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Welcome! As I sit here, summer is definitely over. The recent rain brought us a leaky roof. Builders have been called. Batten down the hatches! So what's in Molesey Matters this month? After reading of Faraday House recently we learn of another resident - suffragette Princess Sophia Singh. Last months Great Stink piece has a follow up after we were told about a beautiful building designed to became the Victorian solution.. Halloween is almost upon us, so we take a look at the origins of Mary Shelly s Frankenstein, whilst also learning of the Mexican Festival The Day of The Dead , Della continues her Urban

October 2018 Wildlife blog, and our very own MP, Dominic Raab, updates us on all things Molesey. He has also been a good sport, recently abseiling down St Mary s in Walton, for Heritage Day (as did I!). Also the Protect your Cats article on page is not quite what it seems. Take note! We have teamed up with the Riverhouse Barn in Walton. Take advantage of this months exclusive discounts. Till next month

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Princess Sophia Jindan Alexdrowna Duleep Singh A Molesey Suffragette Source : Various Since 2018 is the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, it would be fitting to celebrate a local heroine. Molesey Matters reader Roshan Pedder wrote in and asked us to shed some light on a relatively little know resident. Princess Sophia Jindan Alexdrowna Duleep Singh was the daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. He had been deposed from his throne at the age of 11 and exiled to Britain two years later. He became a great favourite of the royal family, and Princess Sophia was brought up among the British aristocracy. Queen Victoria was her godmother.

She could have had an easy life and could have spent her time enjoying luxury, including foreign travel. However, Sophia decided to become involved in the movement for Women's Suffrage. She attended meetings and joined in demonstrations, including the famous Black Monday demonstration when the Suffragettes clashed with the police and many were injured. She joined the Women's Tax Resistance League. This led her into court, twice, having the bailiffs visit her house and take her belongings. She also went out on the streets, giving out leaflets, alongside her fellow suffragettes. Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was one of the important figures in the movement to secure the vote for women in Great Britain. Before 1918 no women were To advertise email


allowed to vote in elections and even afterwards only women who were aged over 30, were householders, were married to a householder or held a university degree were granted this right. In 1928 the British parliament finally passed the Representation of the People Act, which meant that women were granted the right to vote on the same terms as men. Singh's brothers included Frederick Duleep Singh; her two blood sisters were Catherine Hilda Duleep Singh, a suffragette, and Bamba Duleep Singh. She inherited substantial wealth from her father at his death in 1893, and in 1898 Queen Victoria, her godmother, granted her a grace and favour apartment in Faraday House, Hampton Court. After the war she joined the Suffragette Fellowship led by Mrs Pankhurst. Sophia was a very active campaigner. After Mrs Pankhurst's death in 1928, she was appointed President of the Committee. The Princess Sophia remained a member of the Suffragette Fellowship to the end of her life. She died in her sleep on 22 August 1948 in Coalhatch House, now known as Hilden Hall, a residence once owned by her sister Catherine, and was cremated on 26 August 1948 at Golders Green Crematorium. Before her death she had expressed the wish that she be cremated according to Sikh rites and her ashes spread in India. Or call Paul on 07946 494288

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From Stink to Solution From an article by Maev Kennedy Following our article on the Great Stink last month, we were contacted by reader David Ford who suggested we go from stink to solution. He wrote to us about Crossness, the huge Victorian pumping station which was at the forefront of developments in dealing with sewerage. (Coincidentally you may have seen a recent episode of the Antiques Roadshow which came from the magnificent Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester). These industrial plants are simply stunning. The astonishing building, described as a cathedral on the marsh , was the first of its kind in the world, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, chief engineer of the Metropolitan board of works, to awe and inspire visitors from across the UK and Europe. They came to marvel at his solution to the appalling problems caused by untreated sewage and contaminated water supplies in a rapidly expanding city, which led to epidemics of killer diseases including cholera. His solution was to take sewage as far as possible from the city through gravity flow and steampowered pumping engines and then dump it untreated into the Thames far to the south-east of the city. When the tide was coming in, the sewage was held in a tank covering 2.6 hectares (6.5 acres), with rows of workers cottages and a cricket pitch on top: the workers apparently grew magnificent tomatoes. The exterior of the building at Crossness is magnificent. Originally including a giant humbug-striped chimney it retains doorways modelled on Norman cathedrals and carved capitals including a portrait of Bazalgette looking down with satisfaction upon his work. The four giant steam-powered beam engines – the real attraction for many of the engineering pilgrims who visit – are surrounded by a blaze of polished brass, and dazzlingly painted cast-iron columns, spiral staircases and screens ornamented with figs, included for their laxative qualities! The engines were named after senior members of To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

the royal family, including Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. When they were finally decommissioned in the 1950s, the cost of dismantling them was so enormous that they were simply left idle. The Crossness Engines Trust now holds them on a peppercorn lease from Thames Water. The restoration happened thanks to thousands of hours of unpaid work by volunteers united in a passion for the heroic Victorian engineering and architecture. Bazalgette s cathedral was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1865. The guests included the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and what contemporary newspaper accounts called an excellent déjeuner was served to 500 people. By then at least 30,000 Londoners had died in successive cholera epidemics, but the main impetus to tackle the problem was the Great Stink of 1858,

when during a steaming summer the fetid Thames was so appalling that MPs considered abandoning the Palace of Westminster and compromised by hanging deodorising chemical-soaked sacking over the windows. Bazalgette may have been wrong about the cause of cholera. Like many of his contemporaries he believed the culprit was miasma – basically the stench. But his solution worked. The last epidemic was in 1866. The Old Works, Thames Water S.T.W, Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ


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Michael Underwood was born in West Molesey of respectable parents on the 29 September 1737. He received a good education, first at West Molesey School and then in Kensington in London. Planning to enter the medical profession, he came under the tuition of the eminent surgeon Sir Caesar Hawkins (sergeant surgeon to George II), who introduced him as a house pupil to St George's Hospital, where he remained for several years. Later he expressed his indebtedness to this long residence in one of the largest and best conducted hospitals in the metropolis . After a sojourn in Paris, Underwood became a member of the Surgeon's Company and established himself in practice in Margaret Street, Cavendish Square, combining surgery with the practice of obstetrics. Later he was appointed surgeon to the British Lying in Hospital in London He is a relevant figure in the history of medicine and paediatrics for having given the first known description of several childhood diseases, infantile paralysis included. In 1783 he published his first work, which was about leg ulcers and "in which former methods of treatment were candidly examined and compared, with one more rational and safer, proving that a perfect cure may generally be effected more certainly, without rest and confinement, than by the strict regimen in common use." This work was reviewed in The English Review, where it was written favourably: In 1789, he became the first person to give a clinical description of Polio, which he referred to as "a debility of the lower extremities." He was later To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

elected a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London. In 1796, Underwood was chosen as assistant at the birth of the Princess Charlotte of Wales. In 1801, he fell sick and retired from his profession. That time was economically difficult for him, but, as a religious man, he later "regained its healthy tone, and he was enabled to realize the hopes and consolations of the Gospel In 1824, a collection of thoughts from his diary was published posthumously for the benefit of his widowed daughter. The full name of this book was Extracts from the Diary of the late Michael Underwood, M.D. consisting of Mediation, Critical and Practical Remarks on various Passages of Scripture, Miscellaneous Essays, and Occasional Hymns. It embraces a period of more than sixty years, during which it was the constant practice of Dr. Underwood to commit to paper the occurrences of each day for his own personal gratification; his domestic circumstances, professional visits, religious impressions, and Christian duties, were all entered as in a day-book without any regard to order or arrangement A review of the book in The Monthly Repository described the physician as "a man of sincere and deep piety; his creed was highly Calvinistic." The work was said to be mournful at times, and another review in The London Literary Gazette said that "its author seems to have overshadowed and bewildered his mind by painful metaphysical contemplation of the greatest mysteries of religion; but he displays a Christian, if a too intense, anxiety to arrive at truth and satisfy his soul." He was buried in Whitefield's Tabernacle, Tottenham Court Road in London.

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It s 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was written by English author Mary Shelley (1797–1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823. The story took shape during the year without a summer, as 1816 came to be known. The 1815 eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano on the island of Sumbawa (part of modernday Indonesia) had released vast amounts ash, rock, and sulfuric dust into the air, which dramatically lowered temperatures across many areas of the globe the following year. Reports of odd weather came in from all quarters in 1816: summer frosts in North America, red snow in Italy, and eight weeks of nonstop rain in Ireland. The bizarre weather in 1816 also left an indelible mark on culture and literature. That year, a group of friends from England had been looking forward to spending the summer months together in a large house, Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva. The group included the poet Lord Byron, his personal physician John Polidori, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Shelley s teenage lover, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. To advertise email


Mary had met the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in Britain in 1812. Mary was in her mid-teens, and Shelley was a married man and father of two children. The two fell in love, and in 1814, facing opposition to their

relationship from Mary s father, the couple eloped to Europe. They would marry in 1818, after the suicide of Shelley s first wife. Mary, then age 18, had little writing experience. A sensitive, highly cultured woman whose mother had died when she was a baby, her frequent bouts of depression fueled a morbid fascination with death. At Villa Diodati, and in response to Byron s ghost-story game, Mary turned one of her nightmares into a yarn about a scientist who creates a monstrous creature. Later, back in Britain, she expanded this initial tale into a novel. At first, I thought but of a few pages, of a short tale, she wrote later, but Shelley [by then her husband] urged me to develop the idea at greater length. And so, the Monster was born. Happy Halloween! Source : Various

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WILL LIGHTNING STRIKE TWICE ON EMBER PLAYERS? The Ember Players are about to raise the curtain on their 2018/19 season with David Tristram`s comedy A Bolt from The Blue . Director, Molesey resident Steve Clunn, said Edward Jones is just an ordinary guy, doing ordinary things – if you count scaling towering electricity pylons for a living as ordinary! Then, the day before his 40th birthday, he gets struck by lightning. What happens next is, quite literally, incredible. It defies logic and the fundamental laws of nature. It`s is a very funny and quite poignant story, says Steve. It sets all the nerves tingling before reaching an extraordinary conclusion. Actor Richard Lyons (pictured) plays the `electrified` Jones – and he`s hoping to avoid the `Ember Players Curse. ` On an opening night, exactly 25 years ago, Thames Ditton resident Tony Smith (A former Deputy Head of St. George`s College, Weybridge) was playing a leading part in Nightwatch . I was watching a rugby match that afternoon, he recalls. Suddenly an electric storm hit – and I was, quite literally, struck by lightning. The metal handle of the umbrella I was carrying spat out an enormous, smouldering spark and the thing shot out of my hand. Fortunately for me, I was wearing rubber boots – or I doubt I`d have made it to the opening performance. A lightning bolt carries twenty to thirty thousand amps of electrical current when it makes contact with the ground. That's about 2,300 times more electricity than that used to power To advertise email


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The rise of the garden outbuilding There is a growing trend in the UK to construct substantial garden buildings to provide valuable extra space, whether for a home office, a need for a teenage den, a desire for a quiet retreat or simply a good old garden shed for extra storage. However, it’s not always as straight forward as putting one up in the garden. Garden buildings, otherwise known as outbuildings, fall under ‘permitted development’, which is regulated by the building’s size, location and usage. If the proposed building exceeds any of these then planning consent may be required. If in any doubt and to avoid a potentially costly mistake, it is always best to double check with Elmbridge Borough Council’s Planning Department, but we’ve outlined the basic rules to help.

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Where can I place my outbuilding? Bear in mind the 2.5m height restriction if you intend to place it within 2m of the boundary and also consider that it cannot protrude beyond the principal front elevation of the original dwelling, as it was as of the 1st July 1948 or as it was first built if constructed later. The proposed building must not take up more than 50% of the original garden area; taking into consideration any existing garages, sheds, greenhouses or outbuildings.

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Do I need to declare how I will use my outbuilding? If you intend to work from your new outbuilding, this does not normally require consent, especially if it should not cause a noticeable increase in visitors and associated traffic, including deliveries. Manufacturing or conducting a business that would cause an increase in noise or other pollutants and or visitors, that could potentially disturb your neighbours, would require planning consent. If you intend to use the building for residential living/sleeping accommodation, then this would require planning consent.

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2018 Santa Fun Runs for Princess Alice Hospice promise a festive treat for all the famiBIGGER and brighter than ever, the

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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.

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The fair will feature original and affordable work from some of the finest contemporary craft designers and artists, all members of the Molesey Art Society. Our high quality exhibitors of craft have been growing in number and diversity each year and in 2018 we expect to include: jewellery designers, contemporary ceramics, glass designs; wood, greeting cards and many more. Paintings (framed and unframed) in all media range from botanical art, landscapes, portraiture, still life and many more subjects by professional and other local talented artists.

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Friends of Fleetside Update Friends of Fleetside had a lovely picnic on Molesey Heath, under the cherry trees at the end of the new path they had cleared. On arrival some of the group were lucky enough to watch a heron fishing.

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Protect Your Cats!! By Monica Chard

We were contacted recently by the owner of a Honda Jazz who had their catalytic converters removed in broad daylight by thieves in the area. Owners are being left with bills of hundreds of pounds. Having shared this information on social media we realised that this is now a widespread issue. Vehicle owners are urged to be vigilant especially as the cost of repair can be very considerable. A recent report in the Daily Telegraph reports on the

issue at a national level: Thieves are cashing in on six-year highs in prices for the rhodium, palladium and platinum in the devices. The metals, which clean cars toxic gases, can be recycled for use in jewellery, dentistry and electronics and command prices of up to ÂŁ2,000 an ounce, twice the value of gold. The instance we were told about involved a white male aged between 20 and 30 years who was driving a black Vauxhall Astra (no registration number noted). Neighbours reported seeing him loading his booty into the Vauxhall car but did not realise until later what was happening. What s the attraction for thieves? Well, the catalyst itself is most often a mix of precious metals. Platinum is the most active catalyst and is widely used, but is not suitable for all applications because of unwanted additional reactions and high cost. Palladium and rhodium are two other precious metals used. To advertise email


Rhodium is used as a reduction catalyst, palladium is used as an oxidation catalyst, and platinum is used both for reduction and oxidation. Needless to say, catalytic converters have a scrap value! But apparently new legislation introduced 6 years ago made it illegal to sell scrap metal for cash. This, coupled with a fall in the value of scrap metal reduced crime for a while but this latest spate indicates the spoils are just too good to ignore as values have risen so sharply. The Telegraph reports 4X4s such as Shoguns have also been targeted by the gangs, because they have a high clearance off the road making their catalytic converters accessible. Honda Jazzes and Accords are also favoured because their older devices are particularly easy to reach and rich in the precious metals. A professional gang can jack up a car and use a battery-powered steel cutter or angle-grinder to steal the catalytic converter within five minutes .Police have advised etching security details into the converters, installing extra

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The Day of The Dead Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. The two annual events differ in traditions and tone. While Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, the Day of the Dead festivities honour deceased family members. Revellers don amazing makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones. It actually takes place over two days: November 1st and 2nd - All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people. These pre-Hispanic cultures considered death to be one part of life s long continuum. The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit, and during Día de los Muertos they temporarily returned to Earth. Over the years these traditions blended with Christian traditions. At the centre of the celebration is an altar, or ofrenda , built in homes and cemeteries. These are designed to welcome spirits back to the realm of the living. They are loaded with offerings: water to quench thirst after the long journey, food, family photos, and a candle for each dead relative. The altars are decorated with marigolds which are scattered in a pathway to the grave-site, to guide wandering souls back to their place of rest. The smoke from copal incense, made from tree resin, transmits praise and prayers and purifies the whole area. In the 18th Century the term Calavera (which means 'skull') was used to describe short, humorous poems, often sarcastic tombstone epitaphs that poked fun at the living. In the early 20th century, Mexican political cartoonist and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada illustrated a calavera by drawing 'Death' dressed in fancy French clothes. It was a social commentary about the way Mexican society copied so-called European sophistication. He captioned it, Todos somos calaveras, which translates as, We are all skeletons. He meant that underneath all our manmade finery, we are all the same. His stylised personification of Death was appropriated by the artist To advertise email


Diego Rivera in 1947, in his most famous piece of artwork - Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Almeda Park. He painted Death wearing a large feminine hat, and named her Catrina, slang for 'the rich'. She was adopted as a symbol of the day of the Dead and today this elegant skull is seen everywhere during the festival, especially in the beautiful make-up and costumes worn by revellers. People of all ages have their faces artfully painted to resemble skulls, and wear fancy suits and dresses. Foods eaten included pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, which is a typical sweet bread containing anise seeds, and decorated with bones and skulls made from dough. There are also sugar skulls, in the style of the Catrina Calavera. These are part of a sugar art tradition brought by 17th-century Italian missionaries. They can be incredibly beautiful and complex. To drink there is often pulque, a sweet fermented beverage made from agave sap, the same sap from which tequila is produced. Thanks to recognition by UNESCO and the global sharing of information, Día de los Muertos is more popular than ever—in Mexico, and increasingly abroad. It's possible to find Day of the Dead celebrations in America and even in the UK. Last year there was festivals in London, Leeds, Bristol and Bournemouth. Look around your local area and see if anything is happening near you. By Tracey Anderson

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NEWS FROM THE MOLESEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Christmas Trees The two MRA sponsored and planted young Christmas Trees on the East Molesey Police Station Green were vandalised. One night the Norway Spruce was broken in half, and two nights later the more traditional fir was similarly treated. One had been steadily growing for 5 years and the other for 10 years. Both were being grown to replace other trees which had died and were scheduled to be lighted for Christmas 2018. Surrey County Cllr Ernest Mallett usually looks after planting, but a very helpful local resident has volunteered to find replacement trees and plant them. The cost to the MRA will be ÂŁ230, including new support poles and compost. Hampton Court Way There was a major accident due to someone ignoring the restriction at the Summer Road junction and crossing the central kerbed reservation. The MRA request is that the kerbing should be more definite and elongated. Needless to say, any driver or motor cyclist attempting an illegitimate manoeuvre at this junction ought to find him or herself with a substantial driving ban. Floating Pennywort on the River Mole This fast growing and invasive Summer weed is now blocking large stretches of the Mole. In the past, MRA Councillors have been able to get the Environmental Agency to clear this, but they now say that because of reduced Government funding they can only clear the stretches where they own the riverside land (as riparian owners). This is clearly unsatisfactory, and although there will be no quick solution we are following this up with both the Environment Agency and the Council. Road Resurfacing Residents can only live in hope. The worst roads include Berkeley Drive/The Crescent/Boleyn Drive and Buckingham Avenue plus a section of Walton Road between New Road and Rosemary Avenue. MRA Councillors are continuing to press for urgent action, but SCC is short of money. Much of its Highway budget is now being used to prop up the underfunded Elderly and Children s Care Services, and there is currently no SCC budget for pavement repairs in the Molesey area. We hope to get some funds released, but it is likely that this will allow only a small proportion of the backlog of repairs to be carried out. Molesey Flower Beds & The Dry Weather Cllr Ernest Mallett has been out with cans of water, mostly late at night, to keep the East & West Molesey Memorial gardens going, along with the garden opposite the Police Station, the Horse Trough in Bridge Road, and the Display Bowls on the East & West Molesey War Memorials. Mostly, the gardens have survived the prolonged dry weather, but the Display Bowls have now given way during the second recent dry spell. However, there are still a lot of blooms for residents to enjoy. Similarly, Wendy Guest on Fleetside, helped by her small team of residents, has been keeping Fleetside plantings going and has plans now to replant with Winter flowering species. The MRA funds the Fleetside plantings, and we know that many residents very much appreciate the MRA s work and funding of these various flower beds.

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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 Throughout the summer months I was fortunate enough to live in the homes of my friends and neighbours escaping the mayhem of my house renovations. In early September I was offered a week in Kingswood looking after my friend s two dogs. Kingswood is on the edge of the Surrey greenbelt and I was excited at the prospect of observing the wildlife in her expansive countryfied garden. The land around Kingswood is made up of farmland, golf courses, the Downs and an expanse of open land attached to the old Legal and General building. All could be reached by walking through a series of small alleyways, like tributaries feeding into the ocean these pathways fanned out connecting the urban dwellings with the green space beyond. I lived surrounded by mature trees with gardens as big as football pitches rubbing shoulders with evergreen hedgerows. A potential wildlife haven. The next morning, as dawn cracked open a sleepy eye, I heard my first bird sing a welcome to the sun. I lay in bed with the window open and waited for the others to join in. Reluctant as I was to leave my Egyptian cotton sheets and super soft pillows eventually I went over to the window to see where they all were, for I barely heard a peep out of them. From the window I could see the green expanse of the golf course beyond and a fresh blue sky but not a single bird. In the whole week I saw no flocks on the wing as I do here in Molesey. Admittedly, they tend to be pigeons, starlings or crows but they are here in numbers to dust the sun streaked sky. Observing the garden, I saw two magpies who came most mornings for a quick shifty round. I saw a female blackbird a couple of times and two robins fighting over a worm. These country birds must all be out in the fields I thought, enjoying nature s plenty. No doubt I will see them on my daily dog walks. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


Many of the public footpaths fell alongside agricultural fields. In early September the crop had been cut and just stubbles of yellow sticks remained. I was pleased to see that the edges had been left for wild flowers and the Downs also contained much purple headed- bounty. But where was the diversity of wildlife I thought as the dogs padded before me down yet another winding track. No butterflies rose from the stems of the wild flowers as I walked by and I noticed only a few bees. I looked in particular for birds and thought I might see a bird of prey hovering on high, chasing down field mice, but I didn t. The only birds I saw were a few black crows who dotted the fields where the cows had been grazing making the most of the insect life attracted by the cowpats. I saw no tiny sparrows or wrens darting between the hedgerows as they do when I walk in Cow Common. It looked on the surface to be a green and pleasant land but it was devoid of bio-diversity. Now you could argue that out in the country the creatures have more room to hide and why would they be on paths where people walked when they didn t need to be. This could be a valid point. Alternatively, perhaps the country wildlife is moving into the urban areas because industrial farming methods are making their natural habitat inhospitable. As we squeeze the land for productivity, leaving no fallow time between crops and using more potent sprays to kill bugs, what do we leave for the birds to eat? Now I m no expert but Chris Packham is and on the 22nd September he organised a walk for wildlife through London to draw attention to the fact that 44 million birds have disappeared from the countryside since 1966. A powerful video released to mark this event and called walk for the missing millions echoes my experience exactly.



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Recipe of The Month Stuffed Pepper Lanterns

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Ingredients 4 Orange peppers 200g Cooked brown rice 1 tbsp Sunflower oil 450g Minced beef or turkey 1 Medium onion finely chopped 225g Mixed mushrooms, chopped 350g jar roasted red pepper sauce 1 tsp Dried oregano Âź tsp Chilli flakes Salt and pepper to taste Method For the pepper lanterns Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas Mark 4. Use a sharp knife to slice the top off each pepper horizontally. Don t discard these tops as they will ne the little hats for the pepper lanterns. Deseed the peppers. Rinse and pat dry with kitchen towel. Use a small paring knife to cut holes into the exterior of the peppers to make To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

pumpkin-lantern style faces. If the peppers don't stand upright, slice a small amount from the bottom to flatten the surface. Cook rice according to package directions. Lightly oil a baking tray. Arrange the peppers and their tops on the tray and cook in the oven for 20 minutes, or until peppers are cooked, but still are still firm. They mustn t collapse! Remove peppers from oven and allow to cool while you make the filling. For the filling Heat 1 tbsp oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and mushrooms and sautĂŠ for 3-4 minutes, until the mushrooms have softened and reduced in size. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add mince, herbs and chilli flakes and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until browned. Drain the excess oil. Reduce heat to low, then add the pepper sauce and cooked rice. Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until mixture is heated through. Fill each pepper to the brim, allow the mixture to spill over slightly. Place a top on to each stuffed pepper and serve with green salad.


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Garden View

This Month - Lawn Love There are times I threaten to astro-turf my entire garden, but then I remember the smell of freshly mown grass and how lovely it is to walk through the dew with the dogs in the morning, and I relent. Of all garden tasks I find lawn-care the most tedi-

ous. I am not a lawn enthusiast, preferring plants. For me lawns are a necessary evil. I like sitting on them, walking on them, and they make my flowers look good, in much the way a frame enhances a picture. So, I feel I do have to give my lawn at least a little love and care. By October lawn growth has slowed so you can raise your mowing height by at least one setting until mid-spring next year. If like mine your lawn sprouts moss the moment it rains, raise the mowing height even more so that at least 1 to 2cm of grass shows above the moss after grass-cutting. Damp grass builds up inside the mower so give the mower a good brush, scrape or hose down after every use. This necessary housekeeping prolongs the life of your mower.

October is the best time for aerating the lawn. I used a fork for years until I bought a hollow-tine aerator three years ago, and now I'm a convert. You can't overdo it, insert them every few inches until you re fed-up. It s a great work-out. The hollow tines pull out little cores that look like fat worms. Leave them in place to recycle the nutrients. Aerating improves drainage and allows air, nutrients and rain to move down to the roots rather than sitting at the surface. Normally by now there has been enough rain to allow the tines to penetrate the soil making the job easier but who knows what the crazy UK weather will be doing when this article is published. It's best to fertilise the lawn after aerating if possible. This month is quite a good month for fertilising the lawn if you haven t already got around to it. Not only does fertilisation give you a fantastic lawn ready for the winter but also offers some protection from the ravages of winter temperatures and diseases. Make sure you collect fallen leaves weekly to discourage moss and disease. I know some gardeners like to discourage leatherjackets and worm-activity but frankly I like watching starlings poke around for leather-jackets, and I like worms, they are my little garden friends, so if the odd worm cast is the price I must pay for their help then I'm happy to put up with them. Happy gardening. By Rachael Leverton

After the middle of October there is no point applying weed-killer, so if you haven't been diligent in weed control the only option will be handpulling them. I am rarely diligent about weedkilling, so you are in good company here! Moss becomes more evident as the weather cools but you're too late for raking by now. Probably best to embrace the lush greenness: moss lawns are all the rage in Japan anyway. On the other hand, if the weather is still warm and the ground is dry, apply moss killers, rake it out, reseed and water. You ll thank me next year.

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Reader Comment Hi Paul. On page 18 of last months edition the article on shopping locally is a great help and I am writing to say thank you. Support like this is invaluable. Kind regards. Paul Cunningham PJ Dale Butchers –Bridge Rd. Molesey Matters Reply: A pleasure. Our local independent shops and businesses make our community. It it what defines our character. Every piece of support is vital SHOP LOCAL

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Events Coming Up Some we like...

Half-term Hansel and Gretel Trail Follow in the footsteps of Hansel and Gretel and help them to escape from the clutches of the wicked witch. Time: 10am to 4pm Price: Normal Admission plus £1 per trail Claremont Landscape Garden Portsmouth Road Esher Surrey KT10 9JG Sat 20 Oct 2018 to Sun 28 Oct 2018 Contact telephone: 01372 467806 Brooklands Morgan Day Hundreds of Morgans are expected for this annual event. There will be action on Test Hill and club display Parking for Morgans only on the Museum site - access through the Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road (the B374). Visitor parking will be in The Heights off Wellington Way or in our usual car park at Mercedes-Benz World.10am to 5pm. Normal Museum admission charges apply. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN Sun 7 Oct 2018 Contact telephone: 01932857381 Cosi Fan Tutte Following their sensational and much acclaimed Don Giovanni, INSTANT OPERA return to Normansfield with the third and final masterpiece in the Mozart / Da Ponte canon; COSI FAN TUTTE sometimes referred to by its intriguing alternative title "The School for Lovers" 13th October 7:00pm-9:00pm, 14th October 6:30pm-8:30pm Price: £22-£25 from 0333 1212 300 or online at Normansfield Theatre Langdon Down Centre 2a Langdon Park Teddington Middlesex TW11 9PS 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 The Watergardens - Open Garden for National Gardens Scheme. A Japanese landscaped garden originally part of Coombe Wood Nursery, planted by the Veitch family in the 1860s. Approx 9 acres with ponds, streams and waterfalls. Many rare trees which, in spring and autumn, provide stunning colour. For the tree lover this is a must see garden. Gardens attractive to wildlife. Sun 14 Oct (2-4.30). Admission £5, Children free. Times:14:00 to 16:30. Open for charity. The Watergardens, Kingston-upon-Thames, London KT2 7LF Sun 14 Oct 2018 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. The Luna Cinema at Hampton Court Palace Join us on the stunning East Front Lawns with Henry VIII's palace providing a truly unforgettable floodlit backdrop. Food and drink will be available to purchase onsite. Show times and details Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 05 October 2018 Doors open 18.00, film starts 19.30 Moulin Rouge 06 October 2018 Doors open 18.00, film starts 19.30 Tickets can only be booked through the Luna Cinema website. Please mention Molesey Matters when responding to adverts


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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

Whilst there is a lot going on up at Westminster and in Brussels on Brexit, as your MP I always stay grounded in local issues here in Molesey. Back in January, I met with residents of Bowes Road to understand their concerns about the volume and speed of traffic along their road, and to take action with Surrey County Council. Surrey County Council has listened, and has agreed to install traffic priority signs at two of the road s four pinch points by the start of next year. This will make traffic in both directions give way at some point during their journey along the road, which will slow cars down and increase road safety. More broadly, Surrey County Council has pledged ÂŁ720,000 to maintain and repair Elmbridge s roads this year, on top of the ÂŁ15.5 million they have already invested over the last five years. I appreciate how important this action is for improving quality of life in Molesey. As well as helping to fix local problems, I am also working to address concerns about the recent spate of illegal traveller encampments. On 7 September I met with Elmbridge Borough Council s (EBC s) Chief Executive Rob Moran to discuss the council s response to the encampments, in particular those at the Halfway Car Park and Lower Green Recreation Ground, including the High Court injunction EBC have secured locally to prevent future incursions. Nationally, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire recently held talks with the Irish government to discuss their experience of introducing a new offence of criminal trespass, as the government prepares to put forward reforms to tackle the issue. I also enjoy taking part in the vibrant community life we have across my constituency. On 8 September I joined Walton Heritage Day to support local residents, businesses, charities and civic groups. I joined in with Joanna Gordon from the Walton on Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA) who did an amazing job organising various stalls and activities, ranging from the screening of black and white films at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse to the Dog Show down by the river. Next, I abseiled down the tower of St Mary s church (see photo above) to raise money to support the church s maintenance and community outreach programmes which support retired people, teenagers and young families. MP for Esher & Walton


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Index of Advertisers Bathrooms Footcare Walton Bathrooms 47 Dittons Footcare Building Funeral Services W Brown and Son 41 Alan Greenwood Car/Repairs/MOT/Tyres Lodge Bros Esher Tyres and Exhausts 29 Garden Services/Supplies Care Services Easicut Mowers Bluebird Care 32 Longacres Chimney Services Glazing/Windows Hampton Court Chimney 35 Village Windows Cleaning Health& Wellbeing Time For You 46 Sports Generation Decorators Kitchens S J Morrish 35 Ashford Kitchens Dentists Oven Cleaning Gentle Dental Practice 48 Ovenclean Smilessence 24/25 Mobility Electrical Services Shepperton Mobility Omni Electrical 35 Restaurants/Bars/Pubs Estate Agents The Mitre Curchods 16/17 Warren Lodge Harmes Turner Brown 5 Roofing Events Good Roofs Dance Parties Plus 21 Schools/Education Hampton Court Palace 6 Hampton Court House Imber Court 27 Hampton Prep Pre Prep Riverhouse Barn 19 Hampton School Kempton Steam Museum 41 Halliford School

William Perkins 37 Sell for Cash JC Stamps 39 Shutters 22 House of Surrey Tailoring 23 Shepperton Tailoring 13 37 20 8 39 23 11 30

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Molesey Matters October 2018  

The local community magazine for both East and West Molesey

Molesey Matters October 2018  

The local community magazine for both East and West Molesey