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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.

Being a volunteer

I have been a volunteer at Brooklands Museum for eight years after retiring from BAe Systems as an Electrical Systems Engineer on various civil and military aircraft. I spent months deciding what to do, too long in fact, finally I went to see what was there.

Marjorie Croysdale

On the evening of 16th May 1915, twenty-eight-year-old Captain Thomas Percival Croysdale took shelter for the night in his trench on the Western Front, separated from the German lines by only a few hundred yards and the barbed-wire entanglement of No Man’s Land.

Kempton Steam Museum

This year is very significant for Kempton Steam Museum, for October will mark ninety years since the giant steam engines and their associated water purification plant, were inaugurated by the Minister of Health.

The Horse Rangers at Shepperton

Readers will no doubt be familiar with the Horse Rangers, based in the old Tudor stables at Hampton Court, and may have seen them riding out to practice in Bushy Park. It’s perhaps less widely known that they were originally founded in Shepperton.

John Tufton and the First Recorded LBW

John Tufton (23 November 1773 – 27 May 1799) was an English cricketer and a Member of Parliament (MP). He was a member of the aristocratic Tufton family that produced the Earls of Thanet and related through his mother to the Sackville family that produced the Dukes of Dorset.

Mount Felix

This grand Italianate mansion once stood overlooking the Thames by Walton Bridge, with its grounds running alongside the river from the bridge to the Swan Hotel bordered to the south by Manor Road and Bridge Street.

Canaletto

In 1747 Samuel Dicker, local landowner and later MP for Plymouth, obtained permission to build a bridge at Walton.

Happy Birthday Mr Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

May Clark – Star of Silent Films

Between 1900 and 1908, Sunbury born May Clark became a star in many of the earliest silent films that were made at the Walton on Thames studios of the pioneer film maker Cecil Hepworth.

Scams and Safety

It has been quite horrifying to hear so many stories of scams, burglaries and dangerous situations people have found themselves that we feel compelled to share some of them here so that you are aware and can take safety precautions.