A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

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.

Upcycling Fashion – So on Trend

I am Jasmin Ella, brought up in Lower Sunbury on one of the Islands where my family has lived for 18 years. I now live in Sweden, a country with a great record in recycling and sustainability.

Rotary Aurora at 20

Twenty years ago, Founder Members, having decided to hold their weekly Rotary meeting at breakfast time, were considering a name. ‘The Black Pudding Club’? No!

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.

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.

Creative Tailoring in Shepperton

Shop for a special frock and you are always faced with the possibility that you may show up to a wedding or party and find someone wearing the same as you. So, have you ever thought about having a dress made for a special occasion?

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Issue 79

This month we take a look back to Upper Halliford before it was split by the creation of the dual carriageway. How peaceful it looked in the 1920s! We look at sailing at Littleton Sailing Club, celebrate a special night with Dramatize students and hear from a young lady passionate about upcycling fashion using garments she gets from the local charity shops. We also celebrate he 20th anniversary of the Sunbury & Shepperton Rotary Aurora.

Issue 78

In this months issue you may find an April fool’s article so beware. Can you spot it? We also bring an update on traffic calming measures and thoughts on tackling surface road flooding. We have an update from Thamesmead School, hear about green values at the Shepperton Organic Nursery and meet the walking group who collects rubbish as they walk in Surrey.

Issue 77

Spare a thought for those living in Shepperton in 1877 when there were no flood defences. It makes our experience of 2013/14 look like a picnic! We hear accounts from a diary from the period. We also have a plea from the Shepperton Fair Committee who need more volunteers to help put on this amazing event, and we meet a local seamstress and a supplier of top quality fabric. Who fancies a bit of bespoke tailoring?

Issue 76

This month we visit Charlton Village, the scene of a recent fatality. When is something going to be done to make the roads safe? We bid farewell to Douglas Gordon, founder of the Warren Lodge and celebrate the discovery of a 200 year old watercolour of Halliford House.

Issue 75

As well as the usual updates from the various residents groups, we bring you a restaurant review of Ivory Tusk in Shepperton, a thank you from Roseacre Nursery and celebrate the opening of a tree house. That as well as an interview with the chief constable of Surrey and a look back to 1940 when the Thames froze over at Shepperton.

Issue 74

In this issue we celebrate the success of Shepperton at the recent Campaign for Courtesy and also the Spelthorne in Bloom awards. We sadly bring news of the death of Ian Squire, local optician in Shepperton.

Issue 73

As more shops and the last bank close in Shepperton High Street there has never been a more important time to support the local businesses. We visit the gold awarded Ash Link Nature Reserve and hear about saving Swans during the WW1 as well as taking a trip down memory lane to the 1970’s when local bar, The Ship, frequented by stars of the time, produced their own top 20 albums and singles of all time.

Issue 72

In this months issue we take a good look at our lovely hedgehog population and give you some advice on how you can help them. We celebrate winners of the Autumn Shepperton Horticultural Show as well as the teams of the Shepperton Cricket Club

Issue 71

This month we look at education, State v Independent and Open Day Dilemmas.

Issue 70

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!

Issue 69

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.

Issue 68

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.