CR5 Issue 168 May 2019


A local community magazine delivered free to 11,800 homes every month in the CR5 postcode.
Contains local business advertising,interesting reads, Competitions, What's on in the Community and puzzles.

May 2019



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Happy 14th Birthday to CR5 Magazine

Welcome to the May 2019 Issue

CR5 is your local community magazine delivered FREE of charge every month to

11,700 homes in Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon, Netherne, Hooley & Chipstead.

Dear Reader

As we go to print the bluebells

and crocuses are starting to

bloom, and they are simply

beautiful. The weather is still

very changeable with chilly

mornings and some sunshine

in the afternoons - Im really

looking forward to some warmer


CR5 Magazine celebrate our 14th

Birthday this month; publishing

issue 168! I cant believe how

quickly the time has passed.

A heartfelt thank you to our

advertisers, distributors,

contributors and readers for your

support and encouragement

over the years - it really is much



The month of May brings May

Day Bank Holiday on 6th May

and Spring Bank Holiday on 27th

May 2019.

With warmer weather on its

way, you may be thinking of

starting a new project in 2019

-do remember that we have a

wealth of local services in the

CR5 Magazine. Why not have

a look at our handy index on

page 98 to find the services you


Check out the local activities on

our Community Pages (p90-97),

If you are planning a local

community event, please do

make contact with CR5 to

advertise free of charge on the

Community Pages.

Summer is coming 8

Gardening: Make it minimal 16

Animal Protection Trust 24

The New Moon Rescue 24

CR5 Recipe: Miso Broth with Pak Choi & Tofu 32

CR5 recipt: Fresh Cherry & Almond Cake 32

25 Years On: 25 facts about the Channel Tunnel 36/37

THe History of the Mayflower 40

The Steady Rise of the Silver Splicers 48

Green-Fingered Gadgets 56

Quirky Britain: Mad About Morris 60/61

Snakes & Ladders 64

New Defibrillator in Coulsdon 70

CR5 Quiz: Questions, Questions 70

Coulsdon & Purley Debating Society 72

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We hope you enjoy reading this

months packed edition of CR5

and we’ll see you again in June.

Wishing you all a happy and

healthy May.

Lucy McAlpine

Editor CR5 Magazine

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Published by CR5 Magazine,

Hillside, Netherne Lane,

Coulsdon, CR5 1NR

Editor: Lucy McAlpine

Assistant: Michelle Plant

@CR5 Magazine

Home Interiors: The Modern Bedroom 74

Travel: Kazakhstan 76

Weather the Debt Conditions 78/79

Motoring: The best barely used bargain cars 80/81

CR5 Codeword 82

Pets: The dangers of heat stroke 82

Books: A life like no other 83

Coulsdon Library 84

May: National Walking Month 85

CR5 Kids Page 86

Old Coulsdon Camera Club 87

RSPB : Bird’s Eye View 87

CR5 Just for Fun Crossword 88

Trip Down Memory Lane 89

Compare Down 89

CR5 Community Pages 90-97

Index of Advertisers 98

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Deadline for artwork for June 2019 issue: 21st May 2019. 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, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form, without prior

permission of the publisher.

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Summer is coming

Forget ‘Winter is Coming’, the motto of House

Stark, (A ‘Game of Thrones reference’, and if

you’re not an aficionado of the sword, sorcery

and gratuitous violence/nudity saga, worry

not…) the 1st of May is the beginning of


For centuries it’s been a celebration

of the return of the sun and the renewal of

growth, and the Roman goddess Flora had a

near week-long celebration dedicated to her,

Floralia. No quiet gathering this, back in those

pre-Christian days. Naked dancing, theatrical

performances, circuses, not to mention

gladiatorial fighting and to top it all off, a

celebratory scattering of…legumes. Yep,

what better way to round off a day of

unbridled jollity than to start throwing lentils,

peas and peanuts at each other? It sounds like

being stuck in an ‘Alternative’ event tent at

Glastonbury with a bunch of drunken,

evangelical Vegans…

The Gaelic Celts of Scotland, Ireland

and the Isle of Man (the last sometimes

simply referred to as Mann) celebrated

Beltane. Beltane, in order to welcome

summer and protect the cattle moving to

summer pastures was big into bonfires, with

the smoke, flames and ashes all having some

form of mystical properties. Spirits and faery

folk were supposed to be especially active

at Beltane (as well as Samhain, the first day

of winter, celebrated on the 31st October. A

coincidence that it falls on what we now call

Halloween, or All Hallows Eve? I think not…).

Feasts would often accompany the bonfires

and the rituals that surrounded them and

some of the food and drink from the feast

would be offered up to the spirits (called the

‘Aos Si’) to keep them happy. Meanwhile,

people would be leaping over the bonfires

or sometimes, more sensibly, the ashes of

the bonfires, or driving cattle between two

bonfires. Clearly, health and safety had little

influence here.

By contrast, dancing in circles round

a May Pole while holding onto a ribbon seems

positively conservative. The first records of

such celebrations go back to the 14th Century

in England, with no mention of associated

protests or avoidable burn injuries. The

happy crowning of a local May Queen, and

the accompanying Morris dancing seemed

unlikely to cause offence or harm (although

if your timing’s out while doing one of those

stick dances, well, look out...). But, come the

English Civil War of 1642 - 1651 and the rise of

the Puritan Parliament, they banned it. These

hard-line God-fearing folk saw people having

a good time rather than abasing themselves

in abject humility before the Almighty and,

possibly discerning the celebration’s roots

in pre-Christian fertility rites, put a stop to it.

Thankfully, when Charles II was restored to

the throne, the ban was lifted, and grown

men could start waving handkerchiefs at each

other while wearing bells again.

Nowadays May Day comes and May

Day goes and on the whole, little is made of

it. The card, chocolate and cheap plastic tat

manufacturers haven’t, as yet, found a way

of marketing the Day in the same way that

Mother’s, Father’s and Valentine’s Day (along

with Halloween, Easter, Christmas etc.) have

been. Which to my mind makes it all the more

special. Perhaps, come this May Day, you

could take a trip out to the country, find a

suitable hostelry and avail yourself of a local

brew and a bit of food. Celebrate the coming

of summer in your own, low key way. And

maybe lob a packet of peanuts at someone,

just for old times’ sake…

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Make it Minimal

For some, the ideal view from

their back door is a flower-filled

cottage-style garden brimming

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and flowers, buzzing with bees

and with not a straight line in sight.

But there is an increasing interest

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One of the key design elements to

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Decide on the plants you like that

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low as possible. The biggest impact

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ornamental grasses.

Another key to the minimalist

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sharply defined, perhaps using

sleepers or other timber, or even

angled metal. Make sure that

planting does not interfere with

the lines created by border edging,

so keep plants well back.

The colours on which you

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your personal preferences and

the surroundings, but to increase

that minimalist style try to restrict

the number of colours used and

the whole effect will be calmer

and simpler. Any existing features

that cannot be removed (perhaps

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recoloured or painted to fit in with

the new scheme, or their current

colour will have to be included

with what you’re using for

landscaping and planting.

A stunning minimalist effect can

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type of plant and a single type of

container – for example, conifers

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terracotta containers. The only

variation here is in the size of the

conifer: all colours, textures and

plants are the same. It is easy to

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differing sizes. Alternatively, if you

can only get one size, trim them

lightly to achieve the desired look,

but remember most conifers won’t

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foliage if cut back too hard.

Green, in the form of foliage, helps

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a minimalist garden so make sure

you include it, perhaps as neatly

clipped box hedging or as a few

bay lollipops in angular containers.

Any containers need to be as

plain as possible, a single colour

ideally, and straight-sided angular

styles add to the minimalist slant

too. An evenly spaced trio of

pots, each with a single central

plant, provides a perfect choice

of container planting and will also

bring movement to the garden as

the breeze sways the foliage.

If you like topiary this can be a

great choice but stick to simple

tightly clipped spheres or

‘lollipops’, cubes or at most spirals;

there is no space for a peacock,

rabbit, bear or other fantastically

sculptured creature if you’re going


Plants with simple or angular

shapes such as iris, alliums,

conifers, clipped box, canna or

palms are an excellent choice, but

take a look at what is available

locally and opt for any of your

personal (but simple) favourites.

Grass alternatives such as gravel

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The New Moon Rescue -TNR is a UK registered charity.

It’s main purpose is to rescue stray and colony cats.

The New Moon Rescue has a strict no kill policy.

Based in Coulsdon we cover Surrey, Middlesex and Kent.

We have helped over 260 cats and kittens since starting on

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The New Moon Rescue is self funded so relies entirely on

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Miso Broth with Pak Choi and Tofu

Miso paste is made from fermented soya beans and is a staple in Japanese cooking.

Look out for jars in Oriental stores or the World Food sections of large supermarkets.

It’s perfect for making a quick and tasty soup or broth.


2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

200g shiitake mushrooms, sliced

2 x 225g packs smoked tofu, cubed

2 tbsp miso paste

2 tbsp light soy sauce

400g pak choi, roughly chopped


Ready in: 15 minutes | Serves 4

Heat the vegetable oil in a large deep frying pan over a

high heat. Add the garlic and sliced mushrooms and stir-fry

for 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms are just tender and

golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the tofu to the pan and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until just

browned. Reduce the heat and stir in the miso paste, soy

sauce and 1 litre of boiling water. Slowly bring to the boil

then add the pak choi and simmer for 2-3 minutes until just


Return the mushrooms to the pan and heat through for

a further minute. Divide the broth between four warmed

bowls and serve immediately.

For a heartier dish cook some thread egg or rice noodles following the pack

instructions and divide between the serving bowls before spooning over the broth.

Fresh Cherry and Almond Cake


225g unsalted butter, softened, plus

extra for greasing

225g golden caster sugar

225g self-raising flour

4 medium eggs, beaten

300g fresh cherries, pitted and halved

100g ground almonds

150g icing sugar

Extra fresh cherries, to decorate


This delicious fruity cake can be served warm as a dessert or cold as a classic

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Ready in: 1 hour 40 minutes, plus cooling time | Serves 8

Preheat the oven to 170C, fan 150C, gas mark 3. Grease a 20cm round

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Place the butter and caster sugar in a large mixing bowl and using a

hand-held electric mixer beat together until very pale and creamy.

Gradually pour in the eggs, beating well after each addition. If the

mixture starts to separate slightly, stir in a spoonful of the flour.

Sift over the rest of the flour and fold in gently with a metal spoon.

Toss the cherries into half of the ground almonds, and fold into

the mixture with the rest of the ground almonds. Spoon into the

prepared cake tin and gently level the surface.

Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes, until

the cake is risen, golden and a skewer inserted into the cake comes

out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a

wire rack to cool.

Whilst the cake is still cooling make the icing: sift the icing sugar into

a bowl and stir in 2-3 tbsp warm water and mix to make a thin icing.

Spoon the icing over the warm cake, allowing some to drizzle down

the side. Decorate with extra cherries and serve warm or cold.

The fresh cherries will mostly sink during baking but this is perfectly normal, giving a

moist fruity layer at the base of the cake. It’s best eaten within 2 days of baking.

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25 Years On: 25 Facts about the

Channel Tunnel

To mark the 25th anniversary

of the Channel Tunnel’s

opening on 6th May, here

are 25 fascinating facts

about the ‘Chunnel’.

1. The Channel Tunnel

connects Folkestone,

Kent to Coquelles,


2. The first design for a

channel tunnel, by French

engineer Albert Mathieu

in 1802, included an

artificial island half-way

for changing horses.

3. The French call it ‘Le

Tunnel sous la Manche’.

They call the English

channel ‘la Manche’ (the

sleeve) due to its tapering


4. There are actually three

Channel Tunnels. Chris

Froome has cycled

through the smaller

central service tunnel,

which was a filming

location for the TV drama

The Tunnel. The northern

tunnel carries passengers

towards France; the

southern tunnel, towards


5. Work started in 1997.

On 1st December,

Englishman Graham

Fagg and Frenchman

Phillippe Cozette did the

ceremonial break through

(not quite in the middle,

as the ‘English side’ was


6. One of the 11 huge boring

machines is still under

the Channel. Too large

to remove, it simply

tunnelled off to the side

and was buried.

7. Most of the 4 million

cubic litres of chalk

excavated on the English

side was deposited at

Lower Shakespeare Cliff

in Kent, creating ‘land’

that’s now the Samphire

Hoe nature reserve.

8. The excavated earth

would fill Wembley

Stadium seven times.

9. 13,000 people worked

on the Channel Tunnel.

Ten were killed during its


10. The Channel Tunnel went

80% over budget, costing

£4.65 billion (equivalent

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to over £9 billion today).

11. The Tunnel was officially

opened on 6th May 1994

by Queen Elizabeth II and

President Mitterand.

12. At 31.4 miles long, it’s the

eleventh longest tunnel

and fourth longest rail

tunnel in the world. It also

has the longest undersea

portion (23.5 miles).

13. It’s one of the seven

wonders of the modern

world, alongside the

Empire State Building,

the Itaipu Dam, the CN

Tower, the Panama Canal,

the North Sea protection

works in the Netherlands

and San Francisco’s

Golden Gate Bridge.

14. 26 million red roses travel

through the tunnel each

year for Valentine’s Day.

15. The journey through the

tunnel takes around 35


16. In 2012, the Olympic

Torch travelled through

the tunnel to London’s

Olympic Games.

17. Shuttle trains are nearly

800 metres long (that’s 7

football pitches).

18. Up to 400 trains pass

through the tunnel daily.

19. Over 185 million Eurostar

passengers have travelled

through the tunnel since


20. In 1996, a fire damaged

500 metres of the tunnel,

affecting operations for

six months.

21. On December 18, 2009,

five Eurostar trains broke

down, trapping 2,000

passengers for 16 hours.

22. The tunnel now has an

automatic fire dousing

system and 4G mobile


23. In 1995, the first full year

of operation, 7.3 million

passengers used the

tunnel. In 2014, there

were a record 21 million


24. Since the introduction

of the pet travel scheme

in 2000, over one million

dogs and cats have

travelled through the


25. The most expensive car

ever transported via the

tunnel was a LaFerrari,

worth £5.7m.

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The famous ship that carried

the Pilgrim Fathers to the New

World is celebrating its 400th

anniversary from November this

year, with a programme of over

400 events planned along the

Mayflower Trail. Most people have

heard of the Mayflower, but what

was its history?

In England, hawthorn is often

referred to as the May flower but

the Mayflower or Epigaea Repens

(also known as the gravel plant

after its ability to survive in dry,

sandy soil) is a trailing arbutus

native to North America.

Now rare due to the destruction of

its habitat, it has white or pale pink

star-shaped flowers that are one of

the first to bloom in spring. Since

1919 it has been the official state

flower of Massachusetts, USA,

after its namesake, a ship called

the Mayflower, made history by

landing there almost exactly 400

years ago on 27th November 1620.

The Mayflower carried a group of

passengers who were Puritans,

now known as Pilgrims or

the Pilgrim Fathers. They had

embarked at Plymouth, England

to sail to what became Plymouth,

New England in America for a new


Puritans were a specific sect of

English Protestants who were

disillusioned with the Church of

England. They wanted to ‘purify’

Christianity according to the

teachings of John Calvin, a Swiss

Protestant reformer.

Many of these Puritans had

already left England to start a

congregation in Holland. After

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor”

by William Halsall, 1882

The History of the Mayflower

some had been arrested in

Amsterdam, the remainder set up

a community in Leiden but were

alarmed at what they saw as a

decadent Dutch society.

Among them was William Bradford

who later became a leading figure

on the Mayflower. He collaborated

with the English Puritans and

together they decided to seek a

new life and found a community

in the USA – the ‘New Worlde’ –

which they saw as the ‘promised


The Mayflower was a 17th century

English merchant ship that had

seen service in Europe. With

a square rig and a beakhead

bow, it was a working ship built

to withstand sea storms and is

estimated to have been the size of

a blue whale.

The ship had a cargo capacity of

180 tons, ideal for all the Pilgrims’

belongings, livestock and the food

and drink they needed at sea. It

could also hold 180 multi-gallon

casks designed for wine trading.

The Mayflower was part-owned

and captained by Christopher

Jones Jr., believed to have been

born in Harwich in around 1570

to a seafaring family. After Jones

agreed to set sail, the Puritan

elders William Bradford and

William Brewster led the Pilgrims.

The Mayflower’s voyage was

delayed, however, after the

Speedwell – a ship from Holland

originally set to accompany them

and filled with Leiden settlers –

developed a series of leaks and

had to return twice for repairs.

There is a theory that the captain

of this vessel had reservations

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about voyaging to the New World

and so the crew made the leaks

deliberately in an act of sabotage.

Eventually, the Mayflower was

forced to abandon the Speedwell

and set sail on its own on 16th

September 1620, taking some of

the Dutch passengers. In total

there were 102 passengers on

board with a crew of around 30.

The voyage took more than two

months and was beset by severe

storms. The prevailing seasonal

westerly winds forced them to

land at Cape Cod rather than their

original destination of Virginia,

where they had been granted

a plantation settlement by the

Virginia Company.

The delay and the bad weather

meant that the ship arrived

in the dead of a bitterly cold

New England winter, which the

passengers weren’t prepared

for. In the end, only half survived,

the rest dying of malnutrition,

exposure and disease. But despite

being forced to steal food from

the natives on arrival (which it is

said they paid back six months

later), they were helped by the

local Wampanoag tribe who taught

them how to hunt, gather shellfish

and grow corn and vegetables.

Eventually, the Pilgrims established

a colony at what they named

Plymouth in Massachusetts with

every member contributing to the

community through the Mayflower

Compact – a 200-word document

that was drafted on their arrival

by the elders and described by

them as a ‘civil body politick’ with

‘just and equal laws’ that swore

allegiance to the King of England.

It formed the framework for

democratic government in the


The granite slab upon which it

is said the Pilgrim Fathers first

set foot is now protected and

commemorated as Plymouth Rock

(although it is smaller than it once

was due to previous souvenir


A replica of the Mayflower

(Mayflower II) that sailed the

same route is now permanently

on display in Plymouth Harbour,


Today, it is believed that 30 million

US citizens are descended from the

Pilgrim Fathers.

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The steady rise of the

‘Silver Splicers’

Common law partners

don’t have any legal

partnership rights

When Shelagh McCarthy’s live-in

partner of 21 years died suddenly

in a car crash, she was left to deal

with much more than her grief.

Shelagh, aged 54, and her partner

Justin, 58, moved in together

after Justin divorced his first wife.

Although he and Shelagh pooled

their financial resources and shared

a house, the couple chose not to


“Justin was very upset by the

divorce, which got quite messy and

acrimonious,” Shelagh explains. “I

guess for him the decision not to

marry was a case of ‘once bitten,

twice shy’, while I had always

been a bit of a rebel and generally

disliked the idea of being tied

down by marriage.”

Unfortunately Shelagh and Justin,

both busy with demanding jobs,

never made time to discuss what

might happen if one of them died.

It was only after Justin’s accident

that Shelagh discovered she had

no legal claim to his estate.

“He had never made a will and

therefore everything, including his

house, where we had both lived,

passed straight to the grown-up

children from his first marriage,”

Shelagh explains. All that remained

from her 21-year relationship was

her clothes and a few personal


Love or money?

There are around 3.3 million

unmarried couples in England and

Wales. Despite the fact that they

are usually referred to as ‘common

law partners,’ none have any

legal partnership rights. However,

there’s growing evidence that

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marriage-averse couples who grew

up in the Sixties and Seventies

believing they didn’t need ‘a

piece of paper’ to validate their

relationship are now re-thinking,

as age and ill-health begin to take

their toll. According to figures

recently released by the Office for

National Statistics, marriage rates

amongst older people have been

steadily increasing for the past few


In fact, later-life marriages are

proving so popular that a catchy

name – ‘Silver Splicers’ – has

been coined to describe the

phenomenon. It may sound

romantic, but it’s hard to tell from

statistics alone whether couples

are marrying for love or for

financial reasons.

When it comes to tax matters,

it can’t be denied that most

couples are better off in a legal

partnership. In his popular Money

Saving Expert blog, personal

finance expert Martin Lewis has

listed “Seven main financial rights

of marriage”. These include: a

£900 tax break (which applies

where one individual in a married

couple or civil partnership pays

basic 20% tax rate and the other

is a non-taxpayer); automatic

exemption from inheritance tax;

ISA allowances that can be passed

on when your spouse dies; and the

opportunity to inherit some of your

husband or wife’s state pension.

Legal partnerships also provide an

opportunity to move savings and

investment between partners in

order to benefit if one partner falls

into a lower tax bracket.

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Changing minds on marriage

In the same blog, Martin Lewis

suggests that some of the benefits

available to married couples have

been designed as “deliberate

Government social-engineering, to

reward marriage through the tax

system.” While these tax breaks

may tempt some marriage-averse

couples into tying the knot, others

are not so easily persuaded. For

some people a wedding, with all

its associations of convention,

tradition and religion, feels

more like an imposition than a

celebration of love.

Visual artist Martin Bayliss has

three children with his partner

Katya, with whom he has lived

for the past 27 years. He sums

up the couple’s feelings when

he says: “In the past, Katya and I

have discussed getting married for

financial reasons, but have been

put off by all the cultural baggage

surrounding weddings. We’d

prefer a really low-key occasion

but we know that as soon as we

mention it to friends and family,

we’ll be under pressure to meet

their expectations.”

A civil partnership ceremony

would probably be closer to the

sort of event favoured by Martin

and Katya, but at present this

option is only available to same-sex

couples. Civil partnerships provide

an opportunity to remove some of

the ‘cultural baggage’ by stripping

away much of the ritual associated

with weddings: although the

ceremony (which steers clear of

any religious references) does

require some formal wording,

it doesn’t ask the couple to

exchange vows as they would in a

register office.

After Rebecca Steinfeld and

Charles Keidan won a legal battle

to gain the right to form a civil

partnership late last year, Prime

Minister Theresa May promised

to end the ban on heterosexual

couples entering civil partnerships.

Currently there is no definite

timeline for the new legislation

to come into force, but once civil

partnership becomes an option

for marriage-averse couples like

Martin and Katya, it’s possible that

even more ‘Silver Splicers’ will

commit to a legal partnership, with

the aim of securing some peace of

mind for the future.

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Technology to help get ready for summer

As your garden begins

to bloom once

more, it’s time to

let technology give

Mother Nature a

helping hand.

If you’re a keen

gardener and you’re

going on holiday,

an electronic

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your hydrangeas

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you’re away. We

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and even an Apple/

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enables you to control the water from your

phone or tablet. You can adjust the watering

according to the actual weather conditions,

ensuring you don’t under- or over-water

everything, and you can also create much

more complex schedules than you can with a

traditional timer. The original RRP of £160 for

the Cloud Controller was a lot of money, but

it’s widely available now for less than £90.

Every year we ask ourselves the same

question: can we afford a robot lawnmower

yet? Prices continue to fall – robot mowers

were over £2,500 a few years back but

had fallen to around £550 last year. Prices

are starting to level out but you can pick

up the Worx Landroid for around £410 on

Amazon. That’s nearly a third off the RRP. We

wouldn’t recommend a robo-mower for really

complicated gardens, but for straightforward

ones they’re really useful.

If that’s still a bit too much for a mower,

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and their batteries are more than up to the job

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garden is certainly

a boon. It’s also

safer, because

there’s no danger of

accidentally cutting

an electric cable.

And electric motors

have improved to the

point where they can be taken just as seriously

as petrol ones, so you can get decently

powerful electric trimmers, saws, loppers and

chainsaws. The higher the voltage, the more

power – so a 36V model such as Black and

Decker’s Lithium-ion chainsaw, currently £235,

is considerably more powerful than the more

common and slightly cheaper 18V models.

Some of the biggest names in power tools

have embraced cordless, so for example you’ll

find a range of tools from the likes of Makita,

Stihl and DeWalt as well as budget brands such

as Worx.

If you’re considering a cordless device, it might

be worth investing in a second battery: there

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Mad about Morris

A brief history of Britain’s quirkiest dance tradition

The tinkle of bells, the

rhythmic thump of feet hitting

the ground and the click of

sticks struck together, all in

time to the rousing music of

an accordion. It’s the sound of

the UK’s most ancient dance

tradition, and a sign that

summer is on its way.

However, while many

enthusiasts see Morris dancing

as a touchstone of Britain’s

ancient rural culture, a little

research into the history of the

dance reveals some surprising

theories about its origins. Most

historians believe the name

‘Morris’ is derived from the

word Moorish, the name given

to a group of North African

Muslims who ruled Spain from

711 to 1492. During the 15th

century their culture inspired

a fashion for exotic spectacle

amongst the royal courts of

Europe, when each country

came up with its own unique

version of a ‘Moorish’ dance.

In England the earliest written

record of the Morris dance

was noted down in 1448 by

London’s Goldsmiths Company

as a payment of seven shillings

(a generous sum in those days)

to the troupe of dancers who

had entertained them, and

documents from the court of

Henry VII show that a ‘mourice

dance’ was performed at

Christmas in the year 1484.

In Munich, Germany, a set of

sculptures made by Erasmus

Grasser around 1480 shows

an ethnically diverse group of

‘Moriskentänzers’ (Moreska

dancers) stepping and leaping

with bells attached to their


The earliest written record

of the Morris dance is

from 1448

By the 16th century the

Moreska was no longer

simply an entertainment for

noblemen. Now known simply

as a ‘Morris’ in Britain, the

dance was considered ideal for

springtime and early summer

celebrations and it continued

as a Whitsunday entertainment

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until the 17th century, when

the Puritans banned all forms

of public performance. King

Charles II, eager to restore

Britain’s much-loved rural

customs, reinstated the dance

and it remained popular until

the Industrial Revolution,

when the movement of people

from rural areas to towns and

cities broke up many longestablished

village ‘sides’.

But thanks to high profile

figures such as Mary Neal

(a benefactor who helped

destitute women) and music

folklorist Cecil Sharp, the

tradition was revived in the

late 19th/early 20th century, at

a time when it was feared that

many traditional folk customs

were disappearing.

Taking ‘sides’

In the year 1934 six individual

Morris sides came together

to establish the Morris Ring,

an organisation formed to

promote and protect the

dance’s ancient traditions.

But in spite of evidence dating

from the 16th century that

women danced the Morris,

the group caused controversy

by not allowing women-only

teams or mixed sides to join.

As a result two more bodies

– the Morris Federation and

Open Morris – were later

formed to support both male

and female members.

When the Equality Act was

introduced in 2010, the Morris

Ring was forced to admit

women to its ranks, but still

refused to accept them as

dancers. In April 2011 Peter

Halfpenney, Squire of the

Morris Ring, told the Telegraph

newspaper: “I would liken

it to Manchester United not

having any females in their first

team. Their prime performers

are men because they are

physically stronger,” adding:

“The physical difference is not

going to change, but of course,

we recognise that ladies have

as much ability to organise or

play music.”

In spite of this rather bullish

statement, the Ring’s

determination to maintain its

stance on all-male dancers

lasted just seven more years.

The organisation’s website

now states: “At our 2018

Annual Representatives

Meeting there was

overwhelming support for

a proposal to enable any

Morris team, whatever its

gender make up, to become

a member of The Morris Ring

if they support the founding

principles of the organisation.”

Unfortunately, gender

discrimination is not the only

controversy to have dogged

the world of Morris dancing.

The custom for some Morris

sides to paint their faces black

is thought to have originated

when dancers tried to disguise

themselves whilst ‘begging’

for tips (public begging was

illegal at the time) while others

believe it reflected Welsh

border mining traditions or

evolved from the dance’s

‘Moorish’ origins. Whatever

the roots of this practice,

it’s not hard to see why it

might cause offence in the

multicultural Britain of today.

In 2014 David Cameron caused

a furore when he posed with

‘blackface’ dancers in Banbury,

and in 2017 a side from a village

near Birmingham was forced

to abandon a city centre

performance when the crowd

angrily accused the dancers of


Although the debates

surrounding Morris traditions

continue to rumble on, they

appear to have had little impact

on the May Day revival that

is currently being enjoyed in

the UK. In recent years there

has been a boom in the sale of

maypoles and huge increases

in the number of people

attending May Day events.

Given the British public’s desire

to reconnect with its ancient

cultural traditions, it seems

that the number of Morris sides

in the UK – presently around

13,000 – will continue to grow.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s time to tie on those silver

bells, put flowers round your

hat and get ready to welcome

in the summer.

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Snakes and Ladders

I always enjoy a walk on the downs and last

Sunday was no different! Meeting some

friends at the carpark behind the Fox we

walked the familiar path down to Happy

Valley. Whilst all of my party were locals,

some had never been before and it was a

pleasure sharing what is a familiar yet always

beautiful sight. Taking a left in the Valley we

meandered up towards Chaldon Church. If

you haven’t visited it is certainly worth seeing;

containing what I understand to be the most

complete Mediaeval Wall Painting in

northern Europe. My friends who had not

visited before were suitably impressed and I

was able to point out some of my favourite

features of the painting – mostly the more

gruesome punishments for various sins!

If you have not been, the painting

covers an entire wall and is in a muted shade

of red. It is bisected by a horizontal line with

purgatory pictured below and the path to

heaven above. In what appears to be a giant

spiritual game of snakes and ladlers (the

painting depicts both – though the snake is

appears in a tree in reference to the Genesis

account of creation.) Some souls clamber up

to the top half whilst others are punished by

some truly frightening looking creatures. In

the top section people’s good and bad deeds

are being weighed and all of this is overlooked

by Jesus who appears in a cloud at the very

top. It is most certainly an arresting scene!

It is perhaps as well that the pews face away

from the mural – I would imagine it might be

somewhat off-putting on a Sunday morning

otherwise! As one of my party commented

(a retired pastor) the theology of the painting

is a long way from the reality of the Christian

message. Whilst our response to God’s

kindness to us should produce some

goodness in the way we live and act – it is

not that his kindness is a response to our

goodness. In fact, far from it. The Bible says

that it was ‘whilst we were still sinners, Christ

died for us’. The Christian message is rooted

in God’s love which he expressed in what we

know as ‘grace’. This ‘grace’ means that he

made a way for our wrongdoing to be dealt

with – by the death of his son Jesus as our

substitute. If we accept this grace we are able

to be forgiven and to know God personally.

This is the gospel (which means ‘good news’)

and offers us hope and the promise of friendship

with God.

For those visiting, I must commend the church

for the warm welcome and delicious tea and

cakes available on Sunday afternoons during

the summer!

Have a great month.

Peter Russell

Prayer for Coulsdon & Old Coulsdon

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) on:

Monday 3rd May – 8.45am – 9.45am

- 56 Bradmore Way, Old Coulsdon

Tuesday 21st May - 8pm – please telephone

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Coulsdon Manor Rotary Club

installs new Defibrillator in


Coulsdon Manor Rotary Club is pleased

to announce the installation of a new

defibrillator in a prominent yellow box

on the outside wall of the Library in

Brighton Road Coulsdon.

This follows on from the the installation

of a first Defibrillator outside the

Congregational Church in Old Coulsdon last


The defibrillator in Coulsdon Town Centre

will be available 24 hours a day for use by

anyone in the community with First Aid

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Questions, Questions


1. Each edition of the long-running BBC radio show Listen With

Mother would begin with which question?

2. In 1994, who did David Dimbleby take over from as host of the

TV show Question Time?

3. What is the first question asked in the lyrics of the song Merry Xmas

Everybody by Slade?

4. If This Is The Answer, What Is The Question is a regular round on which TV

panel show?

5. Prime Minister’s Questions takes place on which day of the week?

6. What three-word question followed the title character’s name to give the full

title of the first TV show to feature Scooby Doo?

7. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?” is a

question asked by the title character in which William Shakespeare play?

8. What question did Lonnie Donegan ask as the title of his 1959 hit single, with

the word “Spearmint” being replaced from its original title as the BBC would

not play songs that mentioned trademarks?

9. On the children’s TV show Crackerjack, what were contestants given to hold

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Andrew Pelling, Labour Councillor for Waddon,

opposed Croydon South’s MP Chris Philp

in the Society’s Visitors’ Debate:

‘Our post-Brexit country needs a firm

Conservative hand, not an open Socialist hand,

to guide it through the future’.

Conservative values, said Chris, are the best way

to ensure prosperity, encouraging enterprise,

profitability and the high employment needed

for people to have good lives. Unfortunately,

Socialiism doesn’t understand that tax levels

should be moderate; George Brown’s punitive

rates alienated business leaders, which is why

the Conservatives have lowered rates from

28% to 19%. Companies are now re-locating to

London; unemployment has fallen to 4% from 8%

under Labour. Moreover, we have 75% full-time

employment, with just 3% working zero hours.

The minimum wage has risen to £8 per hour, and

will hopefully rise to £10 next year. Lobbying by

the Purley Business Association has persuaded

Philip Hammond to cut the crippling rates for

high-street shops by 33%, citing the grossly unfair

tax rates paid by mega-firms like Amazon.

Hostility to private enterprise is endemic in

Socialism, said Chris. Business is overtaxed (a 26%

rate is proposed), high levels of regulation and

nationalisation may be partly funded by raiding

pension funds. We should be aware that both

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have held

Venezuela up as a true Socialist model, with its

economic and political

controls and loss of personal freedom. A strong

Conservative economy also benefits public

services, with the Government assuring the NHS

of an extra £23 billion inflation-proof funding

(the brand new A & E unit at Croydon University

Hospital is a welcome example) and £1 billion

extra for the Police Force.

In terms of National Security, unlike many

European countries, we spend over 2% on

defence and our Armed Forces are second only

to those of the USA. Jeremy Corbyn, however,

has offered no nuclear deterrent in his plans.

In summary, concluded Chris, let us remember

one of Margaret Thatcher’s mordant political

observations: “The problem with Socialism is

that you eventually run out of other people’s


Andrew mocked the ‘firm Conservative hand’.

Brexit remains undelivered and Teresa May

faces the worst number of resignations of any

British government. Conservatives are wrong to

blame Labour or Socialism for the Venezuelan

crisis, he added, and also rebuffed the ‘pacifist’

accusation by stating that his party supported a

2% defence spending as well as Trident. The Tory

government has allowed companies like Amazon

to make a risibly low tax contribution of £4.6

million, while CEOs have rewarded themselves

with astronomical salaries. He contested the

idea that tax increases were associated with an

exodus of business. The Labour manifesto

consists of moderate Socialist policies, in

contrast to the legacy of Thatcherism, where

a great inequality gap between rich and poor

threatened social disruption. The current Tory

party is facing the same yawning divisions as in

the 19th. century, with trade and foreign policy

disasters; the referendum,

in fact, was designed to resolve Tory schisms.

Andrew returned to the ‘firm hand’ – is there


Is Chris Grayling’s ludicrous investment of £33

million to a ‘ferry company’ with no ferries and

no experience an example? Our National Debt

under the Tories has increased by 50%; the

Chief Whip has openly deplored the ‘most illdisciplined

cabinet’ and Teresa May herself

shows few interpersonal skills. Who will take

over the Tory party - not, he hoped, the loose

cannon Boris Johnson, who thinks up expensive

white elephants like the £55 million ‘Garden


Andrew then accused the Tory party of being

not just uncaring but deliberately cruel, pointing

to the scandal of 4.5 million children living in

poverty, and the appalling Benefits’ policy which

has placed sanctions on 250,000. Finally, the

‘firm Conservative hand’ has had to extend itself

to its Socialist opposition in an attempt to deliver

Brexit. This suggests that our next Government

will be a Labour one – one that will deliver much

needed support to everyone in our country.

The motion was won by18 votes to 12, with 3


The next meeting will take place at 7.30 p.m. in

the Old Coulsdon Centre on July 1st., when

Angela Applin will propose ‘Women have

become ridiculously militant’ and

Cécile Bradwell will oppose.

Visitors are very welcome; for any

further details, please contact

Angela Applin, 020 8668 8558.

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Take the floor

In a bedroom where wear and

tear is not a factor, luxurious,

deep-pile carpet laid wall-to-wall

is an option to consider. It’s

not cheap, however, so if that’s

beyond your budget, consider

sanding back your floorboards

and either varnishing or painting

them, then adding a rug or two

in a bold, modern style (blocks of

vivid colour, chevrons or Berber,

perhaps) for heaps of character.

The Modern Bedroom

Does your bedroom look a little dated, or is it brimming with

contemporary style? We outline some quick and easy ways

in which to give it a brand new look.

A quiet retreat, a calm haven,

and a cosy place in which you can

relax, read, watch TV, listen to

music, make phone calls or even

sleep – your bedroom is your own

personal space, and the ideal room

in which to express your unique

personality. If, however, it feels

boring rather than beautiful, dull

rather than delightful, why not

consider a top-to-toe makeover?

With some forward planning (and

without spending a fortune) you

can transform a tired space into

a gorgeous room that you’ll love

spending time in.

A pop of colour

Bold colours are on trend this

spring, often quite dark and

moody – an intriguing antidote

to the careful beiges, greiges,

stones and neutrals that have

predominated over the last few

decades. Where better than

a bedroom to go for this dark

décor? Be brave and use fuchsia,

turquoise, emerald, orange,

mustard or deep blue in arresting

combinations or, if you don’t feel

quite courageous enough, perhaps

just cover one wall with a strong

shade. Even the simple addition of

a bright headboard, rug, throw or

group of cushions can make all the


On the walls

A new paint colour will transform

the room. Experiment by using a

tester pot to cover a large sheet

of card and sticking it to different

walls at various times of the day,

so you can see how the colour

changes according to the light.

Another way to make a difference

is to use patterned wallpaper,

all over (for huge impact) or just

on a feature wall. Or opt for a

wall-sized mural – they are easy to

order, sized to your dimensions,

via specialist websites, and look

absolutely amazing, whether

the image is of, for example, a

wooded glade, tropical palms, a

cityscape, oversized flowers or a

starry night sky.

Beautiful bed linen

To transform a bedroom from

boring to boudoir, introduce

sumptuous bed linens that are

gorgeous to look at and soft to

the touch. You may wish to use

plain white as the basics, just

adding a stunning throw, blanket,

eiderdown or quilt – or several –

for a jolt of eye-catching colour

and pattern. Or go for broke and

put colour with colour, plains

with patterns, and revel in the

excitement and drama of layered


Lights fantastic

Assess your lighting and ensure it’s

both subtle and flattering. You can

make it more adaptable by adding

table or floor lamps in the corners

and fitting a dimmer switch to the

central pendant. Even changing

the bulbs makes a difference – LED

for energy saving, choosing warm

white and not overly bright. For

bedside reading, a pair of swingarm,

wall-mounted lights will free

up space on a bedside table, or go

with the on-trend look and hang a

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How to update your furniture

Improve or disguise wardrobes,

chests of drawers, blanket

boxes and bookcases that are

old-fashioned, overly bulky or

just not quite right. Paint works

wonders but is inadvisable on

anything antique. Sand thoroughly,

undercoat and cover with a top

coat, choosing either a colour that

will stand out or – to minimise a

piece’s look – the same colour as

the wall behind. It’s also possible

to paste wallpaper (or wrapping

paper, maps, sheet music,

posters…) onto the flat panels of

wooden furniture, painting the

rest of the piece in a co-ordinating

colour. Change knobs or handles,

or even feet or legs, for something

sleek and modern.

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ISI Educatioal Quality Iospectio Repirt, Nivember 2018

St David's is a happy school where the

children thrive, educatonally and socially,

and are encouraged to reach their full

potental through the teaching of a talented

and caring staf.

We are extremely proud of our consistently

outstanding exam results. Last year our 18

Year 6 pupils achieved a total of 7 grammar

school ofers and 22 independent school

ofers, of which 6 were academic or subject


In our recent ISI inspecton report, it was

found that: “pupils have excellent attudes

towards learning, showing high levels of

concentraton and willingness to work

collaboratvely” and that “the pupils’

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Kazakhstan in Central Asia


In 1998, barely seven years

after independence, a new

capital rose in Kazakhstan in

the middle of the steppes on

the banks of the Ishim River.

Planned by the Japanese

architect Kisho Kurokawa, it

grew into a futuristic dream,

replacing Almaty, the former

capital enclosed by mountains

with little room for expansion

and prone to natural disasters.

Today, with over one

million people sharing 100

nationalities, Astana is the

northernmost capital in Asia

and the second coldest in the


Although much of the old

town still spreads along the

right bank, the new capital

across the water dazzles

everyone with innovative

architecture, wide avenues

and open spaces and

parks. Day or night, the

central Nurzhol Boulevard

is a wonderful place for a

stroll, a wide traffic-free

oasis full of greenery,

fountains and flowers and

traditional sculptures, here

a shaman, there a dancer

or a nomad. Stretching for

over two kilometres towards

the riverside presidential

headquarters, it is dominated

by the Bayterek Tower, the

top attraction in Astana.

Bayterek is moulded like a

giant steel yurt, gleaming

white, slightly topsy-turvy

It’s easy to see why: rising

to 97 metres, this lofty

monument is crowned by a

300 tonne glass ball where

colours change according to

the natural light. Bayterek,

they say, is a ‘tree of life’,

clutching an ‘egg’ between its

branches to ensure a peaceful

and prosperous future. It is

truly enticing and up on the

top, inspired no doubt by the

wonderful views, many visitors

make a wish, eyes closed as

they place their hand in the

president’s golden print.

Away from the river, the

boulevard opens onto a vast

circular space leading to fine

outdoor restaurants and

flower shops and an archway

framing the Khan Shatyr

centre, an indoor place for

souvenir and other stores, as

well as family amusements

– including a beach covered

with sand from the Maldives.

But most exciting is the

actual building, moulded like

a giant steel yurt, gleaming

white, slightly topsy-turvy,

and one of Norman Foster’s


Bold and dynamic, the new

Astana also pays tribute to its

roots, be it in the museums,

the stark blue Palace of

Independence or the Central

Concert Hall, where the main

room is shaped like a dombyra

lute, Kazakhstan’s national

instrument. Sculptures of

Samruk, the mythical bird, pop

up here and there to protect

the country.

In 1999, UNESCO declared

Astana a ‘City of Peace’, a

theme upheld in the newlyerected

Peace Wall, inscribed

with the word ‘peace’ in 51

languages, and the glass

pyramid, known as the Palace

of Peace and Reconciliation.

There a stained glass

painting displays 130 doves

symbolising cultural and

religious tolerance. Islam is

the main religion, open and

relaxed for most followers,

and with its white minarets

and domes, the iconic Hazrat

Sultan mosque claims the

largest complex of its kind

in Central Asia. Inaugurated

in 2012, it was named after a

12th century poet and mystic,

linking past and present in one

of the youngest capitals in the


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Weather the Debt Conditions

Debt snowballing is a term

used to describe a particular

method of dealing with debt,

which in some ways goes

against ‘traditional’ thinking.

It’s commonly advised to deal

with the most expensive debt

first in terms of interest rates

and charges, which is a natural

and effective approach to

paying down debt.

But one issue that isn’t

taken into account when

repaying debt in this way

is the psychology that can

sometimes influence a

successful outcome.

What is the ‘traditional’ way

to pay off debt?

In theory, repaying the most

expensive debt first – i.e. the

one with the highest rate

of interest – offers the best

chance of becoming debtfree

in the shortest time.

Sometimes known as the

debt ‘avalanche’ method, you

prioritise debts according to

the rate of interest rather than

the amount outstanding.

This minimises the interest

paid over the long-term,

but there are significant

drawbacks to the avalanche

method in terms of

psychology. However logical

the system, if you have a

relatively large debt with a

high interest rate it can feel

frustrating and de-motivating

when the balance doesn’t

reduce quickly and your

other debts remain in the


So how does debt snowballing

work, and could it be a great


Here’s how to debt snowball

• Make a list of all your debts

– the one with the smallest

balance at the top.

• Pay off the minimum

amount on all your credit

cards and other debts,

apart from the one with the

smallest balance.

• Pay as much as you can off

this debt and repeat each

month until you’ve paid it

off in full.

• Cross it off your list of debts

and use the money released

towards the next debt.

• Continue in the same way

down your list (the second

smallest next), making the

minimum payment on all

other borrowing.

• If you’re able to earn more

money, putting it towards

the debt you’re currently

repaying increases the

snowball effect and reduces

your overall level of


• When the debt you’re

focusing on has been paid

off, cross it off your list –

rinse and repeat until you’re


Human psychology when

paying off debt

Debt snowballing is a system

that applies a little human

psychology to paying down

debt and acknowledges

that we all lack motivation

at times. The method only

works if you have sufficient

funds to make the minimum

payments on all your debts

however, so if you don’t,

you would need to look at


The sense of accomplishment

when you can cross a debt

off your list is invaluable in

encouraging you to carry

on and could in fact be one

of the main reasons for the

success of debt snowballing.

It can be overwhelming to

pay off one debt for a long

time and still have other

debts that aren’t reducing,

but by getting rid of several

in quick succession you

establish momentum and can

change your overall financial


The extra money that’s

freed up when one debt is

repaid should be used to

pay the next one, so you’re

overpaying more and more

as you go through your

list – hence the ‘snowball’


It seems to be a simple

method, but exactly why

could debt snowballing offer

a better outcome than other

debt repayment methods?

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Advantages of debt


• It offers vital motivation.

• It’s a simple and

straightforward system

that’s easy to maintain.

• You’re forced to focus on

one debt at a time, and as

long as you keep up the

minimum payments on

other debts you can forget

about them for a while.

• It helps you manage your

money for the long term

and introduces good money


The debt avalanche method

is very effective as long as

you have the motivation to

continue, but paying off the

smallest debt first, and then

the next smallest, offers a

psychological boost that can

encourage you to keep going.

Are there any downsides to

debt snowballing?

The main downside of debt

snowballing is the extra

interest you pay on your

debts when compared with

the debt avalanche method,

and when considered only

from a mathematical point of

view it clearly isn’t the most

obvious option.

Repaying debt is a little like

dieting, however – small

wins offer the motivation

that many people need

to continue and succeed.

One important issue is to

make sure you dedicate any

money released when a debt

is repaid to paying off the

next one. Without this, the

‘snowball’ effect of increasing

amounts being available to

tackle your next debt doesn’t

materialise, and the system

will stall.

When all your debts have

been paid back, it’s advisable

to use your newly increased

residual income to start an

emergency fund if you don’t

already have one, and then to

save or invest for your future.

Debt snowballing isn’t just a

good way to become debtfree

– it can be the foundation

for a ‘wealth snowball’ if you

save or invest the money that

was once swallowed up by

credit card and other debt


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Opting for a car that’s only

a year old over a brand-new

model could save you quite a

packet. Here are 10 of the best.

Finding money off a barely-used

car can be tricky, which is why

we’ve trawled the classifieds

to find some nearly-new cars

which represent a huge saving

over the brand-new option. The

prices quoted are correct at the

time of writing, but represent

real cars that may have already

sold by the time you read this.

BMW 3 Series GT

Price new: £38,280

Price one-year: £19,890

The 3 Series GT is pitched as

an all-occasion car. It’s parthatchback,

part-saloon, partexecutive,

but this vehicle trying

to be three hasn’t proved very

successful. That said, it offers a

high level of quality along with

that premium badging.

A new 320d M Sport Gran

Turismo is £38,280, but with

10,000 miles on the clock and

last year’s plate it costs around


Land Rover Discovery Sport

Price new: £45,810

Price one-year: £32,444

The big Discovery’s smaller

sibling is this Discovery Sport –

a surprising entry into this list

as it’s actually a very desirable

car. The baby Disco mates a

superbly practical seven-seat

body with the prestige of that

Land Rover badge to make

brilliant family transport –

albeit with a dated interior and

distinct lack of top-end tech. AT

£12,000 off list price, a one-year

old example is a bit of a bargain.

Jaguar XF

Price new: £36,495

Price one-year: £27,500

Jaguar’s XF has always had

a tricky time of things. We

love the way it drives, and it’s

offered with a decent range of

engines too – but it just never

seemed to hit the ground

running. It does, however,

represent excellent value for

money, particularly year-old


We’ve found a 2018-reg R-Sport

car fitted with the 2.0-litre

178bhp diesel engine for

£27,500 with 4,000 miles on the

clock – a huge saving.

BMW 3 Series

Price new: £42,870

Price one-year: £39,990

BMW’s ever-popular 3

Series is being replaced this

year, meaning you can get

exceptionally good deals on

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one-year-old models.

We had a look at the powerful

330d Touring model, which

packs a 3.0-litre straight-six

engine making it ideal for those

undertaking long motorway

slogs. Opt for a new one, and

you’ll pay in the region of

£42,870 – but go for one a year

old, and that will fall to £39,990.

Infiniti QX30

Price new: £29,720

Price one-year: £17,000

It was intensely tricky to

recommend the Infiniti QX30

when it was new. An ungodly

union of Mercedes platform,

Nissan interior and Renault

diesel engines, it was actually

a pretty good mix until you

looked at the price. However,

at just £17,000 or thereabouts

for a year-old example, the

QX30 becomes much easier to


Suzuki Swift Sport

Price new: £18,499

Price one-year: £13,999

When Suzuki released the

all-new Swift Sport last year, it

had a mixed reception. Sure, it

offered a fun driving experience

and bags of equipment, but its

£18,499 price tag put it into a

performance bracket where it

couldn’t really compete.

Fortunately though, an everso-slightly

used example of

this junior hot hatch can be

found for under £14k. That

takes it back to the level many

expected, making it a real


Ford Mondeo Vignale

Price new: £30,625

Price one-year: £19,999

Ford introduced Vignale to

its range in a bid to move

upmarket. But with great luxury

comes great depreciation,

and Mondeo Vignales have

gone from a rather overpriced

nonsense to an absolute steal

on the used market. And at this

price, it’s hard to argue with the

lengthy list of equipment and

additional soundproofing that

Vignale bestows upon you. We

found a one-year-old example

clocking in at just under


Vauxhall Astra

Price new: £21,760

Price one-year: £9,799

Looking at the prices of lightly

used Vauxhalls might make you

wonder why anybody buys a

new one. It’s possible to get

nearly £12,000 – or a discount

of 54 per cent – off the price

of an Astra after just a year on

the road. That’s not even for a

basic model either – we found

a sporty-looking SRi with the

excellent 1.0-litre turbo petrol


Toyota Yaris GRMN

Price new: £26,295

Price one-year: £21,995

While £21,995 may still make

the Toyota Yaris GRMN a

shade pricier than rivals like

the Ford Fiesta ST, it may just

be a bargain buy at its current

price on the used market —

with examples aplenty with

comfortably under 1,500 miles.

Just 85 units of this limitedrun

hot hatch were destined

for the UK. That, combined

with its widely-hailed driving

experience, means it could well

become a collector’s item in

future. Now might just be the

time to cash in…

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 6.2

Price new: £63,995

Price one-year: £38,995

In America, a big car needs an

even bigger engine. And so it

seems perfectly correct that

a Jeep Grand Cherokee, even

those sold in the UK, require a

monstrous 6.2-litre V8 engine to

ferry their owners

between destinations (via a fuel

station, of course). Of course,

not many bought into this

vision of freedom, and lightly

used prices are correspondingly

low. For performance, power,

and sheer noise on a budget,

this is a great way to go.

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Each letter in this puzzle is represented

by a different number

between 1 and 26. The codes

for three letters are shown. Once

you have filled these throughout

the grid you can start guessing

words and reveal other letters.

As you find the letters enter

them in the box below.



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The dangers of heatstroke

Summer can be a great time to help your dog

become fit and healthy, particularly if they’ve

become a little sluggish over the winter months.

Warm weather and long days are made for

dog walking, but is it too hot for your dog to


Helping your dog avoid heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious health issue for dogs

that can affect their internal organs and

cause catastrophic damage very quickly. It’s a

condition you need to watch out for in summer,

particularly when exercising your dog.

Controlling their environment when exercising

is crucial during the summer – only walking

them in the early morning or late evening is

a good way to reduce the chances of heat

exhaustion and heatstroke.

What are the symptoms of heatstroke?

• Breathing rapidly or panting heavily

• Red gums

• An agitated or anxious expression

• Disorientation

• Vomiting

• Diarrhoea

• Drooling

• Lethargy

• Seizures

Exercising your dog in the summer

It’s important to avoid strenuous exercise

when it’s hot outside, and to be vigilant for

respiratory distress or any other indications

that your dog is struggling to deal with the


Take plenty of water with you as dogs can

become dehydrated very quickly in the heat

and try to walk or exercise in shaded areas

so they have a chance to cool down. Summer

requires additional vigilance when exercising

your dog, but you can keep them safe and

healthy with a little extra care.

By Ann Haldon

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A Life Like No Other

Take a trip into another time and another life. Or stay in your

own life and be inspired by ideas of self-improvement. This

month’s reads will certainly make you pause to reflect.

The Familiars

– Stacey Halls

1612 is a dangerous time to be

a woman in Northern England,

as King James has declared war

on witches. Fleetwood is 17 and

pregnant for the fourth time.

Her other pregnancies ended in

miscarriage. Desperate not to

miscarry this child or lose her own

life in childbirth, she turns to a

local midwife, Alice Grey. When

Alice gets accused of witchcraft,

Fleetwood has to decide how

far she’ll go to save her friend.

Loosely based on the Pendle

witch trials, this is a gripping,

atmospheric page-turner.

Voices of Powerful Women

– Zoe Sallis

When Maya Angelou calls

something a ‘fascinating

collection’, you know you’re in

for a treat and Voices of Powerful

Women certainly doesn’t

disappoint. Zoe Sallis interviewed

40 women for her book, including

Judi Dench, Tracey Emin, Benazir

Bhutto and Mariane Pearl. Each

one gives us a glimpse into what

made her who she is today.

You’ll learn what inspires these

women, what angers them, who

they admire and what advice

they want to pass on to the next


Louis & Louise

– Julie Cohen

A baby is born in 1970s Maine,

USA. In one reality she’s a girl –

Louise; in the other, a boy – Louis.

Both have the same friends, the

same interests and the same

ambitions. Both flee from their

hometown after one fateful night

that changes everything. Thirteen

years later, Lou’s mother is dying,

so he/she returns to face the past.

Original, thought-provoking and

highly enjoyable, Louis & Louise is

perfect for book clubs.

The Energy Plan

– James Collins

Nutritionist James Collins is

a world leader in the field of

performance nutrition. He’s

guided the eating habits of

Olympic athletes and premier

sports stars. His first book, The

Energy Plan, is not about cutting

out food groups, quick fix diets or

denial. Instead, it’s about fuelling

your body so it performs better

and you feel fitter, have more

energy and can fight off illnesses.

The Energy Plan is well worth a

read, whether you’re training for

a marathon or just want to avoid

the 3pm energy slump.

Micro Living

– Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen

This book takes the concept

of downsizing to the

extreme. Many of the 40

homes featured are smaller

than 150 square feet. From

a refurbished Airstream to a

treehouse, what these homes

lack in space, they more than

make up for in character. The

book includes floorplans,

advice and lots of lust-worthy

photographs. Whether you’re

thinking of building your own

tiny home, want some tips

to make the most of smaller

rooms or just fancy taking a

peek into how other people

live, Micro Living is for you.

The Honey Bus

– Meredith May

With a depressed single

mother who could barely

get out of bed, Meredith

relied on her grandfather

for love and solace. She also

found another avenue for

learning life’s lessons – her

grandfather’s bees. Through

the hive, Meredith learned

about family, loyalty, selfsacrifice

and resilience. A

thought-provoking memoir.

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It’s free to join the library and

nearly everything is free to


Croydon Libraries are available

24/7:- We have a digital library of

audio and e-books to download

as well as digital magazines.


For Children

Craftytime. Fridays 3.30-4.30pm. 4-7 year olds

and their adults.

Storytime. Saturdays 3-4pm. 4-7 year olds and

their adults.

LEGO. Advanced booking required. Monday

20th and Tuesday 14th and 28th. 4-5pm.

For Adults

Nick Dobson will give an illustrated Cityread

London talk entitled Moods of London:

through the diarists’ eye. Friday 3rd May from

10.30-11.30am. Free but booking required.

Catherine Harris, from Action for Hearing, will

give a free deaf awareness talk. Tuesday 7th

May from 2-3pm. Free but booking required.

Adult reading group. 2nd Thursday of the

month 2-3pm. The group will discuss The

House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier.

Thursday 9th May.

Free one hour one-to-one IT help sessions

on Mondays and Saturdays. 10am-11am and

11am-12pm. Please contact Coulsdon Library

to book.

Coulsdon Library at 167 Brighton Road,

Coulsdon, CR5 2NH, Tel 020 3700 1007;

Opening Hours

Monday 9am-6pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm,

Thursday 9.30am-6pm, Friday 9am-7pm and

Saturday 9am-5pm.


For Children

Crafternoon. Tuesdays 3.15-4.15pm. 3-11 year

olds and their adults.

Storytime. Wednesdays 2.15-2.45pm. Under 5s

and their adults.

Rhymetime. Fridays 11-11.30am. Babies,

toddlers and their adults.

7-12 year olds use the fun and interactive

LEGO Education programmes, WeDo or

StoryStarter. WeDo shows how to make

models which can be programmed to move;

creative stories can be inspired with

StoryStarter. These sessions are now FREE!

Advanced booking required. Every Monday


For Adults

Nick Dobson will give a free, illustrated Cityread

London inspired talk entitled A London

Romance. Saturday 18th May from 11am-12pm.

Free but booking required.

Monthly coffee morning. 1st Saturday of the

month 10-11.30am.

Free one hour one-to-one IT help sessions.

Please contact Bradmore Green Library to


There are jigsaws for loan at the library.

Please ask staff for details.

The library has a free car park.

Bradmore Green Library, Bradmore Way,

Coulsdon, CR5 1PE, Tel 020 3700 1003;

Opening Hours

Monday 9.30am-6pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm,

Wednesday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-7pm and

Saturday 9am-5pm.

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May: National Walking Month

National Walking Month is an

annual campaign to promote the

benefits of walking.

Of all the types of exercise

someone could take up, it is

perhaps walking that is the most

accessible to all regardless of

current levels of fitness or of

income. It’s free, suitable for

any age and can be done almost

anywhere - walking is the ‘no

excuses’ exercise. Here are some

of the whys and hows of building

this great exercise into your life.

Your health

Walking helps keep your heart

and circulatory system healthy,

lowering your risk of stroke and

heart disease. It also gives your

leg muscles and lungs a workout;

reduces stress; helps you sleep;

burns excess calories; and reduces

your risk of osteoporosis, cancer,

depression and Type 2 diabetes.

Phew, that sounds so good it

should be prescribed.

You don’t have to walk miles to

benefit, either. The NHS says even

just a brisk 10-minute daily walk

has many health benefits, counting

towards your recommended 150

minutes of weekly exercise.

A brisk pace is around 3 miles an

hour – if you’re relatively fit, you

should still be able to talk, but not

sing a song. The free NHS Active 10

app handily tells you when you’re

walking fast enough and suggests

ways to fit in more brisk walking.

An added benefit of walking

outside is exposure to sunshine.

Particularly through the late spring

and summer, this will top-up your

levels of Vitamin D which is good

for your bone health and your

immune system.

Be sociable – or get alone time

Walking can be a chance to chat

with your friends and family,

away from distracting screens

and chores. You could also take

part in organised walks, whether

that be a Nordic walking class,

a Walking for Health walk, or

joining a walking group such as the

Ramblers (formerly the Ramblers


However, you may prefer to

use walks as a chance for some

quiet time to yourself. You could

listen to music or an audiobook

to distract yourself and prevent

boredom – music may help you get

into a rhythm and walk faster, or

you could even learn a language.

However, always make sure

that you remain aware of your

surroundings and can hear traffic

or people approaching.

If you are concerned about

wearing headphones while you

walk, look at AfterShokz Bone

Conduction Headphones. These sit

on bones on the sides of your head

but not in your ears, meaning you

can even conduct a conversation

while wearing them.

Raise money for a good cause

Many charities have sponsored

walks, ranging from a few laps of

the local park to longer treks in the

UK or in exotic locations abroad.

For National Walking Month,

the British Heart Foundation is

promoting the Just Walk initiative

to encourage you to raise money

in an organised walk. Tying in with

this is their Walk to School Week

from the 16th to the 20th May,

where they ask teachers, parents

and children to put their best foot

forward and walk to school each


How and where to walk

You can either set aside time for

walking or integrate walking into

your daily routine and journeys.

Could you get the family out for

an after-dinner walk, or persuade

family or friends into a weekend

ramble that ends at a pub or


• Wear supportive, suitable

footwear. If you are walking to

work, you could take a smarter

pair of shoes with you to change


• Stay hydrated. Always take a

drink with you if you’re planning

to walk for more than 20 minutes

or it’s hot.

• Always consider the terrain

and the weather, especially if

you’re heading off the beaten

track. Do you need warm and/or

waterproof clothing, headgear

and footwear? Do you have

snacks, drinks, a first aid kit and a

charged mobile phone?

Routes and Groups

Your local council website and/

or local library should have

information about footpaths,

country parks and walking routes

of interest such as heritage trails.

Living Streets has information

about walking in cities.

Walk Unlimited is a hub for

walking campaigns and routes:

Walks with Wheelchairs provides

information on routes suitable

for those with access challenges:

Walks with Buggies provides

information on routes

Walking for Health offers over

1,800 free, guide-led short walks

every week:

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“Blood Wolf Super

Moon”. Lee says

“:This montage of

photos covers the last

45 minutes prior to

maximum totality of

the Lunar eclipse that

took place in the early

morning of 21st January

this year.

They were taken

between 4:30am and


My lens had an

effective focal length

of 630mm at f5.6.

The shutter speed for

each shot was 1/10 of a



7th May Digital Image Competition (3 of 3)

14th May Workshop: Moths, Macro and lenses

21st May Set Subject Competition – “Through the Window”

28th May AGM and Awards

We meet each Tuesday evening at 8pm in Cameron Hall,

Canons Hill, Old Coulsdon.

Visitors £5 (refunded on joining).

Visit, see us on facebook or


Bird’s Eye View, May 2019

John Birkett, RSPB Croydon Local Group

Swifts spend the winter flying around over Africa

and early May should see them back in areas where

we hope they will breed. Sadly our Group’s bird

survey has shown that the number of gardens

reporting sightings of swifts had dropped from

73% in 1995 to just 42% by 2016 and this trend is

reflected in the BTO's Breeding Bird Survey.

Swifts have a strong affinity with man-made

structures and often nest in eaves flying up to the

building and swooping in through a gap between

the wall and roof. They will also make use of small

holes left by missing bricks.

How can you help? We would like people to report

sightings of swifts in the Croydon area, which will

allow us to monitor where they can be found. We

would appreciate if you could email us

( with information

about when and where you saw your swifts, along

with number of birds. Also telling us about what the

birds were doing could help us to establish whether

they are potentially nesting somewhere; birds flying

into the eaves shows there is a nest there, while

birds screaming around a rooftop would suggest

there is a territory nearby. Those wheeling around

high up may either be feeding or trying attract a

mate and some will simply be passing through.

We can use this information to help us decide what

to do next.

Even better, if there are swifts in your area you

could try putting up a swift nestbox or, if you are

having structural work done to your house (or know

a neighbour who is), you could consider having a

swift nesting brick, with integral nest box, installed.

And, if you hear of maintenance work going on

(or scheduled) on a building where swifts nest, try

having a word with the owners to mitigate against

losing the nest site or access to it.

You can find out more about swifts by visiting

To find out more about Croydon’s birds and the

group’s activities visit our website

( or come

along to one of our meetings. You could also let us

know what you see in your local area by emailing or check out the

Croydon Birders website.

Swift by John Birkett

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7. UK’s continent (6)

8. Waldorf salad nut (6)

9. Utilised (4)

10. Valuable, highly admired (8)

11. Repairs, mends (7)

13. Midriff (5)

15. Publish, issue (5)

17. Freedom (7)

20. Added extra (8)

21. Poisonous metal (4)

22. Cut into pieces (6)

23. More wealthy (6)


1. Largest country (6)

2. Timber (4)

3. Tribes, nationalities (7)

4. Clean with broom (5)

5. Last, final (8)

6. Lines of people (6)

12. Persuade (8)

14. Meals (7)

16. Puzzle, enigma (6)

18. Bartered (6)

19. Ditzy, light-headed (5)

21. Ornate fabric (4)

Answers on page 98 - no peeking!

KIDS Answers from p86

Fishing Trip: Henry - shark, Stanley - submarine,

Jack - octopus, Johnny - boot.

Crossword Answers:

Across: 2. Dee, 3. Ouse, 6. Exe’ 7. Wye, 8. Tamar,

9. Bann, 10. Trent

Down: 1. Great Ouse, 4. Spey, 5. Severn

8. Thames, 0. Tyne, 11. Tweed

Quiz Answers from Page 70

1. Are You Sitting Comfortably? 2. Peter Sissons

3. Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall?

4. Mock The Week 5. Wednesday 6. Where Are

You? 7. Macbeth 8. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose

Its Flavour On the Bedpost Overnight?

9. A cabbage 10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

CODEWORD Answers from page 82

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CR5 Trip Down Memory Lane

The caption on this early 1920s view is misleading because it shows Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon.

The motor car is parked just before the turning on the right to The Vale and the houses on the left

are opposite the right-hand turn to The Horseshoe. The road today is part of the busy A237 and takes

traffic from Lion Green Road towards the top of Foxley Lane and Wallington.

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

Compare Down

“Do you look at things according to the outward

appearance?…For we dare not class ourselves

or compare ourselves with those who commend

themselves. But they, measuring themselves by

themselves, and comparing themselves among

themselves, are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:7 &

12 (NKJV)

In a recent study I highlighted the false values

that affect so many young people today,

amplified by social media and television. The

sad fact is that you can get sucked into a world

where you think outward appearance matters

more than inner character, where social media

can make you feel inadequate. At best they

make you feel unhappy, uncertain, unsettled

and take away your natural enjoyment of life.

At worst these feelings can impact your life so

you end up depressed, sometimes even suicidal.

Clinical depression is a totally different topic and

I recommend that you don’t hesitate to seek and

accept medical help.

One helpful principle is very simple—don’t

compare up, compare down! Instead of looking

at other people and thinking everyone is better

looking than you, everyone is better off then

you, everyone has more likes, a better job, a better

house or flat, a better car and a better life,

stop! Compare yourself with those who

have little or nothing. Look at people who are

affected by natural disasters and see the flimsy

homes they inhabit, which are swept so easily

away. Think of people in poorer countries who

don’t have all the things we take for granted,

heat, light, power, clean safe water and a roof

over our heads. Remember the old saying, “I had

no shoes and thought I was unfortunate, until I

met a man who had no feet!” Then think about

what you could do for them, however little.

Even a modest donation to a suitable charity can

make a difference. Simply doing that will start to

focus your mind outwards rather than inwards.

Then count your blessings. Are you fit and well?

Can you walk several miles if you want to? Do

you have a choice of clothes to wear and food to

eat? Do you have more than one pair of shoes to

wear? Do you have clean water, heat, light and

power? Do you have a roof over your head?

Comparing down, not up and counting your

blessings can make a real difference to how you

feel and how you see life.

Prayer: Gracious God, our young people are living

in a tough, unforgiving world, subject to pressures

that older generations did not know. Please be

with them, encourage them and draw

them to you so they are freed from the

wrong values which surround them today.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

GCI Coulsdon Community Church meets at 11.00am on

Sundays In Coulsdon Community Centre Upper Hall.

For further information please contact

Pastor Brian Smith or

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What’s On in the Community

FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations

Here to help you

The South East Cancer Help Centre is a local charity that over the last 30

years has helped thousands of people affected by cancer.

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.

We have local NHS recognition and provide a friendly, supportive environment

with only one purpose – to help you cope

Visit or call 020 8668 0974 for more information

South East Cancer

Help Centre,

2 Purley Road,

(Tesco Development)

Purley, CR8 2HA

Registered Charity No. 1011509

Talk to us – we’re here to help

2 nd Tuesday of every month

2pm – 4pm

In the Church Hall

fun quizzes and

entertainment for a

modest donation

Holy Communion at 1.30pm

Toys & Tots

FREE weekly session

every Tuesday @

11am in the Church

Hall Committee Room






starts at 9.45am

Holy Communion, music

led by a versatile robed

choir and talented

organists, Junior Church

for our younger members.

Messy Church

Every 3rd Tuesday

3.30pm – 5.30 pm in

the Church Hall

Easter Services

• 15 th & 16 th April - Open Church

from 4 – 8pm

• 15 th April - Stations of the Cross

at 7.30pm

• 18 th April – Liturgy of Maundy

Thursday at 7.30pm

• 19 th April Liturgy of Good Friday

at 2pm & Cross of Christ at 7pm

• 22 nd April Easter Day at 9.45am

Hall to Rent Email:

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FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations

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 May 13th 2019: “Behind the

Scenes at Kew”. Peter Gasson currently leads

a team at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which gives

him a wonderful in depth knowledge of what goes on at

this world famous institution – like housing the world’s

biggest dung-heap! But it’s the world of wood that will be

our main focus, with some breathtaking macro lens and

microscopic images to share

For more information contact John Davis

on 020-8640 4578

or see

Note: on request we give illustrated bird talks to local



Formerly Croydon Decorative & Fine

Arts Society

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.

9th May ...The Magnificent Maya

- Fact and Fantasy

13th June Bread and Circuses

For further details phone 0208 657 2496 or


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What’s On in the Community

FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations

The Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth

Horticultural Society

proudly present:

Annual Gardeners' Delight

OPEN GARDENS event in the KT20 area

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th JUNE

2pm-6pm on each day.

Home-made Teas, Plants for Sale, Raffle,

Classic Car Parade, Hand made Wood Art

and Saxaphone playing will be taking place

in various gardens in aid of nominated

local charities.

Tickets with Map, including Post Codes,

£6 for adults, children under 14 free,

available from any of the gadens on each

day. Please note that NOT all gardens will

be Open Both days .

Check our website

for more details or contact Sue Edwards

on 01737 813025



Fun football for children played on GRASS

Every Friday Night from 6:45pm till 8pm

starting on Friday 26th April

Cost: £5 per child per session

Ages 6 to 11 year olds

(School Year 1 to Year 6)

Venue: Walcountians Sports Club

Carshalton Road, Woodmansterne SM7 3HU

For further information please contact:

Paul Marsh on 07752 082398

or email:

Please ensure your child wears the appropriate footwear and

clothing for the weather conditions

All children MUST wear shinpads

It is advisable to bring a non-fizzy drink

Check out our website:

The Arts Society Chipstead presents

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

a lecture by Anthea Streeter

Friday 3rd May,


Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a celebrated Scottish

architect, interior designer and artist.

Anthea Streeter is an Arts Society lecturer with a

special interest in architecture and 20th Century

design, will trace C.R. Mackintosh’s career, from

his major architectural commissions and interiors,

including furniture, stained glass and metalwork

and will examine his less well known but exquisite

watercolour paintings.

Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, SM7 3AJ

Tickets £10, available from


or Banstead Library or at the door as available.

This lecture is arranged by The Arts Society

Chipstead as part of The Banstead Arts



Invite you to watch

Master Florist NEIL BAIN



Wed 22nd May 2019 at 2pm

Doors open 1:30pm

Raffle, members competition “Colour

Palette”, floral sundries sales table and


We’re a friendly local flower club affiliated

to NAFAS. New Members and visitors (£6)

always welcome.

Monthly meeting and demonstration at 2pm on

the 4th Wednesday of every month at Banstead

Community Hall ,

Park Road SM7 3AJ

For further details or enquiries,see our page at

email or call

Susan Macpherson 0208 657 4328

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Gatton Park Events

All activities must be booked in advance, unless

otherwise stated. Children under eight must be

accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 5 May Park and Gardens Open

Park and gardens open all afternoon,

bird hide open, free guided tours and

free activities for children, including

the Wild Things play trail.

Tea and cakes are available to


1-5pm. Cost: adults £5 children free

Gatton Park, Rocky Lane, Reigate,


01737 649068.

Wallington United Reformed Church

Stanley Park Road SM6 0EU

Help us to raise money

for the

Alzheimer’s Society

and enjoy some

on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

May 23rd – 25th in the coffee lounge

10.45am until 3.30pm.








Thursday, Friday, Saturday

and Sunday

May 23rd – 26th 10am to 5pm,

closing at 2pm on Sunday



and stay for a ‘cupcake’.

Bring along a friend for tea/coffee and cake.


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 8656 9007,

Shirley 020 8651 5835.


To advertise call Lucy on 01737 557888 or 07703 209292


What’s On in the Community

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warmly invite you

to our next meeting on

Wednesday 8th May 2019

“African Safari”

A talk with slides by

Gill Peachy

1.45 for 2.15pm

The Heath Room, Canons Hill

Old Coulsdon

Contact Audrey Stephens

01883 344863

or just come along

Rotary Club of Croydon Jubilee

Presents the


Featuring the


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

Join us on Friday 14th June 2019 at

Warlingham Rugby Club

Limpsfield Road

Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9RB

Licensed Bar

Concert starts 8.00pm - Doors open 7.15pm

Tickets £16pp (Children under 15 - £12pp)

Principal surplus donated to the ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY

remainder to local charities

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

Please email/phone David Cronk for Tickets

Telephone: 01883 819 087




Christian Aid Soup Soup Lunch

Cameron Hall 12th May 12noon:

Free Admission.

Donation box for Christian Aid

Come between 12pm and 1.30pm for hot

soup (choice of 5 varieties) + bread & butter.

Good company and a chance to give much

needed funds to Christian Aid.

Rectory Revels: 18th May

At the Rectory, 232 Coulsdon Road

Old Coulsdon 10am - 4pm

Fun day out for the family with food, drink,

stalls, games and sideshows.

Free Admission.

All proceeds will be divided between the

Mother’s Union and Christian Aid.

All welcome. Further details: Rev Paul Roberts




Saturday 1st June 10am - 4pm.

St Paul’s United Reformed Church,

Croham Park Avenue, CR2 7HF

12 exhibition standard layouts, plus

trade stands, including Kent Garden


Admission: Adults - £5

Under 16 £3; Family (2 + 2) - £12

Refreshments available.

Disabled access.

Supported by Croydon Model Railway Society

Further details from Chris Dean

01883 723081

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9.00AM TO 12.30

All Proceeds to Charity


TEL: 020 8660 4119 or 020 8660 1026

1st Coulsdon Scout Group

Fourth Drive, CR5 2YP

Scouting for boys and girls 6-14 yrs

Beavers for boys and girls 6-8 yrs


The 58th London to Bridgton

Historic Commercial Vehicle Society

Sunday 12th May 2018

(new date).

All commercial vehicles must be

older than 1998 and will pass through

Coulsdon between 7.30am and 10am

Cubs 8-10½ yrs

Scouts 10½ - 14 yrs


View Croydon District Newsletter on:

Hall Hire Available: contact

To advertise call Lucy on 01737 557888 or 07703 209292


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Coulsdon Community Centre,

Coulsdon Community Centre, Chipstead Valley Road, CR5 3BE

Chipstead Valley Road, CR5 3BE

Do you want to get some gentle exercise?

Do you want to get some gentle exercise?

want to meet new people

Do you want to meet new people and have some fun?

and have some fun?

Why not give Short Mat Bowls a try?

Why not give Short Mat Bowls a try?

We are a friendly mixed club looking for new

We are a friendly mixed club looking for new members.

Flat soled shoes members.

required, tuition provided.

Experienced bowlers also welcome.

Flat soled shoes required, tuition provided.

We meet on Mondays 12am-2pm and Thursdays 2pm-4pm

Experienced bowlers also welcome.

Contact Sylvia on 02086682841 for further details or just turn up.

We meet on Mondays 12am-2pm

Annual fees £20 and £3 per session, first 3 sessions free.

and Thursdays 2pm-4pm

Contact Sylvia on 0208 668 2841

for further details or just turn up.

Annual fees £20 and £3 per session,

first 3 sessions free.

St Andrew’s Contact Group

Monthly Pop In Teas

at St. Andrew’s Church Hall,

from 2-4pm on the second

Tuesday of every month.

A cup of tea, sandwiches

and cakes are served for a

modest donation.

The Contact Group Volunteers invite you

to join them for companionship and

friendly conversation. If a lift would help,

contact Monica Jefford 01737 555996

St. Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon, CR5 2DD.

St. John’s Church

Old Coulsdon

Saturday, 8 th June

7.00 for 7.30 p.m. in the Church

TICKETS: £10.00 each -

to include Sausage & Chips Supper –

BOOK NOW with the Parish Office

on 01737 552461 or on line at

in aid of St. John’s Funds

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Have a lot of FUN !

We walk in the Surrey,

Sussex and Kent countryside

with the occasional London

walk once a month, on a

Sunday, usually the third. Our normal length

walk is of 6-7 miles with one walk before a

pub lunch, chat and a laugh and a shorter

walk after.

Get outdoors

Make new friends

Contact : Sonya Dyer


6.15 to 7.45 pm

Learn new skills

Try new things

Tel : 01737—553004

Text : 07900—281949

24th PURLEY SCOUT GROUP : Rear of Hillars Heath Road, Coulsdon CR5 2JP

We are looking for a few new members,

particularly younger ones (as we are almost

all now over 60) to take the club forward, as

we want to keep the club alive.

As we meet at various locations in the

countryside a car is essential, as is the

ability to climb stiles and hills (although we

tend to avoid too many hills).

For further information please email :


23rd May

7pm - 11pm


The Lily Pad Appeal Invites you to...

Not Just Any Old






We are inviting Croydon Businesses and Community

Teams to join us for a fun filled evening of pitting your

wits and shaking your bits all welcome & all for a

wonderful cause!



Tickets are £15.00pp & includes quiz, bottle of prosecco

on table, food & live entertainment from Audley

Anderson & a journey into soul!





Then why not become a volunteer at The

Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders in

Carshalton. We need volunteers to help on our

rides for children and adults with disabilities.

You don’t need to know about horses, we will

train you. So, if you can spare a couple of

hours eachweek and would like to do

something rewarding with your spare time

please phone us on 020 8643 7764.

Bring your

business cards!

To Register teams email: OR

call: Jo on 07930385967 / or the CCT Team: 01959 570322

Rules for registration

over page

To advertise call Lucy on 01737 557888 or 07703 209292




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One Financial Solutions 34

Tax Data 38

•Aerials / Satellite

Communitech 27

•Architectural Services

Jameson Architectural Services 57


JT Blinds 23

Mobile Curtain Studio 43

Surrey Blinds 67

•Building Services

DJP & Sons - Building & Roofing 69

Exclusive Extensions 37

K.Chaston Builders/Decorators 55

MJ Building Services 20

SG Refurbishments Ltd 33

SN Building Services 51

STL Building Services 62

Taylors Building Services 18


JWCC Family Butchers 63

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Right Care For You 15

Sinrise of Purley 23


Ben Saunders Carpentry 44


Carpets 4U 50

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Janes Flooring 19

Keith Harris Carpets 52


Brite N Breezy 44

Surrey Carpet Care 35

•Computer Services

Computer Solutions 57


Carlton Video 35

•Education & Tuition

Oasis Academy Coulsdon 45

Spanish Evening Classes 55

St Davids School 75


Michael Steele Electrician 31

Surrey Electrical Services 21

Watt Electrical Services 30

•Employment Law

Peninsula 99

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Daniel Adams 3

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Absolute Gardens 22

CJ Gardening 61

Daisy Garden 54

Emsworth Tree Care 15

Expertrees 41

Gaskells Gardens 47

Manor Gardens 28

Mario Bonfante 71

TruGreen 12

•Health, Hair & Beauty

Aesthetic Services 19

Coulsdon Opticians 26

Crossways Dental Practice 9

Foot Health Centre 67

Hair by Rachel 31

Jane Naylor-Maury Osteopath 22

Just Beauty 54

Old Coulsdon Osteopathic Clinic 14

Slimming World 77


Xplore the World 21


Dream Doors 29

Pro-Paint Refinishing 17


Alpine Lock Services 46

•Mobility Services

AXIS Mobility 66


Coulsdon Auto Parts 6

Robe & Hitchen 47

Top Marks Tyres 65

Volks Autos 71

Wallace Automotive 39


DD Bespoke Homes Ltd 6

Paintsmart 53

Pro-Paint Refinishing 17

•Pest Control

BEE OFF Pest Solutions 51

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Anwells Veterinary Practice 33

Whoof Whoof Doggie Day Care 69


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Dapson Heating & Plumbing Ltd 51

DV Services-Plumbing/Install 20

Jonathan Davidson Heating 49

MPM Plumbing 69

SE Services-Heating & Plumbing 65


Advanced Print 10

•Property Maint/Handyman Services

Dave Tuppen Handyman 71

Homewood Solutions 19

Maiden Maintenance 54

Maguire Skips & Concrete 73

Newhill Handyman 15

Pro-Paint Refinishing 17

RCB Maintenance 28

SG Refurbishments Ltd 33


Palm Tree Removals 18


Chez Vous 53

Curry Leaf 43


Atlas Roofing Construction 5

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EB Roofing 27

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Rowe Radcliffe 49

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BH Dance 11

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Vapepit 58

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Atlas Glass 7

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The Grape Variety 39

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Homewood Solutions 19

Crossword Answers from p88

Across: 7 Europe, 8 Walnut,

9 Used, 10 Precious, 11 Patches,

13 Waist, 15 Print, 17 Liberty,

20 Addition, 21 Lead, 22 Sliced,

23 Richer.

Down: 1 Russia, 2 Wood,

3 Peoples, 4 Sweep, 5 Ultimate,

6 Queues, 12 Convince, 14

Dinners, 16 Riddle, 18 Traded,

19 Giddy, 21 Lace.

Employment Law

is Changing

When was the last time you reviewed your contracts of

employment / policy handbook?

Do you need help with HR / Employment Law / Health & Safety?

Have you currently got any challenges or frustrations with

an employee?

Have you ever had an independent review of your

Health & Safety?

The law is changing for contracts and pay slips in 2019 and 2020,

how prepared are you?

We understand the majority of people do not start a business to become a

specialist in HR / Employment Law & Health & Safety but whether you

employ 1 employee or 100 the rules are the same!

For a complementary business

review, contact your local legal

specialist Matthew Blossom on:

07812 652 836

We’ll give letting

and selling some welly

this Spring

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