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February 2017

Issue 72 FREE to homes in Lower Sunbury


Welcome!

February 2017

Hello and as this is the first issue of the fact there is a lot to read in this 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! issue about all those things.

So, here we all go again! Having spent Christmas and New Year abroad (and although coming home to far colder temperatures) I can honestly say it is lovely to be home. We live in a special place; The river, the parks, the history, and each of us in the community make up a wonderful cocktail. But we have come home to a lot of issues facing the community; cuts in resources, the threat of a huge development on Kempton Park, the threat of a 15% rise in council tax, and if we don’t accept that, the threat of losing social care which is the lifeline for so many of us. It is a rather depressing list and I do not apologise for

However that is not all. As usual the issue is full of puzzles, offers and stories about local people so we hope you enjoy it. See you next month!

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Contents

Worst Flood in Memory - 1947 4 The History of Valentine’s Day 6 New Buses Leave Many in the Cold 8 Save Our Services 10 Emma Dow’s Final Bow 15 Something Has to Give! 17 Farewell Erica Tye 18 A Foodbank is not Just for Christmas 23 Helping People Live Independently 24 River Thames Scheme Update 27 Recipe of the Month 31 History of Sunbury’s Pubs 35 Food Allergies and Intolerance 38 Happy Retirement After 30 Years 40 Waterside Drive Ruled Illegal...but... 42 LOSRA Says 43 Sunbury at the Heart of Council 45 Gardening Matters 49 What’s On/Noticeboard 51/53 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 54

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The Worst Flood in Living Memory - 1947 By Nick Pollard

At this time of year, residents who live near the Thames will be remembering the terrible floods of three years ago, which caused such disruption and damage. Exactly 70 years ago, in 1947, our community was facing an even worse challenge. The winter of 1946-47 was exceptionally harsh, said to be the worst for 300 years, and well above average snowfall was experienced in February. When the thaw came the following month, floods, the like of which had not been seen in living memory, were unleashed across the area. The photo shows the results in the area around Shepperton Lock, which can just be made out above the centre of the picture, the D-shaped Shepperton Lock Island standing just above the floods, to the right of the lock. Above and to the left D’Oyly Carte Island was also spared, both these islands having been artificially built up using dredged material. It was a different story at Hamhaugh Island, to the right of Lock Island, and at Pharoah’s Island, to the bottom right, though. Both were clearly submerged, as was the Towpath area alongside, and the flood waters stretched as far as the eye could see. The line of poplar trees to the top left mark Ferry Lane, beyond which the Church Square area, being slightly higher, escaped the floods, but was completely cut off from the High Street by the torrents of water. The army had to be brought in with lorries and amphibious DUKWs to ferry residents between areas of dry ground, so that they could attempt to carry on their daily lives. A new exhibition ‘Floods and Freezes’ has just opened at Spelthorne Museum in Staines, featuring photos of the many times the Thames has flooded or frozen in the Spelthorne area since the late 19 th century. Admission is free, see www.spelthornemuseum.org.uk for opening details. Nick Pollard will be showing a selection of old photos of Sunbury and Shepperton at the Annual General Meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society on Tuesday 21 st February at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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The History of Valentine’s Day We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and (most importantly) romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France. The Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection. Sources; various Written by Paul Chard www.villagematters.co.uk

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Bus Changes Leave Many Out in the Cold

A new year and a new bus timetable. We now know the extent of the changes to services since Abellio decided to bail out of their contract with Surrey County Council at the end of last year. One piece of good news is that at least we have preserved some of the services covering our communities. But there are certainly some gaps. We understand that the 555 has been taken on by First Berkshire and is now ONLY serving Terminal 5 and not the other terminals at Heathrow, nor indeed Hatton Cross. Another bid would have preserved the original route but was not financially viable. Heathrow Airport were asked to bridge the gap but said that funds were not available to do so. Moreover, the service is reduced to hourly, with the exception of a couple of very early runs which will arrive into Heathrow at 0340 and 0445 (funded by Heathrow) and at 0600 and 0715 (funded by SCC). Oh and did I mention - the 555 might actually be discontinued after all! Considering Heathrow is hoping for approval of another runway and the focus is all on growing local business and jobs as a result, the lack of

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transport to reach it seems extraordinary. Another gripe about existing services: We have heard quite a number of stories of bus drivers not stopping at bus stops serving schools (particularly the 635 but also the 353) despite being only half full. This is simply not acceptable and we hope it will be addressed. With the issue of congestion high on the agenda within Spelthorne Borough Council surely the issue of public transport needs to be looked at seriously to give people the realistic choice to leave their cars at home. Cutting buses is only going to exacerbate the traffic problems.

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Save Our Services By Monica Chard, Editor Just when we thought we were safe after the fight for Fire Services in 2014 than we hear that there is a proposal on the table to shut down Staines Fire Station. This proposal comes on the back of a target by Spelthorne to build a further 15,000 homes in the borough. It also comes only 3 years after the worst flooding in memory which tore through our communities. The Eco Park currently under construction must also be a concern. There were reports last month of a huge blaze in the recycling centre in Brentford and we already know about the fire at an ‘Eco Park’ in Scotland which burned it to the ground. Imagine the unimaginable - a huge blaze in Charlton Lane. How quickly could it be contained? Imagine how many people reliant on the fire service in times of natural disaster such as flooding will be left stranded, or worse. Imagine how many homes will be at risk from this proposed closure. Whilst consolidation of Staines and Sunbury to the Fordbridge site seems logistically acceptable, the fact that the proposal is to shut Staines before the Fordbridge site is fully operational. This could be a disaster. A compromise to the closure of Sunbury and Staines stations which was reached in 2014 was that an additional ‘retained’ fire engine would be based at the new fire station at Fordbridge, making it a 2 pump station, one pump being full time (24/7) and the other being retained or ‘on call’. This hard won proposal for the retained fire appliance at the new fire station is now also to be scrapped in order to make immediate savings. It means that the fight which had been won in 2014 has now been lost. Savings have already been made by reducing the size of crews from 5 to 4. If Staines Fire Station does indeed close, fire cover for the whole of Spelthorne will be met by the single Sunbury fire appliance with pumps coming in from other boroughs to help. Under current proposals Surrey will end up with 30 fire engines across 11 boroughs, but only ONE of them will be based in Spelthorne, which already has the worst statistics in fire deaths in the past 5 years and surely one of the highest density of population? So forget Fordbridge because it’s still just on paper In fact forget everything from the 2013 consultation”. Under this new proposal, our fire services are basically halved. Staines closes and we are covered only by the single engine and crew in Sunbury. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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There are other details, such as whether the Fordbridge site will ever be built and the valuable river service provided by Sunbury which could be lost. This is purely a cost saving initiative and it is potentially detrimental to your safety. It also highlights to pointlessness and misnomer of these consultations”. Make sure you have your say. Complete the online survey at the following website: https://www.surreysays.co.uk/surrey-fire-rescueservice/changes-to-fire-cover-in-spelthorne/ consultation/confirm_submit You can also email Kay Hammond (Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services) what you think of her plans k.hammond@surreycc.gov.uk. Or write to her at Surrey County Council, County Hall, Kingston KT1. You can also contact your Surrey County Councillor: tim.evans@surreycc.gov.uk richard.walsh@surreycc.gov.uk Finally see below for info on a lobby to be held at Knowle Green on 23rd February. This concerns us all!

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Presentation of Dictionaries to Year 5 pupils by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury were delighted to present dictionaries to Year 5 pupils at Chennestone, Springfield and Kenyngton Manor Primary Schools. The Rotary club has presented dictionaries to year 5 pupils over a number of years and they are regarded very highly both by the teachers and the pupils in development of both language and writing skills. Looking inside these beautifully illustrated dictionaries, produced by Usborne and entitled Dictionary 4 Life, pupils can find all the words that go together to make up a particular word. Here is an example: if you look up the word ‘building’, you find a further 52 words which go towards the development of this ‘building’. Members of the Vocational Services Committee presented the dictionaries and you can see pictures of pupils from Kenyngton Manor Primary School along with their deputy head, Mr Pantling, with Rotary members Catherine Black and Peter Routley who made the presentation to each year 5 pupil. Rotary is a charitable organisation offering service within our community. If you would be interested in joining, please contact current Rotary president, Geoff Williams, on 01932 782779 and go along for a meeting to find out what Rotary do. You will be made very welcome.

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Emma Dow’s Final Bow By Monica Chard. With thanks to Emma’s family Sunbury has lost a great talent, a great personality and a great inspiration. After a battle with cancer, Emma Dow passed away in the Sam Beare Hospice, aged 45, with her family at her side in November 2016. She has left a huge legacy within the community and touched many lives. Emma is known for many things: being a great friend, having a quick and wicked sense of humour and for being the “best” Aunty, to name a few. But to many youngsters in the area, she was of course a Director with the Riverside Youth Theatre. She herself started there when she was 11. Acting was always her first love and among her many roles, her depiction of the Wicked Witch in The Wiz was a triumph. After university at Oxford Brooks, where she read English and Music, she pursued her love of drama when she joined the Shepperton Players. But Emma particularly loved working with youngsters and she soon became a leading light of Riverside Youth Theatre where her humour and encouragement made her a very popular figure. At her memorial service in Sunbury, a former member of RYT said that Emma probably didn’t realise what a lasting influence she had directly had on the youngster’s lives. Before her cancer was diagnosed, Emma had become a governor at Chennestone and Beauclerc schools, where she had been a pupil. She continued with this for as long as she possibly could, and was sad to have to resign. In 2014 Emma was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of lung cancer. She continued working as long as she could and made the most of her time by travelling and making lasting memories with friends and family. “Life is for living. Not moping.” was her attitude entirely. In October 2016, RYT entered the Spelthorne Drama Festival. Emma directed Emma (front row left) singing their entry, reat fund raiser at St Mary’s with the hearsing her Youth Theatre in 2014 shortly cast of two until after diagnosis just a couple of To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

weeks before she died. The play won several awards – best Youth Play, the Technical Award, and Emma won Best Director! She was thrilled and so proud of her young cast, but sorry that she was too ill to collect the Award herself. The special service at St Mary’s showed how very loved Emma was. It was standing room only as friends, colleagues, neighbours and family crowded in to mark her life together. There were many tributes, moving and funny. Emma’s young nephew, James, had written a fabulous poem called “Wonderful Aunty”. Emma adored her nephews, cheering them on at the children’s regatta, taking them out for drives in her beloved convertible car, beating them at pool, cards and Monopoly and spoiling them as only Aunties can. We heard from memProud Aunty Emma with her bers of the RYT who nephews at Sunbury regatta had written a special poem to their incredible teacher, mentor and friend. They sang movingly for her and it was evident just what an influence Emma had been on these youngsters. We also heard Emma’s own hilarious regatta report about the infamous Phoenix Finest Dongola crew, their training and their success. It was brilliantly written, with warmth, humour and interest. Finally we watched a recording of Emma herself singing in St Mary’s, from the very spot Father Andrew was standing on. This was for a concert she had organised to raise funds for the Friends of St. Mary’s. Her rendition of Bob Dylan’s “To Make you Feel My Love” had many in tears, and made the sense of her loss deeply felt. Emma Dow will be sadly missed. To have contributed so much to the lives of so many is quite an achievement. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.

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Something Has to Give! By Monica Chard, Editor It has all gone crazy! Everywhere I turn there are new houses springing up. We understand there is a housing crisis and that the demand for more housing has never been so great. We are looking at possible reclassification of green belt land so that the changed rules allow for more sites to be developed. We also hear about greedy, bullying developers using any method possible to get planning approved on green spaces. I read an article in the national press recently which stated that with the population in the UK set to hit 70m within a decade, pressure has never been so great to supply new housing. Kempton Park shows the arrogance of land owners and developers. The Jockey Club announced the news of the sale of its racecourse as a done deal. With Spelthorne Council (not to mention the majority of locals AND the racing fraternity) dead against it, surely such a development will not happen. If only! Some how I doubt Redrow and JCR will let anything stand in their way. Appeals for schemes of 10 or more homes have doubled in 5 years. That shows the pressures developers put councils under. Local councils have been tasked with providing a ‘local plan’, outlining, amongst other things, land available to fulfil a housing quota. According to a report by Savills, the estate agent group only 33% of councils in fact have a five year land supply.

Housing developments springing up Spelthorne Council does indeed have a local plan, but what are the areas earmarked for development as part of it? Our borough council has just applied for a further loan of £80m which puts their borrow-

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ing (at very preferential rates of interest) at over £450m. This is earmarked for property and land purchase. (One must hope that we will not be looking at a property crash any time soon!) So, we see a surge in new housing on the one hand. But we can’t get away from news of cuts, can we.

Queues at the Health Centre The fire service is being cut, bus routes cut, the doctors surgeries are at bursting point and children can’t find school places. So, can we be assured of extra funding for schools and health centres to follow on the heels of expansion of housing? We are told that the UK has fewer GPs per head than any other European country. We also have fewer hospital beds per head. The NHS is on its knees. If you are referred by the GP for a hospital appointment you are unlikely to be seen within 2 weeks even if it is urgent. For routine referrals you can expect months of waiting. Just how our health centre is meant to operate a 7 day service is beyond me. For one thing, they don’t have the money. To cap it all we hear that their service charge has just been put up by some 200% by their landlord...the NHS Property Services itself! Perhaps we should not be surprised at the proposed increase in council tax by 15%. Of course, in the end, we householders are going to be the ones who have to plug the gap. Personally I sympathise with the councils as funding from central government is cut. It can’t be easy as the extra pressure on resources marches on. Good for Spelthorne that they are being innovative in their self-sufficiency, as seen in their recent property purchases. But seriously, something has to give!

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Farewell to Erica Tye

Erica, a beloved mum and 'Nanny' (as she was known in the family) sadly passed away on Monday 5th December in St. Peter's Hospital, Chertsey aged just 89. Until late October she had been blessed with incredibly good health, fitness, agility and energy. She was an inspiration to all her family, friends and the community that is Lower Sunbury. Until mid-October she was a regular at the local hospitals and doctors’ surgery, not as a patient, but driving and accompanying others to their appointments. Erica was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2016 New Year's Honours List for her dedication to the community. Her typical modesty was such that it was kept fairly quiet. Indeed she thought it was a mistake initially and was all set to decline the award until she learnt there had been three independent nominations. She actively supported many charities including the RNLI and the Royal British Legion. She was the longest serving 'door to door' Poppy collector, sadly too unwell to undertake last year's collection in The Avenue which would have been her 40th year. Girl Guiding was her other passion. She started as a Brownie at the age of 5 and was still issuing instructions from the ward in December in her role as Division Treasurer of the Trefoil Guild, an 84 year association with the movement. Erica's funeral was on Wednesday 28th December, a quiet family cremation at Hanworth followed by a service of remembrance at 12.30 at St. Mary's in Lower Sunbury. Donations are invited to the Royal British Legion, in lieu of the door to door collection Erica missed. Lodge Brothers at Sunbury will administer this. Email: sunbury@lodgebrothers.co.uk Tel: 01932 785402 Or you can donate online: www.love2donate.co.uk

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Society Members Small Change Makes a Big Difference in Sunbury

Three local charities have received a share of a total £100,000 from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation after being nominated by people in Sunbury. The charities are One to One (North West Surrey), Spelthorne Dementia Support and Swan Sanctuary which have each been given £100 after the Society’s Small Change Big Difference® Month campaign. The Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference® scheme where members donate the pennies from the annual interest on their accounts to help charities and good causes. A total of 1,000 charities and good causes across the UK received a total of £100,000 after being nominated by people at Yorkshire Building Society branches around the UK. Steve Leach, manager of the Sunbury branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came into the branch to nominate a charity for a donation during our Small Change Big Difference Month campaign. “At Yorkshire Building Society we are committed to being at the heart of our community and I hope these donations will enable the charities to carry on their wonderful work here in Sunbury.” In 2016, the Charitable Foundation paid 1,813 donations totalling £554,229.00 to good causes and charities throughout the UK. For more information about the Small Change Big Difference® scheme and the Charitable Foundation visit www.ybs.co.uk/charitablefoundation

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Can you find all of the Valentinerelated words hidden in the grid? adore flowers affection friendship amorous gift balloons girlfriend be mine heart beau heartthrob beloved honey bouquet hugs boyfriend I love you cards kisses cherub love chocolate lovebirds courting pink crush red cupid red roses darling romantic date secret admirer envelope sweetheart February Valentine flirt Solution on p46

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A Foodbank is not Just for Christmas It would appear that many of you contacted the Restore Food Bank at St Saviours after we ran an article in Sunbury Matters last year. You helped make a better Christmas for many. Christmas may be over, but the needs of the Foodbank are very much there. A BIG Thank You to EVERYONE who donated, got involved and distributed items. Restore is keen to build on what they have already done and continue to help those in need within our community. Please continue to support and donate in anyway you can. If everyone gives just a little, it make a massive difference. The collection trolley is still in Sunbury Tesco’s and you can drop items off at Laura’s Hair Dressers in the Avenue, Tony’s Hair Dressers in Vicarage Road, St Saviours Church and at Yorkshire Building Society at Sunbury Cross. The Christmas toy event received 140 presents priced £25 each, this went to the children within our community. For Easter Restore are launching The Real Easter Eggs appeal. They want to give every child within the FOODBANK Radar an Easter Egg. They will need 150 of them. The Community Lunch is in need of some high chairs, new bowls and a slow cooker to keep the soup warm. Can you help with a donation? As well as food and unwanted toiletries, they need funds donated, no matter how little, for the purchase of new items. Please get in touch if you can help or wish to make a donation: St Saviour’s Church 205 Vicarage Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7TP www.st-saviours-sunbury.org.uk 07549 952161

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Supporting residents to live independently Have you noticed that a family member, or someone you care for is starting to struggle with their day to day life? Perhaps they are becoming more forgetful and you are concerned for their wellbeing, or maybe they are finding it harder to move around or cope at home? Naturally this can be a very worrying time, so understanding the best way to support or find care to help them is important. But where do you start? Right here in Surrey there’s lots of care and support available, from walking aids and grip rails, through to help with personal care and jobs around the home like cleaning or gardening. There are also organisations who help people who are beginning to have problems with their memory. All of these services can make a really big difference and allow your loved one to continue to live well and independently in their own home for longer. Working with many organisations, including the voluntary, faith and community sectors, we want to ensure any information available is easy to find and that’s where Surrey Information Point (SIP) comes in. Packed full of useful local links, contact information and advice, SIP is the go to place for finding the right information about care and support packages. There are also links to local clubs where people can find a way of keeping or getting more active and meet new friends. So, if you have a family member or someone who you care for who could do with some extra help, remember, there is care and support available to them. Go to: Surreyinformationpoint.org.uk Or call Surrey County Council’s Adult Social Care Helpline: 0300 200 1005

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River Thames Scheme Update By the Environment Agency

The River Thames Scheme includes a new flood channel, improvements to 3 weirs, community measures and will provide other benefits to local communities and the economy. We are working with 7 local councils, including Surrey, Spelthorne and Elmbridge to reduce flood risk to over 15,000 homes and businesses between Datchet and Teddington. What a busy year 2016 was! We held several successful community based workshops and drop-ins, gathered data from environmental and threshold surveys, and progressed with the design and funding for the scheme. We ran two discussion workshops for the scheme channels affecting Staines, Laleham, and Shepperton within Spelthorne and one for the downstream communities for Shepperton, Sunbury and Molesey. Around 60 local residents and organisations with a broad range of interests attended and discussed scheme updates, enhancement opportunities and how they want to stay involved in the future. We also held 10 public local surgeries throughout November and December at different local venues across the scheme area. We met approximately 400 people and discussed the latest information about the scheme in an informal way. Residents told us that they are concerned that the scheme will increase their flood risk. We were able to show them interim outputs from the new modelling where on average, there will be a reduction on flood levels in the river everywhere once the scheme is complete. We also emphasised that we will not build a scheme that makes flood risk worse for others. We propose to hold more of these local surgeries this year. Keep an eye on out in Sunbury Matters or our web site (www.gov.uk River Thames Scheme) over the next couple of months for more details. In order to improve our understanding of local flood risk we are measuring the height of the lowest threshold (lowest entry point To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

for flood water) for over 3500 properties over the whole of the River Thames scheme area. You may have seen our surveying contractors out and about and continuing until February or March this year. This data will help us to consider a range of options to improve flood risk at a community level, from temporary or permanent flood barriers to individual property level measures, such as door barriers and air brick covers.

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Recipe of the Month Ovenbaked Cauliflower Cheese

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets Salt and freshly ground black pepper For the sauce 20g/¾oz unsalted butter 20g/¾oz plain flour Grated nutmeg to taste 250ml/9fl oz skimmed milk 40g/1½oz mature cheddar, finely grated 2 tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard 15g/½oz parmesan, or similar hard cheese, finely grated

Method Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas 6. Place the cauliflower florets into an ovenproof dish and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender and starting to brown. Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan, then adding the flour and cooking for 1-2 minutes, or until a light golden colour. Gradually add the milk until smooth, and then cook over a gentle heat for 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until thickened. Add the grated nutmeg. Reduce the heat then add the mustard and cheddar cheese. Put the roasted cauliflower into the sauce and mix so that all the florets are coated. Pour the cheese and cauliflower mixture back into the roasting dish, sprinkle over the parmesan and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is golden-brown and the sauce is bubbling. Serve as a supper dish with a green salad.

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Developers’ Deceipt and Deception By Alan Doyle, Keep Kempton Green If there’s only one good thing about Spelthorne Council’s current Review of our Local Plan, it’s that it’s flushing out the chancers trying to get their particular piece of land zoned for development. Trying, to be blunt, to get planning permission through the back door. We’ve been well aware for years of the plans of The Jockey Club and Redrow to build on the eastern half of the Kempton Park estate. But it’s part of the London Green Belt, and apart from other worthy functions, it’s what keeps this borough from becoming indistinguishable from the London sprawl. Since none of these developers lives anywhere near here, they don’t give a damn. And so we had what – and we’re being charitable – must have been a tongue-in-cheek exercise by the PR consultants for Redrow: a “survey” pretending “help those who want to see more housing built locally make their case to the Council”. As if residents aren’t capable of doing that for themselves. Perhaps those particular PR people missed the lecture at PR school about not condescending … And then came the shocking announcement that The Jockey Club and Redrow now plan to build on the western half of the estate as well, bulldozing the racecourse and the grandstands. Rather than 2000 units, it’s now 3000 (at a minimum). No wonder the Redrow “survey” was a bit coy about the number of houses they wanted to build. And now another attempt to try it on has surfaced. A few months after the dismissal of a similar application for development on Green Belt at the Old Nursery site on Fordbridge Road, Croudace Homes sent out a booklet spelling out their plans to build 125 dwellings on farmland between Sunbury and Halliford. Again, since they are here-today-and-gonetomorrow kind of people, they couldn’t care less that the Green Belt farmland between Sunbury and Halliford is what makes this places what they are. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

There will be other examples as this Local Plan Review progresses – mass house builders promising affordable housing, new schools and health centres, motherhood and apple pie. And as we have seen on almost every occasion in the past, those promises disappear like morning mist as the developers suddenly encounter spurious profitability problems. When will they learn that no-one trusts them any more. Keep up to date with the latest information on the Kempton Park development by visiting www.keepkemptongreen.com

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History of Pubs of Sunbury By Jack Dormer, Sunbury resident, English grad and keen writer To my mind, Sunbury is defined by its pubs. The joys of living along the river are never more evident than when enjoying a pint alongside it in a pub. Sunbury currently has seventeen licensed premises and at one point had as many as thirty. I took to the Sunbury Library to investigate the history of some my favourites and found ‘A History of Sunbury Pubs’ by Kenneth Y. Heselton to be illuminating and thorough. The Three Fishes is not only one of Sunbury’s earliest pubs it’s one of the village’s first buildings. However, the structure is unrecognisable from how it originally appeared in the 16th century. The first official mention of The Three Fishes comes in 1665 and there is oddly not another mention of it until 1730. The inn was in fact sold at auction in 1823 in The Flower Pot. It fetched £162. First mention of The White Horse appears in 1729. The entry described it as the oldest established ex-alehouse in Sunbury excluding the Three Fishes. Originally the pubs brewery company was paid two guineas per year for “making available its convenience for use by the general public”. The Magpie was the first pub I visited when I turned 18 and one I often return to. Heselton writes that benefited from the expansion of Sunbury as a Victorian Riverside resort and it is one of oldest pubs in Sunbury. The first recorded mention of the pub was on the 29 th April 1729 in the register of Licensed Victuallers for the New Brentford Division. It is perhaps most famous for its association with The Grand Order of Water Rats. The Magpie is where the Water Rats originally hosted their meetings which now apparently take place at The Water Rats pub in Kings Cross. The association was founded by Joe Elvin and Jack Lotto who were regulars at the Magpie. Famous patrons include poet, novelist and activist William Morris and The Duke of Windsor who often came for a drink when titled Prince of Wales. Colloquially at some

The Magpie from the riverside c1900?

stage a magpie referred to half a pint. This is perhaps an indication of where the pubs name is derived. The Phoenix’s first reference comes far later in April 1818. It was originally two premises, two cottages – this is still evident in the brick work and levels of the pub which are inconsistent with one another. The Phoenix is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old woman who killed herself in the original Stonor Cottage. According to Heselton it is possible an entirely different ale house once stood on the site – Heselton writes that the previous business may have been one of Sunbury’s “lost pubs”. The Flower Pot is said to have been called the Virgin and Child and its sign displayed lilies supposedly as a sign of purity. Heselton deduces from the pubs proximity to the church that the pub is of ancient origin. The first reference to it dates back even before that of The Magpie. It features in the will of a Thomas Winnal dated the 10th of July 1714. The pub is said to have originally been on the south side of the road and did boast a coach house and stable at its rear suggesting it was once a posting house, this has since been demolished.

1. Heselton, Kenneth A History of Sunbury Pubs. The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society, 1998

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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance? A food allergy affects the immune system. Symptoms usually appear within a few minutes of eating the offending food, and can include a skin rash, upset stomach (eg vomiting), stomach pains and wheezing. The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis, which can affect breathing and send the body into shock. Without treatment, anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, which is why it’s important for people with a known allergy to carry an EpiPen if they’ve been prescribed one, and to teach colleagues, friends and family members how to use it. Food intolerances are more common than food allergies. Symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, stomach upsets, eczema, migraines and even arthritis. The immune system isn’t affected and symptoms might not appear for a couple of hours, which can make it harder to work out what type of food is causing the problem. While you can be allergic or intolerant to any type of food, there are eight common culprits: Peanuts, Tree nuts, Eggs, Milk, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat and Soy If you have an allergy or intolerance to one type of food, you may well be allergic to other types in the same food group.

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You’ll need to see your GP if you suspect you have an allergy or intolerance, so that they can rule out any other causes for your symptoms. They’ll then likely refer you to a specialist for tests. Food allergies can often be diagnosed with blood or skin reaction tests. Intolerances are more difficult to diagnose. You may be asked to follow an ‘elimination and challenge’ diet, if necessary, to try to determine what foods you’re intolerant to. You’ll be asked to cut out certain types of food for a period of time, then reintroduce them gradually. Treatment If you’re allergic or intolerant to a type of food, you’ll need to avoid it completely. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Ingredients such as milk powder and egg white are often used in products you wouldn’t expect to find them in. And restaurants aren’t always as vigilant as they should be about cross-contamination. So you might be prescribed steroids, antihistamines, or an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen) if you have an allergy. You may also be referred to a dietician, to make sure you’re still getting all the nutrition your body needs. The website www.allergyuk.org has a wealth of information about allergies and intolerances. If you don’t have access to the internet, try the helpline on 01322 619898.

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Happy Retirement After 30 Years Nursery Service By Aoife Lee On Friday December 3rd 2016 past and present families came together for afternoon tea to celebrate the retirement of Mrs Christine Hayward as Manager of Jack-in-the-Box Preschool in Sunbury Village after 30 years of outstanding service. The afternoon saw students, parents and teachers old and new come

Staff past and present with Mrs Hayward, centre

dramatically moving from a care to an education role but throughout this time Mrs Hayward never lost her passion for supporting and nurturing the children and families that have come through the doors. This ethos established by Mrs Hayward has seen multiple generations of families return to the preschool whilst also welcoming back past students from the local secondary schools to fulfil their Year 10 work experience. We wish Mrs Hayward well on her retirement and thank her for being a Manager, Teacher and friend. Jack-in-The-Box currently has a vacancy for a lead-practitioner working 5 mornings a week from 8.30 – 12.30 pm. Enquiries can be made via email on jackintheboxplayschool@yahoo.co.uk or for further information, please visit the website: www.jackintheboxplayschool.co.uk

together to reminisce on their experiences and memories of Jack-in-the-Box and Mrs Hayward. Here are just a few of the comments: “thank you for playing with me, teaching me and getting me ready for big school” “We have wonderful memories of preschool and miss you all greatly” “We appreciate all your thought and care of our children” “We have built friendships that will last a lifetime” Founded 50 years ago by the Vicar’s wife both Mrs Hayward and the preschool have seen many changes both to the village and the practice itself. Initially open for only 3 mornings a week it now provides for up to 26 children weekday mornings from 9am to 12pm. Mrs Hayward joined Jack-in-the-Box after a career in banking, when her children attended the preschool . She helped to establish a place that offers a warm and friendly atmosphere where children and their families are helped to develop a passion for learning. Throughout her service she has seen the industry change Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Is it Time for Spelthorne to Make an Exit?

By Malcolm Robertson

We know that Surrey County Council is broke. We just don't know by how much. One month the Deputy Council Leader will say there is a deficit of £6 Million, the next the Leader will say that it's £15 Million. Truth is, nobody seems to know, and with that sort of financial mismanagement, insolvency beckons. We do know that here in Spelthorne the misleadingly titled 'eco park' was going to cost £50 million. Then, when it was authorised by Surrey's Cabinet, the price had gone up to £93.3 million. Not only a massive price rise, which should have been enough to put them off the whole idea, but Surrey even found that the incinerator/gas plant combo was not ‘Value For Money’ by £2 million and in fact it would have cost less to sack the contractor and start again! To cap it all, the engineer's assessment to back up the incinerator plan was based on the original model, an incinerator which had been built in Scotland, which had never been efficient, which had an inherent design defect and which had ultimately been destroyed by fire. Now, instead of that model we have a prototype which has never been tested with household waste. Surrey treats Spelthorne with disdain. Referred to as the 'reservation', we get what the rest of Surrey does not want - hence the incinerator. It claims it can only afford to provide one fire engine to cover the whole Borough. It is a County of 11 Boroughs, which possesses 35 fire engines. Surely Spelthorne deserves far more than the solitary one which they want to give us? With changes to political systems throughout the world, perhaps it is now time for Spelthorne to go it alone as a Unitary Authority, or alternatively to be our own Borough within London, with which we have a lot more in common. Whatever happens we need far better representation than we are now getting from Surrey.

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High Court rules Waterside Drive Planning illegal…. ….so Elmbridge Passes New Plan! One day in mid January The High Court ruled that Elmbridge Borough Council’s scheme to develop a ‘sports hub’ at Waterside Drive by the Thames in Walton, was unlawful. The basic rule for development in Green Belt is that it should be not be ‘inappropriate’, which means not causing ‘harm to openness’. The judge ruled that the Council had unlawfully decided when granting itself planning permission that there was har m to openness but that the har m was acceptable, and that this was an unlawful appr oach so the matter must be re-determined. Two days later at a meeting of the council in Esher, it was indeed re-determined and new permission was passed. It was a brief victory for the people, ultimately sacrificed on the altar of power. The site, next to the Excel centre on the other side of the Thames from Sunbury is Green Belt land which used to consist of a small playing field for Walton Casuals FC, a large grassed area, and scrub, overlying an old landfill site. The Council plans to ‘remediate’ the landfill site and redevelop this open space with a facility for three private clubs including artificial playing fields, a stadium, an athletics track and floodlighting. The entire site is to be enclosed by high fencing to prevent public access to the grounds, with a pathway for dog walkers around the perimeter fence. It is part of a grand scheme which involves the sale of the Walton and Hersham FC ground and athletics track at Stompond Lane, Walton on Thames, for profitable housing. The club does not want to move and was delighted with the ruling. A spokesman said “This result shows just how ill-thought out the Council’s plans are for sports in Walton and how wrong it is to want to sell off our ground for housing.” The campaign had the support of the Campaign to Protect Rural England which opposes unwanted, unnecessary and inappropriate developments like this which threaten the openness of the Green Belt and destroy local tranquility. Elmbridge council was so sure it would get it’s way that they did not stop the contractor working on the site and are now free to continue to build this huge blot on the landscape. How can that be right?!

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LOSRA Says….

It’s Time to Renew or Join.

In the December/January issue of Sunbury Matters, LOSRA reported that the Council is in the process of revising its Local Plan. It has already met its legal requirement to call in potential sites for development. At the time of writing, we are aware of several green belt sites which have been proposed by their owners, most notably, Kempton Park. In the coming months the Council will publish for public consultation a comprehensive document showing all the potential sites. LOSRA needs your subscriptions to build a fund to fight overdevelopment and keep our green spaces! It's a truism that public indifference is the willing accomplice of the well-resourced developer and LOSRA's history will demonstrate that we have never been such a willing accomplice. It is now all the more important that existing members renew their 2017 memberships and that those residents who have not already done so, join now. Our 15 member Committee give their time voluntarily and our expenses are kept to an absolute minimum. However, we cannot be expected to function adequately in the difficult months ahead without your support. Please visit our website: www.losra.org where you can pay the £5 annual membership by the secure paypal facility. Alternatively, leave your remittance in an envelope marked 'LOSRA' together with your name, email and postal address at either Skinner's Post Office in the Avenue or at Twirltours in Green Street.

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Controlling Behaviour in Relationships Abuse isn’t always physical Domestic violence is the highest reported violent crime in Surrey. Those who experience it don’t always suffer physical violence – many experience emotional abuse such as controlling behaviour. The control comes in many different forms. From one partner constantly criticising, intimidating or threatening the other, through to more obvious things like making them look or dress in a certain way, checking their phone, restricting their money or cutting them off from friends and family. If you think you may be in a controlling relationship, we are here to help when you are ready. You can visit the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse website or call 01483 776822 for help and advice. In an emergency you should always call 999.

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Lower Sunbury at the Heart of Spelthorne Council Lower Sunbury is now at the heart of Spelthorne Council. Our pretty little village, steeped in history has been immortalised in a view painted by local artist Daphne Clement over the Thames of St Mary’s church and Wilsons Boatyard. She visited Knowle Green recently to present the Mayor, Cllr. Alfred Friday with her work which will hang in the Mayoral parlour.

You removed the old Swimming Pool and sympathetically returned it to its natural state, in so doing you have created a stunning open space on Rivermead and Swans Rest Island. You gave us specially designed Sunbury lampstandards for the millennium. You handed over a derelict building 40 years ago which now thrives as our well-used Riverside Arts Centre. You have maintained The Walled Garden to such an extent it now wins awards and gives us all a treasured meeting place. And please…do not desert us now, in what may prove to be the time of our greatest threat yet.

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Gardening Matters Spring Colour

It may be cold out there, but Spring is on its way. Many of us will be itching to get into the garden for the first time since the summer to either catch up with gardening or just to see that everything is still alive and well. The thought of trying to get the garden ready for summer can be quite a daunting task. However there is hope when you see things blooming and the colour beneath last autumn’s leaves; the motivation that is needed to keep going and knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It will all be worth it, when your well designed garden is shown off to your friends and family. A lot of people think that now is a pretty dormant time in the garden, with very little going on. Well you couldn’t be more wrong! A well designed garden will show colour all year round. Sometimes it’s not just through flowers. It could be the foliage or stems. Around now a few plants have started to kick into action and I can see a lot of things coming into flower in my garden. Here are some ideas to get colour and life in your garden in late winter time: Hellebores – A great starter. Usually comes out late February/ early March. To show them off to their best cut the old leaves off and leave the flower stems to work their magic. Coming in pinks, whites, purples and mixtures these will brighten up any shady corner within the garden. Pulmonaria (see photo below) – Working best in partial shade, this perennial looks good all year round, with leaves that are bright and sometimes spotted giving a good foundation throughout, but it has its magical moment when flowering. Coming in pinks, purples and whites it’s a sure way to brighten up a woodland floor.

Camellia - A hardy shrub that looks spectacular when flowering. With so many varieties it’s hard to know which one to choose. But this plant can liven up any garden. An early flowerer to get you in the mood for spring. Being evergreen its great all year round. Why not try using it as hedging? Primula- Starting to flower early March these small perennials stand out at the front of boarders or in pots. Keep deadheading them and they will try to keep going. With some varieties flowering later these are a nice addition to any garden. Sarcoccoca – Just starting to go over however the scent is still prominent. This does not mean that is the end for this shrub, once the flowering is done the blue/black berries appear making it a lovely all year round plant. Try and place it near a window or door. So if there is an off chance that you might open or step outside you will be hit with the fragrance. Putting the flowers aside other ways that you can introduce colour this time of year; Cornus – Dogwood has amazing bright stems that can really stand out. Whether it is red, orange or green these are a great way to bring a wintery garden to life. Heucheras – Who couldn’t love a Heuchera? With so many different varieties there use is endless. Bright reds to pop out, bright purples to break up some green, oranges, acid greens, silvers and so many more there is so many different ways that you can use the almighty Heuchera. If you need help trying to introduce colour into your garden this time of year please feel free to contact us.

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What’s On Email info@villagematters.co.uk Laughing Chili Comedy Night. Saturday 4th Feb. Five fabulous acts. Steve Best has worked all round the world, and will have you laughing in the aisles with his silly humour. MC for the night is Bryan Lacey. Riverside Arts Centre, 57 Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 5QF. Tickets from www.laughingchili.co.uk Sunbury Cricket Club Music Nights. Fr i 10th February 8pm LEAF HOUND £7.50 on the door . We are delighted to welcome to the Club for the first time a legendary name from the early ‘70s rock scene , Leaf Hound, led by their original singer Peter French. Pete has always been one of the finest rock vocalists around, and is a stalwart of the Eel Pie Club’s house bands. Shepperton Players ar e per for ming the dr ama 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Jeffrey Archer at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames. The performances take place at 8pm on Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th February 2017. Tickets are £10 per person and can be obtained from the box office on 07505 206757 and on-line. Tickets can also be obtained at the door subject of course to availability. More nfo at www.sheppertonplayers.org.uk The Marriage of Figaro. Thames Philhar monia Oper a ar e per for ming Mozar t ’s immortal opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ performed in its original Italian. Its first performance was a sell out and this repeat performance has been arranged by popular request. Normansfield Theatre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9PS. Sat 11 Feb. 0333 121 2300 Kempton Park Toy, Train and Collectors Fair - Feb 5th. Kempton Par k Toy, Tr ain and Collectors Fair is London’s largest Sunday Toy Fair. The event is run at Kempton Park Racecourse. With up to 200 tables of collectables from various dealers across the UK. Kempton Park Racecourse - Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 5AQ Half Term Family Fun at Brooklands. On weekdays dur ing Half Ter m, popular car r ides will be operating from 11am-1pm and from 2-3.00pm (subject to weather). Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill or along the Members’ Banking of the old Race Track, courtesy of the Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road Weybridge Surrey KT13 0QN. 13 Feb to 17 Feb Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Association Saturday February 18 2017 at 10.15 for 11am. Music for a While with Camilla Jeppeson (soprano) John Holland-Avery (Baritone) Michael Leach (Piano) in a programme of music by Purcell Donizetti Mozart and Gilbert & Sullivan Tickets @ £8.50 on the door and from: 01932 765498 Sunbury Antiques Market. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. From 6.30am. Kempton Park Racecourse. If you want your event listed please email 50 words to info@villagematters.co.uk To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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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 Shepperton and Sunbury Rotary Club ar e looking to r ecr uit new member s. We meet Monday evenings at the Anchor Hotel in Shepperton. If you would like to get involved with local and international projects and enjoy a vibrant social life please telephone Geoff Williams on 01932 782779 for more information. The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for r etir ed pr ofessional 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 telephone the Chairman (Tel.01932 788028) for further details. Spelthorne Natural History Society Saturday 4 th 7.30 pm. Annual Film Show, supper buffet and raffle. At St Peter ’s Church Hall, Laleham Road, Staines. TW18 2DX. SNHS President Dr Phillip Cribb will give an illustrated talk entitled “The History of Garden Plants”. Tickets: Adults £9.00, accompanied children free. Bring your own drink and glass please. Claremont Landscape Garden February half term children’s trail Fun in the fresh air this February half term. Follow a garden trail and learn all about the romance of Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Leopold. Join us in celebrating the year of Princess Charlotte with this halfterm trail about the romantic gardens. Sat 11 Feb to Sun 19 Feb. Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG Save The Date Sunbury Open Gardens will this year be at the earlier date of Sunday May 28th. This could possibly be the last time this popular event will happen. Nice as it is to revisit old friends, and gardens always change, not only with the season, we do need to have new ones for our visitors. We also need volunteers to help make it happen. Our charities this year include the Mayor's designated Parkinsons, and Homelink Day care relief centre, supported by one of our garden owners. Do please think about offering your own gardens next year. Gardens will be open from 11-5pm

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February 2017 Sunbury Matters  

The free community magazine for Sunbury on Thames