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April 2017

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Welcome! Welcome to Spring - longer and warmer days and a change of wardrobe! Maybe you want to get fit and ready for the summer. We have an offer on a get fit for over 60’s from our local Green Goddess, Diana Moran. We also have a few books to give away in a draw, so do enter. Remember also there is £40 off fitness activities for over 50’s with the Adult Learning Centre. See inside for details. Or you could try your hand at bowling. Yes, the season is indeed here! In this issue we look back at history as usual, enjoying exploring some of the old views and tales of the area. How many of you had heard about the Cowboy wedding in Church Square, Shepperton? Yes Siree! What an extraordinary sight that must have been! As it is April we also think about the connection between New Zealand and our area. Did you realise that 27,000

April 2017 patients passed through what was Mount Felix hospital on the Walton side of the Thames during WW1 and several soldiers who didn’t make it are still remembered on ANZAC day at a special service in Walton on Thames where they are buried. Until next month!

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Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard

The Cowboy Wedding 4 Is the Sun Setting over Green Belt? 6 The 140th Sunbury Regatta 8 The Joys of Self Employment 10 Come and Be Bowled Over 17 Exercise for the Over 60’s 19 An Appeal for Alfie 21 Spelthorne U3A Celebrates 20 years 23 Donations Breakthrough for Foodbank 27 Recipe of the Month 31 A Taste of the Exotic in Sunbury 35 Sunbury of Old 36 Rotary Charity Day Draws Crowds 38 Congratulations Adam Watts 40 LOSRA Says 42 Gardening Matters 49 What’s On/Noticeboard 50, 52 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 54

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The Cowboy Wedding By Nick Pollard

The Shepperton of 1908 was a pretty quiet place, with little in the way of sensation to disturb village life. On December 8th 1908 however, it saw an event which made headlines all over the country, and indeed in countries as far away as New Zealand. The event in question was the marriage of Captain Cecil Morgan to Emily Skerry, the widow of Fred Skerry of Thames Ditton. Capt. Morgan was the principal of the Imperial School of Colonial Instruction, which The crowded Church Square Shepperton, with the ‘cowboys’ was based at a log cabin in Green centre stage on their horses, and the white bridal car just visible Street, Shepperton, now the site at the back on the right, in front of St. Nicholas Church of Duppa’s Close. The idea of the school was to teach young men the skills car, spurring their horses and yelling loud they would need in the more far flung parts of whoops whilst firing their pistols in the air. the British Empire, including riding, lassoing, Apparently someone even put fog detonators managing cattle etc. Capt. Morgan was him- on the nearby railway line to add to self the patentee of the Morgan packsaddle, the general noise and mayhem. which had the unlikely property of being able The wedding breakfast was held at ‘El to be converted into a small boat to cross any Aparego’ (Spanish for ‘the harness’) which river encountered. By all accounts the was the name of the school building, ‘students’ dressed for the part, with wide- although the meal itself was served in a large brimmed hats, checked shirts, leather trousers marquee. This went off without a hitch, and and ‘chaps’, and armed with Bowie knives without anyone lassoing the wedding cake, and revolvers. It is hardly surprising that but at the conclusion of the bridegroom’s they became known as the ‘Shepperton speech, the Cowboys broke into ‘For He’s Cowboys’. Amongst their number were two a Jolly Good Fellow’ and concluded with Texans, ‘Deadly Dillingham’ and ‘Lively another volley of revolver shots. A memoraLynch’ as they were christened by the small ble day in Shepperton’s history ended with boys of the village, who were especially a display of cowboy riding, shooting and skilled in roping and tying steers. According lassoing in the school field. to press reports of the wedding, the Cowboys rode through the village at top speed, crack- The next meeting of the Sunbury and History Society will be on ing their whips, until they arrived at the Shepperton Local th Tuesday 18 April at Halliford School, church, where they were joined by hundreds Russell Road, Shepperton, when of people who had arrived by foot, bicycle, Marc Meltonville will be talking about the train, motor car and horseback to witness Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court. All the spectacle. Perhaps thankfully, the welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Cowboys did not enter the church, but after the ceremony they galloped after the bridal Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Our Kiwi Connection By Monica Chard, Editor Have you ever wondered why there is a New Zealand Avenue in Walton on Thames? Or why the pub at the end is called The Wellington (affectionately known as “The Kiwi”)? Our neighbourhood was thrown together with families from the other side of the world during World War 1 and to this day ANZAC day is celebrated in Walton on April 25th to remember the young men who are buried in St Mary’s churchyard and who were cared for at the Mount Felix Military Hospital. ANZAC is the term given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and April 25th is the date they landed at Gallipoli to fight the Turks in 1915.

Mount Felix (seen above) was a large Italianate mansion set in 18 acres of grounds at the end of what is now New Zealand Avenue (so named in 1930) on the north side of Walton Bridge. The grand gate pillars are still there today. When the war started the manion was commandeered by the War Commission and the building was used to accommodate British soldiers. By 1915, it was offered to the New Zealand War Contingent Association as a military hospital, officially opened by the New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Thomas MacKenzie. It was known as the No 1 New Zealand General Hospital. As the war continued, more pressure on the services in Walton led to another hospital being created in Brockenhurst, leaving Mount Felix as ‘No 2 New Zealand General Hospital’. At its peak, Mount Felix had as many as 2,000 beds. The chief medical officer was a New Zealander and three-quarters of the staff had connections with the country. The first wounded soldiers there would have been from the Gallipoli campaign, which ended in December 1915 with evacuation and huge Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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casualties. All in all 27,000 patients passed through Mount Felix. Considering how small the population of New Zealand is, these figures are truly staggering. 21 poor souls are buried in St Mary’s, Walton, and many more in the military cemetery at Brockenhurst. During the war years patients and staff were very present in the community, relaxing in the gardens by the river and taking outings on the water as they rehabilitated.

While we toured New Zealand earlier this year we noticed so many memorials to those lost during the war. It is a strange feeling to know that many of those war dead commemorated on memorials on the other side of the world may have passed through Mount Felix. This years’ service will be on Sunday 23rd April 6:30pm. ANZAC Service at St Mary's Church, Church Street, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2QS. 7:30pm-8:30pm Refreshments will be served in the church hall.

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140th Sunbury Regatta - Hold the Date!

The Sunbury Regatta will be celebrating 140 years this year. Put the date in your diaries. to This year it will be on Saturday 12th August 2017. The event is always the cornerstone of the Sunbury calendar of events and attracts crowds from all around the Borough and beyond. Come along and watch the skiff, punting and dongola races (always entertaining!). You can wander around the stalls and watch entertainment on the lawn. As the evening begins, stay on the island to watch the final of Has Sunbury Got Talent, listen to live music, watch the illuminated sail past and the famous fireworks. Everything that makes the Regatta the day it is, is the result of the hard work of a dedicated set of volunteers who give up their spare time to plan, build and run the Regatta each year and that planning is already underway. The agenda of the Regatta is as follows: 0900 Racing starts 1100 Gates open 1200 Bar opens 1830 Final of Has Sunbury Got Talent 2030 Illuminated sail past by the Mid Terms Yacht Club 2100 Sail past 21:30

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If you want to get involved, the committee is always looking for new committee members to help run the Regatta and also helpers on the day. See website for details (www.sunburyregatta.com) or email enquires@sunburyregatta.com. If you are interested in a stall, now is the time to book that too. It promises to be a fabulous day.

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The Joys of Self Employment By Monica Chard, Editor

A great many of us are employed in a 9-5 job. Often commuting on overcrowded, over priced transport, there may come a point when you may ask yourself the question “Is there another way?” Maybe you have an idea for a little business but don’t really dare leave the security of a regular income with all the infrastructure and safety that comes with it. Some of us are forced to make a choice. I worked in the corporate sector for many years. I loved the perks of international travel and the nice salary, but I grew to hate the politics, the tedious budgeting, targets, appraisals and accounting that went hand in hand with it. I have been self employed for 7 years now and have never looked back. I am a typical second ‘careerer’. According to the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) more than a quarter of companies set up in Britain are started by people aged 50-65. The CIPD also reports that the biggest motivation for older entrepreneurs is the desire to do something pleasurable followed by a better work/life balance, as well as not wanting to work for someone else. The report concludes at lease half entrepreneurs state they are happier than they were in employment, despite 79% working alone. Do I get lonely working at home with only two dogs for company? Not at all. There is a great out there for small businesses. Networking groups run regularly where businesses meet over breakfast or evening drinks and offer support and referrals to each other. As a Sunbury business you can join the Lower Sunbury Business Community for the princely sum of £50 per year and join our monthly meetings. (see ad opposite for contact info). Other more formal groups include Business Over Breakfast (or BoB). I attended a new group operating out of Twickenham recently. They meet at the Winning Post on the A316. it took me precisely 10 minutes to get there with

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no traffic. My network expanded as a result of those meetings and I always learn something from someone who has skills I do not (in my case usually something technical!). Meetings are friendly and open and you can go along to an initial meeting before signing up as a full member. There is nothing to lose. (see opposite for info on how to book) Being self employed has given me the freedom I did not previously have. I walk the dogs in the morning rather than struggle through the morning rush hour. I can meet friends for coffee or lunch locally or take an afternoon off if it is sunny and visit RHS Wisley. I have no boss! If I choose to work in the evening or at weekends, that is my decision. I manage my time and I get the job done. If you have an idea for a business, Spelthorne run an annual competition to find entrepreneurs and help them on their way with a prize of £3500 as well as business support and mentoring. The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition closes on 14th April. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to pitch your business in a ‘Dragons Den’ type final which is always fascinating. For more details or to enter go to www.spelthorne.gov.uk/businesscomp. So if you have a dream of setting up a business from home, there has never been a better time to do it. I have never looked back and Mr C decided he liked the work/life balance I had achieved so much that he came to join me, launching Molesey Matters last year.

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Come to our Open Day and be Bowled Over You may have wondered what was behind that hedge along the Lower Hampton Rd. You might then be delighted to learn that it is a bowling green. The club was founded in the 1960's when Sunbury Cricket Club was looking to increase its portfolio of sports under the Sunbury Sports Association banner and hence the club is known as the Sunbury Sports Bowls Club. The clubs most illustrious member was Mavis Steele who represented England for 40 years, and was England Ladies Outdoor champion three times. She was awarded an MBE for her services to bowls. So have you ever given bowls a thought? There is coaching available at the club. As a member you can play at all levels by entering national and county and club competitions, playing in team leagues and friendlies against local clubs and going along to informal weekly roll-ups and socials. You can also watch cricket in the quiet, secluded environment close to the Thames. There is lots of parking, a well stocked bar and lounge and there are lots of social activities throughout the year. The Open Day this year is April 22nd from 10am to 1pm. All welcome! So if you fancy making new friends and keeping fit at the same time, get in touch with the club: Call Dave Chatterton 01932 783092 or James Whelan 01932 784311

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Benefits for Exercise for Over 60’s By Diana Moran

If you are 60 plus you’re at a good time of life, some would say in the prime of life. I’ve spent many of my 78 years evangelising about the benefit of exercise. Whatever your age or your income, whether or not you have one or more long-term conditions, and five or ten prescriptions, becoming more active and taking more exercise will: • Help you feel better • Reduce your risk of many common health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, depression and, best news of all, dementia • Make the treatment for any condition or disease more effective, and can sometimes lead to the need for pills disappearing completely • Improve both your mood and your brain function– how you think and feel You must admit that is good news, so why isn’t exercise available on the NHS, like pills and X-rays? Well, it’s not yet, but it is coming, because the medical profession is now realising the potential benefit of exercise. Being fit is a necessity, not just an option. Your individual level of fitness will depend on your personal lifestyle, interests and the commitment you have to looking after your health. Fitness is all about being able to do the things you want when you want to. The benefits of exercise all begin with “S”: 1. Stamina – gives you the energy to keep going 2. Strength – helps build strong muscles to tackle any necessary work 3. Suppleness – encourages flexibility letting you bend and stretch 4. Skill – being active encourages co-ordination of body and mind (There is a fifth S: Shape – exercising expends energy (burns calories) helping control your weight – an important bonus). We all need to do what we can to help ourselves maintain physical independence, and one significant but simple way is by including

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more activity in our everyday lives. The earlier you develop good habits, the more benefit you'll feel as the years roll past. So make the opportunity to be more active, and take it, anytime, anywhere and in any way. Start with simple things, like taking the dog for a walk or using the stairs instead of lifts. Or try walking to work or the shops or to school instead of taking the car. Then you can look forward to enjoying many more years of ACTIVE life. Being active actually boosts your energy levels. When we exercise, the body releases chemicals called endorphins which give us a ‘feel-good’ factor as the circulation gets going, improving our heart and lung efficiency. Being inactive is a major risk as we get older. Both Professor Sir Muir Gray, my co-author and I say – “down with sofas and up with stairs!”

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Sea Cadets Awarded £75,000 Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets have been awarded a grant of £75,000 towards the development of a new training centre by the Thames in Elmbridge which will provide a larger, more accessible, floodproof building which can support a variety of water-based and regular sports and physical activities for the benefit of a broad spectrum of the local community. The award has been made by the London Marathon Charitable Trust which is investing over £1m in projects in London and Surrey this year. The Trust supports organisations with a track record of getting people more active by providing funding towards capital projects which encourage and support people who are currently inactive to participate regularly in sport and physical activity.

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An Appeal to Help Alfie Local schoolboy Alfie Ward is 14. He should be enjoying a normal childhood, but the Sunbury Manor pupil was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was only 5. Since then he has undergone many rounds of chemotherapy then been in remission only to relapse and for more tumours to be discovered. What Alfie needs is antibody therapy but tragically the NHS does not cover such treatment for relapsed patients. It means Alfie’s parents are faced with raising an eye watering £600,000 to get him the treatment which will give him his life back. How can you help? Maybe you feel you can donate a few pounds? Or perhaps you could take on some fund raising yourself? Skinners are holding a raffle for Alfie. Tickets are only 50p each and will be drawn on May 2nd. Other events coming up which you may like to attend as follows: April 16th 3.00pm - Fun Day and Head Shave at Three Horseshoes, Feltham and April 29th 7.30pm - Frock Swap and Pamper Evening - Shepperton Village Hall. Whatever you can do, it would make that little bit of difference and would be so much appreciated. Imagine if this was your child? Alfie, we wish you well and hope you get on the road to recovery and a normal life. You can find Alfie’s campaign online: crowdfunding.justgiving.com:443/helpalfiethechamp

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Thinking of Selling your Stamp Collection? Cut out the commissions and sell direct to the dealer! Home visit valuations. Immediate payment, however large or small. Call 01932 785635 www.jcstamps.co.uk

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SPELTHORNE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE (SU3A) The University of the Third Age (U3A) originated in France and the idea to establish it in the UK was introduced in 1981. The Third Age is derived from that time following from the ‘first age being childhood, the second age of full time employment. The intention of the U3A is to enhance and enrich its members’ lives in many ways; enabling them to develop current interests and to follow up new ones. There are groups within the organisation run by the members for the members. Spelthorne U3A was set up in 1997 and currently has 460+ members but we do have room for more. SU3A is open to those who are retired or not in full time employment. It has about 60 groups within it covering many subjects and activities ranging from archaeology, history, the arts, through to crafts and walking. SU3A meets on the last Monday of each month for all members at the Citadel, Woodthorpe Road Ashford when we have an invited speaker, followed by tea and chat. During the last year speakers topics have included Art of story telling, London curiosities, Gibraltar story and Catching smugglers. Individual groups meet at different intervals in various venues. Groups also arrange outings appropriate to the group. There is a small annual cost for belonging to the U3A and individual costs for the groups according to the venue and activity. We are holding an Open Day on 6th May 2017 from 11am to 3pm at the Citadel, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford to celebrate our 20th anniversary and to promote our group. We want to encourage more local residents to have a look at what SU3A can offer and invite you to join us. For more information contact Sheila M Babb (vice chairman) 01784 458555

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Donations Breakthrough for Sunbury Food Bank The Food Bank programme at St Saviours in Sunbury has achieved a significant donations breakthrough after receiving their first free delivery of food from Tesco as part of their Fare Share Programme. Food that would otherwise be thrown away because of packaging imperfections is now being used in both their Restore Food Bank community outreach programme and their newly established Community Lunch Programme. The first delivery included over 400 eggs, numerous bunches of celery, and bananas. These will be added to the store of provisions already being given out to clients as part of a weekly care package available to Food Bank clients, on Mondays and Thursdays at St Saviours between 10-12am. In addition, the Tesco contributions are also being used at the Community Lunch initiative. This was started at the end of 2016, bringing together the parish community of old and young, family and friends. It has proved so popular that is going to be run as a weekly event later from mid April. Project Leader Claire Hopkins said: “We are thrilled with this first donation, which we can use in both programmes, and we hope that it will be the first of many more. “The success of the Community lunch programme means that in the coming year we can start introducing more benefits to the community than just food and companionship. Plans are in place to introduce a new Money skills class giving advice on budgeting and money management, a Life skills class covering everything from cooking to household

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management, and an ambitious Community Detox programme to help individuals break the dependency cycle.” Community lunches will be on a weekly basis from week of 17th April. St Saviours will also be offering Community Detox and Money skills course also from this date. Community Detox is for anyone who is struggling with any form of addiction or compulsive behaviour

Cllr Alison Griffiths, left, Claire Hopkins right, with St Saviours Rev Ron Cross

As we go to print we have heard that the community lunch has been given a further boost of a grant of £400 under the Better Neighbourhood Grant to enable the church to buy sufficient extra crockery, disposables and cooking equipment. Remember you can drop off food donations (non perishable) and toiletries at Laura’s Hair & Beauty in The Avenue, Tony’s Hair Salon in Vicarage Road and the Yorkshire Building Society at Sunbury Cross. There is also of course the collection point in Tesco Sunbury. For more information, please contact project manager Claire Hopkins, Restore @stsaviourssunbury.org.uk

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Recipe of the Month Biscuit Chocolate Pan Bites A Delicious and easy treat for the family

Ingredients 25g almond flakes 600g dark chocolate 200ml condensed milk 100g butter 30 or so square or oblong biscuits like Rich Tea fingers which you can get from the supermarket (round ones won’t fit the tin)

Lightly toast the flaked almonds in a frying pan. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. Set aside to cool. Roughly chop the chocolate and put it a heavy based saucepan together with the condensed milk and the butter. Warm, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t catch. When you have one delicious melted mass, take it off the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Line a square or rectangular dish or tin (20-30cm) with either greaseproof paper or foil. Pour a layer of the chocolate mix (a good third of it) followed by a layer of the biscuits , then another layer of chocolate, another layer of biscuits and finish with a final layer of chocolate mix. Sprinkle the toasted almonds over it and put the dish in a fridge for a couple of hours until it is set. Take it out of the fridge 10 minutes before you want to serve it, then cut into squares and enjoy with a cuppa!

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Building and Light Pollution – The Effects on Nature

We have carried several articles recently on threatened building projects, large floodlit sports pitches etc and lamented how it will affect us as residents of Lower Sunbury. We can protest. Nature cannot. So how will such developments affect our environment. We take a look at some of the consequences. Many studies have shown that light pollution has effects on both humans and animals. From sleepless nights to depression in humans to driving off species from their natural environment, the effects have been seen worldwide. Lights attract and disorientate animals. They don’t know if it is time to sleep or to hunt. Even the milk production in dairy animals can be detrimentally effected by lighting. What about birds? Well, in a light polluted site, birds are continuous chirping throughout the night, in anticipation of a dawn that will not arrive for many hours. This seriously disrupts their sleep patterns, preventing them from resting. I remember the loud dawn chorus when I was young. I even remember complaining it woke me up. But it is a fantastic event. Under dark skies, birds begin singing the dawn chorus as soon as dawn begins. However, under light polluted skies, birds do not begin singing until the dawn Sun has finally overpowered the light pollution. This restricts the birds’ ability to be the early bird that catches the worm. Migratory birds fly at

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night and can be thrown off, sometimes flying into buildings that are lit. For nocturnal birds such as owls, light pollution reduces the suitable area of feeding habitat. Owl numbers are falling. It has also been reported that light pollution may be the reason for the large decline in UK Sparrow and Thrush Insects are also detrimentally affected by bad lighting. Lights attract insects which are destined to be either killed instantly with the heat of the bulb, or to circle the light until they are too exhausted either to feed or procreate. Lights attract a wide variety of insects, which can cause problems around your home, especially in the summer months. If your lights are frequently on, insects will get into the habit of nesting and feeding around your lights even when they are turned off. So if you have problems with insects, make sure you minimise the use of your lights! Trees provide entire ecosystems to many animal and insect species and are detrimentally affected by light pollution. Trees need to adjust to seasonal variations, and artificial light prevents them from doing so - many trees are prevented from losing their leaves by bad lighting. This has an effect on the wildlife that depend on the trees as their natural habitat. For example, many birds are unable to nest in trees due to the surrounding light pollution. With thanks to Jil Orpen

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A Taste of the Exotic in Sunbury By Monica Chard, Editor Mona Usher of Samara Cuisine is a popular member of the Lower Sunbury Business Community. She hosted a meeting for us a couple of months back and wowed everyone with her home prepared Lebanese delicacies. The way to anyone’s heart is, as they say, through the stomach! Mona runs cooking classes from her home in The Avenue. I have gifted a couple of these classes to Mr C over the years. Not only do attendees learn skills, but they get to eat a rather delicious lunch too. I went along to see for myself this year (leaving Mr C at home with a sandwich!). There was a buzz around the large dining table at Mona’s house. The total group was 14, a record number. In front of all of us was a small chopping board and knife. Yes, we were positively encouraged to participate. Over the three hours Mona demonstrates 4 or 5 dishes. The kitchen gradually fills with exotic fragrances as your tummy gets more and more grumbly! We started by learning how to make a Lamb Tagine, a Moroccan dish, cooked in one pot, usually for several hours. Meat is marinaded in a mix of pungent spices; smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, chilli, black pepper, parsley and mint with a generous addition of saffron. “Cooking is like art that you can eat” said Mona liberally adding more spices and flavours to the meat. She certainly takes any mystery out of preparation. It is not an exact science, no measuring spoons used, but a chef’s knowledge of “just how much” is right. A little more or less would not

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The humble but delicious carrot salad harm the dish though so we felt empowered to recreate it at home. As the demonstration went on we learned useful tips on preparation, cooking and ingredients, including where to source Middle Eastern ingredients. The tagine went on the heat to cook for a couple of hours and we set to preparing a dip/salad called Muhamara which contains red peppers and walnuts together with the ubiquitous spices of course. Then followed preparation of a carrot salad. It sounds so humble but I can tell you, this was for me the dish of the day. Simply beautiful and stunning flavours. We learned also how to cook couscous. In Middle Eastern families many will insist of using a recipe passed down through generations, but Mona took any mystery out of it and we all felt comfortable we could reproduce that too. As the dishes started coming together Mona presented them in beautiful serving platters sourced from Morocco, Turkey and the Lebanon. These were like works of art in themselves but the finished result of a great plate of hearty stew or salad, served up to 14 starving guests was a perfectly executed. Guests were sent copies of the recipes after the event and I am happy to report they were easy to replicate and my dinner guests were went home full and happy.

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Sunbury of Old The War Years We know you love the history of this area so we thought we would share some old views of Sunbury of yesteryear. This month we are looking at the war years. All these photos relate to both WW1 and WW2. Below you can see young men at Sunbury’s Victorian clock gathering to enlist after the call to arms. It is dated 1914 and states “one of the Sunbury contingents who answered the nations call to arms”. You look at the young men in the photo and wonder what horrors were waiting for them.

Park racecourse. Kempton was of course also the site for a POW camp in WW2. Here you can see German prisoners of war disembarking from a train at Kempton Park under the watchful eye of British troops. Here they were interrogated and ‘graded’ to weed out the ardent Nazi sympathisers.

Finally, have you ever seen traffic in The Avenue looking like this? Row of lorries presumably for the army, waiting to go where?

During WW1 the Army Service Corps had a transport depot at Kempton. Below you can see rows of Ford Model T trucks at Kempton

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Crowds at Rotary Charity Day By Rotary Club of Sunbury & Shepperton Every two years, the Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury runs an exhibition of local charities which operate within Spelthorne & Surrey. This gives a chance for local people to come and see the charities which can help them and to volunteer their support and for the charities to have the chance to meet each other. This year, 23 charities met at Shepperton Village Hall on in mid March. Our 24th charity, Surrey Search & Rescue, had to withdraw at the last minute as they were literally out looking for someone who had disappeared. Outside the Village Hall, we were lucky to have a train model brought in by Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway and as well as the boat, ‘Impossible Dream’, brought in by Thames Sailability. We particularly wish to thank our sister club, Shepperton Aurora, for all the help they gave us. Many residents from Shepperton, Sunbury & Halliford visited, as well as the Mayor, Cllr Alfred Friday and his wife, Kay, and other Councillors who talked with the Charities present that day. We were lucky to have a large range of charities present: there were charities offering care and support which included Parkinson’s UK Staines Branch, Care in Shepperton, MacMillan Cancer Support, the

Samaritans, Spelthorne Dementia Support and Cruse Bereavement Care; Charities which help children including HomeStart Spelthorne, Beanstalk which helps children with their reading, Momentum which supports terminally ill children & their families, Peterson’s Fund for Children, Shooting Star Chase Hospice and Queen Mary Sailability which takes disabled children (and adults) out on the water. Environmental charities included Shepperton Conservation Society, Spelthorne Natural History Society as well as the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary. Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society were present. The armed forces charity, SSAFA. St John Ambulance also had a stall and to give demonstrations on immediate first aid. Rotary members were present to set up tables, help throughout the morning and to clear up at the end! They also put 5000 leaflets through doors, as well as posters on display. Refreshments were on sale and the grand daughter of Janet Walker, who organised refreshments, kept stall holders well supplied with teas & coffees. With many thanks to all the charities who participated in the Exhibition Day.

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Congratulations to Adam Watts In December 2016 Adam Watts from Sunbury was invited by The Worshipful Company of Gardeners to attend the Autumn Court Dinner, an Awards Ceremony in Carpenters’ Hall, London, where he was presented with the George Cooke Award. This is a trophy for the Royal Parks apprentice who has shown outstanding achievement throughout the course of the apprenticeship. The award is for the three years Adam has undertaken as an apprentice and his achievements during this time. Turfsoil Ltd currently have 8 apprentices working with the Royal Parks. Not many apprentices are able to say they have had the opportunity to achieve work experience and horticultural qualifications from such prestigious locations as the Royal Parks. Speaking about Adam and his award, the Royal Parks Guild said “He is a positive influence on those he comes into contact with. His performance at college has been exemplary where he has demonstrated good horticultural practice and a drive for knowledge and good practice”. Adam who is now 24, attended Chennestone and Halliford schools, took a 2-year BTEC course at Brooklands in Public Services, and also worked as a supervisor for Robert Dyas, but his real wish was to work in the fresh air, so 4 years ago he became an apprentice at Bushy Park which he completes this year. His aim is to set up his own gardening company with a special emphasis on landscaping. Good luck Adam.

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LOSRA Says….

Advance warning – London Irish Mini Festival returns on Sunbury on 23rd April This advance warning will be of interest to all residents living in roads close to the London Irish Hazelwood grounds off Green Street and beyond. In what must be a quirky coincidence, the 2017 London Irish Mini Festival, one of the biggest in Europe, will fall on St. George’s Day, 23rd April. LOSRA has met the organiser and is satisfied that all reasonable steps have been taken to minimise local disruption. Nevertheless and despite the best efforts of organisers to prevent inconvenience to local residents, there is little they can do about visiting parents and supporters who choose to disregard the travel and parking arrangements provided by London Irish Amateur RFC. Blocked streets and driveways are a real likelihood. The busiest time for traffic will be 8am to 10.30am, peaking between 9 - 10am as teams arrive for a 10.am start. The event has a staggered finish from approximately 2pm (age group dependent), with the last games finishing about 4pm.

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Refurb in Ashford Ashford Kitchens & Interiors held their official re-opening at the end of January and it certainly drew in the crowds! Following a 3 month refurbishment which saw the entire shopfront being replaced, 10 stunning new kitchen displays and 9 spectacular new bedroom and home office displays, the ribbon was officially cut by company founder and director Richard Flower. Richard first opened the doors to the showroom in November 1984. The business was originally known as Ashford Fitted Furniture and the company have since opened a second showroom in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire. “Over the years we have firmly believed in the importance of showcasing the very latest design ideas in kitchens & bedrooms. When investing in their homes, customers want to see and touch the product in a stylish setting which is why our showrooms are regularly updated” says Richard. The showroom is now open as normal Monday to Saturday, 9am-5.30pm. If you are considering replacing your Kitchen, Bedroom or Home Office then it is definitely worth a visit. The family run business have got a great team who are friendly and keen to help. They offer a free, no obligation design service and the new showroom is perfect place to get some new ideas and inspiration. Meet the team

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• Pruning, Felling & Reducing • Reshaping & Thinning • Hedge Maintenance • 24 Hour Emergency Service • Dangerous Tree Removal • Stump grinding • Neighbouring Tree & Hedge Issues • Operated wood-chipper hire • River tree work workboat available • Seasoned logs delivered. Log splitting

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Gardening Matters Fuchsia Perfect

I love hardy fuchsias. They are some of the

most rewarding plants to grow. They are easy to propagate, flower well and are not the least bit temperamental. They are named after a 16th Century German herbalist and physician called Leonard Fuchs. Lots of gardeners struggle to spell fuchsia but if you think of his name and stick and ‘ia’ on the end you have it! In mild areas or at the seaside they can grow into huge shrubs. Elsewhere hard frosts see off most of the top growth in winter, then new shoots burst up from the soil in the spring, maturing into small shrubs about 2-3 feet / 60100cm tall.

It’s a little known fact that the berries and inner petals of fuchsias are edible (though it’s worth noting that ‘edible’ doesn’t mean they necessarily taste good!). However there is now a variety bred especially for eating. It’s called “Berry” and produces fruit with a flavour something like a sweet fig. The fuchsia berries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. They don’t have a long shelf life so pick them when they are soft and squishy and eat them fresh, or freeze small quantities as you collect them, until you have enough to make fuchsia jam or add to muffins, much as you might add blueberries. Happy Gardening!

At this time of year rooted cuttings are cheap. Grow them on for a few weeks under cover, changing the pot to a slightly larger one as they grow, then plant them out in May. Choose a sunny spot in welldrained soil. Make sure you pinch out the shoot tips frequently. It delays the flowers a little but they will become bushy little plants which produce more flowers in the longrun. Once they are mature you can more or less leave them to it. Simply sprinkle a handful or two of fertiliser around them in the spring and again in the summer. There are lots of lovely varieties. “Mrs. Popple” is tall with red and purple flowers. “Mrs. W. P. Wood” is paler with pearly flowers. I have a soft spot for “Whiteknight’s Pearl” which is a beautiful pale pink. If you have a smaller plot try “Tom Thumb” or “Alice Hoffman”. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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What’s On Email info@villagematters.co.uk Benwell Centre. Mon to Fri, 9am-3pm. Activities for the over 50s including line dancing, seated laughter yoga, extend exercise, art/craft classes, computer lessons, Knit and Natter, bingo and scrabble club. Themed parties, day trips, holidays, Hairdressing and chiropody. Restaurant open daily. Contact Sacha Harden 01932 784232 or email: benwellcentre@spelthorne.gov.uk. The Benwell Centre, Downside, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6RT. Restore Food Bank Monday and Thursday 10-12 You can drop in at any point, for coffee and chat. St Saviour’s Church, 205a Vicarage Rd., Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 7TP www.stsaviours-sunbury.org.uk Tel. 01932 782800 Office Hours Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am – 13:00pm Roman Spring Festival at Spelthorne Museum. Join volunteers on Saturday 1st April from 11am until 3pm for springtime activities - games, trails, crafts and mosaics. All free. The entrance to Spelthorne Museum is through Staines Library. 01784 461804 www.spelthornemuseum.org.uk/ Walton Voices Easter concert featuring music from composers from the Baltic region, and the programme will also include Poulenc's 'Gloria'. Join us at St. Mary's Church, Sunbury, for this wonderful evening of music. 22 April 7:30pm, St. Mary's Church, Church St, Sunbury TW16 6RN. Tickets: £12 (inc. refreshments). There will be a collection for the charity War Child. Box office: 07884 348172, Email: info@waltonvoices.co.uk, Web: www.waltonvoices.co.uk Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Association presents a coffee concert. Saturday April 29 at 10.15 for 11am at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury. The Canarie Consort present a programme of ancient and modern music with Genevieve Usher (soprano), Norman MacSween (harpsichord), Bryony Lodge(flute), Alan Thomas (cello). Tickets £8.50 on the door and from 01932-765498 Spelthorne Museum talk on Thursday 6th April. Nick Pollard will be speaking about ‘The Lost Buildings of Staines’ at Staines Methodist Church in Thames Street. The meeting starts at 8pm and admission is £2 for non-members Sunbury Sports BOWLS CLUB – New and experienced bowlers very welcome at this friendly club situated in Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury (Cricket Club Ground). Come along to our OPEN DAY on Saturday 22th April 10am - 1pm and try your hand at bowling to see if you like it – no obligation to join. Free coaching by arrangement. Bring a friend with you! Contact Dave Chatterton Tel: 01932 783092 or James Whelan 01932 784311

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More What’s On Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email info@villagematters.co.uk The Friends of Sunbury Embroidery are hosting a Social Evening on May 12th in the Gallery with Gerry Cook's Cafe Society Group playing. Tickets are £5.00 each to include a first glass of wine with additional wine being available in exchange for a donation. Timings are 7.30 for 8.00p.m. The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for retired professional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please telephone the Chairman (Tel.01932 788028) for further details. Spelthorne Archers - “Try Archery, a traditional English sport”. Beginner courses held on Tuesday evenings end of April until September, 6pm until dusk. All equipment, instruction and refreshments provided. Certificate on completion. At Lakeside Sports Ground, Sunbury on Thames. Also groups or organisations can book an archery experience, available on Monday or Wednesday evenings. Includes equipment, instruction, refreshments and a fun competition. To book, contact Training Officer, David Robinson trainingofficer@spelthornearchers.org.uk. More information at www.spelthornearchers.org.uk Staines Horticultural Society Floral Art Group meet monthly on Wednesday evenings. Meetings are a mix of flower arranging demonstrations and practical workshops. A small friendly club we welcome guests. For more information contact Anne Hart 01932 564835. Save The Date Sunbury Open Gardens will this year be at the earlier date of Sunday May 28th. This could possibly be the last time this popular event will happen. Nice as it is to revisit old friends, and gardens always change, not only with the season, we do need to have new ones for our visitors. We also need volunteers to help make it happen. Our charities this year include the Mayor's designated Parkinsons, and Homelink Day care relief centre, supported by one of our garden owners. Do please think about offering your own gardens next year. Gardens will be open from 11-5pm Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Index of Advertisers Adult Learning ACL 18 Strodes 22 U3A 23 Bedrooms Ashford Interiors 5 Builders W Brown & Sons 45 Business LSBC 14 BoB 14 Car Bodywork Chip & Paint Repair 45 Care for Elderly Alina 26 Sunbury Nursing 34 Carpenter George Woods 32 JC Carpentry 47 Carpet Cleaning Nick Lewis 16 Chiropody Shepperton Chirop. 12 Computer Services My PC Helper 20 Curtains/Blinds Decorama 40 Angela Charles 26

Decorator SDS 47 SJ Harris 45 Dog Grooming Grooming Gorgeous 39 Domestic Cleaning Time For You 51 Electrician Boss Electrics 47 Paige Electrics 45 Estate Agent/Property Curchods 28/29 Philip Hodges 8 Dexters 56 Events/Social Hampton Court 7 Kempton Steam 43 Sunbury Conserv. 43 Thameside Harmony 53 Florist Van Wonderen 24 Fruit/Veg/Flowers Quality Fruit 10 Funeral Directors Lodge Bros 55 Garden Services DH Gardening 48 Easicut Mowers 48

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