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Sutton Women’s Centre run by women for women in the borough

Sutton Women’s Centre is a local organisation run by women, for women, to provide them with the chance to achieve their potential through education, advice and sources.

It is one of the Mayor of Sutton’s Chosen Charities 2017-18. Find out more at the website.
The organisation is dedicated to helping women in Sutton with information, support and advice on local services and education, and provides a number of services. Click to find out more about:

For more details go to WOMEN 


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Great free activities at Honeywood Museum

A fantastic free Easter Holiday Activity – Spring Rainbows is taking place at Honeywood Museum Carshalton from March 31st to April 15th from 11.30am – 4.30pm

Visitors can take part in a Rainbow “cloud” craft and spring into action to find the colours of the rainbow around Honeywood. If you find the pot of gold you can join the leaders on the board!

The museum is closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

For full details go to

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Sports village multi million pound refurbishment to include extreme trampoline park

Work is underway at Better, Sutton Sports Village, on a £2.3 million refurbishment programme, which will include improvements to tennis, soft play and nursery facilities – as well as the introduction of a brand new Better Extreme trampoline park.

Better’s eighth and latest trampoline park will be the first of its kind in the borough, and will include a range of exciting features for all the family.

In a later phase of the project, three indoor tennis courts removed to accommodate the trampoline park, will be replaced with a tennis dome covering four existing clay courts – increasing the centre’s indoor provision from nine courts to 10.

In addition, the project will also include converting the existing café into a Better Coffee Corner. As part of its social enterprise ethos, Better Coffee Corner supplies sustainably-sourced coffee, tea and the cocoa in its hot chocolate from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms – while 2p from the sale of every hot drink goes to the GLL Sport Foundation –  which helps talented athletes from across the UK reach their true sporting potential.

Further works include expanding the centre’s nursery, with the installation of a new toddler room, as well as extending the site’s purpose-built gymnastics hall.

Simon Sen, Regional Director at GLL, said: “We are hugely excited to begin the refurbishment programme at Sutton Sports Village.

“At GLL, we remain committed to getting more people more active more often. New developments at Sutton Sports Village underline our commitment to providing a diverse, affordable and accessible leisure offer for all ages.

“In addition to dance, gymnastics and our brand new trampoline park – we will be retaining our ‘beginner to elite’ tennis programme.”

“We will be doing everything possible to limit disruption and aim to continue our full provision of facilities and programme schedule throughout.

“We thank our customers for their patience and look forward to welcoming them to the new and improved facilities.”

Works are scheduled for completion in Summer 2018. For more information, including project updates, visit

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Brigade welcomes Assembly committee’s report on sprinklers

London Fire Brigade has welcomed the London Assembly Planning Committee’s report on sprinklers, which has been published this morning.

Navin Shah AM led a review into whether Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS) should be made mandatory in London’s homes and the report entitled ‘Never again: Sprinklers as the next step towards safer homes’(opens in a new window) includes recommendations that the Government should:

• Develop a road map with clear milestones towards making AFSS compulsory in every residential building in England
• Amend Building Regulations to make installing AFSS in all new-build residential developments above 18m in height mandatory
• Update the building regulations to require all new care homes and sheltered housing to be fitted with sprinkler systems in England

The Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: “Even small fires can kill and soon develop into large fires unless they are stopped.

“We have long campaigned on the importance of sprinklers and we need to ensure sufficient and appropriate protection measures are in place to safeguard people where they live and suppression systems should be part of those considerations.

“We welcome the London Assembly’s report and support the recommendations it makes.

“Sprinklers are the only system which detects a fire, suppresses a fire and raises the alarm and we believe they are vitally important.

“Since 2016, sprinklers have been compulsory in all new dwellings in Wales – and it’s time we caught up with those standards in England.”

The Brigade would like to see sprinklers installed in:

• All new residential developments over 18m in height to be fitted with sprinklers
• Existing residential blocks over 18m in height to be retrofitted with sprinklers
• Sprinklers to be mandatory in all new school builds and major refurbishments
• All new residential care homes and sheltered accommodation to be fitted with sprinklers
• Existing residential care homes and sheltered accommodation to be retrofitted with sprinklers

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TfL exploring potential of “demand responsive” buses

TfL is approaching a range of businesses – including traditional bus operators and tech companies – to see if the latest innovations in ride-booking technology can be used to create a new TfL bus service that complements the capital’s existing bus network.

The services, for nine passengers or more, would not replace any existing TfL services.

Businesses are being asked to express their interest in trialling a new TfL service that would operate flexibly in an area in need of improved public transport.

The partnership with TfL could, for example, be an on-demand minibus ordered through an app, or perhaps a service running on a semi-fixed route that can be diverted to pick up individual passengers.

Recent rapid advances in technology have increased the potential of trialling such services in areas where car dependency is high, for example in outer London.

A trial would help TfL better understand and assess how such services could complement the existing extensive bus network.

It will also help TfL to set standards for a potential future TfL service around safety, accessibility, air quality, affordability, the use of concessions (such as the Freedom Pass) and customer service.

It is proposed that the Mayor’s ‘minimum professional London bus driver wage’ and ‘Licence for London’ would apply to this trial.

The capital’s iconic bus network is among the world’s most extensive and accessible, and the Mayor is ensuring that London has the greenest fleet in the world.

The Mayor has also made bus travel more affordable and convenient through his Hopper fare, allowing an hour of unlimited bus and tram journeys for the price of just one.

Traditional buses, which currently carry more than three and a half million passengers a day, remain at the heart of transport in London and have a vital role to play in delivering the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

Extensive and accessible

TfL’s Director of Transport Innovation, Michael Hurwitz, said: ‘We want to understand the potential of new TfL demand responsive services to improve public transport for all Londoners.

‘We are currently exploring the feasibility of a small demand responsive transport trial in areas of outer London where car dependency is higher and other forms of public transport are less viable.

‘By approaching potential partners, we are engaging the market to establish interest in delivering a trial of a new TfL service.

‘Any potential trial would be a new TfL service designed to support the existing local transport network, improve accessibility and London’s air quality.’

If the trial goes ahead it would involve a small number of vehicles and would be held in an area of outer London where car dependency is high and other forms of public transport are less viable.

Any trial would run for no longer than 12 months.

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New Chair of Arts Council England’s London Area Council announced

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that he has appointed Ruth Mackenzie CBE as the new Chair of Arts Council England’s London Area Council.

Ruth will lead on the Arts Council’s work in London, join the body’s National Council, and play a significant role in shaping the future of culture and the creative industries in the capital at an exciting and challenging time.

She led the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural programme of any Olympic and Paralympic Games, which involved hundreds of events across the UK, engaging millions of people.

Ruth has also held positions at Scottish Opera, Chichester Festival Theatre and DCMS, she works as Artistic Director of Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and for the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Ruth brings knowledge of government, the arts funding system, and a valuable European perspective to her new role.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives and bring communities together.

Ruth Mackenzie CBE, said: “I am honoured to be given the chance to work for Sadiq Khan and Justine Simons to create the best opportunities for the artists, creative industries, cultural institutions and above all the communities of London”

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Majority of works in Beddington Park heading towards completion

It’s nearly spring and the majority of the works in Beddington Park are heading towards completion!
The lake 

The paths around the lake are due to be fully re-opened shortly. A big thank you for your patience whilst the work has been carried out. It has been a long and complex piece of work but we are thrilled to see the lake look so deep and clear! The new timber edging has also helped smarten it up. The final step will be planting and landscaping the islands and edges to rejuvenate the habitat for the wildlife, which will happen later this year. There will be ongoing work to make good areas damaged by vehicle movements and, as a reminder, the silt has to remain in place drying a bit longer. So we still have some way to go before our park is back to its best, but we are sure it will be worth it when it gets there.
The Playground
Those who have visited the park recently will have seen the playground rapidly progressing and it is really coming to life now! The equipment has been installed, the paths shaped, benches put in place and landscaping is now underway. We have been hit by recent poor weather and this has had an impact on progress. The team continue to work incredibly hard to get the work complete but we want to ensure that the playground is safe and the landscape work bedded in (to continue looking beautiful!) which means the reopening of the playground will be delayed past Easter. We’re sorry for any disappointment. We know you are itching to get in there and we can’t wait for the work to be finished and the playground open for you to explore and play!
Other works
  • Trees have been planted across the site. These are a mix of larger trees and small whips. Hundreds of whips have been planted by members of the community, with more to be planted by school groups and volunteers.
  • New signage and interpretation panels are being installed as we speak! They will soon be revealed, with lots of lovely information for you to read about the park.
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Sutton Central Library to re-open in next couple of weeks

Sutton Central Library will be reopening on 9 April following a major refurbishment.

The library closed in November as work got underway to create a modern, safe environment for library users, with a refreshed stock and upgraded computer facilities.

Among the highlights will be a new children’s library on the ground floor with the latest interactive technology.

The revamped ground floor will also feature an improved cafe, toilets, baby change facilities and buggy park. Features will be incorporated into the design to help children and adults with learning difficulties.

New self-service machines for taking out and returning books will be installed along with upgraded computers.

On the top floor will be a new gallery space for exhibitions. A  family history centre will provide easy access to many historic documents from Sutton’s extensive archives, along with dedicated access to the genealogy website,

For more information visit

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Do you like horses and can you spare a couple of hours – then this is for you!


Then why not become a volunteer  at The Diamond Centre for Disabled  Riders in Carshalton.

“We need volunteers to help on our rides for children and adults with disabilities. You don’t need to know about

horses, we will train you. So, if you can spare a couple of hours each week and would like to do something

rewarding with your spare time please  phone us on 020 8643 7764,” said a spokesperson.





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Extraordinary and haunting play pulls into theatre

Kindertransport will pull into Richmond from Tue 24 – Sat 28 April. This tour marks 25 years since acclaimed playwrightDiane Samuels wrote this extraordinary and haunting play. It will also have been 80 years since the Kindertransport rescue effort, which saw thousands of Jewish children ferried from Austria and Germany to safety in the UK during WWII, ended. Press are invited to attend for review on Tue 24 April at 7.30pm.

Suzan Sylvester is delighted to be making a welcome return to Diane Samuels’ heart-felt drama in the role of mother Evelyn having performed as daughter Faith in the original 1993 premiere production. Suzan’s stage credits include the recent Crystal Springs (Park Theatre), Crooked (Bush Theatre) and Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre). She also won an Olivier Award for her performance as Catherine in A View From The Bridge at the Aldwych Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

Suzan will be joined by a cast of actors from across Europe including Hannah Bristow as Faith, Leila Schaus as Eva, Catherine Janke as Helga, Jenny Lee as Lil and Matthew Brown as the Ratcatcher.

This timely classic about a woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past is from the producers of last year’s acclaimed revival of The Crucible and has an international creative team. It will be directed by Anne Simon and designed by Marie-Luce Theis, with lighting design by Nic Farman and sound design by Adrienne Quartly.

Kindertransport is co-produced by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg in association with Selladoor Productions.