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Putting Local Business First Keeping a Community Together

March 2020 Issue 18

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Here we are in March. Spring is almost upon us. There are two main things to remember. Firstly, do remember that on Sunday 29th March at 1am the clocks go forward one hour signalling the start of British Summer Time (BST). Secondly don t forget Mother s Day, Sunday 22nd March. In this issue we trace the history of The Swan public house, continue our series on blue plaques with Cecil Hepworth and look at the origins of St Patrick s Day. WOTTA talks to us of the plan to adopt Walton Train Station, and The Riverhouse Barn

March 2020 conjures up one of my favourites Bread Pudding. Dominic Raab also updates us on schools planning in our area. Take care and see you next month. Many thanks to guys from Hope s Barbers in Walton High Street.

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The Swan The Walton Society We Are The Voice Why do we change the clocks? Elmbridge Community Lottery Walton s Blue Plaques Xcel Adopting Walton Train Station Elmbridge Resident s Fund Elmbridge Museum Origin of Mother s Day St Patrick s Day H.G. Wells Recipe of The Month Garden View Dominic Raab Events Coming Up Index of Advertisers

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Inns and Taverns of Walton The Swan

The Swan stands at the heart of Walton s riverside community, fronting Manor Rd with its garden sloping down to the old wharf where it once had its own landing stage on the river bank. The present building dates from the late 1870s and replaced an earlier 18 th century building. There is believed to have been an inn on the site since at least 1769. It was mentioned as a small alehouse in 1798 when the innkeeper was a widow Fielder. While owned by George Cooper there was a

different innkeeper every year from 1819 to 1825, indicating he had some difficulty keeping them, or at least finding a satisfactory one. In January 1880, the landlord of the Swan was a keen cyclist and the inn served as the headquarters of the Surrey Arabs Bicycle Club . The Cyclist magazine consequently advertised the hostelry as having a pleasant coffeeroom, a good billiard table, a bathroom upstairs and arbours in the garden for the repose of wearied bicyclists . A notable moment in the history of the hotel was when the American composer and song writer Jerome Kern (now famous for such hits as Ol Man River and Smoke Gets in Your



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Eyes ) stopped at the Swan while on a river trip with some friends. He fell in love with the landlord s daughter Eva Leale, and they married at St. Mary s parish church in October 1910. Kern was living at the Swan at the time of their marriage and, according to the memoirs of a local resident, they lived in a house in Manor Road for some time before departing for America. That was not the only link with the entertainment world however as it was frequented by actors from Hepworth s Walton film studios, two of whom, Stewart Rome and Lionel Howard, lived there. Photographs from the early 19th century show that the Swan Hotel has long been a Young & Co brewery establishment and in 1938 The Swan Hotel s manager, John Climo Lidbury, was advertising Young and Co s sparkling beers along with large rooms for dances and dinners seating 150. References: Inns and Taverns of Walton and Weybridge; A.G.Martin. Walton and Weybridge Local History Society 1999. Dial Stone (News sheet of the WWLHS) Local directories. Photo; The Swan Hotel c.1910, private collection.

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(Walton Residents Association) In response to some complaints about an increase in aircraft noise in Walton Central recently, I corresponded with Elmbridge's contact at Heathrow. Here is an edited version of the Heathrow response - my additions in [square brackets] "Heathrow has both westerly and easterly operations [that is the direction of both take offs & landings] and this is generally split 70/30 over the year, however this varies from month to month as it is dictated by wind direction. Whilst Walton-on-Thames is not located directly under our westerly or easterly departure routes, once planes reach an altitude of 4,000ft they can be directed from the departure routes towards their final destination by NATS air traffic controllers. This is the point at which the Central Ward will sometimes be overflown, resulting in some aircraft over the Walton-onThames area. ... the overall pattern and number of Heathrow s air traffic have not changed for many years. Westerly Preference As you are probably aware, Heathrow currently operates to a policy known as westerly preference . This means that during periods of light easterly winds (up to 5 knots – about 6 miles per hour) aircraft will continue to land in a westerly direction, making their final approach over London. This preference is in accordance with Government policy. As part of our Airspace and Future Operations consultation in early 2019, we asked people whether we should change the westerly preference to a managed preference . Our proposal for managed preference would allow us to achieve a balance between minimising the total number of people adversely affected by aircraft noise, a fairer sharing of arriving and departing aircraft and the most efficient operation for the airport, due to reducing



the need to switch operating direction multiple times during the day. We are still considering feedback on our runway operation proposals from our most recent consultation and will provide an update on our final proposals for directional preference before we submit our application for development consent. Independent Parallel Approaches (IPA) The introduction of IPA is a proposed change to the way aircraft arrive at Heathrow on our existing two runways. IPA is being proposed regardless of Heathrow s expansion proposals and would be a short-term change to improve the resilience of our current two runways. Our current plan is to undertake a public consultation on route options for IPA in 2020 and submit our proposal to the CAA in 2021. We would expect to implement IPA in 2022." What is not mentioned above, but is significant is that during Easterly operations, one of the departure flight paths comes very close to Walton-on-Thames, despite the statement above. Additionally, during easterly operations it is more likely that any NATS action will divert aircraft over Walton. The significance of IPA is that, according to the details of the routes chosen, it could expose Walton to noise from landing aircraft for the first time. To see real-time flight tracks in the Walton area go to https://webtrak.emsbk.com/lhr4 Use "right click" to zoom in and use the "Display" tab to turn on "Aircraft info tags" which displays the current altitude of each flight.

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We Are The Voice Last month we reported on the creation of the Elmbridge Climate Emergency Working Group and objectives of building a carbon neutral borough. Many individual efforts are being made already, such as the Boomerang Bags initiative, plastic free towns and not least, school initiatives. This month we hear from Niamh Clune, who is leading the magnificent children s environmental choir, We Are the Voice, which is made up of children across a number of schools in the borough. You can hear them perform at the Riverhouse Barn on March 15th during the Family Funday Sunday, an event raising plastic free awareness. In 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development was to be hosted in Johannesburg. I was campaigning for effective waste management back then. In my younger days, I had been a professional singer/songwriter in London but moved away from music to pursue a career in psychotherapy. This led me eventually to work in Africa for Oxfam, UNICEF and World Food Programme. Those of us working in the NGO sector knew that we were facing a looming environmental crisis and world governments weren t listening. We needed to get their attention, but how? By chance, I bumped into an old friend, Chris Thompson, who had been the lead singer with Manfred Mann s Earth Band and who had also written the song You re the Voice a huge hit for John Farnham. Chris suggested that I could use his song to promote the World Summit. I ran with the idea only to hear from his management that we couldn t use it as it was about to be re-released by someone else. I was deeply disappointed. Not deterred, I decided to write my own song, tailored specifically to the environment. I called the song, We Are the Voice, and recorded it with my daughter. A local environmental NGO in Johannesburg loved it and used it to promote the World Summit. Even better,



my daughter and I were invited to sing the song at the opening of the World Summit! After many years away from performing, it was a terrifying but exhilarating experience. Like many others, I was horrified to see David Attenborough s recent stark reminder of Climate Change and the plastic crisis. Being a grandmother now, I worry about all our children s futures and decided to resurrect my song. We re-recorded it with children from six local schools. You can hear it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/d8hAW8K172c Many schools have since sung it in their assemblies as part of a plastic awareness workshop that can be downloaded free from our website: https://www.wearethevoice.org.uk. The song made such an impact on the children that we decided to form a children s environmental choir, delivering positive messages of change and helping children to feel empowered rather than overwhelmed. We write all our material about environmental issues and encourage the children to write songs themselves. On 6th March, we record a new song, which we are keeping under wraps until its release. We are all very excited about it. The song will be performed by the choir at a Family Funday Sunday at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton on 15th March, a plastic-free, fundraising event. By the way, we are always looking for fabulous singers. Get in touch for audition details. info@wearethevoice.org.uk

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Why do we change the Clocks? It s time to turn the clocks forward an hour at 1 am on 29th March. This time when sunrise and sunset are one hour later on the clock is known as British Summer Time, or Daylight Saving Time. It is believed that the concept was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 in an essay entitled; An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light. Ancient civilisations had already been adopting similar concepts however by adjusting their routines in accordance with the sun s schedules. The first official modern use of Daylight Saving Time was in Ontario in 1908, and several other Canadian cities followed. At around the same time MP Robert Pearce proposed a bill in the House of Commons based on work done by British Builder William Willett around moving the clocks eight times a year to achieve similar results. This was rejected. Germany became the first European country to introduce Daylight Saving Time in April 1916. Its rationale was that the use of artificial light would be reduced and thus there would be more fuel for the war effort. Britain followed shortly after in May 1916.

The ability to conserve energy that would otherwise be used on artificial light A decrease in road accidents because roads are naturally lit during the time when most vehicles are using them Some studies such as one carried out by the Belfast Telegraph also claim that the extra hour of daylight means that tourists stay out longer and spend more money - an extra ÂŁ6.34 million in Northern Ireland alone. Some are not in favour though. For example, traditional dairy farmers claim Daylight Saving Time disrupts milking routines. This mainly affects developing countries as elsewhere milking is automated. Some research has also shown that there is a greater risk of people having accidents or being the victims of crime because they leave their houses in the morning when it s still dark. Some studies have suggested that in the first few days after the clocks go forward there are more heart attacks too.

Finally for those of us who struggle to remember when we turn the clocks forward and when they go back, this little phrase may help: Spring Forward, Fall Back, as the time when clocks go back always happens in the Autumn. This year in the UK, the date when Greenwich Mean Time will begin again is 25th October.

Daylight Saving Time is now utilised in over 70 countries world wide although dates of implementation and clock adjustments vary. The main benefits of Daylight Saving Time are said to be: The opportunity to make better use of natural daylight



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Citizens Advice Elmbridge West signs up to the Elmbridge Community Lottery Following last month's launch event to good causes, the Elmbridge Community Lottery is pleased to announce that local charity Citizens Advice in Elmbridge West has signed-up to benefit from additional funding. The Elmbridge Community Lottery has been

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established to support good causes in the borough and Citizens Advice is one of the first to sign up. Margaret Bourne Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Elmbridge West is thrilled to part of the Elmbridge Community Lottery: "Generating new sources of income is becoming increasingly important to cover the running costs of our charity to maintain long term sustainability. We are also developing how we deliver our service across Elmbridge to maximise our accessibility to all across the community and these new projects require



additional funds and investment to resource. Generating additional funds through the Elmbridge Community Lottery with the support of the local community, is vital and most appreciated to continue our work. " How does it work? Tickets will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes, compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery. The draw will be weekly with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes being £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets. There are two parts to the Elmbridge Community Lottery. Elmbridge good causes will be able to set up their own lottery page and will receive 50p in every pound spent by players using this method. A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Elmbridge Community Lottery good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT. Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the Elmbridge Community Lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the general good causes fund, which will be distributed by the council. Buying tickets Lottery tickets are now available to buy from elmbridgelottery.co.uk, with the first draw and the chance to win £25,000 happening on March 28. Sign up as a good cause If you are a local charity or community group, please visit the Elmbridge Community Lottery website (www.elmbridge.co.uk) to sign up to benefit from the Elmbridge Community Lottery.

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Walton's Blue Plaques Part 5 of 7 - Cecil Hepworth

Firstly what is a Blue Plaque? A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event, or former building on the site, serving as a historical marker. To be awarded an official English Heritage plaque, the proposed recipient must have died at least 20 years ago. This is to help ensure that the decision about whether or not to shortlist a candidate is made with a sufficient degree of hindsight. However, plaques are as much about the buildings in which people lived and worked as about the subjects being commemorated – the intrinsic aim of English Heritage blue plaques is to celebrate the relationship between people and place. For this reason, English Heritage only erect a plaque if there is a surviving building closely associated with the person. In the past, different criteria were sometimes used: some plaques were put up to mark the site of a house which has since been demolished, and the 20-year rule did not always apply. The plaque to Napoleon III, for example – the oldest to survive – went up when he was still alive. However, the criteria are now applied without exception. Walton on Thames has seven, and here is number 5 in the series. Cecil Hepworth. Film pioneer Cecil Hepworth set up his studio at Hurst Grove, Walton in 1899. In 1900 Hepworth made Explosion of a Motor Car and How It Feels to be Run Over and other existing Hepworth films made in Walton are Alice in Wonderland (1903) A Day in the Hay Fields (Walton) (1904) Rescued by Rover (1905) and Barnaby Rudge 1915 Chrissie White (1895-1989) acted at the Hepworth Studios and married Hepworth actor/director Henry Edwards, remembered with fondness the studios at Walton. Walton was such a "Heppy" place, there are always seemed to be something going on in the village. The Hepworth stock company was formed just before the war; we were all very proud of being Hepworth a picture players. Happy was one of the best men in the film world and very clever too. He invented a tracking camera



that could follow actors about and move around them so that a film had its own style, it was not just a photograph to play. He also invented by the VIVAPHONE, which was the gramophone mounted up with the camera. We used to dance and mouth the words of songs while the camera turned. When the film was shown the record was played at the same time. During the war (1914/1918) we made shorts for the ministry of information. They were propaganda films to make people by war bonds or save bones for salvage. Hepworth Films collapsed in 1923 and the studios were taken over by Archie Nettlefold. Among the popular TV series made at the studios in the 1950s were The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Greene and The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, starring William Russell and it was William who returned to Walton on 17th June 2018 to unveil the blue plaque. The highly-successful TV channel, Talking Pictures TV helped to make the event by taking over the Playhouse, conducting interviews on stage and organising stalls with DVDs CD and memorabilia. A half-hour interview with William Russell, filmed on the day, was later transmitted on Talking Pictures TV.

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Ground-breaking project tackling late birthday disadvantage at Xcel Sports Hub In academic school years, children can be almost a year apart in age, and this represents challenges for the child with the late birthday . The sporting disadvantage to the younger child is called Relative Age Effect . 45% of children in professional football academies are born September - November, just 10% are born June - August. Football clubs, through scouts, will often choose players when they're six to eight years old, and at that age they're picking the biggest, fastest, strongest and loudest players. Then once they are in academy system, those children get more coaching, development and opportunities. Younger, smaller players often do not get the same chances to enter the system simply due to their birthdate disadvantage. Late Birthday Project, with a centre at Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub, is tackling Relative Age Effect through their unique programme, by only accepting players born January to August. The set-up allows younger players to flourish without the influence of the older, bigger players.

Dozens of the project's attendees have since gone on to trials with professional football clubs. Late Birthday Project delivers success to players at all ability levels however, some players just want to get from their B team to their A team, or get into their school team, or



just have fun. "We get a lot of parents who say their child is not enjoying their football, not being passed to by his teammates, and helping in those cases is often what gives us the most satisfaction. said LBP s Richard King. Late Birthday Project, founded in 2016, has grown to 500 players in 10 centres across Surrey and Sussex. Such is the success of the programme LBP are now working on plans to launch nationwide franchise opportunities. Late Birthday Project are holding trials to identify new talent for this unique initiative. LBP represents a genuine revolution in talent ID and player development for young footballers. Late Birthday Project counters the significant relative age effect in youth football, by offering a ground-breaking programme of professional academy coaching and opportunities to young footballers born between January and August only.* Players benefit from invitation-only squads, UEFA coaches & premium 3G facilities, plus a bespoke LBP curriculum & philosophy. Membership also includes: free 1on1 coaching sessions, free Adidas match kit, free Futsal, subsidised holiday camps, showcase games, speed training, nutritional & physiotherapy advice; and psychology workshops. Players can attend LBP sessions to complement their grassroots club or academy football. Close links to pro-clubs means we also invite scouts to watch players or send them for trials. Players make significant advances in their club football, but most importantly, they love coming to training! *Sept to Dec born players can join our Thursday and Saturday Dorking centres, but will play/train a year up. To apply for a trial, please email: hello@latebirthdayproject.co.uk www.latebirthdayproject.co.uk Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

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Adopting Walton Train Station WoTTA is in the process of adopting Walton Railway Station! This means volunteers interested in improving the look and feel of the station can work together to achieve that aim. Ideas we can do within the adoption scheme are add planters, create art displays, improve the book swap or even work to create a community hub within a station building. The sky s the limit! You may have already noticed our lovely new banners and totems outside the station at each platform, but now we are working on our first project within the station, which will be to install some large lockable frames in the waiting room and each month have a different local school fill that space with a fun, colourful art installation which can include drawings, poems, stories - whatever takes their fancy. We got a great, positive reaction from the local schools when we asked for their involvement, so a fab community initiative which will carry on year-on-



year. Next we want to install two planters, hopefully waterfall planters, onto platform 1. To pay for this we will be applying to the Elmbridge Council Community Planting Fund, so it will all be dependent on a successful bid. Our third plan is to select and print off some Walton images - in a then and now display - to go on the walls in the waiting room. WoTTA will fund this. Once we ve officially adopted the station, South Western Railway will work with us to develop our plan, provide safety training relevant to your station, pay for our group to join the Association of Community Rail Partnership (ACoRP) – giving access to their fund, as well as the national grant-giving programme and support our group s work through our communication channels. We can t get anything done without volunteers. If you d like to be involved at the station, or have any ideas on improvements, please get in touch via: joanna.wotta@gmail.com and join us in making Walton a better place to live and work.

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Through The Keyhole UPDATE YOUR HOME IN A WEEKEND We all lead such busy lives nowadays and there often isn t a lot of time or energy left over to make changes to our homes. So, here are three easy ways to update your home in a weekend! 1. Organise & Declutter Whether you decide to dump the junk drawer or empty out a hall cupboard, you can easily organise one space in a weekend. Along with organising comes decluttering. Clutter in your home clutters your mind too. And let s face it, we have enough to manage; we don t need clutter making it harder. Ask yourself three questions when decluttering: 1. Is it beautiful? 2. Is it useful? 3. Is it sentimental? Depending on your answers to those questions, you can keep, donate, sell or recycle. 2. Add a Plant I know it may not seem like much but adding plants to your home is good for you, mentally and physically. If you have a black thumb, then add houseplants that require little maintenance. Choose ones with instructions such as let soil dry out between watering . That way you only need to remember to water them once a week (even less sometimes). 3. Spruce-Up Your Bathroom Bathrooms get dirty and dingy quite quickly. Begin a bathroom overhaul with a thorough cleaning. The shiny result will give you motivation to spruce-up the rest of the bathroom. Once the room is clean, look for outdated knobs, light fixtures, towels, taps and shower curtains. By simply changing one or two of the most outdated items, you can make your bathroom look modern and new. A coat of paint can really go far in a bathroom, as well. It is easy to create the feel of a brand-new bathroom, without tearing out cabinets, walls or sinks. Georgina Broadhurst of Just Shutters Surrey. 01932 500 270 JustShutters.co.uk

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Application process now open for annual funding to help improve the lives of Elmbridge residents Elmbridge Council are now accepting applications for annual local Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. The application period is open until Sunday 29 March, with the applications being reviewed in June and early July.

ties and other non-profit organisations CIL can provide vital funding to help improve the lives of the people of Elmbridge. I would highly recommend local groups to review the criteria and submit an application for funding.

CIL allows Elmbridge Borough Council to raise funds through borough development to help pay for the physical infrastructure needed to mitigate the impacts of new development. As part of the process, we annually allocate a portion of CIL funds to be spent locally on smaller infrastructure schemes that are required in the communities where development took place. Settlement area committees known as Local Infrastructure Spending Boards have been formed where local Councillors decide on how these local CIL funds will be allocated. In the case of Claygate, the local proportion of CIL funds will be passed directly to the Parish Council. Successful local CIL applications have included projects such as capital improvements to state schools to better enable them to meet the needs of an increasing school population, improvements to community facilities, footpath works and countryside access improvements.

A sample of some of the projects supported through the local CIL funding are listed below: Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets building for the future St James Church of England Primary School toilet and cloakroom upgrade Cardinal Newman School hall extension



Patient participation group defibrillator Hinchley Wood playground upgrade



Chatterbus CIC ticketing machine upgrade The CIL funding has made such a big difference and we are hugely appreciative of the support given to us. We are now progressing the training centre project, which will provide an important place for young people across the community. Mrs Cramp, Chairman, Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets Please visit: www.elmbridge.gov.uk/cilfunding for more information.

Cllr Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services is a keen advocate of the CIL process and is delighted that local groups have benefitted from the funding: Working in partnership with schools, chari-



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Elmbridge Museum commemorates VE Day anniversary The Blitz in our Borough exhibition - at the Civic Centre in Esher until June 2020 The Museum s new exhibition uncovers the stories of local people who showed remarkable resilience whilst facing attack in their streets, shops and homes. Some became Civil Defence workers, air raid patrol wardens, and fire guards. With the men in the armed forces, women often took their place in the factories. From the members of the Women's Land Army in Cobham to the workers at Vickers-Armstrong factory in Brooklands, Elmbridge people all played their part in our Borough's own Blitz experience. You are invited to attend a free curator s talk about the exhibition on the following days: Wednesday 1st April 2020: 12.30 1pm • VE Day Special - Thursday 7th May 2020: 1.30 - 2pm Talks are free, and booking is not required. Questions are welcome. Our Exhibitions Officer will describe the process behind researching and installing the exhibition, while also outlining Elmbridge's varied and unique experience of the Blitz in more detail. She will talk about the Museum s WW2 audio project and the soundbite testimonials she recorded when meeting residents who had first-hand experience of the Blitz. These audio clips draw a vivid picture of local life in WW2. This additional content will be available as part of the Elmbridge at War online exhibition on the museum website (elmbridgemuseum.org.uk) from March 2020. Elmbridge Museum invites you to find out what life was like in Elmbridge during the Second World War. Discover where bombs fell and handle real WW2 artefacts. Take part in an air raid drill and learn how to create your own gas mask! Shop using a ration book. Fee £5 per child applies. Booking essential at elmbridge.gov.uk/learning/families



Cllr Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: The role played by residents in the war effort was remarkable and Elmbridge Museum s Blitz exhibition uncovers incredibly humbling testimonials of bravery and resilience. Come and visit soon and don t miss the opportunity to spend some time exploring life in WW2 with your children at the February half-term workshop run by the Museum Team. Don t forget to book your child s space in good time . For further information about the exhibition or workshops, please contact Elmbridge Museum at 01372 474 568

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The Origin of Mother s Day - 22nd March The origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The earliest history of Mother s Day dates to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts

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during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England, the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. The more recent history of Mother s Day dates to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter) to honour mothers. After a prayer service in church to honour Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenom-



enon and not even a hundred years old. Every year, people point out that the mid Sunday in Lent is not Mother s Day but Mothering Sunday . Many blame America for introducing the former and making it commercial. In America, of course, Mother s Day is the second Sunday in May, as proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. It is marked on that day because it was the result of a campaign by Anna Jarvis (1864-1948), whose own mother had died on May 9. This is where the British tradition grows a little complicated. For the revival of Mothering Sunday must be attributed to Constance Smith (18781938), and she was inspired in 1913 by reading a newspaper report of Anna Jarvis s campaign in America. Neither Constance Smith nor Anna Jarvis ever became mothers themselves. Anna Jarvis regretted the growing commercialisation of the day, even to disapproving of preprinted Mother s Day cards. A printed card means nothing, she said, except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. Today the festival of Mother s Day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honour their mothers, thanking them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support.

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First digital high street grant for Elmbridge The first grant from the Elmbridge Digital High Street Fund (EDHSF) has been awarded to The Art Agency of Esher. The high street art gallery, which has also received funding for shop front improvements from the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund, benefited from £1,000 to put towards a new ecommerce website.

artists work. Councillor Christine Elmer, Portfolio Holder for Community and Corporate Development, said: We recognise that a major challenge for our high streets is adapting to the growth of online retail. This scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for independent retailers to establish a more competitive digital presence. I hope that our excellent independent high street businesses take this chance to improve their e-commerce offer. To apply businesses must submit an application form and three quotes. Businesses can direct enquiries to Organisational Development at business@elmbridge.gov.uk or 01372 474 216. The application form and guidance notes are available online at: elmbridge.gov.uk/business/support-forbusinesses/digital-high-street-fund

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The EDHSF offers up to 90% of project costs – up to a maximum of £2,000 – towards the creation or development of an e-commerce website for independent high street retailers. An e-commerce website is an online platform to sell goods and services. The scheme was introduced by Elmbridge Borough Council to enable high street retailers to take advantage of online growth opportunities and compete with larger companies which can afford a greater digital presence. The Art Agency s Emma Riley said: We were looking into building a new e-commerce website so the timing could not have been better. Selling on the high street is becoming increasingly difficult so we must evolve and find new channels through which to sell our Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

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St Patrick s Day - Tues 17th March Shamrocks, leprechauns and gallons of Guinness – St Patrick s Day is nearly here. But why has this saint s day become so popular? And who was Saint Patrick? Well, it may surprise you to hear that Saint Patrick (or Padraig to use the Irish spelling) wasn t actually Irish. He s believed to have been born to Roman parents, in Scotland or Wales, in the fifth century AD. At the age of 16, Patrick was captured and taken to Ireland to live as a slave. For six years, he herded sheep on Slemish Mountain, until he managed to escape and flee Ireland. A dream led Patrick to dedicate his life to converting people to Christianity. He returned to Ireland and began to spread his message. Saint Patrick depicted in a stained- Today, St Patglass window at Saint Benin's rick is regarded Church, Ireland as the founder of Christianity in Ireland. It s believed that St Patrick s Day was first celebrated back in the 17th century. Held to mark St Patrick s death, it was a humble, religious celebration up until the 1920s. An annual military parade started in Dublin in 1931, but the day remained mainly a time for religious reflection, rather than painting oneself green and donning a funny hat. Bars were even closed on St Patrick s Day, as a mark of respect, right up until the 1960s. Across the pond, in America, it was a different matter. There St Patrick s Day became a day for Irish immigrants to celebrate their Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

heritage. By the mid-19th century, parades and festivities were being held in major cities across the US. According to author and university professor Mike Cronin, St. Patrick s Day was a public declaration of a hybrid identity—a belief in the future of Ireland as a nation free from British rule, and a strict adherence to the values and liberties that the U.S. offered them. In the 20th century, corporations started to pay attention, and figure out how to take advantage of the celebrations. Pretty soon, Tshirts with embroidered shamrocks, inflatable bottles of Guinness, and even green McDonald s milkshakes, started to become synonymous with St Patrick s Day, at least in America. As with most American exports, some of these products have now become popular in the UK (though not, thankfully, green milkshakes), and in other countries across the globe. St Patrick s Day is now celebrated in pubs, shops and student halls across the world. This year, Greening the City will see iconic landmarks across Ireland, from Trinity College, to Donegal Castle, go green on 17th March. If you re lucky enough to be heading to Ireland for St Patrick s Day this year, you ll certainly have plenty of choices for where to celebrate. Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir – Happy St Patrick s Day! By Kate Duggan



Get Motivated, Get Fit Reinvigorate your Fitness Routine It's several weeks since my New Year resolution to lose weight and get fit. It's cold and damp outside. The gym is miles away, and there s a TV program on about a knitting group in Nicaragua that looks interesting, and this sofa is ever so comfortable.

of cake. Set an alarm to tell you when it's time for your exercise class, run, etc. Make sure you've got workout gear that makes you feel good. Something stylish, comfortable, colourful, or high-tech; it doesn t matter, use whatever works for you. Make the getting dressed part something to look forward to. Baggy, stained, holey jogging bottoms will put you off the idea of stepping outside. Then just grab your keys, open the door and step outside. Start slowly.

My self-motivation tank is empty! Does your determination and energy to get fit after New Year s Day seems to run out sooner each year? Do you need to get fit? Do you need to lose weight? Do you know you ll feel better if you do? It s so much easier to fall back into old habits than to actively make a difference to our health isn t it? So how do we stay motivated? Motivation is all in the mind. There is no physical difference between those who get fit and those who get fat. The fit people are just those who manage to leave the house and move their bodies. Clearly, we need to help our mind overcome the inertia currently preventing us moving from the couch. Get up, get dressed, get out. It sounds simple but getting out of the door is the biggest hurdle. If you can force yourself to go through the motions of getting into your exercise kit, walking to the door and out of the house you're 90% of the way towards actually exercising. If you're standing outside dressed for exercise it's harder to change your mind and sneak back inside for another slice



It s important to pace yourself. Just because your neighbour can sprint 5 km in 20 minutes doesn't mean that you have to. Whatever exercise you are doing find a pace that is comfortable while still pushing you. As you exercise more you will gradually increase your exertion. Push yourself too hard at the beginning and exercise will seem exhausting, painful and make it harder to get going the next time. Once you begin to see your performance improving, you'll get excited about beating your personal best and want to prove to yourself just how good you are. Set a short-term goal. The ultimate goal might be to fit into a size 10 dress, or have a perfect six pack with matching biceps, but realistically that's probably more than a few months away. Pick a goal that you can achieve within the next two months. Dropping one dress size, being able to run non-stop for 1 km, being able to do a proper pull-up. Achieving goals is as important as setting them when trying to keep your motivation high. Small successful steps build one on the other until all of a sudden, your ultimate goal is just within reach. Keep on keeping on. Don't over-think it, just do it. .

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Elmbridge receives Government funding to tackle rough sleeping Elmbridge Borough Council announces that as part of the Government s Rough Sleeping Initiative 2020/21funding, we have been allocated ÂŁ180K to fund projects designed to both support existing rough sleepers to come off the streets and to prevent rough sleeping in the first place. Elmbridge is one of around 270 local authorities in England that will receive funding under this programme. The council will work in partnership with a number of local housing providers and charities, including Elmbridge Rentstart, Transform Housing and Support and Alpha Extreme Services, to deliver a range of services to help rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping. This help includes emergency somewhere safe to stay accommodation and the additional support needed for those with complex needs. The Government funding will help us to help vulnerable people in the borough and support us in our plans to achieve a sustained reduction in rough sleeping in Elmbridge. Councillor Roy Green, Portfolio Holder for Housing appreciates that the Government has recognised Elmbridge s need for additional funding: I believe that every man, woman and child in Elmbridge should have a home and I find it deeply troubling that we have people in the borough with no choice but to sleep rough. The causes of rough sleeping can be complicated, but I am glad that the Government has recognised the scale of the issue in Elmbridge. This funding will enable the council and our partner agencies to build on existing services and deliver a range of accommodation, support and interventions all designed to minimise rough sleeping . Cllr Green added; We have recently published our Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2024 , which has as a key priority our intention to act to tackle rough sleeping and prevent homelessness. Working with our partners, we aim to prevent homelessness through the provision of effective support and advice and to maximise the supply and choice of temporary and longer-term accommodation for homeless people in Elmbridge. The Government s Rough Sleeping Initiative funding announcement can be viewed on their website.

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H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

and the fictional destruction of Weybridge Acclaimed as a scientific and social prophet, Herbert George Wells was a prolific novelist famous primarily for science fiction but also for comic realism. After a brief apprenticeship to a draper, Wells became a studentteacher, eventually winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science (later Imperial College) where his studies under the great zoologist T H Huxley inspired his science fiction writing In 1895 The Time was the first of his hugely popular works which foresaw the splitting of the atom, travel to the moon and aerial warfare. The book telling the story of an English scientist who develops a time travel machine. Some of Wells most famous works published were, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) and The War of the Worlds (1898). 'The War of the Worlds' (1898) is probably one of my favourite works of science fiction. Few people know that the story was written whist he lived locally and the book contains many references to many places in Elmbridge - Weybridge, St George's Hill, Painshill, Esher and Ditton. Chapter Twelve is a particularly local read, the chapter is called, 'What I saw in the destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton': For roughly 50 years, Wells devoted his life to writing and his output during this time was amazing. Some even criticized Wells for his tremendous volume of work, saying that he spread his talent too thin. Wells wrote, on average, three books a year for a time. And each of his works went through several drafts before publication. Wells remained productive until the very end



of his life, but his attitude seemed to darken in his final days. Among his last works was 1945's "Mind at the End of Its Tether," a pessimistic essay in which Wells contemplates the end of humanity. Some critics speculated that Well's declining health shaped this prediction of a future without hope. He died on August 13, 1946, in London. Several of his works have returned to the big screen in recent years. A remake of War of the Worlds (2005) featured Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning as two of the humans fighting to survive the alien invasion.

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Recipe of The Month Bread Pudding

The Community Café @Riverhousebarn in Walton on Thames continues with recipes showing how you can use leftovers. They create wonderful food from surplus, donated by a local supermarket. Go and try their surplus lunch for £5 and they will donate the proceeds to local charities feeding those on low incomes and who are struggling.

This is a lovely simple recipe for using up bread crusts, stale bread/brioche or hot cross buns. We serve it regularly in the café and it always prompts a cry of oh my mother used to make this! It s a great snack for all those hungry cyclists and walkers who venture up from the towpath most afternoons.

ed oven at 150c for 30 mins until golden on top. Let it cool completely before cutting into squares to serve.

500g bread (combination of white/brown/ wholemeal – anything goes!) 500g mixed dried fruit 170g sugar – any kind 1 tablespoon demerara sugar for sprinkling 2 eggs 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice 600ml Milk 40 g melted butter Roughly tear up the bread into small pieces and mix with the dried fruit. In a jug, mix the sugar, spices, eggs and milk until blended – then pour over the bread and fruit mixture. Leave to soak for at least 30 mins – 2 hours is really better. Once the mixture has soaked, you need to get stuck in with your hands – squidge the mixture so that all the bread is really wet – you should end up with a rather unattractive claggy mess. At this stage stir in the melted butter and spread this into a tin 20cm x 20 cm lined with baking paper. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and put in a preheat-



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Garden View This month - An annual fiesta By Rachael Leverton

I ve always loved an annual. From Bunty to The Blue Peter Annual, they were crammed full of interest and fun. As I grew older my taste in annuals has become more horticultural. One little pack of seeds is now my gardening equivalent of the Beano - a brief shelf-life and packed with colour.

Hardy annuals are the most obliging. They don t need a propagator or a greenhouse, or even a windowsill; all they need is a sunny spot and some well-drained soil. Just sprinkle the seeds in the ground and you can look forward to a fiesta of summer colour for very little work. The choice of plants and hue is wide. If blue is your thing try a soft shade of love-in-amist, or a vivid blue cornflower, or the most gorgeous tiny phacelia. For pinks try a fluffy clarkia or delicate godetia. Nasturtiums span the colour wheel from cream through yellow and orange to deep red.

drained. Don t plant when it s cold or the soil is wet and sticky. Wait until the weather is mild and soil is damp and crumbly, then fork it lightly to break it up. Use a rake to create shallow furrows, sprinkle the seeds over and rake them gently in, raking across the furrows to cover them. Bigger seeds like nasturtiums can be pushed into the soil a couple of centimetres deep and 10-15cm apart. Label the area so you know what should come up. The biggest enemy of the newly-planted hardy annual seed is the domestic cat! They love a patch of freshly raked soil, and will happily do their business in your handiwork and then kick up all your seeds without a second thought. Thwart the moggies by laying twiggy pea sticks over the area (and particularly twiggy and thorny prunings will do!). Remove them with the shoots are big enough or stand them up and use them to support the taller annuals. Thin them out a little to one plant per 10cm and water them if the weather is very dry. You don t need to feed them, they flower best when the soil is not rich. Food and manure will favour leaf production whereas we re after flowers and lots of them! Happy gardening.

Annual doesn t mean small either. Both larkspurs and amaranthus are tall and elegant, and cleomes which also provide height probably only need to be planted once as they are prolific self-seeders! Look around your garden for gaps in beds and borders which are in a sunny spot and well-



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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

Improving education provision in Elmbridge has been a top priority since I was first elected in 2010. Relieving the pressure on school places has been a particular focus in recent months. First, the team behind the plans for Heathside Walton – a new 900 pupil state secondary, due to serve children in Walton and Molesey from 2021 – recently updated me on their progress. Second, I have been helping to progress the permanent site for Cobham Free School at Munro House. I recently met some of the Sixth Formers who have moved The team behind Heathside Walton updating Dom on the plans for the school . into the site. It s great news that the school has received the necessary planning permission, which is an important step towards getting the whole school moved into the new site. The opening of these great new schools will help to relieve wider pressure on school places across the borough. The government is supporting these local initiatives with changes to the funding allocation, with English schools receiving an additional £14bn across the next three years. In 2020/21, this will mean a £2.6bn increase to core schools funding. Analysis by the House of Commons shows what this means for schools in Esher and Walton. In 2020/21 the average primary will receive £3,869 per pupil – a real-terms increase of 3.7%. The average secondary will receive £5,118 per pupil – a real-terms increase of 1.7%. Both of these percentage increases are higher than the English average. In addition, local authorities will have to give every primary school a minimum of £3,750 per pupil, and every secondary a minimum of £5,000 per pupil. This will benefit the 17 primary schools and two secondaries in Esher and Walton which did not receive these levels in 2019/20, including Ashley Church of England Primary School in Walton. MP for Esher & Walton



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Help us celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5 March and Share a Million Stories throughout March. World Book Day is the world s biggest campaign to provide every child and young person in the country with a book of their own and inspire them to read more. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator for success in life, more than family circumstances, educational background, or income. But it s in decline. So, what not visit your local library and make the most of this month s buzz about books and reading? Join us in supporting the global Share a Million Stories campaign. Sharing stories together – anywhere, anytime – for just ten minutes a day has long-lasting effects on a child s future and being read to is critical in igniting enthusiasm for reading, and creating lifelong readers. How can you get involved? Join your local library and borrow more books to capture your child s new enthusiasm for reading. Visit your local library and spend 10 minutes reading a story together. Join us for one of our weekly Storytimes. Ask about Children s Chatterbooks reading groups. Encourage your child s class to organise a visit to your local library. Find out how teenagers can inspire younger children by volunteering with Summer Reading Challenge. Find more information about events in your local library or visit surreycc.gov.uk/libraries



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The Mad March Hare Countless stories have been told about the hare. It's a witch and trickster, a fertility symbol and even the real Easter Bunny. The hare is incredibly agile, evading capture through hairpin swerves, flips and leaps, often seeming to vanish suddenly. It s a mercurial character, and one which has inspired copious mythology. Is there any other animal that appears so often and in so many guises within our folklore? The hare of legend is magical, in constant danger, proud, wicked and inventive. Brown hares are not indigenous to the UK. They are thought to have been im-

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ported from mainland Europe in the Iron Age specifically as both sport for hunters and a source of food. We do have a native species of mountain hare but most of our folklore relates to the brown hare.In the Middle Ages, hares were linked to witchcraft. There is a story of a hunter who wounded a hare and tracked its blood trail back to a cottage in the woods. He discovered an old woman cooking at her stove and spied a fresh wound on her arm which she claimed was the result of an accident with a kitchen knife. It was thought that witches could assume the shape of a hare, along with the attributes of speed, agility and the ability to vanish. This circumstantial evidence was enough to condemn the poor woman to death Hares devote a lot of time to courtship and coupling and can be seen most easily at this time of year. They breed quickly so became icons of fertility, and by association with the pagan rituals celebrating spring. They may even have become associated with Easter though they are definitely NOT bunnies! By Sarah Davey



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. 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 you to trace your family history. For more details, email walton@wsfhs.org or phone 07932 062056 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 Silver Swans Adult Ballet Class - held at St Mary s Church Hall , Walton - all levels welcome in this basic level class with stretching . Develop muscular strength, balance , coordination , cardio fitness, correct posture and mental agility in a friendly environment. Contact Suzanne on 07985520378 suzanne.vnad@gmail.com Surrey Blues Club 6th March 2020, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band The John Doe Band. 3rd April 2020, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band The Charlie Chandler Band. No Admission Charge, No Membership required, Fully Air Conditioned. All welcome, music from 8.30pm. Hersham Sports & Social Club 128 Hersham Road Hersham Surrey KT12 5QL Walton & Weybridge AOS presents Thoroughly Modern Millie. Taking place in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce, and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. Dates: 12th May - 16th May 2020 Time 7.30 pm every evening/2.30 pm for Saturday MatineeVenue: The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Hepworth Way, Walton On Thames, KT12 1AU https://www.wwaos.org.uk/thoroughly-modernmillie.html Life on a Spectrum - Art Exhibition A Compelling Interactive Art Experience Celebrating Autism and Neurodiversity Life on a Spectrum is an interactive exhibit that uses visual art, writing, videography and performance art to involve viewers both onsite and online. Visitors can play an active role in the creative process and are encouraged to interact with exhibition elements by generating their own art using pre-cut magnetic shapes and leaving responses to questions related to autism-specific traits. The exhibition will grow naturally over time, as more reactions are collated and the narrative on neurodiversity continues to grow within the space. The exhibition is funded by the Arts Council England and is open to the public for free. The aim is to capture the imagination of people from all backgrounds to learn about, and celebrate, neurodiversity. 10am - 4pm daily Wed 25 Mar 2020 to Sat 11 Apr 2020 Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre Robert Phillips Gallery Manor Rd Walton-on-Thames Surrey KT12 2PF Masterclass - Bottle Garden with Succulents To book online, choose your local centre and select the date below. Create a stunning bottle garden in our seasonal planting masterclass, on Thursday 12 or Friday 13 March at 10am & 2pm Bottle gardens are very low maintenance and a fun way to add a little greenery to any room. If you choose certain plants - they will help detoxify the air in your home. The beautiful recycled bottle is guaranteed to look good in any home Bottle Shapes vary Tickets cost ÂŁ30 per person which includes a voucher for a free tea or coffee and slice of cake to enjoy in our CafĂŠ Bar, plus 10% off all plants on the day. Advanced booking required - book below.10am & 2pm Squire s Garden Centre Burwood Road Hersham Surrey KT12 4ARThu 12 Mar 2020 and Fri 13 Mar 2020 Contact telephone: 01932 247579



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Walton Matters March 2020  

The monthly community magazine for Walton on Thames

Walton Matters March 2020  

The monthly community magazine for Walton on Thames