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September 2017

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Welcome! It is indisputably ‘back to school’ time of year. Thoughts may be turning to selecting a school so we have brought you a focus on Education. You might also want to consider apprenticeships of course, so the Spelthorne Skills & Careers might be worth a visit (p46). In preparation for the annual Shepperton Aurora Rotary prestige lecture, we bring you an overview of the treasures and heritage of Brooklands, depicted also on the cover this month. It is a fantastic day out and the lecture is bound to be brilliant. If you like a bygone era of beauty, check out the story of one man’s dream to take a historic boat to the south of France. A real gem! I must apologise for an error in last

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Kaye Bros. Shepperton 1937 4 Post Office Banking Services 6 Fashion & Interiors on the High Street 8 Add a Touch of Hygge to Your Life 10 One Man’s Dream 13 World Class Gymnastics Facility Opens 14 Focus on Education 16-23 Cornerstone Launch 24 Princess Alice Preloved Wedding Show 26 Superheroes at Hampton & Kempton 28 The Brookands Legacy 30 Recipe of the Month 34 “Where did I put my trainers?” 37 10 Years Making Smiles Happen 39 Post Office Opens in Laleham 40 Laleham Residents Round Up 43 Shepperton Residents Association 49 Welsh Traditions Kept Alive 50 Gardening Matters 56 What’s On 59/60 Advertising Rates/Deadlines 62

Village Matters Ltd Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: Shepperton Matters is a member of the Village Card scheme Front Cover: Photo “A Bygone Era” thanks to Brooklands Trust. See article on p30 Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to Please ‘like’ us on Facebook. www.facebook/ Sunbury&SheppertonMatters To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Kaye Bros. Store, 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 Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Post Office Banking Revolution Offers Relief to Locals This year saw the introduction of a charter to extend banking facilities to Post Office users. As the closure of NatWest Shepperton looms, it is important that residents are aware of an alternative banking option in Shepperton. The news will be welcome. Most UK personal bank customers and over 75 per cent of business customers can do their day-to-day banking at the Post Office, as a new industry-wide agreement with UK banks came into effect. A new simplified service will offer easy access to day-to-day banking for both personal and business customers offering cash withdrawals, cash and cheque deposits and balance enquiries. This will be music to the ears of many local residents with the imminent closure of the last bank in the village. But Shepperton High Street has it’s alternative, and Laleham has just celebrated the opening of its own post office too so do not despair! Customers will also benefit from longer opening hours AND the post office is open on Sundays of course. Nick Kennet, Chief Executive of the post office said “when people can get cash locally, they spend it there too. Access to cash plays a vital role in many local communities”. Don’t worry Shepperton, your banking future is secured. Thank you post office!

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Fashion and Interiors on the High Street

We are blessed on Shepperton High Street to have a great selection of independent shops. Donna McKenna has been running Blue for 18 years. She is proud of the fact that she still dresses some of her original customers and that clientele come from as far afield as London, Ascot and Windsor to browse her selection. Not only can you find some great outfits, but she also stocks a great range of gifts, furniture and mirrors. The shop is an Aladdin’s Cave of temptations. Blue stocks clothing ranges you cannot generally find in any other shops; brands such as My Story, Made in Italy and Stella tempt you with their natural fabrics and floaty well designed lines. The designs are cleverly cut to flatter any figure and make the wearer feel amazing, confident and feminine. Blue will shortly also be stocking a new Paris line and has recently taken on Danske jewellery to complement the clothing lines. As if this is not all tempting enough, Blue runs regular late night shopping events when the store stays open until 9.30/10pm when shoppers are offered 10% off purchases. With Christmas (sorry to mention it) not so far away on the horizon, maybe this is the perfect time to get stocked up on gifts. The next late shopping event is on Thursday September 21st. Find Blue on Facebook and ‘like’ to be alerted about offers and other events.

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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 Shepperton 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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One Man’s Dream By Monica Chard, Editor

Many years ago I found myself spending a summer holiday rebuilding an old wooden yacht in Brittany at a traditional boat building yard. It sounds romantic, but it was hard work, and although I got a nice tan and a good knowledge of boat building terms in France, I didn’t get to do much sailing (which is what I had been promised by the then boyfriend!).

So I was intrigued to meet local Phil Stafford one day in Quality Fruit, and hear about his labour of love restoring the 60ft motor yacht ‘La Falaise’ . She has been moored at Weybridge, opposite the Weybridge Mariners during the 4 years restoration project. Phil found her as a wreck and fell in love straight away, determined to bring her back to her former glory. She was originally built in 1923 for a rich Scottish businessman and has a teak

hull. She was used in clandestine operations involving the SAS during WW2 but was caught and scuttled by the Nazis. Recovered after the war by the Royal Navy she was used to ferry post and provisions between Edinburgh and the Shetland Isles for 15 years. She was bought at some point by the family of Alec Guinness so what heritage she has. Phil has spent every day for the past 4 years lovingly restoring the vessel, installing a magnificent interior and furnishing cabins with superb craftsmanship. The saloon is like no other boat you will ever see, complete with a piano and art deco lights, features and artefacts, many which have stories to tell. ‘La Falaise’ sleeps two couples in en suite twin cabins which have been lovingly decorated and furnished. Phil’s plan is to take the boat down to the south of France where she will be available for charter. This will be no ordinary charter. The professional crew will be serving gourmet cuisine accompanied by the finest Grand Cru wines France has to offer! The sample menus could come from one of the top Michelin starred London restaurants: warm chicken mousse quenelles, braised calves cheek, tempura of turbot, truffle studded ballotine of trout with sea urchin sabayon. And that is just a taste of the delights on offer! The service will hark back to a time of enchantment and style. Think Great Gatsby! So if you think you could do with a slice of that life the charter for a week will cost £10,000 for 4 guests. The boat will be at the Classic Boat Festival at St Katherine’s Dock from 5th-10th September and if you book your cruise during that weekend Phil is offering a deal of 30% off that price. Compare that to an all inclusive buffet holiday and it sounds rather attractive indeed. If you fancy stepping back in time and being treated like royalty contact Phil by email:

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World Class Gymnastics Facility Opens Down the road from Shepperton you will find a world class state of the art £3m gymnastics centre and sports hub. It has been completed only recently and is the new home of Spelthorne Gymnastics which as produced champions galore. It will ultimately give 3,000 children a year in West London the chance to benefit from its fabulous facilities. Spelthorne Gymnastics Club represents 4 different elements of Gymnastics and is known worldwide for its excellence in Acrobatic Gymnastics. Founded in 1976 and originally based in Ashford, Middlesex, it was served with a termination notice in May 2013 so that the land could be sold for a housing development. For the next 2 years the Club remained under threat of eviction from the facility that its founders and friends had built themselves in 1990. In May 2015 the Club was told it had to vacate the site in a matter of days. At first it looked as though it would be the end of this world famous Club, as it needed permanent, specialist facilities to continue. It was saved initially and crucially by Inland Homes, the Ashford site developers, who generously provided £50k towards relocation costs and allowed the Club to remain on their site until a new gymnastics centre could be constructed. Founders Bob & Alison Cooper then set about the daunting task of finding a new site and raising over £3m in funding. In May 2013, after the initial termination notice, the Club had entered into discussions with Bishop Wand School in Sunbury (Layton’s Lane, TW16 6LP) and the London Diocesan Board for Schools who provided the site, also giving their 1,000 pupils access to the facility. Generous donations from a variety of companies and individuals led by significant grants from Sport England, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Surrey County Council, British Airways, British Gymnastics, Inland Homes and the Garfield Weston Foundation has meant that £2.75m was raised. Bob Cooper said, “we’re still Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


hoping that we can raise the remaining £250k to save the Club opening with the liability of big loan, so if anyone reading this can help, we would be delighted to hear from them! “At the top end we’re looking to cement our position as one of the most successful Acrobatics Clubs in Britain and given, that for technical reasons the new Gym has to be bigger, we now have capacity to double our membership with a thousand new nursery and primary school children gaining their first experience of the fun, control, co-ordination, discipline and success that our Gymnastics Club has become so famous for. Skills the youngsters learn at this age, stay with them for the rest of their lives” said Alison Cooper. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winners Spellbound were a spin-off from the Club. In addition to Acrobatic Gymnastics where the Club, since it was originally formed in 1976, has produced Gold medallists at World and European level, the gym will initially offer 6 other sports and activities - tumbling, trampolining, dance, cheerleading, yoga and cycling. Several of the 40 coaches have now undertaken specialist training, so that the new facility will also be able to accommodate Disability Gymnasts. The official Opening included a Gala performance featuring all levels of the Club from the tiny tots, to the elite squad who were preparing for the World Games and then the European Championships in Poland in October, which lead into the World Championships in Belgium next April. The Opening Ceremony was performed by Kate Rose, herself a former International representative who trained at the Club, accompanied by her husband, Olympic Champion Golfer Justin Rose. She was also accompanied by World Gold Medallists Champions Emily Crocker and Sunbury based Lucy Pascoe.



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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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-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 Shepperton 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


OPEN EVENING For admissions to Year 7 – September 2018 Thursday 5th October 2017 6pm - 9pm Headteacher’s Presentations at 6.15pm, 7pm and 7.45pm

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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


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

Headteacher’s talk at 6.45pm, 7.30pm & 8.15pm

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

-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 Shepperton Matters suggests below some of the areas you might want to cover. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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? •

For more down to earth questions: 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.

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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Cornerstone - Launch Day 11 September!

At St Mary Magdalene Church we believe that great relationships make for great community. To this end on 11th September we are launching Cornerstone, a place for people of all ages and all walks of life to come together and get to know one another better. Cornerstone will be held in the Old School Building, New Road, TW17 0QQ, on Monday mornings during term time between 9.00am and 11.00am. Please pop in, whether for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of homemade cake or just for a chat. This will be an opportunity for those new to the area, as well as those who have lived here all their lives, to meet, no matter how old or how young you are. The community spirit in Shepperton is what makes it the 6th happiest place in the country! You will receive a warm welcome and we guarantee that there will always be someone to talk to. We plan to be a hub within the community where people can find companionship, as well as to find out what is going on or to seek advice. Cornerstone is run by volunteers and operates on a donation basis.

Cornerstone is proudly supported by St Mary Magdalene Church, Littleton - A local church growing in Faith, Hope & Love.

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Princess Alice Preloved Wedding Show By Monica Chard, Editor Alice Hospice shop manager Linda showed me proudly some of the stunning dresses which will be on display. The Shepperton branch of PAH has been the hub for all wedding dresses and accessories which have been donated across the Surrey network. She held up one stunning garment for me to see. It was brand new and had a price tag of £1400 but it could be yours for only £250! A wedding is such an expensive event so if you could save some of the money you would spend on a dress at the same time as supporting a great cause, isn't that a great way forward? It may be that you find the dress of your dreams but it needs a bit of adjusting or perhaps a little repair. Help is at hand. A local seamstress can help with any adjustments needed. The shop really has thought of everything. Contact the shop for full information. Imagine as a mother being able to pass on your wedding dress to your daughter. Now imagine that you lose that child to cancer. It is too horrific to imagine. The dress in question is going to be the star of a wedding show coming to Shepperton Studios in September. What better than to donate it to help raise much needed funds to support those who are cared for at the end of their life in the hospice. You have hopefully discovered by now that the Princess Alice shop in Shepperton has been designated the destination for all things prom and bridal. Upstairs there is a little haven of delights. Racks of satin, silk and frills. As well as Prom dresses and wedding gowns, there are hats, accessories, veils and outfits for the mother of the bride. Quality items are priced to sell, with labels from as little as £50 up to around £200. On September 21st you have the chance to attend a wedding fashion catwalk with a difference and whilst doing so, contribute to the ongoing work of this amazing charity. All the garments being shown are preloved and looking for a new outing. Shepperton’s Princess Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Superheros at the Hampton & Kempton Railway

by Douglas Dick

Sunday 20th August was a very big Day in the calendar of the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway – if you weren’t there, you missed out! Not only was it Superhero’s Day but we also had a visit from the Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Vivienne Leighton and her Consort Christopher Leighton. The Sun smiled, Banana Woman presented the free tickets-to-ride for Superheroes of all types – Batman to Superman, Cat-Girl to Wonder-Woman, a veritable Cornucopia of Superheroes; so many for a mere mortal, such as your unworthy scribe to comprehend. Captain America (Am I right in that designation?) and his Dad look like they are looking forward to their ride: But we must not neglect the Superhero of Spelthorne, the Mayor Cllr. Vivienne Leighton, Certainly rivalling the youngsters with her smiles and asking probing questions; first we see her with Colin Clode (in the middle); Chairman of the Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society, and on the left, Consort Christopher Leighton. The topic of track gauge (which is 2 feet or 610mm) and ‘rail size’ and which came first the steam engine or the track, and which is more ‘difficult’, was much discussed. The three stand in front of the Ticket Office officially inaugurated less than two years ago by the then Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr. Mark Francis, which was also reported in the Shepperton Matters. Next came a visit to the Kempton Steam Museum and a brief tour of the Great ‘Triple’ Engines lead by the Bernard Chorley, Chairman of the Kempton Great Engines Society. After tea beside the Great Engines the Mayor returned to the Railway to enjoy the special treat of footplate ride on “Darent”, our 1902 Steam Locomotive. And can you be surprised at the broadness of the smile? It is not just little boys who dream of being an engine driver!

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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 privatesector 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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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.

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Roll out on a floured work surface and using a cookie cutter make about 18 biscuits (not 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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Ghosts of Halliford House

One reader loved the story of Halliford House that we ran recently. When he was young (and stupid according to him) and fishing mad he used to walk through the ruined house across the road to what was then The Bugle pub and the very deep lake around the back - an old gravel pit dug out for the railway. He remembers the house was a very creepy place and he would not walk back at night past it. He writes that two inmates drowned themselves in the lake and that two big mounds in the park cover all the beds and bedding! Does anyone else know of that? The heavy wrought iron gates still exist on a house in Upper Halliford where Dr Alan Freeman lived. Presumably he attended Halliford House and when it was to be pulled down he knew which strings to pull to get hold of the gates.

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“Now, Where Did I Put My Trainers?� Letter from Duncan Curtis I am sure that a good number of your readers will have seen a pair of trainers suspended from a phone line crossing the river end of Manygate Lane over the past several months. They were very close to our home and a cause of some annoyance. Not massively irritating, because we don't like to get worked up over very little but nevertheless, a little irritating anyway. I recently retrieved from my deceased Mum's property a long handled tree lopper. So with this and a step ladder we set out to see if we could shift them. Clearly a somewhat dodgy move as the step ladder was to be erected in the road. I had one wobbly trip to the top of the ladder, (about 6 steps) when a cyclist approached from the river end whose name I think was Mike. We had never seen him before and he was the first person to come along after setting up the ladder. He immediately offered help, probably noticing the grey colour of my hair and wishing to avoid an accident to a foolish pensioner if he could avoid it! He had barely stepped onto the ladder however when around the corner from Russell Road came a white van, the first vehicle to come along. This too stopped and out jumped the passenger who without even asking climbed onto the bonnet with the intention of climbing onto the van roof which he failed to do. He jumped down and we set up the ladder against the van. Within seconds he was up it, and onto the roof of the van, and knocked the trainers off with the lopper. The whole thing was over in less than 4 minutes. Community spirit or what? We were all laughing and it cheered me up no end on the morning after the election. And we had a couple from Richmond Drive watching us and clapping us on from their car whilst they waited for us to finish. Remarkably the trainers still looked in good condition but I put them with the rubbish as probably they would have fallen to bits if worn again. From the Editor - Thanks Duncan. This is indeed an example of community spirit and indicative of why Shepperton was voted most courteous town in the country!

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Greeno Raise Funds for Cancer Charity Great to hear that the Greeno Centre in Shepperton have recently raised £250.00 for the St Lukes cancer centre at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. What is so poignant is that many of the day centre members and also staff have been treated at the centre and so it was no wonder that they donated lots of prizes to support the fund raising. “The charity is such a good cause” said Pat White of the Greeno Centre “and so much amazing work is done there to treat and cure people.” Well done to the team and member of the Greeno. For information about St Lukes see website:

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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 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 reuseable 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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Post Office Official Opening in Laleham Great news. There is now a post office in Laleham and the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton has officially opened the new facility to the delight of the local community. The Laleham Residents Association said a special thank you: “It was a lovely event and thanks are due to everyone involved - but thanks especially to Raj and Kavita for running such a kind and friendly shop and proving yet again their tireless commitment to the people of Laleham by bringing back our Post Office!� You can use the Post Office for a great range of services: Mail / Travel Money / Cash Withdrawals / Telecoms Opening Hours Monday to Friday -> 6:30am to 6:30pm Saturday -> 9:00am to 6:30pm Sunday -> 9:00am to 2:00pm Best One, 14 Shepperton Road, Laleham TW18 1SD Pictured right are Mayor Vivienne Leighton with Chris Leighton, Raj and Kavita Mohan.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

The world’s biggest coffee morning will be on September 29th this year. Have you organised yours yet? Anyone can join in. Invite your friends around for coffee and cake and ask for a donation. All the money raised will go directly to help support those facing cancer. It is a magnificent charity. If you don’t want to host your own you can join one that is already set up near you. For all information, to sign up, or to find out more go to

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Wednesday 18th October 7 p.m. Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury

SPELTHORNE REMEMBERS PASSCHENDAELE 1917 with Carole Boyd and Nick Pollard The stories of Spelthorne men and women who served, and the people they left behind told in words, pictures and music. Tickets £12.50 In aid of the Mayor's Charity Fund For tickets, please either make a bank transfer to: Spelthorne Mayors Charity Fund Account Number: 23397498 Sort Code: 23-05-80 Reference: Mayor (plus your surname) and email with your name and address or send a cheque to The Mayor’s Parlour, Spelthorne Borough Council, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames TW18 1XB made payable to Spelthorne Mayors Charity Fund, including your name and address.

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Shepperton Residents’ Association By Richard Hewitt

Recently, open grass areas in Shepperton have been invaded by travellers; the Police and the Council are taking action to move the travellers on, with court action if necessary. In July, residents were invited to give their views in a Consultation on the future of Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), given the need to reduce the Surrey County Council’s (SCC) waste budget, with a possible option to reduce operating hours/days at certain Centres. To assist this review, Spelthorne’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee held an open meeting on 31st July. Committee members were concerned that any reduction in access at the Charlton Lane site risked an increase in fly tipping which would have both a financial and environmental impact for both the County and the Borough Councils. The accuracy of the fly tipping data presented to the meeting was questioned, resulting in a proposal being tabled requiring each Surrey district and borough council to develop, in partnership with SCC, a common assessment/ framework for measuring fly tipping waste. Additionally, given the 24/7operations at Charlton Lane it was noted that it would be unlikely that any closures of the Recycling Centre there would provide any significant savings. Construction work at the Eco Park site is continuing apace, with the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility and the Gasification facility buildings being substantially complete. Recent months have seen a large amount of equipment delivered to the site including the large boilers for the Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Gasification process whilst, in the last few weeks, the 49 metre stack (chimney) has been delivered and safely erected. Currently, the whole project is running later than had been hoped, however, the AD facility should be handed over for operation in spring 2018 with the final handover of the gasification facility expected in summer 2018. News and updates are available on the website The award from the National Campaign for Courtesy to Shepperton of “Top Town for 2017” is expected to be presented to us in October.


Welsh Exiles Keep the Cultural Traditions of their Homeland Alive 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 To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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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September at 7.30pm. Old School Building, Littleton. £6 per ticket - to include cheese and a glass of wine. We welcome back Faith Powell to give us another extremely entertaining insight into life behind the scenes on our favourite TV and Radio programmes. Tickets available from Jill on 01932 788038. Christmas Fair - 18 November 9.30am to 1.00pm. Shepperton Village Hall. Advance Notice! We are now takings bookings for craft tables at £20 per table. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Jill on 01932 788038 Visit our website to see what else is happening at St Mary Magdalene.

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Your Curry Has A Past 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. 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.

I’d always thought of curry as a recent introduction to Britain but bizarrely it all began with the Dutch in the 16 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. th

The first ‘curry house’ in Britain was opened by Dean Mahomet, who came from an eastern Indian middle class family.

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. The reign of the British Raj was a decadent period and this was expressed in their food. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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

Tree planting will begin again in late November. The tree wardens can be contacted by calling David on 01932 786806


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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.

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.

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New Chief Exec for Spelthorne

Following the decision of Roberto Tambini to retire after 11 years at Spelthorne Borough Council, a new chief executive has been selected. Daniel Mouawad will be taking the helm from September 8th.

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

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Send info on local events to to be listed here Shepperton Horticultural Association are holding their Autumn Show on Saturday, 2nd September in the Village Hall, Shepperton. Please come along and enter, For more details see It is a very friendly show, so please support us, by entering or coming along to admire the exhibits. 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. 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


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More What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Send community events info for a free listing to 50 words maximum please. ‘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 nonmembers of SSLHS 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 & Thursday 9:00am – 13:00pm 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 “Who Dun the Whodunits”. We welcome new members: please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Halliford Women’s Institute meet the first Tuesday of every in Halliford village hall 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 Joyce on 07928434206. 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 Spelthorne Choral Society New Term Begins. Monday September 4th 7.30-9.30pm Our Lady of the Rosary, School Park, Avenue, Staines, TW18 2EF. Come and join us. All welcome. We will start rehearsing for our Remembrance Concert on November 11th; Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Conducted by Sean Bui, accompanied on the organ by Lindsay Bridgewater Laleham Computer Club. Meet in the back room of Laleham Village Hall from 7 to 9 PM Monday September 4th Email Stephen for more details: Please also visit the website at

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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.

The Magic Flute (Encore)

Sunday 8 October 2017, 2.00pm The Royal Opera

La bohème (Encore)

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

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Live)

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 7.15pm The Royal Ballet

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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September 2017 Shepperton Matters  

The free monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham

September 2017 Shepperton Matters  

The free monthly community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham