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Shepperton Fair 2017 Report and Photos



Putting Local Business First. Bringing a Community Together

November 2017

Issue 73

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Welcome! Our High Street is changing yet again. As names come and go, Carl Philips makes another appeal to you to support the independent shops and keep the heart of Shepperton beating. We hear of not just one, but two hair raising charity fund raisers in this issue one boy donating his hair for wigs, and a local salon running a cut-a-thon session. Well done guys! Did you get to the careers fair at Shepperton Studios? We reflect on what you need to make it in film. As Remembrance Sunday approaches, we review the Mayor’s recent ‘Spelthorne Remembers Passchendaele’ event and spare a thought for the horrors of the local men who never came back from war.

November 2017 Finally, if you like your music, maybe you remember the Barn Bar at the Ship? 40 years on, we bring you the top 20 albums as chosen by you! Enjoy the memories!

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Saving the Swans 100 Years Ago 4 All Change in the High Street 6 Princess Alice Hospice Dress for Auction 8 Visit to Ash Link Nature Reserve 10 Private Gallery Invites Visits 13 Spelthorne WI Knees Up! 14 Importance of Teaching Water Safety 16 Charlie’s Momentous Hair Cut 18 Restaurant Review 20 Say Goodbye to Sciatica & Back Pain 22 The Cutting Edge of Charity 25 We Salute the Spelthorne Fallen 26 Recipe of the Month 31 Memories of Sounds of the 70’s 33 Charlton Residents Update 37 Laleham Residents Round Up 38 Could You Make it in Film? 41 Brooklands Aviation Wing To Open 44 Shepperton Residents Association 46 Gardening Matters 49 What’s On 50/52 Index/Advert Prices 54

Village Matters Ltd Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: monica@villagematters.co.uk www.villagematters.co.uk Shepperton Matters is a member of the Village Card scheme Front Cover: Shepperton Three Horseshoes by Daphne Clement. Exhibition at Squire’s Orangery November 16-19th. Please send any hi res photos for consideration for covers to monica@villagematters.co.uk Please ‘like’ us on Facebook. www.facebook/ Sunbury&SheppertonMatters To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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Saving the Swans - 100 Years Ago By Nick Pollard

The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, one of the charities selected for support by this year’s Mayor, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, performs sterling work in looking after injured or sick swans and returning them to the river whenever possible. However they are by no means the first in the village to help the birds. This photo from 100 years ago, during the First World War (note the soldier in uniform on the left), shows a flock of swans being driven along Manygate Lane, Shepperton, just where Halliford Studios now stands - the footpath to Gaston Bridge Road can just be seen leading off on the right. The reason for this strange procession becomes apparent when one reads a report in the Middlesex Chronicle for February 24 th 1917: ‘THE THAMES SWANS. 50-60 swans were released by Mr Rosewell whose family have been interested in the welfare of swans on the Thames for about 100 years. Bad weather made Mr Rosewell shut the swans in a shed until milder weather’. Various photos and even newsreel film clips exist showing that this practice of taking swans in off the river in a hard winter and feeding them was carried on for many years. Edward Rosewell’s diary of 10 years before (A Shepperton Diary 1907, published by SSSLHS) describes a very similar scene: ‘20th February. They came and we put the swans back into the water. Old Mr Abnett came with young Tom and the two young Turks (the Kingston boatyard family?). The biograph (i.e. a newsreel cameraman) came and took them in the boathouse yard -then took me driving the swans down the lane and going into the water’. There are numerous references in the diary to buying bushels of oats, presumably for feeding the swans, or boiling up potatoes for them. It seems that some official body, most likely the Thames Conservancy, must have employed Mr Rosewell for this work, as there are mentions of his being paid, and to telegrams being sent to ask him to take the swans in. Later in the year Edward records going up to the Hepworth cinema in Cecil Court, London, where he ‘saw the animated pictures of me and the swans’. I hope he was satisfied with the results. The subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society will be ‘The Story of London’s Drinking Water’ (including our local waterworks) by our member Dr.Peter Newman, on Tuesday 14th November at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members of SSLHS. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



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All Change in the High Street By Carl Philips and Monica Chard, Editor

As we head into the last part of 2017 and towards Big Tree Night (Wed.13th Dec) we can say it has been a challenging year for our High Street traders. The last bank in the High Street has closed for ever and a new supermarket about to replace our stalwart Budgens. I personally want to thank Budgens for all the years of service they have given Shepperton – our oldest supermarket in modern times – and I wish the franchise well with its other stores. Sainsbury’s will take over before the end of the year and we welcome them to Shepperton. There have been other changes on the High Street over this year ; Aziatics closed as a retail shop and have gone online. The site has just become the new Mocha D. There is a new flats development on Thurlesdon Parade and a new Mobile Phone shop has opened up at the cross roads. Contrary to rumour McAteer's Opticians is not closing . Theas this rumour is causing loss of business. So, although there have been some changes, Shepperton High Street is still the vibrant centre of the village, especially in comparison with many of our neighbouring towns and villages. Let’s keep it that way ! We also have our very pro-active Post Office that can …and is .. picking up many of our erstwhile banks’ functions - and we certainly don’t suffer from a lack of ATM machines… for your; cash. The most important message remains SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HIGH STREET. It can only survive by YOU – the Residents – using it for your shopping needs.. We have a fantastic range of local, individual shops - our Butchers (two); Greengrocers; Bakery; Chemist shops, Flower Shop, OptiPlease mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Princess Alice Hospice Wedding Dress to be Auctioned

At the recent PAH Wedding Show at Shepperton Studios, one lucky lady won the first prize in the raffle which happened to be this stunning number. The lady, who is in her sixties, was not likely to be getting married, nor would she perhaps have chosen this dress, so she kindly donated it back to the PAH who have decided to auction it to the highest bidder in a silent auction. If you don’t have any experience of this, it is similar to sealed bids. You bid what you would like to pay and then all the bids are compared and the highest wins the dress. PAH have produced a simple form that visitors to the shop in Shepperton can fill in to submit their bid for the dress. Forms are available now and the winning bid will be announced on 1st December. The dress itself is on display at the Shepperton Princess Alice shop. It is brand new and still carries the original price tag. It is by designer Roland Joyce and is worth approximately £1700. It is a size 12. (If you are interested they have a seamstress on call who can make adjustments.) Had the dress gone on sale in the shop, they would have sold it for £250 – so we are looking at a reserve price of £200. Good luck to prospective brides who are looking for a fairy tale dress at a fairy tale price. We will be reporting on how the silent auction went in the January issue. Princess Alice Hospice Shop, 17 High Street, Shepperton, TW17 9AJ

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Visit to Ash Link Nature Reserve By Monica Chard

Last month we reported that the Ash Link Nature Reserve and Splash Meadow in Shepperton had been awarded a gold at the South & South East in Bloom. This is recognition for the immense hard work that a group of volunteers has put in to developing this site in the past 11 years. We went along to see the site, our first visit in two years, and it is really obvious how much has been done. “This is a momentous occasion for us” said Peter Routley, chairman of the Spelthorne Natural History Society, pictured right below with some of the team.

The site at the end of Nutty Lane has been cleared, paths laid, nature boards erected, multiple layered hedges laid to deaden some of the noise from the adjacent M3 (inevitable at this site). During the development, the emphasis is on keeping the area wild to encourage wildlife. During one night time survey 80 varieties of moth were recorded. Mammals also come visiting. Foxes, wood mice, hedgehogs, shrews and voles have all been recorded. The place is full of birdsong and there is even a variety of orchid. The broadleaved helleborine had just finished flowering when I visited. To one side the boundary looks over a former gravel pit, now a lake, where a screen has been erected to allow you to view waterfowl. This is a veritable oasis in the middle of an Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


area bordered by the motorway and with the monstrous Eco Park just down the road. The Ash Link Nature Reserve is always open to the public and yes, you can walk with your dog (do please clear up after them though). Visit during the year and you will Broad-leaved Helleborine see it waking up after winter, flourishing with Spring flowers and changing throughout the year. Work has all been done by volunteers and it depends on grants to get any funds necessary. Grants have come from various sources; the Heathrow Community Fund, National Lottery, Veolia, Tesco’s bags to name a few. Peter Routley is justifiably proud of all the hard work. What a lovely achievement to make such a wild space available to the public to enjoy nature. If you have not visited, you can park at the end of Nutty Lane or Splash Meadow and go and enjoy.




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Back in 2012 we visited Chaim Stephenson at his home in Upper Halliford to hear about the Research by ACS Cobham work of this renowned sculptor. He has a piece on permanent display at St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square and had just had an exhibition at St Mary’s Sunbury. I was pleased to have the chance to meet Chaim and understand more about the background to such emotive pieces of sculpture. His pieces are largely figurative, both animal and human, the latter often capturing the sufhome. It was opened at the end of July. She fering of the human condition, many drawn calls it The Chaim Stephenson Gallery from the Old Testament. Figures of persecu(Chaim's L-Shaped Room) with a nod to the tion, refugees and outcasts depicted with pain book by that name that she authored. and suffering, energy and emotion. Softer She is immensely proud of the gallery and of pieces such as Noah, the lovers, parent and child and beautiful animal and bird pieces too. Chaim’s work and would like to show it to people locally, which would be free of charge. Chaim sadly passed away in 2016 and St.Martin-in-the-Fields church in London held She is especially keen to invite school children to keep the stories of the Old Testament a retrospective one-man show of his work in alive. Schools (or individuals) interested in a the crypt. It ran for 10 weeks and was very sending small groups are invited to call to well-received. To house the work when it make special arrangements: came back his widow had a beautiful little Telephone 01932 988220 gallery built in the garden of the family

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WI Spelthorne Group Knees Up! By Muriel Bailiwick & Jules Hall

The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. The WI plays a unique role in providing women with education opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Within Spelthorne the WI is going from strength to strength with 10 institutes across the area who meet monthly (daytime and evenings) for friendship, creativity and to plan good works. In September at Ashford Community Centre we held our Annual Group Meeting organised by Shelagh Bonnichon President of Sunbury Village WI and her Group Meeting Committee. Two minute reviews were given by Dallas Barnes-Hughes, President Halliford WI, which has been running for 95 years, and Kit Greenleaves, President Hampton WI, established 6 years ago; they spoke of many activities experienced during the year which included a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, a war themed Thames cruise, balloon sculptures, paper craft and an introduction to burlesque. The youngest addition to the Spelthorne Group is Hampton Tudor Rose; established this year and it was good to see so many members from all our institutes present at the meeting. ‘A Tenor Less’, the Sunbury Village WI Choir, entertained the audience with some lively songs which were cheered and clapped wildly. The second part of the evening's entertainment was line dancing (see photo). As equally entertaining for those who chose to watch and laugh as with those who got to their feet knowing nothing of the steps and therefore sometimes having trouble coordinating brain and feet. Others were clearly expert Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


line dancers and they were certainly the ones to watch! It is tradition to have a competition and this year members were asked to make a hat or a representation of a hat. First place went to Suriya Goodlett, Hampton WI, Second place to Mary Dawkins, Sunbury on Thames WI and 3rd place to Sue Clarke, Bedfont Belles. Well done to the winners and to all the ladies who took part; there were some amazing entries and we certainly have many talented members in Spelthorne. A good time was had by all. If you would like to visit and experience a WI meeting you will be given a warm welcome. Contact Gerry Attias at wiadviser.middlesex@gmail.com or 01895 440161 to find out which WIs are closest to you.



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The Importance of Teaching Water Safety Teaching water safety from a young age is so important because it is key for children to understand the dangers in the water and therefore how to behave in the water. At Sports Generation, we believe swimming is a non-negotiable life skill that parents should look to acquire for their children as soon as possible. Whilst a range of extra -curricular skills are important for children to develop as rounded individuals, none are quite as vital and fundamental as learning to swim. Here’s our top 3 steps in water safety‌ FLOATING ON THE BACK The most important skill for a child to learn is being able to float on their back in the water. This is because when you fall in the best thing is to roll onto your back and float so that you can breathe. This simple action is taught so it becomes instinct and this could be the difference between life and death. LEARNING TO GET BACK TO THE SIDE From an early age, we teach children reaching and holding techniques so they are able to hold onto the side to ensure they are safe. Once a child has learnt how to float on their back, the next stage is to teach them how to roll from their back to their stomach and be able to kick. Focusing on them achieving a body position that is parallel to the water and kicking will enable them to get back to the side. LEARNING HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE THE WATER Now this sounds obvious but teaching a child to establish a good, proper upright body position in the water will in turn cause their head to be above the water. Changes to their body position will enable the child to breathe more easily without taking in water, signal for help, look around and make a decision as to where to get to safety. If you are interested in your child learning more about water safety, call Sports Generation on 0208 940 9431 or visit www.sportsgeneration.co.uk

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Charlie’s Momentous Hair Cut for Charity

Charlie Cornell is doing his bit for charity. We carried a piece about the children’s charity, Momentum last month (no connection with the political pressure group of the same name). Laleham based Charlie, who is in year 13 at Halliford School, felt compelled to raise some money after his family and friends were touched by cancer. He lost his beloved grandad to cancer in 2011 and a 3 year old family friend from Sunbury is currently battling leukaemia. When Charlie’s sister Poppy decided to donate her waist length hair to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair, Charlie decided he wanted to do the same. He set to growing his hair over a year, at the same time as setting himself a target of raising £2500 to donate to Momentum. The hair growing took some negotiation with Halliford School, but they fully embraced the fund raising, arranging for a ‘Mufti’ day when all proceeds would go to Momentum. New Headmaster James Davies said 'I'm incredibly proud of Charlie's work for Momentum and for donating his prized locks to the amazing Little Princess Trust. Charlie is a remarkable young man who approached me within my first few days at Halliford to put forward his request to support Momentum. He was so inspiring I couldn't help but want to do all I could to help him and I am delighted that as the Halliford community we are able to help him hopefully exceed his target by donating all the funds from our Mufti Day. Although new to the area I have already seen the amazing work that Momentum do in supporting a family I have got to know and I think they do an incredible job. Good luck Charlie!' Halliford’s Mufti day raised just over £700 for Charlie and he is going to exceed his target of £2500. Well done Charlie! Charlie’s mum Claire said “I am tremendously proud of him and feel he is Above with Headmaster

Davies and below setting a superb example to all teenagers in thinking beyond himself and James after the big haircut! his own immediate needs”

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Restaurant Review The Shahin, Sunbury Having lived in Lower Sunbury for over a decade, I have had the occasion to sample the cuisine of The Shahin quite often. As many of us, I do tend to return to the same old favourites, so a review is a chance to try some of the other dishes. Manager Shubin met us at the recently refurbished restaurant and we talked about food, awards, hygiene ratings and babies! He has recently become dad to a little boy. As if that is not enough to contend with The Shahin has been shortlisted for the Bangladesh Catering Association (BCA) Best Restaurant in Middlesex award. The ceremony is on November 19th at a swanky hotel in London. It bodes well that a cameraman came recently and spent a substantial amount of time taking photos at the restaurant. Fingers crossed for all a the restaurant. In 2016 The Shahin was a winner, scooping the Best Chef award from Curry Life for head chef Shahin Miah. The magazine recently ran a feature on the restaurant too. The recent makeover of the restaurant has created a contemporary feel with subtle lighting and muted colours. The golden lights hang like gems and the hidden lighting behind the seating catches the texture of the newly installed wall features. The bubbling tank behind the bar is a nod to the old fish tank which many of you regulars probably remember.

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Change is not always what regulars want, but this makeover has made The Shahin modern and sleek. But what of the food? The menus are new, bound in suede they feel classy. There are a few new dishes on offer, but the old favourites are still there too. The award winning chef has been with The Shahin for 10 years and if our review is anything to go on, he is getting better! We considered the menus then Shubin suggested some dishes he would like us to try. We were delighted that several were dishes we would have chosen ourselves. As a compromise, we asked if we could have a smaller portion of 3 starters. This was not a problem, and Shubin said he would be happy to consider such a request from other diners.

Our three starters were Ajwani Salmon (new to the menu), Murg Liver and Mussels. The three dishes arrived on a platter, beautifully presented with a freshly made hot indian pancake alongside to accompany the liver. To my mind, this selection of dishes was perfect; not overwhelmingly large, varied tastes and textures and most importantly all cooked to perfection. The salmon was lightly spiced with a slight crunch to the outside and the middle just cooked. Cooked in a clay oven, this show skill as fish is so easy to overcook. It was divine! The chicken liver was served in elegant little pieces with finely cut and cooked to the chef’s own recipe. Liver is also easy to


spoil as it cooks so quickly and can dry out. This was not the case with our dish at all. Finally the mussels. I was glad we had tried this third dish. How many times have I had tiny little shrivelled molluscs in other restaurants and been disappointed. These were big tender, fat mussels. The sauce is coconut based and lightly spiced. Based on the success of the cooking of these dishes I would not hesitate trying others such as scallops and calamari on the menu, which are equally challenging to get right. I would have been satisfied if this was all we had eaten to be honest, but in the interest of giving my readers a full and balanced review, we plunged into the main courses! Shubin has proposed an array of dishes which would all complement each other and which would show off the skills in the kitchen. I think he also wanted to give me a challenge because when I said I quite liked spicy hot food he decided I should have the Murg Shaba. This dish is legendary at The Shahin. All I knew is that it had the reputation for being a tad on the hot side! When he presented the sizzling dish with a yoghurt /mint dip on the side and told me to have that dish AFTER I had sampled the other main course, I knew I was in for trouble.

But let’s start with the other dishes. We were served with Baigon Ada King Prawn (above) a dish of prawns, aubergine cooked with fresh ginger and herbs. The prawns were tender and sweet and the sauce mildly spiced. Delicious! This was accompanied with To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Shubin’s selections of bindi bhajee, cooked from fresh in the kitchen, not gloopy or overdone in any way. The rice was the Shahin special rice which is cooked with eggs and peas. I could have eaten a whole bowl of that alone and been happy! The garlic naan was ultra fresh, crispy and fluffy and all the dishes worked well together.

But what of this spicy Murg Shaba? Well, I survived! The cubes of chicken are marinated for 5-6 hours in spices and chilli to ensure it is highly spiced and flavoured. It is then cooked in a tandoor at high temperatures so is served sizzling with slight charred edges. The meat is tender and...boy...it does have a kick! I was very glad of the yoghurt dip to tone down the afterburn, but it was certainly good and not (probably) the hottest thing I have eaten. One regular visitor likes the dish so much he even has a T Shirt bearing his name ‘Murg Shaba Man’ of course! If you want to sample a number of dishes how about the Sunday Buffet (£10.95 lunch or £12.95 eve) or the Food Experimental Banquet every Tuesday where for only £16.95 you can select 5 dishes from the regular menu (supplement on some dishes).

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Say Goodbye to Back Pain and Sciatica By Sam Potter

IF YOU suffer from low back pain and sciatica, you are one of over 20 million adults in the UK with this often crippling spinal condition. Shooting, stabbing and burning pains from the low back and down the legs are all symptoms of a pinched nerve often called “sciatica”. Left untreated, the intense pain can rapidly wear you down and drain the joy out of life. That is, until now. Recent advances in the treatment of sciatica and lower back pain have led to the development and huge success of Non-Surgical Re-Constructive Spinal Care. The excellent results of this treatment have been published in major medical journals. With success rates as high as 90% some back surgeons recommending their patients try this treatment first before having back surgery. In Hampton, you can try Non-Surgical Reconstructive Spinal Care at SpineCentral – the office of low back pain and sciatica relief expert Richard Gliddon. Richard and his team of fully trained spinal care specialists have helped over 3,000 patients find relief from their agonising back pain and sciatica. According to Richard, “We use a combination of advanced technology and state of the art muscle testing techniques for precisely diagnosing the cause of your back pain and sciatica; and a unique programme for reconstructing the damaged area causing the pain; this means superior long-term results for most people.” Your invitation for a comprehensive consultation and examination to pinpoint the cause of your low back pain and sciatica... Village Matters has teamed up with the spine therapy specialists at SpineCentral, to help readers find relief from their persistent back and sciatic pain. All you have to do to receive a thorough diagnostic examination with the most advanced technology in the world and a comprehensive easy to understand report on your state of health is call 020 89414410. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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A Laleham salon is taking on a new challenge to raise money for charity. Danny Fairfax from salon Daniel Fairfax in Laleham has organised an 18-hour 'cut-a-thon' starting at 6am on Saturday 11th November and running until midnight Sunday 12th November. Along with salon stylist Pete Chapman, Danny hopes to raise ÂŁ1800. Clients old and new will visit every hour and the ÂŁ50 charge for their cuts and colours will be donated in full to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The event came about through a chance conversation between Danny, Pete and some customers. When Danny and Pete joked about a maraPete and Danny at the salon thon hair cutting session, a client asked if they would consider doing it for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The charity works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD), supporting young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offering bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. Twelve people a week are thought to die from YSCD in the UK every week. The client who suggested it lost her brother, Oliver, to YSCD nearly 10 years ago. Oliver's parents are also clients so supporting CRY just seemed right. I told my next client about the cut-a-thon and was shocked to find she too had lost her son to YSCD." Money raised will go towards the Oliver Griffin Memorial Fund. This money is ring fenced by CRY to provide screenings for cardiac conditions in local young people. The first such screening will take place at Oliver's former school Halliford School in Shepperton next year. Danny added: "12th November would be Oliver's birthday so we're turning the last five hours of the challenge into a social event with drinks, food and music. If we can save one life through our fundraising, 18 hours of non-stop haircuts will be more than worth it." For more info on YSCD and Cardiac Risk in the Young, please visit www.c-r-y.org.uk To book an appointment at the cut-a-thon, contact Daniel Fairfax on 01784 466603.

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We Salute the Spelthorne Fallen

We attended the Mayor Spelthorne’s event “Spelthorne Remembers Passchendaele” recently. It was a mix of historical perspective by Nick Pollard and poetry reading by Carole Boyd. On the 100th anniversary of the third battle of Ypres, known as the battle of Passchendaele, and as we near the 11th November, it was a poignant evening of remembrance. The roll call of the Spelthorne fallen, juxtaposed with the hellish images of the battlefields made me rather emotional. We see Manhandling a field gun through the mud (photo Imperial War Museum) the names of the fallen on the local war memorials, but pass by to do our shopping. We cannot possibly imagine the horrors these people went through and witnessed. Passchendaele became infamous for the scale of casualties and the horrendous mud. The heaviest rain for 30 years had turned soil into a quagmire. Seeing images of water filled holes, I had not appreciated that the water had filled in the shell holes, places the soldiers could hide in this plain. Not only that, these holes became so deep that men and horses drowned in them. The war poems told the stories of horrors from the perspective of the soldiers, their loved ones and the survivors. We must hope we never see anything like this again. The evening finished with he audience joining in singing patriotic songs. The event was one of several raising money for the Mayor of Spelthorne’s charities: The Swan Sanctuary, Spelthorne Dementia Support and the Spelthorne Community Boat, ‘Impossible Dream’.

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EPC’s Explained What is an EPC? EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate, a document that provides a record of the energy efficiency or performance rating of a residential building. EPCs were brought into force in August 2007, following a EU directive that was embraced into English law by the Housing Act 2004. EPC’s originally formed part of the Home Information Pack (HIP), until May 2010 when the HIP was abolished. The EPC component was retained as a legal requirement for all residential properties at their time of construction, or when an existing property is sold or rented.

energy rating. The resulting Energy Performance Certificate also includes the address, type of property, habitable internal floor area, date of inspection and a unique serial number. These certificates are held on a central database within the public domain and can be readily accessed for free at www.epcregister.com.

How are properties assessed?

Example Energy Performance Certificate

The EPC needs to be carried out by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor, who will visit the property and inspect the key areas including the loft and cavity wall insulation (depending upon age and construction), windows for double-glazing, heating and hot water systems, secondary heating, light bulbs, solar and photovoltaic panels. The Domestic Energy Assessor enters their findings into a software programme that produces the

Each property is given a digital score that is translated into rating from A to C for new build and C to G for existing. This is depicted on a bar chart graph, with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient. In addition, a second ‘Potential’ rating is given to show how energy efficient the property could be, if all the recommendations outlined in the EPC document on how the property can be made more energy efficient are implemented.

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The certificate is valid for 10 years and will only need to be reassessed if the property is extended of other works have been undertaken that fundamentally affect its rating.

or renewed private sector tenancies will need to have a minimum rating of E. It will be unlawful for a landlord to rent a property with a lower rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.

Does your home need an EPC?

How do you get an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate is currently required at the time the property is placed on the market. If you are thinking of selling and you don’t have a valid EPC, you need not worry as its absence won’t delay putting your property on the market, as long as one is ordered prior to the commencement of marketing.

Curchods are well accustomed to bringing residential properties to the market for sale and let. We work closely with a number of very efficient, accredited suppliers who can provide you with the full EPC document prior to marketing. Our marketing package can be ready to go within 24 hours and include a floorplan of your property accompanied by professional photography.

Not all residential properties being brought to the market require an EPC. The following properties are exempt: • Listed buildings • Mixed usage: residential and commercial. • Properties due to be demolished with valid planning consent for redevelopment. • Residential buildings with usage for less than 4 months a year. For rental properties, as of 1st April 2018 all new

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Recipe of the Month Pear Tarte Tatin

A slightly different take on a traditional tarte tatin Serves: 6 Preparation time: 1 hour 20 minutes Ingredients 125g caster sugar 40g cold butter, chopped 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 3 large pears, peeled, cored and cut into wedges 375g all-butter puff pastry Double cream, to serve

into the sides of the pan. Bake the pie in the oven for 30–40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed up. Remove from the oven and leave for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge, place a large plate over the top and carefully turn the tart onto the plate. Serve with cream.

Method Preheat oven to 200C/gas 6. Put a 21cm-diameter frying pan with an ovenproof handle (this bit is important!) on a hob over a medium heat. Add the sugar to the dry pan and heat, stirring constantly until it turns a lovely caramel coloury. Add the butter, ginger and cinnamon and stir well to combine. Place the pears in the caramel and spoon over the mixture. Turn the heat down and cook for 5–10 minutes until the pears are just tender and cooked but retain their shape. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Arrange the pears to form an attractive pattern in the pan. Roll out the pastry to about 5mm thick and cut a disc slightly bigger than your pan (about 24cm). Place the pastry disc on top of the pears and caramel, then carefully tuck it snugly around the outside of the pears and down To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Memories of Sounds of the 70’s The passing of Tom Petty took one local back to his memories from the 1970’s of The Ship, as it was before it closed as a pub. Steve Kemp was involved in running the Barn Bar at the Ship. It ran from 19691978 when the pub was sold to a new licensee. “We were really the only pub in the area that played music” said Steve “We mainly played albums tracks until about 1976 when the punk and new wave explosion happened. We also had nights dedicated to a particular artist; a Joni Mitchell night, Ry Cooder, Carole King, Little Feat, Pink Floyd etc. That is probably why we attracted all the local musicians from the area and from London. It was on the whole a rock music pub playing music from that era”. The Barn Bar disco ran 7 nights a week as well as Sunday lunchtimes. Local ’names’ were regulars in the bar: Tom Jones, members of Mungo Jerry, The Jam and The Faces all came by. DJ’s were Alan C, John D, Steve K and the late Jimmy Vick. The public were all music nuts. At the end of every year they were invited to vote for their top 3 singles of all time and their top 3 albums of the year. The selections were then played in the bar on Boxing Day. The list from 1977 brings back memories of that great musical era. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came in at no19. The top 20 albums of 1977 as follows: 1. Stick to Me - Graham Parker and the Rumour 2. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac 3. Love you Live - The Rolling Stones 4. Never Mind the B--------s - The Sex Pistols 5. My Aim is True - Elvis Costello 6. Seconds Out - Genesis 7. Heroes - David Bowie 8. Bad Reputation - Thin Lizzy 9. Even in the Quietest Moment- Supertramp 10. Going for The One - Yes 11 Rock and Roll - Jonathan Richman 12 Rattus Norvegicus - The Stranglers 13 Aja - Steely Dan 14 Exodus - Bob Marley 15 Street Survivors - Lynyrd Skynyrd 16 Marquee Moon - Television To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

17 Show Some Emotion - Joan Armatrading 18 Time Loves a Hero - Little Feat 19 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (same) 20 American Stars n Bars by Neil Young The voting slip itself is a thing of history. Above you will see one showing votes for the ‘Fave Platters’ from 1977. ‘Stairway to Heaven’ still without doubt a stand out single, to this day and certainly for decades to come. Some of our younger readers may be wondering what all this is about. Records? Albums? It is lovely to see a comeback for the humble record, along with scratches and those fabulous album covers. What an era. “It was great fun while it lasted” says Steve. Were you there? Do you remember?

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Traveller Incursions

I am revisiting the issue of traveller incursions after the piece in Shepperton Matters last month. One of my readers contacted me to say how unfair I had been in the article. I set out every month to try to address issues of concern, interest or cause for celebration in our community. I never set out with the intention of upsetting any of my readers, so I need to take comments in my stride to be fair all round.

The scene of incursions, such as the one pictured at Lower Halliford Green in September,

is not something we want to see on designated green spaces in our villages and this year we have had a lot. As we go to print, another incursion is being tackled in Groveley Road, Sunbury. But it is not the case that all travellers are behaving in an anti-social manner. That is true enough. We should no more apply stereotypes to them than to any other minority group, but I reported on an incident which had been intimidating and upsetting, namely the group on Bishop Duppas Park. The council acts swiftly to move travellers on, but this is not a long term solution and is a costly exercise. A longer term answer needs to be found. We raised the matter at the recent Community Safer Stronger Partnership meeting in the council chambers last month. It seems there are a couple of sites being considered by Surrey to offer a permanent solution which may alleviate things. No detail on where they are and it is in early stages.

Bagster House Club Says Thanks

It seems you were generous on the occasion of the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning. Bagster House Club in Walton Lane want to say thank you for helping raise ÂŁ1000 towards Macmillan nurses. Bacon rolls, donuts, teas and coffees were all enjoyed, supplied by the club, and country music entertained courtesy of Pete Kemp and Elvis courtesy of Lenny Rich. To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991


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The Revelaire’s Variety Group You may remember earlier this year reading about The Revelaires. They are a song and dance group who take entertainment to local care homes. They have been performing since 1953, are self funded and raise money by putting on two variety shows a year. The money raised pays to make costumes, purchase sound and light equipment that are used in the care homes. The next fundraising show is called "A Musical Journey" and is on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December at Chertsey Hall, Heriot Road, Chertsey, KT16 9DR at 8pm. It is a fun packed show full of well known and popular songs from around the world. Tickets are just £12 per person and can be booked by calling Sheila on 01784 252407. There are currently just 14 members of The Revelaires, ranging from 24 to 70+ and they are keen for new members to join. The fee is just £2 per week and is very rewarding seeing the happy faces of the people who are entertained. No experience or audition is required. You just need to be able to sing in tune, have some sense of rhythm and attend the rehearsals. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 8:00pm -10:00pm at Ashford Common Methodist Church, Saxon Road, off Feltham Hill Road, Ashford, TW15 1LW. (Extra rehearsals may be held near the big shows including the Sunday before) To find out more information, book tickets or arrange to visit please call Sheila Marsden on 01784 252407 or email sheilamarsden2000@yahoo.co.uk.

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Littleton Lane Quar r y and Industrial Estate The increasingly high volume of traffic passing through Laleham, Shepperton and Charlton Villages has been a blight on our villages for many years. Much of this emanates from HGVs going to and from the various quarries in Spelthorne and their ancillary user ‘tenants’. Residents had been lead to believe by Surrey Councillors that the impact would be significantly reduced by February 2020 when the quarry in Littleton Lane and the adjoining industrial estate was understood to be due to close. However this may not be the case. The Laleham, Shepperton and Charlton Village Residents Associations and other interested residents have been seeking clarification as to what must happen by that date. The position is far from clear and documentation going back to before World War Two is relevant. The resident associations have jointly written to our MP, Kwasi Kwarteng, for assistance. There is multiple ongoing dialogue with Surrey and Spelthorne Councils who are seeking to clarify what the position is post 2020. So far as we understand the processing plant needs to be demolished and that part of the site restored to green belt by 20 February 2020. The status of the industrial estate is far from clear. It has built up over many years and consists of a variety of businesses including haulage firms and is used as an overnight park for coaches. Almost 200 HCVs, coaches and trailers are based there. Few of the businesses or their vehicles are related to mineral extraction, processing and ancillary trades. It is our interpretation that only businesses involved in ’the manufacture of concrete products and storage of joinery ancillary to the manufacture of concrete products’ are protected but we have had no confirmation of this. Consequently there is real concern that some or all of the tenants maybe able to remain on the estate post 2020. If Brett Aggregates, who own the site, extract minerals from under the industrial estate prior to February 2020 the tenants would have to move to facilitate this and the whole site would need to be restored to green belt. Kwasi Kwarteng, at our request has written to the managing director of Brett to ask for their intentions in this regard. Brett’s reply did not address the question. In the absence of extraction under the industrial estate there is a big question mark over whether any of the tenants have the right to remain and whether a Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts



Certificate of Lawfulness issued by the Secretary of State issued in respect of the whole site in 1975 applies. Surrey and Spelthorne are looking at the status of each tenant individually and reviewing how long they have been in occupation, what their premises are used for and whether there has been any change of use during their occupancy. This may clarify whether they have a right to remain. We wanted to let residents know the three resident associations are on the case. Information is awaited to determine the whether there is concern post 2020 and if so what action can be taken. We will update you when we are in a position to do so. We would like to think that Brett who have made substantial profits from the Spelthorne quarries over many years and no doubt will continue to do so with the impending extraction at Manor Farm would be minded to listen to residents whose lives have been adversely affected by their business for such a long time.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Survive in Feature Film Production? So, you want to work in film production? The title of this article might seem a little harsh but, if you are considering any part of this industry as your career, then you have to prepare yourself for a lot of hard work and a very steep learning curve. Most people think of Director, Producer and Cinematographer when they consider working in film but it takes several years of experience before you can reach these dizzy heights - however, there are many more creative, technical and business skills involved in the making of a feature film than you may realise, some requiring further education or an apprenticeship. For example, there are several different departments involved, all with specific skills and training needs - the Art Department, Camera & Electrical, Special Physical Effects, Costume, Hair & Makeup, Post-Production, Sound, Visual Effects ‌ the list goes on! If you're still at school and before you make your career choice, think carefully about your creative or technical skills and how they might fit in, and then do some research on exactly what qualifications you will need to take that first step. All in all, if you have enough passion, enough talent and the determination to achieve your goals, working in feature film production - at any level - is a joyous thing, a job to be proud of, a career where each working day is a challenge and where 'impossible' becomes an almost obsolete word but beware, once you're in you'll be hooked for life - it won't be easy but you'll enjoy every challenging day! Wendy Laybourn www.networkninenews.com

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Those Amazing Flying Machines Brooklands Aviation Wing Opens By Monica Chard, Editor

I wonder if you were lucky enough to get a ticket for the Rotary lecture at Halliford School a month or so back. The speaker this year was Allan Winn, CEO and Director of Brooklands Museum who gave a fascinating overview of the Brooklands legacy; on our doorstep we have such a wealth of history. You may associate Brooklands predominantly with motor racing. Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit. Three world land speed records were set there and the fastest ever pre-war 500 mile race was held on the circuit. It was the site of the first ever British Grand Prix (1926) and was the birthplace of the great record breakers; Campbell’s Bluebird and John Cobb’s Napier-Railton. But at the outbreak of World War Two in September 1939, Brooklands closed as a racing venue and the site expanded its aviation production. In fact Brookland’s aviation legacy is greater than that of motor racing with a continuous history of design, testing and construction covering 80 years. More aircraft (nearly 19,000) of more types were first built or flown here than any other single site in Europe. It is this aviation history which is now being celebrated in style with the opening in November of the new Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed. It was built with the help of a £6M Heritage Lottery grant and we were lucky enough to get a preview of the facility at the recent Aviation Day. The team have every reason to be proud; it is magnificent and a fitting setting for some of these incredible planes. Brooklands is home to the Vickers Vimy, the first to cross the Atlantic and the first to fly to Australia. In our modern day such flights don’t seem such a bid deal but when you see the plane you are truly struck by the magnitude of such an achievement. This was in 1919, almost 100 years ago. In case you are not familiar with it (I confess to not being very up to speed myself on aircraft), the Vimy is a bi-plane, but not just any bi-plane, it is HUGE! It was on display at Aviation Day and my jaw dropped when I saw it. With a 64 foot To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

wingspan this aircraft is a giant. Imagine the bravery of the men who flew her. These were truly the brave.

The Aircraft Hangar is going to open the world of these flying machines to the wider public, with interactive displays as well as the chance to get hands on, feeling what it was like to work in an aircraft factory. This new exhibition is the culmination of a lot of hard work over a long time. The Museum wants people to feel like they were in an aircraft factory, and to see how aircraft were designed, constructed and flown at Brooklands from the 1900s to the 1980s. One of the focuses of the new displays is on the people that worked and flew here. It was such a major industry in the area that local villages such as Weybridge, Addlestone, Byfleet and Cobham were built to house workers. The new facility opens mid-November. www.brooklandsmuseum.com


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Shepperton Residents’ Association By Richard Hewitt Shepperton continues to suffer from traveller incursions but, with the Police and Council staff making use of legal procedures now available to them, fortunately, the travellers are being quickly moved on. Spelthorne’s Community Safety Partnership Group held a Public Meeting on 10th October to let residents know about the work being undertaken by the Police, Council and other local agencies to tackle crime and disorder and, in particular, antisocial behaviour (ASB). Despite Police Inspector Alan Sproston reporting that notified ASB across the borough dropped in 2016, (except for Staines Town Centre which increased by 19%), it was clear from the residents present that all areas of Spelthorne suffer from ASB, some more than others. The Inspector believed that the new organisation, Policing in your Neighbourhood (PIYN), was best placed to address residents’ concerns about crime and particularly ASB. Pleasingly, a Joint Enforcement Team (JET) have had some success in tackling issues such as fly-tipping, litter, dog fouling, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and illegal moorings. Congratulations are due to Peter Routley and his colleagues from the Spelthorne Natural History Society for their receipt of a Gold Award from the South and South East in Bloom Organisation for their work in establishing and maintaining the Ash Link Nature Reserve at its two sites of Splash Meadow in Shepperton and Nutty Wood, adjacent to Longacres. The closure of the Nat West bank means that Shepperton is now “bank less”. However, residents are able to use the Post Office which is offering an alternative banking option. This service will provide easy access to most day-to-day requirements such as cash withdrawals, cash and cheque deposits, and balance enquiries. And, of course, there remain a number of ATMs in the village for direct cash withdrawals. Aurora Rotary Club held its Annual Charity Lecture on 27th September when Alan Winn, CEO of Brooklands Museum gave a most interesting talk on “Bringing the Brooklands Legacy to Life”. The commemoration of the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele took place on 18th October at the Riverside Arts Centre in Sunbury, with historian Nick Pollard and actress Carole Boyd telling the stories Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts

of the local men and woman affected by the infamous battle and the impact of the war on life in Shepperton. Carl Phillips has been leading other Committee members in urging all residents to ensure that they make full use of the shops in the High Street. There will always be changes, in particular recently the closure of our last bank, the transfer of the Mocha D coffee café further down the High Street, and the planned takeover of the Budgens Supermarket by Sainsburys. Carl urges us all to ensure that we support the High Street or “we will lose it if we don’t use it”. And, of course, one time when the High Street is really jam-packed is when Big Tree Night takes place. This year’s event is due on Tuesday 13th December, and a small committee is working already to ensure that the event follows the success of previous years.




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Bulbs for Springtime Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton donated and helped plant over 1,200 daffodil bulbs with Spelthorne Borough Council to give Spring colour. At the end of September a team from Squire’s and the council rolled up their sleeves and got busy digging and planting in Lower Halliford Park in Shepperton. A raised section of land that divides the park was chosen, as the daffodils will be very visible from the road when they appear in the springtime. A commemorative plaque was also planted so local residents can see where the bulbs will appear. Sarah Squire, Squire’s Deputy Chairman said “We were very pleased to be able to donate and help plant daffodil bulbs in Lower Halliford Park,. Autumn is the time of year to plant spring flowering bulbs, I do hope these daffodils will bring a splash of colour and joy to the park and be enjoyed by lots of local people when they bloom each year in springtime.” Here are some top tips from Squire’s to planting bulbs yourselves: 1. 2.

Big, fat & firm - Choose bulbs that are firm to touch with onion-like skin. Dig deep - Plant bulbs three times the depth of the bulb’s height, and at least twice their width apart. 3. Feed me – Add granular fertiliser to the holes to promote growth. 4. Which way up? – Place your bulbs pointed end up. 5. Group together - Plant bulbs in clusters of uneven numbers, or mix different bulb types together.

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Gardening Matters National Tree Week covered in white blossom which is followed by masses of dark pink berries. The blue-green leaves turn red in the autumn. It’s just my opinion of course but without at least one tree, a garden can seem flat and a little dull. Trees provide structure and height but are also a haven for birds and insects, which in turn add colour and life. Why not plant a tree during this week. Our guide has some helpful tips.

November 25th marks the start of National Tree Week, which in turn marks the start of treeplanting season. Considering that most of us in the UK have fairly small plots we do love our trees. The trouble is we’re not always terribly good at choosing them. How many times have you driven through a housing estate and observed an enormous weeping willow or an enormous pine tree completely obscuring a front garden.

Tree planting will begin again in late November by the Spelthorne Tree Wardens. If you want a tree planting for a very modest sum of £35 call David on 01932 786806 to arrange a date. Alternatively, we offer advice below on how to plant one yourself.

How to Plant a Tree Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Make up a mixture of half compost and half soil from the hole. Put a few inches of this mix at the bottom of the hole. Trees need support so drive a support stake into the hole at one edge. This needs to be done before the tree is planted or you risk damaging the roots. Tip the tree from its container and loosen the roots a little. Place it into the hole and fill in with the soil and compost mixture. Firm it down with your heel. Use proper straps to secure the tree to the post. Water well!

It can be tricky deciding what sort of tree to plant on a small, suburban plot but there are plenty of candidates. Generally trees up to 8-10m are considered suitable. The best urban trees offer year-round interest. Varieties of Acer Palmatum are rather lovely. They are elegant trees which have attractive green or purple foliage and colour beautifully in the winter. For my money Amalanchier Lamarckii is about as hardworking a tree as you’ll come across. During March and April it produces a frothy show of white flowers, then in June these are replaced by attractive deep purple, and supposedly edible though I’ve never tried them - fruits. Then, when Autumn arrives the tree pulls out all the stops and bursts into fiery colour. If you only have room for one tree then an Amelanchier won’t let you down. Another hard worker is Sorbus hupehensis var. obtusa. This tree has a pretty shape and is attractive throughout the year. In the late spring it is

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Send info on local events to info@villagematters.co.uk to be listed here Squire’s Flower Show 2017. ‘Sweet Treats’ organised by the Runnymede Floral Art Group will be on at The Orangery at Squire’s Garden Centre, Halliford Road, Shepperton, TW17 8SG. Saturday 4th November 12-5pm and Sunday 5th November 10.30-4.30pm. FREE ENTRY. To be judged by Dr Christina Curtis. 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 October we heard a talk entitled “Melting Ice – Rising Seas”. We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 The subject of the next meeting of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society will be ‘The story of London’s Drinking Water’ (including our local waterworks) by our member Dr.Peter Newman, on Tuesday 14th November at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members of SSLHS. The Arts Society Runnymede holds a monthly lecture at The Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Egham TW18 3HD. On Wednesday, November 15th the subject is CHARLES RENEE MACKINTOSH. Speaker is Andrea Streeter, who studied Fine and Decorative Arts in London and Harvard University and has a special interest in 20th century architecture and design. Coffee served from 10.00, the lecture starts at 10.30 Guests are welcome without prior notice and the first lecture is free

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With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment. The screening will be introduced by Darcy Bussell.

‘Jaw-droppingly great’ Independent ‘Spectacular. Outstanding’ Financial Times

The Snow Dragon • Live Performance Friday 24 November 2017 • 5.30pm Saturday 25 November • 11am & 2pm

A heart-warming Christmas show for all the family, full of toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs. Performed by Tall Stories, the company that brought you The Gruffalo. ‘A cracking treat for kids’ The Stage

Young Marx • NT Live Thursday 11 January 2018 • 7pm • Encore Screening Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera and Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

Rigoletto • Royal Opera House Tuesday 16 January 2018 • 7.15pm • Live Screening David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano.

The Hammond Theatre • Hampton School • Hanworth Road • Hampton • TW12 3HD

More What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Send community events info for a free listing to info@villagematters.co.uk. 50 words maximum please. Sunbury Working Artists are pleased to host three new guest artists at their exhibition in the Orangery, Squires, Halliford Road, Shepperton. Darren James MacPhearson is a contemporary artist who uses vibrant, clashing colours to startle the viewer. Richard Howells paints abstracts using symbolism in geometric and biomorphic forms that relate to the environment. Susanne du Toit, who is originally from South Africa, has worked in a range of media. Latterly she has focused on portraiture and in 2013 won the prestigious B.P. Portrait Award. The exhibition opens on Thursday November 16th at 11am and closes on Sunday 19th at 4pm and will feature the local professional artists in the group. Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group talk on 2nd November which will be ‘The Building of St. Matthew’s Church, Ashford, by Bob Calder at the Fordbridge Centre, Ashford at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members. Cavo’s Coffee Shop now open at the Lucan Pavilion, The Broadway TW18 1RZ . Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Serving a delicious selection of breakfast, light lunches and snacks. Child friendly. Baby change available. Wheelchair Access Big Tree Night - Wednesday December 13th. 5.00-8.30pm

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Shepperton Matters November 2017  

The Community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham Village

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The Community magazine for Shepperton and Laleham Village