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It s life Jim...but not as we know it! (Star Trek). No one can believe what we are all faced with but one thing is certain - we will get through it and life will return. You will see that this magazine has no date. Things are so unclear as we go to print that we cannot be sure when the magazine will get out to you all. Our magazines are all online at : www.villagematters.co.uk and we will get the digital versions out on social media. Please think about the small businesses who make up the majority of our advertisers. We need to support trades, as well as restaurants which are now offering delivery service etc. Without your support and custom

small businesses will go under. We want to thank our advertisers who continue to support us in these mags. We hope that our treasured lives will return to some sort of normality within a short space of time. But we are living in a very uncertain world. Please think of each other. Be kind and caring and try to stay positive. All information is correct at the time of going to print.

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Walton Director: Paul Chard Telephone : 07946 494288 Email : paul@villagematters.co.uk Website :www.villagematters.co.uk Cover Photo : Pexels

Inns and Taverns of Walton The Walton Society Coronavirus - Walton Community Elmbridge Services Update A Message from Dominic Raab Walton's Blue Plaques The Importance of Friendship Oak Processionary Moth Update Walton BID Success Elmbridge Flowerbed Competition Be Prepared But Don t Panic Bring The Gym to You Ideas to Keep Occupied Recipe of The Month Garden View Dominic Raab Events Coming Up Index of Advertisers

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Inns and Taverns of Walton The Old Manor Inn

Situated in Manor Road, The Old Manor Inn, is named after the medieval manor house of Walton Leigh that still stands close behind it. The building once flanked the entrance to the cul-de-sac called Manor Place, which was built to house the families that occupied the ancient manor house in the mid19th century. Originally called The Old Manor House, the inn is first mentioned in the mid-1860s and the 1867 Post Office Directory of the Home Counties lists the proprietor as a fisherman, John Rosewell. It stayed in the Rosewell family for many years and in 1895 the innkeeper, Thomas Sedgewick Rosewell,

was advertising boats let by the day, month or season and punts for anglers . In 1905 the innkeeper is listed as Henry Hawkins, and in 1911 and 1915, Frederick Broomfield. It was at this time that the inn and the terraced cottages in Manor Place served to represent a Dickensian London street scene in Cecil Hep-

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worth s film version of Barnaby Rudge released in January 1915.The tenants of Manor Place were paid for their trouble and local residents were employed as extras. In 1972 Manor Place was demolished, opening up the view of the medieval manor house from Manor Road and enabling the inn to extend its garden area. In April 1988 it made the headlines when a petrol tanker overturned in Hepworth Way and the fuel spillage ran down Manor Road and found its way into The Old Manor Inn s cellar. The fuel ignited but, fortunately, was rapidly extinguished by the publican.

References: Inns and Taverns of Walton and Weybridge; A.G.Martin. Walton and Weybridge Local History Society 1999. A Window on Walton-on-Thames; J.L. & D.M.Barker 1994, Local directories. Photos; The Old Manor Inn with the cast of Barnaby Rudge courtesy of Elmbridge Museum, Elmbridge Borough Council. The Old Manor Inn, March 2020, by the author.

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The Walton Society

(Walton Residents Association) The Elmbridge Annual Budget and its Difficulties An apparently simple picture . In February , Elmbridge Borough Council agreed its budgets for the financial year beginning on April 1st. The Council provides a wide range of services, from housing the homeless and provision of playgrounds, to waste and recycling collections. It also has a commercial investment property portfolio valued at almost £100 million. This generates a net income of over £1 million. Elmbridge employs around 400 staff, and its annual gross expenditure is just over £40 million. Fees and charges on services pay for around £20 million of that expenditure. The balance – about £19 million- comes from central Government as retained Business Rates, about £4 million, and from Council tax, just under £15 million. If Business Rates receipts and Council Tax do not cover net expenditure, then Elmbridge has to find the difference from reserves. Central Government sets a limit on the Business Rates receipts authorities are allowed to keep. Next year, in Elmbridge s case, it is expected to be less than £4 million out of a total of around £64 million collected. There is also a limit on how much a Local Authority can increase Council Tax without having a referendum – the limit for next year for Elmbridge is 2% or £5 for a Band D property, whichever is the higher. Like most of Surrey s Boroughs and Districts, Elmbridge has opted for the £5 increase, which amounts to 2.26%. Elmbridge s portion of your total Council Tax bill is only 11%. Surrey Police are putting up their part of the Council Tax bill by £10 (3.8%) for a Band D property. This police precept (as it is known) accounts for 14% of your bill. Surrey County Council, receives the other 75% of your Council Tax and is putting up its charge by just under 4%, which amounts to £57.96 for a Band D property. The total Council Tax payable in Elmbridge on a Band D property will increase to £2008.33, an increase of 3.8%. For Elmbridge, the combination of a 2.26% increase in Council Tax and an even smaller increase in the figure for retained business rates means that next year it will need to drawdown revenue reserves of just under £1 million. It is fortunate there-

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fore that the Council has built up reserves to around £18 million, which means that a £1 million drawdown in the coming year is not going to cause any problems, so long as it does not become a continuing reliance on reserves to cover ongoing expenditure. And the difficulties . The tricky part of the process is that many estimates have to be made of how much our services will be used, how many successful appeals there will be against Business Rates valuations, how many Planning Applications will come in, what voids will there be in the property portfolio and so on. All these variables can have an impact on costs or income. Inevitably there is a tendency to be cautious in setting these various estimates., Variances between forecast and outcome tend to show up in the amount by which reserves increase or diminish. As an example, in the Budget papers for the financial year 2018/19, finalised in January 2018, the estimate for revenue reserves at the end of March 2019 was just over £15million. Eighteen months later, the Audited Annual Accounts for the financial year 2018/19 showed that revenue reserves as at the end of March 2019 actually stood at £21,209,000, an increase of £6,199,000 on the original estimate made 14 months earlier. Many variables may impact on the Council s finances over the next few months. These include a review of the Business Rates system, a Fair Funding review, which will look at how revenues are distributed amongst different authorities, and a Review of the New Homes Bonus Scheme, which may result in an entirely new system of housing incentives. With all the uncertainties, we feel it is best to be prudent in the way that we address the apparent reliance on reserves to deliver a balanced budget for 2020/21, and make sure that we do not become reliant on the continued use of reserves for on-going expenditure. Chris Sadler for The Walton Society, walton.society@btinternet.com

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CORONAVIRUS - WALTON-ON-THAMES COMMUNITY IN ACTION Are you self-isolating and need some help? Your community is here to help you! WoTTA is working with local charities and churches to make sure no-one is left out.

In these uncertain times it is important to remain kind, mindful of others, offer help and support the elderly and vulnerable and where possible do so by supporting local businesses.

we work with. If you d like to volunteer to help, please go to the website where there s also a form for volunteers, and let us know how you can help.

As the local Trading Alliance, we will be watching for any advice and information on government and big business schemes to help businesses and families cope through this unprecedented time and will share this through our website and social media as appropriate. In the meantime we are spearheading a way to connect those in isolation with help from the local community. Please contact us in any of these ways: Website: wotta.co.uk/coronavirus-help, Email: contact.wotta@gmail.com Phone: Joanna on 077202-44555 We can help with: Collecting groceries/medical supplies Delivering hot meals Chatting on the phone Dog Walking

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Elmbridge Services Update Elmbridge Centres for the Community closed but support for customers remains We have decided to close our centres for the community for the wellbeing of our customers. These centres are based at Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, Thames Ditton, Hersham, Cobham, Claygate and Molesey and support older and vulnerable people in our community. These centres closed on Friday 20 March and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. However, we remain committed to supporting those who rely on our centres. We are contacting each centre user to ask if they would like a meals-on-wheels delivery and/or a check-in call once a week. If you would like to volunteer to support our meals-on-wheels effort please contact us on 01372 474 552 or : Email commservices@elmbridge.gov.uk. All meals-on-wheels volunteers must have their own car.

All sporting fixtures and training have now been postponed by the sports governing bodies. For more information do not hesitate to contact your local sports clubs directly. For the time being, the Xcel Leisure Complex, Hurst Pool and local public halls remain open to the public. Extra measures have been taken to keep members and the public as safe as possible. We have ensured that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis and taken every possible precaution to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Local foodbanks We have agreed to provide ÂŁ10,000 which will be shared between the three local food banks to help their support of vulnerable people at this unsettling time.

These closures were a correct at the time of going to print. Please go to www.elmbridge.gov.uk for further updates

Please note that our meals-on-wheels volunteers only visit homes at agreed times.

Leisure and Cultural Services We have made the decision to cancel the following leisure events and programmes until further notice: Healthy Walks and Cycle Rides Children and Family events (including countryside and museum events) Royston Pike lectures Surrey Youth Games training sessions

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A Message from Dominic Raab to our Community 19th March 2020 As the Prime Minister has said, the coronavirus pandemic is the worst public health crisis for a generation. We will get through it by working through the government s action plan to contain, delay, research and mitigate the virus. The plan has two overriding aims: to protect the NHS by building it up and flattening the curve, and to protect life by safeguarding those who are most vulnerable. We will do the right thing at the right time, based on the best scientific advice. The government has taken a range of measures. First, the government has issued guidance on social distancing (for everyone in the UK), and on staying at home (for households with possible coronavirus infection). There is particular guidance on social distancing for older people and vulnerable adults, which I encourage residents to read. These guidance documents are available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response page on the GOV.UK website. Second, the government is supporting employees, businesses and public services. The recent Budget included a ÂŁ12 billion package of targeted measures to support public services, individuals and businesses through the economic disruption caused by coronavirus. This included extra resources for the NHS and public services, changes to Statutory Sick Pay and an increase in the Business Rates retail discount for one year. This week, the Chancellor announced a further package of government-backed loans and guarantees to support business. An initial ÂŁ330 billion of guarantees will be made available, so any businesses which need access to cash to pay their rent, the salaries of their employees, pay suppliers or purchase stock, will be able to access a government-backed loan. Tax cuts and grants worth more than ÂŁ20 billion are also being provided to support businesses. Details of the support available are also available through the above page on the GOV.UK website. Third, as Foreign Secretary I took the decision on 17 March to advise British nationals against non-essential travel globally, for an initial period of 30 days, and subject to ongoing review. You can find the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice and sign up for email alerts on the FCO website. Fourth, after schools shut on Friday afternoon (20 March), they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers (for example NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers) and vulnerable children. This will help to slow the spread of the virus. A full list of these key workers is available online. It is clear that these actions will change life for everyone for several months. I understand that this may be concerning and disruptive, but these measures are necessary to help us get through this in a way that saves lives, protects the public and safeguards the economy. Strong local community spirit will be important over the next few months, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable groups. I would encourage residents to do what they can to help those groups, within the boundaries of the new advice. Please also contact me at dominic.raab.mp@parliament.uk if there is any support that I can provide in your neighbourhood. My work as your local MP continues through this period, and I am on hand to help and advise with any issues you may have.

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Walton's Blue Plaques

Part 6 of 7 - Anzac Way Walton Bridge Firstly what is a Blue Plaque? A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event, or former building on the site, serving as a historical marker. To be awarded an official English Heritage plaque, the proposed recipient must have died at least 20 years ago. This is to help ensure that the decision about whether or not to shortlist a candidate is made with a sufficient degree of hindsight. However, plaques are as much about the buildings in which people lived and worked as about the subjects being commemorated – the intrinsic aim of English Heritage blue plaques is to celebrate the relationship between people and place. Walton on Thames has seven, and here is number 6 in the series. Anzac Way. The formation of the New Zealand War Contingent Association came about after the New Zealand High Commissioner in London, Sir Thomas Mckenzie got some of his fellow countrymen together to discuss how they could assist wounded New Zealand servicemen. After the declaration of war in August 1914 the War office had requisitioned Mount Felix at Walton-on-Thames with its 29 bedrooms and six bathrooms to house British troops. By November 1914 some 1.200 soldiers were billeted there, but had moved out by June 1915 when it was converted into a 350 bed hospital, the first established in the UK for war casualties from New Zealand. It was officially opened in August 1915 by Sir Thomas McKenzie, whose son was one of the first admissions, with arrivals from Gallipoli arriving within days. The cost of the hospital was borne by the people of New Zealand and New Zealanders living in Britain. The King and Queen and the Prince of wales visited and spent the afternoon there talking to every soldier. The servicemen recuperating there could use the 18 acres of grounds or take a boat on the river. Five ward huts were added in January 1916 and patients with infectious diseases were kept in a special area known as Anzac Mount. By April 1916 some 3,000 New Zealand casualties were being treated in British hospitals resulting a second hospital for New Zealanders being opened at Brockenhurst in the New Forest. The injured coming in at Dover came to Walton, those landing at Southampton being taken to Brockenhurst. Following the increasing number of injured soldiers

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from the Battle of the Somme, the Oatlands Park Hotel was used to increase accommodation. By the end of the war and over the following year, the number of casualties had decreased to such an extent that Oatlands closed in September 1919, with Mount Felix closing as a New Zealand hospital in March 1920. An incredible 27,000 patients had been treated during its five-year operational life. In 1965 the Mount Felix estate was sold for housing by the local council, but the main house was destroyed by fire in 1966 and had to be demolished. A Commemorative plaque was rescued from the house and was placed in front of what was the new Town Hall on the green in New Zealand Avenue. This tablet is erected Ad 1921 by the inhabitants of Walton-on-Thames to commemorate their 27,000 fellow subjects from the Dominion of New Zealand who, wounded or disabled in the Great war 1915-1918 were cared for in the military hospitals at Mount Felix and Oatlands Park. Seventeen of these men lie buried in Walton cemetery. Their bodies are buried in peace but their names liveth for evermore. Of course 1915-1918 is not meant to signify the duration of the war. The only surviving parts of the estate were the clock tower, the Brewhouse, the laundry and the stables. On 28th April 2019 The New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Jerry Mateparae CNZM, WSQ, KStJ supported by Wotta and Elmbridge Borough Council, unveiled a blue plaque naming the thoroughfare on the approach to the bridge, Anzac Way. This was followed by a service conducted by the Vicar Jonny Blair at St. Mary s. The acronym Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

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A moveable feast! Easter is early this year! Ooh isn t Easter late this year? Easter never seems to come on time! In fact, it s a different time every year. Why is that? We don t move Christmas or New Year s Day so what makes Easter so flexible? This year Easter Sunday falls on April 12th. I suspect that for once it s actually on time though frankly who knows? The reason for Easter being something of a moveable (chocolate) feast is because it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full

moon, which is the first full moon after the spring equinox. The equinox is the instant of time during a year when the plane of Earth's equator passes through the centre of the Sun. This occurs twice annually. In the springtime this is around (but not exactly on) 20th March. Full moons occur every 29.5 days so between those two events there is quite a lot of leeway when it comes to dates, but Easter is always somewhere between March 22nd and April 25th. So now you can say with confidence that Easter is By Sarah Davey

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Coronavirus - The Importance of Friendship and Compassion As Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the UK, it will be harder for people to maintain their social connections. For many people there will be a tough, but necessary period of social isolation. Many of us will miss seeing family and friends and taking part in our usual hobbies, interests and activities. It shows how important friendship and connection are in our lives, and how difficult it can be when they re missing. This reminds us that for too many people their lives are often quite a lot like this. Research shows that half a million older people regularly experience these kinds of protracted periods of isolation, going at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all. During the Coronavirus out-

break it s especially important we can stay in touch with people who are alone. Making sure that you stay in touch with friends, family and neighbours can help to ease any feelings of loneliness you and others may experience while in isolation. Technology can help with this enormously.

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Call your friends, colleagues and relatives regularly on the phone and see how they are. Create WhatsApp groups with neighbours, family or friends. Share how you re getting on and ask other people how they are. Use Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and keep in touch. Offer to help with shopping or running errands. You could use an app like Nextdoor to see if your neighbours need assistance. If you re worried about transmitting the virus you can leave the bags on the doorstep. For many, the telephone will be the easiest and most accessible way to keep in contact. Some of this technology might be new or difficult to use for some older friends and family. Offer help and support to install and use apps. When using social media be mindful that this may be a frightening and isolating time for many. Be kind. Offer help and advice where you can. Try not to spread unfounded rumours that may cause upset or panic. Technology can t replace the feeling of communicating in person, but there are ways of staying connected in isolation that can help. For many of us this will be a difficult time. Isolation measures are to protect as many people from the worst effects of coronavirus and this will be temporary. If we make the effort to stay connected, we can make a big difference to people who are feeling alone at this time. Source : Campaign to End Loneliness Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts


Village Matters Supporting Local Small Businesses

I have always thought that human kindness is bursting at the seams, just waiting for a chance to emerge. Could it be that the collapse of normality that arises during and after calamity, awakens something deep within us? Perhaps these moments open a space, however briefly, for new forms of civic engagement and public life. Over the last few weeks, tens of thousands of people all over the country have joined community efforts to look after the most vulnerable in society by volunteering to pick up shopping, deliver medicine and even offer music lessons to defeat boredom. Right now, our community is more important than ever, because working together we can provide support to the individuals and local businesses who are impacted by the daily stress, struggles and chaos that the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic is bringing. At the time of writing, it does seem that this pulling together will have to last for some considerable months. It is now that we must really all look to each and support our community. Looking after the self-isolated and the elderly should be now part of our normal way of thinking. We must also however support our small and local businesses. These businesses are our community. They are the bedrock of where we live. With all the uncertainty that is upon us, it is vitally important that those businesses make their voices heard and have a platform to do so. It might just be to say, I am still here . Business awareness will be critical in the coming months. This magazine and its sister publications were always built and designed on the premise of a strong community, coming to each other s aide, and championing small business. With that in mind we would like to put something of ourselves back into the community. For the months of May, June and July (covering a 3-month agreement) we will work with small businesses who want to advertise on our platforms, whether print or digital. Please contact us to discuss and let us help each other: Monica 07979 808991 and Paul 07946 494288.

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Spring update on Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) In 2019, we have had numerous Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) sightings on private properties and Elmbridge Borough Council-owned land. You might have spotted OPM information posters at various sites across the borough. OPM is a tree pest. Its caterpillars feed on the leaves of several species of oak trees. They generally affect only oak trees as they cannot complete their development on other tree species. They have long, white hairs, a grey body and dark head. Older larvae have a central dark stripe with paler lines down each side. They build white silk-type nests in the branches or trunks of trees (not in the leaves). They can be spotted on tree trunks moving about in late spring and early summer (May, June and July) in nose to tail processions – hence their name. Lines of caterpillars are often arrow headed. They can sometimes be found on the ground moving between trees in this procession. When you spot the posters at affected sites, it is important not to ignore them. We would advise you to stay well clear of the affected trees for your own safety as OPMs can cause skin and eye irritations, sore throats, breathing difficulties and, in some very rare cases, allergic reaction in people and animals who come in contact with them. If you spot OPM nests in March and April, please do not approach them at any time. The OPM caterpillar emerges in April every year. The risk of exposure to caterpillars is highest in May and June. Please be mindful that caterpillars can shed hairs if they are disturbed or threatened. The hairs can be blown by the wind, stick to trunks, branches, grass and clothing. What should you do if you spot an OPM nest or caterpillars? Make sure you have correctly identified the species: information is available on YouTube or on the Elmbridge Borough Council OPM web page: www.elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/oakprocessionary-moth/ If the sighting is on private land, please report it to the Forestry Commission using the Tree Alert online reporting form on their website: https:// treealert.forestresearch.gov.uk/ If you cannot use Tree alert, you can report them by telephone on 0300 067 442 or by email at opm@forestrycommission.gov.uk. If you own the tree on which the nest is located, the Forestry Commission has issued an online manual for owners of

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oak trees. If the OPM are found on an Elmbridge Borough Council-owned tree, report it to us on 01372 474825, 01372 474579 or by email at opm@elmbridge.gov.uk. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, We are aware of the presence of OPM at a number of sites across the borough and are monitoring the situation closely. We will take the necessary steps to remove the nests if

they cause a serious threat to the community (we pay particular attention to densely populated areas and the proximity to vulnerable individuals, eg children, infants and elderly). For cases where residents are less likely to be affected, we ask you to stay safe and take care when you visit your local open spaces. Also ensure that you keep your dogs under control in the affected areas for their safety and your own. For further information or to report any sightings, please visit elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure, email opm@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474579.

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Through The Keyhole If you are not already self-isolating, or con-

sidering it, there is a high chance that you will be in the coming weeks. The government s advice is that 14 days of whole household isolation is recommended when anyone has symptoms. So how do we keep sane, entertained and fit whilst captives in our own homes? Don t be too hard on yourself. Watch trash if you want to. Read a good book, Hilary Mantel s The Mirror & The Light for example is so long that it feels as if it could have been written just for this moment! Anecdotal evidence suggests that having a pet is a real boon. In Italy, where even the asymptomatic are asked to remain at home there are reports of dog-sharing among neighbours as one way to get out legally is to walk the dog. This must do wonders for the people, but the dogs must be exhausted. There is a good chance, if you have symptoms, that you will not feel very energetic, so be kind to yourself. It is not the end of the world if your fitness slides during a global emergency. However, as gyms will likely close and social distancing will ramp up even if you are well and boisterous you will need other outlets for your energy. I recommend doing 30 minutes a day of online yoga; it is very calming, apart from anything else. Look on YouTube for an old Cindy Crawford workout, or a Mr Motivator; these are extremely cheery and date from an era before anyone was expected to have any equipment – not even a mat.

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Walton Business Improvement District It's a YES! Businesses in Walton-on-Thames have voted Yes! to establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town centre.
The BID will deliver approximately £1million of new investment over 5 years, as businesses come together to help revitalise and shape the future of the town centre. Following consultation with businesses of all sizes in Walton-on-Thames, the focus for the Walton BID will be on delivering projects across four priority themes: 1. marketing, promotion and events 2. clean and green 3. safe, welcoming and accessible 4. and backing business. The BID Task Group Chairman, Peter Beggan, Assistant Director for New Business at Paragon Asra (PA) Housing said: We are delighted that businesses have backed the BID and the positive vision we have to deliver new investment and footfall into the town centre. The BID was developed by businesses for businesses and we believe the BID can build on what makes Walton special while addressing the parts of the town centre that we know need attention. Councillor Christine Elmer, Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Community Development at Elmbridge Borough Council said: The yes vote to establish a BID is great news for all those who run businesses, live, work or visit Walton. BIDs have made a positive impact across the country and as part of the council s commitment to supporting our high streets, we were happy to fund the development of the BID. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Walton BID and working together to deliver a more vibrant town centre.

ship approach that the businesses, the trading alliance and council have developed over the past two years. We have all worked together to develop the BID and I would like to thank everyone for the hard work, funding and time committed to get the project this far. We believe Walton has an incredibly bright future and the BID will be a great success over the next 5 years. What is the Walton BID ? The BID was developed to build on the work to kick start the renewal of the town centre by businesses, the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance and Elmbridge Borough Council. BIDs are an arrangement whereby businesses come together and decide which improvements they feel could be made in their town or city centre, how they will implement these improvements and what it will cost them. BIDs are financed and controlled by the businesses within the selected area. BIDs deliver additional projects and services over and above those already provided by public bodies. A task group was formed of businesses from across the town centre with representatives from different streets, independents, nationals and local partners to represent and help develop the BID proposals that were backed by businesses with 77% voting YES. For more info: https://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/news/waltonbid/

Joanna Gordon, Managing Director of the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance said: The yes vote is a recognition of the partner-

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The view from WOTTA

We at WoTTA are delighted that Walton-onThames businesses voted to become a Business Improvement District! This has been one of our long-term aims but we knew it would be a long road to see that wish realised today.

In one of our first meetings after our inception in April 2016 Danny O Sullivan - franchisee owner of McDonalds in Walton - suggested a BID was the way to go, but as a new Community Interest Company the Trading Alliance had to first gain the trust of local businesses by delivering on our promises. We did this by running more community events, such as bringing back the Festival of Light and taking over the organisation of Remembrance Sunday. We ran Business Breakfasts, connecting local businesses with charities and community groups. We worked closely with local schools, and also applied for Elmbridge Borough Council funding, spending it imPlease mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

proving the look of our town with new flower planters and lovely banners as well as on upcoming play equipment in Ashley Park. But we knew, as a volunteer group with limited funding, we could only do so much. We love our town and wanted to find a way to secure the future for the local events we have created, as well as move forward with bigger and better ideas. We approached the council for support and received fantastic backing with funding, officer and Councillor's support to help get the BID off the ground. Tracey Blandford spearheaded WoTTA s drive, which began by employing The Mosaic Partnership to run a full feasibility study with local businesses. This indicated there was an appetite for a BID. With further funding secured from the council, we then moved forward to the Development Phase, bringing together a task group of local businesses to help create a Business Plan for the town which businesses have been voting on over the past month, while we ve waited with bated breath. The whole process has taken us four years, but today we celebrate the fantastic results of all that effort, not least to be the first town in Elmbridge to become a BID. We look forward to a bright future for Walton-onThames, working with the BID Committee and the council to continue WoTTA s aim of making our town a better place to live and work. For more info visit: WoTTA.co.uk or WaltonBid.co.uk

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Elmbridge Flowerbed Competition winning designs announced at Weybridge in Bloom AGM Elmbridge Borough Council was delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Flowerbed Competition at the Weybridge in Bloom AGM on Saturday 6 March, with the Mayor of Elmbridge in attendance. The Competition has now been running for 10 years with a different theme every year. The winning design is planted in the raised flowerbed at the entrance of Churchfields recreation ground at the beginning of every summer. This year, the competition was open to residents living in and children going to school in Weybridge, and the theme was New decade = new beginning ; an ambitious theme that could be interpreted in many different ways. Weybridge in Bloom, founded in 2019, worked in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council to promote the 2020 Flowerbed Competition and played a crucial part in mobilizing the residents and local schools. In their first year of existence, Weybridge in Bloom have spearheaded many local community planting events and are keen to develop and support further green projects on open public spaces to complement the character of their town. They are always keen to welcome new members and would love to hear from you. There was a record participation from local schools at this year s Flowerbed Competition and a high number of stunning entries bursting with ideas. Selecting three top designs was a challenge for the judges as the standards were so high. A common denominator for all the beautiful entries we received was the importance of protecting our local environment and preserving it for decades to come. The message was loud and clear; advocating the need to face the reality and change our ways to save our invaluable environment, ie protect it or lose it! The winning design was by Gabriella of Cleves school. To illustrate her design, she quoted the following humbling but truthful message: The next 10 years will be crucial to the health of our planet. Climate change is a real threat knocking our door and it is not by chance. This flowerbed design embraces the cause to build a more sustainable world and encourage the active engagement of all

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societies. The first runner-up was Lia of St George s Junior School. The message she wrote to support her design was equally unequivocal and sobering: I am showing that if we keep polluting and wasting resources, there will be no trees to breathe. We set our future and we can decide to make it a naturefriendly planet or a poisoned dirty planet. There is one right answer. But speaking that we care does not help, we need to act now and in the next decade to set our future. My flowerbed design shows the right and wrong futures. I hope we choose the right one. The second runner-up was Tobias of Cleves School who gave a message of hope to explain his design depicting a star: I got the idea from the stars that shine brightly in the sky. I hope that the next 10 years in Weybridge are happy, bright and prosperous. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, The quality of entries in this year s Flowerbed Competition was fantastic. The designs were packed with ideas, colours and conveyed powerful messages. Most of all, they demonstrated how much young people care about their local environment. I look forward to seeing the winning design planted in Churchfields recreation ground in the summer and many Weybridge in Bloom projects coming into fruition for the enjoyment of the whole community. Keep up the good work. For more information, call 01372 474568, email leisure@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit www.elmbridge.gov.uk/parks. For more information on Weybridge in Bloom, please like their page on Facebook. Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts


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Keep Smiling - by Natasha Craig Surrey mother Lynn Craig contacted Village Matters recently to share the story of her daughter Natasha. It is a story no mother wants to tell. Natasha Craig died July 2007 of anorexia nervosa, a crippling eating disorder illness affecting far too many, both men and women, and increasing in the very young. Natasha wrote and completed a book two years before she died but it was never published. Lynn was eventually persuaded to do so on Natasha s behalf and she has finally succeeded, 13 years after Natasha s death. The book Keep Smiling is now available on Amazon and is also on

Kindle and in paperback. Natasha Craig started counting calories as a young schoolgirl and ended up with a dangerous eating disorder. She kept regular diaries and wrote this book throughout her treatment. The introduction is written by leading eating disorders expert, Professor Janet Treasure, Psychiatrist & Director of The Eating Disorders Service. Natasha s greatest wish was to have her voice heard and to spread awareness says Lynn. The book has already attracted a lot of interest from organisations dealing with anorexia and mental health. Lynn is also reaching out to health centres, schools and universities. There were 19,040 admissions for eating disorders in 2018/19, up from 16,558 the year before and 13,885 in 2016/17. The NHS Digital data for England found the most common age last year for patients with anorexia was 13 to 15. . (data from PA news agency January 2020) Maybe Natasha can save someone else the pain and heartache this disease can cause.

Surrey Libraries are Looking for Volunteers English Conversation Group volunteer for customers whose first language is not English. We are looking for someone who can support and encourage people to practice their English in a friendly and welcoming manner for one hour weekly at Esher Library. Stock volunteer, supporting library staff to keep our libraries well stocked, organised and neatly presented. We have opportunities at Molesey Library on Tuesdays or Fridays and Hersham Library on Mondays in the afternoon. For more information and to apply please go to surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/volunteering-inlibraries or ask in the library.

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FULL AND PART TIME PLACES AVAILABLE FOR SEPT 2020

Primary School Enjoy, Achieve, Aspire! TO BOOK A NURSERY TOUR NOW call 01932 227816 or email info@grovelands.surrey.sch.uk

Grovelands Nursery caters for 3-4 year olds and we offer both 30 and 15 hour places. Our sessions run as follows: 30 hours – 8:55am – 2:55pm 15 hours – 8:55am – 11:55am Our Nursery is valued as an important first step in our school and as the basis for future learning and development.

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Be Prepared

.But don t Panic!

Zombie apocalypse movies are perennially popular. Human beings love to imagine how we might survive after a global disaster.

tins in your weekly shop is easy for most people to achieve. Remember, in most instances you will already have food in, which can be used up first.

Recent flooding and the coronavirus have prompted an interest in prepping , as in prepping for disaster . Preppers have historically been cast alongside conspiracy theorists, and American survivalists, who build bunkers, live off-grid and are scarier than any imaginary zombie.

Useful items for an emergency store cupboard: tinned meats, tinned vegetables, tinned beans, pulses and chickpeas, tinned soups and packet soups, tinned fruit, a large bag of rice, a large bag of porridge oats, cooking oil, salt, honey, long-life milk, long-life orange juice, packs of cereal, cereal and protein bars, dried fruit. If you live in an area where flooding and therefore water contamination is likely allow 2 litres of bottled water per person per day for drinking and cooking.

As flooding and extreme weather become normal events in the UK, and every year seems to bring a new pandemic threat it s easy to see why people feel helpless, and why prepping becomes seductive. Should we prepare for imminent disaster? The answer isn t a straightforward yes or no. In this country we are fortunate that food is plentiful. However, food is supplied on a just-in-time basis, using predictions based on the public s past shopping habits. If everyone shops normally, supply and demand remain balanced, but if large numbers of people suddenly panic-buy more than usual to stockpile food, shelves are stripped bare pretty quickly. It makes sense to be aware of this and to think about how we might manage if there was a temporary hiccup in our own food supply chain, perhaps because poor weather or flooding prevents us from MOUSE accessing shops, or because we re confined to our home through illness or quarantine. It does no harm to plan how we might be more self -reliant for a week or so, and to make sure that we have a basic emergency store cupboard. I would advise against specialist emergency food packs you see advertised. They are expensive, and freezedried food tastes like garden mulch. A few extra

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A simple emergency store cupboard can be built up over a couple of months quite easily by adding a few extras into your weekly shop. A can opener is essential. Torches, batteries, and a camping stove insure against loss of electricity, and loo roll, bleach, hand sanitiser, paracetamol, ibuprofen, plasters and disinfectant are useful health and medical items. If you live in a flood zone, make sure your supplies are stored high up. Use a vermin-proof storage box in the coolest place possible, and every so often move items out into your regular cupboards, and replace them, to make sure that nothing goes beyond its sell-by date. One last thing. We all have important documents filed away such as birth certificates, passports, insurance documents and house deeds. Ideally these should be stored in a fire and waterproof deed box to protect them. A little thought and preparation goes a long way. No bunker required! By Clare Becker

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Don t go to the Gym! Bring the Gym to you! Finding time to get to the gym is difficult when our lives are so busy. So why not bring the gym to your home? If you have an area that's big enough for you to lie down in, with your arms stretched out to either side, with a few extra inches for good measure you've got enough space to do a workout at home. No matter what your initial fitness level, aims and budget are you can start to exercise in the comfort of your own home. Basic Fitness If you're after basic fitness you can try a home HIIT session. All you need is a timer or smartphone app and a workout program there are loads of videos on YouTube for every fitness level. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training works on short bursts of exercise, up to about 1 minute, with rests of maybe 30 seconds in between. It gets your heart rate up and gives you a great workout in a very short space of time. Exercises range from simple marching on the spot, squats, and leg raises right through to advanced press-ups and handstands, but all doable in the space we mentioned earlier. An exercise mat might help for any lying-down exercises and a resistance band or small set of weights is a useful addition, but that's about all you'll need. Three, twenty-minute sessions per week and you'll really start to see some results. Do it in the morning before breakfast for maximum fat-burning efficiency, and to set you up for the day. Strength Building your strength can also be done at home. Calisthenics is a form of training that Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

uses your body weight instead of freestanding weights. Each exercise has a series of progressions from easy to very hard. Take the simple press up as an example. Start doing them whilst standing and leaning against a wall. As you move your feet further from the wall it gets harder. Eventually you'll be able to do a full press up on the ground. Then try positioning your hands closer to your waistline so you are leaning forwards as you press up - it's getting harder now. Then try leaning so far forwards your feet leave the floor and you're into a planche position - not for the faint hearted! Other calisthenics exercises need some basic equipment. Dips will need a set of dip bars. Pull ups will need some pull up bars. But all of these are relatively cheap to purchase and take up minimal space when not in use. What about exercise machines? If you're starting out my advice is to avoid machines until you know what you like. You'll probably only have enough space and cash for one, and they are not portable so once you've got it you're stuck with it. Build up your basic fitness and strength first and then decide what you want to do. Once your body starts to show some results you might even be tempted to venture down to the gym to take advantage of a wider range of equipment! Be sensible Always be careful with your body. Seek professional advice before starting any exercise regime. Make sure you're working safely and within your capabilities. Start easy and work up to the harder progressions. If you have any signs of pain or discomfort, STOP! Rest, recover and assess the situation. Above all have fun getting fit and staying healthy. By Robert Grant

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MEALS TO GO We are planning to continue making home cooked meals from the daily trays of surplus food we collect from local supermarkets (yes believe it or not, there’s plenty to go around!) We have a team of volunteers who will make and deliver meals to those who are self-isolating. If you would like to refer yourself, a relative or neighbour to benefit from this service, please email us: communitycafe@riverhousebarn.co.uk or telephone 01932 254198 We would be delighted to help all those in the community who need help at this uncertain time.

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Coronavirus - Community Support Community Helpline number: 0300 200 1008 (live from 1pm, 19 March – then Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) We have set up a new community helpline to direct you to services that can help during the coronavirus pandemic. This community phone line is here for two things:

1. To help direct residents who need support, such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to services who can help.

2. To provide advice on where to register

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Creative Quilting On the assumption that we will be allowed out to play, do take a look at our new class list which covers the next few months and is full of patchwork inspiration. We have some 3 hour classes – day and eve – and then some full day (6 hour); some are project driven and others are more social with everyone working on their own ideas (called open format) Our fabric ranges include Moda, Liberty, Tilda, Brighton from Stof, and of course lots from our UK designer Makower all designed for the patchwork industry – but since they are 100% cotton, we don t mind if you use them in other things – such as dresses or skirts and blouses. Our new Beginners Sew a Row sampler, which you can sign up for on a monthly basis. has a very modern look and is made with simple patchwork shapes We have some delightful embroidery kits for beginners

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as well as accomplished sewers and by the time you read this our plans to expand into knitting and crochet should mean that we have supplies for you . And You can pop into the shop for Crochet Mondays; Turn up Tuesday s for free demos at 2pm to learn patchwork techniques and using specialist rulers and tools; Knit and Natter Thursday s; and then there are some English Paper piecing classes and a Jelly Roll Saturday. And it s not all about quilts – how about making this rug from scraps if you have them, or a jelly roll which we can help with! The shop has a team of dedicated (or should we say addicted) quilters – who are always there to help you.

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COVID 19 - Ideas to keep occupied At the time of going to print, everyone with a fever and/or persistent dry cough has been asked to self-isolate, with their household, for 14 days. Those in at-risk groups have also been advised to stay at home for 12 weeks. We are all being asked to start social distancing. This might have changed by the time you receive this magazine, so please check for updates at www.gov.uk In these strange and confusing times, there are suddenly a huge number of us with a lot of time on our hands. Many will be spending that time alone, which can be difficult and leave us feeling lonely. We wanted to give anyone in self-isolation a useful list of ideas to keep busy, creative, calm and connected in the weeks ahead. Occupy the mind and body in self-isolation Whilst some of us are used to keeping occupied by ourselves, it can be hard to get used to. We ve gathered a few of our favourite suggestions for solo activities at home Keep busy: If you have work you need to do, create a daily list and take regular breaks. Do some gardening. Remind yourself of some fun card or board games. Learn a new skill like knitting or baking. Read a book. Make sure you read our article on page 60 for ideas! Binge watch a box set or watch a film. Review your finances to keep a healthy budget. Make a project of decluttering a room. Get creative: Keep a diary of your experience of the illness or time in isolation. Pick up a pencil, paintbrush or needle and create something. Take the extra time to slow-cook meals. Play or learn a musical instrument. Write a poem, blog, short story or start your memoirs. Feel calm: Practice mindfulness techniques. Do some light exercise or yoga. You will be able to find useful YouTube videos to follow and you may be able to access online classes via your local gym. Stick to a routine so you can relax in the evening and sleep well. If you can access fresh fruit and veg, make sure you eat some daily. Pamper yourself. Try a facemask, do your nails or take a long bath. Stay connected: Make regular phone or video calls to relatives and friends or start a WhatsApp group. Check in with elderly or vulnerable relatives. Play online games such as Scrabble. Catch up on overdue correspondence. Without footfall, businesses – especially smaller, family-run companies - will be looking for ways to keep going in the most challenging circumstances. There are a few things we can do as customers to lighten their load – why not get in touch online and see what they can offer? 1. Pay your invoices! If you have any outstanding payments due to local services or trades, please make sure you pay them without delay. 2. Buy a voucher. If you have a birthday or special event coming up, why not buy a gift voucher from a local shop, café, restaurant or pub to be used once we are all back to normal? You could mark Father s Day with the promise of a slap-up meal and help a local venue with their cashflow. 3. Shop local. Use smaller, independent stores and food delivery services if possible, instead of larger supermarkets. Everything seems to be telling us that they are the best-stocked! By Emily Lee

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Recipe of The Month Bubble and Squeak

The Community Café @Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames continues with recipes showing how you can use leftovers. They create wonderful food from surplus, donated by a local supermarket. Go and try their surplus lunch for £5 and they will donate the proceeds to local charities feeding those on low incomes and who are struggling.

This is hardly a recipe, but a reminder of what you can do with leftovers. Basic bubble and squeak is mashed potato and cooked cabbage, but you can make it with any surplus vegetables and top the little patties with anything you like to turn it into a more substantial meal. Come and visit the café at the weekend and see how Jessamie serves it on Squeak up Sunday! 400g cold mashed potato 2 spring onions sliced Half a cooked cabbage/or 200g brussels sprouts/any left over cooked vegetables 40g melted butter

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Mix the mashed potato with the cooked vegetables, spring onions and melted butter and generously season with salt and pepper - then shape into patties (roughly the size of your fist) and fry in a pan with a knob of butter until you can actually hear the potato squeaking . You want a nice brown crispy outside with a hot fluffy inside. This should take 3 minutes on each side. Then top with anything you fancy - smoked salmon, ham, poached egg, roasted tomatoes or creamed mushrooms all make great brunch dishes

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Garden View This month - container-grown fruit By Rachael Leverton

April is the perfect month for planting containergrown fruit trees and bushes. Even if your garden space is limited you can still grow fruit trees and bushes. You can even grow them in containers on a balcony. The trick is to read the label. Look for dwarf varieties that won t grow too large for your pot or garden. It s a good idea to buy self-fertile plants too, especially if you don t live in an area where lots of people grow their own fruit. Even on a small plot buy the biggest pot you can fit into the available space. Bigger pots hold more compost, so they contain more food, more water and more space for strong root growth. Make sure the pot has drainage holes and cover the base with drainage material. Handy hint – if wind is a problem on your site use heavy material like broken crockery or stones to add weight, whereas if you will need to be able to move the pot easily use polystyrene chunks, which are very lightweight. Fill the container with a loam-based potting compost. Remove the tree or shrub from its original pot, spread the roots a little and plant it in the new container to the same depth. Water the compost well initially and then whenever the surface is dry. If you want to plant your fruit tree in the garden dig a hole as deep as the root system, and about three times the width. Place the plant into the hole and refill it. Then firming the soil with your foot. If the tree is in an exposed area you might need to stake it. Fruit is very easy to grow, and there are a huge variety of fruit trees or bushes to suit every garden size and aspect, so you re bound to find the perfect plant for your space. Try:

variety. Blueberries grow really well and are great for growing in a container because they like acid soil and in a container, this is easy to provide. Look for ericaceous compost which you should keep moist because like most soft fruits they are quite thirsty plants. Collect rainwater for the purpose as blueberries are not keen on tap water. I grow strawberries in large hanging baskets to make the most of the space. They are easy to grow this way but make sure you keep them well fed with a high potash fertiliser as nutrients leach away from hanging baskets very easily. I protect all my container-grown soft fruit with netting my garden birds tend to view my patio display as a rolling all-season buffet laid on especially for their benefit. Happy gardening.

Dwarf apple trees, which provide interest all year round as well as fruit in the autumn. Any of the currants. Blackcurrants are particularly nice. They are low maintenance and great in jams and pies. They like a sunny spot and plenty of water Raspberries are lovely. They fruit in summer and like a sheltered sunny spot. You buy raspberry canes rather than bushes. Look for a thorn-free

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

On 11 March the Chancellor delivered a Budget which delivered on the promises we made to the British people at the general election. It was good news for residents in Walton – providing a boost to local businesses, workers and public services as we rise to the challenge of Coronavirus. The measures to support the economy and public services through Coronavirus total £12 billion. £5 billion of this is for the NHS and other public services. To support businesses affected, the government has increased business rates discounts for retail premises, saving each eligible business up to £25,000, and announced an emergency loans scheme. There were also measures to expand the availability of Statutory Sick Pay and make it easier for the self-employed to claim benefits. More broadly, residents across Walton will Dom hearing from local businesses at a Federation of Small Businesses roundtable last year

benefit from a cut in National Insurance Contributions. Raising the threshold for National Insurance Contributions from £8,632 to £9,500 in April will cut the average Elmbridge resident s National Insurance payments by £104 in 2020/21. This, alongside raising the National Living Wage by 6.2% to £8.72 in April, will put more money in residents pockets. Finally, £6 billion of new investment was announced for the NHS over the next five years – on top of the £34 billion increase already announced – as well as a £2.5 billion Potholes Fund. As your local MP, I ll be working hard to make sure we get our fair share of this funding in Walton, to provide more GP appointments and repair local roads. MP for Esher & Walton

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The Joy of Bowls - Whatever Your Age!

You may well have tried your hand at ten pin bowling, but how about the joys of outdoor bowls. Involving more skill and accuracy, and played in the fresh air, this is a sport that has something for everyone, no matter how old. Bishop Duppas Lawn Bowls club is situated in Bishop Duppas Park Shepperton, just off Walton Bridge Road. Not a lot of people know that!! Believe it or not we have been there since 1977, hidden away from view. Thousands of motorists drive past every day, along with pedestrians and the occasional cyclist or two, you may even be one of them. We are always looking for new members, so if you work part-time, coming up to retirement or a family looking to play sport together, even super veteran or student looking for a relaxing but challenging hobby outdoors come and join us. We will provide the equipment but you will need to bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and your own footwear, like trainers or shoes with no heel. If you enjoy the open days then we will provide further training in June/July on the more technical part of the game. You may then want to become a member of the club and play against other clubs in friendly or competitive games or just play socially on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We have lots to offer for both young and old .come and give it a go!! The fresh air, parking, coaching, exercise and the chance to meet new people are all free!! We also have a bar for refreshments and snacks. NB. Our open day is subject to government directives. Please call for updated information

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As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak please be mindful of attending any events. Walton Matters asks that if you are experiencing a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, or you have a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly, please stay at home. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. We advise that you also check that any of the events listed below have cancelled or postponed. Esher & District Amnesty International Group (which includes Walton & Weybridge) meet on 2nd Weds of every month to sign letters. Small friendly group - please contact Cherry Eddy 0208398 4377 for details. The PHOENIX FOLK & SQUARE DANCE CLUB is a friendly and informal English Folk Dance Club. Why not call in at one of our Thursday evening Club nights, meet us and enjoy a complimentary evening of dancing and a cup of tea. We start at 8pm and finish at 10.15pm. Oatlands Village Hall St Mary s Road Oatlands Village Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9PT you to trace your family history. For more details, email walton@wsfhs.org or phone 07932 062056 Walton-on-Thames WI We meet at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month in St Erconwald s Church Hall, Esher Avenue, Walton-on-Thames and you are most welcome to come and see who we are and what we do. If you cannot make our meeting there are other WIs but for further information on Walton WI please contact our Secretary, Hilary Cartwright on 01932 248071 or email us at waltononthameswi@gmail.com Silver Swans Adult Ballet Class - held at St Mary s Church Hall , Walton - all levels welcome in this basic level class with stretching . Develop muscular strength, balance , coordination , cardio fitness, correct posture and mental agility in a friendly environment. Contact Suzanne on 07985520378 suzanne.vnad@gmail.com Walton & Weybridge AOS presents Thoroughly Modern Millie. Taking place in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce, and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. Dates: 12th May - 16th May 2020 Time 7.30 pm every evening/2.30 pm for Saturday Matinee Venue: The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Hepworth Way, Walton On Thames, KT12 1AU https://www.wwaos.org.uk/thoroughly-modernmillie.html Surrey Blues Club 3rd April 2020, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band The Charlie Chandler Band. 1st May 2020, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band Blues Patrol. No Admission Charge, No Membership required, Fully Air Conditioned. All welcome, music from 8.30pm. Hersham Sports & Social Club 128 Hersham Road Hersham SurreyKT12 5QL

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Independent Senior Day School Boys 11–18 years Girls 16–18 years

Sixth Form Open Evening Wednesday 6th May 6.00 – 8.00pm

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Thursday 7th May 2020 Tours at 9.30am and 11.30am

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Saturday 3rd October 2020 9.30am –12noon Personal visits available throughout the year Find out more and book your visit at www.hallifordschool.co.uk

At Halliford every student is known and respected as an individual and we encourage, support and inspire our students to become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.  Extensive coach service covering the surrounding area  Short walk from Shepperton Station  Shuttle service from Walton and Staines Stations registrar@hallifordschool.co.uk

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Hersham £825,000 • Burhill School catchment • Private cul de sac

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• Quiet cul de sac • Large rear garden

If you are considering selling or letting we would be delighted to provide you with a free market appraisal.

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