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.

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.

Restaurant Review – The Ivory Tusk

There have been some tasty changes at the Ivory Tusk in Shepperton. The core menu remains the same, with a great selection of mild (including Mr C’s favourite Chicken Tikka Masala), medium and hot dishes on offer as well as vegetable side dishes, accompaniments and of course tandoori dishes.

Green Belt Review and the Local Plan – by Alan Doyle

The longer one lives in Lower Sunbury, the more one regards parts of the village as fixtures in the landscape. Restaurants change proprietors, new houses are built and old ones renovated, pubs and shops are changed to residential use.

Ice Breaking on the Thames, January 1940

This photo was taken looking across the frozen Thames at Dockett Eddy, Shepperton in January 1940, and shows the Thames Conservancy tug Thames battling its way upstream through thick ice.

A former hunting lodge of Henry VII is in danger of being pulled down

A former hunting lodge of Henry VII is in danger of being pulled down. Hanworth Park House which comes under Hounslow borough, has stood empty for 25 years but was bought 3 years ago by Gary Cottle who wants to sell a part of the land off for housing and put the funds towards restoration of the lodge.

Saving the Swans

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.