Remembrance in Shepperton

I recently went to see the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London, which will see 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the Tower’s moat, each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.

The Movember campaign is upon us again

It’s that time of the year when you’ll see a sprouting of upper lip hair on male family members, friends, work colleagues and public figures.

The Golden Boy from Shepperton

Shepperton has a World Champion in its midst. Local boy Matthew Tarrant has just been crowned with a gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

Electric Lisa to Support St Nicks Charity Ball

She has wowed crowds all over the world with her outstanding electric violin playing and sultry vocals. Celebs acclaim her, with Roger Moore describing her as “simply fantastic”.  Now living in Shepperton, I went to meet Lisa Rollin.

Decoy and Deception at the Studios

The craftsmen and women at Shepperton Studios are famous for their ability to create scenery and models for film and TV, during World War Two however, their predecessors put these same skills to a more vital use.

A Busy Month For Heritage!

September always seems to be a busy month for heritage in our area, so this month I thought I would highlight several events and anniversaries.
2014 sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Thames Valley Railway, the original rather grandiose name for the branch line from Strawberry Hill to Shepperton.

Flood Insurance Questions

It may be high summer but the floods earlier this year still hang over a lot of us like a dark cloud. While the rains have dried up, some people have been left high and dry by insurers – for some their insurer is taking too long to pay out on a claim or for others there are problems with the repairs or lingering arguments with the loss adjuster

The Centenary of the First World War

The First World War began for this country on August 4th 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany, for invading neutral Belgium. As in many other communities all over the country, the war had a profound effect on our local towns and villages.

Flower Power in Abundance

Garden and floral triumphs have been abundant in our area in the past month. Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton hosted this year’s Royal National Rose Society Southern Show. Shepperton was a previous location for it but in recent years it has been held at Bagshot so it was an honour to have such a high profile and quality show on our doorstep.

An Extraordinary Life

Pat Eustace has lived in Shepperton for 70 years and is known to many. Having spent her early years in film and dance, she has been a member of the Riverside Arts Centre since it opened, as well as a member of the Sunbury Flower Club, exhibiting regularly and winning prizes. Since the 1980s, she has served on the committee of the Sunbury & Shepperton Art Association which runs the annual Arts Festival.

What’s New on the High Street?

Everywhere you turn in Shepperton at the moment there is change. By the time you get this Barclays Bank will be shut and the BP petrol station will be undergoing transformations. The appearance of a supply of Percy Pigs on the High Street seems to be pretty popular, but the threat of the supermarket development at the end of the High Street is most certainly not.

Local Groups Honoured at Rotary Awards

Congratulations to the three winners of this years Community Awards from Rotary Club of Sunbury & Shepperton. The evening was attended by the Deputy Mayor and his wife as well as local councillors Vivienne Leighton and Robin Sider.

All the Fun of the Fair

Well done to those of you who kept fingers crossed for the weather on Shepperton Fair Day. While Fair Day dawned with a very dodgy looking forecast, the storm gods cooperated with us.

Local Flood Meeting Swamped!

Ironically the sun was shining kindly outside as St Mary’s Parish Hall in Lower Sunbury was filled to capacity with river dwellers from the area, 
concerned at the possible impact a flood alleviation scheme might have on Sunbury and Shepperton.

July is All About Art

Last month we mentioned the inaugural Art Trail from the Sunbury Working Artists. As a reminder, from July 11th-13th you can visit them in various venues in Lower Sunbury where you can meet the artists in person and purchase works if you fancy an original piece.

Meet the Local Philatelist

John Curtin has lived in Sunbury for 30 or so years. His is not your usual sort of office job. He is a collector and dealer in stamps – a philatelist.

Gilbert and Sullivan and D’Oyly Carte Island

Gilbert and Sullivan are of course best known for the series of comic light operas which bear their names, but the man whose knowledge of the music business brought them together and made the partnership work (not always an easy task) was Richard D’Oyly Carte

Sunbury and Shepperton Flood Meeting

Concerned residents flocked to the meeting arranged by Village Matters on June 6th to hear from the Environment Agency about plans for the River Thames Scheme

Songstar 2014

Songstar is now in its third year. As someone who is not musical, it was all the more remarkable to hear both great performances but also to know that the songs had been written by the students themselves.

I was Held Up by the High Sheriff

Think High Sheriff and I bet you think of Robin Hood? Well I was personally held up by the High Sheriff of Surrey recently, so here is my merry tale…