A Flood at Shepperton in 1877

I am indebted to Bill Lindsay, great-great-grandson of William Schaw Lindsay, Lord of the Manor of Shepperton from 1856 to 1877, for the inspiration for this month’s article.

Sunbury Cross Parking Charges – Don’t Be Caught Out!

Oh dear! Not a great start to the year for many of you out there who have discovered to your cost that Sunbury Cross is operating a new parking system. The barrier has been broken for weeks so many of you may have happily gone in, done your shopping and gone out without giving a second thought to parking charges. But a new number plate recognition system is in operation, meaning there is no barrier.

The EA Would Like to Dredge

For the first time ever, I heard the EA admit that they would, “in an ideal world”, like to dredge the river and backwaters. That may sound good, but in reality, the ideal world would need a money tree. But the only trees we have are the ones which have fallen into, or overhang the backwaters.

Hanworth Park House – What Next in Battle to Save it?

Hanworth Park House has been a private residence, a military hospital, a nursing home and the HQ of aviation in the UK. For a while, it was the home of Aston Martin and Lagonda, who used the aircraft hangars to finish assembly of the luxury motors post war until the 1960’s.

Discovery of the Halliford House Watercolour

Feedback from readers to articles appearing in Sunbury and Shepperton Matters quite often leads to interesting follow-ups. One which was recently received is quite exceptional in that it led to the unexpected acquisition of a photograph showing a charming two hundred year old watercolour of Halliford House.

Spelthorne Means Business

In 2016 Spelthorne Borough Council introduce a new strapline to it’s marketing ‘Spelthorne Means Business’. Situated in proximity to major access points such as London Heathrow, the M3 and M25, it is proving to be an area of great interest to new businesses looking for growth or looking to move to a new area. The council is putting is certainly proving its credentials too.

Charlton Village Death Trap Road

Many of you will have seen emotional reports on social media of a horrific accident in Charlton Village recently. A local lady, full of joy at the birth of her grandchild the day before, was walking back from Longacres along the pavement and was fatally struck by a car.

Restaurant Review – The Ivory Tusk

There have been some tasty changes at the Ivory Tusk in Shepperton. The core menu remains the same, with a great selection of mild (including Mr C’s favourite Chicken Tikka Masala), medium and hot dishes on offer as well as vegetable side dishes, accompaniments and of course tandoori dishes.

Big Tree Night 2017 Review

The weather was not completely unkind to Big Tree Night. It poured with rain during the set up and later during the evening, but for the main part of the event itself, the clouds cleared away and the stars came out and the Big Tree looked fabulous! Children clasped hands with their parents, avoiding large puddles on the High Street as they looked earnestly for a view of Santa.

Ice Breaking on the Thames, January 1940

This photo was taken looking across the frozen Thames at Dockett Eddy, Shepperton in January 1940, and shows the Thames Conservancy tug Thames battling its way upstream through thick ice.

Sunbury Matters Awakens the Past

Far away, in a second hand bookshop in Cornwall a volunteer was sorting through donations when she came upon a dedication in a more unusual book.

Ian Squire – RIP

The community was shocked and saddened to hear of the recent death of optician Ian Squire. I found myself caught up in the aftermath of the announcement by the Foreign Office in a bizarre way.

Campaign for Courtesy

We attended a very polite award presentation at The Anchor hotel recently with the Mayor of Spelthorne, Vivienne Leighton, borough and county councillors, local dignitaries and MP Kwasi Kwarteng.

Blooming Shepperton

Shepperton did well at the recent Spelthorne in Bloom awards at the Orangery, Shepperton Studios. The evening was presented by Nick Wood-Dow, chairman of SiB with a welcome address by Peter Hicks of Shepperton Studios.

Saving the Swans

The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, one of the charities selected for support by this year’s Mayor, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, performs sterling work in looking after injured or sick swans and returning them to the river whenever possible.

All Change on the High Street

As we head into the last part of 2017 and towards Big Tree Night (Wed.13th Dec) we can say it has been a challenging year for our High Street traders.
The last bank in the High Street has closed for ever and a new supermarket about to replace our stalwart Budgens.