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March brings with it Spring, longer days and the International Day of Happiness. So on 20th March, the day of the Spring equinox, remember to smile and spread goodwill. At the top of the list of what makes us happy is ‘Do things for others’. The second is ‘Connect with people’. Loneliness is a real problem in our world so why not try to spend some time with someone who may be alone and boost your happiness factor at the same time. There are lots of ideas in this issue about things to do; folk dancing, theatre, song and jazz. We are very blessed to live in such a vibrant place. We also celebrate the achievements of a remarkable young man from Sunbury. David Haywood likes a challenge and has just been

March 2018 rewarded with a Guinness World Record. Amazing! We are grateful to Rob Gant for writing about riverside plots and original chalet dwellings from about the start of the last century. If you live in such a dwelling we would love to see a photo and hear more about it as there are still some around. Enjoy this issue.

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A Flood in Shepperton in 1877 4 Sunbury Cross - Carry on Shopping! 6 Guinness World Record Holder 9 Tribute to Ian Dow 13 A Musical Journey at Hampton Court 14 Affordable Riverside Dwelling (1912!) 17 So Where was Halliford House? 19 Walton Voices in Sunbury 20 Who Can Help These Brave Ladies? 22 Creative Tailoring in Shepperton 25 Recipe of the Month 34 Community & Values at Halliford 37 Staines upon Thames is Buzzing 38 St Mary’s Newsletter 40 Bags of Chance to Recycle 44 Exercise & Friendship at Folk Dance 46 LOSRA Says 47 Spelthorne Museum Fire Engine 1738 51 National Apprenticeship Week 55 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On/Noticeboard 58/61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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A Flood at Shepperton in 1877 By Nick Pollard

I am indebted to Bill Lindsay, great-great-grandson of William Schaw Lindsay, Lord of the Manor of Shepperton from 1856 to 1877, for the inspiration for this month’s article. Bill is currently transcribing W.S.Lindsay’s diaries, which are kept at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich because of his career as one of the country’s largest ship owners. Bill came across the following interesting entries relating to a major flood which took place in early 1877: “January 10th - Water still rising and it is now 6 inches deep at our lodge gate, and is close up to the steps of the Hall door. We must now punt from the lodge to the station. At the Lords Bridge it is fully 7 feet above the crown of the road, and the water extends close up to the school house – the water is already as high as it was in the floods of 1852." Here Lindsay is referring to the lodge at the entrance to the Manor House grounds on Church Road – the lodge still stands today. The depth of water over the crown of the road – seven feet – seems incredible by today’s standards. By comparison, the road flooded in this area in 2014, but only by a few inches, although that was sufficient to carry the water up to the Three Horseshoes at the end of Shepperton High Street. The ‘school house’ referred to is the old National School at the lower end of the High Street, which is now the ‘School of Spice’ Indian restaurant., and Lord’s Bridge stood where the bypass (Renfree Way) now begins. If Lindsay’s figure of seven feet is even close to being correct, the extent of the floods in 1877 must therefore have been enormous. Lindsay adds an amusing anecdote also related to the floods: Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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"January 7th - Today our Rector Mr Martin came here to ask me if I would invite the Archdeacon and himself to dinner on the 21 st inst when he is to be inducted into his charge. He has bought the living for I learn £9000, a very high price, so, I suppose he cannot afford very well to give the Archdeacon dinner." The newly appointed Rector was Walter Martin, who stayed until 1890. "January 11th - The note on the following page is from the Archdeacon – I tell my parson in reply that if the floods do not go down he must postpone the induction as it would never do to fetch the Archdeacon in a punt." "January 12th - By a note received from the rector this morning he says he wishes to call and thank me in person but that he cannot reach the Manor House from the Rectory on account of the floods without climbing over the division wall between us, which would be quite as undignified as the Archdeacon going to his induction in a punt!" The subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History is ‘The History of London Irish RFC’ by Nigel Scott, on Tuesday 20th March at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. www.villagematters.co.uk


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This month we received several more messages from angry and upset residents (many Monica of them elderly and long term shoppers at ‘the Cross’) whoByhad beenChard caught by the new parking system at the shopping centre. A £100 fine if you err outside the one hour free parking at ground level (including clearing the barrier by the way!) . It is a hefty mistake to make. I have been there to have a look and agree that it is NOT clear that you will be fined if you slip over the one hour free. It is NOT clear that there is a new system in place. A few notices in small writing to tell you that there is a new system of number plate recognition is not good enough. You really have to be looking for it to notice and the barrier has been broken for so long, you simply think it still is. You can’t argue with technology, but you can argue with the landlord. You need to make sure you give your point of view. The more people do so, the more it is likely to be changed. Please spare a thought for the shop keepers over there. By deciding to stay away, you are harming them. They NEED your trade. Park in the multistorey for TWO hours free. Park on the other side of the road and walk under through the underpass. Park in Tesco and walk through. But don’t stop going. Stick with it. The more complaints, the better. Remember people power can work!

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Sunbury’s Guinness World Record Holder It’s In The Mind

22 year old David Haywood has always relished a challenge. One of 5 siblings, he spent his childhood holidays exploring the outdoors in the Lake District. As a schoolboy he did the 3 Peaks Challenge before taking up various challenges by bike with his brothers; Lands End to John O’Groats, London to Paris in 24 hours. Oh, and he threw in the climb to Everest Base Camp while visiting his sister who was working as a Dr in Nepal. You get the picture! He decided he needed a new challenge. Could beat a Guinness World Record? David likes to see how far he can push himself and what mental reserves he needs to do so. “Asking questions of what I’m capable of, seeking answers to those questions, and putting myself in situations where I could fail helps me learn, grow and discover more about myself. I wanted to see what I was capable of when I was really pushed.” He wanted to find out how the mindset can help or hinder such a physical goal. In 7 days last October David visited 13 countries in only 7 days by bicycle and having gone through that monumental effort he was only told he had officially succeeded at the record a few weeks ago. Here are the stats: 13 countries, 1070 miles, 155 mile average per day (!), 70,000 feet elevation climbed. All that and the only puncture he had was 100 meters from the train station on the way back to the UK. But he had plenty of adventures along the way. The GWR places great demands on a contender. David had to do a video recording every hour, also showing mileage on his satnav. He then had to get two witness signatures per country. With a smattering of French, Italian and German he resorted to Google translate to engage with locals, causing much merriment on various occasions when the method proved anything but accurate! Getting these statements was in fact a blessing in disguise because it forced him to interact with people on route. He found free accommodation on the way via a website To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

called Warmshowers, a community of bike tourists and those who support them. David is a psychology graduate. He is currently applying to do a med degree and wants to specialise in psychiatry. It interests him to see what makes the mind tick. In facing this challenge he had to be mentally strong as well as physically. Mere mortals would give up the thought of such a feat. David visualised having achieved it. “Which way I view it really depends on how I viewed myself: either I believe I’m capable of achieving, or I don’t.” he says. Either way, he realised he would learn something about himself. His blog captures so much of this mental preparation and is well worth reading to inspire you to push yourself. “Whether you’re taking exams, starting in a new job or creating your own business, the fundamental belief that you’re capable of achieving shouldn’t waver. A setback doesn’t make me question whether I am capable of doing things, it just forces me to ask questions of how I can do better”. David’s next challenge will be cycling round the world. 18,000 miles in a year – He almost makes it sound easy! If you can help with sponsorship, David would be happy to hear from you: d.a.haywood@live.co.uk See an overview of David’s journey: https:// www.youtube.com/watch? v=uL_ggtomGf0&t=3s Read David’s blog and motivation: https:// haywoodexplores.com/most-countries-in-7days/ 9

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By Carole Dow In January 1966, Ian and fiancée Carole were looking for somewhere to live after their wedding planned for 29th January. Ian was certain that something would turn up and it did – a colleague at work casually mentioned she was vacating her flat. Was he interested? Yes he was! So it was that he and Carole settled in Sunbury. The flat was the top floor of the old Rivermead House, where, on sunny summer afternoons they could climb onto the roof and look over Rivermead Island and the swimming pool. They liked this village, and somehow never left. After the children, Andrew and Emma, were born, Ian settled into Sunbury life. He found time to join the PTA of Andrew’s first school, the newly built Beauclerc. He brought energy and enthusiasm to the role, instigating the first Beauclerc Fair (complete with a marching band along Thames Street) and using his powers of persuasion, to start the annual pantomime for the children. Andrew joined the 1st Sunbury Cubs and Ian became an avid supporter. He had joined Leander Sea Scouts Kingston aged 11, and was elighted to be involved in the movement again. Emma joined Riverside Youth Theatre in 1983 and he and Carole became involved. They had been members of ‘Stage Admin’ at Southampton University, working backstage for student productions, Ian lighting and Carole stage managing. By this time Ian was working with Outside Broadcasts with the BBC, so brought a wide range of experience to the Youth Theatre. He soon started a technical team for youngsters interested in the technical side of theatre. Members learned to plan the lighting, rig for productions and operate the lighting board. Ian loved his work, and it gave him enormous pleasure to share his knowledge and enthusiasm. They lit productions in St Mary’s Church, the To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Walled Garden for Picnic in the Park, Carols in the Meadow – real outside broadcast stuff! Lack of equipment didn’t limit what they did, Ian loved a challenge and the teccies, learned that ‘almost good enough ‘will not do! He was a hard task master, but his humour and good nature and patience generally got the results he wanted. Ian was the Lighting Director for the Spelthorne Drama Festival, with Kevin Welling on sound. At times his humour and patience were put to the test! This sense of humour led to many hilarious anecdotes about the Beeb which were developed into highly popular talks to groups as a fund raiser for Riverside Arts Centre.

Then there was ‘Jeannie’, his beloved boat (or the other woman as Emma said!). She was frequently shared with others, sometimes as a fund raiser for the Church but mostly because he loved to share. And of course, there is the family, the most important part of Ian’s life. Andrew and Emma gave him great joy and he was immensely proud of their achievements. Andrew’s marriage to Laura and the arrival of his two grandsons really was the icing on the cake! How his love, kindness, humour and willingness to help will be missed. 13

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A Musical Journey at Hampton Court House to the Murky Underworld of 1800s London High Summer 1807. King George III, in his madness, is on the throne. Every summer a series of fairs sees performers, food-sellers, animals, freak shows – and criminals – travel up and down the country: Dover, Exeter, Liverpool, Norwich, York…and biggest of all, St Bartholomew’s Fair in Smithfield, London. Hogarth’s atmospheric etchings depict this murky world of vice and criminality.

This is the world of Captain Stirrick, Hampton Court House’s forthcoming musical production. The young cast, ranging from 9 to 14 years old, have been working extremely hard under the guidance of their teachers and the playwright Jeremy James Taylor OBE, founder of National Youth Music Theatre, to produce a professionalstandard production. The show’s songs are the ballads of old London, sung in taverns and on the road. Not only are the children acting: the show includes puppetry, original Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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By Rob Gant Since 1900 improved road and rail links with London and a growing appreciation of countryside values have stimulated the demand for housing on the Thames riverbank (and islands) between Thames Ditton and Staines-upon-Thames. Two background factors produced a supply of riparian building land, sold-on in small parcels, to create a ‘plotland’ landscape: firstly, the break-up of landed estates following a doubling of death duties and the slaughter of male heirs during World War I; and, secondly, in the interwar years, the supply of cheap farmland from bankrupt owners hit by the economic recession. Active websites, political commentaries and planAn original plotland in need of refurbishment! ning texts on metropolitan sprawl in the 1930s confirm the character and scale of self-build activity Japanese tea houses, aviaries and beach-bathing within the early plotlands. They model self-reliant huts to its product range. It also built caravans. plotlanders erecting tarpaulin tents, flimsy Summer- Clients were invited to discuss modifications houses, and makeshift-huts and sheds using to standard housing designs.Three straightforward re-cycled timber and metal sheets. Included are up-grades were promoted: the substitution of corruimaginative owners occupying redundant railway gated iron for weather boards (surcharge of 15%); carriages, scrapped buses, disused vans, derelict an option to line inside walls with poilite fireproof boats and even massive water tanks. Sometimes, in sheets; and, with foresight, a plan to convert its Middlesex, speculative builders had acquired larger popular coach house and stables into a garage for land holdings and built riverside estates for more two motor cars. Examples from the press give the affluent home seekers. Such higher density developtypical dimensions and costs of standardised units. ments contrast with occasional and well-positioned Since World War II, most first-phase plotland Victorian houses set in spacious riverside grounds. dwellings have been greatly transformed. Recently, Without doubt, the demand for plotland housing the last of the original timber-framed (and bramblebenefited local builders and allied trades. Amongst covered) bungalows have been demolished and the these would have been W.Gardam & Sons Ltd, a sites reclaimed. Meanwhile, Spelthorne Borough sawmill (founded in 1860) operating at Staines Council has tailored policies to guide development Bridge wharf. Its 1910 trade catalogue advised that: and protect the iconic character of local plotland “In placing before your notice the following designs landscapes. for WEEK-END, SEA-SIDE and UP-RIVER BUN- [I acknowledge the assistance of Chris and Joan GALOWS we would call attention to the fact that we Gardam who provided the catalogue for W.Gardam are prepared to ERECT, FIT and DECORATE same & Sons in any part of the UNITED KINGDOM, complete Ltd]. and ready for occupation at COMPETITIVE PRICES”. The firm used rail transport. It also had global The advert ambitions, claiming to: “…….despatch the strucopposite tures to any part of the world, carefully packed in from 1912 sections with explanatory diagram for purposes of shows an easy erection.” 18ft x 19ft Gardams specialised in pre-fabricated wooden bun- chalet for galows and sleeping chalets (‘both plain and pictur- sale for the esque’) designed for permanent or holiday occupaprincely tion. A fully-illustrated advertisement in Exchange sum of £25! th and Mart (25 September 1911) added timberframed portable offices, ‘sanitoria’, sports pavilions/ club-houses with verandahs, billiard rooms, Please mention Sunbury Matters when www.villagematters.co.uk responding to adverts 17

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So, Where Was Halliford House?

We have carried several stories about Halliford House over the months, memories, history and latterly the fantastic watercolour which was unearthed as a result of the articles we ran. But the question in many readers heads is still “where was the house?�. We thought we had a vague idea. The original gates are on a house on the corner of Halliford Road so presumably the original house had been nearby. But not quite. Who better to answer the question than our friends at the Sunbury & Shepperton History Society. Thanks to Ken Battle for providing us with this section of a 1963 map showing the house and grounds which were opposite The Bugle public house. You can see The Bugle is situated bottom left on the map. Although the house was demolished around that time, the grounds are now a public park.

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Walton Voices Celebrate Easter in Sunbury Walton Voices are back in Sunbury for their Easter concert this year and they are pulling out all the stops! The group will be performing Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’ to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The piece is subtitled ‘A Mass for Peace’ and accordingly there will be a retiring collection for the charity ‘Peace Direct,’ an international charity dedicated to stopping wars and building lasting peace in some of the world’s most fragile countries. The music itself is very exciting and the group will be performing with soloists and an orchestra. It will be the biggest show Walton Voices has done in years and is indicative of how the choir has grown in size and ambition. The Armed Man was commissioned in 2000, it has since been voted the nation's favourite piece of contemporary music. Walton Voices will be joined by a group of professional musicians to perform this outstanding work, alongside other motets by Karl Jenkins and others. Walton Voices rehearse every Wednesday evening at Grovelands School, Walton on Thames and they perform three major concerts every year under the direction of Jonathan Kilhams. Since Jonathan took over leadership and took the group in a new direction, membership has trebled. The group sings music they love and which they love sharing with audiences in the local community. Newcomers are assured a warm welcome so if you fancy finding your voice don’t be shy. Go to the website www.waltonvoices.co.uk where you will find an enquiry form, or pick up the phone and call 07884 348172 and speak to Barry Hylton Davies. Most importantly, do go along to the performance of The Armed Man in Sunbury on Saturday April 14th and hear them in action. Tickets from Barry above or email info@waltonvoices.co.uk.



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Who Can Help these Brave Ladies? By Monica Chard, Editor

We attended the 20th anniversary of the Ashford Breast Cancer Support Group in February. It was a humbling and emotional event. These brave ladies had either been through, or were still going through breast cancer treatment. I felt incredibly lucky. It was a reminder that cancer can hit anyone at any time. When it does, you need the support and experience of those who have been there before you, who can tell you what to expect and who can give you hope.

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support on offer. This ranges from practical initiatives, to educational talks to outings for a bit of fun. The group is self funding and is run by volunteers. At the celebration evening, they were raising money through a raffle. All the prizes had been donated by local businesses and the money raised all goes back into the kitty. The group does not have charity status yet and would love help from anyone who has experience of applying and getting such status. Can you help? As a charity, they would be eligible for support from local businesses who choose an annual cause. Without the status, such opportunities are limited. They have recently been given a generous £2500 grant by the Heathrow Community Fund. This is earmarked for the re-development of the ABC website. If forthcoming, further donations from other individuals or organisations could be put to different uses e.g. group running costs, helping fund items which aid ladies' recovery (social, cosmetic, medical) etc and they are excited about the prospect of a new website and raising the profile of the group If you know anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, or who is going through treatment, do make sure they know that there is a listening ear (or many) and words of advice available. The message is “We are here. We can help”. This is the longest existing such group in Surrey. Mayor of Spelthorne, Vivienne Leighton was in awe of the caring togetherness of the group and wished them well. “20 years ago when you set up, cancer itself was not so high profile” she said “What you offer is truly fantastic”. For more information go to the website: www.ashfordbreastcancersupportgroup.org or find the group on Facebook: Ashford breast cancer support group. You can email ashfordbreastcancer@hotmail.com or call Sue Watts on 07805 033848. Please get in touch if you can help the group or if you yourself need help from them. 22

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During the mayoral year,sources it is customary for the Various Mayor and consort to purchase raffle tickets to support local charities. Most of us would be contented with a bottle of wine or box of chocolates, but Chris Leighton did rather better than that! He was the first winner of the London Irish Amateur Rugby Club 50/50 raffle draw winning an amazing £1,250! He is pictured below (right) with Ray McLennan, Club President. The 50/50 Raffle Draw is a great fundraiser for LIARFC. All ticket sales are split equally between the club and the prize fund. Tickets are £5 each and are being sold at all Wild Geese home games. As well as the main prize there are also 2 chances to win £100 prizes at each draw. Get your ticket the next time you’re at Hazelwood bar and help to raise funds for the club.

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Creative Tailoring in Shepperton By Monica Chard, Editor Shop for a special frock and you are always faced with the possibility that you may show up to a wedding or party and find someone wearing the same as you. So have you ever thought about having a dress made for a special occasion? You may gasp at the thought, assuming it is completely outside your price range, but that is not necessarily the case. We visited local fabric supplier Lee Taylor (but he is not a tailor). Lee supplies top quality fabrics to the likes of Paul Smith, Burberry and Victoria Beckham’s designer label with top quality fabrics woven in France or Italy. He also supplies fabrics to the likes of Reiss, Karen Millen and Next on a wholesale basis, so without knowing, you may well already have some of his mid range fabrics in your wardrobe. But let’s get back to the top quality range. As is the case with many businesses, Lee faced exorbitant hikes in rent for his premises in central London. It made no financial sense so he downsized and took a lot of his fabrics home to Shepperton where they are available to view and purchase at very much discounted prices. Instead of £80 per metre, you can pick up a metre for £25-30. We went to visit and have a look at what he has for sale. He unfurled roll after roll of stunning weaves. As he opened them up the colours of the fabrics came to life like the wings of exotic birds. There was nothing here you would find on the high street and it was all top quality silk jacquard or wool. But to have a garment made to measure you need someone who knows what they To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Opening Soon for 2018 – More Help Needed

The Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway will open 2018 season on Saturday 17th March. We will be In-Steam with “Darent” pulling the trains, and the Kempton Steam Museum will also be Open/In-Steam with their Triple-Expansion steam pump in action. We may also have a Special Guest from Hampton who won a raffle in 2003 for a ride on the “first train” to Hampton (?) – It may be taking us quite a long time to reach Hampton so we thought we should invite him now! Intrigued? Join us to find out all about it! But how can YOU help? The most ‘FUN’ way is to visit us, any Sunday on/after 17th March and have a ride, or two or more! The Train Fares cover most of our daily running costs and routine maintenance. However we are just starting the “Railway Restoration to Hampton” Project and “Breakout” Stage 1 has just commenced; we recently had a small ceremony to mark the occasion with Richard Foote, local ‘Hanworth’ Councillor’ in the middle of the group doing the honours, as shown here: You can make a monetary donation, and being a Registered Charity (No. 1166913), we can claim Gift-Aid on it. We have a web-based donation portal www.MyDonate.com Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway. You can join the Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society (only £14/year) and join us on Tuesday or Thursday to maintain/extend the Railway, and on Sundays join the crew to run the Railway – we have openings for all skills and no-skills, young or old, male or female:

Check-out our web site www.HamptonKemptonRailway.org.uk. Your MONEY, your MEMBERSHIP or your MUSCLES - we can use all the help you can give.

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Quality Styling at Reasonable Pricing We celebrate 55 years this year. Yes 55 years. Your traditional hair dressing salon.

You will find service with a smile and a listening ear:

Shampoo & Set • Blow Dry • Cut • Tint/Bleach Hi/Low Lites • Perms Senior Charges – Reductions apply on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Yes for you, we use traditional hair rollers.

Parking outside. On the Bus route, Nearest station Ashford or Sunbury.

341 Staines Road West, Ashford (Middlesex), TW15 1RP

Telephone: 01784 256 715

Opening Hours: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday:

Come in and say hello.

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Freemasons Support Mayor of Spelthorne Charities ‘Impossible Dream’, the Thames craft adapted for wheelchair users is one of the Mayor Spelthorne’s charities this year. It has just received a boost of cash from the Freemasons. Seen here is Kevin Knight (right) with crew and Vivienne Leighton, Mayor of Spelthorne, out on the river in February.

Over the past year the United Grand Lodge has raised £33million for good causes!

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cultivating a lifelong love of learning

E arly Years Open Day: 8 February, 2.30 pm

Lower Years Open Day (for Years 1-4): 22 February, 2.30 pm Middle & Upper Years Open Day (for Years 5-9): 1 March, 2.30 pm Sixth Form Open Day: 15 March, 7.00 pm

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A four bedroom house with three reception rooms and two bathrooms. Further benefits include a garage, off-street parking and a garden with a summer house, energy rating e.

Set on a large corner plot and on a private riverside road, a four bedroom house. The property has three bathrooms and the added bonus of a shared mooring, energy rating d.

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A beautiful four bedroom house with two reception rooms and a garage. This property has been refurbished and extended to create an amazing family home, energy rating d.

This five bedroom house is set within a gated riverside development with a garden and garage. The property is arranged over three floors and has four bathrooms, energy rating b.

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Seymour Road, TW12

A well presented detached house situated on a private development close to the River Thames. There are five bedrooms, four reception rooms and three bathrooms, energy rating c.

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Lendy Place, TW16

A family home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a private terrace. This unique property has been refurbished to a high standard, energy rating d.

A four bedroom house in a gated development close to the River Thames. The property has allocated parking for three cars and a garden with a storage shed, energy rating b.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

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Tenants fees apply: £180 per tenancy towards administration, £60 reference fee per tenant and £144 for a professional check in (All inc of VAT).

Recipe of the Month Boiled Fruit Cake

Fruit cakes don’t have to be tricky. This one is simple. Use a teacup for measuring

Method Place the first eight ingredients into a large saucepan and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, then set aside to cool. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a deep 20cm/8inch circular cake tin with greaseproof paper. Mix the beaten eggs well into the fruit mix. It’s important that the mixture has cooled because if it’s too warm the eggs will cook!

Ingredients 1 cup of water 225g / 8oz unsalted butter 1 cup of soft brown sugar ½ cup peel (if you don’t like peel, use chopped ready-to-eat dried apricots) 1 ½ cups raisins 1 ½ cups sultanas ¼ cup chopped glace cherries 1 tsp mixed spice 2 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) 2 eggs

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Then sieve the flour and baking soda into the mixture and mix well. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1-1½ hours until cooked through (when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean). If the cake is browning too quickly reduce the temperature a little. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for fifteen minutes, then turn out on to a rack. The cake keeps really well if it’s stored in an airtight tin.



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Community and Values at the Heart of Halliford School By Monica Chard, Editor Last year Halliford School gained a new headmaster and our community gained a new resident. Mr James Davies came from the cold north with plenty of enthusiasm, warmth and determination to put his mark on the school. As he walked from the station, down Shepperton High Street on his way to his interview for the headship, he already had a positive feeling for Shepperton and it’s great array of local independent shops. “It is quite refreshing to find such diversity in a local high street these days” he says. As Halliford Head, one of his aims is to support those local shops and businesses. The school uses local suppliers as much as it can: Quality Fruit for fruit and veg, James of Shepperton for all their meat, Shepperton Sports for uniforms, Shepperton Homecare James Davies - Headmaster of Halliford School for all those practical bits and bobs, Thames Laundrette for laundry services and Trio Pharmacy for first aid supplies. Local garage Paice pressures. The school teaches them resilience and Motors maintain the school minibuses and Falcon confidence, dedicating assemblies to good mental Travel supply school coach services. The school health. It has just appointed the first school counhas a reciprocal arrangement with Shepperton sellor to support pupils in this domain. Cricket Club whereby each party benefits from What of academic prowess? Well, the school is each others facilities. It is a win/win situation. Even justifiably proud of the achievements of its pupils. the supplier of school crisps is local manufacturer One well known old Hallifordian has just received the Brown Bag Crisp co. “Where we can, we don’t an OBE - Colin Squire indeed! Results are imgo down the big corporate route” says Mr Davies portant of course, but not to the detriment of per“We recognise the quality of relationships with the sonal development and that point comes across local community”. time and again. Under the leadership of James DaHalliford School is all about recognising the indivies, pupils are encouraged to be ‘the best version vidual. Good moral leadership from the staff gives of themselves’. Pupils are all known as individuals pupils a strong moral compass, instilling positive at the school and are encouraged to flourish as values in everything they do, whether academic or such, celebrating individual strength and getting the extra curricular. Every year the pupils themselves best start in life. The school motto is ‘Proud to be a choose local charities to support. Princess Alice Hallifordian’. That says a lot. Hospice has been a previous recipient and for the As to James Davies himself, he has settled into the year 2017/18 Momentum children’s charity has local way of life, moving to Lower Sunbury. When been selected. Sixth formers volunteer at Manor he does get any time off, he is enjoying discovering Mead School every week, helping and supporting the area. He loves the water, being a qualified divstudents, recognising that it is important to give er. But he also has a passion for the water through something back to the community themselves. his work as a lifeboatman. He volunteered on the Those values transcend the students day to day lifeboats in Cumbria and Newcastle which exposed lives. The school teaches positive values, judgehim to flooding and river tragedies, certainly useful ments and behaviour in class, in every day and also experience to bring to our community too! (It highonline, emphasising the importance of being relights again that we don’t have a lifeboat service sponsible digital citizens too. Social media has along our stretch of the Thames). brought a new dynamic to the lives of youngsters and they need to be equipped to deal with added

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Staines-upon-Thames is Buzzing The excitement is building in Staines-uponThames. With Primark opening in the Elmsleigh Centre, the Premier Inn opening in the summer and another major retailer on its way there’s a new buzz about. If you have been in Staines-uponThames recently you may have come across the new Staines-upon -Thames BID Rangers too who have been helping people find their way, helping to find lost children, administering first aid and patrolling the streets keeping the peace. The BID Rangers operate on Saturdays and Sundays, public and school holidays.

May 2018 in the Staines Community Centre with another fabulous line up. Staines-upon-Thames Day returns on Sunday 1 July 2018 with a World Cup Fever theme to include a two day World Food Market and World Stage on the High Street on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018. For more information on all the forthcoming events, news, offers, competitions and more follow us on facebook or twitter at VisitStaines, sign up to the VisitStaines Newsletter and bookmark our website visitstaines.co.uk.

Events are on the rise with the new ‘Pet Celebration’ taking place on the High Street on the 14th & 15th April with displays, demonstrations, clinics, pet products, crafts and gifts, shows, competitions and activities to try. Look out for the mobile petting farms, the alpacas and the Two Rivers Prettiest Pet Competition. The next Comedy Night will be on Friday 11th Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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Sunbury Nursing Homes

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Bags of Chance to Recycle!

Many thanks for reader Julie Larner who got in touch following the pieces we ran in February on recycling plastic. She enlightened me! I had no idea that polythene is recyclable. There are two kinds: the HDPE (high density) version is like the ‘old style’ carrier bag that is now not used - a sort of crispy, usually white, film. The LDPE (low density) is the softer stretchy version. These plastics are not taken by the local authorities for recycling - for many reasons. However, these materials ARE taken by the supermarkets at their larger stores to go back into carrier bag (bags for life) and other recycled items, such as shrink wrap. So, yes they are recyclable and yes they are recycled. So we are talking about bread bags, toilet roll wrapper, kitchen roll wrapper, other household goods wrap (facial tissues, nappy packaging, feminine hygiene packaging), fruit and veg bags (the stretchy kind, not the crispy kind), magazine and newspaper wraps, multipack shrink wrap and frozen vegetable bags (or any from veg bags as long as they are washed and not greasy). That is a huge amount of plastic that IS recyclable but which most of us don’t realise is. Phew! Well why don’t they make it more obvious then? It is not on the council website and it is not widely publicised, but as Julie works in the plastics business, she assures me that it is correct. So thanks for sharing Julie. We all need to keep back these bags, collect them up and put them into the recycling bins specifically for plastic bags, which you will find at the supermarkets. That is not such a big effort and imagine how much that is over a week from each household. So let’s make it a good habit!

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Cake Baker & Cook Needed (Assistant Cafe Manager) Sunbury Gallery Café has an enviable reputation for its great range of freshly baked cakes & scones all of which are made daily from scratch on the premises as are our sandwiches and light lunches. We are looking for an experienced part-time Cake Baker / Cook, bake cakes, make lunches and manage the kitchen. The position is for 3 days a week (08:00am to 4:30 pm) and the successful applicant will be required to work 1 weekend in 3 in addition to providing holiday and sickness cover for colleagues as needed. A parking permit for the adjacent carpark is provided. The applicant should be friendly, hardworking and flexible with a ‘can do attitude’ in addition to being able to bake exceptional cakes and prepare lunches. The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent communication skills and the ability to work alongside our close-knit, mixed team of volunteers and paid staff. This will be a great opportunity for the right individual.

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Exercise and Friendship at Folk Dancing Club

Ashford Folk Dancers (AFD ) celebrated in style this Valentine’s Day on Wednesday 14th February as it was their regular Wednesday club night. Most dancers wore hearts to celebrate the day. Barrie Bullimore, Chairman of AFD, said “We all had great fun; Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to do some very special dances. Our caller Carol Hewson made sure to keep calling the dances over the recorded music which helps us to dance in unison.” John Russell, treasurer, was very pleased with the usual turn-out of dancers “We meet every Wednesday at St Mary’s Parish Hall in Sunbury from 8pm to 10.15pm. It is only £2.00 for members and £2.50 for non-members. It is excellent value for money, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits during the break.” Annie Sugrue, dancer, said “We exercise without noticing it. We meet and dance with friends, accompanied by lovely music in a nice hall with a large carpark.” She added “Anyone is very welcome whether you are a novice or experienced. The first night is free anyway, so why don’t you give it a try? Please only bring soft shoes and wear comfortable clothes”.

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LOSRA Says…. Brownfield Sites Have Room for 1m Homes, Says CPRE

Following on from last month’s article on the Local Development Scheme we had hoped to advise you on the outcome of the Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) for Spelthorne but we await its publication at the time of going to press. In this regard, a recent report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) makes for interesting reading. It contends that the green belt is being sacrificed for housing estates despite councils having identified space for more than a million homes on previously developed land. The number of homes that could be built on brownfield land is five times greater than a previous government estimate and underlines the need for an enforced “brownfield first” policy. Ministers and developers have said that many brownfield sites are in places where people do not want to live but the analysis shows that more than half the land is in areas of high housing demand. The CPRE said that developers were pressuring councils to allow housing in the green belt by falsely claiming that brownfield sites were not viable. It said that developers preferred building on fields and woodland as there were no demolition costs so their profits could be much higher.



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Zodiac are looking for new members for their next musical production in October 2018, which is to be ‘The Wizard of Oz’. We are looking for male and female members who have enthusiasm for singing, dancing and acting. We meet every Thursday from 8-10pm at Laleham Village Hall. For further details look at our website; www.zodiacmusicalsociety.org. or come along on a Thursday evening and meet the group.

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Fighting Fire in Spelthorne

A new exhibition has just opened at the newly redecorated Spelthorne Museum. Coinciding with the 280th birthday of the museum’s own Newsham pump. The old fire engine was invented after fierce rivalry between fire engine inventors who realised the urgent need following the great fire of London. Richard Newsham was the son of a button maker in London and his fire engine could throw 110gallons (500 litres) of water per minute in a continuous jet. The old fire engine is still in the museum where you can marvel at how far we have come today! In this photo, taken during a parade where the engine was regularly shown off, you can see the gentlemen sporting wide brimmed leather hats and leather jackets to protect them from falling debris! Volunteers were expected to provide their own ‘uniforms’. The design proved so popular that it was even exported to America (still a British colony in 1730). Both New York and Philadelphia had two each. The Newsham fire engine exhibited at the Spelthorne Museum is thought to be the oldest still in existence in its original home town. Do pop in and visit. Exhibition runs until the end of June. The museum is situated at the back of Staines Library and there is parking directly next to it. 1, Elmsleigh Rd, Staines, TW18 4PN


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National Apprenticeship Week Are you taking your GCSEs or A levels this year? Have you decided what to do afterwards? Many schools champion university or further education colleges but have you considered an apprenticeship? The 11th National Apprenticeship Week runs from 5th to 9th March 2018. During the week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career. An apprenticeship is a chance to earn and learn. It allows you to mix working full-time and learning on the job with gaining a qualification. Anyone over 16 can be an apprentice. Courses last at least a year, and are available in a huge range of industries – there are apprenticeships in everything from accountancy to social media. It's not just small companies who offer them; many of the big players such as Google, IBM, Barclays and Nestle offer excellent apprenticeships with good long-term prospects. In terms of learning styles, apprenticeships are best-suited to those people who want to get into the workplace straight away, or those who prefer a hands-on approach to learning. Some people (some teachers even) worry that an apprenticeship might limit a more able student's options. This isn't the case at all, if anything it opens them up. Thanks to the indepth industry experience apprenticeships provide, many apprentices progress further and faster in their chosen fields. There are also higher-level apprenticeships and some people choose to move into further education at a later stage, either at a conventional university or through a body like the Open University.

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Spending time in workplace as part of your apprenticeship means that you naturally develop important ‘soft skills’, such as communication and team work. These skills are transferrable whatever path your career ultimately takes. One major benefit of an apprenticeship is that you won't have a student loan to pay off, and on top of this you are earning a salary and building a network of contacts. About 70% of apprentices are offered a permanent position at the end of their apprenticeship, and 90% remain in employment. To decide whether or not an apprenticeship is right in your case you need to do your research. Think about what your career ambitions are and look at potential pathways. Talk to employers at careers fairs and ask what they are looking for, and talk to people who have done an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are not right for everyone but they shouldn’t be viewed as a lesser option. Modern apprenticeships are a dynamic, flexible way to launch a career and one might be perfect for you. By Tracey Anderson


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Gardening Matters Fertile Ground

By Rachael Leverton This month the days get longer and the sun gets stronger...we hope! However March is famously temperamental and if the soil where you are is still wet and cold then it’s wise to delay planting and sowing until the temperature rises. Plant nutrient reserves are low at this time of year so, as the soil warms up, it’s time to think about fertiliser. Many gardeners are a bit frightened of fertiliser. All those chemical symbols on the side of the packet are rather reminiscent of school chemistry lessons. In fact the basics are quite simple. NPK - This can be observed on the side of most fertiliser packages. The letters stand for:

proteins and fats.

Plants also need micronutrients: Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron and Molybdenum. Plants take all these nutrients and build everything they need from scratch, including vitamins. What plants cannot do is absorb vitamins directly from things such as pet food, milk or so-called fertilisers which contain vitamins

So don’t be intimidated by fertiliser. Decide what your plants need then read the label. It’s easy as ABC..or rather NPK!

N - Nitrogen P - Phosphorous K - Potassium Together these are known as the macronutrients and each of them has its own use. Nitrogen primarily feeds the leafy above-theground parts of the plants. Phosphorous promotes strong roots. Potassium makes grass hardier, promotes germination and improves vegetable and fruit yields. The proportions of each macro-nutrient will be printed on the packet. Equal amounts of each nutrient make for a good general purpose fertiliser. A lawn will need a good balance of nitrogen and phosphorus to guarantee lush green grass with a healthy root system capable of withstanding dry spells. Fruiting plants need higher proportions of potassium. There are other macro-nutrients: Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen, which plants obtain freely from the air and water; and calcium, magnesium and sulphur, which should be present in any good general purpose fertiliser. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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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 & Shepperton Arts Festival. Forthcoming Coffee Concerts are scheduled as follows: Saturday February 17th, JOSEPH TONG (piano). Saturday March 24th MARY PELS( viola da gamba) and KAREN GLEN (harpsichord) Saturday April 21st MARK TAYLOR(flute) and GABRIELLA JONES( harpsichord) Ticket s @£10 include coffee and croissant preceding the concert. Doors open at. 10.15am, concert begins at 11am. Tickets available on line from boxoffice@ssaa-arts.org and www.ticketsource.co.uk and from 01932- 787390. All events at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames St, Sunbury. RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTRE WILL BE HOLDING A CELEBRATION DINNER TO MARK ITS FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY APRIL 31st. Zodiac Musical Society are performing ‘Sing a Rainbow’, a song and dance show from Wednesday 25 April to Saturday 28 April at Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury TW16 5QF. Evening performances commence at 7.45 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm. The show is colour themed and each song has a colour in its title or in the name of the group or singer famed for it. Ticket prices are £8-10. For more information please call the box office on: 01932 220167. 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 787343 or John on 784432.

Dramatize. Come along to see our award winning photo exhibition, at the RiverHouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton on Thames. Until 4th March. FREE. Come and Meet the Saxons in Spelthorne Drop into Spelthorne Museum any time between 11-3 on Saturday April 21st to celebrate 600 years of Saxons in Spelthorne with free Saxon arts, crafts and other activities, including a special children’s trail. Suitable for all the family – access through Staines Library in Friends Walk.

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The subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History is ‘The History of London Irish RFC’ by Nigel Scott, on Tuesday 20th March at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. Sunbury Flower Club. At our meeting in February , we enjoyed a demonstration given by Kathryn Goddard-Austin entitled Damsels and Dragonflies. Kathryn chose green anthuriums to depict the movement of a dragonfly and medlina sticks curved into wings. Sadness shown for the young Japanese girl in the story of Madam Butterfly. White orchids and white Avalanche roses magically showing her innocence. In contrast, the story of Satine in the Moulin Rouge. Red gerberas, roses and the red twisted frill , creating the colourful theatre show. Lost love sadly again. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday March 6 th at 2 pm at the Art Centre. Mary will lead us in an Easter decoration workshop Kids Come First® is a support forum for Separated Parents and a unique workshop of childfocused teaching material with guidance & advice for successful co-parenting. Parents can attend a group workshop separately or book a private session to attend together in Hampton (TW12). Call 07789497275 or email us: kidscomefirstuk@mail.com. For more info visit www.kidscomefirstuk.co.uk. Spelthorne Choral Society presents:D'Astorga's Stabat Matar and Haydn's Nelson Mass. Saturday 24th March 2018 7.30pm. St.Peter's Church, Laleham Road, Staines. TW18 2DX £10 in advance, £12 on the door. accompanied under 16's free Box Office:- 0208 9412512 (evenings) www.spelthornechoralsociety.com


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March 2018 Sunbury Matters  

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