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 generosity of spirit Spelthorne residents have shown in times of difficulty continues to amaze the Council with 32 households offering up their homes to a potential 81 Ukrainian refugees as part of the government's Homes for Ukraine scheme.
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Matt Dibble, the renowned composer, saxophonist and clarinetist died in May, 2021, aged 40, from a cerebral hemorrhage shortly after receiving the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
The concert at the Riverside Arts Centre will be a tribute to him and to his music.It will feature friends and fellow musicians.
For full line-up, venue and time, click here
After a two year hiatus the Amateur London Irish Mini Festival will once again be staged this coming Sunday, 24th April. In previous years, the inconsiderate parking by visiting parents has caused problems in nearby roads, often preventing residents from leaving or entering their driveways.
As in previous years, and for what it's worth, the Club has written to all competing clubs asking that they comply with the arrangements for parking which are as follows:
"No parking will be available at the London Irish Hazelwood ground. Kempton Park will provide all Festival parking. The designated entrance is the main entrance on Staines Road East. Marshals will be on hand to collect monies and direct you to overflow parking facilities if required. In addition they will direct you to buses which will transfer you to the Hazelwood ground which is a ten-minute bus ride from Kempton Park.
"Buses will carry shelters and kit.
"Out of consideration to residents in the immediate area please do NOT park in adjacent roads. A number of adjacent roads are too narrow to allow residents to park on, or leave, their houses because turning out of, or into, private drives becomes impossible if festival attendees park on the street.
"The police are likely to remove any cars that cause an obstruction for emergency vehicles or are blocking residents’ driveways".
It is hoped to have a number of signs (illustrated) available on the day.
So far, KKG has achieved what it has through a lot of hard work and not much money. But we are now at a point where we have to instruct a lawyer to represent residents at the Examination in Public, where our new Local Plan will be scrutinised by a Planning Inspector.
So we are appealing to your generous nature – and your sense of fun.
Come along and enjoy an evening of fantastic music with Joglaresa at St Mary’s Church in Sunbury, (by kind permission of Father Andrew) on Friday 29 April from 7:00 pm. All proceeds to the KKG Fighting Fund.
Tickets can be paid for by direct transfer to our bank account;
Barclays Bank Account name: Keep Kempton Green Sort Code: 20-42-76, Account number: 5326 5943
by cheque, made out to Keep Kempton Green, to 20 Green Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6RN.
All contributions, of whatever size, will be most gratefully received.
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For further information about KKG, click here
The Mayor of Spelthorne has asked our Association to publish the following invitation to this event and the charities he is supporting:
"The Mayoress and I would like to invite you to our Charity Spring Blossom Ball to be held at the Holiday Inn, Shepperton on Friday 29 April 2022. After 2 years of not being able to hold any charity events, we would be delighted if you could join and support us at this newly refurbished venue for an evening of fun and entertainment.
"As you will be aware throughout my 4½ years as Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, I made supporting the business community a priority and I am sure this has benefitted your business.
"I am therefore asking for your support at our forthcoming Charity Ball and you can do this in the following ways:
"Even if you are unable to attend, we would still be extremely grateful for any donations or sponsorship to assist with the fundraising for my two hugely worthwhile charities: East to West and Ashford Community & Youth Club, with both supporting young people in our Borough who are facing a mental health crisis. The Mayoress and I hope that this event will raise much needed funds to help these charities support out youth.
Account Name: Spelthorne Mayor’s Charity Fund
Account No: 23397498
Sort Code: 23-05-80
"Any donations or sponsorship should be sent to the same account.
"We sincerely hope that you can join us for a wonderful evening.
Cllr Ian Harvey
Mayor of Spelthorne 2021-2
The Association is aware that many residents find the Sunbury Cross Underpass to be a quite forbidding environment and, having been a party to the discussions on improving that environment, we are very disappointed to read the following Council notice which is reproduced below:
"Spelthorne Borough Council is appealing for information after a spate of graffiti incidents in Sunbury Cross underpass.
"The underpass at Sunbury Cross has recently undergone a raft of works aimed at improving the appearance for residents and visitors. This has included the removal of overhanging plants and shrubs, pruning of the trees, repair of the paths, steam cleaning of the underpass, a repaint of the walls and ceilings and the installation of new stair treads.
"Unfortunately, since the improvements were made, graffiti has been sprayed on the walls of the underpass and the Council is calling for anyone with information about the vandalism to get in touch.
"Cllr Amar Brar, Chair of the Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “Residents deserve to have a clean and pleasant environment and graffiti is quite understandably one of the things that really upsets people. It is also a terrible waste of taxpayers’ money, as it will cost thousands of pounds to clean up. We are publishing photos of the graffiti tags and ask the public to contact us if they can help identify the culprits.”
"Anyone with information is asked to contact the Neighbourhood Services team at Spelthorne Borough Council on 01784 446411."
These informed comments will tell you that a great evening is in store with the famous saxophonist, Roberto Manzin, and the Terence Collie Trio at the Riverside Arts Centre on Sunday 17th April.
"It was the first time I’d heard Manzin live, and his modesty belies the searing lines he plays, easily a match for Brecker or Bergonzi." - Sarah Chaplin, Jazzwise
"...He (Manzin) has to be heard to be believed!" -Jon Newey, Jazzwise
"Roberto Manzin’s licks are up to the minute" -Evening Standard
"Sax-player Roberto Manzin's solos have something of the chromatic excitement of Brecker and the soulfulness of Sanborn." - Alison Bentley, LondonJazz
"Scorching Italian tenorist Roberto Manzin" - Time Out
"An expressive player with an attractive sound, his improvisations reveal a skilful strategist, a melodist first and foremost, who gradually unfolds a solo and builds up to a compelling conclusion." - Charles Alexander, Jazzwise
For venue and booking details, click here
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 8th April, when the Club at last welcomes back THE NASHVILLE TEENS. The Club had to postpone their usual January gig because of the Omicron outbreak, and so slotted them back in as soon as a suitable date could be found.
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 the Club over many years, so are delighted to have them back again after the lengthy lock-down break. 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.
Food will be available as usual, so it's hoped you can make it down to get this year’s Music Nights off to a cracking start.
Admission is £10.00 on the door, payable by cash or card. Hot food, prepared by the expert chefs from our resident caterers from the community food redistribution organisation Surplus To Supper, will be available from 7pm.
Spelthorne Borough Council is offering one-to-one business coaching to help businesses overcome issues, plan and build a strategy to grow their business in 2022 and beyond.
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North West Surrey Health and Care Alliance in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council have launched a survey to gather views on health and wellbeing from residents in Spelthorne.
For further information or to take part, click here
Amy's View is a play written by British playwright, David Hare. The play takes place in Berkshire near Pangbourne, and in London, from 1979 to 1995. Over the course of these sixteen years, "a running argument about the respective virtues of traditional theater and the media arts weaves its way through espoused opinions on marriage, love, fame, fidelity, betrayal, personal and artistic integrity, and the sometimes elusive ethics of the corporate world, among other things."
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Spelthorne Borough Council has published a report showing the progress being made on the actions outlined in the 2020-2025 Housing Strategy.
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Surrey Fire and Rescue are working with a charity called Help from Bournemouth to Ukraine to collect food and supplies which will then be shipped out to where it's most needed in Poland and Ukraine.
They will be opening up Fordbridge fire station on Friday 25 March between 10:00 and 22:00 and Saturday 26 March between 09:00 and 22:00 for the collection of food (especially pasta, rice, powdered milk and canned meat/fish), clothing (no used underwear please!), bedding and blankets (again, no used duvets and pillows please), new non-prescription medicines (no old prescription drugs thanks), baby nappies, wipes, bottles and sterilizing fluid, hygiene essentials etc.
It would be hugely appreciated if you could share this amongst your friends and colleagues in the Borough and even better if you can spare a few hours to come and help.