You may have seen in the local paper recently, a piece by Vice Chair of the Shepperton Residents Association Carl Phillips, prompted by the announcement of NatWest closing, our last bank in Shepperton.
Shepperton Matters Articles
The Mayoral year has come to an end and the baton has been formally handed over. In his farewell speech Cllr Alfred Friday spoke fondly of his year in the role. He spoke of the challenges of wearing gowns on summer visits, where wide-eyed children had asked why he was wearing fancy dress and where a father had told his young son that by the size of the necklace the Mayor was wearing, he must be ‘Del Boy’s’ older brother!
In 1777, William Barkley, a wealthy London barrister, acquired several fields in Upper Halliford, and shortly after, built Halliford House there as his country residence.
This month sees the 120th anniversary of the installation of the Clock Tower at Sunbury Cross, a well-known local landmark.
Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society presented an exhibit at the recent Surrey Local History Conference, which had the theme of ‘Feeding Surrey’. We were very pleased to be presented with the Gravett Award for the best display.
Many of you contacted us regarding the announced closure of NatWest in Shepperton. The closure signals the end of the high street bank in the village. Is this what is called progress in today’s internet age?
Shepperton and Sunbury are both immortalised in Dickens’ tale of ‘Oliver Twist’ as poor Oliver is coerced into helping Bill Sykes commit a robbery in Chertsey.
Shepperton has been rocking against Dementia again. Crowds gathered in Jubilee Hall to join 53 countries around the world who were all raising money to help fight the disease. From India to New Zealand, via India, China and the Middle East, people were gathering to raise money and awareness.
The Shepperton of 1908 was a pretty quiet place, with little in the way of sensation to disturb village life. On December 8th 1908 however, it saw an event which made headlines all over the country, and indeed in countries as far away as New Zealand.
Do you recall the startling discovery last year that Shepperton is one of the happiest places to live in the country?
A great many of us are employed in a 9-5 job. Often commuting on overcrowded, over priced transport, there may come a point when you may ask yourself the question “Is there another way?” Maybe you have an idea for a little business but don’t really dare leave the security of a regular income with all the infrastructure and safety that comes with it.
Have you ever wondered why there is a New Zealand Avenue in Walton on Thames? Or why the pub at the end is called The Wellington (affectionately known as “The Kiwi”)?
Every two years, the Rotary Club of Shepperton & Sunbury runs an exhibition of local charities which operate within Spelthorne & Surrey.
Last month we lamented the building explosion on our door step and the pressure on resources. As we wait to see the ‘local plan’ which will show the green spaces where development is deemed appropriate, we are aware of several sites identified in Sunbury: Kempton Park of course we know
I recently went to chocolate heaven. More precisely to the Riverside Arts Centre studio where I spend an afternoon learning about chocolate before sampling rather a lot of it, and making my own bars to take home. Wonderful!
No sooner had I drafted an article on the imminent rise in Council Tax and the referendum we were promised on it, than the threat of the 15% rise was lifted. Strange times! Surrey County Council faces losing another £93m funding.
In last month’s Sunbury Matters we wrote about the strain on resources as the local population continues to grow and our village expands. Well, one of those resources put under a lot of pressure deserves a big pat on the back for providing a great service – Sunbury Health Centre.
At this time of year, residents who live near the Thames will be remembering the terrible floods of three years ago, which caused such disruption and damage. Exactly 60 years ago, in 1947, our community was facing an even worse challenge.
Mission for Vision, featured last year in Shepperton Matters, was founded by Ian Squire in 2003 as a means to improving the lives of those living in the poorest regions in the developing world.
To my mind, Sunbury is defined by its pubs. The joys of living along the river are never more evident than when enjoying a pint alongside it in a pub.