Messing About on the Water

We are blessed in Shepperton to be close to water in any direction we turn. But we don’t always know how to make the most of it. So here are a few thoughts.

We Meet Spelthorne’s Incoming Mayor

This month sees a new Mayor for Spelthorne. Councillor Mary Madams will be inaugurated at the council offices in front of fellow councillors and VIP’s. So we went to meet her for a chat and to find out what her mayoral year will hold.

The Rose & Crown, Shepperton

With the completion of its conversion into two cottages, the latest chapter in the story of the former Rose and Crown pub has been written.

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.

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.

The Three Fishes

This month’s picture shows a group of people in front of the Three Fishes public house in Green Street, c1930. Above their heads a sign proudly advertises the products of the Isleworth Brewery, who had acquired the pub in 1889, but in fact by the time of the photo this brewery had been taken over by Watney Coombe Reid of Mortlake.

Spreading a Little Love & Kindness

Valentine’s Day has, to my mind, become very much a commercial opportunity. Maybe I had too many disappointments when I was a teenager! The postman never seemed to bring me cards and I remember how hurt I felt.

Meet Brown Bag Crisps

When Phil and Viv Lambe heard that they had, in their absence, won Spelthorne’s Best Exporter award they were delighted. They had not been able to attend the event in person because of family commitments.

Daniel Mouawad

Daniel Mouawad has been Chief Executive of Spelthorne Council for over a year now. We thought that, as he has now got his feet under the table and settled into family life in Shepperton, it was time for a coffee with him.

The Devastation of Watersplash Farm

CEMEX have submitted revised plans to Surrey County Council for the extraction of gravel at Watersplash Farm. (Planning reference: SCC Ref:2012/0173).

Community Foodbank – Highlights 2018

Christmas has been and gone, but we continue to live in a storm of political and economic upheaval and uncertainty. Hysterical idiots of all political persuasions bellow and boom at us, and seem unconnected to the world we actually live in.