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    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
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  • LOSRA's Aims

    LOSRA's Aims

    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means Read More
  • Sunbury As It Was

    Sunbury As It Was

    Visit the LOSRA Gallery for images past and Present Read More
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Welcome to the LOSRA Website

As with any other local neighbourhood, the policies and actions which affect the character and future of Lower Sunbury are generally framed and implemented by a combination of local and national government, along with the vested interests and market forces which operate within those frameworks. Lower Sunbury is by no means unique in being under threat from a creaking infrastructure brought about by rapid urban development, the growth of traffic, and other pressures affecting the quality of life and the character of the area.

Working with the local authorities, we see it as the responsibility of residents’ and amenity groups such as LOSRA to address the underlying issues which fundamentally affect their members’ lives, as well as the minutiae of everyday life with which such groups are often concerned.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by subscribing via the facility at the top left hand of this page. It goes without saying that, without your continued support we would cease to function so we urge you to join, or renew your membership now Subscriptions (£5 per household) for 2017 are now payable.

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The next Sunday Lunchtime Jazz event at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Sunday March 5th at 1pm,  and is a special occasion, as it marks the return to the Club of one of the UKs’ top tenor saxophonists, who came a couple of years back for a gig to celebrate what would have been Tubby Hayes 80th birthday.

Simon is an award-winning saxophonist and noted jazz writer, and is the leading exponent of Tubby’s style and repertoire, as well as being  the author of Tubby’s biography. His shows are always hugely exciting and entertaining as he glides effortlessly through complex solos at breakneck speed. There’s more info at www.simonspillett.com, and lots of videos of him on YouTube.

His quartet for this gig is a stellar line-up, with John Horler on piano, Tim Wells on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums. John Horler was first pianist for Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for many years, and was in bands with Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe and Jimmie Hastings, and has appeared at the club several times in Tony Kinsey’s quartet and big band. Tim Wells is an American who moved to Europe in the 80s to play with top names there, before settling in London, working with The London Jazz Orchestra and Ronnie Scott Legacy Quartet among others, as is regular collaborator or with Trevor Tomkins. Trevor Tomkins was with Don Rendell in the 60s and then with ground-breaking bands like Ian Carr’s Nucleus during the ‘70s – he is now resident drummer and host at the Monday jazz nights at the Red Lion Isleworth. This will undoubtedly be a top class show.

A bistro lunch menu is available, and the music gets under way soon after 1pm. For more info contact Paul Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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All patients of the Sunbury Health Centre are invited to attend an open meeting of the Patients’ Participation Group (PPG) on Monday 27th February, 6.30 - 7.30pm.

Please click here to view poster for the event

Saturday, 04 February 2017 12:18

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It's a truism that public indifference is the willing accomplice of the well-resourced developer and LOSRA's history will demonstrate that we have never been such a willing accomplice.

Most readers will be aware that the Council is in the process of revising its Local Plan and has already met its legal requirement to call in potential sites for development. At the time of writing, we are aware of several green belt sites which have been proposed by their owners, most notably, Kempton Park. In the coming months the Council will publish for public consultation a comprehensive document showing all the potential sites.

It is now all the more important that existing members renew their 2017 memberships and that those residents who have not already done so, join now. Our 15 member Committee give their time voluntarily and our expenses are kept to an absolute minimum. However, we cannot be expected to function adequately in the difficult months ahead without your support.

Please take a moment to click on the secure subscription button at the top of the Home Page where you can pay the £5 annual membership. Alternatively, leave your remittance in an envelope marked 'LOSRA' together with your name, email and postal address at either Skinner's Post Office in the Avenue or at Twirltours in Green Street.

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Following the announcement that Surrey County Council has agreed to keep Staines fire station open until the new Fordbridge station is up and running, the public meeting planned for the 7th February has now been cancelled (See item of 26th January).

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The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 10th February, and the Club is delighted to extend a long-overdue welcome to the great rock singer Peter French with his band Leaf Hound for what will be an evening of top class rock. 

Leaf Hound, with Pete French as lead singer, morphed out of the late ‘60s blues band Black Cat Bones, of whom Free’s Paul Kossof and Simon Kirke were early members, and made an album for Decca called “Growers Of Mushrooms”, which has since become a cult classic. Pete moved on to achieve success with Atomic Rooster, Big Bertha and then Cactus during the ‘70s, before pursuing a solo career, as well as writing songs for other artists including Beck, Bogert and Appice.

“Growers Of Mushrooms” was re-issued on CD and when interest began to (apologies) mushroom to the extent that vinyl copies were changing hands for huge sums, Pete re-formed Leaf Hound in 2004, and has been working with them ever since, with a settled line-up of Luke Rayner (guitar), Peter Herbert (bass) and Jimmy Rowland (drums). As well as performing material from their classic album, they have made new recordings, with Kerrang! magazine hailing their 2007 CD “Unleashed” as “as good a rock album as you could hope to hear."

Pete has recently re-formed Atomic Rooster with original organist Vincent Crane to do high profile gigs, but his work with Leaf Hound continues – they played the rock and R&B festival at Skegness last weekend, and are regulars at the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham, where Pete has been a stalwart of the house bands for many years.

 If you Google Leaf Hound, you’ll get their Wikipedia page and current Facebook page, plus some great images from the ‘70s, and if you go to YouTube, you can listen to the complete “Growers Of Mushrooms” and “Unleashed” albums, plus some ‘live’ videos. “Barricades” from “Unleashed” in particular, is worth hearing.

It’s great to be able to bring artists of this quality to the Club for the first time, so it's hoped you will give them a nice big crowd to play to.The new caterers are now firmly in place, and everyone enjoyed the menu at their first Music Night service.

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For more than fifty years Silver has simply written some of the most enduring tunes in jazz.

See his music recreated by: Graeme Flowers - trumpet; Vasilis X - saxophone; Terence Collie - piano; Paul Michael - Bass; Chris Draper - drums

This event promises to be yet another welcome session for what is proving to be a great success for the monthly Sunday jazz in Sunbury.

Starts 7.30pm, Sunday 12th February, at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, TW16 5QF.

£10 on the door or, in advance, £8 by visiting: moodindigoevents.co.uk

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