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Welcome to YOUR Worcester Park Life

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The TV, the radio and online is an almost inescapable feed of negativity at the moment. This can lead to a level of guilt if you complain about ‘your lot’ let alone actually being cheerful. Unfortunately, other than making a valuable charity donation, many of the issues are out of our personal control.

I think it’s time to collectively lift our heads. The beginning of May is a time when we have longer days and the lovely warm weather starts taking hold. We are able to see friends and family this year and, together with plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, living in the UK does have a lot of positive aspects.

But doomscrolling – going from one source of bad news to the next – can’t make you feel grateful that you are not in that position, nor can it make you feel better if something is not right in your own life. It can affect your own wellbeing and finding yourself overwhelmed by it all is not going to change the bigger problem.

Whether or not you are having a street party for the Jubilee, look to your local community for the camaraderie and the positive feeling that comes from doing things for others where it really can make a difference.

The other extreme is of those that seem to have a wonderful life. Through wealth, beauty, talent and good fortune, we look at these people with envy. Again so easy to beat yourself up about how much lesser you and your achievements are.

Keep it local, keep the cost down and build your own network of trusted tradespeople. This magazine is the place to begin. Please do remember we are here if you’d like to promote your business, club or organisation to a wider audience. Just give me a call. Looking forward to speaking to you! Best wishes as always,

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Worcester Park History Roots of history Planting trees, which may outlive by many years those who plant them, is often seen as a way of providing a reminder of events or people, to present and future generations. They can range from a tree planted in one’s own garden to mark the birth of a child, to trees in public parks marking national events. One of last month’s contributors mentioned The Queen’s Green Canopy, an initiative to encourage the planting of trees to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and I thought we could look back at some earlier commemorative trees in Worcester Park and Cuddington. Perhaps the earliest event that prompted a formal tree planting locally was the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. The Malden Parish Magazine for August 1902 recorded ‘We were able to observe Saturday July 19th in honour of the forthcoming Coronation. There were children’s sports

in the field near [St John’s] Church most kindly lent by Messrs Woods and Chalmer. Tea for the children at 4 p.m. and sports for adults 4-6 p.m. At 6 p.m. the prizes were given by Mrs Dover [presumably Fenella Dover, wife of the Vicar], after which accompanied by the Coombe and Malden Military Band a procession was formed to the Church-yard, where Miss Ellen Wheeler [of Worcester Park House, off Old Malden Lane] planted a Golden Elm in commemoration of the King’s accession. After this, supper was served to over 200 guests in a large tent. Both the supper and tea were provided by Messrs Packham, and gave universal satisfaction.’

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The present Queen’s Coronation in 1953 was commemorated by the planting of an oak tree on Lower or Malden Green, now a magnificent landmark near the junction of Park Terrace and Malden Road, in front of the site of The Worcester. It was paid for by pennies contributed by local Girl Guides, and representatives of the Brownies, Guides and Rangers each added a shovelful of earth. The Surrey Comet in its edition for 10th October 1953 reported that the County Commissioner, Mrs Dennistoun-Sword, ‘said she hoped that as the tree increased in size and strength, so would the goodwill and friendship between men and nations.’ I am grateful to the late Dorothy West for the black and white photograph recording this occasion. Ten years ago, a tree donated by Worcester Park Forum and Traders was planted by 4th Worcester Park Scouts in front of Griffiths Close in Cheam Common Road (between St Matthias’ Church and the North End Tavern) to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; the colour photograph of this was taken over the Jubilee weekend in 2012. Not all the commemorative trees planted in this district relate to royal events. In Nonsuch Park, close to the Mansion House forecourt, is Herald Copse, planted to commemorate the centenary in 1978 of the Sutton & Cheam Herald and Epsom & Ewell Herald local newspapers. At the southern tip of Auriol Park, not far from the Chestnut Avenue gate, Cuddington Copse was planted by pupils of Cuddington County First [now Primary] School in National Tree Week 1993 to mark the 60th anniversary of the inclusion of Cuddington in Epsom Urban District, which soon afterwards became Epsom and Ewell Borough.

Borough of Kingstonupon-Thames in 1965). A national tree-planting year was held in 1973, under the slogan ‘Plant a Tree in ’73’, with involvement by voluntary organisations, schools, local authorities, businesses and communities, and support from the Government and the Forestry Commission. As part of this programme, a tree was planted by 4th Worcester Park and Old Malden Guide Unit in the garden area of their meeting place, Malden Manor School. Turning to more recent plantings, a Magnolia tree has been planted by Cuddington Women’s Institute in St Mary’s Road to mark the Platinum Jubilee; I am grateful to Wendy Leveridge for the photograph of the Revd Theresa Ricketts, Vicar of St Mary’s, blessing the tree. Details of many of this year’s Jubilee tree plantings can be seen on an interactive map on the Queen’s Green Canopy website at https://queensgreencanopy.org/ map-education-hub/qgc-map (although the placing of

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Another local government anniversary was commemorated in 1961 when a Dawn Redwood was planted outside Old Malden Library in Church Road, one of a number of trees planted around Malden and Coombe to mark the Borough’s silver jubilee (the borough would be incorporated into the Royal To advertise email jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk or call 020 8336 2915

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the ‘pins’ has deliberately been randomised within a 1 km radius of the actual location). This already includes some local examples: 1st Cuddington (Warspite) Group planted a small holly last November, and in Nonsuch Park a commemorative Acer tree was planted in the Mansion House gardens on 11th March this year by Brigadier Roger Hood, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, along with the Mayors of Epsom & Ewell and of Sutton (Cllr Peter O’Donovan and Cllr Trish Fivey), an event which also celebrated the new Acer Walk planted by the Nonsuch Voles to mark their 10th anniversary of undertaking voluntary work in the gardens and woods of Nonsuch. A sessile oak, Quercus petraea, has recently been planted in Shadbolt Park (in the daffodil meadow, near the boundary with the Paddock) as a tribute to the late Cllr Robert Foote and his wife Rosemary (Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell, 2014-15). It is hoped that the Cuddington Residents’ Association’s Shadbolt Park Big Day Out, including the dog show, will return to the Paddock this year on Saturday 18th June, noon-4pm, so do save the date (I hope to include more details next month, or visit https://cuddingtonra.org). It is planned that the event will support Surrey Stands with Ukraine, which is collecting first aid and search

& rescue supplies, and organising transport to deliver these supplies from Epsom to the Polish/Ukrainian border in support of the people of Ukraine. Cuddington Residents’ Association and Wandgas Sports will be hosting a Beacon party to mark the Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2nd June from 7pm in the Wandgas sports field at the corner of Grafton Road and Cromwell Road; beacons around the UK are to be lit at 9.45pm (and around the Commonwealth and UK Overseas Territories at 9.15pm local time). Entry is free. If you are involved with a group that has planted a commemorative tree, please let me know. If you are planning a Platinum Jubilee street party, I’d love to receive reports and photographs that could be featured later in the year, or do let me know if you would be happy for me to pop round and take some photographs during your event. Do also let me know of any existing commemorative trees that I have missed. David Rymill rymilldavid@outlook.com 01962 868976.

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June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations mark an extraordinary 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne, surpassing the previous record held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on 21st April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, London, the girl nicknamed Lilibet wasn’t destined to be Queen. She was the eldest daughter of Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Duke and Duchess of York. The Duke, a shy man with a pronounced stammer, was the younger brother of Edward who was heir to the throne, and the family of four with their two daughters were anticipating a quiet life without the heavy responsibilities of rule. However, an event that shocked the nation was to propel Elizabeth into the spotlight and take her on a quite different path. Only twelve months after his coronation, Edward VIII’s love for a twice-divorced American woman, Wallace Simpson, led him to abdicate. It may seem strange to us now, but even into the 1960s it was strictly taboo for a sovereign, or member of the Royal family, to marry a divorcee. As second in line to the throne, Edward’s brother Albert had to take his place. Crowned King George VI on 11th December 1936 at 40 years old, Princess Elizabeth, then ten, became heir. From that point, her education and upbringing focused on the fact she would one day be Queen.

In 1947, Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey. They settled in Clarence House and two years later Prince Charles was born. Although still only 55 years old, in the summer of 1951 King George’s health began to fail and the young Princess Elizabeth had to undertake her first official duty when she stepped in to represent her father at the Trooping of the Colour. That autumn, Elizabeth and Philip departed for a tour of Canada and Washington DC, where the young couple was enthusiastically received. In January 1952, they set out for another tour of Australia and New Zealand. However, on 6th February, while en route in Kenya, the King died of a coronary thrombosis at Sandringham. Elizabeth immediately flew back as Queen. She was just 25 years old. After three months of private mourning for her beloved father, Queen Elizabeth moved into Buckingham Palace and began to start the routine duties expected of a monarch. She took her role seriously, conducting her first state opening of Parliament in November 1952. Her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953. Controversially, Prince Philip was instrumental in having the ceremony televised. Both the Queen and her husband subsequently worked to modernise the monarchy while retaining its traditional sense of public duty and creed of “never complain, never explain.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Coronation portrait, June 1953, London, England.

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Like all of us, Queen Elizabeth has lived through difficult times, and last year lost her husband and life companion. But despite bouts of ill health herself, she has stoically continued her duties. Now, aged 96 and still head of the Commonwealth, she has lived a life of service to her country and is admired, respected and loved around the globe.

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• Ash dieback is likely to cause the loss of up to 80 per cent of this tree in the UK. Affected trees near public areas should be removed. • Phytophthora ramorum is an organism that is sometimes called a water mould. It causes bleeding canker symptoms on trees, including larch and sweet chestnut in addition to conifers such as Douglas fir. It can also cause sudden oak death. • Phytophthora pluvialis has recently been discovered in western hemlock and Douglas fir in the West Country. It causes needles to turn brown and drop, eventually resulting in dieback.

• Oak processionary moth is an insect pest that is currently present in London and surrounding counties. There are silken nests and processions of caterpillars that defoliate oak trees, thus leaving them vulnerable and unable to carry out photosynthesis. • A fungal disease called massaria is spreading amongst London plane trees, including those at Buckingham Palace and some of the Royal parks. It causes lesions on branches, which die back and are eventually shed.

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A place to rest their head, extra support for arthritic bones and a little extra TLC - dogs need all of these things as they grow old. Being aware of the issues they face and what you can do to help, will make their twilight years a happy time for both of you. An orthopaedic bed with a memory foam mattress will support their joints by moulding itself around them, helping with blood circulation. Problems such as hip dysplasia often show themselves in middle age, so even if you don’t consider your dog to be elderly, it may be worthwhile investing in this type of bed. Luxury beds A self-heating bed has metallised insulation below the lining and ‘reflects’ your pet’s body heat back for extra warmth. Covered with a sheepskin or fleece outer layer, your dog will love you all winter long!

Charley Chau Snuggle Bed £100. www.charleychau.com

Hard floors are very popular with many homeowners and particularly with pet owners, but would you want to sleep on one? An elevated bed keeps your dog away from a cold floor. One of the most important considerations is the material used to make the bed and mattress. You can buy alpaca fibre and soft fleece fillings, but it’s also important to think about practicality, so zip-off covers should be a priority to maintain hygiene. A comfortable place to sleep is important for dogs of all ages, but particularly so for those in their later years.

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The best apps for education Sumdog If your child is attending a UK primary school, you should be able to get this excellent educational app for free: each school has a login code that unlocks the app for their students. It’s a bright, friendly and fun collection of game-style tasks that are more fun than anything in a textbook.

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Go Explore Designed for younger children, this wonderful app from CBeebies is ad-free and based on the official Early Years Curriculum, with fun games that teach phonics, maths, letter formation, telling the time and more. It features a cast of familiar faces from CBeebies including Hey Duggee, Bing and the Alphablocks.

Squeebles Times Tables There’s only one way to rescue the Squeebles from the nasty Maths Monster: with times tables. This cute and entertaining app turns practicing times tables into a thrilling game with lots of different challenge modes and a range of problems to avoid repetition. It’s a lot of fun.

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According to the opening line of Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit single Castle On The Hill, how many years old was he when he broke his leg?

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In the original version of Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid, who sings the line “throw your arms around the world at Christmas time”?

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With the second line being “oh my baby how I love your legs”, what food dish was both the title and the opening line of an early version of the Beatles song that became Yesterday?

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With which arm did Diego Maradona score his famous “hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup?... his left or his right?

Arms and Legs 1.

Based on a 1980s TV series, which 1999 film was advertised with the tagline “The long arm of the law just got a little longer”?

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In which famous novel do characters adopt seven commandments, the first two of which are “whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy” and “whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend”?

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What boy’s name can also be used to refer to an arm of a starfish?

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How many legs are there in total among the 12 creatures that make up the Chinese zodiac?

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What is a cricket umpire signalling by holding out one arm horizontally?

10. Created in 1904 by author Clarence E. Mulford, who had the first name Bill, but was more commonly known by a nickname that referenced the way he walked after being shot in the leg?

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Each word to be three letters or more (but no plurals), and all must contain the central letter. There’s at least one word which uses all of the letters. Target: Excellent: 20 or more words Good: 17 words Fair: 14 words

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Bourne Hall Park The Past Comes Alive! A Tribute for the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations May 28, 2022 9.30am to 5pm in Bourne Hall Park Free day out On a day where the past comes alive, learn about the local connections of past Kings and Queens, and get an insight into the medieval period as part of events marking the Queen’s Jubilee. Meet two ladies in waiting from the court of Elizabeth I at Nonsuch who will tell what life was like in the palace which she loved to visit. Learn of the changes she made to fit in her huge wardrove of dresses and how Essex burst into Elizabeth’s bedroom before she had time to put on her makeup, the blunder which was to lead to his execution. Chat to Charles II the Merry Monarch, traditionally the most popular of English Kings, and hear about his visits to Epsom in the Spa period.

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Meet Queen Victoria who came to the Derby at the beginning of her reign and discover what happened. Was she amused? Meanwhile the Paladins of Chivalry will bring the medieval world to light with living history displays all day including cooks preparing a meal, musicians to entertain you, an armourer repairing armour, noble ladies sewing and doing embroidery, an apothecary preparing potions and men at arms gambling and telling tall stories. See the medieval tented encampment furnished with historically accurate furniture and equipment which you can handle. You can witness the men at arms in their training session and combat. After lunch there’s a chance for the children to take part in their own battle! The lord of Bourne Hall is charged with for trying to kill a rival in front of the king, and now he must fight for his life in trial by combat. In the afternoon there will be a display of how to arm a knight followed by a full tournament. Finishing with a Grand Melee when all the knights fight to the last man standing. Bourne Hall Museum 0208 394 1734

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Solutions Quiz

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1. Inspector Gadget 2. Animal Farm 3. Ray 4. b) 40 (four each from rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, horse, goat, dog and pig; 2 each from monkey and rooster; none from snake) 5. No ball 6. Six 7. Boy George 8. Scrambled Eggs 9. His left 10. Hopalong Cassidy

Sudokus Pictograms

1. Home Is Where The Heart Is 2. The Final Nail In The Coffin 3. A Pinch Of Salt

Wordwheel SIMPLE KING GEORGE FIELD INDOOR BOWLS CLUB

Learn to Bowl Free Coaching All Ages & Abilities Welcome Bar • Restaurant Social Events Large Car Park FUNCTION ROOM FOR ALL OCCASIONS Jubilee Way, Chessington KT9 1TR

Tel: 020 8397 7025

www.kgfindoorbowlsclub.co.uk

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Full of Mediterranean flavours, this one pot dish is perfect for busy days. Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 40 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients • 8 new potatoes, halved • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless • 2 tsp Italian seasoning • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp crushed garlic • 1 onion, finely chopped • 1 400g can coconut milk • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved • 4 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and roughly chopped • 1 tbsp cornflour • 250g baby spinach leaves • Handful of basil leaves or parsley to serve, optional

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C fan / gas mark 4. 2. Place the new potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water and parboil for 5 minutes, then drain. 3. Rub the chicken breasts with sea salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning. 4. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a casserole dish. Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 5 minutes until starting to turn lightly golden. Flip over and cook for a further 5 minutes. 5. Remove the chicken and place on a plate. 6. Add the rest of the oil then stir in the garlic and onion and sauté for 2 minutes to soften. 7. Pour in the coconut milk. Add the chicken, cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and new potatoes. Stir well. 8. Cover and place in the oven for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. 9. Remove the pan from the oven and place on the hob. 10. Mix the cornflour with a little water to slacken. 11. Stir in the spinach and cornflour mixture. Simmer for a couple of minutes over a low heat to thicken the sauce. 12. Serve with a scattering of basil or parsley (if using) and a mixed salad.

Nutrition per serving: 329kcal, fat 21g (of which saturates 16g), carbohydrates 15g (of which sugars 5.2g), protein 35g

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