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Rosehill and St Helier residents can get involved in shaping the future of the area

Residents of Rosehill and St Helier are encouraged to get involved and help shape the future of their area.

Sutton Council plans to focus on projects in Rosehill over the next two years, and will decide which projects to support after seeking and listening to local people’s views on what changes they would most like to see.

The Rosehill Renewal team will be listening to residents’ views and sharing information on how to get more involved in community projects at the following times and locations:

-30 January 9.30am-1pm,

Rosehill Costa Coffee, SM5 1AG

-1 February 9.30am-1pm,

Rosehill Costa Coffee, SM5 1AG

-11 February 10am-2pm,

Circle Library, SM5 1JJ

Residents, businesses and partners are also able to share their views by filling in an online survey, calling the Council on 020 8770 5000 or writing to:

London Borough of Sutton

Freepost CN2117

Communications and Engagement Team,

Civic Offices,

St Nicholas Way



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Scrutiny meeting will hear experts as part of hospital use consultation – February 12

Local NHS commissioners have launched their public consultation, Improving Healthcare Together.

They are consulting on their proposal to invest in both Epsom and St Helier hospitals and build a new specialist emergency care hospital which could be located at Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital.

The Improving Healthcare Together consultation runs from 8 January to 1 April 2020.

Sutton Council will hold a scrutiny event on 12 February 2020 at 7pm, in Sutton Civic Office. Members of the Council’s Scrutiny Committee will ask expert witnesses questions about the proposals outlined in the consultation document, and their implications for the borough and its residents.

The meeting will be open to the public. The Scrutiny Committee members would value the opportunity to hear the views of the public. The agenda will include ten speaking slots for members of the public to make representations to the Committee on the subject of the current Improving Healthcare Together consultation. The Committee members and witnesses will not respond directly to comments made, but will use the comments to inform their discussions.

The speaking slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. These slots will be strictly limited to three minutes each. For those not allocated a speaking slot or unable to attend on the evening, there is an opportunity to submit written comments. These will be published with the meeting papers on the Council website (anonymised). It is important to note that comments should be directed to members of the Scrutiny Committee, not to the expert witnesses. No representations (written or verbal) will be considered as formal responses to the consultation, and individuals are responsible for submitting their own responses directly to the Improving Healthcare Together consultation.

Anyone wishing to make a representation to the Committee must send a written statement to by 5pm on Monday 3 February 2020. The email should clearly state whether they wish to submit a written statement only or wish to bid for one of the speaking slots at the meeting. They will be informed on Wednesday 5 February whether they have been allocated a speaking slot.

It is important to highlight that no decisions will be made at the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to gather information and listen to opinions. This will inform the discussion at the Joint Scrutiny Committee, to be held in March. The Joint Scrutiny Committee is formed of members of the Scrutiny Committees of all the local authorities affected by the current consultation proposals. The Joint Committee is the body to make the joint formal response to the consultation and members of the Committee from each local authority will be listening to the views of the residents in their area.

Anybody who wants to watch the proceedings to attend the meeting on 12 February is welcome.

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Gala celebrates the official opening of Cryer Arts Centre

The official opening of the Cryer Arts Centre was marked with a private gala event on Friday.

The centre which is now the responsibility of four directors who make up Cryer Arts Limited has emerged from nearly 18 months of hard work and investment to be “re-born” as a multi purpose centre. It returns with a desire to ensure participation and collaboration and of course enjoyment of the arts returns to the borough.

“We know that it will be a slow process, “ said Gary Milsom one of the founder directors and theatre operations manager but the first indications are good. “We hosted a family pantomime in the run up to Christmas and more than 3,000 people attended the shows with 20 out of the 22 performance sold out.”

The changes in the centre are many but central to it has been the opportunity to extend the seating arrangements which now means there is potential for an audience of nearly 150 for shows.

But the company isn’t just stopping at shows. They want the centre to be as flexible as possible and is already hosting various small classes which include usage from a dance school and a choir in newly refurbished rehearsal rooms.
“We are also planning to develop the centre to be able to host small conferences with major events taking place in the auditorium and then using other rooms for small sessions.”
Front and centre of the changes has been the bar area, The all-new “Spotlight Bar & Restauarant” now offers a relaxed and comfortable space where visitors can walk in and enjoy a drink and good food any evening of the week.
All of the directors, however, are committed to ensuring theatrical productions are continuously available for the residents and a detailed programme has already been established and is available on
“We now we are at the start of a long journey but we believe that our plans will ensure a sustainable theatre space and allow for the development of a key asset in the borough,” said Gary

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Two courses which will help with bud grafting fruit trees and food growing courses

A Bud-Grafting Fruit Trees one day workshop on Saturday 25th July 2020, 10.30am-3.30pm, lets you learn how to propagate fruit trees by budding.

In the beautiful historic setting of The Lodge in Carshalton, you’ll work with heritage apple and pear trees in our Victorian walled garden.

Led by Sarah Foss, RHS qualified tutor and experienced fruit grower, you’ll learn the technical theory behind budding to propagate onto a variety of rootstock to produce upright, cordon, espalier and step-over trees.

To reinforce your lessons on the day, you’ll get the opportunity to learn hands on, gaining practical skills in bud-grafting as well as detailed hand-outs to take home.

All participants of the workshop take home two rootstocks budded with heritage apple or pear varieties.

Please bring your own secateurs and pruning knives if you have them.

The course is just £55 and includes lunch. For booking and more information, please e-mail or visit

Six week Food Growing Courses Now Booking – starting Saturday April 25th and Saturday September 26th 2020, 10.30am-12.30pm

If you are just starting out, or would like to get some more detailed knowledge of food growing, then this course is for you. Over 6 weeks you will learn everything you need to know to confidently grow your own fruit and veg. including:

Preparing your growing area, Planning what to grow, Planting techniques, Taking care of your plants, Feeding your soil and Harvesting and storing produce

Don’t just take our word for it!  Previous students have said:

“Patient instructor….with a mix of practical and theory”  ”Lots of aspects covered”  “The whole course was fantastic.It was informative and well delivered”

Over the six weeks you will get hands on experience as well as theoretical knowledge and the support of an experienced tutor. This course is AQA certified, and certificates can be provided for an additional fee. If you are interested in certification, please ask for more details.

Held at Carshalton Community Allotment (Access between 33-35 Colston Avenue) SM5 2PW and the price is £80. For booking and more information, please e-mail or visit

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Worried about long term care costs or moving into a residential care home – this afternoon will help


Tuesday 11th February – 1.45 pm to 4.30 pm

You are warmly invited to attend two insightful talks from local professionals designed to guide you through the legal and; financial concerns you may have about moving into a residential care home.

1.45 pm Tea & Coffee on Arrival

1.55 pm Introduction

2.00 pm “Lasting Powers of Attorney &; Court of Protection Issues”

Jon Andrews & Heidi Shearman
Copley Clark Solicitors

2.45 pm Comfort break

3.00 pm “Funding Long Term Care”

Andrew Dixson-Smith – Eldercare Solutions


Call Sue Martin to book your place
020 3871 2060 or 07407 812155
Or email:

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Deadline getting closer for grants of up to £1,000 from Arts Network Sutton

***GRANTS DEADLINE 21st Feb 2020 at 5PM***

A major benefit of being a member of Arts Network Sutton is that you’re eligible to apply for one of our small grants up to £1000 for creative projects delivered in the Borough. Get those creative juices flowing and submit an application!




#mylocalculture #Sutton2023 #grants #arts #funding

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Top comic appearing at Cryer Arts on January 30

Lee Nelson is appearing at Cryer Arts on January 30.
The man behind Lee Nelson returns to The Old Rep for a brand new show! After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald J. Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself! 
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Honeywood book club to meet on February 9

The Honeywood museum book club meets monthly to discuss a new book each time. The next meeting is on February 9 when the book being discussed is the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Please bring your own copy of the book, admission and refreshements are free. If you wish to join the club ring 0208 241 5679

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Cycle sessions for all of the family over the February half term

Cycle sessions for families of all abilities are taking place over the half term at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Wednesday 19th February, 12pm-1pm.

Provided are bikes and cycle helmets
 Lots of fun
 Disability access cycles
 Develop cycling skills
 Safe off-road environment

No booking needed.
£4 per session per person (cash only)
Suitable for age 7+ accompanied by adult.

EcoLocal @ecolocalcycling 020 8404 1522
No booking needed.
£4 per session per person (cash only)
Suitable for age 7+ accompanied by adult.