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Shepperton Matters Articles
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
Shepperton is by now used to being publicly recognised as a great place to live. It has been in the top places to live in the UK for a couple of years now. So perhaps it is no surprise that the town has just won yet another accolade.
Congratulations to pupils from Thamesmead who proved again that the school really does have talent. The annual battle of Thamesmead’s Got Talent saw 16 entries. Auditions were held over 3 days earlier this year and thereafter followed two months of rehearsing.
Villagers will know about Shepperton Manor but not many will know about one of its past inhabitants, William Schaw Lindsay. Who was he? What did he do for Shepperton?
This fascinating picture shows the works of the Walton Yacht and Launch Company, situated in Shepperton immediately downstream of Walton Bridge.
In 1953 a group of locals decided to form a company with the sole intention of providing entertainment to those in adversity.
It’s here again! The Shepperton Fair 2017 is only a few days away. June 10th 2017 will see the crowds gather to watch the children parade down Shepperton High Street in their costumes, arriving at Manor Park for award giving and the start of all the fun of the fair.
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.
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.