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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Spelthorne’s Late Blooms

So, judgement day arrived in late October (after we had gone to print with the November issue, so excuse the tardy report). You may remember me reporting that we had been persuaded to enter our riverside garden into the Spelthorne in Bloom competition earlier this year.

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Rotary Youth Speaks Competition 2016

Nine teams from five schools took part in Youth Speaks, the annual public speaking competition for schools, organised by Shepperton Aurora Rotary on 18th November at the Council Chambers in Staines. Each team consisted of 3 members, a Chairperson, a Speaker, and giver of Vote of Thanks, and spoke on a subject of their own choice. Choices of subject covered a wide range, from ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’ to ‘The Dark Side of Exams’.

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Still Brewing in Spelthorne

You are probably aware that Staines has a brewing tradition. 200 or so years ago there were in fact many small breweries in the area, attracted by the pure water in Staines. In the late 18th century records list Thomas Gates and William Harris as brewers and the Harris family went on to be one of the major local brewing families.

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Christmas Past

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would take a look at the festive season in our community in years gone by, starting exactly 90 years ago in 1926.

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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.