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Welcome to the May issue. Easter has now gone, spring is firmly here and next month s issue will be the first of summer. Fantastic. The Molesey Carnival is just round the corner, a true sign of the good things to come, as is the Walton Beer Festival. In this month s issue, we take a look at the game of real tennis and invite you all for a great day out in Bushy Park for Chestnut Sunday. In fact there are quite a few things in the magazine to keep you busy this month. Molesey now also has it s own permanent boules terrain in Hurst Park. Open to all it will make for fun in the sun in the coming months.

May 2019 Our roving reporter, Della Reynolds this month takes a look at the thorny issue of getting a doctor s appointment at our local surgeries, and with National Vegetarian Week falling this month the recipe is naturally meat free. Also check out on page 35 a new plea and initiative to support our local independent shops and businesses. Have a great May and see you next month.

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Real Tennis at Hampton Court Source : Various With the tennis season approaching lets take a look at Hampton Court s precursor to today Lawn Tennis. Real Tennis, aka The Sport of Kings , was the original racquet sport and precursor to the modern game. Its popularity grew quickly among the French nobility. The French King, Francis I (1515-47), was an enthusiastic player and advocate, building many courts and bringing the sport to a broader populace. The first tennis court at Hampton Court was built for Cardinal Wolsey, between 1526 and 1529. As a young man, Henry VIII was a keen and talented tennis player, who spent hours on court. His second wife Anne Boleyn was gambling on a game of tennis when she was arrested to be taken to the Tower of London. She even complained that she couldn't collect her winnings! In 1519, the Venetian Ambassador wrote: 'it was the prettiest thing in the world to see him play; his fair skin glowing through a shirt of the finest texture'. There has been a tennis court on the current Hampton Court site since 1625. It was built for Charles I. Three of the walls of the court in use today are 17th-century, with the other being Cardinal Wolsey's original. One of the first English guides to tennis in 1553 claimed that 'this game has been created for a good purpose, namely, to keep our bodies healthy, to make our young men stronger and more robust, chasing idleness, virtue's mortal enemy, far from them and thus making them of a stronger and more excellent nature'. The game of real tennis is played in a court divided between the service end and the hazard end. 'Hazards' include the grille window and the winning gallery. Players at the hazard end lost the point if the hazards are hit. For a long time To advertise email


the word referred only to what we would now call real tennis (real here meaning royal rather than not fake. Tennis comes from the French tenez, meaning hold! , receive! or take! —a call from the server to tell the opponent that they re about to serve. Lawn tennis wasn t invented until 1873, by a retired Welsh army major, Walter C. Wingfield, who wanted something new to entertain guests at his garden parties. Real Tennis is now much safer. Since the 1500s the balls have been made with leather and filled with soft stuffing, which included animal and human hair. Before this, balls were more like ammunition, filled with clay, sand and powdered egg shells and could take out an opponent with a single hit! Henry VIII would recognise a game of real tennis if he saw it today: it has changed little since he enjoyed it. The equipment is still hand-made on the tennis court site, as it has been for nearly 500 years. During the 17th century various improvements were made to the court. One of the first acts of Charles II after his restoration in 1660 was to order the extensive refitting of the Tudor tennis court. This included the laying of a new tile floor, the remodelling of the galleries and repairs to the roof. At the same time, new nets, curtains and velvet cushions for the spectators' seats were provided. The interlaced initials above the net on the wall opposite the corridors are, however, not those of Charles but of William III and Mary II (1689–1702). Since the end of the 17th century the court has undergone little alteration. However, progress is not incompatible with history: in 1975 sodium halide lighting was installed Although the game looks like a strange mixture of tennis and squash, the techniques, strategies and rules are both more difficult and more complex than those of the modern derivatives Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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HENRY, A TUDOR MUSICAL WINS BEST NEW SHOW 2018 Henry, A Tudor Musical was premiered by The Barn Theatre, Molesey in 2014, followed up with a bigger cast when MMT staged the show at Cecil Hepworth Theatre in June 2018. Tony Carson and Tess Townsend, writers of Henry were delighted to collect the Best New Show 2018 award for the MMT Production at Guildford s Electric Theatre in March. The creators, which also included talented composer/musician Alan Townsend, started writing the work song by song, scene by scene, not really knowing where it would lead and having no idea it would ever get up on its feet. To receive recognition for the show at this level is a dream come true. The show has received strong encouragement since its first outing, with David Packer, professional tour guide and historical advisor on the RSC s production of Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies commenting I saw the show in the company of five friends and colleagues, all heritage professionals with decades of experience of telling the story of Henry VIII between us. Everyone enjoyed the evening and the first thought to come to us was that the show thoroughly deserved to be developed and put before a wider audience. I for one hope that this will be the case. Professional reviewer Everything Theatre wrote If you aren t completely sure on your Tudors, that s Henry VIII, the fat one with many wives and if that s as far as your knowledge goes, then this is actually quite an education. Finally you ll discover why he divorced, beheaded, lost at childbirth, divorced, beheaded and then was outlived by the last of the six. And whilst you re getting your potted history lesson, thankfully you are also getting the absolute pleasure of an amateur theatre group giving it their all, something even hardened cynical old reviewers can t fail to smile about. Whilst it may be amateur in name, there is enough to elevate this above that title. The costumes are detailed, the staging and lighting are well designed. David O Roarty s Henry is loud, bold, heartfelt and gracefully holds the layers of fat padding added after each wife. Anne of Boleyn and Cleves shine, and then there is Frankie Oldham, To advertise email


the Fool, nearly always present as he watches and narrates proceedings. Maybe one of the youngest present on stage but clearly one with an acting career ahead of him, an actor who deserves to be witnessed, cheered and encouraged. The audience laughed with the cast at "the pure hilarity of Anne of Cleves with her questionable German accent and operatic singing. She really wouldn t be out of place in Allo Allo! and left the theatre all smiles and perhaps a little more knowledgeable about our Tudor history

(l to r) Tony Carson (Composer), Gloria Smith (Choreographer MMT production), Tess Townsend ( Scriptwriter/Director) accepting the award for Best New Show 2018 at NODA s Celebration Day, Electric Theatre, Guildford

The MMT production, directed by Tess, attracted a cast of voices so strong that Tony decided to write two new ensemble songs for the show and it continues to evolve as a northern production company are now considering running a short tour of 8 shows in Spring 2020. Its great to see that not one but two local Molesey theatrical companies have supported local writing and helped develop the work. To take a chance on an unknown piece is not only brave but seemingly rewarding with MMT taking this fantastic award. Well done to everyone on who has been involved in the journey so far. Next step - Hampton Court Palace, perhaps?

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Don t Forget Chestnut Sunday Sunday 12th May 2019

Chestnut Sunday is the biggest day in Bushy Park s calendar. Each year, on the Sunday closest to 11th May, people come from all over London and the South East to join in our local tradition of celebrating the blossom on the magnificent horse chestnut trees in the park. Chestnut Sunday has evolved through its long history but the central feature is a parade down Chestnut Avenue, leaving from Teddington Gate and arriving at Diana Fountain. These days the parade features vintage bicycles, WWII military vehicles, horse rangers, marching bands and Harley Davidson motorcyclists so there s something for everyone! Once the parade reaches Diana Fountain there s a traditional fairground with a galloping horse carousel and plenty of other rides and stalls. In recent years, historical re-enactment groups have put on dramatic displays including the Ancient Greeks, Elizabethan England, the American Civil War and a musket firing battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers. There s a strong tradition of live jazz music being provided by local school jazz bands, and there are lots of interesting stands provided by local groups including the RSPB, the park s gamekeeper and tree surgeons, local bee-keepers, local history groups and, of course, the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks. The Parade starts at 12:30pm on Chestnut Avenue at Teddington Gate leading to the grass area in front of the children's playground where there will be:

Historical military groups & classic vehicles • A number of local charities • Refreshment kiosks and marquee Classic car entry is limited this year and permits have been allocated; no more can be accommodated. The main event for classic cars in Bushy Park is now the Hanworth Classic on Sunday 30 June 2019. Chestnut Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 12.15pm to 4pm on the day. The car parks will also be closed to entry and exit from 12.15pm until 1.30pm and accessible via nearest main gates outside this period. Car parking is free and ample additional parking will be available on the grass of Lime Avenue. Parade will include: Horses from the City of London Police, Military and Classic Vehicles & Cycles, Historical Re-enactors and many local groups.For enquiries, please contact the Bushy Park office on 0300 061 2250 or email

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It s official – Molesey now has its own Petanque Terrain occasion, glasses of Kir Royale were offered to guests to put a French stamp on the proceedings. The rest of the afternoon was spent by members and guests attempting to hone their Petanque

Or Boules pitch to you and me! The official opening of the Hurst Park Petanque Terrain was on Sunday, 31st March at the specially constructed pitch on Hurst riverside, just south of the Sadlers Ride car park. The opening ceremony was organised by the Hurst Park Petanque Club, and performed by Elmbridge Mayor, Councillor Shweta Kapadia and her Consort Mr Ramesh Kapadia. In his opening address, Club Chairman Ian Donaldson welcomed the guests along with the sizeable audience of both members and guests. He thanked the Club committee for all their efforts with particular emphasis on the Club Secretary, Peter Parker who had been the driving force behind the project from initiation to completion, including negotiation with the Council for funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), and with Hurst Park Residents Association. Additional thanks were given to Ian Gayton from Elmbridge Borough Council for overseeing the construction and to MRA Councillor Mike Axton who was instrumental in steering the project through the whole process. The Mayor responded and said how pleased she was to have been invited to perform the official opening and praised all those involved in what was a splendid example of community work and a real life example of the use of CIL funding. She then cut the tape to officially open the terrain and played a few ends with her Consort, who turned out to be a really good player despite never having thrown a boule before - or so he claimed! To celebrate the


Left to Right: Consort Mr Ramesh Kapadia, Club Secretary, Peter Parker, Elmbridge Mayor, Councillor Shweta Kapadia, Club Chairman Ian Donaldson

skills. The Petanque terrain is open for everybody to play boules at any time, other than on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons when it is reserved for Hurst Park Petanque Club members. It is already well used by local residents and visitors alike. As Ian Donaldson said, It s a really great game which can be enjoyed by everyone no matter how proficient they are and in any weather -and boy, have we played in some terrible weather!

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75 years ago, on the 6 June, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion force in history set sail for France on a mission to liberate Europe. Each man carried a pack, a rifle, and the world s hopes for freedom. Normandy will bear the scars of this moment in history for ever and every year they remember and pay tribute to the veterans from America, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Poland and Australia, along with their brothers in arms, those many heroes who lost their lives during that summer of 1944. If they didn t succeed at this crucial point during World War II, Hitler would have the chance to mount a last-minute effort to save Germany – launching his new V-weapons against British cities. This day would go down in history as DDay. On 5 June 2019, the Daks (Dakotas) Over Normandy event will take place. About 250 men and women will board an aircraft in the United Kingdom, exactly like 75 years before, and fly across the English Channel where they will finally jump into the historic drop zones of Normandy. They will be wearing WWII style Allied uniforms and will jump military round parachutes. It will be an event which has no equal. On 6th June 2019, two members of the Regiment of Sharpshooters from Molesey, will go to Normandy to remember their fallen. In 1944 the Croydon based regiment landed on Gold Beach . In an early attempt to break out, they ran into unexpected German armoured reinforcements at Villers Bocage, losing Regimental Headquarters and one squadron. Martin Tatnell and Richard Doxford, both who served in the Sharpshooters together, and have been friends since their days in the 1st Molesey To advertise email


Sea Scouts, will be driving through Molesey around midday on 5th June on their way to Normandy. They will be driving there in a very special vehicle. Their WW2 Jeep has been totally rebuilt by Martin who, it is fair to say, has spent many manhours getting it right. Our own Bushy Park played an important role. In 1942 construction began on Camp Griffiss, a 60 acre site, created on requisitioned land in Bushy Park to house the Eighth Air Force, a strategic bombing force. This base was later was chosen by General Dwight Eisenhower as the location for Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), deliberately away from central London to minimise the risk from air attacks. There is a plaque near the SHAEF Gate on the Hampton side of the park. The letters on Martin s and Richard s Jeep will proudly bear the anacronym SHAEF. If you see them, do cheer them on.

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Music with a Heart (and Soul!) Surrey Music s two impressive community choirs recently sang their hearts out in Walton in a truly memorable concert to raise funds for Elmbridge Rentstart. As long-established choirs of the Borough, Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir had been invited by Cllr Shweta Kapadia to support her Mayoral charity, and with a winning combination of joyous music, fun and laughter together with sincere and heartfelt emotion, the concert raised a fantastic ÂŁ2597.49 for the charity. Despite the fun and frivolity, the underlying reason for the concert was not forgotten. Tracey Blandford, Elmbridge Rentstart s Community Fundraising Officer, delivered an informative and moving speech about the important work of the charity and how they are succeeding in breaking the cycle of homelessness in the Borough of Elmbridge. Cllr Shweta Kapadia was delighted with the success of the concert, saying that she was very humbled that the choirs had willingly given up their time to help raise funds for her charity. "I am so honoured that Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Elmbridge Choir put on a concert in aid of my chosen Mayoral charity, Elmbridge Rentstart. The concert - Music with a Heart was truly Music with a Heart - and Soul ! It was fabulous, and everyone enjoyed it. My thanks to each and everyone in the choirs for an amazing evening of music." Surrey Music s next choral outing will be a performance at the same venue, Cornerstone The Church, 38 Station Ave, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1NU on Saturday 29th June, when the two choirs will celebrate a decade of Elmbridge Ladies Choir with a special anniversary concert Now We Are Ten! Tickets will be available soon. For more details of Surrey Music visit . To find out more about the work of Elmbridge Rentstart visit

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The Walton Beer Festival 2019 Now in it s 5th year the popular Walton-on-Thames Beer, Wine & live Music Festival is an annual summer event hosted at the picturesque Walton-onThames Cricket Club. A hidden gem of Walton located close to the town centre just behind Homebase. Organised by a team of local volunteers the festival brings together the best local musical talent, appetising food vendors, real ale breweries and businesses interested in supporting the local community resulting in a fantastic night out. With an exciting live music line up, this year we will see the return of the hugely popular Brickwork (Friday) and Jafuso Blue (Saturday) and two new bands, Peaches & Prairie Dogs (Friday) and Covers Collection (Saturday). The festival is a not for profit community event which raises essential funds for local charities and the cricket club. This year s selected charities are Elmbridge Community Link (ECL) and Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC).ECL enrich the lives of people with MOUSE learning disabilities. They deliver activities at centres in Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Esher and West Molesey, helping people to live happier, healthier and fuller lives. MiHC delivers the joy of live music to a wide range of people who, due to health conditions or disability, are unable to access or experience live music. Walton Cricket Club deliver a range of fun inclusive activities and events to people with disabilities and our local state schools via its community outreach programme. To discover more about the brilliant work bringing joy to local people s lives visit the websites and and So, what s not to like? You ll have a great fun summer vibe night out with friends enjoying live Music, Real ales, Gin, Prosecco, Fine wines and a selection of freshly cooked dishes from popular well-known local food To advertise email


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The Doctor Will See You Now Some of the people in Molesey have been having trouble getting appointments to see their GP. I spoke to Dave Sheldrake who has been a patient at Glenlyn since before it was called Glenlyn. He told me that once you get to see a doctor they offer a very good service but it is getting harder to get appointments. You can phone at 8.00am but unless you are quick on the button you will find the line blocked and by the time you get through all the appointments have gone. Dave told me that you can now book online and in fact you have to order repeat prescriptions online using a pin number provided by the medical centre. He wonders whether that won t make it difficult for the elderly and those without a computer. I ve had some good experiences there, he told me but he was disappointed that they stopped providing a diabetes nurse who he said had helped his wife a great deal. She now has to go to Kingston Hospital. The Glenlyn Medical Centre has a score of 3 stars and a number of negative reviews on the NHS website, many confirming Dave s view about the difficulty getting appointments. In comparison the Vine Medical Centre, which is the one I use, has 4.5 stars and very positive reviews. Three doctors are listed at the Vine and all have been there many years. Glenlyn has a list of seven doctors but according to Dave the turnover is high. Significantly, Vine has 6,394 patients registered which makes 2,131 patients per doctor whereas Glenlyn has 21,931 patients which makes 3,133 patients per doctor. A thousand more patients per doctor makes a lot of difference, particularly when Dave informs me that some of the doctors at Glenlyn very rarely see the patients themselves.

cial sense to take on more patients and just hope they don t all turn up at once. Unlike Glenlyn, the Vine has closed its books to new patients which must help them to provide a better service. Things are changing in the NHS and according to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health the answer to demand lies in rolling out digital services. He is a great supporter of Babylon Healthcare who use AI technology to provide digital access to medical support including assessments, treatment advice, prescriptions and online appointments. All 24/7 in the comfort of your own home. Babylon Healthcare is a private company who made £108,000 profit in 2017. Livi offer a similar online service linked to your own GP surgery. At Livi you can get speedy medical advice and a prescription delivered to your local pharmacy. It is a Swedish company so not listed at Companies House. If you lead a busy life and you can t hang on the phone at 8.00 am every morning then it is tempting to use one of these new digital services. It won t be your own GP who advises you but it should be someone with appropriate qualifications so does it matter that your healthcare is delivered by a private company making profit? If you are concerned about the changes to local healthcare and in particular GP services then come along to a meeting with Dr Bob Gill and a local representative from KOSHH, at St Christopher s Church hall, Claygate Lane, Hinchley Wood on Thursday 30th May (19.30 – 21.30). Dr Gill will explain clearly how the changes in the NHS are likely to affect you and following his talk there will be questions from the floor so come prepared. Access to healthcare is vital to our community and it is up to us to protect it.

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Carnival Day Fast Approaches! We look forward to welcoming you all on Saturday 8th June at The West Molesey Recreation Ground. Stalls The day begins before the float parade arrives and the stalls open for their fundraising efforts, with tombolas, games and giveaways. Please support our local groups in whatever way you can. This year we will welcome the Molesey Business Association to the field. We support the efforts they make, and encourage local shopping with independent businesses of Molesey. Thank you to the MBA for their ongoing support of the Carnival. Floats Thank you to all the groups who have committed to joining us so far! As this goes to print we are hoping for a few more entries, but its looking like another well attended and colourful parade. We will assemble as per last year, in the Walton Road Car Park, setting off around 1.15pm and proceeding along Walton Road towards the Rec. MOLESEY CARNIVAL DOES BAKE OFF , with the support of the Miss Polly Café. We hope that most of you will have popped into the Miss Polly Café for a hot drink and delicious cake! Last year s event was very popular, so we thought we d give it another go We would like people to collect entry forms information packs from us at Miss Polly Cafe. There will be an under 16s (Children) category The 16 and over (Adult) category will call for a sponge cake There will be other guidelines and rules which will all be listed in the info pack. We would like the cakes to be delivered onto the field from 11am, and collected by 4pm. There will be prizes given in both the Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts

Children and Adult categories The competition will be FREE to enter – and prizes for the best cakes! Arena Events This year we welcome Clown Bluey and his Crazy Fire Engine, joined by Flossie Fleabag! Fun for all the family, with lots of audience participation, a bit of clown slapstick and water fun. Other arena events are being confirmed, but we hope to see some local dance and singing talent once again.

Event Programme With the support of MBA we will make the printed programme available in more local shops in Molesey to make them easier for you to get hold of. Please support us, and future Carnivals by donating £1 for a programme. We d like to thank 4-Print Ltd in Molesey for their continued support in the supply of it. Volunteers Finally, this is a call out for some volunteers to help us on Carnival Day, Saturday 8th June. We have lots of jobs that we need help with on the day, including: Marshalls to walk with the parade Helpers to run stalls Help in setting up/breaking down the arena/ committee tents If you are interested in helping with Molesey Carnival this year, please contact us by sending an email directly to


Friends of Fleetside

had a splendid turn out for their first attempt at removing the pennywort from the Dead River. With the help of several people from the Love Molesey project. Someone kindly brought their boat along which was a great help. Everyone worked very hard and an enormous amount of pennywort was cleared. A great community spirit prevailed. Thank you to the Elbridge Borough Council Countryside Team for their support and advice. A Love Molesey Rock has been left on the heath to find. Our Youngest Members did a litter pick while the adults were working. We have Fleetside in Bloom, the blossom on the trees that have been planted around Fleetside look fantastic along with all the tulips and other bulbs. Did you find any of the knitted bunny's hidden around Fleetside and on Molesey Heath during the Easter Weekend? One of our founder members of Friends of

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Fleetside recently received from Surrey County Council The Volunteer Service Award and Medal for all the voluntary work they have done over many years.

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News From The Molesey Residents Association

Jolly Boatman & Hampton Court Station The application for the major redevelopment of the area around Hampton Court Station was scheduled to be considered by Elmbridge Council s full Planning Committee on 4 April, but the matter has now been deferred. We understand that this is principally to allow time for more detailed submissions from the Environment Agency. We will update residents via our website as soon as we have information about a revised date. Hurst Park Racecourse Gates Around 18 months ago we were successful in getting Elmbridge Council to remove or cut back a number of overgrown trees and shrubs which were seriously obscuring the historic tall gate pillars in Graburn Way (these gates used to open on race days to incorporate the straight section of the old Hurst Park Racecourse). We are now pressing the Council to carry out some much-needed refurbishment work on the gates themselves, which are now looking rusty and neglected, and need to be treated and re -painted. The Council has agreed to commission a Condition Survey, and we are hoping that this will enable the necessary work to be carried out later this year. Waste and Recycling Bins Although the waste and recycling collection service is now generally operating smoothly, residents are continuing to report occasional problems. If your collection is missed you should report it direct to Elmbridge Council, although you cannot do so before 4pm on the collection day. It is best to use the online form on the Council s website, but if you cannot do so you can phone the customer services team on 01372 474474. You can report a missed bin up to 2 working days after your due collection day. Wild Flowers at Hurst Park Several residents and visitors have raised concerns about the apparent disappearance of the wildflowers which used to enhance parts of the Hurst Park green spaces in the Summer. We have raised this with Elmbridge Council, and having taken professional advice they have decided that the best approach for the long term will be to strip the existing soil from the designated areas and lay native wildflower turf. This is a significantly more expensive operation than simply re-seeding the flowers, but it will have a much higher success rate over the long-term. In view of the cost they will be carrying out this work in stages, and for the highest impact they have decided to start at the Ferry Road entrance and work from there. The contractor prepared this area recently, so hopefully there will be a good display there this Summer. Heathrow Expansion The Heathrow re-design of airspace (with or without the third runway), could mean two Independent Parallel Approaches (IPAs) or concentrated flight paths coming over Molesey as soon as 2022. We feel this is very unfair to those of us living under them and want to encourage a fair distribution. In addition, we could be experiencing up to 25 early morning arrivals and an end to the westerly wind preference, which could mean flights up to 70% of the time. We are closely watching the Heathrow developments.

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Recipe of The Month Vegetable Curry

Celebrate National Vegetarian Week (13th-19th May) with an easy midweek curry Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan or wide-based saucepan. Add the onion, and cook over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring regularly until well softened and lightly golden. Add over the curry powder and cook for 30 seconds, stirring all the time.

Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 20-30 mins Serves 3 Ingredients

Add the tomatoes to the onions and cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the partially cooked vegetables and peas and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes until everything is tender. If the sauce thickens too much, add a splash of water.

2 medium potatoes (around 350g/12oz), peeled and cut into 2cm chunks 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally ½ cauliflower (around 300g/10½oz), cut into small florets and halved 3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 1 large onion, coarsely grated or very finely chopped 1 tbsp medium or hot curry powder 1 x 227g tin chopped tomatoes 300ml/10fl oz vegetable or chicken stock (made with ½ cube), gluten-free if required 100g/3½oz frozen peas or two large handfuls young spinach leaves, or a mixture Plain yoghurt or vegan alternative, to serve Mango chutney, to serve Method Half-fill a saucepan with cold water and add the potatoes and carrots. Bring to the boil and cook gently for 8 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain everything in a colander and set aside. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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Garden View

This Month - Scaling the Walls By Rachael Leverton

What do you think of if I say clematis ? I think most of us would think of the large, purple-flowered, Jackmanii or the rampant, bronze-leafed, pink-flowered montana rubens. They are both terrific plants, but I think they are a little over-used. My husband teases me that I tend to give my clematis lecture when visiting friends houses and see one scrambling over a trellis. For your benefit I ve written it down here. Clematis is known as the Queen of Climbers . It can be utterly spectacular and should definitely not be relegated to trellis. It can used for covering fences and arbours, old tree stumps, sheds and even in beds and borders. Choose wisely and you can have flowers from early spring until late autumn. For beds and borders you don t want anything as vigorous as montana, which will smother everything it touches. Instead choose a daintier one such as a variety of texensis or viticella. The flowers of the texensis hybrids look like finely cut bells. Etoile Rose is a beautiful dark pink edged with paler pink and Princess of Wales is a beautiful rosy red. Both of these will scramble through shrubs and flower all summer. They die back in winter so can be tidied up then. Viticella hybrids produce flowers which look like little pixie hats as they open. Minuet has purple and white flowers suspended on fine stems while Purpurea Plena Elegans Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


produces double blooms which open into little purple rosettes. One of the most difficult sites to find climbers for is an east or north facing site. My absolute favourite clematis thrives in this situation and flowers in early spring. Clematis alpina Pink Flamingo produces nodding, semi-double, creamy flowers veined with deep pink. It has the added bonus of producing beautiful fluffy seed heads after the flowers fade. Clematis prefers its feet in the shade and its head in the sun. Make sure the plant s roots are shaded: pieces of broken flagstone are ideal, or an old cracked upside-down terracotta pot with the bottom knocked out. When clematis is happy it will flower prolifically. Large-flowered clematis tend to produce a second flush in the autumn, but others like tangutica and orientalis wait to flower until then. Both of these are very vigorous and are great for covering unsightly sheds or old trees. Finally, if you have a sheltered spot against a wall try cirrhosa balearica. This is a beautiful, winter-flowering variety with ferny foliage and pale-green flowers spotted with crimson. So, there it is my clematis lecture. Hopefully you took notes and are ready to branch out into a whole new world of climbers. Happy gardening

A Home from Home at Molesey Centre for the Community In the heart of the community lies the Molesey Centre for the Community. The Centre is open five days a week, Monday to Friday and has a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to help you feel right at home. There are always exciting events and activities taking place including: • exercise classes • art and crafts • special lunches and outings • community gardening projects • dancing • bridge club • grans and toddlers group tea bar facilities, and a 3-course cooked lunch is available each day for £4.30. There are also opportunities to volunteer in

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our centre and for our meals on wheels service. So come and meet new people, take part in something you have not tried before and get involved in the local community. The centre is located on Bishop Fox Way, West Molesey, KT8 2AS. Telephone 0208 979 5773 for more information or visit the website for a full events list:


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Events Coming Up Some we like...

Molesey WI meets at Imber Court on the first Wednesday of every month 7.30pm for 8pm, where we have a guest speaker or activity. Visitors are welcome for a £5 fee. First visit is free with a copy of Molesey Matters. Follow us on Facebook - Molesey Women's Institute The ADDLESTONE SINGERS ladies choir is hosting their annual Spring Concert on behalf of WOKING and SAM BEARE HOSPICES at the Tulk Hall, Addlestone Community Centre, Garfield Road, on Saturday, 18 May at 7.30pm. This is a new venue to us and we look forward to welcoming our audience to Cafe Style seating at tables this year. Our programme includes songs and melodies from favourite Walt Disney films and George Gerswhin classics. Joining us will be guest performers, professional baritone John Holland-Avery and The Chertsey Orchestra - a group of musicians with a wide range of ages and playing a wide range of instruments. FREE ENTRY RAFFLE REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE RETIRING COLLECTION For more information on our activities please see our website Made In Molesey art and craft evening Once a month get together for men and women. Bring your own craft project or book on to the workshop for an extra fee. Chat with others, share tips and make stuff. £2 7.30-10.30 pm on the second Friday evening of the month St. Marys Church, St Marys Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0ST Fri 12 Apr 2019 Contact telephone: 020 8941 5901 Hampton Sailing Club Open Day For those who might be interested in joining we have a series of Open Sunday where anyone can come down and try out sailing in a dinghy on our beginners sessions. Anyone young or old can try sailing, experienced and novices welcome. Sun 12 May All Mums should live is the motto for this year s Christian Aid Week, beginning on 12 May when Molesey churches together raise funds for Christian Aid s development work and disaster relief in the poorest countries of the world, helping people of all faiths and none. You can help to provide health care for mothers and babies in countries where many new mothers die because there are not enough clinics and midwives. Please look out for the red envelopes through your door, and collectors rattling red boxes in Walton Road! Hampton Carnival The Middlesex Yeomanry Concert Band will be playing favourites from the bandstand at the Hampton Carnival from 13.30 on Saturday 8th June as part of the very popular Hampton Carnival. Starting with the famous march The Dam Busters the band will play popular pieces from stage, screen, concert hall and band stand. The band will play from 13.30pm This event is FREE: NO TICKETS REQUIRED Nursery Green Middlesex TW12 3RN Sat 8 Jun 2019 Contact telephone: 02089411227 Stacey Kent - I Know I Dream The internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, returns to the Landmark . This, beautiful collection of songs, includes American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, as well as original songs and reprises of some of Stacey's most loved repertoire including numbers co-written by Nobel prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro, whose song writing partnership with Stacey has formed an essential plank of her repertoire. 8pm. Tickets: £25 / £22 – a fundraising concert in aid of the Landmark Arts Centre. Pre-show supper available; £9.50 per person. Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 8PA Sun 5 May 2019 Contact telephone: 020 8977 7558 Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


Molesey Midsummer Madness Our high street, Walton Road, is in decline. Several shops have closed and most then remain empty. In an effort to support our local shops, our MRA Molesey East election candidate, Lesley Yauner, is organising Molesey Midsummer Madness, a shopping event that will see many shops, cafes and restaurants offering a discount to customers throughout the day on Saturday 15th June. Please make a note in your diary now! The following shops, cafes and restaurants have all agreed to participate: Averna Lily Blossom S & L Lighting Belle Epoch Lodge Bros Sweet Seams Cafe Myel Miss Polly Vedat Hair Salon Card Collection Molesey Pets & Aquatics Walton Road Garage Courtyard CafĂŠ Molesey Refrigeration Crafty Nest Nails Forever East Molesey Barber Paradise E & J Wilson Petriti s Eurocarpet Press Gang Hopscotch Princess Alice Image Dry Cleaner Repair Shop (cars) Lesley is still in discussion with other outlets and will publish a full list here next month. All participating premises will display a poster in their windows. Please support your local high street, not just at this event on 15th June, but all year round. It really is a case of use them or lose them. A half empty high street is not attractive to visitors or potential property buyers.

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

This month I have been busy addressing Molesey residents concerns about crime, and championing their priorities for local policing. On 22 March, I met with Surrey Chief Constable Gavin Stephens. He told me that, after the shocking recent stabbing in Hinchley Wood, Surrey Police acted quickly to authorise a dispersal order, allowing Officers to order individuals to leave the area for a set period, and implement enhanced Stop and Search powers, allowing them to search individuals suspected of carrying a weapon. These measures were backed up by a dedicated team of 7 officers, to increase patrols in the area. The Chief Constable also briefed me on Surrey Police s plans to hire 100 new Officers and front-line police staff by next April. Between 3 Dom with the Chief Constable and 5 new Officers will be dedicated specifically to Elmbridge, and we Stephens will also benefit from extra support from specialist teams working (cross-county) to reduce crime originating from outside Surrey, which accounts for roughly half of all local crime. As well as local measures, there are important national changes we can make going forward to tackle serious violence. First, increasing the likelihood of getting caught is the most potent way to dissuade criminals. Stop and search has an important role to play here. Reforms introduced back in 2014 were well intentioned, but the pendulum has arguably swung too far the other way. This sends the wrong signal to those contemplating carrying a knife. We should listen to the reasonable calls from the police, and adjust both the threshold and time limit for the exercise of socalled Section 60 powers, which allow Officers to more easily search individuals where they suspect there is a risk of violence. Second, we need to look at sentencing. In 2015, the government passed legislation – in the teeth of opposition from Jeremy Corbyn - requiring a mandatory six-month prison sentence for anyone convicted for a second time of carrying a knife. But, last year, it was only imposed in 63% of cases. We need to look again, to send a clear message about what happens if you re caught with a knife. Finally, we must get better at preventing young people from being drawn into the drugs and gangs that lead to knife crime. Between 2010 and 2018 I volunteered, then served as a Trustee, at Fight for Peace, a boxing and martial arts academy in East London. It uses sport, educational qualifications,

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