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Shepperton

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Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together

December 2016/January 2017

Issue 63

Shepperton and Laleham

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Welcome! Wow! The end of another busy year. We hope you look back on it as a good one and wish you well for 2017. December marks the start of the festive season. You can look forward to Big Tree Night, Santa and reindeer. As always think of the volunteers who make it happen. Think also of anyone who might be by themselves this Christmas and see if you can make them feel a little special. Remember that the Greeno is hosting a special Christmas Day lunch so don’t be shy and do get in touch if you would like to join in. It is a free event. Again, thanks to the volunteers. Please remember that this is a JOINT December/January issue Please don’t tell me off if you have

December 2016/January 2017 not received a copy of Shepperton Matters in January! Don’t worry, we will be back to normal in February, but meanwhile enjoy this one, together with all the great offers and vouchers to tempt you in January.

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The Contents

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Christmas Past 4 Messing About by the Water 6 Still Brewing in Spelthorne 8 Which Tree to Choose 12 A Tribute to Lady Gloria 14 Restaurant Review 18 Twin Your Loo. Flush Away Poverty 22 Rotary Youth Speaks Awards 2016 26 Recipe of the Month 30 Spelthorne’s Late Blooms 32 What DO You do at the H&K Railway? 34 Only The Lonely 37 Purple Angels and Open Minds Update 41 Shepperton Residents Association 43 New Years Resolution to Learn 44 Charlton Village Residents 46 Gardening Matters 49 What’s On 51/52 Advertising Rates/Deadlines 54

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Christmas Past By Nick Pollard With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would take a look at the festive season in our community in years gone by, starting exactly 90 years ago in 1926. The postal arrangements in 1926 certainly made a contrast with today: on Christmas Day itself there was a delivery of letters and parcels, no collection in towns, but a collection in rural areas. Last posting dates for guaranteed delivery were December 22nd for parcels, and midday on the 23rd for letters! The Shepperton Jolly Wives Club Christmas Party c1950 Ten years later in 1936, reports in the local paper were about the Christmas parties at local schools. reminder of the recent World War Two, a party Shepperton Council School (now Saxon School) was arranged for 140 local children in Shepperton which was then sited in Sheepwalk, had ‘a jolly Parish Hall (now the Village Hall) sadly including 30 war orphans. By contrast, the day before, the party of games, a conjuring entertainment, and a visit from Father Christmas, who gave each a Parish Hall also saw the monthly meeting of the Shepperton Fanciers’ Association, including ‘a present’. At the Shepperton C. of E. Schools, (now St. Nicholas) then in School Lane at the back of the special table show for members of the rabbit section’! present site, the Headmaster, Mr G. Reynolds, had rd arranged his 23 Christmas party: ‘Tea was served By 1956, modern influences were beginning to be on tables decorated by the children, and the party, felt: the 1st Shepperton Green Cubs at their headnumbering 200, were visited by Father Christmas, quarters in Wood Road (the tin hut is still there but who gave each child a present. Carols were sung, disused), were entertaining parents and friends with a local teenage rock ‘n’ roll band (a descripgames played, and Mr Shepherd entertained with conjuring tricks. Each child also received crackers tion which would have meant nothing even 10 years before!) called ‘The Rolling Dominoes’. from the Rector (Rev. H.E McCloud). The day before, the infants, numbering 50, were similarly Some semblance of tradition was then restored with a recitation of ‘The Twelve Days of entertained at the school, and Mr Gibbons sent each an orange and a bag of sweets’. Christmas’. Another decade later in 1946, the Christmas period was dominated by one of the ‘pea-souper’ fogs that The next public meeting of the Sunbury and Shepwere so common when most homes and businesses perton Local History Society will be in the New burned coal: ‘Passengers were shaken but Year on Tuesday 17th January, when Nigel Scott, fortunately no one was injured when a single- one of our members, will be talking about the the decker bus on Route 237 travelling towards development of the tank and the Battle of Cambrai Shepperton, left the road and plunged into a ditch a century ago in 1917, which saw the first widein Halliford Road during the heavy fog which was spread use of this new invention. The talk takes widespread in the district’. It was reported that place at Halliford School in Russell Road, Shepdrivers who did venture beyond Shepperton perton, and starts at 8pm. All welcome, admission towards Chertsey and Staines had to find their way £2 for non-members of SSLHS. with considerable difficulty through heavy patches of dense fog, with visibility almost nil. In a Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Messing About By the River

Paxmead Riverside Base is beside the river Thames in Shepperton. Owned and run by Girlguiding Surrey West it provides camping, indoor bunkhouse and boating facilities for Guiding and Scouting groups. During the boating season there are opportunities for Guides, Brownies, Scouts and Cubs to take part in a variety of water based activities, whether during an evening session, an overnight stay or longer holiday. Evening boating courses open up from May next year offering training to our young members. In June and September there are two full days of water activities, ‘Water Fun Day’ for over a hundred girls to enjoy. Paxmead owns a wide range of ‘paddle power’ boats; canoes, kayaks, Kata Kanus, a bell boat, coracles and a Dragon boat, so we can cater for all ages and capabilities as this may be the first time that some children, and adults, have ever experienced boating. Our aim is to give as many youngsters as possible the chance and excitement of going in a boat, learning how to control it and gain confidence in their abilities as they learn. In order to do this we have a small but committed and experienced team of volunteer instructors who attend weekends, and mid week evenings. We are in real need of more instructors to join the team, boating experience is not essential, training will be given, travel costs paid and DBS checks organised. We need a commitment to help lead groups on an agreed rota basis as part of a team, and enjoyment of teaching youngsters. In return you will get some wonderful boating opportunities on the Thames at a beautiful site, fun and friendship. Does this sound like a terrific opportunity for you to take up a new skill, or maybe renew a lapsed interest? If so please contact; bosun@paxmead.org.uk

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Still Brewing in Spelthorne You are probably aware that Staines has a brewing tradition. 200 or so years ago there were in fact many small breweries in the area, attracted by the pure water in Staines. In the late 18th century records list Thomas Gates and William Harris as brewers and the Harris family went on to be one of the major local brewing families. They actually went on brewing for 100 years and their old brewery, the Oast House, still exists, although today it is used as an adult education centre. A brewery that you may well have heard of is Ashby’s, which was based in Church Street, Staines. Ashby’s in fact took over Harris and the symbol of the London Stone was used as their trade mark. Ashby’s closed in 1936. Fast forward two hundred years and the links are still very much there. Earlier this year Staines welcomed the launch of new brewery, Thames Side Brewery - the first in Staines in 80 years. The London Stone is also very much in evidence, now as a pub in Church Street, on the site of Ashby’s. They have a well stocked cellar and bar, serving a great variety of ales, including many supplied by local brewers. For most of the pubs existence it was known as The Clarence, after the Duke of Clarence who laid the foundation stone for Staines Bridge in 1829, and who also gives his name to Clarence Street. Thames Side Brewery is based in Staines, on the other side of the river and is run by partners Andrew Hayward and Michele Gibson. Owner and Head Brewer Andrew Hayward, came from an insurance background. “I wanted to turn my home-brewing hobby into a commercial operation. I’m now pleased to see a beer that I have made on sale in local pubs.” It was only a short time after launching that Thames Side won their first award, being voted “Beer of the Festival” out of 250 beers at Ascot Beer Festival. Thames Side Brewery is also passionate about nature. All their ales are named after river birds (Heron Ale, Egyptian Goose, Harrier Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Bitter to name a few) and for every pint of White Swan Pale Ale sold, a contribution is made to the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton for the care of injured, displaced Swans and other birds. Andrew has tried to continue to Ashby’s tradition. He is fascinated not only brewing but also the history. He discovered hat from as early as 1829 Ashby’s brewed a beer for export to “the Australian colonies”. This was described in advertisements placed in the Times in 1842 & 1843 as a beer that “resembles East India Pale Ale (IPA) in flavour and colour, but with rather more body”. Although Andrew could find no surviving recipes from Ashby’s, his Egyptian Goose IPA is based on an old fashioned English IPA in other words with rather more body. This is Andrew’s nod to the past, and an attempt to complete the circle of brewing coming back to Staines, by producing something possibly similar to that last produced by Ashby’s Staines Brewery Limited in the 1800’s. If you want to find out where to sample Thames Side, check out their website: www.thamesidebrewery.co.uk. For more information about the history of brewing you can visit Spelthorne Museum in Staines (entrance through Staines Museum). Entry free. Tel 01784 461804.

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As we start the month of December there is still no news on the future of the buses that so many rely on. Spelthorne Borough Council rightly say responsibility lies with Surrey County Council and they have not come up with any plan as yet. There was no concrete news as we went to print. This concerns the loss of the 458, the 556 and 557 meaning links with Ashford and St Peters and Heathrow will be hugely affected. Any updates will be published in due course on www.surreycc.gov.uk/buses. Remember that there is the Spelride service which is available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am -11am and 2pm-4pm for transport to the community centres in Spelthorne, and 11am-2pm for journeys to other places such as the town centres. There is an annual membership fee of £20 and fares cost £4 per journey or £7 return. Thankfully we also have local neighbourhood schemes such as Care in Shepperton who will be able to help to an extent. It does not get away from the fact though, that many folk will be losing their independence.

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Selecting the Right Christmas Tree

don’t have a lot of floor space. It retains its needles well. The Serbian Spruce has a slender tr unk with short, gracefully drooping branches and bright green needles. They are often sold as smaller pot-grown specimens here so they can be good for a table-top tree, and can be planted out once Christmas is over. The Rocky Mountain Fir is quite a nar r ow tree with a striking blue colouring to the foliage. It’s also good for needle retention.

Nordmann fir tr ees come in lots of sizes. They are bushy and symmetrical and are a lovely colour. They last well too, even in homes where people like the central heating set to toasty levels. The Fraser Fir has an intense festive aroma that lasts well. It’s a pretty shape and slimmer than the Nordmann so is good if you

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Finally the Norway Spruce, is what we think of (somewhat ironically) as a traditional British Christmas tree. It has a lovely shape but is notorious for dropping its needles. Try buying a potted tree rather than a cut one, as these hold their needles better. But actually, it’s only for a couple of weeks so a few dropped needles aren’t such a terrible price to pay for a truly lovely tree.

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A Tribute to Lady Gloria Gloria Lawrence made a huge impression on anyone fortunate enough to meet and to know her. She was kind, welcoming, giving, strong and charming. She had the innate ability to make everyone feel welcome and at ease, with her charm and her sense of humour. She was a fantastic hostess. She was also the devoted wife of Sir Ivan Lawrence and together they made a wonderful family home at Dunally Cottage in Shepperton where they often entertained friends and family. I was so honoured to be invited to the Thanksgiving service for Lady Gloria. The tributes were so heart felt, the readings so poignant. Her loss is keenly felt, all the more because she is now buried next to daughter Rachel. Sir Ivan has lost the two special women in his life and our heart goes out to him. What came across very clearly at the service was just how lucky a man he has been and just what a love he has known. 100 people said they would attend her funeral, but in the end over 200 came. 400 letters and notes of sympathy were received and at the thanksgiving service extra chairs had to be brought in. The service was attended by many public figures, friends to the family through Sir Ivans time at the bar and as and MP. Gloria Lawrence was a special lady and the world is a sadder place for her loss. Lady Gloria valiantly fought through many bouts of ill health during her life, more than her share. She died in October.

Happy Christmas to all our Customers! We are still transforming our shop Thank you for your patience and support

Please bear with us while our shop is transformed into a fabulous place for flowers and gifts. Meanwhile we are still fully trading so you can still get your flowers and deliveries.

We will bring you an update in the New Year

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Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve at The Warren Lodge or The Anchor Church Square, Shepperton Middlesex TW17 9JZ www.desboroughhotels.com

Why not have a great evening, a good night’s sleep and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Accommodation rates from £65.00 bed and breakfast

Celebrations Include: Christmas Party Nights Festive Lunches and Dinners Christmas Day Lunch Boxing Day Lunch New Year’s Eve Dining and Dancing

To book your celebrations or for more information please call our Christmas Coordinator 01932 237652 or email c&b@desboroughhotels.com

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Studio 2000. Colin’s Back!

As a self employed person, I understand all too well how fragile an existence it can be. When hair dresser Colin Watkins, who runs Studio 2000 in Charlton Village, broke his hip his whole family was affected. He couldn’t work, so he couldn’t earn. It was that simple. A very difficult time for all. Finally, after several months and a hip replacement, Colin is gradually starting back at work. He will need all the support the community can give him and fears that he has lost some of his clients during this period. “Not being there is tough and frustrating enough, let alone not earning an income but those bills and rent reminders keep coming in” he said. He is so grateful for the support of friends and family. Colin, we wish you well and hope you will be back to your old creative self soon. After all, there are some heads in the area that are just not the same without you, isn’t that right Sylvia Homewood?!

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

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Restaurant Review

The King & Thai, Shepperton It seems ages since we did a review so Mr C and I were feeling positively starving as we arrived at the King & Thai (love the name, by the way!) in Shepperton recently, and were ready for a good meal. You may be wondering how it is that you have perhaps not heard of this restaurant. Well, maybe you didn’t know that the Kings Head in Church Square in Old Shepperton is operating a Thai restaurant. Licensees Sam and Martin decided to take on the Thai offering as a business arrangement rather than pursuing the traditional English pub grub route. The exception is Sundays, when Sam and Martin still serve epic roast lunches. Monday to Saturday though, you will find yourself perusing a menu of delightfully exotic dishes. The kitchen is now run by Thai couple Apple and Kitty. Thais have a serious work ethic and the attention to detail shows. All the dishes are made from scratch, even including the accompanying sauces. We should probably have selected the mixed Thai platter (chicken satay, spring rolls, fish cakes, prawn toast and prawn tempura) which is well priced at £12.95 but we went a la carte, choosing chicken satay and grilled and marinated pork spare ribs, which were exquisitely soft and melted in the mouth. I was a little surprised to find the chicken satay dish a little “subtle” for my taste but our delightful waitress (ask my anything ‘Siri’) told me that in Thailand this dish did not have spices added. We decided we should try the prawn toast too (in the line of our review of course). Crunchy fried bread slices with a freshly made prawn topping and lots of sesame seeds were delightful. The dish was different to other versions I have tried and really good. The dishes were all beautifully served with carrot flowers Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Attractively served starters and fresh salad. The main courses arrived quickly. Perhaps it would be worth stressing that you want to take your time over your meal, or perhaps order starters first and then mains if you want to avoid this. But honestly, there was nothing to complain about with regard to the mains. Mr C had selected a red Thai chicken curry. I had gone for the Larb, a salad of minced chicken with lots of lime and herbs. One mouthful and any comments about subtlety left my mind. WOOOAAAH! My taste buds felt as if they had been slapped into a new state of awareness. The flavours were stunning. I could smell the fish sauce and herbs and the hit of chilli and lime together with the soft minced chicken was just sensational. Mr C’s red Thai curry was a 2 chilli affair on the menu. The green version has 3 so you

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have been warned! Thankfully we do love spice and had also chosen sticky rice to accompany the dish. I adore sticky rice. It reminds me of my time backpacking round Asia. It was served in a little plastic bag in a basket, keeping it fresh, warm and moist. I have to confess we ordered an extra one. It was a real treat. The menu offers a good choice of dishes. The ubiquitous Pad Thai, of course, along with other noodle dishes and stir fries with your choice of meat or prawns. Also the traditional selecRed Curry with Sticky Rice tion of curry dishes including Beef Massaman and vegetable curry with THREE chilli rating called Gaeng Pa. Good luck with that one! (“Siri, more water please!”) There is a good selection of vegetarian dishes and the Chef’s recommendations include a number of fish fillets and a Weeping Tiger, one of my favourites. Prices are reasonable. The Weeping Tiger is usually one of the most expensive dishes on a Thai menu but at £10.95 I feel it is keenly priced. A main course is priced from under £7 with starters around £4.50-5.50 and soups about £5. The restaurant is set at the back of the pub, but food is served at the bar or at the front

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too. it means that if you want some peace and quiet, then you are slightly removed from the main bustle. Takeaways are available but with prices and choice as they are, Mr C and I felt we would be happy returning regularly to sample the whole menu! Thai desserts are not currently available but there is talk of adding sweet sticky rice and fried bananas which sounds like an excellent idea to me! As if you don’t need more of a reason to try out this lovely addition to eateries in Shepperton, there is a 20% voucher below which is valid Monday-Thursday until the end of January 2017.

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Elf at the Themba

Local youth Am Dram group, Themba, is truly local. The group rehearses in Shepperton and performs in Sunbury. This Christmas they are performing Elf Jr. which will be on at the Riverside Arts Theatre from 22nd December to 24th December to get you in the festive spirit. Details of performance times are in What’s On at the back of this issue. Info and tickets also via email at: thembaboxoffice@btinternet.com To get the children in character Themba’s “ Buddy” and “Jovie” were taken to the West End to meet Ben Forster who is playing Buddy on stage in London.

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Flush Away Poverty by Twinning Your Loo!

Lack of sanitation is one of the major causes of death and disease in the third world, so the need for toilets is an essential aid in preventing this waste of life. Shepperton’s Sally Dick recently put on a Toilet Twinning Tea in order to raise much needed funds. She has already twinned her own toilet but was aiming to raise enough money to pay for one or two toilets in some part of the third world where sanitation that we all take for granted, is sadly lacking. If you are looking for something original to give to someone who has everything this Christmas, then how about twinning a loo. For just £60, you can twin your loo with a latrine halfway around the world, in a country of your choosing. For £240, you can twin with a school block or toilets in a displacement camp. Your smallest room becomes the proud owner of a certificate, complete with a photo and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin on Google Maps. Yes, you can see it’s loo–cation!! If you can’t stretch to a loo, then please donate any amount. Your donation will be used to provide clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education. More information on the website: http://www.toilettwinning.org/

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Rotary Youth Speaks Competition 2016

Nine teams from five schools took part in Youth Speaks, the annual public speaking competition for schools, organised by Shepperton Aurora Rotary on 18th November at the Council Chambers in Staines. Each team consisted of 3 members, a Chairperson, a Speaker, and giver of Vote of Thanks, and spoke on a subject of their own choice. Choices of subject covered a wide range, from ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’ to ‘The Dark Side of Exams’. The standard of speaking was exceptionally high, and the adjudicators, Mandy Smith, Assistant Head at St Georges College in Proud winners with Mike Giquel Weybridge, Robert May, a manager and Systems Architect at Cisco’s and Tim Rose, vicar of St Mary Magdalene Church in Littleton had a very hard job choosing the winners. In announcing the winners, Mandy Smith told the contestants that no-one should consider themselves a failure as they were all winners, and had all acquired vital skills which would benefit them in whatever career they chose. The Intermediate Cup was won by Anoushka Vail, Lily Blakemore and Neve Crossley of The Matthew Arnold School, who entertained the packed audience with ‘A Photograph tells a Thousand Words’. In the Senior Competition, the Sunbury Manor School team of Megan Bill, Jack Greaves and Holly Hunter, speaking passionately about the case for 16 & 17 year olds being allowed to vote in elections, swept the board, winning not only the Cup for Best Team, but they also won best Chairperson, best Speaker and best Giver of Vote of Thanks. All prizes and trophies were presented by the Mayor, Councillor Alfred Friday, who declared that he had heard better speeches this evening than he often hears at Council meetings. In summing up, Mike Gicquel, President of Shepperton Aurora Rotary, said ‘I feel very proud of the achievements of these young people, who have enthralled us with the quality of their speaking, and I thank Spelthorne Borough Council for allowing us to use this magnificent chamber which provides a fitting arena for the competition’. This was just the first round of a National competition organised by Rotary. The two winning teams now go forward to the District semi-finals in February.

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Recipe of the Month ‘Raw’ Chocolate Brownies - Easy and Indulgent!

Ingredients for 20 squares 200g pecan nuts or walnuts 250g dates (ideally medjool) 50g cocoa powder 50g desiccated coconut 3 dessert spoonfuls agave syrup or runny honey Pinch salt For the decoration 50g nuts (pecan/walnut or pistachio 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut Method Chop nuts in a food processor until they are like course flour in texture. Add the pitted dates and run the food processor until the ingredients are blended well together. Add the cocoa, dessicated coconut, agave syrup or honey and a little salt and run the processor until you have a mass. Prepare a low baking tin (24x18cm tin if you have one) by lining with baking parchment or with cling film. Press the mixture into the tin and spread evenly. Decoration Drizzle the top with pecan or walnut halves or roughly chopped pistachios, according to your preference. Sprinkle over the desiccated coconut and push it all down lightly into the dough so that it doesn’t all fall off when you eat it! Leave in the fridge for an hour or so, then cut into 20 equal squares and enjoy!

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Spelthorne’s Late Blooms By Monica Chard, Editor So, judgement day arrived in late October (after we had gone to print with the November issue, so excuse the tardy report). You may remember me reporting that we had been persuaded to enter our riverside garden into the Spelthorne in Bloom competition earlier this year. Well, Mr C and I received an invitation to attend the awards evening at the Orangery at Shepperton Studios. “Ooh” I said to Mr C “I have never been officially invited before….so maybe there is a reason”. Well of course the only reason is that ALL entrants to the competition are invited to the awards evening, but those who would be getting a prize are told in advance that they have won something. And so it came to be that our “lucky” number 13 entry in the category of Best Waterside Garden was not in fact lucky, nor was our My waterside blooms! garden good enough. The category was won by Barbara Barnard of Thames Meadow, Shepperton (pictured below with Colin Squire) and well deserved too! Of course our little garden was not

always a marvel of colour. He won best hanging basket again, as well as a second in Best Front Garden. Grange Farm, Shepperton once again featured wins in several categories with Sue Pollock winning best front garden as well as best in show and Shirley Faulkner’s garden also picking up a prize.

going to win, but it had been fun taking part and making it beautiful this year. I discovered the joys of begonias and my garden did eventually look quite splendid whether or not it won! Other local winners were Mr Leslie Grimes from Manor Lane, Sunbury whose front garden is

Well done and thank you to all those who played a part, either as gardeners, judges, administrators or sponsors.

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Colin Squire presents the Best in Show award It was lovely to hear that St Nicholas School in Shepperton won in the best school grow your own. The Harrow in Charlton Village and the Hare and Hounds in Sunbury both won prizes in the pub categories. Spelthorne in Bloom is such a community initiative, making the borough a more pleasant environment to work and live. It would not happen without the support of sponsors and the immense work put in by volunteers. Ian Harvey, leader of the council made a point of spanking (or was that thanking?!) Nick Wood Dow who is chair of the in Bloom committee. Oh yes, we did laugh! So, why not think about taking part next year. Whether or not you do, spend some time making your own garden brighter and enjoy seeing the colours and blooms throughout the summer. We will bring you more details about the launch of the 2017 competition in April or so next year.

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“What Do You Do at the Hampton & Kempton Railway?

(by Douglas Dick)

That’s just the sort of question one can get asked when one says that we spend Tuesdays at the Kempton site of the “Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway” [particularly by the wife!]. Well, here’s a task that is far from obvious, is quite time-consuming, but is essential, and quite satisfying when completed: Fixing the point-change mechanisms. Let’s say we start with a turnout. It’s repaired and ready, except that there is no point-change mechanism! WE need to get a suitable one ready and it might not be that obvious looking at the pile of “ useful parts” we have. So, there is plenty of work to do, mainly at the work bench under the A316, where the bits are stripped apart, which takes a lot of oil, elbow grease and brute force! They are then cleaned, painted and ready for re-use. Sometimes the bits are just too corroded for reuse and new parts have to be made, but most are re-useable. The work bench is soon a mass of disassembled and part-renovated pieces again! But you can soon see progress and before too long you have a point-change mechanism which is all-but ready to go into action, and all that is needed is a few final adjustments which are made on-site. Of course those few ‘adjustments’ might involve a lot of ‘blood, sweat and tears’; certainly a bit of hammering, drilling and sometimes a bit of work with a saw, but when the mechanism is finally in place on the “Hanworth Loop” and the clunk of the mechanism and the swish of the point blades as they swing across makes it all very satisfying. Here is our “Track Supervisor”, Jim Hewett, testing the newly installed mechanism for the trap-point to the siding West of the Hanworth Loop platform. There is still quite a pile of unrepaired mechanisms, as the second picture shows, and lots of points to which they need to be fitted – the next one being the ‘break-out point’ from the Hanworth Loop to the mainline line towards the A316 and on the Hampton, which might be installed in the next few months. So if you would like to join us at Kempton to develop the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway all the way back to Hampton then check out our website www.HamptonKemptonRailway.org.uk And then if somebody asks “What will you do all day?” you can assure them that it is not pointless!

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Only The Lonely Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year if you’re on your own. And, even if you’re surrounded by friends and family, it’s still possible to feel lonely. However, there are lots of charities that might be able to help: Mind can offer advice and useful contacts for people who struggle with loneliness. Visit www.mind.org.uk or call 0300 123 3393. The Red Cross and The Co-op have partnered up to tackle loneliness. They’re aiming to ‘provide vital care and support to help reconnect thousands of isolated and lonely people with their communities.’ Call the Red Cross 0344 871 11 11. Wavelength pr ovides TVs and r adios to people who are on their own and who might struggle to afford them otherwise. Beneficiaries need to be referred, by a friend or housing officer for example. Contact 0800 0182137. Community Christmas believes that no one should be on their own at Christmas, so it helps to direct older people to events and groups that can help. Visit communitychristmas.org.uk or call 0844 443 0662. The Greeno Centre hold a Christmas Day lunch every year. It is free of charge, you will be welcomed and have fun within a warm friendly environment. Telephone Caroline on 01932 247255 or 07775 901035, either to volunteer to help or to book your lunch. A pet can offer much needed companionship, but they do take a lot of care. If you’re struggling to look after your pet, The Cinnamon Trust may be able to arrange for a volunteer to help walk your dog, or take your pet to the vet. Contact the trust on 01736 757 900. It can be difficult to meet new people. A community class can help to get you talking to others with similar interests. The Village Hall advertises all sorts of groups and for more formal courses try the Surrey Adult Learning Centres nearby.

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If you’re fit enough, why not consider volunteering? It’s a great way to get out of the house, meet new people and give yourself a sense of purpose. You could volunteer at a local shop, help out at a homeless shelter, or get involved in making your community a greener, cleaner place to live. Visit do-it.org for local opportunities. It’s worth contacting your GP if you’re struggling with loneliness or feeling depressed. He or she may be able to point you in the direction of organisations that can help you. If you’re not the one who’s lonely, but you’re worried about an elderly friend or neighbour, the Be a Friend campaign has some gr eat tips about how to support them. Visit: www.beafriendtoday.org.uk. It can be difficult if you have a friend or relative who you know is lonely, especially if you’re not able to see them every day. You could try sharing the responsibility with other friends or relations. Maybe set a day for each person to visit or ring. The charities above might also be able to offer you advice.

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The Laleham Panto

Now in its fourth sell out year, the Laleham Players pantomime is becoming a bit of an institution with the locals. The company are busy in final preparations for this year’s production "Cinderella Through the Magic Mirror". Oh yes they are!!! Audiences can expect the usual mix of fun, music, drama and comedy from a very successful company led by the Director Jo Bartlett. As the opening number says .... the people, the outfits, the fairies, the witches, the Dames, the lighting and the sound all contribute to a great show. To find out more about the Laleham Players, please visit their website www.lalehamplayers.com Or follow them on social media by searching for Laleham Players. All proceeds from the pantomime go to the Laleham Residents Association, who in turn fund events for Laleham Village and help local charitable causes

Images from last year’s Laleham Players pantomime “Aladdin and his Talking Monkey”, December 2015 taken by R. Howles

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News from Purple Angels/Spelthorne Dementia Support and the Open Minds Café

The statistics for Dementia sufferers in the UK are alarming. It is fast becoming the leading cause of death in England and Wales. But living with the disease is of course affecting millions too, both those diagnosed and their carers. Purple Angels at Spelthorne Dementia Support are offering a great deal of support within the community and since the end of August they have been operating the Open Minds Monday Morning Cafes at The Greeno for sufferers and carers. They have organised several entertainment events with Music for Health. This has been a wonderful success where Cameo, Opal and the other Greeno groups all joined in, turning the morning into a real party atmosphere. The next dates for the Open Minds are December 12th which is the Greeno’s Christmas party. The following week on the 19th December the duo from Stars in your Eyes “the Everly Jean, Lisa and friends at The Greeno Others” will be performing. There are no meetings over the Christmas period. In the new year dates are January 9th 2017 and January 23rd with entertainment followed by one of the Greeno tasty lunches. They also organised a coach trip in November to Farnham to shop followed by a carvery lunch. It was designed to be a pre Christmas treat organised by Shepperton Ladies and funded by Purple Angels. Saturday December 3rd will find Shepperton Ladies organiser June Bernard holding a Gig night at the Sunbury Cricket Club in aid of Spelthorne Dementia Support .A good night is promised. Do get along if you can. The GPS trackers have found new homes and are being supplied by Runnymede assuring the users confidence and independence. Purple Angels will be in the Village Hall again on Big Tree Night to offer warm shelter with cake, coffee and tea and a chance for the grandmothers and older generation to rest their feet for a while. Finally Purple Angles are supplying help at home with Homeinstead to give respite to carers.

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Shepperton Big Tree Night Come along to Big Tree Night on Wednesday 14th December, a wellestablished festive family fair, which brings in visitors from far and wide. This year, the organisers (Shepperton & District Business Community) are launching the Big Tree Golden Ticket Raffle, where one person will win the entire raffle of hundreds of pounds of prizes tickets will be available from shops in the High Street and on the night. The event starts at 5pm in the High Street and Father Christmas will be arriving with his reindeer from 6pm. The ever-popular carols start at 6:30pm by the main stage and there will also be plenty of other festive attractions including craft stalls and rides for the children. Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening an a fantastic selection of food will be available to buy. The High Street will be closed to traffic from 4pm, with some side roads closing at 1pm. For more details and information see http://bigtreenight.uk

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Shepperton Residents’ Association By Richard Hewitt As reported last month, our local Police held a Panel Meeting at the Greeno Centre to answer concerns from residents about the increase in anti-social behaviour in the village, although the Police explained that Shepperton did not suffer as badly as elsewhere in Spelthorne. To counteract the problems, the Police were introducing a new policing model called “Policing in Your Neighbourhood” (PIYN), the aim being to ensure a speedy response to neighbourhood issues. To assist in that aim we were introduced to two new PCSOs who will join Colin Gibbons in supporting the village. The Police are supported also by the Borough’s Law Enforcement Team, which has been very successful in reducing fly tipping and removing abandoned vehicles, as well as more mundane actions such as dog fouling and the issuing of fixed penalty notices. At our Open Meeting on Tuesday 8th November we welcomed two representatives from the Environment Agency who explained the current position with the River Thames Scheme which aims to reduce flood risks to homes and businesses from Datchet to Teddington. In our area it is planned to create a new flood channel from Laleham to Shepperton as well as widening the Desborough Cut, and increasing the weir capacity at Sunbury. To further assist in publicising the Scheme the Environment Agency are organising a series of “Drop-In Sessions” in early December including being at the Village Hall from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday 6th December. We understand that the Cemex proposal to extract gravel at the Watersplash Farm site will be considered by the County Planning and Regulatory Committee at its December Meeting. We have very serious traffic concerns with the expected large HGV movements, particularly at the roundabout at the junction of Green Lane with the A244. We also understand that the Environment Agency are still Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

not satisfied with the proposals for dealing with water contamination and flooding problems. A proposed merger between the Royal Surrey Hospital and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals will not now go ahead, despite over £4 million having been spent on the project. It was felt that a merger would not offer the “greatest opportunity for long-term financial and operational stability”. Instead the two trusts will seek to undertake a “sustainability transformation plan”. Your Committee joins me in wishing you all the Compliments of the Season.

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Start the Year Off with New Years Resolution to Learn I like the feeling of learning a new skill, or improving an old one. Readers of this magazine will perhaps remember my attempts at ballroom and Latin dancing, trying my hand at bridge and wrestling with de-boning and stuffing a chicken! The range of courses available on our doorstep is amazing and the sense of achieving something new, particularly when it is cold and miserable outside is such a good feeling. So, here are some thoughts to inspire you. There are spaces available at the Adult Learning Centre at the top of the Avenue in Sunbury in January in the following subjects: - Languages. Have you always wished you had worked harder at learning French at school? Or maybe you have always thought about tackling an entirely new language. There are various language course for beginners at the centre in Sunbury - Ballroom dancing. After the glamour of Strictly Come Dancing, maybe you fancy trying some of the moves yourself, although perhaps some of Ed Balls dances are best left to TV! - Acrylic painting. There are many budding artists out there. Maybe all you need is a bit of encouragement or to be with like minded people. Why not make 2017 the year you start - Pottery. I used to love skiving off school to join my mum on her weekly pottery course. It is in credible what you can make and working with clay is such fun - Creative writing. They say we all have a book in us. One day I will put my writing skills, honed working for the magazines, to write that novel. Finally, there is a discount of £40 off exercise classes for the over 50s! So go on, don’t just sit inside waiting for Spring to come. Get out there and do something fun and inspiring instead. Contact details for courses on the ad opposite.

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I would like to start this Charlton Village Resident update with a by wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and New Prosperous New Year, and that includes our lovely Village Matters Editor Monica Chard. Christmas is once again upon us it does not seem that a year has passed since we were talking about the fact that Charlton Village were going to have their first ever Village Christmas Tree. A year on and once again Longacres have agreed to sponsor CVRA and give us a large Christmas Tree that will take pride of place in our Village, by the time you read this it will be decorated and illuminated. So please do use Longacres for all your Gardening and Christmas needs as they do support Charlton Village. Another local business that is very supportive is The Harrow Pub. Lyle and Sammy and the staff are very St Georges Lake – Hetherington Rd supportive and help us in fund raising etc. This Christmas they have agreed that we can use their BackParty Marquee for a Village Children’s Party. This is open to all Charlton Village Residents and families but we must charge a nominal amount just to cover the cost of the children’s entertainer and funds towards the food etc. we will be sending around details to all houses, but if you are interested prior to that please contact any of the committee members and they will gladly fill you in on any details, likewise, if you wish to help in any way. In addition to this we will be once again holding our Christmas Light Up the Village Competition once again judged by our Local Celebrity – Father Christmas and his helpers. This year as well as prizes we will be giving First Prize an annual Shield that will be engraved with their and previous winner’s details. Across the year CVRA has achieved a lot that we can be proud of: We have tidied up the Village with new planters and plants, Set up a Village Speed watch which does regular outings, having caught over 100 motorists, We have better communications with most residents getting regular updates etc. Arranged a Summer BBQ, Fund raised and donated £500 to the Local Brownie and Guides. Charlton Village is a Village that is growing as community and hopefully getting noticed by all. Please be proud of your Village, and thanks to all our hardworking Committee Members. Wendy Jackson - Secretary and Website Shivali - Treasurer Sarah Squire - Communications Howard Jones / Denise White / Stuart Boyle – Members Howard / Denise / Derek / Stewart – Speed Watch Don’t forget to go to our Website for regular up-dates - https://cvra.co.uk As well as our Facebook Page - Charlton Village Shepperton residents Group. If you have any questions please send us an email to cvramessages@gmail.com and we will gladly answer any queries, and if joining the committee appeals to you please contact us for details. Karen Howkins

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Gardening Matters This month - The Christmas Cactus half way up the gravel. Place the potted plant on top of the gravel. Water As it’s tropical it’s less drought-tolerant than other cacti species. Water thoroughly then allow the top half-inch or inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Fertilizer As new leaves appear or when flower buds start to swell, apply a liquid fertilizer formulated for houseplants every 7 to 10 days until the growth or flowering cycle ends. Christmas cacti are splendid plants. They pump out masses of delicate jungle flowers in rosy red, white, orange, pink, and pale yellow, depending on the variety, just in time for the festive season. And although they're a true cactus, their spines are so tiny and soft that you'll barely notice them - and never get pricked. Also as each outer leaf produces its own flower the display gets better year on year. They are available in shops and garden centres right now and are just perfect for those hard-to-buy-for souls. Also, according to my neighbour, who grows prize-winning cacti, they can live for 25 years or more so they’re the gift that just keeps on giving. Christmas cactus care! Light Chr istmas cacti ar e tr opical epiphytes, which grow naturally in rain-forest trees. Choose a cool, bright spot, out of direct sun is best. Try an east-facing windowsill, and it won't know it ever left the jungle. Humidity They love a humid atmospher e so are best grown on a gravel tray. Fill a waterproof bowl with gravel then add water to

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Repotting Chr istmas cacti flower best when they’re pot-bound. Every year or so, gently pull the plant out of its container and check the roots. When roots start to mat where they touch the inside of the pot, move the plant into a container that's an inch larger in diameter. Gently rough up the matted roots with a knife or fork before you repot. After Christmas When flower ing is over , keep the plant indoors until the weather warms in late spring. New growth tends to start in March. If you particularly want the plant to flower at Christmas then next November put the cactus in a place where nights are cool (about 10-12C) and there's no artificial light. After flower buds form, you can stop the cool/dark treatment and start fertilizing for a strong three-week bloom cycle. My neighbour tells me that Christmas cacti are pretty forgiving souls and that even if you’re unsuccessful at inducing Christmas blooms you should be treated to regular flowering displays throughout the year. What could be nicer?

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Send info on local events to info@villagematters.co.uk to be listed here Sat 10 Dec 8pm - Walton Voices 'Catch A Falling Star' Christmas Concert Christ the Prince of Peace Church, Portmore Road, Weybridge, featuring local schools and groups. £12 (U11s free) Tickets 07884 348172 Big Tree Night. December 14th fr om 6.00pm. Shepper ton High Str eet. Spelthorne Choral Society Christmas Concert. 7.30 Satur day 17th December 2016 St Peter’s Church, Laleham Road, Staines. In Terra Pax (GERALD FINZI) and Christmas Carols (with some audience participation) To include mulled wine and mince pies. £10 online and box office /£12 on the door. Accompanied under 16’s FREE. Box office - 0208 941 2512 (eve) www.spelthornechoralsociety.com This December. Shepperton and Sunbury Rotary Club will be running their annual Christmas Street collections, complete with Santa, Sleigh and music. Look out for us! In Shepperton we will be collecting on: 6th December, in the Village and around St Nicholas Drive. 9th December, In and around Gaston Way and Old Charlton Road, 15 th December around Western Drive, High Street Shepperton collection on the 17th Dec and 22nd December in and around Manygate Lane. St Mary Magdalene Christmas Services: Wednesday 14 December Community Carols at 5 pm and 7 pm Sunday 18 December 9 lessons and Carols Saturday 24 December Crib Service's at 3 pm and 4 pm, and midnight communion at FREE Community Christmas lunch 11.30 pm. Christmas Day 10.30am-3pm

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The Rotary Club of Shepperton Aurora will also be collecting. Father Christmas and his sleigh will be visiting as follows, starting at 5.30pm and finishing by 8.30. We cannot guarantee the order in which we visit the streets. Monday 5th December Studios Area, Magdalen Road and Rectory Road. Thursday 8th December Greeno Crescent to Mandeville Road, The Morning of Saturday 10th December High Street Shepperton, Monday 12th December Briar Road to Milton Drive, Tuesday 13th December Squires Bridge to Watersplash Road, Monday 19th December Charlton Village. We will also be at TESCO in Sunbury all day on 16th and 17th December

Are you young or old, single, a couple or a family and are facing Christmas alone or in difficult circumstances or would like to get involved with something different on the 25th December?

Three course lunch and entertainment provided Booking Forms available from The Greeno now Guest or Volunteer - find out more details Call Caroline 01932 247255 /07775 901035/ carolinebutton2006@yahoo.co.uk

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What’s on - Shepperton & Laleham Send community events info to info@villagematters.co.uk The Probus Club of Shepperton for r etir ed business and pr ofessional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month to hear a speaker followed by lunch. In November we had a talk on the “Hogsback” Harley club. We welcome new members: please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 SPELTHORNE CHORAL SOCIETY r ehear se ever y Monday evening dur ing ter mtime 7.30- 9.30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary School, Park Avenue, Staines. Very friendly atmosphere and no audition required, just a love of singing Choral Music. Our Conductor is Sean Bui and Accompanist Lindsay Bridgwater. All information via the website at ;- www.spelthornechoralsociety.com or call 07527 155443. Staines Musical Theatre Group presents “A Countdown to Christmas”, Sunday 4th December, United Chur ch of Egham, High Str eet TW20 9HP. A compilation of carols, songs and humour to get you in the festive spirit. Performances 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions; £25 family ticket) including mince pie and mulled wine. Bookings 01784 605 805 (www.smtg.org.uk)

Laughing Chili Comedy Club is hosting a Cabaret Special at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury on Saturday December 3rd. Show 8.30pm. Tickets fr om www.laughingchili.co.uk.

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December 2016 Shepperton Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

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