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.

A Summer of German V-Weapons

During WW2, our community faced a new and worrying threat as Germany commenced its V (Vengeance) weapon campaign against London. Between late June and September in the summer of 1944, the Sunbury/Shepperton area was struck by five V-1’s (doodlebugs) and finally a single V-2 rocket.

New Mayor of Spelthorne

We were honoured to be invited to the recent inauguration of the new Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Alfred Friday – more of this to follow.

Sunbury Celebrates The Queen

In typical British summertime tradition, when it came to this special event the weather did not cooperate. Again, with true British stoicism, Sunbury residents came out to join in the celebrations to mark the Queen’s official 90th birthday on June 12th.

Queens Award for Spelthorne Museum

The volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Postcards from the Past

A set of postcards from 1919, sent simply to The Cottage, Littleton, Shepperton have had us delving into the past once again. The Cottage, refers to Astleham Cottage which was originally on Littleton Common, now the site of the Queen Mary Reservoir.

Learning from bees

Forget honey and even their pollination services! What we can learn from honeybees could change our whole way of thinking – but first we need to let go of the idea that humans are more important than anything else on the planet.

A Little Arts Festival 2016

There will be a varied programme during the festival as usual, but this year the SSAA will be presenting a mini festival from July 21st-24th. There will be something for everyone for sure, celebrating art through music, art, cooking and literature. Events will take place at the Riverside Arts Centre apart from the first two mentioned here.

Spelthorne Civic Awards 2016

“Whilst we may not be able to directly affect the lot of many people in troubled areas, we can make a huge difference within our own communities” said Chairman Colin Squire during the opening remarks of the 2016 Spelthorne Civic Awards presentation last month.

Why we need Bees

Shepperton is a great area for bees to live, because there is plenty of forage for them in the large undeveloped areas around the lakes and by the rivers, and there is little intensive agriculture or monoculture.

150 Years in Sunbury

This month sees the first ever dramatisation of the history of Sunbury-on-Thames. Some of the characters and major events in Sunbury since 1866 will be brought to life in an entertaining evening of sketches, dramatisation, poems and song, by Sunbury Methodist Church, to celebrate their 150th year in our town.

Shepperton Slate Sculptor & Friends

Stephen Kettle is not a regular sculptor as such, but creates art out of tiny chips of slate. Over the years he has had numerous high profile commissions and his work had been championed by none other than James May of Top Gear fame.

Piecing Together the Past

The internet has brought contact from all over the world in matters related to Sunbury. I am lucky to have a close relationship with the Sunbury & Shepperton History Society so it sometimes results in us doing some joint detective work.

School Magazine Publishing in 1957

As a publisher myself I fully appreciate the work that goes into creating magazines. I have the luxury of a computer, the ability to correct spelling and move sentences around all at super-fast speed.

Mission for Vision

Imagine you are watching TV one evening and it is a strain to see detail. What do you do? In our privileged Western world, you simply call up your local optician, get an appointment and sort some long distance glasses. No problem!

Sir Edward Nicholl of Littleton Park

Sir Edward Nicholl was born at Pool, in Cornwall, on the 17th June, 1862. He came from a fairly modest background, and was apprenticed as an engineer. On completing his apprenticeship, he became a ship’s engineer, and worked his way up to become marine superintendent. Eventually he managed to raise some money and became a ship owner himself.

How are the bees?

Here in Sunbury they have thrived for the 12 years I have been keeping bees. There is plenty of forage for them, the apple, pear, cherry trees in spring, then the lime trees, sweet chestnut take over.

Cycle Repairs on my Driveway

One of my dear friends had suggested I join her for a charity bike ride in March to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. 40 miles with my old bike seemed like an impossible challenge.