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Returning to work after the festivities on a chilly grey January morning is always tough, especially when you are aware of people who have sensibly tacked on an extra week to their break to go somewhere exotic. This year we have been struck by the number of those that have found themselves either roasting in Australia or sheltering from the icy blasts in the States. When you plan a dream holiday you don’t hope for those extremes of weather! Normally it’s quite difficult to get hold of travellers but we have noticed very quick responses to our early January emails as people take shelter indoors from the temperatures outside. That has certainly accelerated replies and enabled January to get off to a flying start for both our sales and lettings teams.

There is no doubt that technology, and especially the internet, has transformed the way that we all interact. We can now contact people quickly almost wherever they are by email or phone but it is surprising how much you miss if you can’t also either hear their tone of voice or see the look on their face. Even simple words like ‘yes’ or ‘no’ can be said in so many different ways. In Estate Agency that’s hugely important.


Our role is to talk to people and find out what they really want. We need to understand the must have as well as the nice to have on the wish list and consider not only what a person wants now but anticipate how a home might work for them longer term when their requirements will probably have changed.

The little speakers that answer your queries, and manage reminders, are cropping up in homes across the country and were a very common family present. Alexa and Google reportedly had a very good Christmas. We have found them to be great little gadgets but you do need to phrase your question carefully. There is a tendency for them to reply with a polite admission that they can’t yet access that information or to give a response that doesn’t really answer the query. A minor frustration which demonstrates that complex ideas cannot yet be solved with technology. We think it will be a while before you can call across your kitchen “Hey Google/Alexa, find me my ideal home” and receive a sensible suggestion.

The traditional role of the Estate Agent is that of matching service. It’s often the case that, though people go to lengths to draw up a list of requirements for their ideal house, many forget that what they are really looking for is somewhere to call home, and a home is quite a different thing to a collection of bricks, mortar and features.

As a long established local agent we have a very in depth knowledge of the area which can be as essential as knowing the features of a property. We know what is on the market at the moment and the properties that are likely to come to market in the next few months. That way we can, and often do, find people the home they didn’t realise they were looking for. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, let or rent a home in 2018 we are ready to talk, understand and help you. To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915


February Contents History by David Rymill Exploring the Fullbrooks Estate 6 Ruth Jemmett Writes Looking To The Future 9 View from the City 12 New Victoria Hospital’s Sports Injury Clinics 14 Perfect Pancakes 16 Codeword 18 What’s On 20 Quiz 22 Sudokus 26 Voice for Wildlife 28 Gardening Time to Get Pruning 30 Tunes’n’Tea 32 Clubs 34 Recipe - Spiced bean and carrot patties 40 Parkin’ some thoughts 42 Kids Play 44 Solutions 46

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Welcome to Your Worcester Park Life Congratulations to all of you who have successfully completed Dry January, or who have yet to break their New Years’ resolutions. My decluttering is continuing at a slow yet steady pace, and each week more treasures are excavated and corners re-appear. Bathroom drawer re-organisation for me today. Bliss! February of course is the month associated with romance and roses, but in our house it’s all about the rugby. Yes, the Six Nations starts on the 3rd and weekends will be punctuated by afternoons shouting at the TV! Anyway, remember that Worcester Park Life is YOUR magazine so if you are helping to organise an event in 2018 and would like some FREE publicity then please do email details. Likewise if you are part of an organisation that could benefit from attracting new local members next year then why not send in an article. You may or not know that in order to deliver the magazine to most of Worcester Park, we split the distribution over a two month period. So if you have had this edition delivered you probably won’t get the January one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, the libraries, Manor Drive surgery, St Marys and also Christ Church with St Philip but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website. Until next time, best wishes,

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

Exploring the Fullbrooks Estate Local estate agents often advertise houses as having been built by Lavender and Farrell, who developed the area around The Manor Drive and much of Cheam Common around Farm Way and Colborne Way. We hear less about the developers responsible, from 1929 onwards, for the ‘Fullbrooks Estate’ in Old Malden, comprising much of Avondale Avenue, Fullbrooks Avenue and Perry How, and parts of The Glebe and Forest Side, so I thought it was time to feature their story. The estate occupies part of the land amassed in the 19th century by the Weeding family, whose mansion known as Fullbrooks stood in the area between Avondale Avenue, Perry How and Manor Way. Mike Jackson describes the leading role of his father and uncle, George Ellis Jackson and Henry Tennick Jackson, in the development of the estate: George “finished as an engineering apprentice in, I think, 1921; engineering was on a downside, so my grandfather set him up in business as an estate agent in Barnes, and they built a large block of flats called Seaforth Lodge in that area. Dad was the developer, the administrator or the surveyor, and my uncle was the builder. They formed a company, H & G Jackson Ltd, to purchase land and develop properties, and in about 1928 they purchased part of the grounds of Fullbrooks. They had a small caravan parked opposite Plough Green, and used that as a base.” Whilst the majority of plots were sold to other builders, many of whom appear to have been friends of the Jacksons from Barnes, some houses were built directly by the Jacksons, either on speculation or specifically tailored to the buyers’ wishes: “Father used to sit down with the clients who would choose their plot, and then they’d go through these photographs, and say ‘We’ve built this house, do you want something like that, or how do you want it? Tell us how you would like it done and we can do it’.” The photographs, including the interior views reproduced here, show the features available inside and out, such as Tudor-style chimneys and beamed reception rooms (I don’t know exactly which houses these two photographs show). The Jackson family came from Wakefield, and they


turned to a Wakefield firm of architects, Kay and Lunan, to draw up plans for the layout of the estate in 1929, and for some of the houses in Avondale Avenue, Perry How and Fullbrooks Avenue. Some other family members appear to have been involved, either actively or nominally: the purchase of the estate from the Weeding family in 1928 was recorded in the names of George and Henry’s uncle, George Eli Jackson, and two other gentlemen, and many of the building plans were submitted in the name of George Eli’s son Mark Trevor Jackson. The family had come a long way from their Wakefield origins: in 1891 George and Henry’s father, Samuel Ellis Jackson, was a 14-year-old mill hand, his father was a dyer’s labourer and an elder brother was a railway engine cleaner. Samuel went on to be Mayor of Barnes, but their West Riding links must have been important to them: George Ellis named his house Alverthorpe after the village outside Wakefield where his father and uncle had lived as children (and George Eli gave his address as Alverthorpe Hall in 1929); I wonder if Avondale Avenue was named after Avondale Street in Wakefield, although so far I have not found a direct connection. In Avondale Avenue, Fullbrooks Avenue and Perry How, there were two phases of development, with several builders active in each road. The first plans were submitted in 1929, and houses completed between 1930 and 1934, by M T Jackson, E A Broughton of Barnes, and E H Wale Ltd, also of Barnes; G Moorhouse and Co. of Stanhope House, Park Lane, who were also involved, may also have had links to the Jacksons, as George Eli was using that address in 1936. A third Barnes firm, Ives Bros, built about half the houses in Fullbrooks Avenue, mainly in the portion nearer Malden Road, in 1930-35, and completed the pre-war houses in The Glebe in 1934. There was a lull in development for nearly three years; the second

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phase, between 1937 and 1939, saw R G Streeton, W F Blake and H M Betts building in Avondale Avenue and/or Fullbrooks Avenue. In Forest Side, the western end was built by Jackson, Moorhouse and Wale between 1930 and 1933. Most of the road, however, (1-39 odds and 2-26 evens) was the work of LFA Ltd, apparently a partnership between Lavender and Farrell, and R Alderson, a builder from Cheam Common. The Fullbrooks Estate houses differ from the Lavender and Farrell style. For instance, 41-47 and 28-40 Forest Side have recessed entrance halls, quarter-pyramid porches, and a variety of prominent landing windows, while 30-34 Avondale Avenue display decorative courses of toothed brickwork continuing around the bay windows. Low brick front walls inset with render panels are a feature of this estate, also found in part of Fullbrooks Avenue where large porches supported on brick pillars include side windows to the front rooms, at nos.

20-26. At 1-21 Fullbrooks Avenue, the front-facing staircase bay windows reveal a variation on the usual semis layout, and the garden walls echo the herringbone brick panels flanking the front doors. Why not have a look next time you are walking past? You don’t need to live in a place like Bath to be able to enjoy architectural details around you. I’d be interested to hear from any readers who may have memories of life in the Fullbrooks Estate in its early years, or who have title deeds which could provide clues to the rather complex story of the division of the estate between the various builders. If emailing, please look out for the combination of a double letter l followed by a figure 1 in my email address. David.Rymill (020) 8330 6563

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Ruth Jemmett Writes The Month Of Love And Lupercalia By Ruth Jemmett

The chaos of Christmas now seems like a distant memory. At last the gardens in suburbia are stirring into life, despite the chill in the air. Seeing the heads of the snowdrops struggling up into the light gives one an uplifting feeling. Most of my daffodil bulbs are coming up, despite the efforts of the squirrels to use them as playthings. (See pic of one of the culprits!) After my Autumn planting I had a few bulbs left over, and put them in the greenhouse. Over the past few weeks I have noticed that some of them looked a little ravaged, and compost in the flower pots had been disturbed. I realised that a mouse must be in residence. I hadn’t actually seen him until recently, and then, the other day, he jumped across in front of me while I was doing some potting. There is now a humane trap waiting for him! I don’t like killing animals, so the trap will have the lure of a biscuit, and little Micky can then be ejected as far away from the house as possible! Many years ago my husband read somewhere that if a mouse isn’t taken at least two miles away from your house, it will find its way back - so Mr Jemmett took it for a ride to Nonsuch Park, which I think was taking things a little too far! Red and yellow hellebores are in full bloom in our garden, giving us the first splash of Spring colour, and I even have a hebe blossom out. Things are definitely looking up!

the cake tin at that time! The day before the beginning of Lent is Shrove Tuesday, when traditionally, foodstuffs that might prove a temptation to those wishing to deprive themselves of food as a penance, use up things like eggs and milk. I am a bit of a coward when it comes to tossing pancakes. I tend to slice them and turn them with a spatula. Too many memories of messy hobs and floors! Romantics of course look forward to 14th of the month, hoping that they will receive a Valentine’s Card. The date is the eve of an ancient Roman festival of fertility, called Lupercalia. It is a day that is traditionally thought to be a time when birds choose their mates. The famous diarist, Samuel Pepys complained that the day incurred a lot of expense for him. I wonder if Mrs Pepys was aware of this?! Valentine Cards only started appearing in the

February is the shortest month of the year, and at last we can see days lengthening. The Anglo Saxons called this month Solmonath, meaning “cake month”, as cakes were baked, and were presented to the gods, with other offerings. In our house every month seems to be Solmonath, as our weighing scales will bear witness to! This is the month of Lent, which commences on 14th February, so we will have to back off from To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915


19th Century. During that period the poet Thomas Hood wrote the words: “Oh! If it be to choose and call thee mine - Love, though art every day my Valentine!”. I am particularly fond of Thomas Hood, as he wrote the poem “Ruth”, and my parents named me after it. I have always liked the name, as there aren’t too many of us about! Love comes in all sorts of guises, ranging from warm friendship to a grand passion. Some people shy away from personal connections altogether, in case they get hurt. How sad for them, as to know love, and give love is what life is truly about. On the 15th February in 1971 decimalisation was introduced into to this country. Younger people took to the system quite easily, but older people still yearned for the familiarity of a ‘tanner’, a threepenny bit or a farthing. You would have thought that by now the conversion would have been complete, but shoppers are still confused by some things being sold in sterling, and measurements on clothing etc. throwing in such things as a ‘32 inch leg leg’. I will soon have to replace my net curtains, and will automatically seek out my tape measure with inches on it! On the 19th February we commemorate the day in 1897, when The Women’s Institute came into existence. Althought it seems to epitomise Britishness, the organisation began its life in Canada. It was initially affiliated with The Farmers’ Institute in that country. A lady called Adelaide Hoodless was instrumental in its founding, and campaigned for the the education of rural women in domestic matters. In recent years in this country, its image was somewhat updated, when members of the Yorkshire branch of the organisation posed for a cheeky calendar, the profits of which went to a good cause! It’s all a long way from ’Jam and Jerusalem’! Unfortunately, leafy Salisbury recently had a burglary. It was a wake-up call to all of us, and a reminder that one can never be too fussy about security. Several years ago the police caught two young offenders in this area. One carried a list of all the residents who had dogs, and the other boy had a list showing who had burglar alarms. Although some burglars are merely chancers who see an open door or window, some of them take


note of the comings and goings in an area well before their crime is committed. Apparently many burglars will have visited your home beforehand, trying to sell goods at the door, or finding an excuse to enter your property. Always try and get trades-people from places like Checkatrade. 60% of break-ins are not done at the front of the property, so install security lights and alarms to give yourselves peace of mind. Remember that this month only has twenty-eight days in it, which won’t make it a Leap Year. You have plenty of time to endear yourself to your beloved before you pop the question! We all try not to be cynical about love, but perhaps Dorothy Parker was being a realist when she said: “By the time you swear you’re his Shivering and sighing And he vows his passion is infinite - undying Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying!” I hope you get a Valentine Card anyway! Ruth Jemmett is a Member of The Society of Authors


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some common sense suggestions that could prompt you to get some proper financial advice and not be scrabbling around for a present on 13 February. So here’s our starter for seven: 1. Income tax allowance It was some time ago that the government extended some of the marriage allowance benefits beyond those born before 1935, but some still have yet to take up their chance. These let you transfer up to £1,150 of your personal income tax allowance to your spouse if they earn more than you do. This could mean that you could reduce your spouse’s tax bill by £230 in the 2017/18 tax year and you can even backdate a claim to April 2015. Please do note though that there’s some attendant small print to digest. 2. Partner’s pension pots This is useful if your spouse doesn’t earn anything, and if you have used up your own pension allowances. And if you’re already retired, with proper professional advice, you may even be able to transfer money into a spouse’s pension fund, without paying tax, to benefit from any of their unused tax allowances. Caveats as always apply.

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3.Capital gains tax If you’ve used up your own allowance of £11,300, there could be an occasion where you can benefit from gifting investments to your spouse if you as a couple want to benefit from their disposal. Yet again rules apply, but it could be worth finding out more.

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• 300ml milk (or milk and water mixed) • Sunflower oil or unsalted butter, for frying 1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the salt and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and beat with a balloon whisk, gradually drawing in some of the flour. 2. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking all the time and drawing in the rest of the flour, until you have a smooth batter which is about the consistency of single cream. 3. Stand the batter for about 30 minutes to allow the starch grains in the flour to soften and expand –this will give a lighter pancake. If the batter has thickened slightly then just whisk in a splash of milk. 4. Heat a little sunflower oil or a knob of butter in a non-stick shallow frying pan (about 20cm diameter)until almost smoking then quickly ladle in enough of the batter to thinly cover the base of the pan, swirling the pan to give an even layer. 5. Cook for 1-2 minutes until small air bubbles appear in the pancake then flip it over and cook for a further minute until golden. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, serving the pancakes as they are cooked or interleaving with baking paper and keeping warm in a low oven.


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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

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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 www.

Epsom Charity Book Fair

15th – 17th February 2018 At Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February – 10am-8pm, Saturday 17th February 10am-4pm Entrance 50p (children and students free) Epsom’s hugely popular Annual Charity Book Fair is now 17 years old! The event has grown from relatively small beginnings in 2002 to become a massive annual event attracting visitors from throughout the southeast and beyond. This year’s Fair will take place from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th February, from 10am to 8pm (ending at 4pm on Saturday). Entrance is just 50p (students and children free). Many thousands of quality books at bargain prices will be on offer. The vast range includes children’s books, antiquarian, out-of-print, fiction and non-fiction, plus CDs, DVDs and records. Delicious refreshments and light lunches are available from our new Roots Coffee Shop. Proceeds from this year’s Fair will benefit a variety of national and local charities, including Action for Children, The Rainbow Trust, Epsom Food Bank, Hope4Malawi, Epsom Food Bank, scouting and guiding in Epsom and the work of Epsom Methodist Church. Last year’s Book Fair raised over £36,000 and this year promises to be even bigger and better!


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Voodoo Room - Music of Hendrix & Cream Friday 2nd February Paying tribute to both Hendrix & Cream - Voodoo Room are a stunning classic power trio, featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians. They perform an incredible high energy show, delivered in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. Jonathan Pie - Work in Progress Tuesday 6th February Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in early 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell out tour ending at The London Palladium, A show that was described as “electrifying” CHORTLE, “Blistering” Evening standard and ‘desperately misjudged’ The Times. The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaionously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos. Jim Davidson - On The Road Again Thursday 8th February The people’s favourite comedian takes to ‘The Road Again’ with a brand-new show which promises to be the antidote to this ‘PC’ world we now live in. Guaranteed to be outrageous and as truthful as ever James Phelan - Trickster Friday 9th February James Phelan presents his unique magical prank show that is both jaw-dropping and laugh out loud funny. A night of light entertainment described as extraordinary in The Mirror and legendary by The Sun. A night of hilarious, mind-blowing magic in a show where anything can happen – and quite often does. People are tricked, phones are destroyed, needles are swallowed – no-one is safe. Illegal Eagles Saturday 10th February The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship Garry Woods Hot Jazz Monday 12th February A new band to Epsom led by Trumpeter Gary Woods Crafty’s Creepy Castle Wednesday 14th February From the team behind Marty MacDonald’s Farm and The Santa Shows comes the spookiest show ever… Cirque Enchantment Thursday 15th February Winter magic and enchantment is heading to UK Theatres from this February thanks to Umbrella Productions return show CIRQUE ENCHANTMENT!

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams It’s a dreary January day as I write this, sitting in Costa with a coconut milk hot chocolate ( all vegan, very nice). Will February bring the frogs to our pond in Shadbolt Park? It’s possible - Spring can often come before you think Winter is properly over. I had a male blackbird prospecting for a nest site in my mature ivy yesterday - in early January! Blackbirds have more than one nest a year usually, but the availability of insects is crucial for success. I hope our bird species can cope with the changes in climate that human activities are causing. I’ve just looked through my Spring 2018 copy of ‘Nature’s Home’, which is the RSPB’s quarterly magazine for members, so I will shamelessly borrow my wildlife notes this month from there! First, from David Lindo, the ‘urban birder’ who often guest stars on BBC Springwatch. He writes: “ My true excitement stems from exploring the places that some people rush to escape from at the weekends: our urban areas.” He finds “the fragmented habitats within our towns and cities attract concentrations of wildlife that would otherwise be more liberally spread in the countryside. Other factors bring in the birds too such as the provision of food and the ‘heat island effect’ that causes our metropolitan areas to be up to 7 degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside.” David writes that his favourite way of looking for wildlife is “getting to the top of tall buildings”. This makes me wonder what I might see if I could get on top of Tolworth Tower, a building I have long considered a blot on the local skyline! Lindo recounts an experience of standing on the roof of a tall building in Leeds and ‘being stunned by the vista’. He was ‘tracing the flight of a passing buzzard’ and he noticed that ‘the surrounding countryside made the city seem like as urban island’. Amongst the bird species making use of tall buildings are: black redstarts and grey wagtails, cliff ledge nesting birds like gulls and pigeons and the peregrine falcon. Our buildings can offer safer nesting sites than many natural habitats do. However, David’s article ends on a more sombre note with the observation that we are “ increasingly designing new tall buildings that are sterile for wildlife, replete with ugly sheets of glass with no ledges, no nooks and, thus, no life.” He says that he would like to call on architects “ to revive the seemingly dying art of creating buildings with character and, more importantly, with spaces for Nature.” I can’t help thinking that David Lindo;s observations about the current trend in tall building design lead him, as they do me, to wonder if this might be deliberate, due to a modern hatred of the untidiness of Nature and the nuisance of bird droppings. A recent post on Facebook depicted a street where residents had paid for spikes to be


put up in the roadside trees to deter birds from roosting in them. Apparently, keeping their large, gas-gobbling cars clean of droppings was more important than sharing space with birds. Seriously, could we get more stupidly wildlife unfriendly and ridiculous than this? Are there people who hate living with birds this much? We will undoubtedly lose many bird species if we fail to allow them access to habitat and food in and around our living spaces, because we have effectively already driven many of them out of their natural, wild habitats by destroying these places with our developments. All the species on earth were here before us. Morally, they have the stronger claim to living space! Thankfully there are a lot of other people whose attitude is helpful and encouraging - people more like me, who love being surrounded by Nature in all its glory - such as a couple in Hackney, whose little patch is also featured in my latest RSPB magazine. Here, a tiny metre wide strip of a front garden “cascades with flowers”. The rear garden - a middle -sized plot was, at the time of the interview with the owners in July, “ buzzing with bees and other pollinators of all sorts”. Butterflies abounded too, enjoying all the fine flowers. There were “ dense shrubs around the garden”.which were “ home to dunnocks, robins and blackbirds.” Plus, the herb garden, there for use in the kitchen, was “a magnet for bees” - they love sage, marjoram, thyme, oregano, mint, chives and lemon balm too. I allow my herbs to flower, because of this - there is plenty for everyone. Finally, a new housing development in Buckinghamshire is scooping a top Industry award, thanks to innovative nature-friendly features like swift bricks, bat boxes, hedgehog highways, wildlife corridors, plenty of open space including ponds, parks, meadows and orchards. Brilliant - this is the way to do it! Living with and alongside wildlife is possible and necessary if we are not to end up in a sterile, dull, urban landscape where, trust me, we will suffer many ills through being cut off from Nature. Too many people seem unaware of how being surrounded by green things and birdsong is necessary for optimum mental and emotional well being, and are way too quick to chop down, remove and generally disrespect living, growing green things which commit the serious ‘offence’ of being in the way of some human scheme. The sensible approach is to include the greenery IN the scheme, adding some if there is not enough. Car parks with flower meadow borders please! Street verges turned into meadows. Parks with orchard trees. Schools with ponds and little wooded copses. Tall buildings with roof gardens. Hedges instead of fences - or, at least, climbing plants up the fences and hedgehog holes beneath. Help, don’t harm. How about joining the RSPB if you’re not already a member? Email: or call 01767 693680.

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News Schools and Youth Groups Scarecrow Competition 2018 The great scarecrow competition returns again as part of this year’s Herald of Spring, 10 March 2018. Local primary schools and youth groups are invited to enter our competition and be inspired to create a scarecrow on this year’s theme of Mother Nature

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

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

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

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

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


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


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Music Lovers Wanted! for “In the Mix” Singing Group 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. See Tuesdays for more information

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-“Discover the high level of well being, strength and confidence which can be achieved when you learn to sing without effort.” .Weekly small group classes – max.10 places. Each session focuses on gentle physical and vocal exercises, breathing technique and song practice with individual advice and feedback. 1.30 - 3.30pm St John’s Church Hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh, See Thursdays for more information Sheila 07868 039 514 or visit

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singer/vocal coach Sheila Daniels and pianist. New songs every week, from the 1920s through to the 1970s, covering all genres. £6.50 on the door plus tea/ coffee and home-made cakes. No booking required. Sheila 07868 039 514 or visit

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, Trevor Payne on 07540 084430.

“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


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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! It’s at St john’s church hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh. 2nd Thursdays 1.30pm and finishing at 3.30. Group Singing Lessons - “Discover the high level of well being, strength and confidence which can be achieved when you learn to sing without effort.” .Weekly small group classes – max.10 places. Each session focuses on gentle physical and vocal exercises, breathing technique and song practice with individual advice and feedback. Call 07868 039 514 or visit for more info. Sessions begin on Thursday 25th Jan 2018. Suitable for adults of all . 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 Ewell Badminton Club Meet every Thursday 9.30 11.30 am in hall in Welbeck Close, Ewell, KT17 2 BJ ( near Honda Garage, Ewell Bypass ). We have use of 3 courts, and are a very friendly group of players. New players would be most welcome. Elizabeth on 0208 393 3355 or e-mail libbymuscutt@

St. John’s Hall is open between 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If you are on your own please feel free to drop in for a free cup of tea and some company. 411 Malden Road (between Worcester Park station and The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby.


Sutton Mariners Sailing Club A local offshore sailing club founded in 1988 that meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Borough Sports Ground, home of Sutton United FC, Gander Green Lane, SM1 2EY. We are a small and friendly club of about 60 members and have about a dozen boat owners amongst us providing crewing opportunities during the summer months as well as enjoying meetings listening to interesting speakers and social nights. If you would like to get afloat come along and meet us – we’re sure you will enjoy the experience.

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 with members in Worcester Park, New Malden, Epsom and Ewell. The club was founded in 1936 and currently has a membership of 85. New members are welcome to join us at the car park in Horton Country Park on Saturdays at 10am for either a road ride or an off-road ride. Our rides are usually between 20 and 35 miles and always include a cake stop before returning by 1pm. or see our website at

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

Thursday Fellowship Every Thursday at 2.30pm for men and women, finishing with a cup of tea and biscuits or cakes. A lively, friendly meeting at Worcester Park Baptist church in The Avenue. Well-known, familiar hymns and prayers, musical afternoons, and a variety of speakers on topical subjects, including help and advice. New members welcome. Church office 0208 330 1755 The Worcester Park Hello Club launched last November and is welcoming new members! We meet every Thursday morning from 10am – 12 noon. The club is aimed at anyone who would like to come and join in with board games, quizzes, cards,

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occasional craft sessions - or just to have a chat and a coffee. Adults of any age are welcome to come and get to know each other. The main aims of the club are: • To meet new people and build friendships • To become involved with the local community • To access activities, information and advice The club is very friendly and informal. Every month there will be a member of staff attending from the SCILL Information & Advice Service – they have information on most topics for all your needs and will be pleased to assist you. The drop in club was set up by Sutton Vision, Christ Church with St Philip and SCILL , working together in partnership. We are fortunate to be provided with a welcoming and comfortable venue at the Christ Church with St Philip Community Hall. There are accessible toilets on site. There is a small charge for coffee and tea at the church café. 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 June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220

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. groups/epsom.

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North Cheam badminton club meet every Sunday at the Elmcroft Community Hall North Cheam. We are a small mixed club looking for new members of reasonable club standard especially ladies. Contact Pat Odonnell on 02083938895.


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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.

Social Dancing with Glitters at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village. 8.30 - 11 pm. Over 18s. Entrance fee £8. All standards of dancing. Friday 2nd February and Friday 16th February.


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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Music It was Bob Marley that said “one good thing about music is that when it hits you, you feel no pain”. Those of us who have experienced a child’s first musical expression through the medium of the violin may have ear drums that would attest otherwise, but the right music played or listened to and attuned to our individual tastes can be medicine for the mind or a gin and tonic for the ear. I though do not possess a crotchet of musical talent. My effort to learn the recorder aged 9 is the sole musical return on my 45 years. It did not end well. Not only did I play all the wrong notes, but I somehow played them in the wrong order. Fortunately my own musical negligence is not reflected in my children. Whilst instruments come and go, singing is their one constant. Admittedly, it’s sometimes like living with a suburban version of the Von Trapps, with the addition of a demented miniature schnauzer occasionally providing a backing vocal or accompanying the saxophone, but they at least show signs of the musical talent sadly lacking in their father. Playing or listening to music though can have a beneficial effect upon us Parkies. It’s all about the rhythm. The beat in the music acts as a cue to perform movements which are no longer natural. The playlist is key (think more Katy Perry and less AC/DC) but when it works, it acts as my personal arbitration service settling otherwise debilitating disputes between my brain and legs. It’s a sort of ACAS for the mind. Having harnessed the power of song for the purposes of movement, the next step in my musically inspired Parky Prevention Policy is to investigate my own ability to sing. A lesser known


side to PD is its effect on the voice, making it softer and weaker and singing is known to improve those symptoms. However, there we return to my lack of musicality and the certainty that the results will again prove Mr Marley wrong in his assessment. What I need then is a discrete platform. Somewhere that I can practice the enunciation of my less than dulcet tones without anyone thinking an air raid siren has mistakenly gone off. How fortuitous therefore that I should live in the vicinity of some fine establishments of alternative musical therapy in the form of New Malden’s Karaoke bars. These are places where people who shouldn’t drink combine with those who shouldn’t sing. You can sing your heart out safe in the knowledge that no-one is listening or if they are, they won’t remember quite how bad you were come the morning. Those of you reading this that know me will be thinking that my appearance at such a venue is as likely as me undertaking a two week wild camping trip to Wales and I have to say that this almost insatiable desire to tread these particular boards has had me checking my medication. The drugs I take are well known for encouraging pre-existing compulsive behaviour, typically gambling, the use of ladies of negotiable affection and other reckless activities. But you see, I don’t think it is the drugs. In my case, they seem to have acted more positively, encouraging a hitherto disguised desire to try new things. Why else at my age would I also suddenly feel the need to go to the Glastonbury Festival? The muck spreader of gloom may have fanned its load upon my acreage, but why should that stop me or anyone else subjected to an unexpected event from doing the equally unexpected. It’s much easier to complain than to do. As Bob also put it “some people [choose to] feel the rain; others just get wet”. If I ever get to Glastonbury though, I guess I’ll do both!

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

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


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


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

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


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