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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On Saturday 19th January, Nuffield Health Sunbury is opening its doors to the public to ‘Jump into January’ to promote their extra services: from mini health MOTs, to taster group exercise classes, allowing them to show you that fitness is for everyone.
You are being invited to conquer your New Year’s resolution by joining them for our ‘Jump into January’ event. The event is being held free of charge and without obligation.
On Friday 18th January, the Cricket Club welcomes back THE NASHVILLE TEENS for what has become its traditional New Year kick-off event.
They are one of the great names from the ‘60s who had two memorable Top Ten hits in 1964 with “Tobacco Road” and “Google Eye”, and have played storming gigs for the Club over the last five years, so we’re delighted to have them back again this year.
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, Adam Russel on harmonica and Adrian ‘Spud’ Metcalf on drums.
It will be another night of classic ‘60s R&B, featuring in Ray one of the great voices of the beat era. There’s more information at www.Nashville-Teens.com.
Venue: Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5PS
Food will be available as usual.
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.
The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.
If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.
Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.
It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.
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Would you be prepared to pay an extra £2 a month in council tax for an additional 100 police officers in Surrey?
That is the question Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro is posing to Surrey’s residents as he launches his annual consultation on the police precept for the next financial year.
The PCC is inviting the public to fill in a short online survey on whether or not they would support a proposed £24 increase for the year based on a Band D property.
The proposed rise would mean doubling the number of officers in our dedicated neighbourhood teams which support area policing teams across the county while also helping Surrey Police invest in specialist officers to tackle serious organised crime gangs and drug dealers in our communities.
The survey, which closes at midnight on Monday 28 January, can be found here: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CouncilTax201920/
One of the PCC’s key responsibilities is to set the overall budget for Surrey Police including determining the level of council tax raised for policing in the county known as the precept.
In December, the Home Office gave PCCs across the country the flexibility to increase the policing element of a Band D Council Tax bill by up to £2 a month – the equivalent of around 10% across all bands. In Surrey, every 1% rise in the police precept equates to around £1m in additional income.For Surrey, the PCC’s proposal of £2 a month would mean the policing element of residents’ average Band D council tax increasing from £236.57 to £260.57 a year.In return, the PCC has pledged to increase the number of officers and PCSOs in the county by 100 by April 2020. In addition, the extra money would also preserve CCTV provision in the county whilst exploring possibilities for further investment in digital technology to support officers and Surrey Police’s ability to capture and use footage.
PCC David Munro said: “Asking the public for more money at this time of year is one of the most difficult decisions I have to make as Police and Crime Commissioner for this county.“The question I am often rightly asked by the Surrey public is “what will I get in return?” During my time in post I have spoken to many residents about policing issues in all four corners of the county and they regularly tell me they want to see more local policing in their communities.
“This has been at the forefront of my mind when I have been considering what to propose for this year’s policing element of the council tax.
“The Chief Constable and I agree we want to put more officers and PCSOs in local neighbourhoods to prevent crime and provide that visible reassurance that residents rightly value. We also want more officers to target organised gangs including drug dealers and have more detectives to investigate offences when they do happen.
“The government settlement has given PCCs the flexibility to increase this year’s precept and I don’t take this responsibility lightly. However, I believe it provides a real opportunity to help put more officers back into our communities which is what I believe the public of Surrey want to see.
“Having given this very serious thought - my proposal is to increase the precept by the full £2 a month for a Band D property in return for 100 extra police officers.
“I believe this is the right option for the Surrey public but it is really important to me to get the views and opinions of the people who will be paying it. I would ask everyone to take a minute to fill out our survey and let me know their views which can help me make my decision.”
To read more about the PCC’s proposal and the reasons for it – click here: www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/council-tax-2019-20-have-your-say/
LoSRA has received the following email from the Council for circulation to members:
Computer Lessons for the over-50s Benwell Community Centre, Downside, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6RT Sunbury. NOW ON Wednesdays 9am-1pm.
1-2-1 assistance. We have a computer, but please feel free to bring a laptop, tablet or smart phone.
Matinee and evening performances to be held at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street.
For poster and details, click here
Many thanks to all our supporters who have contributed to keeping this vital Association viable; whether through membership, donations, newsletter distributors or simply helping us to keep our focus on things that matter most to the Lower Sunbury community.
The Chairman and Committee extend our very best wishes to all our supporters for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Stanley William Turrentine was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He began his career playing R&B for Earl Bostic and later soul jazz recording for the Blue Note label from 1960, touched on jazz fusion during a stint on CTI in the 1970s. He was described by critic Steve Huey as "renowned for his distinctively thick, rippling tone earthy grounding in the blues."
Dave O'Higgins, who is paying a tribute to Turrentine is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and latterly recording engineer and producer. He has been a popular figure on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years now, with 19 albums as leader under his belt’s tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure.
A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration, and enjoys the learning process which is a constant advancing flow.
Venue: The Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street at 7.45pm
For further details, click here
The Amateur London Irish Club at Hazelwood will again be hosting a New Year’s eve party.
The cost of admission is £15 per head with a reduced rate of £5 for children.
Call 01932 750 190 to purchase tickets in advance.
It is emphasised that all profits will be returned for the benefit of the amateurs.
The Christmas Jazz Special at the Riverside Arts Centre will welcome Art Themen, the saxophone-playing orthopaedic surgeon who has been an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years.
He will be joined by the Terence Collie trio featuring:
Terence Collie – piano; Stuart Barker – base; Rha Stranges – drums
Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies will be provided.
Venue: Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5QF.
Starts 7.45pm, Tickets £15 on the door or £12 via the website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
The next Friday Music Night at the Club, and the last one of the year, is on Friday 7th December with the Club’s now traditional early Christmas party night when they welcome back THE MERSEY LEGENDS for their customary beat era rave-up to kick off the festive season.
The Mersey Legends are led by Yanni, born in Liverpool and who played at The Cavern with his band The Seftons in the heyday of the beat boom – the band were top of the bill when the Cavern re-opened in 1967. He has been true to his Liverpool roots ever since, creating a band and a brilliantly honed act specifically designed to celebrate the great sounds of the Mersey Era. As ever, we will be guaranteed a rip-roaring evening of wall-to-wall Mersey Era classics just like we’ve had for the last five years. There’s more info at www.themerseylegends.co.uk.
Food will be available as usual, so put together a gang of friends for a fun night out to finish the year with a bang. The Club looks forward to seeing you.
Venue: Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5PS
All patients of Sunbury Health Centre are invited to this Open Meeting of the Patient Participation Group (PPG).
One of the doctors and other Practice staff will give an overview of the many positive developments taking place as well as highlighting the challenges faced by the Practice in our ever expanding community.
There will also be an opportunity for general comments, suggestions and questions from patients. Please note that this is NOT an opportunity to discuss individual cases or issues, these should be passed to the Practice in the normal way.
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Sunday Lunchtime Jazz returns to Sunbury Cricket Club with a very special show featuring one of the most illustrious personalities on the British jazz scene, the cornetist, bandleader, broadcaster and author Digby Fairweather.
Digby has been playing jazz at the highest level for 40 years, and has been associated with many major names, as well as leading his own band The Half Dozen.
The late Sir John Dankworth called him “one of our most articulate jazzmen in both his words and his music”, and Jim Simpson, publisher of The Jazz Rag magazine wrote: “One of our great jazzmen, and the UK’s leading man-about jazz, he has assuredly taken the place vacated by Humphrey Lyttelton as Britain’s leading jazz personality”.
There is full information about him at www.digbyfairweather.com. He is appearing with a quartet featuring an important up-and-coming name in British jazz, tenor saxophonist Duncan Eagles, along with Stephane Booroff (drums), Nick Cooper (piano) and Phil Berry (bass).
The show will start at around 1pm. Tickets at £10 are available on the door, and you can reserve them by e-mailing the address below. A lunch menu will be available from about 12.15, at £13.95 for 2 courses or £16.95 for three courses. It is a real privilege to have an artist of Digby’s stature playing in Sunbury, and it will be a great occasion.
Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Road, TW16 5PS.
The Lower Sunbury Business Community brings you the Sunbury Christmas Market on Thursday 6th December from 5pm – 8pm in Avenue Parade outside the shops.
The Market will have 30 stalls from which to stock up on gifts, treats and enjoy hot food. As in previous years, the Salvation Army will be in attendance for all to come and sing carols at 6.30pm.
Santa’s Grotto will be open at Laura’s Hair & Beauty salon (5-7pm); and there will be an opportunity to take part in the Big Community Raffle with tickets available from Laura’s, Van Wonderen or Skinners Post Office in The Avenue and Tony’s Hair Salon in Vicarage Road.