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Platts Eyot and Thornycroft

The name of the island is derived from Platt of Molesey who used it for growing withers. Until the 1880s osiers were grown on the eyot, a species of willow used for basket-making but it was also used for dumping spoil from excavation of the Stain Hill Reservoirs, creating the large hill on the island’s western end.

A Seal in Molesey

Seal numbers in the Greater Thames Estuary have increased almost back to their natural rates thanks to a conservation project, after being hunted for fur and meat.

Avoid Tragedy on the Water

I am sure you will join me as our thoughts go out to the family of a young man who tragically lost his life. A teenage boy drowned in the Thames on the hottest day of the year Wednesday June 21st.

Glorious Gloriana!

What a stunning sight. The Queen’s row barge, ‘Gloriana’ moored at King’s Lawn, Sunbury on a Saturday morning. Alongside was the ‘Jolly Brit’ one of the three original tenders to the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the ‘Impossible Dream’ the Sailability boat equipped for wheelchair users.

Shepperton’s Hedgehog Sanctuary

Hedgehogs are in decline. Even over the past 10 years or so we have seen notably fewer on the roads or in our gardens. So many people I have spoken to about this wonderful charity have never heard of it. We want to change that!

A Century of B.P. in Sunbury

One hundred years ago, during the First World War, the then Anglo-Persian Oil Company founded its research centre in Sunbury. Anglo-Persian had been founded in 1909 as a result of a large oil find in Persia, the first of the big Middle Eastern oilfields.

Have You Discovered Willow Bakery Yet?

Nicky Males was in the middle of preparing for her first open house café when I spoke to her. As if that was not enough, she was also getting herself ready for the BBC who were coming to film her for one of their autumn programmes.

Shepperton Voted Most Courteous Town

Shepperton is by now used to being publicly recognised as a great place to live. It has been in the top places to live in the UK for a couple of years now. So perhaps it is no surprise that the town has just won yet another accolade.

Thamesmead Does Have Talent!

Congratulations to pupils from Thamesmead who proved again that the school really does have talent. The annual battle of Thamesmead’s Got Talent saw 16 entries. Auditions were held over 3 days earlier this year and thereafter followed two months of rehearsing.

Meet the Revelaires

In 1953 a group of locals decided to form a company with the sole intention of providing entertainment to those in adversity.

Bronzefield Mothers and Babies Say Thank You

Of all of the visits during my year as Mayoress H.M.P category Bronzefield which is the largest women’s prison in Europe touched my heart. The wonderful work done there by Ian Whiteside the director and all the staff helping to turn these women’s lives around and giving them back their self worth is amazing.

Molesey FC

Ex-Corinthian, and prominent local G.P, Dr. James Jenkinson Knox started the ‘Hampton Court and East Molesey Association Football Club’ in the Autumn of 1892 (the year the song ‘Daisy Daisy’ came out).