A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

The Three Fishes

This month’s picture shows a group of people in front of the Three Fishes public house in Green Street, c1930. Above their heads a sign proudly advertises the products of the Isleworth Brewery, who had acquired the pub in 1889, but in fact by the time of the photo this brewery had been taken over by Watney Coombe Reid of Mortlake.

Spreading a Little Love & Kindness

Valentine’s Day has, to my mind, become very much a commercial opportunity. Maybe I had too many disappointments when I was a teenager! The postman never seemed to bring me cards and I remember how hurt I felt.

Meet Brown Bag Crisps

When Phil and Viv Lambe heard that they had, in their absence, won Spelthorne’s Best Exporter award they were delighted. They had not been able to attend the event in person because of family commitments.

Daniel Mouawad

Daniel Mouawad has been Chief Executive of Spelthorne Council for over a year now. We thought that, as he has now got his feet under the table and settled into family life in Shepperton, it was time for a coffee with him.

The Devastation of Watersplash Farm

CEMEX have submitted revised plans to Surrey County Council for the extraction of gravel at Watersplash Farm. (Planning reference: SCC Ref:2012/0173).

Community Foodbank – Highlights 2018

Christmas has been and gone, but we continue to live in a storm of political and economic upheaval and uncertainty. Hysterical idiots of all political persuasions bellow and boom at us, and seem unconnected to the world we actually live in.

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.

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Issue 88

We look at HGV’s in our village at the time local residents start putting the pressure on to end the Littleton Lane Industrial site in 12 months as promised. We look at the issue of loneliness in our communities and how several local groups are combating it.

Issue 87

We reflect on a fantastic community effort of Big Tree Night and look forward to 2019 with a coffee with Spelthorne CEO Daniel Mouawad, a Shepperton resident. We meet Shepperton based Brown Bag Crisps, recent winners of Best Business in Spelthorne.

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?