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January 2018

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Welcome! Gosh, it is 2018! Happy New Year. Where did that year go? It may be last year now, but we have to mention the fantastic Sunbury Christmas market. Put on by the Lower Sunbury Business Community of which Sunbury Matters is a member, we do hope you enjoyed the event. Did anyone pick up some tables, chairs and a gazebo that were left at the end of the evening outside Skinners? They belong to St Mary’s who would love to have them back! So what are you new years resolutions? To learn a new skill, or to try something new maybe. How about a hot yoga session to warm you up and get you supple? Yes, I will be trying that one! But if we think it is cold out there, spare a thought for those people living during the big freeze when

January 2018 the Thames froze. No central heating then either! We bring you news this month of the campaign to save a former hunting lodge of Henry VII. Take a look at the piece on Hanworth Park House and sign up to follow progress on facebook. It is another fascinating of historical significance.

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Ice Breaking the Thames c1940 Christmas Review 2017 Save Hanworth Park House Tea with the Chief Constable Big Bird Watch 2018 Sunbury Matters Exhibits Learn a New Skill in 2018 Green Belt Review and Local Plan Learn Something New at HCH Health Centre Update Campaign for Zone 6 Reflections on Christianity at Xmas St Saviours Xmas Update Recipe of the Month Sunbury Methodist Church Restaurant Review Oak Tree Café supports Mental illness LOSRA Says The London Frost Fair 1814 Don’t Be Scammed! Gardening Matters What’s On/Noticeboard Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines

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Ice Breaking on the Thames c1940 By Nick Pollard

This photo was taken looking across the frozen Thames at Dockett Eddy, Shepperton in January 1940, and shows the Thames Conservancy tug Thames battling its way upstream through thick ice. The first winter of the Second World War was particularly harsh, and practically all warlike activity ceased, although this was in any case the period of the ‘Phoney War’ on the Western Front in Europe, before the Nazi invasion of France began. Sadly though there seem to be no reports in the local press about the severe weather – meteorological information was considered potentially helpful to an enemy so kept out of the press. We now know though that 1939-40 was the severest winter in modern times, after the legendary ‘big freeze’ of 1962-63. The Thames locally froze for the first time since 1895. One item that did make it into the Middlesex Chronicle on January 7th was a report of a tug striking an obstruction on the riverbed near the reservoir intake at Laleham – perhaps it was this very boat? There was a sequel a couple of weeks later when the same paper reported that a Lincoln car had been hauled out of the water at this point, having been stolen the previous May in Esher! The Thames Conservancy looked after the non-tidal Thames (i.e. upstream from Teddington) from 1857, when it took over the role from the City of London, until it was itself replaced by the National Rivers Authority in 1990 (and from 1996 the Environment Agency). It named all its tugs, launches etc. after the rivers within its catchment area, in this example the Thames itself. Tugs such as this were usually employed to tow barges used for carrying spoil from dredging the river or for other major projects, but for this extreme weather event the Thames was pressed into service as an icebreaker to clear a passage for other boats – in wartime Britain some bulky cargoes were still carried on the river. ‘Cecil Hepworth-Pioneer Film Maker’ is the subject of the next meeting of Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. Many of Hepworth’s films were made in this area. It takes place on Tuesday 16 th January at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Review of the Christmas Season Sunbury Christmas Market Christmas is a time for good will to all men. We needed that spirit in the run up to the Sunbury Christmas Market this year. Having planned the event for months, Thames Water threw a curved ball by shutting off Thames Street, and storm Caroline swept in bringing a nasty grey morning to us all. But good will prevailed. The storm passed, the sun even came out and a great time was had by all on. Record numbers turned up to shop, eat, drink, browse and sing carols with the Salvation Army. Santa’s grotto (AKA Laura’s Hair & Beauty) was packed. Neither Storm Caroline nor Thames Water could stop our success. Despite our best efforts to temporarily suspend works on Thames Street failed, Thames Water did help liaise with the local residents and shops and put up road signs for us to warn of both Thames St closure AND the bottom of the Avenue. Apologies if you were affected. It was beyond our control. The Mayor turned up and said a few words too and Ian Harvey, leader of the council was delighted to see what a success the event was. The event was made possible by the immense amount of time and effort put in by a number of individuals over many months. A committee from The Lower Sunbury Business Community steered the ship along with some much needed little helpers. The lights on the Avenue were funded through a grant from Ian Harvey and put up by LSBC member Platinum Roofing. Local volunteers dealt with parking suspension and manned the roads, The Middle Thames Yacht Club lent the large gazebo for the Salvation Army and Riverside Youth Theatre loaned the lights. The raffle tickets sold

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like hot cakes and when it was finally drawn the giant teddy found it’s home - Raj’s daughter Jasmin got her wish granted that evening! It was a simply amazing group effort all round. Now we will start to plan how to beat the event in 2018! Halliford School Boys Sing for Mulberry Centre Halliford School did their bit to bring some festive cheer to the Mulberry Centre. 18 boys aged 11-18 provided musical entertainment for the Music and Mince Pie Morning. It is the fifth year in a row in which the pupils from Halliford School have been invited to perform for the charity which provides support to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where they live.

The hour-long concert which was performed in front of the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Lisa Blakemore. Festive songs were performed by the Halliford Wind Band and the Chamber Choir accompanied at the piano by non other than Sunbury resident and Headmaster, Mr James Davies. Helen Head, Music Teacher at Halliford School said “We were thrilled to be invited once again to perform at the Mulberry Centre and to continue supporting such a worthwhile charity. The students enjoyed being part of this special festive occasion and we hope the centre-users enjoyed the morning as much as we did.” Spelthorne Gymnastics Show Many of you have children who train and perform with Spelthorne Gymnastics at their fabulous new facility at Bishop Wand. We had front row seats at the Christmas show and although we have seen them before, we still find ourselves staring open mouthed at the amazing display. The elite squad continue to bring back medals and trophies galore and well deserved.

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Save Hanworth Park House! By Monica Chard, Editor

1802. Hanworth Park was a major part of the aviation history of the area and the Kings cup was awarded to Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly over the Atlantic from the US to Hanworth, on the steps of the house (below).

A former hunting lodge of Henry VII is in danger of being pulled down. Hanworth Park House which comes under Hounslow borough, has stood empty for 25 years but was bought 3 years ago by Gary Cottle who wants to sell a part of the land off for housing and put the funds towards restoration of the lodge. We attended a very interesting open day at the house recently to get a better understanding of the plans. Set in around 10 acres of parkland it is a stones throw from Feltham’s Cineworld complex which is rather incongruous. I had no idea it was there before our visit. It is feared the building will ultimately fall down if restoration is not undertaken soon. The vast wrought iron balconies are putting great pressure on the façade of the house. The plans for the site are sympathetic, in fact I would say it would create an amazing space. The idea is to put a museum and a pop up café as well as community space within the main house and landscape the grounds in the style of the original lodge so locals could enjoy the grounds. This could be such a wonderful space, both for recreation and accommodation. Surely it is common sense to find a solution and the community agrees.

He inherited a plan which has been approved for a hotel on the site but is seeking approval to change the configuration and offer housing both onsite and apartments within the house. So far Hounslow has refused the application as they were deemed “not in keeping with green best policy” - and yet the original plan for a large hotel on the green belt was! First used as a hunting lodge by King Henry VII, Hanworth Park House acted as a military hospital in World War I and was most recently a nursing home. It burned down in 1798 and the new build has been standing since

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Interview with Chief Constable of Surrey By Monica Chard It is not every day you get to have those with Alzheimers or a cuppa with the Chief Constable mental illness. The number of of Surrey, Nick Ephgrave. I felt cases of missing children is up immensely privileged to do so by 800 more cases a year. recently. It has been a fraught few I asked why the big increases. months in Sunbury from the point Well, society has changed. of view of antisocial behaviour and Tolerance of a situation has burglaries so this was a chance to declined and people feel more really understand what the prioriempowered to come forward ties of our county police are. It was in cases of abuse. Just look at very illuminating. what is on our TV screens Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) has night after night and how been in decline in Surrey as a victims are speaking out about whole, although that is not the case historic abuses. Each instance in Sunbury as we know, which has is classified as a separate in fact seen a 52.3% increase this crime, which has a huge year! So the question is, what is the Chief Constable of Surrey Police, impact on crime figures. New Nick Ephgrave meets me for tea crimes have appeared which police going to do about it? in his office The Safer Neighbourhood Team is didn’t exist before, for example tasked with understanding ‘quality ‘sexting’. Each instance is a new of life issues’, things which are spoiling our everystatistic in child abuse. day enjoyment of our homes and village. Moped But back to ASB and how it is affecting our quality riding, wheeling bicycles, drug taking and littering of life. We feel disempowered at the situation we all come under this category. It is fair to say that are facing in the village. But we can help each local police are indeed aware of issues and I think other and help the police. DO make calls to lodge a residents who have complained would agree that complaint. But do also make the most of social they do know. The Police and Partnerships meetmedia if you have it. Follow the police on Faceings which I have attended make it clear that the book or Twitter under Surrey Police. You will get issues in our little village are very much on the updates on police activity, raids and arrests. Likeradar. wise follow Spelthorne Beat. You can comment, But it is also important to look at the bigger picture share and contribute and hopefully help deter and to understand why you m ay feel not enough is solve crimes. That in itself may make you feel being done to stop it. more empowered. Do keep in touch with local The police have to prioritise crimes they consider councillors too. They represent you in the Borough are endangering life. In the period 2012 (when we and should take notice of your concerns, were enjoying the Olympics - not so long ago then) If you are a parent and are afraid your child may be to 2016, there was a 72% increase in Domestic heading down the wrong path, why not get them Abuse reports in Surrey. That equates to an addiinvolved in a constructive and positive activity tional 3200 instances in a year. That is shocking! which will give them discipline and strong role Child Abuse cases have increased by 68% in the models: air cadets, sea cadets, army cadets, scoutsame period. That is 900 extra cases per year, and ing, Duke of Edinburgh awards. There are plenty Child Sexual Exploitation is up by 162%, or 300 of groups in our area. The police themselves are more cases per year. That is in Surrey alone. So, is expanding their own cadet force into Surrey it more important to intervene if a child is being attracting many children from troubled backabused or if someone is drug dealing and generally grounds and minorities who may be in danger of behaving like a pillock? You get the idea. falling into bad company. We will report on this as For 10 years the care in the community policy has the groups are rolled out. meant that many vulnerable people find themselves This is not a fix or an answer to our many on the streets where they may not be safe. Since concerns, but perhaps it sheds some light on what the Olympic year, the police have experienced a is happening behind the scenes. 91% increase in missing adults cases. This may be Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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The Big Garden Birdwatch is world’s largest garden wildlife survey, and 2018 will mark its 39th year. It is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and will take place on 27th , 28th and 29th January 2018. All we have to do is spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in our garden or a local green space. Then we send our results to the RSPB. Close to half-a- million people joined in last year counting more than eight million birds and providing valuable information about the wildlife using our gardens in winter. We’re all familiar with the sight of bluetits on a bird feeder or a cheery robin hunting for grubs but it might come as a shock to know that some of our most-loved species are in desperate need of our help because their numbers have dropped dramatically. Species such as starlings and greenfinches have seen their numbers decline by 79 and 59 per cent respectively since the first Birdwatch in 1979. 40 years worth of data allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are faring, and what potential issues they might be facing. With results from so many gardens, they are able to create a snapshot of the visiting birds at this time of year across the UK. So even if you see nothing at all during your Big Garden Birdwatch hour, that’s important information too!

Birdwatch 2018, participants should watch the birds in the garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three allocated days. Only the birds that land in the garden or local park should be counted, don’t count those just flying over. There is also a parallel event; Big Schools’ Birdwatch takes place which takes place during the period 2nd January-23rd February 2018. Further information about this can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch Both the Big Garden Birdwatch and the Big Schools’ Birdwatch are part of the RSPB Giving Nature a Home campaign. This is aimed at tackling the habitat-crisis facing the UK’s wildlife. The charity is asking people to provide a place for wildlife in their gardens or outdoor spaces: this could involve putting up a nest box for birds, creating a pond for frogs, or building a home for hedgehogs. There is a free Big Garden Birdwatch pack, which includes a bird identification chart, plus advice to help you attract wildlife to your garden. Text BIRD to 70030 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. Registration is open now.

The RSPB also asks participants to log some of the other wildlife they have seen throughout the year. In 2018 people are being asked to look out for badgers, foxes, grey squirrels, red squirrels, muntjac deer, roe deer, frogs and toads. To take part in the Big Garden By Tom Hancock Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Sunbury Matters Exhibits at Health Centre

I’ve been framed. My photography courses at the Adult Learning Centre in Sunbury seem to have paid off! If you happen to be at the health centre this month you will notice that they have changed the art on show. This idea of using art to help brighten up the waiting area was introduced by the Patient Participation Group earlier this year. Artworks featured are by local members of the community. I am particularly flattered that I have been asked to contribute some of my own photographs. I have 5 on show. See if you can spot them when you are in. It was an opportunity for me to use some of the photos I have taken of the local area. Many are related to river life, including the Dunkirk Little Ships annual pageant, Laleham riverside and a rather watery bench on Rivermead Island during the 2014 flood. I must thank Vic Kettle who kindly printed the photos for me which makes them look almost professional! If you are interested in exhibiting in the future, Neil Huntingford would be delighted to consider your work. Call him on 07973 124085 or email neil@islanddesigns.co.uk.

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Learn a new Skill in 2018

The evenings are dark. You are getting over the glut of socialising over the festive period and something is nagging you. Maybe it is time to learn a new skill and start the new year as you mean to. I have never regretted my photography courses at the Adult Learning Centre in Sunbury and Molesey. During the years I also had an attempt at Ballroom and Latin Dancing (with less success), cooking (with interesting results), Bridge (gosh!) and upholstery (great as an outlet for any frustration as it involves the use of hammers!). We hear that learning a language in your mid years helps against dementia. French and Spanish beginners courses are available in Sunbury and in fact other languages on offer include Italian, German, Polish and Greek at both beginner and improver levels. Exercise is also something to be encouraged. It is never too late and exercise need not be demanding. How about Tai Chi for Wellbeing? Or Qigong for the 50+ group? Whether you want to simply get fit, improve your flexibility and balance or improve your mind and body there is something to suit all. Or get creative! Courses on offer include a garment making and pattern cutting introduction (Molesey) or you can try your hand at clock repair and horology, lace making or flower arranging. If you want to get to grips with technology Molesey Adult Learning Centre offers a wide range of courses held in their modern and up to date Computer Suite. They cater for beginners to those wanting to simply improve on current skills and knowledge. Work Skills courses, such as Accounting and Finance are also a great way to further improve yourself and help with your career. You may also want to gain confidence with presentation skills to help your career. If so, why not do an acting and drama course? There is something out there for everyone. So what will you choose?


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Green Belt Review and Local Plan By Alan Doyle The longer one lives in Lower Sunbury, the more one regards parts of the village as fixtures in the landscape. Restaurants change proprietors, new houses are built and old ones renovated, pubs and shops are changed to residential use. But the lawns along the river, the Linear Park, Sunbury Park and the various children’s play areas are where my children grew up. The Salvation Army conference centre, Sunbury Crickey Club and the footbridge to Platt’s Eyot are welcoming landmarks when I drive back into Sunbury from Kingston. Each of you will have your favourite views, and comfortable milestones along the roads. But now, more than any time since I have lived here and perhaps since the end of the second world war, the essential structure of Lower Sunbury is under threat. A land and property price bubble driven by the Bank of England’s extremely lax monetary policy is driving an exodus from London to the areas around it in search of more affordable places to live. We are not alone – all Boroughs on the outskirts of Greater London are suffering this pressure. But that doesn’t make it easier to bear for any of us here. Many of you will be aware of The Jockey Club’s plans for Kempton Park. Over the almost four years since we found out about their intentions, the number of dwellings they want to build there has risen from 1500 to somewhere in excess of 4000. The prospect of eye-watering amounts of money has led them to the crazy decision to shut down one of their most profitable racecourses and spend the money on prizes. It would be like cashing in one’s pension and taking a punt on … well …. the 3.30 at Kempton Park. Having failed in previous attempts to get permission to build, The Jockey Club - and Redrow, their preferred mass house-builder – are hoping that the current Review of our Local Plan will allow them to realise their plans. They have asked to be alPlease mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Sunbury Park only rated “moderate” in terms of the green belt review lowed to build on the entirety of the Kempton Park estate under what is named the Call for Sites. Thankfully, there has just been a Green Belt Assessment as part of the Review, which states clearly that Kempton Park “Strongly” fulfils the purposes of Green Belt as set out in national planning law. This isn’t a magic bullet in terms of preventing development on Kempton Park, but it would be far more difficult to do so if the assessment had been anything other than “Strong”. But dominating as it is in terms of the threat to the very nature of Lower Sunbury, Kempton Park isn’t the only piece of Green Belt around here. As part of the Assessment, for example, Sunbury Park is rated as only performing “Moderately” in terms of the aims of Green Belt. And Sunbury Cricket Club was given the lowest rating – “Weak”. These latter two parcels of land may not be under imminent threat like Kempton, but such ratings weaken their long term status. As the Green Belt is nibbled away, the parts that remain become isolated and vulnerable. Never have our invaluable open spaces been so vulnerable to developer’s bulldozers and concrete and tar. Register for updates at www.keepkemptongreen.com

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Flooding Status The promised update on the flood alleviation scheme by the EA has been delayed. We will be running an update with new information on the plan in February. Meanwhile if you have questions for the council on flooding, the email is flooding@spelthorne.gov.uk. For information and to monitor your area, the website is https://flood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk/warnings. You can put in your postcode here and keep an eye on the situation. Do also register for flood alerts on the same site.

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Located opposite Shepperton Train Station, Newboulds & Co was set up by brother and sister Barry Fogg and Leah Newbould over five years ago. With Leah’s expertise in property lettings and Barry’s knowledge of business management and customer care, the partnership offers a truly comprehensive service that delivers the outcome you would expect and deserve from your estate agent; not just from the initial marketing of your property but throughout the whole lettings process and beyond. The lettings service provided is personal and tailored to each individual client, whether you are a first time Landlord, hold a portfolio of properties rented out, looking to move home or new to the area Newboulds & Co’s advice and service always delivers.

Five and a half years on and the business has grown, Barry and Leah are delighted to announce that David Long has joined as Sales Director. Having worked in residential sales for 16 years David has developed a fantastic local knowledge of Shepperton and its neighbouring Towns and Villages. Every aspect of David’s working day revolves around his client’s needs whether that be a first time buyer, someone downsizing or selling for the first time David can advise you in every aspect of the sales market; his hunger for exceptional customer service is clear from the moment that you meet him. The new and expanded team at Newboulds & Co would like to wish you a Happy New Year and would be delighted to hear from you in 2018 and beyond.

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Learn Something New in 2018:

Make Trying a New Skill and Enriching Your Knowledge Your New Year's Resolution Adam D'Souza, the "Head of Grown-Ups" at Hampton Court House, challenges you to learn something new with the school's unique Form Seven programme of courses for adults Every January, many of us make a New Year's resolution. However, if you are anything like me, then often these resolutions are quickly forgotten in the rush of life and work. Sometimes you need a little push to stick with your resolution and achieve your goals. As Hampton Court House's "Head of Grown-Ups”, I challenge you to learn something new this January: try a new skill, meet new people and explore new perspectives. Two years ago we made our own resolution to throw open our classrooms to everyone. We wanted to offer people of all ages the opportunity to pursue the adventure of learning – after all, why should school finish at 18? Form Seven was our answer to that question. It is our programme of courses for adults. You can join us each week to learn a new language or creative skill in our beautiful Georgian school. We open our doors to local people, who join our pupils, parents, grandparents and staff, to experience inspiring lessons in the languages and arts.

about playing, experimenting, having the freedom to “see what happens if...”


Accelerate your French is for intermediate French speakers to help you build towards fluency. You can discover the rich culture of the Frenchspeaking world with guided journeys through literature, politics, film, food and the arts. Practise speaking and listening in real-life situations. If you wish, we can help you gain the French Ministry of Education's internationally-recognised DELF certification.


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This term we are offering courses in French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, art, creative writing, ballet and sewing. Some highlights include:

Drawing and painting

The BBC, Telegraph and Guardian have all extolled the benefits of ballet as an all-round workout, improving your core strength and posture, sculpting your figure and improving your flexibility. Lessons start at the barre and then move on to more expressive dance routines. All are welcome for a unique, sociable fitness experience – no pink tights or tutus are required!

Spreading a love of learning

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Form Seven courses are taught by the same teachers who work with our pupils at Hampton Court House, using the same inspiring yet systematic methods. Language tutors are native speakers, and the arts tutors are practising creative professionals who love to share their expertise; their enthusiasm for their craft is infectious. Our approach has been recognised by UNESCO, the United Nations' educational and cultural organisation, and the Good Schools' Guide. The tutors dedication and care for

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their grown-up students can be seen in the wonderful testimonials received for Form Seven courses: “Ballet was lovely. I have the feeling I have grown a few inches taller since Thursday evening!” Marie Chesnier, East Molesey “I was in heaven at the Sketchbook Club. Brenda was lovely and very inspiring. I will definitely be coming each week.” Bethany Randall, West Molesey “If I had had a lesson like we had on Thursday when I was nine (my first French lesson) I would be a professor of French at the Sorbonne by now! Joking apart, it was great!” Sarah Dubrey, Teddington

An informal, friendly and open atmosphere

We seek to create an informal, friendly and open atmosphere for the children – visitors or prospective parents often remark on the friendly spirit of collaboration between our pupils and teachers. With Form Seven, this openness and friendship continues into the evening. Each week, you are invited to a buffet supper before your class where you can meet students on other courses and make new friends. Half-way through this coming term there will be a salon evening where, with the help of your tutor, you are invited to share some work in progress and celebrate everyone's new discoveries. The Georgian house and grounds at Hampton Court House are a stunning backdrop; learning is even more enjoyable in such beautiful surroundings.

Bringing together




We believe strongly that independent schools have a duty to give back to their local community. Form Seven is our unique way of doing this that, we hope, makes a direct impact on people in Molesey and beyond. Guy Holloway, the Headmaster of Hampton Court House, explains: “We seek to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. Form Seven enables us to make that aim a reality, and has put Hampton Court House at the heart of local life as a place of cultural and intellectual growth.” We invite our own staff to attend the courses. It is very important for teachers to maintain a mindset of growth and discovery. Studying something new gives teachers a greater empathy for the challenges and excitement for learning felt by children in their classroom. We also invite staff from Reach Academy, a local state school with whom we have a partnership, to join our classes, be inspired and share their renewed love of learning with children and families in Feltham. This direct impact on people's lives has been recognised with Form Seven's shortlisting for the national TES Independent School Awards in the "community initiative of the year" category. We find out in February if we have won – fingers crossed!

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More information about all our courses for adults is available at www.formseven.co.uk – you can reserve your place for a taster session on Thursday 11 January. I can't wait to welcome you to Hampton Court House, and to help you make 2018 a memorable year you can look back on with joy as the year you learned something new.


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Sunbury Health Centre Update The Partners and staff would like to wish all of our patients A Happy New Year! Reflecting on the year just passed there have been a number of changes as the Practice and the Patient Participation Group (PPG) have worked through an action plan following the results of the last patient survey, feedback from the Friends and Family test, Open Meetings and the Mjog texting service. We were pleased to make progress with updating the reception area and with the refresh of the waiting room. We hope that the new reception provides a more welcoming environment and that the waiting room artwork provides an improved experience when visiting the practice. Next steps include new signage, free Wi-fi (which should be available from January) and to review how we can better cater for children in the waiting room. We are continuing to pursue further improvements and believe our landlords NHS Property Services (NHSPS) are due to make some capital investment to upgrade the toilet facilities. The Practice rents 45% of the health centre from NHSPS with the other 55% rented to the Community Services provider, CSH, who took over from Virgin Care last April. CSH are moving some of their clinics elsewhere and consequently an opportunity for the practice to rent more space may be possible. This assumes we can agree reasonable costs with NHSPS and not at the 500% increase in service charges that we continue to challenge. We are actively pursuing this and hope to report on positive developments shortly. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Our team continues to evolve. We now have two Nurse Practitioners, one of our nursing team has become a Nurse Prescriber, two Health Care Assistants, an additional phlebotomist and we are actively recruiting a pharmacist to manage our prescription processes. We were also very pleased to become a training practice and to date have trained six foundation year doctors’ and have our first ST3 (Registrar) adding to our GP capacity. Our minor surgery clinics continue to be popular as do the Hearology ear microsuction and Quit 51 smoking clinics and we will shortly be introducing a community ultrasound clinic. As we look forward to 2018, the Practice and Patient Participation Group (PPG) have set a number of priorities for the coming year with our action plan continuing to focus on premises, improving our phone answering response times, continuing to develop our appointment and capacity planning and managing non attendances (from 103,518 appointments in 2017, 2796 patients didn’t attend, just under 3%). Although challenges remain we are positive about the further developments that are planned to develop and improve our patients’ experience.

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CAMPAIGN TO BRING SPELTHORNE STATIONS INTO TFL ZONE 6 (aka SPITZ) Our campaign team comprising Spelthorne Borough and County Councillors, representatives of the SBF (Spelthorne Business Forum) and the Staines-upon-Thames BID (Business Improvement Development), are planning to carry out a Feasibility Study toVarious prove tosources the new operators of our Rail Lines, First Group/South Western Railways, that footfall into our stations would increase with the introduction of Oyster ticketing. The Study will be undertaken by the academic and student members of the Royal Holloway University who will be collecting various information on different aspects of rail travel and the how being included in TFL zoning would benefit our borough. As part of this Study we are currently assessing how people travel outside of Spelthorne's stations to others that have Oyster payment facilities. We would like to hear from you if you, your family or friends do this, what town you live in and which stations do you go to for this more convenient and less expensive form of ticketing. Do you go by car, public transport or walk. How often do you make these journeys. This information is being collected on our Facebook site: Spelthorne in the Zone - Oyster for Spelthorne. Please post your details and comments on this page and we will collate and use the information anonymously within our Study. Thanks to all of you who, via the Sunbury & Shepperton Matters Facebook site, added your signatures to our campaign petition, boosting our number of supporters to over 8,000. If you would like to support this campaign please click on the link below. http://bit.ly/2iT3IyO

Best wishes from our Campaign Team

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Floral Corner by van Wonderen FLOWERS Tel: 01932 761071

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ST SAVIOUR’S CHRISTMAS UPDATE By the time you are reading this, the Christmas Festival will have been and gone. But before the tinsel and glitter is swept away for another year, let me offer a huge thanks for all of you who have given your time and willingness to help others.. The Christmas Toy Event in the run up to Christmas itself was a huge success. We were given over £10,000 worth of toys to distribute. In return for a modest entrance fee per child, there was a massive offering of gifts on offer, ranged carefully per age group. Once selected, there was a gift wrapping service available, right next to an astonishing range of Christmas stocking fillers for selection. And to cap it all, each attendee was given a blessing bag, containing the family essentials. Christmas puddings, mince pies, superior crackers, yet more toys, and not forgetting bath and cosmetic treats for Mum. I have never seen the church so full, attentive and helping. A real sense of community spirit was in the air. Our well attended Carol Services and Nativity Play also showed that we are reaching out to those we want to help, and reflected our traditional Christian values, which will continue as we enter 2018. Thank you all again, and God Bless you. Claire Hopkins

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Recipe of the Month

Overnight Oats - AKA Bircher Muesli A filling nutritious and tasty breakfast Have you made healthier eating a part of your New Year plan? If so you should definitely try this healthy, hearty breakfast. A friend introduced me to overnight oats and I have to say I’m hooked. First, it’s the easiest breakfast ever. There’s nothing to cook; you make it the night before in under 5 minutes, and when you wake up, it’s there waiting. All you have to do is eat it! The basic recipe is very adaptable; you can do so many different things with it. I tend to eat mine cold but if you like things hot, heat them up in the microwave

1. Combine everything into an airtight bowl or jar (I leave nuts out as I like them crunchy) 2. Leave in the fridge overnight 3. Eat in the morning! You can heat them if you like.

Oats help to reduce cholesterol and are a whole, unprocessed source of carbohydrates, which release energy slowly so are a great start to the day.


Basic Overnight Oats Ingredients 1/2 cup dry oats (the actual cup size doesn’t really matter. It’s about proportions…just use a bigger cup if you have a bigger appetite) 1 cup of unsweetened milk (I like almond milk but cows’ milk, soya milk, plain yoghurt or a mix of yoghurt and milk is all good) Fruit of choice (fresh, frozen or even tinned) 1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds (optional but good for healthy omega 3 fats) Nuts (optional)

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Welcome to Sunbury Methodist Church

What is church? A place of worship of course, but also a community hub, a place of fun and friendship and that is exactly what Sunbury Methodist church wants you to know. Reverend Vicci Davidson and I had a coffee and a chat and she told me about the many ways the community can get involved, no matter what age you are or to what level you are a believer. The starting point is to cross the threshold and enter the building. After that there is much to discover. SMC has been running a Baby Basics scheme across Hampton, Hanworth and Sunbury since 2014. It has just celebrated it’s 400th basket giving new mothers some basic necessities to help get them on their way. It is aimed at vulnerable sectors such as teenage mothers, asylum seekers and women fleeing domestic violence or trafficking. Within the church itself, there is a lot aimed at the youngsters, making church relevant and fun for the next generation. The monthly children’s service promises song, drama, crafts and DOUGHNUTS! Although light hearted and accessible it has a strong moral theme. Pop in on the second Sunday of the month at 3.30pm and join in. This is aimed at children up to age 8. If you have fancied trying an instrument, join the ALOUD! Group for ukulele playing! This is a relatively simple instrument to get to grips with. Lodge Brothers kindly donated a grant to enable SMC to get another 5 instruments. ALOUD is aimed at children from 6-12 years old. The older children in ALOUD also get involved in leading the children’s service. Finally for the adults, church goers or not, the SMC is renowned for it’s fabulous theatrical events. Directed by Geoff Buckingham and with the indomitable Reverend Vicci performing the plays have included the 150 Years of Sunbury (celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Methodist church), Finding Ann Frank and most recently The Betrayal of Edith Cavell. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

You may also be interested in a couple of social occasions midweek too. Friendly Club is on a Wednesday from mid-day and includes a cooked, three course lunch for £3 followed by activities and The Ladies’ Guild is weekly on a Tuesday evening. Just be open minded and take that first step to community and friendship. Sunbury Methodist Church, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AD. Email rev.vicci@mail.com or call 01932 788066.

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Restaurant Review The Ivory Tusk, Shepperton

There have been some tasty changes at the Ivory Tusk in Shepperton. The core menu remains the same, with a great selection of mild (including Mr C’s favourite Chicken Tikka Masala), medium and hot dishes on offer as well as vegetable side dishes, accompaniments and of course tandoori dishes. But the chef and manager Musa Rashid have developed some new offerings under their signature range so we went along to try them out. Thankfully I was hungry. I certainly wasn’t by the time we had finished!

But we had to begin at the beginning of course. Musa presented us with a variety of starters on a platter, enabling us to taste the Puree Jhinga, Kathe Dosa as well as tandoori chicken and lamb. It was beautifully presented in nice tasty little portions which I loved.

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Not too much to try, but enough to really give us the chance to savour the dishes. Our individual plates had little dots of mango chutney and a coriander and tamarind which was a great addition. I absolutely loved the Puree Jhinga, a pungent and spicy dish of king prawns on the lightest little pancake. The prawns were soft and succulent with a comfortable kick of spice. The Kathe Dosa was deep and rich, with little pieces of tender lamb. The tandoori meats had been well marinated and was served on a bed of tasty fried onions and red peppers. Meats are marinated in yoghurt to make them tender. On the starter menu you will also find salmon and monkfish similarly prepared. What a good start to the meal!

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‘bean’ only to find that it was in fact a green chilli! The beer came in handy! Mr C went for the Murgh Amaya - chicken in a mild creamy sauce of coconut and mango with butter and cream. It was indeed rich, but a great choice. Mr C’s all time favourite is the chicken tikka masala as I said, but this was a good alternative. Musa suggested that we really should try another main to get the idea of the range of dishes so presented us also with a Lamb Bemisaal.

This very deep and flavoursome dish is made from mutton which is a mature sheep. It certainly does taste different to lamb. Slowly cooked in a spiced tomato gravy the meat fell apart. We chose tarka dahl to accompany the dishes as well as the most fantastic fluffy naan bread. This really is quality bread, with a crispy bottom and light as a feather. Perfect for dipping into the delicious gravies. All the food is served very hot and fresh. We had eaten our fill so sadly couldn’t

manage a dessert although I was tempted for a moment by the Salted Champagne ice cream on offer...mmm. For another time maybe! The menu really does offer something for everyone, both in terms of spice, elements and also price. The signature dishes are more expensive than the main menu but with the fabulous offers on food it really is worth giving some new dishes a try. You will almost certainly be hooked! Ivory Tusk, 78 High Street, Shepperton TW17 9AU Tel 01932 246993 www.theivorytusk.co.uk

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Top 10 For Local Author

Local author Carmen Souchet, writing under her pen name Molly Clifford-Nixon, has published her second book “Short Stories and Flash Fiction” which recently achieved a top ten status in the short story section on Amazon. All of the stories were born while attending Studio Writers of Sunbury, a creative writing group mentored by Stephen Cartwright and as the cover suggests the reader is invited to journey through human emotions, fantasy, humour and the supernatural. Short Stories and Flash Fiction” contrasts greatly with the author’s debut novel “The Burden of Guilt” which is a romance intrigue set in the 1960’s. Whether you enjoy a long or short read “Short Stories and Flash Fiction” is the book for you. Find out whether Timomathon will survive the war raging within Infinity, to be able to return to Humanland or if Anna escapes justice when she seeks revenge for the death of her husband. Travel through stories of the unexpected, the natural and the supernatural. Decide whether logical explanations exist. Laugh at the humour, shed a tear at the sorrow, reflect, and on occasion, let your mind leave reality behind. Both books are available in paperback and kindle versions on Amazon.co.uk. Carmen is already penning her third book which will be a full length novel, “Return to Infinity”.

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Have You Seen the Cemetery Bench?

A local resident chose a lovely plot to lay his wife to rest earlier this year in Sunbury Cemetery. It was adjacent to two curved benches. Amazingly one went missing a couple of months ago. How can anyone steal a cemetery bench? It is an unusual design and would be easily recognisable if it appeared in someone's garden! Email info@villagematters.co.uk if you have any news on it’s whereabouts.

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Oak Tree CafĂŠ Supports Mental Illness

Oak Tree Cafe is a drop in group for those needing support with their emotional and mental well- being. There is a growing awareness of the need for mental health support and many of us are affected in some way by mental ill-health. Building up friendships and links with others is a great way to combat the isolation we can feel at these difficult times. We are open every Wednesday between 7 and 9 pm at the Jubilee Centre, Manygate Lane, Shepperton. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with the option of games, crafts, chatting, or just chilling with a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake. Cafe is a loose term as it is all free – no need to bring your purse. The group is run by a lovely bunch of volunteers from Jubilee Church Shepperton. They are always happy to provide a listening ear and would love you to pop in for a chat. For further information please visit www.jubileechurchshepperton.org Or phone 07913 343079

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LOSRA Says….

Newsletter distributors wanted – can you help? The seasonal newsletters distributed by our army of volunteers are an important medium of communication which has endured since the Association’s foundation 44 years ago and, from our feedback, are a much valued source of information about local concerns. From time to time, due to retirements or volunteers moving out of the area, it’s necessary to appeal for new recruits. The following streets/roads are those for which volunteers are urgently sought: Allen Road & Close, Claremont Avenue (total 77); Belgravia Road & Crescent, Kempton Avenue & Court, The Chase (total 113); Nettlefold Place, Willow Way, Park Road (total 87); Homewaters, Springfield Grove, Heathlands (total 44). Even if you are unable to volunteer for any of these locations but would like to put your name forward for our reserve list we would be most grateful. Please get in touch with our Secretary, Colleen Cuthbert who would love to hear from you on: colleen.cuthbert@btinternet.com or by phone to 01932 783606. Whilst on the subject of newsletters, many residents will have noticed that our Autumn edition was not delivered last year. That edition has been delayed until the end of this month as the revision of the Council’s Plan including the Green Belt Review was not available to us in time for an autumn delivery; so keep an eye out for a delivery at the end of this month!

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When the Thames Froze Over! Source: various, compiled by Mr C February 1814: King George III was on the throne, Tory Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister and the Napoleonic Wars would soon be over. It was also the third coldest winter since 1659, when the Central England Temperature (CET) records began. After weeks of bitter chill, blankets of fog and drifting snow, Londoners awoke on 1 February to find that the River Thames had ground to an icy halt. Between 1600 and 1814, it was not uncommon for the River Thames to freeze over for up to two months at time. There were two main reasons for this; the The Frost Fair of 1814 by Luke Clennell first was that Britain (and the whole Northern Hemisphere) was locked in what is in slices and mince pies and gingerbread now known as the ‘Little Ice Age’. The other blocks sold, all permeated (quite liberally) catalyst was the medieval London Bridge and with alcohol; although tea, coffee and hot its piers, and specifically how closely spaced chocolate were also on sale. Temporary bars together they were. During winter, pieces of and ‘fuddling tents’ (so named because of the ice would get lodged between the piers and ruinous effect of the strong spirits being effectively dam up the river, meaning it was offered) fashioned from sail cloth and oars easier for it to freeze. popped up over the ice, selling all manner of Activities and entertainment at frost fairs intoxicating liquors. Purl, similar to ranged from bull-baiting, horse and coach Vermouth, was a mix of gin and wormwood races and puppet plays to sledging, nine-pin wine served hot and Mum was a beer infused bowling, ‘throwing at cocks’ and dancing. with spices. Fruit and gingerbread-sellers also The 1814 fair even had its own main street – sold cups of gin to accompany their produce. signposted The City Road – where hawkers Risks were, of course, inevitable. As well sold trinkets and souvenirs, children’s swings as the threat of pickpockets, visitors were were erected, and gambling dens appeared. undoubtedly fleeced both by the watermen, There are even eye-witness accounts of who charged a toll of 2d or 3d plus tip for an elephant being led over the ice near access alone, and the numerous vendors Blackfriars Bridge! Close to a dozen printing who smelt a tidy profit. The ice also claimed presses were also dragged out and erected on several casualties, giving way in places and the frozen river, with typographers churning swallowing up businesses, as well as people. out poems to commemorate the ‘great frost’. Of course, when there’s ice involved, the One printer named George Davis published a event must reach its seasonal end. By the fifth 124-page book, ‘Frostiana; or a History of the day, 5 February 1814, the wind changed River Thames in a Frozen State’ from his out- direction, snow became rain and the ominous door printing stall. Yet, the main draw appears sound of ice cracking started to reverberate. to have been food and drink. Oxen were roast- The pedlars and punters scattered! ed in front of roaring fires, mutton was served Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Don’t Be Taken in By Scams!!! By Bill Cunningham

There’s a lot of it about as we all know, and it isn’t decreasing. We’re made aware of it on TV, in newspapers, computer news feeds and via friends and family too. Scams at the doorstep, scams by snail mail, scams over the phone, and of course scams by email. The scale of it all is epidemic. Some scams crude; some sophisticated. Here are a few examples. Be on the look out and take care not to be scammed yourself. Some vulnerable people are still taken in by doorstep service sellers: to have “loose” roof tiles fixed or to get a great deal on re-laying the drive. Trading Standard Officers have found very distressing cases of substantial overcharging and totally inadequate end results of such services. The end result and the buyer running out of savings can coincide. Mail scams include notification of winning a prize of say £20,000 and all it needs is a prize transfer authorisation. This requires sending them a cheque so that the prize is released. Or we receive information from a psychic or clairvoyant stating that they have seen something either wonderful or terrible in our future. Then ask for money in order to provide a comprehensive report. And who hasn’t had a phone call from “MSN” or “BT” to say there’s a problem with … and just allow access to our computer to fix. Or from a “bank” to say unusual activity on our account and so immediately we must give them pin number and password and all will be righted. Online scams? Well, where to start really. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Invitations out of the blue to us to download vouchers for High Street names we know but turn out not to be that at all. Surprise invoices for goods or services. “Bank/Building society” requests for our security information. And rules we should follow? Simply do not buy from someone we do not know, who has surprised us with a special offer. Especially if it means instant acceptance before the deal times out. For more details about scamming – say to protect someone considered to be vulnerable – or suggest a community group who may benefit from having a presentation about avoiding scams Katherine.preston@ bucksandsurreytradingstandards.gov.uk And when we are scammed we should report it to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040


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Sunbury Jeff’s Walk of Remembrance Sunbury resident Jeff Beames, an ex serviceman, along with friends and former colleagues Alan and David, completed a major challenge earlier this year and raised much needed funds for JDRF, the leading type 1 diabetes research charity. They walked from The Royal Hospital Chelsea in London to the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The team chose to do this "Walk of Remembrance" to mark 100 years since the Battle of Polygon Wood, and to remember the fallen soldiers of WW1. Through their challenge Jeff raised an incredible £1,205 for JDRF whilst Alan raised £1,829 for War Child. Jeff chose to support JDRF as his grandson Tom has type 1 and his family are keen supporters of JDRF, his daughter Fran already having raised over £5,800 for the cause through events such as the London Marathon. Jeff and Alan walked the 140 mile route in 8 days, with David driving the support vehicle - a short wheelbase VW campervan called Frog! They attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate on the 25th September, and were invited to the Dawn Ceremony at Polygon Wood the next morning.

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Mammoths in Sunbury?

Yes, no kidding! According to a reader who called me, there is a stone age camp fire in Kempton Park where amongst other things, mammoth remains were discovered. The fire pit was discovered during gravel extraction on the land some decades ago. Remains of the beast included a tusk and tooth and both are on show at the Spelthorne Museum in Staines. You will also find a leg bone from a woolly rhino at the museum. So next time you go racing or walking your dog up at Kempton Park, think back to the time when you may have encountered a mammoth on your travels. Incredible really!

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Gardening Matters Sniff Sniff!

By Rachael Leverton No I don’t have a cold but this month I will be sniffing a lot. Mainly because of my winterflowering shrubs. Every garden should have a couple of plants which bravely open their petals while winter is doing its worst. Viburnum farreri or Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ or ‘Deben’ are upright shrubs which bear pretty clusters of pink-buds on their bare branches, that open into honey-scented white flowers. They are incredibly tough, withstanding all but the harshest of frost. It’s lovely to cut a few sprigs to stand in a jam jar indoors. My favourite winter flowering shrub is the witch hazel plant Hamamelis mollis. It’s a delightful shuttlecock-shaped bush that explodes with citrus-scented spidery flowers right about now. I have the orange ‘Jelena’ in my garden but the pale yellow ‘Pallida’ and

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What’s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime at the Riverside Arts Centre Lower Sunbury, 17 th – 20th January @ 7:45pm. The Shepperton Players in association with KH Dance Academy Present Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn. Tickets are £12 and available by calling 07505 206 757 or visiting sheppertonplayers.org.uk Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival. Burns Night Saturday January 27 at 7.15pm for an 8pm start. Always an exciting evening with haggis, live bagpipe music and Scottish Country Dancing, tickets are available from 01932 787390, boxoffice@ssaa-arts.org & www.ticketsource.co.uk @£29.50 per person. Riverside Arts Centre bar will be open throughout. Carriages at 11.30pm. Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street , Sunbury on Thames TW16 5QF The next SSAA Coffee Concert will be given by Joseph Tong on Saturday February 17 at 10.15 am for refreshments and 11am for a piano recital. Joseph's programme will be: Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien Opus 26, Schumann: Arabesque Opus 18, Sibelius: Sonata in F major opus 12. Tickets @£10 to include coffee and croissant from the same numbers as above. SSAA is still looking for new blood on the committee and someone willing to take over the organisation of the S SAA Festival 2018. Do please ring the present Chairman, Moira Edwards on 01932 787390 if this sounds like you! Save the Date! We are delighted to say that we have several new gardens offered, so the 15th Sunbury Open Gardens lives for another year! Our charities will be Huntington's Disease Association and The Spelthorne Gymnastics Group. The date is Sunday 3rd June 2018. We still need help to run the day and new offers for future years. Please speak to Sue 01932 786675 and many thanks to those who have already offered.

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January 2018 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury, TW16

January 2018 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury, TW16