A selection of the latest articles from Sunbury Matters.

Baby Basics and The Extra Mile

About a month ago we held our annual soup lunch to raise funds for these two worthwhile local charities. Homemade soup and homemade cakes were on offer and Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP gave a talk in support of charities, and there was singing from our children’s choir ‘Aloud’ and Hanworth Community choir.

Calling Local Photographers

Now is your chance to show off your skills in photography. Two local competitions are launching so get your best shots out and get ready to take part.

The Practice Beauty Clinic – Lower Sunbury

Beauty really is more than skin deep as we found out recently on a visit to the new beauty clinic in Lower Sunbury. The Practice Beauty Clinic is on Thames Street and is the brainchild of Sunbury resident and local GP Dr Saba Khan.

Swabey’s Forge, Cemetery Lane, Sunbury

In this view of Cemetery Lane (now called Forge Lane), off Green Street Sunbury, a horse can be seen halfway down the narrow road. It’s no doubt being shoed at the blacksmith’s forge, which had been run by the Swabeys, father and son, for over 100 years.

Brooklands Radio Interview

In January 2020 Monica Chard, Founder and Publisher of the Village Matters magazines, was interviewed on Brooklands Radio. This followed the award for Best Business in Sunbury and runner up Best Business in Spelthorne in Autumn 2019.

Dementia Friendly Shepperton

Those of you who are keen readers of Shepperton Matters will have noticed that we made an appearance at Big Tree Night last month.

Boomerang Bags, not Plastic Bags

In the quest to reduce plastic, we were thrilled to hear about a local initiative called Boomerang Bags which has taken off in some local areas, but which has huge scope to spread.

Sunbury Has a Cinema

Yes really. Sunbury has its own cinema. Not your regular sort of cinema, but a special one!

A Sunbury car maker – Lammas Ltd

It may surprise readers to learn that the Spelthorne area was home to several automobile makers between the wars, including Lagonda, Tamplin and Atalanta at Staines, and Lammas at Sunbury.

Community Lunch and Community Foodbank

We have carried several articles about the Community foodbank at St Saviours over the 3 years since it started. But it is only recently that I went to see for myself what an incredible asset this is to the community.

Friends of Sunbury Park News

On behalf of the Friends of Sunbury Park, a really big thank you to everybody that turned out to help recently at the bramble bash and mulch laying. We had a fantastic group of people of all ages and, after splitting into two groups managed to achieve all the aims we wanted to achieve.

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Issue 109

In these difficult times we hope to bring you some inspiration this month. The front cover is by a budding… Read more »

Issue 108

In this months issue we see two business competitions open, so get thinking about your own entry. Local photographers also have their chance to shine. Both Spelthorne Council and the Shepperton Village Fair are looking for entries. We hear about a couple of local charities supporting families with new borns and young children. Perhaps you can help?

Issue 107

This month focuses on numerous public meetings regarding the Local Plan and protests mounted by residents against the loss of green belt. We also bring you some inspiration on sustainability issues including the idea of Boomerang Bags which have taken one corner of Surrey by storm. Could we do the same here and replace plastic bags in the village?

Issue 106

We bring you photos of the hugely successful Sunbury Christmas market and there are updates on our children’s safe crossing campaign and our view on allowing building on greenbelt land.

Issue 105

This month, as well as information on events galore for Christmas we bring you an update on the foodbank and how they are helping the community. We celebrate Dennis Brock’s 101st birthday and his British Empire Medal and we thank the Friends of Sunbury Park for their hard work in the park.

Issue 104

The biggest story this month is that Village Matters has won Best Business in Sunbury as well as Runner up Best Business in Spelthorne! Brilliant news all round!

Issue 103

Lots to read in this issue, as well as the usual historical pieces covering both the old St Saviours Church and the Victorian school of art in Sunbury, we meet Overtones band member Mike Crawshaw, celebrate 5 years of Laughing Chili and introduce you to Painshill Park.

Issue 102

This issue sees the new school year start and we offer an overview of ideas of what to look out for in a new school together with a piece on hypnotherapy and how it has been used to deal with anxiety in youngsters. We also look at the expansion plans for Sunbury Embroidery Gallery and look back on a very windy Sunbury regatta.

Issue 101

This joint issue covers the upcoming Sunbury Regatta, looking at the celebrations of the Sunbury ‘Victory’ regatta of 1919. We celebrate a British Empire Medal awarded to Dennis Brock for his services to bell ringing. We meet a 15 year old Sunbury boy who is on his way to the World Cup finals of gaming in New York in July and we say goodbye to the LOSRA founder chairman Patrick Curran and hear just what we need to be thankful to him for.

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.