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Every Child Should Have the Right to an Education

As the new scholastic year starts, your little ones may be setting off on the adventure of a new school or a new term in fresh uniforms. Maybe they wish the holidays lasted longer. Maybe they even tell you they hate school. But imagine if there were no school.

News From Your Councillors

Welcome to the first of our new quarterly updates on matters involving your Surrey and Spelthorne Councils. Our aim is to share information on matters affecting and of interest to the local community and to respond to any questions you may have.

World Talent in Sunbury – We meet Sunbury Resident Vanessa Latarche

I have had the pleasure this year of attending a couple of top notch events in the village. In March I went to the Friends of St Mary’s fund raiser at the church where a Steinway took pride of place at the altar, and enjoyed a recital from two very talented 19 year old students from the Royal College of Music.

Lower Halliford Green

The recent incursion by travellers onto Lower Halliford Green, circumventing the defences put around it by Spelthorne Council, prompted me to look out this photo taken in more peaceful times. It’s from a postcard sent not long before the First World War erupted, and shows a perfect pastoral scene, with cows in and around one of two ponds which used to be on the green, either side of the small access trackway which bisects it.

New Zealand Avenue 1959

We know this photo of New Zealand Avenue was taken in 1959, because the film being advertised at the Regal cinema on the right, ‘Jet Storm’ starring Richard Attenborough, was released in that year.

Harry, Leslie and a Piece of Molesey History

Roberts Radio has been producing radios for over 80 years. Initially, the company only traded in the United Kingdom, but now exports worldwide. The company was initially based in central London, near Oxford Circus and then at Rathbone Place, but moved to East Molesey in 1941.

The Knox Brothers and Molesey

Last year Molesey Matters featured a certain gentleman called James Jenkinson Knox. The son of a Dr John Knox of Bakewell Derbyshire, he also had a brother, John Edmund Knox. Lots of Johns I know! Stick with me.

Sunbury Court

The most impressive house in the village, Sunbury Court was built in 1723 by John Witt. The building stood in extensive grounds of more than 100 acres, which used to extend down to the Thames and included Sunbury Court Island.

Understanding Man’s Best Friend

Early this summer, the day I had been dreading arrived. We had to have our beautiful collie, Ruby, put to sleep. She had been an easy dog, good in the car, well behaved and totally reliable.