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Sixteen Days of Action against Gender Based Violence has been launched

November 25 marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence, a time for the voices of women and girls to be heard loud and clear.

“Our Safeguarding team with our Cranstoun Independent Domestic Violence Advocates and Sutton Council have been on Sutton High Street raising awareness of the support available and how to report if you are suffering abuse or know someone who is #16daysofaction, said a spokesperson.

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Police youth engagement officers want everyone to get involved in Christmas Tree Project

Police Youth Engagement Officers with front office staff want you to get involved with the Met Christmas Tree Project
To help, please go to
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Loungers plc, the West Country based restaurant/café/bar group is opening a brand-new site in Sutton in Winter 2019. Tiempo Lounge will create 25 jobs for local people.

Loungers will transform the site into a family-friendly retro-inspired cosy retreat, where eclectic artwork and quirky curios sit next to oversized vintage sofas and old school benches, strikingly painted table tops and statement lighting, in the eclectic style much loved by Lounge aficionados.

Particular attention will be paid to families – there’ll be a fine selection of games and books, colouring pencils and pads, a full menu just for Little Loungers and high chairs and baby-changing facilities are available for the tiny ones.

Stef Adams, Regional Operations Manager, Loungers, said “The Tiempo Lounge team is shaping up nicely and we can’t wait to open those doors and see the difference Tiempo will make to the Highstreet. As well as providing Sutton with an inclusive food and drink offering, the team will also revolutionise the way the area thinks about the word community with ongoing fundraising projects for Age UK Sutton.”

A community noticeboard will be available for those wanting to publicise events and a book swap area will be kept well stocked. The team will also be holding regular fundraising events as part of their commitment to making a difference in the community.

Tiempo Lounge will cater for all tastes throughout the day. Whether you’re looking for the best coffee in town, a business lunch with colleagues or a lazy all-day brunch, Tiempo Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The all-day menu features everything from the famous authentic tapas and Hero Burger to Tin Pan Louie’s beef chilli, packed paninis and the best mac and cheese you’ve ever tasted… and there’s the ever-changing specials menu. Little Loungers, vegans and those favouring a gluten-free diet are well catered for with their very own menus.


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Sutton New Town Christmas Tree Festival to start on November 29

Are you ready for the 2019 Sutton New Town Christmas Tree Festival?

The third annual Christmas Tree Festival will run from Friday 29th November 2019 to Sunday 29th December 2019 and opens at St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road, SM1 4NP.   This email explains when the trees need to be set up, the times of the opening Gala and the arrangements for the market.  It will explain the viewing times for the trees and when the trees need to be ‘torn down’

Christmas Tree Set-Up

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.

Can you confirm whether you will be decorating a window sill?

The ‘build’ is when the trees are installed and decorated by each group.  This will take place between Monday 25th November  – Thursday 28th November up to Friday 29th November. The church will be open from 10:30 am to 4 pm.

We expect that the last trees will appear on Friday morning!

Some groups can only decorate in the evening so we are used to working around their needs – email if you need to do the build in the evening.

Note:  The church will also be open on Tuesday evening 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

We have groups using the tree-decorating as one of their meetings or as an activity for their service users.  There will be Christmas music playing while the church is open and it really does create a very good atmosphere.

The Opening Gala

Below is the programme for the Opening Gala with Christmas Tree Market on 29th November 2019.

  • 4:30 pm.  This is the start of the setup time for the Christmas Tree market.  All vehicles will have to be off-site by 5:45 pm.
    • Note:  Each group that has requested a stall will be allocated a single table unless you have specifically asked for more.
  • 6:00 pm The doors are opened.  Seasonal refreshments and treats will be available at the Christmas Market in the Halls and visitors are free to explore the trees.
  • 6:45 pm Welcome to the festival.  We welcome the Deputy Mayor and all the visitors to the festival. We are especially pleased to be welcoming The Dream Festival Choir – a combined hearing and deaf Choir and the fantastic Sutton Harmony Singers.
  • 6:55 pm The magic begins and the lights are switched on.
  • 7:00 pm End of the formal program (return to music and refreshments)
  • 9:00 pm We wish everyone a good night.
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Hackbridge Primary school can be seen clearly now!

PUPILS from Hackbridge Primary School are learning about being safe and seen, with the support of local housebuilder Barratt London, which is building its nearby development at New Mill Quarter on Hackbridge Road.  Barratt London is encouraging the idea of walking safely to school and has donated 30 hi-vis vests to the school to help pupils be visible as darker nights draw in.

The donation of hi vis vests is designed to encourage pupils to walk to school rather than travelling by car. The idea is to reduce congestion on the roads, improve health and wellbeing and encourage sociability. A generation ago, 70% of pupils walked to school, but research suggests that this figure has now more than halved.*

Pam Reardon, Sales and Marking Director for Barratt East London says: “By donating fluorescent hi-vis vests, we are encouraging parents, carers and pupils to walk, cycle or scoot to school in a much safer fashion. As well as being better for their health, it reduces the number of cars on the road, which can only be a positive thing. This is a timely donation given that the evenings are getting darker earlier and more parents may be tempted to jump in the car, even for short distances.”

Headteacher Mrs Walford at Hackbridge Primary School comments: “It is great to receive this donation of vests from Barratt London, which will hopefully help our pupils be more visible when they are walking out and about on trips and walks.  We continue to do all we can to support our families and encourage our children to walk to school as often as possible.”

The high visibility vests have been donated thanks to Barratt London’s development in Wallington, New Mill Quarter, where one and two-bedroom homes are currently available to purchase with Help to Buy from £312,995. For further details visit or call 03722 912434.


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Winter fruit pruning training – book now

Winter Fruit Pruning – Saturday 1st February 2020 – 10am-1pm at The Lodge Victorian Walled Garden, Carshalton  Just £35

Find out about pruning fruit trees in the winter months.

Led by RHS qualified, experienced fruit grower and tutor Sarah Foss.

Learn how to:

« Prune spur and tip bearing apples and pears

« Regenerate old trees

« Improve tree health

« Encourage fruiting

« Use and maintain pruning tools

More details about the event can be found at:






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Santa is coming to Sutton Mencap

Santa’s coming to Sutton Mencap on December 14th, between 10.30am and 3pm.

Come and see our magical grotto, sensory room, craft area, refreshments, raffles and more. Contact myself or to book a place, or just drop in – please be aware that if you do not book you may have to wait.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of age – you just have to believe!

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ACG warn consumers about buying fakes during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is! 

It won’t be long before its Black Friday and Cyber Monday and UK shoppers are once again chasing down the best deals for Christmas.

Last year online sales were up by 46%, which suggests that more and more shoppers will be getting involved and forecasts reveal that UK Shoppers are likely to spend more than £2 billion on 29th November and over £8 billion, in total, by the end of Cyber Monday.

But once again we need to be aware that we are not the only ones to recognise the benefits and profits to be made from Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  Those looking for bargains need to be very alert, when they shop, as international gangs of counterfeiters and pirates are out looking for your hard-earned cash and will want to give you nothing in return.

Shopping extravaganzas are irresistible for “fakers” and they know we may be very likely to take a chance. They also know that they can use a variety of channels to get to us. The internet is of a preferred means as it gives them direct access.

The anonymity the internet offers is such an advantage to criminals. They can operate easily behind sophisticated looking sales sites, using fake trademarks, brands and emblems and even bogus certification labels to entice shoppers into thinking they are buying genuine, safe, products. The reality is, of course, that consumers can often end up with nothing more that cheap tat and increasingly dangerous goods. According to Customs authorities across Europe, over 37% of fakes picked up at our borders are now dangerous to consumers.

But this sick trade brings other threats, as criminals continually work to steal our personal details and banking information. We need to be aware that 25% of UK consumers have been attacked during these sales periods and given access to our data, the criminals will then use our money to fund other menacing crimes, such as drug trafficking, money laundering and child exploitation.

The Anti Counterfeiting Group understand that 30 % of all UK consumers will shop during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period and it is vital that they are very watchful about any dubious offers.  “Which” has put together a useful guide for shoppers to help protect themselves and Citizens Advice has joined the cause.  Citizen’s Advice reports that almost half a million consumer-related issues were dealt with last year many of these related to undelivered parcels and fake goods and over 50,000 of these were in November 2018.

What does ACG say?
Firstly, check who you are buying from. If you’re in the high street, go to a reputable store. If you’re online remember that over 83% of fakes come from China. So, if the web site or shipping address looks to be in China or Hong Kong take extra care.

Don’t be too quick in committing your money. Check the price of the product against other sites. You may even get the same deal from the original manufacturers.

Once again If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is!

If you are shopping, we hope you get real bargains but please don’t let criminals get near you. Take extra care!

For tips on how to avoid being caught out this Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend go to  

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Slade back on the road – it must be Christmas

SLADE are back on the road this November & December 2019 with a Christmas UK Tour playing LONDON – ULU (London University) on Friday 20th December!

SLADE – Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 50 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop rock’n’roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23

Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 smash hits….plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world.

SLADE’S chart career has spanned 5 decades and their enduring songs “Cum On Feel The Noize” and “Coz I Luv You” are still featured today in TV commercials for some of the Worlds biggest companies.

SLADE first hit the road in 1966, touring throughout Great Britain and Europe and becoming a regular concert attraction. Joining forces with the former Animals bass guitarist and Jimi Hendrix Experience manager, Chas Chandler, Slade achieved their first chart hit in May 1971 with the Bobby Marchan song “Get Down And Get With It” then, released in October of the same year “Coz I Luv You” was the bands first No-1 and a huge hit across Europe.

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Sutton resident climbs Mt Kilimanjaro to highlight chronic illness

A 36-year old Sutton resident, Sal Bolton, has found herself standing on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro to help raise awareness and funds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) – a condition which affects her twin sister.
“Standing at 5.895 metres, making it Africa’s highest point and the worlds highest free standing mountain, I have a huge fondness for Africa and had always wanted to attempt to reach ‘The Roof of Africa’ as my #1 physical challenge,” said Sal.
“It was quite an ambition, having never been at extreme high altitude before so I had no real idea how my body would react as it is a complete lottery how you get affected, but I also knew I had the dogged determination and potential to endure the hardship and give it my best shot for those suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E). 
“I trained over 6 months with The Gym Group, Sutton four times a week, weekend training walks in Boxhill, a hiking week in the Lake District and a session at the Altitude Centre in London to prepare myself for the challenge ahead. 
“I also wanted to use this epic expedition as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for ‘Action for M.E’ who have helped my twin sister cope with living with Chronic Fatigue for over 10 years. Before she was diagnosed, my sister like myself led a very active, interesting lifestyle, many dreams, many ambitions and aspirations before they were derailed by the onset of M.E and the years of humiliation, neglect and injustice that would follow from ignorant views of society and the medical profession as her condition worsened, robbing her of energy to live a normal functioning life.

“In October 2019, I embarked on a 6 day ascent to the ‘Roof of Africa’ in Tanzania with Kandoo Adventures, hiking from montane forest through five different climate zones to the arctic glacial summit in support of charity ‘Action For M.E’. From day one, I battled my own difficulties through torrential rain to freezing weather conditions on the mountain. I was drinking 3 litres of water a day, taking Diamox to relieve the painful headaches and tough hardship of altitude sickness and pushed through exhausting fatigue as I battled each day closer to the summit. During these difficult times pushing with each step through the elements on the expedition ‘breathing and believing’, I would remind myself of all the people who believed in me and their support for my dream and all the sufferers of M.E like my sister who I was helping, who didn’t have the opportunity I had to be in Africa and who go through the same fatigue and hardships everyday of their lives which I could temporarily endure to just keep pushing me just that little bit further to the top.
“After a 9.5 hour last hike through the mental toughness of the arctic night, I reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on Day 7 and so far has raised over £1,200 for Action for M.E and welcome any post trip donations for my efforts through my Just Giving page, so the charity can continue their work of raising awareness and help for my sister and the thousands of others in the UK coping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I hope my challenge will make a positive difference to their lives. “