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December 2017

Issue 82 FREE to homes in Lower Sunbury

Lower Sunbury Christmas Market - December 7th 5-8.30pm


Welcome! The Christmas season is upon us. On December 1st the lights will be go on in Sunbury. Yes, the Christmas House in Green Street is ready to wow you all again. This year the Lower Sunbury Business Community have organised lights for Avenue Parade too and are also putting on the Christmas market which was sorely missed last year. One amazing story this month is a jigsaw puzzle solved through Sunbury Matters as an old book has reunited Daphne Clement with a branch of her family. Read p 23. It shows the power of the internet and how far Sunbury Matters goes! I have been asked by Raj and Kamal to put the word out that they have taken the decision to look for someone to take the shop

December 2017 in Avenue Parade off their hands. Please drop in to see Kamal for more information. We wish you a season of goodwill and happiness. As I heard someone say recently, if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours! Happy Christmas and New Year!

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The Magpie, Sunbury c1910 4 Good News and Happiness Stories 6 It’s Beginning to Look like Xmas 9 Antisocial Behaviour - Update 10 Ian Squire RIP 14 Sunbury Christmas Market & Raffle 18 4 Years After the Flood…. 20 Sunbury Matters Awakens the Past 23 What a Difference a Year Makes 24 Beware the Threat of Malware 27 Reflections on Christianity at Xmas 29 Thinking of a Career in Film? 30 Recipe of the Month 34 Weird & Wonderful Xmas Traditions 38 Thamesmead Awards 40 WI Spelthorne Knees Up! 42 LOSRA Says 45 The Extremes of Christmas 47 A Christmas Truce 49 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On/Noticeboard 58/61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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The Magpie and Thames St, Sunbury c1910 By Nick Pollard

‘The Season’s Greetings’ reads the message printed at the bottom of this postcard of Thames Street and the Magpie hotel, dating from about 1910. Although clearly not a traditional Christmas scene, it was quite common for overprinted postcards to have been used in lieu of Christmas cards at the time. Perhaps this had something to do with the postage being only a half penny for a postcard against a penny for a letter! The Magpie was first mentioned as a pub in 1729. Nearly 200 years later at the time this postcard was sent, the licensee was Thomas Freeman, who had succeeded his mother Elizabeth in 1905, she in turn had taken over from her husband Frederick in 1894. Frederick had got himself in a spot of bother with the authorities by selling whisky at 33% under proof (i.e. watered down!) and had been fined £1 9s 6d, plus costs of 13s 6d and analyst’s fees of 10s 6d. Presumably he lost his job too. During his time at the pub, the showbusiness charity The Grand Order of Water Rats had been founded at the Magpie, in 1889. The story goes that they gained their odd name from a trotting horse they owned, by the name of Magpie, which upon getting drenched by the rain one day, was likened to a water rat by a passing horse-drawn cab driver. I hope they didn’t have their drinks watered down by the landlord too! To learn more about the history of the Magpie, see ‘The History of Sunbury’s Pubs’, published by Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. It would make a good Xmas present! The next Society talk is ‘Cecil Hepworth-Pioneer Film Maker’ by Dr. Simon Brown , at 8pm on Tues 16th January at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Good News and things to make you smile! Last month we started a page of good news and happy stories. We need to counter-balance all the bad news in the papers, the challenges facing our community, and remember what a great place to live this is. Thanks to Kate Thompson who contacted me. She told me “Like everyone, I have concerns about activities in the walled garden carpark, drug dealing Anti social behaviour etc. We hear a lot of it especially on Saturday evenings from our house. So, I was pleased to see your Good News stories to counter the gloom in the most recent edition of Sunbury Matters.

I thought you might like a little update from me for this page. This is a photo of my two sons, Ronnie and Stanley and the vicar's twins, Archie and Eliza, getting involved in the Litter Pick recently in the park. I must admit they were dragged over against their will, but once they got involved they really enjoyed it and collected a huge amount of rubbish with their pickers, particularly from the woodland area. I think it's really good for kids to have a social conscience regarding their local area and see that's it's their responsibility to keep it looking nice for everyone.” True words indeed Kate. Thank you. It is worth celebrating good news in the business community too these days as it is a bleak Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

world for many shop keepers. We therefore congratulate Best One in Green Street who have just celebrated their 20th anniversary with a fabulous new makeover. Well done to Ali and the team of helpers. Congratulations also to The Shahin on Thames Street for being named Restaurant of the Year at the recent Bangladeshi Catering Association awards at a glitzy ceremony in London. Fantastic achievement! Shubin and the team are delighted and we can be proud to have this great restaurant on our doorstep. Things that make you smile would not be complete without this wonderful photo of Father Andrew Downes astride a snowman at last years children’s Christmas service. I do love a good sense of humour. I wonder what he might be wearing this year! Keep all the photos and happy stories coming our way so we can remember what a special place we live in. We welcome beautiful photos of Sunbury and stories of local life, kind acts and happy things. Let’s dispel the gloom, particularly as we enter into the darker months of the year. You can email me: monica@villagematters.co.uk or call me on 07979 808991 if you prefer.

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas By Monica Chard

It’s official! Christmas must be here. The Christmas House in Sunbury is ready to light up the village once more. Lights will officially be lit on December 1st. So come on down! Steve and Tracey Lonsdale have been busy. Steve has been up ladders around the outside of the house, up trees, over the garage door and anything else in the vicinity, festooning meters upon meters of fairy lights. Christmas figurines have found their place on the lawn - oh and he has done the back garden too!! As for Tracey, she has put her favourite Christmas DVD’s on to get her in the spirit and given the inside of the house a makeover. This couple just LOVE Christmas. They also love spreading their love and goodwill and are once again dedicating their house to raise money for good local causes. Two local charities were suggested by Facebook followers so this year’s lucky recipients will be the Charley Paige Trust and Alfie Ward. Here are the details of the charities and how to donate. Do give what you can.

could make life easier or a little more comfortable at home. To ease the financial burdens families face in the form of travel grants, equipment grants, sensory grants, recreational grants and of course ‘treat’ grants to the terminally ill children/young people, this Trust relies solely on donations so please help this incredible charity. You can make a donation via Text by texting to 70070 then type BIMY49 in the message box followed by your amount. Thanking you in advance. You can also give via the website: https:// www.justgiving.com/fundraising/traceylonsdale2

CharleyPaige Trust Charley sadly lost her battle with leukaemia at the age of 3. During her time in hospital it became evident to the family as a whole the emotional, financial and practical difficulties that families can face when a child is very sick. Often one or both parents have to stop working and finances are drastically reduced, at a time where extra funds are needed. So in September 2007 Charley Paige Trust was established, the aim of the Trust is to give something back to the hospitals and hospices that had helped and treated Charley, in the form of general or medical equipment to benefit the many or a specific item for a child that

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Alfie Ward is a local boy from Ashford Middlesex, Alfie should be out playing football, going to school and socialising with his friends, but sadly Alfie is fighting cancer and not for the first time, Alfie is battling Neuroblastoma an aggresive cancer, Alfie needs a huge amount of money to recieve treatment in the uk, please help us to give this remarkable boy a chance of beating this truly agressive cancer once and for all, give him the future he so deserves. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ christmashouse104 9

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Antisocial Behaviour in Sunbury - An Update! By Monica Chard, Editor

I have been following stories of antisocial behaviour, drug taking/dealing and scooters creating havoc for a couple of months now. Social media seems to be full of it, and what a great way of sharing information and supporting each other. I despaired as I walked down the formerly quiet village centre one Sunday night recently. A car with windows down and ‘urban’ beats pumping loudly sped down the street, turned round and sped up again. It may not be illegal, but it is certainly antisocial. Maybe therein lies the problem. Antisocial does not equal illegal, so what is to be done? It seems that the police and council have listened to your concerns and there have been some changes. The Orchard Meadow car park which seemed to be the epi centre of problems has had CCTV put up and several warnings from police to youths who would appear to have moved on. That is where the good news seems to end. They have moved on to The Butts and the Thames Street carpark. Residents there report regular

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meetings of youths on scooters who terrorise residents. It is a dark alleyway and one local who is in her 80s has been fearful of going out after dark. Youth entertain themselves driving their noisy little two stroke scooters up the alleyway and seem oblivious to the harm and stress they are causing. They have clearly never been educated in disposal of rubbish (yes, there are indeed bins in the car park) so leave theirs on the ground for others to pick up. They also leave evidence of drug taking. When they are older and look back on their young selves, I wonder what they might feel about their thoughtless behaviour! A local sent me a photo recently of the youngsters lighting fires to keep warm one cold night. Ah...poor things. If you are cold then go home! Good news though. The police and council are looking at ways of blocking off the alley to stop any moped ingress. They are also looking at installing CCTV. Again, the band of ignorant and thoughtless youngsters will move on again and inflict their harm on a new area. We may be seeing action to protect residents but it is not a long term solution. It is just moving them on all the time. Wouldn’t it also be worth finding something for these youngsters to do? Somewhere to go? Are youth clubs a thing of the past or are they too tame for today’s youngsters? How about rounding them up and putting them to community service? Come on, there has to be a longer term solution! www.villagematters.co.uk

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The Shahin WINS BEST RESTAURANT!

Huge congratulations to Shubin and his team at The Shahin restaurant in Thames Street. The long standing Sunbury establishment scooped top prize at the recent Bangladeshi Caterers Association awards receiving the accolade of Restaurant of the Year 2017. Awesome achievement team. Well done!

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Ian Squire - RIP By Monica Chard, Editor

The community was shocked and saddened to hear of the recent death of Shepperton optician Ian Squire. I found myself caught up in the aftermath of the announcement by the Foreign Office in a bizarre way. I had interviewed Ian last year and ran a piece in Sunbury and Shepperton Matters on Ian and Brigitta’s charity ‘Mission for Vision. Journalists looking Ian up online following the announcement were lead straight to my own website and the article. It was a complete shock to be called by a succession of journalists asking for comment. You may have seen that I was quoted in many newspapers and wondered why. Journalists also wanted to use the photo I had taken of Ian which had appeared in my magazines. I am hoping that they will pay for the privilege and the money raised will then go to Mission for Vision. Ian was a quiet and kind man. He wanted to do his bit in life to change the lot of some of those in underprivileged societies who did not have access to eye clinics. In 2003 he launched the charity Mission For Vision together with his wife Brigitta. As a committed Christian, he felt it was only right that he use his skills to help some of those less

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Ian and Brigitta Squire enjoying the sunshine on holiday in Italy fortunate. He had always had a love for Africa so went on many trips to Uganda and Nigeria. He had developed a portable lens cutting machine which works on solar power. This opened up huge potential to help remote communities and Ian was immensely proud of it. Brigitta Squire is a strong lady. She has been touched by the support she has had from locals and is grateful to everyone for kind words, cards and flowers. She is trying to get on with life as normal and you will still find her at the opticians. It is sad loss for humanity that such a decent man has had his life cut short. There is a memorial to Ian on December 3rd at Twickenham School, Percy Road, Twickenham at 1.30pm. www.villagematters.co.uk 14


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Governor Needed for Hawkedale

Hawkedale Primary School in Lower Sunbury has a vacancy on its governing body. The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. It is a rewarding role and no previous experience is necessary. However, in order to be an effective governor there is a requirement to attend training sessions in order to learn about current educational developments and practices. The role of the governing board is a strategic one and governors meet three times a term to discuss a number of topics, all that fit within the three core functions of a governing body: • • •

Approving the budget and overseeing the financial performance of the school to make sure money is well spent Appointing and holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

If you are interested in supporting our school by making one of the most valuable and worthwhile contributions to the education of young people , or would like to know more, please contact Mrs Katie Butler, Chair of Governors, on telephone number: 01932 789412 or email governors@hawkedale.surrey.sch.uk.

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4 Years On...What has Changed?

I will never forget the stress of seeing the rising waters of the Thames which hit our community so hard in 2013/14. Here we are 4 years later and I do wonder what has been done to prevent further flooding on this stretch of the Thames? We were promised action. We heard so much about the huge investment the government were going to make. There was a plan in place to widen the weirs at Teddington, Molesey and Sunbury. So what is happening? Well we did see some work in Sunbury and we saw dredgers out in Shepperton a few years back. Maybe it is all going on behind the scenes. It is fair to say that we (in The Creek) have NOT has river water into our garden for a couple of winters now and the feeling by neighbours is

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that locks and sluices are being better monitored and managed. Then again, we have not had anything like the rain we had in 2013 which lead to saturation. The EA have promised us an update which we will run in the January issue. Hmmm. We look forward to that. Sometimes communication is the missing link. So let’s be positive and wait to hear some facts. Meanwhile if you have any questions for the council on flooding, the email is flooding@spelthorne.gov.uk. For information and to monitor your area, the website is https://flood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk/warnings. You can put in your postcode here and keep an eye on the situation. Do also register for flood alerts on the same site. We will report back next month. So far so good!

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Sunbury Matters Awakens the Past By Monica Chard, Editor

Far away, in a second hand bookshop in Cornwall a volunteer was sorting through donations when she came upon a dedication in a more unusual book. “To Our Dearest Daughter Daphne”. As has become more common in recent years, someone had taken the trouble to write out a family story for future generations. But this was not just any family story. It was beautifully bound with a special cover. This was a love story and a tragedy of a war time romance. The volunteer felt compelled to find out more. As you do, she got on to the internet and did some searches. She had a subscription Joan Bailey who married Captain Leonard Gordon to Ancestry.com so began there. That lead McDowell, Middx. Regiment in 1939 and on whose her to a member of the family who lives in book this article is based Australia and who in turn started her own research. Amazingly she found the missing Daphne was flabbergasted and called me connection through none other than Sunbury straight away. What a story! Matters. In 2015 I had written an article on the Although we have not yet discovered who 75th anniversary of the mass rescue from the donated this treasured heirloom, it has brought Dunkirk beaches by the so called ‘Little together several branches of the family. But Ships’. I had become aware of a very personal the book itself is also an unequivocal story of interest from a local, whose father was one of the effect the second world war had at a very the lucky ones rescued. The article I wrote personal level as it is based on letters between referenced that personal story. It was about two sweethearts. Daphne’s mother Joan met Captain Leonard Gordon McDowell of the Leonard McDowell in 1939. During the Middlesex Regiment and the reader is local turmoil of the war years they married and artist Daphne Clement…”our dearest daughter baby Daphne arrived in 1943. Captain Daphne”. McDowell was killed in June 1944, unaware The Cornish volunteer had been taken by the that his wife was expecting a second baby. book and had found herself drawn into its I am honoured to have read the book ‘Beyond narrative, reading it from cover to cover in a Our Stars’ which was written by Joan in 1989. matter of days. Armed with the new contact She had never been able to speak about her information, she sent an email to Daphne: husband to her children. It was too painful and “My name is Christine and I am a volunteer at it took great courage to finally put pen to a the second hand bookshop of a National paper and write the tragic story. It is a story of Trust property called Trelissick in Feock deep love set against the backdrop of war time Cornwall. worries and army training in the build up to Recently we came across your mother's book the D Day landings. 'Beyond Our Stars'. It was obviously donated, Remembrance Day this year held special but unfortunately we have no idea by whom or significance as I thought about Joan and Len indeed when...Now the thing is that we would and their immense dedication to each other like to return the book to you, if indeed you and excitement about their future which was so cruelly cut short. would wish us to do so.”

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What a Difference a Year Makes A summary from St Saviour’s Church, Sunbury

Our aim is to end poverty and isolation permanently in Sunbury. To that end, the Food Bank at St. Saviour’s came into being in Autumn 2016, closely followed by the launch of the now weekly Community Lunch. We want to provide support for people in the transformation of their lives, whether that is through our community recovery programme (including Detox) or programmes teaching life skills such as money management and computing. We achieved a significant donations breakthrough in April of this year with the first free delivery of food from Tesco. Surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away. This is now being used to supplement both the Food Bank Programme and the Community Lunch. But what we are offering is much more than just food and companionship. For example the Community Detox Programme is not just a temporary sticking plaster, but a proven programme run by professionals. Another example of direct action in the community came in August, when the Kick Start Programme renovated five houses in Sunbury inside and out in just one day. Dementia is a growing problem in society, and we have introduced presentations on Dementia Awareness, offering practical advice on our response to it, rather than just acknowledging its existence. At the end of September, the Surplus to Supper evening, using only surplus food to create a gourmet meal, raised over £8500. And now we are approaching Christmas, and the introduction in its current form of the new Universal Credit combined with zero hours contracts have seen a large increase in demand for our Food Bank offerings. Nevertheless our efforts to bring cheer and comfort to those in need will continue, and will be boosted through funds raised by our Christmas Market, being held at St. Saviour’s on 8th December. We will also be assembling Christmas gift Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Various sources donations for distribution to local families. So we will strive to continue to help those in our community who are most in need. Thank you to all who have contributed and volunteered over the year. Onward and Upward! God bless you all. Claire Hopkins: Social Transformation Pastor & Food Bank Manager St. Saviour’s Church Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm claire.hopkins@stsaviourssunbury.org.uk 07549 952161

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Beware of the Threats of Ransomware by Iain Last

One of the most worrying cyber-threats today must be the growth of ransomware. A compromised computer typically results in an often-irreversible encryption of valuable files and on occasion, entire disk drives. A 2017 cyber-security study reports that payment generated by ransomware has grown from £187,000 in 2016 to over £4,600,000 in just 12 months. This represents a growth of 2,503% -a nice earner for the unscrupulous! You will no doubt have read about a ransomware known as 'WannaCry' and the huge impact it had on the NHS in April this year. Of the 236 trusts, 81 were infected, resulting in thousands of appointments and operations having to be cancelled. The bottom line is ransomware has fast become a business, is here to stay, can harm a Fortune 500 company, a shop in our local high street, and most definitely can harm you. A key challenge for all anti-malware manufacturers is keeping up to date with the latest malware intelligence. Current statistics indicate new malware is being released at an average of 350,000 variants per day; and therein lies the root of the problem. Since everything new must first be discovered, a period of learning must always exist. Unfortunately, this period of unknown exposes the world to millions of unprotected “zero-day” victims. So, at work or at home, will our free or purchased anti-malware software always protect us from ransomware? In short no, as there can simply be no guarantee of protection. Ironically, it is we who can offer the greatest protection to our computers, since it is also we who pose the greatest threat. Historically, the human factor has always been a catalyst to malware and ransomware attacks. All this said, is there anything we can do to help protect ourselves? Absolutely. Always be extra vigilance when opening suspicious emails, attachments and links leading to unfamiliar websites. If you are ever unsure,

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just don't do it. Those few seconds of restraint could save you hours, days, if not months of frustration. Keep your operating systems, security software, web browsers and other common applications up to date. A routine backup of your important files will give you the greatest assurance of ransom free file recovery. Always keep several copies of your backups in a safe place and disconnected from any computers. And finally, remember knowledge is power! So why not take a moment, grab a cuppa and Google the term “ransomware”.

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Reflections on Christianity at Christmas with the Bishop of Kensington By Monica Chard, Editor In these times of conflict and aggression and a society which many would say has lost its way, isn’t it now more than ever that we need the guiding principles of religion? But numbers attending church are falling nationwide and the Christian message is being lost on many. So as Christmas is a time to reflect on a Christian message, we spoke with the Bishop of Kensington. Our conversation meandered from terror threats, to poverty to the position of Christianity in today’s world. The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington covers not only the area of Kensington, but also Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Hampton, and Spelthorne. The Bishop of Kensington has a wide Area within the Diocese of London to take care of. His “patch” embraces the extremes of poverty and wealth, as well as a huge diversity of ethnicity. This year has been a busy one for the Bishop. He has been closely involved in the responses to both the Grenfell Tower disaster and the Parsons Green bombing. At Grenfell he was inside the cordon supporting the firefighters as well as the evacuees themselves, who had witnessed and gone through such a trauma. At a time of devastation we all need some faith to cling to. Closer to home, he was involved in the appointment of Father Andrew Downes at St Mary’s , Sunbury and has worked closely with St Peter’s Staines and St Saviours, Sunbury. We spoke of the current political correctness in our society. We seem to tread so warily when it comes

to minority groups and religions, not wanting to offend any of them by championing our own Christian faith. Are we embarrassed to be known to be a Christian? All faiths and ethnicities should celebrate their own festivals at the same time as showing respect to others. It appears that Religious Education in schools is dying a death and yet it was introduced in the mid 1940’s precisely to promote tolerance and understanding after the horrors of the holocaust. Isn’t respect needed as much, if not more, today? A newspaper article earlier this year stated that a dinner hosted by the City of London Corporation had done away with the traditional grace said before the meal. The CLC stated “ a note of thanks felt more appropriate to the audience as a celebration of London’s diversity.” Of course we welcome diversity but are we set to whitewash the Christian faith? That cannot be right. Nativity plays are replaced at school with pantomimes, seasonal cards wish us “Happy Holidays” and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is better known than ’In the Bleak Midwinter’. Whether we like it or not, Religion is shaping our world. Extremism of any sort is a recipe for disaster. But so is erasing the Christian faith in this Christian country. We all need an identity and we all need values by which to live. Christianity is about loving God and loving our neighbour no matter who they are. Our society today is based on a cult of self but the way to a better future is to be focussed on helping others, which grows as we grow closer to the God who came close to us at Christmas. So thank goodness for those selfless people who do their bit: the foodbank helping tackle poverty. Poverty does not discriminate. It can affect anyone no matter what ethnicity or religion. Thank goodness for the selfless fosterers who take in those needing a home. We can all do our little bit to make this a better world. Let’s love each other and show respect and understanding. It should not just be Christmas that is the season of goodwill to all men, but the whole year

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Do You Have What it Takes to Survive in Feature Film Production? So, you want to work in film production? The title of this article might seem a little harsh but, if you are considering any part of this industry as your career, then you have to prepare yourself for a lot of hard work and a very steep learning curve. Most people think of Director, Producer and Cinematographer when they consider working in film but it takes several years of experience before you can reach these dizzy heights - however, there are many more creative, technical and business skills involved in the making of a feature film than you may realise, some requiring further education or an apprenticeship. For example, there are several different departments involved, all with specific skills and training needs - the Art Department, Camera & Electrical, Special Physical Effects, Costume, Hair & Makeup, Post-Production, Sound, Visual Effects ‌ the list goes on! If you're still at school and before you make your career choice, think carefully about your creative or technical skills and how they might fit in, and then do some research on exactly what qualifications you will need to take that first step. All in all, if you have enough passion, enough talent and the determination to achieve your goals, working in feature film production - at any level - is a joyous thing, a job to be proud of, a career where each working day is a challenge and where 'impossible' becomes an almost obsolete word but beware, once you're in you'll be hooked for life - it won't be easy but you'll enjoy every challenging day! Wendy Laybourn www.networkninenews.com

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Recipe of the Month Salted Chocolate Truffles Last Christmas my lovely nieces Leila and Gabriella gave me a gift of hand made goodies. They left a great impression on me. How lovely to have a hand made gift, but they were also delicious!! These truffles from the selection box are ridiculously easy to make and are loved by all who get a taste. They make wonderful gifts and are the perfect petit four.

Ingredients: 280g Dark Chocolate (roughly chopped) 1 tbsp Coconut Oil 6 tbsp Almond or Soy Milk 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Small pinch of sea salt Toppings: You can choose: raw cacao or cocoa powder, ground almond and sea salt, desiccated coconut.

place in the fridge to harden for an hour or two. You want it to be hard enough to roll into balls. Roll the mixture into balls and cover in whatever toppings you wish! You may be a bit covered yourself too, but it is part of the fun!

Method: In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk to a boil. While this is heating, place the chocolate and coconut oil to a large heat proof bowl. Put it in the oven and preheat it to 180C°. Yes, bowl in the oven then preheat it. Once the milk starts to boil, open the oven and carefully pour it over the chocolate and coconut oil. Close the oven door and set your timer for five minutes. After five minutes, carefully remove the bow and turn off the oven. Add the vanilla extract and sea salt, then stir the mixture until smooth and glossy. Don’t worry if this takes a couple of minutes! Wait for the bowl and chocolate to cool and Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Adaptations: The basic recipe is very easily adapted, and I have made many variations with great success: - Mocha truffles: Use 3 Tbsp of Expresso coffee with 3 Tbs of Almond milk instead of the full 6 Tbs of milk. - Orange liquor truffles: 2 Tbsp Cointreau + 4 Tbsp Milk. - Adding cinnamon, mixed spice, cloves or anything you think may go to the chocolate mixture before it cools could also be tried!

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A Few Gift Ideas

We are often at a loss of what to buy our loved ones at Christmas. It is always a good idea to get something that will last and provide long term enjoyment. Morso Fire Gallery in Chertsey have some lovely ideas. As well as sturdy but good looking fire baskets, how about an all year round fire pot to have outside? They are giving away 5 bags of marshmallows with every pot sold up to Christmas. Enjoy New Years fireworks with some heat! Last year one of my favourite gifts didn’t last at all, but it meant a lot. My nieces made a basket of home made goodies. I have shared the recipe for home made salted chocolate truffles in the recipe page. I am going to be making a few home made gifts this year for sure (photo below to tempt you!) Or how about a cookery course? I have given Mr C a few Lebanese cooking courses from Samara Cuisine based in Lower Sunbury (see ad in this issue). He has learned some great recipes, had fun and enjoyed eating the food too! You come away with some easy to make meal ideas so he has recreated them at home. It was most certainly tasty! Give your presents some thought and give them with love and you can be sure to spread some happiness to your nearest and dearest.

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Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions from Around the World Various sources, complied by Mr C Forget the Christmas turkey or ham. For many Japanese, traditional Christmas dinner is Kentucky Fried Chicken. Due to a combination of tiny Japanese ovens and a clever marketing campaign, convincing locals that fried chicken is a traditional American Yuletide feast, reservations must be made to eat at a KFC on Christmas Day. During the run-up to Christmas, Colonel Sanders statues outside KFC’s Japanese outlets wear Santa gear. The chicken is served in special holiday packaging. Demand is such that an online service offers:’ order your Xmas Family Bucket in advance and have it delivered.’ In Norway, they have a solid idea of what witches and evil spirits do and do not like. And boy, do those spirits love brooms. They also love Christmas, so on Christmas Eve, people hide their brooms, so witches and the like won't hang around. For good measure, a male family member may pop his head out the front door and fire off a few blasts from a shotgun to show those spirits who's boss. The story goes that when German families decorate the Christmas tree, the last ornament to be hung is the Christmas pickle -usually a blown glass ornament that may have been passed down through generations. It is tucked away in a hard-to-see spot. The first child who finds the pickle on Christmas morning gets a special gift and good luck all year. Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter is Santa's helper in the Netherlands. Sinterklass arrives on the eve of St. Nicholas Day in a steamship with his slave Zwarte Piet, portrayed in public processions in several cities. Since about 1850, children who don't behave during the year were told that Black Peter might take them back to Spain, where Sinterklaas lives. The racist aspects of the custom have been downplayed in recent decades, and the tale of Black Peter now describes him as a chimney sweep instead of a slave, which explains the black face. But charges of racism still follow Black Peter, as he is often portrayed with an Afro and exaggerated features. Similarly, in Austria, St Nicholas has an evil counterpart called Krampus. He is the bad cop to St Nick’s good cop, a demon-like creature with one task: to punish bad children before Christmas. Men Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

dressed in devil costumes roam the streets, carrying chains and a basket for abducting especially bad children and hauling them to hell. It's certainly one way to keep the kids off the streets. In certain parts of Scandinavia, nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a giant straw effigy of a goat. The "Yule Goat," (or julbocken, if you're fancy) originated like most Christmas traditions, in that people aren't exactly sure. It has some roots in Norse mythology, wherein the god Thor rode around in a chariot pulled by goats. In the week leading up to Christmas, Venezuelans attend a daily church service called Misa de Aguinaldo. In the capital, Caracas, it is customary to travel to the church service on roller skates. Indeed, so widespread is the practice, many roads in the capital are closed until 8am to provide Christmas worshippers with a safe passage. Welcome to the bizarre Catalan tradition of caga tió or 'defecating log’. Locals in Catalonia make a ‘log’ drawing a face on it and giving it a hat. Then they spend a fortnight 'feeding' it fruit, nuts and sweets. On Christmas Eve, the entire family beats the log with sticks and sings traditional songs until the log excretes all its treats. It's hard to comprehend why this tradition hasn't caught on elsewhere! Next time you find yourself complaining about granny's festive brussel sprouts, spare a thought for the poor tykes in Greenland. Each Christmas, they tuck into ‘mattak’ – raw whale skin with a little blubber – and ‘kiviak’, which is made by wrapping an auk (a small arctic bird) in seal skin, burying it for several months and eating its decomposed flesh. In Guatemala, cleanliness really is next to Godliness. Locals believe that the devil and other evil spirits live in the dark, dirty corners of your home. Therefore, they spend the week before Christmas sweeping up, collecting rubbish and then piling everything in a huge heap outside. Finally, an effigy of the devil is placed on top and the whole thing is set on fire. It's called La Quema del Diablo, the 'Burning of the Devil'. The idea for Guatemalans is to burn all the bad from the previous year and start a new year from out of the ashes.

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THAMESMEAD SCHOOL PRESENTATION EVENING 2017

Thamesmead students who left in July this year, were reunited at school recently as they picked up their GCSE certificates and Special Awards for 2017. Former Headteacher, Peter Rodin also returned to present the awards along with Sandy Baars, representing the school governors. Among the Special Awards were the Army Careers and Andrews Cup for Sports, won by Jacob Amyatt-Leir and Alexandra Kerr, the Mayor’s Cup for Contribution to Music in the Community, won by Molly Doyle (who also performed) and the Hancock Cup for Services to the School, won by Charlotte Keeley. Academic trophies for Science, Languages, History and Technology were awarded to Jamie Stewart, Amelia Gomez, Emily Brown and Eliza Culley. Other award winners were Freddie James, Tanith Stewart, Katie Lawrence, Maisie Ludlow, Jade Ruysseveldt, Adam Gibson Laura Jennings and Callum Taylor. The final two awards of the evening were the ‘No Matter What Cup’ presented to Evie Barrell- Mitchell who had overcome considerable difficulties in her final year at Thamesmead, but persevered to achieve excellent results and also the Lloyd Cup for Academic Achievement awarded to Jamie Stewart who achieved the highest grades it was possible to gain in every GCSE exam that he took (grade 9 in English Language, Literature and Maths, A* in all of his other subjects and an A in Additional Maths). Overall 90% of students achieved a pass grade in the new style English exams and 83% in Maths, with 80% passing both exams. Indeed their success extended across the curriculum with 85% achieving passes in at least two Sciences and over 90% of entries in Music, Drama and Art. The new Headteacher, Mr Phil Reeves congratulated all of the winners and the evening concluded with fantastic presentation of photos from the recent school World Challenge trip to Sri Lanka, where the students had helped with buildings for a small school there.

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Greek Delights at Sunbury Flower Club At our meeting in November ,we were given a very interesting demonstration by Jennifer Thompson. She decided to link her arrangements to her Greek heritage , calling it ‘Greek Delights ‘. She detailed to us the origins of the Olympic Games. Her arrangement with red anthuriums depicted flames, and hanging from the gold vase ,medals. A very natural arrangement with white and blue flowers showed the colours of the Greek flag. We all agreed that we had enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon. The next event is our Christmas social which is 2pm at the Riverside Arts Centre on December 12th. Do come!

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WI Spelthorne Group Knees Up! By Muriel Bailiwick & Jules Hall

The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. The WI plays a unique role in providing women with education opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Within Spelthorne the WI is going from strength to strength with 10 institutes across the area who meet monthly (daytime and evenings) for friendship, creativity and to plan good works. In September at Ashford Community Centre we held our Annual Group Meeting organised by Shelagh Bonnichon President of Sunbury Village WI and her Group Meeting Committee. Two minute reviews were given by Dallas Barnes-Hughes, President Halliford WI, which has been running for 95 years, and Kit Greenleaves, President Hampton WI, established 6 years ago; they spoke of many activities experienced during the year which included a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, a war themed Thames cruise, balloon sculptures, paper craft and an introduction to burlesque. The youngest addition to the Spelthorne Group is Hampton Tudor Rose; established this year and it was good to see so many members from all our institutes present at the meeting. ‘A Tenor Less’, the Sunbury Village WI Choir, entertained the audience with some lively songs which were cheered and clapped wildly. The second part of the evening's entertainment was line dancing (see photo). As equally entertaining for those who chose to watch and laugh as with those who got to their feet knowing nothing of the steps and therefore sometimes having trouble coordinating brain and feet. Others were clearly expert Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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line dancers and they were certainly the ones to watch! It is tradition to have a competition and this year members were asked to make a hat or a representation of a hat. First place went to Suriya Goodlett, Hampton WI, Second place to Mary Dawkins, Sunbury on Thames WI and 3rd place to Sue Clarke, Bedfont Belles. Well done to the winners and to all the ladies who took part; there were some amazing entries and we certainly have many talented members in Spelthorne. A good time was had by all. If you would like to visit and experience a WI meeting you will be given a warm welcome. Contact Gerry Attias at wiadviser.middlesex@gmail.com or 01895 440161 to find out which WIs are closest to you.

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LOSRA Says….

County Highways Authority Lets Down Residents Again Given that the top priorities of the CHA are to 1. ensure road safety and, 2. to enable the free flow of traffic commensurate with priority 1, it is mystifying why the authority, as a statutory consultee, continues to recommend approval for planning applications with apparent disregard for these two priorities and the Parking Standards laid down by our Council. Two recent applications for the development of Inglewood Hall in Green Street and at 126 Green Street – both on busy road junctions and bus routes - are cases in point. Neither application conforms with the Council’s parking standards and both will entail on-street parking as a result. The CHA’s website “Surrey Highways – What do we do?” states: “Our engineers assess each request, taking into account a number of factors, including road, safety, accessibility, congestion, the possibility of just displacing a problem....” On pavement parking it states: “Due to the demand for parking provision, this is a continual problem in many areas....” Yet despite its lofty claims we see that the CHA’s (unsigned) report for Inglewood Hall tacitly accepts that pavement parking will result, to wit: “Even if vehicles did park partly on the footway, there would still be at least 2m of footway width left to allow pedestrians and wheelchair users to pass safely” Although too late for these particular applications the Association will be submitting a written question for the Joint (County and Borough) Committee Meeting on 6 th December.

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The Extremes of Christmas

It could not have been a better illustration of the extremes that Christmas can represent. Two glossy brochures, one selling hand bags costing over £1000 and the other selling children’s frivolous gifts and clothing at eye watering amounts. In the same pile of inserts of the Sunday paper there was the modest envelope asking for a donation to help those in need from Crisis at Christmas. It made me stop and think. We live in a world of instant gratification. A world of excess for many of us. We don’t ration food, it is there is vast quantities to add to our waist lines. The older generation understand ‘making do’ and not over eating. They lived through years of rationing. In many ways you could view this as a positive thing. They know how to appreciate what they have. They know not to waste. Modern society wastes huge quantities of food, much of it thrown out even if it is within the sell by date. We simply create too much to satisfy demand. Thankfully the foodbank at St Saviours has deals in place now with both Tesco and Aldi to take surplus and turn it into meals for the needy. We are persuaded to buy too much with BOGOF deals so cheap it makes no sense to only buy what you need. So it ends up in the bin! The tradition of gift giving necessitates the purchase of the latest gadget or fashion. Do we really need a novelty dog costume? Or a tie that plays ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’. Many gifts become landfill within weeks of Christmas Day. So how about this year trying something different. A gift which keep a family fed. The Community Foodbank is running a reverse advent. Decorate a box and from December 1st put one (non perishable) item into it. Boxes can be dropped off at St Saviours Church on Vicarage Road on December 24th at 4pm. See below for full details. What a refreshing way of marking the count down to Christmas, by sharing with a family less fortunate than ourselves.

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By Louise Addison

One of the most remarkable events of the First World War concerns the 'Christmas Truce' of 1914, in which the soldiers of the Western Front laid down their arms on Christmas Day and met in No Man's Land, exchanging food and cigarettes, as well as playing football. The cessation of violence was entirely unofficial. There had been no prior discussion and troops acted spontaneously from goodwill, not orders. The most famous account of events involves British and German forces; however, French and Belgium troops also took part. No-one really knows what initiated it. There were some reports that British troops heard their German counterparts singing Christmas carols

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and joined but there were also reports of German and British soldiers erecting signs wishing each other a 'Merry Christmas'. Driven by feelings of goodwill, home-sickness and combat-weariness some men crossed the lines with their hands up, and troops from the opposing side went to meet them. Commanders either turned a blind-eye or joined in. Food and supplies were exchanged and tools and equipment were borrowed. Games of football were played and bodies trapped within No Man's Land were buried. In many areas the truce lasted for the whole of Christmas day but in some places the peace lasted much longer and it was several weeks before the bloody conflict resumed.

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Hard Hats on at Local School

Sunbury schoolchildren gained an insight into the housebuilding industry during a visit from a local developer recently. Representatives from the housebuilder delivered a talk to year 3 pupils at St Ignatius Catholic Primary School. Members of the company’s marketing team gave an overview of the new development on the site of the old Page Aerospace off Forge Lane which is currently being built and explained the various stages involved in planning, building and marketing a new homes development. Pupils were also taught about the importance of safety on building sites, and were each given a branded hard hat and high visibility jacket to help reinforce the message. Following the talk, the children took part in a quiz about housebuilding. Emer O’Neill, from St Ignatius Catholic Primary School, said: “We were delighted to welcome Fairview Homes to the school and we’d like to thank them for taking the time to come in and speak to the pupils. “Apollo is being built just down the road from the school, so this was a great opportunity for the children to learn more about what is happening at the development, and also to get a better understanding of the importance of safety on building sites. Perhaps as university fees prove so prohibitive for many, trades are becoming more attractive so it is good to see children being given an awareness of opportunities even when they are so young.

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The Riverside Arts Centre is a volunteer run centre for the arts, in the widest sense, in Sunbury village. Its principal source of income is the rents it charges for the use of its facilities. We are now seeking a new treasurer whose main roles are invoicing these charges, collecting these fees and paying the various invoices we receive throughout the year. Since we are both a charity and a limited company annual returns must be made, online, to Companies House and the Charity Commission. The role is not onerous and ideally we seek someone with accounting experience. You would be invited the join the Management Committee and asked to present financial updates to the committee which meets at approximately at 8 week intervals. If you feel you can take over this role you can get more details by phoning either Peter Norgate (01932 782788) or Eric Champion (01932 782850) or by e mail at riversidearts59@gmail.com You can also visit our website to learn more about us. ( www.riversidearts.co.uk)

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Gardening Matters The Christmas Wreath

By Rachael Leverton Until fairly recently in history, certainly up to Victorian times, people could never be certain they would safely survive the harsh winter. So they developed rituals and displays to help them get through the darker days. One such symbolic display of hope was the Christmas wreath. The circular shape is symbolic of eternity or everlasting life because it has no beginning or end. From a Christian perspective it represents the unending circle of life, with the traditional Holly as the thorns on Jesus’ crown and the red berries as his blood. Now we hang them on our doors and use them as table centrepieces because they look wonderfully opulent and festive. The word ‘wreath’ is linked to the word ‘wrist’, both words describing the form of a continuous circular shape. This became fused with ‘wrethe’ from middle English which means a twisted band or ring of leaves. At this bleak time of year, it’s traditional to use evergreens and other brightly coloured flowers, foliage, or fruits to adorn a wreath. In past times the addition of expensive and rare fruits such as pomegranates, indicated wealth, but wreaths also included the display of pinecones, seashells and even imported products. Once the decorations were taken down, the edible parts would be eaten and the bounty of summer could be enjoyed in the depth of winter.

You can make a simple and cheap evergreen circle or push the boat out and create an elaborate bauble ring. You can buy a ring of flower-arrangers’ foam. Soak it in tepid water, and then stick sprigs of evergreen foliage from the garden, flowers, berries, dried fruits, nuts, and bows into it using wire if necessary. Or you can make your own base by taking a ring of string wire and covering it in moss or hay. This will need to be held in place using thinner gauge wire. You can then wire in foliage and decorations. I will just warn you about holly though; working with it can be a painful experience so wear gloves and maybe have a box of plasters handy! If you want to try something different you can use a circle of pine cones, dried leaves, threaded popcorn and cranberries or woven red and yellow dogwood cut from your garden and interweaved with battery-operated lights. Use your gardener’s imagination. Happy Christmas gardening.

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What’s Happening Locally? Email info@villagematters.co.uk Hawkedale School Christmas Fair on Friday 1 December from 5 - 7.30pm at Hawkedale School, Stratton Road, Sunbury, TW16 6PG. Explore the new school building and get festive with various stalls, Santa's Grotto, choir and cheerleading performance, arts & craft, games, raffle, tombola, food & drinks. The fair is open to everyone. Adult admission £1, children free. Sunbury Christmas Market. Thursday December 7th. Salvation Army will be playing for us and we have a lot of fabulous stalls already booked. PLEASE NOTE. THE BOTTOM OF THE AVENUE (OUTSIDE THE SHOPS) WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 3PM ON DECEMBER 7TH UNTIL 9PM Zodiac Musical Society. Zodiac are performing their Christmas Concert ‘A Cracking Christmas Chorus’ at Riverside Arts Centre from Friday 15 December to Saturday 16 December. Performances commence at 7.45 pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8/ £10 and includes mince pies and mulled wine. Come and join us for Carols, Christmas songs and a short pantomime. For tickets please call the box office on: 01932 220167. Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival. With nothing now scheduled for December, SSAA's next offering will be the ever popular Burns Night booked for Saturday January 27 at 7.15pm for an 8pm start. Always an exciting evening with haggis, live bagpipe music and Scottish Country Dancing, tickets are available from 01932 787390, boxoffice@ssaa-arts.org & www.ticketsource.co.uk @£29.50 per person. Riverside Arts Centre bar will be open throughout. Carriages at 11.30pm. Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street , Sunbury on Thames TW16 5QF The next SSAA Coffee Concert will be given by Joseph Tong on Saturday February 17 at 10.15 am for refreshments and 11am for a piano recital. Joseph's programme will be: Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien Opus 26, Schumann: Arabesque Opus 18, Sibelius: Sonata in F major opus 12. Tickets @£10 to include coffee and croissant from the same numbers as above. SSAA is still looking for new blood on the committee and someone willing to take over the organisation of the S SAA Festival 2018. Do please ring the present Chairman, Moira Edwards on 01932 787390 if this sounds like you! The New Egham Singers’ Christmas Concert Friday 1 December 2017 at St John’s Church, Egham 7.30pm. The varied programme will include several musical styles including pop, show tunes, classical, and traditional Christmas music, with a chance for audience participation in singing some carols. The concert will raise funds for The Penrose Club. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children 15 and under). To reserve tickets please contact nesboxoffice@gmail.com or phone the box office on 07858 617343.

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More What’s On Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email info@villagematters.co.uk Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme! Coffee Time on Friday 1 December between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. This Coffee Time theme will be Memorable Train Journeys. Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury Spelthorne Choral Society, with west London brass, Christmas Concert, Bob Chilcott 'Wenceslas' . Christmas carols with audience participation with mulled wine & mince pies Saturday 16th December 7.30pm. St Peter's Church, Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX. £10 in advance, £12 on the door, Under 16's free accompanied by a paying adult. Box office:- 0208 9412512 (evenings) . all details :-www.spelthornechoralsociety.com Walton Voices Christmas concert. We will be joined by Cleves School Choir for this wonderful evening of singing and music. Saturday 2nd December, 2017 @ 7pm. Cleves School, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge KT13 9TS. £12 (Under 11s free). Box office: 07884 348172. info@waltonvoices.co.uk, www.waltonvoices.co.uk The Probus Club of Sunbury-onThames for retired professional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please contact 01932 788028 for further information Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival Needs You! Is there anybody out there who would like to take over the running and setting up of SSAA's annual arts Festival next July? This year's Festival was a great success and included dance, jazz, art show and lecture, historical lecture, flower arranging, comedy show, a visit to Shepperton Studios to see Shakespeare in Love and a classical piano recital. Please ring the present chairman of SSAA Moira Edwards on 01932 787390 Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Sunbury Matters December 2017  

The free monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

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