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Open For Entries! Capture Spelthorne Photography Competition 2019

Spelthorne Council is looking for the best photographs of the borough. This is a chance for you to get outside, explore our beautiful borough and show off your photography skills. You don’t need an expensive camera to take part, any camera or smart phone will do, as long as the photograph was taken in Spelthorne after 1 January 2018 and is submitted by the closing date.

We are looking for pictures that tell a story about Spelthorne in the following categories:
Living in Spelthorne – What does Spelthorne mean to you? Send us photographs of local places / landmarks or events that you feel depict life in Spelthorne and captures the spirit of this vibrant community.
Urban landscape – Spelthorne is home to many interesting buildings from the historic to the modern. Which buildings capture your imagination or reflect where you live?
Hidden gems – This is an opportunity for you to capture those hidden gems or secret corners that you want to share with us. Be as creative as you like.
Water scenes – Did you know that one third of Spelthorne is covered by water? From the River Thames to the many reservoirs and lakes, we would love to see your waterside snaps. You could include wildlife, boating or simply lovely waterscapes.
Under 16s – We can accept entries for any of the above categories.

The winner of each category will receive the following prize:

  • £50 prize money for each category winner
  • Picture published in one of the following publications (TW15 / 18 magazine, Sunbury Matters / Shepperton Matters)

The overall winner of all the categories will receive the following prize:

  • £100 prize money
  • Their picture published on the front cover of the summer edition of the Bulletin magazine
  • Copy of the Pinewood Studios photography hardback book and a pair of Korda theatre cinema tickets

Additionally the finalist pictures for each category will be displayed at an exhibition in the borough.

How to enter:
Up to five photos can be submitted per entrant, as digital images. Please include a short caption that best describes the image, your chosen category and provide your contact details (name, telephone number and postal or email address, plus your age if under 16yrs).
Email your entries to
The closing date for entries is 31 May 2019. Finalists will be notified by Monday 10 June 2019 and the winners will be presented at a evening reception in the Korda Theatre, Shepperton Studios on the 4 July 2019.

Follow the action on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #captureSpelthorne

To read the terms and conditions, click here

Pride of Spelthorne Awards 2018

Pride of Spelthorne Awards 2018









Spelthorne Borough Council hosted The Pride of Spelthorne awards on 13 December to celebrate and thank the Borough’s local volunteers.

Held at London Irish Rugby Club’s Centre in Sunbury, the Mayor of Spelthorne Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE presented 18 recipients with certificates of appreciation in recognition of the time and commitment they give to a huge variety of organisations, charities and local groups. The award ceremony was followed by a traditional Christmas dinner and entertainment.  Many congratulations to the following recipients:-

Ray Blowers

Mike Ramlakhan

Dennis Brock

Gill Sanderson

John Carey

Carol Sullivan

Tracey Carter

Diane Tew

Monica Chard

Val Turner

Noel Franklin Taylor

Mike Wiley

Maureen Hesbrook

Beryl Wilkins

Jim Mcllroy

Paul Woodham

Gill Morgan

Following the event, Spelthorne Council and the sponsors made a commitment to make The Pride of Spelthorne an annual event to celebrate the significant contribution made by the Borough’s volunteers.

Cllr Tony Harman, Deputy Leader for Spelthorne Council, said: “Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of many organisations in the Borough and give up so much of their own time to help others – we simply couldn’t do without them. Many congratulations to all this year’s recipients, they really are the Pride of Spelthorne!”

Thanks go to the event sponsors, Worldwide Energy Logistics Ltd, U Drive Cover and  Churchill Hui; London Irish Rugby Club for providing the venue and Jacqueline Stanton for helping with the organisation.

Best Business Women Awards 2018






Best Business Women Awards 2018 Finalists announced.

The Best Business Women Awards have announced their finalists today for 2018. The business world is full of talented and dedicated female entrepreneurs who not only run successful businesses but in many cases also juggle the needs of their families. The Best Business Women Awards are designed to recognise the achievement of those women across a wide range of business categories and is open to any female business owner UK wide.
Local businesswoman Laura Dodsworth from Pink Spaghetti Staines, Woking & Surrounds has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Business Service.  Pink Spaghetti.  The business offers small business owners valuable support in areas where they don’t know how to do the task, don’t want to or simply don’t have time.  Pink Spaghetti take on anything from the bizarre to the mundane – sourcing reindeer for a Christmas event and attending a customer’s wedding as a paid witness have featured alongside travel booking, running events, creating marketing plans and managing email newsletters.  It’s the perfect solution for so many small businesses that don’t want to or can’t afford to commit to a member of staff, part time or full time.

Debbie Gilbert, organiser of The Best Business Women Awards said ‘Now in our 4th year we have seen the number of entries triple since we launched. The standard of our finalists is exceptionally high. We are delighted to receive entries from female entrepreneurs from throughout the UK, from women who are real trailblazers in their industry. This is a tough competition judged by business experts. To be a finalist is a major achievement. Finalists have been selected for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity. Almost 90% of start-ups fail in the first 3 years and all our finalists are all shining examples of being successful entrepreneurs who have proved their success to our judges.’

Laura said “I’m super excited and proud to hear I’ve I made it through as a finalist in the ‘Business Service’ category.  The competition I’m up against looks incredible and I’m excited to meet some of these amazing business women on the night of the final.  It’s set to be a really special evening.”

The gala final of The Best Business Women Awards will be held on 11th October 2018 at Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, the winners will be announced at the final.

Owner of Pink Spaghetti Staines, Woking & Surrounds is Laura Dodsworth and is available on 07719 536565 or  Website is


Great Fosters named Hotel of the Year

Great Fosters named Hotel of the Year – England 2018 at the AA Hospitality Awards

Now in its 21st year, the glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel took place this week, celebrating the UK’s top hotels, restaurants and pubs and the people behind them. It also marks the release of the 2019 editions of the AA Hotel Guide and AA Best Restaurants Guide.

The AA Hotel of the Year Award, introduced in 1992, is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. From the small family-run hotel to the most ambitious commercial ventures, hotels of every size and style are potential winners.

“I am absolutely delighted that Great Fosters has won this prestigious award! I am obviously thrilled for everyone involved in this achievement – the shareholders, board, management and all the staff.
It is recognition of all the hard work and dedication given by each and every member of the team. We are always striving to go the extra mile and build and improve on our offering to our guests. Our vision for the property has been brought to fruition and this award will spur us on for the future.”
Richard Young, Managing Director

Finalists announced for the Spelthorne Means Business Awards









The sponsors of this year’s Spelthorne Means Business Awards came together on 12th September to judge the entries in each of their categories. We were very impressed by the quality of all entries into the awards and are pleased to announce that the shortlist for each award is as follows:


Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Heathrow):

  • Brown Bag Crisps
  • FT Technologies
  • Pimento Connection
  • ABA Stronalva

Creative Business of the Year (sponsored by Shepperton Studios):

  • Design Incorporated
  • Zest4.TV
  • Dream Catchers Stage School

Healthy Business Award (sponsored by Everyone Active):

  • ABS Personal Training
  • dnata
  • Hazelwood

Best New Start Up (sponsored by The TW Magazine):

  • Willow Microbakery
  • Fat Tones
  • BusyBs Cafe

Best Business in Staines (sponsored by The Staines BID):

  • Caffe Gusto
  • Encore bridal
  • Design Incorporated

Independent Business of the Year (sponsored by the SBF):

  • Charlotte’s Chickens
  • Thames Side Brewery
  • The Thames Club

Best Small Business (sponsored by A2 Dominion):

  • Samara Cuisine
  • Dyno
  • Daisy Chain Floral Designers

The winner in each category and the overall prize for Best Business in Spelthorne (sponsored by Spelthorne Borough Council) will be announced at the gala awards’ dinner at Shepperton Studios on 11th October.

Well done to all those who are shortlisted!

Closing Soon – Spelthorne Means Business Awards

Have you entered yet?

The new Spelthorne Means Business Awards closes to new entries at the end of August 2018. If you haven’t entered your business yet then why not complete the online entry form now?

With 7 different categories there is something for every business and it is an ideal way to raise your visibility within the borough, to show customers how great you are and to thank your staff for all their hard work.

Don’t delay…. enter today!


Spelthorne awarded Green Flag status

Spelthorne Borough Council is delighted to announce that the Sunbury Walled Garden and Staines Cemetery have been awarded Green Flag status.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Council embarked on a restoration project of the two acre garden in 1985. Now home to over 200 varieties of clematis, this ‘hidden gem’ provides a tranquil spot all year round. Free music concerts are being held in the Walled Garden during July and August – visit details.

Staines Cemetery is one of four cemeteries in the Borough and is open to visitors from 7.30am – 8.30pm (April-Sept) and 7.30am – 6pm (Oct-Mar).

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said: “We get so many compliments about the Walled Garden and Staines Cemetery so it’s fantastic that they have been recognised by the Green Flag team. A huge amount of work goes into the upkeep and maintenance of our parks and open spaces and these awards are a tribute to the dedication of everyone involved.”

International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”


Announcing the Place West London Conference 2018

Place West London

Featuring guest speaker – Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council.

Place West London’s combination of a high-level conference programme and business networking opportunities focussed on West London is unique. It’s the place for anyone involved in the sub-region to get together, share ideas, discuss the future, and make new contacts.

Attendees are drawn from:
The Public Sector
 – local authorities send senior Officers and Members  active and interested in planning, economic development, regeneration, housing, transport, environment and more.

Associations, academia and interest groups – locally based groups like Chambers of Commerce, representative membership bodies, universities and colleges send delegates to the event.

Regeneration and property – regeneration companies, property developers, investors and consultants are present, many as sponsors.

Businesses & Occupiers – many private sector operations based in West London and with a stake in its future come to use the opportunity to get their views heard, and network with others.


Weir Outstanding!

Weir Training Ltd, based in Chobham, Surrey, have excelled once again. Ofsted converted their short inspection to a full inspection mid-May following display of areas of excellence during the first day. They went onto showcase their provision over a further three days.

Weir Training has achieved the ultimate accolade of being awarded “Outstanding” across all Common Inspection Framework areas for inspection.

Weir Training are the only provider in the country to achieve these grades, to date, this academic year according to current Ofsted data!

The company was inspected across the following 6 areas:

  • Overall Effectiveness                                                               Grade 1
  • Effectiveness of Leadership and Management                  Grade 1
  • Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment                Grade 1
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare               Grade 1
  • Outcomes for Learners                                                           Grade 1
  • Apprenticeships                                                                       Grade 1


The two Owner/Directors – Julie Ridley and Sarah Caines are very proud of this first-class result.

Julie Ridley said “We have always strived to build a reputation as a Quality Provider, achieving these grades is the realisation of that dream. We are so proud of our staff, the grades are a testament to their great work and them all as individuals. We are very lucky to have such a strong team.”

 Sarah Caines said “We enjoyed the inspection. It gave us an opportunity to showcase our strengths and also to reflect on how our business has grown and improved over recent years.”

This leading training provider, whose journey began in a living room in Weir Road, Chertsey – hence the company name, has gone from strength to strength since its foundation in 2000 and is one of the most decorated Training Providers in the UK. This dynamic company can now add Outstanding Ofsted grades to its Gold Investor in People, Matrix and Disability Confident Employer accreditations.

Weir Training is an approved, lead Independent Training Provider registered on the RoATP – Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. The company contracts with the Education, Skills Funding Agency – ESFA and is able to offer both Levy and Non-Levy Employers support with their Apprenticeship delivery requirements. Teaching, Learning and Assessment is predominately delivered in the workplace.

Weir Training offers a wide suite of qualifications including:

Business Administration, Customer Service, Retail, Hospitality, IT, Supply Chain Warehouse Operative, Team Leader/Supervisor and Management.

So where does Weir Training go from here, we ask?

Julie Ridley said “Always up! Our Outstanding recognition will enable us to maximise and increase Apprenticeship awareness further to local, potential Apprentices, parents and Employers.

For more information about the service Weir Training can offer please call Julie Ridley – Director on 01932 567626, e-mail or visit

Queen’s Awards

Applications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019 are now being accepted.

Businesses are encouraged to apply for a Queen’s Award – the most prestigious business award in the country – which recognise exceptional achievements in the areas of innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Winning companies receive a commemorative crystal bowl from their local Lord-Lieutenant, an invitation to a Royal reception, and can use the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise emblem for five years.
Last month, we announced 230 exceptional companies had been recognised with awards.
To find out more about the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and to apply, see our Queen’s Awards website. Applications must be submitted by midday on 12 September.