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May Contents History by David Rymill More memories of Longfellow Road 6 Ruth Jemmett Writes Time For Chelsea Again 9 Sing back the memories 13 View from the City 14 Codeword 18 Chocolate Fondant Puddings 20 Quiz 25 Sudokus 26 Voice for Wildlife 28 Gardening 30 Clubs 34 Cuddington Community Primary School stands out in Surrey with flagship inclusion quality mark 40 Parkin’ some thoughts 42 Kids Play 44 Solutions 46

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Welcome to Your Worcester Park Life As I write this introduction to our May issue London seems to be the hottest city in Europe and the grass and flowers outside look just beautiful, basking in the glorious sunshine – it’s so easy to forget the miserable wet days that we had over the Easter holidays, isn’t it. I’ve been planting bedding plants and this year I will remember to water them as it’s set to stay dry for a while. Fantastic weather for getting out and about on our bikes and up to our local beautiful parks. I started the couch to 5K programme (again) in January but running with excitable Matty-dog on the lead was a step too far and at the end of week 3 I was forced to retire as shooting pains had started in my left knee. After a few months of physio I’m back to square one so really enjoying some gentle cycling. However you’re keeping your fitness levels up, I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s much easier when the sun is shining… Please get in touch if your school, club or organisation is planning any events in June that we can help to promote - at no cost to you. Or if you have a local business and want to get the word out locally. In order to deliver the magazine to most of the KT3 postcode, we split the distribution over a two month period. So if you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the April one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, New Malden library, Tudor Willams and the Malden Centre but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website. Until next time, best wishes,

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

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

More memories of Longfellow Road Several readers got in touch in response to my January article, having enjoyed reading memories of childhoods spent in Longfellow Road in the 1910s-30s, so I thought this month I would give some more recollections of Longfellow Road, concentrating on the memories of Gladys Rutland née Ingram, who was born in 1911 and lived at no. 127 until her teenage years. Gladys described “my lovely field, at the back of our house [where Hazlemere Gardens was later built], full of flowers and little blue butterflies. I was very fond of wild flowers – I was always going back into the house with a bunch of flowers. I used to play cricket with my brothers out in the field. I used to get sixes, and I didn’t bowl under-arm, I used to go over-arm – oh, I used to love cricket. There were allotments next to our field, in Green Lane; my father liked his allotment: he used to grow a lot of lovely stuff there for us children – there were five of us.” Some of the family’s shopping was done “in Lanes’ shop down Longfellow Road [no. 105]; quite nice it was: two big counters, and kept nicely. He used to fold the bags round in a certain way – blue paper it was – and put the sultanas in. Ron Lane used to deliver, with things hanging on his bike – cornflakes, I remember.” The family also used the shops in what was to become Central Road, clustered around the junction with Longfellow Road, such as the corn chandler’s with “big bins filled with corn; it was beautiful bright orange, the maize, I used to let it trickle through my fingers.” Much of the main road was still undeveloped: “On one side was Beer’s Farm [officially known as Worcester Park Farm or Stoneleigh Farm, with a farmhouse on the site of Superdrug], where we used to get our milk.” There was no fridge at their home, but “we had a larder that had stone in it, and my mother used to have a big clay pot that she put the bread in, to keep it cool, with a cloth over the top.”


that he used to dip in and measure it out. And the muffin man used to come round during the daytime and weekends, with a bell, with lovely muffins and crumpets on a tray over his head.” Gladys was three years old when the First World War started – the first war in which civilians came under attack from the air, in German Zeppelin raids. “We used to have the policeman come round when there was an air raid on – they used to come round and say, ‘Take cover, go straight indoors.’ Seems very odd now [compared to air-raid sirens]: but they must have been very brave, those policemen.” Her father, Percy Ernest Ingram, “was a tailors’ superintendent in Savile Row. The Prince of Wales [later Edward VIII] used to go there, and he brought in an old jacket: he wanted the elbows patched with leather.” Mr Ingram “used to wear a big tail coat, like a beetle – and a buttonhole; I used to go down the garden and pick him whatever was going, rose or carnation. He used to go to the station every morning, he was up and out by 7.” On one occasion “there was going to be a strike and he said ‘Well, I’ll walk there’ – but fortunately that was the end of it. He was a rare one for work, he was there for 48 years. “At the bottom of the station steps, right on the main road, there used to be a trough where the horses used to drink. There used to be blackberries down there as well. I was a rare one for scrumping, and

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picking flowers – marguerites and cornflowers and all sorts. “At Malden Green Farm they used to do clay pigeon shooting, and the Prince of Wales used to go there. I didn’t see him – my father did.” Gladys would later come to know Malden Green Farm much better, after her sister Grace married into the Parker family who acquired it in 1932. Gladys went to Cheam Common Infants’ School, and then to the Church of England Junior School which was located where the curving parade The Broadway Market is now at the top of Central Road, opposite the present schools. Empire Day was observed at both schools: “I used to go with a bunch of flowers and a Union Jack and dance round the maypole – in our best attire; my mother made me a little pink dress for that.” The Junior School “was a lovely little school, just for girls, and had a lot of lime trees, and we used to have lessons under there sometimes. Miss Carette used to say ‘Unter der linden’ and out we’d all go.”

Gladys later lived in several other roads in the district, spending most of her married life in Elm Way. “When we lived down Donnington Road we had a bedroom that overlooked the fields; I used to watch the field of corn and it used to waver like the sea when the breeze came; I was a proper country girl for flowers and grass and all that, but it did change very quickly.” Our illustrations this month take us on some 40 years from Gladys’s time in Longfellow Road, as they show a mug produced by Fordham Pottery of Cambridgeshire for a Longfellow Road street party to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. But was it the Longfellow Road in Worcester Park? It seems likely, as the mug comes from a local source, and the WP Longfellow Road is known for its street parties – but can any WPL reader confirm this? (020) 8330 6563

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Ruth Jemmett Writes Time For Chelsea Again By Ruth Jemmett

At LAST! The rain has gradually eased off, and buds are popping everywhere. At this time of the year, there is a feeling of expectation. As Mark Twain put it: “It’s Spring Fever! …. You don’t know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache you want it so!” The plants and trees feel their sap rising, and we humans start mowing lawns, decorating our homes, and brushing up our act. The strengthening rays of the sun highlight cobwebs (Aaargh!), and DIY stores are run off their feet. People actually LOOK happier at this time of the year, as they tentatively peel off their winter woollies, and bear their pasty flesh for the first time in months!

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The 1st of May is marked worldwide as a celebration of the struggles of the working people. Labour Day, as it is also known, originated in the USA in 1867, when a ten hour working day was reduced to eight hours. This is the origin of our own May Day Bank Holiday, which was instituted in 1978. We will have two Bank Holidays in May - one on 7th and one on 28th. May also marks the end of the football season in this country. May husband, an avid support of Plymouth Argyle, goes into official mourning mode until the season recommences. On the 2nd of May it will be the birthday of Prince Charles, and also a man beloved of lady gardeners everywhere - Alan Titchmarch!

The word May derives from Maia, a Roman Goddess of springtime, and the mother of Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods. The Gaelic name for May is Bealtaine. In the farming world it is the time between sowing and reaping. However excited we get about the prospect of warmer days to come, we must never forget the old saying “”Ne’er cast a clout ’til May be out”, and as Shakespeare reminded us - “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.” As a child living in this area in the 1950s, I remember playing on a field next to The Hogsmill River, and finding that the inside of a blossoming May bush made an ideal den for a child with a vivid imagination. I would disappear inside the prickly shrub for ages on summer days, sporting a bottle of water and a slice of bread and margarine. Butter was a distant dream in those days of post-war rationing! I once had a painful encounter with a May thorn, which I couldn’t remove. All these years later its remnants stare at me from my thumb! We had adders living in the field, but To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915


On the 4th of the month we can remember that in 1979 Margaret Thatcher became our first female Prime Minister. She was loved and disliked in equal measures, and certainly made her mark in history as a strong leader. On the 12th May International Nurses Day will be celebrated. It was instituted in 1965 to mark the contribution nurses make to our world. As a regular attendee at The Royal Marsden Unit at Kingston Hospital I have nothing but praise for these wonderful people - the majority of whom are women. Their kindness, compassion, and incredible knowledge and efficiency, have, together with the incredible support of my cancer specialists, have made it possible for me to write for you four and a half years after diagnosis of breast cancer that had spread to several other sites. Whatever nurses are paid it’s not nearly enough!!! You may or may not know that this is National Walking Month The aforesaid husband does his bit by pacing to the ’fridge at regular intervals …..! Medics tell us that regular walking every day adds years to our life, and is a good way to lose weight - so get those trainers on and grab that dog to haul around the park! The 14th- 20th of this month marks Mental Health Awareness Week. At last people are admitting that a fair proportion of the population - and indeed the world - are plagued by issues regarding their mental well-being, either by reason of genetics, life-style or drugs. Thank goodness that Prince Harry and Prince William have brought the subject to the forefront of our consciousness. Very few of us get through life without suffering things like anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar-disorder, etc. Also, sadly, many individuals can suffer from paranoia due to their excessive cannabis use, which is becoming more commonplace. Most illegal drug use is a method of escaping from the reality of life. For years people would feel ashamed


of feeling vulnerable when they felt unable to cope, and would retreat from life. At last we are beginning to acccept that the majority of us have been affected by such issues, or have members of their families who deal with these stresses on a daily basis. The big message is that there is nothing to be ashamed of. If you need help in any area of mental health issues, there is help out there. Visiting your G.P. can be a good starting point. Do you have your blooms ready for The Chelsea Flower Shower, which will be opening its doors from 22nd to 26th May? Even if you aren’t exhibiting it will be a glorious feast for your eyes and nose. Tickets are on sale now, via the internet. My own garden, as lovely as it is, now seems a little empty. My lovely next door neighbours recently lost their gorgeous cat, Ossie. He lived until the ripe old age of eighteen, and was much loved here in Salisbury Road. He was a very frequent visitor to my garden, I will miss his furry inquisitive orange head appearing under my arm as I plant things this year. Cats, and indeed other pets, can become almost like family members, and leave a big gap in our lives when they leave us. My garden is certainly saying a big hello after a long wet winter. Fish are swimming up from the bottom of my pond, and looking perky. Things are looking healthy in the greenhouse. I have potted up geranium and hydrangea cuttings, and am delighted to say that the raspberry cuttings are in full leaf, and ready to give to friends and neighbours. I still have a large bag of frozen raspberries from last year’s crop in the freezer, which are dipped into at regular intervals!. The writer Anthony Trollope told us “Let no man boast himself that he has got through the perils of winter ‘til at least the seventh of May - so start counting those days!

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STATISTICS Two of the biggest lenders in the country have just published their views of the current property market. The Nationwide state that house prices have risen 2.7% year on year, whilst the Halifax figures indicate a 2.1% rise. The difference in the figures is quite likely an indication of the fact that some lenders are more active in certain parts of the country than others and therefore reflect different markets. Central London prices, for instance, are reported to be slightly reduced whilst there are areas of the country, such as Northern Ireland, where prices fell dramatically a decade ago and are still well short of their peak. Averaged across the country the figures are no doubt correct but are not so useful when considering a specific area. Our experience is that prices are remaining fairly steady with the occasional surprise.

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It helps that we really know the local property market but there is more to an area than roads and buildings. Understanding people and the homes they need, often means that as soon as we are called for a valuation we have a good idea who will live there next. Sometimes that person is already looking but recently we helped a couple who made a comment over 10 years ago that if a particular type of property came OLD FRIENDS up they would be interested. It did, we This month has been one of those where remembered, and they are now moving. many of the people we have helped are old IMPORTANT RENTAL CHANGES friends. It’s one of the pleasures of having It is now illegal to rent a property with an worked in the area for so long that we see Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) the same faces and share their property rating of F or G. Nationally this led to a large journey. One couple, for whom we have just number of rental properties being withdrawn sold, first bought from us over twenty years from the market in March. Most properties in ago. At that point funds were tight and the the local area are already compliant but a property they bought, their first home, few older properties need improvement needed more than a little work! It was a before they are let. Properties already delight to return and see a vastly improved rented which do not comply will need to be home a few years later and to meet the improved by April 2020 at the latest, however many will need works before then. additions to the family whose growing needs If you are a landlord and unsure how this initiated a move to a larger home nearer to affects you please do give us a call. We will the schools they would attend. be very happy to help.

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Ingredients: • 175g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing • 175g caster sugar • 175g good quality plain chocolate, broken into pieces • 3 large eggs • 50g plain flour • Cocoa powder and icing sugar, to dust • Whipped cream and strawberries, to serve

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3. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and remaining

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4. Divide the mixture between the four dishes. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the puddings have risen and are just set on the outside – the tops should still wobble when pressed lightly. Run a knife around the edge of the puddings and turn out onto plates. Dust with cocoa powder and icing sugar and serve immediately with whipped cream and strawberries.

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams By the time you read this, Shadbolt Park pond will have a new notice board - the old one, which was a handsome creation made for us at St Ebba’s soon after the pond was restored, has done sterling service but has been in a state of disrepair and shabbiness for some time. It got beyond being able to be smartened up with a lick of paint when somebody vandalised the perspex frontage last year. Funds to replace it were allocated by the Cuddington Residents Association from the money raised through the recent Tesco scheme, which successfully secured finance for the park. A big thank you to all those who shopped at Tesco and voted for our little park. Well done everyone! Frogs have spawned and tadpoles have hatched - we are hoping the presence of the unwanted, dumped fish in the water will not impact too seriously on breeding success, but at the moment we don’t know. Last year seemed to be a low success year, and this may have been because of the fish, which, until their numbers increased, went undetected by us. It is a great shame that some people cannot have more respect for wildlife than to simply tip their unwanted pets into ponds, regardless of the negative impact this could have on a small ecosystem. We have have displayed a notice in our board for many years, which clearly states ‘No Fish’. The pond is there mainly to help native amphibians, which, because of pond draining, struggle to survive in urban environments. The best thing anyone can do for local wildlife is to build a pond. And now for something completely different - a national disaster - the death of the Ash woodlands. I am a member of The Woodland Trust. The following information comes from Issue No 91 of their magazine (Broadleaf ). Britain has 128 million ash trees - and most of them are dying from a disease we know as ash dieback. The Chalara ash dieback fungus first appeared in the UK in 2012 and since then its spores have spread exponentially across the country, killing ash trees. Dr Ruth Mitchell of the James Hutton Institute writes this: “Ash has been completely taken for granted, so it was a shock when we discovered that 955 mammals, birds and insects, fungi and lichens use the tree and more than 100 species either rely on ash completely or are heavily dependant on it. The spotted flycatcher is one bird that’s rapidly declining and loves ash woods, but our list runs to wrens, wood mice, bats, you name it.” She goes on to say that although oak and beech do support many of the same species, the Ash canopy is important because it is sun dappled, providing glades for wild flowers - good for butterflies and bees - and the leaf litter breaks down quickly, providing rich nutrients for the woodland floor.

flood mitigation and public health and well being. But unless there’s a big incentive for landowners to replace the ash - and quickly - the classic British countryside will disappear. Sadly it isn’t just ash - the number of pests and pathogens attacking Britain’s treescape is multiplying. Sweet chestnut blight - coming from the USA - and Phytophthora alni and ramorum affecting junipers and larches. The problem is plant imports. Dutch Elm Disease came here via a load of logs from Canada. Hundreds of tonnes of plants are shipped to the UK every year, mainly from the Netherlands, and they bring pests and diseases that Britain’s native flora have no defences against. Phytophthora ramorum arrived on rhododendrons for the nursery trade, then jumped onto larch. So, that’s the bad news - what can we do about it? The Trust has a few ideas and innovative schemes which we can support. Firstly we can plant native trees - as many as we can, to offset the ash epidemic. The Woodland Trust is offering tree packs - from bundles comprising 45 saplings to tiny packs with just 4 to 15 trees. Some are free. We should be favouring native plants in our gardens, as this is the best way to create a thriving ecosystem and we can support the idea of a national nursery assurance scheme by filling in the plant buying survey produced by Defra’s Forest Research body - at Asking the garden centre if the plants are from UK sourced seed, rather than imports, will also help spread awareness and create demand for fewer non- native species. In addition we need greater biosecurity in all ports - inspections are currently woefully inadequate. Some lobbying of government could be useful here. Join the Trust’s citizen science effort - Observatree ( It’s the first line of defence against tree disease. Keep an eye out on your daily travels and flag up suspect trees via the Forestry Commission’s TreeAlert website which has a guide to five priority pests and user -friendly report forms ( Donate. The tree disease fighting fund has already raised £275,000. This fund is also helping investment in new hedgerow planting with dedicated ‘Tree Disease Recovery Packs’ to replace lost ash nationwide. To join The Woodland Trust, visit membership - or just google ‘Woodland Trust’ - where several options for joining are to be found. If you aren’t techy savvy write to the Trust at Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincs NG31 6LL . Alternatively, ring 0330 333 3300. Please do what you can to help save trees and increase tree cover. Trees are just so important - for wildlife, and for us.

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Gardening Striking Sunflowers Pippa Greenwood Sunflowers are one of the most stunning and impressive flowers you could have in your garden, and are easy to grow too. Sow them this month to achieve a fantastic flowery display in just a few months’ time. So which ones should you choose and how do you go about getting the best crop of flowers? There are fast-growing and potentially very tall varieties such as ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Titan’, with the latter reaching a potential height of up to 360cm or 12ft and having heads of up to 60cm (2ft) in diameter! There are some delightful miniature or dwarf varieties. The F1 variety ‘Little Dorrit’ grows to about 60cm (2ft) and has rich yellow flowers with very dark centres. Another favourite is ‘Little Leo’ at just 45cm (18in), which makes lots of impact with golden yellow heads on multi-branching stems. Nowadays there are many colours other than yellow readily available, such as ‘Black Magic’, which has maroon flowers and is multi-branching, reaching a height of about 180cm (6ft). Grow yourself a few for cutting too, and you’ll have a vase or more full of flowers that would cost a fortune in the shops. Many varieties are suitable, including the orangey-brown ‘Velvet Queen’, ‘Black Velvet’ and the bi-coloured and pollen-free ‘Magic Roundabout’. For containers, ‘Pacino Colada’ is a compact variety growing to just 40cm (16in) and has 10cm (4in) wide golden-yellow flowers, making a wonderful plant for a sunny patio, sheltered balcony or in the flower beds. Children love a competition to grow the tallest plant and varieties like ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Giant Single’ are perfect for smaller gardeners, and as they reach heights of about 180cm (6ft) will soon dwarf them! Sunflowers make a cheap and cheerful addition to a garden boundary, adding splashes of colour to a dreary fence line or helping to mask a garage or shed. You should get a good crop of blooms if you sow sunflowers between March and May, depending on the weather and where you live. You can sow them straight into the soil or into pots of compost. I like to use RootTrainers to encourage really well-developed


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

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

Worcester Park Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Group first Monday of the month at 2pm and finishing by 4pm. If the first Monday falls on a Bank Holiday the meeting takes place on the second Monday. Old Malden Scout Hall, 411 Malden Road, KT4 7NY. All retired civil servants and friends are welcome to attend and if you are interested in listening to one of our speakers please contact John Wright on 020 8337 8965 or Do you enjoy listening to show tunes, big band music, jazz, light classics etc? Come along to an evening of live music played by top artistes. We meet on the second Monday of each month at our Banstead venue Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club Church Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start.(Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. 020 8330 5795, or visit

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

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


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


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

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events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions, anyone willing to act or work backstage. membership secretary, Trevor Payne on 07540 084430.

“Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired, meeting on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at Vegan Group - monthly bring and share buffet,. Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but every second Tuesday. 7.30pm until 9.30 in Room donations invited. Occasional speakers. Brian on 020 1,Christchurch with St Philip, corner of Ruskin Drive, 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298 WP. For vegans and anyone interested in learning more NHS Retirement Fellowship Are you retired or about veganism. about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the Conquest Art R.J. GroupTree inspires people living with R.J. Tree qualified & profession Services qualified & professional staffServices are from dedicated 1st Tuesday of every month 10am -12 at Christ disability or long term health issue to discover their Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We to the highest levels of service in every to the highest levels of service in every instance. creative energy and build self-confidence through have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & art. Our art group meets every Tuesday at St Mary’s activities are are also arranged the advice month. – on all you We happy during to give WeAvenue, are happy give – on all your arboricultural queries. Cuddington, The WorcestertoPark, KT4advice 7HL Lorna on 020 8337 4121 from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Anyone over 18 is welcome, all art materials and refreshments are provided. If you would • Free quotes • contact Free quotesWednesdays like to come along and give us a try, please Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.15-11.15am at re dedicated Carole on 020 8786 8534. Fully NPTC • Fully NPTCChrist qualified Church with St Philip, Ruskin•Road. Come alongqualifie The Worcester Park Dramatic Society is a local and give/ itcrown a try ! Jo thins Hamilton on 020 8786 3444. • Tree reductions /c • Tree reductions amateur drama group of long standing. We stage The Probus Club of Ewell two major productions a year at the Adrian Mann ultural queries. • Tree felling • Tree fellingComing up to retirement? Just retired? Looking to Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet every make new friends? Why not join the Probus Club of • Stump removal • Elmcroft Stump removal Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Ewell? Since it was founded over 40 years ago, the Community Centre in North Cheam, on the • Hedgeworks • Sainsbury’s Hedgeworks Probus Club of Ewell has been attracting businessmen site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals set Services qualified & professional staff are dedicated R.J.and Tree from Worcester Park and its surrounding areas with a & rep • Tree surveys • Tree construction, we have quiz nights and various socialsurveys & reports broad of range of professional and business backgrounds. to the highest levels service in every instance.



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We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at Banstead Golf Club for a Lunch followed by a Speaker. Anyone wishing to know more about us or wanting to make contact can do so through our website www. or by email to Talking Of Trains In Surbiton Programme of talks which take place locally at the Surbiton Library Hall each Wednesday evening throughout the winter months. The first meeting is free; the fee for the complete year is just £50. www.talking of

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St. John’s Hall is open between 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If you are on your own please feel free to drop in for a free cup of tea and some company. 411 Malden Road (between Worcester Park station and The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby. Sutton Mariners Sailing Club A local offshore sailing club founded in 1988 that meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Borough Sports Ground, home of Sutton United FC, Gander Green Lane, SM1 2EY. We are a small and friendly club of about 60 members and have about a dozen boat owners amongst us providing crewing opportunities during the summer months as well as enjoying meetings listening to interesting speakers and social nights. If you would like to get afloat come along and meet us – we’re sure you will enjoy the experience.

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Tunes’n’Tea An afternoon of live music, tea, coffee, home made cakes, conversation and dancing if you wish. Guest musicians perform for your delight! Relax and listen to a mix of songs and tunes, old, new and everything in between! It’s at St john’s church hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh. 2nd Thursdays 1.30pm and finishing at 3.30. Group Singing Lessons -“Discover the high level of well being, strength and confidence which can be achieved when you learn to sing without effort.” .Weekly small group classes. Each session focuses on gentle physical and vocal exercises, breathing technique and song practice with individual advice and feedback. Call 07868 039 514 or visit www. for more info. Sessions Mondays at 11.30am and Thursdays at 7.30pm at Christchurch with St. Philips, Worcester Park. Suitable for beginners and confident singers. Ewell Badminton Club Meet every Thursday 9.30 11.30 am in hall in Welbeck Close, Ewell, KT17 2 BJ (


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Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. March 2 Miss Anne Carter How life changed forever in 1914 April 6 Ian Waller: Village Crafts Finding out about the records of those who worked in rural industry. Kingston Phoenix Road Club is a cycling club with members in Worcester Park, New Malden, Epsom and Ewell. The club was founded in 1936 and currently has a membership of 85. New members are welcome to join us at the car park in Horton Country Park on Saturdays at 10am for either a road ride or an off-road ride. Our rides are usually between 20 and 35 miles and always include a cake stop before returning by 1pm. or see our website at kprc.

Malden Emergency First Aid Society (Mefas) Members meet each Thursday evening at 7.30pm for First Aid training. New members required. Everyone welcome. Hall available for hire. Christine 07966661015 Breathe Easy (Merton & Sutton) Group Wheezy? Breathless? you are not alone, come and join us at your local friendly support & information group for anyone affected by a lung condition. We meet between 2-4 pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at St. Bedes Conference Centre, St. Anthony’s Hospital, London Road, North Cheam. SM3 9DW George on 0208 647 7530

Thursday Fellowship Every Thursday at 2.30pm for men and women, finishing with a cup of tea and biscuits or cakes. A lively, friendly meeting at Worcester Park Baptist church in The Avenue. Well-known, familiar hymns and prayers, musical afternoons, and a variety of speakers on topical subjects, including help and advice. New members welcome. Church office 0208 330 1755 The Worcester Park Hello Club launched last November and is welcoming new members! We meet every Thursday morning from 10am – 12 noon. The club is aimed at anyone who would like to come and join in with board games, quizzes, cards, occasional craft sessions - or just to have a chat and a coffee. Adults of any age are welcome to come and get to know each other. The main aims of the club are: • To meet new people and build friendships • To become involved with the local community • To access activities, information and advice The club is very friendly and informal. Every month there will be a member of staff attending from the SCILL Information & Advice Service – they have information on most topics for all your needs and will be pleased to assist you. The drop in club was set up by Sutton Vision, Christ Church with St Philip and SCILL , working together

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RSPB Epsom & Ewell Local group 2nd Friday of every month at 7.30, apart from July and August, at All Saints Church Hall Fulford Road, West Ewell with guest speakers who illustrate their enthusiasm on a variety of natural history subjects. We also have several birding outings throughout the year which is arranged to suit all ages. There is a small charge for non-members of the RSPB.

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Quest a meeting place for people with physical Sunday disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, North Cheam badminton club meet every Sunday at once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the the Elmcroft Community Hall North Cheam. club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for We are a small mixed club looking for new members of the members and allow the carers to have a regular reasonable club standard especially ladies. P U T Ybreak. O U RAnnual G A subscription. R D E N Mand A I£2.50 NTE ANC T H E Pat Odonnell on 02083938895. forNlunch. WeE I N Contact H A N Dhave S Ovarious F S Osocial M Eactivities O N E and WH O R E A Lmonth LY CARES' every second General we have a speaker. Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Auriol Bowling Club Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays - Tree surgery - One off Tidy Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m - Stump Grinding 25 women, who play outdoors from April to Sept with a - Garden June Day,Maintenance Club Secretary, on 02083301220 busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against Strimming and Weeding - Decking and Lawns other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. David Garden clearance - Hedge Trimming Regan 020 8337 8919 - Path and Patio Washing - Landscaping Cuddington Bowling Club Sandringham Road, Worcester Park and we play on an excellent 6 rink green that has been acclaimed by many of the club’s visitors this year. We are a mixed club with about 60 members and play a range of friendly and league fixtures catering for all abilities. Secretary Mike Ridley 020 8715 8326 Treasurer Mark Broughton 020 8337 9699

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Cuddington Community Primary School stands out in Surrey with flagship inclusion quality mark Cuddington Community Primary School joins around 100 schools in the country and is the only primary school in Surrey awarded the Flagship status. The school, based in Worcester Park, already holds the Inclusion Quality Mark and during its recent review as a Centre of Excellence the assessor was so impressed with its excellent practice on inclusion and its sharing of good practice with other schools that the Flagship status was awarded. During the review, which took place in March, the assessor highlighted how the school works in close partnership with parents and provides workshops for them on various aspects of the curriculum, such as Singapore Maths. Parents spoke very highly of the school and the exceptional support it provides pupils with SEND. One parent commented that ‘they have very high expectations’ and another said she liked the way the school and parents work together on the children’s targets stating ‘They know what suits each child, it feels right, it’s not them and us’ whilst another parent said ‘All the children in the school know each other and they are all very accepting of differences’. The report stated that ‘The school has very high expectations of its pupils who are nurtured and cared for on an individual basis by all staff’. All the children at Cuddington Community Primary take part in lunchtime clubs which strengthens their relationships and further develops the inclusive ethos. Pupils were keen to articulate their enjoyment of learning and the school values, with one pupil saying ‘We do our best at everything’, and another saying ‘It’s probably one of the friendliest schools in the world’. The assessor was also

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Faith I’d almost forgotten about Nigel Farage. Having inspired political and economic chaos of epic proportions I thought he had abandoned the listing ship of the British Isles to its fate. But no. A recent cab ride revealed that someone, clearly not of sound mind, has given him a slot on a Talk Radio station from which he can engage with the public on a range of Daily Express headline grabbing topics. The results, if my listening was anything to go by, are normally car crashes of an insurance underwriter’s nightmares and enough to question one’s faith in humanity. I mentioned this to Mrs H who, being a bit of an authority when it comes to females with a talent for running and then in the final stages of training for the Brighton Marathon, referred me to the work of Katherine Switzer. I’d not heard of her and my admission was the cause of such eye rolling as would have made our teenager proud. A swift bit of research though revealed that in 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. This was at a time when such things were just not done and the words “diversity” and “training” were distant cousins liable to meet infrequently at family weddings and bicker over the vol au vonts, rather than the conjoined twins they are today. It therefore had to be done in disguise. Such an audacious venture was not without risk. In fact, as a result of the prevailing lack of enlightenment, a race official thinking that such a feat of stamina was beyond the capabilities of the “fragile sex” and seeing through her not so cunning disguise of a bad wig and oversized jogging pants, attempted to grab her race bib and forcibly remove her from the course. In doing so, he not only sealed his reputation as a total arse but also ensured the future eligibility of female numbered runners. Although an interesting story of itself, it was a subsequent observation of its heroine to which Victoria was alluding. She said that “if you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon” and whilst spectating events unfold in Brighton I


realised it’s truth. Marathon crowds don’t distinguish between ability, gender or age. Theirs is just a universally good natured desire to see everyone succeed and finish unscathed. The crowds scream the names of runners they don’t know, encouraging them, cajoling them to make it to the finish and providing a source of extra strength to make it across the line. It’s infectious too. Whereas my natural inclination might be to politely clap on the sidelines and mutter encouragement in a very otherwise British way, I found myself shouting at strangers, cheering them on, telling them to keep going, convincing them they could do it when they looked physically spent and assuring them that they were nearly there. I realised afterwards that as I was standing at the half way point, this last phrase was perhaps misleading at best. Still, in a world where Farage can still find a forum and almost every day there’s a report of some atrocity or crime having been committed by some government, group or lone nutter, standing amongst a few thousand people whose collective desire was simply to see the assortment of athletes of different colours, creeds, shapes and sizes succeed was instantly refreshing. Katherine also said something else in the context of marathon running that I’ve had to try and apply to life generally in these past few years. She said “all you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of another”. That’s actually not bad advice for us Parkies even if at times doing one is a lot simpler than the other.

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

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Worcester Park Baptist Church 9.30-11.30- a lively toddler group, where carers of any kind are welcome to attend and supervise their youngsters. Our age range is from young babies to 3-4 years. Sarah on 020 8393 7299 or email via the church’s website 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.


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

Carer and Toddler group for all families with twins and multiples. Come and meet other local families who understand all about having more than one of everything! We meet every Thursday at Worcester Park Baptist Church from 9.30- 11.30 am with toys, craft, songs, refreshments and stories during term time. Come along and join in - other pre-school siblings also welcome. There will be a minimal cost of £2 per family.


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Men behaving Dadly, Grace Church - every 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30 to 11 am, at Green Lane Primary School. For Dads and their pre-school children (0-4). The kids get to play with the toys, the Dads get a bacon roll and coffee, and Mums might possibly get a lie-in... £3 on the door. For more information & contact details, 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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