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Welcome to 2020! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. Who knows what the year might hold? Let s not be downhearted though, we have our community, and it is indeed community spirit always sees us through. Use the local shops and businesses more than ever. Support our local trades. We all need to pull together. In this months issue we delve into Victorian New Year traditions and superstitions, learn of David Garrick s wife and London s last Frost Fair. This year is this Chinese Year of the Rat. We look at what it means to be one. Della, our roving reporter looks at music in Molesey

January 2020 and we hear of an Elmbridge service to deliver Library Books direct to your home. This month s recipe is a warming winter curry Take care and see you in February

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Victorian New Year Traditions Eva Marie Veigel Your 2020 Vision for 2020 The Last Frost Fair Chinese New Year Enjoy Reading Fit Not Thin in 2020 Molesey Matters Roving Reporter Recipe of the Month MRA Garden View Events Coming Up Friends of Fleetside Index of Advertisers

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Top 10 Victorian New Year s Traditions & Superstitions Queen Victoria introduced Hogmanay to England, bringing with it many bizarre superstitions and cultural rituals from the Scottish new year celebration. Prince Albert may have contributed the Tannenbuam to Victorian Christmas. The queen did him one better with a holiday even more prominent: Hogmanay. The Scottish new year celebration gifted England with hundreds of bizarre superstitions and cultural rituals. Matchmaking New Year s Eve was no extraordinary affair among Victorian high society. But New Year s Day was marked by a marathon of social traditions. Wealthy Victorians would hold open

A New Years Postcard from 1905 houses, inviting all the local eligible bachelors into their homes to meet their unmarried daughters. What ensued was not unlike modern-day speeddating. A young man would likely receive invitations from a number of households and would spend 15 minutes or so chatting with the resident young woman (or women) therein before moving on to his next engagement. Some gentlemen scholars only wish to partake in libations with no interest toward conversation. Eventually, the affair was stipulated by invitation. Phantom Balls Victorians of the middle class would attend what were known as Phantom Balls. These were parties which called for ghostly costumes, card games, and even a bit of football for the men. New Clothes A new suit of clothing was worn on the first of the year to symbolize fresh beginnings and a leaving behind of all the past year s To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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hardships. Bells At midnight on New Years Eve, bells were rung to symbolize good s victory over evil and to bring hope for peace and happiness in the year ahead. The Threshold The threshold bore particular significance among Victorians. It was held to represent the crossing from one year to the next. At the stroke of midnight, the front door was flung open and one greeted the new year with shouts of Welcome! Welcome! Then the head of the household would throw a cake against the door to ensure a year without hunger. Furthermore, the first person to cross the threshold after midnight was believed to foretell the family s fortune for the year. If this person came bearing gifts (usually of coal, spices, sweets, and whiskey), this was seen as a sure sign of prosperity for the year ahead. If it was a darkhaired male, good fortune lay ahead. If it was a blonde, troubles loomed. Clover & Swine As the Victorians did for all special holidays and occasions, postcards were sent to loved ones bearing well wishes. Pigs and clover were considered bearers of good fortune and thus were often featured in the illustrations of New Year tidings. Gift-giving Sending cards and small gifts of fruit, spices, and money were thought to be practices that would encourage the generosity of the Fates in the coming year. Hearth & Fire Cleaning out the ashes from the hearth was to be done on New Year s Eve as a sign of sweeping away all the past year s ills and ushering in the new year with a clean slate. Additionally, one was not to leave the house on New Year s Day holding any kind of flame, be it candle or lamp. Pocket Money Victorians were sure to have a bit of money in their pockets on New Year s Day in order to ward against poverty and misfortune in the new year. Divination As sport, Victorians would playfully predict one another s fortunes for the new year by interpreting each other s tea leaves and engaging in bibliomancy, by which one opened a book (particularly the Bible) and read aloud the first passage that came into sight.

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Eva Marie Veigel Molesey Matters has previously written about impressed enough with the effort that she famous local resident David Garrick (1717- changed her opinion on Garrick and decided 1779), the actor who lived across the river at Veigel would be well to marry him. This reHampton. But what of his wife? ported incident may have been the inspiration Eva Marie Veigel was a well known dancer of for such plays as Robertson's David Garrick. her day, using the stage name Violette or By all accounts the match between Garrick Violetti, said to be a nickname given to her by and Veigel was a happy one. They were childEmpress Maria less, and Veigel outTheresa based on lived her husband by the meaning of her forty-three years. On surname—a cormarrying, she retired ruption from the from dancing. Garrick's Middle High Gerincreasing wealth enaman viol, "violet . bled him to purchase a Veigel married palatial estate for Eva Garrick on 22 June Marie and himself to 1749. As she was a live in, naming it Catholic and he a Garrick's Villa, that he Protestant, the bought at Hampton in couple went 1754. through two marAt the time of her riage ceremonies. death she was living at Veigel first fell in Adelphi Terrace, in love with Garrick London's borough of after seeing him Westminster. Her will, perform on the dated 28 January 1819, MOUSE stage, and their with codicils of 28 respective enterNovember 1821 and 15 tainment careers August 1822, was caused them to proved on 30 October meet socially soon 1822. The only relathereafter. tions of her own He was taken with Eva Marie Veigel and husband David Garrick, painted whom she named her just as quickly, by William Hogarth. The painting is in the Royal were her niece Elizabut her wealthy Collection at Windsor Castle beth, wife of Mr. Pepatron, Dorothy Boyle, the Counter de Saar, of Vienna, tess of Burlington (wife of the 3rd Earl of and her god-daughter Eva-Maria de Saar, Burlington), discouraged her from marrying daughter of her late nephew Louis de Saar, of him as Veigel had performed in the royal Oldenburgh, in Hungary. She reportedly lived courts of Europe and Garrick was seen as to 99 years of age, though her stated birth date being a match much beneath her. Reportedly of leap-year's day would make her 98 at the the Countess asked Garrick to use his perfor- time of her death. She was buried in mance abilities to make Veigel fall out of love with him, which he did attempt. The scheme Westminster Abbey with her husband. did not work, but Burlington was nevertheless To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Your 2020 Vision for 2020 By Anne McCarthy Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We often reflect on the past year and mourn chances we didn t take or connections we didn t make. Instead of looking longingly backwards, perhaps 2020 is a good year to develop your vision for the future so that it s well 20/20!

a family? With your boss you might mention projects you d like to lead, qualifications you'd like to study for. With your partner you might want to talk about joining a gym together, planning a safari, or taking up ballroom dancing.

Review your goals — short and long-term

These discussions are useful in both your work and your private life. They can help you understand points of dissatisfaction in your work or relationship and give you the clarity you need to explore a change.

Are your everyday activities helping you to accomplish your short-term goals? Are you working on meaningful projects? Make sure at least some of your daily activities help you to accomplish your short-term goals, and that those short-term goals can build to let you accomplish larger goals and objectives.

Invest in yourself There s a difference between being comfortable and being complacent. Try stepping out of your comfort zone and take an online course, sign up with the Open University or night classes at college. Try out a yoga class or a massage, or simply go away with a friend or a partner to a spa for a few days.

But don't be a slave to your goals. It's okay to change directions and shift deadlines. January is a

Reflect on lessons learned January is not all about new beginnings. It's nice to think about all you accomplished during 2019. What did you learn? What did you achieve? A lot probably happened in the past 12 months, but life moves so fast that too often we don t take time to reflect on all we ve learned. Take note of your discoveries and think about ways you can apply those lessons with intention as you move into the new year.

great time revaluate. Are your long-term goals from six months ago still relevant to you today? It can be helpful to write down your goals using pen and paper, and then hang them in a place where you can see them. This acts as a visual prompt to remind you and inspire you during the day-to-day grind. Nurture relationships Sometimes friendships and family relationships get placed on the backburner when we're busy. Are there If there friends and relatives in your contacts list who you haven t spoken with lately? Use this season to catch-up, reconnect, and nurture the relationships that matter. Request a planning meeting It could be with your boss, or your partner! When you think about the next year — do you see yourself staying at the same job? If so, do you want to be considered for promotion or a transfer? Would you like to plan a big trip with your partner, or start To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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The Last Frost Fair

February 1814: King George III was on the throne, Tory Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister and the Napoleonic Wars would soon be over. It was also the third coldest winter since 1659, when the Central England Temperature (CET) records began. After weeks of bitter chill, blankets of fog and drifting snow, Londoners awoke on 1 February to find that the River Thames had ground to an icy halt. Between 1600 and 1814, it was not uncommon for the River Thames to freeze over for up to two months at time. There were two main reasons for this; the first was that Britain (and the entire the Northern Hemisphere) was locked in what is now known as the Little Ice Age . The other catalyst was the medieval London Bridge and its piers, and specifically how closely spaced together they were. During winter, pieces of ice would get lodged between the piers and effectively dam up the river, meaning it was easier for it to freeze. Activities and entertainment at frost fairs ranged from bull-baiting, horse and coach races and puppet plays to sledging, nine-pin bowling, throwing at cocks and dancing. The 1814 fair even had its own main street – signposted The City Road – where hawkers sold trinkets and souvenirs, children s swings were erected, and gambling dens appeared. There are even eye-witness accounts of an elephant being led over the ice near Blackfriars Bridge! Close to a dozen printing presses were also dragged out and erected on the frozen river, with typographers churning out poems to commemorate the great frost . One printer named George Davis published a 124-page book, Frostiana; or a History of the River Thames in a Frozen State from his outdoor printing stall. To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Yet, the main draw appears to have been food and drink. Oxen were roasted in front of roaring fires, mutton was served in slices and mince pies and gingerbread blocks sold, all permeated (quite liberally) with alcohol; although tea, coffee and hot chocolate were also on sale. Temporary bars and fuddling tents fashioned from sail cloth and oars (named so because of the ruinous effect of the strong spirits being offered) popped up over the ice, selling all manner of intoxicating liquors. Purl, similar to Vermouth, was a mix of gin and wormwood wine served hot and Mum was a beer infused with spices. Fruit and gingerbread-sellers also sold cups of gin to accompany their produce.

The Frost Fair of 1814 by Luke Clennell Risks were, of course, inevitable. As well as the threat of pickpockets, visitors were undoubtedly fleeced both by the watermen, who charged a toll of 2d or 3d plus tip for access alone, and the numerous vendors who smelled a tidy profit. The ice also claimed several casualties, giving way in places and swallowing up businesses, as well as people. Of course, when there s ice involved, the event must reach its seasonal end. By the fifth day, 5 February 1814, the wind changed direction, snow became rain and the ominous sound of ice cracking started to reverberate. The pedlars and punters scattered!

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Chinese New Year Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 25th January. In China many people will take a whole week off from work to mark the celebration. It is known as the Spring Festival.

2020 is a year of the Rat, starting from January 25th, 2020 and lasting until February 11th, 2021. It will be a Metal Rat year. In 2021,a year of the Ox will follow. The Year of the Rat is the first zodiac sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle. According to the Chinese zodiac story, in the competition held by the Jade Emperor to decide the zodiac animals, the quickwitted rat asked the diligent ox to take him on a ride to cross the river and jumped down before the ox crossed the finish line, so the rat won the race and became the first of the zodiac animals. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rat year occurs every 12 years.. On New Year s Eve, Reunion Dinner is eaten. Many Chinese believe this is the most important meal of the year. It is usually shared by several generations and consists of fish, dumplings, spring rolls, glutinous rice cakes and sweet rice balls. To mark New Year, red lanterns are hung in the street, red couplets are pasted on doors and images of prosperity displayed. Fireworks are lit and it s believed that the person who launches the first firework of the New Year will have good luck. Lion and Dragon Dances take place and these are intended to scare away evil, and attract health, wealth and wisdom. Many New Year activities have links with Chinese To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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legends. New Year is called Guo Nian which means celebrate a New Year or overcome Nian . Nian was an ancient sea living monster who came onto land on New Year s Eve to eat people and livestock. One year, an old man with white hair and a ruddy complexion managed to scare away the monster by pasting red papers on to doors, burning bamboo which made a loud cracking sound, lighting candles in the houses and wearing red clothes. Another monster called Sui was said to terrify children whilst they slept. Parents would stay up all night watching and lighting candles to try and keep their children safe. One official s family gave their child eight gold coins to play with. The child wrapped the coins in red paper and then played at unwrapping them and wrapping them back up until he got so tired he fell asleep. The parents put the coins under the child s pillow and legend has it that when Sui came and tried to touch the child, the eight coins omitted such a strong light that it scared the demon away. This is the basis for why elders and those who are married give children and young unmarried people red envelopes with coins in them at New Year. The red envelope is called Yasui Qian which means suppressing Sui money and the purpose is to scare away the monster and bring good luck. In general, Rats' best matches come from Ox, Dragon and Monkey according to Chinese zodiac compatibility rules. They can live an everlasting and happy marriage life together. Rats are quickwitted, resourceful, and smart but lack courage. With rich imaginations and sharp observations, they can take advantage of various opportunities well. In Chinese culture, rats represent working diligently and thriftiness, so people born in a Rat year are thought to be wealthy and prosperous By Susan Brookes-Morris Or call Paul on 07946 494288


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with additional benefits for its clients, such as extended loan periods and amount of books you can borrow, plus no fines or overdue charges. As well as supporting individuals in their homes, we offer an opportunity for a variety of 'community settings' such as care homes, nursing homes, long term in-patient wards and rehabilitation centres, to provide a library service to their residents. We

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reach everyone. Library Direct allows individuals to once again select their own books, and have volunteers deliver them right to their doors. In addition to having complete access to library stock, this services also helps to combat isolation. Volunteers will often stop for a drink and chat, and in many cases, form friendships with the people they are visiting. The service has helped change the lives of countless individuals. One Library Direct client says, I can't get out very much so the service is invaluable to me. Library Direct is a completely free and comes

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Fit Not Thin in 2020 By Sarah Davey Many people will make a resolution to lose weight in 2020. To be fair lots of us made the same resolution on January 1st 2019...and 2018... What if we're looking at it all wrong? What if a better resolution was to get fit in 2020? Fit not thin. I m not saying you shouldn t aim to lose weight. If your knees buckle when you try to stand up and you have a family history of cardiovascular disease maybe you should. But maybe that family history of cardiovascular disease should prompt you to think more strategically. Obesity is linked to cardiovascular disease but that's not the whole story. Lack of fitness also plays

a role. Tackle the fitness and a side effect may be that you also tackle the obesity. And seriously, getting fit is way more fun than dieting. A friend once told me about the shift in her mindset when she decided to focus on fit not thin. "As I got fitter I became more than I was before. Whenever I'd tried to lose weight in the past I'd focussed on being less. That was the main difference for me."

forcement. And let's be honest, society is horribly biased against fat people. But if fitness was the Holy Grail we wouldn t automatically assume that not-thin equates to not-healthy. We need to stop being obsessed with weight-loss and thinness. If we get involved in more conversations about fitness rather than how to lose extra pounds, our fat-bias would diminish and maybe more overweight people would feel comfortable joining the gym or that exercise class they always fancied. Both fat and thin people would be healthier if they aimed for fitness rather than thinness. Even if overweight people stay overweight weight, they still get all the protective benefits of exercise. And there are many thin people who are terribly unfit and are at risk of cardiovascular disease. Thin does not always or even often equate to healthy, in spite of popular myth. It s not an either-or situation but if you only aim to end 2020 thinner you might succeed, you might not, but you ll still be unfit. If you aim for fitness you will probably lose weight, gain confidence, friends, a new skill or two, and in the words of my friend be more than you were by the end of the year. I know which route I m going to take.

Personally I think that if society paid more attention to fitness rather than weight loss, we d actually have less obesity. If we (especially women) focussed on how far we could run or cycle, or how many push-ups we can do, we would naturally be more active and less obese because focussing on fitness actually makes weight loss easier. The fitter you get the more you view food as fuel and the more you want to eat high quality nutritious food because it helps you get fitter. It's positive rein-

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Molesey Matters Roving Reporter Della Reynolds

Thank you for the music Musicland East is tucked away at the end of the Walton Road shops, just before you turn the corner into Matham Road. Off the beaten track you may think, but this tiny corner of the high street is a hive of activity as upwards of 300 students a week pass through the red door for their one-to-one music lessons. Catering for ages from 5 to 76 James Etherington, the General Managers says; We get a real opportunity to make a difference. The shop meant a lot to me growing up, and I can see it means a lot to some of our younger students now. The community atmosphere gives way to the tendency to dream big, and it's great to have a shop full of musicians and those who support them, seven days a week, in a community that lets it thrive. Although the shop has been here since 1996, I became interested when I got myself a small ukulele. I wandered in for some help getting started and found it was easy to book up a lesson as the teachers are skilled musicians in a range of instruments including guitar, drums, piano, and harmonica. So, whether you blow it, pluck it, bang it or strum it, they have an expert for you. I also liked the fact that you were not tied in to a series of lessons paid for up-front. You pay as you go at Musicland East and can opt for a schedule which suits your time limitations, though they recommend at least one half-hour a week. Playing a musical instrument has a surprising number of benefits. From improving memory, and reducing stress, to broadening your social circle, every child should have the opportunity to master a musical instrument of their choice. I know from my own efforts that the urge to achieve competency has developed discipline and determination. Contorting my peri-arthritic fingers round some of the more complex chords seemed impossible at To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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first but with encouragement I persevered and can now deliver a passable rendition of You ve got a friend in me as long as I opt for the version without the barre chords. I liked the fact that my teacher, Tristram had me playing real songs from the very first lesson. If I want to wind down from the stress of a general election say, I find it restful to strum my ukulele chords as I watch TV with the sound down. Clearly, the best way to avoid indoctrination. And with just a little more practice I think I might be ready to go public. Why not. Sharing live music always creates a tingle of excitement which is why there are so many open mic venues in this area. Recognising the importance of public performance Musicland East host an annual Musicland Live event at Imber Court on Ember Lane, East Molesey. They hire a massive room and the students perform in bands or as individuals to friends and family. I ll let James describe the event. We've had a massive response to our larger Musicland Live events, which give our students the opportunity to get together into bands and have them perform on a proper stage and gain some experience. It's an annual concert our students put on in January at Imber Court, with around fifteen bands performing to an audience of well over 300 people. It s a great evening and we always sell hundreds of tickets, and it can only grow off the back of the community that supports it. Luckily, Molesey has a great one! The next event is Saturday 25th January 7.30pm – tickets £6. Come along, you may get inspired, it s never too late to learn. And if you see a woman of a certain age, bend her bony fingers round a variation of You ve got a friend in me that will be me. Or call Paul on 07946 494288


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Recipe of The Month

Tomato, spinach and butter bean curry The Community CafĂŠ @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 ÂŁ5 and they will donate the proceeds to local charities feeding those on low incomes and who are struggling.

Even if you aren t participating in Veganuary this is a delicious nutritious, comforting meal perfect for these cold winter days. 1 tin butter beans 500g cherry tomatoes 3 cloves garlic 3cm ginger 2 red chillies 1 tbsp turmeric 2 tsp garam masala 2 tsp cumin seeds 2 tsp mustard seeds 1 tin coconut milk 200g brown/white basmati rice 4 star anise 2 cinnamon sticks 400g spinach 20g coriander Rapeseed oil for cooking.

Rinse the rice and add the star anise, cinnamon and pop it into a saucepan and fill the pan with plenty of boiled water. Cook for 1012 mins. When the tomatoes are cooked, remove from the oven and add to the curry. Add the spinach handful by handful until it wilts. Drain the rice, remove the star anise and cinnamon. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with naan bread.

Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 5. Halve the tomatoes and put them cut-side up in a roasting tray Drizzle with oil and season and roast for 15 mins in the oven Peel and finely chop the garlic, and ginger and finely chop the chillies. Remove the seeds if you don t want too much heat. Drain and rinse the butter beans. Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add spices, stir for around 30-40 secs. Add the butter beans and the coconut milk plus 500ml of water and simmer for 10 minutes. To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Contact Rachel Bowles, Registrar, to book a tour on 020 8614 0857 or visit our website at www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk


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Surrey County Council is planning to introduce a package of amendments to local parking controls in the New Year. These include proposals for major new parking restrictions in East Molesey, in particular the introduction of controlled parking zones (CPZs) in Palace Road, Wolsey Road, Arnison Road, Hansler Grove, Grove Road and St John s Road. The CPZs will operate for an hour in the morning from Monday to Friday, effectively preventing commuter parking. Although the measures will be popular with many of the people living in those roads, other residents have expressed concerns about the potential for displacement of commuter parking into neighbouring roads, many of which have limited offstreet parking capacity. The proposals will be subject to public consultation in the New Year. We will update residents via our website and Newsletters when the consultation dates and arrangements are known, and we would encourage everyone to respond so that their views can be taken into account. Local Burglaries Unfortunately, there has been another spate of burglaries in the West Molesey area, and although the overall numbers are relatively small the police have confirmed that there has been an increase in recent weeks. We have been assured that

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local police officers are looking out for suspicious behaviour, and that the number of patrols has been increased, but residents should take particular care to make sure their properties are secure. In most of the recent cases, entry has been gained via the rear of the property, and sheds and outbuildings are also vulnerable, so these should always be locked. If you see any suspicious activity please report it by calling 101, but in an emergency always dial 999. Esher Road Bridge A number of residents have asked if there has been any news about the replacement of the road bridge over the River Mole in Esher Road. We understand that plans to replace the bridge were drawn up some time ago by Surrey County Council (SCC), but that no specific timescale was ever fixed, and SCC has confirmed that given current financial constraints they have no plans to progress this in the short to medium term. Public Conveniences Elmbridge Council has been conducting a rolling programme of refurbishments to the local public conveniences. We have been contacted by several people who are concerned about the run-down condition of the toilets on the towpath near Molesey Lock, and we have been assured that these will be included in the next phase, due to start in the Spring of 2020.

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Garden View

This month - Witch hazel By Rachael Leverton

January is a great time to plant deciduous trees and at this time of year a tree with added winter interest is always a welcome sight. Enter the witch hazel. These lovely trees with their citrus-scented spidery flowers are widely sold in garden centres as container-grown plants Look for plants with a number of evenly distributed well-placed branches and avoid those showing signs of stress, damage or disease. Ideally choose an open, sunny position in the garden. They also work well if planted next to pathways and doors where you can enjoy their gorgeous scent on wintery days. Avoid very shady sites though or the plant may become straggly Witch hazels need free-draining soil that doesn t dry out in summer. A light soil mixed with plenty of organic matter, such as well-rotted manure or compost, is best. They will also grow on heavier clay soils but make sure that as well as digging in plenty of organic matter you ensure good drainage by planting on a slight mound, about 25-30cm (10in-1ft) high and 1m (3½ft) in diameter. The only soil witch hazels won t tolerate is a shallow chalky soil. And make sure you don t plant them out if the ground is waterlogged. Witch hazels grow slowly but eventually make large spreading shrubs. They aren t fond of pruning so make sure you leave enough space around your plant for it can develop naturally. Make sure they are well-watered throughout the first couple of springs and summers as they take a long time to fully establish and lack of moisture can cause flowers to drop. They don t need regular feeding but applying a top dressing of a general in late winter or early spring will help young plants to grow. Happy New Year and Happy Gardening! 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 Old Mother Hubbard - the pantomime www.sunburyriverside.co.uk Racboxoffice@gmail.com 07505 206757 Music, comedy, dancers, colour ! a very traditional Panto but with a Wild West twist. Thursday 16th January: Friday 17th January: Saturday 18th January Evenings at 7.30pm Saturday s 18th January: Sunday 19th January Matinees at 2.300pm New Year in Old Vienna Greet the New Year with the wonderful and enduring music of Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, Robert Stolz, Mozart and others including a special item from Sir Edward Elgar. Performance at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.45pm Tickets are £12 and £10 for concessions from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org..uk Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Middlesex TW11 9PS Sat 4 Jan 2020 Contact telephone: 03331212300 Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen Enigmatic and mysterious, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose and wry humour; his music befriending an entire generation. In this concert Keith James performs Cohen s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice - Sunday Times. a sensitive delivery, - Acoustic Magazine. 7.30 pm. Tickets: Advance £15 / On door £17 / £14 LAC Members / £10 U21s Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9NN Sat 18 Jan 2020 Contact telephone: 020 8977 7558 Claremont Landscape Garden - Winter woollies trail. Pull on your warm winter woollies and see what you can find at Claremont as the seasons change. Children will love following our trail boards around the garden which will give them the perfect outdoor escape after a busy Christmas. Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Start 10:00. End 15:00. Free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply. Trail sheets available from the kiosk. Check website for latest information. Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG Thu 26 Dec 2019 to Thu 30 Jan 2020 Contact telephone: 01372 467806 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 on line for 10% discount. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB Sat 25 Jan 2020 to Sun 1 Mar 2020 Contact telephone: 01483224234 Vintage Motoring Film Evening. Brooklands Museum. January 18, 2020. 6:00pm - 10:00pm Join us for an evening of vintage motoring films, shown an original reel to reel projector. You can also enjoy a 2course dinner whilst viewing the films Doors 6pm for hot food & bar with the Films shown from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for the evening. Ticket are available online or over the phone 01932 857381. www.brooklandsmuseum.com Alice in Wonderland This is a delightful pantomime, inspired by Lewis Carroll s world-famous children s novels, Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass . It features all the much-loved characters in the books: Alice, the White Rabbit, the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more! Watch out too for the strange goings-on at the famous Mad Hatter s tea party and the Queen s own tarty (a party with tarts)! As the story unfolds, the evil Queen plans to unleash horrible, hungry monsters from beyond the Black Gates to take over Wonderland. Can Alice and Jack, with the help of all their friends and the Wonderland Creatures, save the day? In true pantomime tradition, of course, members of the audience will be asked to join in with their support! Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January 2020 at 7.30 p.m Saturday 11th January 2020 at 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m Tickets £10 each. £9 each for groups of 10 or more booked at the same time for the same show. Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2LU Thu 9 Jan 2020 to Sat 11 Jan 2020 Contact telephone: 01932868928 To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Friends of Fleetside Update Friends of Fleetside have ventured out of Fleetside with some of their bulb planting, do look out for the daffodils under the road signs in Down Street, Approach Road and adjoining verges. Our winter planting under the Fleetside road signs looks very pretty. A litter pick around Fleetside produced several bags of litter. Each time we do this it gets less and less which is encouraging as we have got more litter bins in place thanks to the M.R.A. Lovely walks can be had on Molesey Heath. Thank you to the kind person who has put some steeping stones over the muddy path to make it easier to negotiate. The fruit tree we planted on the Heath a few years ago have yielded some lovely fruit our meddles were very good. The community garden allotment raised beds have had a makeover with a coat of paint, the winter cabbages are very tasty, and our compost heap made from recycled pallets is being put to good use. A fun evening singing round the Christmas tree was enjoyed by many local families with mince pies and mulled wine it was a very festive event. We have lots of things planned for 2020 so if

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Molesey Matters January 2020  

The monthly community magazine for East and West Molesey

Molesey Matters January 2020  

The monthly community magazine for East and West Molesey

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