John Callcott Horsley, (January 29, 1817 – October 18, 1903, ) was a British narrative painter best known as the designer of the first Christmas card. Created in 1843 for Callcott’s friend Sir Henry Cole.
The latest from Sunbury, Shepperton, Molesey & Walton Matters
As many of you know there has been a lot of debate about feeding swans and other waterfowl bread Recently, The Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber, MVO, endorsed by Professor Christopher Perrins of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology at Oxford University, gave this statement.
This postcard, dating from just after the Second World War, looks north along Walton High Street, with the Odeon cinema on the right, and the library with its distinctive conical-roofed tower, on the left.
Until 1973, a large three-storied mansion still stood in The Grove, Walton, between Terrace Road and Carlton Road, on a plot of land surrounded by Grove Crescent.
In the week that Debenhams announces closures I took a walk to my local shops in Walton Road, East Molesey. These shops largely survived the crash of 2008 but ten years on and a number of them are deciding its time to pack up and go.
Maybe you have put a new camera on your Christmas list. Maybe you have one sitting in a cupboard, but you default to your phone to take pictures because it is easier to understand.
One of only 12 Queens Award for Volunteering given out in Surrey, has been won by the Friends of Ash Link. This award is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups.
Spelthorne has been busy marking the centenary throughout the borough. The Shepperton Memorial attracted record numbers in this centenary year when the Armistice was declared after the Great War.
Following Daphne Clement’s lovely comments about Sunbury in articles in recent months of Sunbury Matters, I should like to add some of my own childhood memories.
Thank you to Jan Williams who contacted us with the story of her husband’s grandfather, Alfred James Johnson. He was a Sunbury man through and through. Baptised, married and buried at St Mary’s.
Peggy Brunt of Sunbury had the surprise of her life when she was clearing up some of her husband’s things. He had passed away several years ago but for some reason Peggy had been looking through some old documents in the lead up to the centenary of the Armistice.
Volunteering is such a worthwhile activity. There are plenty of options if you look around. Giving people some freedom and independence as well as a bit of company must come as priorities. Sunbury neighbours gives those less mobile, the ability to get to appointments or do some shopping.
This grand Victorian house was originally called Rippledene, but there is a mystery about its origins.
We started in late September, spreading the news with flyers through local letterboxes and by word of mouth. The response was very heartening, and the initial support soon turned into a flood.
Spelthorne has a lot to be proud of. Some amazing businesses were on show at the inaugural Spelthorne Business Awards at Shepperton Studios recently.
Shepperton Allotments is a little oasis of calm in the middle of the village and a haven for bees, insects and wildlife. Unless you know it is there, you can be forgiven for missing it. With Halliford School, the Greeno Rec and Manygate Lane bordering it, this piece of land is a treasure in the community.
Elmbridge Museum has been running as an outreach museum since 2015. The Museum is now based at the Civic Centre in Esher, from where we continue to provide outreach services.
Molesey Matters have always been a big supporter of the Molesey WI. They do fantastic work for the community, and last month I sat down and enjoyed coffee with their President, Miranda Ingold, to hear of their latest project.
Robert Cedric Sherriff was born in 1896 and educated at Kingston Grammar School and New College, Oxford. On the outbreak of the First World War, he joined the army and served as a captain in the East Surrey regiment.
At the outbreak of the First World War, Mount Felix house, a mid-19th century Italianate mansion overlooking the Thames by Walton Bridge, was requisitioned by the War Office for the billeting of troops.