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 next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 21st when the Club welcomes the great bluesman PAPA GEORGE, playing at the Club for the first time with his own band.
Singer and guitarist Papa George is one of the great British blues troubadours, who has been a fixture on the club and festival circuit since the 1970s, and is sufficiently renowned to have been inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in the USA. He will be appearing with bass player Pete Stroud, well-known at the club from his appearances with Bad Influence, and, extraordinarily, a drummer also called Pete Stroud, formerly with Sassafras, who has played at the Club with Paul Cox, and is also a member of The Foundations.
Muddy Waters’ guitarist Bob Margolin called George “A powerful deep blues player….a spectacular blues artist. He’s got power and nuance as a master entertainer”. Broadcaster Bob Harris says George plays “electric blues at its very best”. There’s more information at www.papageorge.co.uk.
George has appeared at the Club before with The Barnes Blues Band, but it’s a welcome and long overdue debut at the Club for him with his own band, and one not to be missed. This is the last Music Night before we have a break during the summer so we look forward to seeing you to make the most of this one.
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 distribution organisation Surplus To Supper, will be available from 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
SBC have confirmed dates for the public hearings as part of the Local Plan examination, which is now well underway. The hearings will commence on Tuesday 23 May 2023.
Full details can be found here
The Statement of Persons Nominated for the election on 4 May 2023 has now been published and may be viewed here
The Amateur London Irish Mini Festival will once again be staged this year on Sunday, 23rd April. In previous years, inconsiderate parking by visiting parents has caused problems in nearby roads, often preventing residents from leaving or entering their driveways.
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".
A number of signs (illustrated) will be available on the day.
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 31st March, when we are delighted to welcome back DAVE KELLY, a leading figure on the UK and international blues scene for several decades, and one of the country’s finest slide guitarists, who has attracted sell-out audiences on previous visits to the Club, both solo and with his band.
He was with The John Dummer Blues Band in the ‘60s blues boom alongside his late lamented sister Jo-Ann Kelly, and toured the UK with John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, before he and Jo Ann formed Tramp with Tony McPhee. In 1979 he founded The Blues Band with Paul Jones, Hughie Flint & Tom McGuinness, former members of Manfred Mann and McGuinness Flint, and for over 40 years until they called it a day in 2021, they were the UK’s top blues attraction. He is also a regular at festivals, club and concert dates across Europe and in the USA and Canada.
Dave won the British Blues Awards Top Acoustic Artist for five years running, until they stopped entering him! As a singer and guitarist steeped in the blues for a lifetime, his repertoire draws on classics from across the genre as well as his own material, and we can guarantee an evening of spell-binding and high-class entertainment from one of the greats of British blues.
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 distribution organisation Surplus To Supper, will be available from 7pm.
Spelthorne Council announces the dates for the public hearings as part of its Local Plan examination, which will commence on 23 May 2023.
After 6 long years in gestation it is to be hoped that we now have the finishing line in sight.
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Local historian and curator of Spelthorne Museum, Nick Pollard, will be discussing the history of Spelthorne through the lenses of photographers over the last century and a half as well as earlier prints from the 18th century.
Donations are welcome and all proceeds raised will go to the Mayor's charities.
To see poster, click here
The UK government have launched an Emergency Alerts system and a test will be sent to all residents in the early evening of Sunday 23 April.
For further details, click here
Our Spring newsletter is currently with the printers and should be available for distribution from the weekend 25/26th March.
It is also available to view here
With over twenty years playing experience, Paul has worked with numerous ensembles and as a solo performer in a variety of musical scenarios. Confident playing in a wide variety of genres spanning Jazz, Classical, Flamenco, Blues and Rock, Paul has become an in-demand freelance guitarist.
Picking up the guitar at the age of eleven, initially self taught Paul started performing with his first band at fourteen. After completing a BA in Jazz studies at the prestigious Leeds College of Music in 2001 he went on to work as a freelance musician and guitar teacher
Re-locating to London in 2009 and recently completing an MA in Film and TV Composition, he currently divides his time as a performer, music educator and media composer.
Currently Paul is working with many established musicians and singers on the London Jazz scene, playing at many of London's prestigious venues.
For booking and venue details, click here
The Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend is asking for residents’ views on anti-social behaviour in Surrey.
It comes as the county’s partnership including her office, Surrey Police, Surrey County Council, housing providers and various support charities look to boost the service that is provided when residents report an issue or need help.
Getting tough on anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a key part of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan, that outlines the priorities for Surrey Police.
Have your say now: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/GQZJN3/
ASB takes many forms, ranging from rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour to antisocial driving and criminal damage. It can significantly increase the risk to an individual’s health and is often connected with the bigger picture of community safety.
But reducing anti-social behaviour is complex and requires coordinated support from partners in areas such as housing, care, and mental health as well as policing.
The survey is an important way of making sure residents’ views remain at the heart of the work of the partnership and capture a fresh picture of the problems that communities in Surrey are facing in 2023.
Charity ASB help are supporting the launch of the survey and will be working with the Commissioner’s office and Surrey Police to analyse the feedback in the spring. The results of the survey and focus groups will then help the partnership to improve services and raise awareness of the different routes for reporting ASB and the support that is available.
Commissioner Lisa Townsend said it was a topic that is regularly raised by residents in Surrey, but that ASB could not be ‘solved’ by police alone.
She said: “Anti-social behaviour is often described as a ‘low level’ crime but I don’t agree – it can have a lasting and devastating impact on people’s lives.
“I regularly hear from residents affected by ASB and they often feel there is no escape. It is happening where they are and may repeat weekly or even daily.
“Making sure our communities feel safe is a key part of my Police and Crime Plan for Surrey and I’m proud that we have a strong partnership tackling ASB in Surrey.
“There is more to do. Your views are really important for us to be able to raise more awareness of the ways you can report different problems and access help.”
The online survey will run until Friday, 31 March.
Anyone affected by ASB in Surrey can find out which agency to contact for different problems at healthysurrey.org.uk/community-safety/asb/who-deals-with-it
Support is available if you experience persistent ASB in Surrey. Visit the Mediation Surrey website for more information about mediation and coaching, or visit the Community Trigger page to find out what to do if you have reported the same problem on multiple occasions but are not satisfied with the actions taken to resolve it.
When hotel management have a guest who has overstayed his welcome, what can they do? Put an ad in The Times asking if anybody knows this secretive person, of course!
When a number of visitors subsequently arrive at the hotel and a brutal murder takes place, who could have done it and why?
Can you solve the case and get the murderer locked up? Come and have a go!
Tickets price includes:
A fully licenced bar will be open for drinks purchases during all performances.
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The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club is our annual Mayor’s Charity Night featuring THE CHAIN GANG on Friday 10th March.
It’s become something of a tradition that we devote one of the Club's Music Nights to a special event to support the Mayor of Spelthorne’s charities, and they have proved extremely successful evenings, so we are delighted to be able to put one on this year. This year’s Mayor of Spelthorne is Cllr. Doran, a Stanwell councillor, who is a great supporter of the Club. The Mayor’s charities are the Spelthorne Mental Health Association and Stanwell Family Centre, two vital services in these difficult times.
We have assembled the usual suspects from the great and good of Sunbury’s music fraternity to play under the name of The Chain Gang in honour of the Mayor’s chain of office. The musicians will be giving their services free, so all the door money will go to the charities. It will be a great night of classic rock ‘n’ roll, blues, ‘60s R&B, rock and country.
The line-up features Gerry Cook (Matrix), Mark Doyle (Marshall Taylor Band) and Tim Renton (3AM) on guitars; Martin House (Matrix) and Roger Harding (ex-East of Eden) on bass, Stephane Booroff (Sky High, The Escorts and ex-Edison Lighthouse) and Alan Hall (Matrix) on drums, Geoff Forester (who has played with Taj Mahal, Mississippi Fred McDowell and others) and Paul Watts on vocals and guitar. We’re delighted to say that Karl Green, original and long-time member of Herman’s Hermits, who was expecting to be in the USA on this date, is now available to join us and will be featured on several songs on vocals and guitar.
It’s all for a great cause and will be a fun community night, so please put it in your diary.
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 distribution organisation Surplus To Supper, will be available from 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
In January 2023, Surrey County Council announced that they have agreed a new seven year parking and traffic enforcement contract with Marston Holdings Ltd. The contract will mean that parking and traffic enforcement will be operated in partnership between Surrey County Council and Marston.
From 1 April 2023, Spelthorne Borough Council will no longer be responsible for our on-street parking. This will include:
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