A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

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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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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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Oliver – Anther Hit in Shepperton!

Shepperton and Sunbury are both immortalised in Dickens’ tale of ‘Oliver Twist’ as poor Oliver is coerced into helping Bill Sykes commit a robbery in Chertsey.

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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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The Cowboy Wedding

The Shepperton of 1908 was a pretty quiet place, with little in the way of sensation to disturb village life. On December 8th 1908 however, it saw an event which made headlines all over the country, and indeed in countries as far away as New Zealand.

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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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Issue 73

In this month’s issue we talk over development in Lower Sunbury, lamenting the potential loss of green belt land. We hear about funding for community projects from the Heathrow Community Fund and we meet Sunbury’s own chocolatier, CocoaCraft and spend an afternoon getting messy with chocolate!

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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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Issue 67

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.

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Issue 66

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.

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Issue 65

In this month’s issue it is all about money! The council doesn’t have any, but there is funding for community projects available from the Heathrow Community Fund so well worth looking into.

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Issue 64

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.

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Issue 63

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.

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Issue 62

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!

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Issue 61

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.

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Issue 60

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.

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Issue 58

What an issue this is. Local events galore. We have a review of the wonderful Shepperton Fair, as well as the Laleham Open Gardens. We also say goodbye to the old Mayor of Spelthorne and welcome the new one in, Alfred Friday, who has plans to make Spelthorne sparkle during his term.

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As well as our usual look at Shepperton of yesteryear, we meet Fat Al, the strongman of Shepperton, who has just opened his own gym by Nauticalia. We also hear about the talent at Thamesmead School through their annual Songstar competition. Finally, we hear about the bee society and find out that we could actually learn a lot from their ways of interacting.

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Issue 56

Bridal fashion truly comes to Shepperton, at an affordable price. The Princess Alice Hospice shop now boasts a special floor of wedding dresses, prom dresses and outfits for the mother of the bride. Brilliant. We also meet Stephen Kettle, slate sculptor to some rather special clients.

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Issue 55

This month we meet a former lord of the manor, Sir Edward Nicolls of Littleton Park. Nearer to our world today, we talk to optician Ian Squire about his charity Mission for Vision which he set up to help those in impoverished countries in Africa who do not have access to eye care. The Shepperton Fair is not far away now and the theme has been announced as Colourful Carnival. We look at what the fair means to local primary schools who take part in the parade.