A Sunbury car maker – Lammas Ltd

It may surprise readers to learn that the Spelthorne area was home to several automobile makers between the wars, including Lagonda, Tamplin and Atalanta at Staines, and Lammas at Sunbury.

Community Lunch and Community Foodbank

We have carried several articles about the Community foodbank at St Saviours over the 3 years since it started. But it is only recently that I went to see for myself what an incredible asset this is to the community.

Friends of Sunbury Park News

On behalf of the Friends of Sunbury Park, a really big thank you to everybody that turned out to help recently at the bramble bash and mulch laying. We had a fantastic group of people of all ages and, after splitting into two groups managed to achieve all the aims we wanted to achieve.

Children Lead Way to Greener Future at Beauclerc

We have run the story of the tenacious 9 year old Rosie Gurney the past month and in this issue. She wants to be able to walk to school and not have her mother unnecessarily drive her and create more pollution.

The War of the Worlds

With the new BBC adaption of the ‘War of the World’s by H.G. Wells being released, I thought it would be interesting to look at the local places mentioned in the original novel, first published in 1898.

Spelthorne Means Business Awards – Village Matters is a Winner!

Shepperton Studios glamorous Orangery was full to bursting at the black tie dinner for the second Spelthorne Means Business Awards. 12 categories celebrated all sorts of businesses large and small across the borough. It is a great initiative to support business in the current challenging climate.

Sunbury’s Forgotten Hero

Should your wanderings ever take you along the paths between the memorials and headstones of Sunbury Cemetery, take a few moments to stroll along the western side of this tranquil corner of our town.

Nigel Peterken

Nigel meant so many different things to so many different people and everyone writing about him would have their own personal understanding of this very special man.

Coffee with Mike Crawshaw of The Overtones

Sunbury boasts many residents of artistic talent: writers, artists and singers. We met up with local singer Mike Crawshaw recently to hear about his rise to fame and his latest exploits with his band, The Overtones.

Village Matters is Finalist of Spelthorne Means Business Awards 2019

What an honour! Village Matters Ltd, which runs Sunbury Matters, Shepperton Matters, 
Walton Matters and Molesey Matters, is a finalist in the Spelthorne Means Business awards this year. The event will take place on 
October 17th at the Orangery, Shepperton Studios. Fingers crossed!

Laughing Chili – Making Sunbury Laugh for 5 Years

Do you realise that Sunbury has a top comedy club, with regular evenings hosting household names? If not, once you read this you will kick yourself at what you have missed out on! Laughing Chili was founded by local, Stu Turner, who has lived in Ashford and Sunbury all his life.

Old St. Saviour’s Church, Sunbury

When the railway arrived at what was then Sunbury Common in 1864, the area surrounding the old turnpike road from Hampton to Staines was mainly open fields.

The Crown, Shepperton

Currently being converted into flats, the former Shapla restaurant in Russell Road, Shepperton will soon a have new use. This is a building which has changed identity several times however. Before it was renamed Shapla, it was another restaurant called Opium V, and before that it was Crown Antiques for some years.

Protecting Vital Green Spaces in Spelthorne

Earlier this year, Spelthorne Borough Council published a consultation called ‘Local Green Space Assessment Methodology’. Spelthorne has always maintained they understand how important green spaces are but this document sets out to change the assessment of how important they are.

Patrick Curran – A Man of Sunbury. RIP

Loss of green spaces is very much in news as the local plan is under consideration the demand to meet housing targets ever present and the green belt under review.

BEM For Dennis Brock

The Queen’s birthday honours list revealed a local name this year. Dennis Brock has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to bell ringing.

Matthew Arnold & Laleham

Matthew Arnold was the son of the great educationalist Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School who is acknowledged as the founder of the modern public school system.

Celebrating 100 Years of 1st Sunbury Cubs

1st Sunbury Scout Group celebrated the Centenary of 1st Sunbury Cubs on Sunday 12th May at their Scout HQ on School Walk, Sunbury. The event was open to all associated with 1st Sunbury Scout Group and over 150 current and former members enjoyed the glorious May sunshine for an afternoon tea and games.

Surplus’ Lunch at Community Café

Imagine an excellent, home cooked fresh lunch at a reasonable price, which also supports both the environment and charity at the same time. If that sounds too good to be true, we can promise you that it is available at a café near you every day.