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Worcester Park Life

KT4’s ONLY FREE Independent Community Magazine and Business Guide June 2021 Issue 148

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Welcome to YOUR Worcester Park Life Following a washout May our water butts are overflowing and looking forward to dryer times ahead! Great for my developing gardening ambitions – I know, it’s taken a while! The herb garden is looking very healthy and seeds planted on the kitchen windowsill are developing nicely. So far! I’ve been the lucky lockdown recipient of a handcrafted garden gazebo shelter (clever husband) and we have enjoyed following the rules and entertaining outside in the dry - only having to cancel once because the recent weather was just too miserable. Judging by the reported shortage of garden furniture, fencing supplies and cement, lots of us are looking forward to spending the summer enjoying our outdoor spaces and our local parks are looking beautiful too. Now all we need is the sun.

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As restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks and months we should be able to start including club and community information again and, maybe even some What’s On listings. If you have something to contribute, or, would like to advertise in our Jult edition please do get in touch. And thanks so much to all our advertisers this month, I do hope that you’ll support them and our other local businesses during continuingly difficult times for many. Remember, we deliver to most homes every second month but if it’s not delivered to you, you can read it on your phone, tablet or PC. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, Worcester Park Library, St Mary’s and Christ Church with St Philip. The copy dates for the next couple of editions are below. If you’d like to advertise or have a local story to tell, please call or email. Until next time, very best wishes,

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Worcester Park History Building on a tradition by David Rymill Following my article about the local history of Lloyds Bank, I was asked to cover the history of some other financial institutions locally, so this time I am exploring building societies in Worcester Park – if I have missed any, do let me know. The concept of a building society, a mutual organisation whose members paid monthly subscriptions to fund the provision of a house for each of them in turn, began in Birmingham in the 1770s. Over the following 50 years the concept spread around the country, and by 1825 there were 250 societies. Initially these were ‘terminating’ societies, were wound up once each member had a house, but in the 1840s ‘permanent’ societies arose, taking in new members once earlier ones had houses, and in the same decade societies started accepting investments from savers who were not intending to buy houses. By 1910 there were over 1,700 building societies: most large towns had at least one. From 1986 building societies could demutualise, becoming plcs owned by shareholders rather than by their members; several of the largest societies adopted this approach over the following 15 years. Another trend in the 1980s was for societies to establish estate agency chains, although most were sold after some years. These trends can be seen in the story of building societies in Worcester Park. In the 1930s the building of large numbers of houses in Worcester Park, aimed at first-time buyers, would have made mortgages much more common. Lavender and Farrell, pre-eminent local builders, explained in their brochure for The Manor Drive area ‘Arrangements have been made with a well known Building Society for the grant to Purchasers, approved by them, of substantial mortgages, with easy terms of repayment’, and they included a table showing that a £1,095 house, such as a typical three-bedroom semi in The Manor Drive, could be bought for a deposit of £100 and weekly payments over 20 years of £1 12s 2d. I wonder which society this was – can any readers supply the answer from title deeds to Lavender and Farrell houses? Perhaps surprisingly, it was some decades before any building society opened a full branch in Worcester

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Park, although by 1938 there were several local societies such as the Sutton Mutual Benefit (2 Mulgrave Road; ultimately part of the Yorkshire), the Kingston (6 Eden Street) and the Chertsey, Walton, Weybridge and Woking District, plus societies named after Croydon, Dorking, Farnham. Guildford and Redhill. To extend their area of coverage, many societies established agencies with estate agents. By 1938 Cuttings, in the London Road (opposite the Queen Vic), were agents for the People’s Co-operative Permanent Building Society (based in Greenwich; its engagements ended up with Nationwide via the Greenwich and the Portman societies), and by 1957 Mills Birtles, at 167 Central Road, were local agents for Leeds Permanent Building Society – this was one of the first permanent societies, established in 1848. In 1966 there was a choice of 15 societies in Kingston, including the Globe Building Society, with its head office in Eden Street; it was taken over in 1968 by the Leek & Westbourne, which became the Britannia in 1975 after taking over numerous smaller societies including the Oldbury Britannia. The 1971 telephone directory still does not appear to record any actual branches in Worcester Park, although in Sutton High Street there were branches of several societies that would later open branches here, including the Abbey National, Chelsea and South London, Leeds Permanent, and Woolwich Equitable. The Worcester Park Chamber of Trade’s Guide Book for 1978-9 lists two building societies with branches in Central Road: Abbey National at no. 101, and

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Nationwide at no. 129, while estate agents Richard Barclay, across the road at no. 92, were agents for the Cheltenham and Gloucester. Abbey National had been formed in 1944 by the amalgamation of the London-based Abbey Road (established in 1874 as the Abbey Road and St Johns Wood by members of Abbey Road Free Church) and the National (1849). They too at one time had an agency arrangement, with Drury and Cole, no. 131, and their logo was until recently still visible on the fascia. The Nationwide, now the UK’s largest mutual, has grown through over 100 mergers, and includes some early societies such as the Wiltshire-based Provident Union (1846) and the Northampton Town & County Freehold Land Society (1848); more local societies now in the Nationwide stable include the Kingston (via the London & South of England and the Anglia). In the 1970s the Leeds Permanent also opened its own branch, in the former bakery of J W Morley and Sons at 138 Central Road, on the corner of Longfellow Road. The society, commonly known simply as The Leeds, was entirely separate from the present Leeds Building Society, formerly the Leeds and Holbeck, which has a branch in Epsom. The 1982 phone book shows that on the north-east side a cluster of building society

branches had developed between Longfellow Road and Green Lane: the Leeds had been joined by the Woolwich Equitable (no. 146), Britannia (174) and Chelsea (178). Meanwhile at 515 London Road there was a branch of the Gateway Building Society, which had been formed in 1974 by an amalgamation of the Bedfordshire and the Temperance Permanent, and had taken over the Wimbledon in 1975; it was merged with the Woolwich in 1988. In the Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s 1984/5 Guide Book, A E Reeder and Son, the estate agents at the foot of Station Approach, were advertising their

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agency for the Halifax Building Society. In 1995 the Halifax merged with the Leeds Permanent, and thus took over the branch on the corner of Longfellow Road, where they remain; the society became a plc in 1997, before becoming part of HBOS. The other branches near Green Lane have all closed (at the national level, Britannia was bought by the Cooperative Bank; the Woolwich became a plc and was bought by Barclays; and the Chelsea is now a trading name of Yorkshire Building Society). Abbey National also became a bank, in 1989, subsequently becoming a subsidiary of Santander; its Central Road branch closed in 2019. Since 1966 Epsom has been the home of the National Counties Building Society (which now uses the name Family Building Society), founded in London in 1896 as the Fourth Post Office Mutual Building Society. This was one of the societies that diversified into estate agency; it had a branch at 66, Central Road, on the corner of Brinkley Road. Central Road also had branches of Woolwich Property Services at Richard Barclay’s former premises; and GascoignePees, which had succeeded Mills Birtles at no. 167, where Worcester Park’s building society story seems to have begun, spent some years in the ownership of Bradford and Bingley, which bought Black Horse Agencies from Lloyds Bank.

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.

In recent years amalgamations of societies have continued, and fewer than 50 societies in the UK still have mutual status, but the mutual principle is maintained in Worcester Park by the Nationwide. Our colour illustration shows Mills Birtles prominently advertising their agency of the Leeds Permanent, in a photograph from 1962 by Bernard Bell, and the black and white photograph shows Morleys’ bakery, later a Leeds Permanent branch and now the Halifax. I am grateful to WPL reader Anthony Fleming for providing information towards the writing of this article. Finally, thanks also to another WPL reader, Lyn Wild who responded to the article in April about the Elmcroft name at North Cheam, and pointed out that in a 1942 photograph available online – search for horse meat North Cheam – you can just see a sign for the Elmcroft Hard Courts Tennis Club, confirming that it was indeed entered via the archway in the small shops between Elmcroft Parade and the Granada.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 49 minutes Serves 2 1. Heat the oil in a large shallow pan and sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat in the oil. 2. Add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then simmer covered for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Add the lemon, peas, broad beans and asparagus and cook for a further 4 minutes until tender. 4. Spoon into bowls and scatter over the Parmesan to serve NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: Calories per serving 403kcal, fat 9.9g, carbohydrates 59.4g, protein 14g

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May 2021 was the month in which we learnt Tristan da Cunha was a holiday destination and that we, as a nation, could start to plan a holiday there. Whether the approximately 300 inhabitants of those volcanic islands were as thrilled as we were is unknown. We cannot be alone in feeling that it would have been much more exciting had Tristan been revealed as the identity of H, but you can’t have everything in life these days!

Back in the office it is the job of our progressors to coax accepted offers through the legal maze and over the line to exchange, which continues to be a significant challenge. Although the shift in the end of the stamp duty holiday has eased the situation, we remain in a period during which it is essential to keep a very close eye on the various stages to make sure that sales continue to move forward. Each step along the route is taking that little bit longer to complete, and sometimes a lot longer, mainly as a result of home working and associated communication issues. The high level of activity combined with the slower rate of progress has led to a bunching effect which is stretching the capacity of the system, at times to breaking point, and leading to numerous frustrations. Whilst working from home often seemed idyllic it is not without its downsides.

When the much-anticipated green list of countries was finally revealed no doubt google maps experienced a sudden uplift in activity. Hats off to anybody who had the foresight to book Portugal for their summer get away. We are just a little bit envious as, like many, we will be making the most of the hidden treasures that lie much closer to home and enjoying staycations. OPEN HOUSE Meanwhile we are counting down the days until we can enjoy our own homes in the company of friends and family with the promise of being able to do more than sit in the garden with them. Many have moved over the last year so it will be a curiosity that not only will they be able to go into other people’s homes, but at last they will be able to show off their new abode and invite overnight guests. Some have moved further afield so the first challenge for visitors may well be simply locating them and enjoying the surprises new homes hold. There have been innumerable missed celebrations. We have everything crossed for a glorious summer filled with fun, family and friendship.

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The Wordsmith Of Worcester Park I become ambivalent when pubs change their names. As the Beverly Brook is close-by The Brook in Central Road, seems a rational name-change although I preferred the less banal Huntsman’s Hall. The pub in Vale Road was renamed The Willow Tree. It is not a bad alternative despite its lack of nostalgia. The more significant name-change was when The Drill became The H G Wells. Pub names should slip off the tongue. This one doesn’t but I don’t care because it puts the name of our local celebrity and literary giant into the public eye. Herbert George Wells wrote in many genres including political satire but he is best known for his science fiction such as the War of the Worlds, later made into a film and a television production. This type of writing requires considerable skill because the writer is creating the unknown. Anyone who has attended a creative writing course will be familiar with the advice to write about what you know. Hence, students are encouraged to write about their childhood, perhaps factory life or even an unrequited romance. Their personal memories will authenticate the narrative adding substance that may capture the reader. How could I write about being an astronaut or one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Roundtable? I bow to authors like the late Rosemary Sutcliffe, born in East Clandon, Surrey, and whose trilogy of the Arthurian legend is a joy. Wells was fascinated by a scientific future that was – but now to a lesser degree – almost beyond imagination. Despite the efforts of the United States of America we remain remarkable limited about the universe. Not surprisingly, I have huge respect for people such as Brian Cox and the late Stephen Hawking. We still like to believe the Earth is the only inhabited planet in the Universe. But is it? Are other planets populated by animals similar to humans and, the eternal question, where does God fit in to all of this? It becomes very easy to see what aroused Wells especially in his time when far less was known about “the final frontier.” Wells was multi-faceted and it shows in his writing which makes him so interesting to study. Another genre he liked was the short-story. Again, not an easy one, yet Wells was an accomplished shortstory writer that many would rank amongst the best. That list would include the Russian, Anton

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Chekhov, and the French writer, Guy de Maupassant, not forgetting our own Charles Dicken whose short-story, The Signalman, is still one of my favourites. Wells loved fantasy which provides the humour in The Truth About Pyecraft. His portrayal of persistence winning over frustration in The Argonauts of The Air is thought provoking but let me give the people of Worcester Park a warning, especially any amateur archaeologists. This story is about a pioneer called Monson who believes that man is capable of designing and building a machine that will fly. He sets about developing such a machine which amuses the public especially those who gaze at the launch ramp from the train window as it travels through Worcester Park. Progress is slow and costly causing Monson’s efforts to be ridiculed by his workers as Monson’s Folly. Hooper, the foreman, is the unfortunate individual caught between boss and staff. Monson is not the most temperate of characters so frequently turns on those trying to do there best including Mr Woodhouse, the engineer employed by Monson. Fortunately, he is remarkably resilient. Eventually the flying machine is launched but defective steering causes it to crash into the roof of the Royal College of Science where H G Wells once studied. Here’s the warning. This fictional tale is based on a true story. A launch ramp of sorts was built in 1894 to test a steam-powered aeroplane (what!!) but in Bexley not Worcester Park. The designer was not Monson but Hiram Maxim, the inventor of the machine gun. So, please don’t have an archaeological excavation “between Worcester Park and Malden” hoping to discover the foundations of “that portentous avenue of iron-work, rusting now.” There aren’t any. What is interesting is this short-story was first published in 1895. Eight years later, the Wright brothers recorded man’s first flight. One of the difficulties of reading period literature is the contemporary style of literary expression. Dickens wrote great stories but his composition is heavy vis-à-vis current literature. Even heavier is the writing of the Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott. His work is highly praised but put time aside to read, for example, Guy Mannering. These writers are giants of the written word. Of Scott, it is said, he was the J K Rowling of his day. His books inspired

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another famous author to write, Leo Tolstoy no less. The Scott Memorial in Edinburgh is the largest monument in the world to a writer. Is H G Wells any different? No, not really, although I find his books easier to read than many but remember he was a wordsmith, a skilled user of vocabulary, so expect the unusual when reading his books. In Argonauts of the Air he uses the word pachydermatous, an insensitive, thick skinned person. Wells also uses the word epithet, an adjective used to qualify a noun e.g. Alexander the Great, the Great is an epithet. In The Diamond Maker, the narrator describes a stone as being octahedron, a geometrical term meaning eight faces, twelve edges and six vertices. Later, he calls the person he is speaking to as an interlocuter, someone involved in a conversation. When reading H G Wells keep your dictionary to hand. Should we have preserved Worcester Park as The Home of H G Wells? He wrote Ann Veronica in 1896 whilst living at Heatherlea in The Avenue, demolished in 1955. Is there a Hemmingway-type café where he enjoyed a coffee and liqueur? Did he worship at St Mary the Virgin? Did he go to the opening ceremony of the Odeon in 1934? Who knows?

Calling young footballers! The PBFL is a local football league for children of all abilities playing on a Saturday morning now at Churchfields Recreation Ground in Chessington, and has been running successfully for over 40 years. We provide a team structure including playing kit and FA qualified referees for all games. We are currently looking for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 17 to join our existing teams. No trials are held, we welcome children of all abilities. If you are interested then please go to our website www.pbfl.co.uk for more details.

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Do you remember having fun as a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger or do you know someone who did? Girlguiding has continued intermittently during COVID lockdown but now as we start to return to face to face meetings, we are looking for additional volunteers to give more girls the chance to join us. We have lots of flexible opportunities and you can choose to work with girls in Rainbows (aged 5-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (1015) or Rangers (14-18). We have units every weekday evening in Old Malden, Worcester Park, Cheam Park Farm and North Cheam.

Being part of Girlguiding enables you to make new friends, share skills, make wonderful memories and have adventures while bringing great experiences to young people. You can help them have fun and grow in confidence and you will feel more involved with your local community. Volunteering is good for your wellbeing and self-confidence and a valuable addition to your CV. It can also help you develop or improve your skills with training in First Aid, Safeguarding, leadership support or even learning to kayak or mix cocktails! You will experience teamwork, problem solving and planning but above all you will make new friends, have FUN and NEW ADVENTURES!!!

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Parkin’ some thoughts Elephants never forget

by Nick Hazell

Some of us tend to miss things. Even things that happen right in front of us can be easily overlooked. If there were to be an elephant in the room, dyed pink, wearing a smoking jacket and inhaling from a pipe, we wouldn’t notice. Such is the life of the inattentive. I put my own failings in this regard down to the need to have a Poirotrian regard to the detail in the day job. As a lawyer the fear of a career limiting report to the insurers normally provides the incentive to pay attention. At home though, it’s a different story. When it comes to family plans and instructions, I’m always the last to know; not because no one told me, but because there was a fair chance I wasn’t listening when they did. Anyone giving me directions in the hope of my arriving at the right place at the right time and let’s face it on the right day is destined for the room of disappointment, although probably not in a vehicle driven by me. The simple instruction of “straight on and right at the roundabout” might as well come to me as “giraffe, giraffe, honey badger, waffle” for all the good it will do. My capacity for hearing but not listening and therefore not quite grasping how to act on the instructions on the domestic front has been the source of many a subsequent, frankly well earned, rebuke. I’d like to claim this tendency toward inattention has been caused solely by the Parkinsonian Fog that sometimes now lurks of the edges of that part of my mind reserved for recollection. That would though be over-simplifying matters and ignoring a past record littered with evidence of my innate ability to switch off at critical moments in the development of a plan. I fear, unlike Mr Parkinson’s malady, it’s hereditary. My mother is an Olympian in this sport. She is quite adept at failing to listen to the answers to her own questions which she invariably asks when someone else is talking! Mind you, her

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hearing does not help. Frustrated by yet another rather louder than necessary interruption, I asked whether she had noticed any problem with the functioning of her lug holes to which she replied “pardon?” That rests the case for the defence M’Lord... It’s all in the genes. I had no chance. As lockdown eases then I have resolved to do better, particularly as I’m theoretically more useful following the op. I’ve been on the alert for incongruously dressed quadrupeds with recreational drug habits and been allotted the first opportunity to prove I can heed a simple instruction by picking up the eldest daughter from some club or other. How hard can that be? Now was that left at the walrus and straight over the aspidistra or the other way around….

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Health Knowing the right time for care It has recently been Dementia Action Week and across the country organisations have been raising awareness about the disease, how it affects people who are living with it and the support that is available within the community. Dementia is a degenerative disease and as such, people living with dementia will require increasing levels of care as the disease progresses. However, all those living with dementia will experience the disease in a very different way. Knowing when care should begin, what that care should look like and who should deliver it are all concerns that many people have. Knowing when to reach out for additional support can often be the most difficult step. Unless you are living with this person day in and day out, it can be difficult to gauge whether a person is coping or not coping, as most of us are very able to put on the best version of ourselves when we see those that we love for short periods of time.

may need then there are a wide range of local organisations who are ready to support you. By Clare Jefferies of Home Instead Wimbledon & Kingston

You may know someone who is beginning to struggle with tasks which used to come naturally to them. These could be things like paying bills on time, preparing meals and dressing themselves correctly. In these early stages it may be that this person is unwilling to accept support. Living independently is a skill built up over a lifetime, and one that is not easily relinquished. So, it may be that this first step of support isn’t to introduce a ‘carer’, but possibly a cleaner or someone to help out around the house. When the time does come for a carer to be introduced, it can be a hard choice to know who this person should be. Often partners and children will have been giving the support for a long period of time already and asking for additional support can feel like they are falling short of what their loved one needs. But bringing in a professional carer can transform the quality of living for all involved. Whether a carer is part-time, full-time or live-in, this person can offer an incredible release and help maintain and protect loving relationships as care becomes more intensive. If you are concerned about a loved one and have any questions about the support they, or you,

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Friday Night Cocktail Club The Daiquiri, but not as you know it by Ali Warner ‘He had kissed her good night that night, and she had tasted like strawberry daiquiri, and he had never want to kiss anyone else again’ Neil Gaiman If your idea of a daiquiri is a super sweet slushy served during a Soho happy hour or at a each bar in Ibiza, this column may be a slight disappointment. As we enter June it would be rude not to call on the plentiful nature of seasonable berries to create this month’s Friday night cocktail of choice, and I have no doubt, that much like Neil Gaiman, the taste of the recipe I’ve chosen will leave you yearning for more. But while it will be cold and fruity and lovely to drink, it will also pay homage to the sour cocktail’s traditional roots. A simple sour with three ingredients

sourness that defines the character of the drink. Using raspberries as an alternative can provide all the sweetness of berries with just a hint of sharpness to give the cocktail a little more kick. And if you need further convincing, consider this according to astronomers, the galaxy’s centre tastes of raspberries and smell like rum. What you need to make a raspberry daiquiri You don’t need a shed load of ice to enjoy the cool refreshment of a berry daiquiri. Leave the slush puppies to the kids. Instead, rub the rim of glass with half a lime, dip it in granulated sugar and put it in the fridge to chill. Ingredients (per cocktail)

True daiquiris consist of three ingredients - rum, sugar and lime. In fact, the drink is so simple some of the world’s greatest bartenders consider it to be the ultimate test of their skills, with ratios of each ingredient debated and discussed around the globe.

• 10 fresh raspberries (or 5 fresh strawberries if you prefer) • 20 mls orange liqueur/triple sec (optional) • 60 mls white rum • ½ teaspoon Demerara sugar • 20 mls lime juice • 5-6 lumps of ice

Daiquiris originated in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century. They were the signature drink at El Floridita cocktail bar, a destination which won fame and notoriety as the hostelry of choice of writer Ernest Hemingway.

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In fact it’s believed Hemingway was the first person to try a frozen version, created by head bar tender, Constantino Ribalaigua Vert. A cool summer cocktail that’s out of this world Whilst the jammy sweetness of strawberries make them a perfect compliment to a daiquiri’s main ingredients, they can take the edge off the

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Next up add the rum, sugar, lime juice and 5-6 lumps of ice to the raspberries in the shaker. Then give the combined ingredients a vigorous oneminute shake. After that, all that’s left to do is head to the fridge, take out your ice-cool glass and pour yourself a summer-fresh sundowner that may just offer a hint of stars.

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Biological Bug Blasting by Pippa Greenwood

Warmth and protection – just what most of us need, plants too – but sadly now that the warmer weather has arrived, plants growing in the protected environment of a greenhouse or conservatory are especially likely to suffer attacks from a whole host of pests and diseases. If you want to get on top of the situation it is essential to act promptly, and what better way than to try to tackle some of the more common pests using biological controls? They work well, provided you have not been using chemicals in your greenhouse or conservatory too recently, and can refrain from them once your green controls are in place.

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Puzzle Time fairly easy

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Thunder and Lightning

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What is the name of the organisation dedicated to saving human life that was formed by Jeff Tracy and his sons in the TV show Thunderbirds?

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Derived from a German word meaning “lightning war”, what name was commonly used by the British press to refer to the heavy air raids carried out by Germany against Britain in the Second World War?

5.

What type of chocolate-covered, creamfilled pastry item has a name that means “lightning” in French?

6.

In the National Lottery’s Thunderball draw, what is the highest number that the “Thunderball” number can be?

7.

Which actor provides the voice of Lightning McQueen in the Cars film series?

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Which play by William Shakespeare opens with the line “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain”? In the 1980s film and TV series Blue Thunder, what mode of transport is Blue Thunder?

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The term “thunderbox” is used in Australian slang to refer to a what?

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4.

Which 1968 single features the lyrics “I like smoke and lightning, heavy metal thunder”, which led to the term “heavy metal” being used as a music genre?

10. In which sport was a competitor owned by the Queen renamed Sandringham Lightning after it won a race in 1990?

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Codeword CODEWORD Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a number Each letter in this puzzle is between 26. The represented by 1a and different number codes for three letters arefor between 1 and 26. The codes shown. As you find the three letters are shown. Once you letters enter them in the box have filled these throughout the grid below. you can start guessing words and reveal other letters. As you find the letters enter them in the box below.

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Calling all Wrens! Do you have any Wrens in your family? I’m not referring to the tiny, feathered variety in the garden but the indomitable ladies who joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Specifically, ladies who joined up between 1946 and 1981 and did their basic training at Training Depot Burghfield/HMTE Burghfield/HMTE Dauntless/ HMS Dauntless/Reading. Dauntless Divisional Photos is a nationwide project, in collaboration with the Association of Wrens, to gather divisional photographs and memories from those training days but also to reunite ladies with old friends, share anecdotes and relive exciting moments. So if you, your mum, granny, aunt, godmother or even next door neighbour donned a blue suit and aimed for a life on the ocean wave, please get in touch on either ddpwrens@gmail or 07765 435295/ 0771 990 9844.

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Pictograms Pictograms 3 words PARD MON 4 words MANCHESTER CITY V EVERTON

3 words RATTLE GRASS

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Solutions

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1. Pardon My French 2. Man Of The Match 3. Snakes And Ladders

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