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    LOSRA's Aims

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

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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 final Sunday lunchtime jazz event of the winter at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Sunday 9th April, when the Club welcomes Equinox, a quartet led by drummer Stephane Booroff, who enjoys an eclectic musical life working with ‘70s pop band Edison Lighthouse, as well as appearing with jazz groups in various London venues, and is a regular at the Wednesday jazz shows at the Barley Mow, Shepperton.

With Stephane will be Nick Cooper (piano), an Erroll Garner stylist who has played with many well-known names at Ronnie Scott’s, Bull’s Head and all the top London venues, as well as on BBC Radio 2 jazz shows, and Steve Riddle (bass), who has played with the likes of  Steve Waterman, Art Themen, Don Weller, Harry Beckett and Bill Le Sage to name a few, and who was in the jazz group which played for six months on the QE2 for its final voyages as well as on  Queen Mary 2

The quartet also features special guest Duncan Eagles, a saxophonist who is a rising star of the jazz world and whose albums have received critical acclaim. Duncan leads his own band Partikel and is resident at London’s Hideaway club. A double-page spread was devoted to him and Partikel in the March edition of top UK jazz magazine Jazzwise. This is a great opportunity to see a leading and innovative personality on the contemporary British jazz scene,and there is a lot of interesting information and videos at www.duncaneagles.com.

The bar opens at 12 noon, a lunch menu is available from soon after that, and the music gets under way about 1.15pm. For further information contact Stephane Booroff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Paul Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Read the 2017 Spring Newsletter Here

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Our Spring Newsletter is currently with the printers and will be distributed to households within the Lower Sunbury area during the next couple of weeks.

If you prefer not to wait for your hand-delivered copy you may read it here

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Ruth has appeared on TV’s ‘Later – with Jools Holland’, played a weeklong residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (London, UK) and was interviewed on Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour” as a representative of up and coming female musicians.

In this tribute to Stan Getz Ruth will be accompanied by Terence Collie, piano; Richard Sadler, bass; Mitch Perrins, drums.

Venue: The Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street TW16 5QF. Doors 7.30pm; tickets £12 on the night or £9 in advance through www.moodindigoevents.co.uk

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“The Odd Couple is a play by Neil Simon. Following its premiere on Broadway in 1965, the characters were revived in a successful 1968 film and 1970s television series, as well as other derivative works and spin-offs. The plot concerns two mismatched roommates: the neat, uptight Felix Ungar and the slovenly, easy going Oscar Madison. Simon adapted the play in 1985 to feature a pair of female roommates (Florence Ungar and Olive Madison) in The Female Odd Couple.” - Wikipedia

There can’t be many people who don’t know of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”. it is the quintessential US situational comedy written by one of America’s greatest comedy writers. In adapting the play for female protagonists and updating it to the 1980’s Simon had the opportunity to leave in what he had seen work and rework those bits that in 20yrs of performances he thought could be tightened up. What you are left with is a play that is both fresh and arguably better crafted than the original.

The Odd Couple – Female version will be prove to be an excellent nights’ entertainment for anyone.

Performance dates are: Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April. Tickets will be available £12 on the door or £10 in advance through www.sheppertonplayers.org.uk. Performances start at 8pm at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, TW16 5QF.

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The following notice has been received from Spelthorne Council with a request for publication:

Runnymede and Spelthorne Volunteer Awards - 30th May 2017

We would like to honour and recognise the wonderful work done by volunteers.  On 30th May 2017, from 6 to 8 pm, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London, Runnymede Borough Council and Spelthorne Borough Council will be hosting a joint annual awards ceremony at the Royal Holloway, University of London.  We are delighted that CHEP will be sponsoring this event.

Please take the time to nominate one or more of your valued volunteers for these awards.  The award categories are:

  • CHEP Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteering
  • Inspirational Volunteer Award
  • Individual Volunteer Achievement Award
  • Voluntary Contribution to Older People’s Services Award
  • Voluntary Contribution to Health Services Award
  • Environmental Volunteer Award
  • Young Volunteer Award (up to the age of 24)
  • Best Volunteer Team Award
  • Business Contribution to the Community Award

We have assembled knowledgeable representatives from our locality to form the judging panel.  This will include Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager at Royal Holloway University of London, Arthur Birkby, Chairman of Voluntary Support North Surrey, and representatives from CHEP and the Borough Councils.

To make your nominations please use our online form.   On the form please provide details in 300 words or less about the person or team being nominated outlining the reasons why they have been outstanding as volunteers.  The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 19th April 2017.

If you need help in nominating someone or completing the form, please contact the Voluntary Support North Surrey office on 01932 571122.  Please feel free to forward this email to anyone in Runnymede and Spelthorne that may be interested in nominating a volunteer.  Your support in this matter is very much appreciated.

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The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 31st March when the Club welcomes back the BARNES BLUES BAND who attracted a big audience the first time they played at the Club a while back. They are a band who do selected gigs, as they all have a variety of musical commitments, and we are guaranteed another stunning evening of high class blues and R&B from a group of seasoned professionals who have honed their skills in a variety of big name bands over the years.

The band is led by one of the great blues troubadours of the British club scene Papa George (guitar, vocals), and features Bobby Tench (guitar, vocals) whose illustrious background includes the Jeff Beck Group, Streetwalkers, Humble Pie, Van Morrison, Freddie King and Hummingbird, along with Peter Rees, formerly of Gary Moore’s band, on bass, and drummer Darby Todd, who you have seen at the Club performing with Buddy Whittington and Protect The Beat; and who plays regularly with Alan Price’s band and Hot Leg, the new band led by Justin Hawkins of The Darkness.

You can find out more at www.papageorge.co.ukwww.bobbytench.co.uk & www.darbytodd.com, and there are videos featuring all of them if you search under their individual names at www.youtube.com.

This will undoubtedly be an evening of absolutely first rate blues, and one not to be missed. Please note that the entry price for this event is £10.00 (it was inadvertently announced at £7.50 the first time it appeared on the Forthcoming Events listing). It was £10 the first time they came, and it would cost a good deal more if you went to one of the regular shows at The Bull’s Head, Barnes! Many apologies for any confusion. As usual, there will be food available. We look forward to seeing you there.

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