A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

Are You Fair Game? The Shepperton Fair Committee Needs You!

Later this year, on Saturday 9 June 2018, Shepperton folk will again enjoy what they have done for no less than the last 45 years – Shepperton Village Fair! Each year, thousands of people descend on Manor Park at the bottom of the High Street from all over the local area. Some come from quite far afield, too.

Creative Tailoring in Shepperton

Shop for a special frock and you are always faced with the possibility that you may show up to a wedding or party and find someone wearing the same as you. So, have you ever thought about having a dress made for a special occasion?

Ian Campbell Dow 02.02.42 – 24.01 18

In January 1966, Ian and fiancée Carole were looking for somewhere to live after their wedding planned for 29th January. Ian was certain that something would turn up and it did – a colleague at work casually mentioned she was vacating her flat.

Tales of the riverbank!

Since 1900 improved road and rail links with London and a growing appreciation of countryside values have stimulated the demand for housing on the Thames riverbank (and islands) between Thames Ditton and Staines-upon-Thames.

A Flood at Shepperton in 1877

I am indebted to Bill Lindsay, great-great-grandson of William Schaw Lindsay, Lord of the Manor of Shepperton from 1856 to 1877, for the inspiration for this month’s article.

Sunbury Cross Parking Charges – Don’t Be Caught Out!

Oh dear! Not a great start to the year for many of you out there who have discovered to your cost that Sunbury Cross is operating a new parking system. The barrier has been broken for weeks so many of you may have happily gone in, done your shopping and gone out without giving a second thought to parking charges. But a new number plate recognition system is in operation, meaning there is no barrier.

The EA Would Like to Dredge

For the first time ever, I heard the EA admit that they would, “in an ideal world”, like to dredge the river and backwaters. That may sound good, but in reality, the ideal world would need a money tree. But the only trees we have are the ones which have fallen into, or overhang the backwaters.

Hanworth Park House – What Next in Battle to Save it?

Hanworth Park House has been a private residence, a military hospital, a nursing home and the HQ of aviation in the UK. For a while, it was the home of Aston Martin and Lagonda, who used the aircraft hangars to finish assembly of the luxury motors post war until the 1960’s.

Discovery of the Halliford House Watercolour

Feedback from readers to articles appearing in Sunbury and Shepperton Matters quite often leads to interesting follow-ups. One which was recently received is quite exceptional in that it led to the unexpected acquisition of a photograph showing a charming two hundred year old watercolour of Halliford House.

Spelthorne Means Business

In 2016 Spelthorne Borough Council introduce a new strapline to it’s marketing ‘Spelthorne Means Business’. Situated in proximity to major access points such as London Heathrow, the M3 and M25, it is proving to be an area of great interest to new businesses looking for growth or looking to move to a new area. The council is putting is certainly proving its credentials too.

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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.

Issue 74

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.

Issue 73

As more shops and the last bank close in Shepperton High Street there has never been a more important time to support the local businesses. We visit the gold awarded Ash Link Nature Reserve and hear about saving Swans during the WW1 as well as taking a trip down memory lane to the 1970’s when local bar, The Ship, frequented by stars of the time, produced their own top 20 albums and singles of all time.

Issue 72

In this months issue we take a good look at our lovely hedgehog population and give you some advice on how you can help them. We celebrate winners of the Autumn Shepperton Horticultural Show as well as the teams of the Shepperton Cricket Club

Issue 71

This month we look at education, State v Independent and Open Day Dilemmas.

Issue 70

This month we celebrate all that is Shepperton: Voted Most Courteous Town 2017 it also has a wonderful independent charity caring for and rehoming hedgehogs, as well as an artisan bakery – both in Old Charlton Lane funnily enough!

Issue 69

In this months issue you can have a look at photos from the Shepperton Fair. Are you there? We read about the Shepperton Manor shipping magnate from accounts by his great grandson and meet a lady who has been entertaining crowds for over 50 years – all in the name of spreading goodwill and happiness.

Issue 68

So much going on in the community this month and you can keep up to date with it all in this months Shepperton Matters. The Shepperton Fair, Laleham Open Gardens, the Mayor of Spelthorne’s River Day to name but a few.

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.

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.