Shepperton Matters is the monthly community magazine for both Shepperton and Laleham, launched in November 2011.
The magazine has become an essential part of community life, connecting local people with local trades and businesses. We would all ideally like to use a local builder, roofer, electrician, shop in local shops, and enjoy a meal or drink on one of our local bars or restaurants.
Shepperton and Laleham are close knit communities, and this is how we will retain our sense of local.
Shepperton Matters is run independently. It is advertising funded. Advertising costs are set at such a level as to be affordable to large and small businesses alike.
As well as advertising, Shepperton Matters carries relevant editorial features, community news and notices as well as recipes, puzzles and useful phone numbers. You can look at current and back issues on this site.
Current Issue Shepperton Matters
Issue 71 - September 2017
This month we look at education, State v Independent and Open Day Dilemmas.
Longer term residents of Shepperton will fondly recall Kaye Bros. – the last of the old style shops which once occupied the High Street. By this I mean shops where you were served with goods instead of selecting from the shelves yourself and taking them to the cashier.
Hedgehogs are in decline. Even over the past 10 years or so we have seen notably fewer on the roads or in our gardens. So many people I have spoken to about this wonderful charity have never heard of it. We want to change that!
Nicky Males was in the middle of preparing for her first open house café when I spoke to her. As if that was not enough, she was also getting herself ready for the BBC who were coming to film her for one of their autumn programmes.
Shepperton is by now used to being publicly recognised as a great place to live. It has been in the top places to live in the UK for a couple of years now. So perhaps it is no surprise that the town has just won yet another accolade.
Congratulations to pupils from Thamesmead who proved again that the school really does have talent. The annual battle of Thamesmead’s Got Talent saw 16 entries. Auditions were held over 3 days earlier this year and thereafter followed two months of rehearsing.
This month we celebrate all that is Shepperton: Voted Most Courteous Town 2017 it also has a wonderful independent charity caring for and rehoming hedgehogs, as well as an artisan bakery – both in Old Charlton Lane funnily enough!
In this months issue you can have a look at photos from the Shepperton Fair. Are you there? We read about the Shepperton Manor shipping magnate from accounts by his great grandson and meet a lady who has been entertaining crowds for over 50 years – all in the name of spreading goodwill and happiness.
So much going on in the community this month and you can keep up to date with it all in this months Shepperton Matters. The Shepperton Fair, Laleham Open Gardens, the Mayor of Spelthorne’s River Day to name but a few.
We look at the implications of the loss of NatWest and how it will affect Shepperton. We also update you on how Shepperton is at the forefront of tackling dementia in the community and we attend a fantastic rendition of Oliver at Thamesmead School. That along with history, updates on local events and stories from locals.
Read all about the crazy eccentricity of the cowboy wedding in Shepperton which took place in 1908. Also how the Friends of St Nicholas are fund raising to look after the beautiful building for future generations and hear about the many local charities you could support in the area which were present at the Rotary’s charity day.
In this months issue you can read plenty about threats to services: the buses, fire station etc. But we look back also at the worst flood in living memory and it is not the one of 3 years ago, but 1947. We can be thankful at least that we have seen some improvements in infrastructure since then.
This is our last issue of the year (and the first of next year as we are doing a joint issue for the first time). We hear about the schools public speaking competition, about the local brewing heritage and about the winners of Spelthorne in Bloom.
As well as reflecting on Armistice Day with a fantastic cover from Amy Hannaford Cooper, the super talented 11 year old from Shepperton, we take another trip to Shepperton Studios, behind the scenes and meet the Prop Master. We also share some memories of The Hovel which is well remembered by many, not necessarily for the food!
This month we carry articles on safety in the water following the tragic death of a teenager. We also look behind the scenes at Motion Capture at Shepperton Studios and hear about one Shepperton lady’s quest to help youngsters in African get an education.
Well, what a month! Celebrations in Shepperton when it found it had been voted one of the happiest places in the UK. We have a look at why. We have coffee with Diana Moran, the Green Goddess and talk health and fitness in later years and we hear about the mystery of the Millais Window in St Magdalen’s Church, Littleton.