A selection of the latest articles from Sunbury Matters.

Traffic Calming/Road Flooding – Who will pay?

Given the amount of concern there is over volumes and speed of traffic through our residential areas, we were surprised at how few locals attended the Joint Committee Meeting at the end of March the date of which had been widely reported.

Community Foodbank Extends Reach to Shepperton

The Community Foodbank at St Saviours Sunbury, now have eight collections of surplus waste food per week (at sell by date but not use by) producing over two and a half tons of food per month. Thanks to Tesco Sunbury extra, Aldi Feltham, Tesco on Staines Rd West.

My Hot Date at the Thames Club

When I was invited to try hot yoga at the newly opened studio at The Thames Club, just outside Laleham, I was a little nervous. Although I do Pilates regularly, I am the one that sits under the air conditioning. I am not overly keen on visiting tropical countries either.

Thamesmead School Update

Changes are afoot in Manygate Lane, Shepperton, with the construction of a new care home and some retirement flats for the elderly. However, between these two sites, stands Thamesmead Secondary school, with a very clear focus on the future of our young citizens.

My MBE Investiture by Lynn Stanier

I received an astonishing and humbling telephone call in May last year from the British High Commissioner in Colombo. He said he was delighted to inform me that I had been recommended to receive an MBE award from Her Majesty the Queen for Services to the Community in Sri Lanka, and would I be willing to accept?

Rivermead House, Sunbury

Rivermead House is seen in this attractive postcard of Thames Street, Sunbury, dating from about 1910. The house stood just west of the junction with French Street, facing Rivermead Island across the road.

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.

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.

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Issue 86

In this months magazine we take a look at the beautiful old house that used to stand opposite Rivermead Island. We hear about a new ladies wear hire business in Sunbury, review a stunning concert at St Mary’s Church and celebrate MBE Lynn Stanier.

Issue 85

In this months magazine we meet an inspiring young man who has set the Guinness World Record for the most countries visited by bike in 7 days. We also read about plotlands, the subdivision on land which created affordable riverside dwellings in the beginning of the 20th century and we carry a tribute to the late Ian Dow who did so much for the Riverside Youth Theatre in Sunbury.

Issue 84

In this months issue we discover that Sunbury had its own film star back in the early 20th century. Alma Taylor was a huge name at neighbouring Hepworth Studios. Back to current times with a bump, we look at the new parking rules at Sunbury Cross which are leaving many with huge fines to contend with, discuss dredging with the Environment Agency and find out what next steps can be taken in the fight to restore Hanworth Park House.

Issue 83

We look back to the days when the Thames froze over, appeal for the saving of Hanworth Park House and have a chat with the Chief Constable of Surrey about antisocial behaviour.

Issue 82

This month we continue with good news stories as well as updates on the not so good news from the village. We look also at weird and wonderful Christmas traditions, have a chat with the Bishop of Kensington about what Christmas means to him and of course update you on the Sunbury Christmas House.

Issue 81

There is a lot in this month’s issue relating to the challenges in our community – burglaries, antisocial behaviour, boat scuttling and thefts. So we want to spread some good news stories too.

Issue 80

In this month’s issue we feature a magnificent stag on the front cover as the rutting season gets under way. We look at community leaf clearing efforts, meet 3AM a local band and attend a wedding show with preloved dresses on the catwalk.

Issue 79

In this biggest ever issue of Sunbury Matters we take a look at questions to think about when selecting a school, we visit Brooklands Museum, hear about conservation at St Mary’s and consider what makes ‘Hygge’, that cosy feeling you get from being curled up in front of a fire, and find out that there are lots of Welsh in our little community.

Issue 78

We reflect on the visit to Sunbury of the Queen’s row barge, Gloriana, crewed by the Sunbury Skiff Club. The front cover sets the scene. We also introduce you to the local hedgehog sanctuary – did you know there was one? We also welcome to Sunbury the fabulous Spelthorne Gymnastics and give you an overview of the forthcoming Sunbury regatta.

Issue 77

We take a look at local events such as the recent Sunbury Open Gardens, congratulate a local MBE winner, celebrate 300 years of water music and consider a teaching career with training at Thamesmead school

Issue 76

This month there is a lot happening. The Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival, Staines upon Thames Day, the TW12 Jazz Festival… and we have the Gloriana visiting Sunbury.

Issue 75

In this months issue read about how Sunbury & Shepperton played a part feeding the growing population of London in the late 19th century. You can also see how the Mount Felix hospital which cared for 27,000 wounded soldiers in WW1 has been immortalised in a tapestry. We say our farewells to David Brown, architect and creator of the Sunbury Millenium Embroidery, who died in April.