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Sutton Heritage Action Zone is launched

How can the distinctive character and heritage of Sutton be preserved for future generations? To address this challenge, Sutton Council, in partnership with Historic England, Successful Sutton Business Improvement District and Carshalton and District History and Archaeological Society (CADHAS), has formed the Sutton Heritage Action Zone (HAZ).

The Sutton HAZ partnership unveiled two landmark reports at a public event held on 1 October at Sutton Baptist Church, a building recently awarded Grade II* listing by the Secretary of State.

The Historic Area Assessment for Sutton Town Centre report and accompanying Gateway Document are authored by Locus Consulting. The report celebrates Sutton’s rich and longstanding history, exemplified by the streets, buildings, spaces and people that have shaped its town centre. The legacy of Sutton’s historical status as a significant highway, crossroads and stopping point between London, Brighton and the Banstead and Epsom Downs, remains the single most dominant feature within the townscape, while several characteristics have been inherited from Sutton’s rural past. The report charts Sutton’s transformation from a modest railway town into the main civic and administrative centre of the modern London Borough of Sutton.

The report identifies opportunities for proactive conservation management and strategic planning to address changes to retail frontages and enhance Sutton’s heritage. The research will assist planners, property owners, developers and the local community in shaping a sustainable future for Sutton town centre.


The known and potential archaeological significance of Sutton town centre is described within the research report Early Sutton: to inform the present for the future undertaken by Oxford Archaeology. Members of CADHAS supported the project by carrying out research in the Sutton Archives and History Centre and a large part of the on-site assessment. The report covers a 3km radius around Sutton town centre. Volunteers surveyed the extent of pre-1800 structures within the Sutton HAZ boundary and identifed areas of previous ground disturbance and areas with the potential to contain surviving archaeological remains.

Simon Latham, Assistant Director of Housing, Planning and Regeneration at Sutton Council, said: “The council welcomes the research reports as they will help to strengthen our position in protecting Sutton’s heritage and encouraging a high quality development as part of the town centre regeneration. The council will be reviewing the opportunities identified in the report, including setting up a Design Review Panel. We look forward to working with the Sutton HAZ partners in realising our shared ambitions.”

David English, Historic Places Principal, Historic England said: “Sutton is London’s first Heritage Action Zone and deservedly so. The town centre has a rich history. However, it faces many challenges and it is vital that Sutton’s heritage plays a key role in informing how the centre continues to develop and thrive.  Both the Historic Area Assessment and the archaeology report contribute to understanding of Sutton’s historic environment and will lead to better place-making.”


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Share your views on the borough’s care homes

Healthwatch Sutton are asking local people to share their views around care homes at their launch event.  The information gathered will be used to help form the criteria for assessing care homes that are visited when the project begins.

The launch event will be held on 10th October with speakers including Sutton Council and Care Quality Commission.

Sutton Salvation Army, 45 Benhill Avenue, SM1 4DD
Wednesday 10th October
10am — 1.30pm
Refreshments and light snacks provided

If you would be interested in attending you can sign up to reserve a place at

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Borough’s community awards – nominations now open

The Sutton Council Community Awards recognises individuals and groups who have made an exceptional contribution to making Sutton a better place to live.
Nominations are open to everyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the borough.

Categories for the 2018 awards; 

– Young outstanding achievement
– Outstanding achievement
– Improving lives with community spirit
– Keeping Sutton safe
– Outstanding volunteer
– Outstanding volunteer group

Click here to find out more and make a nomination 

Closing date for nomination is 28 October 2018

Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at Russettings, Worcester Road, SM2 6PR

If you have any questions please email 

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All star cast in spine chilling mystery

Following the huge success of its premiere in January 2018, THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED LADY makes its way to Richmond Theatre fromMonday 12 – Saturday 17 November. John Partridge leads an all-star cast as Inspector Tanner in Edgar Wallace’s spine-chilling murder mystery. A syndicated interview with John and images from the previous production can be found here.

Inspector Tanner is called to investigate a ruthless murder at the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family. Navigating a bloodline-obsessed patriarch, a groundskeeper with a grudge and two unsettling footmen, Inspector Tanner discovers nothing is quite as it seems. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely-guarded secret…

John Partridge is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders and is celebrated as one of musical theatre’s most respected leading men, having starred in major West End hit musicals such as Cats, Starlight Express, and Chicago. John has also been announced to star in the upcoming BBC series of Celebrity MasterChef.

He will be joined by Deborah Grant (Not Going Out, Bergerac), Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey), Phillip Lowrie (Coronation Street), Scarlett Archer(Emmerdale) and Matt Barber (Downton Abbey).

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Have you got spare time and have parenting experience – can you help Homestart?

Have you got time to spare and have parenting experience?

Make a difference to a family in the London Borough of Sutton and volunteer for Home-Start Sutton.

Home-Start trains volunteers to support parents with at least one child under five in their own home. By offering friendship, practical help and emotional support, our volunteers represent a lifeline for families who are experiencing difficulties.

The next volunteer preparation course starts on Tuesday 9th October 2018 for eight Tuesdays (excluding the half term break) completing on Tuesday 4th December.  The course is at Alexandra Gardens between 9.30 – 2.30p.m.

Once trained, you will visit a family in their own home for two hours a week.

For a volunteer recruitment pack, please call the Home-Start Sutton Office on 020 8647 6501 or e-mail 

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Faith and belief forum to discuss future plans

Faith and Belief Forum


26 September 2018
10:00 – 12:00
Granfers Community Centre, 73-79 Oakhill Road, Sutton, SM1 3AA

Invite your friends, family, and colleagues

The meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in the Faith & Belief Community
We are continuing our discussion  –  “the group’s Purpose and What is next”?
Community Action Sutton along with its partners are consulting with the London Borough of Sutton on its Sustainability Strategy.
The vision is for Sutton to be London’s most sustainable borough.  As part of this engagement we want to engage with local residents and ask their opinions on;
+ Air Quality
+ Green Sutton
+ Energy Use
+ Circular Economy
+ Climate Change

Click here for the full agenda 

Click here to book your place

For more information about the forum contact Laura

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Labour announces candidate for Belmont by-election

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 Tory 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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Unlucky thirteen braved the shave!

Thirteen RBI people ‘Braved the Shave’ recently in the Courtyard at Quadrant House and have raised over £2,500 so far for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This is the third year that this event has taken place at Quadrant House and local hairdresser Lisa Baldrey has generously volunteered her time every year to do the shaving.  All of them had their own reasons for taking part as cancer touches the heart of everyone.

One very brave lady also took part