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Are you taking part in the Muddy Dog challenge?

Canicross equipment and training company DogFit will be attending the Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge on Saturday 30 September 2017.

The event, held at Hever Castle, Kent, is the UK’s first ever canicross obstacle course where entrants can tackle 2.5km and 5km obstacle runs with their four-legged friends. Those taking part can enter as a team of humans, as a dog-human pair, or as a solo entrant. The Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge was organised to help raise money for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and welcomes dogs and humans of all ages and fitness levels.

DogFit’s team will be there to advise entrants on the best kit to use for running with their dogs, to help with any fittings and to give information on canicross. Thus making sure the event is as fun and safe as possible. Continue reading Are you taking part in the Muddy Dog challenge?

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Great opportunity to work in the borough’s voluntary sector

Community Development Officer

Salary:  PO3 Scale Point 35 (£30,785 pa – pro rata)

Hours:  28 hours per week

Contract Term:  Until 31st March 2019

Are you committed to and enthusiastic about voluntary and community sector development?

If you are and have experience of working in this area then Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS) would like to hear from you.   SCVS is looking for someone to join its Development Team on a short term basis (until 31st March 2019) to provide support, development and fundraising advice to new and existing voluntary and community sector organisations.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 16th October 2017 and interviews will take place on Monday 23rd October 2017

To receive an application pack please contact Jackie Parr at

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MP urges summit on increasing helicopter noise over borough

Tom Brake MP has written to Chris Grayling MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, to call for a top level summit to tackle increased helicopter noise over London.

There have already been 16,848 helicopter flights over London and the city control zones as of the end of August 2017, according to reports from UK Civil Aviation Authority. While Tom wholly supports the use of helicopters for essential purposes such as policing and emergency services, he believes there needs to be an increase in the regulation and monitoring surrounding the use of helicopters for private purposes.

Tom Brake has formally submitted suggestions, including limiting the number of flights over London and granting the London Mayor more powers to tackle this issue.

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Sutton Mencap announces date of annual meeting

The Sutton Annual General Meeting in the presence of the Worshipful the Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Jean Crossby is taking place on Wednesday 18th October—7pm to 9pm, Sherwood Park School, Streeters Lane, Wallington SM6 7NP.

Drinks and snacks will be provided
Parking available
there will be a talk by the Commander of the London Borough of Sutton Fire Service, Steve Green
Contact us on 020 8647 8600, or to let the organisation know if you are attending.

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MP calls for greater awareness of 3Rs following rise of acid attacks

Following the recent rise in acid attacks in the U.K, Tom Brake MP is calling for greater awareness and education surrounding what to do in the event of an attack and for everyone to know their 3 Rs – Report, Remove, Rinse.

The National Chief Police Council reported that there have been 408 reported acid attacks in the U.K. in the six months to April of 2017.

Tom Brake MP said:

“We have all been horrified by the recent rise in acid attacks. It’s really crucial that residents know how to respond in the event of an acid attack as a quick response by a victim or bystander can substantially reduce the level of injury and improve the chances of recovery for a victim. These barbaric acts have no place in our society. I hope that local residents and the local community will help me raise awareness on this important issue.”

Three essential steps have been released by the NHS: Report, Remove, Rinse.

Report by dialing 999. Remove contaminated clothing carefully. Rinse immediately in running water. For more detailed information visit:

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London Trading Standards week

London Trading Standards (LTS) is launching its first city-wide awareness campaign, aimed at showcasing efforts to ensure consumers and reputable businesses are protected across the capital.
Kicking off on Monday 25 September 2017, London’s 33 Local Authority Trading Standards Services are joining forces to bring to light the key issues that affect consumers and businesses daily.

Each day will focus on a different theme, revealing the wide range of work that Trading Standards
Officers carry out on behalf of Londoners, including the results of undercover investigations.

Consumer expert, and BBC Watchdog legend, Lynn Faulds Wood, who’s an Ambassador for LTS said: “There are lots of ways in which consumers could be ripped off these days – in shops, on the doorstep, on the telephone and in
cyber space. We really need to have our wits about us and take care when spending our hard earned cash”

“Trading Standards officers right across London are there to help us tackle rogue traders and
fraudsters. They also provide advice for good businesses that want to stay within the law and give
their customers a fair deal.”

“Despite the fact that there have been severe cutbacks to the services provided by London Trading
Standards, I think it’s great that they are launching a week-long campaign to protect London’s

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Chelsea Foundation unveils new La Manga Club soccer school

The Chelsea Foundation has announced the opening of a new Soccer School at the La Manga Club in Murcia, south-east Spain.

The exciting venture with the top sports and leisure destination will see the Foundation stage a series of junior training camps in Spain over the next three years, starting from Easter 2018.

La Manga Club’s CEO Jose Asenjo and Brendan Dwyer, the resort’s commercial and marketing director, visited Stamford Bridge for last week’s Carabao Cup match against Nottingham Forest, joining Spanish international Alvaro Morata in the tunnel prior to the 5-1 victory.

Asenjo said: “It is a great honour for La Manga Club to partner with Chelsea to promote the sports and leisure development of our resort.”

Chelsea Foundation head of community Shaun Gore said: “We are delighted to be running Chelsea Soccer Schools at La Manga Club.

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Commission launches campaign to help choose right birth plan

The Care Quality Commission has launched a campaign to inform more women that if they’re pregnant and choosing where to have a baby, they should be able to choose the right birth plan for them. There are CQC resources – inspection reports and rating, to help make that decision. Learn more..

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Noisy times ahead for our furry friends

Photo credit: @ameliathecav

Autumn is a noisy time of year, loud and noisy bangs and crashes from fireworks and trick or treaters ringing the doorbell over and over can be unsettling and scary for our furry friends, and keeping them calm can be stressful for their owners too.

Help is at hand as the team at HOWND, the best-selling dog grooming brand has come up with some top tips to help your dog feel safe, relaxed and calm on Halloween, Bonfire and Diwali.

HOWND’s ideas to soothe anxious and agitated dogs include:

  • Stay active during the day and make sure your dog is physically tired before the fireworks and doorbell ringing starts. Give them a brisk 30-minute walk at the end of the day to wear them out so by the time evening comes they are nice and tired.

Give your dog a relaxing bath with HOWND’s lavender- and patchouli-infused Keep Calm Conditioning Shampoo, and follow with a spritz and a gentle rub of Keep Calm Body Mist. Spray it around the home and the dog’s bedding for the ultimate chilled out human and pooch experience. Both products are Cruelty Free International certified and endorsed by The Ethical Company Organisation and Nature Watch Foundation.

  • Act normal. Dogs, like humans, can pick up when you are stressed, so HOWND recommends not to modify your behaviour when your dog is anxious. Talk to them in exactly the same way as you would normally – keep smiling, give them lots of attention, and they will feel reassured.

For more tips and ideas on how to help keep your pooch calm and relaxed whatever the time of year go to HOWND.

Photo credit: @ameliathecav


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Fantastic family fun staged at borough’s libraries

This October Sutton Libraries & Sutton College will be collaborating to provide events during Half term including Drama, Face Painting, Lantern Making & Street Dance and much more for children age 6 – 11 yrs at Sutton Central Library. Tickets must be bought in advance from Sutton College – either drop in or call 020 8289 4700.