The War of the Worlds

With the new BBC adaption of the ‘War of the World’s by H.G. Wells being released, I thought it would be interesting to look at the local places mentioned in the original novel, first published in 1898.

A Christmas Window with a Difference

This festive season you can see an alternative take on a Christmas window display. Local Shepperton resident and TV/film set designer Rebecca Morton has been working with Two Rivers Shopping Centre, Spelthorne Borough Council Leisure Services and a selection of Spelthorne primary and Secondary Schools to create a magical and meaningful Christmas display on Staines High Street.

Fight Loss of Green Belt in Charlton Village

Charlton Village is just that…a village. Surrounded by fields, stables and horses, you can forgive yourself for thinking you are in the countryside (ok, ignoring the busy road that bisects it of course).

Shepperton Triumphs at Spelthorne Business Awards

Shepperton Studios glamorous Orangery was full to bursting at the black tie dinner for the second Spelthorne Means Business Awards. 12 categories celebrated all sorts of businesses large and small across the borough.

Recycle and Raise Funds for Saxon School

I remember seeing a huge poster advertising litter awareness when I was young, with hundreds of speech bubbles stating “My little sweet wrapper won’t make any difference”. The point is, if everyone thought that way, then we would all be under heaps of litter.

Shepperton Running Group Turns 5

One dedicated individual has been behind a running surge in the area. Having moved to Shepperton in 
November 2014, Steve Barrington was keen to join a local running group. Finding that there wasn’t one, he set up the Shepperton Running Group.

Abuse and Addition. New Local Group Making an Impact

Loud Impact is a new company hoping to make a positive impact on the world and change lives. Started by Nigel Whitear who is an Addiction Mentor and Life Coach, the group supports people of all ages with a range of addictions and with issues relating to Domestic Abuse (both men and women).

Old St. Saviour’s Church, Sunbury

When the railway arrived at what was then Sunbury Common in 1864, the area surrounding the old turnpike road from Hampton to Staines was mainly open fields.

The Crown, Shepperton

Currently being converted into flats, the former Shapla restaurant in Russell Road, Shepperton will soon a have new use. This is a building which has changed identity several times however. Before it was renamed Shapla, it was another restaurant called Opium V, and before that it was Crown Antiques for some years.

Marc de Henrie – Photographer of Beauty and Beast

Visiting The Burlington in Manygate Lane, Shepperton recently, I was introduced to resident Marc de Henrie. It so happened that he had been persuaded to exhibit some of his works to share with locals and residents, on the occasion of National Care Home Open Day. Being a fan of photography myself I was enthralled with his work which featured celebrities with their dogs.

Remembering the Llandow Air Disaster

Few people today know about the Llandow Air Disaster, which happened on Sunday 12th March 1950. It is, after all, beyond the memory of most people alive today, but when an Avro Tudor 5 came down in a South Wales field, just yards from a safe landing at RAF Llandow, eighty people on board the aircraft died and it became what was then the world’s worst aviation disaster.

The Joy of Decluttering! By Monica Chard

Having lived in our house in Lower Sunbury for 12 years we have inevitably amassed a lot of clutter. A change is as good as a rest, so rather than moving house (as many people do after 10 years) we decided on a bit of a facelift.

Capture Spelthorne Competition Winners Revealed

Congratulations to all the winners of the council run Capture Spelthorne photography competition. This year saw a record 400 entries. Overall winner was Shortwood Common Majesty by Elaine Wisden which also won best Hidden Gem category.

Volunteer Awards

The Runnymede and Spelthorne Volunteer Awards were hosted at the Royal Holloway University on Tuesday 4th June working in partnership with Royal Holloway Community Action and Runnymede Borough Council.

Matthew Arnold & Laleham

Matthew Arnold was the son of the great educationalist Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School who is acknowledged as the founder of the modern public school system.

Burlington Official Opening

Less than a year ago I met staff from The Burlington at the Shepperton Fair. It had not opened and we didn’t really know what to expect from the home which had been built on the site of the Bradbury Centre.

Shepperton Medical Practice Changes

There are some major changes happening at the Shepperton Medical Practice. Not everyone welcomes change, but something has to give. Doctors and support staff are regularly working 12 hour days and that is not safe.