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Happy Christmas Molesey! Magical Molesey has already been and gone, but don t forget the Bridge Road Winter Wander on Thursday December5th. Christmas is now firmly in sight. This month we look at Christmas shopping in Molesey in 1907, the history of the Christmas tree, and how to have a crisis free Christmas. We look at how to care for our hedgehogs during the cold season, tips for driving in winter , and look into experiential gifts for friends and family. We also take a look at how to avoid Christmas allergies flaring up. Della Reynolds, our roving reporter writes about the Refresh

December 2019 Centre in Walton Road and as usual we have updates from the MRA and Friends of Fleetside. Our local MP, Dominic Raab, does not feature this month due to the General Election. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2020. Stay warm.

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Christmas Shopping Christmas Allergies Have Yourself a Crisis Free Christmas Caring for our Hedgehogs Gift of Experience History of the Christmas Tree Winter Driving Molesey Matters Roving Reporter Recipe of The Month Molesey Resident s Association Events we Like Friends of Fleetside Index of Advertisers

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Christmas Shopping in Molesey 1907 How did Molesey shopkeepers attract customers at Christmas over a hundred years ago? Find out in this article from The Surrey Comet dated 21st December 1907! Once again, as this season of the year returns, the tradesmen, by the splendid show and arrangement of their goods, do their utmost to secure the Christmas orders of the public. Messrs. H. Thompson and Co. have as usually fine array of beef, mutton and pork on show, including that of beasts fed by Lord Rothschild and Mr. John Jones, of Llandudno. Their poultry, too, makes a splendid show, their turkeys being very fine. Mr. Lawrence has a fine array of meat, including a fine first-prize beast bred by the Marquis of Breadalbane, K.G.,

dainties again make a pretty show. Messrs. Stevenson s window is a picture of good things, and the same may be said of that of Mr. Latcham. Wines are also noticed in the shows of Mr. Letcher and the Watford Ale Stores. In the greengrocery trade, Mrs. Starkey, Messrs. Masters and Bailey and the Parade Fruit Stores all show seasonable goods in great variety. In the confectionery line one may secure all that is required at the establishments of Mrs. Scott and Messrs. Chambers, Redman, Storey, Wright and Hamilton. Mr. Briginshaw and Mrs. Raggett are showing a great variety of fancy goods and sweets for both young and old. Mr. Patching s show of phonographs, records, mechanical toys and other articles are well up-to-date, while Messrs. Wild and Day also have a great number of records and instruments to dispose of. Mr. Rowland Williams cycle show is worth a visit. Footwear is shown in every variety at the premises of Messrs. Jones, Hedges and Tilley, and also at the West End Boot Stores. The drapers are as usual well to the fore with Christmas requirements. Messrs. Rowe and Stevens, Stimson, Rant, Wheatley and Brooks offering every attraction. Gents outfitting is well provided for by Messrs. Handley, Smelt s show also merits attention. Perfumes, fancy soaps, etc., are to be seen in the shows of Messrs. Raggett s Tea Room & Confectionery shop at 90 Walton Kent and Swaby, and at the ladies and gentleRoad opened in about 1890 and was run for 30 years by men s toilet saloon of Mr. Gray almost every deHarriet Raggett. Soon after her husband Henry died in 1921, scription of toilet requisite is displayed. Fancy she retired aged about 74. The shop then became a fish stationery and Christmas cards are supplied by shop and later a fish and chip shop, which it still is to this Messrs. Taylor, Fox and Franklin, as well as by day. Knapp, Drewett and Sons Walton-road, at whose new premises these goods are displayed in great variety. Through the combinations of the tradesand fed on His Majesty s estate at Sandringham. men in the Walton Road there will be decorations His show of mutton and beef is also outstanding. Mr. Cross is well to the fore with a second-prize and illuminations from today until Tuesday. The work of decoration is in the hands of Messrs. Langshorthorn heifer, and another equally fine beast fed on one of His Majesty s farms. Norfolk turkeys are ston, Jones and Co. much in evidence at Mr. Ive s premises, as well as a good show of geese and pheasants. Messrs. Gillett and Allnutts display is also worthy of mention, as well as that of Mr. Wrighton. Mr. Evans is showing a very choice selection of wines at both his establishments, and his fruits and Christmas To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Don't let hidden Christmas allergies ruin your good cheer Christmas a time to gather for food, friends and festivities. While everything may seem merry and bright, if you have asthma or allergies, this is when you need to be cautious. A season full of tradition and good cheer can often come with hidden allergy triggers if you're not aware and prepared. Here are some of the most common hidden Christmas allergies you should be aware of: Candles and fires: Although many people light candles to enhance the holiday atmosphere, those scented candles can quickly trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, including headaches, watery eyes and aggravated noses. Wood burning fireplaces, while stunning during the holidays, are also a trigger due to smoke. Consider flameless candles and an electric fireplace, which have the calming appearance, but no scent or smoke to make you cough or wheeze.

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Trees and wreaths: Fresh fir trees and wreaths are beautiful, but some people have contact skin allergies to a substance called terpene, found in the sap of trees. What's more, some live trees still have mould spores and pollen on them, which can cause nasal allergies to flare. Take time to rinse off live trees before you bring them in. If you have an To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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artificial tree and decorations that you use every year, clean them to remove dust and potential mould. Hugs and kisses: You enjoy seeing your friends and relatives during the holidays, but you may want to reconsider all the hugs and kisses, which can easily spread germs. Flu shots are available now, and it's not too early to get yours - before flu and holiday seasons are in full swing. If you have asthma, it's particularly important to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. If you have an egg allergy you may have been told in the past not to get the flu shot. But years of studies have shown the vaccine is safe and does not contain enough egg protein to cause an allergic reaction, even in people with severe egg allergy. Eats and treats: Christmas is a time to gather to enjoy delicious meals and tasty treats. If you have food allergies, you must be particularly vigilant about knowing what's inside each item. Some people are sensitive to even trace amounts of certain foods, and this can be particularly concerning for bakery goods prepared in commercial kitchens. Always ask before you eat something new and be an advocate for your children if they suffer from allergies. When in doubt, if you have food allergies it's best to turn down a Christmas treat with unknown ingredients. Have questions about an existing or potential allergy for you or a loved one? Allergists are the best trained medical professionals to treat allergies and asthma and can help you live the life you want. Source : BPT

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Have Yourself a Crisis Free Christmas One Christmas our whole family came down with flu; in other years our dog died, the oven exploded, and we had a power cut, although thankfully not all on the same day!

Make two lists of emergency numbers. Include NHS Direct, an emergency dentist, your gas and electricity suppliers, an emergency plumber, electrician, vet and a locksmith. A garage and taxi service are useful too. Keep one list at home in an easy-to-find place and the other about your person.

Most Christmases are wonderful but sometimes life gets in the way. With a smidgeon of forethought though, you can make all the difference.

Don t forget to buy candles, matches, a flashlight and some batteries just in case of a power cut.

First among potential disasters are digestive ones. A plate of salmonella is definitely not top of most people s Christmas list! Invest in special thermometers for ovens and fridges and check they re running at the right temperature.

Finally, there are the avoidable disasters caused by poor planning. Make sure the car is serviced and full of petrol if you have to travel. If you re going abroad check all passports are up to date and that the dog or cat will be cared for. For peace of mind use boarding kennels or a professional pet sitter. Burglaries increase around Christmas because thieves know there are rich pickings to be had so check your security. Also check your household insurance is valid and that you have enough cover. Did you know that a third of parents forget to buy batteries for Christmas toys? Avoid disappointment on the day. Run through a check list before you leave the shop: do you need batteries, a battery charger, memory cards, a scart lead or an extra console controller?

Less serious but still unpleasant are tummy upsets caused by over-indulgence of rich food and alcohol. Keep a supply of antacids and rehydration salts in your first aid box. Also stock up on plasters and anti-burn spray because preparing sprouts and getting the turkey in and out of the oven can be surprisingly dangerous tasks, especially after a cocktail or two!

It s easy to throw the instructions out with the packaging and wrapping paper so take care, and furthermore, if you think there is something wrong with the gift DO NOT take it to pieces. You will invalidate your warrantee! You can t prevent all crises. Prepare by all means but try to keep a sense of perspective and humour and hopefully you ll have a happy Christmas no matter what life throws at you! The year we all had flu we simply postponed Christmas and had the full works a few days later instead when we all felt much better.

Then there are the unavoidable hitches such as illness which, let s face it, can strike any time, even at Christmas. High temperatures and sore throats are no fun at all. Make sure you have ibuprofen and paracetamol to hand, both the junior and adult versions.

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Caring for Our Hedgehogs Caring for Our Hedgehogs Kevin and Amanda Hawkes live in Walton on Thames, where their house backs properties in Dale and Harvey Roads. They have been feeding a family of hedgehogs for some years. They appear in the back garden each night and enjoy the cat food etc they put out. They have a web cam set up to capture their activity. Very interesting indeed. As they are shy and nocturnal they are seldom seen. They need access to gardens either through a small gap of 5" or a little tunnel underneath. This gives the opportunity to roam and forage. Sharon Johnson has been caring for the local hedgehog population for the past 5 years from the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary. She has rescued over a hundred of them, from tiny orphaned babies to really sick hogs. They may have become overrun with parasites, had broken limbs, suffered nasty strimmer or dog injuries, or be blind. Some just need warmth, fluids and food for a while before being released into the wild again. Others might stay at the sanctuary for a while until they are strong, or the time of year is safe for them to go. Human beings are sadly very much responsible for the demise of the hedgehog; fake grass, fences which stop the hogs natural foraging pathways and of course the terrible pesticides and slug pellets we use endlessly. Winter is a very important time to keep an eye on hedgehogs. For one thing, do think to check under any piles of leaves which you may be about to burn. These make for a great autumnal bonfire in the garden, but piles of leaves are also a prime location for hedgehogs to take up residence in preparation for winter. Winter is also the time when a late litter of hogs may leave juveniles little time to gain enough weight to see them through winter months. Earlier litters will have had a summer of eating and fattening up. A hog needs to be at 600g in weight to stand a chance of making it To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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through these lean months. They may not have enough immunity against parasites either so are at risk. Don t go seeking them out, but if you happen to see any young hogs in daylight when the weather starts getting colder from October to February, think about weighing them and if they are under 600g alarm bells should ring. If around 450g then they need help. Sharon Johnson of the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary will be happy to help the little fellas so do get in touch with her via the sanctuary website or Facebook page. You can do your bit to help hedgehogs. Opening a CD size hole in a fence will allow them access to forage for food. Planting or conserving a wild area of garden will give them a safe habitat. You can leave shallow bowls of water or dog/cat/hedgehog food out for them -no fish variety though and no bread please! They may like them but try to avoid giving them mealworms. They have little nutritional value should be either avoided or kept to the minimum. Hogs will come back regularly if they get access to some nice meaty pet food though but please watch your dog if you have one. They do attack hogs and that doesn t bear thinking about. Sharon saw a great increase in donations and purchases from her wish list on Amazon as a result of the article in August. She would like to thank everyone who donated, but the winter months are expensive, so if you can help, do have a look at the link on the website: www.sheppertonhedgehogsanctuary.co.uk. Thanks in advance. Let s look after these charming little creatures.

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THE NUTCRACKER

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Tuesday 17 December 2019 - 7.15pm Royal Opera House (Filmed Live) Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music accompanies a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. An enchanting Christmas treat for all the family. Tickets: £16.00 (£13.00 concessions)

The Sleeping Beauty

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Thursday 16 January 2020 - 7.00pm Royal Opera House (Live Screening) Set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, journey to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells in this landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet. Tickets: £16.00 (£13.00 concessions)

Thursday 20 February 2020 - 7.00pm National Theatre (Live Screening) This new adaptation tells the story of Cyrano, who is fierce with a pen and notorious in combat. He almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. Tickets: £12.00 (£10.00 concessions)

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Wednesday 29 January 2020 - 7.45pm Royal Opera House (Live Screening) When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets seamstress Mimì they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Tickets: £16.00 (£13.00 concessions)

Tuesday 17 March 2020 - 7.15pm Royal Opera House (Live Screening) Combining the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime, Beethoven’s only opera is an uplifting story of risk and triumph. Tickets: £16.00 (£13.00 concessions)

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ELMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE – 30 YEARS ON

30th October 2019 saw the conclusion of Elmbridge U3A s programme of special events to celebrate their 30th year of providing educational and recreational services for older people in Elmbridge. Members and visitors crowded into Claygate Village Hall, where they were treated to a display of work by activity group leaders, music from the EU3A s newly-formed Band in their first public performance, a prizegiving ceremony, afternoon tea and a slice of Anniversary cake baked specially for the occasion. A number of special events had been held throughout the year, including a Thames-side Walk, a Choir Concert, a Quiz, a Bridge Gala and a photographic competition on the theme of Our Elmbridge , and the competition winners were delighted to receive their awards in person from the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Mary Sheldon who, with her consort Councillor John Sheldon, were guests of honour on the day. After touring the exhibition, meeting EU3A group leaders and members and presenting the awards, Mayor Sheldon formally cut the special celebration cake, providing a fitting climax to the day s events.

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Elmbridge U3A were delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate their work before such a wide audience and distinguished guests, and the afternoon provided a memorable end to their Anniversary year. Elmbridge U3A is a charity, part of the Third Age Trust, whose aim is to promote the values of lifelong learning among older members of our community. EU3A welcomes new members, and readers of Village Matters are invited to visit their website www.u3asites.org.uk/elmbridge for more

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The Gift of Experience By Louise Addison

When I was younger it used to drive me mad when my dad said 'I don't want anything for Christmas...' How could he say that? Then a couple of years ago I realised I'd become him. I don't want or even need more of anything. Many of my friends feel the same way. We don't want to add to plastic or clothes waste. We don't want clutter. Yet the pleasure of giving and receiving at Christmas is something most of us enjoy, so why not give a gift experience instead.

Tickets to a movie marathon - Whether your intended recipient is into sci-fi, horror, fantasy, musicals or old black and white movies, there will be an enterprising cinema or theatre running a specialist event. If they are not into a particular genre then a season pass to a cinema or theatre will allow them to watch whatever they want. Wine, whiskey or gin tasting session - What could be nicer than sharing an evening touring a winery or distillery learning about the flavours and techniques involved in producing their favourite tipple. Cooking class - Classes can be for a particular type of cuisine, like Chinese or Thai, or for a particular technique like bread-making. There are generally other like-minded souls there so your recipient will make new friends. Spa treatment day – Life is stressful so very few people would turn their nose up at being pampered for a few hours.

A National Trust Membership - Allows the recipient access to around 500 historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments, social history sites, and beaches. Tickets to see a favourite band or artist perform - Or perhaps a local artist they ve never seen, or music event they've never attended. Live music is a great night out, and even better if you gift two tickets so they can take a friend. An up-close and personal experience with their favourite animal or insect - My friend loves hedgehogs so I paid for her to spend a day at the local hedgehog hospital. She learned all about hedgehogs and helped to feed and weigh them. She still talks about it today. You can buy 'meet the animal' experiences for every beastie from spiders to lemurs. There's bound to be something for the animal-lover in your life. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

An escape room experience - If your intended recipient is into puzzles try tickets to an escape room. It's a fun experience for everyone and a great gift for a family. A masterclass in something they love - photography, juggling, golf, painting, writing...there are classes online and in the real world for any subject or skill you can think of. The happiness we experience from acquiring things fades very quickly. Experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than material goods. We are the sum total of our experiences and they stay with us for longer because of the way they are encoded in the brain. Each time we think about the experience we feel that same sense of happiness we felt initially. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

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A little sprinkle of glitter to end 2019 There is no denying that 2019 has been a challenging year nationally for the housing market. The ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, political turmoil and the more recent general election has resulted in further fall back in values brought on by indecision by both buyers and sellers. However, many buyers and sellers have taken the conscious decision to move on with their lives and we have seen more volume in transactions compared to 2018. In fact, Curchods Esher has sold 21% more properties at this stage in 2019 compared to last year. Curchods have always advocated that there will always be a need and desire for people to move, as long as they observe the key factors: •

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Now is a great time to be thinking about finding your next home with property values at a 3 year low, mortgage rates remaining very competitive and transactional costs having been reduced. We are confident that once the country gets a positive resolution to the current uncertainty that we will see a bounce back in the market, as those buyers who have been waiting to see what happens, take action.

A new home for the New Year Traditionally the run up to Christmas is the quietest period in the housing market with many buyers and sellers turning their thoughts to festivities. However, the end of the year is a pivotal time when many families get together and plans are made for the forthcoming year. Confirmation of this is born out by the significant spike in online activity on the property websites over the Christmas break.


Therefore, don’t write off the holiday period, as this is an excellent time to showcase your home to the New Year’s crop of potential buyers with a launch on Christmas day. In readiness, we will agree a marketing strategy and get photos taken before the Christmas decorations go up and life gets too hectic. But don’t panic thinking that you will have buyers viewing your home whilst you are sitting down to Christmas lunch, as we will arrange to accompany

appointments at times that are convenient to you. For professional advise on all property matters please contact Joe Dewar, Manager, and his friendly, experienced team at Curchods Esher.

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History of the Christmas Tree By Aoife Brennan

Prince Albert, Queen Victoria s consort, is usually credited with having introduced the Christmas tree into England in 1840. However, the honour of establishing this tradition in the United Kingdom rightfully belongs to good Queen Charlotte , the German wife of George III, who set up the first known English tree at Queen s Lodge, Windsor, in December, 1800. Legend has it that Queen Charlotte s compatriot, Martin Luther, the religious reformer, invented the Christmas tree. One winter s night in 1536, so the story goes, Luther was walking through a pine forest near his home in Wittenberg when he suddenly looked up and saw thousands of stars glinting jewel-like among the branches of the trees. This wondrous sight inspired him to set up a candle-lit fir tree in his house that Christmas to remind his children of the starry heavens from whence their Saviour came. Certainly by 1605 decorated Christmas trees had made their appearance in Southern Germany. For in that year an anonymous writer recorded how at Yuletide the inhabitants of Strasbourg set up fir trees in the parlours ... and hang thereon roses cut out of manycoloured paper, apples, wafers, gold-foil, sweets, etc. Queen Charlotte placed her yew bough not in some pokey little parlour, but in one of the largest rooms at Kew Palace or Windsor Castle. Assisted by her ladies-in-waiting, she herself dressed the bough. And when all the wax tapers had been lit, the whole Court gathered round and sang carols. The festivity

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ended with a distribution of gifts from the branch, which included such items as clothes, jewels, plate, toys and sweets. These royal yew boughs caused quite a stir among the nobility, who had never seen anything like them before. But it was nothing to the sensation created in 1800, when the first real English Christmas tree appeared at court. Christmas trees then became all the rage in English upper-class circles, where they formed the focal point at countless children s gatherings. As in Germany, any handy evergreen tree might be uprooted for the purpose; yews, box trees, pines or firs. But they were invariably candle-lit, adorned with trinkets and surrounded by piles of presents. By the time Queen Charlotte died in 1818, the Christmas-tree tradition was firmly established in society, and it continued to flourish throughout the 1820s and 30s. The fullest description of these early English Yuletide trees is to be found in the diary of Charles Greville, the witty, cultured Clerk of the Privy Council, who in 1829 spent his Christmas holidays at Panshanger, Hertfordshire, home to Peter, 5th Earl Cowper, and his wife Lady Emily. When in December, 1840, Prince Albert imported several spruce firs from his native Coburg, they were no novelty to the aristocracy, therefore. By 1860, however, there was scarcely a well-off family in the land that did not sport a Christmas tree in parlour or hall. And all the December parties held for pauper children at this date featured gift-laden Christmas trees as their main attraction. The spruce fir was now generally accepted as the festive tree par excellence, but the branches of these firs were no longer cut into artificial tiers or layers as in Germany, but were allowed to remain intact, with candles and ornaments arranged randomly over them, as at the present day Source: Various Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


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Have your say about future play projects and play areas in Elmbridge We are currently working on the new Elmbridge Play Strategy for 2020-2025 and need your views on future local play projects and play areas for the years to come. Please have your say by completing the online survey at: elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure. To implement the new strategy, the council aims to develop strong partnership working with parents and professionals to ensure that all of Elmbridge s children and young people have an equal right to play opportunities. Your feedback is important to us as we want our play initiatives to be enjoyable, creative and stimulating for children and young people to benefit their development and wellbeing as well as prepare them for future life chances.

take play development very seriously. We want to offer play opportunities that will appeal to children, young people, parents and carers. You know best what your children s play preferences are and we greatly value your feedback. Help us put together a plan to keep children active, engaged and having fun for years to come. There is a chance to win a ÂŁ50 Amazon voucher for completing the survey. Closing date is 16 December. For further information, please visit elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure, email shout@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474 544.

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Winter Driving Driving safely in the winter can be a challenge, even for the most experienced driver. In fact, an alarming three in five winter drivers (61 percent) have lost control of their car during winter weather, according to a new winter driving survey by Michelin. It comes as no surprise, then, that three quarters of respondents reported feeling nervous on winter roads (77 percent), with 64 percent of drivers saying they avoid winter driving altogether if the forecast predicts snow. But you don t

have to avoid getting in your car in the winter. With a little preparation – starting from the ground up (literally) – you can travel safely even when the weather is less than ideal. "Tyres are one of the least-discussed safety devices on your vehicle, so many consumers aren t aware of just how much they contribute to keeping you safe on the road," says Ron Margadonna, Michelin winter tyre expert. Michelin urges all drivers to use the proper tires for their seasonal climate. Most cars these days come outfitted with all-season tires, but if you live in an area with severe winter conditions (heavy snow, ice or freezing

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temps), they may not be sufficient. All-season tyres are designed to perform well in a large range of conditions but aren t built to handle winter s worst. Alternatively, winter tyres are designed to perform better in a wide range of wintry conditions, such as wet roads, snow, ice and freezing temps. They also improve your vehicle s grip and performance in these conditions and shorten your braking distances for better safety. For winter driving safety at all times, practice these additional tips: Inspect your lights: Examine your headlights and brake lights to ensure that they re fully functioning. This is especially important during winter fogs or heavy snow. Make sure your wipers are in proper working condition: Buy washer fluid with antifreeze solution to protect visibility and ensure that windshield blades are in good working order. Always have an Emergency Kit: Carry an emergency kit with gloves, blanket, flares, a shovel, flashlight, water, extra batteries and a mobile phone charger, as well as an emergency contact list with important phone numbers. Check your battery: Battery capacity is decreased significantly by cold weather. Before the winter months, have your mechanic check it to ensure that it s at peak performance. It s also a good idea to carry jumper cables in your car, should you ever need someone to give you a boost. Source : BPT

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Vital funding to help improve the lives of Elmbridge Residents Play equipment for a town centre, outdoor play and learning space, extension of a hall for community use and a defibrillator – just some of the recent projects awarded funding through Elmbridge s Community Infrastructure Fund. The Community Infrastructure Fund (CIL) allows Elmbridge Borough Council to raise funds through borough development to help pay for the physical infrastructure needed to mitigate the impacts of new development. The bulk of the money raised goes towards strategic borough wide schemes such as highway schemes, permanent school expansions or flood works. However, as part of the process, the council also allocates a portion of these funds to be spent locally on smaller infrastructure schemes that are required in the communities where development took place. The council has formed area committees known as Local Spending Boards where local Councillors decide on how these local CIL funds will be allocated. In the case of Claygate, the local proportion of CIL funds will be passed directly to the Parish Council. The definition of infrastructure is broad and includes: • roads and other transport infrastructure

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sations CIL can provide vital funding to help improve the lives of the people of Elmbridge. A sample of some of the projects supported through the local CIL funding are listed below: • Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets building for the future • St James Church of England Primary School toilet and cloakroom upgrade • Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary school hall extension

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Hinchley Wood Primary School playground upgrade The CIL funding has made such a big difference and we are hugely appreciative of the support given to us. We are now progressing the training centre project, which will provide an important place for young people across the community , says Mrs Cramp, Chairman, Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets The next application period for CIL funding, for 2020-2021, is anticipated to open in February 2020, with the boards being held in June and early July 2020. Please visit https:// www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/communityinfrastructure-levy-cil-funding for more information.

sporting and recreational facilities open spaces Cllr Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services is a keen advocate of the CIL process and is delighted that local groups have benefitted from the funding: In this latest round of CIL funding, it was great to see such a diversity of projects being supported by the council. Working in partnership with schools, charities and other non-profit organi-

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Molesey Matters Roving Reporter Della Reynolds

Visits the Refresh Centre a warm glow in the heart of our community. Singers and sewers, knitters and painters, writers and sports fans and local debaters, those with a faith and those who are seeking, the old and the young and those inbetweening, come to a place that is welcome and warm, to build a community safe from the storm. As the nights draw in and the rain splatters relentless against your windows you may be tempted to pull the curtains, put the kettle on and sit in front of the TV. But you would be missing out if you didn t turn off the google box and venture out to the Refresh Centre, in Walton Road where a warm welcome awaits you. Shelley Gregory and members of the Refresh Church have created a remarkable community hub in the expanded Refresh Centre cafĂŠ, 129, Walton Road, East Molesey KT8 0DT, which caters for young and old, spiritual or otherwise to connect, create, support and enjoy a wide range of community activities. Shelley explained that until 4 years ago the Refresh Church operated as a church in a box moving between Vine Hall, St. Albans School and other locations until they finally settled down in a space they called home. As you would expect, the Sunday service between 10.30 and 12.00 is a core event bringing the church family together. The service is contemporary, with plenty of live music and family friendly with a creche for the little ones. There s also a range of small church groups operating from the centre. The newly refurbished space is fully accessible for all disabilities including a hearing loop and wheelchair friendly access. Alongside the regular church events the centre provides a drop-in Community CafĂŠ every Friday morning between 9.30 and 11.00 plus Sporting Memories every Monday between 2.00 to 3.30, aimed particularly at men who may be suffering from dementia or loneliness and Moves Coffee a senior fitness class. For those with nimble fingers there are plenty creative events. You can pop along on a Wednesday at 11.00 to make a Boomerang bag , a hand-sewn cloth bag used to replace plastic when shopping; doing your bit to save the environment. You can To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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join the once a month painting evening at 7.45 where there is no charge for materials, or bring along your own creative project to the Sunday Sanctuary at 7.30 pm where you can natter while you work, sewing machines provided. All the regular events can be found on their website at www.refreshchurch.org.uk With Christmas around the corner Refresh Church is very keen to get the neighbourhood feeling festive starting with story time for the little ones in support of Magical Molesey on 28th November followed by a mulled wine and make it evening for the grown-ups on 7th December and Tea with tinsel a party with singing, dancing and games for the over 60 s on 17th December. Keen to bring the community together, Refresh Church hire out the centre to a number of local groups. They recently hosted the Molesey Clothing Exchange where you bring 10 items you wish to swap in order to take 10 new items home with you. They provide facilities to support anxious teens with access to tutors and psychologists and space for Creation Station a children s art class. They have recently started hosting Elmbridge Writers who meet on the first Friday of the month at 10.00 am to support and promote each other s work and they provide a space for the Elmbridge Insight Forum who facilitate community debates on local issues. The first of these was on the Elmbridge local housing plan where the brilliantly refurbished facilities provided for a slide show and lively debate. Should you wish to hire the space or join any of the events provided, many of which are free, then contact Shelley at: hello@refreshchurch.org.uk or drop into the Community CafĂŠ one Friday morning for a free coffee and a natter. I ll guarantee you ll be glad you put your coat on and made the effort.

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Recipe of The Month

Banana, cranberry and walnut energy bars The Community Café @Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames continues with recipes showing how you can use leftovers. They create wonderful food from surplus, donated by a local supermarket. Go and try their surplus lunch for £5 and they will donate the proceeds to local charities feeding those on low incomes and who are struggling.

Bananas are top of the supermarket surplus fruit list! Customers don t like buying bruised or brown bananas – it s ironic, as the most tasty banana recipes dictate that the fruit is over ripe and brown before you use it! These very easy bars are a healthy alternative to high sugar cereal bars. 2 ripe (approx. 200g) bananas 100 g rolled oats 100 g walnuts 100g pitted dates 50g desiccated coconut 30g cranberries (optional – just a Christmas touch) ¼ tsp ground cinnamon Pinch of salt Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a square baking tin (20cm) Blitz the dates in a food processor until finely chopped – then add the walnuts, oats and bananas, and chop briefly to blend all the ingredients together. Stir in the coconut and cranberries . Tip mixture into tin and press down with back of a spoon to level the mixture. Using a knife, score the surface of the mixture into bars and put in oven for 30 mins until edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and leave to cool in tin before cutting into bars.

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News From The Molesey Residents Association

LOVE MAGICAL MOLESEY CHRISTMAS ANGEL Each year the MRA installs and lights the Magical Molesey Christmas tree in association with Paul from the Molesey Pet Shop, and the Molesey Brownies Group makes the decorations and puts them on the tree. This year Cllr Ernest Mallett received a request from Tabitha, an 11-year-old pupil at Hurst Park school, for an angel to top the tree. To Ernest s surprise, he was then presented with a beautiful Angel made entirely by Tabitha. This angel, (pictured), will certainly be at the top of tree and Tabitha is to be congratulated for her foresight and skill in providing this very welcome addition to the tree decorations. MOLESEY MEMORIAL GARDENS Once again, the MRA has completed the winter planting of the East & West Memorial gardens and the Bridge Road Horse Trough together with the flower bowls located at each War Memorial. Oddly, one of the heavy concrete bowls at East Molesey was found split apart. However, Wendy Guest, our keen leader of the Fleetside Group which every Autumn plants numerous public areas around Fleetside, came up with an exact replacement. Wendy was quite pleased to pass this rather heavy bowl over even if our East Molesey members were not brilliantly delighted to be humping this heavy concrete lump. However, the compensation is that since we have been using these concrete bowls, they have proved to be too heavy for stealing, which happened to two previous glazed earthen-ware sets at the East Molesey War Memorial. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Once again, our councillors were pleased to lay wreaths commemorating those from Molesey who died as a result of two world wars. It should be noted that 259 names have been added to the West Molesey Memorial by means of two granite plinths. These names were taken from several sources including from the East Molesey Memorial, so that all the Molesey names are now commemorated at one Memorial site. The committee which organised this was headed by Cllr Ernest Mallett and funding was received from Surrey County Council, Elmbridge Borough Council, the Garfield Weston Bank Foundation, The McGillan Family, The Batten Family, The Mallett Family, Members of the organising committee and the Molesey Residents Association. Now that these Memorial Plinths are in place, The Molesey British Legion will be arranging a Dedication Service in recognition of the service given by all those now newly listed. JOLLY BOATMAN UPDATE We have been advised that the planning application for the proposed development at the Hampton Court Station and former Jolly Boatman site will be considered at a Special Meeting of the Elmbridge Council Planning Committee on Tuesday 21 January 2020 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Civic Centre in Esher and members of the public will be able to attend. An agenda will be published shortly, and we will provide more information via our website when it is available. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Garden View

This month - The Christmas Wreath By Rachael Leverton Until fairly recently in history, certainly up to Victorian times, people could never be certain they would safely survive the harsh winter. So they developed rituals and displays to help them get through the darker days. One such symbolic display of hope was the Christmas wreath. The circular shape is symbolic of eternity or everlasting life because it has no beginning or end. From a Christian perspective it represents the unending circle of life, with the traditional Holly as the thorns on

foam. Soak it in tepid water, and then stick sprigs of evergreen foliage from the garden, flowers, berries, dried fruits, nuts, and bows into it using wire if necessary. Or you can make your own base by taking a ring of string wire and covering it in moss or hay. This will need to be held in place using thinner gauge wire. You can then wire in foliage and decorations. I will just warn you about holly though; working with it can be a painful experience so wear gloves and maybe have a box of plasters handy! If you want to try something different you can use a circle of pine cones, dried leaves, threaded popcorn and cranberries or woven red and yellow dogwood cut from your garden and interweaved with battery-operated lights. Use your gardener s imagination. Happy Christmas gardening.

Jesus crown and the red berries as his blood. Now we hang them on our doors and use them as table centrepieces because they look wonderfully opulent and festive. The word wreath is linked to the word wrist , both words describing the form of a continuous circular shape. This became fused with wrethe from middle English which means a twisted band or ring of leaves. At this bleak time of year, it s traditional to use evergreens and other brightly coloured flowers, foliage, or fruits to adorn a wreath. In past times the addition of expensive and rare fruits such as pomegranates, indicated wealth, but wreaths also included the display of pinecones, seashells and even imported products. Once the decorations were taken down, the edible parts would be eaten and the bounty of summer could be enjoyed in the depth of winter. Making a wreath is fun and relatively easy. You can make a simple and cheap evergreen circle or push the boat out and create an elaborate bauble ring. You can buy a ring of flower-arrangers

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Events Coming Up Some we like...

LSA International outlet shop. Designer glassware, porcelain and serve-ware at reduced prices. Great for gifts and celebrations. Open 2nd and last Friday of every month 10:00 – 16:00 and every Friday in December Unit C2, Dolphin Industrial Estate Windmill Road Sunbury-upon-Thames TW16 7HE 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 Santa Fun Run Join us for our annual Santa Fun Run this December 2019!We encourage people of all ages and abilities to get involved in our annual Christmas event This year we have four events taking place in three different locations Painshill Park – Saturday 7th December at 10am Richmond Park- Saturday 14th December at 10am Bushy Park - Sunday 8th and 15th December at 10am Bushy Park Hampton Court Road Surrey TW12 2EJ Contact telephone: 01372461808 The Middlesex Yeomanry Christmas Concert A sparkling concert of seasonal music in arrangements both new and traditional with carols to sing. 2.30pm Tickets £12 including refreshments and programme The White House, 45, The Avenue, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3RN Sun 8 Dec 2019 Contact telephone: 020 8941 1227 Brooklands New Years Day Classic Gathering Ist January 9am to 4pm Everybody – whether you re driving a Classic or not – is welcome to join us at what is probably the largest New Year s Day Classic Vehicle Gathering in the UK. With over 1,000 vehicles expected, live music and a winter barbeque and other additional food outlets, there will be something for everybody amongst the vast and diverse displays of classics all descending on Brooklands to kick start 2020 in style. 01932 857381 https:// www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/new-years-day-classic-gathering Carols By Candlelight One of our most popular annual events, due to public demand this year our annual celebration of Christmas features both an evening and afternoon performance! Surrey Brass, the Harlequin Chamber Choir and narrator Giles Abbott will be joined on Saturday by Sacred Heart School Choir and on Sunday by another school choir. Join us for a festive programme of words and music and be prepared to help raise the roof by joining in with the carols. Mince pies and mulled wine on sale too. This event always sells out quickly so early booking strongly recommended. 7.30 pm. Tickets: £13 / £12 concs / £11 Landmark members / £5 U16s Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9NN Sat 21 Dec 2019 Shooting Star Children s Hospices Christmas Gift Wrapping Service Save yourself time and hassle this Christmas – leave your gifts with our wrappers, go and have a coffee and come back to beautifully wrapped gifts. Please donate generously. 10.00am until 4.00pm every day; 10.00am until 3.00pm on 24th. Donations Please Heart Shopping Centre, New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1GH Wed 18 Dec 2019 to Tue 24 Dec 2019 SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT — PLUS Do join us on December 8th for the Henrietta Chorale s entertaining and varied programme of songs, carols and other seasonal offerings — including a fiveminute pantomime! Entry is free; any donations, after choir expenses, will go to the Campaign for Renal at St George s to benefit diabetic patients. Our concert begins at 2.30pm in St Peter s Church in West Molesey, and ends with tea and biscuits. Food for the body as well as the soul! Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre Fri, 6 Dec, 10:00 – Sun, 8 Dec, 16:30 A stunning festive food lover s wonderland, full of delicious artisan food and drink, perfect gifts to shop from, and inspiring seasonal cookery demonstrations. Eat, drink, shop and be merry, all whilst soaking up the atmosphere and spirit of the season, with sing-along festive music on the Courtyard Bandstand. Christmas Fair.... at East Molesey Cricket Club Sat, 7 Dec, 11:00 The Club House, Graburn Way. KT8 9AL Visit our first Christmas Fair at East Molesey Cricket at Club. Featuring indoor and outdoor stalls, seeking all manner of festive goodies and steaming mugs of mulled wine. Local singer Harry Dolan will be singing your favourite Christmas carols allowing you to really soak up the festive atmosphere To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Friends of Fleetside Update Friends of Fleetside have been very busy this month. Elmbridge Countryside Team asked if we could help with some scrub clearing on the Heath which we were delighted to do. This would help the rare wild plants that are growing there get more light. There has been a lot of different fungi growing on the Heath in this cold damp weather. We now have a wildflower meadow planted at the community garden this will look beautiful all next summer long. Two fruit trees have also been planted so we look forward to adding to our fruit harvest in the next couple of years. We also had a busy morning planting daffodils there and were delighted to welcome our younger members, the youngest being 2 and the oldest 8. Some of the raspberries were ready and the Children enjoyed eating them. More bulbs have been planted around Fleetside and the surrounding areas, so we look forward to seeing another magnificent display next year. This year we will be singing round our Christmas Tree again enjoying mince pies and mulled wine, we will also have our annual hunt the Santa competition for the children to find. If you would like to know more contact us at friendsoffleetside@gmail.com We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you to everyone who has helped us this year and to the M.R.A for their continued support with all our projects.

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