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Welcome to the November issue. The clocks went back an hour on 28th October and we once again are hurtling towards Christmas. The Bridge Road Winter Wander this year is on Thurs 6th December and Magical Molesey is on 29th November. Be sure to put the dates in your diaries. It is also 100 years since the end of the First World War, and Molesey will be paying it s respects with a service at the War Memorial in Walton Road West Molesey on Sunday 11th November. Do go along if you can. Respecting our fallen who sacrificed so much, especially this year, is massively important to our community spirit. In keeping with remembrance, we

November 2018 look at local benefactor R C Sherriff s work, Journey's End . A play which was praised for capturing the claustrophobia and viciousness of trench warfare and the nature of life and death on the western front. Th Stink story continues and we also hear about our problem with unlawfully moored boats, and how we can help. Page 26 also features some old ads from Molesey s past. If you remember the businesses or had family who were involved I would love to hear from you. See you in December

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Robert Cedric Sherriff was born in 1896 and educated at Kingston Grammar School and New College, Oxford. On the outbreak of the First World War, he joined the army and served as a captain in the East Surrey regiment. Once the war ended, an interest in amateur theatricals led him to try his hand at writing. R.C Sherriff wrote his celebrated play Journey s End in 1928, ten years after the end of the First World War. Praised for capturing the claustrophobia and viciousness of trench warfare and the nature of life and death on the western front, the story begins on the evening of Monday 18 RC Sherriff in East Surrey Regiment uniform c.1918 March 1918 and continues over three days. Journey's End is a 1928 dramatic play, the seventh of English playwright R. C. Sherriff. At first, Sherriff struggled to secure a West End performance of the play with many potential producers concerned that audiences would not want to watch a production about war, not least one without a leading lady or any female characters. After much consideration, The Incorporated Stage Society, a private members society that mounted performances of new and experimental work, agreed to include two semi-staged performances of the play in its Winter programme. It was first performed at the Apollo Theatre in London on 9 December 1928, starring a young Laurence Olivier, and soon moved to other West End theatres for a two-year run. It was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1928– 1929. The piece quickly became internationally popular, with numerous productions and tours in English and other languages. A 1930 film version was followed by other adaptations, and the play set a high standard for other works dealing with similar themes, and influenced playwrights including Noël Coward. Set in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne in 1918, towards the end of the First World War, Journey's End gives a glimpse into the experiences of the officers of To advertise email


a British Army infantry company. The story plays out in the officers' dugout over four days from 18 March 1918 to 21 March 1918, the last few days before Operation Michael. R.C. Sherriff wrote the play based on his own experiences. In September 1917 he obtained a commission with the East Surrey Regiment as a Second Lieutenant. Sherriff was sent to France, landing at Boulogne on 28 September 1916. He reached the 9th Battalion, the East Surrey Regiment, at Estrée-Cauchy on 1 October 1916, and served in France until he was wounded in action on 2 August 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres), and was sent back to England for treatment. It is without doubt one of the greatest plays exploring the First World War with a poignant anti -war message. However, its anti-war message is complex. Histories of the war written in the 1960s present the British commanders as foolish men, far from the front line who needlessly sacrificed the lives of brave men in military blunders, and this idea pervades in the anti-war sentiments presented in Theatre Workshop s Oh! What a Lovely War! and television s Blackadder Goes Forth. Ultimately, it was Sherriff s intention to produce a play which paid tribute to his brothers-in -arms and the virtues of duty, perseverance and comradeship which he experienced on the Western Front Sherriff considered calling it Suspense or Waiting but eventually found a title in the closing line of a chapter of an unidentified book, "It was late in the evening when we came at last to our journey's end". The huge success of his play, Journey s End, published in 1929, in both Europe and America enabled Sherriff to become a fulltime writer Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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The Stink Continued Source : Tideway Having read your recent article in the Molesey Matters magazine I thought you could mention the next stage to the solution. Recently, whilst on a cruise down the Thames with the MTYC, I noticed several large construction sites along the river bank in London When I enquired what they were it seems that this is the upgrade to the sewer system, the scale of which is astounding. I perhaps look forward to the next issue of Molesey Matters with a corresponding article. Best regards Geoff Lulham. Thank you, Geoff. So here you go, and first a recap. For centuries, the Thames has been used as a conduit for the removal of the city s waste, and in the hot summer of 1858, a decision was finally made to rid the river of its burden. The smell of the Thames had gotten so bad that curtains hanging in the Palace of Westminster had to be soaked in lime chloride to overcome it. Newspapers of the time (and today s historians) dubbed the summer of 1858 the Great Stink . Compelled by the force of sheer stench , Parliamentarians passed a bill into law to have the problem fixed. The result as laid out in last month s issue, is a magnificent 1,100-mile network of sewers comprised of more than 300 million bricks, designed by visionary engineer, Sir Joseph Bazalgette. In 1858, London was home to two million people. Bazalgette had the foresight to build his sewer system for a population twice that size, but the Victorian sewerage network simply cannot keep up with the demands of 21st Century London and need future-proofing. Today, the number of people living in the capital is approaching nine million, a figure that continues to rise. So, while the sewers remain in excellent condition, they lack the capacity to meet the demands of modern-day London. As a result, millions of tonnes of raw, untreated sewage overflow. By 2031, there will be 10 million people living in London. To To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

cope with this increase, it is estimated that at least 600,000 new homes are needed. In order that these homes can be built, the sewerage network, which is already under severe pressure, needs to be upgraded. The effect on the river s fish, birds and aquatic mammals is profound. Ammonia found in sewage harms many of the Thames s inhabitants, while the bacteria that feed on the sewage deplete the river of oxygen, suffocating many of its fish. This is simply unacceptable for the world s greatest city. Tideway is upgrading London s sewer system to cope with its growing population. The 25km tunnel will intercept, store and ultimately transfer sewage waste away from the River Thames. Starting in Acton, west London, the tunnel (the Thames Tideway Tunnel), will travel through the heart of London at depths of between 30 and 60 metres, using gravity to transfer waste eastwards. In terms of timeline, preliminary construction and tunnelling is under way, with the system planned for a 2022 finish. Who is paying? Thames Water's 15 million wastewater customers will pay for the Thames Tideway Tunnel through their bills. Once completed, Thames Water will operate the tunnel as an integral part of the London sewerage network, while Tideway will be responsible for its day-to-day maintenance. Thames Water's wastewater customers will pay for the Thames Tideway Tunnel through their bills, with the process for setting customer bills determined by Ofwat. Current average annual household bills already include ÂŁ13 for the tunnel and this will eventually rise to no more than ÂŁ25 a year, before inflation. Molesey Matters would be interested in any views/comments. Simply email me at the address below.


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Molesey WI - Lifesavers By Paul Chard Molesey Matters have always been a big supporter of the Molesey WI. They do fantastic work for the community, and last month I sat down and enjoyed coffee with their President, Miranda Ingold, to hear of their latest project. Personally, I think it s one of their best yet. A massive help to the wellbeing and safety of our locality. Miranda herself has lived in Molesey for 30 years and always been at the heart of community volunteering projects, helping for example with Magical Molesey and the Bridge Road Winter Wander. When she heard back in June 2009 that Molesey had recently (April 2009) set up a local WI branch it was too good too miss. Miranda joined up, and together with local mums, Katie Donaldson and Sally Perry put heart and soul in to help create Molesey WI as it is today. Most people s view of the WI is of people of mature years taking part in sit down activities. Yes, it can be that, but the WI s membership is also bustling with 30 somethings. Activities range from arts and crafts, to food, sport, film, theatre and a varied calendar of speakers. Miranda s view is the WI should be a place where people can learn, take part, enjoy, talk with friends and that ultimately the WI provides a stimulating social environment. Miranda took over as President in 2017. One of the WI s projects, both she and the committee have concentrated on is bringing in a string of both inspirational and expert speakers to talk to the membership. Recent examples have been, Vicki Cooke, Keeper of the Hampton Court Kitchen Garden and Sally Kettle, adventurer, marathon runner, and author. Sally is the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West, and once with her mother – earning a coveted Guinness World Record! One such talk set Miranda and the Molesey WI on the path of the project I mentioned at the beginning of the article. The talk was by the Teddington RNLI. Teddington was the first lifeboat station to specifically cover a river rather than estuarial waters. There are now four lifeboat stations operating on the River Thames. The evening ended with demonstrations and practices with throw bags , these are bags of rope that are easy to throw to someone in the water, much easier and safer than life belts. The waterside pubs in Kingston have them, and anyone with a boat is recommended to To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

carry one. This set Miranda and her team to consider why don t we have them in Molesey. Certainly, the number of accidents in recent years warranted a look. As result, the Molesey WI have purchased a number of throw bags and have agreed for them to be stationed at various points along the river, including The White Swan, Credit: Nathan Williams The Albany, Thyme by The River and the 1st Molesey Sea Scouts. Other locations are to be announced shortly. Branded with the WI logo, the bags are currently being used to train those who will be responsible. Once the RNLI is satisfied that training has been successful, they will become fully functional. Paid for out of Molesey WI fundraising activities, the WI have also donated to the lifeboat station. Fantastic. Can I just say a big thankyou to Miranda and the WI from all of us who live by, or enjoy the river. True Community Spirt


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BORN FROM NECESSITY Something fantastic is coming to Molesey. Local residents Louise and Jess Rugeris are opening Born From Necessity . There are an increasing number of shops throughout the UK that will allow you refill your own bags and containers, saving on food and packaging waste, but until now there was not one in Molesey. Aside from the growing problem with single use plastic and packaging, did you know a fifth of your shopping bill goes on packaging? Zero waste shops have become a real force for showing how conscious consumerism can change the way we buy and eat our food. Louise and Jess have started something big in our locality. Talking of locality, the shop couldn t be better place than near Tesco in Hurst Park. From fresh foods and beauty products to household items and DIY, Born From Necessity will stock everything you need to

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help you move towards a zero waste life. It also will have a Refill Centre to fill up on your favourites to help cutting down on pointless plastics and single use packaging. As an independently owned shop, sourcing stock from locally based suppliers, you will also be putting money back into the community. What s not to like? Born From Necessity opens its doors on 1st November. Pop down and Go Zero


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About Elmbridge Museum By Clara Pereira Museum Community Engagement Manager Elmbridge Museum has been running as an outreach museum since 2015. The Museum is now based at the Civic Centre in Esher, from where we continue to provide outreach services.

um was awarded Full Accreditation by the Arts Council England. Being an accredited museum means that we are recognised as having achieved agreed professional standards in all areas of museum work – how we run, how we manage our collections, and how we develop our activities to enrich the experiences of our users.

We are now using the collections more actively to produce positive impacts on the local community and providing an active and vibrant Museum service that meets the needs of our various local audiences. We preserve and document over 40,000 artefacts and archives on behalf of the Borough, and as an outreach museum we are offering a series of monthly family fun events in different locations around the borough and we are expanding our learning and outreach programme for schools and community groups, as well as running a temporary exhibition programme at key locations across the Borough. So, this is a very busy programme for us! We also provide access to the museum collection through our online catalogue and online exhibitions, and our Local Studies Room is now open to the public by appointment. Here a team of volunteers are able to assist with answering local history enquiries and to give researchers access to the reference and Museum Collections. In October Elmbridge MuseTo advertise email


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provide full ADVERTORIAL support and supervision in person. We are always on hand to oversee any issues and to offer a fully supported care service. Every new member of our team goes through our rigorous recruitment process, covering a variety of employment checks with the Police and the criminal records authorities and refer-

ences. Each team member receives training and support and likewise you and your family are given plenty of support through regular contact and scheduled reviews during visits to your home. We are locally based and have a dedicated team who can respond effectively and efficiently every day of the year. This ensures we support you as an individual and can recognise and respond to any changes in the care and support you need. We strive to achieve excellence in our Live-in care service and understand it is the little things on a day to day basis that mean a lot to you and your family. The first step to organising Live-in care is to contact us and arrange an initial visit by an experienced member of our team. This is an ideal time to ask all your questions face-toface. To find our contact details please see our advert, opposite in this publication.


At this time of year, as the nights start to draw in and temperatures cool, many of us will start to see the moisture build up on our windows as we wake up in the morning. Whilst condensation is easily cured or managed by altering how a property is used, there are other causes of damp within a property that should be rectiďŹ ed before more serious damage can occur. Allowing damp to continue within a property could damage your clothing, bedding, furnishings and floor coverings. Microscopic mould spores are constantly present in our environment and warm damp surfaces are the ideal breeding ground for mould which will appear on walls, ceilings and floors. The World Heath Organisation estimates that 15% of homes in cold climates have signs of dampness and 5% have signs of mould problems. In warm climates, the estimates are 20% for dampness and 25% for mould. There is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to the causes of damp in properties. We take a

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look at the causes and suggest some remedies you might want to consider, as early rectification is always better than cure and will ultimately be more cost effective.

Cause 1: Condensation Condensation within a property happens when water vapour comes into contact with cold surfaces to form dampness or water droplets. It is usually caused as a result of how the property is being used by its occupants. Although condensation is the most common cause of damp, it is usually the easiest to fix. Common household activities produce water vapour which lead to condensation, in the following quantities:











Condensation can usually be cured by simply ventilating the property. By opening the windows regularly, even if it is cold outside, for just 5 – 10

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minutes will allow moisture to leave the property quickly without letting too much heat out. Here are some other preventative measures to control condensation within your home: •

Simple preventative measures like checking in the loft for water staining around the chimney stack and roof timbers and rectifying any issues is essential; along with clearing gutters of debris and ensuring all joints are tight and that there are no cracks in the pipework.

Always make sure extractor fans are switched on in the kitchen while cooking and while the bath/shower room is in use to transport water vapour outside the property. The bathroom door should be closed while showering or bathing to stop water vapour travelling to other parts of the property.

Raking out old dried mastic and replacing with fresh will ensure window and door frames are both wind and water tight. Be mindful also not to lean anything against an external wall that will cause water to channel or collect, as this could transfer damp patches to internal walls.

Open windows while you are sleeping, cooking or bathing.

Cause 3: Rising Damp

Warmer air holds more moisture then cold so maintaining a constant temperature in the property throughout winter between 10oC – 18oC, will stop periods of low temperature when condensation will form.

Avoid drying clothes on racks inside the property, especially with the windows closed. A better solution to stop damp is to dry clothes in a well ventilated tumble dryer allowing moisture from the clothes to exit the property, or use a dehumidifier.

Cause 2: Water Leaks Water leaks are not uncommon and an obvious way for water to enter your home. Plumbing Leaks: The remedy for plumbing leaks is obvious – fix the leak as quickly as you can. As a tenant you must report water leaks to your Landlord or Letting Agent who is managing the property immediately for further investigation. Thankfully in the majority of cases once the leak has been fixed and the affected areas have dried out, the isolated incident should be resolved for good and won’t lead to any further damp within the property. A word of warning – if the cause is a leaking copper central heating pipe, enclosed within a cement screen floor, then when the pipe is replaced it must be lagged as the lime in cement can cause a chemical reaction with copper, resulting in pinhole perforations and repeated leaks in the future. Ingressive Damp: This is where water enters the property from an external source. The most common of which are leaks from ill fitting windows or doors, defective guttering and down pipes or defective flashings around chimney stacks or slipped tiles on the roof.

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This is the most problematic and potentially the most costly to eradicate. Rising damp is caused by either a breakdown or breach of the damp proof course. In the former, the remedy is generally to inject the walls with a silicon chemical damp proof course after removal and replacement of the internal finish with fresh plaster that includes a damp proof additive. Rising damp saturates the plaster with hydroscopic salts and unless this is removed the salts will continue to attract moisture from the atmosphere. The second cause is most commonly due to soil or path levels breaching the damp proof course and is rectified by lowering the ground level and depending upon the severity, re-plastering may also need to be undertaken. If you are currently renting a property and are experiencing damp, contact your Lettings Property Management team or Landlord. If you are viewing a property to buy our advice would be to have a survey carried out on the property before progressing any further with the purchase. As a seller or landlord make sure you have dealt with any potential damp issues before putting your property on the market. Joe Dewar MNAEA, Manager 01372 462000

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Reclaim our Riverbank By David Garrett Our local Thames is being systematically trashed. If you are not a river user, or don t walk the towpath, you may not have noticed, but it is truly awful what is taking place. Huge accommodation barges, often referred to as slumboats, prowl the river. There are currently four between Molesey and Sunbury locks, run as cynical commercial operations, mooring wherever they please. These vessels exploit tourists and the poor who expect facilities such as toilets, running water, and locks on bedroom doors. Conditions on board have attracted comments like filthy like two sheds on top a floating piece of wood , houseboat is a dump , toilet facilities illegal, smelly, and not hygienic on, where the boats are advertised, and outwardly the boats are indeed revolting. The owner, who must be making a fortune running his overheads-free business, delights in mooring his ramshackle monstrosities (illegally and for free) on scenic parts of the Thames – such as opposite Hampton Court Palace, or at lovely Hurst Park. Or outside the windows of law-abiding ratepayers: imagine TWO of these parked just feet away across your windows at Molesey lock, as happened to the

unfortunate owners at Hampton Court Crescent in October! Further upstream, a large permanent community of itinerant boats are moored on the Elmbridge bank, opposite Aquarius Sailing Club. The numbers fluctuate, but at times you can count over fifty boats when all the accompanying dinghies and small craft are taken into account. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for the nontidal Thames, has rules that stipulate a maximum Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


stay of 24 hours, but the boat owners have realised that this is not enforced and have built up a sort of safety in numbers. Some of the boats are occupied, others appear to be empty and just enjoying a free parking space. Many of the boats are double, triple, or even quadruplemoored, and most are accompanied by one or more small craft. Numerous boats of all sizes are in semiderelict states of disrepair, many are patently abandoned and/or sinking. Some have no name, these (and probably many others) are certainly not registered. Many river users, as far as Ash Island, have reported excrement in the river, which is inevitable – since the boats never go anywhere it is not difficult to guess where their sewage goes to once their holding tanks are full .. Reclaim our Riverbank 2 RoR2 was formed recently as a community campaign group to fight these abuses of the river. It is working with the statutory authorities, the local communities, existing action groups, and legitimate river users to remove the blight of illegal mooring and abandoned vessels from our riverbank. There are already early signs of success: Spelthorne has formed a specific task group, headed by Councillor Vivienne Leighton, to address this and other problems on the river; the Environment Agency finally started removing sunken boats in October (seven!), with more scheduled; and root and branch action is being prepared to finally end the illegal moorings and the scourge of the accommodation barges, although this will take time. RoR2 is seeking support from riverside communities from Molesey to Shepperton – if you agree with its aims and value our precious river please email it at to indicate your support and to get regular mailings as to progress.

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Happy 100th to the Oldest Serving Bell vowed during the war that if I could survive Ringer in the World that, nothing would get me down . In his Dennis Brock from Sunbury is celebrating his younger days Dennis pursued his love of bell 100th birthday this month. Turning 100 is no ringing around longer quite the feat it used to be, but the fact the country. that he is still bell captain at St Mary s Sun- The only bury and still rings across the area (including transport was at St Mary s, Walton), drives and still lives his treasuredindependently, it is quite something. bicycle and he Dennis has lived in Sunbury all his life. He covered thouserved in World War 2 and was one of the sands of miles. All Pictures courtesy of Ted Palmer evacuees of Dunkirk. He returned to service He has kept fit in Libya and was captured by the Germans in body and the incarcerated as a prisoner of war in Africa, bell ringing, then Italy where he endured appalling condi- memorising tions and malnutrition, resulting in the loss of changes and use of his legs. He was fortunate to be treated patterns, have to experimental medical practices by a young kept his mind young. He is still able to read Italian doctor in the camp which meant he and write shorthand and is interested in everyregained mobility. He has given many talks to one and everything. schools and local groups about his time as a A special peal of bells will be run at St POW. Mary s, Sunbury on Saturday November 24th When asked about the secrets to a long and with ringers from St Pauls and Guildford Cahealthy life Dennis replies with a smile I thedrals.


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MOLESEY ART SOCIETY – AUTUMN FAIR Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th NOVEMBER 2018 Molesey Art Society will be holding its annual Autumn Fair on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018, 10am to 5pm, at St Alban s Primary School, Beauchamp Road, East Molesey, KT8 2PG.

Remembrance Sunday November 11th We d love to invite the whole congregation to join in the 10.45am service at the War Memorial on Walton Road in West Molesey. Therefore, we are only going to have one service at 9am which will also include special Remembrance Day activities for children. After the service we will be serving refreshments just outside the front of church for congregation and the community. We will then join in the walk to the War Memorial at about 10.05am or alternatively you can drive and park near-by.

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It s over a century since more than nine million soldiers were killed during the First World War. The last of the veterans from that era are dead and many young people know little about the causes and devastating aftermath of the conflict. Many refuse to wear a poppy because they think it glorifies war. Perhaps it s more important than ever that we discuss the poppy s place in history. Much of the worst fighting in World War 1 took place in Flanders, the western part of Belgium. The area suffered terribly, with homes, farms, roads and trees all completely destroyed. The land became a bleak, muddy graveyard for the thousands of soldiers who fell there. One plant, however, thrived in the disturbed soil and that was the poppy. Year after year, as the warm weather arrived, the poppies bloomed and turned the grim bare ground into a sea of red. At that time, fighting in Flanders was a young Lieutenant, Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian physician. In May 1915, his close friend and fellow soldier was killed in action. Seeing the poppies growing alongside his grave moved McCrae to write the poem In Flanders Fields , which was later published in Punch magazine. The idea to use the poppy as a symbol of remembrance for dead soldiers came from an American professor and YWCA worker, Moina Michael, in 1918. She wrote a poem in reply to McCrae s called We Shall Keep the To advertise email


Faith and started to sell silk poppies. The idea was adopted by the American Legion in 1920 and she became known as The Poppy Lady . In 1921, Anna E Guerin started making artificial poppies in France and gained the support of Field Marshal Douglas Haig, founder of the Royal British Legion. The first poppy appeal was held on Armistice Day 1921. It was hugely popular and, despite a recommended selling price of threepence per poppy, single petals sold for £5. In all, the appeal raised £106,000 – that s nearly £30 million in today s terms! In recent years some people have chosen to wear a white poppy, either instead of or alongside a traditional red one. White poppies symbolise pacifism and also remember the civilians killed in conflicts past and present, as well as the soldiers. The idea is not a modern one as I originally assumed; it was initially put forward in 1926 by the No More War Movement, and the first white poppies were sold by the Cooperative Women s Guild in 1933. They are now distributed by the Peace Pledge Union, a British pacifist nongovernmental organisation that works for a world without war. However you choose to wear your poppy this year I hope you now have a greater understanding of the interesting and complex story behind this iconic flower. Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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Friends of Fleetside Update Friends of Fleetside had an apple picking day on a glorious sunny morning, this year the apples were not as plentiful as in previous years, but we still picked enough to share with everyone. Some of our group went on a litter pick with the newly formed group called The Molesey litter pickers, they recently had their first litter pick in West Molesey with the help of 8 people they managed to fill a wheelie bin. Well done, we were pleased to be able to lend them our pickers and bag hoops which were kindly supplied to us by the M.R.A. Let s hope more little groups can be set up around Molesey to get Molesey litter free. The pennywort on the Mole and Dead Rivers is now extremely bad, however we have been assured by the Environment Agency that it will be cleared by the spring. They have joined together with serval other agencies and have got some funding to tackle this problem at last, so our wildlife will be able to navigate without having to negotiate all the pennywort.

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Upcoming productions ALLELUJAH! Thursday 1 November - 7.00pm NT Live (Live Screening) Alan Bennett’s hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). A documentary crew follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward. Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)

La Bayadère Tuesday 13 November - 7.00pm Royal Opera House (Live Screening) Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th century classic ballet brings an exotic world of the temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Tickets: £15 (£12.50 concessions)

The King & I Thursday 29 November - 7.00pm The London Palladium (Recorded Screening) Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, Kelli O’Hara takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe, in a ‘powerhouse’ (The Times) performance. Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)

The Nutcracker Wednesday 19 December - 7.15pm Royal Opera House (Live Screening) Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. An enchanted Christmas adventure for all the family. Tickets: £15 (£12.50 concessions)

Antony & Cleopatra Thursday 20 December - 7.00pm NT Live (Live Screening) Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star as Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)

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Membership Information Elmbridge Youth Theatre – Charity No. 1071866 tickets for Singin' in the Rain will be available on our website from November 2018. If you would like to join Elmbridge Youth Theatre in the next show, please see details and contact information below: Rehearsal Information Thursday s - 7.30 - 10 pm in Molesey and Sunday s 6.30 - 9pm in Weybridge you can join our mailing list, book tickets for our productions, email us and find contact details and maps to rehearsal venues. Age range of members 15-25 years Qualifications - Enthusiasm, commitment and team spirit! Previous experience is not essential. Main Aims - To cater for the leisure time needs of local young people and to encourage and foster an interest in Drama & Theatre whilst giving opportunities to take part in stage productions and to develop skills within the arts. Productions - Two productions per year. Major musical production performed at The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse around February. Smaller summer production usually a concert or play performed in a local theatre. Contacts: Carole Andrew - Director, Tel. 07930 524540 and Karen Lacey - Admin. Tel. 07776 376802


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NEWS FROM THE MOLESEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Public Meeting on Local Police Issues – 10 December We have arranged for the Police and Crime Commissioner David Monroe, and a senior police officer, to come and talk to local residents about local policing issues, and to answer questions, at a public meeting on Monday 10th December. This event will take place at 7.45 pm at St Lawrence School. Please come along to hear about recent developments and raise any concerns you may have. Boats Moored Without Authorisation The difficulties with boats moored along the River Thames near Molesey without authorisation has been a persistent nuisance to local residents. A key difficulty is that there are several different owners of the land along this stretch of the Thames. Elmbridge Council owns only a small area, and although much of the riverside land is the responsibility of the Environment Agency, there are also stretches owned by Surrey County Council, and a number of private landowners. We have discussed this on a number of occasions with both Elmbridge Council and the Environment Agency, and they insist that they take the matter very seriously, and are doing what they can, but unfortunately the boat owners are well aware of the legal difficulties faced by landowners seeking to remove them, and have consistently exploited the situation to thwart efforts to move them on.

that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed to conduct a review into how the law and powers available to Councils and other landowners to address the issue of boats moored without authorisation on the UK s river network might be strengthened. We hope that this review will be completed quickly, and that it will at last result in some decisive action to address this long-standing problem. In the meantime we are pleased to see that the Environment Agency has at last started long-awaited action to remove the sunken and derelict boats which have been abandoned near Cherry Orchard Road and various other locations.

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Urban Wildlife Garden

You don t need to live in the country to enjoy wildlife A Blog by Molesey Resident - Della Reynolds I spent my last week of exile living on the Bankside Drive estate in Thames Ditton. This estate, built in 1949 by a socialist government, was clearly built for people and not profit. Large swaths of land surround the houses with many opening onto green spaces designed as safe areas for outside play.

The estate is bordered by Stokes Field Nature Reserve which provides residency for badgers, bats and deer. The nature reserve plus the many mature trees on the estate provide plenty of accommodation for the birds. On my first morning I heard the dawn chorus start at around six and it continued for half an hour with the baritone crows adding an intermittent bass line. My previous stay in Kingswood, close to farmland, confirmed to me that wildlife is just a nuisance to a farmer who has to squeeze every drop of productivity out of the land. The countryside has become a toxic wasteland resulting in our urban gardens being the final refuge for many displaced creatures. I should change my tag line to you need to live in the town to enjoy wildlife . During the day I watched many small birds visit my friend s garden. Hiding in the green hedges which would have been automatically planted and maintained as part of the social housing contract. This was housing of the very highest standard, designed to allow families to thrive and by default the wildlife too. But this idyll is under threat. The land between the estate and the A3 known to planners as Area 58 (seen in the map below) has been Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


identified by Elmbridge Borough Council as poorly performing . Which is an interesting term when you think about it. How can open land which is providing trees to absorb pollution, space to be with nature for local residents and a natural habitat for wildlife be poorly performing. Did they expect a song and dance? ? The planners want to build on this vast plot by Woodstock Lane which would fill the space from the back of the Bankside Drive estate down to the A3 spur road and beyond with housing. Private developers look for a 20% profit to pay out to their shareholders. The more houses you fit in the more profit you take out. No room here for lush greens, mature trees, expansive gardens and wasteful green embankments. You get a house, a place to park your car and a patio garden if you re lucky. More people per square acre but where will the birds go then? Once we lose our gardens and open urban spaces that will be the end game for much of our wildlife. Being in touch with nature is key to our well-being. Listening to the bird song in the morning, the peep-peep of the robin during the day or the evening serenade of the blackbird is good for our mental health. Having space to breath, space to stretch, space to walk the dog, is part of a balanced life. We are not robots. You may argue that we need more houses and indeed this is true. But did you know that a survey in 2012 (UK National Ecosystem Assessment) found that only 10.6% of the land in England was urban with approximately half of that used as open green space; parks, allotments, gardens etc. It is this 54% that the developers have targeted with infill sites but bigger profits can be made by building on green belt land and it won t be affordable, high-quality social housing going there. In Surrey more land is given over to golf courses than housing yet there is never a plan to build on one of those. No doubt a golf course, accessible only to those who can afford the fee, is not considered poorly performing . But a well-manicured golf course doesn t have the bio-diversity wildlife need to survive. How do you put a value on wildlife habitat? For me it is priceless. https://


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Recipe of The Month Bacon and Pumpkin Pasta

Autumnal and delicious Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil 140g Pancetta or bacon, cut into cubes 1 Small onion, thinly sliced 25g Butter 500g/1lb 2oz Pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced 20g Fresh sage, finely shredded 400g Pasta (I used spaghetti) 25g Freshly grated parmesan Parmesan, plus extra to serve Method Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan. When hot add the chopped pancetta or bacon, then cook for a few mins. Add remaining oil and the onion. Cook for 5 mins, until the onion becomes soft and the pancetta becomes crispy. Stir in the butter until melted, then add the diced pumpkin or squash and the sage. Stir well to combine, then season well. Cover and cook for 6-10 mins, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin is soft, but not mushy. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water until it s soft but with a little bite remaining. Drain and add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the Parmesan and season. Serve in pasta bowls sprinkled with extra Parmesan.

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This Month - Leaf matter : Leaves matters By Rachael Leverton Oh, those autumn leaves. So pretty on the trees but they can be rather inconvenient in the garden. If they drift too deep on the lawn the grass underneath will die so there s nothing to do but rake them up. However, these fallen leaves are a little autumn gift from nature and with them you can create leaf mould. Leaf mould is free garden nourishment, and it s it s like feeding your soil with the finest fillet steak. Leaf mould is what s left when the dead, fallen leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs are heaped up and allowed to rot

If you have enough room, create a separate leaf heap rather than simply adding leaves to compost. It s quite simple to construct a leaf cage using chicken wire and posts. You can even bag your leaves in punctured black bin bags and put them in an out-of-the-way corner. The puncturing is necessary to allow air to circulate. A leaf heap made this autumn will be ready by next autumn. While you re tidying up the leaves it can be tempting to cut down faded perennials. But if you leave them, in a month or so you will find they have turned into wonderful sculptural winter skeletons which look incredibly beautiful in the frosts. It s all down to personal taste of course, but I often leave perennials standing until February or March simply to provide a bit of interest over the winter. Happy gardening

down. As they slowly decompose, only the toughest bits remain, eventually forming crumbly, dark brown crumbs, a bit like chocolate sprinkles. Leaf mould is easy to make, a delight to handle, and you can t possibly overfeed your soil with it. Micro-organisms are the driving factor, performing an alchemy that gives the finished product an almost magical quality. Its fibrous nature retains moisture and enables free drainage, which means it also makes a great mulch for trilliums or wood anemones, whose natural habitat is woodland. I adhere to a policy of only collecting leaves where necessary. Where they have fallen and are not obscuring the grass I leave them for the earthworms to pull into their burrows (I wrote last month about how I think of earthworms as my friends and so do nothing to discourage them). Simply sweeping leaves off paths and decking or patios will keep the garden looking cared for. I also remove any that have drifted around my herb garden because herbs like to be able to breathe. These tasks alone give me enough leaves to create plenty of lovely leaf mould. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


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Ali Cook Principles of Deception Star of the West End magic spectacular Impossible, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV1), Dirty Tricks (Ch4), and Monkey Magic (Five), Ali Cook returns with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed. The show is suitable for ages 8+. Show starts 8pm. Tickets: £15.00/£13.00 Riverhouse Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2PF Sat 3 Nov 2018 Contact telephone: 01932 253354 Molesey WI meets at Imber Court on the first Wednesday of every month 7.30pm for 8pm, where we have a guest speaker or activity. Visitors are welcome for a £5 fee. First visit is free with a copy of Molesey Matters Follow us on Facebook - Molesey Women's Institute (Molesey Crafty Ladies) DAYTIME SINGING FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS! Your local women s singing group invites you to drop in for a FREE TASTER to get the flavour of our friendly sessions. We sing a variety of songs, from musicals to Mozart, and we meet on Wednesdays 11.50 to 1.05 at the Molesey Adult Education Centre in Ray Road, KT8 2LG. Enthusiasm is more important than experience! Do call us on 07726 788339, or just turn up - you ll be sure of a warm welcome. Television antiques expert, Eric Knowles will be speaking at the Molesey and District Antiques Society meeting on Tuesday 4th December. His subject will be the work and times of the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, well known for his decorative posters. The meeting is at Imber Court at East Molesey KT8 0BT at 8p.m. Free entry for members, guests £7. Normansfield Christmas Craft Fair Come along to our wonderful annual Christmas Craft Fair with a wide selection of all handmade decorations, prints, jewellery, gifts, cards, ornaments and more. Time: 11:00am-4:30pm Admission: Free Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington Middlesex TW11 9PS Sat 24 Nov 2018 Contact telephone: 0333 1212 300 Brooklands Museum Military Vehicles Day Over 80 vehicles, spanning the decades and representing the field of conflict from around the world, are expected for our annual Military Vehicles Day Normal Museum Admission Charges Apply Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN Sun 18 Nov 2018 Contact telephone: 01932857381 Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre on Friday 7th - Sunday 9th December 2018 Enjoy a magical day out as the palace courtyards will be transformed into a stunning festive food lover s wonderland, full of delicious artisan food and drink with inspiring seasonal cookery demonstrations. Eat, drink and be merry, whilst soaking up the atmosphere with sing-along festive classics and candlelit carols by local choirs Fri 10:00am until Sun 6:00pm Molesey Musical Theatre 1918 & All That .will take place at the Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018. The Show will be a musical entertainment based on music and shows from that era and beyond. There will be opportunities for everyone to join in. Please do get in touch with us if you would like to take part. Or turn up at one of our regular Wednesday evening rehearsals at Vine Hall, Vine Road, East Molesey, starting at 8 pm. Laleham Camera Club Ever fancied yourself as the next David Bailey? Then why not pop along to Laleham Camera Club. We are a friendly bunch who meet every Tuesday evening. New members are always welcome whatever your level. Find us online at or contact Paul on 07825 165974 Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts




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Finally, Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson, last seen at Riverhouse with ‘Under Milk Wood’ in 2003 returns with festive favourite ‘A Christmas Carol’. Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim et al, in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit - in many more ways than one!

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THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL Friday 14 December 7pm Discount ticket £10.80 Children £9 A warming tale for winter: London. Christmas Eve. The snow is falling. A little girl struggles fiercely through the cold. We follow her throughout the day as she encounters the funny and zany characters of the vibrant city streets. In an attempt to stay warm she strikes a match. The flames blaze to life, illuminating her fantastic Christmas visions.

Dominic Raab Our Local MP

This month I have been busy driving improvements to local rail services, and taking forward measures to increase our local resilience to flooding for Molesey residents. Nationally, back in 2013 I led the Parliamentary debate which helped secure a new deal between industry and government to continue the availability of affordable home insurance for those living in areas at risk of flooding, like Elmbridge. This led to the creation of Flood Re, which allows insurers to pool the risk of insuring highrisk homes. By 2017 Flood Re covered 1,093 properties locally, which is saving eligible households up to £500 off their insurance premium. Next, progress is being made on the River Thames Flood Scheme, a £302 million project which will add river Dom inspects local flood defences with Surrey channels upstream of us and increase the capacity of the County Councillor Peter Szanto weirs at Sunbury and Molesey to help manage flood waters. It is due for completion in 2024. This month, I held discussions with the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council and the Chancellor on how to progress the next phase of the project. I have also been championing the cause of local rail commuters. Back in August, I wrote to the Transport Secretary to feed local concerns about reliability and value for money into an independent review of South Western Railway s (SWR s) performance since 2011. The review has now made recommendations, including that SWR modify stations to increase drivers visibility to prevent delays, that SWR and Network Rail create new joint teams to respond to faults faster, and that the Department for Transport exercises closer oversight in relation to this essential joint working. There is substantial investment going into our railways. Network Rail are investing £2 billion into the infrastructure SWR uses over the next five years, while SWR are investing £895 million into a new fleet of trains which will come into use next year, having already spent £110 million refurbishing their existing stock. The expansion of Waterloo is also making progress. When completed at the end of this year, the old International Terminal (platforms 21-24) will be able to be brought back in use, increasing peak capacity by 45,000 seats a day – or 30% – helping to ease over-

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