A selection of the latest articles from Molesey Matters.

The Walton Beer Festival 2019

Now in it’s 5th year the popular Walton-on-Thames Beer, Wine & live Music Festival is an annual summer event hosted at the picturesque Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club. A hidden gem of Walton located close to the town centre just behind Homebase.

Real Tennis

Real Tennis, aka “The Sport of Kings”, was the original racquet sport and precursor to the modern game. Its popularity grew quickly among the French nobility.

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)

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Issue 32

Welcome to the May issue. Easter has now gone, spring is firmly here and next month’s issue will be the first of summer. Fantastic.

Issue 31

Welcome to the April issue. The clocks have gone forward and the evenings are starting to get lighter. Spring is pushing through. Time to get the garden in order.

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.