A selection of the latest articles from Walton Matters.

Have you discovered Painshill Park?

Mr C and I have memberships of lots of local attractions: RHS Wisley, Brooklands Museum and Hampton Court Palace to name but a few. But the most recently acquired membership is proving one of the most popular.

30 years of Creative Quilting

Creative Quilting was founded on October 28th, 1989. Starting with about 5 bolts of brown fabrics. Things have changed somewhat since then and now the shop shelves are full of vivid colours and inspirational projects.

Recalling the Great Storm of 1987

In the 1980’s my daily drive to work at Teddington, was usually via Bushy Park. However, on the morning of Friday 16th October, due to storm damage, the park had been closed.

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.

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 and later Walton Library.

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.

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 .

Imber Court at 100

Imber Court was originally part of the ancient Kingdom of Wessex. It was included in the Domesday Book, when it was owned by Richard de Tonbridge. In the 16th century the Duke of Norfolk became the owner of Imber Court and in 1538 passed it to Henry VIII.

When will the Eco Park be finished?

Within the Eco Park, the anaerobic digestion facility has started hot commissioning. This means it’s already processing food waste but as part of the commissioning, or testing, of the plant before the site is officially completed and handed over by the construction company for operational use.

The Origins of Elmbridge Borough Council

The name Elmbridge appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Amelebrige, which is derived from the original name of the River Mole (Amele) or (Emley) and the old English word for a bridge (brige).

The Charity of Robert Phillips

The Charity of Robert Phillips was created, fifty years after the death of the man whose name it bears. Alderman Robert Phillips JP was an elected Member of both Surrey County Council and of Walton and Weybridge District Council.

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Issue 15

This month we look at the Christmas Carol story, the history of both Christmas baubles and the Christmas tree, and how to have a crisis free Christmas. We look at how to care for our hedgehogs during the cold season, tips for driving in winter , and dig into the history of The Bear public house.

Issue 14

This month we bring you the start of a series on the names behind the blue plaques in Walton on Thames. Also an update on the Festival of Light and the history of the George pub.

Issue 13

This month we celebrate the 30th birthday of Creative Quilting in Bridge Road, Molesey. Congratulations Valerie. Following an inspiration by a reader we take look at litter picking, and we also hear form our own John Pulford writing about another Walton pub from the past.

Issue 12

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.

Issue 11

At the time of writing I am hopeful that our summer will have started. The Hampton Court Flower Show, Wimbledon fortnight and the Baseball’s Coming Home event would dearly love some blue skies. In this month’s issue we look at the women of Wimbledon tennis, get an update on the Eco Park, and learn of the origins of Elmbridge Borough Council.

Issue 10

It’s Walton Beer and Live Music Festival time!! Go to page 12 for all the details. Also this month there is a rather special celebration, commemorating the first recorded game of baseball in the world being played in Walton back in 1749.

Issue 9

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 8

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 7

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 6

In this issue, local historian John Pulford tells us more of Mount Felix, and we also hear of Canaletto’s beautiful painting of Walton Bridge.We take a peek behind the history of HWM, Walton’s purveyors of Aston Martin , and we also take a look at a true Walton film star, Julie Andrews.

Issue 4

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.