Shepperton Village Fair 2015

Monica Chard, Publisher of Village Matters magazines, opening the Shepperton Fair 2015. Arrived on a the back of the Chairman's Harley Davidson, hence the jacket!

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Learning from bees

Forget honey and even their pollination services! What we can learn from honeybees could change our whole way of thinking – but first we need to let go of the idea that humans are more important than anything else on the planet.

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Shepperton National School 1908

This postcard, dated 1908, is entitled ‘The Almshouses Shepperton’. Far from being Almshouses though, this was at the time the Shepperton National School. An illustration of how important it is not to take things at face value when researching history! Many readers will recognise that the building (on the right) is now the ‘School of Spice’ restaurant, at the lower end of Shepperton High Street.

A Little Arts Festival 2016

There will be a varied programme during the festival as usual, but this year the SSAA will be presenting a mini festival from July 21st-24th. There will be something for everyone for sure, celebrating art through music, art, cooking and literature. Events will take place at the Riverside Arts Centre apart from the first two mentioned here.

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Spelthorne Civic Awards 2016

“Whilst we may not be able to directly affect the lot of many people in troubled areas, we can make a huge difference within our own communities” said Chairman Colin Squire during the opening remarks of the 2016 Spelthorne Civic Awards presentation last month.

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Why we need Bees

Shepperton is a great area for bees to live, because there is plenty of forage for them in the large undeveloped areas around the lakes and by the rivers, and there is little intensive agriculture or monoculture.

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150 Years in Sunbury

This month sees the first ever dramatisation of the history of Sunbury-on-Thames. Some of the characters and major events in Sunbury since 1866 will be brought to life in an entertaining evening of sketches, dramatisation, poems and song, by Sunbury Methodist Church, to celebrate their 150th year in our town.

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Shepperton Slate Sculptor & Friends

Stephen Kettle is not a regular sculptor as such, but creates art out of tiny chips of slate. Over the years he has had numerous high profile commissions and his work had been championed by none other than James May of Top Gear fame.

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Piecing Together the Past

The internet has brought contact from all over the world in matters related to Sunbury. I am lucky to have a close relationship with the Sunbury & Shepperton History Society so it sometimes results in us doing some joint detective work.

School Magazine Publishing in 1957

As a publisher myself I fully appreciate the work that goes into creating magazines. I have the luxury of a computer, the ability to correct spelling and move sentences around all at super-fast speed.

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Mission for Vision

Imagine you are watching TV one evening and it is a strain to see detail. What do you do? In our privileged Western world, you simply call up your local optician, get an appointment and sort some long distance glasses. No problem!

Sir Edward Nicholl of Littleton Park

Sir Edward Nicholl was born at Pool, in Cornwall, on the 17th June, 1862. He came from a fairly modest background, and was apprenticed as an engineer. On completing his apprenticeship, he became a ship’s engineer, and worked his way up to become marine superintendent. Eventually he managed to raise some money and became a ship owner himself.

How are the bees?

Here in Sunbury they have thrived for the 12 years I have been keeping bees. There is plenty of forage for them, the apple, pear, cherry trees in spring, then the lime trees, sweet chestnut take over.

Friends of Thamesmead

I joined in some fun recently. I was invited to the Thamesmead School quiz one Friday night, put on by what was the Parent Teachers Association, to raise much needed funds for the school.

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Chertsey Bridge

The local bridges over the Thames are a vital part of our transport infrastructure, if often the focus of long queues of traffic. Many of them have a long and interesting history, and that between Shepperton and Chertsey is no exception.

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Cycle Repairs on my Driveway

One of my dear friends had suggested I join her for a charity bike ride in March to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. 40 miles with my old bike seemed like an impossible challenge.