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May 2019

Issue 99

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Welcome! As well as supporting local shops, restaurants and bars, remember you need to support local events. They need attendees and they need people to make the events happen. Sadly we hear that Sunbury Open Gardens 2019 will be the last. We all love the event but with a lack of gardens who wish to open, and fewer volunteers to help, time is up for the event. For now at least. Summertime is marked by both the Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Festival, with some amazing events and shows and also by the Sunbury Regatta. But if the events are poorly attended, it throws their viability into question. Make sure you go (the full programme will be in next months magazine) and if you fancy, get involved to make them happen.

May 2019 There is lots in this issue about enjoying the water, whether it is getting wet, riverside property or theatre, with 3 Men in a Boat. We are so lucky to have so many water based activities on our doorstep. Enjoy this issue and see you next month. Photo: Here and now Photography

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The Rose & Crown, Shepperton 4 Messing About on the Water 7 Sunbury Open Gardens Swan Song 8 The 1919 Victory Regatta 10 Three Men in a Boat in Sunbury 12 Making the Thames Accessible 14 Sunbury Cows; Plenty of Beef! 17 100 Years of St Ignatius Church 18 Sunbury Beat 23 Spelthorne s Got Lots of Talent! 26 Recipe of the Month 30 WI Tea Party Alleviates Loneliness 35 St Mary s Newsletter 38 From Shell Shock to PTSD 40 CEMEX Reply on Watersplash 43 LOSRA Says 44 Gardening Matters 49 What s On/Noticeboard 52/53 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 54

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The Rose & Crown, Shepperton By Nick Pollard

With the completion of its conversion into two cottages, the latest chapter in the story of the former Rose and Crown pub has been written. Located in Church Road, Shepperton, just at the junction with Cemetery Lane, the Rose and Crown was originally a private house, built in the 18th century. In an indenture of sale dated 25th March 1789, John Lambert put the building up for sale in four lots (although it had been one dwelling). The document indicated that the property may date back to 1717. The earliest evidence for it being a pub is much later however, as the first mention of a licensee is George Kittle in 1871. It was a beer house, i.e. licensed to sell only beer and cider. This was distinct from a public house, which had a full licence allowing it to sell wines and spirits as well. The building was still divided, with a separate cottage on the right hand side, as can be seen in the above picture, which dates from the early 1940s. Some of the regulars can be seen posing for the photographer at the side doorway. The second door in Cemetery Lane led to a small private bar, but beyond that the buildings are a row of cottages, which have long since disappeared. At the time of this photo, the Rose and Crown was owned by Hodgson s Kingston Brewery (whose name can be seen on the pub sign). Hodgson s had acquired it from the Winch family in 1900. The pub was described in a valuation survey a few years later as having a bar, bar parlour, tap room, kitchen and scullery on the ground floor, above a small cellar, with four bedrooms and a club room (available to hire to local groups) upstairs. In 1943, the brewery was taken over and the pub became part of the Courage empire. In 1988 the pub closed, and became Edwinns restaurant for many years. After Edwinns closed, the restaurant was renamed Castello, before that in turn closed, and the building was sold to a developer, who has sympathetically converted it to housing. For further details see The History of Shepperton s Pubs by Nick and Sue Pollard. The History of Punting in Sunbury and Shepperton by Peter Williams is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 st May at Halliford School in Russell Road, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission ÂŁ2 for non-members. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts




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Messing About on the Water By Monica Chard, Editor

We are blessed in Sunbury to be close to water in any direction we turn. But we don t always know how to make the most of it. So here are a few thoughts. Canoe and Kayak hire

Desborough. This is the season all the clubs are looking for new members, so have a look online at when open days are on and give them a try. Desborough has an open day on May 11th or 25th from midday. Littleton Sailing Club, awarded Sports Club of the Year in the 2018 Spelthorne Sports Awards, also have an open day on May 11th. They are down Littleton Lane, Shepperton. www.littletonsc.co.uk. Open Water Swimming You may not know that there is an open swimming lake where hundreds take part in a refreshing dip every week from May to October. There are open water races and events during the season and in August they even do a night swim. This year they open on May 12th. You can find the down Ferry Lane, Shepperton by the Desborough Sailing club! Thames Gourmet Dining If you want to make the most of the river without the effort, but with a whole lot of luxury, how about this new idea. Enjoy a lunch/dining and cruising experience on a beautiful old yacht. Longer stays also possible. www.theriveryachtcafe.co.uk Accessible Boat Trips We even have a choice of accessible boat trips on offer. Impossible Dream is the Spelthorne community boat, offering accessibility to those with disability. You can get aboard from Cowey Sale, Walton. The River Thames Boat Project also makes the Thames accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Operating out of Teddington, the boats pass through Sunbury lock and Shepperton going upstream. Www.thamesboatproject.org Aqua Park Yes, there is even an aqua park near us. Liquid Leisure opened quietly on a lake behind the Charlton Village car boot venue last August. You can clamber across a 400 square foot floating obstacle park or try stand up paddle boarding. www.liquidleisuresurrey.com

Last year I had a memorable kayak trip up the Thames and around Desborough Island. It was great exercise and you see things from a different view being so close to the water. A kingfisher darted across Shepperton Marina as we set off. Swans stretched their wings and geese honked at us. As we came back, the sun was setting and you couldn't wish for a more beautiful way of spending an evening. You can hire a canoe or kayak from Whitewater Canoe Centre at Shepperton Marina. Full details of prices and options are at www.canoeandkayakthethames.co.uk Sunbury Skiff and Punting Despite the name, Sunbury s Skiff and Punting Club is no longer based in Sunbury. They moved to Shepperton last year and are based at Desborough Sailing Club off Ferry Lane. The objectives of the club are to teach, coach and promote skiffing and punting in traditional Thames skiffs and punts. They take part in a lot of local regattas, including of course Sunbury Regatta. They are always looking for new members so why not give this sport a try: www.sunburyskiff.club Sailing We have a huge choice of sailing options nearby: Aquarius on Lower Hampton Road, Littleton Sailing Club, Queen Mary and To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Sunbury Open Gardens Swan Song (with thanks to the volunteers!) By Sue March

Sunbury Open Gardens is an annual fixture in village life. It has been running since 2003, originally an idea for fundraising to support the Millenium Embroidery and St Mary s church tower. Sue March was asked if she would open her garden for an event proposed by David Brown, one of the driving forces behind the Embroidery Gallery. That was the start of what became a village institution. There are usually six gardens, but sometimes more, with owners on hand to chat to their guests. Each garden had some other form of money making; plants, books, teas, ice cream and raffle. The team of volunteers also grew in number: Malcolm Hill followed by Sue and George March, Mike and Sue Pratt then Pat Crisp.

decided to spend the day visiting the gardens, enjoying a spectacular performance from Spelthorne Gymnastics on the lawn at Monksbridge (seen below).

2008 saw fame abroad, as a Japanese film crew made a documentary showing village life events in England, and Sunbury Open Gardens was the star. 2010 and Philip Hodges came on board sponsoring sign boards advertising the event, as the council had banned poster sticking. A children s competition was also introduced. Eight gardens opened to celebrate the 10th year in 2012, and scarecrows mostly with an Olympic theme, decorated the scaffolding in the church. 2014 saw the event cancelled due to the recent floods and the ill health of several committee members. 2016 Open Gardens was the same day as the Queen s 90th birthday, so extra celebrations were in order. Spelthorne council sponsored a flower festival in St. Mary s. The uniform groups paraded in pouring rain past Alfred Friday who was Mayor of Spelthorne that year, showing what we Brits do best, carrying on regardless. Inside the church the ATC band played. Finally the sun came out as we all sighed gratefully, just in time for Morris dancers to perform in the churchyard. 2017 the new Mayor Vivienne Leighton

It has been an amazing time and has given pleasure to so many. But 2019 unfortunately will see the demise of this event which had become so popular in Sunbury s events calendar. A couple of years ago the committee warned that without new gardens the event could not continue. The group of valiant volunteers have had a lot of fun along the way, made many new friends, and raised about ÂŁ90,000 for worthwhile causes: Princess Alice Hospice, Shooting Star Chase, The Millennium Gallery extension, Impossible Dream and St. Mary s are the charities this year, so we have come full circle. The committee is grateful to everyone who has helped in various capacities, and of course sponsors and donors. It is sad when such a village event comes to an end, but there comes a point when the hard working volunteers feel enough is enough and that is where they are at now.

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Sunbury Victory Regatta By Marcus O Shea This year is Sunbury Victory Regatta 100 marking the 100th Anniversary of the 1919 Victory Regatta which celebrated the end of WW1. This means that along with 100 races on the river, tug-o-war, live music, entertainment and busy bars you can also expect staff and some competitors to be in 1919 attire.

The popularity of the Regatta continued with the introduction of races such as Row for your Local and amusements on Rivermead Island. These were introduced to bring the entertainment from the lost Orchard Meadow Fair back to the community. Since then it has been the Committee s job to make the Regatta a family day out, including amusements for children. The Regatta is managed by volunteers who meet every month to ensure the smooth planning and running of the event. In August more volunteers come together to build the site, set the river course and then take it all down again. This year work starts on Wednesday 7th August and continues to Sunday 11th August. They need people who can spare any time to help with: Bucket collections River team Bar staff / Gate staff Construction and breakdown crew Tombola team

There will be a 1919 fancy dress competition for children and adults. For inspiration take a look at these pictures (Thanks,Kaye Lennon for these) The first Sunbury Regatta was the 6th September 1877 and has taken place every year except:

In return you ll meet lots of people, have fun and become part of a Sunbury s history. If you re a local business of any size they need your sponsorship and advertising. 3000 - 5000 people attend and it costs circa ÂŁ30,000 to put on the Regatta; it can t be sustained without volunteers or 1878 and 1879, no reports appear to exist business support. Let s keep this event going. 1896, abandoned due to a difference of If you think you can help please contact opinion over the date marcus@sunburyregatta.com 1914-18 and 1940-48. The popular fireworks and parade of illuminated boats were mentioned as early as 1880. To this day our Local Mid Thames Yacht Club dresses their boats with lights and proceeds down the rowing course to the delight of everyone, after which there is a spectacular firework display. The last Waterman s (i.e. professional s) event was in 1913 and was the last Regatta before WW1. A Victory Regatta was held in 1919. After a 10 year break caused by WW2, the Regatta was reinstated in 1949 under several of the pre-war committee. In 1961 the Edith Topsfield Children s Regatta asked the Regatta Committee to take over the event. This still runs on the Sunday following the main event and is the only children s regatta on the Thames. Sunbury Victory Regatta 1919 Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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Three Men in a Boat in Sunbury Since its first publication in 1889, Three Men in a Boat has never been out of print and is regarded as one of the funniest books ever written. The story follows the fortunes and misadventures of the author J, his two companions George and Harris, and his dog Montmorency on their accident-prone boating holiday on the Thames.

river! Therefore, reducing Jerome's wonderful book into a 90 minute performance has been a huge struggle but he's hoping that the balance is right in order to provide the best examples of Jerome's comic writing, as well as show his love (and Giles') of the magnificent river, a sense of its history and how it continues to provide so much pleasure to those lucky enough to spend time on her gentle waters. Tickets are going fast for this comic romp along the Thames with performances selling out in advance – so don t leave it long before booking your seats! Three Men in a Boat comes to The Riverside Arts Centre as part of the Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Festival on Friday 12 July 2019 at 8pm. Produced by Kick in the Head with Giles Shenton as Jerome K Jerome. Tickets available from the theatre website or from www.kickinthehead.co.uk

Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm morphing imperceptibly from the misguidedly selfassured character of J to that of the work-shy and lethargic George or the boisterous and greedy Harris, and imaginatively painting, with subtle gesture and expression, the shifting surroundings as the calamitous river excursion unfolds. It is essentially a series of rambling anecdotes about a succession of hilarious mishaps and ludicrous adversities, told with a knowing twinkle, a resigned acceptance of the inevitability of disaster, or with a hearty laugh. As one reviewer put it – the nearest thing to audio slapstick I ve ever heard! Giles has had a long love affair with the River Thames. He has been cruising up and down it for about 30 years and lived aboard his barge, mooching between Chertsey and Oxford for nearly 10 years. When he first suggested performing Three Men in a Boat as a one man play, he was adamant that the story should primarily be about the river itself. The only trouble was that so many of the funny stories in the book have nothing to do with the actual

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The River Thames Boat Project is a local charity with two community boats and a passion for making the Thames accessible. New arrival: as well as celebrating 30 years of the charity in May, we are celebrating the first birthday of our second boat . She had her naming ceremony last May at Teddington Lock and is perfect for day cruises on the river. She is custom-built, wheelchair accessible, has a spacious saloon with panoramic windows and a large sunny front deck. Our therapeutic cruises are for people of all ages with disabilities and for elderly people. We welcome groups of 12 and provide a safe and caring environment on board. Time on the river is restorative, uplifting and gives our clients a sense of freedom and independence that they may not normally experience. “ .” Learning afloat: joins our original boat, the much-loved , our 100 year old converted Dutch barge. As well as providing day and residential cruises, hosts classes of primary school children onboard when she is moored at Teddington Lock for our School on the River days. KS2 curriculum-linked Geography and Science hands-on learning comes to life on the boat, at the lock and on the foreshore. School on the River now includes our new Drastic Plastic initiative tackling the issues of single use plastic, how it flows down the river and the impact it has on the marine environment. “

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.” Making this possible: 70 wonderful volunteers and a small staff team work together to support the charity, maintain the boats, deliver our activities and help at fundraising events. We rely on grants, donations and our own fundraising to subsidise the cost of days on the river. Our cruises run from Kingston, Walton and Weybridge, upstream towards Windsor and downstream towards Chiswick. To book a cruise or an education day, to volunteer or to make a donation, please get in touch: info@thamesboatproject.org www.thamesboatproject.org 0208 940 3509 Registered Charity 1080281 www.villagematters.co.uk


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LIGHT BLIGHT FIGHT Sunbury riverside residents are still suffering from extensive light spillage across the river from the Waterside Sports Hub lights. Ever since the Hub was built there has been little control over the intensity and duration of the column and pavilion lights and scant regard for the impact on Sunbury residents. Says Councillor Tim Evans, "while sympathetic to all sporting activity, the lights only need to be on when athletes are using the facilities and then only at sufficient brightness for training. We continue to engage with Elmbridge BC to mitigate this unnecessary nuisance!"

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Sunbury Cows - A Whole Lotta Beef! By Monica Chard

In last month s Sunbury Matters we ran an article on the reason for cows being grazed in Sunbury Park, written by the chair of Friends of Sunbury Park, John Maxen. The front cover also featured cows, taken by local Gavin Rendall. Like them or not, the cows are a feature of Sunbury and they attract families who don t otherwise have the chance to walk amongst cows, photographers and the curious. I was astounded at Disgusted of Sunbury messages I received decrying the arrival of cows and accusing me of glorifying them and even of being in cahoots with the council. For the record, I am a dog owner and I walk in Sunbury Park. I do not feel strongly one way or the other about the cows but I have indeed changed my walking habits since their arrival as my dog does have a tendency to indulge in cow poo, which I would rather she did not do! Many dogs seem to like this snack and a lot of them also seem to enjoy bathing in it. Of course this is not nice. So, I have taken to enjoying walks in other

parts of Sunbury and the surrounding area. We are so lucky in having choices. Cedars, with its new pathway and planted beds is a great alternative. School Walk towards Halliford takes you out into what feels like countryside. Rivermead Island gives you the chance to be by the river and watch the boats go by. I am enjoying all these beautiful parts of our area. Yes I miss the chit chat with my regular fellow park walkers, but to say that it ruins peoples lives having the cows in the park seems a bit strong. I do accept however that some people are frightened of cows. So, plenty of beef about the cows, but please don t shoot the messenger! I didn t arrange for them to come but they are a part of Sunbury summer life for the foreseeable future.

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One Hundred and Fifty Years of St Ignatius Church By Anna Taylor

This month St Ignatius Church on Green Street in Sunbury will be celebrating 150 years since its opening in May 1869. The church was opened in a formal ceremony, led by The Archbishop of Westminster, at the time, Henry Edward Manning, who travelled up from London on Trinity Sunday to lead the congregation in Mass. To mark this anniversary the current Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, will journey to Sunbury to lead the celebrations with Mass in the church on Sunday 19th May. The church itself was the vison of one man, the parish priest Father James Richardson Browne. Father Browne arrived at the then Sunbury Mission in 1867 and was appalled to see the crowded cramped conditions the local Catholic population, Picture of the church from 1936. With thanks to which numbered nearly 600, had available to them Sunbury and Shepperton local history society for the celebration of Mass. The chapel, at Laurel Cottages, just north east of Sunbury Station, had been converted from a stable for use as a schoolparish on 21 July 1868 to lay the foundation stone. room during the week and a chapel on Sundays. In As noted by The Tablet at the time, this ritual was a letter to the Catholic newspaper The Tablet a cause of great celebration for the parish. The appealing for donations to build a permanent ceremony was attended by many who had donated church Father Browne, described the chapel as to the cause. A significant number came from Lonpoor in all respects, with few benches, altar- don, as Sunbury was now easily accessible by the furniture of the most ordinary kind, bare and naked newly built railway line. The Archbishop walls, and is in every way unworthy of a mission addressed those present and praised them for being so near to London . true children of the Catholic Most of the Catholic population Church by toiling to raise a of Sunbury were of Irish origin, Sanctuary . He also appealed their families having left Ireland for alms for the church and the a generation before to escape collection raised an impressive the infamous Irish potato famine £34 14 shillings. of 1846 to 1848. They laboured Less than a year later Archbishin the market gardening operaop Manning returned to open tions that were prevalent in formally the church on 23 May Sunbury, or on building the 1869 – Trinity Sunday. The railway and the waterworks at Archbishop was full of congratHampton. Many of these famiulations for Father Browne lies were not able to give a monand the congregation. He again ey but instead gave by donating praised the laboring men their labour, often toiling after a who of course had not much full day s work. money to contribute . By July 1868 the groundwork for the new church was dug and the foundations had been laid by the volunteers, under the super- Father Browne s zeal in getting the vision of a Mr John Desmond. St Ignatius built is commemorated by By July 1868 the work had pro- a bust on the arch of the sanctuary of the church gressed sufficiently for Archbishop Manning to visit the Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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Sunbury Beat By Inspector Maxine Cilia Welcome to what I hope will be a regular page in this magazine. As the Borough Commander of Spelthorne I am responsible for neighbourhood policing in Sunbury & Shepperton. I want to use this opportunity to share some news and Inspector Maxine Cilia information with you all. After all, not everyone uses social media. Tackling the threat of violence that drugs pose to our communities is one of Surrey Police s key priorities. Spelthorne has seen a number of groups operating in the Borough. These county line enterprises almost always involves exploitation of vulnerable people. This can involve both children and adults who are being used to transport drugs or money. The gangs also look to take over the homes of vulnerable people to deal drugs. These people are being exploited and require safeguarding and we use the term Cuckooing to describe the process they are going through. If you have suspicions that this type of behaviour is going on please contact us. Unfortunately, just as in the rest of Surrey, Sunbury & Shepperton has seen an increase in vehicle crime over the last year. Most vehicle crime is preventable and unfortunately car crime is often linked to insecure and unlocked vehicles. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. So the best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it. Other things you can do include removing everything from the car; don't leave coins and change visible in the console, and taking your phone, laptop and handbag with you every time you leave the car. Despite the fact that the number of burglaries in Spelthorne is reducing, there is absolutely no room for complacency. Homes with no To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference. In fact, taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. One of the very best ways to protect your property is to record the serial numbers of your valuable items. Photograph any valuable jewellery or watches and consider storing these in a bank or safety deposit box. Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise. Spelthorne Safer Neighbourhood team can also supply SelectaDNA kits in certain cases or you can purchase your own kits online. Please get in touch if you would like advice on these. We continue to work jointly with our Spelthorne Community Joint Enforcement Team and assisted in an operation to seize a vehicle known to fly tip in Sheep Walk. We will continue with our joint working and you will see some joint patrolling with our PSCOs and Joint Enforcement Team colleagues. Our current Neighbourhood Specialist Officer Adam Saunders has left Surrey Police and we are grateful for all his hard work in the area. We are currently in the process of recruiting a new NSO and will circulate these details once the new candidate is in post. Finally, looking forward, if there is anything you would like me to discuss in these pages please get in contact and I will try and do so. Spelthorne Borough Commander Inspector Maxine Cilia


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The Burlington has a role to play in making us a dementia friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about. Please join us for the following events: 21st May, 2 - 4pm Live Radio BRoadcast & afteRnoon tea Tune into a Live Music Broadcast focusing on how people living within the community are living well and supporting those with Dementia. 22nd May, 10.30am - 12pm UndeRstanding dementia seminaR & coffee moRning Tours of the home will be available during the course of the events.

Spelthorne s Got Lots of Talent The finals of the inaugural Spelthorne s Got Talent were sensational. Held at Halliford School s John Crook theatre, 13 acts comprising singers, dancers, comedians, musicians and magicians gathered to perform to a sold-out audience, raising money for the Mayor s charities. The difficult job of picking the winners was given to a panel of judges who themselves have a wealth of experience in theatre, dance, music and acting:Debbie Arnold: actress, author, altruist, writer and voice artist Nina Wadia: actress best-known for playing Zainab Masood in EastEnders John Altman: actor and singer, best-known for his role as Nick Cotton in Eastenders Jodie Hawkes: musician who has played with numerous well-known bands including his brother Chesney and father Chip Hawkes, lead singer of the Tremoloes Ray Tregoning: retired primary school teacher who has produced and directed many school productions Kaye Friday: actress, dancer and dance teacher First prize went to 9 year old Param Patel, who played the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. Param received the winner s trophy, a two-hour recording session at Skyline Studios and a tour of Pinewood Studios. The second prize was won by 8-year-old Chloe Buley Little who sang Naughty from Matilda. Chloe received a trophy, two sessions at the Rock Project in Chertsey and Pinewood cinema tickets. Third prize was won by The Dancing Dolls - Erin Shury aged 10 and Lillie-Mai Dempster aged 9, who dance at Harfield Dance Studios. Erin and Lillie-Mai received a trophy and Pinewood cinema tickets. Spelthorne Council s Arts and Wellbeing Officer, Catherine Learmonth, said: Spelthorne s Got Talent was a huge success in a number of ways. It provided an opportunity for local talent to showcase their skills in a professional environment and highlighted an incredible sense of community. The audience were hugely supportive and went wild with applause for each individual act. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time and resources to this project, raising lots of money for charity and giving all the contestants an experience they will remember for years to come. Thanks go to the judges; Shepperton Film Studios, Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


Winners left to right: Chloe Buley Little (3rd place), Param Patel (1st place) and Lillie-May and Erin, the Dancing Dolls (2nd place) Skyline studios and The Rock Project in Chertsey for donating prizes, to Halliford School for the venue; to Matt Banks for acting as compere for the evening; and to Phil Abbott who managed the lighting and sound.

Back row LtoR Jodie Hawkes, Mayor of Spelthorne Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE, Kaye Friday, Ray Tregoning, Debbie Arnold, John Altman, Nina Wadia. Front row: 3rd prize winners Lillie-Mai Dempster and Erin Shury, the Dancing Dolls!


The Avenue, TW16

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A unique, four bedroom oak framed family home with off-street parking, an orchard garden and a garage. The house is perfect for entertaining both family and friends, energy rating d.

Close to the River Thames, this five bedroom house has an open plan kitchen/dining area with bi-folding doors leading to a garden, perfect for family get-togethers, energy rating e.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100


Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100


Harfield Road, TW16

Oakington Close, TW16

This four bedroom detached house has off-street parking, conservatory and a garage. This property has been lovingly updated to create an amazing family home, energy rating e.

Built in 2016, this five bedroom house is set within a small gated development with off-street parking and a garage. This property is ideal for an upsizing family, energy rating b.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100


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Wellington Road, TW12

Green Street, TW16

A five bedroom family home which has been completely renovated throughout. With two luxury bathrooms, a modern eat-in kitchen and off-street parking, energy rating d.

Located in the heart of Lower Sunbury, a newly refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom conversion apartment with a private entrance and off-street parking, energy rating c.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

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Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

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Sunbury Court Road, TW16

Halliford Road, TW16

Set over three floors, this four bedroom, modern house was built in 2014. There are three luxury bathrooms, a rear garden and the additional benefit of off-street parking, energy rating b.

This three bedroom, two bathroom family home is set within beautifully maintained gardens and has been recently refurbished to an exceptional standard throughout, energy rating d.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

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Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

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

Recipe of the Month Vegetable Curry

Celebrate National Vegetarian Week (13th-19th May) with an easy midweek curry

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Cooking time: 20-30 mins

Half-fill a saucepan with cold water and add the potatoes and carrots. Bring to the boil and cook gently for 8 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain everything in a colander and set aside.

Serves 3 Ingredients 2 medium potatoes (around 350g/12oz), peeled and cut into 2cm chunks 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally ½ cauliflower (around 300g/10½oz), cut into small florets and halved 3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 1 large onion, coarsely grated or very finely chopped 1 tbsp medium or hot curry powder 1 x 227g tin chopped tomatoes 300ml/10fl oz vegetable or chicken stock (made with ½ cube), gluten-free if required 100g/3½oz frozen peas or two large handfuls young spinach leaves, or a mixture Plain yoghurt or vegan alternative, to serve Mango chutney, to serve Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan or wide-based saucepan. Add the onion, and cook over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring regularly until well softened and lightly golden. Add over the curry powder and cook for 30 seconds, stirring all the time. Add the tomatoes to the onions and cook for 2 –3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the partially cooked vegetables and peas and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes until everything is tender. If the sauce thickens too much, add a splash of water. Serve immediately with yoghurt, mango chutney, and rice or naan.



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Bowls at 55

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This lovely piece last month on taking up bowls at the age of 55 was credited to Cassie Chatterton as she supplied the piece. She would like to apologise to Karen Pilkington, who wrote it and make it clear that she herself is perhaps a little more than 55! Contrary to the statement by my husband and many of those who know me, I have not been trying to lose for almost 26 years! Says Cassie. Anyway, bowls is fun no matter how old or young you are. So how about giving it a try at the open day at Sunbury Bowls Club. Our Open day (held at the bowls green at the Sunbury Sports Association on Lower Hampton Road) is May 4th 113pm this year. You're never too young (or too old).

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Tea Party to Alleviate Loneliness Shelagh Bonnichon – Sunbury Village WI In 2017 the National Federation of Women s Institutes called on every WI to work along-side health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness. As a result, Sunbury Village and Sunbury on Thames WI s held their first Tea Party for the elderly and infirm last summer. It was such a success that everyone agreed to continue to work together to provide further Tea Parties this year. Sunbury Neighbours is an entirely voluntary organisation who are always looking for volunteers to offer help to Sunbury residents who need assistance. The assistance needed usually involves providing transport for shopping, visits to Health Centres, Dentists, etc. for the elderly. To find out more please call the Duty Officer Monday to Friday 9.30 – 11.30 on 07956 822546.

At the end of March we held our Spring Tea Party at St Marys Parish Church Hall, with over 80 elderly people in attendance. Whilst the, sandwiches, tea & cakes were prepared by the WI members, Sunbury Neighbours provided lifts to and from the venue and therefore enabled many housebound people to have an afternoon out, meeting and socialising with others. As well as preparing a tasty tea, the WI ladies made sure the guests were well looked after, sitting with their elderly guest, chatting and getting to know them and a good time was had by all!

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NCT Support for New Mums by Alice McCartney

Having grown up in Sunbury and moved back here with my husband 6 years ago I thought I had a fairly good idea of what the village had to offer. I was wrong. I gave birth to my first child at the end of January this year and my whole world changed. Becoming a mum has been fantastic but it is also tiring, emotional and at times difficult. Meeting and talking to other local mums going through the same things has been really helpful. Getting out of the house in the early weeks can be hard and a bit scary. Heading to the weekly Bumps and Babes morning (Tuesdays 10:30-12:30am at The Loyola Centre on Green St.) was the first solo trip I made with my daughter when she was 4 weeks old and I am so glad that I went. I was met by a friendly group of mums and made to feel welcome immediately. It is a chance to chat to other new mums, ask for help and advice (especially with breastfeeding) and just have a cup of tea with a group of friends. We are so lucky in Sunbury and Shepperton that we still have a local NCT branch that is active. The group is open to any expectant and new parents (that includes Dads & other carers!). You do not need to have attended NCT classes or be a member to come along. In the coming months the mornings will also include a photographer visiting, a baby massage taster session, a sensory session & Father s Day crafts. In addition to the group we meet every Friday afternoon for a walk in Sunbury, have an active Facebook page [Sunbury, Shepperton & Chertsey NCT-Bumps and Babes] and meet up for coffees and evening drinks as it s all about local parents getting to know and support each other. But to stay active we do rely on volunteers and fundraising support so will welcome any such assistance. Please get in touch through facebook.

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Shepperton kids to raise money for Compassion UK project in Uganda

Children s musical theatre group Themba Theatre has announced that all of its future profits will go to a project run by child development charity Compassion UK in Uganda. The group - which is run entirely by volunteers - stages two musicals a year with casts drawn from local youngsters in school years 5-9. It has now decided to use its profits to fund the building of a new hall at the Mirambi Child Development Centre in Uganda. When it s finished, the 237 children who currently attend the Compassion-run centre will be able to learn in all weathers, and also play indoors when it s raining, supporting their mental and physical well being. We have chosen this project because we want the Themba children to feel a real connection with the cause they re raising money for said Natalie Wells, founder and director of Themba. We are really looking forward to seeing what our fundraising helps to build. Themba s next show is hilarious West-End hit Legally Blonde, which tells the tale of Elle Woods, who applies to Harvard Law School to try to get her boyfriend back. The group will be performing a special adaptation of the show for young people on 24 th-25th May 2019 at Jubilee High in Addlestone. If your child is interested in auditioning for their next show or you re like tickets, please email thembatheatre@gmail.com.



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Sunbury Nursing Homes

Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 6AJ

Family run nursing home now in its 85th year Located opposite a beautiful stretch of the River Thames A home where the resident really IS the most important person “Just a word of thanks for all your kindness and care for my mother. We had almost given up hope of finding a nursing home of excellence which we felt she deserved and our experience with you was so heartening and reassuring."

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From Shell Shock to PTSD By Nick Mercer Combat Stress lead the way in helping those with PTSD and because of their skill and publicity, most people understand how PTSD can manifest itself. The term is mostly used about servicemen, but it can apply to anyone who has been through traumatic experiences. But, Combat Stress provide the UK's only residential treatment for veterans with trauma-related mental health problems. Staff with specialist knowledge provide a unique combination of psychological and psychiatric treatment, with occupational therapy to benefit the most unwell veterans. Treatment is research based and evaluated to measure its effectiveness. Combat Stress has a unique peer support service operating nationwide, which is led by veterans for veterans. It wasn t always so. The earliest tales of warfare include evidence of psychological trauma as well as physical wounds. Even the Bible refers to it in Deuteronomy 20:1-9; Herodotus account of the battle of Marathon written in 440 BC includes it. The First World War was the first modern industrial war that induced mental distress on a wide scale as repeatedly described in literary autobiographies by Henri Barbusse (Le Feu, 1916); Robert Graves (Goodbye to All That, 1929), and Ernst Junger (In Stahlgewittern [Storm of Steel],1920). Gradually armies learned the value of sympathetic treatment in forward areas; with rest and care the casualties returned to duty. During the Vietnam war, this prior knowledge kept acute psychiatric casualties low (11.5 per 1000 men per year). But alcoholism and drug abuse and the delayed effects of combat exposure brought suffering and disability to an estimated 700 000 Vietnam veterans back in the USA. That s almost a quarter of all soldiers sent to Vietnam from 1964 to 1973. It was concluded that PTSD might be a common form of psychiatric casualty in low-level warfare. Combat Stress Today- State of The Art Treatment Combat Stress have identified that UK Armed Forces are reluctant to seek help and overall, 7.2% of participants have not previously sought any help for their problems. Around 53% are accessing formal medical support. Being female, having higher levels of social support and more functional difficulty was related to Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


help-seeking. Barriers to treatment include practical factors and negative beliefs about health services and professionals. Enablers included having a diagnosis, being seen in a veteran-specific service and establishing a good relationship with the therapist. Veterans with mental health problems are a highrisk group for substance misuse; yet, there are few substance misuse services specifically available for them and self-declaration is infrequent for anyone misusing alcohol. The range of treatment programmes, therapies and support to help veterans is tailored to each person s unique needs. This could be a group workshop or individual session with a community team; a programme at one of the treatment centres, or being put in touch with another organisation which is more suitable to help. Trauma-focused therapy is given through a six-week residential Intensive Treatment Programme, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Combat Stress also run stabilisation programmes at their treatment centres. These give veterans the discipline and skills to better manage day-to-day life. Combat Stress offer training so veterans can learn how to manage and understand difficult thoughts, issues, feelings and memories. This can include: •


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Combat Stress also offer a range of activity therapies to help veterans to manage their symptoms. These include: physical exercise and outdoor pursuits; occupational therapy; art; structured health and well-being activities. If you need help, please contact the Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619) to talk in confidence. Friends and family members worried about a loved one, can also call the Helpline for help and advice. Acknowledgements: Shellshock And War Neurosis To Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A History Of Psychotraumatology by Marc-Antoine Crocq, MD and Louis Crocq, MD March 2000 pp 4 –55. PMCID: PMC3181586 PMID: 22033462. WWW.Combatstress.com


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Run to Pegasus by Sunbury Firm

Sunbury based JSA Service is backing an epic endurance run organised by The Veterans Charity to commemorate D-Day. The 75-mile Run To Pegasus traces the route taken by glider pilots in the advance wave from Tarrant Rushton Airfield in Dorset to Pegasus Bridge in Normandy, on the 75th anniversary of the events. The gliders avoided detection and enabled British troops to capture the strategically important Pegasus Bridge and Horsa Bridge, preventing enemy forces from attacking the D -Day beach landings. Around 200 intrepid volunteers will take part in the 24-hour charity run, which passes through Dorset countryside and the New Forest, before heading to Southampton and Fareham, and finishing at the Ferry Terminal in Portsmouth. Runners and supporters will then board a ferry to Caen in North Western France for the final leg to Pegasus Bridge. Allan Wilkinson, director of Sunbury-onThames based JSA Service, said: Members

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of my family have served in the Royal Navy and special forces, and we are proud to be sponsoring and participating in the Run To Pegasus to honour those who spearheaded the DDay landings. It is an excellent initiative and will raise vital funds to help support veterans and their families. I invite anyone who would like get involved to join us and make a difference. Danny Greeno, CEO of The Veterans Charity, said: I am delighted that JSA Service is supporting the Run To Pegasus and The Veterans Charity. Every pound we can save on the cost of the event means we have more vital funds for the all-important welfare of our veterans. To have such great support from JSA is fantastic! The event takes place 4-6 June.



LOSRA and Cemex Respond to Watersplash Flood Fears

We were contacted by many of you after last months article on the plans for gravel extraction at Watersplash Farm. It seemed to take some of you by surprise, but Sunbury Matters has carried several articles about it. The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association has been involved in the gravel extraction issue for over 40 years, and has successfully fought to stop or delay the working of gravel at sites in the area. When the last Surrey Minerals Plan consultation began about 12 years ago it became obvious that Watersplash Farm would be the next site earmarked for working as part of national strategy, LOSRA and SSAGE (Sunbury & Shepperton Against Gravel Extraction) worked first to oppose it and then to mitigate the impact, and Cemex have been very accommodating in this regard, to the extent that LOSRA feels it has achieved as good a result as possible. LOSRA themselves also asked Cemex to respond to the article in the last Sunbury Matters highlighting hydrology issues and they have provided the following comment, which indicates that at least the matter has been thoroughly considered. CEMEX can confirm that it has addressed the issue of groundwater flooding at length within the Flood Risk Assessments and Surface Water Management Plan that was contained in Volume 5 of the Environmental Statement (March 2016) and that the Environment Agency have removed their objection to the proposals. The modelling has shown a modest groundwater level rise up hydraulic gradient of the proposed landfill and an equivalent modest fall down hydraulic gradient. Accordingly, the report states at Paragraph 4.3 that in essence the models showed that groundwater is able to flow around the lower permeability restoration fill with little hindrance. Notwithstanding, the company has agreed to install a groundwater drain across the northern application site boundary running from Gaston Bridge Road to the River Ash in order to drain excess groundwater and prevent groundwater flooding.

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LOSRA Says . The Editor of this monthly magazine is a great supporter and has kindly placed another appeal for subscriptions to our Association which can be made either online through our website: www.losra.org or by dropping off at Skinners Post Office in The Avenue; or at Twirltour in Green Street. For those who are new to the area or may wish to be reminded, The Lower Sunbury Residents Association s purpose is to optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means. In particular, this involves pursuing these key strategies and objectives: To stimulate public consciousness and appreciation of the appearance and character of Lower Sunbury. To work for the continued maintenance and enhancement of the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area. To prevent unnecessary housing development which is out of character with the area, especially development which increases housing density inappropriately, and which involves demolishing existing good houses and building on existing domestic gardens. To press for the preservation and extension of Green Belt and public open spaces, and work to protect the local environment. To support the development of Lower Sunbury s commercial life and public services, consistent with environmental objectives. To press for appropriate traffic management or exclusion measures. To maintain and enhance the strong sense of community and social cohesion within Lower Sunbury. To work with other amenity organisations in support of the Association s aims. We are very grateful to all those who give us their support without which we could not function in a meaningful way.

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LOSRA SUBS DUE If you have not yet paid your LOSRA subscription, you can do so at Skinners /The Post Office in The Avenue or at Twirltours in Green Street. At only £5 per household per year you get a lot for your money! LOSRA represents residents on all things concerning the village. We take legal advice on planning issues and protect the integrity of the village. Without a fighting fund, this becomes a challenge.

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Joy Adamson Botanical Paintings at Sunbury Embroidery Gallery 9th April - 26th May

RAFFLE Raffle tickets at just £1.00 will be selling throughout the above exhibition by Joy Adamson of “ ” fame. The Draw will take place at 3 pm on 26 May FIRST PRIZE a not to be missed 7 day special visit to Elsamere, Joy Adamson s former home in Kenya, full board included, as shown at www.elsatrust.org. Park fees and air fares extra (Air fares UK to Kenya not included). SECOND PRIZE is a week s holiday in Dartmouth, Devon staying in a luxury waterside apartment. THIRD PRIZE a framed ‘ ’ edition print of one of Joy Adamson s botanical paintings. FOURTH PRIZE a bottle of champagne. FIFTH PRIZE a hardback copy of the 50th Anniversary edition of “ ”. Proceeds to charity

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Gardening Matters Scaling the Walls

By Rachael Leverton What do you think of if I say clematis ? I think most of us would think of the large, purple -flowered, Jackmanii or the rampant, bronze-leafed, pinkflowered montana rubens. They are both terrific plants, but I think they are a little overused. My husband teases me that I tend to give my clematis lecture when visiting friends houses and see one scrambling over a trellis. For your benefit I ve written it down here. Clematis is known as the Queen of Climbers . It can be utterly spectacular and should definitely not be relegated to trellis. It can used for covering fences and arbours, old tree stumps, sheds and even in beds and borders. Choose wisely and you can have flowers from early spring until late autumn. For beds and borders you don t want anything as vigorous as montana, which will smother everything it touches. Instead choose a daintier one such as a variety of texensis or viticella. The flowers of the texensis hybrids look like finely cut bells. Etoile Rose is a beautiful dark pink edged with paler pink and Princess of Wales is a beautiful rosy red. Both of these will scramble through shrubs and flower all summer. They die back in winter so can be tidied up then. Viticella hybrids produce flowers which look like little pixie hats as they open. Minuet has purple and white flowers suspended on fine stems while Purpurea Plena Elegans produces double blooms which open into little purple rosettes.

favourite clematis thrives in this situation and flowers in early spring. Clematis alpina Pink Flamingo produces nodding, semidouble, creamy flowers veined with deep pink. It has the added bonus of producing beautiful fluffy seed heads after the flowers fade. Clematis prefers its feet in the shade and its head in the sun. Make sure the plant s roots are shaded: pieces of broken flagstone are ideal, or an old cracked upside-down terracotta pot with the bottom knocked out. When clematis is happy it will flower prolifically. Large-flowered clematis tend to produce a second flush in the autumn, but others like tangutica and orientalis wait to flower until then. Both of these are very vigorous and are great for covering unsightly sheds or old trees. Finally, if you have a sheltered spot against a wall try cirrhosa balearica. This is a beautiful, winter-flowering variety with ferny foliage and pale-green flowers spotted with crimson. So, there it is my clematis lecture. Hopefully you took notes and are ready to branch out into a whole new world of climbers. Happy gardening,

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SURPLUS TO SUPPER WEDDING RECEPTION FOLLOWS FUNDRAISER Surplus to Supper intercepts food that is still fine to eat but is heading for landfill. It is sourced from a wide range of places, including supermarkets, restaurants, wholesalers and food banks. A Surplus to Supper Fundraiser in late March raised just under £10,000 and Michelin trained chefs created a memorable menu for 100 guests. When Joya and Stephen were planning their recent wedding in Surrey, they wanted a celebration that reflected their deeply held principles about minimising waste. They asked Surplus to Supper to feed their 180 guests canapés and a three-course meal, created entirely from food that would have otherwise been thrown away. The menu created from what was available on the day was remarkable. Guests were served a variety of canapés, with mezze starters on the table .This was followed by a main course buffet of cured meats, Thai and Indian cuisine, and lasagnes with salads, breads, rice, dips, and sauces. All deserts were made by guests using surplus ingredients, including a magnificent wedding cake. All costs, including staffing on the day, hire costs, and rubbish clearance were met by the bride and groom. For Joya, saving money was not the motivation. Part of the ethos of the day, was to be ethically responsible. We know weddings can be an opportunity for over-spending and excess in so many areas, and we wanted to minimise our contribution to this trend. Claire Hopkins St Saviour s Church, Sunbury claire.hopkins@stsaviourssunbury.org.uk 07549 952161


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What s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk Sunbury Library Coffee Time. The Friends of Sunbury Library invite you to a Coffee Time on 3rd May and 7th June between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury Sunbury & Shepperton Coffee Concerts held at Riverside Arts Centre,59 Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5QF. May 18 at 10 15 for 11am concert LESLEY SHRIGLEYJONES( cello) and CARL JACKSON ( piano) £12 from 01932 787390. from boxoffice@ssaaarts.org , from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ssarts and on the door The Arts Society, Runnymede at The Hythe Centre, Staines, TW18 3HD. Weds June 19th . THE TWO ELIZABETHS: BOOKENDS OF EMPIRE. From the Empire under Elizabeth 1 to the waning of our colonial power under Elizabeth II, Caroline Rayman gives a fascinating lecture about these two women in history and the power they held. Coffee from 10am, lecture starts 10.30. First lecture free, guests very welcome. Old King Cole. A Brand New Panto. £8 adults. £5 children and concessions. Supporting local causes. Saturday 11th May. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Sunbury Methodist Church, Staines Rd Sunbury Garden Play. Opens 4th June. Garden, veggie patch, boa sandpit, digging area, trampoline and woodland to explore. The Creek, Lower Sunbury. £3 child under 1 year. Child over 1 year £5. Please book: Facebook/sunburysummergardenplay. Insta: sunburygardenplay 4th-6th July Staines Musical Theatre presents MONSTERS AND MYTHS. Enter the world of Magic, Myths and Monsters. Songs from hit musicals including Mary Poppins, Wicked, Camelot, Cats, Shrek and Phantom of the Opera. Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury, TW16 5QF. Tickets £12, available from 01784-605805 or www.smtg.org.uk Sunbury Amateur Regatta– Saturday 10th August 2019. Bookings being taken now from stallholders for our new Boat/Chandlery Jumble Section, Vintage/bric-à-brac and Craft Sections 10 August- details on our website: www.sunburyregatta.com

JOIN THE REVELAIRES FOR A Night at the Movies 9TH & 10TH MAY 2019 8PM AT CHERTSEY HALL Herriot Road KT16 9DR TICKETS £12 AVAILABLE FROM SHEILA 01784 252407 OR EMAIL Sheilamarsden2000@yahoo.co.uk To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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The Orangery, Squire s Garden Centre, Shepperton

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May 2019 Sunbury Matters  

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