The PIM Board Works, Sunbury

The photograph of the PIM works at Sunbury Cross dates from just over a century ago, and shows the factory originally established in the late 19th century by Frederick Walton, inventor of Linoleum floor covering.

Official guide to Sunbury on Thames

“Sunbury on Thames is primarily a residential resort of a quiet and reposeful type. It would indeed be difficult to find a more ideal spot in which to settle.”

Full Post Office Service – 7 Days a Week

Good news, people of Sunbury. There have been changes at Skinners at 5,The Avenue. You will have noticed it has had a face lift. But there is more. The Post Office is now open seven days a week.

A Craftsman at Work – Meeting Brian Alvey

I wonder how many youngsters today are considering a career as a violin bow maker. But when the youth employment people came to visit his school, this was an option put to local resident Brian Alvey.

Magna Carta River Pageant Registrations

2015 will see the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta celebrated locally. To mark the occasion, there will be, amongst other activities, a boat pageant on the Thames. Thames Alive, the group behind the Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, is organising the event.

Swan Sanctuary Founder receives MBE

Dorothy Beeson has been awarded an MBE in 2015 in recognition of her work looking after sick and injured swans from all over the UK, for founding the first purpose built registered veterinary hospital for water birds in the UK, and for advising on swan welfare requests from all over the world.

Kempton Park Development – Your Chance to Ask

You will perhaps be aware of plans afoot to create a large housing development of up to 1500 homes on green belt at Kempton Park. We have carried several articles about concerns regarding density, infrastructure and traffic.

Bringing History to Life

Many of you shopping in Shepperton may well know of local butcher Stephen Aldridge’s favourite pastime. He likes dressing up. To be precise he spends many of his weekends dressing up for battle, doing what an increasing number of adults throughout the country enjoy: He takes part in historical re enactments.

Restaurant Review – The Warren Lodge Hotel

2014 was a pretty grim year for The Warren Lodge Hotel. First the floods, which restricted access to the hotel, then a fire in April gutted the kitchen. The kitchen reopened just before Christmas, so we went along to see the changes and sample the menu.

Sunbury Riverside c1950s

On the face of it this 1950s postcard of Sunbury riverside doesn’t look a lot different to the present day, but closer inspection reveals quite a few changes. The most obvious is the large white house by the river.

Through the eyes of a child

It was February 2014. The Thames was in flood it was cold and misty. My family was very worried because our house was very close to being flooded by the torrential flow of the river…

Eco Park Update

As readers are probably aware (although many local residents are still not!), Surrey County Council recently gave itself planning permission… Read more »

Dear Father Christmas

The Art of Letter Writing is not dead after all. It seems that Santa receives an estimated 550,000 letters each year, sent to Lapland of course. Do your children still write letters to Santa?

Sunbury Really Does Matter

Sunbury Matters loves receiving letters and emails from residents old and young, still living here and those who moved away but have a fondness for the village. We received this, an extract of a nine hand written page letter, from Enid Illsley.

Let’s Not Think About Tomorrow

Lower Sunbury’s Keith Munday has been a struggling songwriter all his life. His dream is to write a successful song and be in a position to raise money for the appropriate charities linked to our armed forces.

Grave threat to flood risk improvements

After the severe and prolonged flooding early in 2014, the Environment Agency revived their proposed £256 million River Thames Scheme (RTS) to increase flood capacity at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington weirs.

The Wildlife of Sunbury Park

Sunbury Park was originally part of the flood meadows of the River Thames. Today the park has extensive areas of grassland, scrub and woodland and is bounded by ancient walls, each of which has it’s own distinctive fauna and flora.

Decoy and Deception at the Studios

The craftsmen and women at Shepperton Studios are famous for their ability to create scenery and models for film and TV, during World War Two however, their predecessors put these same skills to a more vital use.