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It s Walton Beer and Live Music Festival time!! Go to page 12 for all the details. Also this month there is a rather special celebration, commemorating the first recorded game of baseball in the world being played in Walton back in 1749. Details on Page 17. This month s recipe is also quite special. The Community Café @Riverhousebarn is now being run as a not-for-profit venture by a group of hard working volunteers who are passionate about reducing food waste. 1.9 million tons of surplus food is wasted in the UK food industry every day! M&S

June 2019 Walton have offered their surplus to the café, so every day new supplies arrive and the team work out what to make from it. See Pages 14 and 28. Enjoy both the Festival and the Baseball, pray for the sunshine and have a wonderful June. Next month s issue will be a combined July and August Magazine. Advertisers, Events Organisers and readers with stories to tell, please do get in touch by early June.

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Walton Director: Paul Chard Telephone : 07946 494288 Email : paul@villagematters.co.uk Website :www.villagematters.co.uk Cover Photo by Gaby Phillips /Molesey Photographic Club

Inns and Taverns of Walton The Walton Society Anzac Way Messing About on The Water Walton Beer and Music Festival Surplus Lunch at the Community Café Baseball s Coming Home Elmbridge Youth Theatre 80 years of Citizen s Advice Hollywood Stars were our Pen Pals Recipe of The Month Garden View Local Reservoirs Events We Like Dominic Raab Index of Advertisers

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Inns and Taverns of Walton The Castle

The Castle, which stood at the top of Church Street opposite the gates of the parish church, was another of Walton s oldest inns.

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and replaced by a flat roof concealed by a brick parapet. It was in 1821 that the inn was purchased by John Farnell, an Isleworth brewer, and in 1886 the ownership passed to Isleworth Brewery Co. Ltd. It became the property of Watney Combe and Reid in 1924. The Castle was demolished in February 1973 after closing a year earlier, and St Clements House, a residential development, was built on the site. Investigations made during demolition did not verify a local legend that an underground passage ran between the pub and the parish church. References: Inns and Taverns of Walton and Weybridge; A.G.Martin. Walton and Weybridge Local History Society 1999. Photos: The Castle in 1971 and St Clements House 2019 both by the author.

It is believed to have been established in about 1740, probably in a newly-built building, and was rented by Thomas Cobbett for ÂŁ12.00 a year. In 1821 it was described as a brick house with a coach-house, stabling, yard and garden situated in the best part of town with coaches passing daily to and from London. At this time it would have had a pitched roof but this was damaged by a bomb in World War Two

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(Walton Residents Association) John William Farley was born in Terrace Road, Walton-on-Thames, on August 9th 1893. He was still living there in 1901, with his grandparents. In January 1911, he joined the Royal Navy. By overstating his age by exactly one year, he enlisted as a stoker (unlike those enlisting into the seaman

cautious and put torpedoes into the ship it could be the Q-ship that was sunk, or sometimes both vessels. John left Begonia at the end of April 1917, which was just as well. She was lost with all hands on October 6th 1917, probably after collision with a U-boat. In January 1918 John joined the submarine service aboard submarine K12. K class submarines were designed to have a top speed of 21 knots, which would allow them to keep up with the surface fleet. In order to do this they were equipped with steam turbine engines for use when on the surface. A dive from steampowered surface operation normally required 30 minutes. The boiler fires (which John would be helping to run) were first extinguished to prevent submerged build up of fumes and the twin funnels were folded into wells in the superstructure. Within a few weeks John would be involved in a disastrous fleet exercise which became known as the "battle" of May Island. This involved a fleet including three battleships, four battlecruisers, two cruisers, numerous destroyers and nine K class submarines, including K12. In formation they were strung out over a distance of 30 miles. Setting out at 6:30 p.m. on January 31 st with minimal, shielded, navigation lights, the fleet was ordered to increase speed to 22 knots on passing May Island, at the mouth of the River Forth. Trouble started when the rudder of submarine K14 jammed and she veered off course. During the subsequent events, within 75 minutes, the submarines K17 and K4 had been sunk, and K6, K7, K14, K22 and HMS Fearless had been damaged by other ships in the fleet. One hundred and four lives were lost. John and K12 were lucky and came out of the disaster unscathed. John continued to serve on submarines but in 1921 was selected to be "lent" to the Royal New Zealand Navy. He served with them until 1924. His naval career ended in 1926 when he was invalided, suffering from emphysema. He had perhaps led an even more hazardous and exciting life than he expected when leaving Walton.

Submarine K12 Photograph Q 67711 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum

branch, stokers had to be over eighteen when joined). He was soon drafted to the stoker training ship Renown. At this period, many Royal Navy ships were coal-fired, so stokers spent most of their time shovelling coal. They had to be physically tough, and had a reputation for being rough as well. If a ship sent crew to fight ashore, stokers would figure strongly in the force. When the First World War broke out John was serving on the cruiser HMS Bristol. In December 1914, his ship played a minor role in the Battle of the Falkland Islands, when a British fleet largely destroyed the German East Asia fleet. John was back home for Christmas 1915, serving at Portsmouth and hopefully enjoying some leave with his relatives in Walton. In August 1916, he joined the Q-ship Q10, also known as HMS Begonia. Q-ships or decoy ships played cat and mouse with U-boats (German submarines). With superstructure modified to look like merchant ships, they attempted to lure U-boats to get too close to their supposed victim and would then pounce. Hidden guns would suddenly be revealed, and the U-boat would find that the tables had been turned. Unfortunately, if a U-boat was To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Dedication Service at Walton Bridge Viaduct now called ANZAC WAY ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs . Every year the parish church St Mary s in Walton-on-Thames holds a service of remembrance for the Anzacs, as 21 individuals are laid to rest in the churches cemetery During the last few months Walton Central Ward Councillor Alan Palmer has worked with Officer Steven Harris of Elmbridge Borough Council to get the Viaduct at Walton Bridge named Anzac Way and with funding and support from WoTTA (Walton on Thames Trading Alliance) a commemorative blue plaque put in place on the Viaduct. Councillor Palmer led a service of dedication attended by The New Zealand High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae, the High Commissioner for Australia the Honourable George Brandis QC, Les Kibble of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, local Councillors including The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Shweta Kapadia, Reverend Jonny Blair and many local residents, some of whom have been members of the military. The Plaque itself references to Mount Felix hospital, which was formerly a stately home. Originally bought by a UK syndicate intending to convert it into a riverside country club, it was requisitioned by the War Office in August 1914, after the declaration of war to house British troops. In June 1915, after the British troops had moved out, the War Office offered the estate to the New Zealand War Contingent Association for use as a military hospital where it was converted into a 350bedded hospital with a large operating theatre. The cost of the hospital was borne by the people of New Zealand and those New Zealanders living in Britain. In August 1915 it was officially opened by the NZ High Commissioner, Sir Thomas Mackenzie and on the 3rd August 1915 the King and Queen, with the Prince of Wales, visited the Hospital and spent the afternoon there, speaking to every soldier. It was the first hospital established in the United Kingdom specifically for war casualties from New Zealand and was pronounced a model hospital by the British military medical authorities. Within two To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Representatives of New Zealand High Commission, Mayor of Elmbridge and consort, Steven Harris of EBC and members of WoTTA including Alan Palmer (far right)

days of its opening, the first patients arrived from Gallipoli. One of the wounded from the campaign was the son of the High Commissioner, who lost his sight. By November some 1,200 soldiers were billeted there. Convalescing servicemen could enjoy walks and, since one side of the grounds ran down to the Thames, boating became a popular pastime using the viaduct. In January 1916 five large ward huts made from timber and asbestos panels were built on open land lying to the south of Bridge Street, increasing the bed capacity to 1,040. The huts, which could each accommodate 40 to 50 patients, were linked to the main buildings north of Bridge Street by a covered walkway and a footbridge. The hutted area was named Anzac Mount. The number of patients being treated was gradually decreased and the Hospital closed in March 1920 the other local hospital Oatlands Park had closed in September 1919. Between them, by the end of the war, they had nearly 1,900 beds and some 27,000 patients had been treated during their operational life and sadly the 21 fatalities lie in rest in St Mary s Churchyard. Alan Palmer, Chairman WoTTA (Walton on Thames Trading Alliance).

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Messing About on the Water By Monica Chard

We are blessed in Walton to be close to water in any direction we turn. But we don t always know how to make the most of it. So here are a few thoughts. Canoe and Kayak hire Last year I had a memorable kayak trip up the Thames and around Desborough Island. It was great exercise and you see things from a different view being so close to the water. A kingfisher darted across Shepperton Marina as we set off. Swans stretched their wings and geese honked at us. As we came back, the sun was setting, and you couldn't wish for a more beautiful way of spending an evening. You can hire a canoe or kayak from Whitewater Canoe Centre at Shepperton Marina. Full details of prices and options are at : www.canoeandkayakthethames.co.uk Thames Valley Skiff Club Skiffing and punting for the competitive enthusiast or anyone looking to have fun and keep fit. Using fast traditional timber boats and lightweight best boat punts, Thames Valley Skiff Club is ideal for outdoor activities on the Thames all year round. Join their full season of regatta events including long distance, town, club and fun regattas. All ages and range of interests are welcome, from casual participants to British Rowing Medallists. TVSC hosts a wide range of social events and pleasure boating activities at our comfortable clubhouse including a well-stocked bar, club changing rooms and showers. So, if you fancy having a go do please stop by the club around midday most Sundays throughout the year. Thames Valley Skiff Club end of Dudley Road Walton-onThames Surrey KT12 2JY Tel 01932 224215 info@tvsc.co.uk

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Sailing Located in West Molesey near Hampton Court on the Surrey/London border, the Island Barn Reservoir sailing club provides great sailing and water sports facilities for all ages. Family friendly they cater for all who want to sail, windsurf and paddle board from complete novices to world champions. The sailing club has many membership options with monthly payment plans as well as free to use club boats. There is also the Weybridge sailing club based in Dorney Gardens on Walton Lane, and the Desborough sailing club. Swimming Apart from the obvious Elmbridge Excel, you may not know that there is an open swimming lake where hundreds take part in a refreshing dip every week from May to October. There are open water races and events during the season and in August they even do a night swim. This year they opened on May 12th. You can find them down Ferry Lane, Shepperton by the Desborough Sailing club! Thames Gourmet Dining If you want to make the most of the river without the effort, but with a whole lot of luxury, how about this new idea. Enjoy a lunch/dining and cruising experience on a beautiful old yacht. Longer stays also possible www.theriveryachtcafe.co.uk Accessible Boat Trips We even have a choice of accessible boat trips on offer. Impossible Dream is the borough of Spelthorne s community boat, offering accessibility to those with disability. You can get aboard from Cowey Sale, Walton. The River Thames Boat Project also makes the Thames accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Operating out of Teddington, the boats pass through Sunbury lock and Shepperton going upstream www.thamesboatproject.org Aqua Park Yes, there is even an aqua park near us. Liquid Leisure opened quietly on a lake in Shepperton behind the Charlton Village car boot venue last August. You can clamber across a 400 square foot floating obstacle park or try stand up paddle boarding. www.liquidleisuresurrey.com

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Four reasons why you might go to the Walton Live Music Festival on 28th/29th June Firstly, FOR YOU: The festival is a lovely social night out close to the town centre in a picturesque setting at Walton Cricket Club. It s a perfect event to meet up with friends and enjoy some fabulous live music, a selection of scrummy foods and a glass of your favourite tipple. It s very good value too with a low-ticket price of ÂŁ12.50 with (no booking fee) and includes a festival beer or gin glass you can take home. A wide choice of quality foods and drinks including selected Real ales, Ciders, Gin cocktails, Prosecco, Red, White & Rose wines and a fully stocked bar. All at very reasonable social club prices. Hey ho! Secondly, FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS: Headlining on Saturday night is wellknown local band Jafuso Blue comprising of five highly talented musicians formed over 10 years ago. Lead singer Charlotte Beattie who graduated from ACM Guildford works in Escape Hair & Beauty in Thames street and local Walton boy Iain Simpson, an experienced band leader plays keyboard and teaches guitar. The band line-up is completed by ultra-cool professional base player Mike Pratt, music teacher Russell Jarret and teacher, songwriter, phenomenal drummer and multiinstrumentalist Travis Marc. The energy and friendship between the band members is noticeable and hence always creates a vibrant, entertaining atmosphere. Together, they ve played all over the UK, entertaining at weddings, parties, charity events, local pubs and hotels. Thirdly, FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES: Local food vendor The Noodle Pod is based in Walton and their iconic pod on wheels is often seen at many local public and private events. They offer a varied Asian menu of dishes using freshly prepared ingredients for all tastes. Walton festival also supTo advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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ports the award winning local chef Cue the Feast and mobile wood fired caterer Stoked. Perhaps you have seen them around Walton. Fourthly FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY: The event organisers ensure that 100% of proceeds go to local Not For profit Charitable causes like Music in Hospitals & Care who have strong local links here in Elmbridge and thanks to the engagement, generous support and donations of community partners like Walton Cricket Club can ensure music provision continues in a diverse range of care. From Sherwood House Care Home and Fernleigh Activity Centre to Walton Leigh School and Princess Alice Hospice. They work together to ensure we make people feel better and bring joy through live music to those who need it most. Their musicians performances simply couldn t take place without the contributions, donations and time given by our amazing supporters. A Music in Hospitals & Care performance lasts just over an hour, but musicians provide more than just live music. They arrive in good time for their performance, allowing time to meet their audience, and stay to chat with audience members about the kind of day they have had or the memories the music has sparked. Research shows that sharing the experience of a live musical performance can help reduce levels of anxiety, pain and depression, as well as break down social and cultural barriers. This is particularly welcomed by patients who have little contact with relatives or friends. Walton-on Thames Festival continues to support and showcase Walton Talent in the Community!

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Time to celebrate 30 years on the River with the River Thames Boat Project by Kate Dodds

Celebrations: Last month the River Thames Boat Project celebrated 30 years with an event to say Thank you! to the many people who have made the charity what it is today. Both our community boats Thames Venturer and Thames Discoverer were moored up at the event at the Tamesis Club on the banks of the Thames in Teddington. We have always been dedicated to making the river accessible for people of all ages with disabilities and for elderly people – and now that we have two community boats, we are able to provide even more therapeutic cruises, and environmental education days for primary school children. Thank you to our volunteers: Without our 70-strong team of volunteers we would not be able to fulfil our mission to bring the Thames directly into so many people s lives. Our groups tell us that people just can t stop talking about their precious day on the water. We always need new volunteers to join the team. Helping on our cruises and education days as well as at events, is fun and fulfilling so please consider joining us to volunteer. Linking people afloat days on the river: We provide a safe and caring environment on board our community boats and these special restorative day cruises bring people together to make a group of 12 people. We have dates every month from June to October when individuals can join with a family member, carer or friend and come on board - this provides a much needed break from the confines and routines of home, as well as a chance to meet new people and share experiences. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

What our clients say: Our residents absolutely love your trip. It s a wonderful and uplifting experience and there is always a queue of people wanting to go. Thanks to you, one of our ex-service veterans went on your boat trip and he has talked about it ever since. This was his first ever trip in years. Thank you so much for opening up his world. Making this possible: Our cruises run from Kingston, as well as from Walton and Weybridge – upstream towards Windsor and downstream towards Chiswick. We operate with a staff team of four, plus our amazing volunteers. We rely on grants, donations and our own fundraising to subsidise the cost of days on the river. To book a cruise or an education day, to volunteer or to make a donation, please get in touch: info@thamesboatproject.org www.thamesboatproject.org 020 8940 3509 Registered Charity 1080281

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Surplus Lunch at Community Café By Monica Chard By Louise Addison Imagine an excellent, home cooked fresh lunch at a reasonable price, which also supports both the environment and charity at the same time. If that sounds too good to be true, we can promise you that it is available at a café near you every day.

The Community Café @Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames is now being run as a not-for-profit venture by a group of hard working volunteers who are passionate about reducing food waste. 1.9 million tons of surplus food is wasted in the UK food industry every day! M&S Walton have offered their surplus to the café, so every day new supplies arrive and the team work out what to

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pled was innovative and delicious: cauliflower fritters, baked peppers, feta and spinach frittata, salad and the most divine savoury bacon and cheese bread pudding! Sasha Nash, who is running the café, worked with the famous chef Anton Mossiman some years ago. She also worked at the St Saviours Community lunch programme in Sunbury and when the opportunity came up to relaunch the café at Riverhouse she jumped at it. With a background and love of both art and food, it could not have been a better fit. While you eat your lovely, fresh £5 lunch, you can be happy also in the knowledge you are helping the world on many levels. You are helping cut waste, supporting this great venue and the idea is that the £5 charge for lunch in the cafe enables Riverhouse to donate meal tokens to local charities. The first beneficiary of the meal tokens will be Elmbridge CAN. This will entitle refugee families to enjoy a home cooked meal in friendly welcoming surroundings. The team are currently in the process of planning events with other local charities and community groups to create a cafe where the priority is not only the menu, but also the company. These groups include Elmbridge Community Link, the Counselling Partnership, HomeStart, Cancer Research UK, Meet up Mondays and Walton and Hersham Foodbank. The café also serves home made cakes , scones and a selection of regular dishes. It is dog friendly and as well as the inside space, you can take your lunch to the sensory garden overlooking the Thames. If you are on your own and fancy some company then why not try Meet up Tuesday where you can join up with others and enjoy a bite together. Tuesdays 10.30-12.30. Sasha is looking to recruit some new volunteers, ideally someone who can spare a regular slot each week for a couple of hours, either creating dishes in the kitchen or being the friendly front of house face. Do drop her an email: sashaclarenash@hotmail.com. Community Café @Riverhousebarn Manor Road, Walton on Thames KT12 2PF Open 10am-4pm daily See a recipe on Page 28 Or call Paul on 07946 494288


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year s Surrey Artists Open Studios in June, will see 6 local artists open their studios, as part of the The Thames Trail . The 6 studios will have a uniquely curated mix of printmaking by Tamara Williams and Helen Locke, paintings by Hilary Jones and Katy Selwyn-Smith, statement jewellery by Tricia Baldwin; a fine arts and crafts collective from Rosalind Moysen and the stable artists and figurative sculptures by Malcolm West. Malcolm will be working with a ballet and flamenco dancer and visitors are invited to observe and engage directly with his process. Tamara will also be joined by contemporary ceramicist Ali Tomlin and will be showing a limited edition series of silk scarves. Each artist in the Thames Trail is donating a piece of their work for a silent auction and the money This

raised will be for The Anthony Nolan Trust, a UK charity that works in the areas of leukaemia and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The silent auction will take place at a private view for Helen Locke s A year at Ochre exhibition on June 6th, 6-8pm, at The Robert Phillips Gallery at The Riverside Barn in Walton on Thames. All are welcome! The Open studios provide a wonderful opportunity to buy individually created art and craft works and will run on specific days from 1st to 16th June, 11am to 5pm. All opening dates and studio addresses are listed on The Surrey Artists Open Studios website

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Elmbridge Youth Theatre Based in Elmbridge, EYT was set up to bridge the gap between school and adult drama, specifically aimed at young people between the ages of 15 and 25. The group was formed in September 1997 with Richard Davis as Director and Carole Andrew as Deputy Director and Choreographer – both had long been responsible for the shows at Rydens School, Walton-on-Thames. At the same time, Esher Youth Theatre, which had been running very successfully for many years, was in danger of closing, so it was incorporated into the new Elmbridge Youth Theatre and its remaining members joined us. Richard, now no longer with us has left a legacy any West End Director would be proud of. The main focus of EYT is to cater for the leisure time needs of local young people, as well as to encourage and foster an interest in theatre and develop the skills involved in the various Theatre Arts. Two major productions are usually presented each year; normally a musical in the winter at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse in Walton and a play or cabaret in the summer. This gives everyone a chance to be involved and use whatever skills they have, dancing, acting, singing, set design, sound or lighting. We are currently working on a concert to be held in September and are just trying to secure the rights for our next musical in February 2020. Our latest production was the hugely successful Singing in the Rain, for which our leading man, who has just completed his degree in Physics had to learn to tap dance and very good he was too! Our twenty-two years of past productions have included Les MisÊrables [School Edition] Carousel, The King and I, Pirates on Broadway, The Sound of Music To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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LOCAL WOMAN PLEDGES TO RACE FOR LIFE IN MEMORY OF MUM Cancer Research UK s Race for Life is returning to Kempton Park on 29th June. Emily White, of Weybridge is pledging to take part in memory of her mum and is inviting everyone to join her. When asked what Race for Life means to her, Emily explained: I m so proud to join this year s Race for Life at Kempton Park. My mum sadly lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer, aged 64, in December 2018, after two years fighting this horrible disease. She was so strong throughout some pretty gruelling treatments and her strength and courage will always be an Emily with her mum inspiration to me. I first took part in Race for Life while she was having chemo and even though I couldn t run for a minute (let alone a mile), I was so pleased to be able to get involved with such a fantastic charity. My friend Lisa Takab and I did a Pretty Muddy event in September 2016. We had so much fun taking part and managed to raise ÂŁ470 between us. Sadly, in September 2018 Lisa was diagnosed with Anal Cancer, which has now spread to her liver. She has had surgery, Radiotherapy and is currently undergoing Chemotherapy, whilst still looking after her three children and coming to yoga and boot camp (mostly just to show me up!). I am in awe of how she has faced up to her illness and all the challenges it has brought. Cancer is indiscriminate and I have seen how it turns people s lives upside down. I will continue to take part and fundraise for Cancer Research UK every year. Sarah Parker, Cancer Research UK s Kempton Park Event To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Manager, said: We are very grateful to Emily for her support. By following Emily s lead, and joining the Race for Life, people can make a real difference in the fight against cancer. One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible, and that s why we need everyone to join the Race for Life. To join the Race for Life today visit : raceforelife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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Through The Keyhole If there is one thing that really speaks to me, it is exposed brickwork. The first apartment I owned was in Manchester in the early 2000s and the city centre s abundance of converted cotton mills delivered brickwork in spades. Seeing that flash of red brick still makes me feel young and carefree and I m not the only fan. Exposed brick walls have long been the holy grail of interiors, the perfect solution for creating a stylish, yet understated, feature wall. For some lucky homeowners, stripping away an ugly drywall is all it takes to reveal a beautiful brick wall that lends itself to a range of interiors styles; from country to industrial. However, there are of course drawbacks to revealing the building blocks of your home and getting the look right takes careful preparation, attention to detail and patience. It can be a laborious, lengthy and dirty process and this puts some people off all together. If real exposed brick walls are beyond your reach, you can now recreate the look with several cunning options. Modern brick cladding comes in a wide variety and type of bricks enabling you to create any style of feature wall. Try reclaimed brick tile for an authentic aged feel. You use 20mm slices of brick called slips which are applied like tiles but give the impression a team of bricklayers have laboured long and hard. Or of course you could always choose a brick print wallpaper for a simple (and much cheaper) solution! Georgina Broadhurst, Just Shutters. For a design visit call 01932 500 270 or visit JustShutters.co.uk.

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Last month we featured an ad for Huntley The Practical Tailor from the Nov 1954 Issue of the Walton Review A Local resident wrote in : Hi Paul, yes I knew Huntley's very well, they made all of my suits in the past. I still have two of the suits, one of them is still my best suit, used for births, weddings and funerals and they still fit me perfectly. Local Resident Jim Dewart

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Celebrating 80 years of Citizens Advice Citizens Advice plays a vital role to people in Elmbridge. Providing independent, confidential, impartial and free advice and guidance about a wide range of issues, our staff and volunteers can make a huge difference to people s lives.

stories of the Citizens Advice Service and how it has helped them. Tell your story or share your pictures of Citizens Advice in Walton on Thames over the last 80 years, by calling us on 01932 248660 or by emailing our Community Fundraising Manager on faye.curtiskay@caew.org.uk We are planning a public celebration event in September in the week running up to Walton Heritage Day. More details to follow.

Citizens Advice was founded on 4th September 1939; in the days after World War Two broke out and 80 years later we are still helping people with complicated and intimidating problems. Supporting the Local Community Your local branch, Citizens Advice Elmbridge West, based at the Elmbridge Community Hub in Walton on Thames, supports the communities of Walton on Thames, Weybridge and Hersham and has been operational in the town since 1942. Share Your Memories Chief Executive of Citizen Advice Gillan Guy says, It s quite something that after being here for everyone for 80 years, the service remains free, confidential and impartial – something that is more important than ever for people in such uncertain times. In the run up to our 80th birthday celebrations we would love to hear from people in our local community, who have memories and Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

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Hollywood Stars Were our Pen Pals Walton on Thames resident Austin Mutti-Mewse, along with twin brother Howard, have an unusual story to tell - one of more than just a brush with Hollywood. More a life lived alongside its stars. We all had the odd pen pal or two when we were younger. Our parents encouraged us to write letters, and wasn't it fun getting mail? But Austin and Howard went one better. They wrote to and were befriended by Hollywood! There's is a story more fantastical than the plot of the movies the actors in 'I Used to be in Pictures' were in. Erstwhile 11 year old twins from leafy Surrey - quaint England, who embark on a journey of discovery by way of

Douglas Fairbanks Jr publicity still, signed to Austin and Howard

writing fan letters to a plethora of faded film stars they'd watched on the Saturday BBC Movie Matinee on their Grandmother Violet's jalopy of a television set. What they discovered were famous lives once lived; some languishing in a world befitting Sunset Boulevard's deluded Norma Desmond whereas others, humble about their past glories. Their accent, youth and their look and the interest they bestowed on their pen pals were such an attraction that word spread and the network of correspondents grew. Over the course of 30 years the twins were in contact with around 600 stars, from screen icons (Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Bob Hope) to the lesser lights including the final Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Magnificent or minor, all relished being wanted again. Letters quickly made way to phone calls – dozens a week (the twins took Saturday jobs to pay the phone

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bill), Marlene Dietrich would call at 3am from Paris (much to the annoyance of their father), Hedy Lamarr from Florida, Ava Gardner from London. Aged 18, Ginger Rogers and her Follow the Fleet (1936), co-star Joy Hodges, invited the boys to CaliforBette Davis publicity still nia. Making pitsigned to Austin and Howard stops with their penpals, Austin drove Joy s classic Mercedes to lunch dates with James Stewart, BBQ s at Frank Sinatra s and partied at Bob Hope ultramodern Palm Springs mansion What the twins found they could offer was undivided attention and interest. They were happy to listen to stories of a bygone era of glitz, glamour and success told by film stars from their wheelchairs or their beds. This innate ability to listen and marvel was the tonic many of these fading stars needed. The twins were great sounding boards, polite and interested and the memories and gossip of the golden years of movies came gushing out. A book I Used to be in Pictures , telling the unlikely story of a lifetime of friendship with the stars has been championed by the likes of Julian Fellowes, Tommy Hilfiger and even David Beckham, and last year was optioned by British Indie film company MAD AS BIRDS. Already being dubbed 'Billy Elliott without the ballet', I for one, can t wait to see it. For now, you can go and hear the tale for yourselves at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury, where copies of the beautiful book will also be on sale at a discounted price (£25.00 - RRP £35.00). The July Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival features an evening with the twins. The event will be on July 11th so book your own brush with Hollywood now. www.ticketsource.co.uk/ssarts

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Contact Rachel Bowles, Registrar, to book a tour on 020 8614 0857 or visit our website at www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk


Recipe of The Month Cheesy (Cheat s) Soufflé

Over the coming months, the Community Café@Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames will be bringing you some recipes showing you how you can use leftovers. They create wonderful food donated by a local supermarket. The ingredient they are given most is bread so here they share a great little savoury gem created by Annette, one of the volunteers. The secret is to prepare it the day before and leave to sit in the fridge before cooking the next day. Serves 4 people

sliced red peppers or tomatoes work well and last week we had success with asparagus Pour over half milk and egg mixture Then repeat with buttered bread and cheese. Pour remaining milk and egg mixture over, and push bread down so it really gets a soaking. Transfer dish/es to fridge for overnight or longer if you wish.

Ingredients 8 slices buttered bread (can be any type at all – or even left over burger baps) 2 eggs Milk – 500 ml Cheese – 125 g (grated – any type of hard cheese – or a selection of pieces if you are having a clear out!) Salt/pepper Any or all of the following: One leek/handful chives/few cherry tomatoes/peppers/cured sliced meats

30 mins before you want to eat, pop into a preheated oven at 160 .Finished dish Should look golden and risen – eat Immediately with a side salad.

Looks good in individual ramekins but can easily work in one large ovenproof dish. Beat eggs together with milk to make the total mixture up to 600 ml. Line the dish or ramekin with one layer of buttered bread. Season this layer, sprinkle with half the grated cheese Put your optional filling in here – thinly To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Part of the Hampton School Trust. IAPS Independent Day School for boys aged 3 -11 & girls aged 3 - 7 years

Open Morning Friday 13 September and Thursday 17 October 2019 9.30am: Headmaster’s welcome – Prep School 9.45am - 11.00am: Tours – Pre-Prep and Prep Book your place via our website: www.hamptonprep.org.uk - ‘Visit the School’ page

Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep School is highly successful in meeting its aims. The achievements of the pupils are excellent. ISI Report 2016

020 8979 1844 admissions@hamptonprep.org.uk Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep, Gloucester Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2UQ


Garden View This month - Sitting sustainably One of the great pleasures in life has to be sitting outside on a summer evening, glass of wine in hand, gazing in reverie at your precious plot. But what are you sitting on? Is your furniture environmentally friendly? What about that lovely decking, or your garden shed?

Unfortunately not all garden suppliers stock products which are FSC approved. So we need to demand that they do.

As gardeners we have a responsibility which extends far beyond our boundary. Trees are vital to the planet. They convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and act as environmental filters, offsetting the effects of pollution. They also provide a habitat for birds and animals. Like many gardeners I take a keen interest in environmental matters so it came as a shock when I read recently that that every year our tiny island imports more unsustainably produced wood than anywhere else in the world! A good proportion of this wood is used to make garden buildings, furniture, fencing and decking. I was thrilled, therefore, to read about the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and their certification programme for sustainable produced and sourced wood? The FSC was founded in 1993, in response to public concern about deforestation. The council devised a wood-labelling scheme which allows a product to be traced right back down the supply chain from the consumer to its source.

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The world s forests are in decline. Some tropical hardwoods are already on the verge of extinction, and temperate forests in the northern hemisphere are also suffering because of unregulated tree-felling. As a gardener and lover of our environment I feel more comfortable knowing that I m not contributing to the destruction of our planet. If you re replacing your garden furniture this year, ask to see the FSC certified label. Q. Is it possible to be environmentally friendly when buying PVC furniture? A. Yes it is. Many companies are now producing furniture made from recycled PVCs. You re no longer limited to the standard flimsy offerings either. It s now possible to find sturdy benches and picnic tables. Of course, the advantage of PVC is that it s completely weatherproof; maintenance-free, and won t rot, corrode or splinter!

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Local Reservoirs During the late 19th century, there was a need to increase the water supply throughout the country. Previously small reservoirs had been built, and these were used for modest crop irrigation and domestic use. An increasing population, industrial and food production, necessitated the construction of substantial water storage facilities.

Several reservoirs are sited in the Molesey and Walton area. One of the biggest serving London, and the most recent to be built is the Queen Elizabeth 11, located between Walton and West Molesey. Managed by Thames Water, and authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1935, due to the outbreak of World War 11, building work did not begin until 1957. The works were completed by W & C French, and commissioned in 1962. It covers 317 acres, and holds 4.300 million gallons of water. Following five years of planning, work began in March 2016 installing solar panels onto the water surface. More than 23,000 panels float, generating 6.3 MW of power (enough to supply 1,800 homes).The solar farm is expected to offset energy expenses used to power nearby water treatment and pumping stations. The farm covers 1/10 of the surface. Thames Water has pledged to support the objectives of the Paris Climate Change Agreement to limit the global temperature rise to 2C, and the firm says this project will contribute to achieving that goal. This solar panel farm was for a time the largest in the world, but that record has now been overtaken by the Chinese city of Huainan, in Anhui province. Many other floating solar farms are likely to be built both in the UK and abroad. Bessborough and the adjacent Knight reservoirs lie south of the river Thames, with the A3050 running to the north. Both were built by the Southwark and Vauxhall Waterworks Company. Building work began in 1898, and was completed in 1907 replacing an old mansion and its farmed estate. The com-

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bined area is 125.5 acres, with a water capacity of 1,198 million gallons. Built by Sir Robert Mc Alpine, the Island Barn reservoir has an area of 122 acres, and a capacity of 992 million gallons. It was authorized by the Lambeth Water act of 1900, and was opened in 1911.It is surrounded by the rivers Mole to the west and the Ember to the east. The Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club, hosts dingy sailing races and training at the reservoir, and the site is also used for bird watching. The now disused Molesey reservoirs were adjacent to the Thames on the south side on the reach above Molesey Lock. They were established in 1872, and had pumping stations to lift the water from the river into the storage place. Taken out of use in 1999, the land was then used for the extraction of aggregates. By area, Rutland water is the largest reservoir in this country, with an area of 4.86 square miles, and a water volume of 124 million cubic meters. When the well s dry, we know the worth of water Benjamin Franklin

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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 Creative Stitch Exhibition, Riverside Barn, Walton on Thames, 19 - 30 June, 10am - 4pm, free entry. This exhibition will showcase the work of Riverside s creative textiles and embroidery groups. On display will be a diverse range of work including stump work, batik, silk painting, felting, machine embroidery and many more! Surrey Blues Club Friday 7th June, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band The Voodoo Sheiks. No Admission Charge, No Membership required, Fully Air Conditioned. All welcome, music from 8.45pm.Surrey Blues Club 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 waltononthameswi@gmail.com Molesey Musical Theatre 'Sweet Charity' at Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton on Thames, KT12 1AU 19-22 June @ 7:30pm + Saturday matinee @ 2:30pm. This iconic musical comedy takes us through Charity Hope Valentine's romantic highs & lows centred around The Fandango Ballroom. With a hit score including 'Big Spender', 'Rhythm of Life', 'If My Friends Could See Me Now' a warm MMT welcome awaits. moleseymusicaltheatre.com or 020 8941 3255 ShyneFest Now in its third year, this summer's ShyneFest promises to be the biggest and best yet. On blissful long June days, in a delightful riverside setting, this will be another weekend to remember. A host of special activities on site will keep the whole family entertained throughout the festival, from a silent disco and face painting to art and craft stalls. If you're camping over and staying with us for the whole weekend, or just spending one day here, enjoy it all. ShyneFest 2019 is an event for everyone to relish. Friday 21st June from 5pm (entry from 12pm) to Saturday 22nd June 11pm. Prices from £0 to £139.17 (including booking fees) Apps Court Farm, Hurst Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2EG Fri 21 Jun 2019 and Sat 22 Jun 2019 Claremont Landscape Garden - Teddy bears picnic and storytelling A fun-filled picnic for every bear that ever there was, featuring delightful stories and songs. Please bring your own picnic. Especially for pre -school toddlers from 12 months old, we are hosting Teddy Bears' Picnics at Claremont every Wednesday in June and August. Gates open 10:00. Start 13:00. End 14:00. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Ask the kiosk for directions. Check website for latest information. Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG Wed 5 Jun, Wed 12 Jun, Wed 19 Jun, Wed 26 Jun Contact telephone: 01372 467806 - Kiosk The Great Weybridge Cake Off and Artisan Market Join Ruth Langsford at The Great Weybridge baking competition and artisan market. Bring your masterpiece/s to Monument Green by 10 am on 15th June 2019.Entry fee: £3 per entry. Go to www.allaboutweybridge.co.uk/cakeoff and download your entry form 10 am until 3pm Free Event Monument Green Surrey Sat 15 Jun 2019 Contact telephone: 01932856343 The Weybridge Male Voice Choir will be combining with the ladies of the Treble Clef Choir, Weybridge, to stage a special fund-raising concert in support of the newly-opened Stokes Centre for Urology at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. Saturday, 22 June 2019 07:30 PM St James' Church, Weybridge 01252 326514 tickets@weybridgemvc.org.uk www.weybridgemvc.org.uk Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

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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 Birkheads from the May 1955 issue.

Anyone out there remember the shop, or even maybe still has a Birkheads bicycle or pram? Email me at: paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

This month I met with Browns Community Services, a local group that provides bespoke social care for vulnerable local people, and attended an event in Parliament to raise local concerns about illegally moored slum boats with the Environment Agency and Elmbridge Borough Council. On Friday 10 May, I met with Angeline Gore and Charlotte Waldron from the inspirational not-for-profit Browns Community Services. Ms Gore, the Chief Executive, briefed me on how the organisation provides bespoke social care for vulnerable adults across Surrey and Berkshire, including here in Walton. Browns works with individuals – ranging from young victims of grooming to ex-offenders – to build-up their confidence, help them to address any substance abuse or personal challenges they may face, and support them back into work, education or training. The group runs a number of programmes, including the Rebuild Project , which has recently received funding from the National Lottery Fund. Rebuild supports families by providing vulnerable children, teenagers and adults with a 26-week course of counselling. I spoke with a local resident who has taken part in the project, who told me first-hand about the support she and her family had received from Browns, and how it had changed their lives. Browns also run the 4Es to Employment Course , which has an impressive 98% success rate for getting exoffenders and the long-term unemployed into one of paid work, volunteering or education. At the end of April, I attended a meeting in Parliament of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the River Thames, where I raised the issue of illegally moored boats along the river. This is a frustrating problem for residents, particularly those who live along the Thames in Walton. The meeting was an important opportunity to bring together residents, the Environment Agency, Elmbridge Borough Council and other river users. I made two key points. First, all existing powers should be used as rigorously as possible to address illegal moorings, including the use of Public Spaces Protection Or-

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ders (PSPO). PSPO s target a specific issue in a particular area that is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local residents, by prohibiting certain actions. Second, if the full and robust use of existing powers are not effective in ensuring the law is properly enforced, the government must now consider strengthening the law so that we can take effective action to preserve the interests of residents and the public. Elmbridge is consistently ranked as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, but it is important to tackle issues like this to preserve the local quality of life. Best wishes,

MP for Esher & Walton

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Index of Advertisers Building W Brown and Son 4 Care Adelaide House 18 The Burlington 15 Dance Floor Hire Dancefloorhiredirect 35 Estate Agents Curchods 20/21 Harmes Turner Brown 40 Electrician Paige Electrics 35 Events Baseball s Coming Home 17 Hampton Court Palace 6 Hanworth Classic 35 Meet Up Tuesdays 31 Molesey Musical Theatre 19 Perfectly Brewed 37 Viva Forever 22 Walton/Weybridge Regatta 24 Equity Release Harvest Financial Mgmt 18 Funeral Services Alan Greenwood 31 Garden Services/Supplies Easicut Mowers 31 Glazing/Windows/Doors House of Surrey 39 Novaglass 2 Village Windows 24

Health and Fitness Hot Yoga Club Liquid Leisure You Fit Heating Progas Ironing Hate Ironing? Kitchens Ashford Kitchens Oven Cleaning Ovenclean Mobility Shepperton Mobility Pharmacy/Travel Clinic Trio Pharmacy Roofing Aldridge and Sons Schools/Education Hampton Court House Hampton Prep Walton Montessori Sell for Cash JC Stamps Shutters Just Shutters Upholstery John Miller White Goods Hire RMTV Will Writing Harvest Wills

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