A selection of the latest articles from Sunbury Matters.

Finding the Dr Who Saved My Legs

Those who have lived through war tend not to want to relive any memories, but through a chance conversation, Dennis Brock found himself thinking back to the person to whom he owes his mobility.

Caring for Our Hedgehogs

Sharon Johnson has been caring for the local hedgehog population for the past 5 years from the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary at her house in Old Charlton Road. You may remember reading about it in the August issue of Shepperton Matters.

Shepperton Horticultural

The Autumn Show was well attended with lots of entries. The committee were delighted and declared it the best ever. The awards were presented by Alison from Longacres who are sponsors.

Princess Alice Bridal Show

Just before we went to print, we attended the inaugural Princess Alice Bridal show where a crowd of 200 or so watched a very special catwalk show.

Sunbury Fire Brigade c1930

This photo was taken in Thames Street, Sunbury about 1930, in front of the flint wall of the Old Vicarage, just to the west of St. Mary’s Church. It shows a fascinating selection of fire engines used in the village over the previous century or so.

Dunkirk Little Ships on Film as Annual Cruise Approaches

You, like me, may well have been to the cinema to see the much acclaimed film ‘Dunkirk’ recently. What an epic it is too. The film truly brought home the horrors of this conflict and the bravery of those involved in the evacuation from the beaches.

Interact Encourages Good Citizenship

Interact is part of the Rotary organisation, and is specifically designed for those between the ages of 12 and 18 who wish to serve their community. Sunbury Manor School has recently celebrated the first year of its Interact Club.

Friends of St Mary’s – Preserving Sunbury’s Heritage

You could not imagine driving or walking through Lower Sunbury without seeing the beautiful Church of St Mary’s overlooking the river. Immortalised in literature thanks to Charles Dickens, St Mary’s is part of the fabric of our little village and something to be preserved.

Welsh Exiles Keep Cultural Traditions of Homeland Alive in Sunbury by David Price

The Sunbury and District Welsh Society is 60 years old this year. The present-day members were delighted to welcome to their annual garden party and AGM in July Helen Birnbaum, whose father, Islwyn Morris, founded the society with a group of fellow exiles in 1957. She travelled from Lancashire to be there.

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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.

Issue 74

In this months issue we hear about the crazy and exotic cowboy wedding in Shepperton in over 100 years ago. We also learn about the Walton on Thames connections with New Zealand through the Mount Felix hospital which cared for 27,000 antipodean patients during WW1.

Issue 73

In this month’s issue we talk over development in Lower Sunbury, lamenting the potential loss of green belt land. We hear about funding for community projects from the Heathrow Community Fund and we meet Sunbury’s own chocolatier, CocoaCraft and spend an afternoon getting messy with chocolate!

Issue 72

There is plenty to get your teeth into in this issue. With news of Kempton Park’s threatened demolition and the building of a small village on the site, we report on the threat to our green spaces from developers and lament the strain in infrastructure and services.

Issue 71

In this issue we revisit Christmas past through history. We also have a chat with the High Sheriff of Surrey, none other than Dick Whittington (well Richard Whittington to be fair, but related to the Dick Whittington of tales of old). Brewing Heritage is still being kept alive in Spelthorne.

Issue 70

This month we hear of a Victoria Cross holder who lived in Sunbury. We also meet a local girl, Emily Varney, who wants to teach the world to sing and we learn about the Re-store food bank programme.

Issue 69

We look at several issues concerning planning and changes which will affect our village including the threat to the 555/557 bus service and the dangers posed by swimming in the Thames. We also look at the talent in Sunbury, with a visit to the band that won Has Sunbury Got Talent.