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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos

Shepperton

Matters

Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together

January 2018

Issue 75

FREE Every Month to 8200 Homes in Shepperton and Laleham


Welcome! Happy New Year! We hope it is a good one. Last month we ran a piece on scams. We want to say again that you must be careful. Don’t part with money unwittingly. We heard of a couple in Shepperton who were approached by a roofing company and ultimately lost hundreds as they men disappeared to buy materials, but did not return. Get recommendations from friends and neighbours. If you ARE scammed then don’t hesitate calling the police or trading standards. They need to stop these unscrupulous people. If you have been feeling a chill over the past month, spare a thought for those living when the Thames froze. We carry stories from both 1940 and 1812. Brrrr. Stay warm!

January 2018 As it is the new year get your new years resolutions together. Maybe it is time to learn a new skill. The course I did on photography was wonderful. Did you notice the front cover this month?

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Ice Breaking the Thames c1940 Spelthorne in Zone 6 Big Tree Night 2017 The Big Bird Watch 2018 Tea with the Chief Constable Roseacre Says Thank You Learn a New Skill in 2018 Save Hanworth Park House When the Thames Froze Over (1814) Local Author’s Top 10 Ranking Halliford Boys Bring Festive Cheer Recipe of the Month Restaurant Review - Ivory Tusk Tree House at St Nicks Opens Laleham Residents Round Up Laleham Panto Review Charlton Residents Round Up Shepperton Residents Association Gardening Matters What’s On Index/Advert Prices

Village Matters Ltd Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Shepperton Matters is a member of the Village Card scheme Front Cover: ‘Laleham Riverside’. Photo by Monica Chard. Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to monica@villagematters.co.uk Please ‘like’ us on Facebook. www.facebook/ Sunbury&SheppertonMatters To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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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 196263. 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 16th 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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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 to prove to 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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Big Tree Night Success By Monica Chard, Editor

The weather was not completely unkind to Big Tree Night. It poured with rain during the set up and later during the evening, but for the main part of the event itself, the clouds cleared away and the stars came out and the

Big Tree looked fabulous! Children clasped hands with their parents, avoiding large puddles on the High Street as they looked earnestly for a view of Santa. Thamesmead students sang a modern selection of carols which was lots of fun and showed some great harmonisation. Cllr Vivienne Leighton, Mayor Spelthorne said some welcoming words before Santa sped round the corner (yes he was going at a fair pace), lead by two reindeer. He made his way down the High Street arriving outside the village hall to the great excitement of the many gathered to greet him.

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The fair ground rides flashed their enticing lights, families warmed themselves with hot chocolate or mulled wine as they visited stalls. Local shops made a concerted effort to raise money for charity as they engaged the public with lucky dips, reindeer food and general naughty sweet offerings. So a huge well done to the small team of volunteers who made the event happen. Having been on the committee running the Sunbury Christmas Market the previous week I really do know how exhausting it is, and how demoralising the elements can be. I also appreciate how important volunteers are! If you can spare any time to get involved next year, find Jo Hornsby at Daisy Chain and she will welcome you with open arms!

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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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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 27 , 28 and 29 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. th

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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 2 January-23 February 2018. Further information about this can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch nd

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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 Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Tea with the Chief Constable of Surrey By Monica Chard It is not every day you get to have 91% increase in missing adults a cuppa with the Chief Constable cases. This may be those with of Surrey, Nick Ephgrave. I felt Alzheimers or mental illness. immensely privileged to do so The number of cases of missrecently. It has been a fraught few ing children is up by 800 more months locally from the point of cases a year. view of antisocial behaviour and I asked why the big increases. burglaries so this was a chance Well, society has changed. to really understand what the priorTolerance of a situation has ities of our county police are. It declined and people feel more was very illuminating. empowered to come forward Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) has in cases of abuse. Just look at been in decline in Surrey as a what is on our TV screens whole, although that is not the case night after night and how everywhere. Parts of Shepperton victims are speaking out about and Halliford have seen a rise of historic abuses. Each instance 28.8% this year. So the question is, Chief Constable of Surrey Police, is classified as a separate crime, what is the police going to do about Nick Ephgrave meets me for tea which has a huge in his office it? impact on crime figures. New The Safer Neighbourhood Team is crimes have appeared which tasked with understanding ‘quality of life issues’, didn’t exist before, for example ‘sexting’. Each things which are spoiling our everyday enjoyment instance is a new statistic in child abuse. of our homes and village. Moped riding, dangerBut back to ASB and how it is affecting our quality ously 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. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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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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Roseacre Nursery Says a Big Thank You!

Last September St Nicholas Parish Centre became our new home. We have been made so welcome by all involved with the Church which has made our move very successful. This has enabled our children and staff to settle in quickly and smoothly so that we can provide the care and learning experience that Roseacre pride ourselves on. Our new home is a warm, secure building offering us endless opportunities to be unique from week to week in beautiful surroundings and be part of the community. To be in the vicinity of St Nicholas Church is a privilege and brings more opportunities for our children to explore other experiences. Chris Swift was very kind in welcoming our children in to the church one morning when we were learning the story by Julia Donaldson ‘The Scarecrows Wedding’. All the children were dressed for the occasion and attended what we thought was the wedding of the year. The children were so good and captivated to hear about how wedding ceremonies are conducted and played a part themselves too in an actual wedding. This was followed by a Roseacre wedding breakfast and a cake sale. We were delighted that the children performed their Nativity in the church for their families and friends to see (pictured right)}. So we would like to thank everyone; local councillors, the Parish Committee and all who have made it possible for us to have a home. We really enjoy our time at the centre and we are looking forward to the busy new year ahead. Thank you from all the staff Hayley, Lynda, Nisha, Julie and Tracy

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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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The High Street

I go the High Street every day It is just five minutes walk away Leaving my house I cross the road Passing my neighbour's delightful abode Sometimes we stop and have a chat Discussing the weather and this and that I then proceed on my way To get the shopping I need that day Carrots, potatoes, beans and peas I get from the greengrocer who is eager to please At the butcher's I buy my meat Plus a pork pie for an extra treat There are lovely cakes at the baker's shop So that will be my very next stop At the supermarket I get tea, sugar and curry Such a useful shop when in a hurry I really must post a letter by noon So to the post office I go very soon Now my shopping is done I'm on my way And return back home to enjoy the rest of the day Peggy Pickering

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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. 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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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. Find Hanworth Park House on Facebook and follow progress. Show your support.

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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 To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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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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Halliford School Boys Bring Festive Cheer To The Mulberry Centre Halliford School were delighted to provide the musical entertainment for the Music and Mince Pie Morning at The Mulberry Centre in Isleworth in December. 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. Eighteen boys from Halliford, aged eleven to eighteen took part in 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 none other than Headmaster, Mr James Davies. Helen Head, Music Teacher at Halliford School is proud that her pupils took part: “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.” Emma Cartwright, Chief Executive at The Mulberry Centre said, “Our Music and Mince Pies event kicks off our Christmas celebrations in real style! It is a muchloved event in our calendar and we look forward to welcoming Halliford School back next December – if not before!.”

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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 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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Method 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. Variations: Fruit: apples, banana, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, figs, redcurrants (most fruits taste great). Flavourings: flaked or desiccated coconut, ground almonds. Sweeteners: If you have a sweet tooth you can add maple syrup, honey or jam. My kids experimented with chocolate milk too – lovely with bananas. Healthy fats: flax, nuts, nut butters Toppings to add in the morning: granola, nuts, raisins, sour cherries, additional fruit, chocolate chunks 29 Or email monica@villagematters.co.uk


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!

We opted to sample the new signature dishes for mains. Influences for these new dishes are from the former French colonial area of India - Pondicherry with smatterings of Thai influence in some of the dishes. I chose the popular choice of Crevettes Assadh (see above). This dish of Tiger prawns is served in a rich coconut curry sauce enhanced with green chillies and ginger. Onions enrich the gravy and give added texture. Although described as mild, the green chilli is very much on show and I made the mistake (much to Mr C’s amusement) of eating a green

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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! The Ivory Tusk, 78 High Street, Shepperton TW17 9AU Tel 01932 246993 www.theivorytusk.co.uk

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Official Opening of ‘The Tree House’ at St Nicholas C of E School, Shepperton The Pupil Committee from St Nicholas welcomed the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton to open their newly developed outdoor classroom. Named by pupils as ‘The Tree House’, the building and surrounding wooded area provides additional learning space for children to extend their engagement with natural resources; to explore and ask questions about the natural world. St Nicholas is fortunate to have two specialist ‘Forest School’ teachers who have integrated activities such as shelter building, fire lighting and using tools such as saws, drills and knives into existing cross-curricular themes. This new outdoor learning space will support the school’s aims of developing the ‘whole child’ including self-esteem, imagination and confidence to take a leading role. Also in attendance were Cllr Colin Barnard, (Project Leader,) Cllr Ian Harvey, Cllr Robin Sider and County Cllr Richard Walsh, who were all thanked for their support with this project. We also thank Shpperton Aurora, and Shepperton & Sunbury Rotary Clubs. St Nicholas Church, Councillors of Shepperton Green and Sunbury wards, and especially Spelthorne Council for their generous support in contributing to the project funds.

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Laleham Panto is a Wrap! Thanks to the Laleham Players and Laleham Residents Association for staging this year’s Pantomime at Laleham Village Hall. “Sleeping Beauty and the Cavalier Cook” was a hilarious slice of Christmas spirit which entertained and enchanted in equal measure. Director Jo Bartlett made the most of Annie Roper’s script and there were excellent performances from the cast, including a standout baddie, played by Katie Child and Chester the (irresistible!) Jester played by Matthew Burrows. Hayley Tyler and James Griffith duetted beautifully as the love-struck Prince and Princess and Laleham’s, most loveable Dame, Steve Bartlett, played the irrepressible and lovable Ester Rancid, the eponymous Cavalier Cook.

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Shepperton Residents’ Association By Richard Hewitt Big Tree Night took place on Wednesday 13 th December, with a wet start to the day and a sudden intense thunderstorm at 5:00pm. However, fortunately that was followed by a dry evening. The High Street was packed as usual with many enjoying the carols, music, and dancing together with a visit from Father Christmas in his sleigh pulled by two reindeer. He was accompanied by Lotti Thomson and Maddie Southall who were, respectively, first and second in the Poster Competition. Many spent money at the charity stalls or partook of the variety of different foods and snacks available and, as usual, the event was ably organised by the Shepperton and District Business Group, with support from members of your Association’s Committee.

associated vehicles and equipment and tipping of top soil to enable landscaping”. The Borough Council refused to consider this as there was not enough information to validate the application. The applicants are appealing against that decision. However, at the Planning Committee Meeting on 13th December it was decided unanimously to refuse the (unvalidated) application, and await the hearing of the Appeal by the Inspector on 23rd January2018. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £200 from the Big Tree Committee to be used towards the costs of restarting regular meetings at the Youth Centre with effect from February 2018.

Your Association has joined with the Laleham and Charlton Village Associations in forming a Joint Committee (JRAC) to seek to understand the process to achieve closure of the Littleton Quarry and its adjacent Industrial Estate, with their return to Green Belt land, which is scheduled to have been completed by February 2020. However, the position is far from clear with some documentation going back to before World War Two. The JRAC met with Spelthorne and Surrey Planning Officers on 1st December. It was a useful meeting with all attendees indicating their firm commitment to a 2020 restoration. It is intended that the JRAC will meet with both councils again early in the New Year, and we expect regular meetings to follow until the situation is resolved. Residents will be kept updated as necessary. The problems at Sheep Walk continue with a Planning Application submitted by the Gess family for “Retention of hard-standing and stationing of two residential caravans, Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Gardening Matters Sniff, Sniff! 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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the deep red ‘Ruby Glow’ are equally lovely. My dad had a wonderful winter-flowering honeysuckle in his garden: Lonicera fragrantissima, which I adored. A few years ago I discovered Lonicera x purpussi and fell in love. It has creamy white flowers and a really strong scent. Even if you have a tiny garden you’ll have room for a Christmas Box Sarcococca confusa. It produces white whiskery flowers from among its dark shiny evergreen foliage. I have two in pots on either side of my path and I’ve had people stop in their tracks and return back towards the house sniffing, in search of the source of the amazing sweet, heady scent. And don’t forget that there are scented snowdrops and tiny Iris reticulata which are deliciously perfumed too. Time to get sniffing. Happy gardening.

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More What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Cavo’s Coffee Shop now open at the Lucan Pavilion, The Broadway TW18 1RZ . Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Serving a delicious selection of breakfast, light lunches and snacks. Child friendly. Baby change available. Wheelchair Access The Probus Club of Shepperton for retired business and professional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month to hear a speaker followed by lunch. In December we heard a talk entitled “Amazing World of Magic” followed by our Christmas Ladies Lunch. We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 ‘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 16th January at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2. 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

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January 2018 Shepperton Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham Village

January 2018 Shepperton Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham Village

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