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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos


Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together


March 2019

Issue 89

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In this issue, we ask for your help in naming some of the old employees of the Kempton Steam water works as they approach their 90th anniversary and we hear how important the site was to Londoners. We also take you back to the early days of the horse rangers of Shepperton. Now at their very historic home in the royal mews at Hampton Court, they are looking for volunteers. What an opportunity. Another such chance is open to volunteer at the historic venue of Brooklands Museum. We hear from one man and why he finds volunteering there so rewarding. How about the River Ash clean up? They need help too! If the idea of volunteering appeals and you want to consider all options, don t forget to visit the

March 2019 Charity Fair on 16th March at the village hall where you can meet lots of local organisations who could do with your help and support. Finally, March 31st sees the end of government incentives to buy solar. Don t delay. See the ad on page 7 and get advice from this local company. Photo: Here and now Photography

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The Horse Rangers of Shepperton 4 Squire s Celebrates 6 Stars Shine in Shepperton 9 Volunteer with Horse Rangers 13 Another New Business in Shepperton 14 Kempton Steam Mystery Faces 16/17 The Ides of March 19 In Support of the High Street 20 Planes, Cars and Volunteering 24 The Tradition of Afternoon Tea 28 Purple Angels Bonanza 30 Recipe of the Month 35 The Reminiscence Collection 37 Purr-fectly at Home 38 Mary Poppins Stirs Memories 41 Laleham Residents Update 43 Shepperton Residents Update 48 Thamesmead Battlefields Trip 51 Gardening Matters 57 What s On 59/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

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The Horse Rangers of Shepperton By Nick Pollard

Readers will no doubt be familiar with the Horse Rangers, based in the old Tudor stables at Hampton Court, and may have seen them riding out to practice in Bushy Park. It s perhaps less widely known that they were originally founded in Shepperton. Businessman Raymond Gordon owned riding stables at the Century Club in Felix Lane, Shepperton (where the Holiday Inn now stands). He noticed that a lot of local girls were interested in horses but had no opportunity to ride, so he decided to start a group which would enable girls of any background to experience horse riding and to learn about caring for horses. The Girl Horse Rangers, as they were first called, were established in 1954, and the cost was one shilling (5p) a week. The uniform of a green shirt, brown jodhpurs (riding breeches) and a wide-brimmed cowboy style hat was relatively expensive (the jodhpurs alone cost £5), but could be paid for in instalments. The group rapidly grew to over 100 girls and young women. The picture above taken from a Pathé newsreel of 1959 show the Horse Rangers at their headquarters, which in those days had a real Western feel about them. The odd looking conical building in the background was a wooden indoor riding school. I vividly remember this burning down some time in the 1960s, when the whole sky was lit up by it. The Pathé film also shows the girls riding in a field next to Fordbridge Road, with the gravel workings at what is now the Swan Sanctuary in the background. Princess Margaret agreed to be Royal Patron of the Horse Rangers, a post which then passed to Princess Michael of Kent. No doubt the Royal connection helped with the move to the stables at Hampton Court in 1963. Raymond Gordon himself died in 1983 aged 84, after which his widow Doreen became President until she passed away in 2002. The Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway by Douglas Dick is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 19th March at Halliford School in Russell Road, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Squire s Celebrates Some major announcements from Squire s last month came in the form of the award to the Shepperton branch as Best Garden Centre in England, followed by the news that Sarah Squire has been named Chairman, taking over from father Colin Squire.

The Shepperton branch was named Best Garden Centre in England at the Garden Centre Association s (GCA) annual awards.

The GCA is the industry s trade body and represents hundreds of garden centres across the UK. Each garden centre was judged by an independent inspector last spring, and the top scoring centres were re-inspected in the autumn. The awards were presented at the GCA conference, which was held in Luton in late January. Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire s Garden Centres said; This is a fantastic rePlease mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


sult for Squire s in Shepperton! I am so proud of the entire team for all their hard work and very grateful for the support of our customers. To be awarded best garden centre in England is a tremendous achievement, and very well deserved. After 30 years as Chairman and more than five decades in the business, Sarah s father Colin Squire OBE takes on the role of Chairman Emeritus, and remains an active director of the business, with particular focus on developments at each of Squire s garden centres and the company s involvement with local communities. Sarah comments, It is a great privilege to take on the role of chairman of our family company. I have learned so much from my father and from the many people I have worked with over the years within our business, our industry and beyond. I am inspired daily by the dedicated team I work with and together we share a passion for our horticultural business and our industry. We are also incredibly fortunate to have such great support from our local communities. I am confident that, although there will undoubtedly be challenges along the way, we can look forward with optimism as Squire s enters a new chapter. Sarah (pictured right) will focus on further developing this successful, independent family business, which has 15 garden centres in the South East.


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Stars Shine in Shepperton By Monica Chard, Editor

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To meet Jess Edgar, principal of Stars Performing Arts and hear about the positive impact her performing arts classes are having on children is an uplifting experience. Enthusiasm radiates from this young lady. Her business is only in it s fourth year and yet she has had such success already. Less than a year after launching Stars , Jess won one of Surrey s Rising Stars Young Business Woman of the Year awards . Although very honoured, she confesses to never even writing a business plan when she launched. She felt she had spotted a need, was encouraged at the interest shown to her initial research and when her free taster session attracted 45 children, she knew her gut instinct was right.

and image, constantly striving to live up to Instagram perfection and so often falling short. It can have devastating consequences. So to get out and perform, to discover the joy of learning a dance routine or sing a song from a favourite musical unleashes endorphins galore. Performing arts is a great way of building the confidence anyone will benefit from throughout life. I remember as a child my own moment of fame and glory was receiving the drama cup for my performance as a singing dog!! Without a doubt drama contributed to the confidence I needed to do presentations during my career. So take a step into a world of positivity, team work and confidence building and be a star! www.sheppertonstars.co.uk Facebook.com/sheppertonstars Twitter.com/sheppertonstars www.instagram.com/sheppertonstars

Jess s enthusiasm is infectious! She now offers classes to various age groups: 4-6 year olds make up the Mini Stars, Rising Stars cater for 7-9 year olds and her Youth Theatre Arts (YTA s is for the older group. During the two hour classes, phones are not allowed. Children can be themselves, forget the outside world and simply have fun singing, dancing and performing. It is a great way of building confidence and is hugely positive for mental health. At the end of every class Jess calls out Hands up if you are amazing and the joy and happiness of the youngsters is clear. Our younger generation is in the news a lot at the moment. The explosion of smart phones and social media apps have lead many youngsters deep into the world of self absorption To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Horse Rangers Association Volunteering Opportunities By Monica Chard, Editor You will have driven past the Royal Mews near Hampton Court Palace many times and maybe have wondered what the building was and what it is now. You may also have seen a parade of uniformed children riding down the road on their way in to Bushy Park and assumed they are part of an elite club. But there is so much to the Horse Rangers that I had not realised before visiting recently, and you have the chance to get involved there.

The building itself goes back to 1536 and was the stables and hay barn for the palace. In Victorian times it was converted to an inn with stabling for coaches, hence the imposing arch ways. It is still owned by the Royal Household. The Horse Rangers Association (HRA) was founded in 1954 by Raymond Gordon who wanted to give children who could not afford to own a horse, the opportunity to learn to look after and ride horses. It was based at Shepperton Studios but moved to Hampton Court in 1968. Raymond Gordon s vision was to enable boys and girls aged eight upwards, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to learn to look after and ride horses. Someone told me it is like scouts/guides but with horses which seems to be a good description. It is not a riding school but a place to learn about oneself, a team and the care of a horse. One of the stated objectives is to help members to learn independence and concern for others by guiding them towards the qualities of integrity, honour and trust . The patron is Princess Michael of Kent who took over after Princess Margaret. HRH the Queen and other members of the Royal Family have also visited the Royal Mews. From early in the charity s existence, it has offered activities to young people with disabilities. In 1975 the HRA became a member group of Riding for the To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Disabled Association (RDA). They help disabled children and adults by providing them with riding facilities and teaching them horsemanship. The positivity this can engender in riders is incredible and hugely beneficial to their wellbeing. The affection and enthusiasm within the organisation is clear. Stable manager and both deputies have between them 60 years of service at the Royal Mews, starting as youngsters themselves, learning horsemanship, volunteering and then finding employment. You may well have seen the HRA in action, performing one of their musical rides. They were the main arena act at the Shepperton Village Fair in 2017. This is a long standing traditional discipline and is on show again at the annual Chestnut Sunday in Bushy Park, which this year falls on May 12th. Why not pop along to see them in action? HRA is a charity, relying on grants from the likes of Children in Need but otherwise which is selfsupporting. Through its outreach days during the year it plays an important role in supporting children who are for one reason or another, disengaged with education, be it down to bullying, bereavement or coping as a young carer. Outreach days offer the chance to own a pony for a day, learning how to care for, groom and ride it, as well as learning to be part of a team. As a charity, the group relies heavily on volunteers and needs more of them. If the HRA sounds inspiring to you, how about getting involved? Volunteers do not need experience with horses but need to be confident and interested in people. As well as the outreach days during the year, volunteers are also needed for the Riding for the Disabled programme which run day sessions (term time only) and one evening session all year round. So, if you think you have what it takes to support children within this environment, are interested in horsemanship and want to see how children can blossom through the activities of HRA, why not get in touch? Lauren Thomas Development and Volunteers Manager The Horse Rangers Association rda@horserangers.com 020 89794196 Donate: https://www.committedgiving.uk.net/ horserangers/public/landing.aspx www.horserangers.com


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Another New Business for Shepperton By Monica Chard, Editor

Peco is not strictly speaking a new business. In fact it is a very well established business, having been trading in Hampton for 45 years. Peco specialises in period fireplaces and doors as well as bespoke stained and etched windows. Shepperton resident Nicola Lewis took the business over from her father some 10 years ago but only recently relocated the business to Shepperton. When the landlord of the Peco premises in Hampton decided he wanted to sell to developers the option of downsizing appealed, so Nicola packed up.

Now operating from a studio, the service and range of products remains as it was before and a full range of products is available via the website (www.peco-of-hampton.co.uk) . We went to visit to see how Nicola works. She became involved when she was a teenager, did an apprenticeship and learned the trade before joining her dad at the business. It is clear that she is passionate about her work. She has a network of top trades that she can tap into so she can be sure that the doors she refurbishes will be properly hung and windows, radiators and fire places will be installed correctly. When we visited the studio Nicola was laying out a stained glass design for a client. She will deal with the process from scratch, working with the client to establish design, colour palette and budget to laying out the glass and leading it, before arranging installation. The transformation from a plain glass window Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


to a statement piece allowing coloured light to filter into a room is stunning.

The piece above features an antique glass panel which has been set with modern pieces of glass to complement the colours. It is above the front door in Nicola s own house. Nicola clearly loves the whole process and prides herself in being able to see what will suit a room. She caters for all sorts of requirements, from humble cottages to the grandest house, from a small bedroom fireplace to on fit for a period dining room, and everything in between. Whether bespoke pieces of refurbishment of existing, the transformation to a property is incredible.

Before and After Showing how a property kerb appeal can be transformed

The Peco strapline is We bring the past into the future . This is exactly what has happened to this well established local business which has now taken root in Shepperton for the next chapter in its history. www.peco-of-hampton.co.uk Tel 0208 979 8310 shop@pecoofhampton.com


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Kempton Steam Mystery Faces By Stephen Fielding, Kempton Steam Museum

This year is very significant for Kempton Steam Museum, for October will mark ninety years since the giant steam engines and their associated water purification plant, were inaugurated by the Minister of Health. On a windswept day in October 1929, the great and the good of London gathered at Kempton Park Pumping Station to witness its inauguration by the Right Honourable Arthur Greenwood M.P and the chairman of the Metropolitan Water Board, Sir William Prescott. The group began by inspecting the works and the new pumps before indulging in a grand banquet held in the engine house. No expense was spared, with live music and food supplied by Harrods being plentiful. Both engines made by Worthington Simpson were then started by members of the MWB, R.W James and Sir George Handover. From that moment until 1980, the engines named Sir William Prescott and The Lady Bessie Prescott would pump well over half a trillion gallons of fresh water to the metropolis by the time they were decommissioned in November 1980. From the instant they commenced operation, they supplied water to a rapidly changing and turbulent London. Across the pond on the very same day they commenced operation, the Wall Street crash started, leading to several years of financial strife felt all over the western world. Perhaps as a result, few if any examples of grand pumping engines in magnificent ceremonial engine houses were ever built again. The age of utilitarian buildings and rapid technological progress including the adoption of electric motor driven pumps was already underway. By the end of their first decade of operation, the Second World War had begun, bringing with it the London Blitz and undoubtedly the worst fires and destruction since the Great Fire of 1666. Never before had London s water supply network been under such tremendous stress and carnage. On many nights during 1940 & 1941, an additional 100 million Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


gallons of water were pumped to overcome the huge volume being consumed by the firefighters and that lost due to mains fractured by bombing. The Kempton Park site at its height extended to 254 acres which included two reservoirs, twelve sand filter beds, twenty-four primary filer beds, three beam engines, seven tripleexpansion engines and two steam turbines, supplying 1 in 7 Londoners. Often overlooked are the people that made this happen. For example the engines did not drive, stoke, or lubricate themselves. They required a skilled team working 24 hours a day, every day. In 1939, 180 men worked on the site, a staffing trend which continued for many decades. Despite this huge number of people involved, we know very little about them. Since the Kempton Great Engines Trust began in 1995 a handful of people have shared their fascinating stories with us. Now with our 90th birthday approaching, we are keen to learn more about those who worked at the site. We would be pleased to hear from anybody who has stories, pictures or other information about the site to share with us. Maybe you recognise someone in the photos here and opposite. Please email Stephen Fielding at kemptonadvertising@gmail.com.


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The Ides of March

The Ides in March fell on the 15th and marked the full moon.

Beware the Ides of March! I ve heard this saying often throughout my life but only recently thought to find out about it.

It happens that Julius Caesar was murdered on March 15th, 44BC. He was stabbed to death by a group of Senators shortly after being declared Dictator Perpetuus , which means, dictator for life. His death lead to the Liberators civil war and the new Principate period of the Roman Empire.

It s actually a quote from William Shakespeare s play, Julius Caesar. Early in the play a soothsayer declares it, forewarning of the eventual assassination of Caesar (apologies if that spoils the ending for anyone!) But what are the Ides of March? In the ancient Roman calendar the Ides was one of three markers used each month, which related to the position of the moon. Ides comes from the Latin verb to divide

So, the Ides of March is actually the anniversary of Julius Caesar s murder and Shakespeare played on this with his oft-quoted soothsayer. People adopted the expression and it is still used as a warning that something bad could befall a person on this date. By Tom Hancock

In Praise of the HIGH STREET

and more!

Just a quick reminder to all residents to continue to use your High Street shops. There is still much pressure on High Street businesses – as you have all read about in the papers, no doubt – but we must all ensure that this does not happen here .. to our – Shepperton - High Street! So far so good but we cannot be complacent. WE MUST USE IT .. NOT LOSE IT! We have such a lot of good things to offer our residents and visitors alike and we still get regular visitors from the towns and villages around Shepperton. They know a good thing so we must be vigilant and determined that we do not undermine our own little treasure – the High Street. Shop there as often as you can only YOU can keep it alive no-one else . You are the customers which keeps the whole street – the very hub of Shepperton - buzzing! Remember your Post Office (and Record Shop!), Butchers, Green-Grocers, Bakers, Ironmongers (HomeCare), Car Accessories, Card Shop, Carpets, the Florists, Supermarkets, Chemists, Cobblers, Fashion (Blue), Sports, Mobility, Mobile Phones, Newsagents, Charity shops, Glass and Window fitters, Bathrooms & Kitchens .. as well as those invaluable services such as the Dentists, Opticians, Hairdressers, Physiotherapy, the variety of Beauty services, , Laundry and Dry cleaning, Travel Agents, the Vets , Estate agents . the Cafes and Restaurants . and the take-aways! I have tried not to leave anyone out! . Did I say the Pubs? . Well the Pubs too!! Did you realise? we have all these (and more probably) all within Shepperton! Let us all keep our pretty, idyllic village life ALIVE and definitely.. KICKING! By Carl Phillips

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Planes, Cars and Volunteering By Andy Bloomfield, Shepperton

I have been a volunteer at Brooklands Museum for eight years after retiring from BAe Systems as an Electrical Systems Engineer on various civil and military aircraft. I spent months deciding what to do, too long in fact, finally I went to see what was on offer at Brooklands. With a background in aviation and a keen interest in motor racing I felt an immediate connection. I started off as a steward on the aircraft and in the motoring village meeting other like minded people from various backgrounds once or twice a week. I soon concentrated on the aircraft side either in the aircraft park or in the hangar. With my background I was able to converse with visitors immediately. I became interested in doing guided tour for adults or school children. After a few weeks of shadowing other people I was allowed to do my own under supervision. I also learnt to do educational workshops for the schools, which are great fun. Being into DIY (you can also find me at the Men in Sheds at The Greeno!) and previously car maintenance I wanted to get my hands dirty. The museum is full of men and women volunteers on various projects: motoring, aircraft, gardening, archives etc. I enquired and I joined the BAC1-11 aircraft team which is a 89 seat airliner and I am now the project leaders with a team of 5 volunteers. We look after aircraft as a museum piece, cleaning, painting, repairing and updating as necessary in all weathers. You don t need to know about aircraft. It s all about fixing the best way. We meet every Thursday, starting off with a coffee with my team and the stewards in the airpark before all hands on deck, literally! On Tuesdays I do the school tours and help out with other things in the afternoon. Yes it fills your time up but I find it very rewarding. So why else do I do it? I have found many benefits, including: • Meeting new people with a massive range of interesting backgrounds. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


Retaining and interest and involvement with cars, motorcycles and aircraft. • Getting huge amounts of appreciation and feedback from visitors of all ages. • On retiring, keeping my brain alive through learning and developing new skills. • Making some contribution to the education, information and entertainment that it is the mission of Brooklands Museum to provide to all types and ages of people. • Helping to give people with special needs a fun day out. • Being involved in a highly successful and award winning organisation.

One of our volunteers getting stuck in!

This is just my view. Other volunteers do it for many different reasons and carry out many different roles, from library archiving to gardening. There is a role just for you. You are welcome to call our Volunteer Manager, Sue Lewin on 01932 857381, ext. 242 (suelewin@brooklandsmuseum.com) for a chat or why not come along to our Volunteer Recruitment Morning on Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 10am to 12noon. All welcome and entrance is free to prospective volunteers that morning. Details on our website at www.brooklandsmuseum.com


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Join us for the Spelthorne s Got Talent final The final of Spelthorne s Got Talent is being held at 7pm on Friday 22 March at Halliford School s John Crook Theatre in Shepperton, in aid of the Mayor s charities. Thirteen finalists will provide a special night of fun and entertainment as they showcase their unique talents and compete for the top prize. The event is being hosted by the Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Jean Pinkerton OBE, to raise funds for the following charities: East to West – offering support to children, young people and their families on a range of emotional and practical issues Rentstart – assisting single people and childless couples to access accommodation in the private rented sector Shopmobility – helping people with mobility problems to get around Staines Town Centre The Penrose Club – providing social activities for adults with special needs Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and can be purchased by contacting the Mayor's office on 01784 446275 or email mayor@spelthorne.gov.uk Thank you to Halliford School, Shepperton Studios and Skyline Studios for supporting Spelthorne s Got Talent.

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Afternoon Tea - A Very British Tradition By John Taylor

The custom of a meal being taken midafternoon was started in the early 19th century by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. She was the wife of Francis Russell, and sister- in- law to the Prime Minister, John Russell. A lifelong friend of Queen Victoria, she had served as a lady of the bed chamber. During this period the habit of serving dinner at about 8 pm left the Duchess feeling ravenous by late afternoon. To ward off the hunger she would order each day at about 3 pm, tea, bread and butter, and cakes. Later on she would invite friends to join her at home and the event became a great success. The idea gradually spread generally into society, and tea rooms, and tea gardens sprang up everywhere. During the Edwardian period, taking afternoon tea became popular both at home where it was usually served in the drawing room, and in lounges of hotels. Ladies and gentlemen dressed formally for the occasion. Later tea dances became something of a phenomenon and despite rationing, lasted until well after the Second World War. The social event lost its appeal when coffee bars were the place to be seen. However from the late twentieth century, afternoon tea again became popular. Many restaurants and hotels throughout Britain now serve the meal for tourists and for those wanting to celebrate a special occasion. Famous London hotels, and department stores are particularly renowned in providing this traditional experience. At the start of the meal, Champagne is sometimes provided, before the serving of various delicate sandwiches. They were invented in 1762 by John Montague the 4th Earl of Sandwich. He was playing cards, and not willing to leave the gaming table, asked for a serving of roast beef to be placed between two slices of bread so he could eat with his hands, without the need for cutlery. Following sandwiches, scones, sometimes pronounced as scon, are served, with jam and cream. Whilst some guests prefer to place Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


jam on the scone first, in the Cornish fashion, others spread cream first, which is the Devon tradition. All followed by delicious fancy cakes, and pastries. Probably the most important item, good quality tea. One legend says that in 2737 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung noticed that a green leaf had blown into a bowl of boiling water, colouring the liquid and therefore creating the beverage. The tea shrub is small and evergreen. The tips are picked, allowed to wither, then rolled, fermented and dried. The drink contains the stimulants tannin and caffeine. It was not until the 1660 s that the drink was made popular in England by Charles 11.

A familiar quandary, should it be milk or water first. Historically milk was poured first in order to protect the fine bone china, from the hot water. Some prefer to add the milk to the tea, stating that milk first in the cup lowers the temperature of the water, so a proper infusion can t take place. Originally cultivated in China since early times, many other countries are now major producers. An increasingly popular meal in Britain and throughout the world, as Henry James writes; There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony know as afternoon tea .


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The lovely volunteers from Spelthorne Dementia Support give enough to others, so how lovely to hear about some generous donations they have received recently. A bench has been donated by the late Desmond Jarvis, placed in Littleton Rec. Jennie Jarvis is now a volunteer with the group. A great windfall in the form of a large cheque was gratefully received by the group. The Three Horseshoes did a new years raffle and clients were in generous mood. A total of ÂŁ1345 was raised and presented to Jean Saunders and Lisa Greaves by Valter Garcias and Ashley Maloney. Well done to all. More funds are always needed however, so Spelthorne Dementia Support (AKA Purple Angels) are putting on a fantastic concern on March 30th at the Jubilee Centre. World Rocks Against Dementia has proved a great success in previValter Garcias (L) and Ashley ous years. Proceeds will go towards MP3 players for those Maloney present Jean Saunders living with dementia in our communities. (see poster with and Lisa Greaves with a cheque for full details in this issue). ÂŁ1,345


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MARCH 2019

Everything you need to know about the Government Help to Buy scheme The Government Help to Buy scheme came into effect in April 2013. Since its launch the Government has provided £7.39bn worth of funding to assist more than 145,000 buyers to purchase their own homes, 81% of these being First Time Buyers.

Who Is It For? The scheme is open to all as long as they do not own another property. It is designed to assist buyers with the purchase of their main residence, up to a maximum value of £600,000. It makes home ownership affordable by assisting those that are struggling to raise a sizeable deposit. It was also devised to give momentum to the housing market, which is critical to the country’s economy and its connection to the UK construction industry. The scheme is only applicable to newly built properties and for those where the

developer has registered the site with Homes England, the schemes administrator. It is available for both Leasehold flats and Freehold housing, but Leasehold housing has to be referred.

How Does It Work? The buyer has to provide a minimum of 5% of the purchase price as their deposit. The Help to Buy scheme tops this up with a maximum 20% (40% in the London area), five year interest-free loan - making a combined 25% (45%) of the purchase price. The remaining 75% (55%) of the balance is provided by a bank or building society, as a mortgage. The scheme cannot be used in conjunction with other developer incentives, but the current First Time Buyer Stamp Duty exception up to £500,000 is permitted.

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After the five year interest-free period has ended, the loan has to be repaid or interest is charged at 1% over Retail Price Index (RPI) - currently this is calculated at 1.75%. Alternatively, if you have saved or re-mortgaged you can pay the loan off, based upon the percentage borrowed of the current market value.

Help to Buy in its current form is due to run until the end of March 2021 by which date completion on your new home purchase must have taken place. After this date the Help to Buy scheme will only be available to First Time Buyers and will be capped at a purchase price of ÂŁ437,600 in the south east of England and ÂŁ600,000 in the London area. For more advice on Help to Buy and any other property related matters, please contact Owen Miles, Partner and the team at Curchods Shepperton.


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Recipe of the Month Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Ingredients 1 cup water or coconut milk 1 egg 1 banana 1 cup chickpea (gram) flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 2 Tbsp arrowroot starch 1 tsp cinnamon ghee or coconut oil for frying Method Place all ingredients into your high speed blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Melt 1 Tbsp of coconut oil or ghee into your pan. Using your Ÿ cup or ½ cup measure (whatever size you like best), scoop the batter and pour onto your medium heat skillet. Let cook until you see bubble throughout the pancake, and then flip. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side. Serve with your favourite pancake toppings. We still love the traditional lemon and sugar on our pancakes but there are lots of things you can do to make a beautiful stack of deliciousness! To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Optional Toppings Sliced banana Walnuts Pecans Shredded coconut Ground goji berries Ground flax seeds Fresh fruit Maple syrup Honey You can make these either thicker, like American pancakes like the photo, or our traditional thinner type which we prefer. Another idea. I love maple syrup but as it can be a bit on the sweet side why not try mixing it with honey and melting it with a little coconut oil. It cuts the sweetness and enhances the flavour. In the words of my niece Gabriella.. yum !! Gram flour, eggs and lemons are all on offer at Quality Fruit in Shepperton during pancake week.

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Resources for those affected by Dementia or Memory Loss Have you heard about the Reminiscence Collection? Surrey libraries offer a great service where you can borrow books, games, DVDs and more to help someone with dementia, memory loss or memory impairment. Over the last year Surrey Libraries have been busy revamping the collection, working on ways to make it more accessible and user friendly. One new feature is the creation of 10 new Themed Reminiscence boxes containing a variety of items based on a specific theme such as Seaside, 1950s and more. Support for those unable to get to their local library Many of Surrey s residents are unable to get to their local library due to ill health, disability, mobility problems and/or caring responsibilities. But thanks to the Library Direct service this barrier is being removed. Whether you are an individual in your own home or a group of residents in a care facility, Library Direct offers residents a way of accessing library stock, which is then delivered to you by a dedicated volunteer. This service is a completely free and comes with additional benefits for its clients, such as extended loan periods and no fines or overdue charges to worry about. For more information on our Reminiscence Collection or Library Direct please visit our Surrey Libraries webpage https://www.surreycc.gov.uk, or call 01483 543599 or email libraries@surreycc.gov.uk. Alternatively, why not pop in to Shepperton Library on Tuesday 2nd April (10:30am – 12pm) where there is a chance to view samples of our Reminiscence Collection as well as talk to staff about our services.

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Purr-fectly at Home

Kaye Patel loves cats. She and her husband live in Shepperton with their cat, Jack. Jack is 14 and very much set in his ways and as such doesn t always like to spend long periods of time in a cattery. Kaye also knows how it feels each time she has left him there so understands how nervous many owners feel about it. Kaye has always loved cats and has many friends and family with cats that she looks after while they are away. So she hit on the idea of starting her own cat sitting business. She is DBS checked and fully insured. Not only that but she volunteers at Battersea Dogs and Cats home in Old Windsor in the cattery there each week helping with the day to day welfare of the cats in their care and has undergone cat behavioural briefings as part of her training. Kaye says It is always essential that I remain calm, as cats benefit from a safe and secure environment in which to settle and become happier as they go off to their new home. I am conscious to run a service that not only looks after the well-being of the cats in my care but also puts you as the owner at ease knowing that while you are away, you can be rest assured that your cat or cats are being looked after as if you were at home there with them. How to get in touch 07903 657539 www.purrfectathome.co.uk purrfectathome826@gmail.com

Kaye looks forward to meeting you and your cat(s)!

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Lords Bridge Court in Fund Raiser for British Heart Foundation

The residents of Lords Bridge Court has fun on Valentine s Day, dressing in red and enjoying a fish and chip supper, all in aid of raising awareness of National Heart Month.

A good time was had by all, but even they admitted that perhaps fish and chips and heart matters were not entirely appropriate but the thought was there! The next event is a St Patrick s Day dress in green.



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Mary Poppin s Story Stirs Memories

Jean Jones has lived in her house in Shepperton since it was built in 1937. Reading the article in last months Shepperton Matters on The Original Mary Poppins, it brought back some happy memories. Jean was taught dance in the Joan Morris School of Dancing. In the Christmas of 1945/46 she was lucky enough to be included in the dance troupe that was chosen to be in the pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Kingston Empire. Her group were known as The Walton Babes. The show ran for about six weeks so the children had to get special permission to take time off school because of their young age. What a great time it was especially as at the end of each week when they were each paid 16 silver shillings (about 60p)! Jean, seen here on the right with her On the very last night and the last show Jean remembers that older and younger sisters a young Julie Andrews came onto the stage with a very big basket containing a pink wrapped parcel of sweets for each of the girls; a wonderful ending to what was a fantastic time of our lives says Jean. Of coarse the Kingston Empire has long been converted into various shopping outlets but Jean says she will always remember the special time when she used to go in through the stage door for the pantomime. Although Jean doesn t have any photos taken at the show, she does still have a treasured autograph book signed by some of the cast.

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Shepperton Aurora Rotary

Shepperton Aurora Rotary is one of 2 Rotary clubs located in Shepperton. Aurora (being the Goddess of the dawn) is a Breakfast Club meeting weekly at the Holiday Inn in Felix Lane. We have started to hold a few evening meetings throughout the year. At our January meeting recently, we were blessed to have Alex Kelly, Guest Relations Manager at McLaren Automotive as our star at our Charity Cheque Presentation. McLaren Automotive is the production road car division and Alex welcomes those very lucky individuals into the McLaren fold when they are interested in procuring a very fast sports car. Even the cheapest 570S is just short of ÂŁ150,000 and that s before options. Some of the more extreme, limited edition models are now over ÂŁ1m. Alex talked us through the history of McLaren, from the early days when Bruce raced an Austin Seven variant through to Formula One and Can-Am. Unfortunately, Bruce died aged 32 in 1970, when his Can-Am car crashed at Goodwood Circuit in England during a test run. Alex explained the aggressive model release schedule between now and 2025. It was an exciting week for McLaren as Alex s colleagues were launching the new 720S Spider in Arizona. Also during the evening, the club presented cheques to 4 local charities who assisted us with our Christmas activities in the community. Shepperton Aurora always welcome new members to the club and would love to hear from anyone who lives or works in or around Shepperton to come and join us for breakfast each week and join us in Fun, Friendship and Fundraising. We also now have Friends-of-Shepperton Aurora, which will appeal to those in the local community who do not wish to have the full commitment to be a Rotary Member but would like to be involved in the Rotary activities we run in our local community, without the commitment of regular meetings. You would receive our calender of events and newsletters to allow you to select where and when you wish to take part. There are many more activities we as a Rotary club would like to offer to our community and so we welcome more Members and Friends to enable us to do this. For further information or to discuss what Rotary International is about - please contact Ken Howe on 01932 770580 / 07818 418411 /


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Coffee, Chat and Kindness Regular readers of the magazine will be familiar with our plans to start a Good Neighbours scheme in Laleham and South Staines. Our next event will be a Coffee Afternoon at Laleham Methodist Church Hall in Edinburgh Drive, on Friday 29th March at 1.00 p.m. We will be showing a short explanatory video and inviting questions over a cup of coffee or tea. We ll be delighted to welcome any and all those interested in becoming a volunteer, which will mainly consist of driving less mobile folks to medical appointments, visiting the housebound, mainly things a good neighbour would do. Even if you don t drive, we need several people on the team to receive phone calls (on the scheme s mobile phone), take details from the client and pass the request to one of the drivers. This coordination is vital work! Do come along to learn more, there s no obligation to join up and as we are still in the planning stages we won t be asking for your time straight away. In the meantime, you are welcome to contact us on 07587 437509 with any queries. Please leave your number and we ll get back to you. All our news is posted on our Facebook page look for Laleham Good Neighbours , leave a comment or like us, please! And our thanks to Monica and Shepperton Matters for continuing to support and publicise our plans as they develop.

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Shepperton Residents Association Update We have our Open Meeting in the Village Hall on 5th March, so we will look forward to seeing many of you then. There are currently a number of interesting planning applications yet to be considered by the Council; these are reviewed later in the current Shepperton Topics newsletter so look out for that. One of the largest applications is that for the expansion of Shepperton Studios. Whilst there is mixed support from local residents for this proposal, we note that the Council has stated its intentions to protect the Green Belt, yet this outline planning application would mean a significant encroachment into the Green Belt without proving special circumstances . Further, the National Planning Policy Framework states that only certain forms of development are acceptable within the Green Belt. Despite the foregoing, the application was considered at a Special Planning Meeting held on Tuesday 12th February. After review and discussion it was approved by the Planning Committee by 7 votes to 6. It is clear that residents will need to maintain a watching brief as detailed items are tabled for approval by the Planning Committee. Esso is planning to replace its oil pipeline from Southampton to London. The project proposes to replace 90km of its current 105km aviation fuel pipeline that runs from the Fawley Refinery near Southampton to its West London Terminal storage facility in Hounslow. It is proposed to install temporary logistics hubs , to support the new installation. One of these proposed hubs is currently planned to be installed in the Littleton Lane Industrial Site. We hope to have a presentation at our Open Meeting giving more information on this subject.

continue to monitor the situation at the Littleton Lane site, together with their associated HGV movements. We await detailed proposals for the future from Bretts, with a further meeting with SCC and SBC officers. Currently, there is an ongoing Public Consultation on future Operations at Heathrow Airport, which is continuing until 4th March. There are very detailed proposals for new flight paths to and from the airport, both based on the current two runway operations as well as the planned future three runway operations. Feedback is also being sought on noise, night flights, and runway alternation. Details can be found at www.heathrowconsultation.com CEMEX originally submitted plans in 2012 to Surrey County Council (SCC), followed by subsequent amendments, for the extraction of gravel from Watersplash Farm. The SCC together with the Environment Agency currently await replies to queries arising from CEMEX s latest submissions. Meanwhile, work undertaken by three local qualified residents on the hydrogeological aspects of the site require review and discussion with the SCC Planning Authorities before being able to proceed. Therefore it is unlikely that the application will be considered before April or May. Spelthorne Borough Council continues its work on a new Local Plan which will set out its requirements for Housing, Employment, and Infrastructure to cover the period from 2020 to 2035. My best wishes to you all! Richard Hewitt

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Notices for Residents from Laleham Residents Littleton Lane 2020 CAMPAIGN- 11 MONTHS TO GO! In 11 months the entire Littleton Lane site must be closed & fully restored to Green Belt. Residents of Laleham and Shepperton request that Brett Aggregates, Surrey CC and Spelthorne BC fully commit to this requirement and do the right thing! The LRA and JRAC will meet with Spelthorne council in Late Feb for an update and this will be reported in the April edition of Shepperton Matters To Join the LRA Call 07545 131448 or email lalehamra@gmail.com Esso Pipeline Design Refinements Consultation now over The new route through Laleham and proposed hub at Littleton Lane will now be disscused and either thrown out or refined. The LRA will continue to negotiate with executives from ESSO and the Engineers and keep residents informed. We hope that you had your say. To Join the LRA Call 07545 131448 or email lalehamra@gmail.com

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Thamesmead Visit to Battlefields Harry and Matthew, Thamesmead Year 9 students, along with their History teacher Mr Phillips visited the battlefields and war graves of Belgium over a recent weekend in February. Twelve other schools from around the country were also on the trip organised by the First World War Centenary Battlefields Tour Program in conjunction with Equity and funded by the Department for Education. The programme is designed to provide the opportunity for a minimum of two students and one teacher from every state funded secondary school in England to visit battlefields on the Western Front between 2014 and 2019. The battlefield tours are a key part of the Government's plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The trip all revolved around a local soldier from Shepperton who the students researched. He had lived in the cottages on Russell Road. The students visited many sites including the Thiepval Memorial, Somme Battlefields and also attended the moving ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres. To end the tour they visited the Tyne Cot memorial and left a cross and poppy on the grave of the Shepperton soldier. Overall it was a fantastic trip for both students and teacher!

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This months Snaps Thanks to Dave Boyce for this stunning photo across Desborough Island and the Desborough Sailing Club from Church Square. What a view, and beautifully captured. Remember if you have any photos from within Spelthorne taken since January 2018, do enter them for the Capture Spelthorne photo competition.

And we must also thank a reader for sharing this little beauty with us. Shepperton Matters and Shepperton News clearly made an impression on this little moggy.

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Recycled garden waste makes for the ideal gnome There s no place like gnome in the winter, but now it s time to head outdoors and get your garden prepped for summer. And what better way to get some gnome comforts than to recycle your garden waste and turn it into compost to help new things grow? The best way to do it is to make some gnomegrown compost. It s easy to do, is the most environmentally friendly option and, with compost bins from just ÂŁ13, it s cheap too. You can also get your waste collected from your gnome sweet gnome by your local council for a small fee. If you don t produce much waste, you can share a subscription with a neighbour. Residents can also take garden waste to their local community recycling centre (CRC) for free. Last year, around 7,000 tonnes of garden waste was put in rubbish bins in Surrey instead of being recycled. This is gnome joke because it s bad for the environment and costs taxpayers money that could be spent elsewhere. As well as garden waste such as twigs and grass cuttings, Surrey residents can also recycle cut flowers, fallen leaves, house plants and hedge trimmings. Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: Recycling garden waste, whether by composting at home, leaving it out for collection or taking it to a CRC, always helps new things grow, which is great for the environment. The fact that it saves money too gives added incentive to recycle as much as possible.

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Fly Tipping Scourge

We have been asked by a reader about fly tipping in Sheep Walk. It seems to be an on-going, never ending problem. We were out on a Tuesday evening only for a couple of hours. We use Sheep Walk to travel by car to Walton from our home in Briar Road and on our return journey along the unlit dark road we were very fortunate not to hit the massive pile of rubble and wood that had been deposited there in those two hours, especially as one large plank was protruding dangerously into the path of vehicles. We believe that it is probably builder/s doing it, so as to avoid having to pay the charge for disposal at the tip. If you are paying someone to dispose of rubbish you need to be sure it will be dealt with correctly. It is not just a danger but it is such an eyesore to see these great heaps of rubble, sand and wood regularly placed on the verge and I would imagine an expensive, thankless task for the local authority to have to deal with it so frequently. The council do seem to clear it fairly quickly but surely another camera could be the answer or will it take a nasty accident to occur before the problem is rectified once and for all?

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Gardening Matters Hardy Annuals Hardy annuals: the name is an oxymoron. Hardy plants are supposed to be able to survive the winter aren t they, but annuals, by their definition, don t. In fact, the names hardy, half-hardy and tender, when applied to annuals, refer to the relative cold tolerance of the newly planted seeds. Hardy annual seeds can handle being frozen in the soil so are ideal for planting outside, either in the autumn or now. Productive, adaptable and cheap, they are the ideal credit-crunch plants. They are also easy-to-grow, so are brilliant for beginner gardeners. For best results sow them as thinly as possible, cover lightly with sifted soil then firm it down. Protect them from cats and birds with netting until the seedlings are well established then thin them out to the distance recommended on the packet. Good flowers for the annual-novice include poppy, calendula, larkspur, fried- egg plants (limnanthes), love-in-the-mist, clarkia and cornflowers. If I could grow only one it would be Nigella damascena (love-in-the-mist). It s an old cottage-garden plant and Miss Jekyll is a beautiful, soft, pure blue variety with the added bonus of stripy seed pods once the flowers have faded. The king of the hardy annuals though has to be the sunflower. Children particularly love to grow them. Sow them singly in small pots or directly into the earth. If you sow them directly, plant two seeds into each hole and thin to one once they are established. They may need to be staked as they grow. There are some terrific varieties. A favourite of mine is Prado Red, which as the name suggests, produces deep red flowers. If you pinch them out, To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

they ll grow to five feet and produce numerous blooms on each plant. If sunflowers are the kings of the hardy annuals, then sweet peas are surely the fragrant queens. Old-fashioned or antique varieties tend to be best for scent though their flowers are slightly smaller. The great thing about sweet peas is that you have to pick them to prolong flowering so you have a wonderful excuse to have a fragrant home all summer long. Sweet peas should be planted a little deeper than other annuals. They are very thirsty flowers. My granddad used to line his sweet pea trenches with lots of wet newspaper. He won prizes for his blooms, so he obviously knew a thing or two about it. Next time you re at the garden centre...walk right on by the showy (and expensive) potted plants and head for the seed section. For a very small outlay you can add colour, shape, interest and completely transform your plot ...and if you don t like it, you can always change it again next year. Happy gardening! By Rachael Leverton


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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to monica@villagematters.co.uk Thurs 7th March: Talk The Quakers in Staines by Joan Gardam to Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, at Staines Methodist Church, Thames Street, 8pm. All welcome, £2 non-members please. Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury Charity Fair. Promoting Charities in Spelthorne & Surrey. Saturday 16 March, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Come and talk to 22 local charities and discover what they can do for you - and how you could help. Shepperton Village Hall, High Street, Shepperton. St John Ambulance will test your Blood Pressure. Come to see the train from Hampton & Kempton Railway. Sponsored by Owen White & Catlin Solicitors The Arts Society, Runnymede. The Hythe Centre, Staines TW18 3HD, March 20, 2019. If you are fascinated by magic and the impossible, take a whistle-stop tour of the history of mystery from 3000 B.C. to the 21st century. Be prepared to be amazed and bewildered by lecturer Bertie Pearce, member of the Inner Magic Circle with a gold Star! Coffee at 10, lecture starts 10.30. Guests very welcome, first lecture free Spelthorne Choral Society Spring Concert Saturday 23rd March. St Peters Church, Laleham Road, Staines. Elgar extravaganza, the Music Makers & Bavarian Highlands. Conductor :- Sean Bui. Accompanist:- Lindsay Bridgwater. All details:www.spelthornechoralsociety.com Ashford Tennis Club OPEN DAY. 30th March 2-5pm. All ages welcome. Equipment provided. Free Coaching. For more information please call 07581 124985 Mondays – can t hack it, then take up a racquet! If you need a good reason for getting up on a Monday morning then what better way than a game of tennis. A 50+ group who only started playing last year now meet regularly at Ashford Tennis Club from 10-11.30 for coaching, drills, and social games. Even if you ve never played before do come along and try it out. It s fun, good exercise and sociable. For more info contact Mary Claremont on 07731 781414 or just turn up. Queen Mary Sailability welcome any disabled person who d like to try their hand at sailing at Queen Mary Reservoir. You will be fully supported by our team of volunteers. Sailing commences Thursday afternoons from 4th April until October. Contact us in advance to book a FREE taster sail! Email qmsailability@gmail.com or Tel 01784 248881. More information can be obtained at the Rotary Charity Fair on 18th March in the Shepperton Village Hall. We ll be there! 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 LEO The First Business Computer . We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

What s On - Shepperton & Laleham Saturday 2nd March, SNHS Annual Film Show: Wildlife of the Falklands & South Georgia , with Nicholas Warner, in St Peter's Church Hall, Laleham Road Staines, TW18 2DX. Only £10 per person. Doors open at 7pm for presentation starting at 7.30pm. A buffet supper will be provided during the interval, bring your own drinks and glasses & some money for the raffle. Refer to www.snhs.org.uk for more information. BETTY BLUE EYES. Based on the book A Private Function by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray tells the story of life during Austerity Britain and the hilarious tale of Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the rest of the local population has to make do with Spam! Performed by Staines Musical Theatre Group 13-16 March 2019 Magna Carta Arts Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines, TW183HJ . Performances 7:30pm and Saturday Matinee 2:30pm. Tickets available from Box Office 01784 605805 or online at www.smtg.org.uk. £12-£15. Staines Players Spring production is a comedy/thriller by Norman Robbins called A Tomb with a View . Performance dates are Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April at 7.45pm at Stanwell Village Hall, High Street, Stanwell TW19 7JR. Tickets at £10.00 can be booked online at www.stainesplayers.com or phone 01784 511015. Don t miss the early bird discount – book by 10th March and get £1 off!! Come and see how the plot twists and turns to its surprising conclusion. Morris Dancing: Tuesday mornings 10-12 at Laleham Methodist Church Hall, Edinburgh Drive, Laleham TW18 1PH. Free entry and parking. All welcome. Phone 07810 300061 The Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway by Douglas Dick is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 19th March at Halliford School in Russell Road, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival Coffee Concerts held at Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5QF. Tickets to include coffee and croissant @ £12 from 01932 787390, on the door, from boxoffice@ssaa-arts.org or www.ticketsource.co.uk/ssarts Saturday March 16 at 10.15am for 11am concert WILTSHIRE BAROQUE SOLOISTS Nicola Russell (baroque flute), Luana Godwin (vocalist) Yvonne NIEURWERF ( harpsichord and flute) Vanessa Cooke (viol and continuo)

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Spelthorne Dementia Support presents


Surprise Specia l Guests


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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

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Margaret Watson Plays the Golden Harp

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


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Shepperton Matters March 2019  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham village

Shepperton Matters March 2019  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham village