A selection of the latest articles from Molesey Matters.

Your school needs you!

I recently started volunteering at Chandlers Field Primary School in West Molesey. The school motto is #yeswecan I spent last Monday morning writing ‘persuasive letters’ with a year 5 class.

Helping the Homeless

Elmbridge Rentstart opened the borough’s first ‘Winter Hub drop-in’ service in Walton on 24 January 2019. The Hub is open to anyone who is homeless, vulnerably housed or sofa-surfing.

Afternoon Tea, A British Tradition

The custom of a meal being taken mid-afternoon was started in the early 19th century by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. She was the wife of Francis Russell, and sister- in- law to the Prime Minister, John Russell.

Apps Court

Three Walton Manors are mentioned in the Domesday Book- Walton-on-Thames, Walton Leigh, and Apps, the latter being about one mile to the north-east of Walton on the road to Molesey.

John Tufton and the First Recorded LBW

John Tufton (23 November 1773 – 27 May 1799) was an English cricketer and a Member of Parliament (MP). He was a member of the aristocratic Tufton family that produced the Earls of Thanet and related through his mother to the Sackville family that produced the Dukes of Dorset.

Happy Birthday Mr Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

Robert Scott’s Antarctic Adventure

British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott and a team of four reach the South Pole, only to find that Amundsen has beaten them to it. (17th Jan 1912)

Elite Elton – Keeping the Dream Alive

If you saw the John Lewis Christmas ad this year which featured Elton John, then you would have realised that not all of them were the genuine article. The ad started and ended with the real deal and for that cameo role Elton picked up a cool £5 million.

Cecil Hepworth, Walton’s great film pioneer

We turn the clock back to the 1890s. The film industry was in its infancy, with the Lumière brothers making the first public screening of ‘moving pictures’ in France in 1895. A young man called Cecil Hepworth was working in film processing, and he decided to set up his own film processing company.

Elm Grove, Walton by John C Pulford

Of all the significant country estates that once bordered the town of Walton, namely Ashley Park, Mount Felix, Apps Court, The Grove and Elm Grove, the only surviving estate mansion is the classical red-brick Georgian house still known as Elm Grove.

JMW Turner and Walton Bridge

The artist’s Walton Bridges, an oil on canvas thought to have been painted in 1806, is at risk of leaving the UK unless a buyer can be found, after it was sold at auction in July for £3.4 million.

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Issue 30

Here we are in March. Spring is almost upon us. There are two main things to remember this month, and luckily this year they are both on the same date. Firstly do remember that on Sunday 31st March at 1am the clocks go forward one hour signalling the start of British Summer Time (BST). Secondly don’t forget Mother’s Day, same date, Sunday 31st.

Issue 29

In this issue we learn of the beginnings of Hampton Court Station and of John Tufton, the first cricketer to be recorded as bowled LBW. We celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday and Della Reynolds, our roving reporter talks to the owners of a very special Molesey business.

Issue 27

In this month’s issue we celebrate the birthday of the first Christmas Card, we also have an update from the Reclaim our Riverbank campaign.

Issue 26

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Issue 25

So what’s in Molesey Matters this month? After reading of Faraday House recently we learn of another resident – suffragette Princess Sophia Singh. Last months ‘Great Stink’ piece has a follow up after we were told about a beautiful building designed to became the Victorian solution..

Issue 24

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Issue 23

In this month’s issue we hear of the pioneers who started Roberts Radio in Molesey. We learn of the Knox brothers. Both significant contributors to Molesey life. A new page is dedicated to those of us in the community who go out of our way to help others.

Issue 22

In this month’s issue we hear about the Hampton Court Bridges from Molesey Matters reader John Taylor, learn about Capability Brown’s exploits in the area, and delve into the history of the House of Compassion in Thames Ditton.

Issue 21

Well last month we had the royal wedding, this month it’s Molesey Carnival time! The update is on Page 27. For me this year, I am looking forward to the pig racing! Sounds hilarious.

Issue 20

We have an update from the Molesey Art Society following their Spring Fair and as the Carnival edges closer we learn of all the plans. The Molesey Bake Off, supported by the Miss Polly Café on Walton Road sounds fantastic.

Issue 19

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