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Welcome! Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic break, and are ready for all that another year entails. The Winter Wander and Magical Molesey were brilliant successes, and a massive congratulations to all that were involved. What a great place to live. For the first issue of the year we look at the last frost fair to be held on the Thames, hear about Britain's first lottery held by Elizabeth I, and Molesey Matters has tea with the Chief Constable of Surrey and asks him about both the rise in

January 2018 burglaries and anti-social behaviour in the county. We also look at the battle to save Henry VII’s hunting lodge, Hanworth Park House. Della pens her first blog of the year, and we are updated by the Residents Association. Stay warm and see you all in February!

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The Last Thames Frost Fair - 1814 Source: historypress/various 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

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 Source stall. Yet, the main drawChard appears to have Various/Paul 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’ (so named because of the ruinous effect of the strong spirits being offered) fashioned from sail cloth and oars 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.

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an icy halt. Between 1600 and 1814, it was not uncommon for the River Thames to freeze over MOUSE for up to two months at a time. There were two main reasons for this; the first was that Britain (and the entire of 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 it’s 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 To advertise email


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 smelt 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. Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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c 450 years ago - 11th January 1569 An advertisement for England’s first ever National Lottery was issued in 1567 by Queen Elizabeth I. At this time England was seeking to expand its export markets around the world. Queen Elizabeth I was looking for a way to raise money for several large public projects, in particular the rebuilding of ports

paid partly in ‘ready money’ and partly in plate, tapestries and ‘good linen cloth’. To encourage as many people as possible to buy tickets, all ticket holders were promised freedom from arrest for all crimes other than murder, felonies, piracy or treason.

A rare gold pound coin dating to 1594 –1596 with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. (Hoberman Collection/Corbis

and building new ships for the royal fleet. At the time, in 1567, she had two choices: levy a new tax on her citizens or hold a lottery. The Queen decided to go with the latter and established England’s first State Lottery. A Royal Proclamation was published, heralded as ‘A VERY RICH LOTTERIE GENERALL WITHOUT ANY BLANCKES.’ The proceeds were for ‘the reparation of the havens and the strength of the realme and towards such other publique good workes.’ Posters five feet high and twenty inches wide advertising ticket prices and showing off the prizes were displayed prominently on walls and doors around the City of London. Tickets cost ten shillings each – far too much for the ordinary citizen to afford. The first prize was an amazing £5000, which was To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

Tickets were available in the City of London from the Feast of St Bartholomew (24 August 1567) and also in York, Norwich, Exeter, Lincoln, Coventry, Southampton, Hull, Bristol, Newcastle, Chester, Ipswich, Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge, Shrewsbury, Dublin and Waterford. The lottery was not a success. Despite everything, it sold fewer than 34,000 tickets at ten shillings each instead of the 400,000 originally planned and raised less than £5,000 instead of the £100,000 envisaged. No-one seems to have won very much. To make it worse, prize money was not awarded until 11th January 1569, three years after the ticket sales. As a result and for the remainder of Elizabeth’s reign lotteries went out of fashion. 7

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H.G. [Herbert George] Wells (1866-1946) Aliens in Elmbridge

Source: Wiki/ Acclaimed as a scientific and social prophet, Herbert George Wells was a prolific novelist famous primarily for science fiction but also for comic realism. After a brief apprenticeship to a draper, Wells became a studentteacher, eventually winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science (later Imperial College) where his studies under the great zoologist T H Huxley inspired his science fiction writing In 1895 The Time Machine was the first of his hugely popular works which foresaw the splitting of the atom, travel to the moon and aerial warfare. The book telling the story of an English scientist who develops a time travel machine.

Some of Wells’ most famous works published were The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) and The War of the Worlds (1898). 'The War of the Worlds' (1898) is probably one of my favourite works of science fiction. Few people know that the story was written whist he was in Molesey and the book contains many references to many places in Elmbridge To advertise email


Weybridge, St George's Hill, Painshill, Esher and Ditton. Chapter Twelve is a particularly local read. The chapter is called, 'What I saw in the destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton': For roughly 50 years, Wells devoted his life to writing and his output during this time was amazing. Some even criticized Wells for his tremendous volume of work, saying that he spread his talent too thin. Wells wrote, on average, three books a year for a time. And each of his works went through several drafts before publication. Wells remained productive until the very end of his life, but his attitude seemed to darken in his final days. Among his last works was 1945's ‘Mind at the End of Its Tether’, a pessimistic essay in which Wells contemplates the end of humanity. Some critics speculated that Wells' declining health shaped this prediction of a future without hope. He died on August 13, 1946, in London. Several of his works have returned to the big screen in recent years. A remake of War of the Worlds (2005) featured Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning as two of the humans fighting to survive the alien invasion.

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JOHN EDWARD RICHARD SEARLE (1922 - 2017) Long Term Molesey Resident - RIP A resident of Manor Road, East Molesey for 77 years, passed away in October at the age of 95. After schooldays spent on the Kent coast, John moved with his parents to No. 38 Manor Road at the start of the Battle of Britain in July 1940, sharing the house during the war years with several other families. The small cellar and an Anderson Shelter at the end of the garden provided refuge during the forthcoming Blitz. The families did their bit for the war effort by “digging for victory” in the back garden, as well as keeping hens. John’s working life was spent in the engineering world and after more than thirty years fulfilling several inspection and managerial roles for the British Thermostat Company in Windmill Road, Sunburyon-Thames, an organisation employing more than two and a half thousand personnel during the war years and latterly owed by the Hanson Trust Group, he became Production Director of Teddington Industrial Equipment, a subsidiary of that Company, which was manufacturing control panels for Royal and other world Navy ships. John

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was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Quality Assurance and was a qualified Member of the British Institute of Management (now the Chartered Management Institute) for more than fifty years - serving as Secretary of the Southern Branch of that Institute during the 1960s. He was also the BIM representative on the committee of the Kingston Area Productivity Association (KAPA), which encouraged young people into the world of commerce and industry via apprenticeships. In his youth, John was a keen amateur pianist and played various piano concerti (with organ accompaniment) in churches in Molesey, Walton-on-Thames and Sunbury-onThames and gave solo piano recitals in venues such as York House, Twickenham and the Jolly Boatman at Hampton Court. He studied piano with Percy Godfrey, composer of the prizewinning Coronation March, which was played at the coronation of King Edward V11 and later with Gwendolen AylesRansley, who taught at the Royal Academy

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music festival during the 1950s. During the 1970s and ‘80s, John chaired and conducted several amateur operatic societies in Sunbury-on-Thames and Twickenham and ran an evening institute orchestral workshop for Spelthorne Borough Council, until health problems meant that he had to give up an active musical life. However, as a committee member of the Twickenham Branch of the Greater London Fund for the Blind, he continued to organise fund-raising concerts at the Rugby Stadium in Twickenham. Another leisure activity was photography and John was an RPS prize-winning member of Esher Photographic Society, joining in the early 1950s when that Society was in its infancy. His grandfather had been a professional photographer during the Victorian era and John was taught to develop and print his own black and white photographs during the 1930s. Later, during the 1950s, he went on to process his own 3” colour, glass-mounted slides, using Ferraniacolor, a state-of-the-art

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technology. Married for the first time in 1981, John and his much-younger wife, Rosemary, who was born and bred in nearby Arnison Road, East Molesey, had 36 happy years of marriage, much of it serving on the committees of local musical and charitable organisations, enjoying classical music concerts and competitions and travelling widely. After John’s retirement in 1985, they were very happy to continue their musical associations in the local community by involving themselves in the world of piano retail … until the dawn of the new Millennium in 2000.


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Tea with the Chief Constable of Surrey By Monica Chard It is not every day you get to have a cuppa with the Chief Constable of Surrey, Nick Ephgrave. I felt immensely privileged to do so recently. It has been a fraught few months from the point of view of antisocial behaviour and burglaries so this was a chance to really understand what the priorities of our county police are. It was very illuminating. Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) has been in decline in Surrey as a whole, although that is not the case in Sunbury as we know, which has in fact seen a 52.3% increase this year! So the question is, what is the police going to do about it? The Safer Neighbourhood Team is tasked with understanding ‘quality of life issues’, things which are spoiling our everyday enjoyment of our homes and village. Moped riding, wheeling bicycles, drug taking and littering all come under this category. It is fair to say that local police are indeed aware of issues and I think residents who have complained would agree that they do know. The Police and Partnerships meetings which I have attended make it clear that the issues in our little village are very much on the radar. But it is also important to look at the bigger picture to understand why you m ay feel not enough is being done to stop it. The police have to prioritise crimes they consider are endangering life. In the period 2012 (when we were enjoying the Olympics - not so long ago then) to 2016, there was a 72% increase in Domestic Abuse reports in Surrey. That equates to an additional 3200 instances in a year. That is shocking! Child Abuse cases have increased by 68% in the same period. That is 900 extra cases per year, and Child Sexual Exploitation is up by 162%, or 300 more cases per year. That is in Surrey alone. So, is it more important to intervene if a child is being abused or if someone is drug dealing and generally behaving like a pillock? You get the idea. For 10 years the To advertise email


care in the community policy has meant that many vulnerable people find themselves on the streets where they may not be safe. Since the Olympic year, the police have experienced a 91% increase in missing adults cases. This may be those with Alzheimers or mental illness. The number of cases of missing children is up by 800 more cases a year. I asked why the big increases. Well, society has changed. Tolerance of a situation has declined and people feel more empowered to come forward in cases of abuse. Just look at what is on our TV screens night after night and how victims are speaking out about historic abuses. Each instance is classified as a separate crime, which has a huge impact on crime figures. New crimes have appeared which didn’t exist before, for example ‘sexting’. Each instance is a new statistic in child abuse. But back to ASB and how it is affecting our quality of life. We feel disempowered at the situation we are facing in the village. But we can help each other and help the police. DO make calls to lodge a complaint. But do also make the most of social media if you have it. Follow the police on Facebook or Twitter under Surrey Police. You will get updates on police activity, raids and arrests. You can comment, share and contribute and hopefully help deter and solve crimes. That in itself may make you feel more empowered. Do keep in touch with local councillors too. They represent you in the Borough and should take notice of your concerns, If you are a parent and are afraid your child may be heading down the wrong path, why not get them involved in a constructive and positive activity which will give them discipline and strong role models: air cadets, sea cadets, army cadets, scouting, Duke of Edinburgh awards. There are plenty of groups in our area. The police themselves are expanding their own cadet force into Surrey attracting many children from troubled backgrounds and minorities who may be in danger of falling into bad company. We will report on this as the groups are rolled out. This is not a fix or an answer to our many concerns, but perhaps it sheds some light on what is happening behind the scenes.

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The Importance of Keeping Fit By Zoe Hodgson Pilates

As Smartphones, Tablets and Video Games rapidly nudge our generation towards being entirely bone idle, the importance of staying physically fit becomes more pertinent every day. Obviously, the team at ZH Pilates is mad about physical fitness, and we explain some of the reasons why you should be too…

Who needs to stay fit, anyway?! Everybody does! Regardless of your age, it is important for everyone to maintain some level of physical fitness. Due to busy work and social lives, more than 50% of us do not partake in the recommended amount of daily exercise. Generally, the older we get, the less active we become – and this doesn’t need to be the case. Those pesky middle-age years are the most crucial when it comes to physical health. This is the optimum time to maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones and prevent serious illness.

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What are the benefits of keeping fit? Staying fit essentially means keeping your body active and functioning at a high level. Taking part in regular exercise of any kind will maintain the performance of your heart and lungs, efficiently burning off excess calories and keeping your weight under control. Aside from the obvious pros like muscle gain and improved endurance, exercise will also decrease the chances of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Nobody likes going to the doctor and regular exercise will keep those visits to a minimum.

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So, what exercise should I do? It’s less about what you do and more about just doing something. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. It’s important to find some form of exercise that you can get enjoyment from whilst also feeling the benefit physically. Moderate activities like walking, swimming or cycling are all great starting points, but everybody is Walton Road, Don’t Forget!! different. Pilates, for example, can be as moderate or as strenuous as you want it to be! In any case, to feel the most benefit, we suggest beginning any form of exercise with an easy 5 – 10 minute warm up to get your blood flowing and prepare your body for activity. This will also drastically reduce the risk of injury. Written for ZH Pilates .


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Forget Brain Training Learn an Instrument

We are told we need to keep our brains active as we age, to help stave off cognitive decline and the risk of dementia. A whole industry has grown up around this, and we are urged to buy the latest brain-training apps and books. Yet research has thrown doubt on a lot of the hype surrounding these, with many now dismissed as useless gimmicks. But there is robust scientific evidence which shows that learning to play a musical instrument is not just beneficial to children: adults benefit too and it may even be helpful to patients recovering from brain injuries. Playing a musical instrument is a rich and complex experience that involves integrating information from the senses of

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undertake 14 months musical training exhibit significant structural and functional brain changes compared to those who do not. Learning to play a musical instrument not only increases grey matter volume in various brain regions, but also strengthens the long-range connections between those regions. Other research shows that musical training enhances verbal memory, spatial reasoning, and literacy skills: professional musicians usually outperform non-musicians in these areas. More recently, it has become clear that musical training facilitates the rehabilitation of patients recovering from stroke and other forms of brain damage. It also seems to have a protective effect against the onset of dementia. One problem with commercial brain training products is that they only improve performance on the skills involved; musical training on the other hand has what psychologists refer to as transfer effects; in other words, learning to play a musical instrument seems to have a far broader effect on the brain and mental function, and improves other abilities that are seemingly unrelated, such as working memory and language. ,Learning to play an instrument strengthens the brain in a way that nothing else does, so put down the Sudoku and pick up your ukulele. You know it makes sense.

vision, hearing, and touch, as well as fine movements. Musical training can induce longlasting changes in the brain. Professional musicians are highly skilled individuals who spend years training, so they provide a natural laboratory in which neuroscientists can study how such changes – called experience-dependent plasticity – occur across their lifespan. Early brain scanning studies revealed significant differences in brain structure between musicians and non-musicians of the same age. For example, the corpus callosum, a massive bundle of nerve fibres connecting the two sides of the brain, is significantly larger in musicians, and the brain areas involved in movement, hearing, and visuo-spatial abilities also appear to be larger. Longitudinal studies (which track people over time) have shown that young children who Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


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Robert Burns

was a Scottish bard, born in 1759 who wrote many poems and lyrics during his life. His most famous work is probably Auld Lang Syne, sang at New Year and which translates as 'times long past'. Burns is one of Scotland's most important cultural icons as many of his works addressed the political and civil issues of the time. Robert Burns' friends and acquaintances held the first Burns supper on July 21, the anniversary of his death, in the late 1700s. This date was later changed to January 25th, which marks his birthday. Burns suppers gradually became a tradition and are now held by people and organizations with Scottish origins worldwide. At Burns Night events, many men and

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women wear kilts or other clothes made from their family tartan. At the centre of the supper is the haggis, which brought to the table to the tune of bagpipes. For the uninitiated haggis is a savoury pudding containing 'sheep's pluck' (the heart, liver, and lungs of the animal) which are minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, stock and salt, then encased in the animal's stomach - though artificial casings are more commonly used now. It can be baked or boiled and although it sounds quite revolting is surprisingly delicious, at least to this author! It's served with a whisky sauce and some neeps and tatties - a mixture of swede and potato which works beautifully with the rough, oaty haggis. Cranachan is the traditional desert of cream, raspberries and oatmeal. It should all be washed down with a good whisky. Have a great Burns night. Gun cuireadh do chupa thairis le slainte agus sonas. (Translation: May your cup overflow with health and happiness


Learn something new in 2018: make trying a new skill and enriching your knowledge your New Year's Resolution Adam D'Souza, the H " ead of Grown-Ups" at Hampton Court House, challenges you to learn something new with the school's unique Form Seven programme of courses for adults. Every January, many of us make a New Year's resolution. However, if you are anything like me, then often these resolutions are quickly forgotten in the rush of life and work. Sometimes you need a little push to stick with your resolution and achieve your goals. As Hampton Court House's "Head of Grown-Ups”, I challenge you to learn something new this January: try a new skill, meet new people and explore new perspectives. Two years ago we made our own resolution to throw open our classrooms to everyone. We wanted to offer people of all ages the opportunity to pursue the adventure of learning – after all, why should school finish at18? Form Seven was our answer to that question. It is our programme of courses for adults. You can join us each week to learn a new language or creative skill in our beautiful Georgian school. We open our doors to local people, who join our pupils, parents, grandparents and staff, to experience inspiring lessons in the languages and arts.

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This term we are offering courses in French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, art, creative writing, ballet and sewing. Some highlights include:

Drawing and painting

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speakers to help you build towards fluency. You can discover the rich culture of the Frenchspeaking world with guided journeys through literature, politics, film, food and the arts. Practise speaking and listening in real-life situations. If you wish, we can help you gain the French Ministry of Education's internationally-recognised DELF certification. Ballet

The BBC, Telegraph and Guardian have all extolled the benefits of ballet as an all-round workout, improving your core strength and posture, sculpting your figure and improving your flexibility. Lessons start at the barre and then move on to more expressive dance routines. All are welcome for a unique, sociable fitness experience – no pink tights or tutus are required!

Spreading a love of learning

Form Seven courses are taught by the same teachers who work with our pupils at Hampton Court House, using the same inspiring yet systematic methods. Language tutors are native speakers, and the arts tutors are practising creative professionals who love to share their expertise; their enthusiasm for their craft is infectious. Our approach has been recognised by UNESCO, the United Nations' educational and cultural organisation, and the Good Schools' Guide. The tutors dedication and care for their grown-up students can be seen in the wonderful testimonials received for Form Seven courses:

“Ballet was lovely. I have the feeling I have grown a few inches taller since Thursday evening!” Marie Chesnier, East Molesey “I was in heaven at the Sketchbook Club. Brenda was lovely and very inspiring. I will definitely becoming each week.” Bethany Randall, West Molesey “If I had had a lesson like we had on Thursday when I was nine (my first French lesson) I would be a professor of French at the Sorbonne by now! Joking apart, it was great!” Sarah Dubrey, Teddington

An informal, friendly and open atmosphere

We seek to create an informal, friendly and open atmosphere for the children – visitors or prospective parents often remark on the friendly spirit of collaboration between our pupils and teachers. With Form Seven, this openness and friendship continues into the evening. Each week, you are invited to a buffet supper before your class where you can meet students on other courses and make new friends. Half-way through this coming term there will be a salon evening where, with the help of your tutor, you are invited to share some work in progress and celebrate everyone's new discoveries. The Georgian house and grounds at Hampton Court House are a stunning backdrop; learning is even more enjoyable in such beautiful surroundings.

Bringing the whole community together

We believe strongly that independent schools have a duty to give back to their local community. Form Seven is our unique way of doing this that, we hope, makes a direct impact on people in Molesey and beyond. Guy Holloway, the Headmaster of Hampton Court House, explains: “We seek to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. Form Seven enables us to make that aim a reality, and has put Hampton Court House at the heart of local life as a place of cultural and intellectual growth.” We invite our own staff to attend the courses. It is very important for teachers to maintain a mind-set of growth and discovery. Studying something new gives teachers a greater empathy for the challenges and excitement for learning felt by children in their classroom. We also invite staff from Reach Academy, a local state school with whom we have a partnership, to join our classes, be inspired and share their renewed love of learning with children and families in Feltham. This direct impact on people's lives has been recognised with Form Seven's shortlisting for the national TES Independent School Awards in the "community initiative of the year" category. We find out in February if we have won – fingers crossed! Join us More information about all our courses for adults is available at – you can reserve your place for a taster session on Thursday 11 January. I can't wait to welcome you to Hampton Court House, and to help you make 2018 a memorable year you can look back on with joy as the year you learned something new.

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Chandlers Field Primary School - Congratulations! What a difference a year makes! Pupils, parents and staff have all been celebrating at Chandlers Field Primary School following a fantastic Ofsted report. The school has been rated a “Good” school in all areas by Ofsted, the first time in 11 years! In their report the inspectors praised the schools values stating “Within the school’s warm and caring ethos, pupils develop confidence and self -esteem.” The report also praised the level of education the children were receiving commenting “Pupils across the school are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics” and “Teaching is effective and the setting is spacious, well organised and


provides an exciting environment for children’s learning.” Lynn Williams, Head Teacher, has sparked new life into the school since taking on the role just a year ago. With sheer determination, a fresh new uniform and a positive new ethos of “yes we can”, the whole school has come together to show the inspectors what they can achieve. Lynn said “Without support from pupils, parents, staff and governors we would never have been able to achieve this fabulous result. I am delighted all our hard work has been recognised” #yeswecan

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Big Garden Birdwatch The Big Garden Birdwatch is world’s largest garden wildlife survey, and 2018 will mark its 39th year. It is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and will take place on 27th , 28th and 29th January 2018. All we have to do is spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in our garden or a local green space. Then we send our results to the RSPB. Close to half-a- million people joined in last year counting more than eight million birds and providing valuable information about the wildlife using our gardens in winter. We’re all familiar with the sight of bluetits on a bird feeder or a cheery robin

year across the UK. So even if you see nothing at all during your Big Garden Birdwatch hour, that’s important information too! The RSPB also asks participants to log some of the other wildlife they have seen throughout the year. In 2018 people are being asked to look out for badgers, foxes, grey squirrels, red squirrels, muntjac deer, roe deer, frogs and toads. To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, participants should watch the birds in the garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three allocated days. Only the birds that land in the garden or local park should be counted, don’t count those just flying over. There is also a parallel event; Big Schools’ Birdwatch takes place which takes place during the period 2nd January23rd February 2018. Further information about this can be found at schoolswatch

hunting for grubs but it might come as a shock to know that some of our most-loved species are in desperate need of our help because their numbers have dropped dramatically. Species such as starlings and greenfinches have seen their numbers decline by 79 and 59 per cent respectively since the first Birdwatch in 1979. 40 years worth of data allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are faring, and what potential issues they might be facing. With results from so many gardens, they are able to create a snapshot of the visiting birds at this time of


Both the Big Garden Birdwatch and the Big Schools’ Birdwatch are part of the RSPB Giving Nature a Home campaign. This is aimed at tackling the habitat-crisis facing the UK’s wildlife. The charity is asking people to provide a place for wildlife in their gardens or outdoor spaces: this could involve putting up a nest box for birds, creating a pond for frogs, or building a home for hedgehogs. There is a free Big Garden Birdwatch pack, which includes a bird identification chart, plus advice to help you attract wildlife to your garden. Text BIRD to 70030 or visit Registration is open now. By Tom Hancock Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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borough, has stood empty for 25 years but was bought 3 years ago by Gary Cottle who wants to sell a part of the land off for housing and put the funds towards restoration of the lodge. He inherited a plan which has been approved for a hotel on the site but is seeking approval to change the configuration and offer housing both onsite and apartments within the house. So far Hounslow has refused the application as they were deemed “not in keeping with green best policy” - and yet the original

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plan for a large hotel on the green belt was! First used as a hunting lodge by King Henry VII, Hanworth Park House acted as a military hospital in World War I and was most recently a nursing home. It burned down in 1798 and the new build has been standing since 1802. Hanworth Park was a major part of the aviation history of the area and the Kings cup was awarded to Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly over the Atlantic from the US to Hanworth, on the steps of the house (below left). We attended a very interesting open day at the house recently to get a better understanding of the plans. Set in around 10 acres of parkland it is a stones throw from Feltham’s Cineworld complex which is rather incongruous. I had no idea it was there before our visit. It is feared the building will ultimately fall down if restoration is not undertaken soon. The vast wrought iron balconies are putting great pressure on the façade of the house. The plans for the site are sympathetic, in fact I would say it would create an amazing space. The idea is to put a museum and a pop up café as well as community space within the main house and landscape the grounds in the style of the original lodge so locals could enjoy the grounds. This could be such a wonderful space, both for recreation and accommodation. Surely it is common sense to find a solution and the community agrees. Find Hanworth Park House on Facebook and follow progress. Show your support. Or call Paul on 07946 494288




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You don’t need to live in the country to enjoy wildlife A Blog by Molesey Resident - Della Reynolds In good panto style I got a visit from puss in boots over the Christmas period. Somehow the tabby moggy found a way to walk over the row of plastic spikes I put up last month to protect the birds. I haven’t seen this cat actually enter the garden to workout just how it tiptoes over the spikes but I have seen it depart in that direction as soon as I

open the back door. As I look out into my garden with my morning cuppa once again I can see puss sitting patiently behind the tree. The poor birds can do no more than look down at the feast laid before them from the safety of the kitchen roof. I clearly need a new plan. Early one Tuesday I was in a hurry to put out the bins and the moggy and I came face to face. Not sure who was most surprised when I opened the shed door and puss dashed out, heading straight for the fence with the spikes. I wondered if it had been in my shed all night or whether I had just disturbed it looking for mice that morning. In any event I couldn’t have a cat size hole under the shed door so set about boarding it up. The space between the door and the floor is now only mouse size. I’m wondering whether a piece of trellis along the side of the shed would foil the determined cat but, quite possibly, it would just learn to do a bit of tightrope walking and balance along the top. Anyway, since the shed incident I haven’t seen a lot of moggy and things have settled down in the garden. The fat balls are becoming a season best seller as the cold weather creeps under the fluffy Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


feathers of the smaller birds. I’ve seen a number of blue tits and great tits taking advantage of the fat ball hangers while the robin tends to bob about underneath picking up the scraps which fall to the ground. The squirrels, three at the last count, love to munch on the tasty fat ball causing the birds to wait their turn. I know that many people make their garden feeders squirrel proof but they’re missing out on all the fun. Watching the squirrels chase each other round the garden, Benny Hill style or use their gymnastic dexterity to purloin the bird’s food is hugely entertaining. And let’s face it, when the

weather turns cold we all need to eat. Almost every part of my garden has become a home or feeding ground for somebody or other and I noticed the other day that my log shed in the front garden is now populated by squatters. I had put a box in there for storage while it awaited collection and when I went to take it out various mice appeared from the perfectly mouse shaped holes in the sides and scuttled round the back of the shed. When I lifted the lid I could see that the box contained wool insulation designed originally to keep food cool but now working to keep the mice warm. I decided just to put it back and leave well alone. I’m guessing that all the mice found their way back in. I had a second box the same which I had stored in the house and decided to put that in the shed at the back to make a desirable residence for the garden mice. Everyone is welcome to share my wildlife garden, everyone that is, but puss in boots.

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Recipe of The Month Overnight Oats

A filling nutritious and tasty breakfast Have you made healthier eating a part of your New Year plan? If so you should definitely try this healthy, hearty breakfast. A friend introduced me to overnight oats and I have to say I’m hooked. First, it’s the easiest breakfast ever. There’s nothing to cook; you make it the night before in under 5 minutes, and when you wake up, it’s there waiting. All you have to do is eat it! The basic recipe is very adaptable; you can do so many different things with it. I tend to eat mine cold but if you like things hot, heat them up in the microwave Oats help to reduce cholesterol and are a whole, unprocessed source of carbohydrates, which release energy slowly so are a great start to the day.

like. Variations: Fruit: apples, banana, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, figs, redcurrants (most fruits taste great). Flavourings: flaked or desiccated coconut, ground almonds. Sweeteners: If you have a sweet tooth you can add maple syrup, honey or jam. My kids experimented with chocolate milk too – lovely with bananas. Healthy fats: flax, nuts, nut butters Toppings to add in the morning: granola, nuts, raisins, sour cherries, additional fruit, chocolate chunks

Basic Overnight Oats Ingredients 1/2 cup dry oats (the actual cup size doesn’t really matter. It’s about proportions…just use a bigger cup if you have a bigger appetite) 1 cup of unsweetened milk (I like almond milk but cows’ milk, soya milk, plain yoghurt or a mix of yoghurt and milk is all good) Fruit of choice (fresh, frozen or even tinned) 1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds (optional but good for healthy omega 3 fats) Nuts (optional) Method 1. Combine everything into an airtight bowl or jar (I leave nuts out as I like them crunchy) h ) 2. Leave in the fridge overnight 3. Eat in the morning! You can heat them if you To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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Garden View

This month - Sniff! Sniff!

By Rachael Leverton

No I don’t have a cold but this month I will be sniffing a lot. Mainly because of my winterflowering shrubs. Every garden should have a couple of plants which bravely open their petals while winter is doing its worst. Viburnum farreri or Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ or ‘Deben’ are upright shrubs which bear pretty clusters of pink-buds on their bare branches, that open into honey -scented white flowers. They are incredibly tough, withstanding all but the harshest of frost. It’s lovely to cut a few sprigs to stand in a jam jar indoors. My favourite winter flowering shrub is the witch hazel plant Hamamelis mollis. It’s a delightful shuttlecock-shaped bush that explodes with citrusscented spidery flowers right about now. I have the orange ‘Jelena’ in my garden but the pale yellow ‘Pallida’ and the deep red ‘Ruby Glow’ are equally lovely. My dad had a wonderful winter-flowering honeysuckle in his garden: Lonicera fragrantissima, which I adored. A few years ago I discovered Lonicera x purpussi and fell in love. It has creamy white flowers and a really strong scent. Even if you have a tiny garden you’ll have room for a Christmas Box Sarcococca confusa. It produces white whiskery flowers from among its dark shiny evergreen foliage. I have two in pots on either side of my path and I’ve had people stop in their tracks and return back towards the house sniffing, in search of the source of the amazing sweet, heady scent. And don’t forget that there are scented snowdrops and tiny Iris reticulata which are deliciously perfumed too. Time to get sniffing. Happy gardening. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts




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NEWS FROM THE MOLESEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Notification of Major Gas Works in Molesey We have been given advance warning of some upgrades to the gas network in Molesey which will have a considerable impact on local roads. The work will involve: Walton Road, between Dennis Road and Hansler Grove (2 January to 23 March). There will be a temporary road closure of Walton Road at the junctions of Dennis Road, Park Road and Kent Road at different stages of the project, but access will be maintained for residents, with a signed diversion in place for all through traffic. Walton Road, from the junction of Rosemary Avenue to the junction of Grange Road (26 March to 1 June). There will be multi-way temporary traffic lights, and some bus stops will be suspended..It is frustrating that more works are planned so soon after the recent roadworks which caused such disruption in Walton Road. We have been advised, however, that they are essential, and that the new plastic pipes being laid have a minimum lifespan of 80 years, hopefully minimising the need for further work later on.

Missing Crest on Hampton Court Bridge A number of residents have asked what has happened to the historic crest showing the arms of Thomas Allen, which was attached to the brickwork between the pillars at the site of the old Hampton Court Bridge. We understand that this has been removed by Surrey County Council for refurbishment, and hope that it will be back in place in the New Year. Waste Collection Services Although there have been significant improvements in the performance of Amey, the new contractor, some residents are still experiencing difficulties, and MRA Councillors are continuing to raise these with the Council, and to press for further improvements. In the meantime we would encourage residents to ensure that all missed collections are reported to the Council, either online, or by phoning 01372 474474.

Walton Road Pedestrian Crossing Local residents have consistently raised concerns about the safety of pedestrians trying to cross Walton Road near the junction with New Road. There is a bend in the road at this location, and the volume and speed of cars along this stretch of road makes it difficult for pedestrians to cross safely. More pedestrians are crossing at this point since the new Sainsburys’ opened, and the increase in the number of cars turning into the supermarket and the post office depot have added to the problem. MRA Councillors have raised this with Surrey County Council on a number of occasions without success, but in view of the recent changes in pedestrian and vehicle movements they have finally agreed to look into installing a crossing at this location.

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Friends of Fleetside We hope you enjoy the daffodil, snowdrops and crocus bulbs we planted around Fleetside and along the banks of Pool Road Island Farm Road and Green Lane something to cheer you up on a cold spring day. We had a successful litter pick around Fleetside in December and are hoping to get 2 more litter bins.

We are now involved in the community allotment on Island Farm Road this is open to all Molesey Residents for more details contact; We had singing round our Christmas tree, and Fleetside looked very festive with all the Christmas lights up. We have lots of things planned for the New Year hope to see you at one of our events. You don't have to live on Fleetside to join our group we have people from all parts of Molesey, so if you have an hour once a month to help us enhance the area you would be most welcome, there is always tea and cake after the event! Join us at the above email.

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Events Coming Up Some we like...

Brooklands Museum 17th January. Torchlight Tour Includes hot soup &a roll, wear sensible footwear and bring your own torch for this behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum at night. Pre-booking is essential for this so call Donna Hopton on 01932 857381 ext 253 to book or email Suitable for children over 12years only. Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9PS United Kingdom La Boheme Sunday, 25th February 2018 at 7.30pm Tickets: £20 and £16 from 0333 1212 300 or book online below Puccini's masterpiece La Boheme is justifiably one of the world's most enduringly popular operas with memorable tunes telling stories of love and romance in the Parisian art world. 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). The late Diana, Princess of Wales, was often described as the "People's Princess" but a princess 200 years earlier with strong links to Surrey was the first to enjoy that unofficial title. Princess Charlotte of Wales, who often visited the county before living in Claremont House (now Claremont in Esher), will be the subject at the January talk of the Molesey and District Antiques Society. The meeting is in Imber Court at East Molesey on January 9th, starting at 8p.m. Members free, non-members £ Snow White performed by The Desborough Players. 12th – 14th January at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse Bridge Street, Hurst Grove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 1AU, by Alan Frayn, directed by Jane Cairns. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. Bulk discounts are available for groups of 20 or more! Go to contact.html for booking information. Tickets are going fast! Crafting Live Sandown Stephanie Weightman’s award winning Crafting Live show is back at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher and bringing a whole host of celebrity crafters. We start the event on Thursday 25th January with the all-important workshop hosted by Stephanie Weightman and Nancy Watt. The show is open on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January 10am-5pm with an array of exhibitors stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, ribbon, beads and much more. Adults: £5 day / £7.50 weekend | Concessions: £4 day / £6 weekend | Under 16 FREE Sandown Park Portsmouth Rd Esher Surrey KT10 9AJ Royal Opera House : RIGOLETTO The Hammond Theatre Cinema Tuesday 16 Jan 2018, 7:15pm Approximate running time 2 hrs 45 mins including one interval. Sung in Italian with English Fashion and Freedom This exhibition examines female clothing during the progress to female emancipation from the 1840s to the 1980s. . The exhibition demonstrates that, over time, women began to be freed from the fetters of long, cumbersome skirts, tight, restrictive bodices, corsets and headwear. The display includes a small but important section on the history of the women’s suffrage movement. It also explores the fascinating stories of Elsie Duval and Olive Beamish, militant Suffragettes. Tues to Fri 12.30 to 4.30 Sat 11 to 4 Free entry. Chertsey Museum, The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AT To Saturday 10 Feb 2018 Contact telephone: 01932565764 To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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