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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It was just over a year ago that the exhibition of the Lendy Memorial in the Walled Garden was made the subject of a controversy by an unsolicited commentariat questioning the rectitude of its continued public display. (See previous articles of 17th June, 22nd June,17th August 2020 and 19th January 2021).
At the conclusion of discussions with the Council and all interested parties, it was finally, and with universal approval, agreed that the Memorial should remain where it is. Our past Chairman, Alan Doyle, kindly undertook to write about the history of the Lendy brothers and to make his work freely available at the Embroidery Gallery. The resulting booklet is co-authored by Nick Pollard, the historian who many will know as the Chairman of Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society.
To read the booklet online, click here
Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of the UK's leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey.
Leo joins the Terence Collie trio at the Riverside Arts Centre on Sunday 11th July at 7.45pm.
For further information, click here
Cows will return to Sunbury Park on June 15 th for the summer grazing season. There were no cows in the Park last year because it was decided that with the Park being such a valuable and well-used area for people to exercise during the Coved emergency whenso many other activities were restricted, it would make sense not to have them during that time. However, now that things have opened up more, they are coming back this year, arriving on June 15 th .
There will be fewer of them this time – nine cows, we understand – and they we will be in the Park probably until the early autumn, maybe about four months. Having cows in the Park is the best way to manage the grassland from the point of view of keeping down the rank grasses and improving bio-diversity - mowing is expensive and difficult in the Park, and the cows’ grazing habit, tearing at the grass and exposing small areas of earth, helps the seeds of wild flowers and herbs to become established.
We are conscious that many people have acquired dogs during the last year or so and may be new to dog owning, and unfamiliar with interacting with cattle in the Park. It is obviously important that dogs are not allowed to approach, chase or harass the cows inany way, and if you are not sure how they will respond to seeing the cows it is advisable that they are kept on a lead.
Further to the article posted on this site on 10th May.
Ferries from Sunbury across the river to Walton, have operated for hundreds of years and were a vital link for the local communities. Sadly, with the advent of modern transport, bridges and road links, the ferries died out towards the 1970s – until now.
LoSRA has always championed the idea of a new river crossing in Lower Sunbury, and whilst the idea of a footbridge is still a long term objective, an initiative from Spelthorne Council (SBC), through its River Thames Task Group, sees a new ferry service beginning operation from Lower Sunbury next month.
The SBC River Thames Task Group was made up of Spelthorne Councillors, Officers and local community representatives (including LoSRA) with a knowledge of the river and the local area. The Task Group has undertaken a number of riverside projects across Spelthorne including improvements to Kings Lawn and the ferry initiative.
As part of the ferry project, two local residents, Neil Huntingford (a LoSRA Committee Member), and Simon Harris have set up Sunbury Ferry Ltd. Formed as a not-for-profit community company, they have recruited over two dozen local volunteers to operate the ferry service at weekends and public holidays throughout the summer months. Many of the volunteers are already experienced boaters whilst others have taken advantage of the opportunity to gain a qualification through training at Queen Mary's Reservoir.
The Council have generously provided the initial funding to get this community initiative up and running, with LoSRA and other local organisations adding their support as the project has developed.
Keen to be 'green', the new pontoon-style ferry is powered by a whisper-quiet electric engine and crosses the river from the Lower Sunbury bank opposite the Riverside Arts Centre, over to the Walton bank downstream of Sunbury Lock.
LoSRA is proud to be an active supporter of this new service for the local community which should also help attract visitors to the area to enjoy the many amenities on offer in Lower Sunbury as well as giving access to Walton. Please visit the ferry website for more details: sunburyferry.co.uk
Photo shows volunteers undertaking training ahead of the new ferry being delivered.
Cllr Lawrence Nichols was elected as Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council at the Annual Meeting of the Council on Thursday 26 May.
Cllr Nichols, of the Liberal Democrats, was elected as Councillor for the Halliford and Sunbury West ward in 2019 and was previously Chairman of the Audit Committee. Cllr Nichols was also a councillor between 2007 and 2011.
Prior to retiring in 2017 he had been a senior Civil Servant, having previously been an IT Director for a subsidiary of a UK bank. He is a school governor at Beauclerc and Chennestone Schools in Sunbury.
Cllr Ian Harvey was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting on 27 May. Cllr Susan Doran was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Harvey was first elected as a borough councillor for Sunbury East in May 2013 and re-elected in 2015 and 2019. He has always taken a special interest in ward issues and works closely with local residents. He was Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council from February 2016 – June 2020.
Cllr Harvey has lived in Lower Sunbury for 24 years and is married to Helen, who is also a local councillor.
After what seems to have been an interminable lockdown, The Terence Collie Trio will be returning to the Riverside Arts Centre on Sunday, June 6th at 7.45pm.
The Trio will be joined by Maciek Pysz who plays acoustic and classical guitar with his influences coming from tango, flamenco, Latin, jazz, Brazilian and classical music. His compositions are known for their lyricism, well developed melodic sense, and imagination.
The audience will be limited in size with advanced booking and drinks served at tables. It will look and feel more like a jazz club!
For booking details, click here
Following the success of similar events last year where 80 stalls took part in just one week, a similar event is planned for the Spring bank holiday on 31st May.
The feedback from the last Jumble Trail was very encouraging. It should be remembered that social distancing rules (however they may apply on the day) must be observed.
It is free to have a stall or follow the trail. Join the facebook group to view photos of the stalls on the day and get alerts about the event or visit: www.sunburyjumbletrail.co.uk
The latest edition of Sunbury Matters carried a very welcome article on page 7 by LoSRA Committee member, Neil Huntingford.
To view, click here.
The ferry service will be run by the community for the community.
To see information for prospective volunteers, please click here.
To see the results for the Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner and Staines South By-election, click here
The following notice has been issued by the Council and we are happy to reproduce it here:
Do you know a special young person aged between 5 and 19 years living or receiving education within Spelthorne who deserves recognition? If so, you may wish to nominate them for a Spelthorne Youth Award!
As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more appropriate time to support and celebrate our young people.
We are looking for nominations in the following categories:
Anyone can nominate a young person for an award and there is no limit to how many you can nominate. A selection from each category will be invited to a special awards ceremony and presented with a certificate from the Mayor of Spelthorne.
A star award is presented to the young person deemed most worthy by a panel of judges, this consists of a glass trophy and cheque for £50.
The deadline for nominations this year is Friday 28 May, with the awards evening taking place in July. To submit a nomination, please visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/youthawards
Polling station data for the 6 May polls in Spelthorne is now live at: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/
Due to engineering problems, there has been a delay with the posting of postal vote forms.
The postal votes for the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner, Surrey County Council and the Staines South By-Election were due to be posted to postal voters today, however the printers the Council appointed have had engineering problems which has meant that there has been a delay.
This is beyond the Council's control and the postal votes will now be posted on Monday.
A number of enquiries have been made regarding a licensing application for the Hazelwood Centre which runs the London Irish site.
Dog walkers, in particular, will have seen the notices posted around the Hazelwood pitches.
The Association has been in touch with the Centre and we are advised that London Irish.has had to reapply for its premises licence as a result of a change in the legal entity which runs the site. The current entity Hazelwood Community Company which is set up as a not for profit organisation replaces the old Hazelwood Centre LLP. This change necessitated a new licence application, which is based on exactly the same terms as the one which expired at the time of the change.
It should be noted that opening times are identical to those approved under the previous licence.