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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos


Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together


September 2019

Issue 94

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Welcome back after what we hope was a good summer for you all. Catching up on news now. We alert you to the closing of comments in the consultation on the Heathrow expansion. It closes on September 13th. Comments can be made online: http://spelthorne.gov.uk/ finalconsultation We heard over the summer that the application to extract gravel at Watersplash farm was narrowly approved which was a shock to many. We hope to bring you more about next steps and an appeal next month. This month sees the return to school and many parents looking into new schools. Our education report looks at questions facing parents, whether hypnotherapy may help a child and the role of pastoral care. If you are looking beyond education, look out for the forthcoming Skills and Careers Fair at Kempton Park. Full

September 2019 details in this issue. Finally, we talk so much about supporting the high street. Do look out for Best is Local. It is a loyalty card for local independent shops. It will offer shoppers discounts on goods, encourage more use of local shops and reward you with points too. I have signed up for it and it is clear you can save a lot of money. Anything that will support independents is worth looking at. Some things really are that good without a catch!

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The Crown, Shepperton 4 Dementia Friendly Shepperton 6 Swan Sanctuary Royal Award 8 Education Report 10 - 17 Join Monitoring Board at Bronzefield 18 Thanks to Clean Jean! 20 Marc de Henrie, Photographer 22 Please Help Our Bees 25 Have You Been Affected by Cancer? 26 Praise for Super Sunbury Curry Chef 28 Shepperton Beat 30 Recipe of the Month 35 Bruce Duncan RIP 37 Supporting the High Street 38 Letter From Your Mayor 40 What DID Happen to Military Dog? 43 Spend a Penny for Uganda Charity 44 Laleham Residents Update 48 Ted s Talk 51 Gardening Matters 56 What s On 59/61 Ad Index and Costs 62

Village Matters Ltd Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Front Cover: Sun over Shepperton Lock by Gillian Sloan. Winner of Shepperton Fair photo competition. Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to monica@villagematters.co.uk

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The Crown, Shepperton By Nick Pollard

Currently being converted into flats, the former Shapla restaurant in Russell Road, Shepperton will soon a have new use. This is a building which has changed identity several times however. Before it was renamed Shapla, it was another restaurant called Opium V, and before that it was Crown Antiques for some years. Those who have lived in the area for a while may remember it best as The Crown public house though. The Crown was built in 1866 by R.Hunt and Sons at a cost of £1135 6s and 11d (about £130,000 today) for William Farnell and Watson Ltd, later to become the Isleworth Brewery Company. Their name can be seen on the side of the building in the photo above. By the time the photo was taken however, the Isleworth Brewery had been taken over by Watney Combe Reid. We can say this because the photo was taken during the 1947 floods, the worst in living memory, whereas the brewery had been taken over in 1924. It looks as if the pub itself narrowly escaped being flooded, although clearly the beer cellar must have been inundated. Looking back further, The Crown had actually moved site to Russell Road. The original pub of that name was located in Chertsey Road, in a building which stood to the east of Mill Eyot , a large house which still exists. The old pub was referred to in licensing records as early as 1727, when the landlord was William Harrison, and survived for a while after the pub was moved to its new site (the 1871 census lists it as the Old Crown ), but after this date the building was demolished and its grounds merged with the garden of Mill Eyot . For further details see The History of Shepperton s Pubs by Nick and Sue Pollard. A Life Behind a Name by Steve Packwood, the stories of some of the people commemorated on Sunbury War Memorial, is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 th September at the Hazelwood Centre (London Irish) off Green Street, Sunbury, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Dementia Friendly Shepperton (DFS)

We all know what a friendly place Shepperton is. Afterall it was voted the most courteous place in Britain last year. But how many of us know that Shepperton is also Dementia Friendly. Local groups Cameo and Purple Angels are well known in the area for their pioneering work in caring for those within our community suffering with dementia. We also have an excellent care home – The Burlington in Manygate Lane, which supports Residents and families, as well as providing a social hub for Shepperton and local Community to attend weekly coffee mornings on Wednesdays and monthly Live Musical Radio Broadcasts every 3 rd Tuesday. As members of The Group, we meet regularly at The Burlington to discuss how we can best support each other and The Community and are re-launching as: Dementia Friendly Shepperton (DFS). We connect all the various local groups with each other and want to make everyone in Shepperton aware of what we all do, to provide help and support in the Community. We are also supported by Spelthorne Borough Council, Shepperton Residents Association and St Nicholas Church. Our next awareness event is the Memory Walk at 2.00pm on Friday 27th September at Glebeland Gardens Recreation Ground ( Shepperton Rec ), or a shorter walk of lap(s) in the Courtyard Garden at The Burlington, where everyone participating in both walks is welcome to meet afterwards for free refreshments and home-baked cake between 3-4pm! The purpose of the walk is primarily to raise awareness and donate to the Alzheimer s Society, but there will also be opportunities to meet with Members of DFS for information and advice, as well as donate to our local dementia charities. We will walk around the Park or Garden for up to an hour – there are no fixed distances and everyone is welcome. We are planning similar events over the next 12 months and if you think your organisation is, or could be helping to make Shepperton more dementia friendly, then please contact Mark Steptoe, Mob: 07514 076289.

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Swan Sanctuary receives Queen s Award for Voluntary Service The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton has been given the Queen s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. They were presented with the award by HRH Princess Alexandra KG GCVO in July. The Swan Sanctuary is a charity that is dedicated to the care and treatment of swans and waterfowl with an established worldwide reputation. This award is given to groups which are run chiefly by volunteers and provides a service which meets the needs of people living in a local community. The Sanctuary was very proud to have been selected for the honour and commented that: We have many volunteers who give their time and effort freely to The Swan Sanctuary without expecting anything in return apart from the satisfaction of helping our wildlife. We are delighted that all our volunteers have been recognised in this way. Cllr Mary Madams, Mayor of Spelthorne (pictured below), attended this special awards event and said:

Shepperton Town, said: I felt it was only right that I nominated the Swan Sanctuary for this award. The hard-working volunteers deserve recognition for their dedication and commitment to saving so many of these elegant water birds all over the country. The Swan Sanctuary is on 24-hour alert, 365 days a year. When a swan in distress call comes in, the local rescue squad is on its way within minutes. At the scene the rescuers assess the situation and provide front-line emergency treatment. More seriously injured birds are then rushed to the sanctuary for intensive care. At the Sanctuary, each injured swan is examined and if necessary, X-rayed before going into our operating theatre. The theatre is the only one of its kind in the country where a full range of anaesthetic, oxygenation and surgical equipment is available. After initial treatment, each swan is transferred to the intensive care ward and closely monitored. Once fit enough, the swan is placed in one of our outdoor rehabilitation pens with those from the area closest to its home territory. Following care, attention and highly nutritious food, the swan is ready for the most satisfying part of the sanctuary s work – the return to its natural habitat.

The awards ceremony was a pleasure to attend. The volunteers at The Swan Sanctuary are truly inspirational people who give so much time and attention to the swans in their care. Cllr Vivienne Leighton, Ward Councillor for


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Considerations of Choosing a School by Simon Scott The challenges facing parents, when having to choose a secondary school to apply to for the continuing education of their children, are many and various. There are numerous choices available, both in the public and private sectors. The competition between these two sectors is intense and of course parental income is a driving factor in terms of choice. But it is by no means the only consideration. Here are just a few basic points to get you started: Location - A very important factor indeed and the consideration of many a house purchase. It is important to have a choice of good state schools within your catchment area as well as the option of good private schools. Travel - How easy is the school to reach? Is there public transport? Is there school transport? A long and tiring journey at the start and end of a day of learning is not ideal for a youngster. OFSTED ratings - This is a major consideration in selecting either private or state school. An Ofsted rating is really the only way you can find out in detail how the school performs. It is not the be all and end all however. Visiting and gauging the atmosphere and culture at the school is of utmost importance. The School Prospectus - You may be impressed with a glossy prospectus, giving a glowing report on the school you are considering. It is of course important to read the facts, figures and testimonials, but again, nothing beats a visit. Talk to current pupils and teachers. Get a feel for how happy they are and how dedicated to the school. Mental Health - More and more important. What does the school have in place to tackle bullying, low self esteem, self doubt etc? Today we have significant choice. Take your time to make the right one for your child for all the right reasons.

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Could Hypnotherapy Help Your Child at School? By Lesley Cooper Are You Worrying About Your Child's Progress At School? Would You Like Your Child To Be More Confident? Would You Like Your Child To Be A High Achiever? Psychotherapy is a technique that focuses on specific goals you want to accomplish, focusing on problem solving and goal setting. At the onset of treatment, client and therapist decide upon which specific changes the client would like to make in their life. Hypnotherapy allows them to look deeper into issues, and deal with troublesome habits and mental disorders – including, but not limited to: depression anxiety disorders eating disorders (from anorexia to binge eating) substance abuse issues stress bereavement illness relationship problems Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy using the power of positive suggestion to bring about unconscious changes to thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The process of hypnosis aims to alter your state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind, whilst stimulating and focusing the unconscious mind. It has been asked if the therapist controls the client s mind. The answer is no; the mind will not do anything it does not feel comfortable with. Whilst these therapies produce impressive results in the above problem areas, they will produce equally quantifiable and favourable results when it comes to sport, study and personal and career achievements. Research suggests sports performance has more to do with mental ability, rather than physical ability, and many sports people have recognised the power their mental state has on their sports performance. Over the years, professional athletes like Jimmy Connors, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and David Beckham have used hypnotherapy to help enhance their natural abilities. Hypnotherapy will improve and enhance an individual s mental attitude by helping them to relax, overcome anxiety and fear, helping to maintain composure and boost confidence in their abilities. Bruce Willis credits hypnotherapy with curing him of his stutter. The singer Lily Allen and model To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Sophie Dahl have used hypnotherapy to complement their weight-loss programmes, whilst the actor Matt Damon and comedian Ellen DeGeneres both credit hypnotherapy with helping them to quit smoking. You do not have to be a celebrity or world-class athlete to harness the benefits of hypnosis in everyday life. Hypnotherapy for Children and Teenagers Childhood should be carefree and fun, but parents will be fully aware of the many trials their children face: starting a new school, making friends, coping with bullies, competing in sports and generally trying to fit in. Children and teenagers sometimes need to deal with change, loss, anger, criticism, sibling rivalry, peer pressure, shyness and low self esteem, and transformations in their own bodies as they move through rapid growth periods over short periods of time. Teenagers may also be subject to exam stress (possibly under achieving, no matter how hard they try) and perhaps deeply rooted negative or entitled beliefs which may have been picked up from school, television, the media and, of course, social media. Initially psychotherapy techniques are used to identify events in a child s life that have contributed in some way a problem. Having identified these events, hypnotherapy allows a child s unconscious mind to show them anything they need to in order to overcome the blocks, enabling positive and creative changes to take place. One of the reasons why hypnotherapy works well for children and teenagers is that they make good use of their imagination, using it to feel in control and on top of things. Hypnotherapy has even been a success with dyslexic students giving them the tools to help them cope with everyday life situations, improve memory recall and instil confidence, affording them valuable coping strategies which they can rely on later in life. If you think hypnotherapy might help your child contact Lesley Cooper on: lesleycooperhypnotherapy.com Mobile: 07767 823890 Lesley@lesleycooperhypnotherapy.com Facebook: lesleycooperhypnotherapy


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Welcome to Halliford, a school based on strong family values where we know and respect every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be. We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities. At Halliford we are extremely fortunate as a small school to have many outstanding facilities on our beautiful site and over the last two years our Governing Body have invested over 1.5 million pounds in re-developing facilities for our students with ambitious future developments to come.

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Pastoral Care is Key By James Davies, Headmaster, Halliford School Walk in to any school and they will tell you that their pastoral care is excellent, it is arguably the glue that holds a school together. At Halliford it is right at the very heart of all we do, we are delighted that successive inspections consistently rated our Pastoral Care as Outstanding but how do we achieve this? We pride ourselves in a simple mission to enable each student to become the very best version of themselves that they can possibly be. In order to achieve this we are clear that a Halliford education is very much a team effort in tune with that age old African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child . We talk a lot about the Halliford family and we work tirelessly to capitalise on the many benefits of being a small school, where we do all genuinely know one another and it is the value of personal relationships that very much supports our success. It is a salutary fact that suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. With this in mind we have set ourselves a goal at Halliford to banish the phrase, man up . Society has taught us that expressing our feelings and seeking help is weak and considered shameful - feelings are for the weak, right? Absolutely not! The perception that men in particular must bottle their emotions is habituated across the globe from a young age where we are taught that crying, talking about feelings or showing emotions is equated to weakness. Do you remember being told to be a big boy and don t cry ? This causes the belief that expressing emotion is wrong and that we must be tough in the face of adversity. From childhood we are too often denied the option of dealing with emotions, which we carry through to adulthood which for many can end up causing mental and physical health issues. The man up culture symbolises a stereotype of men being the provider, the hunter, and strong. Not living up to this image could result in criticism, mockery and disappointment for not being a real man . In a moment where we should talk to someone about our emotions, stress, anxieties or issues, man up is used as a way to humiliate us for daring to open up. Being physically fit is seen as a sign of strength. As a School we also view that being able to express our emotions and seek help when we need it is an equal if not more important sign of strength and maturity. We ensure that we teach our students

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Headmaster s Office, Halliford School to develop meaningful and beneficial friendships, the importance of supporting one another, and being a member of a community that can be relied upon to do the right thing, without judgement or mockery. We have an outstanding school counsellor, but also have many preventative factors, well-established before that specialist support is needed. Pastoral staff all hold Mental Health qualifications, oversubscribed parent courses are offered, as well as numerous talks and seminars for students and parents alike. Our staff understand how to better support students with anxiety and mental health concerns, both pastorally and when teaching - to recognise the signs early and to provide support accordingly. A culture of openness runs through Halliford, opportunities for early help and our modern approach to masculinity that acknowledges vulnerability we hope gives Hallifordians every chance to reverse the statistical trends for young men seen in the UK today. So please don t man up, unstiffen that lip, don t be afraid to cry and do don t ever be too proud to ask for help.


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Staines Preparatory School is a nurturing school for children aged 3 to 11 years. SPS is a happy, welcoming and non-selective school that prides itself on creating a genuine family atmosphere allied to a first rate educational experience. We have a strong track record of our pupils going on to competitive grammar and independent schools and a visit to us will reveal all our children are confident, well–adjusted, global citizens. Our educational experience is both challenging and fun, giving our pupils the tools to achieve well above the national average. We provide wraparound care from 7.30am until 6.00pm, a Bus service and are less than 5 minutes walk from Staines railway station, making pick-up and drop-off that little bit easier. To come and experience the school first hand, you can arrange a private tour to fit in around your commitments, or visit us at one of our popular Open Morning.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Join the Independent Monitoring Board at Bronzefield Prison? By Monica Chard, Editor

Bronzefield is the largest women s prison in EUROPE and it is situated down the road in Ashford, TW15. Many of us would not know that. The prison system in the UK has evolved largely to cater for men. Women make up only 5% of the prison population of England and Wales, equating to around 4000. The BBC Radio 4 storyline of Helen Archer s incarceration may have brought women s prisons more into the public eye. The fact is, women have different needs and vulnerabilities which are easy to overlook. Their crimes tend to stem from different roots than men. Most women in prisons have been victims of much more serious offences than those they are accused of committing. Many are victims of domestic abuse, both physical and mental, or have experienced abuse themselves as children. Being in prison has a different set of consequences for women who have to leave their children to be cared for by someone else. Research indicates only 9% of children are cared for by their fathers when their mothers go to jail. 20% of mothers in prison are lone parents. The implications of imprisonment are far reaching and the emotional burden for a mother, hard to bear. Added to that the fact that prisoners are often held geographically far from their own home and support network, the impact on mental health is profound and the knock on effects may be of reoffending on completion of sentence. The reoffending rate for women in 2016 averaged 23% while 70.7% serving a short custodial sentence (less than 12 months) reoffended (Prison Reform Trust). Bronzefield is a purpose built women s prison which opened in 2004. Facilities include a mother and baby unit for up to 12 mothers, allowing a new mother to keep her baby with her until he/she is 18 months old. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

The prison holds up to 542, with prisoners of all categories - from high security cases to those living in open conditions (where a woman leaves prison every day to go to work). Many only have short sentences. A quarter of women are only sentenced to a month or even less and by far the majority only receive a sentence of 1-6 months. But these sentences, no matter how short, mean a devastating change to circumstances; loss of job, housing and often children. You may be wondering what this has to do with you? Well, Bronzefield is looking for volunteers who would like to join the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB). The board monitors fairness and respect for people in custody, making sure that they are being treated in a decent, just and humane fashion and that they are being adequately prepared for release. IMB members have access to all parts of the prison and can talk to any prisoner or staff member. It is varied, interesting work and you can make a huge contribution to some of the very vulnerable people in our community. You don t need specialist knowledge, skills or qualifications as volunteers get full training. But what you need is to be open minded and independent. In terms of commitment, you only need to give 3-4 days a month. There are many opportunities for volunteering locally but you may not have been aware of this one. You could make a big difference. Do you have what it takes? If you would like to know more about the IMB, do visit the website www.imb.org.uk, or contact Alison Keightley, current IMB Chair direct on 07711 789204 or email alisonmky@gmail.com. The IMB is currently recruiting new members. Applications close on September 15th.



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Thanks for Keeping Shepperton Streets Clean – Jean!! Many of you have noticed . Some have said to me, (Roger at Probus and more ) and I have noticed too ! She cuts an impressive image all over Shepperton, with her effectiveness and determination to keep the roadsides and the streets free from litter. You cannot miss her – with her yellow Hi-Viz jacket to keep her safe and visible as she sets about her duties. Jean Davies – who lives near Egham – is employed by Spelthorne Borough Council to keep Shepperton s highways and byways free from the litter that irresponsible citizens choose to clutter up our village. Jean goes about her business quietly and efficiently – she does a great job and many of you have noticed that and spoken to her about it. Jean loves Shepperton and the High Street and the people too. She believes we are friendly and she says that many chat to her as she does her work. We appreciate what you do, Jean it s a task that shouldn t be necessary but you help to keep Shepperton as litter-free as possible . and we have noticed the difference. Thank You - from all Sheppertonians !! If you want to thank Jean in a more tangible way . Just drop a quick call to Spelthorne Borough Council – at Knowle Green in Staines and tell them how much we appreciate what she does. I think we all know – Jean deserves our appreciation ! Carl Phillips.

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Marc de Henrie -

Photographer of Beauty & Beast Visiting The Burlington in Manygate Lane, Shepperton recently, I was introduced to resident Marc de Henrie. It so happened that he had been persuaded to exhibit some of his works to share with locals and residents, on the occasion of National Care Home Open Day. Being a fan of photography myself I was enthralled with his work which featured celebrities with their dogs. Taking a portrait is hard enough to nail, but to get both subject and dog looking perfect is quite something. As a child Marc found he had a connection with animals. When a couple of Alsatian guard dogs got loose, it was a 5 year old boy who calmly spoke to them and brought them under control while the owners were found. No one could believe what they saw. Marc has always felt an understanding of his four legged subjects and has them captivated when they sit for him. Anyone who has ever had any experience of photographing animals will recognise that his self portrait with animals is nothing short of miraculous!

Marc Henrie, Self portrait with animals Marc was given a camera by his father when he was only 8 and was shown how to set exposure and how to print. From an early age he learned to photograph family, friends and pets and it soon became apparent that he was rather good at it. Through family connections he gained experience also in film production resulting in his first job Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


which was at Bray Studios where Hammer Horror films were made in the 1950 s. He learned how to mix chemicals and how create lighting. It was here that he took the portrait of his first star, Sophie Fellows and he started developing his own technique for lighting for film studios and sets. He had been given just one photographic plate as a test and used his own lighting technique (overlighting). The young Marc had impressed and his path was set. This early experience was to lead him to work as official photographer to various leading film studios in California and his portfolio of portraits of screen icons grew and grew: Doris Day, David Niven, Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield, Paul Newman, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe to name a few. He had bumped into Marilyn on set Why do you look so sad? she asked. It s just how I am replied Marc, so she invited the 18 year old to lunch. That got people gossiping! he told me. His approach to photographing people was with reassuring calm, patience and interest. He put them at ease and as a result he found people opened up to him, allowing him to take candid and relaxed photos showing the real people behind the star names. While in London in the 60 s he accompanied his employer to do a shoot of Jayne Mansfield. She kept them waiting hours, finally inviting them in to see her. She was dressed in her negligĂŠ and the photos from that shoot were the last ones taken before her tragic death. Marc went on to become a recognised specialist in animal photography. He photographed Princess Anne with her beloved bull terriers and clumber Spaniels. He says that she was very pleased because he made them look quite human! Princess Anne was in fact so pleased that she asked Marc to return and photograph her family for their Christmas cards for 2 consecutive years. He has officiated as photographer at Crufts and also to the Kennel Club. His work has been used in numerous adverts, on television, in magazine articles and in books. What a life!



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Over the past two years the Holiday Inn Shepperton has hosted the Rotarian clubs. I am delighted to say the relationship has blossomed in that time. says General Manager, Ross Ferguson. The hotel is very eager to assist both clubs with their great charity work which sees proceeds going to very worthy

causes both locally and nationally. The hotel is here to serve the Rotarian and we are very grateful for their continued loyalty. If we take out the custom the Rotarians kindly give us every week, we are immensely proud of the work these local people carry out and being so community spirited is an example to us all!

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Please Help Our Bees! By Therese Owen

Many bumble bee species continue to be in serious decline, mainly due to the loss of old flower meadows which provide foraging and nesting sites for these bees. (This started during World War II when the Dig for Victory campaign encouraged people to dig up their land and gardens to grow vegetables instead of flowers!). As the Bumblebee must drink nectar every 40 minutes when flying, it s no surprise that you may have seen a bee crawling on the ground looking worse for wear. I rescued my first bee earlier this year and it s become a sort of mission of mine to help these creatures and delight when they recover enough to fly off again. Reading some of the Sting Facts below just may encourage you to join in by following a few simple steps:

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1. Melt some sugar in a little water and place by bee on the floor or via a teaspoon. Don t offer honey. It s a great sign if you see it

2. When it s had enough it will crawl away. Offer your nice, warm and dry finger by the bee: every time I ve done this, it s happily climbed aboard and starts cleaning. My sting facts below help identify which bees can t sting. 3. Place the bee in the warmest place possible (eg. in sunlight on a flower). I ve even put the oven on when it s been too cold outside and placed the bee on a cloth nearby! To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

4. This is the magical bit. Watch patiently as the bee finishes cleaning and preening itself and starts to spread and activate its wings (which also helps to warm it up) It s ready to fly again! STING FACTS All female bumblebees can sting, but males can t! To identify, look at the bees antennae: if they point outwards it s a male and doesn t have a sting. If the antennae are rounded inward, it s a female, so you may choose not to pick her up! You can see from my pictures these are males. However, Bumble bees are gentle creatures and will only sting if threatened. Only the honeybee dies after stinging as it has barbs which get stuck in whatever they ve stung. Solitary and Bumblebees have unbarbed stings so therefore don t die. There has been a great improvement in Sunbury regarding wild flower sections in parks along with dedicated areas of unmown grass (which not so long ago would have been seen as nothing but a weedy, unloved mess!) You can help further by planting wild flowers in your garden. Many plants such as the Begonia have been cultivated to produce bigger blooms which contain more petals but very little pollen and nectar. Lavender is a must! Bee species have different shaped heads so different flowers are great – for example, hollyhocks which only the longer nosed bee can access . If you happen to help a bee using these steps, I would love to hear from you! Messenger: @therese_owen Instagram: #phototherese


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Thanks to local resident Alasdair Peddie who contacted us regarding the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. Shepperton celebrated the peace in earnest and produced a celebratory mug, which Mr Peddie still has in his family.

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Praises For Super Curry Chef From The Shahin, Sunbury We've all heard of taking coals to Newcastle, but a curry chef from Sunbury has just returned from a trip after successfully showcasing his curry to India at the Taste of Britain Curry Festival. Miah Mohammed Shahin, Head Chef from the Shahin Restaurant, 67 Thames Street, was a member of super curry chef team which went to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), in a five star luxury hotels in the city which was once the first capital of British Raj in India, to showcase the best of British curry. hosted this unique British food festival. Chef Miah Mohammed Shahin was presented with an accolade in recognition for showcasing The Best of British Curry in India by His Excellency Bruce Bucknell, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, seen below.

This master chef delegation was led by highly acclaimed Michelin Laureate chef Mark Poynton (pictured above with chef Miah) from who has worked in many Michelin starred restaurants, including Daniel Clifford s double Michelin Starred Midsummer House, Cambridge. Chef Mark, who is from Cambridgeshire lays on a feast of favourite traditional English dishes, while his curry chef colleagues cooked popular British curry dishes at the food festival in Kolkata for locals to sample. And they won fans all over the city, coming together to taste Great British Food. Winner of a string of accolades chef Miah, who is no stranger to creative challenges, said: I have cooked in various competitions, but cooking British Curry in the City of Kolkata, India, was a real challenge. Because, this was not only the proud capital of British Raj in India and it also has a big Anglo-Indian Community. Of course, this is a city which was home for Nobel Laureate Mother Theresa. We gave our diners the best of British high street favourites curry dishes such as Chicken Tikka Massala, Jalfrezi and Balti Dishes." The Luxury Boutique Hotel RajKutir in Kolkata Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer, which sponsors the festival, Lord Karan Bilimoria, praised the efforts of British curry chefs for transforming the British Curry Business into a multi-billion pounds Industry. He said: "The achievements of British curry chefs are commendable and we salute them for making the British Curry popular globally." The event organised by the UK trade magazine Curry Life, promotes the skills of British curry chefs abroad and introduces diners to the unique phenomenon of British curry, which has replaced fish and chips as the country s favourite food.

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Shepperton Beat Inspector Maxine Cilia

After a stream of amazing Summer events holidays and fun it's that time of year when the children go back to school or start school and the evenings begin to draw in a little quicker and the days have an autumnal crispness. Inspector Cilia Back to school might mean that children spend a little longer on computers doing homework and playing games. Ask yourself the question, Do you know exactly what they are viewing and who they are connecting with.? There is a great website: safetynetkids.org.uk . It's worth having a look and talking to children about the dangers. Some of our more vulnerable people in communities become more frightened as the evenings become darker to. Cold callers and scammers are always around but we do have a free booklet about Scams that is available. So our current local issues are: Number plate thefts from vehicles. We do offer tamper free screws so why not stop you local PCSO and ask them for a pack or come to one of our stands. We are still experiencing County Line Drug Dealers in the area. This is simply London gangs preying in our local children and vulnerable people to deal drugs. If you know someone vulnerable who has numerous unusual visitors or seems to look like they are being taken advantage of please let us know. Also if you have teenage children, warn them of the dangers of drugs and getting involved with these often violent gangs. Finally please lock up your sheds and garages. Especially if you have expensive bikes. It is worth considering getting your bike registered at bike register and securing it further with a decent bike lock. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


We are seeing a continued rise in bike thefts and from experience this will continue to rise until Christmas. These bikes are often sold on social media so if you are unfortunate to have you bike stolen look for it on selling sites as you are more likely to recognise it and let us know straight away. Please let us know what is happening in your area good and bad. We do like to support good community work where we can but we also like to lock up baddies and deal with anti social behaviour.

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Should you wish to create a driveway of greater than 5m2 covered with a non-permeable surface and without provision for drainage to a permeable area, planning consent would be required. Also, access to the dwelling must not be encumbered to a greater extent than it was previously, for example the introduction of steps where there were none before, as this would constitute a breach of the regulations. Whilst constructing the driveway, be mindful of any services that run under your garden as the weight of vehicles can easily fracture pipes. The same must be taken into consideration should access be required from the highway across the footpath and/or verge to your new parking area.

You will require council consent to drop the kerb and cross the footpath or verge and it is worth checking the ownership of the land between the public highway and your property, as the owners consent will be required and a licence fee may be payable. The council may wish to undertake dropping the kerb and creating the crossover themselves or insist that the work is carried out by one of their approved contractors. It is always

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The Community Café @Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames continues with recipes showing how you can use leftovers. They create wonderful food from surplus, donated by a local supermarket. Go and try their surplus lunch for £5 and they will donate the proceeds to local charities feeding those on low incomes and who are struggling.

Wondering what to do with courgettes? Over the last couple of weeks we have been donated some fantastic produce from local allotments. Courgettes are so easy to grow and in great supply at the moment, it s been fun experimenting with different gratins and bakes at the café. This is the most popular one served with some toasted sourdough bread. It makes a very tasty lunch dish. For 4 people 6 small courgettes ½ red onion 1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed 300ml double cream 70 g grated parmesan or any hard mature cheese Pinch of salt & Freshly ground black pepper Chives or any fresh herbs Slice courgettes and onion into an ovenproof dish. Combine double cream, garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper & chives in a jug, then pour over the courgettes. Bake in oven at 220ºC for 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Bruce Duncan RIP

8th January 1938-25th June 2019 There was standing room only at All Saints Church early last month for the service to celebrate the life of Bruce Duncan, testimony to the esteem in which he was held in Laleham village. Unusually in these times, Bruce had lived within 3 miles of Laleham for almost his entire life, first when his family moved to Laleham Road, Staines in the late 1930 s and then in Laleham, when he himself settled to raise a family. We heard of an idyllic childhood, despite the backdrop of war and the aftermath. Laleham escaped and the children ran in the fields, having fun, making dens, playing simple games. Bruce was one of 5 boys and they were brought up with good values and a lot of musicality, both which played a huge part throughout his life. Bruce met Mavis at a dance, asking her for the last dance then offering her a lift home...all fine apart from the fact he didn t have a car! He was always one for a joke and a laugh. All Saints church and Laleham village gave Bruce an outlet for his faith and community spirit. He played the organ every Sunday and was doing so right until his life was cut short. He loved singing and was a long term member of the London Emmanuel choir. Bruce and Mavis always offered their quaint garden in Blacksmith s Lane for the village Open Garden event. You may well have visited it. As well as being beautifully laid out, you will remember the array of knitted outfits adorning all creatures great and small in the front garden, a passion of Mavis! Son Alistair told stories of his dad s sense of humour, ever present at family gatherings. He was a warm, welcoming, family, church and community man who has left a void in To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Save Money AND Support the High Street There is NO CATCH!

If you had the chance to support local shops as well as get discounts and incentives, that surely is a no brainer! Well now you can! Furthermore, it has the support of Spelthorne Council. Garry Deegan, Managing Director of Best is Local (BiL) says The problem of the ailing high street is a now a national concern. However, we believe that if local businesses to show support for the local community (with discounts etc), that local community in turn will support local businesses (purchases and repeat purchases) - hence the creation of the Best is Local initiative". Working closely with the Spelthorne Business Forum, this initiative of 'partnership' is hoped to promote economic growth around the Spelthorne Borough. In short, the BiL / SBF Discount Loyalty Reward App gives residents: up to 80% savings plus; a Loyalty Reward Point of £1 for every £10 you spend with a BiL business and; £25 OF POINTS FREE WHEN YOU REGISTER! Your purchases and reward points show on your app, so you can see exactly how much you have saved and how many points you can redeem. Points are redeemable via the reward page on your

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app. Example: You see a product worth £100 but the business is offering a 10% discount to Best is Local members. Normal Price: £100 Discount Price: £90 Saving: £10 Best is Local points £9 (£1 for every £10 spent) Actual Spend: £81 Actual Saving: £19 Spelthorne is a hive of business activity with a diverse offering of products and services of every kind. It is vital that local communities come together to support their high streets and help protect their local economy . Michael Ramlakhan Chairman, Spelthorne Business Forum For more information and to download the app, please visit www.bestislocal.shopping, email: info@bestislocal.co.uk or call us on 0800 531 6804. From Monica Chard, editor: I have my card and app and saved £16 in the first few days. Why would anyone not want to get on board!



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Letter from Your Mayor Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely summer. I have now hosted two successful fund raising events; one arranged for me by the great team at the Greeno centre in Shepperton. A fish and chip supper was enjoyed by everyone with fun entertainment provided by the very energetic Terry Gleed! Much laughter and dancing was the order of the night and we all had a great time. Many thanks to the Greeno for this. I also hosted a family BBQ at the lovely Runnymede Hotel for some 80 people. The friendly and very accommodating staff there really did us proud with a lovely setting for all our guests, a complimentary welcome drink and a very tasty selection of food and desserts, accompanied by some relaxing summer music. These two events meant we have been able to put a decent amount of money into our charity pot. Once again, I have been privileged to attend some lovely events across our borough. These include the Staines regatta, where, together with the Mayor of Runnymede, we went out on the river to cheer on our teams from each borough. Sadly, Spelthorne came a close second, but nothing could daunt the great atmosphere of an excellent day. Many thanks to Martin and his team. The Sunbury Amateur Regatta and Junior Regatta were also both very well attended events, despite the wind preventing any action on the water for the Saturday. Visitors still came out in large numbers to enjoy the stalls and entertainment and contributed to making this another success. Well done to Max, Amanda. Siobhan and all the organisers and congratulations to the many young people to whom I presented trophies, medals and certificates at the Junior Regatta. It is great to see so many people taking part in these sports and enjoying our lovely river. It is always a joy to meet up with the Chelsea Pensioners and we did so again at the lovely Staines Bowls Club which celebrated 100 years of 'green action' with a fun charity match against the Pensioners. We were made very welcome and had great fun with both teams superbly hosted by John, Eric and Dot. Anna Marie and her team are working hard to promote local interaction and community spirit in Stanwell and to this end, put on a lovely Multicultural family day at Long Lane Recreation Ground. There was a great atmosphere with many families enjoying all the fun games, food stalls etc. More events are planned and we look forward to visiting them all again very soon. We all love a birthday party and I was honoured to be invited to two this month! One at the lovely Burlington House in Shepperton where Mark and Lulu were honoured with all guests and residents on their respective birthdays. This is a truly beautiful care home with great staff and Debbie's kind guiding hand at the helm! Then to the Benwell centre in Sunbury where Dorothy Edwards celebrated her 100th birthday. Her family organised a lovely afternoon with many family and friends and I was delighted to present her with the card from Her Majesty, the Queen and the telegram from the Secretary of State. Dorothy also read out a terrific and amusing poem she had written many years ago. A lovely event! As always, do remember that I am here for everyone in the borough and should you wish me to attend an event you are holding, do get in touch with Sheila, the Mayor's Secretary at mayor@spelthorne.gov.uk or call her on 01784 446275. I would love to welcome you to one (or all!) of my fund raising events - the next one is on Friday 20th September - a luxury Film & Fizz night at the very comfortable Korda Theatre at Shepperton Studios, with buffet and Mary Poppins Returns; then a Charity Jazz Night with the Nevada Street Four and a licensed bar, at St Peter's Church, Staines on 5th October. Please contact Sheila or book and pay online at https://spelthorne.bookinglive.com/home/mayoral-events/ Enjoy the rest of the summer! With all best wishes

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So, Where DID Hertz the Military Dog End Up?

We ran a short piece in the June issue about animals in the military who retire. We had been introduced to Hertz the retired RAF detection dog and left readers with a you might see him in Sunbury . So it may not come as much of a surprise that Hertz is now head of security at Village Matters - which means he is living the life of luxury! As I write, he is curled up in his bed next to me. What a dog! I also recently found out who had made the initial suggestion to the lady who needed to find him a home, to contact Shepperton Matters, so we could write his story. Huge thanks to Ann Stansfield and Tamara Harrison whose initial chance conversation resulted in Hertz finding a new home with us. So, as someone asked, how is he settling into civilian life? I would say he is a very happy chap indeed. He had lived in a home before he came to us, but had known kennels for most of his life as a working animal. It has taken a while to tune into his needs and habits. He is, after all, a sniffer dog. His interest in drugs and mobile devices has been shelved however, in favour of anything to eat and anything that resembles a ball. What has not changed is his need to create a mental map by sniffing over every new house he visits. It is quite something to watch! He is a large dog and can easily put his paws on the kitchen counter. We learned that he likes fruit after he cleared the contents of the fruit bowl when we were out shopping; skins, stones...the lot! We learned that he does not like avocados or citrus fruit, but he has given them a go. So the fruit has to be hidden before we go anywhere. We cannot leave the kitchen even for a few seconds if we are cooking as I learned one day when Mr C was enjoying his pork chop and I was eating veg because a certain dog has snaffled my chop! Just when we thought we had it sorted and had cleared the kitchen of anything interesting, we came home after a brief trip out to find he had eaten most of a wooden chopping board and a wooden spoon .they both smelled of food, so seemed fair game to him! We have dubbed this alter ego General Mayhem ! Visiting my sister took this to another level, however. Let s just say, he rearranged her kitchen considerably! (She has since forgiven him). Over the summer we took our boat up to Laleham a couple of times. A chance encounter on the towpath saw us invited for drinks. Yes bring the dogs. We love dogs said our magnanimous host. All went well and Hertz was suitably distracted, playing with a ball...until he got the scent of pork pies and before we caught him, he had swept a plate of them. We left apologetically, thankful that our host was a dog lover who had stories of his own of a similar nature. But, we are learning. I even feel that after two months, we have cracked it. All said, Hertz is a wonderful addition to our lives. We work from home so he has walks and company most of the time. He is quiet, gentle, affectionate, tolerant and loves our other dog, Mojo. If you see us around, do come and say hello. If you would like to find out more about the former life of our retired RAF dog, just google Hertz Military Dog. He has featured in national press, Country Life and there are clips about him and his career on YouTube. It is quite incredible and we feel privileged to have him in our home. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Spend a Penny on Ann s Loo Project in Uganda

Can you support Shepperton s Ann McCarthy raise enough money to put a toilet block in the school she supports in Uganda? Come and have some fun, knowing you are contributing so much to a community far away. On September 19th Shepperton Studios has kindly offered their Korda Theatre for free for a charity event to raise much needed funds. tickets are £10 each (£11.50 through eventbright). The evening will start with a glass of bubbly or juice and some canapés. There will be a raffle and a short slide show of photos and a talk about the charity as well as information about volunteering in Uganda or having a Holiday with a Difference . All money raise on the evening will go towards the Spend a Penny Build a Loo - The Dinner Party Project (See https:// www.facebook.com/thedinnerpartyproject/) One of our last year s volunteers saw the need for a new larger toilet block for the 250+ girls at the school and vowed to raise the necessary £5,000 needed to build the new ones. To date she has raised over £3,000 on her own but is now struggling. With these funds the charity has completed the new septic tank and floor and hope to get on and complete the walls as soon as possible. We take so much for granted in the West! For those unable to attend (numbers are limited to 40 people) you can donate https:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ spendapennybuildaloo For the past 15 years since Ann turned 62 she been working with this rural community in Western Uganda consisting of mainly subsistence farming families. They are providing good but affordable Nursery and Primary Education plus Medical Care for over 500 children. They get no help from the government and the small fees that most children are expected to pay is subsidised by a support scheme through £5 per month child sponsorship (www.sponsorachild.co.uk) Adjacent to the school is a visitors Guest House with 15 rooms and where full board is only £15 per day. Aside from helping with a variety of tasks in school or the Medical CenPlease mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

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tre (ranging from working with little ones on ABC, sticking and colouring, up to assisting the teachers in the upper classes, joining a group on outreach work in the villages or general maintenance and building work) guests can join our Ugandan Director on safaris and a Gorilla treks. The charity welcome all ages from Gap Year to active retirees plus families with children, and groups to single travellers. Please email ann@ugandalodge.com for an info booklet or feel free to call 01932 562757 or WhatsApp +44 7867998414

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

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Netflix in Shepperton

Over the summer the newly opened Netflix operation at Shepperton Studios has been making its presence felt. It has been great to see this production giant working in the community. Trio pharmacy was closed for several days, transformed into a set for forthcoming film The Old Guard staring Charlize Theron.

Sunbury Park was closed too, but as filming

over ran, locals walking dogs were amused to be dodging smoke machines, horses and large camera crews!


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Shepperton Cricket Club Colts and the Cricket World Cup at the Oval!

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Ted s Talk By Ted Hiscock

I love old advertisements. Nothing recalls this quite so vividly as the enameled metal signs. In the enamel sign - washed by the rain, impervious to the grime - is a hard fact reinforcing its message through almost total permanence. Ruby red and emerald green, cobalt blue, ivory white and ebony black, and an abundance of reassuring text and opulent imagery; they are the true relicts of the past. The heyday of enamel iron signs was comparatively short. They reached their peak before the First World War and went into decline in 1918; their end was in sight by the 1940s. In the half century leading up to World War 2, millions of signs were produced. A vast quantity of signs was exported, but this market declined and foreign countries, one by one, established their own enameling firms. The first enameling business in Britain was started up by Benjamin Baugh, in Birmingham, during the mid 1800s. Baugh was described in the Patent Office register as, '' Manager of Salts Patent Enamel Works''. A boom in enamel signs came with the expansion of the railways and orders for 10,000 signs were quite normal. Unfortunately, by the 1950s production had more or less come to an end. A new and powerful rival emerged in the form of huge hoardings, which not only masked the bomb sites but also displayed the novel American style photographic posters. This was the final nail in their coffin. However, this was not the end of the enamel sign; although many were destroyed, a lot stayed where they were. Most people did not notice the signs that remained, since they were neglected and their messages were often irrelevant. It was not until the early 1970s that an interest in these signs was shown. Slowly but surely they To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

disappeared from their original placements and went into private collections. Luckily, many have been rescued and can be seen in museums around the country. These days, any that come onto the market command very high prices. Funnily enough, I was lucky to be able to buy one at a car boot recently. It was advertising Friary Ales & Stouts, not the most exciting but another one for my collection!

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Hedgehogs Thanks Shepperton Posties!

More precisely, a local Shepperton resident would like to pass on thanks on behalf of the hedgehogs. She commented to her local postman that discarded elastic bands caused a possible hazard to these little creatures. Since then, she has noticed far fewer. Everyone should be aware that their discarded cups, rubbish etc causes problems to wildlife. Let s try to find a bin instead.

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Squire s Introduce Chatter & Natter Tables to Get People Talking Squire s Garden Centres is one of the latest companies to join the Chatty Café scheme. The Chatty Café is a great way of encouraging people to talk to others. The scheme is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn, who founded it after a miserable day at a supermarket café with her infant son, where she noticed that no one was talking to each other. She found that by simply putting Chatter & Natter signs on tables in cafes it created a space for people to talk. Alexandra Hoskyn, Founder of The Chatty Café said, The Chatty Café is thrilled to welcome Squire s to our scheme. Their lovely café bars are a perfect setting for Chatter & Natter tables. Anyone can join in and chat over a coffee – if you re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, young people, old people and anyone in between. It s just about having good old fashioned human interaction and the relaxed environment of Squire s Café Bars will hopefully allow for lots of happy chatting! Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire s Garden Centres commented, In this age of social media it s so important to make an effort to talk to others face to face. So for those who would like a bit of real social interaction simply sit at a Chatter & Natter table at Squire s and you can talk to other customers. I believe a short conversation with another human can really brighten your day. Everyone s welcome, and it s a great way to meet people in your local community. There will be Chatter & Natter tables every Tuesday morning at all sixteen of Squire s Café Bars, plus other days throughout the week too - simply look out for the signs on the tables. www.thechattycafe.co.uk


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Penny Fahey Memorial Cricket Match Triumph

The Shepperton Ladies Cricket Team took on the National Belgium Team in memory of Penny Fahey this summer. The day was a success in many ways. Penny Fahey was one of the founder members of Shepperton Ladies Cricket Club back in the late 70 s together with Pat Tarsey, Kitty Burke, Vicky Copper, Louise Clark, Sharon Bayton. Daughter Kimberley, along with her father Roland, have been running a special fund raising day for the past 4 years and this one was deemed to be the most successful to date. ÂŁ3800 was raised, which will be donated to Cancer Research UK and the Princess Alice Hospice. This year s match was a wonderful event, with added excitement that the Shepperton ladies beat the ladies National Belgium Team (both pictured above) who came over for the first time this year. It was a close match and very thrilling As well as the match, the wonderful day offered something for everyone with a BBQ, bouncy castle, live music and a fantastic auction and raffle. Special thanks to Sue Brown for her continuing support in helping organise the event, also to Shepperton Cricket Club for the BBQ meat donation, not to mention the great facilities, the fabulous settings and so on. Thanks too to Kath Essex for organising the tour, to Charlotte Dickenson and Les Curate for umpiring and to all the local companies who donated wonderful prizes to the event. Founder members Vicky Copper, Pat Next year will be the 5th so watch out. How can they top this one? Tarsey, Kitty Burke, Louise Clark Good luck from Shepperton Matters!

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Gardening Matters The Privet Hedge One of the questions I'm often asked as a gardener is 'How do I trim my privet hedge?' Privet hedges aren't a particularly sexy subject for a gardening article, but hedge-trimming seems to cause a lot of angst so let me tackle it here. Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants. It has dense foliage which is green all year round, and it s hardy which means it s suited to a wide range of planting sites. It s also available in a selection of varieties and root types, so there s a Privet hedge to suit most gardens.

damp conditions. One little trick I learned at a hedge-cutting course a few years ago is to cut hedges so that they are slightly tapered on both sides. This will mean the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge, which means the hedge will be greener and look healthier. Happy Gardening,

Autumn is a good time to trim them because there s little chance of disturbing any birds who might be nesting in them. Nesting season generally runs from March to early August. If you have a small hedge like those outside terraced town houses, then hand-held hedge shears are fine, but for large hedges an electric or even a petrol hedge-trimmer is definitely easier. If you have one, give it a check over and make sure it's sharp and well lubricated. Safety should be paramount. Wear safety goggles and sturdy gloves. It's not overkill. I once spent Saturday afternoon in eye casualty because a small sharp twig flew into my eye while I was trimming a hedge. It hurt and took ages to heal properly so be warned. Before starting, remove any potential obstacles on the ground which might prove to be a trip hazard. Avoid using powered tools above shoulder height; instead use a sturdy step ladder set on stable ground. If your hedge trimmer is electric use a residual current device (RCD) for safety purposes, and don't use it in

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Top tips to ensure an even, symmetrical hedge Straight edges are difficult to cut by eye. Use a taut horizontal string tied between two stout canes to act as a guide so you can cut the top of the hedge level. For vertical lines use canes or stakes pushed into the ground. When using shears, ensure that the top of the hedge is cut level and flat by keeping the blades of the shears parallel to the line of the hedge. When using a hedge trimmer, keep the blade parallel to the hedge and use a wide, sweeping action working from the bottom of the hedge upwards, so that the cut foliage falls away



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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to monica@villagematters.co.uk The Arts Society, Runnymede at The Hythe centre, Staines TW20 8LD 18th September, 2019. AS IF BY MAGIC The Secrets of Turner's Watercolour Techniques. Turner is perhaps the best loved English Romantic artist. He became known as 'the painter of light', because of his increasing interest in brilliant colours as the main constituent in his landscapes and seascapes. He first exhibited watercolours at the RoyalAcademy in 1790 and later included his oils and engravings. Lecture by Nicola Moorby. Coffee from 9.45, lecture starts at 10.30. First lecture is free, guests very welcome. Find out more atwww.theartssocietyrunnymede.org.uk

ART SHOW LOCAL ARTISTS The Orangery, Squire s Garden Centre, Shepperton

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to monica@villagematters.co.uk Littletots Playgroup for children aged 0-4 years (while adults enjoy a coffee and a chat). Everyone welcome. Meets every Thursday, 9.30 - 11.30am, during term time in the Old School Building, New Road, Littleton TW17 0QQ. Toys, snacks and a craft table. ÂŁ2 per family/group per session. Returns on Thursday 12th September 2019.Contact 01932 562249 for further information. Shepperton Fun Choir. St Nicholas Parish Centre in Church Square. 2nd Monday of the month. 7.30-9.30. If you fancy singing for fun, then come and join us. There is even a bar! Spelthorne Natural History Society, Wednesday 12th September at 8pm, St Peter's (Small) Church Hall, Laleham Road, Staines, TW18 2DX (Note change of venue). Our first meeting of the new season opens with a presentation Wildlife of Spain by Andy Tucker from NatureTrek. ÂŁ3 charge for non members. Refer to www.snhs.org.uk for more info The Shield Dog Show. September 28th. Entries from 11am. The Shield Horse Show. September 29th, The Shield Stables, Charlton Village. TW17 0SJ For info and schedules please email shieldshow@hotmail.com or search facebook. 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 When I Was At The Bar . We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 225228

Autumn Show Saturday 7th September 2019 Show opens 1.30pm Teas and Coffees Enquiries:patburrell1@gmail.com / 01932 564556 www.sheppertonha..co.uk

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Thurs 5th September: 1919-The Birth of Civil Aviation a talk by Nick Pollard to Spelthorne Local History and Archaeology Group, at St. Michael s Catholic Church, Clarendon Road, Ashford. Talk starts at 8pm and all are welcome, admission £2 for nonmembers.

Zodiac Musical Society are performing the spectacular tap dancing musical

42nd Street

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

Senior Learn to Row course, Burway Rowing Club. 4 week course 2 sessions per week. Wednesday evenings at 18:30 and Sunday mornings 10:30. Starting Wednesday 11th Sep, 18:30 Last session Sun 6th Oct 10:30. For info E: Captain@burwayrowingclub.co.uk A Life Behind a Name by Steve Packwood, the stories of some of the people commemorated on Sunbury War Memorial, is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th September at the Hazelwood Centre (London Irish) off Green Street, Sunbury, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members.

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September 2019 Shepperton/Laleham Matters  

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