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Your Award Winning Community Magazine


March 2020


Issue FREE Every Month to 8200 Homes in Shepperton and Laleham

Our 100th Issue!

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Wow! This is our 100th issue of Shepperton/Laleham Matters. As the local papers stopped, we seem to have filled a need. Thank you to our readers, our advertisers and our contributors for your support. Next year will be our 10th birthday. Maybe we will even find time to celebrate! There is lots happening this month. Two business competitions launch; Kwasi Kwarteng s Business Plan competition offers the chance for an embryonic or new business to win £3500. The Spelthorne Means Business Awards looks at celebrating local businesses big and small. If you are a small or large local business, this is for you! If you love photography, like me, then don t forget to dig out your

March 2020 local photos. The annual Capture Spelthorne competition launches as does the Shepperton Fair photo competition. More anon on that.. Carry on supporting our lovely village and the shops and eateries we treasure.

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Swabey s Forge, Sunbury 4 Celebrating Local Business 6 Chertsey Ploughing Match 9 State of Art Beauty Clinic opens 10 Shepperton Paved with Gold? 12 Best One Laleham extends Range 15 Get Your Fitness Back on Track 16 Have you found LSA Discount Shop? 18 Calling All Local Photographers 25 Clothes Rental for Children 26 Remember Charity in your Will 28 Eco Friendly products in Shepperton 31 Recipe of the Month 34 Laleham Residents Association 40 White Vinegar is a hero in Zero Waste 42 Shepperton s Famous Residents 45 Shepperton Beat 44 Historic Farmhouse under threat 48 Charlton Village Residents 52 Gardening Matters 56 What s On 60/61 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: Laleham Boatyard by Monica Chard. Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to monica@villagematters.co.uk

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Swabey s Forge, Cemetery Lane, Sunbury By Nick Pollard

In this view of Cemetery Lane (now called Forge Lane), off Green Street Sunbury, a horse can be seen halfway down the narrow road. It s no doubt being shoed at the blacksmith s forge, which had been run by the Swabeys, father and son, for over 100 years. When Jack Swabey began work at the forge aged 13 in 1908, his father had already been the village blacksmith and farrier for decades. Before that his grandfather had been the bailiff at Vicarage Farm in Halliford Road. Jack was born in the forge cottage on the opposite side of the lane (also seen in the photo), and started work after leaving the school in School Walk nearby. He recalled working from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, for which he took home £2 5s (£2.25p) a week, and charged 4 shillings (20p) for a set of horse shoes. They had only hand bellows and no electricity or gas for heating the furnace or welding. Beside shoeing horses, which to be accurate is done by a farrier, they also did blacksmithing, which involved making wrought ironwork, gates, chains, etc, mending tools and even fixing lawnmowers. The forge was always popular with children who would stop off on the way to or from school to see the work going on –particularly on cold days when the heat of the furnace was very welcome! In the summer, there would be lemonade or ice creams waiting for them. It was the last remaining forge covering a wide area stretching from Chertsey and Walton as far as Hanworth, and on busy days, before local horse shows for example, there could be up to twenty horses waiting to be shod. Jack had three sons who all learned the trade, but none wanted to carry on the business. When the forge closed in the 1960s to make way for the expansion of the adjacent Page Engineering, Jack briefly reopened in Hanworth, but then retired after 50 years of hard but rewarding work. He died in 1971. Willow – a local industry by Sally Fletcher-Pemberton is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 th March at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Celebrating Local Business By Monica Chard

It seems only yesterday that we were reporting on Shepperton Independents success at the Spelthorne Means Business Awards 2019. Quality Fruit swept the board taking Best Business in Spelthorne as well as Best in Shepperton and Best Corporate Social Responsibility. Stars Performing Arts took Best Creative Business and also 3rd Best Business in the borough. Village Matters, publisher of Shepperton Matters, took Best in Sunbury and also runner up Best Business in Spelthorne. Already it is time to think about who will take the crown in 2020 as the competition is now open for entries and Spelthorne Borough Council is hoping for a record breaking year. Anyone can enter. A big organisation or a one man/woman independent run from a bedroom. The point is to look at what you contribute within the category you are entering. So what does it take to win this prestigious competition? We went to see Kerry Hennessey at Quality Fruit to ask her to give prospective entries her advice. Things to think about are Why should your business win this award? . In a nutshell, think not what your village can do for you, but what you can do for the village. It is about providing a service which adds something to the lives of your customers. What does your business contribute to community, welfare, happiness? Is what you offer unique in any way? Then answer the question How does your business differ from competitors? . Maybe you don t have competitors. Maybe as in the case of Quality Fruit and Flowers who compete with large supermarkets, you need to stand out. Maybe it is the mix of what products and services you offer. Finally answer the question What are you most proud of? Kerry laughs about the award. Bragging is not what the Hennessey girls are about so rather than feeling uncomfortable about talking of achievements and what they do for the community, the approach was to ask customers. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

Their customers were very happy to talk for the girls. They spoke about the range of produce, the many types of fruit and veg which had been discovered as a result of try this approach in the shop. Another aspect is moving with the times. The range of produce available has changed over the years, answering demand or interest from customers. If your business has been serving the community for many years, how have you changed what you offer and why? Ask an independent business what they are most proud of and it is probably a fact that they are still trading! Running a high street shop is not easy. Running an independent business without the infrastructure of a big organisation brings its own set of challenges as Village Matters can testify. But most small businesses like their independence and enjoy tuning in to what the community needs. In 2019 there were 79 entries from 45 organisations. Let s see what little gems we have in our villages. Don t be shy! We understand that Spelthorne Borough Council will be running workshops this year to help you write an application. Remember, you have to be in it to win it! For more information visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/SMBA

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Chertsey Ploughing Match 2020

f you want to take a look at how life used to be, get down to Chertsey Ploughing Match on 29th March 2020. This year will be the 181st such event so by that measure a real throw back to history. You will have the chance to see horses, tractors and machinery ploughing. We went to have a look last year and take some photos. The horses are splendid with brasses polished and coats shiny. To see a man handle two huge cart horses is quite a sight. Amongst the classes are best turned out pair of agricultural horses and best vintage tractor. The event opens at 8.30am with ploughing from 9.30-2.30pm. There is a modest ÂŁ4 entry fee and children under 14 go free. Wey Manor Farm, New Haw, Surrey, KT15 3JQ. Despite being called the Chertsey ploughing match, it takes place on a farm

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near New Haw lock and is usually well sign posted. If you enjoy harking back to the good old days of farming life then don t miss the Chertsey Agricultural Show which this year is the weekend of 8th/9th August, held at Chertsey Meads. Look out for tickets online: www.chertseyshow.co.uk


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New state of the Art Beauty and Aesthetic Clinic in Sunbury

You now have access to a state of the art facility with the opening of The Practice Beauty Clinic on Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames. The clinic is the brainchild of Dr Saba Khan who started the business in Walton in 2018 and the initiative has been so successful that she has purchased dedicated premises in Sunbury. The building, which was formerly offices, has undergone a major refurbishment and now has 7 treatment rooms with the latest cutting edge technology. Treatments offered include Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Hair removal, Professional Skin Peels, Body contouring and the Powerful Oxygen facial. The entire service is overseen with Medical Supervision ensuring that the service provides safe and regulated treatments by fully trained, registered and insured staff. Due to the level of medical supervision required, many of the treatments are only available in a handful of clinics across London. Dr Khan said: Having dedicated premises has allowed me to expand the business, take on new staff and provide a far wider range of treatments, whilst maintaining the professional medAfter one body contouring session ical standards we are accustomed to. Dr Khan has wide medical experience gained through her work as a GP, an NHS GP Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer at St Georges university. The Practice Beauty Clinic, 73 Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6AD. Tel 07534 761218

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High Street Developments

Is Shepperton High Street paved with gold? With a double rainbow spotted in February, you may well think so and there certainly seem to be those who may think so. You will have noticed that work is underway in the high street to convert the old Barclays Bank building and also the units on Green Lane at Araby Corner. The latter is where a large supermarket had applied for planning. But now four units are being created. There will be a further two units at street level of the old Barclays building. We understand this may be business premises, not retail. But the Araby Corner units are to be retail. The question is, how will all these units in the high street be filled? There are already so many units empty. Some, such as the unit next to Sainsbury s have remained empty for a substantial period of time. We are lucky that we do indeed have a thriving high street but empty units do not inspire shoppers or encourage a longer and more productive shopping trip to Shepperton. One thing is sure, Shepperton is as popular as ever and with increasing amount of homes being built the population is set to grow. We just need to make sure there are the shops to sustain a thriving, vibrant and happy community. Keep shopping local, folks!

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70 exhibitors with quality handmade textiles

21 & 22 March 10am – 5pm

Preview Evening

20 March

6 – 8.30pm

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

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Best One, Laleham Extends Range

Just over one year since moving into Laleham and taking over Best One/Laleham Post Office, Dipak and Sakhi are making their mark on the community. They were overwhelmed with the warm welcome they received and are in turn demonstrating their commitment to their new home. The shop has recently undergone a huge refurbishment, enabling them to stock a wider range of goods. Apart from that investment, Best One have introduced both coffee and freshly baked pastries and breads. A Tchibo machine offers coffee, teas and hot chocolate. The quality is excellent and a welcome drop in and take out service for passing trades who can drop by on their way through Laleham. Bread and pastries are freshly baked throughout the day and savouries are baked both for breakfast and for lunch. You can get vegan sausage rolls, as well as the meat favourite, bacon and cheese turnovers or why not try a potato dog? A delicious crispy potato exterior baked around a sausage. There are offers every month on a hot drink/pastry combo so check them out. The delights don t stop there. From Friday-Sunday you can buy speciality artisan breads which come from the local Gingerbread Bakery; beetroot and sunflower, charcoal ciabatta, sourdough bread. It all sounds delicious. Dipak and Sakhi aim to stock an increased range of products from local companies. They are out to support the community for sure.

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Reinvigorating Your Fitness Plan By Robert Grant

It's several weeks since my New Year resolution to lose weight and get fit. It's cold and damp outside. The gym is miles away, and there s a TV program on about a knitting group in Nicaragua that looks interesting, and this sofa is ever so comfortable. My self-motivation tank is empty! Does your determination and energy to get fit after New Year s Day seems to run out sooner each year? Do you need to get fit? Do you need to lose weight? Do you know you ll feel better if you do? It s so much easier to fall back into old habits than to actively make a difference to our health isn t it? So how do we stay motivated? Motivation is all in the mind. There is no physical difference between those who get fit and those who get fat. The fit people are just those who manage to leave the house and move their bodies. Clearly, we need to help our mind overcome the inertia currently preventing us moving from the couch. Get up, get dressed, get out. It sounds simple but getting out of the door is the biggest hurdle. If you can force yourself to go through the motions of getting into your exercise kit, walking to the door and out of the house you're 90% of the way towards actually exercising. If you're standing outside dressed for exercise it's harder to change your mind and sneak back inside for another slice of cake. Set an alarm to tell you when it's time for your exercise class, run, etc. Make sure you've got workout gear that makes you feel good. Something stylish, comfortable, Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

colourful, or high-tech; it doesn t matter, use whatever works for you. Make the getting dressed part something to look forward to. Baggy, stained, holey jogging bottoms will put you off the idea of stepping outside. Then just grab your keys, open the door and step outside. Start slowly. It s important to pace yourself. Just because your neighbour can sprint 5 km in 20 minutes doesn't mean that you have to. Whatever exercise you are doing find a pace that is comfortable while still pushing you. As you exercise more you will gradually increase your exertion. Push yourself too hard at the beginning and exercise will seem exhausting, painful and make it harder to get going the next time. Once you begin to see your performance improving, you'll get excited about beating your personal best and want to prove to yourself just how good you are. Set a short-term goal. The ultimate goal might be to fit into a size 10 dress, or have a perfect six pack with matching biceps, but realistically that's probably more than a few months away. Pick a goal that you can achieve within the next two months. Dropping one dress size, being able to run non-stop for 1 km, being able to do a proper pull-up. Achieving goals is as important as setting them when trying to keep your motivation high. Small successful steps build one on the other until all of a sudden, your ultimate goal is just within reach. Keep on keeping on. Don't over-think it, just do it. .




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Have You Discovered the LSA Discount Shop?

Have you yet to discover this secret? LSA International, the premium designer glassware company, is based on the Dolphin Estate in Sunbury. The company has a fabulous shop where you can browse goods, select gifts and grab them at hugely discounted prices. The shop was revamped last year and now has a wider range of glass and table ware. If you have ever been looking for a present which will make a good impression, this is perfect! With Mother s Day coming up, you will want to take a look. Or perhaps you are invited to an engagement party, wedding or need a gift for teacher. Maybe you just want to treat yourself or refresh your range at home. Many items are available in presentation gift boxes and are discounted by up to 70%. Some are surplus goods and some last seasons range. You can pick up a beautifully boxed vase from £8 or a set of glasses for as little as £5 or £6. There are stunning tea light holders and statement glass platters too. In December the shop was open every Friday. Usual sale days are the second and last Friday of every month with plenty of parking. So do pop along and take a look at the range. You will be sure to be inspired.

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The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition 2020

ONE GREAT IDEA WINS ÂŁ3,500 Competition Opens: 10 February 2020 Deadline for Entries: 12 April 2020 Competition Final: 11 June 2020 For more information visit: spelthorne.gov.uk/businesscomp or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter facebook.com/spelthornebusinesscomp @SpelthorneComp

Organised by Kwasi Kwarteng MP and Spelthorne Borough Council

The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition 2020

ONE GREAT IDEA WINS £3,500 The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition represents a search for the local business entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Details Participants are asked to think of a business idea and fill in a short online form. The best participants will be asked to submit a business plan and pitch their ideas to a panel of business experts in a “Dragons’ Den” style final. Prizes The winner will receive £3500, deposited into a business bank account. Plus mentoring and support to help them bring their business ideas to life. The runner up will receive £1000 and third place will receive £200.

To enter or for more information visit: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/businesscomp

Eligibility All participants must be residents of, work in or currently be in education in the borough of Spelthorne. All participants must be aged 16 or over. The competition can be entered by individuals or in teams (4 people max). The competition welcomes plans for new businesses only. Business plans may be submitted for any type of business. Deadlines The competition opens for entries on 10 February and closes for entries 12 April, with the Final taking place on 11 June.

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Organised by Kwasi Kwarteng MP and Spelthorne Borough Council

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Calling Local Photographers By Monica Chard, Editor Now is your chance to show off your skills in photography. Two local competitions are launching so get your best shots out and get ready to take part. Spelthorne Council s Capture Spelthorne competition aims to show off the borough. Now in it s third year it is a fabulous chance to see our towns, villages and open spaces through your eyes. Last year the winner captured the beauty of Shortwood Common, a nature reserve in Staines, which I confess I had never heard of.

The photo, seen above, by Elaine Wisden, was the overall winner and was featured on the front cover of the Spelthorne Bulletin. We have featured a number of the winning photos in our own publications. This month s cover won the Water category and is by Barry Dix (see below).

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Categories that tell a story about Spelthorne are as follows: • My Spelthorne • Spelthorne Through the Seasons • Spelthorne Means Business • Spelthorne in Action • Junior (under 16) You don't need an expensive camera to take part, any camera or smart phone will do. Full information on the website below. Each category winner (there will be an under 16 s section and 16 and over section for each category) will receive a £50 cheque, a certificate and a pair of tickets to the Pinewood Cinema How to enter Up to five photos can be submitted per entrant, as digital images. Please include a short caption that best describes the image, your chosen category and provide your contact details (name, telephone number and postal or email address, plus your age if under 16yrs). Upload your entries at the website: spelthorne.gov.uk/capture The closing date for entries is 30th April 2020.

Shepperton Fair Photo Competition At the same time, the Shepperton Village Fair is already getting ready to celebrate all things Shepperton and beyond, with the launch of this years photographic competition which is sponsored again by Shepperton Matters. This competition is open to anyone living within a 3 mile radius of Manor Park, Shepperton, where the fair is held each year (this year June 13th). Look out for entry forms in Shepperton library (from May) or upload your photos http://bit.ly/SVFPhoto Prize money of £50 first prize or £25 runner up in several categories and the chance to be on the front cover of one of the Village Matters magazines. 25 Or email monica@villagematters.co.uk

To Buy or to Rent

A New Concept for Clothing Children By Charlotte Morley

Where it all began When my daughters were born, I realised that the planet they ll inherit is very different from the one I was born into. Fewer trees, more plastic. Less wilderness, more pollution... I knew that if I wanted anything to change I needed to do something about it. And seeing the waste which tiny, constantly growing, humans create was the perfect inspiration for what to do. I was working at notonthehighstreet at the time, so starting a business which aimed to change the way the retail system works for the better seemed like a natural step. Why children s clothing rental? Did you know that if we carry on our current path, by 2050, textiles production will use more than a quarter of the carbon budget for the current target of 2°C global warming? But if we can extend the life of clothes by just 3 months it could reduce the UK s carbon footprint by around 10%. Renting smashes this out of the park. Children s clothes have the potential to be rented out 4 or 5 times. And because of how quickly they grow out of their clothes that s another 9-12 months of wear than they'd normally get, reducing their environmental footprint by up to 75%. How does it work? Our quarterly subscription gives parents an average of 5 items at a time for around 1/3 RRP. We ve partnered with some of the best, ethical and sustainable children s brands so that you can shop without compromise, adding the clothes which suit your children best into your subscription. Swap them whenever you need either because the seasons have changed, they ve grown again, or you simply Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


fancy a change. And because we guarantee garments will reach their maximum potential lifespan you can clothe your children, safe in the knowledge that you re creating less waste and a smaller carbon footprint. What s running a business like with two small children? I won t lie, it s been really tough. I work long days and then pick up the laptop again once they re in bed to make sure I can spend weekends with them. But knowing I m lucky enough to be doing something I truly love does take the edge off the tiredness. How can people help? We launch in April to a small number of handpicked customers who will trial the service for us. If you d like to be involved, and have a child who ll be aged between 2 and 3 from April to October this year please get in touch (charlotte@thelittleloop.com). Or you can join the waiting list on the website for our public launch later in the year.


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Have You Made a Will?

Remember to Keep Compassion Alive in it For most of us, when we think about how we ll be remembered after we ve gone, we hope it s the best parts of ourselves that will live on – our love, compassion and care. With a gift in your Will to a caring charity, that s exactly what happens. But only 40% of us have a Will. Perhaps it s a task that keeps sliding down the to do list. Maybe people are worried that it s too expensive. But the truth is, you can get a Will written quickly and simply, for less than you might think. So, why not take a positive step to look after your loved ones in 2020? What s more, your wishes can go beyond family and friends. You can also use your Will to leave a charitable gift – an act of kindness and generosity that will touch people s lives for years to come.

There are so many charities needing our help and we all have different reasons for wanting to support them. Julia Lucioni is a nurse at Princess Alice Hospice. She sees I see first-hand how the Hospice s high-quality end of life care helps people make the very best of their time. She said For some, we support them to stay in their home comfortably, with their family and pets. For others, we provide the personalised care they need at our welcoming Hospice in Esher. The Hospice simply couldn t do this without the generous support of local people who choose to support it in many ways. It costs £10.3 million each year to provide care free of charge to local people. But it s a surprising fact that 50% of this comes from kind supporters who choose to leave a gift in their Will, to help the Hospice be there where and when its services are needed most. Princess Alice Hospice provides free, highquality palliative and end of life care across a large part of Surrey, Middlesex and south west London. You might already know them, as they have been caring for people for over 30 years, and every day their team of nurses, doctors and specialist staff, supported by our team of over 1,400 volunteers, care for people when it really matters. Legacy giving is simple Everyone should have a Will and it doesn t need to be expensive. It s quick and easy to amend an existing Will to include a gift to Princess Alice Hospice. You can leave as little or as much as you like – every gift makes a difference. Whatever you choose to do, don t forget to make a will, no matter how little you think you have, or if you think it will automatically go to a partner. Check it out and get peace of mind.

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Staines Preparatory School Educating today’s children for the challenges of tomorrow

IAPS | Founded 1935 | Co-ed | Ages 3 - 11

Rated “Excellent” in all areas

ISI Report, Dec 2019

The Independent Schools Inspectorate’s recent inspection reported:

“Pupils’ achievement is high, particularly in entrance and scholarship to selective senior schools” “Overall achievement in EYFS is excellent”

“Mathematics is a strength” “pupils’ writing in English is excellent”

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High Street Going Eco Friendly With emphasis on reuse and eco friendly products it is great to see local shops stepping up to the mark. Shepperton Homecare has a new range of eco friendly cleaning products and a new refill service for Ecover washing up liquid, washing liquid and fabric conditioner. Just bring your own bottles to refill. It doesn't matter what brand they originally had in them! Other products on offer are eco friendly drain unblocker, floor cleaner, dishwasher tablets, oven cleaner, toilet cleaner and multi purpose spray. We all need to do our bit to help the planet. This sort of range for sale in Shepperton will allow you to make choices. Try also to bring your own bags. The high street needs to try to reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation, but it is down to shoppers to bring their own. Thank you Shepperton!

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Home Security: Simple precautions to keep your property safe The saying goes ‘every Englishman’s home is his castle’ so whilst you’ve worked hard to create the home that you live in, you understandably wish to keep it safe and secure. Rightly you have taken out insurance to protect against eventualities but unwittingly you could negate that policy. Here we look at some of the pitfalls to watch out for when making your insurance declaration, ensuring it is factually correct: • External Door Locks: The types of locks fitted to external doors should be a 5-lever lock approved to a minimum of BS 3621 Standard. Ideally, a mortice lock in addition to the cylinder lock. Many modern style front doors now have multi-point locking systems but do check for the Kite Mark and BS number. • Window Locks: Are these fitted as part of the windows construction or do you need to retrospective fit locks?

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• Outbuildings: Are your sheds and garage securely locked. • Alarm Systems: Confirm if it is a system installed and maintained by a NSI NACOSS approved contractor or a DIY installed system. • Neighbourhood Watch: Have you registered with your local scheme? • CCTV: It is a system that records and retains information. Factors that can negate your claim when your property is unoccupied: • The doors and windows are not locked. • Keys must not be left in doors and windows, also keep them out of sight and reach. • If you have an alarm system, the system must have been set.

And lastly, don’t make it easy for burglars! Here are some simple reminders to consider before you leave your property unattended: • Make sure ladders are padlocked to a secure wall/ground fixing. • Locks on outbuildings are only as good as the hasp or fixing. Make sure these are strong and cannot be easily forced. • Security lighting is a good idea. • Put internal lights and even a radio on timers. • Don’t publicise to the world you are away by announcing it on social media.

• Secure side and back gates. • Keep photographs and note serial numbers of high value items, as proof of ownership in case a claim has to be made. For professional advice on all aspects of selling or letting your home, contact Owen Miles, Partner and his friendly experienced team at Curchods Shepperton 01932 230033.


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Recipe of the Month Bread Pudding

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.

This is a lovely simple recipe for using up bread crusts, stale bread/ brioche or hot cross buns. We serve it regularly in the café and it always prompts a cry of oh my mother used to make this! It s a great snack for all those hungry cyclists and walkers who venture up from the towpath most afternoons. Ingredients 500g bread (combination of white/ brown/wholemeal – anything goes!) 500g mixed dried fruit 170g sugar – any kind 1 tablespoon demerara sugar for sprinkling 2 eggs 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice 600ml Milk 40 g melted butter

Leave to soak for at least 30 mins – 2 hours is really better. Once the mixture has soaked, you need to get stuck in with your hands – squidge the mixture so that all the bread is really wet – you should end up with a rather unattractive claggy mess. At this stage stir in the melted butter and spread this into a tin 20cm x 20 cm lined with baking paper. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and put in a preheated oven at 150c for 30 mins until golden on top. Let it cool completely before cutting into squares to serve.

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Churchill Retirement Coffee Morning With awareness of loneliness and isolation in the community, Churchill Retirement Living opened its doors to residents with a warming coffee morning recently. Visitors were offered coffee and cake in exchange for a small donation. Funds raised from the morning will be donated to the Greeno Centre which does so much to support the community. Churchill s Warming Mornings events take place throughout February at its retirement developments across the country, with all the money raised going towards local causes chosen by Owners. The Lodges that raise the most will also have their total matched by Churchill s charitable arm, the Churchill Foundation, boosting the funds even further. River View Lodge is a stylish collection of one and two bedroom retirement apartments for the over 60s which are available to buy now. Each apartment has been designed exclusively for those in their retirement years and has a number of safety and security features, such as 24 hour emergency call line and a video entry system, for complete peace of mind. Its welcoming Owners Lounge is a great place to enjoy a catch-up with like-minded neighbours, and for holding regular social events.

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Probus Make Record Annual Charity Donation

It was great to hear some excellent news from the Shepperton Probus group who advertise meetings in Shepperton Matters. Every year members nominate a local charity which will benefit from members donations throughout the year. Last year members donated ÂŁ800 to Impossible Dream. For 2019 the chairman's chosen charity was Home Start Spelthorne and the club is donating ÂŁ950, the largest in the club's history. The presentation will be made at theAGM at The Anchor on Tuesday 3rd March at 12.00am. The larger contribution is credited partly to the clubs increase in members (currently 40) helped apparently by the inclusion in the listings in Shepperton Matters for which the club is very grateful.

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Natural Zero Waste Super Star - White Vinegar! By Mel Jenson, Shepperton Plastic Free

Most people have heard about white vinegar s cleaning properties, and whilst it makes a great cleaner in certain circumstances it is not a go-to for all cleaning situations and surfaces - but it can do so much more than just clean!

spray on the affected area and allow to dry. And so much more! Get googlng for more ideas.

It s completely non-toxic, and as an added bonus it kills approximately 90% of bacteria, so whilst not a disinfectant it does a good job of removing many potentially harmful bacteria.

Is it really sustainable? It s important to choose a white vinegar that is a distilled version of a natural vinegar - for example, Sarson's white vinegar is distilled brown malt vinegar (that we put on our chips) which is made from malting barley.

Why can t white vinegar clean everything? Ordinary dirt and grime often contain fats and oils, and because oil and water (or oil and vinegar for that matter) do not mix, vinegar can not bind with these fats and oils to clean them away. To do this you need some form of soap.

Make sure you read the ingredients label of your white vinegar - if it says something like barley , grain alcohol/spirits, or wine, you ll know the vinegar was made with things like grains or grapes. And avoid anything that says synthetic alcohol, as this may have been derived from fossil fuels!

However, vinegar is GREAT at removing soap scum, so works brilliantly as a rinse for a soapy surface, provided it isn t frosted glass, stone or marble (which vinegar will damage).

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What else can it do? • Clean water spots, limescale and rust • Clean the microwave - Mix equal parts vinegar and water, place in the microwave at full power until it s full of steam. Leave the door closed and let the steaming mixture sit long enough to be safe to touch (but still hot), and then use it to wipe inner surfaces. • Clean the toilet - Pour two cups into the toilet bowl, leave overnight, and then brush and flush. • Act as a fabric softener: • Remove stains - spray on to colour safe fabric and wipe or wash away. Remove ammonia and sour milk smells Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Shepperton Beat Inspector Maxine Cilia Spelthorne have been particularly targeted during the winter months with Burglaries. With extra patrols arrests and charges the burglars still have not been deterred from stealing valuable gold and cash. The burglaries are again seasonally beginning to decline, but I urge everyInspector Cilia one to review their security now. Look at whether an alarm, camera or a spiky hedge may deter someone from entering your property. If you would like a visit from our DOCO why not speak to the Specialist Neighbourhood Team or email Spelthorne @surrey.pnn.police.uk Place valuables in an approved safe if you must keep it in your home and look to join a local Neighbourhood watch. Please also ensure that your elderly relatives and vulnerable people you may are spoken to about scams. The elderly and vulnerable are targeted particularly by the scammers and we have a very helpful booklet Little book of big scams available to read and understand how the scammers work. It is in most public libraries and you can collect from the police Station. But these scams include door to door sales, telephone cold calling and shares/art and gold sales. Available electronically from; https:// www.surrey.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/ downloads/surrey/advice/watch-schemes-andinitiatives/operation-signature/surrey-book-ofscams-pdf-v6.pdf. Recently we have experienced a new increases in theft from motor vehicle. Many of the items stolen have been grabbed once the window has been smashed and include purses, laptops, briefcases and handbags. Please do not leave valuables on display in your vehicle. Ensure your vehicles are locked and secured and alarms set when unattended. As we move into the lighter evenings we may begin to seen congregating persons in parks and car parks causing anti-social behaviour. Please report all incidents of Anti-social behaviour as we would rather deal with it quickly than wait until it has created a real issue for you and your family or Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


business. Please report via 101 or on the Surrey police website www.surrey.police.uk. If you are experiencing problems with a neighbour and you wish to report to police, remember to also report these issues to you relevant council teams and or housing association. The incidents need to be logged with all to ensure that we have a complete understanding of the issues. We have access to sign post for mediation as do the housing associations and local council safer community teams.

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Please contact Surrey Police using our new website www.surrey.police.uk or by phone Call 999 if: - a serious offence is in progress or has just been committed - Or if someone is in immediate danger or harm - property is in danger of being damaged - a serious disruption to the public is likely Call 101 for non-emergency enquiries. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our text phone service on 18001 101. * Calls to 101 cost 15 pence per call from landlines and mobiles, no matter how long you're on the phone. Our email address is: Spelthorne@surrey.pnn.police.uk but please be aware this is only monitored during office hours. Or Call CrimeStoppers on 0800555111 which is a 100% anonymous reporting line


Shepperton s Famous Residents

Sheila Mercier died last December at the age of 100. Famous for her 22 years playing Annie Sugden in Emmerdale, she and her husband were long term residents of Minsterly Avenue, upper Halliford. Thanks to Jane Page for getting in touch and suggesting some light hearted reminiscing of some of Shepperton s more famous residents. There have been many! Shepperton really has been home to the stars. The proximity to Shepperton Studios would have been a major factor Sheila Mercier. Photo in putting Shepperton on the map for the showbiz crowd. Over the telegraph.co.uk years we have seen Tom Jones who lived in Manygate Lane, Frank Finlay in Broadlands Avenue. Edward Woodward and his wife Michele Dotrice who lived by the river. JG Ballard, known as the Oracle of Shepperton and after whom Ballard Lodge is named. John Gregson, famed for amongst for Whisky Galore, was at Creek House, where he played host to stars such as Peter O Toole, Peter Ustinov and Vivien Leigh. Creek House itself was previously owned by TV personalities from the 50 s and 60 s, Barbara Kelly and Bernard Braden. Apperently other neighbours were Pat Franklin and June Piper the Wrigley's Doublemint Twins. Some of you old enough might remember. Shepperton is still also home to our lovely Green Goddess, Diana Moran of course. Also to Peter Davison who I still remember fondly from All Creatures Great and Small. Of course award winning Ruth Wilson still boasts of Shepperton as her family home. Lets not forget she started her glittering career putting on shows for friends and neighbours when she was a child and honing her acting skills at the Riverside Youth Theatre, Sunbury.

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Why do we have them and how are saints chosen? March 1st is St David's Day and March 17th is St Patrick's Day. Most of us know they are the patron saints of Wales and Ireland respectively. But why do we have saints? Who chooses them and to what purpose?

Canonization can only occur, even for martyrs, after a further miracle. The title of saint means that the person lived a holy life, is in heaven and is to be honoured by the Church. Canonization does not make someone a saint; it is simply recognition by the Pope of what he declares God has already done.

Saints derive from the Catholic Church; they form no part of Protestant St David and St Patrick are faiths. The process the both patron saints. These are Church uses to name a saints chosen as special prosaint is called canonizatectors or guardians over certion. Prior to the tenth tain areas of life. The areas century saints were chocan include occupations, illsen by public acclaim but nesses, countries or causes. gradually bishops and While the Pope decides finally the Vatican took whether someone can be canLittleton Church over the authority. Canonized, patrons may be choThe Annunciation onization is a complex sen by individuals or groups and lengthy process of people. Patron saints are often chosen which begins after the death of a catholic because an event in their lives or a talent regarded as particularly holy. Mostly it starts overlaps with a particular area. For example, many years after the death to allow for perDavid, a Welsh bishop who helped to spread spective on their life and work. Initially the local bishop investigates the candidate's life Christianity across the continent was born in then the case is referred upwards to a panel Wales and served his country through the of theologians at the Vatican. If approval is church. Patrick, though not born in Ireland granted the pope proclaims the candidate was taken there in slavery after being kidvenerable. napped by pirates. He became fluent in Gaelic, turned to God and helped to bring ChristiBeatification is the next step and requires evidence of one miracle or act of martyrdom. anity to the island of Ireland. For many peoA miracle must have taken place after the ple saints are still relevant in the 21st century candidate's death as a direct result of an apas they act like mentors, providing people peal made to them. They are generally relatwith an example of a good life to follow. ed to recovery from a deadly medical condition. For such a recovery to be declared miraculous, it must be complete, instantaneous, durable (so it can t return) and scientifically inexplicable. If the pope bestows beatification the person may be venerated by members of the catholic faith. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Historic Farmhouse under Threat from Local Plan The old farmhouse at 206 Charlton Road is on site LS1/007 of the local plan and may be pulled down. A group of local residents are up in arms and want it preserved. They have done a lot of research about the history of the farm and the family who lived there. The house has a rich history indeed. Known as Hurst Farm, it belonged to the Leonard family which goes back to the 18th century. Charlton village was a very small agricultural hamlet back then. Several generations of Leonards, all farming folk, lived in the house until the start of the 20th century. Their market gardening focus was the keeping of orchards, which were plentiful in Spelthorne at that time. Charlton village site LS1/007 and the area where Hetherington Road is now, was almost entirely orchards. The current fishing lake area and land at the bottom of Hetherington Road were being used as orchards too. It must have been beautiful in spring with abundant fruit in autumn. The house passed on to another farmer in 1905. Residents feel the Leonard family are of historical importance, not only to Charlton Village but to the surrounding area too. The farmhouse has an historical connection to the village and was obviously build for the Leonard family, so they were able to operate market gardening throughout the village and surrounding areas. They are asking that this house is not demolished but given a Grade 11 listing, due to the overall historical value.

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Bridge Corner

Many of you will know Andrew Robson from his regular column in The Times, we re delighted that some of his editorial content will be featured in the magazine from time to time. For the uninitiated he is one of the leading national and international players and was awarded the OBE for his services to bridge and charity work. To find out more about him and his bridge club visit andrewrobson.co.uk. Try your skill with the following quiz he has set this month:

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Dear Residents, We have all been consumed over the last few month s with fighting Spelthorne s Local Plan proposals ! So here is an update on our and your endeavours. The public consultation part of our fight closed on 21st January - a huge thank you to everyone who posted comments in opposition to the proposed 385 houses - and a special thanks to all of those who invested so much of their time gathering information and lobbying Spelthorne Council, via whatever means - We applaud and salute you. And a particular thank you to Kevin T for all his help and expertise in preparing our formal document which was submitted to Spelthorne Council. We don t have a figure on how many people opposed the two sites in our village but, we do know we had the highest numbers on our petition (603 signatures)., Friday 17 December Kwasi Kwarteng MP held a public meeting in Ashford - many Charlton Village residents attended and raised important points on behalf of our village - a huge thank you to Jo, Dale, Debbie, Helen, Gill and Karen are a few that I know of. . He promised he would come to meet with everyone in Charlton Village - and he stands by his word he is coming to the Village on the 20 February. Well done everyone - a major coup ! We held our protest at Council Offices on 19 December - 52 of us and a dog, with banners/signs - the council even took photos and featured us on their twitter account the following morning ! We also featured on Surrey Live online the following morning as part of the Surrey Herald News group. On Saturday 11 January, Debbie, Bonnie and Dale met with a Green Party MP and our local Green Party Councillor on site at LS1/007 (opposite shop) They both pledged to support our sites along with some sites in Sunbury. This visit was covered online and in the press - massive thanks to Debbie for organising this. 29 January - we formally spoke about our petition at the Council Cabinet Meeting - five of us attended the meeting - we were given 3 minutes to present our case - a recording of what was said is on the council website: https://democracy.spelthorne.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx? CId=132&MId=1971 We have had two Councillor s supporting us all the way - Cllr. Maureen Attewell and Cllr. Robin Sider, we thank them for speaking up for us whenever/wherever the opportunity presents itself. Sorry if we have missed anyone or any event that contributed to the cause - we really appreciated every single act, letter, email and voice in support of our fight - we want to remain optimistic that all of your/our efforts will make a difference to the final outcome and that our village remains one that is rural and green ! Thank you as always for your continued support. It is appreciated. CVRA committee Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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Gardening Matters Annual Fiesta

By Rachael Leverton

Look around your garden for gaps in beds and borders which are in a sunny spot and well-drained. Don t plant when it s cold or the soil is wet and sticky. Wait until the weather is mild and soil is damp and crumbly, then fork it lightly to break it up. Use a rake to create shallow furrows, sprinkle the seeds over and rake them gently in, raking across the furrows to cover them. Bigger seeds like nasturtiums can be pushed into the soil a couple of centimetres deep and 10-15cm apart. Label the area so you know what should come up.

I ve always loved an annual. From Bunty to The Blue Peter Annual, they were crammed full of interest and fun. As I grew older my taste in annuals has become more horticultural. One little pack of seeds is now my gardening equivalent of the Beano - a brief shelf-life and packed with colour. Hardy annuals are the most obliging. They don t need a propagator or a greenhouse, or even a windowsill; all they need is a sunny spot and some well-drained soil. Just sprinkle the seeds in the ground and you can look forward to a fiesta of summer colour for very little work. The choice of plants and hue is wide. If blue is your thing try a soft shade of love-in-amist, or a vivid blue cornflower, or the most gorgeous tiny phacelia. For pinks try a fluffy clarkia or delicate godetia. Nasturtiums span the colour wheel from cream through yellow and orange to deep red.

The biggest enemy of the newly-planted hardy annual seed is the domestic cat! They love a patch of freshly raked soil, and will happily do their business in your handiwork and then kick up all your seeds without a second thought. Thwart the moggies by laying twiggy pea sticks over the area (and particularly twiggy and thorny prunings will do!). Remove them with the shoots are big enough or stand them up and use them to support the taller annuals. Thin them out a little to one plant per 10cm and water them if the weather is very dry. You don t need to feed them, they flower best when the soil is not rich. Food and manure will favour leaf production whereas we re after flowers and lots of them! Happy gardening.

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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham If you have an event coming up please email 50 words to monica@villagematters.co.uk Rotary Clubs in Shepperton and Sunbury. New members are always welcome. Both clubs meet at The Holiday Inn, Felix Lane, Shepperton. Shepperton Aurora on Wednesdays at 7.15am for breakfast contact, Ken on 01932 770590. Shepperton and Sunbury on Monday evenings at 7pm for a meal, contact Chris on 01932 231596 The Greeno Centre, Glebelands Avenue, Shepperton is holding an Awareness Day. Come down on Saturday 18th April 10am till 2pm. See what there is available at the centre. It is for everyone in the community and there are lots of stalls to browse and people to talk to. The event is at the Greeno Centre. Tea and coffee is available too, Free entry Celebrate World Book Day at Painshill Park. Sunday 8 March. 11am – 3pm Dress up as your favourite book character and take part in a host of activities at Painshill this spring. Enjoy an interactive trail in the landscape, children s crafts and a book exchange. General admission applies. Free entry for children on this day. https://www.painshill.co.uk/ event/celebrating-world-book-day-2/ 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 February we heard a talk describing the activities of Medecins Sans Frontieres. We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 225228


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What s On - Shepperton & Laleham The Arts Society, Runnymede at The Hythe Centre, Staines TW20 8LD. March 18, 2020. THE WONDERFUL WORD OF GEMSTONES. The Indian subcontinent is endowed with the magical world of coloured gemstones symbolising power, rank and status from Moghals to Empresses to the Tsars of Russian for over 2000 years. Lecturer Joanna Hardy, author and fine jewellery specialist, is often seen on BBC TV and was one of the first women polished diamond dealers in Antwerp. Coffee from 9.45, lecture starts at 10.30. First lecture is free, guests very welcome. Find out moreatwww.theartssocietyrunnymede.org.uk Willow – a local industry by Sally Fletcher-Pemberton is the subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th March at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Charity Music Night. In aid of the Mayor s charities. Sunbury Cricket Club. The club has assembled the usual suspects from the local music fraternity in a dozen-strong band to play under the name of THE CHAIN GANG in honour of the Mayor s chain of office. The Mayor s charities are Midas Plus, a local registered charity based in Staines-upon-Thames, run to help local people in need, raising and distributing funds for community groups and individuals (mainly in Spelthorne) who have nowhere else to turn, and Eikon: an award-winning charity which provides long-term support to some of the county's most vulnerable young people, with a vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults who make a positive contribution to society. The musicians will be giving their services free, so all the door money will go to the charities. It will be a great night of top-class rock n roll, blues, 60s R&B, rock and country. It s all for a great cause and will be a fun community night, so please put it in your diary. Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Rd., TW16 5PS Friday 13 th March 8.30pm £10.00 on the door QUEEN MARY SAILABILITY welcomes any disabled person who d like to try their hand at sailing at Queen Mary Reservoir. You will be fully supported in adapted boats by our team of qualified volunteers. Sailing commences Thursday afternoons from 2nd April until October. A nominal charge of £5 is charged per week. Contact us in advance to book a FREE taster sail. Email qmsailability@gmail.com or Tel 01784 248881. www.queenmary.org.uk/sailing/ sailability/

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Shepperton Matters March 2020  

The monthly community magazine for Shepperton, outlying villages and Laleham

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The monthly community magazine for Shepperton, outlying villages and Laleham