CR5 Issue 175 January 2020


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January 2020

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Dear Reader

Welcome to the January 2020 Issue

CR5 is your local community magazine delivered

FREE of charge every month to 11,800 homes in Coulsdon,

Old Coulsdon, Netherne, Hooley & Chipstead.

Welcome to the January 2020

issue of CR5 Magazine.

Wishing you all a very Happy

New Year .

I’d just like to give huge thanks to

those who have contributed,

advertised, distributed and read

the CR5 Magazine in 2019 -

without you all, we wouldn’t be

where we are today - so thank

you again.

January is the month for new

beginnings; if you are lacking

any inspiration, do look through

the CR5 Magazine for some

ideas. This could be a new home

improvement project, trying a

new recipe, or taking up a new

hobby. The world is your oyster

as they say!

If you are looking for a particular

service, why not visit our handy

index on page 98 to find the

services you require.

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.

Dont forget to LIKE our

Facebook page for regular

updates. You can also find more

information on our website

We hope you enjoy reading this

months packed edition of CR5.

Wishing you all a happy and

healthy January. We’ll see you

again in February.

Lucy McAlpine

Editor CR5 Magazine

Telephone: 01737 557888

Mobile: 07703 209292


Published by CR5 Magazine,

Hillside, Netherne Lane,

Coulsdon, CR5 1NR

Editor: Lucy McAlpine

Assistant: Michelle Plant

@CR5 Magazine


The Discovery of Antartica 8

Animal Protection Trust 24

The New Moon Rescue 24

Gardening: Hi Rise Edibles 32

Five Tasks for an organised Financial Life in 2020


Recipe: Chilli & Lemon Seafood Spaghetti 40

CR5 Codeword 41

The History of Dentistry 44-45

Baking: Blueberry Custard Tarts 48

Technology: Start a New Year’s Revolution 56

The Healthy Way to do Veganuary 60-61

Live in Hope 64

Dotty’s Tea House 67

Couryard Theatre: Anne of Green Gables 72

Our Eccentric Inventors: Are they having the last


Crafty Nit-Wits raising funds with Knitted Santa 78

Motoring: Everything you need to know about


Coulsdon & Bradmore Green Library 84

CR5 Quiz: Review of the Year 85

Pets: Keep your dog safe and warm this winter 85

CR5 Kids Page 86

Old Coulsdon Camera Club 87

RSPB Birds Eye View 87

CR5 Just for Fun Crossword 88

Trip Down Memory Lane 89

Hope for 2020 89

CR5 Community Pages 90-97

Index of Advertisers 98

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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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The Discovery of


It’s usually agreed that Antarctica was

discovered 200 years ago this month. But

stating who ‘discovered’ Antarctica and when

isn’t simple – and depends what we mean by

‘discovery’. Is it…

Knowing Antarctica existed?

For centuries, people had suspected, heard

or calculated that a frozen southern landmass

existed. European geographers throughout

the Middle Ages and Renaissance conjectured

about the mythical, fertile ‘Terra Australis’. And

while Captain Cook didn’t discover Antarctica,

he effectively established its limits during his

1772-1775 circumnavigation of the globe in high

southern latitude, proving that if it existed, it

lay beyond the ice packs that blocked his way

between about 60° and 70° south. This dispelled

the myth of a fertile, populous continent

surrounding the South Pole, but his mention of

numerous seals and whales made hunters keen

to explore the area. However…

Maori oral history tells that a Polynesian war

canoe, under the command of Ui-te-Rangiora,

sailed at least as far south as the frozen ocean in

around 650 CE.

Sighting and identifying Antarctica?

The first sighting and identification of Antarctica

probably occurred on 27th January 1820, when

a Russian expedition under naval officers Fabian

Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail

Lazarev discovered an ice shelf at Princess

Martha Coast, later known as the Fimbul

Ice Shelf. Based on this sighting and the

co-ordinates in his logbook, Bellingshausen

is credited by some with Antarctica’s

discovery. But...

Other historians believe the honour goes to

a British expedition captained by Edward

Bransfield. Just three days later, on 30

January 1820, he sighted Trinity Peninsula,

the northernmost point of the Antarctic


With sealers keen to drive south, it’s

unsurprising that the third recorded

sighting was by American sealer Nathaniel

Palmer (passing by what is now known as

the Antarctic Peninsula, on 17th November

1820) – or that a sealer was first to set foot

there. Perhaps.

Setting foot on Antarctica?

In 1821, American sealer, Captain John

Davis, became the first person to set foot

on Antarctica. Or was he…?

It’s possible he was beaten to it by some

of the 644 crew members of the wrecked

Spanish ship San Telmo. Damaged by severe

weather south of Cape Horn, she sank on

2 September 1819. Parts of her wreckage

were found months later by sealers visiting

Antarctica’s Livingston Island. San Telmo

Island, off its north coast, is named after

the ship, but whether any of the crew came

to a short and chilly end on the continent

may never be proved.

So back to Captain Davis, as it seems certain

he and/or his crew did set foot there on 7th

February 1821, based on his logbook entry

for the day:

“A standing for a Large Body of Land in

that Direction SE at 10A.M. close in with

it our Boat and Sent her on Shore to look

for Seal at 11A.M. the Boat returned but

find no sign of Seal at noon our Latitude

was 64°01’ South Stood up a Large Bay, the

Land high and covered intirely [sic] with

snow [...] I think this Southern Land to be a


So, who ‘discovered’ Antarctica? You


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Slimming World

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(Free On Site Parking and

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Every Tuesday

1st Session 5:30pm

2nd Session 7:30pm

Your Consultants name is Marie

Telephone 07786 265261

Old Coulsdon Congregational

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House Cleaning


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One of our supervisors will visit you for Free to assess your needs.

Once your chosen day arrives, the cleaner(s) will be brought to you

with the equipment and picked up after the allotted time where our

supervisor will check their work.

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Cleaning & Dog Walking

Again we will visit you for Free but this

time one of our dog handlers will attend

to get to know your beloved pet and

discuss likes and dislikes.

Again cleaners will be brought to your

home and your pet will be taken by our

trained handlers and returned when the

cleaning time is finished.


Dog Walking

And Grooming

Same as above but we can also

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Orford House Care Home

Exceptional residential, dementia and

respite care.

Our compassionate team offer outstanding

care tailored to individual needs.

Contact us for more information:

Call: 020 8660 2875



Orford House, Woodcote Park,

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Coulsdon Autos

Parts & Accessories

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Coulsdon CR5 2NH

We look after All Makes, Models & Ages

of All Vehicles

We stock all major brands and offer a special

order service for items not held in stock.

We supply and fit our wiper blades, batteries

& bulbs free of charge at our shop (T&C’s Apply)

Our Stock Includes: Platinum Batteries,

Mintex, BOSCH, Autoglym, Castrol, Fram,

Blue Print, Pagid…..and many more

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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 550 cats and kittens

since starting on 1st June 2018.

The New Moon Rescue is self funded so

relies entirely on voluntary contributions and

money made from fund raising events.


If you have experience with cats, have a

spare room or no other pets and would like

to join our team please get in touch.

Charity No:1180018.


Crunchie came in with

her kittens from a

garden in Ilford.

She is a friendly girl

thought to be 6-8 years


She was fed as a stray

for 3 years so needs a

garden to explore.

She is not bothered by

cat friendly dogs.

She’s had blood tests,

has been neutered, chipped and a dental

check so in great shape and ready for a

loving home.

Please call 07586 355832 or email

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High-Rise Edibles

Visit Pippa’s website

Whatever the size of your plot,

you can get more from it with

high-rise gardening, with potential

in hanging baskets, wall troughs

and window boxes as homes for

vegetables, herbs and even fruit.

So, what does it take to succeed?

Larger containers allow for more

room for your crops’ roots and

easier maintenance, as they will

run out of moisture and fertiliser

less frequently, though obviously

you will have to balance this with

the space available.

Use suitable supporting brackets

and screws for hanging baskets,

window boxes and wall troughs,

as they must support the weight

of fully grown plants laden with

crops, which will be heavier after

watering. Check walls, balconies

and windows sills will not be

overloaded, leading potentially

to structural damage or injury to

passing people. Consider using

lighter-weight composts, such as

those not including loam or the

readily available peat-free options,

and lightweight containers made

of bamboo, plastics or fibre glass.

Plant in high-rise planters are

reliant on you for food, so use

good quality compost and feed

crops regularly throughout the

growing period. In a lofty position

the plants will also be more

susceptible to drying out, so

regular and thorough watering is

a must.

If space is short and you want to

grow runner beans, the dwarf

runner bean ‘Hestia’ with pretty

red and white flowers is perfect

for containers. The seeds can be

sown directly into the compost

in April, or raised in small pots

or trays and then planted out

into the high-rise planter. Dwarf

French varieties do well in a good

sized window box – try ‘Duel’, or

the purple-podded ‘Purple Tee


Wall baskets, troughs and

hanging baskets can play host to

strawberries. These plants trail

naturally so will obligingly hang

over the container edges. The

plants can be bought from garden

centres or by mail order at this

time of year.

Forget the idea that lettuce is

just a green, leafy addition to a

boring salad – there are huge

selections of lettuce and other

salad leaves available in a wide

range of colours and leaf shapes,

making them a lot more attractive

than many ornamental plants!

Pinks, purples, yellows and several

shades of green, they’re a fastgerminating

and fast-growing

crop and you can either buy small

plants or sow the seed directly

into the compost yourself. Try

ready-mixed seed selections or

choose your own favourites.

If you like fresh herbs with your

meals then herbs in a basket,

trough or window box are a must.

There are creeping or trailing

forms of many herbs, and thyme

in particular lends itself to life in a

container in a sunny spot. You can

usually get thyme plants at most

times of year and, as it is hardy,

you can plant it out straight away.

Parsley, sage, tarragon, chives and

basil all look good in wall baskets

or window boxes and thrive in a

sunny spot.

Most of the oriental vegetables,

such as the pak choi varieties

‘Red Choi’ and Mizuna will do

really well in a window box or wall

trough in a sheltered spot. You

could combine the two and enjoy

the really stunning finely divided

foliage of the Mizuna positioned

around the edges of the container

where it will tend to ‘flop’ slightly

and make the container look all

the more attractive. There’s even

a prettily purple-veined Mizuna

called ‘Mizuna Purple’. For a red

and spicy theme you could also

use ‘Mustard Red Giant’.

Who can resist the taste of sunripened,

fresh, juicy tomatoes

picked sun-warmed and straight

from the plant? Not me! And the

great thing is there are several

varieties which are particularly

well-suited to growing in

containers such as hanging

baskets. The classic for this is

‘Tumbling Tom’, available in both

red and yellow varieties, and the

red-fruited ‘Tumbler’. You could

raise your own from seed sown

at this time of year or buy plants

ready to pop into the containers

in late April or May. If you like tiny

fruited tomatoes, then there’s

‘Hundreds and Thousands’. Other

varieties that have a bushy habit

can be grown in this way but the

cascading varieties are best.

Pack a window box or wall trough

full of chilli pepper plants such as

‘Super Chilli’ and it’ll look stunning

when the plants are covered

with their red, yellow or orange

glossy fruits. Then you’ll be able

to add some fire to your food in

the months to come. Chillies are

tender so buy these plants in May

or June, or buy seeds and sow

them now.

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Some of the areas we can assist with are:

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Five Tasks for an Organised

Financial Life in 2020

January is the perfect time

to organise your financial life

and carry out those onerous

or boring tasks you’ve been

putting off for so long. Making

a will, setting up a Lasting

Power of Attorney (LPA) and

checking your credit file are

just three important ‘bigger

picture’ jobs that can set you

up for a secure future, and

offer a little protection from

life’s uncertainties.

So here are the five tasks in

more detail – tackle them

in any order, and get your

financial life organised in 2020.

1. Check your state pension


Checking how much state

pension you might receive

provides a clearer picture of

how your financial situation

could look in retirement.

It also allows you to see if

there are any gaps in your

National Insurance (NI)


This is important, as

you may be able to

pay voluntary National

Insurance contributions

to fill those gaps and

complete your NI record

before you retire. At the

time of writing you need to

make full contributions for

35 years to be eligible for

the new full state pension,¹

so it’s definitely worth


As far as budgeting for

retirement is concerned,

you should factor in the

figure from your state

pension forecast with any

occupational pensions,

savings, or investments

you hold. You’ll discover

whether you’re on track

for the lifestyle you want,

or if you need to put a little

more money away prior to


2. Make a Lasting Power of

Attorney (LPA)

A Lasting Power of Attorney

is an official document

whereby you appoint one or

more attorneys to help you

make financial or healthrelated

decisions, or to make

them on your behalf if you

lose mental capacity in the


You need to be over the age

of 18 to make an LPA, and

have the mental capacity

at the time to make your

own decisions. Drawing up

an LPA is often regarded

as unnecessary until later

life, but it’s well worth

considering at any time.

It’s possible to make a

Lasting Power of Attorney

without professional

assistance via the

website. Citizens Advice may

also be able to help, but if

you’re unsure of your wishes

or the process in general it’s

advisable to seek help from

a solicitor.

3. Write a will

Making a will ensures your

assets are passed down

according to your wishes

when you die, and with

today’s complex family

structures it can prevent

a great deal of stress for

those left behind.

It’s advisable to seek

professional assistance

when making a will,

particularly if you have

a young family or your

circumstances aren’t

straightforward. You might

need to consider who would

care for your children if

you weren’t around, for

example, or think about

how you’d incorporate

children from a previous

marriage into your will.

It’s worth knowing that

March is free wills month, so

you might be able to save on

legal costs if you make a will

during March. This is usually

only applicable for simple

wills, however, where the

instructions are relatively


4. Take out ‘life event’


Adverse life events such as

chronic illness or serious

accident can derail your

plans for the future. You

may not be able to work or

function in the way you used

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to, for instance, but if you’ve

taken out appropriate

insurance it can reduce

some of the devastating

financial impact for yourself

and your family.

Critical illness and life

insurance cover provides a

financial buffer that can help

you cope with unexpected

life circumstances, and help

your loved ones adjust to a

new situation without the

fear of financial difficulty.

Buying insurance is

something many of us

consider at various points

in our lives, but taking the

time to find out more about

the policies available and

choosing the best one for

your needs is crucial.

5. Check your credit report

The state of your credit

report affects your ability to

borrow and obtain credit,

and is a fundamental part

of your overall financial

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situation. Lenders and credit

card companies assess

your creditworthiness by

checking your credit file,

and decide whether or not

to sanction loans or grant

credit based on its contents.

You can view your credit

report online – some credit

reference agencies provide

a free report. Others offer

only monthly subscriptions,

which can be useful given

the rise in identity theft, as

you receive warnings when

changes are made to your

credit file.

If you find mistakes, it’s

possible to rectify them

either by contacting the

lender concerned or the

credit reference agency.

A note can then be added

that the entry has been

challenged and is under


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Chilli and Lemon Seafood Spaghetti

On the table in less than 30 minutes, this is a a great speedy supper to

serve any day of the week. Serve with slices of toasted ciabatta and a

rocket salad.

Ready in: 20 minutes | Serves 4


400g spaghetti

2 tbsp virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

Small pinch of dried crushed chillies

2 whole dried chillis, halved lengthways

Zest and juice of 1 large lemon

100ml dry white wine

150g raw king prawns

150g squid rings, thawed if frozen

Handful fresh mussels, cleaned (see TIP)

2 tbsp fresh finely chopped coriander,

plus extra sprigs to garnish

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Handful fresh basil leaves, to garnish

Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add

the pasta and cook for 12 minutes, or according to the

packet instructions, until just tender.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep pan over a

medium heat. Add the garlic and stir for 2–3 minutes

until soft, but not brown. Add the chilli flakes and whole

chillies and cook for 1 minute then stir in the lemon zest

and juice and wine. Bring to the boil and let the liquid

bubble for 1 minute.

Add the prawns, squid and mussels to the pan and

cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes, shaking the pan

occasionally, until the prawns are pink and the mussels

have opened (discard any that remain closed).

Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the chopped

coriander. Toss well to coat the pasta in the pan juices.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black

pepper. Serve in warmed pasta bowls garnished with the

coriander sprigs and basil leaves.


Scrub the fresh mussels clean and pull away the straggly ‘beards’. Discard any that don’t shut

tightly when firmly tapped.

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Although most of us hate

visiting the dentist, twenty-first

century dental practices are a

walk in the park compared to

what our ancestors endured.

Common perception is that our

ancestors must have suffered

from terrible teeth. In fact, the

ancient Egyptians, Greeks and

Romans probably had better

teeth than we do today due to

the lack of refined sugar in their


Like us, they cleaned their teeth

with abrasive and breathsweetening

concoctions. Made

from eggshells, soot, bones,

pumice, myrrh or mint, they

were usually applied with

a cloth or the fingers. The

ancient Chinese had invented

toothbrushes using pigs’ bristles

but although toothpicks and

even dental floss were around,

they weren’t in common use in

Europe until 1780, when William

Addis manufactured the first


Toothache has long been a

human scourge and there have

been many outlandish remedies.

Scribonius Largus, (his real

name, not a Monty Python

Medieval dentist

removing tooth

The History of Dentistry

invention!) was physician to

the Roman Emperor Claudius.

To treat toothache, he would

fumigate the mouth with

smoke produced by burning

henbane seeds followed by an

oral rinse with hot water. This

was supposed to evict the tiny

‘tooth worms’ that for hundreds

of years were believed to be the

cause of cavities and toothache.

False teeth were also around

in ancient times, usually made

of animal bone, ivory or wood.

‘Tooth worms’ were

believed to be the cause

of cavities

The Etruscans, a pre-Roman

civilization, were apparently

particularly skilled at dentures

using ox bone fixed in place by

gold wire.

Traditionally, physicians would

treat tooth problems but the

medieval era saw the arrival of

specialist ‘tooth drawers’, the

best being retained by royalty

(King Henry VIII was said to

have one). Travelling fairs and

markets often featured a tooth

drawer, usually identified by

jester’s clothing and a string

of teeth hanging around their

neck. Blacksmiths, jewellers

and apothecaries would also

pull teeth as a sideline using

whatever instruments they had

at their disposal.

In 1540, the Company of

Barbers was merged with

that of surgeons to create

The United Barber-Surgeons

Company. Subsequently, highstreet

barbers were able to

carry out rudimentary surgery

that included dental work

(hence the striped ‘blood and

bandages’ barbers’ pole).

The first English book on

dentistry was The Operator

for the Teeth by Charles Allen,

published in 1685. ‘Operators

for the teeth’ were in fact the

earliest dentists, as they were

not only skilled enough to

extract teeth but could also

replace them with dentures

or false teeth made from

materials like gold, silver and

ivory (from walrus, elephant

or hippo). But by far the

best material for false teeth

was other human teeth!

Consequently a market quickly

sprang up where teeth were

either robbed from corpses

or bought by extraction from

the mouths of the destitute

(as in when young Fantine sells

her teeth in Victor Hugo’s Les


Allen also invented a recipe for

whitening toothpaste made

from powdered coral, rose

water and a tree resin called

‘dragon’s blood’.

During the seventeenth

century, French physician

and dental pioneer Pierre

Fauchard was one of the first

practitioners to explain how

sugar in the mouth forms acids

that decay enamel and cause

cavities. He also wrote about

methods to straighten teeth

using orthodontics in his book

The Surgeon Dentist, published

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in 1728. Alongside other French

dentists, Fauchard used dental

fillings made from mercury

heated together with other

metals. This was later refined by

an English dentist named Bell to

produce amalgam.

The earliest dentistry lectures

were by James Rae in 1764 at

The Royal College of Surgeons

in Edinburgh. By the nineteenth

century, dentistry had become

a recognised apprenticeship,

so in 1858 The Dental Hospital

and National Dental Hospital

Schools opened in London.

There were still many rogue

dentists around so in the 1870s

the newly founded Dental

Reform Committee decreed

that practicing dentists had to

complete a License in Dental

Surgery in order to be officially

registered. Unfortunately,

the licence was only open to

men so Lilian Murray, the first

official female dentist in the UK,

managed to qualify in Scotland

where the barrier didn’t exist.

Many dental innovations were

made during the Victorian era.

By 1840 it was possible to have

ether as a general anaesthetic

and four years later nitrous

oxide or laughing gas was

introduced, whereas previous

painkillers had been whisky or


The invention of the footoperated

dental drill made

filling teeth much easier,

although with its slow corddriven,

skull-shaking vibrations,

one can only imagine how

unpleasant it still was.

Following in the footsteps of

an American company, in 1896

Colgate mass-produced the

first commercially available

toothpaste in a collapsible tube

in the UK.

Despite this, tooth health

among the general population

was far from ideal. In 1942 the

Beveridge Report highlighted

the need for regular dental

check-ups for everyone, and

in 1948 the formation of the

NHS gave people free access

to dental treatment for the

first time. So many opted for

dentures that the NHS was

forced to charge for them from


These days, dentures have

largely been replaced by dental

implants, many children now

have braces to straighten their

teeth and most of us have a

healthy smile. But who knows?

Our descendants may look back

at dentistry today and consider

it as crude as a blacksmith

yanking out a rotten molar.

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Flour, for dusting

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Whisk the sugar, egg yolks, cornflour and vanilla extract together in a

heatproof bowl until smooth. Heat the milk in a pan over a medium heat

until almost boiling. Whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture then pour

back into the pan. Gradually bring the mixture to the boil, stirring all the

time, until a smooth custard forms.

Remove the pan from the heat and cover the surface closely with

greasproof paper to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool completely.

Meanwhile roll the pastry out on a lightly dusted surface to a 3mm

thickness. Stamp out eight 12cm rounds of pastry and use to line eight

8cm fluted tartlet tins. Prick the bases with a fork and chill in the fridge

whilst the custard is cooling.

Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, gas mark 6. Divde the cooled

custard mixture between the pastry cases and scatter over the

blueberries. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden.

Serve warm or cold.


Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up then place the filled tartlet tins on it for

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Start a New Year’s revolution

High-tech ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions

The decorations are

down, the gyms are

going to be packed

for the next few

weeks and many of

us have vowed to

sort ourselves out.

We’re going to get

fitter, happier and

more productive –

and technology can


One way technology

can help is by

making fitness more

fun. For example,

instead of a pricey

gym subscription,

why not buy

yourself an e-bike?

While some electric

bikes are incredibly

expensive, prices are falling fast: for example,

Halfords sells a number of electric bikes for less

than £600 and one is just £479. By comparison,

a year’s membership of a very well-known gym

chain is £672.

Whether you’re cycling down the streets,

pounding the pavements or hitting the gym, it’s

useful to track your progress to help with your

motivation. There are tons of apps for everything,

from recording the calories you consume to giving

you challenging workouts. Some are incredibly

focused, such as Seven: it gives you workouts you

can do in just seven minutes.

Phones can track your movements through the

day but if you really want to track your progress,

a fitness tracker or a smartwatch can give you

all kinds of information about what your body’s


The big daddy of the fitness tracking world is

the Apple Watch, which comes in two flavours:

the Series 3, which starts at £199, and the

Series 5, which starts at £399. The series 4 was

discontinued last year. If you have an iPhone,

they’re the best smart watches you can buy.

If you don’t have

an iPhone or just

don’t need a £400

Apple Watch, there

are plenty of other

options. Samsung

makes a range

of Galaxy Active

watches from

around £200 up that

work really well with

Android phones,

and it also makes

a simple fitness

tracker called the

Galaxy Fit. That’s

currently £89.

Fitbit has the £199

Versa 2 smartwatch

and a range of

fitness trackers

including the £119

Charge 3 and the £69 Ace 2 for children. Garmin

has fitness-focused smartwatches at all price

points plus the cute and sub-£100 Vivosmart 4

trackers, and firms such as Huawei offer budget

bargains such as the £59 Band 3 Pro.

Every device is different, of course, but the main

difference between a smartwatch and a fitness

tracker is apps. Smartwatches generally have

them and fitness trackers generally don’t.

Not all fitness technology goes on your wrist.

Smart scales have become even smarter recently

and many of them now connect to the health app

on your phone, so you can see changes to your

body composition and your weight over time. If

you don’t feel like dropping £130-plus on a Nokia

/ Withings smart scale, the budget technology

brand Eufy makes some really nice smart ones for

much less: its Bluetooth-connected smart scales

are currently £39.99 and work brilliantly.

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The Healthy Way to Do


Over the last few years, growing concerns about the

environmental cost of eating meat and dairy products

have transformed veganism from a fringe dietary

choice to an everyday concept embraced by more

and more people. Unsurprisingly, then, Veganuary

– founded in 2014 to encourage people to go vegan

throughout January – is more popular than ever.

However, if you’re going vegan for a whole month

or more, it’s important to understand how to get the

vital nutrients you usually might get predominantly

from meat or dairy.


One of the most often voiced concerns about

veganism is that a plant-based diet makes it hard to

meet your protein requirements. But with knowledge

and planning, it’s perfectly possible to get all the

protein you need from a vegan diet.

Proteins are made up of amino acids, which fall into

three categories:

• Non-essential amino acids: this misleading name

doesn’t mean they’re non-essential to our health,

but that they’re non-essential to our diet, as our

bodies can produce them.

• Conditional amino acids: only normally required in

our diet if we’re ill or under stress, when the body

may not be able to make enough to cope with

increased demand.

• Essential amino acids: amino acids our bodies can’t

make, so they are ‘essential’ elements of a healthy


Essential Amino Acids

There are nine essential amino acids and between

them, they perform functions such as: hormone,

energy, neurotransmitter, protein, haemoglobin

and enzyme production; mineral absorption; muscle

growth; detoxification; blood sugar regulation and

wound healing. You do not need to eat essential

amino acids at every meal, but you do need to include

them all in your meals over the day.

There are a few foods that provide all nine

essential amino acids in good quantity, including

soy, quinoa and buckwheat, so incorporating

at least one of these into your meals every day

is an easy way to ensure you’re getting all your

essential amino acids. Quorn products contain

all nine too, but check you’re buying the vegan

rather than vegetarian options that often include

egg. Spirulina is blue or green algae that’s high in

protein, iron, manganese and B vitamins (although

not B12). It’s available as a supplement or as a

powder that can be added to meals or drinks.

Some other dietary sources:

Phenylalanine: lentils, beans, nuts (particularly

peanuts, pistachios and almonds), seeds

(pumpkin, squash, watermelon and chia), and

vegetables (kale, broccoli and baked potatoes).

Valine: tofu, lentils, pumpkin seeds, peanuts,

mushrooms, whole grains, figs, apricots, kidney

beans and vegetables (broccoli and baked


Threonine: lentils, watercress, spinach, sesame

seeds, kidney beans, almonds, walnuts, asparagus

and wheat germ.

Tryptophan: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds,

chickpeas and almonds.

Methionine: grains, peanuts, tempeh and seeds.

Leucine: tofu, tempeh, lentils, figs, apples, beans,

legumes, seeds (hemp, pumpkin and sunflower).

Isoleucine: lentils, beans (black, pinto), nuts,

seeds, apples, blueberries.

Lysine: black beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds.

Histidine: tofu, lentils, beans, oat bran, pumpkin

seeds and whole grains.

Minerals and vitamins


Men aged 18 and over need about 8.7mg of iron

a day, while women (aged 19 to 50 years) need

about 14.8mg a day, and women over 50 just

8.7mg of iron a day. Sources: pulses (beans, lentils

and peas), nuts, dried fruit such as raisins, darkgreen

vegetables (watercress, broccoli and spring

greens), cereals fortified with iron, wholegrains

such as brown rice and brown bread (two slices

of wholemeal bread (80g) contain around 1.9mg

of iron).

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Adults need about 700mg of calcium a day. Sources:

fortified unsweetened soya, rice and oat milk, leafy

green vegetables, almonds, sesame seeds and

tahini, dried fruit, pulses, brown (wholemeal) and

white bread (two slices of wholemeal bread (80g)

contain around 85mg of calcium).

Don’t forget that your body needs vitamin D to

absorb calcium.

Vitamin D:

While we can make Vitamin D when exposed to

sunshine, in the UK, we don’t get enough sunshine

to do so between October and March; the NHS

recommends that everyone should take a Vitamin

D supplement during this time. Sources: Spinach,

kale, fortified margarine, fortified fat spreads and

fortified breakfast cereals.

Vitamin B12:

Adults need about 1.5 micrograms of vitamin B12 a

day and vegan sources are limited.

Sources: Products fortified with B12, e.g. yeast

extract spreads such as Marmite, breakfast cereals

and soya products.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

There’s currently no recommended daily intake.

Sources: flaxseed oil, rapeseed oil, mangoes,

walnuts, butternut squash and soya-based foods

(such as tofu).

Health veganism in pregnancy and childhood

Pregnant women may find it hard to get enough

iron, vitamin D and vitamin B12 on a vegan diet,

so seek advice from your doctor or midwife.

Breastfeeding mothers may need extra B12 too.

Vegan food tends to be bulky and high in fibre, so

children may be full before they’ve eaten enough

calories and nutrients. They may require extra

supplements. Talk to a a dietitian or doctor before

you start introducing your baby to solids or moving

your older child onto a vegan diet.

This information should help you plan your meals to

ensure you have a healthy Veganuary. Enjoy!

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Are you seeking advice on your pensions or do you have some money that

you would like to invest?

When seeking financial advice, it can be difficult to know where to look or who to turn to.

I’m Wayne Griffiths and I’m a local Independent Financial Adviser with over 25 years’

experience in banking and finance. My experience allows me to assist you in all areas of your

financial planning, whether it be for your personal or your business needs. My goal is to build

long term relationships with my clients by offering a high level of service. I aim to ensure that

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Live in Hope

Hope, like love, is one of those words that is

overused and undervalued. Its impact has

been lessened as it has become a filler in

everyday speech and, perhaps, familiarity has

bred contempt. I hope you are all sitting

comfortably: though do I? Not that I wish you,

dear reader, to sit in discomfort or indeed to

stand to attention whilst reading. However,

I can hardly say I given much thought to the

matter nor do I have much invested in the


Hopes can be raised and dashed. One can live

in hope or consider it a hopeless case. So,

what is hope? Well I am not going to try and

provide a comprehensive etymology on its

meaning or social history on its use; but what

I can do is consider its power, and what the

Bible says it looks like.

If it is merely a wish or desire that lacks any

expectation then hope is powerless and

ineffectual. I can hope for all sorts of things

that are impossible or highly unlikely and

rather than being helpful, it is likely to lead to

disappointment and frustration. Appealing

to hope if misplaced has the opposite effect

as one might expect. This all sounds rather

miserable; however, hope has the capacity

to energise people to do remarkable things,

face incredible odds, and survive in extreme

circumstances. It is powerful and can have a

real and lasting impact. So what is the key to

hope which does not disappoint?

Well the Bible says the answer is faith.

In the book of Hebrews we read “Now

faith is confidence in what we hope for and

assurance about what we do not see.” Hope

and faith work hand in hand. Hope operates

where we do not know the outcome but we

have confidence that it will be good – usually

this is because we know and trust the people

or powers that have some control over what

is to happen. It is the trust that accompanies

hope which gives hope its power.

In the Bible passage the context is hoping for

God’s plan to restore and mend the damaged

relationship between himself and us. If we

know that God is good and just and he has

called us to trust him; then our hope is certain.

As we start this new year there may be many

things you are hoping for – perhaps look at

what or who you are able to trust to turn

weak hope into something more certain.

Have a great month.

Peter Russell

Prayer for Coulsdon & Old Coulsdon exists to

encourage Christians to pray for all aspects

of our community. Our informal meetings

last for one hour and if you are interested in

joining us you will be most welcome:

Monday 13th – 9am at 56 Bradmore Way,


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Looking for somewhere a little bit different for your

afternoon tea? Well, a charming vintage tearoom has just

opened its doors in an enchanting woodland setting on

the edge of Coulsdon.

Found in a small copse known as Mother Kitty’s Shaw,

tucked away in Rickman Hill Recreation Ground, Dotty’s Tea

Garden will be offering breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, as

well as coffee and cakes.

Originally a cricket pavilion, then a soft-play centre, this once-neglected building has now

been beautifully renovated. Also, as the sister café of the award-winning Dotty’s Teahouse in

Carshalton, the café will feature their quirky décor, upcycled furniture and vintage crockery.

“We are thrilled to have opened our second establishment in this lovely location,” says owner

Rebecca Mackenzie. “Being a little bit off the beaten track, it’s the perfect place for people to

relax and unwind among nature before enjoying a trip to our tearoom.”

Serving loose leaf-teas, small-batch coffee, delicious cakes, their trademark cheese-on-toast

and other home-made delights, they will also be offering the decadent afternoon teas for

which they have become famous.

There will be special events, too, such as a weekly story-time for the little ones, and the

tearoom will be available for private hire.



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Our eccentric inventors: are

they having the last laugh?

They might have been created

the best part of a century ago,

but William Heath Robinson’s

delightfully oddball cartoons

seem to have a special

resonance for us today,

in an age obsessed with


Born in 1872, the famous

British illustrator became

a household name with his

tongue-in-cheek drawings

of imaginary, labour-saving

contraptions assembled from

old bicycle wheels, bits of

wood, lengths of piping and

lots and lots of string. Take

his wonderful illustration

of a butler spooning peas

into a heating device (which

occupies most of the space on

his employer’s dining table).

As the butler adds the peas,

his employer turns a handle

that transports them along a

complicated structure, using

pulleys and a conveyor belt,

until they reach his mouth.

Another much-loved cartoon

is The Wart Chair, where an

elderly man sits perched on a

stool, ready to pluck off the

wart growing on the top of his

bald head with the help of a

mirror on a stand, a large hook

and a lever.

Heath Robinson used gentle

humour to celebrate the kind

of well-intentioned amateur

inventor who typically spends

hours tinkering with various

odds and ends, dreaming

of the commercial success

that will eventually make his

or her fortune. Times may

have changed, but thankfully

we still have inventors who

are happy to keep plodding

away in the hope of a big

breakthrough – even if some

of their ideas are almost as

wacky as those featured in

Heath Robinson’s drawings.

“Like everything else in

life, it takes a lot of hard

work and perseverance to

succeed,” says Stephen Key,

an American inventor and

expert on product licensing.

In a recent blog entitled “The

Reality of Being an Inventor”,

Stephen warns: “You will

fail over and over again,”

adding “That’s perfectly OK.

Just keep moving in the right

direction and learn from all

your failures.” Here are two

British inventors who have

been willing to risk failure

(and ignore ridicule) in order

to follow their chosen paths.

John Ward and the window

cleaners’ friend

Eccentric inventor John Ward

is known for inventions such

as the musical frying pan, the

revolving teaspoon and the

portable bra warmer. “I’m

a self-taught engineer, just

picking things up along the

way,” he told his local paper,

Lincolnshire Life. Starting

out as a trainee painter and

decorator, John tried several

occupations before deciding

to build a career around his

barmy inventions.

Like the contraptions in Heath

Robinson’s cartoons, John

uses recycled materials to

create many of his inventions.

These include a ‘Helicopter

car’ built of reused Metro car

parts; the ‘Tri-bath’ – a boat

made of three old bathtubs

joined together on a frame,

and last but definitely not

least, the ‘Ladder-bicycle’:

a bike which can be ridden,

but when turned through

ninety degrees becomes a

handy stepladder for cleaning


Although John doesn’t take

his work too seriously, his

creative and practical skills

have caught the attention

of the media and the

commercial world: He was

invited to showcase his

inventions on TV in America,

Australia, Japan, New

Zealand and Russia as well

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as appearing closer to home

on programmes such as the

Richard and Judy Show. He

has also been involved in all

kinds of promotional work

and is often asked to create

props, store displays and

contraptions to be shown at

county shows and exhibitions.

Willy Johnson’s bottle top


Willy Johnson is another

British inventor who has

patented a number of

weird and wonderful ideas,

including the ‘Expanding

plant pot’, a pleated plastic

container “which can be

expanded progressively to

accommodate increased

root growth … as the plant

therein grows.” He has also

invented a novelty floating

soap containing a compressed

sponge (that only becomes

accessible once the soap is

used up) and a television that

can be turned off by means of

a ‘soft missile’ thrown at the


Although none of these

inventions has yet reached

a mass market, one of Willy

Johnson’s recent inspirations

has attracted considerable

media interest. With singleuse

plastics now under the

spotlight, Willy has found

an ingenious way to provide

further life for the humble

bottle top. His invention,

known as a ‘ToPo®’, has been

designed to be used as a fun

educational toy once the

bottle is empty. ToPo® bricks

are similar to Lego but bigger:

they can be joined together

in two horizontal dimensions

but can also lock together

vertically, creating all kinds of

shapes, and the addition of

a single letter on each brick

means they can also be used

to spell out words.

A well-known design and

construction consultant has

already made a prototype,

and they have suggested

it would take only a few

minor adjustments to

existing equipment for

bottle manufacturers to start

making this clever, dualpurpose


While William Heath

Robinson’s work pokes gentle

fun at the lengths some

inventors will go to in order

to develop a winning idea,

it’s great to see two British

inventors whose off-the-wall

approach and quirky creativity

has paid off. It shows how far

you might be able to go with

a few recycled bits and pieces

… and a lot of string.

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Crafty Knit-Wits Santa helping to raise funds for two deserving causes

A local knitting group, known as ‘The Crafty Knit-

Wits’ recently created a magnificent Santa Claus

to encourage pub-goers to make donations to two

very deserving charities.

The life-sized figure in The Jack and Jill public house

on the Mount in Coulsdon is inviting drinkers to put

the cost of a pint, or a glass of wine into his knitted

pint of Guinness which covers a charity collecting


The Coulsdon Crafty Knit-Wits ladies who meet each

Wednesday afternoon at The Jack and Jill were

challenged to knit a life-sized figure in return for a

£100 donation to a charity. This amount was

immediately matched by the publican of The Jack

and Jill.

Linda Rickford, who formed the friendly knitting

group said:

“This challenge was viewed initially as a joke, but

when we realised we already had the potential to

raise at least £200, how could we turn it down?

Amid gales of laughter and lots of hilarity, we got our

knitting needles and crochet hooks busy and Santa

was born!

Our special thanks go to The Art and Craft Valley Shop

in Coulsdon, who sponsored the red wool and Tomas,

our friendly publican, who allows us to meet each

week in the pub.

The money raised will go to two charities dear to our

hearts – The Ryan Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in

Coulsdon and Astro Brain Tumour Fund.”

Linda Rickford is a trustee of Astro Brain Tumour

Fund, having become involved with the charity after

her then 28-year-old son, David, was diagnosed with

an ependymoma, a rare type of low-grade brain tumour.

Astro Brain Tumour Fund, a Member Charity

of Brain Tumour Research, is the only UK charity

exclusively focused on raising funds for

The Knit-Wits with Tom Brake MP

research into these potentially dangerous lowgrade

tumours, which recently have been described

as ‘the underfunded of the underfunded.’

The charity is run entirely by volunteers, so all

donations will go towards this much needed

research. For more information about the charity,


Linda added: “People often think that because these

tumours are low-grade and are viewed as ‘benign’

they are not dangerous, but they are anything but

benign. Because the brain is encased in a rigid skull,

these tumours have no place to go when they grow

and they press on parts of the brain essential for

speech, balance, memory, coordination, mobility,

vision or even life, causing profound disabilities and

ultimately, sadly death. Astro Brain Tumour Fund

also runs a Facebook Support Group for patients and

carers all over the world; the members which are

able to offer tips and also comfort and support each


Sarah-Jane Ward, another knitter, of The Ryan MS

Therapy Centre said: “The Centre welcomes anyone

from the South London and Surrey areas. We offer

specialist physiotherapy classes together with Pilates,

counselling, podiatry, APS pain relief, reflexology,

massage and Reiki.

We can also run Fatigue Management Workshops

and Occupational Therapy clinics. Just as important,

is our social, fun and relaxed environment where our

members can make new friends, have a laugh and get

support and tips from others living with MS.”

For further info visit

To make a donation to the Ryan MS Therapy Centre,

go to

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Everything you need

to know about hybrids

Looking to move into the world of

electrification? Here’s all you need to know

about hybrids.

With all the talk of electrification

of cars and everyone looking to

reduce their carbon footprint,

hybrid models have become more

and more popular with buyers.

If you’re interested but are not

sure what they are and what

different types are available,

we’ve got you covered.


As the name suggests, it’s a

hybrid of an electric vehicle and

an internal combustion engine

(usually powered by petrol or

diesel). It will have a batterypowered

electric motor that will

work in conjunction with the

combustion engine to power the


Generally, the idea is that the

electric motor takes care of the

driving at low speeds or while

accelerating, because that’s when

a combustion engine is at its

most inefficient. Then, once up

to speed, when the engine can

run at low effort to keep things

ticking along, it takes over.

The result is better fuel economy

– always a good thing!


Mild hybrid (MHEV)

The mild hybrid takes the hybrid

principles but utilises them in the

mildest of ways. They typically

have a small battery and an

electric motor that can take over

running the car’s ancillaries,

such as the headlights and air


This means the engine can

be turned off to save fuel at

times when it is not needed,

such as when decelerating or

when stopped. The important

distinction is that the wheels

cannot be powered by the

electric motor.

While it tends to mean the engine

isn’t being used at times when it’s

not being particularly inefficient

anyway, the economy gains are

fairly small. However, as it’s the

batteries that tend to add cost to

hybrids, mild hybrids tend to be

less expensive to buy than other



When you hear a car referred to

as simply a ‘hybrid’ alone, it tends

to mean that it has the capability

to run on pure electric but the

batteries can only be recharged

through regenerative braking.

This is when motors in the

wheels ‘harvest’ energy that

would normally be lost when

decelerating and braking and uses

it to replenish the battery charge.

This is where the term ‘selfcharging

hybrid’ comes from – you

never charge the vehicle from an

external source, it recharges itself

through regeneration.

On the positive side, hybrids are

much more economical than a

mild hybrid, because you can drive

on electric only, providing there’s

enough charge, and they tend

to be less expensive than plug-in


However, because they rely on

deceleration to charge, if you

do a lot of motorway miles at a

consistent speed you could find

the battery is dead once you get

to a town where you could use EV


Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

Plug-in hybrids are the ultimate

form of hybrid models, because

they can plug into an external

source of electricity to charge the


This means you can top the

batteries up to full charge

overnight and thus maximise the

electric-only range. If your daily

commute is quite short you might

rarely need petrol power, saving

you lots of money in the long run.

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The downside is that the charging

technology tends to make PHEVs

pricier than other hybrids, and if

you have no means to charge the

battery yourself, you might as

well save that initial cash and go

for a normal hybrid.



What is a self-charging hybrid?

In truth, there’s very little to

separate a ‘self-charging’ hybrid

from a regular hybrid. They still

use a single or pair of electric

motors to assist the petrol (or,

in small numbers, diesel) engine,

and they can’t be plugged in to

top up the batteries, either.

So how do you charge them?

Most hybrids come with the

option to use some of the

engine’s power output to charge

the batteries, therefore reserving

some electric power for later

use. In addition, nearly all hybrids

harness the energy generated

when braking and coasting,

pushing this kinetic energy into

the batteries. So really, a ‘selfcharging’

hybrid is just a hybrid

car that can’t be plugged into the


Would a hybrid benefit me?

This really depends on your daily

journeys. Those who do shorter

trips day-to-day are definitely

candidates for the swap to a

hybrid, as the vehicle can run on

all-electric power alone, meaning

that emissions are practically zero

and overall consumption of fuel

will be as low as possible.

In contrast, if you’re travelling

further afield more regularly

while at higher speeds, then a

conventionally powered car may

still be better. Hybrids struggle

to run on electric power at

motorway speeds and for long

distances, after which the smaller

combustion engine is left to

deal with propulsion all by itself,

resulting in higher emissions and

poor fuel economy.

Are hybrid cars reliable?

Despite a complex powertrain and

the multitude of new technologies

incorporated into a hybrid’s

setup, they are as reliable as a

conventional car. In fact, many

older hybrids have achieved high

mileages with little to no fuss,

and because of the stronger

regeneration you get from a hybrid

there’s less stress on the brakes


Do you get a plug-in grant?

Sadly, no – in March 2019 the

government announced that it

was axing the plug-in grant for

hybrid vehicles following a surge

in their popularity. Only all-electric

vehicles now qualify for the grant.

Are they eligible for exclusion

from low emissions zones?

Some hybrids are eligible for

an exclusion from London’s

low-emissions zone charge, but

the rules are far more stringent

than previously. Now, only hybrid

cars which emit less than 75g/km

CO2 and have a minimum zeroemissions

(or all-electric) range of

20 miles will be completely exempt

from the charge. As a result, older

vehicles may not get the discount.

Plus, in 2021, London’s Ultra Low

Emissions Zone is set to extend to

the north and south circular, and

no hybrids will get an exemption

from the charge.

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With self-representation being a

hot topic, all divorcing spouses

must be aware of the pitfalls of

proceeding without legal advice.

Take for example the internet

search yielding a result of fixed

fee divorce for £99.

Sound too good to be true?

Well, sorry to be cynical, but it usually is!

There are many hidden costs involved in

getting that divorce. The court costs alone

add up to nearly £600 and that’s before even

considering the

financial implications of


Services offering fixed

fee divorces for such low

sums do not assist with

the financial aspects of


Doing it yourself, the

financial implications of

divorce can be severe

if either overlooked or

dealt with without

having first sought advice.

All financial claims are opened in the divorce

Application. If, for example, this is filled in

incorrectly to begin with, a court cannot make

any ruling regarding the division of assets

unless a court application is made thereby

manufacturing costs which could have

otherwise been avoided.

Claims can even be missed.

What about pensions? How are you to deal

with those?

Have you agreed a financial settlement

between yourselves?

Be wary of relying on a verbal agreement too,

they have no weight in court.

By making an informal arrangement between

yourselves, it may not work in your favour.

Further, if you do not finalise your financial

arrangements through the court, you may

well find yourself in a situation many years

after the divorce

facing a court

application from your

ex spouse seeking

further payouts So,

whether you decide to

divorce online or Do It

Yourself, always seek

legal advice before

taking that first step

otherwise you may

find your divorce

costing considerably more than £99.

Ludlow Lane Solicitors offer fixed fee services

in relation to divorce and financial matters,

please see our website for details or

contact Sara Ludlow Lane for further


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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.


FREE For Children

Rhymetime. Tuesdays 10-10.30am. Babies,

toddlers and their adults.

Wiggle and Jiggle. Thursdays 11-11.30am.

Babies, toddlers and their adults.

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

and their adults.

Rock & Rhyme. Saturdays 10-10.30am.

Babies, toddlers and their adults.

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

their adults.

FREE for Adults

Talk on an illustrated history of Croydon

Airport. Friday 31st January 10.30-11.30am.

Admission free. Advanced booking required.

Adult reading group. 2nd Thursday of the

month from 2-3pm. Thursday 9th January.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion will be


One-to-one Ancestry computer sessions.

Monday 20th January 2-3pm and 3-4pm.

Contact Coulsdon Library to book.

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

Saturdays 10am-11am and 11am-12pm.

Please pre-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-



FREE For Children

Crafternoon. Tuesdays 3.15-4.15pm. 4-10 year


Storytime. Wednesdays 2.15-2.45pm. Under 5s.

Rhymetime. Fridays 11-11.30am. Babies and


FREE For Adults

Monthly coffee morning. 1st Saturday of the

month 10-11.30am.

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

Please contact the library to book.

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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Review Of The Year

CR5 Review of the Year Quiz

1. In August, Donald Trump cancelled a trip to Denmark after

the Danish Prime Minister said that what was not for sale?

2. In August, which team were expelled from the English

Football League due to unpaid debts?

3. To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, which TV soap opera

aired a special episode featuring an all-female cast?

4. What was the specific date in 2019 on which the UK was originally due to

leave the European Union?

5. In July, 15-year-old Jaden Ashman from Essex won over one million dollars

after coming second alongside his Dutch teammate in the World Cup finals of

which video game?

6. In January, who wrote to Emma Fairweather, saying "I have since learned you

suffered a broken arm. I am deeply sorry about this injury."?

7. A McDonald's restaurant in Edinburgh was asked by police to stop selling

what in May due to a visit from Nigel Farage?

8. In June, 89-year-old Colin Thackery became the oldest person to win what?

9. In September, what became the first ever British-made TV show to win an

Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series?

10. After talks with Irish leader Leo Varadkar in February, who said there is a

"special place in hell for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a

plan of how to carry it out safely"?

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How to keep

your dog

safe and




Although it’s a beautiful season, winter brings

unique challenges when you’re caring for a dog.

Keeping them safe and warm in these colder

months isn’t difficult, however – it just needs a little

foreword planning and awareness of the dangers.

Keep them warm after walks

Walks can be cold, wet, and muddy at this time of

the year, so make sure they’re dried off well when

you get back home. They’ll probably want to rest in a

nice warm bed that’s away from draughts.

Don’t leave them in the car

It’s not just summer heat that’s dangerous for dogs.

Leaving your dog alone in the car in winter exposes

them to the danger of hypothermia, which can be

fatal and is characterised by shivering, lethargy, and

shortness of breath.

Check for snow in their pads

It’s a good idea to check for compacted snow between

your dog’s pads – longhaired breeds are particularly

prone to this. The snow forms balls of ice that can be

very painful and should be removed or melted as soon

as possible.

Don’t forget visibility

The dark, short days of winter introduce a visibility

problem for you and your dog when you’re out

walking. It’s advisable to buy a light for their collar,

an LED lead, or use a reflective coat to ensure they’re

readily visible.

Keeping your dog warm and safe in winter requires a

little forethought, but then you can have plenty of fun

without worrying about the cold.

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Old Coulsdon

Camera Club

Want to learn how to take

better photos?

Got a new camera?

Why not make a New Year's

resolution to join a camera

club and improve your

photography in a friendly,

helpful atmosphere?

New members welcome.

We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.45pm –

10pm in Cameron Hall, Canons Hill, Old Coulsdon.

Visitors welcome £5 (refunded on joining).

Diary - January 2020

7th ‘Street Photography: Light and Life on the

Streets’ - Talk by Damien Demolder.

14th ‘Creative Minds’ – Photoshop workshop.

21th Monochrome Competition.

28th ‘Movement and Moment’

- Talk by Roger Ford FRPS EFIAP.

Bird’s Eye View, January 2020

John Birkett, RSPB Croydon Local Group

A very Happy New Year to all. And, if you are

not doing so already, why not make 2020

the year to turn your garden a place to Give

Nature a Home? Gardens form a significant

proportion of land use in the country and you

can be in control of what happens there. Even

a few small changes can make a difference.

Leave an area of grass to grow longer, have

a woodpile, don’t remove seedheads from all

of your plants and have some berry-bearing

shrubs (eg cotoneaster and berberis). The

berries can attract birds such as blackcap,

blackbirds, song thrushes and redwings in the

winter providing an ever changing panoply

of colour, especially if you provide other food

supplies. Sunflower hearts, seed mix, peanuts,

fatballs and apples (windfalls are fine) will add

to the species that turn up.

The weekend of 25-27 January 2020 sees the

next RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (BGBW).

To participate all you need are a pen, some

scrap paper and an hour to spend watching

the birds in your garden. You can

We’re running a Free Talk – ‘How to Take Better

Photos’ on Saturday 25th January at Caterham

Valley Library. Come along and meet us (places

are limited so early booking is advised).

For more information contact or visit

Will your list reflect that of birds seen

throughout the country? Will House Sparrow

or Ring-necked Parakeet be the most numerous

bird in your garden?

If you get the taste for watching the birds

in your garden throughout the year, I would

like to encourage you to participate on our

Group’s ongoing survey of Croydon’s birds.

This survey helps us to monitor which species

are breeding in and around our gardens. If you

want to take part in our survey or to find out

more about the RSPB Croydon Local Group’s

activities please visit our website


We really would like to see you at one of our


Redwing by

Ted Weston

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CR5 Just for Fun Crossword


1. Demand (6)

4. Swollen (5)

9. Tract of level high ground (7)

10. Examinations (5)

11. Restored to health (5)

12. Exact (7)

13. Arguing (11)

18. Sudden bursts of light (7)

20. Contest (5)

22. Strongly flavoured edible bulb (5)

23. Interconnected system (7)

24. Traffic light (5)

25. Changes to fit purpose (6)


1. Collision (6)

2. Step (5)

3. Slim (7)

5. Loosen (5)

6. Popular style (7)

7. Keeping down (11)

8. Pale or colourless (5)

14. Ingredient of nuclear power (7)

15. Restricted (7)

16. Happening, underway (5)

17. Trembles (6)

19. Thus (5)

21. Unit of soldiers (5)

CR5 Kids Answers from page 86

1.Waddles 2.Quackers, 3.Feathers, 4.Egbert

There are 66 untouched squares.

CR5 Codeword Answers from page 41

Feather B does not have a pair.

CR5 Review Of The Year Quiz Answers from p85

1. Greenland, 2. Bury, 3. Emmerdale,

4. March 29th, 5. Fornite, 6. Prince Philip (after

being involved in a car crash),

7. Milkshakes (fearing they would be thrown at

him), 8. Britain’s Got Talent, 9. Fleabag,

10. Donald Tusk

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CR5 Trip Down Memory Lane

This 1930’s aerial view of Netherne Hospital shows the existing water tower as well as the hospital

buildings that have given way to Netherne- on-the-Hill. The hospital traditionally had a strong cricket

eleven and a match can be seen in progress in the right-hand corner.

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

Apply to : Mrs J Ward, 5 Landscape Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9JB.

Help! Where did the year go?

No one really knows who wrote Psalm 102

in the Bible. Perhaps it was just before the

end of the exile, and the writer is speaking

personally and also for the nation. Whoever it

was, he or she was at a particularly low ebb.

Note the flow of what is said: “my days vanish

like smoke,” “I forget to eat my food,” I groan

aloud,” “my days are like an evening shadow,

I wither away like grass,” (verses 3-5,11).

Pretty depressing stuff, is it not? Maybe it

sums up how we may feel from time to time.

But the Psalmist moves on to a positive

conclusion. There is hope because of God’s

constant nature and because God is Eternal.

The Lord sits “enthroned forever,” he “will

arise and have compassion,” “respond to the

prayer of the destitute,” “and appear in his

glory” (verses 12-13,16-17). All this, the Psalm

continues, is written for people like you and

me: “Let this be written for a future

generation, that a people not yet created may

praise the Lord” (verse 18).

Hope for 2020

“But you remain the same,

and your years will never end”

Psalm 102:27 and Hebrews 1:12 (NIVUK)

We also don't know who wrote the Epistle to

the Hebrews, but he or she refers to Psalm

102, word for word in places. The unchanging

Eternal God provides peace of mind for us and

guarantees our future in Christ. Things around

us may grow old and perish, but God remains

the same and his years will never end.

The message for us at the end of 2019 is clear.

Jesus, who is Lord of all, remains who he is,

full of grace and always present for us. The

passage of time does not diminish his love for


Let’s continue to trust him in 2020.

Prayer: Great eternal gracious God, thank you

that your love for us is constant, despite the

passage of time, and guide us please through

the year ahead. In Jesus’ name. 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

01243 699812. To receive daily e-mail messages

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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

Toys & Tots

FREE weekly session

every Tuesday @ 11am

in the Church Hall

Committee Room

2 nd Tuesday each month

2pm – 4pm

in the Church Hall

fun quizzes and

entertainment for a






starts at 9.45am

Holy Communion, music

led by a versatile robed

choir and talented

organists, Junior Church

for our younger members.

modest donation

Holy Communion at 1.30pm Hall to Rent - email:

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Messy Church

Every 3rd Tuesday

3.30pm – 5.30 pm in

the Church Hall

Christmas dates

Sat. 7 th Dec - Carols at Coulsdon

Library at 10.45

Sun. 15 th Dec - Carols at Cane

Hill at 4.30pm

Sun. 22 nd Dec - 9 Lessons and

Carols at 6.00pm

Tue. 24 th Dec

• Crib Service by Candlelight

at 4.00pm and 5.00pm

• Midnight Mass at 11pm,with

Choir Carols at 10.30pm

Christmas day Eucharist

at 9.45am

What’s On in the Community

FREE page for local charities and non-profit making organisations

making things possible

London South

We can be contacted on 07780 366 130

Something you need to do, but can't manage.

Something which would help your comfort, but not available.

Something you play, but the equipment does not suit.

Contact Remap London South for ideas, adaptions, and custom aids.

Remap London South is a registered charity supported by voluntary donations.

Charity Reg No. 1137666.



Are you interested in fundraising for

Marie Curie and making a difference in

your local community? If so, we’d love to

hear from you!

From taking part in a bucket collection, to joining the

Coulsdon and Purley Fundraising Group, there are

lots of different ways you can get involved and there

is something to suit everyone! No matter what you

choose to do, by donating your time you can help us

support more people living with a terminal illness

and their families.

To find out more, please call your local

Community Fundraiser today on 01883 832621.

Charity reg no. 207994 (England & Wales), SC038731 (Scotland) D836n

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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 January 2020 - A Decorative Art

- The History of Wallpapers

For further details phone 0208 657 2496 or


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 Jan 13, 2020:

“Orchids of Italy’s Gargano Peninsula” -

Andrew Cleave. The Gargano Peninsula is home

to over 50 species of orchids and hybrids, several

of them endemic to this area. Flowers, birds,

butterflies, lizards and beautiful scenery make this

a photographer’s paradise.

For more information contact John Davis

on 020-8640 4578

or see

Note: on request we give illustrated bird talks to local


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We are looking for a new scout leader

(or co-leaders) for our popular Friday

night troop.

No experience needed! Contact to find

out more

Find a new highlight to

your week!

Friendly new non-auditioning community

choir at St Mark’s Church, Woodcote.

Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 during term


See website for details

07895 461741


wish all their friends & neighbours a

Very Happy New Year.

Your are invited to our next

meeting on

Weds 8th January 2020

A New Year’s Tea Party

With musical entertainment at

The Cameron Hall

Old Coulsdon


Contact Audrey Stephens

01883 344863

or just come along

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If you like getting out into the countryside, and

visiting interesting places, with friendly people.


We are a Rambling Club , who do :--


( 8 to 12 Miles) every Sunday


(4 to 8 Miles) two per month


London (1 to 4 Miles) two per month

We also have a COFFEE MORNING, 11am

on the 2nd Monday of every month at the

Croydon Clockhouse Cafe in Croydon Central

Library. Come and have a coffee and a chat,

and find out all about us !!

OR Pick up a Programme in your local


For further information, visit our Website

ASC is a partnership between Age UK

Croydon, Croydon Vision and Disability

Croydon providing information, advice and

support for older people living in Croydon.

We are running Information and Advice

sessions at:

Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired,

Grange Park Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon

every Monday.

•Drop ins 10.00am – 12.30pm

•Appointments 2.00pm – 4.00pm

To book an appointment or speak to a

member of our team, contact the Helpline

020 8686 0066

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Croydon & District Branch

The Civil Service Pensioner’s Alliance


The Croydon CSPA group meets on the

2nd Tuesday morning of each month from

10.15 to 12.00.

We meet at the United Reformed Church,

Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon CRO 5LP

Tea/coffee and biscuits are available for 50p.

We invite any retired civil servants to join

us for a sociable and informative morning.

We have a short discussion on pensionerrelated

matters followed by a raffle and an

interesting talk by a guest speaker.

The United Reformed Church is 5 minutes

from East Croydon railway station, tram

and bus stops.

For further information please contact

Maxine Leyland

Tel 01737 554512.

Fun, Fitness & Friendship

NEW VENUE (from September 2019):

Coulsdon Methodist Church Hall,

Brighton Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2BE,

Every Friday, 7.30pm – 10pm.

New season starts on 13th Sept 2019.

Suitable for all from beginner to

advanced. Everyone welcome!

No partner required and no special clothes –

just soft shoes.

Members £5 Non Members £6

Further information from Dorothy

01737 551724

Charity ref: 1063364

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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.




We are a small social badminton

club who play on a Thursday evening

at Oasis Academy Old Coulsdon

from 8pm - 10pm.

We are looking for new members

with reasonable ability, so if you are

interested please call

07919 856721

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.


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.


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Kenley Flyers WI

Why not come along and join us for a

friendly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of

every month, make new friends, enjoy

listening to speakers with a difference, or

try your hand at different skills.

Some of our activities include quizzes,

lunches, dinners, outings, theatre trips,

book club, scrabble group and craft


We meet at Kenley Memorial Hall,

Godstone Road, Kenley CR8 5AB at 7.30pm





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.

For further information call Pauline on

020 8660 3810

or email

There’s more than meets the eye at

Kenley Flyers WI !


We are a group of local amateur artists of

all standards that come to practice and

improve skillsin an informal and friendly


The Society has classes supervised by two

Tutors for portrait and still life work, either

painting in oils, watercolours, pencil, crayon

or pastel work. Our Tutors are both working

artists of an excellent standard.

We meet on Thursday evenings during the

school term between 7.30 and 9.30pm at

the Old Coulsdon Bowling Club,

81 Coulsdon Rd, Coulsdon, CR5 2LD.

For more information see:

OR just turn up at the Old Coulsdon

Bowling Club on a Thursday evening 7:30 –

9:30pm during term dates.

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Crossword Answers from p88

Happy New Year to you all.

Across: 1 Insist, 4 Puffy, 9 Plateau, 10

Tests, 11 Cured, 12 Precise,

13 Quarrelling, 18 Flashes, 20 Match,

22 Onion, 23 Network, 24 Amber, 25


Down: 1 Impact, 2 Stair, 3 Slender, 5

Untie, 6 Fashion, 7 Suppressing,

8 Ashen, 14 Uranium, 15 Limited, 16

Afoot, 17 Shakes, 19 Hence, 21 Troop.

We agreed the most sales

in Old Coulsdon for 2019 *

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Data Collected: 1st January 2019 – 15th December 2019 Source: Rightmove

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