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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos



Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together

August 2018

Issue 82

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Summer Incursions : Do You Remember Stadbury Meadow?


The summer holidays are here. We hope you enjoy the break. If you want to keep your kids busy, why not enter the writing competition. See page 6 for details. While you are at it, pick up a lovely book called The Great Fairy Dust Crisis by local resident Val Lewis and show your children just why they need to look after their teeth! Available from Nauticalia. We bring you useful news of new services in the area in this issue. Nat West are putting an advisor into the library once a week so if you want help with banking but don t want to get on a bus to Walton, this is a great chance. We also visit the new wellbeing centre at Shepperton Wig Company to hear about the new range of services on offer to clients

August 2018 suffering hair loss. We were saddened to speak to local residents who were worried at the recent incursions. We ask what can be done. As for the weather .well, enjoy it as you can but remember to drink plenty of water and use sun cream. The glorious weather will be gone before we know it! Enjoy!

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Sunbury Court. Lower Sunbury 4 Children s Writing Competition launches 6 Another Summer of Incursions? 8 Shepperton Wigs & Tranquillity 10 Hotel for Cancer Patients 12 NatWest Drop in Service at Library 15 Time to Start Learning! 16 Understanding Man s Best Friend 18 Fairy Crisis in Shepperton 21 Stadbury Meadow Finding Resolution? 23 Recipe of the Month 27 What Lies Beneath 28 Sculptor s Royal Commission 31 Laleham Residents Update 32 Crossword 34 Hydration & Nutrition for over 75s 35 Meet the new Mayor of Spelthorne 36 Charlton Village Residents Update 38 Gardening Matters 43 What s On 45 Ad Index and Costs 47

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Sunbury Court, Lower Sunbury By Nick Pollard

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



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

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Another Summer of Incursions? By Monica Chard, Editor Last month we were no doubt all shocked to see a new arrival of travellers on several sites in Shepperton and in neighbouring villages. News spread about a large funeral taking place. Another rumour of a large wedding. Councillors must have patted themselves on the back that they had installed the many bollards on Lower Halliford Green last year...until dawn broke to show that travellers had no respect for these measures and had sawn through posts and a hedge to gain access to the green.

But that incursion was small in comparison to the one on the rec by the Greeno. Here a virtual village had appeared overnight. Travellers had arrived around 1am, cut through the chain on the gates at the Bruce Avenue side and forced through the gates. When I was there the following afternoon white vans and builders flat bed vehicles were coming back to the site, presumably after a day making a few bob locally.

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So the question is, how to control the situation. It seems the law is powerless. Without getting into the discussion about rights, the provision of sites etc, the act of cutting down hedges and breaking locks to access is a crime. It is criminal damage and breaking and entering. Joint Enterprise is the term for collective guilt. Anyone who is associated with the criminal act of breaking and entering should surely therefore be guilty by association. So why is nothing done? Councillor Robin Sider was approached by many frustrated residents and responded thus: There have been several thefts reported of equipment during the past week or so and we have constantly been in touch with the police. The law as it is seems to be heavily in favour of Travellers with such things as human rights etc, (let alone our own human rights). The council secured an order signed by the magistrates at Guildford court for the Travellers to leave the land that they had occupied. The order required the Travellers to leave the land within 24hrs after the serving of the order. Hence they have gone! This has been a long hard slog for the council who have worked tirelessly and done everything possible to protect their residents from what can only be described as an invasion by Travellers on our community. We will now be faced with clearing up all the rubbish that will be left behind, together with disinfecting areas that have been used as a toilet. Once this is completed, the council will once more endeavour to identify how they can prevent a re-occurrence of the past week, something which will be very difficult, bearing in mind that the Travellers effected an entrance this time on Lower Halliford Green by sawing down the new posts that the council had installed, and cutting down and removing hedges. In respect of Manor Park, the council will carry out repairs to the park entrances. ( The height barrier was vandalised to obtain entry ) and they will look to once more securing the double gate which the Travellers forced open in the Greeno recreation ground. The children s playground in this park will also have to be closed for a period of time to allow the council to replace the rubber matting which was ripped up and pieces thrown at passers by, and which now poses a safety hazard for young children . So, we will watch out for what comes our way this summer with interest.


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Shepperton Wigs & Tranquillity By Monica Chard, Editor Hair loss is a dreadful thing. A good head of hair is our crowning glory. Something that defines our look, and thereby our personality and confidence. When you start losing it, or have lost it, you feel vulnerable, trying to make sense of this new situation. You need support, love and understanding. This you will get in bucket loads at the Shepperton Wig Company. This lovely independent local company offers a quiet, light and peaceful space where you will be made welcome and feel safe. Jo and Linda set up the business in 2002 They had previously worked on stage and film and initially the private wigs were a small percentage of the business. Although you can still see many a hairy piece of work from Jo and Linda s talented hands on stage and in many films, at least 50% of their business is now dealing with those who have suffered hair loss, whether as a result of cancer treatment of from alopecia. The Shepperton Wig Company moved to their current premises at Vicarage Farm, Sunbury, in 2015. As the business grew and one of the adjacent units became available Jo and Linda decided to take the plunge and expand their services to offer their clients more than just a wig service. They have just opened a wellbeing section, offering hair services, massage, reflexology and facial reflexology for their clients. Sessions are by appointment only and are targeted uniquely at the Shepperton Wig Company clients or anyone with hair loss. When you enter the premises you are greeted with friendly smiles of the staff and the delightful aroma of essential oils. Here you can stock up on Neil s Yard products to give you a sense of luxury and wellbeing. You can also treat yourself to perfume as well as a range of fabulously trendy turbans and silk scarves. The emphasis is on helping clients to feel good about themselves. For sale is a huge range of wigs of course and hair pieces in both real hair and acrylic (which look extremely good these days). If you can t Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


afford a new wig, you can select one of the pre-loved items and all you need is to make a donation, all of which goes to charity. There is a separate hair dressing room where clients can get some pampering as well as understanding care and maintenance of their wigs.

Jo and Linda with Mayor of Spelthorne Jean Pinkerton at the official opening

This is a tranquil space where clients can start to think about themselves. You will find advice on other services available locally which may help such as nutrition and counselling. You will be able to find your confidence and beauty again and feel strengthened at a time you need your energy to get well. There is nowhere quite like the Shepperton Wig Company unless you make your way into London. Here you can drive, park right outside and be in good hands in a peaceful environment. So many people seem not to be aware of this amazing facility on our doorstep yet so spread the word. Get 20% off treatments if

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Your Illness Might Not Take a Break. But You Can! We were contacted recently by a reader who wanted to share a piece of information which may be of interest. As she herself was being treated for cancer, she found the temporary reprieve an absolute godsend. The Grove is in Bournemouth by the sea and is run on a not for profit basis by Macmillan Caring Locally. It offers a holiday retreat for cancer patients and those with life threatening illnesses. Carers, families and friends are also welcome. It is also not extortionately expensive. Their website tells me that you will pay from ÂŁ53 per night for a standard room. That includes dinner, bed and breakfast. If you are struggling financially though there is good news. You may be eligible for a grant towards the cost. You can apply for a Macmillan grant if you have cancer or if you are experiencing side effects from your illness or treatment. A social worker, district nurse or Macmillan nurse may also be able to help you apply for a grant. Contact: macmillangrants@macmillan.org.uk or call 0207 840 7871. The hotel has a qualified nurse on call 24 hours a day in case of emergency, but no hands one nursing is offered so do be aware of that. Thank you to our reader for sharing this. The prospect of a break for those affected by cancer or other life limiting illnesses must be such an important boost. If you want to contact The Grove yourself please call 01202 552233 enquiries@thegrovebournmouth.co.uk

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Sunbury’s Best Kept Secret! Nestled in the corner of Sunbury’s magnificent 18th Century Walled Garden close to the River Thames lies The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, home to the Sunbury Millennium Embroidery. In addition to the Embroidery, which is on permanent display, our award-winning Gallery hosts a year-round programme of exhibitions, talks and workshops offering something for everyone.

Our Café menu offers a choice of hot and cold lunches and a selection of daily specials including homemade soups with a choice of speciality breads. Our legendary ‘Signature’ cakes and scones are all baked daily in our kitchen and our sandwiches and salads are all made to order. And to accompany your lunch or afternoon tea, we are pleased to offer a bespoke range of beers, wines (including Prosecco), cider and mead. So if you haven’t found us yet, we would like to invite you to come along for a visit and to sit back and relax on our terrace overlooking the stunning Green Flag award-winning garden. Our Café & Gallery are open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday to Sunday (lunch is served between 11:30am - 2:30pm). Last orders in the Café are taken at 3:45pm. As a thank you, we are offering

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NatWest Drop in Service at Shepperton Library Diane Simms has been appointed as NatWest Community Banker for Southwest London and her appointment will fill a gap in the community since the closure of the branch last year. Regular drop-in sessions will be held in Shepperton Library on Thursdays from 2.30-4.30pm. Diane said: I m excited to have the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with our customers in Shepperton, helping to ensure that NatWest remains an important part of the community. The impact of technological changes on the way people bank with us has been dramatic but we re also aware that some people prefer a face-to-face channel for their banking. In my role as Community Banker I m looking forward to hosting regular events at the library to help educate customers on being financially fit, training them on the different ways to bank in a digital world and how they can protect themselves from fraudsters. As part of their role, Community Bankers: -Host regular events across the community to educate customers on being financially fit, living in the digital world and preventing fraud. -Conduct financial health checks with customers to identify opportunities to help them with new products or services appropriate to their goals, needs and priorities. -Engage with the community through a number of channels such as charity events, social groups and other community activities. -Use social media to share useful and relevant financial and digital information and tips. -Signpost or coach customers through NatWest s online application process for new products and services, providing them with the skills to self serve for future needs. -Help customers identify the different ways to bank, supporting them in choosing the right service options for their needs. This is a great bit of news for Shepperton. Diane will be on holiday from 3-19th but will be in the library on 2nd and then weekly from 20th August.

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What Do You Fancy Learning This Autumn?

There is plenty of choice at our local adult learning centres, so no excuse to sit in front of the telly this autumn! How about one of the following popular courses. Details on how to book opposite and below. 1. Drawing and Painting Explore how to express tone, colour, composition and perspective using different methods and mediums. 2. Art & History Talks History, art history and royal history are just some of the subjects in our programme of lectures at our Esher Green centre. 3. Flower Arranging Create beautiful floral designs and floral art. Discover how florists create professional arrangements. 4. Cookery At the Molesey (Henrietta Parker) Centre our tutors will help guide you to preparing delicious meals for any occasion. 5. Languages Esher, Molesey and Sunbury all offer a great variety of foreign languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, and Polish. 6. Tai Chi Offered at all three of our North Centres and our external Whiteley Village venue, 7. Computing & Work Skills Improve your ability in our computer suite at Molesey with touchscreen computer functionality. We offer courses that cover all the computing basics and essentials. 8. Photography Perfect for those with a new D-SLR or bridge camera and those wanting to develop their technique. Learn how to use manual and automatic settings and how to improve, save and present your photos. 9. GCSE English & Maths These free courses will help you achieve GSCE qualifications. Improve your CV and job prospects whilst gaining a recognised qualification in a dedicated adult learning environment. 10. Exercise and Dance classes. Fun and friendly lessons to help you feel fitter and healthier in mind and body. We have a wide range of courses to choose, from beginners to improvers and for wellbeing and the retired. Surrey Adult Learning offers over 2500 courses across north and south-west Surrey. To find out what is on near you, visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/adultlearning, call Customer Services on 0300 200 1044 or pick up a brochure at any centre or library.

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Understanding Man s Best Friend By Monica Chard, Editor Early this summer, the day I had been dreading arrived. We had to have our beautiful collie, Ruby, put to sleep. She had been an easy dog, good in the car, well behaved and totally reliable. We had rescued her from a bad start to life in Ireland and had built up a trust with her. She came to us with a brain trauma which had never affected her quality of life, but did make her rather special . When it came to the time to find a dog to fill the space she had left in our lives, we didn t hesitate getting another collie. But our new dog, Kira (see photo), is a different matter entirely. An adorable, cuddly dog, she has all her faculties, but also a bit of the madness that many collies have. As soon as we set off from the rescue centre we started discovering her quirks. Cars sent her into a total panic. Whether sitting in the car or seeing them pass by, she went berserk, barking, leaping and salivating in huge anxiety. This was new territory for us. We needed help if we were to make this work for us all. Once home, Kira in a crate in the back of the car, our ears bleeding and our second dog completely wound up, I went to dig out the contact details for a lovely smiley chap called Steve who I had met last year. Stephen Hawkins (yep, you won t forget that name), is a Laleham resident and dog behaviourist, running his company FETCH Dog Training, helping solve doggy issues with clients across Surrey. I had met Steve at the Laleham Fair where he was judging the ever popular dog show. At the time my dogs were so well behaved so I didn t need his services. But now, I was so glad I had met him. He has a lovely air of confidence and fun and dogs clearly love him and respond to his ways. Steve will visit your home, do a behavioural analysis and develop a training programme which uses positive reinforcement, body language and a little dog psychology. To summarise, Steve speaks Dog. Initially you have to get inside the animals head to understand why they do what they do. Kira lay herself at his feet when he first arrived. Oh how sweet I thought. Oh how submissive Steve said. Dogs need to trust that their owners are in charge and that they are the leader. When you get a new dog, you need to demonstrate a calm and confident leadership. I had to be trained to give Kira the conPlease mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


fidence she could trust that I would protect her. I was taught that for the first few weeks I should sit down and eat something while ignoring the dogs BEFORE feeding them (even if I wasn t interested in food at that time of the morning). That established me as pack leader. They can only eat when I have finished and tell them it is their turn. It makes perfect sense when you look at animals in the wild. Four weeks since starting, we have a programme of desensitisation to tackle the ongoing traffic issue. Kira is making great progress. She is trusting that I will not put her in danger, that she can relax and not have to worry about all these passing vehicles. We will get there and I have a much better understanding of where her problems come from. Steve shared a story with me about one of his previous cases. Digby had a huge car phobia but with consistent training and encouragement he had managed an 11 hour road trip to Scotland where he discovered dog heaven of beaches and hills. And what about teaching an old dog new tricks? One of Steve s favourite behavioural stories is about Jasmine, a 10 year Border Collie who attacked any dog that approached her, especially if she was playing ball. Consequently, the owner always had to leash her if she saw another dog in the distance. A combination of structure and association training were put in place so that Jasmine became increasingly confident and tolerant of other dogs. After just a few weeks Jasmine was happily playing with her owner's friends dogs off leash, and even if there was a ball in play, she would happily share the toy. There are so many stories on Steve s website covering a huge variety of behavioural issues; aggression, anxiety, separation anxiety, pulling on the lead, jumping up. The list is endless, but the solution to them all is at hand. So if you are at your wits end, let Steve speak Dog to your furry friend and help you to understand each other and enjoy the special bond a dog and owner have.

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Fairy Crisis in Shepperton By Monica Chard, Editor

To this day, I still remember a fairy tale I was told as a child about a couple of gremlin type creatures who lived in my mouth and who thrived on sweets while they knocked holes in my teeth. It was a tale to inspire children to brush their teeth. This new book, The great Fairy Dust Crisis bears the same message to children, but from a different perspective. Told in a charming and engaging tone, the tale is of fairies who need children s help to survive. Local author Val Lewis writes by introduction; Did you know there is a Fairy Community in Shepperton? But sadly their stocks of Fairy Dust, which is vital to keep their fragile wings light enough for them to fly, is steadily declining. Their stocks of this precious dust, stored in secret Grottos in the woods and banks of the river Thames which flows through Shepperton, started to become mysteriously low. This was how the Great Fairy Dust Crisis began............with terrible consequences for the Shepperton fairy community . This beautifully illustrated book is also a very personal one. Shepperton resident Val Lewis wrote it for her grandchildren to teach them why it was important to brush their teeth. The setting of the magic banks of the river Thames, was perfect as the magical place fairies live, and the grandchildren loved it. The book was written over twenty years ago for Val s grandchildren. As each new baby was born she included it into the story. It has been edited and polished with the intention of self publishing as a legacy to the grandchildren who are now grown up. All the grand children feature in the story. Not only that but the latest grandchild Mo (no 8) as well as the first great grandchild, Felix, (both now 4) feature in it too. They were added in after seeing the first small print run of the book which was done for family only. Now it is time to share the story with a wider audience, and the message of teeth cleaning is still To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

totally relevant. As are fairies of course! Val says Since I was a child I have always loved the idea of fairies. And who has the right to say they don t exist? Arthur Conan Doyle believed emphatically in fairy folk. You have to believe in them in order to find them . So do go searching. Shepperton has lots of places they might live. Val s brother s grand daughter, Lorna Cowley, drew the illustrations while she was still at university. Since she did the drawings her talents have flourished and she is much in demand as an illustrator. Copies of The Great Fairy Dust Crisis are for sale at Nauticalia so do go and grab your copy and start exploring Shepperton with your children in a different light. Let us know how you get on!


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Community Unites to Resolve Stadbury Meadow Car Park Impasse Last month we ran a piece on the state of the parking problems at Shepperton Lock and the ridiculously empty Hamhaugh Islander' car park at Stadbury Meadow, between The Folly and Lock View on the Towpath. The car park has been blocked with a bollard by Spelthorne Borough Council, which is demanding thousands of pounds a year to remove its blockade of the "ransom strip", despite the Council's lease of the parking strip being conditioned on providing and maintaining vehicular access to properties to the north. The Council may soon be forced to remove its bollard none the richer as the resourceful Islanders have reached an agreement with the Environment Agency, which owns the freehold and access rights of the land at the lock. The agreement is that the Environment Agency will not object to the Islanders' vehicular access rights being recorded as a matter of legal title on the Land Registry if the Islanders can evidence that the access drive and land at Stadbury Meadow Car Park was used for residents' parking for more than 20 years before Islanders bought the land in 1986 from the Davy brothers who owned Dunton's Boat Yard, now Nauticalia. The Islanders have been gathering witness statements from people who lived on the Island or Towpath, or were members of the Weybridge Mariners Club or Shepperton Slalom Canoe Club. Local residents now in their 80s and 90s have come forward who remember cars, caravans, campers, boats and trailers parked at Stadbury Meadow from the mid-1950s. Children who grew up on the Island or Towpath have also been contacted about what they remember. The effort has been helped by Nauticalia, which maintains

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an archive of local maps, leases, deeds and photographs of Shepperton Lock as it has developed from vacant land in the 1800s to the thriving residential, boating and water sports community we have today. The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society also provided maps and photographs to the Islanders from their collections. This great community effort is now close to being successful, but if you or anyone you know could help, you are still invited to contact Kathleen Tyson by email at ThamesAndTown@gmail.com. She will take a 1 or 2 page witness statement and meet with you to have it signed. Getting the information for the statement will take about a half hour, and can be done by phone in most cases. If you are hard of hearing and live locally Kathleen will come to meet you to take the statement. If you have photographs of the land north of the lock from the 1950s to the 1980s, these will be scanned and then returned to you. She is looking for people who can say they remember: • what the land above the lock looked like, • what the driveway looked like, • whether the entrance was open, had a chain or a gate, • whether there were residents cars, boats, trailers, campers or caravans on the land, • whether the land was used for overflow residents' parking during Slalom, flotillas, parties, and summer when the public parking was congested, • anything else about the use of the land by residents along Towpath and on Hamhaugh Island. The sooner we get the Council to live up to its public and resident parking obligations and remove the bollard from the drive to Stadbury Meadow, the better for all the residents, clubs and businesses around Shepperton Lock!



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A great way to use up the glut of courgettes around at this time of year

Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 800g/1lb 12oz courgettes, sliced into 5mm/ ¼in rounds A few sprigs of thyme A few basil leaves 100ml/3½fl oz crème fraîche 50ml/2fl oz milk 1 tsp plain flour 75g/2½oz Gruyère or similar cheese, grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6 Place the olive oil in a heavy large, lidded frying pan over a low heat. When hot add the

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courgettes and herbs and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the courgettes have softened slightly but still have a little bite. Transfer the courgette and herb mixture to an ovenproof dish. Whisk together the crème fraîche, milk and flour in a bowl and season with salt. Pour the resulting mixture over the courgettes. Don t worry if there is not enough to submerge the courgettes as the mixture will bubble up when cooking. Sprinkle over the Gruyère cheese. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes, or until brown and bubbling. Serve as a side dish, or as a light supper with crusty bread and a green salad. Note: Gruyère is a wonderfully melty Swiss cheese but if you can t find it try Emmental, Beaufort, Jarlsberg or Comté. 27 Or email monica@villagematters.co.uk

What Lies Beneath

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

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Shepperton Sculptor Unveils New Royal Commission

Around 250,000 individual pieces of welsh slate went into the latest commission completed by Shepperton s Stephen Kettle. His sculpture of Charles and Camilla. He personally delivered it to Clarence House. Stephen has previously completed other notable pieces including a life size sculpture of Alan Turing which is on show at Bletchley Park. You may have caught it on the Antiques Roadshow recently. There are 200 pieces of slate in one of the laces of Turing s shoes alone! Also last year of Admiral Sir George Zambellas which included an intricate braid and which pushed the boundaries even for the talented Mr Kettle! Stephen is self taught, having come out of the navy and gone into construction and plastering. Somehow he found this novel form of creativity and has forged a place for himself amongst the great and the good who are delighted to get him to create their images in slate for posterity. There are various smaller decorative pieces by Stephen available for purchase through various art dealers so have a look online and see if you can find a piece from this amazingly talented local www.stephenkettle.co.uk

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Good Hydration & Nutrition - Key for over 75s

As the warm weather continues, we discovered this good advice from experts at a Surrey Clinical Commmissioning Group, encouraging good hydration and nutrition in people over 75 years of age. Drinking plenty of fluids not only helps keep people cool as temperatures rise but can help ward off a number of serious conditions that can be fatal in the frail or those with long term conditions. If older people don t drink enough they carry an increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, heatstroke and heat exhaustion, among other health problems such as urine infections, which can lead to hospitalisation. Jennifer Halliday at Surrey Downs CGC said Keeping cool in hot weather is vital for the health of older people and those living in care homes. Heatwaves can prove fatal in some cases, but with proper hydration and nutrition many ill effects can be avoided. Six to eight glasses of fluids a day is the ideal but this can be hard to achieve. In some of our local care homes we created hydration stations so residents were better able to serve themselves water, squash and other drinks at any point throughout the day, without having to wait for food service or ask a member of staff. Warm weather can also reduce people s appetite so we shared recipes for light and tasty finger food, jelly shots, fortified milkshakes and healthy fruit smoothies and encouraged residents to get involved in making these, as part of fun cookery activities. High fluid foods also count towards intake – think about watermelon, oranges and tomatoes. In Healthwatch Surrey s assessment of QiCH one care home was quoted as saying: We had four residents who were really underweight, but now these patients are a good weight solely due to the intervention Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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

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Gardening Matters Daisy, Daisy!

By Rachael Leverton

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

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

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

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham The Beach at Laleham is back for the summer of 2018 running until 28 th August 2018. The sand area is going to be used as the beach area and there will be kiddie rides and trampolines aimed at the under 10 s. You will find it on Thames Side next to the Camp site where the old pavilion building is. Refreshments and snacks will be on sale too. 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 Wey Navigation – Historical Journey . We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Zodiac Musical Society - The Wizard of Oz from 10th – 13th October 2018 at Magna Carta Arts Centre, Thorpe Road, EGHAM TW18 3HJ. Based on the wonderful 1937 film starring Judy Garland. Come and follow the friends down the Yellow Brick Road . For more information please call the box office on: 01932 220167. Ticket prices £11-£15. Further details also on our website; www.zodiacmusicalsociety.org Shepperton Horticultural Society 67th Autumn Show. Saturday, 1st September. Shepperton Village Hall. FREE. The show opens at 1.30 p.m. Refreshments outside the hall if fine, as well as inside. Plants and some produce for sale. These will be on a table outside the hall if the weather permits. Raffle. Please come along and support this local Village event The awards will be presented at 3.45 by M.P. Kwasi Kwarteng, who is a member! We would love new members. Membership is only £4 a year. More info at www.sheppertonha.co.uk Love Singing, want to learn. Saturday lst September from 10.00-15.00 At Our Lady of the Rosary School, Park Avenue, Staines, TW18 2EF. Fun packed sessions on vocal technique and musicianship. Tea/coffee/lunch included £15 for the day. Please contact John 07921 721 477 or info@spelthornechoralsociety.com Spelthorne Natural History Society Enjoy our August Summer walk led by Dr Phil Cribb. Sunday 12th at 10.30, Ranmoor Common. Meet National Trust Ranmore West car park, RH5 6SY. Small car parking charge for NT non-members. Refer to www.snhs.org.uk for more info.

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Shepperton Matters August 2018  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

Shepperton Matters August 2018  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham