Welcome to Sudbury Town Residents' Association (STRA)

STRA is a non-party, non-sectarian group that aims to encourage our community (including the shops in Sudbury Town) to work together for a cleaner, greener, safer area in which to live . We are your local neighbourhood forum have been developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Sudbury details of which can be found here. For more information about our history and achievements to date click here. Volunteers are always needed to help with events and to join our committees. If you would like to join us and be involved we would like to hear from you so send us an email.


 If you would like to become a member of STRA, signing up couldn’t be easier. Download the STRA application form and either email it back to us or pop it in the post. The address is on the contact us page.

The date of the next meeting can be found here. The next agenda will appear on the  members page, Members will need to have their password ready.


At the beginning of every meeting you can apply for a 3 minute soap box slot where you can raise a local topic which is important to you and other residents in the area, i.e. dumped rubbish, anti-social behaviour etc.   

At our regular meetings we are happy to welcome speakers on a variety of subjects from our local National Trust group to safer neighbourhood policing, local councillors, Wembley History Society etc.   If you would like to suggest a topic please email or phone in your ideas.


Find out more about Sudbury on the Sudbury wikipedia page.

August meeting


At the August meeting residents heard a talk from Yogini Patel, Senior Regulatory Service Manager, Regulatory Services Regeneration and Environmental Services, Brent Council with discussion focussing on how resident's can oppose a licencing application.

Mary Farrell then spoke about the Sudbury in Bloom project. This was followed by a talk from John Carroll about​ planning applications in Sudbury and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).


Next meeting is on Tuesday 8 November 2016

George presents Christine with a bottle of Champagne to celebrate her amazing achievement of 40 years in business.

A Heritage Business in Sudbury Celebrates 40 years on the High Street - 1976-2016



Christine Harvey, creator of Through the Looking Glass, Consultant Hairdressing Salon on the Watford Road, celebrated 40 years with a champagne reception.  The Mayor, Councillor Parvez Ahmed, the leader of Brent Council Muhammed Butt, Barry Gardiner MP and his wife and many long standing clients and friends joined the celebration, including 91-year-old Joan who, since falling outside the shop, pops in occasionally for a cup of tea and a chat.


There have been many changes over the last 40 years particularly in hair styles. Joanna Lumley’s 1976 ‘Purdy’ bob which was cut for her role in ‘The Avengers’. A new Ford Fiesta cost £1,950, petrol was 77p a gallon - a loaf of bread was 19p - the temperature topped 28C (82F) for 22 days - computers were still in the future but this was the year that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple. Concorde started flying from Heathrow to Bahrain - the first Body Shop opened in Brighton and at the cinema Sylvester Stallone captured everyone’s heart as the gutsy boxer Rocky.   


Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister - the average wage was around £72.00 a week and only 50% of people had phones (landlines not mobiles) and no one had a computer.  The Sex Pistols and Clash were topping the charts - Big Ben suffered internal damage and stopped for 9 months.  


Christine is on STRA'S executive committee and part of the team who run the STRA Charity Christmas opera in aid of St Lukes Hospice at St.  Andrews Church in Sudbury..the salon supports local charities with their time and space, whether it be asking people to donate their unwanted toiletry gifts for Caritas Bakhita House, a women’s refuge, or raising funds for a small blind club.  Christine believes that one of the secrets of her success is to keep the business fresh by keeping up with the ever changing advances in hairdressing science. 


Councillor Mary Daly, who has built up a rapport with Christine and the team at the salon, said "businesses on the high street often know the burning issues and concerns of local people".    The team are passionate about their charity work and engaging with the community which Mary finds useful in her work as an elected local councillor. 

STRA member recognised


Daniels Estate Agents was given a plaque from Cllr Parvez Ahmed for the company’s contribution to local causes over the last 24 years.


See full story here.


In addition STRA member Christine Harvey was also recognised.

Dairy Farms in Sudbury

When we buy milk today, we are most likely to get it from a supermarket, in a plastic bottle. But how much do we know about where our milk comes from, and the stories behind the dairy farming business, especially when this was an activity carried out by people in our local area?
People have kept cows (and other animals) to provide milk for thousands of years, but it was only in the 19th century that some farms began to specialise in milk production. This article looks at the history of three such farms in the Sudbury district of Brent, and at some of the changes in delivering milk from the farms so that we can enjoy it as a drink, or on our breakfast cereal, in our homes. Read more by downloading the pdf.

Dairy Farms in Sudbury
Dairy farms in Sudbury.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

New on the website

News on a London wide initiative on spitting can be found here. In addition we have been rationalising our website. Please bear with us while we do this important work. In the mean time you may find items have moved and are not in the usual place.


STRA have also recently identified the need for a disabled parking bay in Sudbury Town. Click here to see the full story.


Our 2014 newsletter is now available. It is full of news and interesting stories. If you wish to receive a printed copy please sign up here.



The Sudbury Then and Now exhibition was a great success. Click here to read the full story. You can also read about the sucessful Diva Opera 2015.


There are proposals for a new bus route in the area. For more details see here. Also, new on the site our dedicated Sudbury in Bloom and High Street Fund pages.


Local Weather


Local weather brought to you from the weather station at our webmaster's home. Click in the data below to see a full weather history. Data provided by a Weathereye weather station connected to a Raspberry Pi single board computer running pywws.

Join us!

Find out how by contacting us online via our online contact form.

Tel: 07840491142

E-mail: deputychair@stra.org.uk


To become a member of STRA click here for an application form. Your £6 membership fee and your support could help Sudbury to be cleaner, greener, safer.


Make a positive difference in Sudbury we need your voice and your help to make Sudbury a better more prosperous place to live and work If you need to get fIt or walk your dog please volunteer to deliver important information and questionnaires to the streets near you do your bit to make change happen. Volunteers to email info@stra.org.uk for further information



Our 2014 newsletter is now available. It is full of news and interesting stories. If you wish to receive a printed copy please sign up here.

Next Meeting 

For details of the next meeting click here. 

Social Media

STRA has two Facebook Pages, one for general STRA matters and one for events. Sudbury Town also has its own FaceBook page.

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