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.

A Busy Month For Heritage!

September always seems to be a busy month for heritage in our area, so this month I thought I would highlight several events and anniversaries.
2014 sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Thames Valley Railway, the original rather grandiose name for the branch line from Strawberry Hill to Shepperton.

V-2 Rocket On Sunbury

This month marks the 70th anniversary of a V-2 rocket strike on Sunbury during WW2. At 0410 hours on September… Read more »

New Tech Reunites Old Friends

We wrote last month asking for anyone who remembered Terry Pattinson to get in touch. The response was fantastic and is true testimony to the power of the internet and to social media.

Flood Insurance Questions

It may be high summer but the floods earlier this year still hang over a lot of us like a dark cloud. While the rains have dried up, some people have been left high and dry by insurers – for some their insurer is taking too long to pay out on a claim or for others there are problems with the repairs or lingering arguments with the loss adjuster