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July/August 2019

Issue 101

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Arts Festival: July 7th-21st

Sunbury Regatta: August 10th/11th

Welcome! 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. The Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival is July 7th-21st. Have you decided what you are going to see and have you got your tickets? The next issue in our village calendar is the Sunbury Regatta on August 10th. How about taking part? Dennis Brock has been awarded the British Empire Medal. Congratulations! Also congratulations to the volunteers at the Sunbury Gallery on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Well done to people power for getting a deferral on the decision to charge for wood waste at the

July/August 2019 tip. Watch this space. We look at ways of decluttering by recycling and bring you a recipe to help you use surplus tomatoes. That and a whole lot more! Enjoy this issue, have a good summer and see you in September! Photo: Here and now Photography

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Sunbury ‘Victory’ Regatta 1919 4 BEM for Dennis Brock 7 Sunbury’s Fabulous Gardens 8 Sunbury Boy Pro Player at 15 10 Cedars Park Café 13 Llandow Air Disaster 14 Farewell & Thanks to Man of Sunbury 18 You Can Afford Your Dream Kitchen 20 The Joy of Decluttering 22 Community Boat Makeover 25 Capture Spelthorne Winners 27 Spelthorne Business Awards 30 Recipe of the Month 34 Best is Local Loyalty Card Launch 36 Sunbury Beat 38 Waterside Drive Plan Deemed Illegal 43 St Mary’s Newsletter 44 LOSRA Says 46 Plan to Study Medicine/Healthcare? 47 Save Spelthorne’s Green Spaces 50 Gardening Matters 55 What’s On/Noticeboard 58/61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 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 Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts 4


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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 its 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 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 medal at the palace.

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Dennis Brock in St Mary’s Bell Tower Photo by Monica Chard

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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Sunbury’s Fabulous Gardens By Monica Chard, Editor The village was positively buzzing on Sunday June 2nd. The village was full of people visiting Sunbury Open Gardens. Young spritely gymnasts from Spelthorne Gymnastics visited the shops to stock up on calories, much needed after the exertions of their routines at Monksbridge. Roses bloomed, classic cars gleamed, bucks fizz was quaffed and lots of money spent on the various sales at the venues raising much needed funds for charity. We loved Edna Evan’s bike on display at one of the gardens. Well done Edna. What a beautiful display! Sue and George March, who have worked year after year on Open Gardens, along with stalwart Pat Crisp, wrote to garden owners and volunteers; “Thank you everyone for helping out at the Open Gardens. It would be impossible to run the event without your input. The excellent news, apart from the knowledge that so many people had a lovely community day out, was the fact that we made a substantial amount for our charities - £12,600! £12,000 will be divided equally amongst the four named charities and the remainder will go to 'The Impossible Dream' boat for the disabled. Pat, George and I thank you all for your participation” These volunteers have worked tirelessly year after year, so have decided they need to stop. That means the future of the event is in jeopardy. Could you help? It is such a popular day but it needs gardens who are willing to open and volunteers to undertake all the arrangements. It would be such a shame to see it end. Email Local Anita Perrin contacted us to say “Just want to say a big thank you to those who opened their gardens this year for Sunbury open gardens. We had a grand time and only hope the event occurs next year again. As a keen gardener myself I could see how much effort was made” Thanks to Jude Browne for sharing photos

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Sunbury Benjy - A Professional Player at 15 Photo Daily Mirror

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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Cedars Park Café? Lets Make it Happen!

Amongst the many outstanding ideas for a new business, presented at the finals of the Spelthorne Business Plan Competition recently, was one that we think might well appeal to folk in Sunbury; The Cedars Park Café. Sadly this does not yet exist but it is the dream of Sunbury resident Anna Gorniak. This mother of two moved to Sunbury in 2015. She and her dog love walking around the parks in the village. They can often be seen in Cedars Park and it was here that Anna was struck by the thought “wouldn’t it be great if there was a café here”. It seems so obvious. A café would offer refreshments, shelter and toilet facilities to parents and children playing in the park, to tennis players and dog walkers alike. The idea is to run a café and offer space for daytime soft play, for children’s parties and in the evening for events. This would be a family venture and Sunbury Matters feels it would be a great addition to

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village life. There is a bus stop right outside Cedars Park gate and parking on site. The proposed venue is the disused lavatory block. All it needs now if permission from the council, planning and funding (!), so quite a way to go, but what a brilliant idea. With other disused toilet facilities in Laleham Park and Manor Park, Shepperton, these could all be transformed to create great community facilities. 13

Llandow Air Disaster & Local 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 Sunbury 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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Farewell and Thanks to a Man of Sunbury By Monica Chard, Editor

Loss of green spaces is very much in news as the local plan is under consideration the demand to meet housing targets ever present and the green belt under review. We have been here before. Many of you living in Sunbury would be unaware that our peaceful village may have been so very different had it not been for the quiet efforts of a few key individuals. Pat Curran, one of those working behind the scenes, sadly lost his battle with illness recently but leaves a huge legacy in Lower Sunbury. Orchard Meadow was privately owned in the 1970’s. It has been used for grazing horses but the owners put in plans to use the site for sheltered housing. The council was lobbied over many months, finally completing a compulsory purchase of the land for the enjoyment of the community. Pat Curran, at the time LOSRA chairman, is credited with being one of the main influencers behind this acquisition. TP26 or Hawke Park as you may know it, was taken off the statute book with Pat’s persuasive skills. It had been proposed as a relief road for Thames Street in the 1930’s but the idea was shelved. It may still have happened had the status not been changed permanently. Pat Curran was also instrumental in getting the lorry ban in Thames Street put in place in the 1970’s. Perhaps it is true that it needs revisiting now, but the fact the weight restriction has been in force for so long must have helped the infrastructure of the historic houses on Thames Street. And maybe you didn’t realise that at one point The Avenue was destined as the helicopter highway on the Heathrow/Gatwick route. Pat, along with John Hirsh, took on the might of Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

the Civil Aviation Authority and succeeded in getting the Heathrow/Gatwick re-licensing application refused Pat had a reputation as an eloquent speaker, calmly and intelligently putting his case. It was these qualities that proved so helpful in the numerous meetings with local authorities and which resulted in some considerable wins for Lower Sunbury. When we met with Patsy, Patrick’s widow, she said that her husband would not have been comfortable being in the limelight through an article of thanks. His civic duty knew no bounds and this was his driving force, not his wish for accolades. He loved Sunbury, having moved here in 1970, and was passionate about protecting its green spaces. He became chairman of LOSRA in the early 80’s and worked tirelessly on preserving our village integrity. On a personal level, Pat was the longest standing fan of London Irish, following them passionately for 50 years. He was also clerk to the governors of St Ignatius school and was awarded an OBE for his services to education. He took up running at the age of 54 and completed 3 marathons, raising money for the Princess Alice Hospice. He loved cycling and did trips as far afield as Canada and Australia, also London to Rome with a team of friends. As well as all this he was a wonderful father to his two daughters, Catherine and Juliette and a good husband to Patsy who he had known since he was only 8 years old. Pat was only 78 when he passed away. He battled with dementia for 8 years. We have much to thank this Sunbury man for. Pat Curran rest in peace. 18

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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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design and installation of a complete new kitchen. You can be assured of a friendly and professional service throughout. Even just a new worktop and sink can dramatically transform your kitchen making it look like a brand new space Dream Doors offer a no obligation, free quotation service where customers are able to see actual samples in their comfort of their home, allowing you to get a better idea of colours and styles that suit your taste and surroundings. They can also create CAD (Computer Aided Designs) to show customers what a change of layout or an entirely new kitchen will look like on large projects. You can be assured that Dream Doors is Surrey Trading Standards approved, they are proud member of Check-a-trade and the included liability Insurance also offers peace of mind. Dream Doors work with other local businesses to provide additional requirements such as flooring (Cozy Floorz) and glazing (Pane in the Glass), both found on the Ashford High Street. The showroom has recently been renovated and there are four brand new displays showing the latest trends and colours in blues and greys. So, why not pop into the showroom for a look round and the team can make you a cuppa using the latest Franke hot water boiling tap. Past customers often pop by for a chat! They are more than happy to recommend us too: “Very satisfied. Everyone I met from this company was polite and professional, the work was good quality and completed extremely fast, and they checked back to make sure everything was fine within a week.” Customer in Egham “Excellent workmanship. Kept informed whilst work progressed as to what was happening. All personnel were good quality trades people, work completed in a timely and quiet manner. They even accommodated my lively dog who just had to say hello. The job wasn't entirely snag free but when a hob wasn't all it should have been, Conan appeared with the showroom model hob and a gas fitter within a few minutes and we had service until Neff replaced the faulty hob. All in all heartily recommend this company. Value for money and good product advice from Conan. He does know what he's selling.” Customer in Teddington

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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 Sunbury 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! 22

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Queens Award for Voluntary Service to Sunbury Embroidery Gallery As we went to press a little bird told us about a forthcoming royal visit to the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery. Delving a little deeper into why, we found that the volunteers at the gallery have been selected for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and are to receive the award and a royal visit in early July. Well deserved! Some of the volunteers have been offering up their time as guides and welcoming visitors since the gallery opened. Many of them were involved in embroidering pieces for the main panel in the gallery and are knowledgeable about the pieces on display as well as the temporary exhibitions. They are always enthusiastic and welcoming. Well done to you all!

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The Sunbury Community Boat

You may have noticed that after the flourish of spring flowers, our little boat on Thames Street started looking rather sad. Well, not any longer! The boat was planted and is cared for by a bunch of hard working individuals at the Lower Sunbury Business Community (we also put on the Christmas market). The problem with hard working independent business owners is that we are also rather busy and as the business climate has been tough, we have been rather distracted. So one Sunday mornAnd after…... ing I was set to meet with Clare Dorey to revive the boat. I balked a bit at her suggestion of an 8.30am start. “ It is my birthday after all”. Imagine my surprise at opening a message from her later that day “Ta Dah!”. She had done all the work herself and wished me a happy birthday lie in. The boat now looks great. However, if anyone who lives near it would like to help out with it’s care, perhaps we can get a rota together and ensure this little splash of colour for the enjoyment of all, always looks its best. If you can help please drop me an Before….. email:

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Capture Spelthorne Winners Announced 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.

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Floral Corner by van Wonderen FLOWERS Tel: 01932 761071

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Spelthorne Business Plan Competition Pitch Winners

The sixth annual Spelthorne Business Plan Competition final was held in early June at BP’s headquarters in Sunbury. Six finalists pitched in a Dragons’ Den style final for a chance to win £3,500 and a year’s package of business support to help them get their business started. The standard of each pitch was extremely high and after much deliberation first place was awarded to Dawn Grealey and Allison Moody for their idea Ella Wood – Perfectly Natural, an idea to create beautiful hand crafted natural soaps with no chemicals. Second place and a prize of £1,500 went to Justin Thomas with his idea “Cooking Behind Bars” which is a motivational cook book to help offenders while in prison to be healthy and motivated to try and reduce re offending. Third place and a prize of £500 was awarded to Natalie & Martin Watson, Charlotte Brown and Louise Duffy with their idea Happy Planet Party Picnics a healthy and eco friendly party bag solution for children. The winners’ prizes were presented by Kwasi Kwarteng MP. Everyone who entered will also receive a ‘Start Your Business in Spelthorne’ book which has been a collaboration with Spelthorne Borough Council, Spelthorne Business Forum and The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition. Cllr Olivia Rybinski, Spelthorne’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: We are very fortunate to have so many talented people with great business ideas in our borough. The atmosphere at the competition was so positive and up-lifting, the presentations were excellent. Well done to all who entered and we are really looking forward to seeing the progress of all of these new ventures. For details on how to enter next year’s competition, please email

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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 Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


Freshly ground black pepper Half a glass chilled water For the essential garnish: ¼ Cucumber & ½ a red or green pepper finely diced Chives or basil leaves Put ALL ingredients in a blender, and blend until you have a creamy smooth base. The really important thing to do is CHILL this soup for at least 2 hours before you serve it. The flavours need to develop. Serve straight from the fridge and top with a generous handful of chunky garnish

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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. Register and download the app, Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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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Sunbury 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 Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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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New Governors for Old - Oversight of Your Local NHS Hospitals By Brian Catt

When Ashford and St Peters became a Foundation Trust 9 years ago the public were invited to become members. There are currently 7,000 members. More can join for free at http:// -member, to be better informed about developments at our trust, now one of the most progressive and successful in the NHS. Information includes topical treatment issues, and changes as services are refined and developed as part on the integrated approach to care in the increasingly interconnected lifetime care system Surrey plans for the future. And the new multi story car park! The public are represented by elected governors. Every three years members stand for election by other members to become one of 15 public governors of the trust, and play an active part in its governance. Spelthorne elects three governors from its 2,000 members. Other governors are drawn from other areas. More governors represent trust staff groups, local councils and stake holder Universi-

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ties, appointing one governor each. Governors meet 4 times a year and can participate in several working committees involved in oversight of core areas of the trusts work, from clinical to facilities. Public governors represent the interests of the public to the trust. Details also include agreeing key salaries and appointing the Chairman, agreement to major fiscal changes/expenditures, reviewing patient experience and suggesting where improvement may be required. The first group of governors and the Trusts progressive management have developed close relationships, so we can best represent constituency issues. But pioneer governors have now reached their maximum 3 x three year terms. Two of us are from Spelthorne. One is me. We will soon need new governors, to replace us! This is not an operational responsibility, and is voluntary, with expenses paid. If you are familiar with management in private or public sector, and have some time for this, your experience will be valued by the trust. A single elected term is three years. You need to be a member by September to qualify. Join now to stand, or to know more about your hospitals.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Florence Angela Margaret Mortimer Barrett beat another English player Christine Truman Janes to become Wimbledon's women's singles champion in 1961. She was aged 29 and partially deaf. Ann Haydon-Jones had already won the French Open and U.S. Open twice before winning Wimbledon in 1969. She first showed her talent as a young girl. Her father was To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Waterside Drive Sports Hub - High Court Rules Against Another example of people power. Local residents took this fight against intrusive track lighting at the Excel sports centre over the river from Lower Sunbury, to the highest court and they won their case. What is important to know is the underhand way that Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) behaved in the planning process. EBC granted themselves planning permission to build a sports centre on Waterside Drive without adhering to their own conditions, and failing to consider over 2,500 objections to the proposal. This planning permission was deemed unlawful 17 th January, 2017. The following day the Council gave themselves permission for an almost identical proposal the most significant difference being that the lighting pylons were taller than the previous proposal. It is clear that the planning officers convinced the planning committee by gross misrepresentation that there would be moderate to minor impact to the surrounding properties, suggesting that the lighting would be hardly noticeable at night. With the help of Surrey Councillor Tim Evans, we have been working with EBC over the winter to monitor and try to minimise the impact of lighting but EBC have been wholly uncooperative. Having failed to make any real progress with EBC the hearing was held 2nd May, 2019 and the judge concluded that the second planning permission was also unlawful since the council were again granting themselves permission, and refused permission to appeal. Rather than take steps to prevent impact on the green belt, wildlife and local residents, EBC seem to prefer to spend vast sums on legal fees. We are hoping that common sense will now prevail and EBC will take a more considered and responsible approach. If Waterside Drive is to continue to operate it must be to make alterations to the scheme and ensure it does not genuinely have an adverse impact on the green belt, wildlife and local residents.

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Sunbury Health Centre - Online Consultation Pilot Engage Consult NHS England, as part of its Digital Transformation Strategy, is encouraging the use of technology to empower patients and make it easier for clinicians to deliver high quality care, enabling patients to navigate services seamlessly. The practice is participating in a pilot scheme for a new digital service, Engage Consult, which allows you to contact them online from your PC, tablet or smartphone. You can choose whether to consult with a clinician about a medical problem, send a message about an administration issue or get self-help advice. Just answer a series of simple questions and a report containing your answers is sent securely to the Practice. This report helps the Centre to resolve your request quickly, by directing it to the most suitable member of their practice team, and allows the clinician to choose the best course of action for you. Engage Consult is available 24 hours a day and the Centre responds to requests during their same day service Hours of 8am - 3pm. Requests sent outside of these hours are reviewed the next working day. To use the system, please visit their website and click on the Online Consultations Link. The pilot scheme is running initially for 6 months, enabling the practice to iron out any teething problems. Assuming the pilot is successful, they will gradually transition from using Patient Access to using Engage Consult for online appointment bookings. The other functions of Patient Access e.g. prescription ordering or viewing test results, will remain available. Over the coming months the Centre will be holding drop-in sessions for anyone who would like a demonstration of how to use this system – further details will be available on the practice website.

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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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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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Protecting Vital Green Spaces in Spelthorne By Monica Chard

Earlier this year, Spelthorne Borough Council published a consultation called ‘Local Green Space Assessment Methodology’. Spelthorne has always maintained they understand how important green spaces are but this document sets out to change the assessment of how important they are. When shared on social media recently there was outcry. The closing date for comments was June 4th and took many by surprise including Sunbury Matters. If adopted, this methodology could have dramatic consequences for Spelthorne and Sunbury. It would strip 71 green spaces of Protected Urban Open Spaces status. In Sunbury, these include Cedars Recreation Ground, Flower Pot Green, Spelthorne Grove, the Former line of the Lower Sunbury Relief Road, Beechwood Avenue/Ashridge Way, Belgrave Road/Batavia Road, Lime Crescent, Catherine Drive, Heathcroft Avenue, the land at Sunbury Cross between M3 and railway (skate park) as well as green spaces at Sunbury Manor School, Springfield CF & Middle School and St Paul’s School. Instead, the Council proposes much more onerous criteria for protection as Local Green Space (LGS). These criteria are beauty, recreational value, richness of wildlife, tranquillity and historical significance and uses a points system. Opposition parties in the council carried out a detailed study applying the Council’s own criteria to the currently protected 71 sites to assess the implications. We are told that this study found that at least 70 out of 71 will fail to meet the new criteria. The fear is that without protected status this would open them up to development. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Surrey endorsed the report as “very comprehensive, compelling and extremely well-argued”, denoted the new methodology as “simply wrong, a hugely retrograde step for the Borough and very poor Planning” and urged the Council “to fundamentally To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

reconsider their approach.” In the light of these findings, a cross party petition was set up to raise awareness amongst the public in order to protect our local green spaces. In a very short period of time the petition garnered over 2000 signatures. If you want to add your name and help protect our green spaces for todays and future generations you can still add your name: We hear constantly about the decline in air quality and demise of wildlife due to loss of wilderness. We are seeing developments springing up everywhere (and subsequent loss of trees) in order to reach a vast annual housing target. We are facing irreversible climate change. We need to do something. A link to the Council methodology and to the countering study can also be found on the petition site.


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LOSRA AGM; Key Messages The LOSRA AGM at the end of June was well attended. Chairman Paul Thompson presented an overview of issues which LOSRA was addressing and achievements over the past year. The association continues to consult on the local plan and Heathrow expansion. There was a call for subs from local households. At only ÂŁ5 per household, this is a mere trifle for most, but it is a lifeline for LOSRA and ultimately funds make the difference between acceptance of plans thrust upon our community or the fight for what is right for us. Last year saw quite considerable costs for legal advice regarding the green belt threat. President Paul Watts gave thanks to two former members of the LOSRA committee who have passed away; Peter Francis who, although he could not stop the Eco Park, contributed substantial knowledge and expertise on its flawed design and science at hearings with Surrey County Council and achieved concessions as a result. Patrick Curran was the founder Chairman of LOSRA and is featured in this issue. Without him, LOSRA would not exist and Lower Sunbury would be a very different place today. His lead set a standard for a residents association with gravitas which continues to command respect.

Thames. This is indisputably a very popular plan, but unlikely to happen due to funding required. Residents were united in their concern over air quality and traffic, with the increase in HGV traffic due to the Eco Park, the Watersplash Farm gravel extraction and the possibly Heathrow expansion all set to exacerbate this. Heathrow’s expansion is now becoming much more of a concern to residents. The consultation is open until September and although there are no Sunbury events, the nearest is Egham Hythe or Staines and it is well worth attending or register your objection to councillors and online. Despite public sentiment, Councillor Ian Harvey said he still felt the economic benefits outweighed the environmental cost. There are currently vacancies on the LOSRA committee. If you feel you can help, do get in touch via the website. They also need help with delivering newsletters 3 times a year. Finally, if you have not already paid you annual membership, please do so at Skinners or Twirltours. You can sign up for the regular e-bulletin at on the home page.

Key speakers for the evening were David Munro, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner and Inspector Maxine Cilia (who writes for Sunbury Matters) who is Spelthorne Borough Commander. Whilst statistics indicated either static or falls in most crimes there is still an unacceptable level of crime and there were heated comments from members of the audience who were frustrated at the perceived lack of visibility of police or the lack of response to crimes. All calls are subjected to triage and the most serious, posing risk to life or safety are given priority. There was a call from Inspector Cilia to take care to lock cars and not to leave personal goods on display. She also recommended Selecta DNA kits to mark possessions, which you can get from the police. Residents are assured that all complaints and calls are monitored and will be responded to in the appropriate manner. It is important to log any concerns with police either via the online facility or by dialling 101. When it came to the open forum, residents asked again about the proposed footbridge over the Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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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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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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People Power Quashes Tip Charges It just goes to show it is worth campaigning. After a vigorous online campaign and petition, locals have managed to get a reprieve from the imminent wood charges which were to come into force at the Eco Park. We understand from Surrey County Council that it is a deferred decision so we are not out of the woods yet (excuse the pun!) but for now, well done to the tenacity of Deborah Neale and others for keeping this matter in the public domain and fighting it. We will keep you posted. Power to the People!

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What’s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email 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! Elvis in Sunbury as part of this year's vibrant and varied programme events at the Sunbury and Shepprton Arts Festival! Book here ‘SUSPICIOUSLY ELVIS – ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS’ – Described as “Quite simply the UK’s finest Elvis tribute performer”, Suspiciously Elvis faithfully recreates those famous high energy Rock’n’Roll Vegas nights, when the King was at the top of his game. So put on your blue suede shoes, and prepare to join in! Spelthorne Natural History Society – Summer Programme We invite you you to enjoy our July 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. Runs underneath M25. Nearest postcode is KT11 3JT. Subject to weather, we hope to see White Admiral and Purple Emperor butterflies 28th July, A walk around Staines Moor SSSI, Meet 10.30 at Moor Lodge (formerly Moor Cottage), Moor Lane TW19 6EB 11th August. A visit to Ranmore Common where, weather permitting , there will be opportunity to see Adonis Blue & Chalkhill Blue butterflies, perhaps even the rare Silver Spotted Skipper. Led by Dr Phil Cribb, meet at 10.30am in the National Trust Ranmore West Car Park RH5 6SY. Small car parking charge for non NT members Refer to for more info

Sunbury Library Coffee Time. The Friends of Sunbury Library invite you to a Coffee Time on 5 July, 2 August & 6 September between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury

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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 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: Music in the Park Free afternoons of music in the Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6AB. 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 18th August Jake Fryer and All That Jazz Sunday 25th August Linden Wind Orchestra

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July/August 2019 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

July/August 2019 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury