Autumn 2017 Newsletter (No. 16)

Village Sign Fundraising

Some 18 months ago the Chairman announced that we hoped to get a village sign (see Newsleer No.14). Despite the ‘Green Belt’ distractions there has been some progress. A major problem has been what to include on the sign – ask a dozen different people and get a dozen different replies! Village signs such as the one we would like cost in the region of £4,000 so don’t expect to see our sign in the near future as we have a lot of fundraising to do. To set the ball rolling so as to speak, Chelsea Football Club Foundation very kindly donated a football signed by last season’s 3rst team. Ian Nelson, the Residents’ Association Chairman, who is a classic car enthusiast, took it to a rally at Beaulieu in Hampshire where it was bought by a keen Chelsea supporter. It gave a useful kick-start to the fundraising campaign.

Village Sign Design

After much deliberation on and consultation, we have agreed on a design for the village sign. The general outline is similar to the shape of the east window of St Mary’s church, whilst the three ‘windows’ in the sign will show: St Mary’s, the knight Sir John D’Abernon, and a cricketer, as Stoke d’Abernon Cricket Club has long been an important feature of life in the village and also produced former England fast bowler Bob Willis. England women’s cricket star Natalie Sciver (see article overleaf) also played with the Stoke d’Abernon club. The sign will be in coloured slightly raised 3D relief (not dissimilar to the Bookham sign) within an iron frame. It has been designed, and will be manufactured, by ‘H Signs’ in Suffolk . Fundraising will shortly commence.

Residents Association AGM

Thursday 26th October at 8pm in the Village Hall, Station Road

(note this is a different venue to our half-yearly meeting in the Spring)

  • Free drink on arrival
  • Updates on our activities
  • Hear from local councillors
  • Talk

Slap on the wrist for your editor!

You will notice that the shield on the masthead of this newsletter is missing the previous white quatrefoils/crosses on it. Long standing resident Brenda Way, who is very knowledgeable on such matters, points out that this is little more than a fanciful concoction between the shield of Sir John D’Abernon and the shield of baronet Vincent and the shape was slightly wrong as well – oh well, I rather liked fanciful concoctions but that’s me put in my place! Furthermore, research showed that the blue although very variable (technically it is believed to be azure), was not the very dark blue we used in the past, and that without the quatrefoils, the apex of the chevron should be nearer the top of the shield. Since the shield will appear on the village sign, it was thought that it should at least have some semblance of correctness!

Remembering The Fallen

The delightful avenue of cherry trees on the Tilt to honour the local war dead is now in decline, with trees of all ages and conditions. Sometime after next Remembrance Sunday, Elmbridge Council would like to remove all of the trees, improve the soil and, replant with new more disease resistant Kanzan cherry trees. These will obviously take a few years to fully develop but it is expected to have an avenue of mature trees by 2045 – the centenary of the ending of the second world war. At the time this newsleer is being prepared, various local groups including Stoke d’Abernon Residents’ Association are being consulted. The RA committee fully supports this initiative and we hope that Elmbridge will be able to proceed along the lines it has suggested.

Bray Road Street Party


Once again were the chief organisers of a street party on Sunday 18th June for the residents of Bray Road and surrounding roads. In 2016 it was for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, this year it was part of the nationwide ‘All Together’ initiative, in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox, which aims to bring communities closer. Good weather was hoped for, but it was almost too good! Under a blazing sun on one of the hottest days of the year (and indeed for many years), the bunting once again fluttered in the breeze as people made their way to Bray Road for the celebrations. Innovations this year were a barbeque and pancake area which proved very popular and a good addition to the previous event. The selections of cakes, snacks and drinks were very good and even more activities were available for the children. Live music was by the Stoke Buskers, better known as Matt and a friend from the Station Road shop Good Elf – they gave the event a lovely relaxed feel and helped everything go with a swing. The organisers thank the Village Hall for the loan of tables and of course local people who helped in setting things up (and clearing up afterwards!), not forgetting everyone who attended. With fingers crossed it is hoped to run another event next year. A couple of things have been left behind and not claimed: a child’s pink v-tech camera and a large Pyrex glass dish. If one or other of them is yours please contact Elaine Boles on 07956 296756 or Deena Dawes on 07949 547547.


Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) received some 3,800 responses to its local plan consultation in February. However in June, Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, issued a new direction on housing to local councils in a Government ‘White Paper’. A September update by Mr Javid suggests many more homes are required and that neighbouring councils need to work together. The number of new homes to be built will be greatest in areas where house prices are more than four times average earnings. EBC anticipates producing a revised local plan and consultation exercise in the first quarter of 2018; clearly we need to see what the implications of this are before considering our next steps.

D’Abernon Snippets

Former Stoke d’Abernon cricket star NATALIE SCIVER played a pivotal rôle this year in helping the England ladies cricket team to win the Women’s World Cup, the final of which was held at Lord’s. England had beaten several other countries culminating in a match against India which had a nail-biting finish. There have been two recent changes at our local shops:

BRAMLEY’S APPLE has opened a greengrocer’s shop in addition to its branch at Bramley, near Guildford. There is an attractive range of fruit and vegetables and a home delivery service. We wish Phil, Owen and Stu well with their new venture.

The POST OFFICE and shop has been acquired by ‘Sunny’. We’d like to say “thank you” to Jo and Nola for their many years of friendly and helpful service to our community.

Christmas Is Coming

Just a reminder that our usual Christmas event will take place on Saturday 2nd December from 5:30pm at the Old Plough.

  • Carols from Reed’s School Brass Band
  • Hot mince pies by the Old Plough
  • Countdown to the lighting of the tree
  • Arrival of Father Christmas. Make a note of the date now!

A flyer will be issued nearer the time.


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