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May 2018

Issue 87 FREE to homes in Lower Sunbury

Riverside Arts Centre 40th . How it all began

Welcome! Spelthorne in Bloom has launched and we can look forward to events galore in the coming couple of months. Look out for flowering baskets in the village, courtesy of the Lower Sunbury Business Community. The group is also planning a flowering boat on Thames Street near the bottom of French Street which we want to dedicate to the late Gerry Caesar . Watch this space! Sunbury Open Gardens is on June 3rd with the marvellous Spelthorne Gymnastics (returning from success at the World Championships) performing once again in the gardens of Monksbridge. Not to be missed! In the last issue we reported on a refurbishment at The Magpie which sounded rather welcome. We have been told since that it is

May 2018 on hold. Don’t shoot the messenger. We can only report what we are told! Finally can we urge you to support Raj by signing a petition in his shop asking for suspension of his business rates while he continues to struggle with ill health.

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Upper Halliford & The Goat c1920’s 4 Civic Awards 2018 6 Riverside Arts Centre at 40 8/9 Local Swimmers Compete in Europe 12 The Dangers of DIY Litigation 15 The Sunbury Village Bread Oven 17 Sunbury Cross Parking Latest 18 Sunbury Regatta - Hold the Date! 24 Upcycling Fashion - So on Trend 27 Spelthorne Gymnastics World Success 30 Recipe of the Month 34 Sunbury Health Centre Update 38 Walking for Mission for Vision 40 Dramatize Night to Remember 42 St Mary’s Newsletter 45 What a Load of Bollards! 47 LOSRA Says 48 A Ticket to Ride 53 Gardening Matters 57 What’s On/Noticeboard 58/61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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Upper Halliford and The Goat c1920s By Nick Pollard

This fascinating view of Upper Halliford from the air was taken sometime in the late 1920s. At the centre is the Goat public house, with Charlton Lane winding away behind it to the top left of the photo. This road was of course cut off from the centre of the village by the Halliford Bypass in the early 1960s. The Goat was considerably smaller than it is now, having been extended at the rear and across the courtyard to meet the separate stable block seen in the photo. The Goat is first mentioned in an indenture of 1697, when it was sold by Richard Hayward of Ashford to Charles Burthall and Mary Leighton of Laleham for ‘five shillings of good and lawful currency of England’. That wouldn’t even buy you a packet of crisps there now! By 1886 it had been acquired by the Isleworth Brewery for a more impressive £1400. It was still owned by the brewery at the time of this photo, although would later be taken over by Watneys. The landlord would have been James Tickner, who was at the Goat from 1914 until 1951, his tenure broken only by service in World War One, when his wife Florence took over the license. Elsewhere in the photo, a horse drawn milk float can be seen in the main road, the milk churn clearly visible in the back. Milk would have been sold door to door straight from the churn, into jugs provided by the householder. On the left of the photo is the yard of a blacksmith who occupied one of the cottages fronting the road, and on the right is the kitchen garden of the farm which stood on the corner of Halliford Green, with very neat rows of vegetables and fruit. ‘A Tonic for the Nation’, the story of the 1951 Festival of Britain, is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 15th May at Halliford School in Russell Road, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. If you have any memories or souvenirs of the Festival, why not bring them along to the meeting? Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts 4


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Civic Awards Says Thank You to Community Stalwarts We have just seen the annual Civic Awards in the borough. The Spelthorne Civic Awards were established in 1982 and are administered by a team of trustees. A Civic Award acknowledges dedicated voluntary effort in the borough by honouring members of the community whom the Trustees believe have by their outstanding endeavour, benefitted members of the community. Voluntary service often goes unrecognised publicly. These awards are an opportunity to celebrate what is good in our community and hopefully set an example to others. The 2018 awards are as follows: Richard Black Catherine Black Audrey Brown Tony Harman Sally Pemberton Jean Rogers

for work with Sunbury Riverside Arts Centre for work with Sunbury Riverside Arts Centre for work with Greeno Centre, Shepperton & Meals on Wheels Service for work with Samaritans for work with Spelthorne Tree Wardens for work with Home Start

There was also a letter of commendation to Beryl Wilkins for her work with Spelthorne in Bloom. This year there were two special awards to mark the support of the local communities. They went to Kheraj Chouchan, a pharmacist at Stanwell Medical Centre and Owen Miles who runs Curchods Estate Agent in Shepperton. Curchods have been a major sponsor of the Shepperton Village Fair as well as contributors to many local causes over many years. Many congratulations on your awards. It is people like you who make our communities better places.

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The Riverside Arts Centre at 40 By Monica Chard, Editor

We promised last month to bring you more about the 40th anniversary of the Riverside Arts Centre so we met with chairman of the RAC, Eric Champion, who has been involved in the story from even before it’s existence. It really is quite a community story and many of us living in Sunbury may not realise quite how lucky we are to have this fabulous resource in the village, or how it came about in the first place.

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closed and the land was sold to the Ashby family (of brewing decent) who branched into banking. They built the white building to the right of the RAC on the land where the garden had been. Meanwhile no 59 Thames Street was converted from a family house. The first record of the Assembly Rooms as the site became, goes back to 1893, when the venue opened with a performance from West End star of the times, comedian Charles Collette (who had played to HRH the Prince of Wales). What a coup for little Sunbury. It established the Assembly Rooms as the place for culture in the area and attracted crowds from around the Thames valley. By the end of the 19th century there was a decline in the use of the Assembly Rooms for plays in the village as the village hall had opened and charged less. So the venue became a cinema, showing silent movies, but by the start of the first world war it had changed entirely to become an industrial site, first as a

The building itself (no 59 Thames St) was originally a family house with a drapers business next door. The house had a walled garden to the right (as you look at the building see above with large tree and gate). The garden has long gone, replaced with what is now the studio of the RAC. The drapers business

printing works and subsequently as a highly successful foil factory (see photo above. Do you recognise the Riverside Arts hall? No, not really, but this is indeed how it used to look). This business ran from 1920 until the early 1970’s. At one time it was a major exporter of foil which was used in cigarette packets as well as tea and coffee packaging but by the 1970’s cheaper options were starting to become available from Europe so the company

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closed and the building fell into disrepair. Meanwhile no 57 Thames Street had continued to function as a bank, having been taken over as a branch of Barclays which many of you will remember. So how did a derelict factory become the Riverside Arts Centre we know today? It started with Shepperton Players (yes indeed, Shepperton Players!). Various Sunbury residents were members of this group which, without a permanent base, were largely nomadic, rehearsing from the back rooms of various drinking establishments in the area. But a bequest of a piece of land from one of the members in the early 70’s changed the course of the Shepperton Players and also our own community. It was decided to sell the piece of land and ringfence the proceeds to go towards a permanent base for the group. No 59 Thames Street was sitting empty and the council (the Sunbury Urban District Council at the time) were keen to see the premises used for the community. They were not so keen on the price tag of converting it on the other hand so they gave local groups the chance to propose it’s future use. Tom Williams was chair of the Shepperton Players and spearheaded the idea of an arts centre, bringing together local cultural groups such as the Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association and the Manor Players. A local angling club was also interested in using the site as their HQ, but the council awarded the lease to the arts group on a peppercorn rent. That was the start of a huge amount of work. With limited funds, the group had no choice but to do the bulk of the work themselves. Where they didn’t have the skills they set about learning them. It was like a vast project of DIY SOS with some 40 volunteers playing their part. Dave de Jersey learned welding and single-handedly set about making the raked seating which is still in use today. Ian Dow applied his BBC lighting expertise and got a lighting system put in place. Behind the scenes others were raising much needed funds. Daphne Clement thought it would be a wonderful idea to put on an auction and contacted many celebrities asking for a personal item to be sold, which was a novel idea at the time. She received donated Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

items from Elton John, Margaret Thatcher, Tom By Monica Chard Jones and Harold Wilson amongst many others. Run by volunteers, the RAC is the heart of community life with events from flower arranging, exhibitions, plays, jazz, yoga and winter coffee concerts. There is Daphne Clement sporting Elton boots, Tom Jones’s waistan annual arts John’s coat and Edward Heath’s tie! festival (July) and an annual drama festival (October). It is also home to the Riverside Youth Theatre which has spawned such successful actors as Ruth Wilson. (The RYT are putting on The Addams Family in May.)

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We are incredibly lucky to have such a resource in our village, which manages to attract some seriously good quality functions and performances. So do check out what is on at the centre. Pick up a leaflet from the entrance or have a look online at You will find a lot more about the history of the place and the people behind it too. Many congratulations to all those involved. Thank you to all the volunteers who make it possible. We look forward to many years of fabulous events at the venue. 9

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Local Swim Boys Compete in Europe Ewan Taylor and Ross Philp both year 11 pupils at Thamesmead School (as well as being star delivery boys for Sunbury Matters!) and members of Staines Swimming Club represented Middlesex County ASA at Round 2 of the European Golden Series Swimming Meet in Sarcelles France recently. Both boys were selected along with the most talented swimmers in the county to compete at the internationally renowned meet. The boys rubbed shoulders with fellow Olympic Medal winning Brits Jazz Carlin, Siobhan Marie O’Connor and Chris Walker Hebborn who all were competing alongside many other international swimmers from across Europe. Both Ewan and Ross are British Championship level swimmers with Ewan competing in early March at the Open British Swimming Championships held in Edinburgh aged only 15. The likes of Adam Peaty, as well as swimmers from the German and Spanish national Star Swimmers Ewan and teams took part in this event. The British contingent were aiming at Ross at Sarcelles France securing their place at the Commonwealth Games held later in the summer. Ewan competed in five events and Ross six at Sarcelles. Ross secured junior final places in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Butterfly and 200m BK. Both boys train at Staines Swimming Club in The Elite Performance Squad and are working towards British and Summer National Championships in July and August. The event in France was a great experience for both boys and gives them much confidence for the rest of the season.

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The Dangers of D.I.Y Litigation Peter Reynolds of Rowberry Morris explained that while online legal advice is readily available for all to access, it is always better to consult a professional. I often marvel at the fact that I can google any question, however obscure and, as if by magic, an answer will appear before me. Is there anything that Google cannot answer or any topic which it does not cover? For all its conveniences, however, the danger with being able to get answers at the tips of our fingers is that with legal issues, in particular in the area of family law, Google is of limited use. A case in point is a recent dispute between two related parties. One chose to represent themselves, having studied the relevant law online. The litigant-in-person found to his cost, that although information concerning the law is readily available online, an understanding of how it is interpreted by the Courts only comes with experience and a knowledge of what weight the Judges put on the particular issues. The said litigant-inperson went alone into Court, confident that he understood the law and believing he knew his entitlement. Within minutes he found himself hopelessly out of his depth and it was too late for him to turn back the clock and seek professional advice. What was lost to him was the opportunity to achieve the best outcome and whilst this benefited my client, it reminded me of the dangers in the do-it-

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yourself approach. Family disputes can be a very emotional time for some and it may be difficult to confide in a person outside of the family nucleus. However, having seen the problems that the do-it-yourself approach can cause, seeking advice from an experienced professional is always the best recommendation. There is an obvious and understandable fear of the legal costs involved in instructing a solicitor and this explains the temptation to attempt to do the best you can with the help of the internet. Although this may appear superficially attractive it is often not in the individual’s best interests and almost inevitably leads to greater costs down the line. An understanding of the subtleties regarding the relevant and prevalent interpretation of the law can really only come with experience. With more than 20 years of experience in the field and for a fixed consultation fee of £120, it would be a false economy to go it alone, and much more advisable to avoid costs in the long run by consulting a professional at the outset. Further information including useful videos and articles can be found on our website at Rowberry Morris’ office in Staines is situated at 15 Clarence Street, Staines, TW18 4SU


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The Sunbury Village Bread Oven By Kate Thompson

In 2016 we became the owners of a Grade II listed Georgian riverside property in Thames Street, Sunbury, and the proud custodians of a rare and previously unrecorded bread oven within our basement. We soon realised the historical importance of this remarkable oven and felt that it deserved to be recognised as one of Sunbury’s historical treasures. In view of this we invited the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society and Marc Meltonville, an expert food historian for the Historic Royal Palaces, to a recent viewing. The enormous 250 year old brick built bread oven measures 10 ft x 9 ft x 2 ft internally, and has a domed roof with a flagstone floor. The oven walls and perhaps the roof also, are about 18 inches thick, in order to retain as much heat as possible after firing. It is likely that our house served as a communal bakery providing daily bread for almost all the villagers between 1750 and about 1840. A journey to the bakery would have been an integral part of the villagers’ day, as witnessed by the well-worn steps to our front door. Even the kitchen staff at some of the local grand houses may have been sent here to collect their daily bread. Marc Meltonville explained “It would have been the task of a young apprentice to light the bread oven. This would have been exhausting and hot work. He’d rise early, around 3 am, and commence by stacking logs round the side of the oven. The middle would then have been filled with faggots of kindling. He’d start the fire, which would burn through and heat the mass of the oven. It’s impossible to overstate the sheer white-hot heat in the middle of the oven. Once it got to temperature, at least 400 degrees, he would rake the ashes out and put them in the fire pit below. It’s believed that bakers often threw in a handful of flour and if it went brown in three seconds, the oven was at the right temperature. To put ‘spring’ in the uncooked loaves, they would use something like a wet mop head, called a malkin, to add steam.” Marc estimates that the oven could easily have produced over 150 loaves a day in three batches, and added “Bread would go in first, then pies, then cakes and biscuits and lastly custard tarts.” Delicious!

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Sunbury Cross Parking UpdateConfusion and Fines

By Monica Chard, Editor The desperate posts on Facebook and emails to our mailbox continue from the many of you who have received fines for exceeding the free hour at the ground level parking at Sunbury Cross. The system across the two car parks is confusing, unjust and needs to be changed. As things stand you have one free hour at the surface level carpark and two free hours in the multi-storey. If you are going to exceed that then it really is worth paying the £1 which will give you peace of mind. However, even that is not clear! What we have found out though is that even if you put in your £1 knowing you will exceed an hour, you only get your one free hour FROM the time you get your paid ticket. So, go shopping for 50 minutes and THEN pay your £1 and you will get a free hour plus a paid hour (but you still have the stress of remembering to do it). But if you pay on arrival, then you still only get one hour. That seems crazy! Because the barrier on arrival was broken for 3 months before the introduction of the number-plate recognition system (which therefore needs no barrier), only the eagle eyed would have been aware that a new system was in place. You would just not look out for any changes. So many people were caught out, enriching the coffers of the parking company (not Sunbury Cross centre). You DO still get two hours free in the multi-storey, which is now both clean and well lit so if in doubt, park there and walk down the stairs. We urge management to either change the whole system to two hours free parking whether in the multi-storey or the ground level, OR to introduce a system of pay on exit, like many other shopping centres have, leaving customers to shop without stress for as long as they want before paying for the amount of time they have spent parked. Make it simple because it is anything but! Yes it may cost a bit to change the system, but consider the long term view. Shoppers will stay away (some already are). With falling custom, the shops will not survive. When they inevitably leave, that is a big amount of rent for the landlords to lose. We urge management to think longer term and make these necessary changes! We bumped into Surrey County Councillor Alison Griffiths on a recent trip to Sunbury Cross (we chose not park to park in the carpark, if you want to know!) and she was furious about the current system. “Make it two hours free. There is no alternative solution!”. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

There is a good selection of shops down there and remember, the shop keepers need your business. Bear in mind that other “free” car park facilities don’t even offer you an hour. Bunnings in Walton on Thames offers 30 minutes and I know of at least one local who was caught out only a couple of minutes over which cost him a fine. Do keep shopping at the Cross but just be aware of these silly rules.

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The Good and Bad of Sunbury Sometimes it takes bad things to let the good of humanity shine forth. We saw a post on Facebook last month about some selfish person who had dumped a load of bin bags and rubbish in Rope Walk. It was strewn all over the pathway. Now, we accept that foxes may well have made this worse but who dumps this much rubbish by a public bin in the first place? Local residents Jackie and Paul Underwood from Platinum Roofing took matters into their own hands and valiantly cleared it all up. In doing so they found a letter in the refuse with an address and passed it on to the council. So whoever you are, you have been busted!

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Sunbury Amateur Regatta 2018

Before you go booking your summer holiday, don’t forget that the wonderful annual Sunbury Regatta is happening on Saturday 11th August, and the Edith Topsfield Junior Regatta on Sunday 12th August. Since 1877 Sunbury Amateur Regatta has not only been a serious skiffing race event for local clubs, but also an annual calendar event for Surrey and the local community. Thousands of families attend to watch 60 club skiffing and punting races as well as 40 local events such as ‘row for your local’ and [Photo courtesy of Jamie Garnett] dongola racing in fancy dress. The regatta attracts competitors from not only skiffing and punting clubs but fire brigades, police forces, the army and various businesses in the Thames Valley area. Away from river, the lawn on Rivermead Island provides further opportunities to enjoy this family day. Stalls celebrating food from around the world, bar tents, live music through to face painting and tug of war provide entertainment through to dusk when the increasingly renowned fireworks displays entertains people for miles around. The regatta has kick-started the careers of a number of olympic rowers and inspired a healthy outdoor lifestyle for thousands of young people. It is run by volunteers with the income generated used to fund both the junior regatta and local charities. Find out more about this year's regatta at, or follow on social media by searching for #sunburyregatta.

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Upcycling Fashion is on Trend! By Jasmin Ella I am Jasmin Ella, brought up in Lower Sunbury on one of the Islands where my family has lived for 18 years. I now live in Sweden, a country with a great record in recycling and sustainability. About a year ago I decided to make a change in my everyday life to be more environmentally conscious, reduce my consumption of harmful products and share my sustainable journey in the hope that this will inspire others. I started a blog. Fashion is my biggest passion and I have learnt from my mother that nothing has to go to waste as you can always create something else! Before you read the word sustainable fashion and think plain, unflattering hemp made clothing and stop reading, I just want to point out that sustainable clothing can be beautiful and completely and utterly you. I should also mention that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. 2,700 litres of water are used to make the cotton for just one t-shirt*. That’s around 3 years of drinking water, crazy right? Manufacturing pollutes the water, creates landfills and emits ridiculous amounts of toxins and Co2. But in our disposable society we think nothing of buying cheap and discarding quickly. I have made an oath that I will only buy sustainable clothing, not contribute to the fast fashion mentality and show others how sustainability can be fashionable. Last week my mum and I raided the charity shops in Shepperton with the intent to upcycle. This is the idea of taking an item and reusing it, making it of higher quality or value than the original. The first thing to do before you set off on this adventure is take a look in your wardrobe, see what essentials you are missing and what looks you want to create. Have a To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

good look through everything in the stores, make your way through the racks and be patient. The special finds will always be the last thing you pick up just before you decide to leave! The whole point of upcycling is to not give up on the perfect skirt or pretty dress because it’s a size too large or slightly too long, the best items I got from my second-hand haul was a dowdy dress which I made into a top and separate skirt, giving it a very modern and stylish look, and the jumper in this picture. I altered the neck line and managed to create a little jacket for my dog out of the left-over material. Keep practising your stitching and you’ll be able to create amazing items. This is the easiest and absolutely the cheapest way to be more environmentally conscious when it comes to fashion and to give your wardrobe that pick me up that it deserves. It allows you to express your creativity, create one of a kind items and reduce your carbon footprint along the way. Climate change is real, landfills are over spilling and toxins are poisoning our waters so NOW is the time to change. Sustainability doesn’t have to be boring. It can be a part of your everyday life and you can look and feel good doing it! Happy shopping and good luck, every little action will help our future generations live in a green, healthy and happy world. Love, Sustainable Jasmin Art featured is by Sunbury artist Sue Munson ( *source


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Sunbury Garden Play Local mum Michelle Rogers lives in an idyllic setting overlooking fields, horses and trees. With a little one herself, she started thinking how lovely it would be to open this opportunity to other children. With that in mind Sunbury Garden Play will be opening up in June to parents and young ones to come and take part in outdoor life. There is a large trampoline, but more importantly, a greenhouse, fruit beds and a veggie plot. Fruit trees grown in the orchard and children will have the chance to grow and pick their own produce during the summer months when the Garden Play will be open. Find Sunbury Garden Play on Facebook. From June 5th. Tuesdays 9.30-11.30. Parking on site.

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Spelthorne Gymnastics Success at World Championships Big congratulations to our local team, Spelthorne Gymnastics, who recently represented GB in Belgium at the World Championships. Here is a report from the club: For many of the competitors, it was their first time at Worlds, so a huge achievement to have been picked to represent team GB. Even more impressive in that most of the partnerships were newly formed. Zoe and Fran, and Saskia, Katie and Mollie have only been competing together in their partnerships for a short time, so to be picked for the team was a big deal. Max, Dan, Jacob and Cameron have previously competed at the World Championships. As current British Champions these young men were also selected to represent team GB. Frazer and Finlay, previous 2014 World Champions at 11-16 now tried their luck in a more difficult 13 -19 category. Later in the week the newly formed partnership of Charlie and Adam also competed. With so many titles to their name as a Men’s Four they were out to prove to the world they could now smash it as a Senior Men’s Pair. The finals beckoned for members of Spelthorne Gymnastics as both the Women’s Pair and Men’s Four made it through. A dramatically beautiful combined routine to Christina Aguilera, from our girls stormed them to the top and they finished with the same score as Russia 28.100! With a slightly lower execution

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score they had to settle for Silver. What an incredible achievement for these two, performing together for only a few months, building up difficulty and polishing their routines to grace the World stage and take the title of medallists at the World Acrobatic Championships! It was not only the girls who brought us home some medals, the boys also did. A medley of upbeat disco tracks was the medal winning routine for our Men’s Four too. The crowd and judges obviously enjoyed the routine as much as we did. A score of 27.340 putting them only slightly behind Russia. Let us not forget, these boys did not have the same high difficulty score as the Russians. These boys still have a lot more to give. So to be the young ones in their category, to earn a silver medal and still have a lot more to give, this excites us! Finally, Frazer and Finally. We love watching these two, a partnership that has grown and developed over many years. A Gold Medal at Worlds in 2014, back when the club was in it’s redevelopment process, and when the boys were only just starting out in their career. To continually bag more medals and titles nationally and internationally, to continue to make us smile with entertaining routines, dance with charisma and style to gain their final medal as a Men’s Pair. A World Bronze medal at 13-19, Congratulations boys!! Now time to pass the finals over to our dynamic duo in the Senior Category. Competing on the weekend their combined routine. These boys have just transitioned from a Men’s Four to a Men’s Pair. A difficult transition for both, Charlie having to take the strength of three bases to withhold the balancing pro that is Adam. The category was tough, experienced gymnasts tried their best to challenge our boys, but not all of them could get past our previous world champions. The boys finished the championships off with a bronze medal. Huge congratulations. If they can achieve this status after a few months, who knows what is to come? 30

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Recipe of the Month

Roast Cod with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley Crust A delicious light and easy supper

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Mix the breadcrumbs with the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper, then add butter and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly with your fingers.

675g/1lb 8oz cod fillet, 3cm/1¼in thick 85g/3oz white breadcrumbs, soft or slightly stale 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed Finely grated zest ½ lemon 60g/2¼oz butter, melted Squeeze of lemon juice Salt and pepper

Season the cod well with salt and pepper to taste.

Place the cod in a shallow, ovenproof dish and press the buttered crumbs firmly onto the cod to make an even crust. Bake at 220C/425F/Gas 7 for 20-25 minutes until the crust is browned and the fish just cooked through. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and green salad or steamed asparagus.

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Sunbury Health Centre Update By Richard Fryer

Spring has been a busy time with a number of changes and developments at the practice. We are pleased to report we met 99.2% of our Chronic Disease targets for 2017/2018 improving slightly upon our performance last year. Our 2018 patient survey has been running for the last few weeks enabling us to gain a valuable insight into what the practice is doing well and where we can improve. Once analysed the results will be published on the practice website and an action plan developed with the Patient Participation Group (PPG)

A continuing issue raised in last year’s survey was prompt answering of phone calls. A call monitoring system has been installed enabling call volumes to be tracked, resources to be diverted and peak times to be more effectively identified and covered. We are shortly to review capacity planning with the PPG to continue to review and improve appointment availability. Premises improvements continue. At present the practice requires 14 clinical rooms with 2 recently vacated rooms and the sharing of the treatment room resulting in sufficient space being available at present. A GP admin room has been created thereby releasing clinical rooms for patients to be seen rather than for administration. Wi-Fi is now available throughout the practice and the patient toilet areas are currently being redecorated. Discussions are on-going about future space opportunities although we continue to dispute the 500% increase in service charges and need resolution on this before taking more space. Dr Laura Adam will be joining SHCGP in June replacing Dr Guppy. Bhavini Velji has been appointed Clinical Pharmacist and will work alongside the doctors managing medicines management and prescription processes. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Prescriptions won’t be dispensed from the practice and will continue to be sent to local pharmacies with Bhavini developing closer links with them and the practice. A Work Flow Administration Team has been introduced to process correspondence releasing GP time to focus on patient care. Dr Varma is the ‘Clinical Champion’ for the process ensuring robust governance and safety assisted by Team Leader Ash Kniele and her newly recruited team. The 2017 Flu vaccination campaign was very successful with £818.50 raised split equally between the Sam Beare Hospice and the Alfie Ward treatment fund. Thank you to the PPG for their continued support in assisting the practice to move forward and best wishes to our patients for the summer ahead. 38

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Walking for the Mission for Vision

Sunbury resident Richard Stephenson (see photo) will be doing a 120 mile sponsored walk this Summer from Winchester to Canterbury (the old "Pilgrims' Way" route) to try to raise money for the fund set up by Ian Squire's son to perpetuate Ian's memory and continue his work providing free optical help and glasses for the needy in Africa. Apart from his missionary and charitable activities, Ian Squire was a devoted family man and a highly respected optician serving the population of and around his home town of Shepperton. Richard and Ian had many mutual acquaintances. Richard’s son is also a friend of Ian’s son, so the tragedy last year affected him deeply. Since Ian was largely motivated in his work by his religion and Richard is fairly enthusiastic cross-country walker he felt that walking the traditional "Pilgrims' Way" from Winchester to Canterbury and asking for sponsorship would be an appropriate response. As he is close to the age of 70 and the Pilgrims Way is 120 miles, Richard will not be doing it in one go, but is planning legs of about three days walking with a few days rest in between, over the course of the Summer. He is calling on all who think this worthwhile to donate accordingly. each The plan is to start at the end of April and hopefully finishing by early June. All donations gratefully received. Cash welcome (call 01932 783159 ) or donate via JustGiving at: Offers of overnight accommodation along the route would also be very welcome. The route will generally follow the purple/blue line on the map at http://

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A Night to Remember for Dramatize Students Dramatize, a local charity based in Ashford, held a night to remember for their young adults with learning disabilities recently. Everyone got their glad rags on for Dramatize's Ball held at the extravagant venue of Shepperton Studios. The night was of great importance to the young adults who rarely get the opportunity dress up and party with their friends, in a safe and secure venue. It offered the young people an opportunity to experience adulthood, to go out with their friends away from their parents/carers and just let their hair down with the care and support they require. The Dramatize Ball was part of a short film, creating stories touching upon our young peoples daily lives, enabling society to relate and understand each individual and to see past their disability. We cannot wait to release the film later on this year at Shepperton Studios Cinema! Facebook/DramatizeTC @DramatizeTC

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We reported a couple of months ago on the theft of one of the two curved benches stolen from Sunbury Cemetery The remaining bench was repositioned a few feet away from it’s original position to make it central as its was now on its own. It is a beautiful bench in a lovely location. This to has now been stolen. Unbelievable. How could this happen? Was it not secured properly? What is wrong with people out there?!

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What a Load of Bollards!!!

If human kind would only respect space and rules, maybe we would not be faced with the recent invasion of bollards. Both Green St in Sunbury and the green off Russell Road in Shepperton now sport a forest of black posts. I am not the only one to think they are ugly. In Green St there are so many (not to mention unevenly spaced) that they affect the line of sight when leaving the park. On Russell Road, Shepperton, the bollards take on the look of an aircraft landing strip at night as they are reflective. Cllr Tim Evans, who is our Surrey County Councillor thought he as doing a great favour in funding the bollards in Green St. “The reason they are there is to stop people parking on the pavement, blocking it for pedestrians, especially those with wheelchairs or pushchairs� he said. But he does admit they were not installed according to plans. There are meant to be more at the northern end of the strip and also opposite outside the Admiral Hawke. Meanwhile, we have lots of comments on the state of the potholed roads. Sorry Tim!

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LOSRA Says…. Drones - Have you been buzzed?

A local resident has recently been buzzed by a drone in her back garden and, with the advent of fine weather, it is not unreasonable to suppose that the recreational flying of drones may increase during the summer months. As was evident from the resident’s experience, not all drone users act responsibly either deliberately or through ignorance of the UK Drone code published by the Civil Aviation Authority. Simply put, the Code states:

Don’t fly near airports or airfields Remember to stay below 400ft (120m) Observe your drone at all times – stay 150 ft (50m) away from people and property Never fly near aircraft Enjoy responsibly For further information visit and if you have any concerns about drones being used in your area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, contact your local police on 101. The Council is not the enforcement agency.

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The University of the Third Age (U3A) originated in France and was adopted here in the early eighties. The term ‘Third Age’ means those people who are no longer in full time employment. Its principal is to develop the skills of its members and to pass those skills on to other members. There are no teachers but groups of members led by other members who help and guide them in their efforts. There is a large number of groups in SU3A covering arts, history, literature, music, physical and social activities. Spelthorne meets monthly usually on the last Monday of the month in the Salvation Army citadel, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford TW15 3JY. Those interested in joining are welcome to attend a meeting as a visitor as a first step. There is an annual subscription (currently £15) covering administration, and cost of the monthly meetings where we normally have a speaker and refreshments are provided. Membership of a group often entails a fee to cover expenses such as the venue for the group. There is a regular publication giving details of future and past activities. Further details can be found on our website : Pictured are from left : Sheila Babb (Vice chairman); Sheila Simon (Chairman) and Angela Chessman (Secretary)

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Charity Raises Money for Philippines

Last month we noted in the “What’s On” pages that there was a charity clothes sale in Sunbury to raise money for the John Lyall Charity. We popped along and bagged a great assortment of excellent quality clothing very cheaply. When we went to pay the relatively small sum of money, it was so gratefully received “This will go such a long way in the Philippines”, I was told. How lucky we are in the UK compared to life of the street children of the Philippines. The John Lyall Charity is a UK registered charity raising funds for education and welfare services in a very poor village in the Philippines called Wawa. It was set up in memory of the late John Lyall, who lived in Hampton and who died twenty years ago. John's wife is from the Philippines where, during family holidays, John used to work to help the street children, even after he himself was diagnosed with MS and in a wheelchair. We take much for granted. In Wawa, three generations often live cheek by jowl in shacks with no sanitation. Adult illiteracy and unemployment is high and children have to scavenge or roam the streets while their parents try to make a meagre living. The charity raises awareness of child protection, health and hygiene to help children and their families to stay safe and healthy. They provide educational, skills development and nutritional support as well as response to natural disasters which too often hit the area. The charity is run by eight voluntary trustees. They have exceeded their wildest dreams and raised the money to build a community learning centre in the village, completed in 2011, from which projects are run. They need to raise £15,000 a year to keep the Centre open and projects running - which is a difficult task. They take no money for administration costs and ALL funds raised goes to the Philippines. Can you help? Please visit for more information or find the charity on Facebook and follow their progress. We will keep you posted on future events in Sunbury and hope you can help with support.

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Spelthorne in Bloom 2018 is now under way and entries can be made by individuals or groups : •Best new entrant - sponsored by SITA Surrey •Best kept front garden - sponsored by Notcutts Garden Centre •Best contribution made by a school - sponsored by Elmsleigh Centre •Best schools' 'grow your own' - sponsored by Lotus Landscapes Ltd •Best kept public house display - sponsored by Surrey Advertiser •Best kept community garden (garden in a residential development) - sponsored by Shepperton and Sunbury Rotary Club •Best kept public building (building used by members of public) - sponsored by Pinewood, Shepperton Studios •Best hanging basket (non-commercial) - sponsored by Two Rivers •Best war memorial - sponsored by Burma Star Association (LALEHAM WILL WIN THIS YEAR SO BACK-OFF ASHFORD!) •Best kept place of worship - sponsored by Grange Farm, Shepperton •Best riverside garden - sponsored by Squires Garden Centre Criteria - The judges award marks under the following three main headings: •the impact of colour and use of colour combinations •the standard of cultivation and cleanliness •the overall impression of the garden, shop etc Since its formation in 1989, the community-based Spelthorne in Bloom Campaign has helped to brighten up the Borough, improve the environment and given everyone the chance to be involved in a local competition. Judging takes place from early July through August. Entries must be received by Friday June 5th.. Contact Katy Frame at Spelthorne Neighbourhood Services. Email: Telephone: 01784 446411

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Gardening Matters Ground Control

By Rachael Leverton

You can’t go wrong with a geranium. They grow well where other plants struggle, particularly those shady areas, or parts of the garden with poor soil. And they are so useful - they provide hundreds of pretty flowers and also smother the ground with a welter of leaves that prevent weeds from taking hold. Don’t confuse these hardy geraniums with the tender bedding plants with the horseshoe leaf-markings. They may be commonly called geraniums but they are in fact pelargoniums and not hardy so would perish in a hard frost. True geraniums are as tough as old boots. There are loads to choose from offering a wide range of colours and habits. If you want a carpet of tiny pale pink saucer flowers try Geranium sanguineum striatum. It’s great for growing in the crevices of a garden path, or even in a shallow tub or sink where its finely cut leaves show of the flowers to their best advantage. Geranium macrorrhizum is probably the most reliable ground cover of them all. It creates a low dense mass of aromatic hairy leaves about 30cm / 12 inches high. The flowers open in late spring and there are varieties in white, pale pink or magenta. These are followed by bright red seedheads providing interest well into the autumn. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Propagation is ridiculously easy. Simply rip up a clump of the thick creeping stems and push them into the ground where you want them to establish. Make sure they don’t dry out and you can be assured of success. If you’d like a plant with a bit of height go for Geranium psilostemon. This grows to about 1.5m / 5 feet. It has deep magent flowers with a black eye, and is a great self-seeder. If you struggle with a patch of denser shade I can recommend the blue-flowered Geranium himalayense, and also ‘Johnson’s Blue’. Both will form clumps about 30cm / 12 inches high. Whether you have a new garden which needs to be filled with colour, or an established garden with a few bald patches, plant hardy geraniums and you won’t be disappointed.


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What’s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email Hawkedale Primary School May Fair on Saturday, 12 May from 2 - 5 pm at Hawkedale School, Stratton Road, Sunbury, TW16 6PG. A fun day out for the whole family with live music, stalls, games, tombola, BBQ,cakes and so much more! Everyone welcome, admission £1, children 50p, under 3's free. The Arts Society Runnymede monthly lecture at the Hythe Centre, Egham TW18 3HD -May 16 entitled Modern Art – A child of 6 could do it! Enjoy the insights of great cartoonists with Barry Venning who provides a humorous, sceptical but instructive guide to modern art - funny, revealing and sidelong view of 150 years. Coffee from 10.05, guests very welcome. Hampton & Molesey Riverside Trust Annual General Meeting. Tuesday 15th May 2018, 7.30pm at Garrick’s Temple, Hampton Riverside. Following the short business part of the meeting, there will be a talk by Malcolm Head, a retired Master Dredger, who will bring along some of his fascinating finds. £5 at the door for entrance and/or membership – well worth it for a voluntary organisation that brings both the Middlesex and Surrey banks of the river together. Refreshments available. Sustainable May Fair. Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton on Thames. Monday May 7th 11.30-4pm. Promoting sustainable and plastic free living. May parade, performances, gifts and produce, plants. Brooklands Museum 14’s Relived. Come to our 1940’s event on May 12th. Cars, clothes, music. Fabulous!’s-relived ‘A Tonic for the Nation’, the story of the 1951 Festival of Britain, is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 15th May at Halliford School in Russell Road, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. If you have any memories or souvenirs of the Festival, why not bring them along to the meeting? Sunbury Working Artists will be holding an exhibition at the Embroidery Gallery from May 1st-June 10th. Do make a note in the diary and pop along to see the immense talent we have in the village. Riverside Youth Theatre presents The Addams Family. 10th-12th May at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury. Tickets £10. Box office 07871 992988 or online at Sunbury Neighbours is a voluntary organisation helping those in need in our community. More daytime voluntèers are needed to man the duty phone at home or provide transport to medical appointments etc. If you enjoy meeting people and have the occasional spare hour to help then please contact Nigel on 787343 or John on 784432. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


3rd June 2018 6 • Coffee, Tea and Cakes. Cooling Drinks • Raffle, Plant and Book Sales • Ploughman’s lunches (pre booked and prepaid by Wednesday 30th 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

Signage sponsored by Proceeds to Huntington’s Disease and to Spelthorne Gymnastics St. Mary's registered charity no. 1133834

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More...What’s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email Do you know there is a weekly coffee morning held at Sunbury Open Door Church on the corner of Rooksmead Road and Green Street? We are a welcoming group of largely retired people who meet together for good company and cake. We meet from 10.30 am on a Thursday morning and would welcome newcomers. The first Thursday of every month is a purely social event and the other Thursdays include a short time of hymn singing and a talk (probably a maximum of 20 minutes to include both). There is no charge and everyone is welcome of whatever religious persuasion or none. Why not give us a try? Contact telephone number: Shirley on 07812 795733. PLANT SALE On Saturday, 12th May Shepperton Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Plant Sale in Shepperton Village Hall. The doors open at 10 a.m and the sale ends at 11.45. Don’t buy too early. Come along and buy your tomato plants from us, as there are many strong plants of different varieties at vey good prices . There are also herbs, vegetables, eg. peppers, beans, courgettes etc and many flowers such as chrysanthemums, lupins hot lips salvia and many others. There will be some strawberry plants in pots . Entry is free and parking is free for the first hour . Look forward to seeing you. Wonderful World of Wellbeing Festival. Kempton Park May 12th/13th. Tickets include speakers, workshop activities and of course the 65 or so stalls. Weekend passes (£13 online) or single day options (£8 in advance or £10 on the door). Hanworth Classic - Classic cars, dancing and music. Dress up in 40s/50s gear and get in the mood. Fun for all the family. Proceeds to Shooting Star Chase. June 24th 11am-4pm Bushy Park, Hampton Court.

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May 2018 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

May 2018 Sunbury Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury