In January 2020 Monica Chard, Founder and Publisher of the Village Matters magazines, was interviewed on Brooklands Radio. This followed the award for Best Business in Sunbury and runner up Best Business in Spelthorne in Autumn 2019.
Sunbury Matters Articles
Those of you who are keen readers of Shepperton Matters will have noticed that we made an appearance at Big Tree Night last month.
There was standing room only at the public meeting relating to the proposed development of the Stratton Road fields. Known locally as the horse fields, or less poetically, as site 32-o.
In the quest to reduce plastic, we were thrilled to hear about a local initiative called Boomerang Bags which has taken off in some local areas, but which has huge scope to spread.
Yes really. Sunbury has its own cinema. Not your regular sort of cinema, but a special one!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is hard to believe that Sunbury boy Benjy Fish has turned professional at the age of 15 and is already earning a great deal more than the average wage.