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  • So, when did Maple Road become a trendy ‘village’?

    So, when did Maple Road become a trendy ‘village’?1

    Tree-lined, elegant, stylish and, of course, the home of Surbiton’s hugely popular farmers’ market, Maple Road has had its own distinctive identity for a century and a half. But when did it gain the ‘Maple village’ tag so beloved of estate agents, and adopted by the busy Maple Village WI? Here’s a look back in

  • Surbiton’s Armageddon warning… few survivors!

    Surbiton’s Armageddon warning… few survivors!0

    We’re doomed! The Surrey Comet spared no opportunity to scare Surbiton back in March 1986, when this extraordinary headline appeared. It’s a chance to put the coronavirus in perspective. While spending some bonus lockdown hours rooting through a pile of old issues which had gathered in The Good Life’s cupboards and attic, this story surfaced.

  • History society hibernates

    History society hibernates0

    Surbiton’s historical society has gone into hibernation during the coronavirus crisis, in common with most other community groups which used to meet regularly. The monthly meetings in April, May and June have been cancelled, with the speakers pushed back until later dates. It means that a trio of intriguing topics will be deferred. April’s talk

  • How to survive crisis: Ed Davey

    How to survive crisis: Ed Davey0

    EXCLUSIVE: Surbiton MP Ed Davey – a former chair of the government’s emergency committee Cobra – speaks candidly about the coronavirus crisis   Kindness and volunteering will help Surbiton survive the current pandemic as the community rallies to support its most vulnerable residents. That’s the upbeat message from Surbiton MP Ed Davey, who describes himself

  • Keep on dancing

    Keep on dancing0

    Surbiton’s Regency dance class, which meets on Wednesday (Mar 18) at St Mark’s church hall, WILL go ahead… thanks to a mix of old and new precautions against coronavirus. Libby Curzon, who runs the popular and keenly priced classes, says that she is pressing ahead with the next event, with the help of formal gloves

  • Chris comes into focus

    Chris comes into focus0

    Surbiton photographer Chris Arthur’s exhibition of pictures which he took of actors in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s is now on display at Kingston Museum’s gallery. Opened last night by the mayor, it focuses on his work at the National Theatre, 1964-1994, images of Michael Gambon, Laurence Olivier and Maureen Lipman, who seems to

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