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KT4’s independent community magazine

Inside this month... WPark history by David Rymill Safer Neighbourhood information Guiding in KT4 View from the City Clubs, recipe, puzzles, events and much more...

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7 History An Iron Church in The Avenue 10 Ruth Jemmett Music to my ears 14 View from the City by Justin Urquhart Stewart 18 Activities Geocaching the GPS 20 Voice for wildlfe Fascinating bug facts 24 Events Family racing Festval 26 Plants Lathyrus odoratus - Sweet Pea 34 Clubs Guiding in KT4 38 On the grapevine 41 Recipe Cajun roast monkfish with potato rosti 51 Make ours a Safer Neighbourhood 52 Dad’s diary An apple for the teacher?

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In our series looking at The Avenue, we reach St. Mary’s Church, at the top of the road, and we take a look at the earlier iron church, which stood where the lawns are today between the lych-gate and the church. As soon as development began in the 1860s in the ‘parish without a church’, as Cuddington had been since 1538, the new residents wanted a church, and naturally the preferred site was in The Avenue, the new centre of population, nearly two miles from the site of the medieval St. Mary’s in Nonsuch Park. The goal of providing a permanent church was, however, to take almost thirty years to achieve. When the Landed Estates Company bought the area around The Avenue in 1865, the plot between The Avenue, St. Mary’s Road and Royal Avenue was excluded, being earmarked as the site for a church.The Company paid for an iron church to be put up, and in November 1866 the Bishop of Winchester licensed the Revd Thomas Smith to take services. The first services were held on 13 January 1867, with sermons by the Vicars of Malden and Ewell; a good attendance was reported despite a fall of snow the previous day. So far no photographs of the Iron Church have been found, but when there was a proposal in the 1890s to buy a replacement temporary church, a catalogue was obtained from Humphreys Iron Churches, and one of our illustrations shows one of the types on offer, which may perhaps be similar to the 1860s building. Thomas Smith remained in charge until 1878. Later that year the vicar of Malden, Canon William Chetwynd Stapylton, agreed to oversee the Sunday services and pastoral care. He already had responsibility for Malden and Chessington, so the Revd Henry Wale, an army officer before being ordained, was appointed curate in charge of the Iron Church. Sir Alexander Harris, despite his liking for Mr Wale, recalled that “the iron church was quite good as temporary buildings go…, but its status was far from acceptable to residents who were accustomed to an organised parish.” By 1884 the income from pew rents was only £135 per annum, but the annual expenses were £200. Canon Joseph Brereton offered to pay half the stipend of a clergyman if he would help manage his school (in The Avenue). John Hunter, as churchwarden, asked the Revd William Hales “to undertake the duties of the Iron Church here after next Sunday up to Christmas next… I hope that you will undertake the duties of the Church permanently, but, if you do this, I stipulate… that you should reside in the

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An Iron Church in The Avenue by David Rymill neighbourhood.” Mr Hales replied “I can only hope that our relative position will then… make plain to me the duty and pleasure of coming to reside in or close to Worcester Park.” By 1888 the insolvency of the school had left Mr Hales without half his stipend, and the Church Plot was still privately owned, preventing any campaign for a permanent church being launched. Matters now got worse, as Sir Alexander recorded: “On a bright Sunday morning early in May, 1892, when the congregation assembled… we found that there was a guard at the padlocked gates and no access to the church door was possible without dislodging the intruders”… the plot had been sold to Mr W J Bennett, and no covenant had been included to secure the position of the church. “Presently Mr Gilbert came up to me and suggested that we should make a charge and force the passage. ‘We shall have an assault and u

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An Iron Church in The Avenue by David Rymill battery’ he said ‘but no matter.’ Mr Hunter, however, being a wise and sound lawyer, over-ruled any physical effort.” Instead, Mr Hales conducted the full morning service in the double drawingroom at Sir Alexander’s house, The Hermitage in Cleveland Road. A compromise was reached, and services continued as normal. In the following year, the tide turned. In August, the Church Plot was purchased, for £500, and it was possible to plan for a permanent church. John Alick Thomas, who lived in The Avenue, drew up plans, and the foundation stone was laid on 11 August. Services continued in the Iron Church, latterly taken by the Bishop’s chaplain, the Revd John Glubb. In July 1895 the new church was ready.The view we see as we walk up The Avenue today is much as the architect intended, but originally only three of the intended five bays of the nave (the main seating area) were built, and a temporary west

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wall and porch were added, as shown in the photograph. The last service was held in the Iron Church on 14 July and the new church was due to be consecrated on the 17th, but the Bishop’s illness prevented this. The first services, nonetheless, were held by Mr Glubb on 21 July. The Revd William Layton was chosen as the first vicar; he was licensed in August, and the church was dedicated by the new Bishop, Rt Revd Randall Davidson (later Archbishop of Canterbury), on 20 November. The new church was dedicated to St. Mary, just as its predecessor had been. In 1896 the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the Bishop and the vicar brought to an end the centuries when Cuddington had been a parish without a church, and formally declared the new St. Mary’s the parish church in substitution for the church demolished in 1538.

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by Ruth Jemmett I come from a theatrical family. My early years were filled with appearances in pantomimes and the constant sound of music. Both my late grandmother and mother were trained singers and pianists. Pianos were always in evidence in my young life and yet, surprisingly, I was never taught to play one. As time passed by I would enviously eye musicians, wishing that I too could possess such a talent. When I was in my thirties, and well settled in to marriage and motherhood, my husband and I became friends with a couple who lived nearby. The husband could play acoustic guitar and the first time I saw him playing I was filled with that “I wish I could play too” feeling. I decided to buy myself a guitar and wondered how I, as a left-hander, would cope. A friendly local music shop put strings on my shiny new instrument the “wrong” way round, and I bought a guitar chord book which I viewed with the help of a mirror so I could reverse what I was seeing. Before long I had mastered the basics of guitar playing and realised that the concept of “being musical” was a case of mind over matter - and a lot of practise! Primitive societies never question whether someone is musical or for that matter - artistic. It is invariably assumed that everyone will join in singing, playing instruments or creating artwork. Our supposedly advanced civilisation often seems so keen to attain perfection that a thoughtless comment from a parent or a sarcastic remark from a teacher can sometimes make a child believe that they are useless at something. I believe that creative talent is built into our genes (we wouldn’t have survived on this earth for so long if we weren’t hard-wired to stretch our imaginations beyond the practical) and that with the right opportunity and encouragement people can become much cleverer than they think themselves to be. Once I had schooled myself into remembering the notes on a stave I was then able to desecrate “Puff The Magic Dragon” very slowly, but recognisably. Spurred on by my success (not quite “Book The London Palladium” territory! - but I was happy!) I learnt how to strum chords and fingerpick. Before long I could enjoy accompanying friends in small musical groups, and realised that a whole new world had opened up to me - even if I WAS zooming towards forty!.

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I then invested in a second-hand piano and taught myself to play with two hands. I could already read the right hand clef notes of course so I was half-way there. Over the next few years life generally got busier.. My writing career took off and I also got involved in helping to run five charitable committees. Somehow, no matter how busy I was I found time to buy more instruments and teach myself how to play them. In the last thirty years I have managed to ruin many a fine tune on a variety of recorders, guitars (eat your heart out Hank Marvin - even a post menopausal woman can play “Apache”!), pipes, flute, xylophone, harmonica, accordian, concertina, Irish Harp, Pedal Hark, ukulele, banjo, and more .recently, violin. The more observant of you will realise that all violinists in an orchestra move their bows in the same direction and therefore have to play in a right-handed way. Being left-handed was a distinct disadvantage, but I wouldn’t be beaten. I bought a conventional violin and spent a long time training my brain and body to play the opposite way round. I play at the standard of an eight year old, but thoroughly enjoy it. Somewhere in my fantasy world I see myself performing at Carnegie Hall, but in reality will never perform on the instrument anywhere other than the front hall of my bungalow! Many people say to me “I don’t know how you find the time to do all the things you do!” I believe that if we really enjoy something we MAKE the time to do it. I have learnt to play all my instruments by cramming ten minute practise sessions in between writing, cooking, cleaning, looking after

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by Justin Urquhart Stewart Economists come in all shapes and sizes. It seems that the theories of economics can also be applied to explain the most varied of topics: from examining why most drug dealers still live with their mothers; how best to master love and marriage; to predicting how many gold medals the US might win in the next Olympic Games. However, for an academic subject known as ‘the dismal science’, it seems ironic that economists are currently employed in explaining, measuring, and improving happiness. Americans of course are well versed in the theory of this emotional state. They consider it as one their constitutional rights, stated in the United States Declaration of Independence; “……that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Only fairly recently have economists turned their incisive academic minds to a quantitative study of happiness, or “subjective wellbeing” (can’t you just feel the joie de vivre with which they are imbuing the topic) and quality of life. Politicians, even the British ones of (usually) a more reserved nature, are looking to have public policy be more influenced by happiness economists. However, in their haste to announce their pro-happiness stance, politicos have ended up saying, well, not much at all. The UK government’s ‘Action for Happiness’ website states; “Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We’re bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.” I’m not sure who isn’t in that group - it leaves me wondering whether other, rival movements go around campaigning for societal misery with the help of a small and secretive section of the public. The website also claims that while our incomes have increased for the past fifty years, we are still no happier than we were five decades ago. So then, is it true that ‘money can’t make you happy’? This is a worthy topic for consideration; the problem, unsurprisingly, is that economists disagree on whether higher incomes do really lead to advanced levels of well being. At the Aspen Ideas Festival a fortnight ago, a couple of highly reputable economists, Justin Wolfers and Robert Frank, had exactly this debate. The former tried to take apart the ‘Easterlin Paradox’ which states that within societies, richer people are happier than poorer people but richer societies are not happier than poorer societies. This has given rise to the popular but counter-productive view that for rich countries at least, focusing on growing GDP is akin to treading water. What people really care about is their status relative to

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others and growth in absolute income for everybody cannot raise everybody’s relative position.

To use an example, this suggests that if you make £10,000 a year more than your neighbour, and during your country’s economic hot streak both of your incomes rise. If you still only earn £10,000 more than your neighbour, then neither you nor your neighbour have increased your relative happiness. For his rebuttal of the belief that for a rich country, the obsession with growth in GDP is an error, Wolfers turned to considerable data amassed by Gallup surveys of happiness conducted in 155 countries. With a high degree of correlation, he showed that higher incomes really do seem to make people happier. But even here there seems to be an argument for relative happiness. An extra 10 units of money will not increase happiness but a 10 percent increase in income will. It is still income relative to what one was making before. However, Wolfers’ most important point was that within countries, richer people are happier than poorer people and globally, rich countries are happier than poor countries. GDP growth does exactly what it says on the tin. Intriguingly though, Wolfers left room for the counter-argument put forward by Robert Frank, professing that while he had data to prove that absolute income mattered, he did not possess enough data to convince everyone that relative income didn’t matter. Frank contended that status mattered too – when people find they can’t keep up with the Joneses, it is natural to be discontent. Moving from a poor nation to a rich one isn’t a ticket to happiness if it means having much less than the people around you - leaving you feeling relatively dirt poor. To illustrate he points to East Germany, Berliners on one side of the city could pick up television signals from the West and see exactly what they were lacking. The truth behind the quest for happiness probably lies somewhere in between Frank and Wolfers’ views. The pursuit of economic growth remains a worthy objective for countries, but perhaps it shouldn’t be the sole measure. How about looking at a combination of both GDP and GNH (Gross National Happiness)? For pure politicians, this might not appeal - one can’t win votes with charts and tables. The man-in-the-street cares about tangible contentment, not ethereal statistics; and the politician cares (in theory) about the man in the street. Pure economists will have to put up with policy speeches punctuated with trite phrases of “maximising subjective wellbeing” – but they have to do that anyway. In my view, it’s probably a good idea to cut down on campaigning solely on abstract ideas of happiness, hope and ‘winning the future’. Just look how well that’s working out for President Obama. We shouldn’t ever abandon these ideals though – after all, they’re a fundamental part of being human. WPLife

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Give Blood Call 0300 123 23 23 St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park Kt4 8l Friday 19 Aug 2011 14:00 to 16:30 17:30 to 20:00 Afc Wimbledon Football Club, Jack Goodchild Way, 422A Kingston Road Wednesday 03 Aug 2011 11:00 to 13:30 15:30 to 17:45 Friday 1st to Sunday 17th July Malden Fortnight Take a trip just over the a3 and enjoy the festivities Full diary of events on page 42. 4th Worcester Park Scout Group Pirate Summer Fete at the HQ on Balmoral Road, Worcester Park Saturday, 2 July 12.00 noon – 4.00pm Grand Raffle sponsored by Brontide Limited (www.brontide.net) who have kindly provided an Acer Aspire 5742 Laptop for first prize, plus there are many more prizes. Many stalls including: Good As New Books Plants Tombola Aerial Walk-way Bouncy Castle Beer Tent Coconut Shy Burgers/Hot Dogs Face painting Thursday 7th July - Saturday Night Bee Gees in Nonsuch Park in aid of St Raphaels - see the advert on page 5 for more information. Sat 9th & Sun 10th July Kingston’s River Celebrations 2011 - see page 22 for full details Epsom Playhouse Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL Box Office: 01372 742555 www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk 5 July Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band 11 July Mark Watson 21 July Phil Jupitus 23 - 24 Jul Bob the Builder 20 August The Little Big Club Richmond Theatre The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1QJ Box Office: 0844 871 7651 (fees apply) www.ambassadortickets.com/richmond (fees apply) 5th July - 9th July 2011 Eden End 11th July to 16th July The Pitmen Painters 19th July to 23rd July Rock Around the Clock! 25th July to 30th July Alarms and Excursions 4th August Rigoletto 5th August Roary The Racing Car 6th August Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Rose Theatre 24-26 High St Kingston Upon Thames KT1 1HL 020 8546 698 26 July - 31 July MR STINK live on stage 31 August - 3 September Korczak WPLife

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Girlguiding in Worcester Park and Old Malden District is very much alive.

Girlguiding seeks to give girls a voice and provide a unique, girl-only space where they feel comfortable just being themselves. Our members, challenged by a girl-led programme that extends beyond badges, enjoy a spectrum of activities from international travel and outdoor adventure to pop-concerts and community action. For our youngest members aged five to seven we offer Rainbows. Rainbows have fun! They play games, have parties and make things while developing life skills. For girls aged seven to ten Brownies do it all! Their meetings are full of challenge, games and activities,

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usually ones that the Brownies have suggested themselves. Guides are girls aged ten to fourteen. Being a Guide encourages girls to develop by undertaking challenges and pushing the boundaries of their experience. Our Senior Section for girls aged fourteen plus offers an exciting and flexible programme with a huge variety of challenges, activities and opportunities for personal development which could include helping as a Young Leader with a younger section. Girlguiding isn’t just for girls. Many volunteers give their time as Leaders or Assistant Leaders running units and get to see girls enjoying events and activities that they have organised. Other volunteers take on administrative responsibilities or help out on an occasional basis.We are always looking for more help to ensure we can continue to offer our members a full and varied programme and we can always find a role to suit! Girlguiding is passionate about recruiting more adult volunteers so more girls and young women can get involved in guiding. Recruitment is also important because it enables new units to open and established units to grow and keep taking new girls. Units often need to fill specific roles but remember that

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In particular we are currently in need of a District Commissioner for the Old Malden area. This is a vital role to support our local adult volunteers and involves some admin and circulating information. The advantage of this role is that it can be worked as ‘flexi – time’ – if you can’t commit to a regular weekly meeting this role can be undertaken at times to suit you!

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Over a third of girls and young women (aged 7-21) in the UK are involved in guiding, or have been in the past and almost half of all the women in the UK have been involved in guiding at some stage in their lives. Previous experience is not necessary as we offer training, support and the opportunity to develop new skills which could enhance your CV. Maybe if you or someone you know has enjoyed being a member in the past you could

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by Aret Kapetanovic @ The Vin Bin Everyone has their vice, or their once in a while treat to cheer them up and with the wet ‘summer’ weather as it is my choice is often a hearty calorie laden meal with one of my favourite, hard to resist red wines and great company. I’m talking about the kind of wines that really come into their own when paired with the right dishes, that are never less than 13% (I’ve had a Zinfandel that was 15.5%!) and bring out the very best in every spice and nuance of flavour. These wines were made for and deserve good food! The first on my list is an Argentine Merlot produced by Tapiz. Merlot has gotten a bad rap in recent years but its appeal is still hard to deny. The Oscar winning American movie ‘Sideways’, about wine and the Californian wine industry, actually managed to affect the sales of the

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with a Nigerian Shish Kebab like dish called Suya, which consists of highly spiced (red hot!) chunks of Goat meat, but I can’t get anyone to eat it with me! Anyone? Oh well.

And now for the Big Daddy, the Don of vice meal wine, the Barolo! This is a wine that you can pair with roast Bison, venison, Veal, Rabbit, Wild boar and Deer for goodness sake! Made entirely from the Nebbiola grape, which prospers almost exclusively in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy and unlike Pinot Noir or Syrah, no one has been able to achieve a really great Nebbiola anywhere else in the world! This Barolo also works like a dream with the cheese platter, especially old strong crumbly cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano, Old Gouda and old Cheddar, blue cheeses like Gorgonzola as well as with cheeses with a rich flavour like Fontina and Boschetto al tartufo. I’ve enjoyed this wine with Venison, Rabbit and Veal but for me it really works with highly peppered Nigerian roasted Goat dishes….anyone? Never mind. Win pairing for this month’s recipe (page 41) The best whites for all kinds of Cajun food are those whose flavour profiles include spice notes. For this pairing try a fresh South Eastern Australian Pinot Grigio. WPLife

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Worcester Park Life Monkfish has a wonderful firm flesh with a meaty flavour and is well suited to roasting, however cod loin or a thick piece of salmon fillet will work just as well.

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1lb 9oz) monkfish fillet 2tbsp olive oil 1tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning 8 medium-sized waxy potatoes, such as Desiree Salt and freshly ground black pepper 225g (8oz) cherry tomatoes 1 lemon, sliced Sunflower oil for shallow frying Cut the monkfish into large chunks and place in a shallow roasting tin. Mix together the oil and lemon juice and pour over the fish. Sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/ Gas 6. Place the unpeeled potatoes in a large pan of salted water. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 mins. Drain and leave to cool for 10 mins.

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Peel the skins off the potatoes and coarsely grate the potato flesh into a bowl. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, divide and shape the grated potato into about 8 flat cakes. Place the lemon slices in the roasting tin with the monkfish and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further 5-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked through and the tomatoes are tender. Heat 30-45ml (2-3tbsp) oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry the potato rosti, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown, adding more oil as necessary. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Arrange the potato rosti on serving plates and top with the roast monkfish, lemon slices and tomatoes. Pour over any juices left in the roasting tin and serve immediately. TOP TIP - If you’re not too keen on cajun then replace with a sprinkling of dried Italian herbs. WPLife

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Clubs 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 Our next concerts are on 22nd August – Mark Thompson 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.bansteadorganclub.co.uk 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. Everyone pays an annual subscription. and we all pay £2.50 for our lunch, which is cooked on the premises. 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 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 www.esfhs.org.uk East Surrey Family History Society next Sutton meeting is on Thursday 2nd June 2011 at 8pm.Venue St.Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane, Sutton. Michael Gandy talks on Problems in London Ancestry. July’s meeting Thursday 7th Jeremy Harte Talks about Nonesuch,postponed due weather from December 2010. Non members welcome. See www. esfhs.org.uk for more information about the society and future meetings. Social Dancing with “ GLITTERS” At Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village 8.30 pm – 11.00 pm Entrance £7.50 Over 18’s All standards Bar & Free parking & Professional D J We may not have Brucie but we do have a glitter ball! FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 07903 314276 Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.15-11.15am at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Road. Come along and give it a try ! For more information please call Jo Hamilton on 020 8786 3444 The WORCESTER PARK DRAMATIC SOCIETY is a local amateur drama group of long standing. We stage two

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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. The latter includes stage management, set construction, sound and lighting. If interested, please contact our membership secretary, Joyce Cranfield, on 020 8337 3317. 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 (email:clubsecretary@ auriolbowlingclub.com), or visit the website at www.auriolbowlingclub.com. NHS RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP Are you retired or about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st Tuesday of every month from

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Outstanding ovation for Stagecoach Worcester Park and Cheam Take That choreographer and X Men make-up artist teach local students how to steal the show... This month, Stagecoach Worcester Park and Cheam is celebrating being recognised as ‘Outstanding’ in its yearly school inspection. With a timetable of lessons featuring recent masterclasses from Take That choreographer Gareth Walker and X Men makeup artist Jane Maier, new principal Lucy Moorby has brought the school alive since she joined six months ago. Lucy has a strong heritage in performing arts and has appeared in many West End shows including Grease, Oh What a Night, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oklahoma! Lucy also supported Samantha Janus in the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest. It is this background that means Lucy can invite well-known professionals from the stage to visit the school, guaranteeing a strong impact on the students.

fantastic. Not only are these skills an important part of the performance arts training that we offer, it also helps build their confidence while having a lot of fun and meeting new friends.” The Autumn terms starts on 15th &16th September and places are still available for budding actors and actresses, so if you know a child aged between 4 and 16 years-old who dreams of being on the stage, contact Lucy Moorby on 0208 224 2442 or visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/worcesterpark or www. stagecoach.co.uk/cheam for further information.

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Fun for the under 5s If your group isn’t featured please email jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk Monday Worcester Park Baptist Church 9.30-11.30- a lively toddler group, where carers of any kind are welcome to attend and supervise their youngsters. Our age range is from young babies to 3-4 years. Sarah on 020 8393 7299 or email via the church’s website www.wpbc.org.uk Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group is a very welcoming and relaxed place to meet new friends for yourself and your toddlers. We are open to all Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers. We meet in the Church Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 until 11.15am during term time Wednesday Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday Thursday Epsom & Ewell Toy Library term time 9.30 to 12.30 at Riverview Children’s Centre, Riverview Primary School, West Ewell, which is just off of Ruxley Lane (at the ewell By

Pass end). 0208 337 7310 Refreshments are available, so come along to play & have a cuppa and a chat! £3 to join/year, please bring 2 forms of ID Friday Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday St. Mary’s Parent and Toddler Group meets 10.00 - 11.30am in the Parish Centre. Families enjoy making new friends in a relaxed atmosphere, while their children play safely. Ladies from St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union serve refreshments during the morning for both adults and children. Feel free to pop in and check us out any Friday morning during term time; you can be sure of a warm welcome. For more information, please contact the Parish Office tel: 020 8337 4026 Saturday Men behaving Dadly, Grace Church - Saturday 19 March & every 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30 to 11 am, at Green Lane Primary School. For Dads and their pre-school children (0-4). The kids get to play with the toys, the Dads get a bacon roll and coffee, and Mums might possibly get a lie-in... £3 on the door. For more information & contact details, www.gracechurchworcesterpark.org WPLife

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As you may be aware, crime figures for burglary and theft are up significantly across the country. The blame for this has been set squarely on the shoulders of the recent oppressive downturn in the financial climate. People are beginning to find life increasingly difficult because of additional financial burdens and what amounts to a decrease in income. Unfortunately, some people turn to crime. Worcester Park and Nonsuch wards have seen this increase also and we all need to work together to deter and prevent these crimes.We all need to be vigilant, observant and mindful of the way in which we secure our homes and property. Please read the following information and keep and refer to it when necessary. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. • Side gates open • Accessible windows open • Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows • Garden tools available to force entry • Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural

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surveillance Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it’s worth a second look. Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and to be cautious of people seeking to ‘tailgate’ them into buildings. The question is, are the occupants in? • milk bottles or parcels on the doorstep • newspapers and mail in the letter box • unlit houses after dark • all windows shut in very hot weather These are signs telling the burglar that he is unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be unavoidable. But if we can take measures that tell the burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on. TO STOP A BURGLAR,YOU NEED TO THINK LIKE ONE. Non residential burglaries are up as well (Garages and garden sheds) and tools and bicycles have been targeted. LOCKING YOUR BIKE: Lock both wheels and the frame to a bike stand, or strong immovable object. Lock ‘tight’ so your bike is hard to manoeuvre when parked. Secure your lock so it does not touch the ground. It is always best to use two locks. Go for different types of lock, for example, a strong D-lock and a sturdy chain lock. This means that a thief will need different tools to break each lock, making theft less likely. Finally, always report thefts or damage to your local police. It is also recommended that you register your bicycle with bikeregister.com By observing some, if not all of the above, we can make it far more difficult for burglars and together, bring the national crime figures back down.WPLife

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a teacher herself, said that the survey also revealed that teachers do not want extravagant thank you gifts from pupils or parents.

by Ian Duncan

“We make a life by what we give.” Sir Winston Churchill

‘We are aware that society is getting more commercialised and in some schools giving gifts to staff can get quite competitive between pupils and their So, you managed to dodge the request parents. Although most staff like getting presents from to run the candy floss stall their pupils to show their hard at the school Summer Fayre Like the dizzying rise of party bags, the work is appreciated, they don’t but how did you handle the end of year gift is even showing signs of expect them staff certainly don’t playground Queen Bee when spawning its own mini-industry. Never want their pupils to feel they have she emailed you about the end slow to catch on to a trend and then to give presents and feel humiliated of year present for your child’s cultivate it madly, the greetings-card if they can’t afford to do so. Staff teacher? Did you go it alone or chains have invented a whole new are delighted by a handmade gift or pitch in with the class? subsection -Thank You Teacher cards card which shows a pupil has put and those awful World’s Best Teacher thought and effort into thanking If you go it alone you and ornaments. them for their hard work - the risk being sucked into thought really does count.” what the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) describe as the The world’s worst increasingly commercialised and extravagant The BBC’s children’s programme present giving. If you go with the class you Newsround spoke to one hundred might be pressured into giving more than you teachers to find out what are the want or can afford: an acquaintance told me worst things you can give them. The that at their children’s school, one of the worst thing pupils can possibly give their parents takes it on them self to collect ten teachers for Christmas are really tacky pounds per child – if you don’t donate ornaments. At number two was outthen your child’s name doesn’t go in the of-date or half-eaten chocolate. The class card. third worst thing teachers said pupils A survey of a thousand members of the can give them was perfume that smells really bad. ATL found that ninety percent of teachers in state and independent schools had received gifts from However, canny teachers don’t let that put them off. pupils. Chocolates, flowers, toiletries, alcohol and mugs Apparently one former teacher, not of my acquaintance I topped the list of most commonly-given gifts but some hasten to add, would towards the end of the school year parents pushed the boat out. write the words “sauvignon blanc” on the board for the Breakfast at Tiffanys. Among the items received by teachers were a Tiffany bracelet, tickets to an England cricket Test Match and £1,000 in gift vouchers. Other extravagant presents included a Mulberry handbag, an Yves St Laurent scarf, champagne, a brace of pheasants and theatre vouchers.

9 out of 10 teachers had received a present Almost half received two gifts a year Most teachers estimated that parents or children spent less than £5, but some exceeded £20 4 in 10 teachers in state schools received alcohol compared with almost three-quarters in independent schools

The ATL said the mounting cost of presents was down to one-upmanship among parents as they compete to impress their child’s teacher.

children to copy together with a drawing of a bottle.

Why oh Why? So why do we insist on doing it? Surely, just as we hope that teachers praise our children when they do well, a simple thank you from their parents would suffice? Do we do our children any favours favours if we teach them that saying thank you is synonymous with buying things? Would it not be better to instil in them the value of personal, heartfelt gestures over financial transactions? VVoice

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