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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.