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Well, what a month! This is our biggest month ever at Village Matters. We must be doing something right! This month we bring you some thoughts on choosing a new school as the scholastic year starts in earnest. We also take a look at Brooklands Museum and what is on offer as the CEO prepares to give the annual Shepperton Aurora Rotary lecture. We discover that there is a thriving Welsh community in our midst (even I am one quarter Welsh), and we hear about the influence the Scandinavians have on comfort and cosiness as the winter months approach. We were saddened to hear about the attack on the Post Office and

September 2017 the effect is has had. We have also learned about yet more local house burglaries, several in broad daylight. Do be careful and remain vigilant. Now grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a read. If you are needing biscuits, my shortbread recipe is a winner by the way!

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Kaye Bros.Shepperton 1937 4 Dunkirk Little Ships on Film 6 The Brooklands Legacy 9 Add a Touch of Hygge to your Life 10 Sunbury Regatta Review 15 Focus on Education 18-25 A New Chapter Has Begun 26 10 Years Making Smiles Happen 29 Runnymede Art Society 34 Recipe of the Month 38 Friends of St Mary’s 41 LOSRA Says 42 St Mary’s Newsletter 44 Your Curry Has a Past 40 Sunbury Kick Start Says Thanks 51 Welsh Tradition Alive in Sunbury 52 Stay Well This Winter 54 Sunbury Post Office Break in 59 Do something About the Slum Boats 60 Gardening Matters 65 What’s On/Noticeboard 67/68 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 70

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Kaye Bros. Stores, Shepperton 1937 By Nick Pollard

Longer term residents of Shepperton will fondly recall Kaye Bros. - the last of the old style shops which once occupied the High Street. By this I mean shops where you were served with goods instead of selecting from the shelves yourself and taking them to the cashier. Mr Kaye was a well-known character in the High Street, wearing his brown shop coat to serve the grocery items he sold from behind a dark wood counter. The goods were arranged on shelves and in cabinets around three sides of the shop, with homemade signs advertising special promotions. Kaye Bros. was established in the 1920s, originally as a corn merchants. To start with they would have sold corn and seeds for agricultural use, but later this diversified into poultry and pet foods. Before the advent of garden centres such shops often sold fertilizers, composts etc. as well as plant seeds. Dog biscuits seem to have been a particular speciality of Kaye’s as several old photos show these displayed prominently in the windows. Later still the shop sold grocery, dry and canned goods. There were certainly no chilled cabinets or freezers! Mr Kaye carried on serving in the shop until very shortly before he passed away, after which the business closed. The photo above shows the shop 80 years ago, when it was elaborately decorated for the Coronation of King George VI on 12th May 1937. Adverts in the window include Spillers dog foods as a ‘Coronation treat for your dog’, as well as more mundane products such as poultry corn, and coal. After closing, the building was taken over by Quality Fruits greengrocers, who continue the tradition of friendly service to the people of the village which was carried on for so many years by Kaye’s. ‘Old Photos of Sunbury’ by Nick Pollard is the subject of the first Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society talk of the new season, at Sunbury Methodist Church, Staines Road East, on Tuesday 19th September starting at 8pm. All welcome, £2 admission for non-members of SSLHS. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts



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Dunkirk Little Ships on Film and on Thames By Monica Chard & Ian Gilbert

You, like me, may well have been to the cinema to see the much acclaimed film ‘Dunkirk’ recently. What an epic it is too. The film truly brought home the horrors of this conflict and the bravery of those involved in the evacuation from the beaches. This year then, there may be even more interest in the annual Little Ships trip up the Thames which you will be able to see from the banks and locks at various points along the route. (Full timings at the end of this article). The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships Veterans Cruise will be on Sunday 3rd September. Do go and find a good vantage point to cheer the veterans and see the craft.

The Veterans Cruise unites Veterans from a number of conflicts but primarily from WWII with the Little Ships of Dunkirk. These vessels themselves have been brought to prominence recently in the feature film ‘Dunkirk’ directed by Christopher Nolan. Several of the vessels appearing in the film will be carrying Veterans at this event. An unlikely collection of heroic craft, not built for war, which came from the rivers and coastal waters of England. All had stories to tell, and all were involved in the in the evacuation of Dunkirk, one of the most audacious mass rescues in history. Many had never been to sea, until a memorable page of history was written across the nine days between 26th May and 5th June 1940. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


Boats of all shapes and sizes took part: fishing boats, lifeboats, pleasure boats and even sailing boats. The British and French armies were surrounded on three sides by German Forces. On the fourth side lay the shallow waters of the Dunkirk beaches, too shallow for naval vessels to get near. The only possibility to mount a mass rescue was to get craft with shallow enough draft to enable them to get close in and get the soldiers on board. Word went out. The Admiralty directed many boatyards along the Thames, the Estuary and Kent to help source boat and crew. On the first day of the evacuation, only 7,669 men were evacuated, but by the end of the eighth day, more than 385,000 soldiers had been rescued by the hastily assembled fleet of over 800 boats in order to fight another day. Little Ships will embark Veterans at Thames Motor Yacht Club near Hampton Court on Sunday 3rd September. Vessels will depart from there at 10.00am. Vessels will head downstream, around Ravens Ait heading back up river and passing through Molesey Lock between 10.45 and 11.15. Continuing upstream the flotilla of Little Ships will pass through Sunbury Lock between 11.30 and 12.00 arriving at Weybridge Mariners Club, Shepperton Lock Island from 12.30. We expect 18 Little Ships to join this event.

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The Brooklands Motor Legacy By Paul Stewart, Brooklands Trust Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and houses collections of cars, motorcycles and bicycles, particularly from the halcyon days of the track during the 1920s and ‘30s. In addition, as the location of one of the most prolific sites for aircraft production in Europe, there is a collection of aircraft spanning the last hundred years, all with a Brooklands connection. These range from a replica of the aeroplane in which A.V.Roe carried out pioneering flight trials in 1908 on part of the racetrack to Concorde G-BBDG, the first ever Concorde to carry 100 passengers at twice the speed of sound. Visitors can enjoy the half hour Concorde Experience for a small extra charge and see the original Concorde simulator that was used to train UK Concorde pilots. After walking through the Motoring Village, visitors will see the original Edwardian Clubhouse that stands in front of the Paddock. Inside are the Ladies Reading Room, Snooker Room, Sunbeam Café and Offices of The Clerk of the Course all in period detail. Also on site is London Bus Museum which houses the largest private-sector collection of London buses in the world dating from the 1890s to the 1970s. At the north east end of the Museum’s 30 acre site lies the famous Members’ Banking. This is part of the original race track and would have seen pre-war racing cars charging round there at speeds in excess of 130mph. There is a packed programme of events throughout the year that keeps the spirit of pioneering motorsport and aviation alive and includes everything from Classic Breakfasts, Club meetings and guided tours to bicycle and aviation events and the unmissable Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival – a weekend of activity held every June featuring speed trials, driving tests and challenges in and around the site boasting some world class vehicles.

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John Cobb leaning on the famous Napier Railton Discover one hundred years of aviation at Brooklands from the Sopwith Camel with its original engine to the World War Two Wellington bomber ‘R’ fro Robert which was raised from Loch Ness. Over in the Aircraft Park, visitors will have the chance to go on board one of the airliners amongst what is the biggest collection of Vickers and BAC commercial aircraft in the world. Earlier this year Brooklands came alive to the sights and sounds of some of the most famous prewar cars as the Finishing Straight was opened and used for competition for the first time since 1939 on 17th June, the 110th Anniversary of the Race Track’s original opening. Just nine months earlier, the Track had been covered by the Second World War Bellman Aircraft Hangar that has now been restored and re-erected in its new position. This autumn the restored Hangar will re-open as the Brooklands Aircraft Factory which, together with the new Flight Shed, will tell the story of 80 years of aviation design, testing, manufacture and flight at Brooklands that was to influence the world. We will use these new facilities to tell the stories of the pioneering drivers, pilots, engineers and innovators who lived and worked at Brooklands and to inspire our visitors, young and old, and encourage them to think about how science, technology, engineering and mathematics changed and continues to change the world. The Museum is open every day, apart from a few days at Christmas, from 10am until 5pm in summer, until 4pm in winter. Located in Weybridge in Surrey, full details of special events, which include weekend motoring and aviation events and car rides on weekdays in the school holidays, can be found on the Museum website at


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Add a Touch of Hygge to Your Life By Monica Chard, Editor

Whether you like it or not, the nights are drawing in and we are starting to think about getting cosy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer sunshine and sitting out into the late evening, but we don’t live in a country where that is how we spend the majority of our time. So we need to make the best of what we have. You may not know that I am half Danish, so was brought up with a lot of Scandinavian influence. The best part of it, as far as I am concerned, is this wonderful thing called ‘hygge’. You will almost certainly have come across the word. Pronounced ’hoo-ga’, it means more than comfort and cosiness. It conveys a warm sense of family, happiness, warmth, candle light and general feel good factor. (They need this in Scandinavia where the days are short and they live in hours of darkness and cold. Brrr..) I was greeted by the word ‘hygge’ standing out on the welcome desk of a new business I visited in Chertsey recently. Morsø is a Danish brand, established in 1853. The Fire Gallery aims to bring hygge and a touch of ‘Danishness’ to the lives of locals, with their range of wood burning stoves. I instantly loved the place. (If you want to experience hygge, go and sit in their showroom for 10 minutes in front of the wood burner.) Before the days of central heating, the hearth used to be the centre of the home where family gathered. These were also pre i-pad, TV and social media of course! So the family gathered, kept warm, read and talked. It is still possible to bring back some of those family values with a real wood burner pumping out warmth and hygge (although sadly I am not sure how realistic it is to make the area a mobile free zone!). What I also like about Morsø Fire Gallery is the attitude to sustainability, another subject where Scandinavia has a thing or two to teach us. Around the show room are candle holders made from reclaimed or drift wood. In fact they are made by a local who forages for suitPlease mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


able wood to turn into household items. I like that attitude. We live in such a throw away society that it is refreshing to see recycling in action. Taking that concept one stage further I found out that Morsø stoves are also environmentally friendly. 99% of the cast iron in a Morsø stove comes from scrap which has been re-smelted. Yes, your stove might once have been a bicycle! Morsø also take their sustainability further by using water based inks on packaging, and using packaging made from recycled paper. And hygge is not just for the winter months How about an outside pizza oven come stove for those warm summer evenings? You get the drift now. It is about attracting family and friends to a central focus, creating social interaction and feel good, come summer or winter. Just grab some candles and a coffee or beer and your scene is complete. The World Happiness Report sees Norway, Denmark and Iceland taking the top three places in the 2017 report. The UK comes in at a distant 19th place! So dark and cold need not mean sad and miserable. Get some hygge into your life and feel good.




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Congratulations on 50 years! Local Sunbury couple, Carole and John Wakefield celebrate 50 years of marriage this month. They tied the knot at St Leonards' Church, Heston on 23rd September 1967 at 4.00 pm. Carole and John have lived in Sunbury for 17 years. They have two daughters and four grandsons. Lets raise a glass with family and friends to wish them both good health and fortune.

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Introducing the Royal Opera House to The Hammond Theatre Upcoming screenings: Sunday 24 September 2017, 2.00pm The Royal Opera

Monday 23 October 2017, 7.15pm The Royal Ballet

Julia Jones conducts The Royal Opera’s spellbinding production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, with a wonderful cast including Roderick Williams as Papageno.

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

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Puccini’s passionate opera is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars a superb young cast in a new production by Richard Jones.

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The Nutcracker (Live)

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

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Sunbury Regatta Review By Monica Chard, Editor

We hope you enjoyed the regatta this year. The Village Matters team certainly did. It is the cornerstone of the Sunbury social diary, a date we know to arrange visitors so we can show off our lovely village and traditions. The weather god was good to us. Having had a deluge only a couple of days before, the marquees were put up and the field prepared without wellies in the end and the day itself could not have been better. We loved the new arrangement of food stalls near the rowing members enclosure. It became a lovely area and I am sure the hungry teams made the most of the temptations.

The tug of war was fiercely contested. Well done to the impressive lady contestants and to the Admiral Hawke for an emphatic win. Congratulations to the White Horse who won the Dongola racing. The Punch & Judy was as popular as ever and the stalls seemed busy tempting the crowds with anything from Naga chilli (yes Mr C did the usual sampling of the hottest available, which he regretted later) to Brazilian sweets and various raffles and prize draws. It was a great atmosphere. Well done to all the teams who competed. You seemed to have a lot of fun and there were plenty of smiles as the wins for Sunbury notched up during the day. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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The evening saw a record number of boats from the Middle Thames Motor Yacht Club decorated to the nines for the illuminated sail past as night fell. It was quite a spectacle. The fireworks were a grand finale and another spectacular show.

Congratulations to the organisers, the regatta committee and all the volunteers who made the event happen. It could not happen without you. Also thanks to the many sponsors who get involved and to the stall holders. The regatta is non profit making and the revenue achieved on the day goes towards the costs of hosting the event. If you fancy becoming a member it will only cost you ÂŁ10. Contact


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-State v Independent It’s that time of year again. The school holidays have come to an end and we hurtle towards colder, shorter nights and darker mornings. Children and parents all over the country are preparing for a new school year. Many will be looking for a first or new school completely. One of the first questions in choosing a school is the “state vs independent” debate. By far the majority of children in the UK are educated in the state system, but the independent sector does account for 6.5% of the total. The question is, do students at independent schools perform better academically than their state school counterparts? Studies carried out in the UK tend to support the view that independent schools may confer higher academic ability on students than state schools. However, whilst reports mostly suggest independent schools have an academic advantage over state schools, is that advantage solely a result of school type? The jury is out about attendance at independent schools enhancing the academic achievements of students, once student and school-level differences are accounted for. Latest figures suggest that the proportion of state sector entrants at Cambridge had in fact risen from 54% to about 62% in a decade. So, state schools are clearly improving. In a recent research study, Julie Robinson, General Secretary of Independent Schools Council, stated that privately educated students scored better due to “the breadth of curriculum, wide-ranging activities outside the classroom and excellent pastoral care” which she said helps to “create resilient and worldly young men and women who are ready for further study and work in adult life." The question of state vs independent seems to be dependent on many variables. The start point is to consider the individual child’s needs, options available in the area and weighing all that against family economics, as independents obviously incur fees. There are four main types of Independents, To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

but if you are looking locally you will find your choices are largely in the third and fourth category below: Public schools: historically, the most exclusive – and expensive – of boys’ private (mainly boarding) schools, eg Eton, Harrow and Winchester. Formerly the realm of the upper classes, who are now (with fees topping £30K) joined by offspring of moneyed entrepreneurs, business people and internationals. Now often co-ed, attended by boys and girls aged 13 to 18. Boarding schools: schools with facilities for pupils to have a home from home on a termly, weekly or flexible basis, often offering superb facilities and a multitude of extracurricular activities. NB most now include a large proportion of day pupils. Independent schools and private schools: essentially the same thing, ranging from grand public schools and highly selective day schools to tiny local ones and everything in between. The common denominator is that they have no state funding but rely on tuition fees, gifts and endowments. Prep and pre-prep schools: preparatory/ pre-preparatory schools – essentially independent primary schools for children aged 3 to 7/8 (pre-preps), or aged 7 to 11/13 (preps). They prepare pupils for entry to mainly independent secondary schools of all types. A good start for parents is to look at all background information available. For state schools, the most recent Ofsted report will give you a snapshot of the school and some of its strengths and weaknesses. For Independent Schools go to the Independent Schools Inspectorate website ( where you just search by school and view the report. Sources: Independent Schools Council/Good Schools Guide/ Sam Lucy - Cambridge Director of Admissions


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Thamesmead School is a highly successful mixed comprehensive school where each child is valued as an individual and can achieve his or her highest potential. Our motto ‘Where learning comes first’ is at the heart of all we do. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of education for our students, whether it is in their lessons, through our House system or through a range of extracurricular opportunities, including sports and the performing arts. The broad curriculum covered at Thamesmead ensures that every student has the opportunity to achieve their very best. Standards of achievement are high, particularly in English, science and the performing arts. When you visit Thamesmead you can see for yourself why our students are so successful. We look forward to meeting you at our Open Evening on Thursday 12th October, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

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At Halliford School we strongly believe that every young person should be seen as an individual with their own personality, talents and skills and it is this individuality that we seek to encourage and develop at all stages of their education. Our aim is to enable each of our students to become the very best version of themselves that they can possibly be. We seek to be both academically ambitious as well as academically sensitive. We offer a wide variety of co-curricular activities where we aim to provide our students with the chance to immerse themselves in a whole host of activities outside the classroom. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Open Days. Please telephone the Registrar, Mrs Fran Clatworthy on 01932 223593 for further information or visit us at our next Open Morning on Saturday 7th October to hear the new Headmaster, Mr James Davies speak at 12 noon. Further information can be found at


THAMESMEAD SCHOOL OPEN EVENING Thursday 12th October 2017 6.30pm - 9.00pm

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We warmly invite parents and primary school students to visit our vibrant and successful school For more details please contact: Thamesmead School, Manygate Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9EE. Tel: 01932 219400 Fax: 01932 219401 Email: Website: Tours of the school are also available by contacting the school office

Staines Preparatory School has been delivering high quality education to the children of Surrey for over 80 years. We have a strong track record of our pupils going on to competitive grammar and independent schools. Our educational experience is both challenging and fun, giving our pupils the tools to achieve well above the national average. This supportive and nurturing environment enables children to fulfil their potential and become independent lifelong learners across all areas of the curriculum. We have multi-million pound developments of new classrooms, a science lab which many secondary schools would be envious of, a large sports hall and an industry-standard theatre space which all pupils take advantage of. You can arrange a private tour any time to fit in around your commitments or visit us at one of our popular Open Morning which run throughout the year. Details of these can be found on our website.

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-Open Day Dilemmas What should parents be thinking of, and what questions should they ask when visiting and choosing a potential school? At the start of the process of choosing a new school for your child you will need to decide on two basic things: 1) Do you favour a single sex or coeducational environment for you child? There is no clear answer for this and each option has its advantages. 2) What is most important for your child? Is academic achievement the main reason for choosing a school, or are you more interested in an education that is tailored to your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses? Schools may major in specific interests such as IT, Arts or Humanities. Some may offer an inclusive and supportive environment for learning disabilities. Think carefully what is going to bring out the best in your child. It is not just about aiming for A*s. It is crucial to visit the schools you are considering. It is the only way to assess whether the atmosphere and feel of the school offers a suitable learning environment for your child. Make sure you visit more than one school (but probably no more than 3 or 4 as it can become confusing). As well as the open day, it is a good idea to visit on a normal school day if you can. Open Days are when the school will look its best but you need to know how it is on a normal day too. Take notes and ask questions so you can compare the schools in the calm of your own home. Also try to look at the long term academic profile of the schools and not just one year’s results. Is it moving upwards or downwards? Does the school have stable leadership? Find out what the head teacher stands for. What are their core values and do they really care about the pupils? There are SO many questions to consider…. So Sunbury Matters suggests below some of the areas you might want to cover.

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What is the academic stance and pace of the school? How long has the Head been in place? Is the school strong is sport, drama, art or music? How is the pastoral welfare of the children monitored and how are parents informed? Are there outside trips which can help develop and widen the children’s interest? Do the children get grouped by ability? Do you want religion to be part of your child’s education? Are there opportunities for before and after school activities?

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How far away is the school? Does the school provide transport? What are the school’s costs, compared to your budget? Does your child have any special needs?

These are just some of the questions you could raise. Do you own homework first. Work out a list of both yours and your child’s priorities and use these as a template to compare the schools. Be prepared. It doesn’t have to be as daunting as you think.


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-Encouraging Good Citizenship Interact is part of the Rotary organisation, and is specifically designed for those between the ages of 12 and 18 who wish to serve their community. Sunbury Manor School has recently celebrated the first year of its Interact Club. The club’s membership of 24 students was drawn from Years 8 and 9. Vivienne Leighton, the Mayor of Spelthorne, attended the event, as did Alfred Friday, last year’s Mayor. The club’s first President, Farah Dutton was present, as were Vice Presidents Joe Levy and Jamie Robert. Many Rotarians attended the ceremony to demonstrate their support for the club on this important occasion for them, as did parents and teachers of the Interact members. Sunbury Matters also attended. The Interact club has been meeting since October last year, under the guidance of Shepperton Aurora Rotary, who sponsored them, and have undertaken a number of local projects, including helping out at the Restore Food bank in Sunbury, and also at Manor Mead School for disabled children in Shepperton. They have undertaken a litter pick at their own school and are planning visits to a Care Home in Sunbury. More recently, they visited The Greeno Centre in Shepperton, putting on a variety show for elderly people who attend the Centre. The club also organised a collection of clothes, which were sent to Syrian refugees in the Middle East. Fundraising schemes included a Talent Show at the school and an Easter Egg hunt. After the celebration event was opened by Interact contact teacher Brikitta Batten, the audience heard firstly from Mike Gicquel, a recent President of the Rotary Club, who spoke of the pride the Rotary Club feels for the astonishing achievements of the Interact Club. He said ‘The formation of an Interact Club at Sunbury Manor school has been the absolute highlight of my year as President. Under Farrah’s leadership, these young people seem to have grasped the essence of Rotary, Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


Presentation, public speaking and good deeds Interact provides a good grounding for life

which is to help other people whilst having a lot of fun themselves.’ He also praised Miss Batten for her support of the Interact Club, describing her as inspirational. All Interact club members spoke briefly at the meeting to describe some of their activities and President Farrah told the audience how much she had enjoyed undertaking service projects in the community, and how much fun the group of students have whilst doing so. The audience were also treated to a number of videos showing the achievements of the club to date. At the end of the event, Lyn Derrington, President of Shepperton Aurora handed out awards to individual Interact members for their achievements during the year in categories such as ‘Spirit of Interact’ and ‘Services to Interact’. In closing the event Brikitta Batten said that she had already been inundated with requests from current Year 7 pupils who wanted to join the Interact Club next year. The future of Interact at Sunbury Manor looks to be very bright. Mike Gicquel, Sunbury & Shepperton Rotary


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A New Chapter Has Begun‌.

You may remember I wrote my sad news a couple of months ago that we had lost our beloved little schnauzer Merlin to cancer. Our remaining dog Ruby was really down in the dumps. She was not herself, would not sleep in her bed, lay by the front door and was generally just sad. So were we of course. We have always taken on rescue dogs, being delighted to offer a home to a little creature who had not had such a great start in life. You may have seen the Animal Rescue Live on TV recently and realise how many animals are looking for homes. We went back to the rescue centre we have used before, who take dogs on and place them in foster care so that they fully understand the quirks and needs of a dog before they are rehomed. This monitoring process means you have a good idea what you are getting before you select the dog for you. We selected a small hairy thing of dubious descent with dark eyes and a whole lot of character. At only 8 months old, she was probably an unwanted Christmas puppy. She and Ruby met and seemed OK with each other, so off we went. We had toyed with various names before we settled on the perfect one. Mojo! She literally has given our old collie her zest for life back. She is a little spark of naughtiness that brings a smile to our faces and she plays endlessly with Ruby. If you walk in Sunbury park, she is the zippy little blond thing that is happy to play with and chase any dog, no matter how large or small. If you fancy a rescue dog, we used the centre called the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre in Wokingham.

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10 Years Making Smiles at Charley Paige By Jackie Franklin, CPT

Local charity Charley Paige Trust is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on 13th September. Ten years of supporting life limited and disabled children and their families. CPT set up in 2007 in memory of Charley (pictured right) who sadly lost her battle with leukaemia in 2004 at the age of 3 years. During her illness her family realised that many families faced financial difficulties as their incomes dropped after their child’s diagnosis. Mum, dad or both having to stop working to care for their child. During the 10 years they have supported many individual families, as well as ward playrooms. In 2009 they launched their Smile Bags for children in hospital. These bags are filled with activity books, colouring, crafts and other fun things all in a little cotton re-useable bag. They help to distract a child when having a difficult procedure, cheer them up on a bad day or just fill some of the many long hours on the ward. The children love them. To date they have donated over 2000 bags to ward playrooms. CPT awards recreational grants, sensory grants, travel grants, equipment grants and ‘treat’ grants for terminally ill children. Purchasing equipment or services or monetary awards for things like travel and parking costs for the many hospital appointments. The seven Trustees (all volunteers) work really hard in their own fundraising efforts, but they realise that it is the kindness and generosity of others that has enabled them to support so many children. As part of their anniversary celebrations they are holding a Secret Art Exhibition in the Orangery at Squires Garden Centre in Upper Halliford. Exhibition runs 9th and 10th September. On the Saturday there will be FREE face painting between 1 - 3pm and on Sunday they will draw their Big 10 Celebration Raffle and there will be a Balloon Release sometime between 11am and 3pm. Balloons can be sponsored for £2.00 and you can either come To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

down and write your own message to a loved one, or make a wish. Or you can give us your message and make payment and we will do it for you if you cannot make the event. ALL money raised from donations for the artwork, balloons, and raffle will be given to CPT as 3 very kind supporters are funding this event for us. For more info please visit our website. Big 10 Raffle tickets £1 each available from us now or at the art exhibition 1st Prize £200 plus other prizes The Trustees of the charity would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal local supporters, who have raised a tremendous amount for us over the 10 years. They have run marathons, held coffee mornings, purchased and sold raffle tickets, walked, cycled, helped at events , supported our events. and donated unwanted clothes and foreign coins. You are all amazing and your support means so much. Not forgetting lovely Monica who supported us in many ways as well as gaining us funding from several local groups and clubs by putting us forward for consideration. Thanks too to Squire’s who have chosen us as their charity of the year for 2017/18.

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Don’t just take our word for it! In today’s online world, whether we are looking to book a restaurant, holiday, buy an item or find a service provider, the majority of us will seek the opinion of trusted review sites such as Google, HelpHound, TripAdvisor, Checkatrade and Trustpilot, before making a commitment. These agencies operate a code of practice to verify that all the reviews, good or bad, are genuine before they are published in the public domain. In the event of a negative review, the respondent is given an opportunity to reply to the review agency, who will seek a resolution with the petitioner before publication. This process ensures that those seeking the opinions of past customers are given a balanced view, unlike testimonials advertised by companies at their own discretion. Curchods are proud of their professional reputation and have willingly signed up to be reviewed by these independent agencies and actively request reviews from all buyers and sellers. These results are available on the internet and as a demonstration of their desire to be judged on their merits.

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Curchods Shepperton office have received many complimentary reviews and always encourage potential clients to read these in order to help them gain an insight into how the business is run and what they can expect as a customer. “I can’t recommend these folks highly enough. Sold my mother’s maisonette off market and achieved a price beyond our expectation. They are so well networked they connected us with a perfect buyer looking for just such a home. They are thorough, professional and courteous and actually the sort of people you’d happily have a beer with!” Mr B, 11th July 2017 “I can’t speak highly enough of this efficient and professional team. Always on hand to speak between all opening hours and happy to discuss all aspects of your sale or purchase,

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We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the team at Shepperton; their local area knowledge, attention to detail and all round great customer service was worth every penny.” Mr & Mrs S, 4th July 2017 “We had excellent communication throughout our purchase. We had requested email as the main way to communicate as we live overseas. The help and support from Daniel was great. I would recommend using Curchods.” Mr & Mrs C, 7th August 2017 If you are thinking of selling or wish to discuss any property related matter, please contact Owen Miles and his friendly team. Owen Miles Partner, Curchods Shepperton 01932 230033

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Runnymede Arts Society Invites You...

The Runnymede branch of the Arts Society is looking for new members in Sunbury and Shepperton as it celebrates an exciting new rebranding. The Arts Society is a new name for NADFAS, the popular global network with over 370 local art societies. Runnymede was one of the earliest members and is turning 50-years -old in 2019. “It's a great way for people to meet, network and connect to all things arty in a warm, friendly environment.” says Margo Reinold, Chairman. “We are welcoming people from all walks of life. You don't even need to know much about art.” This year saw a very special celebration. The same week the Queen reached her 91st birthday, Runnymede member Alice Moller celebrated her 105th, partying at a Country Cub with friends and family, and even completing five lengths of the Olympic size swimming pool! When Alice moved to the area 10 years ago, she soon joined Past Chairman, Barbara Thornton, the Society and regularly takes part in lectures and discussions. presents Runnymede member Every year Runnymede puts together a programme of lively lecAlice Moller with flowers on her tures presented by familiar faces from the world of television and 105th birthday. academia, all intent on bringing the artistic world to life; Grayson Perry, Charles Dickens, Silver Filigree, Manet (September lecture), Votes for Women or Backstage at the Opera. There is something in the programme for everyone. Members hail from the locality along the river and all areas in between. There is no waiting list and the first taster session is free. The group always welcomes new faces at The Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Egham TW18 3HD. Tea, coffee and biscuits served from 10.00am. Meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Activities also include study and special interest days, visits and guided tours along with volunteer projects. Further details of programme and contacts can be found on the website; or email;

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Recipe of the Month Very Easy Shortbread

I loved learning to cook when I was at school. Some of my attempts were better than others, but I did like the baking. My brothers jumped on my freshly baked rock buns as soon as they were out of the oven! But the one recipe that I have kept on making over the years is this easy pleaser - shortbread. It could not be simpler, so give it a try (and try not to eat them in one go!) Oh, and the photo is my own too.

Ingredients 100g plain flour 100g butter (I use salted but up to you) 50g corn flour 50g caster sugar Method Preheat the oven to about 175C Put the flours and butter into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt – optional! Make into breadcrumbs with your fingers. Then add in the sugar and mix before squishing (yes that is a baking term!) all of it together in your hands to form a ball. Roll out on a floured work surface and using a cookie cutter make about 18 biscuits (not Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


too thick. About 5mm I’d say). Prick each with a fork and sprinkle a bit of granulated sugar on top. Place on a greased baking sheet and pop in the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Use your common sense here. They need to be brown round the edges, but not too brown. They need to be baked through so they will be crunchy. Leave in the tin for a few minutes then leave to cool on a rack.


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Friends of St Mary’s -Preserving Sunbury’s Heritage

You could not imagine driving or walking through Lower Sunbury without seeing the beautiful Church of St Mary’s overlooking the river. Immortalised in literature thanks to Charles Dickens, St Mary’s is part of the fabric of our little village and something to be preserved. It is Grade II* listed and caring for such a building is a complicated and ongoing business of course, not to mention costly! Over the years the Church has needed some major works, so in 1978 an organisation was set up to care for and raise money for it. The Friends of St Mary’s was established as a charity in 1995 and is set up to raise funds to maintain the fabric of the building and it’s contents and to ensure this much loved landmark and centre of our village life can be kept in good order for future generations. Our Parish Church was built on the site of a Medieval church building in 1752, to designs by Stephen Wright who at the time was Clerk of the Works at Hampton Court Palace. The interior was remodelled by the Victorians between 1857 and 1895, substantial renovation and repairs were carried out in the 1970’s and the tower was restored and secured and the bells re-hung for future generations in the early 2000’s. The Church contains 17th and 18th century Baroque wall memorials, To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

salvaged from the original building, Arts & Craft stained glass windows, High Victorian décor designed by Samuel Teulon and Scraffito decoration from the 1890’s – the dawning years of the Art Nouveau movement. The next maintenance task will be the cleaning of the paintings of God and the seraphims above and behind the altar. These stunning pieces will be given a new lease of life and colour for the enjoyment of all. But such work is not easily or cheaply undertaken. This is where the Friends of St Mary’s play such a vital role. The Friends organise talks, music, concerts and plays and during the last 14 years have raised over £100,000, helping to pay for repairs to the tower, roof, bells and drains etc. During 2012 FOSM helped with a donation of £31,000 towards a replacement Nave roof. Importantly, funds are raised through Membership (a minimum of £10 is suggested). The Friends may be lucky enough to receive the odd legacy, and that might be something you could think about yourself if you wish to play a part in preserving this landmark beyond your own years. On September 9th, during the Heritage weekend, the Church will be open for teas, coffees, ice creams and tours. The Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society have their display and you will have the chance to visit the bell tower and even have a go at bell ringing. For more information the website is or contact Maggie Mold on 01932 784432.


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LOSRA Says….

At the time of going to press the Planning Inspectorate will be considering an appeal by Crest Nicholson South which seeks to overturn a unanimous Planning Committee decision to refuse the construction of a block of 24 flats in place of the 4 detached houses which had previously been approved in the CNS original planning application. When new home owners moved into the very desirable development at the former London Irish site they had bought in to the “Superior living in a beautifully landscaped setting....stunning 3, 4, and 5 bedroom houses combined with a village setting” in the Crest Nicholson prospectus; and had paid prices commensurate with this vision. By coincidence, and subsequent to the appeal by CNS, a topical article appeared in The Times (24/7/17 p.10) in which Campaigners at another site said that the builders’ attempt to amend the “masterplan” was the latest example of a nationwide swindle that allows housebuilders to ride roughshod over the promises they have made to get planning permission. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) added that it was “all too common to see developers renege on commitments…It is time the government took steps to compel the development industry to build out their full permissions”. It is not surprising therefore, that an amended application (16/01357/FUL) to replace the four x 5 bedroom houses with a block of 24 flats was viewed as a breach of good faith, especially by those residents who had already moved into the estate and paid top dollar for their new houses. The CNS proposal would also irrevocably alter the character of the “village setting” marketed by Crest Nicholson themselves. Needless to say, LOSRA and local residents have submitted their objections to the Inspectorate.

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Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival Success as the RAC celebrates 40 years

The nine day wonder that constituted the SSAA Arts Festival 2017 finished with a flourish on July 23 with a really splendid piano recital given by the gifted young pianist Martin James Bartlett who enchanted both with his lovely playing and his charming personality! Kathryn Hocking had been first in the fray with her excellent Dance School and in between we had had a varied programme of artistic delights with something ( we hoped) for everyone. Audience numbers were pleasing with over 700 people attending during the week and thank heavens the finances ( with the help of considerable grants from various sources) have come out in the black. Our thoughts are now turning to the Autumn Coffee Concerts and those for 2018. Put Saturday 30th in your diaries. This is an important date for RAC because on this date 40 years ago Riverside Arts Centre was officially opened! Eric Champion, Chair of RAC has invited Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr.Vivienne Leighton and her husband Chris Leighton along to listen to the talented young violinist Pierre Frapier and pianist Jianing Kong who will perform Sonatina in D by Franz Schubert, Sonata in A by Cesar Franck and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint - Saens. All this as well as Coffee and Croissant for ÂŁ10 - what great value! SSAA Box Office on 01932-765498 Future Coffee concert Dates are : November 4 2017 February 17 2018 All at 10 15am for 11am concert December 9 2017 March 24. 2018 April 29 2018

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Your Curry Has A Past By Colin Tyler Indian chefs were trained to cater for a western palate and there was a tremendous cross-over of cultures which resulted in a fusionstyle cuisine.

I’d always thought of curry as a recent introduction to Britain but bizarrely it all began with the Dutch in the 16th Century. They were world-leaders in the trading of pepper and because they had a monopoly they were able to sell it at an extortionate price. So Elizabeth I granted a Royal Charter to a small group of merchants allowing them to create a trading company which became known as the East India Company. Its initial purpose was to secure a better price for pepper than could be obtained from the Dutch. Actually the British had never been keen on trading with India, which was viewed rather arrogantly as simply a handy stopping-off port and a place to exchange goods like cotton and linen. But the Dutch made life very difficult for other traders so private armies, dedicated to the protection of European traders, were set up all along the coast of India. At the time India was ruled by Emperors and Mughals and there was a lot of in-fighting. The Europeans took full advantage of this and seized whole regions and territories for their own purposes. Eventually the Mughals yielded to the British and the East India Company profited, becoming extremely powerful and influential.

When the British returned to their home country they still craved the spicy Eastern flavours they’d left behind. It’s unsurprising therefore that the first published recipe for curry appeared in a 1747 book, The Art of Cookery. Initially it included just coriander seeds and pepper. Subsequent editions added ginger and turmeric. Even Mrs. Beeton included a curry recipe, which used all manner of spices, in her Book of Household Management. The first ‘curry house’ in Britain was opened by Dean Mahomet, who came from an eastern Indian middle class family. He chose London because of its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and The Hindostanee Coffee House opened on George Street at the turn of the 19th century. Curry houses became extremely popular but fell into decline during the two World Wars when people were preoccupied with survival and rationing. The fall of Hitler and Indian independence in 1947 led to more people from the subcontinent relocating to the UK and once again there was a surge in popularity for spicy cuisine. Curry is now firmly embedded into British culture. When you next bite into a poppadom give a thought for the history of the curry and impress your fellow diners with your knowledge.

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Sunbury Community Kick Start Thanks Volunteers The Kick Start project, one of the programmes run under the banner of the St. Saviour’s Community Food Bank, recently completed the renovation of five homes in Sunbury in need of some interior and exterior TLC. Sunbury Food Bank had chosen five families who urgently needed help to improve their living conditions. Having inspected the five homes the team realised what a vast task in hand they had: 3 living rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 hallways, 2 bathrooms, 2 stairways, 1 kitchen, 2 front gardens and 3 back gardens. And it was all to be done in only 8 hours!!! In the end it took 9 1/2 and was taken on by 60 Volunteers (see photo below), many of them from Johnson & Johnson who also gave a generous dona-

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tion to fund the works. J & J Project Leader Andrew Lucas said: “It was a fantastic team effort. Over sixty volunteers completed the work in just nine hours. Just look at the before and after pictures taken on the day. Life will be better for those families.” Meanwhile the Community Foodbank is gearing up for a unique fundraising event in association with Tesco, Sunbury Sports Association and Janie's Private Catering. SURPLUS TO SUPPER On Friday 29th September 2017, the Sunbury Cricket Club will host a Black Tie fundraising event in the form of a unique dining experience. This is to raise awareness of the amount of food wastage around us, as well as much needed funds for the Foodbank, to enable them to purchase fridges and freezers for fresh food storage and redistribution. A gourmet chef, Thomas Mountford from Janie's Private Event Catering will prepare a menu using only surplus food from the local Tesco supermarket that would otherwise be thrown away. He will not know the Food he will be using until the day of the event itself. The Tesco head office is fully behind this unique event and other Foodbank initiatives. The St Saviours team would like to thank them, the Sunbury Sports Association and Janie's for their generous help and support. They are also looking for other local companies to support the event through sponsorship, donating items or services for the auction ( which already includes sporting memorabilia, rugby and theatre tickets), or prizes for the raffle. All funds will go direct to the Community Foodbank. Tickets are £50 per cover and can be obtained from: St Saviour’s Community Team. Tel: 07549 952161 E mail : The aim is to raise £10k and to make this annual.


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Welsh Exiles Keep Cultural Traditions of their Homeland Alive in Sunbury Bu David Price

The Sunbury and District Welsh Society is 60 years old this year. The present-day members were delighted to welcome to their annual garden party and AGM in July Helen Birnbaum, whose father, Islwyn Morris, founded the society with a group of fellow exiles in 1957. She travelled from Lancashire to be there. The founders’ first meetings were held in Ashford, in a room at The Links public house, but Helen also remembers children’s parties in The Flower Pot in Sunbury. Joan Jenkins, the society’s longest-standing member, recalls that when she and her husband, Graham, joined in 1966, the headquarters had moved to Sunbury Cricket Club where it remained until 1986. She adds: “During this time the Society flourished and became very family-oriented; I can recall 15 teachers, six college lecturers and 36 children. We held Christmas parties, dances and musical evenings. We had coach trips to the coast and places of interest including the Bluebell Railway. “Two annual events were set in stone: the St David’s Day dinner dance on 1st March and the Gymanfa Ganu ( Welsh singing festival) held jointly with eight other Welsh societies from Kingston, Whitton, Hounslow, Harrow, Wimbledon, Windsor, Walton and Rushmoor. “Each society took its turn to host the festival but by 1993, when it came to Sunbury, only Wimbledon, Kingston and Rushmoor were still active. There were still enough lusty Welsh voices to make the rafters ring in St Mary’s Church.” In 1986, the Society moved to the Riverside Arts Centre. To help with the fundraising, the Society held concerts at the centre and at Bishop Wand School featuring the acclaimed London- based Gwalia Male Voice Choir. Members also helped at the Centre’s own fundraising fairs with the men Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts


nobly offering to run the bar! At the 1985 Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Festival, society members performed an excerpt from Under Milk Wood which Sarah Ash, the daughter of a member, devised and produced. Joan recalls: “Members enjoyed many happy hours rehearsing and the production was very well received by the festival audience.” Through the 1980s and 90s the programme was extended to include seaside trips by train from Feltham, heritage evenings, arts lectures, visits to the Male Voice Choir festivals at the Albert Hall and holidays to different countries in mainland Europe. Thereafter, membership began to fall as people retired – some returning to the homeland! Nevertheless, programmed events are well attended, especially the St David’s Day and Christmas lunches, concerts, plays, rambles, heritage evenings, and annual trips to South Wales in a vintage double-decker bus owned and driven by long-time member, Ken Morgan. Rob Gant, the Society’s Chairman, said: “The Society flourishes. At present, over 50 members enjoy a range of social and cultural activities in true Welsh tradition. The majority have family connections with the Principality; others openly subscribe to Welsh culture and values. We are a friendly group.” If you are interested in joining us, please contact Rob on 01932 788028.

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Stay Well This Winter It may seem ridiculous to start thinking about winter health during the summer holidays but that’s what your clinical commissioning group is busy doing right now. The winter months are always challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services which tend to see a sharp increase in A&E attendances. This is often because of flu and other cold weather conditions but also because of preventable things like people running out of medications or opting to go straight to hospital instead of a GP, pharmacist or ringing NHS 111. The Stay Well This Winter campaign aims to ease this seasonal pressure by outlining simple choices people can make to keep themselves well during the colder months. This includes having a flu vaccination, if you are eligible. Vaccination is free to those aged two – eight years, over 65s, anyone aged six months - 65 years in clinical ‘at risk’ groups (including people with asthma and respiratory conditions and those with heart and kidney problems), pregnant women, those in long-stay residential care homes and carers. For children the vaccination comes in a quick, painless nasal spray and, contrary to popular belief, will not give you flu! Choosing to get vaccinated not only helps you stay well, but those around you. Flu is highly infectious and can be particularly nasty in small children and the elderly, leading to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Make your appointment with your GP or pharmacist in early autumn before outbreaks of flu set in and don’t assume that if you were vaccinated last year you are safe - the vaccination needs updating every year to be fully effective. Flu clinics will be running on the following dates: Saturday 23rd Sept, Saturday 30th Sept, Saturday 7th Oct, Saturday 21st Oct and Saturday 4th Nov. Book online if you have patient access or call reception on 01932 713399. Do support your local GP Practice. Flu clinics are an essential part of the funds the practice receives to provide services. The PPG will also be running a cake stall in aid of charity.

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Sunbury Post Office Burglary Takes Charity Funds With callous contempt for human decency the thieves who targeted the Lower Sunbury post office recently also took the collections for local charities including those destined for Alfie Ward. Skinners and the post office have been valiantly raising money by selling raffle tickets, second hand books and wrist bands for the local youth who needs to raise ÂŁ600,000 to fund private treatment. The Post Office itself suffered from disruption and huge expense as a result of the attack, which saw youths ramraid the door to gain access to money and cigarettes. The alarm went off straight away and the perpetrators were caught on CCTV but they went at their targets with brutal intent and were in and out within minutes leaving a trail of wreckage. Skinners remained closed for a day while The caved in front door of forensics and police did their job, so Skinners customers went without papers, delivery boys and girls went without a job and the staff of Skinners lost sleep, a days trading and wasted time and money clearing up and replacing stolen goods. That is the unseen cost of a burglary. But the event also brought out the best in human kind, with so many concerned locals showing care. Skinners would like to thanks all their loyal and caring clients. Locals are also outraged that around ÂŁ500 in charity money was taken and are collecting again in earnest to replace the lost funds. Smashed monitor

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Why Does Nobody Sort Out the Slum Boats on the Thames? Anyone using the river Thames will have noticed an increase in abandoned boats along the Thames, as well as ‘slum boats’ which moor long term, taking up moorings that day trippers or visitors could use and frustrating us all. Why does no one do anything? Is this an EA matter? Should the council be responsible? A couple of years ago we had a rant in Sunbury Matters about a boat which was half sunk outside St Mary’s Church, Sunbury. After a couple of months of ranting, it was indeed removed from the river by the Environment Agency. One recent Facebook post commented; “Currently between Walton Bridge and Molesey lock there are 40/50 illegally moored boats. These boats do not tend to move and in most cases do not have a valid boat licence, have no insurance or boat safety certificate. Some are permanently moored on the riverbank and some move around between public moorings that are for only 24hrs, designed for legitimate boat users to moor up. Some of these people use the river bank as a storage yard, dump waste into the river and generally do not respect the public space. If a boat is legally on the river no problem, follow the bylaws and respect everyone else. Local councils and the Environment Agency do not have the resource to police or follow up so I fear the problem will only get worse”. How depressing! This boat opposite Platt’s Eyot has been in varying states of decay for at least 5 years. Eventually it, and the other sunken boat next to it, will disappear under the waterline causing a hazard and adding to our flooding problems. Surely the river should be cared for better than this.

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Sunbury Cricket Debuts for England (from LOSRA newsletter) Congratulations to Sunbury cricketer Toby Roland-Jones, who has made a stunning Test Match debut for England at the Oval against South Africa in the Third Test. He made his One Day international debut against South Africa in May. In South Africa’s first innings at the oval Toby took the wickets of five out of the top six batsmen to post excellent bowling figures of 5-57. He then made a significant contribution in South Africa’s second innings, taking the prized wicket of their star batsman Hashim Amla for the second time in the match. It is a notable achievement for bowlers to achieve the distinction of a Test Match five-wicket haul in their debut innings but even more remarkable to have finished with match figures of 8 - 129 (becoming the first England bowler since James Kirtley took 8 wickets against South Africa at Trent Bridge in 2003). Although primarily selected as a bowler, Toby has also made a handy contribution with the bat, scoring 25 and 21 not out in England’s two innings. batting at No. 9. Toby started playing cricket as a junior colt at Sunbury Cricket Club when he was about five years old, and played in all the colts age group teams, representing Middlesex throughout his colts’ career. He played for Hampton School and then for the Bradford/Leeds Universities Cricketing Centre of Excellence when he was at Leeds University. He was a regular member of Sunbury’s 1st XI and, after successful season at the Club in the Surrey Championship, signed a contract with Middlesex in 2010. Last season, he legendarily took a hat-trick in the final game of the season, taking the last three Yorkshire wickets to secure the County Championship for Middlesex for the first time in 23 years. Toby is the second Sunbury player to play Test Match cricket - another fast bowler Richard Johnson, who is now a coach at Middlesex, also played for England.

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Gardening Matters Beautiful Blackberries!

Autumn’s scent is sweet and sour. There is a definite tang in the air which indicates that summer is drawing to a close. Don’t be sad though, autumn has its compensations, especially at harvest time: picking early apples, cold from the tree and dappled with dampness is one of life’s little pleasures. But if you don’t grow fruit in your own plot you don’t have to miss out, just look to the hedgerows. As kids we used to dig out an empty ice cream tub and go blackberrying in the autumn. It seems to have died-out a bit as a family pastime but that means there’s more for the rest of us! Don’t worry about breaking any laws. If the fruit is growing in the wild it is anyone’s for the taking. But why stop at wild blackberries. How about growing your own? It’s very simple. My dad used to grow them over two discarded wrought-iron gates he found in a skip! You don’t need anything quite that elaborate. Rig up a simple post and wire frame. Two 2m / 6 foot posts knocked into the ground 2m / 6 foot apart and joined together with horizontal strands of galvanised wire spaced about 45cm / 18 inches apart will do. You can also grow them over sheds and walls. Plant the blackberry plant in manure, or compost-enriched soil at the base of the frame and gradually train the plant up it, tying in the shoots as they grow. It will spread to cover the frame and provide an annual crop. Remember to cut out old fruited stems each autumn and tie in the new ones. If space is limited there are some lovely new compact varieties available. There are plenty of thornless, highly flavoured varieties. Ashton Cross produces a heavy crop of intensely flavoured fruit and Merton is a compact thornless which produces enor-

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mous blackberries and is very suited to a small space. I encourage you to plant a blackberry bush this year and in the future you will enjoy one of the purest pleasures autumn can offer. Happy gardening,

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Path & Flowers for Cedars Park

The project to lay a path around the perimeter of Cedars Recreation ground was suggested by a local Sunbury resident who felt that young mums with push chairs, the elderly and anyone in a wheelchair would struggle with access to the parkwithout a solid path. This came to the attention of local Councillors at the same time as they were given a Windfall Grant from Spelthorne. After obtaining quotes and receiving the Grant the project is due to start in September. The old cricket pavilion has been demolished. The new path will start at the tennis courts and go around the outside finishing at the entrance to the park with a letdown suitable for push/wheel chairs at this point. There are also plans for landscaping, in several places, with wild flower seed beds and adding bushes and trees to improve the environment and encourage butterflies and bees. Cllr Sandra Dunn has been working with fellow Councillors and the Clerk of Works for Runnymede Borough Council, who works for Spelthorne on building projects to manage the venture.



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What’s Happening Locally? Email Sunday September 3rd. Dunkirk Little Ships. The Veterans Cruise unites Veterans from a number of conflicts but primarily from WWII with the Little Ships of Dunkirk. Little Ships will embark Veterans at Thames Motor Yacht Club near Hampton Court and vessels will depart from there at 10.00am. Vessels will head downstream, around Ravens Ait and pass through Molesey Lock between 10.45 and 11.15. Continuing upstream the flotilla of Little Ships will pass through Sunbury Lock between 11.30 and 12.00 arriving at Weybridge Mariners Club, Shepperton Lock Island from 12.30. We expect 18 Little Ships to join this event. On 10th September 10.00-4.00pm., as part of Heritage Open Days this year, St Mary's Church will be open. We will be joined by the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society who will be bringing records/ photos of Old Sunbury and their expertise to answer any questions you may have. We will have more Church records etc which may be of interest to any family historians; tours of the bells, and maybe have a go !(Last tour will be 3.00pm) Self tours of the inside of the Church and of the Churchyard. Plus tea/coffee/ice cream. So come and see us ! St Mary's Church, Church Street Sunbury TW16 6RG. Any queries on 01932 784432. Zodiac Musical Society are performing the musical ‘9 to 5’ at Magna Carta Theatre, Thorpe Road, EGHAM TW18 3HJ from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 October 2017 at 7.45 pm and a matinee on Saturday 14 October at 2.30pm. It is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It is a lively show with plenty of songs, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Around Here’ and ‘Here for you’. Tickets are £11/£15 and can be obtained by calling the box office on : 01932 220167 or book on line at Cosi Fan Tutte. Mozart’s Comedy on Tour. Riverside Arts Centre. 22nd September 2017. 7.30pm. Tickets £20 from 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. Restore Food Bank Monday and Thursday 10-12 You can drop in at any point, for coffee and chat. St Saviour’s Church, 205a Vicarage Rd., Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 7TP Tel. 01932 782800 Office Hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 13:00pm

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Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme. Coffee Time on Friday 1 September between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. This Coffee Time theme will be Trains & Trams of Sunbury! 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 Shepperton Aurora Rotary Prestige Lecture 2017. Our speaker for 2017 will be Allan Winn, Director & CEO of Brooklands Museum Trust, the date is Wednesday 27th September at the usual venue, Halliford School. Tickets are now on sale and the profits from the Lecture go to the Brooklands Museum Trust and Rotary Charities. See ad opposite for full information. Hold the Date! Sunday October 1st. St Mary’s pet service will be at 11.30. Father Andrew has said he will give a special award to the best turned out (and best behaved?) pet! ‘Old Photos of Sunbury’ by Nick Pollard is the subject of the first Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society talk of the new season, at Sunbury Methodist Church, Staines Road East, on Tuesday 19th September starting at 8pm. All welcome, £2 admission for non-members of SSLHS Totally Thames 2017 From 1 September 2017 to 30 September 2017 See London’s river Thames brought to life in a month-long season of events along the river’s 42-mile (68km) stretch during the Totally Thames 2017 festival. This year’s 150 events fall under three main themes: the river Thames’ rich history, the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music, and the issue of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans. Walk along the Thames to see large-scale art installations, exhibitions and live performances. Enjoy a concert below river-level or join an archaeological tour of the river's surroundings. Visit for details Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts




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September 2017 Sunbury Matters  

The free monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury

September 2017 Sunbury Matters  

The free monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury