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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

Book your sand at the Spelthorne Business Exhibition

Wednesday 13th March 2019, 9.30am-4pm at Spelthorne Leisure Centre, TW18 1AJ

This exhibition is a chance for local businesses to meet, connect and network with other small and large businesses in Staines.

There will be a schedule of presentations by Informed specialist speakers who will be offering practical hints and ideas to improve your business.

We are passionate about supporting local business growth and development, and as such, attendance to the event is free for visitors.

If you wish to book a stand or to attend, or for further information, contact the Everyone Active Corporate Team – Or BOOK A STAND HERE


SBF Annual Riverboat Cruise

Spelthorne Business Forum Annual Riverboat Cruise


Spelthorne Business Forum’s annual riverboat trip was held on Thursday 27 September.


Kindly sponsored by French Brothers and Heathrow Airport, the event saw over 70 local business people come together for a morning of networking against a backdrop of stunning Spelthorne scenery and the River Thames.


The attendees were welcomed by Mike Ramlakhan and Tracey Carter of the Spelthorne Business Forum and then heard from a variety of speakers including Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Council and Terry Collier, Deputy Chief Executive at Spelthorne Council. Cllr Vivienne Leighton discussed plans to promote the River Thames and Cllr John Furey explained how the Enterprise M3 is supporting the Borough.


Louise Yearwood from the Rustic Bar Company talked about winning this year’s Business Plan Competition and how her business is developing. This annual competition was instigated by Kwasi Kwarteng MP with support from the Spelthorne Business Forum.


Keith McGroary, Spelthorne Council’s Economic Development Manager, revealed the shortlist for the Spelthorne Means Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner on 11 October at Shepperton Studios.


Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said: “Supporting this annual event is a great way for Spelthorne Borough Council to put our strapline of ‘Spelthorne Means Business’ into action and to get face-to-face feedback from our local businesses on the issues which affect them.”



Shepperton Studios Expansion Plans





Shepperton Studios has submitted an outline planning application for the expansion and redevelopment of the site to Spelthorne Borough Council.


This follows the pre-application consultation, carried out during June and July.  Feedback received from the consultation has been taken into account as the proposals have developed.

Final proposals include:

• The partial development and redevelopment of the existing studios, within the current Shepperton Studios site.
• The expansion of the studios through construction of new studio facilities south of the River Ash corridor and to the north west of the existing site.
• New car parking.
• New/improved pedestrian and cycle links.
• Environmental enhancements, habitat creation/restoration, landscape infrastructure and associated engineering operations including earthworks and drainage.
• Access to the expansion site to the south and north west via a new access point off Shepperton Road (B376), with the existing access from Studios Road relocated further west.

Should you wish to show your support for the expansion of Shepperton Studios, I’d be most grateful if you could please send an email or letter to Spelthorne Borough Council on or at the address below:

Russ Mounty
Spelthorne Borough Council Planning Department
Knowle Green
TW18 1XB

Application Reference is 18/01212/OUT

We have considered some of the key benefits below, which you could possibly use as a guide when writing to the council:

• The proposals will improve and expand the existing facilities, which will allow Shepperton Studios to continue to play an important role in the film industry and high-end television.  The expansion will lead to a rise in the number of jobs for people in the area and continue to support existing employees and tenants.
• The expansion would allow Shepperton Studios to significantly enhance both the local and national creative and cultural economy.  By expanding and improving facilities, the Studios will be able to guarantee that they will continue to attract producers and directors from around the world.

The two points below are really why I’m writing to you.   Over the past 2.5 years as Community Liaison, I’ve built wonderful relationships with our local neighbours and businesses.  I’d like to not only be able to continue to offer support for existing charities and local associations, but extend the offer to use our facilities and amenities to a wider community.

• There are many aspects of the proposed expansion of the Studios which would benefit the community in the future.  These include the enhancement of the River Ash corridor, increased access to the Korda Theatre cinema, continued use of the Orangery for local and community and charity events and proposed workshops for local children.
• The proposed expansion will allow the Studios to continue to provide educational support in the local area in the forms of sponsorship and apprentice schemes, careers advice and events, and support for the Spelthorne Business Plan competition and Spelthorne Means Business Awards.

The support for the work we do for the community is just as important as famous directors and producers writing to offer support for the expansion for cultural reasons.

If you can spare 5 mins to write a quick email to Russ Monty supporting the application from a community point of view, I’d be most grateful.   If you do get around to it, please could you possibly send me a copy of your correspondence.

Many thanks for your time,

Best wishes,

Kathryn Maidment
Group Community Liaison

Pinewood Studios Group

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!

What I Love About Spelthorne

What I love about Spelthorne


Over 60 young people aged 5–18 have taken part in a series of creative workshops in preparation for Spelthorne Borough Council’s ‘what I love about Spelthorne’ creative competition, organised by the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE.


The workshops showed the young people how to make their own short films, design and print their own t-shirts, and write and produce music with professional industry teachers – giving them new skills and experience to use in the competition.


‘What I love about Spelthorne’ is open to all young people aged 5 – 18. Tell us what you love about Spelthorne and you could win a day out for the family, gift vouchers and more! Entries can be anything creative such as a piece of 2D art, a film, photograph, display or a song – the limit is your imagination! Tell us about your favourite place in Spelthorne, your favourite things to do or whatever it is that makes your local area special to you.


The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Jean Pinkerton, said: “I’ve always been really amazed by the creativity of the young people in Spelthorne so as soon as I became Mayor I wanted to launch a competition which would showcase their talents. I know they will be bursting with ideas and I can’t wait to see the entries.”


Send your competition entry to: What I love about Spelthorne, Leisure Services, Spelthorne Borough Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon Thames, TW18 1XB by Friday 21 September.


For more information visit


Email to sign-up to the Spelthorne Arts Mailing list and receive monthly emails with arts news and opportunities across Spelthorne.


Louise King

PR & Communications Officer


Spelthorne Borough Council,

Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB

Tel: 01784 444260

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.”