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The Bridges of Hampton Court

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 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 Fair 2018

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.

Community Fun in the Sun

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

Floral Boat in Memory of Business Group Founder, Gerry Ceaser

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.

William Schaw Lindsay – Lord of the Manor of Shepperton

I have mentioned William Schaw Lindsay in a previous article about the great flood of 1877, but I thought I would outline a bit more of his very full life. He was Lord of the Manor of Shepperton from 1857 until his death 20 years later, and during that time did much to reform the village. Perhaps his most lasting achievement was to bring the railway to Shepperton in 1864, after the collapse of Walton Bridge made access to the nearest station at Walton problematic.

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.