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Worcester Park Life

July 13 issue 61 Inside 6

Worcester Park History by David Rymill


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Ruth Jemmett Writes


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Last week I received an email from Jeremy Linton-Mann who is trying to find some information about Vera and Joe’s Dance Academy for an autobiography that he is writing. Jeremy writes ‘Back in the early 60’s it was a very popular meeting and dancing place for teenagers. V & J taught us to waltz and quickstep as well as jive, and for those of us attending all boys schools like Beverley (Coombe) it was the only chance to meet girls. Could you advise where I may find archive info on V & J’s please, it was very well known at the time, occupying premises the other side of the road to WP station. Any advice would be much appreciated.’ If you can help then he would love to hear from you – email And if you’re wanting to get in touch with old friends – why not ask us to help! We want to tell you about events that are going on locally and this month get your diaries out and make a note of the local markets as advertised on pages 12 & 13. I am sure there’s lots more going on in Worcester Park though and would love to hear from you if you are organising an event that’s coming up in August or September for our next edition. Jenny Stuart, Editor & publisher P.S. Please remember to mention Worcester Park Life when replying to adverts and get in touch by 17th July if you’d like your business, Club or event to feature in the August edition(s). A Big welcome to our brand new advertisers this month: Cheesington Motorcycles, The Doggy Wash, Splish Splash Swim, Hook Acqua Centre, Ecolocal, Ovens’n’stuff, The Dent Professor, Richmond Theatre andKingsbridge Local


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Tilling the earth at Tolworth Court This month we travel to the western tip of the Worcester Park postal district, to the Old Kingston Road. This is now a quiet backwater, lying to the right of the A240 as one goes from Worcester Park and Ewell Court towards Tolworth. The land on both sides of the Old Kingston Road, now including Kingston University’s sports ground, was part of Tolworth Court Farm. Until about 1990 a complex of farm buildings stood between the River Hogsmill, the A240 and the Old Kingston Road. They were eventually abandoned, but this was by no means the end of this farmland’s connection with growing things, as we shall see. Within living memory, the road was part of the main route from Epsom to Kingston: after crossing the Hogsmill, traffic had to bear right around the farm buildings, and then pass the two pairs of cottages on the left, before bearing sharp left to return to the main alignment of the road.

Until the 16th century, the farm site had been a place of much higher status, with a moated house at the centre of a manor. This was probably one of the two Tolworth manors mentioned in the Domesday Book. It may have been the manor centred on Tolworth Court that Henry Gerard of Guildford held in 1290, and it may have been his daughter Joan who brought the property to her three successive husbands, including the Constable of Guildford Castle, in the early 14th century. By 1327 the moated complex included two halls, a chapel, six chambers, a kitchen with a chamber, a bakehouse and a brewhouse, with a gate and drawbridge. Buildings beyond the moat included

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cowsheds, a stable and piggery, and there was a garden and a watermill. For more than 150 years the manor passed through a succession of royal and noble owners, tossed from hand to hand on the waves of dynastic struggle. In 1564 it passed to the Evelyn family, who held it until 1692 and are credited with building the first gunpowder mills on the Hogsmill. Excavations by members of the Kingston-upon-Thames Archaeological Society and the Surrey University group UniSearch in 2000 and 2002 suggested that the moat may have been constructed shortly before 1200; the buildings on the island were apparently levelled, perhaps in the 19th century when a farm building, possibly a slaughterhouse, was built there re-using 17th and 18th-century bricks and tiles. Away from the island, postholes, animal bones and pottery from the 8th/9th century suggest that an Anglo-Saxon settlement existed close by, and beyond the A240 there was evidence that people passed this way in Bronze Age, Iron Age and Romano-British times. Later there was a farmhouse to the west of the moated site, which was eventually left isolated from the other farm buildings by the construction of the new straighter route for the A240. What had been a settlement of some significance now has a very different role as an important strategic gap between Worcester Park/Ewell and Tolworth. The

fields to the left of the A240, behind the farmhouse site and between the river, Cox Lane and Jubilee Way, are now Tolworth Court Farm Fields Nature Reserve, a habitat for butterflies, grasshoppers, kestrels and sparrowhawks. Human visitors are also welcome: a leaflet and copies of the site’s information boards can be seen at: resources/the_natural_environment_and_biodiversity. htm At the far end of the Old Kingston Road, reached from the junction opposite Jubilee Way, is Court Farm Garden Centre. In 1983 this site, previously used as a plant nursery by Kingston Borough, became the home of Garden Care, established as a garden maintenance company by Bart Patrick in 1966. Marc Patrick joined the company as a gardening assistant in 1986, and in 2003 he became Managing Director. Garden maintenance and landscape gardening are still offered by Garden Care Contracting Ltd, while the garden centre was renamed as Court Farm Garden Centre in 2011, reflecting the history of the site; it offers trees, shrubs and bedding plants, garden supplies, and practical courses and demonstrations (more information at The garden centre is also home to two specialist companies: The Bonsai Centre, run by Clive and Ann McIntyre, supplies bonsai trees for indoors and

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outdoors, plus equipment, advice and demonstrations; Koi Water Garden was established in 1992 by Andrew Richards and John Caress on the Sutton/Morden borders, and opened a branch at Court Farm in 2011; the company undertakes pond construction and maintenance services, and specialises in directly importing Japanese Koi. After choosing plants here, or walking in the nature reserve, a visit to the Garden Centre’s recently-opened café may be an attractive option. This offers a wide range of teas and coffees, cakes, breakfasts and lunches, and they plan to include on the menu eggs from their hens and honey from the bees on site. The

café has some delightfully quirky touches, including an incredibly diverse range of vintage patterned side plates, and plants growing in floral teacups on the tables, as well as an honesty library and a buggy park. You may have noticed that gremlins got at last month’s article, about Worcester Park’s Coronation celebrations in 1953. Here are the paragraphs that disappeared: Local uniformed organisations were also involved: ten 1st Cuddington Guides went to a pageant in Central Hall, Westminster; a member of 1st Cuddington Sea Scouts took part in a march past the Queen at Windsor on St George’s Sunday; and the Worcester Park Sea Rangers undertook jobs such as knitting and gardening to raise funds to give an elderly couple a seaside holiday as their ‘coronation tribute’, as well as arranging a ‘Coronation Cruise’ variety concert in Green Lane School. The most prominent permanent local reminder of the coronation is a (sessile?) oak tree on Malden Green, in front of The Worcester Park pub. It was paid for by pennies contributed by local Girl Guides, and representatives of the Brownies, Guides and Rangers each added a shovelful of earth. As the Surrey Comet recorded, the County Commissioner, Mrs DennistounSword, ‘said she hoped that as the tree increased in size and strength, so would the goodwill and friendship between men and nations.’ The tree has certainly done its part.


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The coronation theme was also linked to events later that summer. Cuddington’s ‘Coronation Year Summer Fete’ was arranged for 4th July, in Parker’s Field, Royal Avenue, beginning with an hour-long procession led by a cadet band from Surbiton, followed by the Rose Queen ceremony. In response to last month’s article, Bob Dolman has kindly provided some photographs of Longfellow Road’s 1953 celebrations, organised by his father Charles Dolman, two of which are reproduced here. In the outdoor photograph, Bob can be seen as a drummer boy, with his mother Connie, at the front of the procession, while Charles Dolman is at the left-hand edge (with rosette). The indoor photograph, showing the tea in the Co-op Hall, includes a number of longterm residents of Longfellow Road, such as Bill Deadman who lived in the road all his life until his death in 2011 (standing near the middle, with armband). And finally, on Sunday 14th July, at St Mary’s Church at the top of The Avenue, you can enjoy a cream tea at 5pm (£5), followed by a summer concert at 6.30pm of light music, including songs from the shows and classical items, plus a few hymns, performed by the St Mary’s choir, with a chance to join in (please note change in date and time from last month’s announcement). David Rymill. WPLife


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The Changing Face of Salisbury Road Life is full of hellos and goodbyes. This is the month that the Americans celebrate their goodbye from Great Britain in 1776. On July 4th they commemorate the fact that they spread their wings as a nation, and freed themselves from our huge influence over them. Separating ourselves from people, things and lifestyles is one of life’s great challenges. Humanity has always had an urge to experience new things, but in opening new doors we often find it difficult to close the ones behind us - The War of Independence being the ’difficulty’ in the case of our cousins across the Atlantic! Here in Salisbury Road we have had to get used to all sorts of comings and goings over the years - albeit on a much lesser scale! Many of us have become good friends, so we were rather sad to bid farewell to long-time residents Irene and Tony, recently. Even though they aren’t moving very far away, we will miss them. Just before they left the road they held a farewell party, and as I stood there reminiscing with other familiar faces who live locally, I reflected on the fact that from the moment we are separated from our mothers at birth, life is, in essence, one long series of goodbyes. Thankfully, we are prepared for most of them, and learn to adapt to new circumstances, but sometimes it can be a sharp learning curve. Like most people, my first real personal loss was when, as a child, I experienced the death of a pet. My tortoise, Daisy, had a badly infected leg, and the vet was forced to dispatch her to tortoise heaven. I remember asking him why she couldn’t survive with three legs, and he went to great pains to explain to me why it wouldn’t be a good - or practical look. Even at my tender young age I realised that a tiny crutch or mini-wheelchair really wasn’t on! I bought another tortoise, who I named Daisy Two. ( As you might gather, my imagination hadn’t developed very much regarding naming pets when I was seven ….!). However, nothing filled that hole in my heart like my original lettuce-munching chum. As we go through life we have to accept that, as Shakespeare said “parting is such sweet sorrow”, and look forward to new experiences. The loss of a pet when we are young can prepare us for a variety of bereavements

later in life - although, in truth, we are never ready for losing a loved one, however much we think we are. We each have to try and find our own path through such sadness. Our country is renowned for having a ‘stiff upper lip’ in the face of such things, which can often lead to repressed emotions, which in turn can turn into mental or physical, or social problems. Saying goodbye, whether it be to a beloved pet or a cherished member of a family is something that we just aren’t taught to deal with. Most violent criminals have abandonment issues - usually regarding an absent father - or they have often had major losses in their lives regarding other people close to them, which often haven’t been adequately acknowledged. Perhaps our stiff upper lips need to soften more, in order for us to create a more emotionally balanced society. We are often told that ‘big boys don’t cry’. Perhaps they should do so - and in the process, become calmer people, who aren’t prone to vent the bottled-up anger caused by their grief, on others. Real friendships - either with people (or even beloved pets) can take time to build, so we are always

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hoping that when we meet new neighbours we will bond happily with them. We have been extremely fortunate in this road in finding ourselves living alongside many really lovely people, with whom we have shared a great social life. We have come from a variety of backgrounds, and have inevitably sometimes varied in ages, but we have had the common bond of loving where we live, and wanting to reach out the hand of friendship. We have all had our share of crises over the years, and it has been comforting to know that whether we have had to deal with burst water tanks, burglaries or illness, people have rallied round to help each other. When one of our number moves away or dies, we find comfort in helping each other cope with the emotions. In what appears to be an increasingly heartless world we consider ourselves to be very fortunate. In the bigger world we have to learn from an early age that things such as moving schools or changing jobs will involve lots of goodbyes and hellos, with all the stress they involve. When I was a girl I was fortunate enough to attend both junior and senior schools with an older sister who paved the way for me. Leaving a junior school to attend a larger senior one can be quite overwhelming for some youngsters. Saying goodbye to their friends who they have known since they were five years old can be quite traumatic. Suddenly finding oneself surrounded by hulking teenagers who appear to be confident can be quite scary to an eleven year old who is feeling very UNconfident in a blazer that is too big for them - and that their mother said they would grow into! These days, when education authorities seem to operate weird allocation systems that frequently send siblings to different schools, I feel sorry for such children - and also for their parents, who have to deal with sorting out all the travel arrangements! When, for a variety of reasons, we have to say goodbye to people, we often exchange promises, such as “we must keep in touch” but, in truth, how often do we sustain those bonds? When I recall my school days I often wonder what happened to some of my former classmates. Did that noisy boy ever grow up to be a belligerent man? Did he channel that aggressive energy into becoming a professional boxer, or a fiercely ambitious head of a corporation? Did that girl who was good at athletics ever make it to The Olympic Games, or is she now just running a local fitness centre? When I left school at eighteen years of age I had every intention of becoming a writer, and have managed to entwine my girlish dreams with a busy family and social life. On the day I left my convent I had every intention of keeping in contact with school friends, but in reality there was only one - called Barbara - with whom I have had a genuine friendship for what is now an astonishing fifty-six years. Our lives took very different paths, with mine caring


for my disabled son, and hers in pursuing her career and travelling all over the world. Nevertheless, even though she still lives in Ireland, we have never broken those links. In the time that I have lived in Salisbury Road there has been much change. Some older people have wanted to ‘downsize’ as their gardens eventually become too much like hard work. Others have sadly passed away, but they live on in our memories of happier times. Mark Antony in Julius Caesar told us that when people die “the good is oft interred with their bones”, but happily in this road we have a habit of giving each other cuttings from plants, which means that those who have gone often leave us a legacy of beautiful living things. Tony and Irene are still very much of this world I am glad to say, and before they moved to their new home Tony, a talented artist, gave us a lovely picture he had painted, which now hangs proudly on our hall wall. Three new families have recently moved into the road, and we look forward to making new memories with them. Apparently two of the families have children. Who knows ……perhaps one of them might even have a tortoise ……?! Ruth Jemmett is a Member of The Society of Authors Copyright 27.5.13 WPLife s

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1. Which Disney film features a mother and father called Perdita and Pongo? 2. The children’s radio show Listen With Mother always began with what question? 3. Which comes first in the calendar year?... Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? 4. Which member of the Guildford Four released the autobiography Proved Innocent, which was later adapted into the film In The Name Of The Father? 5. In Monty Python’s Life Of Brian, who played Brian’s mother, Mandy? 6. Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily was born in 1996. Name her famous mother and father. 7. Translating as “mother of the universe”, Chomolungma is the Tibetan name for what? 8. According to legend, who was King Arthur’s father? 9. Name the actor and actress who played Greg Focker’s mother and father in the film Meet The Fockers. 10. In 2007, Neil Diamond finally revealed that the inspiration for his song Sweet Caroline was a girl who was just 11 years old when he wrote it. Who was her famous father?


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View from the City An alternative way to privatise? by Justin Urquhart Stewart The concept of privatisation I don’t have a problem with, but it has to be at the right time and carried out in the right way. What we can learn from the previous privatisations and demutualisations was that wider share ownership does not necessarily lead to deeper share ownership and the fostering of private portfolios. The method of flotation certainly did little for the companies themselves, especially as it left them with sometimes shareholder bases of hundreds of thousands, which were both unwieldy and expensive to maintain. Many were in fact delighted to see their shareholder register whittled down to more manageable levels, and a few were even able to actually consider addressing their shareholder base as their own advocate and supporter base. Companies can make designs to get the shareholder base they need; what they don’t need is to have numbers foisted on them just to satisfy political dogma. In fact companies seem very rarely to make use of their shareholder base as a marketing arm in its own right. At Barclays I remember trying long and hard to get them to appreciate that most of their shareholders were either staff or ex-staff and, very often, customers - that is to say potentially a great advocacy base for the company if properly martialled. But all to no avail. There are some key issues here. Firstly the economy needs properly functioning utility banks and this needs to be accelerated to help the recovery; pushing Lloyds and RBS back to the market whilst still in recovery seems somewhat odd. Secondly why should we as taxpayers and shareholders (albeit indirectly) not expect to have, not just our money back, but a significant profit as well, and if that will take some years yet, then so be it. However, the government is missing an opportunity here. With the glorious benefit of fully focused 20:20


hindsight, it would have been far better if we had packaged up, or at least partially done so, the flotation issues into a bundled unit trust fund of state assets which citizens could have applied for. This would have introduced investment to many for the first time, not in the form of small holdings of one off stock issues, but rather a spread of different assets and companies in a range to provide an immediately more diversified investment portfolio or fund. Again with the benefit of history this would have proved a jolly nice ‘little earner’ for Sid instead of exposing him as an innocent to the vagaries of the stock market, individual holdings and their risks. So, too late now? Well not necessarily so. In fact the government in its desperation to try and find assets to close the deficit and pay down debt has been scouring the cupboards to see what’s left of the ‘family silver’. Whilst the Georgian tea set and furniture has already gone, it seems that we might now be down to the teaspoons. However, before you write those off, they certainly have some combined value. As well as RBS and Lloyds, there is the uranium operator Urenco, the Student Loan Book, something called Plasma Rescources, The Royal Mail, the Met Office and the UK Hydrographic Office. Add to that an interesting


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portfolio of property from Law Courts to MoD areas and you could have the making of quite a significant FTSE 100 company made up of a compendium of assets and companies. Now asking investors to buy into this bundle of investments as a fund might be a far more sensible and sound investment especially for the smaller investor. The receipts of course would go back to the government for debt reduction, but maybe here they could also use this as a base point for the UK Sovereign Wealth fund and have a national investment vehicle to invest the proceeds in good projects for the nation’s and its citizens’ futures? So in my view here is a great opportunity for the re-introduction of popular capitalism through a responsible structure, and hopefully we can avoid the political dogma of populist capitalism - which would seem to have the whiff of political advantage being taken prior to an election. Surely not! WPLife Justin Urquhart Stewart is one of the most recognisable and trusted market commentators on television, radio and in the press. Originally trained as a lawyer he has observed the retail market industry for 20 years whilst at Barclays Stockbrokers and developed a unique understanding of the market’s roles and benefits for the private investor.

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Malden Fortnight Saturday 6th July

Malden Mile Fun Run Beverley Park 9am sponsored by Waitrose A brand NEW event Run one, two or three miles - FREE to enter but you do need to register. Including at 10am Kids 100m dash – Open to 0-12 year olds. Reserve your space Market On The Square 9am - 2pm, St Georges Sq Grand Parade New Malden High Street 2pm This is one of the busiest days of the year in our High Street and promises to pull in the crowds. The theme of this year’s parade is Country Life. Let’s hope we get weather like we’ve had in the past couple of years. See you there! The parade comes up the High Street at around 2pm from the Christ Church car park, goes around the Fountain Roundabout and then back down again. The Malden and Coombe Horticultural Summer Show Classes include summer fruit, flowers, vegetables, domestic and art plus a special children’s section. The Malden Centre, Blagdon Road from 2-4.30pm. Admission free. Charity Cream Tea Afternoon at Tadworth Scout Hut 2.30-5.30pm There will be craft stalls, an exhibition of Busy Lizzy Art Work, childrens’ activities and a bouncy castle as well as delicious homemade cream teas so please come along and help them to raise funds. New Malden Guides Summer Fete Marion House 3-7pm Summer Fun! - a range of games, activties, tombolas and sideshows. The venue is MARION HILL HOUSE, Tadworth Avenue - so people have an opportunity to support local scouting and guiding at the same time!

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Funday Sunday Beverley Park 12pm - 4pm Come for lunch and refreshments BBQ • Korean Food • Bar Events - Welly Boot Throwing Competition • Tug of war Tournament • Loads of Races • Inflatable Gladiator Challenge Sign up on the day from 12, races start at 1pm 50p entry per race NEW THIS YEAR Indulgence Tent offering massaging and mini-facial-ing! Goody Bags offering free treatments will be on sale! Proceeds to

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7.30pm Malden Community Choir Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore Tickets are priced at £7.50 each and will be available from the Malden Centre. Be sure to get your tickets early as there will only be one chance to see the show.

Friday 12th July

Malden Camera Club Annual Exhibition

Methodist Church, 49 High Street, New MaldenFriday 12 July 10am - 2pm and 7pm to 10pm (Presentation of awards in the evening) Saturday 13 July 10am to 5pm Admission is free and refreshments will be available at all times. This is the highlight of the year for Camera Club members who have submitted their best work for independent judging before display in the exhibition. Club members will be on hand to answer any questions that visitors may have on aspects of photography.

Saturday 13th July

Craft Fair all day New Malden High Street Over 100 stalls will line both sides of New Malden High Street. Come and enjoy this great day. Unilet Expo 13 BBQ 10-5pm Unilet plus vinyl record Fair - thousands of titles, old and new. Come and see 3D TV Live music and free BBQ. All we ask for is a donation to our chosen charity. All welcome including families - if you’ve not been before you don’t know what you’re missing! Day of Entertainment 11am St Georges Square We have a large variety of performers lined up - check out details of timings on our website. Light lunches 12pm-2pm and Cream Teas 2pm-4pm Methodist Church.

Sunday 14th July

Heritage Walks There will be two walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 11.30am and 2.30pm. Each walk will last about 1.5 hours Number of people on each walk will be restricted to twenty.Morning walk will include a visit to Malden Bowls Club in Lime Grove. A member will be on hand to talk about the history of the club. Afternoon walk will include a visit to Christ Church in Coombe Road. Rev Stephen Kuhrt will be on hand to talk about the history of the building. There is no charge but we will be taking a voluntary collection at the end, as a donation for the Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society. Booking online only.

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Big Band Night 8pm Methodist Church This year the Dave Marrion 17 piece Big Band is performing again at the Methodist Church. The doors open at 7.30 and the tickets are very reasonably priced at £9.

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Do you enjoy listening to show tunes, big band music, jazz, light classics etc? Come along to an evening of live music played by top artistes. We meet on the second Monday of each month at our Banstead venue Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club Church Institute Hall, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN 8th July – Nicholas Martin 19th August – Michael McAneny Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start. (Visitors £7) Visitors & new members are always welcome to our concerts. Further details from 020 8330 5795, or visit www. 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 Dawn Penn 0208 337 4361 Email Cheam Common Art Group Small friendly Art Group who meet at CHRIST CHURCH with ST PHILIP Ruskin Road, Worcester Park on Monday evenings 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 Phone Contact: Brenda Banks 020 8330 0928 Worcester Park Over 60’s Welcome Club meet every Monday from 1pm to 3pm at Christ Church with St Philip Church Hall in Ruskin Drive. Worcester Park. 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 meet on the 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.


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The Worcester Park Dramatic Society is a local amateur drama group of long standing. We stage two major productions a year at the Adrian Mann Theatre in Ewell, in April and November. We meet every Tuesday and most Fridays at 8.15 pm in the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam, on the Sainsbury’s site. Apart from play readings, rehearsals and set construction, we have quiz nights and various social events. We also arrange group outings to amateur and professional theatre productions. We welcome new members to help us stage future productions, anyone willing to act or work backstage. If interested, please contact our membership secretary, Joyce Cranfield, on 020 8337 3317. “Lunch Break” - a friendly lunch club for those retired, meeting weekly on a Tuesday 12-2pm (term time only) at Worcester Park Baptist Church, The Avenue - free, but donations invited. Occasional speakers. Contact Brian on 020 8224 6675 or Rowena 07837 941298 NHS Retirement Fellowship- Local Branch Are you retired or about to retire from the NHS? Why not join us on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10am -12 at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Surbiton, KT5 8JJ. We have speakers, activities, coffee & chat.Other outings & activities are also arranged during the month. For further details please contact Lorna on 020 8337 4121. Worcester Park Crafters We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the hall at Christchurch with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester park,KT4 8LG. We meet from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For further details please contact Lynne by E mail: lynnesinger@ or phone on:020 8330 5903 Our aim is to provide a meeting/crafting place for all crafters whatever their craft or ability. Either bring your own work or purchase our kit of the month (small materials cost usually £2), come and play and chat. (small cost to over hall hire and insurance approx £4)


Keep Fit Stay Fit every Wednesday 10.1511.15am at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Road. Come along and give it a try ! For more information please call Jo Hamilton on 020 8786 3444. The Probus Club of Ewell Coming up to retirement? Just retired? Looking to make new friends? Why not join the Probus Club of Ewell? Since it was founded 41 years ago, the Probus Club of Ewell has been attracting businessmen from Worcester Park and its surrounding areas with a broad range of professional and business backgrounds. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at Bourne Hall in Ewell Village, for a Lunch followed by a Speaker. In addition to two Ladies Lunches during the year, there is an active social programme for members and their partners with visits to places of interest and West End Shows. If you would like to know more, please telephone our secretary, Ken Amess, on 020 8337 6241 or visit our website:


East Surrey Family History Society For those who are interested in finding out how to investigate their family history the Sutton Branch of the East Surrey Family History Society holds meetings on the first Thursday of the month at St Nicholas Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane. Most months we have a professional speaker. Further details of all our branch meetings, can be found at Our award winning website 60+ Social Mixed Single Group We meet in a local pub every Thursday where we discuss outings for the weekends such as meal out, walking, theatre trips, cinemas and many other things. If you would like to join us please ring Maureen: 07761278661. Kingston Phoenix Road Club is a cycling club that meets at 8-30pm every Thursday at Worcester Park Athlete Club, Green Lane, Worcester Park. The club was founded in 1936 and currently has a membership of 70. We cater for riders of all ages whether they are novices or experienced and our oldest rider is 84 years old who is still racing and holds several national age related records. Malden Emergency First Aid Society (MEFAS) members meet every Thursday evening from 7.30 to 10pm. The public is invited to join members on short training

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courses. For further details please see MEFAS web site at or telephone 020 8942 8653 or 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. For more information please contact George on 0208 647 7530 or visit merton-sutton.

and allow the carers to have a regular break. Everyone pays an annual subscription. and we all pay £2.50 for our lunch, which is cooked on the premises. We have various social activities and every second month we have a speaker, outings can be arranged if enough people wish to go. The venue is St. Philip Hall, Christchurch with St. Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month from 12.45 to 4p.m Contact June Day, Club Secretary, on 02083301220 RSPB Epsom And Ewell Local Group We meet the 2nd Friday of every month at 7.30, apart from July and August, at All Saints Church Hall Fulford Road, West Ewell with guest speakers who illustrate their enthusiasm on a variety of natural history subjects. Our speakers are of a high quality and we welcome anyone who has an interest in this area. We also have several birding outings throughout the year which is arranged to suit all ages. There is a small charge for non-members of the RSPB. If you would like more information, please look at our website, groups/epsom


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



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Auriol Bowling Club was established in 1967, and plays on the 6-rink bowling green attached to the pavilion in Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park. It is a mixed club of around 45 men and 25 women, who play outdoors from April to September, with a busy fixture list of league and friendly matches against other clubs, as well as internal club competitions. For further information please contact the club Secretary, David Regan, on 020 8337 8919 or visit the website at Cuddington Bowls Club is looking for new members. We play on the green in Cuddington Park, Sandringham Road, Worcester Park. It is a 6 rink green For further information please call our Secretary Mike Ridley 02087158326 or Treasurer Mark Broughton 02083379699 Social Dancing With “ Glitters” At Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village 8.15 pm – 11.00 pm Entrance £8 Over 18’s All standards Bar & Free parking & Professional D J We may not have Brucie but we do have a glitter ball! Dance Dates for 2013: and 17th/June 7th and 21st/July 5th 1940s theme night - just in case people want to come dressed up in clothes for that era. and 19th/August 2nd and 16th/ September 6th and 20th/October 4th and 18th/November 1st and 15th/December 13th CALL 07903 314276 National Trust - Epsom, Ewell and District Supporters GroupFormed in 1971, we run a varied programme of social eventswhich includes Evening Lectures at Bourne Hall in Ewell, once a month from Oct. to June, Coach Outings which visit historichouses and gardens(not necessarily N.T.),Guided London Walks, and other trips to London e.g.The Magic Circle, The Royal Opera House (backstage tour).Other special events include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch. Newsletters are produced four times a year.If you would like more information please visit our website: or telephone Paul on 020 87158486 Malden Manor Bowls Club Where: Manor Park, Malden Road. New members will be made very welcome. Roll ups, league matches, internal and external competition; we offer bowling for all levels of interest and ability. Open morning - Sat 18th May from 11.00 am. Contact Men’s Secretary John: 020 8337 0084 or Ladies Secretary Pat: 020 8544 9704 WPLife

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Home Grown Herbs by Pippa Greenwood There’s a really reliable, easy, low-cost and low-effort way to add some zing to your meals; home-grown herbs. Many herbs are simple to raise from seed and if you start sowing now you should be able to have a plentiful supply of fresh, tasty herbs to add to salads, sandwiches, stews and stir-fries for months to come. All you need to is a sunny window sill or balcony, or a welldrained, sunny spot in your garden. First, find some good quality multi-purpose compost, your chosen herb seeds and some pots. Good-quality compost is well worth the little bit extra you need to pay. The style of pot is up to you – you may want to choose a classic Mediterranean one, or perhaps a goodlooking plastic planter for longevity and light-weight characteristics. Remember that plenty of drainage is essential, and that the smaller herbs do not need a deep root run, so there’s no need for a very tall planter or pot. It’s best to grow each type of herb in its own individual pot, so buy a selection of pots with a minimum diameter of 8cm. Once you have your pot to hand, put a broken flower pot or other drainage material in the base and then fill with good quality compost to within 1cm of the rim of the pot and firm it down, not too aggressively, but enough to ensure that there’s no subsidence later on. With large seeds such as coriander, position the seeds evenly on the compost surface. Sprinkle smaller seed thinly. The seeds need to be covered with compost so use your finger or a dibber to gently press the seed in to the very surface of the compost and then drizzle more compost on top to the depth stated on the packet of seed. Water the compost thoroughly either from above using a watering can with rose attached, or by standing the pot in a saucer of water for a few minutes until the compost surface is just moist. The seeds generally germinate quite quickly and often within just a week or two you’ll have lots of tiny herbs. Once the herbs are up and growing strongly you can start to harvest them. Use sharp scissors or a sharp knife to cut off what you need; this way you’ll minimise damage to the growing plants and so help to keep them cropping for longer. As long as you keep the pots adequately watered, ideally by watering from the base, they should last for several weeks or months but make sure that the compost is not too wet or else your herb pots won’t last long. If you find that you’re not eating them fast enough, store some for later use. Ice cubes give you a really great fresh-herb taste off-season. Just half fill ice-cube tray sections with water. Add chopped fresh herbs to each section and top up with water. Label the tray as they can be difficult to identify. You can then


simply pop them whole into stews and casseroles as and when you need them. Top herbs that grow well from seed: There are lots of herbs which do very well in pots when sown from seed. Some of my favourites include Italian or Genovese basil, lemon basil, chervil, Coriander ‘Cilantro’ for leaves, flat-leaved parsley, Ainse, Thai basil, chervil, chives, fennel, garlic chives. Visit Pippa’s website where you can sign up for Pippa’s free newsletter and receive a free ebook on organic gardening, and buy a great range of gardening products including Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh, Envirofleece and a hand-picked selection of garden products WPLife

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My story

Oliver Webber

Worcester Park resident Oliver Webber, a 25 year old Architecture student explains why he is raising money for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People In February 2012, my girlfriend Kiwi and I booked onto our own little adventure – 3 months of travelling through South America - through Peru, Columbia and finishing in Mexico. Beginning on June 29th, we travelled south along the west coast of Peru, where we made a slight alteration and headed into Bolivia, La Paz. After taking in many more incredible sites and activities, we again made another change to our trip. On the evening of July 13th, we began a nine-hour, slightly detoured night journey through the deserts of Bolivia, heading south for the Salt Flats in Uyuni. However, our journey took a turn for the worst after our change of drivers - our new drunk driver (after being asked to stop), managed to topple the bus onto its side, skidding along the desert track. Due to our lack of seatbelts, we were thrown out of our seats and onto our torso/head area - for me, the impact had created some serious damage to the left side of my head. The impact shattered the front left area of my skull and I suffered internal bleeding, pushing

my brain off of the centre line. Luckily, I was bought back together again by a Bolivian surgeon at the rather dated hospital in Oruro. A week later, after being transferred up to a La Paz (Bolivia’s capital) hospital with my brother and Kiwi’s mum, I spent the next 5 weeks slowly recovering from the accident, both mentally and physically - due to this crash, I managed to put my family and friends through unbelievable stress and worry that I would not wish upon anyone. On August 29th, my brother and I returned home where I happily relaxed in front of the television! However, I realized I would need to continue my rehabilitation at Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, with the Neuro



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Rehabilitation team in Banstead. In all honesty, this was one of the best things that could have happened to me. I have openly admitted that before last summer, while I have been considerate and aware of people with brain injuries and disabilities, I have never considered this issue in depth. My attendance at QEF since October has not only been fantastic for my own recovery, but has opened my eyes to the incredible work they do - not only for myself, but their motivation for others. As a result of their incredible help for others and myself, almost ‘One Year On’ from the summer I will never forget, my brother (Matt) and I will be undertaking roughly a 1000mile cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End, in order to try and help raise awareness, and to try and collect as many donations as possible for Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, Neuro Rehabilitation team at Banstead. So far, we cannot believe the amount of support we have had from everyone – from family, friends and complete strangers who have donated. So please, check out our blog at ( to find out more information about last summer, and if you can, please donate for this cause at



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Voice for Wildlife by Carol Williams

Tof Spring he tadpoles hatched, cold weather and late signs notwithstanding, and the water is now

teeming with life, as I write this in mid May. By the time you read it, some small froglets will have left the pond and hidden themselves in the vegetation around and beyond it. Frogs do not spend most of their lives in water, but in shady, damp places on land. If you see a frog in a patch of long grass, please do NOT pick it up and take it to water. If you find injured wildlife, you should consult a wildlife rescue organisation for advice. Around the pond area in Shadbolt Park we are creating small habitats to increase biodiversity. This includes patches of rough grass, nettles, brambles, ivy, hedges, dead wood piles and compost heaps. We will leave all the native plants in the wilderness area to set seed for the birds in late Summer and Autumn. One regular job is the unglamourous one of picking up litter, which can be dangerous to many small animals, who get trapped and entangled in plastic

and twisted wire or cans. Hedgehogs are regularly and seriously injured by litter every year, all over the UK. As they are in steep decline, this is a tragic extra and totally unnecessary pressure on them. The Wider Environment Our work in Shadbolt Park reminds us contiunually of the need to make space for wildlife alongside us in towns and suburbs. PEople have moved into their territories and, all too often, destroyed or depleted them. Our gardens could be a kind of linear woodland, if we made them so, by planting hedges and trees along the boundaries. Schools, churchyards and parks, with more space, could create copses and meadows, if the landowners could be persuaded to do so. And we need many more ponds, anywhere they can be created, small and large. Ponds are simply the best habitat you can offer to wildlife. Where there is water, there will be abundant life. Kew Gardens has recently launched a Breathing Planet Campaign. Its aims are: to bank and share the

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Conserving plants is probably the single most effective way to preserve wild habitats. The disappearance of just one plant may have huge and unforeseen disastrous consequences on a whole ecosystem. And many of us are well aware of the drastic situation that use of pesticides and weedkillers has created for pollinating insects, especially honey bees. Alone, as one caring individual, we may feel we cannot do that much, but together, we can achieve a great deal - I will always believe that. So, take a&trip to R.J. Tree Services qualified profession R.J. Tree Services qualified & professional staff are dedicated Kew Gardens this Summer and then, inspired by your levels service in every to the highest levels of service in every instance. visit, doto justthe thathighest little bit more for theofwildlife on your world’s seeds, to conserve and restore habitats, to doorstep. Thank you. WPLife unlock the power plants for people, to preserve We are happy to give advice – on all you Weofare happy to give advice – on all your arboricultural queries. Kew’s heritage, to educate the next generation and to Professional Toe Nail Cutting Service meet Kew’s immediate and long term needs. For those who find it difficult to cut their own nails • Free quotes People can support this initiative in a number of quotes • Free Fully trained at Age Concern, enhanced CRB re dedicated ways - by giving to the Kew fund, becoming a Friend • Fully Fully certificate. Cut and file of all types of nailsNPTC from qualified of Kew, sponsoring a bench for someone•they love, NPTC qualified straight forward to more •complex. Tree reductions / cr contributing to the upkeep of a favourite•tree in thereductions / crown Tree thins or saving a species at the Millennium Seed of hard skin and a foot cream/massage provided. ulturalGardens queries. • Tree felling • Tree felling Treatment I can visit you at home or in a residential centre. Bank. • Stump removal Stump On the south facing wall of the Victoria • Plaza shop removal Price £20 per visit, discounts available if more than one at Kew there are several leaf-shaped wooden panels person in the same household, eg•husband and wife. Hedgeworks • soHedgeworks carved with the names of those whoR.J. haveTree far Services qualified & professional staff are dedicated • Tree surveys & repo • Tree surveys & reports donated to the Breathing Planet Campaign. Please contact Julie on: 07932 510855

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• Yearly shows and demonstrations • Professional tutors with enhanced CRBs • LAMDA drama and musical theatre exams • Commercial and musical theatre castings Worcester Park classes are held at Cuddington Community Primary School on Saturdays and Cheam classes are held at Nonsuch High School for Girls on Fridays. For further information go to our website or /cheam

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

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

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


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



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,


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Toddling2Church, Christ Church with St Philip 2-3pm Parents, carers and pre-school children are all welcome to join us for songs with percussion instruments, a Bible story simply and sensitively told, a story-related craft activity and, of course, drinks and biscuits. Christ Church with St Philip Parent and Toddler Group 9.30 until 11.15am - see Monday 


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If you’re generally healthy and aged 17 or over, do something amazing.... Give blood . 96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else. Book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23 AFC Wimbledon Tuesday 02 Jul Wednesday 02 Oct 4.30pm 5.30 to 8pm St James’s Church Hall, Bodley Road, New Malden KT3 5QE Wednesday 31 Jul Wednesday 14 Aug 2 to 4.30pm 5.30 to 8pm St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park Wednesday 17 Jul Thursday 19 Sep

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route. This sponsored walk raises much needed funds to support the work of St Raphael’s Hospice. We need to raise over £3 million each year to care for over 1,000 patients and their families through the most difficult times in their lives. Please, if you can, support us or sponsor friends or family who are taking part. The theme is yellow and t-shirts/wigs are provided and you can dress this up with your own accessories/costumes! 11pm start. To register for this sponsored event or for more information please call Louisa Hitchen on 020 8254 2467 or email:

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Cheam Village Friday Market Small indoor market with 28 stalls held in Cheam Parochial Rooms, The Broadway, Cheam Village, Surrey. Helping the Royal Marsden Hospital. Market Days: Friday North Cheam Farmers’ Market – 3rd Saturday of every month, 9.30am-1.30pm, North Cheam Crossroads outside the Post Office, KT4 8SG. Worcester Park Local Produce and Craft Market – Sat 6th July, Sat 5th October and Sun 1st December, 10am-4pm, Central

Road Sutton Local Produce and Craft Market, Sat 29th June, Sat 28th September and Sat 30th November, 10am-4pm, Town Square, Sutton High Street Market on the Square 1st Saturday of the month Georges Square (by New Malden Train Station) 9am to 2pm Surbiton Farmers Market Maple Road 3rdSaturday of the month 9am-1pm

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“National media focus on the Tudors/local interest in Tudor history on our doorstep in Nonsuch Park. BBC2 has a season on Tudor history; the V & A has an exhibition of Tudor Art and Buckingham Palace is showing portraits exploring Tudor fashion. The local resident, however, does not need to travel to London to appreciate some of Tudor history. An amazing model of the original Nonsuch Palace, built by Henry VIII to celebrate the birth of his son Edward – so important to the Tudor dynasty – is on view every Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. in the Gallery of the Mansion, Service Wing entrance, Nonsuch Park. The site is marked on the Northern side of the Park by three tall pillars which now stand as the only

physical evidence of this amazing building. They are as three sentries guarding a bygone age. In addition, a unique and important collection of stained glass amassed by Samuel Farmer, owner of the present Mansion in the early 1800’s, features one particular panel commemorating the marriage of Jane Seymour to Henry VIII – only 11 days after the execution of Anne Boleyn! These are just a few of the treasures on view in the Nonsuch Mansion Service Wing Museum open on 2nd & 4th Sundays in the month (9th and 23rd) 2 – 5 p.m. Combined entry to Gallery & Museum £3.00, Concessions £2.00. Friends of Nonsuch Members & Children under 16 free. Entry only to Gallery £2.50. Last entry 4.30 p.m.”

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Roman army Discover how the armies, weapons and fighting differed 11am to 12.30pm Greeks and 2pm to 3.30pm Roman £4 per session £7 for both Aug 6 Rockman Returns learn about the history of the Earth, Fossils and Dinosaurs 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm morning session learn about the history of the Earth, rocks and stones and in the afternoon Discover Dinosaurs unearth amazing secrets about these terrible lizards. £4 per session or £7 for both Aug 15 Meet the Saxon King Raedwald from Sutton Hoo. Who returns to this world to share the secrets of his tomb and what life was like in 7th Century England Two different sessions 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm £4 per session £7 for both. Aug 22 Myths Day Discover British and Greek Myths stories that have been passed down over hundreds of years. Tales of King Arthur and the Troy, of great deeds and monsters and bring them up to date by composing your own myth rap. Morning 11am to 12.30 pm British myths. Greek myths 2pm to 3.30 pm £4 per session £7 for both. Aug 29th Take Aim. Fire! Discover what life was like during the 18th century in the army of King George. Take the Kings shilling. All recruits will get the chance to fire a musket! Two sessions 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm £4 per session. Sept 14 meet Queen Elizabeth 1 who pays Ewell and her palace at Nonsuch a visit hear of her life, court and what it was like the be one of Britain’s greatest monarchs 1pm to 2.30pm £4 per child There will be also Family Walks which will start at 2pm and take about hour and a half. These walks will be limited to 25 people so please book should they become full; we will try to hold a

second one £4 per person. Horrible Ewell, 31 July Horrible Epsom 7 August Nonsuch Park and Palace 13 August Hidden Ewell 14 August Epsom Common and Manor Park 21 August Ashley Road Cemetery 27 August Horrible Ewell 28 August More details contact or phone 020 8394 1734 Free brass rubbing will be available in the Museum Gallery during the Summer Holidays Sept 14 Meet Queen Elizabeth1 1pm to 2.30pm Museum Kids Club

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The Gruffalo’s Child Wed 3 – Sun 7 Jul, Wed 3pm, Thu – Sun 10.30am & 1.30pm Tickets £12 Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her at Richmond Theatre this summer! Relative Values Mon 8 – Sat 13 Jul, Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Tickets £15 - £38 (premium seats £42.50) A stellar cast comes to Richmond when three of Britain’s most popular comedy performers join forces in one of Noël Coward’s most successful comedies. Starring Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Rory Bremner, and directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Trevor Nunn. Rising Damp Mon 15 – Sat 20 Jul, Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Tickets £10 - £25 (Premium seats £29.50) ITV’s top comedy of all time, Rising Damp, comes to the Richmond stage in a brand new production from the producers of the stage versions of Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and BBC TV’s Birds of a Feather. Community workshops and events Bespoke Theatre Tours Bespoke tours for groups covering the architectural, operational and artistic developments at Richmond Theatre since its opening in 1899. £5 per head; contact the Creative Learning Department to discuss. Richmond Theatre & Libraries Poetry Group Tue 9 Jul, 10.30am - 12pm. For anyone who enjoys reading poems join us each month in the stalls bar. Free Historic Tours- Sat 13 Jul. Regular tours of the historic building for adults. £3.50 Book via Box Office Workshops for children & families Gruffalo Adventure Workshop Sat 6 Jul, 12pm – 1pm WPLife

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JUNE 2013 UPDATE At last the sunshine is here, or at least it is at the time of writing, and throughout Britain plenty of fingers and toes are crossed in the hope it stays that way. Gardens are blooming, growing very quickly. We really notice as we go about our viewings that just a few days make an enormous difference. Lawns that were immaculate for weekend viewings can already look a little dishevelled by midweek while gardens that lacked zing become positive riots of colour almost overnight. Meanwhile our evening viewings are accompanied by the delicious aroma of barbequed suppers wafting over fences. All in all it’s a rather pleasant time to be busy out there selling homes. We do however spare a thought for those stuck behind a desk and we know there are certain people who are going to find it very difficult to enjoy the sunshine, particularly conveyancers. A Bottleneck In last month’s report we mentioned the hard work was just beginning for us, the phase between sale and completion, but of course it’s not just us involved in that process. Once a sale has been agreed there will be at least two firms of solicitors, a mortgage company and a surveyor even when there is no onward chain and the buyer has nothing to sell. Most often, as you can imagine, there are many many more people involved, all working on various aspects of the sale up and down the chain, and herein there is a developing bottleneck. In March surveys were generally booked and done within the week. By the beginning of June the situation had changed significantly with most surveyors having a 4 week waiting list before they could book clients in. That’s just the beginning of the process. It’s a real sign of the increase in market activity that surveyors, solicitors and other professionals are reporting they are snowed under with work, and this will inevitably result in the period between sale and completion being prolonged. Our most recent exchanges have taken approximately 6 weeks from the date an offer was accepted, sometimes less, but that’s unlikely to be the case over the coming months and it’s going to be increasingly frustrating for those that want to move quickly. We will of course continue to make sure that our clients are, as far as possible, at the top of the pile by chasing all aspects of the process at the right time. The last thing we want is for our files to slip to one side on somebodies desk and be labelled ‘quiet’ cases. There is an art to making sure that all the professionals involved remain on our side to get everybody moving as quickly as possible. Good working relationships really are worth their weight in gold at a time like this as calling in the occasional favour has already been necessary no doubt will be required again over the coming months. Our progressor, Tamsin, is busy working her magic in that area and we are all constantly monitoring where the hold-ups are and how best to overcome them. The Market We remain very busy indeed. May sales again outstripped supply, some properties were very keenly fought over, and prices locally have consequently edged upwards for many types of property. Sought after property is selling very quickly indeed, sometimes attracting multiple offers before the property has been advertised, and we have an ever growing list of potential buyers who are both keen to move to the local area and are in strong positions to make serious offers.


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Safer Neighbourhoods by PCSO Gary Weaving

This month I will be sharing with you ways to make your property less attractive to burglars. 99.9 % of burglars are not professional safe crackers, international jewel thieves or latter day Robin Hood’s. They are just people who want to make a fast buck as easily as they can and the easier we make it for them, the more bucks they make. Burglary victims often wonder why the burglar picked on their house. To find out you need to consider: How does a burglar’s mind work? Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured: • Side gates open • Accessible windows open • Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows • Garden tools available to force entry • Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance Each of the above points make access to the building far simpler and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it’s worth a second look. Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and to be cautious of people seeking to ‘tailgate’ them into buildings. The question is, are the occupants in? • milk bottles or parcels on the doorstep • newspapers and mail in the letter box • unlit houses after dark These are signs telling the burglar that he is unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on. TO STOP A BURGLAR, YOU NEED TO THINK LIKE ONE. To a burglar, a stuffed letter box is a dead giveaway when you’re not at home. Ask a neighbour to remove your post while you are away. To a burglar, a dark doorway is an opportunity to hide. Fit a security light over your front door to deter burglars. To a burglar, a dark house is an empty house. Attaching a timer to a lamp will make your home appear occupied even when it isn’t. If you are away for extended periods. • Cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers • Try not to make it obvious that the house will be empty. For example, if a cab is taking you to the airport perhaps you could arrange for another family member or neighbour to wave you off from your front door.

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