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The Worst Flood In Living Memory – 1947

At this time of year, residents who live near the Thames will be remembering the terrible floods of three years ago, which caused such disruption and damage. Exactly 60 years ago, in 1947, our community was facing an even worse challenge.

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Rotary and Men in Sheds Support Mission for Vision

Mission for Vision, featured last year in Shepperton Matters, was founded by Ian Squire in 2003 as a means to improving the lives of those living in the poorest regions in the developing world.

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The History of Sunbury Pubs

To my mind, Sunbury is defined by its pubs. The joys of living along the river are never more evident than when enjoying a pint alongside it in a pub.

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Emma Dow’s Final Bow

Sunbury has lost a great talent, a great personality and a great inspiration. After a battle with cancer, Emma Dow passed away in the Sam Beare Hospice, aged 45, with her family at her side in November 2016. She has left a huge legacy within the community and touched many lives.

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Something Has to Give!

It has all gone crazy! Everywhere I turn there are new houses springing up. We understand there is a housing crisis and that the demand for more housing has never been so great.

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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.

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.

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Sheppertonian’s African Quest – Ruhanga School

Many of us have returned to normal life after the holiday period now. But for one local resident, the travel bug never left her and lead to a calling to better the lives of a local community in Uganda.

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Celebrating Shepperton

At the Shepperton Fair this year, we introduced a category “Celebrating Shepperton” into the photographic competition. Well, it seems we have a lot to celebrate! How wonderful to read about Shepperton being voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK! I had lots of calls and emails telling me.

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Still a Goddess – Diana Moran Inspires Fitness

Health and fitness seems to have been a large part of my life recently. First I completed the Ride London 46 mile bike ride with such a lot of energy left that I cycled the 22 miles home too! Last month we were being inspired by the Olympics.

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The Millais Window

Just around the corner from Shepperton Studios is an ancient church, full of history, St Mary Magdalene Littleton. When I first came there, it was not long before I started hearing rumours that one of the stained glass windows might be by the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist, Sir John Millais, the painter of Ophelia and The Boyhood of Raleigh. But mystery surrounded this, because no one was sure which window it was, and the church guide book made no mention of it.

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The Anchor Hotel Shepperton

With the current plans to redevelop the Anchor as housing, I thought it was timely to have a look at the history of what is probably Shepperton’s oldest-established inn.