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.

Reuse Pop Up Shop in Shepperton

Great news. We hear an entrepreneurial local Shepperton lady has launched a new business in plastic free and zero waste products. Mel Jensen found herself drawn to the ethos of zero waste and started making some changes in her life over the past couple of years.

Messing About on the Water

We are blessed in Shepperton to be close to water in any direction we turn. But we don’t always know how to make the most of it. So here are a few thoughts.

We Meet Spelthorne’s Incoming Mayor

This month sees a new Mayor for Spelthorne. Councillor Mary Madams will be inaugurated at the council offices in front of fellow councillors and VIP’s. So we went to meet her for a chat and to find out what her mayoral year will hold.

The Rose & Crown, Shepperton

With the completion of its conversion into two cottages, the latest chapter in the story of the former Rose and Crown pub has been written.

Watersplash Farm Gravel Extraction

For those of you who are not aware, following their initial application in 2012, CEMEX have presented revised plans for gravel extraction at Watersplash Farm which are due to be presented to the Surrey County Council Planning Committee either in April or May this year.

Spelthorne Launches Business Awards

Spelthorne’s 2nd Spelthorne Means Business awards were declared open for entries after a launch party held at The Hazelwood Centre, home of London Irish, on Thursday 7 March. Sunbury Matters was in attendance.

The Railway Arms, Sunbury

This fascinating photo of the Railway Arms, Green Street, Sunbury, was taken between 1905 and 1907, when Henry Farr was the licensee of the pub. A brewer’s dray, drawn by a couple of draught horses who seem to be enjoying a well-earned nosebag, is seen delivering to the pub, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.

Stars Shine in Shepperton

To meet Jess Edgar, principal of Stars Performing Arts and hear about the positive impact her performing arts classes are having on children is an uplifting experience.

Another New Business for Shepperton

Peco is not strictly speaking a new business. In fact it is a very well established business, having been trading in Hampton for 45 years.
Peco specialises in period fireplaces and doors as well as bespoke stained and etched windows.

Being a volunteer

I have been a volunteer at Brooklands Museum for eight years after retiring from BAe Systems as an Electrical Systems Engineer on various civil and military aircraft. I spent months deciding what to do, too long in fact, finally I went to see what was there.

Marjorie Croysdale

On the evening of 16th May 1915, twenty-eight-year-old Captain Thomas Percival Croysdale took shelter for the night in his trench on the Western Front, separated from the German lines by only a few hundred yards and the barbed-wire entanglement of No Man’s Land.

Kempton Steam Museum

This year is very significant for Kempton Steam Museum, for October will mark ninety years since the giant steam engines and their associated water purification plant, were inaugurated by the Minister of Health.

The Horse Rangers at Shepperton

Readers will no doubt be familiar with the Horse Rangers, based in the old Tudor stables at Hampton Court, and may have seen them riding out to practice in Bushy Park. It’s perhaps less widely known that they were originally founded in Shepperton.

The Three Fishes

This month’s picture shows a group of people in front of the Three Fishes public house in Green Street, c1930. Above their heads a sign proudly advertises the products of the Isleworth Brewery, who had acquired the pub in 1889, but in fact by the time of the photo this brewery had been taken over by Watney Coombe Reid of Mortlake.