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June 2018

Issue 88 FREE to homes in Lower Sunbury

Squire’s Rose Show - June 23rd/24th

Welcome! The season on Pimms and sunshine is upon us. Local events are the order of the day in June. We start with Sunbury Open Gardens on June 3rd. It is a chance to see some of the hidden gems of Sunbury. If you go to Monksbridge you will also see the magnificent Spelthorne Gymnastics perform. (Tickets from van Wonderen). Can you help on the day? If you can spare an hour to be on the gate at the participating gardens please contact Sue March 01932 786675. Shepperton Fair is on June 9th at Manor Park, the same day as Molesey Carnival (who this year are putting on pig racing!) and Staines upon Thames Day is on June 24th with the famous duck race to entertain. Finally do drop in to Squire’s Rose Show. Lots to do.

June 2018 Now all we need is for the glorious weather to continue. In this month’s issue we also look at parking. Pavement parking is becoming a real issue and an anti social one at that. But is it legal? Potholes and abandoned boats are also bug bears. We look at it all, interspersed with history and local interest stories. Enjoy!

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The ’Lendy’ Lion 4 Consultation on the Local Plan 6 Sunbury/Shepperton Arts Festival 8/9 Travel Clinic on the High St 11 Sunbury Foodbank to Feed 5000 16 The Thames is Becoming a Boat Dump 18 Is Pavement Parking Illegal? 24 Overdevelopment on Green St? 28 A Sunbury Suffragette 31 Recipe of the Month 34 Potholes and Holes in Finances 36 Bell Ringing for DofE Awards 38 Pilgrim’s Progress 40 Spelthorne Gymnasts this Summer 42 St Mary’s Newsletter 45 Staines upon Thames Day 46 LOSRA Says 48 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On/Noticeboard 58/61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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The ‘Lendy’ Lion By Nick Pollard

The ‘Lendy Lion’ is today a well-known centrepiece of the Walled Garden in Lower Sunbury, but this in is fact its third home. As seen in this photo dating from about 1905, it was originally erected beside the Thames, just opposite St. Mary’s Church. The Lion surmounted a memorial to the two sons of Major Auguste Frederic Lendy, a French officer, who had run a private military academy in Sunbury. Both sons had died within a couple of weeks of each other, on military service in Africa. The younger, Edward, was a Captain in the Sherwood Foresters Regiment, but serving as an Inspector with the Frontier Police in Sierra Leone (winning the D.S.O.) when he was killed aged 25 in a ‘friendly fire’ incident with allied French forces at Waiima on December 23rd, 1893. A memorial to Edward and the French troops killed in the same incident was erected on the spot. The elder, Charles, was a Captain in the Royal Artillery, but also on detachment, this time to the British South Africa Company. He died, aged 30, at Bulawayo in present-day Zimbabwe, on 15th January 1894. A fitness fanatic, it seems he died from complications following an internal injury when competing in the shot putt. Charles also has a memorial in Bulawayo, erected by his comrades there. It seems their friends in Sunbury very quickly turned their thoughts to commemorating the brothers in their home village, as in The Standard for 12th February 1894, a letter from Mr J.H. Matthews of ‘Rippledene’, Sunbury, was published, appealing for funds to build a memorial, in particular to former pupils of Major Lendy, adding that £90 had already been raised (‘Rippledene’ was a large house in French Street, later known as ‘Beauclerc’, and now the site of Beauclerc School). The memorial was duly erected soon after, and as can be seen, besides the Lion and an inscription to the Lendy brothers, it also incorporated a drinking fountain and was surrounded by railings. It formed a prominent Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

landmark on the riverbank between Wilson’s Ferry and the now-demolished house ‘Weir View’, for the next 45 years or so. In 1940, during the Second World War, a stick of bombs fell across the area, and one demolished the Lendy Memorial. Only the Lion was salvaged, and eventually it was moved to the lawn in front of the Sunbury Council offices, which were then at Benwell House , at the northern end of Green Street. In the 1980s, when plans were made to revitalise the walled garden in Sunbury Park, which had recently been acquired by Spelthorne Council, the Lion was re-erected on a new plinth with a copy of the original inscription. The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society has its usual stand in the marquee at Shepperton Village Fair on June 9th. Do come along and see our exhibition of old photos, or purchase one of our range of books dealing with the history of the area. www.villagematters.co.uk



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Consultation on the Local Plan By Alan Doyle, Keep Kempton Green

As you may have gathered by now, Spelthorne Council has just disseminated its Issues and Options document for consultation. The consultation will run until 25 June 2018. The Issues and Options document sets out a menu of four approaches which the Council may take in deciding where to locate the housing and business premises which it is required to build to meet the targets set by Whitehall. The current housing target is 166 dwellings p.a. Central government now wants 590 dwellings p.a. to be built. The Council’s planners expect to be able to build 428 of those 590 on sites in the Borough outside the Green Belt and flood-risk areas, and at the current housing density guidelines. It is the remaining 162 dwellings p.a. that cannot currently be catered for without increasing density levels or encroaching on Green Belt. That is what this consultation is about. The Council is asking for your views as residents. The four Options are – very briefly - as follows: 1.Meet all our need for housing, including affordable housing and Gypsy and Traveller pitches, employment and other development in the urban area without amending Green Belt boundaries.

the beginning of June. It is vitally important that you reply to this consultation, because there are two great elephant traps immediately ahead of us: * It would be a huge mistake to assume that, because Councillors and officials are well aware of the strength of feeling about building houses on Kempton Park, we can leave it to them. We are now engaged in the formal process of Reviewing our Local Plan, and we must, formally, make these feelings known. If we don’t, we run the severe risk that our views will not be taken into account when it is decided where and how densely packed the new housing will be. We need to leave the Spelthorne planners, and the Planning Inspector who will conduct the Examination in Public of our new Local Plan in due course, in no doubt whatsoever * It would also be a huge mistake to think that there is no point fighting development at Kempton Park, as it will all be decided in ‘smoke-filled rooms’ out of public view. If we had a pound for every occasion people had told us that it is futile fighting the developers and the planners, we could afford to buy the Kempton Park estate outright, and provide free ice-creams for life to the residents of this Borough with the loose change.

2.Release large areas of Green Belt for housing and other development.

We began opposing this development five years ago, when we became aware that the plans for Kempton Park were, indeed, being discussed in smoke-filled rooms. Then, the Jockey Club assumed they would be finished building by now. But not a brick has been laid. It is amazing what we can achieve if we put our minds to it. Responding to this Issues and Options consultation is part of that endeavour.

3.Focus new development opportunities in Staines-upon-Thames. 4.A combination of the other three options. Each if these Options has pros and cons. These are discussed more fully in the Issues and Options document. You may also have other ideas about the pros and cons of each. We urge you to read the document – it is an easy read – and think about your responses. We, KKG, will let you know our thinking at Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Travel Clinic in Shepperton for all Your Needs

Planning a visit overseas requires a certain amount of organisation. We are not only talking passports, visas and sun cream. We often need to consider vaccinations and antimalarials as well. Getting yourself sorted can be a time consuming process and getting an appointment at the doctor may be lengthy. But help is at hand on Shepperton high street. Trio Pharmacy now offers a walk in service where you can get your holiday vaccinations done with as little hassle as possible by lead pharmacist Farakh Riaz, who has up to date knowledge of travel medicine, disease processes and malaria prevention. Trio is also a dedicated Yellow Fever centre and they even offer a Saturday clinic. This service is relevant to you for your business trips, school trips, honeymoon or casual holidays. They have it all. You pay for the vaccination only, not an appointment fee. If you need a new passport then it is worth getting the photo done at Trio too. Steve knows exactly what the rules are, the dimensions needed and can produce your photos for you within minutes. You can be certain they are the correct specifications rather than sitting in a photo booth hoping you get it right, only to have your application rejected when you send it off. It is so worth while and is no more expensive than a booth.

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Flags out for Royal Couple

Sunbury is celebrating the happy couple. Not Dennis van Wonderen and John Carey but of course Harry and Meghan!

The Lower Sunbury Business Group funded the flags and we thank our heroes John and Dennis for scaling the heights of Avenue Parade to decorate the village for the Royal occasion! Thank you boys!

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Don’t Blame Foxes. Take Rubbish Home! It has been wonderful to enjoy some balmy weather. We have the river on our doorstep to enjoy and plenty of green spaces to hang out and have a picnic. But it is shocking to see the aftermath of a nice weekend. Walking my dogs on Rivermead Island one Monday morning we were greeted with a sea of rubbish: BBQ’s (not allowed anyway by the way), bottles, food containers, even a picnic blanket. I accept the fact that foxes can be naughty little blighters, but I have never seen them use nox, drink beer or use a blanket! If the bins are full, then for goodness sake, TAKE


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Something’s Cooking as Sunbury Foodbank Goes Large for Summer

On Sunday 17th June St Saviour’s Sunbury Foodbank will attempt to feed 5000 people on waste/surplus food that is good to eat and would otherwise be thrown away. It will take place at Kempton Race Course from 10.00am onwards. They have given their venue for free and even the cooking pots will be massive ( see picture)! Also an ambitious summer programme will include a commitment to feed 50 families (over 250 people) for a 6 week period. That’s over 1500 meals, and to achieve this we will need massive amounts of lunch donations. We need Milk, Pasta sauce, Bread, Sandwich

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fillings, Tinned meats, Crisps (multi packs), Biscuits, Chocolate bars and cakes, Fruit, Cheese and Butter. On Thursday 2nd August we are also looking to organise an afternoon of activities for our Foodbank families. We want to have a big day out by coach to take families out for the day. And among other possibilities we are thinking of providing swimming passes for pools in Sunbury, Staines and Hampton Open Air, as well as Bowling passes or Cinema passes for the cheaper morning shows. Add to the above if possible Merlin passes for Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventure or Legoland. All this will need both donations and sponsorship. Why not sponsor a family or a trip? To donate details are: Ref summer lunches Charity no 1130267 Bank sort code 20-81-11 Account number 20760331 Claire Hopkins, St Saviour’s Sunbury 07980 647 302


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Debris and Hazard - Abandoned Boats Must be Moved! Around Easter time the heavy flood waters claimed another boat. Situated right outside St Mary’s it joined another upside down vessel by Wilson’s Boatyard and becomes another eyesore on this beautiful stretch of river. One of our readers contacted us about it and the many other abandoned craft in the same area. Some are visible from the bank, and some lurk under the surface, a menace to passing boats. We have attempted before to engage with the council and the EA over abandoned boats. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the boat owner to remove the vessel. Surely boats which are moored on these moorings are registered to someone. Is it not time to penalise owners and force them to remove this blot on the river at their own expense? We cannot go on ignoring a growing disaster. Boats abandoned along the riverbank are growing in number at an alarming rate, taking mooring spaces as well as looking dreadful. It is incontrovertible that sinking craft are not only a hazard but will also add to the flooding problems.

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Rehome Your Wedding Gear Think about it! We all squirrel our lovely clothes away after a wedding; dress, shoes, tiara, veil, mother of the bride outfit, bridesmaid dresses etc etc. The Princess Alice Hospice shop, 17, High St, Shepperton, has a dedicated boutique selling donated wedding and prom outfits. It is incredible what beauties you can find there. Needless to say, with prices from ÂŁ50-250, it is a popular place to look for outfits. Therein lies the problem. They are down on stock! Please look in your wardrobe and ask yourself if you really are ever going to do anything with it. If not, you know that you are helping an amazing local charity to support people when they need it at the end of their days.

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Floral Corner by van Wonderen FLOWERS Tel: 01932 761071 And so we find ourselves in June. The weather has certainly been much kinder in the recent weeks and it feels like summer has really started. Weren’t we just blessed with the sunny days during the Chelsea Flower Show last month? The crowds lapped up the sunshine and it really made the gardens appear to shine on your TV screens. Inside the Great Pavillion we were busy with the florist of the year competition which this year carried a schedule with a royal theme. The competitors were asked to create a Fantasy Floral Throne for a spring themed wedding whilst the entrants in the

Floristry College competition were asked to create a floral arch way. Little did we know when we wrote the schedule over a year ago that the arch ways at Windsor Castle were going to be so beautifully adorned with white flowers and a great selection of foliages. I’m writing this article whilst I am at the show so I can include some snaps of the entries for you all to see. You may even have managed to catch a glimpse of them on telly if you watched the coverage of the show.

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www.vwflowers.co.uk As a florist being able to promote our skills to the general public at a high profile event such as Chelsea is a real privilege. Consumers have such a choice of where to buy flowers these days but sadly this doesn’t always guarantee success. Being a florist by trade I’m obviously going to tell you to shop at your local florist shop but I’m also aware that you can buy flowers at supermarkets, petrol stations and garden centres to name but a few. Even some on line clothing stores are now selling flowers. The RHS is very proud to showcase professional florists at their shows who like the gardeners, designers and horticultural experts earn a living solely from their profession rather then selling flowers as an add on to their core range. Being a florist is much more than just selling flowers, we take immense pride in everything we do. It’s also a real labour of love these days as with all the rising costs there is very little to be made in this industry. Many florists are surrendering their leases on their shops and start working from home or a studio away from the high street in order to cut their overheads. Figures from the British florist association tell us that there are 8-10 shops closing down each month which is a really sad state of affairs. So spare a little though for your local florists and save the high street. The world would be a very sad place if we would be left with all generic shops in every town. It’s the quirky independent shops that make a town really thrive and prosper and a real draw for shoppers. The future is in your hands, use it wisely. Next month we’ll be at RHS Hampton Court, the legendary flower show right on our doorstep. Come and see us in the talks theatre for daily floristry demonstrations. Until then, enjoy the sunshine. Till next month!


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Pavement Parking - Legal or Illegal? By John Hirsh, Hon. Vice-chairman, LoSRA

The County Highways Authority recently claimed that pavement parking per se is illegal in this Borough. This is factually incorrect which is a bit of a worry given their role as the ultimate arbiters on road safety matters. There is in fact no national prohibition against on-street or ‘pavement parking’ except in relation to heavy commercial vehicles. London where all pavement parking is deemed illegal is dealt with under separate legislation. This said, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it is considering an overhaul of traffic laws to prevent vehicles from blocking paths and causing difficulties for wheelchair users, people with pushchairs and blind pedestrians. The move would bring the rest of England into line with London, which has had an all-out ban on pavement parking for more than 40 years. Some local councils have long pushed for the change, saying it was a “nonsense” that those outside London were treated differently. However, Edmund King, president of the AA, opposes a total ban. “There are some streets that are so narrow that if cars park on both sides it wouldn’t allow emergency vehicles or bin lorries to get through. We would be concerned if there was a blanket ban because it is clearly possible in some areas to park on the pavement while still allowing room for pushchairs or people in wheelchairs to pass.” (The Times 4th April). We shouldn’t be too excited about this as similar parking overhauls have been attempted before in 1974, 1979 and 1986 and, rather like caps on the funding of health and social care, proved to be too difficult and may be found parked somewhere in the long grass. The most recent government action came in 2011 when the DfT wrote to councils “prompting them to use their powers to prevent parking on the pavement where it is a problem”, and giving all councils in England permission to use signs to indicate a local on-street/pavement parking ban without the need for special signs authorisation from the Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Department each time they wanted to put a pavement parking ban in place. Current government guidance also encourages all local authorities to take alternative non-legislative measures to discourage pavement parking. This includes suggestions such as guardrails, the planting of trees and the placement of bollards on pavements. Such physical measures, whilst perhaps costly in the first instance, have the advantage of being selfpolicing and self-enforcing. (This said, it’s fair to say that the recently installed bollards in Green Street (pictured) have had a mixed reception).

Recent arrival of bollards in Green St to stop pavement parking

Nevertheless, whilst not of itself illegal, if pavement-parked vehicles cause unlawful obstruction an offence under the 1988 Road Traffic Act will have been committed. The main point required to prove an offence of unlawful obstruction of the pavement is that the obstruction is actual and not merely perceived. Consequently, somebody must have made a formal complaint; or the police themselves must witness the actual inconvenience to a pedestrian in order for them to take action.

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Overdevelopment and Loss of Trees in Lower Sunbury We know about the demand on the borough council for housing. Stringent targets set by government. We live in a democracy where we can fight applications that we as residents deem unacceptable and out of keeping with our village. It was with some shock that Sunbury Matters learned from a reader of the plan to redevelop the old Schindlers Lifts (Benwell House) site at the top of Green Street. Many of us will have passed by this site for years, unaware of what goes on there because it is totally shielded by mature trees. We learned that the plan is to fell a huge amount of these trees (despite TPOs?) and that plans are afoot to convert the office to a 6 storey block of flats plus an additional new building of 31 flats (the addition of which LOSRA were not made aware of). The development is to be known as Ceaser Court in memory of the late Gerry Ceaser. Surely the man who was behind such events as Carols in the Meadow and Friends of Sunbury Park would not have been happy to see high rise building coming to Lower Sunbury and the loss of some 92 trees, 38 trees of which are graded A or B which mean they are of high/medium quality with significant value and visual importance (this is from the councils own arboricultural survey). These trees provide a vital barrier between the M3/ Sunbury Cross and the residences at the top of Green Street/ Benwell Meadow. Objections to the plan had to be in by May 24th so too late by now, but as the council will be awarding permission to itself it seems unlikely we could hope for amendments. We did send this piece for comment to Ian Harvey, leader of Spelthorne Council, but have not received a response at the time of going to press. We don’t like to be negative, but the loss of trees is substantial and the change of the approach into Lower Sunbury will be affected hugely.

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A Sunbury Suffragette By Ken Battle As you will have noted, this year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave women over 30 the right to vote (women over 21 had to wait until an Act of 1928 to gain the same voting rights as men). Some recent research has shown that Rosa May Billinghurst (usually known as May) was a prominent suffragette who lived at 2 Fordbridge Road, Sunbury, for quite a number of years. May was born in Lewisham in 1875, but at the age of five contracted polio and for the rest of her life wore leg irons and used crutches or a specially modified hand propelled tricycle for mobility. Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903 to follow the militant agenda ‘Deeds not Words’. May joined the WSPU in 1907 and soon became actively involved in organising campaign events and public meetings. She quickly became a recognisable public figure, widely known as the ‘cripple’ or ‘tricycle’ suffragette, often seen about with her tricycle decked out in purple, white and green WSPU ribbons and ‘Votes for Women’ banners. In 1908, May joined a march to the Albert Hall to demand more decisive action from the Government. On the 18th November 1910, a deputation of about 300 women went to the House of Commons where they were met by ranks of police. During a six hour pitched battle, many were brutally assaulted by the police. This day became known as Black Friday and it is believed that two women died later from injuries sustained during the day. May was tipped from her tricycle before being taken down a side street where the police removed the valves from her tyres to leave her stranded. May was arrested later that day and released with a fine. In 1912, a widespread campaign of smashing shop windows began. May became quite involved as she was able to use her tricycle to To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

convey house bricks concealed beneath her rug, but was arrested on the 12th March and sentenced to an impractical one month’s hard labour in Holloway Prison. A new form of protest began in December 1912, when many suffragettes poured black sticky fluids into pillar boxes in order to destroy their contents. May travelled from one pillar box to another with bottles of fluid hidden beneath her rug, but was arrested at a box on the 17th December. May was tried at the Old Bailey on the 8th January 1913, where the jury found her guilty and she was sentenced to eight months imprisonment. May went on a hunger strike and was force-fed, but during the ordeal her face was injured and a tooth damaged. Following an appeal to the Home Secretary, she was released on the 18th January after serving just ten days. On the 21st May 1914, May made an unsuccessful attempt to chain herself to the railings of Buckingham Palace. On the 4th August 1914, England declared war on Germany. On the 10th August the Government released all the suffragettes who were in prison and the WSPU agreed to end their militant activities to help with the war effort. In remembrance of May, she is one of just 59 women and men of the suffrage movement, whose names and portraits have been etched on the plinth of the recently unveiled bronze statue in Parliament Square, commemorating Millicent Fawcett who led the earlier National Union of Women’s Suffrage Society (NUWSS). By 1939, May was living at ‘Minikor’, 2 Fordbridge Road, Sunbury, and remained there until her death in 1953 aged 78. Ken Battle is a member of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society.


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Recipe of the Month Green Gooseberry Jam

This wonderfully tart jam goes well with scones and cream and makes a lovely filling for a Victoria Sponge cake Makes: 2 jars (approximately)

push it across the plate with your forefinger. It should wrinkle up if it’s ready. If it only wrinkles slightly, pop the saucer back in the freezer and bring the jam back to the boil and boil for a few more minutes.

Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour A cooking thermometer is necessary for this recipe. Also jam jars and a saucer. The saucer should be placed in the freezer to keep it cold. Ingredients 900g Slightly under-ripe gooseberries, topped and tailed 900g-1kg Granulated sugar 600ml water

Skim any scum from the top of the jam and pour it into the prepared jars. Cover the surface of the jam with waxed discs, wax-side down, and either quickly cover each jar with a dampened round of cellophane and rubber band or leave to go cold before covering with cellophane or a screw-top lid. Sealing the jars well prevents the build-up of condensation under the lid, which could lead to mould.

Method First wash your jam jars in hot soapy water, then rinse well. Put them into a preheated oven at 160°C/gas 3 until you are ready to use them. Put the fruit and water only into a large, heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently until the skins are soft. If you add the sugar the skins will not soften. Add the sugar and stir over a low heat until it has dissolved completely. Don't boil the jam before the sugar has dissolved or it may crystallise during storage. Once the sugar has dissolved bring the jam to a rapid but steady boil and boil until it reaches a temperature of between 105°C and 110°C. After about 15 minutes your jam should have become more viscous and clear and you will need to see whether setting point has been reached. This is called the ‘wrinkle test’. Remove the saucer from the freezer. Take the pan off the heat, spoon a little jam onto the plate and leave until completely cold. Then Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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Growing Potholes and the Big Hole in Finances! There has been so much comment on social media recently about “the state of the roads” and many of you have faced hefty car repairs as a result of potholes. The hard winter has been a major contributor. We thought it might be useful to share comments on the issue from Colin Kemp, Surrey County Council. Clearly it is a recognised problem, but equally is the cost of fixing it! (MC Editor) Firstly to help you understand the size of the issue: The average amount of pot holes reported over the last few years are February 3516, March 3851 The figure for the same months this year are February 6524, March 8377 So you can see the size of the issue we are dealing with and this is the worst it has been since the floods in 2013. We have also taken the decision to postpone some of the nonessential work to divert resource to identify and repair some of our roads. Alongside that, Kier have drafted in additional resource and where they would normally have about 8-12 crews out repairing our network there are currently 25 crews working in Surrey but even with all that resource on the network it is a major challenge. But with the weather here now, we will hopefully start to see an improvement over the next few weeks. Two of the biggest issues raised by our residents are: 1. Why are we just doing temporary repairs and then coming back to repair the road later. Why did we just do one big hole and leave the other defects. As you can imagine this is a major task. All defects are prioritised from P1 to P4 with P1 being an emergency response, we also have criteria built into the contract to manage the time scales they must react to the different criteria. For P2s, which must be reacted to within a few days, because of the amount of defects arising they are doing more temporary repairs to enable them to cover more ground Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

and they will return at a future date to complete the repair. This does not cost the county any more money, this is an operation decision which allows the risk to be managed and enables Kier to meet the response criteria. The same issue arises when dealing with multiple defects at one site, as an example a crew dealing with P2s can do approximately 15 reported defects per day and the defect at the bottom of your road is number 12 on the list, so it will be done today, but if the crew stop and repair all the defects at all the locations and also do additional inspections of other areas of the same road, they will not get to your road for about three days, hence why they will only repair the main defect instead of the three that might be there and they will only repair what has been reported. Again this is an operational decision to manage risk and does not cost the county any additional money. The important thing to remember is the clock does not start ticking until a defect has been reported and with over 3000 miles of network to monitor any help is gratefully received, so when it is safe to so please report any defects to you see to Surrey County Council. In the meantime work has already started to address the worse effected roads with the additional £5m announced earlier this year and although this will not fix them all, members and the local highways teams will continue identify local priorities.



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Bell Ringing for D of E Award Scheme

When local boy Ben Neale decided to enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, it opened up a world of new adventures and opportunities. Having passed the bronze stage last year, he started the DofE silver. This involves 6 months voluntary services (Ben assists at Beavers), 3 months physical activity (which he is undertaking with the Sunbury Air Cadets). He also has to learn a new skill. Living within the reach of the bells of St Mary’s, what better than to learn bell ringing. We attended Sunday morning bell ringing before the 9.30 service. The ringing chamber was full and Ben’s parents had come to see him ring for service for the first time. Ben was monitored carefully by Bell Captain Dennis Brock. At the tender age of 99, Dennis has taught many people to ring bells. He was patient but trusting of his new pupil. Bell ringing involves team work, mental alertness and a certain amount of physical dexterity. Even getting up to the ringing chamber involves a steep climb. When we attended there was another boy (Harry) who was also in the process of learning for his bronze D of E. It was great to see the old stalwarts who have The master, Dennis Brock and his been ringing for years, and the young things just starting out. apprentice, Ben Neale Ben is enjoying the responsibility so much that he is hoping to continue even after the D of E has been completed.

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Pilgrim’s Progress

Last month we told you about Sunbury resident Richard Stephenson who is doing a 120 mile sponsored walk along the "Pilgrims' Way" to raise money Mission for Vision. He is on his way! Richard set off on his various legs (and two strong ones of his own) at the end of April. He started in Winchester at St Cross Hospital (see right) , the normal starting point for this walk. He was given the “Wayfarer’s Dole” a cup of beer and piece of bread - traditionally given to walkers on the Pilgrim’s Way free of charge. He is now half way. He has walked through Hampshire and into Surrey, along nature reserves, woods, up hills (Box Hill!) and by many churches and experienced encouragement and kindness. At one stop he found the stamp supplied by some churches along the way, and with it some chocolate and a drink provided for pilgrims to help themselves to. It lifted his spirits on a day of sore feet! The weather has been kind - even the day the forecast was awful, the rain stayed away. But the heatwave in May was challenging and even half a gallon of drinking water was not enough on the hottest May bank holiday since records began! Well done so far Richard for raising close to £500. Walking 120 miles at the age of 70 is no mean feat! Can you help and encourage this pilgrim raise money for Mission for Vision? All donations gratefully received. Cash welcome (call 01932 783159 ) or donate via JustGiving at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/richard-stephenson-pilgrimsway Richard is also still looking for overnight accommodation along the route so if you know anyone who lives along the Pilgrim’s Way please let Richard know. The route will generally follow the purple/blue line on the map at http://www.pilgrimswaycanterbury.org/the-way/

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Local Performances of World Champ Club We have some more news about gymnasts from Spelthorne Gymnastics at the World Acrobatic Championships in Antwerp, Belgium in April. Last month, we reported on the 12-18 years, 13-19 years and senior age groups where 10 gymnasts won medals across 4 categories. Well, the final 11-16 age group category produced even more excellent results for Team GB and our local club.

perform acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, set to music. The gymnasts perform in pairs (women’s, men’s or mixed) or groups (women’s trios or men’s fours) and are judged on artistry, difficulty of skill and the execution of skills. It is a very exhilarating sport both to watch and compete in. If you are interested in becoming involved in acrobatic gymnastics, classes at Spelthorne Gymnastics start at 1.5 years for parent and toddlers and go right through the age groups to the elite gymnasts who have been winning medals at the recent World Championships. Call 01932 781338 or email info@spelthornegymnastics.com to find out more. Gymnasts from the club will be performing in the main arena at Shepperton Fair on Saturday 9th June, at Monksbridge during the Sunbury Open Gardens on June 3rd (12pm, 1.30 and 3pm) and later in the summer on Saturday 8 th September at the Elmsleigh Centre in Staines.

Sasha Carpenter (left) and Poppy Yates (right)

Sasha Carpenter and Poppy Yates won gold medals in the Women’s Pair category and became World Champions! Sasha lives in Shepperton and attends Thamesmead School; Poppy lives in Ashford and attends Bishop Wand School. The girls have now added the World Championship to the European Championship they won in Poland last year. More success followed in the Men’s Four category of this age group when Bradley Gold, Jack Clegg, Jake Turner and Harry Watson won bronze medals; and in the Men’s Pair, Andrew Morris-Hunt and Archie Collier also secured bronze medals. So, in the four age groups at this World Championship, 18 gymnasts from the Spelthorne Gymnastics club, representing Team GB, achieved medals in 7 different categories, a fantastic set of results from one club. Acrobatic gymnastics is a discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Staines-upon-Thames Day – Sunday 1 July 2018

Back again for the 7th year is Staines-upon-Thames Day, the free family fun day offering a fabulous day out for the whole family. New for this year will be the dedicated Craft Market in the Market Square, the Food Market on the High Street as well as the Strong Man and Strong Woman competition. There will also be a Charmborough ring, a mobile belfry of 6 bells, that members of the public will be able to try. Many of the regular activities will be back again including the ever-popular MidasPlus Big Charity Duck Race and Little Duck Race with fantastic prizes to win. Companies and individuals wishing to sponsor a Big Duck should contact MidasPlus direct by email to info@midasplus.org.uk. Small ducks can be purchased on the day. Funds raised from the race are distributed to local organisations and individuals in need. There will also be plenty of live music and performances across 3 stages in Memorial Gardens and on the High Street featuring local bands and community groups. Other activities include boat trips by French Brothers, kayaking taster sessions with the Surrey Canoe Club, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Fun Dog Show, birds of prey display, pony rides, fairground rides and slides, face painting, children’s arts and crafts, street food, refreshments and so much more. Staines-upon-Thames Day takes place in Memorials Gardens, the Market Square and the High Street from 11.00am on Sunday 1 July 2018. Visit stainesuponthamesday.co.uk for the most up to date information and do follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/StainesuponThamesDay for latest news.

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HGVs Hold up Fordbridge Road It seems we are beset with development by stealth. Not all of them relate to Lower Sunbury, but one that does is we appear to have a new and expanded builders yard in Fordbridge Road. Many of us are now held up on the road as large articulated lorries are manoeuvered into the yard for pick up and deliveries. It has added to the large vehicles on our roads and again seems to have been developed by stealth. LOSRA was unaware of the plan and as no representations were received from residents, they made no objection. No one could have foreseen the congestion which the HGVs would cause. Maybe one good thing is it will cause traffic to slow down on this dangerous road where traffic seems to speed along oblivious to pets and residents.

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LOSRA Says….

Important speaker to address our AGM on 20th June, 8pm at the Riverside Arts Centre Please note that our guest speaker, the recently appointed Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne Borough, Ann Biggs, will be attending to address the AGM on the Issues & Options stage of the evolving Local Plan. This is a very important landmark event which attempts to address the substantial and much publicised increase in housebuilding which is central to government policy. The plan will affect all parts of the Borough including Lower Sunbury. Ann will be explaining what the Issues & Options Consultation is about, and how residents can influence the process. This is not about specific sites, but addresses ‘strategic options’ for a general approach as to where development might go. It is an opportunity to have the complex Local Plan process explained, and how we can get involved to make sure that we can all have our say in decisions. Briefly, four options are proposed: meeting housing need without amending green belt boundaries; releasing large areas of green belt for housing and other developments; focus new development opportunities around Staines; or a combination of the other three options. Ann will explain the advantages and disadvantages which attach to each option. The policies which will eventually be embodied in the Local Plan are crucial to the future development of sites in our area, so it’s important that everyone takes a close interest—the AGM is an important chance to find out more.

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What a Load of Bollards!!!

We reported last month on the appearance of bollards in Green St. We understand there are plans for more, outside the Admiral Hawke and that the pub and shops are happy to see the bollards installed, as parking is available both at the pub, in the local Green St carpark and outside the local shops.

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Chemo Care Pouches - Can You Help? Earlier this year we wrote about the great initiative by Lower Sunbury Business Group member, Sarah Mason, who was collating bags containing essentials and luxuries for chemotherapy patients. She used her contacts to source contents and to raise money to sponsor the bags. She shared a message that she received from a patient “thank you so much for your very kind thoughts and for making up the lovely little pouch which I recently received when I was at St Peter’s. Everything was so thoughtfully chosen to aid and help”. Each pouch costs £19. Sarah delivered 25 in April and in May it was closer to 50. This can’t happen without the generosity of friends and family and local people who care. Can you help? If you can’t manage £19 Sarah would be happy to have donations of sanitiser, puzzle books, hand cream, lip balm, pens, socks etc. Please email Sarah at sarah_mason5@yahoo.com.

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Probus Sunbury Presents Cheques

Michael Attias (centre), the 2017/18 chairman of Sunbury on Thames Probus Club presents cheques of ÂŁ400 each to Jill Steaton, left, of Diabetes UK and Tanya Dobson, of Cancer UK. The Club's Chairman's Charity collection has raised and distributed ÂŁ17,000 since 2002. The Club, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, meets at the Shepperton Holiday Inn on the second Monday of each month. New members are welcome and should contact Robert Gant on 01932 788028.

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End of an Era

9 years ago, I sat in a pub with my husband working out the pro’s and cons of taking a new job in TV advertising. We wrote a whole list of cons! Yes the money would be good, but that is not everything. We then wrote a list of pros and cons of getting a dog and 3 days later adopted Ruby, a border collie who had been found as a stray, who had been in an accident and who had a brain trauma. My life changed forever and Sunbury Matters was born from my decision to leave mainstream employment and go it alone. Sadly we had to make the difficult decision to put Ruby down recently. She was most definitely the catalyst for Sunbury Matters as I needed to find something to do with my time without a ‘normal’ job. Many of you will have seen me with her walking in our green spaces. She will never be forgotten. A crazy, quirky, loving dog who left an impression on everyone who met her.

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Gardening Matters Totally Tropical

By Rachael Leverton

The ‘greenhouse effect’ is an environmental hot topic. And it’s true that despite the grim winter of 2017-18 we’ve generally been experiencing milder conditions in recent years. I’ve certainly started to experiment with more exotic plants. It’s a little risky; one hard winter can wipe out a tender specimen. But between now and September there’s every chance that many tropical plants will survive if planted out in our gardens. They need a sunny sheltered spot, like the one you would choose for petunias, tobacco plants and rose beds. Try Cannas. They have luxuriant broad spear-shaped leaves, which can be deep green, purple or even striped with orange or yellow. They produce vibrant flowers which look like gladioli but better! Or how about planting scarlet dahlias like ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, which also sports attractive bronze foliage. A big clump of African marigolds provides a blaze of fiery colour. Or try tender perennial salvias in colours which range from magenta through to scarlet and deep purples and blues. They won’t survive the first winter frosts but they an easy to propagate from shoot-cuttings which can be over-wintered in a cool greenhouse ready for the following spring. Verbena bonariensis produces tall wands of dainty lilac flowers. They self-seed freely, which is great if you consider that a bonus in a plant (I do) but maybe avoid this one if self-seeding bothers you. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

You could even try a banana plant. The variety “Musa Banjo” is wonderfully architectural, and though it does not produce fruit it will create impact. Plant in a large pot and let its fan-like leaves create fabulous shadows on the patio. It hails from Japan originally and loves sunshine, but it is hardy to -6C so perfect for the suburban UK climate. Do note that in winter the leaves naturally die back and turn brown. I thought I'd killed mine the first year, but the leaves grow back quickly in the spring. The Honey Bush (Melianthus major) is a terrific half-hardy foliage specimen with its 50cm long grey-green deeply serrated leaves, which look as though they’ve been cut with pinking shears. Some of these plants will survive a British Winter with protection but it’s probably best to treat your ‘tropical’ border as a temporary display. Experiment and have fun creating your very own suburban rainforest. Happy Gardening, 57

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What’s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk Sunbury Working Artists will be holding an exhibition at the Embroidery Gallery until June 10th. Do pop along to see the immense talent we have in the village. Five of the Sunbury Working Artists, in conjunction with Surrey Artists Open Studios, will be opening their studios on Sat 2nd June and Fri-Sun 8th,9th,10th June 11am to 5pm. Pick up a trail flier or a SAOS booklet in the Post Office or Little Italy. Sunbury Bowls Club Open Evening. June 7th from 4pm. Kenton Court Meadow, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury on Thames. All welcome! NCT Bumps and Babes welcomes any expectant and new parents/carers every Tuesday 1030 to 1230 in the Loyola centre, opposite St Ignatius Church, Green Street, Lower Sunbury. £2/ family Staines Musical Theatre Presents ‘HATS OFF TO MUSIC’ A collection of songs and dances from old and new musicals. 13 & 14 July 2018 at The Magna Carta Arts Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines, TW183HJ. Performances at 7:30pm and Saturday matinee 2:30pm. Tickets from £10. Box Office 01784 605805. www.smtg.org.uk “Guards! Guards!” Stage version of the Terry Pratchett fantasy at The Riverside Arts Centre evenings 28th 29th and 30th June plus matinee on Saturday 30th Riverside Players (a collaboration between Shepperton and Manor Players) present a hilarious account of the Ankh-Morpok City Night Watch in the fantasy land of Discworld Tickets 07505 296757: racboxoffice@gmail.com; online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/manorplayers The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society has its usual stand in the marquee at Shepperton Village Fair on June 9th. Do come along and see our exhibition of old photos, or purchase one of our range of books dealing with the history of the area. The Arts Society Runnymede, June 20th the Hythe Centre, Egham TW18 3HD journeys through the career of W J Neatby who designed the famous tile interior of Harrods Meat Hall. Lecturer Dr Scott Anderson follows the ceramic artist in Leeds who became Head of Doulton’s Architectural Ceramics Department. One of the few designers to work in the Art Nouveau style in England. Coffee from 10.05. Guests very welcome. Middlesex Food Festival. Kempton Park Racecourse Sat 14th July. Food and Drink stalls. Experience flavours from around the world and shop in our Marketplace where traders from near and far will be showcasing their products and taking orders.10am-7pm Tickets will be £9 on the gate. Early bird tickets are available from £5. Kempton Park Staines Road E Shepperton Sunbury Middlesex TW16 5AQ Sat 14 Jul 2018 Contact telephone: 07739176419 Sunbury Neighbours is a voluntary organisation helping those in need in our community. More daytime voluntèers are needed to 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 01932 787343 or John on 01932 784432 . Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts




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More...What’s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk Sunbury Cricket Club Music Nights. Friday June 15th. A rare opportunity to see Dave Kelly and Christine Collister. UK acoustic music at its best. Both are renowned artists and Sunbury is lucky to have them. Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Rd., TW16 5PS Tickets are £10 at the door. Food is available from around 7pm. For more information email paulwatts1946@googlemail.com Do you know there is a weekly coffee morning held at Sunbury Open Door Church on the corner of Rooksmead Road and Green Street? We are a welcoming group of largely retired people who meet together for good company and cake. We meet from 10.30 am on a Thursday morning and would welcome newcomers. The first Thursday of every month is a purely social event and the other Thursdays include a short time of hymn singing and a talk (probably a maximum of 20 minutes to include both). There is no charge and everyone is welcome of whatever religious persuasion or none. Why not give us a try? Contact telephone number: Shirley on 07812 795733. Squire’s Rose Show June 23rd-24th. Glorious blooms from the top growers in the UK at Squire’s Shepperton Thameside Quilters meet on the 3rd Friday of the month, apart from December and January, at the Greeno Centre. All welcome, you don't have to be a quilter to come along! Check out our website www.thamesidequilters.co.uk. First visit free. Any queries call Shirley 01932 789430 Hanworth Classic - Classic cars, dancing and music. Dress up in 40s/50s gear and get in the mood. Fun for all the family. Proceeds to Shooting Star Chase. June 24th 11am-4pm Bushy Park, Hampton Court. www.hanworthclassic.org.uk

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Sunbury Matters June 2018  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

Sunbury Matters June 2018  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury