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  • The 999 man of Elgar Ave

    The 999 man of Elgar Ave0

    The man who helped devise the UK’s best-known telephone number lived in Elgar Avenue. Though humble about the role he played, Tom Fallon takes much of the credit for setting up 999. Born in London’s Docklands at the turn of the 20th century, he joined the police after serving in the Royal Navy in the

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  • Societies at risk following eviction from meeting hall

    Societies at risk following eviction from meeting hall0

    The future of many of Surbiton’s best-loved and longest-running societies and groups is in jeopardy after they were evicted overnight from the council-owned hall where they have met for decades. With no notice, 30 clubs were emailed by Kingston Council contractor Engie to say that all hire of the Ewell Road library annexe had ceased

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  • The Museum of Today archives lockdown with your contributions

    The Museum of Today archives lockdown with your contributions0

    Take a photo of something from your home or wherever you have been during lockdown that has particular significance for you, record a minute-long video explaining why, and submit it to The Museum of Today. Your contribution will be part of an archive telling the story of a historic few months during which we have

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  • St Matthew’s bells are back!

    St Matthew’s bells are back!0

    Hallelujah! The bells are back! After more than a year away being cleaned, restored and tuned at a foundry in Loughborough, the 145-year-old Ellacombe chimes (the hemispherical spheres seen in this picture) and a 56st, 286-year-old service bell were returned to St Matthew’s Church yesterday (Monday). Essential repair work on the tower and spire and

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

    So, when did Maple Road become a trendy ‘village’?2

    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

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  • 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.

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