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June Contents History by David Rymill Roy Golding and the Yew Tree Close prefabs 6 Ruth Jemmett Writes Roses All The Way 9 Quiz 13 View from the City 14 Codeword 18 What’s On 20 New Victoria Hospital’s Sports Injury Clinics 22 Sudokus 26 Voice for Wildlife 28 Gardening 30 Clubs 34 Parkin’ some thoughts 42 Kids Play 44 Solutions 46

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

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Welcome to Your Worcester Park Life Another gorgeous day, basking in beautiful sunshine. It was Royal wedding fever at the weekend and the weather just couldn’t have been more gorgeous. Imagine if all we could have seen was a sea of umbrellas! And how novel to see a large group of people all chatting away to each other and not a mobile phone in sight - having apparently been taken away from guests before heading into the grounds of the castle, although there were a few celebrity exceptions. We also enjoyed a fabulous street party later in the afternoon. They are great fun and such a wonderful way to get your immediate community together, although understandably not every road is as easy to close off as ours. Please get in touch if your school, club or organisation is planning any events in July 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 July 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,

Jenny Jenny Stuart, Editor & publisher P.S. Please remember to mention the Worcester Park Life when replying to adverts, and get in touch by 20th June if you’d like your business, Club or event to feature in the July edition, and 17th July for August.

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

Roy Golding and the Yew Tree Close prefabs I was sorry to hear of the death, on 17th February this year, at the age of 92, of Roy Golding, who lived from 1947 to 1959 in a prefabricated bungalow at Yew Tree Close, off Church Road in Old Malden, where Malden and Coombe Borough Council installed 24 prefabs in 1946. Roy was born on 14th August 1925 and grew up in New Malden, for which he retained “a lot of nostalgia; I’ve been up and down that Hogsmill river day after day: come out of school – go home – bread and jam, cup of tea – off you go again till it’s dark. It was so lovely when the Hogsmill hadn’t been dredged out; it was a winding little stream which flooded every spring at the end of Green Lane [in New Malden, off South Lane], where the little iron bridge was. I remember two places there, one called Painter’s Dip, about 300 yards from the bridge, going upstream towards Old Malden; the next one was Sheep Dip, a little bit farther on where there was a bend in the river – it would freeze over there because it was shallow and slow-moving. Lots and lots of fun there, before those houses were built at Tolworth by Wates – mind you, we had a lot of fun up there because they had a little railway to cart bricks, whatever, from the Bypass down to the big new Sunray Estate, and we used to go up there at nights and jolly about on the trolleys.” For most of his childhood, Roy lived in Albemarle Gardens, as one of seven children, but the family was bombed out; he and the brother nearest in age to him “were made to sleep under the stairs, which could have been fortunate as the bomb dropped in the back garden. We woke up; we couldn’t see anything because the ceilings had come down and it was like a fog in the house. Someone invited us to take over

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their house in Blagdon Road; when I got married I lived there with my mum for a while and then we were offered a prefab by Malden Council, which was no. 23 Yew Tree Close. “We were over the moon: it was our own little place – a wonderful place to bring up children. There were two bedrooms; we had a living room and a kitchen which was big enough – we had a little table and you congregated for meals there; there was a larder, kitchen units with drawers for cutlery; then you had the refrigerator and what a blessing that was.” In the living room was “a coal fire: it had little doors on, you could build it up and leave it at night with the doors shut. It was cold, although they were insulated: corrugated asbestos boards outside and plasterboard inside. Nineteen forty-seven we had the worst winter I can remember: a glass of water would ice over in the bedroom, and the water in the toilet would ice over.” The prefabs had flat roofs, and Roy recalled “playing with my children, hide-and-seek. I used to swing out of the window, up on the roof.” There was a small garden: “At some time I think that was part of an orchard, because we had two apple trees in front of the prefab, and a greengage tree at the back, and a lot of people had fruit trees in their gardens.” Some of the prefabs remained at Yew Tree Close until the early 1960s but vacant houses were not re-let: “My wife, when we left, scrubbed it spick and span; we discovered afterwards it went to be a chicken shed.” The present houses were completed in the mid-60s. Roy’s daughter Anna Golding takes up the story of his working life: he “was the F1 mechanic who helped mastermind the rear-engineered revolution at Cooper Car Company in the late 1950s. Roy joined the Cooper team in Hollyfield Road, Surbiton in 1948 and later became the Works Manager. The Coopers’ way of motor racing was stark and primitive. Charles Cooper’s

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Surbiton works were dark, dank and dingy, his staff underpaid and often grumbling. Roy was the stalwart for a workforce that frequently reckoned it was getting the rough end of the deal. Here, with his team, he crafted racing cars for some of the industry’s greats including Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Bernie Ecclestone. In the early 1960s rival Lotus refined the rear-engined concept, while the Cooper team went into a decline. After Charles Cooper died and the business was sold to the Chipstead Garages group, Roy and a group of mechanics went to Thomson and Taylors in Byfleet.” Here Ron Dennis, who went on to become chief executive of the McLaren Formula 1 team, “started as junior mechanic apprentice and Roy took him under his jurisdiction. “In the late ’70s, Roy set up his own engineering company at Platts Eyot in Hampton and continued to make parts for McLaren, Williams, Metro 6R4 rally

cars, Tyrrell, Newmont Engineering and many local small motor racing teams.” Anna adds that he also produced the wheels for the children’s classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 1990, Roy moved to Denmead in Hampshire to start a second family – and in theory to retire but, as Anna explains, “his dual love of racing and engineering meant this attempt at retirement was doomed to fail. In fact, he established his own workshop at the end of his garden, and for the next 24 years continued to make parts for the motor racing industry including Alfa Romeos, vintage cars, motorbikes and the Dieselmax landspeed record car. In 2014 at the age of 88, he officially did finally stop working, keeping his passion for motor racing alive by continuing to attend the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust and Cooper Car reunions.” Our illustrations comprise a photograph of Beatrice and Sue Golding at 23 Yew Tree Close, and photographs of Roy, courtesy of his family. David Rymill David.Rymill1993@alumni.aber.ac.uk

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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Ruth Jemmett Writes Roses All The Way By Ruth Jemmett

The Month of Roses and Brides Roses are at their best now. Red roses hold a special significance for many of us, probably due to the fact that the poet Robert Burns wrote these memorable words: Oh my love’s like a red red rose That’s newly sprung in June Oh my love’s like the melodie That’s sweetly played in tune. My garden has many roses in it, some of them planted in remembrance of special people I have had in my life. In some parts of the U.K. it was once thought that a rose plucked by a young woman at midnight on Midsummer’s Eve, and wrapped in paper, would stay fresh until Christmas Day. If she then wore it, it would be snatched away by a man destined to become her husband. Talking of romantic liaisons, by the time you read this article the royal wedding will have taken place. May the royal couple have many happy years together. Unlike Prince Harry and Meghan Merkel, many people choose June as an ideal time to get married, as the world seems to be filled with nature’s beautiful sights and perfumes. (See attached pic taken in my garden).

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John Everett Millais was born on 8th June in 1829. He is best remembered for his painting of Ophelia. The flora and fauna background were apparently painted by The Hogsmill River in Worcester Park in 185l. Ophelia was modelled Lizzie Sidal, who, when posing, laid in a bath of water that was heated underneath by lamps. It was said that when the lamps went out she suffered a severe cold. She was very much a part of The Pre-Raphaelite Movement, and was an accomplished artist in her own right. Because of the patriarchal society at the time, she is mostly remembered for just being a muse to Millais. Also on 8th, but in 1869, the vacuum cleaner was invented. Where would we be without it? My husband is fairly allergic to housework, and as a product of my generation I have always done most of it. A few years

On the 2nd of this month we remember The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1953. 8000 guests attended the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, and 20 million television viewers witnessed the occasion worldwide. As a seven year old I remember watching it on a small black and white TV set in my grandmother’s house, and gradually fell asleep. I recall waking up in the middle of the night on a put-u-up bed, wondering where I was! If you are a horse lover remember that Royal Ascot is on 19th - 23rd June, and Hickstead is on 24th. With Derby Day coming up on 2nd, we are reminded of the English Suffragette, Emily Davison, who was trampled to death by the King’s horse at the event. It is only this year that a statue commemorating the work of suffragettes, has been erected in Parliament Square. Without their courage, half of the population wouldn’t have a political voice. 2nd - 15th will be time To advertise email jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk or call 020 8336 2915

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ago I was preparing the house for a party, and as time was running short I asked John to vacuum the hall. After a while I realised that things were very quiet, and then found my husband looking at the vacuum with a perplexed expression on his face. He was a stranger to the inertia reel, and didn’t know what to do, as he couldn’t see a cord! It was all my fault for being a martyr on the altar of domesticity for all those years. Thank goodness the upcoming generation make sure that their men do their share! H.M. The Queen’s Official Birthday will be marked on 9th June by The Trooping of The Colour. I always feel so sorry for the soldiers when the weather is hot! National Carers’ Week is from 11th - 17th June. I was a carer for my late son Dominic for nearly thirtynine years. He suffered from Cerebral Palsy after a very difficult birth gave him a brain haemorrhage. Sadly, after all these years, the incidence of Cerebral Palsy caused by birth injury is just as high, which is a national disgrace. The midwifery service is seen as a poor relation in the NHS, and midwives are leaving the profession in droves, due to being undervalued, and their profession being under-funded. Dominic only had the use of one arm, and needed total help for everything else. He spent his life in a wheelchair. I still miss him very much, but I don’t miss the unrelenting work and lack of sleep associated with being a carer. It is estimated that there are about seven million of this largely forgotten army in the U.K. - one in ten people. As our ageing population grows year by year, three in five of us willn eventually end up in this role. As much as we love those we look after, one cannot deny that many of those doing this work live below the poverty line. They save the country billions of pounds a year, and certainly need a lot more financial support than most of them are getting. The 11th - 17th also marks National Glaucoma Week. Thankfully this condition is now better understood, and prompt treatment can often save one’s sight. Local residents have recently been made aware of developers attempts to, once again, try and demolish a building of local and historical interest - namely No 57 Salisbury Road, a beautiful thatched home. It is proposed that a block of flats will replace it something completely out of keeping with our lovely roads. It will eat up land four times bigger than the cottage’s site, because of a need for car parking, ruining views, decimating trees that are home to many forms of wildlife, and will be totally out of place - all in the name of financial gain for developers who won’t have to live near yet another characterless building themselves. Do let Epsom and Ewell Council know

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your feelings on this. Although astronomically speaking the Summer Solstice occurs on 21st June, Europeans have traditionally named the 24th June as Midsummer Day. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we has snow! Finally, don’t forget Father’s Day on the 17th of June. With one in five families being headed by women, it is important that we appreciate the contribution that fathers make to family life. An alarmingly high number of men in prison - and particularly young male offenders wreaking havoc on our streets - have never known the love of a father. A stable family background has been proven to add to the possibility of us having better physical and mental health, and to fare better generally in life. As I write this I can vaguely hear the thud of leather on willow, as a local cricket game takes place - a sure sign of summer - and quintessentially English. However a former Archbishop of Canterbury once cynically observed: “Personally, I have always looked on cricket as organised loafing”!!! Enjoy the sun while it lasts. Ruth Jemmett

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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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View from the City Making a start on your next tax bill Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder of Seven Investment Management

It’s probably not the cheeriest of thoughts to be sharing only a couple of months into the new tax year, but we’ve already seen the first deadline. 31 May is the last day by which employers have to have handed employees their P60. This shows the tax you’ve paid on your salary and what other benefits you’ve received in the previous tax year. You should get a form for every one of your jobs (if you have more than one) and the paperwork should be kept until at least February 2020. But, while no one rejoices in yet another piece of paper, the date is important for me as it kick starts my next cycle of tax management. It was back in 1789 that Benjamin Franklin – one of America’s founding fathers – famously wrote in a letter that “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. 229 years later, the same is still true. What we’re not talking about here is morally questionable tax avoidance. You need to abide by the spirit of the law, what’s actually in black and white in legislation, and think through what’s been in black and white in the newspapers. However, despite the hyperbole of some of these headlines, you should still use the allowances that are available. There is, after all, no regulation – or even public penchant – to say that you have to tip the tax office for their work! So, to help you get your affairs in order for this current financial year, we list out three key things for consideration that should be on anyone’s list with regard to tax – and particularly if you’re self-employed or a higher rate tax payer. 1. Increased allowances…up to a point This latest year is another when the tax threshold has risen. So everyone is entitled to earn a personal allowance of £11,850 a year before they start paying tax. That allowance is not taxed until you earn £100,000 or

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above, after which every £2 you earn over that sees £1 deducted. So your allowance reduces to zero if your income is £123,700 or more. 2. Pay into your pension I know we all procrastinate about pensions – even if you are paying into a scheme. A large number of people don’t then work out how they want their money invested and stick with the default option – which could be the wrong one for you. Making a contribution into your pension reduces the amount of taxable income you receive and means you can put up to £40,000 in annually. That limit is lower if you earn over £150,000 a year, or you have accessed any of your pensions, but it is worth speaking to a professional about your pension as you could be missing out and not maximising your allowances. 3. Deduct donations and subscriptions Most of the amounts that you donate to charity will probably see you tick the gift aid box – the charity will positively encourage you to do this as it means more money for them. But, if you claimed for gift aid and are a higher rate tax payer, you can also put this through your tax return. This means you can claim back the additional portion of tax that you originally paid on that income. Lots of subscriptions to professional networks and memberships can also be treated in the same way, as can subscriptions to professional trade magazines. Meanwhile, there are a number of national memberships of organisations from London Zoo to the National Trust through to the Royal Horticultural Society that are also tax deductible. While these amounts seem small, it’s amazing how they can all add up – particularly as a family. I’m sharing this with you as I think this type of information is really important and despite the fact that Seven Investment Management can’t give you specific individual tax advice. Everyone’s tax circumstances are unique, as are your finances. But I’m still writing this article as these matters are complex and the tax rules change. Time perhaps for a professional to step in

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Sweet Recipe Flag Pie This delicious sweet flan is great for an American-themed barbeque or summer party.

Ingredients:

1. To make the pastry, sift the flour into a large bowl

PASTRY CASE • 175g plain flour • 100g unsalted butter, chilled and diced • 2 tbsp caster sugar • 1 tsp orange zest • 1 medium egg yolk

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200g mascarpone cheese 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp caster sugar 150ml double cream 150g blueberries 2 small bananas, peeled and thinly sliced and tossed in a little lemon juice • Approximately 12 strawberries, hulled and halved

Serves 6, Ready in 1 hour 50 minutes, plus cooling

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and add the diced butter. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and orange zest. Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolk and 1 tbsp cold water. Mix with a round-bladed knife to a rough dough, adding a few more drops of water if needed. Knead very lightly until just smooth, shape into a flat disc and wrap in cling film. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 20cm loose-based fluted flan tin. Prick the pastry base all over with a fork. Chill for a further 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6 and place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Line the pastry case with baking paper then fill with ceramic baking beans (see TIP) and bake ‘blind’ on the hot baking sheet for 15 minutes. Remove the paper lining and beans and bake for a further 10-12 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden. Leave to cool completely. To make the filling, beat the mascarpone, vanilla extract and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in the double cream. Spread the filling in the cold pastry case. Arrange the blueberries, banana slices and strawberries on top of the filling to represent the American stars and stripes flag with a blueberry border. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge until required (only decorate with the fruit 1-2 hours before serving).

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What’s On “St James’ Summer Fete, Saturday 14th July, 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. 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”

Music Saturday 16th June, Christ Church with St Philip will be hosting an evening of music from the stage and screen with The Linden Wind Orchestra. Tickets are available now and the price includes a BBQ supper and drink (children under 16 go free). Profits raised on the evening will go to the Church. rom: cxspoffice@gmail.com £15 for adults (£5 for children under 16). The price of the ticket includes the concert plus barbecue food and a drink. Doors open at 6.30pm, when food and drink will be served, and the concert will begin at 7.15pm. An all-American evening of classics in Carshalton. Sutton Symphony Orchestra returns to All Saints Church, Carshalton on Saturday 30th June with an all-American programme full of jazzy rhythms, pioneer spirit and more percussion than you can shake a stick at. 7.30pm start, tickets from wegottickets.com/ event/437459 or on the door: adults £10, under 18s free. Sutton Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Philip Aslangul, Leader Annmarie McDade) rehearses on a Tuesday evening and provides an opportunity for local musicians to perform ambitious orchestral works. SSO performs 3 concerts per year. If you are interested in joining, get in touch: www.suttonsymphonyorchestra.

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Saturday 16th June Cuddington Residents' Association & Surrey Federation of Women's Institute Centenary Celebrations are combining at the Great Big Day Out on Saturday 16th June from noon-4pm in Shadbolt Park, Worcester Park, KT4 7BX The event will be opened by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell followed by displays and then the dog show. Join us for the afternoon celebrations including BBQ, bouncy castle & stalls! www.cuddingtonra.org Kingston & District Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild Formed in 1970, we are a very friendly and lively branch, offering something for everyone. We hope you will come along to one or more of our events and meet us in person. Most months we have an evening meeting in Surbiton and Saturday events at Kingston Museum. Stitch Saturday Would you like a bit of space to spread out and work in peace for a couple of hours- make some felt or paint background fabric etc. or just come and stitch, and chat. For some of the sessions there will be planned mini workshops and demonstrations where you can try out different techniques or materials. Young Embroiderers We run a Young Embroiderers group for young people aged 5 to 17. These exciting Saturday afternoon workshops explore techniques in stitching and textiles using a variety of methods. They are fun - and sometimes messy! *(we ask a parent/adult please accompany)*. 9th June 11am - 1pm - Felted Vessels (for Adult members/non-members) at Stitch Saturday. 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Felted Vessels for Young Embroiderers booking required: admin@kingstonanddistrictbranch.co.uk There is a small fee for both workshops. Kingston Museum Art Gallery KT1 2PS Friday Evening Meetings 22nd June 2018 - Members’ Evening We will be experimenting with tassels and gold foils and more.... It is a great time to try things out, have tea, biscuits and a chat. (non-members also welcome -your first visit to an evening meeting is free! ) Monthly Friday Evening Meetings are held from 7.30pm kingstonanddistrictbranch.co.uk St Marks C of E Church Hall, Church Hill Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4UG

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams

Down At The Pond If you were in Shadbolt Park one Saturday in mid May, you would have seen us with a net across the water making an attempt to catch some of the fish that currently live and breed in our wildlife pond (thanks to the irresponsible action of someone in the community). These fish are impacting seriously on the ecology of our small pond, compromising the breeding success of the frogs, as they eat the tiny, newly hatched tadpoles. This is why we have had a notice on our board since the pond was restored, informing people that we do not want fish in the water. The pond is for wildlife, not goldfish. It was created to help wildlife, not as a home for unwanted pet fish. Unfortunately, on this occasion we failed to catch any of the rogue fish, but our net was full of beautiful, healthy newts and several toad tadpoles which we happily returned to the water. Toads have bred successfully in our pond for 2 consecutive years now, which is very good news, especially as in the early years of the new pond’s existence, toads seemed scarce. It may be that lack of breeding success in the years of the old pond’s slow decline into a dried up grass patch meant that by the time the new pond arrived, there were few breeding age toads able to make use of it. Now, however, there are obviously some around and they are spawning successfully which is fantastic news. For two years, however, the frogs have not been so lucky. They have come and have spawned but then the tadpoles have vanished from sight - we get none when we do a pond dip. Compare this to 3 years ago when the water was swarming with them - before the fish were dumped in there. These fish are now a problem and a serious nuisance. They spawn every year, and, of course, will also grow. The tiny fish will,l of course, also be food for the adult fish, as they don’t discriminate - any small thing that moves will be eaten if caught - but as the fish grow larger they will start to impact on larger occupants of the pond as well. As they grow larger they could be more visible and perhaps more easily caught - sometimes herons visit the pond so maybe they will have some of them, helping us control the numbers a little. We will be making another attempt to remove as many as we can catch later in the year once the toads have left the water, but we will most likely now have to intervene to counteract the negative effect of these fish by taking frogspawn from the pond every Spring, and raising the tadpoles to almost frogs before returning them to the pond. This is not ideal - we wanted our pond to be a self-sustaining, thriving wetland habitat, which it was and would have continued to be, but for the action

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of someone who ‘kindly’ put their unwanted pet fish into it. Genetic diversity could be compromised by our interventions, as obviously we cannot know whether the spawn we remove is from different and unrelated frog parents, but we are faced with this risk or losing so many tadpoles to the fish that the entire local frog population could become unviable and undo all of our good work to help them. It is very sad that we are now in this situation, because everything was going very well up to 2016. I can only assume the person who ‘gifted us’ these fish failed to read the notice on the board or - worse - chose to ignore it, as they obviously chose to pay no heed to the request to not climb the railings. Young frogs emerging from the water are at risk of predation by many creatures, including blackbirds - so the last thing we need is an excess of predators lurking in the water to get the tadpoles before they even reach frog stage. They emerge around June to July and at any age may fall prey to crows, rats, herons, foxes, ducks and - of course, cats, who are another serious problem for many small creatures, especially fledgling birds. Cats, like goldfish, are not wildlife and do not belong in the natural, wild ecology of this country. Pets should be strictly under the control of their owners, not allowed to roam free and create havoc with populations of vulnerable wild species. Newts live in their breeding pools for most of the Spring, but they spend most of Summer and Autumn on land and are never far from water. By day they hide in damp place and at night they hunt insects, slugs, snails and worms. They have sticky tongues and they swallow their prey whole, including the snail shells! They sometimes even eat other newts. They breed at about 2 years old and the eggs are individually wrapped in water plant leaves. The breeding success of our newts clearly has not been much affected by the presence of a shoal of goldfish, if the number we ‘netted’ is any indication - and the toad tadpoles seem to have escaped also - perhaps because they don’t taste nice? Toads have poison glands on their backs, so maybe the tadpoles already have some protection of this kind too. Toads live alone during the Summer, spending most of the day under logs, emerging at night to hunt insects and other small creatures. Their tongues can extend to nearly one inch! They sit and wait for their prey to come within range of this long, sticky tongue, they do not stalk it. Toads walk, and are slow and clumsy. Frogs are agile and hop. All amphibians are gardeners’ friends - they eat prodigious amounts of slugs. So please do not use poisons on your garden - many creatures will die if you poison slugs and snails. Leave piles of dead wood in shady corners too - these are wonderful habitats for woodlice and centipedes and make excellent hiding places for amphibians who will feast on the invertebrates in and under the rotting wood. The wildlife area in Shadbolt Park is left ‘overgrown’ on purpose to provide shelter and

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food for amphibians, pollen from wild flowers for the insects, and seed for birds in late Spring and Summer. Over zealous tidying up of outdoor spaces is the enemy of Nature -there must be untouched wild patches. Shadbolt Park pond is the focal point of a created wildlife habitat. Mostly we allow the native plants to complete their life cycles and set seed. We have added some wild species that did not seem to exist already in the park, and some of these have succeeded well. We do have to try to control the brambles and nettles a little , as they are highly vigorous plants that will take over completely if allowed to spread unchecked. But their value for wildlife is inestimable, so we welcome them. For nesting birds, a bramble hedge is a godsend and the fruits are eaten by many creatures, including wood mice and foxes. Long grasses too - there are so many varieties and when allowed to set seed create a feast for small birds like sparrows. Whilst on the topic of grasses, I noticed this morning on my way to the pond that our Council had again mown flat the lovely verges which, the day before, had been full of interesting wild plants, some with tiny flowers like jewels in the sunshine. Now they are of course, once more, boring spaces offering no colour or life, devoid of insects and any food for little birds and other creatures. Thank you, Epsom and Ewell, for yet again totally destroying a diverse and beautiful small habitat!!!

The grass mowings have also been left littering the pavements and roadsides, and there is a wind today, which will carry this ‘hay’ far and wide, where it will settle in gutters and pavement cracks, and over the season, will gradually rot down into a nice compost, all the better to catch the scattered seeds from any plants in the neighbourhood. This is how the paving slabs get uneven, they are undermined by plant roots because of failure to sweep up grass mowings and leaves, all of which, if collected up, could be used to make compost for sale. But why can’t our grass verges be meadow strips, mown only once or twice a year in rotation, so they are not all destroyed at once? We are being told, increasingly, how the change in farming practices, where there are no field edges left wild and where crops are sprayed with insecticide, are seriously impacting insect and bird populations. Grass verges are a way to help address this - they could replace the field edges that have been lost. Why not? Why is our Council obsessed with mowing? Down at the pond, Nature is allowed to run riot as much as possible. We celebrate untamed wildness and diversity. Anyone wanting to help us tend and nurture our little wilderness is very welcome to join us on Wednesdays and Saturdays when one or two of us will be there from about 10.30 until midday.

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Gardening Creative Containers Pippa Greenwood Colourful containers are a welcome sight in any garden, and pots, planters and troughs can transform a dull back yard or a gloomy terrace or patio. Plus, wacky and more unusual planters can easily be created with a little imagination and ingenuity. Plastic flower pots can be transformed by wrapping them in hessian. Available in a range of colours from classic pale brown to reds, greens and blues, it’s weather-tolerant and tough but looks great. Plastic pots are more exciting with a bit of planting around the sides, so cut holes just over an inch in diameter at regular intervals around the sides to create a planter perfect for small bedding plants. Fill with compost to the base of the lowermost holes, add plants through the holes, add more compost to the next layer of holes and continue upwards, finishing off with plenty of colour on the top. Acrylic paints are ideal to colour a boring or discoloured container. Use a single colour to match existing garden features, or the colour of your front door or window frames, or design a pattern of wild, fantastic colours for a planted-up art gallery. Mosaic tiles from your local craft or hobby store can be used to cover a container, or if time is short to just make a mosaic rim. Use rich colours to make a Moroccan style pot. Protect it when winter comes by placing it in a frost-free spot, unless you use the grouting adhesive used for swimming pools to make it more weather resistant. Old tyres filled with compost make ideal planters, and can be stacked to make deeper versions. Trailing flowers – such as trailing geraniums – cascading over the edges give a really striking effect. An aged wheelbarrow is great for a larger display or permanent planting. If there are no holes in the pan of the barrow, place a layer of gravel or stones in the base so that the compost does not become waterlogged. An old wellington boot makes a stylish planter. Fill the foot and ankle area with gravel or grit for

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drainage, add compost and plant up the top. Acrylic paints can jazz up a boring pair of wellies, but make sure the paint is dry before you start planting. Old gardening, walking or work boots have planting potential too, and because they have heavier soles and are lower to the ground they are useful in a less-sheltered place. Plant up with bright bedding, or for a long-term display use a few house-leeks or sempervivums – their fleshy rosettes of leaves in shades of green and purple look great! An old kitchen or bathroom sink can be put to good use; either remove the plug to provide drainage or fix it firmly in place with sealant to make a miniature water garden. I’ve even seen a loo cistern packed full of trailing plants including blue and white lobelia and trailing silvery foliage plants. The mass of blue, white and silver made a great waterfall of colour from an otherwise boring water closet. 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. You can even book Pippa for a gardening talk!

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Recipe Coconut Seafood Curry Full of flavour, this speedy curry is great for a summer supper. Replace the asparagus tips with green beans or sugar snap peas, if liked. Serve with boiled noodles or steamed Thai jasmine rice. Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes 1tbsp vegetable oil 8 shallots, peeled and halved 2-3 tbsp Thai green curry paste (see Tip) 225g new potatoes, scrubbed and halved 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced 400ml can reduced fat coconut milk 150ml vegetable stock 2tbsp light soy sauce 450g cod fillet, skinned and cut into chunks 175g fine asparagus tips Juice from 1 lime 200g cooked tiger prawns, thawed if frozen 2tbsp freshly chopped coriander Salt and freshly ground black pepper Chopped red chilli and fresh coriander leaves, to garnish 1 Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the shallots for 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the Thai green curry paste and cook for 1 minute. 2 Add the potatoes, carrot, coconut milk, stock and soy sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are almost tender. 3 Add the chunks of cod and asparagus tips to the pan. Cover and simmer gently for a further 6-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked and beginning to flake. 4 Gently stir in the lime juice, tiger prawns and chopped coriander. Simmer for 5 minutes until the prawns are piping hot, then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve in warmed bowls garnished with chopped chilli and coriander leaves.

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Clubs

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Mondays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group Singing Lessons

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

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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.

Trevor Payne on 07540 084430.

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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

Wednesdays

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

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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. OUR G Asubscription. R D E N Mand A I£2.50 N T for E Nlunch. A N We C E I N Contact T H E Pat Odonnell on 02083938895. Annual H A N Dhave S Ovarious F S Osocial M Eactivities O N E and WH O R E A Lmonth LY CARES' every second General we have a speaker. Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Auriol Bowling Club Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays - Tree surgery - One off Tidy 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 June Day,Maintenance 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 Washing - Landscaping Cuddington Bowling Club Sandringham Road, Worcester Park and we play on an excellent 6 rink green that has been acclaimed by many of the club’s visitors this year. We are a mixed club with about 60 members and play a range of friendly and league fixtures catering for all abilities. Secretary Mike Ridley 020 8715 8326 Treasurer Mark Broughton 020 8337 9699

Social Dancing with Glitters at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village. 8.30 - 11 pm. Over 18s. Entrance ‘PUT YOUR GARDEN MAINTENANCE INTel: THE020 8330 7787 ypressgardenservices.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 Lectures at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from Oct. to June, Coach Outings which visit historichouses and gardens(not necessarily N.T.),Guided London Walks, and other trips to London e.g.The Magic Circle, The Royal Opera House (backstage tour).Other special events include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch. Newsletters are produced four times a year.If you would like more information please visit our website: www.epsom-ewell-district-nt.co.uk or telephone Paul on IN THE 020 87158486 INTENANCE GARDEN MA CARES' Y L L A E R 'PUT YOUR O H SOMEONE W Malden Manor Bowls Club, Manor Park, Malden Road. HANDS OF Contact us on: New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, - Tree surgery y ding or 07958 727 272 - One off Tid Tel:nan 020 7787 - Stump Grin ce 8330 league matches, internal and external competitions; we Weeding - Garden Mainte - Strimming and ns Law ce - Decking and offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Men’s - Garden clearan info@cypressgardenservices.co.uk g min g shin Trim ge Wa - Hed - Path and Patio Secretary Gerald 020 8949 4623 or Ladies Secretary 020 g www.cypressgardenservices.co.uk - Landscapin 8394 0877. Please remember to mention Worcester Park Life when you speak to our advertisers 38

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Community New initiative gives mums much needed me time

Funding from an Area Mission Grant meant the steering group was able to refurbish a specific area in the Church – The Den – to make it a comfortable, relaxing, home-from-home for attendees.

Mumspace is the brainchild of members of the congregation at Christ Church with St Philip, who recognised the lack of provision for mothers in the community.

“Mumspace is a place where mums can come along in the evening and spend time doing something they enjoy, from knitting to reading to writing to drawing, listening to music or simply taking time out,” explained Rev. Steph. “It’s open to all members of the community – whether they attend church or not – and hopefully it will give mums the chance to recover a sense of themselves again.”

The monthly drop-in session gives women with children – young or old – the chance to recharge. Free to attend, and with refreshments provided (good coffee, hot chocolate, cake and toasties), women can come along from 8-10pm and spend time doing something they enjoy and, importantly, forge new friendships and find support.

Mumspace will be held on every second Monday of the month, from 8-10pm, with the next one taking place on Monday 11th June. To find out more, visit the Mumspace Facebook page www.facebook.com/Mumspace-at-Christ-Churchwith-St-Philip or contact Rev. Steph on vicarxcsp@ outlook.com

A place for mums to spend time away from the demands of everyday family life has launched in Worcester Park.

Anglican Vicar at Christ Church with St Philip, Rev. Steph Nadarajah, who was part of the original steering committee, said it was important to give mums the space and time to be themselves. “I’m a working mother of three small children, and a parish priest who deals regularly with children and families, and so I became aware of a gap in provision for mothers in the community. There are countless activity groups that parents can attend for and with their children, but mothers (in particular) tend to rely on social media for sharing experiences, speaking honestly about the challenges of life with children, and supporting each other. “One’s own sense of identity – the one we had before children – can be gradually forgotten, lost, or changed completely, amidst the overwhelming demands of life with them. Finding space and time to recover or reflect on that can be incredibly difficult.” When Rev. Steph raised these concerns with mums from the Church’s congregation, the feeling was mutual and plans were put into place to establish a dedicated group that all mums could attend.

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Kids Play

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

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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

Tuesday

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

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Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten minutes to find as many words as possible, none of which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns. Each word must be of three letters or more, all must contain the central letter and letters can only be used once in every word. There is at least one word that uses all of the letters in the wheel.

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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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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