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November 2014
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Rose Theatre
awarded grant
Get The Festive Season
Off To A Flying Start
Rose Theatre Kingston has been awarded
a grant of £25,000 from the Garfield
Weston Foundation to support the
theatre’s 2015 programme of activity.
The 2015 programme will include a new
production of William Shakespeare’s
Romeo + Juliet, directed by Olivier-Award
nominated Sally Cookson, and a national
tour of David Hare’s The Absence of
War directed by Jeremy Herrin, in a coproduction with Headlong and Sheffield
Earlier this year, the Rose received a
West End transfer for its co-production
of Hetty Feather and won a UK Theatre
Award ‘Best Touring Production’ of
Brian Friel’s Translations which was coproduced with Sheffield Theatres and
English Touring Theatre. ages.
Tickets are currently on sale for Romeo
+ Juliet which will run from Sat 28 Feb
until Sat 21 Mar and The Absence of War
which will run from Tuesday 14 until
Saturday 25 April.
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Elmbridge to consider
ripping up current plan
for housing development
Officers at Elmbridge Borough
Council said that they may rip up their
current plan for housing development
following key changes to Government
Since the Council adopted its Core
Strategy in 2011, the Government
has made significant changes to the
way local authorities have to plan for
new housing. In particular, all local
authorities must now assess, and try to
meet in full, the need for new homes in
their area.
Portfolio Holder for Regulatory
Affairs and Planning Policy, Andrew
Kelly, said: "Elmbridge Council has
worked hard over the past few years
to put in place plans to guide future
development in the Borough. However,
changes to Government Policy mean
that we need to reconsider how we
plan for new housing development.
There are significant pressures across
the country to provide new homes
and we need to think again about how
many homes we need and where these
can and can’t go.
"This work is vital to ensure the
Council has a robust and defendable
Local Plan that is in accordance with
Government Policy. It will help us to
determine whether or not our current
plan for accommodating new homes is
fit for purpose or if we need to produce
a new plan. Most importantly it will
ensure decisions on where housing
goes are made locally not by central
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Elmbridge is asking for feedback to proposed
modifications to the Elmbridge Borough Council
Development Management Plan that was submitted for
Examination in May 2014.
The main modifications are intended to address matters
of soundness and it is these that are being consulted upon.
The Proposed Main Modifications relate to a number of
policies but primarily focus upon the housing policy, both
Green Belt policies, the heritage policy and monitoring.
Comments on the Proposed Main Modifications must
be submitted by 4.00pm on Monday 8 December 2014.
The Proposed Main Modifications were approved at
Individual Cabinet Member Decision Making meeting
held on the 22 October 2014.
Hard copies are available for inspection at Elmbridge
Civic Centre, High Street, Esher KT10 9SD between
8.45am and 5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8.45am
to 4.45pm on Fridays.
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Border Agency
detains seven
more from lorry at
Cobham Services
Seven people suspected of being illegal immigrants
have been found in the back of a truck at Cobham
The discovery comes a day after 11 people were
caught hiding in the back of a lorry between
Clacket Lane Services, between junction 5 and
junction 6 at Godstone. Reports suggest that they
travelled from Eritrea. Most of the group were
The latest discovery in Cobham was made
around 1.00pm Friday 24 October 24.
The group was made up of men and woman aged
19 to 37 years old from Sudan and Eritrea. The
lorry they travelled in came from Austria, reports
The police detained them on suspicion of illegally
entering the UK. The UK Border Agency is now
handling the matter.
Last month Living Within reported that two men
and two women had been arrested on suspicion of
entering the country illegally after they were found
in the back of a lorry at Cobham services.
Kingston Hospital
puts plans in place
to manage Ebola
Two men die after falling from
Kingston car park
The names of two men who fell from the same
Kingston car park in seperate incidents have been
bandied around social media sites.
London Ambulance services rushed to Eden
Walk car park just before 2.30pm on Monday 20
October having been alerted that a man in his 30s
had fallen from the 700 space multi-storey car park.
Earlier, the police received a call that a man had
been sitting on the top floor of the car park.
When they arrived they found him lying down
below at the back of Neville House in Eden Street.
Police officers attempted to resuscitate the man
without success. He died at the scene.
The death is not being treated as suspicious.
The man’s name has not yet been officially
released, but the police believe they know who he
On the following day, Tuesday 21 October, the
police and London Ambulance were called back to
Eden Walk car park when they were told that a man
was sitting on a roof edge.
Half an hour later he fell and was pronounced
dead at the scene.
The shutters to the car park were pulled down
to protect the public from seeing the body and
remained closed for several hours.
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Kingston Hospital has revealed that it has
developed plans and procedures for dealing with
Director of Nursing and Patient Experience
Duncan Burton says: "I can reassure patients,
visitors and staff that we have well developed plans
and procedures in place for dealing with viruses
such as Ebola and we are following all the national
guidance issued by Public Health England.
"Our A&E staff have already carried out training
on this issue to ensure our processes are robust
and we are able to respond quickly and safely in
the unlikely event that a patient comes to A&E
with suspected Ebola.
"If a patient was confirmed to have Ebola, they
would be transferred to one of the dedicated
national units which have the facilities and
expertise needed for ongoing care."
If patients come to the Trust, posters alert them
to the fact that, if they have returned from Guinea,
Liberia or Sierra Leone in the last 21 days and
they feel unwell or have recently had a fever, they
should inform staff immediately.
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Surrey remains a top GCSE performer
Surrey County Council continues to be among the
top-performing authorities at GCSE, according to
figures released by the Department for Education
for exams in 2014.
They show that:
• Almost three-quarters of pupils getting
five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C,
putting Surrey in the top 10% of education
authorities in England
• The result ranked the county 14th out of
151 authorities
• Almost two-thirds of 10 pupils got five or
more GCSEs at grades A* to C including
maths and English, outperforming their
counterparts nationally.
Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council Cabinet
Member for Children and Learning, said: "Despite
the huge pressure on places from spiralling
demand, once again Surrey schools are setting a
high standard and credit must go to head teachers
and their teams, parents and to the hard-working
"Being ranked among the top performers is a
reflection of their dedication and effort but we will
continue to work hard to ensure standards in our
schools keep on improving, while also pressing
for more help to deal with the £215m funding gap
we’re facing for places in Surrey’s classrooms."
Surrey is facing a £54m funding gap for next
September’s 3,000 school places and a £215m
shortfall in total.
It needs to find 13,000 places in the next five
years in response to a surging birth rate and more
people moving to the county.
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Rare British bulldog puppy stolen
Surrey Police officers are appealing for help across
the county in tracing a lilac-coloured rare puppy
worth £16,000 that was stolen in Tadworth.
The British Bulldog puppy was taken from a
home at around 8.00pm on Friday 17 October by
a man who was at the address with the intention
of buying it.
However after being given the eight-week old
puppy to hold he ran out of the house and assaulted
a woman, a relative of the dog breeder, on his way to
getting in a car outside.
In driving away the car reversed nearly running
over another relative of the dog breeder.
The man who took the dog is described as black,
5ft 10inches, of medium build, with short black afro
style hair, and had one of his top teeth missing.
He was wearing a black Lacoste jumper, black
jeans and black Nike Air trainers.
The man driving the car is described as white, with
a pointy nose and wearing a black cap.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Eloise
Lock said: "This was a nasty incident which has left
the dog breeder and her family distressed.
"The puppy is extremely distinguishable and rare
because of its colour. We are hoping because of that
the public can help us reunite it with the owner.
"Anyone who may have been offered the puppy
or knows anything about where it might have been
sold is urged to get in touch with us by calling 101,
quoting the reference number 45140087810."
Fatal collision in Weybridge
Police officers are appealing for witnesses after
a man suffered serious injuries and later died
following a collision in Weybridge.
The incident occurred around 7.45pm on
Saturday 4 October in St Mary's Road, Oatlands,
when a black Honda Jazz was in collision with a
pedestrian, 67-year-old Allan George Chandler,
close to the junction with Oatlands Drive, just
outside The Alexander public house.
St Mary's Road was closed for a short time to
allow emergency services to attend the scene. Mr
Chandler, who lived in Weybridge, was taken by
ambulance to St George's Hospital in Tooting with
serious head injuries.
Sadly he died from his injuries. His next of kin
have been informed.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have
witnessed the collision or the events leading up to
it to contact the police as a matter of urgency.
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey
Police Collision Investigation Unit on 01483
639922, quoting reference P14287191
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Damasonium alisma is currently found at less the 100 sites
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Proving to be every bit as popular as the latest
chart topping music sensation, Walton Bridge has
won a third gong this year after scooping an award
celebrating the cream of the construction industry.
The bridge, which was the first new Thames
crossing in 20 years when it opened in summer
2013, picked up the Best Practice Award at
the British Construction Industry Awards on
Wednesday 8 October.
Built for the county council on time and on
budget by contractors Atkins and Costain, Walton
Bridge carries more than 35,000 vehicles a day
between Shepperton and Walton on Thames, and
the latest accolade comes after two awards in June
from the Institution of Civil Engineers.
John Furey, the county council’s Cabinet Member
for Highways, praised Walton Bridge project
supervisor James Young when he announced the
award to Full Council on Tuesday 14 October.
One of the rarest plants in the world has reappeared
on the Esher Commons for the first time since
2005 following management works.
The Starfruit (Damasonium alisma) is a plant of
muddy pond margins, has always been exceedingly
rare in the UK and is now endangered. It's very
difficult to manage for as it requires specific
conditions throughout its life cycle.
The site on the Esher Commons Site of Special
Scientific Interest is one of only two sites it can
be found flowering in the UK. In fact this plant is
currently found at less the 100 sites worldwide.
Natural England (the Government Body for
Nature Conservation) are delighted that it has
responded to the work carried out by the Elmbridge
countryside team last autumn.
A Council spokesperson said: "This is a great
example of our commitment to nature conservation
in Elmbridge. The Countryside Team working
with conservation volunteer groups such as the
Lower Mole Project have been actively managing
these ponds for Starfruit with positive results for
over 20 years now and we really pleased that we
have continued to conserve this rare plant."
Pensioner sustains life threatening injuries
after being knocked over by car in Walton
A call for witnesses has been issued following a
collision between a car and a pedestrian in Walton
on Thames.
The incident occurred at around 6.35pm on
Thursday 23 October on Hersham Road, Walton
on Thames in the vicinity of the BP garage and
involved a blue Vauxhall Vectra.
The pedestrian, a woman in her 70s, sustained
life threatening injuries and was taken to St
Georges Hospital.
Road closures were put in place while emergency
crews attended the scene. Closures were lifted at
around 9.30pm.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events
surrounding it is urged to contact Surrey Police on
101 quoting reference P14305852.
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Pensioner suffers serious injuries following
hit and run incident just outside Weybridge
The main road into Weybridge from Addlestone was closed for several hours last month following a hit
and run incident in which a pensioner was knocked over by a van.
The casualty was a lady in her 70s. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to St George's Hospital
in Tooting.
The incident happened around 10.15am on Thursday 16 October
Officers believe that the vehicle may be a transit-type of van or similar, possibly larger.
Following the incident officers closed A317 Weybridge Road at the junction with Station Road. The
east-bound carriageway remained closed until later in the day.
Anyone who witnessed the incident should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference P14298236, or
call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
New car park scheme at Kingston Hospital
Kingston Hospital has upgraded its current car
parking system to help improve the visitor and
patient experience.
The changes - which will come into effect this
month - will allow patients and visitors to pay
on exit, make telephone and credit/debit card
payments in addition to the current pay and
display options.
Working in partnership with ParkingEye, the
Trust will be installing Automatic Number Plate
Recognition (ANPR) cameras on its visitor and
staff car parks to capture the number plates of all
vehicles as they enter and exit the car parks and
check that the correct amount has been paid for
their length of stay.
The new system has a number of advantages;
allowing users to pay on exit, meaning users of
the car park will no longer have to worry if they
have paid the correct amount or if they overstay
the length of time paid. Tickets will no longer
have to be displayed in the vehicles so users
with mobility problems will not have to make
additional trips to their vehicles. There will also
be a number of payment options including Pay
by Phone and credit/debit card payment so users
do not need to worry about having the correct
change. The Pay by Phone service will allow users
to telephone, text or download a mobile phone
app or may be accessed via the internet.
Sarah Tedford, Deputy Chief Executive at
Kingston Hospital, said: "The Trust is pleased to
be upgrading its car parking system to address
some of the concerns of patients and visitors.
The new system will be easier to use and allow
patients and visitors to choose the easiest method
of payment for them."
There will be no increase to the car parking
charges, which will still apply at current levels and
the charging period will also remain unchanged,
from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week. Blue
Badge Holders will still be able to park on site free
of charge by registering their Blue Badge with the
Parking Charge Notices will only be issued to
those motorists who are in breach of the terms
and conditions of the car park such as parking
in inappropriate spaces or non-payment of the
Claygate retains Boccia title
Claygate Centre for the Community ensured its
team made the most of the "home court advantage"
triumphing in their fourth consecutive Boccia
Tournament between six of Elmbridge's Centres
for the Community.
Six Centres For The Community, including
Walton, Weybridge, Molesey, Claygate, Cobham
and Hersham, competed in the annual tournament.
The tournament was hosted at Claygate Centre for
The Community and run by the Elmbridge Sports
Development Team in partnership with Redhill
Boccia is an inclusive sport, which can be played
by competitors of all ages and abilities. The game
consists of two teams who throw red or blue balls
whilst seated, with the aim of getting their balls
closest to the white jack ball.
The final was closely contested between Claygate
and Weybridge and after four ends; the scores
were tied at 3-3. Eventually Claygate bagged their
fourth consecutive title after winning the tie-break.
The third place went to Molesey.
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Community orders for two men charged
with home farm allotments shed thefts
A man from Esher and a man from Thames
Ditton involved in the theft of more than £1,350
of gardening tools from an allotment in Walton
on Thames have been ordered to serve one-year
community orders.
Jamie Short, 20, of Farm Road, Esher, admitted
taking part in breaking into allotment sheds at
Home Farm Gardens, Walton, on July 15 and
helping to steal £1,359 of gardening equipment. At
Staines Magistrates Court he was ordered to pay a
victim surcharge of £60 and £85 in court costs. He
was also ordered to serve a one-year community
order and 70 hours of unpaid work.
Peter Roberts, 23, from Thames Ditton was
ordered to pay £10.99 for damaging two shed
padlocks and serve a one-year community order
including a nine-month drug rehabilitation
Roberts had previously pleaded guilty to carrying
out a number of other burglaries.
Investigating officer PC Madeleine Debuse from
Staines CID, said: "Allotments can often be in
isolated areas or are not particularly well overlooked
- we need the community to play its part in deterring
this type of criminal activity."
PC Debuse added: "I would strongly urge residents
to spend some time upgrading garden security and
ensure that any sheds or outbuildings are securely
locked. If your shed does not contain any equipment
consider fitting a window into the structure."
Drug dealer jailed after deliberately
driving into pedestrian in Kingston
A man who deliberately drove a pedestrian down
in the street has been jailed.
Umair Aziz (28) of Hazel Close, Brentford has
been sentenced to a total of five years in prison at
Kingston Crown Court.
Aziz had pleaded guilty to one count of Grievous
Bodily Harm and one count of possession of
Class A drugs with intent to supply. He received
30 month in prison for assault and five years in
prison for the drugs offence; all sentences are to
run concurrently.
The court heard how at 8.40pm on Saturday 14
June a 27-year-old man had been called over to a
black Volkswagen Polo parked in a Kingston car
park. Aziz was in the driver's seat and began to
warn the man about causing problems.
Not knowing what Aziz was talking about, he
then walked away. But as he reached East Road,
Kingston he was struck by a car.
Witnesses later told police that the driver of a
black Volkswagen Polo had deliberately driven into
the victim. They saw him being thrown up onto the
bonnet of the car, breaking its windscreen. The
vehicle was then driven off at speed, leaving the
seriously injured man lying in the road.
When officers arrived the victim was lapsing
in and out of consciousness and in need urgent
He was rushed to hospital where he was later
found to have a broken arm, head injuries and
crush injuries to his chest.
The next day the police found the car with serious
frontal damage and seized it for examination.
Enquires linked Aziz to the car and on Monday
16 June police went to his house and arrested
him on suspicion of GBH. A search of his home
Detectives from British Transport Police
are appealing for witnesses after a man
was assaulted on a train travelling between
Basingstoke and Weybridge.
Two male teenagers were arrested at Weybridge
station in connection with the incident, which
was reported to British Transport Police shortly
after 6.30pm on Wednesday 8 October.
Detective Inspector Andy Rose said: "A
70-year-old man was assaulted whilst travelling
on the 5.54pm Basingstoke to Waterloo service.
He was taken to hospital where he was treated
Jewellery with
great sentimental
value stolen from
home in Hersham
Thieves escaped with valuable jewellery from a
house in Claremont Avenue, Hersham on Sunday
19 October. They were inside the house between
5.50pm and 7.10pm having gained access by
removing a window at the back of the building.
Once inside they ransacked the property as they
searched for items of value.
for serious head injuries, before being allowed
"Two teenagers are in police custody and will
be interviewed in due course.
"We have launched an investigation and
I would like to appeal to anyone who was
travelling on the service who may have witnessed
this incident to contact us, either by calling 0800
40 50 40, or texting 61016, quoting background
reference SSUB/B12 of 8/10/2014.”
Information can also be passed to independent
charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
555 111.
Epsom man given
five years for drugs
and firearms offences
They left with cash and jewellery, which
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Umair Aziz: Received 30 month in prison for assault and five years
in prison for the drugs offence; all sentences are to run concurrently.
revealed drug dealing equipment and a quantity of
suspected class A drugs. He was also arrested for
drug dealing.
The drugs were subsequently found to be 18
grams of cocaine with a street value of more than
DC Becky Springford of Kingston CID said:
"This was a vicious and deliberate attack that left
a young man in the street with serious injuries.
It was only good fortune that the victim was not
left permanently disabled, or even killed. Aziz has
shown he is both violent and a drug dealer; the
long term in prison is totally justified."
Man charged with knife point robbery
in Cobham walks free from court after
prosecution offers no evidence
A man charged with knife point robbery at the
Old Bear public house, off Riverhill in Cobham
in May, has walked free from court after
prosecutors dropped the case.
John Rusty Stevens, 34, from Stilwell Close in
Yateley, was arrested in July and charged with
robbery, threatening a person with a bladed
article in a public place and possession of Class
B drugs.
In June, detectives issued an appeal for
information and released CCTV footage of the
alleged incident.
Assault on train between
Basingstoke and Weybridge
Mr Stevens appeared at Guildford
Magistrates' Court on Thursday 3 July but the
case was sent to Guildford Crown Court.
When he appeared there on Thursday 9
October he pleaded not guilty to taking a
Volkswagen Caddy and having a bladed article
in a public place.
As the prosecution offered no evidence, Mr
Stevens walked free from court although he
was fined £75 for having 5g of cannabis when
the police arrested him at his home in the
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Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Andy
Whittle from North Surrey CID said: "We are keen
to hear from anyone who may have seen, heard or
know anything relating to the burglary to contact
“The pane of glass which was removed from
the property has not yet been located. It may have
been discarded near to the scene and I urge all local
residents to notify police should they come across
a discarded double-glazed window pane.
“If you have seen or been offered items of
jewellery for sale matching the description of the
stolen goods I urge you to contact the police. Any
information could be vital to the investigation and
assist us in returning these items, some of which is
of great sentimental value, to their rightful owners.
“Perhaps you were in the vicinity at the time of
the incident and may have seen or heard something
suspicious - if so please call 101 as any information
could be vital to the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey
Police on 101 quoting reference 45140088371.
An Epsom man has been sentenced to five years in
prison after drugs, a firearm and ammunition were
found at his home.
Warren Christopher, of Chavecroft Terrace,
pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a class
A drug with intent to supply, possessing a firearm
without a certificate, possessing a firearm when
prohibited, possessing ammunition without a
firearm certificate, and two counts of possessing
class A drugs.
The 30-year-old also admitted to being in breach
of a suspended sentence which was imposed for
being in possession of a bladed article, when he
appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Monday 20
Intelligence from the community led officers
to conduct the search at his home on Saturday 9
August. On seeing officers arriving at the address
Christopher ran off, but three days later he was
questioned and interviewed.
Officers found a quantity of drug wraps, some
of which was located inside a yellow Kinder Egg
container in the kitchen.
More wraps were found in his bedroom as well as
a handgun concealed in a sock, and a quantity of
cash and ammunition.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Hannah
Millyard said: "This sentence demonstrates
that when members of the public come forward
with their concerns about illegal activity in their
community, we will act.
"Drugs have a hugely damaging impactonpeople
who use them and in turn on the neighbourhoods
where they are used, with it often leading to other
criminal behaviour."
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Ex-teacher jailed for historic abuse at
King's House Prep School, Richmond
A former teacher has been jailed for two and half
years after being convicted of sexual abuse of a
pupil 40 years ago.
Michael Porteous (78) was jailed at Kingston
Crown Court having been found guilty of two counts
of indecent assault of a boy under 14 years old.
Porteous was arrested after his victim came
forward with allegation of abuse in December
The victim, a man now aged 51, alleged he was
abused as 12-year-old by Porteous who was one
of his teachers at King's House Prep School,
Richmond in 1974.
He alleged the art and music teacher sexually
assaulted him - unbeknown to other teachers and
pupils - while they sat next to each other on a coach
that travelled to a sports ground.
The abuse happened on numerous occasions and
lasted from six and eight weeks.
After the allegation was made in 2012, it was
investigated by officers from the Met's Sexual
Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
Porteous was tracked down living in Thailand
but he returned to the UK to Sussex in September
2013 for a short visit to see family members.
He was then arrested and subsequently charged
with the sexual assaults on a child, under the 1956
Sexual Offences Act.
The victim had not spoken out at the time of the
assaults because his parents worked hard to pay
for his education and he didn't want them to feel
that he had let them down.
Although he had told previous partners and
his wife of his ordeal, he had never discussed the
intimate details of the abuse until he spoke with
officers from the Met.
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78-year-old Michael Porteous has been convicted of sexual abuse
Detective Constable Nikki Honey, the
investigating officer for the Sexual Offences,
Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said:
"Porteous preyed on a vulnerable young boy, who
didn't really understand what was happening to
him at the time.
"He used his position to abuse a child, and
thought he had got away with it. His victim only
came forward as he became a father himself to a
much longed for child a few months before he
made the allegation.
"He stated that when he looked into his son's eyes
and saw such innocence, coupled with the media
attention of the Jimmy Savile inquiry, it gave him
the strength to make the allegation.
"The victim received the utmost support from
officers that enabled him to talk intimately about
the events he had to endure.
"He had never told anyone before in such detail.
This took a lot of courage, especially for something
he had wanted to forget about. He was able to
recall the incidents in so much detail, even after
nearly 40 years. He had lived with his memories
for such a long time, and is now so relieved, that he
has described it as 'being set free'."
Porteous will also be placed on the sex offenders
register for life.
Four year jail term handed to reformed drug
addict who set up consultancy that provides
housing and on going support to ex-offenders
A high profile reformed drug addict from
Surbiton has received a four year jail term for
causing serious injury by dangerous driving and
being under the influence of alcohol.
The incident occurred on Saturday 18 January
2014 when Annys Darkwa (53) of The Avenue,
Surbiton, was driving a Peugeot 207 up to 40mph
in a 30mph zone, in East Hill, Wandsworth.
She failed to stop at a pelican crossing near
the junction with Alma Road and hit a man and
a woman, who both suffered life-threatening
The man sustained head injuries and arm and
leg fractures while the woman suffered internal
and leg injuries.
Darkwa was arrested at the scene for driving
with excess alcohol and pleaded guilty to all
counts at Kingston Crown Court.
On the two charges of causing serious injury by
dangerous driving she received three years and
six months' imprisonment on each count to run
For driving with excess alcohol she received
a term of six months' imprisonment to run
consecutively - a total sentence of four years. She
was also disqualified from driving for 10 years
and will be required to take an extended test.
Chief Inspector John Oldham, Roads and
Transport Policing Command said: "This was
a totally selfish, reckless and irresponsible act
that has left two members of the public with lifechanging injuries.
"I believe the sentence reflects the severity of
this offence and hope it will highlight not only
the type of punishment that can be expected
for these offences, but also the devastating
consequences on the victims.
"I urge all drivers to take care and drive
responsibly. Be warned that if you commit driving
offences of any kind you will be prosecuted and
punished with severe consequences."
Steve Burton, Transport for London's Director
of Enforcement and On-Street operations said:
"Road safety is one of our top priorities and we
want to make sure that every journey made on
the capital's roads is safe, secure and reliable.
"We are pleased to see this dangerous driver
jailed and removed from our roads and will
continue to work with our policing partners to
actively enforce against drivers who disregard
the law and pose a serious risk on London's
Darkwa is a reformed drug addict and founder
of Vision Housing Consultancy Services, based
in Wandsworth, which helps provide housing
and on-going support to ex-offenders prior to
and on release from prison. She conceived of the
idea while previously serving a prision sentence
for attempting to smuggle drugs through an
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LIVING WITHIN November 2014
Rose Theatre co-production
wins UK Theatre Award
Rose Theatre Kingston, Sheffield Theatres and
English Touring Theatre are celebrating after
their co-production of Translations last month
won the UK Theatre award for Best Touring
Brian Friel’s play Translations, directed by
James Grieve, opened at the Crucible Theatre in
February this year and then went on to tour for
six weeks across the country before arriving at the
Rose in April.
Jerry Gunn, Executive Producer at the Rose,
said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Translations
has won the UK Theatre Award. This ‘flawless’
production, as it was described by the critics,
received rave reviews and the award is testament
to the quality of the play and the hard work of
the creative team. We are now looking forward
to be working with Sheffield Theatres again, this
time with Headlong Theatre as well, on a new
production of David Hare’s political drama The
Absence of War which will embark on a national
tour before coming to the Rose in April."
The Absence of War will tour the UK, opening
in Sheffield and completing its run at the Rose
from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 April 2015.
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November 2014 LIVING WITHIN
Pixie Lott leaps out of giant box
to surprise of Kingston shoppers
Singing sensation Pixie Lott recently jumped
out of a giant purple vending machine the height
of a double decker bus in Kingston, surprising
shoppers with an impromptu performance.
The serenade by the British pop star was one of
hundreds of free spontaneous "thank you" prizes
vended to shoppers in Ancient Market Place, as
they 'swiped to win' on the Nectar Thank You
Big enough to hold over 1,700 bunches of
flowers, 5,300 boxes of chocolates or even two
fully grown adult elephants – this gigantic 13ft
vending machine became the centre of attention in
Kingston when it appeared overnight. But for one
lucky person it was only Pixie Lott that mattered,
as she sang her new single as a personal thank-you
to Elena Gurtul from Kingston.
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Pixie said: "To see the reaction from the lady who
swiped her Nectar card was brilliant, I'm sure they
never bargained on me popping out to sing a thank
you song for them. I certainly never thought I'd be
coming out of a vending machine, but that was a
lot of fun, if not a little surreal as it's like a reverse
Tardis... really massive on the outside and small on
the inside!"
Family fun with Jack and the Beanstalk
Sat 1 Nov
‘Effortlessly entertaining’
Evening Standard
Sat 8 Nov 8pm
‘Painfully funny’
Sunday Times
Claygate Dramatic Society kicks off the panto
season with a riproaring production of Jack and
the Beanstalk to get you into the festive spirit. All
the traditional elements of panto are there - music,
slapstick, bad jokes, dancing and fun for all the
The tale unfolds with our poor young hero Jack
and his loveable mum Dame Trott having to sell
their beloved cow Daisy to pay the rent. But the
hapless Jack is tricked into selling Daisy for a bag
of beans, driving his mum to despair. But what
neither of them knows is that the beans are magic
and will grow into a giant beanstalk, leading Jack
into an adventure where he has a nasty encounter
with a Giant and his evil henchman Fleshcreep.
But this is panto, so we are safe in the knowledge
that, however bad things look, good will triumph
over evil and our young hero will be saved. Not to
be missed!
Jack and the Beanstalk is at Claygate Village
Hall, Church Road, Claygate, KT10 0JP on
Thursday 27 November to Saturday 29 November.
Thursday and Friday at 8.00pm, Saturday 2.30pm
and 6.30pm. Tickets £12 for adults, £8 for
children, family tickets £35. For tickets, phone
01372 464448 or email [email protected] or
in person at Grosvenor Billinghurst, The Parade,
Claygate on Saturday 15 and 22 November
11.00am to 12 noon. Booking forms can be
downloaded from
Claygate Village Association AGM
The Claygate Village Association invites all residents
to the Associations's brief AGM on Wednesday 19
November in the small Village hall at 8.00pm.
In recent years the CVA has been responsible for
organising the Christmas Lights Event, Claygate
in Bloom, which has planted tubs and flowers
encouraging pride in the appearance of the village;
the Claygate Music festival; the Open Gardens trail
and Rukshana's Fashion Show. All these events
are organised by volunteers who want to make a
contribution to the community.
If you have any new ideas or would like to be
involved go along on 19 November and join the
committee for a glass of wine after the AGM.
Fabulous Wentworth Christmas Fayre
The fabulous Wentworth Christmas Fayre will
be held on Monday 24 November this year from
10.00am to 4.00pm and everyone is welcome.
The annual raffle will raise funds for the Woking
and Sam Beare Hospices. This will be the 7th
Christmas Fayre at this stunning location.
Go along and have a fabulous day’s shopping
with an abundance of hand-picked stalls selling
goods not normally found on the high street.
Choose from fashion, gorgeous scarves and
handbags, jewellery, home accessories, delicious
smoked foods, Christmas puds, the famous truckle
cheeses and everything for decorating your home
at Christmas. Childrens clothes, toys and books,
hand-decorated fresh pine door wreaths, stunning
silk flowers, cashmere and lingerie will all be there
for your delight - lots and lots of gift ideas for
This Fayre will take place in the famous ballroom
at Wentworth Golf Club and if you have never
visited this fabulous Club, this is the time to do so!
There is free parking and it costs £5 to go in with
children free of charge.
The restaurant is superb with coffee, lunch
and cream teas available too. A great day out is
All enquiries to [email protected] or call
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and poetic effect.
Sun 9 Nov 7.30pm
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10 LIVING WITHIN November 2014
Fitness Forum
This year we’re full
great gift ideas
5 Common Exercise Mistakes
We can all set ourselves a goal of doing a certain
number of sit-ups or press-ups - but are we doing them
correctly? Unfortunately too many people do these
exercises and others, incorrectly with bad form, bad
posture or incorrect technique. This not only leads to
injury but can also limit any benefits, as you will not be
recruiting the correct muscles or may be using them
Many of us, at some point, make a resolution to exercise
more. However, sometimes having a ‘grand plan’ can
actually hinder us. We might decide to go to the gym
three times a week but when it comes to it, we want our
session to be perfect. We then come up with reasons
not to do it, such not having the right kit, feeling too
tired or being five minutes late. Remember, something
is better than nothing. If you’re late, cut your workout
short, if you’re tired, reduce the intensity. We can also
work fitness into our day, such as walking to work or
taking the stairs rather than the lift. Every little piece of
fitness helps!
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A classic example of this would be someone who walks
into the gym, chats to a few friends, then gets on the
treadmill. Then, as soon as they feel any discomfort
and feel out of their comfort zone they stop and move
on to the next exercise. We need to spend time out of
our comfort zone at the higher, less comfortable end
of our ability in order to progress. This could include
doing a higher cardiovascular intensity, a heavier
weight, more repetitions, a larger range of motion or
a longer duration. We need to stress our body in order
for it to take up adaptations to this stress, which allow
us to progress in our fitness.
There are two problems that occur. The first is that
some people don’t set any goals, which can lead to
aimless work-outs and training. The second is that
others set themselves unrealistic goals. This can
lead to either feeling daunted and being frozen with
apprehension, not getting started or doing too much
too soon and getting injured as a result. You will
have more chance of achieving your goal if you write
it down and make it public-having your friends and
colleagues asking about your progress and offering
their support can help! Discussing your goals with
a Personal Trainer can also help as they will help you
to set something that is both realistic and challenging
and will then help you break in down into manageable
chunks. Remember that if we set ourselves achievable
goals we will be more likely to keep to them and less
likely to lose motivation.
Many people make the mistake of not preparing their
body for exercise. This could be as simple as simply
starting the exercise at a lower intensity or as complex
as doing a structured formal warm up. The purpose
of warming up is to increase the range of motion
of muscles and increase the blood flow to them so
maximal oxygen can be delivered to them for exercise.
This helps to prevent injury. A warm up will gently
raise our heart rate so that we are cardiovascularly
ready for exercise.
- Toby
If you need any advice or to book a personal
training session please email [email protected]
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November 2014 LIVING WITHIN
Howard Webb inspires referees at Imber Court
Esher man plays cricket at top of
Mount Kili... and helps set new record
An events organiser from West End, Esher has
taken part in a world record breaking cricket
match on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Matthew Weihs climbed to the top with a
30-strong group and then played at 5,752m in the
crater of the volcano.
In doing so, the group broke the previous world
record for the highest-ever cricket match by over
600m, which was set on Mount Everest in 2009.
Matthew said: "The oxygen is incredibly
thin when you reach such high altitudes, and
players were panting harder than in any cricket
match I've ever seen. This will go down in
sporting history."
There were three teams of 10 including former
England coach Ashley Giles, former South
African cricketer Makhaya Ntini, former England
women's captain Clare Connor OBE, and current
women's vice-captain Heather Knight.
Matthew said the final day was tough...
"Thursday – woke up at 6.00am – walked
for 6 hours up to 4800m. Made camp –
had tea – had some unsettled sleep until
midnight. Woken up fully clothed (four
or five layers with whites, of course) as
minus 20 outside. Set off – walked through
the night. Saw in the dawn and continued
to climb to 59.
8.00am reached the summit (Stella point).
The group then continued to the highest
point (Uhuru 5895m) before rushing down
Howard Webb MBE recently entertained over 200
Surrey officials as part of the County FA’s aim to
support, inform and inspire referees of all abilities
and ages.
The former Premier League referee – now
Technical Director of the Professional Game Match
Officials Board – spoke for over 2 hours at Imber
Court in East Molesey about his career with the
whistle, which began in Rotherham in 1989.
Webb, 43, discussed the top six pivotal games
he’d officiated and how they'd shaped his career.
Unsurprisingly, these included the World Cup and
Champions League Finals in 2010 – of which he is the
only referee to take charge of the two in the same year.
There were further anecdotes about the match he
was involved in at Buckingham Palace, receiving his
MBE from Prince Charles, and also addressed the
rumours that he is a Manchester United supporter.
With the Surrey FA Referee Development
Group present, Howard was keen to stress that
happen to ordinary
people" – citing
how he, as the
son of miner in
Yorkshire, went on
to referee a World
Cup Final between
Spain and Holland
in South Africa.
"Who knows we could have the
2030 World Cup
Final Referee in the
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to Stella point and
then into the crater.
We then played the
game of cricket at
5752m. The cricket
took around 2 and
a half hours. In all
we were at the top
of Kili for around 4
Typically, guides don’t like to keep
anyone at the top for more than a couple
of minutes. We were all suffering so
packed up pretty quickly. Walked back
down to the camp (4800m) which took
another couple of hours. Then ate, packed
up and then 3 more hours walking down
to this camp (Millennium camp 3300m)
where it wasn’t as cold and much more
All in all, between Thursday morning and
Friday evening we were either walking
up or down – or playing cricket for over
24 hours!"
It was all part of a project called Mt Kili
Madness which aims to raise over £200,000 for
Cancer Research UK, Tusk, and The Rwanda
Cricket Stadium Foundation.
More details on how to donate can be found
online at
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Foreign Secretary warned extra
money needed for local school places
as more Londoners move into Surrey
MP Philip Hammond and Linda Kemeny discussed Surrey school places.
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Experts have warned that the 13,000 school
places Surrey already needs could be "just the
tip of the iceberg" as Londoners escaping to the
country swell the commuter county's population.
Londoners leaving the capital have spent more
than £17 billion on new homes in the past year
and bought one in 10 of all South East properties
in the first four months of 2014 as they cashed in
on the capital's house price boom.
In Surrey alone, nearly 30,000 new homes are
planned in the next decade, building on current
schemes by Crest Nicholson, Taylor Wimpey
and Barratt Homes in Woking, Hurst Green and
Horley respectively.
Depending on the type of development, that
growth could generate up to 12,000 new school
places costing around £250 million. The county
council already faces a funding gap of more than
£200m for the 13,000 new places needed over
the next five years.
Marc Goldberg, Head of Sales at Hamptons International, said: "The outward migration trend
seems set to continue in the months to come. There
are increasing numbers of new London vendors
coming onto the market with us who have decided
to capitalise on the value gap between London and
the country, including Surrey."
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Runnymede and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond
has been told that Surrey County Coucil has a
£215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places required in the next five years. And experts are warning that this could be "just the tip of the iceberg" as
Londoners escaping to the country swell the commuter county's population.
During a trip to County Hall in Kingston, the Foreign Secretary was also given a progress report on
a new secondary school for 900-plus pupils at the
Runnymede Centre in Addlestone.
It's all part of the biggest expansion project in
Surrey's history.
Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: "We
pulled out all the stops to build more than 4,100
places in time for the return from this year's summer break and there's not going to be a let-up in
demand any time soon.
"But it is getting increasingly tough for us to keep
pace with this unprecedented demand at a time
when our budgets are also under huge pressure
from spiralling demand for adult social care.
"Given the fact that Surrey's residents pay £6
billion annually to the national Exchequer and get
back less than £1bn from the government for services, it would be unfair to ask them to foot the bill
any further."
Anchor Trust has been fined £130,000 and ordered
to pay costs of £60,000 at a hearing in Guildford
Crown Court.
Anchor Trust, the owners of Thameside Residential Care Home in West Molesey pleaded
guilty on three counts for Health and Safety failings after an elderly, vulnerable resident tragically died following a food related incident at the
home in 2011.
Guildford Crown Court were told that Mrs Beryl
Newton, an 81 year old resident of Thameside
Residential Care Home, was at risk of choking and
required a soft, moist diet and to be supervised
whilst eating. However, their systems failed to protect her from being left alone by a carer for a short
period of time with a plate of food.
In handing down the sentence, His Honour
Judge Lucas said: "In the present case, there were
systemic failures at Thameside. Those systemic
failures were of long duration and posed a significant risk of harm to the residents – here I include
both Mrs Newton and other residents. If those at
the top of the corporation were unaware of the
systemic failures at Thameside, then, as I have
said, they should have made it their business to be
aware of those failures."
In the defence’s Basis of Plea document submitted to the court, Anchor Trust acknowledged that
they were negligent and fell short of the standards
expected from an operator of a residential care
home and that the systems in place were not sufficient to protect an elderly and vulnerable resident
from choking. Anchor Trust also accepted that it
would have been reasonably practicable to devise
a better system to deliver food to those on a soft
diet. The controls that Anchor introduced following the incident, should have been in place prior to
the incident.
In the document, Anchor also acknowledged
that they failed to make a suitable and sufficient
assessment of the risks to the health and safety of
its residents. With regard to the guilty plea relating
to count 3, Anchor accepted that the carer in question should not have been appointed or retained as
Mrs Beryl Newton’s keyworker given her inability
or unwillingness to participate in essential record
keeping. The appointment of the carer was not in
accordance with Anchor’s own policies.
November 2014 LIVING WITHIN
Hinchley Wood School fitness to
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Toasting success of their new venture: Damian Wood, Steve Brown and Ben Bartlett.
Not many state schools can boast a state-of-the-art
fitness studio, but thanks to an exciting new venture with a local fitness company Hinchley Wood
School can, with the official opening of the new
Body Fusion Fitness Studio.
Hinchley Wood School had a fitness suite that
was under-utilised and in need of a complete
makeover, whilst Thames Ditton based Body Fusion was looking for larger premises; it was an obvious opportunity for a partnership.
The school had not undertaken such a project
before but it has always been open to new ideas,
particularly those that will benefit its students and
staff. So during the recent summer holidays Body
Fusion partners, Damian Wood and Steve Brown,
masterminded the refurbishment of the school
‘gym’ kitting it out with the very latest in modern
fitness equipment.
Both Damian and Steve are passionate about
their chosen profession and believe 100 per cent in
the benefits of keeping fit and remaining healthy.
Their ethos is all about realistic goals and adopting
a healthy lifestyle and they are looking forward to
helping both staff and students at the school to, as
their mantra says, “Be Focused, Be Firm, Be Fit”.
It is not just the school that will benefit from
the new studio, the facilities and classes are open
to everyone in the local community –
Headteacher, Ben Bartlett, said: "As a school we
are keen to encourage personal fitness and healthy
lifestyles for everyone. The Body Fusion venture
offered us a great opportunity to provide excellent
facilities for students and staff, as well as having
access to expert guidance and support from Damian and Steve. Our school sports teams in particular are looking forward to getting stuck into some
serious training."
Damian said: "We are very excited about this
new partnership and are looking forward to working with everyone at the school; of course we are
also pleased to be able to provide an excellent service for the wider community. We are passionate
about fitness and believe very strongly that anyone, of any age or ability, can be helped to achieve
a maintainable, healthy lifestyle."
New Esher Citizens Advice website launched
Online access to advice on debt, welfare benefits,
employment and housing issues will be easier
for Elmbridge residents and workers following
the launch of a new website by Esher & District
Citizens Advice Bureau.
As more people than ever turn to the internet
for information to solve their problems, the local
charity’s new advice website will enable them to
get the right help they need, when they need it.
As well as providing specific information about
Esher CAB, the site – –
links directly with the national Citizens Advice
self-help website, ensuring that all advice given is
complete, up-to-date and from a trusted source.
And as it has been designed by one of the Bureau’s
own volunteer advisers, the website represents
excellent value for money for Esher CAB, which
relies on money raised locally to continue to runs
its vital service for those living and working in
Make a date for Claygate Christmas lights
The Claygate Christmas Lights event will take
place in the Parade on Saturday 6 December from
4.00pm to 5.30pm.
This is very much a family affair and always attracts a great crowd. There will be musical entertainment both on and off the stage, with carols
and contributions from several village organisations. For the children there will be roundabouts,
stalls, face painting and Father Christmas’s grotto.
The adults will be able to indulge in a spot of late
night shopping and enjoy a glass of mulled wine.
The lights will be switched on at approximately
4.40pm and the evening will end with fireworks.
Go along to enjoy some festive fun and celebrate
the start of Christmas.
This event and the lights themselves are organised by the Claygate Village Association with practical help from 1st Claygate scouts and volunteers.
Funding is provided by local businesses, organisations, traders and residents.
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when the Christmas themed aisle in the
supermarket supersedes the one that recently
contained picnic goods, when twinkle lights
are up in the town centre just as the clocks have
turned back, or festive baubles are for sale in the
garden centre when I have not yet given up hopes
of an Indian summer. And yet, here we are, not
quite Halloween as I write and November as this
goes to press and I am about to counsel the need
to think about Christmas.
In my defence, preserving some of the autumn’s
bounty against a season of relative scarcity is an art
almost as old as time, and long before Christmas
became a focal point for this part of the world
there were other Yuletide festivals celebrated with
a bit of food and drink put by for the occasion
as Mankind managed to find something worth
looking forward to (not to mention an excuse for
at least one day of overindulgence) during the long
hard winter months.
So whether you are anticipating the shortest
day and the subsequent resurgence of the sun, the
birth of Jesus or any other Winterval observance I
will make no further excuses for thinking ahead. If
you look forward to the prospect of plum pudding,
fruitcake or a mince pie or two and are not amongst
those attempting to track down a rare Heston pud
with concealed central orange, or who are not fond
of over-sweetened under-fruited mincemeat, or do
not crave heavily sugar-pasted cakes, you need to
start getting out your mixing bowls about now.
For me, the baking aisle is currently at its most
appealing. The packets of dried fruit have recently
expanded in size and extended in range, the boxes
of shredded suet are generously piled, and candied
fruit and peel are easily available. Why the hurry
to get started? Well mincemeat requires at least a
fortnight to mature before using (and will benefit
from more), puddings about a month after first
cooking and fruitcakes will take as long as you can
give them between baking and Christmas, with or
without additional feeds of alcohol, to taste their
best. The traditional marker for the pudding is
‘Stir-up Sunday’, the last Sunday before Advent
and this year falling on 23 November, legend
having it that when the words “Stir-up, we beseech
thee” are heard in the collect on that day they will
serve as reminder to the baking faithful of their
seasonal duty.
If anyone cares to join me in this annual ritual but
is lacking a recipe here is one for mincemeat to get
you started - the easiest of the three to make. The
core ingredients and their proportions in relation
to each other should always remain in the same
ballpark but feel free to tinker - replace the almonds
with other chopped nuts (pistachios, walnuts etc),
use different types of alcohol (sherry, rum, whisky
even), substitute contrasting preserved or candied
fruit (dates, dried figs, prunes, cherries) for some
proportion of the fruit or peel, or mix up your own
ground spices (cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, cloves)
- you can give your imagination a longish leash.
Making mincemeat involves little more than
assembling and mixing ingredients but the result
will taste infinitely superior to anything you can
buy on most supermarket shelves and is well worth
the small amount of effort involved.
Whether you are making puddings, cakes or
mincemeat, do remember that they all involve
long lists of ingredients and there is always a real
and present danger of missing something out. My
advice? - before you do anything else, write out a
checklist of everything to be included in the order
in which it is used in the recipe, then check off each
item as you go along and you can be sure you won’t
overlook anything.
250g each prepared: suet; raisins; sultanas;
currants, and cooking apples,
2 teaspoons ground mixed spice,
125g chopped, mixed, candied peel,
185g soft brown sugar,
30g flaked, nibbed or chopped almonds,
1 lemon,
80ml brandy
1. coarsley chop the suet, raisins and sultanas (with
a cook’s knife or, carefully, in a food processor on
the pulse setting). Put into a large bowl and stir in
the currants.
2. peel, core and grate the apples and stir in with
the dried fruit and suet.
3. add in the spices and the mixed candied peel, the
soft brown sugar and the almonds and stir together.
4. grate the zest of the lemon into the bowl and then
add the squeezed juice and the brandy.
5. stir all together thoroughly. Leave, covered, in
a cool place for an hour or so, stir again and then
use to fill sterilised jam jars. Cover with a secure
lid and leave to mature in a cool dry place or in the
fridge for at least two weeks before using.
I will leave the final word to Elizabeth David and
lay any absolute purist’s minds at rest on the
subject of suet out of a box:
“The friend … was very insistent that bought
shredded suet should not be used. It would prevent
the mincemeat from keeping, so she told me. I am
afraid that I disobeyed her instructions and used
bought packet suet. (Shredding
suet is a terrible task. I cannot
make myself spend so much time
and effort on it.) The first batch
… kept for five years.”
Erica x
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Chocolate and Ginger Mascarpone Cheesecake
This is an adaptation of an old Delia ‘you know
who’ favourite. I hope you like it.
For the Base
55g sweet oat biscuits crushed
(do watch that this does not burn).
Remove and whilst cooling prepare the filling.
At this stage you need to reduce the oven
temperature to 150c.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering hot
55g ginger biscuits crushed
5og chopped toasted hazelnuts
Now add the melted chocolate and fold in. finally
mix in the raisins.
The filling
1x 250g tub mascarpone
1x 200g tub fromage frais
100g good dark chocolate (75% cocoa solids)
2 large eggs
40g caster sugar
50g raisins
1 small pot creme fraiche
You will also need an 18cm (7inch ) springform
cake tin, sides lined with parchment paper
Preheat oven to 180 c
For the base simply combine the crushed biscuits
with the hazlenuts and mix with the melted butter.
Pack the mixture into the prepared cake tin and
bake in the oven for about 15 mins to form a crust
Pour the mixture into the cake tin over the
biscuit crust and place in the centre of the oven
for about 1 hour.
Then turn the oven off but leave the cheesecake
in the oven until it is cold( this should prevent
the cake cracking)
For the chocolate curls
Melt the chocolate as before and pour onto a
large flat surface to about 5mm thick.
Put the plate in the fridge for about 45 mins to
3 balls of stem ginger in syrup chopped.
For the chocolate curls to decorate
100g dark chocolate(75% cocoa solids)
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25g butter melted
Whisk together the mascarpone and fromage
frais until smooth, and then whisk in the eggs
and sugar.
When you remove from the fridge use a sharp
knife and carefully, pull it across the chocolate
towards you to form curls or at least reasonable
To serve the cheesecake remove from the tin. Mix
the stem ginger with the pot of crème fraiche and
pile it on to the cake, sprinkle with the chocolate
curls, and indulge!!
When she’s not writing, Elizabeth runs her own
catering business. She has also set up an initiative
with volunteers who help feed patients at Kingston
Hospital at meal times.
Our special festive menus
are now available.
Pre Christmas Menu
Served Monday to Friday
2 Course Lunch £19.95
3 Course Lunch £23.95
3 Course Dinner £25.95
Christmas Day Lunch
Boxing Day Lunch
Casa Nova extends a warm welcome to any
discerning diner, be it business or pleasure.
Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the restaurant caters
for all with its superb Italian cuisine.
The ambience created together with the fine service and attention to
detail, makes any occasion a time to remember.
To reserve your table or to request our special festive menus please
stop by the restaurant or telephone 01344 843407.
Spaces are limited &
always sell quickly so
book early to avoid
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with Graham Jennings
Q: My wife and I have sold a property that we have
been letting out for many years. We made a good
gain on the property which we will use as part of our
retirement. We fully expected to pay some capital
gains tax on the sale but my query relates to when
the tax is due. We exchanged contracts on the
property on 10 March 2014 but did not complete
on the transaction until 2 May 2014. I have been
advised that the gain arises in the 2013/14 tax year
when we exchanged rather than 2014/15 when we
completed on the sale is that correct?
A: This is a good question and often a misunderstood
situation when disposing of assets. As is often the
case with tax the answer is “it depends”. In this
instance it depends on whether the contract of sale
was conditional or unconditional.
Where the contract for sale is unconditional then
the date of disposal will be the date you exchange
contracts. So in your case this would be 10 March
2014. As you say that would be a disposal in the
2013/14 tax year and the capital gains tax will be due
for payment on 31 January 2015.
If a contract is conditional the date of disposal is
the time upon which the condition is satisfied. For
example, if you entered in to a contract for sale which
was conditional on the purchaser obtaining planning
permission for, say, an extension then the disposal for
tax purposes would be when planning permission is
granted i.e. the condition has been satisfied. Turning
back to your situation if you had such a condition
and planning permission was received on 15 April
2014 then the sale would fall in 2014/15 tax year. The
capital gains tax liability would then not be due for
payment until 31 January 2016.
Clearly this is just a timing issue but it is important
to get it right otherwise you could face penalties and
interest if it is picked up by HM Revenue & Customs.
All individuals have an annual tax free capital gains
tax allowance which is £11,000 for 2014/15. If you
have other gains in a tax year then there is a tax
planning point here to ensure you get the disposal
of the property in the right tax year. So, for example,
if you had sold some stocks and shares in 2013/14
which already used your tax free gains allowance
it would have been in your interest to defer an
unconditional exchange of contracts on the property
until after 5 April 2014. This moves the gain on the
property in to the next tax year which gives you
another annual capital gains tax free allowance.
Any reader interested in discussing this topic further
can telephone Graham Jennings on 01344 875000.
Send your taxation and accounting queries to
Graham Jennings, Kirk Rice LLP, The Courtyard,
High Street, Ascot SL5 7HP
Email [email protected]
Please note: answers are given
for general guidance only and
specific advice should be taken
before acting on any of the
suggestions made.
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Good Gardening
with Alison Jones
We’re bracing ourselves for winter, but there’s
no time to hibernate because it’s the planting
season. So long as it’s not frosty, you can put in
new plants or move established ones to better
positions. It’s still a good time to plant shrubs
and hedging, as the soil is warm enough for
root growth.
Taxus baccata is the common yew, or English
yew. English yew hedge is the classic British
conifer hedging plant, called the King of
Hedges. Yew is a dense, dark evergreen with
bright green spring growth. The autumnal
red fruits are loved by birds, but harmful to
humans and pets.
Yews are a firm favourite for hedges and
topiary. The plants withstand hard pruning
and can be rejuvenated by cutting them back
to the stumps. Unlike box plants, yew does not
suffer from blight, making it great for clipping
into topiary. It is often thought to be very slow
growing, but usually grows by 30 to 40cm a
year. Once it reaches the desired height, it’s
easy to maintain.
Yew hedging needs plenty of water in the
first couple of seasons, but should not sit in
waterlogged soil. If your soil is heavy, wet
or clay, improve the drainage with a mix of
compost and generous amounts of coarse grit
from the garden centre. Apart from its need for
water, the yew is easy to grow, shade tolerant,
very hardy, and likes all soils, particularly
Our houseplant of the month is the
schlumbergera, or Christmas cactus. Despite
the delicate flowers, these wonderful plants
are tough. Varieties range from white flowers
(though they tend to be flushed with a faint
pink) through to shades of strong red, mauve
and orange.
A well-established plant tumbling and
flowing out of a hanging basket or jardinière
is a magnificent sight. They often flower at
Christmas, but can be unpredictable, bursting
into bloom in February or the middle of
summer instead. However, there are ways of
saving the best to their name day.
Plant in a general-purpose potting mixture
with lots of coarse grit. During the growing and
flowering season feed with a high-potassium
tomato feed, and keep the potting mixture
moist. To hold them back, keep in a cool room
until a month to six weeks before you want
them to flower.
Mini cyclamen or bedding cyclamen provide
vibrant colour during the grey weather up to
Christmas. They work well in pots, brightening
a porch, doorway or cool window sill.
Cyclamen are sensitive to over and under
watering. Give it good drainage with a potting
medium that holds water well. Water when the
soil is dry to the touch, but don’t let it dry out to
the point of droopy leaves and flowers. Water
from below the leaves, thoroughly soaking the
soil and letting excess water drain away.
Plant the last of your autumn bulbs,
particularly tulips. Put some in pots as well as
in the garden. You can also plant paperwhite
narcissus for Christmas. Get them in the soil by
Until next month, happy gardening!
Alison Jones is Plant
Buyer for Garsons
Farm in West End,
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Boyce Thornton
Cobham 01932 868 448
Oxshott 01372 844 200
Claygate 01372 470 123
The local property experts
Ruxley Crescent, Claygate
Torrington Close, Claygate
In the heart of Claygate’s exclusive private estate sits this impressive five
double bedroom detached family home. This property offers well proportioned
accommodation benefitting from a high degree of natural light, a carriage driveway
and a flexible floorplan.
EPC Rating D
Dalmore Avenue, Claygate
A beautiful four bedroom character, detached family home located in one of
Claygate’s highly sought after private roads. This property offers great potential
(STP) to create a substantial family home and is located just moments from the local
schools, shops and station
EPC Rating E
Telegraph Lane, Claygate
Esher Park Avenue, Esher £575,000
A well proportioned five bedroom semi detached family
home within easy walking distance of Claygate shops,
station and Claygate Primary school. The property offers
flexible accommodation set over three floors with an
approx. 80 foot rear garden.
EPC Rating E
Telegraph Lane, Claygate
A well presented three bedroom semi detached family home
benefitting from off street parking, potential to extend (STP)
and no onward chain. This property is situated conveniently
for the local amenities and station with the open spaces of
Telegraph Hill just a short walk away.
EPC Rating D
Red Lane, Claygate
A well presented two bedroom second floor apartment
enviably located in one of Esher’s private gated
estates just moments from the High Street. This
property benefits from secure under ground parking
for two cars and no onward chain.
EPC Rating D
Milbourne Lane, Esher
A conveniently located three bedroom semi detached family
home benefitting from off street parking and the potential
to extend (STC). Situated in a sought after semi rural lane
leading to the open spaces of Telegraph Lane with Claygate
shops and station within walking distance.
EPC Rating D
An exciting opportunity to purchase a beautiful three
bedroom detached property with potential to create a
larger family home (STP). Situated in an ideal position,
within walking distance of the local station and
EPC Rating F
A well presented three bedroom family home located in an
ideal position just moments from the local schooling and
a short distance from Claygate station and shops. This
property benefits from open plan living to the rear, a South
facing rear garden and no onward chain.
EPC Rating C
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Wentworth Estate
A uniquely designed brand new residence enjoying exceptional open plan living accommodation
& stunning views over the 16th fairway and green of the Championship Golf Course.
Cloakroom, Stunning Kitchen/Breakfast Family Room, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Study, Utility
Room, Four Full Bedroom Suites, Fifth Bedroom/Leisure Room with Steam Room, Sauna & Shower,
Double Garage.
EPC awaited.
Wentworth Estate
A beautifully presented Tudor style home enjoying private, landscaped South facing
grounds approaching two thirds of an acre, close to the village centre.
Study, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Games/Family Room, Two Cloakrooms,
Utility Room, Exceptional Master Bedroom Suit, Four Further Full Bedroom Suites, Double Garage with
Workshop Area.
EPC– D66.
Englefield Green
A truly stunning townhouse providing the best of contemporary living on an exclusive gated
community enjoying approximately ten acres of grounds adjacent to Windsor Great Park.
Cloakroom, Living Room open to Dining/Breakfast Room and Kitchen, Morning Room, Utility Room with
lift, Master Bedroom with Dressing Room and Bath, Spa & Shower Room, Two Further Bedroom Suites,
Double Garage.
EPC– C71.
01344 845050
6 Station Approach, Virginia Water
Surrey GU25 4DL
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Tel: 01372 471111
Email: [email protected]
This spacious 4 bedroom house enjoys views
across an open green and benefits from an
ensuite bathroom to the master bedroom.
Viewing recommended!
A traditional halls adjoining semi detached house with huge
extension potential subject to the usual consents being granted.
Located in this highly convenient and favoured location within
very easy reach of Claygate’s Parade with it’s array of local
shops café’s and station.
£2,600 PCM
Immaculately presented four bedroom town house discreetly
located within a private gated development. The house offers
spacious well appointed accommodation throughout. Viewing
highly recommended with immediate occupation available.
Email: [email protected]
A beautifully presented and deceptively spacious three
bedroom character cottage about half a mile from the station.
Fabulous open plan kitchen /family area with bi-fold doors
leading onto superb West facing garden. Must be seen!
Most conveniently located in this central village location; a superb
detached family home, benefitting from lovely rear gardens
and spacious accommodation with the possibility of further
enlargement (subject to the usual consents being granted).
£1,300 PCM
A superb two bedroom apartment, beautifully presented,
located in this attractive, modern development within
easy reach of the amenities of Hinchley Wood.
Available immediately.
£2,650 PCM
A spacious four bedroom detached house located in this
cul-de-sac literally, meters away from the village,
providing a comprehensive array of local shops and
café’s, K3 bus route and station serving Waterloo.
Available December 2014. UNFURNISHED
£1,700 PCM
Beautiful period three double bedroom cottage with a 70’
West facing garden. The property offers a wealth of charm
and style with an additional fully equipped summer house
nestling at the end of the garden Available Immediately.
£3,500 PCM
A picturesque Georgian property set in lovely grounds with panoramic
views over surrounding fields and paddock. Four bedrooms plus one
further room,ensuite to main bedroom, family bathroom, study, kitchen,
breakfast room and living room all offering a wealth of character
features. Available immediately. UNFURNISHED
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Wentworth Estate £3,200,000
An elegant and beautifully presented family
home with a fabulous newly refitted kitchen
located in a sought after cul-de-sac on the
exclusive Wentworth Estate.
receptions garage
Wentworth Estate £2,650,000
A classical Wentworth family home built by
WG Tarrant in 1936 situated in outstanding
gardens of approximately one acre with a
delightful outdoor swimming pool and a large
garage with a one bedroom apartment over.
acre approx
Located in one of Sunningdale’s more desirable
roads no through road adjacent to Sunningdale
Golf Course and within easy walking distance
of the village and mainline railway station. This
immaculately presented four bedroom, three
bathroom detached colonial style house is set
in the middle of it’s plot and surrounded by
beautifully maintained private gardens.
garage acres approx
The Estate Office - Wentworth - Virginia Water - Surrey - GU25 4DL. UK
T: +44(0)1344 843000 - W:
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Situated in one of the most
popular roads in Esher is this
beautiful period proper ty with
planning permission which
allows the enlargement of the
kitchen and a loft extension
providing an extra bedroom,
bathroom and storage, creating
a truly special family home.
Energy rating D.
Guide Price: £995,000
Old Point is an attractive
and substantial detached
family home enviably located
in the hear t of the Ruxley
Heights estate. Ruxley Heights
is perfectly located in the
charming Surrey village of
Claygate with its fine variety
of local shops and main
line station offering fast and
frequent links to London
Energy rating D.
Guide Price: £1,495,000
There is a lack of property currently available and we have applicants looking across all price ranges. Call us now for a confidential market appraisal to discuss this further.
Doug Parks
Branch Manager
ESHER 01372 462211 [email protected]
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Jenny Marks’ Mad Month
with Peter Sharratt
So October has been and gone and I’m still in
Summer mode – not surprising with the lovely
weather we’ve been having. Just when I go and
buy my winter woollies – the sun comes out again.
The birthday girl had
We’ve had such fun this month with yet more
parties, balls and the launch of a new school in
having a 21st Birthday
One such party was a fun 21st held at the Cobham
Hilton. The family are Nigerian and completely
crazy. I felt so at home with them!
The birthday girl had always dreamed of having
a 21st Birthday party and at one our first meeting
she asked if I could arrange for One Direction to
perform. Her mother nearly fell off her chair in
Although I love a challenge - I couldn’t quite pull
that one off. However, we still managed to give
her a party to remember. It was wonderful seeing
everyone dancing to both Nigerian music (which
is very sexy by the way) and Hey Macarena by Los
del Rio.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the A Touch
Of Tartan ball at Hinchley Wood School – what
a laugh! Loads of money was raised and it was a
mega success.
Well done Claudette who got the whole thing
happening, and Aidan my lovely caterer who
didn’t have a nervous break-down!
Some of the pupils helped to serve 320 meals and
it was quite an eye opener for them. One girl told
me she’d thought about working in events and
decided you had to be insane to do it! Bless her...
We also organised an 18th party for the lovely
Emma. I know I mentioned this in my last article –
but seriously, if I ever see another Mojito cocktail
I’m going to cry! Thank goodness her brother,
who was also celebrating, didn’t like cocktails!
We brought in a photobooth, similar to the ones
we used to have as kids and they’re such fun.
Obviously these ones are much more techno and
go straight to facebook and twitter! Huge laugh
though – think I’d like one at home...
Had a great girlie weekend in Bath – what a
simply gorgeous place and more importantly –
brilliant shops. There is also a spa and we booked
ourselves in early to avoid a rush of people and
couldn’t wait to relax and chill out.
There was a wonderful outside thermo pool on
the roof of the building and it was absolutely
amazing just lying on our backs, looking at the
views of Bath with a slight breeze in the air.
Suddenly the peace and quiet was shattered by
not only one, but three ‘hen’ parties arriving at
once! Bless them. We just had to get out and go
shopping instead.
always dreamed of
party and at one our first
meeting she asked if
I could arrange for
One Direction to perform.
Her mother nearly fell
off her chair in hysterics.
Feeling extremely guilty about not seeing the kids,
I took The Angel and The Queen to my favourite
place – In Harmony. You know what it’s like
when you walk into these places and you hear the
plinky, plinky music and smell all those lovely oils.
We had a superb massage and facial and I
completely fell in love my therapist. However, she
became rather worried when I told her I wanted
her to live with me and massage me every day.
Much to her amusement, I fell asleep and snored
during my treatment– very attractive.
During the Budget earlier this year a number of
‘welcome’ Pension changes were announced.
This included an improvement to the options and
Tax treatment of Death Benefits but we have only
been just told what those improvements are which I
will aim to explain.
Before doing so though I think it is useful to
understand what the present situation is.
If someone has a Pension and dies before age 75
then as long as the Pension has not been Crystallised
(i.e. no lump sum or income taken) the full Fund
Value can be paid as a Cash Sum to the nominated
Beneficiaries Tax Free.
However, if the Pension has been Crystallised and
is in Drawdown the Value can still be paid as a Cash
Sum but it will be Taxed at 55%.
There is an option to use the Value to provide
Beneficiaries with an Income but they MUST be a
Dependant (i.e. spouse, young children) and it is
Taxable at their Marginal Rate(s).
Under the new rules (April 2015) Crystallised
funds, before age 75, will be treated in the same way
as Uncrystallised Funds and can paid as a Lump Sum
Tax Free. This gives a 55% Tax saving compared to
the current rules.
For both Crystallised and Uncrystallised Pensions
there will also be an option to take an Income from
the Fund, which will also be Tax Free. It can be
payable to ANY Beneficiary e.g. grown up children
or grandchildren; not just dependants.
At age 75 all Pensions are deemed to be Crystallised
even if the Pension Commencement Lump Sum
(PCLS – or Tax Free Cash) has not been taken.
Under the new rules the option to take the Fund
as a Lump Sum will still exist but the Tax Charge
will reduce from 55% to 45% for the 2015/16 Tax
Year, and from 2016/17 it will be at the Beneficiaries
Marginal Rate.
There will also be the option to take an Income from
the Fund and this will be Taxed at the Beneficiaries
Marginal Rate. This option will apply from day one of
the new rules (in April 2015).
Both of the above can be paid to ANY Beneficiary,
not just a dependant.
Taking the entire fund as a Lump Sum post age 75
could mean the Beneficiaries still end up paying Tax
at 40% or even 45% on some or all of it, dependent on
their other income and the size of the Pension Fund.
For this reason the Income option may be the better
one to select as the Income can then be planned
alongside tax consideration.
This is clearly a complex area and advice should be
sought from an Independent Financial Adviser if you
are considering your retirement options.
Send your queries to Peter Sharratt, Kirk Rice LLP, The
Courtyard, High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7HP
Email [email protected]
Please note: answers are given for general
guidance only and specific advice should be taken
before acting on any of the suggestions made.
Get The Festive Season
Off To A Flying Start
With our fabulous annual
Christmas Edition
I’ve always wanted one of my girls to learn to
massage or become a beauty therapist, only
because it would save me so much money.
Unfortunately they’ve decided they prefer to help
me spend my hard earned dosh instead. Smiler
(miserable hubbie), always encourages me to
go to these super establishments, only because
I apparently come back a ‘much nicer person’.
In an attempt to be a better mum, I’ve decided to
take Boy Wonder (teenage son), to Madrid for
the weekend. Yes I know that sounds fabulous
and I keep telling him it’s because he has his
GCSE Spanish this year. However, even he knows
me better than this and has told me to admit to
everyone that it’s really to do with shopping and
staying in a lovely hotel. Of course he’s right! The
down side is, I have to get on a plane and the poor
boy says he’s already preparing himself for the
embarrassment of sitting anywhere near me.
Well on that note, I’ll go and purchase some
‘Calming pills’ and a bottle of gin!
- Jenny
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