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Time is running out for groups to help celebrate Imagine Festival

The call has already gone out to all of the borough’s organisations and residents who are looking to take part in Sutton’s 2016 Imagine Festival – the largest festival of the arts in the borough. Grants of up to £800 are available to help them realise their ambitions, but applicants must act fast – there are only a few days left before applications close on Monday 4 July!

Sutton’s largest festival of the arts will offer a number of events based around the works of writer HG Wells, who lived in the borough during some of his most successful years. For one group or individual the grant can rise to £1,500 if they wish to combine the Wells theme with the borough’s ongoing commemorations of the centenary of World War One. And of course there is the chance for a grant to be match funded by Arts Network Sutton!

HG Wells lived and wrote during both world wars which often filtered into his most accomplished works. He once wrote: ‘human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe’ (from The Outline of History, 1920) and many of his works inspired science and the wider arts in themes of space, politics and travel. The aim of this year’s festival is to celebrate the great works of Wells in Sutton’s libraries and heritage sites. These projects and events should encourage communities to participate in artistic and cultural activities that grow skills and create lasting memories, while offering quality arts experiences that are ambitious and innovative.

wells‘So far…we have plans for a time travel disco, late night at the library, Invisible Man shadow puppetry performances, War of the Worlds radio broadcast, music workshops, sci fi drama, creative reactions event with scientist and artists coming together, time travel sound installations, site specific sculptural workshops and exhibition, as well as street art, all celebrating the work of HG Wells,’ said a spokesperson.

‘Hopefully this has inspired some ideas, and maybe you can offer something outside of these projects? We invite work that stands out and utilises our libraries and heritage buildings, but we are open to applications celebrating other locations. However, these events should lead people back to Sutton’s libraries in some form.’

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FABRIC – powerful play dealing with the expectations of women

Robin Rayner in association with The Marlowe Theatre presents the world premiere of FABRIC –
A powerful new play by Abi Zakarian exposing the shifting roles and expectations of women in today’s society asking how, if ever, they can be fulfilled.

It is performed by Nancy Sullivan and is visiting Carshalton’s The Cryer from July 11 – 14 as part of a tour which culminates with a visit to Edinburgh Festival Underbelly 4 – 28 August

Leah has lost her friends, family and dignity. Forced to move for a third time following a harrowing court case, she is sorting through all the stuff that has accumulated in her spare room: clothes she doesn’t wear, books she doesn’t read, things she doesn’t need anymore. Leah relives painful events in her past as she desperately tries to unpick just where it all went wrong and who is really to blame. FABRIC is a hard-hitting play that deals with the aftermath of a rape.

Nancy Sullivan (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Les Miserables) stars as Leah in this premiere production directed by Tom O’Brien.

This brand new play was developed by TREMers and is supported by Arts Council England.

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Beginnings – will help to bring the dream of parenthood closer

A new £750,000 Assisted Conception Unit – officially known as Beginnings – has opened at St Helier Hospital, helping local people who are trying for a baby to get closer to their dream.

The new state-of-the-art facility offers the full range of services involved in assisted conception and IVF (where an egg is removed from the woman’s ovaries, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory and then returned to the womb to develop) to people who are struggling to conceive, and those who want to use a donor to help make their family complete.

With cutting-edge technology and a dedicated team of experts on hand, Beginnings will also be able to offer local people diagnostic tests to find out why they might be having trouble conceiving and recovery areas for people following procedures.

the-team-are-delighted-with-the-new-unit_origMrs Carolyn Croucher, Clinical Director for Gynaecology, and the person responsible for the new unit said: “We are all incredibly proud of our new unit, and can’t wait to begin with the all-important task of helping people to become pregnant. This service will allow state-of-the-art treatment without having to travel into the centre of London.

“For people who are desperate for a baby, struggling to conceive or looking for a donor, it can be an incredibly difficult time – it can be a very emotional and frustrating period, and we want to be able to make the process as simple as it possibly can be. Thanks to our new unit, we’ll be able to offer local people an expert assisted conception service in a warm, supportive environment.”

Suzy Duffy, Laboratory Manager, explained why it is so important that the unit contains the latest in assisted conception technology. She said: “The work we do here and the samples we keep are incredibly valuable, and we simply cannot afford for anything to compromise them. That’s why our laboratory and treatment rooms are stocked full of very powerful microscopes and state-of-the-art technology, including radio frequency tracking software that is attached to each sample that we process.

“Behind the scenes, we have an air treatment system that helps to keep the area warm, secure and ultra-clean. We also have liquid nitrogen storage systems so that we can freeze eggs and embryos. These pieces of equipment are alarmed around the clock, and are supported by two back-up generators. In a way, we see ourselves as the first babysitters these families will have, and we have a duty to protect the samples we have.”

The unit will also offer the advice and support of a dedicated counsellor, who will be on hand to help those people who would like additional emotional support and to offer guidance on some of the more complex aspects and legalities of egg and sperm donation.

If you would be interested in being seen in the new Assisted Conception Unit, please see your GP in the first instance, who will be able to refer you to the service.

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Images of WW1 soldiers to be projected on to St Helier Hospital

The lights will be dimmed at St Helier Hospital on Friday evening (1 July) as the portraits of hundreds of local World War One soldiers will be projected across the front of the hospital.

To mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016 (one of the deadliest engagements of the First World War, during which more than a million people were injured or killed), people from across the community have worked together to organise the touching slideshow to display stunning images of local men and women to the public for the first time.

past-on-glass-projPeople are welcome to gather on the green opposite the hospital on Wrythe Lane to watch the projection, which will begin just after sunset at 9.30pm and will last until 10.30pm. It will feature portraits that were captured on glass plate negatives (hence the name Past on Glass). They form a part of almost-forgotten local history, as they were taken by prominent photographer, David Knights-Whittome (who at one point held a Royal Warrant) at his studios on Sutton High Street and Epsom between 1904 and 1918.

When David gave up the business of photography and moved away from the area in 1918, the glass plates were left undiscovered for years. They are now owned by the London Borough of Sutton whose Libraries & Heritage team received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to digitise the glass plate negatives. The idea for the projection event originated from Roger Mills of Sutton Voice, and is coordinated by Samia Tossio of SamiArt.  .

Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, Daniel Elkeles, said: “We are honoured to be able to play a part in helping to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, and hope as many people from around the community will have the chance to come and look at the tribute.

“At times such as these, our thoughts also go to the doctors, nurses, volunteers and local families who sacrificed so much during the First World War. I would like to thank Sutton Voice and Samia Tossio for bringing these antique portraits to life.”

Project coordinator, Samia Tossio, said “When Roger asked me to coordinate the projection, I didn’t expect the depth of feeling that these images, and what they represent, would trigger. I am deeply moved. If you can’t make the projection event, do make time to see the month long exhibition or browse the online gallery”

Local people, staff and visitors are all welcome to come and have a look at the projection and pay tribute to the soldiers and nurses that played their part in WWI. If you would like to see the portraits but are not available on Friday evening, you can also see images from the collection at The Past on Glass; A Local Photographers Legacy 1904-1918 exhibition from 22 July – 28 August in the Europa Gallery, Sutton Central Library.

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ECB T20 success for Beddington as they beat Purley

ECB NatWest U19 Club T20

Beddington U19    89 for 7 (18.4 overs)    Purley U19    86 for 6 (20 Overs)
On winning the toss Arun Butler had no hesitation in choosing to put Purley in on what was a rain affected pitch.

What a choice it proved to be. Aaron O’Sullivan took the first a third ball trapped their opener in front for nought. A great start got better when he had their number three charge the wicket only to nick behind to the keeper, Matthew Isaacs. 0-2 off the first over, not a bad way to start. With Bilal Tahir opening with Aaron, they limited Purley to 12 off the first four, Aaron then bowling through taking a third wicket to finish with excellent figures of 3-2.

Louis Cooper-Stewart and Arun Butler kept the pressure on, each bowling through and supported by an excellent fielding performance from the whole team. After 10 overs we were well and truly on top, them having scored only 25. Arun took 2 vital wickets to get rid of a Purley pair who had established themselves in his last over, and the two Harrys (Richards and Weil) kept the pressure on with their tight lines.

Getting into the business end of their innings, Purley were 50 off 16, but good overs against the bowling of Jack Green and a solid last over, taking 14 from it, pushed their score to 86-6. It didn’t seem much and on any normal pitch it isn’t much, but with good, tight bowling we knew this would be a challenge on a pitch that gave a lot of help for the bowlers.

Well, we did, but we made it difficult for ourselves. Jack Ballard and Dan Beeton opened up, and we knew a game was on with their opener (a left arm spinner) bowling a maiden to Dan Beeton. Ballard got off to a flier, flicking a loose first ball for four, but they got on top of their line and in the fourth over had Ballard bowled for 5, Beddington left with only 10 on the board. Arun Butler came in, and hit a flurry of fours before running himself out in the eighth over for 13. In the same over we lost Dan Beeton, mistiming a drive and spooning it to the bowler, before the next saw Matthew Isaacs and Jack Green bowled, both without scoring, leaving Aaron O’Sullivan and Janaken Prabhakaran at the crease to rebuild: we were 35 for 5 at this point, 10 overs in.

These two began to rebuild, O’Sullivan looking particularly good and able to find gaps and push the score along. He ended on 14, bowled again, but the important thing was a thirty run stand with Prabhakaran leaving us now needing only 27 to win. Bilal Tahir came and went, but in came Louis Cooper-Stewart, finisher supremo, to hit a flurry of fours. In hitting a four off his legs on the last ball of the nineteenth over to give the Beddington Lions a winning start to their 2016 campaign with a three wicket win.


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Stanley Park High is TES’s Secondary School of the Year 2016

London Borough of Sutton school, Stanley Park High, has been named Secondary School of the Year 2016 by industry journal the TES.  The prestigious awards are run annually by the respected publication to recognise and celebrate achievements of schools across the UK.

The school was one of eight secondary schools shortlisted for the ‘Secondary School of the Year’ award by a panel of education experts.  Stanley Park High was judged to be the overall winner in the category as “the judges were impressed by the creative, ambitious and supportive culture fostered at Stanley Park”.

They said, “At a time of huge pressure on schools, the submission from Stanley Park High made it obvious that the welfare and wellbeing of the children comes above anything else.  Stanley Park High has achieved remarkable outcomes for its student body by focusing on igniting their passion for learning. It is a non-selective secondary in a highly selective area and has been recognised as one of the most improved schools in the Whole Education network.”

David Taylor, Head Teacher, said, “This is a fantastic accolade for our students, staff, parents and governors, and it goes without saying that we are absolutely thrilled.  There were many wonderful comments by the TES judges, but particularly pleasing is the recognition that the school’s priority is the welfare and wellbeing of our students.  This award is for everybody connected to Stanley Park High. We would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of them for this superb achievement.”

The TES school awards, now in their seventh year, recognise the outstanding contribution to education made by teams and individuals both inside and outside schools. The awards have 17 categories, including primary school, secondary school, headteacher and creative school.

Chair of Governors of Stanley Park High, Jane Pascoe, said: “Ten years ago, when planning our new building, we were designated a One School Pathfinder for the London Borough of Sutton.  This required us to deliver an innovative 21st century education for the benefit of all of our local children, as well as sharing our successful practice with other local, national and international schools. This award is testament to the continuous and unswerving vision, the uncompromising focus, and the dedication of the school’s leadership, which has benefited the students and the community we serve”.

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Beddington Cricket Club lose to Guildford by seven wickets

Guildford v. Beddington on Saturday 25th June 216.
Beddington 117 (44 0vers)
Guildford   118-3 (Edwards 51 not out, 26.4 overs)
Guildford won by 7 wickets.

There was a certain amount of “déjà vu” about Beddington’s performance in this game. Without their captain, Simon Lewis, injured fielding last week, the batting looked perhaps a little bit frail. Lewis is likely to be out for the rest of the season. However, next week they are optimistic about the return of Fawad Bajwa who has not been able to play yet due to work commitments.

Beddington lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a fairly green wicket. Sam Owen and Anthony Down started slowly and with the score on 17 Owen was bowled by Teale playing exactly the same loose shot that he had played last week. Arun Butler was again promoted to No.3 but he was unable to repeat his long stay of last week and he soon fell LBW to Odell. Tom Bevan joined Down and he sought to attack from the off.

However, on 47, Beddington lost Down, bowled by Odell and then two balls later Moolman was caught, yet again off Odell. So with the score on 47-4, everything was starting to look somewhat precarious for Beddington. But the aggressive Bevan and the obdurate Tommy Roy had other ideas and they took the score 93-4 when heavy rain took the players off for a five minutes early lunch.

Because play was unable to resume until 4.00 p.m. the game was reduced 88 overs. This meant that Beddington had only 22 overs left in which to muster up a challenging total for Guildford to chase. They started slowly and disaster struck when Bevan was run out in a mix-up with Tommy Roy. From here the innings went from bad to worse. Their innings lasted for only 16 of the 22 available overs and only 24 runs had been added, leaving Guildford a very meagre total of 118 in 44 overs to win the game.

Guildford started carefully with both Cummins and Bevan beating the bat on a number of occasions. Quick wickets were needed if Beddington were to make telling inroads into the Guildford batting. Patience told in the end when Cunningham was well caught in the slips off Bevan. Lowe and Erasmus continued cautiously but in his eighth over Cummins was rewarded when he had Erasmus LBW. With the score on 41-2, there was just a glimmer of hope for the away side.

But the arrival of Lincoln Edwards, who had scored a century in the game earlier this season, changed everything rapidly. He and Lowe took the score to 94 before Lowe was caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Arun Butler’s first ball. But Edwards was in no mood to hang about and he raced to his 50 in 39 balls to see Guildford comfortably home.

Beddington Results:

Beddington 2nd X1 140 for 9    Old Whitgiftians 157 all Out    Beddington Winning Draw
Beddington 3rd X1 172 for 7    Woking & Horsell 194 All Out    Woking & Horsell Winning Draw
Beddington 4th X1 167 for 6 (A Carroll 59)    Weybridge 4th X1 68 for 8 Beddington Winning Draw
Beddington 5th X1 119 all Out    Battersea Ironsides 4th X1 120 for 3
Battersea Ironsides won by 7 wickets
Beddington U11 119 for 5    Old Rutlishians U11 90 for 8 Beddington won by 47 runs
Beddington U13 83 for 8    Trinity Mid Whitgiftians U13 82 for 9 Beddington won by 2 wickets

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Sutton choirs can take part in unique act of remembrance

Choirs in Sutton will have a unique opportunity to be part of the borough’s remembrance events following the launch of a new piece of written specifically for choirs.

Memorial Ground is a new piece of music written by Oscar-nomainted composer David Lang to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The world premiere takes place this Saturday at East Neuk Festival and that same day the score and learning resources will be released for free download on our website. Choirs are then encouraged to perform the piece around Remembrance Day this November (or of course any time suited to them!). What makes the piece really special is that choirs can add their own commemorative texts to a section of the piece, for example, a roll call of names from a local war memorial.

Here is a link to the info pack for choirs REMEMBRANCE

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Ice Blue Medical – a Sutton company working in heart of London

Thinking of spending a night out in London – then a Sutton company is on hand to make sure if you do find yourself in diffculties they will be there to help.

Ice Blue Medical Ltd created by winner of Sutton Business Award’s Entreprenuer of the Year James Gale works in the heart of Leicester Square offering immediate medical care to a group of nightclubs for those who may need it.

“Ice Blue Medical specialise in providing quality first aid training and medical services across London. The company places enormous value on tailoring to your event’s needs, using our extensive knowledge and experience to provide you with a team of trained and dedicated staff. giving quality and peace of mind every time,” said James.

“It is an initiative which is organised by myself  and a major Security company ,  in the centre of London we have a foot medic that located in Lester square and is able to respond to a number of agreed nightclubs. It just means that we can step in to help without waiting for, or even saving, a 999 call.”

James started the business in a small way about five years ago and since then has worked with major organisations such as Epsom and Ewell Council, Channel 4 and even the production company that organises the latest Rod Stewart concerts over the UK.

While Ice Blue doesn’t actually have to attend the concerts they are on hand for the setting up and for the taking down of the concert architecture and have provided cover in plymouth, Portsmouth and Carlie.

“We can have as many as 35 people working for us on various events,” said James – who lives in Sutton and works out of  the Mid Town Hub organised by Successful Sutton.


office 0203 189 1860
Ice Blue Medical Group
1 Times square, High street Sutton.
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