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SV TV meets Beri Juraic, Executive Director at Sutton Theatres

SV TV’s Hannah Jackson meets Beri Juraic, Executive Director at Sutton Theatres. They talk about how things have changed at Sutton Theatres, how Edward Bond is bringing his new play to Secombe for its world premiere, and look ahead to events coming up in the summer including Dinosaur Park and Australian circus company Circa Continue reading SV TV meets Beri Juraic, Executive Director at Sutton Theatres

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World War One project grants available from the borough

The London Borough of Sutton has made £20,000 of grant funding available, to be allocated in small grants (to a maximum £500 or more by exception) to support local community organisations to deliver projects that commemorate the anniversary of the First World War.

The money is being allocated each year until 2018. The fund is available for ‘not for profit’ organisations. Voluntary and community groups can apply if they have a name, agreed purpose or terms of reference and a bank or building society account. Where a group is coming together only for the purpose of putting on an event or activity it will need the support of an eligible organisation which is willing to receive the funds on behalf of the group. Applicants can only make one application in each financial year, enabling the Council to support a number of projects from different groups.

There are no deadlines – you can apply at any time – but it could take up to 12 weeks for a decision, so ensure that you allow plenty of time before the activity is due to take place.


Please contact:

to receive the forms

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Unqiue act of First World War commemoration for the borough

Sutton families, schools and organisations have a chance to come together to plant trees and also commemorate the start of the First World War.

“Why not bring people together and plant some trees? We have over 3,000 free tree packs to give away to schools, communities and youth groups for spring 2015. The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award, also funded by WHSmith, Wilko and players of People’s Postcode Lottery,” said a spokesman for the Woodland Trust.

“Be part of a very special commemoration project. August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. We would like you to take part in a once-in-a-generation tribute for those who lived and served, by creating a growing legacy that will stand tall for centuries to come.
“Over the next four years we’re offering more than three million free trees to help communities, schools and youth groups create special, living memorials.
“We have a range of packs available in quantities of 30, 105 or 420 trees.

The trees are young saplings about 20 – 40cm high and tree protection is recommended. Canes and spirals will be supplied with medium and large packs. For small packs, or if you prefer to use stakes and tubes, protection is available to buy from our online shop, but please wait until you’ve been notified your application has been successful before placing an order.

The closing date for spring applications is scheduled for 7 January 2015, but offers may close earlier if over-subscribed, so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All applications will be reviewed independently and packs will be delivered to successful applicants in March 2015.

Get a community tree pack –
Apply for up to 420 free saplings for your community or youth group. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the end of January.

Get a school tree pack –
Order up to 60 free saplings for your school. You will receive an immediate response by email. Pre-schools, colleges and universities are welcome to apply too.
Need more information?
For help with general tree pack enquiries or completing the community form, please contact

For any school enquiries, please contact

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WW1 insight just one event at Honeywood musuem

A unique insight into the impact of World War One on the borough will be provided as just one of the talks available at Honeywood Musuem in September.

Andrew Arnold, the author who has researched the names behind the WW1 war memorial in Carshalton will be giving an insight into their lives on September 25.

Early copies of the book may be available for sale on the evening.

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Friends of Honeywood launch ambitious programme of events

Friends of Honeywood Museum have just launched an ambitious and extensive programme which will see one of the borough’s finest building being used to offer a range of activities and events commemmorating World War One.

Everything from a talk about the start of World War One to a thought provoking exhibtion.

It all starts with the “A War to End All Wars which is a commemorative exhibition that tells the story of the events that led Britain to war in 1914.

A thought provoking commemorative exhibition that tells the story of the events that led Britain to war in 1914.The principle players and places that featured in the stalemate of the Western Front and trench warfare are spotlighted. The attacks by sea and air on the home front in the early war years are recalled and the art of persuasive war posters is reproduced along with many fascinating artefacts from the conflict.

Thursday 25th September at 7.30pm
Carshalton War Memorial
An illustrated talk by Andrew Arnold. This event marks the centenary year of the commencement of the first World War.

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Stanley Park students visit battlefields to study First World War

Year 8 EFC students have been studying the First World War at close quarters in Ypres, Belgium this week. The students attended the evening ceremony performed daily at 8.00pm, at which children from SPH laid a wreath commemorating the fallen.

“The group departed on Thursday and returned after an action packed time late on Friday. As always, we shall be marking Remembrance Day in school next month”

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Choir sings new Requiem as part of commemoration event

Chandos Choir Coulsdon, a long-standing choir in the area performed a new Requiem by Howard Goodall as part of their autumn concert at St Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon which has just celebrated its centenary of founding, also 1914
The Requiem was performed in commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War aswell as a selection of hymns parodies as sung by WW1 soldiers.

“We arranged for representatives of the local Poppy Appeal to be there to collect, and obtained permission from the RBL to use the poppy logo on the posters and programme,” said a spokesperson.

“I am delighted to announce we raised over £150 for the legion. I am myself a poppy seller for 8 years now, so this was a great way to combine 2 things I enjoy – singing and collecting for the veterans.

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Girls Brigade company represent organisation at Cenotaph

This year Trinity Church Company was chosen to represent The Girls Brigade at the national service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Sunday 9 November 2014.

“Six members of our 11+ age group took part in the service and march past and felt greatly honoured to be chosen to be part of this memorable occasion,” said a spokesperson.

They joined thousands of representatives who were there to remember the sacrifice made over the many years by the many men and women, some not much older than themselves.

“In the afternoon they visited the Tower of London to view the poppies and truly appreciated how many lives were laid down during WW1 so we could live in freedom and peace.”

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Sutton Life Centre to stage Great War truce film

One of the most memorable events of the early stages of the Great War is the timely subject of the Friends of Sutton Life Centre’s film night on Friday 28 November.

Joyeux Noël, the story of the Christmas Eve truce which briefly silenced the guns of Flanders, is director Christian Carion’s visually sweeping account of the true-life wartime event which briefly silenced the guns of Flanders. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2005 Academy Awards, and was Ian Richardson’s last appearances before his death in 2007.

Joyeux Noël, PG13, starts at 7pm at Sutton Life Centre, Alcorn Close, Sutton SM3 9PX. Refreshments, £3 (£2 for Friends of the Life Centre).