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A Local Murder Mystery? Albert Grayson

Albert Victor Grayson was an English socialist politician of the early 20th century. A Member of Parliament from 1907 to 1910, he is most notable for his sensational by-election victory at Colne Valley in 1907, and for his unexplained disappearance in 1920.

Threat to Orchard Meadow

Orchard Meadow is the centre of village life in Lower Sunbury. On foggy winter mornings, it is home to a handful of geese and a group of exercise enthusiasts. In spring, children start to animate the wooden playground on its edge.

A New Life and Winning Chickens!

Charlotte’s Chickens were winners of the Best Independent Business award at the inaugural Spelthorne Business Awards last autumn. Having been at the event and seen them win, we went along to meet Sarah and Paul New who run the family business to hear more about the joys of owning a chicken.

Watersplash Farm Gravel Extraction

For those of you who are not aware, following their initial application in 2012, CEMEX have presented revised plans for gravel extraction at Watersplash Farm which are due to be presented to the Surrey County Council Planning Committee either in April or May this year.

Spelthorne Launches Business Awards

Spelthorne’s 2nd Spelthorne Means Business awards were declared open for entries after a launch party held at The Hazelwood Centre, home of London Irish, on Thursday 7 March. Sunbury Matters was in attendance.

The Railway Arms, Sunbury

This fascinating photo of the Railway Arms, Green Street, Sunbury, was taken between 1905 and 1907, when Henry Farr was the licensee of the pub. A brewer’s dray, drawn by a couple of draught horses who seem to be enjoying a well-earned nosebag, is seen delivering to the pub, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.

Stars Shine in Shepperton

To meet Jess Edgar, principal of Stars Performing Arts and hear about the positive impact her performing arts classes are having on children is an uplifting experience.

Another New Business for Shepperton

Peco is not strictly speaking a new business. In fact it is a very well established business, having been trading in Hampton for 45 years.
Peco specialises in period fireplaces and doors as well as bespoke stained and etched windows.

Sunbury’s Royal Visitor

Sunbury was honoured to receive another royal visit recently. Princess Alexandra visited the Walled Garden to see the Sunbury Millenium Embroidery while she was in the area also visiting the Swan Sanctuary.

Sunbury Probus Celebrates 50

The 50th anniversary of the Sunbury Probus Club was a special evening with some high ranking VIPs in attendance. The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Jean Pinkerton was joined on the top table by MP Kwasi Kwarteng and the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux who was visiting Sunbury for the second time in a week.

Your school needs you!

I recently started volunteering at Chandlers Field Primary School in West Molesey. The school motto is #yeswecan I spent last Monday morning writing ‘persuasive letters’ with a year 5 class.

Helping the Homeless

Elmbridge Rentstart opened the borough’s first ‘Winter Hub drop-in’ service in Walton on 24 January 2019. The Hub is open to anyone who is homeless, vulnerably housed or sofa-surfing.

Afternoon Tea, A British Tradition

The custom of a meal being taken mid-afternoon was started in the early 19th century by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. She was the wife of Francis Russell, and sister- in- law to the Prime Minister, John Russell.

Apps Court

Three Walton Manors are mentioned in the Domesday Book- Walton-on-Thames, Walton Leigh, and Apps, the latter being about one mile to the north-east of Walton on the road to Molesey.