Spelthorne Council Housing Consultation

As you may have gathered by now, Spelthorne Council has just disseminated its Issues and Options document for consultation. The consultation will run until 25 June 2018.

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.

A Bread Oven in Sunbury Village

In 2016 we became the owners of a Grade II listed Georgian riverside property in Thames Street, Sunbury, and the proud custodians of a rare and previously unrecorded bread oven within our basement.

Riverside Arts Centre at 40

We promised last month to bring you more about the 40th anniversary of the Riverside Arts Centre so we met with chairman of the RAC, Eric Champion, who has been involved in the story from even before it’s existence.

Sunbury Cross Parking -Fines and Confusion

The desperate posts on Facebook and emails to our mailbox continue from the many of you who have received fines for exceeding the free hour at the ground level parking at Sunbury Cross.

Barnes Wallis and Brooklands

Engineer, designer and inventor Sir Barnes Wallis spent almost four decades working at Brooklands, during which time his vision and contribution to engineering and aviation created a legacy which continues to make an impact on the world we live in today.

Upper Halliford and the Goat c1920s

This fascinating view of Upper Halliford from the air was taken sometime in the late 1920s. At the centre is the Goat public house, with Charlton Lane winding away behind it to the top left of the photo. This road was of course cut off from the centre of the village by the Halliford Bypass in the early 1960s.

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.

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.

A Flood at Shepperton in 1877

I am indebted to Bill Lindsay, great-great-grandson of William Schaw Lindsay, Lord of the Manor of Shepperton from 1856 to 1877, for the inspiration for this month’s article.

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.