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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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…
St. Nicholas Church, Shepperton, this year celebrates the 400th anniversary of the present building being consecrated.
One of the focal points of the local calendar is of course the inimitable and ever popular Raft Race.
Approximately 50 Walkers supporting over 12 different Charities took part in the Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury 10k Sponsored Charity Walk
The Towpath in Shepperton is a world away from the dark, smoky atmosphere of a Jazz club, but this is where Peter Ind has settled after an adventurous life.
I sat having a coffee recently with two long term residents of Lower Sunbury. They were reminiscing on how the village was in times gone by.