The Millais Window

Just around the corner from Shepperton Studios is an ancient church, full of history, St Mary Magdalene Littleton. When I first came there, it was not long before I started hearing rumours that one of the stained glass windows might be by the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist, Sir John Millais, the painter of Ophelia and The Boyhood of Raleigh. But mystery surrounded this, because no one was sure which window it was, and the church guide book made no mention of it.

The Anchor Hotel Shepperton

With the current plans to redevelop the Anchor as housing, I thought it was timely to have a look at the history of what is probably Shepperton’s oldest-established inn.

Building Schemes are Torture

Whether it is traffic or noise, the impact of building schemes locally are heaping misery on many in Shepperton and the surrounding areas.

Holiday Souvenirs from Spelthorne

During this holiday season you may be lucky enough to be getting away from it all and discovering new places. The concept of getting away from it all is nothing new, but the destinations are. Imagine if your annual leave took you to Staines!

Embroidery Gallery Celebrates 10th

I was greeted at the Embroidery Gallery with a huge hug and smile from volunteer Pauline Tregidgo “Come and see this. It is amazing!” She took me into the gallery where the exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the gallery had just opened.

A Summer of German V-Weapons

During WW2, our community faced a new and worrying threat as Germany commenced its V (Vengeance) weapon campaign against London. Between late June and September in the summer of 1944, the Sunbury/Shepperton area was struck by five V-1’s (doodlebugs) and finally a single V-2 rocket.

New Mayor of Spelthorne

We were honoured to be invited to the recent inauguration of the new Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Alfred Friday – more of this to follow.

Sunbury Celebrates The Queen

In typical British summertime tradition, when it came to this special event the weather did not cooperate. Again, with true British stoicism, Sunbury residents came out to join in the celebrations to mark the Queen’s official 90th birthday on June 12th.

Queens Award for Spelthorne Museum

The volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Postcards from the Past

A set of postcards from 1919, sent simply to The Cottage, Littleton, Shepperton have had us delving into the past once again. The Cottage, refers to Astleham Cottage which was originally on Littleton Common, now the site of the Queen Mary Reservoir.

Learning from bees

Forget honey and even their pollination services! What we can learn from honeybees could change our whole way of thinking – but first we need to let go of the idea that humans are more important than anything else on the planet.

Shepperton National School 1908

This postcard, dated 1908, is entitled ‘The Almshouses Shepperton’. Far from being Almshouses though, this was at the time the Shepperton National School. An illustration of how important it is not to take things at face value when researching history! Many readers will recognise that the building (on the right) is now the ‘School of Spice’ restaurant, at the lower end of Shepperton High Street.

A Little Arts Festival 2016

There will be a varied programme during the festival as usual, but this year the SSAA will be presenting a mini festival from July 21st-24th. There will be something for everyone for sure, celebrating art through music, art, cooking and literature. Events will take place at the Riverside Arts Centre apart from the first two mentioned here.

Spelthorne Civic Awards 2016

“Whilst we may not be able to directly affect the lot of many people in troubled areas, we can make a huge difference within our own communities” said Chairman Colin Squire during the opening remarks of the 2016 Spelthorne Civic Awards presentation last month.

Why we need Bees

Shepperton is a great area for bees to live, because there is plenty of forage for them in the large undeveloped areas around the lakes and by the rivers, and there is little intensive agriculture or monoculture.

Shepperton Slate Sculptor & Friends

Stephen Kettle is not a regular sculptor as such, but creates art out of tiny chips of slate. Over the years he has had numerous high profile commissions and his work had been championed by none other than James May of Top Gear fame.