On Friday 14th May the Sheddington Shufflers set off for their inaugural walk. Starting by the Thames at Walton Lane, Mark Ed, Rajiv and Peter followed the Wey Navigation, then cut across Chertsey Meads to rejoin the Thames back to Shepperton. It was a pleasant 5 mile walk with plenty of chance to chat along the way, and a welcome cup of coffee at the end before we took the ferry back to where we'd started.

Lots of you have expressed an interest in joining a walking group, and we are hoping to have a walk each month, some local and some further afield, so hopefully there'll be a chance for everyone to join in. Watch out for details in our regualr emails and on the website calendar here.

15:33, 14 May 2021 by Peter Brown

Lady lamp in shed

Say hello to “Lady Lamp”: a beautiful antique spelter lamp, recently restored by our very own Mark Aston. Property of Teddington local Alisa Long.

Alisa reached out to us in need of some repair work to the lamp, for which Mark was on-hand to work his magic.

As Mark recalls: “The poor statuette, which was hollow and made of metal, was looking a bit sad. She had a broken arm, needed a rewire and the wooden base was cracked”. 

Operating from his own shed, Mark made quick work of repairing and rewiring the lamp, which took him little more than a couple of afternoons to mend.

Commenting on the repair work, Alisa said: “We are amazed at how inventive Mark was in mending the broken arm. I had only expected him to possibly rewire the lamp”.

She added: “The arm had been working up until last summer when the hot weather made it fall down, despite it having been repaired with black insulation tape. I'm so happy it is working again. Thank you Mark for a brilliant piece of work!”.

If, like Alisa, you are a Teddington local, and are in need of some repair work done, get in touch. You can reach us anytime on email at Or via the contact form on our website. 



Chris Manning writes:

We don’t need the National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE) to pen any guidelines about the necessity to keep breathing if we are to stay alive or clinical studies that outline the positive evidence for the positive effects of eg music, art, fresh air and horticulture on our health and wellbeing. 

So, here is a delightful and wistful animation based on the The Man Who Planted Trees (French title: L'homme qui plantait des arbres), a short story published in 1953 by French author Jean Giono. I was feeling somewhat glum when the link and recommendation from a good friend to watch it plopped into my inbox. Her email simply said: “in case you’re looking for something to watch today that feeds one’s boots with the good/hopeful stuff, and related to the green agenda and the potential power of one man…I share with you this beautiful film that I came across a few years ago..30min long, you may well have seen it, but if not – always worth watching again, and again and again and again…..”.

Well – I watched it and she was absolutely right. It is a beautiful and wistful yet powerful story and it really touched me and lifted my spirits. It is not so much what our lives do to us, but what we do with our lives that matters.”


20:51, 14 Jun 2020 by Peter Brown


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