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Forget Woodstock and Glastonbury. The original rock festival was in Sunbury 50 years ago. Were you there? We bring you a bit of nostalgia on page 8. Some of you may have visited Sunbury Court last month, so we bring you more on the history of the house and its owners. After the successful photo competition, we see the launch of a writing competition for children so get yours to think about what they like about Spelthorne. In this issue we bring you two other views of Sunbury; one written by a teenager and one from a long term resident. One popular event every year is the Sunbury Regatta, so don t forget to come down and cheer local teams on and have a browse round the stalls on August 11th.

August 2018 Or pop down to see the kids on August 12th. We follow an earlier article on the experience of learning bell ringing with a view from a student in the 1950 s. Why not give it a go. If not, don t forget to sign up to an evening course from September. There is so much to choose from. Enjoy this issue! Photo: Here and now Photography

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Sunbury Court 4 Unrest in Sunbury 6 SunStock - The Original Music Fest 9 Where I Would Like to Live 11 What Lies Beneath! 14 Halliford School Cardio Screening 16 Autumn Courses 18 From Boredom to Life Long Hobby 20 Thames Street Disruption 26 Children s Writing Competition 28 Hanworth Park House Update 30 Recipe of the Month 34 Sunbury Through the Eyes of a Teen 36 St Mary s Newsletter 38 Local Groups Afternoon Tea 40 RIP Jill Townsend 43 Meet the Mayor of Spelthorne 44 LOSRA Says 48 Speeding in Sunbury 50 Gardening Matters 57 What s On/Noticeboard 58/61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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Sunbury Court By Nick Pollard

The most impressive house in the village, Sunbury Court was built in 1723 by John Witt. The building stood in extensive grounds of more than 100 acres, which used to extend down to the Thames and included Sunbury Court Island. More than forty staff were employed to run the house and estate. Witt sold up in 1735, and after changing hands in 1751 and 1755 it became the home of heiress Anna Maria Delegard. In 1764 she married George Fermor, the 2nd Earl of Pomfret, who was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King George. Fermor was an extravagant spender who was forced by debts to sell off the sculpture collection of his ancestral home, Easton Neston in Northamptonshire. His spending (presumably of his new wife s money) at Sunbury Court included commissioning the Swedish artist Elias Martin to paint the frescoes of landscapes which still adorn the dining room. He may well also have been responsible for the enlargement of the house with an ornamental pavilion at each corner. These were apparently demolished after a serious fire during the 1860s, when Jack Needham, 2 nd Earl of Kilmorey, occupied the building. Needham was a colourful character who had scandalised Victorian society whilst married and his late 50s, by eloping with his 20 year old ward, Priscilla Hoste. When she died he had an Egyptian style tomb built for her, which he subsequently moved to various homes. He eventually joined her in 1880, and the mausoleum still stands in St. Margaret s Road, Twickenham. The present side wings were added to the central seven bay south front of the house (facing the river) in the 1890s by a later owner, Colonel William Horatio Harfield. Harfield was commander of the volunteer Middlesex Yeomanry Cavalry, and the adjacent Harfield Road is named after him. After his death, the house became the private Sunbury Court Club, and it is probably during this time in the early 20 th century that the photo above was taken. It shows the house from the west (i.e. the side facing the village), and a large conservatory can be seen to the rear. In 1925 the house saw a complete change of purpose, as it was purchased by the Salvation Army to serve as their international conference centre. The first Army High Council meeting was held here in 1929 to elect a new General, and ever since the successive leaders of the Salvationists have been chosen here by delegates from all over the world. The house is occasionally open for various events and is well worth a look for its impressive interiors. The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society will have a stand at the ever-popular Sunbury Regatta on Saturday 11th August. Come along and see our display of old photos of the regatta and the riverside area. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts




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Unrest in Sunbury By Monica Chard, Editor

July was rather eventful in sleepy Sunbury. Travellers once more arrived in the village, and hot on the heels of their visit, the M&S in Sunbury Cross was ram raided in the wee small hours and the cash machine stolen. The two are of course not necessarily related.

A local resident of Sutherland Avenue contacted us, clearly frustrated. The caravans in Cedars Rec were numerous and parked up close to residents gardens as can be seen from the photo below:

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locks and remove gates. What more can be done? Residents have said for years that they feel the rec is vulnerable and needs more security. They have suffered incursions from quad and motorbikes and a family park needs protection from the like. Residents feel frustrated that calls for help and maintenance of Sutherland Avenue, recognised by Surrey County Council as the worst in Sunbury , have fallen on deaf ears. The lack of maintenance of this road is yet another example of councils dwindling coffers. In terms of the policing one resident reported seeing one single police car present, which left shortly after the travellers arrived, presumably having given the prerequisite warning to leave the land. Summer incursions seem to be getting more and more frequent. What is the solution? If they are breaking an entering, this is unlawful and should be open to prosecution. The reason this is not practical of course, is that it is never clear who the perpetrator was. So should the police look at charging the whole group by association? In practice it is not enforceable. Do we have to look on these occurrences as just an irritation? Travellers travel. They need to spend the night somewhere and you cannot generalise that they are all bad and crooked. I know that is controversial. There is no doubt that they could help themselves by taking away their rubbish, not fouling the parks they visit, taking away used nappies and rubbish. It is a fact that these visitors cost us a lot of money every year - money we could use for other things in our communities. We heard that one incursion in Shepperton last year cost the council ÂŁ50k. We must also keep a perspective. Antisocial activity is sadly an every day occurrence. Should we be focusing our emotions and energy on trying to tackle this instead? www.villagematters.co.uk

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SunStock - The Original Festival?

This month many of you may be attending music festivals. Just look at this line up for the 1968 music festival at Kempton Racecourse. Can you imagine? The National Jazz and Blues Festival preceded both Woodstock (1969) and Glastonbury (1970 s) and is considered the precursor to the Reading Festival. There are still local residents who were there 50 years ago and who remember camping out over the weekend and seeing these amazing acts: Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Jo Cocker, Tyrannosaurus Rex (before they became T Rex), Jethro Tull. Was this the original music festival? Glenn Cornick, one of the founders of Jethro Tull considers the concert at THE event when the band knew they were going to be a success. It was that important to the music industry. The marquee was nothing more than a large tent and a stage. We are lucky enough to have found a photo from the event (see below). Local residents were treated to the sound of the bands from neighbouring roads so even if you didn't get a ticket you still felt you had been there! Tickets were 15 shillings for the Saturday evening, which to those young ones out there was 75p!!! The weekend was not without dramas. Arthur Brown set his hair on fire, and a walkway collapsed under the weight of those sitting on it, injuring 74 people. But that weekend 50 years ago this month was a milestone in musical history. The Daily Record 917/8/68) was quoted as saying Plagued by disaster and countless setbacks The Sunbury Festival presented some of the best musical entertainment ever seen . There is more information on the website www.ukrockfestivals.com/ sunburymenu.html. Do take a look at this epic event which was on our doorstep and which has been such an impact on the music scene.

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Where I Would Like to Live... By Daphne Clement

Where would I like to live? Somewhere I can wake each morning and see from my window into the top of a pine tree. The gold finches that live there would be preparing for the day by saluting the sun, calling to each other, tidying their nest and watching all the blue tits flitting in and out further down the tree. I would start my day by walking my dog down to the river. I would choose a path along a backwater where; the pen and cob swans that call it home, regularly bring six cygnets to full maturity, where moorhens and coots duck and dive among the reeds, and where a kingfisher can be seen preening on a bough. Every now and then he would dive into the gentle stream to come up with a fish, he would knock it on the head, devour the fish whole and resume the preening of his iridescent feathers. My dog and I would then walk over a footbridge and on to a beautiful island fringed with trees and wild flowers, a home to mink and long-tailed tits, squirrels, ducks, geese and grebe. I would meet with friends and my dog would play with theirs. We would look along a beautiful stretch of river as far as the lock and the village scattered carelessly along the bank. The scene would change each day according to the weather and the season. Later in the day I would walk through that village and I would know the people living there and they would know me. There would be time for a word or a smile and they would show concern for others. There would be times when I could visit people, paint pictures, row on the river, climb the bell tower and watch children playing in the park. I would love this place in Spring with the willow buds red gold against the blue sky just before they burst into green. I would love this place in the fiery heat of a summer s day, all the more welcome for it s rarity, and through the amazing crescendo of colour each Autumn and I would love the cool breathiness of a frosty morning and the sheer cold winter blueness of snow. But wait ..this place sounds familiar I know where this place is Sunbury-on-Thames ..It is my home. (photos by Monica Chard)

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Traffic Survey - A Sign of Things to Come?

I wonder if the eagle-eyed of you may have seen traffic monitoring systems in the village recently. Traffic surveys are done to monitor traffic - and that is fine. But sometimes it is worth asking the question, why? A couple of years ago Staines Road East and roads leading into it around Kenton Avenue were being monitored to check on levels of traffic to feed into the plan by the Jockey Club to build on Kempton Park. So when monitoring equipment once again turned up in the same area it is reasonable to check that this plan is not making progress behind the scenes. The Keep Kempton Green guys requested information from Surrey Highways and were made to wait 10 days for the answer. But the answer was simply Surrey County Council were not responsible for this traffic survey .It has not been possible to confirm the purpose of these traffic surveys ..Traffic surveys are designed to be anonymous . So that tells us precisely nothing. The timing, shortly after the bill was passed to build the third runway at Heathrow so it is possible that it has something to do with that too of course. Keep Kempton Green are constantly monitoring activity which may indicate plans for development. We thank them for their activities. Stay informed. Sign up to their newsletter at A CCTV system strapped to a lamppost in Kenton Avenue www.keepkemptongreen.com

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What Lies Beneath

With no rain in weeks and very clear and shallow backwaters of the Thames it is fascinating to see this photo montage taken by a Sunbury resident Mike Bodnar. He thought he would see if he could catch some fish but not in the traditional sense. He attached his underwater sports camera to the garden rake (!) and dropped it in. Over a three hour period he caught a whole ecosystem and this photo is a montage of those many frames from his three hour fishing trip. How fascinating to see the range and size of fish. No wonder the fishermen are out in droves. So what does this glimpse of our water wildlife tell us? The eagle eyed of you will have spotted that there is a grebe diving at the top. How many fish can you identify? Email us with your answers to monica@villagematters.co.uk. Thanks again to Mike.

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Bereaved Family Brings Screening to Halliford School in Memory of Former Pupil Oliver Griffin This summer 100 students of Halliford School were screened by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) thanks to the outstanding fundraising efforts of the family and friends Oliver Griffin, former student of Halliford School who tragically died from a previously undiagnosed heart condition in 2008, aged just 26. Oliver s family and friends had been working hard to raise money for the Oliver Griffin Memorial Fund. The money is ring fenced by CRY to provide screenings for cardiac conditions in local young people. Owen Griffin, Oliver s father, said: This particular screening was all down to the efforts of the Daniel Fairfax hair salon, Laleham, who recently raised £4,000 on Oliver s behalf. We d love to raise enough to arrange one screening per year – if we can help prevent just one other family losing a much loved young person, that would be a fitting tribute to our son. Headmaster, James Davies, said, We would like to thank the Griffin Family for giving Halliford students this amazing opportunity to be screened. We are immensely grateful for all their efforts and look forward to continuing to support the vital work of the Oliver Griffin Fund to provide further screenings for young people. Every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy young (aged 35 and under) people lose their lives to sudden cardiac death in the UK - a statistic that is believed to be a conservative estimate. A staggering 80% of these apparently healthy young people who die from young sudden cardiac death will have shown no previous sign of heart defects until it is too late – which is why CRY believes screening is so vitally important. An ECG test is a simple way to identify the vast majority of abnormalities that can cause sudden deaths in young people. The test is quick, noninvasive and, if necessary, a further Echocardiogram can be taken on the same day to provide further clarity or reassurance. Chief Executive of Leatherhead-based CRY, Dr. Steven Cox, says: The death of a young person is heart-breaking and devastating for any family. It is therefore essential that anyone with a potentially fatal heart condition knows about it. Without this knowledge and the appropriate treatment, they could be putting their lives at risk as in 80% of cases there are no signs or symptoms. Sport itself Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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From Boredom to a Life Long Hobby - Discovering the Joy of Bell Ringing By Doug Boniface A couple of months ago we reported on local teenager Ben Neale (pictured right) who is learning bell ringing from Dennis Brock at St Mary s as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Dennis has been instructing bell ringing for very many years, and it was amusing to read this account from a previous pupil, Doug Boniface, who Dennis introduced to the skill in the 1 0 s.

ringing chamber and I was given my first lesson on handling a bell. I soon became aware that there is a lot of skill in safely handling a bell. Just think, you re trying to get control of several hundred kilos of fast moving metal and the only clue you get as to what s happening is what you can feel on the end of a rope in a room several floors below. Although for the first 6 weeks I would have 30 minutes of mostIt was a Wednesday evening some ly private tuition on a tied bell, I time in Autumn 1958 and I was was encouraged to stay on when bored. I was bored most Wednesthe rest of the band started to day evenings - no scouts, no arrive. The band rang a variety youth club, too dark to go and of call changes and methods, kick a ball about in the street with and in between practice pieces friends (or so my parents said) Dennis would fit in a bit more and to cap it all my friend Derek was off doing churchy things so Whether 1 0 s or 2018, Dennis solo practice for me. I couldn t go to his house to play Brock is still teaching youngsters Gradually, and with help, I started to be included in things snooker. I had assumed that the joys of bell ringing that the others were ringing. Derek s churchy thing was choir Eventually I was deemed safe enough to be practice and I was not one to be heard singing in public. But no, this churchy thing turned out to allowed to ring unaided with the rest of the band. It was with a mixture of excitement tinged with a be bell ringing and Derek suggested that I came little nervousness when I took hold of a rope havalong. He also pointed out that once you could ring, you got paid 10 shillings if you rang for a ing been told We ll ring the back size. Doug, you ring the 3rd . There were only six of us in the wedding! Derek had forewarned the tower captain Dennis room. Everyone had to ring so there was no one to help out if I got into difficulty. But I had no cause Brock that he had a new recruit and so the next Wednesday at 7pm I arrived at St Mary s church, for concern. Dennis was a very cautious instructor. There was no way he would let anyone loose on Sunbury on Thames, for a tied practice (Tied practhe end of a bell rope if he wasn t 100% sure they tice means that additional equipment is used to stop the bell from making sound). Dennis took me could handle it. As we approached spring and the lighter evenings, up to the belfry to see the bells and explained what Dennis pointed out that there were several local happened when the bells were rung. I was surchurches within easy cycling distance that would prised to see that whilst most of the bells had their welcome visiting ringers. The first tower I visited open end facing downwards, one bell had its open was Oatlands Park. As I entered the ringing chamend facing upwards. It was upside down if you ber the tower invited me to join in. As my first like. At Dennis command, Derek, still downstairs in the ring chamber, started to pull. At first, I just practice at a foreign tower ended, I was approached by one of the ringers who told me that heard the creaking of the bell fittings, then to my surprise, the upside-down bell started to topple. It he was the tower captain at Hersham and if I wanted a bit more ringing I would be welcome at their gained speed at an incredible rate and swang full circle before coming to rest once more upside practices too. I was soon to find that this friendship and hospitality was common throughout the down. After a bit more explanation we descended to the ringing fraternity. Through nearly 60 years of Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



ringing and probably over a 1000 towers visited, there has only been one occasion when I was not made welcome. I started ringing because it was better than being bored at home. Ringing then became a challenge to make the wretched bell do what I wanted it to and once let loose unaided on an open bell, the challenge became to make the bell strike in the right position amongst the others. Ringing also became a social thing. Scouts, youth club and kicking a ball about with friends may

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have faded into the background but as I started to ring at more and more towers, my circle of friends and acquaintances in the ringing fraternity grew enormously. Now nearly 60 years later I have a hobby I enjoy that still presents me with challenges and a social circle that extends across the country. My instructor in those early days of ringing, Dennis Brock, has become a bit of a celebrity. In May 2017 he featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph as possibly the world s oldest still practicing bell ringer (he was then 98). He has been awarded the St Mellitius Medal in recognition of his long service to the church, the Diocese of London an to the world of bell ringing. There are also several YouTube videos featuring Dennis talking about his experiences as a prisoner of war during WW2 which were filmed in the ringing chamber of St Mary s, Sunbury on Thames.

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LSA Glassware Monthly Sale

I had heard about this several years ago, but somehow had never made it and had then forgotten. Last month I finally called LSA, whose head office is in Sunbury and checked if it was right that they hold a sale every month of their lovely glassware. Indeed it is right. The sale runs from 10am-4pm on the last Friday of every month. So get it in your diary. LSA are situated on the Dolphin Estate off Windmill Road. Turn into the estate by Dolphin House and drive to the very end. LSA are on the left and the entrance to the shop is to the far left of the building. No prizes for guessing what all my friends will be getting as presents from now on. We picked up some fantastic vases and glasses, as well as a stunning platter and had change from ÂŁ30!

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Help Dealing with Sunken Boats? I am a Sunbury resident and tradesman and I own various battery cutting equipment, chains and slings.etc. I would happily donate a day to try and help remove and cut up these bits of damaged boats. perhaps we could request some help of others and raise some small funds or request some support from the local council to pay for a skip to dispose of the parts with

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As I'm writing this month's copy I'm in the middle of celebrating the 20th anniversary year of the Tatton Park Flower Show. For the gardeners of the North this is perhaps one of the most anticipated horticultural events of the year. I've had a close association with the show since 2002 and was delighted to be celebrating this anniversary with the show team and the visitors. It has been a sweltering build-up for the gardeners aiming to win awards at the RHS Tatton Flower Show this year but the sunshine made the 20th anniversary more colourful than ever. Just like at Hampton Court earlier this year the temperatures scored and made things hard for all those involved in the build up. Gardeners worked throughout the heatwave for the past seven weeks, which has brought its own challenges but offered a wealth of colourful blooms that would usually flower later in the season. Luckily the visitors enjoyed temperatures in the low 20's which made the whole event pleasant and enjoyable. Highlights this year included a vast poisonous garden where visitors could discover the gruesome and deadly nature of some of the UK s best loved plants. Visitors were offered a picture perfect opportunity to walk through a huge sunshine field of over 5000 Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun arranged in the shape of their extra-large daisy like Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


flower. Also known as Black-Eyed Susan , this bright yellow flower with its ray like petals and dark centre was grown by Coventry based Baginton Nurseries. The show also featured a special garden created by BBC North West Tonight that champions the resilience of the people of Manchester after the devastating Arena bombing in May 2017. My involvement with the show was in the Flower School where we hosted activities such as live floristry demonstrations and workshops. The marquee has been a real popular attraction to the show and visitors loved the interactive element. As you're reading this we'll be almost back from our holidays. If you've celebrated an anniversary during our absence and you've had to go without flowers you can pop in from the 7th August and we'll be delighted to assist. Our workshop calender will be announced in next month's issue. We're planning some great subjects so keep your eyes peeled. All our courses will also be on the website from next month. I hope you enjoy a great August. Till next month


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We ran a piece earlier this summer on parking, bollards and the rights and wrongs of pavement parking. The volume and speed of traffic in the village (20mph in the centre to remind you) is becoming a big issue for our little old roads. We recently received an email from an exasperated resident of Thames Street with photos of the hazards and lack of consideration shown by some. OK deliveries have to be made to the pub, but how about doing it at a sensible time before rush hour? The other bug bear is the seemingly incessant closure of Thames Street either for Thames Water (both the ongoing issue of the drains and the connection of services to the new flat conversion) or more recently for pavement repairs. The residents might actually be happy about the temporary abatement of rumbling and noise in the street. The shop keepers in the village however are all complaining that their customers are struggling to get in to them without a detour, or are not coming at all. The Thames Street closure recently meant the 216 bus was rerouted down Manor Lane, not a road designed for buses with several schools, Chenneston at the very narrow end of the lane. Surely our little village, with its historic houses should have a vehicle restriction? Would it not help preserve the fabric of the buildings if large lorries were excluded? And surely we can get some coordination on roadworks as well as better communication with local shops and residents who have to live with it!



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What I love about Spelthorne - Writing Competition for Children Following hot on the heels of the Capture Spelthorne photographic competition, Spelthorne Council has just announced that a new creative competition for children and young people aged 5 -19 has been launched by the Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Jean Pinkerton OBE. This summer, tell us what you love about Spelthorne and you could win an amazing prize, including days out for the family, gift vouchers and much more. Entries can be anything creative such as a piece of 2D art, a film, photography, display, or a song - the only limit is your imagination. To help with your project, Spelthorne Council has organised some creative workshops in animation, film, art and music. Come along and pick up some new skills – more details below. The Mayor said: I am looking forward to receiving many enthusiastic entries for this summer project. Tell us about your favourite place in Spelthorne, your favourite things to do or whatever it is that makes your local area special to you. Send your entry to: What I love about Spelthorne, Leisure Services, Spelthorne Borough Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB by Friday 21 September. For more information about the competition and summer workshops visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/whatiloveaboutspelthorne

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Hanworth Park House The Clock is Ticking! By FoHPH Last month the first Hanworth Park House classic car show took place, since its previous incarnation relocated to Bushy Park, Hampton. The Friends of Hanworth Park House (FoHPH), organised the day to show the perilous state that the house currently stands in today, whilst also rallying local community groups together highlighted how the house could be used as a community hub going forward, hopefully for another 200+ years for future generations ahead. The day was a huge success, more than FoHPH could have hoped for when first developing the idea of a classic car show alongside access to the house. The event was attended by over 1,500 members of the public from local towns, boroughs, with some attendees coming from as far as Andover and Devon. stood at 95% approval and encouraged the efforts to continue, to come to a reasonable solution with London Borough of Hounslow council. The questionnaire is still available via online pages. The proposals for refurbishment of HPH currently lie between LBH and GLA regarding the consent of a strip of land to the left to HPH – forward looking, to be exchanged with the owner of HPH – Mr Gary Cottle, who in turn proposes to hand back two thirds of the refurbished house back to the community and the FoHPH group. Between Mr Cottle, FoHPH and GLA, we remain in conversation with LBH council and its planning department to try and find a solution that works for all parties involved, to best enable the proposed refurbishment to proceed at the soonest possible moment, which in turn saves the historical house and offers back the wider community somewhere they can use for a multitude of activities and events. Various dignitaries attended on the day, including MP Seema Malhotra (Feltham & Heston), Mayor Samia Chaudary (Mayor for London Borough Hounslow council), several local ward councillors and also descendants of the Lafones and Perkins families ( these were the families who previously owned HPH). The event was deemed a great success. FoHPH were also collating opinions on the day via a questionnaire regarding proposed refurbishment plans for the house, and future use via newly acquired access. Across those who responded support Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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Probate Valuations We take a look at the importance of getting the right Probate Valuation.

When a family member or loved one dies, dealing with estate administration is often the last thing on a person’s mind, but when it comes to your Probate Valuation it is so important to use an Estate Agent that is familiar with the process and works together with your legal adviser. The process of administering an estate is commonly known as probate which typically involves the sale or transfer of the ownership of any property(s) included in the deceased’s estate. Valuing a property is not a precise process and any property can have a range of values attributed to it. A property’s true open market value can only be known when a sale is completed. Curchods work closely with the solicitors at Lodge Brothers Legal Services to ensure that we provide an accurate Probate Valuation that takes into account the tax situation of the deceased’s estate.

Capital Gains & Inheritance Tax Executors commonly make the mistake of requesting a lower valuation for a property for probate purposes on the basis that this will help reduce Inheritance Tax. However, with the recent introduction of the Residence Nil Rate Band many estates are no longer liable to Inheritance Tax where they would have been in the past. Where an estate is not liable to Inheritance Tax it is much better to have a Probate Valuation that reflects the full market value that may be achieved. If a low valuation is given for probate purposes and the property is then sold at a higher price, the difference in price between the probate value and the actual selling price may be subject to Capital Gains Tax. For example, if a Probate Valuation of £400,000 is given and the selling price is £450,000 there is a capital gain of £50,000 which will be subject to Capital Gains Tax. Whereas, if the higher value of £450,000 had been used for the Probate Valuation there would have been no Inheritance Tax or Capital Gains Tax payable.

If an estate is subject to Inheritance Tax it is helpful to enter a competitive but realistic value for probate purposes so that if the value is agreed by the District Valuer the Inheritance Tax payable will be lower. If the value is agreed and the property subsequently sells for more than the probate value there may be Capital Gains Tax to pay, but this is at a lower rate than Inheritance Tax.

Property Probate Valuations need to be done by expert Estate Agents in collaboration with your legal advisers.

Why Curchods? Not only do we have a thorough understanding of the Probate Valuation process, but when you instruct Curchods we will manage every aspect of your move. Once the sale is agreed we will be by your side every step of the way and will stay in constant contact with the conveyancing solicitors to ensure everything progresses swiftly and smoothly to make sure you reach exchange of contracts. For friendly professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling, please pop in or contact Owen Miles at our Shepperton office.

For these reasons it is important that careful consideration is given to the particular circumstances of the estate when providing a property Probate Valuation and this is why we work closely with our preferred legal advisers at Lodge Brother Legal Services. More information on Lodge Brothers Legal Services can be found at www.lodgebros.co.uk/legal-services/

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Recipe of the Month Courgette Gratin A great way to use up the glut of courgettes around at this time of year

Preparation time: 20 mins

courgettes and herbs and season with salt and pepper.

Cooking time: 30 mins

Cover the pan and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the courgettes have softened slightly but still have a little bite. Transfer the courgette and herb mixture to an ovenproof dish.

Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 800g/1lb 12oz courgettes, sliced into 5mm/ ¼in rounds A few sprigs of thyme A few basil leaves 100ml/3½fl oz crème fraîche 50ml/2fl oz milk 1 tsp plain flour 75g/2½oz Gruyère or similar cheese, grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together the crème fraîche, milk and flour in a bowl and season with salt. Pour the resulting mixture over the courgettes. Don t worry if there is not enough to submerge the courgettes as the mixture will bubble up when cooking. Sprinkle over the Gruyère cheese. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes, or until brown and bubbling. Serve as a side dish, or as a light supper with crusty bread and a green salad.

Method Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6

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Sunbury - Seen Through the Eyes of a Teen By Anoop Bhuller

Hello, my name is Anoop Bhuller. I am 17 years old and live in the Sunbury area. At the moment I am studying English language, Geography and Business A levels at St Paul s Catholic College. I am hoping to study Journalism at university next year. Currently, I write articles for my school newspaper and now also sometimes for local newspapers. In addition to this, I am starting my own blog so I can share my writing online with others. Sunbury is a great place to live as a teenager as it caters to everyone s interests. This is an age where young people take up hobbies and activities in their free time. Sunbury has been able to provide them with enormous amounts of opportunities. Teenagers in Sunbury have access to many parks. These are popular with teenagers because they can just relax with friends. Additionally, it is an accessible and cheap place for them to meet. It seems to me that Sunbury is also a very convenient place for a teenager to live, as there are many small shops scattered around where they can go with their friends to stock up on sweets and drinks! A large number of events take place in Sunbury throughout the year. A lot of these take place at Kempton Park. A Local teenager said that Kempton Park is a nice place to go, especially for the fireworks . Recently, there was a Food Festival which offered live music, food, drinks and entertainment. There were even Mocktails served in coconuts which would have made a very cool Instagram picture! One of the biggest events of the year for teenagers is the yearly Sunbury Regatta. This event is perfect for teenagers as Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


they can go with friends, there are loads of activities, food, drinks, music and fireworks in the evening. This is the event that I would say attracts the most teenagers. The Riverside Arts Centre provides opportunities for teenagers within Drama and Music. They offer Drama groups for those aged between 12-18 on Sundays. As well as offering flute and piano lessons. This makes Sunbury a place in which young people can explore their talents. Sunbury has various sporting opportunities for young people. Such as Nuffield Health or Virgin Active in Sunbury, which are popular places for the older teenagers to spend time. Nuffield Health has facilities and classes that attract teenagers. This includes swimming lessons, Yoga, Box Fit, Body balance and Body Attack classes. Older teenagers start going to the gym more regularly as they start to gain more freedom. The London Irish ground is based in Sunbury, this is very useful for local residents that are interested playing Rugby and can therefore have the opportunity to pursue it further. A local teenager said that they like how easy travelling in Sunbury is because of the public transport options . The easy transport links makes Sunbury an appealing place for teenagers as it allows them to travel independently. Sunbury was also described as a mixture of city and countryside . From my viewpoint this is a lovely place for a teenager to live, as the area has a good balance of everything a teenager would need. From a teenagers perspective I would say that Sunbury is a very happy and positive place to live. It has a great sense of community and teenagers feel safe in the area. The easy transport links makes independent travelling for teenagers less stressful. In addition to this, there is always something new and exciting to do in the area.


Demise of Another Sunbury Local?

Thanks to one of our readers who contacted me to let me know The Three By Monica ChardFishes, Sunbury s oldest pub, is to close and is up for development. It seems they are planning two houses on the carpark but what is to happen to the ancient pub? The building dates from the 16th century and is full of nooks and cranny's from a bygone era.

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Local Groups Come Together to offer Afternoon Tea and Company By Monica Chard, Editor

St Mary s Parish Hall was alive with chatter and a happy buzz when I arrived on a sultry Saturday at the end of last month. I had been invited to afternoon tea, as had a lot of elderly residents who had received proper invitations to the event. This was the initiative of two Sunbury WI groups (collectively known as the Sunburygettes!) who had made it their objective to do something to tackle loneliness in the elderly in our community. At least 20 members had volunteered to get involved on the day, baking cakes, arranging tables with flowers, putting together a raffle and hosting tables to make sure everyone felt included. The event would not have been possible without the help of Sunbury Neighbours who helped identify invitees and provided transport to around 40, fetching them from their homes, taking them to the event and then taking them home again. Volunteers were also rewarded with cream tea! All volunteers felt it was a good use of their time. Just to see old

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friends re-connecting and new friendships made. One of the WI members had a lovely chat with a lady who lost her husband a few months ago and the invitation was timely as she s now made a new friend and found out about the Greeno Centre. This is exactly what the WI Alleviating Loneliness campaign is about. Let s make sure everyone has someone to turn to for a chat, a cup of tea and a listening ear. What can you do to get involved? Sunbury Neighbours always need volunteer drivers. It does not have to be a huge commitment but if you can spare a the occasional hour (daytime ideally) it would make all the difference. Call 01932 787343 or 01932 784432. Perhaps this has inspired you to join the Women s Institute. Please contact by email: membershipenquiries@mfwi.org.uk. The event was clearly a success Are you doing it next week again? asked one guest! It is bound to happen again so watch this space.


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RIP Jill Townsend 20/8/38-1/6/18

If you live in Lower Sunbury there is a good chance that you will have seen Jill Townsend riding around the area on her mobility scooter, complete with Norwegian flag flying from the back of it. She had spend some time in Norway when she was a student and the country made a big impression on her. Sadly, she didn t fulfil her ambition to visit the country again. Jill moved to Sunbury about twenty years ago to be near her daughter, after taking early retirement from her job as head of performing arts at a big secondary school for girls in West London. Jill initially trained as a classical musician, studying the piano, clarinet and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London before becoming a teacher and composer. Many of her compositions she did as she tirelessly sought to encourage and were published. She conducted many children s help others in the local Sunbury community. She orchestras and, discoveringwww.sunbury-sports.bowls-club.co.uk that there was a lack of was a wonderful mother, a doting grandmother and repertoire for that age and stage of ability, wrote inspirational friend who will be sorely missed by music for them. all. Jill s most notable compositions included Tryptich , a setting of psalms 23, 121 and 150 for orchestra, bands and a large choir, performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Then in 1998 she wrote an opera based on the life of Jesus, entitled The Promise , commissioned by a small professional opera company. This was a piece on an epic scale written for opera singers, orchestra and several hundred schoolchildren. Following workshops with the children in Surrey schools, it was performed all over the county in large halls and, finally, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Jill had many interests, one of the most unusual being Morris clog dancing, which she did for many years as part of the Watford Pump House Morris Clog Dancers. They performed at events all over the country, including the Sidmouth Folk Festival. Drama, embroidery, silk painting, cross stitch, knitting and baking were all things Jill enjoyed doing, often producing cakes, cross stitch pictures or knitted items for her beloved family. Although she had been a part of many different church denominations over the years, she finally settled at St Marys in Sunbury, throwing herself into the life of the church with her usual energy. Her faith in a God who can transform and give purpose to peoples lives underpinned everything To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Meet the new Mayor of Spelthorne You may already have read about our new mayor, Jean Pinkerton who took over the role in May this year. She is not from Sunbury or Shepperton, so is perhaps more of an unknown, so we thought it would be good to know a bit more about her and what she stands for. Jean Pinkerton has been a councillor for 15 years but her background is in education where she spent many years as Head Teacher. She has chosen four charities to support during her mayoral Meeting Jean at the vicarage year, all which have a link with her life. They are as follows: garden party last month East to West—All our secondary schools have a service level agreement with this charity. They offer support to children, young people and their families on a range of emotional and practical issues. Highly rated by our schools. The Penrose Club - This charity provides a range of activities for adults with special needs and meets once a week. It is of importance to Jean as pupils with special needs were well supported at her school. Rentstart - Assists single people and childless couples to access accommodation in the private rented sector. As Jean held the cabinet portfolio for Housing at the council this has been especially important in recognising how difficult finding a home can be, something so many of us take for granted. Shopmobility - Finally this organisation helps people with mobility problems to access facilities in Staines town, a lifeline for so many residents to the town where Jean is Ward Councillor. Jean has already undertaken a wide variety of events in the borough, including St Mary s annual garden party, and is looking forward to the rest of the year!

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Gadgets for Summer Living

Sit outside with a drink on a warm summer evening? Don t mind if I do, but I do mind being eaten alive by mosquitoes! This year I am installing a Bug Zapper Light Bulb. The bulb provides two different modes that can be chosen with the wall switch: Anti-mozzie or light plus anti-mozzie. The bulb's 360-degree LED blue-violet light band emits a wavelength of 365-420nm, which attracts mosquitoes. It s safe for human s though, as there is no radiation, it s non-toxic and chemical-free. Really intense summer sun calls for a parasol. Now you can choose one with solar-powered internal lights which will also charge a small electronic device like a phone. Your teens will love you. It s always good to have something to sit on when out and about over the summer. Whether you are going camping or for a walk on the beach a blanket is a useful item. Unfortunately, they can be a bit bulky. Enter the Pocket Blanket, available from good camping shops. Made of water repellent,

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puncture resistant, lightweight nylon, they fold into a 3 x 2-inch (7.5 x 5 cm) pouch. It fits two people lying down or four people sitting, and its weighted corners will help to keep it from blowing around. It s irritating when one party member disappears, and you have little or no phone reception to let them know you re waiting. Try an off-grid communication device like Gotoky. It s like a tiny modernday walkie-talkie which connects to your phone with Bluetooth, has a range of 4 miles and lets you contact other people who have downloaded the app, bypassing the need for mobile coverage. With two per pack you can text or even share grid locations. As a bonus communications are end-to-end encrypted! By Tom Hancock



LOSRA Says .

Further developments at Sunbury Health Centre. The Practice has a proactive Patient Participation Group that regularly meet with the clinical and non-clinical staff and this way of partnership working is reaping real benefits. The days of queuing up early in the morning to get an appointment are long gone and there has been a successful drive to get patients to sign up to on-line booking. Staffing has also increased, including Nurse Practitioners, to help cope with demand, but even with these changes, it can still be difficult to get a suitable appointment. Ever mindful of this, the Practice has been actively exploring ways of expanding capacity. Following the success of hosting extended access clinics over the winter and Easter periods, the provision of extended access to GP appointments across North West Surrey is to be extended for a 2 year period commencing from late summer 2018 (date to be confirmed but likely to be late August). Sunbury and Studholme (in Church Road, Ashford) bid to host these clinics within the local area and both practices have been selected. Final details are being confirmed and preparations made. Sunbury are likely to host clinics on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Studholme hope to be running sessions on Monday ,Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Appointments will be available for practices across North West Surrey to access, based upon their list size and as one of the larger practices, Sunbury will have a substantial proportion of available appointments for reception to utilise to assist with the practice s capacity. This is a very welcome development and further details will be publicised in due course. A fulltime Pharmacist has also recently been appointed to streamline the prescription process with local pharmacies. With the Waiting Room exhibiting local artists work and a new, bright Reception with weekly fresh flowers kindly donated by Dennis from Van Wonderen Flowers, Sunbury Health Centre is a fine example of a local community working together to improve services for all. There are currently two places available on the Patient Participation Group, so if you are interested, please contact the Chair: Neil Huntingford, neil@islanddesigns.co.uk

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Twenty is Plenty in Sunbury Village By John Turner

Most of us accept the rules and laws governing standards of driving and our conduct as motorists, and it is our responsibility to stick to them for our own safety, and those of other road users, including pedestrians. Nevertheless Surrey was placed second nationally for speeding offences in 2017 (Surrey Advertiser) and Direct Line Insurance recently stated that 20,000 people have been injured on UK roads in the past five years. However, it is the local authority that has the huge responsibility to ensure that the roads we travel on are safe, with good surfaces, without pot holes, and also well provided with advisory and mandatory signs, especially speed limits. In my experience these are not very effective in our corner of Surrey, and speed limits are frequently and sometimes dangerously ignored on our local roads. The illuminated Slow Down - 30mph at the top of Green Street (has anyone noticed it ?) is routinely ignored as cars accelerate off the railway bridge travelling at 40mph plus, towards the traffic lights which mark the crossing point for three schools. As a cyclist I have been verbally abused by getting in the way of an impatient van driver, and I know I am not the only one driving along The Avenue or Green Street to suffer from tail-gating as I try to keep to the 30mph or 20mph limits. This frustrates some drivers who are in a hurry and it is probable that many of these drivers are using the local roads as rat runs and so are less sensitive to the concerns of local residents. I suspect however that many of us are not fully aware of the 20mph zone in Lower Sunbury, between Sunbury Nursing Home, along Thames Street to the junction with French Street. Maybe the platforms along Thames Street slow down cycle pelotons more than motorists. Those on Green Street and The Avenue do not in themselves have much of an effect in slowing down vehicles as motorists

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Surely a limit of 30mph is ridiculous on this stretch

often speed up after negotiating these calming humps. The Avenue Parade and Green Street shops, pubs and restaurants are incredibly busy with cars parking, and double parking, while buses, trucks, vans and cars make their way up and down the southern sections of these roads. The one way Church Street is remarkably dangerous for those attempting to walk along the narrow path past St Mary s Church. Able bodied pedestrians and cyclists as well as the disabled, those with push chairs and children, dog walkers and the elderly are all vulnerable to speeding traffic in these areas. It is encouraging to learn that this issue is to be placed on the SCC agenda with the hope that ineffective road signs and markings will be replaced or updated; made clearer and more frequent, and most importantly that the 20mph limit will be extended along the Avenue and Green Street up to a point which provides more protection for the busy shopping areas. We will keep you posted. Other councils have introduced traffic calming strategies which are simple and effective. For instance in Runnymede, approaching Windsor, there are regular Its 30 for a Reason signs, and in Streatham you can find Twenty is Plenty on many minor roads, which constantly remind drivers of their responsibility to drive slowly in urban areas. Perhaps we could we adopt some of these ideas in Sunbury? If you have any comments on this matter please email monica@villagematters.co.uk


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Open Your Hearts and Your Wallets

A Community Engagement Event was held last month at St Saviours, Sunbury. Attending the weekly Wednesday Community Lunch at St Saviour's Sunbury were members of a number of agencies including: Surrey Police (advice on home security, banking and telephone scams and the Crimestoppers Service), Surrey Fire Services (fire safety and prevention in the home), Surrey County Council (Mental Health issues and support for young people) , A2Dominion Housing, Surrey Family Services and representatives from the Job Centre. They listened to people s concerns and helped them understand what help is available. A representative of Surrey Fire Services said: It s good to have an opportunity to tell people what we can offer without charge. We can do a complete safety-check on your home and fit a smoke alarm for you. We are trying to meet a target of 200 a week in this area alone. That means 200 more people and families are protected. Meanwhile the SCHOOL HOLIDAY INITIATIVE has started. Local schools have highlighted local families, amongst others, with the most need. During the school holidays many children from local families who cannot afford lunch go without, as the free meal service they enjoy at school is not available. Parents and guardians are struggling to provide their children (and themselves) with enough daily sustenance. We want to provide a helping hand by giving them enough food for their lunches during the holidays. To do this, we now have a desperate need of donations from the following items: Sandwich pastes, Jam, Bread/ Rolls, tinned cold meat, crisp multipacks, squash, juices, tinned fruit, tinned spaghetti, tinned Macaroni cheese, biscuits, crackers/crisp breads, as well as cake bars, chocolates. Also any cash donations mean that we can buy fresh foods on a weekly basis, such as milk, eggs, bread, butter, fruit and yogurts. Please open your hearts and your wallets and help us to help others. They are our neighbours.

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Gardening Matters Daisy Daisy!

By Rachael Leverton lavender blue, Marie Ballard is a pretty pale blue double bloom named for his wife. He is also responsible for Prosperity and Peace , rose-pink and deep mauve respectively, which he named straight after the First World War.

There are some flowers I love because they are show-stoppers, others because of their evocative scent, and some because they are unusual. Michaelmas daisies don t tick any of those boxes, but I love them anyway. They are bright, cheerful, and completely undemanding - at home in the poorest, driest soils, and bees and butterflies love them! They get their common name from their flowering period, which peaks at Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael on September 5th, though they will carry on flowering well into late autumn. This means they are great for injecting colour into borders which can start to look a little washed-out and dreary in late summer. Until the mid-nineties, Michaelmas daisies were all known scientifically as asters, but then some were reclassified. Look out for the name Symphyotrichum, as many popular varieties now carry that name instead

If you want a tallish variety suitable for the middle of the border, try Little Carlow which grows to about 90cm and produces masses of violet-blue blooms. One of my favourites for the back of the border is Calliope which has striking black elegant stems that reach heights of 2m, smothered in delicate lilac flowers. A good small variety is Beggarten which is pale blue, compact and clump-forming. Tonga is also smaller and is a lovely deep purple which looks great in a container. Although they are not high-maintenance plants Michaelmas daisies benefit from being cut down to ground level in late autumn and covered in a good mulch of well-rotted organic matter. And that s all there is to it! Happy Gardening.

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What s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk "MOVE IT" A 60th anniversary tribute to the music of Cliff Richard & The Shadows Fri. 17th Aug. Sunbury Cricket Club 8.30pm ÂŁ10.00 at the door There is a special gig at Sunbury Cricket Club on Friday 17 th August, when we celebrate the 60th anniversary in August of the release of Sir Cliff Richard's first single and debut hit "Move It". To mark the occasion Sunbury Music Club's regular house band is doing a fund-raising and charity night performing a show comprising the music of Cliff Richard & The Shadows, including a number of the instrumental hits The Shadows had in their own right. Cliff is still one of the great British rock 'n' rollers, and he has made many fine records over several decades, as indeed did The Shadows, and they inspired thousands of youngsters to start playing rock 'n' roll themselves. The band comprises core members of The Chain Gang, who perform at our annual Mayor's Charity nights, and features Paul Watts (vocals/rhythm guitar), Gerry Cook (lead guitar/ vocals), Martin House (bass guitar/vocals), Kevin Welling (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Alan Worrell (drums), all of whom have performed in dozens of gigs in Sunbury over the years. One purpose will be to raise funds towards installing permanent stage lights at the club, and also to make a donation to a charity which we are approaching Sir Cliff to ask him to nominate. We are aiming for this to be a real summer party night, so put a party of friends together and make sure you get along for a fun evening. Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Rd., TW16 5PS Tickets are ÂŁ10 at the door. Food is available from around 7pm. For more information e-mail paulwatts1946@googlemail.com

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Zodiac Musical Society - Zodiac are performing the much loved musical The Wizard of Oz from 10th – 13th October 2018 at Magna Carta Arts Centre, Thorpe Road, EGHAM TW18 3HJ. Based on the wonderful 1937 film starring Judy Garland, It tells the story of Dorothy who finds herself in the land of Oz but desperate to return home. Along the way she meets Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion who are looking for a brain, a heart and courage. When they all meet the Wizard they realise the answers lie within themselves and they can all have their wishes. Come and follow the friends down the Yellow Brick Road . For more information please call the box office on: 01932 220167. Ticket prices £11-£15. Further details also on our website; www.zodiacmusicalsociety.org Sunbury Amateur Regatta - August 11th/12th Rivermead Island, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury. Racing from 9am. Stalls, food, entertainment, music and fireworks Hampton Court Food Festival. August 25th-27th. In association with BBC Good Food. Book online at www.hrpfoodfestivals.com and get 15% off the entry price Love Singing, want to learn . Join the Spelthorne Choral Society on Saturday lst Sept from 10.00-15.00 At Our Lady of the Rosary School, Park Avenue, Staines, TW18 2EF. Fun packed sessions on vocal technique and musicianship. Tea/coffee/lunch included £15 for the day. Please contact John 07921 721 477 or info@spelthornechoralsociety.com

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More...What s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk Children s 2km free fun run - get out and get active every Saturday @10am at Hazelwood - The Home of London Irish, Hazelwood Drive, Lower Sunbury. All ages welcome, free parking and breakfast refreshments available. Do you know there is a weekly coffee morning held at Sunbury Open Door Church on the corner of Rooksmead Road and Green Street? We are a welcoming group of largely retired people who meet together for good company and cake. We meet from 10.30 am on a Thursday morning and would welcome newcomers. The first Thursday of every month is a purely social event and the other Thursdays include a short time of hymn singing and a talk (probably a maximum of 20 minutes to include both). There is no charge and everyone is welcome of whatever religious persuasion or none. Why not give us a try? Contact telephone number: Shirley on 07812 795733. Spelthorne Natural History Society Enjoy our August Summer walk led by Dr Phil Cribb. Sunday 12th at 10.30, Ranmoor Common. Meet National Trust Ranmore West car park, RH5 6SY. Small car parking charge for NT non-members. Refer to www.snhs.org.uk for more info. Laughing Chili Comedy Festival. Riverside Arts Centre. August 10th-11th. Both adult and children s events. www.laughingchili.co.uk If you have not experienced these events before come and have a laugh. There is always something for everyone. Another amazing Sunbury experience!

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