Molesey Matters is the new community magazine for East and West Molesey, serving the KT8 postcode, launched in September 2016.
The magazine, like the Sunbury and Shepperton editions before it, is an essential part of community life, connecting local people with local trades and businesses. We would all ideally like to use a local builder, roofer, electrician, shop in local shops, and enjoy a meal or drink on one of our local bars or restaurants. Right on the doorstep of Hampton Court and Bushy Park, the main shopping locations of Bridge Road and Walton Road serve the community well. If you want to advertise your services to the people of Molesey look no further.
Molesey Matters is run independently. It is advertising funded. Advertising costs are set at such a level as to be affordable to large and small businesses alike. For advertising in the KT8 postcode area, Molesey Matters can help.
As well as advertising, Molesey Matters carries relevant local editorial features, community news and notices as well as recipes, puzzles and useful phone numbers.
Current Issue Molesey Matters
Issue 12 - September 2017
Molesey Lock Where there is muck there’s is money The Value of Dredging/Treasures of the Thames Memories of Molesey School… Read more »
Our lock was first proposed in 1802 because of the shallows upstream but nothing came of the suggestion. During droughts, the Thames was liable to become too shallow for river craft to pass through. The heavily laden barges were held up, sometimes for weeks at a time while the bargemen waited for the weather to turn.
They say our school days are the happiest days of our lives. For most of us, it’s not as simple as that. We remember the headteacher we feared and the teacher we adored, the lifelong friends we made and the bullies we despised, the subjects we loved and those we hated…
The name of the island is derived from Platt of Molesey who used it for growing withers. Until the 1880s osiers were grown on the eyot, a species of willow used for basket-making but it was also used for dumping spoil from excavation of the Stain Hill Reservoirs, creating the large hill on the island’s western end.
Hedgehogs are in decline. Even over the past 10 years or so we have seen notably fewer on the roads or in our gardens. So many people I have spoken to about this wonderful charity have never heard of it. We want to change that!
Ex-Corinthian, and prominent local G.P, Dr. James Jenkinson Knox started the ‘Hampton Court and East Molesey Association Football Club’ in the Autumn of 1892 (the year the song ‘Daisy Daisy’ came out).
In the first six months of 2016 more than 2,500 high street shops closed and some recent analysis suggests that nearly one in four non-food purchases in the UK are done online from a standing start of none 20 years ago.
Well the sun did come out for Carnival Day! Congratulations to all involved, in both the set up and of course to the community as a whole for joining in. I mentioned in last month’s issue that I might try the Zorb racing! I have to admit that as a man prone to injury I decided to watch instead. Looked great fun though. A list of the float winners is listed on Page 16.
The Molesey Carnival is upon us again on Saturday June 10th! Best wishes from Molesey Matters to all involved. Personally I am really looking forward to having a go at the Zorb racing – just what I need for my bad back! The front cover is obviously Mr Mole, taken last year by Ted Palmer.
Welcome to the May issue! We are now firmly into Spring. I am particularly enjoying this year the blossom appearing in our garden. Pinks, yellows, whites, purples – It really does make you feel like good things are on the way.
In this month’s issue we learn about Molesey’s first cottage hospital and also about Alfred Sisley, who painted beautiful scenes around Molesey. February is the month of David Garrick’s 300th birthday, so we take a look at his life, and of course celebrate Valentine’s Day.
In this month’s issue we discover we used to have a cinema, how Molesey was named and learn that we have a priest hole in the vicinity. We look at how nearby film studios were used during the war, and how Molesey was the place where the first ever golf trick shot was recorded.
In this month’s issue we look at the fabulous Dunkirk Little Ships and the history behind Kent Chemist in Walton Road. We look at a local collection of vintage fire engines and hear the story of suffragette Kitty Marion and the Hurst Park Grandstand. We also talk to Doug Bashford, who worked at Molesey’s previous local magazine, The Review.
Welcome to the first issue of Molesey Matters. This month we celebrate Molesey Boat Clubs 150th anniversary, and applaud the heroics of 3 members all returning from Rio with gold medals. We also look at the history behind one of Moseley’s oldest family businesses, and recommend some close by attractions as part of Open London 2016.