It's not long until #LoveMolesey and the team are busy finalising details for a huge range of projects. So far they already have cleanup projects, opportunities to make a difference in our local schools, care homes and the day centre, tea parties for seniors, a fun games night for young people and even a history walk along the towpath. Over the coming weeks they'll be announcing lots of others so keep checking the website to find out more. 


On Tuesday 13th March they'll be holding their launch event, during which you will have the opportunity to hear from the organising team all about the vision behind #LoveMolesey and what’s coming up. You will also have the chance to meet many of the team leaders to learn more about the different projects which will be running over the course of the 4 weeks and how you can get involved. Refreshments will be available, we look forward to seeing you there!

If you already live in Molesey, you already know where Musicland East is. We were lucky enough to have a chat with owner James Etherington to talk about Musicland East, Molesey, and what keeps him in love with music and teaching.

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Yes that is a chrome guitar, and yes the only other time you may have seen one like it was on the cover of Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits!

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The shop has an extremely welcoming feel, and you are instantly greeted by some amazing instruments (and musicians).

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The workbench where James repairs and maintains instruments.


As soon as you enter the shop your are welcomed by the relaxed and unpolished vibe that is clearly perfect for the creative nature of teaching and experimenting with music. There is an array of stringed instruments that line the walls, along with amplifiers, straps, leads and retro festival posters amongst other things. The entire building is charming, even down to the work bench where James repairs and maintains their customer's instruments.

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One of the teaching rooms at Musicland East, just look at those posters! How could you not be inspired!


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Thats right. Thats a guitar made around a motor oil can. They are even cooler in real life!

Whilst there is a clear emphasis on the technical and theoretical side of music, the teaching/ practise rooms continue the relaxed vibes within the shop, and the staff have a superb knowledge of their respective crafts. This makes for a perfect, pressure free learning environment for any aspiring musicians, whether it be guitar, piano, or drums, this has to be one of the most charming and inspirational places to learn.

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We asked James a few questions whilst we were there, we hope you enjoy reading what he had to say, and we've included contact details at the end of this article in case you want to start (or continue!) a passion for music at Musicland East.


How long has Musicland East been in Molesey for?

Since 1996, so about 22 years on the corner of Matham Road and Walton Road.

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What services and products do you offer?

We do a lot of teaching here, with guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukelele lessons going seven days a week, out of four teaching rooms. We also stock new and second hand instruments and accessories, and I carry out repairs and setups on string instruments on site as well.

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What is it that you like about working in Molesey and the general community?

 The people are cool and really get behind stuff. There's quite a few open mic nights in the area and we've had a massive response to our larger Musicland Live events, which give our students the opportunity to get together into bands and have them perform on a proper stage and gain some experience.  Its' a great evening and we always sell hundreds of tickets, and it can only grow off the back of the community that supports it. Luckily, Molesey has a great one!

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What's your top tip for someone looking to get into music/learning an instrument?

Get a reasonable instrument but don't break the bank yet, make sure it's set up and tuned correctly, and play everyday for the love of it so you advance naturally. My main instrument is the guitar and there's such a range of approaches and styles you can play in and so much advice out there, but play the music you love to hear and you'll be on the right track.

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What is your favourite thing about your job?

We get a real opportunity to make a difference. The shop meant a lot to me growing up, and I can see it means a lot to some of our younger students now. The community atmosphere gives way to the tendency to dream big, and it's great to have a shop full of musicians and those who support them, seven days a week, in a community that lets it thrive.

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Musicland East

52-54 Walton Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 0DL

0208 979 9443

We all want to know that where we settle our family is the right place to get the best opportunities and quality of life. If you picked East Molesey, West Molesey, Esher, Thames Ditton or anywhere within the Elmbridge borough, you apparently made a pretty good choice!

If you haven’t decided yet, the table below outlines the top 50 places to live in the UK.




South East







Elmbridge South East 2 1,104 36.1
Winchester South East 3 780 15.5
Rutland East Midlands 4 623 13
Chiltern South East 5 941 34.7
Uttlesford East of England 6 819 16.3
South Northamptonshire East Midlands 7 691 16.9
Rushcliffe East Midlands 8 731 28
Wokingham South East 9 786 26
Waverley South East 10 903 16
Warwick West Midlands 11 704 37.8
St Albans East of England 12 1,010 28.1
South Cambridgeshire East of England 13 772 25.3
Sevenoaks South East 14 895 27.3
Richmond upon Thames London 15 977 51.3
Bracknell Forest South East 16 714 16.5
Mid Sussex South East 17 714 13.5
Huntingdonshire East of England 18 645 28.3
Mole Valley South East 19 870 20.4
Surrey Heath South East 20 768 16.8
South Oxfordshire South East 21 845 18.6
Stratford-on-Avon West Midlands 22 699 26.3
Guildford South East 23 833 29.3
Babergh East of England 24 649 17.3
Chelmsford East of England 25 761 24.8
Windsor and Maidenhead South East 26 853 55.1
Reigate and Banstead South East 27 865 27.3
East Hertfordshire East of England 28 817 23.7
Basingstoke and Deane South East 29 736 27.6
West Oxfordshire South East 30 715 12.2
Tunbridge Wells South East 31 813 17.6
North Hertfordshire East of England 32 790 19.4
South Kesteven East Midlands 33 614 24.7
Kensington and Chelsea London 34 1,372 57.8
Rugby West Midlands 35 644 48.1
Woking South East 36 794 37.5
Bromley London 37 877 67.7
Ashford South East 38 624 26
East Cambridgeshire East of England 39 748 26.6
North Kesteven East Midlands 40 576 16.3
Aylesbury Vale South East 41 706 24.9
Tonbridge and Malling South East 42 691 22
Wealden South East 43 800 11.7
Maidstone South East 44 646 28.8
Mid Suffolk East of England 45 658 12.3
Wycombe South East 46 805 42.4
Orkney Islands Scotland 47 632 1
Epsom and Ewell South East 48 815 31.6
Central Bedfordshire East of England 49 692 33.3
Hambleton Yorkshire and The Humber 50 609 19.6

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