• 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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    View Our Newletters

    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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The Walled Garden in Thames Street has won the prestigious Green Flag Award for the sixth year running.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country and this year the Walled Garden is one of a record number of spaces to receive the Award.

The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Borough Council embarked on a restoration project of the two acre garden in 1985.

Expert use of trees, shrubs and climbers on the ancient walls, which are 8 to 10 feet high in places, make the garden a beautiful place to visit. It is home to the Richard Stothard Memorial Clematis Collection which has over 200 varieties, with a clematis in flower almost every day of the year.The sheer variety of plants provide great inspiration for gardeners.

The Walled Garden is open seven days a week, from 7.30am-8.30pm in the summer months.

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The developers, Willmott Dixon, will be holding a public exhibition at the Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex, Waterside Drive, Walton on Thursday 21st July between 4pm and 8pm.

In hand-delivered fliers sent to a number of households the developers state their intention to make some changes to improve their original development proposals for the Complex. The principal change is the removal of the northern spectator stand and storage, along with minor changes to the landscaping and car park. Members of the project team will be available at the Xcel centre to explain the changes and answer questions. For those unable to attend, the exhibition material will be on display at Elmbridge Civic Centre and Walton Library between 21st July and 4th August.

The exhibition will be of particular interest to Sunbury residents living on or near the Thames opposite the Complex, and who stand to most affected by noise and light pollution.

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The 139th year of the Sunbury Amateur Regatta will take place on 13th August 2016, with the Junior Regatta the following day on Sunday 14th August 2016.

The main event is the racing which will be in progress throughout the day, followed by the prize giving for the winners, presented by the Mayor of Spelthorne, at around 5:30 pm.

There will be plenty to entertain the whole family throughout the day with Punch & Judy and many other kids activities, including a fancy dress competition organised via the local schools.

Stalls supporting good causes and local/national charities will form the centrepiece, as well as those presenting items of local interest, plus one exhibiting some historic memorabilia from the First World War.

The day will also feature the final of the “Sunburys' got Talent” competition (If you have not already entered and wish to do so, then details of registration and the heats can be found on the Regatta website: http://www.sunburyregatta.com), music from local bands and then in the evening there will be an illuminated sail-past by the Middle Thames Yacht Club at approx. 9:00 pm, followed at approx. 9:30 pm by the renowned Sunbury Regatta fireworks display!

Admission prices payable on the day can be found on the Regatta website, but why not become a member, if you are not already?

Membership remains at just £9.00 per single or £17.00 per pair and provides admission to the Island as well as admission into the Members area, which has a reduced cost private bar (approx £1.00 per pint lower than the public bar!). The membership application form can be printed from the Regatta website and posted together with a cheque for payment to our PO Box address (sorry but they can’t yet take this online).

Full details of the event can be found on their website www.sunburyregatta.com

The President, Chairman and Regatta Committee, look forward to seeing you and thank you for your continued support in this historic local charitable event. The Annual Regatta Church Service will be held on the preceding Sunday as usual (Sunday 7th August 2016, from 10:00 am - Service starts at 10:30 am) at St. Mary’s Church, Lower Sunbury.

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With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.
Paying for a holiday / airline tickets / accommodation via direct bank transfer. No reputable company will ever request payment via this method.
Responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.
Protect Yourself

  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / particular airline that your booking does indeed exist.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


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Many congratulations are due to Toby Roland-Jones who has been called up to the England squad and makes his debut for the Test match against Pakistan at Lords on Thursday.

Toby is a fomer Sunbury Colt and played through all the age groups; and was a 1st XI player until he joined Middlesex. He is a true product of Sunbury CC and we are all very proud of him and of those who contributed to his development.

Toby has been in superb form this summer and showed what he is capable of just last week, taking 3-34 as Middlesex skittled county champions Yorkshire for 167 to record an unlikely win. That came after he had picked up another three wickets in the first innings and smashed 79 not out to help set up the victory. In total, he has taken 30 first class wickets, at 29.03, this season and averages 53.33 with the bat - albeit that figure is boosted by three not out scores in his six innings.

Our uncapped paceman is one of five seam options in the 12-man squad, joining Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball. We wish Toby every success and very much hope he is in the XI on Thursday.

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