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January 2019

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Devastation of Watersplash

The French Nurseries


Welcome!

January 2019

Happy New Year! Whatever you do, we wish you a Having enjoyed an amazing night at happy and healthy 2019. Big Tree Night we now turn to the See you in February! new year. We have coffee with Daniel Mouawad, CEO of Spelthorne Council and Shepperton resident, and hear his thoughts on the borough and the challenges we face. We meet winners of Best Business in Spelthorne, Shepperton based Brown Bag Crisps who need Photo: Here and now Photography your help in naming their new “healthier” range of snacks. Get Reader Offers involved. You could win a years Ivory Tusk - 20% off food this month supply! Quality Fruit - 10% off fruit and veg this month But if you are watching you waistEvolve Dental - New patient checkup £37.50 line, or want to make some lifestyle Dream Doors - £160 groceries with larder pack changes then there are plenty of Everyone Active - Join for £1 in January advertisers offering their services so You Fit - Join and get one month FREE The Space - introductory offers on yoga why not give yoga, swimming or Sports Generation - book a free trial gym work a try. Adult Learning - £20 off dance and exercise (50+) Shepperton Mobility - Huge Sale now on Thames Club - Two months half price

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The French Nurseries 4 Big Tree. Big Success 6 Meet Brown Bag Crisps 9 Pride of Spelthorne 10 Coffee with Spelthorne CEO 13 Walking & Cycling for Health 15 The Devastation of Watersplash 16 Cut Your Engines 18 Light Railway for Heathrow? 20 A Space to Revitalise 22 Shepperton Artists Celebrate Seasons 25 Cecil Hepworth - Walton Film Pioneer 26 Recipe of the Month 31 Big Bird Watch 2019 32 Can we Keep ‘Walton Bridges’ Please 35 Laleham Residents Update 39 Foodbank Update 48 Gardening Matters 50 What’s On 52/53 Ad Index and Costs 54

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The French Nurseries, Upper Halliford c1940’s By Nick Pollard

This photo shows what were known as the French Nurseries, Upper Halliford. The name does not derive from the nationality or even the name of the owner, who was a Mr. Yates and lived in Upper Halliford Road. It refers instead to the method of raising crops under glass frames, which were confusingly sometimes called ‘Dutch Lights’. This practice originated in France, but was later adopted by the Dutch growers before being exported to England. It was useful for raising seedlings and for bringing on crops early, when the weather would otherwise be unsuitable and when prices were consequently high. By the time this photo was taken in September 1940, the nurseries at Halliford had been operating under this system for over 30 years. Of course it was also wartime, France and Holland had fallen to the Nazi invaders, and the Battle of Britain was raging in the skies above South East England. The supply of fresh vegetables from the continent had been cut off and it was imperative that food production was maximised. The crops grown under glass were lettuce, carrots, turnips and cauliflower. Raised under glass but then transplanted into the open ground were leeks, radish, celery, tomatoes, marrows, French and runner beans, spring cabbage and salad onions. Another major factor in the success of the Halliford Nurseries was the use of artificial irrigation, both to boost growth and to prevent plants suffering in periods of dry weather. A system of pipes connecting up oscillating sprinklers was in use, developed by British Overhead Irrigation Limited which was based round the corner at Halliford Green. Mr Yates was also a director of this company. Note also the light railway track laid around the site to carry crops to the packing shed. By the 1960s the nursery had switched to the growing of roses, and is now Squire’s Garden Centre. At the rear of the site you will see an old brick water tower which is the only surviving clue to its former use. ‘Victorian Gardens’ is the subject of the next meeting of Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The talk, by Cherrill Sands, takes place on Tuesday 15 th January at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Big Tree - Big Success! By Monica Chard, Editor

Well, what a night it was! The Christmas trees down the High Street looked perfect. Big Tree itself was resplendent, the sky was clear and a new moon was making a splendid appearance. It could not have been a better night for the Christmas celebrations in Shepperton.

happen. There was some doubt that it would. It just shows that if you pull together as a community, you can do wonders. As we walked down the High Street we were struck with how many children were out having fun. There were plenty of attractions and by all accounts the prices for rides were reasonable. It makes all the difference. Santa and his sleigh, pulled by reindeer, arrived to great excitement and a long queue soon built up outside the village hall to have a photo taken with the bearded wonder, including me!

Locals were out in force. The smell of sausages and mulled wine wafted from stalls which were tempting us with their fayre and there were plenty of happy faces. Not least perhaps those of the Shepperton and District Business Community who organise the event each year. Well done to the team and well done to those who volunteered this year to make the event

There was a variety of crafts and goodies to buy from stalls and it was great to see enterprising youngsters from Shepperton Youth Club, selling hot chocolate and from Halliford School who were selling hand made decorations. Well done to one young lady, who at the age of 13 is raising money to fund a trip to Uganda.

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Meet Brown Bag Crisps:

Spelthorne Business of the Year By Monica Chard, Editor

When Phil and Viv Lambe heard that they had, in their absence, won Spelthorne’s Best Exporter award they were delighted. They had not been able to attend the event in person because of family commitments. When they heard they had also won Spelthorne Business of the Year they were totally gob smacked! Started from a kitchen on an island in Shepperton in 2010, Brown Bag Crisps is now an international success. The premium snack is the crisp of choice for those wanting to have something just a little more special with their glass of something. Word is spreading and the crisps are now exported worldwide. You will find them in China, UAE, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy and so the list goes on. You may also find them in premium airlines and trains. Even Harrods stock them! Like many who are caught in the rat trap, Phil decided in 2010 that he had had enough of working for other people, enduring a long commute and all the hassles of corporate life. He and Viv were sitting in Italy by Lake Garda contemplating life and when asked the question “well what do you want to do?” by Viv, Phil had no hesitation answering “I want to make crisps”. So the story begins. It was very much a family affair to start with. Phil was frying up all manner of crisps in his quest to find the perfect crunchy snack. He tried different types of potato, different oils, different flavours. The house smelled...of oil and crisps! But it was worth persevering. His crisps proved popular and the brown bags they were sold in were quirky. Initially he relocated to a shed in the garden before finally taking the plunge and setting up a more commercial enterprise. Family members were involved in painting floors in paint which satisfied food standards and manning the fryers 24/7. Fast forward and it was clear that Brown Bag Crisps were going to be a great success, but how could Phil and Viv keep up with

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demand? Reluctantly, they outsourced, but it was a good decision. They are now keeping up with demand and the product is consistently good.

There are constantly new challenges. When envelopes were delivered containing empty crisp packets, they got the message. The company realised they have a responsibility to help eradicate single use plastics. Their solution is the offer the public a FREEPOST service so that bags can be dealt with on mass. Dealing with the expanding waist line of the public is another concern so Brown Bag Crisps is going to be introducing a whole new range of vegan and gluten free snacks in 2019. With a ‘Better for You. Better for the Planet’ ethos, the new range does not yet have a name. COULD YOU HELP FIND ONE? If your name for the new range is selected, you will be rewarded with a years supply of crisps! This is a local company, based in Shepperton, employing local people (Karen, Sam and Claire, you are apparently wonderful!). Brown Bag Crisps now want to harness the creativity of the community so get thinking. Follow this amazing company on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @brownbagcrisps. Or check out the website: www.brownbagcrisps.co.uk

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Pride of Spelthorne

We attended the inaugural Pride of Spelthorne awards in December at the Hazelwood Centre. The event is to celebrate the volunteers of Spelthorne, people who give their time freely to support the community and or individuals. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to 18 people by Mayor of Spelthorne, Jean Pinkerton. Amongst recipients were volunteers performing outstanding duties of care within the community for the likes of Rent Start, East to West (both mayoral charities this year), the Samaritans, the Penrose Club, the Benwell Centre, charity trustees, members of the Spelthorne in Bloom group and volunteers within the business sector too. I was honoured to be presented with a certificate (see photo) in recognition of the volunteer role as chair of the Lower Sunbury Business Community which I have been involved with for some 9 years. But meeting the likes of Noel Franklin-Taylor of Shepperton. He is 93 years old and has been a volunteer Samaritan since 1965. It really put my efforts into perspective. Our certificates state “This award recognises the contributions made by volunteers in Spelthorne who are helping residents and communities to achieve a better quality of life and access opportunities that may not usually be available to them. Volunteers are the heart of any community, the Pride of Spelthorne and without you the Borough would be a much poorer place.�

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Coffee with Spelthorne CEO By Monica Chard, Editor Daniel Mouawad has been Chief Executive of Spelthorne Council for over a year now. We thought that, as he has now got his feet under the table and settled into family life in Shepperton, it was time for a coffee with him. Daniel has a quiet and kindly air about him. As well as working in town planning and architecture, he spent half a decade in India. He saw both ends of the spectrum; first enjoying the privileged life of the very well off in Mumbai as a serving British diplomat, then volunteering for an educational charity, living the life of every day folk in rural India. His children grew up there and learned to make their own fun, without the distraction of TV and social media. Family values are important to Daniel. So what do you want to know from the CEO? Does he understand the issues facing residents and can he help to make things in the borough better maybe? Well, it seems that a lot has happened since he joined the council and there are many plans for improving life in the borough. Spelthorne is seen as an innovative borough. You may have read about the investments in property and been a little confused by it. Why is Spelthorne buying property anyway, and why is it buying in surrounding counties? The truth of the matter is that local councils have to think smart. Funding pressures caused by Government cuts, rising demand for services, and the knock-on effect of cuts by Surrey County Council mean that councils need to find other ways to fund services. In the case of Spelthorne, the property portfolio gives a secure income stream which is being used to maintain and enhance borough services which would otherwise be under threat. The more recent purchases are helping to progress a number of housing schemes to provide much needed housing for residents. The strategy has been successful because they now make more from their commercial property deals than the income they get from council tax. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Daniel explained that the council is working on the Local Plan which will detail how much development is needed in the borough over the next 15 years and where it should go. Meeting the need for housing is a challenge, particularly as twothirds of the Borough is in green belt. The council is progressing a number of schemes to boost the housing stock including plans to convert a wing of the council offices at Knowle Green into affordable flats. They are aware of infrastructure implications but can’t ignore the fact that there are currently far too many families in emergency B&B accommodation or that, for a growing number of local people, finding a home they can afford is becoming increasingly difficult. On Heathrow, Daniel explained that the airport is seen as extremely important to the fortunes of the borough. There are plans afoot for a Southern Light Railway (SLR) linking Heathrow with Staines and for getting Spelthorne into Zone 6. However, it is very important that the impacts of Heathrow’s expansion are properly mitigated. If you are worried about traffic impacts and poor air quality, then look out for the Heathrow Airport consultations in 2019. The need for increased aircraft capacity is clear and potential impacts include extending the hours of operation and additional flight paths. It is anticipated that the two current runways could be used for an extra 25,000 aircraft movements with or without airport expansion. If you think we are safe because you are not currently under a flight path, then think again and get involved if you want your voice heard. Daniel’s advice was to not just sit back and be resigned to changes. Make your voice heard loud and clear. CEO of Spelthorne Council and Shepperton resident, Daniel Mouawad understands the needs of the borough very well indeed.

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Walking and Cycling for Health

If joining a gym is not for you but you would like to some exercise as part of a group, there are several options for local residents which are run by Spelthorne Council. Walking is a low impact but highly positive form of exercise. It helps reduce stress, promote better sleep, gives you more energy, reduces blood pressure, is good for the bones and joints and even more importantly, it is sociable. Walking and talking - what more could you want? Spelthorne Council is keen to encourage residents to keep fit so set up the Walking for Health scheme. The scheme aims to improve health and fitness of local people, especially those who are not physically active and want to become more active. Walks are free and are between one and three miles long. There are up to 3 walks per week organised and they are lead by volunteer walk leaders. This is part of a national initiative spearheaded by the Ramblers and supported by Macmillan Cancer Support. Walkers must be complete a form and simply bring it to your first walk. Cycling for Health is another option. Again, there are several rides organised every week and you can join in for free. You will need your own bike. Contact Spelthorne Leisure Services for more information or to get hold of a form on 01784 446433 or online at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/walkingforhealth.

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The Devastation of Watersplash By John Douglas CEMEX have submitted revised plans to Surrey County Council for the extraction of gravel at Watersplash Farm. (Ref: SCC 2012/0173). Originally submitted in 2012, the plans have been amended on various occasions with further updates in 2018, they are now due to go before Surrey County council planning meeting on 23rd January. The works are estimated to take six years, but subject to “market conditions” and so can be easily extended. Furthermore, the effects of contaminated soil and damage to the flood plain will be permanent. CEMEX will extract the gravel and back fill with inert waste comprising largely clay and landfill. A high percentage of their revenues will come from the inert landfill waste coming from any source. How can we be sure that contaminated soil will not find its way into the infill material? Independent and random checks need to be made, but the plans make no provision for this. Watersplash farm lies in a high flood risk area. Replacing the permeable gravel with an impervious clay bung 23 hectares in area will affect subsurface drainage. The mitigation proposed by CEMEX to alleviate increased flood risk is to introduce “swales” which are open drainage channels round the perimeter of the works to absorb and slow down the displaced groundwater/floodwater. The Environment Agency are not responsible for land based surface water flooding, which is the responsibility of the council who are themselves dependent almost entirely on the accuracy of risk assessments submitted by CEMEX. How can we be sure these swales will cope with flooding as experienced in 2014 and will be maintained once works are completed or if CEMEX sell the site? In addition, the traffic report, submitted in 2018 uses predicted data based on a survey conducted in 2009. Its conclusions are an estimate largely based on the 2009 data. The report predicts delays during peak times at the Green lane/Gaston Bridge roundabout junction of between 11 and 43 seconds and que length of 18 and 88 metres. Then at Walton bridge delays of 89 seconds and queue lengths of 226 metres (source SCCRef 20120173_planning_Addendum TA No3.pdf Transport update, 2018). Anyone using these roads in peak Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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times will know that in no way does this resemble the reality of the delays at these junctions. A new independent, measured survey should be carried out, not based on estimates. The traffic report further concludes as a result of the additional 200 large lorry movements in and out of site per day, “The impact upon the surrounding highway network… will probably not be discernible and will have no material impact upon its operation”. If this is the quality of the data being presented to the council how can the accuracy of the rest of the report be trusted, in particular flood risk assessments? Most of the public will be unaware of the damaging impact of this development. Why has there not been a further public consultation since its publication in 2012? If you feel that the data upon which this application is being made is out of date, misleading and leaves serious questions unanswered write to the council and insist that it is refused. Comments can be made in writing quoting reference 2012/0173 to: The Planning Development team, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DW, or by email using address: mwcd@surreycc.gov.uk. The plans are available from the SCC web site at http:// planning.surreycc.gov.uk/planappsearch.aspx together with information on registering comments. You can submit comments up until the meeting date, but as soon as you can since late comments cannot be guaranteed to be considered.

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Cut Your Engines!

We can’t escape news about polluting vehicles and how it is affecting the health of children. It is on national news and TV and even little Shepperton is not immune from it. Shepperton Matters was contacted by a resident who had been watching parents collecting children from a school near the High Street. He was sitting on a bench watching the world go by one warm sunny afternoon in early Autumn. Despite the warmth of the day, he saw several of the parents waiting for their children with the engines of the car running and exhausts spilling out. One car had the engine running for a full 30 minutes and although our reader pointed out that perhaps he could turn his engine off, he was told in no uncertain terms to keep his nose out of it - a bit difficult when he was breathing in the exhaust fumes! As mothers with babies in push chairs strolled by, their precious little ones were just at the right level to get the worst of the pollution. Our reader tells us “ In this day and age with so many concerns about climate change and pollution, this is rot of action to say the least, is highly irresponsible and shows a total lack of consideration for other children and adults.� We all need to do our bit. We need to think about our actions. If all of us made just a small adjustment to our life styles we may just be able to reverse some of the harm we are doing to our planet. So please think about cutting your engines when stationary.

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

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A Space to Revitalise

Sometimes things are just meant to happen. So it felt to Jo Sinnott, who moved back to her childhood village of Lower Sunbury last summer. She and her husband had been looking for a place to settle that was “worth leaving London for”. They were led by fate to a stylish, quirky, house which came with its own impressive studio. As an ex dancer and holistic personal trainer this was a perfect opportunity for Jo to pursue a long term dream, and she started exploring the possibility of opening the studio as a wellness hub. ‘The Space’ has private access and is situated in a beautiful location. What could be better? Jo is also a TV Presenter and Health and Wellness journalist. She experienced a wide range of alternative health retreats for her series ‘Soul Seeker’ for the Travel Channel. Filming took her to India, where she studied yoga and Ayurveda, to China where she practiced Tai Chi and traditional Chinese medicine, and closer to home, to a ‘back to nature’ retreat on the Isle of Wight. "These experiences re-ignited my passion for fitness in all its forms and the importance of enjoying not enduring exercise”. Her dancing career gave her the taste for feeling good, and she is sharing this great joy with her students at 'The Space’ where she offers One To One and Private Group Classes, combining dance based fitness, with yoga, Pilates, and traditional personal training . Jo is also introducing barre fitness soon - a fusion of ballet and Pilates, focusing on strengthening, lengthening, core and posture. She is currently training to be able to teach mindfulness and meditation. The possibilities are endless. The Space is a calm environment. “In our busy lives, we need to be able to switch off” says Jo. “we need to learn to refocus and reconnect, away from the chaos of modern life”. Jo’s passion is clear. She is welcoming and approachable and has a genuine desire to see her students grow in strength and confidence. Don’t be shy, just call Jo for advice or to find out more. As to the developments, watch this Space!

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Local Courses for 2019

There is such variety on offer at the Adult Learning centres in our area: general arts and crafts, cookery, dance and exercise. There are even special offers! Pick up the brochures with JanuaryMarch 2019 courses in the local adult learning centre or library. Or you can the full list online: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/ assets/pdf_file/0010/139618/Northbrochure-Spring-2019-web2.pdf Computing and cookery courses are being offered for only ÂŁ5 at the Molesey Centre (subsidised by Henrietta Parker Trust grant). The Sunbury centre is still offering a discount on dance and exercise classes too if you are 50+ and have not been in a class at the centre for at least a year. ÂŁ20 off is quite a saving. So what are you waiting for?

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Shepperton Artists Celebrate Seasons Celebrating the seasons, the Shepperton Artists, under the guidance of Peggy Pickering, created works which Shepperton Matters was delighted to be asked to view. We were also asked to help judge, which is quite a responsibility. Judged on the criteria of subject, layout and painterly skills, the first places, seen to the left, were popular choices. Girl on Beach, by Sybil Wheeler captured the carefree days of summer and the layout on the round canvas was perfect. Sybil is with Shepperton Artist Thursday group so was not there for the presentation. Other winners in the Thursday group were Anna Field, Meryl Bradbury, Janet Chapman and Pat Carter. The Monday ladies were all very happy to have been selected and are seen below with certificates and their pieces of art. Winner Joan Fabry was applauded for her autumnal piece, seen left, with a round bowl of berries and leaves painted beautifully. The winners all received prizes including a painting apron, sketch book bag and materials. Now is the time for new years resolutions, so if you have ever thought about painting but are not sure you have it in you, why not consider joining one of the groups. They are sociable, supportive and fun. Peggy Pickering has been running these classes for decades and is herself an accomplished artist. Drop her a line by email: peggy.gesso@gmail.com

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Cecil Hepworth, Walton’s great film pioneer By Tim Williams We turn the clock back to the 1890s. The film industry was in its infancy, with the Lumière brothers making the first public screening of ‘moving pictures’ in France in 1895. A young man called Cecil Hepworth was working in film processing, and he decided to set up his own film processing company. In 1899 he happened by chance to come to Walton, and he rented a house in Hurst Grove to set up his business. But the film processing work never really came, so he turned his hand to making his own films instead. As with other film-makers, the early films that he made were mainly very short and simple records of local events, such as a cycling race or express trains crossing in a cutting. His first major success was a film of the funeral of Queen Victoria in 1901. These films were a great novelty and very popular, typically being shown as side-shows at fairs. This early success encouraged Cecil Hepworth to build a studio in his back garden in Hurst Grove. It was one of the first film studios in the UK. A breakthrough came in 1905 with a six-minute film ‘Rescued by Rover’, which was a huge popular success, making the dog Rover into the first British movie star, and creating a new cinematic style which we still recognise today. By 1911 the Hepworth Studios took up most of Hurst Grove, employing around 100 directors, actors and technicians in the production of hundreds of films each year, many of which were made on or around the streets of Walton. Walking through the village (as it then was), there was a

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good chance that you would come across actors in costume and make-up. And many people living in Walton were used as film extras. Cecil Hepworth was a real innovator. In 1912 his ‘Oliver Twist’ was the first full-length feature film made in the UK. He pioneered sound in cinema with his own Vivaphone system, two decades before the ‘talkies’ arrived. He created the ‘star system’ long before Hollywood, and in 1915 his leading actress Alma Taylor was voted the most popular film star in Britain, comfortably beating Charlie Chaplin into second place. His films were successful in the USA as well as in the UK. During World War One he made propaganda films as well as conventional films. After the war he continued with some success, although his style was starting to appear rather old-fashioned. However, he was better at film-making than at business, and an over-ambitious expansion plan led to bankruptcy in 1924. The studios were sold and went through various stages of ownership until they eventually closed in the 1960s. When the site of the studios was redeveloped, a new road was built across it and named Hepworth Way in his memory. He continued to work in the industry for the remainder of his life. Shortly before his death in 1953 he was named as one of the first six BAFTA Fellows, along with Sir Laurence Olivier and others – a fitting tribute to a truly great film pioneer. Dr Simon Brown of Kingston University will be giving a talk on The development of the film industry in Walton on Tuesday 22 January at 7.45 pm at Ashley School in Walton

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Recipe of the Month Chicken Tray Bake

Preparation time: 20 minutes

8 chicken thighs or drumsticks (skin on)

Cooking time: 1 hour

Method

Serves 4

Preheat the oven to 200C / gas 6 / fan 180C. Put the chunks of celeriac, swede, sweet potato, parsnips and garlic in a large roasting tin. Sprinkle liberally with the olive oil and cumin, and season well with salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables together so they are lightly coated in oil. Put in the oven towards the top and roast for 30 minutes.

Ingredients 1 small celeriac, peeled and cut into 2½ cm/1in chunks 1 small swede, peeled and cut into 2½ cm/1in chunks 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 2½ cm/1in chunks 2 medium parsnips, scrubbed and quartered lengthways 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil olive oil ½ tsp cumin seeds a few sprigs of sage

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Meanwhile, lightly oil then season the chicken skins, and lay a couple of sage leaves over each thigh or drumstick. Remove the roasting pan from the oven and turn the vegetables over. Lay the chicken pieces on top. Roast for 30- 35 minutes more, until the vegetables are tender, and the chicken skin is nice and crispy. Serve with creamy mash and lightly cooked Savoy cabbage.

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Garden Bird Watch 2019 The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's largest garden wildlife survey. But how did it all start? It was 1979 and the RSPB were looking for a simple winter activity that junior members could get involved in. As it was cold and the evenings dark, they thought a weekend activity in the garden would be best. Members were therefore asked to count the birds in their gardens, all at the same time to establish what the UK's top 10 most common garden birds were. Biddy Baxter - then editor of Blue Peter - liked the idea so much that she featured the survey on one of the programmes. What they thought would attract a few hundred children took off! In 2001 adults were invited to join in the fun too. With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with almost 40 years’ worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and understand how birds are doing. While some changes in bird numbers can seem scary - we've lost more than half our house sparrows and some three-quarters of our starlings - it isn't all doom and gloom. Since Birdwatch began, blue tit numbers have risen by 20 per cent and the woodpigeon population has increased by a whopping 800 per cent. What about other wildlife? The threats to our wildlife dictates that it's not just birds facing tough times... it's our badgers, snakes and other animals too. So, in 2014 the other animals in gardens were included. The more people involved, the more we can learn, so do take part. Your results help identify problems and take steps to put them right. It's so important that we count garden birds. The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the end of January each year. This year it’s on the 26-28 January. It takes place over three days, so if you're busy over the weekend or perhaps the weather's bad, you have the option of a third day! Maybe you can do Big Garden Birdwatch at work? We'd love to hear from you if you do! Share your experiences on social media - don't forget to use #BigGardenBirdwatch.

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Can We Keep ‘Walton Bridges’ Please Source; The Press Association

The Government is blocking the export of a multimillion-pound JMW Turner painting “for the benefit of the nation”. The artist’s ‘Walton Bridges’, an oil on canvas thought to have been painted in 1806, is at risk of leaving the UK unless a buyer can be found, after it was sold at auction last July for £3.4 million. Arts Minister Michael Ellis is deferring the export licence after a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, administered by the Arts Council. ‘Walton Bridges’ is understood to be the first landscape completed in the open air by the painter, who was among the first artists, alongside Constable, to sketch directly from nature. The painting shows the double-span bridge that ran across the River Thames between the locks at Sunbury and Shepperton, and it led to a series of Thames scenes during Turner’s prolific period, where he worked in sketchbooks and painted in watercolour and oil. Mr Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said: “Turner is one of Britain’s greatest ever artists, whose studies of British life still resonate with the public today. “Walton Bridges is a wonderful example of his distinctive style and his fascination with the landscapes of 19th century Britain. “It has so much significance for artistic and historical reasons that it is right that we do all we can to save this masterpiece for the benefit of the nation.” To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

The decision on the export licence application will be deferred until February 28 2019, and it may be extended until June 30 if a “serious intention to raise funds to purchase it is made at the recommended price of £3,484,000”. Mr Ellis may consider offers from public bodies for less than the recommended price through the private treaty sale agreements. Lowell Lisbon, of the Reviewing Committee, said: “This beautiful evocation of the unusual and picturesque double bridge crossing the Thames by the market town of Walton was made at a time when Turner was mostly living at nearby Isleworth rather than in London. “At that time, around 1806, Turner was frequently sketching in oil, watercolour or pencil from a boat which he rowed along this stretch of the Thames. This calm elegiac painting of gentle water-bound commerce and agricultural activity would have contrasted greatly with the turmoil in Continental Europe during this phase of the Napoleonic Wars. It is the absolute antithesis of his Battle of Trafalgar”

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Have Fun with Pilates! Pilates is a form of exercise with an emphasis on core strength. Regular practice can lead to a stronger leaner body with increased protection to your spine helping you to stand taller and able to move with a new ease. We meet at Laleham Village Hall every Monday 11am -12 and 6pm -7pm Classes are relaxed and informal and all are welcome regardless of age and experience. You won’t have to enrol on a whole course as you pay just £9 each time you come and you won’t need to bring anything as everything you need is provided. But be warned....once you start you won’t want to stop! Looking forward to seeing you.

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My name is Ann McCarthy, I have just returned home to Shepperton from rural Uganda where 10 years ago I helped start up a School and Medical Centre for local underprivileged children. I set up a registered charity to manage the fundraising for this project in 2012. The project has grown since I started and is going really well, we now have over 500 children getting an affordable good education with help from our sponsorship scheme (www.sponsorachild.co.uk) . All money raised by our charity goes directly to the people who need it, and we don’t employ anyone here in the UK. I am looking for some people with a few spare hours a week or for a few weeks or even a few odd days, to offer some volunteer admin help. We would also ideally like some help to research trust funds and other grant giving bodies where we might apply for funding for new buildings etc, or find & update places where we can advertise for free for short/long term volunteers to help out in Uganda. We also need help to redesign and maintain our WordPress websites, and some help with SEO etc. Volunteering always looks good on a Students CV, maybe it could provide a new interest for a bored retiree. After an initial meeting most of this work could be done from your home, we are really flexible. I would love to hear from you. If you are interested please send me your email/phone number for a chat. We also have volunteers of all ages and walks of life going out to help at our project in the school and/or medical centre and amongst the local community. If you would be interested in a “Holiday with a Difference” including a low cost safari or gorilla trek please see our website www.ugandalodge.com and email me for details on ann@ugandalodge.com All profits go directly to the project. For keen runners, we can also arrange for you to take part in the Uganda Marathon (or even just 10k if you are not feeling that fit!) on 1st June next year at a highly discounted rate. Any sponsorship money you could raise will help our charity.

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Shutter and Speed

What a great combination; photography and cars! Shepperton’s Gary Critcher has been taking and collecting photos of motor racing for many years. He decided to share his fantastic collection so has published a book called Shutter and Speed. There are 122 pages of previously unseen motorsport images from the 1960’s and 1970’s. The emphasis is on Grand Prix racing but there are other forms of motorsport featured too, including hill climbs, Indy 500 etc.

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Laleham Pond - And Other Conservation Projects Last autumn, Laleham Pond attracted a good sized group of volunteers one morning, working hard on the new bird hide as well as general winter maintenance. Opposite is a picture of the hide in construction. This small but important project was funded by the Laleham Residents Association and paid for membership money and donations. Ray Thorne, from ‘Civic Pride Volunteers’ who maintain the pond, would like to thank you. If you would like to see the hide yourself and discover what a great site Laleham Pond is, or visit any other the other sites managed by Civic Pride Volunteers, the group meets every Tuesday at 10am. Laleham Pond is situated on Ashford Road, Laleham, opposite what was Meson Toby. Call Ray Thorne for more information on 01932 541593. Conservation Action in Spelthorne is always happy to welcome volunteers who want to get out, get some fresh air, meet some decent people and make a difference. There are projects in Laleham and several areas within Shepperton including the Lords Bridge Garden at the end of the High Street, the Ranges in Dockett Eddy Lane and Nutty Wood at the end of the road by Longacres.

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Music-loving kids invited to audition for Themba’s new show, Legally Blonde Do you know a child who loves to sing and dance? Shepperton-based Themba Theatre is appealing for local children currently in school years 5-9 to audition for its exciting new musical. West-End hit Legally Blonde is based on the hilarious film starring Reece Witherspoon, which tells the tale of Elle Woods, who applies to Harvard Law School to try to get her boyfriend back. Themba will be performing Legally Blonde Jr, a special adaptation of the show for young people. Auditions for the show will be held on Friday 4th January 5:30 – 7:30 at the Jubilee Centre, Shepperton. Rehearsals for the show start on Friday 11th January 5:20-7:00, and performances are scheduled for 22nd-25th May 2019 at Jubilee High in Addlestone. Themba Theatre is run by volunteers, and all its profits go to support Watoto Childcare Ministries in Uganda.

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SHELTER FROM THE STORM Community Foodbank - 2018 Highlights Christmas has been and gone, but we continue to live in a storm of political and economic upheaval and uncertainty. Hysterical idiots of all political persuasions bellow and boom at us, and seem unconnected to the world we actually live in. At the core of our activities is our Community Foodbank. We continue to provide an important 7-day practical parcel, to fill an emergency gap solution. Each month the Community Foodbank takes over 5 Tonnes of surplus food, that equates to 10,000 meals a month. The Community Food Bank also has other related programmes. One is a Recovery Programme for people struggling with addictions. Community Recovery is aimed at helping by trying to break their chains of addiction. In addition we hold a Community Lunch, mostly from surplus food, every Wednesday, from 12noon to 1.30pm. All our welcome at this Community Lunch where people can make friends, as well as sharing experiences. This was extended to cover the 6- week holiday period during the school holidays, where last year we helped some 50 families Spelthorne Borough would like to make Sunbury a “Dementia Friendly” village and St Saviour’s was happy to help by providing some facilities to run Training Courses on this. We were able to run 10 Training Courses in 2018, resulting in over 250 people becoming a “Dementia Friend”. In June 2018, we held a Kick Start day. After months of planning, the Community Food Bank team joined members from the Johnson and Johnson workforce. We were out in the community all day giving a helping hand decorating, making new furniture, filling skips with rubbish and doing some gardening. We launched our third year of the Reverse Advent Calendar in 2018. Last year we challenged people to do something a little different, by creating an Advent Calendar that you put something in, instead of taking something out of. The idea is that you fill a box every Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

day with non-perishable items, that can be taken to the local Community Foodbank. Last year we collected over 270 boxes. In June we aimed to feed 5,000 people with Surplus Food from the local supermarkets. We fed over 2,000 people at the Joy@Kempton event. The rest of the food went into London and by 1.35pm on the following day, we had confirmation that we had achieved feeding 5,000 on the Surplus Waste Food that we had sourced. Finally, the Give a Christmas Gift campaign was our most successful yet, with over 350 children receiving a donated Christmas present.

The Community Foodbank is the conduit that channels the donations that we receive to those that need it most, in the most efficient way, using our volunteer work force. With the money that we are hoping to raise from events next year, we want to increase the range of our services to meet what will be, for certain, an increasing demand at all levels. Claire Hopkins, St Saviour’s Church claire.hopkins@stsaviourssunbury.org.uk 07549 952 161

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Gardening Matters Great Gardening Books If you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, now is the perfect time to curl up in front of the fire with a gardening book you’ve brought for yourself. We have a few to recommend. RHS Great British Village Show by Matthew Biggs and Thane Prince - The village show is a quintessential British tradition, and for many gardeners it represents the pinnacle of their sowing and growing year. This charming and informative book takes you behind the scenes of this very British institution, offering insights into the worlds of judges and contestants. It’s beautifully illustrated with photographs, and offers wonderful gems of insider information, including how to stage your produce, and what the judges are really looking for. There are even recipes for prize-worthy jams and preserves. If you’ve never attended a village show this book will make you yearn for a summer of tents and teas; you might even be tempted to become a competitor. One Magic Square by Lolo Hubein – Following on from the previous book, have you ever wanted to have a go at growing your own vegetables and fruit but feel completely clueless? We’re always hearing that the best and cheapest food is the food you grow in your own garden, but it all seems rather complicated to a total novice. In One Magic Square, Lolo Hubein shows how you can start your own productive food garden in ten minutes a day Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham SUNBURY AND SHEPPERTON ARTS ASSOCIATION PRESENT A BURNS NIGHT ON SATURDAY JANUARY 26 2019 from 7.30 to 11.30pm. A Fun evening with three course Scottish meal including haggis, bagpipes, facilities of RAC's bar and Scottish Country Dancing with professional caller. Kilts optional. Tickets @ £32 from 01932-787390, boxoffice@ssaa-arts.org and www.ticketsource.co.uk/ ssarts TO BE HELD AT: RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTRE! 59 THAMES STREET SUNBURY TW16 5QF SUNBURY AND SHEPPERTON ARTS CENTRE PRESENT A COFFEE CONCERT ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16 2019 at 10.15 followed by 11am concert with: JONATHAN RADFORD ( saxophone) and ELEANOR KORMAS ( piano) Programme will include Scaramouche by Milhaud and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets ( to include coffee and croissant) @ £12 from 01932-787390 TO BE HELD AT: RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTRE 59 THAMES STREET SUNBURY TW16 5 QF

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Thursday 3rd January: ‘Liquid History’, a talk to Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group about archaeological finds from the Thames, by Jon Cotton. Staines Methodist Church @ 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 non-members. Saturday 12th January: ‘The Changing Face of Staines High Street’ a new exhibition at Spelthorne Museum, Staines. Until 30th June. Free admission, open Weds and Fri 2-4pm, Saturday 1.30-4.30pm Torchlight Tour, Brooklands Museum Tue 15 Jan 2019 Join us for a special tour of the Museum as night falls. Warm clothes, sensible shoes and a torch are highly recommended as our expert guide leads you through the Motoring Village, Aircraft Factory, Test Hill and the Members’ Banking. Ticket price includes warm soup with a bread roll on arrival. Tickets MUST be booked in advance. Email events@brooklandsmuseum.com Time: 6pm to 9:30pm Price: Tickets are £22.50 adults/seniors, £17.50 children (12 - 16 yrs) Brooklands Museum Brooklands Road Weybridge Surrey KT13 0QN Contact telephone: 01932 857381 Walton and Weybridge Amateur Operatic Society “MISCAST” 31st Jan - 2nd Feb 2019. Are you longing to see the people of Surrey showcase their inner gospel diva, behave like practically perfect little children or dress as the man they were meant to be? The show will include songs from Matilda, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, The Lion King and many, many more... For tickets, please contact the WWAOS Box Office Email: bookings@wwaos.org.uk Telephone: 0845 519 6242 The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse Hepworth Way Walton On Thames KT12 1AU Morden Hall Park - Big Wetland Birdwatch, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jan Discover a wealth of wetland bird life at Morden Hall Park this January. Join expert volunteers and help us to identify the feathered friends that call this urban oasis home. Join us from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday when our volunteer teams will be on hand to help with identification and point out the best spots around the park. Find us in the gazebos near the white bridge where you can pick up more information and make a craft too This is a drop in event, no need to book. Start 11:00. End 15:00. Free Event but Check Website for Admission Charges. At the gazebo across from the white bridge. Check website for latest information. Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden, London SM4 5JD Contact telephone: 020 8545 6853 - Isabel Nancarrow

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The monthly community magazine for the villages of Shepperton and Laleham

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The monthly community magazine for the villages of Shepperton and Laleham

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