When the railway arrived at what was then Sunbury Common in 1864, the area surrounding the old turnpike road from Hampton to Staines was mainly open fields.
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Currently being converted into flats, the former Shapla restaurant in Russell Road, Shepperton will soon a have new use. This is a building which has changed identity several times however. Before it was renamed Shapla, it was another restaurant called Opium V, and before that it was Crown Antiques for some years.
Visiting The Burlington in Manygate Lane, Shepperton recently, I was introduced to resident Marc de Henrie. It so happened that he had been persuaded to exhibit some of his works to share with locals and residents, on the occasion of National Care Home Open Day. Being a fan of photography myself I was enthralled with his work which featured celebrities with their dogs.
The regatta at Sunbury had not taken place since 1913 due to the First World War, the 1914 fixture having been cancelled as it was due to take place a couple of weeks after war broke out.
Few people today know about the Llandow Air Disaster, which happened on Sunday 12th March 1950. It is, after all, beyond the memory of most people alive today, but when an Avro Tudor 5 came down in a South Wales field, just yards from a safe landing at RAF Llandow, eighty people on board the aircraft died and it became what was then the world’s worst aviation disaster.
Having lived in our house in Lower Sunbury for 12 years we have inevitably amassed a lot of clutter. A change is as good as a rest, so rather than moving house (as many people do after 10 years) we decided on a bit of a facelift.
Congratulations to all the winners of the council run Capture Spelthorne photography competition. This year saw a record 400 entries. Overall winner was Shortwood Common Majesty by Elaine Wisden which also won best Hidden Gem category.
Much loved local company and winners of Spelthorne Business of the Year 2018, Brown Bag Crisps’ have continued on the quest to make a change to our world.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
You will have driven past the Royal Mews near Hampton Court Palace many times and maybe have wondered what the building was and what it is now.