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Welcome! 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 community. The issue of speeding and traffic is still very much a concern. Do go to the Joint Committee meeting at the council on March 19th to air your

March 2018 views. It is an important chance to get those concerns heard. Finally, thanks 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. ‘Til next time!

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A Flood in Shepperton in 1877 4 Are You Fair Game? 6 Average Speed Cameras committed 8 Shepperton Dance Group at BRITS 10 Who Can Help These Brave Ladies? 13 Where WAS Halliford House? 16 Community &Values at Halliford 18 Changes on the High Street 20 Creative Tailoring in Shepperton 23 Purple Angels Young & Old 24 Affordable Riverside Dwelling (1912!) 27 Halliford WI Suffrage Banner 28 Bags of Chance to Recycle! 31 Recipe of the Month 35 Fond Memories of Douglas Gordon 36 Joanne Wright Runs the Extra Mile 37 Staines upon Thames is Buzzing 39 Shepperton Residents News 42 Is it Going to Take Another Death? 47 Charlton Residents Round Up 51 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On 59/61 Ad Index and Costs 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 Shepperton 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. All welcome.

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Are You Fair Game? By Dik Gregory, Chairman, Shepperton Fair Later this year, on Saturday 9 June 2018, Shepperton folk will again enjoy what they have done for no less than the last 45 years – Shepperton Village Fair! Each year, thousands of people descend on Manor Park at the bottom of the High Street from all over the local area. Some come from quite far afield, too. They all come to enjoy a family fun day out, kicked off by a huge Procession of local schoolchildren in themed costume and awesome Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On the field are a couple of hundred stalls, a massive traditional marquee, delicious food, fairground rides, live music, live animals and free arena displays. On the Thames nearby, a spectacular Raft Race takes place, run by Nauticalia and Desborough Sailing Club. On top of all the attractions, people never fail to be struck by the amazing sense of community that the Fair seems to live and breathe. The atmosphere reminds people of why they continue to regard the special place in which we live as ‘home’. A place for enjoyment, friendship, generosity, and mutual support. The many local charities that run some of the stalls say that the Fair is the single most important source of funds for the whole year! Of course, the Fair doesn’t just ‘happen’. It is put together by a relatively small number of local residents who keep coming back for the same reason as Fairgoers do. Dik Gregory has been Chair of the Committee for 18 years now. He says “The Fair is like a magnet for us – the great feeling you get from being so immersed in village life is something you just don’t seem to tire of”. That must be why so many of the Fair Committee members have been involved for so long. One, Shirley Golding, has been involved since she was a teenager in the Fair’s earliest days! Back then she was responsible for collecting money from the stallholders, which in 1974, was used to fund the first set of Christmas tree lights over the shops in the High Street. This was obviously good training as now, over four decades To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

later, she is the Treasurer! But that doesn’t mean the Fair Committee doesn’t need new people. Just the opposite, in fact. Dik explains “We are not going to be able to do this for ever”, adding “plus, the new members who have joined us in the last couple of years have been able to inject some truly great ideas”. Now, Dik and his fellow members are looking for more help. He continues “We are really keen to have new people spend some time with us getting to know the Fair and how it all works. That way, we know the Fair will have a chance to continue to provide a great day out long into the future”.

There are many different and highly practical ways to get involved: assisting with field planning and stallholder layout; helping to organise what goes on in the huge Marquee; liaising with the many local businesses who kindly sponsor the Fair each year; helping to run the exciting arena entertainment or competitions programmes; assisting with the organisation of the impressive Procession; or perhaps helping to run the Fair’s social media. And yes, even helping Shirley look after the Fair’s finances. So, are you Fair game? If so, send an email to Dik at to arrange a chat and find out more. They’d love to hear from you! 6

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AVERAGE SPEED CAMERA SYSTEM for CHARLTON VILLAGE Like everybody else the four local councillors of Charlton Village, Richard Walsh, Maureen Attewell, Dick Smith-Ainsley and Mary Madams were horrified to hear of the tragic accident and fatality in the village and our thoughts are with the families at this difficult time. Quite understandably residents have questions and are seeking answers, but until the accident reports are completed by the Police and road safety officers it would be inappropriate for comment or speculation. In fact your Councillors have been working for some time to get Charlton Village extra traffic calming and we are delighted to say that Charlton Village has been selected for an AVERAGE SPEED CAMERA SYSTEM, which works both ways and covers the whole length of the village. These are the first trial systems to be set up in Surrey and I am very pleased that Charlton Village is one of the first, as many other villages with similar traffic problems were keen to get them as well. This should reduce the traffic speed going through the village quite significantly. The traffic survey which you quoted in your February edition is not recognized by Surrey highway engineers as the highest recorded two-way 24 hourly traffic volume (averaged from a seven day period) going through Charlton Village is just over 18,000 vehicles per day. The figure of 96,000 vehicles per day would mean a vehicle was passing through the village more than every second 24 hours a day. The Councillors have always been very keen to work with all residents and we have always considered that a great deal more can be achieved by working together and supporting each other in a positive way. We will be discussing highway matters at the next Spelthorne Joint Committee meeting taking place on Monday 19th March starting at 6.30pm at the Council Offices at Knowle Green, Staines and we hope as many of you as possible can attend the meeting, which is always open to questions from the public. County Councillor Richard Walsh

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Shepperton Dance Group Perform at Brits 2018

Well, how do you follow up a brilliant performance at the Shepperton Village Fair? Urban Dance School has done it rather nicely and performed in front of millions at The Brits 2018. Fabulous news indeed and huge congratulations to Matt Walker who co-founded the group in 2004. The group consists of professionals who have performed with artists such as JLS, Alexandra Burke, Olly Murs and even the likes of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Urban Dance School runs dance classes in street dance and the group performs around the world. The Brits took place at the O2 Arena and was broadcast on ITV at the end of February. You will be able to find it on ITV Hub on catch up, or if you want to see what sort of moves the group does, they have a YouTube channel where you can see clips. You can also see their weekly timetable of dance classes in the area on their website: Classes take place at The Thames Club and the Magna Carta school so if you want to get fit and learn street dance, this is the place for you. Well done Matt and co. You mum must be super proud!

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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: or find the group on Facebook: Ashford breast cancer support group. You can email 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. 13 Or email


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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 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:

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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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Community & Values at 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 and they need to be equipped to deal with added for first aid supplies. Local garage Paice Motors pressures. The school teaches them resilience and maintain the school minibuses and Falcon Travel confidence, dedicating assemblies to good mental supply school coach services. The school has a health. It has just appointed the first school counreciprocal arrangement with Shepperton Cricket sellor to support pupils in this domain. Club whereby each party benefits from each others What of academic prowess? Well, the school is facilities. It is a win/win situation. Even the supplijustifiably proud of the achievements of its pupils. er of school crisps is local manufacturer the Brown One well known old Hallifordian has just received Bag Crisp co. “Where we can, we don’t go down an OBE - Colin Squire indeed! Results are imthe big corporate route” says Mr Davies “We recportant of course, but not to the detriment of perognise the quality of relationships with the local sonal development and that point comes across 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 Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts




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Changes on Shepperton High Street

Well, Sainsbury’s has opened finally in the high street. It offers the convenience of parking and a one stop shop. If you want a CD or DVD they stock a limited chart of both, which is something new in Shepperton. Sainsbury’s have also kept most of the original staff of Budgens who have been working across different stores in the area since the closure and who are now back with new branding but the same service. All that is good news. We look forward to see how the new supermarket will integrate into the community. Budgens was a good citizen, sponsoring Sainsbury’s Shepperton is officially opened by the village fair and many other key local events Mayor of Spelthorne Vivienne Leighton, surrounded by pupils from Saxon and St Nicks and causes. We hope as a community that any large brand coming into our neighbourhood will get on board in a similar way. Other changes are afoot too. Shepperton House has been boarded up and demolition of the old house adjacent is well underway. It seems the plan is the turn the site into flats with one large retail unit opening for business. But what is it? Surely not anther supermarket but who could afford the rent on such a large space? The old Barclays bank building has also had planning approved for flats on the two upper floors and retail below. Good news all round that the high street is getting new blood but do let’s remember just how important our custom is to the local independent shops who do not have the backing of large brands behind them.

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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 are doing. It just so happens that in

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Shepperton is a seamstress called Laura Harrison. With 30 years of experience she can make a beautiful one off dress for a special occasion and you can guarantee no one in the room will have the same! But how much will it cost, I hear you say. If you were to visit LK Bennett or Reiss and purchase a dress for a special party or event you would probably accept the fact you would be spending at least £200 and probably a whole lot more. But you would not have that unique piece. You could instead choose to purchase fabric from Lee Taylor and ask Laura Harrison to make you up something stunning and bespoke. Depending on the complexity, you would not be forking out any more than you would for a dress ‘off the rail’. So, whether it be mother of the bride, an engagement party or prom, think about a different way to that special frock. Both are local businesses and only a phone call away so do get in touch and see how they can help make your event special.

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Purple Angels Young and Old!

Pupils at St Nicks were presented with the Purple Angel Dementia Awareness certificate recently to mark their involvement in training to understand dealing with dementia. This involved talks and visits in the summer when the Purple Angels visited with Pets As Therapy animals to point out how interacting with animals can promote well being in people who are living with the condition. The picture to the right is of Lisa Greaves, co founder of Spelthorne Dementia Support and the headmistress of St Nicks, with Jean Saunders. The school presented Spelthorne Dementia Support with a cheque for ÂŁ405.77. Great news! Another member of the Shepperton community has also been made an honorary Purple Angel. Alison Spooner (pictured here left) will be 101 years old this year and is still a happy, bubbly and alert lady. She is proud to have been made an honorary Purple Angel herself. Have you got your tickets to the World Rocks Against Dementia 2018? March 24th Jubilee Centre, Manygate Lane. Tickets ÂŁ12. Contact Sue on 07812 490370 or

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Mayor’s Consort Wins Large!

During the mayoral year, it is customary for the 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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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 planning texts on metropolitan sprawl in the 1930s confirm the character and scale of self-build activity within the early plotlands. They model self-reliant plotlanders erecting tarpaulin tents, flimsy Summerhouses, and makeshift-huts and sheds using re-cycled timber and metal sheets. Included are imaginative owners occupying redundant railway carriages, scrapped buses, disused vans, derelict boats and even massive water tanks. Sometimes, in Middlesex, speculative builders had acquired larger land holdings and built riverside estates for more affluent home seekers. Such higher density developments contrast with occasional and well-positioned Victorian houses set in spacious riverside grounds. Without doubt, the demand for plotland housing benefited local builders and allied trades. Amongst these would have been W.Gardam & Sons Ltd, a sawmill (founded in 1860) operating at Staines Bridge wharf. Its 1910 trade catalogue advised that: “In placing before your notice the following designs for WEEK-END, SEA-SIDE and UP-RIVER BUNGALOWS we would call attention to the fact that we are prepared to ERECT, FIT and DECORATE same in any part of the UNITED KINGDOM, complete and ready for occupation at COMPETITIVE PRICES”. The firm used rail transport. It also had global ambitions, claiming to: “…….despatch the structures to any part of the world, carefully packed in sections with explanatory diagram for purposes of easy erection.” Gardams specialised in pre-fabricated wooden bungalows and sleeping chalets (‘both plain and picturesque’) designed for permanent or holiday occupation. A fully-illustrated advertisement in Exchange and Mart (25th September 1911) added timberframed portable offices, ‘sanitoria’, sports pavilions/ club-houses with verandahs, billiard rooms, To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

An original plotland in need of refurbishment! Japanese tea houses, aviaries and beach-bathing huts to its product range. It also built caravans. Clients were invited to discuss modifications to standard housing designs.Three straightforward up-grades were promoted: the substitution of corrugated iron for weather boards (surcharge of 15%); an option to line inside walls with poilite fireproof sheets; and, with foresight, a plan to convert its popular coach house and stables into a garage for two motor cars. Examples from the press give the typical dimensions and costs of standardised units. Since World War II, most first-phase plotland dwellings have been greatly transformed. Recently, the last of the original timber-framed (and bramblecovered) bungalows have been demolished and the sites reclaimed. Meanwhile, Spelthorne Borough Council has tailored policies to guide development and protect the iconic character of local plotland landscapes. [I acknowledge the assistance of Chris and Joan Gardam who provided the catalogue for W.Gardam & Sons Ltd]. The advert opposite from 1912 shows an 18ft x 19ft chalet for sale for the princely sum of £25!


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Halliford Women's Institute Suffrage Banner From the 1920s Shepperton boasted three WI groups – Shepperton Village, Shepperton Green and Halliford. Due to falling numbers Shepperton Village closed and then, some years later, Shepperton Green. The sixteen ladies remaining then joined Halliford WI. Over the years the three WI groups were involved with many local projects. They set up a lending library, staged pantomimes, dances, whist drives and jumble sales. They visited the sick and elderly people in the community and provided gifts at Christmas. During the war years they were involved with knitting for the troops and generally supporting the war effort at home. They embraced national WI resolutions with litter picking and raising cash for Denman College. More recently Halliford WI campaigned for a local bus shelter and raised money towards a defibrillator to be kept outside the local church for the community to use. They were also involved with ‘Spelthorne in Bloom’, raising money to provide hanging baskets in the area. This project influenced the design for our banner. The addition of flowers allowed ladies to provide a piece of fabric or buttons (some from the button boxes of influential strong women in their families) which were added to the banner. Another strand to the banner design is the use of the suffragette colours. There were twelve ladies from Halliford WI who contributed to the making of the banner and nine involved with the actual stitching. Everyone involved enjoyed making the banner and we discussed our aunts, mothers and grandmothers and the influence they had on us. We agreed the design, gathered fabric and buttons and put the lettering in place. Originally we were going to have random colours for the flowers, but decided at our first meeting that it would look too 'busy' and decided to stick with the suffragette colours. The flowers and leaves were cut and bonded, then stitched in place. Some petals were left 'free' to give some depth to the banner and buttons Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


were added as flower centres. The Halliford Banner will join its 99 sisters in London on Sunday 4th March at the March4Women parade between Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square. It will then be present at the 100 Banners Gathering at the Royal Albert Hall & Kensington Palace on International Women's day Thursday 8th March. It may be on of a selection to attend Mirth Control - WOW (Women of the World) Festival on Sunday 11th March at the Southbank. New members always welcome at Halliford WI see What's on pages in Shepperton Matters for details.



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Quilt and Chat at The Greeno

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Thameside Quilters have moved their monthly meetings to The Greeno Centre. The next meeting will be Friday March 16th at 7.30 p.m. free tea and coffee is provided. We welcome new members and the first visit is free. You can check us out at Please don’t think you have to be a quilter to join in as our skills are many and varied, so anyone interested in sewing will be sure to find something of interest. If you would like to speak to someone before being brave enough to just turn up please call Shirley on

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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, bin liners, 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. Look out for the logo. 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 packaging 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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Recipe of the Month Boiled Fruit Cake

Fruit cakes don’t have to be tricky. This one is simple.

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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. 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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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! 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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Douglas Gordon - A Friend of Shepperton

By Sylvia and David Catt-Camfield

Since 1965, Weybridge resident Douglas was an hotelier in Shepperton. He bought the Warren Lodge and increased its capacity to the size it is today. Subsequently he added The Anchor, favourite haunt of many film stars like Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. All this whilst performing in The London Scout Gang Show, fulfilling a desire to be on the stage, he did this with enormous enthusiasm and energy. He expanded his hotel chain across the “pond” in the USA by buying two hotels in Sarasota, Florida. He always grabbed the opportunity to help others who were in trouble or who were in need. He would keep in touch with his many friends via his infamous ‘black book’. His long attachment to The Ship Hotel , Weybridge culminated in its purchase and he made many improvements to make it the hotel it is today. His love of theatre continued with his memberships of many associations e.g. Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Terrance Rattigan and also formed The Michael Feinstein appreciation Society in the UK. He was a person of huge heart and many people locally, including a school and the Church, will miss his support. He will, also be sorely missed by his many friends worldwide who looked forward to his special phone calls, but especially by his partner Michael.

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Joanne Wright is Running the Extra Mile for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices Joanne Wright will be taking on the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices on Sunday 22 April. In 2010, doctors told Shepperton resident Joanne that she would not recover from a neurological condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), which causes pain and swelling of the extremities and can ultimately cause the loss of movement in the hand or foot. “I was in constant, extreme pain and was not able to look after my son Eddie by myself. The doctors said that I would never get better from RSD and would not be able to work, drive or walk unaided again.” Joanne was convinced she wanted to prove the doctors wrong. In 2013, Joanne found a treatment that suited her; she later joined Weight Watchers to lose the 4 stone she had put on due to being ill. She said, “I gradually built up my strength walking unaided again and started up running a year later. I now absolutely love it!” Now running her second marathon, Joanne will be raising £3,000 in memory of her father -in-law Robert (Bobby) Wright. Bobby was cared for in Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge during 2015 after losing his battle with lung cancer. “Grandad Bobby was there for me throughout my illness and I want to give something back to him in return.” Woking & Sam Beare Hospices cares for over 1,400 patients, their carers and families across North West Surrey each year. In addition to day care provision and 20 en-suite bedrooms in the hospice itself, more than 70% of care is provided by the charity is given in the community in people’s own homes. The hospice has a community nursing team based at the hospice, in addition to the Sam Beare community team in Weybridge. All services provided by the hospice are free of charge.

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You can support Joanne in her fundraising journey for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices by visiting her online giving page: https:// joannewrightrpfhm201621131. Joanne will also be running the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday 11 March for the hospice.

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Celebration SATURDAY 14 - SUNDAY 15 APRIL 2018 10.00am – 5.00pm STAINES-UPON-THAMES HIGH STREET TW18 4PS Animal displays, demonstrations, clinics, shows, products, competitions, activities to try and more.

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

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 To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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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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Shepperton Residents Association News By Richard Hewitt It is hoped that you are able to come to our Open Meeting at the Village Hall at 8:00pm on Tuesday 6th March when we will welcome Councillor Howard Williams who is going to give a talk on Spelthorne’s Property Investment Strategy. Residents will be interested to learn that new plans for the old Barclays Bank building have been approved by the Council, i.e. 6 flats and 2 retail units. Meanwhile, work is ongoing at Araby Corner with 6 new flats scheduled to be built on the site of the old 6 Green Lane property, now demolished. The present empty 4 retail units will be combined to form one large unit. Note that the bulk of these plans were approved by the Council in 2014. As you know, Surrey County Council (SCC) is responsible for the maintenance of roads in the county, with the repair of Potholes being paramount at the moment. It is up to us all to advise the Council of those potholes requiring repair by either telephoning 0300 200 1003 or e.mailing The risks and treatment of potholes are as follows: HIGHEST RISK Priority 1 Make safe within 2 hours. Individual or multiple potholes with very high risk of interaction with vehicles or pedestrians and likely to result in serious or fatal consequences. MEDIUM RISK Priority 2 Make safe or repair within 5 working days. Individual defects greater than 40mm in depth and 150mm in diameter. LOW RISK Priority 3 Repair within 20 working days. Individual defects greater than Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


30mm in depth and 150mm in diameter. Priority 4 May be unpleasing to the eye but not considered a safety issue Individual or multiple defects less than 30mm in depth or less than 40mm but unlikely to worsen. Note that SCC report that the Highest Risks are repaired dependent on location and size of the repair, thus they may be fixed within the planned 2 hours but treated as a temporary repair to subsequently receive a full repair at a later date. As at the end of January, the total live defects within Medium and Low Risks was 2,346, with only 145 of those being outside their scheduled timescale for repair. Currently, SCC is receiving 300/400 reports every day, split over the four Priorities.


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The Pain of Mothers Day By Helen Jones My mother left home when I was seven. It always struck me as particularly cruel that teachers insisted we made Mother's Day cards. I pointed out once that my mother had left us. "Do you know her address?" teacher asked. When I nodded she told me I could post it. The irony of posting a card to 'The World's Best Mother' notable mainly by her absence seemed lost on Miss Marriot. Three years ago my friend's mother died from bowel cancer, and she said she would punch the next shop assistant who enquired whether she needed a Mother's Day card. Don’t get me wrong, I think Mother’s Day is a lovely tradition but many of us may not realise that Mother’s Day is an emotional time of year for those who have lost their mother; those who can’t conceive, or those who have miscarried or lost a child Perhaps Mother’s Day needs a make-over. Currently it seems to be about wish-lists, hints to spouses about booking the perfect restaurant and a barrage of adverts featuring the perfect nuclear family. Our children, and maybe the rest of us need to understand that Mother’s Day isn’t about spending lots of money or being pressured into meeting crazy expectations. In the UK it originated when children, mainly daughters (often as young as ten), who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family. This grew from the centuries-old tradition of people to returning to their home or 'mother' church once a year. The return to the 'mother' church became an occasion for family reunions.

I would love to see an 'alternative' Mother's Day focussed on less material things. I want to talk to my children about what Motherhood means to me and what having a mother means to them. I want all of us to think about the people around us, at school, or work, in our social circle and community who might be having a hard time in the midst of Mother’s Day celebrations? How can we reach out and share a little kindness or hope? With a card? A note? A phone call? Last year my kids and I chose to sponsor a child at an orphanage in Uganda. It gives us pleasure to know that someone who has no mother of her own is receiving care and education. This year my friend and her children made a food parcel for their local food bank and donated it in her mother's name. Her mother volunteered at a foodbank before she became ill so this seemed a fitting way to remember her. If you are struggling with Mother’s Day this year, please know that you are not alone. Reach out and talk to a friend; look for others with whom to share. Be kind to yourself, and if there is no-one you feel you can share your thoughts with consider starting with you and reach out to others who might need support.

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Laleham Garden Open Day Saturday 23rd June 2018

Please open your gate in 2018!

Laleham Garden Open Day is an exciting and

much anticipated event in the Village calendar. Many of our visitors attend year after year and, on a good weather day, around 150 tickets are sold. Ticket holders are invited to follow a map of the village and call in at marked locations between the hours of 11am and 5pm. These locations include the Laleham Pond, Church Flower Festival and Heritage Centre as well as private gardens. Many of these private gardens agree to open year after year and we are very grateful to them. However, the audience are always on the lookout for something new. Can you could check your calendar and contact me if you think you might be able to help by opening your gate this year. You don’t need a big, showy plot either. Some of our contributors have tiny gardens, but still they are kind enough to share their endeavours with others for one day in June.

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“ Is it Going to Take Another Death?”

Following our article on the Charlton Village ‘Death Trap Road’ we were delighted to hear that the council is finding funds to put in average speed cameras. That is a great start. Sadly it does not look as if it will be implemented until the end of the year, which means a long wait and many more dangerous road crossings for residents. Yes, the poor folk in the village still need to find a way to weave buggies and dogs across the busy road if they want to get from one side to the other. There is still no plan to put in a safe crossing. One resident sent me a video of the traffic as he waited...and waited...and waited to cross the road in safety. It is very hairy! Not only did we hear yet more confirmation about the Charlton Village situation, but we met with a very concerned mother whose son had nearly been killed on Russell Road. She is not alone in her concern. A resident of Russell Road reiterated his fears: “I have raised is-

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sues many times regarding the level and the speed of traffic going through our part of Shepperton next to the school. The situation is dangerous.; cars driving at crazy speeds, large vehicles that can hardly pass due to the road not being suitable and absolute negligent driving. It is just a matter of time before we have a serious incident or death” Furthermore, a resident of Hawthorn Way in Shepperton told us it was only a matter of time before there is a fatality there as traffic uses it as a rat run. We all need to slow down and show some consideration for pedestrians. Speed kills! Remember? The traffic situation will be raised at the Spelthorne Joint Committee at Knowle Green on March 19th at 6.30pm when a petition for traffic calming will be presented. We urge you all to support this meeting by attending. Something has to be done. The dreadful death in Charlton Village has to count for something but we need to see changes to prevent any more.


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Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence

Loomis UK of 1 Alder Court, Rennie Hogg Rd, Nottingham, NG2 1RX is applying to change an existing licence as follows: To add an operating centre to keep 12 goods vehicles and 2 trailers at Unit 13, Shepperton Business Park, Govett Avenue, Shepperton, TW17 8BA . Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre(s) who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A Guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s office.

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Save Weybridge Registry Office

Surrey County Council are proposing to sell Weybridge Register Office and re-develop the land for luxury flats. Known as Rylston, it was built as a private house in 1911 in the Arts and Crafts style and is one of the only buildings of its type left in the area. Retaining many of its original architectural features it would be an absolute disgrace if it were to be sold and demolished. It became a Register Office in 1993 providing an invaluable service to the local and surrounding community. Not only the provision of a stunning and affordable venue in which to have a marriage, civil partnership or citizenship ceremony, but for the other people who visit at some of the best and some of the worse times of life - the Registrations of births and deaths. It’s current location on Oatlands Drive makes it easy to find and easy to park. Therefore has very little impact on the infrastructure of Weybridge / Walton. The proposal is to move it to above Weybridge Library - a 1960's building in need of refurbishment with a history of antisocial behaviour around it. Weybridge town centre is already heavily congested, the parking facilities are not adequate as it stands - let alone with the addition of a very busy Register Office. Please help us to keep this historic building for the community. Add your name to the many thousands who don’t want to lose the place they created many happy memories: http://

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Care boss says ‘You Can Care’ Local care boss, Damien Nolan, has launched a campaign, ‘You Can Care’, to address the local shortage of care workers. Damien, who owns and runs the Elmbridge & East Spelthorne office of a home care provider, Home Instead Senior Care, will be raising awareness, banishing pre-conceived ideas about what caring is all about, as well as informing people about just how rewarding working in care can be. According to Skills for Care, the strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England, there are approximately 90,000 vacancies in the social care sector at any given time. Our ageing population has created a huge requirement for care services and Damien reports that the national picture is reflected in the local area. Home Instead, who specialise in care for older people in their own homes, is hoping to fill 50 jobs in 2018 in order to keep pace with demand. Speaking about the campaign launch, Damien said, “With the You Can Care campaign we want to champion caregivers and show the world how much of an impact these wonderful people make with the work they do. It’s also important to us that we show how a career as a caregiver, working for a company that genuinely, actively cares about its employees, can be really rewarding.” The hashtag #youcancare has been created to support the campaign. As well as sharing positive stories, the company will also be offering tips, advice and support for the hundreds of people caring for family members in the local area. For more information about Home Instead, call 01932 241020 or visit https:// You can also find information on the campaign if you search #youcancare on Facebook and Twitter.

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Spelthorne Business Awards Launched

For the first time this year you can take part in the newly launched business awards scheme for Spelthorne. Spelthorne Means Business Awards launched on 6th February. Offering 7 categories, including Best Small Business and Independent Business of the Year, this new event is designed to celebrate Spelthorne businesses and to highlight the successes we have in our local business community. The overall winner of the awards will be crowned best Business in Spelthorne - sponsored by Spelthorne Borough Council. We are proud to say that Sunbury Matters is one of the Media Partners for the awards. You can enter online at https:// and if you are a local business why not join us at Shepperton Studios on 11th October for our sparkling awards’ evening. Businesses which win awards benefit from a boost in brand awareness and credibility in the marketplace, so

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what have you got to lose? Businesses which win awards benefit from a boost to brand awareness, increased credibility in the marketplace, escalating staff morale and a surge in attractiveness to potential employees. Full details on categories are on the website, so have a look and see which you are going to be entering. Spelthorne Means Business is focusing a lot of resources on making this borough a truly great place to work. It is brilliant to see so much support for small businesses in the borough, so if you are one, just get on and enter one of the awards.


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Public Consultation on The Bugle

Another change in our community. The Bugle pub has been through several incarnations and has been waiting for it’s next chapter. We understand there are plans to develop up to 57 affordable homes AND a 72 bed care home on the site and the adjacent industrial haulage yard. So what do you think? Did you go to the consultation? It sounds like an enormous development and inevitably a huge volume of new vehicles on the roads around not to mention construction vehicles in the short term.

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Garden Tidy up - Decking - Patios Fencing - Hedge Cutting Garden Maintenance - Tree Work ALL WORK FULLY INSURED & GUARANTEED Free Quotes. Sunbury Based

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Gardening Matters Fertile Ground 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.

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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.

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Scotts Decorating Services Interior/Exterior Domestic/Commercial Locally Based Fully Insured 30 years experience

Call Andy Scott for a quote: 01784 462928 07796 542788




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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Halliford Women's Institute meet the first Tuesday of every month except August in Halliford village hall at 7.30pm until 10pm.New members always welcome so if you fancy some company, tea and cake and exciting days out please pop in. For more information phone Joyce on 07928434206. Spelthorne Choral Society present their Spring concert. D'Astorga's Stabat Matar and Haydn's Nelson Mass. Saturday March 24th 7.30pm. St Peters Church Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX.£10 in advance or £12 on the door. accompanied under 16's free. Box office:-0208 9412512 evenings. The Probus Club of Shepperton for retired business and professional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month to hear a speaker followed by lunch. In February we heard a talk entitled “Bees. ” We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Thurs 1st March @ 8pm ‘Thomas Holloway’s College’, a talk by Richard Williams to Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, at Staines Methodist Church, Thames Street, Staines. All welcome, £2 non-members 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. All welcome. Sponge Fingers Playgroup for 0-4yrs and families. Every Thursday in term time, 9.3011am, Shepperton Village Hall. £3 per family including loads of toys, dressing up, craft, singing, a healthy snack for children and refreshments for adults. Parking on site or High St. All welcome!

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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; or come along on a Thursday evening and meet the group.

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More What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Spelthorne Natural History Society – Our annual public film show is to be held on Saturday 3 rd March at 8:00 p.m. in St Peter’s Church Hall, Staines. Andy Sands will present “The Life of a Dormouse”. He is a brilliant local cameraman with original photography. Tickets are £9 per person including a supper but please bring your own drinks & glasses. Everyone welcome, accompanied children free. There will be a raffle & a natural history quiz. Tickets available from Joyce on 01784 453402 Spelthorne Natural History Society – Our monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 14 th March at 8:00 p.m. in the Greeno Centre, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH. Richard Barley will be giving talk on the Kew Temperate House. Non-members always welcome, £2 charge. The Arts Society Runnymede delivers lively monthly lectures on all things 'arty', BACKSTAGE AT THE OPERA, MARCH 21st by Simon Rees, freelance writer and lecturer on opera, art history and literature is no exception. The group always welcomes new faces at The Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Egham TW18 3HD and the first lecture is free. Tea and coffee served from 10 o’clock, lecture at 10.30. Further details of the programme can be found on our or email:- The New Egham Singers’ Spring Concert will take place on Saturday 24 March 2018 at St Paul’s Church, Addlestone starting at 7.30pm. The varied programme will include several musical styles including pop, classical, and traditional. The concert will raise funds for The M.E. Trust. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children 15 and under). To reserve tickets please contact or phone the box office on 07858 617343. Walton Voices perform ‘The Armed Man’ on April 14th at 7.30 at St Mary’s Church, Sunbury. Timed to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War 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. Tickets from 07884 348172 or send an email to

Spelthorne Natural History Society – Our monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th April at 8:00 p.m. in the Greeno Centre, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH. Jim Jones from Surrey Wildlife Trust will be giving talk on “Hedgerow Heroes”. Non-members always welcome, £2 charge Kids Come First® is a support forum for Separated Parents and a unique workshop of child-focused 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: For more info visit Home-start Spelthorne support local families who have at least one child under the age of 5. Our volunteers visit families who need a little extra support, for 2-3 hours each week in their homes. If you would like to have or be a volunteer please call us on l 01784 463200 61

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Spelthorne Dementia Support presents


Surprise Specia l Guests


Rocks against

DEMENTIA ENTIA 2018 24th March

Emma Hall Soprano

@ The Jubilee Centre, Manygate Lane The R Way Everly Others Shepperton TW17 9EE Country / Rock Laura Kate Ward

Doors open 6:30pm-7pm until 10:15pm


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Margaret Watson Plays the Golden Harp

Contact: Sue - 07812 490370

Whitney G Terry Gleed BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS/REFRESHMENTS Jones Spelthorne Dementia Support reg charity no. 1165346


Independent Senior Day School Boys 11–18 years Girls 16 –18 years

VISITOR MORNINGS Thursday 1st March 9.30am and 11.30am Tuesday 6th March 9.30am Thursday 3rd May 9.30am and 11.30am To register please contact Fran Clatworthy on 01932 223593 or book online at:

An exceptionally friendly school, offering a stimulating and positive environment, where pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential. We offer an extensive coach service covering the surrounding area and the School is a short walk from Shepperton mainline station.

March 18 Shepperton Matters  
March 18 Shepperton Matters  

The March issue of Shepperton Matters, the local community magazine for TW17, Shepperton and Laleham