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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos



Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together

September 2018

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School is back this month and we are getting back to normal . We take education as a given in this country. Spare a thought for children in Mozambique where St Nicholas Church is trying to get a school built. If you can help fund it, they would be grateful. No rest for us at Village Matters over the summer. I thought Mr C had far too much time on his hands so he is now heading up the new title Walton Matters. We look forward to sharing info on what is going on across the river, and telling residents of Walton all about our lovely village of Shepperton. Look out for offers from Riverside Barn in Walton this month. Remember the photos of the incursion on Lower Halliford Green last

September 2018 month? Well, take a look at the peaceful scene of how it used to look some 100 years ago (p4) Bliss! This month we start a quarterly update from your county and ward councillors. It is nice to know they think Shepperton Matters is the best way of communicating with the community. Enjoy!

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Lower Halliford Green 4 Shepperton Superheroes! 6 Education - The right of every child 10 Discovering a New Local Walk 12 Celebrating the Thames 18 Why Greenbelt must always be green 23 3 Cheers for Shepperton Friends 24 Spongefingers - Help for New Mums 27 Recipe of the Month 31 Laleham Pond Update 33 Dunkirk Little Ships Outing 34 Responsible Dog Ownership 35 Laleham Residents Update 37 Councillors Update 40 The Great Stink 42 Can You Help the Purple Angels 45 Charlton Village Residents Update 46 Gardening Matters 49 What s On 52/53 Ad Index and Costs 54

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Lower Halliford Green, Shepperton By Nick Pollard

The recent incursion by travellers onto Lower Halliford Green, circumventing the defences put around it by Spelthorne Council, prompted me to look out this photo taken in more peaceful times. It s from a postcard sent not long before the First World War erupted, and shows a perfect pastoral scene, with cows in and around one of two ponds which used to be on the green, either side of the small access trackway which bisects it. The ponds were dewponds, i.e. not fed by any watercourse, and may well have dried up in hot summers such as that we have just experienced. By the 1930s they had disappeared from maps of the area. The cows are from Duppa s Farm, the buildings of which can be seen in the background beyond Russell Road, which runs along the edge of the green. This was primarily a dairy farm, the cows being grazed in the many open fields round about, now occupied by Thamesmead School and housing developments such as Gordon Road and Lindsay Drive. The farm buildings were demolished in the 1960s, after which the site lay empty for a while as it was on the route of the projected Shepperton Eastern bypass. After the abandonment of this scheme, the Duppa s Village housing development was built here in the 1980s. The name of Duppa, which is also attached to the park behind the green, derives from its ownership by the Duppa Charities, originally founded in the 17th century by Brian Duppa, successively Bishop of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester. He was also tutor to the sons of King Charles I, including the future King Charles II. The land he owned at Halliford was an endowment for alms houses at Richmond. The name of the green itself is explained by it originally being part of the manor of Halliford rather than Shepperton, which was centred on the Church Square. Halliford manor had two settlements, Upper and Lower, the latter being concentrated along the Thames The old Halliford Manor House stands among trees to the east of the green. The History of London Irish RFC by Nigel Scott starts off the new season of meetings of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 18 th September at Sunbury Methodist Church in Staines Road East, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission ÂŁ2 for non-members. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Can You Spot Shepperton Superheroes? Look carefully at the photo on the right and you will see Robin Sider on the left and Diana Moran on the right! They were taking part in the Charity SuperHero Tri to help raise funds for White Lodge, Chertsey of which Diana is patron. White Lodge is a centre for children and young adults with cerebral palsy. Held on Dorney Lakes there were 2000 participants in the Triathlon involving Swimming, Cycling and jogging/walking supporting our particular entrant. They came form 25 different charities Diana did 10km on the bike and Robin jogged 2.5km. We were the oldest participants , said Diana. It was exhausting but very humbling.

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Every Child Should Have the Right to an Education By Monica Chard, Editor As the new scholastic year starts, your little ones may be setting off on the adventure of a new school or a new term in fresh uniforms. Maybe they wish the holidays lasted longer. Maybe they even tell you they hate school. But imagine if there were no school. So it is for very many children who, by fate, have been born in Africa. Milange is a dusty village in Mozambique where Shepperton has special links through St Nicholas Church. Some of you may be aware of it already. It is a very poor country, trying to recover after the devastation of decades of civil war. 40% of children there don t go to school. Links were forged between the London Diocese and the Anglican church in Mozambique some 20 years ago and Sandy Swift (wife of Rev. Chris Swift ) became involved, looking at ways to support the community and improve their lot. She and a fellow church member went out to Milange in 2001. At the time there were no facilities in the town. Church services were held under a tree outside the priests house. So funds were raised by the congregation of St Nicholas, Shepperton, to build a church. The next project had to be education, surely something every child should have access to, but in Milange, sadly not the case. As well as St Nicholas church congregation, St Nicholas school became (and are still) involved. With their help and financial support a block of two classrooms was built for secondary school children in nearby Ngema. Those two classrooms serve 500 primary schoolchildren from surrounding villages per day on a rolling basis. It may be cramped and facilities little more than a blackboard, but the children feel so privileged to have access to an education. They are eager to learn and to improve their futures. St Nicholas church now has the ambition of building a new classroom block of 4 rooms for primary school children in Milange. The block will be called St Nicholas School, Milange. The government is committed to providing teachers and equipment and all being well the building work will be underway by summer 2019. But it is going to take a lot of money. Initially £24,000 is needed for the 4 classroom block. The secondary phase will be the wall to be built round it (sadly vandalism and theft are factors of life there too) and finally phase 3 will be an admin block. It is a hugely ambitious project. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


Fund raising efforts are underway. One Saturday in August a Rolling River lunch was organised, each of the 3 courses served in a different riverside location in Shepperton, with transport by boat between courses. Impossible Dream , the Spelthorne boat for the disabled came to help out. Nauticalia kindly provided much needed parking space. Local suppliers Quality Fruit and Daines and Gray discounted their produce for the lunch and it was all cooked and served by volunteers. £2000 was raised from this event alone. At least one local has pledged £1000. That goes so far in a country like Mozambique.

So how can you help? Clearly the project needs money. If this story has moved you, you can donate via the justgiving link on the church website: www.stnicholaschurch-shepperton.org. Click on the more tab and find the link to the page on Mozambique. Look out also for leaflets in the church and for future fund raising events. There is going to be a concert in February. Halliford School have kindly offered the theatre for the event. Every child should have an education. Please help if you can. Thank you.







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Discovering a New Place

You know how it is. You live somewhere for years and yet somehow there are little pockets of the area which you still don t know. We are all guilty of not really knowing our area. So the front cover this month is taken by me early one morning last month, from Desborough Island looking over towards Las Palmas, Shepperton. If you have not yet discovered these places, you can be forgiven. Neither is sign posted. Some of you may have visited Las Palmas recently for the annual Laughing Stock music festival. (Some of you may wonder what on earth I am talking about now!) Back to the lovely Desborough Island. It was formed when the Desborough Cut was built to improve navigation. You will find the Weybridge Vandals based there, a shooting club, Hersham Football club and Thames Water. Kate Winslet is reputed to have lived in the old pump house some years back. It is an island full of wildlife with rabbits, squirrels and birds. In the spring time the field is a carpet of buttercups. Dogs love it. If you walk along the tow path from Cowey Sale and walk up the stairs by the first bridge, crossing the river, you will find yourself on the island. Likewise you can drive on to the island which has a one way system. If you follow the road all the way to the left it leads to a parking area. The only sad thing is the amount of rubbish that is dumped as picnickers who take the trouble to carry all their goods there, then can t be bothered to take the rubbish home, and fly tippers who see it as a great dumping ground. (a topic for a future article). Try not to let it spoil the walk.

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Looking For Your Next Career Move?

The Spelthorne Skills and Careers Fair 2018 is taking place from noon to 7pm on Wednesday 19th September in the Exhibition Hall at Kempton Park Racecourse. With over 60 of Spelthorne s leading employers and skills providers involved , this will be a fantastic opportunity to look for your next role, find out about training opportunities and meet the wide range of employers located in the Borough. This year s event is sponsored by Heathrow Airport and Contract Options. You will find them at the Skills Fair alongside a broad range of local businesses including BP, Costco, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Shepperton Studios. Free workshops will be running throughout the day to help you improve your CV and to increase your confidence in interviews. The event is a collaboration between Spelthorne Borough Council, Kenyngton Manor Sure Start Centre, Job Centre Plus, A2 Dominion, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Spelthorne Business Forum. For more information and a free ticket visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/sscf

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Thank you Shepperton, for your Generosity Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. Christian Aid Week was set up 60 years ago to support our work with refugees in Europe following the Second World War. St Nicholas Church has supported this cause for many years. Collecting of donations has become more an more challenging though so the church, and local organiser Caroline Button, want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Shepperton for your generosity. The 2018 appeal raised ÂŁ3100. Each year there is a different nominated disaster to support. This year the focus was on Haiti and providing money to train local people to build earthquake proof homes and to provide them with the necessary tools. Christian Aid work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Christian Aid week takes place every May, so look out for details of the next appeal in 2019.

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Celebrating the Thames The length of the Thames presents a diverse tableau with a multitude of business old and new. There are river businesses with a long history with the Thames such as Chertsey Meads Marine boat builders, Bates Wharf, French Brothers boats who ferry passengers along the Thames, Penton Hook Yacht Club, Staines Sailing Club, Bell Weir Boats. New businesses are using the river location too, such as Thames Side Brewery producing artisan microbrew beer, and using the birds that share the River Thames as inspiration for their beer names.

There are still river people who pass on their skills to their children like Michael Dennett who has spent 60 years building boats on the River Thames and is passing on his business to his son Stephen on the 30 year anniversary of the boatyard. Michael started in boat building when he was 15 years old, as a general assistant at Horace Clarke's Boatyard in Sunbury. Then he was offered an apprenticeship at Walton Yacht works, moving on to 72ft motor torpedo boats for the Royal Navy. His apprenticeship was finally completed at George Wilsons boat yard in Sunbury. When Michael was 22 years old, he became self employed, initially working out of the back of a van. Then as his reputation grew he rented a shed, before launching his own boat yard in 1988 with son Stephen who has inherited his father's expertise working timber in to boats. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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From the riverside yard at Chertsey, the Dennett family care for a wide range of vintage vessels from small crafts such as Slipper and Gibbs launches to much larger vessels, including a number of boats from the Dunkirk Little Ship fleet. The River Wey is a canal which used to enable transport between London and Guildford by barge. On the River Wey at Addlestone is Cox s Lock where water mills, were used in the production of iron in 1776, then flour in the 1830s and finally silk weaving. The mill is now homes for residents. The other tributaries include the River Bourne, which runs through Virginia Water Lake, Wentworth Lake where there are mandarin ducks, as well as indigenous wildlife. A short film has been produced by T J LaneWalker about the River Thames, and its tributaries, and the people who live, work and base their leisure activities on the waterways (please see the YouTube link: https:// youtu.be/TsPVy2RjdcY. The following events may be of interest: For more information please visit the River Celebration website: http://runnyriver.org.uk/ Saturday, 22 September – Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club (WSPC) Regatta Monday, 24 September – River Walk for Living Well Week starts at 10am at Manor Farm Centre TW20 9HR.


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Why Greenbelt Really Has to be Greenbelt By Monica Chard, Editor

This is a controversial subject! Should greenbelt ALWAYS be greenbelt? Are there any instances when perhaps the rule should be flexible and possibly be considered for development? We were contacted by readers living near The Bugle in Upper Halliford. A recent application for development of adjoining land had just been considered by the planning committee at Spelthorne Council. The proposals were to turn an extremely ugly plot of land into a nice respectable close, with a nature reserve at the back for the enjoyment of the community. The proposal had been overturned despite a lot of support from locals. We were intrigued so went to have a look. We have heard so much about the need for housing. An ambitious target of close to 600 additional homes per year has been forced upon Spelthorne and the current local plan is under scrutiny. We do not yet know the outcome but one thing we must be reassured to know is that the greenbelt CANNOT be under threat. The plot in question on Upper Halliford Road is the site of the old Bugle nurseries. It is a mess of waste, lorries, buildings in poor repair and associated overgrowth and vermin. This is certainly not what I would ever consider to be prime green belt. The use of the land over the past 20 years has according to locals, been dubious; apparently unlicensed activity turning the site into an industrial estate with tumbling buildings, some with asbestos, dumped vehicles and machinery and discarded building materials. There was an application in the early 1990s to develop the 5 acre site into a residential housing estate which was rejected by the council. The industrial activity which escalated since then has led to contamination To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

of the land. Many developments were apparently illegal, but retrospective planning permission and licenses were granted by both Spelthorne and Surrey County Council. The recent application by a developer to build an estate of dwellings (50% affordable) and a nursing home was refused on the basis the land is greenbelt. Ward councillors, local residents and the Shepperton Residents Association supported the application. Councillor Tim Evans described the site a this disgusting unsightly junkyard . The refusal raises the issue of when is greenbelt not greenbelt and what should be done to preserve it. This site is a blot on the landscape. If it cannot be developed, then surely we need to put pressure on the land owner to clear it up. Greenbelt needs to be preserved and we hope that will be the case moving forward when the local plan is revealed. But we don t want these unsightly industrial wastelands to be allowed because of the current designation of the land. There needs to be inspection of these sites to ensure they are NOT being turned into industrial wastelands.

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Three Cheers for Shepperton Friends Shepperton Friends Group, Shooting Star Chase are delighted to announce that they have reached the incredible half a million pounds fundraising milestone. Jane Nash and her mother Marian Daniels, founders of the Shepperton Friends Group say; Wow, what a fantastic achievement, we are extremely proud to have reached the milestone of £500,000 it s a dream come true. We would like to say a big thank you; first to the wonderful members of the Shepperton Friends group who have worked tirelessly over the years and to all the individuals, local businesses, pub landlords, shopkeepers and organisations who have generously supported us in so many ways since our group was set up. We wouldn t have achieved this amazing milestone without you all The Shepperton Friends group was set up in April 2001 to raise funds and local awareness for Shooting Star Chase. Donations have been raised from a wide range of events and activities including, The Sparkle Ball, Quiz & Chips, The Derek Belsey Memorial Golf Day, musical evenings, barbecues, fetes, raffles, sponsored walks & events, collection cans, birthday, anniversary and in memory collections. Shooting Star Chase costs £10 million a year just to maintain its current level of care. Around 10% of that income comes from government funding, so they rely on their supporters generosity to keep the service running. What s more, they know there are many more families desperate for their vital support, so it s crucial they raise more funds to provide more care. The Shepperton Friends Group s next big event is their biannual Sparkle Ball which will be held at Shepperton Studios on Saturday, 10 November 2018. They hope with continued local support this event will set Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Spongefingers - Support for New Mums

Becoming a mother for the first time can be a daunting business. So much to learn so fast. New mothers can feel confused and vulnerable. So who better to help and reassure them but others in the same position as themselves. If this is you, or someone you know, Shepperton hosts a weekly drop in group that can be a lifeline. Spongefingers has been running for 30 years. Attendees are now second generation, their mothers having been at the group themselves as babies. Founders realised how much they needed a peer group to air their concerns to and from whom to learn. The group welcomes mums, dads, childminders to come along with their babies and youngsters up to the age of 4. It is a safe and secure environment. As well as baby oriented equipment there is a craft table for older children, dressing up and a sing along often involves everyone present. The group runs in Shepperton Village Hall, Thurs 9.30-11am during term time and is only ÂŁ3 per family. It is run by volunteers and the group would welcome some help. If you could help set up and clear away between 9-12 during term time your help would be greatly appreciated. Contact Suzi: suzi.freely@icloud.com Find out more by joining the facebook group: Sponge Fingers Playgroup, Shepperton -

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The Enemy Within We burrow into the world of the woodworm All wood boring insects are commonly known under the generic term ‘woodworm’ with four main types that are found in the timbers of property. These are the Common Furniture Beetle, House Longhorn Beetle, Death Watch Beetle and Wood Boring Weevil. All can cause damage with the two main culprits being the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum) and the House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes Bajulus).

So how did they get there in the first place? The female of all the species will lay their eggs in moist, nutritious timber; normally recently felled trees. The larvae will then burrow their way below the surface. The

Common Furniture Beetle is also known to infest seasoned timber depending upon heat and humidity and can remain hidden for 3-5 years, pupate then emerge as an adult. The House Longhorn Beetle can take up to 8 years to pupate and due to its size, it is the most destructive. All wood boring insects survive on the nutrients within the wood, so as the timber seasons and the wood dries out the insects exit to start the breeding cycle again. The Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium Refovillosum) normally attacks hardwoods; it derived its name as it was commonly found in the oak beams of churches. Finally, the Wood Boring Weevil loves damp conditions and is usually found where the wood has started to decompose due to wood rotting fungi.

How can I tell if I have woodworm? The first time you usually find out that you had an infestation is after the insect has left. It would have eaten its way through the timber, weakening the internal structure and then emerges through a flight hole leaving ‘frass’, a powdery or course dust around the exit hole. Depending upon the type of insect these flight holes can vary between 1-10mm. An outbreak in the 1960’s of Longhorn Beetle in parts of Surrey, soon spread to the local Shepperton area which subsequently led to a change in building practices nationwide, with all construction timber thereafter being pre-treated.

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Recipe of the Month Yummy No Bake Granola Bars

Thanks to a local reader for this easy recipe for a delicious snack that is full of healthy goodness.

Ingredients 1 heaped cup (220g) pitted dates (deglet noor or medjool)

Put the dates in a food processor and whizz until you have a sticky mass which only takes a couple of minutes.

1/4 cup (85g) maple syrup or honey

Warm the maple syrup/honey in a pan with the nut butter then remove from the heat. You can also do this in a microwave which only takes a minute.

1/4 cup (85g) peanut or almond butter 1 cup (115g) raw almonds 1 1/2 cups (135g) oats Optional extras (pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit) Pre heat the oven to about 170C. Method Chop the almonds roughly and put in a baking tray with the oats and seeds (if you are using them. I think they add to the crunch so would recommend it). Toast in the oven for about 20 minutes, keeping an eye on them to make sure they don t burn and giving the tray a shake from time to time. Take them out and let them cool for 5 minutes or so. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Now you need to mix in the date mass, the warmed honey and nut butter with the toasted ingredients and squish together until it forms a uniform mass and the dates are well distributed. Line an 8x8 baking dish or Pyrex then press mixture into it evenly with a fork. Put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes then remove from the pan and chop into bars. These will last for up to a week. They are delicious, wholesome and pretty much guilt free! Enjoy.

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Update from Laleham Pond By Ray Thorn, Spelthorne Civic Pride Volunteers

It has been a while since I last updated you on developments at the pond so here are some highlights from recent months. In the orchard, more fruit trees have been planted to enlarge the growing field. We now have Apple, Pear, Plum, a Cherry tree, and also family trees which are two varieties of apple growing from one root stock. Amongst the Apple trees we have both eating and cooking types. This year we have had a good crop of fruit from the Apple trees especially the Bramley which are excellent for culinary purposes. With the other fruit trees, we have experienced mixed fortunes as, no doubt, the changeable weather this Spring has affected the production of blossom so crops are smaller or non-existent. The very hot summer has not helped the trees but with an adequate supply of water in the pond we have continually watered the trees to get the fruit swelling up. Turning to the pond, we were delighted earlier this year to see Kingfishers making a return to the site after an absence of some years. The birds made many visits leading us to believe that they were searching for a new home. So, in consultation with our colleagues at the Egham & Staines group, we set about building a Kingfisher nesting box on a promontory at the back of the pond. Designed and constructed by our colleagues, the box was created out of recycled wood, sand, plastic tubing, and much sweat and toiling. By March the box was ready for the birds. Now we wait for the first residents to arrive. To celebrate the new build, we were pleased to welcome local councillor, Vivienne Leighton, last year s Mayor of Spelthorne, to unveil the nesting box, and a plaque. So the next

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time you visit the pond, we shall be delighted to show you the nesting box. Colour is a theme of our efforts to introduce wildflowers to the land surrounding the pond; this year we have seen Cowslips, Evening Primrose, and Poppies amongst many others. Readers will recall that every June we open the pond for viewing alongside the Open Garden day put on by Laleham Residents Association. As the event was not possible this year, we have decided to open our pond on the first Tuesday of each month. Times will be 10.30am to 12 noon starting from 4th September. Do hope you can and see us. Children are welcome but if under 16 years of age they must be accompanied by an adult. Regrettably dogs are not permitted. So, a summary of what we have been doing at Laleham Pond. My colleagues and I would love to see you, to share the open space, and tell you about our work and ideas for the future. We are a small band of friendly gardeners and seek new members to join us. Can you spare any time on a Tuesday morning? Raymond Thorn Spelthorne Civic Pride Volunteers Email: raymondthorn30@gmail.com


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Dunkirk Little Ships Annual Cruise

The Annual Veterans Cruise will take place over the weekend of September 1st and 2nd. They leave on both days from Thames Motor Yacht Club, Hampton Court. Around 24 Little Ships are expected to support this important event, which is record numbers. On Saturday 1st September Little Ships will depart Thames Motor Yacht Club around 1300 and head downstream for a short service at the Dynamo memorial at Teddington Lock (around 1400). Little Ships will continue downstream and turn at Richmond before returning to TMYC. Veterans from the Falklands and other conflicts will be hosted. On Sunday September 2nd The Little Ships will be coming to Weybridge Mariners Club on Hamhaugh Island, Shepperton. The first Little Ships are expected to arrive shortly after 1230. Veterans will be returned to TMYC after 1500 in a convoy of Classic cars and WWII buses. Do go and have a look at the beautiful little historic craft which played such an important part in history, and cheer on the veterans who were part of the WW2 manoeuvres. Contact vetscruise@adls.org.uk for more information. (photos Monica Chard)


September 2018 sees the launch of Walton Matters. 8000 homes and businesses a month will receive a hand delivered copy with news, history, events and covering local issues. Village Matters magazines now distribute 31,000 magazines every month to local communities. No other local media can do that. We also have an affiliate in Teddington & Twickenham. If you want to discuss advertising in any of these titles please call Monica on 07979 808991 or email monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Facebook: Sunbury & Shepperton Matters

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The Responsibility of Dog Ownership

The Friends of Shepperton Facebook group carried a post last month about a dog which had, on several occasions attacked other dogs in Upper Halliford Park. I felt so sorry for the owner of the dog which had been attacked. Reading about her ordeal took me back to my own experience a few years back. I had been walking my two dogs down our road when out of nowhere a huge American Bulldog went for them. He started on my collie, but decided that the miniature schnauzer was easier game. He had the little fellow on his back, trying to tear his stomach out. It was the most horrific experience. The dog was screaming, I was screaming, neighbours running out to see what was happening etc. I am grateful that the owner of the out of control dog ran after him and wrestled him off. But there my gratitude ends. I was faced with a trip to the emergency vet and the subsequent bill, not to mention a traumatised dog (you can see his injury in the photo). The whole incident had been caught on CCTV so when the neighbour refused to pay a penny, I went to the police. The incident I read about on Facebook replicated my own experience with the police. The owner of the dog in question will receive a visit and be warned to control their dog, but that is pretty much all. I could never track down any dog warden. The very least the owner of a dangerous/out of control dog should do is keep it muzzled. My experience was that because it was a dog on dog attack, the police would do no more than offer a caution. They could not enforce any collection of money or force the owner to do anything. Ironically if it has been a child that was savaged it would have been on national TV, by which time it would be too late. There is something wrong with this system. Of course the reason not more is done is because of costs of policing. Yes, there are more urgent demands on the police s time, but this lack of action encourages lack of care by owners of dangerous dogs.

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Lost and Found?

Imagine the surprise on a lower Sunbury resident recently when he looked outside to see a huge bird of prey in his garden. It seemed tame, or not too scary at least, so he went to see. He got close enough to touch it. A brave man, who apparently still has all his fingers! He ran back inside to get his camera and took a few photos. It appears this might be the missing bird from the Shepperton Fair. It has a GPS tracker apparently but the battery died. He has been seen in various parts of the surrounding area so keep a look out.

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News From Your County and Borough Councillors Welcome to the first of our new quarterly updates on matters involving your Surrey and Spelthorne Councils. Our aim is to share information on matters affecting and of interest to the local community and to respond to any questions you may have. You will have noticed as the summer goes on that the many pot holes in the roads are slowly being repaired – your online reporting of these has proved a great help. In a bid to reduce the work in future, Surrey County Council has also been doing more extensive repairs on the worst roads and totally resurfacing some roads with a 10 year pothole free guarantee. This process will continue each year. SHEPPERTON TOWN We continue to fight the Watersplash Farm Gravel application by Walton Bridge Road with a proposed entrance at the small roundabout by Green Lane. The Environment agency is still opposing the application, together with Surrey. We will keep you posted on this matter. We are at last delighted to announce that Spelthorne has won a protracted legal battle and the family unlawfully living on greenbelt land off Sheep Walk have now left. A Court ruling has declared that the brick wall and fencing on Chertsey Road are unlawful. However, that s only the first step on the path to resolving this – a retrospective application has been submitted. If the council refuses this, they can then impose an enforcement notice for removal. However, the applicant then has the opportunity to go to appeal on both the refusal and the enforcement. It may take some time, but be assured, action is being taken. SHEPPERTON GREEN/LITTLETON Following some extensive proposals to further develop the Shepperton Studios site, we will be closely monitoring the progress of this on behalf of, and with, residents. We recognize one concern over this will be the need for acceptable traffic management in the local area, in which SCC and Richard Walsh will be involved. Consultation is still ongoing for this. Councillors and senior Council management are also working with the three Residents Associations towards a satisfactory arrangement with Brett, the gravel company, over the Littleton Lane site and to secure the removal of the HGV vehicles from the site. Meetings of all parties have been held with more to follow – updates will be available soon. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


CHARLTON VILLAGE We are working closely with the new committee of the CVRA on a number of improvements to the area; these include new signage for the village gateways and a plan for the installation of an average speed camera to deter speeding drivers. Other improvements for the village have already been delivered. LALEHAM Councillors are working closely with Laleham School on a programme of safety measures for the village, including refurbishment of the courtesy crossing by the school, a potential new crossing and refurbishment of the area and signage to the school. All Laleham residents should benefit from these improvement works. If there any issues you would like to discuss with your County and/or Borough Councillors, please feel free to contact us at any time and your suggestions for news items in this section will be very much welcomed. Borough Cllrs - Shepperton Green/Charlton Village/Laleham Ward Maureen Attewell 07850 297754 cllr.attewell@spelthorne.gov.uk Mary Madams 07766 138678 cllr.madams@spelthorne.gov.uk Richard Smith-Ainsley 07970 281063 cllr.smith-ainsley@spelthorne.gov.uk Borough Cllrs - Shepperton Town Ward Colin Barnard 01932 705950 cllr.barnard@spelthorne.gov.uk Vivienne Leighton 01932 231596 cllr.leighton@spelthorne.gov.uk Robin Sider 01932 232990 cllr.sider@spelthorne.gov.uk County Cllr for both wards Richard Walsh 07770 280322 cllr.walsh@surreycc.gov.uk


Love Where you Live Squires are donating thousands of daffodil bulbs during September. For every pack of bulbs (any type) customers buy, Squire s will donate 10 daffodil bulbs to local councils to brighten up our common spaces.

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The Great Stink Sources: Wiki/Rosemary Ashton/ choleraandthethames.co.uk Think we have had a long hot summer? Be thankful for your flushing toilet and fridge!! Up until 1800 the River Thames had been relatively clean, supporting a large fishing industry, which caught and sold species including lobsters and salmon. But in June 1858, a heat wave hit London so badly that it baked the river into a fetid mess.

was developed - a significant advance, although the clear majority were of basic construction and not emptied very often. According to a website which examines the Thames and cholera, all the sewage in the Thames began to ferment in the scorching sun— centuries of waste was literally cooking in the monstrous heat. The result was a smell as offensive and disgusting as can ever be imagined. (www.choleraandthethames.co.uk/ cholera-in-london/the-great-stink ) "Gentility of speech is at an end - it stinks; and whoso once inhales the stink can never forget it and can count himself lucky if he lives to remember it," complained the City Press. Parliament moved upstream, and everyone who could afford it left town. Maybe this wasn't the hottest weather in English history, but it probably is the most spectacularly revolting weather event on record. The period is referred to as 'The Great Stink'.

You may have felt the heat recently, but historian Rosemary Ashton says it's nothing compared to what London endured in 1858. "The hottest recorded day up to that point in history was the 16th of June 1858, when the temperature reached 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit, in the shade," she says. That was the year of The Great Stink -when the Thames River, hot and filled with sewage, made life miserable for the residents of the city. Great Britain had urbanized quickly in the 19th century, with half the population living in towns by 1851. In the mid 14th century the population of London had been about 100,000, in 1800 the population was nearly one million and in 1850 more than two million. Sadly, urban planning didn't keep up. Modern toilets appeared on the scene before modern infrastructure, turning the Thames into an open sewer. The first indoor toilet - the water closet - was invented by Harington in the 1590s. This was not widely adopted because there was no supply of running water to flush it. During the 17th Century the cesspit Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Shepperton Fairy Dust Royal Approval!

Heritage Day 2018

We ran a piece last month about Val Lewis book The Great Fairy Dust Crisis. Val decided that she would send a copy to the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex to read one day to the child now merely a glint in Harry s eye . Imagine her surprise to receive a letter of warm thanks and appreciation, together with a photo of the happy couple. What a lovely touch.

Laleham Heritage Centre will have an Open Day on Sunday, 16th September, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. The Heritage Collection has now returned to its home after the refurbishment of the Heritage Centre & Parish Office building, and although new displays are still being constructed, the collection of documents, plans, maps and artefacts are catalogued and are available to view. Plans for future research and displays can be discussed with the curator, who will welcome any thoughts, ideas and feedback, plus any personal knowledge or recollections, over a cuppa. Laleham Heritage Centre, The Broadway, Laleham, TW18 1SB. Curator, Dominic O Malley, can be contacted at dom.omalley@hotmail.co.uk


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Can You Help The Purple Angels? By Monica Chard, Editor If you live in Shepperton you will surely be aware of Purple Angel Ambassadors. Shepperton is held as the example of a Dementia Friendly town of Spelthorne. The awareness amongst the local shops and businesses is highlighted by Purple Angel stickers on the door. This shows that there has been dementia awareness training for employees so they treat any customers with dementia with patience and consideration. The 18 Purple Angels Ambassadors in and around Spelthorne are part of a Global awareness group which was started 5 years ago by Norman McNamara who has Lewys body dementia. Two of our local Purple Angels Ambassadors are Jean Saunders and Lisa Greaves who by raising the profile of their cause they then founded their own registered charity called Spelthorne Dementia Support aka Purple Angels . They have during two and a half years formed a wonderful committee of 8 lovely people ,all very committed and with their arms filled with empathy. Jean Saunders contacted me recently telling me of an increase in calls for carers and families needing support, one of which came from a member of the public who left a message in the early hours after finding a gentleman on the A30. They had another 3 referrals from local police officers asking Purple Angels to get in touch with the families to give them the extra support they desperately needed. The worry is that loved ones can leave the safety of their home undetected to go to the bank or whatever the purpose they had in their mind at the time, and get lost. Jean has visited 3 of these families who have now joined the Open Minds Memory Cafe as members. This is held at The Greeno Day Centre every two weeks. They have also been given referrals for GPS Locators to be supplied to their loved ones. This initiative is currently run by Runneymede Council. What a great facility it is. If you have a vulnerable loved one who may take to going for walks, a GPS Locator can ensure they are never lost. As a result of the involvement with Purple Angels the families will now have the peace of mind that these gadgets can offer. Jean and Lisa with their group are a force to be reckoned with out there working for these families of the most vulnerable in our community. Good for you Ladies (and Gents)! We need more To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

like you in the community. So I don t mind at all helping highlight the needs of this fabulous group and shamelessly asking if you can spare anytime to help them. Did you know about the Purple Angel Buddy Scheme? This is where Purple Angels Support carers at home. What a difference a visit and a cuppa would make to their lives. Can you spare a couple of hours that would change someone else s life? Altruism is one of the best boosts to your own well being. Do something for someone else. Sadly even with the huge increase in dementia cases some local health centres still have limited resources specialising in Elderly Care and Dementia. There are not the resources to go round. So there is little free support available to families and carers. The Alzheimer s Society will give advice but often refer people onto Purple Angels for the different types of support they can give . So please think about making a difference...You really can !

Spelthorne Dementia Support Purple Angels VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!! Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare? Are you a caring person? We need volunteers to support people living with Dementia and their families. A chat and a cup of tea can go a long way! Please contact us via info@spelthorne-dementiasupport.org.uk or on 07895 787579 if you think you can help. Thank you for your kindness.


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Gardening Matters A Host of Golden Daffodils

The next question I get asked a lot is, What s the difference between daffodils and narcissi? This is also a good question. All daffodils are narcissi, but not all narcissi are daffodils! Daffodils is the name we give to narcissi with large trumpets. The third question I m often asked is, How far apart should I plant the bubs?

Garden centres, nurseries and catalogues are full of daffodil bulbs now. I have to exercise supreme self-restraint every time I wander in! I think I get asked more questions about daffodils than any other plant, apart from roses. I think it s because they are ubiquitous in the spring and so we assume they are easy to grow. They are...and they aren t, so I ll answer the most common questions I get asked here. I think the question I get most is How do I get my daffodils to flower more than one year? It s a good question. It s tempting to think that the only thing you have to remember about planting daffodil bulbs is to set them pointy side up, but it s a bit more complicated than that if you want them to flower every year. The trick is to set them deep enough. If you plant them just below the surface, as so many of people do, they dry out, which means they lack the food and moisture to get them through until the following year. The result is an uninteresting clump of leaves rather than a host of golden daffodils.

They should be planted about 3 inches / 8cm apart in holes about 10 inches / 25cm deep. It looks deep when you are dropping them in but it s worth the effort for the repeat flowering. Choose the biggest firmest bulbs you can find for each variety. The final question I get asked is, When can I cut down the foliage after flowering? I would suggest waiting for 6 weeks. If you have a very small garden and can t bear to have untidy foliage lying around you might be better treating the bulbs as annuals (daffodil bulbs aren t generally expensive.). Or you can plant them in an aquatic basket, and after flowering you can dig the basket up, water the bulbs regularly then replant in the autumn. Alternatively, you can buy dwarf varieties of daffodil which have daintier flowers and foliage, so you can have pretty flowers without the resulting foliage posing a problem. Whatever you decide, remember plant deeper than you think and Happy gardening!

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Zodiac Musical Society - Zodiac are performing the much loved musical The Wizard of Oz from 10th – 13th October 2018 at Magna Carta Arts Centre, Thorpe Road, EGHAM TW18 3HJ. Based on the wonderful 1937 film starring Judy Garland, It tells the story of Dorothy who finds herself in the land of Oz but desperate to return home. Along the way she meets Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion who are looking for a brain, a heart and courage. When they all meet the Wizard they realise the answers lie within themselves and they can all have their wishes. Come and follow the friends down the Yellow Brick Road . For more information please call the box office on: 01932 220167. Ticket prices £11-£15. Further details also on our website;


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LSA Glassware Monthly Sale

I had heard about this several years ago, but somehow had never made it and had then forgotten. Last month I finally called LSA, whose head office is in Sunbury and checked if it was right that they hold a sale every month of their lovely glassware. Indeed it is right. The sale runs from 10am-4pm on the last Friday of every month. So get it in your diary. LSA are situated on the Dolphin Estate off Windmill Road, Sunbury. Turn into the estate by Dolphin House and drive to the very end. LSA are on the left and the entrance to the shop is to the far left of the building. No prizes for guessing what all my friends will be getting as presents from now on. We picked up some fantastic vases and glasses, as well as a stunning platter and had change from £30!

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham Love Singing, want to learn. Saturday lst September from 10.00-15.00 At Our Lady of the Rosary School, Park Avenue, Staines, TW18 2EF. Fun packed sessions on vocal technique and musicianship. Tea/coffee/lunch included £15 for the day. Please contact John 07921 721 477 or info@spelthornechoralsociety.com Shepperton Horticultural Society 67th Autumn Show. Saturday, 1st September. Shepperton Village Hall. FREE. The show opens at 1.30 p.m. Refreshments outside the hall if fine, as well as inside. Plants and some produce for sale. These will be on a table outside the hall if the weather permits. Raffle. Please come along and support this local Village event The awards will be presented at 3.45 by M.P. Kwasi Kwarteng, who is a member! We would love new members. Membership is only £4 a year. More info at www.sheppertonha.co.uk 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 August we heard a talk entitled Exploration of the Solar System . We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 The Arts Society Runnymede , September 19th at The Hythe Centre, Egham TW18 3HD . DAVID HOCKNEY – BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN A 'national treasure who first came to fame in the early 1960 s for his graffiti-like paintings, Hockney continues to delight and enchant people. This year he produced 2 giant size exhibits especially for the Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy. Lecturer, Frank Woodgate. Coffee at 10.15, lecture starts 10.30. First lecture free. Halliford Women s institute meet the first Tuesday of every month except August in the Alan Freeman Community Hall, Upper Halliford Road, Halliford at 7.30pm until 10pm. New members always welcome so if you fancy some company, tea and cake and exciting days out please pop in. For more information phone 01932 259657 or email hallifordsec@mfwi.org.uk

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Chertsey, Shepperton & District Branch of the R.N.L.I. will be holding their annual Autumn Fair on 20th October 2018 at Shepperton village hall. 10am till 2.30pm. Start your Christmas shopping with unique gifts and Christmas cards. Tea's and coffee will be available. Steve and Gio will once again be bringing their hand made model boats. Free to enter. Shepperton Badminton Club Can I please remind any badminton players, whatever age, that they are all welcome to the Village Hall, every Tuesday from 10:00 until 12:00. There is coffee and tea available, and partners, who wish to watch or chat, are more than welcome. If you're interested, just pop in. The charge for playing is £5.00 per session. Or contact Gill on 01932 881635. We all look forward to seeing you. Purple Angels Dinner and Dance Through the Decades Saturday 20th October. 3 course meal , live entertainment and raffle, £25 per ticket. Please call Greeno centre 01932 246173. Please call if you can donate any raffle prizes too. St Mary Magdalene Church Littleton is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday November 17th from 9:30am to 1:00pm in Shepperton Village Hall. Crafts and Stalls. Refreshments, tombola, homemade cakes, children's games plus Saxon School Choir and Littleton School Choir will be singing for us. We're also having a Quiz Night with Fish & Chips Supper on 13th October, 7.00pm at the Old School Building Littleton . Tickets £12.00 in advance. Please contact Jill on 07752649916 Beginners Morris Dancing. Free taster course . Tuesday mornings 10-12. Laleham Methodist Church Hall, Edinburgh Drive , Laleham TW18 1PH. Free parking . Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. Enquiries: Sheila 07810 300061



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Shepperton Matters September 2018  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and villages, as well as Laleham

Shepperton Matters September 2018  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton and villages, as well as Laleham