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Sutton police warn of “workman” claiming to be from Thames sewage in Cheam

A statement from Sutton police:

“Residents, we have received calls recently about a “workman” knocking on doors in Burdon Lane, Cheam, advising residents that there is a sewage leak in order to gain access to their properties. We have spoken to Thames Sewage who advised that there is no such leak. Please be aware and share with family/neighbours to make them aware.

For details of such warnings and other items go to  Sutton Police

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Watch out! Elderly Sutton resident robbed of £2,000 by two men who knocked on his door

Police warning after elderly man robbed of £2000 in distraction burglary.
An elderly Sutton resident was robbed of £2000 after two men knocked on his door to speak to him about his roof. They did not offer to do work but one of them did ask to use his toilet, the scammer was allowed in and went upstairs unaccompanied and stole £2000 in cash from the victim’s bedroom along with a savings book.
The two men, who wore plain clothes were described as white British and aged around 50.

If you receive an unexpected knock on the door and you are unsure of the person’s credentials, do not answer the door, do not let them in, and never let anyone roam your house unaccompanied!

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Have yourself a fire free Christmas – London Fire Brigade

Over Christmas there are lots of extra fire hazards in the home and  the London Fire Brigade wants you to hear only silver bells over the festive period not sirens.

Fires in London’s homes in December have reduced by 21 per cent over the past five years. In 2014 there were 529 fires in homes while last year this had reduced to 416. To keep on Santa’s nice list the Brigade have issued some top safety tips to help everyone step into Christmas safely.


  • Keep candles away from Christmas trees, curtains or anything else that could catch fire and don’t leave them burning unattended.
    Learn more about candle safety
  • Check your Christmas tree lights conform with safety standards and always switch them off before going to bed.
    More about electrical safety
  • Don’t attach decorations to lights or heaters – they can overheat and catch fire.
    Stay safe when you’re staying warm
  • Make sure you have a fire escape plan and share this with everyone in your household and any guests staying over Christmas.
    Know your escape plan
  • Don’t leave cooking unattended, it’s safer to take pans off the heat and turn the hob, oven or grill off.
    Cooking safety advice for all
  • Make sure new electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them.
  • Don’t overload plug sockets.
  • Check on elderly relatives and neighbours and make sure they are safe.
  • Test your smoke alarms and make sure they are working.  Fit a heat alarm in the kitchen – this will detect an increase in temperature caused by fire, but not be set off by cooking fumes.
    Get up to speed on which alarms you need, or need more of
  • If you smoke over the Christmas make sure you don’t get distracted and ensure your smoking material is extinguished properly.
    Get more smoking safety advice

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: “Fire is devastating at anytime of year but this is heightened more at Christmas time with wrapped presents destroyed and families displaced. While some may wish for a white Christmas, we want everyone to enjoy a safe Christmas.”

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Christmas and Carols from local award winning choir at Sutton Baptist Church

Following the success of local award winning choir, Impromptu’s success in June, when
 were crowned Bournemouth Choir of the Year, we were thrilled to also be placed at the North Wales International Choral Festival, earlier in November.

You can now come and enjoy our Festive Concert….where we will be performing our award winning Rep from 2019, followed by Christmas songs and Carols to welcome in the Festive Season, including your chance to sing some of your favourites.
Donations will be collected for the charity SeeAbility and also the Sutton Baptist Church 150th Anniversary Fund. Ticket prices include refreshments. Find out more at
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Venue Sutton Baptist Church Dec 7th 7 30pm

Parking reserved for Disabled Permit holders. Please contact us to reserve a place.

Feedback re an earlier Impromptu Concert from a new audience member. ‘Absolutely brilliant….amazing! The whole concert was superb. We were delighted with the lovely refreshments too in the interval. We have been telling all our friends just how brilliant you all are and that they must come to your next concert!’

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Boxpark on list of fastest growing companies

Boxpark has been listed as one of the fastest growing UK companies in Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list, climbing from 36th position in 2018 to 22nd position in 2019 as the company continues to report rapid growth.

2019 saw a record year for sales, growing from £8.4 million in the year to April 2018 to £11.5 million in the year to April 2019. The business is currently forecasting further growth to £16.7 million for 2020 as the brand’s roll out anticipates acquisition of new sites across the UK. The growth is further bolstered by strong underlying trading at the existing three sites in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley Park.

The business’ growth has seen the team double in size, from 50 to 100 employees as they continue to eye up nationwide expansion. Appointing KPMG to raise capital investment for an additional 10 sites, Boxpark announced the rollout of two brand-new concepts in 2019, BoxOffice and BoxHall. These new concepts will allow the developer to create leisure sites in spaces ranging from 10,000 to 150,000 square ft, as they look at potential locations across the country.


BOXPARK Croydon opened in October 2016. It is the biggest food and culture outlet of its kind in London with 40 traders from around the world, both established and start-up, set in over 90 shipping containers. BOXPARK Croydon has a 2,000 capacity space, plus a dedicated weekly community events programme that offers music nights, markets, fitness sessions and more for the community and visitors to Croydon to attend for free.

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Still time to be a “winner” with the National Lottery

The National Lottery are marking their 25th birthday by bringing people together and offering people and communities with great ideas the chance to receive a grant between £100 and £1,000.

If you have an idea for an event or community activity or even if you want to buy something, that will bring your community together – they would love to hear from you.

There is a really easy checklist to show what you need in order to apply.

Find out more

Any group of two or more people with a great idea can apply. They’re keen to hear from people they haven’t worked with before. You must be over 18 to apply.

Choosing who to fund?
#CelebrateNationalLottery25 is about people and communities joining in the birthday celebrations.
They are expecting a lot of people to apply so to give everyone a fair chance they will use a lottery process, randomly selecting the applicants to be assessed.

Before entering the lottery here’s a few things you need to know
Everyone who submits an application will be entered into the lottery draw, which will take place after the deadline closes at 2pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

They will then run a few straightforward checks to make sure that applications meet the eligibility criteria and genuinely benefit the community.

Deadline – 2pm Friday 6th December 2019

You should hear by email whether you have been successful by 31 January 2020.

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Tree planting inspired by WW1 Carshalton Athletic memorial

Inspired by the trees planted at the end of WWI by Carshalton Athletic Football Club to commemorate the players who had been killed, the Friends of the Wrythe group has collaborated with the Parks Department of the London Borough of Sutton to create a community orchard on that part of Wrythe Green between West and North Streets.

Made possible by support from the Greener City Fund Community Grant Scheme, the new long-term resource for local residents and visitors was inaugurated at a short ceremony on Saturday 30th November, when Cllr Sam Weatherlake, Borough Councillor for the Wrythe, and Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat candidate for Carshalton and Wallington in the forthcoming general election, planted the final tree in this first phase of the orchard’s development.

The aim of the orchard is to provide fruit for local people to ‘scrump’ and eat or cook. There will be apples, pears and plums, as well as hazel nuts. It is hoped that the trees will start bearing fruit in 2021. After that the Friends group plans to consider baking competitions and other ways to use the fruit to get the community together.