Worcester Park Life November 12

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Worcester Park Life

Nov 12 issue 53 Inside 6

French Market comes to town

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

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Remembrance 2012

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Worcester Park Dramatic Society

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View from the City by Justin Urquart Stewart

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Worcester Park Postcard

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Clubs

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What’s On

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Welcome to

our November edition N ovember is one of my favourite months. It’s never too socially hectic (fireworks parties aside) and, in my

opinion, is the calm before the storm that is December – although I am sure that all of you who are organising the Christmas fairs listed in the What’s On section wouldn’t agree! You know where you stand in November – there’s none of that expectation that most of us have in the spring and summer months for consistently warm weather and the associated big disappointment when it doesn’t happen. With the exception of bonfire night it doesn’t really matter if it rains as there just aren’t so many organised outdoor activities. I speak too soon. On 8th November for 3 days the the French Market is coming to town! This is part of the mayor of London’s Outer London fund project and hopefully the first of many initiatives in the Worcester Park area. Thanks to everyone who has advertised and contributed to the magazine this month. I do hope you enjoy it. And remember, if you have a local business and are reading this then so too are your potential

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will benefit from the extra people who come to the area.” The market forms part of the mayor of London’s Outer London fund project. Sutton Council was awarded in the region of £2m funding for the two projects. They aim to create vibrant centres which encourage visitors to the high street; supporting businesses in North Cheam and Worcester Park between 2012-2014. The Outer London fund is part of a major package of investment which aims to boost local high streets, deliver growth, new jobs and improve lives. This package is made up of the Mayor’s £70m Regeneration Fund and £50m from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, plus additional match funding from local boroughs. Projects have been chosen against key criteria according to their potential to support the good work of the boroughs and their partners to nurture sustainable growth and improve the vitality of high streets across outer London.

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Worcester Park History A new status for Shadbolt Park In June we looked at Shadbolt Park, laid out in the

1920s-30s by Ernest Ifill Shadbolt as the garden of his home Darkfield (now Shadbolt Park House surgery). This month we revisit the park, prompted by the recent ceremony marking its designation as a Queen Elizabeth II Field. Darkfield was acquired by Epsom and Ewell Urban District Council in 1937, soon after Mr Shadbolt’s death, and the garden became a public park. A guide to its trees and shrubs was compiled by W J Bean for the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (of which Mr Shadbolt had been vice-chairman). This lists 329 species from six continents. China and Japan provided around 100, including quinces, witch hazels and Viburnum. There were over 50 native specimens, and a similar number from the rest of Europe. North American species ranged from Colorado and Arizona Firs to the Kentucky Coffee Tree, and South America was represented by specimens from Chile. From North Africa came the Mt Atlas Cedar, and there were four species of daisy bush from New Zealand. The best-represented genus was Prunus, with 18 different specimens, followed by Cupressus with 13. In this one garden there were examples of Quercus from three continents, including the British Oak, the Scarlet Oak and Pin Oak from North America, the Turkey Oak from southern Europe and Asia Minor, and Quercus serrata from the Himalayas and the Far East. Many of the species listed still give pleasure to visitors: the white-flowered Indian Bean tree (Catalpa bignonioides) is a notable feature of the main lawn, to the right of the house, and the tallest tree in the wood, according to a 1973 garden trail booklet, is the Bolle’s Poplar (Populus alba ‘Bolleana’). A survey by Epsom and Ewell’s Tree Officer, Jeremy Young, and others in 2005, dealing only with trees, found 47 species listed by Mr Bean still present, including the stands of Monterey pines (Pinus radiata) and Corsican pines (Pinus nigra subsp. laricio) beside Salisbury Road and at the far end of the wood, respectively; rarer species still found included the Californian Bay (Umbellularia californica), between the pond and the path to the paddock, and the Chinese chestnut-leaf oak (Quercus serrata) on the tree lawn. Newer introductions include a Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) on the tree lawn and the rare red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) in the wood. To the left of the new surgery entrance facing Salisbury Road are the gates to the former nursery

area. John Le Flem, who was appointed as an assistant gardener in 1958 and soon became Head Gardener, a post he held into the 1980s, at one time used this area for growing on hardwood cuttings of willows, poplars and other trees and shrubs, for re-planting in other parks in the borough; a number of the poplars

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were allowed to remain, and now form a screen between this area and the tree lawn. In the mid-1990s the nursery yard took on a new role which would doubtless have appealed to Mr Shadbolt’s plant-collecting instincts, as the home of one of the National Collections of day-lilies (Hemerocallis). Day-lilies are perennials, natives of China, Japan and Siberia, producing a succession of flowers, each lasting a single day, in June to August. They are best known for orange and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers, but are now available in colours from purple to white, in various shapes. Epsom and Ewell’s first day-lily collection was formed at Rosebery Park by Borough Parks Officer Maurice Sellwood. After his retirement Roger Stedman moved it to Ewell Court, and asked the expert Helen Maltby to help identify the specimens. She offered the Borough her own collection, and it was decided to site it at Shadbolt Park. Additional varieties were obtained, and by 2001 the number had reached about 300. The collection specialised in diploids (varieties with an even number of genes) raised between 1940 and 1990. Other National Collections of day-lilies are held at Antony House in Cornwall, and in Leeds, keeping alive varieties which may have fallen out of current popularity. In 2005 the majority of the varieties were handed over to collectors through the Royal Horticultural Society, but in the following year the care of this hidden garden and the remaining specimens was handed over to the Friends of Shadbolt Park, who quickly began reinvigorating it and holding more frequent open days. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields scheme, to provide long-term protection for open spaces as a way of celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is run by Fields in Trust, formerly the National Playing Fields Association, a nationwide charity working to protect and improve open spaces for recreation and sport. Epsom and Ewell Borough Council put forward seven open spaces for designation under this scheme, including Shadbolt Park. Each designated field is given a plaque, and Shadbolt’s was unveiled on a beautifully sunny day, 7th September. Those attending the event included representatives of the Friends of Shadbolt Park, and those who have recently restored the pond as a wildlife pond, with former Head Gardener John Le Flem as a special guest. Borough Councillor George Crawford QPM spoke about Shadbolt Park’s importance to the community, and the plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Epsom

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and Ewell, Councillor Christine Long. It has subsequently been fixed permanently on the outside of the surgery. Our close-up photograph shows, left to right, John Le Flem, the Mayor, Cllr Crawford, and Doreen Bennett of the Friends with the plaque. If you want to show your appreciation of Shadbolt Park’s place in the local community, you can vote for it in the ‘Love your field’ poll at www.qe2fields.com If you enjoyed reading about the 1920s rural landscape painting by J M Ducker perhaps showing what is now Sparrow Farm Road, in my September article, you may like to know that Richard Johnson has produced postcards showing the painting. They can be bought at Worcester Park Station kiosk for £1 each. Profits will go to St Raphael’s Hospice in North Cheam. David Rymill (020) 8330 6563

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Remembrance 2012

O nce again the 11th November Remembrance Day seems to have come

round even quicker than the year before. Our Poppy Appeal has been in full swing all year with a recent 5 mile walk which we hope has raised over £4, 000so far - figure to be confirmed when all sponsors monies are in. We have also taken up the Felix fund which supports the Bomb disposal side of our troops. This year we will be once again collecting at various points in the high street outside Iceland, Waitrose and Worcester Park station to name a few. Various shops will have collection boxes as well so please give whatever you can in loose change as it is amazing how it adds up. We will also be street collecting so watch out for us. We are all volunteers and would welcome help from anyone who has any free time at the end of October and the first week leading up to the 11th November. Our club venue in Worcester Park high street will again be holding their Poppy Dance on Saturday the 3rd November and our service night on Saturday 10th November. Then of course on the 11th November after the Remembrance parade all will be welcome back to our club for a free buffet with drinks on sale at the bar - background music by

our member Steve Murphy’s Disco. This year’s Remembrance service will be held as usual at Christ church with St Philip at 10 am sharp, it will be advisable to get there early as seating is limited and we are expecting a large congregation this year. On Saturday the 24th November we will be holding a Charity Night with Dave Marion’s Big Band. This will surely be our best ever event yet as all proceeds raised will go equally to the Poppy Appeal and Felix Fund. We are expecting a contingent of service personnel to attend the event. I would remind all members that your subs are due for renewal of your membership and of course we welcome any new members at any time just pop in and see us at the club. On a personal note I would like to thank all those Committee members, Women’s Section, Bar staff and our members for all their help during the year without this we would not of been able to do so much in a climate that is struggling to survive. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and even e-mail us on rblworcesterpark@yahoo.co.uk There you are - truly 21st century! WPLife

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Ruth Jemmett Writes Mr Micawber’s Wise Words W hen the writer Charles Dickens penned David

Copperfield in 1849 he introduced us to a character - Mr Micawber - who will doubtlessly be remembered for the following words: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six - result misery.” Even people who are unfamiliar with sterling currency will surely appreciate the message in the quotation, which is quite simply “Don’t live beyond your means”. The Bible tells us that love of money is the root of all evil. There is no doubt that lack of it, often due to one’s financial imprudence, can encourage people to take unwise paths, which can lead to both relationship misery, and sometimes crime. In these recession-hit times it is very tempting to ignore monetary common-sense whilst trying to keep up with the Joneses - or any other family in Worcester Park - particularly as Christmas looms ever nearer, and the temptation to overspend gets ever greater. At this time of the year credit card companies seem to fall over themselves in their efforts to encourage us to live our dreams now and pay for them later. It is precisely this sort of thinking that has got our country, and indeed the world - into the biggest financial mess in history. Every year, just after Christmas, divorce lawyers start to rub their hands with glee, happy in the knowledge that it is the peak time for couples to commence divorce proceedings. Once happily married people will find many reasons to go their separate ways, including personal incompatibility, trouble with in-laws, infidelity and so on, and way up there as a prime cause of dissent will be arguments caused by money problems. When people consider getting married they are usually so consumed with thoughts of the colours of bridesmaids’ dresses and how the wedding cake will be decorated that many of them give scant thought to how they will manage their budgets in the future. Many couples think nothing of borrowing obscene amounts of money to pay for their Big Day (the average British wedding now costs between £15,000 and £25,000 ) without paying due attention to how they will pay a gas bill six months later. Our educational system delights in teaching the upcoming generation the joys

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of new technology, but how many school-leavers are equipped to deal with the reality of juggling the horrors of, say, sudden redundancy, when a mortgage payment is due? This is the time of year when children ‘must’ have a toy or game that is being promoted by the media, and their parents are made to feel guilty if they don’t have it. I am sure that you - like me - are being inundated with catalogues plopping on to your front door mats, trying to tempt you into buying gifts and baubles that you don’t really need. It is all too easy to mutter to yourself “Oh, you’ve only got one life” as you find yourself purchasing some gaudy trinket which is inordinately expensive for someone you haven’t seen for a year, just because it is the festive thing to do. If you can see yourself sliding down that slippery Yuletide slope (I admit to having sinned on that score many times. I still have that singing imitation Christmas tree with the nightmarish flashing red eyes stored in the garage ….!) what can you do? 1) Make a list of your total household income for the month, and your outgoings. Be honest!

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2) If Mr Micawber’s wise words ring true, share your clothing are leading you into penury. Remember that worries with your partner or a friend. People in holidays, meals out and trips to cinema or the theatre debt often feel ashamed, and then matters get worse. are luxuries, not necessities. You can indulge in those The Citizens’Advice Bureau will happily give you free things again when you have paid off your debts. advice on debt problems. 3) Make a list of your creditors and talk to them to see if Prioritise your spending they can arrange an easier payment plan. Sometimes The most important outgoing will be your mortgage or they will. rent, followed by food and utility bills. If you are lucky 4) Never NEVER borrow from a credit card to pay off enough to have any money left over (if your new regime another one. Cut up any unnecessary credit cards. has worked as intended) you should try and save a little 5) If you are really strapped for cash think of things you bit of money - no matter how small. With a bit of luck can sell. you will soon get in the habit of assessing where to 6)Reflect on what money-making talents you can spread your money in a grown-up provide. House-cleaning, gardening, child-minding etc. way. can bring in much needed cash. Clear out the attic and Overspending can be addictive. Advertisers know garage so that you can sell things at a car boot sale. how vulnerable we are to their seduction techniques 7) Unless your family houses a football team, ask in November , and play on our weaknesses. (No - you yourself - is the car really necessary? If it is essential for don’t need a singing Christmas tree either). If you want work or school runs, then try and use public transport to have a truly happy new year, remember that keeping when you can. Walking is even cheaper - and will make up with the Joneses isn’t as clever as keeping up with you fitter! your payments. 8) Keep away from expensive shops and buy ‘own brands’ wherever possible. Ruth Jemmett is a Member of The Society of Authors 9) Go on a diet. 25% of people in this country are Copyright 9th October 2012 WPLife overweight. Grow your own vegetables - they are free! 10) Keep a notebook with you at all times, in which you record all expenditure. You will soon be horrified cpp_half_page+print:cppp advertat half page 15/10/12 10:18 Page 1 how those ‘necessary’ food items or ‘bargain’ pieces of

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Remembrance Day

An ex- Worcester Park resident’s thoughts

A t the age of 14, I already knew what I wanted to be when I grew up! Either a policewoman or

join the Army. At the time, my half-sister Jean was serving in Saudi Arabia working in a hospital as a nurse and I wanted to spread my wings - travel the world, meet people and learn a profession and that’s exactly what I did! In 1978, I joined the Women’s Royal Army Corps, WO462674 Private Jennifer Campbell – an inexperienced and rather naïve shorthand writer/ servicewoman completed basic training in Guildford and trade training in Deepcut. Imagine my excitement and anticipation when I heard that my first posting was to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Belfast – 1979. Later on, I realised that this was what one might call – being thrown in at the deep end! I received “danger money” of one pound a day – I was 19 years old and oh, was I happy! I literally didn’t know then that I was a sniper’s dream for a walking target! But I survived the ordeal and was awarded the Northern Ireland Campaign Medal. I am certain that one has to experience military life

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Santa Dash

Saturday 8th December C ome and join St Raphael’s Hospice Sponsored Santa Dash at Nonsuch Park, Cheam on Saturday 8

December at 11am and raise much needed funds for the Hospice St Raphael’s Hospice (www.straphaels.org.uk) is seeking people to join the Santa Dash at Nonsuch Park, Cheam, on Saturday 8 December at 11am and raise much needed funds for the Hospice. The Santa Dash is a fun event for all the family, where all participants complete the Dash dressed as Santa. The length of the dash is approximately three quarters of a mile and participants can walk, run, jog or trot the route. The route is also suitable for wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead. Although the Hospice is based in London Road, North Cheam, it treats terminally ill patients from all areas of the Boroughs of Sutton and Merton. Suzi Forland, Events Fundraiser, St Raphael’s Hospice, says “We want as many people as possible to take part. We do supply the “one size fits all” Santa suit – although there is a toddler size available as well.

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Although there is no minimum sponsorship, we would love each participant to raise at least £30 which is equivalent of paying a Hospice nurse for two hours. Sponsorship can be raised by using our official form or by creating a Just Giving page online. “There were 210 “Santas” taking part in our Santa Dashes last year in Nonsuch Park, Cheam and Wimbledon Common. These raised over £10,500 for the hospice – so we hope to do the same with this year’s events.” How to join Entry fees are £10 for adults, £5 for under 16s or £20 for a family group of two adults and two children or £30 for a corporate team of four adults or friends. Children under 3 are free. Each participant must fill in a registration form. Once St Raphael’s Hospice receives your registration form and fee, you will be sent a sponsor form and “one size fits all” Santa suit – there is a special toddler size suit available. For more details, visit www.straphaels.org.uk ; e-mail susannahforland@straphaels.org.uk or phone 020 8644 3857. WPLife

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Clubs

Worcester Park Dramatic Society 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. Our 2011 production of ‘The Militants’ won the coveted NODA London Flame Award. The photo shows the cast of our production of Terrence Rattigan’s ‘Separate Tables’. We meet every Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the Sainsbury’s site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals and set construction, we have quiz nights and various social events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions anyone willing to act or work backstage.

The latter includes set construction, stage management, sound and lighting. If Interested call our member- ship secretary, Joyce Cranfield on 020 8337 3317.

Death in High Heels by Richard Harris is set in s a small London couture house. It is a big day as the manager, Mr. Bevan, will announce which of his staff he will send to France to manage a new branch at Deauville. There is the talented and elegant Miss Doon, the loyal Miss Gregory, the senior sales lady Irene, and even the showroom manager Dorian. Which is it to be? Speculation is suddenly interrupted when events take a dramatic turn over a lunch of curried rabbit. To discover more, do come along to our production, see details below.. WPLife

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Historic Kingston events Fantastic festivities for Christmas The historic town of Kingston upon Thames will be alive with festive activities and events this Christmas kicking off with a Tudor-style market, which pops up in the town’s Market Place from 7th November to 24th December. On 15th November Cinderella and Santa Claus himself will be switching on the Christmas lights at 6pm with activities for all the family to enjoy from 3pm. The Rose Theatre’s Christmas production this year is Cinderella and shoppers can meet characters from the show, see a live ice carving of Cinderella’s Glass Slipper and have a photo taken in a giant Cinderella themed snow globe. There will also be the chance to see real reindeer, choirs and brass bands plus a street dance show for all the family at the Rose Theatre called “Locked In” www.rosetheatrekingston.org WPLife

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View from the City

The US raises the roof - well just a little! by Justin Urquhart Stewart

Iencouraging f you want to spot an sign in the US

economy, then it’s probably worth looking at its most decimated sector for the past few years - property. If ever there was a sector more prone to fashion peaks and depressive falls, it has to be residential property. Of course we have seen a similar phenomenon back in the UK, but certainly not the devastating destruction that blighted much of middle American citizens’ primary asset. It’s not just that theirs are mostly wood and boards and ours are bricks and mortar, but far rather that primarily the US has an oversupply and the UK still has a shortage - oh yes and a few Russians to keep west London suitably buoyant. After the boom of building and dodgy mortgages for all, we saw the fall of the forlorn into regional areas of blight

and depression which reminds me of the quote about banks from Thomas Jefferson “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” And that was in 1802. How prescient of him. However, from the disastrous crash there are now more consistent signs of stability and even growth in some key areas. This has seemingly been enough to start to encourage the magic word for any economy to start moving again - confidence. For an example of its importance to the US economy, residential investment accounted for 4% of US GDP over the quarter of a century before 2005, and now merely some 2.5% since 2008. In the early years after 2000 new home sales were running at 900,000, but then dropped back to a mere 300,000. Such a drop has quite a dramatic ripple, or a rather larger wave effect in terms of scale. After all, it’s not just the building, but the fitting out with the kitchens, bathrooms etc., all of which ensure that more money is spent throughout the economy. And this of course highlights one of the key measures of an economy - namely its ability to move money through the system the velocity of money. Something which our Chancellor should pay attention to when considering house building and the stupidity of Stamp Duty. The main property index in the US is the S&P Case Shiller Composite 20 City Home Prices index, and this has seemingly risen by 8% since March, and it would seem that the foundations for a more solid recovery could be in place. After all, the affordability levels seem to be returning as the relationship between household incomes and house prices are back to where they were 30 years ago. No such change in the UK as yet. Add to this the reduced amount of stock being available and an increase in mortgage availability and you have the necessary ingredients coming together for something significantly more positive. Given the importance of the consumer to the US GDP, anything which improves the perception of the property market will only provide a further needed shot of encouragement for Joe Schmo, and anything that helps his US middle-American family can only ripple out to help the world economy. Justin Urquhart Stewart is one of the most recognisable and trusted market commentators on television, radio and in the press. Originally trained as a lawyer he has observed the retail market industry for 20 years whilst at Barclays Stockbrokers and developed a unique understanding of the market’s roles and benefits for the private investor. WPLife

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Acute oak decline

Roger Kerr RJ Tree Services There is a great deal of concern over the rapid

spread of Acute Oak Decline (AOD) since it was first recorded in 2002; it has been likened to the devastating effect of Dutch Elm disease in the 1970’s that caused the death of millions of Elm trees across England. The Oak trees affected are of the Sessile and Pendunculate species, the ones most vulnerable are those aged over 50 years and located in the midlands and south of England. The bacteria believed to be the cause is phytophthora ramorum it is harmless to humans but has dire effects on these trees. The symptoms are a bleeding from the trunk and branches, this is a dark sticky fluid that could be one of the means by which the disease spreads. In addition to this the tree canopy gradually thins over a 3 to 5 year period as the disease develops; the weakened condition of the tree makes them vunerable to other pests including

the wood boring larvae of the buprestid beetle. A range of other opportunistic pests and diseases continue to exploit the trees as the AOD further develops. The means by which the disease spreads is still very much open to debate by professional organisations. The theories range from humans spreading the bacterium by walking around infected and then clean woodlands to the cause being from squirrels, birds and even insects. An amount of pressure is being put on the government to fund research into AOD looking at how it spreads, if it can be prevented or minimised, the main concern at the moment is over the very fast rate of spread. Management of Oaks with suspected or diagnosed AOD centres on the control of potential spread. If you suspect your Oak tree may have this disease ask a qualified arborist like R J Trees to inspect the tree and advise you on the options. A solitary Oak

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with this condition will probably be left in situ and monitored for bleeding points and canopy thinning. In areas with several other Oak trees it may be necessary to fell the tree ensuring no timber or foliage is left as a mulch/woodchip and if required remaining material is burned on site. The presence of AOD should be reported to the Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Team via DEFRA and any replacement trees should not be Oaks. Along with many other people we really hope that the research under way does lead to a solution to this disease and ensure the mighty oak remains an integral part of our British landscape. WPLife

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Clubs

Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club M y name is Sue Poulter and I am the Secretary of the Banstead Organ and Keyboard Club. I first

wrote in this magazine in 2009 to tell you all about our club, following our move from Sutton to Banstead. I was hoping that I would be able to get local people interested in our club and it certainly worked. So I am going to try and enthuse some more of you to come along and sample what we have to offer. Our group produces a concert monthly at the All Saints Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead, Surrey showcasing professional keyboard players from all over the UK and some from Europe too. The music covers many musical genres to suit all tastes but it is definitely not an organ recital or a rock concert. Modern organs and keyboards are best described as imitative instruments as they can replicate almost any musical instrument and percussion. A whole orchestra, big band or jazz band, produced by just one musician two hands and feet! If you have never seen or heard a concert organist playing one of these instruments I’m

sure you will be very impressed at their skill and the amazing sound they produce. Each concert is different and we try to book a variety of players to show a variety of sounds and styles using different makes and models of keyboards. We now have many people from the Stoneleigh, Worcester Park and New Malden areas joining us on a regular basis so why not give it a try. New visitors are always welcome. On and off street parking is within a few steps from the hall and we usually meet on the second Monday of the month (altered for Bank Holidays). Entrance is £7 on the door but if you are coming for the first time contact me on 020 8330 5795 and I will arrange free tickets for you. Our website www.bansteadorganclub.co.uk will give you details of our forthcoming concerts. You could also visit www.organfax.co.uk for more information on all aspects of this type of music and you can listen to an online radio show to sample the sort of music you could expect to hear at one of our concerts. I look forward to meeting you soon. WPLife

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Radio Marsen

Celebrity tweets support appeal R adio Marsden will go off-air permanently if an appeal to fund vital

new studio equipment fails. Based at Sutton’s world-renowned Royal Marsden cancer hospital the radio station will be forced to stop broadcasting if £50,000 is not raised to replace ageing equipment. The shock announcement came as veteran Radio 2 broadcaster Ken Bruce joined Radio Marsden Chairman Jason Reynolds this week to launch an appeal to save the station. The BBC presenter is the first of a host of celebrities who will be giving their backing over the next few weeks to the Charity by having their photograph taken with the Radio Marsden Bear and tweeting details of the appeal to their followers. “Hospital radio is so important to people who have to spend time in a ward and Radio Marsden has been,

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I can also help with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and low self-esteem. I am a counsellor/psychotherapist based in Worcester Park and hold a Human Givens Diploma (with merit). Human Givens therapy was developed about twenty years ago and works with the client to establish which of their emotional needs are not being met in balance. My method using the Human Givens approach to counselling is holistic (treating the whole person). I establish which of the client’s emotional needs are not being met and then help them to get these met in a healthy and effective way.

quite simply, one of the best for almost 44 years,” said Ken. “Please join me in doing everything we can to keep them broadcasting.” The station’s volunteers deliver a mix of pre-recorded and live shows to hospital patients, on-line at www. radiomarsden.co.uk and to a much wider community audience at outside broadcasts throughout Surrey and London. “Sadly the equipment and studios are getting old and can only stand so many short term repairs,” explained Jason Reynolds. “It will be a devastating blow to patients, hospital staff and of course the Radio Marsden team if we have to shut down. But like many charities we rely on a small band of fund-raisers, which alongside the generosity of the general public, simply cover our running costs. “Raising £50,000 is an altogether different challenge. Of course we have tried to find the funding but time is running out and we have been forced to launch a public appeal for the money.” If you would like to support Radio Marsden it has a JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/RMBear, or check out the Radio Marsden website directly at www. radiomarsden.co.uk, where you can also follow the bear as he meets up with his celebrity pals. Donations can also be sent directly to Radio Marsden, Royal Marsden Hospital, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PQ. WPLife

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Worcester Park Postcard Raising Funds For St. Raphael’s In September’s WP Life, local historian

and author, David Rymill, informed readers of the return of an 86 yearold oil painting of Worcester Park. This artwork provides a rare, visual record of our town in its previous life, as a romantic, countryside location, showing open fields, punctuated by woodlands and clusters of grazing farm animals – all shortly to make way for our suburban houses. More recently, my own discussions with residents in and around Sparrow Farm Road, together with a few 1930s photographs of the area have added weight to the conclusion that this was the location that the artist chose for his painting. The viewpoint looks roughly northwest, from the London Road, towards Worcester Park station and Old Malden beyond. This rare colour record of Worcester Park, depicted

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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 12th November – Brett Wales Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start.(Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. Further details from 020 8330 5795, or visit www. bansteadorganclub.co.uk 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 Giselle Belcher 0208 404 6713.

Tuesdays 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. If interested, please contact our membership secretary, Joyce Cranfield, on 020 8337 3317. “Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired, meeting weekly on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but donations invited. Occasional speakers. Contact Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298 NHS Retirement Fellowship- Local Branch 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,

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Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. For further details please contact Lorna on 020 8337 4121. Worcester Park Crafters We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the hall at Christchurch with St Philip, Ruskin road, Worcester park,KT4 8LG. We meet from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For further details please contact Lynne by E mail: lynnesinger@ msn.com or phone on:0208 330 33590. Our aim is to provide a meeting/crafting place for all crafters whatever their craft or ability. Either bring your own work or purchase our kit of the month (small materials cost usually £2), come and play and chat. (small cost to over hall hire and insurance approx £4)

Wednesdays Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.15-11.15am at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Road. Come along and give it a try ! For more information please call Jo Hamilton on 020 8786 3444. The 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 41 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. If you would like to know more, please telephone our secretary, Ken Amess, on 020 8337 6241 or visit our website: www.ewell-probus.org.uk

Thursdays East Surrey Family History Society For those who are interested in finding out how to investigate their family history the Sutton Branch of

the East Surrey Family History Society holds meetings on the first Thursday of the month at St Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. Further details of all our branch meetings, can be found at Our award winning website www.esfhs.org.uk 60+ Social Mixed Single Group We meet in a local pub every Thursday where we discuss outings for the weekends such as meal out, walking, theatre trips, cinemas and many other things. If you would like to join us please ring Maureen: 07761278661. 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 every Thursday evening from 7.30 to 10pm. The public is invited to join members on short training courses. For further details please see MEFAS web site at http://e-voice.org.uk/ mefas/ or telephone 020 8942 8653 or 07966661015

Fridays Bartlett House Luncheon Club is a welcoming social club for the retired from work but not from life! Bartlett house, 49-51 The Avenue, Worcester Park,KT4 7HU Catch up with friends every Friday 11am-4pm Sit back and get that “Friday feeeling”with weekly entertainment! This fun and friendly club is not for profit ensuring prices are kept to a minimum so it won’t cost the earth! New members welcome. No joining fee. Transport may be available. All you have to do is pop along and give us a try, we can guarantee that you will receive a warm welcome! Contact us on 01372 720563 or 07807443156 Quest was set up in 1987 to provide a meeting place for people with physical

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disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for the members and allow the carers to have a regular break. Everyone pays an annual subscription. and we all pay £2.50 for our lunch, which is cooked on the premises. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker, outings can be arranged if enough people wish to go. The venue is St. Philip Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m Contact June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220 RSPB Epsom And Ewell Local Group We meet the 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. Our speakers are of a high quality and we welcome anyone who has an interest in this area. 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. If you would like more information, please look at our website, www.rspb.org.uk/groups/epsom

General Auriol Bowling Club was established in 1967, and plays on the 6-rink bowling green attached to the pavilion in Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to September, with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. For further information please contact the club Secretary, David Regan, on 020 8337 8919 (email:clubsecretary@auriolbowlingclub.com), or visit the website at www.auriolbowlingclub.com. Social Dancing With “ Glitters” At Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village 8.15 pm – 11.00 pm Entrance £8 Over 18’s All standards Bar & Free parking & Professional D J We may not have Brucie but we do have a glitter ball! Nov 2nd&23rd Dec 21st. CALL 07903 314276 WPLife

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I was recently very lucky to have an opportunity to travel to probably the most popular city break, holiday and mass migration destination of Spain. Fortunately, we do not only love to go there but also love to bring a bit of Spain back with us. Yes, we all know about tapas, jamon and manjana but it’s the wine of Rioja that really has a hold on us and that is exactly where I found myself… lucky, lucky me! My personal opinion of the Spanish was (whether fair or not), is that they are a little prone to exaggeration. I’m not saying that their isn’t a formidable amount to boast about, after all historically they have had at one point the worlds greatest naval fleet, terrorized their enemies with the Inquisition and somehow filled the world with fantastic Rioja. For the life of me I could not figure out how they could possibly make so much Rioja, I mean where on earth do they grow all those grapes? I was on a mission to discover the truth! Having landed in Bilbao, at a beautiful little airport in the heart of the Basque country, we set off in our mini bus and in just over an hour we had hit a seemingly never ending sea of vineyards. La Rioja is absolutely vast, who knew! We drove through Rioja, on an almost “Germanically” engineered highway, smooth, wide and well signposted, for over an hour and other than an occasional hill top village, there was nothing but vineyards as far as the eye could see. Obviously I was in awe and was becoming increasingly excited about what the next 24 hours would bring. Our first stop was the Bodega (winery) Escudero, where we were met by a gentleman who introduced himself as Jesus! From the road you could see nothing more than a non-descript, unassuming two storey building upon a steep hill. The cellars were vast and because of the hilltop position of the Bodega, there were huge doors that opened up at the far end to reveal a breathtaking view of their vineyard, which stretched across the beautiful valley below us. I was blown away and we hadn’t even tried the wines yet! As the day drew to the close we made our way to our Hotel at a ‘finca’, or farm. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the sight of a massive beautifully designed, ultra modern concrete and glass building, sitting on top of another hill bathed in ambient lighting and surrounded by vineyards. Idyllic stuff! Dinner was served, wine flowed

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and all too soon it was time to turn in. Breakfast in the morning was followed by a quick tour of the bodega and a wine tasting (talk about hair of the dog!). Later that afternoon, we made our way to the final vineyard where we were greeted by Julio who spoke no English and even though my Spanglish had vastly improved already, it wasn’t nearly good enough to have an in depth conversation. Hence, we cut out all the technicalities of how the grapes were harvested, fermented and bottled and made the communication very, very simple. How, you ask? Julio passed the corkscrew, a bottle was opened and we commenced trying the wines. Beautifully simple and so effective! I completely fell in love with the region, the people and of course the wines, and decided that it would be unfair not to bring them back to Worcester Park and let you try them for yourself at our Spanish fiesta on the 23rd November! I promise I will, like Julio, let the wines speak for themselves. I hope to see you there. WPLife

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The Pop-Up Gallery

The Friends of Worcester Park Library TWorcester he Pop-Up Gallery, Park, recently

hosted a private view to thank the local artists, volunteers and supporters who made the project possible. We celebrated the successful conclusion of our two month long temporary art exhibition. ‘Pop-Ups’ are temporary uses of vacant shops, this was the first in the local area. Temporary uses of empty shops benefit local communities and businesses - by making high streets safer, busier, and more attractive to visitors. Rents and rates are often waived to allow community groups or new businesses to develop which helps to stimulate the local economy.

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The Library’s Pop-Up rejuvenated the vacant shop at the top of the High street (44 Central Road,) which was the old Model Road and Rail, and had previously been unoccupied. The Pop-Up Gallery hosted a temporary exhibition, children’s craft area and related programme of events. The project was curated by Worcester Park Library and staffed by volunteers from the Friends Group and Craft Club. The project was successfully funded through the Local Committee’s participatory budgeting programme. The exhibition showcased works by local artists, many from local colleges and local community groups. Graduates of Wimbledon School of Art displayed a selection of paintings, prints, sculptures and film installations. Cheam Common Art Group, who meet weekly at St Philips and Christchurch – and exhibit regularly - displayed a noteworthy collection of their paintings. The children’s craft area was a great place for families to visit, play and create artworks. Children were offered the chance to paint and draw surrounded by inspirational examples. Or explore the exhibition through the gallery trail. The event programmes encouraged visitors to enjoy making artworks such as painting on canvas and felt making. Family and community events included gallery based storytime and baby music classes. As we complete our project we are pleased to announce that another organisation will move into the once empty space. The Pop-Up contributed toward the Council’s aims of developing the High Street and local area. The Library is planning further cultural projects for our local community, please visit to enjoy our collection and events. Robert Taylor, Manager Worcester Park Library WPLife

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February. For the best quality, buy from a trusted butcher or farmers’ market. This warming casserole is perfect for a weekend supper served with creamy mashed potato and a glass of full-bodied red wine. • 1.3 kg diced venison • 425ml red wine • 1 tsp juniper berries • 2 fresh bay leaves • 2 tbsp olive oil • 25g butter • 350g shallots or button onions, peeled • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 2 tbsp seasoned flour • 300ml hot beef or vegetable stock • 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks • few sprigs fresh thyme • salt and freshly ground black pepper • creamy mashed potato, to serve Place the venison in a bowl and pour over the wine. Add the juniper berries and bay leaves, cover and marinate in the fridge for 4-5 hours or overnight. Remove from the fridge 1 hour before starting to cook the casserole.

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams

Leopards, elephants, lynx and badgers?

Seen in Shadbolt Park recently leopard SLUGS and elephant HAWK MOTHS! And a toad sheltering beneath a log. Leopard slugs have spots, hence the name. Apparently they are widespread all over Europe, and found in gardens, parks, hedgerows and anywhere damp, but I’d never really noticed them before we spotted one in Shadbolt Park, beneath a pile of wood we were shifting. They are nocturnal and not very

active, eating dead plants and fungi and some other slug species! Wikipedia tells me they were first recorded in England in 1667 and that they live for up to 3 years. There was also some fascinating information about their sex lives (go look)! We were also delighted to find a small toad beneath a log - evidence that toads are about, which means all three amphibian species inhabit Shadbolt Park. An elephant hawk moth caterpillar was spotted in September on rose bay willow herb near the pond edge. They too are commonly found in parks, but, again, I’d never seen one before. The caterpillars feed on willow herb, fuchsia and bedstraw, the adult moths on nectar. They overwinter as chrysalides amongst low vegetation or in the soil. Anyone interested in seeing what lurks beneath the water and the weed in the pond, come along on Saturday mornings between 10.30 and 11.30 and you will see a couple of ice cream tubs with a sample inside! We don’t have badgers in the park, but they’ve been in the news a lot recently because of the threatened cull. I’ve signed petitions and written to my MP, protesting

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There’s lots going on for pre-schoolers in Worcester Park (term time only) Monday

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

Worcester Park Baptist Church 9.30-11.30- see Monday. we have vacancies on a Wednesday

Friday

Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday St. Mary’s Parent and Toddler Group meets 10.00 11.30am in the Parish Centre. Families enjoy making new friends in a relaxed atmosphere, while their children play safely. Ladies from St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union serve refreshments during the morning for both adults and children. Feel free to pop in and check us out any Friday morning during term time; you can be sure of a warm welcome. For more information, please contact the Parish Office tel: 020 8337 4026

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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, www.gracechurchworcesterpark.org

Wednesday

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+

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. Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday 

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New classes from August 2012 Every Thursday, At Worcester Park Library 10.15-11am Toddler class (18 months to 3 years) 3.30-4.15pm Baby class (6 months to 18 months)

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What’s on Give blood

If you’re generally healthy and aged 17 or over, do something amazing.... Give blood . 96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else. Book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23 North Cheam Sports And Social 658 London Road, North Cheam SM3 9BY Wednesday 07 Nov 2pm-4.30pm, 5.30pm-8pm A.F.C Wimbledon Football Club Jack Goodchild Way, 422A Kingston Road Kingston KT1 3PB Thursday 15 Nov 2pm-4.30pm, 5.30pm-8pm St James’s Church Hall, Bodley Road New Malden KT3 5QE Wednesday 28 Nov 2pm-4.30pm, 5.30pm-8pm

Christmas Fairs

The Holy Cross School, Sandal Road, New Malden, is having a ‘Christmas Shopping Evening’ on Friday 23rd November from 6.30pm until 9pm. There will be a great selection of cards, gifts, jewellery, books and much more. Entrance is £2 for adults (including a mulled wine and a mince pie) and children under 18 are free. Please come along and join the fun. 10th Saturday November St Raphael’s Christmas Fair St Bede’s Conference Centre [behind St Raphael’s Hospice] London Road, North Cheam SM3 9DX Entrance 10am. Admission is £1 for adults and free for children Jan Cunningham 020 8330 4501 Shooting Star CHASE Hospice Care for Children and Teenagers Epsom & Ewell and Sutton Friends Group Christmas and Craft Fayre Saturday 10 November 10:30am – 3pm at Bourne Hall, Spring Street Ewell KT17 1UF An ideal opportunity to buy your Christmas cards and presents. Jewellery, hand-made gifts and quilts, crafts, homemade cakes, cards, stocking fillers and much more We will have raffles and tombolas Father Christmas and entertainment for the children Our Chamber Music Quartet will play seasonal music Entry £1 Children free OUR FAIR IS SPONSORED BY THE KILLOUGHERY GROUP All proceeds to Shooting Star CHASE 18th Sunday November St Raphael’s Christmas Craft Fair St Bede’s Conference Centre [behind St Raphael’s Hospice] London Road, North Cheam SM3 9DX An indoor Craft Fair with a fantastic variety of stalls. Entrance is £1 for adults and free for children. For more information or to book a stall please contact Geoff Hill 020 8644 3857 geoffhill@straphaels.org.uk Come to the Doris Venner Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th November from 11am to 2pm, we are located in the Community Hall on Manor Drive. There will be lots of fun and

games such as face-painting, arts and crafts, cake stalls, bottle tombola and some fantastic raffles with prizes including a TV, a John Lewis Voucher and a toy bundle. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a present from him and your chance to have a photo taken. Lots of food and refreshments such as hot-dogs, cream teas, mince pies and other snacks. Doris Venner is a fantastic pre-school and a registered charity so please support this wonderful Christmas event in your local community. Ho Ho Hope to see you there!

Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL, Box Office: 08444 821 556 (bkg fee) www.rosetheatrekingston.org (bkg fee) Othello M to Sat 24 Nov Rose Plus Autumn (Age 12 - 13) Workshop Fri 2 Nov to Sat 3 NovLondon 2012 Games Dreams A Night of Celebration Sat 3 NovWinston Clifford Tue 6 Nov Room On The Broom Wed 7 Nov to Sun 11 Nov £9.25 to £12.00 JazzLiveDance November Sat 10 Nov £8.00 BalletBoyz Tue 13 Nov £8.00 to £30.00 The Lock In Thu 15 Nov £12.00 to £17.50 Swinging at the Cotton Club Sat 17 Nov £12.00 to £18.00 How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land Sun 18 Nov to Mon 19 Nov £7.00 to £10.00 Time to Talk: Julian Lloyd Webber Tue 20 Nov £3.00 to £5.00 Julian Lloyd Webber Tue 20 Nov £8.00 to £22.00 Jo Brand Sat 24 Nov £12.00 to £22.00 The Tempest Sun 25 Nov £4.00 The Kate Dimbleby Trio Wed 28 Nov Cinderella The Midnight Princess Fri 30 Nov to Sun 6 Jan £8.00 to £26.00 Vasilis Xenopoulos and the Xtet Tue 4 Dec Rose Christmas Concert Tue 11 Dec £8.00 to £20.00 Angie Tabbiner Wed 19 Dec

Epsom Playhouse,

Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL (01372) 742555 / 742227 Thursday 1 November 7.30pm Born in the USA Friday 2 November 8pm Letz Zep Saturday 3 November 2.30pm The Jungle Book Sunday 4 November 7.30pm Celebration of Neil Diamond Tuesday 6 November 7.30pm Chris Packham Thursday 8 November 8pm Sean Hughes Friday 9 November 7.30pm UK Pink Floyd Experience Saturday 10 November 7.30pm Charles Dickens’ Mr Micawber Sunday 11 November 3pm Central Band of the Royal British Legion Monday 12 November 8pm Alexei Sayle Tuesday 13 November 7.30pm History of Opera (abridged) Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm Rock of Ages (12a) Thursday 15 November 7.30pm Keith Charles and Ivan Lee Friday 16 November 8pm One Night of Queen Saturday 17 November 7.30pm Buddy Holly A Legend Reborn Wednesday 21 - Saturday 24 November Mid Surrey Theatre Company present Our House Monday 26 November 7.45pm Misery Tuesday 27 November 7.30pm Jethro Wednesday 28 November 7.30pm The Nutcracker Thursday 29 November 8pm Syd Lawrence Orchestra Saturday 1 December 8pm Imran Yusuf Sunday 2 December 3pm & 6pm Epsom Symphony Orchestra

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Leaves

by Pippa Greenwood A re you surrounded, engulfed and swamped with huge quantities of fallen leaves? The deluge that falls at this time of year is often enough to make even the most level headed, tree-loving gardener eye up a chainsaw. So what can you do? Turn them in to gardeners’ gold: leafmould. If you want an environmentally friendly and very effective soil conditioner or mulching material, leafmould is the answer. If you have the space, make yourself a leafmould cage. Simply drive four treated softwood stakes into the ground, each stake marking out one corner of the ‘cage’. The stakes need to be about 1.5m (5ft) long so that they can be driven in really well, to a depth of 1-2ft, leaving 3-4ft above ground. Then attach some galvanized chicken wire to the stakes to create the sides of the cage and cram the cage full of leaves. If they aren’t moist, add a watering can of water to the heap of leaves, pouring some in after each six inches of leaves. You can also speed up the process by using a leafmould activator (available from garden centres, mail order catalogues and websites). Most deciduous leaves rot down well, especially oak and beech trees. Leaves from fruit trees, garden shrubs and climbers work well too. Try to avoid including too many twigs or evergreen leaves as these take much longer to rot, as do tough, leathery leaves such as those from sycamore, horse chestnut and plane. Most of us collect leaves using a spring-tined rake and although slower, it helps you avoid some materials more easily. A leaf sucker or a leaf blower is quicker but will often mean you end up with more twigs and stones. If your leaves are a wide-ranging assortment, then a good idea is to use the lawn mower – just mow the lawn with the leaves on it. The collection bag on the mower will then be full of a brilliant mix of chopped leaves and even the slower-to-rot-down types will rot speedily as they have been chopped up quite finely. Mixed with the lush, high-nitrogen grass clippings, the whole process is sped up. If space, time or money are short then you can also make leafmould in a bin liner or bin bag. Choose a good quality bin liner and cram it full of leaves, again adding water and/or activator if you wish. Then stab a few holes in the bag with a garden fork, loosely fold over the top of the bag and weigh it down with a brick. You should have a useable product in 12-18 months, but the longer you leave it the better. Leafmould will help to improve the moisture-retaining capacity of a light, sandy soil and reduce the aeration and drainage of a heavy clay soil. It also makes wonderful mulch that can

be used on flower beds and borders, the vegetable plot, around trees and shrubs and on your fruit as well. It’s not often you get something for nothing, is it? So take advantage of all those leaves while you can. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com for some great gift ideas and items for your garden including: signed copies of Pippa’s books, hand-made terracotta herb planters and wall plaques, cloches, pop-up plant cloches, raised bed kits, ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ Gift Cards, heated propagators, Nemaslug and other natural pest controls and lots more. You can also sign up for Pippa’s newsletter and receive a free ebook on organic gardening. WPLife

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Safer Neighbourhoods Burglaries by PCSO Gary Weaving of burglary on the Nonsuch and Worcester Park wards. Therefore, I wish to remind local residents of some practical measures that they can adopt to hopefully deter this offence from occurring. Most people lock their doors and windows, but there are still many that don’t consider locking windows or think that one lock on a door is sufficient. In the majority of cases that may be the case, but there is always the possibility that a burglar will come along, look at a few properties, exploring the possibilities and the likelihood of an easy gain. This is where your vigilance and extra attention to security will pay dividends. It’s never too late to take extra care. Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. There are things you can do to help deter burglars, some small things that will cost you nothing. It’s just a matter of getting into good habits. - The first and most obvious is to lock all doors and windows. - Do not leave any tools lying around your garden or yard, or anything a burglar may use to effect entry. Lock them securely in the garage or shed. - Likewise, do not leave ladders or steps out, put them away. - Trim your hedges down a bit more so that neighbours can see your property, at least from their upstairs windows (natural surveillance, leave thieves nowhere to hide). - Do not leave valuables on display through your windows. Christmas presents for instance, put them somewhere they cannot be seen, or put nets up, obscuring the view inside. If you are planning to be away: - Remember to cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers Security lighting: I know a lot of burglaries take place during the day, but burglaries still occur at night too and don’t forget, the clocks have just gone back so it is getting dark earlier now. You can employ the use of exterior floodlights that become activated with movement, so they will only come on when someone or something activates them. - Disconnect the telephone answering machine, or re-word your greeting message to give the impression that you are only temporarily unable to answer. - Enlist the help of a neighbour, friend or relative to keep a regular eye on your property and keep the front door clear of deliveries. - If you are prepared to leave a key with a willing neighbour/ relative, ask for curtains to be drawn and lights to be put on at night. If snow is on the ground a few footprints will make the house appear inhabited. Also, a few timers that can be used with the lights, a TV or a radio are a very

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worthwhile investment. They can be easily programmed to come on as darkness falls and go off at a time that you would normally retire. Used thoughtfully with closed curtains these give the appearance that there is somebody home. A burglar arrested in Sutton last year and is now serving 3.5 years for seven burglaries admitted that his method was to walk along roads as it was getting dark observing the houses that remained in darkness. It was those houses he targeted. - Check your insurance policy. Some insurance policies for contents don’t cover you if you are away for more than 30 days. - Set your burglar alarm. If you do not have an alarm, consider investing a few pounds in a dummy alarm box. It may well deter the opportunist thief. None of the above measures will guarantee that you won’t be burgled. But they will go a long way to ensuring that your property will be of less interest to opportunist burglars. See you next month. WPLife

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Beat the Burglar with a Central Locksmiths Cyclinder Upgrade!

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Index

to advertise call 020 8336 2915 Accounting

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Aerials

Dawsons Aerials

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Colin Paints Pets

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Dental Sense Pure Serenity Stella Warriner Counselling

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Art

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Classic Home Care 12 GES Care 39 Home Instead 53 Serve U 2 3

Education & classes

Green Lane Primary & Nursery School 33 MEFAS 33 The Study School 47 Westbury House 62

Events

French Market 7 Kingston First 29 St Raphaels 23 WPDS 24

Food & Drink

Bellini 41 HG Wells 34 Nickys Restaurant 20 North Cheam Social Club 43 Rosmarino 19 The Vin Bin 46

Car hire, maintenance & repair Funeral Directors AJ Autos Mobile 54 Chips Away 35 Coombe Coachworks 60 Elmwood Vehicles 25 K&P Tyres 4 Shannon Corner Service Centre 56 Sunray Motors 6

Children

Music Fun 54 Sunny Signers 55

Cleaning services

Bits and Bobs 25 Crystal Clean Ovens 64 House Clearance 16 Ovens2New 45

Computing

Jamsuma 10 Megabytes 52

Driving Schools Roberts Driving School

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Evershed Brothers

Home, gardening, decorating

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     Car Estate 6 Seater 7 Seater  Destination   6       Car Estate Seater  7 Seater  8 Seater  Destination      Heathrow £40.00 £45.00 £50.00 £60.00            £ 50   Heathrow £ 40 £ 45 £40.00 £ 60 £ 70 Gatwick £35.00 £45.00 £55.00    45        Gatwick £ 35 £ 40 £125.00 £ 55 £ 65  £   Stanstead £105.00 £145.00 £155.00    £145   Stanstead £105 £125 £155 £165      City Airport £75.00 £95.00 £115.00 £125.00        £115   City Airport £ 75 £ 95 £105.00 £125 £135  Luton £95.00 £125.00 £135.00            Luton £ 95 £105 £60.00 £135 £145  £125   London £55.00 £80.00 £90.00          80   London £ 55 £ 60 £145.00 £ 90 £100 Southampton £135.00 £180.00 £190.00  £             Southampton £135 £145 £180 £190 £200                                     minimum fares are £5 per car, £10 per mpv, £15 per 7 Seater & £20 per 8 Seater                                          Please remember to mention Worcester Park Life when you speak to our advertisers 68        

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