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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.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 18:46

Staines Fire Station – public meeting

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The following self-explanatory press release has been received from Spelthorne Council:

"In response to comments received from residents about the planned closure of Staines Fire Station, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Spelthorne Borough Council has arranged a meeting to discuss Surrey County Council’s proposals for the Fire Service in Spelthorne.

Residents and interested parties from the local area are invited to attend the public meeting being held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 February in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames.

The meeting will be chaired by Councillor Colin Davis from Spelthorne Borough Council. Representatives of Surrey County Council will be in attendance including Councillor Richard Walsh, Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing and Councillor Kay Hammond, Cabinet Associate responsible for Community Safety Services, and from the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Russell Pearson and Clive Whitethread.

Residents who would like to ask a question at the meeting should email it in advance to the Committee Manager, Gillian Hobbs, atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 27 January. Alternatively, post your question to Gillian Hobbs, Committee Manager, Spelthorne Borough Council, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames TW18 1XB by the same date, 27 January. Due to the high number of questions expected there will only be time available to hear questions which have been submitted in advance.

Cllr Colin Davis, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “This is an important issue of natural concern to local residents. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to express their concerns and the County Council Cabinet Members to explain the logistical background to what is obviously a controversial proposal.”

Louise King

PR and Communications Officer


Spelthorne Borough Council,

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

Tel: 01784 444260

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The Club looks forward to another year of entertaining and top quality music events during 2017, with some familiar names returning and some interesting new ones making their Club debut.

To kick off the New Year the Club will be banishing any hint of post-party season depression, appropriately enough on Friday  13th January, in storming fashion with the return of THE NASHVILLE TEENS, who have occupied this slot in the diary for the last couple of years and always give us a great show with their distinctive brand of hard-hitting ‘60s R&B.

They had two memorable Top Ten hits in 1964 with “Tobacco Road” and“Google Eye - their epic version of “Tobacco Road” is worth the entrance money on its own. The line-up features their original lead singer Ray Phillips, who has had an unbroken half-century career with the band, as well as making solo records and performing with other line-ups like the British Invasion All-Stars with members of The Yardbirds, Creation and Downliners Sect.  With him in the current Nashville Teens is a line-up of seasoned performers, including Colin Pattenden, member of Manfred Mann’s Earth band when they had their big hits back in the 70s, on bass, with Simon Spratley of The Ian Campbell Blues Band on keyboards, Ken Osborn from Levee Camp Moan on guitar and Adrian ‘Spud’ Metcalf on drums. It will be another night of classic ‘60s R&B to herald the New Year, featuring in Ray one of the great voices of the beat era, and we are delighted to welcome them back. There’s more information at www.Nashville-Teens.com.

The Club apologies for the fact that they were unable to serve food at the Mersey Legends gig due to unforeseen circumstances. New caterers have been engaged who provided an excellent menu for the Club's lunchtime jazz event just before Christmas, and will be providing the same service for Music Nights, so there will be food available for the Nashville Teens gig.

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Sunday 8 January, 7.30pm - Riverside Arts Centre, 59,Thames Street, Sunbury.

We start the new year at Riverside Arts Jazz with a concert to honour the tenth anniversary of the passing of the great saxophonist Michael Brecker. The 13-time Grammy winner passed away at the age of 57 in January 2007 following a two-and-a-half year illness.

We are delighted to welcome to Riverside saxophonist Sean Freeman - our first choice call. We couldn't think of anybody better to play this gig as he is a huge Brecker fan! Sean is an in-demand musician who has played with Level 42, Billy Cobham, James Taylor Quartet and Eric Clapton to name but a few.

Sean Freeman - sax

Terence Collie - piano

Paul Michael - bass

Rha Stranges - drums

For further details and advance booking see flier here

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Thigh slapping, fancy dresses, outrageous makeup (and that's just the director).

Coming to the Riverside Arts Centre this January 'Cinderella' is being performed for a limited run of only 5 shows.

The popular tale of Cinderella has been brought to new, magical life by Paul Reakes.  Whilst poor Cinderella is being forced to carry out the every wish of her cruel stepmother and ugly stepsisters, Mattie and Hattie, Prince Charming has left to travel the world and the land of Pantomania is governed by the selfish Duke of Verucca.

However, upon learning of his father's death, the Prince returns to take up his duties as king, but there is one problem - the Duke is not willing to relinquish power.  The Duke bullies his henchmen, Nip and Tuck, into bopping the Prince over the head and he subsequently loses his memory.  The Duke then manipulates his naïve nephew, Archie, into posing as the Prince, and causes havoc for anyone who gets in his way.

Luckily faithful Buttons and his friend Kathy are trying everything they can to sort out the confusion, while Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother is working wonders to bring Cinderella together with her true love.

This is a laugh-a-minute pantomime for all the family and not only that - you get two dames for the price of one!!!

With less than 3 weeks to go, tickets are selling fast and the matinees are almost full ! So to ensure that you get your ticket to see 'Cinderella' please purchase from our box office at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/manorplayers

The Manor Players Presents: Cinderella, Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury, TW16 5QF, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd January 2017

Evening Show:
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:30PM

Matinee Show:
Doors Open at 1:45PM
Starts at 2:30PM

Ticket Price: £9.00 - £12.00 *booking fee applies
Box Office: 07771458696

The Manor Players hope to see you there!

Monday, 12 December 2016 11:16

Update on Save Our Thames Side

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The following press release has been published by Save Our Thames Side:

The judicial review was heard in the High Court on Tuesday 6th December. Mr Justice Supperstone listened carefully to argument from our barrister, Mr Andrew Parkinson from Landmark Chambers, and then to Neil Cameron QC representing Elmbridge BC.  Unusually in this case the Council are the Planning Authority, the landowner and the developer. The judge reserved his judgment and we expect that this will be handed down in the next few weeks. 

Meanwhile the Council are continuing with the works, pouring concrete and building the Elmbridge Sports Hub at Waterside Drive. They have an alternative planning permission waiting in the wings in the event we are successful and the High Court quash the earlier impugned decision to permit this development on a 14 ha greenfield site by the river Thames.  

Kristina Kenworthy, Chair of the Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England in support of us said, “This is an important Green Belt case and relies on the correct interpretation of the NPPF paragraph 89.  We are very concerned about the urbanising effects of these developments encroaching on precious green spaces under the guise of exempted outdoor recreational facilities. A sports pavilion sounds innocent enough but when considered with all the other paraphernalia to accommodate three private clubs, a very different picture emerges. We cannot think that the government meant the Green Belt could be sacrificed just because the sports are played in the open air. The important point about Green Belt land is keeping it open permanently. 

We will update this page as soon as we have judgment.

Thank you for your support. 

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Having featured Age UK Runnymede and Spelthorne on this site (see article of 21st October) and in our autumn newsletter, it is with regret that we must now publish the following press release:

A spokesperson for Age UK Runnymede and Spelthorne said: “It is with great sadness that Age UK Runnymede and Spelthorne (AUKRS) will have to close and will cease trading on 31st March 2017, discontinuing services during the preceding months.

Tony Docker, Chief Officer stated “AUKRS have faced significant financial challenges over the last three  years with annual reductions in public sector funding. Although we have explored many options, the difficult decision to close has been taken by Trustees as we cannot sustain ourselves financially for at least the next two years. By making the decision now, we are able to help our many clients find alternative service providers as we know they rely upon us. The ongoing wellbeing of our existing clients is paramount and all of my team are committed to finding alternative, suitable providers, where possible; but the charity will close by the 31st March 2017. Over the coming weeks we will be talking to all of our service users to discuss options available to them.

“I also feel for our brilliant staff and volunteers who have given so much to AUKRS and care deeply about the people they work with”

If anyone wishes to contact AUKRS with any concerns they can still call on: 01784 444 200. Age UK Runnymede & Spelthorne is an  independent charity, although part of the Age UK network. The Age UK network comprises around 155 local Age UKs reaching most of England.

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