Ninety years in the Stoughton Community

Manor Road Evangelical Church

In March 2022 Manor Road Evangelical Church is celebrating ninety years of service at 132, Manor Road, GU2 9NR.

In the early nineteen hundreds, a group of Christians were meeting in a hired hall in Ward Street. This worked well on Sunday mornings when things were relatively quiet in the town centre. Although for Alexander and Ethel Mersh and their 5 daughters, this entailed a walk of three and a half miles, from Pinks Hill in Wood Street, each Sunday (as there were no buses running on Sundays in those days). At the mid-week prayer meeting the Christians found concentrating difficult, due to the ‘grunts’ and ‘groans’ of the boxing club which was meeting in the adjacent room.

Alexander Mersh was a local builder, who was responsible for overseeing the building of a number of chapels on the west side of Surrey. When he discovered that the Congregational Church were moving out of their Hall in Manor Road to new purpose-built premises in Southway, he purchased these premises from them for the use of the small independent church that he was a part of. This was extremely convenient for many of those who were living in the Stoughton area.

Although a lot of adaptations have taken place in and around our premises we still maintain the vision of those earlier Christians to be a blessing to the Stoughton Community, and beyond.

Doreen, Alexander Mersh’s youngest daughter (who, incidentally, will be 97 on March 2nd) was pleased that the family could now travel the journey of less than 2 miles by pony and trap, which they parked safely at the back of the hall.

Doreen Mersh, who is 97 on March 2nd and who was a 7 year old when her father bought the premises at 132 Manor Road for the use of the church.

Because the Congregational Church (now known as the Westborough United Reformed Church) needed their chairs, the new residents purchased chairs for the princely sum of £25/3/8 (£25.18) and an organ and sundry other items for £6/12/6 (£6.63). But, as a clear demonstration of the unity of all those who are followers of Jesus Christ the former church left the majority of its Sunday school in the capable hands of the new church.

Annual Sunday School outing to Wittering on July 1st 1950. The children and a number of their parents visited the coast in 5 or 6 coaches. The maiden names of three of the girls were: 1st left Shirley Knight (of Percy Road), 2nd left Janet Balcombe (of the Round House in Grange Road). 2nd right is Shirley Blanche who we believe came from somewhere on the Bellfields Estate. In the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s many of the families could not afford annual holidays and this outing was there only opportunity for a day at the coast. The children were paid for by the church. The following 2 photos show what the building looked like from 1906, when it was built, through to the 1960’s when the new front was put on.
Photo taken outside the Manor Road Church hall in October 1943 of the wedding of Mr Mersh’s eldest daughter Eileen (who married George Brown) to her left are her parents Mrs Ethel and Mr Alexander Mersh and to their left are their daughters Ivy and Doreen (who is their youngest daughter).
Photo taken in June 1961 when Margaret Baverstock married David Millidge. Margaret was the granddaughter of Mr William Warren, whose funeral was the first service to be taken by MREC in their newly acquired buildings. To Margaret’s left are her parents Gertrude and Charles Baverstock (Gertrude was Mr Warren’s daughter).

Sadly the first service at the end of March conducted by MREC in their new premises, was the funeral thanksgiving service for the life of William Warren, who died suddenly at the age of just 51. William Warren was a part-time local colporteur, who did door to door visitation work to offer Bibles for sale and to hand out gospel leaflets, as well as being the proprietor of the Newsagents, which was a few doors down from MREC on the opposite side of the road.

Although a lot of adaptations have taken place in and around our premises we still maintain the vision of those earlier Christians to be a blessing to the Stoughton Community, and beyond.

You would be most welcome to join us on Sunday March 20th at 11.00am to be reminded of our service in the community and of God’s blessings to us. Whether you have former ties with the church, or not, you are welcome to join us and travel down memory lane with us.

For more information: Phone:
07498 211384 or 07914 322988

E-mail: AbrahamDebbarma@manorroad.church or JohnKnight@manorroad.church

www.manorroad.church
Manor Road Evangelical Church, 132 Manor Road, Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9NR.


Mothering Sunday: A date with multiple origins

Mother’s Day is a special day honouring mothers and it’s celebrated in many countries throughout the world. It is also known as Mothering Sunday in the UK. This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 27th March.

History of Mother’s Day

During the Middle Ages, the custom developed of allowing people who had moved away from where they grew up to come back to visit their home or ‘mother’ churches, and their mothers, on the fourth Sunday of the Christian festival of Lent.

At the time, it wasn’t uncommon for children to leave home to work when they were as young as 10 years old, so this was an opportunity for families to meet up again.

In Britain this became Mothering Sunday. As the dates of Lent vary each year, so does the date of Mothering Sunday.

Although it’s often called Mother’s Day in the UK, it has no connection with the American Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day in the US

In the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year.

The idea started in America when a woman called Anna Jarvis held a small memorial service for her own mother on the 12th May 1907.

Soon after, most places in America were observing the day and in 1914, the US president made it a national holiday, celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Lots of other countries celebrate Mother’s Day at different times of the year as well.

Traditional Mother’s Day foods

The food item traditionally associated with Mothering Sunday is Simnel cake – a type of fruit cake with two layers of almond paste (one on the top and one in the middle).

Although these days, Simnel cakes are more usually linked with Easter.

Traditionally churches hold Mothering Sunday services and flowers are given out to children to give to their mums.

Text https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17343360


Comedian Joe Pasquale stars in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

…at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters are bringing the house down, quite literally, as Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em comes to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford (5th – 9th April) with Joe Pasquale (New Faces, I’m a Celebrity, Spamalot, The Producers) as the lovable accident-prone Frank Spencer.

The stage adaptation of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is directed by the award-winning Guy Unsworth, based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen. Joe Pasquale will reprise the role of Frank Spencer, with Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife Betty. Betty has exciting news for Frank, but he’s preoccupied by possible newfound fame as a magician. With guests arriving for dinner and crossed wires all round, priceless misunderstandings are on the menu.

Comedian Joe Pasquale has delighted audiences with his live stand-up tours for over 30 years. Along the way, he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies Garfield: A Tale of Two Kittens and Horton Hears a Who! and starred in The Muppets’ 25th Anniversary Show. Joe made his theatrical debut in 1999 in Larry Shue’s The Nerd, followed by the touring productions of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Mel Brooks’ The Producers.

Based on the 1970s classic TV comedy by Ray Allen, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is the ultimate feel-good night out, washed down with lashings of nostalgia and Mother’s prune wine.

Joe took part in The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins, he was crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here in 2004, appeared on five Royal Variety Performances, hosted his own ITV special An Audience with Joe Pasquale, at times hosted The Paul O’Grady Show for Channel 4 and hosted the long-running television series The Price is Right for ITV. Other recent TV credits include a celebrity edition of Total Wipeout; Guinness World Records Smashed and Virgin One’s The Prisoner X.

Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters are bringing the house down, quite literally, as Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em comes to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford (5th – 9th April) with Joe Pasquale.

Prior to playing Betty in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Sarah Earnshaw most recently starred as Connie in The Nightingales (Theatre Royal Bath & UK Tour) and Jennifer Lore in the UK Tour of Nativity – The Musical. Her other theatre credits include Travels With My Aunt (Chichester Festival), The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (West End and UK Tour) and the original London cast of Wicked.

For more information and to book tickets, visit: Yvonne-Arnaud.co.uk Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01483 44 00 00 (Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm).


The Haven Café at the QE Park Centre

The Haven Café is a social enterprise café which opened in December 2020 at the QE Park Centre. The café is run on a ‘not for profit’ basis and focuses on employing, empowering and educating young adults who are currently unemployed, at risk of unemployment, or not in education or training.

Neat2Eat (the Community Interest Company that runs the café,) works in partnership with the Matrix Trust, to offer education, training, and apprenticeships (supported by Guildford College).

The Haven Café is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10.00am-3.00pm.

QE Park Baptist Church, who own and manage the QE Park Centre, will be working in partnership with the Haven Café to extend the café space two Tuesdays per month to create a Renew space. A Renew space is a quiet cafe style space that serves as a place of welcome and shared habits for good mental and emotional wellbeing. It is a space where every-one is valued and where you can share a hobby, suggest an activity, and make connections. It is also a space where people can encounter God’s love and develop healthy inner practices of prayer and meditation. The space will be open from 10.00am – 3.00pm on the following days: 18th January, 1st February, 15th February, 1st March, 15th March and 5th April.

Additional staff required

The café is looking for additional staff to support their extended hours and, in particular, for Saturday shifts.

This would initially be on a voluntary basis but could then move to paid hours.

If you or anyone you know might be interested, contact Mark Collins at mark@foodwisetlc.care for more details.

Church Office: 01483 235185
www.qeparkbaptist.org.uk


Guildford in Bloom 2022

Guildford in Bloom Launches Annual Gardening Competition for Residents and Schools .

Best School in Bloom 2021 – Glenesk School.

The Guildford in Bloom Gardening Competition, which is open to residents and businesses in Guildford Borough launched on 14 February 2022 alongside the Schools in Bloom Competition which launched at the end of January 2022. The theme for this year is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, so judges are expecting to see lots of red, white and blue as well as purple, the theme colour for the Platinum celebrations.

Schools, conservations areas and community gardens will earn an extra few points if they have planted a tree for the Jubilee, and as always gardens that are eco-friendly, peat free, and take care of and encourage wildlife will score highly.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom says:

“Guildford in Bloom are delighted to be able to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by encouraging residents, businesses, pubs and community groups to enter the competition and embrace the theme. So many people have embraced their gardens during the last two years and tried to grow their own vegetables as well and creating colourful spaces to relax and unwind – the importance of our outdoor spaces is growing.

We hope that our Guildford gardeners will rise to the challenge in the Queen’s special year. Any garden, big or small, private or a business can enter Guildford in Bloom. We’d love to see your photos and stories, please share them on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages by using the hashtag #GIB2022 and show us how you’ve interpreted this year’s theme.”

To take part, please go to www.guildfordinbloom.com to download the entry form, and once completed send that to info@guildfordinbloom.com no later than Sunday 19 June 2022.

Judging takes place between 27 June – 15 July 2022. You can keep up with the competition on the Guildford in Bloom social media pages – visit @guildfordnbloom on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook here
www.facebook.com/GuildfordInBloom The school competition is also underway and children across the borough will be designing and creating their gardens with the Platinum Jubilee theme, and keeping a journal, diary or scrapbook to record their progress. Entries for the Schools in Bloom Competition, sponsored by Edwins Garden Centre, need to be in by 22 May 2022 and judging will take place between 7 to 16 June 2022. Entry forms for this competition can also be downloaded from www.guildfordinbloom.com

The winner of #bloomingschools will receive £50 to spend on plants or gardening equipment for the school, together with other prizes.

The Platinum Jubilee will also be celebrated at the free Picnic in the Castle Grounds Event on 4 June 2022 – picnic goers will be encouraged to dress up in keeping with the theme and bring flags to wave while they enjoy entertainment from the Castle Bandstand provided by Guildford Fringe Festival. Picnic is sponsored by Tunsgate Quarter and Experience Guildford. More details on the Guildford in Bloom website.

www.guildfordinbloom.com


Mandira’s Kitchen Loves a Valentine’s Day Special

Evenings are still dark and there is nothing more romantic than a cosy night in! What is unromantic is spending all your time in the kitchen, so Mandira’s Kitchen are determined to keep romance alive and spicy – without time out in preparation.

Mandira’s Kitchen have put together a romantic Valentine’s Day Special Indian meal for two that can be delivered frozen to any UK Mainland address. It can be heated from frozen in just 4 minutes so there is no need to waste ages in the kitchen.

Bringing some spice to Valentine’s Day, Mandira’s Kitchen have prepared a set menu which includes: Starter platter with Vegetable and Lamb samosas and Cauliflower Tikkis, all served with MK Pineapple Chutney; a main course of Gulabi Pulao (fragrant basmati rice cooked with beetroot to give it a delicate pink hue), Gondhoraj Chicken/Paneer (delicate boneless chicken or paneer cooked with a very fragrant lemon, yoghurt and cashew sauce), Mushroom and Corn Bonanza (sweet corn and mushrooms cooked in a delicious fresh spinach sauce), Shah Jehani Dal (from the dining table of Emperor Shah Jehan, a mix of lentils cooked with spices and coconut milk) accompanied by fluffy Naan bread. The Sweet Endings come with Gujar Halwa (a mouthwatering carrot pudding) Masala Chai, Chilli Chocolates and spiced chocolate samosas.

Every meal includes two free gin and tonic cans, a Bollywood playlist, a Kama Sutra quiz and a movie suggestion. Mandira’s Kitchen has also teamed up with Albury Organic Vineyard and Silent Pool Distillers to give you the option of adding wine or gin to your order.

Mandira Sarkar, owner and founder of Mandira’s Kitchen is very keen to spread a little love at this special time of year with her delicious food and says: “You cannot love well if you have not dined well goes the old saying. So, our Valentine day menu woos your eyes and your tastebuds. Clearly all designed to recreate the perfect romantic meal at home.”

All items can be ordered online from www.mandiraskitchen.com and either collected from Mandira’s Kitchen at The Silent Pool Guildford or delivered to any UK Mainland address. Special allergy and dietary requirements can be catered for by telephoning 01483 940798.


Feasts and festivals for the Saints in March and April

It’s a busy couple of months for the saints as we have St David’s day (Tues 1st) and St Patrick’s day (Thurs 17th) in March and St George’s day (Sat 23rd) in April.

Saint David’s Day
Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on the date of his death (c. 589 AD) 1st March.

St. David, born in Caerfai, south west Wales into an aristocratic family, was a Welsh bishop of Mynyw (now St. Davids) during the 6th century.

The feast has been regularly celebrated since his canonisation in the 12th century. It is not a national holiday, though there is strong support for it becoming a bank holiday in Wales. In the past, schools have taken a half-day holiday, which continues in some parts of Wales.

David’s fame as a teacher and his asceticism spread among Celtic Christians of the time. He helped found about 12 monasteries and his foundation at Glyn Rhosyn became an important Christian shrine.

Saint Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day held on 17th March, the traditional date of the death of St. Patrick (c.385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilís, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

Saint Patrick’s Day revellers outside The Temple Bar in Dublin. Historically Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking were lifted for the day, encouraging the tradition of alcohol consumption.

St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. There has been criticism of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish people.

St. Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and Bishop in Ireland. It is believed he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century, to a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. When young, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. After 6 years God told Patrick to escape his captors and flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland, becoming a priest and converting the pagan Irish to Christianity. He spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted thousands.

Patrick’s efforts were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove ‘snakes’ out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region.

Tradition holds that he died on 17th March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.

Saint George’s Day
George is the patron saint of England. His cross forms the national flag and features within the Union Flag of the United Kingdom. By the 14th century, he had been declared both the patron saint and the protector of the Royal Family.

It is thought that George was a Roman officer of Greek descent, martyred when sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

The earliest documented mention of St. George in England comes from the Catholic monk the venerable Bede (c.673–735). English soldiers evoked St. George as a battle cry during the Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453) and displayed his cross on their pennants.St. George’s Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century. But this tradition had waned by the end of the 18th century after the union of England and Scotland.

Similar to St. David’s Day in Wales, there is a growing reaction to the recent indifference to St. George’s Day. Organisations such as English Heritage and the Royal Society of St. George have been encouraging celebrations, and arguments have been made to make St. George’s Day a public holiday.

England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Moscow, Catalonia & Aragon in Spain have all claimed George as their patron saint, as have several other regions, cities, universities, professions and organisations.

St. George and the Dragon sculpture on top of the radiator grille on one of Queen Elizabeth II’s two 2002 Bentley state limousines. (Image by S. Foskett)

George and the dragon
First recorded in the 11th century, the legend tells of a fierce dragon causing panic in the city of Silene, Libya. To stop the dragon from devastating the city the people sacrificed two sheep each day to him. But sheep were not enough and they were forced to sacrifice humans instead. Eventually the king’s daughter was chosen but no one was willing to take her place. George saved the girl by slaying the dragon with his lance. The king was so grateful that he offered him treasures as a reward for saving his daughter’s life, but George refused and instead he gave these riches to the poor. The people of the city were so amazed at what they had witnessed that they became Christians and were all baptised.

English recruitment poster from WWI, featuring George and the Dragon.

The bones of Saint George are buried in the Church of Saint George, Lod, Israel.


Inspiring Women Concert

The Inspiring Women Concert, organised by Hennessey Brown Music & Guildford Cathedral, is the weekend following International Women’s Day and will celebrate women in music as composers, conductors and performers.

Inspiring Women includes performances from Amies Freedom Choir who are an ensemble including female survivors of human trafficking who sing together. In 2020 this choir was awarded the prestigious Women of the Year Community Spirit Award.

The concert will also include the girls from Guildford Cathedral singing works by Cecilia MacDowall and Imogen Holst. There will be an instrumental interlude with Harriet Mackenzie, two London Conservatoire and a professional cellist performing ‘Riff for Strings and Snare’ by Hennessey Brown Music composer Dominique Le Gendre.

The climax of the concert will be a performance of Cecilia Macdowall’s ‘Everyday Wonders; The Girl From Aleppo.’ The music of this work depicts the incredible journey undertaken by Nujeen Mustafa in a wheelchair from Syria to Germany. The solo violin part will be played by Hennessey Brown Music violinist Harriet Mackenzie and sung by the Guildford Cathedral Girls Choir, performed by the Conservatoire Concerts string orchestra and conducted by Katherine Dienes-Williams, organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral.

The aim of the concert is to showcase inspiring women in music. Tickets are available from the Guildford Cathedral Box office: www.guildford-cathedral.org/events/boxoffice/534 for more information.


Become part of Guildford City’s new academy!

The newly launched Guildford City FC Academy is now looking for students for September 2022!

Once on the programme, new players will be given the opportunity to train on a regular basis, whilst also studying from a Department of Education approved curriculum. All match days will be taking place on the first team pitch at the Spectrum Stadium, with the squad taking part in the FA Youth Alliance League.

Students attend the Academy daily to train and to undertake a 2 year BTEC Level 3 certificate in sports. The course covers a range of sports related units including: anatomy and physiology; assessing risk in sport; fitness testing for sport and exercise; sports nutrition and leadership.

You can call Guildford City FC’s academy manager Adam Clarke on 07922 421 777 or you can email: info@guildfordcityfc.co.uk


Smile for the camera please

Over Christmas and New Year we’ve all probably had to pose for a few photographs, especially now that almost everyone has a smart phone with a camera in their back pocket.

Images portrayed in the movies or on social media put unreasonable pressure on us to continually look our best for the camera.

Along with the impact of the indulgences over the festive period, likely to be consisting of some of the foods and drinks that can discolour teeth, some of us may well be less willing to smile for the camera.

But what can we do, or rather what should we do to keep our smiles as healthy as possible?

We spoke to dentist Mitul Patel, Clinical Director & Principal Dental Surgeon at Waterden Dental Practice in Guildford to see what advice he could give us.

Back in National Smile Month (May-June) the organisers carried out a nationwide poll that found most of us regularly feel self-conscious about the appearance of our teeth.

More than half of British adults (51%) say they are often made to feel anxious about how their smile looks and less than a third (29%) are likely to pose for a photograph with an open-mouth smile. Discoloured teeth are the biggest reason we are not smiling for the camera (33%).

This got us thinking…

What makes a beautiful smile? Is it a Hollywood smile of straight, white, perfectly uniform teeth? Or is it a healthy smile with all its quirks and imperfections? Or maybe one that’s full of gaps?

The answer, of course, is whatever you feel comfortable with and one that you are proud to show off.

Dentists all agree that a healthy mouth is what’s essential, not for aesthetic reasons but for health.

Healthy mouths reflect a healthy body – they have pink gums and are pain-free. Red gums or gums that bleed when you brush your teeth indicate that something is not right and the main culprit is gum disease.

The 3 key messages being promoted during National Smile Month were:

  • Brush last thing at night and at least one other time with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how much and how often you have sugary food and drink.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Ultimately, the aim is to help us achieve good physical and mental wellbeing by improving our oral health.

Smile niggles

However, if you don’t feel happy to show off your smile, then ask your dentist for advice. There are lots of ways they can help.

Dentists all agree that a healthy mouth is what’s essential, not for aesthetic reasons but for health.

If discoloured teeth are causing you concern, the first and best place to start is with a hygiene visit – not only will your teeth look better, they will be healthier too.

Be selfish with your toothbrush!

Despite it being bad news for our health, one in four of us are happy to share our toothbrush with others.

A new study has found that more than a quarter of the UK population admit they would share their toothbrush with family, friends, a partner, neighbour or celebrity.

Men are significantly more likely, at 32%, than women (20%). Younger adults are nearly twice as willing at 55%, compared to their parents (30%), and around four times more open to do so than their grandparents (13%).

Dr Ben Atkins, dentist and trustee of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “Although it may seem like a kind gesture to share your toothbrush, it really is not a very good idea. Sharing a toothbrush leaves you susceptible to all sorts of oral and general health problems.

“This is because brushing sometimes causes the gums to bleed, which exposes everyone you share your toothbrush with to bloodstream diseases. This means that by sharing a toothbrush, you could also be sharing blood, which is a lot riskier than just swapping saliva.”

There are many hundreds of different bacteria and viruses in our mouths and people sharing a toothbrush could be passing these on to others. This could include common colds, cold sores or even Hepatitis B.

Keeping your teeth clean & healthy

Airflow is an advanced and predictable
hygiene procedure for effectively removing stains and plaque from your teeth, implants or restorations. It uses a mixture of air, water and a very fine powder to thoroughly polish and clean your teeth.

Spotlight:

Opening bottles, nail biting & tag tearing

Do you use your teeth to open bottles, tear clothing tags or bite your nails?
If so, you are not alone but the advice from dentists is to stop!

Most of us are putting our oral health at risk by using our teeth as tools for jobs they weren’t intended for.

Joint research by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips has found that 65% of us frequently use our teeth for tasks other than eating and drinking.

The most common misuse for our teeth is tearing sticky tape with 41% of us admitting to doing this regularly. More than a quarter of us bite our nails while over a fifth use our teeth to carry things when our hands are full.

Other popular uses include taking tags out of clothing (20%), chewing pens and pencils (16%), opening bottles (9%) and doing up zips (4%).

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation. says that while it may seem trivial, using our teeth as tools poses a considerable risk to our oral health: “Anything from opening bottles to chewing foreign objects can damage existing dental work or cause our teeth to crack.”

The most common misuse for our teeth is tearing sticky tape with 41% of us admitting to doing this regularly.

“There are also examples of teeth shifting out of place, chipping, and in some cases breaking, due to the pressure and strain. Accidents are also more likely to happen which could result in invasive and expensive emergency dental work.”

Young adults are the biggest culprits when it comes to using teeth in improper ways with 85% of 18-35-year-olds admitting to abusing their teeth by performing unusual tasks with them. This is significantly higher than 35-54-year-olds (70%) and the over-55s (54%).

Restoring teeth

However, if you have cracked or chipped a tooth, don’t worry help and advice is available and there are a raft of solutions at dentists’ fingertips, from dental veneers or crowns, to composite bonding.

Composite bonding can transform the appearance of one or more teeth in a single visit. Tooth-coloured composite resin (like a white filling) straightens uneven or chipped edges, or closes gaps between our teeth. This fast, affordable and impressive treatment requires minimal tooth preparation and is completed in less than one hour per tooth often without the need for any anaesthetic.