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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SALAD DAYS started its life in June 1954 at the Theatre Royal, Bristol. Dorothy Reynolds and the late Julian Slade had been commissioned to write an end-of-season summer show for the Bristol Old Vic Company and it was scheduled to run just three weeks. But Fate - and a London Management - intervened. On August 5th, 1954 the show opened with the same production at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, and stayed there for five and a half years, becoming (for then) the longest running musical in the history of the British Theatre. It has been playing somewhere in the world ever since.
Newly acquired BA gowns hang heavy on the shoulders of Jane and Timothy. Having got this far, what on earth do they do next? They could get married, of course (so they do), but how can they make a living? In a London park one breathlessly warm summer day they encounter a tramp who trundles round a mobile mini-piano. Even tramps need a holiday now and then, and he invites the young graduates to look after his business interests for a month at £7 per week plus whatever they can collect. The piano is not just any old mobile mini; those who hear it find themselves dancing, even against their better judgment. On this gentle thread of story is strung a series of revue-type scenes providing rich opportunities for versatile comedy players who can also sing and dance.
Performances will commence at 8pm, cost £10. See flier for Box Office details.
The Association has been asked by Age UK Runnymede and Spelthorne to bring this notice to our readers and we are happy to oblige:
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LOSRA has been asked to advertise the last fundraising events of Suzy Webb's Mayoral Year and we are happy to do what we can to support her chosen charities.
The first is a Jazz riverboat cruise with afternoon tea on ‘French Brother’ New Queen of The Thames on Sunday 26 April. Tickets are £23 each and include afternoon tea, jazz band and parking. See flyer for more details
The second is a wonderful afternoon of Music with the Salvation Army Choir and Band at the Walled Garden, Sunbury, on Sunday 3 May 2015 at 2pm. Admission is free, however, donations are most welcome! Bring a picnic! See flyer for details
Photo illustrates potential light pollution affecting Thames stretch of Lower Sunbury
Further to the article published on 27th March, correspondence has now been received from Spelthorne Council, the statutory consultees, inviting residents to make representations to the SBC case officer in respect of the Sports Stadium development on the riverside at Walton. It is stressed that, at no time, has this Association objected to this development. At the time of the outline application in 2012 the Association confined its comments to the environmental considerations which are likely to impact on residents living on the north bank, seeking mitigation of possible noise and light pollution. It is precisely those considerations which prompt us to write once more, now that the full application has been put before the Elmbridge Planning Authority.
A highly entertaining event at the Club falls Saturday 18th April, when Sunbury welcomes Middlesex County Cricke Club for a 20/20 season kick-off match against Sunbury 1st XI, starting at 12.30. Apart from Eoin Morgan, England's T20 & ODI captain who is playing in the IPL, Middlesex will field a full county squad and will be formidable opponents with the likes of Steven Finn, England quickie with 90 wickets in 23 Tests and 86 wickets in ODI's, Nick Compton and Sam Robson who have both played Test Cricket for England in recent years, James Franklin, New Zealand all rounder, Neil Dexter, David Malan, Tim Murtagh and former Sunbury player Andrew Balbirnie who made significant contributions for Ireland at the recent ODI World Cup
Sunbury will be strengthened by Middlesex quickie Toby Roland-Jones, and Paul Stirling, Ireland's impressive opening bat and off spinner who has scored 2469 runs and taken 41 wickets in an international career of 83 ODI and T20 internationals. Both being ex-Sunbury players, they should add a bit of bite to the proceedings. Sunbury will also benefit from the introduction of their Aussie overseas player for 2015 Chris Green, an aggressive bat and off spinner. In the Australian season just ended Chris broke into the NSW state side, while also playing in the Aussie Big Bash for Sydney Thunder - so he knows all about the T20 format.
Sunbury will of course be relying on their experienced ex pro's Maunders (Middlesex, Leicester and Essex) and Adam London (Middlesex) along with other established and up and coming talent. It’s free to all, so come and enjoy a great afternoon’s cricket. Also at the Club that day Sunbury Sports Bowls Club have an Open Day for anyone interested to come along and try their hand on the green sending down a few woods. It’s great fun, so come and have a fun sporting day at the Club.
The next Music Night is on Friday 17th April when the Club is delighted to welcome back The Others who played a storming gig on their debut at the Club last year. They started life at Hampton School in the early ‘60s, and while still at school got a record deal with Fontana in 1964, releasing a version of Bo Diddley’s “Oh Yeah”, and were vying for elbow room alongside bands like The Yardbirds, The Downliners Sect and The Pretty Things on the London club scene. Major success eluded them and The Others went their separate ways, but re-formed in 2012, playing stunning gigs, with a distinctive hard-edged style of R&B that showed why they made such waves back in the ‘60s.
Young Hampton schoolmates Brian May and Tim Staffel were inspired by THE OTHERS, and formed Smile before Brian moved on to form Queen – Brian once said that The Others’ Pete Hammerton was one of the best guitarists he’d ever seen. Alongside Pete, the line-up features original members Paul Stewart (vocals/harmonica), Rob Tolchard (bass) and Geoff Coxon (drums). Their act re-visits some of the classic material of the era in an uncompromising driving fashion, but brings a new dimension to the songs with their updated treatments. It will be a Sunbury Music Night in the classic mould and is a great way to kick off the new cricket season. There’s full info on the band at www.theothers.org.uk. It's a gig that's not to be missed.