A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

Matthew Arnold & Laleham

Matthew Arnold was the son of the great educationalist Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School who is acknowledged as the founder of the modern public school system.

Burlington Official Opening

Less than a year ago I met staff from The Burlington at the Shepperton Fair. It had not opened and we didn’t really know what to expect from the home which had been built on the site of the Bradbury Centre.

Shepperton Medical Practice Changes

There are some major changes happening at the Shepperton Medical Practice. Not everyone welcomes change, but something has to give. Doctors and support staff are regularly working 12 hour days and that is not safe.

Reuse Pop Up Shop in Shepperton

Great news. We hear an entrepreneurial local Shepperton lady has launched a new business in plastic free and zero waste products. Mel Jensen found herself drawn to the ethos of zero waste and started making some changes in her life over the past couple of years.

Messing About on the Water

We are blessed in Shepperton to be close to water in any direction we turn. But we don’t always know how to make the most of it. So here are a few thoughts.

We Meet Spelthorne’s Incoming Mayor

This month sees a new Mayor for Spelthorne. Councillor Mary Madams will be inaugurated at the council offices in front of fellow councillors and VIP’s. So we went to meet her for a chat and to find out what her mayoral year will hold.

The Rose & Crown, Shepperton

With the completion of its conversion into two cottages, the latest chapter in the story of the former Rose and Crown pub has been written.

Watersplash Farm Gravel Extraction

For those of you who are not aware, following their initial application in 2012, CEMEX have presented revised plans for gravel extraction at Watersplash Farm which are due to be presented to the Surrey County Council Planning Committee either in April or May this year.

Spelthorne Launches Business Awards

Spelthorne’s 2nd Spelthorne Means Business awards were declared open for entries after a launch party held at The Hazelwood Centre, home of London Irish, on Thursday 7 March. Sunbury Matters was in attendance.

The Railway Arms, Sunbury

This fascinating photo of the Railway Arms, Green Street, Sunbury, was taken between 1905 and 1907, when Henry Farr was the licensee of the pub. A brewer’s dray, drawn by a couple of draught horses who seem to be enjoying a well-earned nosebag, is seen delivering to the pub, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.

Stars Shine in Shepperton

To meet Jess Edgar, principal of Stars Performing Arts and hear about the positive impact her performing arts classes are having on children is an uplifting experience.

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Issue 92

This month we have all the details of the Shepperton Fair 2019. We also bring you inspiration for what to do with surplus food with our new recipes from the Community Café @riverhousebarn, Walton. We have the history of Matthew Arnold in Laleham, an overview of local reservoirs and bring you an update on changes at the Shepperton Medical Practice.

Issue 91

This month we look at things to do locally on the water, we have lunch with the incoming Mayor of Spelthorne, Mary Madams and we read about one of Shepperton’s lost pubs.

Issue 90

This month we bring you news of the launch of the Spelthorne Business Awards. Last year Brown Bag Crisps, based in Shepperton, were named Best Business in the Borough. Why not enter? We also meet Charlottes Chickens, another category winner from last year.

Issue 89

We hear about the original horse rangers of Shepperton and visit their base today at the Royal Mews, Hampton Court, where they are looking for volunteers. Could you help? Otherwise Brooklands Museum is also opening its doors to volunteers. We meet one local resident who volunteers there and he tells us why it is so important to him.

Issue 97

Lots of history in this months issue. We bring you a historic perspective of the horse rangers, who started in Shepperton. We visit them where they live now, in the Royal Mews, Hampton Court. 100 years since the death of Nurse Marjorie Croysdale we tell the story of this selfless lady and her family who lived at Hawke House.

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.