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Sutton to be part of new TfL bus test plan – take part in consultation and we may be able to secure new services

A Sutton councillor is urging residents to take part in the latest bus consultations which could enhance the services in the borough through demand responsive service which operate flexibly in response to local demand

” I would strongly urge local residents to have their say, as this kind of service has the potential to significantly improve public transport provision in the Borough.,”said Councillor Sam Weatherlake.

The consultation, which runs until 20 March, can be found here:

The new service will let people or groups use an app to book seats on a minibus that will stop at more convenient locations, including areas not currently served by public transport.

The on-demand service is proposed to run from 6.30am to 9.30pm, seven days a week and would carry up to 14 passengers. They would benefit from a guaranteed seat, free WiFi and USB charging points and flexible stops within a certain area.

The consultation is asking Londoners for their views on the specific area of Sutton that the service should cover and suggested stopping points.

“In line with the commitments in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) we want to explore how demand responsive bus services could complement conventional public transport services and enable good growth – particularly in harder to service areas of outer London,” said a spokesperson for TfL.

Demand responsive services operate flexibly in response to local demand. These services can change routing and scheduling depending on when and where customers want to travel. This has the potential to increase the use of and attract new users to public transport.

We want to explore whether these services can improve public transport while improving accessibility and air quality (by reducing car use) in an area of outer London where car dependency is high and other forms of public transport have limited availability.

To achieve this we are delivering a small-scale 12 month research trial in the London Borough of Sutton, with the potential to extend into a small part of the London Borough of Croydon. This trial would operate, in addition to the existing local transport network.

We are committed to delivering a trial in Sutton and Croydon. This consultation seeks to aid in the planning and delivery of this service by:

  • Understanding  the level of interest for this type of service
  • Understanding any concerns or objections to the details of the proposed service area
  • Identifying any issues not yet already considered

The consultation opens on 20 February 2019 and runs for four weeks. We will then report on the outcome ahead of the launch of the 12 month trial.

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Search for Sutton’s most inspiring women to launch on International Women’s Day

An exciting new initiative to celebrate the achievements of women across the London Borough of Sutton is launching on International Women’s Day, Friday, 8th March 2019.

Sutton Women Mean Business Awards in association with Willmott Dixon have been established to inspire and illustrate the importance of women in the workforce and in the community.

The awards will launch with a sparkling Afternoon Tea for 100 guests and the unveiling of the specially commissioned Sutton Inspirational Women Photographic Exhibition at the landmark Sutton Point development.

A joint venture between Successful Sutton, the London Borough of Sutton and White Label Creative, the new awards will invite entries and nominations from working women of all ages, from all backgrounds and across all fields of endeavour, who are vital to the success of local businesses and communities. 

Patricia Park, BID Manager, Successful Sutton, said: “These brilliant new awards provide a platform for the many talented and entrepreneurial women in our borough to be recognised for the contribution they make to our economy and our community. We also hope they will be role models for the next generation of women in Sutton.”

The awards will feature several free-to-enter categories covering a range of professions, businesses and sectors, including charities and social enterprise. There will also be a chance for people to nominate women in the workplace who they feel should be recognised, as well as an opportunity to recognise those – male or female, business or charity – who have enabled and empowered women in the workplace.

A key feature of the launch will be the announcement of the first Sutton Inspirational Women, whose pictures and stories will be showcased at a new photographic exhibition.  As successful and aspiring business leaders and professionals they are role models for women across the generations and will act as ambassadors for the awards.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, commented: “We’re pleased to support the first Sutton Women Mean Business awards and are proud to celebrate the positive power of women in workplaces across Sutton. We want to demonstrate the diversity of roles open to women to help inspire the next generation. We want to see men and women across the borough recognise the powerful role women play in business and communities. And we want to see employers recognised for their commitment to flexible working and demonstrably encouraging women at all levels of their organisation or business.”

Stephen Parker, New Business Manager of headline sponsor, Willmott Dixon said: “We’re delighted to support this initiative. The construction industry is traditionally male dominated but our future growth relies on reaching out to pools of talent in under-represented communities and chiefly among women. By 2030 we want to have gender parity in our business, so it is hugely important to support initiatives like this, celebrating the achievements of women in the workplace to inspire the next generation”

The Sutton Women Mean Business Awards are sponsored by events partners Successful Sutton and Sutton Council, with headline sponsor Willmott Dixon, launch sponsor CNM, and are supported by St Nicolas Centre, Sutton and Sutton Point.

For more information on sponsorship please contact Rhian on 0208 726 7968 or email

To register interest in attending the awards launch, from 2pm to 4pm, on Friday, 8th March, 2019, at Sutton Point, Sutton Ct Rd, Sutton SM1 4SY visit:

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Warrenders hosting in store jewellery cleaning event on March 8 and March 9

Sutton jeweller, Warrenders is delighted to announce that it will be hosting an in-store jewellery cleaning event on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March in order to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.  

The family-run firm invites members of the public to drop in to its Cheam Road store between 9.30am-5.30pm and have up to three pieces of jewellery professionally cleaned by their in-house goldsmith in exchange for a donation to the charity. 

A world-leading cancer centre, The Royal Marsden pioneers the latest cancer treatments and research. All money donated to the charity funds the provision of nurses, doctors and research teams at the centre to develop life-saving treatments to be used in hospitals around the world. 

Richard Warrender of Warrenders said: “The Royal Marsden is a cause very close to our hearts here at Warrenders. The hospital pioneer incredible work revolutionising cancer treatment and are responsible for helping to improve the lives of many people affected by cancer. We are proud to be doing our bit to help this important cause.” 

Warrenders’ staff will also be taking part in The Banham Marsden March on Sunday 10th March to raise money for the hospital. The sponsored walk involves a 15 mile trek between the charity’s two hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton. 

To sponsor Warrenders and make a donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity please visit:
For more information on Warrenders please visit
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Two new groups enjoy health benefits of Nordic Walking in our parks – why not come along!

Age UK Sutton working with qualified Nordic Walking Instructors, with British Nordic Walking, has set up a two walking groups in the borough – one in Sutton (Wednesday morning at Manor Park) and one in Beddington Park (Friday afternoon).

“We are trying to promote activity for wellbeing (both physical and psychological), and reach a wider audience. There are enormous health benefits to be gained from Nordic Walking – for example you burn 45% more calories than in normal walking, you are out in the fresh air, it’s social and fun, it’s no harder on the joints than normal walking due to the support of the poles – there are many more,” said Hatti Bell, Nordic Walking Instructor and Community Health Champion.

Age UK Sutton working with qualified Nordic Walking Instructors, with British Nordic Walking, has set up a two walking groups in the borough – one in Sutton (Wednesday morning at Manor Park) and one in Beddington Park (Friday afternoon).“We are trying to promote activity for wellbeing (both physical and psychological), and reach a wider audience. There are enormous health benefits to be gained from Nordic Walking – for example you burn 45% more calories than in normal walking, you are out in the fresh air, it’s social and fun, it’s no harder on the joints than normal walking due to the support of the poles – there are many more,” said Hatti Bell, Nordic Walking Instructor and Community Health Champion.

To book a place on the next walk, or find out more, please call Age UK Sutton on 0208 915 2233.

“We are trying to promote activity for wellbeing (both physical and psychological), and reach a wider audience. There are enormous health benefits to be gained from Nordic Walking – for example you burn 45% more calories than in normal walking, you are out in the fresh air, it’s social and fun, it’s no harder on the joints than normal walking due to the support of the poles – there are many more,” said Hatti

“It is well documented that this type of activity can help improve/prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, cognitive function, high blood pressure etc.

“It also strengthens muscles, improves posture and balance, and enhances both your energy and mood. It’s an exercise suitable for anyone who can walk unaided. There is a lot of chatting, and cups of tea too! We provide the poles, the first session is free ( subsequent sessions only £3 per week), so all you need to a pair of sturdy shoes/trainers and comfortable clothing.It would be great if you could come along to one of our sessions to see what we do!

To understand more about Nordic Walking watch this video WALKING

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Carshalton Environment Fair announces date for 2019

Carshalton Environmental Fair

Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019


Carshalton Park, SM5 3DD

150+ stalls: craft, farmers’ market, and eco advice

children’s fun

tasty food, vegan, real ale

3 stages with live music

Children under 12 get FREE entrance, 12-16 year olds and concessions are £3, adults are £5. Family deal ticket of £15 for families with two adults and up to three teenagers under 17.

Under 12s FREE,

020 8404 1522



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MP Tom joins thousands celebrating campaign to protect from climate change

Tom Brake MP joined thousands of people in the UK proudly wearing green hearts as part of The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show The Love’ campaign which celebrates the people, places and lives that need immediate protection from climate change. A report released from the Coalition warned that extreme weather is hitting British fruit and vegetable yields – and even leading to smaller chips. The UK needs a net zero emissions target by 2050 to save future generations from the countless detrimental results of climate change. This is also Liberal Democrat policy.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said: 
“I’m proud to wear my green heart and support a net zero emissions future. I encourage residents of Carshalton and Wallington to take action to protect all of the things they hold dear.
“Climate change is damaging things we love in the UK and is hitting the most vulnerable people worldwide through heatwaves, crop failures and deadly natural disasters. I want to live to see a UK that no longer contributes to climate change. 

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Have your say in how best to involve all residents in decisions affecting their local area

Sutton Council is seeking residents’ views on how it can best involve residents in decisions affecting their local area.

“Have you attended your local committee meeting? They are a great place for you to get involved and have your say. You can also apply for grants for community based projects.

” We are seeking your views on how we can best involve residents in decisions affecting their local area, have your say here:…/local-committee-review/

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, explains more in the this short video.

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New contractor to be appointed to deliver additional school buildings for Hackbridge primary

A new contractor will be appointed to deliver additional school buildings for Hackbridge Primary School (subject to contract).

Sutton Council has signed a letter of intent with Wilmott Dixon.

“We can confirm the company has taken possession of the London Road site, and we are in the process of negotiating with them to complete the works at Hackbridge Primary,” said a spokesperson.

The appointment of Wilmott Dixon follows the council issuing a termination notice on the previous contractor due to performance and project delays.

“Until the contract with Wilmott Dixon has been finalised it is not possible for us to commit to a revised delivery date.

“A meeting will be held at Hackbridge Primary School (Hackbridge Corner Site) for parents and interested parties on the 5 March 2019 at 6pm to discuss this further.

“We will provide an update on the latest position, an update on the likely timescales for completion of the works. We will also allow plenty of time for people to ask any questions they may have about what I have set out in this letter.

“You do not need to confirm your attendance at this meeting. 

The meeting will take place in the school hall. Entrance to the meeting will be through the wooden gates adjacent to Sainsburys, across the playground directly into the Sports Hall.

A letter has been sent to all parents advising them of the meeting and the latest news. 

If you are parent or guardian and you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to ask a question about anything relating to the provision of additional school building at Hackbridge Primary, please contact  

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Candidate for new chief executive for London Borough of Sutton is announced

Helen Bailey is being recommended to Council on 25 February as the permanent Chief Executive of the London Borough of Sutton.

Chief Executive

Helen will be joining Sutton from a long career in public service during which time she has held a range of senior roles.

Ms Bailey emerged as Sutton’s preferred candidate following a robust selection process, led by the Senior Officer Appointment Committee – made up of councillors from both main parties.

As Sutton Council’s new Chief Executive, Ms Bailey will lead Sutton’s Corporate Management Team. She will take over from the interim Chief Executive, Mary Morrissey, who will return to her role as the Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration.

Speaking about the appointment, Leader of the Council, Councillor Ruth Dombey, said:

“Sutton is already a great place to live, work and raise a family and I know that with Helen’s management of the council we will now achieve even more. Helen’s application shone through a very strong field of candidates. The strength of all those shortlisted is testament to the fact we continue to attract the brightest and best to the borough.

“Helen’s experience, breadth of knowledge and insight into the public sector will serve Sutton well over the coming years. We have ambitious plans for the future and with Helen’s help we’ll now make them a reality.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Mary for her interim stewardship of the council over the past few months. Her experience and knowledge of the borough provided stability during a period of change.” 

Endorsing the appointment, Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Crowley, said: 

“We consider Helen is the right person to help us take Sutton forward, and look forward to working with her in the same open and transparent manner as we worked with her predecessors.”

Speaking about taking up the position, Helen Bailey said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been offered the opportunity to become Chief Executive of Sutton. Over the years I have observed and admired the achievements of Sutton, and it is a particular privilege to take up the reins when the borough is on the brink of some exciting developments. I continue to be impressed by everyone I have met and by the dedication of colleagues, councillors and partners. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the whole borough better.”

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Tribute to Mary Kasey – one of the founders of borough’s Save the Children branch

Mary Kasey (nee Mary Woods) 7th February 1934 – 20th January 2019

Born in Wallington Surrey to Mother Doris and Father Walter Woods, Mary spent her early years in Waterer Rise, Wallington next to Croydon Airport – in those days London’s premier airport. In the 1940’s it became a military airfield and Mary could see fighter planes on the perimeter with pilots and the crews waiting by their planes for the call to take off. It was too dangerous to live so near to the airport, so the family moved 2 miles away and soon evacuated to Devon where Mary experienced German fighter aeroplanes spraying bullets at her and her friends! She later moved to Newport, Wales until the war finished.

After the war it was back to Waterer Rise Wallington and to Wallington County School for Girls, and then to a 6th form College in Norwood. On leaving college, Mary went to the City, working at the Standard Bank of South Africa. A younger John Major joined the bank and she often met him at cricket events at The Oval.

Mary was attending St Michaels’ & All Angels, South Beddington, where she had been a Girl Guide and Brown Owl, a key member of the Youth Club, when she met a young RAF chap (Ray Kasey) newly demobbed in 1949. They became partners for the club Maypole Dancing team, and actors in the annual Youth Club pantomime. They also enjoyed being Sunday school teachers, and their first date was to the cinema to see ‘White Corridors’.

Mary and Ray became engaged and married in 1954, with three children John, Anne and Jackie coming along and the new family lived in Wallington. Mary soon became very adept at managing her time around the young children and many interests.

Mary learned to drive and was quickly to be seen driving Civil Defence ambulances and became a first class First Aider. She was a key committee person for the newly re-formed ‘Foresters’ football club which blossomed into a full club with two cricket teams, football senior teams and 3 junior sides under the name of Wallington Old Foresters – Mary having been the chief motivator doing all the hard work for the chairman – Ray Kasey.

In the 1960’s they moved into Sutton where they met three neighbours with young families and in 1967 they agreed to form a branch of Save the Children. A young Graham Tope, a local councillor, helped with some of the formalities and Sir Harry Secombe became President until he died. He was succeeded by Graham (now the Lord Tope CBE) as the branch’s President. At the 50th anniversary in 2016 it was announced that the branch had raised over £3 million pounds for Save the Children with Mary Kasey having been one of the key volunteers.

Mary looked after organising her family and Save the Children activities, ‘Door to Door’ and major store bucket collections, the training of shop volunteers and was very good at recruiting volunteers.

It was in the Sutton home that Mary chased an intruder out of the back door with a poker – he left with ‘Claire James’ lingerie all over the back garden, the children and Ray stayed in the lounge ‘……wondering what good a poker would have been!’

In 1963 Mary joined Tupperware and became very successful at selling and quickly became an area manger which included a company car!, holidays were enjoyed, she loved Spain, the Sangria, the sun and the sand; one afternoon Mary loved it so much she laid on the beach playing with the sand and could not stop laughing and laughing and crying with joy; she just wanted to stay there for ever, Mary reckoned waiter had spiked her drink.

In 2007 cancer struck, and Mary had her first cancer operation. She took up knitting prem baby blankets for Epsom and St Helier hospitals and overseas to Save the Children field workers in Sierra Leone, the Middle East and the Orient. After knitting 4 thousand prem blankets, the CEO of Epsom General Hospital hosted a small meeting to record Mary’s achievement.

Mary did not let the disease stop her. She continued enjoying life, continuing to help in the Save the Children shop in Cheam Village, loving to go to Restaurants, had an Air Ballooning experience, piloted a small aeroplane around Surrey and Kent, continued to attend local and Surrey cricket and at soccer matches where she was often to be seen on the line forcibly shouting ‘……..use ya wings’!

By 2015 Mary needed a 24 hours constant supply of oxygen with her own ‘gas’ generator, still carrying masks in restaurants, at dinners, meetings and sporting events. It was the highlight of 2017 when Mary was recognised in the Queen’s Honours listing, with the award of a British Empire Medal. 

Also in 2015, The Royal Marsden could do no more for Mary and Princess Alice Hospice took over with palliative care. In November 2018 Mary entered the Priory Court Care Home in Ewell but three days after a fall on January 17th 2019, when she broke her hip, she died in St Helier Hospital. Mary enjoyed being in the Priory Court Nursing Home and we are very grateful for the care that was given to her.

Throughout, John, Anne and Jackie and the ‘in laws’ Robbie and Roy and the six grand children, all played their parts in close family life. It was lovely that all were present at a Christmas party for Mary in the Priory – including the five great grandsons.

All family, and many relations and friends will remember Mary and reflect what a wonderful life we shared with her.