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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos


Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together


May 2019

Issue 91

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Shepperton Fair Photographic Competition

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A summer of events is round the corner. What better than to make the most of all the water activities we have on the doorstep. Whether it is getting wet, buying a riverside property or tacking a giant inflatable course. And what about the Raft Race? You could not find a better excuse to mess about on the water. So go on, get your application form in and start thinking about fancy dress. The Shepperton Fair is on June 8th and every year Shepperton Matters sponsors the photographic competition. The winning photo in the Derek Belsey memorial category was by Amy Hannaford-Cooper and is on the front cover this month. So, get your entries in. We would love to feature some more local photography in the magazine.

May 2019 Catch up on all the news of this years fair at www.sheppertonfair.org. We heard the dreadful news about the fire on Hamhaugh Island. It seems the fire crews did an amazing job, but it highlighted how dangerous it could be if night crews are cut. Please sign the petition to get this reconsidered. See page 8.

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The Rose & Crown Shepperton 4 Spelthorne s Incoming Mayor 6 Quick Fire Response Saves Homes 8 Our Unique High Street, and Service! 10 Ash Cleans up with Generations 12 Messing About on the Water 17 Introduction to Real Tennis 18 Shepperton Beat 21 Shepperton Horticultural Show 22 Spelthorne in Bloom Poster comp 25 Grease Spectacular at Thamesmead 28 Joy Adamson Exhibition in Sunbury 30 Recipe of the Month 35 Health Centre and the PPG 38 Walton Beer Festival 46 Great Gran s Abseil for Charity 49 Gardening Matters 56 What s On 59/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

Village Matters Ltd Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Front Cover: Artichoke. Winner of Derek Belsey trophy, Shepperton Fair 2018. By Amy Hannaford-Cooper. Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to monica@villagematters.co.uk

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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 25 th 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 Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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We Meet Spelthorne s Incoming Mayor By Monica Chard, Editor

This month sees a new Mayor for Spelthorne. Councillor Mary Madams will be inaugurated at the council offices in front of fellow councillors and VIP s. So we went to meet her for a chat and to find out what her mayoral year will hold. The position of Mayor is a non political role. The position gives the chance to encourage and promote communities, to champion big and small and to generally spread goodwill. The Mayor is the face of the borough of Spelthorne within the county of Surrey and the role involves a huge commitment of engagements. As well as a figurehead though, the role is significant in promoting good causes and championing charities. Each year the Mayor will select several charities which are dear to his/her heart and all the fund raising events of the mayoral year will raise money for those charities. Mary Madams has selected Midas Plus and Eikon as her two main charities, and will supporting many others across the borough in their fund raising efforts. Midas Plus has featured in this magazine many times. You may have seen the Staines upon Thames Day Duck Race (Village Matters has their own duck decorated by Shepperton Artists. Never won, but still going strong!). Midas Plus was set up by local people to support other locals in need. The money they raise supports community groups and individuals who have nowhere else to turn, from small things that matter, like a new carpet for a flood victim with no means, to more costly things like powered wheelchairs. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


Eikon s strapline is Inspiring Young People. Transforming Lives . It supports youngsters (including young carers) who are coping with difficult personal issues or prospects. It will help get those with reduced means to get into university, older children to get into work, and offers positive role models for those with none at home. Eikon tackles issues of self esteem, presentation and communication. With a background in recruitment, the area of supporting youngsters into the workplace or higher education to improve prospects is immensely close to Mary s heart. With employers such as Heathrow and Shepperton Studios within Spelthorne as well as many incoming organisations, the chance to offer apprenticeships is something to be nurtured. Mary Madams has been living in Laleham since she was 5 years old. She still lives in her childhood home and loves the area with a passion. The forthcoming mayoral year will be filled with engagements and Mary has adopted the theme Aspire and Inspire . She sees her role as a chance to make a difference, see things within the borough (and county) that she has never seen before and looks forward to meeting many more people. We wish our new Mayor and her consort Andrew Hopgood, the very best of luck.



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Quick Fire Response Saves Homes

April was a month marked by fire. The collapse of the roof and iconic spire of Notre Dame shocked us all. But closer to home we felt the devastation that fire causes; a fatality in a house in Stanwell and a horrendous fire on Hamhaugh island, Shepperton. Noted for it s beauty and peace, one of the attractions of the island is its relative isolation. But for fire crews it is a nightmare. The fire took hold at dawn on a Sunday morning. Neighbours quickly rallied to help until the fire crews arrived. It was a team effort from all sides, but everyone is unanimous in praising the firemen. Sadly two houses were lost to the fire, but without the quick and significant response, it is feared many more could have succumbed. The current plan by Surrey County Council to leave 7 major fire appliances un crewed at night seems like a joke. Under these plans, Spelthorne fire engines will sit idle without crews at night. Yet we are told that 75% of all fire deaths occur during night fires (source Home Office statistics). With cuts to this cover, people will have to wait for longer for potentially life saving response. You can make your voice heard by signing a petition on the Surrey County Council website. At the time of printing the total signatures was up to over 5000. Please add your voice. Either go to the website https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/list and look at Open Petitions. We found the petition on un crewed fire appliances at the very top of the page. Or this is the link: https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/Fire-Cuts/? fbclid=IwAR38il01xvmiNiEXzGf6T9kYeXkEt40WlXD91heHr1-bADijA60Vhtc9AbA Those living on Hamhaugh Island know how lucky they were. One islander told us if the plans to cut night time fire service had been in place on Sunday I think we could have lost more like 7 houses .

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A Unique High Street & Service with a Smile By Carl Phillips

SHEPPERTON is A Great Village to Live in generally speaking, we are in a good place here. We have to keep it that way. We have our pressures, with landfills, travellers and traffic but despite these things, Shepperton still wins .. great walks, cafes, pubs and restaurants .. .. and we are happy !!.... and friendly (it s official on both counts!) This friendly manner exists not only between ourselves but also in our unique traders in the High Street we have some rarities – to be treasured and more importantly supported. In addition to the shops that we have .. the butchers, bakers, chemists . we also have those that provide a friendly and above average service. Obviously, there are our fabulous Hairdressers and Nail Bars .and Ellie s Tanning Salon ..but also .. Where can you find an independent car accessory shop .where Tony and Barry (his Dad) will not only sell you - among a myriad of other things - wiper blades and bulbs for indicators and brake lights but also fit them for you (when possible).. .. there and then for free !! ? .. That s real service with a smile ! There is the glaziers workshop behind the garage where Mark and Adrian can do most things with a pane of glass John at J & K Electrics there is not much he cannot do Min and Tash at our invaluable ironmongers, Homecare Tom and Sharon in the Post Office Martin – our very own physiotherapist .. Wendy, Laura and Jo at the Florists John at the Carpet Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


shop .. and of course the ladies at our great greengrocers ..(also selling Shepperton s very own Brown Bag Crisps !!) There are many more great friendly High Street experiences I could quote more in the future these are just examples of what we have and when you want a different view .just pop down to the river - to Shepperton Lock where there is the lockkeeper s café on the lawn .and also, our very own Nauticalia boatyard shop can not only sell boaty things but also a cup of coffee while watching their very own Ferry service pop people across to Weybridge to go on a tow path walk .. . What an idyllic existence .. so much to enjoy and support !


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Ash Volunteer Day Unites Generations

There was an overwhelming response to the call out for volunteers from the community to help do some maintenance on the river Ash behind Shepperton studios. Neighbours, councillors, Studios staff and families all spent the day cutting, clearing and planting to encourage wildlife and improve the site. The oldest volunteer, aged 94, was Roy Gyngell who sported a badge saying Still Useful and who worked from his wheelchair alongside his son Martin and his grandson Jamie (15) (top photo). George Woods was there supporting daughter Poppy who was doing a volunteering module for girl guides. Other youngsters were completing the volunteering module of the Duke of Edinburgh awards. Whatever the reason, there was cheer in the air, lots of hard work and some pretty dirty hands and clothes! The positive atmosphere was enhanced when the pizza oven got going and everyone was fed and warmed up. Well done everyone. It was great to see such a fabulous community spirit.

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Messing About on the Water By Monica Chard, Editor

We are blessed in Shepperton 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

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

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 17

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Introduction to Real Tennis Source; various online With the tennis season approaching let s take a look at Hampton Court s precursor to today Lawn Tennis. Real Tennis, aka The Sport of Kings , was the original racquet sport and precursor to the modern game. Its popularity grew quickly among the French nobility. The French King, Francis I (151547), was an enthusiastic player and advocate, building many courts and bringing the sport to a broader populace. The first tennis court at Hampton Court was built for Cardinal Wolsey, between 1526 and 1529. As a young man, Henry VIII was a keen and talented tennis player, who spent hours on court. His second wife Anne Boleyn was gambling on a game of tennis when she was arrested to be taken to the Tower of London. She even complained that she couldn't collect her winnings! In 1519, the Venetian Ambassador wrote: 'it was the prettiest thing in the world to see him play; his fair skin glowing through a shirt of the finest texture'. There has been a tennis court on the current Hampton Court site since 1625. It was built for Charles I. Three of the walls of the court in use today are 17th-century, with the other being Cardinal Wolsey's original. One of the first English guides to tennis in 1553 claimed that 'this game has been created for a good purpose, namely, to keep our bodies healthy, to make our young men stronger and more robust, chasing idleness, virtue's mortal enemy, far from them and thus making them of a stronger and more excellent nature'. The game of real tennis is played in a court divided between the service end and the hazard end. 'Hazards' include the grille window and the winning gallery. Players at the hazard end lost the point if the hazards are hit. For a long time the word referred only to what we would now call real tennis (real here Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

meaning royal rather than not fake. Tennis comes from the French tenez, meaning hold! , receive! or take! - a call from the server to tell the opponent that they re about to serve. Lawn tennis wasn t invented until 1873, by a retired Welsh army major, Walter C. Wingfield, who wanted something new to entertain guests at his garden parties. Real Tennis is now much safer. Since the 1500s the balls have been made with leather and filled with soft stuffing, which included animal and human hair. Before this, balls were more like ammunition, filled with clay, sand and powdered egg shells and could take out an opponent with a single hit! Henry VIII would recognise a game of real tennis if he saw it today: it has changed little since he enjoyed it. The equipment is still hand-made on the tennis court site, as it has been for nearly 500 years. During the 17th century various improvements were made to the court. One of the first acts of Charles II after his restoration in 1660 was to order the extensive refitting of the Tudor tennis court. This included the laying of a new tile floor, the remodelling of the galleries and repairs to the roof. At the same time, new nets, curtains and velvet cushions for the spectators' seats were provided. The interlaced initials above the net on the wall opposite the corridors are, however, not those of Charles but of William III and Mary II (1689–1702). Since the end of the 17th century the court has undergone little alteration. However, progress is not incompatible with history: in 1975 sodium halide lighting was installed Although the game looks like a strange mixture of tennis and squash, the techniques, strategies and rules are both more difficult and more complex than those of the modern derivatives 18


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Shepperton 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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Scarecrows, Cakes, Flowers, Plants and Produce at Shepperton Horticultural Show On the back of its successful launch and the support of some local children s groups last year, the Shepperton Horticultural Association s Summer Show (Saturday 15 June in the Village Hall) will again include a scarecrow competition. As long as it doesn t exceed 2m tall, 1.5m wide, is original work (no commercial masks) and is in good taste you can have all sorts of creative fun and let your imagination run free. We also love it if you give your scarecrow a name It is open to local groups & individuals and comes with a first prize of 1st prize of £10 (2nd prize £7, 3rd prize £5). All conditions of entry can be found on their website www.sheppertonha.co.uk. We will also be repeating another new class introduced last year – a new baking class for those 18 years and under. For the Summer Show we are inviting young people to enter a chocolate cake (filled, not iced, 18-20cm round). There are, of course, the usual horticultural classes to also enter at the same show. In fact, this year there are 72 classes – ranging from roses, sweet peas, garden flowers and pot plants, vegetables, fruit, floral art, preserving and baking. The Summer Show also encourages junior entries and this year the under 5s could decorate a paper plate, the under 7s can enter a plant from seed, and the under 10s could draw a flower or make a birthday card...again all details and the entry forms can be found on our website. But whether you take part or not it is free entry to come and view the exhibits in the Hall from 1.30pm on the Saturday afternoon.

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Spelthorne in Bloom Poster Competition Winner Unveiled Families gathered with their children alongside councillors and dignitaries for the launch of Spelthorne in Bloom and the chance to see the winning poster for the 30th event unveiled. It was a very well attended event, with many in the audience having been involved in making Spelthorne in Bloom happen over those 30 years. As well as the awards for the poster, there was a special award given to Manor Mead School from the High Sheriff of Surrey as an outstanding establishment. The evening was run by Nick Wood Dow with the usual aplomb and thanks as 2019 poster winner Millie Simone Styles (7) with Mayor always for making Spelthorne bloom go Jean Pinkerton on the left, High Sheriff of Surrey, Jim to the Streetscene team. So it is time to Glover and Inspector Maxine Cilia sponsor a hanging basket or two. Get your application in by May 10th . You can download the form from www.spelthorne.gov.uk website. Last year the petunias were spectacular and the streetscene team whose job it was to water them did a superb job. For details search the page at www.spelthorne.gov.uk for hanging baskets.

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Grease Spectacular at Thamesmead Well done to the staff and pupils of Thamesmead for their recent Grease extravaganza. It was quite an evening. The music was great, the costumes and stage sets superb and when a Greased Lightening car rolled onto the stage, there were gasps! The car had been donated by another group who had just finished a Grease performance and what a bonus it was. (Can you spot Mayor Jean Pinkerton at the wheel?) It is no mean feat to put on such a musical. For one thing, the rights to public performance do not come cheap. The event was sold out over 3 nights and will break even. There was a collection at the end of the evening to raise much needed money for lighting equipment for future productions. This was a fantastic team effort, between staff, pupils, family and Friends of Thamesmead. Well done to all. Lily Tait and Tate Foxhall took the lead roles of Sandy and Danny with aplomb and the performances and musicality were really well done. The performing arts department do the school proud every time we attend events and are a credit to Thamesmead.

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Born Free Author, Joy Adamson Botanical Art Exhibition in Sunbury

The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, is hosting an exhibition of botanical paintings by Joy Adamson (1910-1980), featuring her original vibrant watercolours of East African wild flowers and plants, her first international success.

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(1930-34). Most of her botanical works were painted during a period of 10 years from 1937, in all more than 700. In that year she met her second husband Peter Bally, a Swiss botanist at the Coryndon Museum, Nairobi, who encouraged her to paint some of the specimens he collected. Her work in the opinion of the experts at Kew was accurate as his. Joy also travelled widely painting wild flower specimens in every climate and altitude in Kenya and Uganda. She was able to understand the power of the tropical light and apply it in the deepness of the colours. This exclusive collection of Botanical Art, rarely seen in public. Sunbury Embroidery Gallery April 9th-May 26th. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. (Mondays closed). Admission free but donations welcome


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Specialist Marketing Curchods are synonymous for selling high quality and individual properties; as a result we have developed a successful marketing package tailored specifically for riverside homes, which includes: • Experienced and motivated staff with an intimate knowledge of their local riverside market. • We accompany 100% of viewings saving you valuable time waiting in for potential buyers. • Online advertising in the major property portals: Rightmove.co.uk, CountryLife.co.uk, Onthemarket.com and Curchods.com. • Feature advertisement in our specialist Curchods Riverside Magazine. • A complimentary glossy brochure to showcase your riverside home.

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omes on the river belong to a unique sector of the market and therefore require specialist marketing and advertising in order to ensure they stand out and attract buyers specifically looking for properties on the water. This is why we are launching Curchods Riverside.

Curchods Riverside offers a unique proposition for those looking to buy or sell properties beside the water, as we are the only privately owned company with a network of 21 sales and lettings offices in the towns and villages that stretch along the banks of the River Thames, River Wey and River Mole, as well as the Wey Navigation and Basingstoke canals.

What are the benefits of Curchods extensive network of offices when it comes to selling my riverside property?

• Professional photography including aerial pictures, video tours, floorplans and EPC.

he boroughs of Spelthorne, Elmbridge, Richmond, Runnymede and Guildford are some of the most densely populated counties in the UK; for those looking to buy or sell properties beside the water, having a locally based property expert just down the road, who knows the local market and is on hand to provide guidance, advice and expertise at a moment’s notice, is invaluable when it comes to selling. It also allows us to accompany 100% of viewings, meaning we attend your home with every buyer, saving you time and allowing us to really ‘sell’ your property to its full potential.

• Specialist for sale board with prominent RIVERSIDE livery.


Curchods continue to sell properties in all price ranges. A significant proportion are in riverside locations, ranging from plots of land to luxury apartments and some of the county’s finest homes on the water.

• Eye catching location in our branch windows reserved for Riverside properties to showcase your home throughout our network. • No sale, no fee - you only pay us when we have successfully sold or let your property. • Specialist Advice covering mortgage, conveyancing and surveys tailored for the riverside market. • Free Land Development advice to help identify redevelopment potential for your land or property. • Discreet Marketing Service - allows you to sell without a For Sale Board or public advertising.

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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

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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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World Rocks Against Dementia Jubilee Hall was packed for the 5th annual WRAD. The sell out event was put on by Spelthorne Dementia Support and funds raised will go towards MP3 players for those living with dementia. The acts all gave their time and performances for free and were of an extraordinary quality and energy. The Rock Choir started the evening off and had everyone clapping and singing along. The evening continued with a mix of musical styles, including 16th century lute songs, the Everly Brothers tribute band, a harpist, a superb country singer, an Elvis impersonator Purple Angel Jean Saunders spreading cheer and a classical guitarist. The energy and care shown by the Purple Angels who spearhead Spelthorne Dementia Support is humbling. The audience was made up of those diagnosed with Dementia, those caring for them and their families. The mix of musical styles evoked memories of old favourites and had many up dancing. There was a lot of happiness in the room. For more information on support visit www.spelthorne-dementia-support.org.uk

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Dementia Action Week 20th - 26th MAy

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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.

How Well Do You Know Your Medical Centre? Peter Hughes, Chair of the PPG The Shepperton Medical Centre has a Patient Participation Group, which all practices are required to set up. The group wants to spread the word about what they do and also what is available within the practice, which you may not know. It includes the Practice Manager, Caroline Self, with one of her staff, Janine Dial, as secretary; there are about 15 other members, all volunteer residents, of whom one is Councillor Robin Sider. Each year the wording of a questionnaire is agreed by the group, to seek the reactions of patients to their experiences of visiting the practice, which Janine then scrupulously analyses and summarises. The group meets quarterly, to discuss issues brought to the attention of members and of course their own experiences: as examples, difficulty in parking, problems in securing an appointment, in confirming arrival, and whether certain services are provided by the practice. Both blood tests and ear syringing are now available. Care in Shepperton is represented on the group by its Chair, Cliff Shears. They are to provide a water cooler in the waiting area. As an offshoot of the group, another member, Rosaleen Common, is establishing a Friends body to help raise funds for similar amenities and would dearly love to recruit enthusiasts. Until recently comparatively few people had heard of the PPG, which has indeed never sought a high profile, but now a notice board is installed which sets out briefly the aims and purpose of the group, list the names of members, and provide an e-mail address for submissions and suggestions (my own, peter.j.hughes@protonmail.ch). This will, it is hoped, allow patients an opportunity to voice their reactions and describe their experiences, though the group will not take up individual cases: the aim is to seek points affecting the many, and examine possible improvements to everyone's contacts with the practice. In June the practice is establishing a completely different approach to securing appointments with doctors, and the PPG will be able to register the reactions of patients and make these known. Recently we have spoken of the unavailability of certain medicines as a result of panic stock-piling in advance of Brexit, and the need to make internal doors accessible in both directions for those with frames or wheelchairs, though such changes depend on NHS Estates. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


There is also a sub group to raise money for equipment or items to make the waiting room more comfortable. One suggestion is a Health Booth that takes height, weight and blood pressure readings. Do you think this would be a good idea? Do you have any other ideas for what you would like? This sub group urgently need volunteers to make it work and help the community. Could you help? One hour a month is all we are looking for from you for this valuable opportunity to contribute to our already fantastic surgery. If you have ideas of what you would like and/or if you would like to join the volunteers, please contact: Rosaleen Common 01932 561669 or 07867 602060 Next month we bring you updates from the practice itself on some changes.


Support Phil Lambe Shepperton based Phil Lambe of Brown Bag Crisps fame is running London Marathon again this month to raise funds for Shooting Star Children s Hospices. As many of you know, this is a hugely important charity to us, as they are supporting our goddaughter as she undergoes chemotherapy. The charity does the most amazing work to support babies, children and their families who are dealing with the kind of diagnosis no little person should ever have (there is more info about them here: https:// www.shootingstar.org.uk/) Last year, with amazing sponsorship from friends and family, we raised more than ÂŁ3,000 and are aiming to raise ÂŁ2,000 this year. Any help you could give would be absolutely brilliant - Phil s just giving page details are below. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ philip-lambe1

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Shepperton Boys Swap Pub for Saddle On 25th July four 50+ year old Sheppertonian regulars of the Kings Head pub (with a younger one and some people from over the bridge ) will be cycling 210 miles from TBS Boats (opposite Thorpe Park) to Disneyland Paris over 3 days in an attempt to raise over £10,000 in aid of the Dreamflight charity. Originally the brainchild of Chris Manners from TBS Boats at Penton Hook Marina and Nick Moore, a born and bred Sheppertonian who now lives in Ascot, the fundraising idea has developed significantly and now includes 9 other riders from the marine and construction industries from all over Southern England and Mallorca. This collection of volunteers , as Chris and Nick like to call them, are self-declared to be (mostly) overweight, unfit, pub going regulars who s cycling experience extends as far as riding to the pub on sunny days. Never the less they have all been touched by the opportunity to help the Dreamflight charity take 192 children with disabilities to Disneyland, Orlando for 10 magical days of fun and excitement without their parents and have set up a fund-raising group called Riding4Dreams. Taking these Very Important Children (VIC s) on this adventure costs Dreamflight £1,000,000 each year, and requires the volunteer support of a small army of Consultant Specialists, Doctors, Nurses and the 110 escorts to get the 192 children and 5 tons of medical supplies and equipment to and from Disneyland, Orlando. Without fundraisers like the Riding4Dreams team these VIC s would otherwise never be able to experience this holiday of a lifetime. So, with such a great cause the Riding4Dreams team have an ambition to double their £10,000 target and are therefore doing some additional fundraising events starting with a relay ride of the 210 miles from Staines to Paris at the Thames Valley & London Boat Show on the 12th, 13th and 14th April. The cyclists will also be at the show telling visitors about their quest. To find out more about the Riding4Dreams team and support their goals go to www.riding4dreams.co.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where they will also be posting details of their weekly training rides. You can even use these Social Media platforms to join their training as they have said they welcome others joining them in getting fitter. Donations can be made via the Riding4Dreams website or directly at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TBSBOATS-SGPAMRADMAT-BATES. For more information about their chosen charity go to www.dreamflight.co.uk

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Eco Park Shop Opens

This may look like a bike rack outside a school or station, but in fact it is at the Charlton Lane Eco Park where a Revive shop has just opened to sell quality items which have been brought to be disposed of. They are selling furniture, bikes, crockery, tools, garden furniture, sports equipment, TV s and lights. Many of us have sheds full of things we don t want, but which are too good to just throw away. Knowing items will be sold on and have a new lease of life might just persuade us all to let go of some of our junk! Proceeds will go back to Surrey council and ultimately to our county to supplement dwindling budgets. So, with two bank holidays in May, get clearing out and dispose of good quality items with a good conscience!


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The Brooklands Vintage Festival - Saturday 18th May 2019. 10am – 9pm Dress up in vintage style, step back in time and immerse yourself in nostalgia well into the evening at Brooklands Museum s annual homage to the 1940s, 50s and 60s on Saturday 18th May. Live period music in the dance marquee, aircraft and vehicle displays and a well-stocked trade village will mean an unmissable day as the 32 acre site brings together the fashion, music, dancing and vehicles from these great post-war decades of style. In the dance marquee will be a rolling programme of live music, DJs and FREE dance classes while outside, under the Race Bays will be traders selling everything from clothing and records to homewares, books and magazines. Any ladies wishing to refine their look should head to the Press Hut as a vintage-style hair and make-up parlour will be set up courtesy of Hair That Turns Heads – a troupe of stylists who specialise in recreating the looks and styles from the period. Due to the high demand on the day, they are already taking appointments in advance. Book with the team directly on: 07733 383 735 or e-mail: lucy@hairthatturnsheads.co.uk. Displays of vehicles will include saloons, tourers, vans, motorcycles, hot rods and military which will fill the Paddock, Motoring Village and surrounding areas along with re-enactor groups portraying everything from the Home Guard, RAF and Land Army Girls to civilian and family life adding to the time travelling effect. In the skies, the organisers are planning fly-ins of period aircraft(subject to weather). These will land on the airstrip opposite the Museum entrance at Mercedes-Benz World and visitors will be able to see them up close and meet the pilots. www.brooklandsmuseum.com



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Walton Beer Festival June 28th/29th

Now in it s 5th year the popular Waltonon-Thames Beer, Wine & live Music Festival is an annual summer event hosted at the picturesque Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club. A hidden gem of Walton located close to the town centre just behind Homebase. Organised by a team of local volunteers the festival brings together the best local musical talent, appetising food vendors, real ale breweries and businesses interested in supporting the local community resulting in a fantastic night out. With an exciting live music line up, this year we will see the return of the hugely popular Brickwork (Friday) and Jafuso Blue (Saturday) and two new bands, Peaches & Prairie Dogs (Friday) and Covers Collection (Saturday). The festival is a not for profit community event which raises essential funds for local charities and the cricket club. This year s selected charities are Elmbridge Community Link (ECL) and Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC). ECL enrich the lives of people with learning disabilities. They deliver activities at centres in Walton -on-Thames, Weybridge, Esher and West Molesey, helping people to live happier, healthier and fuller lives. MiHC delivers the joy of live music to a wide range of people who, due to health conditions or disability, are unable to access or experience live music. Walton Cricket Club deliver a range of fun inclusive activities and events to people with disabilities and our local state schools via its community outreach programme. To discover more about the brilliant work bringing joy to local people s lives visit the websites www.eclwalton.org.uk www.mihc.org.uk and www.waltononthamescc.co.uk So, what s not to like? You ll have a great fun summer vibe night out with friends enjoying live Music, Real ales, Gin, Prosecco, Fine wines and a selection of freshly cooked dishes from popular well-known local food vendors in a lovely setting. Check out the online reviews to understand why some folk say it s the best event in town! 2019 festival dates are Friday 28th & Saturday 29th June. Go to www.waltonbeerfestival.org for more information on bands, food, drink, facilities, photo gallery and to buy tickets. Entrance tickets are Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


ÂŁ12.50 which includes a free festival beer or gin glass. TIP: With capacity limited to 500 per night, tickets are expected to sell out weeks before the event so book early to avoid disappointment. Maybe invite your friends for a special occasion. Interested in volunteering for this event? Please go to http://www.waltonbeerfestival.org/volunteer/ Interested in sponsoring this event? Please go to http://www.waltonbeerfestival.org/sponsors/ Competition to win a free Twickenham Ales Brewery Tour for four people To mark the festivals 5th anniversary local brewer Twickenham Fine Ales www.twickenham-fineales.co.uk have kindly donated a free Brewery Tour to the winners of this competition. Simply answer the following two questions and tie-breaker and email your answers to grahamvmann@aol.com adding WaltBeerFest2019 Comp in subject field. Close of entries is 15th June and the winner will be drawn and announced on facebook WaltonOnThamesBeerWineMusicFestival and twitter @wot_beer_fest on 16th June. Question 1. Name one sponsor involved in the Walton Festival? Question 2. Name one of the June Twickenham Fine Ales monthly special beers? Tiebreaker. How many pints of beer were poured at WaltonBeerFest2018?


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Great-Grandma Tam, 89, Tackles Abseil Challenge A daredevil great-grandma is gearing up to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth – to raise funds for Princess Alice Hospice alongside her daughter and granddaughter. Tam Thompson, who has three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, is the oldest person ever to do the abseil on behalf of the Princess Alice Hospice. She turned 90 just after the event on 20 April. Tam, whose daily routine includes tai chi, pilates, aerobics and walking her Alsatian dog near her home in Tunbridge Wells, decided to hit the heights after the death of her husband of 66 years, Michael, in January. Her daughter, Maxine Thompson of Shepperton, said her mum was not always so adventurous but has developed a taste for numerous activities and adventures in later life. Mum and Dad met when they were 13, said Maxine, and up until her 60s she was quite a typical Mum, looking after the family and content to stay at home, said Maxine. Then, she suddenly took off on an Outward Bound expedition to the Lake District and hasn t looked back since! The two women undertook the abseil at the iconic tower in Portsmouth, accompanied by Maxine s niece Megan Stapely, 31, who has previously done bungee jumps for charity. Maxine had originally planned to do an abseil for the Hospice after her husband, Mark, died in 2014. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and was cared for by the Hospice. The couple married just before he died. Maxine has taken on various other fundraising activities since, including a 5k run, a music gig and various cake sales. The trio have a Just Giving page on which they dub themselves The Generation Girls – and are aiming for a target of £750 between them. Maxine said: We are excited and nervous to do this abseil challenge but are keen to do something memorable to raise money for the hospice, to make a difference and take home some incredible memories! To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Brave Holly Raising Money for Brain Cancer

Holly Vidler who lives in Laleham and works at BP is coming to terms with her recent diagnosis of brain cancer with determination and humour. I was diagnosed with a high-grade Glioma. It stated with an excruciating headache which landed me in St Peter's. A week later I was taken in to St George s for a biopsy. I was in hospital for a week and then radio therapy started a week later. It's been a whirlwind to say the least!! While all of this was happening I've been surrounded by the must amazing friends and family all concentrating on maintaining positivity. Holly got involved with the Brain Tumour Trust through a chance encounter. She and a friend were in Hobby Craft when a tanoy announcement said it was Brain Cancer Awareness Week. It was a no brainer said Holly with a smile. I love baking so we set out to make cakes and cookies in the shape of brains and took our wares to my office at BP Sunbury and raised over ÂŁ300 which is being matched by BP. Holly also got a Facebook page where people can sponsor online. That has already raised ÂŁ370 so with a sense of humour, determination and positivity, Holly is turning her challenge into something positive. Good luck Holly. If you feel moved to support such a great cause, we suggest you get in touch directly with Brain Tumour Research: Tel: 01908 867200. Email: info@braintumourresearch.org www.braintumourresearch.org

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New Youth Theatre for Shepperton

We wrote recently in Shepperton Matters about the challenges of loneliness and how it is affecting the young. Here in Shepperton a new activity group has been set up which will give youngsters confidence, laughter and camaraderie. The Dawson Youth Theatre is a new youth theatre group set up by locals Alison Hogan and Adam Drewe. with the objective of giving local children the chance to be involved in something that is active and fun, whilst allowing them the experience of performing in a real theatre producing a show, all at an affordable price. The group meets on a Tuesday evening for rehearsals from 5.30 to 7pm at Dawson Hall in Shepperton (the home of First Shepperton Girlguiding). Their motto is A place to grow, A place to create, A place to thrive which they endeavour to deliver to the 27 young members from years 5 to 11 (ages 9 to 16 years). Cast members get to vote on which show they would like to perform. The latest choice is The Sound of Music . The Dawson Youth Theatre are still seeking a young man who is a good actor and singer to play the role of Rolf so if you know of anyone who may fit the bill then please get in touch at dyt@post.com All of the profits from performances and subs go back to a local charity or good cause on a show by show basis. These causes are also selected and voted upon by the cast so everyone has a buy in and feels involved. DYT are grateful to Bazely and co for their help in paying towards the cost of the licence required to produce The Sound of Music .


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Railway publisher David Allan joins Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway as Honorary President

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway (HKWR) recently appointed David Allan, to further support the railway with its restoration plans to re-create a historic narrow-gauge railway adjacent to Kempton Steam Museum. Constructed, managed and operated entirely by voluntary effort, the original industrial railway played a major part in the early 20th century in supplying clean drinking water to London. Speaking about the new position and opportunities ahead, David said I am privileged to support this important South West London heritage railway restoration project, that will provide an educational and historical insight into the railway s role within the local community. David Allan has considerable experience in working with heritage railways such as the Great Cockrow and Dart Valley Railways and, which through his Chairmanship of the Ian Allan Group and its publications, is very active and influential in the heritage railway world. Michael Hamilton, Chairman of HKWR further commented We are delighted to welcome David who also brings with him a wealth of commercial knowledge and experience. I am confident that he will provide the necessary guidance and help to further develop our heritage railway that will eventually benefit all local communities. HKWR has now embarked on a ÂŁ1.8 million fundraising programme to extend the railway to Hampton and enhance the heritage railway s potential as a major attraction in the region.

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Gardening Matters Scaling the Walls 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.

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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.

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.

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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May 2019 Shepperton Matters  

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