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Molesey

Matters

Putting Local Business First Keeping a Community Together

February 2020 Issue 40

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Welcome to the February issue. 2019 is now long gone, and I have noticed recently that it is just starting to stay a little lighter for longer as we go through the day. Things are on the up! Living by the river, as I do, my garden recently flooded, but nowhere near the levels of the floods of 2014. Relief. In this issue we learn of the of the King s Canadian Special Hospital during the First World War, what the kids get up to during half term, and hear from the newly formed Elmbridge Climate Emergency Group. Della Reynolds, our roving reporter visit the Molesey Church Night Shelter, and

February 2020 Dominic Raab is back, fresh from his election victory. Don t forget Valentine s Day on the 14th. Take care, wrap up, and I will see you again in March.

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Molesey Director: Paul Chard Telephone : 07946 494288 Email : paul@villagematters.co.uk Website :www.villagematters.co.uk Cover Photo by the Editor

King s Canadian Special Hospital Half Term Activities There is a Climate Emergency The Lady in the Van Friends of Molesey Library Boomerang Bags Dominic Raab Sustainability Fair Molesey Matters Roving Reporter Recipe of the Month MRA Garden View Events Coming Up Friends of Fleetside Index of Advertisers

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King's Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital - Bushy Park In 1915 King George V gave permission to the Canadian Red Cross for Upper Lodge at Hampton Hill to be used as a hospital for Canadian troops stationed in Bushy Park. The King's Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital opened on 27th December 1915 with 30 beds. By 31st December all were occupied. On the day the furniture arrived, 22nd December, Queen Mary had visited. The beds and bedding and other necessary items had been supplied by the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Taplow, Bucks. A letter had been received from a lady just before Christmas enquiring how many patients would be

expected to be in the Hospital on Christmas Day. A reply was sent, saying that possibly there would be 20. A munificent gift was greatly anticipated. When the package arrived, it was found to contain 20 lavender bags, each with an accompanying text of scripture. The mansion, once the home of Lady Paget, had been vacant for two years and had fallen into decay. The grounds, orchard and garden had been neglected and had run wild. During the next six months the underbrush in the woods was cleared away, the trees and hedges trimmed, new ornamental flower beds laid out and the paths regraded. The extensive vegetable garden was weeded, dug over and planted, and the trees in the orchard pruned and sprayed. At first the administrative offices of the Hospital were located some 2 miles away at the Greyhound Hotel in Hampton Court. In the middle of January 1916, they moved into Upper Lodge. It was anticipated that the Hospital would cost about ÂŁ24,000 to build. On 16th March 1916, while the ward hutments were being erected and the buildings and To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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grounds were being restored, the King and Queen visited the Hospital. As their car approached the main gate into the grounds, its wheels became embedded in mud. The Royal visitors, in good humour, completed their journey on foot. Having inspected the Hospital from cellar to garret, they complimented the Canadians on the successful restoration of the site. The new ward buildings were constructed with asbestos walls on brick foundations. The Administrative Building was completed in April 1916. Those who had been billeted out were then moved into the mansion (senior staff) and the stables (personnel). As the number of personnel increased over the summer, tents were pitched for them in one of the paddocks. On 15th May 1916 a dental clinic was established at the Lodge. A dispensary and laboratory were later added. By June 1916 the Hospital had hutted accommodation for 250 patients. Each hut was a complete unit in itself and independent of the wards in the mansion. The new wards were large, airy and cheerful in appearance. In another part of the grounds, a Billiard Room had been built for the patients. There was also a commodious Recreation -cum-Concert Hall - the gift of Mrs Robert Gooderham of Toronto - where patients could read, write letters, play the piano or listen to music, or play cards and other games. Canadian and British newspapers and periodicals were provided by their publishers and others. Theatrical entertainments and concerts were held in the Hall in the evenings. On 29th October the Hospital was renamed the King's Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital. Its staff consisted of 12 officers and 78 other ranks. There were 7 officers on the staff, 6 nursing sisters and 82 other ranks. By the end of the month the Nephritis Clinic had treated 464 patients since its establishment on 8th May. Of these, 71 (22%) had been invalided back to Canada. Following the end of the war the patients and personnel were gradually evacuated over May, June and July 1919. By 14th July there remained only 3 officers and 6 servicemen in residence. The buildings and wards were redecorated in anticipation of handing over the site to the LCC for use as an open -air school for children from the East End with TB and other respiratory disorders. The Hospital was officially disbanded on 2nd September 1919. Source : Various

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Free February half-term and spring activities for children and families Looking forward to spring? So are we! We have planned lots of free fun activities to do outdoors and indoors for the whole family. They are suitable for all ages, so everyone can get involved and find something exciting to do.

sions: 10am-11am / 12pm to 1pm and 2pm3pm. Walton Library, The Heart Centre, 54 Hepworth Way, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1GH. For children aged 5 to 13 years. Learn about some truly rotten remedies used in the Middles Ages and create your own medieval pouch to fill with healing herbs. Handle some objects from the museum collection and design you own stained glass window and medieval bookmark. Free event but register your interest at : ebcmuseum@elmbridge.gov.uk

February half-term holiday: Monday 17 February – free Shout! drop-in play session – 10am to 2pm - King George s Hall, High Street, Esher KT10 9RA We will be celebrating spring with seasonal arts and crafts, colourful lanterns and baskets and making wildlife crafts and puzzles with natural materials from the commons. No booking required – just pop along and stay as long as you want. MOUSE Monday 17 February – *back by popular demand* Museum Explorers WWII interactive and educational workshops, bookable events – cost: £5 per child. 10am to 11.30am and 12pm to 1.30pm - King George s Hall, High Street, Esher KT10 9RExperience life in Elmbridge in WW2. Go through gas mask training and an air raid drill. Discover where bombs fell. Handle real WW2 artefacts. Booking essential at elmbridgemuseum.org.uk/learning/families Tuesday 18 February – Build your own bird box – 2.30pm to 4pm – Civic Centre, Off High Street, Esher KT10 9SD. Help our feathered friends by making a nest box in time for spring. Free event. Spaces limited. Booking essential at countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk Spring events: Saturday 14 March - Elmbridge Museum s deadly diseases and rotten remedies – 3 sesTo advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Enjoy day outdoors with the countryside team on Saturday 21 March with 2 different free activities: Pond dip. Drop in 10am to 12pm. Meet by Littleworth Common pond, Portsmouth Road, opposite Café Rouge, nearest postcode KT10 9AD. Local ponds are full of life, and now s the time to come and find out what s living there! Orienteering. Start the challenge between 1pm and 2.30pm. Meet in Horsesehoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, Esher, nearest postcode KT10 9JL. Show off your map reading skills and explore the wildlife in your local woodland. No booking required. Just turn up. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, There are plenty of family fun events and activities taking place in Elmbridge during February half-term and spring. There will be a chance to do seasonal arts and crafts, observe wildlife on the commons and explore life in Elmbridge in WW2 with the Museum explorers fun interactive workshops. Most of it is free so come along and share some family fun! We look forward to seeing you there! . For further information, elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure, email shout@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474 634.

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There is a Climate Emergency! High-profile campaigns by people such as Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough and the actions of groups such as Extinction Rebellion – have led the UK government to declare an environment and climate emergency and set a target to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. But did you know that last year Elmbridge Borough Council also declared a climate emergency and pledged to make the council carbon neutral by 2030 and the area by 2050. Climate change is primarily a problem of too

When any of us sees an emergency such as an accident, fire or a flood, we automatically move into emergency mode and stop business-as-usual - because nothing else matters as much as the crisis at hand - and we all speedily help out to protect ourselves and others and get to safety. Climate change is such an emergency - but on a global scale - and it s going to require all of us to play a part in helping to address it. Whilst it s hard for us as individuals to imagine what we can do to help in this global emergency – especially when we know that the fossil fuel industry is responsible for most carbon emissions – we can all play a part in reducing our carbon footprint i.e. the amount of carbon that our lifestyle puts into the atmosphere. How about: walking or cycling to school or work instead of taking the car; always taking a re-usable bag with you when you go shopping to reduce the number of plastic bags; reducing the amount of meat that you eat each week; recycling your unwanted clothes, books or furniture? These may sound like small actions but imagine if we all did something : just as we would if we could see an immediate emergency in our street? In future editions we ll be telling you about what some Elmbridge schools, businesses, community groups and individuals are doing in response to the climate emergency and how you too can get involved. If you d like to find out more about the Elmbridge Climate Emergency Working Group please contact Nick on nickjdavis25@gmail.com

much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (caused mainly when we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas or cut down and burn forests), and the Council will be taking into account the carbon that it produces. Whilst the Council has been auditing its carbon footprint and planning its reduction, a working group of local people, organisations and businesses has been set up (the Elmbridge Climate Emergency Working Group) to work alongside them and monitor their progress and achievements. But it s not just the responsibility of the Council to make Elmbridge carbon neutral by 2030. We all have a role to play To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Lady in the Van, by Alan Bennett The Barn Theatre, West Molesey A van on stage, two actors playing one character, a recalcitrant lady of the road - Director, Stephen Alexander certainly loves a challenge! His Barn debut in 2017 had his lead actors playing a man and his wife who change roles and genders halfway through the show. Molesey s best loved amateur theatre is thrilled to welcome him back.

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when Bennett moves into the bourgeois-boho London neighbourhood of Camden Town in the early 1970s. Miss Shepherd is already a fixture on the block, moving her dilapidated van from curb to curb as needed. None of the resident families are particularly happy to have her park in front of their homes; but tolerate her, their consciences absolved by her presence. Shepherd eventually moves her van onto Alan s his unused driveway it s a wild garden he explains when his neighbours question his kindness and only temporary. Bit by bit elements of her past become clear and their relationship develops. The playwright is split in two - the one who does the writing and the one who does the living. The two halves are in constant, ambivalent dialogue about whether it would be proper to use his experiences with Shepherd as material for a play. Unlike the award winning film, I decided to cast an older Alan reflecting back on his experience of getting to know Miss Shepherd, and a younger Alan to play the writer in real time. I wanted to bring further depth to the character and get the right balance between him and his unusual lodger. The Lady in the Van relies on strong actors to play its leads and I m thrilled to have such a great cast on board. says Director, Stephen Alexander

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Solving The Murder of Dr Helen Davidson The Friends of Molesey Library know that crime thrillers and murder mysteries are among our most popular genres of books with local readers. So, we are expecting a lot of interest in our next author event, an evening with the true crime writer Monica Weller. The date for your diary is Tuesday 25 February, 7pm at Molesey Library in Walton Road. The title of the talk Injured Parties. Solving the Murder of Dr Helen Davidson is also the title of Monica s 2016 book. In November 1966, popular physician Helen Davidson was battered to death in dense woodland a few miles from her Buckinghamshire home. She had binoculars around her neck, from bird watch-

ered secret passions, deep jealousies, unusual relationships, and a victim with a dark past. Finally, her persistence and dedication were dramatically rewarded when she uncovered the identity of the murderer! Monica previously uncovered fresh evidence about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK, in a book she co-wrote called Ruth Ellis: My Sister's Secret Life . The talk in February will be an opportunity to find out more about this remarkable author s life and works. Tickets are ÂŁ5 on the door or in advance from the Library. On 28 January the Friends of Molesey Library held our ninth Annual General Meeting. We re grateful to all the Molesey residents who came along to hear about our efforts to promote and support the Library. We were delighted to welcome Sarah Holding, a leading author in the growing cli-fi genre of science fiction inspired by climate change. Look out for more details of our upcoming author events in future editions of Molesey Matters.

ing and Detective Chief Inspector Jack "Razor" Williams of Scotland Yard, surmised she had spied illicit lovers, was spotted, and one or both of them killed her". He had received 50 police commendations in his career, yet not one for a murder case. Unsurprisingly, within weeks the police operation wound down, Williams retired, and another Cold Case hit the statistics. However, 50 years later amateur sleuth and author Monica Weller set about solving the murder. As she sifted the fresh evidence, a number of suspects and sinister motives began to emerge. She uncov-

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Boomerang Bags. Not Plastic Bags By Monica Chard In the quest to reduce plastic, we were thrilled to hear about a local initiative called Boomerang Bags which has taken off in some local areas, but which has huge scope to spread. The fact from one of the Blue Planet programmes stating that by 2050 there would be

more plastic in the sea than fish was enough to shock Tricia Bland. More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, 50% of which is for single use. This has to change. Plastic bags are such an obvious lifestyle change. The 5p single use plastic bag charge introduced in 2015 is estimated to have taken 15 billion plastic bags out of circulation. The plan to increase it to 10p this year is still not high enough. Ban them altogether in my opinion! So, in looking for an alternative, the Boomerang Bags are simply brilliant and a great example of a community pulling together to make a difference. The idea started took shape in the UK in Tricia Bland s village of Thames Ditton, although the concept came originally from Australia. Sales of sewing machines have soared since the Great British Sewing Bee and there is a huge increase in crafters and make doand-menders . Thames Ditton s crafty ladies Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

I am grateful to everybody who voted for me in the recent General Election, and was delighted to be returned once again as the Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton.

behaviour which is unreasonable, persistent, and is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on peoples quality of life. Introducing a PSPO could allow the council to prohibit certain activities, or place requirements on people carrying them out. Importantly, it was clear that only a PSPO would really help in tackling illegally moored boats.

With the election behind us, at the national level the Government is getting Brexit done so we can focus on your priorities. At the local level, I m getting straight back into delivering for local residents in Elmbridge.

I strongly supported the introduction of a PSPO in my response to the consultation. Now, over five months later, it is time for action. I would like to see Elmbridge Borough Council begin the process of introducing a PSPO without further delay. This is particularly important as further consultation would be necessary before it comes into force. I look forward to working with local residents to address this issue for young families and retired residents, who enjoy using the pathways along the river.

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Sustainability Fair Draws Crowds Interest in climate change and adopting a more sustainable lifestyle was obvious by the amount of people who attended the Sustainability Fair at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton last month. There were talks throughout the day on energy efficiency, electric vehicles, chemical free beauty, organic grow your own and plastic free choices. There were stalls selling wares and giving advice. We learned a lot. When you really start thinking about the choices we make and the footprint they leave behind it is quite shocking. Take nappies for example. A necessity, of course. Did you know that 7 million trees are cut down in the UK each year to make disposable nappies? Did you know that 8 million nappies go to landfill in the UK every day? Or that it takes anywhere up to 500 years for a disposable nappy to break down? So, surely we need to look for an alternative? What about going back to the old ways of cloth nappies? It served us well. So introducing Eco Mama and Baby products which you can try for free before buying www.ecomamaamdbaby.co.uk). You can buy reusable nappies, wipes and even sanitary products. Molesey Clothing Exchange had a stand. We covered clothes swapping last month. This group does bi-monthly swapping events. The next one is March 14th at the Refresh Centre on Walton Road, Molesey. Take clean, quality clothes, shoes and accessories that you don t wear any longer and swap them. Genius!

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Have you heard of Boomerang Bags? No, neither had I. They are all the rage in parts of Elmbridge. Made by volunteers with donated fabric, they are supplied to shops in high streets to use instead of plastic bags. One rather attractive bag had been made from Molesey rowing club s curtains! What a way to give to leave a legacy and help recycling. The event came to a rousing conclusion when the WeAreTheVoice, children s environmental choir performed to the crowd. The song of the same name is written by teacher Niamh Clune and spearheads a new children s plastic awareness campaign. The children are from several local schools. They have already recorded the song, which highlights the plight of the planet and laments its demise. It poses questions about who will fight for changes. It is worth listening and do pay attention to the images towards the end. The song is on the website: wearethevoice.org.uk or you can find it on YouTube. These guys rock. The lead singer is 11 years old and simply incredible. Britain s Got Talent watch out! Advice on recycling a huge variety of things from the Surrey Environment Partnership at www.surreyep.org.uk By Monica Chard

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Visits Molesey Church Night Shelter If you watched any of the election debates you will be aware that poverty in the UK is on the increase. Rough sleeping has risen by 165% since 2010 and 16 million of us currently have less that ÂŁ100 to fall back on. But as we see more people forced to live on the streets is there a risk of compassion fatigue? Well, not here in Molesey where a valiant group of volunteers have started up the Molesey Church Night Shelters (MCNS) providing overnight accommodation for rough sleepers. The welfare safety net, which once offered protection from cradle to grave is threadbare. Changes to the benefits system and a lack of affordable housing means that single men in particular find themselves living on the streets. This is what happened to Gary. At 36 he had his own home, ran a business as a roofer and supported his wife and three children. Following his marriage break down he found himself back with his parents. As his business folded he didn t take anything to start again as it felt like he was taking it from his kids. Living with his parents soon led to rows and to avoid the aggravation he moved out. Once you sleep rough, with no address and no financial backing you need a helping hand to get back on your feet. And that is exactly the point of the MCNS as told to me by Ben Phillips who coordinates the night shelter and recruits new volunteers. He has a very old head on his young shoulders and don t let his baby face fool you, Ben is no pushover. Working in the prison service as a youth worker Ben has learnt how to read people and he ensures that the night shelter is a safe space for everyone built on love and compassion. The six guests, get a hot, home cooked meal on arrival. They are each given a numbered bag which has an airbed, sleeping bag and pillow and every night they get the same bag, the same bed though not in the same space. The night shelter currently works out of four local churches and the volunteers move everything out by 8.00 the next morning. The scheme, which started in February 2019, now runs every night from the end of September to the end of March. Keeping the homeless off the streets To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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during the worst of the winter weather. The night shelter is part of a wider scheme to get people like Gary back into their own accommodation. MCNS works with Elmbridge Rentstart a charity based in Walton who run a daytime hub where the guests can get a hot shower, do their washing and eat lunch. They also offer support in finding private rented accommodation. Like salmon swimming upstream, the night shelter and Rentstart act as gateways to support the journey back from the streets. I don t need a whole house, Gary told me, just a room with a door. My own door. But according to Gary, he never gets to the top of the list. He spends most of his time walking from the Weybridge job centre to the Walton hub then onto the Molesey night shelter carrying all his stuff. He lives on ÂŁ9.60 a day.The council should be able to buy empty houses, he says, and convert them into rooms. Once we have an address we can start sorting our lives out. We talked about the new micro homes project in Cambridge which reminded me of the prefabs we built after the war. We could solve this homelessness problem if we put our minds to it, but for now the night shelter provides humanity with hot food and welcome conversation. It s like a family here, Gary said, we all get along which is great. Ben told me they could do with a few more volunteers, particularly for the overnight shift where one of the two people stays awake. Fold up camp beds are good too, easier to move around, and donations are more than welcome. If you think you could help out or just want to know more then check out the MCNS website https://www.moleseycns.org

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Recipe of The Month Nut Bites

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.

These tasty treats were introduced by our talented volunteer Erica. (You ll find her most Thursdays at the Barn conjuring up a curry from whatever she can find in the fridge). The recipe is completely made up, and the idea is to use as many left overs or slightly past their best vegetables you might having hanging around. The base is made from breadcrumbs, peanuts and onions and the rest is up to you! 300g breadcrumbs (make from stale crusts, combination of rolls, ends of loaves – rye bread or seeded bread works best) 250g salted peanuts (or any nut) 2 onions – peeled and chopped roughly 2 cloves garlic crushed 2 peppers (any colour) Any leftover cooked or raw veg (carrots/ Kale/cabbage/cauliflower/greens etc) Seasoning/chilli flakes 1 or 2 eggs (to bind) Chopped herbs Spices – fennel seed/crushed toasted coriander seeds are good Gently fry the onion until it is soft and translucent. Blitz peanuts in a food processor until they are small crumbs .. not too fine as you still want to have texture. Put aside in a bowl with the breadcrumbs. Then blitz the peppers and onions to a rough paste. Add this to the breadcrumb mixture. Then do the same with any left over veg you have. When you have To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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everything in a large bowl, season well – don t be scared of using lots of salt and pepper, teaspoon of cumin, chilli flaxes, add 1 egg and mix thoroughly with your hands squeezing the mixture so it is well blended (it should be damp and sticky – not too wet) Form into round balls, or patties, or sausages (you can roll them in extra seeds or herbs at this stage if you wish) and put on a greased baking tray. Pop in the oven for around 20 mins at 180 C or until golden brown on the outside. Serve with a dipping sauce – can be yoghurt and cucumber, or mango chutney.. or with a fresh tomato sauce in a wrap. The possibilities are endless.. Come and see what we do with ours at the café

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News From The Molesey Residents Association

Jolly Boatman/Hampton Court Station The Elmbridge Council Special Planning Committee meeting, which was due to consider the Jolly Boatman/Hampton Court Station planning application on 21 January, was postponed because the Council had still not received the Environment Agency s updated Flood Risk Assessment. We have been advised that the delay was caused by EA staff being diverted on to higher priority work during the recent spell of rising river levels. The Council is unable at this stage to say when a further meeting will be arranged, but we will update residents via our website as soon as we have any more information. Heathrow Expansion Residents remain concerned about the potential impacts on Molesey of plans to expand Heathrow Airport. MRA and other Councillors at Elmbridge have pressed the Council to make strong representations about this to Heathrow, and the Council has also made it clear that it will resist any proposals that impact on noise and air quality for local residents. The situation is fluid, but if you want to keep up to date with developments the Council has agreed to provide updates on its website at: elmbridge.gov.uk/news/heathrowexpansion-update/ Elmbridge Local Plan – Update Elmbridge Council received over 6,500 responses to its latest Local Plan consultation. The Council has published a feedback document on its website and says it will take account of the responses in formulating the next steps towards its revised Local Plan. A further consultation is expected in early 2020. In the meantime you can to sign up for the Council s planning consultation alerts and notifications at:. consult.elmbridge.gov.uk Majestic Wine Warehouse McCarthy & Stone have now submitted a formal application to build 35 one and two bedroom Retirement Homes on the land at the corner of Langton Road and Walton Road. This will provide good quality accommodation for older people, but there are concerns about the height of the proposed building, and as the site is currently occupied by the Majestic Wine Warehouse site it means yet another local retail outlet will be lost if the plans are approved. Prudential London – Surrey Cycle Event Another consultation concerns the annual London & Surrey Cycle event. This is extremely popular among cyclists of all ages and abilities, and raises large sums for charity, but some people are inconvenienced by the accompanying road closures. Surrey County Council (SCC) is therefore be seeking views about whether the event should continue after this year. The consultation will run until 16th February, and you can make your views known online at https://www.surreysays.co.uk/deputy-ceo/survey-on-prudentialridelondon-surrey. More information is available on the SCC website.

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Garden View

This month - A game of two halves By Rachael Leverton

For me February is where the gardening year begins...twice!

summer display is top notch. February is definitely the month to start sowing seeds.

First - Reaping last year s rewards:

Fill pots or seed trays with seed compost then firm and level the surface. Sprinkle seeds on to the surface of the compost then cover with a layer of fine grit. Water well with a fine spray. Cover with clear plastic (a polythene bag will do nicely) and remove it once the seeds germinate. Learn from my mistake one year and don t forget to label the pots!

If you were industrious in the autumn, you could now be benefiting from a lovely display of snowdrops (Gallanthus) and Irises. My favourite snowdrops are G Atkinsii , which are tall with long, graceful flowers and G. nivalis Viridapicis with sweet, green tipped flowers. It s said they re best planted in the green in Spring but I ve had lots of success with packaged bulbs planted in the autumn so they re definitely worth trying. As for irises, the deep blue Iris Joyce is hard to beat especially on my poor, free draining soil.

Potting up summer bulbs is generally left until late spring, but I always pot up one or two pots in February. It allows them to get established and provides a nice early display for my patio. Happy gardening.

I planted a witch hazel as soon as we moved into our present house; Hamamelis x intermedia Pallida . I can t live without fragrance in my garden and at this bare, drab time of year the wonderfully scented pale-yellow flowers lift my spirits. I discovered we d inherited an evergreen Clematis (C. armandii). I d never grown it before but it s worth seeking out. It needs a warm wall or fence and well-drained soil then rewards you by being frost-hardy and producing lovely creamy, scented flowers at this time of year. Second - Planning this year s display Perhaps you didn t manage to plan ahead last year. But don t panic; the beauty of gardening is that the seasons keep rolling round so make sure you use February to ensure your To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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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 Contact telephone: 01932868928 John Coltrane: The Impulse Years feat. Julian Costello on saxophone This month Riverside Arts Jazz will be celebrating John Coltrane's Impulse Years featuring Julian Costello on saxophone with Terence Collie on piano, Mark Rose on bass and Paul Cavaciuti on drums. The evening is run by a friendly team and the Riverside Arts Centre is a comfortable concert venue with a grand piano, good acoustics and lighting plus a reasonably priced bar run by Arts Centre volunteers. Door/Bar 7.15pm, Music 7.45. Tickets £12 via website or £15 on the door. Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, Surrey TW16 5QF Sun 2 Feb 2020Contact telephone: 07940731490 Made In Molesey art and craft evening Once a month get together for men and women. Bring your own craft project or book on to the workshop for an extra fee. Chat with others, share tips and make stuff. We have free tea and coffee but feel free to bring a bottle of wine or other drinks if you'd like. £2. 7.30-10.30 pm on the second Friday evening of the month St. Marys Church, St Marys Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0ST Fri 14 Feb 2020 Contact telephone: 020 8941 5901 The Giant Houseplant Takeover Step into a house reclaimed by its plants long after its human inhabitants have left. A banana has pushed through the roof, carnivorous plants feast in the dining room and cacti play chess. A few plants have grown rather too large and tower over their relatives. The Glasshouse is open 10am – 3:45pm daily. This event is included in normal Garden admission. Book online for 10% discount. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB Sat 25 Jan 2020 to Sun 1 Mar 2020 Contact telephone: 01483224234 Timber Hill - Open Garden for NGS 16 acres of garden, park & woodland giving an undulating walk with views to North Downs. Stunning winter garden available to view most Wednesdays from January March. Lonicera & witch hazel walk, abundant snowdrops, aconites & a sea of crocuses, spectacular camellias (featured in Surrey Life) followed by magnolias & wild cherries. May brings bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons. Please call. Timber Hill, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8JF Mon 10 Feb to Thu 13 Feb Contact telephone: 01932 873875 Phoebe Gorry presents a Valentine's Day Special Riverhouse Barn Manor Road Walton-on-Thames Surrey KT12 2PF 01932 253354 Currently writing her debut album, Phoebe is an artist in high demand performing at venues and festivals all over the world. Her breathy voice flirts with the cloying depths of Lady Day and adopts a crisp and clear passionate tone for classic jazz standards and jazzy reworks of modern hits, guaranteed to make the hairs on your neck stand up. This exclusive concert is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine s Day – expect to hear unique renditions of all your favourite jazz and soul love songs. Phoebe will be joined by her live band made up of some of the most in demand musicians working on the UK jazz and sessions scenes, including special guest Saxophonist Duncan eagles. Friday 14 February, 8pm Tickets: £15 (£7 Concession) London Potters Local Studio Pottery Fair February 29 @ 11:00 am - March 1 @ 5:00 pm This is a unique opportunity to see and to buy ceramic work from established professionals as well as emerging local talents. The range of contemporary ceramics on show span from purely abstract pieces to tableware that fulfils a practical function; from decorative, ceramic jewellery to tracking one-off collectors pieces, and with prices to suit all budgets. A Coffee Shop will be open throughout the day. ADMISSION: FREE Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9PS 0333 1212 300 The Contemporary Textiles Fair The Contemporary Textile Fair is back for another year, with over 70 exhibitors showing and selling quality handmade textiles, plus a special exhibition and talks by members of S.E.W (the recently formed Society of Embroidered Work). Check our website for further information on workshops and talks. Friday: 6 – 8.30pm; Saturday & Sunday : 10am – 5pm. Admission: £4 / £3 concessions / LAC members & U16s Free Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9NN Thu 20 Feb 2020 to Sat 22 Feb 2020 Contact telephone: 020 8977 7558 To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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With 30 years in the medical profession I work to exceptionally high standards and ethics, assuring you of the best care throughout your weight loss journey. I have helped clients lose weight to... • Achieve a healthy BMI to be accepted for IVF treatments & fall pregnant naturally • Reverse their Type 2 Diabetes • Reduce their hypertension and come off medications

Weight Loss Centre based at 97 Walton Road East Molesey I am completely focused on your health & wellbeing. At my Centre I have the Seca mBCA 515 medical grade full body composition analyser, which can give an exact breakdown of RMR (resting metabolic rate), subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, lean muscle masses and your cellular water levels. The Scanner uses bio-electrical impedance (BIA) to accurately measure your body. Michelle’s Waist Management is the only One2One Diet Centre in Surrey with these Gold Standard facilities. Also with my 1-2-1 support I will help you answer your “whys” support and facilitate a different mindset and relationship with food. Ending the yo-yo dieting for good!

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Friends of Fleetside Update Friends of Fleetside have lots of projects planned for this year. So, if fancy a new challenge why not join us, it's a fun way to keep fit at the same enhancing the area where we live. Lovely walks can be had on the Heath so get out there and see all the wonderful wildlife it has to offer. One of the projects again this year is the clearing of the pennywort in the Dead River. We did this last year and cleared the pennywort from the main gates at the entrance of the Heath to where the Dead River meets the Mole. This was very successful, on our first attempt we completed about half and had help from the Love Molesey team, one of their group had a small rowing boat which was a great asset. On our second attempt we completed the whole of the Dead River up to where it meets the Mole. The Mole however is a different kettle of fish, this river is very much deeper, the environment agency with some other partners are looking into doing this. We look forward to lots of help again this year to keep the Dead River clear, this encourages the wildlife, we already have a pair of ducks using this part of the river regularly. Last year they had 10 ducklings and all survived. The daffodils and other bulbs we planted last year are all coming up and are going to make a wonderful display again this year. Do venture

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down to Fleetside and the surrounding area to enjoy the spectacle. Our community allotment garden is in full swing we have lots of winter veg growing, and our wildflower meadow is getting established and we look forward to a beautiful display. Do pop along to see for yourself, you are welcome to plant, weed, water or eat the produce it s for everyone to enjoy. We will be adding to our mini orchard on the Heath with some more fruit trees. To help keep you fit join us for more path clearing, litter picks and flower planting, if you would like to help with any of the above you would be most welcome. We meet once a month for about an hour you can do as much or as little as you are able, we usually finish with tea and cake. To get in touch email us at friendsoffleetside@gmail.com we look forward to seeing you.

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Saturday 29th February 2020 9.30am –12noon

Visitor Mornings

Thursday 19th March 2020 9.30am and 11.30am Thursday 7th May 2020 9.30am and 11.30am Personal visits available throughout the year Find out more and book your visit at www.hallifordschool.co.uk

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