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 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
The details of the next Police & Partnership meeting to be held in the Greeno Centre, Shepperton on 18th July may be viewed by clicking here
The following notice by Surrey County Council has been received by LoSRA and is reproduced here:
Surrey County Council is engaging with citizens to support the development of social prescribing pathways across Surrey. Social prescribing is a way of helping people with social, emotional and everyday needs with sources of relevant support in their local community.
We have made a short video about social prescribing, click here; https://vimeo.com/275803319/cec70fcdd1
After watching the video, have your say by completing the 5-10 minutes survey.
The workshop planned for your area is:
4th July 6.30 -8.00pm
Cecil Hepworth Playhouse
Bridge Street, Hurst Grove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 1AU
Epsom and Ewell
4th July 1.30-3pm
St Joseph's Church
St Margaret Drive Epsom KT18 7JQ
9th July 6.30-8.00pm
Guildford Baptist Church
Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BE
5th Sept 6.30-8.00pm
Reigate and Banstead
5th Sept 1.30-3 pm
Banstead Community Centre
18th July 6.30-8:00pm
Heriot Rd, Chertsey KT16 9DR
16th July 1.30-3pm
Staines Methodist Church Hall
Thames Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4SD
9th July 1.30-3pm
Godalming Baptist Church
15 Queen St, Godalming GU7 1BA
18th July 1.30-3pm
Board School Rd, Woking GU21 5HD
19th Sept 1.30-3pm TBC
18th Sept 1.30-3pm TBC
Leatherhead Leisure Centre
18th Sept 6.30-8.00pm TBC
Maybury Centre Woking
If you would like to attend a workshop either:
This way we can then confirm your attendance and identify any additional needs that we can support in the workshop.
We hope you can take the time to participate in this engagement and we look forward to hearing from you.
Charlotte Pavitt MFPH
Darzi Fellow, Surrey County Council
Public Health, Room G55
County Hall, Penrhyn Road
mobile: +447813 538427
The AGM on the 20th June attracted a full house and attendees were urged to complete their responses to the consultation on the Issues and Options for the Local Plan following a very helpful presentation by Ann Biggs, the Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne and Geoff Dawes, the Principle Planning Officer.
If you were unable to attend and have not yet completed the consultation form we urge you to do so as the closing date is midnight tonight.
The form will only take a few minutes to complete by clicking on the link below. We have published a specimen (scroll down to article of 18th June) which was compiled after the Association had taken legal advice.
LoSRA has received a notice from County Councillor Tim Evans which announces pavement repairs in Thames Street commencing 2nd July.
To see his notice click here
Since publication of our initial briefing note (see article of 28th May) the Association, in conjunction with Keep Kempton Green (KKG), has now had the benefit of legal advice from which a specimen of ‘model’ answers has been produced. Readers who subscribe to the KKG mailing list may already have received this.
There is nothing particularly contentious in the model which departs marginally from our earlier briefing note but it accords greater emphasis to the status of Kempton Park Green Belt.
The model is not intended to be prescriptive but residents may wish to adopt some or all of the answers in their responses. If you have already completed your questionnaire but have a preference for answers contained within the model, fear not as Spelthorne have confirmed that responses already submitted can be amended.
The closing date for submissions, 25th June, remains unchanged and if you are still unsure what to do, or need further clarification, why not come to our AGM on 20th June, 8pm at the Riverside Arts Centre. Our guest speaker Ann Biggs, the Strategic Planning Manager for Spelthorne will be available to answer questions.
To view specimen of ‘model’ answers, click here