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June Contents

History by David Rymill 6 Ruth Jemmett Writes 11 Different types of holiday insurance: are you fully covered? 16 Carers Week: Who Cares for The Carers? 18 Codeword 22 View from the City 24 Sudokus 26 The big knit 28 Sutton Symphony Orchestra 30 Recipe Bolognese Meatballs 34 What’s On 36 Outdoor Relaxation 42 A Photographer Dreams.... 44 Cryptic Crossword 46 Volunteers Needed for Art Group! 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 Well, who knows, we may be enjoying a heatwave by the time you read this (hope so!) but, oh my goodness while I write we are getting completely soaked. Great for our gardens and lovely to clear the air. Wake up call for any new puppy owners…. Never been keen on the smell of wet dog. Am so excited though to be heading off to Bologna shortly with some wonderful friends from Glasgow, the city where I grew up, spent my university years and after a sojourn working ‘down south’ spent many happy years at for Barclays Stockbrokers - where I met these lovely girls and the fabulous Justin Urquhart Stewart who very kindly sends us an article every month. So am frantically (as usual) getting ready and looking forward to sampling the culture, wine and food of Bologna – the latter will, I am sure, bear NO resemblance to the bolognaise I’m cooking to throw into a lasagne to leave for the family! Remember that Worcester Park Life is YOUR magazine so if you are helping to organise an event 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 next 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.

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

In and around The Avenue Last month I featured some of the memories of my mother Margaret Rymill, who died last November, relating to her childhood in Kingshill Avenue. This time I am turning to some of her recollections of the area around Worcester Park Station and The Avenue. The station was an essential feature of Worcester Park for many of the new residents who settled in the area in the 1930s, and my grandfather William Batt was no exception, as he commuted daily to his small shop at 22A Launceston Place in Kensington, where he and his brother repaired suitcases and other leather goods under the name W and R Howard. My mother recalled: ‘One train that was going to start from Worcester Park was very popular, because you might get a seat. I think it used to come down to drop people at Worcester Park and then go and change lines and come back on the up platform, and I think some of them used to reckon to get on it when it came in the first time’. At the foot of Station Approach was the office of the coal merchants Hall and Co: ‘you stepped down into it – a tiny little place, hardly room to get in’. In the late 1940s, the portion of Malden Green extending from Station Approach towards Malden Green Avenue was regularly transformed into a fairground once a year. ‘It was quite a big fair, with a Big Wheel and horses on the roundabout and hoop-la and roll-a-penny, and a roundabout with little cars on slopes going up and down; swingboats perhaps.’ [Does anyone have any photographs or cinefilms of this?] She also recalled that there was once a circus here in the 1940s. Her route to Kingsley High School (at 25 The Avenue) in the 1940s was along Pembury Avenue and Green Lane, under the railway bridge – then much narrower than it is now – ‘and then directly opposite the steps down from the station you’d go up about six steps into the little wood, and a path would lead you through to The Avenue, leaving out the bit on the right – it was much quicker. And somewhere down there the icecream van used to lurk, when I was at Kingsley, and we would buy a vanilla ice cream in a cone for some small consideration – threepence, it might have been. [Unlike at Nonsuch High School for Girls] we must have been allowed to eat in school uniform there!’


She was a lifelong member of St Mary’s Church, at the top of The Avenue, and among the highlights of the year, alongside the church’s festivals, were the summer and Christmas fairs. She was involved in running stalls over many years, initially selling anything from plants to Christmas decorations, before settling down to help her mother with the needlecraft stall, which she ultimately took over. Our colour photograph shows

her (centre) with my father and Joan Prevett on this stall at the 2013 Harvest Fayre in the church grounds. She was involved in many fairs in the church grounds and in the Paddock of Shadbolt Park, and had particularly fond memories of the summer fairs in Parker’s Field, Royal Avenue, in the 1950s: ‘These were splendid occasions, well organised on a large scale. Many stalls were erected around the field such as home-made cakes, needlework and crafts, homegrown plants, toys, books and “white elephants”. There were side-shows and a lucky dip for the children. Shopping done, everyone could sit in the sun and enjoy tea and cakes. A Rose Queen, chosen from among the girls in the Guides or Sunday School, [rode] on a decorated float, with her attendants, round the roads near the church, escorted by marching Scouts and Guides, to arrive in Parker’s Field where the Queen was crowned by the retiring Rose Queen. ‘A large marquee was hired for the event. During the day this was used for a Flower Show, which included competitions for vegetables, cakes and handicrafts. There were many classes for the flowers, e.g. three specimen rose blooms, a pot plant or an arrangement in a matchbox. A wonderful scent of flowers filled the marquee. Prizes were awarded and one might win the princely sum of 3 shillings. In the early 1950s,

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before the Large Church Hall was built, the marquee was transformed in the evening into a theatre. The Cuddington Players Drama Group would put on a show, consisting of short plays, sketches and solo items – a lovely end to the Fair.’ Once the Large Hall had been built on the corner of The Avenue and Royal Avenue in 1955, its stage provided a more permanent home for the Cuddington Players. In 1958 an Operatic Section was formed, mainly by members of St Mary’s with a nucleus from the church choir. The inaugural production was Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. Other G & S operas followed as the main autumn productions, whilst lighter musicals such as Free as Air or revues were often staged in the spring. Later performances ranged from grand opera (Carmen) to American musicals (such as Oklahoma). My mother was a founding member of the Operatic Section and served as secretary for its first ten years, and again in the 1970s. Her work behind the scenes also included more diverse activities: when the Players staged the world première of Turpin (based on the career of the highwayman Dick Turpin) by Nigel Brooks and Robert Bowman, in 1964, she copied out the score by hand onto Banda masters for duplication, as it had not yet been published, and together with Eveline Rapsey she made the jester’s costume. The black and white photograph shows my mother (second from right in the front row) in the chorus for The Yeomen of the Guard in 1974 (another show that features a jester). Although she never joined the regular choir, being involved instead on Sunday mornings as a Sunday School teacher in the 1950s-60s and later as a sidesman, she and my father sometimes sang in the augmented choir on special occasions. She and John Avery, the organist and choirmaster in 1964-6 and 1978-93, enjoyed reminiscing about the occasion when the augmented choir sang at Guildford Cathedral on the Sunday after Easter Day in 1966, and chose for the anthem the ‘Easter Hymn’ from Cavalleria Rusticana. When the Dean of Guildford (the Rt Revd George Clarkson, former Bishop of Pontefract) commended this choice, John admitted, ‘Well, it’s really opera’, to which the Dean replied ‘Then we should have more opera’. This year the choir will be in action on home ground at St Mary’s performing a Summer Concert on Sunday 2nd July at 5pm. The programme will consist of a mix of western choral pieces as well as some South African celebrations and musical theatre excerpts.

There will also be some instrumental music (organ and piano). It is hoped to follow the concert with Pimm’s on the church lawn. The concert is free and no booking is required (donations welcome). David Rymill (020) 8330 6563

Worcester Park, Old Malden and North Cheam: History at our Feet Published in 2012 and available at £10 (plus £2 towards postage if required) from the Rymill family. Ring 020 8330 6563 for more details. This 300-page book tells the story of Worcester Park from the Iron Age to the present day, and includes memories of local life from 1908 onwards, and over 150 maps, photographs and drawings - mostly never published before.

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Ruth Jemmett Writes June - A Journey Through Election Month Brides, Roses And Elections Well - have you decided who will get your vote? It’s that time when we have to decide what side of the fence we are sitting on. In our house we have done postal voting for quite a while now. It saves on shoe leather or petrol, and gives us no excuse not to vote! Speaking as a woman I would urge other females to make that trip to the Polling Station o 8th June, as others females literally died for our right to do so. (Look at the memorial to Epsom Downs whenever you get a chance - it will remind you that we shouldn’t take our freedoms for granted). Politics affect every aspect of our lives, and local politics have their place in affecting the way we live in our locality. In this area Planning Permissions are always a bone of contention, as many properties live cheek by jowel, and often have to fight for their right to have privacy or light. Small things, like the repair or replacement of a vandalised road signs can make a difference to the attractiveness of an area - so well done Epsom and Ewell Council for replacing one so promptly at the junction of Cromwell Road and Salisbury Road recently. Also well done for putting new young trees along the Kingston Road - having uprooted much-loved large ones a few years earlier! Unfortunately they have not been so prompt in repairing a very pot-holed Worcester Park Road, or making the pavement leading to the postbox in Salisbury Road safer. Elderly people have to navigate it with care, as, after much building work in the road, it has been rendered very bumpy and unsafe. June 1st celebrates the Roman festival of Juno Moneta, who would warn people of danger. (See previous paragraph!). Her temple apparently contained mint - hence Moneta becoming connected to the word ’money’.

In June the eyes of the world are on Epsom, as it celebrates another Derby Meeting. Ladies’ Day is on 2nd, and Derby Day is on 3rd. This famous meeting reminds me of my childhood, when it was our family’s tradition to gather together for what was called Derby Sunday, a few days before the big day. Two funfairs would fill the air with the sounds of loud music and excited children’s voices, and the smell of fried onions assaulted one’s nostrils! Several fortune tellers inhabited gaudy tents, and countless booths and stalls sold everything from silverware to candyfloss. There was a very un-PC ‘freak show’, and a boxing booth, where brave youths from the crowds would fight for money. There were ‘hootchiecootchie girls’ in miniscule costumes gyrating on small stages, in an attempt to lure the punters inside to see whatever their particular tent was trying to sell. I once won a brooch for rifle-shooting. The Health and Safety fans of today would have swooned! On 12th June we observe Carers’ Week. I was a carer for my disabled son for nearly thirty-nine years, and know only too well that, despite our love for our nearest and dearest, the everyday physical and mental effort of caring can be exhausting. It is estimated that 6.5 million carers are hard at work in the U.K., with many of them receiving scant recognition, either socially or financially for the work they do. Too often their own health can be adversely affected because of the demands put on them, giving the NHS even more patients to worry about! Far too many of them live below the poverty line - and when the so called bedroom tax came in a while ago, it drove some families to the brink of suicide. Carers save our country billions of pounds annually. If they went on strike our health system would crumble over-night. Let us appreciate them more - one day we might need carers ourselves! Fathers’ Day falls on 18th of the month. Four out of five families in this country are now headed by women, so we should make the most of the guys who are still there! My own father deserted our family home when I was six weeks old, and he sought me out when I was in my thirties. We mended a few bridges, but in the end I realised that it was during my formative years that he was really needed. Yes, parenting is tough, but if a man is brave

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Caravanning holidays When you take a caravan abroad, or even in this country, you’ll need to insure it in addition to your car. Some insurers offer increased protection for larger units, or for destinations further afield than Europe. Pre-existing medical conditions If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you might be tempted to take a chance with your holiday insurance and not disclose it. This can prove to be a very expensive mistake, however, as the cost of repatriation is extremely high. Fortunately, some insurance companies offer policies for those already suffering from a health condition. Although it will be more costly than buying a standard policy, it’s impossible to put a price on peace of mind while you’re away.

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Health Carers Week: Who Cares for The Carers? Carers Week is an annual awareness event highlighting the challenges carers face and celebrating their contribution. This year’s campaign, supported by charities, businesses and government, runs from 12th to 18th June and focuses on Building Carer Friendly Communities: ‘places that understand a carer’s daily reality and do what they can to make life a little bit easier for them.’ Caring in the UK The facts: • Three out of five of us will become a carer at some point. • Around 6.5 million people in the UK provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older relative or friend; 2 million are older people with their own health problems. • At least 380,000 older carers in England provide 50+ hours of care a week without any help from their local authority. • Over 100,000 people in their eighties and beyond are caring full-time. • 38% of carers in a recent MND Association survey were unaware of their right to a Carers’ Assessment. “We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer’s emotional and physical health, work and finances,” says Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of charity Carers UK. Research shows that caring can potentially damage carers’ own physical and mental health, and their relationships with partners, family and friends. It can also isolate them and make it difficult or impossible to hold down a job, even driving them into poverty. Are You a Hidden Carer? “Please don’t call me a carer - I don’t want that title. I am her son, not a carer!” “I pop in to my neighbour every day and do all her shopping and cleaning for her, but I am not her carer. They go in to get her up and washed.” These responses, gathered by a recent campaign to identify ‘hidden’ carers, highlight a common problem. Many carers don’t see themselves as carers if they don’t help someone dress, take medication, move about or go to the loo - or if they’re ‘just’ a husband, wife, mum, dad, son, daughter, friend or good neighbour. Yet helping with shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking,


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and caring issues. The eight charities below support Carers Week and the services they offer include counselling, practical and financial help, respite care and advice. It’s worth investigating other charities specific to the condition of the person you care for, too. Age UK offers counselling, support groups, day and respite care, and advice on Carers’ Assessments and benefits.; Tel: 0800 678 1174

Macmillan Cancer Support can provide practical, emotional and financial support for carers. www. looking-after-someone-with-cancer.html; Tel: 0808 808 00 00 Mon-Fri 8am-9pm

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The MS Society provides support and advice for MS carers, and may be able to provide a grant for a short break or activity. for-carers email:; Tel: 0808 800 8000 Mon-Fri 9am–7pm

Carers UK supports, connects and campaigns for carers with its network of partners.; email:; Tel: 0808 808 7777 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Which? Elderly Care is a website run by the Which? Group, offering free, independent advice on elderly care and specific advice for carers.

The MND Association can offer practical and financial help. Their site has a wealth of information for carers.; email:; Tel: 0808 802 6262 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & 7-10.30pm

Independent Age provides free advice and information to older people and their families. www.; email: advice@independentage. org; Tel: 0800 319 6789 Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm

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Stay & Learn Taster Morning Wednesday 7th June 2017 - 9am

We warmly invite you to our Taster Morning for Reception class. Parents and thier children will be able to experience what The Study School is really like and have the chance to meet our friendly staff. Children will have the oppurtunity to participate in an English and Maths Lesson in our exceptional Early Years unit. All our classes are taught in a fun and dynamic way, so children are always learning and engaged. We can’t wait to meet you!

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View from the City by Justin Urquhart Stewart 7IM Rethink the risks for retirement investments For decades, a traditional strategy that many investors have adopted for their pension pots has been one that reduces the level of investment risk that they take as they get nearer and nearer the day they retire. Known as the ‘lifestyle’ approach, the investment mix changes as individuals reach pre-set ages, steadily shifting investments into ones that are deemed to be less risky. This is achieved by switching from stocks and shares (aka equities or ‘riskier’ assets) to bonds (seen as ‘safe havens’) as you get older. So, you might start off with as much as 70% of your portfolio in stocks and shares and 30% in bonds and, by the ti me you retire, the majority of your assets would be invested in government bonds or Gilts. While annuities gave us certainty as to how much we would get each year, it was important not to suffer a big investment hit just before you bought one. So lowering that level of investment risk as your approached that date made lots of sense. But the world we live in has fundamentally changed. Investors were no longer forced to buy an annuity when they retire. Meanwhile we’re also at 200-year record lows for interest rates. Not only has this negatively affected our expectations of the future investment returns from bonds, and indeed other investments, those prospects are not likely to get any better given bonds generally don’t do well in a rising inflationary environment. Inflation’s now at 2.7%. Last June it was at 0.5% quite the difference! We’re also now going to be living longer than previous generations, and that longevity is set to continue extending. In England, a baby boy born in 2012 can expect to live almost six years longer than one born two decades before. So our savings have to last longer too.


It was this combination of events that led 7IM to research the options for our clients. There were some interesting results. We learned, for example, that taking more risk early on in an investor’s career didn’t actually make much of a difference. There simply isn’t enough in the pot to build on until much later in life when – after you’d been investing a regular sum over a long period – you’ve got more money ‘at stake’. Lifestyle strategies would look to lower your investment risk profile precisely at this very point in time i.e. exactly when the power of compounding is at its most powerful and your investment returns effectively generate their own profits. In addition, every scenario we ran highlighted another risk for investors: the risk that you could outlive your savings. If you have a pot of money and take out 5% each year to cover life’s expenses, but you’re only making 3% on your money, your overall pot would probably shrink over time. If you’re 65 today, you have a 7% chance of living long enough to get a telegram from the Queen according to the office for National Statistics. If you’re 35, that chance more than doubles to 15%. But each year you live may mean you are more likely to run out of money – not really a great thought! Solving this problem therefore requires you to balance the various sources of risk. So you need to do a combination of saving more while you’re working (savings risk), look to retire later (job risk), take a lower income in retirement (lifestyle risk) or seek a higher investment return (investment risk). Here we have to be careful – we are absolutely not saying everyone needs to take more investment risk as it could result in you getting back less than you originally invested. We know that risk is a very personal choice. However, taking some additional investment risk can also provide the potential for greater returns, and there are a number of other levers you can ‘pull’ to give you the retirement you’d like to enjoy rather than one you have to endure. At least having a proper conversation about this subject now, rather than in 20 years’ time, and which gives you the chance to make an informed choice.

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Tape Up Your Webcam! Does your PC or laptop have a webcam built into it? You should cover the lens with tape whenever you don’t need to use it. That’s not our advice; it’s the advice from former FBI director James Comey, who describes it as a simple but important security measure.

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Biopics Can you name the real life people that the actors and actresses below played in the given films?

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Robert De Niro... Raging Bull (1980) Paul Bettany... Creation (2009) Diana Ross... Lady Sings The Blues (1972) Faye Dunaway... Mommie Dearest (1981) Leonardo DiCaprio... The Aviator (2004) Lou Diamond Phillips... La Bamba (1987) Johnny Depp... Finding Neverland (2004) Madonna... Evita (1996) Paul Newman... Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) Josh Brolin... W. (2008)

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Look after the pennies...because they’re the only interest available on your savings.

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Two about right.

Worldly wisdom may seem timeless, but sometimes our conclusions are out of date. For example, chickens can be counted before they’re hatched now - by using a UV light. And that’s not all that has changed... Nothing good ever came out of a windowed envelope. A broken clock is right twice a day, unless it’s digital. You automatically forget your number plate as soon as you reach the car park ticket machine. Toast falls butter side down on trousers. If you want to find something try looking for something else. A watched pot is a poor use of a webcam. A text in time saves minutes on a pointless call.

The squeaky wheel...will be on your supermarket trolley. When in Rome, expect the ice cream to be both delicious and expensive. The pen is mightier than the broken pencil, but not as satisfying to chew. Keep your friends close...and your pretend friends on social media. God helps those who help themselves, apart from shoplifters and kleptomaniacs. You can’t judge a book by its cover, or trust the objectivity of its online reviews. Honesty is the best policy if you’ve got a bad memory. The grass is always greener on a TV gardening show. That’s because they’ve picked the perfect day to make you green with envy. A little knowledge is a web search waiting to happen.

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The Big Knit We need you to help to knit 2000 hats by 3 July! Age UK Sutton is taking part in the Big Knit for the very first time, and we need your help! The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks to raise funds to help vulnerable older people. This year, it’s the biggest Big Knit ever, and Age UK Sutton is excited to be taking part for the first time! This means that any hats we knit in Sutton will raise vital funds to support the services we deliver here.

Visit for information on the Big Knit and to get some hat patterns, and find out about knitting events we’re hosting in May and June. You can also call 020 8770 5360.

We want to produce 2000 miniature hats by the deadline of 3 July. The woolly hats will be paired with innocent smoothie bottles and go on sale later this year. Each mini-hat we send secures a 25p donation to Age UK Sutton, which will fund our vital Information & Advice service, which supports Sutton’s older people, their family and friends to get the most out of later life.

Please send your completed hats to: Age UK Sutton Unit 2 Lower Square St.Nicholas Way Sutton SM1 1EA.

We need you to get knitting, to help us reach our 2000 hat target by 3 July. Even if you’ve only got time to knit one or two, it is appreciated very much, as it all adds up to help us reach our target.

Don’t forget to include your name and contact details, so we can thank you for your wondrous woolly creations, and give you due credit in our Hall of Fame.

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Befriending Service

Are you worried that a loved one is lonely? Concerned for the well being of an older relative or neighbour? Grief, poor health, dementia and physical disabilities increase the likelihood of an older person becoming socially isolated. Our befriending service uses frequent home visits, phone calls and outings delivered by staff and trained volunteers to ensure that older people in Sutton* receive friendly, personal contact regularly to combat loneliness and prevent isolation. For more information please call

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Clubs Sutton Symphony Orchestra Sutton Symphony Orchestra (SSO) returns to All Saints Carshalton on Saturday 24th June for a very “youthful” summer concert with an interesting programme that showcases talented youth of the borough. Finalists from Sutton Music Festival and Sutton Music Service’s Young Musician of the Year competition feature along with award-winning choir Osiris Ensemble. The programme is: • Elgar – Wand of Youth Suite no. 1 – composed by Elgar as an 11 year old and then finessed many years later a delightful set of incidental music to “a Child’s play”. • Rutter – Gloria - with the Osiris Ensemble, based in Carshalton and winners of many local choral competitions. • Britten – Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – quite literally gives all orchestral instruments a chance to shine

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Plus movements from concertos: • Mozart’s flute with Simon Upton, winner of Sutton Music Festival concerto class • Haydn’s trumpet with Thomas Thornton finalist in Sutton Music Service’s Young Musician competition and student at the junior department, Royal College of Music. • York Bowen’s viola with Jeanette Szeto. Jeanette won Sutton Young Musician of the Year 2015. Tickets on the door or from Under 18’s go free! 7.30pm start, refreshments at the interval. Do join us for some enjoyable music on a summer’s evening. Sutton Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Philip Aslangul, Leader Annmarie McDade) rehearses on a Tuesday evening and provides an opportunity for local musicians to perform ambitious orchestral works. SSO performs 3 concerts per year. If you are interested in joining, get in touch: Twitter: @SuttonSymph Instagram:

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Sample a dozen organic wines and a selection of tapas ingredients to make your own.

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Every second Thursday of each month, 7:30 - 9:30pm

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Recipe Bolognese Meatballs These delicious homemade meatballs are flavoured with basil and oregano then cooked in a rich tomato sauce. Serve with spaghetti for a classic Italian supper, or for a change pile on top of boiled rice or steamed couscous. Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes 400g lean minced beef 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp virgin olive oil 500g carton passatta (sieved tomatoes) 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste 1 tsp sugar 400g spaghetti Freshly grated Parmesan, to serve Fresh basil sprigs, to garnish


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1 Put the mince, basil and oregano into a food processor or blender with half the chopped onion and half the crushed garlic. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then process until almost smooth. Divide and shape the mince mixture into about 28 small meatballs. 2 Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turning frequently until browned all over. 3 Remove the meatballs from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the rest of the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 5 minutes. Pour in the passatta and add the sundried tomato paste and sugar. Bring to the boil. Return the meatballs to the pan and stir in 150ml water. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding a little more water if necessary. Season to taste. 4 Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of lightly salted water for 12 to 14 minutes or according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Serve the meatballs and sauce with the spaghetti and top with grated Parmesan. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs. TIP Give the meatballs extra flavour by adding some chopped black olives, 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese or 2 tsp drained and rinsed baby capers.

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In our hi-tech world a key is quite old school. Just a few grams of carefully shaped metal is the one item that stands between you and entry to a few hundred thousand pounds worth of property. Technology will doubtless eventually replace them, and is doing so slowly, but keys are very much a feature of our everyday life and not without their problems. Getting in, and getting out, of a property can be trickier than you would first suspect and a constant feature of estate agency life.

Once you have moved into a new property it’s easy to find yourself thwarted. It’s not uncommon to receive a bashful call from a new tenant who has found their front door swing shut with their keys on the wrong side of it. Our staff all live very locally, which is fortunate, as when an early evening email comes through from a stranded tenant we can usually let them back in quickly. Unfortunately for one tenant, stranded in his dressing gown in his front porch, we didn’t hold keys and he therefore spent a few Some locks open easily and we are always hours getting very chilly in a space he could grateful for those. Others need a knack. only stand in while the landlord made their Keys can need to be turned one way once, way to assist. or twice or even three times, or the other KEYS TO NUMBER 10 way instead. The door might need a slight By the time you read this the General push, or pull, before the lock will release Election will be nearly upon us, if not and door handles may need pushing up, or complete. Uncertainty of any sort, down or to just the right level. Recently cut particularly political, can have a dampening keys often need to be at precise depths in effect on the property market as people the lock before they will engage and, adopt a wait and see approach to their irritatingly, have a habit of working on one future plans. Possibly because there have side of the door only, often letting you in but been so many such periods over the last couple of years or because future ownership not out. Therein lies another problem. of the keys to No 10 currently seem more Over the years locks have changed and, for certain, we are not seeing that this time. fire safety reasons, modern versions tend Prices are currently steady and the number not to prevent you exiting a property, but of potential buyers remains strong. We that was not always the case. Ritu and Gill speak to a number of people involved in the have both recently had to make that market and their views are interesting. embarrassing call to the office for help to get Surveyors are currently busy, more so with out. Whilst we were teasing them about it the domestic than corporate markets. They Kaf remembered the time in the pre-mobile are expecting the market to remain stable era when she spent 2 hours locked in a and continue to be active through to late autumn. Once the election and summer property before anybody noticed she was holidays are over they anticipate a gentle gone and went to investigate. uplift in prices and a buoyant market. To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915


What’s On Give blood

Find out times an book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23 St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park KT4 8LG 15th June, 6th July Sutton, The Thomas Wall Centre, Benhill Avenue, Sutton, Surrey., SM1 4DP 29th June, 13th JUly St James’s Church Hall, Bodley Road, New Malden 7th June, 5th July

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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

Medieval Tales Minstrels, pilgrims and travellers Saturday 10 June 1-2.30pm Escape from the restrictions of medieval life and become a travelling Minstrel, juggler or story teller. From lowly beginnings the medieval jongleur became an indispensable entertainer who brought their stories of love and war to both castles and villages alike. They helped knit together the different classes and languages of society into a single national identity through a shared heritage of heroes. Discover if you have the skills to entertain nobility and commoners alike as you travel the country. Join in with our visiting bard and see if you can follow their tune on reproduction instruments. Are you brave enough to undertake a pilgrimage to a faraway land? Could you face the risk of pirates, shipwreck, illness and robbery? Discover what travel was like before the invention of the package holiday. Learn how and why the pilgrims travelled and where they went. Come and hear the pilgrims’ tales and songs that helped to ease their long and arduous journeys. See what other pastimes and entertainments they enjoyed and try them out for yourself. Cost £5 per child


Life on the Home front in World War 2 Wednesday June 21 2017 10.30am to 12.00pm Relive the Home Front in World War 2 and discover what life was like during ‘total war’ as the sandbags were piled high and barrage balloons filled the sky, children were evacuated away from their families to the safety of the distant countryside while Britain withstood the relentless Nazi attacks. See examples of what could fall out of the sky and learn how we defended ourselves from these threats. Experience a gas attack drill and the opportunity to see and handle many original artefacts from this period. Entry £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult) Further information available from David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734. Email:

Summer Fete

4th Worcester Park Scout Group Annual Summer Fete Saturday 24th June 2017 Midday until 3.30pm This year will be bigger than ever …… New for 2017 : Car & Bike Show Kingston & Malden Scout & Guide Band will lead a parade up Worcester Park high street to announce the start of the fete. There will be lots of fun stalls & activities including :• Climbing wall • Trampolines • Inflatables • Monkey Bridge • BBQ and Bar Fantastic Raffle with great prizes including £200 experience voucher and other cash prizes. Come and join us at our HQ 4th Worcester Park Scout Group Braemar Road, Worcester Park KT4 8SW

Country Fair

Come one, come all to the greatest Country Fair of all! Green Lane Primary and Nursery School are having a Country Fair on 1st of July, 11am -2pm. Experience a joyful day in our rural setting with a visiting Falconry display, Laser tag, Bouncy castle, Go cart and much more! Bring the whole family, enjoy a cream tea, marvel at the vintage MG cars, test your archery skills, sit back and be amazed by the birds of prey. We have so much happening it’s going to be a fun packed day you won’t want to miss... we can’t wait to welcome you! Free Entry, All welcome

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Beer Festival

14 th & 15 th July Friday Evening 6-10pm Saturday Lunch 12-4pm Families welcome at Lunch time Saturday Evening 6-10pm Over 40 Ales and 20 Ciders Visit our website for more details: www. Food available at all sessions Rowe Hall, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 7DD Organised by supporters of 2nd Cuddington (Rowe) Scout Group

Summer Fair

Summer Fair on Saturday 1st July from 2.00 pm until 4.30 pm at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park, KT4 8LG Come along and join in with the fun at our annual summer fair. As well as games, crafts and stalls we will be serving Strawberry Teas all afternoon. Early in the afternoon we will be treated to musical entertainment by the Ukulele Group who meet in our halls on Mondays. Free admission.

Musical Celebration

By public demand The Christopher Singers in association with The Royal British Legion, Cheam and Sutton present a repeat performance of BRITAIN…...a musical celebration The Royal British Legion Hall, Mickleham Gardens, Cheam 7.30pm Saturday, 15th July, 2017 Tickets : £11/£10 members £5 children (to include refreshments) Box Office : 020 8337 2053 and 020 8647 7592 Book early to avoid disappointment

Golden Days Festival

You are invited to the Golden Days Festival a Family Vintage event raising funds for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell. ACEE are a ‘small’ charity doing ‘big’ work with older people locally and were established in 1947 – 70 years ago. To celebrate this great achievement on 2nd July 2017 with the help of some Big Lottery funding they will be celebrating the last 70 years by hosting the Golden Days Festival in the beautiful surroundings of Nonsuch Park in Ewell. Although they work primarily with the elderly and their carers this event will bring all generations together to celebrate. An event for

Grandparents and Grandchildren (and all in between). At this free event you can expect music from the 40s to date, great food, cream teas, vintage games, some unusual traders, exciting cars to browse (you can even take a trip on an original green Epsom double decker bus from the 60s and enjoy a short historical tour), dog shows and competitions, a history tent and even some local characters telling you their amazing stories. Do you know someone in the borough who is also 70 in 2017? Let us know and we will book them in for a free cream tea at the event (limited availability). Keep an eye out for more information about this great day out (and if you bring 3 or more generations of your family with you and get an entry into a draw to win a lovely hamper). AND guess what … we have booked the sunshine ... so don’t miss it! For more information sign up to our mailing list to hear all the plans as they are announced http://bit. ly/2dPtbXNSignup Telephone 01372 732 451 Email Website

Gift Market

18th to 22nd July at Bourne Hall Ewell kt17 1uf Highly recommended.for Quality, Originality & Value. Gifts for You, Your Friends & the Entire Family. Mention” Malden Media “ for discount on purchase . open 10 am to 5 pm ( 7 pm Tuesday 4 pm Saturday ) Cafe + Easy & cheep Parking Free Entry

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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Epsom Playhouse,

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High School Rocks Thursday 1 June Join the high-energy, interactive production featuring the very biggest hits from all the High School Musicals plus School of Rock and Glee. Featuring all the very best hits from High School Musicals 1, 2 and 3, plus the No1 songs from West End and Broadway smash School of Rock and the biggest tunes from Golden Globe-winning TV series Glee. Once Upon a Time Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th June CADA STARS (The Carol Anne Dance Academy) are bringing to you a Modern Day Fairy-tale with an all singing, all dancing young and talented cast. The ELO Experience 29 June The ELO Experience are the world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra. With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a magical musical journey through time. The ELO Experience have been bringing the music of Jeff Lynne and The Electric Light orchestra to the live stage for over 10 years.

Dancing Queen - The Concert 30 June THE BIGGEST 70’s PARTY EVER!! Dancing Queen ‘The Concert’ is an action packed party show featuring over 2 hours of the greatest hits from Abba, Grease and the 70’s. This is the ultimate nostalgia night that guarantees to get you dancing in the aisles! Neil Sands - Music and Memories Tuesday 11th July This is our brand new production for 2017, an afternoon filled with more magical musical memories than ever before as we travel back through the 1940s 50s 60s and 70s. With more stunning costumes and more songs than ever before we can all be singing along to all our favourite songs, from hit parade number 1’s to ever popular show tunes, old time sing along classics to those rousing wartime favourites as we once again pay tribute to the veterans of the armed forces. Talon - The Best of the Eagles 13th July at 7.30pm Over the last two decades Talon have risen from humble beginnings to one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the ‘20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR’ will once again feature all those classic ‘Eagles Greatest Hits’ from their timeless back catalogue including ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘One Of These Nights’, Take It To The Limit, ‘Desperado’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ and many more. Rhythm of the Night Sunday 16 July

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Starstruck Dance Academy brings you an amazing show including a variety of dance styles and musical theatre. Our team of over 200 performers will bring you an all singing all dancing spectacular with something for all. Sean Kelly - Sold your Way Tue 18 & Wed 18th July A night of stand-up comedy & charity auction. Whole Lotta Shakin’ 19 July A tribute to the 80s Legend. The rags to riches story based on the 40 hits of 80s rock n roll icon Shakin’ Stevens. The first and only theatre touring show celebrating the rise to fame and music of Shakin’ Stevens ending in a concert he would have performed in the late 80s. Starring Rebel Dean (BBC Casualty, West End, London Palladium) with live band and projection screen. Purple Zeppelin Saturday 29th July Back at The Epsom Playhouse again with their New Show! This time, the first set is played ‘Unplugged’ on acoustic instruments, comprising well known songs from both bands. Then, in the second set, they’ll plug in and play all the classic hits. Voted Best Tribute Band of 2015 and featured in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff” (alongside Brian May, Tony Iommi & Dave Grohl) Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in a New Show for 2017! 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!


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Monday 24th - 28th July 09.00am - 12.00pm (4 - 6 years) Burlington Junior School, New Malden, KT3 4LT

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.

Our Summer workshops are great for children who love to perform, meeting new people and creating confidence. With singing, acting and dancing, your child will work with other like-minded children.

TARGET Excellent: 78 or more words Good: 65 words Fair: 58 words

Costume, lights, action and a show on the Friday for family and friends to watch what they've been working on. Our Summer workshops are led our amazing and talented teachers.


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Gardening Outdoor Relaxation Pippa Greenwood When you get back from a hard day’s work, or when you simply find the time to escape into the garden after a stressful day, then it is essential that you are met by a soothing environment. It is all very well creating a garden with lots of straight lines and wacky bits of metalwork, but if you want to really let your garden take the strain, then concentrate on a truly relaxing feel that will help you to unwind as you enjoy soft shades and textures of foliage, delicate flower colours and fabulous perfumes. Plants have an amazing ability to calm and soothe even the most wound up, stressed out mood, but what should you grow if you really want to create that perfect place to relax? Start by considering a fairly gentle perfume, like that produced by many roses. One of my favourites is ‘Felicia’. For something slightly richer try ‘Tuscany Superb’. If you have an arch, arbour, pergola or even a spare bit of fence then train a honeysuckle over it. The combination of its delicately coloured flowers and fabulous perfume will cheer you up and you can even enjoy it in the early evening as you sit back and relax with a cup or glass of your favourite tipple! A sowing of night-scented stock will produce plants that, although not flamboyant, have the most heavenly rich perfume – also perfect for early evening relaxation as this is when the flowers open and produce wafts of really sweet scent. If you have space for a good-sized container plant, then grow your own Datura or Brugmansia. Commonly known as the angel’s trumpet and although potentially very poisonous, these plants produce large elegant trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful perfume. Think too of plants with a relaxing feel to them, such as the grass Chasmanthium latifolium. This grows to a height of about 45 cm and carries its flattened seed heads in vast numbers above the leaves. They move about delicately in the breeze and are almost impossible not to stroke.

wonderfully grey-green leaves will make you want to touch it, and when you do so you will find it also releases a lovely aroma. The perfume of lavender is often used in aromatherapy because of its calming, soothing properties, so what could be better to grow in a sunny spot with freedraining soil than some lavender? You can even use it to edge a border providing conditions are right, and it not only has lovely, slightly furry or felt-l ike foliage but also produces that heavenly smell.

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Take a look at some of the grasses and bamboos that are available; the rustling sound of bamboo foliage as the stems sway gently in a breeze, or as you brush your hand against them, is one of the most relaxing sounds I know, and for smaller spaces many of the grasses form wonderfully rounded and quite irresistible clumps of foliage. When it comes to choosing favourite flowers, don’t forget that although some bright colour is a good way to cheer you up, if you want to relax then concentrate on cream, white and, of course, the pastel shades. There are a host of these available for annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers. Don’t forget that green is known to be a relaxing colour too, so ensure that you include plenty of plants with good foliage and, in shady areas, you may find that a miniature grotto-like patch planted up with ferns is just what you need. And finally, before you rush off to the garden centre to buy some of these truly magical ingredients, just a reminder that water in a garden always helps to relax you. Whether it’s a small pond or perhaps a bubble fountain, position it where you can hear that sound of moving water or enjoy watching the wildlife as it

comes to feed and drink – and before you know it you will find that you want to move the whole of your life into your garden. Visit Pippa’s website for a really useful selection of favourite gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls and copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths Summer is here! It’s getting warmer, and I can get out my T-shirts, and stop thinking about pullovers! Down in Lancing, the time of the year doesn’t make much difference to the wind- and kite-surfers: they seem to be out there every day from the 1st of January. I guess that wetsuits keep them warm even though the water is cold and the air may be below freezing in the sea winds. But not now. The temperature is around 20o C and they are out there in force most days. This day was fairly calm – so not great for them, but very nice for me. The sky was blue and there were fluffy white clouds hiding some of that colour. There was a bit of sea mist in the distance, which blended the sea and the sky, getting rid of a fixed horizon. I have chosen to keep the windsurfer sharp in order to keep your attention on him … and I reckon that the background really makes him pop out of the page. I am glad that you can see the shadow below the


surfer: without it, it could seem like I had just added him in. It gives more realism to the picture (and I promise you that I didn’t just add him in!). Placing the windsurfer on the right of the picture really works: I don’t think that it would have been as powerful if he had been in the centre … but either side would have been fine. He is just off the thirds (the noughts-and-crosses grid which seems to determine where the strongest elements of a scene should be), but that is OK. What do you think? Does the softness of the background help? And should the windsurfer be more central? I love lavender. My parents had a long bed of it at the

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front of their patio in Cardiff, and it always reminds me of them, sitting there in the summer sun, with a cup of tea and a biscuit, enjoying the sound of the bees in the lavender. And it is beautiful. The Mayfield Lavender fields in Banstead (www.mayfieldlavender. com) give a glorious display from June through to mid-September, and are well worth visiting with or without your camera. Having said that, this picture was taken in Cornwall on our holiday last year. There wasn’t as much lavender as at Mayfield, which helped me to get a simpler story in this picture. The flower in the centre is in focus, and is the centrepiece of the photo, but the ones on either side, give interest and help to guide your eyes to the main point. In the previous picture, I talked about the rule of thirds: this one absolutely doesn’t follow that rule. It just goes to show that photographic rules are helpful, but are sometimes there to be ignored! The background matters as well. That soft green brings out the lavender colours, accentuating them. I think, also, that the dark patch at the top left is valuable, as it shows some variation (for ‘variation’ you can probably read ‘interest’) and shows that the picture is real. I have talked about reality in these two photos – and my style depends on at least a semblance of reality. But that does not say that photoshopping into an abstract of fantastical image is wrong … simply that it isn’t the style I work to. It’s a question for all of us: When we look at art, be it paintings, sculpture, photographs, whatever else, do we judge them by our own standards and not accept that there are different opinions? This last photo is very realistic. I have done very little editing to it (cropped it to a square shape, and brought out the colours a bit more vividly). Padstow is not just a place where you can eat Rick Stein’s fish and chips, but is a working fishing port. There are a number of boats – both large and small – which go out into the Bristol Channel or further into the

Atlantic to catch mackerel, sea bass, monkfish and many other varieties. And also crab and lobster fishing goes on. This day there was delivery of new lobster pots – usually the piles of these pots are faded and torn, but today they were bright and all ready to trap some dinner for a lucky family. There’s no reason that I know of, as to why they should be bright blue and bright yellow. But it is very striking to us – and maybe lobsters are attracted to primary colours as well! There was about 10 metres of these along the quay, ready for use and my photos caught their whole length. I was able to make a panorama from my pictures of these pots, but the one that I liked best was this – where I cropped in to a square shape, highlighting the patterns and the colours. I am slightly colour blind (a major disadvantage for a photographer, particularly when it comes to editing) and so patterns are often the thing I look for in a picture. They are certainly here. It’s not regular, the lines are wavy and the cords are not all beautifully vertical and in order. But (actually, no ‘but’, I like it that way) it makes the picture have a sense of movement, of dynamism. Your eyes and mind can’t just assume that the next part of the picture will be a copy of the previous portion. You have to think and look. That is a recipe for a successful photograph! Don’t forget that 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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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Baked food secretaries taste (6) 4. A country with more residents in view (8) 9. Cook receiving large honour (6) 10. Related umpire made a mistake (8) 12. Clueless rating on manoeuvres (8) 13. Underling wearing short skirt? (6) 15. Sign taken from groom entrances! (4) 16. More humorous prattle about me (7) 20. Conversion of an older man (7) 21. Trimmed goatee put up with (4) 25. Operatives get older notes, oddly (6) 26. Uncertain thane’s upset about it (8) 28. Large tin that’s changed shape (8) 29. Some kid starts to carve or draw (6) 30. Crazy girl – nuts! – taking stock? (8) 31. Dante wrongly claims verse is coming (6)


Down 1. Ask Odin out – he’s a god! (8) 2. Author, when about to tarry (8) 3. Weary again? Go to bed (6) 5. Beer, note, for a smart man (4) 6. A luxury vessel is a joke! (3-5) 7. Skilful radio play not ending (6) 8. Passionate article on strange trend (6) 11. Very old insect eating nice stew (7)

14. Tales, in short, set in shops (7) 17. Lookout posted to Nile settlement (8) 18. Banter concerning level peg (8) 19. Note dismantled torch, etc (8) 22. A priest beyond our reach, initially (6) 23. Negligent redhead (the third girl) (6) 24. Stolen coin almost paid back (6) 27. The best part of a factory design (4)

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Volunteers Needed for Art Group!

Conquest Art is a unique Charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build selfconfidence through art. Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people’s lives. We are seeking volunteer helpers willing to support our art group here at the Church. The group is held every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Not every volunteer needs artistic ability, but you do need to be a ‘people person’ – enthusiastic, and ready to help create a friendly, welcoming environment where members feel relaxed and able to make the most of their time with us. As a volunteer you will be part of a team. A good team will include organisational skills, artistic experience, finance management and making the refreshments. Volunteers are the people who make Conquest Art possible. Could you join the team?

Please contact us for more information and we can arrange for you to visit the group to see what the role involves and to meet the other volunteers and members. Phone Tina 020 3044 2731 / email enquiries@ or see our website

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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 Bourne Hall in Ewell Village, for a Lunch followed by a Speaker. In 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. Bruce Urquhart, on 01737 373 690 or visit our website:

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! Thursday June 8th Thursday July 13th 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 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. 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. The drop in club was set up by Sutton Vision, Christ

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


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.


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 5th May, 19th May, 2nd June, 16th June Ring David for information: 07903 314276

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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 It’s mid May as I write this, and it’s raining steadily but gently. We’ve had a very dry April and now need really good downpour as the ground is very dry. Epsom and Ewell Council have planted quite a few new trees in local streets recently - many will die if they do not get enough water during prolonged dry spells. I have already noticed two that seem to be suffering - what a pity. We need more trees and should value and look after those we have. There are small notices on most of the new street trees, requesting residents to water them during dry spells - I wonder if anyone is reading them and much more important - actually doing any watering? The recommendation is about 3 to 4 buckets full a week. Trees are such an important resource for wild birds, as well as being an all round benefit to the environment, absorbing many air pollutants and producing oxygen. If you live anywhere close to a grass verge with a newly planted tree in it - please look after it by giving it a good drink once a week, after dusk or early morning, when the sun is low, as these are the most beneficial times due to reduced evaporation. Low rainfall has also meant that the water level in Shadbolt Park pond has reduced, but it is still a significant body of water in a park that has no other source of drinking water for wildlife. Finding water during dry spells can be a struggle for wildlife birds need to bathe to keep their feathers in good condition, as well as needing to drink. If there is very low rainfall throughout the coming Summer, the pond could shrink considerably. For the frogs and toads this will not be too problematical, as they leave the water once past the tadpole stage. spending most of their lives in damp, shady places or hidden in long grass, only returning to the water for a brief, cooling bathe during. hot spells. We hope it will not shrink so much that it becomes just a shallow, muddy puddle in high Summer! You can help wildlife enormously simply by providing some water in your garden, If there is room for a small pond, this is obviously the best solution, but even just a shallow dish of water could be a lifesaver - an old roasting tin or a cat litter tray will do nicely, or a washing up bowl sunk into the ground so that the rim is at ground level. If you have any buckets or deep


containers of water in your garden, that have no lids, please put a stick or small branch into them so that birds may perch safely to drink and small mammals may climb out if they should fall in. Shallow dishes of water need refreshing every day if possible. Recent light rain has given a very lush look to the wildlife area in Shadbolt Park, with everything seeming to gratefully put on fresh, vigorous growth! Plenty of nettles for everyone - the caterpillars whose main food plant they are, and anyone who fancies some nettle soup. Use gloves to gather and handle the nettles when washing and adding to the soup. Recipe below from the BBC Food Guide, and, as I’m vegan, I would substitute the butter and cream for dairy free versions. Nettles taste a bit like spinach and a bit like cabbage when cooked - you can stir fry them too, and add them to curries. Go for the younger, fresh growth leaves. Dead nettles are a different species to the common stinging nettle - they do not sting, they have a low growth habit and their flowers are a pretty purple - also edible. Enjoy nettles as a valuable wildlife plant and a free vegetable, full of iron and goodness! Ingredients • 1 tbsp oil plus extra for drizzling • 1 onion, chopped • 1 carrot, diced • 1 leek washed and finely sliced • 1 large floury potato thinly sliced • 1l vegetable stock • 400g stinging or dead nettles, washed, leaves picked. • 50g butter or marg diced (use Pure or Vitalite to make vegan) • 50ml double cream ( Oatly or Alpro do a dairy free version, but it is single, not double). 1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, leek and potato, and cook for 10 mins until the vegetables start to soften. Add the stock and cook for a further 10-15 mins until the potato is soft. 2. Add the nettle leaves, simmer for 1 min to wilt, then blend the soup. Season to taste, then stir in the butter and cream. Serve the soup drizzled with extra oil and scattered with dead nettle flowers, if you have them. “The day after writing this, the heavens opened. I never realised my words had such power!đ&#x;˜‚â€? CW.

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Parkin' some thoughts Keep Calm and Carry On by Nick Hazell Well, it wasn’t pretty. In fact, I might as well have eaten my training plan as tried to follow it. However, Mrs H and I completed our year of fundraising for Parkinson’s UK by crossing the finish line of the London Marathon together after 4 hours and 10 minutes. It was an extraordinary experience. Brilliant but horrible at the same time. It also confirmed my long held suspicion that you have to be slightly unhinged (or indeed without any hinges) to want to run 26.2 miles. It’s by no means a surprise that the first chap who tried the distance dropped dead shortly afterwards. We started the day feeling reasonably smug. In an effort to avoid joining the other 30,000 runners forced to cram themselves onto London’s groaning transport network at some unspeakable hour of the morning, we had somewhat late in the day, secured accommodation in Greenwich for the night before the event. Admittedly, this required the liberation of an eye wateringly large sum from the Hazell coffers totally disproportionate to the standard of room, but on this occasion the treasury department decided that one couldn’t put a price on convenience. This meant it was but a short hop, or in my case, shuffle to the start at Greenwich Park. On my last visit there, I vividly remember feeding tame squirrels by hand in a park fragrant with the aromas of Spring. On this occasion, the floral bouquets were replaced by a distinct whiff of Deep Heat and the squirrels had been driven into hiding by the presence of thousands of people, all of whom had been struck by a desire to use the toilet at the same time. In fact, there’s nothing like the prospect of a long run when it comes to the ensuring an uncontrollable need to spend most of your pre-race preparation time queuing for the facilities. At least it distracted me from the thought of what was to come. We were allocated a place at the Green Start which is the smaller of the three starts used in the race and


offered the opportunity to spot a host of celebrities. Not being up to speed with the latest edition of “TV Weekly” though, I failed to recognise any of them. In any case, my attention was soon diverted by the countdown to 10am and the shuffle to the start. I was found to be a natural at this aspect of the race, although at this stage was preoccupied with the niggling thought that perhaps I needed the loo again. Fortunately once underway, my attention was drawn away from my bladder to a fact that you don’t realise when watching the Marathon on the television. The UK tourist board must have editorial control over broadcasting so as to give the impression that the route (and therefore London) is full of sights such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf. The reality of the first few miles though is more Isle of Dogs Asda than heritage London. I was also being greeted by intermittent shouts of “come on Fatman” seemingly being lobbed in my direction. It took me a mile to realise, as he jogged past me, that these words of encouragement were in fact directed at a rather rotund fellow dressed in a bat man costume with this nom de plume emblazoned across his chest. As if being overtaken by an overweight caped crusader wasn’t bad enough, in his wake there soon followed a Gingerbread woman and a pint of London Pride.

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Despite losing ground to a host of amusingly dressed characters, our progress in the first half of the race was exactly to plan. Things were going well and were enhanced by the sight of Anna and Lara at the half way mark, each attached for the purposes of identification, to a balloon big enough to be visible from Space. Roll forward a few miles though and the picture was different. Not only had I found the “Wall”, but I had smashed into it and seen the wheels careering off into Canary Wharf. It was at that point that my running partner served up a motivational speech, the contents of which I dare not repeat in what is a family publication, but which had the required effect alongside a desire not to be beaten by Sponge Bob Square Pants! The crowds were also phenomenal, the noise in places deafening and the atmosphere incomparable. In normal circumstances, random people shouting out your name in the East End might seem a prelude to criminal activity, but this was far from normal and added further incentive to complete the task. Crossing the finish line, triggered a craving for salt & vinegar crisps and the need for the attentions of St John’s ambulance, so I was delighted first to

receive a carrier bag containing numerous leaflets, a slightly odd cereal bar and an ill-fitting and oddly designed T-shirt. It also released a mixture of emotions; relief, pride, exhaustion and a desire never to run a marathon again. The fact we crossed the line together was also pretty memorable although, as Victoria is quick to remind me, the official times placed her a second ahead of me. I’m still awaiting the results of my appeal. It also drew to an end our year of fundraising. We’ve been staggered by the support we’ve received throughout which together with the efforts of many family and friends has added approximately £35,000 towards the aims of Parkinson’s UK and in particular, funding research for a cure. What I’ve also come to realise throughout training for and running the Marathon is that dealing with Parkinson’s is a bit like dealing with hitting the Wall. In the words of that renowned actor, rapper, author and entrepreneur, Mr LL Cool J, “when adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm, take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on”. I think that’s pretty sound advice.



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

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


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


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

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


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Men behaving Dadly, Grace Church - every 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.30 to 11 am, at Green Lane Primary School. For Dads and their pre-school children (0-4). The kids get to play with the toys, the Dads get a bacon roll and coffee, and Mums might possibly get a lie-in... £3 on the door. For more information & contact details, Old Malden Library (Church Road, Worcester Park) Tuesdays, 10.30-11am, Rhyme time aimed at age 0-3 Tuesdays, 2.30-3pm, Story time aimed at age 3+

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