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May 2017

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Welcome! This month we revisit Mount Felix which we wrote about last month. Stories about the soldiers cared for there during WW1 have been immortalised in a series of tapestries which are on show until mid May and well worth a visit. Details on p8. We learned of the death of David Brown last month. David was the key instigator of the Sunbury Millenium Embroidery and we look back on his life and the legacy he has left Sunbury. Congratulations to recipients of the Civic Awards 2017. Our communities are enriched by their selfless work. Remember this month to visit Sunbury Open Gardens. It is at the end of the month so a little earlier than usual. Spelthorne in Bloom

May 2017 has also just launched, so perhaps think about entering your garden this year. It will certainly spur you on to make it beautiful and that has got to be a good reason to enter. Until next month!

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Feeding Sunbury & Shepperton 4 Farewell and Thanks for the Legacy 6 Mount Felix Immortalised in Tapestry 8 Dressing up for the Season 15 Sunbury Park - Return of the Cows 17 Interact Launches at Sunbury Manor 19 Recipe of the Month 28 St Mary’s Newsletter 31 140 Years of the Regatta 32 Civic Awards 2017 34 Ready for Revision 37 LOSRA Says 41 Time for Spelthorne 43 Gardening Matters 46 What’s On/Noticeboard 47,49 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 50

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Feeding Sunbury & Shepperton By Nick Pollard

Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society presented an exhibit at the recent Surrey Local History Conference, which had the theme of ‘Feeding Surrey’. We were very pleased to be presented with the Gravett Award for the best display. Ours featured food production over the years in this area, and this article is based on the part of our display relating to market gardening. A market garden produces a steady supply of fruit, vegetables and flowers throughout the local growing season, as ‘cash crops’, mostly for sale at market. They were called ‘gardens’ not because of their size, but because farmers traditionally referred to their vegetable plots as gardens. As the population A view of the ‘French Nursery’ at Upper Halliford, looking south towards the River Ash, just beyond the hedge. Glass expanded in the 19th century, the need cold frames were placed over manured beds to grow lettuces for food naturally grew too. Gradually etc. The narrow gauge railway tracks can be seen at left. farmers became horticulturalists, and Squire’s Garden centre now occupies this site farms became market gardens, nurseries and orchards. From 1864 when the rail- produce around. Overhead watering develway came to Sunbury and Shepperton, it oped by British Overhead Irrigation, based enabled market gardeners in the area to round the corner at Halliford Green, was deliver daily to the London markets. Agricul- widely used in dry spells. tural labour was the largest employment Despite the threat of gravel raising and other sector locally, providing work for locals as development, we can still see market gardenwell as seasonal workers from other parts of ing carried on today, such as at Watersplash Britain and abroad. As suburbia grew, so did Farm in Shepperton, and witness the odd the demand for houses for the new ‘commuter tractor trundling down local roads. classes’, and fields began to give way to houses, though a few nurseries thrived beyond To see the whole farming display, plus World War Two. hundreds of other old photos of Sunbury and A particular type of market garden was the Shepperton, come along to the SSLHS exhibi‘French’ or ‘Dutch’ nursery, which used glass tion at Squire’s Garden Centre in Upper cold frames or cloches to protect and advance Halliford on Saturday 20th May, from 10am crops. The site which is now Squire’s Garden until 4pm. Admission is free. The next Society Centre in Upper Halliford was once such talk is ‘Cowper Coles in Sunbury’ by Sir nursery, run by the Yates family from 1908 Sherard Cowper Coles, former UK Ambassauntil 1947 when it became Smith’s Roses, and dor to Saudi Arabia and Israel, and grandson later still Squire’s. Most of the fields were of the inventor who lived and worked in covered with glass cold frames, and a small Sunbury, at 8pm on Tues 16th May at Hallirailway was laid round the site, using petrol- ford School, Russell Road, Shepperton. All engined locomotives to move manure and welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts 4


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Farewell and Thanks for the Legacy David Brown 1939-2017 In April we said goodbye to another Sunbury stalwart. David Brown had been a long term Sunbury resident and was the originator of the idea of the Millenium Embroidery. St Mary’s church was packed with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues as we celebrated his life. Little granddaughter Audrey, only 4 months old, who had brought a smile to David’s face in the last few weeks of his life, was a reminder of the circle of life. David was the 5th of 7 children. Born just before WW2 broke out he was brought up in what was clearly a challenging environment, complete with a tin bath and outside toilet. But his childhood was a warm and happy one and his mother’s love instilled in him deep family values. He developed a great interest in making things and in nature, both interests which carried on throughout his life. We heard eulogies from many walks of David’s life. The word ‘enthusiasm’ was ever present. David was a man who believed we make our own luck. His mantra was “You can do or be whatever you set your mind to”. His path to Architecture, the career of his dreams, was not smooth. When he was told by a teacher that “boys like you don’t become architects” he set out to prove him wrong. He met wife Sally at the Oxford School of Architecture in 1962 and he ended up running his own practice with her. Some of David’s designs and public buildings will remain a legacy for generations to come. Everyone described David as a warm, loving, cheeky, patient family man. He had time for everyone and had a great curiosity. He moved to Riverbank in Thames Street from Chiswick, with his two small children. It was a wreck but he and Sally fell in love with the magic of the place and filled it with happiness and creativity. It was always the house that David considered ‘home’. I was filled with admiration for daughters Amy and Alice who both spoke at the service. Their memories were of a man who made them laugh, who perhaps they saw as a huge Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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embarrassment when they were younger but who they knew as a true ‘legend’ and a wonderful dad. He instilled self belief in his children, urging them to be true to themselves and he was always there to support them through their choices.

David proudly showing the Queen the Sunbury Embroidery As the millennium was approaching, David turned his thoughts to how to mark the occasion in Sunbury. He considered several, but settled on the idea of a huge embroidery depicting local life in the village. Together with John Stamp who drew up the design, David Brown has left us a lasting memory, immortalised in the Embroidery Gallery for all to enjoy. The project drew together 140 embroiderers of all ages and abilities and the huge tableau was put together, piece by piece, in Riverbank. David was so proud of it that he is said to have brought in passers by off the street to show the work off! The crowning glory was of course the visit by the Queen to see the finished piece displayed in the Walled Garden. David was plagued by ill health throughout much of his life but he fought it with good humour and positivity. He will be missed but what a legacy he leaves us. Think of the character behind the embroidery next time you visit the Walled Garden.

Mount Felix Immortalised in Tapestry By Monica Chard, Editor

In April, the month ANZAC day is still commemorated locally, we wrote about the 27,000 soldiers from New Zealand who were cared for at Mount Felix on the banks of the Thames opposite Shepperton during WW1. We received a couple of emails and calls from readers eager to tell us about connections with the past. Audrey Bevington gave us a press cutting (undated) which showed photos of soldiers who were recovering at the Mount Felix hospital. As soldiers got better, they were encouraged to take part in sports, regattas and festivities adding a bit of colour

to every day local life. The nearby Thames was often used for fun events. As well as boat outings, competitive sculling events were put on with mixed teams of nurses and patients. There were even competitions for blind oarsmen, guided by a cox of course! Another reader, Christine Andrews, told me that her mother used to take soldiers to The Weir pub, just downstream from Mount Felix. Her mother was Grace Kirk (nee Stovell) from Weybridge and lived to the ripe old age of 96. We were also told of a rather special exhibition which is currently on at the Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton on Thames. The Mount Felix Tapestry has been a three year community project involving stitchers aged 6-94. The story reminds me a lot of our own Millenium Embroidery in Sunbury. This though is a series. Its 44 panels tell the story of the No. 2 Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Sunbury’s Val Woolford stands in front of the panel which she contributed to

NZ General Hospital at Mount Felix. The stories chosen remember and pay tribute to the bravery of the wounded New Zealand soldiers who were treated at the hospital, as well as the nurses, doctors and members of the community who treated and cared for them. The Tapestry was designed by Andrew Crummy. Over 500 stitchers contributed to the tapestry, from members of the Embroiderers’ Guild to primary school children. Even shoppers in the Heart, visitors to Riverhouse and the Libraries in Elmbridge have had a chance to contribute. I myself added in a couple of stitches to one of the scenes when the project was presented to the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society, and it was lovely to be shown around by Val Woolford from Sunbury who was involved as a stitcher. It is a fabulous collection of images which is well worth a visit. The Robert Phillips Gallery is currently raising money to tour the tapestry but entry to the gallery is free. Wednesday 12 April to Sunday May 10am to 4pm Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF



Two Day Wellness Festival at Kempton 27th-28th May This May sees Holistic & Mystic - the creators of vibrant and enriching mind, body and soul events - return to Kempton Park Racecourse for a two-day action-packed spiritual and wellness festival. Celebrated for bringing together the best spiritual and wellbeing products, experts and experiences all in one place, the show has something for everyone. From the newbie meditator to the well-practised yogi, this fun weekend is guaranteed to leave visitors informed, equipped and inspired – and most likely with a few extra goodies! Visitors can explore, discover and shop the collection of over 70 holistic and mystic product stalls: from beautiful jewellery, crystals and shamanic crafts to organic hand-made skincare, essential oils – with exhibitors such as Neal’s Yard, Forever Living and doTerra - and much more. They can connect, share and gain insight from highly skilled and gifted individuals offering a wide range of experiences and treatments, including psychic readings, massage, healing therapies, reflexology, aura photography, Bach flower therapy, hypnotherapy and life coaching. And if they want to dive even deeper - they can also learn, develop and get inspired at the free talks and workshops taking place throughout the weekend, hosted by exceptionally gifted speakers and covering a range of topics. There are also free yoga, tai chi and sound healing sessions to take part in. Fuelled by the mission to provide an open, honest, trusting and fun environment that allows the world of complementary healthcare and spirituality to become accessible to people from all walks of life, the atmosphere is always encouraging and enriching. Holistic & Mystic events are special experiences not to be missed and a must-have date for the diary! Saturday 27 May 2017, 10am – 5:30pm Sunday 28 May 2017, 10am – 5pm Early Bird Ticket (Expires 10 May): £6 / Regular Adult Ticket: £8 at Kempton Park, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 5AQ

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Need To Dress Up For the ‘Season’? - It’s All on Your Doorstep

By Monica Chard, Editor You may well have an invitation to a social event coming up and be wondering “What on earth am I going to wear? What about all the expense of buying a full outfit?” You might need to think about a hat for Ascot, Henley (or Buckingham Palace garden party if you are lucky!). You might need an evening dress, or a prom dress. Perhaps you need bespoke tailoring for groom and entourage. Yes, the season can be an exciting, but also a rather expensive and sometimes daunting time. The good news is that help is at hand locally.

Emma Wassall of My Unique Boutique (second from right) with various ladies proudly showing off some of her gowns

Firstly, you may have noticed a rather classy boutique opening opposite The Flowerpot recently. The recruitment office which was there has been replaced with a stylish little number complete with red carpet and classy mirrors. Inside you will find racks of fabulous dresses. Local Emma Wassall hit on the idea and turned her dream into reality. She will stock a range of one off designs for hire and to buy. Designers such as Alice Temperley are all of a sudden affordable for the one occasion you need to look amazing. Hire prices are from £45. What about a hat? A hat can be the crowning glory of any outfit for the Season, but to get a To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

good one you are going to have to pay a small fortune. Don’t worry about that either. Jump in your car and go over Walton Bridge to a private house where you will find a veritable ’Aladdin’s cave’ of a studio, bursting with hats of all sizes and colours. These are available for hire from as little as £20 but you can get some very fancy numbers indeed for more than that. Some of these hats have been hired for events abroad and many have visited Buckingham Palace! Finally, remember that Vivaldi Pro, in the heart of Lower Sunbury, both hires and tailors outfits for men. He has dressed many men and boys for that special occasion. Evening dress is a speciality but he also tailors for individuals who need to look amazing for whatever event. As well as suits and shirts you can get some lovely shoes too very competitively priced. So who needs to compete with the crowds (and prices) in London. Get hiring and look amazing, all within a stones throw of home.

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Sunbury Park - The Return of the Cows!

By the time you get this issue, the cattle will be back in Sunbury Park - all 13 of them! This is always an event that splits the community. As a dog walker myself, I can testify to the many families with young children who come and take a walk and watch the docile beasts grazing. Far more families indeed do seem to use the park during the ‘cow season’. However, we also know of people who actively avoid the park during these months. Not all dogs, nor owners are in favour and thirteen is rather a lot more than we have had before. A reminder of why they are coming then. Cows will naturally graze the more dominant grass species and in turn allow the less plentiful plants to establish. The Council and Friends of Sunbury Park are striving, on our behalf, to encourage increased levels of wild flowers onto the site which would aid pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies. If you have visited recently you will have seen fenced off areas of wildflower planting which the council hope to see thrive. Meanwhile we bumped in to an enthusiastic group from the Friends of Sunbury Park one bright morning. They were out in force, picking up litter from the park. When I went back to the car park later in the day I saw that they had collected around 14 sacks of rubbish. They also found broken garden forks, chairs and even a set of old goal posts. Sunbury Park is full of rubbish bins so why people will not take the trouble to use them defeats me! It saddened me to see only a few days after this monumental litter pick that crisp packets, drink bottles et al were slowly starting to make an appearance again.

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Rotary Interact Launches at Sunbury Manor School By Shepperton Aurora Rotary

Sunbury Manor School celebrated the official launch of its new Interact Club in April. Interact is part of the Rotary organisation, and is specifically designed for those between the ages of 12 and 18, who wish to serve their community. The club’s membership has been drawn from Years 8 and 9. Many Rotarians were present for the ceremony to demonstrate their support for the new club on this important occasion for them. The ceremony was introduced by Head Teacher Louise Duncan, who spoke of the value placed by the school on its relationship with Rotary over the past 18 Interact President Farah Dutton holding the Charter certificate, flanked by (l to r) Mike Gicquel President of months. The Interact club had been meeting since Shepperton Aurora Rotary, Interact Vice Presidents Joe October last year, under the guidance of Levy and Jaime Robert, and Rotary District Governor Frank West. Shepperton Aurora Rotary, who sponsored them, and had already undertaken a number of local projects, including helping out at the achievements of the club to date. the Restore Food bank in Sunbury, and also at Mike Gicquel, President of Shepperton Manor Mead School for disabled children in Aurora Rotary said ‘I am proud to be able to Shepperton. They have undertaken a litter welcome this new Interact Club into the pick at their own school and are planning Rotary family. Under Farrah’s leadership, visits to a Care Home in Sunbury. Planned these young people seem to have grasped the fundraising schemes include a Talent Show essence of Rotary, which is to help other at the school, an Easter Egg hunt and an people whilst having a lot of fun themselves.’ Instagram board. He also praised Miss Batten for her support At the launch ceremony, the Interact Club of the Interact Club, describing her as inspirawas presented with its charter, which gives it tional. official recognition from Rotary International At the end of the meeting, all members were of its status within the organisation. Farrah presented with hoodies bearing the new club’s Dutton, the first President of the new club, logo, which had been sponsored from the was presented with her chain of office by estate of the late David Williams, a Rotary Rotary District Governor Frank West, who club member who had a particular love of also presented the Charter Certificate to working with young people. His executor, Brikitta Batten, the contact teacher for Ron Enticott said it was a fitting use of funds Interact at the school. donated to the Rotary club from his estate. All Interact club members spoke briefly at the meeting to describe some of their activities and new President Farrah told the audience how much she has enjoyed undertaking service projects in the community, and how much fun they have whilst doing so. The audience were also treated to a video showing To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Recipe of the Month Chocolate Fondant Tart Preparation time: 45 mins (plus chilling time) Cooking time: 30 mins Serves: 6-8

You now need to blind-bake the pastry. To do this prick the base of the pastry with a fork then line the pastry case with a circle of greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans (these are ceramic beads, but you can use lentils or dried beans if you don't have any). Bake the pastry for 10 minutes, or until just lightly golden-brown, then remove the paper and the beans and return the tart to the oven to cook for a further 5-7 minutes, or until golden-brown and dried out.

Ingredients Pastry 100g/3½oz plain flour 50g/1¾oz icing sugar 50g/1¾oz chilled butter, diced Yolk from 1 large egg 1 tbsp water Filling 100g/3½oz butter 150g/5½oz dark chocolate (70%) 150g/5½oz golden caster sugar 75g/3oz plain flour 6 medium eggs To serve Icing sugar Strawberries or raspberries Cream

For the filling Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat, then add the chocolate and stir until melted, smooth and glossy. Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar and flour, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Place the pastry case on a baking tray. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pastry case, filling it almost to the top then place in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just set around the edges and still slightly wobbly in the centre.

Method For the pastry Place the flour and icing sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Remove from the oven. You can serve it warm with raspberries or strawberries, or allow it to cool and dust with icing sugar.

Add the egg yolk and water and mix quickly so that it comes together to form a firm dough. Wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/ Gas 6 (180C fan). Dust the work surface with flour and then roll out the pastry to form a circle about 5cm/2in larger than your flan tin. Line the tin with the pastry. Pop it into the fridge to chill for a further 15 minutes. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


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28th May 2017 6 • Coffee, Tea and Cakes. Cooling Drinks. BBQ • Raffle, Plant and Book Sales • Ploughman’s lunches (pre booked and prepaid by Wednesday 24th May) Tel 01932 786675

• Spelthorne Gymnastics will perform at Monksbridge

at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Ferry from Kings Lawn to Monksbridge on the ‘Impossible Dream’, the Spelthorne Community boat

Proceeds to Parkinson’s and Homelink Day Relief Centre St. Mary's registered charity no. 1133834

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Tel : 01932 779431 May 2017 Dear Friends, We had a joyful and moving Holy Week and Easter at St Mary’s. It was wonderful to see so many people on Easter Day celebrating the good news of the Risen Lord. In a world that can seem very dark at times, the Easter light of Christ shines for us all. If you have experienced periods of darkness recently or if you are struggling a little with life know that the love of the Risen Lord is never too far away. We have recently launched a new playgroup – Cygnets – which runs on a Thursday morning in term-time from 10.00am to 11.30am. Aimed primarily at younger children it provides an opportunity to get to know other parents and carers and a safe and stimulating environment for the children. Please feel free to come along or mention it to any parents or carers of younger children who you may know. £1 voluntary donation with coffee and biscuits for the adults and juice and healthy snacks for the children. On the subject of children, our Explorers Sunday club at our 11.30am service is gaining more and more members. It is a great opportunity to learn about the bible story of the week, often with a linked activity or two. It takes place on the first, second and third Sundays of the month at our 11.30am service. All welcome. There will be collectors from the parish collecting for Christian Aid in May for the usual Christian Aid week. Please do look out for them and support them in their vital work if you are able to do so. If there is anything at all we can do for you at St Mary’s please get in touch. I am always available for a chat or to discuss a baptism, wedding or funeral. All good wishes and with every blessing, The Lord is Risen – he is risen indeed – Alleluia!

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140 Years of the Sunbury Regatta Yes it is worth remembering that this event in the heart of our village will be 140 years old this year. It has been immortalised for decades in old photos and even etchings. This one was found by a reader on the internet and is dated “Sunbury Regatta 1885” and “Our Houseboat”. Sadly there is no name on the boat, but it looks like a grand old barge. If anyone has any ideas, do get in touch. This year the regatta will be on Saturday 12th August. Come along and watch the skiff, punting and dongola races (always entertaining!). You can wander around the stalls and watch entertainment on the lawn. As the evening begins, stay on the island to watch the final of Has Sunbury Got Talent, listen to live music, watch the

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illuminated sail past and the famous fireworks. Everything that makes the Regatta the day it is, is the result of the hard work of a dedicated set of volunteers who give up their spare time to plan, build and run the Regatta each year and that planning is already underway. Racing starts at 9am and the gates open at 11.00. Stick around all day which will end with the final of Has Sunbury Got Talent? The fabulous illuminated sail past and fireworks at 20.30 and 21.30 respectively. If you want to get involved, the committee is always looking for new committee members to help run the Regatta and also helpers on the day. See website for details ( or email

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Civic Awards 2017 The annual Spelthorne Civic Awards are a chance to recognise those in our communities who have selflessly served and who deserve recognition and thanks. Where would we be without the many unsung heroes who give so much of their time for others. Recipients of this years awards were presented with a shield and certificate Winners at the Council Chambers with Mayor Alfred Friday, centre at Council Chambers by Mayor Alfred Friday at a special ceremony. Recipsuch as Picnic in the Park, Carols in the Meadow, ients were as follows: and events at St Mary’s Church and Ian is technical Bert Brooking, 87, has been on the committee of director for the Spelthorne Drama Festival. Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society for “We both feel very proud to have been recognised over 30 years, and has recently stepped down as in this way, but have always enjoyed what we do Journal Editor after 13 years, having also given up and get as much out of it as we put in.” said Carol the Treasurer’s post last year after a similar period. Dow. Bert was also Secretary from 1997 until 2005, as Julia Gibbs received her award for the volunteering well as handling the sales of publications for many she does at the Spelthorne Museum. years. Mavis Duncan was nominated in recognition of her Peter Bailey, 83, is Vice Chairman of Sunbury and commitment to serving the community for over 20 Shepperton Local History Society, having served in years as Chairman and Booking Secretary for Lalethis post since 1997, but has reluctantly had to step ham Village Hall. down as Archivist. He previously arranged Society Sheila Barns was recognised for her work at the social events such as outings and dinners for many Greeno Centre. years. Peter has also been actively involved in Linda Dennis and Ruth Manwaring received Shepperton Round Table and then 41 Club for alawards for their unending volunteer work for the most 50 years. Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Foundation Trust. Carole Dow was given the award for her work Richard Hewitt was awarded for his years as chairsince 1983 with Riverside Youth Theatre, where man of the Shepperton Residents Association. she has been Chairman several times, designs many June Barnard, a previous recipient, was given a of the sets, and has acted as Stage Manager during special letter of commendation. the productions. Carole was also a founder member The Spelthorne Civic Awards were established in of Sunbury Neighbours set up in 1995.This is a 1982 and are administered by a team of trustees. A group of local people who help older members of Civic Award acknowledges dedicated voluntary the community with shopping, visits to hospital, or effort in the borough by honouring members of the just the hairdresser! She is also a Stage Manager community whom the Trustees believe have by for the Spelthorne Drama Festival. their outstanding endeavour, benefitted members of Ian Dow received the award for over 30 years as the community. technical director with Riverside Youth Theatre. Voluntary service is selfless and whilst hugely He is able to use his experience working for BBCtv appreciated, often goes unrecognised publicly. Outside Broadcasts to train the young technical These awards are an opportunity to celebrate what members in lighting and video production. Several is good in our community and hopefully set an of them have gone on to have a career in the enterexample to others. Look out for information on tainment industry. Ian and the RYT Technical nominations for the Civic Awards 2018 later this Team also provide the technical facilities for events year. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts 34

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Ready for Revision By Sarah Davey

Exam time is stressful for the whole family. So what’s the best way to cope?

make it harder to focus and find the right words under exam pressure.

There’s no way round it, the answer has to be planning and preparation.

Gentle exercise, such as walking, or cycling, in between study improves the blood circulation to the brain and actually relieves stress, making you feel more relaxed.

Set up your revision timetable as early as possible, that way you can pace yourself. It’s too tempting to put everything off then face a lastminute panic. How do you study best? Some people prefer to spend a whole day on one subject, others prefer to break their time into smaller blocks and tackle several subjects in short burst. Whichever you choose, make sure you take a short break every hour or so. Pop outside, stretch your legs, have a drink and maybe a snack. Oxygen, nutritious food and water are essential for concentration and mental alertness.

On the day of an exam focus on breathing; slow deep breaths in and out will help to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Try not to engage in pre-or post exam discussion, as this can make you feel anxious. If you’re well prepared and well-rested then you are ready. But remember they are only exams. They are one measure of your ability taken at one point in time. They do not relate to who you are as a person, or how well you will ultimately do in life. All you can ever do is try your best on the day. Good luck.

Effective brain function relies on neurotransmitters, which are chemicals made from amino acids. These are found in food rich in good quality protein, like lean meat, fish, soya and beans. In order to convert the amino acids into neurotransmitters the body also need vitamins and minerals, so top up on fruit and vegetables. Refined sugar, found in sweets and chocolate releases glucose too quickly into the bloodstream and this can cause mood swings. Emotions run high around exam time anyway, so it is better to snack on nuts, seeds and fruit, which provide a slow, steady release of glucose.

What type of learner are you? Visual learners - prefer note cards and tend to map out information on paper.

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Residents Say ‘No’ to revised application at London Irish Site When new home owners moved into the very desirable development at the former London Irish site they had bought into the ‘superior living in beautifully landscaped setting….stunning 3,4 and 5 bedroom houses combined with a village setting’ in the Crest Nicholson prospectus and had paid prices commensurate with this vision. It is not surprising therefore, that an amended application to replace the four x five bedroom houses with a block of 24 flats was viewed as a breach of good faith and would also irrevocably alter the character of the ‘village setting’ marketed by Crest Nicholson themselves. Local councillor, Alf Friday, combined with residents to oppose the application at planning committee and succeeded (against officer recommendation) to persuade the committee to refuse unanimously on the grounds that ‘the proposed development, which is in a prominent location when entering the site through the southern access via The Avenue, would, by reason of the location and the scale, massing and height of the building, represent an overdevelopment of the site which would be out of character with and have an unacceptable impact on, the surrounding locality and would fail to make a positive contribution within the street scene’. Crest Nicholson have six months to appeal this decision.

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Time for Spelthorne Do you have some spare time? Do you have jobs which you need doing? Perhaps you could exchange your skills and time for someone else’s. What a brilliant and simple idea. Time for Spelthorne is part of Timebanking UK which is a community scheme and one of almost 300 throughout the country. A time bank is a system that allows you to exchange your time and skills in return for 'time credits' to spend with others in the community. One hour of help earns you one credit. For example, if a member bakes a cake for someone and this takes about an hour, they receive one time credit, which could later be spent on another member helping them on their garden. It’s a great way to meet new people and help each other out. All sorts of skills and practical help can be exchanged through a time bank. Here are just a few examples: Gardening, Mentoring, Fitness, Budgeting, Computer skills, Shopping, Dog walking, Playing an instrument, Speaking a language and Cooking, the list is endless! Timebanking is open to people of all ages, abilities, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and organisations. If you would like to get involved or like more information contact or ring 07412 900756.

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Gardening Matters Blooming Baskets!

a large flowerpot or bucket. Fibrous liners help to retain water and look nicer than polythene. For extra moisture retention place a circle of polythene in the base of the basket before filling with soil.

It’s hanging basket season! They can be a source of delight but also a source of stress. It’s easy for a hanging basket to fail badly. Too sparsely filled and they look bedraggled. Too little water and death is swift! The secret to growing a successful basket lays both in the way it’s planted but also in sensible aftercare. Plant the basket with bedding plants at the beginning of May but don’t plant them out for a couple of weeks, especially if you live in a more exposed area. Instead give them some shelter in a porch, or unheated greenhouse, or even under polythene at the side of the house. This allows the new plants to grow and toughen up a little before they are hung in their final position. Check that your bracket and chains for signs of rust and also check that the bracket is securely fixed to the wall. Hanging baskets are extremely heavy, especially when they are wet and you really don’t want your lovinglyplanted orb of flowers to be deposited unceremoniously all over the floor!

The best planting medium is soilless multi-purpose compost, mixed with waterretaining granules. Place a layer of compost in the base of the basket and push the first layer of plants through. Trailing plants such as lobelia, bidens and ivy-leafed pelargoniums look lovely but you can be as creative as you like. Water the plants in their containers before planting them and squeeze the rootball firmly to make it small enough to push though the mesh from the outside. Plant quite densely and gradually build up layers of plants and soil. When it’s full to within 3 cm of the rim you can plant up the top with more upright, compact bushy plants like begonias, petunias and pelargoniums. Make sure your basket never dries out. It will be reliant on you for all water and nutrition. If you water it at least once a day and feed with dilute tomato fertilizer once a week I promise it will be blooming basket in the best possible way. Happy gardening

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What’s Happening Locally? Email Sean’s House Hospice Support. Monday 22nd May at 7pm Tom Jacobs a physicist will give an illistrated talk entitled; “Why I might, (or not), like to have been born forty years earlier than I was”. Tom is a very experienced and interesting speaker and has just given a successful talk in Cambridge. Supporters of Sean’s House will remember Tom’s previous talk in aid of the charity on ‘Stained Glass’ which was inspirational. He also gave a well received talk to the Institute of Physics last year. Tickets are £15 which includes a glass of wine with cheese and biscuits. Venue: 4, Forge Mews, Forge Lane, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6EL Telephone for tickets 01932 761131 Sunbury Sports Bowls Club. OPEN EVENING - THURSDAY 1ST JUNE FROM 4pm. New and experienced bowlers very welcome at this friendly club situated in Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury (Cricket Club Ground). Lovely surroundings by the river. Club nights held every Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock and or Thursday evening at 4.O'clock. Come along and have a go to see if you like it – no obligation to join. Free coaching by arrangement. PS Bring a friend with you! Contact Dave Chatterton Tel: 01932 783092 or James Whelan 01932 784311 Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme! Coffee Time on Friday 5 May between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. The May Coffee Time theme will be on Shepperton Studios. Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury 24th May 7.30pm in St Mary's Church Sunbury - the Friends of St Mary's invite you to come and listen to a talk on the Kempton Steam Railway, preceded by a very quick AGM and followed by light refreshment. We look forward to seeing you there ! Any queries, please contact Mollie on 785807 or Maggie on 784432 Hawkedale School May Fayre will be held on Saturday, 20 May from 1 - 4pm at Hawkedale School, Stratton Road, Sunbury, TW16 6PG. A fun day out for the whole family with live music, animal petting zoo, drumming workshop, stalls, games, tombola, BBQ,cakes and so much more! All welcome, admission £1, children 50p, under 3's free. Sunbury Neighbours is a voluntary organisation helping those in need in our community. More daytime volunteers are needed to either man the duty phone at home or provide transport to medical appointments etc. If you enjoy meeting people and have the occasional spare hour to help then please contact Nigel on 787343 or John on 784432

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More What’s On Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email The Friends of Sunbury Embroidery are hosting a Social Evening on May 12th in the Gallery with Gerry Cook's Cafe Society Group playing. Tickets are £5.00 each to include a first glass of wine with additional wine being available in exchange for a donation. Timings are 7.30 for 8.00p.m. The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for retired professional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please telephone the Chairman (Tel.01932 788028) for further details. Spelthorne Archers - “Try Archery, a traditional English sport”. Beginner courses held on Tuesday evenings end of April until September, 6pm until dusk. All equipment, instruction and refreshments provided. Certificate on completion. At Lakeside Sports Ground, Sunbury on Thames. Also groups or organisations can book an archery experience, available on Monday or Wednesday evenings. Includes equipment, instruction, refreshments and a fun competition. To book, contact Training Officer, David Robinson More information at Staines Horticultural Society Floral Art Group meet monthly on Wednesday evenings. Meetings are a mix of flower arranging demonstrations and practical workshops. A small friendly club we welcome guests. For more information contact Anne Hart 01932 564835. Sunbury Open Gardens is on Sunday May 28th. This could possibly be the last time this popular event will happen. Nice as it is to revisit old friends, and gardens always change, not only with the season, we do need to have new ones for our visitors. We also need volunteers to help make it happen. Our charities this year include the Mayor's designated Parkinsons, and Homelink Day care relief centre, supported by one of our garden owners. Do please think about offering your own gardens next year. Gardens will be open from 11-5pm. See ad in this issue for full details.

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Index of Advertisers Adult Learning Kingston Uni 16 U3A 17 Alterations The Zipyard 29 Archery Spelthorne Archers 18 Beautician Beauty by Daniela 12 Bedrooms Ashford Interiors 5 Bookkeeper Jenny Austin Burgess17 Builders W Brown & Sons 42 Business LSBC 14 BoB 14 Car Bodywork Chip & Paint Repair 36 Care for Elderly Alina 29 Sunbury Nursing 35 Carpet Cleaning Nick Lewis 38 Children’s Activities Koosa Kids 18

Chiropody Shepperton Chirop. 12 Computer Services My PC Helper 18 Curtains/Blinds Decorama 38 Angela Charles 29 Decorator SDS 44 SJ Harris 42 Domestic Cleaning Time For You 51 Electrician Boss Electrics 44 Paige Electrics 42 Estate Agent/Property Curchods 20/21 Dexters 26/27 Events/Social Hampton Court 7 Holistic & Mystic 10 Thameside Harmony 48 Holiday Inn 25 Sunbury Gardens 30 Fencing J. Penycate 38 Florist Van Wonderen 24

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Sunbury Matters May 2017  

The free community magazine for Lower Sunbury

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