A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

Natural Zero Waste Superstar -White Vinegar!

Most people have heard about white vinegar’s cleaning properties, and whilst it makes a great cleaner in certain circumstances it is not a go-to for all cleaning situations and surfaces – but it can do so much more than just clean!

Baby Basics and The Extra Mile

About a month ago we held our annual soup lunch to raise funds for these two worthwhile local charities. Homemade soup and homemade cakes were on offer and Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP gave a talk in support of charities, and there was singing from our children’s choir ‘Aloud’ and Hanworth Community choir.

Calling Local Photographers

Now is your chance to show off your skills in photography. Two local competitions are launching so get your best shots out and get ready to take part.

The Practice Beauty Clinic – Lower Sunbury

Beauty really is more than skin deep as we found out recently on a visit to the new beauty clinic in Lower Sunbury. The Practice Beauty Clinic is on Thames Street and is the brainchild of Sunbury resident and local GP Dr Saba Khan.

Swabey’s Forge, Cemetery Lane, Sunbury

In this view of Cemetery Lane (now called Forge Lane), off Green Street Sunbury, a horse can be seen halfway down the narrow road. It’s no doubt being shoed at the blacksmith’s forge, which had been run by the Swabeys, father and son, for over 100 years.

Brooklands Radio Interview

In January 2020 Monica Chard, Founder and Publisher of the Village Matters magazines, was interviewed on Brooklands Radio. This followed the award for Best Business in Sunbury and runner up Best Business in Spelthorne in Autumn 2019.

Noel Franklin-Taylor 26.11.26 – 11.12.19

I met Noel Franklin-Taylor just over a year ago. We were both being presented with Pride of Spelthorne certificates. 
But I already knew of him. Many of you in Shepperton would.

The Thames at Shepperton

This postcard, dating from the 1930s, shows the River Thames in the area of Shepperton Lock, looking north east. It must date from after 1935, as the Desborough Cut which was opened in that year can be seen at top right.

Dance Your Way to Health & Happiness

At the Spelthorne Business Awards at the end of last year, the Healthy Business award was won by Sunbury based Harfield Dance Studios. It capped a special year for the company, which has just celebrated 35 years in business.

Littleton Church

Just around the corner from Shepperton Studios is the beautiful church of St Mary Magdalene, Littleton. It was founded in… Read more »

A Hennessey Helps St Paul’s, Sunbury, to Rugby Triumph

St Paul’s in Sunbury have just had a major win in the sporting calendar, snatching the crown in the national AASE rugby finals and a player who stood out was Callum Hennessey son of proud mum Kerry of Quality Fruit!

Congratulations Diana Moran BEM

Shepperton’s Green Goddess, Diana Moran had quite a month at the end of last year. She received not one, but two major awards for her work, both presented the same week!

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Issue 101

As our community struggles to adapt to our new lockdown existence, think beyond to when times get back to normal…. Read more »

Issue 100

This month we encourage you to take part in one of two business competitions. We look at changes on the high street and hear from Best One Laleham who have extended their services.

Issue 99

This month we take a historic look at the Thames at Shepperton, say a fond farewell to Samaritan of 53 years service, Noel Franklin-Taylor and hear many comments and concerns from local residents about the Local Plan.

Issue 98

We learn about the luxury car make Lammas Graham which was based in Sunbury. Also more about the history of Littleton Church and hear about the rugby final won by St Pauls/London Irish that involved a young man called Callum Hennessey.

Issue 97

As well as bringing you news of events in December to get you in the festive spirit we bring you a historical view of the War of the Worlds following the recent BBC drama. We also bid farewell to a couple of Shepperton stalwarts; Brian Holt and Stan Bulford.

Issue 96

Great news this month. Village Matters triumphed in the recent Spelthorne Means Business Awards, winning Best Business in Sunbury but also runner up Best Business in Spelthorne!

Issue 95

In this months issue we introduce the new tap room at the Thames Side Brewery where local art and suppliers are the order of the day. We bring you details of the finalists of the Spelthorne Means Business competition and give you an update from both the Mayor and your councillors.

Issue 94

In this months magazine we have a look at return to school, the issue facing parents when choosing a school and considerations for mental health amongst the young. We also meet a photographer of both stars and animals, with a special gift and hear about the work at Bronzefield Prison in Ashford who need volunteers to join their monitoring board.

Issue 93

This month is a double issue for July/August. You will find a spread of photos of the Shepperton Fair. See if you are on any of them! We bring you winning photos from the Capture Spelthorne competition as well as the winners of the Shepperton Fair photo competition.

Issue 92

This month we have all the details of the Shepperton Fair 2019. We also bring you inspiration for what to do with surplus food with our new recipes from the Community Café @riverhousebarn, Walton. We have the history of Matthew Arnold in Laleham, an overview of local reservoirs and bring you an update on changes at the Shepperton Medical Practice.

Issue 91

This month we look at things to do locally on the water, we have lunch with the incoming Mayor of Spelthorne, Mary Madams and we read about one of Shepperton’s lost pubs.

Issue 90

This month we bring you news of the launch of the Spelthorne Business Awards. Last year Brown Bag Crisps, based in Shepperton, were named Best Business in the Borough. Why not enter? We also meet Charlottes Chickens, another category winner from last year.