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

The Centenary of the First World War

The First World War began for this country on August 4th 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany, for invading neutral Belgium. As in many other communities all over the country, the war had a profound effect on our local towns and villages.

Minister for Heels (amongst other things!)

Meet Vicci Davidson. She has a warm laugh, a big personality and wears the highest heel shoes you can imagine! Vicci is the new Minister of Sunbury Methodist Church.

Local Flood Meeting Swamped!

Ironically the sun was shining kindly outside as St Mary’s Parish Hall in Lower Sunbury was filled to capacity with river dwellers from the area, 
concerned at the possible impact a flood alleviation scheme might have on Sunbury and Shepperton.

July is All About Art

Last month we mentioned the inaugural Art Trail from the Sunbury Working Artists. As a reminder, from July 11th-13th you can visit them in various venues in Lower Sunbury where you can meet the artists in person and purchase works if you fancy an original piece.

Meet the Local Philatelist

John Curtin has lived in Sunbury for 30 or so years. His is not your usual sort of office job. He is a collector and dealer in stamps – a philatelist.

Gilbert and Sullivan and D’Oyly Carte Island

Gilbert and Sullivan are of course best known for the series of comic light operas which bear their names, but the man whose knowledge of the music business brought them together and made the partnership work (not always an easy task) was Richard D’Oyly Carte

Sunbury and Shepperton Flood Meeting

Concerned residents flocked to the meeting arranged by Village Matters on June 6th to hear from the Environment Agency about plans for the River Thames Scheme

I was Held Up by the High Sheriff

Think High Sheriff and I bet you think of Robin Hood? Well I was personally held up by the High Sheriff of Surrey recently, so here is my merry tale…

Flooding – We need Answers

Now the floods have gone and the clean-up continues there are two questions that need to be answered.

Sunbury to Hollywood

The 11th Rotary Prestige Lecture at Halliford School presented us with a look at Shepperton Studios, past, present and future. I always have a flush of pride listening to stories about the old Sound City and what is now a world class centre for film, right on our door step.

River Gardens

My article that appeared in the December issue, ended with ‘please get in touch’. Well I am really pleased to… Read more »

Shepperton Woman

No, not another term for ‘ladies who lunch’ or perhaps more recently, those for whom waders or wellies are the latest ‘look’. The Shepperton woman in question is the oldest known inhabitant of the area, who lived here 5,500 years ago.

Longacres Branches Out

Yes, Spring is indeed in the air over at the new Longacres garden centre in Nutty Lane, Shepperton. As well as beautiful blooms and blossoms bursting forth, there are significant changes afoot.