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Welcome! Welcome to the February issue. 2018 is now long gone, and I have noticed recently that it is just starting to stay a little lighter longer as we go through the day. Things are on the up! Living by the river, as I do, I am also grateful that we have experienced no rising water. We really suffered in the floods of 2014. In this issue we learn of the beginnings of Hampton Court Station and of John Tufton, the first cricketer to be recorded as bowled LBW. We celebrate Charles Darwin s birthday and Della Reynolds, our roving reporter talks to the owners of a

February 2019 very special Molesey business. Don t forget Valentine s Day on the 14th. Did you know that it actually has a very dark beginning? Find out more on page 9. Take care, wrap up, and I will see you again in March.

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Made in Molesey Hampton Court Station Dark Origins of Valentine s Day John Tufton Happy Birthday Mr Darwin Fostering Molesey Matters Roving Reporter Friends of Fleetside Molesey Resident s Association Recipe of The Month Garden View Events we Like Dominic Raab Index of Advertisers

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Made In Molesey Craft Community Made in Molesey is a monthly Friday gettogether for men and women to make things and work with their hands. We originally met in my kitchen, just a few mates having fun crafting together. However, the group expanded and soon my kitchen wasn t big enough, so in 2018 we relocated to St Mary s Church, East Molesey. Just as well, as over 40 people gathered for the first meeting - far too many for my kitchen! We have met on the second Friday of each month ever since.

People bring all kinds of arts, crafts and handiwork. There are no rules about what to make! Some people sew on buttons or compile photo scrapbooks, while others bring exquisite crafts like complicated crochet and needle-felting. We get a few men who bring anything from fly-tying to model-making (recently a Death Star was constructed!) There has been much in the press about the benefits of handicrafts. Creative acts release dopamine, a natural anti-depressant, which helps focus the mind and calms the brain and body, reducing anxiety, stress and depression. Made In Molesey is a friendly group offering a social environment where people can chat, make new friends and discuss projects. Of course, there is no pressure to talk while you work so our group is perfect for introverts and extroverts alike. We share tips and get advice on new crafts we might want to try. There is no requirement to turn up every month, the sessions are relaxing and it costs barely anything to attend. I am good at some crafts but I am not especialTo advertise email


ly gifted. Some items people make are amazing and show real talent. The point isn t really the finished quality, it s about exploring the process. Crafting isn t my day job, just a fun hobby. For me it s like being a kid again and being allowed to play with paint or mess about in woodwork. Of course, the more I do it the better I get, but it is all for fun. I usually make quick things either that I need (like fancy gift boxes for Christmas) or something recycled (like wreaths out of rags). Others might work on one project all year as they have busy lives and Made In Molesey is their chance to focus on it. We also run regular workshops to guide people through new crafting skills. We have free tea and coffee. It s only ÂŁ2 to come along: you just pop your money in the box. People are welcome to bring drinks and snacks, including alcohol (a can of gin and tonic seems the current favourite!) People sit wherever they like and at 9pm we do a little tour to see what people are working on. We open at 7.30pm and pack up around 10.30pm. All sessions are run by volunteers and everyone helps set up and clear away. Elspeth looks after the kitchen, while others muck in and wash up. St Mary s is a beautiful place to work, with a fantastic open central space. It has been a blessing to me and I get lots of feedback from people who enjoy it and can t wait for it to come round each month. There is always up-to-date info on the website: or on facebook as Molesey Craft Group. By Sally Findlay Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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Hampton Court Station - History Source : English Heritage

Queen Victoria opened Hampton Court Palace to the public in November 1838.The palace quickly became a popular place of excursion for Londoners. With visitor numbers of over 80,000 in the first year of opening, Hampton Court soon attracted the interest of the railway companies. The London and South Western Railway main line from London Nine Elms (later extended to Waterloo) to Southampton (opened in 1840), passed within two miles of the palace. The LSWR chairman, W.J. Chaplin, thought the construction of a branch line to Hampton Court "will afford a fresh means of cheap and legitimate recreation to the poorer classes". Land for Hampton Court Station was purchased in May 1846, and an act for the construction of the 1 ½ mile line was passed in July 1846. Work on the scheme seems to have been deThomas Brassey layed while the LSWR worked on plans to extend their main line to Windsor. It was not until July 1847 the directors resolved that "the works on the Hampton Court Branch... be placed under contract without delay". The contract for the construction of the line was won by Thomas Brassey. Described in The Oxford Companion to British Railway History as "the greatest railway contractor of his generation", Brassey worked in association with the equally illustrious engineer Joseph Locke, who was responsible for the construction of many of the LSWR lines, and Sir William Tite, architect to the LSWR from 1838 to 1871. From the LSWR minutes it is clear that all three men were To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

simultaneously working on other LSWR suburban and main line projects throughout the 1840s and 50s. Indeed, Locke, Brassey and Tite became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of British rail, workSir William Tite ing together on the Lancaster & Carlisle, Caledonian, and Scottish Railways, as well as working abroad on the line between Paris and Le Havre. Brassey received payments of £1422 (September 1848), £358 (January 1850), and £1000 (February 1850) for his work on the Hampton Court Branch Line. A Mr Nicholson was contracted to construct Hampton Court Station and his work was supervised by Tite, who certified that a payment of £1500 should be made to Nicholson "for the Station Works at Hampton Court" on 8 February 1846 Construction expenditure for the line was fixed by the directors at £2000 a month in September 1848. On 12 January 1849 Locke reported to the directors that the line would be ready to open on 1 February 1849. The Inspector for the Railway Commission reported on 30 January that "the line is in such a condition that I am aware of nothing affecting the safety of the public to prevent its being opened for traffic.....and the Hampton Court Branch Line was opened on schedule. The line did prove to be quite popular with tourists, annual visitor numbers reaching 208,374 in 1850 and jumping sharply to 325,774 in 1851, when millions of people travelled to London for the Great Exhibition.


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The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day Source : Various

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of chocolates and cupids are dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. The day most people call Saint Valentine s Day or simply Valentine s Day has nothing to do with hearts or flowers, and definitely nothing to do with the Christianity or the Saint that the church tried to connect it to. Just like the scores of other pagan celebrations which were

struck with the thong would be granted fertility and would be free from evil. Of course, you can imagine many Roman women accidentally getting in the way of the light whip, some several times. The sight of naked men running through the streets whipped willing maidens and the revelry and feasting over the days must have been viewed by the church as an excessive indulgence in debaucherous behaviour. The Romans on the other hand loved it. Young women would line up for the men to hit them, The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right. The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. According to the story, in the third century A.D, Roman Emperor Claudius II, seeking to bolster his army, forbade young men to marry. Valentine, it is said, flouted the The Lupercalia Festival, 1736, Edme Bouchardon ban, performing marriages in secret. For his defiance, Valentine hijacked, renamed, and altered, Valentine s Day is was executed in A.D. 270—on February 14, the a product of a growing religion bent on controlling story goes. the population. While it's not known whether the legend is true, his Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of martyrdom was honoured by the Catholic Church the holiday, one good place to start is ancient with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day. Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th them. century by combining St. Valentine's Day with Those Wild And Crazy Romans Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festiFrom February 13-15, the Romans celebrated the val was more of a theatrical interpretation of what feast of Lupercalia. The ancient festival was filled it had once been. As the years went on, the holiday with nudity, sexuality, ritual sacrifices, feasting, grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romantigames, and history, all wrapped up in a healthy cized it in their work, and it gained popularity dose of naughtiness. The slaughtered goats were throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handskinned and the skins divided into long thongs, made paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the similar to whips. After a period of feasting, the Middle Ages. young men would strip naked and parade through Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New the streets striking people with the goat-skin World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory thongs. Since a male goat represented sexuality in -made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, ancient Rome, this practice was heavily laden in Hallmark Cards began mass producing valentines. eroticism. It was believed that anyone who was February has not been the same since. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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John Tufton and The First Recorded LBW Source :Various John Tufton (23 November 1773 – 27 May 1799) was an English cricketer and a Member of Parliament (MP). He was a member of the aristocratic Tufton family that produced the Earls of Thanet and related through his mother to the Sackville family that produced the Dukes of Dorset. As a cricketer, Tufton is known to have been active from 1793 to 1798 and is recorded in

match. Shortly after the game began, Andrew Freemantle was walking back to the pavilion, having been caught by one Thomas Walker, and one-drop batsman John Tufton was walking in to face his first ball. Before long, John Tufton was also wending his weary way back, having been dismissed lbw, bowled John Wells, brother-in-law of Silver Billy Beldam of cricketing legend

Cricket at Moulsey Hurst. The artist of the painting is unknown. It was given to MCC by Mrs C R Morse in 1885

74 matches by CricketArchive, 48 of which are designated first-class. He represented numerous teams but is mainly associated with Marylebone Cricket Club, of which he was an early member at Lord's Old Ground. Tufton's batting hand and bowling speed are unknown, though he was primarily a batsman who bowled occasionally, always underarm. He scored 1,049 known first-class runs with a highest score of 61 and is credited with fourteen first-class wickets including a best performance of four in one innings. The second of two First-Class matches between XI of Surrey and XIII of England was to begin on August 12, 1795 at Moulsey Hurst. The scorecard shows England to be taking first strike on the first day of the


and song. This was the first recorded instance in cricket history of a batsman being dismissed leg before wicket in a First-Class match. In the notes about that game, it says: "In this match, "leg before wicket" is found scored for the first time. In Britcher's printed score-book, Mr J. Tufton is in this match put down as bowled merely, and the leg before wicket added in a note. At first, when any one was got out in this way, it was marked down as simply bowled, and the leg before wicket omitted". Tufton was the MP for Appleby, Westmorland from 1796 until his death, aged 25, in 1799. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


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Happy Birthday Mr Darwin Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted and considered a foundational concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin was born into a wellconnected family in Shrewsbury, whose members included prominent writers, entrepreneurs and intellectuals. Having begun studies in medicine, in 1831 Darwin took a position on a scientific expedition. Over five years he travelled the world on the ship HMS Beagle. During this time, Darwin was exposed to a huge variety of geological features and plant and animal life. On his return to London in 1836, Darwin began systematically exploring the mechanisms through which this variety was created. He was influenced by the ideas of Thomas Malthus and suggested that those organisms best suited to a particular environment were more likely to reproduce. This has become known in popular culture as the survival of the fittest . Over time, this would lead to change and variation between species. Darwin developed his theories of evolution over two decades. He did not publish them To advertise email


until 1858, when he discovered that another naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, had developed similar ideas. In 1859 Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. The book immediately became controversial. Its implications for the traditional Christian view of creation were immense. It suggested that life had evolved over a far greater timespan than biblical accounts. It also suggested that humans were another form of animal life, rather than a divine creation. Darwin suffered from chronic illness all

his life. There is still speculation about whether his symptoms were the type of nervous condition, relating to his concerns over the implications of his theories. Darwin continued to publish books about human and animal revolution. His theories became immensely influential within biological sciences. His theories were also applied to social questions. Others used his ideas in developing theories such as eugenics and sciences of racial difference. There is continued debate about the connections that can be drawn between Darwin's own ideas and the uses to they were put by others. Source : Various Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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Housing Market Predictions 2019 With the Christmas decorations safely packed away and life has returned to normality, many people now focus on their aspirations for the coming year and look forward to the spring. For many their plans include moving home and understandably, they wish to have the reassurance that their investment is going to be prudent.

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Before you read the following predictions from a few of the property industry’s highly regarded and leading professionals, allow me to offer you a few words of advice. If you are looking to make a short-term investment it is unlikely that you will see a net profit within the next couple of years. However, lets not lose sight of the main reason that many people buy, which is to provide them and their families with a long-term home and the security that it brings. A byproduct of this is that a main residence property has consistently proven to be one of the best tax-free investments even allowing for market fluxuations.

“What is reassuring however is the overall resilience of the housing market. 2019 should offer a more promising outlook as we expect to see those cautious buyers who have been sitting on the fence, start to take reassurance from a Brexit decision in one form or another. The sooner something can be announced the better.”

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“Purchasers looking to buy as a home should take a longer term view, safe in the knowledge that despite peaks and troughs in the housing market, in the long term buying a property will always prove to be a good investment.”

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“I believe the outlook for the mortgage market for 2019, will be focused around a number of factors, being new lenders entering the marketplace, continued growth in specialist lending areas and finally potential interest rate activity.”

“While buyer affordability is stretched in some parts of the UK due to house price rises having outstripped wage rises, the underlying fundamentals supporting the housing market are currently sound. Positive employment data and affordable mortgage interest rates at high loan-to-value ratios are key to keeping property prices broadly in line with current levels.”

“Tackling the subject of interest rates, movement can usually be linked to activity around the Bank of England base rate, which Mark Carney and the monetary policy committee control based on the current economic standing. “Certainly, the outlook will significantly depend on the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Be that a smooth transition, a hard exit or even a disorderly exit, the outcome could potentially result in a base rate rise, a reduction or continuation of the status quo – I would believe the latter being the most likely.” Richard Donnell, Director of Research at Zoopla

“The mix of buyers in the sales market has changed over the last decade. First time buyers have been the driving force for sales in recent years and we at Zoopla expect them to be the largest group of house purchasers in 2019, accounting for two in every 5 sales. Irrespective of Brexit, we predict that house inflation will be somewhere between 2-3 % in 2019.”

“Home movers are being negatively influenced by the ongoing political uncertainty, and a more certain outlook would obviously assist market sentiment.” “Whilst uncertainty traditionally deters some discretionary movers, particularly at the high end of the market, there are many would-be buyers and sellers who will be getting on with their lives and will be keeping the market moving.” You can read the full article on our blog: and for accurate and professional advice on all property matters contact Joe Dewar at Curchods.


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Elmbridge Museum - Object in Focus EIGHTEENTH CENTURY SILK BROCADE POMPADOUR SHOES Madame de Pompadour, the French King Louis XV s official mistress, was known for being curvaceous and alluring, as well as fashion forward. The Pompadour style of shoe has a heel that bends sensuously under the wearer, making the footwear unsupportive and difficult to walk in. The high heel under the instep made the foot look small, which was seen to be desirable.

ŠELMBRIDGE MUSEUM This pair of pink and white brocade Pompadour shoes date from around 1760. The elaborate pattern may have matched a woman s dress and the two flaps which cross over the tongue would have been held together by a buckle. Fashions changed and from 1790, buckles lost popularity and shoe flaps were tied with ribbons instead. This object will be featured at Cobham Library in The Devil s in the Detail in February 2019.

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All Pictures courttesy of Ted(20 Palmer Megan years old) At first I was so scared. I was 15 years old and worried that I wouldn't get along with my foster carers. Honestly it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. But after a few weeks I started to settle in and then everything was perfect. to some of the most vulnerable children in the county. People from all backgrounds are welcomed, including those willing to take in older children and teenagers, helping them move into adulthood and achieve their potential. Like Lewis and Megan. Lewis (21 years old) My early childhood consisted of neglect and physical abuse. So when I came into foster care aged 11, I had no idea how to keep myself clean. MOUSE My teeth were really bad and I was behind at school. Food was always an issue and my brother and I often had to steal from the local shop in order to eat.

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Molesey Matters Roving Reporter Della Reynolds Born of necessity – local sustainability shop in West Molesey. In an attempt to reduce my global footprint, I considered cutting out soya milk as soy plantations are one of the chief causes of deforestation. However, when 70% of soy is fed to livestock, drinking dairy was not going to be the solution. Many of us want to do the right thing but the global market has complicated the issue well beyond our understanding. Do cows eat grass anymore? How much antibiotic do we consume in our food and just what combination of chemicals come under the all purpose colouring and flavour labels? Jess Rugeris and his wife Louise have answers to many of these questions. With two of their three daughters suffering from allergies and their two-year-old daughter likely to follow, they realised that repeated trips to the doctor for pharmaceutical cures was not working. They began to research how the move away from natural foods and cleaning products has damaged our health. Jess recommended that anyone keen to do their own research should start with two films called Stink and Paleo Way . Convinced that the chemicals were the culprits the family created a unique sustainability shop aptly named Born of Necessity (you can find them on Facebook). Situated at 8a Buckingham Avenue (in the old pharmacy) the totally organic, chemical and plastic free shop is just across the road from the Hurst Park Tesco. Although small in size every spare inch is used to good effect and customers are encouraged to browse freely and ask questions. On entering I immediately spotted the bottles of milk. Oldschool glass bottles with screw lids and a crate outside to collect the empties for refill. In fact, all the items are for refill so take your own containers. If you don t have any, Jess will provide you with some plant-based bottles which lie in a basket close to some sponge dish cloths which are totally compostable. That milk says Jess, is from a herd of Jersey cows who are reared and fed in the old-fashioned way. The royal family get their milk from this herd and it tastes delicious. Not fed on soya then, I asked. Absolutely not he said as he reached for a bottle of full fat. This could be the answer to my soya problem especially when Jess went on to inform me that he is planning to To advertise email


get a milk vending machine so that customers can fill up 24/7. I also bought some organic eggs. They come in white, blue or brown. Try the white suggested Jess. People have an aversion to white but taste these and you will be surprised he said with a Willy Wonka gleam in his eye. It is not just the produce; interesting, diverse and aromatic, it is the service people come for. To have a conversation, to ask the questions and feel connected to their community. There was a steady flow of customers during my late afternoon visit. One lady told me she loved this shop, though it has only been open two months. I pop in most days and I love that fact that it is so friendly and Jess will get things in for me. Jess too says he is energised by meeting lovely people and doing good. It s not about profit, it s about quality, number one, taste and the ethical root of the product. We can all make little changes ourselves , he says it makes you feel good .

We boomerang round the shop from the wonderful fragrances of the totally natural body wash and cleaning products located in the back room to the feta cheese and olives in the burgeoning Greek section, to the sweets from God loved by the local children which consist of dried apricots, dates and figs, then onto the natural honey produced from hives just around the corner from the shop. Local bees are the best if you are using honey to tackle allergies. So, what happened to the allergies your children suffered from I asked. All gone he said lifting his hands to the heavens in celebration. All gone. Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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Molesey Art Society Spring Exhibition 10th – 14th April 2019. Celebrating the Society s Diamond Jubilee (1959 – 019 and 60 years of the visual arts in Molesey and its surrounds. Much has happened in the world since the M1 motorway opened. Fidel Castro swept to power in Cuba, Rawhide was on the TV, cinema audiences were queuing to see Some Like It Hot, the Barbie Doll made its first appearance and the Molesey Art Society was established. Sixty years on and the society remains a vibrant and active group of artists of all abilities with a shared passion for creating original work and sharing it with the wider community. Notable founding members of the Society include Terence Cuneo, the celebrated painter of steam trains whose statue until recently adorned Waterloo Station. The Society continues to grow and now has a membership of about 250 including professional artists, teachers, gifted amateurs and complete beginners. The Spring Exhibition includes paintings in a range of media plus sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and other crafts – all making a lively and engaging display of local talent. Venue: St Alban s Primary School, Beauchamp Road, East Molesey, KT8 2PG,

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Friends of Fleetside Update Friends of Fleetside have been busy already this year. We had a good turnout for our first path clearing project. This New path on Molesey Heath by the Dead River down to the

Mole. Please walk it to keep it clear! If you go left after going through the gate on Approach Road and walk by the river you will come to this fork. The left hand path is the new one! Please walk this way to see some interesting wildlife, you can always sit on the seat for a rest and enjoy the view. The bulbs we planted are now showing their heads and we look forward to another magnificent display again this year. We have just planted a small Christmas tree supplied by Councillor Mallett which in a few years time will be big enough to have lights put on it. Thank you to the kind person who put some gravel on the very muddy path near the seat know as River View this is a great help when walking round the Heath. We enjoyed tea coffee and biscuits in one of our teams newly designed garden after our work clearing this new path. Future plans include planting more fruit trees, litter picks, putting up nest boxes, bird spotting, 75 different species of birds visit To advertise email


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Jolly Boatman & Hampton Court Station The formal planning application for a major redevelopment of the area around Hampton Court Station has now been submitted to Elmbridge Council. The detailed proposals can be viewed on the planning section of the Council s website using the planning application reference number 2018/3810. A separate application (2018/3803) has also been made seeking permission for a temporary 110 space car park on Cigarette Island during the period of the building works. We will be scrutinising these plans carefully over the coming weeks and listening to the views of residents and local groups such as the Hampton Court Rescue Campaign. Like most residents, we want a solution to this neglected site which will benefit local residents and tourists visiting Hampton Court Palace, but from an initial scrutiny there would appear to be serious concerns about the scale of these plans, the proposed level of on-site parking, and the impact on the local traffic situation. More information can be found on the developer s website at We would also encourage residents to look at the information provided by the Hampton Court Rescue Campaign on its website. Proposed Development at Molesey Football Club In November, Elmbridge Council s planning sub-committee considered an application (ref 2017/4137) for a major development at Molesey Football Club, comprising 50 flats, a day nursery and a new clubhouse, following the demolition of the existing clubhouse and stand, and a number of houses in Grange Road. The application was refused, primarily because the Committee decided that the scale, mass and height of the proposals would have an overbearing impact on neighbours in Mole Place and Grange Close. The applicants have now appealed against this refusal, and the appeal will be decided by an independent Planning Inspector. All representations made on the original application will be considered by the Inspector, but further comments can be submitted up to 18 February. More information about the process is available on the MRA website, and the Planning section of the Elmbridge Council website. Royal Cambridge Home We reported last month on plans to demolish the Royal Cambridge Home buildings at the junction of Hurst Road and Church Road and replace them with a 30-bed care home and a 60-bed residential home. The application has now been registered, and the detailed plans and associated documents, and information about how to make your views known, can be seen on the planning section of the Elmbridge Council website. The planning application reference number is 2018/3608. Molesey Hospital A representative from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) attended a meeting at Elmbridge Council on 17 January to provide an update on development of options for the long-term future of Molesey Hospital, but unfortunately this did not take us much further forward. They are preparing a Business Case to obtain funding to develop detailed proposals, and this should be ready later this year, but in the meantime all the options previously identified remain on the table, including the possibility of co-locating GP facilities and the Molesey Clinic within a new hospital complex on the existing site. They did, however, commit to providing more regular updates, and to engage with a Stakeholder Group to ensure local input as the project progresses. We have asked to be included in this group.

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Recipe of The Month

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Chives Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Serves: 4 (or 2 really hungry people!) Ingredients

Lightly toast and butter the muffins or bagels, then place a couple of slices of the smoked salmon on each half. Top each with an egg, then spoon over your Hollandaise and garnish with chopped chives.

4 eggs 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 English muffins or two bagels, halved Butter for spreading 8 slices smoked salmon Chopped chives, to serve For the hollandaise sauce 2 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp white wine vinegar 3 egg yolks 125g unsalted butter, cubed Method Hollandaise Sauce: Pour the lemon juice and vinegar into a small bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk with a balloon whisk until light and frothy. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens. Add the butter a small amount at a time, whisking constantly until the sauce is thick. If it looks like it might be splitting, remove from the heat and continue to whisk. Season with salt and pepper then and keep warm. Poached eggs: bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Lower the heat so that the water simmers very gently. Stir the water a little so you create a gentle whirlpool effect, then slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each for about 4 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon. Handy hint - you will see the eggs begin to rise in the water as they reach completion.

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St Mary's Café is open to all across the generations. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am until 12pm. The Ark is available to our guests aged 6 years and under. Our Bereavement Café takes place on the 2nd Thursday of the month , and on the 3rd Thursday join us for our Craft Café.

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Garden View

This Month - My Gardening Valentine In the run-up to Valentine s Day someone always asks me what they should buy for the gardener in their life. It s a tricky question to answer. Many people think we must like cut flowers, but actually I m not keen and most gardeners I know aren t either. We have gardens full of the things after all, and we tend to prefer our plants living and breathing in their natural environment, rather than imported from abroad and wrapped in cellophane. Unless you know a bit about gardening, and the tastes of your own particular gardener you re probably best-off avoiding plants too. The nongreen-fingered venture into dangerous territory when they try to buy plants because there are so many variables. Will it suit the soil? Is it too invasive? Will it poison the gardener s dog or children eek? It s a thorny issue (pardon the pun) so here is my go-to gift list guaranteed to make you the Valentine hero of your gardening amour. Don t buy a sweatshirt which declares headgardener. They are naff, and most gardeners prefer old, comfy clothes which do the job better. However, if you present your gardener with a tough tunic or gardening apron, which is thornproof, and which has lots of deep pockets to house secateurs and trowels, they will love you forever. Then there are wellies. Who knew wellies could be romantic? But gardening folk drool over wellies the way Supermodels drool over Jimmy Choos. And there s so much wellie-choice now. We all prefer something with a thick sole but there are bright and colourful wellies and traditional ones. For the ultimate in warmth and breathability I can recommend a proper Gore-Tex pair...sheer luxury. Mine remain the favourite Valentine gift my husband ever bought me. He knows how to romance a woman! A proper long-necked watering can, with a brass rose will also earn you Valentine brownie points. Bigger isn t necessarily better though unless your Valentine boasts big biceps! Watering cans are heavy when full. I find 3-4 litres is about the right size. A bunch of long-stemmed red roses will set you back at least ÂŁ40 and they might last a few days. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


For a similar price you can buy the gardener in your life Felco secateurs (with Valentine red handles) and they ll last forever. I know which I d prefer. Garden trugs are so practical. Most gardeners I know would be delighted to receive one. The trug is a great gift but even better when filled with a few gardening goodies such as packets of seed, water retaining granules, plant food etc. You could add some hand tools too, such as a trowel and a fork. Make sure they are stainless steel and have long handles for ease of use. And insulated mug or a good flask will always warm the heart of your Valentine because hot drinks don t remain hot for long outside, even on a warm day. Finally, don t forget gardening vouchers. Often us gardeners spot the perfect plant or gardening accessory when we re strapped for cash, so vouchers are a perfect gift to save for a rainy day...and gardeners love rainy days, Valentine s or not. Happy Gardening.


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Events Coming Up Some we like...

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) Wednesday 20th March - Mayor of Elmbridge Consort's Men's Fundraising Dinner at Brooklands College, Weybridge. "Annual Mayor's Consort Event welcoming men from across the borough to support the Mayor's nominated Charity Elmbridge Rentstart. "For further information and to register your interest to play please email the Mayors Office by emailing: Molesey Art Society Spring Exhibition 10th – 14th April 2019 Celebrating the Society s Diamond Jubilee (1959 – 2019) and 60 years of the visual arts in Molesey and its surrounds. The Spring Exhibition includes paintings in a range of media plus sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and other crafts – all making a lively and engaging display of artwork from local talent. Venue: St Alban s Primary School, Beauchamp Road, East Molesey, KT8 2PG, Molesey Local History Society Wednesday 13 March 2019, 8 pm Suffragists, Suffragettes and Antis: Surrey's Road to the Vote. Talk by Rosie Everritt and Anthony Barnes Hurst Park School, Hurst Road, KT8 1QS DAYTIME SINGING - free February tasters! Your local women s singing group invites you to a free session on the 6th, 13th or 27th. There are no auditions: whilst some music experience might be helpful, enthusiasm is even more important. We sing a variety of songs, from Mozart to musicals, and we meet at 11.45 on Wednesdays at the Molesey Adult Learning Centre. Please call us on 07726 788339 - or just turn up. You ll be sure of a warm welcome Dress for Best An exploration of dress for formal and royal occasions, featuring the most lavish and spectacular garments from the Olive Matthews Collection. Both men s and women s formal day wear, court wear and evening dress dating from the 1700s to the 1900s are displayed. Highlights include but are not limited to a stunning and rare 1897 gown by the House of Worth which was worn to the coronation of Edward VII, a dress worn by Queen Mary and a beautiful 1850s wedding ensemble with both day and evening bodices. None of the above has been displayed before. Tues to Fri 12.30 to 4.30 Sat 11 to 4. Free admission Chertsey Museum, The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AT Sat 2 Mar Contact telephone: 01932 565764 Molesey Head Races .The races comprise Molesey Veteran Head AND Molesey Junior Trial Head, racing in the afternoon (2.30 – Masters) and the morning (10.00 and noon -Juniors) on Saturday February 16th 2019. Special medals will be awarded, linking together the Molesey Head Races and Molesey Regatta. BROE2 opened for entries on January 5th – please look for Molesey Veteran Head. The Closing date will be Saturday 9th February at noon. The Barn Theatre Club - The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard. The plot follows two theatre critics named Moon and Birdboot who are watching a ludicrous setup of a country house murder mystery, in the style of a whodunit. By chance, they become involved in the action causing a series of events that parallel the play they are watching. 20th - 23rd March. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


Part of the Hampton School Trust. IAPS Independent Day School for boys aged 3 -11 & girls aged 3 - 7 years

Open Mornings Friday 1 March 2019

9.30am: Headmaster’s welcome – Prep School 9.45am - 11.00am: Tours – Pre-Prep and Prep Book your place via our website: - ‘Visit the School’ page

Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep School is highly successful in meeting its aims. The achievements of the pupils are excellent. ISI Report 2016

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

Happy New Year to all residents! We ve already had some important local announcements since the start of the 2019 for people in Molesey. At the start of the month, I was delighted to learn that 10 of our local primary schools have increased the proportion of their pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2 level, including Chandler s Field Primary School and St Lawrence CofE Primary School here in Molesey. These great results are a testament to the hard work of both staff and pupils, especially given the reformed, and more exacting, testing criteria. The majority of our 10 improved local primary schools have achieved well over the national average – with a special mention to Ashley CofE Aided Primary School in Walton-on-Thames, where 90% of pupils achieved the expected standard of reading, writing and mathematics, an increase of 22% from 2017. Next, the Environment Agency revealed its proposals to update the Lower Mole Flood Alleviation Scheme. Since its inception in 1989, the scheme has provided protection to low-lying areas in Molesey, Esher, Thames Ditton and Hersham by controlling the flow of water via 3 sluices – one in Esher and two in East Molesey. The sluices manage flood flow, reduce the risk of erosion and maintain water levels. The scheme protects over 3,000 local homes and businesses from flooding. The Environment Agency is consulting on a number of options to refurbish the scheme. These include replacing the sluices, renovating embankments and naturalising the river. Molesey residents can respond to the consultation, which closes on 13 February 2019, on the Environment Agency s website. Dom inspects local flood defences Finally, Heathrow Airport has opened the second stage of its airspace consultation, setting out the broad flight path areas for an expanded Heathrow. They are also consulting on plans to introduce a new way for planes to land at the airport, which could mean extra planes operating from their current two runways. The consultations closes on 4 March and can be accessed at . I will use the consultations to press Heathrow to end the unfair policy of concentration, which exposes areas such as Molesey to more than its fair share of noise from planes overhead, and to end routine stacking. I will continue to push for these important local priorities as the expansion process continues.

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Molesey Matters February 2019  

The only dedicated community magazine for both East and West Molesey

Molesey Matters February 2019  

The only dedicated community magazine for both East and West Molesey