November 2014

Editorial – Ian Payne Having considerably cut down the length of my editorial, I’ve now have room for new ideas to enhance our newsletter. In addition to your back page stories, I am interested in receiving smaller pieces on say, 
a) Hobbies (in general or a specific incidence), b) Letters to The Editor on say […]

October 2014

Editorial – Ian Payne I bumped into Reg on the Brighton Road. He’d just been to his bank to confirm that he’d suffered an attempted scam. A phone call pretending to be from his bank had informed him that his new credit card would be delivered by courier. Reg was then asked some personal questions […]

September 2014

Editorial – Ian Payne A WW1 memorial service was held at the Marlpit Lane Memorial Ground on Sunday 24th August attended by Coulsdon Residents Associations, RAF Cadets, local scouts and others. Wreathes were laid and yours truly was one of many who helped place 121 crosses, each named for a Coulsdon fallen. Next to the […]

August 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 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 […]

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 […]