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Family History Society’s next meeting will show value of coroners’ inquests for family historians

East Surrey Family History Society Sutton Branch

Meet on 1st Thursday of each month, except, April, August at 8.00pm. at St Nicholas’s Church Hall Robin Hood Lane Sutton SM1 2RG Doors open 7.30pm. The next meeting is on February 7

 Coroner’s Inquests  Coroners’ inquests produce a wealth of information for family historians. Ancestors might have been involved in a number of ways, such as members of the jury or another court official or as witnesses. Inquests don’t just reveal how someone died – they also show how, where and with whom the deceased lived and how they got on with family, friends and neighbours.
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Sutton Sports Village opens new £200,000 indoor tennis dome

On Saturday 26th January, Sutton Sports Village welcomed local residents to the official opening of the new £200,000 indoor tennis dome, as part of a week of free tennis events throughout the community, aimed at boosting participation across all ages.

The introduction of the dome increases the indoor tennis provision at Sutton Sports Village, with four heated, floodlit clay courts now available for use all year round.

Visitors of all ages and abilities were welcomed to try out the new facilities, taking part in a series of coached sessions – including technical drills and matchplay.

Sutton Sports Village is operated by GLL – the UK’s largest public tennis provider through its Better brand.

The introduction of the tennis dome is a continuation of GLL’s commitment to providing affordable, accessible tennis facilities in communities across the country and follows initiatives to boost participation with the LTA. In the days leading up to the launch, Better tennis coaches visited local schools, including Sutton High School, Cheam Park Farm Junior School and Nonsuch School to deliver free tennis sessions for over 750 children.

Simon Sen, Regional Director at GLL said: “We are delighted to welcome visitors to the brand new indoor tennis dome at Sutton Sports Village.

“The launch of the dome puts us in a unique position of being one of the few tennis facilities in the UK that can offer clay court tennis throughout the year.

“As a social enterprise, we exist to provide affordable, accessible sports and leisure facilities for communities across the UK. The new dome allows us to continue this pledge, by encourage more people to get active, in this case, by playing tennis all year round.”

For more information on facilities at Sutton Sports Village, visit

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Fantastic new company launched to support families raising children with additional needs and disability

A new local company has been launched with the sole aim of making a significant difference to the lives of families raising children with additional needs and disability.

PlayWise Learning Community Interest Company (CIC) has been formed to ensure the continuation of the unique Portage service a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families for many years to come.

For more details go to PlayWise

The service is currently provided by the London Borough of Sutton and Sutton Council has guaranteed further funding for two years.

The company has been set up by the current manager of the service Pam Fry and with the full support of the amazing team of Portage workers.

She and all of her staff are moving to the new company as of 1st April 2019.

“For many years we have seen the benefits of Portage interventions and so PlayWise has been launched to continue to provide the Portage service but also expand using the Portage principles to deliver to a wider age range and provide a variety of new support services to children, families and professionals,” said Pam.

As funding is not guaranteed for more than two years Pam and her team are introducing new chargeable services such as:

PIP (Portage Intervention Plus) – expanding the Portage principles for youngsters aged from 0 – 8. These plans will widen the current offer and enable access for all families who have a child (ren) with additional needs.

Membership services to allow parents to enjoy the comfort of a brand new community hub, providing a range of information, advice, groups for parents & children & to give additional support

Subscriptions services to provide bespoke hands on practice & training for nurseries, pre-schools and schools (and businesses) who are looking to support their staff and setting to best meet the needs of disabled children in their care.

A discretionary fund to help support parents who may not be able to access the new services

“This launch has been planned for two years and so is the culmination of a huge amount of work and it is a great day,” said Pam.

“We are starting the company with a huge amount of enthusiasm and a fund raising target. These funds will enable us to develop the Community Hub and deliver new services that do not currently exist in the borough as well as offer a range of free training and wellbeing courses for parents that will have a positive impact on the lives of the children and families we support.”

The target for PlayWise is £100,000 and to ensure no momentum is lost a special GoFundMe campaign has been launched. Check out the page below for information on an exciting auction supported by Salesforce and compared by Martin Corry, MBE, Former Leicester, England and British & Irish Lions Captain. Featuring auction prizes including VIP Brixton Academy, flying lessons, signed memorabilia and much more.

For more details go to Campaign

To find out more about PlayWise go to PlayWise

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Valentine’s event will help you find ideal volunteering opportunity

Volunteer Centre Sutton can help you find a volunteering role that’s right for you, whatever your interests and skills, and whether you have just a couple of hours to spare or you want to make a regular commitment.

You can drop it at any time between 10am and 3pm and have a chat with one of our volunteering advisors.

You can also book a one-to-one slot via Eventbrite:

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New sociable walking groups launched to help ease loneliness in Carshalton and Beddington

Sutton Befrienders Walking Groups:

New sociable walking groups are set up to help people in the community get active, have fun, reducing isolation and loneliness’ and enjoy the benefits of walking in a safe and friendly group.

They are open to anyone who may enjoy a nice walk with a friendly group, please feel free to come along on your own or with a friend.

“Don’t worry if you think you walk slowly, each walk will have at least 2 leaders so we can split into 2 groups that walk at different paces. The main aim of these groups are for people to meet others, get a little fresh air and hopefully enjoy themselves,” said a spokesperson for the groups

The Beddington Park group will be every Monday and meet opposite St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Wallington, SM6 7NJ at 10.30am. The walk should last 30/45mins and will end at the Pavilion Café, for refreshments.

The Grove, Carshalton group will be every Wednesday and Saturday and will meet at the gate by Westcroft Sport Centre and will end at the Café in Westcroft, for refreshments. These will start Wednesday 30th and Saturday 9th Feb.

Volunteer Centre Sutton

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Tom Brake MP publishes his Annual Report

Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake has released his 2018 Annual Report outlining the work he has done over the past 12 months.

The report updates residents on Tom’s campaigns, including an attempt to secure £400 million of investment for St Helier and improve local train services.

Tom Brake said:

“Every year I produce an Annual Report to let local people know about the work I do on their behalf here in Carshalton and Wallington and up in Westminster.

“2018 was another extraordinarily busy year with the national landscape dominated by the debate around Brexit and the EU. Meanwhile, locally, we had a hectic 12 months of campaigning on key issues that matter to local people, like St Helier Hospital, police cuts and Southern Rail.

“As an MP, I’ve continued to be as supportive and easily accessible as possible to residents, following up over 10,000 issues in the last year. I’ve also continued to hold my weekly advice sessions and monthly street stalls as well.

“My Annual Report is being delivered to households across Carshalton and Wallington at the moment. In the meantime, residents can view a digital version on my website which outlines 101 events or issues I was involved with last year:”

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St Helier car parking issues discussed on latest podcast

The borough’s latest podcast dealing with a range of issues launched by Sutton Conservatives has been broadcast and covers, Sutton Soup, the controlled car parking proposals and the launch of a new bus service.

In Episode three the podcast called Sutton Wire hosted by Councillor Neil Garratt also deals with a quick look ahead to the Scrutiny Committee on 6th Feb which will look at bins, street cleaning, transport, CAHMS, and St Helier Hospital.

Go to Sutton Wire to hear the podcast.

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Great news of new bus service – the H1 from March from St Helier Hospital

The borough’s latest podcast dealing with a range of issues launched by Sutton Conservatives has been broadcast and covers, Sutton Soup, the controlled car parking proposals and the launch of a new bus service.

In Episode three the podcast called Sutton Wire hosted by Councillor Neil Garratt also deals with a quick look ahead to the Scrutiny Committee on 6th Feb which will look at bins, street cleaning, transport, CAHMS, and St Helier Hospital.

Go to Sutton Wire to hear the podcast.

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Sutton Empire Cinemas adds further two screens as cinema box office sales soar

Evaluation media company, ComScore, have revealed just how big 2018 was for the UK film industry. ComScore revealed that the 2018 box office sales passed £1.3 billion for the fourth consecutive year, with Empire Cinemas contributing to the success.

Adding to the success after just one year of trading in Sutton, Empire Cinemas now features a further 2 screens, with one being an extra D-Box for Sutton movie lovers.

With what’s expected to be an even bigger 2019 and awards season on the horizon, cinemagoers can catch some of the biggest contenders playing at Empire Cinemas this January, including Mary Queen of Scottswhich will be screened from the 18th January, Greenbook which arrives on the screen on 1st February, BAFTA leading nomineeThe Favourite, Stan & Ollie and many more.

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Sutton Wire podcast looks at school places issue in borough

Sutton Wire the borough’s latest podcast with an aim of keeping residents in touch with various borough issues has announced the publication of its second episode.


Sutton Wire deals this week with:

  • School place crisis in Sutton – a new secondary school is confirmed for Rosehill run by Greenshaw, but it won’t open before September 2021 and may not be ready until September 2022. But that will leave over 300 children leaving primary school in 2020 without a secondary school place, and possibly another 320 in 2021. The task of providing so many temporary school places falls to the council who as yet do not have a plan. This problem has been brewing for about 5 years, so I run through the history of why the schools weren’t just built on time.
  • The council has noticed that getting in touch to deal with an issue can be difficult and frustrating, so they’ve launched a new Customer Access Strategy to address it. I discuss this with Cllr David Hicks, Conservative Deputy Leader.