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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos

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November 2018

Issue 85

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Last month we reported that Big Tree Night was in jeopardy. It was great to hear that as a result of the call for help, 15 came forward. So the good news is, it is ON! Put December 12th in your diary. It will no doubt be another night to remember. Shepperton enjoyed success at both the Spelthorne Business Awards and the Spelthorne in Bloom. Well done to everyone who was shortlisted and of course the winners of the business awards including Willow Bakery and Brown Bag Crisps the latter named Best Business in Spelthorne. If you are fed up with the rotting boats spoiling our riverbanks, one man has decided to do something about it. Sign up to show support

November 2018 and get updates. See page 10. With the centenary of the Armistice this year do go down to the Shepperton War Memorial on Sunday November 11th at 10.30 and pay your respects. Enjoy and let s do it all again next month! Photo: Here and now Photography

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Centenary of the Armistice 4 Oldest Bell Ringer Turns 100 6 Shepperton Shines at Business Awards 9 Reclaim our Riverbank! 10 Married for 74 Years 13 Shepperton Allotments 14 Squire s Donate Bulbs for Spring 17 Shepperton s Health in 1874 18 Lynn Lewis RIP 20 Still Time to Save on Solar 22 Shepperton Success at In Bloom 27 Recipe of the Month 35 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 37 Shepperton Wine Circle Celebrate 38 Laleham Residents Update 39 Spelthorne WI Report 48 Pressure on Food Banks 47 Gardening Matters 56 What s On 58/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

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Centenary of the Armistice 1918 By Nick Pollard

A century ago, in November 1918, the most terrible war that the world had ever known was nearing its end, although to a Britain exhausted by four long years of struggle and sacrifice, the deprivations caused by the ruinous cost of the war and the submarine threat were making life very difficult. As reported in the pages of the Middlesex Chronicle, food rationing had been introduced for the first time in January, initially for sugar, but soon extended to meat, butter, cheese and margarine. It was made compulsory to use potato flour in bread. As recently as the 19th October, tea, jam and marmalade had been added to the list of rationed foods. Fuel was rationed too. The Brentford Gas Company which supplied much of this area reduced gas supplies by a sixth compared with the previous year, and all public entertainments would have to close by 10.30pm to save electricity and gas. Hotels, restaurants and clubs were only permitted to serve hot meals between 5pm and 9.30pm. So when it was suddenly announced that the Armistice had been signed, and the fighting would stop at 11am on the 11th November, the news was met with a sense of disbelief, to be succeeded by tremendous relief that it was all over. According to the Middlesex Chronicle, Sunbury was be-flagged in honour of peace and a procession formed at Kempton Park which marched through the district with bands, banners and noise . Churches held services of thanksgiving, although there seems not to have been any more widely organised celebrations. This was perhaps because it was an armistice, i.e. a cessation of hostilities. The war did not officially end until the Versailles peace treaty was signed the following June, whereupon peace celebrations such as the one seen above in Church Square, Shepperton, were held. How wonderful it would be if as many people as possible could attend their local Remembrance Sunday services this centenary year, particularly as it falls exactly 100 years to the day since the guns fell silent. We can then truly say of those men (and one woman) of Sunbury, Shepperton, Littleton and Laleham, whose names appear on the memorials which are the focus of the commemorations, We will remember them . The March of the Women - Surrey s Road to the Vote , the story of the local suffragette movement, is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 20th November at Halliford School in Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission ÂŁ2 for non-members Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Happy 100th to the Oldest Serving Bell Ringer in the World

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

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Wednesday 12th DECEMBER from 5.00p in the High Street Just make sure that you re not LATE ! SANTA and his REINDEER arrive at 6.00 o clock Carol Singing - Market Stalls - Rides ...and Food - as much as you can eat! So much Fun for Friends and Family. It s the perfect CHRISTMAS treat ! Carols start at 6:30pm by the main stage and there will also be plenty of other festive attractions including craft stalls and rides for the children. The High Street will be closed to traffic from 4pm, with some side roads closing at 1pm. For more details and information see https://bigtreenight.uk

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Shepperton Shines at Spelthorne Business Awards By Monica Chard, Editor

Spelthorne has a lot to be proud of. Some amazing businesses were on show at the inaugural Spelthorne Business Awards at Shepperton Studios recently. 160 gathered in the glamorous Orangery to celebrate the best of Spelthorne. Businesses small and large. The Orangery looks resplendent with dreamy drapes, sparkly lights and beautifully laid out tables. A veritable Oscar setting! There were 7 categories, each sponsored by a local business, and some amazing local businesses had been shortlisted. Many of these businesses may have passed you by. These awards sought to bring them into the limelight as finalists and ultimately winners. Amongst finalists you could find a full service advertising agency in the heart of Staines, a job placement service for ex soldiers looking for a second career, a crisp company, a company designing and making wind sensors used in wind turbines, a micro brewery, a micro bakery, a Lebanese food business and a company advising on keeping chickens. What unbelievable diversity we have in the Borough. What talent and creativity. Before announcing winners across the 7 categories we were treated to an inspiring talk by Ben Towers. This young man had beaten most of our achievements before he even left school. He started his first business at the tender age of 11 when he discovered that he could earn money making websites for his parents friends. The Sunday Times named him most influential teenager in the world and it was he who lobbied banks to open business bank accounts to under 18 s. The merger of his own business with another digital company netted him millions. He is still only 20. Let that inspire your children. Simply amazing! So on to our amazing winners in Spelthorne: Creative Business of the Year went to Zest4.TV, an outside broadcast company. Exporter of the Year went to Brown Bag Crisps for their hand made crisps which you To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

can find as far afield as China, Norway and Dubai. Healthy Business Award went to The Hazelwood Centre, the training ground for London Irish in Sunbury. Best New Start Up was awarded to the popular Willow Bakery in Shepperton. Best Business in Staines went to Caffe Gusto, an independent coffee shop. Independent Business of the Year went to Charlotte s Chickens. This family run business sells hybrid hens for families and schools and runs chicken keeping courses. Best Small Business went to Dyno, a franchise of Dyno Rod. (The two other shortlisted business really are small businesses and we were disappointed for Daisy Chain and Samara Cuisine).

Finally the Best Business in Spelthorne was announced. A little business called Brown Bag Crisps, started from a kitchen on Hamhaugh Island, Shepperton has become an international business success story. Phil and Viv Lambe could not be at the ceremony to collect either this or Exporter of the Year but were presented a few days later by Nick Wood-Dow (left above) and the smiles say it all. Huge congratulations! Well done to all business who entered, were shortlisted and who won. You deserve to be proud.

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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.

when all the accompanying dinghies and small craft are taken into account. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for the non-tidal Thames, has rules that stipulate a maximum 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 Huge accommodation barges, often referred to as – since the boats never go anywhere it is not diffislumboats, prowl the river. There are currently four cult to guess where their sewage goes to once their between Molesey and Sunbury locks, run as cynical holding tanks are full .. 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 booking.com, where the boats are advertised, and outwardly the boats are indeed revolting. The owner, who must be making a fortune running Reclaim our Riverbank 2 ( RoR2 ) was formed his overheads-free business, delights in mooring his recently as a community campaign group to fight ramshackle monstrosities (illegally and for free) on these abuses of the river. It is working with the statscenic parts of the Thames – such as opposite utory authorities, the local communities, existing Hampton Court Palace, or at lovely Hurst Park. Or action groups, and legitimate river users to remove outside the windows of law-abiding ratepayers: the blight of illegal mooring and abandoned vessels imagine TWO of these parked just feet away across from our riverbank. There are already early signs of your windows at Molesey lock, as happened to the success: Spelthorne has formed a specific task unfortunate owners at Hampton Court Crescent in group, headed by Councillor Vivienne Leighton, to October! address this and other problems on the river; the Further upstream, a large permanent community of Environment Agency finally started removing sunkitinerant boats are moored on the Elmbridge bank, en boats in October (seven!), with more scheduled; opposite Aquarius Sailing Club. The numbers fluc- and root and branch action is being prepared to fituate, but at times you can count over fifty boats nally 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 reclaimourriverbank2@gmail.com to indicate your support and to get regular mailings as to progress.

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After our piece on Cedrea and Brian Reed last month, who had just celebrated their 60th anniversary, we were contacted by another reader, Keith Drewett who told us the story of his parents: George and Winnifred Drewett will have been married for 74, yes 74 years in the next few months. They still live independently in Shepperton since they retired more than 30 years ago and George can often be seen patrolling the High Street in his mobility scooter, chatting to the local shopkeepers and talking to anyone who will listen.

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She caught George s eye though family friends, and they married in February 1945. The first of their eight children was born in 1947 and the rest of their working life was spent trying to keep the family together under one roof. They succeeded. George had a variety of jobs, from farming to shopkeeping, and spent time as an Inspector in the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children. He ended his working days as a School keeper in Ashford, with Winnie as his Assistant. They have lived in retirement happily ever after, in Happy Shepperton, surrounded by their family, but still fiercely independent .

They have led interesting lives, proud of their collection of cards from Her majesty the Queen, but even more proud of their 8 children, 19 grandchildren 16 great grandchildren and just the one great great grandson. I think those numbers are about right, but it s easy to lose track of them sometimes. George was born in 1921, his father had served in the Army and was a recipient of the Military Medal during the First World War, but it cost his health, and he never recovered. I think he would have been diagnosed with Post traumatic stress disorder in these more enlightened times. The family broke down and George was one of the last children to be placed in the Workhouse, just before they were taken over by the local authority, in Croydon. I thought they had vanished in Victorian times. He apparently ran away a few times but was always brought back. He was more or less Press ganged into the Royal Navy in 1936, and served with distinction throughout the Second World War, on destroyers and minesweepers, raising to the rank of Petty officer, still minesweeping until 1947, when he had had enough, and bought himself out. Winnie was born in 1924, and went into Service as a young girl, until the war when she worked in Munitions. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Help Shepperton Allotments (They Need to Spend More Than a Penny!) By Monica Chard, Editor Shepperton Allotments is a little oasis of calm in the middle of the village and a haven for bees, insects and wildlife. Unless you know it is there, you can be forgiven for missing it. With Halliford School, the Greeno Rec and Manygate Lane bordering it, this piece of land is a treasure in the community. We went along to have a tour with John, Ray and Liz from the Shepperton Allotment Association committee (below).

Shepperton Allotments have existed since 1862. The land is leased from Spelthorne Council on a pepper corn rent and on 7 year rolling basis and in return the Association is responsible for all site maintenance and improvement. Long may that continue. It is such an asset. There are now 130 members, each tending either a full or partial plot. A quarter plot (which seems ample room to grow some fruit, veg and flowers) costs £46 per year and over 60 s get it for £33. As well as the more able bodied, raised beds have been created for wheelchair users. Jon Button, chair of the Shepperton Horticultural Association, tends two of them. What a fabulous idea. Gardening is a recognised way of supporting your mental as well as physical health. Monty Don is a case in point. He has battled depression all his life but the garden enables him to relax and regain perspective. The group has worked with St Nicholas school and local Beaver and Brownie groups, showing young people the joys of growing your own. It also has plans to work with Thamesmead School. As well as the satisfaction of gardening and growing, you become part of a supportive community of like-minded people. Everyone keeps an eye on each other, as well as exchanging tips and excess Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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produce. We gather there is a thriving social scene too, as well as talks by prestigious growers in horticulture such as Gerry Edwards, Chairman of the RHS Fruit Group who gave a talk to an audience of 70 or so in the summer. In terms of maintenance, wood chips are delivered free of charge by a local tree surgeon who is happy to find an outlet for his tree waste and rain is collected in water butts. Site Manager, Ray, keeps a look out for plots which need some attention and tends paths, hedges and overgrowing areas. One plot has been put aside as a memorial garden for peace and contemplation. You really could spend the whole day down here But there is the problem! Where does one spend a penny? To be fair there are a couple of portaloos on site, but that is not ideal. This summer was a particular problem to put it mildly! So the committee is looking into installing proper toilets. There would be baby changing facilities and facilities will be wheelchair accessible. Inflation has certainly seen off the notion of spending a penny though. Just to get the mains connected will cost about £10,000! The total build cost is expected to be in the region of £15,000 - £20,000 which is beyond the means of the group. They are intending to apply for grants but are also looking for local businesses or individuals who could help support the project. Can you help? Get in touch with John White by email johnwhite84@aol.com. Thank you and happy gardening!

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Bulbs Galore Promise Colour in Lower Halliford for Spring 2019 Squire s Garden Centres are donating thousands of tulip bulbs to local parks and community spaces this autumn to make the arrival of Spring 2019 as bright and colourful as possible. In September Squire s ran a campaign offering to donate 10 bulbs for every pack sold. The result was a donation of 18,000 bulbs which have been donated to brighten public spaces in Spelthorne. Shepperton Matters went to see the hard workers planting several thousand one morning. The bank at the back of the green on Lower Halliford/Bishop Duppas will be ablaze with daffodils and tulips and we should think of the hard work that went into giving us pleasure when they bloom next spring. Seen here are Mike Clements, Jack Lew, James Taylor (no, not that one!) and Kevin Henson from Squire s hard at work, accompanied by Steve Price of Spelthorne Borough Council (seen on the left). Spelthorne Natural History Society will also be planting some of the many bulbs so watch out for blooms. What a lovely initiative. Thank you Squire s.

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Insight into the Health of Shepperton 1874 Thanks again to Bill Lindsay who is still transcribing his great-great-grandfather, W S Lindsay's diaries. He contacted Shepperton Matters when he came across this piece recently which gives some interesting information regarding the size and the health of the community. It seem though that Shepperton has long been a village of health and longevity so long may that continue. If you ever feel frustrated getting an appointment at the health centre you need to feel very grateful that we are served by such professionals nowadays. It was certainly not always the case: Our village of Shepperton has for many years been much in want of a resident surgeon – the surgeon for the district parishes resided at Sunbury, more than two miles distant from us, and our poor people not properly attended to. To make matters worse he was seldom sober. When the Blue devils at last carried him off to another world I resolved to have a parish surgeon resident in the place, and wrote to my brother magistrate Mr Mitchison the following note on the subject. It produced the desired effect and he have now a parish Doctor of our own. Mr Cattell-Jones a young man of good promise, a grandson of the late Sir Benjamin Hawes. He is getting on very well and I have made him my own family surgeon. 27 June 1874 My dear Mitchison I am much obliged to you for your note of yesterday and I hope you may find it convenient to attend the meeting of the Board of Guardians. If you do so, perhaps you would do me the favour to bring under their notice the following interesting instructive facts which I have gleaned from the official records of this Parish. The population by the last census was somewhat over a thousand. From the 25 June 1866 to 25 June current or eight years, the Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

deaths were 148, and as proof of the remarkable healthiness of Shepperton I may state that 33 of those consisted of persons who were upwards of 70 years of age, 20 of 75 and upwards, 14 of 80 upwards, 8 of 85 and upwards and 3 who had reached the great age of more than four score years and ten. But while we have the remarkable longevity I find that out of 148 deaths there were no less than 36 who died under 12 months and 49 children who died before they reached three years of age. Now I attribute a great number of the deaths of these children to have arisen from the want of medical attendance, and I think it can be proved that the lives of many of them would have been saved had a Doctor been within reach of their parents. Yours sincerely W S Lindsay

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St Nicolas Church in Shepperton was full to capacity on Wednesday 10th October as family, friends and colleagues paid their respects to Nauticalia founder Lynn Lewis who passed away on 20 September. An upbeat service celebrated Lynn s life and achievements, and his unique character. Born in Guernsey on 23 August 1937, and educated at Elizabeth College Guernsey, Lynn was to follow his father s footsteps into journalism, reporting for Kentish Express 1954-57, and Nottingham Evening Post 195961 before founding Corby News in 1961. Lynn went on to work as Rome bureau chief at the Sunday Mirror 1966-68 before finishing his journalism career as an investigative reporter on BBC Nationwide 1969-74. In 1974 Lynn began a nautical antiques business, operating from a converted rubbish barge on the Thames at Shepperton. Nauticalia quickly grew and he bought the Ferry Lane boatyard in 1986 that remains the company headquarters today.

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His time at the helm also saw Lynn heavily involved with promoting the UK marine industry, serving as Chairman to the Marine Trades Association (1986-89) and Director of National Boat Shows (1988-94), and supporting the growth of mail order/ home shopping as a founder member of Catalogue Exchange. Often outspoken and non-conformist, Lynn was renowned for his thought-provoking debate. When not working or relaxing on the Thames, Lynn enjoyed playing and watching cricket. He leaves his wife Val, children, Lindon and Carol, eight grandchildren Dan, Sapphire, Ben, Ruby, Tobi, Emerald, Lottie and Mo, and one great grandchild, Felix.

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You may think you have missed the boat on getting affordable solar panels and lucrative payments from the government. The government incentive scheme known as the Feed in Tariff comes to an end on the 31st March 2019. The name has and still does mislead most people. It insinuates that you get paid for feeding the national grid with the electricity generated on your property. But in truth there are three ways you earn or save money from having solar panels; 1. Get paid around 4p for every kilowatt of electricity you generate. 2. Get paid the higher amount of 5.24p for half of what you generate (it's deemed that you can only use half of what you generate anyway) 3. For every kilowatt you use from your own generation, you save having to buy it. So for every unit you generate and use you earn and save putting you roughly 21p better off per kilowatt (Earn 4p for generation. Earn another 2.62p for being deemed to having exported it and save 15p from not buying it. Total 21.62p). That's a lot better than paying for it. Also if you have a hot water tank all the excess electricity can be diverted which will be enough to run the hot water throughout the summer. Most people moan that they missed the much larger tariffs that used to be paid. However, in 2010 when the tariff was huge the price of a 4 kilowatt system for a house was £17,500. Today the same system cost upwards of £4000 depending on what you have. When you realise that the tariff continues for 20 years and that currently payback is 5-8 years it is well worth it. Add to that all payments are tax free. That's approximately 12.5% on your investment tax free guaranteed by an act of parliament (and 20 to 25% commercially). Where else can you get that risk free?

What do the Panels Look Like? Panels these days have a more modern and also bespoke look. Most panels are black with black frames although if you want red, green purple or a host of other colours you can actually have it! We can also provide (at higher cost): 1. Hand-made panels that cover the whole roof, top to bottom, side to side. This also acts as the weatherproofing. 2. Normal panels set into the roof, so they are flush with the slates or tiles. 3. Small panels that look like slate (beware, they are expensive) 4. Systems designed for flat roofs 5. Systems designed for gardens 6. Systems for the roofs of car ports and awnings 7. Systems that replace the glass cladding on the outside of buildings 8. Transparent panels that let light through A modern 5 bed 4 bath house will expect to use about £350 to £400 of electricity per annum when a solar PV system is fitted and used properly.

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Kempton Mind, Body, Soul & Wellbeing Show (for humans and now pets too!) A weekend filled with healing, laughter, friendship, learning and so much more. Over 80 exhibitors fill the venue with colour! A diverse and varied show with exhibitors ranging from organic food to yoga and wellbeing and everything in between. Yoga and other activities Join in our full programme of yoga and other health activity sessions. We have at least 15 sessions each day – Remember to bring your mats! NEW! We are excited to launch Holistic Pets, which is a new feature that puts a focus on the increasingly popular idea that we can take care of our pets naturally. Pet parents across the land are becoming ever more conscious of the products consumed by their beloved animal-shaped children and with this are opting for a more proactive and holistic approach to health care for their animals. We bring you a variety of animal healthcare exhibitors and therapists to provide solutions to the puzzling area of holistic animal wellbeing. Always very popular is the full programme of talks and workshops from speakers that are knowledgeable, informed and entertaining, all FREE with your admission ticket. Yoga and activity sessions just £8 for the whole day! See website for agendas to plan your weekend, there is a LOT happening!

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Shepperton Success In Bloom By Monica Chard, Editor A cocktail of pride mixed with green fingers and perhaps a sprinkling of home mixed compost created a perfectly blooming evening at Shepperton Studios recently for the 29th Spelthorne in Bloom Awards. The only sobering element were two notable members of the committee who had passed on this year; David Courtney and Gerry Ceaser. They were with us in spirit. Kathryn Maidment, Community Liaison for the Pinewood/Shepperton Studios group, gave a welcome to the glitzy setting. Mayor Spelthorne Jean Pinkerton made the point that with all the sad and bad news around, it was uplifting to be able to celebrate the little gems such as community blooms. Best New Entrant was awarded to Pocket Park, as it is known, or Lordsbridge Gardens. You will know it best by the boat Jeannette which is so fabulously blooming at the end of the High Street. Sponsored and planted by Quality Fruit, it is a wonderful little splash of colour tended by the Shepperton Civic Pride volunteers. Best Kept Front Garden went to Jim Pollock (above) of Allington Avenue, Shepperton. Many congratulations on what looks like a beautifully cared for splash of colour (see below).

The Best Kept Small Pub was awarded to the Three Horseshoes in Shepperton with the Harrow in Charlton Village being kept in second place this year. Shepperton gardens jockeyed for position in the category of Best Riverside Garden with Rosie Wallace of Thames Meadow taking a third and John Davis of Hamhaugh Island, last years winner, taking second. | Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Best Kept War Memorial was won by Ashford but Laleham came in with a 3rd. In keeping with the centenary of the Armistice this year, and with so much thought to those who gave so much, Colin Squire gave the Best in Show award also to Ashford War Memorial, stating that the reflecting nature of the planting had captured the feeling of the moment. It was a fitting choice. We must also mention St Nicholas Church who received second prize in Best Kept Place of Worship.

Leader of Spelthorne Council summed up proceedings without a slip of the tongue and gave special mention to some worthy of praise, namely the Spelthorne Council Streetscene guys responsible for the glorious hanging baskets across the Borough this year. Dennis Codd and Terry Davies (pictured above with Mayor Jean Pinkerton) came up to acknowledge the unanimous thanks from the room. Terry told me he had been out as early as 4am watering all day long across the borough in the seering heat of this record breaking summer. His response to my incredulity and thanks It has been an absolute privilege . All credit to this team. They did a marvellous job. Blooms help create a more colourful and positive place to live and work. Flowers always make you feel good and embellishing the borough is clearly so important to the committee and the participants. Congratulations to all the participants and the winners. Thanks also to the superb Spelthorne in Bloom committee, without whom the borough would be all the poorer. Their work in making Spelthorne Bloom is tireless throughout the year. Well done to all.

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CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE GREENO CENTRE Have you thought about what you might be doing over the Christmas period? The Greeno Centre in Shepperton will once again be hosting a Free Community Christmas Day Lunch. Do you want to do something different for Christmas? Would you like to spend the day in a community atmosphere? We welcome anyone, whatever your circumstances, old or young, on your own or with others, carers are especially welcome. Our aim is to join as a community to enjoy a sit down Christmas Day lunch and get to know each other. A fully packed programme is enjoyed from around 10.30 am until mid afternoon, with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee, followed by Carol Singing, Games, Quizzes etc and of course, a traditional Christmas Turkey Luncheon. We would like to express our thanks to the members of the Shepperton community, the local churches, businesses, community groups and individuals who kindly support this event each year with their generous gifts and donations. This event is organised by the Churches and Community of Shepperton. Free transfers from your home to the centre & return can be arranged. Volunteers are always needed too, especially drivers with a clean & valid licence and a clearing up team from about 2.30 until 4.30 PM If you are interested in coming to this event as a guest or volunteer please contact; Mrs Caroline Button :carolinebutton2006@yahoo.co.uk , or telephone/leave message on 07775 901 035 or 01932 247 255

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Shepperton Wine Club Celebrate 50th

On 12th October some of the original members of the Shepperton Wine club will be joining their club for a special lunch. They will be marking 50 years of making and tasting wines. The club began with 24 members but as is the way, many of the originals have passed on. Chair Joan Pontin has been with the club since the start though. She talks of the variety of wines the members have created and tasted. Blackberry wine seems to be a favourite. The club meet at the Greeno Centre every month during the winter and would love to encourage more members to join. It is a friendly club where members have forged life long friendships over consideration of a special home made creation. The group will be celebrating with a lunch at the Old Crown in Weybridge and we look forward to joining them. If you are interested in finding out more about the group call Joan Pontin on 01932 223217. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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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:

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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.

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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. Owen Miles MNAEA, Partner 01932 230033 owen-miles@curchods.com www.curchods.com

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Recipe of the Month Vanilla Melting Moments

This super easy, light and delicious recipe with thanks to Evelyn Sims, Sunbury

Ingredients 6ozs. Self raising flour 4 1/2 ozs. (100g) cornflour 2ozs. (50g) icing sugar 8ozs. (200g) butter, melted and just warm 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Method Mix dry ingredients together, add butter and essence and bring together with a fork or wooden spoon. Place in piping bag with nozzle and pipe into short lengths onto baking sheet covered with non-stick silicone paper. Place in a pre-heated oven 160 degrees centigrade (remember fan oven will need 10C less of so), for 10 to 15 minutes. Leave to cool on a rack before indulging with a nice cuppa!

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Mayors Charities and all that Jazz

The Mayor s Charity Jazz event last month at St.Peter s Church was a fantastic evening. Enrico Tomasso, ( internationally famous) and his band treated the audience to a great night of jazz favourites. His daughter, Anna Lucia, sang beautifully. The church was packed and people were buzzing when they left. Mayor of Spelthorne, Jean Pinkerton said My thanks to Cllr.Tony Harman who organised the whole event . All proceeds benefit the mayors charities for the year.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Recently the Shepperton Aurora Rotary Club invited four very important students to a Celebration Evening at the Shepperton Holiday Inn. Emily, Alfie, Carla and Jamie from Sunbury Manor School received their RYLA awards after participating in a programme to develop leadership skills. What is Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)? It is a Rotary International programme which offers young people the opportunity to participate in physical and intellectual opportunities including:

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Decision making On these foundations are built self confidence and self esteem, vital aspects of citizenship. Boys and girls are selected by local Rotary Clubs ensuring that those chosen are from a wide range of ability and background and have development potential. This year Aurora, with the help of Sunbury Manor School, Shepperton and Sunbury Rotary

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Club and other supporters sent the four students at a cost of £400 each to a week s residential course. During the very successful evening which included teachers and parents, Emily, Alfie, Carla and Jamie gave an interesting presentation about the week. Joining us to receive monies raised by Aurora last year were the representatives of other charities; Cameo, Kick, Greeno Centre, Shepperton Youth Centre, The Impossible Dream and Paxmead. Expressing their thanks, we were told of the work of these good causes. Now to start the process of choosing the students and raising funds for the RYLA week next April and, of course, fundraising for many local charities.

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Happy 50th Shepperton Wine Circle

Well after 50 years of wine making and tasting this club seems like a happy bunch indeed! They got together for a special celebratory lunch where I was invited to join them. Joan Pontin gave a speech and guests were all presented with a slice of cake, a glass of fizz and an engraved Parker pen. We spoke to a couple of members about their wine creations. Christina Mullins has been a member for some 47 years. She told me of her delight in foraging for ingredients for her wines, collecting blackberries, but also finding wild apricots and plums. Ginger wine was a favourite for winter and she was rather keen on her banana wine which she said was good for blending. It seems that is an individual taste. Other members were not so keen on banana. But how about pea pod wine? Apparently that creates a lovely crisp white wine! Members are of a generation where nothing went to waste. Mike Warr told me about his roast chestnut wine, tomato wine and rhubarb wine which was such a success he served it at his own wedding. There is an emphasis in the club on camaraderie and socials. If you want a chance to join in and taste some of their concoctions then come to the Greeno Centre at 8pm on Friday 9th November where there is a competition night. New members are very welcome.

The Parking Post is One!

We love the British sense of humour, but this is dark humour indeed. Balloons marked the first birthday to highlight the ridiculous situation at the parking lot at Shepperton Lock. The fact that the Hamhaugh residents parking has been blocked by a post erected by Spelthorne Council because they own the strip of land between the road and the parking is SO ridiculous. Something has to be done. Businesses are losing money and elderly residents have nowhere to park. Someone see sense please! Celebrating a year Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Making the World a Better Place!

We were contacted by a reader who wanted to pass on her heart felt thanks to a complete stranger who came to her rescue when she was short of cash at the check out: I would like to say a huge thank you to the gentleman who helped me yesterday. I was at Tesco Sunbury petrol station. I checked my bank and mistakenly read I had £15 in my account. So put £15 of fuel in my car. My card was declined three times. It totally confused me as was adamant I had £15 left in my account. When I rechecked my account I realised I only had £12. So, with a queue forming behind me, I explained to the cashier, saying I would pay the £12 now then go to my mums and borrow the rest and bring it straight back. When out of the blue a gentleman in the queue said he would pay. I was so shocked I had tears in my eyes. I offered to pay the £12 which I had. But he said no he would pay the whole £15. You are truly a lovely gentleman and says how good our community is. I hope to return the favour one day to someone else that is in need in a queue. This generous act will hopefully make us all think of being a little more kind and considerate. A little kindness goes a long way. If only we could all slow down and think about being kind to one another we would all benefit from it. Thank you for sharing.

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New Support Scheme for Laleham Residents A new volunteer scheme is starting next year to assist and support Laleham residents. The type of help we hope to offer will be transport to medical appointments for the less mobile, including visits to GP s surgeries, local hospitals, opticians, dentists, and chiropodists. Also, help with local shopping trips, even pop-ins for a cuppa and a chat. Anything, in fact, that a good neighbour might do. We already have an enthusiastic core group of Laleham (and Staines) residents involved, supported by Surrey Community Action and we are looking for people who can give a couple of hours a week to help us with driving, shopping and visiting, and eventually answering the phone to clients who need help and coordinating the requests. This is a not-for-profit organisation but clients are charged on an affordable scale and expenses will be paid on a mileage basis to volunteers. Please look out for coffee morning dates in the New Year when you can come along and hear more. We'd love to meet you.

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They re still relevant, that s why.

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 Faith and started to sell silk poppies. The idea was adopted To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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. By Sarah Davey

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Spelthorne WI report on their Group Meeting 2018

The meeting was held at St. Hilda's Church Hall, Ashford and stewards from Hampton Tudor Rose WI welcomed us at the door. Cathy Hay, President of Ashford WI, the organisers, welcomed Sarah Endersby our Chairman for the evening. Sarah has had a busy year now that she has taken over as Treasurer of the Middlesex Federation from Susan Whitworth and thanked her for all her help and advice during this transition. Lorraine Reed has taken over as Chairman since Liz Morrell retired. The two minute reports were presented by Hampton Tudor Roses who have had a very busy first year setting themselves up with grateful thanks to other WI's for their help and Laleham who have enjoyed visits to Mayfield Lavender Farm, The Royal Academy & Poppy Factory as well as painting pottery and a talk from Hedgehog Rescue. Barbara Baghapour gave us an interesting account of the huge amount of knowledge and facts to learn on becoming a Blue Badge Guide and after 18 months of hard work and passing her exams she was presented with an umbrella! Refreshments were provided by Bedfont Belles as seen in the photo. Neil Long a DJ with Radio Jackie gave us an amusing account of his 25 years as a DJ including 6 years with Capital Radio and also entertained us with some magic tricks. The winners of the competition to create something by 'Upcycling , which was organised by Halliford were 1st Helen Whitman, Halliford, made a useful bag from a pair of jeans, 2 nd Anne Furst, Laleham, for her Flower Clock and 3rd Jenny Hanrahan, Bedfont Belles who made an Owl ornament (see above). The flowers for the stage provided by Sunbury on Thames were included in the raffle, with lots of other great prizes organised by Stanwell.

WALTON MATTERS ADDED TO TITLES

Walton Matters, which launched in September has been welcomed by the community. 8500 homes and businesses a month now receive a hand delivered copy with news, history, events and covering local issues. Village Matters magazines distribute 31,000 magazines every month to local communities. No other local media can do that. We also have an affiliate in Teddington & Twickenham. If you want to discuss advertising in any of these titles please call Monica on 07979 808991 or email monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Facebook: Sunbury & Shepperton Matters Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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Pressure on Food Banks How Can you Help?

Charities have warned that plans to move the 3 million people who are receiving tax credits and disability benefits on to the Universal Credit will trigger a vast increase in demand for food banks The Times October 6th 2018 In addition, the report goes on to say that families will lose ÂŁ200 a month under the new system. Claire Hopkins of St Saviour s food bank in Sunbury, which serves the Shepperton area too, said It s a depressing statement that a policy that was intended to help people on lower incomes will end up penalizing them financially .

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Give a Christmas Gift Campaign Hundreds of new unwrapped toys and gifts have already been donated for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present. The gifts will then be chosen by parents for each child; we will wrap the presents and give them stocking fillers and a family Christmas Day bag with chocolates, Christmas crackers, games, mince pies, selection boxes etc... Over the last few years many children and young people have benefited from gifts donated to The Community Foodbank: By giving a gift to our Christmas Present Appeal you can make a real difference in someone s life at Christmas. The campaign continues with an opportunity for people in and around Sunbury to donate a Christmas present which will again be selected by the parent; wrapped and given to a child who probably won t get a Christmas present this year due to financial or social reasons. I am a mother and appreciate the moments of watching your children open a present on Christmas morning, but, also realise the cost implication in doing so.

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don t need for a local family in need? You can leave them in the trolley at Tesco, St Saviours Church or Tony s hairdressers, both on Vicarage road. Do a Reverse Advent Calendar What is a reverse advent calendar? Reverse advent calendars work by you filling them every day with with items of food that can then be taken to our local food bank in Sunbury, in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time. After gathering in date non perishable items all month, you can take everything you've saved to St Saviours Church Sunbury, 205 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Christmas Eve at 4pm to the family Nativity Play. Not only is this a fun thing for the whole work place to do together, from creating the advent calendar structure itself to picking the goodies to go in it, it more importantly teaches us the importance of helping others and seeing the bigger picture at Christmas. So if you want to do something a little different this year, you could create an advent calendar that you put something in every day instead of taking something out. Please get in touch with Claire Hopkins Social Transformation Pastor & Food Bank Manager claire.hopkins@stsaviourssunbury.org.uk Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, Thursday 9.00am – 2.00pm St Saviour s Church, 205 Vicarage Road, Sunburyon-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7TP

Festive Decorations Appeal Our Festive Decorations Appeal is for donations of claire.hopkins@stsaviourssunbury.org.uk good condition baubles, tinsel and other unwanted 07549 952161 Christmas decorations. Radically Transforming Lives in the Love and Do you have a Christmas box full of stuff? It Power of Jesus comes down from the loft once a year and then goes back up, so why not donate anything you Please mention Shepperton Matters when www.villagematters.co.uk responding to adverts 47


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Burlington Show Suites Open A month ago, the Team at The Burlington , Shepperton hosted local Community, Professionals, Charity and Lady Mayor Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE attended as Guest of Honour, to officially open the show suites and present a cheque to local Alzheimer s volunteers Sue Read and Jan Read, with funds raised at Shepperton Village Fair in June. The care home development is in its final stages and will be ready to admit residents from January 2019. Madam Mayor was delighted to be presented with a bouquet of flowers and a cheque for her Charity Fund, matched by Boutique Care Homes. Local resident Susan Barber was also presented with a luxury hamper she won in the free prize draw at Shepperton Village Fair. After viewing the show suites, guests enjoyed prosecco, Bucks Fizz and a delicious buffet lunch and Madame Mayor promised to return again soon as a guest! when The Burlington opens in January. The Burlington is now recruiting via careers.burlington@boutiquecarehomes.co.uk and general enquiries are being taken by Sarah on 01932 220 338.

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Children s Group Spread Cheer at Christmas

A group of talented local children will spread Christmas cheer this December with a special production of Scrooge to raise money for charity. The musical, written by Leslie Bricusse, is based on the famous Charles Dickens tale of a miser who discovers the error of his ways just in time for Christmas. Shepperton-based Themba Theatre will stage the uplifting show on December 7th and 8th at Chertsey Hall, with all profits from ticket sales going to a children s charity in Uganda. Themba means hope in Zulu and by raising money for Watoto Childcare Ministries we help to provide hope for orphans in Uganda, explains Themba founder and director Natalie. Themba Theatre s cast members, who are all aged between 8 and 12, are selected via audition. In this production Ebenezer Scrooge is being played by Elliott Mason, aged 12, Bob Cratchitt by Seth Malcolm, 11, and Tiny Tim by Harrison Last, aged 9. The show brings A Christmas Carol to life through song and dance says Natalie Wells. This musical will really get you into the Christmas Spirit. Tickets are available online from: https:// www.ticketsource.co.uk/thembatheatre. If you know a talented child in school years 5-9 in the Shepperton area who d like to audition for Themba, contact thembatheatre@gmail.com.

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Prevention of Catalytic Thefts We have been inundated with people sharing their tales of woe in regard to thefts of catalytic converters in recent months. Many have faced bills of close to ÂŁ1000 to have cars fixed. Thefts are occurring day and night. Yes even in broad daylight and it does not take long to strip a car of this valuable part. So, can you prevent it? The answer is yes you can. Some garages will offer to fit guards and anti theft devices to car to prevent catalytic convertor thefts. There is a huge range of different options available on the marking for all types of makes, models, and budgets. Much better to spend ÂŁ200 than to face a much higher bill. It will give you peace of mind too and that is surely priceless.

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Gardening Matters Leaf Matter: Leaves Matter

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 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.

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. 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 I adhere to a policy of only collecting leaves they have turned into wonderful sculptural where necessary. Where they have fallen and winter skeletons which look incredibly are not obscuring the grass I leave them for the beautiful in the frosts. It s all down to personal earthworms to pull into their burrows (I wrote taste of course, but I often leave perennials last month about how I think of earthworms as standing until February or March simply to my friends and so do nothing to discourage provide a bit of interest over the winter. them). Happy gardening Simply sweeping leaves off paths and decking or patios will keep the garden looking cared for. I also remove any that have drifted around By Rachael Leverton

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham Runnymede Arts Society November Lecture. November 21st. The Hythe Centre, Egham, TW18 3HD. Chinese Court Costume - A Journey Through the Imperial Wardrobe. A fascinating insight into who wore what formally and informally during the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911. highly decorative clothing of high-ranking Chinese ladies robes, head ware and accessories. Some will be on display. Lecture by David Rosier. Coffee at 10.15, lecture starts 10..30. All welcome, first lecture free.

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Lucan Pavillion Laleham. Wine tasting evening on Friday 2nd November. A pre-booked event for members to come along and sample a wide range of wines and give their opinion, which will help forge a new wine list available at The Lucan Pavilion. Tickets cost £12.50 pp and booking is essential. Ticket will include a glass of your selected bubbly on arrival, 3 samples of white, rosé and red along with palette cleansers and nibbles. Contact Jess Page at jess.page.7@gmail.com Tel 07880 343 857 The Probus Club of Shepperton for retired business and professional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month to hear a speaker followed by lunch . In September we heard a talk entitled In the Footsteps of Shackleton . We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Beginners Morris Dancing. Free taster course . Tuesday mornings 10-12. Laleham Methodist Church Hall, Edinburgh Drive , Laleham TW18 1PH. Free parking . Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. Enquiries: Sheila 07810 300061 Shepperton Badminton Club Can I please remind any badminton players, whatever age, that they are all welcome to the Village Hall, every Tuesday from 10:00 until 12:00. There is coffee and tea available, and partners, who wish to watch or chat, are more than welcome. If you're interested, just pop in. The charge for playing is £5.00 per session. Or contact Gill on 01932 881635. We all look forward to seeing you. Family Fun and Fireworks. Friday 2nd November from 5.30pm. Saxon Primary School, Shepperton is celebrating 10 years of 'Family Fun and Fireworks!' We invite everyone from the local community to join us for another great evening. Tickets are £4 in advance (or £5 on the night) available from the school and also from the Co-op, Daines & Gray butchers, Bazely estate agents and Best One newsagent. Saxon Primary School, Briar Road, Shepperton TW17 0JB Shepperton Horticultural Association AGM being held on Friday 9th November 2018, at 7.30 pm, Shepperton Village Hall, High Street Shepperton. Doors open at 7 pm to stage exhibits for judging at 7.15 pm. Everyone welcome to attend and a social get together takes place after the AGM business is completed. Contact Laurie Burrell. 01932 564556. 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 www.lalehamcameraclub.uk or contact Paul on 07825 165974

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association 's next Coffee Concert is scheduled for Saturday morning November 3 at 10.15 for 11 am concert with Celia James ( soprano) and Lindsay Bridgwater ( piano)with music by Handel, Schubert and Puccini Tickets @ £12 include coffee and croissant from 01932- 787390, boxoffice@ssaa-arts .org and on door. Walton Voices presents: A Remembrance of Things Past, Friday 9th November 2018 at 7pm. The music uses four poems on the theme of remembrance and commemoration, written by members of the Rosebriars Arts Initiative, a project which addresses issues of isolation, health and well-being amongst older people in Elmbridge through engagement with the arts. The choir will be conducted by our musical director, Jonathan Kilhams, and this will be the first time the works have been performed. Christ the Prince of Peace Church, Portmore Way, Weybridge KT13 8JD. Tickets £5. To book tickets email arts@rcsherrifftrust.org.uk or call 01932 229996 Spelthorne Choral Society, Quire Voices and The Heroes Band present The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace. Saturday November 10th 7.30pm. Windsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist, High St, Windsor SL4 1LT. Tickets www.quirevoices.com Spelthorne Natural History Society. Wednesday 14th November at 8pm, Greeno Centre, Shepperton. Presentation by Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, who works at Kew Gardens. Richard will talk about the spectacular collections that can be seen in the newly restored Kew Temperate House. £3 charge for non-members. Refer to www.snhs.org.uk for more info St Mary Magdalene Church Littleton is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday November 17th from 9:30am to 1:00pm in Shepperton Village Hall. Crafts and Stalls. Refreshments, tombola, homemade cakes, children's games plus Saxon School Choir and Littleton School Choir will be singing for us. Sunbury Working Artists present their winter exhibition 15th - 18th November 11a.m.5p.m in The Orangery, Squires Garden Centre, Halliford Road, Upper Halliford ,TW17 8SG. Free entry The St Nicholas Church Winter Fair will be held at Shepperton Village Hall on Saturday 1st December 2018 from 10.00am to 1pm. A classic village treat including Big Prize Raffle, Mystery Bags, Bottle Tombola, Toys, Cakes, Nearly New, Christmas Decorations, Guess the Weight of the Cake and even Letters to Santa! Entry is free. Countdown to Christmas. A compilation of carols, songs and a panto, plus mulled wine and mince pies to get you into the Christmas spirit. Performed by Staines Musical Theatre Group on Sunday 2nd December at 2:30pm and 6.00pm at United Church of Egham, Surrey, TW209HP. Tickets available from 01784 605805

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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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