A selection of the latest articles from Sunbury Matters.

Nigel Peterken

Nigel meant so many different things to so many different people and everyone writing about him would have their own personal understanding of this very special man.

Coffee with Mike Crawshaw of The Overtones

Sunbury boasts many residents of artistic talent: writers, artists and singers. We met up with local singer Mike Crawshaw recently to hear about his rise to fame and his latest exploits with his band, The Overtones.

Village Matters is Finalist of Spelthorne Means Business Awards 2019

What an honour! Village Matters Ltd, which runs Sunbury Matters, Shepperton Matters, 
Walton Matters and Molesey Matters, is a finalist in the Spelthorne Means Business awards this year. The event will take place on 
October 17th at the Orangery, Shepperton Studios. Fingers crossed!

Laughing Chili – Making Sunbury Laugh for 5 Years

Do you realise that Sunbury has a top comedy club, with regular evenings hosting household names? If not, once you read this you will kick yourself at what you have missed out on! Laughing Chili was founded by local, Stu Turner, who has lived in Ashford and Sunbury all his life.

Old St. Saviour’s Church, Sunbury

When the railway arrived at what was then Sunbury Common in 1864, the area surrounding the old turnpike road from Hampton to Staines was mainly open fields.

The Crown, Shepperton

Currently being converted into flats, the former Shapla restaurant in Russell Road, Shepperton will soon a have new use. This is a building which has changed identity several times however. Before it was renamed Shapla, it was another restaurant called Opium V, and before that it was Crown Antiques for some years.

Protecting Vital Green Spaces in Spelthorne

Earlier this year, Spelthorne Borough Council published a consultation called ‘Local Green Space Assessment Methodology’. Spelthorne has always maintained they understand how important green spaces are but this document sets out to change the assessment of how important they are.

Patrick Curran – A Man of Sunbury. RIP

Loss of green spaces is very much in news as the local plan is under consideration the demand to meet housing targets ever present and the green belt under review.

BEM For Dennis Brock

The Queen’s birthday honours list revealed a local name this year. Dennis Brock has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to bell ringing.

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.

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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.

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.