A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

Restaurant Review – The Ivory Tusk

There have been some tasty changes at the Ivory Tusk in Shepperton. The core menu remains the same, with a great selection of mild (including Mr C’s favourite Chicken Tikka Masala), medium and hot dishes on offer as well as vegetable side dishes, accompaniments and of course tandoori dishes.

Big Tree Night 2017 Review

The weather was not completely unkind to Big Tree Night. It poured with rain during the set up and later during the evening, but for the main part of the event itself, the clouds cleared away and the stars came out and the Big Tree looked fabulous! Children clasped hands with their parents, avoiding large puddles on the High Street as they looked earnestly for a view of Santa.

Ice Breaking on the Thames, January 1940

This photo was taken looking across the frozen Thames at Dockett Eddy, Shepperton in January 1940, and shows the Thames Conservancy tug Thames battling its way upstream through thick ice.

Sunbury Matters Awakens the Past

Far away, in a second hand bookshop in Cornwall a volunteer was sorting through donations when she came upon a dedication in a more unusual book.

Ian Squire – RIP

The community was shocked and saddened to hear of the recent death of optician Ian Squire. I found myself caught up in the aftermath of the announcement by the Foreign Office in a bizarre way.

Campaign for Courtesy

We attended a very polite award presentation at The Anchor hotel recently with the Mayor of Spelthorne, Vivienne Leighton, borough and county councillors, local dignitaries and MP Kwasi Kwarteng.

Blooming Shepperton

Shepperton did well at the recent Spelthorne in Bloom awards at the Orangery, Shepperton Studios. The evening was presented by Nick Wood-Dow, chairman of SiB with a welcome address by Peter Hicks of Shepperton Studios.

Saving the Swans

The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, one of the charities selected for support by this year’s Mayor, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, performs sterling work in looking after injured or sick swans and returning them to the river whenever possible.

All Change on the High Street

As we head into the last part of 2017 and towards Big Tree Night (Wed.13th Dec) we can say it has been a challenging year for our High Street traders.
The last bank in the High Street has closed for ever and a new supermarket about to replace our stalwart Budgens.

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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.

Issue 65

In this month’s issue it is all about money! The council doesn’t have any, but there is funding for community projects available from the Heathrow Community Fund so well worth looking into.

Issue 64

In this months issue you can read plenty about threats to services: the buses, fire station etc. But we look back also at the worst flood in living memory and it is not the one of 3 years ago, but 1947. We can be thankful at least that we have seen some improvements in infrastructure since then.