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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos

Shepperton

Matters

Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together

August 2017

Issue 70

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Welcome! What a fantastic month for Shepperton. We have been voted “Most Courteous Town” in the UK. Well done to everyone, and thanks to Robin Sider who nominated us! Congratulations to our lock keeper Steve Newman who was awarded a British Empire Medal at the Queen’s birthday honours list. What an achievement. Congratulations also to Daines & Gray who received the Rotary Vocational award for business. We visited two little Shepperton gems this month. The Hedgehog Sanctuary, a charity looking after sick and abandoned adult and hoglets. Read all about this amazing set up. Perhaps you can help either financially or practically. We also discovered Shepperton’s

August 2017 micro bakery. This is quite a find! Check out the article on Willow Bakery and you will be in the know too. Yum! Enjoy the summer and we will catch up in September. Until next month!

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A Century of BP in Sunbury Shepperton is Most Courteous BEM For Shepperton Lock Keeper Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary Sunbury Regatta - August 12th Rotary Vocational Awards RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Thamesmead Does Have Talent Sailability 20th Royally Celebrated New Post Office for Laleham Recipe of the Month Shepperton’s Micro Bakery Lasting Power of Attorney Laleham Residents Round Up Sort Out the Slum Boats! Shepperton Residents Association Charlton Village Residents Gardening Matters What’s On Advertising Rates/Deadlines

Village Matters Ltd Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Shepperton Matters is a member of the Village Card scheme Front Cover: Swan Walk under Walton Bridge by Jools Lacey, winner of the junior section in the Shepperton Fair photo competion. Jools is only 9 and is at St Nicholas. Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to monica@villagematters.co.uk Please ‘like’ us on Facebook. www.facebook/ Sunbury&SheppertonMatters To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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A Century of BP in Sunbury By Nick Pollard One hundred years ago, during the First World War, the then AngloPersian Oil Company founded its research centre in Sunbury. AngloPersian had been founded in 1909 as a result of a large oil find in Persia, the first of the big Middle Eastern oilfields. By 1914, the influence of Winston Churchill had seen the Admiralty acquire a stake in the company, to secure a source of fuel oil for the navy, which was gradually converting its ships from being coal powered. The navy however reported problems with the oil when used in cold climates. Anglo An aerial view of the Anglo Iranian Oil Company’s research centre in 1938, with Chertsey Road in the foreground and the glasshouses of Persian therefore acquired the 18th Meadhurst Nurseries in Cadbury Road in the background century Meadhurst House at Sunbury (which was empty after being used to house Belgian refugees at the boost to development being World War Two. start of the war) as a laboratory to investigate Valuable work was done at Sunbury in this and other issues, to be run by Dr. A.E. researching special high octane fuels to power Dunstan and Dr. F.B. Thole as research chem- legendary aircraft such as the Spitfire, and ists. The house and three acres of land cost the later to solve the problem of getting huge grand sum of £937. An attraction was the quantities of fuel over to the continent after large basement which was used as the actual the 1944 Normandy landings. This eventually laboratory, enabling the two men and their became PLUTO (PipeLine Under The Ocean). families to move into the house – the only After the war, research returned to more staff! It was soon realised that more space was peaceful avenues such as improving the needed, so more land was acquired and a pur- performance of petrol for cars. In 1954, the pose built research department was built. company finally changed its name to B.P. Interestingly, the brand name of British In more recent years, the research function at Petroleum originally belonged to a German Sunbury has disappeared, to become B.P.’s company, which used it to market its products International Centre for Business and in this country. Its assets were seized during Technology, with virtually all the old buildWorld War One, and Anglo-Persian acquired ings swept away and replaced by modern both the name and the UK distribution glass and steel structures. Of course, with the network. Meanwhile, in 1935, Persia changed acquisition of the site by Spelthorne Council its name to Iran, so to follow suit, the name of last year, it is now owned by all of us! the company was changed to Anglo-Iranian. An exhibition on the history of BP at The following year, Meadhurst was demol- Sunbury is on show at Spelthorne Museum. ished, and new buildings were erected on the Staines until the end of the year. Admission site. The name did however survive, being is free. See www.spelthornemuseum.org.uk transferred to the sports and social club across for opening details. the road. The site grew rapidly, another huge Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Shepperton Voted Most Courteous Town

Shepperton is by now used to being publicly recognised as a great place to live. It has been in the top places to live in the UK for a couple of years now. So perhaps it is no surprise that the town has just won yet another accolade. Shepperton has been awarded “Top Town” for 2017 when it comes to courtesy. Cllr. Robin Sider had attended the award in 2016 which was won by Skipton, and decided immediately that he was going to nominate Shepperton for 2017. The nomination meant outlining the reasons Shepperton should be considered; it’s ambience, how friendly and courteous the shop keepers are etc. Robin was delighted when he received an email confirming that the nomination had been successful. Shepperton had been visited by the committee who had shopped in the High Street under cover, had coffee at the local coffee shops and encountered locals. You all made the grade! “I am Robin Sider, Diana Moran thrilled with this award” said Cllr Sider. “It reflects everything and Mayor of Skipton at the that is good about our shops, the town’s residents, it’s history, awards in 2016 our Village Fair, Big Tree Night, not to mention the welcome one receives when visiting Shepperton. To get this award is beyond my wildest dreams!” The National Campaign for Courtesy has amongst it’s patrons the likes of Joanna Lumley, Dame Esther Rantzen, June Whitfield and Diana Moran. Congratulations everyone. This is your award!

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BEM for Shepperton Lock Keeper Congratulations to Steve Newman, the EA Lock keeper at Shepperton who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours: The official Gazette stated: "Stephen Newman. Shepperton Lock and Weir Keeper Environment Agency. For services to Inland Waterways. (Shepperton, Surrey)". Steve has been lock keeper at Shepperton for over 30 years, helping countless river users both experienced and less so. He was completely bowled over at hearing about the award. “It’s fantastic” he said “When I first heard it, I thought it was fake news!”. He went on to say that the award was such a team effort, with wife Sandra, who runs the lock café playing a big part in the award for what she does to make the lock a special place. “I just tend the gardens and the lock. I am just doing my job. This is for the community”. Steve does not know who nominated him for the award but is immensely proud. Well deserved, Steve !

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Shepperton’s Hedgehog Sanctuary By Monica Chard, Editor

So many people I have spoken to about this wonderful charity have never heard of it. We want to change that! A couple of years ago Sharon Johnson was at home with husband Bob in their house in Old Charlton Lane. Jack Russell, Holly, was snuffling about around the decking and was clearly trying to tell them something. When they investigated they found 6 baby hedgehogs (hoglets). Their mother had been killed and they were defenceless. That is where the journey started! Sharon was compelled to do something for these little ones but realised there was no help locally. She got some advice and did what she could for the them. Hedgehogs are in decline. Even over the past 10 years or so we have seen notably fewer on the roads or in our gardens. Since the 1950’s we have lost around 2/3 of the little creatures as we rip out hedging, put up fencing, pave drives and gardens, put down Astroturf and use slug pellets in the garden. We have taken away their natural habitat. Sharon did a course at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. She bought some equipment and she started taking in hedgehogs in need. Each hedgehog is given a name and has a detailed observation and treatment sheet.

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been pecked at by a hungry bird. Poor little creature was only about 4 days old and totally defenceless. Sharon has been caring for him since, up at night to feed and attend to his needs. At the time I visited Sharon was caring for 4 hedgehogs which in time will be rehomed and released into a safe local environment. She has had as many as 14. She has been mainly funding her venture herself but donations are urgently needed. She has just paid out £500 for an intensive care unit so is undertaking significant costs herself.

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Find Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary on Facebook and “like” the page to follow it. There is also a website so have a look: www.sheppertonhedgehogsanctuary.co.uk. You can find out what the sanctuary does, and what you need to do if you think you find a hedgehog needing help. The Autumn is a particularly important time of year when underweight juveniles need help to make it through the winter. You will also find a wish list where you can click on a link and purchase an item which is needed. It will be send directly to Sharon or you may choose to simply make a cash donation. The charity is self funding. If you can spare some money for either items of a cash donation it would go a long way to helping. Maybe you could become a sponsor and offer practical help. Sharon would love to hear from you if you have experience of applying for funding too. Finally, you might live in a place which would be a good habitat for a hedgehog in which case you may want to offer to rehome one. Why not call and see if you can help and let’s see if we can increase the wellbeing and numbers of these charming little creatures. Contact Sharon via the website or Facebook.

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Sunbury Regatta - August 12th/13th in the fun of live broadcast and the entertainment of music. It promises to be a great family day attracting people from all over the borough. Entry will be £5 (for over 14s) payable on the gate. Accompanied children under 14 will be free. OAPs have a special rate of £3.50 sl all in all it makes for an affordable day out and lots to see and do. You could also think about becoming a member which will give you access to the membership enclosure, a private bar and the best views of the finishing straight. At only £10 that is a bargain. Contact membership@sunburyregatta.com if you are interested in joining. You are welcome to bring your own picnic blanket and snacks with a flask of tea but no alcohol is allowed on the island apart from at the dedicated bars. Sunbury Regatta 1892 This year the Sunbury Regatta is celebrating 140 years. Run over two days on Rivermead Island, Sunbury on Thames, the Saturday is the family fun day and main racing day with the Sunday focusing on the juniors. The regatta has long been the main event of the community calendar and this year it is positioned as a village fair as well as the regatta. There is something for everyone; fabulous, quality racing from top clubs around the area. Also the fun element in the form of Dongola racing which the pub teams traditionally battle out. The village fair which shares the ground offers children’s fairground rides, with many rides priced at only £2 (and a maximum £3). There is also a £10 unlimited rides on the majority of the attractions. You will also find face painting and a Punch and Judy, alongside many other fun stuff. In addition, there are lots of stalls with local charities and interest groups showcasing what they do, alongside local businesses, fitness centres and artisan foods and gifts. Naturally you also have the food stall area with something to tempt every palate. The tempting smells of hog roast, mingling with the spicy aromatics of curry or exotic paella, as well as the indulgent crepe! There will be a children’s fancy dress competition in the main arena at 1pm judged by non other than Darth Vader! This will be followed by a traditional tug of war at 3pm. Radio Jackie will be onsite all day this year, adding

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Don’t think that once the racing is over you can go home! The annual Has Sunbury Got Talent contest reaches its crescendo with the live finals after months of auditions in the pubs of the village. Then take up your riverside spot to see the illuminated sail past by the Middle Thames Yacht Club followed by the ever spectacular fireworks across the river, this year sponsored by Fairview Homes. Well behaved dogs are welcome to the day but do make sure you clean up after them!!

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Rotary Vocational Awards Written by Catherine Black & Eric Painter

Each year, the Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury Vocational Services Committee presents their Rotary Vocational Community Award and Business Award. This year the following awards were presented: The Community Award went to Eric Champion, Riverside Arts Centre; and the Business Award to Laura’s Hair & Beauty, Sunbury and Daines & Gray, Shepperton.

Council bought. Eric was Project Manager for the Bank and his expertise ensured that the Arts Centre now have their additional Studio Theatre. The Business Award was presented to Laura’s Hair & Beauty. Laura has actually never worked anywhere else except at the shop at the bottom of The Avenue in Sunbury. She started there, age 12, washing hair, decided that she enjoyed the work and went to college to train as a hairdresser. After a number of years she was asked whether she would like to buy the business. Laura said yes, went home and discussed it with her parents. Her parents were keen that she had her own business. They were able to help her with the purchase and her mother has looked after the children. Laura helps many charities including Children in Need and The Princess Alice Hospice. Congratulations to all the winners

Steve Aldridge of Daines & Gray accepts his award from Eiric Painter Eric Painter presented the award to Daines & Gray butchers. Partner Steve Aldridge accepted the award on behalf of all the staff. Daines and Gray have been a prominent part of Shepperton High Street for many years and were chosen as recipients of this year’s award in acknowledgement of the helpful and cheerful service they provide. They also help to support local charities and good causes at work and in their spare time. It is always a pleasure to shop there ... and someone even mentioned their meat was good too!! Catherine Black presented the Vocational Community Award to Eric Champion for his work at the Riverside Arts Centre. Eric has been involved with the Arts Centre ever since it was given by Spelthorne Borough Council to local Arts Groups in 1977 to renovate as an Arts Centre. Teams of volunteers worked tirelessly to create a fully functioning Arts Centre. Eric played an integral role in the development of the building. He is an electronic engineer – our current president Richard, and Catherine, first knew him when he worked at EMI Electronics at Feltham - we go back a long way! In 2000, Barclays Bank came up for sale which the Arts Centre, with the help of Spelthorne To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show was the usual array of stunning blooms and colour, with some rather unusual show gardens to marvel at this year. We were struck by the Blind Veterans UK “It’s All About Community” garden. This employed traditional craftsmanship and was designed with blind and visually impaired veterans in mind. Sophie Wessex was enjoying it when we visited, talking to Joe Swift of the BBC. Colin and Sarah Squire in the Urban Rain Garden

The garden won a well deserved gold medal as well as the Best Construction Award. It was built by Landform Consultants, who are also the company behind this years Squire’s Garden Centres “Urban Rain Garden”. This was a stunning contemporary garden designed to cope with climate change, and in particular the heavy downpours that we are experiencing in England, which can cause flash flooding and problems with drainage. The garden incorporates clever rainwater management techniques, so that all rainwater and run-off from the house is redirected, stored and used within the garden. Designer Rhiannon Williams, is only 23 years old said; “ I’ve always been keen to design spaces that are not only beautiful but functional as well, and The Urban Rain Garden embodies this, but also more importantly it demonstrates an easy way to adopt a more sustainable approach when it comes to rain water management.” Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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The front garden includes a space for a compact car to park over a metal grate, below which is a storm water retention pond. The back garden features elements familiar to many residential gardens, including a patio, lawn, and an entertaining area. The Urban Rain Garden is in the new RHS category “Gardens for a Changing World”, which reflects the more sustainable direction that gardening is taking worldwide. We loved the Walk on the Wild Side scarecrow competition. 70 schools across South East England took part, creating scarecrows to celebrate the natural world. The entries were created using natural or recycled materials. It was inspiring to see children’s awareness and creativity on show.

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Thamesmead Really Does Have Talent! Congratulations to pupils from Thamesmead who proved again that the school really does have talent. The annual battle of Thamesmead’s Got Talent saw 16 entries. Auditions were held over 3 days earlier this year and thereafter followed two months of rehearsing. The Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury sponsored cash prizes and Richard Black was one of the judges. Acts varied from singing, dancing, guitar, drums, clarinet, piano and comedy. It was tough judging such diverse acts, but the judges were in agreement with the winners who were Jessica Upton, Lucinda Durham, Scarlett Griffiths and Bethan Scammell for their dance routine to A Thousand Years. In second place was Isabella Litvak for her rendition of ‘Evermore’. Third place was joint in the end, shared between Annabelle Harris and Millie Pearson for their gymnastics routine and Loresa Leka who sang People Help the People.

Thamesmead has recently had an Ofsted inspection and continue with a ‘Good’ rating. The school had some excellent feedback from Ofsted including comments such as: “Strong leadership aims to ensure Caris Oldman shows off her that the Rotary Shield school provides the best possible standards of teaching and learning.” ‘Staff are fully committed to the school motto ‘where learning comes first’, and provide a wide range of opportunities and support for pupils.” “The house system has been successful in developing relationships between different age groups further, and has reinforced a real feeling of belonging.”

Richard Black pictured with winners of TGI 2017

The Rotary Club KS4 Most Promising Performer Trophy was this year awarded to Caris Oldman (Y11) for her outstanding contribution to music at Thamesmead over the past five years.

“You are rightly proud of the success that the school has had over the last few years in improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.” “Previous examination results indicate that pupils make strong progress across many subjects by the end of key stage 4.”

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Sailability 20th Royally Celebrated 20 years of enabling the less able to get on the water and enjoy sailing is well worth celebrating. And so it was. HRH The Princess Royal who is president of the Royal Yachting Association attended celebrations and formally named “Zingaroo” a new Drascombe Longboat which has been modified so wheelchair users can helm the boat.

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QM Sailability founder members Mike Browne, John Draper, Mike Cogswell and Bob Greig were introduced to Her Royal Highness, and Alan Woolford gave visitors a brief history on how it was formed 20 years ago: “Mike (Browne) came to the club and said he and some mates from Stoke Mandeville wanted to learn how to sail, and the club asked me to look into it…...” Mike Browne represented Great Britain in the sailing at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, and sailed the Atlantic and Mediterranean in a boat he created called Impossible Dream. He and others readily acknowledged Alan’s work in forming and running the organisation over the 20 years. Her Royal Highness was introduced to another Paralympian, double Paralympic bronze medallist and five times SKUD World Champion Alexandra Rickham, who started sailing with the help of Queen Mary Sailability. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Alexandra lives in Epsom and QMSC is her home club. Alan Woolford says: “20 years on RYA Sailability continues to encourage and support people with disabilities to take up the sailing and boating. Many go on to enjoy sailing on a regular basis, and we hope the new boat will help more, like Alexandra and Mike, to make it to the absolute top level in our sport.” Through RYA Sailability on average over 12,000 people with a disability get on the water each month, with approximately 1,500 becoming regular participants. Queen Mary and Thames Sailability have accreditation from RYA Sailability for boating with people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. Queen Mary Sailability's role is to encourage and support people with disabilities to take up the sport of sailing and facilitate their integration into the boating community. Based at Queen Mary Sailing Club and staffed by volunteers, the group meets every Thursday from April through October, with mornings for special schools and afternoons for individuals.. The group also meets on Saturday mornings integrated with able bodied sailors for Saturday Club. Racing and race training has become a regular activity in Hansa dinghies. For more information visit http:// www.queenmary.org.uk/sailability.aspx

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New Post Office for Laleham

We are used to hearing about the closure of facilities, so it is great to be able to report on the opening of a new post office in the heart of Laleham village. Raj and Kavita Mohan are delighted to be opening an instore Post Office on Friday 18th August. You will be able to do much more than send a letter or parcel. Services will include pensions, banking, premium bonds, ISAs, insurance (holiday, house, life, bike) and much more. This is excellent news for Laleham has not had a Post Office Counter for 17 years! It also means that there may not be as much pressure on the Shepperton post office so good news all round. This lovely couple have proved to be stalwart citizens. After one of their front windows was smashed one night last month (the idiots who did it were caught on CCTV and arrested), Raj set up a table outside selling newspapers while the window was repaired and evidence taken. The Post Office opening hours will be 7am to 6pm Mon to Sat, 9.30 am to 1.30pm Sunday Best One Newsagent, 14 Shepperton Rd, Laleham TW18 1SD

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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Recipe of the Month Veggie Burgers Maybe You Don’t Always Need Meat for a Good BBQ! Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes Cooking time: 20-30 minutes Makes 6 burgers Ingredients 3-4 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, peeled, thinly sliced 250g/9oz firm tofu, finely chopped 1 cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), peeled, grated 150g/5½oz fried mushrooms, drained 1 carrot, peeled, grated 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional) 1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme 1 tbsp chopped kidney beans salt and freshly ground black pepper To serve 6 burger buns 6 tbsp ready-made mayonnaise (optional) 3 beefsteak tomatoes, thickly sliced 2-3 gherkins, sliced

Divide the mixture into six equal portions and shape into burgers. It's easier to do this if your hands are a little damp. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan and fry the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden-brown. You can finish cooking them for a few more minutes and serve them like this but I prefer to heat a griddle pan until smoking hot, then add the cooked burgers and fry for a further 1-2 minutes on each side, until there are clear deep char lines.

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Serve the burgers in buns and add any extras of your choice, such as tomato slices, gherkins, chargrilled peppers, salad leaves, coleslaw or mayonnaise.

Heat half the sunflower oil in a pan over a low heat and fry the onions for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are softened, translucent and beginning to turn goldenbrown. In a bowl, mix together the cooked onions, tofu, beetroot, mushrooms, carrots, smoked paprika (if using), garlic, thyme and kidney beans. Season to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Have You Discovered Shepperton’s Micro Bakery? By Monica Chard, Editor

Nicky Males was in the middle of preparing for her first open house café when I spoke to her. As if that was not enough, she was also getting herself ready for the BBC who were coming to film her for one of their autumn programmes. Exciting stuff for Old Charlton Lane. Nicky has a passion for organic baking, using flour from stone millers, without any additives. In February this year she decided to start a regular weekly operation. She has been gradually growing her clientele for her range of breads since then, but now she was going a stage further. I went along to her first ever open house café and it was fabulous! From the moment the door opened at 12.30 until last customers left at 5pm she and her team of volunteers were rushed off their feet. “it was way more than I had expected” said Nicky. All in all, 70 people had come through the door. They chose from a range of savoury or sweet bakes, (including the most magnificent carrot cake I have ever seen sadly sold out before I got to it), and a selection of fresh quiches, brioche buns and

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breads. A range of hot and cold drinks were available and customers were invited to find a tranquil corner of the garden to enjoy their orders. The garden is magical, leading down to the Ash and had been set up with various seating areas, with cushions, vases of flowers and lights. The idea was to sit anywhere and talk to anyone, inviting the community to come together and enjoy some peaceful time and some delicious treats. It is a wonderful idea, one Nicky is repeating at the end of August, although numbers will be limited. Baking is Nicky’s passion. She loves trying new bakes and is never happier than seeing her produce appreciated. But the fact is this is a micro operation. That is what makes it special, but you don’t treat it like dropping in to the supermarket. To keep in touch just subscribe to the newsletter on www.willowbakery.co.uk. You will get a weekly notification of what is baking that week and you can order and pick up on Fridays between 5-7pm. Meanwhile look out for Willow Bakery on Facebook and Twitter. Nicky has lots of plans to extend her offerings and has some workshops already planned. How about stir up Sunday to get the BEST Christmas pud prepared this year? If you are interested, remember to subscribe to the newsletter and keep in touch with this exciting venture in Shepperton. Now, I’m off to collect my pecan brownies!

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Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

There are two types of LPA – Finance decisions LPA, and Health and care LPA. There are various reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf. The need could be temporary, for example, if you are in hospital and need help with everyday things such as making sure your bills are paid; or it could be long-term, for example, if you are in hospital or diagnosed with dementia and no longer have mental capacity. You should not assume that your spouse or partner would automatically be able to deal with your bank accounts, pension, or other financial affairs, and make decisions about your healthcare, if you lose the ability to do so. Without an LPA, they won’t have the authority. Your LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used. When you set up your LPA you can appoint one or more people to be your attorney, and you can appoint replacements if your first choice becomes unable to act for you. You will appoint people you know well and trust, and you should ask them if they would accept the appointment to be your attorney. Your attorney will keep an account of any expenses they incur while acting as your attorney, together with any relevant receipts. Although it is difficult to think about a time when you won’t be able to make your own decisions, setting up an LPA can give you peace of mind that someone you trust will be able to make decisions for you if the need arrives.

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Why Does Nobody Sort Out the Slum Boats on the Thames? Anyone using the river Thames will have noticed an increase in abandoned boats along the Thames, as well as ‘slum boats’ which moor long term, taking up moorings that day trippers or visitors could use and frustrating us all. Why does no one do anything? Is this an EA matter? Should the council be responsible? A couple of years ago we had a rant in Sunbury Matters about a boat which was half sunk outside St Mary’s Church, Sunbury. After a couple of months of ranting, it was indeed removed from the river by the Environment Agency. One recent Facebook post commented; “Currently between Walton Bridge and Molesey lock there are 40/50 illegally moored boats. These boats do not tend to move and in most cases do not have a valid boat licence, have no insurance or boat safety certificate. Some are permanently moored on the riverbank and some move around between public moorings that are for only 24hrs, designed for legitimate boat users to moor up. Some of these people use the river bank as a storage yard, dump waste into the river and generally do not respect the public space. If a boat is legally on the river no problem, follow the bylaws and respect everyone else. Local councils and the Environment Agency do not have the resource to police or follow up so I fear the problem will only get worse”. How depressing! This boat opposite Platt’s Eyot has been in varying states of decay for at least 5 years. Eventually it, and the other sunken boat next to it, will disappear under the waterline causing a hazard and adding to our flooding problems. Surely the river should be cared for better than this.

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Shepperton Residents’ Association By Richard Hewitt We were delighted to see that the street lights in Spelthorne have been turned on now throughout the night time. This follows agreement with Surrey County Council that Spelthorne Borough Council will pay for the costs involved. The first significant event for our Mayor, Councillor Vivienne Leighton, in her Mayoral Year, was the spectacular flotilla of boats sailing from Sunbury Lock to Staines-uponThames led by the Queen's row barge Gloriana on Saturday 24th June. At our Open Meeting on Tuesday 27th June, Dr Bellamy reported on the discussions that the Shepperton Medical Practice had been having with NHS Property Services. Significant progress has been made towards achieving a satisfactory agreement to future finance charges. Also, at our Open Meeting, we had a presentation from two speakers from an organisation called SAFE (Saving Abandoned FlyGrazing Equines), which is concerned about the number of abandoned horses left to fend for themselves in Surrey and Berkshire. They reported that the countryside is overpopulated with horses and their charity rescues (legally) those horses who are found in a distressed state. The RSPCA is helpful in this respect but has only one specific officer in Surrey assigned to this role. There are a number of laws which can be used to allow horses to be removed from private land and the speakers reported in April, 14 horses were removed from the Shepperton area, adding to the 10 already being looked after at an average cost of £1500/£2000 per horse. We were thrilled to learn that the residents of Shepperton are regarded as the politest people in the country, having been appointed “Top Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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I would like to thank all of you who came along to our family night and fund raiser for Alfie and Neuroblastoma. We had a few hiccup’s but when don’t we?! But it all came together, a fun night was had and we raised a good amount of money. I would like to thank Lyal from the Harrow, who helped us with the fund raising by covering the bar costs, Clive for supplying the giant slide and bouncy castle free and Abracadabra for suppling the music at the last minute after we had been let down. My horses deserve a mention too for working hard at giving rides. As the evening went on we were treated to singing from Savanah and Louisa and others, all in all it was a fun night. Also a big thank-you to all those who helped; Karen, Derrick, Howard, Carrie, Sarah, Paula, Dean, Alison and Charleen. Now we can look forward to Saturday 2nd September when we have our next Village fun day in Hetherington Road. Current News. We have had confirmation from the Council that the BP Grant money will be forthcoming soon, hopefully sooner rather than later. We know that the gates need to be dressed and finished but we can’t do this until the second set are installed, whereupon we will work out what signage is required. It was also suggested by Surrey County that they may well sign write the road with speed markings as well. Likewise, we hope that we are getting closer to the problem of the constant flooding that occurs around Charlton Village. We had a visit from the Environmental Health who confirmed our findings about the issues with the drainage system in Charlton Village. Now we shall wait and see what happens next. No doubt nothing will happen quickly and doubtless we have many more flood days before it is resolved – but it’s a start. Which only leaves me to wish you all a good summer break. Look around for many local and free events that are taking place over the next few weeks, and please look on our Facebook page for updates, Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on 2 nd September.

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Gardening Matters Honeysuckle I know Wisteria is considered the king of climbers by many gardeners but surely honeysuckle must be the crown prince. The fragrance is nothing short of heavenly. It grows wild in a wood near my home and the scent stops walkers in their tracks whenever they come across it. Honeysuckle stems emerge from the ground and grow slowly upwards until they find something around which to twine. At this point they romp away, scrambling up frameworks or trees decorating them with spidery flowers and showering the air with that heady scent on warm summer evenings.

My father had one growing over an old tree in his garden. If you want to do the same I’d advise planting it near the extremity of the The most common complaint I get about hon- branch canopy rather than near the trunk where eysuckle is ‘failure to thrive’. People buy one, root - competition will be fierce. Train the plant it and it struggles on for a couple of years stems upwards along some garden twine into before it turns up it’s toes and keels over. the branches and the result will be breathtak‘Why did that happen?’ they ask imploringly. ing. Mostly it happens because although they are undemanding once established, honeysuckles There are lots of varieties to choose from. Our native honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum are quite fussy about their situation. Honeyhas early and late-flowering varieties and for suckle prefers its roots in damp soil, not too heavy, and enriched with plenty of leaf mould. scent they are difficult to beat. I do have a This makes perfect sense if you think about the lovely Italian honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium, which was recommended to me by Alan forest floor where it grows wild. And it likes its head in the sun to encourage prolific flow- Titchmarsh at a Gardeners World event many years ago. I wanted summer fragrance and I ering. have not been disappointed with the great Mr. I grow it like clematis - I place a couple of bits T’s suggestion. of paving over the soil that surrounds the roots Now is actually a good time to buy a honeyto over the cool shade they require. suckle as you can conduct a scent test at the Honeysuckle is not at all fussy about the sup- garden centre. Happy sniffing! port it needs. I have some growing over a pergola, and some over a wigwam in a border near a bench, just so I can get the benefit of the scent when I sit there. I’m trying to establish one over the porch too. As it’s against a wall I am having to make sure that it receives enough By Rachael Leverton water.

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Send info on local events to info@villagematters.co.uk to be listed here Mayfield Lavender Fields. Splendid from June-September. Do go along and enjoy the fabulous lavender fields and have a cream tea. 1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA. Open 9-6 daily. Tel 07503 877707 Save the date! Shepperton Horticultural Association are holding their Autumn Show on Saturday, 2nd September in the Village Hall, Shepperton. Please come along and enter, See www.sheppertonha.co.uk for further details. It is a very friendly show, so please support us, by entering or coming along to admire the exhibits. Sunday September 3rd. Dunkirk Little Ships. The Veterans Cruise unites Veterans from a number of conflicts but primarily from WWII with the Little Ships of Dunkirk. Little Ships will embark Veterans at Thames Motor Yacht Club near Hampton Court and vessels will depart from there at 10.00am. Vessels will head downstream, around Ravens Ait and pass through Molesey Lock between 10.45 and 11.15. Continuing upstream the flotilla of Little Ships will pass through Sunbury Lock between 11.30 and 12.00 arriving at Weybridge Mariners Club, Shepperton Lock Island from 12.30. We expect 18 Little Ships to join this event. Zodiac Musical Society are performing the musical ‘9 to 5’ at Magna Carta Theatre, Thorpe Road, EGHAM TW18 3HJ from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 October 2017 at 7.45 pm and a matinee on Saturday 14 October at 2.30pm. It is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It is a lively show with plenty of songs, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Around Here’ and ‘Here for you’. Tickets are £11/£15 and can be obtained by calling the box office on : 01932 220167 or book on line at www.ticketsource.co.uk/zodiac-musical-society. www.zodiacmusicalsociety.org

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More What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham English Country Dancing in Shepperton Village Hall, Every Wednesday 10am till noon. All welcome, with or without a partner. No experience required. Telephone David Sansom on 01932 872617 for details. Restore Food Bank Monday and Thursday 10-12 You can drop in at any point, for coffee and chat. St Saviour’s Church, 205a Vicarage Rd., Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 7TP www.stsaviours-sunbury.org.uk Tel. 01932 782800 Office Hours Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am – 13:00pm 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 July we heard a talk entitled “Life Less Ordinary”. We welcome new members: please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Boyer School of Irish Dance. Classes for boys and girls 3-18. taught by qualified teacher Bethany Boyer. Laleham Village Hall, Fridays 4-5pm. For more information or to register your interest contact 07902 032342 or b.boyer@outlook.com 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. Cosi Fan Tutte. Mozart’s Comedy on Tour. Riverside Arts Centre. 22nd September 2017. 7.30pm. Tickets £20 from www.operaholloway.co.uk. Restore Food Bank Monday and Thursday 10-12 You can drop in at any point, for coffee and chat. St Saviour’s Church, 205a Vicarage Rd., Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 7TP www.st-saviours-sunbury.org.uk Tel. 01932 782800 Office Hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 13:00pm Laleham Computer Club. Meets in the back room of Laleham Village Hall from 7 to 9 PM on Mondays, once a month. Email Stephen for more details: info@lalehamcomputerclub.co.uk Please also visit the website at www.lalehamcomputerclub.co.uk

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