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KT4’s ONLY FREE independent community magazine and business guide March 14 issue 69


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Back in November I took heed of a friend’s posting on FaceBook, sharing an article from one of our national tabloids: “Winter 2014 is forecast to be “exceptionally severe” with above-average snowfall and plunging temperatures. Long-range weather forecasts warn of bitter Arctic gales leading to feet-deep snow drifts right up until February. Snow forecasts for the season suggest much of the country will be hit by heavy wintry downpours with no let up well into next year. As lovers of the white stuff ask ‘will it snow?’ this winter, the general consensus among long-range forecasters is a resounding ‘yes’: Anyway, not surprisingly my friend posted that she was off out to buy snow boots. ‘What a good idea’ thought I as my winter footwear included nothing cosy, warm or with a firm grip. And so the search started for something that ticked all boxes and a pair of very cosy (and pricey) snow boots were subsequently purchased. Well, guess what! Wellington boots have taken precedence and the expensive snow boots are still unworn in the cupboard under the stairs - but now buried under everything else that has been thrown in there since November! Despite getting soaked on a regular basis we can’t complain when we see how the rain has affected some communities. Although here we’ve certainly had some wind/roof issues, thankfully none of the cases I’ve heard of locally have resulted in any casualties. And the morale of the story? When they tell us in March what our summer will be like, take the shock-headline-advance-weather-warning with a small pinch of salt! Thanks so much for all your submissions this month. As well as our regular club listings there are articles about the Sutton Mariners from Martin Mitchell, and our very own Carol Williams (Voice for Wildlife) is setting up a group for Vegans - so if you know anyone who may be interested in either – spread the word! And also a big thank you to all the advertisers who enable us to publish each month, and to you for supporting them. If you’re a local business wanting to reach out to your local community then why not call for a chat about affordable advertising in your local community magazine. Remember, we deliver to most homes every second month so if you’re not able to pick up a magazine on the months it’s not delivered to you, you can read it on your smart phone/tablet or PC. Until next month, best wishes

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Worcester Park History Always dancing: Doris Knight by David Rymill

My January article featured some childhood memories of Doris Lightowler, known to generations of local children as Miss Knight, Principal for over 60 years of The Studio School of Dance and Drama, who died last October aged 92. life: “When she was about nine, she was accepted into the prestigious Italia Conti Stage School where she was taught elocution, drama and, of course, all aspects of dance. She appeared on the West End Stage from the age of 12 in several productions which starred the legendary Miss Italia Conti herself. She travelled up to the West End and back all on her own, without escort. Her earnings then financed her lessons. In 1937, at the age of 16, she appeared in a film called Storm in a Teacup starring Vivien Leigh and Rex Harrison. She played a schoolgirl, and she is immediately recognisable as the smallest child in the class: she always did look much younger than her actual age.” She can be seen in a photograph reproduced in The Sketch in 1936 showing the cast of the film Moonlight Sonata, the ‘talkies’ debut of Paderewski and Marie Tempest. One of her earliest performances had been closer to home: as a pupil of Kingsley High School at 25 The Avenue, she had performed skipping routines in the Malden Institute (now St John’s Hall, Malden Road) at the school’s physical training display in 1935, aged 13. It was in the Institute that she started running dancing lessons for children in the early 1940s. She achieved numerous qualifications: in 1946 she became a Licentiate of the Stage Branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (she later achieved a Fellowship), her certificate being signed by Victor Silvester; she was also an Associate, and ultimately a Life Member, of the Royal Academy of Dance. John Edwards continues, “In 1942, she married Jack Lightowler, a violinist and orchestral conductor, professionally known as John Lightowler. John and Doris were devoted to each other. In his diary on 24th July 1958 he writes ‘Doris 37. Looks 20’.” Mr Edwards comments: “What woman could resist such a man?” John’s musical career had begun when, aged about 12, in Castleford, he had played extempore ‘mood music’ on the violin for silent cinema films, watching the film and matching the music to the plot. In the 1930s he To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915

This month I am concentrating on her dance teaching career. I am again grateful to her close friends and neighbours John and Maggie Edwards for their help, and for permission to quote from the eulogy which John Edwards delivered at her funeral. I am also grateful to Mrs Carol Ward, Miss M Grisdale and Mrs Maureen Fry (née Wilding) who responded to my appeal in January and provided memories, photographs or dancing display programmes. John Edwards describes the start of her professional


played in many theatres, and travelled the world as an orchestra leader for shipping lines such as the Shaw Savill and Albion Line. In 1947 they bought Eastwood House at 35 The Avenue, which was to be the home of the Studio School of Dancing, or Studio School of Dance and Drama, for almost 60 years. As a young child she had looked at the mansions in The Avenue, never imagining she could afford to buy one. It had been standing empty, and a tree was growing up through the middle of the house. She recalled, “I could stand in my [ground-floor] studio and look up to the sky.” In 1948 it was ready for use by the dancing school. John taught the violin here, and was also a peripatetic violin teacher for Merton Borough. Carol Ward recalls, “I started going to Miss Knight’s Studio School of Dancing in about 1951. We used to do ballet dancing and also tap. We wore black tunics with a red sash and SSD embroidered in red on the bodice. The highlight of the year was when she put on a show at Kingston Empire. It was so exciting to appear at a big theatre where famous entertainers performed. I was an elf in Babes in the Wood and I was also in the tap dancing item Meet the Sun Halfway where we wore red gingham dresses and had matching bows in our hair. Miss Knight always did a solo dance and her husband conducted the

orchestra. I don’t remember anyone making a mistake which was amazing as they were mostly young children.” Miss Grisdale, a pupil in the 1960s, recalls, “I went from the age of about four years and would have been six when I appeared as a brown bird in Dick Whittington. I had left by the 1965 production but my sister appeared as a card and a flower in Alice in Wonderland. Our mothers made our costumes and ‘uniform’ for classes – crossover pink jumpers and white skirts, I think. We also had bright coloured dirndl skirts for country dancing. Material may have come from Freeman’s

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drapers in Worcester Park.” Maureen Fry, a pupil in the 1950s-60s, adds “Enjoyed every minute. Doris Knight was amazing.” The programme for a display in June 1963 shows that over 132 pupils performed in Wimbledon Theatre; at Sutton Public Hall a week later pupils performed dance and elocution and violin pieces, with works ranging from a Swedish courtship dance to a Mexican hat dance, and from Winnie the Pooh to Oh, Look at Me, I’m Dancing. The proceeds were given to charities such as King George’s Fund for Sailors in 1963, and the Society for Thalidomide Children in 1965. John Edwards adds: “Doris continued teaching until the age of 85. Every time we took her shopping in Worcester Park, grandmothers would come up and exclaim ‘Miss Knight – I was one of your students’. Doris would often reply, ‘Yes, and so were your daughters and granddaughters’.” Her pupils included Peter Leung, a principal dancer and choreographer with the Dutch National Ballet, who kept in touch with Doris throughout his professional career. Mr Edwards continues, “And of course, the incomparable Kim Ismay, currently appearing in the principal role in Mamma Mia in the West End. Kim told me, ‘If it hadn’t have been for Doris, I’d never have got

through my ballet exams!’ I’ve had many many people writing and e-mailing me, and even stopping me in the street, expressing their great sense of loss at the passing of Doris.” Maggie Edwards sums her up in the words: “Always dancing: she loved her dancing.” David Rymill (020) 8330 6563

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Kingston Environment Centre The health benefits of growing your own fruit and veg are well known, but how to get started? New Malden resident John Palmer, who trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and who has 40 years horticultural experience, is running a programme of evening classes at the Kingston Environment Centre, in its new home opposite The Fountain, on Monday evenings from March 24th. Grow-your-own fitness is an innovative scheme combining practical tutorials for successful fruit and vegetable growing with personal fitness guidance to make gardening productive and rewarding. John says “I know many people who are keen to start growing their own fruit and vegetables in the garden but really need practical guidance and the initial impetus to start. All too often people are put off gardening because of unfortunate experiences in the past, maybe they’ve found the work too hard, lost motivation, or they might have injured themselves for example”. John has developed his programme over many years of experience and study of all the jobs required for successful food production on a domestic scale, in gardens and on allotment plots. Over the years he has tried and tested a range of crops to get good results even for beginners on their first go. “There are a great many different jobs to do, techniques to master and the time of year is often crucial, not to mention a bewildering array of varieties of fruit and veg, so although there are lots of books and websites out there offering advice people still find it a bit of a minefield, especially when they are starting out”. The Kingston Environment Centre have the facilities for evening classes to run effectively with indoor and outdoor study and activity areas and a network of environmental contacts within the Borough and beyond. “If you have a garden, you can almost certainly grow food” concludes John. “It’s just a matter of knowing what to do, when and how. Over the 11 week course I’ll be giving comprehensive guidance


on everything you need to do and show you how to do it in bite-sized chunks so as not to become over-tired and lose motivation, and with the support and shared learning within a group there is additional peer group support.” He adds “It’s incredibly satisfying and rewarding to be eating your own crops and so much more sensible than expending energy in a gym with no tangible outcome”. To find out more have a look at the information on the Kingston Environment Centre’s website at and you are welcome to call John for a chat on 07810 265 975.

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Ruth Jemmett Writes Mum’s the word this month

A Time To Spoil That Special Woman In Our Lives March is a busy month on the calendar. We celebrate St. David’s Day on the 1st, Shrove Tuesday on 4th, Ash Wednesday on the 5th, and St. Patrick s Day 0n the 17th! It usually is a blustery month, often fooling us into thinking that Spring isn’t too far away. As the saying goes: “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers”. Being the cynic that I am, I think that the Canadian writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor, summed the month up more accurately when he said “March is the month that God designed to show those who don’t drink what a hangover is like”! Over the past few weeks many of us have been inundated with another sort of liquid - namely rain. Luckily Worcester Park is far enough away from the River Thames to escape real flooding - at the moment, anyway! A few years ago Salisbury Road had localised flooding, with some residents having to literally paddle into their back gardens - but this time round we have been fairly lucky. It is noticeable how long the rain is taking to drain away in our local soil, which is a combination of chalk and clay. No doubt my grapevines will reap the benefit of all this moisture, as their tap roots have had their best drink ever! Hopefully a good harvest of grapes later in the year will make the grey skies seem worthwhile. The jury is still out on Global Warming, but common sense surely tells us that millions of cars zooming around this planet must have an effect on the world’s weather - even if scientists DO tell us that the gas emissions from grass-eating cows do more harm to the ozone layer than motor vehicles! For most of us this month is usually encapsulated by the arrival of Mothering Sunday, which falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent - this year being on March 30th. Like so many other celebratory days in the year the card manufacturers make an assured financial killing with this one, happy in the knowledge that normally neglectful AND attentive offspring of all ages, often go the extra mile for their mothers by splashing out on a card! All of us have mothers, but not everyone becomes a mother - either by choice or a stroke of fate. Neither does the ability to procreate necessarily bestow upon all of us the talent to successfully nurture our young. We have all seen screaming harridans in supermarkets smacking their children, oblivious to the fact that if they involved their children in the task of shopping it would be a lot less stressful! A bored child is often called ‘naughty’ child. Unfortunately, when our babies

arrive in the world they do not appear clutching a book entitled “How To Be A Mother”! In my youth I had an aunt who was unable to have children, but she was blessed with many motherly qualities. She would bring sunshine into my own life, and that of my cousins, by spreading her loving ways throughout our family. She didn’t have to spend money on us to get our attention. She just possessed great patience, and a genuine interest in our well-being. She was great on giving cuddles and was a wonderful listener. She instinctively tuned into our childish needs. When I told her that I wanted to be a writer she found an old typewriter for me to use, and encouraged me in my ambition. Those of you familiar with this column will recall that I attended a convent in my youth. Some nuns there were very strict, and just a little scary (!), but there were some who possessed wonderful maternal instincts, despite their calling, and got the best out of their young charges. Since 1971 The United Nations has celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March. As we constitute approximately half of the world’s population

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it might seem superfluous to draw attention to women’s lives and needs in a modern world. Unfortunately, as recent news reports have pointed out, this is an age in which we need to strive for women’s rights more than ever. Selective sex selection of babies for pregnant women is unfortunately rife in many third world countries, where boys are favoured in preference to girls - mostly for financial reasons. In parts of China and India, the natural sexual balance has been skewed by this distasteful practice, and there are now places where there are as many as 140 boys for every 100 girls born. China is now rethinking its policy for undervaluing females, as they have found that a nation that is top-heavy with boys, has more than its fair share of violence and unrest. Another need for such a day is to try and draw worldwide attention to, and prevent, the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation in underdeveloped nations. Many ’reasons’ are given for doing such a thing, but in reality there can never be cultural or religious justification for butchering females in order to control them. .This practise often leaves females with a lifetime legacy of mental and physical scarring - with the procedure sometimes resulting in their death. In theory this practise is banned in the U.K., but for some reason, no-one has yet been successfully prosecuted for doing such a thing, even though our hospitals often have to deal with the grisly aftermath of such a dreadful thing. Imagine the outcry there would be if a comparative procedure were carried out on boys? As recent news stories have shown us, rape is a major

problem in India at the moment, where misogyny has risen to new heights with the emergence of women into a larger society. I was recently watching a television documentary on the subject, and my breath was taken away by a dapper Indian male solicitor stating that “Rape is always a woman’s fault”. And I haven’t even started on the subject of forced marriages and the ’burning accidents’ that thousands of eastern women endure every year! Even basic education is still denied to thousands of women, which is very short-sighted, for if you educate someone who will probably one day be a mother, you ultimately educate a whole family. Do we need an International Women’s Day? You bet your life we do! A woman’s place - and particularly a mother’s place - in our world is constantly changing. A hundred years ago women in this country were homemakers, with many dying in childbirth. Happily many aspects of our lives have vastly improved, but there is still a great need to keep the momentum going, for the sake of our sisters everywhere. We now take it for granted that in western society women will not only fulfil domestic and reproductive functions, but will probably do so whilst juggling a career - often earning less money than men for equal work. No wonder young women are the biggest users of anti-depressants! Throughout history women’s lives haven’t been easy, and many battles for respect and equality are still having to be fought Hopefully we can show our appreciation of that special woman in our lives by buying her a delightfully sentimental card on Mother’s Day. Ruth Jemmett is a Member of The Society of Authors

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Mary's Story

For too many years Mary had been 'managing' by herself. Fiercely independent, she was just about making it through each day. Her daughter had tried many times to persuade Mary to get someone to help her with a bit of companionship, some home help, just a friendly face popping in from time to time to check she was okay. Mary point blankly refused. It took a fall and a brief spell in hospital for her poor daughter to decide enough was enough and regardless of mums procrastinations she made enquiries to get some help. Home Instead came to the rescue in the form of Sue, a fifty something local lady who lived round the corner from Mary. Sue's gently and patient nature matched her perfectly with Mary's reluctance. Sue visited Mary twice a week for a number of weeks gently breaking down barriers that Mary had so fervently put up.


Each visit Sue made, Mary unveiled a small piece of herself. Although her short-term memory was starting to fail her, Mary's recollections of wartime and rationing were still so vivid. During one of their chats, Mary revealed that she had won several awards for her ballroom dancing in her youth and even had a few trophies buried deep in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Knowing the area, Sue suggested they attend a tea dance, in the hall round the corner one Thursday.

"If I'm going again next week, I’ll need to have my hair done!" ~ Mary

In the hope to generate some enthusiasm but Mary wasn't keen. Each time the dance was mentioned, it fell on deaf ears!

Until one day Mary, quite reluctantly, agreed to give it a try - just this once. Mary was in a particularly bad mood that day and sat at the edge of the dance floor, stony faced throughout, and peering over her frown every so often to observe what was going on. Sue had started to question if this had been a good idea. After returning Mary home, Sue put on her coat to leave and as she got to the door, Mary looked up at Sue and said, "If I'm going again next week, I’ll need to have my hair done!" Mary now has her hair done every week, like she used to, in anticipation of Thursday. And with Sue's help, she has new dresses, and a comfy pair of shoes to dance in - well you can't Waltz in slippers now can you!!

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View from the City Paltry pension propoganda – time for some proper pension strategy by Justin Urquhart Stewart

This year will inevitably be peppered with references to the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Some will be relevant, some maudlin and lachrymose, with others casting dire warnings of history repeating itself. I personally don’t fall into that particular school of thought, thinking rather that history provides resonances and echoes of similarity as opposed to replays of events. It seems everything about pensions is nearly always negative. Its very title appears to evoke a feeling of depression - after all when was the last time you heard someone talking enthusiastically about how well their pension has done? Generally if you have a good pension, like a well funded final salary scheme where your company isn’t going bust, you tend to


keep quiet about it. For most it is something that is years away and, after all, doesn’t really apply to them - they will rely on the lottery! Well such a state of stupidity will come back and smack everyone with that outlook. We are never going to make pensions fun, but at least we can try and make them interesting and engaging. After all it is your money and it is your future income and security. Apparently the average pension pot put aside is under £30,000 which in today’s paltry annuity rates would get you around £125 per month to live on. The problem is that few are told these raw facts or, more to the point, told in a manner and language that the man in the street would understand. Finding a simple way of telling people how much to save, and to what end, and how they are doing, is going to be vital and something which we have certainly been focussing on with the next developments of the 7IMagine App. So last week we had the usual suspects moaning that the auto enrolment pensions for the 3 million already signed up and involved so far is going to be too little, too late. Wonderful! Let’s start off by

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depressing everybody. The key issue is that you get people started into long term saving, and once started, good communication can tell them what happens as they save more over time - but if you don’t get started at all, then you are doomed to a retirement in pathetic poverty and a diet of dog food. Eventually I, as a marginally benevolent dictator, would make such savings compulsory, but do so in a much more imaginative way than is currently laid out. We live in a financial world surrounded by the political detritus of pension and savings meddling which has served only to confuse most of the population. As ever, I want a strategy, not another tactical tragedy. We have ISAs (which were just the next politicians’ PEPs), then Junior ISAs, a muddle over Child trust funds and stakeholder pensions, as well as the confusion for most over annuities. What we really need is a lifetime saving scheme for all. A simple scheme into which the family can tax efficiently donate, and start the rolling up of value right from your date of birth. This then could be used as a guarantee for mortgages, education and, in due course, morph into a type of personal pension, and from there even personal and family old age care. It would be visible, simple and understandable - and of course once at a greater value provide that vital thing we all need for our finances and well being confidence! So why do I focus on baby saving? Well just look at the latest figures coming out of the Barclays Equity Gilt Study which was recently published. One figure that I always like to look at is very simplistic but tells a very straightforward tale. Namely.....if you invested £100 in a UK index of stocks in 1945 it would now be worth a not wildly interesting £9,347. However, if you took that same investment and rolled up and reinvested all those tiny little dividends over the time, the same number would radically change to a much more interesting sum: £177,620. A difference of over £150,000! So what is more important, the stock market going up and down, or the steady consistent power of compounding dividends and yield over the years? Ok, so that is over 68 years, but that is still a lot better

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than the current average of £30,000 per pension, and there is a better than reasonable chance you just might have saved something slightly more than £100 over that time. So let’s have some radical thinking and reform. The conversation about the cap on pension charges is about as creative as a cap on fuel charges; it’s addressing the wrong issue. Make it a system and service that people understand and appreciate and then the demand from intelligent and educated investors will drive costs down and expose both the hidden as well as more obvious costs. So redesign, simplify, and encourage everyone to start now - and the younger the better! Justin Urquhart Stewart is one of the most recognisable and trusted market commentators on television, radio and in the press. Originally trained as a lawyer he has observed the retail market industry for 20 years whilst at Barclays Stockbrokers and developed a unique understanding of the market’s roles and benefits for the private investor Bravo Village Voice - 100 editions and your voice is as loud as ever. We all need a Vocal Village to Voice our Views. Here is to the next 100. Justin

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The Sutton Mariners By Martin Mitchell

A sailing club in Sutton? How can that be, you might ask. Formed in 1988 by a dozen likeminded friends with interests in all things sailing, Sutton Mariners is a small friendly local boating club that meets every Thursday evening at 8pm at the Borough Sports Ground (home of Sutton United FC), Gander Green Lane, Sutton. The club promotes and facilitates the sport of boating and good seamanship as well as organising social events and is affiliated to the RYA. The membership numbers around 60 people aged 30 to 90, including several who have their own boats that are based in the Solent and Chichester areas. There is a wealth of experience within the club. On club nights we get together to share knowledge and enjoy talks covering a wide range of interests for the sailor. We’re happiest when we’re afloat, so we arrange a summer schedule of rallies around the south coast as well as the occasional foray over to France and the Channel Islands. On these trips we provide crewing opportunities for non-boat owners or, if you are already a boat owner, perhaps we can provide you with a crew. Last October, the club celebrated its 25th anniversary with a splendid dinner at the Epsom Club and every member was presented with a commemorative engraved glass. Our social events have included visits to the Tower Lifeboat Station in London, Chatham Historic Dockyard and the Marine and Coastguard Co-ordinating Centre at Lee on the Solent and well as Thames River trips. So, if you think you have to join an elite and expensive Yacht Club to be able to sail regularly, then you can think again! Sutton Mariners can help members realise their ambition to get more out of life and have a great, but safe time on the water. Visitors are welcome on any club night. Bring a friend or partner as well. You will be made genuinely welcome. There is a bar available as well as tea and coffee facilities. For more information about the club, or to catch up with the very latest programme of events, go to .


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FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE When is the time right to move? This month we brought a property to market for a family who first called us in 1992. We revalued their home in 2005 and have kept in contact. 22 years after they first considered moving the time is finally right for them to take the plunge. At the other end of the spectrum a family came back to us this month having bought and sold property through us 4 times in that same period. We are always more than happy to give a little advice, help you do the figures and work out if you can move or to give you an idea of what is likely to come on to the market in the next few months. Of course some properties come onto the market out of the blue, but most have been bubbling away in the background waiting for personal circumstances to be just right, though normally not quite as long as 22 years! The market is very strong at the moment and if you are thinking of a move now or in the future call us for a chat and let us know what you are looking for so we can keep you in mind when the right home comes up. Proper Wet In the words of one of our clients January was ‘proper wet’ which has escaped nobody’s attention, least of all those whose homes have been flooded locally and nationally for whom we have the utmost sympathy. The weather has been nothing short of miserable for far too long. On the plus side, if there can be one, this is better than ‘proper cold’ or ‘proper icy’. In the current market property buyers are a stoic lot and copious puddles, potholes and persistent rain don’t deter them. At the time of writing two thirds of the properties we have brought to market this year have sales agreed. Several more have very good offers, the last 4 of which were at asking price or up to 5% above. Out in force at the moment are the investment and first time buyers resulting in a real shortage of entry level properties on the market which is mirrored in our lettings department. One and two bedroom homes are selling very quickly indeed. Actually most property types are selling quickly now that we really think about it. Those selling their first home are of course keen to secure their next property and so the process continues up the property ladder resulting in shortages at every rung. Rising prices affect every level but, when percentage increases are converted into good old sterling, the amount people need to find to bridge the gap is ever increasing resulting in some struggling to afford their next property, which is as disappointing for us as it is for them. Every property sale has emotion attached to it. We feel for the families that just need that little bit more space as much as we do for those who are leaving their family home to down size or who are sadly selling a parents home. For most people selling a property is much more than an exchange of bricks and mortar. There is a very human side to what we do and we never forget that.


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New leadership at St Raphael’s Hospice

St Raphael’s Hospice in North Cheam has a new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mike Roycroft. Mr Roycroft has started work, meeting staff and volunteers, and is busy planning the future of the hospice. Mr Roycroft is the first full time Chief Executive, working only for the hospice. The Hospice is remaining under the ownership and management of its parent charity, The Daughters of the Cross, and announcing his appointment the Chairman of Trustees, Sister Veronica Hagen said: “It was with excitement and joy that I was able to introduce Mike Roycroft the first full-time Chief Executive Officer, to the Staff of St Raphael’s. After a warm greeting from Dr. Marie Joseph (Medical Director), Mrs Marjolijn Ford (Matron) and Director of Fundraising, Keith Witham, Mike and I visited the various on-site staff groups. All of them, as usual were very busy, happily delivering the ever-widening range of services offered by St Raphael’s. During a very full

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This recipe does use fresh ingredients but ‘cheats’ a little by using a jar of sauce rather than creating it from scratch which saves time, but still produces a delicious and authentic dish. Unlike many curry type dishes, the lentils make this very thick so there’s no need for rice. It reheats perfectly and so can be cooked the day before ready to eat at short notice the next day. Serves 4 to 6 Ready in 4 hours 800g diced leg of lamb or lamb steaks 3 whole peppers, red, green, yellow, sliced. 1 chopped and diced onion 2 carrots peeled and finely diced 2 sticks of celery chopped and finely diced 2 jars of Rogan Josh sauce (recommend Loyd Grosman) Half a teacup of dried red lentils 2 – 4 whole red chillies sliced Bunch of fresh coriander Olive oil Salt and pepper For serving, naan bread and sour cream Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2. Add a splash of olive oil to a frying pan and cook the onions, carrot and celery until they take on a bit of colour, then put these into a large casserole pot. In the same pan put about half the diced lamb and fry until sealed, then put into casserole pot, repeat with the rest of the lamb. Fry the peppers for a couple of minutes, then put them into casserole pot with a pinch of salt and a good grind of pepper. Add the chillies to taste – 4 chillies will give a medium heat but use fewer chillies and remove the seeds if you don’t like it too hot. Pour in the two jars of Rogan Josh, then add a bit of water to the jars, put the lid back on and shake. Chop half the coriander and add to the pot with the liquid from the jars and stir thoroughly. You need the casserole pot filled to near the top, so add water


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Starting this month, a new local group for anyone who is already vegan, thinking about it, wanting to know a bit more, interested in vegan cooking etc. The nearest existing groups I could find are in Guildford or London -a bit far for me. So I decided to create one in Worcester Park, meeting once a month. Anyone in the neighbourhood and surrounding boroughs -and others who want to travel in sometimes to be with us, is welcome. You don’t have to actually live in Worcester Park. I went vegan about 14 months ago -for compassionate and environmental reasons- and am now very enthused about vegan living! I have found my health and vitality have improved significantly, which has been an unlooked for bonus. Mainly I just enjoy the knowledge that I’ve opted out of something that has long troubled me, and the relief and peace of mind that brings me. I want to help others to do the same. The group will mainly be for socialising over food and sharing recipes and so on, a space to ask questions and discuss the ups and downs of living vegan in a world that isn’t really set up for it yet. My rather flagging interest in cooking has been revitalised with veganism. I find that I now enjoy my times in the kitchen. The challenge of creating delicious meals from vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, pulses and legumes is a bit like alchemy or some sort of art to me. The internet has a vast selection of wonderful recipes and there are also loads of books to inspire creativity. I did think, at first, that it might be hard to live vegan maybe I’d miss cheese or be stumped for what to make for dinner and that I would stop enjoying my cuppas, as I wouldn’t like the taste of plant milks. But none of this happened; I found that my concern for the animals was enough to power me through without a single regret. Shopping has become an adventure in ‘what else can I find that’s suitable?’ - as I discover ever more alternatives to what I grew up with. It’s quicker too, with so many aisles to simply miss out! So, fellow vegans, friends and enquirers, let’s meet! First meeting -Thursday 13 March 7 to 8.30 pm Christchurch with St Philip, Cheam Common Rd. Every second Thursday of each month thereafter, same time, same place. If you can’t make the first, that’s fine.

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Do you enjoy listening to show tunes, big band music, jazz, light classics etc? Come along to an evening of live music played by top artistes. We meet on the second Monday of each month at our Banstead venue Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club Church Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN 10th March – Len Rawle Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start.(Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. Further details from 020 8330 5795, or visit www. Worcester Parkers Women’s Institute meet on the 3rd Monday of every month 7.45pm to 9.45pm at Christchurch with St Philip Church Hall in Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. For more information contact Dawn Penn 0208 337 4361 Email Cheam Common Art Group Small friendly Art Group who meet at CHRIST CHURCH with ST PHILIP Ruskin Road, Worcester Park

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Tuesdays The Worcester Park Dramatic Society is a local amateur drama group of long standing. We stage two major productions a year at the Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet every Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the Sainsbury’s site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals and set construction, we have quiz nights and various social events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions, anyone willing to act or work backstage. If interested, please contact our membership secretary, Joyce Cranfield, on 020 8337 3317. “Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired, meeting on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but donations invited. Occasional speakers. Contact Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298 NHS Retirement Fellowship- Local Branch Are you retired or about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10am -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat. Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. For further details please contact Lorna on 020 8337 4121. Worcester Park Crafters We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the hall at Christchurch with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester park,KT4 8LG. We meet from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For further details please contact Lynne by E mail: or phone on:020 8330 5903 Our aim is to provide a meeting/crafting place for all crafters whatever their craft or ability. Either bring your own work or purchase our kit of the month (small materials cost usually £2), come and play and chat. (small cost to over hall hire and insurance approx £4) Craft group - We meet at Christ Church with St Philip Ruskin Drive on the first TUESDAY of the month from 7.30-9.30pm A place where all crafters whatever their craft or ability can meet, craft, share ideas and learn from each other. Feel free to bring your own projects or you can try our project of the month Cost: £5 per session Lynne Singer 020 8330 3590 or Toni Shepherd 07900 006367

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Thursdays Monthly group for Vegans, and those in vegan food etc, meeting on the second Thursday of each month ,7pm until 8.30 pm at Christchurch with St Philip, Cheam Common Rd. RIng 0208 337 3722 for more info or find us on Facebook (Worcester Park Vegans). You don’t have to live in Worcester Park. Anyone interested ,who can get there to be with us,will be welcome! East Surrey Family History Society For those who are interested in finding out how to investigate their family history the Sutton Branch of the East Surrey Family History Society holds meetings on the first Thursday of the month at St Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. Further details of all our branch meetings, can be found at Our award winning website 60+ Social Mixed Single Group We meet in a local pub every Thursday where we discuss outings for the weekends such as meal out, walking, theatre trips, cinemas and many other things. If you would like to join us please ring Maureen: 07761278661. Kingston Phoenix Road Club is a cycling club that meets at 8-30pm every Thursday at Worcester Park Athlete Club, Green Lane, Worcester Park. The club was founded in 1936 and currently has a membership of 70. We cater for riders of all ages whether they are novices or experienced and our oldest rider is 84 years old who is still racing and holds several national age related records.

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Malden Emergency First Aid Society (MEFAS) members meet every Thursday evening from 7.30 to 10pm. The public is invited to join members on short training courses. For further details please see MEFAS web site at or telephone 020 8942 8653 or 07966661015 Breathe Easy (Merton & Sutton) Group. Wheezy? Breathless? you are not alone, come and join us at your local friendly support & information group for anyone affected by a lung condition.We meet between 2 - 4 pm on the 3rd. Thursday of every month at St Bedes Conference Centre, St Anthony’s Hospital, London Road, North Cheam. For more information please contact George on 0208 647 7530 Thursday Fellowship. Every Thursday at 2.30pm for men and women, finishing with a cup of tea and biscuits or cakes. A lively, friendly meeting at Worcester Park Baptist church in The Avenue. Well-known, familiar hymns and prayers, musical afternoons, and a variety of speakers on topical subjects, including help and advice. New members welcome. For more information ring Jean Gathercole on 020 8642 9649 The Worcester Park Hello Club launched last November and is welcoming new members! We meet every Thursday morning from 10am – 12 noon. The club is aimed at anyone who would like to come and join in with board games, quizzes, cards, occasional craft sessions - or just to have a chat and a coffee. Adults of any age are welcome to come and get to know each other. The main aims of the club are: • To meet new people and build friendships • To become involved with the local community • To access activities, information and advice The club is very friendly and informal. Every month there will be a member of staff attending from the SCILL Information & Advice Service – they have information on most topics for all your needs and will be pleased to assist you. The drop in club was set up by Sutton Vision, Christ Church with St Philip and SCILL , working together in partnership. We are fortunate to be provided with a welcoming and comfortable venue at the Christ Church with St Philip Community Hall. There are accessible toilets on site. There is a small charge for coffee and tea at the church café. If you would like to join us, please just turn up, or if you would like to speak to someone, please contact one of the following: SCILL 020 8770 4065 Sutton Vision 020 8409 7166 Christ Church with St Philip 020 8330 7630


Fridays Bartlett House Luncheon Club is a welcoming social club for the retired from work but not from life! Bartlett house, 49-51 The Avenue, Worcester Park,KT4 7HU Catch up with friends every Friday 11am-4pm This fun and friendly club is not for profit ensuring prices are kept to a minimum so it won’t cost the earth! New members welcome. Transport may be available. Contact us on 01372 720563 or 07807443156 Quest was set up in 1987 to provide a meeting place for people with physical disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for the members and allow the carers to have a regular break. Annual subscription. and £2.50 for lunch. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker, outings can be arranged if enough people wish to go. The venue is St. Philip Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m Contact June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220 RSPB Epsom And Ewell Local Group We meet the 2nd Friday of every month at 7.30, apart from July and August, at All Saints Church Hall Fulford Road, West Ewell with guest speakers who illustrate

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their enthusiasm on a variety of natural history subjects. There is a small charge for non-members of the RSPB. If you would like more information, please look at our website, Worcester Park Womens’ Club. We are part of the National Association of Womens’ Clubs and we meet at Cheam Common Junior School, Kingsmead Avenue every Friday from 7.30 to 9.30 (term time only). We have very interesting speakers, outings, a garden party in the summer and a quiz night rasising money for our chosen charity for the year. Why not come along and give us a try. For more information call Carole on 020 8337 6088.

General Auriol Bowling Club was established in 1967, and plays on the 6-rink bowling green attached to the pavilion in Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to September, with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. For further information please contact the club Secretary, David Regan, on 020 8337 8919 or visit the website at Cuddington Bowling Club will always welcome new members. The club is situated in Sandringham Road, Worcester Park and we play on an excellent 6 rink green that has been acclaimed by many of the club’s visitors this year. We are a mixed club with about 60 members and play a range of friendly and league fixtures catering for all abilities. For further information, please contact our Secretary Mike Ridley 02087158326 or our Treasurer Mark Broughton 02083379699. Social Dancing With “ Glitters” At Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village 8.15 pm – 11.00 pm Entrance £8 Over 18’s All standards Bar & Free parking & Professional D J We may not have Brucie but we do have a glitter ball! 07903 314276 National Trust - Epsom, Ewell and District Supporters GroupFormed in 1971, we run a varied programme of social eventswhich includes Evening Lectures at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from Oct. to June, Coach Outings which visit historichouses and gardens(not necessarily N.T.),Guided London Walks, and other trips to London e.g.The Magic Circle, The Royal Opera House (backstage tour).Other special events include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch. Newsletters are produced four times a year.If you would like more information please visit our website: or telephone Paul on 020 87158486 Malden Manor Bowls Club Where: Manor Park, Malden Road. New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, league matches, internal and external competition; we offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Contact Men’s Secretary John: 020 8337 0084 or Ladies Secretary Pat: 020 8544 9704

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A touch of the Orient by Pippa Greenwood

As the new gardening year is under way, is it time to embark on a new era in your garden? It can be really refreshing to have a change of style, not necessarily in your whole garden but perhaps you could create a different and contrasting feel in a small part of your plot to the rest of your well-loved garden? The Japanese style is largely very simplistic and aims to create a relaxed, calm environment. In any garden you’re going to need walls, fences, pathways and so forth, and if you use natural materials such as wood or of course bamboo, they blend in better with the surroundings of an existing or a newly planned garden and instantly help to create that oriental feel. Provided the surface is made relatively slip-proof, a small bridge can be created quite easily using a simple plank of wood, allowing you to cross over an existing or new pond or other water feature. Stain the wood an interesting colour: perhaps even bright Japanese-style

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red if you’re feeling daring. Thinking of water, why not create your own ‘deer chase’? All you need to set up is a source of water powered by a pump, then allow the water to pour out from a bamboo spout and then into another hollowed out piece of bamboo. As the weight of the water increases in the hollowed out bamboo it causes it to tip and to swivel around slightly. Once filled up it then tilts downwards and pours its water into the basin or bowl beneath. When empty it clunks back into position. If you want something even simpler, then buy some wide diameter bamboo canes, hollow one out, cut the end at an angle and simply create a trickling

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water spout. Provided you fix everything up with a pump, the water can then be recycled around from the bowl or basin and back into the trickling pipe. Gravelled areas raked into simple patterns resembling waves or entire circles also help to create a Japanese feel. These can take up the majority of the garden space, be a relatively small area or perhaps link your existing garden into the Japanese ‘room’ that you have created. Concentric rings of raked gravel or sand look particularly dramatic if you place a sizeable, interestingly shaped boulder, stone or specimen plant in the centre of the middle circle. When it comes to plants there are several which instantly help to evoke that Japanese effect. The socalled Japanese maples with their intricately divided leaves epitomise Japanese gardens and many will turn brilliant shades in the autumn. Japanese azaleas too can be used to great effect and can bring in some of those really bright colours which look so good for the relatively simple garden surrounding them. Pine trees may be too large for most gardens, but you can gradually bend the stems of a smaller one to create a bonsai effect. Of course, if you’re a collector of bonsai then most of these trees actually enjoy spending the summer outside in a garden and provided they are kept adequately maintained, will look great in your Japanese garden.

A trip down to your local garden centre is bound to supply you with a few oriental-themed containers. Plant one or two of these up with a small acer, camellia, miniature azalea or miniature bamboo and you will really help to complete that oriental touch. Visit Pippa’s website for a great range of gardening-related items including ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ veg growing system, electronic cat and fox deterrents, lots of slug controls, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, and many other useful garden items.

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Voice for Wildlife Spotlight on the tawny owl by Carol Williams

When we first moved to Worcester Park in the mid 1980s, we used to hear tawny owl calls in Woodlands Road after dusk. This was before part of a large, mature garden on one side of the road was sold off and developed. Obviously a territory was destroyed when that happened, displacing the owls who had been there. I doubt their disappearance was noticed by many, I’m certain the developers and builders and sellers of the site had no thought about preserving the large tree where the owl pair lived and bred each year. They are unlikely to have even noticed the birds were there or have understood the value of an old tree with holes in its trunk and ivy climbing up it. Tawny owls pair up at about 12 months old and stay together for life, in the same territory, guarding their nests fiercely from intruders, but in the day they roost, on branches, against tree trunks or in the thick of mature ivy, and are themselves vulnerable when in this dozy state. They prefer woodland habitats, with access to water, but cemetries, parks and gardens have allowed them to spread to urban areas, including central London. The renowned wildlife photographer, Eric Hosking, lost an eye when getting too close to a tawny owl nest in an attempt to get some shots of them. Intruders who might pose a threat to their eggs or young are likely to be attacked they aim for the head with their sharp talons. Typically there are 2 or 3 eggs which the female alone, incubates, and they hatch after about a month, the chicks leaving the nest about 10 days before fledging to hide in nearby branches. They fledge when they are about 38 days old, and continue to be fed by the adults for 2 to 3 months after this. Then they disperse in Autumn to find their own territories. They starve if they


are unable to find unoccupied, suitable habitat. The familiar call of the tawny owl is actually a duet. The female makes the ‘kew-wick’ sound and the male the responding ‘hoooo’. It is easily imitated by blowing into cupped hands through slightly parted thumbs. A study in Cambridgeshire found that this mimicry got a response from an owl within 30 minutes in 94% of the trials. The RSPB estimates that there are around 50,000 pairs of tawny owls spread across England, Wales and Scotland, though there are none in Ireland. They take readily to nest boxes and, in built up areas, may displace Barn Owls from their traditional nesting sites in old buildings. They are about the size of a pigeon, have excellent directional hearing and fly with a silent gliding motion, hunting at night for small mammals, frogs,fish, insects, worms, beetles and even small birds. They are not currently a vulnerable species, but, with global temperatures rising, the main threat to them is avian malaria - incidences have tripled since the 1990s. The average lifespan of tawny owls is 5 years, with one record of an individual living 18 years and a captive bird reaching 27 years old! I have no idea whether we have a pair of tawny owls in Shadbolt Park, as it is locked at dusk, but it is ideal habitat, with its older trees and access to water since we restored the pond.

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Kids Play

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


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


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Men behaving Dadly, Grace Church - every 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30 to 11 am, at Green Lane Primary School. For Dads and their pre-school children (04). The kids get to play with the toys, the Dads get a bacon roll and coffee, and Mums might possibly get a lie-in... £3 on the door. For more information & contact details, Old Malden Library (Church Road, Worcester Park) Tuesdays, 10.30-11am, Rhyme time aimed at age 0-3 Tuesdays, 2.30-3pm, Story time aimed at age 3+

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Book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23 St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park KT4 8LG Tue 8th Apr, 2 to 4.30pm 5.30 to 8pm Sutton, The Thomas Wall Centre, Benhill Avenue, Sutton, Surrey., SM1 4DP Thu 13th Mar, Thu 10th Apr 2 to 4.30pm 5.30 to 8pm St James’s Church Hall, Bodley Road, New Malden KT3 5QE Wed 5th Mar, Wed 2nd Apr, 2 to 4.30pm 5.30 to 8pm A.F.C Wimbledon Football Club, Jack Goodchild Way, 422A Kingston Road KT1 3PB Tuesday 18 Jun 2013 Tue 1st Apr, 2 to 4.30pm 5.30 to 8pm Carshalton, Baptist Free Church Hall Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, SM5 3NL Thu 3rd Apr 2 to 4.30pm 5.30 to 7.45pm Raynes Park, Dundonald Church 577 Kingston Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8SA Tue 6th May, 2 to 4.30pm 5.30 to 8pm

St Raphaels Fundraising

Please support St Raphael’s Hospice. Here are some of the events taking place in the next few months. For a full list of events as they are available please visit our website Wednesday 12th March 14 – Quiz Evening @ St Bede’s conference centre (behind the hospice). Table of 8: £72. For more details or to book please call: Bob Waters: 020 8337 3134 or Diana 020 8641 3540 Sunday 23rd March 14 - St Raphael’s Hospice Tandem Skydive. Don’t miss the experience of a lifetime! A chance to join a group – the ultimate adventure! Minimum sponsorship £395. For more details contact: Kerry Thomas T: 020 8254 2465, email: Sunday 10th Aug 14 - Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, starting at the Olympic Park in London and finishing at The Mall. We have guaranteed places available. Minimum sponsorship of £450. For an application form contact: Kerry Thomas T: 020 8254 2465, email:

Local Markets

Cheam Village Friday Market Small indoor market with 28 stalls held in Cheam Parochial Rooms, The Broadway, Cheam Village, Surrey. Helping the Royal Marsden Hospital. Market Days: Friday North Cheam Farmers’ Market – 3rd Saturday of every month, 9.30am-1.30pm, North Cheam

Crossroads outside the Post Office, KT4 8SG. Christmas Market: Saturday 21st December Sutton Local Produce and Craft Market, Sat 30th November, 10am-4pm, Town Square, Sutton High Street New Malden Farmer’s Market 1st Saturday of the month Georges Square (by New Malden Train Station) 9am to 2pm Surbiton Farmers Market Maple Road 3rd Saturday of the month 9am-1pm

Nonsuch News

“National media focus on the Tudors/local interest in Tudor history on our doorstep in Nonsuch Park. BBC2 has a season on Tudor history; the V & A has an exhibition of Tudor Art and Buckingham Palace is showing portraits exploring Tudor fashion. The local resident, however, does not need to travel to London to appreciate some of Tudor history. An amazing model of the original Nonsuch Palace, built by Henry VIII to celebrate the birth of his son Edward – so important to the Tudor dynasty – is on view every every Sunday in the winter 11 – 2 p.m in the Gallery of the Mansion, Service Wing entrance, Nonsuch Park. The site is marked on the Northern side of the Park by three tall pillars which now stand as the only physical evidence of this amazing building. They are as three sentries guarding a bygone age.

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In addition, a unique and important collection of stained glass amassed by Samuel Farmer, owner of the present Mansion in the early 1800’s, features one particular panel commemorating the marriage of Jane Seymour to Henry VIII – only 11 days after the execution of Anne Boleyn! These are just a few of the treasures on view in the Nonsuch Mansion Service Wing Museum open on 2nd & 4th Sundays in the month (9th and 23rd) 2 – 5 p.m. Combined entry to Gallery & Museum £3.00, Concessions £2.00. Friends of Nonsuch Members & Children under 16 free. Entry only to Gallery £2.50. Last entry 4.30 p.m.”

Bourne Hall Museum Kids

Saturday 8 March Bourne Hall Herald of Spring Goes Back to its Roots Open 9am to 5pm Enjoy a free floral extravaganza! Discover the open spaces and parks of the Borough Learn about the art of the bee-keeper See displays by local horticultural and flower clubs Meet the friends of your local parks and find out how you can get involved Visit the Antiques and Vintage Fair (£2 admission). And why not enter our competition for the best floral display, best cut or dried flower display and best school table-top garden? For more details contact Bourne Hall 020 8393 9571.

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Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL (01372) 742555 / 742227 Purple Zeppelin 1 March 2014 Voted Best tribute Band of 2012 Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time Circus of Horrors 4 March 2014 17 years after its conception at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival the show has gone on to tour the World achieving cult status and dragging Circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond. Packed with new shocks that will take you on a whirlwind journey, like a bat out of hell into 1927 Berlin, this was the roaring twenties, a decedent decade, the birth of the Cabaret and the home to ‘The Devil Doll’. Irish House Party 6 March 2014 Dublin’s No’1 award winning music and dance show offers the warmest of welcomes to the finest house party in town. Starring All Ireland Champion musicians, fantastic presenters with great banter and not forgetting some excellent Irish dancing, this amazing multi-talented gathering deliver the best traditional night of musical entertainment the Emerald Isle has to offer! The musicians will astound with their ability, craft and knowledge and take you on a journey of rhythm, song and dance in an intimate, friendly and homely atmosphere. Burlesque Show 7 March 2014 Welcome to a stunning night of sophisticated tease, wonderful comedy, magic and music featuring the UK’s finest artistes of the genre. Beautiful choreography, hilarious routines, classic comedy and daring magic combine to deliver the most highly regarded production of its kind in the UK. Epsom Symphony Orchestra - Spring Classics


8 March 2014 Tchaikovsky’s dramatic and exciting Manfred Symphony is the highlight of the Epsom Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Classics concert which also features Debussy’s impressionistic masterpiece – La Mer. Peter Howarth - Unplugged with special guest Michael Armstrong 8 March 2014 Lead singer of THE HOLLIES and long time singer/guitarist with Cliff Richard. A great evening’s entertainment for fans of Cliff Richard, The Hollies , and Roy Orbison, featuring a choice selection of solo acoustic arrangements of classic hits including Devil Woman, Miss You Nights, Carrie, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, Jennifer Eccles, Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely and more. The JJ Vinten Band 10 March 2014 A welcome return to one of last seasons biggest hits An Evening of Mediumship with TV Psychic Tony Stockwell 12 March 2014 For those with an interest in Mediumship, the name of Tony Stockwell will certainly need no introduction. Tony has been working tirelessly for over 20 years to demonstrate his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones. STRINGFEVER 13 March 2014 Seeing is believing! If you’re looking for an evening’s entertainment like you’ve never seen before, then meet Giles, Ralph, Graham and Neal Broadbent collectively known as Stringfever. 14 March 2014 In his new tour, stand up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up. Bobby Socks & Blue Jeans 15 March 2014 Is a new and exciting Live Music production featuring over 40 Smash Hits, which stars some of the most celebrated and talented musicians and performers in the world of professional entertainment, performing the most popular music of the superstars of the Fabulous 50’s & 60’s. Footloose 19 Mar 2014 - 22 Mar 2014 Footloose explodes onto the Playhouse stage with classic 80s anthems including Holding Out For a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it For the Boy, and of course the title track, Footloose. Life in small town Bomont is peaceful but the townspeople live in the shadow of a tragedy and dancing is banned. That is until city boy, Ren McCormack arrives, breaking every taboo on his mission to bring dance back to the heart of the town. Keith Nicholls’ Hot Five 24 March 2014 You will need to book your seats early to see this popular band! On The Halls 27 March 2014 In the MYERS STUDIO, funny, rude, poignant and bursting with energy, On The Halls is a new play about the lives, loves and songs of Marie Lloyd and Vesta Tilley, two women who dominated popular theatre and entertainment for over 40 years from 1885-1922. Macbeth 27 March 2014 William Shakespeare’s murderous tale of greed, witchcraft and madness. Macbeth and Banquo stumble on three witches who foretell of great things for Macbeth. On telling his wife they realise that King Duncan is the only person in his way. Macbeth murders him when Duncan pays a visit to their castle, setting off a chain of events that leads to war amongst the clans; his wife’s madness and death; to his eventual downfall. 28 March 2014 The Magic of the Beatles superbly recreates legendary live performances, taking you from their Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond.

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Cake and Bake Apricot and apple strudel Serves 4-6, and ready in 1 hour

Layers of light and crispy filo pastry wrapped around a sweet fruit filling makes a delicious pud that tastes just as good warm as cold. Serve with tangy crème fraiche, thick Greek yogurt or vanilla custard. 2 large cooking apples Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 85g no-need-to-soak dried apricots, chopped 50g fresh white breadcrumbs 1 tsp ground mixed spice 7 tbsp Demerara sugar 6 large sheets filo pastry (approx 200g) 50g unsalted butter, melted Icing sugar, for dusting

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Adding breadcrumbs to the fruit mixture helps to soak up any juices and stop the pastry from becoming soggy. You can replace them with ground almonds, if liked.

1 Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Peel, core and finely chop the apples and place in a bowl with the lemon zest, apricots, breadcrumbs, mixed spice and 3 tbsp of the Demerara sugar. Mix well. 2 Place 2 sheets of the filo pastry, slightly overlapping, on a large greased baking tray. Brush them liberally with some of the melted butter then arrange 2 more sheets on top. Brush with more butter and top with the last 2 sheets. 3 Spoon the apple mixture along one long pastry edge, leaving a 3cm border. Sprinkle over another 3 tbsp of Demerara sugar. Fold in the two short ends of the pastry then roll up loosely from one long side to enclose the filling, making sure the seal is underneath. Brush the pastry all over with any remaining melted butter and sprinkle over the rest of the Demerara sugar. 4 Bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Check after 25 minutes and cover loosely with foil if the pastry begins to go too brown. Serve warm or cold dusted with icing sugar.

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by PCSO Gary Weaving Police are continuing to work closely with residents to make Sutton borough even safer. Crime fell during the 12 months to mid-February 2014 whilst the number of detections rose during the same period, compared to the same period the previous year. For example, there were 1,147 fewer crimes - a reduction of 10% - during the last year with burglary down 7.8% and robbery down 13.5%. Residents tell us that low levels of crime and being safe are the most important considerations when being happy with where they live. In our latest survey of residents (carried out by Ipsos MORI of 1,031 residents between 11 October - 17 November 2013) the vast majority of residents said Sutton is a good place, and a safe place, to be. The survey also showed further significant reductions in the fear of crime across all major crime types. Although the evenings are starting to get lighter, we are continuing to advise residents to take steps to protect their home to make it less likely to be targeted by burglars. Our advice includes: - use timers on lights, radios and audio systems to come on when it gets dark; change the rooms used and times to avoid predictability. This will make it look like you are in even when you are out - install exterior lights to light up dark corners outside your home such as a system which can activate single or multiple lights when someone comes into its field of vision - leave your front door and vehicle keys in a secure place out of sight and reach of your front door to prevent a potential burglar ‘fishing’ for the key through the letterbox - remove back door keys from locks and place them out of sight - use your key to lock your multi-point UPVC door otherwise it won’t be locked


- always remember to keep doors and windows locked Our officers are continuing to encourage residents to join Neighbourhood Watch, an organisation that encourages residents to be crime aware and also to look after elderly and vulnerable neighbours in their streets. With the support of local policing teams, NHW membership in the borough has risen by nearly 300% since 2009 to 3,588 members in 1,081 ‘watches’ covering 71% of the borough. You can obtain further details about joining NHW by visiting: Email: Answerphone: 020 8649 0614 For Met Police crime prevention advice visit:

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