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March 2019 Issue 7

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Here we are in March. Spring is almost upon us. There are two main things to remember this month, and luckily this year they are both on the same date. Firstly do remember that on Sunday 31st March at 1am the clocks go forward one hour signalling the start of British Summer Time (BST). Secondly don t forget Mother s Day, same date, Sunday 31st. In this issue we also look at the history behind Apps Court, we hear of Social Prescribing and The Walton Charity and we visit the Royal Mews Horse

March 2019 Rangers. Walton Bowls Club gets ready for the new season, and The Walton Blind Society take us through their history and bring us up to date with all their good work. We find out who won the Elmbridge Business Award and we hear how Elmbridge Renstart and The Walton Charity are helping the borough s homeless, lonely and vulnerable Take care and see you next month

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Apps Court By local historian John C Pulford Three Walton Manors are mentioned in the Domesday Book- Walton-on-Thames, Walton Leigh, and Apps, the latter being about one mile to the north-east of Walton on the road to Molesey. Its history stretches further back than the Domesday Book however with records of part of its land being given to Chertsey Abbey in 675. Most of its Walton land now lies under the Knights and Bessborough reservoirs. By 1235, the custom was in place that on All Souls Day each year, the estate must distribute to the poor a barrel of ale, corn, some bread and a pig. This custom (without the pig) was still in place over 600 years later and large crowds would appear annually with jugs cans and even buckets to collect their beer. The house saw a succession of aristocratic owners and occupiers. In 1590 it was occupied by Cuthbert Blakedon, whose father had rejoiced under the job title of Henry VIII s Sergeant of the Confectionary and in 1602 it was acquired by Francis Leigh whose son, later created Earl of Chichester, consolidated the 150 acre estate into a deer park. In 1653 Apps Court passed to his son- in-law Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, whose daughter, Elizabeth, married firstly Joceline Percy, Earl of Northumberland, and secondly, Ralph, Earl of Montagu. Consequently, the Apps court estate was just a small part of a vast fortune that Montagu amassed during his lifetime. The house was rebuilt in about 1824 by John To advertise email


Hamborough, and described at the time as white brick with a noble stone portico supported on Ionic columns . It passed into its final family ownership when purchased in 1854 by Robert Gill, a Railway Engineer who had been involved with George Stephenson in the construction of the Manchester and Leeds Railway. In 1898, Gill s widow, Fanny, sold the house and land to the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company, which demolished it and transformed the park into the two reservoirs now situated between Walton Road and Hurst Rd. While work was in progress in 1906, five Romano British urns turned up in the scoop of an excavator, but only one survived intact. The Water Company had already made a more challenging discovery however, in the form of a large crowd of people demanding beer and bread on All Souls Day. After the crowd was dispersed by the police, the Company came to a settlement with the Charity Commission by placing ÂŁ200 in trust for the benefit of the poor of Walton and Molesey. Today, only Apps Court Farm (once the home farm for the old manor) remains, but the name is perhaps now best known for the popular car boot sales held on its land. References: Walton Past, Bryan Ellis, Phillimore; 2002. A Short History of Walton-on-Thames. Michael Blackman, Walton and Weybridge Local History Society, 1989. Walton and Weybridge: A Dictionary of Local History. George Greenwood, 1983. Photo courtesy of Elmbridge Museum, Elmbridge Borough Council

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Afternoon Tea, A British Tradition By local Resident John Taylor The custom of a meal being taken mid-

Following sandwiches, scones, sometimes pronounced as scon, are served, with jam and cream. Whilst some guests prefer to place jam on the scone first, in the Cornish fashion, others spread cream first, which is the Devon tradition. All followed by delicious fancy cakes, and pastries. Probably the most important item, good quality tea. One legend says that in 2737 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung noticed that a green leaf had blown into a bowl of boiling water, colouring the liquid and therefore creating the beverage. The tea shrub is small and evergreen. The tips are picked, allowed to wither, then rolled, fermented and

afternoon was started in the early 19th century by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. She was the wife of Francis Russell, and sister- in- law to the Prime Minister, John Russell. A lifelong friend of Queen Victoria, she had served as a lady of the bed chamber. During this period the habit of serving dinner at about 8 pm left the Duchess feeling ravenous by late afternoon. To ward off the hunAnna, 7th Duchess of Bedford ger she would order each day at about 3 pm, tea, bread and butter, and cakes. Later on she would invite friends to join her at home and the event became a great success. The idea gradually spread generally into society, and tea rooms, and tea gardens sprang up everywhere. During the Edwardian period, taking afternoon tea became popular both at home where it was usually served in the drawing room, and in lounges of hotels. Ladies and gentlemen dressed formally for the occasion. Later tea dances became something of a phenomenon and despite rationing, lasted until well after the Second World War. The social event lost its appeal when coffee bars were the place to be seen. However from the late twentieth century, afternoon tea again became popular. Many restaurants and hotels throughout Britain now serve the meal for tourists and for those wanting to celebrate a special occasion. Famous London hotels, and department stores are particularly renowned in providing this traditional experience. At the start of the meal, Champagne is sometimes provided, before the serving of various delicate sandwiches. They were invented in 1762 by John Montague the 4th Earl of Sandwich. He was playing cards, and not willing to leave the gaming table, asked for a serving of roast beef to be placed between two slices of bread so he could eat with his hands, without the need for cutlery. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

dried. The drink contains the stimulants tannin and caffeine. It was not until the 1660 s that the drink was made popular in England by Charles II. A familiar quandary, should it be milk or water first. Historically milk was poured first in order to protect the fine bone china, from the hot water. Some prefer to add the milk to the tea, stating that milk first in the cup lowers the temperature of the water, so a proper infusion can t take place. Originally cultivated in China since early times, many other countries are now major producers. An increasingly popular meal in Britain and throughout the world, as Henry James writes: "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony know as

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Mary Poppin s Story Stirs Memories Jean Jones has lived in her house since it was built in 1937. Reading the article in last months Walton Matters on The Original Mary Poppins, it brought back some happy memories. Jean was taught dance in the Joan Morris School of Dancing. In the Christmas of 1945/46 she was lucky enough to be included in the dance troupe that was chosen to be in the pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Kingston Empire. Her group were known as The Walton Babes. The show ran for about six weeks so the children had to get special permission to take time off school because of their young age. What a great time it was, especially as at the end of each week when they were each paid 16 silver shillings! On the very last night and the last show, Jean remembers that a young Julie Andrews came onto the stage with a very big basket containing a pink wrapped parcel of sweets for each

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of the girls; a wonderful ending to what was a fantastic time of our lives says Jean. Of course the Kingston Empire has long been converted into various shopping outlets but Jean says she will always remember the special time when she used to go in through the stage door for the pantomime. Although Jean doesn t have any photos taken at the show, she does still have a treasured autograph book signed by some of the cast. Photo: Jean (right) aged 11/12 together with both her older and younger sisters

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Social Prescribing and The Walton Charity Community Allotment site, where those who need a bit more support can get all the advantages of gardening, but within a communal group who can provide mutual support. Social Prescribing has become something of a Walton Charity also supports many projects buzz phrase over the past year, and it is hard to which can form important parts of a social preread, see or hear anything about the NHS which scription. Love of Learning s workshops on does not refer to the benefits of a social prescrip- Cooking on a Budget are another good example. tion . But what is it? What does it all mean? Does They run interactive hands-on workshops which it work? Where can you get it? incorporate demonstrations and tastings, with Put simply, social prescribing is a means of enaparticipants able to make a dish to take home as bling GPs, nurses and other primary care profeswell as being able to share a dish with others. The sionals to refer people to a range of local, non- sessions enable people to learn about nutrition clinical services. There is an increasing recogniand food hygiene as well as how to plan, budget tion that people s health is affected by a range of and shop for nutritious family food. social, economic and environmental factors, and There is emerging evidence that social prescribing that traditional medical interventions can only do can lead to a range of positive health and wellso much. being outcomes. Studies have pointed to improveSocial prescribing schemes can ments in areas such as qualinvolve a variety of activities ity of life and emotional which are typically provided by well-being, mental and voluntary and community secgeneral well-being, and tor organisations. Examples levels of depression and include volunteering, arts activanxiety. Social prescribing ities, group learning, gardening, schemes may also lead to a befriending, cookery, healthy reduction in the use of NHS eating advice and a range of services. sports. While robust and systematSo rather than going to you ic evidence on the effecdoctor for pills to take, you tiveness of social prescribcould end up being prescribed ing is very limited, one a walk each day or being engreat advantage is that there couraged to join a volunteer are few, if any, negatives. project or support others in You do not need a highly your community. These nonskilled pharmacist looking medical interventions can be at combinations of drugs seen to have a more beneficial and their side effects if you effect than traditional medical want to go and dig your approaches. allotment plot. Eating Two areas are currently very freshly prepared food, raThe Allotment Harvest popular, prescribing exercise and ther than processed, is only going to healthy eating. Local charity, Walton Charity, has improve your health and happiness. four allotment sites in Walton and they ve long been aware of the advantages of getting stuck For more information on Walton Charity s in ..a combination of different types of exerallotments, please get in touch with Karen cise – digging, planting, weeding – being in the Heynike – fresh air, meeting other gardeners and of course, Email: ending up with fresh, organic food. Phone: 0203 328 0254 For those who are not ready to jump into having their own allotment site, the Charity also offers a


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Community Safety Survey 2019

Residents, businesses and community groups in Elmbridge are being asked their opinions on community safety in 2019 to influence the priorities in Partnership Action Plan for the coming year. The Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership have published a new survey to obtain the views of residents and businesses on the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour as well as the actual level of crime being experienced. This survey will support the development of the action plan for the Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership in the coming year (2019/20).Councillor Andrew Burley, Portfolio Holder for Community and Social Affairs at Elmbridge Borough Council says, The Borough of Elmbridge is a safe place to live, work and visit. We would like to hear your views on community safety matters as we are always looking to ensure residents feel safe and secure as well as make improvements. Where issues of concern have been raised, Elmbridge in partnership with the police and other agencies have taken a proactive approach to resolve these problems, for example the PSPO in Walton-on-Thames. The results of this survey will inform and influence the work that the Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership will

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undertake in 2019/2020, so please make your views count by completing our survey. This survey will run from until 20 March 2019. A summary of the results will be published on the Elmbridge Borough Council website ( in April 2019 along with our updated Partnership Action Plan 2019/20. Please tell us your views by completing this short online questionnaire:

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Royal Mews Horse Rangers Opportunities to Volunteer

By Louise Addison

You will have driven past the Royal Mews near Hampton Court Palace many times and maybe have wondered what the building was and what it is now. You may also have seen a parade of uniformed children riding down the road on their way in to Bushy Park and assumed they are part of an elite club. But there is so much to the Horse Rangers that I had not realised before visiting recently, and you have the chance to get involved there. The building itself goes back to 1536 and was the stables and hay barn for the palace. In Victorian times it was converted to an inn with stabling for coaches, hence the imposing arch ways. It is still owned by the Royal Household. The Horse Rangers Association (HRA) was founded in 1954 by Raymond Gordon who wanted to give children who could not afford to own a horse, the opportunity to learn to look after and ride horses. It was based at Shepperton Studios but moved to Hampton Court in 1968. Raymond Gordon s vision was to enable boys and girls aged eight upwards, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to learn to look after and ride horses. Someone told me it is like scouts/guides but with horses which seems to be a good description. It is not a riding school but a place to learn about oneself, a team and the care of a horse. One of the stated objectives is to help members to learn independence and concern for others by guiding them towards the qualities of integrity, honour and trust . The patron is Princess Michael of Kent who took over after Princess Margaret. HRH the Queen and other members of the Royal Family have also visited the Royal Mews. From early in the charity s existence, it has offered activities to young people with disabilities. In 1975 the HRA became a member group of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). They help disabled children and adults by providing them with riding facilities and teaching them horsemanship. The positivity this can engender in riders is incredible and hugely beneficial to their wellbeing. The affection and enthusiasm within the organisaTo advertise email


tion is clear. Stable manager and both deputies have between them 60 years of service at the Royal Mews, starting as youngsters themselves, learning horsemanship, volunteering and then finding employment. You may well have seen the HRA in action, performing one of their musical rides. They were the main arena act at the Shepperton Village Fair in 2017. This is a long standing traditional discipline and is on show again at the annual Chestnut Sunday in Bushy Park, which this year falls on May 12th. Why not pop along to see them in action? HRA is a charity, relying on grants from the likes of Children in Need but otherwise which is self-supporting. Through its outreach days during the year it plays an important role in supporting children who are for one reason or another, disengaged with education, be it down to bullying, bereavement or coping as a young carer. Outreach days offer the chance to own a pony for a day, learning how to care for, groom and ride it, as well as learning to be part of a team. As a charity, the group relies heavily on volunteers and needs more of them. If the HRA sounds inspiring to you, how about getting involved? Volunteers do not need experience with horses but need to be confident and interested in people. As well as the outreach days during the year, volunteers are also needed for the Riding for the Disabled programme which run day sessions (term time only) and one evening session all year round. So, if you think you have what it takes to support children within this environment, are interested in horsemanship and want to see how children can blossom through the activities of HRA, why not get in touch? Lauren Thomas Development and Volunteers Manager The Horse Rangers Association 020 89794196 Donate: public/landing.aspx Or call Paul on 07946 494288


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(Walton Residents Association) I have been walking the Thames towpath on a regular basis since 2013. I walk from Walton to Weybridge and then sometimes along the Wey Navigation to Cox's Lock. I join the towpath by descending the steps from River Mount built, like part of Bridge Street, on land released from the Mount Felix estate. When descending the steps, the garden of the house on the left sports a magnificent plane tree. This used to be one of a pair, but a few years ago one of the trees was found to be diseased and had to be taken down. There is a story that the trees were planted by "Lumpy" Stevens, who was, at least theoretically, gardener to the Earl of Tankerville. The Earl was owner of Mount Felix from about 1770. Stevens played first class cricket from the 1750's to about 1790. Plane trees may live over two hundred years, so the idea is feasible. Stevens was an extremely accurate bowler, and his habit of passing the ball between the two stumps used at the time led to the third stump being introduced.

Kiwi soldiers boating, with Rosewell's Boathouse in the background Turning left at the bottom of the steps, I proceed to the bridge which crosses the entrance to Walton Marina. The Marina was known as part of the "backwater" in the early part of the 20th century. Then the bridge was flat, not allowing a boat of any height passage beneath. Just beyond the bridge, where the Marina offices now stand, was Rosewell's Boathouse. Postcards of the period show Kiwi troops, patients from the Mount Felix hospital, walking by the river and taking out boats hired from Mr Rosewell. Descending the far side of the bridge I remember the floods of early 2014, when I was met by swans swimming directly at its foot. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

Swans swim directly at the foot of the Marina bridge - January 10th 2014 A little further on one reaches the "New" Walton bridge, the sixth to be constructed. It is considered by many to be a graceful structure, but in need of a clean! One day I came across a team of men dressed in caving gear here, entering one of the hollow tubes from which the bridge is suspended, and apparently carrying cables to the other side. On the far side of the Bridge Cowey Sale starts. Here Gino's cafe caters for the stream of people who come to sit in the sun in summer and feed the ducks, swans and geese in the winter. It is to Gino's credit that he had persevered to overcome all the drawbacks of a badly designed building and provide a service much appreciated by visitors. Past the slipway, the ground starts to rise towards the entrance to Desborough Cut, and the River Thames proper curves away to take the long route to Weybridge. Just on the Walton side of the first Desborough Island bridge is the site where a large tree (the diameter of its trunk was around three feet) came down across the towpath a couple of years ago. I think it must have happened overnight. I encountered it fairly early in the morning, with people navigating to the least obstructive point then climbing over the trunk, some of them hauling bicycles as well. Fortunately no one was close when it fell! Next I walk beneath the bridge which marks the entrance to Desborough Cut.... (to be continued). Graham Woolgar, for The Walton Society


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Walton Bowling Club When Walton Bowling Club decided last year to introduce coloured clothing it was a small, but significant sign that the club are playing their part in modernise the sport. Instead of the traditional grey or white trousers, Walton players can now be spotted on the green in a blue outfit. We had some opposition at first, not every member was in favour, says Tony Banks the club secretary for the past six years. But the majority now support the move and we are one of the first clubs in Surrey to play in colours. The club, now just three years short of marking their centenary, have arranged almost 60 friendly fixtures for the coming season, as well as being represented in the usual county and regional and inter-club competitions. The club s big day is the Walton 4s, played at their

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green in Elm Grove Recreation Ground. This year s event on Sunday August 11th marks 25 years and involves club teams from across Surrey and beyond. For the second year in a row bowlers will be going on tour in Essex and Suffolk towards the end of the season. The club also organises a wide range of social events for members and guests throughout the year. A few years ago a trophy inscribed with the club s name was found in New Zealand, a sure sign that the name of Walton Bowling club has spread far and wide. The club s first open evening is on April 16th and subsequent Tuesdays. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. More details at or ring 01372 842918.

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MARCH 2019

Everything you need to know about the Government Help to Buy scheme The Government Help to Buy scheme came into effect in April 2013. Since its launch the Government has provided £7.39bn worth of funding to assist more than 145,000 buyers to purchase their own homes, 81% of these being First Time Buyers.

Who Is It For? The scheme is open to all as long as they do not own another property. It is designed to assist buyers with the purchase of their main residence, up to a maximum value of £600,000. It makes home ownership affordable by assisting those that are struggling to raise a sizeable deposit. It was also devised to give momentum to the housing market, which is critical to the country’s economy and its connection to the UK construction industry. The scheme is only applicable to newly built properties and for those where the

developer has registered the site with Homes England, the schemes administrator. It is available for both Leasehold flats and Freehold housing, but Leasehold housing has to be referred.

How Does It Work? The buyer has to provide a minimum of 5% of the purchase price as their deposit. The Help to Buy scheme tops this up with a maximum 20% (40% in the London area), five year interest-free loan - making a combined 25% (45%) of the purchase price. The remaining 75% (55%) of the balance is provided by a bank or building society, as a mortgage. The scheme cannot be used in conjunction with other developer incentives, but the current First Time Buyer Stamp Duty exception up to £500,000 is permitted.

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After the five year interest-free period has ended, the loan has to be repaid or interest is charged at 1% over Retail Price Index (RPI) - currently this is calculated at 1.75%. Alternatively, if you have saved or re-mortgaged you can pay the loan off, based upon the percentage borrowed of the current market value.

Help to Buy in its current form is due to run until the end of March 2021 by which date completion on your new home purchase must have taken place. After this date the Help to Buy scheme will only be available to First Time Buyers and will be capped at a purchase price of ÂŁ437,600 in the south east of England and ÂŁ600,000 in the London area. For more advice on Help to Buy and any other property related matters, please contact Warren Fraser, Partner and the team at Curchods Walton.



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Through The Keyhole In our line of work, we come across a lot of windows; wherever there are shutters, there are sure to be windows, but lately the windows of Surrey seem to be a little more eye-catching. The days of default white uPVC double glazing seem to be numbered, as homeowners choose shapes, colours and styles that really make a statement. Letting in as much light as possible and merging the outside with the inside is a popular trend. Expansive sections of glass allow more daylight in and create dramatic outdoor views, often with floor to ceiling windows or the increasingly ubiquitous bi-fold doors. We have been working on port-holes, arches, triangle and gable end windows with spectacular results. Crittall-style has made an industrial comeback and with its unique sturdy slimprofile can be used in a myriad of ways beyond windows and doors; such as rear extensions, walls, room dividers and even shower screens. Who said window frames must be white? Coloured window frames, especially dark greys and blacks are becoming more widely used across Surrey. It must be said there is something very satisfying about colour matching shutters to these darker hues. The kerb appeal it produces is immense! 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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Local Couple win Elmbridge Borough Georgina Broadhurst, Just Shutters. Council s Business Award It has been an exhilarating few months for Stylopoly, from winning Elmbridge Borough Council s best start-up bootcamp idea award to their recent launch. Co-founders of this innovative online fashion business, Vik and Sunaina Patel have worked diligently to turn their initial concept into a fullyfledged operation yet stress the invaluable help Elmbridge Borough Council has provided them. Like many great ideas, Vik s eureka moment arrived one unassuming evening when he noticed that Sunaina s online quest for new clothes had left her with over 100 tabs cluttering her computer screen. This, coupled with her phone storage filled with countless shopping apps, left Vik determined to create a painless solution – and things progressed rapidly from there. Benefiting from funding provided through the Council s start-up grant programme, enabling them to buy previously unaffordable equipment such as a state-of-the-art laptop for website development, the pair combined their expertise to develop the new business based in Walton-on-Thames. Making use of Vik s technical

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experience as an IT professional who graduated with a Computer Science degree from Manchester University; and Sunaina s Warwick Business School knowledge and proficiency with digital media and marketing - the brand name, logo and mock website were pitched to retailers, receiving very encouraging feedback. With the tagline discover and shop the world s most stylish brands , Stylopoly offers an easy online fashion shopping experience. Partnering with the world s leading fashion retailers including Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Adidas, the most stylish and desirable products are compiled in one location – providing a convenient experience for the customers. The duo have been backed by Elmbridge Borough Council with a range of business support to kick start their new venture. In addition to accessing the Council s business grants Stylopoly attended a start-up bootcamp day, Google Digital Garage event and were provided with both business masterclasses and their own stand at the Elmbridge business conference. Sunaina felt the award generated recognition which helped elevate our brand, and even ensured that we have become an attractive employer for a host of passionate international business and fashion interns from leading Universities . Councillor Ruth Mitchell, Portfolio Holder for Resources said Stylopoly are another great local Elmbridge success story who help to showcase the entrepreneurial talent and range of support on offer from the Council. I would encourage anyone with a business idea or just starting up to attend our next start-up bootcamp on 8 March or find out more about our start up grant, get some practical expert advice and find out more about all the support on offer. I look forward to hearing more about Stylopoly and wish the team all the success for the future. The long-term aim for Stylopoly, is to give back to Surrey and the UK economy, expanding enough to establish several offices and provide national job opportunities for local people. But for now, the aim is to ride through the initial growth stage and emerge a recognised and flourishing staple of online fashion shopping.


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The Department for Education has revised the realistic opening date for the new Heathside Walton-on-Thames School to September 2021, subject to planning permission being obtained. While ElmWey Learning Trust, who will operate the new school, had initially hoped that the school would open in 2020, opening in September 2021 corresponds with the latest pupil number data from Surrey County Council, on when a new secondary school is required in Elmbridge. Additionally, there has been a delay in accessing the site which has resulted in the planning application being submitted later than initially anticipated. ElmWey Learning Trust and the team behind the school will continue to work closely with the local community, Elmbridge Borough Council, Surrey County Council and other stakeholders to bring about the opening of the school in time for the first Year 7 pupils to start in 2021. Heathside Walton is a proposed new Free School to be run by ElmWey Learning Trust who currently operate Heathside School in


Weybridge. Heathside School in Weybridge was rated Good by OFSTED at its last inspection in March 2018. ElmWey Learning Trust is seeking to replicate its educational ethos, standards and achievements at the new school in Walton-on-Thames. Heathside Walton will have a mixed intake of children aged 11 to 16 and will be a non-faith, nonselective school. The school will ultimately have a pupil roll of 900 pupils with the school admitting

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Walton Blind Society The Walton Blind Society is a local charity, set up in 1976 when funding from Surrey County Council ceased for employing social workers solely devoted to the case of the blind in 1975. This meant the closure of a monthly craft and social club which had been run by the council for the visually handicapped. Despite letters from one of the blind members to the council and local MP requesting that help might continue for the local blind people, it was made clear that financial restrictions would not allow the special services for the blind to continue. Not to be thwarted the blind lady and her neighbour decided to form a voluntary group to care for the visually handicapped in the area and invited a third person to join them and form the nucleus of a committee. Blind people were visited and in September 1975 a small group met in St John s Church, Walton, for tea and a chance to meet up with others similarly affected. More helpers joined, a committee was formed, and monthly social meetings began under the name Help the Blind , later changed to Walton Blind Society . Some gifts were received and small fund-raising events held. The Social meetings were increased to two a month and outings or entertainments were arranged to alternate with the meetings at the church. The organisation became affiliated to Surrey Voluntary Association for the Blind and thus aids for the blind were obtained at special reduced rates on the members behalf. In 1978 a fortnightly handicraft group for the Society members was formed, meeting separately but organised by the same committee. Items made could be bought by the maker or sold at fundraising events. At the same time holidays began for groups of members with individual guides, at seaside hotels owned by the RNIB and the LAB (London Association for the Blind). These holidays gave great pleasure and encouraged real friendships between members. Funding towards


these was raised by Ploughmans Lunches , run by enthusiastic members of St Mary s and St John s Churches and over the years the twice yearly events proved very popular and successful. The Society has always been committed to caring for the needs of members and appointed a committee member as a welfare officer who was instrumental in solving many varied problems of health, finance, as well as difficulties due to visual disability. So much so that when one member had a disease of the eyes causing blindness, funds were raised locally enabling treatment in Zurich. In 1991 four representatives from the Society were invited, along with many other special guests to one of the Queen s Buckingham Palace garden parties in recognition of their work for the Society and the blind or partially sighted of Walton and Hersham. Today the Walton Blind Society continues meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoon of the month at St John s Church, Walton, from 1.30-3.30pm. Numbers are less than in previous years when membership had to be lim-

ited to 60 but those who come are able to participate in active social meetings there might be visiting choirs, handbell ringing, talks, a visit from the Mayor, or even a quiz by in house quiz masters. Outings continue and these have included boat trips, steam train rides, lunch or tea venues. For details of meetings please contact the Chairman on 01932 228367

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Recipe of The Month

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne Serves 6-8 Preparation time 45minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Ingredients Pack lasagne sheets 125g Mozzarella, sliced 30g Parmesan For the tomato sauce Olive oil 1 Onion, finely chopped 2 Garlic cloves, crushed 150ml Red wine 2 x 400g Tins chopped tomatoes 1 tsp Sugar 2 tbsp Worcester sauce 2 tbsp Tomato purée Bunch fresh basil, chopped

minutes until the spinach has wilted. It will seem to almost disappear! Drain the cooked spinach in a colander and press to squeeze out any excess water. Roughly chop, then mix with the rest of the creamy sauce ingredients. Taste and season well Spread a little of the spinach and ricotta sauce over the base of the baking dish, then cover with slightly overlapping lasagne sheets. Pour over a third of the remaining white sauce, sprinkle over a little of the grated cheese and top with half the tomato sauce. Cover with another layer of lasagne sheets, top with half the remaining white sauce, then all the remaining tomato sauce. Add the final layer of lasagne sheets, then spread with the rest of the white sauce. Scatter with the remaining grated cheese. Top with mozzarella slices and the grated Parmesan and bake for 
30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

For the creamy spinach and ricotta sauce 375g Spinach Knob of butter 500g Ricotta 250g Mascarpone 4 medium free-range egg yolks Grated zest 1 lemon Pinch freshly grated nutmeg 40g Parmesan, grated Method Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Heat the oil in a medium pan, then fry the onion for 6-8 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Pour in the red wine; turn up the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes to reduce the liquid by half. Add the tomatoes, sugar, Worcester sauce and tomato purée. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until thickened. Add the basil, and season well. Place the spinach in a large pan with a knob of butter. Cover and cook over a medium heat for 2-3 To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288


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Garden View This Month - Hardy Annuals Hardy annuals: the name is an oxymoron. Hardy plants are supposed to be able to survive the winter aren t they, but annuals, by their definition, don t. In fact, the names hardy, halfhardy and tender, when applied to annuals, refer to the relative cold tolerance of the newly planted seeds.

the seedlings are well established then thin them out to the distance recommended on the packet. Good flowers for the annual-novice include poppy, calendula, larkspur, fried- egg plants (limnanthes), love-inthe-mist, clarkia and cornflowers. If I could grow only one it would be Nigella damascena (love-in-the-mist). It s an old cottage-garden plant and Miss Jekyll is a beautiful, soft, pure blue variety with the added bonus of stripy seed pods once the flowers have faded.

Hardy annual seeds can handle being frozen in the soil so are ideal for planting outside, either in the autumn or now. Productive, adaptable and cheap, they are the ideal credit-crunch plants. They are also easy-to-grow, so are brilliant for beginner gardeners. For best results sow them as thinly as possible, cover lightly with sifted soil then firm it down. Protect them from cats and birds with netting until

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If sunflowers are the kings of the hardy annuals, then sweet peas are surely the fragrant queens. Old -fashioned or antique varieties tend to be best for scent though their flowers are slightly smaller. The great thing about sweet peas is that you have to pick them to prolong flowering so you have a wonderful excuse to have a fragrant home all summer long. Sweet peas should be planted a little deeper than other annuals. They are very thirsty flowers. My granddad used to line his sweet pea trenches with lots of wet newspaper. He won prizes for his blooms, so he obviously knew a thing or two about it.

I just wanted to message and say thank you for including us in your Walton Matters magazine, I am happy to say that we have been receiving talk bookings following our advertisement! Thank you so much for your support, I hope you have a lovely day.

Next time you re at the garden centre...walk right on by the showy (and expensive) potted plants and head for the seed section. For a very small outlay you can add colour, shape, interest and completely transform your plot ...and if you don t like it, you can always change it again next year.

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The king of the hardy annuals though has to be the sunflower. Children particularly love to grow them. Sow them singly in small pots or directly into the earth. If you sow them directly, plant two seeds into each hole and thin to one once they are established. They may need to be staked as they grow. There are some terrific varieties. A favourite of mine is Prado Red, which as the name suggests, produces deep red flowers. If you pinch them out, they ll grow to five feet and produce numerous blooms on each plant.

Happy gardening!


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The Come in Out of The Cold Winter Hub for the Borough s Homeless Lonely and Vulnerable

Homeless charity Elmbridge Rentstart opened the borough s first Winter Hub drop-in service at premises in the borough owned by Transform Housing & Support in January this year. The Hub is still open and will be until the end of March, Monday to Friday, run and manned by trained Elmbridge Rentstart staff. Funded by grants from Elmbridge Borough Council and Walton Charity the Hub will offer attendees refreshments, hot freshly prepared food, areas to relax, watch TV, use computers or play board games, access to shower facilities and the premises also offers the ability to do laundry. As well as a facility giving respite for individuals from the street, Elmbridge Rentstart staff are experts in assisting attendees with looking for suitable housing, identifying entitlement to benefits and opportunities for training or employment. Elmbridge Rentstart Chief Executive, Helen Watson said We are really proud to have been asked to organise and run this really important new hub for the homeless or vulnerably housed community of Elmbridge who so very much need a safe and warm place to spend time across the coldest months of the year. Continuing we hope that the whole community, who are very aware of the increase in homeless, lonely and isolated individuals, will support us by volunteering time and donating food to support the team at the Hub. In providing funding Jackie Lodge, Chief Executive at Walton, agreed sadly having seen a rise in rough sleeping across the borough, it Helen Watson was very easy to agree to fund this very important and potentially life changing project. Councillor Andrew Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Elmbridge Borough Council said Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

Elmbridge Borough Council is supporting a number of projects aimed at tackling homelessness in general and rough sleeping in particular. The Council is pleased to support this project as it will help some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our community and as well as meeting their basic needs, we see it as a means of helping them to move off the street for good . The Hub will make use of recent donations of nonperishable food from local foodbanks and toiletries collected by children from the North West Surrey Synagogue Sunday School. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to select items of clothing, including winter coats, trousers and workwear which have been donated by members of the community.


Events Coming Up Some we like...

Esher & District Amnesty International Group (which includes Walton & Weybridge) meet on 2nd Weds of every month to sign letters. Small friendly group - please contact Cherry Eddy 0208398 4377 for details. Surrey Blues Club A great evening of Blues music from Game On and guest band The Ali Mac Band. No Entrance Fee, No Membership required, Fully Air Conditioned. All welcome, music from 8.30pm. Friday 1st March 2019 Surrey Blues Club Hersham Sports & Social Club 128 Hersham Road Hersham Surrey KT12 5QL The PHOENIX FOLK & SQUARE DANCE CLUB is a friendly and informal English Folk Dance Club. We have a varied programme, with visiting Callers and occasional Musicians, covering everything from modern AMERICAN CONTRAS and SQUARES to 18th century PLAYFORD DANCES. The club meets every Thursday at 8pm, except during Easter, August and Christmas. . 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 Walton & Weybridge Flower Club. Like so many organisations we are looking for new members so are trying as many ways as possible to reach out to people. We meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month (but no meeting in January or August). Our next meeting is Thursday 7th March at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start at St Andrews Church Hall, Hersham Road, KT16 1LG. Parking within church grounds or on street. And a bus stop right outside for routes 458 and 564. We welcome visitors to come along and be entertained by our demonstrators, who will create beautiful flower arrangements in front of their eyes. At the end of the demonstration the arrangements are raffled so you might even be lucky enough to take one home with you. Tea and homemade cake also on offer. Visitors entry fee £6.00 or annual subscription available Mayor of Elmbridge Consort's Men's Fundraising Dinner at Brooklands College, Weybridge. Wednesday 20th March - With words "Annual Mayor's Consort Event welcoming men from across the borough to support the Mayor's nominated Charity Elmbridge Rentstart. "For further information and to register your interest to play please email the Mayors Office by emailing: Mayor's Charity Bridge Tea, at Long Ditton Village Hall Friday 5th April 1.45pm for 2pm (to finish at 5pm and will include a delicious homemade tea) 2 Ewell Road, Long Ditton KT6 5LE (Car park and free on-street parking adjacent to hall. Entrance is step free) £36 a table of 4 £20 for pairs (we will find another pair for your table) email: The Mayors Charity Golf Day at Surbiton Golf Club Monday 8th April 2019 - , With words "Annual Mayor's Golf Event welcoming players from across the borough to support the Mayor's nominated Charity Elmbridge Rentstart. For further information and to register your interest to play please email the Mayors Office by emailing: Surrey Music presents: "Music with a Heart!" charity concert The 140-voice Elmbridge Choir and the 90-voice Elmbridge Ladies Choir are excited to be performing Music with a Heart! in support of Elmbridge Rentstart, the chosen charity of the Mayor of Elmbridge, on Saturday 23rd March at Cornerstone Church in Walton-on-Thames Music with a Heart! promises an eclectic programme ranging from toe-tapping pops and spine-tingling ballads from the swinging 60s right through to the 00s, together with rousing anthems and showstoppers from Chess, Chicago, Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman Tickets for the concert which starts at 7.00pm cost £12 (adults), £5 (under 16) and special group-of-4 tickets (£44) and are available from Cornerstone the Church, 38 Station Avenue Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1NU Sat 23 Mar 2019 Walton Voices Present - Mozart Requiem Chilcott with world renowned soloists and orchestra. Saturday 6th April 2019 at 7.30pm. St Mary s Church Sunbury on Thames TW16 6RG Call 07884 348172 or email

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

Following my campaigning and action in government, on 6 February the government announced a package of reforms and new powers to help the police and councils disperse illegal traveller encampments.

Dom speaks to Surrey County Council s Tim Oliver

As someone who lives in the constituency, I appreciate that illegal encampments, and the related littering and anti-social behaviour they sometimes bring, are a source of frustration and real concern for residents in Walton. The problem was particularly acute last August, when Elmbridge saw a spate of illegal encampments including sites in Long Ditton, Claygate, Cobham, Lower Green and at the Halfway car park here in Walton. The Conservative-run Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) acted to secure a High Court injunction in August making it easier for them to remove encampments. In November, the Council secured an extension to the injunction for three years.

In January, I met with Tim Oliver, the new Leader of Surrey County Council (and outgoing Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council) to discuss the action EBC is taking with other councils to identify locations for a designated transit site in Surrey. This would make it easier for police to move on illegal encampments. We also need stronger powers at the national level. So, in April 2018 as Housing Minister, I launched a consultation looking at how the government could do more to help local councils and the police combat illegal traveller encampments. The Government has now responded, and published plans to strengthen police powers and support local councils in exercising powers. In particular the Government s proposals will change the law to permit the police to move trespassers on to nearby authorised sites, increase the period of time from 3 months to 1 year during which trespassers are unable to return, lower the number of caravans or vehicles required before police powers can be exercised from 6 to 2, and make it easier for the police to move illegal encampments on from roundabouts or verges. The Home Office will also review how to make trespass a criminal offence, as has been done successfully in Ireland, and ÂŁ1.5 million will be provided to support local councils in dealing with illegal encampments. Together, these measures will reinforce the police and local authorities ability to remove illegal encampments, and to prevent their return, which, I hope, will reassure Walton residents. MP for Esher & Walton Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts


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