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Welcome! Welcome to the February issue. 2018 is now long gone, and I have noticed recently that it is just starting to stay a little lighter longer as we go through the day. Things are on the up! Living by the river, as I do, I am also grateful that we have experienced no rising water. We really suffered in the floods of 2014. In this issue, local historian John Pulford tells us more of Mount Felix, and we also hear of Canaletto s beautiful painting of Walton Bridge. We take a peek behind the history of HWM, Walton s purveyors of Aston Martin , and we also take a

February 2019 look at a true Walton film star, Julie Andrews. Don t forget Valentine s Day on the 14th. Did you know that it actually has a very dark beginning? Find out more on page 9. Take care, wrap up, and I will see you again in March.

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Mount Felix Canaletto Dark Origins of Valentine s Day HWM and Stirling Moss May Clark The Walton Society The Original Mary Poppins Through The Keyhole Fostering We all Love a Superhero Recipe of The Month Garden View It isn t just a Haircut Events we Like Dominic Raab Index of Advertisers

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Mount Felix By John C Pulford This grand Italianate mansion once stood overlooking the Thames by Walton Bridge, with its grounds running alongside the river from the bridge to the Swan Hotel bordered to the south by Manor Road and Bridge Street. A house existed there in the mid-17th century but in 1713 the land was acquired by Captain Harry Rodney, father of the future Admiral Lord Rodney, and a new house built. Other owners in the 18th century included Samuel Dicker a wealthy merchant and Member of Parliament who had the first Walton Bridge constructed in 1750.

In 1772 Charles Bennet, 4th Earl of Tankerville, acquired the estate and later built a new house called Felix Mount. The Earl s Head Gardener, Edward Lumpy Stevens, was also a leading Surrey cricketer, whose bowling was so accurate that in one match in 1775, he three times bowled the ball clean between the two-stump wicket without dislodging the bail. This feat lead to the decision to introduce a third stump to the game of cricket. Edward Stevens tombstone still stands in Walton churchyard. The Earl inhabited the house until his death in 1822 and his wife remained there for another 14 years. Between 1837 and 1840, Bennet s son, the 5th Earl of Tankerville, had a new house designed by Charles Barry, later responsible for the present Houses of Parliament. Barry designed a mansion in the Italian style, incorporating a 70 foot (21.3 metre) tower, and the building To advertise email


was renamed Mount Felix. In 1856 the 5th Earl sold it to Herbert Ingram, founder of The Illustrated London News and a Member of Parliament. His widow died there 40 years later and the property was acquired by John Cook, son of Thomas Cook, founder of the travel agency. He had Walton s first telephone installed and provided a field for the use of Walton s first football club. John Cook sadly died in 1899 after a visit to Jerusalem and the house stood empty for several years. The grounds however were utilised by film pioneer Cecil Hepworth and in 1903 the outdoor scenes of the first ever film adaption of Lewis Carroll s Alice in Wonderland were shot there. Possibilities for its use as council offices, library and museum or country club fell through, but with the outbreak of World War One it was requisitioned for use as a military hospital particularly for New Zealand soldiers between 1915 and 1920. This period of its history has been described in more detail by Nick Pollard in Walton Matters Issue 3. After the house was converted into flats and much of the land sold off, it came into the ownership of the Local Authority in 1965 after they refused an application for demolition. However, a disastrous fire the following year destroyed much of the building, resulting in the demolition of everything including the tower which, for a while, it was hoped would be saved. Today the stable block and some nineteenth century out-buildings survive along with the entrance pillars opposite Oatlands Drive, which still bear the Ingram family arms. The site of the mansion is now built over but one of the Cedars which formerly flanked the tower still stands as a landmark and reminder of one of England s lost historic houses. References:- Mount Felix, John Stonebanks; Walton and Weybridge Local History Society, 1978. Walton Past, Bryan Ellis, Phillimore; 2002. Photo – Mount Felix , East View c.1910.(Private collection)

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Old Walton Bridge and Canaletto In 1747 Samuel Dicker, local landowner and later MP for Plymouth, obtained permission to build a bridge at Walton. It was designed by William Etheridge and built by White of Weybridge to consist of "timbers tangent to a circle of 100 feet diameter" and was built so that a single timber could be extracted and repaired without disturbing the rest of the bridge. Old Walton Bridge was completed in August 1750 and acquired some fame, meriting an article in the Gentleman's Magazine, a report in Daniel Defoe's Tour in 1753 and a painting by Canaletto in 1754. The painting, which shows the rococo-style of this bridge, is in Dulwich Picture Gallery. The timber structure stood approximately 33

bridge is unusual because the identities of several of the figures are known. In the centre of the painting on the near bank, two figures can be seen standing together; to the left is Thomas Hollis who commissioned the painting from Canaletto, and almost certainly requested that he be included. It is likely that Hollis selected the image from a sketch in Canaletto's portfolio, as the painting omits the stone abutments that were added in 1751. To Hollis' right is Thomas Brand, his lifelong friend and heir. Further to the right, dressed in colourful livery, is Hollis' servant, Francesco Giovannini, and at the feet of Hollis is his dog, Malta. Seated a little distance from the central group on the left (with a cow looking over his shoulder) is an artist thought to be Canaletto himself. In the river a ship is lowering its sail in order to pass under the bridge. With the towering storm clouds forming above the bridge, Canaletto contrasts the forces of nature with the work of engineering below; the painting is the only of his English works in which he attempts to capture the weather. Samuel Dicker's house at Mount Felix can be seen in the rear of the picture to the left of the bridge, but Dicker — probably after seeing Hollis's painting — commissioned a different view of the bridge from Canaletto in 1755 in which his house can be seen more clearly and the full extent of the bridge works that he had funded (including the extensive stone abutments) is obvious.

years, that is, until 1783. A report on the condition of the bridge in 1778 suggested that decay in the wooden frame made it unsuitable for use and it was dismantled five years later. Canaletto spent time in England between 1746 and 1755, mostly in London, but at some time after 1750 he travelled out to Walton to produce a painting of the bridge. Normally the figures populating his landscapes were anonymous, but his painting of the To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day Source : Various

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of chocolates and cupids are dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. The day most people call Saint Valentine s Day or simply Valentine s Day has nothing to do with hearts or flowers, and definitely nothing to do with the Christianity or the Saint that the church tried to connect it to. Just

struck with the thong would be granted fertility and would be free from evil. Of course, you can imagine many Roman women accidentally getting in the way of the light whip, some several times. The sight of naked men running through the streets whipped willing maidens and the revelry and feasting over the days must have been viewed by the church as an excessive indulgence in debaucherous behaviour. The Romans on the other hand loved it. Young women would line up for the men to hit them, The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right. The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. According to the story, in the third century A.D, Roman Emperor Claudius II, seeking to bolster his army, forbade young men to marry. Valentine, it is said, flouted the ban, performing The Lupercalia Festival, 1736, Edme Bouchardon marriages in secret. For his defiance, Valentine was like the scores of other pagan celebrations which executed in A.D. 270—on February 14, the story were hijacked, renamed, and altered, Valentine s goes. Day is a product of a growing religion bent on While it's not known whether the legend is true, his controlling the population. martyrdom was honoured by the Catholic Church Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day. the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting century by combining St. Valentine's Day with them. Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festiThose Wild And Crazy Romans val was more of a theatrical interpretation of what From February 13-15, the Romans celebrated the it had once been. As the years went on, the holifeast of Lupercalia. The ancient festival was filled day grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare rowith nudity, sexuality, ritual sacrifices, feasting, manticized it in their work, and it gained popularigames, and history, all wrapped up in a healthy ty throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handdose of naughtiness. The slaughtered goats were made paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the skinned and the skins divided into long thongs, Middle Ages. similar to whips. After a period of feasting, the Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New young men would strip naked and parade through World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory the streets striking people with the goat-skin -made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, thongs. Since a male goat represented sexuality in Hallmark Cards began mass producing valentines. ancient Rome, this practice was heavily laden in February has not been the same since. eroticism. It was believed that anyone who was To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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Hersham and Walton Motors and the magnificent Stirling Moss Have you ever been past HWM in Walton and lusted after the Astons facing out at you? Have you ever wondered about the history?

to compete in Formula One. HWM abandoned the new Formula One after two appearances as their car was seriously outclassed. Meanwhile, the first Jaguar-engined

Well, Hersham and Walton Motors (HWM) is the world's longest established Aston Martin business (having acquired the franchise in 1951) and is well known as a racing car constructor. As a constructor, it is best known for its involvement in Formula Two from 1950 to 1953 and Formula One in 1954. When HWM owners George Abecassis and John Heath went racing together from 1946 and in 1948 they built a streamlined sports racing car on the chassis of a Sports Alta, and thus embarked upon the construction of racing cars and racing sports cars at their motor works in Walton. The 1948 car gave them encouraging results and so new car, this time called an HW-Alta, was constructed and raced in 1949; this car was sufficiently successful to convince the partners to embark upon building a full team of cars for the A young and rather pensive Stirling Moss sits in his HWM -Alta before practice. He would finish a very respectable 1950 Formula Two season of British and eighth, two laps down, Swiss Grand Prix, Bremgarten continental events: these cars were (Bern), May 27, 1951 known as HWMs. The young Stirling Moss raced for HWM in HWM sports racing car had appeared in 1950 and 1951 all over Europe, an era that 1953, and this had some success with George did much to establish him as the most prom- Abecassis at the wheel. From then on until ising young driver of his generation. Other 1957, the team was involved in sports car HWM drivers of the time included Duncan racing both in Britain and on the continent, Hamilton , Peter Collins and Lance Macklin. sometimes beating their Jaguar and Aston Martin Works competitors. After John Heath was killed on the 1956 Mille Miglia in Italy From 1950 to 1952, HWM achieved remark- in an HWM Works car, Abecassis did not able success in Formula Two for a team that wish to continue and the works racing was run on very little money and yet which programme continued for just a year. faced the might of continental marques in every race. By 1953 they were outclassed, but when the international Formula changed in 1954, John Heath constructed a works car Source : Various


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Walton Voices in Remembrance Events Local community choir Walton Voices recently played their part in events commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1. The R C Sherriff trust staged "A Remembrance of Things Past" at Christ the Prince of Peace Church, Weybridge in support of the Mayor of Elmbridge's charity appeal. The programme was inspired by memories and letters of war recalled by the participants in the Rosebriars Arts Initiative. Local composer Jack Hurst was commissioned to set some of these memories to music and Walton Voices was privileged to perform the premiere of this emotional work. The sensitivity and poignancy of the songs captured the essence of trials and tragedies of war so vividly that some members of the choir found it difficult to sing.

About 30 members of the choir travelled to Berlin in November and participated in "A Concert for Peace". They were part of an international choir of over 1500 singers coming together in a televised concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Centrepiece of the concert was Sir Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man" with the composer himself conducting. Being part of such an event, joining with choirs from over 30 countries in such a seminal event, was both humbling and exhilarating. All those who sang will never forget the occasion and the sense of uniting to celebrate the end of war and the start of peace. Walton Voices is a community choir and as well as giving three main concerts a year has an outreach programme to involve local schools and charitable causes in and around Elmbridge. It welcomes new members (no audition needed) and details can be found on the website:

Community Group Comment MOUSE We are most grateful for the inclusions you have given us in Molesey and Walton Matters. You may be interested to know that, whilst we have been exhaustively placing flyers locally, each response resulting in a new member turns out to have come from your magazine! Honey Russell, Henrietta Chorale

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May Clark - Star of Silent Films By Ken Battle

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Between 1900 and 1908, Sunbury born May Clark became a star in many of the earliest silent films that were made at the Walton on Thames studios of the pioneer film maker Cecil Hepworth. Mabel (May) Clark was born in Sunbury on 1st June 1885 and almost certainly at the Ferry House , 72 Thames Street, where her parents, William Clark and Louisa, were known to be living at the time of their marriage in January 1884. William Clark was a boat builder at the Ferry boatyard and also at Clark Bros. boatyard situated directly opposite on the Walton bank of the Thames. Census returns show that by 1891, William, Louisa and family had moved and were living in Walton on Thames at Thames Street and by 1901 at Chapel Street. Both roads were close to Hepworth s studio which had opened in 1899 at a Victorian villa The Rosary in Hurst Grove, Walton. (Today, Hepworth Way acknowledges the original location of the studio). May began employment at the studio in 1900 at the age of 15. With a starting wage of just 7s/6d per week, she built sets, gathered props, sewed costumes and eventually gained the necessary skills to develop and print films which had been shot earlier in the day. As Hepworth employed no professional actors until 1905, his employees were frequently required to turn their talents to acting. May was promptly chosen to play the starring role of Alice in the 1903 silent film Alice in Wonderland , whilst Cecil Hepworth played the Frog Footman and his wife Margaret, the White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts. The film has become historically important as it is the first in a long line of later film adaptations of Lewis Carroll s 1865 children s book Alice s Adventures in Wonderland . Due to degradation with age and cutting losses, the original twelve minute film now runs for only nine minutes. A still taken from the film (above) shows Alice (May) trapped in the White Rabbit s house after regaining her normal size. All the interior scenes were shot on a small wooden stage at the studio, with exteriors shot in the lavish gardens of To advertise email


nearby Mount Felix. The film can be viewed online at Alice in Wonderland - BFI player . Hepworth s 1905 film Rescued by Rover was a phenomenal success with 395 prints sold for worldwide distribution. May played the part of a distraught nursemaid, but the real star of the film was Rover, in reality the Hepworth family dog Blair, who quickly became a household favourite. In 1907, May married Norman Whitten at St. Mary s Church, Walton. Their marriage certificate

shows the professions of both as Cinematographers . May is recorded as having acted in nineteen of Hepworth s films (Ref.1) and remained in his employment until the birth of her first child in 1908. By that time May had become Company Secretary at the studios. In later years, May and her husband Norman established a number of successful companies associated with the film industry, with May as head of business for many of them. May died on 17th March 1971 aged 86. Ref.1 - Online May Clark - Women Film Pioneers Project Ken Battle is a member of the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society Or call Paul on 07946 494288


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Elmbridge Museum - Object in Focus EIGHTEENTH CENTURY SILK BROCADE POMPADOUR SHOES Madame de Pompadour, the French King Louis XV s official mistress, was known for being curvaceous and alluring, as well as fashion forward. The Pompadour style of shoe has a heel that bends sensuously under the wearer, making the footwear unsupportive and difficult to walk in. The high heel under the instep made the foot look small, which was seen to be desirable.

ŠELMBRIDGE MUSEUM This pair of pink and white brocade Pompadour shoes date from around 1760. The elaborate pattern may have matched a woman s dress and the two flaps which cross over the tongue would have been held together by a buckle. Fashions changed and from 1790 buckles lost popularity and shoe flaps were tied with ribbons instead. This object will be featured at Cobham Library in The Devil s in the Detail in February 2019.

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(Walton Residents Association) Bridge Street - A Walk On The Even Side When I met my wife she was living in a flat of the central block of Wellington Close. We married in 1982 and though we wanted to move to a house, we thought it unlikely that we could afford anything nearby. However, coming home early from work one day and finding I didn't have my keys I walked down the High Street and gazed into the

Horse Chestnuts In Front Of "The Bear" about 1904

window of Billlinghurst Higby-Chard. There I saw a property for sale in Bridge Street. In September 1983 we moved in. At this time I had little idea of how steeped in history Bridge Street was. Walking from Walton Bridge, all the even numbered properties from numbers 80 down to 36 were either buildings released from the Mount Felix estate or built on land released by the estate in the 1920's. Numbers 52 to 60 and 66 were converted from the stables of the big house. The Clock Tower, now a commercial building, had previously been the coach house. Of course some of these houses have been replaced by newer buildings. Alfred Moorat enlisted in the Westminster Rifles two days after World War I broke out. He was discharged due to wounds in October 1916. He latterly lived at number 44 Bridge Street from at least 1929. He died in 1985 in his nineties and his house came on the market. At the same time the couple who lived on a "backland" plot (number 42a) behind the main line of houses decided to split up and their bungalow came up for sale, too. Thus Bridge Close was deTo advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

veloped with a new number 44 and five additional houses on Mr Moorat's garden and the site of number 42a. Number 34, the first house beyond the junction with River Mount and Manor Road, is Georgian in origin. For years part of it contained a Secretarial Bureau, but it has now reverted to purely residential accommodation. Next to this building there was a significant plot on which Walton House once stood. In the run up to World War II it housed a building used as a drill hall for the 79th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, R.A. The gunners gazed across the road with approval at the newly built Art-Deco style Orchard Court. During the war they fought in Java and Timor and many ended up as prisoners of the Japanese. The site later sported two nineteen sixties built blocks used, amongst other things, as a disaster recovery site in case of failure of customer computer systems. Now we have the massive Bridge House on the site. Next door stands The Bear public house (the first "Bear" was built around 1729), with its magnificent horse chestnut trees. The trees were thriving at the beginning of the 20th century, when the pub was quite a small building compared with the current incarnation. Next comes the building occupied by a toy shop before it became a restaurant with the George public house (opened 1888) adjoining. On the other side of the junction with Thames Street and Mayo Road was Gordon & Alexander, the decorator's merchant. Later this building underwent an excellent renovation and reopened as a pine furniture shop, before becoming an Indian restaurant. The Rodd Engineering site closed down and was developed as Manor Place. Amongst the last few shops as one approached the town centre traffic lights were a butcher's shop and a jewellers. A jeweller's still remains, but, in addition we have an estate agency for retirement properties. The butcher's shop "The Taste of Walton" has disappeared. On offer instead is traditional Thai massage. A sign of the times, but an interesting walk. Graham Woolgar, for the Walton Society.


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The Original Mary Poppins The remake of the Disney classic Mary Poppins is everywhere, and by all accounts Emily Blunt is brilliant in the lead role. But for people of a certain age like myself, who can forget the sheer charm of the original. It s lead actor being none other than Walton s own Julie Andrews. Julie Andrews is simply one of the most enduring and popular figures in the British acting profession, even if her most recognisable work took place

served as a maid. She made her stage debut in 1947, singing an aria at the London Hippodrome. She then made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend. In 1963, she started work on Mary Poppins. Walt Disney had seen her in a performance of Camelot and thought she was

four decades ago with Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965).Julia Elizabeth Wells was born in 1935 in at the Rodney House Maternity Hospital in Rodney Road in Walton. She lived in Westcar Lane on the border of Walton and Hersham. The Andrews family then took up residence at the Old Meuse, in West Grove, Hersham, a house (now demolished) where Andrews' maternal grandmother had

ideal for the part of the quintessential - but magical - British nanny. Upon completion, the film became the biggest box-office draw in Disney history, winning five Oscars in the process. In 1965 she also won an Oscar for The Sound of Music. She has continued to star in films, musicals and television shows. She was made a dame in 2000 and in 2002 was voted 59th in a poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Richard Stirling, the author, who was curator of her retrospective in 2005 recalls, She was first into musicals, Broadway and then Hollywood, but she never forgot Walton." Her mother, Barbara, was a pianist. In her early days she would perform at the Walton Playhouse where her auntie ran a dance class - The Joan Morris School of Dancing. Source : Various

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Housing Market Predictions 2019 With the Christmas decorations safely packed away and life has returned to normality, many people now focus on their aspirations for the coming year and look forward to the spring. For many their plans include moving home and understandably, they wish to have the reassurance that their investment is going to be prudent.

Housing Market Commentary:

Before you read the following predictions from a few of the property industry’s highly regarded and leading professionals, allow me to offer you a few words of advice. If you are looking to make a short-term investment it is unlikely that you will see a net profit within the next couple of years. However, lets not lose sight of the main reason that many people buy, which is to provide them and their families with a long-term home and the security that it brings. A byproduct of this is that a main residence property has consistently proven to be one of the best tax-free investments even allowing for market fluxuations.

“What is reassuring however is the overall resilience of the housing market. 2019 should offer a more promising outlook as we expect to see those cautious buyers who have been sitting on the fence, start to take reassurance from a Brexit decision in one form or another. The sooner something can be announced the better.”

With the house values in general having retrenched to those more akin to early 2016 and the availability of fixed rate mortgages still being at highly competitive rates, makes now an excellent time buy.

“Purchasers looking to buy as a home should take a longer term view, safe in the knowledge that despite peaks and troughs in the housing market, in the long term buying a property will always prove to be a good investment.”

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Below you can read commentary from a collection of industry experts for their predictions for the housing market in 2019: Michael Ansell, Managing Director at Curchods:

“What we do expect to remain constant however, is an underlying market that is fundamentally sound. So when sellers are realistic and take good advice from a knowledgeable agent, sales will continue to be agreed.”

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Miles Shipside, Director at Rightmove

“I believe the outlook for the mortgage market for 2019, will be focused around a number of factors, being new lenders entering the marketplace, continued growth in specialist lending areas and finally potential interest rate activity.”

“While buyer affordability is stretched in some parts of the UK due to house price rises having outstripped wage rises, the underlying fundamentals supporting the housing market are currently sound. Positive employment data and affordable mortgage interest rates at high loan-to-value ratios are key to keeping property prices broadly in line with current levels.”

“Tackling the subject of interest rates, movement can usually be linked to activity around the Bank of England base rate, which Mark Carney and the monetary policy committee control based on the current economic standing. “Certainly, the outlook will significantly depend on the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Be that a smooth transition, a hard exit or even a disorderly exit, the outcome could potentially result in a base rate rise, a reduction or continuation of the status quo – I would believe the latter being the most likely.” Richard Donnell, Director of Research at Zoopla

“The mix of buyers in the sales market has changed over the last decade. First time buyers have been the driving force for sales in recent years and we at Zoopla expect them to be the largest group of house purchasers in 2019, accounting for two in every 5 sales. Irrespective of Brexit, we predict that house inflation will be somewhere between 2-3 % in 2019.”

“Home movers are being negatively influenced by the ongoing political uncertainty, and a more certain outlook would obviously assist market sentiment.” “Whilst uncertainty traditionally deters some discretionary movers, particularly at the high end of the market, there are many would-be buyers and sellers who will be getting on with their lives and will be keeping the market moving.” You can read the full article on our blog: and for accurate and professional advice on all property matters contact Warren Fraser, Partner at Curchods Walton.


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Through The Keyhole Georgina Broadhurst, Just Shutters. If you re hoping to sell your home this Spring, you might want to make sure it s free

chance to make a first impression! Many potential buyers decide on a property simply from its kerb appeal. One useful trick is to take a picture of the exterior and interior as you often don t notice things when you re used to seeing them, whereas you might notice them in a photo. It s easy to boost your homes kerb appeal by tidying up the outside for a relatively modest budget. Paint the front door, replace broken path tiles and invest in window boxes, pots or

of woodchip and Artex first, because new research has revealed that these are the interior design faux-pas that prospective house buyers dislike the most. Terry s Fabric commissioned a study to find out how satisfied 1,000 UK homeowners really were with their properties. Woodchip, Artex walls, carpeted bathrooms, and statement walls came out on top as the biggest interior design bugbears when moving into a new home. The study also found that a third aren t happy with their homes, with more than a quarter saying it would cost ÂŁ20,000 to transform the space into their dream property. Some 10 percent even go as far as to say it would be impossible to turn the house they have bought into the ideal home. Additionally, two years is the average time it takes for a new buyer to feel settled once moving day is over. And the room they wish they could overhaul the most? Perhaps unsurprisingly it s the kitchen that s most in need of change, followed by the master bedroom and the dining room. In the quest to make a sale it is also imperative that you remember that you only get one To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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All Pictures courttesy of Ted(20 Palmer Megan years old) At first I was so scared. I was 15 years old and worried that I wouldn't get along with my foster carers. Honestly it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. But after a few weeks I started to settle in and then everything was perfect. to some of the most vulnerable children in the county. People from all backgrounds are welcomed, including those willing to take in older children and teenagers, helping them move into adulthood and achieve their potential. Like Lewis and Megan. Lewis (21 years old) My early childhood consisted of neglect and physical abuse. So when I came into foster care aged 11, I had no idea how to keep myself clean. My teeth were really bad and I was behind at school. Food was always an issue and my brother and I often had to steal from the local shop in order to eat.

Now, five years on, I have my own place and a full time job. I want to be a social worker, so I m busy looking into courses. My foster family are still very much part of my life. I speak to them every week, spend Christmases with them and call them up if I need to have a moan about something. They are always there for me! They re my family now, no words can express how thankful I am for them and what they did for me. If you re interested in helping children like Lewis or Megan, call our team today on 0800 096 9626 or visit

My foster carers were lovely and gave me a real sense of self-worth. They provided me with boundaries that I hadn t had before, giving me the stability I needed to settle away from my birth family.


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y l i m a F r e t “My Fos y m h t i w e m help l o o h c s y o j n e homework - I � ! w o n e r o m so much Become a foster carer and help a child or young person achieve their potential Call: 0800 096 9626 Visit:

We all Love a Superhero By Tom Hancock The Hancock household is eagerly awaiting the release of Avengers: Endgame in less than two months (current release date April 26th). It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say my entire family are hooked on the whole superhero genre. And we're not alone. All over the country there are regular debates about whether Superman would beat Thor in a fight, or why Iron Man is two words while Batman is only one. Our kids dress up like them and carry packed lunches in plastic boxes emblazoned with their

images (actually some adults do this too.) But why? According to recent research from Kyoto University in Japan, our love of superheroes starts before we can talk. In a series of experiments, infants as young as six months were shown short animations in which one figure chased and bumped into a second. Meanwhile, a third figure watched from afar. In version A, the third figure steps in and prevents the collision, while in version B it runs away without intervening. After watching the clips, the infants were presented with replicas of both the intervening and the nonintervening third figures. They consistently preferred the one who saved the day. These results suggest that babies are capable of understanding and recognising heroism. Further experiments showed that extremely young babies couldn't tell the difference between a saviour who was simply in the right place at the right


time, and one who actively stepped in to help. They didn't grasp the nuances. But by just 18 months old they did understand that difference and preferred the hero. This suggests that our concept of justice, and heroism develops very early on. As we grow up superhero stories seem to resonate with us. We identify with the themes, with the dilemmas and problems that superheroes face, and we aspire to their noble impulses and heroic acts. We identify with them because often they are created in our image, albeit a larger than life version of that image. It helps that most superheroes are flawed. They are not bloodless examples of 'goodness and virtue' but real individuals who are prey to their emotions and environment yet who strive to overcome their foibles and triumph anyway. Some characters like Batman and Iron Man have overcome trauma to become superheroes. In psychology this is called posttraumatic growth and it gives us hope that we too can overcome difficulties in our lives and become stronger people. There is something both empowering and uplifting about watching your favourite superhero emerge victorious at the end of a story, which is why I will be queuing at the cinema on April 26th with Mrs. Hancock and all the little Hancocks. See you there.



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Recipe of The Month

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Chives Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Serves: 4 (or 2 really hungry people!) Ingredients

Lightly toast and butter the muffins or bagels, then place a couple of slices of the smoked salmon on each half. Top each with an egg, then spoon over your Hollandaise and garnish with chopped chives.

4 eggs 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 English muffins or two bagels, halved Butter for spreading 8 slices smoked salmon Chopped chives, to serve For the hollandaise sauce 2 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp white wine vinegar 3 egg yolks 125g unsalted butter, cubed Method Hollandaise Sauce: Pour the lemon juice and vinegar into a small bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk with a balloon whisk until light and frothy. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens. Add the butter a small amount at a time, whisking constantly until the sauce is thick. If it looks like it might be splitting, remove from the heat and continue to whisk. Season with salt and pepper then and keep warm. Poached eggs: bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Lower the heat so that the water simmers very gently. Stir the water a little so you create a gentle whirlpool effect, then slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each for about 4 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon. Handy hint - you will see the eggs begin to rise in the water as they reach completion.

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Garden View This Month - My Gardening Valentine In the run-up to Valentine s Day someone always asks me what they should buy for the gardener in their life. It s a tricky question to answer. Many people think we must like cut flowers, but actually I m not keen and most gardeners I know aren t either. We have gardens full of the things after all, and we tend to prefer our plants living and breathing in their natural environment, rather than imported from abroad and wrapped in cellophane. Unless you know a bit about gardening, and the tastes of your own particular gardener you re probably best-off avoiding plants too. The nongreen-fingered venture into dangerous territory when they try to buy plants because there are so many variables. Will it suit the soil? Is it too invasive? Will it poison the gardener s dog or children eek? It s a thorny issue (pardon the pun) so here is my go-to gift list guaranteed to make you the Valentine hero of your gardening amour. Don t buy a sweatshirt which declares headgardener. They are naff, and most gardeners prefer old, comfy clothes which do the job better. However, if you present your gardener with a tough tunic or gardening apron, which is thornproof, and which has lots of deep pockets to house secateurs and trowels, they will love you forever. Then there are wellies. Who knew wellies could be romantic? But gardening folk drool over wellies the way Supermodels drool over Jimmy Choos. And there s so much wellie-choice now. We all prefer something with a thick sole but there are bright and colourful wellies and traditional ones. For the ultimate in warmth and breathability I can recommend a proper Gore-Tex pair...sheer luxury. Mine remain the favourite Valentine gift my husband ever bought me. He knows how to romance a woman! A proper long-necked watering can, with a brass rose will also earn you Valentine brownie points. Bigger isn t necessarily better though unless your Valentine boasts big biceps! Watering cans are heavy when full. I find 3-4 litres is about the right size. A bunch of long-stemmed red roses will set you back at least ÂŁ40 and they might last a few days. For a similar price you can buy the gardener in Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts


your life Felco secateurs (with Valentine red handles) and they ll last forever. I know which I d prefer. Garden trugs are so practical. Most gardeners I know would be delighted to receive one. The trug is a great gift but even better when filled with a few gardening goodies such as packets of seed, water retaining granules, plant food etc. You could add some hand tools too, such as a trowel and a fork. Make sure they are stainless steel and have long handles for ease of use. And insulated mug or a good flask will always warm the heart of your Valentine because hot drinks don t remain hot for long outside, even on a warm day. Finally, don t forget gardening vouchers. Often us gardeners spot the perfect plant or gardening accessory when we re strapped for cash, so vouchers are a perfect gift to save for a rainy day...and gardeners love rainy days, Valentine s or not. Happy Gardening.

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It isn t Just a Haircut Have you ever marked a life event by changing your hairstyle? Did you regret it, or did you feel free? Many people, most of them women, use haircuts as a marker for change. In films, the main character often undergoes a makeover as a metaphor for the dramatic changes they undergo in the movie: Sandy in Grease, and Julia Roberts' character in Pretty

Woman are just two of them. Before the makeover, things were bad; after the makeover, things are good. Simples. Or is it? In real life hairdressers bear witness to this scenario frequently. We may not tell them directly, but often they will sense we're on a mission to create a new improved version of ourselves; or a quick way to shed the past and move on. But dramatic hairstyle changes while in the midst of a life crisis can prove ill-advised. Sometimes we're not really after a new hairstyle, more a whole new life. And as satisfying as it is to leave a salon with a completely new look, we need to remember that our hair might look different, but our problems will remain the same. We will still feel just as bad about our husband running off with our best friend, we ll just be doing it Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

with shorter hair! During a divorce, a bereavement or a health crisis we will experience a maelstrom of emotions: and oneminute chopping all our hair off will feel like the best decision in the world, but the next minute, when we look in the mirror and see a total stranger staring back at us it might feel terrifying. Yet hair is an important aspect of how we express who we are and how we would like to be seen. Changing our hair is one of the easiest ways to send a signal to the world that we have changed. It can be a great tool to help us shed an outgrown 'self'. My friend shed her shoulder-length blonde hair for a pixie crop shortly after she gave birth to twins. She felt she needed freedom from her hair care routine, so she could spend more time with her babies. For her it was freeing to be able to wake, shower and be ready to go in minutes. I had my tousled waist-length hair cut to a chic bob when I started my first proper job in journalism. I felt like I needed to create a bit of distance between 'student me' and 'professional me'. Like the caterpillar shedding the chrysalis I was ready to be someone new and the har salon was my chrysalis of choice. So, the next time you collapse into the hairdresser s comfy chair intent on an image overhaul, just pause for a second and ask yourself why, and whether now is the best time. By Tracey Anderson


Events Coming Up Some we like...

Esher & District Amnesty International Group (which includes Walton & Weybridge) meet on 2nd Weds of every month to sign letters. Small friendly group - please contact Cherry Eddy 0208398 4377 for details. Surrey Blues Club A great evening of Blues music from Game On and guest band The Ali Mac Band. No Entrance Fee, No Membership required, Fully Air Conditioned. All welcome, music from 8.30pm. Friday 1st March 2019 Surrey Blues Club Hersham Sports & Social Club 128 Hersham Road Hersham Surrey KT12 5QL Alter Ego Drama for Adults weekly sessions give you the chance to learn acting and performance skills, tap into your dramatic creativity and unleash your alter ego! We focus on the process of making drama without the pressure of being in a production. No experience necessary. Monday & Tuesday 8.30-10pm at the Riverhouse Barn, Walton. Free taster session available. Enquiries: Caroline 01932 222932 / 07956 421804 The PHOENIX FOLK & SQUARE DANCE CLUB is a friendly and informal English Folk Dance Club. We have a varied programme, with visiting Callers and occasional Musicians, covering everything from modern AMERICAN CONTRAS and SQUARES to 18th century PLAYFORD DANCES. The CLUB meets every THURSDAY at 8pm, except during Easter, August and Christmas. We welcome individuals or couples, beginners or experienced dancers. Why not call in at one of our Thursday evening Club nights, meet us and enjoy a complimentary evening of dancing and a cup of tea. We start at 8pm and finish at 10.15pm. Oatlands Village Hall St Mary s Road Oatlands Village Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9PT Claremont Landscape Garden - Half-term trail: shapes and sizes Guaranteed fun, come rain or shine! Get some fresh air as you discover all things great and small with our children's trail. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children of all ages. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 10:30. End 16:00. Normal Admission Charges Apply. At the kiosk. Check website for latest information. Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG Sat 16 Feb 2019 to Sun 24 Feb 2019 Contact telephone: 01372 467806 Dress for Best An exploration of dress for formal and royal occasions, featuring the most lavish and spectacular garments from the Olive Matthews Collection. Both men s and women s formal day wear, court wear and evening dress dating from the 1700s to the 1900s are displayed. Highlights include but are not limited to a stunning and rare 1897 gown by the House of Worth which was worn to the coronation of Edward VII, a dress worn by Queen Mary and a beautiful 1850s wedding ensemble with both day and evening bodices. None of the above has been displayed before. Tues to Fri 12.30 to 4.30 Sat 11 to 4. Free admission Chertsey Museum, The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AT Sat 2 Mar Contact telephone: 01932 565764 THE CHANGING DOMESTIC Walton Library 54 The Heart, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1GH. To April 2019 From the humble pestle and mortar to multi-functional electric mixers, the display features objects that have helped revolutionize the kitchen from a hidden bunker at the back of the house to the heart of the home. The Changing Domestic charts the change in kitchenware and cooking equipment from the Victorian era to the 1980s, Discover improvements in technology, the impacts of social shifts on home life and changes in modern design. This exhibition has previously been on display at Cobham and Dittons libraries and is now making a final appearance at Walton Library. Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts


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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

Happy New Year to all residents! We ve already had some important local announcements since the start of the 2019 for people in Walton. At the start of the month, I was delighted to learn that 10 of our local primary schools have increased the proportion of their pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2 level. These great results are a testament to the hard work of both staff and pupils, especially given the reformed, and more exacting, testing criteria. The majority of our 10 improved local primary schools have achieved well over the national average – with a special mention to local children at Ashley CofE Aided Primary School in Walton-on-Thames, where 90% of pupils achieved the expected standard of reading, writing and mathematics, an increase of 22% from 2017. Next, the Environment Agency revealed its proposals to update the Lower Mole Flood Alleviation Scheme. Since its inception in 1989, the scheme has provided protection to low-lying areas in Hersham, Molesey, Esher, and Thames Ditton by controlling the flow of water via 3 sluices – one in Esher and two in East Molesey. The sluices manage flood flow, reduce the risk of erosion and maintain water levels. The scheme protects over 3,000 local homes and businesses from flooding. The Environment Agency is consulting on a number of options to refurbish the scheme. These include replacing the sluices, renovating embankments and naturalising the river. Walton residents can respond to the consultation, which closes on 13 February 2019, on the Environment Agency s website. Dom inspects local flood defences Finally, Heathrow Airport has opened the second stage of its airspace consultation, setting out the broad flight path areas for an expanded Heathrow. They are also consulting on plans to introduce a new way for planes to land at the airport, which could mean extra planes operating from their current two runways. The consultations closes on 4 March and can be accessed at . I will use the consultations to press Heathrow to end the unfair policy of concentration, which exposes areas such as Walton and Molesey to more than its fair share of noise from planes overhead, and to end routine stacking. I will continue to push for these important local priorities as the expansion process continues.

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Tuesday 26th March 2019 9.30 am and 11.30 am Thursday 2nd May 2019 9.30 am and 11.30 am Personal visits available throughout the year. Find out more and book your visit at:

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