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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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.uk, www.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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
The Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association (SSAA) will present a coffee concert at The Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street on Saturday, March 25th, at 10.15 for 11am start.
For full details, click here
This advance warning will be of interest to all residents living in roads close to the London Irish Hazelwood grounds off Green Street.
The 2017 London Irish Mini Festival, one of the biggest in Europe, will fall on St. George’s Day, 23rd 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.
“Dowling’s vocal has a timeless quality... an impressive range... precise diction and a melodious ringing tone” – JAZZ JOURNAL.
Sara Dowling – voice
Tony Woods – Sax
Terence Collie – Piano
Dave Jones – Bass
Matt Skeaping – Drums
Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 via website: www.moodindigoevents.co.uk or £12 on the door.
Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, TW16 5QF
This year’s Mayor of Spelthorne is Cllr. Alfred Friday, a Sunbury East councillor and local resident, who is a great supporter of the music nights at Sunbury Cricket Club and the Club is delighted to continue its tradition and stage a music night in aid of his charities.
The Club has assembled the usual suspects from Sunbury’s music fraternity to play under the name of The Chain Gang in honour of the Mayor’s chain of office. His charities are Parkinson’s UK (Spelthorne Branch); One-to-One, which organises social activities for adults with learning difficulties; and Home Start Spelthorne, which supports struggling young families with children.
The musicians will be giving their services free, so all the door money will go to the charities. The line-up will include guitarists Gerry Cook (The Saxons), Tim Renton (3AM), Mark Doyle (Marshall Taylor Band), Chris Allard (Little Hampton Band); bassists Colin Pattenden (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Nashville Teens), Roger Harding (East of Eden), Martin House (Life and Soul); keyboard player Kevin Welling (Stan Bland Band); harmonica ace Geoff Forester (just back from a blues cruise playing with the likes of Taj Mahal and Walter Trout) and Alan Worrell (drums) plus music night host and organiser, Paul Watts (vocals and guitar). Karl Green (Herman’s Hermits) is hoping to be in the UK to join in.
It will be a great night of top class rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s R&B rock and country. It’s all for great causes and will be a fun community night, so please support it. Doors 8.00pm £10.
The next Sunday Lunchtime Jazz event at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Sunday March 5th at 1pm, and is a special occasion, as it marks the return to the Club of one of the UKs’ top tenor saxophonists, who came a couple of years back for a gig to celebrate what would have been Tubby Hayes 80th birthday.
Simon is an award-winning saxophonist and noted jazz writer, and is the leading exponent of Tubby’s style and repertoire, as well as being the author of Tubby’s biography. His shows are always hugely exciting and entertaining as he glides effortlessly through complex solos at breakneck speed. There’s more info at www.simonspillett.com, and lots of videos of him on YouTube.
His quartet for this gig is a stellar line-up, with John Horler on piano, Tim Wells on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums. John Horler was first pianist for Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for many years, and was in bands with Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe and Jimmie Hastings, and has appeared at the club several times in Tony Kinsey’s quartet and big band. Tim Wells is an American who moved to Europe in the 80s to play with top names there, before settling in London, working with The London Jazz Orchestra and Ronnie Scott Legacy Quartet among others, as is regular collaborator or with Trevor Tomkins. Trevor Tomkins was with Don Rendell in the 60s and then with ground-breaking bands like Ian Carr’s Nucleus during the ‘70s – he is now resident drummer and host at the Monday jazz nights at the Red Lion Isleworth. This will undoubtedly be a top class show.
All patients of the Sunbury Health Centre are invited to attend an open meeting of the Patients’ Participation Group (PPG) on Monday 27th February, 6.30 - 7.30pm.
Please click here to view poster for the event
It's a truism that public indifference is the willing accomplice of the well-resourced developer and LOSRA's history will demonstrate that we have never been such a willing accomplice.
Most readers will be aware that the Council is in the process of revising its Local Plan and has already met its legal requirement to call in potential sites for development. At the time of writing, we are aware of several green belt sites which have been proposed by their owners, most notably, Kempton Park. In the coming months the Council will publish for public consultation a comprehensive document showing all the potential sites.
It is now all the more important that existing members renew their 2017 memberships and that those residents who have not already done so, join now. Our 15 member Committee give their time voluntarily and our expenses are kept to an absolute minimum. However, we cannot be expected to function adequately in the difficult months ahead without your support.
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Following the announcement that Surrey County Council has agreed to keep Staines fire station open until the new Fordbridge station is up and running, the public meeting planned for the 7th February has now been cancelled (See item of 26th January).