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Merry Christmas everyone! I would like to start off by saying how grateful I am to receive such support in the community from both advertisers and readers. 2013 has been a fantastic year. As I sit here looking at the Christmas edition from last year and now this edition - what a difference!


Community Section Pages 5 - 13 This month’s Community Person This month’s Community Charity - From the Ground Up Tudor Morris Natalie not stopped Cycling! Police Advice *NEW SECTION - Silver Section

It makes me proud to live in Kingston - 2013 bought us some amazing events from the Dragon Boat race to the Carnival and the Regatta, without discounting everything else that went on throughout not just the summer but the whole year! A big achievement for us this year is The Kingston Comedy Festival, a lot of laughs were had by all. We had more than 30 acts over 10 venues spread over 4 days which raised money for Love Kingston. Next year, it will be bigger and better. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next one. A special personal thank you must go to Dan Adams as without Dan, all this would not have been possible.

Kingston History Section Page 15 History of Kingston Market Place Home Section Don’t Neglect the Carpets Page 17 Gardening Section Pages 18 - 19 Poinsettia- The Santa Plant Health & Beauty Section Pages 20 - 23 Preventing Winter Chills and Ills Free Wellness Assessment

The first Slimathon has gone slimmingly. A lot of pounds have been shed by everyone, money has been raised and everyone is looking fitter, healthier and slimmer. We are looking for people to join the next one in January, so why not get your place booked, so you can enjoy that extra helping of Christmas pudding, knowing that you’ll loose the extra weight with the help of the Slimathon in just 6weeks! For more info just visit - www.

Cooking Corner Pages 25 Venison Steak Recipe This Months Special Feature - Pages 26 - 27 Get your Home ready For Christmas

This month I cannot forget to thank all of the new people who have advertised in the magazine especially those who are continuing their support into the New Year.

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I would like to also give recognition to Elaine Miller for all her hard work and dedication that she and her team have given to Love Kingston. Thank you Elaine, for letting me be a part of it.

Local Trades Section Pages 36 - 38 The Importance of Local Businesses

I have many plans for next year, a big one is to launch two new sections in the magazine, make it a bit thicker with more content, and who knows maybe expand into other areas.

DIY Section Page 39 Gutter Maintenance

So my last words to you all for 2013 are to wish you all good health over Christmas and the New Year and enjoy the festivities.

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Help Kingston Foodbank Make Someone’s Christmas Kingston Foodbank was started in December 2011, as part of the Trussell Trust national network of Foodbanks. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames’ clients in crisis are referred to the Foodbank to receive 3-4 days’ supply of food. In the first 6 months of operation, they received over 10 tonnes of non-perishable food donations and provided support to over 1300 local residents in crisis. Food is regularly donated by people within the area and everyone who works for Foodbank is a volunteer. They are currently up to around 50 volunteers! All offering their assistance in aiding those in need. Despite being a very new initiative they are already a well- established, key player in the poverty reduction strategy within the Borough. With the harsh winter ahead, it is crucial that we help to support those in need of food. Schools, churches, businesses, voluntary groups and individuals all make a difference when they donate packets and tins to Foodbank. At Foodbank they insist on having a warm, welcoming environment where clients can receive immediate help regarding food, as well as having people to talk to and advise them. Clients bring their Foodbank vouchers to the centre, where it can then be redeemed for emergency food. The volunteers then meet the clients over a cup of tea or a free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies who can solve the longer-term problem. It may surprise you to know how much of a difference your contributions make, whether it’s just a few extra cans of food, or money donations to help the cause. For example up to £200 in donations could print flyers to help raise awareness of Foodbank and its services; £500 could enable the establishment a 4th distribution point in Kingston so that the Foodbank is open 5 days a week; £1000 could help Foodbank to run workshops across the

COMMUNITY SECTION This month’s Community Person: Paul Pickhaver Supplied by: Leanna Carl

borough of Kingston in order to deal with food and shopping issues, money management and relationship strengthening; and £5000 could buy a small van to help with the logistics of moving large quantities of food wherever it is needed. Every effort on our part really makes a difference in people’s lives. Time and again they will hear the same story about parents missing meals so that they can feed their children. It is an ongoing problem that simply isn’t going to disappear by itself. There is nothing more saddening than to know that there are families who have to go without a Christmas, because they can barely afford a meal. If you are able to do anything to help those in need at this desperate time, please refer to uk or call 020 8391 1100 Kingston Foodbank is part of Love Kingston so if you’d like to donate you can go to and follow the link. You can also find Kingston Foodbank at Unit 1b, Global House, Red Lion Road, Tolworth KT6 7QD

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Local Food Scheme Brings Affordable Organic Fruit and Veg to Kingston If you have been considering eating more fresh organic food but have been put off by the high cost or limited selection, From the Ground Up (FGU), Kingston’s weekly organic food scheme, may be the answer. FGU is not your ordinary box scheme. Launched in 2010 by Transition Town Kingston, FGU is a not-for-profit, community association that sells quality, seasonal UK & European sourced organic fruit, veg and more at below market prices. Comparisons of organic food prices have shown that FGU averages 30% less than those of traditional outlets and can be cheaper than conventionally grown food. How FGU achieves this is by ensuring overhead is kept to a minimum, operating on a completely voluntary basis and not delivering food as other food schemes do. All profits are reinvested into its operations. “Safe, pesticide-free food should be affordable for most, not a luxury for the few,” believes Stephanie Hofielen, Manager of FGU. “By not hiring staff and only using volunteers this not only saves on costs but also builds a community of like minded people with a shared passion for pesticide free, local food. We are delighted with our ever growing community of volunteers but can always use more.” FGU also distinguishes itself from the pack by not requiring customers to buy a box; there is no contract and customers buy only what they need, avoiding food wastage and giving people flexibility in choosing as much or as little as they want. As a collection scheme, costs are further reduced by asking customers to pick up their orders at one of two collection venues either in North Kingston or Surbiton. Every Saturday morning, enthusiastic volunteers pack the 7

COMMUNITY CHARITY This month’s Community Person: Stephanie Hofielen Supplied by: From the Ground Up

food with loving care and greet customers. This personal touch and meeting other shoppers have put the humanity back into the shopping experience. Once you register with the FGU Shop, shopping is done online from Tuesday to Thursday, choosing from over 50 items, all certified organic or produced without harmful chemicals. Items on sale include award winning honey from Richmond Park, salad, herbs, eggs and veg from two urban farms within ten miles of Kingston Bridge, organic bread from London and preserves from Long Ditton. FGU has been well received by the Kingston communities and was recognized with ‘Commended’ by both Time & Leisure Food and Drink Awards 2013 and Kingston Business Excellence for Best Green Business, 2013. For more information about our service or volunteering, please contact fgu@ttkingston. org or Google ‘organic food Kingston’. • Edition 18


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POLICE ADVICE Driving Security • Car crime is very common. Car security devices are available at all price ranges. • Contact several suppliers for advice before you purchase. • Do not leave valuables in a car when it is parked. Maintenance • Make sure that your car is kept in good running order • Do not put yourself at risk by running out of oil, petrol or water • Take the time to learn the basics of car maintenance and have you car serviced by a reputable garage • Consider joining a breakdown organisation as added security Keeping in Contact • If you feel vulnerable travelling alone it is worth considering purchasing a mobile phone. Ensure the mobile is fully charged before setting off on long journey • Always let someone know where you are going • Plan your route and take a map to avoid asking strangers for directions • Take enough money with you for emergency phone calls and consider a phone card • Take the details of your breakdown organisation and membership number

• Never pick up hitchhikers • Avoid eye contact with aggressive or suspicious drivers • If you are forced to stop, keep your engine running and enough room around you to manoeuver • If a driver gets out and approaches you, flash your lights and sound your horn. If you have an alarm, set it off On the motorway • Call for help on an emergency phone (or mobile if you already have a contact who can assist you) • If you are a woman alone make sure you inform the contact of this fact • Return to the car, but stay on the verge/bank. Lock all doors except the passenger door nearest to you • Get back in and lock the door if someone pulls up. Remember that you should only stop on the hard shoulder in an emergency. If you are lost it is safer to make your way to the nearest service station, roadside restaurant or town and establish your bearings there. • Do not accept help from passers by. If someone approaches get into the car, lock the doors and speak through a slightly open window. This page was sponsored by:


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Supporting Carers of Older People and Families with Disabilities Many frail, elderly people rely on care provided by relatives or friends. There are currently around five million people in England providing support to relatives or friends in need of care, with approximately 70% of them providing support to older people. These carers are often these people’s main source of support, as health and social services are increasingly limited.

KINGSTON CARE WATCH Supplied by: Veronica Miller

The number of elderly people in the UK is increasing and in the future, their carers may need to provide even more support to ensure their continual well-being. But carers themselves need care and support. In the Queen’s Speech 2013, the government announced a Social Care Bill, designed to respond to the situation where people who have worked hard all their lives have to sell their homes to fund their care, aiming to transform social care from a crisis response service to one focused on promoting wellbeing. The latter will be achieved by providing new preventative services, along with more information and advice being available. The bill will also support carers with eligible needs and promote a more diverse, high quality market in local social care services. The government has cut almost 20% of the adult social care budget in England since the coalition Government began the programme of spending cuts in 2011. The impact of the cuts to local authority budget means that fewer people are able to access services. This will have a major impact on carers; currently, each year, approximately two million people cease to be carers for financial reasons, or through stress and lack of support systems in place. Information, advice and support must therefore be organised so that it is readily and easily accessible to people who are new to the caring role. Carers need information and advice to help them to fulfil their role, yet also to maintain their own wellbeing. The information they need depends on their circumstances. There are a number of national sources of information, such as carers’ line; a telephone helpline advising carers on their rights, benefits and entitlement. Local agencies in the voluntary and charitable, or private sectors such as Carewatch Kingston are producing good quality written 11

information about support and services for their customers and carers. With an understanding of the situation for carers and their need for support networks, Carewatch Kingston is getting involved in helping and supporting their local community of carers to prevent their situation from deteriorating. Carewatch will provide information and advice to carers about the options available to them, so that they can make informed choices within their caring role. This ensures they have the practical and emotional support they need to continue to support their loved one at home. For information about how Carewatch Kingston can support you and your elderly or disabled relative please call 020 8330 0070 or email Please visit for more information. • Edition 18


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Hi Everyone. It’s me, Natalie again. I know that after my Cuba ride I decided to hang up my pedals and saddle. However there is a new ride that has cropped up that I just couldn’t pass up. It is for the same charities that I cycled Kenya and Cuba for. Women V Cancer...Raising money for Jo’s cervical trust, Ovarian Cancer action and Breast Cancer Care. These charities mean a lot to me and I will do all I can to try and raise money for them.

Supplied by: Natalie Olley towards Hampton. It will be an amazing night, starting at 10pm on Saturday 31st May 2014 and (hopefully) finishing before 10am on the Sunday.

So this new ride is a women only UK night ride. It is the first of its kind and I am one of 2000 women who have already signed up.

For me it will be amazing to be included amongst so many others cycling through my home town and hopefully I will have a lot of support along the way.

The challenge is on to cycle 100km throughout the night on a circular route starting and finishing at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse. The route is going into central London past many famous landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and many more. The route will also come out of London through Richmond, down The Star and Garter hill towards Ham and through Kingston, out

As I previously mentioned the charities mean a lot to me, and I will try my hardest to raise as much money as possible for them. Breast Cancer Care are there to offer expert information and skilled practical and emotional support for the 55,000 men and women who receive the news that they have breast cancer. Jo’s Cervical Cancer trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical abnormalities. Ovarian cancer is the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK. 12 women die each day from this disease and the UK has one of the lowest survival rates of the developed world. Ovarian Cancer Action is dedicated to improving women’s chances of survival. So please help me to raise some money for these three charities. I am not asking for much, just a pound or two. Or visit my justgiving page at www.justgiving. com/natalieridesthenight It’s easy to send a donation by text too. You can donate £1, £2, £5, £10, £15, £20 just text ‘NATO99 £1’ to 70070 The Code.......NATO99 Amount.........£1 To.......70070 Thank you so much for your support. I, along with the charities really appreciate every single pound that you can spare. 13 • Edition 18


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Christmas is coming – and, as the ditty goes, the goose is getting fat! Christmas is coming – and, as the ditty goes, the goose is getting fat!

HISTORY PAGE Supplied by: Mike Seigel

Did you know that as recently as the late 1940s geese were auctioned in Kingston’s ancient market place on Christmas Eve? The market place dates back to the late 12th century and has been flourishing ever The market place c. 1960 since, adding to the town’s prosperity throughout the centuries. I mentioned in my last piece that Mary Tudor granted the town extra market days in return for its loyalty to her during Wyatt’s abortive rebellion early in her reign. A century later Charles I (who was later to fight the Civil War and then lose his head!) passed a law whereby no other town within a seven mile radius could hold a market, thus giving Kingston a monopoly within the area which did a great deal to boost the local economy. The market place thrived especially throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries when stage coaches would stop in Kingston as their first port of call on the road southwest to Portsmouth. Many people would stay overnight in one of the numerous coaching Inns, such as the Druid’s Head – the only Inn to survive to this day as a pub, but with a different name. And did you know that it was in a room upstairs at the Druid’s Head that Jerome K Jerome wrote his opening chapters of his famous book, ‘Three Men in a Boat’? The market place was also the setting for an annual football match each Shrove Tuesday, probably dating back to the Middle Ages. This often led to such drunken revelry and riotous behaviour that it was eventually banned during the reign of Queen Victoria. 15

I hope that you might reflect on some of these historical facts as you enjoy your Christmas shopping in Kingston, and especially when wandering round the Christmas Market which this year has a Tudor theme. And, if you pop into Hobbs in Church St, you can look above to see the beams dating back to Tudor times when this was a hostelry run by one of Henry VIII’s valets who would leave his day job looking after the King at Hampton Court to run his Kingston pub in the evenings! If you are interested in the varied history of our town, why not join one of our tours, led by specially trained volunteers? Now that we are in the winter season, the walks take place every first Sunday of the month until April, when they take place every Sunday until the end of September. The charge is £4 per adult - or you can arrange a special tour for you and your friends at a time to suit you. For further information please ring 020 8399 0160 or 020 8399 7888. OR … you might like to become a guide yourself! If so, we are running a course next year starting on 16 January; for further details please look at our website www. • Edition 18



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Don’t Neglect the Carpets! Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all starting to prepare for the big day! The question is, have you remembered all those early preparations around the house? With family and friends coming over to celebrate soon you don’t want to leave it until the last minute. One of the bigger steps you’ll want to take care of early is the carpets. Particularly when the children are gathered around on the floor tearing open their presents and emptying their stocking contents over the floor. Not only does a well maintained carpet instantly add a clean feel to the house but it makes the atmosphere so much more comfortable. If you smoke, or you have children or pets it is recommended that you get your carpets cleaned every three months or so, based on whether your carpet can handle a good clean that often. There are many different methods of carpet cleaning to consider, whether it is a deep clean or just a general, light upkeep to help maintain good standards. You can give your carpets a good thorough clean using electrical methods, steaming and hot water extraction. The main idea is to remove as much moisture as possible as it prevents staining and mould formations. As well as the occasional clean, you should always vacuum your carpets regularly to rid them of any debris and matting, help avoid any bug infestations and ensure your children and pets aren’t crawling around on anything unsafe or unhygienic. If that isn’t a good enough reason to maintain your carpets, there is also your own personal health to take into consideration. It is possible that dirty carpets could be the reason for occasional illness. 17

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They tend to act as a sort of filter which stores all kinds of air pollutants. For example, pollen, bacteria and cigarette residue can get trapped in the fibres, and when the carpet eventually gets over-packed with pollutants, it becomes unable to extract any more from the air you and your family breathe in, resulting in damage to your health. To effectively remove those trapped pollutants from the carpet you will need a professional to use special carpet cleaning techniques. You’ll be amazed how much gets missed when vacuuming. Most dirt trodden in and traced across your carpet isn’t visible to the untrained eye. Don’t put it off, get the experts in! Look up the Carpet Cleaning services in your area. If you schedule an appointment with dry-clean carpet services in your area you could have it done in plenty of time for Christmas! • Edition 18

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When it comes to choosing great plants for Christmas, I think that the poinsettia is hard to beat.

GARDENING SECTION Supplied by: Valerie Munro

And it should be no surprise that they’re also known as Santa Plants. Although there are now white and pink varieties, there is only one colour for me – bright red! Curiously though, the red parts of this plant are not flowers – they are called bracts – the flowers are the small structures right in the centre of the plant. The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is also called the Mexican flame leaf, and if you give this colourful plant the care that it demands, it’ll remain looking great long beyond Christmas. If not, then it’s sure to sulk, drop its leaves and look dreadful. Top tips include giving it a warm spot where the temperature doesn’t drop below 13C (55F), in good but not scorching light. It is extremely important to check that it is placed well out of draughts. Watering is important too, but you should wait until the compost is almost dry before watering. Misting the leaves frequently will be appreciated, especially if the plant is in a centrally heated room. And do take care when handling the plant as the sap can give you a skin rash.

But, be warned, it’s quite fiddly and you do need more than 8 weeks of a very strict regime to achieve good results! If you are interested in trying this, do give me a call!

Poinsettias are short day plants, and it is only when the daylight falls below 12 hours a day that they will even begin to think about starting to flower. So, when the daylight lengthens next year, then the plant will lose its red bracts and revert to green. Provided that you keep it alive and healthy, then it is possible to make it flower again in time for next Christmas.

Valerie McBride Munro is a qualified horticulturist. As Auntie Planty she offers you the chance to give your garden an MOT explaining the whys and wherefores of good gardening techniques so that your plants will sparkle.


Like magic, the flowers will appear in time for Christmas.

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Preventing Winter Chills & Ills As the festive season is around the corner, many of you will be looking forward to a break from work or a holiday from your normal day to day routine. For some this will also signify the start of ‘leisure sickness’. This is because when you are busy your body knows you can’t get ill. When you take a break your immune system thinks “no more pressure, I can get sick now.”

Supplied by: Sam Mill going and to enhance the immune system. Don’t overdo it though, as too much strenuous or excessive exercise can leave you prone to illness. SUPPLEMENT your diet with high quality Echinacea, originally used by native Americans to fight infections, antioxidants such as Zambrosa, Vitamin C and Zinc which helps the development of white blood cells which ensures that your immune system is functioning properly.

So what can you do to boost your immune system and help prevent getting sick? EAT healthy foods such as vegetables, fruit and lean meat help provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Avoid processed, fatty and sugary foods, the latter of which can decrease immune function for up to five hours. Eat garlic every day to reduce your chance of catching a cold by two thirds. Your grandmother was right, homemade chicken soup really is good for a cold thanks to its anti-viral properties. 50% of immunity is good digestion, so ensure you chew your food properly.

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The Cooking Corner Venison Steak with Balsamic-garlic sauce Serves 4 Ingredients: • 4 venison steaks • Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper • 200 g oyster mushrooms • 40 g unsalted butter • 1 tbsp. olive oil • 4 shallots, quartered • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar • ½ a tsp. dried thyme • 150 ml. beef stock • Remove the meat from the pan and keep warm • Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and fry for 3 minutes • Deglaze with the balsamic vinegar • Add the oyster mushrooms and thyme and pour in the stock • Cook the sauce for 2 minutes and serve the steak with the sauce. • If necessary bind the sauce with a little corn flour.

Nutritional value per person: • Vegetable portion: 0.5 • Carbohydrates: 2.5 • Protein portion: 1

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READY FOR CHRISTMAS? I personally love this time of year. It’s a great excuse for getting the family together and for spreading around a little joy and good will. However, we all know it can be a very difficult time when it comes down to planning and funding, which can really catch you off guard. It is always a good idea to get your home ready as early as possible and avoid any awkward jobs later on. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll be able to find ways to ease the stress and plan for the perfect Christmas. For starters, it might be worth making lists in order to get everything sorted out in plenty of time. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

Start your shopping list as early as possible If you haven’t started already, write down the names of every one you’re buying gifts for, as well as gift ideas for each person. Next, write out a list of everything you’re going to need to create an amazing Christmas dinner, or provide snacks for the family before and after dinner. If you need to stock up on some new Christmas decorations, jot that down too. Once you have a list prepared you’ll know roughly how much needs to be saved in order to get it all. Hopefully you’ll already have 26

some money put away, perhaps try starting a separate savings account to keep all your Christmas spending money in? The actual when and where you plan to go shopping is up to you, but it’ll definitely be easier when planned ahead.

Get your home visitor-ready Hopefully you’ll have taken care of most of those loose ends already, like sorting out that issue you had with your boiler, replacing that worn out mattress, or fixing up any faulty wiring. You should try to sort out any DIY issues as early as possible and keep an eye on things around the house, as the guests may be piling in later. For example, check around for draughts; make lots of room in the fridge/freezer; have a good spring clean before you start the decorating and double-check the locations you keep your Christmas lights in are safe, and free of any tripping hazards. Always remember to switch things off before you go to bed.

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If you can, try to get a helping hand when preparing the big dinner. Particularly if you have quite a large family, make sure you have plenty of room and that you’re fully stocked on things like seating, dinner plates, glasses and cutlery.The list is endless, but these are all things you can crack on with early. It may also be a good idea to prepare whatever you can for the big dinner the day before, as it’ll give you a lot more time to wind down. Without the lure of presents to distract them, why not see if you can recruit your own “little helpers” to give you a hand with the mixing? Of course, Christmas tends to mean a lot of business for your fridge/ freezer, and some dinner components will be better made on the day. As long as you have a good think about it, you’ll find plenty you can do for later. Maybe make up a nice dessert, prepare the stuffing, peel, chop, marinade, you get the idea.

Make it festive! There is no such thing as too early when it comes down to the decorations! It can take up a lot of time, but the best way to 27

do it is to find a day you’re not too busy, gather up the kids or maybe a friend/ relative and make an afternoon of it. It’s always more fun in company, unless you’re one of those perfectionist types of course, and it ends up in a tinsel tug of war! Crank up those classic Christmas tunes and go as overboard as you like. Maybe you could try making your own decorations? If that doesn’t satisfy your craving for festivities, why not try looking for recipes for festive treats for the family? Have fun baking Christmas cookies with the kids, mull your own wine or bake and build an adorable gingerbread house? It is sure to spread a little cheer a lot faster and will go down a treat with the kids.

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Places to Go Section At this time of year there is no doubt in my mind that Kingston is the place to visit. After the Christmas light switch on it is impossible not to feel the Christmas spirit when walking around Kingston. Besides all of the excellent eating establishments and the annual events going on inside The Bentalls Centre, there are also plenty of reasons to visit the Kingston market place. Not only will the streets be aglow with twinkling lights and the adorned stores full of gift ideas but the Royal Christmas Fair has returned! From the opening on 14th November to 5th January 2014 there is plenty of time to browse around the Christmas Eden Crafts Gift Fair in Clarence Street, Kingston. The Kingston Fair includes Santa’s Grotto and offers all kinds of unique gift ideas, from bric-a-brac items, to home furnishings, to fine wines and cheeses. They may even be offering samples of mulled wine and cheese inside. The marquee is always situated by All Saints


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Fri 29 Nov – Sun 5 Jan THE SNOW GORILLA Join Sunny on the adventure of a lifetime and experience African Acrobats, Spanish Flamenco dancers, jugglers, contortionists and death defying aerialists in the land of sawdust and dreams. This Christmas, in an event like no other, circus and storytelling collide on the Rose Theatre stage to create a hugely entertaining spectacle for the whole family! Tickets £13 - £27, pit cushions £8 Tue 7 Jan 1.15pm JAZZ FIRST TUESDAY; The Jo Fooks Trip Free lunchtime music, first Tuesday of every month until May 2014. Mon 13 Jan, 7.30pm KRAPPS’ LAST TAPE One act play by Samuel Beckett - Directed by Fiona Baddeley - Starring Tom Owens It is 69 year old Krapp’s birthday. He sits in his den for his yearly ritual of recording his reflections on a tape recorder. Post Show Talk- There will be an interval following Krapp’s Last Tape after which Tom will answer any questions you might have about the play, Last of The Summer Wine and his dad, Bill Owen. Tickets: £12, pit cushions £9 33

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Sun 26 Jan, 7.30pm Sun 23 Feb, 7.30pm THE COMEDY STORE Advance Tickets: £12 On the Door £14

Mon 27 Jan – Sat 1 Feb Bill Kenwright presents FALLEN ANGELS By Noël Coward Starring Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago-lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the Champagne! As each successive glass of liquid courage is imbibed, tongues start to loosen, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behaviour go out the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak. Tickets £15 - £28 Pit cushions £5

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug I really enjoyed the first film of the series. I personally haven’t read through the books prior to seeing the films but I already know I’m going to love what’s to come. Following off of “An Unexpected Journey”with “The Desolation of Smaug,” this epic fantasy film is the second part of the soon-to-be trilogy. Brought to us by Peter Jackson as a prequel series to The Lord of the Rings, this movie is sure to be a

favourite for the whole family. As well as the return of Ian Mckellen, Martin Freeman and Cate Blanchett, we now welcome actors like Evangeline Lilly, better known for her role in Lost and Benedict Cumberbatch from Star Trek: Into Darkness. This story continues to follow Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the dwarves, leading them through Esgaroth, Mirkwood and beyond n their quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. There are lenty of dangers ahead, with goblins, Orcs and the dragon Smaug, as well as other surprises along the way. Bravery and determination must aid Bilbo in seeking out the Secret Door, giving them access to the Hoard of Smaug, where their journey will come to an end.

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This is our 18th edition of Omni local magazine- The Christmas issue! All about preparing for the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Ch...