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Traffic Calming/Road Flooding – Who will pay?

Given the amount of concern there is over volumes and speed of traffic through our residential areas, we were surprised at how few locals attended the Joint Committee Meeting at the end of March the date of which had been widely reported.

Community Foodbank Extends Reach to Shepperton

The Community Foodbank at St Saviours Sunbury, now have eight collections of surplus waste food per week (at sell by date but not use by) producing over two and a half tons of food per month. Thanks to Tesco Sunbury extra, Aldi Feltham, Tesco on Staines Rd West.

My Hot Date at the Thames Club

When I was invited to try hot yoga at the newly opened studio at The Thames Club, just outside Laleham, I was a little nervous. Although I do Pilates regularly, I am the one that sits under the air conditioning. I am not overly keen on visiting tropical countries either.

Thamesmead School Update

Changes are afoot in Manygate Lane, Shepperton, with the construction of a new care home and some retirement flats for the elderly. However, between these two sites, stands Thamesmead Secondary school, with a very clear focus on the future of our young citizens.

My MBE Investiture by Lynn Stanier

I received an astonishing and humbling telephone call in May last year from the British High Commissioner in Colombo. He said he was delighted to inform me that I had been recommended to receive an MBE award from Her Majesty the Queen for Services to the Community in Sri Lanka, and would I be willing to accept?

Rivermead House, Sunbury

Rivermead House is seen in this attractive postcard of Thames Street, Sunbury, dating from about 1910. The house stood just west of the junction with French Street, facing Rivermead Island across the road.

Are You Fair Game? The Shepperton Fair Committee Needs You!

Later this year, on Saturday 9 June 2018, Shepperton folk will again enjoy what they have done for no less than the last 45 years – Shepperton Village Fair! Each year, thousands of people descend on Manor Park at the bottom of the High Street from all over the local area. Some come from quite far afield, too.

Creative Tailoring in Shepperton

Shop for a special frock and you are always faced with the possibility that you may show up to a wedding or party and find someone wearing the same as you. So, have you ever thought about having a dress made for a special occasion?

Ian Campbell Dow 02.02.42 – 24.01 18

In January 1966, Ian and fiancée Carole were looking for somewhere to live after their wedding planned for 29th January. Ian was certain that something would turn up and it did – a colleague at work casually mentioned she was vacating her flat.

Tales of the riverbank!

Since 1900 improved road and rail links with London and a growing appreciation of countryside values have stimulated the demand for housing on the Thames riverbank (and islands) between Thames Ditton and Staines-upon-Thames.

Sunbury Cross Parking Charges – Don’t Be Caught Out!

Oh dear! Not a great start to the year for many of you out there who have discovered to your cost that Sunbury Cross is operating a new parking system. The barrier has been broken for weeks so many of you may have happily gone in, done your shopping and gone out without giving a second thought to parking charges. But a new number plate recognition system is in operation, meaning there is no barrier.

The EA Would Like to Dredge

For the first time ever, I heard the EA admit that they would, “in an ideal world”, like to dredge the river and backwaters. That may sound good, but in reality, the ideal world would need a money tree. But the only trees we have are the ones which have fallen into, or overhang the backwaters.

Hanworth Park House – What Next in Battle to Save it?

Hanworth Park House has been a private residence, a military hospital, a nursing home and the HQ of aviation in the UK. For a while, it was the home of Aston Martin and Lagonda, who used the aircraft hangars to finish assembly of the luxury motors post war until the 1960’s.

Discovery of the Halliford House Watercolour

Feedback from readers to articles appearing in Sunbury and Shepperton Matters quite often leads to interesting follow-ups. One which was recently received is quite exceptional in that it led to the unexpected acquisition of a photograph showing a charming two hundred year old watercolour of Halliford House.

Spelthorne Means Business

In 2016 Spelthorne Borough Council introduce a new strapline to it’s marketing ‘Spelthorne Means Business’. Situated in proximity to major access points such as London Heathrow, the M3 and M25, it is proving to be an area of great interest to new businesses looking for growth or looking to move to a new area. The council is putting is certainly proving its credentials too.

Charlton Village Death Trap Road

Many of you will have seen emotional reports on social media of a horrific accident in Charlton Village recently. A local lady, full of joy at the birth of her grandchild the day before, was walking back from Longacres along the pavement and was fatally struck by a car.