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Feeding Sunbury and Shepperton

Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society presented an exhibit at the recent Surrey Local History Conference, which had the theme of ‘Feeding Surrey’. We were very pleased to be presented with the Gravett Award for the best display.

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Farewell David Brown. Thanks for the Legacy

In April we said goodbye to another Sunbury stalwart. David Brown had been a long term Sunbury resident and was the originator of the idea of the Millenium Embroidery.

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Spelthorne Civic Awards 2017

The annual Spelthorne Civic Awards are a chance to recognise those in our communities who have selflessly served and who deserve recognition and thanks. Where would we be without the many unsung heroes who give so much of their time for others.

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Mount Felix Immortalised in Tapestry

In April, the month ANZAC day is still commemorated locally, we wrote about the 27,000 soldiers from New Zealand who were cared for at Mount Felix on the banks of the Thames opposite Shepperton during WW1.

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What the NatWest Closure Means to You

Many of you contacted us regarding the announced closure of NatWest in Shepperton. The closure signals the end of the high street bank in the village. Is this what is called progress in today’s internet age?

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Dementia Awareness in Shepperton

Shepperton has been rocking against Dementia again. Crowds gathered in Jubilee Hall to join 53 countries around the world who were all raising money to help fight the disease. From India to New Zealand, via India, China and the Middle East, people were gathering to raise money and awareness.

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Friends of St Nicholas

Do you recall the startling discovery last year that Shepperton is one of the happiest places to live in the country?

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The Joys of Self Employment

A great many of us are employed in a 9-5 job. Often commuting on overcrowded, over priced transport, there may come a point when you may ask yourself the question “Is there another way?” Maybe you have an idea for a little business but don’t really dare leave the security of a regular income with all the infrastructure and safety that comes with it.

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ANZAC Day and our Kiwi Connection

Have you ever wondered why there is a New Zealand Avenue in Walton on Thames? Or why the pub at the end is called The Wellington (affectionately known as “The Kiwi”)?

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Is the Sun Setting Over Green Belt?

Last month we lamented the building explosion on our door step and the pressure on resources. As we wait to see the ‘local plan’ which will show the green spaces where development is deemed appropriate, we are aware of several sites identified in Sunbury: Kempton Park of course we know

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Sunbury’s Own Willy Wonka

I recently went to chocolate heaven. More precisely to the Riverside Arts Centre studio where I spend an afternoon learning about chocolate before sampling rather a lot of it, and making my own bars to take home. Wonderful!

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Surrey County Council talks money

No sooner had I drafted an article on the imminent rise in Council Tax and the referendum we were promised on it, than the threat of the 15% rise was lifted. Strange times! Surrey County Council faces losing another £93m funding.

Sunbury Health Centre -It’s All Under Control

In last month’s Sunbury Matters we wrote about the strain on resources as the local population continues to grow and our village expands. Well, one of those resources put under a lot of pressure deserves a big pat on the back for providing a great service – Sunbury Health Centre.

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Historic Kempton Park

With all the current controversy about the future of Kempton Park Racecourse, I thought it would be a good time to look back over the history of the site.

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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.

Save Our Services

Just when we thought we were safe after the fight for Fire Services in 2014 than we hear that there is a proposal on the table to shut down Staines Fire Station.

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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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Our High Sheriff, Dick Whittington

We are lucky enough at Village Matters to meet some truly remarkable people and be able to share some of our stories with readers.