A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

New Camera? Here’s An Idea For You

Maybe you have put a new camera on your Christmas list. Maybe you have one sitting in a cupboard, but you default to your phone to take pictures because it is easier to understand.

Queen’s Award for Volunteering

One of only 12 Queens Award for Volunteering given out in Surrey, has been won by the Friends of Ash Link. This award is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups.

Shepperton/Spelthorne remembered

Spelthorne has been busy marking the centenary throughout the borough. The Shepperton Memorial attracted record numbers in this centenary year when the Armistice was declared after the Great War.

Help Shepperton Allotments Fund Toilets

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.

The Centenary of the Armistice 1918

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.

Greenbelt, Dump or Carpark?

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.

New Hedgehog Hotel

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.

A Colourful Autumn Show of Shepperton Horticulture

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.

Every Child Should Have the Right to an Education

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.

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Issue 86

This month we reflect on Spelthorne’s activity around the Armistice commemoration, including the planting of 100 trees at Laleham Thameside and bring you an update from your borough and county councillors.

Issue 85

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?

Issue 84

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.

Issue 83

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?

Issue 82

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.

Issue 81

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.

Issue 80

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.

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.