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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A Sunbury Victoria Cross Holder

In this month of Remembrance, I thought I would share the story of a former Sunbury resident who won the Victoria Cross, the Nation’s highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, and almost incredibly, survived his ordeal.

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Armistice Day

The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a “Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic” during the evening hours of 10 November 1919.

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Save Our Buses

Our mailbag (or modern day email inbox) was bulging with concerns, complaints and general clamour for more information following our piece on the withdrawal of bus services last month. As well as the 556 and 557, we must also of course mention the 458.

A spiritual awakening

I have experienced many interesting things while working for Village Matters. When I was invited to visit a psychic though I was not at all sure what to expect.

Meeting the Prop Master

We are loving having a peek behind the scenes at Shepperton Studios. Not on set, you understand, but what goes on in the making of a film. Last month we brought you a piece on Motion Capture and the role it plays in blockbusters.

The Hovel, Middlesex

Following our piece on the closure of the Shepperton Wine Bar and Grill recently, we were contacted by a local reader whose mother, Stella Smith, had told her stories about a previous incarnation. Mrs Smith had often visited The Hovel in the late 1950s and early 60’s.

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Marion Park Orphanage 1916

This photo, taken exactly a century ago, shows a group of children and adults at the Good Templar and Temperance Orphanage, Marion Park, Sunbury. The Orphanage occupied a house erected about 1750 on the site now occupied by Sunbury Manor School in Nursery Road.

30 Years of a Shepperton Lifeline

Four times in almost every hour from 3.22 in the morning till nearly 11.30 at night a 555 bus makes its way through Shepperton in one direction or another. It’s a familiar sight to everyone in the village, and we hope it remains so. However it, and Shepperton’s other main bus routes are new under threat as bus company Abellio seeks to reduce losses following County Council funding cuts.

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Making Magic at Shepperton Studios

Film making is so much more than just acting and directing. You most likely are not even aware of what goes on behind the scenes. That is where the magic happens. We went along to Shepperton Studios to meet a company behind much of that magic.

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The Brave Little Ships of Dunkirk

One weekend last month, and if you were up and about early morning, you would have seen by Hampton Court Bridge, at the Thames Motor Yacht Club, a gathering of some of the most beautiful vintage boats.

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Kant’s Chemist, 104 Walton Road

In August 2015, Historic England listed Kent’s Chemist, 104 Walton Road, as a Grade II listed building. The listing is due to the efforts of the East Molesey Conservation Areas Advisory Committee, who spent a considerable time gathering information before submitting a detailed application on 2nd September 2014.

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Celebrating Shepperton

At the Shepperton Fair this year, we introduced a category “Celebrating Shepperton” into the photographic competition. Well, it seems we have a lot to celebrate! How wonderful to read about Shepperton being voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK! I had lots of calls and emails telling me.

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Still a Goddess – Diana Moran Inspires Fitness

Health and fitness seems to have been a large part of my life recently. First I completed the Ride London 46 mile bike ride with such a lot of energy left that I cycled the 22 miles home too! Last month we were being inspired by the Olympics.

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The Millais Window

Just around the corner from Shepperton Studios is an ancient church, full of history, St Mary Magdalene Littleton. When I first came there, it was not long before I started hearing rumours that one of the stained glass windows might be by the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist, Sir John Millais, the painter of Ophelia and The Boyhood of Raleigh. But mystery surrounded this, because no one was sure which window it was, and the church guide book made no mention of it.