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 Friends of St Mary's are opening the Church for a 'Heritage Open Day' on the 15th September (10-4pm.).
It follows much the same format as in previous years. The day will include a display of archival material by the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society; records & photos from the Church archives, including added details about the names on the WW1 & WW2 memorial boards and other memorials; self - guided tours of the inside memorials and the now rather indistinct Churchyard gravestones, with added information.
There will be tours of the bell tower and a chance to have a go on the bells plus tea/coffee and/or ice cream!
This will be your chance to browse at leisure and to look at the recently restored artwork in the Apse and Chancel, ask questions (good for those doing their family histories) and tell your stories.
To view poster, click here
Duncan Eagles a London-based saxophonist who performs regularly at venues and festivals all over the world.
Throughout his career so far, he has appeared at many major venues and festivals around the world including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Wuhan Jazz Fest (China), The Kings Place, Brecon Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Jazz Festival and The Paris Cat (Melbourne). Duncan was also one of the musicians selected for Serious's Take 5 scheme for 2017.
He will be appearing with the Terence Collie Trio on Sunday, 9th September at the Riverside Arts Centre, Thames Street.
For further details and poster, click here
Tickets for the Hamilton Loomis Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club on Friday 7th September are now available to be bought on line, here
Hamilton was a protégé of the legendary blues artist Bo Diddley and appeared on stage with him as well as performing on his albums. He is a sensational performer, and his ‘live’ show is something to behold.
Guitar Player magazine wrote if him: “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the centre of it.”, and he is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues-based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience.
His album “Ain’t Just Temporary” reached No. 7 in Billboard’s Blues Chart. His band features Armando Aussenac (drums, background vocals) and Fabian Hernandez (saxes, keyboards, background vocals). It will be a stunning evening.
There’s full information about him at www.hamiltonloomis.com and loads of ‘live’ videos on www.youtube.com
Spelthorne Council’s Annual Report for 2017 – 2018 may be viewed by clicking here
After the success of last year’s Beer and Music festival Sunbury Cricket Club will be hosting a similar event in 2018.
As the new title implies, however, there will be a greater emphasis on gin this time but without detriment to lovers of ales, lagers, wines and ciders.
Tickets to the public start on Saturday 4th August and may be purchased over the bar or online here
The next Sunbury Music Night is on Friday 17th Aug., when the Club presents “Move It” – A Tribute to the Music of Cliff Richard & The Shadows. Believe it or not, it's 60 years this month since Cliff Richard released his first single and first hit "Move It", so to mark the occasion Sunbury Music Club's regular house band is doing a fund-raising and charity night performing a show comprising the music of Cliff Richard & The Shadows, including a number of the instrumental hits The Shadows had in their own right.
Cliff is still one of the great British rock 'n' rollers, and he has made many fine records over the years, as indeed did The Shadows, and they inspired thousands of youngsters to start playing rock 'n' roll themselves.
The band comprises core members of The Chain Gang, who perform at our Mayor's Charity nights, and features Paul Watts (vocals/rhythm guitar), Gerry Cook (lead guitar/vocals), Martin House (bass guitar/vocals), Kevin Welling (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Alan Worrell (drums).
The proceeds of the evening will be split between a contribution towards installing permanent stage lights at the club, and a donation to The Sir Cliff Richard Charitable Trust, which we thought would be an appropriate gesture.
We are aiming for this to be a real summer party night, so alert any Cliff fans that you know, put a party of friends together and make sure you get along for a fun evening - there will be plenty of songs that you all know the words to!
Venue: Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury TW16 5PS
Food will be available as usual.
Janet McCann of Mood Indigo Events, well known to those who attend the fabulous evenings of jazz at the Riverside Arts Centre, is putting on a workshop in the afternoon of 12th August from 3 pm for 12 singers and instrumentalists run by Georgia Mancio followed by a concert with Georgia and trio in the evening which will be starting at 8, slightly later than normal.
There will also be a student concert for the people on the course to perform from 6 pm so anyone who books for the main concert at 8 would be welcome to come along earlier to that too and at no extra cost. The students will be performing with the Terence Collie trio.
For details of the workshop, click here
For Details of the concert, click here
Since 1877, Sunbury Regatta has not only been a serious skiffing race event for local clubs, but also an annual calendar event for Surrey and the local community supporting the development of skills and enjoyment of the River Thames.
The event raises funds in support of the committee's overall charitable objectives of the promotion of Community participation in healthy recreation, physical education and enjoyment of the River Thames through the provision of facilities for the sport of skiffing, rowing, punting and dongola racing to enable people to learn how to row, skiff, punt and dongola race and to practise these skills.
To achieve this we run this 2 day annual Regatta with 60 separate events on the water and onshore at Sunbury and we provide grants to individuals and grants to other organisations focussed on promoting healthy recreation on the river Thames on a year round basis.
All profits from the The Regatta are put toward these charitable objectives and activities.
Thousands of families attend to watch 60 club skiffing and punting races as well as 40 local events such as ‘Row for your local’ and Dongola racing in fancy dress.
The Regatta attracts competitors from skiffing and punting clubs, fire brigades, police forces, the army and businesses across the Thames Valley area.
Away from the river, the lawn on Rivermead Island provides family fun and events all day.
Food stalls from around the world, bar tents, live music through to face painting and tug-o-war provide entertainment through to dusk when the increasingly renowned fireworks displays entertains people for miles around.
The Regatta has kick-started the careers of a number of Olympic rowers and inspired a healthy outdoor lifestyle for thousands of young people.
Admission starts at 9am at about which time racing commences.
Bars open at 11.00 am and other activities on the lawn commence at midday.
Spelthorne Borough Council is delighted to announce that the Sunbury Walled Garden has once again been awarded Green Flag status.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Council embarked on a restoration project of the two acre garden in 1985. Now home to over 200 varieties of clematis, this 'hidden gem' provides a tranquil spot all year round. Free music concerts are being held in the Walled Garden during July and August - visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/music for details.
International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, Paul Todd, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award."
The next Music Night on Friday 27th July will no doubt be very different but equally entertaining when Sunbury Cricket Club welcomes for the first time with his own band ZOOT MONEY & THE BIG ROLL BAND.
Zoot has played at the Club previously with the Barnes Blues Band, and was keen to bring his own show to the Club as well. Zoot is a keyboard player and singer, always associated with the Hammond organ, and is a legendary figure on the British music scene, having been a pioneer of the R&B sound in Soho in the early ‘60s with the Big Roll Band, who had a hit in 1966 with “Big Time Operator” before morphing into Dantalian’s Chariot as part of the psychedelic movement of the times.
He was with Eric Burdon’s New Animals in the USA during the 70s, and has played and recorded with a host of major names over the years, as well as working in TV and film production and becoming a character actor himself. He recently released an album “Book of Life….I’ve Read It”, and will be featuring some material from that alongside his usual top class soul and R&B show.
He appears regularly with his band and with Alan Price at the Bull’s Head Barnes, and is one of the great personalities in British music. There’s plenty of interesting stuff at zootmoney.org
Venue: Sunbury Cricket Club, Lower Hampton Road, TW16 5PS. Commences 8.30pm, £10 on the door. Food will be available as normal.
Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society present the Clematis in Bloom Exhibition from 10 July - 19 August, 10am - 4pm daily (closed Mondays).
This is being held at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, The Walled Garden, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6AB.
For further details or directions to the Gallery please visit www.sunburygallery.org or call 01932 788101.
As part of the Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Festival (see below) Mood Indigo Events will be putting on an evening of the cool, stylish world of 1950s New Your Jazz at the Riverside Arts Centre on 22nd July, 8pm.
For further details, click here
Club Summer BBQ & Disco is just round the corner on Saturday 14 July from 7.30pm.
Book your place now and enjoy a great Club evening. You may also want to come along earlier and see the 1st X1 playing Reigate Priory CC.
Tickets are £10 including BBQ (or £6 for a child’s portion) and are available over the bar.
We are very pleased to support this important annual summer Festival which promises something of interest for all.
To see the complete programme of events, click here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ssarts