Cheam Croquet & Bowling Club

Cheam Park Bowling Club 2

Cheam Croquet & Bowling Club was open for business on Bank Holiday Monday.

Cheam Croquet Club Teas

Delicious teas were on offer, with home made cakes.

Cheam Croquet Club

Tuition was on offer for Croquet and Bowls.

The Croquet & Bowls Club is open to everyone.   All members are free to play either game and some do play both, especially the bowlers in the winter when they can play croquet but not bowls.

To join, please contact: Cheamcroquetbowlsclub@gmail.com or phone: 0208 642 0533.

As for a dress code, you don't need to worry about wearing whites.  Casual dress is fine.  So long as you wear flat shoes you can walk on the green

 

Springwatch Do Something Great in Warren Farm

GOLDENROD ALERT at WARREN FARM. It is our next weekend volunteer day NEXT Sat 11th June, 10 -12 – if you would like to join us, you are very welcome. If you are not able to join us but would like to help then do just start pulling up areas and leave the piles on the path. Roger and I will collect them and carry them to a composting site.

Meadow Restoration Warren Farm

Springwatch and the BBC are encouraging EVERYONE to volunteer in some way during June using the hash tag #DoSomethingGreat so come along and Do Something Great in your local meadow. Also keep an eye out for little flutters of blue in Warren Farm our lovely little rare butterfly the Small Blue is on the wing….enjoy and thank you in advance for all your help 🙂

Fantastic Afternoon at Cheam Village Fair

Cheam Village Fair 1

What a fantastic afternoon it was, at Cheam Village Fair.

Cheam Village Fair Beer Tent

The weather may not have been boiling hot, but that didn’t really matter.  The crowds came and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Cheam Village Fair entrance

Thank you to Cheam and Sutton Rotary Club who organised the event, raise thousands of pounds for local charities.   All todays profits will go to The Royal Marsden and Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

Cheam Village Fair Go Carts

I am told a record number of volunteers helped out at the Fair this year.  Thank you to every one of you.  It would not have been the success it was with out you.

Cheam Village Fair Childrens Corner

The Centre Arena is packed with displays, including The Black Eagles – acrobats that include a fire limbo sequence in their performance.  That’s on top of a Children’s Corner, Beer Tent, 50 stalls, selling everything from honey to plants, and handbags to cakes, Radio Jackie Roadshow, Funfair, Punch and Judy, a balloon race, coconut shy and hoopla.

Dancing Cheam Village Fair 1

It was first started in 1977, and today it’s one of the largest annual local community events. It’s a fun day out for everyone, especially families.  What’s more, with new attractions and more stalls than ever, the Fair has grown year on year – some 6500 people attended in 2016.

Sutton MS Society Cheam Village Fair

 

Guide Dogs Cheam Village Fair 1

Cheam Village Fair

 

Cheam Village Fair 6

Monday 30th May 2016

Cheam Fair is organised by Cheam Rotary Club.  It was first started in 1977, and today it’s one of the largest annual local community events. It’s a fun day out for everyone, especially families.  What’s more, with new attractions and more stalls than ever, the Fair has grown year on year – some 6500 people attended in 2015.

The Centre Arena is packed with displays, including The Black Eagles – acrobats that include a fire limbo sequence in their performance.  That’s on top of a Children’s Corner, Beer Tent, 50 stalls, selling everything from honey to plants, and handbags to cakes, Radio Jackie Roadshow, Funfair, Punch and Judy, a balloon race, coconut shy and hoopla. and much more!

Admission is just £1 for adults and 50p children. Cheam Rotary will donate all profits to The Royal Marsden and Sutton and Merton Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.  There is no parking on site, but you can catch the 213 or 151 bus.  There are bus stops beside the entrance to the park.  The 93 bus stop is only a short walk away.

Cheam Village Fair 4

The event takes place on the late May Bank Holiday, in Cheam Recreation Ground. The organisers, Cheam Rotary Club, make a point of showcasing community groups like Cheam Gym Club, Fighting Fit Martial Arts, Fiesta Fitness will be doing a Zumba demo and Carshalton Cheerleaders who put on displays throughout the afternoon.

Cheam Village Fair 2

 

 

Work is progressing on Cheam Rec Cafe

 

Cheam Rec Cafe 1

At long last, after far too long, work on Cheam Rec Pavilion Cafe is nearing completion.  The majority of the building work was finished in September 2015, but resolving snagging problems took much longer.

Cheam Rec Cafe Pavilion

I can’t help thinking that if it was my house, I would not have waited this long to see the problems overcome.  I am aware that all three ward councillors chased Sutton Council, as did the proposed tenant.

Cheam Rec Cafe Pavilion

The very good news is that three years after the Pavilion cafe closed because of a bad fire, it will soon be open hopefully by the end of June.  Better still you will be able to sit inside and stay warm, rather than stand out side and shiver…And judging by the ice cream cabinet…They are selling Kellys Ice Cream….Looking good!!

The Road from Rome

London Road 1 (1)

As you sit in the traffic on the London Road (A24) during the morning rush hour, it is perhaps difficult to imagine that the road was originally built as an expressway.

There is now little to show, apart from the Straightness, that the road was built on the line of the Roman Stane Street, which connected the now silted up port of Chichester, Sussex with London.  It was part of the Roman “expressway system” which led to Ewell becoming a major town, partly due to the abundance of fresh water emanating from the many springs there.

When the Romans invaded Britain in AD43, they had the problem of subduing and policing the country’s newly conquered tribes.  To do this required the rapid transit of soldiers and equipment to get wherever the problems were occurring, which could only be achieved by building a good quality network of roads, and preferably in as straight a line as possible.

main-Romans Marching

This they achieved by constructing three categories of road.  The ITER for foot soldiers was 5 feet wide.  The ACTUS for wheeled traffic was 7 feet wide.  The VIA with a 14 feet width was for two way wheeled traffic.  The London road was obviously a VIA grade road.

Should you be waiting for your 293 bus at Stoneleigh, drift into a day dream, and begin to imagine galloping horses hooves and iron shod wheels, pay no heed.  It is only the ghost of Brutus Ironicus driving the last chariot home from London to Chichester as the Romans retreated back their beloved Italy in AD410.

Taken from “A stroll through North Cheam’s past” by Tony Brett Young

 

Cheam Rifle Range

1st Cheam Scouts

What a fabulous picture care of the Facebook Page, Cheam in Pictures

Cheam Working Mens Institute, Malden Road, Cheam.

Lord Methuen opens the new Rifle Range at Malden Road Cheam,  old postcard posted 24th July 1907.

1st Cheam Scouts

I am sure this is the 1st Cheam Scout Hut, Malden Rd, Cheam.

Cheam Rifle Range Post Card

The St Dunstan’s Institute, once the home of the Cheam Working Mens Club and built next to the Fire Brigade’s stables in Malden Road.

Could the Rifle Range have been where the British Legion is in Mickleham Gardens, behind 1st Cheam Scout Hut?

British Legion Cheam

I then googled Lord Methuen.  Assuming it was the 3rd Baron Methuen who opened the rifle range, he sounds as if he has a very interesting Military Career.