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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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  • 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

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  • 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

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