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October Contents

History by David Rymill 6 Cryptic Crossword 8 Ruth Jemmett Writes 11 View from the City 16 Government Schemes fo rFirst-Time Buyers and Existing Homeowners 18 at University 18 Codeword 19 Recipe Beef And Pepper Stroganoff 20 Sudokus 26 Recipe Lamb koftas with minted couscous 30 What’s On 32 You’re never alone with a book club 36 Voice for Wildlife 38 Gardening 40 A Photographer Dreams.... 42 Clubs 46 Parkin’ some thoughts 50 Kids Play 61 Solutions 54 Published by Malden Media Limited Editor Jenny Stuart jenny@maldenmedia.co.uk 020 8336 2915 www.maldenmedia.co.uk 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 After many trouble free years I’ve had a complete nightmare this month with technology. I’d treated myself to a new laptop in March to replace my increasingly slow one which despite a recent rebuild was struggling to wake up each day. A few weeks ago I finally got around to dealing with the issue that the sound didn’t work on the new one. This involved moving all 650GB of data back onto a portable hard drive, attempting a reset (didn’t work) then being treated like a complete idiot in a well known PC retailer before handing it over for repair. So I then had to buy a replacement (from a different retailer) to get me through the week and deadline. Yesterday I switched it on, entered the password, then nothing. Nothing. Black screen which I stared at with disbelief and horror wondering where my plan C was going to come from. 7 minutes later as the panic was setting in it sprung to life (a Windows 10 glitch apparently) but my tip of the month is make sure all your files are backed up regularly, or even better (my next job) store them in a virtual cloud which you can access from anywhere. Even brand new technology isn’t 100% reliable and we are all so reliant and as a result, so vulnerable. 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. We’ve been successfully going for 100 editions now so must be doing something right! Thanks so much to everyone who has advertised and contributed - and to you for reading and supporting our advertisers. 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

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Worcester Park History by David Rymill

Remembering men buried far from home In the last two years I have marked Remembrance Sunday, and the 100th anniversaries of the events of the First World War by recording, in the November editions, some of the local men who gave their lives 100 years ago. 1917 saw a particularly large number of casualties, so this year I am dividing this subject between the October and November magazines. Men from many parts of Worcester Park are named on the memorials in St Philip’s churchyard, Cheam Common; at the entrance to the churchyard of St John’s, Old Malden; and inside St Mary’s Church, Cuddington. Matching these names to service records and other sources requires a certain amount of deduction, so please let me know if you notice any inaccuracies or can supply more details. Some of those named worked in local shops and would have been well known in the district: LanceCorporal George Curtis, Royal Engineers, was one of the sons of William Curtis who ran a greengrocer’s shop at 4 Park Terrace. At the time of the 1911 census George lived there with his parents, and was an assistant to his father; his siblings Edith, Ernest and Frank all worked from home, as a dressmaker, gardener or nurseryman, and railway agent, respectively. Our sepia illustration shows Park Terrace on a postcard postmarked 1907. Herbert Hillman, son of Herbert and Mary Jane Hillman, of 24 Longfellow Road, served as a Driver in the Royal Field Artillery; he was buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery in northern Greece. In 1911, when he was 15, he and his father were both described as house decorators. Another local casualty in the RFA was Driver Frank Studley, a solicitor’s clerk, who lived at Fairhaven, a villa in Cheam Common Hill, now Central Road (between Windsor Road and Balmoral Road). L/Cpl Curtis is commemorated on the Old Malden memorial, along with Alfred Malthouse Spooner, also known as Alfred John Spooner, stepson of Jonathan Spooner, a carpenter and builder; the family lived at 36 Idmiston Square. He served in the East Surrey

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Regiment and died on the Western Front, as did Harry Moore of 6 Washington Road, who served in the Machine Gun Corps. Washington Road was the home of at least other two men killed in 1917: Lt George Goulding, East Lancashire Regiment, from 3 Washington Road (an address which, like no.6, would disappear when the shops were built on the corner), died on 31st July and is buried in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, Belgium, and Private Alfred M Bolter is recorded in 1901 as living with his mother at 4 The Flats, Washington Road; he served in the East Yorkshire Regiment and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. This area on the Western Front was the scene of the Third Battle of Ypres, or Passchendaele, and the memorial bears the names of some 35,000 men who have no known grave. Others named on the Cheam Common memorial include Sgt J Doel; this is probably James Doel of the London Regiment, and it appears he had been married in St Philip’s on 17th January, less than four months before his death on the Western Front, and probably came from Longfellow Road. Private D H Scruby was presumably David Henry Scruby of the Royal Fusiliers who was killed on 6th July and buried at Cambrin Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais, and was probably the David H Scruby recorded in 1911 as a 29-year-old tobacconist’s clerk in Kennington. Remembrance Sunday is, of course, a time of remembering those who have died in many conflicts, not only the First World War, and I am grateful to David Gardner who contacted me following my September article about Worcester Park’s links with Canada, to point out that two officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force are buried in St Philip’s Churchyard, Cheam Common Road.

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George Stanley Brockington was born in 1920 in Simcoe, Ontario, and spent most of his short life there. He was known by his middle name, his father also being named George. He became an apprentice in his father’s plumbing and heating business, and his hobbies included fishing, softball and tennis. In 1940 he was approved for service in the RCAF, his qualifications in mathematics marking him out as a promising observer. He went on to gain a Pilot’s flying badge in 1941 and held the rank of Sergeant Pilot. He died when his plane crashed during a navigational exercise near South Shields on 12th June 1942, and he was buried six days later at St Philip’s where his uncle, the Revd S Guy Brockington, was the Vicar. Our colour illustration shows his gravestone in the churchyard (courtesy of David Gardner). A newspaper obituary – which can be seen online, with a photograph of him, at www.veterans.gc.ca/ eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-warmemorial/detail/2834506 – described him as ‘glowing with life, vitality and perfect health’, after overcoming infantile paralysis, and ‘kindly, sympathetic, thoughtful of the old and the young’; he ‘heard the call of duty and so eagerly and so nobly responded’.

Ivor Donald Olson also seems to have been known by his middle name; his father Ivor was a steam shovel engineer from Sweden, and Donald was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1918. The family moved to MacGregor, Manitoba; he began work on his uncle’s farm as a farmhand in 1937, later becoming a foreman; he enjoyed baseball and hockey. He enlisted in 1941, and became a pilot, attaining the rank of Warrant Officer (1st Class). He died in a flying accident at RAF Halfpenny Green near Wolverhampton, on 16th September 1944. He was buried at St Philip’s, and this is explained by a reference in his service records to his aunt (probably his uncle’s wife), Mary Nohlgren, née Wright, who lived in Langley Avenue, Worcester Park; it appears he was buried in a Wright family grave. At a time when we remember men from Worcester Park who are buried far from home, it seems appropriate also to remember these two young Canadians who were also buried far from home, within our own area. David.Rymill1993@alumni.aber.ac.uk (020) 8330 6563

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Count on plutonium only (6) 4. Sentry drove Neil mad! (8) 9. Trial last short judge misses (6) 10. Endless drama with bone upset dog (8) 12. Beds a bad actor derides (8) 13. Claim lock ain’t opening the wrong way (6) 15. Seldom encountered in disaster areas (4) 16. Ghastly raincoat Reba ruined (7) 20. Advice on clue’s construction (7)

21. Figure in the place Down 1. Cut up tough fish (8) of 1000 (4) 2. A mountain of mugs? 25. Do seas churn at (8) this port? (6) 3. “Hide an airbed” heard 26. Notorious oaf (3,3) (minus bust) (8) 5. 28. Perfectly fine when none are left (3,5) 6. 29. State, sad to say, with okay 7. residents (6)

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31. Extremely narrow lane to dell (6)

11. British drizzle reaching second country (7)

14. A loner’s renovated city (7) 17. Really hot organist put out (8) 18. Massive shortfall covered by fuel (8) 19. Envoy revolting miser, say (8) 22. Raw cod turning chicken! (6) 23. Guy took a tumble – ouch! (6) 24. Girl after a secretary is a dish (6) 27. Burn the end off an amulet (4)

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Ruth Jemmett Writes Indian summers and English autumn Ruth Jemmett Takes Us Through October I was sweeping my patio this morning, and cursing the number of dead leaves that are accumulating in the garden, when I started noticing the variety of colours and beautiful patterns on them. Even though they had come to the end of their life they still had a certain beauty. The changing of the seasons remind us that nothing lasts forever, and our planet is always in a state of constant renewal. I recently gave my friend Jan this year’s crop of wine grapes. I also gave her a mass of vine leaves to put on the compost heap on her allotment. Nothing is wasted in nature! This year seems to have whizzed by, and as I start filling my greenhouse with tender plants I am starting to plan how many spring bulbs I need to buy. There is something particularly cheering seeing hyacinths in pots gracing our homes at Christmas. October, the tenth month of the year comes from the Latin word ‘octo’, meaning eight. In the Roman calendar it was the eighth month of the year. The Anglo-Saxon name for October was Wynmonath, meaning ’wine month’. This is the time when farmers can begin to relax a bit, as a lot of their crops are gathered in - apart from their apples, which keep the cider trade in business! How sad that our close association with the EU over many years meant that many of our apples were sidelined, and replaced with flavourless hard fruit that taste as if they have been stored for years. Hopefully the Brexit vote will mean that we can rejoice in tasting more of our own lovely apples. When I got married on 5th October 1968 we experienced what was known as an Indian Summer. It is a term that is used when we have unseasonably warm weather. I remember only too well how I melted inside my long wedding dress, and even

managed to sunbathe on a British beach on my honeymoon! On the 15th October 1987 we experienced a real hurricane - usually unheard of in this part of the world. Our gardens were decimated, and huge oak trees throughout the country were uprooted . Tiles spun off roofs, and waste bins made independent journeys to other roads! Even post-boxes were torn out of the ground. It was all very frightening. The fences in Salisbury Road were flattened, and now, when I look at my conifer-filled garden it is hard to conceive that such an event happened in our life-time. This year America has been plagued by huge hurricanes, and one can’t help wondering how much Global Warming is to blame for this. Millions of cars on our roads must make some sort of impact on our weather, not to mention all the heat-making domestic appliances we use. On 4th October it is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. As a Catholic child I was obliged to take a confirmation name, and I chose the feminine version of Francis, At that time in my life I nursed dreams of becoming a vet, and as that saint epitomised the love of wild creatures, I decided that I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I had a childhood filled with rescuing injured birds, stray cats etc., but somehow my dream got replaced by my studying shorthand and typing! When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister she stood on the steps of No 10 Downing Street and quoted the prayer of St Francis. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light, Where there is sadness, joy. Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if all world leaders took those words to heart?! On the 10th of October it will be Mental Health Day. In this frantic world increasing numbers of people live in a constant state of anxiety and fear. What is worrying is that many children and teenagers, who are bombarded with scary news from the media, or who cannot cope with normal social interaction, are increasingly falling prey to mental health problems.

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This month is Breast Cancer awareness Month. As you may know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly four years ago, which spread to five other sites in my body. Thanks to the wonderful Marsden Unit at Kingston Hospital I live a virtually normal life. I attend the hospital regularly for scans and ongoing treatment, but I am well enough to do gardening and help run the local ballroom dancing club “Glitters”. My message to you out there is “if you are worried about a breast problem - get it checked”! Life is so worth living. Don’t throw it away because of fear. This month is also Go Sober for October Month (from which the cancer charity Macmillan benefits), and this is the Stoptober month, which encourages people to stop smoking. One in sixteen deaths in this country are due to smoking - all of them preventable.

already make daytime outings precarious. Without night-time lighting it makes me wonder if the local council is trying to cull us! Perhaps a few broken hips might make them think twice. They will be old themselves one day. On a happier note, my garden has recently been filled with ring-necked parakeets (see pic), who are competing with other birds and squirrels for the nuts on my bird table. I know some people hate their squawking, but I think we are lucky to have such an exotic species literally outside our windows.

The battle for street lighting at night continues in Salisbury Road. Since this crazy idea took hold, burglaries have increased in local areas by 400%!!! Older people, who are already anxious to go out at night, are even more frightened of their environment. The badly maintained pavements

On 24th of the month it will be United Nations Day (and my birthday - hoorah!), which was launched in 1945, in the hope that it would bring nations together. When one looks around the world at the moment it makes you wonder if its original aims have gone a bit awry! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on 28th of October. Yes, I know the very thought of it is depressing, but try and cheer yourselves earlier in the month, on 13th, as it will be National Chocolate week! Start trying on those Halloweeen outfits for 31st!

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View from the City Did you Sell in May and live to regret it? Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-founder and Head of Business Development

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Back in May, I’m hoping you read an article by me here about the so-called investment ‘rule’ “Sell in May, go away and don’t come back till St. Leger Day”. Honestly this is rather more of an old wives’ tale than any proper advice and it encourages investors to sit out the summer with their money in cash rather than remain invested. But why do we want to follow any rules where stockmarkets are concerned? Investors are supposed to be trying to exploit the natural inefficiencies in markets. And if that’s what you’re trying to do, it suggests that rules shouldn’t ever apply! Well, I do completely understand that when we’re a little uncertain about anything as a bit of guidance often goes a long way. And if I can impart anything it would be to highlight the swathes of very good research that detail why investors should try to invest and forget, leaving their money in the market given that it’s time in the market that’s your friend. So yes, investments can go down as well as up, and you could perhaps lose more than you originally invested. But sitting in cash might see you lose money in real terms. Inflation is at 2.9% and while recent statements by the Bank of England suggest that rates may eventually rise from 0.25%, they see inflation tipping over the 3% mark – a level higher than they had forecasted earlier in the year. So unless you have your money in a notice account, it might be quite difficult to enjoy an interest rate above inflation to ensure your spending power isn’t being reduced. Going back to that research, that evidence pretty consistently reinforces the view that timing the market can potentially see you miss out on some of the stockmarkets’ best performance – not least as sometimes that takes place a few days after the very worst of returns. And scheduled selling the market would be equally as flawed!

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back in immediately after St. Leger Day i.e. Monday 18 September, the first working day after the Doncaster flat race I am using an example couple to bring the theory to life. The example saw us winding the clock back to January 1987 and taking two nominal individuals – Steady Ellie and Holiday Henry – who both invested in a fund that effectively tracked the FTSE All Share Index. Steady Ellie left her money invested continually throughout the entire 30 years, while Holiday Henry sold his investments on 30 April each year and then reinvested in the middle of September. So what would have been the performance of their portfolios? Actually, both investors would have been pleased to see that they saw relatively good returns. Henry’s summer of cash savings would have delivered an annualised performance of 8.6%. Ellie, meanwhile, saw her investments return an annualised 10.3%. This was because the market trended upwards 61% of the time (i.e. in 19 of the 31 summers). With compounding also taken into account, Ellie benefitted from a 1,379% gain. Henry saw a 965% increase. But what of those 12 summers of loss? 2001 and 2002 offer up good examples. Steady Ellie could have avoided respective losses of 18.9% and 21.7%. Like Henry, she could have headed off for a London social whirl – from the usual horse shows and racing through to flowers, boat flotillas and concerts – and benefitted from his investment strategy! But past performance is no guide to future returns and looking at the most recent years flags the flaws. Last year, performance would have been lower by 2.7%, while the previous year would have seen investors miss out on an 8.3% uptick over the summer. Selling out in May and returning in September 2009 would have you forego a 20.9% increase. So a strategy that fails for almost two thirds of the time simply has to be viewed as a non-starter. And hopefully this article will encourage a few more converts to spend time in the market rather than blindly follow the herd. 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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What’s On

Farmers Market

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

Fun Dog Show

To be held at: Riding For The Disabled Association, Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8QW In aid of the Riding for the Disabled Association Sunday 8th October Entries from 1.30 Judging: 2.30 Classes: 1. Best Puppy (4 months – 18 months) 2. Handsomest Dog 3. Prettiest Bitch 4. Best Veteran Dog/Bitch (over 7 years) 5. Best Pair (odd or matched) 6. Best Crossbreed 7. Waggiest Tail 8. Dog the judge would most like to take home Ewell Agility Club would like to thank the following sponsors:Isobel Addenbrooke, Teresa Jones, Jane Martin, Magda Nosalik, Kim Tyson, Lesley Woods, Jane Tidy, Thelma Goldsmith, Vivian Marchant, Kathy Nightingale, Dorienpalm Building Co. Green Lane Farm Kennels Entry Fee £1.50 per Dog per Class Rosettes to 6th place Plus: Dog Obstacle Course £1.50 Agility Course £1.50 Dog Scurry £0.50 Raffle & Stalls Refreshments If wet weather the show will be held inside the arena. Also Free Parking. No dogs suffering from infectious or contagious diseases or having been exposed to such diseases during the period 21 days prior to show, or bitches in season will be allowed onto the premises.

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

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Bourne Hall Museum

The Battle of Waterloo the day that decided Europe’s Fate 24 October 2pm to 3.30pm 1815 two men faced off in a muddy field in Belgium. Wellington, with his British and Allied army, and Napoleon with his French Imperial Guard. One decisive battle could end 20 years of bloody conflict on the continent. It was a showdown between two of history’s military giants. They were the same age, formidable strategists and had a string of victories behind them. By 18 June, the outcome hung in the balance and the victor would determine the fate of Europe Discover what happened Cost £5 per child. Halloween Walk on the Dark Side Monday 30 October 7.30pm to 9pm Tuesday 31 October 5pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 9pm Discover the darker side of Ewell’s history with a guided tour around its historic heart. Visit graveyards and crime scenes if you dare. Hear tales of local folk who won’t stay dead, ghostly coach crashes and exploding gunpowder mills. Discover the story of Joan Butts, Ewell’s witch. Are you brave enough to dare to tread where the Resurrection Men once stood whilst you learn about their grisly trade? Experience for yourself what it was like to be imprisoned in Ewell’s 18th century jail—be careful you don’t get left behind. Cost £5 per person. Please meet in the foyer of Bourne Hall. If there is high demand for places an additional walk may be offered Numbers are limited: to reserve your place please contact David Brooks—020 8394 1734 Cave Painting Wednesday 25 October 11am-12.00pm & 2pm-3.00pm In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves and the animals they hunted. They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in. Discover how and why these paintings were created. Then by flickering light try to create your own cave paintings. Cost £5 per child. Two identical sessions will be run, please book to reserve your place; maximum 15 children.

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Who’s at The Playhouse Sunday 1st October 10.30am - 6pm WHO’S AT THE PLAYHOUSE is a one day event celebrating DOCTOR WHO and his robot companion K9. Meet the stars of DOCTOR WHO in non-stop day of stage interviews, celebrity autograph panels and photograph sessions on what will be the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance on Saturday 1st October 1977! Lady Windermeres Fan When a mysterious new beauty enters high society, the in-crowd are sent scattering outwards, bent utterly backwards and flattened low to find out exactly who they are dealing with. OSCAR WILDE’s raucous social comedy pulls apart the intricacies of etiquette and flips expectation rumpover-head in this scathingly funny satire. As young Lady Windermere varnishes up all cracks in the veneer, how is it she fails to notice that the place is positively crawling with woodworm? Daniel Sloss Thursday 5th October Daniel Sloss – NOW is the stunning new show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning stand-up. Star of TV’s ‘Conan’ (a record seven appearances), to-date Daniel has performed nine sell-out Edinburgh Fringe’s, two solo off-Broadway seasons, released a DVD, given a ‘Tedx’ Talk (aged 19) and tours extensively to rave reviews throughout Australasia, USA, UK and Europe. NOW, what’s next….? All Star Superslam Wrestling Friday 6th October Super slam Wrestling returns to the Playhouse after a sell- out show earlier this year for a night of top action for all the family to enjoy The main event in the spotlight on Friday 6th October is the special return challenge match for the Superslam Heavyweight championship! Beyond Faith Saturday 7th October Beyond Faith, a tribute to George Michael is a brilliant spectacle and journey through the Musical Legend’s hits. This year celebrates 30 years of the landmark album ‘Faith’. Experience this multi-award album played live, music of a legend.

in full, with his other anthems including the incredible Wham songs loved by all. Milkshake! Live ‘The Magic Story Book’ Sunday 8th October Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Colin Bray Quartet Monday 9th October Colin Bray Quartet - Colin Bray on vibes recalling the Benny Goodman era Jimmy Tarbuck OBE Tuesday 10th October Top television comedian Jimmy Tarbuck swaps The London Palladium for The Epsom Playhouse Tarby, as he is known to millions of TV viewers, is one of the country’s most evergreen performers and a master of light entertainment. Having successfully spent more than 40 years in the notoriously fickle world of show business, Jimmy Tarbuck has hosted numerous television shows, variety shows, chat shows and game shows and his cheeky grin and boy-next-door charms have won him fans far away from his native Liverpool. Robert Habermann presents - Fred Astaire & Ginger Tuesday 10th October Robert Habermann made his debut at the Epsom Playhouse in Summer 2015 playing songs from the Musicals and film this Autumn Robert returns with his show The Story of Fred & Ginger. Telling the story of the great dancing pair of the thirties and singing the fantastic songs they performed in their wonderful films. The show covers the eight great films they appeared in together and also the music of Fred Astaire after Ginger Rogers went on to develop her own career. Rock ‘n’ Roll Back the Years Wednesday 11th October Starring DJ and broadcasting legend ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton, Fab 50s and swinging 60s live music show with amazing band The Fugitives and the sensational Tiffany Girls. Now in its second successful year this fabulous show will make you smile, laugh, make you feel like dancing and singing along. The show brings you the hits of yesteryear and evokes memories of a bygone age, steeped in nostalgia and sprinkled with humour and unforgettable music from this magical era. MACCA - The Concert Thursday 12th October Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney A brand new experience for 2017 Starring West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti (Let It Be) as Paul McCartney, this is a celebration of the

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In the first concert of it’s kind to tour the UK and Europe,‘Macca: The Concert’, featuring acclaimed West End performers and using state of the art visual media projection throughout, celebrates McCartney’s entire solo career from 1970 -2016 including all his best loved hits, the acclaimed ‘Wings over the World’ 1975-6 Concert Tour and a selection of Beatles favourites. White Feather Boxer Thursday 12th October Take the Space presents WHITE FEATHER BOXER, the story of a Boxer who was also Quaker Written and directed by Siobhán Nicholas and performed by Chris Barnes and Julia Masli April 1967: in a shabby boxing gym in Bethnal Green, elderly trainer Jimmy listens to the news: Muhammad Ali, world champion, refuses to fight in Vietnam. Sleeping Beauty by Vienna Festival Ballet Friday 13th October A classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil. The wicked Carbosse casts a spell on Princess Aurora proclaiming that she will one day prick her finger - and die. The Lilac Fairy changes the spell, and instead on the fateful day the Princess and the entire Palace fall into a deep sleep. A century later Prince Florimund revives the Princess with a kiss, the Palace awakes and a parade of fairytale characters attend the wedding. Pete K Mally Saturday 14th October Pete K Mally’s ‘TWENTY YEARS OF TEACHING, ONE ANGRY RANT’ tour is coming to an end and what a way to finish the tour. From Dundee to Deal, Hastings to York, Bristol to London this is the final night of Pete’s life on teaching, kids and life in general. Expect special guests, a few surprises and a lot of laughs. Epsom Symphony Orchestra Autumn Classics Saturday 14 October The Epsom Symphony Orchestra’s Autumn Classics concert features BBC/TV Young Musician of the Year Woodwind winner, Emma Halnat, performing Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto in G in a programme that also includes Beethoven’s vibrant 7th Symphony and Sibelius’ haunting Valse Triste. Hugh Crozier Quintet Monady 23rd October Hugh Crozier Quintet - One of the best exponents of Jelly Roll Morton style of piano playing. 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

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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 approach to favourite tunes of the 20s & 30s Sutton Theatre Company present CATS Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th November ‘Let the Memory Live again’ This record-breaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber has captivated audiences around the World and Sutton Theatre Company (STC) are excited to be one of the first adult amateur companies to perform it in the UK. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, this iconic show features wonderful music including one of the most famous songs in musical theatre, “Memory”. Remembrance Day Concert Sunday 12 November The Central Band of the Royal British Legion present it’s ever popular Remembrance Day Concert. Rich Hall’s HoedownMon day 13th November Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. TAMED with Alice Roberts Tuesday 14th November For hundreds of thousand of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals. They were hunter-gatherers consummate survival experts, but taking the world as they found it. A Christmas Spirit SpecialWednesday 15th November A special evening of clairvoyance with Mr Ivan Lee & Graham Watson

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Hobbies You’re never alone with a book club By Kate McLelland Who said reading was a solitary occupation? These days, thanks to the popularity of book clubs, you’ll find book lovers throughout the world coming together to socialise and share their views. And avid readers who can’t meet face-to-face will find plenty of online platforms where they can discuss the books they have enjoyed with others. The main objective of a book club is to invite a group of people to read a novel or work of nonfiction in their own time and then come together in a social setting in order to discuss it. Some book clubs meet in group members’ homes - where food and drink matching a book’s theme is often served - while others meet in libraries, pubs or community centres. These gatherings are usually informal in nature, with few set rules, although limits may be set on the time allowed for conversations that are not related to books! A history of book clubs Although it’s hard to pin down the actual date when book clubs emerged, it has been suggested that the trend really began in the USA in 1996, when TV personality Oprah Winfrey added a book club segment to her hugely popular TV show. Eight years later presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan - the hosts of a similar, magazine-style British TV programme - decided to launch their own book club. It immediately captured the imagination of UK audiences, pushing sales of books reviewed from thousands of copies to millions, virtually overnight. Today it is estimated that there are over 50,000 book clubs in Great Britain. Joining up Many clubs are set up by word of mouth, so you could ask friends, family or work colleagues if they know of any groups operating locally. Your local library can also be a good source of information. If your library doesn’t already run its own club, it may provide space for an independent group to

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meet, or carry a list of book clubs operating in the area. Websites such as readinggroups.org or mybookclub.com also carry lists of local groups you can join. Starting your own book club If you’ve researched your area and found that there are no groups that meet your needs, you could always set up your own club. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Choose what type of book club you’d like to run. Should it be seriously academic, or light and frivolous? The answer may depend on the type of people who will be attracted to join: their ages, gender and areas of interest. Decide how many people should be invited as members. A group of between 8 and 16 is a comfortable size, allowing you to continue even if several members are absent. If the group is larger than that, conversations can become harder to moderate. Think about when and how often the club should get together. Meeting on a monthly or six-weekly basis works well for most people and gives time for books to be read. It is best if the timing of meetings is agreed through discussions with other members, in order to accommodate their work or childcare commitments. Once you’ve decided on a schedule that works well for the group, try to stick with it. An ideal length for each meeting is two to two and a half hours, allowing plenty of time to discuss the book, but also including time for summing up, setting reading tasks and socialising.

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There are many different ways to keep in touch with members but the quickest and most efficient way to communicate is via email or social media. Set up a Facebook group for your club or sign up to the website bookmovement.com, which lets you set up a private book club page to keep track of book selections, send out meeting invitations and track acceptances. Here are some dos and don’ts for holding successful meetings: DO choose two or three books at a time so members can read at their own pace. Don’t get locked into a 12-month programme of book choices as you’ll miss out on the chance to introduce new and exciting books that you hear about. DON’T keeping reading the same type of book. Variety is key to keeping your group engaged, so try interspersing fiction with non-fiction books, including poetry, history or biography.

DO try selecting books by theme: focusing on a specific author or choosing particular genres such as childhood memoirs, detective thrillers or books on food. DON’T give in to someone who begs the group to read their favourite novel. Adverse criticism can lead to hurt feelings, so it’s best to stay on neutral ground. In addition to all the pleasure you’ll get from reading and discussing a wide range of books, by joining or starting up a book club you will also enjoy linked activities such as visits to literary festivals, meeting local authors or trips to the cinema to see the film version of a book you’ve read. It’s the perfect activity for socially-inclined book lovers. If you ever thought reading was a lonely pastime, there’s no doubt you’ll revise your opinion when you join a book club.

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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams August was very strange for me. The death of my mother on the second day of the month, and the consequent business of sorting out everything, plus a feeling of complete numbness and bewilderment over her loss, meant that 'normal life' was suspended, and I couldn't even think about writing my usual piece for Worcester Park Life, never mind actually produce something coherent. I have, this month, only just realised the deadline approaches,and I am off on a week's holiday to my friend's vegan guesthouse in Cornwall in a couple of days - where, of course, the wildlife is a bit different to the animals and plants I see around here. Interestingly, very few foxes, for instance - but a lot more seabirds, including huge herring gulls who sit on the wall as you walk along the path into Port Isaac and eye you a bit hopefully. The coastal plants are always a joy, whatever the season, and on the beaches there are many little creatures, in rock pools, clinging to rocks and crawling through the seaweed. Nature - always endlessly fascinating. Walking the coastal paths you see hovering kestrels and circling buzzards, and out in the open, on sunny, Summer days you often hear skylarks. I've always loved the sea, and wished I lived a bit nearer to it - but the Cornish coast is so different from any of the beaches within reachable distance from me - much wilder and less developed, with many small coves that really are not reachable for most humans, and I like it that way. I realise that the marine environment is not something that gets much attention - we seem to focus more on the land animals and plants, and their protection, such as it is - rather inadequate, in fact -but the oceans, which are so important to the sustaining of life on this planet are neglected badly and over exploited. I wonder sometimes why we aren't more careful of our natural resources, why we are so heedless of the impact of the smallest action. Being vegan, I see and hear many things that make me cringe and almost weep - not simply the gratuitous violence done to so many poor animals to turn them into what we are pleased to call 'food' ( even though, to people like me, it isn't at all, it's bits of creatures I now consider to be as worthy of love and respect as any pet cat or dog) - but also the indifference to the damage so many of our industries are doing to the climate and the ocean environment.

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Being 'green' and caring about wildlife is so much a part of who I am, that it shocks me when I find someone who thinks it's ok to lob a can (recyclable) into a litter bin, where it will just end up wastefully in landfill, or find half a loaf of perfectly edible bread shoved in a kitchen bin (as happened recently in the servery at the church where I hold my vegan meetings). To put organic waste into landfill is to contribute to climate change, as it rots anaerobically and creates methane. The food waste collections operated by many local Councils now, should be used by everyone - this stuff is used to generate energy to power homes - excellent. It is high time all places that provide catering facilities dealt responsibly with their food waste - churches, schools etc. The very worst thing to do with it is to put it in the general (landfill) bin. If there are no facilities, the green thing to do is to take it home and put it in your own recycling. Recent events in the US, with hurricanes causing havoc, should warn us all that the time to be complacent and lazy about any green action is long past. However small - do it. Be responsible. Wild creatures face displacement, starvation and death when disastrous weather fronts hit us - it is not wildlife friendly to do anything that contributes to climate change. One of the worst things we are doing is clearing the rain forests - they are carbon sinks. Without them, the planet will heat up enormously and render many places totally uninhabitable for most creatures. Cattle grazing is one of the main reasons for rain forest clearance, and, indeed, livestock farming in all its forms is being shown, over and over again, to be detrimental to the environment - from the greenhouse gases it produces to the amount of fresh water it wastes. It is very good to make space for wildlife in your garden, build a pond, feed the birds, and so on everyone should be doing this - but most of all, it's our lifestyles that need to change. Habitat for wild creatures is shrinking so fast that we are in danger of losing a vast number of species before the middle of this century - this, to me, seems like a tragedy. I am glad that I am unlikely to be alive to see such a sad day, and regret that my littel grand daughter may grow up in a world of vastly depleted biodiversity. I am trying my hardest to personally not be a part of all this madness and destruction. I hope that you are too.

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Gardening Gardeners in Glass Houses… Pippa Greenwood If you can possibly squeeze a greenhouse in to your garden, it’ll be a purchase you won’t regret. A greenhouse will literally transform your gardening activities and open up a whole new range of possibilities - but what should you get and where should you put it? A greenhouse needs to be sited well away from large trees. These not only make for shady conditions that will reduce light getting to the plants inside the greenhouse, but falling branches or other tree debris also increase the risk of damage to the glass as well as the guttering becoming clogged. If you are going to want to install electrical equipment such as heating, lighting or even some electrically heated propagators, bear in mind that the further the greenhouse is from the house or other existing supply, the more expensive it will be to install underground armoured cable. So what size should you go for? The answer is simple, larger than you might expect! Pretty well whatever the size of greenhouse you get, you can be sure you will eventually wish it was larger. Most of the initial costs rise by a relatively small amount as the size of the greenhouse increases, so save up a little longer if necessary. But any greenhouse is better than none, so if space or budget only allow for a 4ft x 4ft, then still go for it! Most greenhouses have a frame made from wood or metal (most commonly aluminium). Which you choose will really depend on personal preference: many prefer the look of wood, but it will need regular maintenance unless it is western red cedar. Whichever you choose, make sure it is sturdily constructed, especially if you live in a wind-prone area. In the height of summer a greenhouse will soon heat up, and temperatures can rise to the extent that plants will be damaged or even killed. Plenty of ventilation helps to reduce the temperature and also allows for better air circulation, so reducing problems with plant diseases etc. Consider roof vents as well, which aid air circulation and are an especially efficient way to let excess heat escape.

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Make sure that the doorway to your greenhouse is wide enough for easy access. Occasionally you see some that are so skinny you’d struggle to get through them if you were carrying anything heavy or bulky. If possible choose one wide enough for you to push a wheelbarrow through with ease – this will make jobs such as changing the border soil or just bringing in compost so much easier. A greenhouse should be erected on a solid base perhaps paving slabs, concrete or bricks - or on a skirt or surround of paving or concrete. The choice needs to be made at the outset, and your supplier will be

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able to advise on what is best for the greenhouse you choose. I prefer to have a solid path up the centre of the greenhouse (essential for practicality) and then an open bed up one or both sides. The advantage of a bed is that you can fill it full of quality soil and plant directly into it, making maintenance of crops such as tomatoes an awful lot easier. A solid base means you will need to grow greenhouse crops in containers.

in the sunnier months and to reduce the risk of plant damage); guttering and a linked in water-butt (a brilliant way to have a handy water supply without elaborate plumbing, and the green option too); and an electrical supply (expensive and must be installed by a properly qualified and registered electrician, but allows electrical heating, lighting, fans and installation of a heated propagator).

When you’re placing the order, try to get some greenhouse staging in your greenhouse. This is usually made from wood or metal and is slatted, making a perfect place to stand seed trays, pots and propagators. Most greenhouses are fitted with horticultural grade glass but there are other options; if the garden is used by children, you may decide to do as I did and install safety glass or reinforced glass to reduce the risk of a tragic accident – especially likely at the base of the greenhouse. Plastic, polythene or corrugated plastic ‘glazing’ are also available from some outlets; these are generally lower cost and less of a potential hazard - but check how long they are designed to last, and think about how they will look too.

My Top Reasons for Getting a Greenhouse • It allows you to grow a wider range of crops with ease. • It provides a longer growing season, giving shelter at both ends of the season. • You will be able to raise a lot of plants from seed yourself, so saving money. • It will dramatically reduce the risk of problems such as tomato blight. • Plants get plenty of natural light and so are more likely to thrive. • It makes a perfect gardener’s hide-away!

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths www.creativelight.org.uk Autumn is here. Colours and conkers are all around us. The trees are changing their colours from green to red and then losing those colourful leaves. I think I photographed this hopeful conker at Richmond park – it is peeping out of its prickly and protective shell, where it has been growing through the summer. But now it is time to get out into the light and take the opportunity to fall to the ground and, maybe, grow into a new tree. Probably not, though; I’m sure that you see piles of these conkers and their shells over the parks, waiting to be swept up and dumped somewhere. Not many of them are used for playing conkers, I suspect – a bit of a shame possibly, but then there are loads of new games that children play today that weren’t available in my youth. This picture captures something of the season: the bright conker shell, the green prickly surround,

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are true October colours. In terms of composition, I have put the conker itself right in the centre which is usually a mistake. Not here, because there is sufficient interest (in the shell and the leaves) on its right to make you ‘see’ the main focus of the photograph as being on the right. I like the bit of twig that is acting like a Wembley arch over the conker, and the out of focus-ness (what photographers call ‘bokeh’. Don’t ask) of the surround to the left. There is nothing getting in the way, making you look at it over on that side.

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New York has music! Any, and all musical tastes can be satisfied at clubs and concert halls through Manhattan. I like jazz, and so I took the chance to go to the Blue Note Club for a Saturday night performance. Chick Corea and his band were playing – he is the one on the left of the picture. The trumpet being played by the man to his left used to be the one that Louis Armstrong played: the great Satchmo. This is a terrific jazz band! The club is completely enclosed – no windows, no natural light. The main lighting theme is blue (obviously), and that means that taking a picture can be pretty difficult. It’s dark, the light is blue, and the place is crowded. I didn’t take any great pictures there – but this one, showing the band (less the drummer, who was off to the right) captured some of the atmosphere of the evening. It was an awesome time. Great music, good food and drink. I look to take photographs that I can show off in competitions or exhibitions; these last two certainly are not in that category. The point is that they are still good pictures, that satisfy me and, I hope, you. They show off a place and a time that comes with a story … that story may be a reminder of what you were doing at that time, or it may be a more general story. It doesn’t matter – fine art is not the only thing to do with your camera. Memories matter and the photographs can bring them back powerfully and easily. 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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EPC’s were introduced as a pre-marketing requirement in 2008 within Home Information Packs. The packs were scrapped two years later with the sole survivor being the EPC. Certificates remain valid for 10 years so early next year we will see the first ones expire and in April 2018 they will become more important when letting property. From that point it will be A staggering number of people, as many as 41 million, have been impacted by the illegal to rent property that has a rating in floods in South Asia making millions the lower 2 bands. homeless. Whilst the monsoons that caused Initially the certificates were met with the flooding are an annual hazard they have confusion and seen as just another piece of been unusually heavy this year. More paper to file and forget. People are now recently hurricanes Irma and Maria have much more aware of what they mean, blasted their way through the Caribbean especially tenants. Whilst a buyer can plan tearing homes apart, carrying away the improvements to a property to increase it’s basic human necessities of food and efficiency, reduce costs and lift the value of shelter, breaking records as they went. their home, tenants will simply be stuck with At home we have heard some lament the higher bills when it takes more energy to heat their home over the winter. early need to turn on their central heating as September brought a sudden end to An EPC is not exact as it’s a non invasive summer. Sitting in our cosy lounges, flicking assessment and therefore unable to factor a switch to ward off the first chill of Autumn, in some forms of very effective insulation. its hard to comprehend quite what it must be However they are not a bad guide to the costs you need to factor in for gas and like to lose your home to the forces of electricity. nature on such a massive scale. Most homes have a rating that is We don’t know whether these events are comfortably above the lower two bands as simply normal variations in weather patterns simple changes can make the difference. or signs of climate change, but using less Most old boilers have long since been energy, and wasting less in general, makes replaced with efficient modern versions and sense if only for the effect on your wallet. drafty windows have been double glazed. If Gradually we are being encouraged to be nothing else this keeps us comfortable at a more aware by a variety of methods and the lower cost, but it may also mean we help one we are most familiar with is the Energy prevent weather changes elsewhere in the world that result in homes being destroyed. Performance Certificate or EPC.

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Clubs

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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 johnandglenisw@gmail.com

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 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 Sue Hostler on 020 8337 3756 wi.worcesterparkers@gmail.com

*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

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

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

“Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired,

meeting on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but donations invited. Occasional speakers. Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298

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

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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. ewellprobus.co.uk or by email to secretary@ewellprobus.co.uk.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. 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 trains.co.uk

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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! Oct12th 1.30 - 3.30pm St John’s Church Hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh, Epsom, KT19 0QZ (next to Stoneleigh Station on the West Side) Entrance: £3 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

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

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. www.esfhs.org.uk 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

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

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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@ googlemail.com

Fridays

Quest a meeting place for people with physical disabilities between the ages of 20 - 60. However, once a member there is no age cut off. The aim of the club is to provide a welcoming, caring atmosphere for the members and allow the carers to have a regular break. Annual subscription. and £2.50 for lunch. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker. Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220

RSPB Epsom & Ewell Local group 2nd Friday of every month at 7.30, apart from July and August, at All Saints Church Hall Fulford Road, West Ewell with guest speakers who illustrate their enthusiasm on a variety of natural history subjects. We also have several birding outings throughout the year which is arranged to suit all ages. There is a small charge for non-members of the RSPB. rspb.org.uk/ groups/epsom.

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

Sunday

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.

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Auriol Bowling Club Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to Sept with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. David Regan 020 8337 8919 www.auriolbowlingclub.com. 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 6th and Friday 20th Oct 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: www.epsom-ewell-district-nt.co.uk 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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Parkin' some thoughts by Nick Hazell

Choices As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Newcastle the night before the Great North Run. It’s a nice hotel. One of those with towelling dressing gowns and fluffy slippers neatly arranged in a cupboard but never used by any self-respecting resident. It’s also hosting a wedding party which has reached that point in the evening where the guests that the bride and groom don’t like very much have arrived. They’ve engaged the services of a wedding singer who is currently murdering “Sweet Caroline” having beaten “Dirty Diana” into a near state of unconsciousness. The guests are either deaf or too drunk to care or maybe they’re just willing to put up with the musical tones of someone capable of blending the sounds of a mating fox with the drone of a combine harvester because they’ve little choice. That got me thinking. Like most Parky sufferers, in some ways I’m not the most patient of patients. We all want a cure now and get frustrated by what seems like an unutterably slow journey towards that goal. Patience is a virtue (or so we’re told) and tolerance of symptoms in the meantime our lot. Those symptoms affect every aspect of my daily life and from time to time force me to slow down and work at the pace permitted by my body. Often my brain plots a path that my legs are unwilling or unable to follow. On those occasions I can barely write the word “co-ordination” legibly let alone put it’s meaning into practice. I’ve not much choice about that either.

about one of history’s most sophisticated societies. The two objectives were not immediately compatible. As a result, there was some initial grumbling which culminated in a sit down strike on the streets of Pompeii (pictured). However, after some negotiation, the invention of a series of interactive games such as “which Roman statue is the ugliest/has the biggest nose/ best hair style”/”spot the house of ill repute” etc and with the realisation that affecting interest at the sight of another clay pot was the route to Gelatino, the Roman Ice Cream God, they found their own way to handle the challenge before them. Making the most out of every situation is of course, easier said than done. Some are dealt particularly poor hands and there are some occasions where the power of positive thought is as effective as the staff holiday calendar at Ryan Air, but as the wedding singer takes a pneumatic drill to “the Road to Amarillo” I’ll leave you with this thought; life is not the way it’s supposed to be, but the way it is. The way we cope with it is what makes the difference. Sitting here though in my towelling dressing gown and fluffy slippers, I’m just glad I bought some ear plugs!

In fact, there are so many things you can’t control, but you do have a choice over how to react. You can either spend your time complaining about the wedgey that the hand of life has administered or take a deep breath, rearrange your trousers and like the wedding guests now listening to what sounds like a mortar attack on “A Town Called Malice”, get on and make the most of it. I tried to impart these sage-like musings to my children whilst on holiday in Italy this summer. As a masters graduate, learned in archaeology and ancient history, Victoria wanted to fulfil a lifelong ambition to visit Rome and Pompeii. She finds all that Roman stuff incredibly fascinating and placed a long list of tours, museum visits and cultural activities on the Hazell holiday agenda. In contrast, the Girls had seen Italy as a source of endless ice cream, pizza and lounging by the pool rather than as an opportunity to learn

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Kids Play

Wednesday

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

There’s lots going on for pre-schoolers

Thursday

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

Tuesday

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.

WORDWHEEL

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

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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 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+

TARGET Excellent: 30 or more words Good: 26 words Fair: 22 words

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Christ Church With St Philip Launches Appeal For New Festival Sponsors Although still officially summer, and the festive season is weeks away, 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. Organiser Isobel Penny added: “We welcome local business, individual members of the public, schools and organisations to support us in this year’s festival and sponsor a tree. Every sponsor is welcome to decorate their own tree – or for it to be decorated by a Church or community group – which will feature the sponsor’s name and a brief description, before going on display in the Church. Seeing so many beautifully decorated trees really is a wonderful sight and we look forward to opening the doors to the Church again for everyone in the community to enjoy.” For further information on sponsorship, to reserve a table (available on a first come, first served basis) or to discuss performing at the Christmas fair, please contact Isobel Penny at ijpenny@aol.com.

Heritage Open Days 7th -10th September The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Church Road, Worcester Park St. John’s will be OPEN on the following days for National Heritage Open Days. Thursday 7th - 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Friday 8th - 11.00 am to 4.00pm Saturday 9th - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Sunday 10th - 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (plus services at 8.00am and 9.45am) History boards will be on display in this ancient church telling the story of St. John’s and Old Malden over many centuries. Refreshments will be available. A Heritage Walk will take place from the church on Sunday 10th at 2.00 pm. Heritage Open Days is your chance to visit free thousands of buildings and places across the UK which are usually closed to the public or charge admission. To find out what‘s on go to www.heritageopendays. org.uk.

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Solutions

Quick Quiz

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1. Notts County 2. The Irish Potato Famine 3. Charlotte’s Web 4.The Oompa-Loompas (from the book Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) 5. Queen Victoria 6. Casablanca 7. Mr White 8. Johnny Cash 9. Lake Victoria 10. 36 Anagram Pairs 1. hated death 2. startle starlet 3. misdealt medalist 4. versatile relatives 5. lovely volley 6. downloads woodlands 7. beefier freebie 8. teach cheat 9. green genre 10. streamlined derailments

Sudokus

WORDSEARCH Hidden phrase: You cannot have your cake and eat it - Proverb

Crossword

Pictograms

Pictograms 1. Short Circuit 2. Basic Instinct 3. The Italian Job

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