Something Has to Give!

It has all gone crazy! Everywhere I turn there are new houses springing up. We understand there is a housing crisis and that the demand for more housing has never been so great.

Our High Sheriff, Dick Whittington

We are lucky enough at Village Matters to meet some truly remarkable people and be able to share some of our stories with readers.

Christmas Past

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would take a look at the festive season in our community in years gone by, starting exactly 90 years ago in 1926.

Sunbury Songbird Will Teach You to Sing

Many children dream of being on stage. My claim to fame is winning the drama cup in junior school for playing a singing dog in ‘Give a Dog a Bone’ (but here I am publishing magazines)!

A Sunbury Victoria Cross Holder

In this month of Remembrance, I thought I would share the story of a former Sunbury resident who won the Victoria Cross, the Nation’s highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, and almost incredibly, survived his ordeal.

How does Restore Food Bank Work?

I wonder how many of us are aware that there is a food bank operating in Sunbury. Restore is run by volunteers out of St Saviours Church in Vicarage Road.

Save Our Buses

Our mailbag (or modern day email inbox) was bulging with concerns, complaints and general clamour for more information following our piece on the withdrawal of bus services last month. As well as the 556 and 557, we must also of course mention the 458.

A spiritual awakening

I have experienced many interesting things while working for Village Matters. When I was invited to visit a psychic though I was not at all sure what to expect.

Marion Park Orphanage 1916

This photo, taken exactly a century ago, shows a group of children and adults at the Good Templar and Temperance Orphanage, Marion Park, Sunbury. The Orphanage occupied a house erected about 1750 on the site now occupied by Sunbury Manor School in Nursery Road.

Celebrating Shepperton

At the Shepperton Fair this year, we introduced a category “Celebrating Shepperton” into the photographic competition. Well, it seems we have a lot to celebrate! How wonderful to read about Shepperton being voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK! I had lots of calls and emails telling me.

Still a Goddess – Diana Moran Inspires Fitness

Health and fitness seems to have been a large part of my life recently. First I completed the Ride London 46 mile bike ride with such a lot of energy left that I cycled the 22 miles home too! Last month we were being inspired by the Olympics.

The Anchor Hotel Shepperton

With the current plans to redevelop the Anchor as housing, I thought it was timely to have a look at the history of what is probably Shepperton’s oldest-established inn.

The Fire at Darby House Sunbury, 1907

One of my favourite postcards of Sunbury is this one of the great fire at Darby House in Lower Hampton Road, on June 18th 1907. My copy was sent to an address in Shepperton and postmarked June 28th 1907, which means that someone was pretty quick off the mark producing a postcard of the event!

Building Schemes are Torture

Whether it is traffic or noise, the impact of building schemes locally are heaping misery on many in Shepperton and the surrounding areas.

Holiday Souvenirs from Spelthorne

During this holiday season you may be lucky enough to be getting away from it all and discovering new places. The concept of getting away from it all is nothing new, but the destinations are. Imagine if your annual leave took you to Staines!

Embroidery Gallery Celebrates 10th

I was greeted at the Embroidery Gallery with a huge hug and smile from volunteer Pauline Tregidgo “Come and see this. It is amazing!” She took me into the gallery where the exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the gallery had just opened.