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.
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There have been a number of incidents of dead swans and the Council is working with the relevant authorities to ensure these are humanely removed from the area.
As a precaution it is recommended that people keep dogs on leads on the river towpaths and stay on the paths. People should also not touch or try to rescue sick birds.
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Trumpeter Stuart Henderson and saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos team up with the Terence Collie Trio at the Riverside Arts Centre on 18th December at 8pm.
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A network of Warm Hubs has been set up across Surrey to provide support to residents in these challenging times. The Warm Hubs are community spaces across the county where people can drop in, get warm, have a hot drink and be in the company of other people. There will also be people on hand to give free energy advice. It's open to all.
Surrey County Council, district, borough; and town and parish councils have been working togehter with Surrey's faith and community groups to open up this network of Warm Hubs established to support residents who will be affected by the cost-of-living and energy crisis.
Particular congratulations must go to the Sunbury Ferry which stood out by winning the Sustainable Business of the Year, the Corporate Social Responsibility Award and scooping up, as overall winner, the Best Business in Spelthorne.
As an Association, and having given practical support to the Ferry since its inception, we are especially pleased with the Borough-wide recognition given to this enterprise which has brought so much pleasure to communities on both sides of the River.
Great credit must also go to the Sassy Apron bakery in Thames Street for winning the New Start up of the Year.
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"Did you know that Sunbury has its own Youth Theatre Group, based at the Riverside Arts Centre and that it has been providing wonderful performance opportunities and productions for decades starring local young people aged between 12-18 years? Many have gone on to become professionals and are working in the industry today.
If you would like to see what we are all about, why not come and see our hilarious latest show CLUE based on the board game Cluedo, a WHODUNNIT, full of laughs and surprises and starring our local young people. Come and join the fun, you will be sure of a warm welcome."
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Celebrated British jazz pianist Jason Rebello was labelled a veteran by critics at 19 and over the next decade won most of the major jazz music awards.
“At 21, he’s probably the most gifted and fluent pianist to emerge in Britain since Django Bates” Neville Hadsley, Jazz FM 1990
Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, he came to the attention of one of the founders of jazz fusion, Weather Report’s saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Impressed by his musical fluency and style, Shorter produced his No 1 debut album A Clearer View October 1990 Novus PD 90527.
“…..A Clearer View describes graceful crossover holding patterns, seeking not to challenge but to entertain. Rebello has created a series of compositions where he knows his musicians will be comfortable and can easily express themselves. It’s their shared values of craftsmanship that make this album work” WIRE magazine 1990
By 1992 Jason’s musical talent and endearing personality enabled him to feature in a wide range of media projects including Artrageous BBC 2 which Janet Street-Porter invited him to present. Popular and confident, Jason chose to produce his second album Keeping Time. He invited a wealth of his musical friends to feature including soul diva Jocelyn Brown and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
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Constituency boundaries are changing, and it's your final chance to help shape the new map.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is required by Parliament to undertake an independent and impartial review of all constituencies in England, to rebalance the number of electors in each constituency.
Constituency sizes currently vary widely due to population changes since the last boundary review. The new map proposed by the Commission will make sure each constituency has between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, so that each MP represents roughly the same number of electors. The 2023 Boundary Review also requires that the number of constituencies in England increases from 533 to 543.
The Commission has listened to the feedback sent in from the public, and have changed nearly half of the initial proposals published last year. The new revised proposals are now available to view via an interactive map on the consultation website www.bcereviews.org.uk.
A final public consultation is open now until 5 December and is the last chance to provide your views on new constituency boundaries. The Boundary Commission for England has invited the public to visit www.bcereviews.org.uk and comment on the proposals via the website, email or letter. Hard copies of the proposals are available to view at public places of deposit listed on the Boundary Commission for England website. You can give your feedback on anything from where the proposed electoral boundaries are, to the suggestions for new constituency names.
To tell the Commission whether the new proposals for constituencies best represent your local community, visit bcereviews.org.uk and have your say before 5 December. Follow @BCEReviews on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with 2023 Boundary Review news.
Surrey County Council are currently reviewing bus services in Surrey and want your views on what they invest in, introducing more on-demand buses and changes to some routes.
To help shape the Future Bus Network, Surrey County Council are running a public consultation from Thursday, 3 November 2022 to Friday, 6 January 2023.
To have your say, click here
On Friday 18th November Sunbury Cricket Club welcomes for the first time THE MILK MEN. It’s actually a long-overdue welcome back for one member, namely Adam Norsworthy, the dynamic singer and guitarist front-man for The Mustangs, who have been popular regulars over the years at our Music Nights and Beer Festivals.
Along with Adam, The Milk Men feature bass player Lloyd Green, son of Mick Green, the legendary guitarist with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and later simply The Pirates, plus former Pirates drummer Mike Roberts and singer Jamie Smy.
The highly acclaimed four piece have been going down a storm at all the right venues across the UK with their all-action show that features great original songs alongside blues-rock classics. We can guarantee a proper rocking high-class Music Night show, and we can let you know that Adam is raring to go on his return to the Club.
There’s more info plus videos at www.themilkmenmusic.com
It's £10.00 on the door payable by cash or cards. Hot food will be available as usual from about 7pm.
Spelthorne Natural History Society announces details of the November indoor meeting that will be on Wednesday, 9th November at:Charlton Village Hall, 83 Hetherington Road, Shepperton TW17 0SN.Doors open at 8 pm - we start at 8.15.
This month we are delighted to welcome back to SNHS, Dr. Erica McAlister. Erica McAlister Hon. FRES is an entomologist and Senior Museum Curator at The Natural History Museum in London. She is an expert in flies and has presented many programmes about flies on both television and radio.
Her talk is entitled: Bums, tums and knobbly bits - why flies are great! Entrance is free to all meetings for members of SNHS.Non-members are welcome to attend any meeting – entrance charge £3.
Further details about Spelthorne Natural History Society, programme and membership, together with our other activities can be found on our web site: www.snhsociety.org.uk
The River Thames Scheme (EA/Surrey Floodrisk Scheme for Egham to Teddington) have published the attached dates for their in-person consultations.
Please take this opportunity to speak to the River Thames Scheme about this nationally important flood risk project, its impact on our area, and the Thames Landscape Strategy’s potential role locally.
The consultation dates and venues may be viewed by clicking here
As a jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator, Steve Waterman is one of the top British British jazz artists both at home and on the international scene.
He began his career while studying at Trinity College Of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British, European and International jazz scene.
He will be joining the Terence Collie Trio at the Riverside Arts Centre at 8pm on Sunday 6th November.
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Following a report from LOSRA to the Neighbourhood Manager, Joint Enforcement and Community Safety Teams at Spelthorne Council, we received the following email from him today. We are very grateful to him and his team for their prompt response:
"Thank you for your email concerning the graffiti on both the front and back of the wall at Green Street. I have this morning met with our Borough building services team Manager on site and discussed the issue. As you will appreciate, the wall is very old and any work to clear the graffiti will need some thought. It has been agreed that we cannot Jet Wash the area as we would normally do as this will cause further damage to the wall. A specialist cleaning contractor has been spoken to and we have sent him photos of the damage and he will hopefully do some testing with material to see what would be best within the next week. Thereafter depending on these results we will look to remove all of the graffiti, however, the final removal will not be until sometime around the middle of November due to their commitments."