A selection of the latest articles from Sunbury 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.

Dementia Friendly Shepperton

Those of you who are keen readers of Shepperton Matters will have noticed that we made an appearance at Big Tree Night last month.

Boomerang Bags, not Plastic Bags

In the quest to reduce plastic, we were thrilled to hear about a local initiative called Boomerang Bags which has taken off in some local areas, but which has huge scope to spread.

Sunbury Has a Cinema

Yes really. Sunbury has its own cinema. Not your regular sort of cinema, but a special one!

A Sunbury car maker – Lammas Ltd

It may surprise readers to learn that the Spelthorne area was home to several automobile makers between the wars, including Lagonda, Tamplin and Atalanta at Staines, and Lammas at Sunbury.

Community Lunch and Community Foodbank

We have carried several articles about the Community foodbank at St Saviours over the 3 years since it started. But it is only recently that I went to see for myself what an incredible asset this is to the community.

Friends of Sunbury Park News

On behalf of the Friends of Sunbury Park, a really big thank you to everybody that turned out to help recently at the bramble bash and mulch laying. We had a fantastic group of people of all ages and, after splitting into two groups managed to achieve all the aims we wanted to achieve.

Children Lead Way to Greener Future at Beauclerc

We have run the story of the tenacious 9 year old Rosie Gurney the past month and in this issue. She wants to be able to walk to school and not have her mother unnecessarily drive her and create more pollution.

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.

Spelthorne Means Business Awards – Village Matters is a Winner!

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. It is a great initiative to support business in the current challenging climate.

Sunbury’s Forgotten Hero

Should your wanderings ever take you along the paths between the memorials and headstones of Sunbury Cemetery, take a few moments to stroll along the western side of this tranquil corner of our town.

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Issue 107

This month focuses on numerous public meetings regarding the Local Plan and protests mounted by residents against the loss of green belt. We also bring you some inspiration on sustainability issues including the idea of Boomerang Bags which have taken one corner of Surrey by storm. Could we do the same here and replace plastic bags in the village?

Issue 106

We bring you photos of the hugely successful Sunbury Christmas market and there are updates on our children’s safe crossing campaign and our view on allowing building on greenbelt land.

Issue 105

This month, as well as information on events galore for Christmas we bring you an update on the foodbank and how they are helping the community. We celebrate Dennis Brock’s 101st birthday and his British Empire Medal and we thank the Friends of Sunbury Park for their hard work in the park.

Issue 104

The biggest story this month is that Village Matters has won Best Business in Sunbury as well as Runner up Best Business in Spelthorne! Brilliant news all round!

Issue 103

Lots to read in this issue, as well as the usual historical pieces covering both the old St Saviours Church and the Victorian school of art in Sunbury, we meet Overtones band member Mike Crawshaw, celebrate 5 years of Laughing Chili and introduce you to Painshill Park.

Issue 102

This issue sees the new school year start and we offer an overview of ideas of what to look out for in a new school together with a piece on hypnotherapy and how it has been used to deal with anxiety in youngsters. We also look at the expansion plans for Sunbury Embroidery Gallery and look back on a very windy Sunbury regatta.

Issue 101

This joint issue covers the upcoming Sunbury Regatta, looking at the celebrations of the Sunbury ‘Victory’ regatta of 1919. We celebrate a British Empire Medal awarded to Dennis Brock for his services to bell ringing. We meet a 15 year old Sunbury boy who is on his way to the World Cup finals of gaming in New York in July and we say goodbye to the LOSRA founder chairman Patrick Curran and hear just what we need to be thankful to him for.

Issue 100

This issue is the 100th! Our mix of local and historic stories continue to delight readers it seems. This month we bring a pull out 4 page programme of the Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Festival, as well as an article on one of the talks; Austin and Howard Mutti-Mews tell us about their correspondence with Hollywood stars and their forthcoming film.

Issue 99

Plenty to read about events coming up and events just gone. We look at ways you can enjoy the summer on the water with all the various facilities nearby. We look back to how St Ignatius Church on Green Street was built, many Irish navvies playing their role. We thank volunteers who have taken part in Sunbury Open Gardens and hope that others will step forward to carry the wonderful event on.

Issue 98

We bring you news of two developments which threaten the village this month. The proposed demolition of the ancient rope walk wall by Orchard Meadow and construction of 3 modern houses amongst the old buildings.

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 96

Plenty to read in this issue, from tackling loneliness and isolation, to spreading kindness and having patience with planning and building in the village. As well as that, you can read about the history of Sunbury’s oldest pub, the Three Fishes.