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Welcome to the LOSRA Website

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.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by subscribing via the facility at the top left hand of this page. It goes without saying that, without your continued support we would cease to function so we urge you to join, or renew your membership now Subscriptions (£5 per household) for 2017 are now payable.

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The next Music Night at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Friday 31st March when the Club welcomes back the BARNES BLUES BAND who attracted a big audience the first time they played at the Club a while back. They are a band who do selected gigs, as they all have a variety of musical commitments, and we are guaranteed another stunning evening of high class blues and R&B from a group of seasoned professionals who have honed their skills in a variety of big name bands over the years.

The band is led by one of the great blues troubadours of the British club scene Papa George (guitar, vocals), and features Bobby Tench (guitar, vocals) whose illustrious background includes the Jeff Beck Group, Streetwalkers, Humble Pie, Van Morrison, Freddie King and Hummingbird, along with Peter Rees, formerly of Gary Moore’s band, on bass, and drummer Darby Todd, who you have seen at the Club performing with Buddy Whittington and Protect The Beat; and who plays regularly with Alan Price’s band and Hot Leg, the new band led by Justin Hawkins of The Darkness.

You can find out more at www.papageorge.co.ukwww.bobbytench.co.uk & www.darbytodd.com, and there are videos featuring all of them if you search under their individual names at www.youtube.com.

This will undoubtedly be an evening of absolutely first rate blues, and one not to be missed. Please note that the entry price for this event is £10.00 (it was inadvertently announced at £7.50 the first time it appeared on the Forthcoming Events listing). It was £10 the first time they came, and it would cost a good deal more if you went to one of the regular shows at The Bull’s Head, Barnes! Many apologies for any confusion. As usual, there will be food available. We look forward to seeing you there.

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If you were unable to attend the PPG Open Meeting at Sunbury Health Centre on 27th February you can keep up-to-date on the most recent developments at the Centre by reading the minutes here

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The following Council press release has been received by LOSRA and is reproduced here:

Team Spelthorne is looking for young people aged 7-16 to participate in the annual Specsavers Surrey Youth Games. The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth festival with around 2000 young people experiencing a competitive, countywide sporting event.

Fifteen sports are on offer including hockey, cricket, judo, football, lacrosse, table tennis and boccia. In the lead up to the competition weekend, there are weekly coaching sessions which start in April. Thanks to sponsorship from local organisations, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Everyone Active and Shepperton Studios, Spelthorne Council is offering the coaching sessions free of charge. Participants will then be selected from the coaching sessions to represent Team Spelthorne at the Games on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

Cllr Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “The Surrey Youth Games offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to experience different sports and make new friends. All the sessions are free, local and aimed at beginners, encouraging young people to give it a go and hopefully be inspired to join local sports clubs as a result.”

To be eligible for Team Spelthorne, you must either live or go to school in Spelthorne and if you already play a sport, you must be below county standard.

Please register online at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames to guarantee your place. Each sport has limited spaces and places are given on a first-come first-served basis. Please visit the website for a full list of sports, coaching timetable and eligibility criteria.

For more information contact Spelthorne Leisure Services on 01784 446433 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Leader of Spelthorne Council makes the following statement which will doubtless be of interest and great disappointment to all residents within the Borough:

“It is very disappointing to learn today [16th March] that Surrey County Council has decided not to provide two full time crews for the planned new fire station at Ashford. As this will be replacing Staines and Sunbury fire stations – two of the busiest in Surrey - we believe it is essential that Spelthorne has two fire appliances, each crewed full-time, to protect the safety of residents. On behalf of all Spelthorne residents I call upon Surrey County Council to reconsider this decision as a matter of urgency.”

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The following email has been forwarded to LOSRA from Spelthorne Council:

Friends of the Elderly - announced that their grant scheme has plenty of funds available.  If you have a service user who needs a one off grant to replace essential items such as basic furniture, flooring, and household appliances or cover the cost of small home repairs, the link below has details of how to apply.  They can also help with utility bills, household repairs and adaptations and mobility aids or getting online. Grants of up to £300 can be paid, but they will pay more in exceptional circumstances.

They also offer regular allowances that are paid monthly or twice a year to support older people whose income does not meet their basic cost of living. The Winter Comforts Fund helps towards the cost of keeping warm in the winter.

To qualify, a person must have reached state retirement age and be on a low income, live in England and Wales in private or rented accommodation.  Applicants should supply evidence that they are receiving Guaranteed Pension Credit (GPC) or have savings of less than £4000 and are on a low income

All applications must be completed by a third party agency – we cannot accept applications from individuals, their family or friends.

Examples of third party agents include local authorities, social services, housing associations, charities and community groups, health practitioners, Citizens Advice Bureau, or other support agencies.

http://www.fote.org.uk/our-services/grants/

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As part of the regular programme of Music Nights at Sunbury Cricket Club, there was a special event on Friday 10th March held to raise money for the Mayor of Spelthorne’s Charities. (scroll down to see article of 27th February). This year’s Mayor is Sunbury East councillor Alfred Friday, and he was there with his wife Kaye to enjoy a high-energy show from an agglomeration of a dozen or more rock musicians from the local fraternity, who performed as The Chain Gang, in honour of the Mayor’s chain of office, giving their services free so that all the money raised went to the charities.

Over 130 people were there, and, with the proceeds of the raffle included, the amount raised was £1670, which will go to the Mayor’s three nominated charities for the year - Parkinson’s UK (Spelthorne Branch), One-To-One, which organises social activities for adults with learning disabilities, and Home Start Spelthorne, which supports struggling young families with children.

Music Night organiser Paul Watts said: “It’s great that we’ve got so many top class musicians both in Sunbury and from around the area who are prepared to give their time and energy for a project like this, and it’s equally gratifying that so many people from within the community came to support the event. It was a fun night, as well as being for a good cause.”

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