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NEVER AGAIN? 1918 to 2018, 100 years of war – veterans for peace to speak at Sutton meeting

Sutton for Peace and Justice in association with Veterans For Peace UK invite you to a public meeting:

NEVER AGAIN? 1918 to 2018, 100 years of war

Wednesday 31 October 2018, 7.30–9.30pm (doors open at 7.00).

Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA.

11 November 2018 will be the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, when the slogan never again was a common rally cry – never again should the World see the suffering wrought by the ‘war to end war’. Yet a century later people continue to be killed in military conflict across the World.

This meeting will look at the military interventions of the UK since the First World War and explore the possibility for a non-aggressive defence policy in the 21st century. Come and hear from our speakers and take part in the debate as we seek to honour the true sentiment of Remembrance Day – NEVER AGAIN.


Ben Griffin – former member of the SAS and National Coordinator of Veterans For Peace UK.


Phillip Clarke – former member of the Intelligence Corps and Chair of Veterans For Peace UK.

There is no entry charge, donations will be taken.

Please confirm your attendance by email to
or by text message to 07740 594496.

Veterans For Peace UK, is a voluntary, open and democratic organisation of men and women who have served in the armed forces – from WW2 to Afghanistan. Veterans For Peace UK believes that “War is not the solution to the problems we face in the 21st century”.

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An evening of French Romance in Cheam

Last year Sutton Symphony Orchestra brought an evening of Russian romance to St Andrew’s URC Cheam, this year it’s the turn of the French as the winter programme includes three fabulously Romantic pieces by French composers.

Bizet’s Roma Symphony is up first. It took 11 years to write with endless revisions and tweaking required until perfection was achieved. At least we can rest assured that after so much effort it is worth the wait. Sadly for Bizet, the premiere came after his death, but at least he had heard all 4 movements separately in his lifetime.

Daniel Brandon, Sutton Grammar School student and winner of the concerto class at the 2017 Sutton Music Festival then takes centre stage with Saint Saens 1st cello concerto. Played as a single flowing movement it’s a really stunning piece full of lyrical tunes that really show off the instrument .

Debussy’s epic La Mer or The sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestra forms the second half. La Mer took a mere 18 months to write and was completed while Debussy was living in Eastbourne… clearly he found the sea there very inspiring. Although Debussy didn’t like the term himself, La Mer is usually describe as impressionistic – the musical equivalent of  Monet’s paintings – so let the music wash over you and your imagination take over.

7.30pm start, tickets from or on the door: adults £10, under 18s free. Cakes at the interval.

Sutton Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Philip Aslangul, Leader Annmarie McDade) rehearses on a Tuesday evening and provides an opportunity for local musicians to perform ambitious orchestral works. SSO performs 3 concerts per year. If you are interested in joining, get in touch:

Twitter: @SuttonSymph


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Great opportunity to help an organisation by becoming a Trustee

It is Trustees Week 12th – 16th November and Sutton Volunteer Centre in association with Community Action Sutton is running a Trustee Recruitment Networking event on Monday 12th November. Reed Business Info have generously provided the event space. This will be an evening event with drinks from 18.00 to 20.00.

” I’m sure there are many people in Sutton who may be interested in becoming involved with a Sutton charity or organisation in a Trustee role, which is voluntary but requires skills and experience,” said a spokesperson.

“At the event there will be representatives from 10 local organisations, each doing a short pitch to the audience about their work and impact, and what they are looking for in trustees. There will then be a chance for attendees to chat informally with them and find suitable matches.

This event is registered on Eventbrite here:

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Major borough wide conference taking place on hate crime

A major initiative towards the reduction of hate crime in the borough is being arranged by Community Action Sutton working with the Safer Sutton Partnership.

The event which will take place on October 18 from 10am to 2.30pm will be at the Salvation Army, Benhill Road, Sutton.

The conference will explain more about hate crime, the effects on people and what can be done to stop it.

For more details go to Community Action Sutton

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Call for Wandle projects – 

The Regional Park is looking for details of projects – large and small – which you think should be a priority for spending. These will inform a new Delivery Plan and also influence the Mayor of London’s investment plans. Send in your proposal using the ONLINE FORM. You don’t need to be able to answer all of the questions.

You can also sign up to attend a workshop on the Delivery Plan and how the Regional Park will be run in future on 31 October (10am-1pm).

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Beddington farmlands petition reaches more than 5,000 signatures

More than 5,600 people have signed a petition for Sutton Council to enforce delivery by Viridor of the promised nature reserve at Beddington Farmlands.

Freedom of Information request has unearthed that Sutton still hasn’t decided what action could be taken – “adherence to the approved plan is currently being assessed” – and states “the Council would not be able to support formal enforcement action at appeal or through the Courts“. The campaign continues and the petition is still available to sign.

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MP and team take of Tough Mudder for borough’s mental health foundation

Tom Brake MP and five members of Team Brake took on and demolished the Tough Mudder last month to raise money for Sutton Mental Health Foundation. 
After tackling 13 obstacles over the course of 5 miles, in a test of teamwork and endurance, Tom Brake and the rest of Team Brake crossed the finish line together.
Thanks in part to the Tough Mudder, Team Brake has raised nearly half of its £5,000 fundraising goal for Sutton Mental Health Foundation. 
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said: 
“Obstacles come in many forms. Physical obstacles, such as those in the Tough Mudder are easy to see, but often the mental and emotional obstacles that we face present a greater challenge.
“When we battle with mental illness, many times we struggle silently as the obstacles we face might not be evident to those around us. We can’t stop the stigma sometimes associated with mental illness by remaining quiet, so I encourage everyone to speak out and seek help, because everyone’s struggles are valid and deserve recognition.” 
To donate to Team Brake’s fundraiser visit their page: 
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Sutton Giving harnessing the power of LOCAL

Sutton Giving is a new initiative from Community Action Sutton which aims to harness the collaborative power of local – local people, local businesses and local community groups, to shine a light on and tackle local issues, with the aim of improving lives and strengthening the community.

And everyone in the borough can help to achieve this aim.

Sutton Giving has a guiding principle that everyone has something to give, no matter how much or how little.  Together we are stronger and together we can harness the power of local, the very core of our initiative,” said a spokesperson.

“You can help support our borough by making a one-off donation, setting up a standing order for a regular donation to Sutton Giving giving your time or skills as a volunteer or by simply spreading the word.  Together we will make a difference to the lives of residents in the London Borough of Sutton.”

“Working in partnership is at the heart of everything we do. There are a wide range of organisations that offer volunteer opportunities to use your time or skills.”

To get involved and find out about current volunteering opportunities please visit Sutton Volunteer Centre

For it’s first year it had identified offering support to the borough’s young people.

“Our focus for the first year of operation will be supporting young people in our borough, said a spokesperson.

“Young People are our borough’s future.  If we ensure they are cared for, we will positively influence and contribute to their future success and employability that will, in turn, support our borough in future years.

“Sutton Giving will strive to ensure that the young people, living in more deprived wards in the borough, have a more positive start to life and are given opportunities akin to those in more prosperous boroughs.

“We will fundraise, actively encourage people to give their time and skills and build partnerships enabling funds to be made available to organisations that meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our borough,” said a spokesperson.



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Labour announces council candidate for Belmont ward

Labour has has had their candidate nomination form accepted by the Council for the Belmont By-election being held on Thursday 25th October having submitted it today.

Labour also got two local voters to call the by-election as soon as possible after a Conservative Councillor resigned after only being re-elected in May.

Marian Wingrove is the Labour candidate. She lives in Belmont ward and was Labour candidate in the ward in May



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Citizens Advice publish annual review hightling major successes for borough residents

 Citizens Advice Sutton has published its annual review identifying amongst other things that it has obtained financial gains for borough residents of nearly £3 million in welfare benefits, tax credits and debt write offs.

” The review contains cases studies, facts and figures about our service.  In 2017/18, the staff and volunteers of Citizens Advice Sutton achieved a wide range of outputs and outcomes for Sutton residents.  Our volunteers provided more than 2000 individual face to face appointments, providing full advice on complex issues including welfare benefits, employment and housing,” said a spokesperson.

“·         Local Solicitors provided more than 900 free appointments in our offices, advising on issues such as family, civil litigation and probate.

·         We took 11,040 ‘initial contact’ telephone calls through our contact centre; responded to 1,203 online enquiries and provided information to over 500 visitors to our Sutton Information Centre

·         We obtained financial gains for Sutton residents of £2,923,901 in welfare benefits, tax credits and debt write-offs.Citizens Advice Sutton is the lead organisation for ALPS – the borough’s information and advice service, which in 2017/18, responded to well over 21,000 ‘Initial Contacts’.”

·         Contact Citizens Advice Sutton Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, 02082542616 visit  / or call in the Sutton office – under the Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA