A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

Messing About on the Water

We are blessed in Shepperton to be close to water in any direction we turn. But we don’t always know how to make the most of it. So here are a few thoughts.

We Meet Spelthorne’s Incoming Mayor

This month sees a new Mayor for Spelthorne. Councillor Mary Madams will be inaugurated at the council offices in front of fellow councillors and VIP’s. So we went to meet her for a chat and to find out what her mayoral year will hold.

The Rose & Crown, Shepperton

With the completion of its conversion into two cottages, the latest chapter in the story of the former Rose and Crown pub has been written.

Watersplash Farm Gravel Extraction

For those of you who are not aware, following their initial application in 2012, CEMEX have presented revised plans for gravel extraction at Watersplash Farm which are due to be presented to the Surrey County Council Planning Committee either in April or May this year.

Spelthorne Launches Business Awards

Spelthorne’s 2nd Spelthorne Means Business awards were declared open for entries after a launch party held at The Hazelwood Centre, home of London Irish, on Thursday 7 March. Sunbury Matters was in attendance.

The Railway Arms, Sunbury

This fascinating photo of the Railway Arms, Green Street, Sunbury, was taken between 1905 and 1907, when Henry Farr was the licensee of the pub. A brewer’s dray, drawn by a couple of draught horses who seem to be enjoying a well-earned nosebag, is seen delivering to the pub, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.

Stars Shine in Shepperton

To meet Jess Edgar, principal of Stars Performing Arts and hear about the positive impact her performing arts classes are having on children is an uplifting experience.

Another New Business for Shepperton

Peco is not strictly speaking a new business. In fact it is a very well established business, having been trading in Hampton for 45 years.
Peco specialises in period fireplaces and doors as well as bespoke stained and etched windows.

Being a volunteer

I have been a volunteer at Brooklands Museum for eight years after retiring from BAe Systems as an Electrical Systems Engineer on various civil and military aircraft. I spent months deciding what to do, too long in fact, finally I went to see what was there.

Marjorie Croysdale

On the evening of 16th May 1915, twenty-eight-year-old Captain Thomas Percival Croysdale took shelter for the night in his trench on the Western Front, separated from the German lines by only a few hundred yards and the barbed-wire entanglement of No Man’s Land.

Kempton Steam Museum

This year is very significant for Kempton Steam Museum, for October will mark ninety years since the giant steam engines and their associated water purification plant, were inaugurated by the Minister of Health.

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Issue 91

This month we look at things to do locally on the water, we have lunch with the incoming Mayor of Spelthorne, Mary Madams and we read about one of Shepperton’s lost pubs.

Issue 90

This month we bring you news of the launch of the Spelthorne Business Awards. Last year Brown Bag Crisps, based in Shepperton, were named Best Business in the Borough. Why not enter? We also meet Charlottes Chickens, another category winner from last year.

Issue 89

We hear about the original horse rangers of Shepperton and visit their base today at the Royal Mews, Hampton Court, where they are looking for volunteers. Could you help? Otherwise Brooklands Museum is also opening its doors to volunteers. We meet one local resident who volunteers there and he tells us why it is so important to him.

Issue 97

Lots of history in this months issue. We bring you a historic perspective of the horse rangers, who started in Shepperton. We visit them where they live now, in the Royal Mews, Hampton Court. 100 years since the death of Nurse Marjorie Croysdale we tell the story of this selfless lady and her family who lived at Hawke House.

Issue 88

We look at HGV’s in our village at the time local residents start putting the pressure on to end the Littleton Lane Industrial site in 12 months as promised. We look at the issue of loneliness in our communities and how several local groups are combating it.

Issue 87

We reflect on a fantastic community effort of Big Tree Night and look forward to 2019 with a coffee with Spelthorne CEO Daniel Mouawad, a Shepperton resident. We meet Shepperton based Brown Bag Crisps, recent winners of Best Business in Spelthorne.

Issue 86

This month we reflect on Spelthorne’s activity around the Armistice commemoration, including the planting of 100 trees at Laleham Thameside and bring you an update from your borough and county councillors.

Issue 85

This month we visit Shepperton Allotments, a little oasis of tranquillity in the middle of Shepperton. They need to raise funds to get toilets installed. Can you spend a penny or two?

Issue 84

In this months magazine you can read about the winners of the Shepperton Horticultural Show. Even MP Kwasi Kwarteng is a member of this group! We continue the discussion about greenbelt land. How should it be treated? Are there exceptions to building on it. Is building on Greenbelt ever something we should allow? And we visit the newly refurbished hedgehog hotel in Shepperton, run by the Shepperton Hedgehog Sanctuary.

Issue 83

This month we look back to the peace and quiet of Lower Halliford Green over 100 years ago. What a contrast to the recent traveller incursion! We also visit a project in Mozambique where St Nicholas Church is aiming to fund and build a primary school. Can you help?

Issue 82

In this months issue we address the latest incursions in the village. When will we find a solution? We visit the new wellbeing centre at Shepperton Wigs, serving clients who suffer from hair loss as a result of illness and we introduce our troublesome pup who is getting help from a dog behaviourist.

Issue 81

We look at the wonderful Shepperton Fair 2018. Are you in the photos? We publish some of the winning photos from the Capture Spelthorne competition. One of the winning photos is on the cover this month.