Warrenders’ jeweller recognised in Retail Jeweller’s Rising Stars 30 under 30

Sutton-based jewellery firm, Warrenders is delighted to announce that its Sales and Valuation Manager, Catrin Jones has been recognised in Retail Jeweller’s Rising Stars 30 under 30.

Catrin is one of six rising stars shortlisted in the merchandising category of this national campaign to recognise talent within the jewellery industry.

Having joined Warrenders in June 2015 with a GIA Graduate Gemmologist qualification, Catrin recently achieved her certificate of appraisal theory and will soon become a NAJ Registered Valuer.
Rising Stars 30 under 30 is an initiative run by national jewellery magazine, Retail Jeweller to celebrate and reward young talent from across the industry. The scheme profiles 30 of the jewellery and watch sector’s brightest talents aged 30 and under, whom have all made a difference to the businesses they work for.
Richard Warrender of Warrenders Jewellers commented, ‘’It is great to have a colleague so engaged in wanting to learn about every aspect of Warrenders and we feel very proud of Catrin for being recognised as a Rising Star in the industry.”

Established in 1947, Warrenders Jewellers is a family-run jewellery shop based in Sutton, specialising in precious gemstone and diamond jewellery as well as vintage jewellery. Renowned for their wealth of expertise, experience and specialist staff, Warrenders is associated with impeccable quality, highly skilled craftsmanship and creativity.

Annual photograph competition launched to celebrate mental health awareness week

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May 2018), South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is launching its annual digital #upliftingimage photography competition which is open to schools, staff, patients and members of the South West London community.


The theme for this year is: Contentment – what does it mean to you?


Now in its fourth year, the competition is open to everyone living across our five boroughs – Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth. The closing date for entries is 10 October 2018, to coincide with World Mental Health Day. Further details and the submission form are available here


Mental illness is far more common than many people think, yet it is still often met with ignorance and discrimination. Imagery is a great way of stimulating discussion, promoting understanding and changing attitudes.

This is your chance to talk positively about mental health and go into the running to win a prize. The idea is to inspire, explore and talk about it. The competition

is proving to be incredibly popular across South West London – with entries from schools, the public and Trust staff.


Chief Executive David Bradley said:


“We want #upliftingimage to help raise awareness of peoples’ connection with mental health through photography. The aim of the campaign is to get as many people to share a picture that helps to promote a better understanding of mental health.


“We know that one in four Londoners will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in a year. We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about mental health – we should give our mental health as much attention as we give our bodies.”


Through getting people involved in #upliftingimage, we want to reach out to more people than ever before to challenge the stigma and discrimination still associated with mental health”.

Sutton jewellers explain royal wedding jewellery traditions

Sutton-based jeweller, Warrenders has put together a guide to Royal Wedding Jewellery ahead of the big day next weekend.

Established in 1947, Warrenders Jewellers is a family-run jewellery shop based in Sutton, specialising in precious gemstone and diamond jewellery as well as vintage jewellery.  Renowned for their wealth of expertise, experience and specialist staff, Warrenders is associated with impeccable quality, highly skilled craftsmanship and creativity.

A royal wedding brings with it a lot of traditions. As we learn more about Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, it seems that the couple are blending aspects of royal tradition with their own personal touches – including the jewellery.


A traditional ring for a very modern princess


Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with Princess Diana’s iconic 12-carat sapphire-and-diamond ring as a way of making his mother a part of the occasion, a sentiment followed by Prince Harry. While many speculated that Prince Harry would use an emerald from a headband owned by his late mother, the eventual engagement ring features one large diamond from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s personal collection. The bespoke three-stone ring took the Prince six months to complete and was designed by the Prince himself. Sourcing the central stone from Botswana, a place the couple consider to be special to them, and where they have both spent a lot of time on conservation work is a romantic gesture that also hints at their plans for future projects and priorities.


Tiara tradition


British etiquette dictates that women may not wear tiaras until they are married as the tiara represents more than just a beautiful headdress. Tiaras symbolise the transition of the bride from her family to her husband’s. Many are anticipating for Meghan to follow in the royal footsteps of Kate Middleton, Sophie Wessex and Zara Phillips; to wear a tiara on her wedding day from the royal vaults. Should Meghan follow this convention, she will certainly have some exquisite historical headpieces to choose from.

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Dying Matters events to be organised during national week long campaign

Dr Rina Patel Palliative Medicine Consultant

Local commissioners and providers of healthcare are joining forces to encourage people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, including where they want to die and their funeral plans, as part of national Dying Matters Week, 14 – 20 May 2018.


A number of events will be taking place across the Surrey Downs and Sutton areas, to provide people with a place to talk and learn how the NHS, hospices and other local services are working hard to provide more support to those nearing the end of their lives, as well as their families and carers.  Anyone is welcome to come along, speak to professionals and have any questions answered around death and dying.


As well as getting people talking, this year the focus is on what people can do to help in the community – so even if you are not nearing the end of your life but would like to help others, there are a number of opportunities to do so.

NHS Surrey Downs CCG, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and partner organisations want to help people who are at the end of life to be cared for in their preferred place of care wherever possible, with support for them and their loved ones.


Dr Simon Williams, End of Life Clinical Lead for NHS Surrey Downs CCG, says: “The local NHS, social care and hospices now have a range of support services available to help those approaching the end of their lives, as well as their loved ones and carers. We know that facing the idea of an end of life plan can be extremely hard to do, but by just starting the conversation with the right people means that we can provide support going forward.”


Dr Rina Patel, Palliative Medical Consultant at Epsom and St Helier, says: “We want to support people in communicating openly about death and dying, and hope that the events we are hosting will give all members of the public the chance to come and find out more.


By holding events throughout the week that get people talking about death we are able to provide advice and tools on what to do when the moment comes.


There are a number of ways people can get involved in Dying Matters Week, including joining one of our public events:


  • Monday 14 May: Launch event, featuring the Epsom and St Helier Hospital choir, 1pm, St Helier main reception. Come listen and join in
  • Tuesday 15 May: Drop in event, 2-4pm, MacMillan Butterfly Centre, Epsom Hospital. A chance to chat or ask questions to health and social care professionals
  • Wednesday 16 May, ‘I Did It My Way Café’, 2-4pm, Pink Room, St Helier Hospital.”


You could also:

  • Visit the main receptions at Epsom or St Helier hospitals during the week for information of events and available support
  • Use personal experiences of end of life to provide feedback – see the End of Life care strategy at www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk
  • Offer practical support to those who may be struggling with end of life, such as helping with shopping or dog walking
  • Volunteer at a local hospice or charity. You can find out more about Epsom and St Helier support groups and charities here: www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/our-charities-and-support-groups.



Borough groups join up in “Time to Change Hub”

Sutton CVS, Sutton Mental Health Foundation, Sutton 1 in 4 Network and Sutton Council have been given the status as an organic Time To Change Hub.

“We will be working together over the next year to raise awareness of mental health and to run a number of anti-stigma campaigns. If you would like to join us in sharing positive messages in relation to mental health then please get in touch.,” said a spokesperson

Wallington gallery framing company reaches finals of awards – twice!

Kevin’s entry – Best Mount Design Category

Kevin & Zoë at Eagle Gallery Framing are delighted to announce that they are both FINALISTS in with a chance of winning two highly prestigious framing awards.

Eagle Gallery Framing have submitted two entries into The Fine Art Trade Guilds ‘Art & Framing Industry Awards’ 2018.

The company is based at The Stables Yard, Guy Road, Wallington.  

Kevin has entered a piece into the Best Mount Design category and Zoë has entered a piece into the Guild Challenge Framing category.

Kevin was a double winner of both categories in 2016 and the winner of the Best Mount Design category in 2017.

The Fine Art Trade Guild explains – “The Fine Art Trade Guild is an organisation representing the fine art and framing industry. The Art & Framing Awards are a celebration of everything that is excellent in our trade. In the current economic climate, the marketing value of winning or being shortlisted for an Art & Framing Industry Award can’t be underestimated. However, winning an award isn’t easy – it’s not meant to be, they’re only awarded to the very best!”

The winners will be announced at the awards presentation evening of the Fine Art Trade Guild Art & Framing convention on Saturday 12th May. Wish them luck!

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Kevin’s entry – Best Mount Design Category

History made by Sutton pharmacist

Reena Barai the owner of a Sutton pharmacy has been elected to the NPA (National Pharmacy Association) as the Home Counties South representative – she is first Asian female and the only female elected on to the New board.

The results of the NPA board elections for 2018-2022 have been released.

Contested ballots in seven NPA board regions have resulted in the following NPA members being elected to the board of management:

Area 3, East Midlands: Jay Badenhorst
Area 4, East Anglia: Anil Sharma
Area 6, South East: Amish Patel
Area 7, Home Counties South: Reena Barai
Area 9, Home Counties North: Andrew Lane
Area 12, West Midlands: Nitin Sodha
Area 14, Greater Manchester and North West: Raj Patel.

Ms Barai, who is the owner of S G Barai Pharmacy in Sutton, is believed to be the first Asian female pharmacy owner to be elected to the NPA board and is the only woman on the new board. She told Pharmacy Magazine: “I’m humbled to have been elected and feel privileged to have been chosen by my fellow contractors to represent them. I have aspired to this role and am really keen to make a difference.”

NPA head of communications, Stephen Fishwick, said: “We are delighted to have Reena join the NPA board, as she brings a great deal of energy, insight and acumen as well as considerable communications skills.”

Non executive director wanted to represent Sutton Schools and Academy Trusts

The Sutton Schools and Academy Trusts that are shareholders in Cognus Ltd are seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director to the Board of the company.

Cognus is a Local Authority Trading Company established by Sutton Council in 2016 to deliver the majority of the statutory and non-statutory Education services previously provided through the Council. The company is jointly owned by Sutton Council, that appoints four Non-Executive Directors, and those Sutton maintained schools and Academy Trusts that have chosen to become shareholders, who appoint two Non-Executive Directors.

Non-Executive Directors exist to bring independence, impartiality and current education experience and knowledge to the Board; a Non-Executive Director is not a ‘representative’ of any group or interest but must command the confidence of the shareholders.

Due to a resignation, the shareholding schools and academy trusts are seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director to serve for the remainder of the vacated term of office until 16 March 2019.

In particular they are seeking applications from suitably experienced people from a ‘governance’ background, such as a governor or former governor rather than a teacher / educational professional; but who do not have a ‘conflict of interest’ in the company, through a role in its major suppliers or competitors, or Sutton Council.

This Non-Executive Director role is not limited to people from shareholding schools and academy trusts and applicants do not have to be proposed by a shareholder.

Interested candidates should submit a statement not exceeding 500 words that explains their suitability to fulfil this role, to: Mike Cooper at mike@mikecoopermcc.co.uk by 12 noon Friday 20 April 2018

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MP hears of impact of arthritis on constituents

Tom Brake got to grips with the huge impact that arthritis has on nearly 25,000 local people and 17.8 million people across the UK, by attending a parliamentary event on Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Tom said, “I was shocked to learn that in Carshalton and Wallington, 6,550 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the knee, 3,946 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the hip, and 15,547 live with back pain. Too many people locally are living with daily pain, fatigue, and isolation. This is unacceptable.”

MPs who attended the event also met people living with arthritis, who explained how the condition can affect their lives in different ways – from going to work, to coping with the daily tasks such as cooking or driving that many of us take for granted.

Shona Cleland, Public Affairs Manager at Arthritis Research UK, said:

“It was great to see Mr Brake at our event. Arthritis can cause severe pain and fatigue and its effects can be devastating. We believe all people with arthritis should have support to live full and active 2 lives. To make this a reality, we need MPs to tell their constituents about the help on offer, raise awareness of arthritis in Parliament, and work to ensure that all people with arthritis get the services and support they need.”

The event coincided with the launch of Arthritis Research UK’s new ‘Ask Us’ campaign, which encourages those living with arthritis to reach out to the charity and ask questions about their condition. The campaign directs people to information and advice provided by the charity, which is based on many years of research and knowledge from experts and patients. This information and advice is provided via their online information, helpline, and online ‘Virtual Assistant’.

To find out more about the charity and to ask any question about arthritis please visit


Fantastic job opportunity to help great project

Sutton Community Farm has a great part time job opportunity.

One of the borough most successful social enterprise is  really struggling to find a part-time delivery driver with their own vehicle .


For further information go to:

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Farm phone. 07722 156097

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