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Specialist workshops will help with toilet training children with additional needs/disability – book now

Playwise Learning CIC has arranged two specialist workshops for parents, carers and practitioners on supporting a child with additional needs/difficulties (aged 2 – 8) with toilet training.

“The ABC’s of Toilet Training Children with Additional Needs/Disability ” will be staged on June 17 12.30 – 2.30pm or Monday July 15 9.30am – 11.30am.

The workshop is free to Playwise members/£10 to non members.

For the June 17th event book here Workshop 1

For the July 15th event book here Workshop 2

This workshop will provide those who attend with an understanding of the psychological and physiological basis of toileting, provide tips and strategies to use with children and give preparation and confidence to be successful at toilet training.

This workshop if for adults only – unfortunately the course does not provide a creche

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Go get our revolutionary new bus service – first in the capital

The revolutionary new bus service for borough residents has been launched – the first ever such service in the capital.

A new-style on-demand bus from this week lets customers request a ride, select their pick-up and drop-off points and pay directly through an app.

The fully accessible buses will feature USB charging points, free WiFi and will operate in a set area, rather than following a route.  Stopping points will be around every 200 metres, meaning Sutton residents can get picked up and dropped off just a few minutes from where they want.

GoSutton operates in central Sutton – from St. Helier Hospital in the north to Belmont station in the south, Cheam in the west and Wallington/Beddington in the east. Even if you don’t live or work in the operating area, you can use the service to travel anywhere within it.

The new buses will carry fourteen passengers at a time, seven days a week.  Passengers can book using the dedicated app or on a normal phone,through an operator.  Countdowns to arrival time will also be provided by text message and pick-up is guaranteed within ten minutes of booking a ride.

The buses will be fully accessible, with Freedom Passes accepted and all vehicles are able to accommodate a wheelchair.  They will also help improve Sutton’s air quality with far lower emissions than a standard bus.

  • The GoSutton app for iPhones and smartphones can be downloaded for free in the App Store and Google Play store.

  • Sutton residents will need to create an account before you can log in and book a ride.

  • More information is available here:

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Topping out ceremony for new Hackbridge retirement scheme

A topping out ceremony has been held to mark a significant milestone in the development of Brio Retirement Living’s first retirement rental scheme, located in Hackbridge.

Brio Retirement Living, part of Places for People, celebrated the major milestone at Brio Button House, which forms part of the larger New Mill Quarter development, on Wednesday 22nd May along with its construction partner Barratt London, retained lettings agent Knight Frank and Mrs Emma Walford, Head Teacher at the nearby Hackbridge Primary School.

The event was marked by Brio Retirement Living’s Director of Development and Sales Karl Hallows, who symbolically put the final waterproofing in place. Construction started in 2017 and the topping out marks the swift progress towards completion.

Button House will feature 80 one and two bedroom apartments over four floors. All apartments will be available for rental only and will feature lift access and private balconies. Brio has focused on creating a community and, as such, residents will be able to take advantage of all the facilities located in The Hub. These include concierge, a brasserie and bar, fitness suite, club lounge, guest suite, landscaped outdoor terraces, social spaces, 24-hour onsite Brio staff seven days a week as well as care and support for those who need it today or in the future.  There will also be tailored care and support, housekeeping and dining packages available, providing the ultimate assisted living package, personalised to each individual.

Karl Hallows, Director of Development and Sales of Brio Retirement Living, said: “The topping out ceremony is a key moment for Brio Retirement Living as we continue to expand our services, provide much needed choice for our older people and bring together our desire to work in the community of Hackbridge.#

“This is our first rental offering in responding to the increase in demand for renting in retirement and presents an attractive alternative to retirees considering their options.”

Tim Weightman, Places for People’s Director of Assets, said: “As a customer-focussed organisation we believe in offering choice, a range of tenure options and excellent service through all of our Group companies. Alongside Brio Retirement Living, we are able to provide the option and flexibility of renting a property which has been carefully designed with retirement living in mind. Reaching this important milestone at Hackbridge brings us one step closer to delivering much needed high-quality homes.”

Lee Greenwood, Project Director at Barratt East London, comments: “Here at Barratt London we are proud to be involved in such a landmark development, working alongside our partners to transform the million-square foot former Felnex trading estate. Brio’s retirement scheme is a vital part of the sustainable new community that we are working hard to create at New Mill Quarter. With our residents able to benefit from the facilities on offer in brasserie, the upcoming opening of Brio Button House is the next step in making New Mill Quarter a fantastic place to live.”

To enquire about renting an apartment in Brio Button House in Hackbridge, please contact Knight Frank on 020 8033 3283 or visit www, to find out more.

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New workshops designed to build confidence in writing and performing poetry and stories

On bi-monthly second Sundays in the month, Rachel Sambrooks will be bringing you a series of six workshops, designed to build confidence in writing and performing poetry and stories.

A seasoned performer (and ex-shy person), Rachel uses comedy and poetry in all settings and to very different audiences.  Find out how to read a room, gain your feet and perform your poem or story. Each workshop will culminate in a closed group practice of performance.

£100 for six or £20 per workshop, min 5 max 10 participants.   Book tickets by clicking on the link.  Participants will still be able to perform at Words Aloud events and develop group or pair work if desired.  Work/live in Sutton? Need some lunchtime inspiration?

Lunchtime creative writing ins, run by Rachel Sambrooks, free as part of her Writer in Residence at Sutton Libraries.  A very relaxed hour of creative writing with easy prompts and exercises in a friendly setting. Mondays beginning June 3rd (term time only).

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Get closer to the diverse wildlife in Beddington Farmlands at annual open day on June 20

Beddington Farmlands is offering its local community the opportunity to get even closer to its diverse wildlife with the latest opportunity to explore the c. 120-hectare site on the banks of the river Wandle at the 2019 open day. Viridor is committed to restoring the Farmlands into high quality habitats as an important area for nature conservation in south London.

Attendance on the Beddington Farmlands open day will be by registration only, there will be guided tours departing from the landfill office at 10.00 and 13.00, for more information or to book your place please contact requesting a place on a tour.

Viridor is restoring the Beddington Farmlands in accordance with the detailed Restoration Management Plan. This includes developing a series of habitats, including wet grassland, meadowland and edge habitats to support wildlife species including lapwing and skylark, breeding wildfowl and duck populations. Activity is underway across large pockets of the site and Viridor’s restoration team would like to invite members of the community to accompany them on guided tours across the site to view the wet grassland and meadowland habitat creation.

To demonstrate the progress made to date, and the work planned in the coming months and years, Viridor has published a Beddington Farmlands Restoration Roadmap. This summarises the c. 150-page technical Restoration Management Plan, the objectives of the restoration programme and Viridor’s planned timetable.

Pete Walker, Viridor’s Closed Landfill Manager, added: “The restoration team is working on a series of habitat creation projects across the Beddington Farmlands and we appreciate that it can be tricky to understand the progress being made on the Farmlands from the permissive footpath. Viridor has created a restoration roadmap to share our progress with the local community and we will be hosting our annual open day on 20th June to enable the local community to get closer to the Farmlands. This is a great opportunity to safely access the Beddington Farmlands to view the work underway.”

Attendance on the Beddington Farmlands open day will be by registration only, there will be guided tours departing from the landfill office at 10.00 and 13.00, for more information or to book your place please contact requesting a place on a tour.


For more information, please visit

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Fantastic range of events to help sutton and district branch of Save the Children celebrate 100 years

Save the Children – Sutton & District 1919 – 2019 Centenary – 100 Years.

The Save the Children Sutton district centenary celebrations are in full swing.

The group has already taken part in the historic Cheam Village “Charter Fair” which raised £75.

Other events include:

Jul 7th 3pm * Judith Burton’s SUMMER CONCERT of piano music given by her pupils in the Recital Hall,Reigate Grammar School, Reigate Road, Reigate. RH2 OQS.

South Coast Run’ Eastbourne/Arundel 100k Aug 31 Saturday; a Sutton branch volunteer is running for ‘Mary Kasey’. Details/sponsorship 

November 2nd * Our annual Quiz & Raffle – as rejuvenated, it will include multiple choice and fun clues and time for socialising  and our very popular fish and chips

Other events not in the borough include:

May 28th at 7.30 pm at The Notre Dame School Cobham  ‘EGLANTYNE’ a 70 min ‘one man show’ about our founder as highly acclaimed especially last summer at the Edinburgh Festival. 

Bells for Eglantyne– around Dec 15. Save the Children volunteers to encourage their local parish churches to ring their bells in England/UK country-wide for our founder, Eglantyne Jebb

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Police seize large number of stolen goods – do you recognise anything?

Police recently seized a large number of stolen goods during a search of an address in Mitcham. These may have been stolen from motor vehicles.

Have you recently been a victim or know someone who has?

Have a look at the items and if you can prove they belong to you get in touch.

We will accept a receipt, serial number or if you believe you can provide another form of acceptable proof that they are your belongings contact Wandle Valley Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 020 8649 0408 / 020 8721 2773 or email us

The list of recovered items are as follows:

1 & 2 – Black Advent laptop
3 – Tan Aspinal purse
4 – Silver and black Asus laptop
5 – Bella Mondini cream purse with gold decoration
6 – Black Raybans
7 – Evo sprint gas tester
8 – Black HP laptop
9 – Black DKNY purse
10 – Tortoise shell Karen Millen sunglasses
11 & 12 – Black Lenovo thinkpad laptop
13 – Red Raybans
14 – A smart watch with a light pink border.
15 – Blue Reacher speaker

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MP attends first ever Understanding Autism session in Parliament

Earlier this month, Tom Brake MP attended the National Autistic Society’s first ever Understanding Autism session in Parliament. During the session, Tom received information on autism, guidance on how to create autism-friendly surgeries, and tips on how to support autistic residents in Carshalton and Wallington.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said: 
“I was delighted to attend the Understanding Autism session and am grateful to the National Autistic Society for organising it. Without the right support or understanding, people with autism can miss out on education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated.
“We need to be more understanding of the challenges people with autism face and I am confident that I will be able to apply the strategies I learned and effectively support local residents who are affected by this lifelong disability.”
Anna Bailey-Bearfield, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the National Autistic Society, said:
“It is encouraging to see MPs like Tom Brake wanting to learn more about how to support their autistic constituents, as they play a critical role in helping to create a world that works for autistic people.”
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, and the charity have been campaigning for autistic people’s rights and providing support and advice to autistic people and their families.
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Residents ignoring simple life saving advice to avoid home fires

Londoners are ignoring simple life-saving advice on how to avoid candle fires at home, firefighters are warning.

New figures from London Fire Brigade show that in the last five years, the number of fires caused by candles has barely changed.

There are around 270 candle fires every year despite consistent campaigns and messaging around how to stay safe at home.

Cooking fires over the same period have reduced by more than 20% .

Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Dan Daly, said: “Fires are absolutely devastating and it’s tragic there have been 40 deaths from fires started by candles over the last 10 years which are often easily avoidable.

“It’s clear people are ignoring our safety advice and they think these fires won’t happen to them, but they can and they do.

“We would urge everyone to take a few minutes to think about how to keep safe at home. It’s simple advice which everyone can follow and which could save lives.”

As part of a bid to tackle the issue, the Brigade is rolling out a project to issue free LED tea lights to communities across London. The battery powered lights are a safer alternative to burning real candles.

The project follows on from a scheme in Harrow last year where firefighters worked with the Hindu community to give out 2,000 LED tea lights to address the issue of fires starting in religious shrines.

Of the 264 candle fires in 2018, more than 15% of them occurred when candles were being burned for religious reasons.

Firefighters will be distributing hundreds of the LED lights to people across London, working with partners to identify those who are at risk of having candle-related fires.

The project has been funded by the Brigade’s Community Investment Fund, which was set up to help protect individuals and communities across London.

Assistant Commissioner Daly added: “Not only are candles a risk as they can set fire to things like curtains and clothing, but they often burn through their inadequate holders and start fires.

“LED lights are a safer alternative and we’re pleased to be able to provide them to a wider group of people.”

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Mayor announces £15 million of new investment in youth projects and programmes

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced £15 million of new investment in youth projects and programmes that are predominately in the capital’s high-crime areas in a move which will provide positive opportunities for up to 40,000 young Londoners.

Starting today, community groups and projects can apply for the next wave of the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund, with £15m available to support these vital services in giving young Londoners a chance to shape their future.

The Young Londoners Fund is part of a package of measures aimed at encouraging young people to make the right choices and, for some, diverting them away from criminality and anti-social behaviour.

The announcement follows £20.5m of City Hall investment last year from the Young Londoners Fund, that is already benefitting 66,000 young Londoners, offering better life opportunities for teenagers and children in the capital.

Such is the appetite for youth services, in the last round of City Hall funding more than 450 applications asking for investment of over £120m were received from projects that support children and young people aged between 10-21.

There are hundreds of activities for young Londoners to get involved in across the capital, which will provide the key skills they need to reach their full potential. Details can be found on an interactive map hosted on the City Hall website at networks have been setup across London to provide advice and guidance to organisations applying to round two of the fund, including local information sessions.