The real development of West Molesey only really began in the third decade of the twentieth century. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it did include, however, many nationally known characters amongst its inhabitants.
The latest from Sunbury, Shepperton & Molesey Matters
Elizabeth and Philip were distant cousins, and first met at a wedding! They were both in attendance at another royal wedding – Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent, who was an uncle of the then Princess Elizabeth, in 1934.
“The idea of a social club for returning men and women of the Forces after the Second World War, as well as ex-members of Molesey Youth Club and any other young person over the age of 18, was originally conceived by Terry Curtis, Ivor Pooley, Bill Dawson-Marsh and Mr.
Edward Jesse (1780-1868) was a writer and naturalist. He became clerk in a government office in 1798, and for a time was secretary to Lord Dartmouth, when president of the Board of Control.
The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, one of the charities selected for support by this year’s Mayor, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, performs sterling work in looking after injured or sick swans and returning them to the river whenever possible.
As we head into the last part of 2017 and towards Big Tree Night (Wed.13th Dec) we can say it has been a challenging year for our High Street traders.
The last bank in the High Street has closed for ever and a new supermarket about to replace our stalwart Budgens.
Last month we reported that the Ash Link Nature Reserve and Splash Meadow in Shepperton had been awarded a gold at the South & South East in Bloom. This is recognition for the immense hard work that a group of volunteers has put in to developing this site in the past 11 years.
The passing of Tom Petty took one local back to his memories from the 1970’s of The Ship, as it was before it closed as a pub. Steve Kemp was involved in running the Barn Bar at the Ship. It ran from 1969-1978 when the pub was sold to a new licensee.
I wonder if you were lucky enough to get a ticket for the Rotary lecture at Halliford School a month or so back. The speaker this year was Allan Winn, CEO and Director of Brooklands Museum who gave a fascinating overview of the Brooklands legacy; on our doorstep we have such a wealth of history.
There have been so many awful and dramatic stories in the media about Sunbury: terrorism, armed robbery, drug dealing and intimidation, burglaries…So I want to redress that balance with some good and positive stories.
Later this month local residents Steven Lonsdale will start the huge job of creating what has become a symbol of a Sunbury Christmas.
I attended the Community Safer Stronger Partnership meeting in the council chambers last month. We hear about one burglary after another in the area at the moment and antisocial behaviour on the increase.
Since April this year the community foodbank in Sunbury has received over 8.6 tons to surplus food for distribution, the equivalent to nearly 20,000 meals.
Those who have lived through war tend not to want to relive any memories, but through a chance conversation, Dennis Brock found himself thinking back to the person to whom he owes his mobility.
Sharon Johnson has been caring for the local hedgehog population for the past 5 years from the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary at her house in Old Charlton Road. You may remember reading about it in the August issue of Shepperton Matters.
The Autumn Show was well attended with lots of entries. The committee were delighted and declared it the best ever. The awards were presented by Alison from Longacres who are sponsors.
2017 has been the most successful season in the Shepperton Cricket Club’s history. In the Men’s section, the 2nd eleven won the league and promotion by winning all 16 of the games played – (as far as we know) this is the first time this has ever been achieved by any club – certainly the first time this millennium!
Just before we went to print, we attended the inaugural Princess Alice Bridal show where a crowd of 200 or so watched a very special catwalk show.
The Rotary Club of Shepperton and Sunbury were present at the Sunbury Regatta selling “Purple4Polio” crocus corms. Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.
The London and South-Western Railway (L&SWR) opened its line to Hampton Court in 1849, as a branch of the main line from Nine Elms to Woking. For some ten or eleven years previously passengers from Molesey wishing to travel to London had to first make their way to Surbiton Station (now Kingston Station).