachusetts in 1781, and other places in the United States soon followed suit by marking the day with marches, speeches and fireworks. In 1916 Coney Island decided to get in on the act with

its famous 4th of July Hot Dog eating contest. Competitors saw how many hot dogs they could eat in twelve minutes. The record is fifty and a half! I can think of many people who don’t need a special day in the year to grab a hot dog! This particular day is also popular at Henley in the U.K., where lovers of Pimm’s congregate to watch the annual regatta. Hampton Court also opens its doors for the wonderful annual flower show too. I remember July 4th for a different reason. When I was eight years old Britain’s fourteen years of food rationing ended. During those lean post-war years I remember standing next to my mother in local shops, as she produced her ration book, so that she could buy essentials, such as tea or sugar. You didn’t see many fat people around in those days! It has been a busy time at Chez Jemmett this summer, as the rain and sun conspired to turn our garden into a place badly in need of TLC! I have more or less caught up with things, but gardens are like the Forth Bridge - the work is never finished! I gave a big sigh of relief when the pond had been sorted out. Our ten fish are looking very healthy, and we recently discovered that a newt has taken up residence. I had always wondered why our fish had never bred, but since we introduced three new goldfish to the pond, things have turned, er, shall we say, rather frisky! Hopefully we will see some small fry soon. The pond has been very popular with dragonflies. pick of a beautiful blue one that recently paid us a visit. Our tame local foxes seem to think they live here, and fearlessly walk around us. They have learned to sit on command for food, and delight our visitors. We are so lucky to live in an area that has an incredible variety of birds and animals. I recently spent a weekend in Dorking, and even though we rarely see sparrows in Worcester Park any more I am delighted to say that they are alive and well in southern Surrey. While I was there I enjoyed a traditional cream tea in Shere, and saw the lovely local windmill. We are so fortunate to be so near to London, but can delight in walking in stunning countryside after a short drive down the A3.

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When one is a home-owner there is always something that needs doing. I recently noticed that some brickwork had fallen off one of my chimneys, so that will be dealt with soon, along with a leak in the lean-to. I know that young people are champing at the bit to be home-owners, but that first mortgage payment, however thrilling it seems at the time, is the doorway to a money pit that gobbles up your income to keep builders, decorators and plumbers in employment for years, and years ….! I cannot believe that the Live Aid concert on 13th of July as long ago as1985. It was broadcast to 160 countries, and was meant to inspire us to cure many of the problems of the third world. How sad to think that all these years later our television screens are filled with people imploring us to do exactly the same thing. Millions of pounds are found to fund sport and wars. When will our world get its priorities right? Seventeen years previously Neil Armstrong had been the first man to walk on the moon. Perhaps we should have invested the money spent on space travel on feeding our starving people on earth first. On 29th July in 1907 Robert Baden-Powell took a group of boys to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, for the world’s very first scout camp. The scout movement

was meant to foster a sense of loyalty, honour, and good citizenship. Physical exercise was encouraged, and skills such as first aid were taught. Scouting still exists, and has moved into the modern age by encouraging girls to join. If all schools incorporated scouting into their syllabuses perhaps we wouldn’t have so many aimless-looking youths hanging around in shopping malls, or making mindless attacks on innocent people. Of course discipline should ideally start in the home, but sadly the good role models aren’t always there. Where is Baden Powell when we need him?! I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. Despite the demands of life, try and find time for yourself. As the American comedian Will Rogers once observed: “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we’ve rushed through life trying to save”. I am a great fan of the current trend of ‘Mindfulness’. Living with cancer has made me exist in the moment, and not waste time on things that really don’t matter. The housework will always be there, but making time for the people that you love is more important. Stop and smell those roses!

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View from the City Maintaining the value of money

Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder of Seven Investment Management UK Finance, a trade body for the banking and finance sector, has released its latest findings as to how we pay for any goods and services bought. And for the first time debit card payments overtook cash ones. In 2017, there were apparently 13.2bn debit card payments, slightly higher than the 13.1bn cash payments. While the card payments had always been expected to overtake the number carried out in cash, it did so many months ahead of the association’s original forecasts. The reason cited for the surge is the use of contactless – 63% of us are taking advantage of the convenient way to pay. And it’s being used across all age groups – it’s not just the millennials taking up the technology. Meanwhile in 2017, some 3.4mn people hardly used cash at all versus 2.2mn people who primarily used cash. Of course, now that cards have overtaken cash in the rankings, we can only expect the gap to widen – not least as people are now also using phones and watches to pay for things. Cash is expected to remain in its second place until 2027, but I worry that it’s falling out of favour more rapidly than expected, even if we’re being reassured that it still does have a place. And this should be a concern.

overdraft but you’re still far less likely to know what’s been spent on any one day. But for me the real horror is the credit cards currently lurking in third place, but forecast to overtake cash in the future. There – together with one of my pet peeves of storecards – you can easily go into an unauthorised overdraft and then the banks charges are very hefty indeed. Readers of my columns over the years may know that I myself got into quite serious problems at university, racking up a level of debt that took me some six years to pay off – and it was particularly grievous that this meant I was paying for compounding charges, as well as my original overspend. Having a credit limit unfortunately can be taken as a licence to spend up to that limit. The other advantage of having physical funds to pay for things is that you actually learn something about finance. You quickly appreciate basic arithmetic and it is also a skill that any offspring can appreciate. I may sound like a stuck-in-the-mud, but one that is likely to be far more solvent than some of my progressive peers. Seven Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered office: 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AS. Registered in England and Wales No. OC378740.

I completely appreciate that paying for a drink when you have your hands full of hot liquid is never a great time to be juggling a purse or wallet, and queues to get on public transport are much quicker to file through. However, I firmly believe that it is much harder to keep track of all those payments when you’re just tapping your card against any amount up to £30. It might, of course, be my age that has me squinting at the screen and struggling to see how much I’m spending. But I do believe that parting with £5 of paper is more difficult than any contactless transaction. The very need to physically hand over something is hard – I constantly go through the opportunity cost of that cash. That doesn’t seem to happen when I’m just waiting for a bleep. The people this will also most affect is the millennials – more likely to use technology but also (for now and on average) more likely to be budgeting. If you’re using cash, you can see when you’ve spent up. Using a debit card shouldn’t leave you paying for an authorised

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Malden Fun Run Beverley Park 9am. Free to Princess Ida Gilbert & Sullivan enter 5km Fun Run. There will also be a 100m Presented by the Malden Community dash for children which will start after the Choir 7.30pm. last runner of the 5km event has crossed As in the acclaimed production of the finish line. `Iolanthe’ last year, the plot turns This year the Malden Centre have kindly on the battle of the sexes, and the offered to sponsor medals for all 5K women have to contemplate finishers along with a 7 day gym pass for Let’s CL facing heavy armour and artillery. r e h t our UB toge nity and swim voucher. All 100m kids dash The subject is topical- women’s Commu finishers will receive a certificate and education and equality, but there is swim voucher. Register online by 4th a between Princess Ida’s vision Malden Fortnight of aclash July, no entrants on the day, sorry! women’s university and the plans Grand Parade - Sponsored by Pearson of her father and prospective father Hards Solicitors New Malden High Street 2pm. This is -in-law. However, the heroes try a softer approach to one of the busiest days of the year in our High Street charm the women out of their avowed intention to live and promises to pull in the crowds. The theme of on a higher plane without them, which involves some this year’s parade, of course, is Let’s all Club together hilarious cross-dressing and mistaken identity. The for the Community - a celebration of local clubs and opera contains some of the loveliest music Sullivan organisations. ever wrote in this genre, and one sequence of songs See you there! is often called `the string of pearls’. This evening’s Charity Cream Tea Afternoon at Tadworth Scout Hut entertainment is not to be missed. Tickets are £10 from 2.30-5.30pm 1st Malden Scout Group’s eighth annual the Malden Centre and include interval refreshments. Scout Cream Tea and the event is now firmly on the Malden Fortnight calendar. Starting immediately after the Grand Parade and only a couple of minutes’ walk from the Fountain roundabout, our Scout Malden Camera Club’s 62nd Annual Exhibition (also Headquarters in Tadworth Avenue and its large garden Saturday) will be transformed into a ‘pop-up’ café. Last year Cubs, We will be having our annual exhibition of images Scouts, Explorers and their helpful parents served taken by Malden Camera Club members at the more than 200 cream teas with homemade scones, jam Malden Methodist Church (‘The Church on the High and clotted cream to New Malden families over the Street’). We choose our best pictures to show and the afternoon. Once again we’ll have entertainment from exhibition has an eclectic mix styles and topics, so the New MUGs, a local ukulele group and there’ll be there should be something to interest everyone. an inflatable to keep the children busy. We hope you’ll Admission is free, and refreshments will always be be able to join us. It’s a great way to relax and catch up available. with friends after the parade. This exhibition is also a competition for club members, Beverley Park Allotments Open Afternoon 2-6pm so we will be asking you to select your favourite Beverley Park allotments, (entrance gate opposite 83 images to decide who will be our club’s “Photographer Park View, New Malden) next to the Rose Garden, will of the Year”. We look forward to seeing you there! And be holding an Open Afternoon on Saturday 7th July, if you would like to buy any of the photos on display, from 2 - 6 pm. Entry 50p for adults, children free. There then please speak to a club member. will be a plant sale, refreshments, home-made cakes Murder Most Malden - fundraising for The Lunchbowl and a scarecrow competition. Do come and visit us Network. Are you a closet Poirot, Marple or Holmes? after the Parade! Come test your sleuthing skills at this quite unique event. The event will take place in Christ Church New Malden lounge and surrounding area.... 7-10pm. Children 12 and over welcome. Tickets £5 and £10 for Community Celebration service 10.30am. Methodist adults. Buy them from Suttles in the High Street, Church, New Malden High St. or email MMM@lunchbowl.org A special service r giving thanks for the life of the local community. This will be a special and fun occasion for people of all ages. We would like to invite as many representatives of any and all clubs and organisations Craft Fair all day New Malden High Street. Over 90 and people from the community at large as possible. All are most welcome.

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stalls will line both sides of the High Street. Come and enjoy this great day. Light Lunches served at the Methodist Church in the High Street 12noon - 2pm. St James’ Summer Fete, 10.30am to 2.30pm: Celebrate Summer, enjoy a barbecue, tasty English and Korean foods, cream teas. Delicious home-made cakes and preserves, toys, books, plants, bric-a-brac. Face painting, live band, Games for all the family. Proceeds to support St James’ work in the community. Entry £1. Held at St James Church corner of Bodley and Malden Road, KT3 5QE. Buses 213,K1, 265” Adult Education Exhibition 10am - 3pm Malden Centre - Main Hall FREE - just turn up! You can also try some of our crafts for free! Exhibition of work from the Malden Centre Adult Education students and tutors. Paintings, Ceramics, Calligraphy, Floristry, Making Clothes, Quilting & Upholstery. Come and meet our tutors and students. Call 020 8336 7770 for further information. Malden Golf Club Open Day. 10am-4pm, Traps Lane, KT3 4RS. Please drop in to find out more about us and the wonderful game of golf. It’s great fun and great exercise whatever your age, fitness level or sporting prowess. Players looking for a club, beginners and all the family are very welcome. The Wimbledon final will be on the TV, refreshments will be available and existing members will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions! Open Day - Malden Lime Grove Bowling Club, located in Lime Grove opposite Christ Church Infant School from 11am till 4pm. All are welcome to come along and have a go on the bowling green, at this friendly, local club. Our members look forward to seeing you! Contact no: Sue, 0208 395 6778

Sunday 15th July

Heritage Walks Sunday 15th and 22nd July 2018 at 1.30pm-4.30pm. Meet in St George’s Square .Join local historian Robin Gill (Village Voice) and tour guide, Julian McCarthy on a fun, informative but leisurely stroll recounting the history of various parts of New Malden with photos, old maps and anecdotes. Numbers are limited to 20 per walk so please call 020 8395 4490 and leave your name, contact details and number of people on the walk. Walks are free but a collection will be made at the end on behalf of the Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society.

Thursday 19th July

Tom Kelley Memorial Slide Show 7.30pm until 10pm. The MEFAS centre (Rear of the Malden Centre, Cocks Crescent).

One of the most talked about features of the Malden Fortnight, for many years, was the evening slide show of old photographs and accompanying anecdotes, presented by local historian Tom Kelley. In honour of the tradition set years ago by Tom, local history author, tour guide and archivist for the Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society, Julian McCarthy, once again presents the Tom Kelley Memorial Slide Show at the M.E.F.A.S. Room of the Malden Centre There is no charge but a collection at the end of the evening will be made for M.E.F.A.S. The show changes each year so will be fresh and new for all that come.

Saturday 21st July

Positive Health New Malden Methodist Church 2pm to 5pm. Fabulous free taster sessions - Zumba, yoga, mediation, back health and life coaching with the fantastic Forever aloe vera products to sample. alldayaloe@gmail.com or 07803 128920 to book in advance Charity Big Band Concert sponsored by Whitman Fry & Travelharbour In memory of Dave Marrion. Taking place in the Methodist Church High Street New Malden at 7.30 pm. Tickets £10 on sale in Tudor Williams Store and on the door.

Sunday 22nd July

Sports Club Open Day 10am to 4pm New Malden Tennis Squash & Badminton Club, Somerset Close, New Malden. There’s something for all the family and it’s FREE. Try Tennis, squash, racketball, badminton, exercise classes, or even a workout with our gym instructors. All our coaches will be on hand to help. Special offers for new members joining on the day. New Malden Dog Show 1pm Blagdon Park. If you think that your dog is the greatest, come along to the Fun Dog Show in Blagdon Road Park (behind the Malden Centre). Booking-in is from 1 p.m. and judging starts at 2 p.m. There are ten classes, including dog with the waggiest tail, dog most like its owner, best condition coat, best biscuit catcher best geriatric and the best dog in fancy dress. You also have a chance to enter the owner and dog egg & spoon race, which is more difficult than you would expect. Dogs don’t need a pedigree, but they must be over 6 months old and be good with other dogs and people. Come along with or without your dog. It’s a great afternoon out for everyone and who knows, you may be taking home the cup to say that you own – The Best Dog in New Malden. Heritage Walks See Sunday 15th for more information.

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams On the internet this past month I have seen no less that six different articles, taken from various publications, including our own Guardian newspaper, on the connection between climate change and the consumption of animals. The cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead, whose famous quote, ‘ Never doubt that a group of concerned, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has’, is one of my all time favourite inspirational and motivational texts. She also had this to say: “It is easier to change a man’s religion than his diet”. If she is right, we are in serious trouble. Ruby Hamad of ‘The Drum’ has this to say: “It’s estimated that 70% of agricultural emissions come directly from livestock - and about 37% of total global methane emissions and so it is clear that moving away from animal products is not just potentially significant but downright necessary”. A 2010 UN report, ‘Priority, Products and Materials’ concluded that “ A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products”. The researchers for this report warn that “animal products, both meat and dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives” This being the case, The Drum article goes on: “No-one who cares about the threat of climate change is ignorant of the importance of renewable energy and a reduction in energy use. So why do we still have our collective head in the sand about the need to change our diet?” Why indeed? I ask myself this every single day. BBC Springwatch this year has highlighted the devastating effects that climate change is already having on our wildlife - messing up migratory patterns for many birds, compromising breeding success for both birds and amphibians because of freak and extreme weather conditions arriving suddenly and unseasonably during the most important time of year for them, when they need to raise young. As if this is not enough, our farming practices throughout this country - and, in many other parts of the world also - are not friendly to wildlife. Most of the crops grown are, in fact, used as animal fodder and few of them are organically grown - pesticide laden crops have destroyed alarming numbers of insects. Without a good supply of insects, our songbirds cannot possibly raise young successfully. Water is also vital for insects as many of them go through their larval stage in water. The draining of wetlands and the filling in of so many small ponds is a disastrous policy for wildlife.

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Chris Packham, talking to The Guardian, recently warned that “ we are presiding over an ecological apocalypse and Britain is increasingly a green and unpleasant land.” He says we have “normalised a national catastrophe and only see a wealth of wildlife in nature reserves, with the wider countryside bereft of life”. He went on to say that he ‘looked at the rolling hills beyond this year’s setting for Springwatch on the National Trust’s Sherborne Estate in the Cotswolds and despaired. How many wildflowers can we see? None. Where’s the pink of the ragged robin? Where’s the yellow of the flag iris? The other colours are not there. It’s not green and pleasant - it’s green and unpleasant.” I could not agree more with Mr Packham’s viewpoint. So what are we going to do about it? In my own small way, I try to do what people like him do - I try to urge people to care and then to act. And, of course, I do all in my personal power to encourage Nature on my own patch help it to flourish. My garden is like an oasis in the midst of neighbouring patches covered in sheds, boring mown lawns, paving and garden play equipment. But I seem to have lived during the decades of Nature’s worst decline -a time of attack from pesticides, persecution, insensitive development, extensive road building that fragments habitat, gardens being turned into parking lots, damaging industrial practices etc, etc - the litany of destruction seems endless - with most ordinary folk seeming either oblivious or not motivated enough to do anything but wring their hands and sigh. The devastating effects of animal farming on the wider environment have only truly come to light in the past decade or so, beginning with a UN report entitled ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow’ - but the issue is now increasingly coming to the fore, with voices like George Monbiot frequently urging reduction of reliance on animal-based products for the sake of the environment. A very recent Guardian article was entitled “Vast animal feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying the planet” - the statistics in the article came from WWF and are mind-blowingly awful. The report stated that ‘60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on earth’s resources’. In the body of the article, I read this : “The vast scale of growing crops such as soy to rear chickens, pigs and other animals puts an enormous strain on natural resources, leading to the widescale loss of land and species”. And this: “Protein rich soy is now produced in such huge quantities that the average European consumes approximately 61kg each year, largely indirectly by eating animal products, such as chicken, pork, salmon, cheese. milk and eggs.” As a vegan, I often hear people banging on about soya, and it’s various ‘disadvantages’ - all in some vain attempt to discredit the compassionate vegan lifestyle - but all of these folk are totally discounting the fact, that they, as animal eaters, are consuming far more soy than I do, as an ethical vegan, and that - as the quote from the WWF report

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above, shows, most of the crop is actually fed to animals whose bodies, milk and eggs will end up in the stomachs of non vegan humans. Here is more from this groundbreaking, important WWF study: “In 2010, the British livestock industry needed an area the size of Yorkshire to produce the soy used in feed. But if global demand for meat grows as expected, soy production would need to increase by nearly 80% by 2050” What on earth are we doing to this world with this astonishingly, destructive way of feeding ourselves? Please take this seriously! We are literally eating our planet to death here. Burger King animal feed is sourced from deforested lands in Brazil and Bolivia. There are 23 billion domestic geese, ducks,chickens, turkeys and guinea fowl on the planet more than 3 per person - the biggest user of crop-based feed globally is poultry. The second largest is the pig industry. In the US there are also countless zero pasture feed lots for cows used to produce beef - and these are now coming to the UK and are, as yet, totally unregulated - this shocker from another Guardian article. Dairy farming is similarly intensive - and becoming increasingly so here in the UK also. Bovine TB is caused

by overcrowded, insanitary conditions - our badgers seem to be the scapegoats here. Who is still consuming dairy? Why, if you care about badgers? The amount of fresh water needed to produce just one litre of cow’s milk for human consumption is extraordinary - from watering the fodder crops to all the cleaning of equipment, bottling etc, it amounts to appalling waste of fresh water. Plant milks - even from almonds grown in California - use far less water per unit. Imagine if all that soy grown for animal fodder was used to make soya milk and plant-based meats directly for human consumption. There are loads of alternatives now to animal -based products. Please swap to them and do your bit to help steer us away from the nightmare scenario painted in the WWF report I have quoted extracts from above. Together we can make a difference, since, together, we have all caused this situation. To be part of the solution, not the problem, must be our aim, as caring, responsible citizens of earth and people who love wildlife. To sum up - from carbon and methane emissions, to polluting effluent from factory farms, pesticide run off and unsustainable resource consumption, the habit of eating animals - assuming the cruelty aspect of it all does not bother you in the slightest - has become an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions which, of course, will mean extinction for many species, both plant and animal, and an increasingly seriously impoverished natural world. Do we want this? So - yes - this article is to alert you to the radical idea that one of the best things you can do for wildlife and the whole of Nature is to change your diet. Please do create space for local wildlife in your garden, reduce your plastic use, pick up litter, put up nestboxes and feeders, encourage the planting of meadows in parks and school grounds etc - but remember, that these things alone can never be enough, with the world in the state that it is now, sadly, in. Urgent, drastic action is required. We have to join the fight to stabilise the climate, heal the oceans and bring back biodiversity. Nature will move in when given a chance. Remember the quote from Margaret Mead at the start of my article? Be one of the concerned, committed individuals who help change the world -never tire of challenging yourself to do as much as you possibly can. I end with a quote from Albert Einstein: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

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Gardening Essential Scent Pippa Greenwood No matter how good your garden may look, without scent it is missing a vital ingredient – and you don’t have to sacrifice colour and texture when using perfumed plants, as many heavily-scented flowers are also really good-looking. Perfume plays a role in plant evolution and is often used to attract attention to the flower and thus entice a suitable pollinator. The insect enjoys the flower’s nectar and pollinates it in the process, increasing the chances of it producing a new generation. Many plants produce an alluring perfume during the evening or night-time, and at this time of day moths can be useful pollinators, especially during the summer months. So although a plant like the sweetly-perfumed night-scented stock may not have flamboyant flowers, it will be successfully pollinated. Weather conditions can alter the level of perfume that reaches us, and in a wind-swept spot the perfume can literally be blown away. Unusually low temperatures can also cause scent levels to drop. So bear this in mind when choosing where to put your perfumed plants. Smaller or more subtly-scented plants, such as some of the polyanthus or the miniature iris, should be planted in raised areas or in pots – otherwise their perfume can easily pass you by! A small pergola makes a great home for perfumed climbers, and what could be lovelier than to wander from one part of the garden to another via a tunnel of perfume? Perfumed roses such as the repeat flowering climbers ‘Ena Harkness’ (red) or ‘New Dawn’ (pale, dusky pink) or ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ (brightest pink) have flexible stems and are ideal. Place smaller perfumed plants such as ‘Nemesia Fragrant Cloud’ or lavenders into window boxes or wall baskets, and enjoy their wonderful perfume in your house as it wafts in through windows left ajar.

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For sitting out after sundown, plant flowers that are at their best in the evening. For a warm summer’s evening the small creamy-white flowers of nightscented stock take some beating, or try the nightperfumed nicotianas or tobacco plants such as Nicotiana sylvestris. Combine the vibrant colours of bedding plants with some scented stunners in patio pots and other containers. How about some hyacinths or the Heliotrope or cherry pie, with its flowers in white or shades of purple which will produce perfume throughout the summer? Disguise a less-than-attractive house or garage wall with wall shrubs; in a sunny spot the blue-flowered Ceaonothus produces a distinctly honey-perfumed scent, or on well-drained soil the pineapple broom Cytissus batanderei looks and smells sensational, with its lovely silvery-coloured foliage, bright yellow flowers and pineapple-scented blooms. Create an arbour from a kit or from scratch and clothe it in perfumed climbers such as sweetly-scented roses or, in a shadier spot, spicily-scented honeysuckle. Sitting in the shade of the plants with their flowers’ scents all around is pure heaven! Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll find some great gardening items: Nemaslug, green controls for leatherjackets, chafer grubs, ants and greenfly, plus garden plant supports, raised bed kits, Easy-Tunnels, gardening tools, Grower Frames, signed books and more! Or why not book Pippa for a gardening talk?

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Summer weather arrived in time for a glorious early May bank holiday and promptly disappeared again. We hope that will be temporary and the sun will shine again for diary dates in the area that put us on the international stage. The Royal Wedding, Epsom Derby and Wimbledon will no doubt excite some and not others, but there is a bigger sporting event ahead of us.

Thankfully all our team live within the area so we were there with the full set of keys quickly on both occasions, however it’s a huge inconvenience for anybody to be locked out of their home for any length of time. Mr Z & Miss C, we hope you will accept our public apology. SPECTRE

This month it was reported that the number of middle aged renters has doubled in the last decade. Their parents would likely have been a fair way through a typical 25 year mortgage at the same age with the prospect of being mortgage free before retirement. Renting does have several pros including flexibility both of location and property size, and the landlord being responsible for maintenance and repairs. In the short to medium term renting is often cost effective being cheaper than a mortgage, insurance, service charges and upkeep etc. In the longer term however tenants don’t reap the benefit of property price rises which only NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN Some vendors prefer to be at home for make a step onto the property ladder more viewings though most do not. When we difficult. The spectre of renting for life is a leave a property we take pains to leave it as reality for many. it was when we entered. Generally this Mindful of this we’ve seen a rise in parents means making sure shoes are removed, to assisting their children to buy. At first glance seems straightforward however prevent soiled flooring, internal doors and this curtains are checked and the property is changes in various legislation can make it a far more complicated process than many secured. Recently we have embarrassed imagine and we have a couple of sales ourselves not once but twice at the same going through very slowly at the moment as property, and both times after we had a result. If this is something you are closed for the day. We have left the property considering we would be happy to chat so secure the owner couldn’t re-enter. To through the various hurdles and recommend you take advice well in advance. say we are mortified is an understatement. The World Cup and a month of football, hosted by Russia, is nearly upon us. While many can’t wait for it to start others don’t always share that enthusiasm. Events such as this have a mixed effect on us. The number of email enquiries, and those through Rightmove and Zoopla, rise considerably during big matches. Meanwhile viewings are better scheduled around important games. There is a much lower chance that an ardent fan will fall in love with even a perfect home if they would rather be watching the live action!

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Recipe Roast salmon with tomato and asparagus tagliatelle This light summery supper is on the table in less than 30 minutes – perfect when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. If you prefer, replace the salmon with pieces of cod loin or smoked haddock fillets Serves 4 Ready in 20 minutes 4 x 175g pieces salmon fillet Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp olive oil 250g cherry tomatoes 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced 250g tagliatelle (see Tip) 150g asparagus tips 1 tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley Lemon wedges to serve 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Place the salmon on a lightly oiled shallow roasting tin. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and drizzle over the lemon juice. 2 Place the cherry tomatoes in a bowl and add half of the oil and the garlic. Toss gently to coat. Place in the roasting tin around the salmon. Roast for 12-15 minutes until the salmon is just cooked through and the tomatoes have softened. 3 Meanwhile cook the tagliatelle in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes or according to the packet instructions. Add the asparagus tips to the pan for the final 3 minutes. Drain well. Return to the pan. 4 Add the roast cherry tomatoes and the remaining olive oil to the tagliatelle and asparagus and toss together. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 4 Divide the pasta between four warmed plates. Top with the roasted salmon, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve with the lemon wedges.

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What’s On Green Lane Primary School warmly invites you to visit our annual Summer Fair on Saturday 7th July (11am - 3pm). Entry is free, and there will be plenty of fun for all the family, including an inflatable funzone, funfair rides, dance and music performances (featuring PureVibez), traditional games, market stalls, archery, tombola, BBQ, cakes and cream teas. Don’t miss the brilliantly entertaining Sheep Show (complete with dancing sheep and sheep shearing), or a chance to see our visiting miniature pigs. For a great day out, join us at Green Lane Primary School, Green Lane, Worcester Park, KT4 8AS.

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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

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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,

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.

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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

“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

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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 Probus Club of Ewell has been attracting businessmen from Worcester Park and its surrounding areas with a broad range of professional and business backgrounds.

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We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at Banstead Golf Club 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. 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. ‘You Must Remember This’. 2 – 3.30pm. Except the first Wednesday of each month. Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent. KT17 0RT. This new singing group opens on May 9th and is for those living with memory problems, sometimes associated with Dementia, and those caring for them. Singing can help revive memories whilst sharing in fun and making new friends. Everyone should be accompanied by a relative, friend or carer and this is also a time for you, when you can share your experiences with others in the same situation over a friendly cup of tea. NO singing experience necessary, just come and enjoy yourselves. Cost £1.50 per week. Jeananne on 07729 028850

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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 (

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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 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

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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 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

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SCILL 020 8770 4065 Sutton Vision 020 8409 7166 Christ Church with St Philip 020 8330 7630

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/

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

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.

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

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Quest a meeting place for people with physical Sunday disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, North Cheam badminton club meet every Sunday at once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the the Elmcroft Community Hall North Cheam. club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for We are a small mixed club looking for new members of the members and allow the carers to have a regular reasonable club standard especially ladies. P U T Ybreak. O U RAnnual G A subscription. R D E N Mand A I£2.50 N T EforNlunch. ANC H E Pat Odonnell on 02083938895. WeE I N T Contact H A N D have S Ovarious F S Osocial M Eactivities ONE W H O R E A L L Y C A R E S' and every second month General we have a speaker. Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Auriol Bowling Club Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Drive, the 2nd and 4th Fridays - Tree surgery - One offWorcester Tidy Park. We meet Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m - Stump Grinding 25 women, who play outdoors from April to Sept with a - Garden Maintenance June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220 busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against - Strimming and Weeding - Decking and Lawns other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. David - Garden clearance - Hedge Trimming Regan 020 8337 8919 www.auriolbowlingclub.com. - Path and Patio WashingCuddington Bowling Club Sandringham Road, - Landscaping 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 ‘PUT YOUR GARDEN MAINTENANCE INTel: THE020 8330 7787 pressgardenservices.co.uk fee £8. All standards of dancing. HANDS OF SOMEONE WHO REALLY CARES’ Friday727 4th272 May and Friday 18th. w.cypressgardenservices.co.uk Mobile: 07958 National Trust - Epsom, Ewell and District - One off Tidy Supporters Group Formed in 1971, we run a varied - Garden Maintenance programme of social eventswhich includes Evening - Decking and Lawns Lectures at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from Oct. - Hedge Trimming to June, Coach Outings which visit historichouses and - Landscaping gardens(not necessarily N.T.),Guided London Walks, and - Tree surgery other trips to London e.g.The Magic Circle, The Royal Opera House (backstage tour).Other special events - Stump Grinding include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch. - Strimming & Weeding Newsletters are produced four times a year.If you would - Garden clearance like more information please visit our website: - Path & Patio Washing www.epsom-ewell-district-nt.co.uk or telephone Paul on IN THE INTENANCE GARDEN MA RES' REALLY CA 'PUT YOUR EONE WHO M O S F O S D HAN - Tree surgery g - One off Tidy - Stump Grindin nance Weeding - Garden Mainte - Strimming and ns - Decking and Law den clearance Gar g shing Wa o - Hedge Trimmin Pati - Path and - Landscaping

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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Life in the slow lane To me sailing is an exercise in slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet and miserable. Indeed, I’m not renowned for my salty sea doggery or for my outward boundiness. It therefore came as somewhat of a surprise to all at Hazell Towers when, tasked with coming up with something different to do for half term, I proposed a long weekend meandering along the Kennet and Avon’s waterways in a narrow boat. The initial reaction of the younger members of the family was, shall we say, less than positive. One child burst into tears and the other expressed a preference for Center Parcs. On the basis we were more likely to contract Weils disease by simply thinking of getting into a pool at that most ghastly of institutes of day light robbery, I insisted we embark on a water born adventure. So it was that two nervous children, the septuagenarian in-laws, a highly strung dog with a dislike of water, the long suffering Mrs H and an gentleman of infirm disposition found themselves alighting the 65 foot “Ivory Gull” and setting sail (or whatever the barging equivalent is) towards Bradford-upon-Avon. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? According to the obligatory safety briefing, the answer to this question was pretty much everything. After 30 minutes of doom laden prophesies, it was clear that I was about to take charge of what, in the wrong hands, would be a weapon of mass destruction which would either sink, capsize, cause a decapitation, drowning or on-board inferno. I’d come for a quiet weekend not to participate in some disaster movie, so it was with a degree of trepidation that we set off, the zig zag pattern adopted by the boat in front of us suggesting that either U Boats were active in the canal or its captain had consumed more than his rum ration. The first few hours on the water did little to convince me that I wasn’t about to experience the canal boat equivalent of the Poseidon Adventure. Almost immediately, on a bend, with boats moored on either side and with Dudley taking rather loud exception to two equally vocal dogs on

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the tow path we encountered an overloaded and listing boat crewed by a stag party who by their chosen course, seemed to think that narrow boating was some kind of contact sport. Ignoring the frantic hand signals and suggestions from the front of our boat which I could neither see or hear, with my eyes closed, fingers crossed and hosting Niagara Falls under my shirt, disaster was avoided. Yet despite this unsettling introduction it proved to be a thoroughly worthwhile experience. It took a while to relax, particularly after an early attempt with the not so delicate hand of Grandpa “ramming speed” Scourfield on the throttle to turn our 65ft barge around in a 60ft turning circle and the need for an Ambulance for the mother in law whose unintended mooring of the boat to her right leg was rewarded by a torn hamstring and a bruise the size of Wiltshire, but relax we eventually did. There was something refreshingly simple and enjoyable about being forced to take things at the pace of a stampede of turtles. It contrasts so much with the lives we all lead. There was also a shared spirit and warmth that you don’t experience on the daily commute. It would actually seem odd not to greet the crew of a passing craft or acknowledge those on the towpath striding ahead of the boat. An antidote to the eye contact avoiding preference of day to day living in the Capital. Canal boating is in fact a bit like life with Parkinson’s. It’s a slow, sometimes frustrating experience, hard to manoeuvre and difficult to stop or control. Sometimes though if you accept it for what it is and go at the pace it dictates, it just might be possible to shed a few of life’s cares and enjoy yourself in a way you wouldn’t have thought possible before experiencing it. Of course, it helps if it’s not raining!

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

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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

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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.

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

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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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