A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

The War of the Worlds

With the new BBC adaption of the ‘War of the World’s by H.G. Wells being released, I thought it would be interesting to look at the local places mentioned in the original novel, first published in 1898.

A Christmas Window with a Difference

This festive season you can see an alternative take on a Christmas window display. Local Shepperton resident and TV/film set designer Rebecca Morton has been working with Two Rivers Shopping Centre, Spelthorne Borough Council Leisure Services and a selection of Spelthorne primary and Secondary Schools to create a magical and meaningful Christmas display on Staines High Street.

Fight Loss of Green Belt in Charlton Village

Charlton Village is just that…a village. Surrounded by fields, stables and horses, you can forgive yourself for thinking you are in the countryside (ok, ignoring the busy road that bisects it of course).

Shepperton Triumphs at Spelthorne Business Awards

Shepperton Studios glamorous Orangery was full to bursting at the black tie dinner for the second Spelthorne Means Business Awards. 12 categories celebrated all sorts of businesses large and small across the borough.

Recycle and Raise Funds for Saxon School

I remember seeing a huge poster advertising litter awareness when I was young, with hundreds of speech bubbles stating “My little sweet wrapper won’t make any difference”. The point is, if everyone thought that way, then we would all be under heaps of litter.

Shepperton Running Group Turns 5

One dedicated individual has been behind a running surge in the area. Having moved to Shepperton in 
November 2014, Steve Barrington was keen to join a local running group. Finding that there wasn’t one, he set up the Shepperton Running Group.

Abuse and Addition. New Local Group Making an Impact

Loud Impact is a new company hoping to make a positive impact on the world and change lives. Started by Nigel Whitear who is an Addiction Mentor and Life Coach, the group supports people of all ages with a range of addictions and with issues relating to Domestic Abuse (both men and women).

Old St. Saviour’s Church, Sunbury

When the railway arrived at what was then Sunbury Common in 1864, the area surrounding the old turnpike road from Hampton to Staines was mainly open fields.

The Crown, Shepperton

Currently being converted into flats, the former Shapla restaurant in Russell Road, Shepperton will soon a have new use. This is a building which has changed identity several times however. Before it was renamed Shapla, it was another restaurant called Opium V, and before that it was Crown Antiques for some years.

Marc de Henrie – Photographer of Beauty and Beast

Visiting The Burlington in Manygate Lane, Shepperton recently, I was introduced to resident Marc de Henrie. It so happened that he had been persuaded to exhibit some of his works to share with locals and residents, on the occasion of National Care Home Open Day. Being a fan of photography myself I was enthralled with his work which featured celebrities with their dogs.

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Issue 97

As well as bringing you news of events in December to get you in the festive spirit we bring you a historical view of the War of the Worlds following the recent BBC drama. We also bid farewell to a couple of Shepperton stalwarts; Brian Holt and Stan Bulford.

Issue 96

Great news this month. Village Matters triumphed in the recent Spelthorne Means Business Awards, winning Best Business in Sunbury but also runner up Best Business in Spelthorne!

Issue 95

In this months issue we introduce the new tap room at the Thames Side Brewery where local art and suppliers are the order of the day. We bring you details of the finalists of the Spelthorne Means Business competition and give you an update from both the Mayor and your councillors.

Issue 94

In this months magazine we have a look at return to school, the issue facing parents when choosing a school and considerations for mental health amongst the young. We also meet a photographer of both stars and animals, with a special gift and hear about the work at Bronzefield Prison in Ashford who need volunteers to join their monitoring board.

Issue 93

This month is a double issue for July/August. You will find a spread of photos of the Shepperton Fair. See if you are on any of them! We bring you winning photos from the Capture Spelthorne competition as well as the winners of the Shepperton Fair photo competition.

Issue 92

This month we have all the details of the Shepperton Fair 2019. We also bring you inspiration for what to do with surplus food with our new recipes from the Community Café @riverhousebarn, Walton. We have the history of Matthew Arnold in Laleham, an overview of local reservoirs and bring you an update on changes at the Shepperton Medical Practice.

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.