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Birdwatching and Cow Common

It is said that Bird Watching is very good for your mental health, not to mention getting fresh air and exercise. A recent Radio 4 programme said that it enables us to forget the troubles of the day and just enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Cow Common is the perfect place to enjoy Bird Watching.

The Signing of The Magna Carta 15th June 1215

Following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter” on the 15 June in 1215. The document, essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws.

Shepperton Patient Participation Group

Like all practices, the Shepperton Medical Centre has set up a PPG, indeed some years ago now, which is eager to become better known. It includes the Practice Manager, Caroline Self, with one of her staff, Janine Dial, as secretary; there are about a dozen other members, largely just ordinary residents, though one is Councillor Robin Sider.

Happy birthday Greeno Centre!

Wow! 30 years since the Greeno Centre in Shepperton was built. How many people must have been through the doors enjoying the care, fun and support offered by this amazing facility.
When we went along to have a chat in the run up to the birthday, they had just finished a Royal Wedding celebration, with flags, a cut out Queen, cakes and even a souvenir mug for everyone who came. There is always such a feeling of joy when I visit.

The Lendy Lion

The ‘Lendy Lion’ is today a well-known centrepiece of the Walled Garden in Lower Sunbury, but this in is fact its third home. As seen in this photo dating from about 1905, it was originally erected beside the Thames, just opposite St. Mary’s Church.

Pavement Parking – Legal or illegal?

The County Highways Authority recently claimed that pavement parking per se is illegal in this Borough. This is factually incorrect which is a bit of a worry given their role as the ultimate arbiters on road safety matters.

A Sunbury Suffragette

This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women over 30 the right to vote, although women over 21 had to wait until an Act of 1928 to gain the same voting rights as men.

Molesey Art Society

For nearly sixty years the Molesey Art Society has been the focus for artistic endeavour in the local area – indeed, they celebrate their diamond jubilee in 2019. The Society recently held their annual spring exhibition at St Alban’s Primary School in Beaulieu Road – an opportunity for visitors to see the work of many local artists.

A Bread Oven in Sunbury Village

In 2016 we became the owners of a Grade II listed Georgian riverside property in Thames Street, Sunbury, and the proud custodians of a rare and previously unrecorded bread oven within our basement.

Riverside Arts Centre at 40

We promised last month to bring you more about the 40th anniversary of the Riverside Arts Centre so we met with chairman of the RAC, Eric Champion, who has been involved in the story from even before it’s existence.

Barnes Wallis and Brooklands

Engineer, designer and inventor Sir Barnes Wallis spent almost four decades working at Brooklands, during which time his vision and contribution to engineering and aviation created a legacy which continues to make an impact on the world we live in today.

Upper Halliford and the Goat c1920s

This fascinating view of Upper Halliford from the air was taken sometime in the late 1920s. At the centre is the Goat public house, with Charlton Lane winding away behind it to the top left of the photo. This road was of course cut off from the centre of the village by the Halliford Bypass in the early 1960s.

Upcycling Fashion – So on Trend

I am Jasmin Ella, brought up in Lower Sunbury on one of the Islands where my family has lived for 18 years. I now live in Sweden, a country with a great record in recycling and sustainability.