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Love your local library? Then why not volunteer to help

Do you love your local library? Are you interested in history and heritage? Would you like to support your community and learn new skills along the way?

Then why not consider taking part in its volunteer programme with an aim of enhancing the customer’s experience of using the Borough’s Libraries and Heritage venues.

The volunteer programme offers comprehensive training and a chance to develop existing skills further and meet new people.

Roles vary from Assisting at a homework club, gardening and tour guiding to assisting people gaint ITC skills. Even if you only have a couple of hours spare per week the service would love to hear from you.

To check out all of the volunteering opportunities go to

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Anniversary show to take place at Sutton’s Boom Boom Club

 The 40th Anniversary Show of Robbie McIntosh is to take place at the Boom Boom Club on Saturday June 3.

For full details go to Boom Boom

Robbie McIntosh has legendary status among his fellow musicians. His career to date includes spells as guitarist with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, John Mayer, and Norah Jones. Robbie has played many of the world’s top festivals and venues. Among his numerous TV and radio appearances, Robbie was with Sir Tom Jones on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny BBC TV show on New Years Eve 2015, and with Zucchero in 2016. As a long-term member of The Pretenders, Robbie played at Live Aid in 1985 and on their top-10 UK hit, Don’t Get Me Wrong.

Robbie takes his own special blend of music on the road with The Robbie McIntosh Band, and in trio and duo formats. In 2017, Robbie will be releasing his latest album, “Persona Non Grata”.

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Huge fine for management company for “potentially lethal” flat blaze

A corporate landlord and its management company have been hit with a record £250,000 fine  following a ‘potentially lethal’ flat blaze in Westminster which saw 13 people rescued by our firefighters.

The fine is the biggest financial penalty handed down in a fire safety prosecution case brought by London Fire Brigade relating to a single privately rented property. In addition to the fine the Brigade was awarded full prosecution costs of £49,500.

Property owner Crownpark Investments Ltd along with City Estates, which managed the six floor terraced house conversion were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, 25 May after pleading guilty to three offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Continue reading Huge fine for management company for “potentially lethal” flat blaze

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Department for Education staff visit Orchard Hill College

Students, pupils and staff from across Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust welcomed various members of the Department for Education (DfE) on Wednesday to give tours, answer questions and speak about their experience in education.

The group of professionals from across the DfE met in the morning at Bedelsford School in Kingston for an introduction from CEO & Principal Dr Caroline Allen and Executive Head & Deputy CEO John Prior. Following this overview of the organisation everyone split into smaller groups to enjoy visits of different College Centres and schools within OHCAT.

Groups were taken to Nightingale Community Academy in Wandsworth, St Philip’s School in Surbiton, Bedelsford School in Kingston, Carew Academy in Wallington, and College Centres Beaconsfield in New Malden and VPC in Carshalton. This gave delegates the opportunity to meet students and see first-hand the amazing progression and personal experiences of our students and pupils. Feedback from everyone from the DfE was extremely positive, they truly benefitted from this opportunity to understand more about the environment in which their partners operate and the leadership challenges they face.

Students and pupils enjoyed the responsibility of giving the tours and talking about what they’re doing at school and college, and delegates from the DfE clearly enjoyed our students’ candour and honesty! The whole day was a fantastic opportunity to welcome the DfE in to the organisation to see for themselves the amazing work of our pupils and students, and to remember the whole purpose we’re all here each day.

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Samsung Pay now able to be used on London transport

Transport for London customers can now use Samsung Pay on their mobile phone to travel on Londons transport network as part of its wider UK launch this morning.

The new payment app, which can be downloaded from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, supports MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from major UK financial institutions. It can be used for pay as you go journeys by bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in London.

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Mayor meets tenants of London Living Rent housing

The Mayor Sadiq Khan has met tenants at the first homes being delivered for London Living Rent in the capital, kick-starting his new scheme to help more Londoners find a home they can afford.

The new London Living Rent will help middle-income earners save for a deposit by offering below-market rents, based on a third of average local wages. Rents in the County House development – where all homes are affordable, managed and owned by Hyde Housing Association – are up to 30 per cent cheaper than local market rents.

It comes on the same day the Mayor announced a new partnership with Hyde Housing Association to begin building up to 5,000 new housing starts over the next five years. With £115 million City Hall funding, there is an ambition for 60 per cent of the new homes – 3,000 new homes on sites across London – to be genuinely affordable to buy and rent.


Elaine Bailey, Chief Executive of the Hyde Group, said: “The number of working people in London who earn a decent wage but can’t get on the property ladder is growing all the time. These living rent properties demonstrate the Mayor of London and the Hyde Group’s desire to provide genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. We look forward to continuing our work with the Mayor and providing more London Living Rent homes for local residents.”


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Great one night shows at the theatre

Laugh, sing, and learn next month during the following one-night only shows at Richmond Theatre!

Reginald D. Hunter

Thursday 8 June at 8pm

During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe.

His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song. Tickets just £27.15

 The Greatest Hits of Motown – How Sweet it Is

Friday 9  June at 7.30pm

The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back! This stunning all-live show combine’s first class music together with slick choreography, and an amazing band. Truly outstanding, the best Motown experience you will ever have!

You’ll be Dancing On The Ceiling, with songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many more. Tickets from £23.90

 Lucy Worsley at Home with Jane Austen

Monday 26  June at 7.30pm

Dr Lucy Worsley is passionate about making history engaging. Her new biography of Jane Austen consider what home meant to Jane, and tells the story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places which mattered to her. Dispelling the myth of Jane as the cynical, lonely spinster Lucy instead offers us a witty and passionate woman of her time. Tickets from £16.90 (Lucy is available for interviews by request. Please contact myself if this is of interest.)

 Richmond Box Office: 0844 871 7651* Website:*

*Fees apply.  Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

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Pensions, Fuel Payments and Social Care tackled at Age UK Sutton Hustings

Over 40 people attended Age UK Sutton’s hustings event on Friday 26 May at St. Patrick’s Church in Wallington. The audience did not seem to mind trading the bright sunshine for the cool interior of the church to hear from all of the prospective parliamentary candidates for Carshalton & Wallington.

Tom Brake (Lib Dem), Ashley Dickenson (Christian Peoples Alliance), Emina Ibrahim (Labour), Shasha Khan (Green Party), Nick Mattey (Independent) and Matthew Maxwell Scott (Conservatives) all took part in the hustings which was chaired by Age UK Sutton CEO Nicola Upton.

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Buddy Holly Story tour is extended due to demand

Due to phenomenal demand for tickets Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has extended its tour into 2017. The incredibly successful tour visits Richmond Theatre from Tuesday 27th June – Saturday 1st July.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

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Wallington hero has VC paving stone ceremony in memorial garden

On Saturday 29 April the bravery of Wallington war hero 2nd Lieut. Alfred Oliver Pollard was remembered at a special ceremony starting at the Wallington Library Memorial Garden.

A commemorative paving stone, provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), will be laid by Mayor of Sutton Cllr Richard Clifton to mark the centenary of the action for which A. O. Pollard was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) – the highest honour that can be awarded to a British soldier.