Spelthorne Civic Awards 2016

“Whilst we may not be able to directly affect the lot of many people in troubled areas, we can make a huge difference within our own communities” said Chairman Colin Squire during the opening remarks of the 2016 Spelthorne Civic Awards presentation last month.

Why we need Bees

Shepperton is a great area for bees to live, because there is plenty of forage for them in the large undeveloped areas around the lakes and by the rivers, and there is little intensive agriculture or monoculture.

Shepperton Slate Sculptor & Friends

Stephen Kettle is not a regular sculptor as such, but creates art out of tiny chips of slate. Over the years he has had numerous high profile commissions and his work had been championed by none other than James May of Top Gear fame.

School Magazine Publishing in 1957

As a publisher myself I fully appreciate the work that goes into creating magazines. I have the luxury of a computer, the ability to correct spelling and move sentences around all at super-fast speed.

Mission for Vision

Imagine you are watching TV one evening and it is a strain to see detail. What do you do? In our privileged Western world, you simply call up your local optician, get an appointment and sort some long distance glasses. No problem!

Sir Edward Nicholl of Littleton Park

Sir Edward Nicholl was born at Pool, in Cornwall, on the 17th June, 1862. He came from a fairly modest background, and was apprenticed as an engineer. On completing his apprenticeship, he became a ship’s engineer, and worked his way up to become marine superintendent. Eventually he managed to raise some money and became a ship owner himself.

Shepperton Fair Photographic Competition

Shepperton Matters is once again sponsoring the Shepperton Fair Photographic competition. There are several categories to choose from. The Derek Belsey Memorial Trophy awards photos of natural history.

The Greeno –Lifeline to Many

It was wet and miserable outside. Inside it was vibrant, happy and fun. The Greeno was positively bustling and was brimming with positivity.

Friends of Thamesmead

I joined in some fun recently. I was invited to the Thamesmead School quiz one Friday night, put on by what was the Parent Teachers Association, to raise much needed funds for the school.

Chertsey Bridge

The local bridges over the Thames are a vital part of our transport infrastructure, if often the focus of long queues of traffic. Many of them have a long and interesting history, and that between Shepperton and Chertsey is no exception.

Things that go bump in the night

In the December issue, the history piece by Nick Pollard described ghostly goings on at Battlecrease Hall in Shepperton. These tales had been reported in the local newspaper in the mid 1940’s. Battlecrease Hall was given a new lease of life by current owners Mike Brennan and Lisa Rollin who moved in in 2013.


Charles Dickens, who knew the Sunbury and Shepperton area well, was the man who popularised the idea of the Christmas Ghost Story, in the mid nineteenth century. Whilst looking through old Christmas editions of the Middlesex Chronicle at Spelthorne Museum in Staines, I came across the following story of ghostly goings-on at Battlecrease Hall in Shepperton in the edition for 27th December 1946.

Maps, memory and landscape

The article on the Great Woodland Scramble 1928 in the September issue raised several conversations with informed readers, including members of the Barker family who first occupied Staines Road Farm in 1928.

Youth Speaks 2015

The ability to stand up in front of an audience and be able to give an address, is always going to stand you in good stead. Think of that best man’s speech, making a sales presentation or standing up and asking a question at a public meeting.

The Joys of an Allotment

Once was the time……. Friday night was the start of the weekend. Maybe a quick drink after work with friends in the local pub, before ending the night in a local restaurant. That of course was in those long ago days before I met my little Cherub. So, what did I do last Friday night? I went to the annual AGM of the Laleham Allotment Association.

Spelthorne’s Bloomin’ Marvellous!

It is the 27th year and the county is seen as the most vibrant in Surrey in terms of the effort that goes into it. The joy of seeing blooms adorning shop fronts, lamp posts, front gardens, pubs and public spaces, gives us the feel good factor and a sense of civic pride.

A Man and His Shed

A man’s shed…The place he escapes to have a bit of time of his own, to think, to create…For many it is their little bit of sanctuary. But not everyone is lucky enough to have one, and actually a man’s shed still lacks in one thing – Company.

The Thames at Shepperton

Ignore the caption of this postcard dating from the 1920s, the view shown is of Lock Island and Hamhaugh Island, which are both definitely in Shepperton! These islands mark the most southerly point of the River Thames, but are both at least partly man-made.

Sunbury Park – Much More Than Just Cows!

How can six cows become such an attraction? There was much talk of it last year, but finally, with little warning, six Aberdeen Angus cows arrived in Sunbury Park.

Kempton Memorial to Brave Pilots

Sunbury will be marking a remembrance on October 18th this year, the date when two brave RAF fighter pilots lost their lives 75 years ago, whilst attempting to land at Kempton Park Racecourse.