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  • Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
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    We invite anybody interested in the issues facing Lower Sunbury to subscribe Read More
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    You can find all the recent LOSRA Newsletter available to download Read More
  • 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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Flowerpot PubFollowing the recent external re-decoration of the Magpie, it now seems that it is the turn of the Flowerpot to have a face lift. No food is being served at the moment but the 'locum' manager, Pat, wants to let locals know that the pub is open for business. He is concerned that the scaffolding outside the building may give the impression that the pub is not trading. Not so.

Pat is a temporary manager only and the new proprietor is expected to take over in about a month's time.

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Join the debateThis is an extract from an email received by LOSRA from Surrey County Council and is self-explanatory. All residents are being invited to participate.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Surrey County Council is currently running an online debate around residents' involvement in the future of their public services. Social media and online tools are transforming the way that people engage with each other, with the companies they buy from and the services they use. We want to know if this offers Surrey County Council an opportunity to find innovative new ways to involve people in designing public services in Surrey?

Digital Surrey Week acted as a launch pad for a conversation about how we put local people at the heart of decision making. For the next 11 weeks, until Friday 2 December, we're asking people to take the opportunity to join the discussion and let us know how they think we can best involve people in the design and delivery of services.

Visit the www.surreyhaveyoursay.info to read the discussion paper and submit the feedback form or post a comment in the forum.

Please also send the details to anyone you think would like to have their say on involvement. All thoughts and ideas will be reviewed and considered in shaping our approach.

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Christine TownsendSunbury & Shepperton Arts Association presents the first of its autumn 2011 concerts on Saturday 8 October at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Lower Sunbury.

It is a performance by Christine Townsend, violin, and Stephen Robbings, piano, who will perform works by Russian composers including Tchaikovsky (Scherzo and Melody Op.42) and Schumann (Sonata in D minor Op.121.)

Christine and Stephen formed their partnership in 1983 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music where they both won prizes and scholarships. Married in 1984, they have cultivated a unique musical identity, seeking to bring a diverse repertoire of chamber music to a wide audience through a relaxed and informative presentation. Their work has included regular recitals in London, frequently in the Purcell Room to enthusiastic audiences and reviews, educational work in schools and countless concerts throughout the country.

Christine has won acclaim for her performances of Tchaikovsky at the Edinburgh Festival and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertant at the Salzburg Festival and has been guest principal with the London Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest leader of the Hallé and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Stephen, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class honours, has the rare distinction of having won recital diplomas for both the Chappell and MacFarren prizes. He has performed an extensive repertoire of music at major venues throughout Britain, Europe, the Far East and the USA.

The next concert in the SSAA series, featuring The Lauriston Trio, will take place on Saturday 19 November at the same venue. The trio comprises Caroline Tait, violin, Babette Lichtenstein, cello, and Anthea Fry, piano. The trio’s programme includes Gabriel Fauré (Piano Trio Op 120) and Enrique Granados (Piano Trio Op 50)

Tickets for both concerts cost £7.50 and are available via the box office on 01932 782788 or on the door at the on the day. Ticket price includes coffee and croissants which will be served from 10.15 am.

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Matt CartoonThe draft LOSRA response to the National Planning Policy Framework is necessarily a bit lengthy, but residents are asked to put aside a few minutes to read and to comment before the final version is sent to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

On such an important issue, LOSRA wants to be sure that it speaks for the majority membership before submission.

If you wish to comment please Contact Us by 10th October. Thank you.

Click here to view LOSRA's draft response to the National Planning Policy Framework (Adobe Acrobat, PDF - 615KB)

Friday, 23 September 2011 09:13

Music Nights at Sunbury Cricket Club a Big Hit

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Sunbury Cricket Club has scored a big hit with its new series of regular monthly Friday Music Nights, featuring high quality blues, rock and jazz artists. The next attraction is on Friday 30th September, when top R&B singer Paul Cox is appearing with emerging French blues star Charlie Fabert, along with Paul’s regular band.

The line-up is making a return appearance, having played a storming gig at the Club back in May, which ended with Paul and Charlie rocking on the tables - they enjoyed it so much, they asked to come back while Charlie is in the UK to do a blues festival on the Isle of Wight with Paul. This is a gig not to be missed, and it’s happening at Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury, TW16 5PS from 8.30,admission £5.

The non-profit making Club has already staged gigs from top bands like the 60s All Stars, Protect The Beat (one of the UK’s best jazz-funk outfits), Presenze, and most recently Blues Patrol. Future attractions include, on Friday 25th November, the great Texan blues guitarist Buddy Whittington, for fifteen years a fixture with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, with Sunbury-based Darby Todd on drums.

The Sunbury Cricket Club music nights are open to all, with the added attraction of competitive bar prices, and the Cub is keen to build a regular clientele for the events. For further information, or to be added to the mailing list, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spelthorne Council has published its response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework and this may be viewed by clicking here. The Local Planning Authority has, amongst other things commented upon contradictions within the text, lack of definition and clarity; and insufficient recognition of local planning strategies or community input . LOSRA has no hesitation in endorsing the Council's response so far as it goes. We are in the course of drafting LOSRA's response which will be posted on the Website in the coming week for comments by members. (See article of 20th September below).

If you have not yet seen the Government's draft, if may be viewed by clicking here.

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