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November Contents

History by David Rymill 6 Cryptic Crossword 8 Ruth Jemmett Writes 11 Have You Dropped In To Stoneleigh Job Club? 14 View from the City 16 Finance - stocks and shares 18 Chilled Orange Mousse with Fresh Orange Glaze 20 The History of Chocolate 22 Codeword 24 French Omelette With Garlic Tomatoes 26 Sudokus 30 Sutton symphony orchestra 34 Recipe Lamb koftas with minted couscous 30 What’s On 36 Hobbies 38 Voice for Wildlife 42 Gardening 44 A Photographer Dreams.... 46 The Worcester Park Dramatic Society 49 Clubs 50 Parkin’ some thoughts 54 Kids Play 56 Solutions 60 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 Remember, remember…. Family Stuart are getting ready for Bonfire weekend when we have a few friends round, pots of chilli and hot chocolate on the hob (stove sounds better doesn’t it) and let off a couple of fireworks (or so). However this year it’s not as simple as quick tidy of the garden and re-homing the chickens into the front room for the evening. No, this year will be our first year with 10 month old puppy Stuart (Mad dog Matty). Googling and hard core treat training currently in hand in preparation but could end up with a big cuddle on the sofa with doors firmly shut… Stay safe everyone. Anyway, 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 January one. There are a limited number of copies available from Waitrose, the libraries, Manor Drive surgery, St Marys and also Christ Church with St Philip but don’t forget that it is also published online - you can get the link from our website. Until next month, best wishes

Jenny Jenny Stuart, Editor & publisher P.S. Please remember to mention the Worcester Park Life when replying to adverts, and get in touch by 17th of November if you’d like your business, Club or event to feature in the December edition, and 13th December for January.

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

Commemorating the Wearne brothers Last month we looked at the stories of some of those named on the Cheam Common and Old Malden war memorials who died in 1917. This month I am turning to the memorial in St Mary’s Church, Cuddington, at the top of The Avenue, and in particular to two brothers from the Wearne family who lived in Manor Lodge, where Royal Close now stands, in Royal Avenue. Keith Morris Wearne and Frank Bernard Wearne were two of the sons of Frank Wearne, a wine merchant, and his wife Ada. The brothers were born in 1892 and 1894 respectively at the family home, 49 (later 45) Matheson Road, W14. The family had moved to West Hampstead by 1901, and were still there in 1911; they appear to have moved to Manor Lodge by November 1914.


summer 1916 his mobility improved, and on 10th July he was found fit for general service. Now a Captain, he was sent to France in April 1917, and was killed on 21st May. He was buried in Orange Trench Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, in the Pas de Calais. His brother Bernard attended Bromsgrove School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At the outbreak of war he joined the 18th Battalion (1st Public Schools) of the Royal Fusiliers, formed in Epsom. He was commissioned into the Essex Regiment in 1915, went to the Western Front, and was wounded in July 1916. After a long recuperation in England he returned to France in May 1917, attached to the 11th Battalion of the Essex Regiment which was based near Lens in northern France and was manning trenches just east of Loos, with rest periods in the village of Les Brebis. During a time of respite at Les Brebis a plan was formed for a trench raid on the German front line on 28th June, focussed on a junction in the trenches known as Nash Alley. A force of around 100 men, in four parties, was to capture a section of the line, take prisoners, and destroy dug-outs and mine-shafts. S/Lt Wearne commanded party B, comprising 20 men, with the task of attacking on the left and preventing German reinforcements reaching the other parties. Soon after 7.10 pm Party B advanced and took part of the enemy’s line.

Keith Morris Wearne was educated at Charterhouse School and the photograph of him, from a school leavers’ album, is reproduced by kind permission of Charterhouse School Archive (ref Ch.Arc.162/1/35). In 1910 he entered Sandhurst, passing out in 1911 and joining the Essex Regiment in India. Two years later, The Times recorded: ‘…Sec Lt Wearne and his small they moved to South Africa, returning to England in party were repeatedly counter-attacked. Grasping 1914. He became a Lieutenant in September 1914 the fact that if the left flank was lost his men would and was sent to Gallipoli. His knee was badly injured have to give way, Sec Lt Wearne, at a moment… when there in May 1915; after treatment in Egypt he was matters were most critical, leapt on the parapet, and, sent back to England, arriving at Southampton on followed by his left section, ran along the top of the HMHS Delta in July. He was cared for at Lady Evelyn trench, firing and throwing bombs. This unexpected Mason’s Hospital for Officers in Bruton Street, Mayfair, and daring manœuvre threw the enemy off his guard and it was found he could not flex his leg to more and back in disorder.’ than a right angle. An operation followed; on 20th September 1915 he wrote to the War Office to say that One of his party, Private J Voller, later wrote to he was that day returning to Manor Lodge, and he Bernard’s father, ‘Mr Wearne received his first wound was still there the following February. In spring and Please remember to mention Worcester Park Life when you speak to our advertisers

(in the leg).. it was a wound that would have fully justified going back to our lines, but he refused to go. I bound him up as best I might but, as I had been hit in the chest by the same bomb that wounded him, I could not do it very well. However the enemy having retired I got him into the trench where he sat directing things as coolly as ever.’ Shortly afterwards Wearne was hit again, on the forehead. Pte Voller continues, ‘… I was doing my best of course to help him when he was hit yet again at the back of his neck and rolled over. When I saw his face, sir, I knew beyond doubt that my officer was dying. I sat beside him holding his shrapnel helmet over his face to keep off the flying stones and fragments. He turned his head towards [me] and said, “You have done well, Voller. Tell…” And then he died with the same smile on his face it always wore when it was pleased’ (quoted from Nicholas Lovell’s VCs of Bromsgrove School). In July S/Lt Wearne was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously, the citation recording ‘By his tenacity in remaining at his post though severely wounded and his magnificent fighting spirit, he was enabled to hold on to the flank.’ his VC is now part of the Ashcroft Collection, in the Imperial War Museum.

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When he enlisted he was described as short-sighted in both eyes; his spectacles can be seen in the photograph reproduced here from Essex Units in the War, 1914-1919, Vol 6 by J W Burrows (courtesy of The Essex Regiment Museum). It perhaps shows the loyalty he inspired, that Private Voller and another man, Wilkins, tried to get his body back to British lines; Wilkins would die before they reached their goal, yet Voller almost apologetically writes ‘I had the pair of glasses Mr Wearne was wearing at the time but carrying them for safety in my gas-helmet satchel, and falling over in the trench I lost them, though I looked.’ The centenaries of First World War VCs are being marked nationwide by plaques installed near their birthplaces. Although W14 is referred to as West Kensington, Matheson Road was then in the Borough of Fulham (now Hammersmith and Fulham), so his plaque was unveiled on 28th June this year in front of the Fulham Borough war memorial in Vicarage Gardens near All Saints’ Church (just off the 93 bus route from North Cheam), as shown in our colour illustration. The centenary of the deaths of the two brothers was also marked in St Mary’s on Sunday 2nd July, when a copy of the revised translation of the Bible given to the church by Mr and Mrs Wearne in 1917 was used for the readings.

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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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Pricy starter more stuffed (6) 4. Dog that’s eked nosh out (8) 9. First danger sounded naughty! (6) 10. Twisted sneer foe anticipated (8) 12. Demanding old flame giving a performance (8) 13. Dog bent lead to advantage (6) 15. Every enemy behind a friend (4) 16. Deviant seeing second book (7) 20. Flourish for backward salespeople (7)

Down 1. Cheese near Pam’s 21. He has some cider stew (8) to conceal (4) 2. PM, note, like 25. Evil or Netanyahu (8) misrepresented 3. Short looker has to man (6) leave fair play (6) 26. Boxer – dog put 5. Um, Otis disheartened on a register (8) a god (4) 28. Offer one should 6. Cronies wrongly love to accept? (8) accepting a situation 29. Cat? It’s getting (8) put out still (6) 7. City poems, when written up (6) 30. The Spanish incident (the 8. A man had some food middle fraction) (8) to give (6) 31. Unreal dance 11. The opposite of popular shows nerve! (6) poetry (7)


14. Regret about steady income (7) 17. Horrible guy first regrets stripping women! (8) 18. Small sister is missing clergyman (8) 19. Really odd article standing on end (8) 22. Join unqualified driver in a car (6) 23. Girl pleasant, having heart of gold (6) 24. Short story without a following was illuminating (6) 27. Former secretary put on weight (4)

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Ruth Jemmett Writes November - A Time For Remembrance A Time For Reflection By Ruth Jemmett A traditional rhyme goes: ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder treason and plot I see no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot’ The much missed comedian Frank Carson commented that “Bonfire Night normally marks the start of Christmas Shopping - unless you’re a man - and then it starts on Christmas Eve”! As a child I really looked forward to the fifth of this month Its meaning went far above my childish head. As far as I was concerned politics and religion belonged in the world of the adults. I just wanted to get my hands on sparklers! Matters of Health and Safety weren’t at the forefront of our thinking in the 1950s when I was a young girl. Quite dangerous fireworks were sold in shops in the weeks leading up to the big night, and more than a few people would get injured when celebrating something that happened hundreds of years ago. We all had a hazy knowledge about Guy Fawkes, and enjoyed making a ‘guy’, which was constructed of old clothes, and which would sit proudly on the top of a bonfire. The tradition of Bonfire Night began in the 1670s. We think of Fawkes as a Catholic, but in fact he was born of Protestant parents, but nursed an increasing anger at the way hhis Catholic friends were treated. The Gunpowder Plot was intended to spark a Catholic uprising, but, as we all know, things didn’t go quite as planned! In my childhood chestnuts were roasted in the flames of the bonfire,, and tooth-rotting toffee apples would be distributed. The following morning the sky would usually be misty, and our throats often felt dry and sore

after inhaling smoke. There were spent rocket sticks littering gardens everywhere. These days environmentalists (and those cautious about the creation of infernos throughout the land!) endeavour to keep our pyromanical desires under control, and well organised celebrations in arenas and large fields tend to be the order of the day

Recent high winds have stripped a lot of leaves off the trees, and the residents of Salisbury Road are being kept busy sweeping away memories of Summer and Autumn. Try not to have bonfires at this time of the year. The air is polluted enough, and the smoke isn’t good for people with bronchial problems. Lighting up can really annoy neighbours, and can leave homes reeking for days. Local councils can provide bins for garden waste. I recently stopped feeding the fish in my pond, as it is bad for them to eat much during colder days. They can quite happily exist on what grows in the pond. I can see they aren’t impressed, as they occasionally bob up to see if the food lady is about. As you might recall, a hedgehog was a recent visitor to Jemmett Mansions. I hope is now a resident, and I am being careful not to prod piles of leaves enthusiastically, just in case Spiky is still around! Foxes are with us every night, and I attach a pic of a cheeky one burying food in one of my flower boxes! In this area we are still not happy about street lighting being turned off - particularly as the evenings get even darker. We know that it is a cost-cutting exercise, but when one studies the financial outgoings of the local council, it seems to find money for wonderful floral displays throughout the borough each year. (As pretty as Nonsuch is, it must cost a fortune to maintain all that planting annually). As much as we all love the flowers, surely some money could be re-directed to keeping the local population (particularly the elderly) safer through providing adequate lighting? Burglaries in this area have gone up recently - and one doesn’t have to be a genius to see why. On the 11th of November it is a time of reflection,

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when most people in the country pause at ll a.m., on the llth day of the eleventh month, to think about the people who have given their lives so that we can live in peace. This year at The Cenotaph there will be a change of tradition. In the wake of Prince Philip’s retirement from the public scene, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, has decided that she will not be part of the ceremony, but will watch the proceedings from a nearby building . One can hardly blame her. After all, at 90 years old she could be forgiven for not wanting to stand still in icy winds for half an hour! I grew up in post-war Britain, and remember only too well things like rationing, and seeing bomb sites everywhere. My family had been bombed out of London, and Epsom and Ewell Council awarded us a ’ ’prefab’ home. Each home had a bomb shelter in the garden - just in case hostilities broke out again. It made a handy shed!

There are now more women becoming doctors than men in this country. What a wonderful role model Elizabeth was! As regular readers know, I am a big advocate for my own sex, and I was delighted to learn recently that Saudi women will now allow women to drive. Saudi Arabia was the last country on earth to do so, so it was well overdue. Apparently for the last few years an old cleric had been espousing the ’fact’ that driving would be ‘bad for their ovaries’!!! Tell that to the land-girls who drove tractors (and repaired them) in the last war, and who supplied 80% of our food, or the women pilots who flew Spitfires to where they were needed in the war! Rant over!

On the 9th of this month we celebrate the fact that in 1908 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became the first woman in Britain to qualify as a physician, and also became the country’s first female mayor at Aldeburgh in Suffolk, where she had retired to.

On 22nd of the month we celebrate the birthday of the late English composer Benjamin Britten. He was a gifted musician, and was clearly watched over by St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, whose feast day is celebrated at the same time. When I attended St Joseph’s Junior School during the 50s, we had a wonderful music teacher called Mrs Heath. One year she taught my class a song composed by Britten. It involved imitating bird noises. She was so thrilled with our performance that she entered the class for a music festival at the old Epsom Baths in East Street in Epsom. (No, we didn’t sing underwater - flooring was put down!) Unfortunately the sound of us squawkimg like demented cuckoos made the other children in the audience split their sides laughing and we had to be ushered off the stage! I was recently delighted to be reunited with one of my former classmates, who I first met in 1950!

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During these gloomy days, try not to get downhearted. For many years, when my literary efforts didn’t achieve much succes, I spurred myself on by looking at a quotation from the later writer, Quentin Crisp, which was taped to my old typewriter: “If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style!” Start writing those Christmas lists!

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Community Have You Dropped In To Stoneleigh Job Club? You may not have thought of trying Stoneleigh Job Club yet, or you may be one of the many local residents who we’ve helped after they dropped in to see us for a friendly chat and a coffee. • We’ve been helping people of all ages and backgrounds like you into jobs for over a year now. That’s what we do. You don’t have to be unemployed , we help those in work as well. • We have helped executives and professionals recently made redundant as well as those unemployed for five to ten years who are struggling to regain employment skills. • We are in the Community library in Stoneleigh Broadway every Tuesday 10-12, next to the rail station, where we can help you find that part or full time job , discuss a career change or maybe start you on your career, and prepare you for that challenging interview . And its all free. • 1:1 sessions with our trained volunteer coaches are purposeful, engaging and very supportive, allowing you time over the weeks to develop your confidence and think about your ideal job without any pressure or stress. • Besides all the above, we can help redraft or design your CV to keep it up to date and worthy of your skills and aspirations; help you with online or in person job searches and applications; help to enhance your confidence with positive coaching exercises and interview preparation. • We have a suite of modern laptops for your use with coaching in basic IT skills to get you started, plus printing. • Recently we have been running a successful series of Business Start Up workshops open to anyone interested in self employment or who may be interested in finding out what’s involved in taking that great idea and turning it into a profitable enterprise. Led by Alex who has experience in this sector. Most of our clients love what we have been able to do for them , you’ll find full details and lots more on our website including an application form : www. We look forward to welcoming you any Tuesday 10-12. It helps us if you make an appointment using any of these media :


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View from the City What are two anniversaries telling us about investing? Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder and Head of Business Development


History always provides timely reminders of the need to keep investment risks in mind. They also offer us cues to remember that investments can go down, as well as up, to the extent that your original investment may be affected. Some 30 years ago, on 19 October, stockmarkets around the world fell in value to such an extent that the day earned its gloomy moniker of ‘Black Monday’. In just a single day, the S&P 500 index had dropped 20.5%, while the FTSE 100 dropped 10.8%. By the end of October 1987, headline stock indexes in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Spain, the UK and the US had tumbled 41.8%, 22.5%, 45.5%, 31.0%, 26.5% and 22.7% respectively. New Zealand’s market was particularly hard hit, falling some 60% from the peak in 1987. And although that index took a number of years to recover, UK shares actually recovered in value relatively quickly. In fact, the FTSE 100 at the end of that year was at a higher level than at the beginning. It was almost as if Black Monday had just been just a terrible dream. And since then more financial crises have been and gone – from the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis to the dotcom boom (and bust) through to the Global Financial Crisis. The UK vote to leave the EU threatened – the FTSE 100 was initially off by over 8% before it rallied later in the day to end down by just over 2% – but that particular topic may yet come back to haunt financial markets. None of these upsets though has resulted in the FTSE 100 falling by more than 10% of its value in any one day. The Global Financial Crisis, by way of an example, resulted in falls of about 9% on the worst days, which for the FTSE 100 was on 10 October 2008 and the S&P 500 on 15 October 2008. This month also marks the fifth anniversary of the last time we saw 3% inflation. And the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics saw the Consumer


Price Index rise by 0.1% back up that 3% and a full percentage point above the Bank of England’s own target. By the time you read this, the Bank may well have responded and raised base rates for the first time in a decade. It could be that a third anniversary will need to be marked! And while the increases in inflation mean higher pension pay outs (and the lifetime allowance is going back up for a change), and an increase in interest rates will help savers, they’re only likely to go up by 0.25%. At 0.50% they’d still be trailing inflation by 2.50%. And that would be the amount by which your money would be steadily losing its spending power year-on-year. So we are really still in negative interest rate territory. So what can investors learn from these events? My first learning would be that investing has to be for the long term, and the longer the better. That’s because the lengthier the period you’re ‘in’ the market, the more you’ll be able to potentially benefit from the delights of compounding i.e. the process of generating returns from both the capital you have put in and the investment gains you’d have already received. Quite! Secondly, it’s about putting your future financial security in the hands of a professional financial adviser or investment manager. Your savings will need to probably last for 30+ years or so of you spending money from that pot. Not seeking advice has been proved to be false economy time and time again. Last, but definitely not least, I believe in the benefits of a well-designed, really diverse portfolio. It should span lots of types of investments across various sectors, geographies and styles. Portfolios such as these are not intended to shoot the lights out when markets go charging off (as they have done over the last couple of years). Instead, when the inevitable happens and the gloom hits, you will have an investment or two to help keep on those lights – everything in a portfolio shouldn’t all go south at the same time, and there ought to be some investments that help ensure that inflation is taken into account and your spending power is more likely to be maintained than eroded. Thinking through and carrying out these three points could pave the way for a far better celebration than the three anniversaries noted here would ever deserve. Seven Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered office: 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AS. Registered in England and Wales No. OC378740.

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Finance Should you invest in stocks and shares, and if so, how do you start? With savings interest rates at a record low, you may be considering whether to take a more adventurous approach with your money. Purchasing stocks and shares is one way to do this – it’s a long-term investment that can reap benefits if you’re prepared to take a risk and branch out from the ‘standard’ savings accounts. Investing in this way can provide you with funds you wouldn’t otherwise accrue, as long as you’re not looking for a return in the short-term. So before we see how to get started, let’s look at what stocks and shares are in more detail.

The potential value of investing in stocks and shares is twofold:

A small piece of a company When you purchase shares in a company, you’re essentially buying a small part of that organisation. Limited companies often issue shares to raise money on start-up, and also further down the line if they need additional funding for expansion, or a large project, for example.

Dividend payments You receive a dividend payment as long as the company remains profitable, but the amount you receive depends on the type of share you hold. Payments are usually made twice a year, and you generally have a choice of taking the money as cash or reinvesting it in more shares.

Stock is the term used to cover different types of share, of which ordinary shares, preference shares, and non-voting shares are just a few examples.

Growth potential A company’s growth potential relies on a number of factors, including: • Size of their market share. • Management efficiency and experience. • Brand identity and its popularity with the wider population. • Company profits and profit margins.

• Ordinary shares Also known as ‘common stock,’ ordinary shares provide you with a share of a company’s assets and profits by way of dividend payments, as well as voting rights on issues such as executive pay or the appointment of directors. • Preference shares Dividend payments are fixed at a certain rate when you buy preference shares. There are no voting rights, but you do receive payment before holders of common stock. This is true in good times and bad – if the company experiences financial difficulty, for example, as a preference shareholder you would be positioned higher up the ranking for payment. • Non-voting shares These are ordinary shares that do not carry voting rights, although in some instances shareholders may have the right to vote under certain circumstances. Where does the value lie when investing in stocks and shares?


The price of shares is driven by expectation of the company’s performance. It will rise if there is significant interest or if traders have high expectations that the company will do well, based on the management/executive team. How do you get started when investing in stocks and shares? Initially, you should determine the level of risk you’re willing to accept. Understanding that there is always an element of risk, however small the investment, and balancing this with the potential rewards, is a sensible approach. There are two types of investment when it comes to stocks and shares – direct and indirect.

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Direct investment This involves choosing the stocks and shares yourself, rather than using the services of a broker or other professional advisor. It’s likely to be cheaper, but you won’t receive the expert direction or guidance that a beginner often needs. There are online investment platforms where you can set up an account and pay for your investments as a lump sum, or ‘drip feed’ payments using a monthly direct debit. Some people prefer to make monthly payments as it can smooth out market fluctuations and spread the risk a little. Indirect investment You can also purchase stocks and shares through a stockbroker or financial company. They may also provide online services for buying and selling, but you’ll receive a professional opinion on the most appropriate investments based on your circumstances. This comes at a cost, of course, so you need to weigh up the benefits of receiving expert advice if your own knowledge of stock market investment is minimal.

Other aspects to consider if you decide to invest • You can lower your exposure to risk by diversifying the investments. • It’s generally advised to invest for a minimum of five years, but longer if possible. • Carry out lots of research on each company prior to making an investment. • Compare fees and charges between providers. • Regularly review your investment portfolio. Investing in stocks and shares can provide a higher return than cash that’s held in a savings account, as long as it’s viewed as long-term. It can help you achieve your financial goals faster, and you also have the option of choosing stocks and shares yourself or using an advisor. The downsides of this type of investment include potential volatility in the market, the fact that your money is tied up for the long-term, and that it’s not risk-free. So what is your attitude to risk? Could you see yourself investing in the stock market?

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3 gelatine leaves 150ml fresh orange juice 250g ricotta cheese 250g full fat soft cheese 100g caster sugar 2 tsp orange zest 300ml double cream 2 egg whites

FOR THE ORANGE GLAZE • 1 gelatine leaf • 150ml fresh orange juice • 2 oranges, peeled, segmented and flesh chopped • Fresh mint sprigs, to decorate

Serves 8 Ready in 1 hour, plus cooling and chilling

TIP Stir a spoonful of warmed fine-shred marmalade into the orange glaze before it cools for an extra tangy flavour.


1. Soak the gelatine leaves in a shallow bowl of cold

water for 5 minutes until soft. Heat the orange juice in a small pan until almost boiling then remove from the heat. Squeeze the excess liquid from the gelatine leaves and stir into the hot juice until dissolved. Cool for 15 minutes.

2. Beat the ricotta and cream cheese together in a

large bowl until smooth, then beat in the caster sugar and orange zest. Fold in the cooled gelatine.

3. Whip the cream in a bowl until softly peaking and in

a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold the cream into the orange mixture followed by the egg whites.

4. Spoon the mixture into a 20cm square baking dish that is at least 5cm deep. Gently level the surface and chill in the fridge for 3 hours, or until set.

5. To make the orange glaze, soften the gelatine in

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Farmers Market

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Remember, Remember The 3rd Of November!! Green Lane Primary School’s annual FIREWORK SPECTACULAR will take place on Friday 3rd November. This year we will have a QUIET firework display at 6:15pm with no bangs before the MAIN event at 7.00pm. For those that are sound sensitive, we will have ear defenders on sale at the door. No need to rush home to make dinner, take the night off and enjoy dinner with us. On sale will be BBQ, HOG ROAST, DELICIOUS DUMPLINGS AND HOT SOUP. There will be HOT MULLED WINE AND HOT CHOCOLATE to warm you up. Fun rides and glow products to keep the children entertained. Admission: Adults cost £7.50 • Children £5.50 (3-12) • Under 3s are free • Family of 4 is £23. Green Lane Primary & Nursery School, Green Lane, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 8AS Round Table Carshalton Fireworks 2017 Saturday 4th November Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road Gates open at 5pm - Display starts at 7pm Live Bands Bonfire lit at 7.30pm For one of the largest charity fireworks displays in the South East of England come to our 60th annual bonfire night. This event is put on by Wallington & Carshalton Round Table. Our aim is to provide a safe, enjoyable and exciting event for the local community. All profit from the event is donated to local charities to further support the local community. We are a notfor-profit local organisation and the event is put on by volunteers. The display starts at 7pm. However to ensure getting into the park to see the whole firework display we advise entering at least 45 minutes before the 7pm start. Buying your programmes before the event will mean you get in the park quicker as you will not have to queue. They are also cheaper when bought by Friday 3rd November. The price is just £6 per person up to the 3rd November, and £10 on Saturday 4th November from the gates of the park. Children 5 years and under are free and do not need an entry programme.



Graham Child Christmas Carol Concert, in aid of Mary Preston Holiday Projects 6th December 7.45pm New Malden Methodist Church, High St Tickets £5 Contact: Bobby Child 07946 532 846

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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The festive season is weeks awayand planning has already begun at Christ Church with St Philip for this year’s Christmas Tree Festival – back for a second year in succession following the huge success of the inaugural event at Christ Church with St Philip last December. The organisers are calling on local businesses, schools, community groups and organisations to consider sponsoring a tree this time around. Last year, 30 trees went on display, drawing crowds into the Church to see them beautifully decorated and lit. A total of £2,584 was raised last year when 30 trees went on display in the Church, all sponsored by local businesses, schools, community groups and organisations. This year, the Festival will run from Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December and will again raise funds for St Raphael’s Hospice and the Church.

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Who’s at The Playhouse Paul Chowdhry - Live innit Monday 30th October Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide. That’ll Be The Day - November Thursday 2 November The UK’s premier Rock & Roll production That’ll Be The Day returns with another chance to see its latest most popular show! Highly acclaimed for its stunning LIVE entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music. This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live onstage! Prepare for an unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! Old Hat Jazz Band Monday 6th November Old Hat Jazz Band - A young band with a hot swinging UK Pink Floyd Experience Friday 17th November approach to favourite tunes of the 20s & 30s Making a welcome return, UK Pink Floyd Experience Sutton Theatre Company present CATS will again recreated the atmosphere of the great Pink Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th November Floyd in concert. ‘Let the Memory Live again’ For this tour the band is drawing on the whole This record-breaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber catalogue of Pink Floyd material, with a set list drawn has captivated audiences around the World and Sutton from all the iconic albums including; Piper at the Gates Theatre Company (STC) are excited to be one of the of Dawn, Saucer Full Of Secrets, Atom Heart Mother, first adult amateur companies to perform it in the UK. Meddle, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell. Cats”, this iconic show features wonderful music JONGLEURS NOV Saturday 18th November including one of the most famous songs in musical Jongleurs On The Road brings the UK’s funniest theatre, “Memory”. comedians to you! We book the brightest and best Remembrance Day Concert Sunday 12 November comics and create a top-notch comedy show in the The Central Band of the Royal British Legion present it’s comfort and convenience of The Epsom Playhouse. ever popular Remembrance Day Concert. Featuring a host and three live stand up comedians, Rich Hall’s HoedownMon day 13th November top quality acts and guaranteed laughs, it’s always a Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its great night out second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s To advertise email or call 020 8336 2915 37

From time to time acts are changed to suit TV filming etc - so please check website for up to date info. Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show Sunday 19th November This show is quite possibly the very best tribute to the still talked about golden years of the worldfamous Rat Pack Las Vegas era. Featuring the combined talents of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, the Rat Pack wowed audiences worldwide but most notably at The Sands Casino, Las Vegas! Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis Monday 20th November Goff Dubber Dixieland Express Monday 20th Nov Goff Dubber Dixieland Express taking inspiration from the masters of classic New Orlean’s jazz The Blues Band Tuesday 21st November 2017 sees The Blues Band Celebrate their 38th year together Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher. Jenny Eclair Wednesday 22nd November Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane). Following a complete sell-out 100 date tour, Jenny Eclair extends her hit tour for the final time. Professional grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter Jenny is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! Christmas Memories Thursday 23rd November Neil Sands and his brilliant west end cast are back with their 2017 Christmas production which has been described as “like a sparkly Christmas card come to life” It is a truly spectacular mix of over 60 of your favourite Christmas songs and carols, 40 stunning costume changes, lots of good old fashioned festive fun, and a unique atmosphere that will warm your heart on the coldest winters day, taking you back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year. Mitch Benn Thursday 23 November Don’t Fear The Reaper Winner of BBC 2’s Celebrity Mastermind. It’s been a morbid time for “the country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times); he’s turned 46 - over the hill by anyone’s standards - his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Andy Parsons - PEAK BULLSH*T Friday 24th November


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Hobbies Bottoms up! Let’s toast this terrific tasting hobby By Kate McLelland “Honeydew melon…a little smell of cream…it reminds you of lying in bed upstairs and having a tiny waft of someone marvellous having made you breakfast downstairs. You get that smell of toast and butter…” These are the words of wine expert Jilly Goolden, describing the aroma of a Chenin Blanc wine to a Guardian reporter at the launch of the wine-tasting courses she runs at her Sussex home. While some readers may find Jilly’s descriptions a tad over the top, most wine lovers would probably admire her ability to find so many different sensations packed into one sniff of vintage white. Since she first appeared on our TV screens in the 1980s, Jilly has waxed lyrical about wines of every age, colour and price. She believes that drinkers who simply quaff a bottle without dwelling on its finer points are “probably missing out 50% of what it [the wine] has to say to you.” What does wine tasting involve? Wine tasting is the practice of using the senses of touch, sight and smell to evaluate different wines. It is believed that the first wines were produced in Mesopotamia - an ancient region that included present day Iraq and Kuwait together with parts of Syria and Turkey - between 4,000 and 3,000 BC. By the time of the Roman Empire, the production of wine had spread throughout the Mediterranean, even as far as the British Isles. The ancient Romans were particularly passionate about their wines, realising that the more a wine was allowed to mature, the better it tasted. They were also the first to introduce wooden barrels, glass bottles and corks to preserve the precious liquid. It’s more than likely, therefore, that the first wine tasters were slaves employed by their masters to check that wines were drinkable (and also, possibly, to ensure that they hadn’t been poisoned by their enemies!)


Although unofficial methods of wine tasting have been around for thousands of years, it was not until the 14th century that more formalised ways of sampling and evaluating wines began to emerge. The rules put in place at that time have since evolved into a craft with its own precise language and methods. If you’re taking up wine-tasting as a hobby, you won’t be obliged to use the specialised terminology employed by today’s professional wine-tasters and sommeliers, but you will need to follow some basic rules to help you identify the particular characteristics of the wine you are sampling. The four stages of wine tasting The first phase in the four recognised stages of wine-tasting is appearance. The liquid is examined to see how well it reflects or refracts light, whether it is cloudy or clear, and how much the process of oxidisation over time might have affected its colour. The wine’s smell (also known as its “nose”) is then judged. Tasters must attempt to describe the perfume it gives off, as determined by its “aromas” and “bouquets”. “Aroma” refers to the smell of the specific grape - or combination of grapes - used, while “bouquet” refers to the scent created as the wine matures. To judge the taste, swirl the wine around your mouth so your taste buds can do their work. As well as teasing out the specific flavours of the wine, you’ll be considering the amount of sweetness and/ or tartness you find. You might also want to judge the amount of astringency (bitterness caused by the tannin in grape skins) you can detect. Overall,

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you’ll be looking for “balance” in the wine, deciding whether all its components are in harmony. The final part of the process is to consider the impression left on your tongue when you have either swallowed or used a spittoon to clear the wine from your palate. At this stage you’ll be able to tell a well-made wine by its crisp, clean finish: poor quality wines often leave a watery and insubstantial aftertaste. The best quality wines leave a “long finish”: that’s a flavour that remains in the mouth after the wine has gone. How do I start? If you’re not sure how to kick off your wine-tasting hobby, an online search will lead you to a number of excellent courses, taking place nationwide. On the jobs and training website run by the Reed Group you’ll find a short online course costing £97 (visit the Hospitality and Catering section at for details), alternatively Jilly Goolden herself runs winetasting afternoons under the title “The Wine Room” at £125 per person, taking place in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex (telephone 01342 822251 or email

As you develop confidence you’ll be able to explore some of the 400 or more commercial vineyards that operate in the UK. Visit England has a list of vineyards, many of which are open to the public, offering luxury on-site accommodation in B&Bs and self-catering accommodation so you can relax and make the most of your wine-tasting experience ( Whether you’re planning to become the next Jilly Goolden or simply someone who loves to explore the subtleties and complexities of wine, you’re certain to find a course or vineyard experience to suit. Bottoms up!


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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams

SOS! Shadbolt Park Could Be Built On! I have recently heard some alarming news - that Shadbolt Park, Nonsuch Park, and some other lovely urban green areas have been put forward as possible sites for housing development. The need for new homes and our Council’s obligation to provide some have meant that beautiful little islands of peace and relaxation for all of us - but which are not protected as Green Belt - have been targeted. Unless we protest we may lose a local place that we love. But it’s a short time we have to make our views known! Somehow most of us haven’t even heard about this, not even those of us who are Friends of the parks, and should have been informed immediately - and now we only have until 6 November to visit www.epsom-ewell. to make our views known. Please do so immediately on reading this! Do you value Shadbolt Park as a local amenity? Would you, even if you do not use the park often, really like it to vanish under a housing development? I am concerned about this on many levels, the first of which, of course, is the impact on wildlife. We have done a lot of work to increase the biodiversity of Shadbolt Park, by restoring the old pond - and it, and the surrounding area - are now bursting with Nature. Is our work on this site, and all that we have achieved to make a little refuge for wildlife, going to be overlooked, sidelined and considered of no account by our Council? I wonder how they can even think of earmarking this wonderful little park, with all its specimen trees and its national treasure - the Day Lily collection - for development? There must be some more suitable , already degraded sites in the Borough that would do instead! Please go to the website or visit the Council offices in the Town Hall to see the hard copy of this document, and do your bit to save our little parks from the scourge of development! Our Council are ignoring the needs of people for green spaces, if they are seriously thinking of trashing a place like Shadbolt Park. There has been ample evidence of the psychological benefit of being out in woodlands and parks, and the needs of growing children for areas to run and play. Society is damaged by damaged


people, and people are damaged when they do not have access to recreational space and the sight of greenery in their local environment. I am so used to wildlife being ignored totally when development is in the offing. Whether it is for important projects like housing, or something less necessary such as a shopping mall, wildlife is never factored in. If we are lucky we may get some tree planting and little flower borders to pretty up the development, but nothing will make up for the loss of wild habitat that so much of it represents. We are taking up so much space on this planet and literally pushing countless species of plants and animals to the brink of, or into, extinction. Why do so many of us not care about this? When someone desecrates a precious piece of Art, we go mad - why are we not similarly appalled by the desecration of Nature? Extinct is forever - nothing we do can bring back a species that we have completely eradicated from the face of the earth - and nothing will save us, either, from the consequences of doing so. The loss of biodiversity on this planet is a serious issue - we do not understand the complexity and connectedness of all life enough, to be so cavalier and uncaring about the loss of even the tiniest insect species. Insects and plants are the basis of life here. Of all species, these are the ones to protect - the small ones that most of us do not even notice, but without them, the larger ones cannot thrive. We all need to understand this and act upon it. It is soul-destroying and disheartening - to say the least - to work tirelessly on a site to create space and habitat for native species or to help keep a place beautiful, and then have the owner of the land - in this case, our Council - give you a ‘stab in the back’ by valuing your work, and the site, so little they can even THINK of offering it for possible development. We who are the Friends of Shadbolt Park are gutted by this news. I would like to thank the person who alerted us to this - it was not the Council, who, in common courtesy,

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should have done so back in September, but a local resident and leader of a WI group, who was herself late to discover what was going on and who, thankfully, came to us as we worked at the pond site, to inform us. Without people who are vigilant and take the trouble to concern themselves with local issues, many of us would simply be in total ignorance of many schemes that will have a huge impact on our lives. Please, if you can’t actually manage to navigate the document to make your comments known ( the fact that it is not very user friendly may be deliberate? To avoid protest?) write to the Town Hall or email them with your views. If you can, do suggest some alternative sites for development - such as railway stations, areas with derelict buildings, extending upwards above shops etc. Of course people need homes, but please let us not destroy our parks for them. Above all we can’t lose our beautiful Shadbolt Park! Deadline for having your say - 6 Nov. Please take the time. Thank you.

The Life List More 1970s’ TV Revisited British society had a lot to contend with in the 1970s – the three-day week, compulsory flares, a giant Curly Wurly, and a secret campaign to educate the public through cunningly disguised television programming. Only now can the truth be revealed… Crossroads – Long-running Health & Safety series about a motel’s shoddy building standards and the environmental impact on the people there. Contained frequent examples of memory loss, poor coordination and acting strangely. Nationwide – Regional programming proving that nothing says ‘regional’ like an eccentric in outdated clothing who speaks with a thick accent. Pot Black – Novelty colour-blind snooker competition, where players tried to pot the mid

grey ball and then the dark grey ball, while avoiding the slate coloured one. Rentaghost – Paranormal public information series about rising unemployment in the afterlife and the need to up skill while still alive. Special features included how to train a pantomime horse. Seaside Special – Televised version of a typical coastal resort, complete with cheesy dancers, faded music hall stars and a salty disposition. Warring couples and drunken chip fights were edited out. Love Thy Neighbour – Sociological study about a racist who ‘does not mean anything by it’ and a West Indian man who’s only racist in retaliation. Some said it was like Rising Damp, only in two houses. The Sweeney – Fly-on-the-wall and fist-inthe-face docudrama about a police team who collectively failed to read the Met’s briefing on safe driving, community policing, and negotiating resolutions without resorting to violence. It’s an unfair cop. By Derek Thompson

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Gardening A Busy November Pippa Greenwood It is time for the seasonal slowdown, as your garden and most of the plants and animals in it start to prepare for the colder months ahead. But, of course this doesn’t mean to say that you can start snoozing! There are lots of jobs which, if done now, could end up saving you time and money later on in the season or when the garden comes back to full life next spring, so I thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the top November gardening tasks that you should try to get to grips with. Get prepared for a relatively weed-free few months but hoe off weeds that are around now, as some might still set seed during mild, damp periods. Provided they don’t have any seed pods on them their top-growth can safely be composted. Bin, burn or rot down fleshy weed roots to prevent them growing in the compost heap!

well succumb to frost or cold wind damage this year. If heavy frosts are forecast or winds are getting icy, a layer or two of horticultural fleece draped over the plant and pegged in place, should do the trick, and can be removed on warmer days. I’ve also got some great fleece ‘jackets’, complete with a drawstring and in various sizes, available from my website - perfect for easy protection of all sorts of sizes of plants and shrubs, see

Flower beds and borders are likely to have a lot of deteriorating plants in them now. Cut back or pick off obviously diseased leaves and stems, and remove some of the foliage that is dying back purely due to the time of year. The flower beds will look a lot neater and it’ll give you an insight as to what might need replacing. Leave some deteriorating but healthy foliage in place to provide some protection for the crowns of the more fragile plants. Rabbits can be a menace at the best of times, but over the next few months their natural or wild food supplies are likely to dry up. This means they will be on the lookout for some tasty meals from your garden. Make sure that rabbit netting is not damaged and that trees, especially those that have been planted recently, are fitted with tree guards. Rake, rake and rake some more! That’s what you’ll need to be doing if there is a sizeable tree near your lawn. Use a spring-tined rake and do it on a regular basis - if you don’t collect up the fallen leaves they can do quite a lot of damage to the grass beneath. Trees, shrubs and climbers that have been planted over the last few weeks may need a little protection over their first winter. Foliage that will be perfectly tough and hardy once the plant is established may


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If you’re planning on planting a hedge, bear in mind that many hedging plants are far cheaper if bought ‘bare root field grown’, meaning they are lifted from their nursery field without being potted on. These plants generally establish and grow really well and are likely to be available now, but to make sure you get the pick of the bunch get your order in now. Bare root plants are not feasible once the leaves start to appear next year. Send off for a good collection of seed catalogues and check out the various websites so that you can start to look at what you want to grow next year. Many suppliers offer seeds and young plants of many vegetables, so order now and you can relax, knowing that you have got your first choice selection. Check out my website,, for a Grow Your Own package perfect for the less experienced vegetable grower - the plants you choose come with weekly advice emails telling you exactly what you need to be doing.

Less tender bulbs such as nerines and many of the agapanthus are more likely to come through the winter with style if you give them a little protection now. Mound dry chipped bark or other mulch over the area in which they are planted. And last but not least, water butts may not have had a lot of water going in to them over the last few drier months, but this is likely to change. Before they fill up with rain, grab a sturdy brush and clean each one out thoroughly, removing deposits of algae, soggy bits of plant and general gunge! Rinse out and then re-install ready to collect some rain. Visit Pippa’s website for a gorgeous selection of useful gardening items, perfect for gifts too, including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, fleece jackets, cloches, fruit cages, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

Established clumps of bamboo should be thinned out now. The extra space that the remaining canes will have will allow them to grow away better, and also gives them more freedom to move about in that way which makes bamboos so very appealing.



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It’s November again! The season of cold and slushy weather, but also a time of rugby and bonfires. The Autumn Internationals are upon us – and we can see the best of northern and southern hemisphere teams playing over the next few weeks. But it is also the time to remember Guy Fawkes. We have so many ‘days’ in the UK, to remember particular events or to get us to think of particular people. Father’s Day, May Day, The Queen’s Birthday … many others. But Guy

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Fawkes is a bit different, if only because it is a ‘night’ and not a ‘day’. Remembering when the terrorists of the time tried, and failed, to blow up Parliament. Quite important, and especially so in light of the terrorist activities that we are currently facing. I was in Lancing that weekend last year and the local Sailing Club had a bonfire on the beach about 150 metres away from us. I have never photographed a bonfire and I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. But the pictures were rather effective, with the fire clearly burning and sparking away, and the small crowd enjoying the fire and each other’s company. I think that this picture clearly shows the feel of Bonfire night … I could have thought through what sort of image I wanted to achieve, but instead just took the pictures with the camera speed set to 1/125. The ISO it gave me was 6400, which is a lot for most cameras and can result in a lot of grainy noise in the picture. Luckily my camera is very good at high ISO levels and, although there is some noise, this is not easily seen. The composition is important: with the person on the left and the seated group on the right all showing the bonfire light as a halo around them. The other two people are silhouettes. The picture would not have been anything like so good, if the sparks had not been visible as they give a more real feeling of being present. I do like this picture!

Later that month, I was lucky enough to go to stay with some good friends near Phoenix in Arizona, USA. They live in a small town (in American terms, anyway!), and their house backs on to open ground. It was awesome to discover that they not only had coyote in that open space, but there was also a road runner who came regularly to their home for a bite to eat. I don’t know if you remember those Looney Tunes cartoons with these two characters … the road runner always escaped in some bizarre fashion, and Wile E. Coyote always got hammered by his own plots. A touch of my past! Well, here is a road runner – the real thing this time and not just a cartoon character. He came along and spent a lot of time

looking at me and my camera, posing for it I reckon. This portrait is the best of the bunch and shows him in side view with his eyes clear and sharp. Whenever you take animal or bird pictures, you should make sure that the eyes are in good focus, as this is pretty much always what people look for first. Similarly, with human portraits, sharp eyes and, if possible, a catch light in the eyes makes a huge difference. Of course, sometimes you are aiming at a different effect – that’s fine – but let’s be honest and say that usually we want to just get a decent picture of the creature. So, keep your focus on those eyes!

And now back to the Autumn Internationals. South Africa were playing the Barbarians on the 5th November at Wembley. I like South Africa and that was enough to get me there with a group of friends. We had got tickets behind one of the posts at the end of the field, meaning that while we couldn’t see the whole match close up, any tries at our end would be in spectacular 3D IMAX hyper vision! It was a great match and the Springboks were losing 31-19 with ten minutes left but two brilliant tries brought them equal and the game was a draw. I’m sure that my ‘green and gold’ jersey was helpful in that. We were right by those tries and I was able to use the high speed mode on my camera (10 frames a second – but most cameras have an acceptably fast speed) to get the pictures I wanted. Timing matters in a lot of circumstances – as every budding stand-up comic knows – and photography is no exception. That picture of a bird grabbing a worm – only there for a second or two, and I am usually left with a feeling of regret and no photo worth keeping. Much of the time when I see something I want to photograph, I have to get my camera out, put it up to my eyes, remember to turn it on, turn it on, up to my eyes, focus and then realise that I’m too late. The scouting phrase is always appropriate – Be prepared! 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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The end of the year is nearly upon us, and you may well think that our office is quiet, but that is far from the case. The first weekend in December used to be a time of frantic dashing along the high streets, purchasing gifts and treats, but this has long since been replaced by a more leisurely wait for the delivery of online orders. Over the last few years its been noticeable that our diary fills quickly with viewings in the run up to the festive season with the first Saturday of December often being the busiest viewing day of the whole year typified by buyers who are both determined and committed to moving before spring.

We tend to think that, as so many of us have mobile phones and email access, everyone is contactable all of the time. This should make the final exchange procedure easy as it’s at this stage, once all the legal processes are complete and money is waiting to be transferred, that everybody needs to be contacted in person one final time to give consent. This month we had a sale at just this point and yet it took 7 working days to exchange.

year plans off to a flying start.

Before smartphones a meeting would have been set up, so that everybody would have been in the same place, or a couple of locations, to give the required consent. It just goes to show that some things that are meant to make life easier can in fact make them twenty times more difficult! Technology can work fantastically for people marketing property over Christmas but there are still some things that have to be done the old fashioned way!

A grand total of 7 people, including 4 firms of solicitors, needed to be contacted before everything could be signed off. The property was vacant and the vendors had nothing to sell so you are forgiven for thinking that is surely just a 30 minute job, but for 6 days At the same time the number of valuations all efforts were thwarted. we undertake surges. The vast majority of people now find their next home on Zoopla Every morning the exchange monies would or Rightmove. Families are together over be released, with a late afternoon deadline, and we would phone around all the parties the holiday period, and have time to browse to encourage a timely response. Each day the web, so its unsurprising that there is a we would get within a whisker of success. very noticeable uplift in website hits and Holidays, sickness, training courses, enquiries from Boxing Day onwards. As a meetings, phones in silent mode and result the end of the year can be a great problems accessing voicemail all conspired time to get ahead of the game, market your to ensure one or other of the parties was property, have it noticed, and set your new uncontactable at the required time. However the work that keeps us busiest at the end of any year is making sure that families can move before Christmas. That can be unexpectedly challenging and just a little stressful. On the one hand you have people keen to get into their new home to put up their trees and decorations, and on the other you have people getting into the festive spirit and less available.


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Clubs The Worcester Park Dramatic Society is a local amateur theatre group of long standing, winner of the 2011 NODA London Flame Award, and since nominated for awards for our sets and performances. We stage two major productions a year at the excellent Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.00pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the

Sainsbury’s site. We have rehearsals and quiz nights and organise theatre outings and social events. We welcome new members wishing to act or work backstage in set construction, stage management, sound and lighting. We especially need people with carpentry skills free to help on evenings or an occasional Saturday ahead of our productions. Interested? Call our membership secretary, Trevor Payne on 07540 084430. Or simply come to one of our evenings for a look. Our November production of A Murder is Announced starts with an announcement in the local paper stating the venue, date and time of the intended deed. Just in case something interesting might happen, friends of the lady of the Victorian house to be the venue gather at the designated time. The redoubtable Miss Marple happens to drop in, which ensures that a crime, should one happen, will be solved.


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

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

Worcester Park Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Group first Monday of the month at 2pm and finishing by 4pm. If the first Monday falls on a Bank Holiday the meeting takes place on the second Monday. Old Malden Scout Hall, 411 Malden Road, KT4 7NY. All retired civil servants and friends are welcome to attend and if you are interested in listening to one of our speakers please contact John Wright on 020 8337 8965 or

Do you enjoy listening to show tunes, big band music, jazz, light classics etc? Come along to an evening of live music played by top artistes. We meet on the second Monday of each month at our Banstead venue Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club Church Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start.(Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. 020 8330 5795, or visit

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

*There is currently a waiting list. Cheam Common Art Group Small friendly Art Group who meet at Christ Church With St Philip Ruskin Road, Worcester Park 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. Welcome new members just to draw and paint in any medium without tuition. If interested come down for an evening and meet us to see whether this is for you Brenda Banks 020 8330 0928

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Worcester Park Over 60’s Welcome Club meet every Monday from 1pm to 3pm at Christ Church with St Philip Church Hall in Ruskin Drive. Worcester Park. All over 60’s welcome to join us for a cup of tea and a biscuit or two, plus some outstanding entertainment in the way of singers and musicians. One Monday a month we have Bingo and every Monday we run a raffle. Days outings to the coast are organised throughout the summer months, and mid week holidays are organised two or three times a year. Come a little earlier and meet up with some friends and have a chat before the entertainment starts. We would love to see you. Contact Joyce on 020 8330 5065. The ladies After Eight Club 2nd Monday of every month from 8pm onwards at Christchurch with St Philips church hall. We have interesting speakers, outings and dinners and all are welcome for a small subscription to cover our costs. Just come along and join in. Carol on 020 8337 2452 St James Players If you enjoy acting do come or help backstage. Monday and Wednesdays 8pm New members welcome. St James Church Hall, Bodley Road New Malden. Mem Sec: linda@dunnz,net


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

The Worcester Park Dramatic Society is a local amateur drama group of long standing. We stage two major productions a year at the Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet every Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the Sainsbury’s site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals and set construction, we have quiz nights and various social events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions, anyone willing to act or work backstage. membership secretary, Trevor Payne on 07540 084430.

“Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired, meeting on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at

Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but donations invited. Occasional speakers. Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298

NHS Retirement Fellowship Are you retired or about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10am -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. Lorna on 020 8337 4121


Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.15-11.15am at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Road. Come along and give it a try ! Jo Hamilton on 020 8786 3444. The Probus Club of Ewell Coming up to retirement? Just retired? Looking to make new friends? Why not join the Probus Club of Ewell? Since it was founded over 40 years ago, the Probus Club of Ewell has been attracting businessmen from Worcester Park and its surrounding areas with a broad range of professional and business backgrounds. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at The Chalk Lane Hotel, Epsom for a Lunch followed by a Speaker. Anyone wishing to know more about us or wanting to make contact can do so through our website www. or by email to addition to two Ladies Lunches during the year, there is an active social programme for members and their partners with visits to places of interest and West End Shows. Talking Of Trains In Surbiton Programme of talks which take place locally at the Surbiton Library Hall each Wednesday evening throughout the winter months. The first meeting is free; the fee for the complete year is just £50. www.talking of


Tunes’n’Tea An afternoon of live music, tea, coffee, home made cakes, conversation and dancing if you wish. Guest musicians perform for your delight! Relax and listen to a mix of songs and tunes, old, new and everything in between! November 9th December 14th 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 St. John’s Hall is open between 2.00 and 4.00pm for Tea And Chat. If you are on your own please feel free to drop in for a free cup of tea and some company. 411 Malden Road (between Worcester Park station and The Plough). 213 Bus stops nearby. Sutton Mariners Sailing Club A local offshore sailing club founded in 1988 that meets at 8pm every Thursday evening at the Borough

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Sports Ground, home of Sutton United FC, Gander Green Lane, SM1 2EY. We are a small and friendly club of about 60 members and have about a dozen boat owners amongst us providing crewing opportunities during the summer months as well as enjoying meetings listening to interesting speakers and social nights. If you would like to get afloat come along and meet us – we’re sure you will enjoy the experience.

East Surrey Family History Society For those who are interested in finding out how to investigate their family history the Sutton Branch of the East Surrey Family History Society holds meetings on the first Thursday of the month at St Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. March 2 Miss Anne Carter How life changed forever in 1914 April 6 Ian Waller: Village Crafts Finding out about the records of those who worked in rural industry. Kingston Phoenix Road Club is a cycling club 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

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get to know each other. The main aims of the club are: • To meet new people and build friendships • To become involved with the local community • To access activities, information and advice The club is very friendly and informal. Every month there will be a member of staff attending from the SCILL Information & Advice Service – they have information on most topics for all your needs and will be pleased to assist you. The drop in club was set up by Sutton Vision, Christ Church with St Philip and SCILL , working together in partnership. We are fortunate to be provided with a welcoming and comfortable venue at the Christ Church with St Philip Community Hall. There are accessible toilets on site. There is a small charge for coffee and tea at the church café. SCILL 020 8770 4065 Sutton Vision 020 8409 7166 Christ Church with St Philip 020 8330 7630

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


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


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. Friday 3rd Friday 17th November. National Trust - Epsom, Ewell and District Supporters Group Formed in 1971, we run a varied programme of social eventswhich includes Evening Lectures at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from Oct. to June, Coach Outings which visit historichouses and gardens(not necessarily N.T.),Guided London Walks, and other trips to London e.g.The Magic Circle, The Royal Opera House (backstage tour).Other special events include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch. Newsletters are produced four times a year.If you would like more information please visit our website: or telephone Paul on 020 87158486 Malden Manor Bowls Club, Manor Park, Malden Road. New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, league matches, internal and external competitions; we offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Men’s Secretary Gerald 020 8949 4623 or Ladies Secretary 020 8394 0877.

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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.

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

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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Choices It’s strange what crosses your mind while all around you are sleeping. It’s 3am in the morning and I’m wide awake. I often find myself in this situation these days. Sleep doesn’t come easily to us Parkys at least not when convention dictates that it should. During the afternoon in the middle of a meeting I can often find myself drifting off, sometimes mid-sentence only to jolt awake and contribute something, usually quite random, to the conversation. Night time presents more challenges. Invariably my brain recognises my attempts to sleep and offers up a selection of memories, to do lists and unresolved issues stamped “urgent” that need to be dealt with in the early hours or my medication prompts the premier of Hammer Horror style dreams. On this occasion the thing that’s on my mind is this article. It’s getting late in the month and I’ve suddenly realised that don’t know what to write. The amount of thought I give to the task is inversely proportionate to the number of ideas I have. I’ve enjoyed writing over the last few months. When starting I often don’t know where I’m going to end up, but the experience of getting there has usually been cathartic. I also write because I sometimes don’t know what I think until I read what I have to say. It helps order the thoughts in a brain which has a few problems with its wiring. At the moment though, the loose connections have the upper hand.

Having experienced my life scales tilting downwards precariously on one side, I’m keen to ensure that my children don’t endure a similar fate. I’m often asked whether I would encourage the girls to take up the practice of law. I don’t normally take long to answer that in the negative. It’s so hard to get a good offer with a law firm these days. When I started, it was enough to show you were not a murderer, had reasonably intact social skills and could survive several all-nighters in a row without disintegrating into a dribbling mess. The modern recruitment process is, to say the least, somewhat more demanding. If you haven’t climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, spent a year saving Orangutans, crossed the Atlantic on a bicycle or swum with Polar Bears you won’t even get a first interview. I’d never get the job now. That’s not to say I’ve no confidence in the abilities of my children. It’s more that I want them to be happy in what they choose to do even if that means taking a less traditional path, a fact that I need to remind myself of from time to time.

There was a time when I had ambitions to become a journalist, but the thought of the long and unsociable hours, deadline driven existence and strained family life put me off. Instead, I became a lawyer and embarked upon a deadline driven existence of long and unsociable hours that put a strain on my family life. I’ve often wondered whether that career choice and the resulting burning of the candle too much at one end contributed to my condition. I really didn’t have much balance in my work/life. Now, I just struggle with my balance.


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In Lara’s case, that reminder came recently during a conversation about what she wanted to do when she was older. Lara was quite clear that it needed to be an occupation that involved working with animals. In a mistaken display of parental ambition, I immediately began looking up the process involved in becoming a Vet, On receipt of this suggestion though, Lara paused…gave me a sympathetic look and said, “Nah… I’ll just look after people’s pets when they go on holiday.” You can never aim too high! But enough of this. I really do need to try and sleep. It’s 4am and the sheep I’ve been trying to count are now crashing into the fence rather than leaping over it. I’m hoping that if I lie here long enough I will fall asleep before I fall apart. Perhaps when I wake up, inspiration may also strike, but in the meantime all I can say is that whilst Parkinson’s may have given me the opportunity to test my writing skills and enjoy a new and greater perspective on life, it ain’t ‘alf knackering!

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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


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


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

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