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October 2018

Issue 92

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Kempton Park in WW1 : Catalytic Converter Thefts

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We heard by chance of the application to demolish Dart House on Thames Street and build a 7 unit block of flats. Once again we are campaigning to keep our village beautiful, preserving the heritage and views. Similarly we look at the preservation of old pathways, at greenbelt land and celebrate some new windows!

October 2018 anniversary of the end of WW1. Are you aware though of what a role Kempton Park played. There is an exhibition there on October 20th about it s role. Do go and have a look if you get the chance. Enjoy this issue. We will do it all again next month! Photo: Here and now Photography

It was truly shocking to hear of the massive heist in Shepperton when £120,00 in cash was taken last month, but closer to home and more of a threat to us is hearing of conmen and thefts in broad daylight. Please read the piece on p23 and take care of yourselves, your property and your neighbourhood. We can all play our part. We have heard a lot already of the

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Kempton Park in WW1 Loss of another Sunbury View? Save Our Footpaths Volunteer Sunbury Self Calming Roads Not Too Late for Cheap Solar Daylight Robbery in Sunbury Tales of the Riverbank Recipe of the Month Day of the Dead From Stink to Solution St Mary s Newsletter New Hedgehog Hotel LOSRA Says Sunbury Cyclist Takes on World Foodbank Update Gardening Matters What s On/Noticeboard Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines

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Kempton Park in WW1 By Nick Pollard

This photo shows dozens of military lorries lined up at the Army Service Corps Depot, Kempton Park, during the First World War. The racecourse grandstands can be seen in the background of the picture with, just in front of them, wooden huts used to house all the troops based at the depot. Although we think of the army as having used mainly horse transport during the war, the British Army was in fact the most mechanised in the world. Places such as Kempton Park were requisitioned for the duration to receive new lorries from manufacturers, and also damaged vehicles coming back from service, for subsequent refurbishment. Those seen in the photo have the name Napier on the covers over their radiators, a manufacturer based at Acton who were one of many firms who turned production over to the war effort. Note that the lorries were not parked on the racecourse itself, rather the land inside the track – just as well as when wet weather arrived, parts of the vehicle park were churned up into a muddy swamp. Caterpillar tractors and four wheel drive trucks were necessary to pull stranded lorries out of the mire. The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society, in conjunction with Kempton Park Racecourse, has organised a commemoration event on Sunday 21 st October to mark the end of the First World War a century ago. The event which opens at 12.00 noon and takes place during a race meeting, will feature a display on the story of Kempton Park from the SSLHS, uniformed re-enactors, historic transport of the period, a sound installation No Sound Dies from Surrey Arts, and a display of prose, poetry and artwork inspired by the war, from local school children. Normal racecourse admission applies. The Story of the Queen Mary Reservoir by Nick Pollard is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 16 th October at Halliford School in Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts




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It was exciting to see the scaffolding coming down from Pomfret Cottage on Thames Street recently. The grade 1 listed house is going through a major refurbishment having been sold around 18 months ago. The front of the property has been cleaned, painted and look what has appeared! There are 3 trompe l oeil windows (meaning illusion in French). According to Nick Pollard of the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society, fake windows were painted on window recesses which were blocked up to avoid window tax. There are several others around (The Blue Anchor in Staines has 5 in fact). The question is what the story behind the pictures mean. There is a ginger cat on the lower left and upstairs you can see a suited gentleman gazing down towards the river and the Monksbridge boat house. Is this mean to be the Prince of Wales who of course had an affair with Frida Dudley-Ward of Monksbridge? But what is the connection with Pomfret Cottage? We are uncertain as to whether or not he stayed there. Is that likely when Monksbridge has such vast accommodation? Whatever the story, the work is beautiful. Do go and have a look.

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Loss of Another Sunbury View? By Monica Chard, Editor

In 2016 Dart House on Thames Street, Lower Sunbury, was sold at auction for ÂŁ1.2million. This has taken many immediate neighbours by surprise. More of a surprise was finding out that there were plans to demolish it and build a 5 storey block of 7 flats with underground parking. Neighbours are all meant to receive notification of such applications and given due time to respond and object, but even more of a shock was that no letters were received and no public notice posted on the property. Residents discovered by chance and spread the word, under significant pressure to meet the deadline for objections of September 19th. LOSRA is opposing the application and many locals have now lodged objections too. Dart House is in the conservation area of Lower Sunbury. It is the former site of Darts Stores, which many of you will in fact remember. It has been featured in many postcards, photos and paintings of the entrance Darts Stores c 1930 s and the view by St Mary s, as depicted by Daphne Clement into the village, with the Flower Pot on the left and St Mary s in the background. There are many reasons to object to the plans. the mini roundabout by The Flowerpot. That You can read full details on the LOSRA web- will cause chaos. site (www.losra.org) but essentially there are The size of the proposed building will be out plans for only 6 underground carparking spac- of keeping with the current sky line and cones with access to the underground garage from servation area. The image left shows how high the proposed new build would be. The proposal is to extend the footprint out into the garden towards the river which will affect the view of Lower Sunbury which has been so celebrated in photos and paintings. It is inevitable that this building will be developed. That in itself is not the issue. It has to be done sympathetically and has to consider views of neighbours. We will watch with interest. Thank you to our vigilant residents for bringing it to our attention and mobilising such a strong case against it. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Save Our Footpaths

Feelings have been running high on social media since a sign appeared at the plot of land between School Walk and Croysdale. This wilderness, where many of us have picked blackberries for decades, where we have walked to take our children to school and where children have no doubt played many a game of hide and seek, has been acquired by Angle Properties. This plot was owned by Network Rail, a left over bit of land which had been intended for use when the railway was first coming to Lower Sunbury. (Remember the Admiral Hawke used to be called the Railway Arms Path from School Walk to Croysdale before the station found its current home). The question everyone is asking is are we going to lose the right to use this path? . It seems residents of School Walk negotiated easement rights some years ago as they could demonstrate long term usage of the path and road. The path seems to appear in OS maps too, and it seems Angle Properties are aware of that. So it is unlikely that access over the plot will go. But many pathways are indeed under threat. We should be aware of that. January 2026 will see the end to adding historic paths to what is known as the definitive map which records public rights of way. When a path is on that map it not only means we have the right to walk on it, but it is easier to protect. ANY PATH WITH CAME INTO EXISTENCE BEFORE 1949 AND WHICH IS NOT ON THE MAP BY 2026 WILL BE LOST! Perhaps someone should contact Surrey County Council s Right of Way department for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) and apply to have it included as a public footpath.

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A diagnosis of cancer, Motor Neurone Disease or any lifethreatening illness can be a terrible shock to the whole family, and it s sometimes hard to share the emotional burden. We need volunteers from the Walton area to help support local families. For 34 years the Brigitte Trust, our Surrey charity, has been offering help to people suffering the effects of cancer and other late-stage illness. Our free service of emotional support and help with practical needs at home focuses on being alongside to listen and includes transport, shopping and even the opportunity for a trip out for tea! It s preferable for most people to stay at home, with pets and familiar possessions around them, with family and friends nearby. With the help of our volunteers it is often possible for a family member to stay at home for much longer. The same volunteer offers 4 hours each week and referrals come from District and hospice nurses, hospital discharge nurses, via social care teams or from families. We need volunteers to visit local families in Walton – can you help? Training courses take place throughout the year with a taster session first for potential volunteers to find out more about our work before deciding to join us. Please call Ingrid on 01306 881816 or visit the Volunteer section of our website: www.brigittetrust.org/volunteering

VOLUNTEER SUNBURY Sadly, many of us have been touched by cancer, MND or other lifethreatening illness - perhaps a family member, friend or work colleague and the news can be devastating.

Brigitte Trust volunteers visit weekly, offering a free service of emotional and practical support and the chance to share some of the feelings and concerns serious illness brings. After training volunteers, who should be car drivers, are asked to commit four hours each week to local visits. Come to our next volunteer taster session - call Ingrid today on 01306 881816 and visit www.brigittetrust.org/volunteering To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Self-calming Roads By Jon Wallsgrove. Parke Road, Sunbury

Lower Sunbury village 30mph zone into 20mph

In the August edition of Sunbury matters you ran a piece on a 20mph speed limit in Sunbury. For 10 years I was the chief architect at the Dept for Transport/Highways Agency, and responsible for innovative research in many areas, including traffic calming. Sunbury village was going to be used as a model in the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) research programme for an environment which was self-calming, since the narrowing of the road due to the buildings, plus the character of the built environment, naturally made people drive at the sensible speed for the village. We were trying to avoid the use of traffic calming interventions which had negative as well as positive effects. Unfortunately road humps were installed in Lower Sunbury just before the trial was due to begin, so alternative villages had to be used by TRL. Reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph reduces the severity of accidents by about 10%. Unfortunately it also increases the number of vehicles on the road at any time by 50%, which gives a 50% increase in the likelihood of an accident, plus a more than 50% increase in air pollution. Road humps are designed to be driven most comfortably at 2mph below the designated speed limit. However not everybody knows this, so people who find road humps painful and uncomfortable (e.g. the elderly, infirm and injured) tend erroneously to drive at half the speed limit or less. This has two implications. Firstly, there is an Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


increased risk of accidents, since vehicles travelling at different speeds on the same road is a key cause of accidents. Secondly, at busy times the slow traffic causes slugs of traffic making it more difficult for people to cross the road and for vehicles to join the main road from side roads. This affect is exacerbated by a lower speed limit. This explains the much greater congestion which everyone now experiences in Sunbury village, even though the latest official figures* show that traffic is down 0.3% on the last quarter and down 0.1% on 10 years ago. *https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/ government/uploads/system/uploads/ attachment_data/file/726948/prov-roadtraffic-estimates-apr-2017-mar-2018.pdf




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Government to end Solar Incentives March 2019. But Not Too Late to get the Best Return & Your Money Guaranteed Advertorial

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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What Next? Greencap Energy Ltd, a Sunbury based company, will provide a full proposal with all costs and returns after a survey. Having dealt with the likes of BP, Farnham University and Woking Council locally, we offer experience in the commercial as well as domestic sector.

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Abandoned and Illegally Moored Boats - Again!

I was encouraged recently to see a post on Facebook from Kingston Council about the seizure of two boats: Two boats unlawfully moored for several months .have been successfully removed and placed into storage. To recover costs, we charge owners to reclaim their vessel, or they are sold after six months. If Kingston Council is doing this, then why is it we residents continue to battle against the

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increasing number of illegally moored boats along our stretch of the Thames. When is one of the authorities going to take action? We are told the EA have no money. The action in Kingston was undertaken by Kingston Council. So what about Spelthorne? Something needs to be done. How long have we complained about the increasing number of sunken craft in the river? The duck island outside St Mary s can almost declare itself an independent state and start issuing passports, it has been there so long. We understand that the council dares not remove private craft in case they damage them (really?) and land themselves in trouble with the owners. So find out who these sunken boats belong to. They are registered after all. There is knowledge of ownership. Fine the owner for obstruction/fly tipping etc and charge them with removing the eyesores without further delay. A trip up the Thames has become a tour of a boat graveyard. It is only going to get worse unless someone acts soon.


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Daylight Robbery in Sunbury By Monica Chard, Editor We were contacted recently by the owner of a Honda Jazz who had their catalytic converters removed in broad daylight by thieves in the Sunbury 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.

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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 bolts or protective sleeves to make them harder to cut out and defensive parking against a wall or by another lower-slung vehicle to make it more difficult to reach under. On another matter we were shocked to hear about conmen who are operating in the area, targeting older/vulnerable people. If anyone knocks on your door who you are not expecting DO NOT let them in without checking credentials first. Don t take their word for it that they are working at the neighbours who have a leak etc. And if anyone calls purporting to be from your bank put the phone down and call your bank to check. 23

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Tale of the Riverbank

In March this year we ran a story about plotlands, riverside plots which had been sold off and had chalets and prefab wooden buildings put on them, generally for weekend use. We went to visit Doreen Davies who has lived on Wheatley s Ait for 51 years so has seen it all. She and husband Owen bought a wooden shed on a riverside plot in 1967. It had been used as the pleasure boat station and she still displays the original permit from Thames Conservancy from 1946 in her house. Doreen and Owen moved from Kew . They immediately demolished the shed and set to building their own wooden house which is still very much as it was half a century ago. She tells us that Wheatley s Ait was full of original wooden chalets at the time they moved, but that many of the residences were slowly becoming more permanent dwelling, not just for weekend use. She has many memories of the colourful characters who lived there. One tale is of Mr Travers who kept wild animals in his garden. His tiger (yes really!) was kept on a moored boat and used to terrify passing vessels when he stuck his head out of the porthole. One day the tiger got out and started swimming across the Thames. Aware that this was a bit of an issue to put it mildly, Mr Travers, another neighbour and Owen went in pursuit in a rowing boat and somehow captured the beast. The river bank certainly attracts a colourful clientele!

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Hampton Court House Ranked 1st on the Independent Schools Council list of Small Independent Schools 2018

Congratulations to Hampton Court House which has been ranked No.1 in the country for GCSE results in the ISC rankings of small schools as reported in The Daily Telegraph. The trend of ever improving results at HCH has continued through these changes with a higher proportion than ever before getting A grades or equivalent. 71% of the GCSE results were A*/98 and 85% were A/7 or better. Nationally only 10.5% of grades were A*/9-8 and 20.5% were A/7 or better. The maths and English departments are pleased to announce that 100% of Y11 students passed with an 9-6 grade both maths and English language. In fact, in both maths and English language 82% achieved a grade of either 8 or 9. To put this into context only 8.3% nationally achieved 8 or 9 in mathematics, and for English language that figure was a mere 6.1%. A number of subjects are celebrating 100% A*-A, or 9-7 on the new scale: English language, Spanish, dual award science and all three separate sciences. This includes the particularly impressive clean sweep of 9 grades in biology. 73% of Year 11 achieved 8 or more A*-A / 9-7 including one student who achieved A*/9 in all ten of her subjects making her one of only 732 pupils across England who scored a clean sweep of top 9 grades in all their GCSE subjects. On top of the results achieved by Year 11 mentioned above, nine students from other years were taking a GCSE early and the all attained the highest possible grade.

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The rise of the garden outbuilding There is a growing trend 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 Spelthorne Council’s Planning Department, but we’ve outlined the basic rules to help.

Are there size limitations? The structure can only be single storey with the bottom of the eaves being no higher than 2.5m, with the overall height not exceeding 4m for a pitched roof or 3m for other roof designs. If the proposed building is within 2m of the boundary it cannot exceed 2.5m in total height whatever the roof type. These heights must also allow for a maximum base/platform thickness of 300mm.

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. Any conservatories or extensions that were added to the original dwelling that take up garden space must also be taken into consideration.

If your home falls within the Green Belt or other designated areas, planning consent may be required and if you live in a Listed building it may not be permitted, so always check ďŹ rst. Do I need to decalare 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. For friendly expert advice on all property related matters, please contact Owen Miles, Partner at Curchods Shepperton office. Owen Miles MNAEA, Partner 01932 230033 owen-miles@curchods.com www.curchods.com

Recipe of the Month Stuffed Peppert Lanterns

Serves: 4

paring knife to cut holes into the exterior of the peppers to make pumpkin-lantern style faces. If the peppers don't stand upright, slice a small amount from the bottom to flatten the surface.

Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Ingredients

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.

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

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.

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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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The Day of the Dead By Tracey Anderson 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 Diego Rivera in 1947, in his most famous piece of artwork - Dream of a To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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.

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From Stink to Solution By Monica Chard, Editor. Sources various 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 superb. 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 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

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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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Helicopter in Cedars Rec We understand that the lad who needed help after a car incident in Green Lane is on the mend so that is the most important thing in this story.

But one of our readers was fascinated to see a helicopter rescue landing in Cedars Rec. In 60 years I have lived here, I have never seen anything like that . Thank goodness for these skilled pilots and such an amazing service when it is needed.

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New Hedgehog Hotel By Monica Chard, Editor

A lot has happened in the year since the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary started gaining more awareness. Sharon Johnson was caring the injured, abandoned or vulnerable hogs out of her house, trying to rehome them in carefully vetted gardens in the Spelthorne area. Her house in Shepperton now boasts a purpose built facility in her garden with room to home 1520 hedgehogs at any one time. She has storage room for medicines and food and a weighing station. Each cage is purpose built and has individual notes on each inmate. It is a full time job caring the little critters but Sharon clearly loves what she does. The challenge this year has been caring for the many abandoned babies. As the heatwave hit, it became more and more difficult for adult hogs to find food for themselves so all the harder to feed a family too. So Sharon was called regularly to take on 4-5 babies needing help. The heatwave was a challenge for Sharon too. She found a way of keeping her visitors cool. Frozen bottles of water in each cage which kept temperature manageable. The fabulous new facility came about through

a huge amount of team work by family and friends. Needless to say it was also quite an expense. Not just to buy the outbuilding itself, but all the purpose built cages too. The Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary is not a registered charity but is self funding. To support the building project a friend of Sharon suggested setting up a Gofundme donation page. They set out to raise ÂŁ250 but were delighted to receive ÂŁ420. Just as well because it was a costly project. Sharon is still paying off the cages themselves and relies on well wishers. If you can help, you can find a donate button on her website (address below), or even set up a direct debit so that there is a regular donation. You will also find a wish list of items Sharon regularly needs for her little visitors which you can order for her direct from Amazon. Finally, if you want to do your bit for these delightful creatures, put out a shallow bowl of water in the garden. They drink a lot! It would be lovely to see more hedgehogs in the area. www.sheppertonhedgehogsanctuary.co.uk

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Lower Sunbury Christmas Market Please make a note of this straight away! The Lower Sunbury Christmas Market will be on Thursday December 6th from 5-8pm. We will once again close off the road outside the shops and are expecting even more stalls this year. We can promise you Christmas music and carol singing with the Salvation Army. There will be food to buy, gifts to buy, a fantastic community raffle and you will even find Santa s Grotto at Laura s Hair and Beauty again. Do you want a stall? Do you want to help? Could you donate a raffle prize? Contact ; John on 07801 635106 Dennis on 01932 761071 or Monica on 07979 808991 We look forward to another great event!

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LOSRA Says . Home Extensions – Could Time be Running Out? It s not surprising, given the high costs associated with upsizing that more and more homeowners are electing to extend their properties as a more costeffective option. However it s a little known fact that there are only a few months left to take advantage of the extended permitted development rights introduced in 2013 under the Larger Home Extension Scheme. The Scheme freeing homeowners from having to apply for full planning permission, which has already been extended once, is now scheduled to come to an end on May 30, 2019. All projects falling under the guidelines will need to be completed by this point. It is stressed that our Association does not act as planning consultants but, with the benefit of experience, we can advise on size limits under the Scheme. For a detached house the size limits are 8m (26ft) in length; and 6m for a semi-detached house or terrace. These measurements must be taken from the rear elevation of the original house as built, or as it stood on July 1, 1948. If you haven t already extended, previous owners may have, so check your legal paperwork. The maximum height allowed is 4m, but if the extension is within 2m of any boundary, the maximum eaves height should be 3m. Two-storey extensions are allowed, but cannot extend farther than 3m and should be no closer than 7m to your rear boundary. You can also have a side extension but it must be no higher than 4m and no wider than half the width of the existing house.

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Sunbury Cyclist Takes on the World

Earlier this year we reported on David Haywood who lives in Sunbury and who had just achieved a Guinness World Record for the most countries visited by bicycle in 7 days. A total of 13 if you remember. He cycled 1070 miles in a WEEK! That is 155 miles average in a day...and he only had a puncture on the way to the station in France when he was heading home. Well, David likes a challenge for sure. As he was pedalling around the 13 countries on his way into the Guinness Book of Records, he was already thinking about his next challenge. Just how far could he push himself. The world was at his feet...so why not take on the world?! Only 6 months after completing his Guinness challenge David has already left to see if he can indeed cycle round the world. 18,000 miles in a year .or as his mum says, until the money runs out! You can keep an eye of David s progress on his website and blog www.david-haywood.com/ around-the-world-by-bike. You can also follow his progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. What an adventure! Go David. If you fancy helping him on his way, donations would be very handy too! https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidHaywood


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Lunches Served and Collections Continue at Foodbank

By Claire Hopkins The cricket season is over, and Strictly Come Dancing is back on television. It must be Autumn! But the St Saviours Foodbank is not a seasonal operation, and our work continued over the Summer. For many, the start of the school holidays can bring problems. To help address this, at the start of the school holidays the Community Foodbank committed to feeding 50 local families (279 people for 42 days) over this period. Our free surplus community lunch ran throughout the holiday and over 1000 people came to lunch over that time. We have seen first hand the difference this has made to families who would otherwise have struggled over the school holidays. Thank you for your support. Also a huge Thank You to Harlequins Foundation for putting on a free community event on 2nd August for our local families. They sent some coaches and equipment for free, and over 45 children had a fantastic day playing tag rugby and games. Finally, our continued thanks to Tesco Sunbury. where we have had our collection trolley in the store for two years. This is emptied between 2 and 5 times a week and since it s been in place we have received a total of over 320 trolleys of food, worth about ÂŁ40,000.Laura Pusey, Tesco Sunbury Community Champion said: We are proud to be helping local projects like this. Some people do struggle and struggle in silence. They shouldn t have to.

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Gardening Matters Lawn Love

By Rachael Leverton 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. 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 There are times I threaten to astro-turf my hollow tines pull out little cores that look like entire garden, but then I remember the smell of fat worms. Leave them in place to recycle the freshly mown grass and how lovely it is to nutrients. Aerating improves drainage and walk through the dew with the dogs in the allows air, nutrients and rain to move down to morning, and I relent. the roots rather than sitting at the surface. Of all garden tasks I find lawn-care the most Normally by now there has been enough rain tedious. I am not a lawn enthusiast, preferring to allow the tines to penetrate the soil making plants. For me lawns are a necessary evil. I the job easier but who knows what the crazy like sitting on them, walking on them, and they UK weather will be doing when this article is make my flowers look good, in much the way published. a frame enhances a picture. So, I feel I do have It's best to fertilise the lawn after aerating if to give my lawn at least a little love and care. possible. This month is quite a good month for By October lawn growth has slowed so you fertilising the lawn if you haven t already got can raise your mowing height by at least one around to it. Not only does fertilisation give setting until mid-spring next year. If like mine you a fantastic lawn ready for the winter but your lawn sprouts moss the moment it rains, also offers some protection from the ravages of raise the mowing height even more so that at winter temperatures and diseases. least 1 to 2cm of grass shows above the moss Make sure you collect fallen leaves weekly to after grass-cutting. discourage moss and disease. 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.

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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. This is open to EVERYONE who may be on their own. You do not need to be a Shepperton resident. 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 and 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 and return can be arranged. Volunteers are always needed too, especially drivers with a clean and valid licence and we need 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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What s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk Concert by the Barfield Handbell Ringers. 7.00pm. on October 6th. St Mary's Church, Church Street, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 6RG. The Friends of St Mary's (F.o.S.M.), are pleased to present the popular Barfield Handbell Ringers, who come together from a wide area, covering Surrey and Hants to perform a varied programme over 5 ½ octaves of bells, 3 octaves of hand chimes and other instruments. Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear their unique sound while helping us to raise funds for our current Restoration projects! Tickets £10 on the door or £9 pre-booked and for F.o.S.M. Members on 01932 785807or 01932 785035. We look forward to seeing you. (Further information on our website: www.fosmsunbury.org.uk or see: www.barfield.org.uk) 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 Zodiac Musical Society - Zodiac are performing the much loved musical The Wizard of Oz from 10th – 13th October 2018 at Magna Carta Arts Centre, Thorpe Road, EGHAM TW18 3HJ. Based on the wonderful 1937 film starring Judy Garland, It tells the story of Dorothy who finds herself in the land of Oz but desperate to return home. Along the way she meets Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion who are looking for a brain, a heart and courage. When they all meet the Wizard they realise the answers lie within themselves and they can all have their wishes. Come and follow the friends down the Yellow Brick Road . For more information please call the box office on: 01932 220167. Ticket prices £11-£15. Further details also on our website; www.zodiacmusicalsociety.org 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 Purple Angels Dinner and Dance Through the Decades Saturday 20th October. 3 course meal , live entertainment and raffle, £25 per ticket. Please call Greeno centre 01932 246173. Please call if you can donate any raffle prizes too.

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More...What s Happening Locally? If you want your event listed please email 50 words to email info@villagematters.co.uk 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 ÂŁ1 per trail Claremont Landscape Garden Portsmouth Road Esher Surrey KT10 9JG Saturday 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 28 Oct 2018 Contact telephone: 01372 467806 Brooklands Morgan Day. Sunday 7th Oct 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 Contact telephone: 01932857381 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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SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING Wednesday 17th October 2018 6.30pm –8.30pm Personal Visits available throughout the year. Find out more and book your visit at: www.hallifordschool.co.uk

At Halliford your child will be known and respected as an individual and encouraged, supported and inspired to become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be. Extensive coach service covering the surrounding area • Short walk from Shepperton Station • Shuttle service from Walton and Staines Stations registrar@halliford.net

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Berkeley Mews, TW16

The Avenue, TW16

This house has four bedrooms and is set in the heart of Sunbury Village. Arranged over three floors, there are three bathrooms and a landscaped garden, energy rating d.

A four bedroom house set over four floors with a reception room and bi-folding doors opening on to the garden. The upper floors provide views over Orchard Meadow, energy rating e.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100


Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100


Halliford Road, TW16

Green Street, TW16

Set over three floors, this beautiful period home has been finished to a high standard throughout. There are five bedrooms and a large rear garden, energy rating e.

Located in the heart of Sunbury Village, a newly built four bedroom house arranged over three floors. There are two bathrooms and two parking spaces, energy rating c.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

£2,250 pcm

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Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

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