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June is a month packed with local events. Whether it culture, horticulture or just fun, there is lots to do for the whole family. Kick off with Shepperton Fair on June 10th, the biggest fair in Spelthorne. Later in the month something rather special is happening in Sunbury though; The new Mayor of Spelthorne Vivienne Leighton is celebrating in style with her first major event, a river day, on June 24th where she will be rowed from Sunbury to Staines in the Gloriana, the Queen’s river barge. It will start from Kings Lawn and will be crewed by members of the Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club. All we need now is plenty of sunshine. Let’s hope for that! What a spectacle that will be. In this issue we also bring you a plea to support your local shops. It is so important to shop locally where you can. Where else can you get the personal touch you get from them, after all?

June 2017 Finally, did you see Dennis Brock was featured in the Daily Telegraph as the oldest bell ringer in the country (maybe the world)? See St Mary’s Newletter on p37. Until next month!

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Sunbury’s Jubilee Clock 4 New Mayor of Spelthorne Inaugurated 6 Support Our Local Businesses! 8 Mayor Thanks Sunbury for Donations 12 Sunbury Club to Crew Gloriana 16 Rotary Garden at Sunbury Manor 18 Restaurant Review 20 Probus makes record donation to CPT 23 Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival 24 Staines upon Thames Day 26 Recipe of the Month 34 St Mary’s Newsletter 37 LOSRA Says 39 Riverside Arts & All that Jazz 41 Edward, Freda & Mrs Simpson 42 Sunbury Community Detox 45 Televising the Royals 51 Spelthorne - Worst Air in Surrey? 54 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On/Noticeboard 59,61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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Sunbury Jubilee Clock By Nick Pollard

This month sees the 120th anniversary of the installation of the Clock Tower at Sunbury Cross, a well-known local landmark. It was erected in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria. Originally it had signposts and elaborate gas lamps at each corner, but these have sadly long disappeared. In the finest British tradition, a committee had been formed by St. Saviour’s Parish and local councillors, to think of a suitable way that the longest ever reign by a British monarch (only recently The Jubilee Clock in about 1910, showing the original gas surpassed by our present Queen) and signposts pointing to Feltham, Twickenham, Staines could be marked. A recreation lamps, and Kingston. To the left is the old Running Horse pub, ground was suggested, but Mr demolished by a bomb in 1940. Styles’ idea of a memorial clock was felt to be more within local means. The announcing to general enthusiasm that “The site at the crossroads was agreed with Sunbury clock is now going”. Mr Harris, in accepting Council, and the committee set to work to the key, replied that the clock was not only an raise the necessary funds. £172 12s was the ornament, but a work of use; in fact it was the total cost, including the late addition of an very acme of perfection. He congratulated the extra two clock faces, making four in total. committee on their perseverance ‘despite the This was broken down as: tower £118, clock sneers of certain people’, and vowed that the (by J.W. Benson Ltd of London) £42 12s, Urban District Council would look after the foundations etc. £12. The tower was built of clock as long as there remained an urban red Mansfield stone, with a Bath stone plinth, authority in Sunbury. and surmounted by a copper dome, to the de- In the age of the motor car, the clock became sign of Mr E.J. Shrewsbury of Maidenhead, rather isolated at the centre of the crossroads. whilst the building contractor was Mr J. By the late 1960s the M3 was being planned, Lamb, of the same town. and in 1968, after being damaged by a lorry, it On the opening day, the Cross area was deco- was moved to an ignominious sunken site in rated with flags and bunting, and the large the middle of the new Sunbury Cross shopnumber of spectators was entertained by the ping centre. Happily it was moved to a much band of the Decorative Arts Works, just down more prominent position on the north side of the Hanworth Road. The Vicar of St. Sav- the Cross, and restored in time for its iour’s, Rev W.J. Scott, a member of the me- Centenary in 1997. morial committee, gave a speech in which he There is no History Society talk in June, but referred to his parish having taken the lead in please visit our stand in the craft tent at the Sunbury in organising a Jubilee memorial, and Shepperton Village Fair on June 10th at then handed over the key to Mr W. Harris J.P., Manor Park. Chairman of Sunbury Council, before Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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New Mayor of Spelthorne Inaugurated The Mayoral year has come to an end and the baton has been formally handed over. In his farewell speech Cllr Alfred Friday spoke fondly of his year in the role. He spoke of the challenges of wearing gowns on summer visits, where wide-eyed children had asked why he was wearing fancy dress and where a father had told his young son that by the size of the necklace the Mayor was wearing, he must be ‘Del Boy’s’ older brother! The outgoing Mayor told the incoming what to expect from the year and said he had initiated a manual entitled “The Known Unknowns of Being Mayor”, with observations of his year in office which might help future mayors in the role. He spoke of the 6 turkey dinners he and wife Kaye had consumed over a 10 day period leading up to Christmas as they toured the borough (funnily enough they chose not to have turkey on Christmas Day!). His chosen piece of light hearted advice to his successor was “never trust the word ‘buffet’ on an invite” but make sure you have something you can pop in the microwave when you get home! In thanking the Mayoress, wife Kaye Friday, for her support during the year, he said she had been such a success on engagements that he personally had been referred to as the “Prince Philip of Sunbury”. With that, the new mayor was duly sworn in. She is Cllr Vivienne Leighton, who has represented Shepperton Town since 2003. Cllr Leighton has lived in Spelthorne for 31 years and is frequently to be seen getting involved in local life. Cllr Robin Sider was the proposer and gave an excellent delivery of his reasons for favouring her in the role. Cllr Leighton has a theme for the year which is the river. She and husband (and mayoral consort now) Chris Leighton, live on the river Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


and were affected by the flooding both of 2003 and 2014. She was on the Thames Awash committee when she was first elected in 2003 which followed bad flooding in the area. She recognises the good and the not so good of the river and will be celebrating it’s role in our lives during her year. It is fitting then that the first major event of the mayoral calendar will be the river day on June 24th when the mayor will be rowed from Sunbury to Staines in the Gloriana, the Queen’s rowbarge which was built to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. (Look out for more details in this issue). One of the crew who will be rowing her is in fact Cllr Mark Francis, himself a former Mayor. The Mayor’s three charities she will support during the year are all local and all run by people known to her personally. They are as follows: Spelthorne Dementia Support, known as Purple Angels, is a local charity and part of the global Dementia awareness campaign. The key objective is to support people with dementia to live better lives in their home community. The Swan Sanctuary is a rescue centre and registered veterinary practice specialising in waterfowl. It has a hospital with fullyequipped operating and intensive care facilities and provides a permanent home to disabled birds not fit to be returned to the wild. The Spelthorne Community Boat Impossible Dream is a specially adapted, wheelchair-friendly motorboat that provides a regular weekday programme of short river trips for disabled children and adults, with their teachers, carers, and families. We wish our new Mayor a wonderful year! Photo by Michael Farenden

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Don’t Let Our Local Businesses Die Out By Monica Chard, Editor

There was a lot of chatter on Facebook last month as Raj’s homeware shop was found to be closed. We hope this is not permanent but the effects of shopping moving more online for our convenience is a factor we all have to face and take responsibility for. Sunbury resident of 20 years, Pete Game, felt compelled to contact me regarding Raj’s shop: “ You don't have to be too old to know the truth of the saying 'use it or lose it'. We know that if we do not use our legs, body or brain we will suffer the consequences. In the same way if we don't use the local shopping facilities we have, there will be consequences and we may lose them. My appeal is for the people of Sunbury to use the parade of shops we have in the Avenue, Green Street and all local shops. Perhaps you might shop slightly cheaper at Tesco's, Wicks or other supermarkets but we should realise that if we don't use our local independent shops they may not survive. If they close, what will we have? More flats, no heart and a loss of the character of our lovely village. Spare a thought when you shop.Consider where you might usefully spend and assist the survival of our excellent shops Peter Game Sunbury resident for 20 years. The closure of NatWest, Shepperton, the last bank on the High Street must again make us think about our shopping habits in this digital age. The NatWest branch is closing because people are tending to move to online banking. We live in a busy society where gratification of all sorts is at the click of a mouse; shopping, banking, chatting, booking a holiday, ordering currency for it. We could orchestrate our lives from a sofa if we chose. But what an impact this has. Do we take our high street for granted? Maybe that little order for £3.50 on Amazon won’t make any difference to Raj’s home store. But on the other hand, if all of us think that way, that is a whole lot of little orders which are not going to go into the tills of Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


our local shop. The same is true of so many of the services on the high street. Without all of us making a choice to buy from the small independents our friendly shop keepers will be squeezed out. We hear of business rates and rents increasing. Brexit has without doubt had an effect on exchange rates and as a result goods are costing more as the pound is weaker. It is now that we need to act and to keep shopping local. A visit to the village, whether Lower Sunbury or Shepperton, inevitably entails bumping into a friend or acquaintance. It means we are engaged, plugged in to what is happening locally that affects us all. This socialising and activity is vital to the energy and life of the village. The local facilities draw us into centre, the veritable heart. The responsibility for preserving this hub of shopping and socialising lies with all residents. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HIGH STREET !

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The Bench I have walked past it many times before Set square outside Raj’s shop Always absorbed in my errand or task To even think or consider a stop Perhaps as we age we can be allowed To ponder on what it has all been for The briskness of purpose wanes to allow So much that I chose to ignore As I sit - my mind can see them all Those who passed this way in my time The newsagent, butcher and chandlery shop The baker who’s bread was divine I wonder why I did not do this before Breathe in the place that I live This village- quite simple yet all that I need The trees, the river and all that they give You will see me more often still on that bench Vantage point second to none Now and again while I am here And always after I am gone !

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Mayor Thanks Sunbury for Charity Donations Sunbury’s Cllr Alfred Friday ended his Mayoral year with the traditional presentation of monies raised throughout the term to nominated charities. For the first time the fund was registered with the Charity Commission, which has given it the status of an independent charity. The total raised, over £24,000 was one of the highest of any mayoral term. Three charities were initially selected for 2016-7: the Staines branch of Parkinsons UK, One to One and Home-Start Spelthorne. In the end the Mayor deKaye & Alfred Friday with Mayoral Chaplin cided to share 75% of monies raised to those three charities, as well as adding a further 4 groups which Fr Andrew Downes from St Mary’s Sunbury particularly stood out during the year as great causes to support. They will share the final 25% of the total. The additional charities are: Spelthorne Dementia Support Group (Purple Angels), Spelthorne Natural History Society, Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and Town Farm School. Mayor Friday particularly wanted to extend his thanks to the residents of Sunbury: "We are very grateful to Monica and Sunbury Matters for allowing us to use these pages to thank the people of Sunbury for the magnificent help that they gave us during our year as Mayor and Mayoress. You were the most loyal, generous and enthusiastic of our supporters and due to you we managed to raise a magnificent £24,149.20 for the Mayors Charity Fund. Kaye and I greatly appreciate the honour that we were given when you made us your Mayor and Mayoress. It has been a year that has given us memories we will cherish forever. Keep Spelthorne sparkling!” Alfred & Kaye Friday.

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Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club to Crew Gloriana By Monica Chard, Editor

The new Mayor of Spelthorne is starting her term in style. The River Day on June 24th will be the start of a weekend of river activity, culminating in Staines upon Thames Day on June 25th. But the weekend starts in Sunbury and you must not miss this spectacle. The River day will comprise a procession by river from Sunbury to Staines. The excitement is that the Mayor will be rowed in the Gloriana. That is exciting in itself, but she is being crewed by members of the Sunbury Skiff and Punting Club. What an honour!!!

The glorious Gloriana will be crewed by Sunbury’s own Skiff & Punting club

disabled rowers to join able-bodied rowers in events, ceremonies and regattas on the Thames. Jolly Brit, former tender to the Royal Yacht Britannia will be joining the pageant. This boat is now privately owned and has supported civic functions in the past (photo above). The River Day procession will also include Impossible Dream, the specially adapted, wheelchair-friendly motorboat that provides a regular weekday programme of short river trips for disabled children and adults, with their teachers, carers, and families. Do make sure you pop along to Kings Lawn from 9.30am on Saturday June 24th to cheers the crew on, or follow on your own boat if you have one. See full map in this magazine.

Gloriana, The Queen’s Rowbarge is a lasting legacy of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Her immediate realm is the River Thames and London, but Gloriana also celebrates the Commonwealth, which delivers a truly international dimension to her presence. The crests of 16 Commonwealth countries adorn the outside of the coach. Gloriana is an inspiration for national pride, a showcase for traditional British boat-building and craftsmanship, and a means of encouraging people, especially young people, to engage with the River Thames and the sport of rowing. Jubilant will also be in the pageant . She is the copy of an 18th-century royal shallop and was built by traditional boat builder Mark Edwards at Richmond Bridge Boathouses in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. She is used for training Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club in Action on the Thames Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


A Sad Farewell

We were devastated recently to lose one of our dogs to cancer. It was quite unexpected. It crept up and before we knew it we had to make the decision to prevent further suffering and let him go. Anyone who has a pet will know the heart ache. Max King at Sherwood Vets was so kind. We could not have wished for a more caring and genuine approach at such a difficult time. Many of you who meet me in the park will know my dogs. Ruby, the collie and Merlin the schnauzer. So ends one chapter, but we will give a home to another little creature who needs a loving home and a new chapter will begin.

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Shepperton & Sunbury Rotary Club, in tandem with Aurora, have been working together to construct a garden from what was a neglected plot of land on the Sunbury Manor School site. We started last summer and it took somewhat longer than our initial estimation of a few weeks to complete! But it was worth it as the school now has very pleasant environment that pupils and staff can use. We wanted it to make the garden as accessible as possible so we laid reinforced plastic mesh on the ground to make it wheelchair friendly and a few test runs have proved it to be very successful. Among many other things we also cleaned out and replanted an existing pond and built a rockery around it. We constructed a circular patio and finished it off with a gazebo and table with bench seats so that pupils would have somewhere to sit and work - or just hang out together. A huge thanks goes to local businesses that contributed to the project including Tesco who donated the patio table and bench seats and Notcutts who donated ÂŁ500 towards costs.. The garden was finally finished just a few days before it was officially due to be opened by the Mayor and the School Head, Louise Duncan, in mid April. Constructing a lovely Rotary Garden from what was a neglected plot has been a hugely rewarding joint Rotary project and we hope the pupils and staff of Sunbury Manor School will enjoy using it for many years to come.

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By Monica Chard, Editor You will have read recently about my experience learning to cook Lebanese food in Sunbury, which was wonderful. If you like the sound of it but don’t fancy cooking though read on. Mr C and I were invited to East Molesey to sample some gastronomic delights at Mezzet, a Lebanese restaurant that has been in Bridge Road for 5 years now. In all honesty it was some of the best food we have tasted. Fadi Kesserwany, originally from Lebanon, has lived in the UK for 25 years. Mezzet has gone from strength to strength building a clientele from the celebrity circuit as well as many faithful local regulars. We had great expectations, having read a review by the late AA Gill who called it “one of the best three Lebanese restaurants”. Boy, was he right! Fadi greeted us warmly with a smile and a glass of champagne and before we started our meal we had a chance to chat together. Fadi has always wanted to own his own restaurant. As a child in Beirut, life revolved around the table. It wasn’t unusual to have up to 30 people to lunch; uncles, aunties, cousins, friends. His love of food is apparent and he is justifying proud of the restaurant. The success of Mezzet, led 3 years ago to the opening of Mezzet Dar a couple of doors down. Dar concentrates on tapas and is inspired by both Lebanon and Spain. Fadi has also recently opened up a concession in Selfridges, a sure testament to just how excellent the food really is. Last year Fadi brought in a new Head Chef -Tony Esber. Tony has a dazzling CV, including the post of Executive Chef at Marroush in London, but also personal chef to Middle Eastern royalty. He has recruited a new team and the results speak for themselves. So, back to the food! Mr C and I love grazing. Mezzet is a heavenly place to do it. You can order a selection of starters to share to give you a flavour of the Lebanese wonders on offer. You could equally order and reorder from the fabulous choices available. What Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


you will be sure of is an awakening of the senses, or little surprises that slap your taste buds and widen your eyes. Make sure you go with a big appetite to make the most of the temptations! Lebanese cuisine manages to take humble ingredi- Tony Esber, Head Chef at ents and elevate Mezzet with freshly made them to rock star flatbread with zaatar status. Amongst other things on the cold mezze menu is a veritable cornucopia of hummus dishes. Hummus is of course made from the lowly chick pea, but by the time it has been beaten and whipped with tahini and some lemon juice the creamy dish is a delight which works well with a variety of flavours and accompaniments. Mezzet offers a choice. You can

have the perfectly wonderful basic version, served with pine nuts and olive oil. Or add chillies for the Beiruty version. Or how about some pieces of tender grilled lamb? We sampled both fig hummus (pictured above) made with roasted figs and walnuts, topped

with fresh and dried fig slices – it was a beautiful mix of both flavours and textures. Also, the king prawn hummus which had the addition of some chilli kick and some succulent king prawns, cooked to perfection. The range of cold mezze offers something for everyone; vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike. But even if you are a carnivore, how could The tender 5 Spice Lamb is a delightful stew you not enjoy what is on offer from the vegetarian selection? Moutabal, the with poppy seeds. It is a favourite breakfast creamy smoked aubergine dip, Muhamara, the snack in Lebanon and truly tasty. Kibbeh is a nutty, crunchy mix with a light kick of chilli, little package of crushed wheat with lamb or the ubiquitous Tabouleh, the fresh salad of mince and pine nuts served with a tahini dip. parsley, onion and tomato with crushed wheat Or select the little spicy lamb sausages, and lemon. Fresh stuffed vine leaves were packed full of flavour with a Batata Harra on light and Moorish, rather like a vegetarian the side, spicy potato cubes served with sumac. The selection of mains is huge, but you can rest assured that everything is prepared fresh and to order. Select from chargrilled meats, baked fish or tagines with accompanying sides of veg, salad or rice. The 5 Spice Lamb is a choice piece of fillet, slow cooked and served with a rich intoxicating gravy. It is one of the most popular mains at the moment. There is plenty of choice for vegetarians too, with artichoke hearts, halloumi, aubergine and okra dishes featuring. Give your stomach a brief respite, but don’t leave without sampling the desserts. They are Falafel with tiny cubes of pickled turnip unlike anything we have seen any other menu. sushi. Do try the falafel, which is unlike any Yes you can have baklava and fresh fruit, but other version I have tried. Hollowed out to you could also opt for Knafeh, a syrup soaked make it lighter, it is filled with little cubes of cheese dessert with a semolina base, topped pickled turnip which I found quite extraordi- with rose and pistachio. It was a delightful nary, and served with a light tahini dressing surprise. I was in raptures about the yummy and rocket. Or how about dandelion greens? vermicelli/cream sweet which was light as a We had not come across this on a menu feather and melt in the mouth. before. Another humble ingredient elevated to Mezzet offers a very affordable 3 course kingly status. Mixed with garlic and onion lunch Monday to Thursday for only £12.95. and strewn with fried onions, light as a They are also pleased to offer a take away feather, it was finished off with a squeeze of menu. Bookings advised! zingy lemon. Definitely worth a try! Mezzet Try the Manakish Zaatar, a stone baked pastry 43 Bridge Road, Hampton Court with zaatar – a mix of wild thyme, sesame and olive oil, eaten with thin slices of tomato, East Molesey, KT8 9ER cucumber and a mint leaf. Another version Tel 020 8979 4088 offers the addition of halloumi and mozzarella To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Charley Paige Trust Receives Record Probus Donation Local children’s charity the Charley Paige Trust has received a windfall donation of £650 from Shepperton Probus. Shepperton Probus selected the CPT as their nominated charity of the year for 2016/17. Money is raised through raffles and a monthly collection amongst members. This is the biggest collection that the club has ever made and both they and the CPT were delighted. A presentation of the cheque was made by chairman Neil Adolphus to trustee Jackie Franklin at a lunch in May. The money will be used to support families who have a very sick child and who are facing financial hardship. Travel expenses add to the worries encountered by families at a time of immense stress and concern about their sick little ones. CPT also donate ‘smile bags’ to ward playrooms and they brighten up the day of a child who may be facing a particularly bad day, or maybe just to while away some of the long hours spent on the ward. Bags contain colouring and activity books, stickers and craft kits. CPT have also donated TVs/DVDs to St Peters Hospital playroom. CPT was set up after Jackie Franklin lost her own granddaughter when she was very young. CPT will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. It’s motto is ‘making smiles happen’ and virtually every penny raised goes to benefit sick children. Probus is a club for retired businessmen. They meet monthly at The Anchor hotel for lunch and to hear a guest speaker. They choose a charity every year to support. CPT may have been a popular choice as it is a local charity and because it relates to sick children. Whatever the reason, well done to this group for their great generosity that will make such a difference to many.

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Thamesmead Awarded by Incorporated Society of Musicians Thamesmead School has been awarded the ISM Trust’s Silver Certificate. This means that more than 15% of all the school’s Year 11 students studied GCSE Music and achieved an A* to C grade. 40% of the students achieved an A* or A grade. Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for musicians – congratulated the school, saying: ‘We are delighted to recognise Thamesmead’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils. ‘Music is a valuable subject, it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Thamesmead School values music within their school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.’ The ISM is the UK’s fastest growing professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians, today they support nearly 8,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement. It is a great achievement by Thamesmead to receive the award and a just recognition of the talent in the school. The next big musical event, will be Thamesmead’s Got Talent on Thursday 6th July at 6.30pm. It will be a similar format to the summer soiree which many of you may have enjoyed in previous years and will be outside with refreshments.

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An attractive and well kept garden creates an excellent first impression and a bit of colour will lift the spirits of your buyer. This does not mean that you have to rival Kew Gardens or spend many back breaking hours toiling over the flowerbeds. The art is to create the illusion of space and show off your garden however large or small to its best after all it is a very important element of the home. •

Draw back those curtains, in other words trim back trees and shrubs that are robbing or blocking the light, as this will give the garden a greater feeling of size and also prevent moss growing in the lawn.

Jet wash off the garden furniture, children’s toys, drives, paths, patios and decking, as this will brighten up the area and reflect more light.

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Mowing the lawn and defining the edges, instantly gives your garden that manicured look and if you can add a few stripes, even better.

Create a sense of theatre with splashes of colour; geraniums and bedding plants are an excellent economical quick fix and if you can’t bear to be parted from your new found talents, plant in tubs that you can take with you when you move.

Set the scene, by setting out the patio furniture, with cushions and throws.

Move those trampolines and bulky toys to one corner and if they are no longer required, get them out of the garden.

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tired, a fresh coat of preservative will rejuvenate the oldest fence. Sheds are another area where you can liven things up and have a bit of colourful fun by painting it like a beach hut! One of our jobs in selling your home is to provide you with expert marketing advice and tips to help you achieve the best possible price. Please contact Owen and his friendly experienced team at Curchods, Shepperton office, who will be delighted to pop over to see you and make your next move an enjoyable experience. Owen Miles Partner, Curchods Shepperton 01932 230033

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Recipe of the Month Elderflower Cordial

Two variations on this summertime cordial, with thanks to Sally Dick. Pick blooms in late May/early June, but don’t pick immediately after rain as it means that the pollen will have been washed away Makes 5 pints. 20 average sized elderflower heads (in full flower) 4 lbs granulated sugar 35 oz, boiling water 2 ½ oz, citric acid – 63 grams Only bought in Chemist shops Grated rind of 2 lemons – sliced Pick heads the same day as making the syrup, they don’t keep. Shake off any bugs! Cut away as much as possible of the green stalks. Dissolve sugar in boiling water. Turn the heat off under the water and then add flowers, citric acid, sliced lemons and grated rind. Stir well. Cover and leave for 24 hours. Squeeze liquid through sieve, discard flowers and lemon. Filter liquid through muslin into a clean bowl. The classic way is a stool turned upside down and muslin hung from the feet over a large bowl. I actually just use the muslin over a bowl and squeeze all through that, though with care. They say it goes cloudy if squeezed too hard and ‘other things’ get into it. Just like making jelly from fruit. Put into bottles using a funnel. Keeps for six months in stoppered bottles in cool dark place. Well. I have kept it for two years before now!

Another recipe – found in the Telegraph some years ago Elderflower Cordial II 2 ½ lbs granulated sugar 2 oranges 50 grams/ 2 oz. citric acid 2 lemons 20 large flower heads Make a syrup by dissolving 2 ½ lbs of sugar in 3 pints of water, and boil for 5 minutes. Pour into a deep bowl and stir in citric acid, oranges and lemons roughly chopped and about 20 large flower heads. Stir night and morning for 4 days, then strain through muslin and bottle. Keep in a cool dark place. Add still or sparkling water and ice and enjoy a cooling drink in the summer sunshine.

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Tel : 01932 779431 June 2017 One of the great privileges about being a vicar is to officiate at funerals. It is the greatest privilege to preside at a service where we escort someone from this world to the next. Those of us who walk the Christian way of life take great comfort in the fact that death does not have the final word. Death does not mean the end of the story. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus we know that there is a new and glorious chapter awaiting just over the horizon. Heaven is a place where we will be reunited with our loved ones and find eternal rest in the arms of the Lord. I am a great cricket lover and I loved the response of the late great astronomer Sir Patrick Moore who was once asked if there would be any cricket played in heaven. “Of course” the great man harrumphed “otherwise it wouldn’t be called heaven….” At St Mary’s we have the great honour and privilege of having the oldest bell-ringer in the world still ringing with us and pulling the ropes. Mr Dennis Brock, a Sunbury Legend still going strong at the grand old age of 98! He was awarded the prestigious Order of St Mellitus Medal last year by the Bishop of London. Dennis puts us all to shame with his energy and what he gets up to! The Sunday Telegraph recently ran a lovely story about his quest to find an Italian Officer who saved his legs in the Second World War (google Dennis Brock, Sunbury and Sunday Telegraph for the whole story….). If you ever want to chat to Dennis to find out about Sunbury in the olden days after World War One up until the present time he would be pleased to see you. He can normally be found in church on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We have recently tweaked and simplified our service schedule. In effect this means that there will now be a service every Sunday at 8.00am, 9.30am and 11.30am. The 11.30am is aimed at families and those with children and is “lighter” in tone. The 11.30am Service on Pentecost Sunday (4 th June) should be amazing as by popular demand we will be having the wonderful puppets back. Come and join us ! If there is anything at all we can do for you at St Mary’s please get in touch. I am always available for a chat or to discuss a baptism, wedding or funeral. All good wishes and with every blessing,

Fr Andrew Rev’d Andrew Downes Vicar of St Mary’s, Sunbury-on-Thames

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Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Lower Sunbury Residents’ Association will take place at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street, Sunbury, on Wednesday 21 st June.

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Apologies for absence Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting Chairman’s report Treasurer’s report Election of Officers and Committee Guest speaker(s)* Open Forum Any other business *At the time of going to print and following the prorogation of parliament, Kwasi Kwarteng is no longer MP for Spelthorne but standing as a candidate for election on 8 th June. Provided he is successful and has no unexpected pressing business in the House, he expects to be available to speak on the night. We also expect Justine Glynn of the Environment Agency to give us an update on the Thames Flood Plan. Additionally, Colin Squire, chairman of Squires Garden Centres and Freeman of the Borough of Spelthorne is also expected to attend.

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Riverside and All That Jazz! If you have not yet discovered the monthly Sunday evening jazz at the Riverside Arts Centre (RAC), courtesy of Mood Indigo Events, then you have been missing out on something special. In the heart of Sunbury we have been treated to some sensational quality playing. Mood Indigo was set up by Janet McCann and Terence Collie to put on and promote high quality jazz in the area. They work tirelessly to bring some real talent together to celebrate jazz. They also both perform and boy you should hear Terry on the piano! The duo have also been running an annual jazz festival based out of Hampton. This year, the 5th festival will include Sunbury in the line up so you can join in at the RAC. There is a great line up of artists at the three venues: Riverside Arts Centre, Hampton Hill Theatre and Parkshot in RichBrandon Allen mond. Do check the website at the end of this article for the full schedule. Amongst artists are internationally acclaimed and multiple GRAMMYnominated pianist, composer and arranger Geoffrey Keezer. He started his career as an 18 year old, playing with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He closes the festival on Sunday June 4th with a group that also features Canadian vocalist Gillian Margot. There will also be an eclectic mix from the seventeen piece Gareth Lockrane Big Band to Dom Pipkin's solo show. The next generation of breakthrough talent with British Jazz Awards "Rising Star" 2016 Alexander Bone will also feature and regular festival performers the Richmond Youth Jazz Band have a slot too. There will be a free open-toall jam session and for the first time a workshop masterclass. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Grammy nominated Geoffrey Keezer will perform as part of the TW12 Jazz Festival

Co director Terry Collie said “We are essentially a two-person team and are committed to organising gigs throughout the year. We put on this event because we love this music; for us it's a joy to experience the wonderful live performances every year and we love giving both musicians and audiences an opportunity to enjoy this amazing art form in an intimate, great-sounding concert environment. This festival brings to the TW postcode the highest quality music for exceptional value.” TW12 jazz festival line up and tickets please check the website: For Sunbury’s regular jazz events


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Edward, Freda and Mrs Simpson By Monica Chard, Editor

Most of us living in Lower Sunbury will know about the connection with Edward VIII and local socialite Freda Dudley Ward. Freda lived in Monksbridge with her husband who chose to turn a blind eye to the affair with the Prince of Wales which started when Freda was only 23. The prince was a regular visitor to Sunbury and there is still evidence of the affair Freda Dudley Ward in the form of a topiary teddy (short for Edward of course) in the grounds of Monksbridge, which was apparently a gift from the prince. The affair lasted 17 years, although it was by no means his only affair. In 1929 Wallis came on the scene. She met Thelma, Lady Furness, the then-mistress of Edward, Prince of Wales. On 10 January 1931, Lady Furness introduced Wallis to the Prince. In January 1934, while Lady Furness was away in New York City, Wallis allegedly became the Prince's mistress. By the end of 1934, Edward was irretrievably besotted with Wallis, finding her domineering manner and abrasive irreverence toward his position appealing; in the words of his official biographer, he became "slavishly dependent" on her. At an evening party in Buckingham Palace, he introduced her to his parents. His father was outraged because of her marital history, as divorced people were generally excluded from court. Edward showered Wallis with money and jewels, and in February 1935, and again later in the year, he holidayed with her in Europe. His courtiers became increasingly alarmed as the affair began to interfere with his official duties. Shortly after Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


his coronation, the king created a constitutional crisis by proposing to Mrs Simpson, scandalous as her divorcee status. As Edward was head of the Church of England, their marriage was forbidden, leading to the king’s controversial abdication in December 1936. Edward was the first king since 1399 to relinquish the throne, and his decision recognised by the British government as the appropriate decision to make in the circumstances. After abdicating, the former king was created Duke of Windsor by his brother and successor, King George V. Wallis and Edward married on 3 June 1937 at the Château de Candé, loaned to them by French millionaire Charles Bedaux. After the wedding, Wallis was formally known as the Duchess of Windsor, without the title "Her Royal Highness". She was instead styled as "Her Grace", a style normally reserved for non-royal dukes and duchesses. The Duchess of Windsor died on 24 April 1986 at her home in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris. Her funeral was held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, attended by her two surviving sisters-in-law – the Queen Mother and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester – and other members of the royal family. The Queen, Prince Philip, and the Prince and Princess of Wales attended both the funeral ceremony and the burial. She was buried next to Edward in the Royal Burial Ground near Windsor Castle, as "Wallis, Duchess of Windsor".





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Sunbury Community Detox Programme As part of their growing programme of Community offerings from late April St Saviours church Sunbury will be offering a Detox Programme. In partnership with the Keys Detox Project, it is a programme of integrated medical, spiritual and community support, and the focus will be on the assessment and management of drug and alcohol withdrawal. Recommendation and approval to participate in the programme will come from the clients own GP, other specialist treatment agencies, or via self referral . An essential element is that there has to be an active ongoing commitment by those being treated to actively change their lifestyle, and to free themselves from their dependency. The KEYS Project is a charity established in 2013 by Dr Steve Smith, a GP specialist in substance misuse, to coordinate a programme of church based community detox. Dr Smith said: “Through my work in drug clinics and in particular, from work in an in-patient drug and alcohol detox unit, I recognised that a large number of people are seeking a spiritual route to recovery (especially via the 12-steps used by Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous). I was also aware that many church groups are offering spiritual as well as practical support to people caught up in addictions. I therefore sought to facilitate the work of these groups by setting up a supportive medical service, which has become ‘KEYS Community Detox’. This involves helping small church teams to support their clients by liaising with the client’s own GP or prescribing drug clinic." Project Manager Claire Hopkins of St. Saviours said: “It really is a case of Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow. But it should be emphasised that the Community Detox Programme is not a temporary sticking plaster, but rather a proven programme which will be run by professionals in their field. We are offering practical help where it is needed in our community.” Contact Claire on 07549 952161 or email

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Exotic Nature in Sunbury

It is a fact that nature is changing. I used to be irritated when I was regularly woken up by the tweeting of sparrows, but we hardly see any now. Murmurations of starlings were a much more widespread occurrence but now you have to seek them out. What we do have is the exotic squawking of parakeets in our gardens, much to the awe of overseas visitors. They are commonplace on bird feeders now. You can’t dispute the fact they are pretty and exotic, but they are taking up nesting sites of some of our British birds like the woodpeckers who work so hard to make their homes, only to find the usurpers - the parakeets - have moved in. They also make a heck of a racket! But did you realise how many terrapins live in the rivers? I spotted this one sitting on a log on the Creek in Lower Sunbury recently. It just sat and sunbathed and caused quite an interest amongst residents. The story goes that they are grown up discarded pets (yes, the little things DO grow up!) who have thrived in the river. If you look them up online they are known as feral terrapins. Apparently they terrorise ducks and are partial to a duckling or two! Look out for them when it is sunny.

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Spelthorne in Bloom 2017

Let’s get our borough blooming again. The annual Spelthorne in Bloom competition is now underway. It is designed to encourage people who live and work in the Borough to take pride in their local environment. You can either enter the competition or sponsor one of the many hanging baskets which you will see around our villages. There are 11 categories to choose from, including best kept front garden, best kept public house and best hanging basket. There is the opportunity to win vouchers or prizes and it is free to enter. It is the taking part and embellishing our community that it the most important. I entered my own last year in the riverside garden category and although I didn’t win, it made me make a lot of effort to have a beautiful garden all summer. The annual Competition is run by the Spelthorne in Bloom Committee, and is open to all residents, businesses, schools, churches and licensed premises within the Spelthorne Borough boundary. Judging will take place from early July through August and winners will be announced at a ceremony at Shepperton Studios in September. The baskets, (which are supplied by Spelthorne Council), cost £112.00 for a large size. This incudes watering and maintenance for the whole

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season, so you don’t need to do a thing! They should be splendid all the way through to the end of October - so they do have long term benefit. Why not sponsor a basket and see how it blooms over the summer. Baskets can be sponsored directly by contacting the council via the website: or call 01784 446411 . Happy blooming!


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Who Are You Gonna Call?

Well, Ghostbusters are not going to be of much use to us here! There is always a lot of confusion about who to speak to at the county or borough council about what; fly-tipping, antisocial behaviour, vermin, planning, transport etc etc etc. So we thought it would be helpful to reproduce this handy guide, with contact information, which was published in the Spelthorne Bulletin recently (with their permission). Keep hold of it then you will always have a handy guide and avoid the frustration of not knowing who can help when you need it.

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Televising the Royals We often see images of families crowding around tiny TV sets in 1953, watching the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. My understanding was that this was the real dawn of TV and broadcast. It may be true that this is when TV began reaching a wider audience, but in fact the first televising of a coronation was 80 years ago.

George VI's coronation at Westminster Abbey took place on 12 May 1937, the date previously intended for Edward's coronation. The ceremony was attended by the King and Queen's daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, as well as by the King's mother, the dowager Queen Mary, making it the first British coronation attended by an already crowned queen. The coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and as Emperor and Empress of India took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 12 May 1937. King George ascended the throne upon the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, on 10 December 1936, three days before his 41st birthday. Edward's coronation had been planned for 12 May 1937 and it was decided to continue with his brother and sister-in-law's coronation on the same date. Although the music included a range of new anthems and the ceremony underwent some alterations to include the Dominions, it remained a largely conservative affair and To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

closely followed the ceremonial of King George V's coronation in 1911. The ceremony began with the anointing of the King, symbolising his spiritual entry into kingship, and then his crowning and enthronement, representing his assumption of temporal powers and responsibilities. The peers of the realm then paid homage to the King before a shorter and simpler ceremony was conducted for the Queen's coronation. The return procession to Buckingham Palace was over six miles in length, making it the longest coronation procession up to that time; crowds of people lined the streets to watch it, over thirty-two thousand soldiers took part and twenty thousand police officers lined the route. The coronation was commemorated by the issuing of official medals, coinage, and stamps, by military parades across the Empire, and by numerous unofficial celebrations, including street parties and the production of memorabilia. The coronation cost £454,000, which was more than three times the cost of the 1911 ceremony The procession was broadcast on the BBC Television Service, which had only been operating since the previous November. Several tons of television cables, measuring 8 miles (13 km), were laid across central London, so that the images from three Emitron television cameras could be sent to the transmission centre at Alexandra Palace. Commentary was by Frederick Grisewood, who was with the cameras at Hyde Park Corner. The coverage of the procession is regarded as being the BBC's first outside broadcast. In reviewing the broadcast, The Daily Telegraph commented: "Horse and foot, the Coronation procession marched into English homes yesterday," while the Daily Mail said: "When the King and Queen appeared the picture was so vivid that one felt that this magical television is going to be one of the greatest of all modern inventions.�


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Spelthorne - Worst Air in Surrey?

A letter in the Observer recently from a local resident laments the air quality of Spelthorne. It talks about the government’s plan to reduce air pollution which has been criticised in the national press recently. Spelthorne has large amounts of particulates - tiny bits of liquids of solids in the air, which we then breath in. These particulates can settle in the airwaves and cause premature death or aggravate heart and lung conditions. According to the letter printed in a national newspaper, Spelthorne has one of the highest death rates attributable to air pollution in the UK. Over the last couple of years, LOSRA has been campaigning through Spelthorne Council for the installation of an air quality monitoring station at Sunbury Cross, to replace the one which was removed without announcement a few years ago as an economy measure. It is well known that Sunbury Cross, with the concentration of traffic in the area, is one of the two most polluted sites in Surrey, so in the view of LOSRA it is essential that as much data and information as possible is available to monitor just how bad the situation is at this location. The whole of Spelthorne Borough is designated an Air Quality Action Zone. The monitoring station will be active for a 12 month period, collating data on pollution with a view to making informed decisions about how to tackle the problem. The monitoring results will be uploaded in real time to the Heathrow Airwatch website so anyone who is interested will be able to view and download the data. Situated, as we are, close to Heathrow Airport with two major motorways and a dense population, you do not have to be a scientist to conclude that the addition of the large incinerator coming our way is not going to help the situation! The 12 months of air quality monitoring will be well and truly over before that gets going though so whatever we learn from the exercise, the situation will only get worse.

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inch pots of multi-purpose compost until they become established. They can then be planted out in the garden. The whole process only takes a matter of a few weeks! Violas are happy in sun, or dappled shade and prefer soil that doesn’t become too dry, so in fact they are the perfect plant for most British gardens and will provide masses of colour at ankle-height. I have many favourites. There is a pretty purple and yellow one in my garden called Heartsease which migrated from a neighbour’s garden and has selfseeded everywhere. I added Grey Owl, which is pale blue and soft yellow, and I propagated one from my mother-in-law’s garden, called Irish Molly, which is various shades of subtle green, though I’ve seen other colours also being sold under that name! This year I have an exquisitely pretty fragrant variety called Sorbet ‘Yellow Frost’. I can’t recommend it highly enough. The thing is, they are so easy to grow that you can go to any garden centre and pick your favourite colour combination. Whether you say vee-oh-la or vy-oh-la, this lovely little flower will add music to your garden display.

Living in a house full of string players I have to think how to pronounce viola. My musicians say vee-oh-la but gardeners generally say vy-oh-la! Either way it’s a wonderfully obliging little flower and so easy to grow. Violas are a smaller-flowered version of a pansy but are more reliably perennial. They come in an amazingly wide range of colours and flower patterns. They are also incredibly easy to propagate. To make more viola plants simply cut off 7-8cm / 3 inches of the shoot tips at any Happy Gardening. time of year. Remove the lower leaves and root them into sandy compost. When they By Rachael Leverton take, repot the little plantlets into 7.5cm / 3 To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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What’s Happening Locally? Email Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme! Coffee Time on Friday 2 June between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. This Coffee Time theme will be Famous People of Sunbury. Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury Where better to celebrate the Father’s Day weekend on 17-18 June than at Kempton Steam Museum? The world’s greatest working triple-expansion steam engine will be in action both days, as will our narrow-gauge railway. So treat Dad to a day out plus tea and home-made cake. We can’t guarantee the weather… but we can guarantee a fun day for all the family. For information, call 01568 720571 or visit Summer Serenade at St Mary’s Saturday 24th June 2017 7.30pm Kathryn Harries and Friends return for an evening of songs from Opera, Operetta and Musical Theatre with a few additional surprises to cater for all tastes. TICKETS: £10:00 with interval refreshments BOX OFFICE: 01932 232068. Kathryn has given many delightful evenings and this will be yet another as she brings her young artistes as they embark on their professional careers. DO JOIN US! Shepperton Village Fair - June 10th. Procession from 11am down the High Street then entertainment and stalls in Manor Park, and the great Nauticalia Raft Race of course. Fun for everyone! River Day. June 24th. From 9.30am on Kings Lawn. The Gloriana will be crewed by Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club, rowing the Mayor down to Staines. Sunbury Sports Bowls Club. OPEN EVENING - THURSDAY 1ST JUNE FROM 4pm. New and experienced bowlers very welcome at this friendly club situated in Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury (Cricket Club Ground). Lovely surroundings by the river. Club nights held every Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock and or Thursday evening at 4.O'clock. Come along and have a go to see if you like it – no obligation to join. Free coaching by arrangement. PS Bring a friend with you! Contact Dave Chatterton Tel: 01932 783092 or James Whelan 01932 784311 Sunbury Neighbours is a voluntary organisation helping those in need in our community. More daytime volunteers are needed to either man the duty phone at home or provide transport to medical appointments etc. If you enjoy meeting people and have the occasional spare hour to help then please contact Nigel on 787343 or John on 784432

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#SeeYouAtTheFair Surbiton Royal British Legion Youth Marching Band Procession and Hogsback Harley-Davidsons and 11 other contributors (starts 11.15am) Stilt-walker Chippy Wood’s Punch & Judy At the Fairground & Kiddie Cars 1912 & 1925 Steam Rollers Fairgound The Nauticalia Raft Race Marquee Field & Craft Stalls (from 12noon just follow the History of the Fair Exhibition Food Outlets & Tea Tent procession) Craft & Photographic Competitions Climbing Wall

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Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email Beauclerc Summer Fayre, French Street, TW16 5QF. Saturday 24th June, 12 - 3pm Lots of fun for the whole family including a bouncy slide, pony rides, raffle, local dance company and choir performing, games, BBQ, bar, ice cream van and a Fire Engine! All welcome, admission £1 per adult, children free! The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for retired professional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please Spelthorne Archers - “Try Archery, a traditional English sport”. Beginner courses held on Tuesday evenings end of April until September, 6pm until dusk. All equipment, instruction and refreshments provided. Certificate on completion. At Lakeside Sports Ground, Sunbury on Thames. Also groups or organisations can book an archery experience, available on Monday or Wednesday evenings. Includes equipment, instruction, refreshments and a fun competition. To book, contact Training Officer, David Robinson More information at The New Egham Singers Summer Concert will take place on Saturday 8 July at the Performing Arts Centre, ACS Egham International School starting at 6.15 pm. The programme will include a wide range of musical styles including pop, folk, show tunes, classical, and Summer Proms. The concert will raise funds for Sight for Surrey. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children 15 and under). To reserve tickets please email or contact the box office (by text message only please) on 07884 331195. 6th-8th July. Staines Musical Theatre Group Presents 21st CENTURY WEST END Songs of the last 17 years from well known West End Shows. Performing at Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 5QF Tickets £12 (concessions £10) Book online at: OR call 01784 605805

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Index of Advertisers Adult Learning Kingston Uni 22 Creative Writing 23 Bedrooms Ashford Interiors 5 Bookkeeper Jenny Austin Burgess18 Builders W Brown & Sons 53 Business LSBC 9 BoB 9 Car Bodywork Chip & Paint Repair 52 Care for Elderly Alina 36 Moor Place 29 Sunbury Nursing 40 Children’s Workshop Stagecoach 7 Chiropody Shepperton Chirop. 36 Chiropractor Spine Central 10 Computer Services My PC Helper 22

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Glasswork Fireplaces and Doors

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Peco’s manufacture quality, bespoke front and internal doors in the traditional method using sustainable timber faithfully recreated from original designs. We supply Etched & Leaded Glass to either your own, or one of our many designs, including Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, 1920’s/30’s.

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Fordbridge Road, TW16

The Avenue, TW16

A six bedroom house on a large plot with the River Ash running through the garden. The fully modernised house offers over 3,000 sq.ft of flexible accommodation, with a detached two bedroom annex, energy rating c.

A seven bedroom detached family home with a gated entrance, off street parking and a garage. The house offers over 3,300 sq.ft of living space and has been finished to a high standard throughout, energy rating d.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100


Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100


Ormond Avenue, TW12

The Avenue, TW16

A modern four bedroom semi-detached family home that offers flexible living space with stylish interior and a landscaped rear garden. Ideally set in the heart of Hampton Village, energy rating b.

A four bedroom house on one of Sunbury’s most popular roads. With ample living space, modern kitchen, large rear garden and two bathrooms it has what every family requires, energy rating e.

Dexters Hampton 020 8255 8899

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June 2017 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

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