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Cryer Centre future proposal to be discussed on October 29

Sutton councillors are being asked to agree the grant of a 25 year lease to Cryer Arts for the Charles Cryer Centre in Carshalton.

The bid was one of three shortlisted and in a document which is to be presented to the strategy and resources committee of Sutton Council on October 29 the report from Gerald Almeroth, Strategic Director of Resources recommends that the Cryer Arts bid is accepted.

In identifying the Cryer Arts proposal as the one to choose the report outlines the key aspects of the plan.

“Cryer Arts Limited would use the premises as a bar and restaurant which would additionally have performance and gallery space with the theatre area used for performance, music, film and comedy. They would continue to work with Crunch Studios, look to reopen the scenery workshop and consider how to better use external areas. They have potential interest in a radio station based at the centre,” said the report.

“The Cryer Arts proposal relies to a large extent on projected income from the bar/restaurant. Further income would be derived from letting of performance spaces and the rear workshop area.”

For full details of the report go to


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Son receives kidneys from his parents

A renal patient at St Helier Hospital has received not one, but two priceless, selfless gifts from his parents – kidneys.

Ben Abbott, aged 27 from East Grinstead, has a condition which affects his kidney function. Ben’s mother donated a kidney to him following organ failure in 2010, but after seven years, sadly the kidney failed last year. That’s when Ben’s father Steve stepped up, flying over to the UK from Canada to donate his kidney through the kidney sharing scheme. The kidney sharing scheme allows donors and recipients who are not a compatible match (because of blood type, for example) to register in a national scheme to achieve compatible transplants with other pairs. This generous donation allowed Ben to receive his second transplant from another donor through the scheme.

Ben’s story is one that shows the life changing power that both organ donation and a supportive family can have on a person. On his experience, Ben said: “I am very pleased that I can live a normal life with my condition (thanks to this transplant) without the need for dialysis. I can do pretty much anything anyone else can do, as long as I keep myself healthy and hydrated – hence why I have joined the gym and play football regularly!

Ben has recovered well following the transplant, and has a very positive outlook on life. He said: “I am a very positive person (I get that from my Mum), so I will never let something get in the way of me living a happy and healthy life.”

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New half a million pound education centre opens at St Helier Hospital

The brand new £521,000 education centre at St Helier Hospital was officially opened recently by special guest Professor Martin Rossor from The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.

The centre features a brand new library (complete with an extensive collection medical journals and textbooks) and a suite of purpose built rooms, all kitted out with brand new ICT equipment. This includes: HD projectors, fully equipped ICT suites, VR headsets, classrooms with sound-proofing for flexible use of space, a brand new lecture theatre and an ID-card based security system (allowing for secure out of hours access).

Following some opening speeches from both the guests and members of the Trust, the group moved on to a tour of the facility, which showcased the different services that the centre has to offer and the facilities that are available. This included a CPR demonstration from one of the team (putting Professor Rossor’s CPR skills to the test!) and a demonstration of some NHS endorsed educational board games. After the demonstration, the tour moved on to the Hirson Library and e-learning suites, with a chance to look at the fantastic classrooms.

Joint Medical Director, James Marsh said: “The new centre has a great range of resources and facilities available, including brand new ICT equipment and fresh, clean, comfortable classrooms and study space, packed with books and journals on a whole range of medical topics. This means we can provide a first class education facility to our trainee doctors, ensuring that they get their careers off to a fantastic start and feel confident in their ability to join the ranks with their senior colleagues when they finish their training.”


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It really is that time again – get your Christmas trees ready for fesitval!

It is that time of year to start planning your Christmas Tree for the Sutton New Town Christmas Tree Festival!

“We had 43 trees on display, 25 from community groups and 18 from businesses, small and large.  And we managed to attract over 1,500 visitors, of whom 400 were children under 11,” said a spokesperson.

“The nice folks at St Barnabas Church have agreed to host the trees and the festival will run from its civic opening on the 30th November 2018 to 30th December 2018.

“The aim is to celebrate the many community groups that make the Sutton New Town area so special.  The event will be heavily promoted and we expect a similar number to last years.

“Decorating and displaying a Christmas tree is a wonderful way of being able to promote and celebrate the activity of your group to this large number of people.

“The festival will be a fantastic place to invite your volunteers and members to celebrate the end of another year.  Look out for the events such as the opening reception and community carol singing. You can also arrange for private viewings and use of the space for your own celebration.

“If you want to take part please can you click here and complete the registration form.  If the link does not work then please copy and paste the link below into your browser.

“You’ll need to either make or bring your own artificial trees and the lights must be plug in LED.   The trees should be between 4 foot and 6 foot tall.  You can go wild with your imagination and decorate it with the theme you want to promote.

To find out more about the festival visit

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Annual meeting of Friends of Cheam Park date announced

Friends and members are advised that the Friends of Cheam Park AGM will soon be upon us.  Details as follows:

• Date:  30th October 2018

• Time:  7pm

• Venue:  Cheam Park Cafe, Tudor Close, Cheam SM3 8QS

If you have any questions you want answers to, please send them to us here.

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Sutton New Town Festival of Remembrance – will include exhibition of those featured in unique War Memorial Chapel

You are warmly invited to attend the Sutton New Town Festival of Remembrance to be held at 3 pm on 10th November 2018 at St Barnabas Church (SM1 4NS).The festival will consist of a mix of songs, poetry, music, and stories to remember individuals.

It will include material provided by a local historian, Fiona Carey, and her team of volunteers who have been researching the biographies of the men from Sutton New Town who were killed in the Great War.  The festival will culminate in a short act of remembrance and a communal commitment to work for peace.

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The Phoenix Concert Band will provide the music and the Reverend Charles Cotton will lead the Act of Remembrance at which wreaths will be laid within the Memorial Chapel by Major Christopher Goodwin, Representative Deputy Lieutenant, the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Steve Cook, Mr Tom Brake MP and councillors representing Sutton Central & Carshalton Central Wards.

The War Memorial Chapel in St Barnabas is unique within the Borough and is dedicated to the over 150 men from the Sutton New Town neighbourhood that died in the Great War. It is also home to the borough’s Civil Defence Memorial Window commemorating the men and women who served in Sutton during the Second World War.  The standard of the old Sutton Branch of the Royal British Legion is lodged in the sanctuary of the War Memorial Chapel.

The Chapel is participating in the iconic national art installation There But Not There as part of the Centenary Commemoration of the end of the Great War.

The festival will start promptly at 3 pm and will finish by 4 pm followed by a short reception within the Exhibition that will tell the stories of the 146 men commemorated on the walls of the Memorial Chapel.

We ask all guests to have taken their seats by 2:45.

There will be a retiring collection taken as people leave the Festival.  The money raised will be divided equally between the British Legion and the War Memorial Chapel Repair Fund.

We do hope that you will be able to attend.  Please book your ticket to this historic event now.

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Vital advice on tackling domestic abuse in the borough

Tackling domestic abuse is one of the priorities of The Sutton Plan. This includes ensuring that anyone experiencing abuse can access the help they need as early as possible.

The most severe and repeated abuse is usually experienced by women*, but anyone can face abuse. Taking the step of reporting abuse is difficult for everyone but certain groups can face additional barriers to seeking help. These include men, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBT+, older people and those with disabilities.

There are many reasons why people don’t report abuse, for example: fear (of the abuser and/or of the authorities); not realising that what they’re going through is abuse; anxiety about being ‘judged’ or seeing it as shameful or embarrassing. Some people might be dependant on their abuser, financially or in some other way.

Signs of potential abuse to look out for include:


  • a partner (or carer / adult child / other) always accompanying someone, seeming overly protective,or not letting them speak with professionals alone

  • missed appointments

  • changes in mood / behaviour

  • issues such as rent arrears, financial difficulties

  • visible physical injuries, or wearing excessive clothing which might be hiding these

This list isn’t exhaustive. The effects of abuse can manifest themselves in ways that aren’t obvious. People may try to hide what is happening to them, or may be in denial that they’re experiencing abuse.

Many people won’t disclose abuse without prompting so it’s important to create a safe, reassuring environment for them to feel comfortable enough to speak. An example of starting a conversation to help identify if somebody is experiencing abuse is:

‘We know that many people in Sutton experience physical, emotional, or other forms of abuse, so we are asking everyone about this…Is there anyone at home or elsewhere that you’re afraid of?’

If you’re worried about someone you know personally, ask them if they’re alright and tell them you are available if they want to talk about anything. Don’t force them to talk if they don’t want to. Listen and don’t judge them, for instance if they’re not ready to leave immediately. Make sure they are safe, but don’t intervene, for example by talking to the abuser, as this can increase the risk to yourself and the victim.

If somebody does confide, reassure them that the abuse is not their fault, that help is available, and they can make decisions at their own pace. Encourage them to report the abuse and access appropriate help.

The Domestic Violence One Stop Shop offers a free drop-in on Wednesday, 9.30am -11.30am at Sutton Baptist Church, where advice and support is available.

Sutton Reach offers a specialist service for domestic abuse victims from the above mentioned marginalised groups, with a particular focus on housing and complex needs. You can contact them on 0203 823 2582.

For general information, including other contacts and referral information, visit

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Hit show Rain Man showing soon

Bill Kenright and The Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company present a stage adaptation of RAIN MAN starring Mathew Horne and Ed Speleers. Inspired by the Oscar-winning film, this heart-warming story comes to Richmond Theatre from Mon 5 – Sat 10 Nov. Production images and syndicated interviews with both Mathew and Ed can be found here, please credit Robert Day for images.

When self-centered salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers that his long-lost brother Raymond, an autistic savant with a genius for numbers, has inherited the family fortune; he sets out to get ‘his half’. Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life and the two brothers embark on a trip across America where Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have ever imagined…

Ed Speleers will be making his stage debut at Charlie Babbitt in RAIN MAN. His notable credits include Outlander, Downton Abbey and Eragon. Mathew Horne who will be playing Raymond Babbitt, is best known for playing Gavin in the double BAFTA-winning comedy series Gavin and Stacey. He has also starred in The Catherine Tate Show, Bad Education and more recently in The Miser on the West End.

The production is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Rasheeda Speaking, This House, Pippin) and also stars Elizabeth Carter, Mairi Barclay, Adam Lilley, Neil Roberts, Joe Sellman Leava and Hannah Barker.

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Top TV stars appearing in new theatre comedy

Jonathan Church Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present Vulcan 7, written by and starring Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer. This hilarious brand new comedy comes to Richmond Theatre on Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October.

Adrian and Nigel shot to fame in the 1980s with The Comic Strip Presents… and as Vyvyan and Neil in the massive cult classic The Young Ones. They also starred together in Filthy, Rich and Catflap on television and played in the spoof band Bad News.

Gary Savage and Hugh Delavois were students at RADA together. Now in their sixties, they meet in an Icelandic wasteland, on the set of a fantasy movie. Hugh has had a plodding career but has landed the role of the Roman God Vulcan’s butler – a small but regular role – and he’s making his seventh film for the franchise. Gary is a one-time Hollywood A-lister who has fallen on lean times, and is playing a guest monster with four hours in make-up and one word in the script. Sparks fly inside the trailer as old wounds are opened. Leela, a runner, attempts to keep the peace between them, but outside the trailer things are not going to plan either: the director’s gone AWOL, the catering truck’s on the wrong side of a ravine, and the volcanic activity is growing more and more lively by the minute…

Adrian Edmondson is best known for his role in Bottom, which he wrote with Rik Mayall. On stage they starred together in Waiting For Godot and Ade also appeared in the West End run of The Rocky Horror Show. More recently he has appeared in War & Peace, Twelfth Night at the RSCand in a cameo role as Captain Peavey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Nigel Planer has worked extensively in the West End with leading roles in the original productions of Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, Hairspray, Feelgood and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He won a BRIT award in 1984 and has been nominated for Olivier, TMA, What’s On Stage and BAFTA awards. He also created the spoof actor character “Nicholas Craig” and featured in the Doctor Who: Live tour as Vorgenson, The Inter-Galactic Showman.

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Governor needed for voluntary role at Stanley Park junior school

Stanley Park Junior School is seeking a Co-opted Governor to serve as an active member of its Governing Board.
The school is keen to hear from individuals who have experience of finance, premises  management, or business links within the local community.

Above all the school is looking for a new governor who will support the school’s strategic vision and work with it to improve the
outcomes for all our pupils.
This is a voluntary role and it will enable the governor to utilise existing skills and experience, as well as offering opportunities for training and personal development.
The school would require a minimum commitment of approximately 20 hours over an academic year. This involves attendance at four board meetings per year (usually on a Monday evening) and membership of at least two committees, which meet termly (daytime or evening).
You can find more information, including at application form, on the school’s website or by emailing

Alternatively please call Headteacher Amanda Lamy on 020 8647 7497 for an informal chat, or to arrange a visit to our school.