Baby Basics and The Extra Mile

About a month ago we held our annual soup lunch to raise funds for these two worthwhile local charities. Homemade soup and homemade cakes were on offer and Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP gave a talk in support of charities, and there was singing from our children’s choir ‘Aloud’ and Hanworth Community choir.

Calling Local Photographers

Now is your chance to show off your skills in photography. Two local competitions are launching so get your best shots out and get ready to take part.

The Practice Beauty Clinic – Lower Sunbury

Beauty really is more than skin deep as we found out recently on a visit to the new beauty clinic in Lower Sunbury. The Practice Beauty Clinic is on Thames Street and is the brainchild of Sunbury resident and local GP Dr Saba Khan.

Swabey’s Forge, Cemetery Lane, Sunbury

In this view of Cemetery Lane (now called Forge Lane), off Green Street Sunbury, a horse can be seen halfway down the narrow road. It’s no doubt being shoed at the blacksmith’s forge, which had been run by the Swabeys, father and son, for over 100 years.

Brooklands Radio Interview

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.

Dementia Friendly Shepperton

Those of you who are keen readers of Shepperton Matters will have noticed that we made an appearance at Big Tree Night last month.

Boomerang Bags, not Plastic Bags

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.

Sunbury Has a Cinema

Yes really. Sunbury has its own cinema. Not your regular sort of cinema, but a special one!

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.