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 85 - November 2018
This month we visit Shepperton Allotments, a little oasis of tranquillity in the middle of Shepperton. They need to raise funds to get toilets installed. Can you spend a penny or two?
Shepperton Allotments is a little oasis of calm in the middle of the village and a haven for bees, insects and wildlife. Unless you know it is there, you can be forgiven for missing it. With Halliford School, the Greeno Rec and Manygate Lane bordering it, this piece of land is a treasure in the community.
A century ago, in November 1918, the most terrible war that the world had ever known was nearing its end, although to a Britain exhausted by four long years of struggle and sacrifice, the deprivations caused by the ruinous cost of the war and the submarine threat were making life very difficult.
Needless to say our article last month about preserving greenbelt provoked comment. Even if residents and residents associations were supportive of the development proposed on the old Bugle Nurseries site, the council was adamant that this was green belt so could not be touched.
A lot has happened in the year since the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary started gaining more awareness. Sharon Johnson was caring the injured, abandoned or vulnerable hogs out of her house, trying to rehome them in carefully vetted gardens in the Spelthorne area.
It may have been a long hot and dry summer, but the local green fingered put on a great show as always at the Shepperton Horticultural Autumn Show. Kwasi Kwarteng himself is a member of this enthusiastic local group and presented the prizes.
As the new scholastic year starts, your little ones may be setting off on the adventure of a new school or a new term in fresh uniforms. Maybe they wish the holidays lasted longer. Maybe they even tell you they hate school. But imagine if there were no school.
Welcome to the first of our new quarterly updates on matters involving your Surrey and Spelthorne Councils. Our aim is to share information on matters affecting and of interest to the local community and to respond to any questions you may have.
The recent incursion by travellers onto Lower Halliford Green, circumventing the defences put around it by Spelthorne Council, prompted me to look out this photo taken in more peaceful times. It’s from a postcard sent not long before the First World War erupted, and shows a perfect pastoral scene, with cows in and around one of two ponds which used to be on the green, either side of the small access trackway which bisects it.
The most impressive house in the village, Sunbury Court was built in 1723 by John Witt. The building stood in extensive grounds of more than 100 acres, which used to extend down to the Thames and included Sunbury Court Island.
In this months magazine you can read about the winners of the Shepperton Horticultural Show. Even MP Kwasi Kwarteng is a member of this group! We continue the discussion about greenbelt land. How should it be treated? Are there exceptions to building on it. Is building on Greenbelt ever something we should allow? And we visit the newly refurbished hedgehog hotel in Shepperton, run by the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary.
This month we look back to the peace and quiet of Lower Halliford Green over 100 years ago. What a contrast to the recent traveller incursion! We also visit a project in Mozambique where St Nicholas Church is aiming to fund and build a primary school. Can you help?
In this months issue we address the latest incursions in the village. When will we find a solution? We visit the new wellbeing centre at Shepperton Wigs, serving clients who suffer from hair loss as a result of illness and we introduce our troublesome pup who is getting help from a dog behaviourist.
We look at the wonderful Shepperton Fair 2018. Are you in the photos? We publish some of the winning photos from the Capture Spelthorne competition. One of the winning photos is on the cover this month.
In this months issue we wish the Greeno Centre in Shepperton happy birthday. With depression in the elderly becoming such a problem, this is the total antithesis. 30 years since construction started, the centre is the lifeline to so many in the community. We also hear about shopping in Staines, Shepperton Village Fair and the Travel Clinic on the high street.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.