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Putting Local Business First Keeping a Community Together

March 2018 Issue 18

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Welcome! Welcome to the March edition. Is it me or is time flying at the moment? Time, can be a good thing though. Do remember that on Sunday, March 25 at 1am, clocks go forward one hour signalling the start of British Summer Time (BST) The change ensures that there is more daylight in the evenings. Hurrah!! I am loving the cover photo this month. Sent in by reader Alessandro Castellani, it employs a clever technique. Page 10 explains. In this months issue we look at Henry V, reminisce over the buses and trams that used to

March 2018 serve Molesey, and find out which was the first river tunnel in the world. Friends of Fleetside update us and we hear of Elmbridge Shed, which needs your support. A new initiative is also born, #LOVEMOLESEY. A fantastic idea! Have a great March and see you next month.

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Molesey Director: Paul Chard Telephone : 07946 494288 Email : Website Cover : Photo by Molesey Matters Reader Alessandro Castellani. To hear how it was done turn to page 10. Send any photos (300dpi) for consideration to: Check us out on Facebook. @moleseymattersmagazine

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Henry V

Crowned King 21st March 1413 Source : Various King Henry V, "too famous to live long", in the words of his brother, John, Duke of Bedford, reached the height of medieval kingship. Revered as a hero of legendary proportions in his own lifetime and later immortalized as the patriot King by Shakespeare, by the standards of his own time, by which he must ultimately be judged, he was one of the greatest of the House of Plantagenet. One of the most renowned kings in English history, Henry V (1387-1422) led two successful invasions of MOUSE France, cheering his outnumbered troops to victory at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt and eventually securing full control of the French throne. Henry V’s true genius is revealed in the planning and execution of his subsequent campaigns for the conquest of France. The English victory at the Battle of Agincourt gave birth to a legend that was immortalized in William Shakespeare's King Henry V. The battle took place in a muddy farmer's field in northern France on October 25, 1415 and was one in a series of encounters between France and England that has become known as the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453). Henry’s army of about 6,000 battled up to 30,000 French soldiers, who were forced by the terrain to advance in narrow formations that made them easy targets for Henry’s archers. The French advance was impeded by mud and To advertise email


their own mounting dead. All the while, Henry kept control of the battle, encouraging his troops and fighting hand-to-hand. Henry V was the first king of England since the Norman invasion to use English as his primary language. His predecessors had all preferred French. After Henry IV died on 20 March 1413, Henry V succeeded him, becoming King the day after, and was crowned on 9 April 1413 at Westminster Abbey, London, Kingdom of England. He was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 36 in 1422. Following Henry V's sudden and unexpected death in France two years later, he was succeeded by his infant son, who reigned as Henry VI in England and Henry II in France.

King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt, 1415, by Sir John Gilbert in the 19th century.

In 1599 Shakespeare wrote his “Henry V,” including the St. Crispin’s Day “band of brothers” speech by which the eponymous king is most frequently remembered. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother”

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Fares Please By Molesey Matters Reader John Taylor London and suburbs have seen many forms of public transport. Beginning about 1845, there was a daily horse drawn Omnibus service between Molesey and London. In 1903 a Tram service began to Hampton Court. In 1911 a new form of transport was introduced to Britain, the Trolley bus. Similar in appearance to petrol or diesel powered double-decker buses, but with added passenger seating. Trolley buses have no polluting gases, and minimal engine noise, and unlike trams do not have embedded road tracks.

The power source is obtained from overhead electrical wires, which are suspended along the route, in an elevated position above the roofs of other vehicles. Roadside posts hold the wires in position. Two spring loaded power collector poles are located on the bus roof, and these in an upward position, connected to the overhead wires. Services to Hampton Court began in 1935, with two routes, the 604 from Wimbledon and 667 from Hammersmith. The London system was once the largest in the world, and peaked at sixty-eight routes. However in the 1950’s it was decided that Trolley buses were not economical to operate, and on the 8th May 1962 the last London Trolley bus was run, finishing the journey at Fullwell depot. A few European cities still use this form of transport, and they are a forerunner of the unrestricted electrically powered buses of the future. Another public transport service was the Green Line coach service which was convenient for travelling to and around London. Starting in 1930, the coaches became a familiar sight on the roads of the Home Counties and the capital. The logo ‘Green Line’ signified, the countryside around London To advertise email


that coaches travelled through. The coaches were used for long distance travel, and therefore more comfortable for passengers than regular short distance buses. There were a limited number of request stops in each town along the route, and fares were collected on the coach, by a conductor. Single deck coaches were replaced by double-deck versions in 1962, and therefore increasing the number of passenger seats from thirty nine, to fifty seven. In the 1950’s, Green Line coaches were making, thirty six Million passenger journeys a year. Service 716, via Molesey was introduced on the 24th February 1946, and was operated by London Transport. Coaches began their journey from Chertsey. Among the districts it travelled through

were Weybridge, Kingston, Hammersmith, Hyde Park corner, Barnett, finishing at Hitchin. Less road congestion of the period enabled the journey from Chertsey to Hitchin to be completed, including stops, in about three hours. An alternative service through Molesey was the 716A. This route commenced service in late 1955.The journey starting at Woking and finishing at Stevenage. Due to the increasing use of private cars, the legendary Green Line services that we knew, were unfortunately withdrawn on 15th May 1976. There are still a few routes using Green Line coaches today, operated by Reading buses, and Arriva. However not in this part of Surrey. Both Trolley buses and Green Line coaches, operated in the Molesey area for about thirty years, and along with myself travellers may recall with nostalgia using these two iconic forms of transport.

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A Musical Journey at Hampton Court House to the Murky Underworld of 1800’s London High Summer 1807. King George III, in his madness, is on the throne. Every summer a series of fairs sees performers, food-sellers, animals, freak shows – and criminals – travel up and down the country: Dover, Exeter, Liverpool, Norwich, York…and biggest of all, St Bartholomew’s Fair in Smithfield, London. Hogarth’s atmospheric etchings depict this murky world of vice and criminality. This is the world of Captain Stirrick, Hampton Court House’s forthcoming musical production. The young cast, ranging from 9 to 14 years old, have been working extremely hard under the guidance of their teachers and the playwright Jeremy James Taylor OBE, founder of National Youth Music Theatre, to produce a professionalstandard production. The show’s songs are the ballads of old London, sung in taverns and on the road. Not only are the children acting: the show includes puppetry, original motion graphics and props all made in their art lessons and clubs. The story of Captain Stirrick is based on a

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real article from the Times of September 1807. A little boy named Thomas Gray was arrested for stealing at St Bartholomew’s

Fair and put on trial at the Court of Pie Powder (a corruption of pieds poudres – sooty feet), a pop-up court of summary justice. To avoid further “inducement”, to quote the article’s chilling understatement, little Gray informed on his friends. It emerged during the trial that he was part of a vagrant gang of child thieves, who travelled around England’s fairs, robbing and pickpocketing, whom the police had been hunting for more than two years – led by the magnetic, murderous child thief “Captain” Ned Stirrick… Captain Stirrick is presented at Hampton Court House on Thursday and Friday 8-9 March at 7.00 pm. Tickets are £10 for adults: book via You can also reserve a place for a three course pre-theatre supper at 6.00 pm on each night. Sponsorship opportunities for local businesses in the programme are available – contact Adam D’Souza on 020 8943 0889 or


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“Capturing Different Light� So exactly how did Alessandro capture the fantastic front cover shot for this month’s issue? The image was taken on a sunny day at Hurst Park. With this technique the camera sensor or film is exposed to the part of the spectrum invisible to the naked eye - the infrared light. There are two common ways to capture infrared light; the first is by removing the infrared sensor from the camera, the second is by using an infrared filter. Without entering into technical specifications, infrared photography is typically used to photograph landscapes. A tripod is usually necessary as the camera requires a long exposure in order for the infrared light to hit the sensor. It creates an unseen world where colours are completely changed and more saturated. The

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Mother’s Day My mother left home when I was seven. It always struck me as particularly cruel that teachers insisted we made Mother's Day cards. I pointed out once that my mother had left us. "Do you know her address?" teacher asked. When I nodded she told me I could post it. The irony of posting a card to 'The World's Best Mother' notable mainly by her absence seemed lost on Miss Marriot. Three years ago my friend's mother died from bowel cancer, and she said she would punch the next shop assistant who enquired whether she needed a Mother's Day card.

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I would love to see an 'alternative' Mother's Day focussed on less material things. I want to talk to my children about what Motherhood means to me and what having a mother means to them. I want all of us to think about the people around us, at school, or work, in our social circle and community who might be having a hard time in the midst of Mother’s Day celebrations? How can we reach out and share a little kindness or hope? With a card? A note? A phone call?

Don’t get me wrong, I think Mother’s Day is a lovely tradition but many of us may not realise that Mother’s Day is an emotional time of year for those who have lost their mother; those who can’t conceive, or those who have miscarried or lost a child Perhaps Mother’s Day needs a make-over. Currently it seems to be about wish-lists, hints to spouses about booking the perfect restaurant and a barrage of adverts featuring the perfect nuclear family. Our children, and maybe the rest of us need to understand that Mother’s Day isn’t about spending lots of money or being pressured into meeting crazy expectations. In the UK it originated when children, mainly daughters (often as young as ten), who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family. This grew from the centuries-old tradition of people to returning to their home or 'mother' church once a year. The return to the 'mother' church became an occasion for family reunions. As there is no tradition of gift-giving on Mother's Day we are free to invent our own traditions and I think it's the perfect chance to inspire kindness, compassion and giving of time rather than possessions.


L Last year my kid kids and d I chose h to sponsor a child at an orphanage in Uganda. It gives us pleasure to know that someone who has no mother of her own is receiving care and education. This year my friend and her children made a food parcel for their local food bank and donated it in her mother's name. Her mother volunteered at a foodbank before she became ill so this seemed a fitting way to remember her.If you are struggling with Mother’s Day this year, please know that you are not alone. Reach out and talk to a friend; look for others with whom to share. Be kind to yourself, and if there is no-one you feel you can share your thoughts with consider starting with you and reach out to others who might need support.

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The Thames Tunnel

The World’s First River Tunnel The Thames Tunnel, from Wapping to Rotherhithe was the first tunnel under a river anywhere in the world. It was designed by Marc Brunel (Isambard's father) using a revolutionary tunnel shield which he invented, comprising 36 cells in which a workman was engaged working independently of the others. The trade of the world came up the Thames, and there were three thousand tall masted ships in the river everyday. A tunnel was the only to get cargo across the river without stopping the tall masted ships, but no-one had tunnelled under a river before. The operation was started in 1825 and was halted a number of times when the river burst in and flooded the workings. Isambard Brunel was put in charge of operations, and at one time nearly lost his life in a flood. In November 1827 Marc’s son, Isam-

This was the most successful visitor attraction in the world. People came from all over the world and bought souvenirs and listened to the entertainment in the cross-tunnel arches. The East London Railway

Sir Marc Brunel, detail of an oil painting by Samuel Drummond; in the National

bard Kingdom Brunel, organised a lavish underwater banquet in the tunnel – to help convince people that it was safe. The tunnel finally opened sixteen years later th on March 25 , 1843, but only for pedestrians. They ran out of money and could not afford to build the ramps to get cargo into the cargo tunnel. The tunnel opened as a visitor attraction. On the first day, fifty thousand people descended the staircase and paid a penny to walk through the tunnel. By the end of the first three months there were a million people, or half the population of London. To advertise email


company bought the tunnel in 1865 with the intention of digging new tunnels to link up from the North and South to link the Thames Tunnel to the national railway network. Four years later, in 1869, trains started to run through the tunnel meant for horses and carts. For the first time the tunnel was doing what it was intended to do – carrying freight across the river. In 1913 the railway was electrified and incorporated into the London Underground as the East London Line, making the Thames Tunnel the oldest tunnel in the oldest underground system in the world. This is the birthplace of the tube! The Thames Tunnel is now part of the London Overground, helping to reduce journey times and congestion in the centre of the city. Source: Brunel Museum/Various Or call Paul on 07946 494288

A talk by the artist and lecturer Mark Lewis on the international movement,Art Nouveau, is the subject of the March meeting of the Molesey and District Antiques Society. Mark will discuss the major artists involved in the movement of a little more than a century ago, and also speak on their influence today. Imber Court Ember Lane East Molesey KT8 0BT Tuesday March 6th, 8p.m. Members free, refreshments available.

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Arthur Burton and The Thames Ditton Foundry Source : Various The Thames Ditton Foundry was a foundry in Thames Ditton in Surrey which operated from 1874 to 1939 and which under various owners produced numerous major statues and monuments as one of the United Kingdom's leading firms of bronze founders. The foundry was established in Summer Road, Thames Ditton, in 1874 by Cox & Sons, a large firm of ecclesiastical furnishing suppliers, to cast ornaments and statues in bronze. A hand Sir Thomas Brock (left) with George operated gantry which V and Queen Mary at the Works of crane, A.B. Burton (right) at Thames moved the entire Ditton - May 28th, 1921 foundry floor to facilitate all major lifting work, was an integral part of the building constructed for this work. When the factory was demolished in 1976 this crane was preserved by Surrey Archaeological Society. The foundry was a leader in its field and produced fine bronze statues which it exported worldwide, From 1902 to 1933 the Thames Ditton Foundry came under the sole ownership of Arthur Brian Burton (1860–25 July 1933), the son of Eliza and Frederick Burton, a carpenter and joiner. Born in Surbiton, aged 16 Burton was apprenticed to the Bronze Foundry of Cox & Sons in Thames Ditton. [2] Burton later opened his own foundry in Southsea Road, Kingston before buying into the Thames Ditton Foundry in 1897, becoming the coowner with Arthur John Hollinshead. In 1887 he married Florence Louisa Moore (1859-1932), the daughter of the foundry’s then owner, James John Moore. Button's daughter, also named Florence, married Louis Richard Tricker (1884-1963) in 1913. A younger daughter, Dorothy 'Dolly' Frances Victoria Burton (1893-1908) died aged 14.[3][4] Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

Following the death of his partner Arthur John Hollinshead in 1902 Burton became the sole owner of the Thames Ditton Foundry. He served as a councillor on Surbiton Council, was a deacon of Surbiton Park Congregational Church, was a Sunday school teacher and a benefactor of the Scout Movement. He was a Special Constable during World War I.On his death in 1933 Burton was buried with his daughter Dolly and his wife Florence in Bonner Hill Cemetery. Above their grave atop a granite plinth is a statue in bronze of a winged angel with arms outstretched reaching up. This had been cast in Burton's own foundry. Perhaps the foundry’s best known work is the Peace Quadriga on top of the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner in London. Sculpted by Adrian Jones MVO (9 February 1845 – 24 January 1938) This vast sculpture depicts Peace standing on a four-horse chariot, driven by a young boy. It is 12 metres high and 13 metres long, and was the

largest public sculpture in Britain until the erection of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North. After Burton’s death the business was continued under his name by his son-in-law, Louis Tricker. In 1939 at the start of World War II Tricker closed the foundry and sold the premises rather than see it used for manufacturing munitions. It was after used by London Metal Warehouses for making industrial castings and then by Metal Centres Ltd as a metal warehouse until 1971/2 when it was sold to the District Council. Today Burton Court stands on the site.


Care boss says ‘You Can Care’

Local care boss, Damien Nolan, has launched a campaign, ‘You Can Care’, to address the local shortage of care workers. Damien, who owns and runs the Elmbridge & East Spelthorne office of at home care provider, Home Instead Senior Care, will be raising awareness, banishing pre-conceived ideas about what caring is all about, as well as informing people about just how rewarding working in care can be. According to Skills for Care, the strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England, there are approximately 90,000 vacancies in the social care sector at any given time. Our ageing population has created a huge requirement for care services and Damien reports that the national picture is reflected in the local area. Home Instead, who specialise in care for older people in their own homes, is hoping to fill 50 jobs in 2018 in order to keep pace with demand. Speaking about the campaign launch, Damien said, “With the You Can Care campaign we want to champion caregivers and show the world how much of an impact these wonderful people make with the work they do. It’s also important to us that we show how a career as a caregiver, working for a

company that genuinely, actively cares about its employees, can be really rewarding.” The hashtag #youcancare has been created to support the campaign. As well as sharing positive stories, the company will also be offering tips, advice and support for the hundreds of people caring for family members in the local area. For more information about Home Instead, call 01932 241020 or visit https:// elmbridgeandeastspelthorne. You can also find information on the campaign if you search #youcancare on Facebook and Twitter

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Friends of Fleetside Update Friends of Fleetside had a very successful morning planting three more fruit trees a walnut, mulberry and a greengage to add to our mini orchard on Molesey Heath near the main entrance. We were delighted to welcome our youngest 2 volunteers, Ollie and Elsie who are 8 and 6. They had their own tools and were very good at digging the holes to plant the trees after we had removed all the brambles. They are very keen to help us with our next project, it is so refreshing to have such enthusiastic young help. A seat has been made and placed by the river on the new path we cleared last month. An ideal spot to sit and watch the wildlife and maybe see a kingfisher too. Thank you to everyone who is using this path as this will keep it from becoming overgrown again. It will be a lovely walk in the summer under this shade of the trees. All the snowdrops, crocus and daffodils planted in the autumn are now coming up and are a cheery site as you walk around Fleetside and Pool Road. We also planted some under the Down Street and Approach Road, road signs. Our group is working hard with the M.R.A. to get another bin in place at the alley way in To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

Fleet Close. The environment agency has kindly cleared some of Dead River, the part upstream of the wooden bridge. Unfortunately some people have been dumping debris and rubbish in the river, slowing the water flow, causing the river to silt up and increasing the flood risk. Did you see the TV programme Village of the Year we could win that with all the things that go on in Molesey shall we have a go and enter next year? We have lots of projects planned for the next few months if you would like to get involved, we meet once a month for about an hour, do our Walton Road, Don’t Forget!! good dead then have tea and cake. For more information



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St Patrick

St Patrick’s Day - 17th March Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the

fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted "thousands". Patrick's efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove "snakes" out of Ireland (Ireland never had any snakes). Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the followPlease mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

ing centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint. In 1903, St Patrick's Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. This was thanks to the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, an act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by Irish Member of Parliament James O'Mara. O'Mara later introduced the law which required that public houses be shut on 17 March after drinking got out of hand, a provision that was repealed in the 1970s. In Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother used to present bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army. The Irish Guards still wear shamrock on this day, flown in from Ireland. Horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival attracts large numbers of Irish people, both residents of Britain and many who travel from Ireland, and usually coincides with St

Patricks Day .It’s even been celebrated in space! Astronaut Chris Hadfield sent the following message for Saint Patrick's Day 2013: "Wearing the green - Happy St. Patrick's Day from the International Space Station!"

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Hurst Park Nature Board Please take time to visit the Hurst Park Nature Board, which was recently erected on the Hurst Park riverside. Championed by Peter Parker, former chair of the HRPA and fomer Elmbridge Councillor, the content was agreed in consultation with the Surrey Wildlife Trust, the Board was made by DAB Graphics of Grimsby, the location was approved by the Environment Agency, and planning permission was secured from Elmbridge Borough Council. This all took some time but the board was finally installed by Committee member Rod Higgins in January and we had the opening ceremony on 2 February when Elmbridge Green Spaces Manager, Ian Gayton, did the honours. Those in the photo are, from left to right, Roger & Jenni Haile, Ian Donaldson (former Elmbridge Councillor), Ian Gayton, Alastair Sturgis (Chair of HPRA), Peter and his wife Viv ,Rod Higgins, Paul Gossage,


John Luke ( Chair of Rivermead Residents’ ), and Suzette Nicholson (Chair of Hampton & Molesey Riverside Trust). Rebecca Law of

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Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, dies in a MIG-15 crash northwest of Moscow. Source : Various

In 1960 Gagarin, a fighter pilot, was shortlisted for the Vostok 1 programme, which built on the success of Sputnik 1 just three years earlier. German Titov was Gagarin's closest rival for selection - both men tried to impress space programme director Sergei Korolev. At 9:07 a.m. on April 12, 1961, when Ga-

flight on 27 March 1968, aged 34. Gagarin’s ashes were placed in a niche in An official investigation into the accident concluded that Gagarin swerved to avoid a foreign object— such as a bird or weather balloon—sending the plane into a tailspin that ended with its crash into the ground. But many aviation professionals viewed this conclusion as implausible, and rumours continued to swirl around the crash. Some thought Gagarin might have been drinking, or that he and Seryogin might have been distracted by taking photographs from the plane’s window. Others suggested a cabin pressurization valve could have failed, causing both pilots to suffer hypoxia. More outlandish theories included sabotage for political motives, suicide or even collision with a UFO. Gagarin’s ashes were placed in a niche in the Kremlin wall, while his hometown of Gzhatsk was renamed Gagarin in his honour

garin’s Vostok 1 spacecraft lifted off from Baikonur cosmodrome, he uttered the surprisingly informal, immediately iconic exclamation “Poyekhali!” (Translation: “Let’s go!”) His flight, a single orbit around the Earth, was uneventful, but the landing ended in neardisaster when the cables joining the Vostok’s descent module and service module failed to separate properly, causing massive shaking as the spacecraft re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. Gagarin ejected before landing, parachuting down safely near the Volga River. Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space less than a month later. Gagarin became an instant worldwide celebrity and visited several countries including Brit Britain in 1961. However, he was never to emulate his success and died in a military training To advertise email


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Molesey Local History Society Thursday 15 March 2018, 8 pm Sopwith Aviation and the Great War - a talk by David Hassard Hurst Park School, Hurst Road, KT8 1QS David Hassard is the Joint Project Leader for Kingston Aviation Centenary Project. 2012 marked the centenary of Kingston upon Thames’ first aircraft factory founded by aviation pioneer Tommy Sopwith. Many of Britain’s most famous fighter aircraft started life on drawing boards and in factories at Kingston upon Thames, but the fact that no other town in the country has contributed so much to the UK’s air forces has largely been overlooked. A group of for-

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Following our article of Leap Year birthdays in last months issue, congratulations goes out to Molesey M at t e r s re a d er Ni n a Everleigh who was 9 1/2 on February 29th. For the record Nina celebrated on Feb 28th.. Happy Birthday!!

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Creative Tailoring and Fancy Fabrics By Monica Chard Shop for a special frock and you are always faced with the possibility that you may show up to a wedding or party and find someone wearing the same as you. So have you ever thought about having a dress made for a special occasion? You may gasp at the thought,

assuming it is completely outside your price range, but that is not necessarily the case. We visited local fabric supplier Lee Taylor (but he is not a tailor). Lee supplies top quality fabrics to the likes of Paul Smith, Burberry and Victoria Beckham’s designer label with top quality fabrics woven in France or Italy. He also supplies fabrics to the likes of Reiss, Karen Millen and Next on a wholesale basis, so without knowing, you may well already have some of his mid range fabrics in your wardrobe. But let’s get back to the top quality range. As is the case with many businesses, Lee faced exorbitant hikes in rent for his premises in central London. It made no financial sense so he downsized and took a lot of his fabrics home to Shepperton where they are available to view and purchase at very much discounted prices. Instead of £80 per metre, you can pick up a metre for £25-30. We went to visit and have a look at what he has for sale. He unfurled roll after roll of stunning weaves. As he Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

opened them up the colours of the fabrics came to life like the wings of exotic birds. There was nothing here you would find on the high street and it was all top quality silk jacquard or wool. But to have a garment made to measure you need someone who knows what they are doing. It just so happens that in Shepperton there is a seamstress called Laura Harrison. With 30 years of experience she can make a beautiful one off dress for a special occasion and you can guarantee no one in the room will have the same! But how much will it cost, I hear you say. If you were to visit LK Bennett or Reiss and purchase a dress for a special party or event you would probably accept the fact you would be spending at least £200 and probably a lot more. But you would not have that unique piece. You could instead choose to purchase fabric from Lee Taylor and ask Laura Harrison to make you up something stunning and bespoke. Depending on the complexity, you would not be forking out any more than you would for a dress ‘off the rail’. So, whether it be mother of the bride, an engagement party or prom, think about a different way to that special frock. Both are local businesses and only a phone call away so do get in touch and see how they can help make your event special. Laura Harrison 07979 821586 Lee Taylor - T1 Fabrics. Tel 07786 846424 for appointments to view


Yachting on Rick Pond Source : Hampton Court Model Yacht Club Model yachting has taken place on the Rick Pond since 1897. Hampton Court Model Yacht Club is one of the largest and most active clubs in the UK. The Rick Pond in Hampton Court Park (also known as Home Park) has been the venue for model yacht racing since the 1890’s. The Rev. Leonard Sampson Lewis-Low founded the Surbiton MYC in 1893, the first club to adopt the water. By the late 1920’s there were three clubs using the lake .The Club has its own clubhouse and car park situated near to the Rick Pond. The SLMYC (South London Model Yacht Club) were sailing on the Long Pond at Clapham between 1918 and 1928, when they moved to the Rick Pond. They sailed A class

and 10 rater’s before the Second World War, then post-war the club introduced the more popular Marblehead class. By the 1950’s very few 10 rater races were held. The club introduced radio controlled Marblehead’s to its fleet in 1986 and have sailed both the free sailing and radio classes up until the merger


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Thi E This Easter, churches h h in i M Molesey l are coming i together to make a difference in our community. We’re coordinating an exciting project called #LoveMolesey. We want to show Molesey some love in as many ways as we possibly can. The plan is to throw tea parties for elderly people, pick up litter, paint fences, wash cars – really anything we can find to do which requires elbow grease, volunteers, a bit of organisation, and perhaps a sense of humour. We will need other ideas too, so if you've noticed something in Molesey which needs some attention or you've got a great idea for a community project we can do together please get in touch. We can't promise to do everything but if it's a good idea we'll see what we can do! We’ve chosen to run it between Sunday 18th March and Sunday 15th April, which is two weeks before Easter and two weeks after and includes the school holidays. We’ll end with a big community party in the afternoon on Sunday 15th April (Details tbc). Everyone is completely welcome. Wouldn’t it be great to see the whole Molesey Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

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Elmbridge Shed in Need of Support Dick Moore has been striving for the last few years to find suitable accommodation for the Elmbridge Shed. Being the richest non-Metropolitan borough in the country, finding a site which is not earmarked for residential or commercial use is like finding 'hen's teeth'! The idea of a Shed is to give people with time on their hands and a willingness to create something for themselves or the Community, to have access to tools & equipment in a building designed for purpose. Knowledge of a skill is not required because it is hoped that craftsmen of various trades will be on hand to give advice & guidance. Whether it is woodwork, metalwork, DIY skills, small electrical repairs, computer advice & guidance or anything else, the Shed could be somewhere where you could learn about that

Henrietta Parker Centre, Ray Road, West Molesey. Permission has been granted, but the use of the building is in question. Dick has received about ÂŁ3000 worth of equipment & tools from various donations which is being stored for future use. When the idea of an Elmbridge Shed was first raised it was intended for men only. There is no reason why the project could not be called the Elmbridge People's Shed so that females could use it as well. Dick has had some health problems over the last year and is looking for someone to take over the setting up of the Shed and getting a potential 'workforce' organized. If you are interested in either helping out with setting-up the Elmbridge People's Shed or becoming a 'Shedder' email Have a look at the UKMSA website to see what has been achieved throughout the UK.

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London Surrey Stoves. A new Molesey Company is born. Dominic and his family have just moved to West Molesey last year. He has just set up a new company serving the local area and Surrey to look after customers who have or would like to have a wood burning stove.

To celebrate the launch of his new business, London Surrey Stoves are giving each customer £150 worth of wood for any installations booked in March and April.

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You don’t need to live in the country to enjoy wildlife A Blog by Molesey Resident - Della Reynolds The cold February days brought new visitors to my tiny, urban garden. A family of long-tailed tits dropped by to check out the facilities. They weaved between the branches of my apple tree like wool through a loom. Up, down, back and round. There were at least four, maybe five of them but I didn’t manage to get a picture as they were constantly on the move. They checked out the suet pellets, the mealworm and the flutterbutter feeder but none of them seemed to their liking. I’m hoping they will return as their swooping tail feathers and undulating flight made them delightful to watch. I will need to supply them with proper insects if I want them as regular visitors though. The dried mealworm clearly didn’t hit the spot and although the suet pellets had insects imbedded they were not to know that. Mmmm this one could be difficult as I don’t fancy putting live insects out like sacrificial offerings. I guess they will have to source their own wriggly stuff. Another recent visitor was a wren who also turned out to be a bit of a fussy eater. This tiny bird was not interested in the convenience food spread on the floor or bird tables but instead poked about in every pot and hanging basket looking for something more organic. It would appear that the wren had more luck than the long-tailed tits, returning for repeat visits. I managed to catch a picture of it in full rummage in one of my pots. A pair of blackbirds and some sparrows also made a rare appearance. The blackbird was interested in catching worms and searching out any seeds missed by the pigeons. So far it has only fed on the ground. This RSPB graph from March 2016 would indicate that I am likely to see the return of the long-tailed tits as the milder winters are apparently helping more of them to survive to the breeding season. The blackbird Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


however, who provides a beautiful evening serenade as I sit in my garden with a G & T, is unfortunately in decline. It is a solitary bird who spends much time defending its territory while the long-tailed tits work together in groups and those who have been unsuccessful at breeding will help to feed the brood of another group member. Which just goes to show the benefits of socialism. March is the time for sowing seed potatoes and I decided (on a whim) to bring my old potato sacks back into use this year. The only problem is that they have become a hostel for hibernating snails and I am reluctant to disturb them. They have over-wintered in the warm folds of these sacks and no doubt laid eggs in the soft soil still remaining at the bottom. Beneath the sacks I know I will find a tangle of worms lying flat to the ground and feeling secure by the pressure of the bags above. Nature wastes nothing and my reluctance to harvest potatoes for a good number of years has allowed these tenants first rights. It’s not easy being a gardener and a nature lover. I am still suffering guilt from removing the clematis last autumn which provided leaf cover for many insects and baby snails but was removed (with some difficulty) because it didn’t produce many flowers. I apologised profusely to all the tiny snails who were dislodged as I tore my way through the tangle of stems. I must comfort myself that for every loser there is a winner and no doubt the newly planted potato sacks will soon provide a refuge and sustenance to some garden creature or other. I’ve long given up on growing runner beans, which were my favourite when picked fresh from the garden and popped straight into the pot, as I could not keep the acrobatic snails from feasting on the emerging pods but neither could I lay poison round to protect them. Being an ethical gardener is a constant dilemma. I wonder how God manages knowing his loving creations are all out there killing and eating each other.

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Recipe of The Month Boiled Fruit Cake

Fruit cakes don’t have to be tricky. This one is simple. Use a teacup for measuring. Method Place the first eight ingredients into a large saucepan and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, then set aside to cool. Heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/gas 4. Line a deep 20cm/8inch circular cake tin with greaseproof paper.

Ingredients 1 cup of water 225g / 8oz unsalted butter 1 cup of soft brown sugar ½ cup peel (if you don’t like peel, use chopped ready-to-eat dried apricots) 1 ½ cups raisins 1 ½ cups sultanas ¼ cup chopped glace cherries 1 tsp mixed spice 2 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) 2 eggs

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Mix the beaten eggs well into the fruit mix. It’s important that the mixture has cooled because if it’s too warm the eggs will cook! Then sieve the flour and baking soda into the mixture and mix well. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1-1½ hours until cooked through (when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean). If the cake is browning too quickly reduce the temperature a little. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for fifteen minutes, then turn out on to a rack. The cake keeps really well if it’s stored in an airtight tin.


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This Month - Fertile Ground This month the days get longer and the sun gets stronger...we hope! However March is famously temperamental and if the soil where you are is still wet and cold then it’s wise to delay planting and sowing until the temperature rises. Plant nutrient reserves are low at this time of year so, as the soil warms up, it’s time to think about fertiliser. Many gardeners are a bit frightened of fertiliser. All those chemical symbols on the side of the packet are rather reminiscent of school chemistry lessons. In fact the basics are quite simple. NPK - This can be observed on the side of most fertiliser packages. The letters stand for: N - Nitrogen

Hydrogen and Oxygen, which plants obtain freely from the air and water; and calcium, magnesium and sulphur, which should be present in any good general purpose fertiliser. Plants also need micro-nutrients: Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron and Molybdenum. Plants take all these nutrients and build everything they need from scratch, including vitamins. What plants cannot do is absorb vitamins directly from things such as pet food, milk or so-called fertilisers which contain vitamins, proteins and fats. So don’t be intimidated by fertiliser. Decide what your plants need then read the label. It’s easy as ABC..or rather NPK!

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NEWS FROM THE MOLESEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Molesey Hospital It is now some time since the Board of Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced its decision to keep Molesey Hospital open, and to review the site and its facilities to develop long term solutions to improving patient care in the Molesey area. Since then there has been very little information about what happens next. On 7 February the CCG held a meeting to update stakeholders on the work undertaken so far by NHS Property Services on the further development of options, and MRA representatives attended. Although no final decisions have been made, they are looking closely at the possibility of redeveloping the site to provide modern hospital facilities, and incorporating local GP services there. There is clearly much more work to be done on the development of options, however, but we will update residents via our website and Newsletters when we have more information.

Hampton Rowing Event A number of residents have contacted us about the impact of the recent rowing event on the land at Hurst Park, in particular the damage to the grass areas. The weather on the day clearly did not help, but the outcome was particularly disappointing given the pre-event discussions with, and assurances given by, the organisers following difficulties in previous years. We have raised these concerns with senior officers at Elmbridge Coun-

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cil, and they are now working with the Director of Rowing at Hampton School, local residents, and local councillors with a view to ensuring that more robust arrangements can be established for future events.

Molesey Sea Scouts In 2016 the 1st Molesey (Jaguar) Sea Scouts submitted a planning application (2016/2760) for a boat storage facility and water activity centre on land by the River Thames at Hurst Park. The Scouts previously had a riverside base further up the Thames towpath, but they were forced to leave this some years ago when the land on which it was sited was earmarked for gravel extraction. Although there was considerable support for the Scouts’ ambition of returning to a riverside base, this application was ultimately withdrawn in the light of concerns and objections raised by a number of organisations and individuals, including the Environment Agency, Elmbridge planning officers, the Friends of Hurst Park and the Hurst Park Residents Association. The Scouts held an Open Morning on 3 February to allow interested residents and organisations to look at their proposals for a possible revised application, and to express their views, and we encouraged anyone with an interest to attend. We understand that the Scouts have now submitted a revised application, but at the time of writing this had not yet been validated by the Council.


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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

This month I have been busy making sure local concerns about Heathrow expansion are heard, getting an update on work to prevent flooding, and learning about plans to expand Whiteley village, an inspirational retirement community. Heathrow recently launched a set of consultations on plans to expand the airport and the first stage of designing new flightpaths. This month I attended a drop-in event in Imber Court to champion our local concerns about expansion, along with Surrey Councillor Peter Szanto and Conservative Elmbridge Council candidates Paul Wood and Steve Bax. We made clear local concerns about noise levels and air quality – and the need for legally binding limits and independent monitoring for both. We also discussed proposals for improved rail links to make sure expansion does not make local traffic worse. Both consultations are open until 28 March, and can be found by typing ‘Heathrow consultation’ into an internet search engine. There is another consultation drop-in planned for the 12 March to be held in the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse in Walton. The consultation webpage has more details, and I would urge anyone interested to attend and submit. Next, I met with the Environment Agency’s Julia Simpson. She updated me on the forthcoming works at the Molesey Weirs to bolster our flood defences and briefed me on the flood protection works which took place in Autumn 2017 on the River Mole. She also updated me on progress with building further flood defences along the River Thames in Elmbridge. I took the opportunity to raise the issue of illegally moored boats in Molesey, which I know is a concern for many residents. Julia briefed me on the action being taken and we discussed what can be done to prevent abuse of the system and related anti-social behaviour in the area. Finally, I joined the retirement community at Whiteley Village, Hersham as they began construction of a new expanded Care Hub. The inspirational village provides various levels of care to support independent living as well as those who need more nursing or medical support. It is an innovative local example of how NHS and social care can be integrated in the community in a personal and nurturing way.

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Probus Clubs

worldwide aim to provide regular gatherings to those retired or semi-retired business or professional people who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and with similar interests. The Probus Club of Molesey meets on the second Monday of each month (except January) at Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey KT8 0BT. Members congregate for coffee from 10.30 am preceding an illustrated talk by an invited speaker at 11 am. Many members stay for a drink and/or lunch in the bar afterwards. As well as the monthly talks, there are excursions to places of interest and social lunches with partners invited. For info email : Next Event: FORGOTTEN VOICES Monday 12th March 2018 An overview of WW1 in France & Belgium Speaker: Maggs Latte To advertise email


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Hampton Court Palace - Open Garden for NGS Take the opportunity to join a special NGS private tour, after the wonderful historic gardens have closed to the public. Spring Walk around the Garden 19th April 2018 n the wonderful gardens of Hampton Court Palace. For NGS: Evening opening Thur 19 Apr, Admission £12, Children free. Pre-booking essential, please visit or phone 01483 211535 for information & booking. Twenty20 Community Cricket Camps Not for profit Community Cricket Camps for 5-15 year olds, boys & girls, all abilities. Preseason preparation course including hard ball nets for those hard ball able and match practice for all Standard day 9.30am-4.30pm, Extended day 8.30am-5.30pm. Prices from £36 per day, discount for full week bookings & siblings Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Surrey KT1 4AZ Monday 9 Apr 2018 to Friday 13 Apr 2018 Contact telephone: 03455 20 20 29 London Potters Local at the Normansfield Theatre London Potters Local are showcasing the work of 30 members of London Potters who practice in West and South-West London and the areas surrounding the Langdon Down Centre. .Free entry, free parking, refreshments, wheelchair access, children activity area. Saturday March 3, Sunday March 4 11am-5pm Normansfield Theatre, the Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington, London TW11 9PSSaturday 3 Mar 2018 and Sunday 4 Mar 2018 Contact telephone: T 03331212300 Riverside Arts Jazz - Nigel Price Plays Wes Montgomery’s ’Smokin’ At The Half Note’ Award-winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price plays music from the late American composer/ guitarist Wes Montgomery focusing on the Verve recordings of the 60s. The trio will be Terence Collie on piano, Max Luthert on bass and Matt Skeaping on drums. Friendly welcoming team. Comfortable concert-hall setting with good acoustics, jazz ambience and very reasonablypriced bar. Bar 7 pm Doors 7.30 £9 via website in advance, £12 on the door. Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, Surrey TW16 5QF Sunday 4 Mar 2018 Contact telephone: 7940731490 Brooklands Mini Day From the oldest to the newest, this year’s event will see some of the earliest examples nestling among hundreds of Minis and their variations including vans and pickups. As always Test Hill will be in action (subject to weather). Adults £13.50 Seniors & Students £11.50 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35 Children (5-16) £7 BTM & LBPT members FREE Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QNSunday 25 Mar 2018 Contact telephone: 01932 857381 LoveMolesey 18th March - 15th April - See page 37 Molesey Local History Society Talk - See Page 31 Molesey and District Antiques Society Talk - See Page 17 Molesey Art Society Spring Exhibition - See Page 45 Molesey Photographic Club Talk - See Page 43 Probus Club of Molesey Talk - See page 52 To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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An exceptionally friendly school, offering a stimulating and positive environment, where pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential. We offer an extensive coach service covering the surrounding area and the School is a short walk from Shepperton mainline station.



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Molesey Matters March 2018  

the community magazine for East and West Molesey

Molesey Matters March 2018  

the community magazine for East and West Molesey