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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos


Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together


October 2019

Issue 95

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We start this welcome sharing our excitement at learning we are a finalist in the Spelthorne Means Business Awards. Thank you for all the lovely encouraging comments we have received since we found out. Congratulations to all the other finalists too. There is plenty in this issue. Firstly, if you have not yet visited Painshill Park we have a ticket offer of 2 for 1 for you. See article on p23 for details). Autumn colours are spectacular there so do take advantage of it. Talking of trees, the season for planting is coming. The Spelthorne Tree Wardens will be out planting trees in the area. This service is available to anyone in the borough so why not get in touch (see p8). If you have not yet discovered the

October 2019 local comedy club, Laughing Chili it is a great evening out. And we bring you the chance to win tickets to G Live where the Overtones will be performing in December. We meet Mike Crawshaw from the band. Finally, you will notice it is OK now to mention that Christmas is coming! Big Tree Night is on Wednesday 11th December. Do come and make it a special evening.

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Old St Saviour s Church, Sunbury 4 Big Tree Night is Back! 6 Spelthorne Means Business Finalists 8 Reading Aloud Initiative 10 Dog Ownership Means Responsibility 13 Quilting & Crafting 14 Cancer Rehab Through Exercise 16 Local Brewery Supports Local 20 Like a Laugh? See Laughing Chili 27 Don t Forget to Put Clocks Back 28 Ex Thamesmead Looking for Help 30 Cheering Dunkirk Little Ships 31 Recipe of the Month 35 News from Your Councillors 38 Letter From Your Mayor 41 Addiction & Abuse. Help is Here 42 Kids Page 45 Ted s Talk 49 30 Years Connecting People 50 Gardening Matters 54 What s On 57/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

Village Matters Ltd Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Front Cover: Desborough Sailing Club with Swan by Monica Chard. Winner of Capture Spelthorne photo comp. Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to monica@villagematters.co.uk

Please like us on Facebook. www.facebook/ Sunbury&SheppertonMatters To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Old St Saviour s Church, Sunbury By Nick Pollard

When the railway arrived at what was then Sunbury Common in 1864, the area surrounding the old turnpike road from Hampton to Staines was mainly open fields. The village of Sunbury was clustered around the parish church of St. Mary s by the river, about a mile away from the new station. However the convenience of being located near to the station soon attracted developers, and houses, shops, pubs etc. soon began to be built in the vicinity, leading to the development of what became known as Upper Sunbury (the original Saxon settlement being called Lower Sunbury or Sunbury Village). In an age when church attendance was higher than it is today, the rapidly increasing size of the population of Sunbury, coupled with the distance people had to travel to church, led to demands for a church to be provided in Upper Sunbury. These demands bore fruit in 1870, when a tin church was opened as a daughter church of St. Mary s, on a site in Staines Road West which had been given for the purpose the previous year. These so-called tin churches were made of corrugated iron sheeting, and could be purchased in kit form in various sizes from suppliers. The original tin church was of course only regarded as a temporary measure, and by 1881, when the Ecclesiastical District of St. Saviour s was created in its own right, a brick building replaced it, which is the building shown in the photo. It seems however that a still larger building was contemplated, and in about 1893 work began on an enlarged church, with the construction of a new Lady Chapel at the altar end (unusually for a church, the altar was on the north rather than the east, no doubt due to the limitations of the site). This is the higher section to the right of the photo, constructed from alternate layers of brick and stone which give the striped effect. In 1886 the vicarage for the church was erected some distance away, on land given to the church by the Misses Gough. It gave its name to Vicarage Road. It may be that this was what decided the parish authorities to abandon work on rebuilding the church in Staines Road, in favour of a new church adjacent to the Vicarage, the current building. The old church, no longer needed, was sold off, becoming a garage for many years before being demolished in 1971 to make way for offices. A plaque on the building marks the site of the original church. The History of Ashford Hospital by Nick Pollard will be the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society, on Tuesday 15 th October at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton. The meeting starts at 8pm and all are welcome, ÂŁ2 for non-members. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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SHEPPERTON BIG TREE NIGHT IS BACK Wednesday 11th December Yes, we are on count down to that time of year again !

Wednesday 11th December from 5.00pm BIG TREE NIGHT will, once again, be in Shepperton High Street. Note the date!

Last year, we needed more help with volunteers and committee members to ensure that Big Tree Night went ahead. The response was terrific and we had one of the best Big Tree Christmas s ever. This year, again, if some of you out there want to help out just call me, Carl Phillips, on 07850 722379, or go on to the website (see below) and complete a form showing us your availability. As usual, we are currently putting together the brochure with the order of events. If you want to advertise there – see the website below. Prices are the same as in 2018. Now is the time to reserve space! If you want a stall on the night, again, go to the website and order one NOW ! Prices the same as in 2018. HIGH STREET TRADERS!! In keeping with Shepperton s wonderful tradition, we are now taking orders for Christmas Trees -with lights attached – for adorning the High Street throughout the Christmas period. Order on Website. Prices the same as 2018.

The WEBSITE address is https://bigtreenight.uk

Please Support this unique and wonderful event it s Shepperton s own unique BIG TREE NIGHT .under the BIG TREE Carol Singing, Santa, his Elves & his Reindeer, Fairground rides, Stalls with Gifts and a huge variety of Food on offer a true family experience !!

Join us from 5.00pm Wednesday 11th December! Thank YOU BTN Committee

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Winter Wonderland

Join us at our traditional Festive Party Nights in the Regatta Restaurant. A fun filled evening, enjoy a three-course meal and a disco to dance the night away. Look out for our Saturday Night themed discos.

Step into a sparkling Winter Wonderland with a touch of magic to start your Christmas Party. An evening of yuletide fun, enjoy a three-course meal and dancing into the early hours

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Festive Tribute Nights Grab your friends and kick off your dancing shoes by getting into the Christmas spirit by joining us at one of our tribute nights. All tribute nights include a three-course meal, tribute act and disco From £29.95 per person Selected dates in December Visit our website for full details

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Village Matters is Finalist of Spelthorne Means Business Awards 2019 What an honour! Village Matters Ltd, which runs Sunbury Matters, Shepperton Matters, Walton Matters and Molesey Matters, is a finalist in the Spelthorne Means Business awards this year. The event will take place on October 17th at the Orangery, Shepperton Studios. Fingers crossed! Shortlisted from Shepperton is Stars Performing Arts, shortlisted in 3 categories, James of Shepperton who is shortlisted in the Best of Shepperton/Charlton and Quality Fruit and Flowers also shortlisted in Best in Shepperton/Charlton. Best of luck to all finalists! There are 12 categories celebrating businesses large and small across the borough. It is a chance for Spelthorne borough to showcase the very best, showing that it really does mean business. High street shops are struggling. Independent shops are under threat from large chains and online shopping, so it is great to see small independents like Quality Fruit & Flowers and James of Shepperton shortlisted. Quality Fruit & Flowers are not only finalists in the Best Business in Shepperton/Charlton, but also in the category of Best Corporate Social Responsibility, where they will be taking on the might of both Tesco and McDonalds. Go girls!! What a story of David and Goliath that would be. Of course we recognise the value to our communities that these big companies can make, but we do cherish the community spirit of the smaller operations who go that extra mile to offer great personal service. Look out for photos and winners in the November magazine.

Tree Warden News Warehouse Space In the south east it has been another Available very challenging spring and summer Shepperton High Street for plants and trees, with the tree

Dimensions 3.5m x 6.5m with office space within For more information or to register your interest please contact Kerry Hennessey on 07966 203248 Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

warden volunteers having to spend a lot of time on watering the trees that they planted during the last two winters. For anybody that would like to have trees planted anywhere in Spelthorne during the coming winter, now is the time to contact the team. They will resume planting in November and expect to plant over 120 trees before March. A tree will be planted for a donation of only ÂŁ40.

The contact number is 01932 786806 8


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Do you know someone who is brilliant at reading aloud to children or to adults? Surrey Libraries and Brooklands Radio are celebrating the joy of reading aloud by inviting Surrey residents to nominate people in Surrey who bring stories alive when reading aloud. It might be a family member, your babysitter, school teacher, carer, nurse or volunteer and they might read to children, adults or the elderly, individually or in a groups. It doesn t matter as long as you love hearing them read. Surrey Libraries would like to hear about them and what makes them so good at reading aloud. Go to www.surreycc.gov.uk/ libraries or www.brooklandsradio.co.uk for more information and submit your nomination by Sunday 13 October 2019 to www.surreysays.co.uk/legal-anddemocratic-services/reading-aloud-competition-2019-nomination The winner and the person who nominated them will each receive a ÂŁ20 book voucher and the winner will be invited to read aloud a Christmas story on Brooklands Radio.

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With Dog Ownership Comes Responsibility! Following our piece in last months magazine on Hertz the naughty but very adorable military dog we have adopted, we were contacted by a reader: It was so touching reading about you rehousing Hertz - I think you re both very lucky!! I m a dog lover and up until a few years ago shared my life with a beautiful (if extremely naughty!) golden retriever. However, and there s always a however . I wonder if you could remind dog owners that with a dog comes responsibilities. I m not just talking about the very obvious one of cleaning up after your dog, but how unsociable and thoughtless it is to leave dog/s in the garden barking, some times for hours on A happy Hertz end. Its terribly upsetting for the poor animal, but it is unneighbourly and damned right annoying to inflict this noise on others living nearby. Peace and quiet is in very short supply these days and I think some times people just need to be a bit more thoughtful towards one another. I am sure these sentiments are shared by many. Dogs are not everyone s cup of tea so do think about neighbours, pick up dog poo when you are out and try to contain the barking. We all need to live in harmony!

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Quilting and Crafting for 30 Years By Paul Chard



This October marks the 30 anniversary of a crafting business in Bridge Road, Molesey. Creative Quilting was founded on October 28th, 1989. Starting with about 5 bolts of brown fabrics. Things have changed somewhat since then and now the shop shelves are full of vivid colours and inspirational projects. Last month, I enjoyed a very inspirational coffee with founder, Valerie Nesbitt.

It s rare nowadays for an independent business to thrive for so long. Today s commercial climate is not easy to navigate. However, I noticed from my first sip of cappuccino, that the sheer enthusiasm and dedication that Valerie possesses has clearly helped her through. Her passion was ignited at an early age. Valerie s mother had always encouraged her and at school she also learnt dressmaking. However, it was while living in Oxfordshire a neighbour introduced Valerie to patchwork and the dream took off. After she moved with her husband, the idea of opening a shop became a must. So, in 1989 Valerie took the lease on premises at 3 Bridge Road, where Dish now stands. After an initial issue with the landlord Valerie bought the whole site and Creative Quilting was on its way. The business grew and in 2000 moved to the current address at number 32, previously an antique shop. Valerie loves passing on her joy of patchwork and quilting. Selling the fabric is not enough, an attitude that has clearly helped. Valerie and the team at Creative Quilting are all addicted quilters, who love passing on their skills. The shop now has different areas to accommodate all from beginners to experts. You can turn up and just sew, turn up and sew with help, or sign up for project based formal tuition. There are also free demonstrations, workshops clubs and groups. Take a look at the Autumn Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


classes on offer at: http:// www.creativequilting.co.uk/contents/en-uk/ d750.html One thing it is not, is intimidating. With the love for teaching that Valerie has, you will be in safe hands. Valerie is also very keen on recycling and upcycling. Bring in your old materials and the team will help; quilts, cushions, table runners, place mats and wall hangings are all possibilities. With Christmas coming up, perhaps now is the time to start thinking about that exclusive, individual and bespoke present. If you don t have a machine, no problem. Valerie and her team have all you need. Valerie tells me that a cushion can be made in just a few hours! Creative Quilting is also very part of the community and has a strong link with charity work. As Valerie puts it herself it is not necessarily all about the end product Patchwork and Quilting can be therapeutic. It can help you to slow down. It s social and it also can be a remarkable stress buster. It s also about enjoyment. Pop in and have a chat. The team will always help.

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CREATIVE QUILTING A patchwork haven for quilters Demos and classes in the Shop Now stocking: Moda - Grunge and Janet Clare, Liberty and Tilda

Part of our community for 30 years Come along and meet the teaching team Tuesday 29th October - open late 'till 8 Open every day 32 Bridge Road, E. Molesey, KT8 9EU 0208 941 7075 www.creativequilting.co.uk

Cancer Rehabilitation Through Exercise

By Yani Fish It s widely known that being active can help reduce the risk of 13 types of cancer but it s less well known that studies show a 50% reduction in risk of relapse or secondary cancer if you exercise in the lead up to, during and after your treatment or surgery. After diagnosis, you may feel as if you re facing a battle that you have no choice but to fight, that you want to protect yourself during the battle and arm yourself with all the strength and positivity you can. Get active! Being physically active before treatment can mean you ll experience fewer side effects or that those you do encounter are less severe. Exercise can help you feel more in control and mentally stronger, before and during treatment and also in your recovery. During treatment, regularly exercising reduces your risk of thrombosis or blood clots, helps maintain your bone health and strength and fitness levels. As well as the 50% reduction in your risk of relapse, exercise can help reduce late effects of treatment such as fatigue, or other health problems including heart disease. I m Yani and a few years ago, my best friend was diagnosed with Stage 2 unfavourable Hodgkin s Lymphoma. The cancer was impacting on her vital organs. While sitting with her at her chemo sessions, I started my journey from personal trainer to Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist and that s what I do now, from a private studio in Weybridge or from client s homes all around Surrey. Contact me for more information on 07960 601440, stronginsurrey@gmail.com. And see ad below.

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What Happened to Shepperton-on-Thames ? A local resident contacted Shepperton Matters saying: When I came to Shepperton 45 years ago, all my correspondence had Shepperton-on-Thames sadly over the years it seems to have disappeared If our lovely village is on the Thames why not campaign to reinstate the name again? It will be good for the profile of the village So, how about it? Who will champion this cause? If Staines has become Staines -upon-Thames, surely there is room for Shepperton-on-Thames to be reunited with the river that runs through it?

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Local Brewery Supporting Local Business By Monica Chard, Editor Local microbrewery Thames Side, is celebrating a move to new premises on the banks of the Thames by Staines bridge, now called Brewery and Tap Room. The independent brewery has taken on a lease at the old Sea Cadets building, only a stones throw from the old Ashby brewery (which closed 83 years ago). A balcony has been installed overlooking the river where you can sample ales in the upstairs tap room , brewed in the brew house below. All the ales are named after river waterfowl. There is a 100 foot mooring for those customers who arrive by boat and there is a slipway for kayaks. Andrew Hayward is Head Brewer and partner Michele Gibson, his right hand woman who dubs herself chief bottle washer.

The couple have lots of exciting plans. The Tap room upstairs will comfortably hold 60 and has been furnished with tables and chairs, reclaimed from a local business which was closing. The walls have been painted in a bright sunshine yellow and is a canvas for displaying local art with a Thames theme. As well as a hand made quilt featuring the river and willow fronds kindly donated by talented Staines resident Paula Doyle (paula@greenmountainquilts.com), local artist Wendy Clouse (www.wendyclousearts.com) is displaying some of her beautiful acrylics and there are framed photos of Thames scenes (by Monica Chard - yes, me!). If you are a local artist creating Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


Thames themed scenes and would like a chance to exhibit, then do get in touch with Michele (contact info at end of article). The local theme continues with Brown Bag Crisps and the pies served in the limited food selection are locally made. Thames Side sponsor the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton. Every pint of White Swan (their signature ale) that is sold, generates a contribution to the Swan Sanctuary and the variety of birds it saves. The brewery also supports healthy rivers, working with Thames 21, a river clean up charity. Along with volunteer groups, they help clean local stretches of the River Thames after which volunteer groups are invited to the brewery for beer tasting. Sounds great! Andrew is going to be offering a Be a Brewer experience where you will have the chance to take part in the brewing on a Wednesday and a sample of what you produced can be tasted at a later date. The brewery is open Wednesday to Sunday noon to 8pm. Once the team is in place those hours will be extended. There will be a themed music night every month too. The first event was a fish and chip supper with live music and a fish and chip van at ÂŁ15 per head. Check out events and activities on social media and the website: www.thamessidebrewery.co.uk. For bookings call 07703518956 or 01784 461112 Thames Side Brewery and Tap Room Bridge Street, Staines, TW18 4TG Parking at Bridge Street car park, the entrance of which is right behind the brewery.


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The guys from The Red Lion Shepperton have refurbished The Golden Grove, St Anns Hill, Chertsey. From our bar to our restaurant – whether you are coming for a pint, coffee or business meeting we will cater for all your needs in a very professional but relaxed style. We are open for your morning coffee going right through brunch, lunch, into our fabulous dinner menu. Along with our fantastic bar snacks which are available all day, all week. Our chefs are passionate about using seasonal local produce wherever possible, they are highly skilled in covering all bases from healthy vegan dishes to a fabulous Sunday Roast. Our bar has a range of classic ales, craft beers and lagers. We also have a comprehensive wine and cocktail list.

Our Woodland Garden Our wonderful garden is a perfect space for all the family spread over an acre of land including woodland trails and a children’s play area. Our garden bar is open at the weekends with beer and cider on tap, Cocktail Social’s and fabulous wines.

Have You Discovered Painshill Park? By Monica Chard, Editor

Mr C and I have memberships of lots of local attractions: RHS Wisley, Brooklands Museum and Hampton Court Palace to name but a few. But the most recently acquired membership is proving one of the most popular. Painshill Park (featured on the cover of this months Sunbury Matters), which is on the outskirts of Cobham, is an 18th century landscape garden which was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Hon. Charles Hamilton who had returned from his Grand Tour of Europe bursting with inspiration from renaissance art and history. This 158 acre garden has something for everyone and makes a great day out. A lake is surrounded by picturesque follies, a Roman temple, even a crystal grotto. There is a vineyard, an ice house and even a Turkish tent, all inspired by overseas travels.

Charles Hamilton s ambitions, however, exceeded his funding, and he was forced to sell the estate in 1773. Painshill was held by a series of private owners over two centuries and ultimately fell into dereliction. Painshill Park Trust, a registered charity, was formed in 1981 to restore the landscape garden, now Grade 1 listed. Painshill has undergone significant restoration in recent years. The Visitor Centre, which was opened in 2001, welcomes around 100,000 visitors every year. Painshill currently has To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

over 2,000 members and is supported by over 100 volunteers. In 2011, Painshill received The Queen s Award for Voluntary Service. The wonderful volunteers have also just been further recognised, winning the best volunteer led experience at the annual visitor experience forum. The Painshill Education Centre provides lifelong learning to over 11,000 school children and adults each year. School activities are tailored to the National Curriculum and the landscape gardens enable the education department to offer unique activities that span a variety of subjects including history, science, geography and ecology. Finally, I must mention one of the reasons we visit so often. You are allowed to take dogs in with you, so can enjoy a spectacular walk with your four legged friend (on a lead of course), followed by a coffee and cake at one of two venues on site, the gothic tower or the visitor centre. TICKET OFFER. 2 FOR 1 ENTRY PRICE IN OCTOBER WHEN YOU SHOW THIS PAGE AT THE TICKET DESK Painshill, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE www.painshill.co.uk


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Coffee with Overtones Mike Crawshaw By Monica Chard, Editor Spelthorne boasts many residents of artistic talent: writers, artists and singers. We met up with local singer Mike Crawshaw recently to hear about his rise to fame, via the X Factor, and his latest exploits with his band, The Overtones. Mike moved to Sunbury with wife Kerry, a couple of years ago (see left) and is loving the area. His band, The Overtones, is a vocal harmony group inspired by some of the greats of the 50 s and 60 s, singing both covers and original songs. Mike didn t discover he had any talent for singing until at 18 he was cast in Jesus Christ Superstar at drama college and found he was quite good at it. He decided to pursue his dream, cutting his teeth at Open Mic nights in London. He joined forces with fellow performers he met on the circuit, set up a band with them and started knocking on the doors of record labels. It was a bit like Jersey Boys said Mike we had a lot of doors shut in our faces . The band decided they needed a focus so applied for the X Factor in 2009 making it through to the last boot camp. Rejection at this point was hard to take. None of the members had any money. Mike remembers making a pot of stew on a Sunday and it having to make it last the whole week. They were poor indeed and took the decision to do some painting and decorating to help the cashflow. Working together also gave them the chance to practice during breaks. One of these coffee break singing sessions was heard by a passing pedestrian who turned out to be a talent scout for Warner Music. She arranged a meeting with senior execs and all of a sudden The Overtones had a record deal. The hard work had just begun and in the early years it was only Warner who made any money. But Mike thinks back fondly of the lucky break they were given and is eternally grateful for it. Great experiences followed. A performance at the Queens diamond jubilee at Buckingham Palace was one of the pinch me moments, with a crowd of 250,000 in The Mall. The New Years Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin televised to 20 million is another. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts 24

Mike Crawshaw, second from left and his group The Overtones The Overtones is now running their own record label and manage themselves. With new band member Jay James (also of X Factor fame), they will shortly be embarking on their 9th headline tour and it is promising to be another sell out. Their music has wide appeal. Mike says they met a family represented across 4 generations at one of their gigs. As well as a certain nostalgic appeal of some of the great old classics, The Overtones is bringing their own twist to the music. They feel a sense of responsibility to such an important genre, respecting the original but adding their own slant to it as well. The band also has a deep connection with their fans. The Christmas show is a party, with everyone dancing, even the band members joining in amongst the audience. Mike is very down to earth. He remembers where he came from and does not take the good times for granted. The poor years makes him appreciate success all the more. When I asked if he had any words of wisdom for youngsters who want to make it big on X Factor and be rich and famous he smiles my message would be to follow your dreams, don t give up but make sure you enjoy doing what you are doing . One thing is for sure, Mike will not need to be doing any decorating again! The Overtones will be performing at G Live in Guildford on December 17th. (info at www.theovertones.tv) We have a pair of tickets for some lucky person. Just email monica@villagematters.co.uk with the title OVERTONES by November 4th. Remember to include your name and address.



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If You Like a Laugh, You Need Laughing Chili By Monica Chard, Editor Do you realise that Spelthorne has a top comedy club, with regular evenings hosting household names? If not, once you read this you will kick yourself at what you have missed out on! Laughing Chili was founded by local, Stu Turner, who has lived in Ashford and Sunbury all his life. He himself has been a comedy magician for over 25 years, and performed all over the UK. Highlights include appearing at the London Palladium, and supporting the late Bob Monkhouse at Lakeside Country Club in Surrey. Stu used to be in a comedy double act years ago, and remembers appearing at the Sunbury Working Man s Club, and almost setting himself alight during a comedy fire juggling routine! Last time we saw Stu on stage he was attempting to cut Mr C s hand off (see photo). Stu realised there were no good comedy nights in the local area so to rectify matters he set up Laughing Chili himself in November 2014. Looking around at venues he came across the Riverside Arts Centre, which was perfect. With its smaller studio space as well as the main theatre style hall, the venue was ideal to stage a variety of comedy and cabaret nights, both larger and smaller. Having its own bar and fantastic facilities, right in the middle of the village, the RAC is a hidden gem which even many locals still don t know about. He also puts on events at the Magna Carta School in Staines and you may have attended one of these evenings of hilarity. Laughing Chili attracts some top names in comedy: Bobby Davro, Stephen K Amos, Zoe Lyons, Bob Mills, Simon Brodkin, Hal Cruttenden and the ever hilarious Raymond and Mr Timpkin. These stars and their top quality acts come to little Sunbury to entertain you (are you still wondering how you could ever have missed it?!). This past summer you could see previews to acts heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe for only ÂŁ10 for the whole evening. The format of an evening is a top comedy compere who introduces 3-4 acts. Needless to say, unless you want to be in the limelight, avoid the front row. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Although on the only occasion we arrived too late and found ourselves in the spotlight, it was the funniest evening I have spent for a long time. So November 2019 will be Laughing Chili s 5th birthday and Stu has plans to celebrate with a few special events. As well as an anniversary special, he is looking at widening the styles of entertainment he puts on, after encouraging comments from audience regulars about how much they enjoy the events he stages. With Halloween approaching, Stu is appearing in a comedy spook magic show in London on Oct 31st, and will be bringing a special preview of this brand new show to Sunbury on Friday 18th October. Not for the faint hearted, Jitters mixes morbid magic and ghoulish giggles for a frightful night of entertainment. Friday 6th December will be the Christmas Quiz, with a few extra special ingredients thrown in. Hosted by Stu and comedy impressionist Steve Owen, this high tech quiz promises a mix of music, madness, and more traditional rounds, for what promises to be the craziest quiz you ve been to. Then another first for the area is the Laughing Chili Christmas Party. Friday 20th December will see a comedy show, followed by a silent disco until late. With headphones, playing two styles of music you can switch between styles, from 60 s to current day. This will appeal to all ages, and will be a real fun night leading up to Christmas. What could be better for an office party outing? Already on Facebook and Twitter, Laughing Chili has just joined Trip Advisor, and in no time at all has been gathering some lovely 5 star reviews. The night regularly attracts a great mix of supportive regular locals, as well as new faces to the Riverside Arts Centre, who come to enjoy a real variety of acts from the UK comedy circuit. The crowd are always a lovely and warm audience and hopefully Laughing Chili can continue to entertain you all for years to come. So if you have yet to discover Sunbury s amazing comedy, what are you waiting for? It s only down the road!



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Don t Forget to Put your Clocks Back! Source: various

The idea of summertime 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 William Willett and his tribute incensed at the 'waste' of to Summer Time useful daylight first thing winter, clocks were kept one in the morning, during summer. hour in advance of GMT. With the war The year after Willett s death in 1915, the over, Britain returned to British Summer Germans adopted daylight saving time Time as before except for a brief trial beand not to be disadvantaged at a time of tween 1968 and 1971 when the clocks war, so did the UK within a few weeks. went forward but did not go back. The Summer time was first defined in an Act trial was deemed unsuccessful and of Parliament in 1916 that stated for a abandoned. certain period during the year legal time The duration of British Summer Time should be one hour in advance of GMT. was changed in 1998 to bring the date of From 1916 up to the Second World War, the start of summer time into line with clocks were put in advance of GMT by that used in the rest of the European one hour from the spring to the autumn. Community. According to an EU diWithin a few years of its introduction, rective, summer (or daylight saving) time most countries reasonably north or south will be kept between the last Sunday in of the equator had adopted Daylight March to the last Sunday in October. Saving Time. However, it has been controversial since the day it was first In autumn 2019 the clocks will go proposed. During the Second World War, back on 27 October at 2am 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 Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Ex Thamesmead Looking for Help By Lucy Downes (ex Thamesmead)

Formerly Lucy Downes (now D Cruz), I am an independent Filmmaker originally from Sunbury-on-Thames and Thamesmead School, Shepperton. I moved to Argentina in 2014 and quickly realised what a male dominated society it was. Following the Ni Una Menos campaign against domestic violence, there was yet another huge struggle women faced – the rights to their own bodies – safe and legal abortion.

With legal abortion rejected by the senate, women are turning to illegal options under horrific conditions and attempting dangerous home abortions using anything from knitting needles, to coat hangers and stalks of parsley. We hope finishing our film before the next vote will increase pressure for a law change. Abortion remains illegal in N.Ireland, parts of the USA and Australia, and many other countries worldwide. Campaign: https://igg.me/at/mybodytheirchoice Instagram: @mybodytheirchoice Twitter: @My_Body_Film

Leading up to a senate vote on the law change, I felt compelled to document the country s divide. Working with Presenter/ Journalist Andrew Gold, we decided to make this important film. In Abortion: My Body, Their Choice we challenge the aptly nicknamed Crazy Baby Lady (an extremist pro-lifer ), meet an Irish immigrant who underwent a horrendous backalley abortion in Buenos Aires prior to the law change in Ireland, and a doctor who d performed abortions on rape victims as young as 9. I also went undercover, equipped with a pregnant urine sample, to expose a manipulative rogue abortion clinic. Making a film is expensive, but we re passionate about this topic and feel this story needs to be told. We re running a crowdfunding campaign (until 06.10.19) to pay for final post-production. Sharing, liking, donating if possible, no matter the size, will help us reach our target to finish the film. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



Cheering the Dunkirk Little Ships In the autumn sunshine recently, crowds gathered along the banks of the Thames to cheer on the Dunkirk Little Ships as they made their annual trip up the Thames to Weybridge Mariners where the veterans were treated to lunch. They had left Teddington the previous day and before departing Hampton Court had a service of remembrance by the river for the veterans and the brave little Dunkirk boats who had taken part in the historic rescue of so many from the beaches in Normandy. When they reached Sunbury Lock it was crowded with well wishers waving flags. Bunting fluttered in the breeze and music rang out, with hits from Photo Jude Browne the second world war era such as We ll Meet Again . It was rather emotional. It is great to see how many wish to pay their respects and thank the veterans (those involved now include many who have served in conflict more recently) and make their day even more special. There were veterans from the Korean war this year and also members of the war widows association on board. One Dunkirk veteran who is 100 years old looked as if he enjoyed his day out and is no doubt an inspiration to the youngsters.


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These days it’s rare to find a garage that is used for its original intended purpose... a car! By converting either the whole or part of an integral garage can be a relatively easy and cost effective way of gaining more valuable living space, the creation of a useful guest cloakroom or utility room.

Does converting a garage add value to a property? This is a question we are frequently asked, but which is not a straight forward one to answer as it could depend upon a number of factors: •

By converting the garage, will this negate or greatly restrict parking?

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Would it create an imbalance of accommodation to garden size?

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Planning consent is not usually required for an integral garage conversion, as long as it is not enlarging the existing structure or if the permitted development rights have been removed with regard to garage conversions. It is always prudent to contact Spelthorne Borough Council planning authority before proceeding, particularly if you live on a new housing development, in a listed building or in a conservation area. If you have a detached garage, this is a different issue

as the conversion of this into a separate dwelling or habitable space would require planning consent, regardless of who is going to live in it. Building regulations will be required, even if you intend to leave the front facade or retain the front portion of the garage as a storage area. Purely by their design, most garages have insufficient insulation and lower floor levels than the main house. It is therefore a false economy not to comply with building regulations as by doing so you will create a far better, usable living space

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Recipe of the Month Granny s Green Tomato Chutney

In memory of my friend and legend Barbie Marke who died in 2018 aged 97. This is the most fantastically tasty way of using up those green tomatoes at the end of the season. Why not make jars for Christmas presents? In true old fashioned style, the ingredients are measured in imperial! The recipe was passed down from her mother, GG!


4lb green (or not very ripe) tomatoes 2 lb cooking apples 1/4 oz dried chilli 3tsp ground ginger or 3oz peeled chopped fresh ginger Salt and pepper 2 oz garlic 2lb demerara sugar 2 pints vinegar 1lb sultanas Cut the tomatoes in halves or quarters, depending on size. Peel and core apples and cut into chunks. Peel garlic and slice. If you prefer, you can use less garlic of course Add all the ingredients to a large jam pan and cook for several hours over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the ingredients are one nice jammy consistency. When cool enough, pour into clean, sterilised jars. Enjoy with cheese on some crusty bread over the next year until the time has come to make some more next year! Pictured with Monica Chard, Barbie Marke (97) and Nina the very naughty Dachshund (15) both now sadly departed. If you have any old family recipes you want to share email monica@villagematters.co.uk

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More Changes in the High Street

Another month goes by and we learn of yet more changes to the high street make up. Rumours abound, but we can assure you that although Raj from School of Spice is retiring, that the restaurant itself is NOT closing! We learned that Ian Allan Travel Agency has been bought out by another business after 55 years trading as an independent. Shepperton Mobility is indeed moving but are most certainly NOT closing. Sadly their landlord is asking too much money for maintenance and rent so the decision has been made to find alternative premises. Don t worry, we will update you as we hear more. We must remember to use our local shops which are the heart of our community. Don t take them for granted. They need you!

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News From Your Local Councillors SHEPPERTON TOWN - VIVIENNE LEIGHTON, ROBIN SIDER, COLIN BARNARD Travellers encampments - Despite all our efforts to prevent these, they are a frequent headache across our borough. The Spelthorne's Streetscene team are always quick to respond and we have now also asked the Council to seek effective preventative legal powers for Shepperton and the entire borough, including working with Surrey as Highways are a county responsibility. To update on planning applications, the request to amend the approved application for Barclays Bank from balconies with screens to railings only has been refused, leaving the former approval in place. Regarding Priory Stables the bund and fencing has been allowed but the Inspector has ruled that the brick wall and gates to be removed. Following our attempts for a resolution on the Stadbury Meadow car park access issue, the Land Registry has appointed a mediator for 18 Feb 2020. SHEPPERTON GREEN, LALEHAM & CHARLTON VILLAGES – MAUREEN ATTEWELL, MARY MADAMS AND RICHARD SMITH-AINSLEY Community The hanging baskets, some of which were sponsored by your local councillors, are looking really good this year and brightening up the area. In addition to this our Neighbourhood Services teams have being doing a great job on keeping all the verges nicely trimmed. Eco Park The latest completion and handover date for the Eco Park was 23 September. We will keep an eye on how this affects our residents. Planning applications Assistance has been given to residents regarding concerns over several planning applications. We are here to help if you have concerns of your own. RICHARD WALSH - COUNTY COUNCILLOR SHEPPERTON, LALEHAM and CHARLTON VILLAGE As summer draws to a close the Surrey Highways Department has been working very hard to repair all the potholes and prepare the roads for the coming winter. In particular the new surface on Laleham Road between the motorway bridge and up to Squires Bridge Road. Many people have remarked on how quiet the new surface is. The new Average Speed Cameras in Charlton Village have been up and working for some time and the majority opinion is that the cameras have significantly slowed the traffic through the village. We can report that over 600 speeding tickets have been issued to motorists in the last few months! So beware!! Please contact me should you have any problems with Surrey County Council. I have a new council mobile number which is: 07971 665103.

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Letter from Your Mayor Greetings!

I love any opportunity to show off our lovely borough (!) and this month I was able to do so on my Mayoral Civic Tour. Mayors from across Surrey are invited to this and together we visited the Sunbury Walled Garden, our hidden gem – where we were warmly welcomed with drinks and some gorgeous homemade cakes. Then on to Queen Mary s Reservoir to see the Sailing Club and the great work that Sailability do there for our more challenged sailors. London Irish were superb hosts to us at their impressive venue, providing wine and a very tasty lunch for us all. Kathryn at Shepperton Studios introduced the group to Pete, their incredible Foley Artist who gave a fascinating talk on his work in sound creation. A great day all round! Our mayoral guests were very impressed! In addition to me having a fabulous time visiting all the great events and meeting so many of our lovely hard working residents, I have a duty of raising funds for my named charities and thought I might tell you a little about them. Eikon has been providing long term support for over 20 years to some of our borough s most vulnerable young people. They offer a range of courses and programmes aimed at developing happy, thriving and resilient young adults, many of whom may have gone a little off track in their lives, or who cannot find the necessary help in other ways. They work with schools, neighbourhoods and families providing help with anxiety, exam stress, self harm, mental health challenges, bullying, bereavement etc. They have many success stories and have won awards for their marvellous work. One example is of a young man who has been diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and mild learning difficulties. He had been removed from mainline education and had been placed in a specialist school for a few hours a day. This placement broke down as they were not able to meet his needs By means of a programme tailored to his needs the past six months have seen a really positive change in him and his behaviour. He can say if he has had a bad day or a good day and his language and general communication skills are greatly improved; he takes part in every session and is normally the first one waiting outside the centre. He is now back in school part-time and likes the routine it provides, keeping him calm and happy. MidasPlus may be known to you as the ones who run the Duck Race at Staines-upon-Thames day. This is a great fund raiser for them. The charity is run by local people to support our residents of all ages, particularly those with physical or learning difficulties. They are often seen as a lifeline of last resort for those who cannot find the help they need elsewhere. They have recently funded a hydraulic shower for a special needs school; funded the adaptation of a wheelchair to make it power assisted and give its user greater mobility; funded one year of physio for a 6 year child from Shepperton who has cerebral palsy; arranged assisted holidays for over 50 people with severe disabilities – to name but a few. They have recently donated £500 for a second hand Orcam reader for blind man on benefits in Ashford. Please do come along to the events I am hosting – you will be guaranteed a great time and know that the money you spend will all go in the charity fund pot. Coming up is the Jazz Night on 5 th October, then a fun Quiz Night at the Bells in Staines on 27th October and 1st November we are hosting an evening with the fabulous Rat Pack at the Greeno Centre in Shepperton. Please go to https:// spelthorne.bookinglive.com/home/mayoral-events/ to view, book and pay. As always, I am here for everyone: schools, voluntary organisations, businesses, parties, etc, so if I can add value to your event in any way, feel free to invite me. My Secretary, Sheila will be able to assist you. Call her on 01784 446275. Wishing you re a fruitful Autumn!

Mary Madams Proud Mayor of Spelthorne

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Addiction and Abuse?

New Group is Making an Impact in Surrey By Monica Chard, Editor

Loud Impact is a new company hoping to make a positive impact on the world and change lives. Started by Nigel Whitear who is an Addiction Mentor and Life Coach, the group supports people of all ages with a range of addictions and with issues relating to Domestic Abuse (both men and women). He runs seminars free for many addictions including knife crime and bullying. Nigel also rents a gym which youngsters find a life changer in many cases. Nigel s passion is to help as many people as he can. Working across Berkshire and Surrey, Loud Impact tackles disaffected youth. They believe that the youth of today are the adults of tomorrow, that prevention is better than cure so have put together programmes designed to help youngsters make the right life choices. As well as working with the youth they also work closely with adults, families, friends and loved ones being affected by the consequences of wrong life choices. The team offer : • Coaching and mentoring • Counselling and advice • Addiction support • Drug support • Anger management • Abuse support • Family support • 24 hour phone line • Support programmes • 10 step system to control • Youth REAL training • CV and Interview Techniques

along the way, but with the right support happiness IS achievable. The mentors and coaches at Loud Impact have all had their share of, Life Choice experiences. These experiences are what Loud Impact have built their support system, training programmes and control/ manNigel Whitear agement advice on. The team is also gaining qualifications through NLP and courses in behaviour, addiction and support. If you think Loud Impact can help you or someone you know, don t hesitate to get in touch and start changing someone s life for good today. Nigel Whitear loudimpact2018@gmail.com www.loudimpact.org

Already in the short time Loud Impact have been running they have helped many individuals gain control of their addiction, build confidence in themselves enough to get a job, or change their behaviour at school, enabling them to make progress, and they have helped families to rebuild relationships. Loud Impact believe they are different because they truly believe that anyone CAN change . It is sad how easily one can get lost Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Something for the Little Ones?

Last month we shared a photo of Jessica Stagg s little daughter Tiggy who was seemingly engrossed in Shepperton Matters. What great taste she has!! So when cousin Penny (right) came for a play date and found out about the publication, she decided she needed a look too! Thank you Jess for sharing these lovely images. We decided we should reward the little ones with a kids page, so there are some puzzles opposite to entertain them. No Cousin Penny doubt Tiggy and Penny will be engrossed in this issue reading about clever Jess whose company, Star Performing Arts, has been shortlisted in so many categories of the Spelthorne Means Business Awards! Tiggy loves Shepperton Matters!

If your child has a flick through Sunbury or Shepperton Matters, we would love to feature them with the publication! On the other hand, if you are at the other age of the age range, we will happily put your photo in too! Just email monica@villagematters.co.uk


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CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE GREENO CENTRE HAVE YOU thought about what you might be doing over the Christmas period ? The Greeno Centre in Shepperton will once again be hosting a Free Community Christmas Day Lunch. Do you want to do something different for Christmas? Would you like to spend the day in a community atmosphere? We welcome anyone, whatever your circumstances, old or young, on your own or with others, carers are especially welcome. Our aim is to join as a community to enjoy a sit down Christmas Day lunch and get to know each other. A fully packed programme is enjoyed from around 10.30 am until mid afternoon, with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee, followed by Carol Singing, Games, Quizzes etc and of course, a traditional Christmas Turkey Luncheon. We would like to express our thanks to the members of the Shepperton community, the local churches, businesses, community groups and individuals who kindly support this event each year with their generous gifts and donations. This event is organised by the Churches and Community of Shepperton. Free transfers from your home to the centre & return can be arranged. This year we have already been blessed with enough volunteers for the day itself, however we do still need, for Christmas Day, volunteer drivers with a clean & valid licence 10.00AM-3.00PM and a clearing up team from about 1.00PM until 5.00 PM. If you are interested in coming to this event as a guest or driver/clean up volunteer please contact; E-Mail: christmasgreeno@gmail.com Or Telephone/Leave message;

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Wellbeing Buddy Volunteers Required The Amigo Project supports individuals who are recovering from mental ill health by helping them to make connections with the local community in order to boost confidence and increase motivation. We are recruiting volunteers to support our clients to attend community activities on weekdays and at evenings and weekend. Full training is provided and expenses are covered. To find out more, please contact us at buddy@voluntarysupport.org.uk or call 01276 707565.

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Ted s Talk By Ted Hiscock

I don t know if many of you know of Ashtead; it s a village on the A24 lying between Epsom and Leatherhead, near junction 9 of the M25. In 1923, a pottery was set up in an existing Victorian building, known as Victoria Works. It was started up by Sir Lawrence Weaver with the aim of providing employment for disabled soldiers injured in WW1. Sir Lawrence Weaver was born in 1876. Weaver was a civil servant during the war, but he had a strong interest in art and design. He established the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1919 and organised the British Empire Exhibition in 1925. It was during this time that he met Percy Metcalfe and recruited him to help set up Ashtead Potters Limited Percy Metcalfe was well known at the time as he designed many coins and medals, including the George Cross. He also designed the iconic Wembley Lion, and Ashtead Pottery reproduced large and small versions of the lion in several different glaze colours. The pottery was not really run as a serious moneymaking business and, to be honest, I don t think it was marketed very well, although it did exhibit its wares at the British Empire Exhibition in 1925. The company produced quite a range of wares, ranging from figurines and commemorative jugs to everyday crockery. I grew up in Ashtead and can remember the old Victoria Works which was right on the To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

main road just as you are coming out of Ashtead, towards Leatherhead. In 1985, it was demolished to make way for Lime Tree Court, which is a complex of sheltered accommodation for the elderly run by Mole Vale District Council. Nearby, there are some small cottages which were especially built for the potters, and one of the nearby roads, Purcel Close, was named after one of Sir Lawrence Weaver s sons. Unfortunately, due to the depression of the 1930s and the untimely death of its founder, Sir Lawrence Weaver, the pottery was closed in 1935. Although it was in production for such a short time, it did produce a considerable amount of wares which can still be found quite easily today. It is quite distinctive with its naive decoration, and every piece carries the Ashtead Potters back stamp, which I have shown in one of the images above.

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30 Years of Connecting People

JUST FRIENDS is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in October this year. They held a special lunch a few weeks ago at the Warren Lodge Hotel in Shepperton, and have a birthday party in October at the Ashley Park Hotel in Walton. The club is for 60+ unattached people and was formed in 1989. It quickly grew in numbers and covered a wide area of Surrey. Over 700 people have joined Just Friends in the last 30 years and some of the inaugural members are still active in the membership today. Many friendships have been formed and a recent talk highlighted the very varied events that members have enjoyed over the years. The club meets each month when the next month s programme is issued. Members provide items for the programme which varies each month but can include parties, theatre visits, walks, pub and restaurant meals, summer croquet and winter Ten Pin Bowling, trips to London, Jazz evenings and quiz nights etc. The annual subscription is just ÂŁ13 a year but prospective members are welcome to come to a few events before joining. New Member Welcomers are on hand to help new members get to know everyone. More information on Just Friends and how to contact the club can be found on our website: www.just-friends.co.uk.

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Join the local Parkrun

I have so often listened to talk in the park amongst dog walkers Are you going to Parkrun? , that I nervously decided to take the plunge! For those of you who don t know what it is, Parkrun is a weekly gathering of locals who run or walk 5K. There is one at Bedfont Lakes and the Hazelwood centre offered their venue a couple of years ago too, wanting to play their part in getting the community fit. There is parking on site and you can fill up with coffee and bacon butties when you have completed your run. I am not a runner! I have tried it but somehow have not taken to it. So it was with some trepidation that I arrived one glorious Saturday morning at 9am and I could not find a reason not to! People were running, walking, cycling or (in my case) driving to Hazelwood on Croysdale Avenue, Sunbury. There was a happy atmosphere and it was clear that this was not in the least exclusive. Anything but! People of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities were all gathered together. I spoke to one lady who told me she does the Parkrun every week, but always walks it together with another silver haired lady. It is fun to take part she said. Another lady asked what time I was hoping to do. I told her as long as I was done within an hour I would consider it a triumph! Off we went and the greyhounds sprinted on, aiming to beat their personal best. I soon found my place and pace- pretty much at the back. I was lapped by the greyhounds as I was coughing and panting. The wonderful volunteers urged us on at every corner. I may have come in 118th but this was my first run in around 15 years so I was pretty happy with that. Shepperton Running Club is well represented at the meetings. Good on all of you, young and older who walk, jog or sprint it every week. But if you have not yet taken the step, then why not sign up? It is free to register so no excuses! https://www.parkrun.org.uk/hazelwood/

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The Importance and Benefits of Litter Picking Inspired by a local reader

Brazilian poet and writer Paulo Coelho once said, It s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. Imagine if you could do something extraordinary for the planet by simply picking up your litter. None of us likes the sight of litter spoiling the look of where we live but that s not the only reason for picking up litter. My personal pet hates are cigarette butts that most smokers possibly think are biodegradable, and those wet wipes. Littering in general however can cause a variety of issues beginning with the environmental impact leading towards the disruption of a community s good health and quality of lifestyle. It is important to keep your local community healthy and looking its best for today and future generations. A list of issues can develop from littering. Not only is the environment is impacted from the carelessness of littering, but public health issues develop as litter accumulates and develops a breeding ground for bacteria, while also attracting vermin. Additionally, areas where more litter is present have been shown to attract crime, with criminals thinking they will have an easier time in these areas. Why pick up litter? Clearly there are benefits such as physical exercise and breathing in fresh air whilst achieving something of value at the same time. Unfortunately, litter also often leads to more litter. Picking up litter sends a message to fellow residents that they shouldn t litter and that pride in one s neighbourhood is important. It s also a great way for young people to learn the importance of throwing rubbish away in rubbish bins where it belongs rather than in our hedges, parks and along the roads and pavements So when you pick up litter you re not only getting exercise and cleaning up your neighbourhood, you re also making your area safer. Dropping litter is both unsightly and lazy and on another level, it is a hazard to any wildlife that may ingest it. It is also true that litter is ending up in our To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

beautiful rivers, the Thames, The Mole, The Ash, and we all know where our rivers lead to. The planet urges you to help. It is our home. It is crying out. Do your bit individually or by joining a local group. You ll be meeting likeminded people I promise you. Working together with others in your community you ll be able to harness local support for cleaning up litter. You ll be acting on an issue that you care about. You ll live in a nicer, cleaner and better-looking environment after time hopefully taking part in a few local litter picks. We carried a piece last month about the lovely Jean who walks the streets of Shepperton picking up litter. But is there an organised group of volunteers too? There are many community groups doing Litter Picking, either organised or just independently, many organising themselves through social media. If there is one in Shepperton, please get in touch (monica@villagematters.co.uk). But first and foremost we can all do our bit.


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Gardening Matters Beautiful Blueberries

By Rachael Leverton

I love blueberries and they are not only incredibly good for you but also quite simple to grow. They thrive in a sunny border or in a pot on a balcony or patio, so there s no excuse for not harvesting a crop of your own. In addition, they are a generous plant. All varieties produce pretty white flowers in the spring, followed by delicate green fruits which ripen to deep blue. If that wasn t enough, the foliage then turns pink and peach for Autumn. Blueberry bushes do require an acid soil to thrive but if you don t have that (I don t!) then use pots of well-drained ericaceous compost. When you need to re-pot, choose a pot just a few inches larger because they fruit better in a snug pot! Ensure it has adequate drainage holes and put some stones or crocks in the bottom and keep it raised so it doesn t become waterlogged. Water with rainwater from your water butt, especially if you live in a hardwater area. Make sure they are watered well while they become established and also while the fruit is ripening. Feeding with tomato food helps too. Poor or erratic watering causes the blueberries to shrivel or split, and no-one likes a shrivelled blueberry! If you have acid soil you can plant blueberry bushes at any time of year when the ground is soft. Dig a hole twice the size of the root-ball and spread the roots as you refill the hole to the base of the stem. Press the soil down with the heel of your boot.

in pairs to allow for cross-pollination. If you can bear it, remove the flower buds in the first year after planting because it encourages strong stem growth better fruiting for the following year. They don t require any pruning for a few years. After that thin overcrowded or unproductive branches in winter after the leaves have fallen. Remember blueberries fruit on branches produced the previous year, so each year remove one or two of the oldest canes to make space for the more productive younger stems. In the winter move pots to a sheltered area or the shed for protection. NOTE – Our feathered friends love blueberries as much as we do so make sure you protect you harvest with netting! Happy gardening!

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to monica@villagematters.co.uk

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Designer glassware and porcelain at reduced prices. Great for gifts and celebrations. Open 2nd and last Friday of every month 10:00 – 16:00 and every week in November and December. Unit C2, Dolphin Industrial Estate. Windmill Road, Sunbury-upon-Thames, TW16 7HE Lucan Pavilion, Laleham Village. Saturday 5 October. Come and watch the Rugby - England v Argentina – kick off 09.00am. Teas, coffees and bacon rolls available. Spelthorne Natural History Society. Wednesday 9th October at 8pm, St Peter's (Small) Church Hall, Laleham Road, Staines, TW18 2DX. (Note change of venue). Andrew Halstead is an author and lecturer on garden pests, wildlife gardening and the biological control of pests. Before retiring, Andrew was the Principal Entomologist at the RHS. Andrew will be giving a talk about Wildlife gardening. £3 charge for non members Saturday 12th October : 10.00am > 1.00pm. Carl Phillips of the Shepperton Residents Association will be outside Sainsbury s in the High Street. Looking for any feedback about Shepperton good and bad Go and talk to him on any issues/topics that you want to air ! . To chat is Good . Silence is not golden ! The Arts Society. Wednesday, October 16th. 20TH CENTURY GLASS - NEW MARKETS. Delve into the recently revealed wonders of mid–century modern European glassware including Mdina, Wedgwood and some of the most important postwar Czech designs. Hear about the key designers and the influences behind their work. You might recognise lecturer Mark Hill as the miscellaneous and collectables expert on the Antiques Roadshow as well as 4 BBC 2 primetime TV shows. Coffee from 9.45, lecture starts at 10.30. First lecture is free, guests very welcome. Find out more atwww.theartssocietyrunnymede.org.uk Saxon School Family Fireworks - Friday 8th November. Gates open 5.30pm. Fantastic fireworks, raffle, refreshments, stalls and fun! Tickets will be sold at school office, through various High Street shops and on the gate. Save the date! The Laleham Residents Association is proud to present The Good Old Days, 1890 to 1950 at Laleham Village Hall. On Friday 29th November at 7.30pm and Saturday 30th November at 3.00pm and 7.30pm. In the style of The Olde Tyme Music Hall , with a charismatic chairman and plenty of harmless innuendo this is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood. Get ready to don your hat, and exercise your vocal cords as you sing along to old favourites and laugh at various antics............Tickets @ £12 per person Contact the Box Office on 07545 131448 or email Lalehamra@gmail.com

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19&20 OCT 2019 10am - 5pm

AUTUMN art fair

Image: Ronan Walsh

Admission £4, Concessions £3, U16s & LAC Members FREE

Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN www.landmarkartscentre.org 020 8977 7558 landmarkarts landmarkartfairs landmarkartfairs Registered Charity No: 1047080

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The History of Ashford Hospital by Nick Pollard will be the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society, on Tuesday 15th October at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton. The meeting starts at 8pm and all are welcome, £2 for non -members. Calling all anxious, nervous, shy or introverted adults. I am keen to start a social/activity group for people who would like to go out, or try out activities, with like-minded others. You are welcome to come on your own or bring someone along. Find out more at our initial welcome meeting – venue and date TBC. To help me organise this, I will need an idea of numbers. Please just text me your first name and age to let me know you re interested, no obligation. You can also ask questions or even meet me first if you d prefer. Text Jackie: 07786 456 012 The Probus Club of Shepperton for retired business and professional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month to hear a speaker followed by lunch. In September we heard a talk entitled Rum, Scurvy and the Lash . We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 225228

Zodiac Musical Society are performing the spectacular tap dancing musical

42nd Street

at Magna Carta Theatre, Thorpe Road, Egham TW18 3HJ from Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 October 2019 at 7.30 pm and a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm. Peggy, a talented but innocent young girl, attends an audition for a part in a new show Pretty Lady directed by the well established Julian Marsh. It does not go to plan for Peggy and she is sacked from the show. But when the company s leading lady Dorothy Brock is injured, the girls remember Peggy s talent and she is called back, just as she is leaving to return to Allentown

Tickets are £13-£16. Enquiries to Box Office 01932 220167

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Thursday 14th Sponsored by Shepperton Aurora Rotary

November 2019 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm

‘One World’ An evening of music, dance and drama

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Painting by Beverley Haines

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The Halliford School Theatre, Russell Road, Shepperton, TW17 9HX Tickets £12 (students £6) available from www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk New members always welcome at the Holiday Inn, Shepperton Shepperton Aurora on Wednesday for breakfast 7.15am to 8.30am Contact Ken 01932 770590 Shepperton and Sunbury on Monday evening 7.00pm Contact Chris 01932 231598

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October 2019 Shepperton/Laleham Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

October 2019 Shepperton/Laleham Matters  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham