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Welcome to your JOINT July/August issue. Yes Mr C and I are taking a much needed break, so this one is full of news and events to take you through the summer. How about a visit to the Chertsey & Shepperton Regatta or Laleham Fair? Do check out all the events in Staines too. The Mayor of Spelthorne shares an overview of her first month in office and gives you a diary of her events coming up. Do support her and her charities, Eikon and Midas Plus. Did you enjoy Shepperton Fair? The Raft Race? All fab! Thanks to all who made it happen. It is a huge task, undertaken entirely by volunteers. We hear about winners of the Spelthorne Business Plan competition, as well as the Capture Spelthorne and Shepperton Fair photo competitions. Congrats to all. We bring you thoughts on decluttering

July/August 2019 but recycling and a delicious and healthy recipe to help you if you have a surplus of tomatoes. Finally, do you maybe have any information on those locals who were involved in the Llandow air disaster in the 1950 s? The captain lived in Sandhills Meadow in Shepperton. Have a good summer and we will be back in September. Photo: Here and now Photography

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Sunbury Victory Regatta 1919 4 Chertsey & Shepperton Regatta 6 Shepperton Fair 2019 in Photos 8 The Llandow Air Disaster 10 The Joy of Decluttering 12 You Can Afford Your Dream Kitchen 14 Capture Spelthorne Winners 18 Restaurant Review 22 Shepperton Beat 25 BEM for Dennis Brock 27 Summer Update from Councillors 28 Brown Bag Crisp Recycling 30 Plan to Study Medicine/Healthcare ? 37 Recipe of the Month 38 Letter From Your Mayor 40 Runneymede/Spelthorne Volunteer 41 Part 2 of Shepperton High Street 48 Best is Local - Loyalty card 51 2 Mins with Eco Park Manager 53 Gardening Matters 56 What s On 59/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

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The Sunbury Victory Regatta of 1919 By Nick Pollard

The regatta at Sunbury had not taken place since 1913 due to the First World War, the 1914 fixture having been cancelled as it was due to take place a couple of weeks after war broke out. So it must have been with a great sense of relief that life was returning to normal, that the regatta was reinstated in 1919. It was known as the Victory Regatta as the Versailles peace treaty, which officially ended the war, had been signed a few weeks previously. The regatta took place on the old course between Monksbridge and the finishing line at Weir View (a house which used to stand by the river, opposite St. Mary s Church) on Saturday 16th August. It was a day of glorious sunshine, and the regatta was judged to have been the most successful for many years. As can be seen in this postcard, one of a series produced to mark the event, spectator boats crowded the river on both banks, and Kings Lawn (which was then the private lawn belonging to Sunbury Park House) formed the main viewing enclosure. People also congregated on Sunbury Lock Island to watch – this was not covered with trees as it is now. Prominent amongst the crowds were dozens of men still in uniform. Some were still serving (the huge army motor transport depot at Kempton Park was still being wound down), and some were recuperating from wounds, such as New Zealanders, wearing their distinctive lemon squeezer hats, from the hospital at Mount Felix next to Walton Bridge. Besides the usual sculling and punting events for gents and ladies, amateurs and tradesmen, there was a special Victory Cup single sculling event, open only to amateurs serving in H.M. Forces, which was won by Lieutenant A.H.F. Lukyn, whose family lived at Weir View . Prizes were presented by Lady Freer-Smith, whose husband Sir Hamilton Freer-Smith was President of the regatta. Proceedings concluded with decorated boats and a firework display, as they do to this day, although the swings and roundabouts continued to provide amusement until nearly midnight. The Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society will have displays of old regatta photos at both Chertsey & Shepperton Regatta on Sat 27 th July at Dumsey Meadow, and Sunbury Regatta on Sat 10th August at Rivermead Island. Do come and visit our stand. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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A regatta has been held on the river by Dumsey meadow, downstream of Chertsey Bridge, for well over a hundred years. This year s event will be on Saturday 27th July with racing from 10.00 am until around 5.00 pm. The races are in skiffs and punts propelled with strength and skill by the members of local clubs. Unlike the sleek racing shells seen at Henley, these boats are of traditional wooden construction, built to a design that goes back to the 19th century. There are races for men, women and mixed crews. The regatta is a family-friendly event. There is intense competition on the water but the rivalry is generally good-natured. The regatta takes some months in the planning but it is there just for one day. The landing stages, the boats, the refreshment marquee, the changing tents and the officials tents all arrive on Friday. At daybreak on Saturday morning a volunteer team marks the course with a line of buoys before the competitors, supporters and spectators appear. By late morning and through into the afternoon, it s a busy scene both on the water and on the riverbank. The day concludes with prize giving, then it s time to clear up. By Monday you might not know a regatta had taken place. Spectators are welcome (by foot preferably since there is very limited parking). There is footpath access to the regatta from Dumsey Meadow. We have a tea tent and an exhibition by Shepperton Historical society as well as a great day s racing to watch.

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Shepperton Fair Betters Storm

What a day it was! After the deluge the day before the skies cleared for a wonderful Fair Day. Smiles galore, prizes, shows, funds raised for local good causes and some amazing outfits along the lines of Flight of Fancy. Congratulations to those who braved the winds and made it to the finish line of the raft race. Enjoy these photos galore for your enjoyment. (Can you spot the estate agent in disguise? Nice one, Owen Miles!)

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Llandow Air Disaster & Shepperton Connection By Anthony Hontoir

You may know that we just marked the 47th anniversary of the Staines air disaster, but I probably few people today know about the Llandow Disaster, which happened on Sunday 12th March 1950. It is, after all, beyond the memory of most people alive today, but when an Avro Tudor 5 came down in a South Wales field, just yards from a safe landing at RAF Llandow, eighty people on board the aircraft died and it became what was then the world s worst aviation disaster. And it has a connection with Shepperton, because the pilot, Captain Dennis Parsons, lived for a very short period with his wife and daughter in Sandhills Meadow. And that is why I am writing this article, for I am making a documentary film about the tragedy and I am hoping that it may be possible, through this magazine, to make contact with surviving relatives of Captain Parsons. I live in South Wales, roughly ten miles from where the airliner crashed, and it affected many Welsh communities because the 78 passengers on board the aircraft were all rugby supporters, returning from a trip to Ireland where they had watched, only hours earlier, Wales beat Ireland to win the much-coveted Triple Crown. Only three people survived the crash because they happened to be in the rear of the Tudor – all five crew members died too. This particular aircraft, called Star Girl and based at Langley Aerodrome near Slough, had flown in the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49, ferrying fuel supplies into the beleaguered western part of the German city, and Captain Parsons had been at the controls, so he was well familiar with it. But on its ill-fated journey, seemingly a routine charter flight from Llandow Aerodrome to Dublin Airport on Friday 10th March, and then the return flight two days later, it had four other crew members: co-pilot Andrew Graham, wireless operator Bernard O Carroll, supernumerary engineer John Berry and air stewardess Daphne Davidson, all young people aged in their Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Anthony Hontoir on location twenties. The outward flight was routine and so, until the very end, was the return journey. But on the final approach to the runway at Llandow, the Tudor came in very low – too low, according to witnesses – and then attempted to correct its rate of descent by applying power. The engines went into full throttle and the aircraft was seen to climb steeply before stalling and diving into the ground. Nobody knows for certain what happened to cause the crash, but the subsequent Court Investigation pointed to the likeliest reason being that the aircraft s centre of gravity was too far aft of its accepted limit – in other words, the Tudor was carrying too much weight to the rear and this made it all too easily uncontrollable. Other possible reasons were put forward, and the cause will never be truly determined. The fact that this is now a largely unknown incident has prompted me to make a film about it in the hope that it will serve as a fitting commemoration to the tragedy for its seventieth anniversary next year. If you have any information on Captain Parsons or any other members of his crew, please contact me at Downwood Films, 13 Marlpit Lane, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, CF36 5EG, or by email:


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The Joy of Decluttering!

Having lived in our house in Lower Sunbury for 12 years we have inevitably amassed a lot of clutter. A change is as good as a rest, so rather than moving house (as many people do after 10 years) we decided on a bit of a facelift. That is when we started discovering just how much stuff we had that we really didn t want or need any longer. Add to that things which became surplus to requirement during the facelift and I found myself looking at all this stuff wondering what to do with it. During trips to the tip I suddenly began asking myself the question of what happens to things we offload. I was told to put surplus carpet into the landfill section. Wow! All that carpet just gets put in landfill. No wonder our planet can t cope. It is cathartic to get rid of things we no longer need, but it left a bitter sweet taste in my mouth, knowing that I was contributing to the landfill problem. So instead of taking things to the tip next time I wondered if maybe my unwanted things may be of use to others. I placed surplus carpet on Facebook marketplace the next time and lo and behold .I had a taker within 10 minutes. With that in mind old pieces of furniture, inherited or carried over from previous lives, joined the carpet. I made a few pounds, got rid of clutter and more importantly I did not add to the landfill problem. We all need to think a bit more about what happens to stuff . Imagine how many washing machines, vacuum cleaners, old televisions etc need disposing of. Multiply your own waste by the population even of only your own town. It makes you think. So consider alternatives: Facebook Marketplace: If you are on Facebook you will be able to list your items for sale or free. It is so easy and you don t even need to spend time or effort on postage as buyers are local. It is free to use too. Ebay: of course we all know this one. Get some money for your stuff but remember you generally need to arrange postage of items and are charged commission on sales Freecycle: This is a group where you can offer unwanted goods for collection for free. Just register and post: Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Nextdoor: Another useful local social media tool where you can offer goods for free. Local Charity Shops: An obvious one, but these shops raise a great deal of money for their respective good causes. I was surprised to discover that they will even take bags of clothes and shoes which are NOT good enough to sell. These are sold by weight and recycled. Furniture Reclaim: Some charities will even arrange collection of unwanted furniture which is then either sold to raise funds or reused. Princess Alice Hospice can arrange that. QEF in Shepperton also sells furniture. Eco Park Shop: Yes you can indeed drop off good quality items at the Eco Park in Charlton Lane and if they feel they are reusable they will put them for sale in their new Reuse Shop. So there are plenty of places to offload your unwanted things and keep them from going into landfill. If we all just think a bit we can help each other as well as the environment. Happy decluttering!


Yes, You Can Afford Your Dream Kitchen! Advertorial The kitchen is at the heart of your home. It is not simply a room but the social space allowing people in your life to come together and eat, drink, work and play.

But maybe you don t think you can afford your ideal kitchen. Well, Dream Doors will make your dreams come true! In fact they don t just do kitchens, but are able to provide bedroom and home office solutions as well. So read on! This small owner run business, located on Ashford High Street for over 8 years has the backing and branding of a National Company which is celebrating 20 years. So not only do you have genuine personal touch from community minded people but also the strength of an established brand and quality products. Dream Doors have a dedicated team working in the showroom and on the kitchen/bedroom/office refurbishment so you will always be reassured of consistency on the point of contact. The company works with a highly skilled set of tradespersons including kitchen fitters, gas safe plumbers, electricians, plasterers etc. They are easy to get to! Conveniently located on the high street you can park for free at the front of the showroom and furthermore, it is only walking distance to the train station. The beauty at Dream Doors, is that by replacing the doors and drawers your kitchen can be transformed at a fraction of the cost of a new one – often saving you up to 50%. All doors are made-to measure so the team offers a bespoke design service to obtain that perfect kitchen that you d always dreamed of. All you need to do is choose from an extensive range of styles and colours. You are saving time, hassle, stress and of course money. You can change as little or as much as you want – from replacement doors, sinks and work tops to the

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It is hard to believe that Sunbury boy Benjy Fish has turned professional at the age of 15 and is already earning a great deal more than the average wage. His world is one many adults don t understand. He plays computer games, but to such a level that he is amongst the best in the world. Benjy Benjyfishy Fish is a professional Fortnite player for NRG eSports. He has nearly 150,000 followers on YouTube and can also be found streaming on regularly. Benjy found this world much more interesting than school, no doubt a challenge for his mum. But when his late night exploits saw him win £10,000 in an online competition with some of the best in Europe, she decided that maybe it was worth taking him out of school and home tutoring him instead so he could have the flexibility to play at night and study later in the day. 6 teams were negotiating to get him but Benjy was signed as a professional by NRG eSports, one of the top eSports teams around, in February. His mum Anne is now his manager! Benjy has been so successful that this July he will be competing in the World Championships in New York. Here he will be competing for a pot worth £23 million in prize money. Just by achieving a place at the New York games guarantees him £50k. It is simply staggering! This is a world I do not understand, but I can certainly appreciate success and Benjy has it in spades. So go for it young man! Make Sunbury and the UK proud! You can follow Benjyfishy online on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Twitch.

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Capture Spelthorne Winners Congratulations to all the winners of the council run Capture Spelthorne photography competition. This year saw a record 400 entries. Overall winner was Shortwood Common Majesty by Elaine Wisden which also won best Hidden Gem category.

The junior category was won by Olivia Rodricks for her Stag Beetle.

The objective of the competition was to highlight areas of beauty within the borough and get residents looking at Spelthorne through fresh eyes. This photo certainly did the job for me. I had never heard of Shortwood Common, which is a nature reserve outside Staines and looks like a great place to explore.

Finally Barry Dix won the Water category with Reflecting on the Past .

Urban Landscape winner was by Bill Hiett for his Beating Heart of Spelthorne and a dramatic landscape shot of Staines station. I have to confess to being delighted that the winner of the Living in Spelthorne category was in fact Monica Chard! This taken early one morning from Desborough Island looking at the sailing club. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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The photographic competition at Shepperton Fair, sponsored by Shepperton Matters, was of a great standard this year. Shepperton Matters joined professional photographers Martin Gammon and Paul Chisholm (also chair of Laleham Camera Club) to judge entries and were very impressed both with the imagination and execution. It was

great to see such emerging talent amongst the juniors. It is so worth while opening youngsters eyes to photography when young. Congratulations to all who took part and those who won or were highly commended, as follows: 1st Jools Lacey 2nd Seren Jefferies HC Roxanna Freely Senior 1st Amy Hannaford Cooper People 1st Emil Thompson 2nd Emil Thompson Shepperton 1st Gillian Sloam 2nd Amy Hannaford Cooper HC Gillian Sloam Derek Belsey 1st Amy Hannaford Cooper 2nd John Evered HC John Evered Suzi Freely Open 1st Mary Fern 2nd Amy Hannaford Cooper HC Trilby Lacey Nycki Day Emil Thompson Junior

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Restaurant Review

The Golden Grove, St Ann s Hill, Chertsey There is a lot to like about The Golden Grove. Bought and refurbished recently by the team at the Red Lion, Shepperton, this Chertsey pub has had new life breathed into it. The kitchen and cellar have been completely overhauled. The bar and back bar have been newly installed, furniture has been painted with the addition of some choice pieces sourced from antique shops setting the rural scene. Set at the bottom of St Ann s Hill, The Golden Grove is surrounded by trees and boasts an acre plot with woodland trails and a children s play area. With the garden bar open at the weekend and a good children s menu, this is surely going to be a hit with the family market. Inside there is a cosy pub with plenty of nooks and crannies to discover and a good selection of drinks and excellent home made bar snacks. The specially brewed St Ann s Hill ale is an easy drinker made by the Marston s brewery. At the back of the pub is a large dining area. We arrived at 7pm and it felt rather canteen like, with few furnishings to soften it. But by 8pm the place was filling up and there was a real bustle about it. There are some clear favourites which have been fine tuned at The Red Lion over the years and which make a welcome appearance at The Golden Grove too. Head Chef Trevor Ogden has been with the team for some time and works alongside with Chef Robbie at The Red

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Lion so you will sense some familiar touches. I opted for the popular slow roasted curried lamb belly, coated in panko breadcrumbs and served with a fresh raita, pickled cucumber and chilli oil. As well as looking fabulous, it tasted sensational. Mr C had the potted brown crab with toasted sourdough bread which he certainly enjoyed but he was definitely eying up my lamb! The menu has some enticing vegan choices too: pea & spinach soup or hummus, pomegranate and home made flat bread.

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For main, I opted for soufflĂŠ with charred leek, Cashel Blue, spinach and walnut. This comes either as starter or main. It is extremely rich and very delicious, but I could have happily managed on the starter portion. I was certainly happy with my choice. Mr C went for the burger. It was cooked exactly as he asked for it and was served in a light, fluffy brioche bun with crispy onion and crunchy fries. Judging from dishes being served to fellow diners it is a popular choice. As well as a great dinner and bar snack menu, there is a fabulously enticing brunch menu. Served Monday-Saturday 10-12 this is sure to be a winner. With nearby St Ann s Hill, great woodland walks and fantastic views, this area

The ever popular burger is a draw for dog walkers and well behaved pooches are welcome at The Golden Grove. There are even dog snacks on offer (yes, I took some home and can promise that mine loved them). But back to the brunch menu . Working from the tried and tested options at The Red Lion, you have the full range of cooked breakfasts, including eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale. But in addition you have eggs Chermoula which incorporates slow roasted shoulder of lamb, Labna and pine nut crumb. You also have a range of porridge toppings and buckwheat pancakes. I certainly look forward to trying the menu sometime.

Martini) is also there to entice. There is a rotisserie chicken roaster being installed in the new garden bar so you can enjoy your pint with the delicious smell of roast to get your taste buds going! There are also plans afoot for live music so get on to social media to follow plans. There really is something for everyone. The Golden Grove is on Instagram and Facebook. The website gives you everything you need to know, as well as all the menus but it is easy not to get to the right site. Make sure you put in the correct address below and ignore what is on TripAdvisor if you stray upon that! It is not based on the current ownership.

The Red Lion team have taken on a tired pub that some people were actively avoiding due to service, food and atmosphere and have turned it into a welcoming establishment for families, couples and business meetings. Do go and give it a try. @goldengrovestannshill The Golden Grove Ruxbury Road, St Ann s Hill, Chertsey, KT16 9EN Fish and chips make an appearance on Fridays too, no doubt as scrummy as The Red Lion, and we were pleased to see the cocktail menu (which features the fabulous Espresso To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Hurricanes Triumph in Barcelona

Congratulations to the Hurricanes Dragon Boat club who have returned triumphant from Barcelona with a haul of medals and a prize for top team overall. 23 members of the team raced against teams for 13 other countries in the first ever dragon boat Euro Cup event. Hurricanes are based in Wraysbury and have members from Sunbury and Shepperton. If you fancy seeing them in action, I hear they may be making an appearance at the Sunbury Regatta on August 10th.

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Shepperton Beat By Inspector Maxine Cilia There are some great events happening in the local area over the next month, and I would like remind everyone to take responsibility for their own actions, such as parking responsibly, to nominate a driver or catch a cab if you are drinking alcohol, keep your valuables safe i.e. Close and Inspector Cilia zip up bags, and do not leave personal possessions on show in vehicles. If you are in the company of young children, think about putting wrist bands on them with your telephone number in case they get lost. If they are older and understand, nominate a meeting point. There has been some great work with our local schools. Spelthorne s Youth Intervention Officer PC Caroline Barnes has been working with a group of Year 9 Drama students from St Paul s Catholic College in Sunbury to write and produce a knife crime play in an effort to educate pupils at Spelthorne s secondary schools on the consequences of Knife Crime and drug dealing (County Lines). The students have worked really hard to help raise awareness on these topics and have performed the play 3 times so far and will be recording the play so that the play can be seen by the thousands of young people attending the secondary schools in Spelthorne now and for many years to come. If you have concerns that your child or a young person that you know may be involved in knife crime or involved in using or dealing drugs please do not hesitate to contact Surrey Police. #tacklingknifecrime Our latest days of action enabled our teams to engage with partners around rural crime and fly tipping. We went out with the Joint Enforcement Team and assisted in the seizure of a number of vehicle used in fly tipping. We also completed stops checks at Walton Bridge and giving advice where necessary. Our engagement all over the Spelthorne Borough has been well received and we have given away numerous Selecta DNA Kits and completed Bike Marking with new kits kindly funded by PCC Munro. During July we will have action days based around Anti Social Behaviour. We will have stands in each of the key towns where you can come and speak To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

with us. Our key crimes over the last month have been vehicle crime. Most of these are still from vehicle that are unlocked with valuables on show. Have a great safe summer.

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BEM For Dennis Brock By Monica Chard

The Queen s birthday honours list revealed a local name this year. Dennis Brock has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to bell ringing. Great news for the 100 year old bell captain of St Mary s who still climbs the bell tower every week, who still helps maintain the bells and who is continuing to pass his knowledge and enthusiasm on to younger generations. He rings locally also at St Marys Walton, St Peters in Molesey and St Nicholas in Shepperton. The process of attaining an award is a long one. Fellow bell ringer Alan Worrell first approached MP Kwasi Kwarteng to enquire about how to initiate the process in January 2018. By June 2018 the nomination was in the right hands at the cabinet office but required a lot of supporting material to show just how much of a contribution Dennis had made. Daughter Lorna Doyle was involved. Fellow bell ringer and captain of St Nicholas, Shepperton, Eric Pizzey was involved. Sunbury Matters procured copies of various articles we had run about Dennis and his bell ringing exploits, from when he was a young man up to the current day. Kwasi Kwarteng wrote a supporting letter, Nick Pollard, chairman of the Sunbury & Shepperton History Society did likewise as did St Mary s Church, Sunbury, where Dennis has worshiped since childhood. Dennis is a popular choice indeed. It is not his first award, as he reminds me. He was presented with the Order of St Mellitus medal in 2016 by the Bishop of London. This was also in recognition of his long service to St Mary s and to the world of bell ringing. He is one of only a few hundred recipients of this award. Dennis also reminds me that he has already had a few encounters with Buckingham Palace! He has been both instructor and examiner of bell ringing as one of the skills for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. As such he has attended the award of the gold To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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medal at the palace. Over the years Dennis estimates he has taught several hundred in the skill of bell ringing, taking around 3 months to reach competency. It is not a matter of strength (although the 3 1/4 ton tenor bell at St Paul takes some!), but you need rhythm and a musical ear to ring he says. Visiting Dennis to pass on our hearty congratulations, he confessed with a twinkle in his eye to being delighted. Surprised but delighted at the award. He will be given his award at a ceremony at the Tower of London on November 19th, only days before he celebrates his 101st birthday. Meanwhile he will also be attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Well done Dennis! What a legend.

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Summer Update From Your Local Councillors Firstly, we are very grateful for the support we received during the recent borough elections. We took up the borough and the county council comments raised on the doors ep and will continue to give our best attention to all problems and issues that residents place before us.

provement in the standard of any business premises. Eco Park We will be meeting with SUEZ and Surrey County Council to raise concerns that residents have regarding the Eco Park s HGV traffic. The Routeing Strategy must be adhered to and residents inconvenienced as little as possible. Joint Committee We are very pleased that through prioritising the issue at the Joint Committee we have at last got a resolution for the flooding problem on the bend of Charlton rd.

SHEPPERTON TOWN - VIVIENNE LEIGHTON, ROBIN SIDER, COLIN BARNARD Refurbishment of toilets at Shepperton Lock Under the chairmanship of Councillor Vivienne Leighton the River Thames task group is focusing on improving amenities in the borough to improve the visitor experience along our extensive river bank. Shepperton Lock area is a significant visitor and river user destination. Part of the improvements planned include the upgrading and refurbishment of the toilet block which has just been completed. Traveller encampments We have suffered further traveller encampments, this time in Old Charlton Road. As these are on the highway it is now for Surrey County council to take legal proceedings to move them on. That said, we are taking up the matter with Spelthorne Council in order to achieve a reciprocal agreement with Surrey so that our authority can move travellers on without further delay. SHEPPERTON GREEN, LALEHAM & CHARLTON VILLAGES – MAUREEN ATTEWELL, MARY MADAMS AND RICHARD SMITH-AINSLEY Planning We continue to work with residents associations to secure the best outcome for the restoration of the Littleton Lane gravel extraction site and agreement is being reached on some key areas. Outcomes include minimising lorry traffic from this site and significant imPlease mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

RICHARD WALSH - COUNTY COUNCILLOR SHEPPERTON, LALEHAM and CHARLTON VILLAGE Surrey County Council has DEFERRED plans to charge for disposing of DIY wood and roofing felt at Surrey's CRC's, to allow the county to draw up a coordinated waste strategy. We are very pleased to confirm that the average speed cameras are now in place in Charlton Village together with the new gateway signage. The Watersplash Farm Gravel Extraction application is due to come to the July Surrey Planning Committee and all the Councillors are opposed to the application. I will be speaking against it together with residents.

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Brown Bags (and other crisp packets) Now Recycled Much loved local company and winners of Spelthorne Business of the Year 2018, Brown Bag Crisps have continued on the quest to make a change to our world. They have found a way for their crisps bags to be recycled. Thanks to Terracycle – a company which can recycle things which have previously not been recyclable – Brown Bag crisps bags (and in fact anyone else s) can be taken to one of their many UK-wide recycling points to be recycled. The company also have a freepost address, where you can send the bags to recycle on your behalf. Simply pop them in an envelope and send them to Freepost BROWN BAG CRISPS (written just like this). Your nearest local recycling collection point is Quality Fruit and Flowers in Shepperton High Street where you will be able to add your crisp bags to the large Brown Bag sack. The Feathers in Laleham is also a collection point so you can drop off crisp packets there. Guilt free crisp eating (almost). Here we come!

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Congratulations to Shepperton s Mike Brennan for his recent triumph as winner of the CEO Today Europe Awards. His career has spanned the world and he has established and sold businesses since he started the first one aged only 27. During his time in Hong Kong he was recognised as Best in Class by Asia Money Magazine. In 2016 he joined leading company Norman Broadbent and has been rebuilding and repositioning since then. In what spare time he has, Mike is a leading light of Spelthorne Conservatives, has a passion for listed buildings and has somehow managed to find time to lovingly restore Battlecrease Hall on Russell Road, Shepperton. It was this interest in listed buildings that brought him and his then recent girlfriend, electric Violinist, Lisa Rollin, to Shepperton, where they lovingly restored the Grade 11 Listed Battlecrease Hall.

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Homegrown Champions From the Past The Championships, Wimbledon is the most famous tennis event in the British sporting calendar. It was first contested in 1877 and played on outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) in the Wimbledon suburb of London, United Kingdom. The Ladies' Singles tournament began in 1884, and the women's game has developed massively over the last century. We are all familiar with the incredible Williams sisters, but our own Nation has a pretty impressive history in the Women's singles, which is often overlooked by the British media. Dorothy Round Little won her first title in 1934 — the same year as her British male counterpart Fred Perry also won his first. She won her second Wimbledon title at age 29 in 1937. A devout Christian, she often refused to play on Sundays. She published two books, Modern Lawn Tennis and Tennis For Girls. After her retirement in 1939 she worked as a coach, journalist, and president of the Worcester Lawn Tennis Club.

a table tennis champion and he encouraged her competitive spirit. She played the famous Billie Jean King several times but never beat her until her win at Wimbledon. HaydonJones was also the first left-handed female singles player to win the championship. Virginia Wade was a maths graduate, famed for her powerful serve. She defeated Billie Jean King at the US Open, earning her first Grand Slam title. She went on to win the Australian Open in 1972, and in 1977, nearly a decade after her first victory, Wade would become Wimbledon's last British singles winner for 36 years. The year she won, defeating Dutch player Betty StĂśve at Wimbledon was the Queen's Silver Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth II herself was present to enjoy her victory. It remains to be seen whether current British number one Johanna Konta can better her semi-final performance in 2017 to add her name to the list of amazing female British tennis players who have held the Wimbledon trophy aloft.

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Only a train ride away from Shepperton, you will find a university with everything on offer if you are considering a career in medicine, healthcare or science. St George s, University London is in fact the UK s only specialist health university. Part of the University of London and one of the UK s oldest medical schools with a history of over 250 years, St George s is ranked as the UK s top university for graduate prospects (according to the Complete University Guide 2020). The university is based in Tooting, south-west London and the campus is co-located with one of the largest hospitals in London – St George s Hospital. It means students are immersed in a hospital and clinical setting from day one. They have great facilities, from 24/7 library, advance patient simulation centre, dissection room, paramedic simulation suite and a radiography suite, to name a few. They are also investing in a brand new lecture theatre and reception space (see artist impression) Last but not least, they have a great range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses:

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Recipe of the Month Tasty Gazpacho

The Community Café @Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames continues with recipes showing how you can use leftovers. They create wonderful food from surplus, donated by a local supermarket. Go and try their surplus lunch for £5 and they will donate the proceeds to local charities feeding those on low incomes and who are struggling.

We ve been serving this in the café for the last 2 weeks, and even on a cold rainy June day the customers still love it. On those days we serve it with a slice of piping hot welsh rarebit. This is the basic recipe, which is brilliant for using up tomatoes that have gone way past their best by date. Or if you grow your own, even better! Make ahead and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. It s a great way of getting your 5 a day in one hit! Ingredients I kg tomatoes (can also use tinned plum tomatoes or a combination of fresh and tinned) ½ onion ¼ cucumber (partially peeled) ½ green pepper (cored and seeded) 1 large garlic clove, peeled 50 g extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Letter from Your Mayor Hello Spelthorne! I am already really enjoying my mayoral year, with the opportunity to attend some lovely events. These have included the Voluntary Awards Ceremony which in conjunction with the Borough of Runnymede, was held in the lovely Holloway college. Having spent several hours reading all the fantastic nominations for so many truly generous volunteers, wemanaged to select the winners for each category and it was also my great pleasure to award the Mayor's Cup to Spelthorne Dementia Support with the Purple Angels. Needless to say, they were delighted! The small New Business Competition and Awards were again kindly hosted by BP and Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and again, this was a truly inspiring event with some fantastic business ideas. All finalists were winners, but the overall award went to Ella Wood for their beautiful and totally natural soap products. It was good to hear from last year's winners and to see how their business has grown since then. This awards initiative truly has a real impact on our new entrepreneurs and I am delighted that we as a borough, so positively support and encourage them. The first prize of ÂŁ3500 greatly helps with their development and continued success. I was greatly honoured to hold my Mayor's Civic Ceremony at my church, All Saints in Laleham, presided over superbly by the Rev Andy Saville, Dean of Spelthorne. Around 100 guests took part in the service and the following boat trip on our lovely River Thames. Smiling faces all round! These are just a few of the events I have attended. Don't forget - if you would like me to attend an event you are holding, give out prizes etc, do get in touch with Sheila, the Mayor's Secretary, for a booking form (01784 446275) and I will do my best to attend and support you. Upcoming fund raising events include a Fish and Chip Supper with Fun Entertainment at the Greeno Centre in Shepperton on Friday 26th July at 6pm; there will be a raffle and you can bring your own drinks. Tickets ÂŁ20 from Sheila or email: Then we have a relaxed afternoon by the Thames at the lovely Runnymede Hotel on Sunday 4th August from 1pm. This includes a 'plenty to eat and lots of choices' BBQ with desserts and live entertainment. This is a nice way to relax with all your family and friends. ÂŁ25, (12 for children under 12); again tickets from Sheila. Do come and join me at these events if you can; all the money goes to my charity fund. Details of all events are also available on the Spelthorne Council website. I really look forward to meeting you during this mayoral year. Have a lovely summer.

Mary Madams

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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 ÂŁ9 each time you come and you won t need to bring anything as everything you need is provided.

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The Runnymede and Spelthorne Volunteer Awards were hosted at the Royal Holloway

University on Tuesday 4th June working in partnership with Royal Holloway Community Action and Runnymede Borough Council. Over 100 individuals received nominations in recognition of their amazing contribution to the community over the past year with several categories having joint winners. It was a wonderful evening, with awards presented by the mayors of Runnymede and Spelthorne, celebrating the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers. This year the judging panel included The Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Sohi, The Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Mary Madams, Amy Antcliffe, Events Specialist Enterprise Holdings, Dr Brian Perry, Trustee of Voluntary Support North Surrey and Luke Russell Royal Holloway Volunteering Coordinator . They spent many hours considering all the nominations before deciding on the eventual winners which are as follows: Lifetime Achievement in Volunteering – Mary Jeffrey, The Community of Stanwell Inspirational Volunteer Award – James Brian, 1st Englefield Scouts Individual Volunteer Achievement Award – Terri Pilgrem, Queen Mary Sailability Supporting Individuals in Need – Malcolm and Julie Lee, Heathrow Special Needs Farm Long Service Award – Anne Prevost, Elmbridge and Runnymede Talking Newspaper Young Volunteer Award – Lewis Fitch, 3rd Ashford Scouts, Courtney Green, Contact the Elderly Tea Party Best Volunteer Team – Egham Constellations and The Penrose Club Digital Support Award – Richard Howles, Elmbridge and Runnymede Talking Newspaper Volunteering in Sport Award – Ken Halse, Staines Town Juniors Football Club Engagement in the Community Award – Anna-Marie Goodacre Finally the Mayor of Spelthorne awarded her own cup to the Purple Angels (pictured right). Congratulations all.

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CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE GREENO CENTRE HAVE YOU thought about what you might be doing over the Christmas period ? The Greeno Centre in Shepperton will once again be hosting a Free Community Christmas Day Lunch. Do you want to do something different for Christmas? Would you like to spend the day in a community atmosphere? We welcome anyone, whatever your circumstances, old or young, on your own or with others, carers are especially welcome. Our aim is to join as a community to enjoy a sit down Christmas Day lunch and get to know each other. A fully packed programme is enjoyed from around 10.30 am until mid afternoon, with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee, followed by Carol Singing, Games, Quizzes etc and of course, a traditional Christmas Turkey Luncheon. We would like to express our thanks to the members of the Shepperton community, the local churches, businesses, community groups and individuals who kindly support this event each year with their generous gifts and donations. This event is organised by the Churches and Community of Shepperton. Free transfers from your home to the centre & return can be arranged. This year we have already been blessed with enough volunteers for the day itself, however we do still need, for Christmas Day, volunteer drivers with a clean & valid licence 10.00AM-3.00PM and a clearing up team from about 1.00PM until 5.00 PM. If you are interested in coming to this event as a guest or driver/clean up volunteer please contact; E-Mail: Or Telephone/Leave message;

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Unique...Chic and Friendly . part 2 of our look at Shepperton Shops By Carl Phillips

Following on from my article in Shepperton Matters a couple of months ago, I have been reminded of a few omissions. Well, it wasn t meant to be all-encompassing just a reminder to you all about our idyllic existence here! Despite our issues with Gravel Extraction plans and the proposed closure of the Anchor etc . we still have our High Street in which you can immerse and enjoy yourselves. So, please do so! Our friendly High Street traders also include Yegs and Nish – at High Street News. Not only does the shop sell papers, magazines and nearly everything else, but you can arrange early morning paper delivery to your doorstep – Brilliant ! Also, if you know of anyone (boy, girl, adult, senior citizen!!) willing to help in this delivery process, contact Yegs/ Nish at the shop. Almost next door, we have the girls at our jolly greengrocers – Quality Fruit. Yes and they do have male members of the family helping out too! Further up the road, don t forget to get your sunny glow from Ellie at E.M. tanning salon -even if it is raining, it is always sunny at Ellie s. Everyone knows we have quality butchers in Shepperton, from the boys in Daines & Gray (Graham, Steve, Andy, Kevin and more), to James and his team further on in the street. The Bakery Ladies will also serve you with a smile and a loaf or two. Whilst, if you have over-indulged in High Street fare, we have the ever-wise Samir and his colleagues at Boots (both Boots Chemists, in fact ) as well as the team at Trio Pharmacy, to help you get better and on the road to recovery. If you need a mobility scooter - or more to speed you on your way, just ask Steve or Clive (next door to D&G). It seems we are well-endowed with cafés and coffee shops -with Costa, The Bakery and, of course, Sacha and his team at Mocha D where you will often see a councillor or two . among other local luminaries . In addition to providing our local launderette Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


services, Ahmed and his family business also lit up our Big Tree at Christmas with their power supply. How friendly and communityminded can you get? Just like our Estate Agents, Supermarkets, Charity Shops, Dry Cleaners, Bathroom & Kitchen Shop, Barbers and Hairdressers ..even our pair of Dentists and Vets ! Yes – this is a frothy and light-hearted account of our street . But, on the serious front, they all need your help and support. Please back them up .Shop locally as much as you can – A busy High Street is a Village that is Alive and Healthy. KEEP SHOPPING !!!

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Supporting Local Business...With Even More Benefits! Support for our small local businesses has never been more important. With that in mind, local entrepreneur Garry Deagan has set up a loyalty scheme which supports businesses and rewards shoppers. It is a win/win situation so read on to find out how you can get involved. Best is Local has teamed up with the Spelthorne Business Forum, the business arm of Spelthorne Council, to stimulate economic growth within the Spelthorne Community. They aim to create a mutually beneficial relationship between residents and local independent businesses. Businesses can make special offers and discounts and residents get to support their local high street. It is hoped this will have a dramatic effect on community spirit, local job opportunities, environmental benefits/reduction in travel and create a community that people can be proud of and want to live in. In recent years, our local businesses and independent shopkeepers have been steadily disappearing from our local communities. However, Best is Local believe that given the opportunity, more people would choose to buy locally. They believe that when somebody supports their local business owners, they should enjoy more benefits than they can from shopping at national chains. Every time someone buys from a Best is Local business member, they are not only saving money, but importantly, they are investing in and supporting their local community. You can find more details online: For the Shopper To make things even easier and so you can see the benefits even more clearly, there is also a Best is Local (BiL) App where you can track reward points. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Register and download the app, receive £25 worth of BiL points, check out all your local businesses offering a discount and then collect £1 of BiL points for every £10 you spend locally. Redeem your points against offers on the app. So, for example you spend £100, Best is Local will give you a discount as negotiated with the business, usually 10% off. Your cost is therefore £90. But you will also get £9 credits as award points so your actual cost is £81. It almost sounds too good to be true, but this is indeed how it will work. For Businesses Pre-register your business by getting in touch with Garry directly via the details at the end of this article. Decide on a discount that you feel adequate to incentivise residents. You ll be added to the Best is Local website and, on the app., Furthermore, you get a FREE 3 month trial. No costs and no risk! When customers present their BiL discount card, scan it to allocate their reward points. View all Best is Local sales on your app. At the start of month 4 you can review and decide if you want to continue with Best is Local. So why not call now to register your interest as a business: Contact Garry Deegan on: 0800 531 6804 Email:


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Two Minutes with Justin Hampton, Suez Plant Manager at the Eco Park

When will the Eco Park be finished? Within the Eco Park, the anaerobic digestion facility has started hot commissioning. This means it s already processing food waste but as part of the commissioning, or testing, of the plant before the site is officially completed and handed over by the construction company for operational use. The commissioning process ensures the equipment is operating correctly and is expected to take a couple of months, so it should be finished later in the summer. The gasification facility has started accepting black bag waste to test the pre-treatment equipment. This is the equipment that sorts the waste to remove any recyclables such as metal, or items that would be unsuitable to go into the gasification unit, such as bricks. It then shreds the waste to turn it into refusederived fuel that is then fed into the gasification unit. We are expecting the first refusederived fuel to go into the gasification unit in July. Again, commissioning is expected to take a couple of months. What were the plumes of smoke coming out of the building and chimney recently? The recent emissions were part of the refractory dry out and steam blowing activity. The refractory dry-out is where the inside of the gasification unit has to be heated slowly to avoid cracking (much like a kiln). This was done using oil burners as we haven t introduced waste yet, so there was a small amount of emissions from the chimney, which were similar to car exhaust fumes. The larger plumes that were seen coming from the building itself were steam. At times, this may have looked more grey than white. However, this is the same as heavy rain clouds looking grey due to the concentration of the steam rather than any fumes or emissions in the steam. The steam was from the steam blowing exercise, where it is pushed through all the pipes to clean them. If you ever see plumes coming from the building itself, it s just steam venting. All emissions are released To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

through the chimney only and not through the building. Is this what it will look like when the site is operating? No, steam blowing is only part of the commissioning process. Normally the only thing you might see is a small amount of heat haze from the chimney, and occasionally a small amount of steam from the building when we start up or shutdown. How will we know what s in the emissions? The emissions will be monitored constantly, and the data will be reported to our regulator, the Environment Agency. We re also planning to put the emissions data on our website so you ll be able to see it for yourself. What s happening with the sign at the front? We re in discussion with Surrey County Council regarding the sign and plan to appeal the decision from Spelthorne Borough Council. Where can we get more information? We keep the Eco Park website updated regularly and I recommend you subscribe to the quarterly newsletter which will give you news and information about the site. We also published an FAQ document earlier in the year, which answers lots of important questions and can be found under the news section on the site. About Justin Justin is the Plant Manager at the Eco Park and has worked for SUEZ for seven years. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering with Environmental Protection and has over 20 years experience in the Fine Chemicals, Biofuel, Oil & Gas and Waste industries. He grew up in Ashford Common and has family and friends who live in Charlton Village and Shepperton. 53

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New Loos for Shepperton Lock

While many local authorities are closing public toilets needing maintenance work, Spelthorne Borough Council is bucking the trend. Working alongside the River Thames Task Group on a number of improvements for river users, the Council has officially opened newly refurbished toilets at Shepperton Lock. The refurbishment work included the renewal of the floor and ceiling coverings and the addition of new cubicles, toilets, vanity units, taps, washroom accessories and baby changing facilities. Disabled facilities are also available. Cllr Vivienne Leighton who chairs the River Thames Task Group, said: This work has greatly improved the facilities for river users, providing fresh modern toilets which are pleasant to use and practical for the Council to maintain. Thank you to everyone involved in the project.


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Plague of Box Tree Pest By Monica Chard

Maybe you, like me, saw your box bushes start to dry up and die after the long hot summer last year and blamed yourself for neglect. I was certain I had killed them. But I find now that there is a genuine reason for their demise. it seems Spelthorne has not escaped the Box Tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis). This moth lays small yellow eggs on the underside of the leaves, often close to the bottom of the tree. These hatch into well camouflaged green caterpillars with two dorsal stripes & a black head. As they move they leave silk threads & grow to 1-1.5 long. More information can be found at the following websites and in particular you may wish to add any discovery to the RHS national survey: The breeding season extends from April to October and already there are many reports of large caterpillar populations in the area. Having heard about the problem, I took a closer look at a box bush myself and was shocked at how many caterpillars were on it, chomping away. Our local birds do not appear to like the taste of these bugs and there do not appear to be any fool proof solution to eradicating the moths. Some websites suggest using strong insecticides but stress the importance of applying high pressure to the spraying to penetrate through the dense leaf which is often glued together by the silk webs spun by the caterpillars and repeat applications will be necessary throughout the season. Caterpillar traps are available over the internet but you need to consider against the damage caused by the bugs while you wait for delivery. Given we are early in the breeding season and the extent of the local infestation you may To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Gardening Matters Black-eyed Susan

By Rachael Leverton

You might not know its name, but you are probably familiar with the Rudbeckia. A late summer perennial daisy. It's sometimes called Coneflower or Black-eyed Susan. It flowers from early August to late September and I find it a valuable addition to the late summer garden. It does particularly well in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. You can sow them as annuals indoors in spring to set out after frost or plant as perennials in spring or autumn. Divide every 3 to 4 years and deadhead to avoid self-seeding, though personally I see self-seeding as a bonus trait in a plant! Mildew can be an issue on the foliage but can be avoided if you don't overcrowd the plants. Watch the young foliage because slugs and snails find it tasty. Once the plants are established this isn't a problem. Rudbeckia Golden compass produces masses of classic bright yellow and black Rudbeckia flowers on a bushy plant. It grows up to 70cm in height and can be grown from seed as a half-hardy annual or a short-lived hardy perennial. Rudbeckia fulgida is the classic Black-eyed Susan , with sunflower-yellow flowers and a very black central cone. It does better in damper ground than many of the varieties so choose this one if your garden is less welldrained.

grows to 1.5m. Its huge 6cm diameter flowers have warm orange petals with yellow tips. Rudbeckia Irish eyes is a more unusual variety with a yellowish rather than brown cone, as well as yellow florets. It repeat flowers from July through to October. If your soil is on the dry side, try Rudbeckia fulgida Deamii . It produces shining, golden flowers with jet-black cones from early September to late October and into November. It has slightly smaller flowers, but they are lovely, and abundant. Rudbeckias naturally grow in dry savannahs, grassland prairies and in the glades of rocky upland forests across North America but they have become a much-loved bushy stalwart of the herbaceous border and will delight from late summer right through the autumn. Happy gardening.

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to Laleham Village Fair Saturday 6th July 2019 from 11am at the Laleham Recreation Ground 4th-6th July Staines Musical Theatre presents MONSTERS AND MYTHS. Enter the world of Magic, Myths and Monsters. Songs from hit musicals including Mary Poppins, Wicked, Camelot, Cats, Shrek and Phantom of the Opera. Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury, TW16 5QF. Tickets £12, available from 01784 605805 or Chertsey & Shepperton Regatta. Saturday 27th July. Dumsey Meadows, Chertsey. All day Sunbury Amateur Regatta– Saturday 10th August 2019. Bookings being taken now from stallholders for our new Boat/Chandlery Jumble Section, Vintage/bric-à-brac and Craft Sections 10 August- details on our website: Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association presents the 2019 ARTS FESTIVAL from July 6th - July 21st. Tickets £12 - £20 from or 01784 257175. At Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5QF. The exciting variety of events include: Drama; Dance; Joyce Grenfell Tribute; Film; Comedy; Jazz; Talks; Flower Arranging; Piano Recital; Elvis Tribute! Music in the Park Free afternoons of music in the Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6AB. Aug 11th performance is at the Lammas Band Stand, Lammas Recreation, Wraysbury Road, Staines, TW18 4XB. Performances start at 2pm and finish at 4pm. Limited chairs so bring your own or your picnic blanket. Performances as follows: Sunday 7th July Saxophany Sunday 14th July Staines Lammas Band Sunday 21st July Thameside Harmony Chorus Sunday 28th July Magna Carta Chorus (2pm) and Ivor Game (3pm) Sunday 4th August To the River Sunday 11th August Staines Lammas Band Sunday 18th August Jake Fryer and All That Jazz Sunday 25th August Linden Wind Orchestra Shepperton Fun Choir. St Nicholas Parish Centre in Church Square. 2nd Monday of the month. 7.30-9.30. If you fancy singing for fun, then come and join us. There is even a bar! Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to The Arts Society, Runnymede at The Hythe Centre, Staines, TW18 3HD. Weds July 17th The Queen of Instruments: The Lute Within Old Master Paintings. The lute holds a special place in the history of art from painters of the Italian Renaissance depicting golden-haired angels plucking its delicate strings to the seventeenth century when the instrument played a key role in emphasising the intimate, debauched, and transient pleasures in works of Jan Steen and Frans Hals. Adam Busiakjewicz, lutenist and art historian, looks at the many aspects of the human character expressed by the lute and other musical instruments throughout the ages. Coffee from 10am, lecture starts 10.30. First lecture free, guests very welcome. 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 June we held our Ladies Lunch and heard a talk entitled Living in a Lighthouse We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 225228 Spelthorne Natural History Society. Summer walks led by our President, Dr Phil Cribb 10th July. A visit to Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs. Meet at Ditchling Beacon car park at the bottom of the Bostal Road (Ditchling Bostall) just 1 km south of village at 11am. Nearest postcode BN6 8RJ. 17th July. A visit to Bookham Common. Meet 10.30am in the car park at the far end of the road from Downside to Bookham Common down Bookham Road. Nearest postcode is KT11 3JT. Subject to weather, we hope to see 28th July, A walk around Staines Moor SSSI, Meet 10.30 at Moor Lodge (formerly Moor Cottage), Moor Lane TW19 6EB. Refer to for more info

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2019 Events bringing the town to life

Monday Events Two Rivers Retail Park | Throughout Summer Movies By The River Outdoor Cinema, Memorial Gardens | Fri 12th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th July Live Music Nights Two Rivers Retail Park | Throughout Summer Watch Wimbledon Memorial Gardens | Sat 13th, Sun 14th July Farmers Market High Street | Sun 14th July Spy Quest Live – Secret Agent Event Two Rivers Retail Park | Mon 5th August

Farmers Market High Street | Sun 8th September Heroes & Villains Characters and Cars Two Rivers Retail Park | Sun 8th September Comedy Night with Dominic Holland Marquee in Market Square | Sat 14th September Valuation Days with BBC Paul Martin Marquee in Market Square | Sat 14th, Sun 15th September Porsche Car Show with The Stig The Elmsleigh, Multi-Storey Top Floor | Sun 29th September Farmers Market High Street | Sun 13th October

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July 2019 Shepperton Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

July 2019 Shepperton Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham