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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As you may know, Tesco, through their Bags Of Help community grant scheme, are making money raised by their 5p charge for them supplying customers with plastic bags available to support local community projects, and customers have the opportunity to vote for projects which have been proposed.
The Friends of Sunbury Park have successfully made an application to be one of the projects which are currently being voted on at the Sunbury Tesco store. The application is for funds to enhance Sunbury Park through planting of native wild flowers and herbs to encourage biodiversity and improve the habitat for all kinds of wildlife.
When you shop they you will be offered a blue disc which you can put in a voting tube. There are three projects to vote for of which the FoSP is one – the most popular will get £4,000, the next one £2,000 and the third one gest £1,000.
Please help us to support the enhancement of Sunbury Park by voting for the FoSP application.
Sunbury Cricket Club’s 1st X1 crowned another excellent season last weekend when, on Saturday, they beat Ashtead in the final League game of the season to secure second place in the Premier Division of the Surrey Championship, having won the title in the previous two years, and then on Sunday scored a famous victory when they beat Middlesex champions Ealing to win the Club Cricket Conference Cup Final.
On a small ground at Chingford, Sunbury batted first and, taking advantage of the short boundaries, ran up a total of 292 all out in their allotted 45 overs, with skipper John Maunders, a former county player with Leicestershire and Essex, scoring 125. So prolific were the six hits that six balls were lost in surrounding gardens.
Ealing, who came with a lofty reputation, were never in the hunt, with accurate bowling and brilliant fielding from Sunbury reducing them to 27-3 after ten overs, and they were eventually all out for 192, with Sunbury winning by 100 runs.
It was a long-awaited revenge for Sunbury’s defeat to Ealing the last time they appeared in this competition’s final a number of years ago.
The Club Cricket Conference Cup, which used to be the Evening Standard Cup, was merged this year with the Bertie Joel Cup, a mid-week knock-out competition for clubs in the London and the south-east, and, now known as The Conference Cup for The Bertie Joel Trophy, is the primary Cup Competition for clubs in London and the Home Counties.
The next music event at the Club is, of course, the inaugural SUNBURY BEER, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday 16th September, which promises to be a great occasion, and which the Club hopes will become an annual fixture in the Sunbury social calendar, possibly in an expanded weekend form if it’s a success.
The Club will be presenting three bands during the day, all of them proven and popular Music Night favourites:
2pm SKELETON CREW Jug band blues, featuring Paul King from Mungo Jerry on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and squeezebox, Colin Pattenden from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band on bass, with Chris Bryant on guitar.
5.30pm THE MUSTANGS High octane contemporary blues/rock from a band who played at Glastonbury this year, with Adam Norsworthy on vocals & guitar, Derek Kingaby on harmonica, Ben McKeown on bass and Jon Bartley on drums, who shares his musician life with his duties as co-leader of the Green Party. “The band no self-respecting blues festival can afford to be without” (R2 magazine)
9pm FIRE & WATER The great rock and blues singer Paul Cox returns with his rip-roaring show comprising the songs of Free, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin to close the evening, featuring among the band guitarist Mike Summerland, who has worked over the years with Blodwyn Pig, Georgie Fame, William Bell and many others.
Tickets are £10 for the entire event, which goes from noon until midnight, and entitle you to a wristband, which gets you in and out of the event, a free souvenir pint glass and access to all the music, so it’s great value. There will be a wide selection of real ales, craft lagers and ciders, a gin bar and prosecco and wine bar, plus BBQ food and curries from 2pm.
Tickets are available in advance from the Club bar or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/sunburysports. It makes sense to get them in advance as numbers may need to be capped during the day for safety reasons, and the club has already sold nearly 200 tickets. It’s an event that’s tailor-made for Music Night regulars, and the Club looks forward to seeing you all there.
To see flier, click here
The following notice has been issued by Spelthorne Borough Council:
We are conducting a review of the empty homes in Spelthorne.
We are working with CapacityGRID, to contact owners and occupiers of homes, including visiting the properties which have been empty longer than six months to establish if the properties are occupied.
If you own an empty home and require advice, or perhaps just wish to discuss the various options, please contact us.
If you have received a letter from CapacityGRID regarding your property you can provide information via the CapacityGRID Web Form or the helpline on 0300 303 2076.
Further information can be found on our Empty homes page
The following notice has been published by Spelthorne Borough Council:
Thursday 21 September, 10am - 7pm at Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ
Make the most of this valuable opportunity to meet a wide range of local employers and training providers, engaging in many interactive activities and workshops.
Open to all ages:
Speakers including Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne.
Quentin Collins performs a tribute to Clifford Brown at the Riverside Arts Centre, 59, Thames Street, Sunbury TW16 5QF on Sunday 10th September at 7.30pm
Quentin has established himself as one of the UK’s top Jazz trumpeters, having performed and toured with internationally renowned artists including Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Mark Ronson, Prince, Tinie Tempah, Alicia Keys, Jeff Beck, Omar, Basement Jaxx and more.
He will be appearing with: Terence Collie – piano; Richard Sadler – bass; Ted Carrosco – drums
Tickets £12 on the door or £9 via the website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk
On Saturday 9th September 10-4pm, as part of the Heritage Day scheme, the Friends of St Mary's invite you to come and browse their memorabilia plus the display by the Sunbury & Shepperton Local History Society - bring your questions and stories.
There will also be self- guided tours of the Church and Churchyard. The Middlesex Bell Ringers are holding their practice session 10-12pm - a chance to listen and perhaps 'have a go' yourself! ( Tours of the bells later, up 'til 3pm.)
Tea/coffee/ice cream to refresh. The FoSM Look forward to seeing you there.
Spelthorne Council has become aware of an email phishing scam which is using a spoofed (false) @spelthorne.gov.uk sender address
The body of the email typically contains a URL link to click on, to see the supposed invoice.
Please be advised that this is a phishing email scam and it is not a message from Spelthorne Borough Council. If you receive this email you should not click on any of the links it contains and immediately delete it.
We can confirm that at no point have your details been obtained from our systems and any personally identifiable information we hold is secure.
Spelthorne Borough Council will never ask for credit/debit card information by email.
The next Music Night on Friday 25th August promises to be every bit as much of a special occasion, when, for the first time, the Club welcomes another great Texan blues band JIM SUHLER & MONKEY BEAT. Once again, it’s something of a coup to have secured these guys for a gig at Sunbury, and it’s one you ought not to miss – if you enjoyed Hamilton Loomis, you will love this one too.
When he’s not leading his own band, Jim Suhler is the guitarist with the celebrated and globally-acclaimed blues/rock band George Thorogood & The Destroyers – he has also performed with a variety of blues legends like Johnny Winter, AC/DC Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop and Buddy Whittington, and since joining George Thorogood has recorded, toured the world and written songs for the band.
He has been working with his own band Monkey Beat for many years, playing an uncompromising and highly entertaining brand of Texan blues/rock, and their publicity calls the band “blues-rockin’ bad boys with a take-no-prisoners” attitude. The band comprises Shawn Phares (keyboards/accordion) Beau Chadwell (drums/percussion) and Patrick Smith (bass). Buddy magazine wrote about them “Jim Suhler is not just keeping the Texan blues alive, but he’s expanding them with a style that appeals to fans of every music genre”.
The Club would not normally do a Music Night on an August Bank Holiday weekend, but this was the only time they could get them, and it was too good an opportunity to pass up. They are visiting Europe to play at the big SwingWespelaar Festival in Belgium, and the Club has been able to secure a date while they are here – it is believed that this is the first time the band has played the UK.
There’s plenty of info and videos at www.jimsuhler.com, and loads of videos on YouTube – check them out, and in particular the tracks on his “Tijuana Bible” album where there’s loads of great stuff that will certainly encourage you to come.
The following press release from Spelthorne Council relates to Surrey County Council’s consultation on shaping Surrey community recycling centres (CRCs) which was the subject of an extraordinary meeting of Spelthorne’s Overview & Scrutiny committee held on 31 July:
County Councillor Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment, and Richard Parkinson, Waste Operations Group Manager at Surrey County Council (SCC) explained to the committee that Surrey faces ongoing cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services which has created the need for the County to find savings of more than £100m this year alone across its services.
The proposals for reducing the SCC waste budget include changes at CRCs across Surrey. The consultation about these changes, which closed on 7 August 2017, included options for reducing operating hours and days, stopping no charge allowances and closing some smaller CRCs.
Members of the Committee and Jackie Taylor, Group Head of Neighbourhood Services at Spelthorne Borough Council (SBC), raised concerns that reducing the access and allowances at Charlton Lane for residents created the risk of increased fly tipping which would have both a financial and environmental impact for both the County and the Borough Councils.
Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader at SBC, pointed out that as the Eco Park (on the site of the Charlton Lane CRC) would be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week it was difficult to see how significant savings could be made from reducing access to residents.
The accuracy of the fly tipping data being presented at the meeting by SCC was also called into question.
Cllr Colin Davis, Chairman of Spelthorne’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee said: “A key concern for both councillors and members of the public who were invited to have their say at the meeting was how the proposed changes might impact residents using the CRC at Charlton Lane. There are also clear concerns about fly tipping. It is therefore important that the County works with the districts and boroughs to create a common framework assessment for capturing accurate data and measuring the impact of fly tipping”.
Hazelwood Drive are looking for volunteers in the community to help coordinate a new Park Run. A meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th August at 7pm for local people to find out more about Park runs and sign up as volunteers.
Hazelwood Community Company
Sunbury on Thames
London Irish have advised LOSRA that the Hazelwood Ground will be hosting a pre-season friendly match between London Irish RFC and Harlequins on Saturday 12th August at 3pm which, coincidentally, is also the date of the Sunbury Regatta.
The Club will be deploying car parking attendants but experience tells us that such events attract large numbers of vehicle owners who pay scant regard to the L.I attendants and even less to the convenience of residents living nearby.
If you experience problems, please get in touch with London Irish Amateur RFC at: www.hazelwood-centre.co.uk as the Club is always looking at ways to mitigate the effects of big events on the local community.
Congratulations to Sunbury cricketer Toby Roland-Jones, who has made a stunning Test Match debut for England at the Oval against South Africa in the Third Test. He made his One Day international debut against South Africa in May. In South Africa’s first innings at the oval Toby took the wickets of five out of the top six batsmen to post excellent bowling figures of 5-57. He then made a significant contribution in South Africa’s second innings, taking the prized wicket of their star batsman Hashim Amla for the second time in the match. It is a notable achievement for bowlers to achieve the distinction of a Test Match five-wicket haul in their debut innings but even more remarkable to have finished with match figures of 8 - 129 (becoming the first England bowler since James Kirtley took 8 wickets against South Africa at Trent Bridge in 2003). Although primarily selected as a bowler, Toby has also made a handy contribution with the bat, scoring 25 and 21 not out in England’s two innings. batting at No. 9.
Toby started playing cricket as a junior colt at Sunbury Cricket Club when he was about five years old, and played in all the colts age group teams, representing Middlesex throughout his colts’ career. He played for Hampton School and then for the Bradford/Leeds Universities Cricketing Centre of Excellence when he was at Leeds University. He was a regular member of Sunbury’s 1st XI and, after successful season at the Club in the Surrey Championship, signed a contract with Middlesex in 2010. Last season, he legendarily took a hat-trick in the final game of the season, taking the last three Yorkshire wickets to secure the County Championship for Middlesex for the first time in 23 years.
Toby is the second Sunbury player to play Test Match cricket - another fast bowler Richard Johnson, who is now a coach at Middlesex, also played for England.
I look forward to welcoming you all to the 2017 Sunbury Amateur Regatta on 12th August 2017.
This year will be the 140th year that the Regatta has been held. I do hope that you will enjoy yourselves watching the skiff, punting and dongola races, wandering around the stalls and the taking part in the entertainment on the lawn.
As the evening begins, please stay on the island to watch the final of Has Sunbury Got Talent, listen to live music, watch the illuminated sail past and our famous fireworks.
Everything that makes the Regatta the day it is, is the result of the hard work of a dedicated set of volunteers who give up their spare time to plan, build and run the Regatta each year and that planning is already underway. The agenda of the Regatta is:0900 - Racing starts1100 - Gates open1200 - Bar opens1830 - Final of Has Sunbury Got Talent2100 - Illuminated sail past by the Mid Terms Yacht Club2130 - FireworksWe are always looking for new committee members to help run the Regatta and helpers on the day, Please contact us via our website if you would like to help continue the largest family day out in the Sunbury calendar.