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October 2017

Issue 80 FREE to homes in Lower Sunbury

Welcome! What a month! The terrorism incident linked to Sunbury was a shock. We also have to mention the increasing number of bare faced daylight incidents of theft, including one of stealing lead off a roof. Be vigilant! Don’t take risks. Lock doors and let’s help each other prevent further incidents. The front cover this month is another of mine. I got up early last Autumn and went for a walk in Bushy Park, complete with camera, tripods and two dogs! If you have not experienced it, do go. Camera clubs come from all over the country to try to capture the magnificent beasts on film at this time of the year. We are well into planning the Christmas market for December 7th. If you want a stall, have a

October 2017 look at the article inside and get in touch with me or with Dennis at Van Wonderen. It should be a good one. Remember to put your clocks back one hour on October 28th and get cosy!

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Sunbury Fire Brigade c1930 4 Terrorism Link to Sunbury 6 Finding the Dr who Saved My Legs 9 Christmas is Coming to Sunbury 11 Not too Late to Start Getting Fit! 12 Origin of Daylight Savings 14 Chemo Care Pouches Offer Comfort 16 Spinning Around the Holiday Inn 18 The Real Enigma Heroes? 20 Evolution of a House 22 Community Leaf Clearing 24 It’s 3AM in Sunbury 34 Recipe of the Month 38 Neglect & Disdain for Waterways 43 St Mary’s Newsletter 45 LOSRA Says 46 Rotary’s Purple Crocuses 52 Princess Alice Wedding Fair 54 Support Your Hedgehogs 55 Sunbury Health Centre Update 59 Gardening Matters 65 What’s On/Noticeboard 66/68 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 70

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Sunbury Fire Brigade c1930 By Nick Pollard

This photo was taken in Thames Street, Sunbury about 1930, in front of the flint wall of the Old Vicarage, just to the west of St. Mary’s Church. It shows a fascinating selection of fire engines used in the village over the previous century or so. First in the line-up is a Leyland motorised fire engine dating from the 1920s, with ladder and open ‘Braidwood’ bodywork (named after a 19th century Chief of the London Fire Brigade) on which the crew sat on benches on either side of the engine. Even at the maximum speed of 20-25 mph on its solid tyres, hanging onto the engine when cornering must have been interesting! All the fireman are wearing double breasted tunics with brass buttons, and the brass helmet which originated in the 19 th century, and lasted until the Second World War. Very decorative but not very practical. Next in line is a smaller appliance based on a heavy motor car chassis of unknown make. It is carrying hoses and has a small tank on the rear, but it’s unclear whether it had its own pump or was additional to the first engine. Behind that is the late 19th century horse drawn engine which used to be housed in a shed behind the Three Fishes pub. This had a steam powered pump, and similar ‘Braidwood’ bodywork to the Leyland. Bringing up the rear is an early hand-pumped engine, dating from either the early 19th or possibly late 18th century. It was powered by the crew pumping long wooden handles on each side of the engine up and down. A hose would have been run to any nearby source of water, river, pond etc, and the water discharged onto the fire via a brass spout mounted on top. Apparently this machine ended its days as a prop at Shepperton Film Studios. What a shame that it, and its horse-drawn successor, having been preserved for so long, did not survive to the present day, although a similar manual engine dating from 1738 may be seen at Spelthorne Museum in Staines.

‘Cowper-Coles and Sunbury’ is the subject of the next meeting of Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The talk by former ambassador Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles explores his grandfather’s innovative engineering business in the village. It takes place on Tuesday 17 th October at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 to non-members. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts 4


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Terrorism Link to Sunbury

We were all shocked to hear that there is a Sunbury link with the Parson’s Green bomber. To see reports on the news outside Cavendish Road, police swarming in the background, on the BBC News, Sky News etc was quite chilling. Social media was all aflutter with disbelief. What should we think? It was bizarre seeing the different angles comments came from; how could anything like that happen in our neighbourhood; too close for comfort; bad press for Sunbury; how could the fosterers not have known and so on and so on. Some of the comments were ignorant and hurtful. We are not going to speculate on unknowns. We are not going to dig up dirt. When thinking how I should make a comment in Sunbury Matters (as I would be expected to do as the local magazine) my thoughts are entirely with Penny and Ron, the fosterers at the heart of this drama. This couple (who I do not know personally, but many of you do), have given so much of their time and emotion to support and foster children who have needed a loving home and a leg up in life. Ron’s age has even come into question. Since when does age have anything to do with caring? This couple of dedicated their lives to helping. They need support from the community. Luckily it seems the community feels the same way. A card of support was left at Londis for locals to sign and people have suggested a gathering of support at one of the local pubs. The invasion of journalists looking to dig up dirt or spurious information has been met with many refusing to be drawn in. Good on you Sunbury! Things will calm down and return to normal which is what we all want. Penny and Ron, if you see this, we are all behind you. Thanks must go to the volunteers who supported those evacuated. Tea, coffee, chat and warmth was provided. A doctor was also on hand for some of the elderly who needed medicines which had been left behind. The Greeno in Shepperton cared for some 60 and did a great job.

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Finding the Doctor Who Saved My Legs By Monica Chard, Editor

Those who have lived through war tend not to want to relive any memories, but through a chance conversation, Dennis Brock found himself thinking back to the person to whom he owes his mobility. He also found himself and his Dennis Brock, 1939 story in the national newspapers and on BBC Radio 4! Shot in the legs in combat in WW2, Dennis found himself as a POW in a camp in Italy. He was to spend 3 years incarcerated, during which he suffered unimaginable conditions including beatings and starvation. After a particularly brutal winter in camp, where mud and snow came up to the prisoners knees, he started losing the sensation in his legs, finally losing his mobility altogether. A young Italian doctor at the garrison hospital was interested in his case. He had seen and treated a similar condition when he was stationed in Ethiopia. It had come about as a direct result of chronic malnutrition. Dr Antonino Alessi knew he had a chance to reverse the condition, but needed to inject a serum into the lymphatic glands at the top of both Dennis’ thighs. It was easier said than done procuring this serum, but they managed. A POW would not usually be so lucky, but to this doctor it was almost experimental so a case worth persuing. No such luck procuring any anaesthetic though, so the process of injecting the potentially life changing serum was a brutal affair. Held down by 3 nuns it must have been torture itself, and Dennis tells me the air turned blue with Anglo Saxon expletives! But after 10 days Dennis started feeling a tingling in his toes. Today Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Dennis, at the age of 99 (this November in fact) still climbs the tower of St Mary’s to ring the bells, and still drives, no doubt thanking Dr Alessi every day for the good fortune of being able to walk.

Dennis Brock in the Bell Tower of St Mary’s

The Daily Telegraph was so interested in his story that they did some research, finding the family of Dr Alessi in Italy. Sadly the doctor himself had died, but his 4 children were very interested to hear Dennis’s story. One of the daughters called to talk to Dennis. They wanted to invite him over to Italy. In a twist of fate, Dennis took her telephone number down incorrectly so is left with no conclusion to his story and a potential reunion. There are ways in this day and age however, so perhaps a reunion is still on the cards. Meanwhile Dennis feels blessed every day and his positivity radiates. “After so much hardship I vowed never to let anything get me down” he says. 8

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Christmas is Coming to Lower Sunbury! Can You Help?

We are delighted to announce that there will once again be a Christmas market in Lower Sunbury this year. The date is December 7th. Final details are being put together but we can assure you of a market with various different stalls selling gifts, chocolates and food. We can also promise you the Salvation Army will be playing some favourite carols so we can all sing along and get in the festive spirit. Many more plans will become apparent over the next month or so, so keep an eye on Sunbury Matters for updates. If you are interested in a stall please send an email to or you can drop in to see Dennis at Van Wonderen Flowers. Let’s make this Christmas wonderful and special. If you are interested in helping out, we are also happy to hear from you. Again, contact me or Dennis. We are also going to be running a community raffle. Proceeds will be divided up amongst local community causes and we will let you know what we do in the new year. Tickets will be on sale in Van Wonderen, Laura’s Hair Salon, Tony’s Hairdressers and Skinners. If you are in a position of being able to donate a prize, we would also love to hear from you. Again, contact any of the above shops, or you can email me at Sunbury Matters.

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It’s never too late to make a change …

by James Richardson

Every day we are surrounded by temptation – treats become commonplace and we pile on the pounds. We lead busy lives so find ourselves collapsing on the sofa at the end of the day. We become less active and gain more weight. The cycle continues. But it’s never too late to make a change. With Christmas coming, why not get party fit with some exercise! Taking that first step might seem daunting but there are lots of ways to improve your fitness. Walking is a good way to start and you can build up your speed to a brisk walk as your fitness improves. There are lots of beautiful walks in our local area and you can join a walking club and meet new people too. Jogging and running are free, you just need a decent pair of trainers or you could dig out your bike from the garage! Exercise that increases your heart rate will help keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Muscle tone is also important and committing yourself to a regular training programme will pay dividends. Good muscle tone leads to good posture which, in turn, leads to better self-confidence. Plus, as your strength increases you will find that all daily activities, whether mowing the lawn or hoovering, will become easier because your body is stronger. Remember, it’s never too late to get started and make a change for the better. Look out for local fitness classes in your area, join a dance class or go for a swim! If you are struggling and need some extra motivation you could consider getting yourself a Personal Trainer who will assess your needs and tailor a training plan to suit you. Whatever you decide is best - don’t delay and Join a group to exercise and have fun – this group works out on start making those changes today. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm in Lower Sunbury. Check for winter location

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Where Did Daylight Savings Come From? By Paul Chard

The idea of summer time or daylight-saving time was first suggested in a whimsical article by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, But it arrived in the UK after Coldplay singer Chris Martin's great-great-grandfather, a builder called William Willett, thought it was a good idea too. In 1907, he published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight, encouraging people to get out of bed earlier. Willett was incensed at the 'waste' of useful daylight first thing in the morning, William Willett campaigned for during summer. daylight savings The year after Willett’s death in 1915, the Germans adopted daylight saving time and not to be disadvantaged at a time of war, so did the UK within a few weeks. Summer time was first defined in an Act of Parliament in 1916 that stated for a certain period during the year legal time should be one hour in advance of GMT. From 1916 up to the Second World War, clocks were put in advance of GMT by one hour from the spring to the autumn. Within a few years of its introduction, most countries reasonably north or south of the equator had adopted Daylight Saving Time. However, it has been controversial since the day it was first proposed. During the Second World War, British Double Summer Time (two hours in advance of GMT) was temporarily introduced and was used for the period when, normally ordinary summer time would have been in force. During the winter, clocks were kept one hour in advance of GMT. With the war over, Britain returned to British Summer Time as before except for a brief trial between 1968 and 1971 when the clocks went forward but did not go back. The trial was deemed unsuccessful and abandoned. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


The duration of British Summer Time was changed in 1998 to bring the date of the start of summer time into line with that used in the rest of the European Community. According to an EU directive, summer (or daylight saving) time will be kept between the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, all changes taking place at 01.00 GMT. So, remember to change your clocks and watches on October 29th, and you can blame Chris Martin’s great great grandfather for all the bother...and thank him for the extra hour in bed when it is cold and miserable outside!

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Chemo Care Pouches Bring a Moment of Comfort

by Sarah Mason

Inspired by some of my colleagues in the US who had been collating and delivering Chemotherapy 'Care' Pouches to local hospitals to support patients undergoing treatment, I decided I'd like to do the same. It seemed so personal. We all know how wonderful it feels to receive a surprise gift and when you are going through a difficult journey, it must be even more important.. Like many, my family has been affected by cancer, so to be able to support patients undergoing treatment in a joyful way was important to me. Donors sponsor the cost of a pouch for £19. 100% of my earnings from sales of the pouches, plus extra personal donations are spent on filling the pouches with comforting treats for patients during treatment. Each pouch is beautifully wrapped to keep it clean and contains a tag with the name of the individual or business sponsor. The sponsor is also given the opportunity to add their own personal message of support with their pouch. Once the pouches are all filled I will deliver them to local treatment centres/hospitals to distribute to patients. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of friends, customers, family and members of the Lower Sunbury Business Community who have generously offered to sponsor pouches. I set myself a target of 30 sales, but as we go to print I already have 42 donations, I have increased my target to 60. I will make up the difference if I need to! Local businesses are also helping provide the contents, Claire Laing of Puravida London has donated beautiful handmade aromatherapy bath salts to go in the pouches, Debbie Hann from Arbonne and Julie Breen from Neal’s Yard Remedies have provided lovely samples at cost. I will be sharing pictures of the filled pouches and details of their delivery in early October with the sponsors so they can see where their donation has gone. Thank you to the following Lower Sunbury Business Community Members for your sponsorship; Indian Zest, Puravida London, Surrey Arborist, Pimento Connection, Loki Pet Supplies, Andrew Osborne, Bright Feathers, Greenbird Communications, Tony's Hairdressers, Laura's Hairdressers, AR Lettings, Active Edge Nutrition and Monica Chard from Sunbury Matters. If you'd like to sponsor a pouch please contact me at and I will be delighted to do a second delivery run later in October.

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Spinning Around at the Holiday Inn Review by Monica Chard We recently enjoyed a Saturday night out at the Holiday Inn, Shepperton. You may have seen adverts in this magazine for their recently launched tribute nights. Adele was a sell out. Kylie was the second event so we went along to see for ourselves the entertainment on our doorstep. Funnily enough our visit coincided with the airing of a programme about the best tribute acts in the world and how it has become such serious entertainment. We gathered for a pre dinner drink in the bar, laid out with dance floor, lights and DJ, where our entertainment would be staged later. Next door the restaurant had been laid out with tables for the booked parties of guests, with names carefully placed. The room was buzzing and it was clear how popular the nights are. At £27.95 per person for a three course meal, plus tribute act, plus disco, what is not to like about that! Word of the success of Adele had clearly spread and there was eager anticipation in the room. The age of guests ranged from young to old. There were several groups of ladies on a night out, dressed up, and it was clear that this was going to be a lot of fun. The staff served the pre ordered meals with speed and professionalism. We could not fault the service. Tables were beautifully laid with fresh linen cloths and serviettes.

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roast chicken or risotto and profiteroles or lemon tart. Something for everyone. It was all served quickly and the mains were piping hot.

Drinks were on a self service basis, so the bar staff were kept busy. Again service was excellent. As plates from dessert were cleared away we started making our way to the bar area to grab a top spot near the dance floor. Anticipation was rising and the chatter in the room was increasing. Ladies went to adjust make up in the bathrooms before the big moment. The DJ ramped up the atmosphere “Are you ready for Kylie?” The crowd went crazy and burst into applause as a feathered ‘Kylie’ appeared, head to toe in glamour and glitz. This was just what we wanted. A perfect bit of escapism and fun for the evening. ‘Kylie’ in glitz and feathers This little


‘Kylie’ had the moves, the voice and the presence. The crowd loved her. She got us all clapping and singing along and it was not long until she was joined on the dance floor by eager guests, busting some moves. ‘Kylie’ came complete with costume changes, delighting the men (yes Mr C approved) with her gold hot pants as she span around the floor, everyone swaying and singing to the music. Finally we got the famous white jump suit and all joined in ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’.

The dance floor was full and those who had chosen to sit instead and watch the more energetic guests, were having a great time too. The disco carried on with crowd pleasers and we all joined in with abandon. As our taxi swept us away just before midnight we left to the strains of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, and it summed up the evening. It had been a happy, fun evening. It is such an easy and accessible night out too. Dinner, live entertainment and dancing so close to home. The events appeal to a wide age range and there is ample parking at the Holiday Inn, or if you fancy, it is not too far to walk from Sunbury or Shepperton. The Holiday Inn has several more tribute

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nights planned so make sure you get your evening of local entertainment booked in as spaces are limited: Nov 30th Dec 7th Dec 14th Dec 21st Jan 13th Jan 27th

Michael Buble Amy Winehouse Dirty Dancing Robbie Williams Adele Tom Jones

The hotel is also hosting a dinner combined with Murder Mystery night entitled ‘Game of Groans’ on November 4th. Holiday Inn Shepperton has been under going a multi million pound refurbishment over the past few months. The hotel dates from the 1960’s and it was time to revamp the rooms from top to bottom. This is an ongoing process which is due for completion at the end of March 2018. The

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The Real Enigma Heroes? An October Story of Bravery

Various sources On 30th Oct 1942 Royal Navy Officer, Lt. Tony Fasson, (pictured right), Able Seaman Colin Grazier and canteen assistant Tommy Brown from HMS Petard boarded the German U Boat, U-559, retrieving material which would lead to the decryption of the German Enigma code. In early 1941 Fasson was posted to HMS Nile, the naval headquarters in Alexandria, Egypt, finally returning to sea duty in March 1942 as first lieutenant of the destroyer Petard. On 30 October 1942 Petard, in conjunction with the destroyers Pakenham and Hero, the escort destroyers Dulverton and Hurworth, and an RAF Sunderland flying boat of 47 Squadron based in Port Said, attacked and badly damaged the German submarine U-559. The crew of the U-559 abandoned their vessel, with 7 dead and 38 survivors. Hut 8 Bletchley Park became part of a national tribute to the efforts of the men and women who worked so hard to break the "Enigma" codes. Our 3 heroes were given prominent recognition. Fasson and Able Seaman Colin Grazier, along with NAAFI canteen assistant Tommy Brown, swam naked to the U-559 and entered the sinking submarine, which had water pouring in through seacocks left open by the Germans. Working in complete darkness, fully aware that the submarine could sink without warning at any time, Fasson and Grazier located documents which Brown managed to get to the surface. They continued searching until the submarine suddenly foundered and sank like a stone, drowning Fasson and Grazier; Brown survived. Fasson Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

and Grazier were subsequently awarded the George Cross, while Brown – as a civilian employee in the Navy – received the George Medal. The awards were published in the London Gazette on 14 September 1943. The codebooks that Fasson, Grazier, and Brown retrieved were immensely valuable to the code-breakers at Bletchley Park, who had been unable to read Uboat Enigma for nine months. The captured material allowed them to read the cyphers for several weeks, and to break Uboat Enigma thereafter. 20

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Evolution of a Much Loved Summer House This is a house which seems to inspire stories. Cubiculo on Wheatlesy’s Ait has been a place of indolent summers, a thespian getaway and has survived much in its original form for close to a decade. It is quite something to see old photos of the house and how it has changed - as well as what really has remained the same. Thanks to Les Wright for sharing them. His parents owned the house for some 40 years. Here it is in various guises: What is fascinating in this later photo from 2010 is how much the willow tree planted by Mr Wright’s parents, has grown. The house has just been refurbished, prolonging it’s life yet further. Do you have any “then” and “now” photos relating to Sunbury houses or life? Email

Cubiculo in the 1960’s it it’s unchanged state

Cubiculo late 60's/early 70's after a lot of work... the veranda has been enclosed, new roof, new windows etc etc. My dads boat has been neglected somewhat. He never did get it back in the water... My parents planted the willow tree on the left on their anniversary one year. It is still there and looks enormous now. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


Chestnut Walk Leaf Collecting; a Joint Community Effort by Malcolm Steele

When Dutch Elm disease wiped out over 40 Elm trees decades ago, every resident in Chestnut Walk Shepperton, contributed to the cost of replacements and today they are fully mature trees with an incredible leaf drop in the autumn. Most residents have always taken responsibility for cutting the Council grass and collecting leaves in front of their property. However last year, the Council truly co-operated with the residents by allowing their leaf collection vehicle to continue collecting leaves in the road whilst the residents raked the remaining leaves into the road. It took over four hours and three full loads to do so. It was a wonderful example of what can be achieved when the Council and a community work together and could work well in other locations in the borough. The residents love the trees in the road and hope the Council appreciates the efforts they make each year, to reduce council costs. Perhaps the Council could respond by looking again at our repeated requests to remove just one rogue Sugar Maple that has entirely outgrown the location.

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Floristry for All Earlier this year the Sunbury Flower Club took part in the Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival. They ran a workshop which made arranging flowers cost effective and accessible to all. They demonstrated 3 arrangements with some basic flowers to show how easily a beautiful display could be achieved without huge cost or effort.

The next meeting is on October 3rd at 2pm at the Riverside Arts Centre where the group will again be doing a workshop.

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Glamour of ‘Raffles’Tea Room comes to Shepperton

Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton has unveiled exciting plans to open a stunning new Café Bar in early October. It will have new Raffles style décor, flooring, seating and lighting. There will be distinct seating areas to choose from including the main Café Bar, a sophisticated afternoon tea area with piano, a coffee lounge with relaxing sofas, plus a special family-friendly area. There’ll be a delicious new menu and a new style of service - where you order at the till then take an electronic tracker to your table, enabling customers to relax and enjoy speedy waiter service. Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman at Squire’s said, “We are all really excited with the plans for our stunning new Café Bar in Shepperton. The design theme is called ‘Vibrant’, which is one of three horticulture inspired concepts that we are rolling out to all our garden centres over the next few years. Inspiration comes from a sophisticated bygone era; think of Raffles and South East Asia. There will be lots of glass to let light in, botanical print wallpaper, tropical garden fabrics and wall art, painted furniture, glass pendant lighting, black and white checkered flooring and painted wooden shutters. The decision to make this investment was in part driven by customer feedback, both in-store and from our bi-annual customer survey. Our same team of friendly staff will run the new Café Bar, and they are all very excited about the plans, and can’t wait to welcome customers in early October.” Artists impression of café bar seating area

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A Wealth of Smiles

There were smiles galore at the Squire’s orangery ‘Smile’ exhibition supporting the Charley Paige Trust in September. We went along to see just after the exhibition opened at 10am and already there was a great buzz. In total 150 artworks had been submitted, each offered for sale for a £20 donation. The variety was incredible: painting, drawing, pen and ink, textiles and photos. Some were in lucky dip envelopes so you would get a surprise when you purchased it. Some were framed. There was something for everyone and as I posted on social media, a great opportunity to buy an early Christmas gift. What do you get for £20 these days after all?! Within only a couple of hours the red dots were appearing on works as people snapped up a lovely piece knowing that every penny was going towards supporting children with life limiting illnesses. In total £980 was raised for this worthwhile charity in this, their 10th year. Squire’s has chosen Charley Paige Trust as their charity of the year 2017/18.

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Sunbury Park Bench for Giants?

If you use Sunbury Park you may have seen a lovely new bench at the Green Street end which has been donated by the Friends of Sunbury Park. The view over this beautiful parkland is fabulous and one could imagine sitting in the sunshine contemplating life in the peaceful surroundings.

I had to laugh when I tried to sit on it though. It is so far off the ground you would need to be exceedingly tall to comfortably use it. Thankfully we hear that the council is coming to adjust the bench to accommodate people who are not 6 ft 6 or over! It is a lovely space and will no doubt be very much used over the years to come.

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Recognition for Ash Link Nature Reserve After 11 years of hard work at the two sites of Splash Meadow in Shepperton and Nutty Wood over by Longacres, and several previous awards where the reserves received silver gilt three times, they have finally got where they want to be with a GOLD award. This was the top award from the South & South East in Bloom competition for conservation areas and recognises the progress we have made. “This is a momentous occasion for us” said Peter Routley, chairman of the Spelthorne Natural History Society. “This is an honour for our Natural History Society and it would not have been possible without the great work of our volunteers over the years and support of all our friends in the Community.” If you have not visited, do go along. It is such a fabulous area of beauty and nature. Congratulations to the team.

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Floral Corner by van Wonderen FLOWERS Tel: 01932 761071

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It’s 3AM in Lower Sunbury

One warm summer evening this year I was treated to a rare private gig in the garden of one of our neighbours. Tim and Sandy Renton moved to Sunbury 18 months ago and wanted to celebrate their love of their riverside home and garden with friends and neighbours, with a private concert by the couples’ band ‘3AM’. It is not every day you are treated to such a musical tour de force in such a private setting and it was indeed special. Singer/ Songwriter Laura Long is a regular on the UK jazz scene but her voice lends itself to the blues and soul 3am champion. Tim himself plays lead guitar, having been inspired by The Shadows at an early age and gigging since he was 14. He and brother Andy (drums) formed a band in the 70’s called Reign, which supported many of the great names of the era: Genesis, The Kinks and Argent. Who could have seen the next move when Reign got involved with Mike Batt, helping to promote The Wombles. This did indeed involve dressing in furry suits and Tim, Andy, Robin and indeed Sandy are all to be seen in footage from Top of the Pops. Life and parenting temporarily got in the way of music, but the love of guitars was a permanent presence in Tim’s life, so in 2002 with children

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having flown the nest and now with a large collection of guitars, it seemed the right time to start another band, so Tim and Andy got together again and formed 3am. Sandy is the band manager and arranges gigs all over the South East. The next gig near us is Saturday 7th October at The Three Horseshoes, 1 Sunbury Road, Feltham, TW13 4PE. Entry is free. The band will play around 9pm, finishing around midnight. Do pop along to support them and hear the dulcet tones of Laura Long and the dextrous playing of the band. The band’s website is where you will find tour dates, photos, videos and links to music. 34

New Chief Exec for Spelthorne

Following the decision of Roberto Tambini to retire after 11 years at Spelthorne Borough Council, a new chief executive has been selected. Daniel Mouawad has now taken the helm. Not only that, he has moved to Shepperton and he seems like a thoroughly lovely chap!

Pictured here with Council Leader Ian Harvey, Mr Mouawad brings with him a combination of public and private sector experience focused in particular on economic development and regeneration. He also studied architecture, building and planning at UCL. Welcome to Spelthorne!

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Recipe of the Month Apple and Blackberry Clafoutis (Traybake) I must be slipping. My entry to the Autumn Shepperton Horticultural Show only got second place! But it is a lovely easy thing to make and you can’t beat apple and blackberry to remind you that it is autumn (although by the time I went out picking, all the blackberries had gone!).

175 g butter, plus extra for greasing 300 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 4 Bramley apples (approx 800 g) squeeze lemon juice 284 ml carton whipping cream 3 eggs 225 g golden caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling 300 g blackberries

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Grease a roasting tin (30 x 20 cm) with butter, dust with a little flour, then set aside. Peel, core and slice the apples into rings, then toss in a little lemon juice to stop them going brown.

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Tip the cream and butter into a saucepan, bring to the boil, then set aside. Whisk the sugar with the eggs until they thicken and turn pale, about 3 mins. Whisk the buttery cream into the eggs, then fold in the flour until completely smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and arrange the apple slices over the top. Scatter over the blackberries, then sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour until golden and beginning to pull away from the sides of the tin. Leave to cool in the tin and serve cut into squares.

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The community outreach services provided by the St Saviour’s Community Food Bank initiative now includes presentations on Dementia Awareness, as part of an initiative by the Alzheimer’s Society. In September Chris Gurdev, Assistant Manager at the Sunbury branch of the Yorkshire Building Society (YBS), gave a presentation explaining how people can become a Friend and learn a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia, and then turn that understanding into action. Dementia Friends is about learning more about the condition, and the small ways you can help. Chris said: “The YBS here in Sunbury has been involved in the Sunbury Community Food Bank for a while. Apart from being one of the collection points for distribution, our volunteering scheme allows every colleague up to 31 hours paid leave a year to help out at a charity or good cause of their choice. My presentation tries to emphasise how we should think about those whose behaviour has been altered or slowed, and how to respond to it, rather than just acknowledging its existence.” Chris will be repeating his presentation at St Saviours two more times between now and Christmas.

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Although the festive season is still quite a long way off it is surprising how fast the time seems to be going by and it may be time now to think about what you might be doing over the Christmas period. The Greeno Centre will once again be hosting a Free Christmas Day Lunch for anyone in the Shepperton Community and surrounding areas, whatever your age, whatever your circumstances, individuals, couples and families, to join together to enjoy a sit down Christmas Day Lunch at the Greeno Centre. Yes Sunbury, this is aimed at you too! 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. Everyone sits down to lunch together, guests and those who help run the day. We would like to express our thanks to the members of Shepperton community, the local churches, businesses, community groups and individuals who kindly support this event each year with their generous gifts and donations. 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. If you are interested in coming to this event as a guest or volunteer please contact Caroline Button. Telephone/Leave message; 07775 901 035 or 01932 247 255 or you can send an email to her on:

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Neglect and Disdain For Waterways By Monica Chard

There was a time when the tiny backwaters of Lower Sunbury were navigable. Small craft, punts and even small sailing boats, would meander their way down this magical waterway, indolently enjoying the surroundings, maybe spotting the odd kingfisher or water vole.

Well, that was then, and now it is rather a different story. A swampy, choked mire, only fit for mosquitos to breed in! (See below). So the question is, what can we do about returning this waterway to it’s former glory and who is responsible? Therein lies the question. Local resident Richard Heath has been looking into it. “I've been in discussions with the EA over the Thames Anabranch that separates Rivermead Island from the rest of the North Bank of the River Thames at Lower Sunbury, just downstream from Sunbury Lock, which has resulted in some interesting conclusions. In particular, it has become apparent that the EA took the decision to

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abandon their predecessor's dredging works without any evidence to support their decision, directly exposing residents and the council to increased flooding risk both in Sunbury and in nearby areas. I have the support of a large number of Sunbury residents, as well as Cllr. Alfred Friday and Vivienne Leighton, the Mayor of Spelthorne” Mr Heath has provided an extract from ‘Living on the Edge’ an EA published guidance, which contains the following: “The Environment Agency has a duty to promote the conservation of the water environment, the natural beauty of rivers and wetlands, and the wildlife that lives there”. Interesting indeed. We will update as we have any relevant information to share. Also of interest and relevance is the recent planning application to build on the Thames Bank by Puck’s Corner on the Lower Hampton Road. This is an environment of veritable “Wind in the Willows” natural beauty with kingfishers galore and a favourite fishing spot for local youngsters. The deadline for objections will have passed by the time this magazine comes to you but for your interest it is Spelthorne council planning ref 17/01245/FU. This is GREEN BELT. Rumour has it the developer is the same man who created the failed Hampton Riviera. Say no more. We will keep objecting to this one!

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LOSRA Says…. Please Help the Friends of Sunbury Park As you may know, Tesco, through their Bags Of Help community grant scheme, are making money raised by their 5p charge for their supplying customers with plastic bags available to support local community projects, and customers have the opportunity to vote for projects which have been proposed. The Friends of Sunbury Park (FoSP) have successfully made an application to be one of the projects which are currently being voted on at the Sunbury Tesco store. The application is for funds to enhance Sunbury Park through planting of native wild flowers and herbs to encourage biodiversity and improve the habitat for all kinds of wildlife. When you shop you should be offered blue or red discs which you can put in a perspex voting box near the exit. There are three projects to vote for and the FoSP is positioned in the centre box. The most popular will get £4,000, the next one £2,000 and the third one gets £1,000. (Please note the word “should” above as, on three occasions in the writer’s experience, the cashier had to be asked for the tokens. Cashiers are busy people and may be forgiven for being forgetful). The current Bags of Help scheme will continue until 31st October so please help us to support the enhancement of Sunbury Park by voting for the FoSP application.

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Could You Be An Amigo? AMIGO, a new project has been set up in North Surrey and is looking for volunteer buddies. The Amigo Project matches volunteers with people who require support to move forward on their journey of recovery from mental health issues. Volunteers will help people make connections with local community activities whilst helping them to boost their confidence and motivation. Amigo, funded by Catalyst’s Welcome Project, is being delivered by Voluntary Support North Surrey who promote voluntary and community work by supporting local charities. Solette Sheppardson, Chief Officer, says “Amigo is an exciting new project for VSNS. Volunteers are essential to the success of the project and they will receive full training and support from us.” Volunteering opportunities are available across Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, West Elmbridge and Woking both during the daytime and/or evening. If you are aged 18 or over, have good people skills and want to join our existing team of volunteers as part of this new and exciting project we’d love to hear from you. You can make a real difference in your local community whilst gaining valuable skills and experience. Contact Lynnette or Jenny at or 01276 707565.

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SHEPPERTON STUDIOS CAREERS EVENT Shepperton Studios is opening its doors for its first ever Careers Event on Monday 9 October. The event is for the local community and students to meet a wide range of employers and training providers within the film and television industries. In addition to eleven departments from within the Pinewood Group attending, there will be representatives from thirteen companies; some of whom are seeking to employ, others wishing to offer apprenticeships and some just to let you know what they do. TV, Sustainability, Creative, MBS Lighting and Cinema are just some of the divisions within Pinewood Group taking part as well as CBeebies ‘Waffle the Wonder Dog’; on hand to chat about working in television production; Rock and Rose Beauty whose work takes them from the lot, on the sets and on locations; Brushstroke, a leading hair and make-up course provider based at Shepperton, Alpha Grip; a specialist service provider to the Film and Television industry and the Stunt Association, giving first hand advice on what it takes to get in to the industry. Guest speakers on the night will include representatives from Network Nine, Creative Media Skills and Film Design International. Free tickets for this event were all allocated within two days of this event going public and the waiting list is full, but don’t worry; if this event is as successful – but more importantly useful to the local community and students - they will hold another one next year!

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Rotary Plants Purple Crocuses to Fight Polio By Catherine Black

The Rotary Club of Shepperton and Sunbury were present at the Sunbury Regatta selling “Purple4Polio” crocus corms. Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person's brain and spinal cord causing paralysis.

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Rotary Foundation launched a polio eradication program in 1985, three years later in 1988 the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed, led by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Rotary and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and prevention. More recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have also joined to eradicate Polio. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Shepperton and Sunbury, along with help from the Shepperton and Sunbury Natural History Society, are planting 10,000 purple crocus corms around Shepperton and Sunbury to highlight the Rotary “Purple for Polio” eradication programme. Can you help? Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

Crocus bulbs will be planted on Sunday mornings – please do volunteer to help Rotary - meet at 10.00am on each Sunday in October: Sunday 1st - planting bulbs in Vicarage Road, Sunbury (meet outside 75 Vicarage Road); Sunday 8th - planting bulbs at Sunbury Cross (meet by the Sunbury Jubilee clock); Sunday 15th – Charlton Village (meet outside The Harrow public house in the centre of the village); Sunday 22nd Shepperton Green Sunday 29th by The Goat in Upper Halliford. Alternatively, please support the Polio campaign by purchasing 100 purple polio bulbs for £10 and planting them in your garden. All money raised will go towards this Rotary cause. Please contact Jacqueline Stanton on 01932 710660 who is leading this Shepperton and Sunbury Rotary campaign. Let’s make Sunbury and Shepperton purple!


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Princess Alice Bridal Show Glamour

Just before we went to print, we attended the inaugural Princess Alice Bridal show at Shepperton Studios where a crowd of 200 or so watched a very special catwalk show. All the garments on show had been donated across Surrey’s network of Princess Alice Hospice shops. The Shepperton branch receives all the donated garments, and sells them in a specially created Bridal shop above the main premises. Bridal gowns, veils, shoes, prom dresses, bridesmaids dresses and accessories galore, not to mention dresses for mother of the bride. The quality of dresses on the catwalk was astounding! If you are looking for a dress, this should be your first port of call. Not only will you get a quality bargain, but you will also be supporting the work of the PAH in caring for the terminally ill. The shop even has a seamstress on call who can alter any dress you like. The models for the evening were the volunteers from the Shepperton store, as well as family and friends. They looked stunning! Congratulations on a great evening must go to manager Linda Kemp. The Princess Alice Hospice Shop is at 17 High Street, Shepperton, TW17 9AJ.

ARE YOU A HANDSOME PRINCE? COULD YOU BE? CAN YOU ACT? Laleham Players are urgently looking for a handsome prince for their excellent panto this Christmas.

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Support Your Hedgehogs By Monica Chard, Editor

Sharon Johnson has been caring for the local hedgehog population for the past 5 years from the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary at her house in Old Charlton Road. You may remember reading about it in the August issue of Sunbury Matters. She has rescued over a hundred of them, from tiny orphaned babies to really sick hogs. They may have become overrun with parasites, had broken limbs, suffered nasty strimmer or dog injuries, or be blind. Some just need warmth, fluids and food for a while before being released into the wild again. Others might stay at the sanctuary for a while until they are strong, or the time of year is safe for them to go. Human beings are sadly very much responsible for the demise of the hedgehog; fake grass, fences which stop the hogs natural foraging pathways and of course the terrible pesticides and slug pellets we use endlessly. Autumn is a very important time to keep an eye on hedgehogs. For one thing, do think to check under any piles of leaves which you may be about to burn. These make for a great autumnal bonfire in the garden, but piles of leaves are also a prime location for hedgehogs to take up residence in preparation for winter. Autumn is also the time when a late litter of hogs may leave juveniles little time to gain sufficient weight to see them through winter months. Earlier litters will have had a summer of eating and fattening up. A hog needs to be at 600g in weight to stand a chance of making it through these lean months. They may not have enough immunity against parasites either so are at risk. Don’t go seeking them out, but if you happen to see any young hogs in daylight when the weather starts getting colder from October to February, think about weighing them and if they are under 600g alarm bells should ring. If around 450g then they definitely need help. Sharon Johnson of the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary will be happy to help the little fellas so do get in touch with her via the sanctuary website or Facebook page. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

You can do your bit to help hedgehogs. Opening up a CD size hole in a fence will allow them access to forage for food. Planting or conserving a wild area of garden will give them a safe habitat. You can leave shallow bowls of water or dog/cat/hedgehog food out for them -no fish variety though and no bread please! Mealworms are a favourite, but hogs will eat them over anything else and as they have little nutritional value should be either avoided or kept to the minimum. Hogs will come back regularly if they get access to some nice meaty pet food though but please watch your dog if you have one. They do attack hogs and that doesn’t bear thinking about. Sharon saw a great increase in donations and purchases from her wish list on Amazon as a result of the article in August. She would like to thank everyone who donated, but the winter months are expensive, so if you can help, do have a look at the link on the website: Thanks in advance. Let’s look after these charming little creatures. Photo thanks to the British Hedgehog Preservation society


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Tree Wardens Say Thank You Both local councillors and the public have shown support after the theft earlier this year of equipment and a trailer from the tree nursery. Spelthorne Cllr. Anthony Jones funded the replacement of their trailer. Surrey Cllr.Denise Turner Stewart provided funds for tree planting in Ashford and Laleham and for replacement of the warden’s stolen tree stakes. Spelthorne Cllr. Sandra Dunne provided funds for tree planting in Halliford. Surrey Cllr. Richard Walsh provided for trees in Shepperton. Surrey Cllr. Alison Griffiths is doing the same for trees in Ashford Common. Spelthorne Cllr. Alfred Friday funded for bollards in Sunbury. At this time of year the tree warden volunteers an engaged in the work of caring for the trees in their nursery as well as those planted in the community. It has been a very challenging spring and early summer because of drought conditions which required the team to take out their water bowser. It is hoped that this measure will have prevented losses through lack of water.

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Pirates and Princesses Family Day on the River

Around 100 parents and children attended a ‘Pirates and Princesses Party’ recently hosted at Shepperton Marina by Momentum children’s charity … a special fun family day out for children in the area who have cancer and life -limiting conditions. It was an action-packed day, with the charity taking children for short trips up and down the river on its canal boat ‘Moments on the River’, as well as face-painting for the younger ones, a magician, a musician and a BBQ. Momentum, based in Kingston, supports up to 150 families across SW London and Surrey at any one time, including children in the Sunbury and Shepperton area, with therapies such as music therapy, counselling, trips and treats, as well as offering respite holidays at the charity’s two New Forest holiday homes and trips on its canal boat. Family Support Worker Niki Mason said: “Many of the families we support are going through an unimaginably hard time with cancer treatment. Through our Family Support Programme we hope to alleviate some of that stress. The Princesses and Pirates party was such a fun day, and was also an opportunity for families to meet each other.” One Momentum parent, who recently took the boat out, said: “Our trip on Momentum's boat felt like a small vacation. When you've spent hours, days, even months in hospitals, constantly worrying about what`s to come, it is so nice and calming to spend a few hours doing nothing but enjoying some time with your loved ones.” In addition to its Family Support Programme, Momentum also refurbishes large areas of Paediatric Units in London and Surrey hospitals. To find out more about the charity’s work visit

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Our Beautiful Sunbury Thanks to Carol Salter who sent us this lovely photo of a heron quietly contemplating life down on the Kings Lawn pathway. We live in such a beautiful place. If you have any nice photos you want to share, we might be able to publish them. Don’t by shy! Email photos for consideration to If you walk down to Kings Lawn you might well see our feathered friend as he is often there and not too camera shy either by all accounts.

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Sunbury Health Centre Group Practice News

New Reception and Premises update We are looking forward to our new reception desk opening shortly and hope that it will provide better access and warmer welcome to the Practice. The building works are due to be completed soon and we will be introducing new signage and a new uniform for our team. We have also been in discussion with NHS Property Services and CSH Surrey (the new provider of community services) to take over some additional space. We are currently using 2 additional clinical rooms on temporary basis to increase our capacity and are currently able to offer an additional 250 appointments per week with the nursing and GP team. We are hoping to make this a more permanent arrangement. New Developments The ear microsuction service provided by Hearology is progressing well and provides a popular alternative to waiting for a referral to hospital. We have recently started to offer minor surgery at the practice – previously patients would have to travel to a neighbouring surgery – we are now able to see patients on-site at Sunbury providing a more convenient service. In the near future we are hoping to start a nonobstetric ultrasound service at the Practice and are currently finalising details with HealthHarmonie, the CCG recommended provider. Smoking Advice The NHS is committed to supporting people who want to give up smoking. If you are a smoker and would like to try to stop with our support, we host smoking cessation clinics at the practice run by Quit51. Full details are below, on our website and on posters and the TV screen in the Practice waiting room which has a range of useful information displayed on a rotating basis. Accessing GP Services On Line Healthwatch Surrey will be visiting the practice as part of “Get Online week” on 6th To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

October from 10a.m. – 12 noon. to assist patients accessing services online. If you wish to explore this further we’d be delighted to see you on the 6th October in the Health Education Room situated next to the waiting room. Mjog text and App Our Mjog texting service has been very popular – it sends reminder messages for appointments and enables you to cancel appointments by text and to give feedback about our services. To date, 19,852 messages have been sent since launching in February 2017 with feedback received from 3,238 patients of whom 88% would recommend our services. We will shortly be launching the Mjog app which will be available to download – visit for more information or sign up for the texting service at reception.


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Any News on the Slum Boats on the Thames? After my rant last month on slum boats a few readers contacted me and I had some conversations with (anonymous) people who are in the know. There is no good news and I might have a plan to escalate the issue. Opposite the large houses on Lower Hampton Road there is a village of small craft which seem to be permanently moored. At night they have lights on and it is clear they are indeed inhabited. But they don’t move! OK, so let’s get grim here...What happens to their waste? Effluent released into the river would be a reasonable assumption. The problem of abandoned boats makes a riverside littered with either half sunk vessels or boats which are inhabited, polluting the river. So my anonymous source explained to me some of the problems. Residents of these craft, when asked to move on, claim that their children are at school nearby. A child has a right to an education so that is a perfect excuse. If a case ends in court the occupant may claim they have no income so may be able to pay only a token amount of any fine. It seems there are no resources to tackle the issue. So there is no end in sight. My thought is to alert the BBC news and get them to do some researching and ask the probing questions. Gareth Furby was very vociferous about the so called ‘slum boat’ which was taking guests as an AirBNB residence! Worth a try?

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New Home for Young Adults Opened in Sunbury I was invited recently to the opening of a new care home in Nursery Road, Sunbury. It turned out to be very different to how I expected. The term care home is generally used for the elderly, but this was designed and run for young adults who need care. The London Care Partnership now has 9 homes across North West Surrey. This is the second in Sunbury. The company designs and builds premises itself. The first such home in Sunbury is in School Walk where the old scout hut was. It is well designed and constructed and by all accounts, residents have accepted it and the scouts have got a much nicer base out of the deal. Residents are generally 18-35. they are adults with learning disabilities and complex needs, who need full time care. The ratio of staff to residents is very high and the environment is of an excellent quality. Some of the London Care Partnership homes have recently been rated “outstanding� by the CQC. Managing Director Mike Bielanski lives between Sunbury and Shepperton. He is rightly proud of what his company has achieved. To gain such recognition from the Care Quality Commission is quite an achievement and is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of the staff and the company ethos to care. Mayor Vivienne Leighton is amused at resident Clive who took over the opening address

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Update on Cedars Rec Path Just as we went to press Cllr. Sandra Dunn walked around the Cedars Recreation Ground with the Project Manager for the path, as he was doing a visit to find possible snagging items. The path was already well established and due completion before the end of September. It will of course take a while to bed into its surroundings and for the grass to naturally grow up to the edges. A new drop kerb has been installed and some remedial work on pot holes, within the car parking area, and re-tarmacking of the path on the left hand side of the park, as you enter from the car park, is due to take place shortly. Once all this has been completed attention will be focused on improving the areas between the path and the various boundary walls by the installation of trees and bushes. In Spring the plan is to sow wild flower seeds.


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Gardening Matters Fall for Autumn Colour

See what I did there in the title? Terrible pun I know but I couldn’t resist. Back in the Nineties I travelled to the White Mountain region of the USA to experience the Fall first hand. My husband still jokes that it’s the only time in my life I’ve ever been speechless! Clear blue skies, hyper-saturated foliage pression that the whole scape was on fire. The beautiful.

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Back home in the UK I was a woman on a mission. I had to capture some of that beauty for my own plot. Through research I discovered that the quality of autumn colour in the New Hampshire region depends on two things: the combination of tree species and the climatic conditions. The sugar maple, red oak, mespilus and viburnum are the trees responsible for the famous vivid red and purple hues of the Fall but their colourful magic is dependant on warm sunny days followed by cool nights where the temperature doesn’t drop below 7-8°C. So now I had two problems. No way could I guarantee perfect weather conditions in the UK and then there was the small issue of space...the smallness of the space being the issue! I would not be able to shoe-horn a Red Oak or a Sugar Maple into my suburban garden. So I hit the books and the garden centres and gradually I compiled a list of solid autumn performers which will put on a dazzling display regardless of the British climate. Now my garden is brim full of glorious, fiery autumn hues and with a little planning and my ‘approved’ list you too can bring a little of the Boston Falls to British suburbia.

Japanese maples Varieties of Acer palmatum - both green and purple colour well and are small enough for most gardens. They do prefer acid soil so if you live on lime they perform better in a pot. They need shelter from chilly winds, which can scorch their leaves. Dogwood, Cornus alba The leaves begin to turn pink in late September and you also have the benefit of bright red or yellow whippy stems afterwards, depending on the variety. Euonymus alatus A quirky plant which has corky, winged outgrowths on its stems. This is a quiet plant for most of the year but produces the most brilliant crimson leaves in autumn plus purple red fruits which split to form four winged lobes with a bright orange seed in the centre. There is also a compact variety which only grows to 1m so is suitable for small gardens. Berberis thunbergii and its varieties are around 2m tall, make a great hedge and take on spectacular hues around October just before the leaves fall. Coloured leafed heathers These work hard all year but are at their best when burnished by the autumn chill.

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What’s Happening Locally? Email Pre-Christmas Crafts Show at Kempton Park, Thursday 5 th to Sunday 8th October. Crafts and gifts, as well as delicious food at the show in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Thursday to Sunday 10am – 5pm. Tickets: Adults £5.50, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £12.00, Concessions £4.50, Children under 5 Free, Children under 16 £2.50. Book & Save: Book online at to save money and avoid the queues or call 0208 788 4434. The Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival 2017. The 2017 Festival will run from October 26th –28th at Riverside Arts Centre, 57 Thames St, Sunbury. Performances on Thursday and Friday start at 7.30 and on Saturday at 7.00pm. This year we are delighted that Jill Colby will be returning as adjudicator. Tickets are £7.00 per evening and can be purchased on the door or through There are two plays each evening and two local groups will be entering this year, Riverside Youth Theatre and Runnymede Drama Group, so do come along to support them. ‘Cowper-Coles and Sunbury’ is the subject of the next meeting of Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The talk by former ambassador Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles explores his grandfather’s innovative engineering business in the village. It takes place on Tuesday 17th October at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 to non-members. Sunbury Antiques Market dates at Kempton Park Racecourse for 2018. Keeping to the same formula as always ‘The Second and Last Tuesday of Every Month'. You can also view dates on the 'Dates & Info' page on the website, Hold the Date. Sunbury Christmas Market. Thursday December 7th. Salvation Army will be playing for us and we have a lot of fabulous stalls already booked. Contact Dennis at van Wonderen Flowers or call Monica at Sunbury Matters: 07979 808991.

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More What’s On Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme. Coffee Time on Friday 6th October between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. This Coffee Time theme will be about a Nordic Country. Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for retired professional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please contact 01932 788028 for further information Evening talk. Wednesday 1st November Dr Phillip Cribb takes us on a fascinating journey through China. In conjunction with his photographic exhibition at the Gallery VENUE: The Orangery, Squires Nursery, Shepperton. Tickets: £8 includes a glass of wine. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM SUNBURY EMBROIDERY GALLERY 01932 788101

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Index of Advertisers Accountant Young & Co 35 Alterations Call Laura 54 Bedrooms Ashford Interiors 5 Book Keeper Pralon Inc Ltd 30 Builders W Brown & Sons 60 Business LSBC 16 Car Bodywork Chips Away 61 Chip & Paint Repair 56 Care for Elderly Alina 40 Home Instead 38 Moor Place 25 Sunbury Nursing 44 Carpet Cleaning Nick Lewis 42 Chimney Sweep Patrick Stone 62 Chiropodist Shepperton Chirop. 22 Computer Services My PC Helper 14 One Touch Services 10 Curtains/Blinds Decorama 48

Angela Charles 51 Decorator SDS 63 SJ Harris 60 Dog Grooming Grooming Gorgeous 29 Domestic Cleaning Time For You 47 Electrician Boss Electrics 63 Paige Electrics 56 Estate Agent/Property Curchods 36/37 Dexters 72 Events/Social Hampton Court 15 Hammond Theatre 69 Holiday Inn - Xmas 17 Kempton Steam 41 Sunbury Conserv. 35 Fascia’s & Soffits Village Facias 53 Florist Van Wonderen 31 Fruit/Veg/Flowers Quality Fruit 50 Funeral Directors Lodge Brothers 67 Garden Centres Longacres 7 Squires 27

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To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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October 2017 sunbury matters  

The monthly community magazine for Sunbury on Thames