A selection of the latest articles from Shepperton Matters.

Brooklands Radio Interview

In January 2020 Monica Chard, Founder and Publisher of the Village Matters magazines, was interviewed on Brooklands Radio. This followed the award for Best Business in Sunbury and runner up Best Business in Spelthorne in Autumn 2019.

Noel Franklin-Taylor 26.11.26 – 11.12.19

I met Noel Franklin-Taylor just over a year ago. We were both being presented with Pride of Spelthorne certificates. 
But I already knew of him. Many of you in Shepperton would.

The Thames at Shepperton

This postcard, dating from the 1930s, shows the River Thames in the area of Shepperton Lock, looking north east. It must date from after 1935, as the Desborough Cut which was opened in that year can be seen at top right.

Dance Your Way to Health & Happiness

At the Spelthorne Business Awards at the end of last year, the Healthy Business award was won by Sunbury based Harfield Dance Studios. It capped a special year for the company, which has just celebrated 35 years in business.

Littleton Church

Just around the corner from Shepperton Studios is the beautiful church of St Mary Magdalene, Littleton. It was founded in… Read more »

A Hennessey Helps St Paul’s, Sunbury, to Rugby Triumph

St Paul’s in Sunbury have just had a major win in the sporting calendar, snatching the crown in the national AASE rugby finals and a player who stood out was Callum Hennessey son of proud mum Kerry of Quality Fruit!

Congratulations Diana Moran BEM

Shepperton’s Green Goddess, Diana Moran had quite a month at the end of last year. She received not one, but two major awards for her work, both presented the same week!

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.

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Issue 99

This month we take a historic look at the Thames at Shepperton, say a fond farewell to Samaritan of 53 years service, Noel Franklin-Taylor and hear many comments and concerns from local residents about the Local Plan.

Issue 98

We learn about the luxury car make Lammas Graham which was based in Sunbury. Also more about the history of Littleton Church and hear about the rugby final won by St Pauls/London Irish that involved a young man called Callum Hennessey.

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.