We all love Lower Sunbury. That is why we have chosen to live here. It used to be a thriving commercial centre; a Butcher, a Baker, a Green Grocer, a Bank and so on. In recent times, the economic downturn (coupled with the effect of a certain hypermarket down the road) has had a big effect on the village and we have lost a lot of key services.
The Lower Sunbury Business Community was founded 18 years ago for two reasons; to help promote businesses within the village and to work towards making Lower Sunbury a pleasant place for shoppers to come.
Residents will no doubt have seen flags up in the village for the Jubilee & Olympics and we all enjoy the trees and lights at Christmas in Thames Street and The Avenue. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the Council that is responsible for these decorations, it is the LOSBC and its members who put them up and pay for them with the help of financial contributions by some of the Thames Street residents.
The Village Card scheme is another example of their work. It is a loyalty card, rewarding users with discounts or offers from participating retailers. Over the past year around 400 residents have been enjoying the financial benefits by carrying their village card when shopping or eating out.
Members of the LOSBC also run the popular Summer and Christmas markets in the village. Every penny of the money raised through these schemes is put back into making the village a popular and pleasant place for residents and visitors.
Since November 2011 the Council has ceased all funding to local business chambers and this has put the LOSBC under severe strain. Chairman of the LOSBC, Dennis van Wonderen says: “As the LOSBC is a non for profit making organisation all of our members donate their spare time to run the chamber. Raising money in these difficult times is not easy. Even the local Council has felt the impact of the recession which has caused funding to cease. All we can do is try and encourage our local residents to continue to support their local shops and businesses by promoting ourselves. Without our residents we don’t have a business, without our businesses Lower Sunbury doesn’t have a village. We need your help”.
Some members give time and some give services. For example, local Tree Surgeon Clive Cummings helps in his way. He works with the Tree Wardens to put wood chippings down on TP26 to help establish saplings. LOSBC members need your support. You can find a list of members and their services on the website: www.losbc.org and there is a link from the LOSRA Home Page.