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Fantastic food and drink at a fantastic community cafe

Want a great cup of tea or coffee or something more at a great community cafe then visit the Riverside Community Association in Culvers Avenue.

“Our Community Cafe, ‘Willow Coffee Shop’ is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 2pm.
Claire, our Cafe Supervisor, looks forward to welcoming you,” said a spokesperson.

“We can provide you with hot and cold drinks, snacks, breakfasts, lunch, sandwiches – why not ask if your favourite is not on the menu?

“We can also supply catering for your party or function, whether it is at the Riverside Centre or elsewhere.”

For full details go to RIVERSIDE

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Two great talks charting history of Carshalton

2016_carshalton_two_talksLocal history talks are taking place at Honeywood Musuem by local historian John Phillips.

From Village to Suburb in the local area 1840 – 1939 is taking place on Wednesday November 9 at 7.30pm.

The Making of a special place Carshalton from 1840 is taking place on Wednesday November 16. tickets for each talk at £3.50 (£3 for Friends of Honeywood) and are available if you ring 0208 770 4297.

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Lecturer tells of value for students in working with Community Farm

5549923326_d447a013f5_zStudents of Orchard Hill College, Wallington have been working with Sutton Community Farm and one of the lecturers from Old Town Hall now speaks of his experience supporting the students.

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Black cabs now you can use credit, debit cards even contactless

blur-16671_640Hailing one of London’s famous black cabs will no longer mean making sure you’ve got money on you or stopping for cash.

In a move that will make travelling by taxi even easier, passengers will be able to pay for any journey using just credit and debit cards, including contactless payments, from Monday 31 October.

Although many of London’s black taxis have accepted cards for years, cash has remained the standard form of payment. From Monday all taxis will have to carry a card payment device, ending uncertainty for customers about how they will be able to pay.

It has the support of the campaign group Future Taxis, which represents the major London taxi driver associations (including the LTDA, the LCDC and Unite), the taxi booking apps (Hailo and Gett) and LTC, the largest London taxi manufacturer.

Until next year, card payment devices can be fixed or hand-held, but from January 2017 they will need to be installed in the passenger compartment.


Speaking on behalf of Future Taxis, Steve McNamara, said: `Card payment has been available in many taxis for years, but ensuring consistency for all customers is something our ‘StayFareMayor’ campaign repeatedly supported. We are delighted to see another part of our transformation plan coming into effect as we continue to build a faster, smarter, greener taxi trade.’


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Major report launched on reponse to terror incidents

britain-2938_640Lord Toby Harris has launched his significant and wide-ranging independent report into what could be done to improve London’s resources and readiness to respond to a major terrorist incident.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Lord Toby Harris of Haringey to undertake this independent London-wide strategic review in his first weeks in office, following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, which were followed by an attack in Nice.

Just last week, the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and emergency services expertly dealt with a potential threat on a tube train at North Greenwich, a stark reminder that the threat level in London remains at severe which means an attack is highly likely.

The Lord Harris review commends London’s emergency services for their improved major incident readiness, with responses now substantially faster and more effective than five years ago. The quality and effectiveness of the work done by the intelligence agencies and the counter-terrorist police here is, he says, amongst the best in the world.

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Mayor announces increase in London Living Wage

992_496_mayor_6369_may2016-1The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced an increase in the London Living Wage, which has increased from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour.

He also revealed that another 309 employers signed up to pay their staff the capital’s hourly rate over the last 12 months. That brings the total number of accredited businesses in London to 1,033 and means that London accounts for over one third of businesses paying the Living Wage in the United Kingdom.

Since 2011 the London Living Wage has increased by 17.5 per cent and more than 60,000 workers in the capital have benefited from the increase. Over the last year major brands including the British Library, IKEA, Majestic Wine, Lloyds TSB and London’s Borough Market have all become accredited as London Living Wage employers.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the new rate for the London Living Wage at the British Library, a newly accredited London Living Wage employer, and subsequently visited Alchemy Café on Ludgate Broadway who have also signed up to pay the London Living Wage. He said:

“It’s great news that London is leading the way in paying the Living Wage and that over 1,000 businesses are now accredited and helping to make this a fairer and more equal city.  I’m glad to say we’re well on track to see it rise to over £10 an hour during my mayoralty, but we need to go further and for many more businesses and organisations to sign up.

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Legal partnership between boroughs is up for three awards

The South London Legal Partnership (SLLP), made up of Sutton, Merton, Richmond and Kingston councils, is up for three industry awards.

The SLLP team has been shortlisted for a UK IT Industry Award in the UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship category for creating digital courtrooms – paperless courtrooms that could lead to savings of more than £1m for the justice system in London alone if huge bundles of legal documents often delivered to court in wooden carts are made available online instead.

The idea is already being used in family courts in the London Boroughs of Sutton, Merton, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Richmond, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark. The team is in talks with other boroughs to roll it out.

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Sutton Young Professionals giving rising stars a chance to shine

young-professionalsCalling all of the borough’s young professionals aged between 18 and 35 why not plan some pre Christmas networking by booking in for the Sutton Young Professionals event to be held on Wednesday December 7.

Taking place at Metro Bank, 83/87 High Street, Sutton just contact or call him on 0208 661 4192 to reserve your place.

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Extra Time Club for the Over 50s

et-poster-sutton-riverside-centre-page-001Are you over 50 and find yourself with some “extra time” they why not go along to Riverside Community Centre for the Extra Time Club

The club meets every Monday at the Culvers Avenue, Carshalton centre and is provided by the Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation. There is the chance to take part in activities such as table tennis, badminton, seated exercises, shorts mat bowls and loalds more.

For more information please contact Beth on 0208 768 6015 or email

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Neither side find winning goal in latest Sutton match

Sutton United 2-2  Maidstone United

football-3Despite looking on course for a convincing victory with a quarter of the game played, Sutton were forced to settle for a share of the points as Maidstone came back to level before half time, and neither side was able to find a winner in the second half as Maidstone goalkeeper Lee Worgan denied U’s much as Ross Worner had frustrated Southport on Saturday.

With Craig Eastmond and Roarie Deacon back from suspension U’s were far more fluent than on Saturday, and, after Maidstone had had the better of the early exchanges, seemed to have taken control of the game with a burst of two goals in six minutes. The first will be among those discussed at the end of the season in a goal of the season competition,started with Dean Beckwith’s cushioned header to Nicky Bailey on the edge of his own area, and continued by an exchange of passes between Eastmond and Ross Stearn before Eastmond delivered a superb cross from the right which was met at the near post by Dan Fitchett’s firm glancing header.

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