The most impressive house in the village, Sunbury Court was built in 1723 by John Witt. The building stood in extensive grounds of more than 100 acres, which used to extend down to the Thames and included Sunbury Court Island.
Shepperton Matters Articles
Last month we were no doubt all shocked to see a new arrival of travellers on several sites in Shepperton and in neighbouring villages.
Hair loss is a dreadful thing. A good head of hair is our crowning glory. Something that defines our look, and thereby our personality and confidence.
Early this summer, the day I had been dreading arrived. We had to have our beautiful collie, Ruby, put to sleep. She had been an easy dog, good in the car, well behaved and totally reliable.
Last month we ran a piece on the state of the parking problems at Shepperton Lock and the ridiculously empty Hamhaugh Islander’ car park at Stadbury Meadow, between The Folly and Lock View on the Towpath.
It is over for another year, but wow, what a year it was! The weather was perfect, the stalls were sold out, there was a huge choice of great quality food in the food avenue and the attractions brought something for everyone.
The Capture Spelthorne Competition was a great success with lots of fantastic entries for all the categories. The overall standard of the competition was excellent.
Last month 100 students of Halliford School, were screened by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) thanks to the outstanding fundraising efforts of the family and friends Oliver Griffin, former student of Halliford School who tragically died from a previously undiagnosed heart condition in 2008, aged just 26.
I have mentioned William Schaw Lindsay in a previous article about the great flood of 1877, but I thought I would outline a bit more of his very full life. He was Lord of the Manor of Shepperton from 1857 until his death 20 years later, and during that time did much to reform the village. Perhaps his most lasting achievement was to bring the railway to Shepperton in 1864, after the collapse of Walton Bridge made access to the nearest station at Walton problematic.
Like all practices, the Shepperton Medical Centre has set up a PPG, indeed some years ago now, which is eager to become better known. It includes the Practice Manager, Caroline Self, with one of her staff, Janine Dial, as secretary; there are about a dozen other members, largely just ordinary residents, though one is Councillor Robin Sider.
Wow! 30 years since the Greeno Centre in Shepperton was built. How many people must have been through the doors enjoying the care, fun and support offered by this amazing facility.
When we went along to have a chat in the run up to the birthday, they had just finished a Royal Wedding celebration, with flags, a cut out Queen, cakes and even a souvenir mug for everyone who came. There is always such a feeling of joy when I visit.
The ‘Lendy Lion’ is today a well-known centrepiece of the Walled Garden in Lower Sunbury, but this in is fact its third home. As seen in this photo dating from about 1905, it was originally erected beside the Thames, just opposite St. Mary’s Church.
We have some more news about gymnasts from Spelthorne Gymnastics at the World Acrobatic Championships in Antwerp, Belgium in April.
Engineer, designer and inventor Sir Barnes Wallis spent almost four decades working at Brooklands, during which time his vision and contribution to engineering and aviation created a legacy which continues to make an impact on the world we live in today.
This fascinating view of Upper Halliford from the air was taken sometime in the late 1920s. At the centre is the Goat public house, with Charlton Lane winding away behind it to the top left of the photo. This road was of course cut off from the centre of the village by the Halliford Bypass in the early 1960s.
I am Jasmin Ella, brought up in Lower Sunbury on one of the Islands where my family has lived for 18 years. I now live in Sweden, a country with a great record in recycling and sustainability.
Twenty years ago, Founder Members, having decided to hold their weekly Rotary meeting at breakfast time, were considering a name. ‘The Black Pudding Club’? No!
Given the amount of concern there is over volumes and speed of traffic through our residential areas, we were surprised at how few locals attended the Joint Committee Meeting at the end of March the date of which had been widely reported.
The Community Foodbank at St Saviours Sunbury, now have eight collections of surplus waste food per week (at sell by date but not use by) producing over two and a half tons of food per month. Thanks to Tesco Sunbury extra, Aldi Feltham, Tesco on Staines Rd West.
When I was invited to try hot yoga at the newly opened studio at The Thames Club, just outside Laleham, I was a little nervous. Although I do Pilates regularly, I am the one that sits under the air conditioning. I am not overly keen on visiting tropical countries either.
I received an astonishing and humbling telephone call in May last year from the British High Commissioner in Colombo. He said he was delighted to inform me that I had been recommended to receive an MBE award from Her Majesty the Queen for Services to the Community in Sri Lanka, and would I be willing to accept?