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Sunbury Matters Articles
A perfect Summer’s day in early June brought crowds into Lower Sunbury village for the annual Open Gardens event. As seems to be the way during our village events (I am thinking Christmas market last year), Thames Waters saw fit to once more shut Thames Street
As we mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, it seems fitting to recall events in the life of Flt.Lt. Dominic Bruce, who once lived at Blakesley Lodge, 2 Green St, Sunbury.
In the May issue of Sunbury Matters we mentioned in our welcome page that the Lower Sunbury Business Community (LSBC) had plans to erect a boat filled with flowers on Thames Street. Group members were very keen on this idea. Partly it would fill an empty space (where the old public loos used to be!) and of course it would brighten up the village.
I have mentioned William Schaw Lindsay in a previous article about the great flood of 1877, but I thought I would outline a bit more of his very full life. He was Lord of the Manor of Shepperton from 1857 until his death 20 years later, and during that time did much to reform the village. Perhaps his most lasting achievement was to bring the railway to Shepperton in 1864, after the collapse of Walton Bridge made access to the nearest station at Walton problematic.
As you may have gathered by now, Spelthorne Council has just disseminated its Issues and Options document for consultation. The consultation will run until 25 June 2018.
The ‘Lendy Lion’ is today a well-known centrepiece of the Walled Garden in Lower Sunbury, but this in is fact its third home. As seen in this photo dating from about 1905, it was originally erected beside the Thames, just opposite St. Mary’s Church.
The County Highways Authority recently claimed that pavement parking per se is illegal in this Borough. This is factually incorrect which is a bit of a worry given their role as the ultimate arbiters on road safety matters.
This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women over 30 the right to vote, although women over 21 had to wait until an Act of 1928 to gain the same voting rights as men.
In 2016 we became the owners of a Grade II listed Georgian riverside property in Thames Street, Sunbury, and the proud custodians of a rare and previously unrecorded bread oven within our basement.
We promised last month to bring you more about the 40th anniversary of the Riverside Arts Centre so we met with chairman of the RAC, Eric Champion, who has been involved in the story from even before it’s existence.
The desperate posts on Facebook and emails to our mailbox continue from the many of you who have received fines for exceeding the free hour at the ground level parking at Sunbury Cross.
Big congratulations to our local team, Spelthorne Gymnastics, who recently represented GB in Belgium at the World Championships. Here is a report from the club.
Engineer, designer and inventor Sir Barnes Wallis spent almost four decades working at Brooklands, during which time his vision and contribution to engineering and aviation created a legacy which continues to make an impact on the world we live in today.
This fascinating view of Upper Halliford from the air was taken sometime in the late 1920s. At the centre is the Goat public house, with Charlton Lane winding away behind it to the top left of the photo. This road was of course cut off from the centre of the village by the Halliford Bypass in the early 1960s.
Given the amount of concern there is over volumes and speed of traffic through our residential areas, we were surprised at how few locals attended the Joint Committee Meeting at the end of March the date of which had been widely reported.
The Community Foodbank at St Saviours Sunbury, now have eight collections of surplus waste food per week (at sell by date but not use by) producing over two and a half tons of food per month. Thanks to Tesco Sunbury extra, Aldi Feltham, Tesco on Staines Rd West.
When I was invited to try hot yoga at the newly opened studio at The Thames Club, just outside Laleham, I was a little nervous. Although I do Pilates regularly, I am the one that sits under the air conditioning. I am not overly keen on visiting tropical countries either.
Changes are afoot in Manygate Lane, Shepperton, with the construction of a new care home and some retirement flats for the elderly. However, between these two sites, stands Thamesmead Secondary school, with a very clear focus on the future of our young citizens.
I received an astonishing and humbling telephone call in May last year from the British High Commissioner in Colombo. He said he was delighted to inform me that I had been recommended to receive an MBE award from Her Majesty the Queen for Services to the Community in Sri Lanka, and would I be willing to accept?
Rivermead House is seen in this attractive postcard of Thames Street, Sunbury, dating from about 1910. The house stood just west of the junction with French Street, facing Rivermead Island across the road.