An all-American evening of classics in Carshalton.

Sutton Symphony Orchestra returns to All Saints Church, Carshalton on Saturday 30th June with an all-American programme full of jazzy rhythms, pioneer spirit and more percussion than you can shake a stick at.

Celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein, the overture to Candide is first up. Based on Voltaire’s satire of the same name, it is witty, full of vitality and cleverly scored.

Rhapsody in Blue follows with soloist Mariko Brown, winner of the Lutine Prize and Professor at the Junior Guildhall. There can scarcely be a more recognisable opening to a piece than the clarinet glissando and what follows is basically a single movement jazz concerto incorporating  different styles from ragtime to Cuban via the Charleston.

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Stanley Park High Aiming for National Glory in Schools’ Cup Finals

Carshalton secondary school, Stanley Park High, will take to the hallowed turf of Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium this month as they bid to win the prestigious English Schools’ FA Cup.

The girls’ team will face Bottisham Village College, Cambridge on 21st May, hoping to be crowned the Under 15 Girls’ PlayStation Schools’ Cup champions, as part of the three-day PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival, which runs from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd May.

The girls have reached the final two from 256 schools and battled through eight rounds to get to this point.

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Support Andrew as he runs to raise much needed cash for Sutton Carers

Sutton Carers Centre is really excited to have a spot in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Andrew Brims, our Treasurer’s Don Brims’ son, is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Sutton Carers Centre on Sunday 22nd April. Andrew is challenging both of his sisters, Sarah and Catherine, who are also raising money for their favourite charities. He’s hoping to run the 26.2 miles in just under 4 hours!

If you would like to support Andrew’s fundraising effort for Sutton Carers Centre, so we can continue to support over 6000 unpaid Adult and Young Carers in the Borough, please donate here:

Please remember to complete the gift aid section, if you are a UK tax payer.



On the back of the success of launching Walking Football at the centre for over 60’s, and due to quite high demand from existing members, we’re delighted to confirm the launch of Walking Netball on Tuesday 13th March – 9:30 – 10:30am. 

Open to players of all abilities, both men and women, this session will work through basic skills, strength, agility and match-play with lots of fun injected for good measure. It’s proven that taking part in exercise, even if just once a week, can greatly improve memory, stability, life expectancy and general wellbeing, helping to avoid a long list of age-related illnesses.

Our England Netball coach will take players through the essentials needed to play a game with reminder for those who are slightly rusty. The session is free to existing CLUB members but non-members can join in at a drop-in rate of £4.10.

We hope to see as many faces there as possible! For more information please email Katie Nixon –

Travelling golfers can now rent clubs at range of outlets

Tony judge

The highly acclaimed TaylorMade M4 range of drivers and irons is now available for travelling golfers to rent at 14 different outlets across the globe, courtesy of market-leading rental agency Clubs to Hire.

The much-vaunted M4 driver has turned heads with its new, revolutionary Twist Face technology and golfers are, understandably, keen to experience the difference it can provide, particularly since world number one Dustin Johnson won on the PGA Tour with the M4 just days after its launch.

Available from Clubs to Hire in steel, regular and graphite shaft options, the M4 range is already racking up record rental numbers. And the company, which launched in Faro, Portugal, in 2010, believes savvy golfers are taking the opportunity to try out the clubs in warm-weather environments.

Chief executive Tony Judge explained: “We have invested nearly half-a-million Euros in new product to go into 14 of our locations and, before we’ve even announced officially it’s available, we’ve been inundated with an astonishing amount of pre-bookings. The M4 product is available for collection now. Continue reading Travelling golfers can now rent clubs at range of outlets

Theatre to stage John Inverdale’s Rugby Re-union

On Sun 18 Mar at 7.30pm, BBC TV’s John Inverdale will host a very special post Six Nations rugby evening at Richmond Theatre.

 In the company of home nations and Lions legends Brian Moore, Andy Nicol, Rob Henderson and Jamie Roberts, he reviews the past few weeks of bruising battles with action highlights, talking points and controversial moments, along with hilarious anecdotes from the careers of these great raconteurs. Between them, the boys have over 200 international caps for their countries as well as playing major parts in glorious Lions victories overseas. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories as they lift the lid on the game’s great characters, action on and off the field, and partisan views on championship encounters all backed with current and archive footage on the big screen!

 This special one-night event sees the first in-house co-production for the iconic Richmond Theatre following the appointment of Brendan Riding as General Manager in December 2017, and is the first of many exciting events and co-productions he has planned for the theatre.

Brendan says, “I have known Simon for many years and it is fantastic to collaborate and create the show with him so soon after I was appointed. Richmond Theatre has had amazing success with Simon’s cricket shows and, being just a few short miles away from the Home of Rugby, I’m excited that we are able to offer a new experience for fans of the sport.”

Co-producer Simon Fielder says, “Richmond Theatre was where I made my first stage appearance when I was 5 years old with my primary school St Mary Magdalen’s, singing and playing tambourine! It is always a real thrill for me to bring shows back to my home town and I am looking forward to this event being the start of a new and successful partnership.

Proceeds from the evening are going to Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, they fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since their founding in 1983, they’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.

Sun 18 Mar, 7.30pm at Richmond Theatre
Tickets from £22.90*

Richmond Box Office: 0844 871 7651* Website:*
*Fees apply. Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.



The inaugural Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer School will provide the highlight of an action-packed Easter programme for families at Spain’s La Manga Club, with free nights among a range of attractive benefits on offer at the award-winning five-star resort.

Guests can take advantage of an array of discounts and savings when booking a holiday of five nights or more at the award-winning Murcia resort before January 31.

The Chelsea Foundation soccer school – the first of a series that will be held at La Manga Club over the next three years – will take place from April 9-14 and offers the chance for youngsters to train using the same methods the Chelsea Foundation employs around the world.

Open to boys and girls between the ages of six and 16, the school includes up to three hours’ daily training from the Foundation’s team of expert coaches, with all participants receiving an official Chelsea Foundation Nike training kit of a shirt, shorts and socks. Prices start from €295 (approx £260) per person for a week-long training programme.


Wallington Farmers Market back for its 19th year

The Wallington Farmers’ Market is returning for 2018, for its 19th year at the Old Town Hall and Library Gardens in Woodcote Road, Wallington.

The Market is held from 9am to 1pm every second Saturday of the month. Established in 1999, it is the borough’s oldest Farmers’ Market and hosts around 26 local producers stalls every month, with fresh local food, craft and locally made cosmetics. More information can be found at

13 January
10 February
10 March
14 April
12 May
9 June
14 July
11 August
8 September
13 October
10 November
8 December
9.00am to 1.00pm
Old Town Hall and Library
Gardens, Wallington

Calling all borough sports people GLL Sports Foundation could help you!

Borough  sports people are being encouraged to apply for a fantastic opportunity provided by GLL who own and run Better Sutton Sports Village,
The GLL Sport Foundation provides athletes with financial, training and sport science support.
Apply now, become part of the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK and let us support your athlete journey. Applications open annually from 20th December until 20th February. Find out more and apply online at

“As a charitable social enterprise we pride ourselves on not only ploughing profits back into improving our facilities for the benefit of the whole community, but by supporting grass roots sportspeople enabling them to achieve their full potential. This could be in kind through training and free access to our gyms and also through monetary support to help pay towards transport to training and competitions or much-needed equipment. If you know a local sportsperson who would benefit from GSF funding, please share the details on how to apply along with the deadline of 20th February 2018,” said a spokesperson

 “In 2017 GSF supported 21 athletes at Better Sutton Sports through the scheme who were chosen from a large number of applications. As a renowned tennis centre, these were largely tennis players but also included a pole vaulter and 400m runner. It’s open to athletes of any age and last year, Edwina Brocklesby from Lambeth, was our oldest recipient aged 74. Edwina regularly competes in Triathlons and is the oldest British Ironman.”


MP Tom encourages all primary schools to join up to Primary Stars

Tom Brake MP is calling on all primary schools in Carshalton and Wallington to join the 24 schools in the constituency which have signed up to Premier League for Primary Stars to support creative learning methods for students and teachers.

Premier League Primary Stars draws upon the excitement of Premier League and young people’s interest in football to help inspire children to learn, be active, and develop important life skills. The programme is open to all primary schools, providing teaching resource packs on a variety of subjects, using real life examples from football to teach content.

Tom Brake MP said:

“Learning in primary school should be interactive and fun. I urge all primary schools to join Premier League for Primary Stars so they can provide students with teaching tools that reach students in new and innovative ways.”


Tom Brake attended an event in Parliament on November 28 held by the Premier League, which is campaigning to have 15,000 schools signed up by May 2019. They have already hit their goal of 10,000 schools. For primary schools to sign up for the free resources or to learn more visit: