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At the time of writing I am hopeful that our summer will have started. The Hampton Court Flower Show, Wimbledon fortnight and the Baseball s Coming Home event would dearly love some blue skies. In this month s issue we look at the women of Wimbledon tennis, get an update on the Eco Park, and learn of the origins of Elmbridge Borough Council. We offer some ideas to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. We learn the history of one of our lost taverns, the Duke s Head and again this

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Inns and Taverns of Walton The Duke s Head

The Duke s Head formed part of a group of buildings that dated back hundreds of years and were central to the character and identity of the old town. The buildings were cleared away for the creation of Hepworth Way and the redevelopment of the west side of Bridge Street in the 1960s. Records of an inn at the junction of Bridge Street and High Street go back to 1792 and a brick with the date 1791 was found during demolition, suggesting alterations to the building at that time. This was also the date of the celebrated marriage of

Frederica Charlotte of Prussia to Frederick ( The Grand Old ) Duke of York who owned nearby Oatlands House and after whom the inn was possibly named.

1845. During this time it was the venue for property auctions but also where a coach to London left each day at 8 a.m. in the summer and 8.45 in the winter. In December 1870 the Duke s Head Commercial Hotel , under the new management of Henry Laing, was seeking the attention of gentlemen visiting this picturesque neighbourhood. Carriages and horses could be hired at the inn and stabling was available. Rooms were let for meetings and receptions. In August 1884 the West Surrey Times reported that after a cricket match between the Gardeners of Walton and the Gardeners of Kingston at Ashley Park, the players and their friends adjourned to the Dukes Head, and in December 1893 the tradesmen of Walton sat down in large numbers at an excellent dinner there. For a few years after 1918 the Ashley Park Lodge of the Odd Fellows met at the inn. Another item found on the demolition site was a Kingston-made clay tobacco pipe decorated with masonic symbols. The inn closed in December 1966 and a new Duke s Head was opened a few yards away in Hepworth Way. The old building remained boarded up until its demolition in 1970. Carpetright currently occupies the site.

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References: Inns and Taverns of Walton and Weybridge; A.G.Martin. Walton and Weybridge Local History Society 1999. Dial Stone (News sheet of the WWLHS) No.37. British Newspaper Archive. Photos: The Duke s Head (right of centre, facing) c.1900; private collection. No.1 Bridge Street from Church Street 2019 by the author.

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became apparent that a frog, probably brought in by a cat through the open french windows was listening with interest to their conversation. Both our daughter and the vicar's daughter were playing on the floor. It took a lot of fortitude for my wife to clandestinely scoop up the frog and return it to the pond without alarming the children. The frogs were our companions for a number of years, but then disaster struck. Our frogs became infected with a disease known as "red leg", and in one year they virtually all disappeared. The next year we saw one or two frogs, but no spawn. This situation continued for perhaps two years. Then I started to notice unusual activity in the pond. There appeared to be some quite large creatures in the pond, but they weren't frogs. The surface of our pond is largely covered in duckweed, which I don't dislike because it hides the inhabitants of the pond from possible predators. However, it also made it difficult to see what the new creatures were. The giveaways were that they seemed to "wiggle" as they moved, and poked just a tiny part of their mouths above water to apparently blow a "bubble", but in fact take in fresh air. They were, of course, newts. Newts will eat frogspawn and tadpoles, and certainly some frogspawn laid in the pond this year disappeared, but that may have been due to other factors. However, we also have had frogs spawn in the large pots which sit separately from the pond and house water-lilies, although this has only led to viable frogs for one year in the three the spawn has been laid. But the frog count is slowly increasing again. We also have a few toads in the garden although they are seldom seen. Having stopped using slug pellets decades ago, I resorted to late evening patrols and manual control of slugs and snails. I have always been rather sceptical about the idea that if you fill your garden with amphibians and birds you will do away with your slug and snail problem. However, the gastropod population of our garden last year and this year has been very limited, so maybe the pond dwellers are getting the upper hand. Quite a bonus for a gardener.

When we moved into our house in September 1983, we looked forward to enjoying a relatively large garden. There was a medium length of lawn, but beyond that very high weeds obscured the rest of the garden. Amongst them nestled a large area of ground elder, which would have to be dealt with

A Frog In Our Pond March 2018

in due course. More pleasantly there was also a small concrete pond. It was filled with brick rubble, but I removed this and the winter's rain refilled the pond. In spring 1984, just before our daughter was born, I was more surprised than perhaps I should have been to find a large amount of frogspawn in the pond. At the time there was a bungalow on land behind our garden which had a pond. I assume the frogs which had spawned had migrated from there. I had never "lived with frogs" before, but I found it an exciting business. One wet spring day the pond seemed to explode with tiny frogs scattering across the garden in all directions. I was very fearful and careful when I next mowed the lawn. We also added two black kittens to the household that year. As a result I had to rescue a number of frogs either directly from the cats, or occasionally from hopping around the house, somewhere where they had been abandoned as of little cat play value. On one memorable occasion, my wife was entertaining a local vicar's wife to tea and they were actually discussing their mutual lack of confidence in handling frogs. At some point it To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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The Origins of Elmbridge Borough Council The name Elmbridge appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Amelebrige, which is derived from the original name of the River Mole (Amele) or (Emley) and the old English word for a bridge (brige). In the AD 900s Surrey was divided into regional units known as Hundreds, which is the Saxon name for an administrative unit. This referred to an area of land enclosing one hundred households. The conquest of England by the Normans in 1066 brought about many changes in the local administration of the country. William the Conqueror claimed possession of most of the land, and the country was divided into Fiefs. The previous Shire or Counties system then becoming less important. During the Medieval period, local administration remained in the hands of the feudal aristocracy. It was Henry II who greatly expanded the separation of towns from the countryside, setting up selfgoverning boroughs. From the 16th century the individual counties were increasingly used as a unit of administration, and form a foundation for local government in England today. By 1888 it was clear that this fragmented system developed over the previous century, was not efficient and an attempt was made to impose a standardised system of local government. In 1894 the creation of a second-tier was made, and all administrative counties were divided into either rural or urban districts. At the beginning of the twentieth century local government in the Elmbridge area was run by several Urban District Councils: Esher and the Dittons, Molesey, Walton and Weybridge. In 1933 Esher was amalgamated with Molesey, and Cobham and Stoke were joined with Walton and Weybridge UDC. These in turn were the main secular successors to the medieval parishes of the same names. In 1965 a major county local administration reform in London was undertaken. The counties of London and Middlesex were abolished along with parts of Essex, Surrey, and Kent, and formed into a new county of Greater To advertise email


London. An interesting exchange took place in 1970 when the councils administrating two, River Thames islands was changed. Thames Ditton Island was transferred from Greater London Council to Surrey, and Platt s Eyot Island transferred from Surrey to Greater London. The local government act of 1972 enforced the union of Esher Urban District Council with Walton and Weybridge UDC. On the 1st April 1974 the borough of Elmbridge was created, with an area of 96.3 km, and a population estimated that year of over 100,000.The council consists of forty-eight elected councillors, representing sixteen wards. The village of Claygate also has its own parish council, while the remainder of the borough has two rather than three tiers of local government. Responsibility for some designated services is with Surrey County Council, such as transport and social services. The new Elmbridge Council headquarters opened in the Civic Centre in 1991.

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The Charity of Robert Phillips The Charity of Robert Phillips was created, fifty years after the death of the man whose name it bears. Alderman Robert Phillips JP was an elected Member of both Surrey County Council and of Walton and Weybridge District Council. In recognition of this dual role the Trustees of the Charity are drawn in equal number from both Surrey and Elmbridge Councils. The Chairmanship changes annually and alternates between Trustees representing each Council. Trustees tend to be longserving and in the Charity s history there have only been about 15 different Trustees. Elmbridge Borough Council provides the secretarial and administrative support whilst Surrey County Council supports the financial management. All Members see it as a great privilege to be nominated as a Trustee of The Charity of Robert Phillips. In its history the Charity has not only grown its capital, over two and a half times, but in the same period has given away over one million pounds to support the arts in the ancient Parish of Walton on Thames. At the time of his death, Robert Phillips Will stated that a Charity should be founded to support education in the fields of the arts, music and drama; and for the benefit of libraries and museums. What of the man called Robert Phillips and why has Walton on Thames benefited so much? Robert Phillips was born in Gas Row, St Mildred, Canterbury on 4th December 1864, the eldest son of another Robert Phillips and his wife Elizabeth Sarah. Robert married Mary Agnes Riley in Westminster in 1885. The family is not found in the 1901 Census – either they were not recorded for some reason or the record has been lost or destroyed. It is believed that the Phillips family moved to Walton on Thames in around 1912 – firstly to Clydesdale in Hersham Road


and a few years later to Fircroft on Station Avenue, where Robert was to spend the rest of his life. In 1914, their abode was listed as Clydesdale , Hersham Road, Walton on Thames. In 1920, Robert was joined on the register by his wife Mary and Frank by his wife Hilda. In the Register taken at the outbreak of War in 1939, Robert was described as a fruit merchant . Sometime after Robert s death in 1942, his widow and daughters moved to Ashley Close and until age and infirmity made it impossible, they followed Robert s great interest in local activities. Robert must have thrown himself into local life very quickly. He was elected to Walton Urban District Council in 1913, serving until 1925. He was its Chairman in 1922 and 1923. In 1921 he was elected unopposed to Surrey County Council and in 1935, in recognition of his outstanding public service, was elected Alderman, an office he held until his death six years later. Robert served on many local committees, often as Chairman, for organisations as diverse as Weybridge Scouts, Walton Swimming Club, Surrey Convalescent Homes, Walton Hospital, Walton Dramatic Society, Walton Football Club. He was Chairman of the County Council s Establishment Committee and after his death there were many warm tributes to his concern for the staff. There was scarcely a local organisation that did not have the benefit of Robert Phillips enthusiasm, ability, compassion, wit – and money. By his own special wish no public ceremony marked the funeral of Robert Phillips. He was cremated with only family present. There were no flowers and no mourning . But Robert Phillips was deeply mourned by all who knew him. There was a very touching obituary in the Surrey Herald of 12th September 1941. The headline was Walton s great loss . Now, 78 years since Robert s death, his goodness, compassion and belief that fun through the arts, drama, music and books were vital to people s well-being, lives on through the Charity that proudly bears his name.

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The Women of Wimbledon Home-grown champions

The Championships, Wimbledon is the most famous tennis event in the British sporting calendar. It was first contested in 1877 and played on outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) in the Wimbledon suburb of London, United Kingdom. The Ladies' Singles tournament began in 1884, and the women's game has developed massively over the last century. We are all familiar with the incredible Williams sisters, but our own Nation has a pretty impressive history in the Women's singles, which is often overlooked by the British media. Dorothy Round Little won her first title in 1934 — the same year as her British male counterpart Fred Perry also won his first. She won her second Wimbledon title at age 29 in 1937. A devout Christian, she often refused to play on Sundays. She published two books, Modern Lawn Tennis and Tennis For Girls. After her retirement in 1939 she worked as a coach, journalist, and president of the Worcester Lawn Tennis Club. Florence Angela Margaret Mortimer Barrett beat another English player Christine Truman Janes to become Wimbledon's women's singles champion in 1961. She was aged 29 and partially deaf. Ann Haydon-Jones had already won the French Open and U.S. Open twice before winning Wimbledon in 1969. She first showed her talent as a young girl. Her father was a table tennis champion and he encourTo advertise email


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aged her competitive spirit. She played the famous Billie Jean King several times but never beat her until her win at Wimbledon. Haydon-Jones was also the first left-handed female singles player to

Virginia Wade was a maths graduate, famed for her powerful serve. She defeated Billie Jean King at the US Open, earning her first Grand Slam title. She went on to win the Australian Open in 1972, and in 1977, nearly a decade after her first victory, Wade would become Wimbledon's last British singles winner for 36 years. The year she won, defeating Dutch player Betty StĂśve at Wimbledon was the Queen's Silver Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth II herself was present to enjoy her victory. It remains to be seen whether current British number one Johanna Konta can better her semi-final performance in 2017 to add her name to the list of amazing female British tennis players who have held the Wimbledon trophy aloft. By Tracey Anderson Or call Paul on 07946 494288

Ever heard of Walton on Thames? Yes, isn t that where his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales played the first ever game of baseball? Well, however unlikely this seems, it s true. Baseball s most eminent historian - David Block of Boston, USA - discovered an article in the Whitehall Evening Post from 1749 describing the recreational activities of his Majesty playing baseball with his son George, aged ten, and the Earl Middlesex. Incredibly, this all happened on our doorstep at Ashley Park, home to Walton-onThames Cricket Club!

at Ashley Park. The full day s entertainment will include a demonstration baseball match from the GB baseball squad, a VIP softball match, Have a Go batting & pitching, children s rides, church service, national anthems, cheerleaders and a selection of foods including hot dogs and American candy. An exuberant Joanna Gordon, MD of WoTTA and Walton Pens cricketer decided to bring this historic event to life by writing an amusing screenplay for a short film. And in the blink of an eye a local young filmmaker was found, costumes and props were begged and borrowed, a cast of thirty volunteers was assembled and filming began. Walton Matters own Paul Chard was even an extra! For more information about Baseballs Coming Home Family Event on Sunday 7th July and the Film Release date go to:

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BEM For Dennis Brock By Monica Chard By Louise Addison The Queen s birthday honours list revealed a local name this year. Dennis Brock has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to bell ringing. Great news for the 100 year old bell captain of St Mary s who still climbs the bell tower every week, who still helps maintain the bells and who is continuing to pass his knowledge and enthusiasm on to younger generations. He rings locally also at St Marys Walton, St Peters in Molesey and St Nicholas in Shepperton. The process of attaining an award is a long one. Fellow bell ringer Alan Worrell first approached MP Kwasi Kwarteng to enquire about how to initiate the process in January 2018. By June 2018 the nomination was in the right hands at the cabinet office but required a lot of supporting material to show just how much of a contribution Dennis had made. Daughter Lorna Doyle was involved. Fellow bell ringer and captain of St Nicholas, Shepperton, Eric Pizzey was involved. Sunbury Matters, our sister magazine, procured copies of its various articles we had run about Dennis and his bell ringing exploits, from when he was a young man up to the current day. Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng wrote a supporting letter, Nick Pollard, chairman of the Sunbury & Shepperton History Society did likewise as did St Mary s Church, Sunbury, where Dennis has worshiped since childhood. Dennis is a popular choice indeed. It is not his first award, as he reminds me. He was presented with the Order of St Mellitus medal in 2016 by the Bishop of London. This was also in recognition of his long service to St Mary s and to the world of bell ringing. He is one of only a few hundred recipients of this award. Dennis also reminds me that he has already had a few encounters with Buckingham Palace! He has been both instructor and examiner of bell ringing as one of the skills for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. As such he has attended the award To advertise email


of the gold medal at the palace. Over the years Dennis estimates he has taught several hundred in the skill of bell ringing, taking around 3 months to reach competency. It is not a matter of strength (although the 3 1/4 ton tenor bell at St Paul takes some!), but you need rhythm and a musical ear to ring he says. Visiting Dennis to pass on our hearty congratulations, he confessed with a twinkle in his eye to being delighted. Surprised but delighted at the award. He will be given his award at a ceremony at the Tower of London on November 19th, only days before he celebrates his 101st birthday. Meanwhile he will also be attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Well done Dennis! What a legend.

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The Moon Landing - 50 years On 20th July 1969

On July 20, 1969, astronauts aboard NASA s Apollo 11 lander became the first human beings to set foot on another world. Years of effort, dangerous experiments, and bold missions led up to the Moon landing, an event watched on live television by millions around the world. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin left the Earth on a Wednesday, landed on the Moon on that Sunday, spent a bit more than two hours walking on its surface, deploying experiments and collecting samples, then splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean the following Thursday, after 8 days offplanet. Here are some things to help you celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of humankind s greatest achievements: The Day We Walked on the Moon ITV, Thursday 11 July, 9pm Narrated by Mark Strong, The Day We Walked on the Moon tells the story of how he got there through spectacular footage and interviews with key figures in the Apollo 11 mission, including astronaut Michael Collins and iconic Flight Director Gene Kranz. Further interviewees include Professor Brian Cox, Dr Brian May and key Apollo astronauts Frank Borman and Charlie Duke.

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11 missions, his near-death experiences as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in Korea and as an experimental test pilot, and the challenges that eventually came with his extraordinary celebrity. Apollo 11 is in UK cinemas from June 28, Armstrong from July 12 Summer of Space Science Museum, London Over the summer, the Science Museum puts on a three-month Summer of Space festival celebrates the history of human space exploration and looks at where future endeavours might take us. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of these extraordinary moments, the Museum's out-of-this-world celebration will reveal the evolution of humanity s relationship with space through bumper family weekend festivals, thought-provoking evening events and much more.

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Two minutes with Justin Hampton, Suez Plant Manager at the Eco Park When will the Eco Park be finished? Within the Eco Park, the anaerobic digestion facility has started hot commissioning. This means it s already processing food waste but as part of the commissioning, or testing, of the plant before the site is officially completed and handed over by the construction company for operational use. The commissioning process ensures the equipment is operating correctly and is expected to take a couple of months, so it should be finished later in the summer. The gasification facility has started accepting black bag waste to test the pre-treatment equipment. This is the equipment that sorts the waste to remove any recyclables such as metal, or items that would be unsuitable to go into the gasification unit, such as bricks. It then shreds the waste to turn it into refusederived fuel that is then fed into the gasification unit. We are expecting the first refusederived fuel to go into the gasification unit in July. Again, commissioning is expected to take a couple of months. What were the plumes of smoke coming out of the building and chimney recently? The recent emissions were part of the refractory dry out and steam blowing activity. The refractory dry-out is where the inside of the gasification unit has to be heated slowly to avoid cracking (much like a kiln). This was done using oil burners as we haven t introduced waste yet, so there was a small amount of emissions from the chimney, which were similar to car exhaust fumes. The larger plumes that were seen coming from the building itself were steam. At times, this may have looked more grey than white. However, this is the same as heavy rain clouds looking grey due to the concentration of the steam rather than any fumes or emissions in the steam. The steam was from the steam blowing exercise, where it is pushed through all the pipes to clean them. If you ever see plumes coming from the building itself, it s just steam To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

venting. All emissions are released through the chimney only and not through the building. Is this what it will look like when the site is operating? No, steam blowing is only part of the commissioning process. Normally the only thing you might see is a small amount of heat haze from the chimney, and occasionally a small amount of steam from the building when we start up or shutdown. How will we know what s in the emissions? The emissions will be monitored constantly, and the data will be reported to our regulator, the Environment Agency. We re also planning to put the emissions data on our website so you ll be able to see it for yourself. What s happening with the sign at the front? We re in discussion with Surrey County Council regarding the sign and plan to appeal the decision from Spelthorne Borough Council. Where can we get more information? We keep the Eco Park website updated regularly and I recommend you subscribe to the quarterly newsletter which will give you news and information about the site. We also published an FAQ document earlier in the year, which answers lots of important questions and can be found under the news section on the site. About Justin Justin is the Plant Manager at the Eco Park and has worked for SUEZ for seven years. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering with Environmental Protection and has over 20 years experience in the Fine Chemicals, Biofuel, Oil & Gas and Waste industries. He grew up in Ashford Common and has family and friends who live in Charlton Village and Shepperton.


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Through The Keyhole It is the time of year when thoughts turn to longer, brighter days and the promise of evenings dining al-fresco, perhaps entertaining friends and family in the garden. You may have a home that is an interior designer s dream with a garden fit for Monty Don but how do you successfully link your indoor and outdoor spaces? Achieve this by using bi-fold or sliding door openings and patios immediately adjacent to the house with a level threshold to create the perfect continuation of the space inside. When you get it right, you are more likely to spend your days with the doors open, enjoying lots of daylight and fresh air. The homes of Walton on Thames seem to have embraced bi-fold doors but there are other options that could offer a better solution for your needs. If the aim is to introduce more natural light, sliding doors are worth considering; with fewer mullions, they will let in more sunlight. French doors work well on period properties, and they let in twice as much light as a window, while Art Deco or warehousestyle Crittall windows work well as a pair of doors between glazed side panels. Flush thresholds are key, as by recessing base tracks and frames into flooring, your furniture can span the threshold, and there is nothing that you must step over. Using the same flooring inside and out is an age-old trick to make the inside feel bigger. For a twist on this, try the same material treated with a different texture outside, such as tiles in the same shade and size, but with a honed finish. When decorating, use indoor materials on external features. Use outdoor rugs or put wall tiles on planter boxes – but check that they are frost-proof first (porcelain tiles usually are). Use rougher textures indoors, such as exposed or painted brickwork, to give the impression you ve let the outdoors influence your interiors. Georgina Broadhurst, Just Shutters. For a design visit Call 01932 500 270 or visit To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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Last month we featured an ad for Birkheads from the May 1955 Issue of the Walton Review A Local resident wrote in : My 80 year old twin sister and I had bicycles given to us in 1952 from Birkheads. I went on to get married and bought my son Derek's pram from Birkheads in 1969. Local Resident Mrs Jan Spittle

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ELMBRIDGE: MOVING ART 2019 Further to its successful launch in 2017, Elmbridge: Moving Art will be back at the Riverhouse Barn Robert Phillips Gallery in Walton-onThames this summer from Wednesday 7 August to Sunday 1 September. Elmbridge: Moving Art is quickly establishing itself as a bi-annual showcase for artists who live, work in the Borough or who have an affiliation with local arts organisations or societies. It aims to give local artists aged 15+ the chance to display their work in a prime exhibition space. This project originated from the comments made by residents as part a public consultation carried out in 2016 regarding local arts initiatives. Residents indicated that they wanted more opportunities to visit galleries showcasing works from local Demelza Edwards - Coming Home artists. This summer s exhibition is run by Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in partnership with The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council and is curated by Astrid McGechan, an international talented photographer, lecturer and book author, well-known for her commitment and dedication to the local arts scene. This year, more than 60 works of arts were submitted and the panel of judges had to make the difficult decision to select the 51 entries that will form this summer s exhibition. Pieces cover various genres and use a wide range of media, including oil, acrylics, watercolour, photography, mixed media and porcelain. The works will be on display at the Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF until Sunday 1 September. After the showing at Riverhouse's Robert Phillips gallery, the exhibition will travel to other locations in the Borough, including the Civic Centre in Esher. Residents will have Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

ample opportunity to discover unique creations by local artists and to talk to them about their work. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: "I am pleased to see Elmbridge: Moving Art returning to the Robert Philips Gallery this summer. The first exhibition was a success. This year, we have received a high number of submissions which clearly reflect the great artistic talent we have in the Borough. I sincerely Sally Dray - Dorset Lanndscape hope that residents will come and view the wonderful pieces on display. They are well worth the visit. Emily Boulting, Director of the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre added: "We are delighted to host the Elmbridge: Moving Art exhibition at the Robert Phillips Gallery again this summer. The works exhibited this year are stunning. They use a wide range of media and have a distinctive style. They all are a true reflection of the local talent we have in the Borough. Come and have a look at Lesley Blackburn - Red Velvet them. You will not be disappointed. Many of the artists will be at the Robert Phillips Gallery at some point during the exhibition, so there will be a chance to talk to them about their work. Most of the work on show and an exhibition catalogue will be for sale. The gallery is open daily 10am-4pm and admission is free.


Every month, we are now featuring an advert from The Walton Review dating from the 1950 s. If you are related to any of the owners, shopped at the store, worked there, or just maybe have a memory you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. This month we feature an ad for Carahomes from the January 1957 issue. Anyone out there remember the business, or even buy a mobile residential home? Better still, are there any out there still in existence?

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Recipe of The Month

Gazpacho (chilled Summer vegetable soup)

We ve been serving this in the café for the last 2 weeks, and even on a cold rainy summer day the customers still love it – on those days we serve it with a slice of piping hot welsh rarebit. This is the basic recipe, which is brilliant for using up tomatoes that have gone way past their best by date – or if you grow your own, even better. Make ahead and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Great way of getting your 5 a day in one hit!

I kg tomatoes (can also use tinned plum tomatoes or a combination of fresh and tinned) ½ onion, ¼ cucumber (partially peeled) ½ green pepper (cored and seeded) 1 large garlic clove, peeled 50 g extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt & Freshly ground black pepper Half a glass chilled water For the essential garnish: ¼ Cucumber & ½ a red or green pepper finely diced Chives or basil leaves Put ALL ingredients in a blender, and blend until you have a creamy smooth base. The really important thing to do is CHILL this soup for at least 2 hours before you serve it. The flavours need to develop. Serve straight from the fridge and top with a generous handful of chunky garnish To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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Garden View This month - Black - eyed Susan By Rachael Leverton

You might not know its name, but you are probably familiar with the Rudbeckia. A late summer perennial daisy. It's sometimes called Coneflower or Black-eyed Susan. It flowers from early August to late September and I find it a valuable addition to the late summer garden. It does particularly well in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. You can sow them as annuals indoors in spring to set out after frost or plant as perennials in spring or autumn. Divide every 3 to 4 years and deadhead to avoid self-seeding, though per-

ning plant and good for adding height as it grows to 1.5m. Its huge 6cm diameter flowers have warm orange petals with yellow tips. Rudbeckia Irish eyes is a more unusual variety with a yellowish rather than brown cone, as well as yellow florets. It repeat flowers from July through to October. If your soil is on the dry side, try Rudbeckia fulgida Deamii . It produces shining, golden flowers with jet-black cones from early September to late October and into November. It has slightly smaller flowers, but they are lovely, and abundant. Rudbeckias naturally grow in dry savannahs, grassland prairies and in the glades of rocky upland forests across North America but they have become a much-loved bushy stalwart of the herbaceous border and will delight from late summer right through the autumn. Happy gardening.

sonally I see self-seeding as a bonus trait in a plant! Mildew can be an issue on the foliage but can be avoided if you don't overcrowd the plants. Watch the young foliage because slugs and snails find it tasty. Once the plants are established this isn't a problem. Rudbeckia Golden compass produces masses of classic bright yellow and black Rudbeckia flowers on a bushy plant. It grows up to 70cm in height and can be grown from seed as a half-hardy annual or a short-lived hardy perennial. Rudbeckia fulgida is the classic Black-eyed Susan , with sunflower-yellow flowers and a very black central cone. It does better in damper ground than many of the varieties so choose this one if your garden is less welldrained. I love Rudbeckia Prairie glow . It is a stunPlease mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts


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Dear local residents, parents, community workers, artists, local historians and other people interested in museums & heritage, Can you help us?


Museum is now embarking on a new phase of its development and we would like you shape its future We have already got some feedback from Elmbridge residents and based on these responses we want to run a few face to face focus groups sessions. The idea is that with this feedback, the museum will be in a much better place to develop its forward plan to meet your needs. We want the museum to be relevant to the local community, and we want you to access the collections as much as you can. If you would like to participate in one of our focus groups sessions please get in touch. These sessions will take place either on


Thursday 11 July or Thursday 18 July and will run for about 1 hour at the in a location to be confirmed, and we will provide refreshments. The sessions will be facilitated by a trained facilitator with experience of running this type of heritage project. I hope you can come along and help contributing to our future. Please let me know if you would like to participate and which date you will prefer. Thank you. Clara Pereira Museum Community Manager | Elmbridge Museum


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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. The PHOENIX FOLK & SQUARE DANCE CLUB is a friendly and informal English Folk Dance Club. . The club meets every Thursday at 8pm, except during Easter, August and Christmas. 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 Surrey Blues Club Friday 5th July, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band The Blue Devils. Friday 2nd August, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band Bitter Blues. No Admission Charge, No Membership required, Fully Air Conditioned. All welcome, music from 8.45pm.Hersham Sports & Social Club 128 Hersham Road Hersham Surrey KT12 5QL Walton-on-Thames WI We meet at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month in St Erconwald s Church Hall, Esher Avenue, Walton-on-Thames and you are most welcome to come and see who we are and what we do. If you cannot make our meeting there are other WIs but for further information on Walton WI please contact our Secretary, Hilary Cartwright on 01932 248071 or email us at The ADDLESTONE SINGERS ladies choir. Our new Autumn Term begins on Monday, September 9, 2019. We meet at 8.00-9.45pm on Mondays at the Addlestone Methodist Church at 71 Station Road, Addlestone, and break half-way through the evening for tea and biscuits. We have a wide repertoire of music in our library and this term we will be making a start on our programme for our Christmas Concert on behalf of Shooting Star Chase Children s Hospice in December. We are a friendly choir and welcome new lady members – no auditions nor the need to read music. For more information on our activities please contact Elizabeth on 01932-564099 or visit our website Walton & Weybridge Flower Club presents an Open Meeting with Tracey Griffin, National Demonstrator. Thursday 5th September, Whiteley Village Hall, 3A Octagon Road, Herhsam, Kt12 4EG Doors open 1.00pm for 2.00pm start Tracey is an award winning floral artist who loves to share her ideas and inspirations. We are excited to see her fabulous arrangements, which will all be raffled at the end of the meeting - you might be lucky enough to take one home! Refreshments included in ticket price, all visitors £14.00. Children s Open Air Theatre This summer, Cat s Grin Theatre Company bring entertaining and enlightening productions of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland (Sat 3 and Sat 10 Aug) and The Wind in the Willows (Sun 4 and Sun 11 Aug) to the beautiful landscape gardens of Painshill, Cobham. Before watching Wind in the Willows take a stroll along by the River Mole and see if you can spot Moley! : Performances at 11:15am, 1:15pm and 3.00pm Price: Adults £12.50, children £10.00 Painshill Portsmouth Road Surrey KT11 1JE Sat 3 Aug 2019 to Sun 11 Aug 2019 Contact telephone: 01932 868113 Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts


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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

Locally this month, I met with our fantastic local businesses and received an update on policing in Walton. Up at Westminster, I announced my candidacy for the Leadership of the Conservative Party and my plan to build a fairer society for all.

Dallas McDermott, on our local policing. Inspector McDermott briefed me on the welcome news that Elmbridge is set to get three extra police officers on our streets, as well as a dedicated youth intervention officer. He also updated me on the stabbing in Hinchley Wood in January and progress towards successful prosecution of the assailant. Dallas then briefed me on local crime figures for the last financial year. The figures show burglary was down 15% on the previous year, and anti-social behaviour was down 7%, which is a real testament to our great local police men and women. Finally, we discussed the action that has been taken against illegal encampments, which we experienced last summer across the Borough.

On 24 May, I attended a roundtable lunch discussion in Esher with some of our fantastic local businesses. I spoke with a wide variety of companies, ranging from Haines Watts accountants in Esher to Hurst Park Automobiles, who specialise in the restoration and sale of classic British cars. The event, organised by NatWest bank, was a great opportunity to engage with local business men and women and listen to their ambitions, challenges and biggest achievements. I made some opening remarks, followed by introductions by the businesses and we then held a general discussion where I took questions on making housing more affordable, making sure we get the right Brexit deal, and student debt. Next, I received a useful update with Elmbridge Borough Commander, Inspector


Up at Westminster, I announced my candidacy to be the next Leader of the Conservative Party. Speaking at my campaign launch, I set out my vision for a fairer UK, and my desire to give people a fair shot in life by breaking down barriers and creating opportunities so everyone can make the most of their talents. I would deliver a fairer deal for workers by raising the threshold for National Insurance contributions and taking a penny off the basic rate of Income Tax. I would build a fairer society, by boosting degree apprenticeships to widen opportunities for young people and building more homes that young people can afford. And I would seek a fairer deal from the EU, but if the EU refuses all reasonable compromise, ensure we can leave without any further delay by the end of October.

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