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It has been another month of dramatic news in Sunbury. This time Lower Sunbury saw an armed robbery on a Saturday night at the Corals bookmakers. Totally shocking. We seem to be touched by challenges; incursions, boat thefts, burglaries, drug dealing and even terrorism. So we want to include some good news to counterbalance the bad. Maybe you can share some happiness and goodwill stories with us. Sunbury is a wonderful place to live. Let’s keep some perspective and make it even better. Preparations for the Christmas market are well underway. It will be a great community event to bring everyone together. Make sure you have December 7th in the diary.

November 2017 I got a call from a worried reader in Sunbury, concerned about the ongoing situation in Raj’s shop. All we can say here is please do go and buy whatever at the shop and offer some support to his wife Kamal and his children. We all wish them well.

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Saving the Swans 100 Years Ago 4 Sunbury Good News Stories 6 Xmas House to Benefit Local Causes 9 Scooters in Sunbury 10 Charlie’s Momentous Hair Cut 14 Say Goodbye to Sciatica & Back Pain 16 Restaurant Review 18 Slum Boats - The EA Responds 21 Private Gallery Invites You 22 The Poppy Factory 25 Visit to the Ash Link Nature Reserve 29 Boat Thefts & Scuttling 30 Recipe of the Month 34 Surplus Food Cooks up Funds 41 St Mary’s Newsletter 43 LOSRA Says 45 Award for Sunbury Manor Assistant 46 Brooklands Aviation Wing to Open 51 Gardening Matters 58 What’s On/Noticeboard 59/61 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 62

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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 Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Sunbury Good News Stories

During the month I feel blessed to get some lovely comments about the magazines from readers. It makes it all worth while. Words of appreciation, a smile, helpfulness and courtesy are FREE to give and do so much to make this a better world and Sunbury a better place. So why not spread some hap- The Walled Garden guitarist piness and positivity to counteract the doom and gloom of the bad news stories we read in other papers! I would like to invite you to share your good news stories so we can remember what a special place we live in. You can email me: monica@villagematters.co.uk or call me on 07979 808991 if you prefer.

There have been so many awful and dramatic stories in the media about Sunbury: terrorism, armed robbery, drug dealing and intimidation, burglaries...So I want to redress that balance with some good and positive stories. They don’t get as much press (yes, scandal and bad news stories sell more newspapers). So here are a few from this past couple of weeks. I walk my dogs in Sunbury Park every morning, as many of you know. One morning I had stopped to chat with an acquaintance and helped return a dog, which had wandered off chasing squirrels, to another owner. When I got back to my car I realised my ticket had expired. “Phew. I swerved that one!” I thought. Then I saw that some thoughtful person had noticed it was about to run out and had taken the trouble to put my registration plate in to the machine and get me a new ticket. Someone told me it happened to him too so thanks to the kind person/s out there! Later that day I saw Kerry from Quality Fruit in Shepperton as I struggled past the shop with a heavy box of things for the charity shop “Blimey, I’ve got three of these” I said breathlessly. When I went to get my next load, there she was at my car ready to carry a box. It was Saturday and she was busy, but she found time to give me a hand. Posting a few of these on Facebook it prompted a local lady to share her good news story: “I'd forgotten to put my bin out the night before and didn't realise till I heard the bin lorry in the morning. I cursed. But when I went outside, someone had taken it out for me. How nice is that?” Back to Sunbury Park. Some of you who walk there may have heard the gentle strumming of a guitar early in the morning. A mysterious musician sits and plays at the back of the Walled Garden and we hear him as we walk by. He is probably just enjoying the peace of the early morning and getting inspiration, but his playing lifts many of us as we stroll by. My interest in photography is growing and I enjoy sharing them on social media so when an acquaintance was given a book on photography herself, she decided that I might appreciate it more and gave it to me. Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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The Christmas House to Benefit Local Causes By Monica Chard

Later this month local residents Steven Lonsdale will start the huge job of creating what has become a symbol of a Sunbury Christmas. Steven and wife Tracey moved to Sunbury 17 years ago and brought with them their tradition of decorating their house with Christmas lights. We are not talking about just a tree, or the eves, but the whole of the front of the house. You must have seen it. Everyone in Sunbury knows it as the ‘Christmas House’. When I arranged to go and visit this autumn I had to ask the actual address on Green Street because I didn’t recognise the house without all the lights. Last year was the first time they used the opportunity of raising money for charity and collected donations of around £2000 which was donated to Shooting Star Chase. This year the call went out on social media. The couple was looking at using their Christmas House to support local causes. Two local charities kept on coming up so by popular support this year’s lucky recipients will be the Charley Paige Trust and Alfie the Champ. You will have read about the Charley Paige Trust in Sunbury Matters over the years. The charity supports children will life limiting illnesses and takes its name from Charley who lost her battle with leukemia at only 5 years old. Alfie Ward is the Sunbury Manor school boy who is currently battling neuroblastoma and who is having to raise £600,000 to enable him to have treatment in the USA because the UK will not offer it. Recently the Post Office burglary saw callous thieves steal the proceeds of the collections for Alfie. Steven and Tracey Lonsdale are private people. They simply love Christmas and the anticipation of the big day. They are very family oriented and the joy the lights on the house bring to their little ones has translated to a

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genuine desire to spread that good will and make people happy. “The world is a dark place” said Tracey “ so let’s lighten it up a little”. Well they have certainly managed to do that. The tradition has passed on to the next generation, as well as to neighbours along that part of Green Street. It has to be seen to be believed. Word spreads far and wide and families travel with their children to take it all in. “people knock on the door to tell us how much their children love it” says Tracey. The couple also receive cards regularly with thanks for the joy they spread. This year you will be able to donate to support the chosen charities by JustGiving. If you are passing and want to do it the traditional way, Tracey and Steven will accept cash and put the amount directly against the JustGiving site while you are there. Every penny will go to the chosen causes. “We are Sunbury people and love this village.” said Tracey. “It is right that we support local charities”. We will be putting the full information about how to donate to the two causes in the December issue when the Christmas House will be lit up once more!

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Scooters in Sunbury - The Police are Watching! By Monica Chard, Editor I attended the Community Safer Stronger Partnership meeting in the council chambers last month. We hear about one burglary after another in the area at the moment and antisocial behaviour on the increase. This was a chance to hear what was being done about it and to air concerns to both the police and to the council. I was frankly surprised there were not more of the public there. In attendance were the Community Safety Team and Inspector Alan Sproston from Surrey Police. We heard presentations on the Safer Stronger Partnership which combines intelligence and resources from Police, Fire & Rescue, Crime Commission and both Spelthorne Borough and Surrey County Councils. This information sharing allows all parties to work more efficiently and tackle crime. They also talked about the Joint Enforcement Teams (JETs) created to build safer communities. So far so good! Inspector Sproston started his own presentation with an overview of his resources (not enough), and an explanation of how the team have to prioritise incidents. The more he talked, the more I felt that they really are stretched very thinly. His slide on priorities for the borough before Christmas almost had me bursting into applause though. The number one priority is tackling scooters in Sunbury (they did not mention the drug dealing as such at this point) The second is tackling burglaries in Spelthorne. They do know what issues are concerning us. Now the question is how they are going to deal with them. I hear some of you say “weren’t we young once? Isn’t it just hi jinks? Where are they supposed to go?”. I do have some sympathies, but this is about more than that. I am not a fan of the scooters, but are the problems all down to them? Is the issue the antisocial behaviour, or the drug taking, or drug dealing, or criminal damage, and is it fair to say the latter are all the fault of the scooter riders? There are outsiders coming to the village in cars. The gathering youth are not all local. They are also not all bad but the image we get is of a general bad bunch and that is not good for anyone. That afternoon I had parked my car outside the shops and walked through Orchard Meadow carpark to the park. I was slightly baffled by the number of spaces available in our usually busy carpark. But it all started making sense. I had been told Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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about youths loitering, a car being vandalised and locals feeling nervous. Sure enough, there was a group of young men, some on scooters. A car with darkened windows was next to them. Was that a drug deal I saw? On the same day I was cut up in my car by a scooter rider, sporting a helmet with ears. “What an idiot. What is his registration plate? I will report him”, only to notice that he didn’t have a reg plate anyway! Further up Halliford Road he mounted the pavement as the car in front was turning right. How do we deal with this type of rider if they are faceless and unidentifiable? ‘Scooter rider’ is becoming a generic term for tearaways and of course they are not all bad. But like it or not, they are all seen as the same and the police are cracking down. Scooters were used to ram raid the post office recently. A scooter gang in London has just been prosecuted and perpetrators jailed for 5 years. Riders beware! I was surprised to hear at the presentation that instances of antisocial behaviour in the borough have fallen since 2016 (with the exception of Staines). That does not feel correct. I am not alone in feeling that it is on the increase locally. If you feel threatened or witness antisocial behaviour, report it! The police are aware but the more we report it, the more likely we are to see some sort of resolution. And what of the penalties. Therein lies another problem. Is a fine enough? Do we have resources to take every case to court? Jail? We are struggling with resources. To my mind, these antisocial youth know that they are unlikely to be caught or prosecuted so there does not seem to be enough deterrent. It was a depressing meeting. The more we heard from residents who had been on the receiving end of intimidating behaviour, the more our collective shoulders sagged.

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Christmas in Lower Sunbury! Can You Help?

Have you got it in your diary? The Christmas market will once more be in Lower Sunbury this year. The date is December 7th. Lots of stalls, gifts, carol singing with the Salvation Army and a Santa’s Grotto. A few stalls still available. Email monica@villagematters.co.uk or see Dennis at Van Wonderen Flowers. If you are interested in helping out, we are also happy to hear from you. Again, contact me or Dennis. The community raffle is taking shape. Tickets will be on sale in Van Wonderen, Laura’s Hair Salon, Tony’s Hairdressers and Skinners. Can you sell any tickets? Again, contact any of the above shops, or you can email me at Sunbury Matters.

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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

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Restaurant Review - The Shahin by Monica Chard 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 www.villagematters.co.uk


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.

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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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Slum Boats - The EA Responds Various sources Sunbury Matters put in a request for information relating to the responsibility of clearing slum boats along the Thames, both abandoned and residential vessels. “The Environment Agency is aware of the issues associated with a number of boats in the lower Thames and want to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to tackle them with the powers and resources available to us.” It seems that the River Thames Waterways Operations team is responsible for the navigation service which supports boating on the Thames. They are leading a co-ordinated, multi-agency response to the problem and have already diverted considerable resources to help deal with the situation and support local authorities and the police in their own enforcement efforts. The work is ongoing, and will remain so for as long as necessary. All agencies must follow due legal process of course, and this can be a lengthy process. So the effects of this work may not produce immediately visible results. One element of this work is the ‘zero tolerance’ approach the EA have adopted on their own land and mooring facilities along the lower Thames. They will take appropriate enforcement action against any boat owners who breach the terms and conditions of designated EA mooring sites, or who moor without consent on other areas of land owned by the EA. But the problem we face along the Thames is who actually owns the land which many boats used for residential use - the ‘slum boat’ villages included. Action against owners of boats moored elsewhere can only be taken by the registered owner of that land, or, if it is a designated mooring site, the operator of that facility. The law does not allow the EA to intervene in such cases, beyond providing advice and guidance to landowners and mooring site operators on how to manage the issue themselves, should they choose to do so. So we all have to complain to individual land owners, who it seems own much of the land and mooring facilities along the lower Thames. But who are they and how can we find out. I asked the question and am awaiting a response. If you happen to be one of the landowners affected by this issue you can call the EA on 03708 506 506 or email enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk. If you live opposite a boat slum, we are no closer to finding out who to speak to though! On the issue of sunken boats the EA tell us responsibility lies with the owners to remove them. They To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

Officers carrying out enforcement action in the area are legally obliged to do this. But the problem is often identifying both boat and owner. If the owner can be identified, the EA will serve an enforcement notice to compel them to remove the boat. If they do not, the agency will remove or destroy it themselves and seek to recover the costs of this operation. But it can be a lengthy process as protocols have to be followed. Costs are not always recovered either and with an ever dwindling budget there is a limit to how far the EA will go. The EA is are also working in partnership with local authorities and other landowners, as they are responsible for removing any boats from their land if the owner cannot be traced. Using their legal powers as the navigation authority for the non-tidal Thames they are accelerating the process by which landowners can take possession of abandoned boats. The EA can then carry out joint operations to remove or destroy them. The EA summaries “This is a very complex situation, and it can only be managed through patient, systematic, co-ordinated management by all the agencies, corporations and individuals with appropriate powers to act. Residents can be assured that this is happening and delivering results, but the pace is often governed by legal processes and these cannot be circumvented without putting the outcomes which we all want, at risk.” But what of policing the river itself? Surely that lies with the EA. If boats are being regularly stolen, stripped and abandoned surely it is down to the EA to do something about this. The instances are becoming all too frequent on our stretch of river at the moment. BEWARE!!

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Private Gallery Open by Appointment

Back in 2012 we visited Chaim Stephenson at his home in Upper Halliford to hear about the 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 suffering of the human condition, many drawn from the Old Testament. Figures of persecution, refugees and outcasts depicted with pain and suffering, energy and emotion. Softer pieces such as Noah, the lovers, parent and child and beautiful animal and bird pieces too. Chaim sadly passed away in 2016 and St.Martin-in-the-Fields church in London held a retrospective one-man show of his work in the crypt. It ran for 10 weeks and was very well-received. To house the work when it came back his widow had a beautiful little gallery built in the garden of the family

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home. It was opened at the end of July. She calls it The Chaim Stephenson Gallery (Chaim's L-Shaped Room) with a nod to the book by that name that she authored. She is immensely proud of the gallery and of Chaim’s work and would like to show it to people locally, which would be free of charge. She is especially keen to invite school children to keep the stories of the Old Testament alive. Schools (or individuals) interested in a sending small groups are invited to call to make special arrangements: Telephone 01932 988220

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A tribute to Joyce Spoor, born in Essex on the 24th October 1937 who lost her 7 year battle with cancer dying at her home on August 12 this year. A lifelong fighter and supporter for the rights of people and a keen jazz lover. A warm friend, a true partner, to Bernie, and a loving mother to her daughters, Abra and Nicola, and their children, Rose, Tom, Isaac and Florence Sadly missed and never to be forgotten

Fire Engines Story Rings Bells!

It was lovely to get a phone call from a reader who had just read the piece in the October issue of Sunbury Matters about the fire brigade in c1930. “It brought back so many memories” she said. “I used to live in Church Street and looked on to the fire station. I remember seeing the men come shooting out, getting dressed as they got onto the engine. One even lost one of his boots”. She went on to say the engines used to shoot out, swerving around the bend on those solid wheels, men bouncing around to keep their balance. She was only 4 or 5 years old at the time.

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The Poppy Factory By Tracey Anderson Major George Howson was an engineer. He was a man of great energy and determination. He won the military cross in WWl. He was addicted to strong Turkish cigarettes and bought them 10000 at a time. He was also the founder of The Royal British Legion Poppy factory!

disabled ex-Service find the work they wanted in the places they wanted to be. It continues to build on its strong historical foundations to provide an employability service that supports hundreds of exService personnel with varying health challenges into meaningful employment with businesses across the country every year.

Through the work of Anna Guerin of France and Moina Michael of the USA, both very practical women who took Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”, and devised a way of raising vital funds for wartime charities. The British Legion had been set up the year before and the very first French Poppy Appeal – using silk poppies made by widows - had raised £106,000. In 1921 the first British Poppy appeal was held. In the first year the poppies were imported from France and there was huge demand as poppies quickly became the icons of remembrance. The Major made a connection; Remembrance Day needed poppies and wounded ex-soldiers needed work. In a letter to his parents he spoke of using a £2000 cheque he had been given to set up a factory to, ‘…give the disabled their chance.’ He wrote that he felt the project would probably not be successful but that he ought to attempt it anyway.

She realised the need to provide financial and occupational support for ex-Servicemen after teaching a class of disabled veterans at the University of Georgia, and so she pursued the idea of selling silk poppies to raise funds for them.

He set up The Disabled Society in London with just five injured ex-servicemen, and in spite of his initial lack of optimism, in few years that had grown to 350 men. He set up a sister factory in Edinburgh to supply poppies to Scotland, and the London factory moved to larger premises near the Thames in Richmond and was renamed The Poppy Factory. As time went on the needs of veterans changed. They wanted to work in their own communities, closer to their families and to use the many and varied skills they had acquired during their careers in the armed services, prior to becoming injured.

Moina Michael was an American professor. She wrote a response to McCrae’s poem in 1918 entitled We Shall Keep The Faith. She vowed to always wear a poppy as a symbol of Remembrance for those who served in the war.

CALLING ALL VETERANS Support and Outreach Meetings 10.00 - 13.00 Veterans only outreach meeting 13.00 - 16.00 Veterans and families drop in with several service charities in attendance offering advice and support. If you require a lift from Hampton Court station please call 07902 125508 as we may be able to help. STRENGTH THROUGH SUPPORT Every Second Tuesday of Every Month. Venue:- 3rd Molesey Scout Hut. St Peters Road, West Molesey, Surrey, KT8 2QE. Free Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and free brunch All veterans welcome. www.veteranssupportassociation.co.uk

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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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25 Nov – 31 Dec At Squire’s Shepperton

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Cheeky Robin Brightens a Dull Day Thanks to reader Elaine Holmes for sharing her photo of a cheeky little visitor. “He was sitting on the bin after the refuse collection on a very wet Friday morning of 29th September. He was just sitting there and remained even as I got out of the car to take his photo.� It is nice to see refuse bins put to such good use!

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Visit to Ash Link Nature Reserve By Monica Chard, Editor

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 To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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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Boat Thefts and Scuttling by Carole Dow Following the article in the last edition of Sunbury Matters you may think this is a picture of one of the slum boats. But it is in fact a picture of our boat “Jeannie” which 16 hours previously had been moored in mid river to a buoy opposite Flower Pot Green in Sunbury! On Monday evening 18th September at 11 pm two young fishermen saw a small white day boat with no lights approach “Jeannie”, circle her several times, then two of the three men climbed on board and both boats then sailed off downstream, neither of them showing any lights. I spotted she was missing the following afternoon, and thanks to the prompt help from Bygone Boats who administer the moorings and sent out a search boat, she was spotted sunk near Platts Eyot in Hampton. Luckily with help from Otter Marine she was pumped out and refloated. She had been comprehensively stripped including the Outboard Motor, cooker, fridge, toilet(!), gas and petrol tanks, steering gear, the cabin door, all the shaped cushions which make up the three double beds – and the galley drawers complete with cutlery and tea towels! Thanks to a remarkable group of friends she was thoroughly cleaned inside and out before the silt had a chance to take hold. So if anyone knows of a Viking 32 which is being refurbished please let me know through Sunbury Matters as a lot of the gear stolen is no use for any other craft. Security on the river is not what it used to be with no Police boats, and the specialist Police officer withdrawn. Neither Surrey Police nor the Environment Agency were willing to take action. So if you have a boat on the Thames and see a small white day boat cruising about at night with no lights – Beware!

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The Avenue, TW16

The Avenue, TW16

This four bedroom home is ideal for entertaining, with great living space throughout including a spacious kitchen/dining room with sky light and bi folding doors leading into a beautiful garden, energy rating d.

A seven bedroom detached family home with a gated entrance and a garage. The landscaped garden has an outside kitchen with its own pizza oven, summer house and pond, energy rating d.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100

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Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100

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Willow Way, TW16

Squires Bridge Road, TW17

A unique six bedroom, four bathroom family home with a self-contained studio. The property offers a large garden, a garage and has planning permission to build a second house, energy rating d.

A five bedroom detached home with an indoor swimming pool and rear garden leading down to the River Ash. The property is immaculately presented and provides flexible accommodation, energy rating e.

Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100

£1,250,000

Dexters Sunbury 01932 781100

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Kingston Road, TW11

Lendy Place, TW16

This five storey Victorian townhouse, has been beautifully refurbished whilst retaining many original features. The property has three reception rooms, three bathrooms and off street parking, energy rating c.

A four bedroom family home in a gated development close to the River Thames. The property has allocated parking for three cars and a garden with a storage shed, energy rating b.

Dexters Teddington 020 8288 2900

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Monmouth Avenue, KT1

Rooksmead Road, TW16

A six bedroom detached home which has been refurbished to the highest of standards. The property has three reception rooms, four bathrooms, an integral garage and a garden, energy rating d.

A rare opportunity to secure this characterful four double bedroom family home, with two reception rooms and an all important kitchen/diner leading onto a fantastic rear garden, energy rating d.

Dexters Teddington 020 8288 2900

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Dexters Sunbury 01932 787788

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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 Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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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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Could You Help Selling Poppies? Mrs Irene Brockey from the Royal British Legion (Sunbury Branch) is the lady who organises the wreaths and wreath-laying each year at Sunbury's Remembrance Parade. She has undertaken this every year for the past 20 years. She used to do it for the Shepperton Parade too but has recently handed that over. After such a long service she has said that this will be her last year and she needs someone to take over from her for Sunbury going forward. A Poppy Organiser (as she puts it) is needed for next year. Could you help? You do not need to be a member of the Royal British Legion but it would be useful if you have a garage. Her phone number is 01784 24828 or email irenebrockey888@btinternet.com.

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Surplus Food Cooks up Funds for Foodbank Since April this year the community foodbank in Sunbury has received over 8.6 tons to surplus food for distribution, the equivalent to nearly 20,000 meals!!! This has enabled them to feed over 3000 people who may not otherwise have had access to a good meal, and has saved a huge amount of waste. This autumn they put some of it to use for a fund raising supper which proved a great success. The aim was to raise funds and offer a unique dining experience to guests and they managed both with aplomb. Using only surplus food from Tesco’s Sunbury, gourmet chef Thomas Mountford from Janie’s Private Catering served 78 people, and raised over £8,400 in total.

for distribution to local families to open on Christmas Day morning. All suitable presents (unwrapped please) will be welcome. Toys for children of all ages, and not forgetting the parents! The need is genuine, and can bring warmth and cheer to those in need. Please give your support and generosity and help us to help others. Distribution will be on the 14th December.

Sunbury Cricket Club was beautifully decorated for the occasion, and the surplus food donated provided diners with a variety of canapés, followed by a red pepper, tomato and basil soup, lamb pastry roll with carrot puree, potatoes and jus, finishing with bread and butter pudding. Thomas Mountford said, “It shows what it is possible to make from surplus food and that creative cooking be achieved without having to use expensive ingredients.” The event was deemed a huge success and there are plans to run it again next year. As well as the meal, guests were treated to entertainment and a raffle. The arrival of Christmas is always welcome to most of us, but for some, it is a time of anxiety and cost. To combat this, on Friday 8th December between 5.30-8.30pm St. Saviour’s Community Foodbank initiative will be holding a Christmas Market. All proceeds will go towards the Community Activities Programme at St Saviour’s. Can you help? They are also looking to assemble Gift donations To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Sunbury Nursing Homes

Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 6AJ

Family run nursing home now in its 85th year Located opposite a beautiful stretch of the River Thames A home where the resident really IS the most important person “Just a word of thanks for all your kindness and care for my mother. We had almost given up hope of finding a nursing home of excellence which we felt she deserved and our experience with you was so heartening and reassuring."

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expert 24 hour personalised nursing care for older people warm, homely and reassuring 'family' environment a home that is vibrant as well as caring and compassionate daily activities we don’t use agency staff

"I liked SNH more than other homes I looked at mainly because the residents and staff all looked so happy."

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Update on Path & Wild Flower Beds at Cedars The project to lay a path in Cedars Recreation Ground has now been completed and the next phase of the project is to cut back some of the overgrown bushes and trees and do a general tidying up of the areas around the perimeter of the park. An order has been raised to buy new bushes and shrubs to add colour to areas that were previously overgrown, for example, Apple Blossom, Berberis & Euonymus Japonicas. New trees will also be planted in other places around the edges and there are plans to buy some benches for along the top half of the park. During October volunteers from Spelthorne’s National History Society planted 4000 spring bulbs in the area around the Tennis Courts and during early November the new bushes and trees will be planted so although this project is far from complete Cllr Sandra Dunn is looking forward to seeing the results of all this in 2018.

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LOSRA Says….

126 Green Street Developer Persists in Proposing an Over-development Readers of our website will recall the application to demolish the bungalow at 126 Green Street at the junction with Green Street and the absurdly ambitious application to develop 9 flats on the same site. Very sensibly, and under the weight of local opposition, the application was withdrawn by the developer before it could be determined by the Local Planning Authority (see article of 15 th May 2017). It’s typical that when a plan, for whatever reason, fails to go ahead, the developer will come up with a more modest proposal in the hope that local residents will feel grateful for any concessions made. It is also well known that developers rely on ‘campaign fatigue’ as fewer people will take the trouble to make representations on second or subsequent applications. This Association is not a reflexive naysayer, recognising, as we do, that the vast majority of single dwelling development applications imply improvements not only for their owners but in the local housing stock generally. However, we will not hesitate to oppose inappropriate schemes; and the application to replace the bungalow with 7 x 2 bedroom flats together with a mere 7 parking spaces is a conspicuous example of overdevelopment. The closing date for making representations is shown as 18 th October but late submissions will be accepted until mid-November as the developer failed to submit an important document at the time of making the application. Please visit www.losra.org and go to article dated 16th October which will explain how easy it is to object online.

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Annette Reeve at Sunbury Manor gets South East England Award for the Outstanding HLTA of the Year 2016-17 Sunbury Manor is proud to announce that Annette Reeve was awarded The South East England Award for the Outstanding HLTA of the Year 2016-17. Annette has worked at Sunbury Manor for 17 years and been a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for 10 of those years. Annette (right in photo) has always been determined to ensure that every student achieves the very best of which they are capable. She is not prepared to accept excuses and resolutely finds ways to engage and challenge our young people. They know that she will insist that they work and she will cajole, nag and encourage to make sure they do. She has such a determinedly cheerful approach that students find themselves giving in and working, almost without realising that they are doing so. Annette plays a key role in the whole school life, this year she went on Year 7 camp with over 125 young people and acted as the medical officer for the whole camp. Annette faces her own battle with physical disability, which, at times, means she needs to use a wheelchair, but she is resolute in her insistence on working, being totally independent and always cheerful. This makes her an inspiration to our staff and students, especially those who are also in wheelchairs and can see just how successful someone can be. Annette gives so much to the school and her department, who all say that they could not possibly cope without her on the team. The students and Senior Leadership Team agree! Annette has been invited to the Houses of Parliament on 20 th November, along with nine other winners from across the UK, where one will be chosen for the overall national award. We are all so proud of you Annette and good luck with the final.

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Amputee Steve in Charity Swim

Steve, (aged 58) from Lincoln Way, Sunbury; completed his second Serpentine Hyde Park 1 mile swim on the 16th September. Completed in 57 minutes and 20 seconds, bettering last year by a good minute! For this swim, Steve raised £1520 for the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher. Being a below the knee amputee, Steve swam without his prosthetic leg, and had support and training at Shepperton Open Water Club for the months prior. “A big thanks to my wife & mum for supporting me on the day and everybody who sponsored me” said a justifiably proud Steve.

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Kenyngton Pupils and Rotary Dictionaries

Every year the Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury presents dictionaries to Year 5 pupils. Thedictionarie are regarded very highly both by the teachers and the pupils in the development of both language and writing skills. Looking inside these beautifully illustrated dictionaries, pupils can find an explanation that goes beyond the actual word to describe the different applications of that word. For example, if you look up the word ‘escalator’, you find an illustration of an escalator with a further nine words or phrases which explain how the escalator works. Using a dictionary helps to develop autonomy and confidence in the learner. In this picture Peter Routley, Jacqueline Stanton and Oliver Walker present the dictionaries to pupils at Kenyngton Manor School. The Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury will also be presenting dictionaries to pupils at Springfield School and Chennestone School later in October. If you would be interested in joining, please contact Geoff Williams on 01932 782779 and join us for a meeting to find out what we do.

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SUNDAY LUNCHTIME JAZZ RETURNS TO SUNBURY CRICKET CLUB Now that the cricket season is over, regular Sunday lunchtime jazz presentations are beginning again at Sunbury Cricket Club in Lower Hampton Road. At all of these, a lunch menu is available from around 12.30pm. with the bar opening at noon, and the music gets under way about 1pm. For more info e-mail paulwattsw1946@googlemail.com THE SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET Sun. 5th Nov. 1pm £7.50 To kick off the new season of events we welcome back one of the UK’s top tenor saxophonists, Simon Spillett, leading exponent of the music of Tubby Hayes, and his shows are always exciting and entertaining. There’s more info at www.simonspillett.com and lots of video if you search Simon Spillett at www.youtube.com For this event, his quartet features: Ted Beament (piano): Best known from his lengthy tenure Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, Ted is also a bandleader and composer in his own right. He has worked with leading US jazz stars such as Sonny Stitt, Joe Newman and Scott Hamilton. Chris Dodd (bass): Former member of the bands of trumpeter Dick Pearce and tenorist Don Weller, Chris’ hard swinging, inventive playing is regularly heard in a variety of line ups at Ronnie Scott's. Buster Birch (drums): One of the most versatile drummers on the UK jazz scene, his music cover everything from fusion to free improvisation. As well as being a respected instrumentalist, Buster is a wellknown jazz educator, and has recently assembled the show 'Buster plays Buster' with his quartet providing a live jazz soundtrack Buster Keaton silent movies. A truly unclassifiable talent! THE ‘A’ TRAIN feat. DEBBY BRACKNELL Sun. 526h Nov. 1pm £7.50 The following show also sees a return visit, this time of ‘A’ Train, who feature the fine vocalist Debbie Bracknell, who works in the current incarnation of the British hit-making jazz funk band Shakatak. Also in the band is well-known local bass player Roger Harding, along with pianist Andy Walls and Drummer Alan Cottrell. There is full information about the band at www.atrainband.co.uk.

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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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Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association still riding high after the success of their July Festival began their Autumn series of Coffee Concerts at Riverside Arts Centre Sunbury both on a very important day for Riverside itself and with unusually talented performers. Pierre FRAPIER and JIANING Kong each a laureate of International competitions gave an outstanding violin and piano recital on September 30 in the presence of The Mayor of Spelthorne ,Councillor Vivienne Leighton and Mr Chris Leighton who had come to Riverside to mark the occasion of Riverside's 40th birthday. Speaking to a well filled hall, Mrs Leighton said what a wonderful amenity Riverside provides for the community adding that Eric Champion, Chair of Riverside with his fellow volunteers had spearheaded the maintenance of the nineteenth century building as well as leading Riverside in the huge number of entertainments and leisure activities which take place there. Mr Champion thanked Mrs Leighton and said how rewarding it was to see the present excellent state of repair of Riverside as it is now compared with the delipidated state of the building 40 years ago. A newspaper cutting on display showed the key to RAC being handed to the then chairman, Tom Williams together with a daunting photograph of the building those enterprising volunteers inherited in 1977! Daphne Clement had made some very pleasing mugs decorated with her line drawing of Riverside as mementoes of the day and two were presented each to Mr and Mrs Leighton, to Eric and Pat Champion, to Sandra Dunn and to the performers all of whom were most appreciative! The next SSAA Coffee Concert is scheduled to take place on Saturday November 4 , doors open at 10.15am for coffee and croissant followed by a cello and piano recital to be given by Lesley Shrigley Jones (cello) and Ingrid Attwater (piano). Their programme will consist of two works , Sonata in D Opus 58 by Mendelssohn and Sonata in A Minor Opus 36 by Grieg. Tickets ( to include refreshments) are ÂŁ10 from 91932-787390 SSAA plans for 2018 include : Burns Night on Saturday January 27 at 7pm promises to be wonderful evening of Scottishness with a three course meal and haggis, bagpipe music, Robbie Burns Famous poem "To a haggis" and Scottish Country Dancing . Get out your kilts and your dancing shoes and come along to have a great evening . The RAC Bar will be open too! February 17 2018 Joseph Tong (piano), March 24 2018 Mary Pels (viola da gamba ) and harpsichord April 21 - 2018 awaiting confirmation All tickets available (ÂŁ10 ) on line at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ssarts, on the door and from 01932-787390

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Post Office to the Rescue as Banks Close I happened to be in the NatWest bank in Walton on Thames the day after the closure of the branch in Shepperton recently. There were queues and a fair bit of stress and confusion amongst some customers who had lost the convenience of the local branch. So, here are a few useful things to remember to help you: You can use the local Post Offices to both deposit and withdraw money. They even have the paying in envelopes and slips at the counter for your convenience. Not only that, the Post Office is open from 7am seven days a week. That means that effectively you have MORE opportunity to do your banking (as well as the many other things the Post Office does) for a much longer time period than the banks were ever able to offer you. Do spread the word. Life brings changes and it is about adapting to make things work for us. Lower Sunbury has not had a bank for years but maybe it is only now that you are discovering the facilities which have been available for a couple of years in The Avenue.

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Traveller Incursion In Groveley Park The Council has been dealing with a traveller incursion at Groveley Park in Sunbury. They are thought to have gained entry by breaking the padlock securing the height restriction barrier. A community protection notice (CPN) was served on the groups. If the travellers do not leave, the Council aims to apply for a court summons which, if granted, will be served on the remaining travellers. Bailiffs will be used to move them on if necessary. Cllr Gething, Cabinet Member for Environment and Compliance, said: “We know that traveller incursions can cause a lot of concerns locally, particularly because of the mess that’s often left behind. I think it’s important for residents to be assured that we are acting as swiftly as we can whilst following the legal processes needed to get the travellers to move on as quickly as possible. Whilst it is not possible to secure every piece of green space, we will be looking at what more we can do to protect the park to try to prevent a reoccurrence.”

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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.

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.

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.

How to Plant a Tree

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 Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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What’s Happening Locally? Email info@villagematters.co.uk St Mary’s Church Sunbury present their Autumn Fayre. Saturday November 25th, in the church hall, Green Street, Sunbury. 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Numerous stalls, refreshments, raffle, etc. Come and grab a bargain and get ready for Christmas Saxon's Family Fun and Fireworks will be held on Friday 3rd November at Saxon Primary School. Tickets on sale from 16th October and are available from Co-op (Shepperton), Daines & Gray, Quality Fruit or Saxon School Office. Advance ticket price £4 per person (under 3s free) or £5 on the door Hawkedale School Christmas Fair on Friday 1 December from 5 - 7.30pm at Hawkedale School, Stratton Road, Sunbury, TW16 6PG. Explore the new school building and get festive with various stalls, Santa's Grotto, choir and cheerleading performance, arts & craft, games, raffle, tombola, food & drinks. The fair is open to everyone. Adult admission £1, children free. Hold the Date. Sunbury Christmas Market. Thursday December 7th. Salvation Army will be playing for us and we have a lot of fabulous stalls already booked. Contact Dennis at van Wonderen Flowers or call Monica at Sunbury Matters: 07979 808991. 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.

‘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 14 November at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton, starting at 8pm. All welcome, admission £2 for non-members of SSLHS. th

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.

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More What’s On

Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email info@villagematters.co.uk The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for retired professional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please contact 01932 788028 for further information Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme. Coffee Time on Friday 6th October between 10 and 11:30. Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p. This Coffee Time theme will be about a Nordic Country. Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury 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 Walton Voices Christmas concert. We will be joined by Cleves School Choir for this wonderful evening of singing and music. Saturday 2nd December, 2017 @ 7pm. Cleves School, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge KT13 9TS. ÂŁ12 (Under 11s free). Box office: 07884 348172. info@waltonvoices.co.uk, www.waltonvoices.co.uk Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society: Sunbury Photos Exhibition at Sunbury library on 18th November, 10am4pm. We will be featuring the centenary of BP in Sunbury. Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival Needs You! Is there anybody out there who would like to take over the running and setting up of SSAA's annual arts Festival next July? This year's Festival was a great success and included dance, jazz, art show and lecture, historical lecture, flower arranging, comedy show, a visit to Shepperton Studios to see Shakespeare in Love and a classical piano recital. Please ring the present chairman of SSAA Moira Edwards on 01932 787390 if you are interested in this voluntary work.

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Upcoming productions Follies • NT Live

The Nutcracker • Royal Opera House

Thursday 23 November 2017 • 7pm • Encore Screening

Tuesday 5 December 2017 • 7.15pm • Live Screening

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.

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.

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