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I promised one reader who called may look inviting, but rivers are me up to do her a favour. “Put it in dangerous! huge letters” THE 555/557 Now to happier things...Put a date in your diary. Big Tree Night is on BUS ROUTES ARE December 14th (not 7th as we inadvertently published UNDER THREAT!!!! The question is, what can be done? last month). Santa The council are not adequately and his Reindeer are funding it, so Abellio, which runs it, getting ready for you! are pulling out. This is a lifeline to so many people. As we go to print Reader Offers there is no solution in sight. So, take Smilessence - £800 off 26th Oct Open Day (t&c) it up with Surrey County Council. Lodge Brothers - £100 off prepaid funeral plans They cannot leave people who do Grooming Gorgeous - 10% off firsr groom not drive, destitute. Are they meant Quality Fruit - 10% off fruit and veg Ashford Kitchens - Bedroom/Office clearance! to get taxis? Come on! Everyone Active - 25% off fitness membership After another tragic death in the Ivory Tusk - 20% off food til end October river recently, Surrey Search and The Bakery Shop - 10% off with voucher inside Rescue ask us to take care. Please Village Windows– 20% off repairs warn the youngsters out there - it Lock & Leave - One month free storage

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History - Marion Park Orphanage Money Matters - Pension Freedom Home Security - It’s Key this Month 30 Years. End of 555 Bus route? Staying Safe in the River From Allotment to Delivery What a Difference Care Can Make Making Magic at the Studios Sheppertonian’s African Quest Recipe of the Month Shepperton Goes Batty about Bats Shepperton Residents Association Free Business Advice in Spelthorne Charlton Village Residents Gardening Matters What’s On Community Matters Advertising Rates/Deadlines

Advertising / Editorial : Monica Chard Telephone: 07979 808991 Email: monica@villagematter Shepperton Matters is a member of the Village Card scheme Front Cover: “Deer in the mist” by Dawn East winner of the open category at the Shepperton Fair Photographic competition 2016 Please ‘like’ us on Facebook. www.facebook/ Sunbury&SheppertonMatters

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Marion Park Orphanage 1916 By Nick Pollard

This photo, taken exactly a century ago, shows a group of children and adults at the Good Templar and Temperance Orphanage, Marion Park, Sunbury. The Orphanage occupied a house erected about 1750 on the site now occupied by Sunbury Manor School in Nursery Road. It was originally a large family home, but by the mid-19th century had become a private school. After the school closed in 1876 it was purchased with 13 acres of land for use as an orphanage in 1891. The purchase price was £4000! The Orphanage was intended for the orphans of total abstainers, i.e. people who had taken a pledge not to drink alcohol, and was opened with a Matron, the splendidly-named Hephzibath Cunningham, a governess and 4 servants (needlewoman, cook laundry maid and housemaid). They looked after 25 girls aged between 4 and 16 years and 30 boys aged between 5 and 13 years. Wealthy local people acting as patrons of the Orphanage arranged parties and outings for the children. Pictures were taken on these occasions, and the photo above records one such event, the smartly dressed patrons and some of the staff can be seen behind the children. A school room was added in 1908, and after World War One a gymnasium was built as a memorial to Old Boys lost in the war. These buildings still survive at the back of the present school. The children were evacuated in World War Two, and after the war the building was found to be in bad repair so the Orphanage moved away. The site was purchased by the Council for use as a school, and the old building itself was demolished. ‘The Mount Felix Embroidery’ is the subject of the next meeting of The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The embroidery tells the story of the New Zealand Hospital established during WW1 at Mount Felix, just south of Walton Bridge. It takes place on Tuesday 18th October at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 to non-members. Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Money Matters - Pension Freedom (Editor) As Mr C turned 55 we realised that in theory he might be able to start taking some of his private pension. We took advice from an independent advisor before we decided what to do and it is well worth doing that. So we asked a local independent adviser to share some thoughts with readers: Since April 2015 changes in legislation have given us what is called Pension Freedom. This means that people can have access to their private pension at 55 and if they wish get their hands on the complete lump sum to take as cash. Sounds great, but is this really such a good idea? There are a few pitfalls and you must think carefully: 1. People must have the correct style of pension to access Pension Freedom 2. Only part of the fund will be tax free (usually 25%) and the remainder will be considered income and taxed accordingly. If you don’t take advice this could be a costly mistake with you paying more tax than you need to. If you are not yet 55 or are delaying your pension to a later age and have the wrong style of pension you could be being penalised by paying far too much in charges. So moving your pension could be saving you a lot of money. We offer an impartial analysis to see if savings could be made for you. We offer an initial consultation without charge. Having been in the industry for over 36 years I am able to offer a broad depth of knowledge and give true independent advice. Please call Barry Alder MIFS on 01932 783575 or mobile 07951 777582 or email Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


Home Security - It’s Key This Month! Summer might be over, but more than 200,000 burglaries took place in summer 2015 in the UK. This is a result of larger numbers of us heading away on holiday leaving homes empty and unsecured. We also start bringing out valuables, such as bicycles and garden tools, which creates an increase in opportunities for tempted criminals. And we are all guilty of leaving a window open during the day for a bit of fresh air. But did you know 30% of domestic burglaries in the summer occur via an unlocked front door and 26% via open windows? So farewell summer, but returning for its fourth consecutive year, National Home Security Month (NHSM) is back this October with even more top tips and advice

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for keeping your family, home and belongings safe this winter. A different element of home security will be highlighted each week with the first week introducing NHSM and providing simple tips and advice. The second week delves into total home security, exploring traditional security solutions for protecting the entry points to your home and any valuables within it. The third week looks at the growing smart security industry, and provides insight into how connected devices can keep you and your home secure at the touch of a button with added peace of mind thanks to remote access. Week four raises awareness surrounding the darker nights to coincide with the clocks going back, encouraging you to make sure the exterior of your home and any outbuildings are fully protected. Then finally, week five provides seasonal advice to coincide with the increase in thefts and domestic damage around Halloween and Bonfire Night. Want to get involved? Find out how by emailing

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30 Years. But is this End to Shepperton Lifeline? By Stephen Morris Four times in almost every hour from 3.22 in the morning till nearly 11.30 at night a 555 bus makes its way through Shepperton in one direction or another. It’s a familiar sight to everyone in the village, and we hope it remains so. However it, and Shepperton’s other main bus routes are now under threat as bus company Abellio seeks to reduce losses following County Council funding cuts. The 555 links us with Sunbury, Ashford, Stanwell, and Heathrow. For many it’s an essential public transport link for school, shopping at Tesco, getting to Ashford Hospital or working or flying from Heathrow. But despite being such an established part of our local scene, the 555 is a comparative newcomer. It started just 30 years ago, on Monday 27 October 1986. Before that Shepperton had no direct public transport link with Heathrow. Bus services went through a massive shake up in 1986. Outside London, they were freed of the licensing system that governed them and stateowned bus companies were sold off. Little remembered now, it was to affect far more people’s lives than Dr Beeching’s more famous reforms of the railway did. Where local authorities could see gaps in the bus service they could devise a bus route and ask bus companies to bid to run it. Surrey County Council drew up a bus route from Walton station to Heathrow, via two slightly different routes, and a third starting at Chertsey. The company which won the bid to run what was then an hourly service, Thandi Coaches from Warley in the West Midlands, was a surprising one. It’s fair to say it was a rather shambolic operation, and a couple of years later the contract passed to Armchair Coaches from Brentford. Armchair brought a new professionalism to running the service, though their name — the single word Armchair painted in big letters on their smart little orange and white buses — looked rather strange! It made you wonder if there were other buses out on the road with ‘Sofa’ or ‘Wardrobe’ painted on them. Big improvements came to the 555 as Heathrow sought planning permission for Terminal 5. A great public transport hub was promised and no widening of the M25 would be needed. Under the banner To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

of Freeflow Heathrow, money was poured into local bus services to create better links for airport staff and passengers. The 555 benefitted from brand new, air-conditioned buses in a smart blue colour scheme running every 15 minutes. Sadly the great promise of a new public transport hub vanished when Terminal 5 was built, the money for bus services dried up, and the M25 got widened. Nonetheless the 555, back to every halfhour and with more basic buses, plods on its merry way, at least for now. Such is the way of privatisation, it’s now run by Abellio, the trading name of the Dutch state railway. Despite the loss of Heathrow’s financial support and huge budget cuts by Surrey County Council it remains a vital lifeline to many local people, who must wonder now what they would have done 30 years ago when the 555 just didn’t exist. Sadly, unless something is done quickly to rescue it, they may find out sooner rather than later. Do sign the petition to stop these routes going:

Notes about the author After studying music at Royal Holloway College, Stephen Morris moved to Shepperton from his home in Manchester in 1979, to work for Ian Allan Publishing on its Buses magazine. After more than 20 years with Ian Allan he set up a freelance consultancy before taking a job with one of his clients, campaigning organisation Bus Users UK. He became general manager (later deputy chief executive) and set up the organisation’s head office in Shepperton. He took early retirement in 2015. Stephen is also an elder at Jubilee Church and chairman of 1st Shepperton (St Nicholas) Scout Group.

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Staying Safe in the River Avoid Tragedy on the Water

Another month, another terrible tragedy on the river Thames. Surrey Fire and Rescue have seen an increase in fatalities, the latest being 15 year old Sunbury boy Dominick Naylor. Watch Commander Dan Pearson shares his thoughts “Unfortunately this summer has been a particularly busy time for Surrey Fire & Rescue Service. SF&RS has two boats in Tributes lie at the bank opposite Tumbling Bay where the county based at Sunbury and Walton Dominick Naylor drowned Fire Stations. The boats are utilised to undertake water rescues, assist the Police with body recovery and to assist Surrey residents during severe flooding. Sadly, this summer has seen nearly ten fatalities in various lakes and rivers around Surrey and we are keen to help prevent tragic incidents like these. When we attend a water incident we try our best to enter the water as quickly as possible to carry out a rescue/recovery. Attending these type of incidents can be very distressing, especially when a young person is involved. I would like to emphasise how dangerous water is. Even in the summer when it is a hot day and the water looks inviting it is still extremely dangerous. The River Thames is a fast flowing river with lots of under currents which you cannot see from the river bank. Currents which can overcome you even if you think you are a strong swimmer. The temperature of the water is always a lot colder than it may appear (even in the summer.) There are also many hazards underneath the surface of the water which you cannot see; hazards like reeds, branches, tree roots and all kinds of unknown debris. These hazards can cause you to get caught on them and be pulled under the water. Please remember that water although it looks very inviting, must be respected at all times please take a second to think of the consequences of what you are about to do! More information on how to keep you and your family safe around water is available at" Dan Pearson Watch Commander Sunbury Fire Station Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Allotment to Delivery - Laleham Flowers Keeps it Local

There has been much talk in the press recently about supporting the British cut flower industry. Sadly at the moment the figure for British grown is only about 15% of flowers sold in the UK every year. Almost 30 million flowers and plants are imported into the UK every day! So Laleham florist, Sharon Cosgrove has decided to do things differently. She uses flowers grown on her own allotment to form much of her beautiful bouquets. As this is her first year of operation she only has a small allotment so she supplemented her blooms with produce from small flower farms in Surrey and Berkshire. Think about it. British grown flowers are super fresh, having only travelled a short distance, so their vase life will be improved. In addition you can buy what is in season, at it’s best, and British flowers are often beautifully scented. It also means not adding to the carbon footprint and road traffic! This choice of flowers gives Sharon’s offerings a slightly different look and feel from the choices of many other florists. We talk about “keeping it local” in what we do. Sharon most certainly is doing that. Whether it is a one off bouquet you are wanting, or you are arranging a wedding, funeral or event, 90% of the flowers in the wreath are grown on Sharon’s allotment Sharon will be happy to discuss your individual requirements.

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What a Difference Care Can Make By Monica Chard, Editor As the population ages, an increasing number of us will rely on carers, either within our own families, or from professional organisations. We reported last month on the work of Spelthorne Dementia Awareness and their Open Minds café which has been launched at the Greeno Centre. One of the organisations they work with is Home Instead who arrange for professional carers to visit clients in their own home, allowing them to retain independent living for as long as possible. Carers are from all sorts of backgrounds. You may have seen either on social media, or in the papers, a touching story about Ted McDermott. At 79 years old he has Dementia and is prone to anxiety and violent outbursts. He used to be a Butlin’s Redcoat and loved singing. His son found by chance one day that he still remembered all the lyrics so put music on in the car and took him for a drive. Ted was transformed, singing his heart out. He has become something of an internet sensation and has raised thousands for the Alzheimer’s Society. What is more important is the effect it has had on him as person and his relationship with his family. Whilst singing, Ted becomes him old self again and the family have had a glimmer of their old Dad. We have been hearing some of the stories of carers in the industry from local company Home Instead who are supporting the Greeno’s dementia members. Singing and music is one of the success stories which carers have reported too. “When “carer A” befriended one of our clients he managed to get him to sing. He had not done so for 8 years when he had been singing with a London choir. It brought a tear to the eye of his house partner.” As well as home help and companionship this way of connecting with a past life and happy memories helps clients to lead a more normal life. What a difference a carer Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Making Magic at Shepperton Studios Spotlight on Motion Capture

Film making is so much more than just acting and directing. If you take time to look at the credits at the end of any film, you will see lists of people who have had a role in the creation of a work. You most likely are not even aware of what goes on behind the scenes. That is where the magic happens. We went along to Shepperton Studios to meet a company behind much of that magic. Centroid is a motion capture company. Their website asks “Do you need to capture a hulking creature capable of destroying continents? Looking to power the army of Undead on an apocalyptic march?” Yes these days pretty much anything is possible, so it seems! So what do Centroid do? Well, I am not going to get all technical on you but here are some examples which will illustrate the ‘magic’ you will have seen in films and games. ‘Avatar’ was one of the forerunners of films using Motion Capture. The CGI characters were based on recorded human movement. That is why characters seem so real and not like cartoon characters. Think also Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His character was based on the movements of actor Andy Serkis. If you have seen a “making of” you will have seen Serkis wearing a specially made suit with dots. He was recorded making a great series of movements, by hundreds of cameras mounted 360 degrees around a studio. Those movements were recorded as code which was then layered onto a character to make it move in a realistic fashion. Motion capture, or Mocap, as it is known, was initially used in video games. Those of you who play will know how far they have come in creating a virtually realistic environments with characters moving as if they were filmed. Have you ever wondered how those movements were achieved? Now you know. It can be a painstaking process and has been known to take a full day to shoot a 5 second shot for a film. Incredible! How about some of those fantasy characters like the Tharks and Thoats in the film ‘John Carter’. The movement of these fantastical beasts was based on the movements of camels. Isn’t that mad! Andy Serkis wore a suit for motion capture. So what about the camels?...They wore a suit too! Camels in suits!!! Dogs and horses have also had the same Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


Ruby the Camel in bespoke lycra suit treatment. It is mind boggling. But the technology behind it is more incredible still. Computer generated imaging (CGI) is also used as a cost saving device in crowd scenes. Remember the opening scene to ‘Spectre’, the latest James Bond? The Mexican square may have had a crowd of 1000 extras, but was populated many times over by CGI people. Actors are of course also sometimes replaced by stuntmen and what is termed a digidouble in a truly dangerous scene where it is better not to risk the life of the talent. There is clearly a lot of motion capture which we would never even notice. The whole point though, as Facility Manager, Iain Silvester explained “it is only bad if you notice it”. As viewers, we want to suspend any disbelief and get lost in the magic. If you read this and want a career in film, you might wonder what a company might look for. Do you have an interest in film, have you made films or animation have you explored VFX and coding? Studio manager Stu Haskayne told me his role at Centroid is the best job he has had but warns that it is hard work. 12 hour days are not unusual s but the work is satisfying and every day is different. The enthusiasm was palpable when I was there and I will never look at films in the same way after my visit. I will be certainly be looking out for possible camel movements in any mythical creatures in fantasy films! If you are interested in more, see website for details:

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More Ferris Connections The postcards from 1919 have given us a veritable mail bag full of stories and connections over the past few months. They just keep on coming. We are Bert is one of the children in this wedding photo off to have a coffee with Audrey Ferris at some point soon. She is the daughter in law Roseacre Lane, (now Cranwell Grove) in of the origi- 1953, from Bert Ferris when his family nal sender of moved to Cornwall. It was a pig farm at the the post- time, and continued to be so for some years. cards, Fred Previously it was a rose nursery. If anyone Ferris. We has any photos from the farm, we would love also found to see them. These connections remind us that we are all ourselves having a here in passing. It is great to know about the coffee at the links with the past, the generations growing house be- up, old buildings and farms becoming new Cards addressed to Bert, 1919 longing to son dwellings or business etc. Do keep the stories Bert, one of the recipients of the 1919 post- coming! cards. Ann McCarthy, who we interviewed If you have any old stories, we are always for this issue, told me that she and her family interested: or call bought Littleton Nursery in what was then Monica on 07979 808991.

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Sheppertonian’s Educational Quest in Africa By Monica Chard, Editor Many of us have returned to normal life after the holiday period now. But for one local resident, the travel bug never left her and lead to a calling to better the lives of a local community in Uganda. Ann McCarthy loves travelling. This passion probably came about as she and her family returned from Australia, where they had gone as some of the last £10 Poms in 1970. After two years Paul, Ann and the children took the cheaper and longer way home, by boat. It took 6 weeks and stopped off at a dozen or so places on the way back, allowing the family to have a day to explore. Ann never looked back. Her enterprising spirit resulted in many years of backpacking, independently or on supported tours, taking her from South America to Africa and many places in between. Her four children have also inherited the gene for exploration and adventure, all of them having achieved Duke of Edinburgh Gold

Award and in fact being awarded at the same ceremony—a first for four siblings. In 2004 Ann was in Africa, travelling to see the mountain gorillas. She passed through a small village in Uganda called Ruhanga and saw for herself the need for schooling for children. Education is only available to children from the age of 7 and for the first two years it only amounts to five half days per week. Ann felt she wanted to do something to help. She teamed up with local Denis Aheirwe and between them they set up the Ruhanga Development School. Starting the enterprise in 2008 with only 10 nursery age pupils and only very basic facilities, the school now has over 500 and a staff of 30. They offer children the chance to have a better future at an affordable price. Schooling is in English. Now there are boarding facilities and the To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

school admits children from 3 years old up to Primary 7. Children really want to learn. I myself travelled in Africa and while I was there I visited a school in Malawi which was little more than a mud hut. Children sat on the floor, listening intently to their teacher, such is the respect for learning. Ruhanga has now got classrooms, two dormitories, a medical centre, and fresh clean water. This has all been possible thanks to donations and fund raising efforts. The centre runs a volunteer programme where visitors can stay from two weeks to several months. The set up allows a supportive environment but in a rural area that many people may not otherwise visit. Visitors can help out with lessons, or use practical skills such as painting, building, carpentry etc to support the project. While they are there they have the chance to go on safari, or even to make the journey to see the mountain gorillas. Everything can be arranged. Volunteers only need to pay their ticket over and a modest daily fee for bed and board. Ann McCarthy is the facilitator in the UK. She is actually going over in October so if anyone wants to visit, she will be there herself. If you feel you would like to get involved somehow, but are not so keen or able to travel to Uganda, Ann urgently needs admin help in the UK. She could do with some help from anyone who has experience of applying for grants or fund raising, but also running social media and the website updating. I have not mentioned until now that Ann is now in her 75th year! It is quite incredible what energy and passion she has, but she could do with more help from some younger volunteers.

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Finding Your Beautiful Smile Advertorial Next July sees the 10th anniversary of Smilessence in Bridge Road, East Molesey. Founder and Principal Dentist, Karen Gangotra has been on quite a journey since her childhood days in Birmingham. Soon after qualifying with merit in 2001 at Guys and St Thomas’s in LonKaren Gangotra don, Karen set up her first (GDC 79931) practice in Feltham, but a house move to Weybridge, saw her look for a new location and she chose Molesey. After a year setting the business up, the practice launched in July 2007, in a building at 83-85 Bridge Road. The building had been empty for two years so it was put through a complete makeover. Smilessence now has over 4000 patients on the books. There are many reasons behind the success story. Karen is a leading figure in the world of dentistry. She is a key opinion leader (KOL) for Sirona and has been in many publications. Karen is also on the judging panel of the 2016 Dentistry Awards, a speaker at conferences worldwide and a dedicated nurturer of women in business. She is also now doing her “Masters” of clinical dentistry in dental implantology. Patients can be reassured of her experience and expertise. Her team of two hygienists, dental nurses and reception staff all support her while she does not only advanced dentistryy but the general dentistry too. She alludes to a different form of dentistry- Digital Dentistry, allowing single visit dentistry to be performed with no dental impressions. She is forward thinking, provides a high quality of care and treatment and more importantly, stress free patient care. Smilessence is fitted with state of the art machinery, providing both precision and safety. In fact, Karen’s whole ethos is to meet and exceed those basics. Karen was the first in the UK to buy a milling machine, capable of making a crown in one hour, Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


meaning clients do not need temporary solutions and can get their smiles fixed in only one visit. This is also a mercury free clinic where all fillings are cleaner and safer. Smilessence also has a “patient” led approach and is proud of a 100% sucThe latest in dentistry cess rate with phobic patients Children’s dental care is also key, and Karen and her team of hygienists focus on preventative care as well as oral health education and fluoride treatment to give children’s teeth a healthy start. Trends have changed in dentistry through social influences. We see stars gleaming smiles on our TV’s and in magazines and want to be like them. There has been a huge increase in demands for whiter and straighter teeth. It is almost seen nowadays, as socially unacceptable to have a gap or yellowing teeth. Invisible braces and implants are the order of the day. Award winning Smilessence is looking forward to celebrating 10 years in Molesey next year. If you want to have your smile fixed, or even if you are scared of the dentist and have put off a visit, these young ladies will be sure to look after you well. Please call 0208 941 6999 for an appointment. See ad for special offer and details of open day.

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It’s been 3 months since the outcome of the referendum and I am delighted to report that the gloomy predictions of a crash in house prices and the market grinding to a halt have not materialised. The third quarter has been very much “business as usual”, following its traditional pattern with base values holding and the seasonal levelling of activity once the schools broke up for the summer holidays. We have enjoyed a healthy level of sales, similar to those experienced for the same period last year. The further reduction, on what was already an exceedingly low interest rate, has resulted in our mortgage department having a bumper summer with many new buyers and existing householders taking advantage of the unprecedented low rates and the many fixed rate schemes exclusive to Curchods Mortgage Services. However, we must not be complacent and fool ourselves that there have been no changes. Whenever there are fundamental alterations within the economy or the political scene, markets react. Some of these changes can be attributed to the traditional seasonal pattern of the summer holiday period and a clear understanding will only be achieved once we have completed an annual cycle. So what has changed? • • • • •

The pace of the market The number of properties coming on The number of buyers registering Time to sell Prices stabilising

Across the board, the pace of the market has slowed with fewer properties coming on and buyers realising that they don’t need to make a snap decision to avoid losing out. It would also be fair to say that values have stabilised, again, partially due to the seasonal pattern of the market which generally rises through the first half of the year and levels through the second half. There has also been a correction in asking prices with a number of properties being advertised as reduced; this has little to do with the referendum and more to do with initial optimism, hoping that the market would continue to rise. These reductions are actually aligning with current values, as we move into the autumn market. The time period that properties are taking to sell has extended due to the market returning to a less frenetic pace. These factors are seen by many as refreshing, as a more stable market encourages both buyers and sellers to move. As we see the market evolving into a new phase, we have a clear understanding of the changes and can positively react to make sure you get the correct advice to achieve the best possible price. If you are thinking of moving it is imperative that you call or drop in to see Owen Miles and his experienced friendly team for professional advice on all property matters.

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Ingredients 12 small dessert apples, Cox’s or Spartan are good. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 5-10 minutes until 130C has been reached on a sugar 12 wooden lollipop sticks or short dowels thermometer (or if you haven’t got a thermometer 450g / 1lb Demerara sugar until a teaspoon of the toffee becomes hard and brittle when poured into a bowl of cold water. 2 tbsp golden syrup Remove the pan from the heat each time before 60g / 2oz butter testing. 4 tsp lemon juice

When the correct temperature has been reached place the pan on a wooden board or trivet.

4 tbsp water

One at a time quickly dip six of the apples into the toffee until evenly coated. Lift out and let the excess toffee drip back into the pan.

Method Wash the apples and dry thoroughly with kitchen paper.

Stand the coated apples on the prepared tray and leave in a cool, dry place to set. This is important as moisture in the air will cause the toffee to become sticky.

Remove the stalks and push a stick into the centre of each apple where the stalk has been removed. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

Use the remaining ingredients to make a second batch of toffee. If you try to make it all in one go the toffee will set before you manage to coat all twelve take your time!

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Shepperton Goes Batty for Bats after Talk and Hunt at Studios A fascinating talk by the Surrey Bat Group, including a quiz and prizes of bat boxes donated by the Shepperton Men In Sheds group, was followed by a walk along the Studios Walk footpath and River Ash hunting for evidence of bat activity. Armed with a variety of bat detectors provided by Surrey Bat Group, we wandered along, pausing to stand and raise the detectors high, peering into the dark. Finally we were rewarded by a wave of strange clicking/fluttering noises from the detectors, that rippled through the crowd of around 40 of us, and the shadowy sight of Pipistrelle bats darting through the trees above us. It was an entrancing sight! Having seen bats winging across the night sky from my back garden in the Summer, to finally be able to both "hear" and see them was magical. The evening ended all too soon and I hurried home to get online and buy my first bat detector! When it arrived I could hardly wait for nightfall before heading back out with my neighbour, Chrissie who had also attended the talk, to experience the same magic. Once again we stood in the dark, detector held aloft, breath bated and then, that wonderfully strange clicking/fluttering noise that told us Pipistrelle bats were flying around us. It took a little while to train out eyes to spot them and repositioning ourselves along the main path we were greeted by the sight of several bats zigzagging across the night sky, between the trees. Since that night, we have been joined by another interested neighbour who also attended the talk. It seems that the bat hunting in our little part of Shepperton/Littleton may become a regular feature in our diaries! I have gone on to join the Bat Conservation Trust and Surrey Bat Group and look forward to learning more about how to track and identify bats and, hopefully, join SBG and BCT in carrying our bat population

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Hate Mail. That’s No Way to Behave!

I abhor bullying and intimidation. These days we hear too much about cowardly cyber bullying where the sender hides on the other side of a smart phone. It spreads such nastiness and causes such upset. We were contacted by a reader who was very upset, having received nasty and malicious hate mail, not on social media, but this was actually posted through her door. It concerned a neighbour. Someone was trying to spread hatred amongst neighbours in a quiet road in Shepperton and had taken the trouble to send by post lots of nasty letters. The effect it had on the neighbourhood was, however, surprising. Far from setting neighbours against this lady, they all rallied around her. It is the sender of the mail who has been cast as the evil and nasty one in this episode. We are not going into detail. You know who you are. Bullying and intimidation will not win and slander is an offence.

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Shepperton Residents’ Association By Richard Hewitt As reported last month, we continue to have unwanted visits from travellers who occupy parkland and open spaces without permission. Fortunately, the Police and Council work together to move them on as quickly as possible. Earlier this year, the Council learnt that there is a form of action which aims to prevent travellers returning to anywhere in Spelthorne at any future time. This process requires the issue of a Community Protection Notice (CPN), whilst failure to comply with the CPN is a criminal offence. Three notices were issued by the Council Joint Enforcement Team to 3 separate groups of travellers following park incursions in July. As this new process has just started it is too early to assess its effectiveness; this will only become apparent if action has to be taken against travellers who, having been issued with a CPN, return to occupy Council land again. The illegal occupation of land in Sheep Walk continues with the County Council and Borough Council continuing to seek satisfactory solutions acceptable to all parties. It is interesting to note the range of work covered by the Council Joint Enforcement Team which, for example, covers fly tipping, abandoned vehicles, illegal moorings, and dog fouling. The main aim of enforcement is to achieve compliance, with formal action only being taken when circumstances warrant it. Shepperton continues to suffer from anti-social behaviour from a small number of youngsters in the High Street and the Greeno Recreation Ground. This largely centres around the illegal use of motor bikes. This is being addressed by our local police who are putting more patrols out on the streets, and urge residents to report any problems by telephone on 101 or, where a crime is being committed, 999 is more appropriate. The Police have agreed to attend an Open Meeting to be held at the Greeno Centre on the evening of Thursday 27th October, to enable residents to raise any problems and concerns they may have in respect of police action. All are invited, why not put it in your diaries now. After the floods of 2013/2014 residents will recall

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that steps were taken to plan to alleviate flooding problems in the future with the creation of the River Thames Scheme which aimed to reduce flood risks to homes and businesses from Datchet to Teddington. Planning work is proceeding although currently there remains a significant shortfall in the anticipated costs. We hope to have a member of the Environment Agency at our November Open Meeting to update residents on the plans and progress to date. We still wait to see how Cemex will address the water contamination and flooding problems which have been identified in respect of the proposal to extract gravel at the Watersplash Farm site. y Richard Hewitt




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It’s so nice to write up some good news for a change! Thank you so much for everyone who came along to CVRA Summer BBQ, and those who brought Summer Draw Tickets. It was an eventful day that, turned out well in the end. Some of you might have been wondering where the Bucky Bronco was - well we had a phone call mid-week to say that it was broken but they were still coming along with the Bouncy Castle. 12pm came and went 1pm came and went. We phoned up and they had decided not to come along. Lucky for us they had invented the internet – we all spent the next 20 minutes on the phone’s trying to get a Bouncy Castle. Luckily Wendy can up trumps and a Bouncy Castle was duly delivered. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves. We know the weather was rubbish but we have no control over that, it didn’t appear to stop the children enjoying themselves. We will be making a donation to 1St Littleton Brownie and Guides that we were fundraising for, - this in addition to any funds that they raised on the day. I would like to also thank those that donated prizes, especially Emma for the First Prize of the Photo Shoot and Gwen probably our eldest village resident who gave us a donation for the Brownies. I have contacted all those that have won prizes in the draw, in addition as to those that collected on Saturday. Thank you to everyone for coming along and hopefully next time the rain will stay away. Thank you too: Wendy / Denise / Derek / Paula / Dean / Greg / Derrick / Ian (Scouse) / The Residents of Hetherington Rd And lastly Sarah and her band of Guiding Helpers Thank You Karen Howkins, Charlton Village Residents Association Please mention Shepperton Matters when responding to adverts


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Gardening Matters Spring into Action Planting daffodils is one of my favourite jobs, though it is tinged with a bit of sadness that summer is now truly over. So planting these sunny yellow flowers is a good way of looking forward to the spring. When I had my very first garden I planted loads of daffodils and had a wonderful display the first year. I congratulated myself that all my hard work was worth it because now I would have a fantastic display for years to come. The second year however I had loads of foliage but just a few flowers. I learned that I had not planted my bulbs deep enough...classic novice error! Bulbs which are too close to the soil surface are subject to drought as soon as the sun begins to shine. They simply don’t get enough moisture or sustenance. It’s the leaves, which remain after the flowers, that pass food to the bulbs as they die back, so the bulbs can store enough nutrients to produce flowers again the following year. Daffodil bulbs need to be planted at least 15cm / 6 inches deep, and don’t cut the foliage back after the flowers have died for at least 6 weeks (another novice error!). In order to produce the best possible display the following year, once the foliage has faded sprinkle some general fertiliser around the plants. When planting for the first time, clumps look best in the average suburban garden. I plant eight to ten bulbs in a round group spaced about 8cm / 3 inches apart. I dig a hole wide and deep enough to accommodate the whole group, firm the earth back into place and (really important) label the spot! That way I avoid spearing the bulbs when I’m digging while they are dormant. If you want early flowers then go for short stems as they survive frost better. The bright

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What’s On - Shepperton & Laleham Send info on local events to to be listed here Thursday 6th October, ‘Shakespear e’s Cur tain Theatr e’, a talk by Heather Knight to Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group at Staines Methodist Chur ch, Thames Street, Staines starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members ‘The Mount Felix Embroidery’ is the subject of the next meeting of The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The embr oider y tells the stor y of the New Zealand Hospital established during WW1 at Mount Felix, just south of Walton Bridge. It takes place on Tuesday 18th October at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 to non-members Christmas Fair to be held in Shepper ton Village Hall on Satur day 19th November 2016 between 10am and 2.30pm in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Lots of Stalls, including RNLI Christmas cards, Calendars and Gifts, Refreshments, Raffle and Display of Model Boats. Stormy Stan, mascot of the childrens section, has promised to come along and join in the fun. To book a table or for more details please contact 01932 561437 Big Tree Night. December 14th fr om 6.00pm. Shepper ton High Str eet. Hold the date!

FRENCH MUSIC Conductor, Harpsichord: Philip Buckmaster Organist: Lindsay Bridgwater St Nicholas Concert Choir sponsored by Squire’s Garden Centres on Saturday 8 October 2016 at 4pm Tickets £10 (children under 15 free) at the door for Organ Fund & Music in Church PROGRAMME Dupre: Lindsay Bridgwater (organist) Charpentier TE DEUM: Philip Buckmaster (conductor) Devienne: Sonata for Bassoon & Harpsichord (Hannah Smith) Lalo: String Quartet in E flat opus 45

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Community Matters Shepperton & Laleham Staines Horticultural Society Floral Art Group meet monthly on Wednesday evenings. Meetings are a mix of flower arranging demonstrations and practical workshops. A small friendly club we welcome guests. For more information contact Anne Hart 01932 564835. The Probus Club of Shepperton for r etir ed business and pr ofessional men meets on the first Tuesday of each month at The Anchor Hotel to hear a speaker followed by lunch. In September we had a talk called " Flavours of England ". We welcome new members; please telephone 01932 223814 or 242372 Laleham Residents Association Quiz. Saturday 15th October. 7.30pm at Laleham Village Hall. Tickets £10 in advance only. Contact Donnica on 07545 131448 Laleham Pond Opening Times Sunday 2nd Oct 10am, Sunday 27th Nov 10am Every Tuesday 10am. The pond is usually open for a couple of hours while volunteers from the wonderful Spelthorne Civic Pride group perform maintenance. You are encouraged to help if you can, but are very welcome just to visit and nose around this lovely, tranquil place. Kempton Steam Museum. Steaming on 15th and 16th October. At the same time come to see the Marvels of Meccano, and ride on the Hampton and Kempton Railway. SPELTHORNE CHORAL SOCIETY r ehear se ever y Monday evening dur ing ter mtime 7.30- 9.30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary School, Park Avenue, Staines. Very friendly atmosphere and no audition required, just a love of singing Choral Music. Our Conductor is Sean Bui and Accompanist Lindsay Bridgwater. All information via the website at ;- or call 07527 155443. Staines Musical Theatre Group presents “A Countdown to Chr istmas”, Sunday 4th December, United Chur ch of Egham, High Str eet TW20 9HP. A compilation of carols, songs and humour to get you in the festive spirit. Performances 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions; £25 family ticket) including mince pie and mulled wine. Bookings 01784 605 805 ( Advanced Notice. Sunbur y & Shepper ton Local Histor y Society, Photo Exhibition at Sunbury Library, Saturday 19 November 2016!

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