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September Contents

History by David Rymill 6 Baking White Chocolate Filo Tarts 8 Ruth Jemmett Writes 11 View from the City 18 How to Build Up Your Credit Rating at University 18 Codeword 22 Clubs - Vibrant Ukulele Club 24 Sudokus 26 Recipe Lamb koftas with minted couscous 30 What’s On 32 The magic of toy making 34 Houseplants Go Home 38 A Photographer Dreams.... 40 Baking 44 Attic theatre 45 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 Well summer isn’t quite over yet (fingers crossed) but the school holidays pretty much are. We survived the long journey by car to South West Cork, and the mixed weather conditions. First trip for puppy Matty who had a fantastic time - despite not being able to enjoy the freedoms that other dogs do, on account of not being trusted off lead around cars and small children! As much as I LOVE the summer (the long, lazy and light evenings, the BBQs, drinks in the garden, holidays and the general feeling of life slowing down a gear for a few weeks), there’s also something pretty special about the onset of Autumn. Living where we do we’re very fortunate to be able to witness the gradual change of colours and to feel the crisp Autumn air whilst out walking (with or without dog) or perhaps going for a run or cycle (and maybe even clinging onto a bit of warm sunshine with a last minute “Indian Summer” that we’ve seen over the past few years)... 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

Canada, Worcester Park and a 150th anniversary This summer, there have been commemorations marking the 150th anniversary of the confederation in 1867 of several of the provinces of what was then known as British North America to form the Dominion of Canada, so I thought it might be appropriate to look at a few of the links between Canada and Worcester Park. The 1911 census reveals that at least two people who had been born in Canada were living in Worcester Park then. In St Philip’s Avenue, a house named Glen Devon was the home of the 30-year-old Olive Brough, who had been born at Owen Sound, located beside an inlet of Georgian Bay, off Lake Huron, in south-western Ontario. The province of Ontario, previously known as Upper Canada or Canada West, was one of the original constituent parts of the Canadian confederation of 1867. In 1909 Olive had married Oswald Brough, a bank clerk from Finchley, in Montreal, and their son John had been born in Worcester Park eleven days before the census was taken. The household on census night also included a monthly nurse, Gertrude Beames, who had been born in India, and a general servant, 16-year-old Annie Parnham from Lincolnshire. A short distance away, The Gables, in Cheam Common Road (now no. 128, I think) was the home of Charles Morrison, a tailor’s foreman, whose place of birth appears to be Moortown in Canada (which I have been unable to locate). Going back ten years to the 1901 census, if we stretch the border of Worcester Park a little we can include Florence Hill, who had been born in Halifax, Nova Scotia – another of the provinces that combined to form the Canadian confederation. In 1901 she was living at Parkside, a boys’ boarding school which stood where Timbercroft and Sterry Drive are now located, to the south-east of Salisbury Road; her husband Thomas Hill was the Headmaster. The school left these premises in the 1930s and is now at Stoke D’Abernon. By the 1930s, with a much-increased population, Worcester Park was probably home to quite a few more people who had been born in Canada; they

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included my grandmother Ada Batt (née Parmiter), who had been born in 1908 in Welland near Niagara Falls. She moved to Surrey, aged about six, to live with her grandparents in Hersham, and when she started school she was asked by her teacher to ‘say a few words in Canadian’. She and my grandfather moved into 174 Kingshill Avenue in 1937. There have probably been more people who have moved from Worcester Park to Canada, and I know of former residents of KT4 now living in a variety of parts of Canada, from Ontario to British Columbia. I have no idea, however, of the oldest-established family from Worcester Park now in Canada, and if anyone reading this online in Canada would like to put forward a claim to that title, I’d be delighted to hear from you. The confederated Canada as established in 1867 was very much smaller than the Canada we know today, just comprising the old province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, but even at this stage the aspiration of a Canada stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific was in the minds of some of the founding fathers, and by the end of 1871, with the addition of Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and British Columbia, it had indeed reached the west coast. At this time of the commemorations of Canada’s confederation, it is therefore appropriate to remember a Worcester Park resident who was involved in the government of Newfoundland, on the Atlantic coast, which was involved in the original confederation negotiations, but chose to remain separate, and only became part of Canada in 1949. This was C Alexander Harris who joined the Colonial Office in 1879. He moved to Worcester Park in 1883, initially living at The Hermitage in Cleveland Road (demolished in the 1960s), and moved in 1897 to the

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house on the corner of The Avenue and Royal Avenue, which he called The Homestead (later Koryfi and now Hillcrest). Sir Alexander (as he became in 1917) became Principal Clerk in the Colonial Office in 1898, and Chief Clerk in 1909. A local newspaper in Farnham [where he lived after retiring], reporting Sir Alexander and Lady Harris’s diamond wedding in 1939, commented that he “regards as his greatest work the part he took in the settlement of the boundaries of British Guiana with Venezuela in 1899 and with Brazil in 1901-4.” From 1917 to 1922 Sir Alexander served as Governor of Newfoundland, a place he already knew as his father had been Principal of the Church of England School there and so he spent much of his early childhood in the capital, St John’s. A highlight of his time in office must have been the visit of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, to Newfoundland in 1919, at the beginning of his tour of North America. The Prince’s ship, HMS Renown, arrived at Conception

Bay, Newfoundland on 11th August, and he spent a quiet day ashore before boarding HMS Dragon and beginning his visit to Canada as then defined, landing at New Brunswick the following morning. He would go on to travel across Canada to Vancouver Island and back, eventually leaving by train on 10th November to begin a visit to the United States. Our illustrations show Sir Alexander in his uniform as Governor, and (once again in his plumed hat) during the Prince of Wales’s visit. His grand-daughter Jean Arnot recalls that, despite the honours he received, Sir Alexander “was an extraordinarily humble man: other people were very important to him. We used to go down to Farnham and he was very keen on taking us out into the field next door and showing us the wild flowers and the butterflies. I feel there was such a lot of good in this man; we were lucky to have had him as a grandfather.” David Rymill David.Rymill1993@alumni.aber.ac.uk (020) 8330 6563

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Ruth Jemmett Writes Season of mists and falling leaves Ruth Jemmett Says Farewell To Summer I was feeding the fish in my garden pond recently, when a dead leaf fluttered onto the netting. I felt a pang of sadness, as I realised that the best part of summer was over. At this time of year trees and plants bravely struggle to maintain their splendour, but eventually they meet their deadliest foe - the first frost. As we avid gardeners pretend that summer will last forever, we eventually have to face the fact that, as days get shorter (and it gets really dark here now that the local council have started turning off our street lights at night!) there is sometimes a chill in the air, and we start rescuing our plants so that they can hide in the relative warmth of the greenhouse. This year’s odd weather has turned my fairly organised garden into a horror film called The March of The Conifers. They have gone crazy, and so very soon gardeners will descend on our patch of green to try and get things in some sort of order. I recently acquired a very good tool from a catalogue, which is terrific at clearing the weeds between paving stones, so I am making my own contribution towards tidying up Jemmett Mansions! Sweet peas are my favourite flowers, and, this year, for the first time, I grew them in a large pot on my patio. (See pic). The heady perfume

pervaded my living room each time I opened the patio door. Bliss!

I am glad to report that after having lost some fish from the Jemmett pond during the very hot weather, things have settled down. There are no more losses to report, as we threw various potions at our piscatorial friends, and they are now very perky. As the weather cools, we will, at some point, stop feeding them, as apparently, as their body temperature falls, they cannot digest food too well. (I will have to throw ice at my husband, to see if it diminishes his far too healthy appetite!).

September used to be the seventh month of the Roman calender, and is named after the Latin name for seven - namely septem. This is the time of year when the leaves of deciduous trees turn from a variety of green into browns and golds. The Anglo-Saxons called this time of year ’barley month’ - or Gerstmonath. Then, as now, September signified harvest time. Our poor farmers have had a lot to contend with during the last few months. The weather has given us a confusing concoction of extreme conditions. Just as we got used to one season it seemed as if another one had decided to drop in. The poet John Keats told us that this is ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Whenever I see an autumnal morning mist it reminds me of being a schoolgirl again, dreading returning to my studies, after what seemed to be the eternity of the summer holidays. How I hated those chilly mornings as I reluctantly made my way to the bus-stop, clutching on to my satchel and cursing the humiliation of having to wear a very unflattering school hat! I have been reliving my school-days recently, as a friend I made at St Andrew’s Convent in Leatherhead 59 years ago (yes, I really am that old folks!) rang me from her home in Ireland. It gave me a jolt when she told me her hair was now grey. In my mind she was still my brown-haired chum. I forgot that a lot of people don’t succumb to my sort of vanity, by asking a hairdresser to keep things going with a light blonde tint! On 2nd of this month we commemorate The Great Fire of London, which occurred in 1666. In those days people were pretty helpless in tackling such a catastrophe. Apparently the writer Samuel Pepys buried a favourite cheese beneath his home during the worst of things, in the hope that he could retrieve it later! Many people are still reeling from the horror of the recent Grenfell Tower inferno, and scratching their heads, wondering why, all these centuries later, architects and local authorities still don’t seem to

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from which occupants can safely escape in case of fire. Many people who were made homeless at the time are still living in hotels or bedsits, despite promises by the government that they would all be adequately re-homed ’in three weeks’. On 6th of September it will be Migraine Awareness Week in this country. It is estimated that one in ten of us will suffer from this debilitating condition, which is much more than ‘just a headache’. As so many people have their careers and social lives affected by it I am amazed that more research isn’t done to ensure that yet another generation of sufferers won’t spend a large part of their lives in agony. On the 9th of the month is will be the birthday of the popular Canadian singer, Michael Buble. I have a CD player in my kitchen, and as I knock up yet another culinary delight (I jest - apart from cooking decent fairy cakes and offering a halfdecent roast, I am a cooking disaster zone!) I often listen to Michael’s dulcet tones. He follows in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, and I am transported to a world of romance, playing his CDs as I peel the

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View from the City Inflation and shrinkflation

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released their latest inflation number and, much to everyone’s surprise, the headline number as measured by the consumer price index has actually stayed the same at 2.6% for July. However it’s still high: in July 2016 it was 0.6% Digging into the detail, the fall is mostly down to a drop in petrol pump prices. Working against an actual fall in the rate was an increase in the cost of clothes, utilities and food. But I was actually expecting food costs to be (much) higher given that we import about 50% of our food and since the value of Sterling is still way south of its level post the Leave.EU vote. So is this where the much-hyped shrinkflation is supposed to be stepping in? A second set of statistics from the ONS released at the end of July suggests otherwise. They state that their price collectors make note of any changes in a product that’s been included in the index and alter the price to reflect any change in weight. So when a product’s been reduced in size to be able to offer it at the same price on the shelves, the statisticians calculate what the price would be for the original amount and include that in the sums. Who knew? And it transpires that the only area where shrinkflation is apparently taking place across the category is in the sugar, jam, syrups, chocolate and confectionery index. Toblerone triangles, it transpires, were not the only sweeties getting smaller! The data also shows that shrinkflation is nothing new. In fact, there’s been a lot of shrinkflation taking place over the last five years – as many as 2,529 products have been put through the practice. But I’m confused… my weekly food shop is definitely more expensive. In November 2016, my 250g jar of tartare sauce was £1.19 at a big supermarket. Last month, I paid £1.20 for a 144g jar from the same shop. Using the same calculations as the ONS use, my 250g jar would cost £1.74 – a 46% hike. And I’m sure there are

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plenty of other examples. But why aren’t they showing up? Well… not everything you and I buy will be among the 713 items used to calculate inflation. My weekly shop is probably different to yours and not everyone’s shopping is considered when they calculate that ‘average’ UK basket. So, the top 4% of households aren’t consulted when drawing up the ONS’s shopping list and the New Malden area may not be among the 150 locations out of the estimated 48,000 number of places in the UK that are visited by officials to collect prices. So while prices may be indicative, they might not be exactly what you pay for stuff locally. The only thing you can actually count on is that your inflation level is unique. But what’s this got to do with the price of fish? Well, more data shows that our wages are not rising as quickly as headline inflation. We know from recent news headlines that the Government’s imposed a 1% limit on pay rises for all state employees. And the rest of us aren’t doing much better. Again, it’s an average, but the measure used to calculate these – the average weekly earnings – showed people’s earnings actually fell by 0.5% in Q2 2017 versus Q2 2016. So we are getting poorer in the pocket. And our savings will also be losing money in real terms if they’re just sitting in a bank account given that interest rates are still at 200-year lows. You might be getting absolutely nothing if you have your money in a current account. Welcome to real negative interest rates! But at least there is something you can do about this. And that’s to ensure that your money is invested. A good multi asset fund could deliver a rate of return that beats the level of inflation and may, depending on the level of risk you take, also serve to compensate you for the drop in household income. Of course, there are no guarantees and your investments could fall as well as rise to the extent that you actually lose some of your original investment. But you would be doing something proactive – and over the long term creating real value not losing it! Far better in my opinion to be proactive than procrastinate. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “You may delay, but time will not”. 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 How to Build Up Your Credit Rating at University Being able to borrow money when you need it is a crucial part of everyday life for most people. It enables you to enter the property market when the time comes, helps you buy your first car, and provides the means to deal with emergencies when they happen. Many undergraduate bank accounts offer a credit card and arranged overdraft facility when you start university, with the overdraft facility often being increased over the following years depending on the risk involved to the lender. Do lenders think you will default? This is partly how lenders decide whether or not to accept an application for borrowing – it’s based largely on the risk of default that you present to them. This risk is assessed using your credit file, which contains a credit rating and other information. The problem for you as a university student is that, because of your age, you’re unlikely to have a credit history that lenders can use. They can’t predict how you’ll manage your money, so having no credit history can be as bad as a poor one in their eyes.

Missing a single payment will instantly damage your credit rating. You will also be charged a high interest rate on the outstanding balance, and late payment fees. Using a credit-builder credit card is one of the most effective ways to build a good credit history if it’s used properly. So that you don’t miss a payment, it’s a good idea to set up a direct debit from your bank – then at least there’ll be a minimum amount paid to your credit card each month, which you can always add to if necessary.

There are certain steps you can take to address this problem, however, and build up a good credit rating at university. The earlier you start, the better your credit file will look to a lender later on.

• Make sure you’re on the electoral register Any lender will want to see that you have a fixed address, and be able to confirm your identity. This increases confidence that you’re trustworthy, but as a student living in halls the best option is to use your home address. You can apply to be included on the register by contacting your local council or using the gov.uk website.

Building a good credit rating certainly takes time, but when your degree course is finished and you start work, you’ll be thankful for the steps you’ve already taken. So what can you do to help yourself at this stage?

• If you apply for credit, use a landline number Putting a landline number on an application for borrowing, rather than a mobile number, indicates stability and will work in your favour when the lender makes their decision.

• Apply for a credit-builder credit card These credit cards are for people with no credit history, or a poor credit rating that needs to be rebuilt. In your case, a card such as this will allow you to build up a good credit history, as long as you are sensible and use it in the right way.

• Don’t exceed your overdraft limit without authorisation Going over your arranged overdraft limit, even for a day, will trigger high interest charges and other fees, but crucially it will also damage your credit score. If you know that you’re going to need extra money for a limited time, talk to your bank and see if they’ll agree to increase your limit, even if it’s only on a temporary basis.

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example, or rail tickets. The crucial part is to pay off the balance in full, and without fail, every month.

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• Avoid taking out store cards Store cards often have higher interest rates than credit cards. If you’re offered one when you’re shopping, it may give you 20% off your bill, but the risk of overspending on it and damaging your credit rating for the long-term just isn’t worth it.

The three main credit reference agencies in the UK – Experian, Equifax, and Callcredit – each hold their own information about your credit history. At some point whilst you’re at university, it would be worthwhile checking with each agency to ensure the information they hold is correct.

• Avoid multiple applications for credit If you’re refused credit by one or more lenders it will adversely affect your credit rating, so it’s a good idea to avoid making multiple applications at the same time.

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Codeword Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a different number between 1 and 26. The codes for three letters are shown. Once you have filled these throughout the grid you can start guessing words and reveal other letters. As you find the letters enter them in the box below.

The Abbeyfield Ewell Society is dedicated to making the lives of older people easier and more fulfilling. We invite you to join us for the launch of our new accommodation, meet our residents and staff and discover what we can offer

Come to our open day at Wendover House Saturday 23rd September 10am - 2pm

Have a look round and join us for a cuppa, cakes and a chat about living in friendly, secure sheltered housing in the heart of the local community . For more information contact us on 020 8393 0881 or email:info@abbeyfield.co.uk The Abbeyfield Ewell Society Ltd. Charity No.204444 Wendover House, 266 Chessington Road, Ewell KT19 9XF

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As Autumn nears we can’t help reflecting on how quiet the roads have been over the last month. Apart from a number of pop up roadworks very little has delayed us as we travel from property to property undertaking valuations, viewings and rental inspections. The usual effect of the school holidays has no doubt been amplified by people heeding the advice to holiday in August and avoid disruptive upgrade works at Waterloo. It is estimated the works will increase local train capacity by almost a third. That’s good news for commuters who might now get a seat!

There are two trends currently impacting the market. The first is the recent fading interest of investment buyers. Over the last quarter we have seen a significant decrease in buyto-let purchases with more than 90% of our sales to owner occupiers. We have also noted the disappearance of let-to-buy, where an owner rents out their old home in order to buy a new one. This is in stark contrast to early 2016, before stamp duty increases, when almost half of transactions involved rental property.

It has been quiet on the streets and on the phones. That isn’t always a bad thing. People who are browsing the market tend to be distracted over the summer and into the latter part of the year. Meanwhile serious buyers become more resolute with an eye on the approaching year end, shorter days and deteriorating weather. Buyers remaining in the market are very determined, keen to be settled in time to put Christmas decorations up in a new home. As a result the Autumn can be a very good time to play your cards right and sell provided... THE PRICE IS RIGHT The current market is fairly consistent without any major fluctuations in values. With plenty of choice for buyers, and tenants, we agree with another long established local agent, recently quoted in the press, in saying some property is optimistically priced. The market today is price sensitive and those looking are less willing to accept significant compromises.

The second change has been gathering momentum for years. Interestingly 20 years ago it took the average household 3 years to save a deposit to buy their own home. Its estimated those saving in 2017 will take two decades to build up the necessary funds. As a result just over half of 25-35 year olds rent, twice as many as 10 years ago.

Affordability is a big factor in the expansion of “generation rent”. The UK, especially in the South, is steadily moving towards the German and French models where renting is the norm. Romania leads the European home ownership table with just under 5% renting while in the UK tenants account for nearly 40% of households, and rising. The 2016 buy-to-let surge, together with Brexit uncertainty amongst non British tenants, has resulted in an oversupply of rental property in the south of England. Price, condition and features such as storage, garages and gardens are important in attracting tenants and reducing void periods. To find out more about the current local rental market please don’t hesitate to contact our lettings experts.

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Clubs Vibrant Ukulele Club We might be the most recent club to start in Worcester Park but we’re gathering lots of members and having fun. It all started 18 months ago when I was at the seaside in Weymouth and saw a group of brightly clothed people on a bandstand playing ukuleles and singing familiar songs … and everyone was joining in and having fun. There’s something about a ukulele that sounds happy and makes you smile!

The church has been very kind in letting us use their premises and we played our first ‘performance’ at the church summer fair on 1st July. If you would like to join us or are just nosey to see what we do, please feel free to come along – it’s infectious though, so if you come once, I bet you’ll want to come again! For more details, contact Steve Wicks 07795 085600

Shortly afterwards I spotted a ukulele in a charity shop for £10, bought it to try it out, and have become hooked on it. Speaking to several friends it became obvious how many people already had a ukulele in their loft or had one as a present but had never played it … so I decided this must change and I started the club in February this year.

We play a mix of folk, pop, traditional and modern songs so something for everyone. We have a short interval where tea, coffee and biscuits are available. We don’t charge anything – yes, it’s FREE – we just ask for a small donation each week to cover the cost of printing music and for the refreshments. Ukuleles are: • Easy to play (we’ll teach you to play at least 3 songs on your first visit) • Relatively cheap to buy (from £20 upwards) • Easy to transport (they’re light and compact) • A lot of fun – I bet you’ll leave our club with a smile on your face. Although some people might think only of George Formby, many famous people play or have played a ukulele including Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Joe Brown, Frank Skinner, Barack Obama, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Armstrong, Tom Hanks and many, many more.

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Vibrant Ukulele Club meets on most Mondays from 7.30 – 9.30pm in one of the rooms or halls in Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. Everyone is welcome, whether you have a ukulele or not (we have some spares for people to try), whether you are musical or not (you don’t need to read music) – all you need is enthusiasm and a smile.


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Wireless Black Spots Wireless networks do have coverage ‘black spots’ in the home. Some bits of your house get a great signal, while others don’t. The culprit is often metal - radiators, filing cabinets, cookers and other big metal things can block Wi-Fi’s radio waves - and there are all kinds of obstacles between your router and your devices. But before you consider buying a gadget such as a PRAY TAP 3 Letters Wi-FiTAR extender,RAPT try moving your router: it might AIR TARP APT be inTIP a particularly Wi-Fi unfriendly place, and ART just moving TRY it aTRAP few feet up could make all the PAR YAP TRAY difference. If it’s TRIP an old router consider getting a PAT YIP You have two minutes to find all the words of PAY newer 4 Letters Letters one: the 5latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, three or more letters that can be made from the AIRY PARTY PIT is much, much faster letters above. Plurals are allowed, proper nouns ARTY TAPIR and stronger than older PRY are not. The 6 letter word will always be just a this all sound like gobbledyPAIR Does 6 Letters RAP standards. normal everyday word. PARITY RAT gookPART and you just want the problem fixed?! Be RAY PETA 3 letters: 18 4 letters: 12 5 letters: 2 6 letters: 1 RIP assured PITYit can be fixed and call an expert.

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Recipe Lamb koftas with minted couscous This flavour-packed dish is great for a late summer lunch or dinner. Serve with warmed flatbreads and tzatziki, if liked. Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes

For the koftas 350g lean minced lamb ½ red onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 2tsp ground coriander PUT YOUR GARDEN MAINTENANCE IN THE 2tsp ground cumin H A N D1tsp S smoked OF SO MEONE WHO REALLY CARES' paprika 2tbsp fresh chopped coriander Squeeze lemon juice - Tree surgery - One off of Tidy - Stump Grinding - Garden Maintenance For the couscous - Strimming and Weeding - Decking and Lawns 225g couscous ¼ cucumber, finely diced - Garden clearance 3tbsp olive oil - Hedge Trimming 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped 1tbsp lemon juice - Path and Patio Washing - Landscaping 3tbsp fresh chopped mint 4 tomatoes, cut into chunks Lemon wedges and mint sprigs to garnish

1 To make the koftas, place the mince, onion, garlic, spices, fresh coriander and lemon juice in a food processor. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then process until very finely minced. 2 Divide the mixture into 12 and using clean damp ‘PUT YOUR GARDEN MAINTENANCE IN THE ypressgardenservices.co.uk Tel: 020 8330 7787 hands, shape each into an oval. Push each oval onto HANDS OF SOMEONE WHO REALLY CARES’ ww.cypressgardenservices.co.uk Mobile: 07958 727 the end of 272 a long wooden skewer (see tip) and place on - One off Tidy a foil-lined grill pan. Cook under a preheated medium - Garden Maintenance grill for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently, until browned and cooked through. - Decking and Lawns 3 Meanwhile, make the couscous. Place the couscous - Hedge Trimming in a heatproof bowl and pour over 250ml boiling water. - Landscaping Cover and leave to soak for about 10 minutes, until all - Tree surgery the water has been absorbed. Fluff the couscous with - Stump Grinding a fork and stir in the olive oil, lemon juice, cucumber, - Strimming & Weeding spring onions and mint. Season to taste with salt and - Garden clearance freshly ground black pepper. - Path & Patio Washing 4 Serve the koftas with the couscous and tomatoes, HE NANCE IN T garnished with lemon wedges and mint sprigs. EN MAINTE YOUR GARD LY CARES' 'PUT HO REAL SOMEONE W HANDS OF - Tree surgery g - One off Tidy - Stump Grindin nance Weeding - Garden Mainte - Strimming and ns - Decking and Law den clearance Gar g min shing Trim ge Wa - Hed - Path and Patio - Landscaping

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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

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model is open from 11 am until 3 pm every Sunday in November and December Entry Free; cars via Cheam Gate. For further information please visit the website at www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

Epsom Playhouse,

Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL

Thursday 31 August Milton Jones is Nearly 0ut There: Work in Progress Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour but unfortunately it isn’t quite ready yet. Don’t panic though he’s a professional, it’s the guy with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4. An evening in the company of an idiot. Or is he? Yes he is. Only come if you like jokes though. If not you’ll be cross. ‘ABSURDIST ONE-LINE MASTERPIECES’ The Times Never Too Much Luther Vandross Show 1 September When it comes to male vocalists one name towers above the rest – a man whose impact and influence has been unparalleled. Say the name “Luther” and music lovers respond immediately. The fact is, Luther Vandross was, and always will be, one of the best male vocalists of our time. The only show that sounds EXACTLY like Luther, Danny Clay’s vocal abilities will leave you amazed, close your eyes and you are listening to Luther Vandross. Bringing on Back the 60s 2 September The hottest ticket in town has just arrived at your theatre. BRINGING ON BACK THE 60’S STARRING THE NEW AMEN CORNER with their very special guest’s This fast moving show Starring The New Amen Corner is a must for lovers of 60’s music. Genesis Connected Friday 8th September Genesis Connected is a tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics. This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles. Hits spanning from the late 70s onwards including; Turn It On Again, Sledgehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more. JONGLEURS Saturday 9th September Jongleurs On The Road brings the UK’s funniest

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comedians to you! We book the brightest and best comics and create a top-notch comedy show in the comfort and convenience of The Epsom Playhouse. Featuring a host and three live stand up comedians, top quality acts and guaranteed laughs, it’s always a great night out From time to time acts are changed to suit TV filming etc - so please check website for up to date info. Brian Whites King Jazz Monday 11th September Brian White’s King Jazz - a tribute to Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow Jeremy Hardy : Live 2017 Wednesday 13th September Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a moredramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win,probably has at least another 33 years to go. In 2014, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also wellknown for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Blowin in the Wind - The best of Dylan and Baez Thursday 14th September When Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and friends sang of love, the times certainly were a-changin’ From “Mr Tambourine Man” to “Sound of Silence”, from Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides now” to John Lennon’s “Imagine”, international vocalists and multiinstrumentalists Andante, featuring Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, bring vibrant new interpretations to these timeless tunes and wonderful words. Come on a journey through some of the greatest songs of our time. Forbidden Nights Friday 15th September Roll Up! Roll Up! Circus just got sexy with FORBIDDEN NIGHTS providing an evening to remember with thrills, fantasy and FORBIDDEN thoughts at every turn! Indulge yourselves in a two-hour production as world-renowned circus artists perform heart-racing tricks in an electric fusion of daring and provocative choreography and the ultimate FORBIDDEN Tease. Bee Gee Fever Saturday 16th September Since 1999 Bee Gees Fever have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe with their stunning live tribute to the music of the Brothers Gibb. From soulful ballads to high-energy disco classics, the band faithfully recreates the songs that made the Bee Gees musical legends. Bee Gees Fever perform all songs completely live: no backing tracks; no sequencers; just five guys, their voices and their instruments creating an undeniably authentic show packed with raw energy.

Songs From The Musicals Sunday 17th September A Charity evening with Jack Foley & Kim Boeje. Jack Foley is one of the most exciting emergent artists on today’s classics scene. A veteran of amongst others - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Carl Rosa Opera and a slew of hit musicals including “Anything Goes” and “West Side Story”. He is a regular on the streets up and down the country - performing his own very special crowd pleaser “POPupOPERA”. Raising much needed funds for charity along the way. Henning Wehn: Westphalia is not an option Wednesday 20th September Beyond The Barricade Thursday 21st September ‘Beyond the Barricade’ has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live! Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert. Be Bop A Lula Friday 22nd September The West End smash hit comes to town starring five giants of rock’n’roll - Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. From Cochran’s legendary guitar riffs, Vincent’s menacingly moody stage presence, Fury’s smouldering looks and soaring vocals, Orbison’s perfect, lilting tones and Holly’s goodtime rock’n’roll anthems, Be Bop a Lula is a real doozer of a stage show. Allen Beechey’s Bright Stars of Jazz Monday 25th September Allen Beechey’s Bright Stars of Jazz - A reminder of Condon’s freewheeling jazz of 40s & ‘50s Henry VIII the first Brexiteer? By David Starkey Tuesday 26th September Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis. Paul Zerdin QQQQQQQQWednesday 27th September Paul Zerdin: All Mouth America’s Got Talent winner 2015 Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin returns home to the UK fresh from headlining the world-famous Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)

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Hobbies The magic of toy making By Kate McClelland “There’s a tactile, magic quality to a handmade toy. It stimulates the imagination in a way nothing else can”, says Giles Brown of Dorset Model Soldiers, a company that has been producing traditional lead toy soldiers since 1976. David Plagerson would agree. After carving his first wooden Noah’s Ark toy to celebrate the birth of his daughter in 1971, he has never looked back. He says: “What makes me happiest is all the correspondence I receive from parents, saying how much their children love playing with my toys.” Karl Longbottom is equally enthusiastic about his reasons for taking up kite-making, claiming that “nothing beats the satisfaction” of watching a child’s face as he or she flies a kite for the first time. Whether they are making lead soldiers, carving wooden figures or creating new kite designs, what many of these professional toymakers have in common is that their work grew out of a passionate hobby. Karl Longbottom, for example, drew on his background in engineering to design and build kites, and his success at creating these high-flying toys allowed him to turn a part-time hobby into a full-time job. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in artisan-made toys, reflecting a growing movement against screen-based entertainment for children. There has been considerable online debate about “unplugged vs. electronic toys”, with many parents taking the view that simpler toys are more likely than their electronic counterparts to stimulate children’s imagination, speech and motor skills. Retro fashions are also popular at the moment, and vintage toys such as spinning tops, wooden bricks and string puppets are now being rediscovered by a new generation of children. If you are thinking about taking up toy making as a hobby, the chances are that you have reached this point because you have skills in a certain area – perhaps knitting, wood-carving or sewing. You have probably created well-loved toys for your own children, or the children of friends and relatives, and are wondering where to go from here. But before you launch into your hobby you should be aware that as a

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toymaker you will be bound by certain rules and legal restrictions, even if you intend to give your products away. The most important aspect of making toys is safety, so do consider whether there is anything in the design or manufacture that may prove dangerous to a child before proceeding to the making stage. Under UK law, anything made to be played with by children under 14 must be tested in accordance with the Toy Safety Directive and must display a “CE” logo on its label or on any packaging. Unfortunately, this means that hobbyists and small business suppliers have to work to the same safety specifications as large-scale toy manufacturers: ignoring this legal requirement can lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and in some cases even a prison sentence. A copy of the EN 71 Toy Safety Regulations – giving details of what is required to achieve a CE mark – can be obtained from your local library services or by applying to a trading standards office. Alternatively visit the website of product safety specialists Conformance (conformance.co.uk), where you will find some very useful pointers on achieving the CE mark. In order to find out whether the design and manufacture of your toy conforms with legal safety requirements, you may need to submit the product for certain tests (depending on what type of toy it is). After that you will be required to put together a ‘technical file’ of information, demonstrating that it is safe. You will also need to make a ‘Declaration of Conformity’, which is your official statement that the toy meets all the relevant standards and directives. If you need help, Conformance sells a self-certification pack for handmade toys, backed up with thirty minutes of expert support time, which will guide you through the CE marking process. The pack is available at a cost of around £50 (telephone 01298 873 800).

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Once you have achieved a CE mark, you might wish to sell some items to cover the administration costs of CE certification. You can approach local, independent toy stores to see if they are willing to stock your products, or alternatively try out websites such as Etsy.com or Ebay.co.uk (it costs nothing to set up shop on either site, but you will be liable to pay fees if you sell). Alternatively, try your luck at a car boot sale, where you can meet potential customers and see their reaction to your products at first hand. Making toys can be a hugely enjoyable pastime, with the potential to make money if your product proves popular. Devonshire doll-maker Eric Horne never intended to turn his wood-turning hobby into a business, but after a local shopkeeper displayed his toys in her shop window, he quickly began to receive offers from other retailers, and soon his hobby snowballed into a flourishing international business. Toy making may require more administration and legal box-ticking than your average hobby, but the reward can be priceless: it lies in the joy and pleasure your toys bring to the children who are lucky enough to own them.

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.

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Gardening Houseplants Go Home Pippa Greenwood This year I didn’t get a summer holiday but I’m proud to say that my houseplants did – no need for costly air fares or over-priced hotels and dodgy meals out however, because they spent the summer in the garden. Most houseplants grown widely up and down the country need to be just that, plants in houses, but come the summer it usually gives them a real boost to get the higher natural light levels, refreshing (relatively warm) rainfall and seriously fresh air. But now that September is here it is time to bring them indoors. The daytime temperatures are generally warm enough in almost all areas of the country but there will soon be some noticeably nippy nights and these can do untold damage, especially to some of the more tender varieties.

are back indoors the pests will flourish in the now warmer and more protected conditions, and will soon multiply and may even spread to other healthy plants, causing potential chaos! Most problems like these, if caught early, can be dealt with by using a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs to snip off infected areas, or by some careful picking off by hand. If you find scale insects, aphids or fluffy patches of mealy bug, you can purchase a brilliant biocontrol to sort

Before bringing them in though, it is essential to put your plants through their paces; think of it as being a bit like going through Customs on your way back from your seasonal break! First I go over them checking for dead, damaged or dying leaves, and then use a sharp pair of scissors to remove these, cutting back neatly into clean, healthy growth. Next it is time to inspect the stems, foliage and any flowers for pests and diseases. There is often a wide range of these problems that can infest or infect your houseplants, and it always pays to bring them in totally clean. Look out for white powdery mildew deposits, often accompanied by a bit of leaf yellowing, and check for greyish fuzzy fungal patches caused by the notorious Botrytis or grey mould - this will often start out on an already dead part of the plant such as a faded leaf or flower, but is often associated with yellowing, petal browning and dieback too. Also look for pests like scale insects - tiny brownish elliptical insects which feed beneath leaves or on soft stems, often producing copious quantities of sticky, sugary honeydew - or aphids, which may be found clustered on the more tender, newer growth. If you find any infestation, it is essential it is dealt with before the plants go inside, as once the pots

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them out in a totally environmentally friendly way that is also completely safe for you and your pets. For more information, visit www.pippagreenwood. com/products/protect-your-crops. Once the plants themselves have had a check over, I always inspect the pots, including the surface of the compost and beneath the base and rim of the pot itself. If you can, and as long as the plant won’t be damaged in the process, gently ease it out of its pot and check the root ball. This may sound a little extreme but all of these more ‘hidden’ and out of the way places provide perfect places for stowaways: the pests which live in the garden but would appreciate spending the cooler weather in your house - things like vine weevils, slugs and snails. Not the sort of house guests you or your plants would appreciate, I’m sure. When the check over is complete, gently scrape away the uppermost surface of the compost and replace with the same quantity of fresh, similar compost, wipe down the sides of the pot and take your plants inside, taking care not to put them anywhere which is too hot, too dry or too draughty for their liking.

Once your old favourites are safely re-installed in their old positions and are free from unwanted guests, you may like to treat yourself to a new houseplant or two. There are some wonderful (and amazingly good value) houseplants readily available in garden centres now and you’ll often find some gems in the supermarket too - how about a marvellously elegant moth orchid (Phalaenopsis) or two? I treated myself to a couple when I was working at The Woburn Abbey Garden Show this summer, and they’ve proved to be a beautiful reminder of a lovely show and I know that even with my sometimes erratic care they should keep on performing for years to come! Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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A Photographer Dreams.... by Hugh Griffiths www.creativelight.org.uk First of all, the results from your votes for Best Print at our annual exhibition in July. We had 197 votes in all, and three pictures (see left) tied for first choice: Friends by Grace Ro The Robin by Sue Law District Line by me And the best Projected Image in your view was: Take Off by Graham Tyers

You know that I like sunrise and sunset ‌ they are magical times of day when the light can add extra glow to the world around you. And, as autumn starts thinking of coming, the days are getting shorter and I can get out to watch a sunrise without losing too much sleep. I took this picture at about 6:30 one morning last September; I love the interplay of colours and darkness. There is a sort of brooding, threatening presence in the sky with the clouds to the right and the land to the left being dark with little detail being visible. But there is something else – the sun is pouring its golden light through the clouds at the back, and making the dark clouds near it turn white. It is always a real joy to be out there at sunrise with no two days being the same. Sometimes it is just dull and cloudy with no detail and no visible sunrise, and sometimes it is just the opposite, with no clouds and just a blue sky ... allowing for an almost complete lack of colour and interest in the picture. Clouds always add interest in photos through their shapes and colours. As I write this article, there is a completely blue sky outside, and warm sunshine. Lovely for being in the open, but not the greatest for taking beautiful photographs.

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I have the great privilege of being able to go to South Africa reasonably often; I was working in Pretoria on and off for a number of years and made some brilliant friends there. Some from my client, and others from the church I went to while there. Friends for life are not the easiest thing to get, and these are people that I feel close to. I have been to the Kruger National Park with Ronald a couple of times (and hoping to go again next year). I took this picture and the next one on my last trip with him, in September 2016. We saw a lot of animals – and this shot of a young elephant drinking from a water hole is lovely. You can see that it has been playing in the mud, and that it hasn’t yet learned to put its trunk down rather than along! Or maybe it sees some sweeter water over there. The shadow is fairly well reflected in the water – not brilliant, but definitely there – adding a sense of depth to the scene. The elephant itself is on the thirds facing into the picture. This gives a feeling of ‘rightness’ with the animal having space to move into. Again, the fact that the trunk is extended (after all, here is a child playing) gives some added interest and makes the picture a bit different form the many others of elephants at waterholes. I could have cropped a bit off the top and bottom – I’m not sure if that would have helped to focus your eyes more on the elephant. What do you think? Mum and Dad were nearby keeping an eye on him – predators like lion and leopards are not a great threat to them, however. I guess they are mainly concerned to see that it doesn’t go wandering off without them. Mind you, I’m not sure if those logs in the water are crocodile and not wood …

My next picture is all about atmosphere and a sense of place. This was taken at the Oliphants Rest Camp in the centre of the Park, looking to the East and looking for the sunrise. The camp itself is on a hill overlooking the Oliphants River and there are viewing platforms allowing you to look at the river and the bush beyond. The chap I was travelling with had been out for a run around the camp already and he and I were getting ready to leave, in his truck, to spend the day looking at animals and birds and the veld. The gentleman in the picture was out there (at the best view point; I wasn’t!) and enjoying the long long view over the bush. To our right is the river, and beyond that are the hills and mountains separating South Africa from Mozambique; but, straight into the picture, it is all Kruger Park, going off into a great distance. I think there are two features that make this picture work. The man is standing looking out over a distant scene. He is placed on the thirds (noughts and crosses style!) and at the lower left which means he has a lot of space to be looking at. I don’t know about you, but I follow his eyes first of all when I look at the picture and it makes me wonder if he has seen something, or is just enjoying the view. And the second thing that helps is the tree at the right. I reckon that without it, there may have been too much blank space in the picture; it adds a bit of interest where it is needed, but doesn’t act as the main focus for your eyes. 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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of great change in local authority funding we are delighted to be growing and developing our local partnerships to ensure we will continue able to offer fantastic, accessible theatre opportunities to our audience.’ ‘I am incredibly excited that we are continuing our partnership with Merton Libraries pioneering Merton Arts Space this October, following the success of Great Expectations, with a world premiere adaptation of Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Illyich. Moving forward we aim to produce at least a show a year in the Space and are committed to working with Merton Libraries to develop and grow an audience for new theatre and performance in the borough. ‘ www.attictheatrecompany.com / @ attictheatreco

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Mondays

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! 14th, 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

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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

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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.

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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. Future dance dates: Friday 4th Aug Ring David for information: 07903 314276

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 The problem with camping is that the closer you get to nature, the further you get from a decent hotel. As I see it, camping is in fact nature’s way of promoting the hotel industry. I know many of you enjoy it and are perhaps reading this after returning refreshed and enlivened having spent many a night under canvass. That’s as maybe, but my favourite thing about camping is when I don’t. The same could be said for my feelings towards anything that involves a water sport, particularly one involving an oar or a paddle. With that in mind, I was surprised, confused and a little disturbed when Mrs H suggested we spend a weekend on a sea kayaking and wild camping break in and on the Norwegian Fjords in celebration of a recent wedding anniversary. Surely I must have misheard. An idea combining my least favourite things which would, undoubtedly, take place in the rain? What was she thinking?

scenery was, after all stunning, the weather was unusually warm and our guide in possession of a Mary Poppin’s bag-like Kayak from which he could produce all manner of cooking utensils and an unexpectedly edible range of meals. There was also the fact I hadn’t capsized, drowned, or crashed into a ferry and was now able to convince my transport to travel in something resembling the right direction. The campsite may have been basic, but the view from the tent (see picture) more than adequate compensation. As they say, a ship In a harbour is safe, but that’s not what it’s built for and an experience like this emphasised to me that we should all spend time travelling beyond our respective comfort zones. You can learn a lot about yourself and your capacity when you make that journey. That said, I’ll be taking some spare toilet roll on my next trip. There’s only so much discomfort I can take!

Well, it turned out this was part of her plan to encourage me to do things that I wouldn’t have contemplated in the pre-Parky era and to take me even further out of my comfort zone as clearly this was not something I’d have readily agreed to if in possession of all my brain cells. A first night spent in a Norwegian hostel which combined Taiwanese prison comforts with food and drink prices that Dick Turpin would be ashamed to charge, did little to convince me that this was going to be a worthwhile adventure. The slightly damp wetsuit I was given to wear, the absence of any opportunity to familiarise myself with my vessel and a consequent morning on the water spent going around in circles increased the risk of marital breakdown. By the time I’d encountered my first Norwegian, wild camping toiletry facility I was looking up details of divorce lawyers, or at least I would have been if there had been any reception, which there wasn’t. Then the strangest thing happened. Despite myself, I began to enjoy the experience. The

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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: 26 or more words Good: 23 words Fair: 18 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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WORDSEARCH Hidden phrase: Despise school and remain a fool - German proverb

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Pictograms

Pictograms 1. Hook, Line And Sinker 2. Top Of The Morning 3. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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