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.

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.