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February 2019

Issue 96

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It’s Valentine’s Day - Share some love!

Welcome! Well, the first snow of winter has fallen already. The front cover this month is a lovely photo taken a few years back by local resident Monty Mumford. What a scene of fun. February sees Valentines Day, the day of love, chocolates and candle lit meals. But not for everyone. So why not spend the day spreading a little kindness around instead. We bring you good news from Raj Homecare. The shop is now open daily from 9-17.30 and is even open on Sundays from 10-13.00. A new member of staff is on hand in the afternoons to give help with DIY and electrical questions. Great news for the village. We sign off with an apology to the owners of the Little House on Thames Street. A letter published

February 2019 in this magazine last month was ill founded and a lot of upset was caused which we would never have intended. Please be kind and patient to neighbours who are in planning and building. It is a stressful time for all.

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The Three Fishes 4 Loneliness and Isolation 7 Scams and Safety Warnings 8 Is This the Solution to Flood Concerns? 11 May Clark - Star of Silent Films 12 River Thames Scheme Surveys Begin 15 Planning & Building 19 Spreading Love & Kindness 18 Capture Spelthorne Photo Comp. 24 Recipe of the Month 34 Foster Care - Can You Help? 36 Reclaim our Riverbank Update 41 St Mary’s Newsletter 43 Letters to the Editor 44 LOSRA Says 48 Gardening Matters 57 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 58/59 What’s On/Noticeboard 60/62

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The Three Fishes, Sunbury By Nick Pollard

This month’s picture shows a group of people in front of the Three Fishes public house in Green Street, c1930. Above their heads a sign proudly advertises the products of the Isleworth Brewery, who had acquired the pub in 1889, but in fact by the time of the photo this brewery had been taken over by Watney Coombe Reid of Mortlake. As well as the Three Fishes, under the deal Watney also took over the Castle, George, Phoenix, and Railway Arms all in Sunbury. The Three Fishes is one of Sunbury’s oldest pubs, and occupies what may be the village’s oldest building, possibly dating from the 16th century, but largely rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. It seems the pub has not has always been in this building though. The Three Fishes first appears by name in a lease of 1665, and in 1671 another lease on the property was granted ted by the then Lord of the Manor, Francis Philips, for 99 years at six shillings per year. Interestingly, the description of the property in the lease describes it as being located between the River Thames and the road from Sunbury to Hampton, and to the east of the grounds of John Wynall. So the pub was on the south side of Thames Street, next to the river. It is known that John Wynall owned the Flowerpot Inn at this period, so it seems possible that the Flower Pot was also next to the river, on the opposite side of the road to its current position. The reason the Fishes moved site is not recorded, but it seems possible that the cellars would have been subject to flooding, so maybe that was the cause. The move seems to have taken place by the early 18th century, and at this time the pub was was being used to hold the Sunbury Manorial Courts. These were not concerned with crime, but adjudicated on local matters such as fees due to the Lord of the Manor, property and other rights. In 1823 the pub was sold by auction at the Flower Pot to Mr Farnell Watson for £810, and the sale particulars described the building as having a parlour, tap room, bar, kitchen, cellar, pantry and three bedrooms. also a clubroom, detached soldier’s room (used to billet passing soldiers in the days before barracks) and a stable. The latter was used to house the parish fire engine. Fortunately the Three Fishes retains many of its original features, although these days the fire engine is kept elsewhere!. To learn more about the history of Sunbury’s pubs, see ’A History of Sunbury’s Pubs’, published by the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society and available from Squire’s Garden Centre or via the society’s website www.sslhs.org.uk. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Loneliness & Isolation The Human and Social Cost

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Many of us, if not all, experience loneliness at some point in our lives. Some feel alone most days. There are many studies into this human problem and in recent time the media has carried frequent reports. It is for good reason a Parliamentary Group on loneliness has been set up. The late Jo Cox MP had this topic as a concern and the Jo Cox Foundation has since been stimulating a wide discussion. The report notes: A survey by Action for Children found that 43% of 17 – 25 year olds who used their service had experienced problems with loneliness, and that of this same group less than half said they felt loved. Action for Children have also reported 24% of parents surveyed said they were always or often lonely. Research by Sense has shown that up to 50% of disabled people will be lonely on any given day. A study by The Co-op and the British Red Cross reveals over 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely. We are lucky in our communities that there are so many facilities and services on offer to tackle isolation. The Greeno Centre and the Benwell offer a huge range of classes, social, fitness, lunches and support. Spelride helps to get you there if you can’t drive. Sunbury Neighbours offers the fantastic service connecting those less mobile with those volunteers able to drive. St Saviours operate their Wednesday community lunch from 12-1.30pm which anyone is welcome to attend. Nearby you will also find a weekly coffee morning at the Open Door church in Green Street. It is on a Thursday morning from 10.30 to 12.30 and everyone is welcome. We recently attended the weekly coffee morning at The Burlington, the newly opened care home in Manygate Lane, Shepperton. Anyone To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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and everyone is welcome. It is the home’s way of tackling loneliness both amongst residents and amongst the community. It opens its doors every Wednesday 10.30-12 and offers coffee and (delicious) home made cake free of charge. The welcome is warm and when we were there staff spent time with neighbours and residents chatting with ease. I would certainly recommend you pop in sometime. Such places welcome you whatever age but it will attract an older age group by default. So what of the younger generation? How do they cope with loneliness? Absorbed by smart phones and social media, feeling judged and trying to live up to the air brushing perfection of Instagram. We were shocked to see the recent news item of a 14 year old who took her own life because of modern day pressures to be perfect. It is not an easy era to be a youngster. It is not easy being a parent either. Apart from school clubs, the Riverside Youth Theatre is a good place to start. Children will grow in confidence, develop skills and socialise. It is definitely worth considering: www.riversideyouththeatre.co.uk. Reach out to the community for help if you need it. There is always someone to listen.


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Scams and Safety By Monica Chard, Editor

It has been quite horrifying to hear so many stories of scams, burglaries and dangerous situations people have found themselves that we feel compelled to share some of them here so that you are aware and can take safety precautions. LoSRA discuss the perceived rise in crime in the area in their piece this month, although statistics seem to suggest otherwise. There is a fear that many crimes may be unreported as the perception is that the police don’t or can’t do anything. Our advice is ALWAYS report it. When we were plagued with moped riders 18 months ago, consistent reporting brought action and offences fell. We shared an E-fit at the end of last year of a man wanted in connection with a burglary in Lower Sunbury. It seems he had followed his elderly victim home from Tesco. Arriving at the house, the burglar talked his way into the house, saying he was working on a leak in the adjoining house and could he see if the leak had extended. He then proceeded to spin a tale, taking advantage of his ‘victim’s age. Thankfully the latter was quick witted enough to talk him out of the house, but not without the burglar making off with a number of irreplaceable items. The method of selecting a ‘victim’ and following them home is not isolated. We have heard of several. The burglary of another prominent Sunbury resident before Christmas was more severe. She was awoken in her bed by a masked intruder who threatened her, tied her up and stole a large amount of jewellery. Finding that someone has burgled your home is bad enough, but to be there and be assaulted in a place you should feel safe, is awful beyond words. It would appear that the lady in question was specifically targeted as she lived alone and always wore a lot of jewellery. Be aware of your surroundings and people who may be watching and targeting you. Close the pockets or zips of handbags. Zip your purse of wallet in your pocket if that is where you keep it. And look out for others. If Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

you don’t feel safe, tell someone. Any good Samaritan would stop and help if there was someone lying in the road, wouldn’t they? But be careful, this is a method in use locally and we have read two reports of very scary experiences. It is a distraction tactic. You get out of the car and someone makes off with it. In one case, a gentleman was severely beaten. The advice if you find yourself in that situation is to drive on a little way, turn around so your headlights are lighting the road. Stay in your locked car and call the police and IF you leave your car lock it behind you. Scams are a growing threat online and by phone too. At the moment HMRC, Pension companies and banks are being impersonated frequently. NEVER click on a link on an email unless you are expecting it and NEVER share your account details over the phone. If in doubt, hang up and call your bank etc personally to check. If you get a letter claiming you have won the lottery, take some time to think before clicking links or registering your bank info with an organisation you may not know. If it is too good to be true, it usually is! If you want to share any stories, please contact us: monica@villagematters.co.uk. Or you might like to share the information with Friends Against Scams. This action group collates information and publishes it online: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk. They also publish help in identifying scams. Alternatively, to report a fraud contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or to get advice contact Citizen Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506. Finally, log any crime with the police. It is important to help build an accurate picture of what the threats are in our community.

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Could This Be the Solution to Flooding Concerns? It is five years ago since local communities were devastated by flooding. Scores of houses were flooded, many having to be rebuilt at great expense financially and emotionally. Some houses were raised at great expense, but a cost deemed worthwhile to alleviate the worry of the home owner. Although the area has escaped flooding since, it is still very much in the minds of riverside dwellers. A company in Denmark is at the forefront of developing a system which might be the solution. FloodFrame is a flood protection barrier which can be installed relatively simply, is unobtrusive and affordable. It does not even need electricity. So how does it work? FloodFrame is a waterproof cloth which is installed in a box around the house, one meter from the walls. When water rises, it triggers automatically, unfurling like a life raft to create a barrier all around the house. The cloth barrier will unroll up the house by the force of the water as high as the water reaches, preventing flood water ingressing. When not in use, FloodFrame is hidden from view so you don’t need to worry about ugly flood protection. As it is activated automatically when flood waters rise, you do not even need to be home to activate it. This is a major advantage over other An unobstrusive system types of flood barriers which you need to store and which you also need to put up yourself. If and when FloodFrame is activated, the cloth barrier is replaced. When you purchase a system you also get an annual service visit to make sure it is always in perfect working order. Cost depends on the house but at around £250 per meter, it is affordable. For more information and to see the system in action please see the website www.floodframe.com where there is a video. Or email us: info@floodframe.com. Why not call us? We are a friendly bunch and glad to help: +45 5364 9656.

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May Clark - Star of Silent Films By Ken Battle Between 1900 and 1908, Sunbury born May Clark became a star in many of the earliest silent films that were made at the Walton on Thames studios of the pioneer film maker Cecil Hepworth. Mabel (May) Clark was born in Sunbury on 1st June 1885 and almost certainly at the ‘Ferry House’, 72 Thames Street, where her parents, William Clark and Louisa, were known to be living at the time of their marriage in January 1884. William Clark was a boat builder at the Ferry boatyard and also at Clark Bros. boatyard situated directly opposite on the Walton bank of the Thames. Census returns show that by 1891, William, Louisa and family had moved and were living in Walton on Thames at Thames Street and by 1901 at Chapel Street. Both roads were close to Hepworth’s studio which had opened in 1899 at a Victorian villa ‘The Rosary’ in Hurst Grove, Walton. (Today, Hepworth Way acknowledges the original location of the studio). May began employment at the studio in 1900 at the age of 15. With a starting wage of just 7s/6d per week, she built sets, gathered props, sewed costumes and eventually gained the necessary skills to develop and print films which had been shot earlier in the day. As Hepworth employed no professional actors until 1905, his employees were frequently required to turn their talents to acting. May was promptly chosen to play the starring role of Alice in the 1903 silent film ‘Alice in Wonderland’, whilst Cecil Hepworth played the Frog Footman and his wife Margaret, the White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts. The film has become historically important as it is the first in a long line of later film adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 children’s book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Due to degradation with age and cutting losses, the original twelve minute film now runs for only nine minutes. A still taken from the film (above) shows Alice (May) trapped in the White Rabbit’s house after regaining her normal size. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

All the interior scenes were shot on a small wooden stage at the studio, with exteriors shot in the lavish gardens of nearby Mount Felix. The film can be viewed online at ‘Alice in Wonderland - BFI player’. Hepworth’s 1905 film ‘Rescued by Rover’ was a phenomenal success with 395 prints sold for worldwide distribution. May played the part of a distraught nursemaid, but the real star of the film was Rover, in reality the Hepworth family dog Blair, who quickly became a household favourite. In 1907, May married Norman Whitten at St. Mary’s Church, Walton. Their marriage certificate shows the professions of both as ‘Cinematographers’. May is recorded as having acted in nineteen of Hepworth’s films (Ref.1) and remained in his employment until the birth of her first child in 1908. By that time May had become Company Secretary at the studios. In later years, May and her husband Norman established a number of successful companies associated with the film industry, with May as head of business for many of them. May died on 17th March 1971 aged 86. Ref.1 - Online ‘May Clark - Women Film Pioneers Project’ Ken Battle is a member of the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society

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Preparations Underway for River Thames Scheme By the Environment Agency

The River Thames between Datchet and Teddington has the largest area of undefended developed floodplain in England. Over 15,000 homes and businesses within the area are at risk from flooding. The River Thames Scheme is a proposed flood defence scheme which will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure (roads, sewerage network, and power supplies) between Datchet and Teddington. We need a range of solutions to manage the risk of flooding in the River Thames Scheme area, and so the scheme consists of: · Major engineering work to construct a new flood channel in 3 sections between Datchet and Shepperton. · Improving the flow capacity of three existing weirs on the River Thames near to Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington locks. · Working with communities to raise awareness and support them in preparing for floods, response and recovery. Extensive data collection has taken place within the River Thames Scheme study area over the last four years. We use this information to manage our environmental impact and to develop the design of the River Thames Scheme. During 2017 we carried out a series of ecological, habitat and archaeological surveys. We used the results of these surveys to identify locations for more detailed archaeological investigations. The surveys started in September 2018 and are expected to finish in spring thisyear. They are taking place in areas of Datchet, Horton, Chertsey Abbey Meads, Laleham, Desborough, Teddington and Sunbury. Our investigations will establish the significance of any archaeological remains along the route of the proposed flood channel. ArchaeTo advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

A typical trench ologists will use this information to recommend what additional work we may need to do before we start construction of the scheme. Most of this work will be carried out on private land, so disruption to the public should be minimal. We use different survey techniques in different areas to give us a range of data: Trail Trenches We will dig a series of trial trenches so that archeologists can recover and record any archaeological samples they find. Most of the trenches will be shallow and approximately 30m long x 2m wide and will be open for approximately 2 weeks depending on what is found. Boreholes We will dig boreholes to record the composition of the ground. This information enables archaeologists to draw conclusions about how and when the area may have been used. The boreholes are excavated using specialist construction equipment.


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Swimming - Is it a Supersport? Swimming isn’t a sport, it’s just a way to keep from drowning! So goes the old joke. But swimming is a great way to keep fit, and here’s why. It's a full body workout - Swimming is a great mixture of cardio and strength. It improves endurance and works out all your muscle groups. It improves mental health - The motion and act of swimming through water is very meditational. The focus it requires reduces stress levels and anxiety. It's a mood booster - Swimming, like most exercise, produces endorphins encourages the release of serotonin. These chemicals are known to boost your mood. You’re unlikely to injure yourself Swimming is non-weight-bearing so the risk of injury is very small. It is sweat-free - If you hate getting sweaty, swimming is perfect. The water constantly cools you down.

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It's for everyone - Fat, thin, old, young, disabled or able-bodied. Almost anyone can swim. It has long-term health benefits Swimming has been found to lower blood pressure, reduce joint pain, improve heart function and lung capacity, and increase bone strength. It's a great calorie-burner - Swimming burns more calories than running! Take a trip to your local pool today.

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Planning and Building -

The Changing Face of Sunbury By Monica Chard, Editor

What a hot potato this subject is! Even if you have lived in Sunbury for a few years, you will have seen changes in the village. With political and economic uncertainty, not to mention the high cost of moving house, people have taken to home improvement and extensions, loft conversions and garden rooms. It is a sensible solution for many. But any building works bring disruption for neighbours as well as inevitable CHANGE. But with a huge target for building new homes imposed on our council by central government, change is inevitable as sites are sought. In the case of huge developments, threatening green belt and more often than not planning dense housing estates, we come together as a community and fight. LoSRA have hired legal council and made frequent representation at planning committee meetings at Spelthorne. (As a residents association they are worth their weight in gold and I would urge all households to pay the £5 annual fee to be a member and to keep them going. It is so worth it). Keep Kempton Green have worked relentlessly uncovering plans to develop Kempton Park and rallying locals against it. When it comes to green belt we are pretty well all united. It is us versus greedy developers. However, when it comes to changes within our own neighbourhood the matter becomes so much more contentious. But with a little give and take, with consultation and good communication with neighbours, and with a company of considerate builders, it can all be so much easier. When a neighbouring house to us came up for development 18 months ago we received a personal letter explaining plans, with contact information and an invitation to call if there was any problem or concern whatsoever. When the builders arrived I have never seen such consideration, parking with thought, moving with good grace if asked to do so. If only it was always like this. Too often we see an invasion of large vehicles, taking up coveted parking To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

spaces for months on end and we quietly mutter under our breath and try not to get too indignant. Ultimately an Englishman’s home is his castle. We all have the right to improve our homes within local planning regulations.

Planning applications are available on the Spelthorne Borough Council website and you can check for any property within your neighbourhood applying for permission. Look out also for the brightly coloured planning notices which gives you notice of plans and a timescale for you to give any objections. If you are not happy with plans, that is your time to object. It is worth sharing your concerns with LoSRA too. If you don’t do so, you can’t then complain about what is happening later. We need to have our facts straight. If planning permission is granted then we need to live with it. We may not like change, but we also need to be considerate and kind to each other. Views and surroundings change. We do get used to it. The EA work site by the Creek was unsightly, but the initial plans for over 90 houses threatened to create a vast housing estate. In the end Nettlefold Place is a nice looking development, not overly dense and the riverbank has been hugely improved. We all have the right to improve our living accommodation. As long as it is done with planning and consideration, that is all we can ask. A little give and take from all concerned would make the process so much easier all round.


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Spreading a Little Kindness & Love By Monica Chard, Editor

Valentines Day has, to my mind, become very much a commercial opportunity. Maybe I had too many disappointments when I was a teenager! The postman never seemed to bring me cards and I remember how hurt I felt. So rather than concentrate your love only on your sweetheart this Valentines Day, why not try to share some love around and make our world just a little happier. Social media is all too often full of negative stories or rants about this and that. It has been heart warming therefore to read a couple of positive threads recently which show how far a little thought, kindness and consideration can go. A newcomer to the area, a blind veteran, posted on one of the local sites last year (he uses special interactive software), asking for recommendations for places where he could go and make new friends, rather than sitting in his flat. He was staggered by the warmth of the response and posted an update recently thanking the community: “May I say what an amazing community Sunbury is. Since I moved here last March I have been so surprised at the amount of help that has been offered me through this site. Without your help I would never be where I am today. ...I'm so proud of the community that I have become part of. I'd also like to say a special thank you to Sunbury neighbours who have helped me to get backwards and forwards to my medical and doctors appointments. You are such amazing people and I'm so grateful. God bless you all. Again, thank you so much” . People came up with suggestions of the events and clubs at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury Cricket Club’s quiz and music nights, the Sunbury ex Service mans Club, St Saviours community lunch, SMUGs (Sunbury Meet-up Group), the Probus group, Sunbury Conservatives Club, the weekly Friendly club at Sunbury Methodist Church. There is LOTS going on in our area it seems. Sunbury NeighPlease mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

bours was the lynchpin and those hard working volunteers have made getting around possible. Another great story was a heart felt thanks from local Jo Boaler to pupils from Sunbury Manor and passers by who came to the rescue of her husband who was knocked off his motorbike on his way to work one morning. Thankfully he was OK, but Jo was so thankful for the assistance from passers by. She was particularly complimentary of the care shown by pupils and wanted to share it publicly. Christmas is a time when many people feel isolated and lonely. So this year Mr C and I, along with a close friend, decided to volunteer to help out at the annual Christmas Day lunch. We met so many people who would have been by themselves on the day. Instead, the Greeno was the venue for a fantastic lunch made and served by volunteers, put on by the churches of Shepperton, but open to anyone in the area who was going to be alone on Christmas Day. They put on a quiz, carol singing and a raffle so that everyone went home with a present. We certainly felt that we spread some love and happiness that day and we were not alone. We do live in a lovely place and we can all do our bit to make it even kinder. So this Valentines Day, spread a little love and kindness amongst those who need it most. www.villagematters.co.uk


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End HGV’s in Our Villages

Vast HGV’s are a growing problem on our local roads. Little historic villages with quaint old houses, where you would expect bird song and flowers, are beset instead with the constant rumble of HGV’s. This photo shows the problem: A vast vehicle squeezes its way through Laleham Village. It is simply too big. These vehicles mount the pavements, knock over bollards and cause havoc to cars, cyclists and pedestrians. Not to mention the very fabric of old buildings. Littleton Lane Industrial Estate and the Eco Park have proved what an effect these vehicles have on our roads. The change to operation on Fordbridge Road, Sunbury has resulted in trucks blocking traffic as they negotiate the turn into the builders yard (see right). Think then what will happen if and when Watersplash Farm is allowed to begin extracting gravel and if the proposed Shepperton Studios expansion goes ahead. Of course things change and HGV’s are a part of modern life, but surely it would be the right thing to do to create bypasses or to restrict such vehicles from going through villages?



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Capture Spelthorne Photo Competition Launches

Spelthorne Council is looking for the best photographs of the borough. This is a chance for you to get outside, explore our beautiful borough and show off your photography skills. You don't need an expensive camera to take part, any camera or smart phone will do, as long as the photograph was taken in Spelthorne after 1 January 2018 and is submitted by the closing date. We are looking for pictures that tell a story about Spelthorne in the following categories; Living in Spelthorne - What does Spelthorne mean to you? Send us photographs of local places / landmarks or events that you feel depict life in Spelthorne and captures the spirit of this vibrant community.

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Under 16s - We can accept entries for any of the above categories. Prizes The winner of each category will receive the following prize: ÂŁ50 prize money for each category winner Picture published in Sunbury or Shepperton Matters Copy of the Pinewood Studios hardback book and a pair of Korda theatre cinema tickets. The overall winner of all the categories will receive the following package: ÂŁ100 prize money The winning photo published on the front cover of the summer edition of the Bulletin Magazine. Copy of the Pinewood Studios hardback book and a pair of Korda theatre cinema tickets. Additionally the finalist pictures for each category will be displayed at an Urban Landscape winner 2018- Jyoti Banerjee exhibition in the Walled Garden. Urban landscape - Spelthorne is home to How to enter many interesting buildings from the historic to Up to five photos can be submitted per entrant, the modern. Which buildings capture your as digital images. Please include a short imagination or reflect where you live? caption that best describes the image, your Hidden gems - This is an opportunity for you chosen category and provide your contact to capture those hidden gems or secret corners details (name, telephone number and postal or that you want to share with us. Be as creative email address, plus your age if under 16yrs). as you like. Email your entries Water scenes - Did you know that one third to photography@spelthorne.gov.uk of Spelthorne is covered by water? From the The closing date for entries is 31 May River Thames to the many reservoirs and 2019. Finalists will be notified by Monday 10th lakes, we would love to see your waterside June 2019 and the winners will be presented at snaps. You could include wildlife, boating or a evening reception in the Korda Theatre, simply lovely waterscapes. Shepperton Studios on the 4th July 2019. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Across 7 Gambling emporium (6) 8 Char, sear (6) 9 Wind instrument (4) 10 Backpackers, hikers (8) 11 Large houseplant (6,5) 14 Matching pants and jacket set (7,4) 18 Without penalty, got off ____ ____ (4-4) 19 Animal prized for its fur (4) 20 Tear-inducing vegetables (6) 21 Incorrect, false (6)





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Down 1 Sheltered place to moor boats (7) 2 Climb, ascend (4) 3 Medic (6) 4 In addition, also (2,4)

5 Props to keep paperbacks tidy (4-4) 6 Frightening (5) 12 Pub seating (3,5) 13 Junior king of beasts (4,3)

15 Civil disorder (6) 16 To make equal, balance (4,2) 17 Perfume, fragrance (5) 19 Nocturnal insect (4)

VOLUNTEER SUNBURY Sadly, many of us have been touched by cancer, MND or other lifethreatening illness - perhaps a family member, friend or work colleague and the news can be devastating. Brigitte Trust volunteers visit weekly, offering a free service of emotional and practical support and the chance to share some of the feelings and concerns serious illness brings. After training volunteers, who should be car drivers, are asked to commit four hours each week to local visits. Come to our next volunteer taster session - call Ingrid today on 01306 881816 and visit www.brigittetrust.org/volunteering To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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The Floods - Five Years On

They say that a natural disaster brings out the best in people. That community spirit of fight, care and support that was apparent during the worst floods in recent memory, five whole years ago, was the positive side to the event. Social media has a wonderful (?!) way of bringing you back memories that you sometimes would rather not be reminded of. So it has been for me these past few days. Photos of my house surrounded by water; Mr C on the bench on Rivermead Island like King Canute, trying to turn Left. Mr C ponders floods on Rivermead Island bench 2014. Right, Denmark 2019. FloodFrame system (see p11) ready to unfurl on a defended house

back the flood waters and pictures of our neighbourhood clean up. The River Thames Scheme is becoming more of a possibility. Let’s see. Meanwhile perhaps there is a system that can give you peace of mind against flooding (see p11).

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Can You Help with Local History? Hepworth.

If anyone has any family connections or information about the Hepworth Film Studios in Walton on Thames, the QuickFix theatre company would like to hear from you. They are planning a performance based on the stories of women who worked there.

Marjorie Croysdale

If anyone has any information about Nursing Sister Marjorie Croysdale of Hawke House Sunbury, who died from the flu while on active service at the end of WW1, and is commemorated on Sunbury war memorial, we have had a query from someone who is researching her story. Please contact Nick Pollard on 07981 112965 or nick.pollard58@gmail.com regarding either of the above.

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Recipe of the Month

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Chives Spoil your Valentine with this decadent brunch

Preparation time: 15 mins

frothy. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens. Add the butter a small amount at a time, whisking constantly until the sauce is thick. If it looks like it might be splitting, remove from the heat and continue to whisk. Season with salt and pepper then and keep warm.

Cooking time: 20 mins Serves: 4 (or 2 really hungry people!) Ingredients 4 eggs 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 English muffins or two bagels, halved Butter for spreading 8 slices smoked salmon Chopped chives, to serve

Poached eggs: bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Lower the heat so that the water simmers very gently. Stir the water a little so you create a gentle whirlpool effect, then slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each for about 4 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon. Handy hint - you will see the eggs begin to rise in the water as they reach completion.

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Lightly toast and butter the muffins or bagels, then place a couple of slices of the smoked salmon on each half. Top each with an egg, then spoon over your Hollandaise and garnish with chopped chives.


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Foster Care -

Offering A Brighter Future to Children and Young People From Surrey County Council

With over 1000 children in care in Surrey, Surrey County Council are always looking for more people to open up their homes and lives to some of the most vulnerable children in the county. People from all backgrounds are welcomed, including those willing to take in older children and teenagers, helping them move into adulthood and achieve their potential. Young people like Lewis and Megan: Lewis (21 years old) “My early childhood consisted of neglect and physical abuse. So when I came into foster care aged 11, I had no idea how to keep myself clean. My teeth were really bad and I was behind at school. Food was always an issue and my brother and I often had to steal from the local shop in order to eat.” “My foster carers were lovely and gave me a real sense of self-worth. They provided me with boundaries that I hadn’t had before, giving me the stability I needed to settle away from my birth family.” “Now, I work as Children's Rights Apprentice for Surrey County Council. I love my job supporting children and young people in care, I wouldn't change it for the world.” Megan (20 years old) “At first I was so scared. I was 15 years old and worried that I wouldn't get along with my foster carers. Honestly it was one of the hard-

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est things I've ever had to do. But after a few weeks I started to settle in and then everything was perfect.”

“Now, five years on, I have my own place and a full time job. I want to be a social worker, so I’m busy looking into courses. My foster family are still very much part of my life. I speak to them every week, spend Christmases with them and call them up if I need to have a moan about something. They are always there for me! They’re my family now, no words can express how thankful I am for them and what they did for me.” If you’re interested in helping youngsters like Lewis or Megan, call our team today on 0800 096 9626 or visit surreycc.gov.uk/fostering

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Christmas Day at the Greeno A very BIG THANK YOU to all our supporters and volunteers who have once again given generously to make our Christmas Day Community Lunch, a very special day for over 75 people. Please look out for a full report in the February Magazine and do pop into the library at the end of January where photographs and thank you’s will go on display. May we wish you a Happy & Peaceful New Year Stephen, Caroline, Jon, Peter, Jo, Sandy, Pam, Simon, Orla, David and Jill, the Team Christmas Day at the Greeno, an incorporated charity ( not part of the Greeno centre itself)

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needs. The SLR station will link with the existing railway station in Staines-upon-Thames, providing Light Railway Proposal for Heathrow Spelthorne Borough Council is calling on the Secre- seamless connectivity. Trains will run every six minutes and take just seven minutes to reach the tary of State for Transport to back its proposed Southern Light Rail (SLR) scheme which was sub- airport which traditional rail solutions cannot compete with. Other advantages include no premium mitted in response to the Government’s call for public transport proposals to enhance connectivity, rate fares (it would be in Zone 6), no Government access agreements and no impact on Staines Moor. encourage modal shift and boost economic growth The SLR will put Staines on the map as a centre for in the south and west. business growth and investment, releasing huge Submitted back in the summer, the bid set out a untapped potential and bringing Heathrow and its clear plan to provide an affordable, reliable, and significant economic opportunities to our doorstep. deliverable public transport solution which the This benefit has been recognised by the Enterprise Council believes is the best way to improve public M3 LEP who strongly support the regeneration transport links into the airport from the south. benefits the scheme has for Staines and Spelthorne. The SLR scheme is a straightforward and highly affordable solution at under one third of the cost of Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough traditional heavy rail solutions (at c£375m). Entirely Council, said: “The Council and its partners within the Consortium are confident that the SLR scheme funded by private investment, it is also the only scheme ‘on the table’ which will truly be at nil cost provides the best solution to Heathrow’s public transport needs from the south. It can be delivered to the taxpayer. more quickly, cheaply, and with fewer environmenLight rail solutions have been tried and tested the world over. At full capacity the SLR will be able to tal impacts so we are very keen to progress this carry 84 million passengers per annum. SLR can be scheme as quickly as possible. We would very much welcome a green light from Government which up and running long before the completion of the third runway, much quicker than heavy rail, offering would allow us to proceed to the next stage.” the quickest solution to the airport’s public transport

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Reclaim Our Riverbank 2 Updates You By David Garrett

There was a lot going on behind the scenes on the riverbank over the New Year period, but a disappointing lack of anything to show for it on the front line. The EA continued to build their big legal case against the four slumboats which have blighted the river for so many years. The boats, in the meanwhile, contemptuously spent the winter moored for free on EA land, two at Hurst Park and two at Molesey lock. The public look on in amazement and hope that the legal case, when it eventually comes, can put an end once and for all to their ghastly commercial abuse of the river. Meanwhile tensions with the floating community opposite Aquarius Sailing Club escalated just before Christmas, when the boaters started to put up fencing along the riverbank and to form self-enclosed ‘gardens’! Horrified users of the towpath assumed that there would be robust instructions to dismantle from Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) and/or the EA, but there are complex legal considerations on that section of the riverbank, and the fences were still there a month later. We at RoR2 are working closely with the above bodies and with Surrey County Council to resolve the matter – clearly extensive fencing and manipulation of shrubbery, cutting the public river off from genuine users of the Thames Path, cannot be allowed. We are pleased to say that our working partnership with EBC is going from strength to strength. They are taking a very close interest in the riverbank issues and have just added a section to their website which can be seen via this link: https://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/mooringsunauthorised/ . They will soon be augmenting this with up to date information under individual hotspot headings. We continue to push hard for EA action opposite Wheatley’s Eyot, where a front line operation is long overdue. This area, near the Excel centre, is calmer than it was last summer, when horrific abuses and verbal assaults on local householders were taking place, but the continued presence of abandoned boats and unconsented moorings can only be a magnet for the return of antisocial elements, and the EA has a clear duty to act now. The RoR2 regular newsletter expands on these and other topics – you can join the mailing list (and get a copy of the January mailing) by indicating your support to reclaimourriverbank2@gmail.com . Many thanks to all our hundreds of supporters for their loyalty and encouragement, and to Monica for continuing to grant us space in the Village Matters magazines. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Letters to the Editor Running a letters to the Editor page is meant to give residents the right to a say on things happening in the village that concern them. What it was not meant to do was divide the community and inflame opinion. That is not what Sunbury Matters is about. We were sorry therefore to hear that a letter we ran had caused upset to the owners of The Little House, and many of you were affronted by it. We want to make it clear that they have indeed got planning permission for their works. Not only that, but they consulted closely with neighbours and local businesses to appraise them of the plans. You cannot ask for more. We apologise for the upset caused. Building work inevitably causes disruption to views, traffic flow and noise while in progress, but once it is completed you see the full picture. Be patient and please be kind. If you have a concern or comment about any of our articles, please drop us a line: monica@villagematters.co.uk. Please keep it to the point and don’t be rude! Dear Editor, Isn't David Garrett of Reclaim Our Riverbank (ROR) doing a great job! Opposite the beautiful Island of Wheatley's Eyot some of the boats mooring for free have now gone, leaving only 4 and at last the twoyear free encampment on the opposite side of the river has disappeared over night. If the R.O.R., Elmbridge B.C., Environment Agency and Police get together we can get this situation under control once and for all. Another concerned resident How rumours start A reader contacted us with an extract from a newsletter from one of the local primary schools. It reported to parents that the school had received a letter from the Council informing them that they were going to be building on Orchard Meadow (!!) so as part of the children’s ‘Architects and Grand Designs’ project the class and children had visited the site and spoken to locals about what Sunbury needed to improve it. Alarm bells rang loud and clear. Ian Harvey, leader of Spelthorne Council, asked us to rearrange the words “dead, my, over and body”. You get the idea! So perhaps this newsletter was only illustrating a project, but my goodness, how easily rumours start and spread! No, Orchard Meadow is not being built on! Editor Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Large housing developments are putting undue pressure on our environment. Drains are no longer emptied and floodplains are continually being developed contributing to the dreadful flooding of 2013/14. Our air is reported to be badly polluted. So who, in their right mind gives permission to cut down oxygen generating trees to be replaced with houses, tarmac and concrete? And what about cuts to facilities? No bus route in Fordbridge Road and a Health Centre under pressure with too many patients. Planning Depts. PLEASE stop encouraging greedy builders who are destroying our village. Jill Juttner Rather than publish letters that cast aspersions as to whether a particular building project has or has not got the relevant planning permissions, I would much rather see this magazine highlighting the perilous nature of traffic in Thames Street itself. The speed and inconsiderate nature with which drivers charge through the narrowest parts of the street are down right dangerous. Not to mention drivers mounting the kerbs with no consideration to home owners or pedestrians. The increase in overweighted and oversize vehicles thundering through our village has become nigh on intolerable and needs to be addressed forth with. A Concerned resident



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Scouts Remembered‌

We have had a lot of responses to the photo of Sunbury Cub Scouts 1969. The photograph below was shared electronically as far afield as New Zealand in the quest to fill in the missing names. Many memories were stirred. So far we we have heard from the following who are or who may be from that era: Jamie Hooke, Jon Hall, Stuart Norman, Craig Robertson, Richard and Jonathan Hall and Steve West. These old photos are certainly a talking point. We have reunited old friends by running them, and found out long forgotten stories. If you have any old photos you want identifying, or just to share, please get in touch.

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LOSRA Says…. Is Crime out of Control in Sunbury? There has been much comment on the Sunbury Facebook page in the recent past about the level of crime in our local area. In addition, one of our Committee is a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and receives the monthly crime list detailing various types of reported crime in Spelthorne, including Sunbury. The latest showed a worrying increase in reported crime, which, as we all know, does not truly represent actual crime, as many people simply don’t bother to report offences, believing that the Police can’t, or won’t do anything. LoSRA is therefore aware that our residents are very concerned at both the level of crime, and the lack of visible policing, and we have written to the Spelthorne Borough Commander, Inspector Maxine Cilia, to ask what measures are being taken to address what many see as a ‘crime wave’. We have received her reply, which shows a more detailed breakdown of the different types of crime than the NHW stats, which were selective in their summary. Whilst the overall level of crime for the 2018 year in Sunbury is marginally lower than 2017, LoSRA feels it is still at a level which most people would find unacceptable. We will report in more detail on Inspector Cilia’s response, and what further action we propose to take, in our New Year newsletter, which should be distributed during the first week of February.

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Thamesmead School Majestic Brass workshop Last month, Year 7 and 8 Thamesmead students watched a performance by ‘Majestic Brass’, a group of professional brass players. The players performed a varied selection of music and introduced them to the trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba. This was to launch the first year of Thamesmead’s fantastic new brass project where students have the opportunity to learn to play the trumpet or trombone. They would receive use of an instrument kindly donated by Spelthorne Council for a whole school year free of charge so that they can try out lessons on their chosen instrument. The Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE music students then also spent the afternoon with the professional musicians in a very valuable composition workshop to assist them with their GCSE preparation. Spelthorne councillors, Cllr. Robin Sider, Cllr. Vivienne Leighton and Cllr. Colin Barnard also joined students for the workshop. The Thamesmead music department thank Spelthorne Council for their funding contribution to this amazing project which will widen participation in music lessons for students.

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SPECIAL MUSIC NIGHT IN AID OF THE MAYOR'S CHARITIES AT SUNBURY CRICKET CLUB FRI. 8TH FEB There is a special music event in aid of the Mayor Spelthorne's Charities at Sunbury Cricket Club on Friday 8th February at 8.30. It’s become something of a tradition that the Club devotes one of its Music Nights to a special event to support the Mayor of Spelthorne’s charities, and they have proved extremely successful evenings, so the Club is delighted to repeat the exercise this year. This year’s Mayor of Spelthorne is Cllr. Jean Pinkerton OBE, a Staines councillor, and her charities are East To West, offering support to children, young people and their families; Rentstart, assisting single people and childless couples to access accommodation; Shopmobility, helping people with mobility problems to get around; and The Penrose Club, providing social activities for adults with special needs. The usual suspects from Sunbury’s talented music fraternity have been assembled once more to play under the name of THE CHAIN GANG in honour of the Mayor’s chain of office. The musicians will be giving their services free, so all the door money will go to the charities - entrance is £10.00, payable on the door (tickets are not being sold in advance). The line-up will include guitarists Gerry Cook (The Saxons, The Hampton Band),Tim Renton (3 AM), Mark Doyle (Marshall Taylor Band), Chris Allard (Hampton Band); bassists Roger Harding (East of Eden), Martin House (Life & Soul; keyboard player Kevin Welling (Stan Bland Band); harmonica ace Geoff Foreste; multi-instrumentalist Phil Miller-Tate (Marshall Taylor Band); Stephane Booroof (Edison Lighthouse) and Alan Worrell (drums) plus Music Night host and organiser Paul Watts (vocals & guitar). It will be a great night of top class rock ‘n’ roll, blues, ‘60s R&B, rock and country, with the first set devoted to the music of Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash 60 years ago this week. It’s all for a great cause and will be a fun community night, so please support it. Please note that the show will start at 8.30pm. Hot food will be available from about 7pm.


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Gardening Matters My Gardening Valentine

By Rachael Leverton In the run-up to Valentine’s Day someone always asks me what they should buy for the gardener in their life. It’s a tricky question to answer. Many people think we must like cut flowers, but actually I’m not keen and most gardeners I know aren’t either. We have gardens full of the things after all, and we tend to prefer our plants living and breathing in their natural environment, rather than imported from abroad and wrapped in cellophane. Unless you know a bit about gardening, and the tastes of your own particular gardener you’re probably best-off avoiding plants too. The non-green-fingered venture into dangerous territory when they try to buy plants because there are so many variables. Will it suit the soil? Is it too invasive? Will it poison the gardener’s dog…or children…eek? It’s a thorny issue (pardon the pun) so here is my go-to gift list guaranteed to make you the Valentine hero of your gardening amour. Don’t buy a sweatshirt which declares ‘headgardener. They are naff, and most gardeners prefer old, comfy clothes which do the job better. However, if you present your gardener with a tough tunic or gardening apron, which is thorn-proof, and which has lots of deep pockets to house secateurs and trowels, they will love you forever. Then there are wellies. Who knew wellies could be romantic? But gardening folk drool over wellies the way Supermodels drool over Jimmy Choos. And there’s so much welliechoice now. We all prefer something with a thick sole but there are bright and colourful wellies and traditional ones. For the ultimate To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

in warmth and breathability I can recommend a proper Gore-Tex pair...sheer luxury. Mine remain the favourite Valentine gift my husband ever bought me. He knows how to romance a woman! A proper long-necked watering can, with a brass rose will also earn you Valentine brownie points. Bigger isn’t necessarily better though unless your Valentine boasts big biceps! Watering cans are heavy when full. I find 3-4 litres is about the right size. A bunch of long-stemmed red roses will set you back at least £40 and they might last a few days. For a similar price you can buy the gardener in your life Felco secateurs (with Valentine red handles) and they’ll last forever. I know which I’d prefer. Garden trugs are so practical. Most gardeners I know would be delighted to receive one. The trug is a great gift but even better when filled with a few gardening goodies such as packets of seed, water retaining granules, plant food etc. You could add some hand tools too, such as a trowel and a fork. Make sure they are stainless steel and have long handles for ease of use. And insulated mug or a good flask will always warm the heart of your Valentine because hot drinks don’t remain hot for long outside, even on a warm day. Finally, don’t forget gardening vouchers. Often us gardeners spot the perfect plant or gardening accessory when we’re strapped for cash, so vouchers are a perfect gift to save for a rainy day...and gardeners love rainy days, Valentine’s or not. Happy Gardening.


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Beauty by Daniela 16 Laser Therapy 23 Bedrooms Ashford Interiors 5 Breakfast! Squire’s 18 Builders W Brown & Sons 50 FloodFrame 11 Business/Opportunity LSBC 58 Spelthorne Biz Expo 13 Car Body/Repair Chips Away 54 Chip & Paint Repair 50 Care for Elderly Alina 31 Sunbury Nursing 45 Promedica24 42 Bluebird Care 27 The Burlington 6 Fostering Campaign 37 Carpenter George Scott Woods 53 Carpet Cleaning Nick Lewis 42

Children’s Education Aquarius 39 Private Tutoring 39 Computer Services My PC Helper 38 Curtains/Blinds Decorama 23 Decorator SDS 52 SJ Harris 51 Dentist Evolve Dental 38 Domestic Cleaning Time for You 47 Electrician Boss Electrics 52 Paige Electrics 60 Equity Release Harvest Financial 23 Estate Agent/Property Curchods 32/33 Dexters 64 Events/Social Hampton Court 10 Holiday Inn Tributes 9 Conservatives Club 62 Florist Van Wonderen 28 Funeral Directors Lodge Brothers 30

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What’s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk SUNBURY AND SHEPPERTON ARTS CENTRE PRESENT A COFFEE CONCERT ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16 2019 at 10.15 followed by 11am concert with: JONATHAN RADFORD ( saxophone) and ELEANOR KORMAS ( piano) Programme will include Scaramouche by Milhaud and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets ( to include coffee and croissant) @ £12 from 01932-787390 TO BE HELD AT: RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTRE 59 THAMES STREET SUNBURY TW16 5QF The Friends of St Mary's (F.o.S.M.) are very pleased to welcome back Kathryn Harries & friends on 23rd February , 7.30pm. in St Mary's Church, Sunbury for an evening of popular operatic excerpts and other musical entertainment. Kathryn, is a renowned international soprano and immediate past Director of the National Opera Studio , and we are privileged that she has agreed to come and entertain us, together with some of her many talented friends, to help us raise money for our restoration fund, whilst enjoying a delightful evening . Tickets are £10 on the door, or £9 in advance and for 'Friends' - available from Ann on 01932 785035 or Mollie on 01932 785807. For further information please contact as above or see our website www.fosmsunbury.org.uk

Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington. February 2nd. 7.30pm. Katey Brooks + support from D’Artagnan. Following her release of her single ‘In Your Arms’ via Billboard . The stunning single highlights Brooks authentic musicianship, with soulful choral vocals, warm instrumentation and ethereal soundscapes. An blend of folk, Soul, blues and country. The evening promises to be a treat. www.landmarkartscentre.org/ events.

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Spelthorne Natural History Society Wednesday 6th February. Snowdrop walk around Ankerwyke. Meet beside Ankerwyke Farm, Magna Carta Lane TW19 5AD at 10.30 Wednesday 14th February at 8pm, Greeno Centre, Shepperton. ‘The History of Collecting and Collections’, by Max Barclay, Life Sciences Dept, Natural History Museum, London. £3 charge for non-members Saturday 2nd March, SNHS Annual Film Show: ‘Wildlife of the Falklands & South Georgia’, with Nicholas Warner, in St Peter's Church Hall, Laleham Road Staines, TW18 2DX. Only £10 per person. Doors open at 7pm for presentation starting at 7.30pm. A buffet supper will be provided during the interval, bring your own drinks and glasses & some money for the raffle. Refer to www.snhs.org.uk for more info on any of the above. Walton Voices - Concert for Conservation - Performers Against Plastic. Saturday 23rd February 2019 at 7.30p. St Mary Oatlands Church, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge KT13 9TS. Tickets. £13 in advance, £15 on the door; Students £5.50; Children under 11 yrs free. Raising money for The Marine Conservation Society. To book please email: concertforconservation@gmail.com; www.ticketsource.co.uk/a-concert-for-conservation Sunbury Library Coffee Time. The Friends of Sunbury Library invite you to a Coffee Time on Friday 1st February and Friday 1st March between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. Sunbury Library, Staines Road West Sunbury Open Gardens. SAVE THE DATE. It may be a long way off, but let this inspire you as you think about summer 2019. The Sunbury Open Gardens event will be on Sunday June 2nd. If you can help offering your garden, publicising or organising please get in touch with Sue March on email suegeorgemarch@yahoo.co.uk

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February 2019 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

February 2019 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury