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  • Hit for six by Sobers

    Hit for six by Sobers0

    Hanging from a string at the doorway of a recently opened Surbiton cafe is a cricket ball. It’s at Coffee on the Corner, where Beaconsfield Road meets King Charles Road. But what is it doing suspended there? It commemorates the mighty six scored by arguably the greatest cricketing all-rounder of all time, Garry Sobers, who

  • Tracing our long lost pond

    Tracing our long lost pond0

    In the late 19th century there was a heated dispute over what should become of Tolworth Pond. There’s no sign of it today; the row led to it being filled in. But you can see it on the 1866 map. Ewell Road crosses the map diagonally, from the junction with Ditton Road in the west

  • The day war broke out

    The day war broke out0

    Second World War veterans Betty Dawson and Phyllis Hales, both 97, have made a video of their memories of the day, 80 years ago, when they heard the country was at war with Germany. Residents of the Royal Star & Garter Home, Upper Brighton Road, they relived their recollections of the day on September 3,

  • Sharon Wright’s Brontë book

    Sharon Wright’s Brontë book0

    Surbiton author Sharon Wright, pictured, has excited the literary world with a biography unearthing a Regency tale of passion: The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick. “There’s been huge interest from Brontë fans and scholars,” said Sharon, of Cleaveland Road, after Pen & Sword published the book about Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë’s

  • Celebrating prolific historian

    Celebrating prolific historian0

    Decades of writing by June Sampson (pictured), ex-Surrey Comet features editor and doyenne of local historians, were marked at a garden party attended by 100 at St Luke’s, Kingston, organised by Surbiton historian and membership secretary of the Friends of Kingston Museum and Heritage Service Bob Phillips, who co-wrote The Story of Tolworth with Pat

  • A fragrant outing to the sewage works

    A fragrant outing to the sewage works0

    Once you’d have needed a clothes peg on your nose to survive a visit to the Hogsmill sewage works. Now a tour of the Hogsmill Clean Water Depot requires no such precautions. On a scorching day, when unpleasant whiffs would have been all too obvious, the Thames Water site produced nothing but a good impression.

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