August Newsletter 2014

Editorial – Ian Payne Is it time to talk about the weather again? It’s been hot and stormy and we love it. Do take pity on my son who’s in Kuwait for the next two years – it’s 110°F (43°C) there at the moment. I’m short of copy again for the back page. Being summer, […]

July Newsletter 2014

I’m writing this newsletter two days before we meet. My excuse is that for three weeks I had to be a carer (to my wife’s injured arm), then we finally made it to America to see our family and grandchildren and I’m well into my second week of a nasty cough and cold. And, of […]

Ashdown Forest & Saint hill manor

On 12th June we had a splendid outing to Ashdown Forest and in the afternoon a guided tour of Saint Hill Manor. After a washed out spring we had wonderful weather for our outing, the coach picking us up at the Tudor Rose on Old Coulsdon. After we picked up our guide for the day, […]

June 2014

THANK HEAVEN FOR THE NHS Thank heavens for the NHS. My wife slipped on a flight of stone steps at the end of April and fractured her elbow, hence our absence at the open meeting last month. We were in Streatham babysitting and the dog had to be taken out for his last performance. Pauline […]

May 2014

OH TO BE IN ENGLAND NOW THAT SCOTLAND’S GONE In September the Coulsdon Debating Society will debate ‘England will be better off without Scotland’. I thought it might be interesting to ponder nomenclature pending Scottish independence. The terms ‘British Isles’ and ‘Great Britain’ (‘Great’  to distinguish it from ‘Lesser Britain’ being Brittany) are purely geographical […]

April 2014

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING We are all grateful to Reg Baker for stepping up to take the chair this past year and delighted in his success and that the Tchaikovsky gala on which he worked so hard is finally secure (see ‘Outing and Events’ overleaf). We welcome our new chairman,  Gerry Thomson– see back page. Thanks also to […]

March 2014

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE The Coulsdon Bourne flows again. Here it is below the down platform at Coulsdon South Station and a little further along some gardens in Reddown Road are two feet under. We used to believe that the Bourne rising foretold disaster but its now frequent appearances are not Coulsdon delimited but portend worldwide […]

February 2014

PROSPECTS FOR COULSDON IN 2014 The bypass opened in December 2006. Gone was the perpetual traffic crawl through Coulsdon town centre but some thought the town was dying. Then came the regeneration giving us new paving stones and narrow traffic lanes to make the centre more attractive. Following an abortive Sainsbury scheme on the Pinewood […]

January 2014

A CHANGE OF EDITOR AT LAST    David Cameron’s Big Society envisages an army of volunteers willing to champion every good cause and take power away from politicians and give it to people. Maybe small businesses can be established as social enterprises, co-operatives, mutuals or charities to undertake local programmes for the benefit of society […]

November 2013

WEATHER     “How beautifully blue the sky, the glass is rising very high”, as W S Gilbert wrote to Sir Arthur Sullivan’s music well over a hundred years ago, that is if my memory still serves some sixty years since I took part in several of their operettas.     I introduce this page with […]