A selection of the latest articles from Village Matters.

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Shepperton and The Great Train Robbery

I recently visited the Museum of London’s excellent (if gruesome in places) exhibition of items from Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, connected with infamous crimes. One of the displays was about the Great Train Robbery of August 8th, 1963.

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The Day I Joined St Trinian’s

It may sound like a bizarre wish, but when I was a child I wanted to go to school at St Trinian’s. It looked like such fun. Well, recently I fulfilled my childhood ambition.

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Do You Remember?

Sunbury is full of people who are interested in the history of where they live. Many have lived here long enough to remember old houses, since demolished, and businesses converted to residential use.

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George Wilson & Sons, Sunbury

A chapter in the history of Sunbury’s riverside ended recently, with the closure of the long-established boatyard of George Wilson & Sons.

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Spelthorne Gymnastics Home Saved at 11th Hour

Thank goodness for a knight in shining armour. Spelthorne Gymnastics was due to be EVICTED as their home behind Brooklands College in Ashford was being sold for development but Inland Homes, the developer themselves, have stepped in with a deal to enable them to continue at their present site.

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A treasure trove of history

Hopefully you will have already visited Spelthorne Museum in Staines, but if not you are missing a treat! Next time you are in Staines, ome and find us, just through Staines library.

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My Mad Magna Carta Weekend!

As many of you will know from my last article, June saw several commemorations locally of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta. My experience of the celebrations began on the evening of Friday 12th, with a reception at Bisham Abbey for Charter Bearers who had been nominated to carry a copy of Magna Carta in the River Relay from Hurley to Runnymede over the weekend.

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Magna Carta

June 15th 2015 sees the 800th anniversary of the document known to history as Magna Carta. It was the result of a revolt by many of the most powerful barons against what they saw as the unjust rule of King John.

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Issue 52

In this issue we find out about our local link to the Great Train Robbery, have a look at the role of local land owners in cultivating food for London and climb some mountains with local Ingrid Fear.

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Issue 22

A Treasure Trove of History Spelthorne Gymnastics Home saved Are You up for a Laugh

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Issue 23

We look at the recent Shepperton Fair with some photos from the wonderfully successful family day. This issue also carries updates on local residents issues from Laleham and Shepperton.

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Issue 20

The Magna Carta celebrations are happening over the weekend of June 13/14. The Flotilla will be passing down the river from Sunbury to Runneymede so make sure you get to a riverside pub and get a good view. Have a look at the programme for the Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival published in this issue. Make the most of our community and enjoy!

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Issue 19

Last year saw the Laleham War Memorial scoop a prize at the Spelthorne in Bloom Awards. The Harrow always looks magnificent. Who will it be this year? Make sure you get your entries in. Well done to the many local volunteers who have been recognised with civic awards this year. The new High Sheriff, Elizabeth Kennedy spoke about the joys of volunteering recently. We hope you are inspired.

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Issue 18

The house down Ferry Lane in Laleham called Moorhayes is the subject of our history piece this month. We also take a trip down memory lane with the Shepperton Venture Group who have now sadly disbanded.

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Issue 17

Great news for the community. Shepperton Studios Korda Theatre is now open at weekends as part of the Pinewood Cinema initiative.

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Issue 16

Keep up with the latest issues around the Eco Park. Also in this issue, read the latest review of the Warren Lodge Hotel and read about local estate agent OASiS who have recently rebranded from iSiS for obvious reasons…

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Issue 15

We review the talent of Spelthorne with pre Christmas visits to the Laleham panto and the Spelthorne Gymnastics, as well as a visit to Meson Toby’s music nights.

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Issue 14

As the Eco Park fight goes legal we look at getting cut price trees planted by the Spelthorne Tree Wardens. Why not do something positive?

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Issue 13

Local resident Elizabeth Tysoe will be placing the first wreath at the Laleham war memorial in memory of her father Derrick Tysoe. We hear about her memories of her father who was one of the D Day Veterans. We also take a visit to the Littleton War Memorial.

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Issue 12

History – Decoy & Deception at Shepperton Studios Mat Tarrant – the Golden Boy from Shepperton Blooming Marvellous – We… Read more »