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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The first Music Night of the New Year at Sunbury CC is on Friday 12th January, when the Club welcomes back THE NASHVILLE TEENS in their traditional January slot to blow away the January blues.
THE NASHVILLE TEENS 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 us over many years, so we’re delighted to have them back again.
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 on bass Colin Pattenden, member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band when they had their big hits back in the 70s with Simon Spratley of The Ian Campbell Blues Band on keyboards, Ken Osborn from Levee Camp Moan on guitar 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.
Hot food, prepared by the Club's resident caterers Surplus To Supper, will be available as usual from about 6.30pm, with the band on stage around 8.30 pm or soon after.
Admission is £10.00 on the door, payable by cash or card.
The Riverside Players of Sunbury bring Robin Hood and His Very Merry Men to the Riverside Arts Centre from 18th - 21st January.
Lester and company will be celebrating one of the most important modern jazz groups of all time.
Riverside Arts Jazz presents the music of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers.
For venue and booking details, click here
We use this item to wish all our readers a happy Christmas and a (more) peaceful New Year for 2024.
Our New Year newsletter will be circulated shortly after Christmas with your copy of Sunbury Matters but, if you cannot wait, you can read it here.
The front page is devoted to a possible BESS proposal (what? you may ask) for land adjoining the so-called EcoPark.
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The last Music Night of 2023 at Sunbury Cricket Club on Friday 8th December, sees the return to the traditional tried and tested party formula as the Club once again features THE LIVERPOOL ECHOES. They are led by Yanni Tsamplakos, who is a great supporter of our Music Nights and has appeared at many of the Club's Christmas party shows with his band The Mersey Legends. The Club are delighted to welcome him back once more with his new line-up, with whom he appeared for the first time last year.
As always, they will give us a rip-roaring evening, performing a non-stop selection of wall-to-wall beat era classics, with Yanni on guitar and vocals, Billy Allan on guitar, John Joce on bass and Rick Daniow on drums. We can guarantee that it will be a great party night to kick off the festive season in style, so get a gang of friends together and come along for a proper rave-up.
There’s more info at www.liverpoolechoes.co.uk.
It's £10.00 on the door payable by cash or cards. Hot food will be available as usual from about 6.30pm, and the band will be on stage by around 8.45 at the latest.
BAD INFLUENCE is one of our most popular bands, and have done some storming shows for the Club, including headlining one of their Beer Festivals, so we are always delighted to welcome them back as it’s been well over a year since they last played at the here.They feature Val Cowell on guitar and vocals, Richard Hayes on guitar, Pete Stroud on bass, and Johnny Brister on drums, performing their distinctive brand of hard-hitting up-front blues/rock, blending original material from their albums with interpretations of material from the likes of Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and Fleetwood Mac. It will be a fine evening of archetypal Sunbury Music Night fare. There’s more info at www.badinfluence.org.uk.
It's £10.00 on the door payable by cash or cards.
As previously noted, we are starting the shows a bit earlier these days, as the room tends to be full by about 8.30, so the band will be on stage by about 8.40 - 8.45. The bar is open from 6pm and hot food will be available from around 6.30. It promises to be a great night and we look forward to seeing you there. The fliers for the event are attached - please share them with any friends who might be interested. We look forward to seeing you there. Please note also that the website where Music Night information is carried is now www.sunburysports.org/music-club/
This year’s Sunbury Christmas Market, organized by the Lower Sunbury Business Community (LSBC). is being held on Thursday 7th December between 5pm and 8.00pm on Avenue Parade (outside the shops) in Lower Sunbury.
It's one of the highlights of the social calendar and always well attended. It promises gift and food stalls, meet Santa (5pm - 7pm) and carols with the Salvation Army (6:30pm). The road will be closed to traffic during the event and the money raised will be used for the Sunbury community. As in previous years, LOSRA will have a stall at the market so do feel free to pay us a visit! It will be a most enjoyable evening for both adults and children judging from previous successful years!
The following link, if true, reveals a very worrying description of the Environment Agency and its failure to discharge many of its core functions in relation to the river Thames.
It is emphasised that the account comes from one anonymised whistle-blower only and, at the time of writing, the EA has not responded.
Click here to view the article
Laying of wreaths:Cllr Sandra DunnCllr Lawrence NicholsOfficer Terry CollierSCC Buddhi Weerasinghe
Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way.
A ubiquitous performer with many of Europe’s leading bands from underground to pop, he’s a regular sideman of choice for many visiting American artists when touring in Europe, and has performed in over 30 countries worldwide appearing at such venues as the Blue Note, Birdland, as well as the Perugia, North Sea, Vittoria, Montreax, and Oslo Jazz Festivals to name but a few, with varied and diverse artists across the spectrum such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Humphrey Littleton, Scott Hamilton, Van Morrison, Evan Parker and The Rolling Stones, as well as with his contemporaries Gareth Lockrane, Seamus Blake, Phil Robson, Michael Janisch, Joel Frahm, and more.
Alex will be joining the Terence Collie Trio on Sunday, 5th November at the Riverside Arts Centre.
For venue and booking details, click here