A selection of the latest articles from Sunbury 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.

Celebrating 100 Years of 1st Sunbury Cubs

1st Sunbury Scout Group celebrated the Centenary of 1st Sunbury Cubs on Sunday 12th May at their Scout HQ on School Walk, Sunbury. The event was open to all associated with 1st Sunbury Scout Group and over 150 current and former members enjoyed the glorious May sunshine for an afternoon tea and games.

Surplus’ Lunch at Community Café

Imagine an excellent, home cooked fresh lunch at a reasonable price, which also supports both the environment and charity at the same time. If that sounds too good to be true, we can promise you that it is available at a café near you every day.

D Day Memories

June 6th marks the 75th anniversary of D Day, the Normandy landings of the Allied invasion during World War II.

Hollywood Stars Were Our Pen Pals

The July Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival features an evening with Austin Mutti-Mewse who along with twin brother Howard, have an unusual story to tell – one of more than just a brush with Hollywood. More a life lived alongside its stars.

The Sunbury Victory Regatta of 1919

This year is Sunbury Victory Regatta 100 marking the 100th Anniversary of the 1919 ‘Victory Regatta’ which celebrated the end of WW1.

St Ignatius Celebrates 150 Years

This month St Ignatius Church on Green Street in Sunbury will be celebrating 150 years since its opening in May 1869.

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.

Threat to Orchard Meadow

Orchard Meadow is the centre of village life in Lower Sunbury. On foggy winter mornings, it is home to a handful of geese and a group of exercise enthusiasts. In spring, children start to animate the wooden playground on its edge.

Sunbury Cows. What’s Your Beef?

Cows were introduced by Spelthorne Council into Sunbury Park in Sept 2015. Since then, each year, they have been a feature of the park from April to September.

A New Life and Winning Chickens!

Charlotte’s Chickens were winners of the Best Independent Business award at the inaugural Spelthorne Business Awards last autumn. Having been at the event and seen them win, we went along to meet Sarah and Paul New who run the family business to hear more about the joys of owning a chicken.

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Issue 100

This issue is the 100th! Our mix of local and historic stories continue to delight readers it seems. This month we bring a pull out 4 page programme of the Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival, as well as an article on one of the talks; Austin and Howard Mutti-Mews tell us about their correspondence with Hollywood stars and their forthcoming film.

Issue 99

Plenty to read about events coming up and events just gone. We look at ways you can enjoy the summer on the water with all the various facilities nearby. We look back to how St Ignatius Church on Green Street was built, many Irish navvies playing their role. We thank volunteers who have taken part in Sunbury Open Gardens and hope that others will step forward to carry the wonderful event on.

Issue 98

We bring you news of two developments which threaten the village this month. The proposed demolition of the ancient rope walk wall by Orchard Meadow and construction of 3 modern houses amongst the old buildings.

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 96

Plenty to read in this issue, from tackling loneliness and isolation, to spreading kindness and having patience with planning and building in the village. As well as that, you can read about the history of Sunbury’s oldest pub, the Three Fishes.

Issue 95

In this months issue we of course look at new years resolutions, whether fitness focused, volunteering or sustainable lifestyle changes. We have a coffee with CEO of Spelthorne council and hear about his thoughts on the borough.

Issue 94

This month we reflect on more local stories which have emerged since the centenary commemoration of the Armistice.

Issue 93

In this month’s issue we celebrate the 100th birthday of Dennis Brock, Bell Captain of St Mary’s who has lived in Sunbury all his life.
We celebrate also local success in the annual Spelthorne in Bloom awards, and also the inaugural Spelthorne Business Awards.

Issue 92

Lots to read in this months magazine. We find that Pomfret Cottage has had a facelift. This grade 1 listed building has had its false windows beautifully painted, depicting the Prince of Wales gazing out towards Monksbridge. Whereas we celebrate that building, we lament plans to demolish Dart House which as long been depicted in photos and paintings of the entrance to the village.

Issue 91

This month we see music in many guises. We meet a former Womble as well as the Director of keyboard at the Royal College of Music, both Sunbury residents and we revisit the ongoing discussions of speeding and signage in the village.

Issue 90

We see Sunbury through the eyes of a teenager this month, as well as through the eyes of a long term older resident. The village has a lot to offer both. We look back to the original music festival in 1968 when name such as Eric Clapton, Marc Bolan and Jeff Beck appeared in Kempton Park. We also look at traffic issues which continue to challenge us all, both in terms of inconsiderate parking and speeding traffic.

Issue 89

In this months issue we look at the community celebrating summer with a wonderful Open Gardens, a street party and a floral boat tribute to the founder of the local business group. We also bring the story of Flight Lieutenant Dominic Bruce of Blakesley Lodge in Green St during the year of the centenary of the RAF.