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Welcome to the April issue! Spring is on its way! Blossom is coming out, daffodils have sprouted and last weekend for the first time I heard the familiar sound of a power washer. Easter is around the corner. Egg hunts are everywhere. Great time of year! Also hopefully you remembered to wind your clocks forward an hour on 26th March. An extra hour of daylight! The cover this month is clearly a picture of tulips. They are however the variety named in honour of Sir Paul McCartney. In this month’s issue, the Molesey History Society tells us of the Modernist Howard Houses that went up in West Molesey in the 1930’s. Some still exist today. If you do live in one, I would love to hear from you. We also hear about John Croker, the Molesey Parliamentarian, widely

April 2017 acknowledged to have coined the name “Conservatives”, and we also learn about James Sadler, a pioneer balloonist who set off from Moulsey Hurst in 1785. As ANZAC day is approaching we also hear of the New Zealand military hospital that was sited in Walton. Della Reynolds continues here wildlife blog, and we get an update from both our local MP, Dominic Raab and the Molesey Residents Association Take care. See you next month.

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Howard Houses John Wilson Croker James Sadler Unusual Easter Traditions Elmbridge Green Belt ANZAC Day/Mount Felix Stamps Our nearest Tip! Recipe of The Month Sod Sitting, Get Moving Urban Wildlife Garden Dominic Raab MP Molesey Residents Association Events We Like Index of Advertisers

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West Molesey’s Howard Houses

By Claire Annable and Anthony Barnes, Molesey Local History Society Donald Howard was an ambitious property developer. On Christmas Day 1933 when he was just 22-years-old he bought 52 acres of farmland in West Molesey for £15,000. On it he planned to build 988 houses in the newly fashionable Modernist style. They were to be houses that were “not for the rich only, but for those of modest means.” Howard was influenced no doubt by the ideas of his great grandfather, Sir Ebenezer Howard of the garden city movement. His vision was to build a community on the green fields of Surrey with houses, a church, shops and a public house. The houses were to have a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms, a fitted bathroom, flat roofs and steel-framed Crittall windows. They were to be rendered in white and to have gardens of approximately 80 feet - all this for £395 or 9 shillings and 9 pence a week. For an extra cost, railings could be placed around the edge of the roof to create a suntrap roof garden! Howard had a flair for marketing. He placed advertisements in newspapers and on billboards. Hillman cars met potential buyers at Hampton Court Station and whisked them away to West Molesey. He even organised a free steamer trip along the Thames to Hampton Court for potential buyers that was over-booked within three days. Despite spending £20,000 on the campaign, the houses did not sell well. Unfortunately for Howard, the public did not take to the Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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Modernist style. By 1935 he had only sold 100 of the 320 houses he had already built. Bankruptcy followed. He subsequently renewed trading in his wife’s name. Howard’s vision was never fully realised. To his credit, he attempted to bring home ownership within the reach of lower middle and working class couples, especially those seeking to escape London for the semi-rural charms of West Molesey. The occupations of the men who bought houses included a packer, labourer, lorry driver, drayman, landscape gardener, press operator and aircraft fitter. Adults today who were children in the 1940s recall growing up in a Howard House with fondness. Most of the houses are still standing. They are located along part of the Walton Road and in First Avenue, Upper Farm Road, Molesey Road and Eastcote Avenue. Many have been painted different colours and been given pitched roofs and porches of different shapes and sizes. The clean simplicity of the Modernist style has been lost except for one or two examples. What happened to Donald Howard? He completed a number of big housing projects in the south-east. The last was an award-winning development of town houses, three-story blocks and two 11-storey tower blocks of Cedar Court and Oakfield adjacent to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association grounds. Unfortunately, this project bankrupted him and forced him into By the Molesey History Society retirement in 1969.Local He died in 1984.

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John Wilson Croker The Molesey Parliamentarian It's surprising that so few people have heard of John Wilson Croker, secretary to the Admiralty, privy Councillor and MP. For he was the most brilliant Parliamentarian of his day, decimating his opponents with a mastery of facts, accuracy of statement and incisiveness of wit that are all too lacking in the House today .He was also an influential writer. Indeed, it was in one of his many features for the Quarterly Review that he suggested his party should adopt the new name "Conservative" because it was so opposed to drastic reforms. This was in 1830, when the party had always been been known as "Tories." Their opponents, bore the label of "Whigs." When you consider that the word "tory" originally meant an Irish cut-throat, while "whig" was an insulting term for a ScottishMOUSE horse-drover, you realise that party politics has never been a mealy-mouthed affair. You also see why the Whigs were not sorry to change into Liberals after the Reform Act of 1832. (The Labour party wasn't born until 1900, so is some 260 years younger than the other two). Several rich Parliamentary plums were offered to him, but he refused them all. "I could not take an active share in a system which must, in my judgment, subvert the Church, the peerage and the Throne - in one word, the constitution of England," he said. So, until his death 25 years later, he spent most of his time at his home in West Molesey. Here he continued to write, and to entertain the most famous men of the day, including the Prince of Wales, Duke of Wellington, Lord Palmerston and Sir Robert Peel. He chose West Molesey because it was a peaceful spot, within easy reach of London. His house, Molesey Grove, was a neglected cottage with 15 acres when he bought it in 1828.

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But architect Decimus Burton turned it into his dream home. "I wish you could see my library here," he wrote to Sir Robert Peel. "Everyone who has seen it or sat down in it is delighted. John Croker's private life was as remarkable as his public one. In 1806 he married a Miss Pennell. Four years later their only child died at the age of three, and the couple were so grieved they adopted Mrs Pennell's baby sister, Rosamund, to fill the void. She was six weeks old, and her parents' 2lst child. Croker was devoted to the baby. He called her Nony, and she grew into one of the greatest beauties of her day. George IV was enchanted by her. He invited her to all the children's parties at Buckingham Palace, and always singled her out for praise and attention. His successor William IV was equally dazzled by her. When she was presented at court, soon after his accession in 1830, he immediately styled her "the English beauty" and kissed her twice - once as the King and once, as he explained, "merely as a man". Most girls would have revelled in the attention. Nony had countless suitors. Her choice was Sir George Barrow who, it was said, "incurred the envy of half the bachelors of London" when he married her. Croker and Nony remained close until his death in 1857. He was buried in West Molesey churchyard, and there is memorial to him inside the church he was chiefly responsible for getting rebuilt in 1843. Nony, widowed in 1869, succeeded her sister as Lady of the Manor of West Molesey and patron of the church there. She was hugely generous, and her innumerable good works included founding Molesey Cottage Hospital. The Beautiful Miss Croker, as she was nationally known for years, died at her home in Kent Road, East Molesey in 1906. She was 96.

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James Sadler (Feb 1753 – Mar 1828) - the first English balloonist Source: Various James Sadler was the first English Aeronaut having made his ascent during the month after on 4 October 1784 from Christ Church Meadow, Oxford. The balloon rose to about 3,600 feet and landed near Woodeaton, around six miles away. In May 1785, he took off from Moulsey Hurst, accompanied by W. Wyndham MP, hoping to reach France, but in fact descended into the Thames Estuary, and thus failing to repeat an earlier exploit by Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Sadler made two further ascents in May 1785, the first of which was from a field behind a gentleman's garden on the site of what is now Balloon Street in Manchester. On this flight, he was accompanied by a cat and landed in Radcliffe. On his second ascent, he travelled alone and having risen to 13,000 ft. travelled 50 miles before landing near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. On this occasion, he sustained bad injuries after being dragged for around 2 miles by the balloon, which eventually threw him clear before taking off again empty. He was appointed Chemist in 1796 in the newly created Naval Works Department under Sir Samuel Bentham. Although the post was only abolished in 1807, he had major disagreements with Bentham and carried out few works. His most important invention was that of the table steam engine. He was responsible for improvements to cannon design, from the barrel to the shot used, to improve accuracy; for which he was praised by Admiral Lord

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Nelson. He resumed his ballooning activities although he was devastated by the death of his younger son Windham Sadler, in a ballooning accident in 1824. He is buried at the church of St Peter-in-theEast in Oxford, now part of the college St Edmund Hall. Although a celebrity in his own time, Sadler is largely unknown today.

This has been partly attributed to his lack of writing any works and partly to class prejudice: he was only a pastry chef and not formally educated. Despite being a resident of Oxford and an accomplished scientist, the university mostly ignored him and academics looked down on him. While obituaries for Sadler were written elsewhere on his death, the university's own newspaper wrote simply, "Mr James Sadler, elder brother of Mr Sadler of Rose Hill, Oxford, has died."

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Unusual Easter Traditions By Susan Brookes-Morris

How will you celebrate Easter? If you need ideas check out these unusual traditions;Pace Egg Plays were once a widespread way of celebrating across rural England. Performed on Good Friday the drama involves a form of a combat between a villain named Old Tosspot and the hero St George. Historically the actors were working class men and women who toured the villages performing in pubs and on the street as a way of earning extra money.

someone on’ originates from when rival groups of performers found themselves in the same village and traded insults, had wooden sword fights or even try to steal each others Pace Eggs. The Pace Eggs were sometimes rolled but the practice of egg rolling has become a tradition all on its own both in the UK and abroad. Usually hard boiled eggs are decorated and rolled down a grassy hill with an ensuing competition to see whose egg can roll fastest and remain unharmed. The exact symbolism of egg rolling isn’t clear, but as eggs have links to the Easter and Spring themes of rebirth, renewal and fertility this seems to provide some reasoning for it. If you are looking for a different type of activity on Easter Monday, then you might like to consider the traditions of Whipping Monday linked to countries such as Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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In Slovakia women are doused by men with water and whipped with braided willow branches. This is said to symbolise youth and strength and make women healthy for the Spring. The men then get a reward from the lady in question which is a dyed egg, a ribbon tied around their whip and for adults an invite in for some food and vodka. Some men also receive coins. In the Czech version there is no water. Just the whipping and here the implement is called the pomlazka and the tradition ends at noon. I think I’ll stick with egg-rolling! Whatever you end up doing, have a Happy Easter!

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“ANZAC” was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April, 1915, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I. Galvanised by the example of courage and sacrifice demonstrated on that bloody battlefield, on the 10th day of January 1916 a public meeting of Brisbane citizens voted unanimously to establish the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee to lay the groundwork for a solemn day of public remembrance on the first anniversary of the landings. On every 25th day of April for the past 100 years, “ANZAC Day” has been observed in Australia and New Zealand, becoming an honoured and sacred institution along the way. Anzac Day has been officially observed in London since 1916, when King George V and Queen Mary attended the first commemorative service at the Abbey

Between 1915 and 1920, 27,000 patients passed through the New Zealand military hospital in Walton. The hospital was based at Mount Felix in New Zealand Avenue, a large mansion set within 18acre grounds by the River Thames. When the war started, it 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. In August that year, the hospital was officially opened by the New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Thomas MacKenzie. And as the war continued, more pressure on the services in Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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Walton led to another hospital being created in Brockenhurst, leaving the hospital as ‘No 2 New Zealand General Hospital’. They later expanded to use Oatlands Park, now a hotel, as a secondary

unit. At its peak, it had as many as 2,000 beds. The first wounded soldiers there would have been from the Gallipoli campaign, which ended in December 1915 with evacuation. .Twenty-one people from New Zealand who died in the military hospital are buried at St Mary’s Church in Walton, and a plaque inside bears their names. A service is held each year to mark Anzac Day at St Mary’s Church This years’ service will be on Sunday 23rd April What happens in on the day: 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. All Day Sunday The amazing Mount Felix Tapestry, which many people have spent thousands of hours working on, will be on display at the Riverhouse Barn, Manor Rd, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF The tapestry depicts some of the inspirational stories of 27,000 New Zealand soldiers, wounded in WW1, who passed through the doors of the Mount Felix Hospital, here in Walton-on-Thames. Find out the story behind place names such as New Zealand Avenue and Adelaide Road. If you can't make it on the day, the tapestry is on display from April 12-May 14

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STAMPS - Collectable, Fascinating and Sometimes Extremely Valuable Philatelist John Curtin Explains John Curtin has lived in the area for over 30

was first found by a 12-year-old Scottish boy

years .His is not your usual sort of office job. He is a collector and dealer in stamps – a philatelist.

living in South America, who chose it because he thought it would be nice addition to his

Many of us dabbled in a bit of stamp collecting when we were children. I remember my

collection. It has set a record every time it has been sold at auction. The stamp has in fact just

excitement at opening cellophane packages of pretty stamps from far flung places which I had

sold at auction in New York and broken all records at $9.5million! It was bought by a phone

bought for my own album. The reality is that most of those collections would be worth only a few

buyer who wished to remain anonymous. John was inspired to enter the world of philately by his

pounds. The collections of interest to John are those where collectors have spent significant time,

late grandmother. He had done some buying of stamps on her behalf but she inspired him to take

effort and some money in putting together. He has interest stamps from 1840 to the present day but

it up professionally after a period working in the City. He now attends auctions all over the world

but particularly before the 1960’s. Stamps from the time of the British Commonwealth and the

and exhibits at over 40 stamp shows a year. He values around 100 private collections a year, but

more obscure the country the better. Having said that, the most expensive stamp John has ever sold

values a massive 10,000 lots for sale at auctions. It takes years of skill and experience to be able to

was a rare high value issue from Natal that he sold in the 1970’s for £38,000. Yes, you read that

spot the nuggets in such lots. Another area of trade is in discounted stamps

right. Stamps can be a very lucrative business. In fact a pre WW2 comprehensive collections of

which although not recent collections, still bear a

stamps have increased in value more than gold since the 1950's.The Penny Black, which most of

is worthwhile buying in bulk from John and

us would know as the first stamp commercially produced, is not such a rare find as one would

value. If you need a lot of stamps for business, it making savings of as much as 26%.

expect. Millions were produced in fact. These were made before the days of perforations, so the clerk would cut each one from a sheet with a pair of scissors, sometimes more carefully than others. A perfect Penny Black with four clear white margins all round might be worth £170.The world’s most expensive stamp is the only surviving 1856 one-cent magenta stamp from British Guiana. It

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St George

Did you know that never actually set foot in Britain? It’s believed he was born in Lydda in Palestine, or in Cappadocia (now in central Turkey), and brought up in Palestine. His father was a Roman soldier, and when his parents died, George decided he would travel to Nicomedia (Turkey) to join the Roman army. He served for several years, progressing up the ranks to become an imperial guard of the Emperor. George was a devout Christian, and was tortured and executed for refusing to give up his Christian faith. It’s believed that he was killed on 23rd April 300AD, which is why St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd each year. So where does the dragon come into it? The

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legend of George and the dragon dates back hundreds of years, to the 11th century, if not earlier. According to the legend, a dragon was terrorising a small village. The villagers would sacrifice their children to appease the dragon. One day George was riding past the village and met a young princess, whose turn it was to be sacrificed. George rescued the girl and offered to slay the dragon for the villagers, if they would convert to Christianity. They agreed, so he killed the dragon. Today the Feast of St George is celebrated in countries across the world, including Palestine, Syria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. If you’re taking part, perhaps you could adopt the old English custom of wearing a red rose in your lapel on St George’s Day.

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Our Nearest Local Tip It’s Enormous! If you have been to our nearest tip recently you could not have failed to notice the scale of what has been going on. If you haven’t been yet , take a look at the photos. Either way, spare a thought for the local residents in Shepperton. SATEP, (Spelthorne Against the Eco Park) thought that you might appreciate an overview of the Eco Park. The below photo

sizes haven’t. ITS BIG AND GETTING BIGGER But Just How Big is Big? Below we compare parts of the facility to recognisable objects to give you an idea. • Incinerator /Gasifier Nelsons Colum - 46m High Plus • Main Gasifier Hall Footprint Wembley Stadium Football Pitch 105m Long x 69m Wide • Anaerobic Digester Building Angel of the North -20m Tall x 54m Wide • Anaerobic Digester Stack Biggest dinosaur (Titanosaur) ever discovered = 20m tall

was taken by Suez, the development company, in December 2016. Since it was taken, it has got bigger and will continue to grow. Have you seen it from the M3? Huge!! Suez will have taken delivery of the Chimney Stack last month, with residents having endured further piling throughout February to facilitate it. The artist plan may have changed, but the

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New Elmbridge School Choirs Festival reaches for the stars. The Elmbridge School Choirs Festival gave its first performance at ACS Cobham International School last Friday (24 February). This new initiative supported by the R.C. Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council brought together six local schools: Bell Farm, Burhill and Cardinal Newman (Hersham), St. Charles Borromeo and St. James (Weybridge) and Cobham Free School to create a choir of over 200 voices. This festival, which will hopefully become an annual event, is aimed at promoting choirs within schools and showcasing their talent through songs linking to curriculum topics. This year’s chosen theme was ‘Stars and Space’, based on a Year 5 topic which proved popular with the children inspired by Tim Peake’s recent adventure. The festival choir was conducted by Jonathan Kilhams who has extensive experience as a choir master at ‘Walton Voices’ and the ‘Weybridge Male Voice Choir’. Jonathan has had an impressive career teaching singing to primary school children and adults. Councillor Tannia Shipley, Mayor of Elmbridge, and ViceChairman of the R C Sherriff, said, “Local schools gave a wonderful performance at the Elmbridge

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School Choirs Festival. It was fantastic to see children from different schools around the borough singing in unison with such passion and dedication under the direction of Jonathan Kilhams. Thank you very much to ACS Cobham International School for opening its doors to the first Elmbridge School Choirs Festival. It was a great success and we want to make it an annual event. Hopefully, many other schools will be inspired to join in next year to create a bigger ensemble with an even wider repertoire.” For further information about local choirs, please visit www. elmbridge.gov.uk/culture, or email arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474 584.

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Recipe of The Month Easter Choc Fudge Cakes Cakes 140g soft unsalted butter 140g caster sugar 3 medium eggs 100g self-raising flour 25g cocoa powder Icing 85g milk chocolate / or plain if you prefer less sweet icing. 85g softened butter (I actually like salted butter for the icing but unsalted works well). 140g icing sugar (sifted) Mini chocolate eggs of choice for decoration. Method For the cakes: Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and put the cases into a fairy-cake tin. Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and beat for 2 mins with an electric hand-whisk until smooth. Divide between the cases so they are two-thirds filled, then bake for 12-15 mins or until risen. Cool on a wire rack. Preparation time: 15 minutes + marinating time Cooking time: 12-15 minutes Makes: 12-16 (depending on case size)

For the frosting: Microwave the chocolate on High for 1 min. Cream the butter and sifted icing sugar together, then beat in the melted chocolate. Spread over the cakes and decorate with mini chocolate eggs of choice!

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Veterans Support Association after service life with a social life and comradeship between us. All former and serving personnel are welcome to join this Association. John himself has first-hand experience of life after service, and how hard it can be to be able to navigate life on the outside. The session I attended, John put me through my paces trying out some indoor archery. I wasn’t too bad. Then up stepped a former Gurkha. Having lost one of his arms, he proceeded to hit the bull by firing the arrow using his teeth to pull back the bow! If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from dropping in I highly recommend what John and his team are doing. For details of where and when see page 45.

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Came across this in The Surrey Archaeological Societies Book from 1858. Interesting to see what Surrey’s Borough names were in the Doomsday Book and then what they were in 1858. Notable for us is that Amele Bridge went to Elmey Bridge, which of course today is our very own Elmbridge. Another is Chingestun, which we know of today as Kingston

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Molesey Matters is now 7 months old. Time flies. For me the last 6 months have been fantastic. Meeting so many lovely people from the community, and also trying to help our local businesses. I have received many great messages of support. People I meet love to read each issue and enjoy the stories we print. “Thank you so much. The magazines have made all the difference to my business. I have had to take on extra help as a direct result of the response” “I have decided to stop advertising in Your Elmbridge Mag. I get far more interest from your magazines, so I will do all 3.” “I went to see a new customer who told me the magazine is passed around all the family and friends, a kind of unofficial book club…It matters to them, so it mattered to To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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me” “It’s a really great thing you’re doing for the area.” “When I received the first issue I had no idea I would learn so much about a town where my husband and I have lived for 30 years “ “ Congratulations on Molesey Matters….it’s just what our community needed” “Very happy thanks, have had 5 jobs from it” “Thank you for the latest edition of Molesey Matters, even more fascinating than the last! The historical details just point up the fact that we are so lucky to live in such an interesting area” Remember though, it is your magazine. I would love to hear your feedback, what you like or don’t like. What you would like to see featured in the magazine, or any stories you have that would make a good read. Email address below. Or call Paul on 07946 494288


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Sod Sitting, Get Moving The benefits of exercise for over 60’s Written 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 Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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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 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 oing, 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!” Sod Sitting, Get Moving! Getting Active in Your 60s, 70s and Beyond by Diana Moran and Muir Gray is out now (Green Tree, £12.99 / £10.99 eBook). Get 20% off if you put in the code WELL4 when you checkout online at www.bloomsbury.com/soditbooks We have 3 copies to give away. Email WELL4 to info@villagematters.co.uk by April 30th to enter.

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Thameside Harmony Chorus is a Ladies' a cappella group which performs at a variety of venues in the area. The Magna Carta Chorus is a Men's a cappella group which also rehearses at the White House. Price includes programme and a light supper which will be served at the interval. Bar also available.

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If you enjoy our concert, ladies, why not join us for our Course in A Capella Harmony starting on 27th September. Over 4 weeks we will all learn a new song together, ending with an informal performance. Hopefully you will enjoy it so much you'll decide you'd like to join our friendly chorus. No previous musical experience is required but being able to hold a tune is desirable. Tickets available from YMCA White House.

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Urban Wildlife Garden

You don’t need to live in the country to enjoy wildlife A blog by Molesey Resident - Della Reynolds As spring arrived the garden looked like a scorched earth zone. In every direction, the brown decay of once green foliage. So one warm weekend I went out to investigate, secateurs in hand. I cut back the old dead stems of the perennials and there, underneath, were the new green shoots of life. Nature’s miracle. The warm weather had given them the all-clear to poke their tiny green heads up and out of the earth. I was

keen to see if the geraniums, put into a frost-free shelter in November, were showing signs of life. I unzipped the cover and was disappointed to find that not a single one had survived. I tugged gently on the brown stems and they simply slid from their now decayed roots. On other years I’ve had a great deal more success and expected to see some of them with tiny green shoots at the base and elbows. I wondered if the GM guys had got into the new geranium stock and tampered with their natural instinct to rise again at Easter. Only a few of nature’s self-seeded plants (weeds) managed to hold on this time around. In any event spring is the time for clearing out the old to allow for the new. My neighbour’s tree which acts as a pre-feeding perch for the birds who visit my garden, was given a hefty short back and sides. The birds looked most confused when they arrived the next day to find stubby twigs where the branches had been. Not as confused as the two pigeons I saw last year looking for the tree across the road after it had been turned into sawdust in the blink of an eye. They sat on the garden wall tipping their heads this way and that in much the same way as I stare hard into the key box when I have failed to put my keys back. It must be strange to be a bird and have your land marks change so drastically while you

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are busy elsewhere. I can recall that a blackbird would do his nightly round of bird song in one of the tall pine trees a few doors down. He would sit on the highest point and sing his little heart out to tell everyone that this was his space and no messing. Well, there was some messing. Both the fir trees came down when the new folk moved in and I didn’t hear the blackbird after that. I guess he must have found a new perch to sing from. My dwarf apple tree also got his side branches cut back as they were leaning over the fence. As our urban landscape becomes more densely crowded we all learn to value the space we call our own. My garden is tiny but still big enough to create a haven for wildlife. I keep a bowl of fresh water for the birds with a large stone in the middle as a resting perch. I’ve seen many birds drink from here and from time to time they take a bath as

well. Often, if one starts to bathe it will soon be joined by another; which must be really annoying when you just want a bit of down time to yourself. When it rains you may have seen the pigeons lifting one wing up into the spray to take a shower. They sit up on my glass roof to do it, turning into the wind to get an all over spa. Urban back gardens provide a valuable lifeline for both humans and wildlife. Where gardens back onto each other they can give safe space for animals to forage. In urban gardens there are fewer chemicals and more hidey-holes. Giving wildlife a chance to thrive is the best excuse yet for not being overly tidy in your garden. Let some of the grass grow long, the naturally seeded plants grow high and keep the pesticides out. And although space is at a premium let’s all try to keep the trees we can. The ones that know their place and don’t go around causing trouble. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


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Dominic Raab, our local MP This month, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered a budget that will reinforce our strong economy, help small businesses, invest in skills, and provide extra support for social care. All of this will have a welcome impact for us in Molesey.

the standards of our technical training, so we have a state education system that serves as a springboard to success for every ambitious and hard-working youngster, whether they are academically inclined or more hands on in their aptitudes.

First off, business rates. The government has committed an extra £435million to help ease businesses through the revaluation that is underway. In addition, there is new funding so local authorities can provide extra support, on a case by case basis where it is needed most. We will also see targeted help, like the £1,000 discount to help support local pubs, and local authorities. These measures are will support our High Streets – vital for Walton Road and Bridge Road – which face increasing pressure from online competition. I wrote to the Chancellor back in February, making the case for targeted support on business rates for small businesses – bearing in mind the local impact. I have also campaigned for wider reform.

Finally, I know there was local concern from Molesey residents over the proposed increase in National Insurance for the self-employed. I raised these concerns directly with Ministers in Parliament during the Budget debate, and I was pleased to see the Chancellor respond decisively within days. In my book, if as politicians we get something wrong, the right thing to do is to correct it quickly.

In education, there was further good news. The government will invest £320m to build 110 new free schools, including new grammar schools — in areas where parents want them. In Elmbridge, we have two new Free Schools in the pipeline in Cobham and Molesey, to help ease the pressure on secondary places. On top of this, existing schools will benefit from £216m to refurbish or rebuild existing buildings - as is already taking place at Rydens Enterprise School in Hersham.

The UK economy is in good health, growing at a strong clip, with unemployment at the lowest level since 1975, and real wages rising. Because of the difficult decisions we have taken over the past few years, we could announce a range of fresh measures to support small businesses, while also funding new investment to boost skills and social care.

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Molesey Art Society will be holding its annual spring exhibition 6th – 11th April 2017, at St Alban’s Primary School, Beauchamp Road, East Molesey, KT8 2PG. Our invited artist this year is Frances Jordan who finds inspiration from the natural world for her vibrant paintings both in oils and watercolours. www.francisjordan.com www.moleseyartsociety.co.uk

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Calling all artists to take part in Elmbridge Summer Moving Art Exhibition

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Elmbridge: Moving Art is an exhibition platform offering emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work at the Robert Philips Gallery at Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames from 19 July to 13 August before touring other spaces across Elmbridge.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Elmbridge: Moving Art is a great platform for all the artists who are keen to share their talent with the community. I strongly encourage them to take part and submit their favourite work so that everyone can enjoy them”.

This project, run by Riverhouse Arts Centre in partnership with The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, is inviting artists aged 15+ to submit one piece of art for the exhibition by 1 May at the very latest. The aim of this project is to celebrate the wealth of talent across the borough and give artists a platform. Successful submissions will need to be delivered to the gallery on Monday 17 July and information about the artist will be published into an Elmbridge Artists Directory. Artists can also sell their artwork at the exhibition if they wish.

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Emily Boulting, Director of Riverhouse Arts Centre, said, “The objective of the Elmbridge Moving Art Project is to help and encourage artists by providing access to local exhibition spaces where they can showcase their own work to a wide audience. We look forward to

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Thanks for the article in Molesey Matters we had a response with regard to the tool request. On a sunny Saturday morning 11 Friends of Fleetside held a litter pick on Molesey Heath. In an hour we collected 13 bags of rubbish. Our eldest helper was 79 & our youngest two & three quarters! All the daffs, crocus & snowdrops are now up, they make a magnificent display all around Fleetside & along the banks in Pool Rd & Island Farm Rd. Thanks to the MRA for supplying them, & Friends of Fleetside for planting them.. If you wish to enhance the area where you live contact your local MRA councillors who will be able to supply the bulbs, all you will need to do is find the manpower. The next event Friends of Fleetside are planning is a path clearance on 8th April at 11am. Meet at the gates of Molesey Heath. If you would like to help contact us at friendsoffleetside@gmail.com Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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Shakespeare Day will be celebrated on 23rd April. The date is linked to the date he died; as no one knows when Shakespeare was born because there is no record. It is known however that he was baptized on 26 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. Those celebrating may choose to attend the festivities held in Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. This is where Shakespeare, who was one of eight children, spent much of his early life and where he married Anne Hathaway who bore him three children. He is also thought to have retired to Stratford in 1613. The bells of Holy Trinity

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Church where Shakespeare attended as a child will be rung and the Mayor will lead a procession which includes bands, other civic leaders, school children and actors. This will culminate with the Mayor putting flowers on Shakespeare’s grave. There will be activities for the whole weekend 22-23 April in celebration. The Globe theatre in London is associated with the time Shakespeare spent in the Capital as a playwright, actor and poet and houses an exhibition in honour of him. In Warwickshire’s Stratford, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre brings to life his work which includes 38 dramas and 154 sonnets. Here you can also visit buildings, houses and museums associated with the ‘Bard.’ It’s a great destination for a Spring break. By Susan Brookes-Morris

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NEWS FROM THE MOLESEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Street Lighting Cut Backs: A number of local residents have raised concerns about Surrey County Council’s (SCC’s) plans to reduce the length of time street lights in residential roads are kept on. SCC did say, however, that residents could contact them if they had concerns about the impact on their particular road, and the MRA has been encouraging residents to do so. It appears that SCC has responded positively to a number of requests for modifications to their proposed street lighting changes, so it is still worth asking them to consider specific concerns about a specific road or location. More information can be found on the SCC website. The Molesey Centre for the Community celebrated its third birthday on 16 February, and the Mayor of Elmbridge attended a special event to mark the occasion. Originally located in School Road, it has flourished since it moved to the current site at 2 Bishop Fox Way, and now has over 350 members, and a strong volunteer force of over 130 people. Molesey Centre is a great place to make new friends. If you or someone you know would like to get involved, you can speak to the Centre Manager, Jane Pritchard, on 0208 979 5773. The closure of local pubs continues to be a concern for many communities throughout the country. Did you know that there used to be 14 pubs in Molesey? But in recent years we have lost the Streets of London, the Ferry Boat Inn, the Kings Arms, the New Inn, The Paddock and the Surveyor. The message is clear – it is important to support our remaining local pubs if we want to keep them. Jolly Boatman and Hampton Court Station: Residents are continuing to wonder whether anything is going to happen as regards a long-term future for the former Jolly Boatman site. We understand that the new owners have had some preliminary discussions but there is still no sign of any firm proposals. In the meantime MRA Councillors have pressed once again for the unsightly hoardings to be removed, and for the grassed area in place for the 2012 Olympic cycling events to be reinstated. May 2017 Local Elections: The Local Elections this year will take place on Thursday 4 May, when residents will be electing Councillors to Surrey County Council (SCC). The cycle of local elections is something people ask about from time to time. SCC is elected as a whole once every 4 years, whereas Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) is elected in thirds in each of the years between SCC elections (the next ones therefore being in 2018, 2019 and 2020). Note that the boundary changes which affected the last EBC elections do not apply to or affect the SCC elections. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia Villa InCanto performed this popular opera at Normansfield Theatre in November 2015. It received such positive reviews that several of the audience requested a repeat performance. They unfortunately had to cancel the 2016 performance and will now be performing it at Normansfield Theatre on Saturday, 22nd April 2017, with the same cast. £20 (concessions are £16). &.30pm to 9.30pm Normansfield Theatre Middlesex TW11 9PS Saturday 22 Apr 2017 Contact telephone: 0333 1212 300 Heathrow Aircraft Enthusiasts’ Fair A popular long established Collectors’ Fair, always attended by hundreds of Collectors, offering thousands of aircraft related collectable items, from dozens of stalls. Likely to be on offer are books, models, kits, magazines, postcards, DVDs, photos. and a vast amount of assorted memorabilia. 24th. year !10-30 to 15-00 Adults £ 4-00, Seniors £ 3-50, Children £ 1-50 01423-862256 Evenings please. Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury, Middlesex TW16 5AQSunday 7 May 2017Contact telephone: 01423-862256 Hampton & Kempton Waterworks railway - Easter Egg Hunt Join the Easter Egg Hunt at the Hanworth Loop of the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway: The longest narrow gauge (2ft gauge) Railway in London and uses Steam Locomotive (1903) power on most occasions to pull the train. No need to book except on special occasions The trains are fully wheelchair accessible, but prior warning would be appreciated. Kempton Steam Museum. Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Hounslow, London TW13 6XHSunday 16 Apr 2017 Contact telephone: 01932 765328 (only during operating time) Vintage funfair in Hersham! Carters Steam Fair is believed to be the largest travelling vintage funfair in the world and will be on Hersham Green (Hersham, KT12 4HL) 29th April - 1st May! • FREE ENTRY to our fairground OPEN 11am-8pm Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th & Monday 1st 2017. FREE ENTRY! Hersham Green, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, Surrey KT12 4HL Saturday 29 Apr 2017 to Monday 1 May 2017 Cadbury Egg Hunt at Claremont Time: 10:30am to 4pm Price: Normal Admission plus £3National Trust Claremont Landscape Garden Portsmouth Road Esher Surrey KT10 9JG Friday 14 Apr 2017 to Monday 17 Apr 2017Contact telephone: 01372 467806 Molesey WI meets at Imber Court on the first Wednesday of every month 7.30pm for 8pm, where we have a guest speaker or activity. Visitors are welcome for a £5 fee. First visit is free with a copy of Molesey Matters. Follow us on Facebook - Molesey Women's Institute (Molesey Crafty Ladies) Molesey Art Society April 6th – 11th SPRING EXHIBITION Private view April 5th 7.3010.00pm All events are held at St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, Beauchamp Road, East Molesey Surrey KT8 2PG Molesey Local History Society Wednesday 26 April 2017, 8 pm ‘Painshill The Restoration Story’ Talk by Cherrill Sands St Lawrence School, Church Road, KT8 9DR

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