Natural Zero Waste Superstar -White Vinegar!

Most people have heard about white vinegar’s cleaning properties, and whilst it makes a great cleaner in certain circumstances it is not a go-to for all cleaning situations and surfaces – but it can do so much more than just clean!

Baby Basics and The Extra Mile

About a month ago we held our annual soup lunch to raise funds for these two worthwhile local charities. Homemade soup and homemade cakes were on offer and Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP gave a talk in support of charities, and there was singing from our children’s choir ‘Aloud’ and Hanworth Community choir.

Calling Local Photographers

Now is your chance to show off your skills in photography. Two local competitions are launching so get your best shots out and get ready to take part.

The Practice Beauty Clinic – Lower Sunbury

Beauty really is more than skin deep as we found out recently on a visit to the new beauty clinic in Lower Sunbury. The Practice Beauty Clinic is on Thames Street and is the brainchild of Sunbury resident and local GP Dr Saba Khan.

Swabey’s Forge, Cemetery Lane, Sunbury

In this view of Cemetery Lane (now called Forge Lane), off Green Street Sunbury, a horse can be seen halfway down the narrow road. It’s no doubt being shoed at the blacksmith’s forge, which had been run by the Swabeys, father and son, for over 100 years.

Brooklands Radio Interview

In January 2020 Monica Chard, Founder and Publisher of the Village Matters magazines, was interviewed on Brooklands Radio. This followed the award for Best Business in Sunbury and runner up Best Business in Spelthorne in Autumn 2019.

Noel Franklin-Taylor 26.11.26 – 11.12.19

I met Noel Franklin-Taylor just over a year ago. We were both being presented with Pride of Spelthorne certificates. 
But I already knew of him. Many of you in Shepperton would.

The Thames at Shepperton

This postcard, dating from the 1930s, shows the River Thames in the area of Shepperton Lock, looking north east. It must date from after 1935, as the Desborough Cut which was opened in that year can be seen at top right.

Dance Your Way to Health & Happiness

At the Spelthorne Business Awards at the end of last year, the Healthy Business award was won by Sunbury based Harfield Dance Studios. It capped a special year for the company, which has just celebrated 35 years in business.

Littleton Church

Just around the corner from Shepperton Studios is the beautiful church of St Mary Magdalene, Littleton. It was founded in… Read more »

A Hennessey Helps St Paul’s, Sunbury, to Rugby Triumph

St Paul’s in Sunbury have just had a major win in the sporting calendar, snatching the crown in the national AASE rugby finals and a player who stood out was Callum Hennessey son of proud mum Kerry of Quality Fruit!

Congratulations Diana Moran BEM

Shepperton’s Green Goddess, Diana Moran had quite a month at the end of last year. She received not one, but two major awards for her work, both presented the same week!

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).