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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Weybridge Lawn Tennis Club are holding their Annual Open Day on Saturday 12 May from 1 pm to 5 pm.
This is a great opportunity for Sunbury residents who play tennis or would like to take up tennis to come and look round their local riverside Club, play a set of tennis if they wish and chat to the Coach and Members. Players of all ages and abilities are most welcome.
The Club is set in a beautiful riverside location at Dorney Gardens, Walton Lane, Weybridge, so only a very short journey over the river from Sunbury. There are quite a few residents from Lower Sunbury who are already Members of the Club, but the Club would always welcome more, no matter what their standard, as all the facilities are available to improve players technical skills.
The cost of membership is extremely competitive, for example Midweek Membership (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5pm) for adults is only £150 per year. Parking is available on site and the Club would be delighted to welcome all tennis players and prospective tennis players to show your round and encourage you to join.
A local resident has recently been buzzed by a drone in her back garden and, with the advent of fine weather, it is not unreasonable to suppose that the recreational flying of drones may increase during the summer months.
As was evident from the resident’s experience, not all drone users act responsibly either deliberately or through ignorance of the UK Drone code published by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Simply put, the Code states:
Don’t fly near airports or airfields
Remember to stay below 400ft (120m)
Observe your drone at all times – stay 150 ft (50m) away from people and property
Never fly near aircraft
For further information visit dronesafe.uk and if you have any concerns about drones being used in your area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, contact your local police on 101. The Council is not the enforcement agency.
This advance warning will be of interest to all residents living in roads close to the London Irish Hazelwood grounds off Green Street.
The 2018 London Irish Mini Festival, one of the biggest in Europe, will fall on 29th April. Despite the best efforts of organisers to prevent inconvenience to local residents, there is little they can do about visiting parents and supporters who choose to disregard the travel and parking arrangements provided by London Irish Amateur RFC. Blocked streets and driveways are a real likelihood.
The busiest time for traffic will be 8am to 10.30am, peaking between 9 - 10am as teams arrive for a 10.am start. The event has a staggered finish from approximately 2pm (age group dependent), with the last games finishing about 4pm.
The next Music Night at the Sunbury Cricket Club is on Friday 13th April, when the Clubs welcomes back THE NASHVILLE TEENS. They couldn’t do their usual New Year spot this year, so we’re very happy to have for an Easter show this time. They are one of the great names from the ‘60s when they had two memorable Top Ten hits in 1964 with “Tobacco Road” and “Google Eye”. They have played storming gigs to kick off the last three years, so we can expect another rousing evening this time around.
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 Colin Pattenden, member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band when they had their big hits back in the 70s, on bass, with Simon Spratley of The Ian Campbell Blues Band on keyboards, Ken Osborn from Levee Camp Moan on guitar, Adam Russel on harmonica 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. It’s also a special occasion as their double CD & DVD “Live At The Nag’s Head 1983” is released on 23rd March and will be on sale. There’s more information at www.Nashville-Teens.com.
Food will be available as usual. For flier, click here
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O'Day, along with Mel Tormé is often grouped with the West Coast school of jazz. Like Tormé, O'Day had some training in jazz drums (courtesy of her first husband Don Carter); her longest musical collaboration was with jazz drummer John Poole. While maintaining a central core of hard swing O'Day's skills in improvisation of rhythm and melody ranks among the pioneers of bebop.
On Sunday 15th April, Jo Harrop will be paying tribute to O’Day’s Verve years. With Jo’s music described as retro soul and a voice that’s been variously likened to dark velvet and honeyed chocolate all matched to a sunny, upbeat personality, she will make it an evening not to be missed.
Jo will be supported by Steve Rubie – sax & flute; Terence Collie – piano; Miles Danso – bass; Sophie Alloway – drums.
Venue: Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RB
Entrance £12 on the door or £9 via website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
Click here for the event poster
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro is asking for the public’s views on his proposal to refresh his Police and Crime Plan for the county.
By law, the PCC has to produce a Policing and Crime Plan which sets the strategic direction for the Force and provides the basis for how he holds the Chief Constable to account.
The PCC has decided that half way through his current four year term of office he wants to further develop his original plan and is seeking the public’s views on a new draft through a short survey that can be found here: Police and Crime Plan Survey
The plan features six revised priorities as below and the draft can be viewed here: Draft Plan
Tackling Crime and Keeping Surrey Safe
Building Confident Communities
Making Every Pound Count
A Force Fit for the Future
PCC David Munro said: “It is approaching two years since I took office and I believe now is a good time to revisit my Police and Crime Plan and refresh the six priorities within it.
“When I launched my original plan in the summer of 2016, I stated I wanted to help deliver a policing service the public can be proud of. Since then some real progress has been achieved.
“Under a stable Chief Officer team, a new policing model has been successfully embedded in Surrey allowing the police to balance demands from serious and complex crimes with the need to retain visible, local policing.
“At the same time Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Police and Fire & Rescue Services has recognised improvements made by the Force with improved grades in recent inspections, particularly in protecting vulnerable people.
“We must never rest on our laurels however and over the next two years I want to see Surrey Police, my office and our partners build on this progress. The best plans are ones that evolve over time so I want to update my Police and Crime Plan to reflect the challenges I believe Surrey Police need to tackle in the coming months.
“We must continue to stay ahead of new crimes, crack down on emerging trends as they occur such as the current increase in burglary, support victims and keep all of Surrey’s communities safe.
“The public have a key role to play I would like as many people as possible to take a few minutes to fill in our survey, give us their views and help us continue to shape the future of policing in this county.”
The survey can be filled in here and will be open until April 9.
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Last Monday we published a notice of an appeal against the Local Planning Authority’s refusal to allow a development of 7 flats on the site of Manor Farm Cottage at 126 Green Street (scroll down to 12th March).
Thanks go to all those residents whose letters of objection helped the LPA to arrive at the right decision.
Unfortunately the developer has now exercised his right to appeal the decision and the appellant’s Form dated 8th December 2017 may be accessed here.
LoSRA’s letter to the Planning Inspectorate may be viewed by clicking here
The following notice has been received by LoSRA with a request to publish. We are happy to oblige:
We would like to honour and recognise the wonderful work done by volunteers. On 29th May 2018, from 6 to 8 pm, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London, Runnymede Borough Council and Spelthorne Borough Council are hosting a joint annual awards ceremony at the Royal Holloway, University of London.
We are delighted that this year Enterprise, Runnymede Borough Council and Spelthorne Borough Council will be sponsoring this event.
Please take the time to nominate one or more of your valued volunteers for these awards. The award categories are:
Our judging panel will include Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager at Royal Holloway University of London, Arthur Birkby, Chairman of Voluntary Support North Surrey, and representatives from Enterprise and the Runnymede & Spelthorne Borough Councils.
To make your nominations please use our online form providing details in 300 words or less about the person or team being nominated outlining the reasons why they have been outstanding as volunteers. The closing date for nominations is Monday 16th April 2018.If you would like help in completing the nomination form, please contact the Voluntary Support North Surrey office on 01932 571122 and feel free to forward this email to anyone in Runnymede and Spelthorne that you think may be interested in nominating a volunteer. Your support in this matter is very much appreciated.Solette Sheppardson, Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Support North Surrey
The next Sunday Lunchtime Jazz presentation at Sunbury Cricket Club, and the final one of the winter before the cricket season starts, is on Sunday 18th March when the Club welcomes back EQUINOX, featuring an emerging star of British jazz, saxophonist Duncan Eagles.
Equinox is a quartet led by drummer Stephane Booroff, who enjoys an eclectic musical life working with ‘70s pop band Edison Lighthouse, as well as appearing with jazz groups in various London venues, and is a regular at the Wednesday jazz shows at the Barley Mow, Shepperton. With Stephane will be Nick Cooper (piano), an Erroll Garner stylist who has played with many well-known names at Ronnie Scott’s, Bull’s Head and all the top London venues, as well as on BBC Radio 2 jazz shows, and Steve Riddle (bass), who has played with the likes of Steve Waterman, Art Themen, Don Weller, Harry Beckett and Bill Le Sage to name a few, and who was in the jazz group which played for six months on the QE2 for its final voyages, as well as on Queen Mary 2
The quartet also features special guest Duncan Eagles, a saxophonist who is a rising star of the jazz world and whose albums have received critical acclaim. Duncan leads his own band Partikel and is resident at London’s Hideaway club. This is a great opportunity to see a leading and innovative personality on the contemporary British jazz scene, and there is a lot of interesting information and videos at www.duncaneagles.com.
The bar opens at 12 noon, and a bistro lunch menu is available from soon after that - the band will be on stage about 1pm.
A developer’s proposal to demolish the existing bungalow at 126 Green Street and replace it with a 2.5 storey building providing 7 appartments was refused by the our local planning authority.
The reason: “The proposed development by virtue of its design, siting and scale on this prominent corner location, would represent an overdevelopment of the site with a lack of car parking, amenity space and cramped layout. It would be positioned forward of the prevailing building line of adjacent sites and would appear visually obtrusive and out of keeping with the locality. It would not make a positive contribution to the street scene of Manor Lane and Green Street and would not preserve the setting of the listed building at 124 Green Street, to the detriment of the character of the area. The development will therefore be contrary to Policies EN1 and EN5 of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD 2009 and the Supplementary Planning Document on the Design of Residential Extensions and New Residential Development 2011.”
The developer has now lodged an appeal against the LPA’s refusal to the Planning Inspectorate (Ref: APP/Z3635/W/17/3191046).
LOSRA objected to the original application and will now be making further representations to the Planning Inspectorate. If you wish to comment, you are urged to submit your representation online at: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3191046
Closing date 4th April 2018.
The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 16th March when the Club is delighted to welcome for the first time THE JOHN VERITY BAND for what promises to be a great night of rocking blues. John is the former front man of Argent , taking over that role from Russ Ballard in 1973, and was later a member of CBS-signed band Phoenix with the late Jim Rodford of The Zombies and Argent, as well as producing albums by Charlie and Saxon during that time. In subsequent years he worked as a session and touring musician with many top names as well as producing other artists, and made a highly-acclaimed solo album “Interrupted Journey”. His career CV is packed with performances and recordings in illustrious company.
In recent years John returned to performing under his own name, drawing his band from a pool of excellent musicians - the line-up for this show is John Verity (guitar/vocals), Roger Inniss (bass guitar – see his web site at www.rogerinniss.com for his extensive top flight background) and Liam James Gray (drums – more info at www.ljgdrums.com). John appeared last year at the Southern Guitar Show at Kempton Park, to demonstrate his JV Signature guitar, and the audience implored him to get a gig at a venue in the area, so we are happy to oblige. This show is one of over 40 dates he is playing in the UK this year, and it is already generating significant interest. There’s full information and fascinating background on his web site at www.johnverity.com, with videos of ‘live’ performances, so you can get a good taste what you’re going to enjoy on the night. Food will be available as usual. To see flier, click here:
One other thing you should know about – Mark Doyle, a great Music Night supporter, who supplies our PA system when we need one, as well as being a member of The Chain Gang, is promoting events at the nearby Hammond Theatre at Hampton School, starting with the legendary Georgie Fame on Friday April 20 which promises to be a great evening. Tickets are available here. You can find out about Mark’s future events by signing up for the mailing list here: mailchi.mp/1c4678cf22cb/mcd-concerts.
You are cordially invited to join Manor Players in celebrating our 70th anniversary. Come and catch up with members and friends old and new over a meal and a fantastic night of entertainment.
Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th March 2018Doors: 19:00 / Start: 19:30
Following audition sessions full of talent, our 70th anniversary spectacle has now been cast. We have secured a cast of fantastic performers keen to show off their talents over two intimate cabaret-style evenings at our very own Riverside Arts Centre. There is sure to be something for everyone as the material ranges from musical numbers featuring Sinatra, musical theatre classics & modern showtunes to drama, sketches & a mini-pantomime. The show will also feature a number from Riverside Arts Centre’s in-house dance school KH Dance Academy. This is certainly one not to miss!
The ticket price includes a two-course meal, and our cheap bar will be open all night for you to purchase refreshments. These cabaret nights have been highly popular in the past so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
Advance Booking Only at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FEHHIJ