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Worcester Park Life

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There was a fair amount of chat at the breakfast bar this morning about what topic would form the basis of this month’s editorial. Daughter No. 1 enthusiastically suggested the much anticipated (in her world) new release of Minecraft on June 1st, or ‘the weather’. Daughter No.2 came up with ‘forthcoming events’ and helpful husband thought that the subject of camping would be a good one, before remembering just in the nick of time that we did that last month (and yes, we were very lucky with the weather this time, by the way). Hmmm… what to choose…. June of course is a popular month for Church, School and Community Summer Fairs, although the weather can often disappoint we will keep fingers crossed this year as there’s lots going on locally - make sure you check out listings on page 47 . Our school fair, held last week enjoyed beautiful sunshine – so much so that the bar virtually ran dry with over an hour to go. Raising over a staggering £7,000 it really was a credit to the small and dedicated team of volunteers who organised it – as well of course to everyone who turned up and contributed to this grand total. So this month’s editorial is dedicated to all of you who are tirelessly working to make these events a success – remember it’s not too late to offer your services even for an hour or two at these June events, and all help, particularly with the clearing up (when everyone just wants to collapse) is always particularly appreciated. I hang my head in shame as I admit to sloping off before the finish with an aching back (too much bending over a low table at the bar – and before you jump to conclusions, I was serving for 3 hours, not drinking!) Have fun, take part and get involved – in whichever way you choose or are able to. It goes without saying that taking part is a great excuse to meet new people – so come on and join the community! Anyway, a big thank you to everyone who has contributed and advertised this month If you’re a local business wanting to reach out to your local community then why not call for a chat about affordable advertising in your local community magazine. Remember, we deliver to most homes every second month so if you’re not able to pick up a magazine on the months it’s not delivered to you, you can read it on your smart phone/tablet or PC. Until next month, best wishes

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Worcester Park History From D-Day to Dancer Dick Wood by David Rymill

As the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaches, we recall the involvement of Worcester Park residents in the Normandy campaign. The west window in St Mary’s Church is a reminder of Flying Officer Freddie Greenfield of Edenfield Gardens, who died when his plane was shot down in air operations on the night of D-Day, 6-7 June 1944. Perhaps fewer residents are familiar with the role of James Ratcliff, who survived and in 1950 bought the house called Dancer Dick Wood in Salisbury Road, where he lived until 1985 (the Worcester Court sheltered housing development was built there in 1986). I am grateful to his daughter Pam Exwood for allowing me to quote from his memoir of his

Second World War service. James Ratcliff’s service began on the Home Front, in the Auxiliary Fire Service, which he joined within a few days of its formation, but ‘when the real war started [in 1940], I went to Kingston and enlisted in the army – and had to queue up to be sworn in. I was 29 and I was drafted to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.’ He was involved in the re-conquest of French North Africa in 1942, landing near Algiers, and then in the Italian campaign, landing at Salerno in the Bay of Naples in 1943 and setting up stores and ammunition depots. In February 1944 he volunteered for the force being assembled for the invasion of north-west Europe, and was appointed officer commanding No. 14 Ordnance Beach Detachment, with the rank of Major. ‘Our location for the two months prior to the embarkation was the Forest of Bere, north of Fareham, where we lived under canvas in glorious weather, assembling equipment and preparing our vehicles. Lorries and jeeps had their exhaust pipes extended vertically and the carburettor intakes and ignition systems were given protection against the entry of sea-water, in case of their having to disembark on the beaches in deep water. ‘Our sector of the French coast [was] codenamed Juno. We were to support the 1st Canadian Army, [which] would be first to invade the beaches in darkness at H-Hour. The commanders of each of the support units, myself included, were to go in at first light to recce their

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allotted positions. Detailed maps were shown to us with these locations marked and even the enemy minefields drawn in.’ On 31st May Major Ratcliff boarded the Clan Lamont in Southampton Docks, ready for the intended initial landing on 5th June. One Merchant Navy officer ‘joined us at bridge in the evenings, and when one day he asked to be excused from playing next day we knew that “the show” was on; the weather had deteriorated but the invasion, postponed one day, would have to go ahead on 6th June to have enough moonlight to be a success. We had little sleep; a heavy sea had our ship rolling all night. Since midnight the landing area had been pounded by Allied bombers, and as dawn broke we could see the immense armada lying off the Normandy shore, and were surprised by the scores of barrage balloons, protecting us from low-level aircraft. In the event, the Luftwaffe was nowhere to be seen, nor were enemy land forces. Defences on this sector were minimal and some of the strongpoints proved not to be of concrete but timber, camouflaged.’ Major Ratcliff landed on the beach of Bernièressur-Mer, and ‘the enemy troops put up little resistance. Our problem was the turbulent sea which made disembarking from our ships on to the landing craft, bobbing about in the sea 20 feet below, a very hazardous procedure. Scrambling nets were draped over the ships’ sides, and we clambered down and jumped into the landing craft as they rose and fell, hoping to judge the right moment. It was a great thrill to jump down onto the land evacuated four years previously. I had only a staff-sergeant as my aide, to recce the site for my HQ, the remainder of my unit being phased in on D+1. I also had an RAF flight-sergeant attached, having no officer of his own. The three of us proceeded as far as we could in safety: I then ordered the NCOs to dig themselves a slit trench for protection. ‘I went forward on my own, with maps showing where mines had been laid. I came to a barbedwire fence; at intervals there were warning signs: “Achtung Minen” with a skull and crossbones. I soon found a gap left for the farmers tending their cows and, just beyond, a network of entrenched fortifications. I climbed down and came to a large storeroom with a lot of German


equipment, amongst which were a row of bicycles. I walked back to ground level and [decided] the field which these trenches skirted would make an ideal site for my Ordnance Depot, providing the CO would approve of the change from the site originally allotted. I took one of the German bicycles and rode back to the beach; the Lt-Colonel agreed and I cycled back to stake my claim, only to find a herd of cows peacefully grazing on it. ‘At first light on D+1, the main contingent of my unit were due to land; they reached shore intact, and were directed to my location. I allocated areas for sub-depots for Weapons, Wireless & Signals, Motor Transport, and Clothing and General. Enemy planes were leaving us alone so we made progress preparing the site, bulldozing hedges to give entrances for amphibian lorries. ‘On D+2 our 15-cwt Bedford truck arrived. As I was checking it over with my second-incommand, a sniper’s bullet passed between us and shot off the tail lamp. “Don’t worry, sir”, said my 2i/c phlegmatically, as we dodged behind the vehicle, “We shan’t be needing lights over here anyway.” My own transport was a jeep, and I was glad when it arrived at D+3 and I could discard the German bicycle! ‘Caen was the first objective for our tank regiments, but the enemy put up powerful resistance for six weeks and there were heavy casualties on both sides. My choice of location, well inland, escaped the attention of enemy planes, so we were able to keep our attacking forces supplied with ammunition and

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replacement equipment. In July we saw bombers heading south for a massive assault, which succeeded in driving the enemy (and the civil population) out of the city. On the following day I drove my jeep there: the streets were blocked with rubble. On 24th August [the Allies] crossed the Seine, so our task on the beaches was completed.’ Major Ratcliff’s service in Normandy ended when his jeep overturned one night, ‘presumably by some near-miss from enemy fire’, and he was invalided home, but he returned to the Continent in 1945 as part of the military government of Germany, running a depot control company. Our illustrations show Dancer Dick Wood in the 1950s and James Ratcliff at Salerno. Further up Salisbury Road from the site of Dancer Dick Wood is Shadbolt Park; on Saturday 28th June this will be the venue for a free Big Day Out, starting at 12 noon, continuing the tradition of summer fairs in this location, and

this year organised by the Cuddington Residents’ Association. In the paddock there will be over 30 stalls and sideshows, and arena events including a dog show, while in the gardens there will be a chance to picnic and listen to the Epsom and Ewell Silver Band; refreshments will range from a barbecue to cream teas. David Rymill. (020) 8330 6563

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Shadbolt Park’s Big Day Out Organised By Cuddington Residents’ Association

Saturday 28th June 12 noon4.30pm For many years St. Mary’s Church has organized a successful and popular annual fun day at Shadbolt Park, to raise funds for the Church. Having reviewed the resources required for such a big venture the Church Community decided to focus on fundraising events in their own grounds. This has been very successful for them over the last few years and we encourage you to continue to support their programme of events. Over the last 70 years a community fair in Shadbolt Park has been a key feature in the summer calendar. Following many requests the Cuddington Residents’ Association has agreed to

fill the void with the SHADBOLT PARK’S BIG DAY OUT. This event will take place at Shadbolt Park and Paddock on Saturday 28th June, 2014 between 12 noon and 4.30pm and will be opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell, our very own Robert and Rosemary Foote. In the Paddock there will be a main arena surrounded by stalls where our much loved dog show, along with other entertainment and participative sports will take place. In front of Shadbolt House the extremely talented Epsom



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and Ewell Silver band will entertain throughout the afternoon where families can bring a chair or rug and enjoy a picnic. We will be remembering the start of the First World War with a WW1 Commemorative plaque dedicated by the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell and those attending can dress in the style of the 1914s. There will be prizes for the most authentic costumes worn. The Friends of Shadbolt Park will be delighted to show you the magnificent Daylily Garden that is open for a limited period

in the summer. Invitations have been extended to all the emergency services, services and other organisations, businesses and charities that make the Cuddington Ward a great place to live and work. There will be lots of food, drink, ice creams, candy floss, chocolate fountains and all the other funs of the fair. So why not support this local event and meet your

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Ruth Jemmett Writes June Roses And Flanders Poppies

Ruth Jemmett Discusses The Happiness And Sadness That Epitomises This Month One of my favourite musical films is Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and consequently I often have a CD of its soundtrack echoing around my house. I love the musical so much, that many years ago I went to Wimbledon Theatre three times in a row to see a wonderful touring production of it! This morning, as I prepared vegetables in the kitchen I was humming along to ’June Bride’, which has to be one of the most uplifting songs ever written. It encapsulates the joy of living, with its lilting melody, words about hope for the future, and its vision of love and roses. Many people choose to marry in June, as it is a month when flowers are blooming, crops are starting to ripen, and for a while all seems well with the world. The month is immortalised in Robert Burns’ immortal line “Oh my love’s like a red red rose that’s newly sprung in June..”. (For you pedants, the word June probably came from the Roman goddess Juno). How ironic it is that that June is also the month in which we remember the events that led to one of the saddest events in European history - namely The First World War. The 28th of this month commemorates the day, one hundred years ago, when this giant international conflict was precipitated by the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Ten million people died in what was meant to be ’a war to end all wars’. At the end of the conflict poppies grew in the fields of Flanders, where young men had perished. When I was a child I would often travel to The Peace Memorial Hall in Ashtead, where my late grandmother, Victoria Campbell, ran a branch of her dancing school. I was too young to understand the significance of the building, which was built in the 1920s. After my dancing lesson I would

often play outside the hall with other children, and I remember picking the wild poppies that grew there. How poignant to think of that link with Flanders. My grandmother had known, only too well, the impact of that war, as my late grandfather had been conscripted into the army at that time, and had indeed fought in the trenches of Flanders. When I got to know him many years later he hardly talked about his experiences, many of which, I suspect, were too upsetting for him to recount. Gas attacks from the Germans left him with a lifelong lung condition. His sister, my late Great Aunt Doris, had lost her fiance in that war, and remained a spinster all her life, such was her love for him. When young people these days shout about their ’rights’, they are for the most part, blissfully unaware of the sacrifices that a previous generation made so that they


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and blood, and maintain a caring relationship with them. Their children should certainly rush down to Clinton’s! Genealogy sites on the internet are always overloaded because people want to know where they came from. It is only natural to want to know these things, and such knowledge can also be lifesaving, as when one has medical treatment, it is often essential to know your genetic history. When I started probing about my own ancestors I was delighted to learn that my family is descended from the Dukes of Argyll, which probably accounts for my Hyacinth Bouquet tendencies when I want to impress others! (Yes - I DO flaunt the fancy china!). I am sure that you, like me, are rejoicing in the fact that summer has finally arrived. I am now picking strawberries in the greenhouse, and as I do so, I give thanks for the fact that the seemingly never-ending rain eventually stopped! The trouble is that just as we are beginning to enjoy summer’s fruits here in Salisbury Road, the Summer Solstice is creeping up on us on the 21st of June! My trusty old friend, The Chambers Brook of Days, tells me that in “At Edinburgh, the longest Day is about seventeen and a half hours. The present writer was able to read the title-page of a book by the light of the northern sky at midnight of the 14th June in 1849”. No doubt our local council took that on board, and thought such brightness was a good idea when it installed ultra-bright street lights in our road a couple of years ago. Even with lined curtains I can clearly still see everything on the room! Anyway, whether your days are bright or grey during this month, I hope you manage to enjoy your colourful gardens whilst they are at their best. I also hope that you manage to get out and about to all the events that are happening locally or nationally, before the days start getting shorter! Now - where DID I put that barbecue?! Ruth Jemmett is a Member of The Society of Authors

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View from the City Hurrah For British Manufacturing – Bravo Ireland by Justin Urquhart Stewart

Yes we do make things! Yet another recent example of our American cousins ‘adjusting’ the language has come out over the past few years - first we had the ‘verbalisation’ of offshore into ‘off shoring’ (manufacturing transferred from domestic production to overseas) and now we have ‘re-shoring’ which has got nothing to do with insurance but all to do with bringing the stuff back home again. The USA has been the first to see a major change in this trend as they have gone ‘fracking mad’ with shale gas being produced at an astonishing rate - and at an astonishing cost. This has been described as a real ‘game changer’ as it can fundamentally alter the cost base for many energy hungry industries. Now combine that with the time and cost of shipping, along with questions over IP (intellectual property) protection and certain quality controls, and a significant number of US companies have been pulling back their manufacturing from China and other eastern bases to somewhere closer to home. So is this a uniquely US issue? Well the answer is now a clear no. Most recently we have seen Antler, the maker of those seemingly indestructible suitcases, back in the UK for the first time in twenty years. Production and assembly apparently is going to be based in Rutland. Again this has not just been an issue of manufacturing cost, but also the closeness of production allowing shorter timescales for construction and assembly runs, as well as the ability to make shorter term changes and adjustments. In a year when they are celebrating their centenary, I think this is a great message which more should be appreciating. However, they are not alone. A quick gander at a list of well known UK names seems to show that many have had the same thought. Marks & Spencer have their ‘Best of British’ collection (of course the ‘Made in UK’ label used to be their standard), then we can add Fat Face, Jaeger, ASOS and Arcadia, all of whom have been increasing their UK manufacturing. Then there is another element to this which is the number of new starts which have been beginning to make all manner of ‘stuff’ from shirts and other garments, to engineering. I have found a number of new businesses deciding to start up in the UK rather than go to the extra effort of getting a marginal saving in the Far East - especially when you take into account all the extra costs.


Bravo Eireann I wasn’t expecting to see this headline quite so soon but nonetheless it’s still a welcome one - ‘Ireland’s borrowing costs fall below the UK’s’. Well if ever there was a sign of recovery, confidence and some success it has to be the cost of a country’s debt. For the first time in 6 years the yields on the 10 year Irish bonds and UK Gilts swapped over. The Irish yield on the bonds fell to 2.656% - remarkably cheaper than the equivalent UK Gilt yield of 2.683%. This though does not seem to be a blip but rather a pattern as we can see similar trends with their shorter two year and five year debt. Now whilst such figures are definitely encouraging and show a greater level of confidence, the governments in those recovering Euro nations under their old acronym of PIGS all have to try and turn such data into something far more difficult to achieve - popular confidence amongst the citizenry and population. Turning bad debt into better debt may be one thing but turning around popular confidence into a feel good factor may well have all the tribulations of being an alchemist. Electoral gold when youth unemployment is around 50% will still likely remain the populist lead until the ‘man in the street’ can start to feel a real change. Another El Nino With equity markets looking buoyant certainly in the US and even in the UK, it seems that despite political issues around Ukraine, Syria and the South China Sea, investors are still keen to be investing. If you look at the corporate figures they are still looking relatively positive. But if you are looking for a forecast, then maybe a warning that the next cycle of El Nino is likely to start in July might be something to watch. This weather phenomenon can trigger drought in South East Asia and the Antipodes, and subsequently floods in South America. So what are the likely effects of this? Well historically the weather will impact on production of all sorts of commodities from zinc and nickel (the latter already high because of the Indonesian government’s recent action) as well as softer items such as coffee, cocoa, cotton and soya beans.

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450g chicken breast fillets, cut into cubes 2 small red onions, peeled and cut into thin wedges 2 tsp sunflower oil 1 kg sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 25g butter 2 tbsp crème fraiche 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp runny honey 2 tsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp fresh chopped coriander Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 Thread the chicken cubes and onion wedges onto four wooden skewers. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and brush all over with sunflower oil. Cook under a medium preheated grill for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is just cooked through. 2 Meanwhile, boil the sweet potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, then mash with the butter and crème fraiche until smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3 Place the chilli sauce, honey and vinegar in a small pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes until syrupy. Brush half the glaze all over the chicken kebabs and grill for a further 1-2 minutes. 4 Serve the kebabs on the sweet potato mash with the rest of the hot glaze drizzled over. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander.


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MAY 2014 UPDATE Information is Key Little snippets of information can be invaluable. If you have ever sat mulling a problem over with a friend and they have unexpectedly given you the exact information you need, you will know just what we mean. One Friday this month was a real case in point. We don't have the space to go into all the details here but it’s a great example of different teams operating in very different ways and the importance of working together to share information and experience. The Teams ‘Team Vendor’ was headed up by a corporate executor. We had two contacts there, neither of whom seemed particularly keen to update the other. They were acting on behalf of beneficiaries, who were at loggerheads, and using an out of town solicitor whose sense of urgency seems to have abandoned them many moons ago. As a team they were not working together at all. On the other hand was a lovely family selling and buying through us, desperate to move to a larger home and doing everything in their power to overcome the hurdles put in their way with help and advice from ‘Team Jackson Noon’. The Deadline Weeks of perseverance on our part trying to encourage ‘Team Vendor’ to pull together were met with a sorry tale of lost paperwork (within the same building!), straightforward disagreement and obstinacy leading us to a point at which simultaneous exchange and completion loomed large as the only way forward. Sadly a bereavement at the bottom of the chain understandably delayed everything for a few crucial days, and there we were with one day left before the whole chain collapsed. Apart from the missing paperwork, no small issue in itself, the other obstacle we had yet to overcome was the emptying of the probate property which ‘Team Vendor’ hadn’t reached agreement over during the preceding 2 months and were refusing to authorise until after exchange. Obviously when there are going to be a few days between exchange and completion that’s all perfectly sensible, but we were now at the point where they were going to have minutes to get it all done. Meanwhile the buyers were packing their removal van and facing homelessness with three young children. Not an ideal scenario. Teamwork Makes The Difference. It was time to pool the little snippets of information we all hold and which would indeed prove vital. A quick meeting of all Jackson Noon team members and each department knew who they had to call and what they needed to resolve. The lettings department had a golden nugget of information, thanks to a recent passing comment from a tenant, which meant we had a clearance company on site within the hour. Decades of combined experience in the valuations and progressions teams came into play with successful suggestions as to how best to resolve the missing paperwork impasse. Meanwhile the sales team were busy ensuring all our clients were kept up to date and Tamsin was tenaciously tracking the whereabouts of funds and solicitors so that we didn’t miss what turned out to be a very brief window of opportunity to get the transaction through. Throughout the day there were problems and there were solutions. It was nerve-wracking but pulling together we helped realise a family’s dream. We are delighted for them and wish them all the very best for the future. For our part we all went home tired but with big smiles on our faces proud that once again our teamwork made the difference. 


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Sinatra Sequins And Swing

Theatregoers are advised to snap up their tickets fast for the new Sinatra, Sequins & Swing The Capitol Years Live! concert-show coming to Epsom Playhouse on Friday 20 June. This is not to be mistaken with the typical tribute Rat Pack shows. Expect to be musically wowed by an honest rendition of the Fifties Hollywood glamour of Sinatra’s supreme Capitol Records years and a worldclass 15 piece big band live on stage. The stage will be filled with talented swing vocals supported by top musicians from likes of BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scotts Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra and conducted by MD of Ronnie Scotts Orchestra, Pete Long. The significant 1950s Capitol Records era will be celebrated by faithfully recreated full big band arrangements of hits such as ‘World on a String’, ‘Come Fly With Me’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Witchcraft’ and several duets like ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’. Fronted by Kevin Fitzsimmons, an acclaimed Big Band/ jazz singer who’s recreated both Frank Sinatra’s voice for a TV commercial with Hollywood movie star Naomi Watts and Dean Martin’s voice for a radio commercial. Having performed his own sell out shows at world famous Ronnie Scott’s and released a jazz album to critical acclaim, booked for private events for many celebrity and VIP clients worldwide over the last decade, including Sir Trevor Macdonald, HRH Prince of Wales and more, singer/

co-producer, Kevin Fitzsimmons, delivers a unique new offering to UK’s theatres. He said: “The show is a key event for any fan of Sinatra, Big Bands, Swing and 50′s Hollywood. And if you like The Rat Pack – you’ll love this wonderful ’Capitol Years’ show.” The show will also feature worldclass retro jazz starlet Kitty La Roar providing a visual Hollywood screen siren Marilyn Monroe look with a real talented sultry voice. The Frank Sinatra ‘Capitol Years’ spanned from 1953 to1960, shortly after Frank’s Oscar winning performance for the classic movie ‘From here to Eternity’ (on leaving Capitol in 1960, to form Reprise Records, he met soon-to-be ‘The Rat Pack’ buddies on the set of Ocean’s 11 in Vegas). This Capitol era was the pinnacle of Sinatra’s career - and the heyday of Hollywood screen goddesses and other huge singing stars like Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald. And so Kevin, Kitty and & Pete Long’s orchestra deliver a humorous, glamorous concert-style show. Tickets for Sinatra, Sequins and Swing are £20-£22 and are on sale now at: or by ringing the Box Office on 01372 742555/742227.

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The Better Life Better Life 24 - All Change! by Derek Thompson

Having said farewell to three trees in the past (a withered willow that seemed to subsist solely as a home for honey fungus, a neglected ash that our predecessors left pushing against a neighbour’s garage for years, and a lawson’s cypress whose trunk had begun to split in two), I did not relish the loss of a fourth. Even Anne reminding me that it was a leylandii after all, growing so close to the house that it tapped on the roof in strong winds, failed to reassure me. But gardening is sometimes about doing what is necessary and not just what looks pretty. The tree feller (our third, ironically) was given three simple instructions: 1. Avoid the phone line to the right and the electricity cable to the left. 2. Reduce the tree to log-sized pieces or slices that I can hatchet up once they’ve seasoned. 3. Don’t drop any branches on our neighbours’ garage roofs. In any other circumstances, two out of three would have been a reasonable result. The damage wasn’t extensive, limited to just a couple of corrugated plastic panels. I suppose it was an opportunity to meet our new neighbour, and for her to meet her new open-air garage roof. Thankfully, she took it in good spirits and our lumberjack extraordinaire took responsibility for the restoration. We plan to drill holes in the leylandii stump and insert mushroom plugs to see if we can grow them (it’s amazing what you can find on the Internet). Other parts of the garden have also changed. The mini meadow experiment has been extended, but rather than use seed-impregnated paper sheets again, we opted for yellow rattle to control the grass last year, scattering collected wild seeds in the spaces once the rattle had died back. That was augmented with some heritage seeds, including cowslip, lady’s bedstraw, wild carrot and musk mallow. And yes, I did read that off the packet. Not that we’re solely traditionalists. Last year’s nursery bought Himalayan blue poppies were a great success (and the envy of our neighbours), but we took the collected seeds out of the freezer quite late this year. They like partial shade and dislike the heat. I suppose the clue is in the name!


Mint is once more flavour of the month, with the addition of apple mint to the set. This is mainly because we visited a Lebanese restaurant that uses mint in its wonderful pressed juices, which I hope to emulate. Meanwhile, indoors, Anne made an executive decision (i.e. while I was out at work) and took down the curtains. These have now been converted into a rather fetching pair of Roman blinds and the remaining material left over was used to reupholster the ottoman. Ever the competitive one I rose to the challenge, finding someone who could use the carrier bags of old bubble wrap that I’ve been storing in the attic for longer than I care to admit. Now, I just need someone who’s desperate for 25 used Jiffy bags! Derek Thompson is a writer and humourist based in the West Country.His writing blog can be found at www. and he is also a regular at

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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 9th June – Paul Carman Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start.(Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. Further details from 020 8330 5795, or visit www. 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 Dawn Penn 0208 337 4361 Email Cheam Common Art Group Small friendly Art Group who meet at CHRIST CHURCH with ST PHILIP Ruskin Road, Worcester Park on Monday evenings 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 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 meet on the 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. Please contact Carol on 020 8337 2452 for further information

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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. If interested, please contact our membership secretary, Joyce Cranfield, on 020 8337 3317. “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. Contact Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298 NHS Retirement Fellowship- Local Branch 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. For further details please contact Lorna on 020 8337 4121. Worcester Park Crafters We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the hall at Christchurch with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester park,KT4 8LG. We meet from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For further details please contact Lynne by E mail: or phone on:020 8330 5903 Our aim is to provide a meeting/crafting place for all crafters whatever their craft or ability. Either bring your own work or purchase our kit of the month (small materials cost usually £2), come and play and chat. (small cost to over hall hire and insurance approx £4) Craft group - We meet at Christ Church with St Philip Ruskin Drive on the first TUESDAY of the month from 7.30-9.30pm A place where all crafters whatever their craft or ability can meet, craft, share ideas and learn from each other. Feel free to bring your own projects or you can try our project of the month Cost: £5 per session Lynne Singer 020 8330 3590 or Toni Shepherd 07900 006367

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 ! For more information please call Jo Hamilton on 020 8786 3444. The Probus Club of Ewell

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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. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at Bourne Hall in Ewell Village, for a Lunch followed by a Speaker. 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. If you would like to know more, please telephone our secretary, Bruce Urquhart, on 01737 373 690 or visit our website:

Thursdays Monthly group for Vegans, and those in vegan food etc, meeting on the second Thursday of each month ,7pm until 8.30 pm at Christchurch with St Philip, Cheam Common Rd. RIng 0208 337 3722 for more info or find us on Facebook (Worcester Park Vegans). You don’t have to live in Worcester Park. Anyone interested ,who can get there to be with us,will be welcome! 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. Further details of all our branch meetings, can be found at Our award winning website 60+ Social Mixed Single Group We meet in a local pub every Thursday where we discuss outings for the weekends such as meal out, walking, theatre trips, cinemas and many other things. If you would like to join us please ring Maureen: 07761278661. Kingston Phoenix Road Club is a cycling club that meets at 8-30pm every Thursday at Worcester Park Athlete Club, Green Lane, Worcester Park. The club was founded in 1936 and currently has a membership of 70. We cater for riders of all ages whether they are novices or experienced and our oldest rider is 84 years old who is still racing and holds several national age related records. Malden Emergency First Aid Society (MEFAS) members meet every Thursday evening from 7.30 to 10pm. The public is invited to join members on short training courses. For further details please see MEFAS web site at or telephone 020 8942 8653 or 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. For more information please contact 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. For more information ring Jean Gathercole on 020 8642 9649 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. If you would like to join us, please just turn up, or if you would like to speak to someone, please contact one of the following: SCILL 020 8770 4065 Sutton Vision 020 8409 7166 Christ Church with St Philip 020 8330 7630

Fridays Bartlett House Luncheon Club is a welcoming social club for the retired from work but not from life! Bartlett house, 49-51 The Avenue, Worcester Park,KT4 7HU Catch up with friends every Friday 11am-4pm This fun and friendly club is not for profit ensuring prices are kept to a minimum so it won’t cost the earth! New members welcome. Transport may be available. Contact us on 01372 720563 or 07807443156 Quest was set up in 1987 to provide a meeting place

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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, outings can be arranged if enough people wish to go. The venue is St. Philip Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m Contact June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220 RSPB Epsom And Ewell Local Group We meet the 2nd Friday of every month at 7.30, apart from July and August, at All Saints Church Hall Fulford Road, West Ewell with guest speakers who illustrate their enthusiasm on a variety of natural history subjects. There is a small charge for non-members of the RSPB. If you would like more information, please look at our website, Worcester Park Womens’ Club. We are part of the National Association of Womens’ Clubs and we meet at Cheam Common Junior School, Kingsmead Avenue every Friday from 7.30 to 9.30 (term time only). We have very interesting speakers, outings, a garden party in the summer and a quiz night rasising money for our chosen charity for the year. Why not come along and give us a try. For more information call Carole on 020 8337 6088.

General Auriol Bowling Club was established in 1967, and plays on the 6-rink bowling green attached to the pavilion in Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to September, with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. For further information please contact the club Secretary, David Regan, on 020 8337 8919 or visit the website at Cuddington Bowling Club will always welcome new members. The club is situated in 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. For further information, please contact our Secretary Mike Ridley 02087158326 or our Treasurer Mark Broughton 02083379699. Social Dancing With “ Glitters” At Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village 8.15 pm – 11.00 pm Entrance £8 Over 18’s All standards Bar & Free parking & Professional D J We may not have Brucie but we do have a glitter ball! 07903 314276


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Plotting a vegetable garden by Pippa Greenwood

Even the smallest garden can find space to grow vegetables. Start now and you can enjoy delicious home-grown salads all summer long.

Producing useful quantities of your own vegetables doesn’t take up as much space as you might imagine. There’s a lot you can plant out or grow from seed right now that will give you some super-tasty, succulent, and topquality salads in just a few weeks’ time. And salad leaves grown in ornamental pots can be as decorative as they are nutritious. Before you get sowing or planting, choose the right containers. Big ones are easier to maintain than small ones; and of course bigger pots mean more produce. Go for something of at least 30cm (12in) in diameter, larger if possible. As salad crops tend to be pretty short-term there’s no need to spend a fortune on compost. Ideally choose a good-quality multi-purpose compost, but you can get perfectly acceptable results with the contents of a growing-bag. I find the quality of the compost in these isn’t all that brilliant, but for the time you need it – and provided you keep it wellfertilised – it’ll be adequate. If you grow your own salad leaves you can get precisely the mix you like best. There are plenty of eye-catching lettuces such as the frilly Lollo, either a gorgeous bright-green standard Lollo a burgundy-tinged Lollo Rosso or a mixture of both. Treat them as cut-and-come-again crops, snipping off the leaves as you want them but not cutting into to the base, then they’ll put out new shoots and keep cropping for longer. Baby beet leaves are a popular salad ingredient, too. Choose a variety like Bull’s Blood for the prettiest leaves or grow any of the standard varieties, and you’ll also get a great-tasting root crop later on. I generally harvest the young leaves a few at a time but let the plant produce a root too. There are still plenty of tomato plants in the shops now, but hunt carefully to find the ones that are still in top condition. If you choose an outdoor variety it can be grown in a pot on its own, and


if you have a big enough container you can grow some other salad ingredients around the edge of the container. If you’re after some fire in your cooking, a chilli pepper thrives in a pot in a warm and very sheltered spot as do sweet peppers. Fresh herbs can make a salad more interesting too. Choose your favourites and either grow them in a dedicated herb pot with extra grit in the compost for good drainage, or even consider popping a few in with your main crops. Vegetables, like most plants, do best in a relatively warm spot with plenty of sun, so site your containers carefully. You want them to be easily accessible from the kitchen, but it’s more important to ensure they’re sheltered from the wind yet still get enough sun. You may prefer to raise some of your crops in pots and grow them on a bit before planting them out. The garden containers will always be full and looking their best, even while you’re harvesting them. The new plantings will very quickly blend in with the old, and all summer long you’ll have a garden that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the tastebuds. Visit Pippa’s website,, for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’, the AskPippa Q&A service, Nemaslug, natural pest controls, and lots more.

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This work takes place Tuesday and Friday evenings and/or on days convenient for the team at our premises in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam. The performances take place at the Adrian Mann Theatre at Nescot in Ewell in April and November. The Society was established 87 years ago and has been successfully self-supporting. Our performances have won critical acclaim and national recognition. Contact Hugh Jones at 01737 760163, For further information visit our website

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Voice for Wildlife Weeds and wildness by Carol Williams

“What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wildness yet” These words are from the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, a poet and Jesuit priest (1844 to 1889). Down at the pond in Shadbolt Park just now (mid May) we have weeds and wildness to delight anyone who feels like Hopkins did about them, and much wet too. I read recently that dandelion flowers are a very valuable early nectar source for bees, and so, it seems that we should prize and not despise them, since bees are in steep decline all over the UK. The common plants we call ‘weeds’ and tidy out of our borders are, in fact, useful and important food sources for many insects who pollinate them, creating seeds and fruit for other animals. Nesting birds also need a good supply of insects and caterpillars to feed their young - the common weeds provide a rich supply of these if we don’t grub them all up. We need to learn to love the weeds and wildness if we want a rich diversity of wildlife in our neighbourhoods. If you visit the small wildlife area we’ve created in Shadbolt Park you will find many different wild plants - all the common ones and several others which have been grown from wildflower plugs we bought. Just now there is a ‘forest’ of cow parsley, all of it self seeded.This plant is also known as wild chervil, wild beaked parsley, keck and Queen Anne’s lace. It is edible, with a flavour ‘somewhere between mild aniseed and liquorice’ (according to the site ‘Eat Weeds’) but I think the flowers have a slighty lemony taste and the leaves are like parsley. You can chop it up finely and use it like any other herb or salad vegetable. Nettles are hardly most people’s favourite wild plant, but they are the exclusive food plant for the catepillars of Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies and are eaten by the larvae of several moth species, and so have their place and should be valued more. They area haven for numerous insect species and spiders. They are also edible and contain more iron than spinach and are a rich source of vitamin C. They are tasty as a side vegetable or made into a nutritious soup. Nettle tea is a favourite herbal medicine used to treat rheumatism and gout. Thistle flowers are a favourite nectar source for


several species of Fritillary butterfly and the six spot burnet moth; goldfinches are attracted to the seeds later in the year, so they are an all round excellent wildlife plant. The purple flowers are very pretty, in my opinion, and I’m always delighted to see them and love the ‘thistledown’ after the flowers have gone to seed. Brambles are another plant most people hate, but the flowers are important for nectar feeding butterflies, moths and hoverflies and the fruits in Autumn are enjoyed by blackbirds and many mammals. (Bramble leaves are. apparently,the main food source for captive stick insects!)Gathering blackberries for pies and crumbles is also very enjoyable - this is delicious, free fruit, so love your brambles! The ‘wet’ which is the pond and the adjoining bog garden are the focal points of Shadbolt Park’s wildlife habitat. In just 4 years it has become a place teeming with life. This year’s tadpoles are developing well and damselflies have just begun to perform their courtship dances just above the water.There is plenty of cover for the young amphibians when they emerge in all the long grass and bramble adjoining the pond. Do pop by on Saturday mornings between 10.30 and 11.30 if you would like to see what is in the pond. We will be pleased to dip a container in and show you what lurks beneath the surface. We would also welcome anybody who wants to volunteer there with us on a regular basis - you do not need to have any expertise, just willing hands for clearing vegetation, building dead wood piles and other habitats etc and general maintenance tasks such as tidying up the notice board and removing litter and other rubbish from the site, as necessary. Sometimes, though, all we do is stand and observe, and love and marvel at it all.

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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 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


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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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 (04). 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, 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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Family FunDay

‘Plough Green Pre-school, St Johns Hall, 411 Malden Road, Worcester Park is holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 14th June at 11am till 2pm. BBQ, stalls, raffle, fun and games. Children (aimed at 2-4 years) and their parents are welcome to come and join us.’

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Thursday 10th July – Music in the Park, Ultimate Elton and PLATINUM – The Live ABBA Tribute Show. A fantastic fun night of music with the greatest hits from ABBA and Elton John in the Grounds of Nonsuch Mansion House, Nonsuch Park, Cheam. Gates open at 6pm, concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £20 for adults and £10 for children (aged 5-16) Tickets can be purchased online at For more information please contact Louisa Hitchen on 020 8254 2467 or email

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“National media focus on the Tudors/local interest in Tudor history on our doorstep in Nonsuch Park. BBC2 has a season on Tudor history; the V & A has an exhibition of Tudor Art and Buckingham Palace is showing portraits exploring Tudor fashion. The local resident, however, does not need to travel to London to appreciate some of Tudor history. An amazing model of the original Nonsuch Palace, built by Henry VIII to celebrate the birth of his son Edward – so important to the Tudor dynasty – is on view every every Sunday in the winter 11 – 2 p.m in the Gallery of the Mansion, Service Wing entrance, Nonsuch Park. The site is marked on the Northern side of the Park by three tall pillars which now stand as the only physical evidence of this amazing building. They are as three sentries guarding a bygone age. In addition, a unique and important collection of stained glass amassed by Samuel Farmer, owner of the present Mansion in the early 1800’s, features one particular panel commemorating the marriage of Jane Seymour to Henry VIII – only 11 days after the execution of Anne Boleyn! These are just a few of the treasures on view in the Nonsuch Mansion Service Wing Museum open on 2nd & 4th Sundays in the month (9th and 23rd) 2 – 5 p.m. Combined entry to Gallery & Museum £3.00, Concessions £2.00. Friends of Nonsuch Members & Children under 16 free. Entry only to Gallery £2.50. Last entry 4.30 p.m.”





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Cheam Village Friday Market Small indoor market with 28 stalls held in Cheam Parochial Rooms, The Broadway, Cheam Village, Surrey. Helping the Royal Marsden Hospital. Market Days: Friday North Cheam Farmers’ Market – 3rd Saturday of every month, 9.30am-1.30pm, North Cheam Crossroads outside the Post Office, KT4 8SG. Christmas Market: Saturday 21st December Sutton Local Produce and Craft Market, Sat 30th November, 10am-4pm, Town Square, Sutton High Street

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Bourne Hall Museum Kids May 31 10am to 5pm the first of a new history festival Echoes of the Past Echoes of the Past, The Romans’ are coming. To be held in Rosebery Park, with over 40 re-enactors including the Roman Army along with War Machine! Also cooks, jewellery maker. Armourer, Mosaic maker and doctor. Children activities sand tray digs and Gladiator School. Displays of items found in local excavations, exhibitions and talks. 10am to 5pm children under 12 Free Adults £4 The science of Crime! Sat 7th June 1pm-2.30pm Elementary my dear Watson! Under the guidance of an expolice detective of 30 years follow the clues and discover how crime was detected in the past. Learn how the science of forensics has dramatically changed the face of detective work since the time of Sherlock Holmes. Children get the chance to enjoy the opportunity to undertake their own crime scene investigation and see if they are smart enough to outwit the arch- villain of crime. Further information available from David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734, Email / BourneHallMuseumClub.html

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by PCSO Gary Weaving Hello everyone, The latest crime statistics for Worcester Park & Nonsuch Wards are testament to the hard work and excellent working relationship between the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the community for which it serves. Over the past 12 months there has been a reduction in the majority of crimes compared to the previous 12 months. These reductions have been measured in crimes that affect the community across the board such as Theft from Motor Vehicle (TFMV), where we have seen a significant reduction. Since the two arrests made earlier in the year, Worcester Park has seen a reduction in TFMV as the method used on most of the crimes matched with the one the pair were arrested for and since then the ward has not experienced this problem. Nonsuch has had a similar success in this crime, which was dealt with in a positive way by local initiatives and awareness covered by media publications and through local blogs and face to face community interactions. Robbery has never been a problem in the wards but with the two incidents experienced late last year this impacted on the figures, yet on the 12 month comparison there has still been a sizable reduction for both wards. Criminal Damage and Burglary have also seen a reduction over the 12 month period with a slight fluctuation in the last few months, which has seen an increase in plain clothes patrols and unmarked vehicles. Your local Teams in Worcester Park and Nonsuch have achieved these figures with relentless repetition in structured high visibility patrols (both uniform and plain clothes) at the relevant locations and times and endless crime prevention advice by way of leaflets, news letters, emails and of course within the pages of this magazine. It’s encouraging to see the strategy is working and although repetitive and tedious at times, it’s a motivational tool knowing that crime prevention patrols deter such activity and advice on vulnerabilities prevent further offences. We will continue to work hard to reduce crime, especially burglary in the Nonsuch ward which we hope will show a further reduction. You may have noticed in a previous issue of this magazine that there are still some roads in Worcester Park (and also Nonsuch) where there is no Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) representation. We are presently busy posting membership forms in letterboxes in the hope to boost NHW membership in our wards as it has been proved that a strong NHW network helps to reduce crime. Please consider joining, it only has to be as time consuming as you want it to be. Every little helps, so to speak. If you would like a membership form please call 020 8649 3590 and leave a message for Gary.

event on Saturday the 21st June, this is will be held in Mayflower Park on ‘The Hamptons’ development at the end of Green Lane in Worcester Park from 11am until 3pm. On the day there will be two fun run events, kid’s inflatable assault course all day, music, refreshments and prizes. So why not get involved in a good cause and enjoy the day out with the family. At 12pm there will be a 1.3km Kids Race and at 1pm there will be a 5km Adults Race.

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