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Curfews for caravan parks gets poll boost

61% of caravanners believe that all caravan sites (touring and static home) should have curfews according to new research from Cover4Caravans.co.uk.

The caravan insurance specialists asked over 400 of their customers* what their views are on caravan site curfews and found that:

  • 45% of those who were in favour of a curfew said that 11.00pm was a sensible curfew for a family site;
  • 25% said 10pm.

When asked: What time do you think is a sensible curfew for an adults-only site?

  • 42% said 12pm;
  • 27% said 11pm;
  • 24% said there shouldn’t be a curfew.

Commenting on the study, Richard Burgess, Director at Cover4Caravans, says: “On the one hand, this could suggest that caravanners are a conservative bunch but when you consider that the government standards for noise at night is 11pm**, we can see that the majority of caravanners like to have fun – whilst still showing consideration for other. This reflects our view that the caravanning community is a great community to be a part of.”

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Mazars’ Andy Springford named Financial Planner of the Year at the Money Management Awards

Andy Springford, a Director at Mazars, has recently been named 2017 Money Management Financial Planner of the Year.

The Money Management Financial Planner Awards are recognised across the profession as celebrating the very best of the advice industry. The overall Financial Planneraward goes to the candidate who, in the opinion of the judges, presented the best three case studies of all the entrants.

This accomplishment comes after Andy, along with three other Mazars colleagues, was recognised in New Model Adviser as a ‘Top 35 under 35 Rising stars’ last year.

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Award winning crime drama at theatre

A brand new production of Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated classic thriller Deathtrap comes to Richmond in the final dates of its UK tour, from Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th November.

Deathtrap is a truly satisfying spine-chiller that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. One of the most successful plays in its genre, it promises an ingenious maze of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. The production will star Paul Bradley (Holby City and EastEnders) in the role of Sidney Bruhl and BAFTA nominee Jessie Wallace (EastEnders, Redwater and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be) as Myra Bruhl.

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Assualt on Civil Enforcement Officer leads to prison

A man who assaulted a Civil Enforcement Officer has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.
On 12 June, at approximately 14:50, a Civil Enforcement Officer working for Indigo Park, who are Sutton Council’s Parking Enforcement contractor, was patrolling on Wallington High Street when he was attacked without provocation.
The officer was approached from behind and punched in the back of the head and the face, causing him to fall to the ground and making his nose bleed. The victim recognised his attacker as someone who had verbally abused him previously, at the same location, for issuing a Penalty Charge Notice to a member of the perpetrator’s family.
The attacker fled but was captured on Council CCTV and through reviewing footage from the camera, and the victim’s account, the individual was identified, arrested, and charged. Police praised the public response which saw shoppers and shop workers quickly rush to the victim’s aid.
Wallington High Street is a location where Civil Enforcement Officers have received abuse in the past and we are pleased to be able to show people that it is not acceptable to abuse someone enforcing parking law, and it will not be tolerated.
 
 
On 10 October at Croydon Magistrates Court, Christopher Paul Jake Schot,  29 years old (08.10.1988) from Harcourt Road, Wallington, pleaded guilty to Assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm and was sentenced to prison for 18 weeks.
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Sharp Fitness receives top business award

 

Carshalton Beeches born Sean McGullion’s company Sharp Fitness is the top new business in the borough – it’s official!

Sharp Fitness was announced the winner of the Best Start up business at the Sutton Business Awards last week.

Sharp Fitness was the only personal training business or gym to have made it through as a finalist of this annual event which celebrates the best of the borough’s businesses.

Sharp Fitness offers Personal Training sessions from SP Athletic gym, which is conveniently located directly opposite Sutton train station.

“It was brilliant to receive the news last week and it’s a great honour,” said Sean. ” There were a wide range of excellent businesses represented in the category and so to win was a huge personal achievement.”

Prior to starting his own business Sean managed at a luxury health club in London and he has been keen to offer a 5* service to his clients. “I feel it’s vital that Sharp Fitness really go the extra mile for our clients. I ensure everyone receives a dietitian approved meal plan and free subscription to our Sharp Fit app to assist their training and ensure they reach their goals as quickly as possible.”

“I’m delighted that Sharp Fitness has been recognised for this award and I look forward to growing as a business in 2018, I have huge visions for the company and would like to thank Sutton Business Awards for this recognition” said Sean.

To get great fitness training go to Sharp Fitness

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Book your place on the beginners course for food growing

6 Week Food Beginners Course starting in April

 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, students 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

– Harvesting and storing produce

 

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, students will get hands on experience as well as theoretical knowledge and the support of an experienced tutor.

 

This course will be held at Carshalton Community Allotment, SM5 2PW, starting on Saturday 21st April from 10.30am-12.30pm.

 

The cost is £75 and can be AQA level 1 certified, with certificates provided for an additional fee.

 

To book on the course: http://www.localfoodnetwork.org.uk/index.php/6-week-food-growing-course/

 

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Vote for Age UK Sutton in Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative

Age UK Sutton is asking people to help them bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative by voting for the charity in Tesco stores in Sutton throughout November and December.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive a cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

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Sutton New Town organising community Christmas Tree Festival

Sutton New Town Festival is organising a community Christmas Tree Festival hosted by St Barnabas Church between8th December 2017 to 6th January 2018.

The aim is to celebrate the many community groups that make living in the Sutton New Town area so special.  Whether you are a community art group, a cycling club, women’s group, a knitting group or a model railway club then decorating and displaying a Christmas tree is a wonderful way of being able to promote and celebrate the activity of your group.

 

To find out more about the festival visitwww.suttonnewtown.com or emailsuttonnewtown@gmail.com

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Make new friends, learn more skills – all by volunteering at Sutton Community Farm

Do you want to get involved in your local community farm? Sutton Community Farm is looking for volunteers every Wednesday and Thursday! We are a 7-acre organic veg farm based in the Little Woodcote Estate, near Wallington. We grow over 150 varieties of veg to supply our organic veg bag scheme.

Volunteers can either work outside helping with the harvest and maintaining the crops, or inside on the packing team portioning and packing veg as it comes in from the field. There’s plenty of opportunity for learning new skills, improving health and well being, and having fun while making new friends.
If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out more, check out the website or email sonia@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk