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September 2019 Issue 12

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Welcome!

This issue marks our first year of Walton Matters. Happy Birthday to us! Time has flown so fast, and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute. I have met so many incredible people and I have learned so much more about the community in which we live. This month we focus on schools. We discuss subjects as diverse as pastoral care, what to think about when considering an independent school, could hypnotherapy help your child, what are parental expectations regarding a school and exactly what do you need to know when looking at Prep and Pre Prep Schools. Clearly don t forget it s Heritage Day this month. Full details are

September 2019 on pages 32 and 33. Do come along and have fun. Big thank you in advance to all who help make the day possible. Such a great community event. In the issue we also look at the history of Walton s dental business and local resident John Pulford explores another lost local ale house. The courgette bake from the Community CafĂŠ at the River house Barn also looks yummy. See page 34. Enjoy the issue and see you next month.

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Walton Director: Paul Chard Telephone : 07946 494288 Email : paul@villagematters.co.uk Website :www.villagematters.co.uk Cover Photo by Yours Truly

Inns and Taverns of Walton 4 The Walton Society 7 Pulling Teeth - Walton s History 8 This Girl Can 10 Pastoral Care is Key 14 Could Hypnotherapy help your child? 16 Parent s Expectation 19 Prep and Pre Prep Schools 22 Mary Frances Trust 28 Elmbridge GP Referral 30 Heritage Day 32/33 Recipe of The Month 34 Garden View 36 Community Planting Fund 39 Elmbridge Partnership Fund 41 Events Coming Up 42 Dominic Raab 44 Index of Advertisers 46

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Inns and Taverns of Walton The Plough

The Plough stood at the Walton end of Ashley Road, next door to the building that is now The Hub but was once Walton Infants School

The Plough c 1905

and later Walton Library. The first reference to an inn called the Plough is in 1778 when it was left in the will of a local brewer, William Brooker, to a Walton coach maker, Elisha Lane, and a maltster of Hampton Wick, Henry Marsh. It was sold by them to another local brewer, Thomas Cooper.

the village bordered Walton Common and was a copyhold property of the Manor of Walton-on-Thames (the manor house of which was the still existing Old Manor House in Manor Road). In 1828 William Farnell of the Farnell brewing family bought the Plough, and it remained in family ownership for many years. They acquired the freehold in 1870. The building featured as a village inn in one of Walton film pioneer Cecil Hepworth s early silent films entitled The Race for the Farmer s Cup , which was released in June 1909. In 1928 the inn was demolished and replaced by a new building in the Arts and Crafts style but was still operating as The Plough. In 1985 it was renamed The Last Viceroy but changed back to The Plough before becoming an Italian restaurant. Although the 1928 building still stands, it is currently under threat of demolition to make way for a block of flats.

References: Inns and Taverns of Walton and Weybridge; A.G.Martin. Walton and Weybridge Local History Society 1999. A Window on Walton-on -Thames; J.L.& D.M.Barker,1994. Photos; The Plough c.1905, private collection. The 1928 Plough building, June 2019, by the author.

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The inn occupied a pair of 18th Century cottages situated where, at that time, the edge of To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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The Walton Society

(Walton Residents Association) Elmbridge Borough Council launched its latest consultation on the next Local Plan on August 19th. Every Council, according to central Government, should have a Local Plan no older than 5 years since its approval. In order to respond to the consultation it is useful to be aware of the trends of what has recently been, and is being, built in Walton. An analysis of planning applications in Walton Central ward reveals most homes being built (or converted from other uses) are flats. In many cases they are built on relatively small plots, with little amenity space, and inadequate provision for parking spaces, sometimes none at all. To put this in context, the usual measure of density of housing development is dwellings per hectare (dph). Elmbridge s current Local Plan, launched in July 2011, commented that developments should contribute to the achievement of an overall housing density target of 40 dwellings per hectare . By way of comparison, one development in Walton currently under consideration has a proposed density of 281dph. Flats have long been part of the property mix in our town. Blocks such as Regnolruf Court and Orchard Court appear on the Ordnance Survey map of 1938, and the 1960s saw the construction of 132 flats at Wellington Close. But the last 15 years or so have witnessed a huge growth in the number of flats in central Walton. Major blocks built include The Heart, (379 flats) Ash Lodge, Churchfield Road, (59), Manor Place, Bridge Street (53) Edward Place, Churchfield Road (49) , Bridge House, Bridge Street, (35), Colwell House, Hepworth Way, (33), Brassey House, New Zealand Avenue, (30) Meadows House, New Zealand Avenue, (26) Crown House, High Street, (20), Cloister Court, Church Street(19), Dairy Crest site, High Street (18), and there are many more smaller developments built or permitted that swell these figures even further. And there are more flatted developments in the pipeline, most notably the redevelopment of the Birds Eye building on Station Avenue, which will have 375 flats, and possibly, To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

subject to planning permission, 32 flats on the formerly Dorothy Perkins / Burtons site and 30 flats on the WH Smith/Boots site. Even in 2011, the Census showed that the balance of dwelling types in Walton Central ward was quite different from other parts of the Borough. Across Elmbridge, flats comprised on average 23.8% of all dwellings. In Walton Central the equivalent figure was 41.2%, the highest of all 16 wards in the Borough. In Oxshott and Stoke D Abernon the equivalent figure was 9%, in Claygate 12.8%. The other noticeable trend is that developments are now being proposed without any parking spaces. Where an application comes forward as Permitted Development, under rules introduced in 2013, there is no requirement to provide any parking spaces. Brassey House is one such case, with no parking spaces for any of its 30 flats. Other developments are following this trend. The conversion and extension of The Wellington pub, which creates 12 new flats does not provide any new parking, and the extension to Auckland House will deliver 10 new flats without any extra parking. Not long ago there was a recognition that in a town such as Walton, even in a central location, most people would still need a car. The figures from the 2011 Census show that in Walton Central, only 14.3% of households did not have access to a car or a van, and 39.2% had 2 or more vehicles. This translated into building design. When planning permission was granted for the Heart, it provided parking at the rate of one space per private market flat and 0.75 of a space for each affordable housing flat, even though this meant the developer having to provide basement car parking beneath the whole development. The effects of these trends can be seen in the roads around the centre of Walton, and the demands for residents parking zones. We need to ensure that our future planning policies take the reality of the current situation into account.

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Pulling Teeth: Walton s Dental History The dental factory at Walton, positioned on Churchfield Road, was built in 1896 and was established by Edward Power, a Chemist's son. Initially producing tools independently, the factory was soon taken over by Claudius Ash, Sons & Company. The Ash Company was a sprawling enterprise with factories and outlets all over Europe. A 1921 memoir of the Ash Company not only illustrates the "advanced class of work" the Walton factory produced but also the level of elegance and detail that the dental industry demanded of its products. The Walton site went through its last company transition in 1924 when it became a factory of the Amalgamated Dental Company - one of the world's leading dental production companies. Mr. Stan Patto managed the company for a time and was based locally. Elmbridge Museum's collection of dental tools dates from Patto's directorship. As examples of a specific trade, the items on display are fine illustrations of the day-to-day tools of dentists. However, when viewed more broadly, Patto's rich collection helps clarify and explain industrial processes in the mid-twentieth century. Dental chair produced at the Walton factory, 194 Unfinished tools, such as the brass handle shown here, demonstrate the productionline type processes that these tools went through. This handle has not yet been turned which would allow attachments to be changed for differing needs. Other tools in Patto's collection show us how tools would have been transported while keeping them bacteria-free. Unbroken wax protection still clings to stainless steel probes, such as the example shown above. Wax is air tight, meaning tools can be transported from factory to practice while remaining sterile. The high level of craftsmanship, noted in the Ash Company's 1921 memoir, continued from opening to closure - attention to detail and finishes was To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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evidently important within the Walton factory. The imprinted detail on the handle of this tool shows a high level of craftsmanship. Experimental finishes and prototype tools - such as the one below - moved beyond design stages and were produced at Walton. Picture left Dental chair production line, 1967. Elmbridge Museum

The Wellington bomber, designed in nearby Weybridge, is considered one of the most versatile war planes ever flown. Parts from the Walton factory helped Surrey produce up to 70 Wellington bombers a month. Many European dental factories were destroyed during the War. With increased demand and limited supply in Europe, Walton saw a huge increase in dental instrument orders when the war ended. However, a lack of available workforce and long turnaround times meant that initial orders could not be met and new orders never materialised. To increase income, the decision was made to manufacture larger, more expensive equipment. Chairs, the very item Walton was once famed for, may have been the factory's downfall. Again, this enterprise was not wholly successful and in the 1970s the decision was made to close the factory. The gates were closed for the last time in 1981. It is very interesting to note that dental chairs - from the decadence of the 1920s that gave Churchfield Road its reputation; through to extremely simple, collapsible field chairs helping the war effort; and the swathes of mass-produced 1960s examples - chart the three main periods of the factory's life.

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Fear of judgement is stopping many women from taking part in exercise but Sport England s This Girl Can national campaign has already managed to inspire thousands of women to have a go, regardless of what people think of them or what they look like when they exercise. In Elmbridge, local sports clubs are inviting women to join in This Girl Can campaign and try something new for free. Many women have already taken advantage of the summer offer of 3 free vouchers to try a new sport or activity and we want more to join the scheme. We have had wonderful feedback from ladies who have taken up rowing after using their free vouchers at a local club and who have joined a regular yoga class to ease health issues. Does it really matter if women wiggle, jiggle or get sweaty when they exercise? Surely, the most important is that they are doing their thing to get more active and fitter. They are making a difference to themselves by improving their health, wellbeing and confidence. The Elmbridge This Girl Can summer campaign is proving popular with local clubs and participants and we have made the decision to extend the offer until the end of October. All ages and abilities welcome. Beginners will be given a warm welcome.

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Here is how you can make the most of the offer: Visit elmbridge.gov.uk/thisgirlcan to see what s available and download your free vouchers Book your sessions with the participating sports clubs and activity groups directly Complete the vouchers and take them along with you on your free sessions Here are a few of the activities on offer: fitness classes, running, boxing, bowling, cheerleading, judo, karate, tennis, rowing, cricket, football, netball, cycling and yoga. The 3 free vouchers can be used as you wish, for 3 different activities or 3 of the same. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, We are delighted with the positive feedback we have received on This Girl Can campaign so far. We hope that by extending the offer, many more women will be tempted to try a new sport or activity and make time for themselves. Why not join, it is not too late to have a go!

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WoTTA are thrilled to have worked with BaseballSoftballUK to create a new Walton softball team! It s been named Walton 49ers - due to Walton s link to the worlds first ever recorded game of baseball being played in Walton-on-Thames right back in 1749. The first coaching session was held in August, run by ex GB baseball player Fiona Moffat, who lives locally and has vast experience of the game. Even though there was heavy rain earlier and it s the school holidays, we had a great turnout. Sessions will continue to run from 11:0012:00 each Sunday in Ashley Park. We are hoping to get winter net practice in too. To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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Having recently unveiled a Blue Plaque to commemorate our unique sporting history, the new team will also help keep that memory alive by hosting an annual match against a visiting team. Going on the fantastic response we ve had to our social media postings we re confident the team will be robust and begin to compete soon. As word spreads we re hoping to expand to get juniors involved as well. Get in touch and join in. All info at WoTTA.co.uk/walton-49ers. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @Walton49ers

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Through The Keyhole The idea of a voice assistant seemed so futuristic and crazy when I first heard the term used a few years ago but now it is commonplace for people to use all sorts of voice-activated technology to make their lives easier and their homes smarter. Whether it is Siri, Alexa or Google you select to help simplify your life, all can be used in combination with phones, tablets, home hubs and a plethora of apps and devices; to create a totally unique Smart Home designed around your lifestyle. Imagine living in a home that can warm up before you get there or have a different temperature in every room. One that can light up one room and set a romantic ambiance or disco lights in another. How about optimizing your plugs, sockets and large appliances so you save on your energy bills whilst also keeping your home safe and secure with intelligent smoke or intruder alarms and high res CCTV. You can now have a fridge-freezer that can tell you when you need to order more groceries and even add items direct to your shopping list with your favourite online retailer. As homes across Surrey increasingly take advantage of Smart Home technology, here at Just Shutters we are being asked to provide automated shutters. Perfect light control at the touch of a button or the swipe of an app. But it isn t all about making life easier and more convenient, technology can also improve safety. For example, not only could a resident be woken with notification of a fire alarm, the smart home could also unlock doors, dial the fire department and light the path to safety. Is it time for you to consider how a Smart Home could work for you? Georgina Broadhurst, Just Shutters. For a design visit Call 01932 500 270 or visit JustShutters.co.uk To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Pastoral Care is Key Walk in to any school and they will tell you that their pastoral care is excellent, it is arguably the glue that holds a school together. At Halliford it is right at the very heart of all we do, we are delighted that successive inspections consistently rated our Pastoral Care as Outstanding but how do we achieve this? We pride ourselves in a simple mission to enable each student to become the very best version of themselves that they can possibly be. In order to achieve this we are clear that a Halliford education is very much a team effort in tune with that age old African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child . We talk a lot about the Halliford family and we work tirelessly to capitalise on the many benefits of being a small school, where we do all genuinely know one another and it is the value of personal relationships that very much supports our success. It is a salutary fact that suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. With this in mind we have set ourselves a goal at Halliford to

banish the phrase, man up . Society has taught us that expressing our feelings and seeking help is weak and considered shameful - feelings are for the weak, right? Absolutely not! The perception that men in particular must bottle their emotions is habituated across the globe from a young age where we are taught that crying, talking about feelings or showing emotions is equated to weakness. Do you remember being told to be a big boy and don t cry ? This causes the belief that expressing emotion is wrong and that we must be tough in the face of adversity. From childhood we are too often denied the option of dealing with emotions, which we carry through to adulthood

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which for many can end up causing mental and physical health issues. The man up culture symbolises a stereotype of men being the provider, the hunter, and strong. Not living up to this image could result in criticism, mockery and disappointment for not being a real man . In a moment where we should talk to someone about our emotions, stress, anxieties or issues, man up is used as a way to humiliate us for daring to open up. Being physically fit is seen as a sign of strength. As a School we also view that being able to express our emotions and seek help when we need it is an equal if not more important sign of strength and maturity. We ensure that we teach our students to develop meaningful and beneficial friendships, the importance of supporting one another, and being a member of a community that can be relied upon to do the right thing, without judgement or mockery. We have an outstanding school counsellor, but also have many preventative factors, well-established before that specialist support is needed. Pastoral staff all hold Mental Health qualifications, oversubscribed parent courses are offered, as well as numerous talks and seminars for students and parents alike. Our staff understand how to better support students with anxiety and mental health concerns, both pastorally and when teaching - to recognise the signs early and to provide support accordingly. A culture of openness runs through Halliford, opportunities for early help and our modern approach to masculinity that acknowledges vulnerability we hope gives Hallifordians every chance to reverse the statistical trends for young men seen in the UK today. So please don t man up, unstiffen that lip, don t be afraid to cry and do don t ever be too proud to ask for help.

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Could Hypnotherapy Help Your Child at School? Are You Worrying About Your Child's Progress At School? Would You Like Your Child To Be More Confident? Would You Like Your Child To Be A High Achiever? Psychotherapy is a technique that focuses on specific goals you want to accomplish, focusing on problem solving and goal setting. At the onset of treatment, client and therapist decide upon which specific changes the client would like to make in their life. Hypnotherapy allows them to look deeper into issues, and deal with troublesome habits and mental disorders – including, but not limited to: depression anxiety disorders eating disorders (from anorexia to binge eating) substance abuse issues stress bereavement illness relationship problems Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy using the power of positive suggestion to bring about unconscious changes to thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The process of hypnosis aims to alter your state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind, whilst stimulating and focusing the unconscious mind. It has been asked if the therapist controls the client s mind. The answer is no; the mind will not do anything it does not feel comfortable with. Whilst these therapies produce impressive results in the above problem areas, they will produce equally quantifiable and favourable results when it comes to sport, study and personal and career achievements. Research suggests sports performance has more to do with mental ability, rather than physical ability, and many sports people have recognised the power their mental state has on their sports performance. Over the years, professional athletes like Jimmy Connors, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and David Beckham have used hypnotherapy to help enhance their natural abilities. Hypnotherapy will improve and enhance an individual s mental attitude by helping them to relax, overcome anxiety and fear, helping to maintain composure and boost confidence in their abilities. Bruce Willis credits hypnotherapy with curing him of his stutter. The singer Lily Allen and model Sophie Dahl have used hypnotherapy to compleTo advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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ment their weight-loss programmes, whilst the actor Matt Damon and comedian Ellen DeGeneres both credit hypnotherapy with helping them to quit smoking. You do not have to be a celebrity or world-class athlete to harness the benefits of hypnosis in everyday life. Hypnotherapy for Children and Teenagers Childhood should be carefree and fun, but parents will be fully aware of the many trials their children face: starting a new school, making friends, coping with bullies, competing in sports and generally trying to fit in. Children and teenagers sometimes need to deal with change, loss, anger, criticism, sibling rivalry, peer pressure, shyness and low self esteem, and transformations in their own bodies as they move through rapid growth periods over short periods of time. Teenagers may also be subject to exam stress (possibly under achieving, no matter how hard they try) and perhaps deeply rooted negative or entitled beliefs which may have been picked up from school, television, the media and, of course, social media. Initially psychotherapy techniques are used to identify events in a child s life that have contributed in some way a problem. Having identified these events, hypnotherapy allows a child s unconscious mind to show them anything they need to in order to overcome the blocks, enabling positive and creative changes to take place. One of the reasons why hypnotherapy works well for children and teenagers is that they make good use of their imagination, using it to feel in control and on top of things. Hypnotherapy has even been a success with dyslexic students giving them the tools to help them cope with everyday life situations, improve memory recall and instil confidence, affording them valuable coping strategies which they can rely on later in life. If you think hypnotherapy might help your child contact Lesley Cooper on: Lesley@lesleycooperhypnotherapy.com lesleycooperhypnotherapy.com Mobile: 07767 823890 Facebook: lesleycooperhypnotherapy Or call Paul on 07946 494288


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What are Parents Expectations from School? The first thing that parents expect from the school is the happiness of their children. It is very important that the school can create an environment where learning is encouraged. This also means that children should fall in love with the very idea of learning itself. This always prompts them to want to learn. Here are 9 things parents expect from a school: 1. The quality of teaching should be high As far as parents are concerned this is the second most important item on their wish list from a school. The teachers should be wonderful. They should know what they are teaching and should have an idea of how it should be taught as well.

2. The curriculum For parents, it s also important that the curriculum is to be a good one. Parents nowadays are very concerned about what their kids are learning and what is the process they follow in their learning structure. The course s structure should be in such a way that the kid s considered it competitive and to sustain their recognition in such competition they work too hard. 3. The expenses Currently, this happens to be an important consideration as well. It might not be the most important consideration for most, but it has its own weight in the scheme of things. The good things are that these days parents do have a lot more options in this regard. 4. The sports program To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

For a lot of parents now sports are important. It is supposed to keep their kids fit and healthy. As long as schools had various options to choose from in this regard the parents are happy. However, for parents with athletic kids, this is an important priority nowadays. 5. The extracurricular activities As far as parents these days are concerned extracurricular activities are important. These activities do play a major role in helping build team spirit among students and bring out talents and capabilities that even the students are not aware of. 6. The facilities on offer As far as preschools are concerned parents want compact spaces. The rooms should ideally be spotless, and they should be full of artwork as well. The classrooms should also be big enough for the small students that would populate them. In the high schools, the facilities should be as good as the colleges if not better. 7. The libraries These days, the libraries should be nothing short of state-of-the-art centres for digital learning. They should have all the right tools that help it make easy for students to do research. 8. The role played by parents The schools should facilitate the active involvement of parents in the development of their kids. This is something that parents want very dearly these days. The school should let them pitch in with their ideas that help them contribute to the development of their kids. 9. The school s reputation This is highly important for the parents and there are several reasons for the same. If the school has operated for years and ran programs that have proven to be successful over the years it is a great thing for the parents. They would know that their kids are in great hands Source : Various

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Heathside Walton School update Planning Application submitted (Application Reference Number 2019/2157)

A planning application has now been submitted and validated for a 900-pupil, non-selective, co-educational six form entry secondary school, located on land to the east of Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames. The proposed new school will be operated by ElmWey Learning Trust which has demonstrated its ability to deliver exceptional education standards at the nearby Heathside Weybridge School. As we have mentioned in

previous communications and at public events, there is a clear demand for additional secondary school places in Elmbridge from September 2021 which will be met by the new school. The proposals have gone through significant consultation with public events being hosted in Walton-on-Thames in July 2018 and June 2019 which have helped to form the final proposals that have been submitted to Elmbridge Borough Council. The public consultation on Elmbridge Borough Council s website is now open for comment. If you would like to support the application for the new school, please access the Council s website https://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/findapplication/ click on Search and type in the application reference number 2019/2157 then select Comment on this application .

Welcome to Halliford, a school based on strong family values where we know and respect every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be. We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities. At Halliford we are extremely fortunate as a small school to have many outstanding facilities on our beautiful site and over the last two years our Governing Body have invested over 1.5million pounds in re-developing facilities for our students with ambitious future developments to come.

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Prep and Pre-Prep Schools: What do I need to know? Prep schools and pre-prep schools are private schools for pupils aged 4 to 13. They prepare pupils for entry into public schools and private secondary schools. Here s our lowdown: What is a prep school? As the name suggests, the main aim of prep schools is to prepare pupils for entry to private secondary schools at either 11 or 13. Traditionally, pre-preps take children from age 3 or 4 and prepare them to move to a prep school at age 7 or 8 (usually school year 3 or 4). Many pre-preps and preps are seamlessly linked schools with a guaranteed transition between them. As always, London dances to its own beat and whereas in the countryside it s a case of putting little Harry or Harriet s name down and just writing a cheque at your leisure, competition for places at 7+ and 8+ in London s top prep schools can be fiercely competitive. The raison d etre of London pre-prep schools is to prepare children for these competitive entrance exams which means the pressure can start as early as year 1 with practice papers. Some, whilst having linked prep schools, also send large numbers of children elsewhere. Why go through the stress of exams at 7+? Well, some of the top preps such as Westminster Under or St Paul s Juniors don t start until year 3 when they say they can properly assess the potential of a child through the 7+ exam. Think carefully about whether or not you want to put your child through this process at such a tender age or whether it might be better to choose a school where you can choose whether to leave or stay at 7 to avoid undue stress. More importantly, how do you select the best prep school for your child? Prep schools stand or fall by their senior school destinations. Whether parents are aiming to get their 3 or 4 year old into the preprep of a chosen all-through school, or their 8 year old into a prep school that feeds top day and boarding schools, they are generally thinking several years ahead. However, all-through selective schools rarely guarantee that the pupils they accept

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into reception will move seamlessly into the secondary school. If they do not think your child will keep up, they will advise you – usually in year 5 – to start looking elsewhere. A school that helps your child to become a confident and happy learner is always the best investment – it s not a one size fits all decision – and pastoral care should be at the top of any parent s list. As well as academic rigour, look for inclusive offerings across the arts, music, sport and co-curricular, and make sure your child will be able to access all opportunities, regardless of natural ability. Prep school open days: what to look for If you want to get a feel for a prep school or two, attend their open days. Don't be dazzled by glitzy facilities or depressed by a dearth - look beyond. Prepare a list of questions and things to look for before you go: Do you like the head, the staff, the atmosphere, the library? Is the school well cared for? Does it smell good? Are the toilets clean and biscuits crunchy? What of the children? Are they friendly, polite, chatty, mannered, smart? Scruffy or sculptured, what matters is, can you imagine your child in amongst the children at the school? Chat to other parents; do you have anything in common? Are there similarities between their children and yours? What about sports, drama, art? Is there something for your child? Are sports and music inclusive, who gets in the teams and bands? What standard are they - is this what you would hope for? Do they stretch the able, help the struggling and recognise these two traits may occur in the one child? What happens when things go wrong? Who is on hand to help, how? Are they caring and nurturing, forgive and forget or strict and unbending? Are they alert to bullying? Ask for instances and find out how bullies and perpetrators are dealt with. How will they communicate with you and when? Are parents welcome, if so when, for what and to do what? If you like what you see, go back for a private visit, meet the head and watch the school at work. Try to get a balanced view: chat to pupils, staff and other parents. Don t allow the marketing manager to dominate your visit! Ask whether you can attend school on a match day to get a feel for the parent cohort and team spirit of the school.

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SEPTEMBER 2019

O-street parking is highly desirable and can signiďŹ cantly increase the value and saleability of your property. Generally speaking you do not need Building Regulations for a new driveway. But before you rush out and pave over your front garden there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account. Since 1st October 2008 in an effort to reduce the impact of flooding and watercourse pollution, householders are now permitted to replace an existing or create a new driveway of any size in their front garden without the need to obtain planning consent, as long as this is done with a permeable surface such as gravel, concrete block paving, porous asphalt or alternatively, if provision has been made for rainwater to be directed to drain naturally in a lawn, border or soak away.

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Should you wish to create a driveway of greater than 5m2 covered with a non-permeable surface and without provision for drainage to a permeable area, planning consent would be required. Also, access to the dwelling must not be encumbered to a greater extent than it was previously, for example the introduction of steps where there were none before, as this would constitute a breach of the regulations. Whilst constructing the driveway, be mindful of any services that run under your garden as the weight of vehicles can easily fracture pipes. The same must be taken into consideration should access be required from the highway across the footpath and/or verge to your new parking area.


You will require council consent to drop the kerb and cross the footpath or verge and it is worth checking the ownership of the land between the public highway and your property, as the owners consent will be required and a licence fee may be payable. The council may wish to undertake dropping the kerb and creating the crossover themselves or insist that the work is carried out by one of their approved contractors. It is always

advisable to check with the council before starting any work. For professional advise on all property matters please contact Warren Fraser, Partner and his friendly, experienced team at Curchods Walton-on-Thames.

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Nominations for the 2019 Elmbridge Sports Awards are open until 20 October. The Awards ceremony will be held on Friday 13 December 2019 at ACS Cobham International School. There is a wide range of categories you can nominate across. If you know an individual, volunteer, coach or club from Elmbridge who has shown great dedication or excelled in sport over the last year, then this is your chance to nominate them for the recognition they deserve. Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, "The annual awards is an opportunity to credit all the achievements and efforts of the sporting community in Elmbridge. We have a great history of

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sporting success within the Borough and we hope to encourage people to continue in their chosen sports and achieve their very best . Councillor Barry Cheyne, Chairman of the Elmbridge Sports Council, said, "So many dedicated athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers work really hard for their local sports clubs and these awards are a fitting way to recognise and celebrate them for all their efforts and achievements. I encourage residents to nominate their local sporting heroes to show them that their dedication for the sporting community has not gone unnoticed." Nominations can be made online at https:// www.elmbridge.gov.uk/news/sportspersonality-2019/ and will close on Sunday 20 October at 9am. Winners go on to be nominated in the Surrey Sport Awards where they can get recognition at county level. For further information please go to elmbridge.gov.uksport sport@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474570.

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The Mary Frances Trust By Louise Addison

Mary Frances Trust guarantees people living with mental ill health a place where they are welcome and feel that they belong. Their relationships with staff and volunteers are characterised by equality and mutual respect. Since we opened, our service has evolved in response to the developing needs and aspirations of people who use our services, as well as changing ideas about what services can help an individual s emotional and mental wellbeing. Over the years, we have increased our offer of activities, groups, and individual support to promote people s recovery and wellbeing, and enabled them to access mainstream opportunities in the community, such as education, voluntary work, and leisure. These arise from our commitment to ensure that people can participate fully in their communities, achieve their own personal goals, and have the best possible quality of life. The purpose of Mary Frances Trust is to: Work with people who experience any kind of emotional or mental health distress until they feel confident to get on with their life again Provide leadership and co-ordination in the development and delivery of community mental health services in Surrey Mary Frances Trust offers a variety of services for people suffering from consequences of their mental ill health. This may include, stress, anxiety, depression, bi-polar, hoarding and others. We provide some of our services directly, while others are provided by, or alongside, our partners. All of our services are designed to support people s wellbeing and help them on their way to recovery. Go to https://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/ calendar/ for a list of courses in Elmbridge One of the common consequences of mental health issues is social isolation. Sometimes this may result from the mental health problem itself. Reasons may also include low income, lack of selfconfidence, etc. A further major problem is the stigma, or negative To advertise email paul@villagematters.co.uk

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attitudes that society holds towards people who use mental health services. These can affect the relationships with others, including employers, undermine self-confidence, and prevent people from seeking the help they need Mary Frances Trust is committed to supporting people with mental health problems to become fully active members of their communities, with access to all the opportunities this offers. Safe Haven in Epsom operates every evening, in the Surrey Choices building at The Larches, 44 Waterloo Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8EX We provide a supportive environment for adults who are experiencing emotional or mental health crises in Surrey. We will provide a safe, welcoming and friendly environment. If you prefer to remain anonymous you can – we don t mind. We will offer a supportive environment for anyone in crisis, during a time of need and when there may be no-one else around to provide it. We will provide a friendly, non-judgemental and a listening ear for anyone who wants to talk about their feelings. Our venue will be a place of safety and a calm environment for a person to be during times of distress. We can offer practical support to you to better manage your mental health. We will signpost to other support and offer information on other agencies, if this is what you want. When is it available? Every evening 365 days of the year. 6pm to 11pm anyone in crisis can attend 6pm to 7pm anyone can attend for social support Just show up if you feel you need support. Mary Frances Trust 23 The Crescent Leatherhead KT22 8DY Telephone: 01372 375400 Text / SMS: 07929 024722 E-mail: info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk

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Elmbridge GP Referral Scheme Helps You to Keep a Healthy Balance The GP referral scheme run by Elmbridge Borough Council is dedicated to keeping you fit and healthy, whether you re living with a health condition or looking for support and guidance. If you feel overwhelmed by exercise or need a programme suited to specific health problems, we are here to help you. Our classes and sessions are designed to suit your own personal needs and goals. They take place in a friendly, relaxed and motivational environment. We work hard but always have fun along the way.

Cancer rehabilitation classes: if you live with or have survived cancer, you will benefit from these structured sessions held in a welcoming and positive environment. Paracise classes (available in Hersham and Molesey). Low impact innovative exercise with no floor work. Designed to improve posture, balance, mobility, flexibility and muscle memory. Great music to invigorate you and put a spring in your step. Suitable for osteoporosis, osteopenia, arthritis, fibromyalgia etc. Seated Yoga to explore and enjoy the benefits of yoga s physical and mental wellbeing.

There are exercise classes available for all levels and abilities in Thames Ditton, Claygate, Cobham, Hersham, Molesey, Waltonon-Thames and Weybridge. These low-cost sessions are designed to improve muscle tone, balance, strength, and mood. You can choose what is best suited to you: Falls prevention exercise classes: designed to get you more confident on your feet, build up your strength, improve your balance and stay safe. If you want to give any of the above classes locally, you can find more information at elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure, email health@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474 574 to talk to the Health Development Officer.

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Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance presents

HERITAGE DAY 2019 21st September Events all day & all over town! Visit each of our four locations, collect a stamp in the boxes below, fill in your info and be in with the chance of winning a prize!

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Bridge Street Fair 11:30-16:30 Children’s Rides - Stalls with Games - Face Painting - Elmbridge Mayor Attendance - & more...full schedule online

11:30-16:30 - Truck Tow Competition Join in the competition either by entering a team, or watching the action. See if 2018 champions - The Bear Pub - can be beaten!

10:00-16:00 - Tower Tours & More Go up the tower to the best view in Walton! Check out the church bells and learn about their history. Birth, Death & Wedding registers will be open to view. Display boards with info all about the church. 12:00-14:45 - Dog Show Annual Dog Show returns to Hillrise with categories including Golden Oldie, Waggiest Tail & Best Sausage Eater. Registration opens at 12:00, entry fee £2.50, competition starts at 12:30. Best in Show announced at 14:45 10:00-16:30 - Exhibition & Cafe Local artist John Pulfords beautiful local scenes will be on display in his fabulous solo exhibition. Visit the community cafe for a tasty selection of delicious coffees, treats and specials from the sustainable menu. 15:00 - 15:45 - Duckathon NEW for 2019, the Duckathon is organised by 1st Walton Viking Sea Scouts! Taking place along the River Thames to Walton Wharf. Buy a duck during September for £1 from the Sea Scouts, Citizens Advice at Elmbridge Hub or on the day! Winner gets a share of the proceeds. NB: All timings subejct to potential changes. Please check the website for updates.

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Recipe of The Month

Creamy Courgette Bake Wondering what to do with courgettes? Over the last couple of weeks we have been donated some fantastic produce from local allotments. Courgettes are so easy to grow and in great supply at the moment, it s been fun experimenting with different gratins and bakes at the café. This is the most popular one served with some toasted sourdough bread. It makes a very tasty lunch dish. For 4 people

6 small courgettes ½ red onion 1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed 300ml double cream 70 g grated parmesan or any hard mature cheese Pinch of salt & Freshly ground black pepper Chives or any fresh herbs

Slice courgettes and onion into an ovenproof dish. Combine double cream, garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper & chives in a jug, then pour over the courgettes. Bake in oven at 220ºC for 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. To advertise call Paul on 07946 494288

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Garden View This month - The Privet Hedge By Rachael Leverton

One of the questions I'm often asked as a gardener is 'How do I trim my privet hedge?' Privet hedges aren't a particularly sexy subject for a gardening article, but hedge-trimming seems to cause a lot of angst so let me tackle it here. Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants. It has dense foliage which is green all year round, and it s hardy which means it s suited to a wide range of planting sites. It s also available in a selection of varieties and root types, so there s a Privet hedge to suit most gardens. Autumn is a good time to trim them because there s little chance of disturbing any birds who might be nesting in them. Nesting season generally runs from March to early August. If you have a small hedge like those outside terraced town houses, then hand-held hedge shears are fine, but for large hedges an electric or even a petrol hedge-trimmer is definitely easier. If you have one, give it a check over and make sure it's sharp and well lubricated. Safety should be paramount. Wear safety goggles and sturdy gloves. It's not overkill. I once spent Saturday afternoon in eye casualty because a small sharp twig flew into my eye while I was trimming a hedge. It hurt and took ages to heal properly so be warned. Before starting, remove any potential obstacles on the ground which might prove to be a trip hazard. Avoid using powered tools above shoulder height; instead use a sturdy step ladder set on stable ground. If your hedge trimmer is electric use a residual current device (RCD) for safety purposes, and don't use it in

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damp conditions. One little trick I learned at a hedge-cutting course a few years ago is to cut hedges so that they are slightly tapered on both sides. This will mean the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge, which means the hedge will be greener and look healthier. Happy Gardening,

Top tips to ensure an even, symmetrical hedge Straight edges are difficult to cut by eye. Use a taut horizontal string tied between two stout canes to act as a guide so you can cut the top of the hedge level. For vertical lines use canes or stakes pushed into the ground. When using shears, ensure that the top of the hedge is cut level and flat by keeping the blades of the shears parallel to the line of the hedge. When using a hedge trimmer, keep the blade parallel to the hedge and use a wide, sweeping action working from the bottom of the hedge upwards, so that the cut foliage falls away

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Community Planting Fund is Launched to Help Enhance Green Spaces in Elmbridge A new community planting fund has been made available to community groups who wish to deliver projects that aim to enhance Elmbridge s green spaces. This fund is open to charities, community interest companies, parish councils, voluntary groups, schools, scouting and girl guiding groups, and other not-for-profit organisations. It can be used for a variety of projects including: Community gardens In-Bloom groups New planters/flower troughs or any other projects that would con tribute to make Elmbridge a green and brighter borough.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, This fund is a great opportunity for community groups to take ownership of a project that will have a positive impact on their environment. Green spaces play an important role in our daily life and the physical and mental health benefits residents draw from their local green spaces cannot be underestimated. We encourage you to get in touch to see how we can help you make a difference to your local community and neighbourhood. For more information, call 01372 474568, email greenspaces@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/ community-planting-fund/ to apply.

The community planting fund only has limited resources as a one-off fund. Applications are currently open until 11 October and will open again from 1 February to 13 March 2020. Groups can now apply to the community planting fund. Each grant application will be scored and funds of up to a maximum of £5,000 per project will be allocated. Partnership funding is encouraged, but in some cases (i.e. for new groups), it is not essential. If you are considering applying but would like to discuss your idea with us beforehand, please do not hesitate to contact us. We may be able to support you as follows: •

Support you in developing your ideas and help you decide what is viable Discuss how best to deliver your objectives Provide advice and guidance Help you access other funding sources

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Elmbridge Partnership Fund Open for Applications The Community Support Services team at Elmbridge Borough Council is pleased to announce that it is working in partnership with the Walton Charity to launch the Partnership Fund 2019 for the fourth year running. Both organisations are delighted to welcome Walsingham Care who have also agreed to contribute to the fund and are a local charity.

For the second year running, funding is being directed towards charitable and community organisations supporting isolated or potentially isolated members of the Elmbridge community, particularly, but not exclusively older people. Local organisations are invited to apply for funding that will help build and develop capacity within their organisation, support the organisation with becoming more sustainable or enable an organisation to develop an additional service. The Partnership Fund is now open with a closing date of 12pm on 11 October 2019. The funding partners are particularly keen to receive applications from small organisations or groups. If your organisation is thinking of applying for this funding and requires support, Central Surrey Voluntary Action are happy to help you. Please contact them directly on 01372 463587 or email: contact@csva.co.uk Councillor Mrs Shipley, the Portfolio Holder for Social Affairs said: The Council is committed to supporting the voluntary and community sector across the borough. If your organisation is looking for funding and supports isolated members of our community, I would encourage you to submit an application . The Mary Frances Trust which supports people with emotional or mental distress, received funding from the Partnership Fund last year to provide free transport to those who would otherwise be unable to attend activities in the borough. Funding for transport helped their members attend exercise classes at the Xcel Leisure Centre, and a participant told us: I injured my knee due to coming off my bike in February and wasn t able to leave MoPlease mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

lesey due to mobility issues. I was unable to get out, and didn t see friends due to the pain I was in. The doctor advised me to start light exercise to help with my recovery, but I was unable to travel. I read about the Exercise at Xcel project funded by Elmbridge Council and applied for the free transport, so I could start swimming again. My recovery was a lot faster and I was meeting new people whilst at the centre which improved my confidence and my social life. The project made a massive difference to my recovery and with meeting new people who could relate to the situation I was in . Jackie Lodge, Chief Executive at Walton Charity noted: We are delighted to be working in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council and Walsingham Care, to enable more funds to reach local services . A trustee from first time partner Walsingham Care, said: Walsingham Care is delighted to participate in the 2019 Partnership Fund. We have become increasingly concerned about the provision of support to alleviate isolation and a few years ago started supporting small groups of volunteers to address this sector. Accordingly, we are very pleased to associate with this local initiative . For further guidance or to download a copy of the application form and guidelines, please visit the Elmbridge Borough Council website elmbridge.gov.uk/css/voluntary-sector-funding. For applicants requiring hard copies, or information in a different format, please contact our Voluntary Sector and Engagement Manager gmckenzie@elmbridge.gov.uk

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Events Coming Up Some we like...

Esher & District Amnesty International Group (which includes Walton & Weybridge) meet on 2nd Weds of every month to sign letters. Small friendly group - please contact Cherry Eddy 0208398 4377 for details. The PHOENIX FOLK & SQUARE DANCE CLUB is a friendly and informal English Folk Dance Club. Why not call in at one of our Thursday evening Club nights, meet us and enjoy a complimentary evening of dancing and a cup of tea. We start at 8pm and finish at 10.15pm. Oatlands Village Hall St Mary s Road Oatlands Village Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9PT Surrey Blues Club Friday 6th September, a great evening of Blues music from The Surrey Blues Club Band and guest band Blues Patrol. Friday 4th October, guest band The Nigel Bagge Band. No Admission Charge, No Membership required, Fully Air Conditioned. All welcome, music from 8.30pm. Surrey Blues Club Hersham Sports & Social Club 128 Hersham Road Hersham Surrey KT12 5QL Walton-on-Thames WI We meet at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month in St Erconwald s Church Hall, Esher Avenue, Walton-on-Thames and you are most welcome to come and see who we are and what we do. If you cannot make our meeting there are other WIs but for further information on Walton WI please contact our Secretary, Hilary Cartwright on 01932 248071 or email us at waltononthameswi@gmail.com The ADDLESTONE SINGERS Ladies Choir returns on Monday, 9th September 2019, after our summer break. We meet every Monday at 8 – 9.45pm at the Addlestone Methodist Church, KT15 2AR and this Autumn term we will be rehearsing for our concert in December on behalf of SHOOTING STAR CHASE CHILDREN S HOSPICE. New lady members are always welcomed. For more information on our activities, please contact Elizabeth on 01932 564099 or visit www.addlestone-singers.co.uk Music in the Park, Saturday 7 September – Churchfields recreation ground, Weybridge KT13 8DB. A free concert with the best repertoire of Cobham Brass Band to delighted adults and children of all ages. AMERICAN TROUBADOUR SONGS AND STORIES Performed by Alistair Sherwood Alistair Pays tribute to artists as prolific and influential as James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Don McLean, John Denver Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. (1968 -1978). CONCERT AT ST PETER'S CHURCH HERSHAM SAT 28TH SEPTEMBER Pre -concert drinks 7pm. Performance 7:30pm. Tickets £10. Tel 01932 253452 Email : theoffice@stpetershersham.com www.americantroubadoursongs.com Walton Heritage Day - Save The Date 21st September! In 2019 Walton-on-Thames will again hold it's main Heritage Day fair in our most historic part of the shopping district - Bridge Street! We're also continuing with the successful additional locations to the event last year making it a town-wide occasion. We will see the new addition of the Duckathon on the Thames - run by the Viking Sea Scouts. There will be six sites in total - if you visit all, and collect the stamps on your programme, you can enter the draw for a prize! See pages 32 and 33 foe details. Brooklands Museum Aviation Day This promises to be a day like no other at the Museum - the emphasis is towards the skies as we dedicate the whole site to Brooklands rich and varied connection with all things aviation. The Museum s aircraft and cockpits will be open for visitors to explore, and outside the Bellman Hangar, there will even be a chance to see and hear some of the early aircraft in action. 10am 5pm. Normal Museum admission charges apply Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL Sun 22 Sep 2019 Contact telephone: 01932857381 Concours of Elegance The UK s finest classic car show, Concours of Elegance, returns to Hampton Court Palace for its 8th annual running between 6th-8th September. Friday and Saturday - 10am until 6pm Sunday - 10am until 5pm Adults: from £40 Concessions: from £18 Children under 5: Free Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU Fri 6 Sep 2019 to Sun 8 Sep 20 Contact telephone: +44 (0)20 3142 8542 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 Please mention Walton Matters when responding to adverts

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Dominic Raab Our Local MP

Over the Summer, as well as being appointed Foreign Secretary, I have been busy checking in on the progress made by our local schools and firming up local reassurances to protect Walton residents from the potential negative impacts of Heathrow expansion. First, I visited Three Rivers Academy here in Walton to congratulate the school on their new Good Ofsted rating. This is well-deserved, and a testament to the leadership of Headteacher, Anne-Louise Payne, and the hard work of all the teachers, support-staff and pupils. It means that all state secondary schools in the constituency now have an Ofsted rating of Good or Outstanding , which is good news for local families. At Three Rivers, I took the opportunity to talk to pupils – of all ages – about my role as their local MP. They asked some great questions, and we discussed mental Dom visiting Cobham Free School s Munro House site health, climate change and the school curriculum. Next, I went to Cobham Free School (CFS) for an update on progress towards their permanent secondary school site at Munro House in Cobham. The school has the necessary funding from the Department of Education (DfE) to relocate the Upper Junior and Senior departments to Munro House. They plan to move the Sixth Form pupils into the new premises by September 2019. I m working with CFS, the DfE and leaseholders to secure vacant possession as soon as possible, to enable the rest of the school to relocate as quickly as possible. The larger permanent site for the CFS will serve children in Cobham, and in doing so ease pressure on school places right across the borough. Finally, I have written to Heathrow airport to raise local concerns about noise, air quality and traffic. First, I sought to nail down local assurances about the introduction of Independent arallel Approach (IPA) – a new way for planes to navigate whilst landing – so residents are protected from increased levels of noise, traffic and air pollution. Next, I responded to the latest consultation on plans for expansion. Heathrow propose creating binding limits for noise, air quality and traffic to manage the local impact of a third runway. This is a welcome step which I have long pushed for, but local residents will want the peace of mind of knowing that their local authority has a clear role in monitoring and enforcing Heathrow s environmental limits. In my response, which you can read in full on my website (dominicraab.com/news/), I argue local councils should be represented on the enforcement body. These common-sense safeguards would provide local residents with reassurance, and give greater confidence in Heathrow s ability to expand in a sustainable manner. MP for Esher & Walton

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Index of Advertisers Building Heating W Brown and Son 11 Progas Care Ironing Adelaide House 27 Hate Ironing? The Burlington 29 Kitchens Cleaning Ashford Kitchens Time For You 31 Oven Cleaning Copywriter Ovenclean Declan Morton 38 Mobility Estate Agents Shepperton Mobility Curchods 24/25 Painting and Drawing Harmes Turner Brown 48 Wendy Clouse Pharmacy/Travel Clinic Electrician Paige Electrics 43 Trio Pharmacy Plumber Events Kempton Steam 43 Peter James Plumbing Kew Gardens 6 Roofing Walton Voices 40 Aldridge and Sons Schools/Education Finance Harvest Financial Mgmt 21 Grovelands Halliford School Flooring ProFloor 43 Hampton Court House Hampton Prep Funeral Services Alan Greenwood 37 Hampton School Garden Services/Supplies Surrey Adult Learning Easicut Mowers 37 Thamesmead Glazing/Windows/Doors Walton Montessori House of Surrey 2 Sell for Cash Village Windows 38 JC Stamps Health and Fitness Shutters You Fit 35 Just Shutters

Volunteering 37 IMB Wedding Fairs 38 Surbiton Golf Club White Goods Hire 9 RMTV Will Writing 11 Harvest Wills

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