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February 2020

Issue 99

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February is here and if you are in the mood, ladies, this is your chance to propose to your man, the traditional break with tradition during a leap year. We make no apologies that this issue is full of a lot of comments and pleas about the local plan and the campaign against building on green belt. Even BBC s Chris Packham has got behind it! We all need to do what we can to quell climate change so we are bringing you some news and hopefully inspiration from some local initiatives. Interesting to see that Extinction Rebellion is starting a group in Shepperton. Plastic bags should be a thing of the past in my view, so we welcome the idea of Boomerang Bags, made by a local community in Surrey. Read all

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The Thames at Shepperton 4 Local Plan Public Meetings 6 Noel Franklin-Taylor RIP 9 Restaurant Review - Thai Bite 10/11 Sustainability Fair Draws Crowds 15 Green Belt - Leader Responds 16 Happy Birthday Badminton Queen 20 News from your Councillors 22 Boomerang Bags. Not Plastic Bags 24 Dementia Friendly Shepperton 26 Flood Plain Proposals. Residents protest 28 Burlington CQC Star Review 30 Recipe of the Month 34 Shepperton Horticulture Needs You! 39 Charlton Village Residents 42 One Lady s Quest for Zero Waste 42 Shepperton Beat 44 Cinema with a Difference 48 Choosing the Right Sports Club 50 Gardening Matters 54 What s On 60/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

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The Thames at Shepperton By Nick Pollard

This postcard, dating from the 1930s, shows the River Thames in the area of Shepperton Lock, looking north east. It must date from after 1935, as the Desborough Cut which was opened in that year can be seen at top right. Desborough Island, which was created by the digging of the cut, looks remarkably open compared with today- the trees have grown considerably in the intervening 85 years or so. To the left of the cut is the broad expanse of Ferris Meadow, used for grazing cattle. Gravel was extracted from here in the 1960s, and the large lake subsequently created is now the home of the immensely popular Shepperton open water swim in the warmer months. Between the meadow and the trees surrounding the tennis club on the Weybridge bank is the elongated shape of D Oyly Carte Island, with the imposing house built by Richard D Oyly Carte in the 1880s. He was the producer of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas and built the Savoy Opera House and the famous adjoining hotel off the Strand in London. The building was due to be a country annex to the hotel but no alcohol licence was granted, so it remained a private home. Perhaps he should have taken note of the previous name of the island – Folly Ait! To the left of centre at the bottom is Shepperton lock, originally built in 1813 but rebuilt and enlarged immediately to the south in the 1890s. A passenger steamer lies just downstream of the lock. The cutting of the lock created the lock island, with its distinctive D shape when seen from the air. On the bank of this island nearest Weybridge, the large building was the slipway and works of the Thames Conservancy, who looked after the river, locks, weirs etc. from 1857 until 1974, when the Thames Water Authority succeeded it (since replaced by the Environment Agency). The building was subsequently sold off and is now the home of Weybridge Mariners, although it had to be rebuilt after a disastrous fire some years ago. The next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society is the Annual General Meeting, after which there will be a short talk on old photos of Shepperton and Sunbury. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 11th February at Halliford School in Russell Road, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission is free. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Local Plan Public Consultations We sincerely hope you managed to get your comments on the Local Plan submitted by late last month when the consultation ended. We understand that the 38Degrees petition against building on greenbelt land reached over 5000 signatures and was hand delivered to the council on the day the consultation ended. The retweet by Chris Packham might have helped! We attended one of the council run public meetings, of which there were 10. Also the packed public meeting run by Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng. Feelings across the borough ran high as the figures imposed by central government of 603 dwellings to be built every year for 15 years is deemed too high. Everyone agrees with this. The issues are many. Spelthorne is 65% greenbelt and covered with water; reservoirs, marinas, rivers, fisheries etc. In selecting sites for development the contentious issue is the 19 greenbelt sites, whereas 29 brownfield sites were rejected, including the ugly brownfield site of Bugle Nurseries, which even locals agree they would like to see a nice estate on. The reality is that building on brownfield is more expensive. It often needs decontaminating. The problem with greenbelt, apart from the obvious loss of habitat, beauty and air giving land, is the inherent effect on infrastructure. Take Charlton Village. This has 3 designated greenbelt sites under consideration. If passed CV will get not only a permanent traveller site, but the size of the village will more than double. The horses fields will go and houses will be built on floodplain. Local residents made a passionate representation to Kwasi Kwarteng a the public meeting and he was clearly unaware of what an impact the proposed plan would have on the village. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Generally, Kwasi was open to supporting Spelthorne residents at ministerial level. His role as Energy Minster has given him insight into issues of climate change and has also enlightened him about the development of the Northern Powerhouse. He suggested that government should be lobbied to address the imbalance of North/South emphasis on building and more focus given to the North. This makes perfect sense and was given rousing applause. He commented that the Local Plan was hatched in a different era. That since then we have become more aware of climate change, not to mention the impending development of the North. He recognised the many comments relating to infrastructure that cannot cope with the 9000 planned for homes within 15 years. Traffic is already at a standstill and green space is at a premium. We need to be encouraging wild spaces, not destroying them. But our MP also made the point that developers LOVE Spelthorne. With the tactical location, Heathrow and business growth, it makes for a sure bet for developers to make money. The war is not over yet. Comments from locals will now be assessed and a final plan released in the summer.



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Noel Franklin-Taylor 26.11.26 - 11.12.19

1948. There followed a spell in the London Office of the British Council after which several years with a city insurance company and in whose orchestra he played the violin giving regular concerts at the Royal Festival Hall. At this time he was a part time student at the Guildhall School of Music. When he moved to Shepperton in 1964 he found a job with the British Aircraft Corporation where he worked on such aircraft as the BAC111, the VC10 and Concorde at Weybridge and at Kingston. He worked there until he retired in 1991. His hobbies and interests were wide. He was a gliding instructor, a yoga instructor, held a diploma in public speaking and was a member of the poetry group in Shepperton. We understand from one of his nephews that Noel was a great story teller, frequently entertaining colleagues at office parties. He was a generous benefactor to charities including some lesser well known ones such as Ferret Rescue! Indeed he has left a large part of his estate to charity. Noel had a lifelong love of cycling and you may well have found yourself behind him in your car at some point as he frequently slowed down the traffic. Friend and fellow poetry group member, Carole Boyd sent a recorded message and poem reading to his funeral (as she was recording on the day of the funeral). She talked of Noel hailing her from his bicycle one day in Shepperton. It was 2016 and he jauntily asked if she would be prepared to speak at his funeral. Of course said Carole what date do you have in mind? I will check my diary to which they both collapsed with laughter. Noel loved laughter, conversation and friendship but he remained a private man to the last. Even his family discovered things about him when sorting out his affairs after his death, that they did not know. I am sorry that I did not get to have a cuppa and chat with Noel. The intention had been to run an interview with this special Shepperton man. I probably couldn't have done him justice, but I am sure we would have had a laugh. He came across as warm and interested with a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile. His funeral was very well attended, with 30 Samaritan colleagues, many friends and relatives in attendance. Rest in peace Noel, after a life well lived.

I met Noel Franklin-Taylor just over a year ago. We were both being presented with Pride of Spelthorne certificates. But I already knew of him. Many of you in Shepperton would. Noel had lived in Broadlands Avenue since moving there with his Mother in 1964 from Wembley Park where his father had run a music school from 1928. His father died in 1955. Noel and his mother continued to run the school until a road widening scheme resulted in the loss of both their home and business. Noel remained in the family home at Shepperton for the rest of his life. He never married. I knew him as a long serving Samaritan - 53 years of service in fact. The Samaritans were like a family to Noel and he was the constant thread in their existence, seeing many changes to needs of callers, venue, technology and admin. He viewed himself as just a cog in a machine, not as anything special. Noel was also involved in Care in Shepperton, the Stroke Club from 1993 and helped setting up the Christmas event at the Greeno every year. He was a volunteer tutor at Brooklands College Weybridge s Adult Literacy Class from 1995 to 2008. He received a Civic Award for services to the community from Spelthorne Borough Council in 2013. Even when Noel was ill in his last year, he was keen to recover so he could get back to his duties. His family was musical. His grandfather worked for Broadwood Pianos, and was a talented player and conducted their orchestra. His uncle, Franklin Taylor, was the organist at Lichfield Cathedral. His father Basil had been a professional Tenor before the first world war and played both piano and violin. He later established the music school, so naturally Noel was brought into the world of classical music. Both he and his sister played violin although his sister admitted that Noel played better than she did. Noel bequeathed his 19th century violin to the Royal College of Music so his legacy lives on. He was initially home schooled and then educated at St. Georges School, Harpenden, a co-educational school founded on Christian principals and much ahead of its time. In 1945 he was called up to the army and that took him to India and Burma where he served in 1947, the year of independence. He was demobilised in

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Restaurant Review Thai Bite, Shepperton

I love Thailand and I really enjoy Thai cuisine. So when the new Thai Bite on Shepperton High Street invited me to sample their cuisine I was not going to say no! So before the season of traditional over indulgence got underway, I visited the restaurant for what turned out to be a veritable feast! Thai Bite opened last summer. It is family owned and run. Chef Siva Khumchuen creates his authentic dishes in the kitchen. Wife Sirima and daughter Kat run the restaurant and son Sutaya is behind the bar. Siva clearly wanted to showcase the best of his menu and had prepared a selection of starters so we could get as broad a taste as possible of what is available. You can of course opt for the mixed starter platters or you can have one or two dishes. We sampled 7 starters!! So where do I begin? The tempura prawns were light as a feather, The Moo bing, BBQ pork on a skewer were sensational. The meat was soft and the sticky marinade a delight. As if 7 starters was not enough, we asked also for a green papaya salad (Som tum) which is a dish I enjoyed a lot of in Thailand. It has a kick but also crunch of peanuts and zing of lime. It went perfectly with the pork skewers. Also on offer were two sorts of steamed

dumplings: one with minced pork and water chestnuts, the latter giving an added dimension of texture and crunch. The other version was the prawn dumpling. Both were light and tasty. The Thai fishcakes packed a punch too. All in all it was quite a start to our meal. When it came to main courses, Siva was not going to let us get away lightly. He once more presented us with a succession of main dishes. He had selected dishes we may not otherwise have ordered and I am so pleased he did. A whole deep fried sea bass was served on a fish shaped platter, heaped with gloriously coloured veg and chilli sauce. I love this sort

of dish, but am put off by the inevitable bones. Well the surprise of this dish is that there were none! Having deep fried the fish, it is left to rest before the backbone and ribs are peeled away leaving you no excuse not to clean the whole plate. You will want to! Next up was the roasted duck which was cooked in tamarind sauce, served with pak choi and fried shallots. Again, this is not a dish I Assortment of starters. Prawn tempura. Crispy wonton, pork skewers, chicken satay, Thai fish cakes and two sorts of steamed dumplings. Wow! would normally choose Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



when eating Thai, but it was a winner. The duck was soft, the fat was properly rendered and crunchy and the sauce complemented it perfectly, with a little hint of heat and the sharpness of tamarind. Then came the Pad Thai, the ubiquitous dish of noodles, peanuts, beansprouts and lime. This version came with prawns. It was just as you would wish it. Easy eating and full of flavour. Another dish ..this time it was a chicken Massaman curry. The dish is an unctuous tasty gravy based curry made with coconut milk, onions and baby and sweet potatoes. We opted for sticky Thai rice to mop up the magnificent gravy. You can have this with chicken, lamb, beef, prawn of tofu. I am sure you would be happy with any of these choices.

tasty food, lovingly and expertly prepared. The attention to detail goes as far as the authentic herbs; thai basil and shredded kaffir lime leaves which are brought directly from Thailand. Thai Bite offer an a la carte menu but also takeaways (10% off for collection) and if you fancy a taste of the menu why not go in for lunch? The lunch deals offer great value. You can choose a starter and main dish from the lunch menu and both are served on one plate for a total of ÂŁ9.95. You can also choose a mix of salad and main such as the combination of sticky pork skewers and green papaya salad which I mentioned earlier. Or you can have a street style noodle soup. There is a great choice of dish for dinner or for lunch.

Left to right: Prawn Pad Thai, Chicken with Cashew Nuts and Som Tum, the spicy green papaya salad

A firm favourite on Big Tree Night, when you might have had the chance to have a good plateful of food from the Thai Bite stall, was the chicken with cashew nuts. The chicken is deep fried, served with green and red peppers, onions and oyster sauce. It was full of flavour but was possibly the dish that I was least enamoured with, possibly because I was full up to the gills! Again, if you like this sweet and sour type dish, you can have it with pork, prawns or tofu. We were so well fed on the most sumptuous, To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Save Spelthorne s Green Spaces

On 21st January, the closing day of the local plan consultation, the organisers of the Save Our Green Belt in Spelthorne Campaign (Councillors Jan Doerfel and Veena Siva and Malcolm Beecher, co-ordinator the North Surrey Green Party) presented their petition to Terry Collier, Deputy Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council. The petition called on Spelthorne Borough Council not to release 19 Plan for building or other commercial purposes and to Green Belt areas currently identified in the Local protect the entire existing Green Belt in Spelthorne for generations to come. By the time of presentation, the petition (which has also been endorsed by BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham) had gathered over 5,000 signatures. According to Council policy, any petition over 4,500 signatures will automatically be referred to Council for debate and is expected to be debated at its next public Council meeting on 27th February.

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Sustainability Fair Draws Crowds By Monica Chard

Interest in climate change and adopting a more sustainable lifestyle was obvious by the amount of people who attended the Sustainability Fair at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton last month. There were talks throughout the day on energy efficiency, electric vehicles, chemical free beauty, organic grow your own and plastic free choices. There were stalls selling wares and giving advice. We learned a lot. When you really start thinking about the choices we make and the footprint they leave behind it is quite shocking. Take nappies for example. A necessity, of course. Did you know that 7 million trees are cut down in the UK each year to make disposable nappies? Did you know that 8 million nappies go to landfill in the UK every day? Or that it takes anywhere up to 500 years for a disposable nappy to break down? So, surely we need to look for an alternative? What about going back to the old ways of cloth nappies? It served us well. So introducing Eco Mama and Baby products which you can try for free before buying. (www.ecomamaamdbaby.co.uk). You can buy reusable nappies, wipes and even sanitary products.

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on Walton Road, Molesey. Take clean, quality clothes, shoes and accessories that you don t wear any longer and swap them. Genius! Have you heard of Boomerang Bags? No, neither had I. They are all the rage in Elmbridge. Made by volunteers with donated fabric, they are supplied to shops in high streets to use instead of plastic bags. One rather attractive bag had been made from the old rowing club s curtains! What a way to give to leave a legacy and help recycling. The event came to a rousing conclusion when the WeAreTheVoice, children s environmental choir performed to the crowd. The song of the same name is written by teacher Niamh Clune and spearheads a new children s plastic awareness campaign. The children are from several local schools. They have already recorded the song, which highlights the plight of the planet and laments its demise. It poses questions about who will fight for changes. It is worth listening and do pay attention to the images towards the end. The song is on the website: wearethevoice.org.uk or you can find it on YouTube. These guys rock. The lead singer is 11 years old and simply incredible. Britain s Got Talent watch out! Advice on recycling a huge variety of things from the Surrey Environment Partnership at www.surreyep.org.uk 15 Or email monica@villagematters.co.uk

Building on Greenbelt Spelthorne Leader Responds

Following several stories in the local press relating the greenbelt development Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Council has asked us to share the following points of clarity: The 29 urban sites that were rejected have only been rejected from consideration as allocated sites but still form part of our housing supply. Page three of the Preferred Allocations document sets out the full summary of our housing supply and whilst these sites are not counted in the allocations, they are included in the Strategic Land Availability Assessment total as we still anticipate them coming forward for development through the planning application process without being allocated. The fact is we don t have enough urban sites to come close to meeting our housing need. Where we have Green Belt that is not performing its function and we have a housing need that can t be achieved in the urban area or by asking our neighbouring authorities, the Government will expect us to consider this avenue as a reasonable option. Profit margins for developers don t affect which sites are included as possible allocations. We understand that the housing need figures do not represent a target . However, according to one of the senior officers we met at the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government, we are expected to leave no stone unturned to try and meet that figure. We simply do not have enough land in the urban area to come close to meeting our housing need and a Local Plan that doesn t include some Green Belt sites would fall so far short of our needed figure that we would be sent away by the Planning Inspector to find more homes. That is why our challenge to the Ministry is to have the need figure reduced rather than to press forward with a Plan that will not be found sound and all the delays and risks that would incur. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

It is not true to say that once we have released some Green Belt land the rest will follow. We have a clear strategy to only release weakly performing Green Belt and that will ensure we are able to protect sites like Kempton Park as the land is performing an important, strategic purpose. There is a mistaken impression that if we do not include any Green Belt sites in the Local Plan the Inspector will not look at these areas. This is not the case. We are required to review Green Belt boundaries as part of preparing a new Local Plan and if we have identified land that is not performing a Green Belt function we will be asked why we have not considered releasing it to meet our housing need. As I said previously, we would be sent away and told to redraft our Plan. I note that in Guildford, a challenge to the Local Plan for including Green Belt sites was rejected. Finally, we have not taken the decision to consider releasing Green Belt lightly and we have demonstrated that we are taking active steps to have the number of homes we need to provide for reduced. The alternatives suggested may risk a more damaging scenario to Spelthorne whereby the Planning Inspectorate steps in and writes a new Local Plan for us on the basis that we have made no progress writing our own. Is this what we want? For an external Inspector to decide which sites are developed? I think not. Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council



Treasure your High Street Shops Of course we want to keep our thriving high street full of independent shops and chatty shop keepers a happy place. We have discovered there are many dog friendly (or tolerant) shops, some firm favourites (my dog refuses to pass Shepperton Homecare without going in for a treat!), and there are those who respectfully ask for no dogs. We must understand reasoning. A chemist is a place that needs to be kept as clean as possible. Elderly and infirm visit to get medications and often have low resistance to bugs. Like it or not, dogs carry a fair few nasties! Added to that an accident or two, which happens, and you start challenging the clean environment a chemist tries to preserve. You can leave dogs outside, but not so, children. So if you do have to take children into shops, please respect the shop keepers and keep them from touching things or running riot. It is challenging enough for a shop on the high street these days. Thank you!

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Sheila Wood - Badminton Queen

Shepperton Badminton Club was founded in the early 1960's by a small group of ladies. Some of the players brought their young children along too and it developed into a small playing group. In the last few years the club has welcomed male players to assist with the rental of the Village hall, this has been a successful innovation. One lady member, from the original group, is still a very active member after 60 years! She stopped playing a couple of years ago, but turns up faithfully every Tuesday morning. Mrs Sheila Woods of Charlton Village, organises the order of play, sorts out the finances, along with Jackie and Gill, and can be relied on to arrive with the milk and biscuits for refreshments. She is known to members as the Boss, the C.E.O. President etc., and takes no prisoners! One of the gentlemen members describes Sheila as a "wonderful, caring, lady" who looks after us all. Another member said "she keeps us all in order, and is always friendly and cheerful", we all agree wholeheartedly with these comments. This lovely lady will be 90 in February 2020, and all the members would like to acknowledge her fantastic contributions to the club over the years, and offer our heartfelt thanks.

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News From Your Local Councillors SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

The County Council is stepping up its campaign against scams and fraud through its Trading Standards organisation by supporting its volunteer campaigners, in particular for vulnerable elderly people living at home on their own. Alongside this we are encouraging residents to become involved with the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the roads around where they live, again to support vulnerable people and also work with the police to try and keep people and properties safe from burglary and harm. For your information Surrey County Council is planning to move its head office from Kingston to a building in Woking. First, this returns Surrey's head office to the county of Surrey as Kingston has been a London borough since 1965. Secondly the building requires a lot of modernising and is no longer fit for purpose with the new transformation that Surrey is going through to enable it to provide better services to the residents of Surrey. RICHARD WALSH, Your Surrey County Councillor


In this edition we would like to highlight for our residents some of the very significant issues which we face as we start the new decade and our actions so far on behalf of our communities: LOCAL PLAN- the statutory exercise to update what can be built and where over the next 15 years. The last Bulletin explained the process in detail. Every aspect of the borough is reassessed. The council consults on each stage and is currently taking account of residents views. The Leader has had a meeting with the relevant government department in London as Spelthorne is resisting the 603 new units per annum, calculated under the statutory Needs Assessment. We will of course keep residents updated on any progress. HEATHROW- Following Spelthorne s continuing determined resistance of the potential impact of the current plan on our residents, Heathrow is launching an unexpected and additional consultation. We strongly urge all residents to respond. ESSO PIPELINE- details for this are still being finalised. RIVER THAMES SCHEME – Spelthorne has contributed over the last 4 years to the feasibility study and is currently finalising with partners the capital funding towards the full build costs. CLIMATE CHANGE- the borough has established a specific Leader s Task Group to progress our becoming carbon neutral by 2050. MAUREEN ATTEWELL, MARY MADAMS AND RICHARD SMITH-AINSLEY, COLIN BARNARD, VIVIENNE LEIGHTON, ROBIN SIDER SHEPPERTON GREEN, LALEHAM & CHARLTON VILLAGES, SHEPPERTON TOWN Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



Boomerang Bags Not Plastic Bags By Monica Chard, Editor In the quest to reduce plastic, we were thrilled to hear about a local initiative called Boomerang Bags which has taken off in some local areas, but which has huge scope to spread. The fact from one of the Blue Planet programmes stating that by 2050 there would be more plastic in the sea than fish was enough to shock Tricia Bland. More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, 50% of which is for single use. This has to change. Plastic bags are such an obvious lifestyle change. The 5p single use plastic bag charge introduced in 2015 is estimated to have taken 15 billion plastic bags out of circulation. The plan to increase it to 10p this year is still not high enough. Ban them altogether in my opinion! So, in looking for an alternative, the Boomerang Bags are simply brilliant and a great example of a community pulling together to make a difference. The idea started took shape in the UK in Tricia Bland s village of Thames Ditton, although the concept came originally from Australia. Sales of sewing machines have soared since the Great British Sewing Bee and there is a huge increase in crafters and make do-and-menders . Thames Ditton s crafty ladies took to the idea with glee. They had books of upholstery fabric samples donated which were just the size of a tote, were given a community room in the local pub to set up and started sewing in earnest. Local shops agreed to stock the bags and give them out free to customers. The community saw an official launch at their farmers market one weekend when Boomerang Bag kits were given out, complete with instructions and enough fabric for 5 bags. Word spread and the bag making community grew. Local schools were recruited, taking the activity up Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


as extra curricular or as part of a sustainability project. Youngsters learned a useful skill as well as focusing on helping the environment. Funding was secured from the local council to fund more sewing machines and the Boomerang Bag club grew. Think how much fabric is discarded into landfill. One bag I was shown at the recent Sustainability Fair I attended was made from the curtains of the local boat club! In Thames Ditton the local community centre, a pub and a dry cleaners have offered to be drop off places for fabric donations. Every bag carries a logo and tag (hand made from cereal boxes) explaining that on average one Boomerang Bag replaces 700 single use plastic bags because they are used time and again. The idea now is to extend this idea. Why not start a group in Shepperton? Who is up for it? We can get the template and information from the BB ladies in Thames Ditton and get going. What a great concept for the high street. See boomerangbags.org for more information. Or contact Tricia Bland directly:

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Dementia Friendly Shepperton By Mark Steptoe Those of you who are keen readers of Shepperton Matters will have noticed that we made an appearance at Big Tree Night last month. The children at St Nicholas Primary School, Shepperton designed us a logo which is being made print friendly and which we hope will become familiar to you over the coming months. The winners were presented with their prizes at the end of a performance by the school. The children are pictured below with Cllr Maureen Attewell.

I thought I would take some time this month to let you know what our group is about and what else you are likely to see us doing. Our members include two of our local councillors, Maureen Attewell and Robin Sider as well as Spelthorne Council staff, Purple Angels, Cameo, organisations caring for those in their homes and residential homes. The purpose of our group is to bring together the various charities, agencies and other groups and individuals in and around Shepperton so that they can learn from each other, identify what each of them offers, what else is available and identify any gaps. Can we fill those gaps ourselves by working differently or do we have to ask for help from outside our community? So, are we just a talking shop ? Although talking about dementia is important, we also Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


hope to act in more practical ways. Firstly, as a back room function for community organisations providing assistance to enable them to spend more time helping those with dementia and their carers. An example of this might be helping to organise fund raising events. Secondly, by raising awareness of dementia in our community which is why we made an appearance at Big Tree Night and have been working with one of our local schools. We hope to expand this work and so you should be seeing more of us. We hope to have a presence at the Village Fair and to carry out a Summer fund raising event. Details of this will appear in Shepperton Matters so keep reading! In Shepperton as in many other places, dementia is becoming more common. This is because our population is getting older and surviving other illnesses. We want to help to raise awareness of the challenges that that those with dementia and their carers face. If you would like to know more about what we do then please contact me, Mark Steptoe on 07514 076289.


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No Development Cry from Green Belt/Flood Zone Residents With the Local Plan consultation now closed, we wish residents on a proposed development site good luck with ongoing protests. Area 3 on the Shepperton map of the plan in the Bulletin of December represents an area at the top left of Old Charlton Rd. It s development would have an effect on Lois Drive, Marion Avenue, Barbara Close, Crescent Rd and Lindon Way. Determined residents started a petition and everyone who was approached signed. It was a unanimous show of local feeling. This proposed site is in a flood plain (see right). Homes at the northern end of Old Charlton Road cannot get insurance against flood damage due to their location being in a flood area and the amount of flooding incidents logged with the Environment Agency in this area over the last few years. The proposed housing will be directly behind the uninsurable houses and may well also be uninsurable against flooding. The site is also directly adjacent to Ash Link Nature Reserve, Spelthorne s only official Nature Reserve. Building here will have a serious and damaging effect on endangered wildlife. Furthermore it is just behind the Hedgehog Sanctuary. Access for Emergency Vehicles through Old Charlton Road is already problematic, 200 more houses would exasperate this already dangerous situation Primary and Secondary schools in Shepperton are already oversubscribed, 200 more families would make the situation intolerable. A further increase in local population would add huge strain to the Shepperton Medical Centre. Approximately 400 more vehicles requiring access to the area would have a more negative impact on an already congested area. This would mean more vehicles using the only access, the Crossroads traffic lights. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


The fundamental aim of Green Belt land is to prevent urban sprawl. Any proposed development of this particular land will create urban sprawl. Charlton Village suffers from an even larger threat, with two building plots proposed on greenbelt and a permanent traveller site. Their petition attracted 609 signatures. The feeling across the borough is unanimous. We must continue to fight the loss of greenbelt land and the proposal to build on floodplain.




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The Burlington Rated Outstandingly Responsive by CQC The staff and residents at The Burlington care home in Shepperton, were delighted that their home was rated overall Good and Outstanding in being Responsive by the Care Quality Commission, following its first unannounced inspection on 3rd December 2019. The report noted that The Burlington had established a key role in the local community and was actively involved in building further links which had an extremely positive impact on people s well-being. The feedback from residents, relatives, visitors and professionals was overwhelmingly positive. A relative told the inspectors that their family member, has not looked so well for three years . Other relatives quotes included in the report were, The staff here are nice, very kind and always smiling ; The biggest thing for us is that Mum says she is happy here and another said that their Family member did not want to move into a care home but, once she was here, it appealed to her. Now she says, I am lucky to be here . The inspectors praised The Burlington for introducing intergenerational initiatives, which provided opportunities for people to engage with others of different ages. For example, the home hosted a children s playgroup each week and children from local schools and youth drama groups had performed shows at the home. Two students from a local school visited the home regularly to read to people. Residents, families and team members celebrated the achievement on the afternoon of 7 th January where an official cake cutting ceremony took place and everyone raised their glasses in a toast to celebrate the wonderful news. Emma Dudhee, Home Manager at The Burlington, told the inspectors The culture we have created is not to do with hierarchy. We are all here with one goal. The management team aimed to create a working environment in which staff at all levels supported each other to achieve good outcomes for people. Staff told the inspectors they received good support from their managers and senior colleagues. It has been a year since The Burlington first opened and the first CQC inspection result really is a milestone for the team to further develop in our journey to achieve outstanding across all domains.


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January and February can be lonely months, so if you would like some company then head to Squire s Garden Centres, as all of their Café Bars have Chatter & Natter tables. Part of the Chatty Café scheme these tables are for anyone – if you re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, young people, old people and anyone in between. It s just about having good oldfashioned human interaction. There are Chatter & Natter tables every Tuesday morning. Simply look out for the signs on the tables. Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire s Garden Centres said, In this age of social media it s so important to make an effort to talk to others face to face. So for those who would like a bit of real social interaction simply sit at a Chatter & Natter table at Squire s and you can talk to other customers. I believe a short conversation with another human can really brighten your day. Everyone s welcome, and it s a great way to meet people in your local community. Plus get to Squire s before 10am and you can take advantage of their buy one get one free offer on all hot drinks from Monday to Saturday. Or tuck in to their Build Your Own Breakfast which is served every day until 11.30am.

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First Impressions Count When selling your home, spending a bit of extra time on improving the presentation of your property before it goes on the market for sale, will make all the difference in helping you achieve a better price and a quicker sale. Gardens and exteriors tend to get neglected in the winter, so wrap-up warm and get tidying up the front and rear gardens. Wash down the paintwork, window frames, doors, gates and don’t forget to clean the glass inside and out. Those fence panels that took a battering in the gales need to be standing straight. Gutters that look like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon give off an air of neglect; so clear them out. Don’t wait until spring to rejuvenate those patios, paths and driveways with a good jet washing, it’s surprising how they come to life again even in mid winter. You have made a decision to move, so start getting rid of all that stuff that you no longer need and start boxing up and storing those items that are infrequently used. It’s amazing how much extra space it creates, which enhances the look of your home and also demonstrates to potential buyers that you are a serious seller. Finish of those little DIY jobs that you have been putting off and get the paintbrush out if there is a room or two that is letting the side down. Finally, now that you’ve given your home a spring-clean and it’s ready to woo the buyers, it is time to register it with the dating agency Curchods. We are passionate about property and have an unrivalled experience in matching buyers to properties, with a reputation for making that perfect partnership. For further guidance on marketing your home to create the best impression and all aspects of moving, please call Owen Miles and his team.


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Recipe of the Month

Tomato, Spinach & Butterbean Curry

The Community CafĂŠ @Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames continues with recipes showing how you can use leftovers. They create wonderful food from surplus, donated by a local supermarket. Go and try their surplus lunch for ÂŁ5 and they will donate the proceeds to local charities feeding those on low incomes and who are struggling.

Even if you aren t going Vegan, this is a delicious nutritious, comforting meal perfect for these cold winter days. 1 tin butter beans 500g cherry tomatoes 3 cloves garlic 3cm ginger 2 red chillies 1 tbsp turmeric 2 tsp garam masala 2 tsp cumin seeds 2 tsp mustard seeds 1 tin coconut milk 200g brown/white basmati rice 4 star anise 2 cinnamon sticks 400g spinach 20g coriander Rapeseed oil for cooking. Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 5. Halve the tomatoes and put them cut-side up in a roasting tray. Drizzle with oil and season and roast for 15 mins in the oven Peel and finely chop the garlic, and ginger Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


and finely chop the chillies. Remove the seeds if you don t want too much heat. Drain and rinse the butter beans. Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add spices, stir for around 30-40 secs. Add the butter beans and the coconut milk plus 500ml of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Rinse the rice and add the star anise, cinnamon and pop it into a saucepan and fill the pan with plenty of boiled water. Cook for 10- 12 mins. When the tomatoes are cooked, remove from the oven and add to the curry. Add the spinach handful by handful until it wilts. Drain the rice, remove the star anise and cinnamon. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with naan bread.


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Trio add Mobility

So Shepperton Mobility has closed its doors, but have emerged as a new part of Trio Pharmacy. As you go through the easily opening doors into Trio (great news for wheelchair and scooter users), you will see Steve and Clive right opposite, with an array of their wares on the shelves and in the space beyond. They are offering all the same services as they have done. The move makes perfect sense. It means health and wellness services are under one roof for residents, it avoids costly extra rent and it maintains a much needed service on the high street. Trio have extended their travel clinic to 5 days a week. And did you know there is a reflexology service upstairs? So many services!

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Dawson Theatre 1st Birthday

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Dawson Youth Theatre celebrated our first birthday by donating ÂŁ750, raised by their first show The Sound of Music, to Homestart Spelthorne to help support families locally. The charity was voted for by the cast members involved. We are currently rehearsing our next show (We Will Rock You) and will be looking to donate the proceeds to another local charity so please get in touch at dyt@post.com.



Shepperton Horticultural Needs You! The Shepperton Horticultural Association has been going for nearly 70 years, and currently holds two shows per year in which members exhibit flowers, plants and domestic produce in the Village Hall. The shows are well attended and the quality of exhibits is usually very high. At our recent AGM, the association was unable to fill some positions on the committee, including chairman and secretary. It is vital that these roles are filled so that the association can continue to put on our shows. The pool of volunteers is dwindling, so we are appealing to the people of Shepperton and Sunbury for volunteers to join the committee. We hold four committee meetings per year. We need most support around our two shows, held in the middle of June and the start of September, and our annual plant sale held in early May. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Jon on 07760 234563.

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Welcome to 2020. Christmas seems like a dark and distant memory but it was only a few weeks ago. We had the older resident s meal at the Greeno Centre kindly supported by our local Cllr Maureen Attewell.. Lyle and his staff at The Harrow once again supported the Residents Association with the Children s Christmas Party. This was enjoyed by all the children and families with a visit from Father Christmas finishing off the evening. It was also the night where the prize shield was given out for the best decorated Christmas House – once again well-done to 101 Hetherington Road. Unfortunately, this year Charlton Village Residents Association didn't manage a Christmas Tree. The reason was twofold. On the weekend that we had earmarked to put it up it didn t stop raining and with all the work involved with the local plan, including visiting every home in the Village for the petition signatures we just ran out of time. Hopefully this won t be an issue next year.

Evening Demonstration on Tuesday 19th December

Tuesday the 19th December was a busy night with the Children's Party, unfortunately coinciding with the demonstration at Knowle Green Council Offices, where around 100 residents and supporters turned out, and CVRA handed in the petition of over 600 signatures rejecting Spelthorne Borough Councils proposals for building on our Village Green belt, blind to the fact that it floods (see photo below). Charlton Village is actually a hamlet, the only one in Spelthorne, and we want Charlton Village to remain as is. The proposed redevelopment is ridiculous and completely disproportionate to the size of the Village.

What is envisaged will virtually double the size of the Village, with no plans for roads, schools, doctors or infrastructure improvements, just reassurances that these will follow. Please read any update from the Residents Association and get involved. HELP SAVE OUR VILLAGE. On Behalf of CVRA Committee

One of the proposed flooded redevelopment sites

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One Lady s Journey to Zero Waste By Monica Chard, Editor

Many of you will have met Mel Jensen at one of her pop up shops at Quality Fruit perhaps. Or Big Tree Night, or many other local events where she will show you her alternative products to help follow a more eco life. She offers refills of household and bathroom goods, as well as selling plastic free natural alternative products such as a coconut washing up brush or a loofah kitchen scrubbing sponge. Mel set out on her own personal quest to go zero waste 5 years ago. Mum of a 3 year old, this has clearly got its challenges but her energy and enthusiasm for doing her bit to leaving a better planet for her child is infectious. The realisation that plastic and chemical nasties are everywhere, that microplastics are even in our blood stream, was so shocking that Mel made the decision to go plastic free and make every day lifestyle changes. But it is not just about plastic these days. We need to be conscious that our buying habits, cultivated so cleverly by marketers, make us want and need things that in fact we don t. It is a fact that we simply don t NEED to buy as much as we do, much of which ends up in landfill or being discarded after a short time. This made Mel think back to her grandmothers strange habit of ripping up old sheets to make kitchen cloths and wished she had paid a bit more attention to all the sensible options she used in her everyday. So to make changes in your every day life, keep things simple. Mel suggests asking yourself three questions before buying something: •

Do I really need it?

Can I get it second hand?

Can I get a sustainable alternative or can I make it myself?

can see what products are available, but also read her interesting blogs. We will be sharing some of her tips for zero waste living here in future months. You can also find Mel on Instagram under WasteFreeMummy. Remember that the pop up reuse shop are is Quality Fruit the second Saturday of the month (February 8th).

It was great also to discover that Shepperton Homecare is now stocking an increasingly large range of eco cleaning products. The Ocean Saver pods are not expensive and are all ecological. Shepperton Homecare is also offering a refill service now. Do go and ask them about it.

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Shepperton Beat Inspector Maxine Cilia

The festive season now over, we have been

looking at the crimes that are causing the most concern in the local area. We have had a 12.9% increase in burglaries. Many of these are through rear patio doors which are smashed and or forced front doors. A number of the burglaries Inspector Cilia also are to sheds and outbuildings and a new method we are seeing is the lifting up of fence panels to gain access to garden areas. The main times for burglaries are early evenings and not as many people always believe early hours in the morning. Please continue to leave you lights on and draw your blinds until the evening begin to get lighter. The burglars are targeting cash and jewellery. Once again we have also seen an increase in Catalytic converter thefts. These appear to be limited to certain cars which we are seeing as Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz. If you have one of these cars, think about buying a simple catalytic converter guard which is cheap and saves a lot and money in the long run. Other simple tips are park next to other vehicles or up to a fence line or garage anything that makes you vehicle less accessible from the roadside. These types of thefts take minutes. We still do not know where all this metal goes. If you know please give us a call. Lastly the biggest plea is to all responsible adults is about catapults. Recently we have seen a massive increase in the use of catapults by teenagers. Not only are they injuring wildlife mindlessly but also causing thousands of pounds of mindless damage to house windows and doors, vehicle windscreens and on a couple of incidences fired at persons. We know that commonly it is teenagers and they are using marbles and ball bearings but recently we have even had bolts. If you have a responsibility teenager in your household please can you ensure they are not taking out catapults with them into public places. Many are purchased on line through on line shopping howevPlease mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


er it is an offence to carry one for use in this way and it would be classed as an Offensive Weapon. This is a community problem and we really need to work together to identify the suspects and ensure they realise the dangers and consequences for their actions.

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Spelthorne Beat Contact Details:

Please contact Surrey Police using our new website www.surrey.police.uk or by phone Call 999 if: - a serious offence is in progress or has just been committed - Or if someone is in immediate danger or harm - property is in danger of being damaged - a serious disruption to the public is likely Call 101 for non-emergency enquiries. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our text phone service on 18001 101. * Calls to 101 cost 15 pence per call from landlines and mobiles, no matter how long you're on the phone. Our email address is: Spelthorne@surrey.pnn.police.uk but please be aware this is only monitored during office hours. Or Call CrimeStoppers on 0800555111 which is a 100% anonymous reporting line


Pancake Day. February 25th

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo -Saxon Christians went to confession and were shriven (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the Pancake Bell and is still rung today. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. This year, Shrove Tuesday will fall on February 25th Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old: And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne. (Pasquil s Palin, 1619). In the UK, pancake races form an important part of the Shrove Tuesday celebrations – an opportunity for large numbers of people, often in fancy dress, to race down streets tossing pancakes. The object of the race is to get to the finishing line first, carrying a frying pan with a cooked pancake in it and flipping the pancake as you run. The most famous pancake race takes place at Olney in Buckinghamshire. According to tradition, in 1445 a woman panicked when she heard church bells ringing from her kitchen and, fearing she would be late for a Shriving service to confess her sins before Lent, she ran through the town. After arriving at the Church door in her apron and carrying her frying pan, so began the race local women still take part in today. The race has become a firm tradition in the town, with generations of the same family taking part. The race still takes place today 575 years later The Olney pancake race is now world famous. Competitors have to be local housewives and they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf. Each contestant has a frying pan containing a hot pancake. She must toss it three times during the race. The first woman to complete the course and arrive at the church, serve her pancake to the bellringer and be kissed by him, is the winner

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Local Artist s Success in Major National Art Exhibition Work by local artist Corinne Manches has been selected from over 1,500 entries to appear alongside artworks by some of Britain s leading artists at The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries from 20 to 29 February. Her mixed media art work, Handmaid s Tea was created on a tea bag. See photo. Corinne has lived in Walton on Thames for many years. She produces art works in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. She has worked at Riverhouse Art Centre for many years with children s art, and more recently Claremont School, as well as teaching a sculpture for adults course, at the Kingston Adult Education centre. She has twice been shortlisted for the BP Portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and has been funded by Elmbridge Arts and the R.C.Sherriff Trust for work across the borough, recently exhibiting in the Elmbridge Moving Art Exhibition. She also has a cycle painting hanging in St Peter s Hospital rehabilitation gym which Walton s mental health group took part in making. Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2020 Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 www.mallgalleries.org.uk Open 20 to 29 February, 10am to 5pm Admission ÂŁ5, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and Under 25s. Free Entry for Two when you mention Shepperton Matters at the Gallery Desk.

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Local Girl in Call the Midwife

You may have seen little Dolcie Bliss-Hilton, aged 3 who won quite a large part in this popular drama through an agency.




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Local Cinema Showing Classics By Monica Chard, Editor

Yes folks. Sunbury now has its own cinema. Not your regular sort of cinema, but a special one! Wonderama is the brainchild of friends Anja and Jo who sat in a bar on the South Bank one evening, got inspired after a few glasses of something and decided that really Sunbury needed a glorious cinema. So they approached the Riverside Arts Centre (RAC), the perfect venue and a plan was hatched. We were lucky enough to go to the opening film before Christmas. It was a welcome escape from the Christmas mayhem and the large hall was laid out with little tables, all with twinkling tea lights. There was tea, coffee and cake to buy and take to your place to enjoy before the show. There was a great atmosphere and despite the fact it was a Wednesday morning, there was a good crowd. We had come to see Some Like it Hot, somehow one of those classics that had passed me by. It was a great choice, light hearted and fun. Before that though we were treated to an airing of Alice in Wonderland. This original adaptation dated from 1903 and was shot in Walton on Thames in the grounds of Mount Felix which was subsequently used as a hospital for New Zealand troops in WW2. This version also starred May Clarke, a film star who lived in Sunbury. The RAC in fact used to be a silent movie theatre between 1912-16. Interestingly enough it was run by a local who was subsequently uncovered as a German spy.

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Intriguing indeed. So, there are lots of reasons why cinema should return to this venue and plenty of nods to the golden age. Even the tickets are classy, printed on brown paper as a throw back to a different era. Anja and Jo are planning a monthly film. Since Some Like it Hot they have aired Singing in the Rain. The next one will be The Big Lebowski which airs on February 1st. Tickets are available from Skinners and also online at wonderama.cloud. The girls are keen to find out what locals would like so don t be shy, make suggestions. The line up is looking as follows for the next few weeks. Get your tickets from Skinners on Avenue Parade or on the door: February Saturday 1st 7pm for 8pm start The Big Lebowski February Tuesday 11th 7pm for 8pm start The Breakfast Club February Wednesday 12th 10am Breakfast At Tiffany's March 4th Wednesday 10am West Side Story March 13th Friday 7pm for 8pm start True Romance March 3rd is being voted on at the moment between Amelie, Cry Baby and Pretty In Pink 48

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Selecting The Right Sports Club

by Nick Harman, Spelthorne Sports Cricket Club (Coach/Leader/Instructor of the Year - Spelthorne Sports Awards 2019) At this time of year, we often make resolutions and set ourselves health-related goals. In vain attempts to achieve these, we subscribe to individual crusades such as fad diets, running and going to the gym. Each of these is often unsustainable and longterm self-improvement is difficult to achieve. A better route is to find a sports club where you will find others with common goals, making friends, having fun and making exercise more of a routine commitment. Locally there is an abundance of competitive and social sport. For the more social minded, you will find the likes of exercise classes and badminton and squash mix-ins, as well as different versions of football, rugby, cricket and netball. Making sport an integral part of a person's lifestyle should begin in childhood. With limited time in the timetable and often a lack of resources, grounds and qualified staff, children can be denied opportunities to participate in sport, enhance their fitness and coordination and develop a talent or passion. This leaves parents with little option but to take their children to clubs. We are fortunate to be surrounded by many well-established clubs spanning a wide variety of active pursuits including football, cricket, swimming, gymnastics, tennis and karate. The difficulty lies in choosing the right club, where children can benefit socially and physically and enhance their wellbeing. Sport can provide vital distraction from life s pressures as well as instilling valuable coping mechanisms. As a coach, sportsman and parent, I am disappointed when I see local sports clubs offering children access to training without guaranteed opportunities to play in matches. If we are to nurture a passion for sports of any kind in the youth of today, it should be about participation for all. There is an alarming dropout by players in their teenage years because, although some may be very talented, there is insufficient dedication to resist modern distractions. I urge parents to select their children's clubs carefully. Children should play sport for love first and ambition second. Safeguarding and welfare are also very important. Each club should have a trained welfare officer and a set of policies that cover areas such as the conduct of players and spectators, anti-bullying and photography. Football clubs should be signed up to the FA Charter whilst other sports clubs should be Clubmark-accredited or equivalent. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Consider the following before committing to a club and ask the following questions: 1. Are all players guaranteed the option to play in matches? Is attendance of training each week a requirement for selection? 2. Are teams determined by age, ability or friendship groups? 3. Do all players have regular access to qualified coaches? 4. What safeguarding and welfare policies are in place? 5. Does the club have an official sport s governing body safeguarding accreditation? 6. Who do you contact if you have any concerns? 7. What does the club do to make everyone feel valued? 8. What opportunities are there to mix socially (as players and parents)? 9. What costs are involved for players/parents? (membership, match fees, training, purchase of clothing and equipment) Is there anything you can do to help? (Clubs are often seeking new volunteers.) A good sports club possesses a feel-good factor at all times and an undeniable sense of community and enjoyment.



Bridge Corner

Many of you will know Andrew Robson from his regular column in The Times, we re delighted that some of his editorial content will be featured in the magazine from time to time. For the uninitiated he is one of the leading national and international players and was awarded the OBE for his services to bridge and charity work. To find out more about him and his bridge club visit andrewrobson.co.uk. Try your skill with the following quiz he has set this month:

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Gardening Matters By Rachael Leverton

For me February is where the gardening year begins...twice! First - Reaping last year s rewards: If you were industrious in the autumn, you could now be benefiting from a lovely display of snowdrops (Gallanthus) and Irises. My favourite snowdrops are G Atkinsii , which are tall with long, graceful flowers and G. nivalis Viridapicis with sweet, green tipped flowers. It s said they re best planted in the green in Spring but I ve had lots of success with packaged bulbs planted in the autumn so they re definitely worth trying. As for irises, the deep blue Iris Joyce is hard to beat especially on my poor, free draining soil. I planted a witch hazel as soon as we moved into our present house; Hamamelis x intermedia Pallida . I can t live without fragrance in my garden and at this bare, drab time of year the wonderfully scented paleyellow flowers lift my spirits. I discovered we d inherited an evergreen Clematis (C. armandii). I d never grown it before but it s worth seeking out. It needs a warm wall or fence and well-drained soil then rewards you by being frost-hardy and producing lovely creamy, scented flowers at this time of year.

seeds germinate. Learn from my mistake one year and don t forget to label the pots!

Second - Planning this year s display Perhaps you didn t manage to plan ahead last year. But don t panic; the beauty of gardening is that the seasons keep rolling round so make sure you use February to ensure your summer display is top notch. February is definitely the month to start sowing seeds.

Potting up summer bulbs is generally left until late spring, but I always pot up one or two pots in February. It allows them to get established and provides a nice early display for my patio. Happy gardening.

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to monica@villagematters.co.uk Rotary Clubs in Shepperton and Sunbury. New members are always welcome. Both clubs meet at The Holiday Inn, Felix Lane, Shepperton. Shepperton Aurora on Wednesdays at 7.15am for breakfast contact, Ken on 01932 770590. Shepperton and Sunbury on Monday evenings at 7pm for a meal, contact Chris on 01932 231596 Blue Notes Jazz. Sunday February 2nd.. Another great "swing jazz gig in prospect at the Holiday Inn Shepperton on Sunday February 2nd beginning at 1pm featuring Vasilis Xenepoulos on Tenor Saxophone with The Blue Notes led by drummer Stephane Booroff. Vasilis is an honours graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston USA and is producing some fine jazz albums lauded by The Guardian newspaper. Free Admission, brasserie menu is available. The Greeno Centre, Glebelands Avenue, Shepperton is holding an Awareness Day. Come down on Saturday 18th April 10am till 2pm. See what there is available at the centre. It is for everyone in the community and there are lots of stalls to browse and people to talk to. The event is at the Greeno Centre. Tea and coffee is available too, Free entry Wonderama Picture Palace bringing nostalgic move magic back to the Riverside Arts Centre for the first time in over 100 years! Join us for candlelit screenings of old favourites & cult classics. February Saturday 1st 7pm for 8pm start The Big Lebowski, February Tuesday 11th 7pm for 8pm start The Breakfast Club. February Wednesday 12th 10am Breakfast At Tiffany's doors & bar from 7pm tickets £9. Tickets available online at wonderama.cloud or pop into Skinners Post Office on the Avenue, Sunbury. Cash only. Tickets on the day subject to availability, cash only. See website for future screenings or article in this magazine. Celebrate World Book Day at Painshill Park. Sunday 8 March. 11am – 3pm Dress up as your favourite book character and take part in a host of activities at Painshill this spring. Enjoy an interactive trail in the landscape, children s crafts and a book exchange. General admission applies. Free entry for children on this day. https://www.painshill.co.uk/ event/celebrating-world-book-day-2/ Gifted candidates who have achieved high marks in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams held at Riverside Arts Centre Sunbury will be performing there on Sunday February 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets on door : adults £9. All profits to Princess Alice The Probus Club of Shepperton for retired business and professional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month to hear a speaker followed by lunch. In January we heard a talk entitled Twenty Years East of Suez . We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

What s On - Shepperton & Laleham The Shepperton Badminton Group, which meets on Tuesday mornings 10:00 until 12:30. Its just for fun, and exercise, and a laugh. Its £5.00 a session, payable on the day and very enjoyable. Anyone interested can just turn up, have a coffee/tea and see what they think of the group. If you want to discuss it, you can call Gill on 07874137300. Thurs 6th February: The Old Stones-Megalithic Sites in Britain and Ireland a talk by Andy Burnham to Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, at the Fordbridge Centre, Clarendon Road, Ashford, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members (this talk was postponed from last month). Saturday 8th February: Stone Age Spelthorne a FREE family event at Spelthorne Museum, Staines, featuring demonstrations of flint knapping and arts and crafts activities such as jewellery making and cave painting. Open 1.30-4.00pm, no need to book-just turn up! The next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society is the Annual General Meeting, after which there will be a short talk on old photos of Shepperton and Sunbury. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 11th February at Halliford School in Russell Road, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission is free Spelthorne Natural History Society . Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 8pm, St Peter's (Small) Church Hall, Laleham Road, Staines, TW18 2DX . D Gwilym Lewis of Kew Gardens will be presenting a talk entitled We all need a pea; Insights into the world of legumes . This wide group of important food plants include clover, beans, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans and tamarind. Legumes are notable in that most of them have symbiotic nitrogen fixing bacteria in their root nodules, so play a key role in crop rotation. £3 charge for non members Refer to www.snhs.org.uk for more info The Arts Society, Runnymede at The Hythe centre, Staines TW20 8LD February 19, 2020. MODLIGLIANI PASSION, PARIS AND PAINTING. When Modligliani arrived in Pairs in 1906, aged 20, he soon became part of the avant garde society mixing with painters such as Picasso and Diego Rivera. .In his short eventful life, Modlgliani experienced everything in excess, drink drugs and women and was plagued by illness.yet his paintings are amongst the most original and instantly recognised works of that exciting era. Lecturer Liz Strang is an expert in 20th century art and frequently shares her knowledge at the Tate Modern and Britain. Coffee from 9.45, lecture starts at 10.30. First lecture is free, guests very welcome. Find out moreatwww.theartssocietyrunnymede.org.uk

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Shepperton Matters February 2020  

The free monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

Shepperton Matters February 2020  

The free monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham