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The latest from Sunbury, Shepperton & Molesey Matters
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.
Frederica was born 9 January 1848 in Hanover, the elder daughter of the Hereditary Prince of Hanover (later King George V of Hanover) and of his wife, Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg.
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.
Last month we were no doubt all shocked to see a new arrival of travellers on several sites in Shepperton and in neighbouring villages.
Hair loss is a dreadful thing. A good head of hair is our crowning glory. Something that defines our look, and thereby our personality and confidence.
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.
Last month we ran a piece on the state of the parking problems at Shepperton Lock and the ridiculously empty Hamhaugh Islander’ car park at Stadbury Meadow, between The Folly and Lock View on the Towpath.
This month many of you may be attending music festivals. Just look at this line up for the 1968 music festival at Kempton Racecourse. Can you imagine? The National Jazz and Blues Festival preceded both Woodstock (1969) and Glastonbury (1970’s) and is considered the precursor to the Reading Festival.
A couple of months ago we reported on local teenager Ben Neale (pictured right) who is learning bell ringing from Dennis Brock at St Mary’s as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Most of us accept the rules and laws governing standards of driving and our conduct as motorists, and it is our responsibility to stick to them for our own safety, and those of other road users, including pedestrians.
Ferries were in operation crossing the Thames prior to the building of the first bridge. They were particularly important because of the increase in river and highway traffic after Henry V111 took over the palace.
The gardens of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown have come to characterise the landscape of the English country estate.
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.
It is over for another year, but wow, what a year it was! The weather was perfect, the stalls were sold out, there was a huge choice of great quality food in the food avenue and the attractions brought something for everyone.
The Capture Spelthorne Competition was a great success with lots of fantastic entries for all the categories. The overall standard of the competition was excellent.
Last month 100 students of Halliford School, were screened by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) thanks to the outstanding fundraising efforts of the family and friends Oliver Griffin, former student of Halliford School who tragically died from a previously undiagnosed heart condition in 2008, aged just 26.
A perfect Summer’s day in early June brought crowds into Lower Sunbury village for the annual Open Gardens event. As seems to be the way during our village events (I am thinking Christmas market last year), Thames Waters saw fit to once more shut Thames Street
As we mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, it seems fitting to recall events in the life of Flt.Lt. Dominic Bruce, who once lived at Blakesley Lodge, 2 Green St, Sunbury.
In the May issue of Sunbury Matters we mentioned in our welcome page that the Lower Sunbury Business Community (LSBC) had plans to erect a boat filled with flowers on Thames Street. Group members were very keen on this idea. Partly it would fill an empty space (where the old public loos used to be!) and of course it would brighten up the village.