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The inaugural Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer School will provide the highlight of an action-packed Easter programme for families at Spain’s La Manga Club, with free nights among a range of attractive benefits on offer at the award-winning five-star resort.

Guests can take advantage of an array of discounts and savings when booking a holiday of five nights or more at the award-winning Murcia resort before January 31.

The Chelsea Foundation soccer school – the first of a series that will be held at La Manga Club over the next three years – will take place from April 9-14 and offers the chance for youngsters to train using the same methods the Chelsea Foundation employs around the world.

Open to boys and girls between the ages of six and 16, the school includes up to three hours’ daily training from the Foundation’s team of expert coaches, with all participants receiving an official Chelsea Foundation Nike training kit of a shirt, shorts and socks. Prices start from €295 (approx £260) per person for a week-long training programme.


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Simply the Best tribute there is!

Award-winning ‘TOTALLY TINA’ is STILL Simply The Best and comes to LONDON – New Wimbledon Theatre on Saturday 17th February 2018!

It’s been the UK’s official number one Tina Turner tribute for the past five years (as voted by the Agents Association of Great Britain), with a Lifetime Achievement Award under its belt and a hectic, fast-growing gig schedule right across the UK and into Europe to boot.

The cast of ‘Totally Tina’ it seems, is definitely ‘better than all the rest’.

Now seven years in the making, the longest running tribute to the Queen of Rock and Roll is in demand, yet with the same passion, drive and attention to detail that’s earned Liverpool-born Justine Riddoch and her band the top spot since 2013, the talents behind this much-loved Show are not resting on their laurels. Instead, they are already fine-tuning what is a unique celebration of Tina’s live concert career with a whole host of exciting set changes and flamboyant costumes, pulsating new dance routines and the characteristic custom twists which make it a hit with an army of fans nationwide.

Tickets for the LONDON – New Wimbledon Theatre show taking place on Saturday 17th February are available from: Saturday 17th February 2018 Time – 7.30pm

Box Office No: 0844 871 7642

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Work underway for Beddington Lane improvement

Work is underway on a major £3.56m improvement scheme in Beddington Lane and Hilliers Lane to improve the travel experience for pedestrians and cyclists.

Sutton Council has secured £1.86m funding from Transport for London (TfL) for the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme with council funding of £1.7m giving a total budget of £3.56m.

Sutton Council, in partnership with TfL, consulted with the local community group Beddington North Neighbourhood Forum and the Beddington for Business Business Improvement District (BID) to develop the Beddington North Major Scheme.

A new pedestrian and cycle route will run alongside the entire length of Beddington Lane. The Beddington Lane/Asda junction will have a new roundabout, a safe pedestrian and cycle crossing, while road resurfacing and kerb works will take place around the Beddington Lane Tramlink stop.

The scheme will help showcase the character of the Conservation Area around Beddington Village with new pedestrian crossings and improved management of heavy goods vehicles.  Pedestrian and cycle crossings will be installed throughout Beddington Lane providing safer travel for residents.



The first phase of the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme starts from 22 January and will last approximately 16 weeks.

Further information on the sequence of works, planned improvements and temporary road closures will be updated regularly on the council’s webpage. Individual local works will have their own signage and properties immediately next to the works will be notified by a formal letter.


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Kipling’s Jungle Book swinging into theatre

Children’s Touring Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton bring a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book to Richmond Theatre Wed 7 Feb – Sat 10 Feb to delight schools and family audiences alike!

The award-winning creative team bringing Kipling’s timeless story to the stage includes playwright Jessica Swale whose previous acclaimed play Nell Gwynn won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016, director Max Webster who directed Dr Seuss’ The Lorax at the Old Vic, which was nominated for Best Entertainment and Family Show at the 2016 Olivier Awards, and internationally renowned songwriter and jazz legend, Joe Stilgoe. 

The Jungle Book
Wed 7  – Sat 10 Feb 
at Richmond Theatre
Tickets: from £16.90* (includes booking fee)|Schools and Groups discounted rates available!

Production Info: HERE | Syndicated interview and production shots: HERE

Richmond Box Office: 0844 871 7651* Website:*
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More than three hundred have waited for more that half an hour in ambulance outside A and E – MP

307 patients in Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS trust have faced waits of half-an-hour of more in ambulances outside A&E so far this winter . Of these, 60 faced waits of over an hour, according to Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake.

In the week to 31st December, 22 patients faced waits of over half an hour and 82 spent at least an hour waiting in ambulances outside A&E.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake commented:

“These figures show the NHS crisis in our area is worsening. Hundreds of patients are being left stuck in ambulances outside A&Es. Every ambulance stuck outside an A&E department could well be needed by another patient waiting desperately at home for help. Each day seems to bring yet more bad news about the state of the health service. “

“Despite this, I would like to thank the brilliant efforts of the fantastic staff at St Helier and despite these nationwide struggles, it is one of the best performing hospital trusts at the current time.  We are lucky to have such an excellent facility at our disposal.”

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Four free workshops for young film makers to help create Beddington documentary

Sutton Council has collaborated with Sutton Film Makers to give young people aged 16-19 an opportunity to learn cinematography skills and help create a documentary about Beddington Park.

Four free workshops will be run in March/April with the option of additional time on site in the Easter holidays putting new skills into practice and filming for the documentary.

For more information, dates and how to apply please contact Spaces are limited, so get in touch today!

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PM Theresa May comes to borough to launch local election campaign

On Saturday 13th January, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, came to Sutton to launch the local Conservatives local election campaign for May 2018.

She joined local MP Paul Scully, along with Conservative candidates for Sutton Council and activists to campaign with them on the doorsteps in Cheam.

Theresa May said: “Paul Scully had raised the question of problems with the bin collection here in Sutton with me in Prime Minister’s Questions, so it’s good to come out and hear that some of the issues have been sorted out, however, still some issues remain here for people about the way the local Council is operating. It’s great to be on the doorstep campaigning, meeting people and talking to them about what Conservatives can do for them in Sutton and across the country.”

Paul Scully said: “It was great to show the PM first hand some of the issues people had raised with me about Sutton council, not just the ongoing bin saga which has attracted national headlines, but also a number of other areas which point to the complacency of our council.”

Eric Allen, Elliot Colburn and Councillor Holly Ramsey, the Conservative candidates for Cheam, said: “Residents were very excited to meet the Prime Minister and we were thrilled to have her campaign with us here in Cheam. “

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MP Paul recently appointed vice chair of Conservative party in London

Sutton Cheam and Worcester Park MP Paul Scully has accepted various roles since his re-election the last being his recent appointment at vice chair of the Conservative Party in London.

“Since being re-elected in June I have continued to work hard to stand up for Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park in Westminster,” said MP Paul.

“I have also resumed many of my roles from the last parliament, including being re-elected by my colleagues to sit on the Petitions Committee and the International Development Select Committee, chairing the Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), and chairing/being a member of the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) for the British Curry Catering Industry, Tamils, Bangladesh, the Ahmaddiya Muslim Community, Domestic Violence, Taxis, Burma and London.

“However, I am delighted to have been appointed to some new positions in this Parliament. I am sadly no longer a member of the British Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe, but I have been pleased to use my short time there to speak about some very important issues, such as refugees, migration and security, including having the chance to see the refugee relief effort in Greece for myself.”

“In August I was appointed the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Burma, Brunei and Thailand. This is a very exciting role, but also a very personal one as my father was from Burma. I believe that Britain’s trade post-Brexit will, and should, have a more global outlook.

“I am humbled to have been selected for these roles, but my first priority has always been and will always be, working hard to represent the residents of Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park and continue to be their strong, local voice in Westminster.”

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Work starts on new school as part of cancer hub

Work has started on a new £40 million secondary school on the site of one of the UK’s most significant regeneration projects, The London Cancer Hub.

Building work is officially underway on Harris Academy Sutton, which will cater for 1,275 pupils, and be run by the Harris Federation after its application was approved by the Department for Education in September 2016.

The non-selective school will be completed by September 2019 and will adjoin and be part of the proposed site of The London Cancer Hub which includes the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR). The site is set to be a world-leading life-science campus specialising in cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise.

Harris Academy Sutton will offer a broad and balanced curriculum while specialising in science – particularly Health and Life Sciences – and will look to make the most of its proximity to the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

The new school is currently available to families to apply for a place starting in September 2018 with the school housed in temporary accommodation for the first year.

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Vulnerable young people can access therapy thanks to new partnership

Vulnerable young people in Sutton will now be able to access therapy  programmes that can help them stay out of care and remain in their own families, thanks to a unique collaboration between Sutton Council, other London boroughs, voluntary and community groups and health organisations.

This pioneering initiative, the first  of its type in London, is a joint programme  by the five London Borough Councils of Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Bexley, Merton and Newham, with support from the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding.

Positive Families Partnership will work with over 350 young people involved in serious anti-social behaviour and/or substance misuse, who have been identified as being at risk of going into care. These vulnerable young people and their families will be offered access to therapeutic programmes designed to help address the young person’s behavioural issues and improve how the family functions.

The initiative will utilise three specialist delivery partners, who collectively bring over 25 years’ experience of implementing similar  programmes across the UK: Family Psychology Mutual, Family Action UK, and the South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Positive Families Partnership will be set clear outcomes and will be paid only if it succeeds in meeting certain milestones related to keeping the young person with their family and out of care.

Positive Families Partnership will benefit from management support from Social Finance UK and Bridges Fund Management, with the latter also providing over £5m of funding to cover the upfront costs of the programme.

The programme will be managed by Sutton Council, and operate initially in the five London boroughs. If successful, the partners hope to scale up their innovative work by rolling it out to other boroughs over time.

Brigitte Squire, Programme Manager of Positive Families Partnership, said: “All of us believe these therapies are the best way of keeping these vulnerable young people with their families and out of care. This pioneering new contract allows us to bring together three of the best delivery partners in the sector and provide a real solution to a pressing social challenge at scale. We look forward to proving the model in the coming years.”