CR5 Issue 143 April 2017


A free monthly magazine delivered to 11,200 homes and businesses in the CR5 postcode. Contains local business advertising, interesting reads, local news, Community What's On and prize competitions.

April 2017

The Spring

Property Market







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If you are thinking of selling or renting your property,

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Welcome to the April 2017

edition of CR5 Magazine.

As we go to print n late March there

is a definite feel of Spring in the Air -

daffodils and crocuses are springing

up around us and we are looking

forward to a nice warm summer.

Dates for your diary in April:

14th Good Friday

17th Easter Monday

23rd St George’s Day

If you are planning any home home

projects in 2017, the CR5 Magazine

can help you find local services and

trades. Have a look at our useful index

on page 98 to find the particular

service you are looking for.

If you call any advertsiers, please

do mention you found their advert in

the CR5 Magazine- this will ensure the

future of CR5 popping through your

letterbox every month.

There is, as usual lots going on in

and around the area, so do take a

look at the CR5 community pages for

local events.(p90-97)

Dont forget to LIKE our Facebook

page for regular updates. You can

also find more information on our


Have a fabulous April March and

more importantly take care of


Warm regards

Lucy McAlpine

Editor CR5 Magazine

Telephone: 01737 557888

Mobile: 07703 209292


Published by CR5 Magazine,

Hillside, Netherne Lane, Coulsdon, CR5 1NR



@CR5 Magazine

CR5 April 2017 Issue 143

CR5 Magazine is a local community magazine serving the

residents of Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon, Netherne, Hooley &

Chipstead, delivered free of charge every month to 11,200

homes. Contributions of local content are warmly welcomed.

Lucy McAlpine

Michelle Plant


Parenting: Children’s Parties 8

CR5 Baking:Chocolate & Orange Hot Cross Buns 16

Furry Friends Animal Rescue 24

Animal Protection Trust 24

PC Protection - Don’t be an April Fool 32

CR5 Health: Hay Fever 40

Flower Power 48

The First Victim of War is Truth 56

Time for Tea 60

Banking on the Holidays 64

Coulsdon & Purley Debating Society 72

Wealth Management Seminar 73

Churches Together in Cousldon Easter Services76/77

CR5 Motoring: AUDI QS 80/81

Theatre Workshop Cousldon:Radio Days 11 82/83

The sky’s the limit for Amateur Photography 84

A Heartfelt Thank You 85

CR5: Awards & Prizes Quiz 85

CR5 KIDS Page 86

Old Coulsdon Camera Club 87


CR5 Prize Crossword 88

Trip Down Memory Lane 89

FIAT’S & Mini’s 89

CR5 Community Pages 90-97

Index of Advertisers 98

We take the hassle out of advertising, giving

you time to run your business.

To advertise your business in the next issue, either

call or email us for our CR5 media pack

Deadline for artwork for May 2017 issue :

20th April 2017

Please note: Advertising Space cannot be

guaranteed in our deadline week: please make

your booking in plenty of time


Although every effort has been taken in compiling the contents,

the publisher cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions or

information supplied by its advertisers.

CR5 is COPYRIGHT protected. No part of this publication may be

reproduced, storedin any retrieval systems or transmitted in any

form, without priorpermission of the publisher.

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Children’s Parties

by Kate Duggan

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Keep the fun levels up and

your stress levels down with

our top party tips.


Most kids love a treasure hunt,

and it ties in well with a pirate,

knights or princess party. You

could leave a series of clues

leading to one big stash of

small prizes to split (chocolate

coins tend to go down well).

Or you could hide sweets,

trinkets and other mini prizes

around the garden. Just make

sure you keep a few extras to

hand, to avoid any tears.

Once they’ve found the

treasure, you could:

• Have a water pistol fight.

• Challenge the kids to an

obstacle course.

• Hold a mini-Olympics,

complete with ‘real’ medals.

• Set up a tin can alley, or a

game of skittles.



If your child loves nothing

more than creating a new

work of art, why not dedicate

the party to ‘making stuff’?

Depending on the age of the

children, you could:

• Make masks out of paper

plates, feathers, stickers,

glitter and so on.

• Paint pots or trinket boxes.

• Decorate plates or mugs

with porcelain pens.

• Raid the recycling box to

make robots, spaceships or


Make sure you tell parents

that the children will need old

clothes or painting aprons.

And bear in mind that paint

may not have dried by the

time the party finishes, so

you’ll have to deliver the

artwork at a later date.


Pre-teens may prefer to head

out somewhere with a couple

of friends. If they do want a

party though, you could:

• Host a sleepover, complete

with movie, popcorn and a

chocolate fountain.

• Hold a fashion show. Just

raid some charity shops and

let kids loose on the clothes

with fabric pens, glitter and


• Have a disco party, with glow

sticks, a glitter ball and a




If this all sounds like a bit too

much work, you could turn to

the professionals. From hiring

a children’s entertainer to

heading to a soft-play centre,

there are plenty of options

to choose from. And they’re

often not as expensive as you

might think. Some companies

offer a full package including

entertainment, food and a

party bag, which can actually

work out around the same

price as you’d pay to buy it all


Alternatively, you could let

your child choose two or three

friends to take out for the day.

Head to the zoo, trampoline

park, cinema, theme park, or

just out for a picnic.



• Don’t invite too many

people. A good rule of

thumb is to only invite one

or two more than the age

of your child. So if your son

is turning five, you might

want to invite six or seven

children. However, it is a very

rough guide, as all children

are different.

• Consider how many children

there are in the class or

friendship group. Inviting

12 of the 14 girls in your

daughter’s class could cause

a lot of upset.

• Don’t overwhelm your

child. Younger children may

struggle with lots of excited

guests, loud music and bright

lights. Try to create a safe,

quiet space where they can

retreat if they need to.

• Don’t feel you have to spend

a fortune. Often the simpler,

cheaper parties are the ones

that children love the best.

• Rope in as many helpers as

you can!

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Cake and


Chocolate & Orange

Hot Cross Buns

Give the classic hot cross bun a delicious twist with the addition of

chocolate chips, orange zest and piped chocolate crosses!


• 500g strong white plain

flour, plus extra for


• 1/2 tsp salt

• 2 tsp ground mixed spice

• Zest of 1 orange

• 50g caster sugar

• 1 x 7g sachet easy-blend

or fast-action dried yeast

• 300ml hand-hot milk

• 55g butter, cubed

• 1 large egg, beaten

• 75g dried mixed fruit

• 50g dark chocolate chips



• 1-2 tbsp warmed golden


• 50g dark chocolate,


Makes 12

Ready in 2 hours,

45 minutes

1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the salt, mixed spice, orange

zest, sugar and dried yeast. Make a well in the middle.

2. Bring the milk almost to the boil in a small pan then stir in the butter until

melted. Leave the liquid to cool until it’s just hand hot. Pour the liquid

into the well with the beaten egg and mix with a round- bladed knife to

make a soft and slightly sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly

floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic,

adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.

3. Place the dough in a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover with oiled

cling film. Leave the bowl in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the

dough has doubled in size.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, flatten out with the

palms of your hands and scatter over the dried fruit and chocolate

chips. Fold and knead the dough until the fruit and chocolate chips are

incorporated. Divide and shape the dough into 12 even-sized buns and

place on a large greased baking sheet.

5. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until the

buns have risen by at least half again and are almost touching each other

- this will take about 45-60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan,

Gas Mark 6.

6. Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until risen and

golden brown. Leave on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to

a cooling rack. Brush with the warmed golden syrup whilst the buns are

still warm.

7. When the buns are cold, spoon the melted chocolate into a small

disposable piping bag, snip off the end and pipe a cross on each bun.

Leave until set then serve.


These buns are best eaten on day they’re made, but if you have some

left over the next day simply split and toast and serve with butter or

chocolate spread.

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Don’t wait until you have a problem to visit us

Do you have a fitness goal? If so, is it going to plan? At Surrey Physiotherapy we not only treat all

manner of sporting injuries but also help people to optimise their physical potential to improve

performance and reduce the risk of injury through our Fit to Compete service.

Fit to Compete is run by our Chartered Sports Physiotherapist, Ben Austen, who is also a qualified

massage therapist and strength and conditioning specialist.

Ben previously worked for Crystal Palace Football Club and is currently undertaking the FIFA

Medical Diploma. He was also recently appointed Head Physiotherapist for Surrey Senior

Women’s Cricket Club. So who better to work with you on all matters fitness related?

How does it work?

Ben has a special interest and experience in optimising physical conditioning and long term

athlete development. As part of the Fit to Compete programme, he will:

• Take a clinical and training history

• Perform a physical assessment

• Work with you to set goals

• Devise a bespoke programme for you

• Undertake regular reviews to keep your training on track, making alterations

based on your specific needs

Ben said: “Injury prevention is proven to be performance enhancing and our Fit to Compete

service is about optimising your potential to perform. It’s suitable for everyone – whether you’re

simply running for fun, playing competitive sport at the weekend or training five times a week –

and it will help you to optimise your training as well as address any niggles or twinges you may be

having in your sport or activity.”

At Surrey Physiotherapy we also offer treatment of sports injuries

from the acute stage through to the final rehabilitation. And we have

experience in treating all levels of athletes ranging from elite through

to club and recreational players. We use a variety of treatment

methods to optimise our clients’ recovery, including mobilisation,

massage and progressive strength and conditioning programming.

Lucy, a Marathon Runner said: “I came to Ben with a painful runner’s knee which was stopping me

from running with ease. He conducted a thorough assessment and devised a treatment program

for me. A few weeks on, I am now able to run without worrying about my knee. I’m so pleased I

made that appointment.”

Ben has a special interest in injuries of the ankle, knee and hip in both adults and children. But his

expertise also extends to the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal pain and shoulder issues

– particularly as a result of his work with the cricket club.

Outside his clinic work, Ben supports the Surrey Physiotherapy sponsored

Kinetic Foundation’s football and education program and the Falls Prevention

class for older adults.

If you would like to book an initial consultation and/or programme then

please do call the practice on 0208 660 8070 and ask for an appointment

with Ben.

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If you are in pain, we are at hand

Physiotherapy is natural and non invasive. It can help you to

take back control of your problems, achieve a physical goal

or regain and retain independence.

Do you want to get fitter for Summer?

Have you been derailed by injury?

Are you struggling to progress?

Our physios can offer a special assessment to help you get on

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Don’t Be An April Fool

Keep your stuff safe with PC protection

Connecting an unprotected

PC to the internet is rather

like stripping naked, covering

yourself in honey and throwing

yourself into a nest of angry

wasps: the question isn’t

whether you’re going to get

stung, it’s how bad the results

are going to be. The internet

is full of unpleasantness, and

some of it is trying to make you

an April fool.

Trying to con people on the

internet is very cheap and

safe: the likelihood of getting

caught is incredibly small, and

the cost of contacting even

millions of people is incredibly

small too. So entire call centres

make fake technical support

calls to unsuspecting people,

trying to convince them that

their PC is broken and they

need to download software to

fix it. That software then nabs

their personal information, or

their online banking details,

and that information is used

to compromise their various

accounts and steal their money.

It’s important to stress this:

if you’ve ever tried to call the

support lines of Microsoft,

Apple, Amazon, BT or any other

big firm, you’ll appreciate how

long it takes to get through.

These companies don’t

have the resources to make

proactive support calls, let

alone monitor your computer

for any problems.

Apps can help. A powerful but

simple password manager such

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solves a big problem with the

internet - you need different,

strong passwords that can’t be

guessed for each individual site

or service, but you also need

to remember them. 1Password

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them in when you need them.

This means that if, say, your

favourite photo site is hacked,

your login details can’t be

used to get into your Amazon

account, eBay account or

PayPal account.

Macs don’t generally suffer

from malicious software,

but Windows PCs do: there

are more Windows users in

the world, so they’re a more

tempting target. That means

security software is essential.

BitDefender Anti-Virus Free

Edition, AVAST anti-virus and

AVG Free anti-virus can protect

your PC from malicious files and

apps, and they’re constantly

updated with details of the

latest threats. In the case of

apps such as BitDefender,

they can also scan links in your

emails to let you know whether

that email from the bank or

Apple is fake (the answer, 99

times out of a hundred, is yes).

These apps matter because

in addition to fake emails

and malicious software,

there’s a new villain in town:

ransomware. Ransomware is a

program that sneaks onto your

computer and locks you out

of it completely, meaning you

can’t access your email, your

photo library or anything else of

value on your PC. The only way

to unlock it appears to be to call

the supplied telephone number

and pay the ransom, which is

usually a few hundred pounds.

That’s a really bad idea, because

the details you use to pay the

ransom are then used again and

again until you have no money


Security software such as the

apps mentioned above can

protect you from ransomware

in two ways. They can prevent

it from getting onto your PC in

the first place, and remove it

if your PC is already infected.

When you consider the cost of

the software is zero and the

likelihood of an unsecured PC

getting something nasty is 100%,

security software is a must-have

for anybody with a PC.

Images L to R: 1Password

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screenshot of typical

ransomware demand

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Hay fever or seasonal allergies

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million people in the UK.


If you’re unsure it’s hay fever

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allergic to pollen or other

organic material such as animal

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A skin prick test only tests for

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A blood test for the

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Symptoms can range from mild

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• itchy and/or runny nose

• sneezing

• irritated, itchy, watery eyes


How you treat your hay fever

will depend on the type and

severity of your symptoms.

Research by Allergy UK in 2014

showed that 62% of sufferers

found their current medication

ineffective – yet they failed

to seek better alternatives or

didn’t use it properly (only 14%

of steroid nasal spray users

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Wheezes and Sneezes: How to Tackle Hay Fever

were using them correctly in

the study).

Ask a pharmacist for advice

on the right medication and

alternatives if it’s ineffective.

Ensure you follow doctor’s,

pharmacist’s and

manufacturer’s instructions

carefully. See your GP if over

the counter treatments aren’t

working, or you develop sinus

or ear infections.

Oral Medications (Tablets and


Antihistamines block the

action of histamine, a chemical

triggered by allergen exposure,

to reduce or stop your allergic

reaction. They may not relieve

a blocked nose but are usually

effective against other


As a preventative, they work

best if taken regularly and

started in advance of high

pollen count periods. They can

also be taken as required when

symptoms begin.

Some older antihistamines

(e.g. chlorpheniramine, known

as Piriton) make you drowsy

and can affect your ability to

do your job or drive.

However, most people now

choose newer, non-sedating


(e.g. Loratadine).

Steroids are only usually used

short-term if other medications

aren’t working or if your hay

fever causes or aggravates


They reduce symptoms by

reducing inflammation.

Nasal Sprays and Drops

Decongestant nasal sprays

unblock your nose but can

cause rebound congestion

after a few days, so only use

them for occasional relief or

as an additional treatment

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Steroid nasal sprays or drops

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Injectable medications may

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by Pippa Greenwood

You can grow a huge range of

flowers from seed at home.

It’s amazingly inexpensive and

surprisingly easy too. If you’re

after some long-term residents for

your flower borders then rather

than paying several pounds for

each and every plant you buy, why

not be a bit more adventurous

and grow your own from seed?

Just about every perennial flower -

that’s those that last for years and

don’t have to be replaced on an

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from seed, and although you’ll

have to wait until the plants have

put on plenty of growth before

they start to perform, once they

have reached flowering size, they’ll

just keep on and on performing!

There are lots to choose from,

including lupins, silene, Echinaceae,

geranium, perennial poppies,

delphiniums, gaillardia, hollyhocks,

rudbeckia and salvia. Pay a visit to

your local garden centre or study

the pages of some seed catalogues

and start plotting and planning

what you’d like; you could save

yourself a fortune, and all from a

packet or two of seed.

To get started, all you need are

some containers into which you

can sow the seed – I like to use

half-sized seed trays, RootTrainers

or smaller individual cells. You

will also need some good quality

compost and your chosen seeds.

The job will be all the easier and

better if you have something to

tamp down the compost too, plus

labels, a permanent marker, a

dibber and some vermiculite (for

covering seeds that need some

light to germinate well).

Compost often has a fair number

of lumps in it, so sieving it through

a compost sieve (which has much

larger holes than a kitchen sieve)

will allow you to remove the

larger lumps, leaving fine compost

perfect for seed sowing. If you

sieve it straight into the pots, cells

or trays, make sure you collect up

any that falls on the surface below.

Once the compost is in the tray or

pot, firm it down so that there are

no large gaps beneath the surface,

as you don’t want subsidence

later on. Levelling it off will make

it easier to ensure the seeds are

all sown evenly and at the same

depth. You can make your own

tamper using a piece of wood with

a small block of wood nailed to it

to make a ‘handle’.

When it comes to sowing the

seed, it is worth remembering

that it is easier to look after the

seedlings later on if the seed has

been sown in rows, rather than

randomly scattered. Straight rows

are easily made using a plastic

plant label. Check the seed packets

for the precise depths at which

the seed needs to be sown as this

will differ from variety to variety.

If you are sowing seeds in small

cells then it is easier to make the

holes using a dibber. If you don’t

have one, a pencil works perfectly

well! RootTrainers are particularly

useful for larger seeds such as

sunflowers. Sowing the seed

thinly along the drills in a seed tray

makes life easier later on. Sown

too densely, the seedlings that

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out, and will be more likely to

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they tend to be a lot sturdier. Once

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If you are sowing larger seed

into cells, just pop the seeds in

to the prepared holes and cover

to the required depth. The ideal

sowing depth will be stated on the

seed packet – it is not too exact

a science, but it is best to get it

about right!

When all the seeds are sown,

use a watering can with the rose

attached to water the compost

thoroughly. If the seed sown was

quite small then it is best to water

the compost by standing the tray

in a shallow tray or bowl of water,

and allow the compost to absorb

the water from below – this way

the seeds are less likely to be


Finally, don’t forget to label your

seed trays clearly, ideally with a

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‘The first victim…

…of war is truth’ is a quote that goes back

to the playwright Aeschylus, who lived some 500

years before the birth of Christ. And he was no

ivory tower-living member of the Ancient Greek

literati but a one-time serving soldier who fought

alongside his brother against the invading Persian

army at the battle of Marathon (yes, the battle

after which the modern day race is named).

So he probably knew a thing or two. And over the

intervening two and half thousand years, he’s not

been proved wrong. Most wars have founded on

lies, ‘economies of truth’ or at the very least,

widely differing interpretations of given facts.

You need a good reason to go to war. The cost is

extortionate both in financial and human terms.

No-one has ever woken up on a dull Sunday

morning, scratched their backside and thought

‘You know, I’m bored. There’s nothing on the telly.

Let’s declare war on the folks next door’ and had

everyone just go along with it as if it was an

invitation to nip down the pub.

The basest power grab for a throne or territory

was normally dressed in robes of righteous

indignation in order to justify the oncoming storm

of death and destruction.

In England in 1066, William of Normandy invaded

claiming that Harold Godwinson, who had

succeeded Edward the Confessor as King,

had broken his word. Supposedly Harold had

promised to support William in his claim to the

English throne. Trouble is, at that point Kings of

England were chosen by an assembly of King’s

councillors called the Witanagemot, who chose

who they thought was the best man for the job

(accidents of birth and heredity didn’t factor then)

so even if Harold had made such an unlikely

promise, it wouldn’t have mattered.

The choice of the assembly was Harold. And from

an Anglo-Saxon perspective that was it, job done,

legally and above board. But fired up on ‘betrayal’,

William, also known as ‘The Bastard’, gathered up

his troops and headed across the Channel. Just to

make sure his forces didn’t have any last minute

changes of heart, he burned their boats too. And

here we are in a post-Norman world.

By the 20th Century things had evolved. The

mechanism of justification became more devious.

Propaganda, the ‘spinning’ of news, the evolution

of spurious stories portrayed as truth became

easier as methods of mass communication

appeared and grew. Newspapers (the first British

national daily paper was actually the Daily

Courant, which hit the streets in 1705), radio and

subsequently television provided the state with a

swift channel straight to almost every home. In the

run up to, and during, the First World War, French

and British papers carried tales of horrific atrocities

committed by German troops. All untrue, designed

to make out the enemy as monsters, dehumanising

them and making them easier to kill. During the

1930’s, Nazi propaganda cultivated the myth of the

Aryan dream, a nobility of the German race built

on Teutonic legend that the Nazis would restore.

And simultaneously, created a scapegoat for the

impoverished position Germany found itself in.

Deceitful, scheming, money-worshipping Jews

were responsible for all the country’s ills. Again,

none of it true. But all accepted by people who

were being told what they wanted to hear.

And now today we have social media. Facebook,

Twitter, Instagram. All accessible via smartphone,

laptop, tablet and PC. Anybody with an account

can put their version of the world out there for

everyone to see and react to. And what versions

they are. Selective technology software also means

you can avoid hearing anything that contradicts

your opinion. As a result you can end up living

in an information ghetto, wilfully or not, blind or

blinkered to opposing thoughts. Hearing just what

you want to hear.

Kellyanne Conway, a leading counsellor for the

current President of the United States, coined the

term recently ‘alternative facts’ when confronted

by some uncomfortable truths that didn’t fit with

her world view. There weren’t of course

‘alternative facts’. In the matter being discussed

she was simply wrong. She was either given

incorrect information, or, more likely, lying. Her

boss has an even looser grasp on the concepts of

fact and fiction, truth and lies. And he’s spent the

last couple of years telling the American people

that he will restore their pride, give them back the

American dream and at the same time vilifying

anyone who believes in Islam.

With a $54billion increase in ‘defence’ spending

applied for this year, when the US already have

the most powerful armed force in the world, one

can only look on in trepidation as we see so many

historic patterns being repeated.

If truth has already become a victim, as it surely

has, is a war already being fought or is it yet to


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Time For Tea By Catherine Rose

Tea has been enjoyed all

over the world for more

than a millennium but the English

only adopted it as their

own around four hundred

years ago.

Believed to have originated in

Southern China, tea drinking dates

back to around 3000 BC.

However, it didn’t become

popular in England until the

17th century, when it was made

fashionable by King Charles II and

his Portuguese wife Catherine de

Braganza, who brought it over to

the Royal court from her native


Coffee houses had recently been

established in London and were

popular haunts of middle class

gentlemen who went there to

relax or conduct business. The

custom of tea drinking was quickly

introduced. Samuel Pepys referred

to it in his diary of 1660: ‘…

I did send for a cup of tee (a China

drink) of which I never had drank


Tea would be brewed in the coffee

houses early in the morning and

kept in barrels.

Cups of it would then be re-heated

and served over the course of the

day. The coffee houses also sold

loose leaf tea so that women,

who did not frequent them, could

enjoy it at home. It soon became

popular for wives to host tea

parties with their friends where

tea was brewed and drunk black,

often with sugar or honey added.

Tea was very much the privilege

of the wealthy. It was expensive

to import and seen as a valuable

commodity. It would be kept

locked inside ornate caddies.

Matching teapots, cups and

saucers were prized possessions

to be flaunted and cherished and

there were many different designs

manufactured in bone china

during this time.

The London Tea Auction was a

hub of international tea trade. It

was set up in 1706 and continued

until as late as 1998 (with a break

during the Second World War).

Because tea was so expensive,

the tea smuggling trade flourished

and it wasn’t uncommon

for tea leaves to be adulterated

with all sorts of unpleasant (and

even poisonous) substances. The

addition of milk therefore became

increasingly popular as it would

help to improve the taste of a

poor-quality tea.

In 1785, following pressure from

tea merchants who were suffering

due to the high incidence of tea

smuggling, the government, led

by Prime Minister William Pitt the

Younger, slashed the high import

tax on tea, making it much more

affordable to the masses. Thus,

tea drinking grew in popularity

amongst all classes, and it became

common for servants to be

allocated a tea allowance.

Not everyone was happy about

tea-drinking no longer being

confined to the middle and upper

classes. Following a long debate

about whether tea was bad for

the health of the working classes,

causing ‘idleness’ and ‘melancholy’

amongst other things, it was

eventually championed by

philanthropists as part of the

temperance movement, as alcohol

was viewed as the far greater evil

and working class people were

then encouraged to become


The concept of afternoon tea is

a peculiarly English tradition that

conjures up images of bone china

cake stands, cucumber

sandwiches with the crusts cut off,

and warm scones with jam and

cream, but tea served with food

was only introduced in the mid-

19th century.

It is said to have been first

conceived in approximately 1840

by Anna Russell, the seventh

Duchess of Bedford, in order to

bridge the gap between lunch and

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dinner, which in those days was

traditionally served quite late in

the evening.

The sandwich had been invented

by John Montagu, the 4th Earl

of Sandwich, around a century

earlier and the Duchess decided

that tea served with a tray of

sandwiches and some cake would

do the job nicely. Soon friends

were joining her for ‘afternoon

tea’ at her home in Woburn Abbey

and, thanks to her frequent trips

to London, the custom grew

to become a fashionable social

event amongst the upper classes,

with the addition of pastries and

scones making it quite a

substantial meal.

During the Victorian era, a wider

selection of tea began to be

imported from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

and India. Tea rooms serving

afternoon tea grew in

popularity, especially among

women, as they were one of

the few places where a woman

could go without a chaperone.

By the early 20th century, many

establishments had expanded on

the custom of having a musician

playing in the background and

were holding tea dances in the


Today, tea has become an integral

part of our daily routine and could

be described as Britain’s national

drink. Although invented in

America in the early 20th century,

the tea bag didn’t become popular

in England until the 1970s, when

it revolutionised our tea drinking

habits and put fortune tellers who

read tea leaves at the bottom of a

cup into decline!

Still considered a rather genteel

English custom, sumptuous

afternoon teas are served by many

top hotels, including London’s

Claridges, the Dorchester, the Ritz

and the Savoy, as well as Harrods

and Fortnum & Mason.

With a bewildering number of

different tea blends on offer along

with a ‘tea sommelier’ to help you

choose, they are often booked up

months ahead - a testament to

tea’s enduring popularity.

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Banking on the holidays

We have a slew of bank holidays to look

forward to. The Easter weekend kicking

things off and followed in hot pursuit by

the May and Spring bank holidays.

I appreciate that for some people

these days do not represent a day off but

for many it is a welcome break after the

drudgery of the wintertime.

Good Friday's symbolism is well about -

a day devoted to remembering the death

of Jesus. There is a bank holiday and

Christians all over the country join together

in public gatherings to mark the day. It is

generally a fairly serious affair -

encouraging personal reflection. This is

because the death of Jesus was only

necessary because humankind has fallen

short of God's standards and needed a


However Easter Sunday seems a less noticeable

event. Its bank holiday

being carried forward to the Monday and

Christians tending to meet in their own

churches rather than in public. The overall

impression may well be that Good Friday

is the main event - and Easter Sunday is

somehow less important.

The death of Jesus without his miraculous

resurrection (coming back to life) is simply

a tragedy. However together they mark

the greatest victory for humankind. Easter

Sunday is hugely significant since it shows

that Jesus was not defeated at his death.

It was a calculated action of great cost to

God that ended in celebration.

Easter Sunday means that not

only is there a way out of our wrongdoing

and it's spiritual consequences but also

that we have a risen saviour. Jesus, who

has overcome death itself and offers us life.

As you tuck in to your Easter eggs and

(hopefully) enjoy a sunny weekend you

might want to take a moment to consider

the significance of the life offered to you by

the risen Jesus.

Have a great month.


Prayer for Coulsdon & Old Coulsdon exists

to encourage Christians to pray for the

town and its residents.

If you are interested in praying with us you

are warmly invited to join us for one of our

prayer gatherings (which last an hour).

Prayer meeting dates for April

Monday 3rd April -

9am at 56 Bradmore Way

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Introducing our new development squad

training scheme for children currently in

Year 1 and wanting to join OCCFC for the

2017/18 season starting in September 2017

From Wednesday 22nd February 2017

St Andrews Church, Coulsdon from 5-6pm

(indoor training until Easter) then at

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Cécile Bradwell proposed the Society’s March

debate: ‘Most children stay too long at school and

too few enrol in apprenticeships’. Cécile noted

the Government aims to have 3 million people

enrolled as apprentices by the end of 2020.

Apprenticeships provide training for new and

current employees (from age 16) – for example,

City and Guilds training consists of a paid job with

a professional qualification at the end.

Apprenticeships range from business

administration, law, retail and commercial,

engineering and manufacturing as well as health,

public services and care. Cécile then examined our

current education and training systems, starting

with 1. School: There is still too much academic

rather than vocational bias. Cécile said that

teachers often find it difficult to maintain

discipline, as children struggle with too much

deskwork. A shorter, more concrete, grounding in

maths, English and science would provide

businesses with more literate and numerate

employees. From School Year 10 (aged 14)

business studies, information technology,

economics should give young people an

introduction to the commercial world; local

businesses should help to extend the current 2 to

4 weeks’ Work Experience for Year 10-11 pupils.

Schools’ ill-informed and patchy career advice

should be boosted by a UCAS-style system to

promote apprenticeships.

2. University: Recent Government policy

encouraged children to stay on at school till aged

18 and then attend university/college. The swing

to the ‘freedom’ of higher education leads to a

high university drop-out rate. Many teenagers are

discouraged by college fees that leave them with

huge debts – with no guarantee of a prestige job.

A City and Guilds’ poll found that 59% of

vocational trainees are more likely to be employed

- against 44% of graduates.

3. Government reforms: Despite the influx of

skilled Eastern European immigrants, 87% of

senior employers from 500 UK companies said

they had recruitment difficulties. There will be

new standards, a new employers’ levy to raise a £3

million apprenticeships’ fund and the Government

has also announced that 200,000 public sector

apprentices will be recruited. Cécile said that we

need skilled roofers and hair-dressers just as much

as good solicitors. The tide is turning: many

apprentices ultimately earn more than graduates

and recently, 66% of GCSE students say

apprenticeships offer greater career progression.

But only 1 in 5 say their school helps them to

pursue apprenticeship options.

Opposer Pauline Payne opened with her husband

Ian’s old school motto: ‘Enrich the time to come’ -

a noble aspiration for any child. She also said that

education should not be a means to an end, but a

means of giving children the best chances in life.

So, should we encourage less academic teenagers

to think of apprenticeships as a superior

replacement for higher education?

No, because today’s globally-competitive

workplace demands a well-educated workforce.

Also, apprenticeships no longer guarantee a safe

job, as people live for much longer and can often

change employment. Pauline cautioned against

the ‘panacea’ of apprenticeships; they vary from a

5-year, £17,000 p.a. legal training as a solicitor to a

3-month apprenticeship in a supermarket, with no

qualification and no job; moreover, there seems to

be no independent monitoring to stop employers

using apprentices as cheap and easily replaceable

labour - not surprisingly, 30% of apprentices said

they felt disillusioned and let down by

employers. Teenagers may not realise that, unlike

higher education, apprenticeships provide specific

training and while some are equivalent to degree

courses, they do not offer the versatility of good

GCSEs, A-levels or degrees that allow students a

wide choice of career, with time to decide what

that may be. ‘Earning while learning’ said Pauline,

usually amounts to little more than pin money,

but may nonetheless lure promising students

away from completing important education. We

must not think that higher education is wasted on

most of our children. This flies in the face of the

fast-growing knowledge economy in

pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy, IT, and the media

– recognised in the Government’s plans for more

formal technical college courses and the

re-introduction of Grammar Schools.

A nation’s workforce must be able to use their

heads as well as their hands. Pauline concluded

that while children need more technical colleges,

more vocational subjects, more NVQs and work

experience, they should not feel obliged to leave

to pursue more practical training. Finally, our

schools should make sure that a good all-round

education provides a firm basis to take up a

genuine apprenticeship – one that offers a proper

qualification and good prospects.

The motion was won by 7 votes to 4, with 1

abstention. Our Visitors’ Debate, postponed from

January 5th., will take place on April 5th., at the

Old Coulsdon Centre at 8 p.m., when Chris Philp

MP will propose ‘This House is optimistic about

our prospects after leaving the EU’ and Councillor

Andrew Pelling will oppose.

All visitors welcome; for further

details, contact Angela Applin

on 020 8668 8558.

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A wealth of expertise

on your doorstep

David Stainton, Wealth Management Consultant has a seminar planned for

10.30am on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at the Old Coulsdon Bowling Club,

Coulsdon Road, CR5 2LD. Refreshments will be available from 10am

and the seminar will be followed by a light buffet lunch.

The agenda for the event is:

• Tax efficient Investment Planning

• Wills and Power of Attorneys

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John Thomson of Xpress Legal Services

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Good Friday April 14th 11.00 am Walk of Witness from St Mary’s Church

Easter Sunday April 16th 6.00 am Easter Sunrise Service Top of Farthing Downs (car park)


St John’s Church, Canon’s Hill , Old Coulsdon (Anglican)

Maundy Thursday April 13 th 11.00 am Holy Communion

7.30 pm Holy Communion

Good Friday April 14 th 10.00 am Family Service/Easter Activities

2.00 pm An Hour at the Cross

Easter Sunday April 16 th 8.00 am Holy Communion

9.00 am Holy Communion

11.15 am Family Service

St Mary's Church, Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon (Roman Catholic)

Maundy Thursday April 13 th

Good Friday April 14 th

Holy Saturday April 15 th

Easter Sunday April 16 th

8.00 pm Mass

3.00 pm Solemn Liturgy

8.00 pm Stations of the Cross

8.00 pm Easter Vigil Mass

8.00 am Easter Mass

10.45 am Easter Mass

Old Coulsdon Congregational Church, Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon (Free Church)

Maundy Thursday April 13 th 8.00 pm Holy Communion

Easter Sunday April 16 th 10.00 am Easter Service + Holy Communion

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St Aidan’s, Chipstead Valley Road (Roman Catholic)

Maundy Thursday April 13 th 8.00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Washing of feet

Good Friday April 14 th 3.00 pm Passion Readings & Veneration of the Cross

Holy Saturday April 15 th 8.30 pm Blessing of Easter Fire Followed by The Eucharist

Easter Sunday April 16 th 9.00 am Easter Mass

11.00 am Easter Mass

St Andrew’s , Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon (Anglican)

Maundy Thursday April 13 th

Good Friday April 14 th

Easter Sunday April 16 th

Tues April 18 th

7.30 pm Liturgy/Holy Communion

9.00 pm Compline (Night Prayer)

2.00 pm ‘At the foot of the Cross’

7.00 pm The Cross of Christ – Hymns and Readings

for Good Friday

9.45 am Festal Eucharist followed by Easter Egg Hunt

3.30 pm Easter Messy Church

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Easter Sunday April 16 th

10.30 am Easter Morning Service

Coulsdon Methodist Church, Brighton Road, Coulsdon (Free)

Maundy Thursday April 13 th 8.00 pm Tenebrae Service

Easter Sunday April 16 th 8.30 am Easter Communion

10.00 am Easter Morning Service

Coulsdon Community Church, Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon (Free)

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New Audi Q5

By James Baggott

Replacing ultra-successful

cars is never easy for a

manufacturer. But when

the model you’re refreshing

has been at the top of the

sales charts in its class for

every single one of the years

it has been on sale, that task

becomes all the more difficult.

And that’s the challenge Audi

has faced with the Q5. The

mid-sized model has been

the brand’s best-selling SUV

since it went on sale in 2008,

finding an incredible 1.6 million

homes across the world. This

is the refreshed off-roader,

charged with continuing that

impressive feat. Built at the

manufacturer’s most advanced

‘smart factory’ in Mexico,

it’s been packed with clever

technology, features revised

engines and a fresh look that

the maker hopes will continue

to win over buyers.

But has it done enough to

steer buyers away from new

pretenders to its crown, like

the Jaguar F-Pace?


Well, it certainly has the looks.

The new Q5 may be a little less

flashy than its Jaguar rival, but

that smart new octagonal nose,

dramatic headlights and sharp

body creases all serve to give it

fantastic presence on the road.

That’s helped by a wonderfully

squat stance and perfect

proportions. The only thing

that jars is the fake exhaust-like

trim on the rear bumper.

Inside the quality is clear.

Solid, good quality materials

are everywhere and the

leather seats, which are

standard across the range,

are comfortable and perfectly

adjustable. It’s easy to get

settled behind the wheel too,

with plenty of space around

the driver and logically placed

controls for the fabulous

multimedia system.

There’s also a three-zone

climate control system, an

optional Bang & Olufsen sound

system, and the optional

virtual cockpit, which replaces

the dials with a 12.3-inch high

resolution display which can

switch between dials or a full

screen satnav display.


The new Q5 is bigger and wider

than its predecessor – but still

90kg lighter. Inside there’s

more headroom and rear kneeroom,

while boot space is up 10

litres to 550 litres with the rear

seats in place and 1,550 litres

with them down. Two adults

will sit comfortably in the back,

but a large transmission tunnel

seriously eats into rear legroom

for anything larger than a small

child in the middle seat.

Safety systems are plentiful,

though. Buyers can opt for

active lane assist, pre-sense

assistance which helps detect

if a crash is imminent and can

apply the brakes for you, and

cross-traffic assistance at the

rear that will help when pulling

out of parking spaces. In slow

moving traffic it’s even partly

autonomous, slowing down

and speeding up in jams while

keeping you in your lane.

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There are three engine options

to pick from – but the best

seller, and our pick of the

bunch, is the 187bhp, 400Nm,

2.0-litre TDI, which will account

for 60 per cent of sales in the

UK. This comes as standard

with a clever new Quattro

Ultra all-wheel drive system

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drive automatically. This makes

the car more efficient without

losing out on traction. Fuel

economy is 56.5mpg with

emissions of 132g/km. It’s the

quickest SUV in its class too,

hitting 60mph in 7.7 seconds

and going on to a top speed of


A 2.0-litre TFSI petrol option

with 250bhp is also available.

It’s capable of returning

40.9mpg and emits 157g/km. A

feisty 3.0-litre V6 TDi completes

the line-up, producing 284bhp

and a stonking 620Nm of



The new Q5 is quite simply

brilliant to drive. We tested

the car on a variety of terrain,

from motorways to cities and

beaches to dirt tracks; it took

them all in its stride. On the

road it’s quiet, refined and

accomplished, while in the grit

it was surefooted and secure.

The revised 2.0-litre diesel

engine is punchy enough for

a car of this size and works

brilliantly when combined with

the 7-speed S-tronic gearbox.

We did find the automatic

tripped itself up on a couple of

occasions, stuttering a little as

it looked for a gear, but overall

it’s by far and away the best

choice of transmission.


Audi has packed the Q5 with

plenty of standard goodies

including leather seats, a selfparking

system, powered boot

and a drive select system that

lets you switch between sporty

and more comfortable settings.


Audi has moved the game

on with its new Q5 but not

ruined a recipe that has won

it so many admirers. Stylish,

comfortable and great to drive,

it’s now packed with even more

clever technology and features.

With best in class performance

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Hobbies: The Sky’s No Limit

For Amateur Photographers

By Kate McLelland

Ever since the BBC launched its

‘Weather Watchers’ feature in

November 2015, the work of the UK’s

amateur photographers has enjoyed

unparalleled public exposure, with

images contributed by keen volunteers

appearing on our TV screens morning,

noon and night.

According to the BBC’s Head of

Weather, Liz Howell, the goal of

Weather Watchers – launched as

part of the BBC’s flagship Make it

Digital initiative - was to create a new,

crowdsourced weather club that would

“enable people across the UK to help

tell the story of the great British weather”.

While it has definitely achieved that

aim, it has also showcased the talent

of Britain’s amateur photographers in

an unexpected way.

We’re all photographers now

Since digital cameras were first

introduced, our attitude towards photography

has changed. Taking pictures

nowadays requires little forethought

or effort – simply point and shoot and

in a few minutes your images can be

shared with a worldwide audience.

While the fluid, quick-fire nature of

this kind of photography works well

for many people, there are others who

want to take their photographic work a

step further, using different techniques

and technologies to create even better

images. If this sounds like you, you

might consider taking up photography

as a hobby.

So what’s required to turn an interest in

photography into a serious hobby?

Talent vs. technique

While there are a number of tips you

can follow to improve your photographic

skills, nothing can really teach you

how to capture a fantastic image. The

camera may provide the means to take

the shot, but the inspiration must come

from you.

You need creativity and imagination

to take great photographs. Start by

looking at the work of the world’s

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best photographers and you’ll begin

to understand that an unforgettable

image is not just the result of an

interesting subject, great composition

and good lighting: it’s the ability to use

a visual medium to convey emotion

and meaning.

Talent is more important than technique,

although there’s certainly no

harm in providing yourself with skills

and equipment that can make it easier

to achieve those once-in-a-lifetime


Which camera?

When you start to shop for cameras,

you may be confused by terms such

as ‘SLR’ or ‘DSLR’ and ‘mirrorless


‘SLR’ stands for ‘single lens reflex’.

‘DSLR’ is, of course, used for a digital

single lens reflex camera. Both types

use a mirror between the lens and the

film (or digital image sensor), which

means the image you see through

the viewfinder or display screen is the

same as the one that will appear on

the final image. Mirrorless cameras

(also known as compact system

cameras) dispense with the mirror and

viewfinder in order to keep the size

and weight of the camera down. Other

benefits include quiet operation and

ease of handling.

There are many, many websites

available to guide you towards the best

purchase, including whatdigitalcamera.

com and

If you are still finding it hard to make a

decision after your research, you could

drop into your local camera shop for

some face-to-face advice.

What subjects excite me?

Before you stock up on expensive

equipment, it may be helpful to decide

on the kind of photography that really

interests you. Wildlife shots? Portraits

of people? Urban and rural landscapes?

Macro images

Once you’ve decided, you’ll be able

to focus on the specific items of

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equipment you need – for example,

would a tripod be useful for shooting

in low light without flash? Will you

need a telephoto lens for long distance

shots? How about a wide-angle lens,

for photographing a high building or an

expansive landscape?

Final finish

You may also want to think about how

your images will be used. Will you

print them as hard copies and create a

portfolio of your work, or maybe share

them online, using an image hosting

website such as Flikr?

If you decide to go digital rather than

use film, you will probably need to

download some photo editing software.

Just as a good darkroom technician

can bring out the best from a negative,

editing can make a big difference to

a digital image. Most people think of

image editing in terms of altering and

manipulating photographs, but it’s

also useful for basic tasks, such as

cropping, lightening a dark image and

correcting the colour balance.

Photo editing software can be expensive,

but don’t worry if you can’t afford

products at the top end of the market.

You can download free software such

as GIMP, Paint.NET or Photoscape

that perform most of the functions

you’ll need, without adding to your


How do I learn?

There are many ways to develop the

skills you need. You could take an

adult education course, join a local

camera club, buy a ‘how to’ book or

simply look online for sites that offer

advice to beginners.

Of course, it may be some time before

you feel confident enough to share

your work with a wider audience.

Then it will be up to you whether you

become a BBC Weather Watcher, an

entrant for ‘Amateur Photographer

of the Year’ or someone who simply

loves to share their work with family

and friends.


We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the local businesses and

friends that helped by donating money/raffle/auction prizes for Lottie’s

benefit evening held at the Pembroke Pub on Saturday 4th March 2017 .

The grand total raised was £4,500 ! This will be donated to Lottie’s

family for a lovely holiday after her treatment for Leukemia.

Without the help of the businesses below and friends it would

not have been so successful.

Thank you very much

- Daniel Adams Estate Agents-Coulsdon

- Park & Bailey Estate Agents-Coulsdon

- Valley Homes Estate Agents-Coulsdon

- Auto Fix Garage-Coulsdon

- Santander Bank-Coulsdon

- My Dentist-Coulsdon

- Bashfords Butchers-Coulsdon

- Boots Pharmacy-Coulsdon

- Woods Jewellers-Coulsdon

- Pets Galore-Coulsdon

- Andrew Franklin Photography-Coulsdon

- Coulsdon Home Hardware-Coulsdon

- Art & Craft Shop-Coulsdon

- Cosy Glow-Coulsdon

- Oscar Photography- Coulsdon

- Technicool Air Co- Coulsdon

- Mastertechs Garage- Morden

- Kelly Marie Beauty- mobile

- Childminders Bring&Buy Sale

- Sue Barclay- Forever Living

- Rebecca Cummins - Bodyshop

- Pembroke Pub-Coulsdon

- Brave Ladies Swimwear-Coulsdon

- Chrisalis Refurbishment Ltd

- Kim Hurley-Florist

- Rhonda & Peter Melody - Mijas apartment Spain

- Teresa & Dave Stone - Beach apartment Bulgaria

- Richard, Smithfirelds Meat Market

- Jenny Green-Singer

- Purnell & Powell Jewellery-Coulsdon

- Cecile Rainsford-Ped a Terre Reflexology

- Lesley - Slimming World Carshalton

- Neils Back Street Barbers-Cousldon

- FRIENDS - bottles gift sets etc …..

CR5 Awards and & Prizes Quiz

1. Originally receiving the most votes, which dog was removed as a

candidate for the first ever Best Actor Oscar after the Academy wanted

to have a human actor win the award so they would appear more serious?

2. Which London art museum hosts the annual Turner Prize exhibition?

3. The Man of Steel award is given annually to the player voted best in which


4. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?

5. Which annual award has a name containing three nouns that, according to an

analysis of the Oxford English Corpus of over one billion words, are the first,

second and third most commonly used nouns in the English language?

6. On which game show were a chequebook and pen awarded as a booby prize?

7. Winning in 1966, who was the first footballer to win the BBC Overseas Sports

Personality of the Year award?

8. After winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, Bob Dylan became only the

second person to have won both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize. Born in Dublin in

1856, who was the first?

9. What is the maximum individual prize in a monthly premium bonds draw?

10. Sometimes referred to as the animals’ Victoria Cross, the Dickin Medal was

established in 1943 and was awarded 54 times to honour actions during World

War Two. What type of animals were honoured more than any other, with 32

awards in total?

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Ian's "Hare bells" shows how a simple subject

can make a stunning image. "It was taken in

the Lake District, early one morning lying on

my stomach with a telephoto lens on my

Yashica many years ago. I used a wide

aperture to de-focus the background but

since Photoshop has come along I adjusted

the exposure, blurred the background a bit

more and sharpened up the flower. That's

about it really...less work than many of my

images undergo."


4th Members Evening - Portrait photography

11th Digital Image competition (3 of 3)

18th "Good and Better" Marilyn Taylor ARPS

25th Members Evening - Photoshop

We meet each Tuesday evening (7.45pm for

8pm) in Cameron Hall, Canons Hill,

Old Coulsdon. Visitors £4 (refunded on joining).

Visit, see us

on facebook or contact

Bird’s Eye View

By John Birkett, RSPB Croydon Local Group

Change is in the air this month. The last of

our winter visitors will leave these shores for

their breeding grounds, but there may still be

a chance to catch up with the odd Redwing,

Fieldfare, Siskin or Redpoll before they go.

There is even half a chance that another flock

of Waxwings will drop into Croydon on their

way back north.

By the time you read this, the first summer

visitors should be in. Warblers such as Blackcap,

Chiffchaff and Whitethroat will be taking

up their summer quarters during the month.

Although they do not breed here, species

such as Sand Martin, Ring Ouzel and

Wheatear stop off during their migrations

to breeding sites elsewhere in the country.

The martins might be seen at one of our

water bodies such as South Norwood CP or

South Norwood Lake and the others may be

encountered on the downs or other grassy

open spaces.

And now many of our birds, both resident and

summer visitors, will be bursting into song.

Dawn and dusk are the best times to hear

them, but at this time of year the imperative

to hold territories and attract a mate is such

that they could be singing throughout the

day. You do not have to go anywhere special;

your own garden could be alive with bird

song. But to hear the Skylarks ascending you

will need to go to a piece of downland

(Riddlesdown and Farthing Downs are good).

We would always like to hear about your

sightings, so please get in touch.

To find information about the RSPB Croydon

Local Group see

groups/croydon/ or come along to one of our

meetings. And for more about Croydon’s birds

visit the Croydon Birders website


Ring Ouzel by Alan Pearson

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Firstly, Complete this easy crossword above. When

complete, reorganise the highlighted letters only to spell

a word associated with Spring (7 letters)

When you have your answer, either email it to or send your answer on a postcard to:

CR5, Hillside, Netherne Lane, Coulsdon, CR5 1NR.

Don’t forget your address on your entry.

The lucky winners will be notified and named in the May

2017 issue of CR5.

Closing date for entries is 20th April 2017

The two lucky winners from the March issue are

Elanor Wexler & Liz Conway both residents of CR5.

CONGRATULATIONS — you will both receive two free

tickets to “EVERYMAN CINEMA” Oxted.

March 2017 Answer; “EMERALD”.

Keep sending in your answers, you may well be lucky

next month!

CR5 Awards and Prizes Quiz Answers

1. Rin Tin Tin 2. Tate Britain 3. Rugby League

4. Marie Curie 5. Time Person of the Year

6. Blankety Blank 7. Eusebio

8. George Bernard Shaw (winning the Nobel

Prize for Literature and an Oscar for

Adapted Screenplay for Pygmalion)

9. One million pounds 10. Pigeons

KIDS Answers from page 86:

The Grid: (Column One) Butterfly, rabbit,

lamb, chick. (Column Two) Chick, lamb, rabbit,

butterfly. (Column Three) lamb, chick,

butterfly, rabbit. (Column Four) rabbit,

butterfly, chick, lamb.

Maze: You pick up 6 Easter eggs when taking

the most direct route to the basket.

The word that can be unjumbled is 'Spring'.

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CR5 Trip Down Memory Lane

Reddown Road features on this Edwardian postcard published by Eade of Brighton Road,

Coulsdon. The road to the left is Fairdene Road and the gentleman with the straw boater is

walking towards Marlpit Lane.

Are you interested in local history? Then why not join the Bourne Society.

Apply to : J Hurrion, 7 The Towers, Hayes Lane, Kenley, CR8 5YL

Fiat 500s and Minis

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will

find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone

who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,, and

to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8


The Mini and Fiat 500 were both launched in the

1950s as basic transport. The Mini in 1959, and the

Fiat in 1957, were both very successful as extremely

compact but practical cars which are still sold today.

Today’s version is much improved in every area, with

7 different models in the Mini range, and 5 different

models of Fiat 500.

The iconic basic shape of both cars is still recognizable

but both have grown larger and in terms of economy,

comfort, ride and handling they are vastly improved.

Today both vehicles offer a bewildering array of models,

colours and options, making it difficult to choose

the right one for you. But is your perception of both

cars based on today’s version or a vague memory of a

drive or ownership of one of those early models?

What have cars got to do with Christianity? The basic

truths of Christianity don’t change or improve over

the years, but is your perception of them based on

dimly remembered RE lessons at school, on being

forced to go to church with your parents as a child,

or from Sunday school? Perhaps you remember God

as a distant figure with lots of rules you are supposed

to obey and found it hard to understand what it all

meant to you? Were you turned off by your past

experience and found Christianity, maybe even

Christians, as rather boring?

But just as the economy, comfort, realiability and

performance of motor cars has made great strides

over the past 50 plus years, maybe you have too.

What God wants with every human being is a

relationship based on love, not blind obedience to a

set of rules. He already knows you, but do you know

him? Perhaps the ‘you’ of today may be open to a

relationship in a way that you were not in the past.

Why not ask God to reveal himself to you? Why not

look again at Christianity as a mature individual rather

than as a child? Why not update your understanding

of what it means to be a Christian today? With Easter

coming, why not try a local church to find out more?

Prayer: Gracious, loving Father, for each of us there

is a right time to respond to your love and concern

for us. Open the hearts and minds of those who are

ready to respond. In Jesus name we pray.


GCI Coulsdon Community Church meets at

11.00am on Sundays In Coulsdon Community

Centre Upper Hall. For further information please

contact Pastor Brian Smith on Reconcile@bdlrs. or 01798 813133. To receive

daily e-mail messages like this one please go to

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What’s On in the Community

FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations

Affected by cancer?

The South East Cancer Help Centre is a

charity that over the last 25 years has

helped thousands of people affected by


Come and talk to us and explore

the ways we may be able to help you

whether it be through information,

counselling or the wide range of

complementary therapies we offer.

Talk to us,

we’re here to help.

Call 020 8668 0974 for more information

or visit

Our facilities have local NHS recognition

and provide a friendly, supportive

environment with only one purpose –

to help you cope.

2 Purley Road (Tesco Development), Purley, Surrey CR8 2HA. Registered Charity No.1011509

Welcomes lively over 40's

to social events including

barbeques, theatre, walks,

meals etc.

New members evening – 1st

Thursday of the month at 9pm


Linda 020 8668 1382,

Glenn 020 656 9007,

Shirley 020 8651 5835.



Netball League


Kings of


Saturday 22nd April 2017 7.30pm

Croydon Rugby/ Football Club

Addington Road, West Wickham, BR4 9BF

Tickets £15.00


Raising funds for flood-lights at our home venue

Shirley High School in Croydon!


Delicious Wood-Fired

Pizzas will be on sale

throughout the evening

Sponsored by

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The RSPB Croydon

Local Group

Monthly Illustrated Wildlife Talks in

South Croydon

Whitgift Sports Club, Croham Manor Road -

off Croham Road, South Croydon, CR2 7BG

Second Monday of each month, 2pm and again at 8pm.

Admission £4.00. Everyone is welcome, not just RSPB


Free refreshments. A selection of RSPB goods, nuts &

seeds are on sale.

Parking limited on site but free in adjacent roads.

64 & 433 buses stop nearby in Croham Road.

Monday April 10th 2017: “Pineapple Peril”.

Ann Scott will explain how the coastal forests of Kenya

are being destroyed in order to grow pineapples for the

Western World without concern for the indigenous and

transient wildlife. Her talk includes photos of some of the

birds and mammals found in this fascinating country.

For more information contact John Davis

on 020-8640 4578

or see

Note: on request we give illustrated bird talks to local





Soper Hall


Friday 14th April 10 to 5

Saturday 15th April 10 to 5

Sunday 16th April 10 to 3

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What’s On in the Community

FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations

Coulsdon and Purley Debating Society


Is the UK set to prosper, free from the grip of

EU rules, regulations and immigration? Or will

we face an unsettled and uncertain future?

Already the storm clouds of post-Article 50

negotiations, Scottish independence and

political turmoil in Northern Ireland are

looming. Should we be optimistic? Or should

we expect the worst?

Chris Philp,MP vs. Councillor

Andrew Pelling, Waddon

‘This House is optimistic about our

prospects after leaving the EU’

Wednesday, April 5th. 8 p.m.,

Coulsdon Day Centre, Grange Park,

Old Coulsdon.

Visitors welcome; for further details, contact

Angela Applin, 020 8668 8558.

Come and join us for our debate


Coulsdon Community Centre,

Chipstead Valley Road

Coulsdon Floral Arrangement Group

Fun & Friendship with Flowers

Sit back and enjoy watching beautiful

flower arrangements

by an expert demonstrator

Meetings held at The Cameron Hall,

Canons Hill,Old Coulsdon

Come along for a visit (£5.00) and see

what we are all about

We have several vacancies for Short

Mat Indoor Bowls.

No experience necessary

Gentle exercise with a friendly group

Flat shoes required

Mondays 12–2pm /Thursdays 2-4pm

Contact 020 8668 2841 for info

At 7.00pm for 7.30pm

First Wednesday of the Month

Except January & August

Chairman - Chris Sawer 01737 554815

Honorary Secretary

Ann Nicholson 020 8656 7388

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St. Andrew’s Church Coulsdon

Friends of

Farthing Downs

Come and join us at

St. Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon

for Messy Church -

3rd Tuesday in the month,

from 3.30p.m to 5.30p.m.

Craft activities, bible story

followed by a meal all together.

Contact: Reverend Esther

0203 620 1885


Spring Quiz Night:

Cameron Hall, Congregational Church,

Cannons Hill, Old Coulsdon: 7 for 7.30


Join us for a joint social and

fundraising evening with East

Coulsdon RA and Quizmaster

Mark Copper.

Tickets £12.00 for teams of up to 8

includes, fish, chicken or vegetarian

supper, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Contact or

phone 01737 554449 to book.

Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green

2017 Season Saturday 22 nd April To September

Also Putting

Membership not required

We are open to the public

Fees : Bowling and Putting

£3.00 per person

£10. 00 Family

Includes equipment.

(All Players must have flat shoes).

Marlpit Lane Memorial Ground


More volunteer help is needed for

next season. Contact Gill : 07532 233159

@FMLBG on Twitter

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Old Coulsdon Community

Friendship Club

Meetings: 2.00pm for 2.30p.m

Venue: The Cameron Hall

Old Coulsdon Congregational Church

Canons Hill, Old Coulsdon

All welcome

Contact: Joan Dixon

Tel. 01737 851467

Feeling like a friendly chat?

A warm welcome awaits you on:

Wednesday 12th April

(2 for 2.30 pm)

Talk by Malcolm Newman

“What the Romans did for Us”

Wed 10th May

(2.00 for 2.30pm)

Talk by Brian French

“The Marie Curie Foundation”incl. Raffle

Coulsdon Court Veterans Golf Club


Coulsdon Athletic are looking for inspirational adults to help

run new mini football teams of all age groups

If you are able to assist in any way as coaches or managers,

we are able to provide support and appropriate training.

We also run open coaching sessions each Saturday morning throughout the season

between 09-10am to develop teams of all ages.

Sessions take place at Clockhouse Recreation Ground, Corrigan Ave CR5 2QP.

All coaching sessions are structured and supervised by FA qualified coaches.

For more details about the club visit our website

For further details contact: Derek Harris 020 8668 3535 email:


Lee Byatt 07850 817798 email:

Come and join us!

New to Golf?

Not sure you’ve reached the standard?

Have a look at the members news on our website or call in to

the Coulsdon Manor Hotel and pick up a leaflet

from the notice board

Brian Roberts 020 8657 0193

Your Local Friendly Club.

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Friends of Grange Park’s



Saturday 15 April

11am - 3pm

Grange Park, Old Coulsdon

Join us for a fun Family Day Out and help us raise

funds to further improve Grange Park

Come and meet

the Easter






Egg Trail

Arts &




Activities and refreshments are available throughout the event

Proudly sponsored by

In partnership with

Rotary Club of Croydon Jubilee Presents


Enjoy the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie & Ted Heath

Join us on Friday 9th June 2017 at

Warlingham Rugby Football Club

Limpsfield Road

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Concert starts 8.00pm - Doors open 7.30pm

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Tickets £15pp (Children under 15 - £12pp)

All profits to Prostate Cancer UK

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NB: No tickets will be on sale at the door.

Please order from David Cronk

Telephone: 01883 819 087


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Rotary Club Of

Croydon Jubilee

Charity Classic Car Run

23 April 2017

Croydon Philharmonic Choir Basingstoke Choral Society

Ars Eloquentiae Conductor David Gibson


We Start

the Annual Classic Car run of The Rotary Club of Croydon Jubilee at Denbies

Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA and take a stunning

route over two counties through country roads and lanes of parts of

“Old Surrey & Kent, incorporating most beautiful villages and hamlets.

There are plenty of sights on the way for you to enjoy and pubs for lunch.

We end

at Chatham Historical Dockyard, The sail & Colour Loft, The historic

Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE. Please allow plenty of time at the

Dockyard to see the old naval ships and visit the museum.

The entry price

is £45 which includes the car, the driver one passenger, a run pack, route

guide, finisher’s plaque and entrance to the Museum. Additional passengers

are £15 each including entrance to the Museum. Space is limited to 250 cars.

Closing date for entries is 20 April 2017

Contact details:

Tel: Dhiraj 020 8686 7757 (between 9am - 5:30pm) 020 8654 4545 (between 6pm - 9pm)

Tel: David 020 8688 0273 (between 6pm - 9pm)

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THE ANVIL Basingstoke Sat 8 April 2017, 7.30pm

Evangelist: Timothy Langston

Jesus: John Lofthouse

Tickets: £27, £21, £16, Under 16s and

Students £7 (includes £2 booking fee)

Group rates available

Box Office 01256 844244

Or book online at

Registered Charity No: 213084

Bright Ideas for Tennis in association with

The tennis Circus is bringing Davis Cup tennis

to Reedham Park Tennis Club

Lodge Hill, CR8 4AH

Join the Davis Cup pros for a selection of doubles tactics

masterclasses, technical clinics or high intensity basket drills.

Put what you’ve learnt into practice during our carefully constructed

matchplay scenarios, then compare the speed of your serve to the

top pros in our fastest serve competition. Finally, relax and enjoy a fun

doubles exhibition where the pros hope to roll back the years with some

great rallies and trick shots galore!

Saturday April 8 th



Please support this event and help raise

funds for our club

Bright Ideas for Tennis is a registered charity, all funds raised from the day

remain with the club and a donation will be made to our associated charity, The

Reedham Children’s Trust.

Part of the ‘Keep Playing’ charity, registered charity number 1151510

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Coulsdon & District Horticultural Association

Founded 1937 now in its 80th year


Saturday 8th April, 2017

Congregational Church, Cameron Hall, Canons Hill, Old Coulsdon.

AGM in the Heath Room 2.30 p.m.

Show open to the public 3.30 p.m.,after judging of the exhibits is complete.

Any one who wishes to show Spring Bulbs or Plants at the show MUST BE MEMBERS of the Association.

Doors open for those wishing to EXHIBIT at the show from 1.30p.m. in the Cameron Hall.

Details may be obtained from the show organiser – Mr. J. Wood, 22 Rickman Hill, Coulsdon, CR5 3DN

Tel: (01737) 552549 or on a Sunday Morning at the Store Shed between 28 & 30 Waddington Avenue, open

every Sunday 10.00 – 12 noon between February – October, where garden products are available -

to MEMBERS ONLY – at reasonable prices. Membership fee is £3.00 per year.

Come along and see what Spring Flowers you can grow in your garden.

Dates for your diary.

Saturday 1st July, 2017. We will be at the Old Coulsdon Village Fair, Grange Park, with plants for sale.

Saturday 16th September, 2017 GRAND AUTUMN SHOW - Oasis Academy, Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon.


Dementia Awareness Workshop

Do you have customers/clients with dementia? Are you caring for someone with dementia?

Saturday April 22nd @ 10am Purley Baptist Church

BOOKINGS 020 8668 4189



Meet Monthly (2nd Thursday) at 10.15

All Saints Church Hall, Sanderstead

We are looking for like minded people that are

interested in Art.

We have expert lecturers to do the talks.

13th April

Wessex explored: The world of Thomas Hardy


PC, Laptop, Tablet (iPad & Android)

Staying Put (Croydon Council)

Help to live in own home

Family Law Advice (Free)

(Streeter Marshall)

Advice Services Croydon (ASC)

(Age UK Croydon) (Free)

Legal & Will Advice (Free)

(Streeter Marshall)

Nail Cutting

(Age UK Croydon)

Housing & Welfare Advice

(Women only) – CIAC (Free)

By appointment

(tailored to your specific needs)

Mondays (By appointment)

Between 10.30 am -11.30 am

Monday 10 th (By appointment)

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Tuesdays (By appointment)

10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Wednesdays (By appointment)

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Wednesday 12 th , 19 th & 26 th

& every Thursday (By appointment)

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Friday 7 th (Drop in)

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

11th May

The Colossal Art of Egypt’s Boldest Pharaoh

For further details phone 0208 657 2496 or


Citizens Advice Bureau (Free)

Visit or ring the Purley Cross Centre

for a referral

Some services by appointment/referral and others drop in surgeries

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Tax Data 66

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Communitech 69

•Architectural Services

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JT Blinds 29

Mobile Curtain Studio 15

Surrey Group 43

•Building Services

Clearview Property Group 2

DSB Construction 17

Exclusive Extensions 19

SN Building Services 6

STL Building Services 14


Ben Saunders Carpentry 29

S F Carpentry 37


Carpets 4U 44

CSL T/A Coulsdon Flooring Co 63

Janes Flooring 69


Brite N Breezy 15

Molly Maid 79

Ovenu 43

Sparklean Oven King 21

Surrey Carpet Care 66

Time 4 U 5

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Computer Solutions 38

Fahy Consultancy 51

Plum Planet Computer Tuition 33


Carlton Video 34

•Education & Tuition

Hartbeeps for the under 5’s 51

Oasis Academy Coulsdon 49

Roger Graham Piano Tuition 21


Eco-Electrical 62

Michael Steele Electrician 53

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RAFF Electrical 70

Surrey Electrical Services 54

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Absolute Gardens 36

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•Health, Hair & Beauty

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Foot Health Centre 52

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Jane Naylor-Maury Osteopath 50

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Relax Therapy 65

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Car Body Solutions 6

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David Tuppen Handyman 25

Maiden Maintenance 36

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Caterham Dance School 15

Everyman Cinema 79

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John Curtin Ltd 71

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Croydon Upholstery 33

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Atlas Glass 18

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