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.
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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.
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.
‘The Season’s Greetings’ reads the message printed at the bottom of this postcard of Thames Street and the Magpie hotel, dating from about 1910.
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.
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.
Last month we reported that the Ash Link Nature Reserve and Splash Meadow in Shepperton had been awarded a gold at the South & South East in Bloom. This is recognition for the immense hard work that a group of volunteers has put in to developing this site in the past 11 years.
The passing of Tom Petty took one local back to his memories from the 1970’s of The Ship, as it was before it closed as a pub. Steve Kemp was involved in running the Barn Bar at the Ship. It ran from 1969-1978 when the pub was sold to a new licensee.
Those who have lived through war tend not to want to relive any memories, but through a chance conversation, Dennis Brock found himself thinking back to the person to whom he owes his mobility.
Sharon Johnson has been caring for the local hedgehog population for the past 5 years from the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary at her house in Old Charlton Road. You may remember reading about it in the August issue of Shepperton Matters.
The Autumn Show was well attended with lots of entries. The committee were delighted and declared it the best ever. The awards were presented by Alison from Longacres who are sponsors.
2017 has been the most successful season in the Shepperton Cricket Club’s history. In the Men’s section, the 2nd eleven won the league and promotion by winning all 16 of the games played – (as far as we know) this is the first time this has ever been achieved by any club – certainly the first time this millennium!
Just before we went to print, we attended the inaugural Princess Alice Bridal show where a crowd of 200 or so watched a very special catwalk show.
The Rotary Club of Shepperton and Sunbury were present at the Sunbury Regatta selling “Purple4Polio” crocus corms. Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.
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Many years ago I found myself spending a summer holiday rebuilding an old wooden yacht in Brittany at a traditional boat building yard.
Longer term residents of Shepperton will fondly recall Kaye Bros. – the last of the old style shops which once occupied the High Street. By this I mean shops where you were served with goods instead of selecting from the shelves yourself and taking them to the cashier.
Hedgehogs are in decline. Even over the past 10 years or so we have seen notably fewer on the roads or in our gardens. So many people I have spoken to about this wonderful charity have never heard of it. We want to change that!
Nicky Males was in the middle of preparing for her first open house café when I spoke to her. As if that was not enough, she was also getting herself ready for the BBC who were coming to film her for one of their autumn programmes.
Congratulations to Steve Newman, the EA Lock keeper at Shepperton who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens Birthday