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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos

Shepperton

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Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together

April 2018

Issue 78

FREE Every Month to 8200 Homes in Shepperton and Laleham

Sunbury Foodbank Supports Shepperton : Traffic Concerns Continue


Welcome! Hello and welcome to springtime! Remember it is April Fool’s day coming up. This mag may contain some fake news so watch out! There seems to be so much happening at the moment. The cricket season is kicking off as is prom and wedding season. We revisit issues relating to traffic calming which so many of you have so many concerns about. A solution will largely depend on funding and as we know, the councils are not exactly flush with cash. On a brighter note, the Shepperton Fair is already taking shape. We have a call out for stall holders and also a reminder to start getting your photos out for the photographic competition this year. We also bring you details of the new photographic

April 2018 competition which has been launched by Spelthorne Council. Thanks you to local Anne Hall for her photo this month for the front cover. What a beautiful and positive photo. With a bit of luck we really have seen the last of the snow. So enjoy! Photo: Here and now Photography

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Contents

Rivermead House, Lower Sunbury 4 Traffic Calming and Road Flooding 6 Community Foodbank and More 9 Thamesmead School Update 10 My Hot Date at the Thames Club! 13 Shepperton Cricket Club New Season 15 New Business is Child’s Play 16 Fighting Fire in Spelthorne 18 Spelthorne is Invited to Get Snapping 20 Shepperton Nursery Leads the Way 22 Was Probus Founded by Romans? 24 Surrey Walkers Litter Pick 27 ‘Gloriana’ to be Auctioned 31 Recipe of the Month 35 A Ticket to Ride 36 “Hello Shepperton” 38 Shepperton Residents News 41 Restaurant Review - The Magpie 42 90 Years of Kempton Steam 46 Obituary - Gerry Ceaser 51 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On 59/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

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Rivermead House, Sunbury By Nick Pollard

Rivermead House is seen in this attractive postcard of Thames Street, Sunbury, dating from about 1910. The house stood just west of the junction with French Street, facing Rivermead Island across the road. It was originally named Sunbury Villa when built in 1821 for John Collingridge and was a typical stuccoed (rendered) Regency house with two curved window bays running the full height of the building. It subsequently acquired a conservatory running the width of the frontage, the roof being supported by four caryatids (sculpted female figures in Classical dress), which led to the house becoming known locally as ‘Image House’. Later in the 20th century this extension was removed. For most of its life the house seems to have been inhabited by well-off families, often renting. In 1871 for example, the census recorded Richard Lamb, a JP and landowner, living there with his 3 children and 10 servants. In 1876, Lord Brabazon (who became the 14 th Earl of Meath in 1910) took the house for the summer. The property appears to have been owned by the KnightBruce family well into the 20th century, however by 1926 an application was made for converting it to industrial use. In 1950 it was being used as offices, and in 1956 an application was made to convert it to a restaurant and flats. Various other applications were made for its replacement by flats or houses, until in 1972 an application for flats was approved, and another of Sunbury’s prominent houses was demolished. To learn more about the history of Rivermead House, see ‘Lost Houses of Sunbury and Shepperton’, published by Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The next Society talk is ‘Mysteries of Littleton Church’ by Will Hardy, at 8pm on Tues 17th April at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Traffic Calming/Road Flooding -Who Will Pay?

By Monica Chard, Editor

Given the amount of concern there is over volumes and speed of traffic through our residential areas, we were surprised at how few locals attended the Joint Committee Meeting at the end of March the date of which had been widely reported. Two petitions had been lodged regarding traffic. One from mother Emma Ronan whose child had been hit by a car at the Black Dog crossing in Ashford Common received a very sympathetic hearing. Although everyone was in agreement that there should be a safe pedestrian crossing at the busy junction, no one in the council chambers was under any misconception that the £5,000 feasibility study agreed upon would actually result in the £500,000 needed to implement a new crossing. There is no safe crossing point nearby and it is unreasonable to expect people to walk to Cadbury Road which is the closest. Charlton Village Residents Association had also submitted two petitions: One regarding the continuing flooding and consequent road danger: The other relating to speed and safety. In the end only the first had been given a hearing as the second was deemed to have been phrased in a political manner. Well, however it was phrased, it is still a major concern! The good news regarding the speeding is the recent confirmation of average speed cameras to be installed at both ends of the village. There has only been one other agreement in Surrey for this type of speed camera so we should not underestimate the

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importance of getting them agreed. This should reduce the traffic speed going through the village quite significantly. The highest recorded two-way 24 hourly traffic volume (averaged from a seven day period) going through Charlton Village is over 18,000 vehicles per day (yes we did state 96,000 previously but Surrey County Council had mistaken the weeks figure for the daily one). There was a great deal of enthusiasm for the speeding problem in the village, but Cllr Maureen Attewell raised her own concern about the need to address the serious nature of the persistent road flooding in the village. The photos below show to what an extent this causes problems; impossible for pedestrians to walk down the road without being soaked; cars veering over to the other side of the road to avoid hitting the water and aquaplaning. Both councils agreed that the old soakaways had probably reached their life expectancy and needed refitting and enlarging to cope with the volume of water being produced with new weather patterns. But the ongoing problem is one of funding. With a £40m deficit in it’s budget, Surrey County Council has no spare money. In an ideal world of course all this work would be done, but that logic does not help the Charlton Village residents who continue to take their lives into their hands if they want to move around the village, whether it be in a car or on foot.

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Sunbury Community Foodbank Widens Outreach to Shepperton The Community Foodbank at St Saviours Sunbury, now have eight collections of surplus waste food per week (at sell by date but not use by) producing over two and a half tons of food per month. Thanks to Tesco Sunbury extra, Aldi Feltham, Tesco on Staines Rd West. The same referral process has now been extended to Shepperton, via schools, health centres and social services. Although this initiative is to be welcomed, it has resulted in an increased need for donations. We would also like to set up a collection point in shepperton. Please contact us if you have any ideas. In the beginning of March we had a breakfast meeting serving surplus food, with a wide selection of Leaders drawn from local churches, Community Projects and Spelthorne Council. This was the official launch of this years ‘Love Sunbury’ project, the natural growth to what we did last year; with a further two events called ‘Joy at Kempton’ which part of this event is ‘Feeding of the 5000’. On Saturday 16th June, the “Love Sunbury” project will see a couple of local Foodbank client’s houses get domestic improvements done by volunteers, as well as an extensive community clear up removing discarded rubbish, repairing and repainting fences, and planting. Donations and volunteers are in much need. Sunday 17th June will see ‘Joy at Kempton’, a morning of celebration with song and music, featuring amongst others Sunbury’s very own “X Factor” star, Tracy Leanne. ‘The Feeding of the 5000’ at the same venue will be serving a lunch of surplus food. There is an urgent need for between 150-200 volunteers to help serve the meal. As a Foodbank we know how much food poverty we have. We can also see a massive food waste issue not only locally but nationally and internationally. We are currently too small a charity to tackle this but we want to highlight locally that we can collect enough surplus food to feed 5000 well. Surely this has to be a good start.

their children (and themselves) with enough daily sustenance. We want to provide a helping hand to these families by giving them enough food for their lunches during the holidays. We introduced this last year saw some 26 families given help during the school summer break. This year between July 23rd and September 2nd 2018 we estimate we will see some 50 families taking part in this essential support scheme. We are also looking to support these families for the whole holiday period with lunches and this year offer days out for families and activities to do in the summer. Please contact us about more information. Community Food Bank In collaboration with St Saviours Community Foodbank, Tesco’s Sunbury has a permanent food donation point in its store. Tesco Sunbury continues into its 2nd year with a permanent collection point in it’s store. This continues to help and provide the Community Foodbank with a supply of food provided by YOU the local community. We appreciate the support. We know this enables us to communicate the issues of food poverty to a wider audience. This also engages the wider community in the fight against food poverty locally. Thank you for all you support. Other Services 12 Step Recovery Program for people struggling with ALL ADDICTIONS/ COMPULSIONS. Can you break the chains? The group meets Every Wednesday 1-2 at St Saviours Sunbury. You are Welcome just to turn up... or for more information call 07549 952161. We urgently now need more volunteers, more materials and more food! Please contact claire.hopkins@stsaviourssunbury.org.uk 07549 952 161.

St Saviour's is hosting an open evening on Thursday 19th April from 7PM to 9PM. Everyone is welcome to come along to learn more about the work we do in the local community, including our foodbank, community recovery programme and community lunch.

The school Holiday initiative (the schools to highlight the families with the most need.) From early September to late July schools provide the invaluable service of free meals for children of local families who cannot afford packed lunches. But for the six weeks of the summer holidays this service is not available. This means that many parents and guardians are struggling to provide To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Thamesmead School Update Changes are afoot in Manygate Lane, Shepperton, with the construction of a new care home and some retirement flats for the elderly. However, between these two sites, stands Thamesmead Secondary school, with a very clear focus on the future of our young citizens. Since joining Thamesmead in September 2017, Headteacher Phil Reeves (left) has been building on the strengths, successes and achievements of the school. “Even before my appointment as Head it was clear from my initial visits what a great school Thamesmead is. These last few months I have been able to see those strengths for my self each day. Teaching is good, the classrooms are calm spaces where students learn well, and staff work hard to support the students through their days at school. I have been working with the staff and governors here to build upon the ‘Good’ Ofsted report received in June 2017, and the very positive Progress 8 scores that place the school in the top 16 secondary schools in Surrey and I am excited about having the opportunity to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes for future youngsters in Shepperton and the surrounding area.” With the Summer Term approaching, the Year 11 students, supported by their teachers, are working hard towards their final GCSE exams. This is a crucial time for them as they head towards their next steps in education or training. The school offers a variety of careers guidance with specialist advisors, visits to Careers Events and the recent Options Fair. Enrichment of the curriculum is always wide ranging to support studies and inspire students. This year it has included trips to Amsterdam, Italy, Kew Gardens, Tate Modern, London theatres, The British Library, Bocketts Farm, Thames Young Mariners, Oxford, Cambridge and Surrey universities. Enrichment is not just limited to activities that happen outside the school and recent activities have seen students working in school on Science, Business and Computing challenges. ‘Annie the Musical’ has recently taken place in school. This production showcased some amazing singers, actors and musicians. Thamesmead Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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welcomed the Mayor, local councillors and some Greeno Centre members and were delighted to support the Mayor’s charities. Links to the community are increasingly important to Thamesmead as they seek to improve facilities and resources. The school thanks the M+W group and RBS for refurbishment of several area and is now working with other local businesses including Bazeleys Estate Agent, Co-Op, Tesco and Bright Sparks. These links will help the school raise the much needed funds to replace the minbuses, which in turn will be used by the community as well. Anyone willing to sponsor the minibuses are welcome to contact the school. Phil Reeves and Rebecca Phillips (PE teacher) are running the Brighton Marathon in April for this important cause! http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ thamesmeadteachers

Thamesmead look forward to welcoming many of you into the school in the coming months, whether that be as existing parents, or as prospective parents and meeting community members at the Shepperton Village Fair and other key events. Daytime tours of the school can be arranged by contact the school office on 01932 219400.

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My Hot Date at The Thames Club By Monica Chard, Editor When I was invited to try hot yoga at the newly opened studio at The Thames Club, just outside Laleham, I was a little nervous. Although I do Pilates regularly, I am the one that sits under the air conditioning. I am not overly keen on visiting tropical countries either. I tend to wilt! So knowing that I would be in a 40C environment AND holding yoga positions, I felt this was going to be a challenge! I arrived to find the previous class just coming out. They were rather red faced to say the least. But what I also found was how upbeat they all were. “Good luck” one told me with a cheeky grin as the sweat dripped down his face. Amanda Free is one of the UK’s leading pioneers of hot yoga. She discovered it’s amazing benefits when she was living out in Los Angeles and brought it to the UK in 1995. She has been key in the design of the Thames Club studio and she teaches several of the classes there every week. She is enthusiastic with a great sense of humour and gets to know all her students. The class I joined was about 16 strong, but she had time to monitor us all and correct even the slightest errors in posture and postioning. It is essential to be properly positioned to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on any limbs and back. Hot yoga has proved extremely popular with athletes such as Andy Murray and David Beckham. The fact that you exercise in heat increases oxygenated blood flow and gives a strong cardio work out. I certainly can attest to my heart beating like the clappers! The heat of course also opens the pores and at the end of a dripping work out I felt immensely cleansed. If you are in training it will improve performance and perfectly complements a strength training programme through its ability to improved blood flow to muscles. Working out in heat is addictive. It is difficult to explain. I had heard this before I joined the class, but I can indeed state that I felt in a state of euphoria, stretched and cleansed in every sense. The camaraderie in the group was brilTo advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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liant. We were all red faced and sweaty and we didn’t care. At the start of the class I had been adamant that I would not be exposing my white and slightly untoned belly to the world, but after only 5 minutes, all modesty went out of the door as we all shed unnecessary items of clothing. I spoke to a number of students. The club had only opened in January but many had become hooked on a hot work out very quickly. One lady was doing her third class that day! “When I don’t get my fix I really miss it” she said. There is a variety of classes on offer and a dozen or so instructors available. Each has their own style. Both yoga and pilates classes are scheduled for 60-75 minutes. Once a week there is a relaxing candle lit yoga session. So why not give it a try. The Thames Club is the only venue in our area offering a hot studio. For this month only you can try for 2 weeks unlimited for only £20. By that stage you will be addicted! I must say my final accolade is that I slept better after my evening of hot yoga than I have done for a very long time. The Thames Club, Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines upon Thames, TW18 2PD Call 01784 463100 and quote Village Matters for your discounted offer. 13

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Shepperton Cricket Club Prepare for the Season Last summer was Shepperton’s most successful season for many years. Both the Men’s 1st and 2nd teams were promoted in the Fuller’s League. The 3rd eleven and Ladies’ teams finished strongly in their leagues, while our friendly teams enabled more teenagers to learn and enjoy adult cricket – we are hoping to field friendly teams on Wednesday afternoons as well as Sundays this summer. In the Juniors’ section more and more boys and girls (as well as their parents) enjoyed expert coaching as well as matches. The club has invested heavily during the winter. The square has been refurbished and will provide more exciting cricket as it becomes faster, while the Ben Horler, sponsorship manager for Shepperton Clubhouse has been completely redecorated and CC with Dave Powell and Jules Clayson of RSL fitted with new carpets and curtains to provide an even more inviting atmosphere for parties and func- 4 year olds to under 9s softball coaching starts at tions. 6pm on Thursday 19th April Under 10s to under 14s starts at 6pm on Friday April 20th. Just come down and enjoy your summer with us! For more information search “cricket in Shepperton” or email enquiries@sheppertoncc.co.uk

The newly refurbished function room can take over 100 guests Importantly Shepperton Cricket Club secured a 3year partnership with local company RSL. Men and ladies players will wear branded shirts. RSL Commercial Director, Jules Clayson said “We feel strongly about investing into the local community, and Shepperton CC embodies everything RSL stands for. We look forward to developing a fruitful and rewarding relationship with Shepperton CC now and in the future.” New members and spectators are always welcome so please feel free to come and join us at our beautiful, tree lined, ground on Russell Road, opposite Dunboe Place. Our first match is on Sunday 8th April, with league fixtures from the first weekend in May. Training and coaching are on the same evenings each week men will start from 6.30pm on Tuesday 10 th April ladies start from 6.30pm Thursday 19th April

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New Business is Child’s Play

When young mum Rebecca Beard started taking her daughter Ivy to play facilities, she had this nagging feeling that she could run such an establishment herself. Her dream was to fill it with Ivy’s favourite toys and create a safe space where adults could relax with a cuppa and have an uninterrupted view of their little ones playing. Busy Bees Café launched in early March. You may remember a certain rather snowy period of the winter - well that was the Monday Busy Bees launched. Shepperton Matters went along to the preview the previous week as the snow was falling outside. Inside the Staines Hockey Club hall, it was warm and friendly and happy children were trying out the new equipment. Playtime is unlimited so you pay your price per child and then sit and enjoy without the pressure of an hourly charge. Rebecca and Vicky Under 6 months is free, under 1 year is £1 and for over 1’s there is a modest charge of £4. Homemade cakes are on offer, as well as sandwiches and snacks, ‘babyccino’ for the little ones and cappuccino for the adults. The cakes are made by Rebecca’s mum Vicky and her friend Jane, who happens to be a professional cake maker (very handy!). The delights in the foreground of the photo are Jane’s creations and I can honestly say they were a totally delightful mouthful of chocolate loveliness! One was not enough!! Opening hours are Monday to Wednesday 9-2.30pm and Thursday 9-12. Busy Bee’s Café, Staines and Laleham Sports Association, Worple Road, Staines, TW18 1HR. Find Busy Bee’s on Facebook too.

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Fighting Fire in Spelthorne

A new exhibition has just opened at the newly redecorated Spelthorne Museum. Coinciding with the 280th birthday of the museum’s own Newsham pump. The old fire engine was invented after fierce rivalry between fire engine inventors who realised the urgent need following the great fire of London. Richard Newsham was the son of a button maker in London and his fire engine could throw 110gallons (500 litres) of water per minute in a continuous jet. The old fire engine is still in the museum where you can marvel at how far we have come today! In this photo, taken during a parade where the engine was regularly shown off, you can see the gentlemen sporting wide brimmed leather hats and leather jackets to protect them from falling debris! Volunteers were expected to provide their own ‘uniforms’. The design proved so popular that it was even exported to America (still a British colony in 1730). Both New York and Philadelphia had two each. The Newsham fire engine exhibited at the Spelthorne Museum is thought to be the oldest still in existence in its original home town. Do pop in and visit. Exhibition runs until the end of June. The museum is situated at the back of Staines Library and there is parking directly next to it. 1, Elmsleigh Rd, Staines, TW18 4PN

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Spelthorne is Invited to Get Snapping! There is plenty of reason to get out and about with your camera. Spring is here, flowers are blooming and there are two competitions you can get involved in. Spelthorne Borough Council has set out to gather beautiful images of the borough and have launched a ‘Capture Spelthorne’ photographic competition. Photos can be of any aspect of life or nature within Spelthorne. We have so many beautiful and inspiring places on our doorstep so this is a chance to show our are of the borough off. You don't need an expensive camera to take part, any camera or smart phone will do, as long as the photograph was taken in Spelthorne after 1 January 2017 an has not previously been entered into any competition. The competition is open to amateur as well as professional photographers. There are 5 categories: Living in Spelthorne,

Urban Landscape, Hidden Gems, Water Scenes and an under 16’s group incorporating any of the above but for the younger age group. There is £50 prize money on offer for each category, as well as the chance to have the photo on the cover of Sunbury or Shepperton Matters and a copy of the Pinewood Studios photography hardback book. The overall winner of all the categories will receive £100 prize money and their photo on the front of the Bulletin magazine. The top 25 photos will be displayed at an exhibition in the borough later this year. Each entrant can submit up to 5 photos. The closing date for entries is May 31st 2018. Full information and terms and conditions are at www.spelthorne.gov/capture. Follow the action on Twitter or Facebook at captureSpelthorne. For the third year, Shepperton Matters is sponsoring the Photographic Competition at the Shepperton Village Fair, this year on June 9th. We have featured several winners on front covers over the years and we have some great and budding talent in the village. The competition offers 5 sections: Junior Section (7-11 years), Senior Section (12-17 years), the People Category, Derek Belsey Memorial Trophy for wildlife, in memory of local bird photographer Derek Belsey, and an Open Section for anything that does not fit the others. The judges (a panel of professionals) look for imagination, execution and clarity of image. For information and to enter please have a look at the Shepperton Village Fair website: www.shepperton-fair.org where you can download a form or upload your photos. Feel free to share your photos with us of course too: info@villagematters.co.uk. Good luck Shepperton.!

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Shepperton Nursery Leads Way in Green Values Shepperton Organic Day Nursery is the country’s first registered Organic Day Nursery for preschool children which opened in 2004, winning local and national awards for being environmentally-friendly, and for nursery nutrition. Manager Tainey Williams contacted Shepperton Matters after the recent coverage on plastic pollution. “We have had an existing low plastics policy since we opened as the first registered organic day nursery in the UK. We have decided to really think outside the box to continue to support our children in making positive choices to love the world around them and have recently decided to become “glitter free’ as it is one of the main plastics washed down drains, micro plastics that affect marine life.” All the nursery’s materials are re-used and/or recycled, where feasible. For example, nappies are biodegradable (made without bleach or chlorines); cleaning products are natural and ecofriendly and any creams/pastes provided are organic or made from natural, safe constituents. This coincided with the 15th Eco Conference recently hosted at Spelthorne Borough Council. Charismatic environmentalist, Phil Williams presented his ‘Action Speaks Louder’ talk for primary schools. 70 children from 11 primary schools attended (see left) . They were challenge to think about how far our food travels, how rainforest is being lost and how our actions and lifestyles impact other cultures. It is great to see schools tackling these important issues. It is the next generation who will be left to pick up the pieces.

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Recent News Concerning the Shepperton PROBUS Club By Don Barron A wax tablet recently discovered in the Thames at Cowey Sale by the builders of the new Shepperton Bridge, and now in store at the National Archive in Kew, suggests that the current Shepperton PROBUS Club has roots going significantly farther back in time than the thirty years recently celebrated by the Club members. The existence of the tablet was revealed during a recent visit by club members to the archive. Wax tablets were the most widely used method to record images in Roman times, so it seemed that we had discovered a truly remarkable document of that period of conquest and occupation of this part

of Anglia. This is a mobile phone photo of the tablet (from the Latin). Although the tablet wax is badly damaged by immersion in the river, the larch wood carrier is well preserved, being similar to the piers in the Venice lagoon. The outlines of Roman style arches and pillars are detectable, so the PROBUS committee commissioned the Forensic Archaeology Department of the British Museum to attempt to extract from the original image any further information concerning the Roman presence in this part of Anglia, now known as Surrey. This image, greatly reduced in size from the original, shows the result of the reconstruction. The technician has coloured the various parts in what we know of the structural materials available in Surrey. We can speculate that following the occupation of Surrey, weakly resisted by the geriatric villagers Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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dwelling in mud huts with little in the way of water supplies and sanitation, the Roman authorities created a collaborative programme of introducing Roman civilisation and engineering, while allowing the inhabitants to retain their nine local places of entertainments. The Club’s committee found it especially interesting that the British Museum reconstruction suggests that the spirit of the Shepperton PROBUS was founded much earlier than the currently advertised date of 1987 and is embedded in the DNA of the Shepperton villagers. Even the passage of nearly two millennia has not dulled the Shepperton inhabitants instincts for collaboration and politeness, if not innovation in the design form of logos (from the Greek!).

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Surrey Young Walkers and the Big Litter Pick

Nothing was going to deter them from some fresh air, despite the cold and damp day. The local group of the Surrey Young Walkers took off down the tow path in February and found themselves rather side tracked by picking up litter, much of it under and around Walton Bridge. That is quite a haul you got! Well done. We love the idea of a local walking group. Surrey Young Walkers is targeted at the 20s and 30s age group. It is a subsidiary of the Ramblers Association. It sounds like a great way of meeting up with people you have something in common with and explore our magnificent countryside without getting lost! That is a great bonus. Walks are from 3 mile rambles to more strenuous 20 mile hikes. If you like the sound of it you can sign up for your first three walks free of charge and if you like what you see, join for a modest monthly fee and have access to the whole walking and social scene. It does not always involve litter picking, but with so much discarded rubbish spoiling nature, it is probably something that you feel the urge to do. You can find all details of walks on the website www.surreyyoungwalkers.org.uk. Or how about joining the Rotary annual Towpath walk and raise money for your chosen charity. The 10k sponsored walk along the waterways of Shepperton is on Sunday May 6th. Meet at Manor Park at 9.30am to start walking at 10am. Please call Peter Routley for details and to book in: 01932 232344 or email thepeterroutley@gmail.com.

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A Picture Can Paint A Thousand Words Beware the perils of social media. Peter Reynolds of Rowberry Morris explains that incriminating images on social media can be presented in court to affect settlements. Picture the scene. After months of preparation and having spent thousands of pounds, a wife seeks to present to the Court that she has been struggling to manage with the children on the meagre maintenance provided by her errant husband. The husband produces before the court, photographic evidence from his wife’s own Facebook or other social media account, of her quaffing champagne on a tropical beach with her new partner. Unfortunately, with the explosion of social media and the carefree abandon with which we upload the minutes of our daily life, scenes such as this are being played out in family courts with increasing frequency. The fact is that incriminating photos and posts uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like can be used in family proceedings and have an adverse effect on the individual’s case. This might occur for example when a party asserts that they are unable to pay maintenance, but show a lavish lifestyle on social media, or claim they are unable to work, yet their social media profile portrays a contrary story. It is also the case that on an emotional level, careful negotiations between parties’ solicitors can break down when a husband or wife reads comments or sees pictures on social media of their former spouse with a Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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new partner. Even if the final settlement is not fundamentally changed by this event, it is likely to become delayed, more acrimonious and expensive. Therefore, when going through a separation or divorce it is very important that parties are conscious of their online presence on social media and its potential effect on their longterm interests. It is also important that the parties are aware of the privacy laws and in particular the Computer Misuse Act which could have criminal repercussions. Peter has recently worked on a case where it was alleged that a client’s WhatsApp account was accessed without consent and such information excluded, leading to police involvement. Therefore it is essential that both sides need to tread carefully in this regard. A consultation with an expert family lawyer at an early stage could help avoid an embarrassing or costly situation. Rowberry Morris offers an initial consultation for just £120. Further information including useful videos and articles can be found on our website at www.rowberrymorris.co.uk” Rowberry Morris’ office in Staines is situated at 15 Clarence Street, Staines, TW18 4SU Tel 01784 457655 Email peter.reynolds@rowberrymorris.co.uk

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‘The Gloriana’ to be Auctioned for Mayor’s Charities Well maybe not the Gloriana herself, but the painting of the vessel which was painted from her appearance at the Mayors River Day last year. The beautiful depiction is by local Shepperton artist Peggy Pickering who has donated her work to the Mayor of Spelthorne, cllr.Vivienne Leighton on the occasion of the Mayor’s Charity Ball on April 7th. This event is the jewel in the crown of the charity raising efforts during the mayoral year and this year is at the BP International centre. Peggy is very proud of her work. “It was a special day. If you look closely both the Mayor and her consort are very recognisable standing Peggy Pickering with her ‘Gloriana’ in front of the oarsmen from local clubs. The club depicted in this image is the Sunbury Skiff and Punting Club. This year the Mayor’s charities are Spelthorne Dementia Support (known as Purple Angels), ‘Impossible Dream’, the specially adapted river boat for disabled adults and children and the Shepperton Swan Sanctuary. Every year the Mayor’s charities benefit from a huge amount raised at the auction. If you would like your own ‘Gloriana’ Peggy has had some cards specially made. Do look out for them.

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Recipe of the Month

Heavenly Home Made Hot Cross Buns Preparation time: 40 mins Cooking time: 20 mins - 25 mins Makes 12 buns Ingredients Zest and juice 1 large orange Sunflower oil for greasing For the dough and crosses 225ml semi-skimmed milk 50g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 1 large egg 450g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tsp fast-action yeast 50g golden caster sugar For the flavouring, crosses and glaze 200g raisins 1 tsp ground cinnamon 4 tbsp golden caster sugar 100g plain flour Method To make the dough: Heat the milk in a pan until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat. Add the butter stir until melted. When the liquid has cooled to tepid, beat in the egg and half the orange zest. Mix the strong flour, yeast, 1/2-1 tsp salt (depending on taste) and the sugar in a large bowl. Pour in the liquid and stir to make a soft dough. Knead the dough for 5-10 mins on a floured surface until smooth and elastic. (you can use a mixer with a dough attachment if you have one). Oil a large bowl and place the kneaded dough inside it, then cover with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for about 1 hr or until the dough has doubled in size. Place the raisins and half the orange juice in a small pan and simmer gently for a few minutes. Allow to cool completely. Mix the To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

cinnamon with 2 tbsp sugar and the remaining zest. Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface and press it out to a large rectangle, a little bigger than A4 paper size. Scatter it evenly with the drained raisins, and cinnamonsugar mix. Roll the dough around the filling, then knead it well for a few mins until the fruit and spices are evenly spread. Grease and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a bun making the top as smooth as possible. Place the buns, smooth-side up, on the baking sheet, leaving room for rising. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for 30-45 mins or until the dough has risen and doesn’t spring back quickly when prodded gently. Meanwhile preheat oven to 190C/170C fan/ gas 5. Make the paste for the crosses by gradually stirring 6-7 tbsp water into the plain flour to make a smooth, thick paste, then put in an icing bag or small plastic food bag then snip off the corner to about 5mm. Pipe the crosses, then bake for 20-25 mins until the buns are risen and dark golden brown. Mix the remaining orange juice with the remaining sugar and let it dissolve. Brush the syrup over the buns while they are still hot, then leave to cool. Eat on the day of baking or serve toasted the next day. 35 Or email monica@villagematters.co.uk


A Ticket to Ride!

After 14 years, Hampton man finally claims his raffle prize – a train ride on the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway (H&KWR) at Kempton Park Waterworks.

A very warm welcome awaited Mr. G. Glassop on Saturday 17 th March 2018 by H&KWR, as he finally redeemed his raffle ticket sold to him in a pub in Hampton 14 years ago. As a way of raising money to restore their heritage railway, H&KWR decided it would be a good idea to hold a raffle in the Dukes Head Pub Hampton, the prize being the first operational train ride on the H&KWR. The railway has been built for the last 4 years, but Mr. Glassop claimed the winning ticket No. 0001 yesterday, and it was with great pleasure that Petra Sale, Councillor for Hampton duly ‘punched’ his ticket and it was all aboard for his trip on locomotive ‘Darent’. Robert Leadbetter, H&KWR Trust member said “The prize ticket was never forgotten by us and we are thankful to Mr. Glassop for his patience in redeeming his prize. This coincides with celebrations this week, when we have the go ahead from Thames Water to allow us to extend our heritage passenger steam railway even further across TW land down to Hampton. For more information on opening times visit http:// www.HamptonKemptonRailway.org.uk/

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Sally’s Big Dive

Congratulations to Sally Dick for surviving another tandem sky dive in aid of charity. As well as being congratulated for raising in excess of £3000 for the Princess Alice Hospice, Sally also needs congratulating for her resolve because the weekend she undertook the skydive was just before the Beast from the East descended and boy she must have been cold.

When I remarked on this to her, she replied that she had been so scared of the actual event that she was not aware of the cold! WELL DONE SALLY!!!

Have Fun with Pilates! Pilates is a form of exercise with an emphasis on core strength. Regular practice can lead to a stronger leaner body with increased protection to your spine helping you to stand taller and able to move with a new ease. We meet at Laleham Village Hall every Monday evening between 6 and 7 Classes are relaxed and informal and all are welcome regardless of age and experience. You won’t have to enrol on a whole course as you pay just £9 each time you come and you won’t need to bring anything as everything you need is provided. But be warned....once you start you won’t want to stop! Looking forward to seeing you.

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Hello Shepperton!

By new Sheppertonian Nick Turner You could be forgiven in thinking I put zero effort into this title. Funnily enough, it’s actually the word ‘hello’ that’s stood out to me since I moved here with Charlotte, my short suffering wife of 6 months, not so long ago. I’m talking about the locals, the shopkeepers, the church goers and so on who acknowledge and greet you when the opportunity presents itself. Such a simple word struck a cord with me and, as we have begun to settle in to a friendly and close knit community, It’s inspired me to share my ongoing experience here as a newcomer to the local area, and how a young(ish) millennial like myself can ingratiate into a delightful Surrey Town on the banks of the River Thames. Indeed, the area seems a perfect fit for youngsters looking to settle into their first home or flat. An excellent commuter hot spot into the heart of London, a stone’s throw away from the airport, and accessible to the South over the M3 certainly made bedding down in Shepperton a smart choice for us. As well as access to the rest of the world, Old Shepperton is just delightful. Many of us are bombarded with screens, day and night, I’m certainly guilty of heading straight to the TV when I get home from work. And it’s been the occasional walk into the tranquil spot by the river which grounds and makes me think that there is still more to life for the young professional than the great growling engine of change that is technology. And so as we start to explore more of the hidden treasures of Shepperton, we’re happy in the knowledge that there are many more things waiting to be discovered in our local community. I myself am keen to take a look at the local Swan Sanctuary, and take a deeper dive into the hidden treasures of Old Shepperton. Indeed, I’m excited to see what else this little town has to offer. Enjoying discovering the new area

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Shepperton Residents Association News By Richard Hewitt I trust that you have not been too troubled by the snow, wind, and bad weather. As I write this it is the Spring Equinox so there is some hope for a change for the better. I hope that those of you who came to our Open Meeting on 6th March found the talk both interesting and stimulating. Councillor Howard Williams described the management of risk by the Borough Council in respect of Commercial Property Acquisitions. Given the cuts in central funds from government it has been necessary to seek some way of offsetting such cuts. Our ability to borrow the bulk of funds from the Public Works Loan Board or similar organisations enables the Council to ensure that long term sustainable income streams are achievable from these property acquisitions. Obviously we hope that the benefits will be forthcoming as planned. Members of your Committee are supporting the Littleton Lane 2020 Campaign by joining with representatives of the Laleham and Charlton Village Residents’ Associations to form a Joint Committee (Joint Residents Action Committee) to seek the entire closure of the Littleton Lane site by its planned February 2020 date and its return to Green Belt land. Complications exist as occupation of the industrial estate by a variety of businesses has been established adjacent to the site of the gravel raising and recycling activities but, in many cases, without planning agreements. The Committee will work closely with the Planning Departments of both the County and Borough Councils to ensure appropriate action will be taken to ensure that the agreed closure date is met. The Proposed Expansion of Heathrow Airport is currently open for Public Consultation (expiring on 28th March), with a significant number of public presentations taking place across the area surrounding the Airport. However, disappointingly, nothing has been made available in Shepperton. Nevertheless, it does not stop individuals providing their own views on the expansion whether by writing to Freepost LHR Expansion Consultation or online to www.heathrowconsultation.com. Given some discussions at Residents’ meetings some years ago I am aware that there is a wide range of views as to the future of the Airport, therefore I would suggest that everyone passes their own views on in the Consultation process. Meanwhile the Borough Council has tabled its own response To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

which is available online prior to being discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 21st March. The main points that the Council make in its draft submission are: - The Council is expected to reiterate its support, in principle, for the Airport expansion, because of the potential economic benefits and opportunities it is likely to bring to our local area. - The Council will also make clear that support has always been entirely dependent on the Airport making sure that any scheme mitigates against impacts on noise, traffic, air quality, the wider environment, infrastructure, and local road networks. - Also, the Council is concerned that the Airport has not fully considered the overall cumulative impact of the expansion on Stanwell and Stanwell Moor. However, it is up to us all to pass on our own views to the Airport Consultation.

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Restaurant Review The Magpie, Lower Sunbury

The Magpie is changing. The well established Lower Sunbury riverside pub has been in a period of transition since new manager Freddy Corner took over last autumn fresh from running gastro eateries in central London. Owned by Greene King, The Magpie is going through a metamorphosis. If you have eaten there in the past 6 months you may well have noticed. Firstly the food. Freddy Corner took on an ambitious young head chef last year. Brian Marchetti trained in Canada and has some exciting plans to raise the game of culinary dining in Lower Sunbury. I was curious last autumn to see a board outside the pub advertising ‘Game Night’. I had assumed it was an evening of monopoly or darts. Little did I realise that this was to be a gastronomic milestone. It was the first gourmet evening the pub put on. Located upstairs in the dining room it was a six course tasting feast. I was very happy that I went and sampled the food for myself. Six months later I still remember it and that is a good sign! Amongst the memorable dishes was a rabbit terrine served with a grain mustard and dots of chutney. The meat was beautifully tender and I loved it. The curls of beetroot and pea shoots along with the little chutneys were just the right sharpness and the dish was so pretty.

Venison with beets/tops and figs

The main was a rich venison with greens and figs. The meat was cooked to perfection. I still also have memories of the desert. A pavé of blackberry with pressed pink lady apples and a quenelle of yogurt ice cream. It was simply stunning and very refined in execution.

Blackberry Pavé with pressed apple and yogurt ice cream

I have to say I was so impressed with this food that I booked in for the Christmas day lunch and we were not disappointed. Burns Night was another successful evening with some excellent, imaginative dishes on offer, always beautifully presented.

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Plans are afoot to introduce regular gourmet dining experiences. Wine parings are also on offer. At a price of ÂŁ35 per head for food and an additional ÂŁ20 for wine parings, it is extraordinary dining for a very reasonable price. Think Masterchef in Sunbury! The kitchen has improved the daily offerings too. Mr C and I visited before Christmas and had the ham hock to share. It was baked in sticky treacle and served with a sharp red cabbage slaw and greens. To top it all there was a sumptuous sauce beautifully served in a little copper vessel. On another occasion I had a simple dish for lunch with chips on the side. They were crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. What could be better? Tempting bar snacks too are on offer if you fancy something to accompany your pint. The scotch eggs are fab. Runny egg and crunchy outside. So you get the picture and if not, have a look at the gallery below! The idea is for a series of gourmet evenings upstairs in the restaurant, so watch this space. It is worth trying.

For now, a new menu launched in March for Spring. Have a look on the website or drop in and do some sampling! Changes to the food are not the only thing on the menu. At the start of May, a major refurbishment programme will be undertaken. This will refresh the whole premises, and promises to take care of upgrading the bathrooms. So give The Magpie a bit of leeway while it undergoes this transformation. It will be worth the makeover. We wish the establishment well and look forward to a balmy summer of gourmet dining by the river.

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Helping Me Stay in the Home I love When my health started to deteriorate, I hid it from my family. I didn’t want to admit that I couldn’t cope on my own; I was worried about being taken away from my home. My daughter soon noticed. She was worried about my health and wanted the reassurance that I was going to be safe. I’d never considered that someone could live in my home with me. It seemed like a sensible solution. Someone would be with me all day and I would be able to stay in my home, where I feel safest. I met my carer, Anna, and she is now a part of my family and home. She takes care of the jobs I can’t quite manage, as well as helping me throughout the day when I struggle with my own needs. Now, when my daughter visits she is more relaxed. She can see my home is back to its former glory and has told me that I seem happier and healthier. We can enjoy our time together without worrying about what will happen when she leaves. In addition to the peace of mind that comes with receiving care in a familiar environment, Promedica24’s live-in care provides an attractive and affordable alternative to residential care. Individuals benefit from the full attention of their carer, who are matched based on personality, interests and needs. For more information about live-in care services in the North Surrey area, call Tibor on 01784 818189 or 07435 859088 or visit www.Promedica24.co.uk/northsurrey

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90 Years of Steam This year, Kempton Steam Museum celebrates 90th years of its magnificent pair of 1000-ton triple-expansion steam pumping engines. The museum has a packed programme of events planned for the year including its popular model railway exhibition on 21-22 April plus, on Sunday only, a visit from the Chiltern Group of the Triumph TR Register with their cars. Come and see amazing model railway displays, some of them interactive, plus the world’s largest engine of its kind in steam both days. For those readers who have never seen a 1,000-ton steam engine, be prepared to be very amazed! The word ‘big’ doesn’t do justice to these enormous engines – think of a sixstory block of flats with moving parts, including two flywheels weighing 33 tons each, and you’ll get the TR cars line up for inspection picture. The most common comment we hear from visitors on arrival at the museum for the first time is one three-letter word: WOW! Open 10:30am-4:00pm and, as usual, there will be excellent refreshments and Kempton’s iconic narrow-gauge railway will also be running both days. For full details, go to www.kemptonsteam.org, email kemptonsteam@gmail.com or call 01568 720571.

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Shepperton Residents Do Care

It was great to see such a huge crowd as always at the latest Shepperton Residents Association update. It is testament to the concern villagers feel for local issues. It is also a reflection on how good a job the SRA is doing. They listen to local concerns, find the speakers to address concerns and gather the community together. Well done one and all. No wonder Shepperton is such a good place to live.

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Defibrillator in the Heart of Upper Halliford

Upper Halliford now has its own defibrillator. It has been installed on the front wall of St Andrew’s Baptist Church in the centre of the village. On Saturday (10 th March) a group of locals gathered together to see how it works. This project was initiated by the church but local charities have stepped up to the mark with substantial donations. A spokesman from St Andrew’s said “We are very grateful for the generous donations from the Alan Freeman Trust, Upper Halliford Women’s Institute and Andrew Hirst. It is heart-warming to see the community spirit shown in the village.” The device will be available for anyone to use during emergencies involving a cardiac arrest. A code to unlock the cabinet will be given by the emergency services and the machine talks you through the process. It is a very simple procedure and increases the chances of survival. This article was written by David Bonny, a pastoral assistant at St. Andrew’s Baptist Church, Upper Halliford. Call 07976 075491 or email david@sabc.org.uk. He is the spokesman mentioned above. The photograph shows from left to right. David Bonny, pastoral assistant at St. Andrew’s, Andrew Hirst, Norman Dixon representing The Alan Freeman Trust and Margaret Denham representing the Upper Halliford Women’s Institute.

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Gerry Ceaser FRICS, MBEng We learned with a heavy heart of the passing of Gerry Ceaser at the end of February after a short illness. Gerry was a past Mayor and former Leader of the Council. He was a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Association of Building Engineers by profession. He was a long-standing resident of Sunbury, having moved here from Hampshire in 1964. was only 75. Gerry’s career at the Council spanned 34 years during which he was Leader of the Council twice, from November 1995 to May 1997 and from May 2005 to April 2007. He also had the honour of serving two mayoral terms, for the municipal years 1985 to 1986 and 2003 to 2004. Gerry served on many of the Council’s committees and was Chairman of the Policy and Finance, Leisure and Recreation and Planning Committees and his many achievements include leadership for Staines Town Centre redevelopment and the first local authority in Surrey to attain Investors in People. In October 2007, Gerry was awarded Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Spelthorne in recognition of his eminent voluntary service to the local community. This included being Governor of Bishop Wand School, setting up and serving on local and South East Regional sports bodies, in particular Surrey Sport and Surrey Youth Games, his contribution to the welfare of young people as Trustee of the National Association of Clubs for Young People and Chairman of the Middlesex Young Peoples Clubs, as well as setting up local Charity events like the Mayor’s Fun Day and Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Sunbury’s Picnic in the Park. He was also the driving force behind the much loved Carols in the Meadow, which has sadly ceased. Latterly, Gerry was a trustee of the Spelthorne Mayor’s Charity Fund and Chairman of the ExMayors’ Association and local charity Shopmobility. Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “We are all very saddened by this news. Gerry had a passion for politics and an unfaltering desire to improve the lives of the Borough’s residents and the place will be all the poorer without him. He was my mentor and I will miss him greatly.” Cllr Tony Harman, Deputy Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “Gerry was inspirational and touched the lives of so many people in Spelthorne. His leadership and guidance will be sorely missed”. Cllr Robin Sider, BEM, said: “Gerry was an important local figure at the forefront of civic and community life. His experience, commitment, warmth and enthusiasm, and indeed his dry sense of humour will be sorely missed”. Gerry was devoted husband to wife Zandra, to whom he had been married for 54 years, and leaves behind a son and daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

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Laleham Garden Open Day Saturday 23rd June 2018

Please open your gate in 2018!

Laleham Garden Open Day is an exciting and

much anticipated event in the Village calendar. Many of our visitors attend year after year and, on a good weather day, around 150 tickets are sold. Ticket holders are invited to follow a map of the village and call in at marked locations between the hours of 11am and 5pm. These locations include the Laleham Pond, Church Flower Festival and Heritage Centre as well as private gardens. Many of these private gardens agree to open year after year and we are very grateful to them. However, the audience are always on the lookout for something new. Can you could check your calendar and contact me if you think you might be able to help by opening your gate this year. You don’t need a big, showy plot either. Some of our contributors have tiny gardens, but still they are kind enough to share their endeavours with others for one day in June.

Please email or call for a chat if you want to find out more. Donnica - 07545 131448 / donnicabab@hotmail.com

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Declutter Your Life It’s that time of year when we get the urge to Spring Clean seem less daunting. Stick with that room until it’s finished. Choose a nice day - Take the room contents outside. Psychologically it’s easier to sort and let go if you’re one step removed. It’s also less likely that the clutter will make it back inside. Sort everything into three piles - Label them dump, donate and keep. Be realistic: if the item in question hasn’t been used for over a year it is unlikely you will ever use it.

If you can’t lay your hands on items you need because they’re buried under piles of junk; if you’re constantly moving items from one pile to a new ‘temporary’ pile; if you find yourself thinking, “I can’t throw this away, it might come in useful one day,” you’re probably a clutter-victim. Californian blogger Dave Bruno wrote The 100 Thing Challenge. He set himself a yearlong experimental task of reducing his belongings to 100 items. Although it started as a challenge he actually chose to keep living by his new rules afterwards, saying he prefers the simplicity. It would be tough for most of us to emulate Bruno exactly, but he has a point. Most of us probably put far too much time, effort and money into acquiring, keeping and storing possessions, and sometimes it’s good to let go. If you’re ready to de-clutter, then we have a few simple tips. If you feel you need help, there are experts in de-cluttering who will guide you through the process of letting go.

Deal with the dump and donate piles - Do this before anything comes back into the house. It’s much harder to mess up your good work if the stuff is physically gone. Sort and label - Place the remaining items in clearly labelled boxes. Make sure there is one temporary box to house items which really belong in another room. As each room is sorted those items can be replaced, and other misplaced items can be housed there while the de-cluttering process continues. Replace everything that remains - The maxim ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ is a good one. Keep small items in clear plastic boxes and store them in cupboards or wardrobes. When you’re done instigate a ‘one thing in: one thing out’ rule. It will make you think twice about acquiring something if you know something else must go. Finally, once a week, take two bags and go through your home. One bag is for rubbish, the other for items in the wrong place. When you’ve finished throw the rubbish away and replace the misplaced items. Follow these small steps and you too can declutter your life.

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Gardening Matters Plant a Butterfly Garden

Fascinating fact…Winston Churchill loved butterflies so much he had a garden designed specifically to attract them. His family home was the beautiful Chartwell, but you really don’t need a grand estate to attract butterflies because they will happily flock to the tiniest plot if the planting is right. When planting for butterflies we need to consider their life-cycle, and of course they start life as caterpillars. Butterflies choose to lay their eggs where there is a good food supply for their hungry offspring. A patch of nettles in a sunny spot is all you need to attract the red admiral, the small tortoiseshell, the painted lady and the peacock. If you want the common blue (though sadly these are not that common now) plant some birdsfoot trefoil, also known as lady’s fingers and properly named lotus corniculatus. A packet of sweet rocket seeds (hesperis matronalis) is a good investment. One pack produces flowers in all shades of lilac. They have a sweet scent, which is more powerful in the evening, and as a bonus they attract the orange tip butterfly. So, having satiated the caterpillars, we need to To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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address the feeding requirements of the adult butterfly. The most famous butterflyattracting plant is probably Buddleia davidii, hence its other name, the butterfly bush. It grows well in most soils but needs to be pruned back hard every year so the flowers, and hence the butterflies, are kept at eye level. Don’t worry too much if you know very little about pruning, Buddleias are hard to kill! Sedum spectabile must be one of the easiest plants ever to grow and even thrives in my poor soil. Its dusky pink flowers are always smothered in butterflies and bees when they open in late summer. Caryopteris clandonensis, or to use its more romantic name, blue mist spirea is also a wonderful butterfly magnet and very easy to grow. You can now buy packets of wild flower seeds and butterfly mixes. Try some among your borders and you’ll be rewarded with fluttering, jewel-like visitors all summer. Butterfly Essentials Sunshine - plant butterfly-attracting plants in the sunniest spots Shelter - the site needs to be out of the wind Roosting spots - Butterflies need somewhere to sleep. They prefer to be high so plant climbers like honeysuckles and clematis. Nettles and wildflowers - if space is at a premium try growing them in pots. It works really well.

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association are Coffee Concerts held at Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street TW 16 5QF. Admission £10 on the door and from 01932-787390, boxoffice@ssaa-arts.org and Www.ticketsource.co.uk/ssarts. Admission includes coffee and croissant. SATURDAY APRIL 21 10.15am for 11am concert MARK TAYLOR (flute) and GABRIELLA JONES (harp) Programme will include music by Debussy, Hasselmans and Handel. Halliford Women's Institute meet the first Tuesday of every month except August in Halliford village hall at 7.30pm until 10pm.New members always welcome so if you fancy some company, tea and cake and exciting days out please pop in. For more information phone Joyce on 07928434206. The Probus Club of Shepperton for retired business and professional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month to hear a speaker followed by lunch. In March we held our AGM and the Chairman announced a donation of £650 to Fordway Centre Pupil Referral Unit. We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372.M The subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History is ‘Mysteries of Littleton Church’, a talk by Will Hardy on Tuesday 17th April at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. All welcome. £2 to non members.

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Sponge Fingers Playgroup for 0-4yrs and families. Every Thursday in term time, 9.3011am, Shepperton Village Hall. £3 per family including loads of toys, dressing up, craft, singing, a healthy snack for children and refreshments for adults. Parking on site or High St. All welcome!

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Halliford School Rocks Talented Halliford students delighted family, friends, teachers and peers recently when they performed the hit musical School of Rock. An enthusiastic cast and crew of more than 80 students from across the Senior School and Sixth Form took part in this high energy show. The commitment of students and staff in staging the show was a credit to all, and after months of rehearsals and preparation it was a joy to witness the shows performed to a high- turnout over the three nights in March. The lead characters delivered their performances with conviction and were ably supported by the ensemble cast and live band who accompanied. Behind the scenes student-involvement was outstanding with Hallifordians providing the back-stage crew, sound and lighting, supported by members of staff. Mr Bruno, Head of Drama said, ‘Deciding to put on a musical is always a big adventure and one that involves a lot of work both on and off stage. I have been very lucky to have such an energetic group of students who have worked incredibly hard. It has been good fun working on this production and as the play demands a cast of a younger age it has been heart-warming to see the experienced performers working and mentoring the next generation of Halliford actors. In true School of Rock style, the cast have been dedicated throughout.’ Head of Music, Mrs Greaves added; ‘As always with school productions, it is the journey to the end which is as important as the final product and I am so proud of our musicians and the staff who have supported them. For all five of our student musicians, this will be the first time in their lives that they have ever played a full scale show. The performers on stage have put so much time and effort into this show, fitting multiple rehearsals into their already busy schedules and it has been such a pleasure to work with them. These performances have shown the rewards of their labours and I am so very proud of them all.’

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More What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Shepperton Allotment Association - enjoy gentle exercise, fresh air, fresh home grown produce and a great community at Shepperton village allotments. Plots now being let. For further information, please ring or text 07968 834301 Wonderful World of Wellbeing Festival Kempton Park May 12th/13th. Tickets include speakers, workshop activities and of course the 65 or so stalls. Weekend passes (£13 online) or single day options (£8 in advance or £10 on the door). http:// wonderfulworldofwellbeing.com If you love Canaletto’s paintings of Venice, you may not know that he spent 9 years in the UK creating some 150 works of Georgian England, including Eton College? Lecturer Andrew Davies tells all on April 18 for The Arts Society, Runnymede at the Hythe Centre, Egham TW18 3HD coffee from 10.05.

Walton Voices perform ‘The Armed Man’ on April 14th at 7.30 at St Mary’s Church, Sunbury. Timed to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War piece is subtitled ‘A Mass for Peace’ and accordingly there will be a retiring collection for the charity ‘Peace Direct,’ an international charity dedicated to stopping wars and building lasting peace in some of the world’s most fragile countries. Tickets from 07884 348172 or send an email to info@waltonvoices.co.uk Spelthorne Natural History Society – Our monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th April at 8:00 p.m. in the Greeno Centre, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH. Jim Jones from Surrey Wildlife Trust will be giving talk on “Hedgerow Heroes”. Non-members always welcome, £2 charge Kids Come First® is a support forum for Separated Parents and a unique workshop of child-focused teaching material with guidance & advice for successful co-parenting. Parents can attend a group workshop separately or book a private session to attend together in Hampton (TW12). Call 07789497275 or email us: kidscomefirstuk@mail.com. For more info visit www.kidscomefirstuk.co.uk. Home-start Spelthorne support local families who have at least one child under the age of 5. Our volunteers visit families who need a little extra support, for 2-3 hours each week in their homes. If you would like to have or be a volunteer please call us on l 01784 463200

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April 2018 Shepperton Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

April 2018 Shepperton Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

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