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August Contents

History by David Rymill 6 Baking White Chocolate Filo Tarts 8 Ruth Jemmett Writes 11 View from the City 18 Using credit and debit cards abroad this year 20 Codeword 24 Holiday eating 26 Clubs - Vibrant Ukulele Club 28 Sudokus 30 Recipe Cream of pea and herb soup 34 What’s On 36 Who needs to run when you can WALK? 40 A Photographer Dreams.... 44 Cryptic Crossword 48 Support for mums 50 Clubs - In the Mix 51 Clubs 52 Voice for Wildlife 56 Parkin’ some thoughts 58 Kids Play 60 Solutions 54 Published by Malden Media Limited Editor Jenny Stuart 020 8336 2915 36 Rosebery Avenue KT3 4JS Please note that the opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily represent the views of the editor. All advertisements are commercial and not indicative of any endorsement by the editor who accepts no responsibility for any loss suffered directly or indirectly by any reader as a result of any advertisement or notice published in this magazine. All in-house artwork and editorial presented in this magazine remains the copyright of Malden Media Ltd. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored on any retieval system, or transmitted in any form electronic, mechanical. recording, photocopying, or otherwise without prior permission from the Publisher.

Welcome to Your Worcester Park Life What a busy month it’s been. But alas, I’m starting off with a cautionary tale…. When I signed off last month it was to jet off with the family to Cyprus to visit where I was born, a significantly ‘round’ number of years ago. 24 hours before travel I tried to check in on-line only to be hit with the shock and dismay that darling daughter no2’s passport expired at the end of May. Ouch! After the initial upset I realised that worst things could happen – particularly considering some of the terrible events that happened in June. So, took comfort in a wise friend’s words that went something like this – you are in the universe at any given time where you are supposed to be. Well, if worked for me, I had a fantastic celebration here and thanks to a bit of compassion at BA, will still have the weekend to look forward to next year. Have had a few weeks of intense excitement helping the Holland family run a raffle for a private screening of Spider-man Homecoming, the global box office smash starring local boy Tom Holland in the central role. Ticket sales were fantastic, a large chunk to abroad and joining our UK winners we have some flying in from the US, Canada, Australia and China!!! Small setback when the winner of the ebay (£7.9k) transpired to be a US 14 year old who did it for a dare not expecting to win. Grrrr! But it all came good and is raising money for 3 fantastic small charities, Momentum, Debra and The Lunchbowl Network (which we volunteer for and support). Can’t wait for the event on Sunday and maybe I’ll tell you more next month. Hope you have a great August and, if you haven’t dashed off to do it already, go check your passports!

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

St John’s Church

In September there will be an opportunity to visit the oldest building surviving above ground in KT4, a place where worship has probably been offered for a thousand years, and the place that Malden was probably named after – and it’s all one building! The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Malden, in Church Road, Old Malden (KT4 7RY), will be open under the nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme on Thursday 7th September, 11am - 4pm, Friday 8th, 11am - 4pm; Saturday 9th, 10am - 5pm; and Sunday 10th, 2pm - 5pm. In the church extension there will be displays about the history of the church and the parish, and refreshments; wcs are available here, including one accessible to wheelchair users. The name Malden derives from ‘mael dune’, ‘The Cross on the Hill’; it is possible that a cross stood on this spot in Anglo-Saxon times and was used by itinerant preachers, possibly from Chertsey Abbey. The Domesday Book (1086) mentions a chapel in Malden, and the flint-and-stone walls of the old chancel, now part of the Lady Chapel and the portion of the building facing you as you walk into the churchyard through the lych-gate, may date back to Saxon times. If you follow the path around to the left after going through the lych-gate, you will be walking alongside the present Lady Chapel and south aisle; there are two blocked-up doorways, one to the left of the right-hand window, which may be Anglo-Saxon, and one below the left-hand window, the main entrance until 1843-4. We know the names of 26 of the clergy who served the parish between c1200 and 1532; the earliest recorded name is that of Hugo or Hugh. In the 13th century Walter de Merton gave to his new college at Oxford the advowson (the right to appoint the vicar) of Malden, and Merton College continues to do so. In 1532 Denis Coventre became vicar. When he arrived, the principal service would have been the Mass in Latin, and we know from a list of the church’s goods made in 1550 that he would have worn colourful vestments appropriate to the season. He had one printed massbook, and another in manuscript; although most parishioners might have been unable to follow the Latin words, their devotions would have been assisted by sight, sound and smell. There were censors and a copper ship to hold the incense; there were two great bells and three smaller ones, which would have been rung at the most sacred moments of the service (a practice which was soon to


'Copyright of Surrey History Centre' be discontinued, and only reintroduced at Malden in 1919). There were brass candlesticks on the high altar, and in c1270 John de Maudun, called Colier, made a grant of an annual rent of 12d out of an acre of land, for a wax lamp. In 1550 Coventre was succeeded by John Thomas, who remained vicar throughout the turbulent following years, and for most of Elizabeth I’s reign, until 1597. Most of the church goods were sold, and the worship would have been in English, but much starker. One of the most important aspects of the Reformation was the requirement to make the Bible available in English, and the scholars who worked on the Authorised Version included a Malden man, Thomas Ravis. He was one of those responsible for translating the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and Revelation, but died in 1609, over a year before the translation was published, having been Bishop of London since 1607. The oldest stained glass in the church, in the old chancel (present Lady Chapel), includes the arms of Bishop Ravis (including three ravens), and those associated with Walter de Merton and his college (blue and red chevrons). By the early 17th century the church was badly decayed. The old chancel was repaired, and the nave and tower were rebuilt in brick. Bishop Thomas Ravis took a keen interest in the rebuilding. Some of the fittings installed at this time have survived, but not all in the same places: the main door was moved to its present position in the 19th century, and the 17thcentury pulpit was cut up to form the swing doors between the tower and the south aisle. The swing doors lead you into what is now the south aisle. If you had walked into St John’s in 1850, the view

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would have been very different. To the left, where there are now arches through to the Victorian extension, there was a wall with two windows. There was a wide central aisle containing the font, a stove, and several benches; to either side there were box-pews, and the clerk’s desk, minister’s desk and pulpit were on the right, close to the step in the wall. The layout of the church at this time can be seen in the black and white plan, reproduced here from the Revd Kenneth Ross’s A History of Malden. The colour illustration, reproduced by permission of Surrey History Centre (ref 2473/14/10a) shows the exterior in c1820. In the early 19th century the morning and evening services were held at 11 am and 2.30 pm; there were Communion services only on Easter Day, Whitsun and Christmas Day. By 1850 the services may have alternated between morning and evening at Malden and Chessington, which was part of the parish but had its own church. Psalms were sung from Tate and Brady’s New Version, and the schoolmistress and children were positioned in one large pew to sing the hymns.

The population increased considerably after the railway reached New Malden in 1846 and Worcester Park in 1859: by 1867 the church needed to be extended, and a north aisle was added. Within a few years the church was again overcrowded, so in 1875 a more radical scheme was adopted, with the existing nave and chancel retained as a side aisle, the north aisle demolished, and a new, larger nave and chancel built to the north, increasing the total seating to 335. The old chancel was furnished as a Lady Chapel in 1894. Today St John’s offers a said Eucharist on Sundays at 8am, Sung Eucharist at 9.45am, and a range of groups including the Mothers’ Union, Men’s Group, contemplative prayer meetings, and reading and crochet groups. The wish for a hall closer to the church than the Institute was met in 2004 with the opening of the new complex attached to the north side of the church. More information about St John’s can be found at www. (020) 8330 6563

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Ruth Jemmett Writes Foxes, Fish, And Eisteddfods Ruth Jemmett leads us through one of our hottest months Some people love the sunshine others, like me, lurk in the shade, and have never liked the idea of being burnt to a crisp. At this time of the year I don a large sun-hat and big sunglasses a-la Joan Collins, and cover myself in Factor 50. As doctors, have told me that my medication prohibits sunbathing, I lurk in the shadows whenever I can. It must be lovely to flaunt a golden tan that makes one look healthy. Alas, underneath the make-up I am a pale mortal! August is the eighth month of the year, and is named after the Roman Emperor Augustus. It is usually our warmest month, and is welcomed by farmers, who don’t relish the thought of soggy crops. A lot of cultural festivals are held in August, including The Eisteddfod in Wales, (4 - 12th), which will be held in Anglesey this year, and The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland (4th - 28th), which, amongst other things, celebrates the Arts, music, and, of course the famous Military Tattoo. This wonderful spectacle was instigated in 1950, and takes place on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, and I am sure that the ghost of my ancestor Robert The Bruce, looks down on the pipes and drums with a smile on his face! If you are a horse-racing fan you can enjoy the ‘Glorious’ Goodwood’ race meeting from 1st - 5th of the month. On the 3rd of the month we can remember that the late great Terry Wogan was born on this day in 1938. Many of us still miss his cheery voice, and his dry wit. In days of such cruelty in the world it was always reassuring to hear the words of a thoroughly nice human being emitting from the radio or television. I had the pleasure of meeting him once, and never forgot it. Life in the garden of Chez Jemmett has been filled with mixed blessings. On the plus side I have had a bumper crop of raspberries, and my baskets

and troughs have been over-flowing with glorious flowers. I tried growing sweet peas for the first time this year. Oh, that perfume! Two families of foxes have been regular visitors. One vixen has had three cubs. She brings them to visit us every day. All of the foxes have lost their fear of us, and wander around when we are in the garden. I have entertained dozens of these intelligent and beautiful creatures for over thirty years, and have had the delight of hand -feeding some of them. Never once have any of them shown any aggressive behaviour to us, and I bridle when I hear people call them ’vermin’. We have intruded on THEIR space - not the other way round! So-called bad behaviour by foxes is very rare. They are very shy creatures, and will only turn violent to protect their young. There are 10,000 documented DOG attacks on humans every year!!! No-one ever suggests chasing them and tearing THEM to bits! Recently my husband John had to delay mowing one of our lawns, as a fox stubbornly refused to interrupt her nap, despite the fact that a motor mower was throbbing two feet away from her! One of ‘our’ foxes, Scruffy, is recovering from mange. I give her curative homeopathic drops which I bought from Leatherhead Wildlife Centre, and she is doing well. (See pic). Some people think that homeopathy is bunkum. Try telling Scruffy that! One sad note from our garden is that three of our eight fish have died. I thought the hot weather in July had been to blame, but on asking a fish expert I believe it is caused by infection, so a treatment for all the other fish is on the cards. On looking at old newspaper cuttings I was amused to see that in 1967, when there was a heat-wave, two penguins from nearby Chessington Zoo, were taken by their keepers to cool off at Streathem Ice Rink! A petition form has recently been doing the rounds here in Salisbury Road. The local council has been cutting down on street lighting. In an area like this, which is heavily populated by pensioners, it is foolish to do such a thing. Footpaths that aren’t

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well-maintained already present a tripping hazard! A couple who live further up Salisbury Road recently got broken into, so it is essential that we can all see what is going on when it gets dark. (My husband fell over in a badly lit car park in Devon a few months ago, and ended up in Derriford Hospital overnight. Good lighting is essential for golden oldies, wherever they might be!

Counsellor, and know only too well how loss can lead to depression, suicide, and violent thoughts and actions. Many young men with histories of violence often nurse deep hurt from either being abandoned by fathers or losing them through death. Perhaps in the future, with the help of people like the royal princes, our society will learn that ‘putting a brave face on things’ isn’t the best option, when facing loss.

On 19th August we commemorate the death of the American comedian Groucho Marx who left us in 1977. He was known for his ridiculous jokes, such as “One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas I don’t know”. He and his brothers were the sons of German immigrants, and like other immigrants before and since, gained great success by working hard.

We must make the most of the summer sunshine while we have it. As Shakespeare once said “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Before we know it Autumn will arrive, and we will all retreat into our homes again. I am already receiving catalogues that are promoting Christmas goodies. Aaaargh!

On the 3lst August in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris. All these years later she is still very much missed, and thankfully her sons have inherited her compassion. Because of their own bereavement they have gained a deep insight into the world of mental health. Consequently they are shining a light on what was once a taboo subject. I spent many years as a Cruse Bereavement

I am now off to do the evening meal. As Marie Curie said - “One never notices what has been done - one can only see what remains to be done”. (My husband still thinks that the housework fairies move in when he is at work!). Enjoy what is left of summer. Ruth Jemmett is a Member of The Society of Authors

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I am a Caregiver with Home Instead and I care for Celia. She is vibrant and loves fashion, jewellery, shoes, singing, dancing and everything that sparkles - a lady after my own heart. Celia has dementia. Nothing you can see about her gives this away. She is funny and engaging and loves to chat, but behind all this is a lady who is finding life quite hard. I took Celia to a theatre trip in Wimbledon, arranged by Home Instead. Being out in a busy public place is hard for Celia and she becomes agitated but with me there, she tells me she feels safe. Celia knows she has Alzheimer’s and gets very frustrated with the words not flowing freely but I have been caring for her for a while now so I understand her and give her time and support to be herself. In the close confines of a busy theatre, Celia’s spatial awareness was compromised and she struggled to shuffle down the row to her seat. However, once the show started with the Music Hall melodies and dancing nothing mattered. Celia was captivated, sung her heart out, remembering all the words to all the songs from yesteryear! For those couple of hours, she was just Celia, not worrying about anything. Not concerned that things didn’t make sense. It was clear and colourful and familiar. Her trip out with me also helped her husband, who has been her carer for years. He had the chance to be himself for a short while, take some time out from watching, checking, helping, explaining and loving his wife. I love my job. Change someones life and become a CAREGiver. Contact Ana on 0208 942 4137

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Next week I’m back after a short sabbatical at my desk at Seven Investment Management (7IM). You think I’d have opted for the Riviera or a beach, but no. Instead it was spent in the Golan Heights in Israel on an archaeological dig dusting off the remains of the Roman VI Legion, known as the Ironclads. I’m fascinated by the history of all, but it’s hot. It’s been over 45oC during the day. However, I am here by choice and the organisers are being very kind to us amateurs. Back home in Blightly, however, it transpires that a lot of us will be grafting away long after we want to. Our latest piece of research has highlighted that early retirement is often an impossible dream and, in fact, we’re probably going to be working at least five years more than we hoped. One in seven are expecting to work to 75 and beyond. Only 4% actually like that idea – although I have to caution that when something is a necessity rather than a luxury, it can grate. But why are we working longer? Well it’s all to do with the grubby stuff… and I’m talking about money, not my scratching around in the dirt on a dig! Our research also turned up that some 35% are not saving anything for their retirement, and a further 15% are not sure whether what they’re doing is right. Another 12% admit they’re taking a ‘live for today’ approach rather than putting any thought into retirement plans. Many are still having to ‘hope’ that everything will be alright in the end. As a result, 10% believe in the power of an inheritance, while one in 12 state that their issues will be resolved by downsizing and living off the differences in the values of their old and new homes. Unfortunately the realities of moving to a home worth £100,000 less and still having the space for grandkids to visit may mean this is actually quite difficult to achieve. So that just leaves one in ten able to say they are on track for a comfortable retirement. Our survey


flagged that 39% admit they’ll probably need to increase the amount they’re saving. But a similar number stated the same last year when we ran the survey… So much more work is obviously needed here to get the message through to people: the sooner you start to save, the easier it is to achieve your goals. We calculate that saving £100 a month for 40 years in an investment fund generating 5% annual growth should give you nearly £150,000. Of that amount, you’re putting away £48,000 to achieve this. However, if you do nothing for 25 years, then you’d have to save over £550 a month – setting around £100,000 aside in total – to try to get to the same amount of £150,000. Of course, you would have to take on investment risk, and there are no guarantees available. Much of the advice out there is to take more risk at the outset as you technically have the time to be able to recover from any losses (given investments do go down as well as up) and reduce risk over time. We’re challenging that thinking though, not least as this might be more than you are comfortable with and too many hits early on in your investing ‘career’ could put you off for life! This approach also ignores the fact that it is later in life, when your retirement pot is largest, that taking more investment risk is potentially most impactful. And this comes down to compounding – the process of generating return from both the capital you have put in and the investment gains you have already received. Early on there simply isn’t enough in the pot to build on until you’ve been investing a regular sum over a long period. At this point you’ve got more money ‘at stake’. Here compounding kicks in properly, and it’s also when you’ve also probably learned a thing or two about investment. So there’s the potential for profits upon profits and investment risk to become meaningful compared to savings. But all this does obviously depend on you having something in the pot in the first place. More planning and less procrastination needed here I feel! Seven Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered office: 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AS. Registered in England and Wales No. OC378740.

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Finance Using credit and debit cards abroad this year? What you should know before you go Spending money abroad can be costlier than you think if you’re not prepared for the fees and ‘hidden’ charges. Whether you choose to take a debit or credit card, it pays to check the small print in your terms and conditions before you go. You could save a considerable amount in added interest and charges, potentially including: • An extra fee added to the currency exchange rate, known as a non-sterling transaction fee – this can be as much as 3% of each transaction. • Fees for withdrawing cash from ATMs abroad – although many people are aware of this fee when using a credit card, some banks also charge a cash withdrawal fee for debit cards. • Credit card companies can charge interest on cash withdrawn abroad, even if the balance is repaid in full at the end of the month. • Certain debit card providers charge a fee for shopping with their debit card abroad, so if there is no alternative, it can be cheaper to withdraw cash instead. With that in mind, here are a few tips on using credit and debit cards abroad, so you can save money and maximise your holiday spend. Specialist credit and debit cards for overseas use only Rather than taking your ‘regular’ credit or debit card on holiday, look for specialist cards designed to be used abroad, as these are intended to reduce the cost of holiday spending. If you find one that’s suitable and your application is successful, however, just make sure you pay off the balance in full every month. The interest rates on these cards are extremely high if you don’t, which could wipe out any savings you’ve made. The best overseas credit cards generally offer much better exchange rates than local retailers. So if you use a credit card and you’re asked which currency you want pay in, choose the local currency as it’s likely to save you money – more on Dynamic Currency Conversion below.


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easier to obtain than debit cards If your current bank doesn’t offer a specialist debit card for use abroad, you may have to switch your bank account to obtain one. Alternatively, you could just open a new account with the provider, but this might seem a little unnecessary when there is an easier alternative in credit cards. Be careful when you apply for a new card though your credit file is adversely affected when applications are refused. The Money Saving Expert website offers an ‘eligibility calculator’ to give you an idea of your chances of acceptance, and help you narrow down the choices. Credit cards offer consumer protection When you buy a product or service between £100 and £30,000 using your credit card, you’re automatically entitled to consumer protection. Under Section 75 legislation, your credit card provider accepts equal responsibility with the retailer for the item(s) purchased, making it easier to obtain a refund if necessary – an important consideration when you’ve bought the item abroad. Debit cards can be better if you’re going to withdraw mainly cash Although taking a dedicated credit card for use abroad has many benefits, if you intend to withdraw mainly cash, a specialist debit card will probably be cheaper overall as there are usually no added charges or fees for this. Be careful about card ‘cloning’ When you use a card abroad, or anywhere in fact, be aware of the danger of cloning. This can happen when the card is taken out of your sight, or even when it’s right in front of you if you aren’t taking notice.

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When a card is cloned the person taking payment swipes it through a small device that looks like a pager - because this device is so small, it could be attached to a belt or placed in their pocket. It’s easy, therefore, to steal the information on the card’s magnetic strip. Your details are then imprinted onto a brand new card, or overwritten onto a card that’s already been stolen. Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) Some retailers abroad will offer to convert your purchase into sterling when you pay by card, so you can see exactly how much you’ve spent. This process is called dynamic currency conversion, or cardholder preferred currency. The problem is that you’ll probably lose out on the exchange rate by paying this way.

Local retailers choose whether or not to offer this service, and in some cases may automatically convert your purchase to sterling without asking you. It’s a good idea, therefore, to check whether DCC has been used prior to signing a payment slip or entering your PIN.

Avoiding the non-sterling transaction fee Although your bank uses the MasterCard, Visa and Amex optimum exchange rates, the charge for conversion adds a non-sterling transaction fee of up to 3% to your bill when you use a non-specialist card abroad. Finding the best card may take a little research, but your time and effort will be repaid via the extra holiday treats you’ll be able to enjoy.

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Eating Holiday time By Elida Bray

When on holiday I always prefer self-catering cottages or villas to big resorts or hotels. I love cooking in different kitchens and, most of all, food shopping in new places! I love street markets, local shops, small delis, organic butchers… There are so many lovely places you can source your food and cook amazing meals when on holiday, and enjoy that nice chilled glass of wine whilst preparing that yummy dinner! If you have time you can always make a quiche and freeze it before going away, so you can take it with you and this means you will have a nice meal ready to go. Flapjacks are good too to nibble during your journey or for breakfast. I always carry a list of my favourite holiday recipes with me, with ingredients easy to find anywhere. If in the UK, I normally bring along dry ingredients and always visit butchers and local markets to get fresh meat, fruit and veg. It is also a good idea to do an online shop for basics and get it delivered to your accommodation the morning after you arrive. If abroad, it’s even better; I love exploring and trying new ingredients! Countries I love the most for food shopping have to be Spain and Portugal! Anyway, here is a short list of my favourite recipes which I always prepare when staying somewhere nice in the UK or anywhere else in lovely Europe! I hope you feel like cooking them and full recipes can be found at • Chicken with BBQ sauce • Spaghetti ala Carbonara • Creamy smoked paprika chicken and mushrooms • Salmon teriyaki • Oven baked meat balls • Quiche Lorraine • Flapjacks • Lemon Meringue pie

Creamy Paprika and Mushroom Chicken

This recipe is so delicious and so comforting. This is a Mary Berry recipe but she makes it with pheasant breasts. We, however, prefer it with chicken breasts and a mix of different mushrooms, plus I have added garlic which makes it smells even better! Serve it with creamy mashed potatoes or plain Basmati rice. Enjoy it!! Ingredients: 6 skinless chicken breasts 50g butter 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp light muscovado sugar 4 tbsp smoked paprika 300ml double cream 300g chestnut mushrooms or a mix of different types, sliced 2 tbsp chopped parsley salt and pepper to taste

Method: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat some of the butter in a frying pan, add the breasts and cook over a high heat for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Heat the remaining butter, add the onion and garlic and fry over a high heat for 1 minute. Lower the heat, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sugar and paprika and fry for a minute. Pour in the cream, return the breasts to the pan and any cooking juices and season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer over a medium heat for about 10 or 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender. While the chicken is cooking, saute the mushrooms in a frying pan until golden, add it to the chicken and sprinkle the parsley all over it. To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915 27

Clubs Vibrant Ukulele Club We might be the most recent club to start in Worcester Park but we’re gathering lots of members and having fun. It all started 18 months ago when I was at the seaside in Weymouth and saw a group of brightly clothed people on a bandstand playing ukuleles and singing familiar songs … and everyone was joining in and having fun. There’s something about a ukulele that sounds happy and makes you smile!

The church has been very kind in letting us use their premises and we played our first ‘performance’ at the church summer fair on 1st July. If you would like to join us or are just nosey to see what we do, please feel free to come along – it’s infectious though, so if you come once, I bet you’ll want to come again! For more details, contact Steve Wicks 07795 085600

Shortly afterwards I spotted a ukulele in a charity shop for £10, bought it to try it out, and have become hooked on it. Speaking to several friends it became obvious how many people already had a ukulele in their loft or had one as a present but had never played it … so I decided this must change and I started the club in February this year. Vibrant Ukulele Club meets on most Mondays from 7.30 – 9.30pm in one of the rooms or halls in Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. Everyone is welcome, whether you have a ukulele or not (we have some spares for people to try), whether you are musical or not (you don’t need to read music) – all you need is enthusiasm and a smile. We play a mix of folk, pop, traditional and modern songs so something for everyone. We have a short interval where tea, coffee and biscuits are available. We don’t charge anything – yes, it’s FREE – we just ask for a small donation each week to cover the cost of printing music and for the refreshments. Ukuleles are: • Easy to play (we’ll teach you to play at least 3 songs on your first visit) • Relatively cheap to buy (from £20 upwards) • Easy to transport (they’re light and compact) • A lot of fun – I bet you’ll leave our club with a smile on your face. Although some people might think only of George Formby, many famous people play or have played a ukulele including Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Joe Brown, Frank Skinner, Barack Obama, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Armstrong, Tom Hanks and many, many more.


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Recipe Cream of pea and herb soup This light and creamy summery soup tastes delicious hot or cold. To serve cold, leave the soup to cool then chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving. Top with a dollop of crème fraiche and serve with crusty bread, if liked. Serves 4 Ready in 45 minutes, plus cooling 25g butter 1 leek, trimmed and chopped 1 potato, peeled and diced 1 litre vegetable stock 400g fresh podded peas Few fresh mint leaves Few fresh dill sprigs, plus extra to garnish Pinch of sugar 100ml double cream Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Melt the butter in a large deep pan. Add the leek and potato and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes until beginning to soften. 2 Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potato is tender. Add nearly all the peas (reserve a few for garnish), mint, dill and sugar and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes. 3 Cool the soup for 10 minutes then puree until almost smooth with a stick blender or in batches in a food processor.

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Farmers Market

Wallington Farmers’ Market is held from 9am to 1pm every second Saturday of the month at the Old Town Hall and Library Gardens in Woodcote Road, Wallington. Established in 1999, it is the borough’s oldest Farmers’ Market and hosts around 26 local producers stalls every month. 1st Saturday of the month - New Malden Farmers Market. By the Fountain pub. 9am-1pm

Bourne Hall Museum

A series of fascinating guided walks around Epsom & Ewell for all the family during July Summer Walks 2017 Saturday 29 July 2pm to 3.3pm Saturday 5 August 2pm to 3.30pm Tues 29 August 11am to 12.30pm Saturday 12 August 2pm to 3.30pm Walks cost £5 per person and places are limited to 25 people per walk. Places must be booked with David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734 Walk Details Hidden Ewell Thursday 10 August 7.30 to 9pm Peel back time and discover Ewell’s hidden past and unseen history in a guided walk around the village. Hidden beneath the modern village are secrets dating from prehistoric times. Visit Bourne Hall’s sacred lake with its offerings to the ancient gods. Tread in the footsteps of the Romans on Stane Street and uncover Ewell’s Saxon past. Please meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall. Ashley Road Cemetery Original walk Weds 2 August 2pm to 3.30pm explore Epsom’s Victorian cemetery and visit the final resting place of the town’s lords and ladies. Mrs Beeton’s mother, Elizabeth Dorling, enjoyed Horton and Manor Park Tuesday 15 August 2pm to 4pm Uncover the medieval landscape of Horton and the long-forgotten moated manor house and ancient barn. See how the landscape was affected by the Victorian policy of keeping patients with mental illnesses out of sight. See where the last defence line to defend London was built against German invasion. Hear how important the Manor Hospital was in WW1, and how the nursing staff dealt with a V1 in the Second. Find out how the mental hospitals changed Epsom forever. Please meet by the pond on Stamford Green. Further information available from David Brooks,


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Nonsuch Park

Nonsuch Park is a link to Tudor England. The Palace that once stood here was a hugely expensive symbol of Henry VIII’s power. The Friends of Nonsuch offer guidance to a 7 feet model which has been created from contemporary documentation, paintings and an excavation of the Palace site in 1959. The model is on display in the Stable Wing of the much later Nonsuch Mansion in the heart of Nonsuch Park. The model is open from 11 am until 3 pm every Sunday in November and December Entry Free; cars via Cheam Gate. For further information please visit the website at

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Little Mix Experience Sunday 30th July The Little Mix Experience! Back at The Epsom Playhouse by popular demand! If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E them! Little Mix were formed exclusively for the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011 and became the first, and so far, only group to win the competition. That’ll Be The Day - Brand New Show 3 August The nation’s premier Rock & Roll variety production returns with another brand new summer show. That’ll Be The Day is highly acclaimed for its special ability to evoke nostalgia with LIVE entertainment. Featuring a fresh line-up of smash hits spanning the 1950’s right through to the 70’s, plus more sidesplitting comedy! We guarantee you’ll be on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over! Thursday 31 August Milton Jones is Nearly 0ut There: Work in Progress Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour but unfortunately it isn’t quite ready yet. Don’t panic though he’s a professional, it’s the guy with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4. An evening in the company of an idiot. Or is he? Yes he is. Only come if you like jokes though. If not you’ll be cross. ‘ABSURDIST ONE-LINE MASTERPIECES’ The Times

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Never Too Much Luther Vandross Show 1 September When it comes to male vocalists one name towers above the rest – a man whose impact and influence has been unparalleled. Say the name “Luther” and music lovers respond immediately. The fact is, Luther Vandross was, and always will be, one of the best male vocalists of our time. The only show that sounds EXACTLY like Luther, Danny Clay’s vocal abilities will leave you amazed, close your eyes and you are listening to Luther Vandross. Bringing on Back the 60s 2 September The hottest ticket in town has just arrived at your theatre. BRINGING ON BACK THE 60’S STARRING THE NEW AMEN CORNER with their very special guest’s This fast moving show Starring The New Amen Corner is a must for lovers of 60’s music. Genesis Connected Friday 8th September Genesis Connected is a tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics. This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles. Hits spanning from the late 70s onwards including; Turn It On Again, Sledgehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more. JONGLEURS Saturday 9th September Jongleurs On The Road brings the UK’s funniest comedians to you! We book the brightest and best comics and create a top-notch comedy show in the comfort and convenience of The Epsom Playhouse. Featuring a host and three live stand up comedians, top quality acts and guaranteed laughs, it’s always a great night out From time to time acts are changed to suit TV filming etc - so please check website for up to date info. Brian Whites King Jazz Monday 11th September Brian White’s King Jazz - a tribute to Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow Jeremy Hardy : Live 2017 Wednesday 13th September Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a moredramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win,probably has at least another 33 years to go. In 2014, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also wellknown for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

Blowin in the Wind - The best of Dylan and Baez Thursday 14th September When Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and friends sang of love, the times certainly were a-changin’ From “Mr Tambourine Man” to “Sound of Silence”, from Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides now” to John Lennon’s “Imagine”, international vocalists and multiinstrumentalists Andante, featuring Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, bring vibrant new interpretations to these timeless tunes and wonderful words. Come on a journey through some of the greatest songs of our time. Forbidden Nights Friday 15th September Roll Up! Roll Up! Circus just got sexy with FORBIDDEN NIGHTS providing an evening to remember with thrills, fantasy and FORBIDDEN thoughts at every turn! Indulge yourselves in a two-hour production as world-renowned circus artists perform heart-racing tricks in an electric fusion of daring and provocative choreography and the ultimate FORBIDDEN Tease. Bee Gee Fever Saturday 16th September Since 1999 Bee Gees Fever have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe with their stunning live tribute to the music of the Brothers Gibb. From soulful ballads to high-energy disco classics, the band faithfully recreates the songs that made the Bee Gees musical legends. Bee Gees Fever perform all songs completely live: no backing tracks; no sequencers; just five guys, their voices and their instruments creating an undeniably authentic show packed with raw energy. Songs From The Musicals Sunday 17th September A Charity evening with Jack Foley & Kim Boeje. Jack Foley is one of the most exciting emergent artists on today’s classics scene. A veteran of amongst others - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Carl Rosa Opera and a slew of hit musicals including “Anything Goes” and “West Side Story”.



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Hobbies Who needs to run when you can WALK? By Kate McLelland It’s my first time with a local Nordic walking group, and no matter how hard I try, I remain at the back of the line while my companions steam on ahead. When we stop I am more than slightly out of breath and deeply apologetic about lagging so far behind. The others laugh at my serious expression, telling me that most ‘newbies’ quickly learn to keep up, once they have mastered the simple technique required. My fellow walkers come from different backgrounds and are of varying heights, ages and fitness levels. However, all are unanimous in their praise of Nordic Walking. As we sit and chat over a cup of coffee at the end of the session, they tell me about the transformational effect walking has had on their lives, from aiding recovery after a hip operation to helping with weight loss.

Walking the Nordic Way Nordic Walking originally began as a summer training regime for cross-country skiers. In order to walk the Nordic way, you use poles that engage your arms and upper body, propelling you forward. This removes pressure from the knees, making you feel much lighter on your feet; that’s the reason why Nordic Walking is often taken up by people who have undergone a hip replacement operation. It’s recommended that you learn the technique required from a qualified instructor, and you can find lists at either (call 01392 956 856) or (call 01446 773

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876). Classes range from gentle walks for people with health concerns to workout walks designed to improve fitness, encourage weight loss and tone the body. Most instructors will provide the poles required; other than that, all you need is good walking shoes and appropriate, weatherproof clothing. Why walking is good for health However, if you’re not keen on striding out with the help of poles, a reasonably brisk conventional walk can do you almost as much good. The UK Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines on physical activity recommend that adults participate in 150 minutes of “moderate intensity, aerobic, physical activity” every week, which breaks down to thirty minutes of exercise per day, five days per week. If every person in the UK followed the CMO’s recommendations, it would save 37,000 lives each year and lead to around 300,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes. The health benefits are even greater for heart patients. Research carried out by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California discovered that brisk walking was more effective than running in reducing the risk of heart disease. What’s more, the benefits of walking aren’t limited to physical health. The mental health charity “Mind” claims that countryside walks can raise self-esteem and reduce depression, and most doctors agree that exercise can improve sleep patterns. Although thirty minutes is the ideal length of time for a daily walk, Dr I-Min Lee, a professor at Harvard Medical School, suggests starting with three ten minute walks each day, then building up to the full 30 minutes when you feel more confident. The right way to walk It’s vital to maintain a good posture when you walk, so tighten your stomach muscles and keep your spine straight, with shoulders relaxed and your chin parallel to the ground, trying not to lean too far forward or too far back. Let your arms swing naturally and use the whole of your foot as you walk, rolling from heel to toe. Good shoes will improve stability and allow your feet to bend naturally: they should be made of waterproof material, with a thick heel (to absorb the shock as your heel contacts the ground) and flexible soles. Also look out for an Achilles notch: a little dip cut into the back, designed to relieve stress on the Achilles tendon. Walkers should always be aware of any potential hazards in their path, but don’t be tempted to look down at your feet, as this will alter the alignment

of your spine. Casting your gaze just a few feet ahead allows you to keep your head upright whilst still looking out for trip hazards or muddy puddles. Although figures released by the RAC Foundation suggest that pedestrian casualties on our roads are reducing year on year, it is sensible to take precautions if part of your walking route includes a public highway. The Highway Code advises walkers to keep to the right-hand side of the road so they can see oncoming traffic, but to temporarily cross over before a sharp right-hand bend in order to remain visible to traffic. Wearing high visibility clothing or reflective materials at night or in murky conditions will also help car drivers see you. Back at home, after my first Nordic walking session, I’m aware that my body has had a thorough workout and I look forward to soaking in a hot bath as a reward for all that exercise. Next time I see a runner I won’t feel my usual pang of guilt that I’m not out there as well, with my heart racing and my feet pounding the tarmac. I’ve found my ideal form of exercise, and it’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.


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June 2017 has been nothing if not eventful. The early part of the month was dominated by the General Election. During this period the property market slowed a little and there was an air of indecision. Shortly afterwards the Bank of England interest rate review surprised many as, though the rate wasn’t raised, 3 of the 8 members of the committee voted for an increase, the closest vote since 2011 and seen by many as a sign the rate is likely to increase soon. There are still many good mortgage deals available, however there is also an ongoing tightening of requirements before lending is agreed and that is making it increasingly difficult for buyers to secure funds. That snippet of news may understandably have passed you by though.

The market remained steady with the usual volume of enquiries until the heatwave of mid June began to melt us. Tempers frayed and thoughts of moving home evaporated, replaced by an urgent need for fans, ice cold drinks and sleep. We had several families moving and really felt for them. It is one thing to sit in an office and feel uncomfortable, quite another to have to pack, transport and unpack all your belongings in that heat. Its always easier to move on a dry day than in torrential rain, which faced those who moved the following week, but that is little comfort when you are in the middle of the process.

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The British obsession with the weather, and the fact that we are rarely happy with whatever the forces of nature throw at us, is a part of our national DNA. By the third day we appear to have had enough and many retreated to the cool of indoors. This was the point at which our enquiry levels began to rise as quickly as the mercury. We are guessing that many browse the internet in the coolest part of their home and it was also noticeable that we had many very late evening and early morning enquiries from people struggling to sleep. June was ultimately a busy month both in terms of news and sales. The market has been steady for most of the year but became very active indeed from the middle of June onwards resulting in a very high number of sales agreed. The period of indecision seems to have come to an end. People are now ready to get on with their lives and move on whatever happens. To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915


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your size and type of pond and that it can be used safely where wildlife or your pond fish are living. The much-loved method of using barley straw to clear algae in ponds does work, but it is essential that you have straw taken from barley and no other cereal crop. If you can get hold of this, cram some of it into something like an old pair of tights and submerge in the water by weighing them down with several bricks. Alternatively, you can buy pads of barley straw, in some instances mixed with lavender stalks, and these will help to do the job for you. Visit Pippa’s website for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths August is holiday time! The sun is usually out and it is a whole lot warmer than most of the rest of the year. For a photographer, there is only one minor problem with summer – sunrise is really early, and sunset is quite late. And so, any pictures that you take at those times may mean an element of sacrifice – of sleep or of an evening at home. But it is often worthwhile – and this picture shows some beach huts glowing in the early morning sunshine. I took it at about 5:50 one morning in August last year; an early start but justified by the joy of the glorious light. You can see the colours of the huts on their sides – but the sunlight makes their backs pretty similar – all showing a golden shine, reflecting the colour of the sunlight. At this time of day, down on the beach just beyond these huts, there are only a few dog walkers, but over the next few hours, the beach and the coastal path fills up with people going to work, or


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more for you to be looking at. I have also included a lot of the sky above the huts. The proportions seem right to me – what do you reckon? Could I have cut off a bit more from the top, giving greater emphasis to the huts? And a summer day at the beach can’t end without a pleasant glass of chilled wine. This isn’t a great picture – not one that is going to be shown off in exhibitions or competitions. But, wow, do I get a great memory hit when I look at it! It hadn’t been a busy day, although I had been working and writing, but come 6 p.m. I reckoned it was time to relax even further and to go down to the beach with this glass for a quiet sit and read in the sunshine. competitions, but it is interesting and does tell a story. I was at a small country church on the South Downs and wandered around the church yard, looking at the graves. (I’m always hoping to find some odd or very old inscription – so far no luck however). This church yard had clearly seen better days … at the edge there was an old flint wall that was being pushed aside by the vegetation, and some of the gravestones were clearly being moved as well. I liked this sight of an old tree (which seemed older than the grave stone) that was doing just that. The stones were stuck between the wall and the tree – and yet you can still read the date – 1896.

However, there are some features about the picture that are worth pointing out. The sky isn’t a uniform blue, but the wispy clouds take up some of the space and make it more interesting: if there hadn’t been any clouds I might have had to crop a lot of the sky away, and then the rest of the picture would look unbalanced. The top of the glass is in the sea (as it were) and is almost supporting the sky on its rim. The wooden fence post is huge in the foreground, giving you something interesting to look at there and to anchor your thoughts near the wine!

When I took the photo, there was a lot of choice to be made as to how it could be composed. I chose to focus on the three main components – the grave, the tree and the wall – and to attempt to reduce any other clutter that would take your attention away from these. Part of that choosing was done at the time, and partly at my computer when I cropped it to this size and shape. But the real point of the picture is the story of a person’s last resting place next to an old flint wall, being pushed aside by the strong force of Mother Nature. Again, a picture that brings back memories, not just one that looks nice. The Malden Camera Club meets on Thursday evenings at the Library in Kingston Road. We are a friendly group, and love our photography. Come along one evening. You will be very welcome!

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Logos 1. The logo of the film studio Dreamworks features a boy sitting on a crescent moon doing what activity? 2. Best known for its sportswear, which Italian clothing company has a logo that features the silhouettes of a man and woman sitting back to back against each other? 3. Featuring on its logo, in what year was the company Guinness founded? 4. A new lion logo for what was unveiled in February 2016, with many people saying that it resembled Mufasa from The Lion King? 5. What type of animal is used as the logo of Bacardi? 6. The logo for the beer brand McEwan’s was based on which famous painting by Frans Hals? 7. How many dots in total feature on the domino that is used for the logo of Domino’s Pizza? 8. In 2011, Iran threatened to boycott the 2012 London Olympics, saying the logo was racist as it spelt out a biblical name used to refer to the city of Jerusalem. What is this name? 9. Which famous company has a logo featuring a twin-tailed siren, and caused controversy in 2006 when briefly reintroducing the original version of the logo where the siren’s breasts were visible? 10. Which famous person from history was depicted sitting under an apple tree on the very first logo of the company Apple?

The Life List Hey, You’re a Novelist! When some people find out you write novels it can make them more than curious. Here are comments writers routinely face...and some creative responses! 1. How much money have you made? “Tell me what you earn first.” “Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime, so I’m ahead on volume.” 2. It must be great not having to work for a living. “True. I sit in coffee shops all day, using their wifi to read my reviews.” “Yes, luckily the faeries write my books for me.” 3. I’ve got some great ideas you could buy.


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Support for mums Life as a new mum can be very daunting as many of us can relate to. Lack of sleep, constant feed and change demands but also the emotional aspect of becoming a mum can be the biggest challenge of all. This is when those valuable mum friends play such a vital role. Motherhood can be isolating which is a common trigger for Post Natal Depression therefore making those connections with other mums that are going through the same life changes as you is vital. MUSH is a free app which makes those vital connections with other mums in your area. Simply download the app and you enter a profile about yourself and you can organise meet ups with other mums with babies or children the same age as yours.

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Clubs In the Mix Sing every day – and especially on Tuesdays! My name is Sheila Daniels; I am a local singer and vocal coach. Five years ago I launched “In the Mix” singing group in Cheam and from 4th July, 2017 we will be running our Tuesday afternoon sessions at our new home, the Wesley Hall at Christchurch with St Philip in Worcester Park (see our listing in the Clubs section for more info). I have spent many years singing with a band at weddings and events and my repertoire covers many well known songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, so I thought it would be fun to sing these songs with others who loved them as much as I did – in a relaxed setting without pressure, expectation or commitment. I decided to set up the group back in 2012 because I felt there must be people who would like to sing together socially without having to join a choir or amateur dramatics group, but instead something more like a traditional sing along.

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Established in 2012 in Cheam – join us in our new home at Wesley Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip Church, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. Every Tuesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm. First session 4th July, 2017. A relaxed weekly sing- along and social with local pro singer/ vocal coach Sheila Daniels with pianist. No booking required, no commitment, no talent needed! Together we sing a new selection of songs every week, mostly from the 1920s through to the 1970s, covering jazz, swing, Rat Pack, Rock & Roll, Hollywood and West End musicals, big bands, pop and more! £6.50 on the door plus tea/coffee and home-made cakes. For more info contact Sheila 07868 039 514 or visit

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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

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.

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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


Vegan Group - monthly bring and share buffet,. every second Tuesday. 7.30pm until 9.30 in Room 1,Christchurch with St Philip, corner of Ruskin Drive, WP. For vegans and anyone interested in learning more about veganism. Conquest Art Group inspires people living with disability or long term health issue to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. Our art group meets every Tuesday at St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Anyone over 18 is welcome, all art materials and refreshments are provided. If you would like to come along and give us a try, please contact Carole on 020 8786 8534.

The Worcester Park Dramatic Society is a local amateur drama group of long standing. We stage two major productions a year at the Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet every Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the Sainsbury’s site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals and set construction, we have quiz nights and various social events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions, anyone willing to act or work backstage. membership secretary, Joyce Cranfield, on 020 8337 3317.

“Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired, meeting on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but donations invited. Occasional speakers. Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298

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 10am -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. Lorna on 020 8337 4121


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 ! Jo Hamilton on 020 8786 3444. The Probus Club of Ewell Coming up to retirement? Just retired? Looking to make new friends? Why not join the Probus Club of Ewell? Since it was founded over 40 years ago, the Probus Club of Ewell has been attracting businessmen from Worcester Park and its surrounding areas with a broad range of professional and business backgrounds. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at The Chalk Lane Hotel, Epsom 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 addition to two Ladies Lunches during the year, there is an active social programme for members and their partners with visits to places of interest and West End Shows. 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


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! Aug 10th, Sept 14th, Oct12th 1.30 - 3.30pm St John’s Church Hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh, Epsom, KT19 0QZ (next to Stoneleigh Station on the West Side) Entrance: £3 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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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. 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 that meets at 8-30pm every Thursday at Worcester Park Athlete Club, Green Lane, Worcester Park. The club was founded in 1936 and currently has a membership of 70. We cater for riders of all ages whether they are novices or experienced and our oldest rider is 84 years old who is still racing and holds several national age related records. 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


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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. Jean Gathercole on 020 8642 9649 The Worcester Park Hello Club launched last November and is welcoming new members! We meet every Thursday morning from 10am – 12 noon. The club is aimed at anyone who would like to come and join in with board games, quizzes, cards, occasional craft sessions - or just to have a chat and a coffee. Adults of any age are welcome to come and get to know each other. The main aims of the club are: • To meet new people and build friendships • To become involved with the local community • To access activities, information and advice The club is very friendly and informal. Every month there will be a member of staff attending from the SCILL Information & Advice Service – they have information on most topics for all your needs and will be pleased to assist you.

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The drop in club was set up by Sutton Vision, Christ Church with St Philip and SCILL , working together in partnership. We are fortunate to be provided with a welcoming and comfortable venue at the Christ Church with St Philip Community Hall. There are accessible toilets on site. There is a small charge for coffee and tea at the church café. SCILL 020 8770 4065 Sutton Vision 020 8409 7166 Christ Church with St Philip 020 8330 7630

New Malden Women’s Institute Shiraz Mirza Hall, Manor Park Hall, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AV. 2nd Thurs of each month at 7.30pm Barbara 0208 546 1495 or twocavs@


Quest a meeting place for people with physical disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for the members and allow the carers to have a regular break. Annual subscription. and £2.50 for lunch. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker. Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m

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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. The Association of Surrey Bookbinders - we meet on Friday mornings in the Scout Hut in Dell Lane, Stoneleigh 020 8330 2306


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Auriol Bowling Club Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to Sept with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. David Regan 020 8337 8919 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

Social Dancing with Glitters at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village. 8.30 - 11 pm. Over 18s. Entrance fee £8. All standards of dancing. Future dance dates: Friday 4th Aug Ring David for information: 07903 314276

National Trust - Epsom, Ewell and District Supporters Group Formed in 1971, we run a varied programme of social eventswhich includes Evening Lectures at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from Oct. to June, Coach Outings which visit historichouses and gardens(not necessarily N.T.),Guided London Walks, and other trips to London e.g.The Magic Circle, The Royal Opera House (backstage tour).Other special events include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch. Newsletters are produced four times a year.If you would like more information please visit our website: or telephone Paul on 020 87158486 Malden Manor Bowls Club, Manor Park, Malden Road. New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, league matches, internal and external competitions; we offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Men’s Secretary Gerald 020 8949 4623 or Ladies Secretary 020 8394 0877.

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams This month, having not had a lot of time to devote to this article, I am shamelessly cribbing from my latest Woodland Trust magazine (‘Broadleaf’). The piece that has grabbed my attention is about Knepp, in West Sussex, described as ‘a 1,400 hectare estate with barely a single fence, left almost entirely at the whims of nature’. I love it already - and want to visit it. Leaving land entirely to the whims of nature is exactly what we should be doing, as wildlife lovers and environmentalists - minimal ‘management’ ( aka interference). Nature has this amazing capacity to bounce back from any destructive force, be it of human agency or some violent storm, and our role needs to be a much more ‘wait and see what comes’ philosophy. I am only in favour of intervention when what has gone drastically wrong is entirely down to former human interference that was detrimental to the ecosystem and in need of repair and rejuvenation. The interesting article about Knepp, by Elisabeth Garton, informs us that the mastermind behind Knepp is Sir Charles Burrell. He has this to say “ I spent two decades farming intensively but losing money, so in 2000 we decided to try something new. Instead of seeking to tame the land and bend it to our will, we set it free - with astonishing results”. The Burrells have, apparently, been on this land for 220 years. Mike Townsend of The Woodland Trust,said: ‘ conventional methods are much more deterministic. We identify a certain precious species that has declined or disappeared, then manage like mad to encourage it. But that brings limitations. It means we are constantly intervening, often to right our own wrongs. He says that the buzzword ‘rewilding’ has become contentious because it is linked to the idea of reintroducing carnivores such as wolves and lynx. But really it’s just about creating truly wild places in the UK - a nation which barely has any. This new philosophy is disarmingly simple: work with nature but let it find its own path.” This is all music to my ears, as a great advocate of leaving Nature alone to be its abundant, chaotic and beautiful self.


I read that the Woodland Trust already practices its own ‘hands off’ approach at Glen Fiddas in the Trossachs. We need more ‘do nothing, wait and watch’ conservation philosophy. At Knepp, it has worked spectacularly. By 2012 the estate had 34 singing male nightingales, whereas none at all were recorded only 10 years earlier - turtle doves ( endangered) and lapwings are back too. This place also now boasts the largest breeding colony of the purple emperor butterfly, which needs a goat willow and grey willow hybrid called ‘sallow’ The estate has a herd of free ranging tamworth pigs who keep this habitat good for the butterflies - the plants they need cannot normally compete against the grasses but the rooting pigs create the right conditions for the seeds to fall into wet areas and germinate. The article goes on to tell us: “ Back when Britain was wilderness, wild ponies, deer, boar and cattle roamed her hills, keeping vegetation in check and leaving a wash of wildlife in their wake. The law forbids reintroducing wild boar to unfenced land, so Charlie has made do with Tamworth pigs. But his other grazers - Exmoor ponies and Old English longhorns are as faithful to the old breeds as he could find.” The Woodland Trust has sent its own team of experts to tour Knepp and is hoping to use the lessons there to inform strategy at Hucking in Kent, which it has recently purchased. They believe that rare birds like corn bunting and tree pipit could return there if Nature is left to its own devices. Reading all of this, I could not help imagining sanctuaries for rescued farmed animals being run like this - with few fences and animals roaming at will to graze - encouraging wildlife whilst giving free range homes to donkeys, ponies, goats, sheep, cows, pigs and hens - a merger of good conservation with animal rights. Hopefully it would be possible to make money out of visitors coming to see the animals and enjoy the wildlife, and not, as now, be breeding animals just to kill them for meat - a practice that sits very badly with my ideas of kindness and respect. Knepp runs safari tours, which are popular, so I live in hope that, in the future, conservation grazers will not have to pay for their keep by having their lives taken from them in their youth or their prime, as part of some massive industry, but will be more like pets - treated as individuals and known and loved for

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who they are, having the status of fellow workers for Nature conservation, living out their full lifespan on the land they help manage. Farms where animals are a commodity to kill for meat or to use for milk or eggs do not feature in my vision of the landscape of the future - a much wilder place, where human beings co-operate with Nature and do not continually compete with it for space, but imaginatively create ways for people to live in harmony with Nature so that all life benefits. How we get there, I do not know - I simply envision it and hope for it every day. I do know that all of us make a difference. Everything we decide to do makes a difference - we just need to make sure we try to make a good difference, not a bad one. The philosophy of ‘ahimsa’ - do no harm- can’t really be bettered as an ideal for human living, in my opinion.

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Parkin' some thoughts Stress Hound by Nick Hazell Stress is not a friend to Mr Parkinson. One of the strange side effects of the condition is that stress and stressful situations can be magnified. Tremors become worse, muscles become tighter and thoughts even more jumbled. On reflection, one of the first signs that all was not well at the operations centre of Hazell’s Brain HQ was the occurrence of an uncontrollable shaking induced by a negotiation meeting opposite some loud and fairly obnoxious US investors. I thought this was down to little more than an excess of caffeine or my annoyance that the opposition were so thoroughly gittish. However, it turned out that the resultant scattering of coffee over my carefully prepared notes was caused by a full on, stress induced Parky shake fest. Mindful of this limitation I have since deployed a number of strategies designed to bring some calm to my daily existence. A change in job responsibilities, exercise, yoga, gardening, meditation, deep breathing (of a legal nature) and a realisation that there really are some things you can’t control, have all contributed to the experiencing of a near zen-like, or at least less agitated state. Then we got a dog… For years, the female contingent of the Hazell family petitioned for the addition of a canine supplement to the household. For just as long, I resisted. I didn’t do pets. A childhood memory of my brother cleaning out our fish tank with washing up liquid with the fish still in it had taken its mental toll. My diagnosis though led to a more cavalier attitude. What was there to worry about? Learned academics had even produced studies showing that interactions with animals can decrease stress in humans. Apparently, playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. The problem with these studies though was that they clearly didn’t have Dudley the Miniature Schnauzer within their sample set. When he arrived about 18 months ago satisfying my child friendly, small, non-moulting criteria, he


seemed the perfect pooch. I soon realised that perhaps the best way to select your breed may not have been by seeing one that looked well behaved in a pub. Don’t get me wrong. In many ways he is quite a likeable mutt... as long as you’re not the postman, a courier, anyone that comes to the door, a runner, a walker or come to think of it, anyone who hasn’t passed a Schnauzer devised people quality check for which only he knows the criteria. It seems that his mantra for stress relief is that if you can’t play with it, eat it or wee on it, the only thing left to do is bark at it... a lot. This is causing some difficulties for the team of builders currently engaged at Hazell Towers. When they arrive, the entire street knows about it as Dudley greets their trespass upon his territory with a medley of growls, yaps, howls and yodeling and attempts to burrow through our wood floor to reach their ankles. After the exchange of what is undoubtedly enough bad language in Polish to make a respectable man blush, there ensues a sort of stand-off with the Dog barking from the garden and the builders ill-advisedly taunting him from the safety of their scaffolding. I fear they may not have read page 2 of the schedule of works headed, “ground floor”. Dudley’s contributions to daily living have therefore occasionally supplemented rather than reduced my cortisol levels. However, I don’t think we’d give him back, even if we had kept the receipt. He may be as mad as and often resembling a brush, but he’s now part of the family. A sort of hairy, fish breathed, crotchety relative, but family all the same. He even has his own Instagram account for goodness sake. The thing is, there’s so much stress in our daily lives it’s sometimes hard to retain perspective, particularly in my case during the early morning ritual of attempting to retrieve the missing sock from the Dog’s mouth before my medication has fired up. So, every time I walk back up the garden with my wet and slightly chewed sock in hand, muttering some newly acquired phrases in Polish, I try to keep a positive attitude and remember that some things are just not worth the worry. After all, worrying is only like spending time in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

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


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


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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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