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Keeping a Community Together

July 2017



Putting Local Business First

Issue 10

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Well the sun did come out for Carnival Day! Congratulations to all involved, in both the set up and of course to the community as a whole for joining in. I mentioned in last months issue that I might try the Zorb racing! I have to admit that as a man prone to injury I decided to watch instead. Looked great fun though. A list of the float winners is listed on Page 16. In this months issue we look at the history of Molesey FC before the new season begins next month. I also have a message to challenge all of us to go local and use our local shops. We also on the 300th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, ask was she poisoned? We

July 2017 learn about the anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music on the Thames. Della continues her Urban Wildlife Blog and the Molesey Residents Association update us on developments regarding our green spaces and the Molesey Hospital. Dominic Raab also talks to us for the first time since his re-election. See you in August.

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Molesey Then and Now

We are delighted to announce that a new book “Molesey Then and Now” will shortly be available. It is a fascinating publication which compares historical images with photographs of the same views today, creating a unique record of the changing face of Molesey. Here is a taster.

WALTON ROAD BY SCHOOL ROAD (early 1900s) The name ‘Walton Road’ seems to have first

been used in the middle of the nineteenth century but the road was not officially so designated until 1868. Previously it had been called Molesey Road, although in official records it was often just referred to as the Main Road, and the portion of this road running from Bridge Road to Avern Road was called Candle Lane. A short stretch of Candle Lane between the present St Mary’s Road and Holly Lodge (20 Walton Road), which at that time included the village shops, was known as The Street.

The shops on the right hand side of the photographs were built about 1880 but the buildings on the other side of the road were not built until about the 1890s. For more information about the Society, or to purchase a copy of the limited edition hardback book, price £15: go to:, Or Tel: 020 8979 6744 By the Molesey Local History Society

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The History of Molesey FC Source: Molesey FC Ex-Corinthian, and prominent local G.P, Dr. James Jenkinson Knox started the ‘Hampton Court and East Molesey Association Football Club’ in the Autumn of 1892 (the year the song ‘Daisy Daisy’ came out). The first match was played on Saturday 24th September, when we played hosts to Barnes F.C, winning 14 – 5! The club changed its name to ‘The Molesey Football Club’ in 1896, when, in an interview the good doctor was quoted as saying, “… I looked about me and started the Molesey F.C., and was appointed its first captain. The club is gradually growing and I have great ideas as to its future.” However, after the untimely death on Xmas Day of the 32-year-old doctor, following an illness, interest in the club waned and the MOUSE club went through the metamorphosis of Molesey Athletic to Molesey St. Mary’s, before Molesey St. Paul’s emerged to become the leading club in Molesey in 1905. Their Kingston & District League home matches were played at the Royal Oak Ground owned by one Mr. J. Bourchier. Molesey lost the first ever Teck Cup Final, 0 – 6 to runaway league leaders, Teddington, in 1909/10 (the only football trophy to be donated by royalty, still going strong today!). In 1911/12, Molesey St. Pauls amalgamated with a lower-leagued team, Molesey, to form Molesey & St. Pauls United. 1912/13 saw the reserve side win the Surrey Minor Cup (a trophy donated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), 2 – 1, Vs Tongham, at Woking F.C., and just before WWI, the Surrey Junior Charity Cup was won, 2 – 1, away vs Chertsey! Discarding the ‘St. Paul’s United’


part, Molesey entered the Surrey Junior League for one season in 1920/21, and won group section 3. This put them into the semi-finals where they hosted and beat Thornville Source Chardof 1939, (Croydon), 4 – Various/Paul 0. In the summer Molesey merged with Molesey Athletic (a successful Kingston & District Junior side) to form Molesey United. With the help of an F.A loan, the present site at 412 Walton Road was purchased for the start of the 1953/54 season. That season would see the Moles play for the first time in black and white (due to the influence of Fulham F.C connections). Sir Stanley Rous opened the new clubhouse and bar in 1960, where the architect won an award for the ‘butterfly roof’ design – unfortunately as Gary Mayne points out, “It didn't keep the rain out!” Playing in the Athenian League Division Two for four seasons between 1973-77, one Mr. Cyrille Regis (one of England’s first black international players) played for the Moles during 75/76. The management team of Steve Webb, Peter Lelliott and Alan Maynard enter their 11th consecutive term in charge – winning The Combined Counties in 2014/15.The club gained promotion to their current standing in the Isthmian League South. Peter took over from Steve, who stood down after an impressive 12 years at the club, for the start of the 2016/17. Who knows what’s in for the Molesey in the upcoming year when they kick off the season in the Isthmian League South early August, please come down and support your local non-league football club. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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Our Local Shops Use them or Lose them! In the first six months of 2016 more than 2,500 high street shops closed and some recent analysis suggests that nearly one in four non-food purchases in the UK are done online, from a standing start of none 20 years ago. A year ago this month, (25th July) Lloyds bank pulled out of Molesey when its branch in Walton Road closed. The decision was blamed on a lack of footfall with the ridiculously low figure of "28 personal and business customers" said to be visiting the branch each week, now that that the majority of transactions are now carried out over the internet and smartphones. The closure must make us think about our own shopping habits in this digital age. Within a decade ecommerce will account for around 40 per cent of all UK retail sales. according to a survey done by parcel delivery company Parcelhero. Lloyds bank closed because people are moving to online banking. It is that simple. We live in a busy society where gratification of all sorts is at the click of a mouse; shopping, banking, chatting, booking a holiday, ordering currency for it. We could orchestrate our lives from a sofa if we chose. But what an impact this has. Do we take our high street for granted? Maybe that little order for £3.50 on Amazon won’t make any difference to the home store on the High Street. But on the other hand, if all of us think that way, that is a whole lot of little orders which are not going to go into the tills of our local


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shop. The same is true of so many of the services on the high street. Without all of us making a choice to buy from the small independents our friendly shop keepers will be squeezed out. We hear of business rates and rents

increasing. Brexit has had an effect on exchange rates so goods are costing more. However, some positive news. We hear that Woolworths could be set for a shock return to UK high streets almost a decade after it collapsed. The retailer, famed for pick n’ mix and school clothes was a fixture of UK town centres for almost 100 years before calling in the administrators in 2008. Now, former director of the brand, Tony Page is reportedly planning to revive the Woolworths name. “I would want it to be much more a part of the community. The stores that really used to do well were those that were at the heart of the community. It is much easier to walk down the road than order on Amazon,” he was quoted as saying. It is now that we need to act and to keep shopping local. Let’s all make an effort. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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Did Jane Austen Die from Poisoning? By Tracey Anderson Source: Various July 18th marks the 200th anniversary of Austen's death. The death of Jane Austen has long been debated and mused over. She died in 1817, at the relatively young age of 41, to an unknown disease. Many proposed that she died of cancer or tuberculosis. Others have

thought that she suffered from Addison's disease (which tormented JFK as well). But now, research conducted this year by the British Library suggests that the famed author died of arsenic poisoning. Austen has many documented complaints about her eyesight near her death. Poor eyesight is one of the side effects of prolonged exposure to arsenic. When the author died, her sister Cassandra inherited her portable writing desk. The family kept the desk until 1999, when they placed it in the care of The British Library. According to the library, her spectacles - one wire-rimmed and two tortoiseshell - were tested, revealing that they are all convex and would have been used by someone who needed them for close-up tasks such as

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reading and writing. Austen is known to have complained in letters about her "weak" eyes. When the test results were shown to a London based optometrist, Simon Barnard, he suggested that Austen gradually needed stronger glasses because of a "serious underlying health problem". Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and less flexible. The condition could have been brought on by diabetes, although few lived even to 41 with that disease at the time. But it's not known whether Austen actually had cataracts - she may have used the three sets of spectacles for different activities. A more likely cause would have been accidental poisoning from a heavy metal such as arsenic, Barnard said. Arsenic poisoning is now known to cause cataracts. Despite its toxicity, arsenic was commonly found in medicines in 19th-century England, as well as in some water supplies," The poisonous effects of arsenic, a crystalline metalloid found in the Earth's crust, are linked to an array of health problems, including cancers of the skin, lung, bladder, kidney and liver.

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Handel’s Water Music First performed on the Thames 300 years ago

Source: Various The Hampton Court Music Festival has just finished. You may have attended one of the concerts - anything from Bryan Ferry to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performed in the courtyard of Hampton Court Palace. You may have enjoyed a picnic by the water during the interval in this lovely setting. But did you know that this year sees the 300th anniversary since the first royal performance of Handel’s Water Music? The work is made up of three orchestral suites, and was written 300 years ago for an outdoor performance for King George I on the river Thames. The suites are pretty easy on the ear and jauntily life-affirming. Exactly the sort of music you would like to waft you down the River Thames if you were a king with the weight of government on your shoulders In fact, the king enjoyed the music so much, he asked the musicians to play the suites three times over the course of the trip down the river. The first performance of the Water Music suites is recorded in The Daily Courant, the first British daily newspaper. At about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 17 July 1717, King George I and several aristocrats boarded a royal barge at Whitehall Palace, for an excursion up the Thames toward Chelsea. The rising tide propelled the barge upstream without rowing. Another barge, provided by the City of London, contained about 50 musicians who performed Handel's music. Many other Londoners also Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


took to the river to hear the concert. According to The Courant, "the whole River in a manner was covered with boats and barges�. On arriving at Chelsea, the king left his barge, then returned to it at about 11 p.m. for the return trip. The king was so pleased with the Water Music that he ordered it to be repeated at least three times, both on the trip upstream to Chelsea and on the return, until he landed again at Whitehall. King George's companions in the royal barge included Anne Vaughan, the Duchess of Bolton; the Duchess of Newcastle the Duke of Kingston; the Countess of Darlington; the Countess of Godolphin; Madam Kilmarnock; and the Earl of Orkney. Handel's orchestra is believed to have performed from about 8 p.m. until well after midnight, with only one break while the

king went ashore at Chelsea. It was rumoured that the Water Music was composed to help King George steal some of the London spotlight back from the prince who, at the time, worried that his time to rule would be shortened by his father's long life, and was throwing lavish parties and dinners to compensate for it. The Water Music's first performance on the Thames was the King's way of reminding London that he was still there and showing he could carry out gestures even grander than his son's.

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Molesey Carnival 2017 The sun was out for a perfect day! I really enjoyed this years carnival. The weather of course contributed to a perfect day. Great to see so many people making the effort and dressing up. The floats were amazing. So much hard work. Here are the winners: 1st Molesey Rainbows & Brownies (theme: Bake Off / 40th Anniversary of Carnival) awarded the Mr Mole Cup (so named after our mascot) Molesey Football Club (theme: Wizard of Oz) awarded the Parkhurst Hire Cup (trophy named after one of our generous Molesey business supporters)

All other entries we recognise as Highly Commended for their participation The Geoff Alexander Award Presented in memory of one of Molesey Carnival’s inspirations and long-serving members, Geoff Alexander. This annual award is in recognition of ‘Spirit of the Carnival’, and honours an individual judged by the committee to display the enthusiasm and commitment which were Geoff’s hallmarks. This year we decided to award this trophy to a group.

Chandlers Field School (theme: Pirates and Princesses) awarded the Peggy Cutler Cup (cup named after one of the original founders of the revived Molesey Carnival in 1977) Molesey Guides (theme: Chinese Dragon) awarded the Molesey Residents Association Orchard School (theme: International Flags) awarded the Armadillo Storage Cup (trophy named after one of our generous Molesey business supporters). The school had an outstanding turn out with at least 60 children – amazing effort!)


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Fancy Joining a ‘Yogathon’?

We are delighted to welcome Gethin Jones, broadcaster and TV presenter to open our ‘Yogathon for You’ charity event. Come along and join in a marathon of yoga on SUNDAY 23 JULY. Celebrate a day of yoga for your own health and wellbeing. Giving you an opportunity to learn something new or simply just enjoy a day of yogaflow. Our first ‘Yogathon for You’ 2017 for Molesey, will be presented by Gethin Jones and hosted by Moorwellbeing to raise funds for Bloodwise UK, leading blood cancer research charity. Where Is it? There will be a designated area specially set up for yoga practice situated in the open air on the flat lush green, grassy landscape of Hurst Meadows, along the river near Hampton Court. Hurst Meadows, Hurst Road, East Molesey, KT8 1TQ.

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Who can Come Along? Suitable for all abilities and for anyone, who is simply interested in yoga but hasn’t tried it before. If you are a keen yogi you can enter the Yogathon, with your own sponsors to do a 50 sun salutation challenge, amounting to 25 complete rounds. What to Bring You will need to bring your own yoga mat, a light snack and warm clothes or blanket for the final relaxation. Water will be provided. Tickets for attendance Option 1 – All day event £45 (+ £3.38 Fee) Option 2 – Afternoon event £35 (+ £2.76 Fee) Go to this web address to book tickets: https:// -35144606464?aff=es2 Included in your ticket price will be a Bloodwise sponsored T-shirt to wear throughout your marathon day. On behalf of Moorwellbeing and Bloodwise we look forward to seeing you there. Annie Moore, Director of Moorwellbeing. Contact


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Wellbeing: Summer nights – sleeping peacefully by Karen Spencer Warmer weather and longer days can interfere with our ability to sleep restfully. An increase in temperature and daylight hours often plays havoc with our sleep patterns. Light helps synchronize our body clock, releasing stimulating hormones such as cortisol. In contrast the dark prompts our brain to release the hormone melatonin to regulate sleep.

Tips to help promote a restful night: Set yourself a consistent sleep pattern, and waking-up time Stay hydrated throughout the day to help regulate body temperature Exercise early in the day to reset internal clock. Allow at least four hours to unwind between exercise and bedtime Avoid using stimulating false ‘blue light’ from mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, ideally up to one hour before going to bed Avoid having a cold shower before bed. This only cools your body surface and your body reacts by actually retaining heat to balance out your body temperature. Use a fan towards the head end of your bed. Try to keep bedroom tempera-

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ture around 18°C Change to a lower tog duvet and wear nightwear made from natural fibers Keep the lights low in your bedroom. In your bathroom use dimmer switches or use nightlights. Try to avoid clock watching – turn the clock away from you to avoid obsessing about time! Mood foods: Try to eat foods that are more slowly absorbed by the body, avoiding ‘peaks’ in mood and energy swings. Whole grain foods and starchy vegetables are within this list of healthy ‘mood foods’. Avoid eating a heavy meal before bed – processing foods create energy and body heat. Try to eat low fat and low calorific foods and limit alcohol intake. Review your sugar intake. Sugars provide no nutritional value aside from energy, hence their label of ‘empty calories’. There is also a suggestion that eating two kiwi fruits before bed can promote sleep! To relax: Sit or lie down in a quiet room. Take deep breaths: hold for about 15-20 seconds and exhale. Focus your mind on something calm and repetitive Let go when exhaling. Imagine and concentrate on your breathing, working to avoid overly focusing on relaxing and going to sleep Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information on our Wellbeing Programme which supports positive mental health. Email:

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Free exercise sessions at outdoor gyms in local parks

With warmer and longer days, now is the ideal time to begin an exercise routine to revitalise your energy levels. Why not use the free outdoor gyms in your local parks to help you get more active and improve your fitness? You are invited to come along to free exercise sessions with a friendly instructor who will show you how to use the equipment safely. You will be able to find out how to make the most of your local outdoor gym to suit your needs and improve your general health. Sessions will be held at the following locations: Cobham recreation ground, Anyards Road KT11 2LG Thursday 6 July, 1.30pm to 2.30pm Molesey Hurst recreation ground, Dunstall Way KT8 1PD Monday 3 July, 1.30pm to 2.30pm Suitable for all ages, the outdoor gym equipment in your local parks is free to use and includes low impact, resistance-based equipment such as cross trainers, treadmills, exercise bikes and stretch stations. Whether you are a beginner or an experi-


enced exerciser, you can enjoy a full workout including toning, cardio and chill out exercises.

Families can even exercise together. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “We know how important local parks are to residents and we would like to encourage them to use green spaces as much as possible for their leisure activities. Exercising outdoors is much more fun than slogging away on a traditional treadmill. The outdoor gym equipment provides the opportunity to exercise in a pleasant environment and you are bound to pick up some useful tips from the free training sessions. Do come along and have a go!�

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A couple of Saturdays ago I was invited to the Veterans Support Association Archery Competition at Apps Court. The brainchild of John Joyce from the VSA the completion is designed to bring together military veterans who are struggling with life in the outside world. The event was opened by Mayor of Elmbridge Rachael Lake and her husband Consort Ian Lake. Results are as follows: Winner 3 points Second place 2 points Third place 1 point !st place Sir Oswold Stoll Mansions 7 points 2nd place Band of Brothers Help 4 Heroes 6 points 3rd Place Veterans Support Association 5 points


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My wife Monica recently celebrated a win at the Shepperton Horticultural Association summer show‌.It was too good to go unshared, so here it is. This is a light cake, made without flour. It keeps better than an ordinary sponge cake. For more luxury fill and top with cream and lemon curd. Ingredients 3 eggs, separated 4oz (100 g) caster sugar Grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon 2oz (50g) fine semolina 1oz (25g) ground almonds For the filling 5fl oz (150ml) whipping cream 4 tablespoons lemon curd (optional) 100g fresh raspberries (optional) Icing sugar to dust Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 20 cm (8 in.) deep round cake tin with greased greaseproof paper Measure the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and whisk on full speed with an electric whisk until pale and light in texture. Add the lemon juice and continue to whisk until the mixture is thick. Fold in the grated lemon rind, semolina and ground almonds . Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until they form soft peaks, then fold into the mixture until evenly blended. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30-35 minutes until well risen and pale golden brown. Leave in the tin for a few minutes then turn out, remove the paper and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Dust the top with icing sugar.

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If you decide to be indulgent and add filling then whip the cream and gently fold in the lemon curd. Split the cake into two discs and place filling in the middle and also on top. Decorate with raspberries. This is more luxurious than the one we made for the competition but it had to hang around all day so the filling was not appropriate. The filling and raspberries would be a lovely addition.

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Urban Wildlife Garden

You don’t need to live in the country to enjoy wildlife A blog by Molesey Resident - Della Reynolds I’ve had a marauding magpie in my garden over the last few weeks. Every year for some time now the starling parents have brought their newly fledged offspring to feed from my mealworm and seed feeders. The babies usually sit up along the fence or follow their parent around offering an open mouth for any titbit going. This has always been a noisy but entertaining part of the year but this time around it was marred by the magpie menace. Working in the house one day I heard such a cacophony of bird cries that I rushed to the back door in time to see a magpie wrestle a baby starling to the ground. It flew off as I opened the door and the starling flew away unharmed. This happened a couple of times but unfortunately, on one occasion I was too late. Just as I reached the back door I heard a thump as a baby starling landed on my steps. It had been carried off by the magpie presumably as a meal. At first I thought it was just stunned. I picked it up and it was breathing heavily with an open beak. I nestled it in my hands and spoke reassuring words but it was all in vain. As I laid him in an empty box the poor little thing died with blood coming from his head. Once all the birds had left the garden I buried him inside a cardboard box. After this incident the bird behaviour changed. The baby starlings no longer visited and the parents returned to carrying food away in their beaks. This was immediate and universal as though they had made a group decision. Not one baby was to be seen. Then a day or so later another strange occurrence got me thinking about how close animal behaviour is to our own. I was very busy at my computer, totally absorbed in something yet from the garden came a bird call I had not heard before. It was a kind of peep, peep call and it continued for some time. Used to the familiar bird sounds this one cut through my concentration and I went to the back door to inves-


tigate. Sitting up on the fence was an adult starling and then in the tree behind was another one. They stayed for some time, changing position but always calling peep, peep. There was something pitiful in that call and it occurred to me that perhaps these were the parents of the buried baby starling trying to locate it. I’ve never heard that particular bird call before or since. I know that many experts scoff at the idea that animals share our human emotions such as grief, loyalty and love. They give it a posh label in order to dismiss it and call it anthropomorphising. But from watching the creatures in my garden my firsthand experience tells me that these dumb creatures are a lot more complex than we give them credit. By denying animals the luxury of emotions we are able to justify all kinds of cruelty on the basis that they don’t feel anything. That may be of comfort to us but I for one am not convinced. On social media I’ve seen tame birds take food from the table to feed to the dog. Mother cats suckle abandoned puppies and dogs nurture orphaned kittens. These actions go beyond survival and can only be driven by empathy which is the essence of human love. The marauding magpie no longer visits the garden and the baby starlings, now older and independent have returned to make use of the feeders. The crows, sparrows, blue-tits, starlings and blackbirds all share the takings with nothing more than a bit of squabbling. But the magpie, in his gangster black tuxedo, well he’s a different story. It helps to have a belief in reincarnation at a time of loss. So perhaps this beautiful butterfly who visited my garden a few days later is a sign of life renewed. Well you can take it or leave it but I for one hope that in my next life I come back as a much loved cat who is able to sit on the shed roof and contemplate life between naps. Perfect. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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NEWS FROM THE MOLESEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Green Spaces in Molesey Elmbridge Council is reviewing its Local Plan, which will set the framework for planning policy going forward in the future. As part of this process the Council will consider designating certain areas as “Local Green Spaces�, a new categorisation introduced by the Government to offer a high degree of protection to areas of importance to the local community against new development. Spaces may be protected because of the wildlife they are home to, their beauty, their cultural or heritage significance, the tranquillity they provide or their recreation value. In an initial Local Green Space Designation Study the Council assessed and scored a number of areas under each of these criteria. The area of the Hurst Meadows and Hurst Park open land was assessed as having one of the highest scores in the study, and other areas in Molesey were also assessed favourably, including Cigarette Island, Grovelands Rec, Molesey Heath and the Wilderness land. We would therefore expect all these areas to be designated as protected Local Green Spaces in due course, and MRA Councillors will be pushing hard to ensure that this happens.

Options under consideration included improvements to the existing hospital, or the provision of a new facility in Molesey. Unfortunately the process has been delayed, as NHS Property Services appear to be in the process of restructuring, and the business case has still not been completed. MRA Councillors are chasing things up with the CCG, and will update residents when we have more information.

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Friends of Fleetside this time have been planting summer bedding plants under the road name boards. We got some lovely geraniums from the plant stalls at Molesey Carnival and MRA councillor Ernest Mallett supplied the rest. It was a very hot day when we planted them but our neighbours are keeping them watered and we look forward to a magnificent display. The path we cleared earlier in the year is being well used and is a lovely walk in the shade along a short stretch of the River Mole. The fruit trees we planted in the snow in February are doing well and we look forward to a harvesting them in the autumn. So lots of Quince and Meddler jelly and apple and blackberry pies. Our next event is on 15th July you are most welcome to join us you don't need to live on Fleetside to belong. No joining fee all you have to do, is give us you time and enthusiasm to enhance the place where we live.


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Refuse Collection is Rubbish! Many residents have noticed the piling up of rubbish over the last few weeks?

This picture is of the bins outside our house a few days ago. It had not been collected for weeks and was a real health hazard. Cleared now, but only after many phone calls. I hear from readers that they too have suffered from the council changing contractors. Come on Elmbridge! Must do better, especially in the heat.

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Shout! For Summer Fun The fun starts at the Shout! holiday camps in Hersham and Walton-on-Thames this summer with six weeks packed with sports, arts and crafts, games, music, drama, dancing, woodland adventures, cookery, quad biking, kayaking, tennis and much more…

As requested by parents, we have introduced an even wider variety of activities to suit different age groups. We have also invited additional companies to come and run exciting new workshops on site to give children more choice and have fun trying and exploring new things. The summer Shout! programme also includes a

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series of free events including fun play sessions and picnics in local parks, gardening at the community garden in Cobham and countryside events for children of all ages. Don’t forget to save the date for the ever-popular Play Day on Wednesday 2 August in Hurst Park, East Molesey; a great day full of free family activities by the river. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Shout! is as committed as ever to offering affordable, engaging and educational activities that will keep children entertained, stretch their imagination and keep them active. The programme is varied and gives everybody the chance to learn something new every time. Year on year, we get excellent feedback from parents and children keep saying that they have fun and make new friends at Shout! Why don’t you let our children try the Shout! activities this summer?”. The Shout! Holiday Activities brochure and booking information can be found at

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

I am delighted and humbled to have been re-elected as the MP for Esher and Walton. I won almost the same number of votes as in 2015, and I was returned with a majority of over 23,000. At the local level, I look forward to taking forward the plans I set out during the campaign. They include developing health services at Molesey Community Hospital, securing a new state secondary school in the Molesey-Walton area, and nailing down legal guarantees for Molesey residents on noise levels and air quality from the proposed expansion of Heathrow. I will also continue to reach out across the area, visiting our superb local charities and clubs, having enjoyed my recent visit to Molesey Sea Scouts (pictured above). Taking the election results nationally and as a whole, there’s no escaping the fact that the Conservatives didn’t do as well as we had hoped. I am not going to try to sugar coat the outcome. So, it is important for us to show some humility, and learn lessons from the campaign, as we move forwards. Politicians should listen and learn. It is also important to retain a sense of perspective. It is worth bearing in mind that the Conservatives won more votes than Tony Blair did in 1997. We won the largest vote share, and 56 more seats than the Labour party. So, we did win this election, and Labour did lose it. Practically speaking, only the Conservatives can form a working government, and it can only realistically be done in partnership with the DUP. The last thing that the country needs right now is the uncertainty of another election. I know some people are concerned about the DUP’s approach to certain issues, from abortion to same-sex marriage. The truth is we are different parties, and we don’t agree on everything. I take a more liberal approach to this kind of issue. I voted for same sex marriage, and I do not support a change in the law on abortion. Equally, we share broad agreement in our approach to the economy, national security and Brexit, which are probably the three most important issues we face at this moment in time. So, I believe it is right for us to form a government that can give the country certainty and direction. Finally, I am honoured to have been asked to join Theresa May’s government as Minister of State for Justice. I look forward to delivering important reforms, from the criminal justice system to law reform. But, above all, I look forward to representing every constituent and community across each corner of this fabulous constituency, and doing my best to help make it an even better place to live. Dominic Raab, MP for Esher & Walton

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Events Coming Up Some we like...

Great Taste Market at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Nestled beyond the blossoms, borders and butterflies, there will be a host of award-winning food and drink at three of this year’s historic RHS shows, as the Great Taste Market comes to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. Bringing everything from juice and gin to cheese and chutney, the Great Taste Market will be the only food offering at these shows this year and promises to tantalise taste buds with recent winners from Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards. Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 19:30 Sunday 10:00 - 17:30 Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, Surrey KT8 9AUTuesday 4 Jul 2017 to Sunday 9 Jul 2017 International Youth Arts Festival 2017 Now in its 9th year International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston (IYAF) will take over the town once again this summer from the 7th - 16th July 2017 showcasing the very best of youth arts, turning Kingston into an extravagant artists playground. Theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts, workshops and other art forms will be celebrated and championed for the 10 days of the festival by emerging young artists from all over the world. Over the last 8 years the growth has been phenomenal. In 2016 there were more than 3,000 participants in 200 events over 10 days across 20 venues in Kingston upon Thames. Over the last 8 years over 25,000 young people have participated. IYAF Kingston 2017 is set to be even bigger, brighter and bolder.£5-£15 Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, Surrey KT1 1HL Friday 7 Jul 2017 to Sunday 16 Jul 2017 Elmbridge Dance Showcase, International Youth Arts Festival Elmbridge Dance Showcase 2017 will be an fantastic mix from Tap to Streetdance, from Ballet to Contemporary with a bit of musical theatre mixed in. It showcases the wealth of talent in the schools of Elmbridge, Dance and Mainstream.19:30 - 21:30 £5-£15 All ages welcome Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, Surrey KT1 1HL Wednesday 12 Jul 2017 Laughing Chili Comedy Night Comedy at Riverside in July brings these five funny folk to Sunbury: Prop lunatic Wes Zaharuk entertains with his hilarious and anarchic physical comedy routines. The one-time Hollyoaks and Casualty actor, James Redmond, is now a dry, slick and subtle stand-up. Abi Roberts brings fast-paced, high-octane comedy routines littered with mocking impersonations and infectious humour. Popular act Dan Kielty is natural and likeable, with just a hint of menace. Doors and bar from 7.30pm Show starts prompt 8.30pm Finishes 11.00pm Tickets £12 online Riverside Arts Centre, 57 Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 5QF Saturday 15 Jul 2017 Claremont Landscape Garden - Claremont Island open day Rare opportunity to see a different view of Claremont. Take this rare opportunity to visit the island, peek inside 'Belisle' and gain a different view of the garden. Booking Not Needed. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 11:00. End 16:00. Free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply. Check website for latest information. Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG Sunday 9 Jul 2017 Contact telephone: 01372 467806 - Kiosk. Jane Austen Day Take a trip back in time and join Painshill as they celebrate the life of Jane Austen on the bicentenary of her death. A day of fun for all the family, with Georgian themed activities, games, delicious Georgian treats and a selection of exciting readings in the follies from Jane Austen’s classic novels. Time: 10am to 4pm Price: Free with normal admission Painshill Portsmouth Road Cobham Surrey KT11 1JE Sunday 16 Jul 2017 Molesey WI meets at Imber Court on the first Wednesday of every month 7.30pm for 8pm, where we have a guest speaker or activity. Visitors are welcome for a £5 fee. First visit is free with a copy of Molesey Matters. Follow us on Facebook - Molesey Women’s Institute (Molesey Crafty Ladies) To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Molesey Matters July 2017  

The local community magazine for both East and west Molesey

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