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.

Never too Young to Train as a Gymnast

I was amazed to learn that its literally never too young to start with the famous Spelthorne Gymnastics. As well as their groups of older children who perform at world class level, the club offers pre-school classes from the age of only eight weeks old!

Embroidery Gallery

This year sees a series of events to mark the 10th anniversary of the Embroidery Gallery. Hopefully most residents will have visited the gallery and marvelled at the incredible Millenium Embroidery depicting our village.

Sunbury in Literature by Gavin Worrell

Those of you who use Facebook, and who are part of the Sunbury on Thames group, will no doubt have been enlightened by Gavin Worrell’s many postings on Sunbury, including history and some fantastic photos. Gavin has allowed us to reproduce some of his postings for those of you who are not on social media.

Where there’s muck, there’s money!

In the 1790s, the Board of Agriculture commissioned two qualified surveyors, Thomas Baird (1793) and John Middleton (1797) to report on the state of agriculture in Middlesex.

Coffee with the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey

What does one wear when one visits the Lord Lieutenant, the Queens representative in Surrey? I selected my charity shop coat of course. Amongst his many charitable roles, Michael More-Molyneux is a major supporter of Shooting Star Chase (yes, that is where said coat was purchased!), having been involved in it since its foundation.

To Dredge or Not to Dredge…

Twenty years ago the Environment Agency made the conscious decision to halt river maintenance. They sold off the dredgers and plant. That decision was irreversible and deliberate and broke up what was an effective and professional management of our rivers.

Shepperton and The Great Train Robbery

I recently visited the Museum of London’s excellent (if gruesome in places) exhibition of items from Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, connected with infamous crimes. One of the displays was about the Great Train Robbery of August 8th, 1963.

The History of The Shahin

In 1957 18 year old Mahmadur Rashid came to the UK from Pakistan to find his destiny. It had been an adventurous journey. With a one way ticket, he took a 28 seater plane from Dakar which had to make an emergency landing when the radio gear caught fire.

Lost & Found

Continuation in finding lost friends and relations through Sunbury Matters.