A selection of the latest articles from Sunbury Matters.


The Worst Flood In Living Memory – 1947

At this time of year, residents who live near the Thames will be remembering the terrible floods of three years ago, which caused such disruption and damage. Exactly 60 years ago, in 1947, our community was facing an even worse challenge.

Save Our Services

Just when we thought we were safe after the fight for Fire Services in 2014 than we hear that there is a proposal on the table to shut down Staines Fire Station.


The History of Sunbury Pubs

To my mind, Sunbury is defined by its pubs. The joys of living along the river are never more evident than when enjoying a pint alongside it in a pub.


Emma Dow’s Final Bow

Sunbury has lost a great talent, a great personality and a great inspiration. After a battle with cancer, Emma Dow passed away in the Sam Beare Hospice, aged 45, with her family at her side in November 2016. She has left a huge legacy within the community and touched many lives.


Something Has to Give!

It has all gone crazy! Everywhere I turn there are new houses springing up. We understand there is a housing crisis and that the demand for more housing has never been so great.


Our High Sheriff, Dick Whittington

We are lucky enough at Village Matters to meet some truly remarkable people and be able to share some of our stories with readers.


Christmas Past

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would take a look at the festive season in our community in years gone by, starting exactly 90 years ago in 1926.


Sunbury Songbird Will Teach You to Sing

Many children dream of being on stage. My claim to fame is winning the drama cup in junior school for playing a singing dog in ‘Give a Dog a Bone’ (but here I am publishing magazines)!


A Sunbury Victoria Cross Holder

In this month of Remembrance, I thought I would share the story of a former Sunbury resident who won the Victoria Cross, the Nation’s highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, and almost incredibly, survived his ordeal.


How does Restore Food Bank Work?

I wonder how many of us are aware that there is a food bank operating in Sunbury. Restore is run by volunteers out of St Saviours Church in Vicarage Road.


Save Our Buses

Our mailbag (or modern day email inbox) was bulging with concerns, complaints and general clamour for more information following our piece on the withdrawal of bus services last month. As well as the 556 and 557, we must also of course mention the 458.

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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.


Issue 68

This month we hear from the man who ran The Listeners, a series of concerts from (future) world class musicians in his own home, put on for the visually impaired. Alan Gifford ran the project for some 20 years bringing happiness to so many. We also hear about the 40th anniversary of the Spelthorne Natural History Society and take a look at Open House London attractions not too far from home.


Issue 67

We take a look at the 10th anniversary exhibition of the Embroidery Gallery in Lower Sunbury, looking back to the initial idea for the millennium project through to the design of the gallery and finally the royal opening. We also visit RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and congratulate Squires on 80 years in business and the 80th birthday of Chairman Colin Squire.


Issue 59

This month we celebrate creativity and achievement as well as look at some of the blights on our community in the form of torturous construction. We meet Aylis Mae. This is the stage name of Lucy Watkins, a talented Thamesmead student who has just released her first music video. We also meet Ena Perrot who celebrated her 100th birthday.


Issue 66

In this months issue we look back to a summer unlike this one, where bombs were falling on our area. We should be thankful for peace! We also discover links to the past through some postcards sent during the first world war to a cottage in Shepperton that was moved not once, but twice. We share some of the images from the lovely events to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday with you here too.


Issue 65

In this issue we try to piece together the past again, looking at a boat called the Jane Scott depicted in one of the Sunbury Embroidery panels at the Walled Garden. Why was this boat chosen? Does it still exist? We meet the grand daughter of the man who built it to find out more. We also visit an exhibition showing Heathrow ‘firsts’, at Spelthorne Museum.


Issue 64

In this issue we help someone piece together the past from an old family album and photos from the 1920’s. The result was amazing. We hear about a celebration of 150 years of Sunbury characters to mark the 150th anniversary of the Methodist church in Sunbury. Even Sunbury Matters gets a mention! Congratulations to everyone who won civic awards. We have the list of recipients in this issue.


Issue 63

We look to the river this month again, having visited the Jubilee River, and worry about the effect the River Thames Scheme will have on our communities. We also look to the proposed development on Kempton Park green belt land. When is Green Belt not Green Belt? As magazine publishers we are always interested in how things have been done in the past, so it was with great interest that we have been lent some old community magazines from Kenyngton School in the 1950’s. Fascinating!


Issue 62

In this months issue you can find out about the history of Chertsey Bridge in advance of a talk about Bridges of the Thames. We also meet Tony Kinsey, a jazz legend, who has composed music to celebrate the Millenium Embroidery which celebrates its 10th anniversary.