Sunbury Matters is the monthly community magazine for Lower Sunbury and Sunbury on Thames, launched in March 2011. It connects local residents with local trades and businesses. Well established in the village, it is seen as an essential part of village life.
We would all ideally like to use a local builder, roofer, electrician, shop in local shops, and enjoy a meal or drink on one of our local bars or restaurants. Lower Sunbury is a community, and this is how we will retain our sense of local.
Sunbury Matters is run independently. It is advertising funded. Advertising costs are set at such a level as to be affordable to large and small businesses alike.
As well as advertising, Sunbury Matters carries relevant editorial features, community news and notices as well as recipes, puzzles and useful phone numbers. You can look at current and back issues on this site.
Current Issue Sunbury Matters
Issue 94 - December 2018
This month we reflect on more local stories which have emerged since the centenary commemoration of the Armistice.
Peggy Brunt of Sunbury had the surprise of her life when she was clearing up some of her husband’s things. He had passed away several years ago but for some reason Peggy had been looking through some old documents in the lead up to the centenary of the Armistice.
Volunteering is such a worthwhile activity. There are plenty of options if you look around. Giving people some freedom and independence as well as a bit of company must come as priorities. Sunbury neighbours gives those less mobile, the ability to get to appointments or do some shopping.
A century ago, in November 1918, the most terrible war that the world had ever known was nearing its end, although to a Britain exhausted by four long years of struggle and sacrifice, the deprivations caused by the ruinous cost of the war and the submarine threat were making life very difficult.
In 2016 Dart House on Thames Street, Lower Sunbury, was sold at auction for £1.2million. This has taken many immediate neighbours by surprise. More of a surprise was finding out that there were plans to demolish it and build a 5 storey block of 7 flats with underground parking.
We were contacted recently by the owner of a Honda Jazz who had their catalytic converters removed in broad daylight by thieves in the Sunbury area. Owners are being left with bills of hundreds of pounds
It was exciting to see the scaffolding coming down from Pomfret Cottage on Thames Street recently. The grade 1 listed house is going through a major refurbishment having been sold around 18 months ago.
This photo shows dozens of military lorries lined up at the Army Service Corps Depot, Kempton Park, during the First World War. The racecourse grandstands can be seen in the background of the picture with, just in front of them, wooden huts used to house all the troops based at the depot.
Yes, it was back in 1968 that Elizabeth Beresford first introduced the Wombles to the world. She had taken her young children for a walk on Wimbledon Common which her daughter mispronounced as “Wombledon Common”.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this months issue you can read all about the Lendy Lion which now stands in the Walled Garden. Also the Sunbury Suffagette who is commemorated on the plaque in Parliament Square. In addition we highlight local issues such as the Local Plan, parking on the pavements and potholes!
In this issue we continue the battle with the overzealous parking system at Sunbury Cross and urge management to change the system or lose trade. We visit the Riverside Arts Centre and hear about how it started, how it was funded and how it is run. What a story!
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.
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.
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.