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Fantastic range of events at borough’s museums this Christmas

Sutton’s museums and heritage team has arranged an excellent and wide ranging series of events on the run up to Christmas.

To see our full programme of events, and for bookings, please see

Honeywood Museum

Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX

Tel: 020 8770 4297 email:

Open Wednesday – Friday 11am – 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. Closed Bank Holiday Mondays. Tea room Opening hours Weds-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat and Sun 10am-5pm.

Christmas opening hours:Closing at 5pm on Saturday 22nd December and reopening on Wednesday 2nd January.

Saturday 1st December 1pm-6pm

Carshalton Frost Fair

The Friends of Honeywood Museum and Ecolocal are again organising a Frost Fair. This will be held at Carshalton Ponds, along Honeywood Walk, Festival Walk and the Memorial Gardens. There will be stalls, a hog roast and live music.

In Honeywood Museum there will be children’s entertainments, including Santa’s Grotto, magic shows and children’s Christmas crafts.

For further details please see the Friends of Honeywood Museum website

Sunday 2nd December – Saturday 22nd December (throughout opening hours)

Honeywood Advent Calendar

Honeywood Museum

Honeywood is decorated for Christmas, come along and open our advent calendar to collect and decorate your own Christmas tree decoration. All welcome. Free

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December (throughout opening hours)

Christmas at Honeywood

Honeywood Museum

Admire our Christmas decorations while listening to our festive music playing in the background and read some Christmas stories in our cosy corner. Follow our Christmas Trail to make it on to our Christmas leaderboard and win a Honeywood pencil just in time to write your Christmas list!

All welcome. Free


Little Holland House

40, Beeches Avenue, Carshalton

LIttle Holland House is the former home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961). A unique interpretation of the English arts and crafts movement, the Grade II* interior was created entirely by Dickinson, inspired by the ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris and contains Dickinson’s paintings, hand-made furniture, furnishings, metalwork and carving, in a unique fusion of Art Nouveau and the English Arts and Crafts style. With very limited finances Dickinson designed and built the house himself between 1902-04 – the ultimate in DIY! Little Holland House provides wheelchair access to ground floor.

Open the first Sunday of each month. No booking required. Free admission, donations welcomed.

Sunday 2nd December 11am-5pm

Family Christmas Open Day

Little Holland House

Little Holland House is an Arts and Crafts treasure chest created by Frank Dickinson. It was also a very happy family home. Enjoy seeing the house decorated for Christmas, follow the Trail, and make “Arts and Crafts” Christmas tree decorations to take home.

Drop in. Free


Wednesday 5th December 2-4pm

Christmas Time Tour

Little Holland House

Enjoy a special visit to this unique house accompanied by a guide. A chance see the decorations and spend time in the extraordinary decorative interior of the house. Discover some of the sources that inspired Frank Dickinson’s creativity.

Tickets are £6.50 including tea, coffee and Christmas cake.

Please pre-book on eventbrite as places are limited.

Whitehall Historic House

1, Malden Rd, Cheam SM3 8QD

Tel: 020 8770 5670 email:

Open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Tea room open Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm

Christmas opening

Closing at 5pm on Saturday 22nd December and reopening on Thursday 3rd January.

Friday 7th December 3.30-9pm

Whitehall at the Cheam Christmas Fair.

Whitehall Historic House

Begin your countdown to Christmas with a visit to a festive Whitehall.

Father Christmas will be visiting us 3.30-6.30pm. Please note this is bookable in advance. Bookings open from Thursday 22nd November in person and by telephone only at Whitehall Historic House throughout opening hours. Tickets £2.00 per child.Telephone 020 8770 5670. We will also open our Christmas Craft Fair.

Stalls, entertainment and activities from 5pm with the lights switch on at 7pm in Cheam Village.

Friday 7th evening and Saturday 8th 10am – 5pm

Dreaming of a Whitehall Christmas Craft Fair

Whitehall Historic House

Visit the house this weekend to browse and buy unique handmade gifts for Christmas created by local craftspeople.

Sunday 9th, Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th December

Christmas Weekend Activities

Whitehall Historic House

A chance to step out of the pre Christmas rush and enjoy the spirit of Christmas at Whitehall. Explore the house, enjoy the decorations, and relax….Drop in Christmas crafts each day throughout opening hours.

Mince pies and Christmas cake will be available in the tea room.

In addition on Sunday 9th there will be seasonal story times at 11.30am, 2.30 and 4pm.

No booking required.

Thursday 20th December 6-8pm

Experience Whitehall Dressed for Christmas by Night

Whitehall Historic House

A special evening opening after hours to enjoy the house dressed up and sparkling for Christmas. Explore at your leisure and enjoy the Pomander Making workshop, Christmas crackers, bad jokes,Christmas cake or mince pie, tea or coffee, soft drink.

Please pre book on eventbrite £4.00 adult, children free. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Craft Christmas event for borough’s hospice on Saturday November 25

The Christmas Craft Event will take place at St Raphael’s Hospice on Sunday 25th November 10.30 – 2.30 pm at St Bede’s Conference Centre St Raphael’s Hospice London Road Cheam.

Great selection of gifts , cards jewellery, handmade items.  Entrance £1 – children free.

Tombola, raffle, cake stall and coffee.

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Parliament Week celebrated

Tom Brake MP joined others in Carshalton & Wallington in celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage during Parliament Week. 
UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival taking place this week, 12-18 November, which aims to engage a diverse group of young people with the UK Parliament and empower them to get involved. 
In the 2017 General Election, women MPs made up a record high of 32% of the House of Commons. UK Parliament Week seeks to celebrate these equal voting rights milestones while recognising that there is continual need for progress encouraging diversity in government. 
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
“As we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, there are a record number of women representing the people of the UK in the House of Commons. This is a great sign of progress, but we should continue to push for continual improvement until we get to 50/50.
“Parliament Week seeks to help young people from diverse backgrounds and communities engage with politics and become active in the government that represents them.” 
Tom attended events with the 7th South Wallington Brownies and 1st Belmont Guides and answered a wide range of questions about how he became an MP, whether he enjoyed his job and even how much he earns.
Find out more about this year’s UK Parliament Week here
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Free assessment will help with crucial care decisions -use it now

As winter weather begins to bite there are increased concerns surrounding the care of loved ones. But with that decision comes a long list of questions including:
What is available?
What financial support can be obtained?
How do I choose?

A Sutton company Encompass Living offering advice and support has produced a free assessment to anyone looking to answer those and many more questions.

Click here to get the FREE ASSESSMENT

“We know it can be very stressful and confusing as the time when the decisions about short or long term care are being made which is why we are offering to help,” said a spokesperson.
“We can give impartial quality advice which can help those who need care can stay, safe feel less isolated and more independent.
“People think that care always means long term support and perhaps around the provision of residential care but there are so many other ways we can help to ease the burden from everything to helping with shopping, to arranging to organise all of the necessary payments.
“We will also work hard to ensure that the care provided is the most cost effective and appropriate for the needs identified.”
For full details of Encompass Living go to ENCOMPASS LIVING

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Carshalton IT company has great technical services vacancy

One of the borough’s most successful social enterprises Cygnet IT services CIC has announced a new technical services consultant vacancy for the Carshalton based company.

Click here for full details CYGNET JOB

The Technical Services Consultant will work closely with the Technical Services Specialist and Technical Services Manager and act as a point of escalation for the Technical Services Team and will develop and maintain new and existing technologies and services that will enable Cygnet to better serve their customers, increase their market share and improve their internal procedures. They will also be responsible for on-site consultancy and project work.

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Fantastic events all across Wandle Valley – Forever Fit

Get Active Wandle Valley continues to deliver activities in Fit Families, Forever Fit and Club 150 throughout the Wandle Valley. The website has details of all of the sessions that currently run throughout the week.

From January 2019 the programme will change, so visit the website in the New Year to find out more.

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Krept and Konan to turn on Christmas lights

Christmas events going on at Boxpark Croydon, all kicking off with an appearance from Croydon locals Krept & Konan on 29th November to switch on the Christmas lights! Do you think this would be suitable for an online piece or as part of a festive roundup?

Following their incredibly successful Crepes and Cones pop-up at Boxpark Croydon, the iconic grime duo will be switching on the Christmas lights at Boxpark Croydon, in addition to a number of other festive events. Throughout the Christmas period customers will have the chance to win a free drink after posing next to the Boxpark Christmas tree and sharing on social media, and Monday Night Movies will be returning with a number of nostalgic classics.

In addition to the attached release for Boxpark Croydon Christmas events – as a tribute to Stan Lee, we will be showing all of the Avengers Movies back to back tonight 20thNovember.

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Gift laden boxes leaving Hackbridge on their way across the world

Thirty six shoe boxes were collected for Operation Christmas Child by residential housebuilder Barratt London in Wallington, SM6. The gift-laden boxes were collected from the sales and marketing suite at New Mill Quarter on Hackbridge Road last week and are now on their way to be opened on Christmas day by less fortunate children across the world. In addition to the New Mill Quarter collection, Barratt London gathered over 260 shoe boxes at its various developments throughout the Capital to be distributed worldwide.

Pam Reardon, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt London comments: “Thank you to everyone who brought a Christmas shoe box along to New Mill Quarter in the last couple of weeks. Hopefully these generous contributions will go a little way to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to children in other parts of the world.”

She adds: “We support many charities throughout the year and while most are in London, we feel that bringing a few smiles to children’s faces around the world this Christmas is such an incredibly worthwhile cause.”

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Lidl is moving into Hackbridge as part of New Mill development

RESIDENTS at Barratt London’s New Mill Quarter development in Hackbridge will soon be able to pick up their weekly shop from the country’s fourth biggest supermarket retailer (in terms of store numbers) right on their doorstep.

Supermarket giant Lidl has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to deliver a multi-million pound new 1,600sqm store at the site. The new supermarket, which will feature an in-store bakery with freshly baked bread and pastries available every day, will open in 2020, creating around 40 jobs.

Pam Reardon, Sales Director at Barratt East London, said: “This is good news for New Mill Quarter, and for all the people of Hackbridge, who will now have a convenient, good quality place to shop in a fantastic location, neighbouring Hackbridge Station.”

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, Chris Young-Wootton, commented: “We are delighted to be opening a new store in Hackbridge, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme. We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to shoppers in the area.”

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Towering talent to play in new comedy from award winning author

Three towering talents play a cast of thousands in this new comedy by the writer of the Olivier Award-winning West End hit The 39 Steps as Patrick Barlow’s The Messiah comes to Richmond Theatre Mon 26 Nov – Sat 1 Dec. Starring Hugh Dennis, Lesley Garrett and John Marquez, this show is sure to be the funniest and most magical nativity you’ll ever see.

A traveling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer are set to arrive on camel back in venues across the UK to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told. Join the absurdly talented Maurice Rose (Hugh Dennis), the alarmingly unpredictable Ronald Bream RAC (John Marquez), and the distinguished diva Mrs Doreen Small (Lesley Garrett), in a hilarious Christmas comedy that conjures up the sublime, the ridiculous and the truly angelic.

Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God and an ox are all authentically portrayed in this vibrant comedy weaving visual invention with a hint of the divine, The Messiah is a love letter to theatre, theology and the great man himself.

Hugh Dennis is one of Britain’s best loved comics and an award winning and multi-award nominated actor and writer. He’s star of the BBC2 hit panel show, Mock The Week and BBC1’s hilarious sitcom Outnumbered. He is also a firm radio favourite, both writing and presenting Radio 4’s award winning comedy The Now Show and Radio 2’s It’s Been A Bad Week. 

Lesley Garrett CBE is Britain’s best-known soprano, regularly appearing in opera, musical theatre, concert, television and on CD’s. For more than 30 years she has enjoyed one of the most successful careers of any modern-day, classically trained soprano. From Rossini’s famed opera The Barber of Seville at the Coliseum, to West End musical hits, The Sound of Music and Carousel, Garrett has become a real national treasure.

John Marquez is best known for his role as PC Joe Penhale in the hit ITV Comedy series, Doc Martin. TV roles include Porridge, In the Club, Death in Paradise, Hotel Babylon and Suburban Shootout. Recent theatre roles include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Savoy Theatre) and Once in a Lifetime (The Young Vic).

The Messiah comes from The 39 Steps writer, Patrick Barlow – who also directs this production. His other stage works include his new version of A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent as Scrooge (Off-Broadway / Noel Coward Theatre). Patrick is also celebrated for his two-man theatre company The National Theatre of Brent, (Wagner’s RingThe Charles and Diana Story and The Wonder of Sex). Screen and theatre acting credits include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Loot, Wind in the Willows (NT), Absolutely Fabulous, Jam and Jerusalem, Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, Nanny McPhee and most recently A Very English Scandal.