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Did you see the Gloriana last month? It was a splendid sight moored at Kings Lawn, alongside the Jolly Brit. To see the craft crewed by the Sunbury Skiff Club was really quite something. We do live in a special place. The Walled Garden has once more been awarded a Green Flag. Our own citizens have received awards of excellence. This month we congratulate both Eric Champion and also Laura Bale have received Rotary awards. Congratulations! We also welcome the world class Spelthorne Gymnastics to it’s new facility in Sunbury. I went to their awesome gala opening. Awesome! We all know about the Swan Sanctuary, but I bet you didn’t know that there is a hedgehog sanctuary in Shepperton! Read all

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A Century of BP in Sunbury 4 Sunbury Regatta August 12th 6 Shepperton’s Hedgehog Sanctuary 11 Rotary Vocational Awards 13 Glorious Gloriana! 16 Spelthorne Gymnastics Gala Opening 19 Volunteering North Surrey 22 Bygone Boats Says Goodbye 24 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 26 Recipe of the Month 34 LOSRA Says 37 St Mary’s Newsletter 39 Lasting Power of Attorney 40 Five Elements Acupuncture 42 Summer at the Food Bank 45 Thamesmead Does Have Talent 46 A House on Wheatley’s Ait 48 Turner’s Twickenham House Restored 52 GCSE’s For Adults in Surrey 54 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On/Noticeboard 59,60 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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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 transferred to the sports and social club across for opening details. the road. The site grew rapidly, another huge Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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Sunbury Regatta - August 12th-13th 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 addi-

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tion, 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 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 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. 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!! Full timetable of events on p8.


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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: 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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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. 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 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 really enjoys hairdressing. Going to get your hair done is delightful, her staff enjoy working at her shop and when you go there, you meet friends who are also having their hair done! Laura helps many charities including Children in Need and The Princess Alice Hospice. 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!! Congratulations to them all.

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Glorious Gloriana By Monica Chard, Editor

What a stunning sight. The Queen’s row barge, ‘Gloriana’ moored at King’s Lawn, Sunbury on a Saturday morning. Alongside was the ‘Jolly Brit’ one of the three original tenders to the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the ‘Impossible Dream’ the Sailability boat equipped for wheelchair users. To make the scene even more local, the crew on the ‘Gloriana’ that morning was the Sunbury Skiff and Punting Club, in their distinctive red, white and grey shirts. On board was the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, and a specially selected group of VIP’s, local people who had done their bit for the community over the years.

Crowds lined the riverbank and locks to watch the beautiful craft make her way upriver towards Staines. The crew raised blades in traditional fashion, nervously making sure they didn’t scratch them! It is a precious vessel and a real honour and privilege to be rowing her. The crew did Sunbury proud!

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Eric Champion, Riverside Arts Centre with 100 year old Alison Spooner with our Mayor

I had splendid views from the Jolly Brit. I am the one on the right!

At lunchtime the flotilla moored up at Thames Court above Shepperton Lock for refreshments and the crew handed over. Boats which had joined in were replaced with others as they progressed to Staines upon Thames, where the Gloriana was on display at the annual Staines upon Thames day the following day. It was a splendid day, clearly enjoyed by all.

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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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Spelthorne Gymnastics Gala Opening Sunbury has gained a state of the art £3m gymnastics centre and sports hub at Bishop Wand School in the form of the new home of Spelthorne Gymnastics. It will ultimately give 3,000 children a year in West London the chance to benefit from its fabulous facilities. Spelthorne Gymnastics Club represents 4 different elements of Gymnastics and is known worldwide for its excellence in Acrobatic Gymnastics. Founded in 1976 and originally based in Ashford, Middlesex, it was served with a termination notice in May 2013 so that the land could be sold for a housing development. For the next 2 years the Club remained under threat of eviction from the facility that its founders and friends had built themselves in 1990. In May 2015 the Club was told it had to vacate the site in a matter of days. At first it looked as though it would be the end of this world famous Club, as it needed permanent, specialist facilities to continue. It was saved initially and crucially by Inland Homes, the Ashford site developers, who generously provided £50k towards relocation costs and allowed the Club to remain on their site until a new gymnastics centre could be constructed. Founders Bob & Alison Cooper then set about the daunting task of finding a new site and raising over £3m in funding. In May 2013, after the initial termination notice, the Club had entered into discussions with Bishop Wand School (Layton’s Lane, Sunbury on Thames, Middx TW16 6LP) and the London Diocesan Board for Schools who provided the site, also giving their 1,000 pupils access to the facility. Generous donations from a variety of companies and individuals led by significant grants from Sport England, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Surrey County Council, British Airways, British Gymnastics, Inland Homes and the Garfield Weston Foundation has meant that £2.75m was raised. Bob Cooper said, “we’re still hoping that we can raise the remaining £250k to save the Club opening with the liability of big loan, so if anyone reading this can help, we would be delighted to hear from them! “At the top end we’re looking to cement our position as one of the most successful Acrobatics Clubs in Britain and given, that for technical reasons the new Gym has to be bigger, we now have capacity to double our membership with a thousand new nursery and primary school children gaining their first experience of the fun, control, co-ordination, To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

The elite group perform at the gala opening at the fabulous new venue at Bishop Wand, Sunbury discipline and success that our Gymnastics Club has become so famous for. Skills the youngsters learn at this age, stay with them for the rest of their lives” said Alison Cooper. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winners Spellbound were a spin-off from the Club. In addition to Acrobatic Gymnastics where the Club, since it was originally formed in 1976, has produced Gold medallists at World and European level, the gym will initially offer 6 other sports and activities - tumbling, trampolining, dance, cheerleading, yoga and cycling. Several of the 40 coaches have now undertaken specialist training, so that the new facility will also be able to accommodate Disability Gymnasts. The official Opening included a Gala performance featuring all levels of the Club from the tiny tots, to the elite squad who were preparing for the World Games and then the European Championships in Poland in October, which lead into the World Championships in Belgium next April. The Opening Ceremony was performed by Kate Rose, herself a former International representative who trained at the Club, accompanied by her husband, Olympic Champion Golfer Justin Rose. She was also accompanied by World Gold Medallists Champions Emily Crocker and Sunbury based Lucy Pascoe.


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Letter from a Reader– The River is not a Bin!

“I am an avid angler and someone who has strong views about

looking after our environment. Recently I took two keen fisherman friends of mine to the mouth of the Creek at Lower Sunbury. During our fishing trip we were all really distressed to witness huge rafts of freshly cut bamboo and other garden waste having been tipped into the Creek. It can only have been one of the Creek or island residents given the layout of the Creek and the direction from which the waste was flowing. I have also personally witnessed a weir side resident tip a sizable container of his garden waste directly into the Thames behind his moored boat. Having just spent a significant amount of hard earned money upgrading my boat engine, I along with any other boat owners certainly would not appreciate garden waste materials, especially bamboo, fouling our engine prop. This situation would be costly, let alone potentially dangerous, especially in a weir location. I have been in touch with the EA who strongly recommend I report these incidence to their hotline number. The tipping of garden waste into the Thames is both a fly tipping and navigation issue. There is a guide to 'riparian' water rights on the website and it states clearly the responsibilities of people who live in water side residences. The guide states that garden waste, including cut grass, should not be tipped into the river. This practice is regarded as polluting the waterway and any offenders identified can be subject to legal action As we know the River Thames is no longer dredged and therefore always at risk of flooding. I can’t believe that people would not have the common sense and decency to realise that with the River Thames being run at such low levels, any extra debris would cause even more risk of serious flooding. In future if I witness the practice of tipping garden waste into the Thames I will film the incident and report the evidence to the EA/Spelthorne council” Paul Lowe, Sunbury on Thames

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Volunteering North Surrey Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do. The benefits are numerous and include gaining in confidence, making a difference to people in the local area, meeting new people, being part of a community, learning new skills, taking on a challenge and most importantly having some fun. A study commissioned by the Royal Voluntary Service found that volunteering can decrease depression and social isolation and have a positive effect on people’s health. Voluntary Support North Surrey (VSNS) give support to local charities and community groups in Spelthorne, Surrey Heath and Runnymede, and can help local people find rewarding volunteering roles in the area. Areas of help and support for local charities and community groups not only includes helping to find volunteers but also finding funding and helping to make successful applications, giving business advice and access to training as well as giving advice on governance and policy issues. Small charities do not always have the resources or expertise to deal with the complexities of running a charity, VSNS are there to offer advice and support. Another aspect of the work undertaken by VSNS is to engage with local employers to encourage team volunteering. This is a growing part of their work as businesses understand the importance of social responsibility. Many corporates require their employees to engage with charity work and VSNS are always on the lookout for new opportuniPlease mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


ties where groups of volunteers can give a few hours of their time. Companies may also give training or sometimes free office space for charities or local groups. A way of celebrating volunteering in the area are the Runnymede and Spelthorne volunteer awards which were held earlier this year at Royal Holloway, University of London. The evening celebrates volunteering with awards being made in several areas including inspirational volunteer, environmental volunteer and young volunteer. There were almost 200 people attending the evening with a special

cup presented by the Mayor of Spelthorne for a Young Volunteer Team Award won by Sunbury Manor Interact club (above). This is an annual event organised to say a little thank you to the hundreds of volunteers in the borough who give many hours of their time to support the local community. If you would like to know more about any aspect of the work of Voluntary Support North Surrey please give them a ring on 01784 465536 or email

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Business Closure - Bygone Boat Hire I am sad to announce that Bygone Boat Hire are closing our doors to a really great idea of keeping the old George Wilson & Sons wooden fleet of hire boats on the River Thames at Sunbury. The fate of Sunbury Lock Island and the green sheds is unknown. As many people in Sunbury now refer to me as’ the girl with the boats’, it is now time for me to find them their ‘forever home’s’, so I can move on to pastures new. As much as I would love to keep the fleet together, it’s sadly not possible. These boats truly are, a piece of our history. I would love them to stay in Sunbury but who knows, maybe they will retire somewhere else. Built in 1948, they are 69 years old and they are still going strong. They were all named after the birds on the river with the prefix White; White Robin, White Dove, White Owl, White Heron, White Eagle. Each one is individual I’d like to thank all the people who did support me and there were lots of you !! We had some fun and I still think they are the coolest boats on the river. There are a few remaining boats for sale: For more details please ONLY contact: Sarah Woolley at Stanley & Thomas Brokerage Tel: 07799-654113 Bygone Boats will continue to operate the Trot moorings until further notice: Tel 07496 210118


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Irene Edwards 1922-2017

Long term Sunbury resident Irene Edwards died on June 23rd aged 94. Irene was born in Manchester in 1922. She joined the WAAF in 1940 and served during the war. She qualified as a teacher in 1954 and started teaching. She and her husband Malcolm Beach moved to Sunbury in 1956. Irene was a member of Sunbury hockey club and played well into her forties. She taught at Oriel school in Hanworth and Feltham Hill school, Feltham and she was the headmistress at Andrew Ewing school in Heston until her retirement in 1989. She also sat as a magistrate in Feltham for almost twenty years. In addition Irene was a long time member of the British Legion and the Labour Party. Unfortunately, most of her friends, neighbours and colleagues predeceased her.

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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

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Hopefully you popped down to Bushy Park the other week for The Hanworth Classic. The weather was fantastic, not overbearing considering how hot it had been in the weeks immediately prior to the Show. Over 500 entrants turned up to show off their two, three, four and 10 wheeled vehicles, there were also more than 150 dancers, many in period dress dancing on a covered dance floor to Rock & Roll, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and swing music by two DJ’s; Pat de-Kat & Mr Jinks The event, in aid of Shooting Star Chase Children`s Hospices and with the wonderful support of Bushy Park Management raised this year £14,382.10 which is over £2,000 more than last year, thanks to the generosity of entrants and visitors by their thousands. The Home-made cake stall alone made £825.95 and sold out an hour before the end of the show. This year the Shooting Star Vintage ‘Pop-Up Shop’ made over double what they made last year, a staggering £1749.00 !!! It was wonderful to see such a huge variety of vehicles on show-from a very rare 6x6 Kaiser Super Bird. There was a fabulous display of motor bikes, scooters, and a penny farthing (how do you get off in a hurry and how do you get on?. There were eight categories for prizes, the winners being; Favourite car – Opal Kadette 1.2 (vary rare), Favourite commercial vehicle – Ford Anglia van (when did you last see one of these?). Favourite military vehicle – Austin Champ. Favourite (Modern) motorcycle – Harley Davidson. Favourite (Classic) motorcycle – Triumph (TR6) Trophy. Favourite scooter – a late 50`s Lambretta . This year there was a new category; Furthest travelled (on the day) as there were only 3 miles in it – two people won prizes for this. Finally Best in Show, a lovely Buick Dyna . 2018 will be the 10th anniversary so if anything will be even bigger. Put it in your diary and why not learn some jive or rock and roll and join in the dancing. I keep saying it is something I want to be able to join in, so who knows, maybe this will be the year! Sunday 24th June 2018.

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Floral Corner by van Wonderen FLOWERS Tel: 01932 761071

August has arrived and you can't quite believe the summer is almost over again. We've all been enjoying the warm sunny days I'm sure, let's hope our Autumn turns out as nice as the Summer has. In the world of floristry there's been plenty of activity too. Last month saw the Hampton Court Palace flower show come to town once again. This year I was asked to judge the shop window competition in Bridge Street. There were some fantastic entries by the local shop keepers and businesses which gave us judges a really difficult job. In a bid for a vote some of the restaurants had prepared some lovely snacks and tempting drinks for us

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to indulge in. But as judges we can't be swayed in this way and we have to get the job done to the best of our ability. The very worthy winner of this year's competition was Miles and Bird estate agent. The display was both inside and outside the window on the pavement and really stood out from all the other businesses. A big congratulations to the team for producing such a fantastic. and eyecatching display.


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The root of the problem When planting trees it is very important to consider the long term implications, not only to your property, but also that of your neighbours.

One of the many pleasures of living in our area is the abundance and variety of beautiful trees which not only add to the aesthetic value, but also enhance the air quality we enjoy. It is well documented that many major cities and towns, especially during the 19th and 20th century, were planted with London Plane Trees as these are considered to be highly tolerant to atmospheric pollution. They were considered natures way of scrubbing the air, of absorbing the smoke caused by coal fires and helping to release extra oxygen into the atmosphere. They also had the advantage of root compaction which

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made them the ideal tree to be planted in urban roadside settings. However, it is this latter factor of tree roots that can cause damage to property and is of concern to most. Most of the problems caused by tree roots to dwellings with good depth foundations are not by tree roots damaging the foundation, but by the tree sucking the moisture out of the surrounding sub-soil which in turn can cause the soil to shrink and the building above to subside. During the growing season high demand trees like oak can consume a staggering 100-200 gallons a day with waterside trees like willow drawing significantly more. Driveways, paths, garden walls, garages and sheds are far more prone to root damage due to the shallow depth of their foundations, so it is strongly advised to keep at least a metre clear of a mature tree’s buttress and further still if the tree is going to continue to grow. In some instances roots can be severed and a root barrier put in place, but care must be taken

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not to de-stabilise the tree and specialists should be called in to carry out the work. The geology of our area is primarily sand and gravel or clay and silt, so if your garden has a higher percentage of clay then this is more susceptible to seasonal fluctuations than a freer draining sub-soil. Older properties with ridged joint drains (clay pipes) run a higher risk of water seepage which can also attract roots that may infiltrate and block the drain. If this is the case, as long as the extent of the damage is not too severe, the drain can be repaired rather than replaced. If you are considering planting new trees, there are recommendations as to the ideal distances that particular trees should be planted from buildings, for example an oak should be planted 18 metres away and an apple or pear tree 5 metres away. For existing trees these also need to be kept in check, especially if they are within close proximity

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to property, paths, roads or any area where overhanging limbs could cause damage or injury through contact or breakage. Take specialist advice if the tree is potentially causing a danger or is getting too tall as it may be possible to have the crown taken out, reduced or pollarded. This applies even if the tree has a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or you live in a conservation area. If you have a tree with a TPO or live in a conservation area, it is always advisable to check with Spelthorne Borough Council before undertaking any work, as planning consent may be required. As always, for all aspects of moving home, please speak to Owen Miles and his experienced, friendly team - your local property experts. Owen Miles Partner, Curchods Shepperton 01932 230033

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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 slicedd 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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LOSRA Says….

We must support our Council’s publicly stated resistence to Green belt development In general, local authorities have become understandably wary of taking on the housebuilding power bloc. At the same time, under pressure from central government, they have taken to producing forecasts for housing needs based on preposterously optimistic – if not unreal – projections for economic growth. Nationally, councils have designated enough green belt land for 425,000 dwellings – 50% up on a year ago. By contrast, our Council remains resolute in its purpose to protect our green belt. “[The developer’s] model – estates of bland, generic brick units either free-standing in the countryside or bolted on to the edges of existing settlements – suits them because of the economies of scale it makes possible. They have no need for architects or designers. It does not bother them that they are spreading a deadening uniformity that denies any notion of individuality or even regional distinction.” (Tom Fort in The Village News). “We must not be the generation that sells off our precious green belt in the mistaken belief it will help improve the affordability of housing. The only ones set to benefit from future green belt development will be the landowners and the big housebuilders, not communities in need of decent, affordable housing. Protecting the green belt is part of, not a barrier to, solving the housing crisis. It encourages us to focus on the million-plus homes we can build on suitable brownfield sites, and avoid the environmental costs of urban sprawl.” (Tom Fyans, director, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)). Amen to that!

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Tel : 01932 779431 Dear Friends One of my favourite character’s in life was the late Lew Grade, or Lord Grade of Elstree to give him his proper title. A great showman and impresario he was from a famous showbiz family and he invariably was seen with a huge Havana cigar on the go. He had many great successes but also a few failures – amongst them the film “Raising the Titanic” which cost him £35 million to make and pulled in a meagre £6 million at the box office. As Grade himself observed “It would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic” One day a young man came in for a job interview – Lew Grade was looking for a salesman and during the course of the interview Grade put a jug of water on his desk and said to the young man “Now then, sell me that jug of water”. The young man looked around the office, saw a waste paper basket in the corner, picked up Lew’s cigar lighter and set fire to the paper and as the flames billowed out he said to Lew “Can I interest you in a jug of water!” He got the job! There are a few things I would like to interest you in this month. Firstly, our wonderful Regatta Service on Sunday 6 th August at 10.00am. Traditionally everyone dresses up magnificently and boaters and blazers and big hats are much in evidence. We adjourn afterwards to the vicarage for refreshments overlooking the river. Looking further ahead we have our splendid inaugural Tea Dance taking place in the church hall on 13th September from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and on Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm in church we welcome Eva Schloss, the step-sister of Anne Frank and herself an Auschwitz survivor as our special guest. It promises to be a memorable and profound evening. Everyone welcome to all these events and full details are on our web-site or otherwise phone the parish office on 785448. If there is anything at all we can do for you at St Mary’s please do get in touch. I am always available for a chat or to discuss a baptism, wedding or funeral. If you are going away over the Summer period I wish you a happy and safe and refreshing break. All good wishes and with every blessing,

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Five Elements Acupunture

- A Classical Return to Full Health By Monica Chard, Editor

Chinese medicine has recognised for thousands of years that there is more to health than taking pills. Acupuncture has long been a mystery to me but we were recently offered the chance to try it out so I volunteered Mr C! Local resident John Tu has trained in classical five element acupuncture under Gerad Kite who runs arguably the most lauded acupuncture clinic in London. Kite was a self confessed sceptic about alternative treatments until he tried it for himself and never looked back. He treats health issues from infertility to depression, addiction, headaches and pain and much in between. Five element came out of the Taoist tradition, which was based on how the Chinese related to nature, how they understood the link between what was happening in the outside world and the interior one. It is totally different to the rigorous approach of western medicine, and a concept many of us have difficulty understanding. The seasons affect the body dramatically. The five elements are earth, fire, water, wood and metal and each element represents a distinct energies within the body. Each relates to a particular organ. Five Element acupuncture seeks to rebalance the body. Every body has a particular element which they tend to be weak in and it will be this one that sets off the imbalance, leading to issues. John starts by taking a health history, including questions about your emotional state and anything which is bothering you. He is a good listener. He believes in treating the person, not the symptoms which he describes as merely the alarm bells of an underlying problem. His belief is to provide a long term fix by Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


identifying the problem then building the person up to health holistically. Fix the person, not the ailment. It is not easy for us westerners to get our head around this different approach. The approach may seem more akin to counselling initially, but this is an important part to the whole treatment. John then takes the pulses yes, we have 6, not one! They are indicative of underlying issues. Application of needles is extremely precise entering at points relating to the internal flow of energy, or the meridian lines. Measuring and precision are very important. Any treatment will be useless unless needles are correctly placed. The correct placement will also mean that you will not feel them! The placement avoids any nerves or bone when done correctly. You may feel an instant surge of energy, or it may take longer for changes to occur but usually after one session, physical symptoms have subsided. John may also apply Moxa grass which is a herb. Also known as mugwort, it looks like a moss and is lit before application. It is believed to emit ‘yang’ energy and dispels dampness in the body. Damp is associated with decay and toxin retention and may have an effect on sinus or snoring. John Tu recognises that the concept of Five Element acupuncture is not easy to understand so he offers all first consultations free of charge, so anyone can try acupuncture before they choose it. If you are interested in alternative therapies this sounds like a great offer. John operates out of the Kingston Natural Health Centre, London Road, Kingston. Contact John on 0781 067 8761 to book an appointment.

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Summer at the Community Foodbank The Restore community foodbank at St Saviour’s Church continue to come up with innovative ideas to provide help to those needing it within the community. Community Lunch, Money Skills and the Detox and 12 Step Programme are designed as a Hand Up not a Handout. There are many reasons for temporary hardship - minimum wage not living wage, zero hour contracts, delay in benefit payments. Food and wellbeing are often last on the list behind rent and utilities. The 7 day shop and the other initiatives offered by St Saviours provide a vital helping hand and friendly human contact and advice when it is most needed. All referrals are from third parties - Social Services, Schools, Doctors, Citizens Advice etc. Food donations come from local business, and from individuals through shop, school and church collections etc. The Food Bank is the conduit that channels this amazing goodwill and those donations effectively to those most in need, using their all volunteer workforce! We have heard in the news recently about child poverty and hunger, with problems exacerbated during school holidays when there are no free school meals available. So during the summer holidays St Saviour’s will be running a lunch support for families referred to them. This is primarily for families whose children get free school meals during the school term. On a Wednesday from 12-1.30 they currently run a community lunch. This will be running through the holidays and each week families

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in question will be invited down for lunch. The youth and children's worker will also be around to engage the children. As they leave families will be given enough food to cover lunch and snacks until the following Wednesday. This service will continue until the last Wednesday of the holidays, which is August 30th. So far so good, but St Saviour’s constantly need to fundraise to help improve the service. They need to buy a van to move around the ever increasing amounts of food! They also need industrial fridge/freezers so they can store the fresh produce which would otherwise be deemed surplus and therefore disposed of. ALL profits from these events will go directly to the Food Bank. In a nutshell.... they need help to move and store surplus food to those most in need in the local community. Other initiatives include the Kick Start project which will run on 5th August 2017 all day. Johnson and Johnson are supplying all materials and we are going into the a few of the Foodbank houses (like DIY SOS) and painting, putting in new furniture, and fixtures etc.... Finally they are running a Surplus to Supper event on Friday 29th September. More information will follow on that, but meanwhile do contact Claire Hopkins on any matter related to these initiatives and particularly if you can help practically or financially. St Saviour’s Church, 205 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 7TP Tel 07549 952161


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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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The Draw of a House on Wheatley’s Ait Over the years we have run a few stories about the houses and residents of Wheatley’s Ait which seems to leave an impression on many of those who have lived there. The antics of Florence Glossop Harris, the esteemed Shakespearean actress and her entourage of luvies was well known in the area. We received an email from such a former resident, Les Wright and followed up with a current resident, Neil Huntingford who kindly supplied some current photos of the houses which Mr Wright so fondly remembered. Mr Wright wrote: “I came across your magazine recently via the internet and was very interested to read the articles about the bungalow known as Cubiculo on Wheatleys Eyot. My parents first bought this bungalow in the 1950s after selling their converted MTB houseboat (a story all on its own) shortly after my birth. They sold the bungalow at some time in the 1960s and the family moved to Hanworth. However after a few years they decided they missed the island and the river, and they moved back to another bungalow on Wheatleys Eyot called Le Champignon. After carrying out much work on this over the next few years (it had apparently been empty for some time prior to their purchase) they found out that Cubiculo was again for sale and they bought it back. We then lived there as a family until my fathers death in 1978, and my mother sold the bungalow in 1980.

It was an amazing place to grow up in as a child and I was very popular amongst my classmates being able to offer fishing, swimming and boat trips from my 'own island'! I am sure I also remember the sleeping huts you refer to in one of your articles as I and my friends used to play in them in their derelict state. I can recall my mother referring to a group of actors and actresses who used to spend weekends there many years before, although I am not sure how she knew about this as it was well before her time, and we took such stories with a pinch of salt. There was another rumour that Cubiculo was partly built from a wrecked houseboat many years before but I have no way of verifying this. The ground behind Cubiculo was rented from the then Thames Conservancy by my parents and was used as our back garden. I remember other bungalows on the island; Mon Abri, The Nook, Weir, Minavon, The Kraal etc. It was a secluded, peaceful but thriving community in the 60s and 70s, with many characters, although the inconvenient access and lack of mains water and drainage were of course bugbears, and I can recall being sometimes envious of my friends who lived in 'normal' roads and could simply drive up to their front doors.” Many thanks to Neil Huntingford who lives on that part of Wheatley’s Ait for taking photographs of how the houses look now. You made Mr Wright’s day!

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Two top US bands at Sunbury Cricket Club in August

There are two special Music Nights at Sunbury Cricket Club in August featuring top class, well-known Texan bands during their European tours, which blues and rock enthusiasts really should not miss. Fri. 4th Aug. HAMILTON LOOMIS £10.00 A welcome return for the brilliant Texan blues guitarist, singer, harmonica player and songwriter who visited the Club five years ago - this is first time since then that we have been able to secure a gig on his annual UK tour. Hamilton was a protégé of the legendary blues artist Bo Diddley and appeared on stage with him as well as performing on his albums. He is sensational performer, and his ‘live’ show is something to behold. Guitar Player magazine wrote if him: “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the centre of it.”, and he is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues-based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience. His album “Ain’t Just temporary” reached No. 7 in Billboard’s Blues Chart. His band features Armando Aussenac (drums, background vocals) and Fabian Hernandez (saxes, keyboards, background vocals). It will be a stunning evening. Tickets are available in advance from the Cricket Club bar or contact Paul Watts at the address below. Fri. 25th August JIM SUHLER & MONKEY BEAT £10.00 At long last, we have the chance to present the brilliant Texan band Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, a Dallas-based outfit who play a hardhitting and highly distinctive brand of blues/rock. Jim Suhler tours regularly as guitarist with George Thorogood & The Destroyers, so comes with the highest credentials. They are visiting Europe to play at the SwingWespelaar Festival in Belgium, and we have been able to secure a date while they are here. We can absolutely guarantee a great show, and this is another that you really must not miss if you are around and not on holiday. For more info e-mail or call 07976 334482

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Turner’s House in Twickenham reopens after £2.4 million restoration

J.M.W. Turner’s country villa, Sandycombe Lodge, has just reopened its doors to the public following a £2.4 million year-long conservation programme, made possible by National Lottery players. Turner has finally returned to Twickenham, a place beside the Thames that he loved. The house was built around 1813 and was designed by the artist himself. It was built as a country retreat to escape the hectic London art world and the hurlyburly of his own household. With later additions and alterations removed, and the original external brick fabric of the building revealed, Sandycombe Lodge now reflects Turner’s original intentions. This draws on the evidence of his own later sketches, the William Havell drawing c.1814 and the evidence visible in the building itself. The now refurbished original brick exterior may be a shock to those familiar with the white stucco exterior the building has been seen with recently, but conservationists are happy that this is how the house was meant to be. The fabric of Sandycombe Lodge had deteriorated badly and in 2013 it was placed on Historic England’s Register of Buildings at Risk. As well as the surprising exterior ‘reveal’, the internal features have been fully restored, following intensive research into the internal fabric, wall coverings and colours. “We are delighted that Turner’s country villa, Sandycombe Lodge, has opened to the public, beautifully restored,” said Alex Farquharson, director Tate Britain. “Designed by Turner himself, it is his largest work of art. It will provide a fascinating insight into his life, throwing light on his character, family and friends. Turner’s paintings and drawings housed at Tate Britain show what this great artist produced throughout his prolific lifetime but the Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


Lodge will reveal a more intimate and domestic side of his important and complex story.” During restoration, a scrap of early wallpaper was discovered. Incomplete and very dirty, it was sufficient to be confirmed as of the period of Turner. Based on this scrap, hand blocked wallpaper has been hung in the large bedroom. Paints chosen reflects the colours of the day. Conservation on the laylight above the stairs sees the coloured glass now in full glory, unrecognisable from the dirty glass across which squirrels used to scamper. There are new features to help explain the house, hidden inside older features. You will hear a soundscape of chatter among the friends known to visit Turner for fishing and picnics. A telescope recreates the view that Turner would have seen from his bedroom window. A view from the Little Parlour window superimposed on the window gives the rural view that Turner would have gazed out upon. Early 19th century furniture has been purchased, following hints of oldfashioned items in the inventory of Turner’s London house after his death in 1851, which also led the Trust to Photo: Anne Purkiss purchase ‘Turkey’ ©Turner’s House Trust rugs for the floors. Collection. It is known that Turner owned ship models and two splendid examples are now in place in the sitting room where he had them. Now that the building construction work is complete landscaping is underway in the garden, which with planting, is expected to be complete this September. Opening times Turner’s House will be open to visitors WednesdaySunday. Self-guided visits 10–1pm and guided tours 1-4pm. Adult £6, child 5-15 years £3, under 5s free. Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children £15). Book online at

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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 water. By Rachael Leverton To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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What’s Happening Locally? Email 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. On 10th September 10.00-4.00pm., as part of Heritage Open Days this year, St Mary's Church will be open. We will be joined by the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society who will be bringing records/ photos of Old Sunbury and their expertise to answer any questions you may have. We will have more Church records etc which may be of interest to any family historians; tours of the bells, and maybe have a go !(Last tour will be 3.00pm) Self tours of the inside of the Church and of the Churchyard. Plus tea/coffee/ice cream. So come and see us ! St Mary's Church, Church Street Sunbury TW16 6RG. Any queries on 01932 784432. 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 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 Cosi Fan Tutte. Mozart’s Comedy on Tour. Riverside Arts Centre. 22nd September 2017. 7.30pm. Tickets £20 from 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 Tel. 01932 782800 Office Hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 13:00pm

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Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme! Coffee Time on Friday 4 August between 10 and 11:30, Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. This Coffee Time theme will be River Thames & Sunbury Regatta! Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for retired professional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please contact 01932 788028 for further information Shepperton Aurora Rotary Prestige Lecture 2017. Our speaker for 2017 will be Allan Winn, Director & CEO of Brooklands Museum Trust, the date is Wednesday 27th September at the usual venue, Halliford School. Tickets will be on sale shortly and the profits from the Lecture go to the Brooklands Museum Trust and Rotary Charities. More info in the next issue Sunbury Neighbours is a voluntary organisation helping those in need in our community. More daytime volunteers are needed to either man the duty phone at home or provide transport to medical appointments etc. If you enjoy meeting people and have the occasional spare hour to help then please contact Nigel on 787343 or John on 784432

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Ideally suited to a family with ample living space, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and off-street parking this detached home has everything you would require and must be seen, energy rating c.

A beautifully presented, modern, detached house situated on a small private development close to the River Thames with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and off-street parking, energy rating c.

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August 2017 sunbury matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

August 2017 sunbury matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury