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  • 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

  • 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

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