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Chance for young artistic talent to show their work at Sutton New Town’s first Art Exhibition

Encouraging talent in Sutton New Town there is now to be its first ever Art Exhibition which is being organised and will display work by children and young adults in full time education.

Opening Times

The exhibition will be open on Saturday 4th & Saturday 18th May 2019 between 9:30 am and 3 pm.  

There will be a preview reception on the Friday 3rd May (with viewing from 7 pm,  talk at 7:30 over by 8 pm)

Taking Part

If any young person wants to take part in the exhibition then the artwork they wish to show must be submitted in person at the halls on Saturday 27th April 2019 at St Barnabas Church Halls.  

Local artist, Su Stearman will be there to receive the works between 9:30 am and 1 pm.

Rules

Please note that we can only accept one work of art per person and we reserve the right to exclude any work of art if it is considered inappropriate to display in public.

The theme of the artwork should be ‘New Life’.

Artwork submitted can be a painting or drawing (2D) or small portable sculpture.

  • Year 7 and above maximum size A2 – Canvas or board – Mounted on a card or framed.  
  • Year 6 and younger – A3 maximum size – on paper or card.

All works must have the following information on the back:

  • Name and age of the Artist
  • Parent/Carers contact number
  • Title of Artwork
  • Medium used
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Spectacular production of Toad of Toad Hall for children with special needs to be staged in Wallington

Head2Head Theatre are bringing their multi sensory theatre to Wallington during the Easter holidays. ‘Toad on the Road’ will give children with disabilities and their families an opportunity to have fun together as they join Toad on his journey to Toad Hall and enjoy an interactive and immersive theatre experience.

For many children with special needs attending a traditional theatre can be a daunting experience. Performances are designed to help overcome some of the barriers that exist with advance packs to help prepare the children, a relaxed, accessible and safe atmosphere and a cast that understands and adapts to the needs of each and every child. “The main thing was that they created a show and an environment where she felt safe to express herself and enjoy the day without anxiety. This is amazing!”

They will be performing for 2 days and there is a morning or afternoon session to choose from with both groups being invited to a relaxed picnic at lunchtime. This gives children the chance to explore the sensory tent and props whilst parents can chat to other families. 

“It was really wonderful to have an activity that my disabled child and my four year old could enjoy together”. “There is nothing like this that really meets children’s vast needs”.  “She is scared of theatre but today she joined in”.

The event is being held at Sherwood Park School on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April. This is a safe and accessible venue with hoist and changing facilities. Tickets are only £5 and are selling fast.

The charity is led by a dedicated team of volunteers and the event has been made possible thanks to donations from Tesco Bags of Help, Carshalton Rotary and Fidelity International with support from Sherwood Park School.

The find out more or book a place please contact Anni on 01372-278021 or email anni@head2headtheatre.co.uk.

For more info on the charity and further tour dates please click here for information.

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Carshalton’s Honeywood museum highlight Fairy Tales and Puppet Theatres in April

Fairy Tales and Puppet Theatres

Saturday 6 to Saturday 20 April

A celebration of family favourites, with hand puppets and toy theatres to act out stories, a story corner, crafts – make finger puppets, beautiful lady’s headdress, and dashing Prince’s hat. Knights, Princess and Dragon Trail.

During normal Museum opening hours – Free, drop in.

For full details of this and all of the other wonderful activities go to Honeywood Museum

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Travel advice ahead of Croydon tram strike on 28 March

  • Contingency plan in place to operate a limited service between Wimbledon and East Croydon only, with first trams of the day running through to New Addington to support early shift workers
  • Customers advised to check before they travel at tfl.gov.uk/tram-strike, using @LondonTram, @TravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts and to allow extra time for their journeys

Services on the London Tram network will be affected by a strike called by the ASLEF trade union on Thursday 28 March. The union are in dispute with Tram Operations Limited (TOL), a subsidiary of FirstGroup, which operates the tram network and directly employs the drivers.

From 00.01 to 23.59 on Thursday, services will be reduced with a contingency plan in place to operate at roughly eight minute intervals between 07:00 and 20:00 between Wimbledon and East Croydon only. In the early morning and after 20:00, the service will operate at around 15 minute intervals between these stops. The first two trams of the day will, however, run from Therapia Lane to New Addington and back to Wimbledon to support early shift workers in the area Services will resume as normal from Friday morning.

Customers are advised to check before they travel and leave extra time for their journeys. Information on services and alternative travel options will be published on the TfL website at www.tfl.gov.uk/tram-strike. Extra buses will run along selected routes and TfL Travel Ambassadors will be on hand at key locations to provide information and advice to customers.

Mark Davis, TfL’s General Manager for London Trams, said:

‘We urge ASLEF and TOL to continue discussions and settle their dispute without disrupting customers’ journeys. If this strike goes ahead, we are planning to run a limited service between Wimbledon and East Croydon, and will ensure customers have all the information they need to re-plan their journeys.’

Customers can keep up-to-date on the status of their services in a range of ways, including:

  • Up-to-date information on the TfL website at www.tfl.gov.uk/tram-strike
  • Travel alerts through Twitter on @LondonTram, @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts, and through the TfL Travelbot on Facebook messenger
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Mayor awards £30k to community groups supporting EU Londoners

Community groups supporting EU Londoners with help and information to stay in the UK after Brexit have been awarded funding by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The Government has said that London’s one million Europeans will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to remain in the UK after 29th March 2019, despite the uncertainty of the wider Brexit negotiations.

Micro-grants of around £5,000 have been provided to six different community organisations as part of the Mayor’s work to engage with European communities and help European Londoners get the information they need to stay in the UK. This is the programme’s second round of funding, building on a previous tranche of £20,000 given to nine community organisations at the end of last year. Grants are being awarded to:

·         Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) – helping Latin American women and families with EU citizenship or EEA family permits. Workshops and community events will be held across Islington, Southwark and Haringey, with outreach work in Lewisham, Wandsworth, and Tower Hamlets.

  • Work Rights Centre – Weekly Q&A sessions for Eastern Europeans on the settled status application in community hubs across the city.
  • New Europeans – Legal surgery events for Somali communities, older Italians and Roma communities across Barking, Camden, Ealing, Islington, Lambeth, Ealing, Newham, Tower Hamlet and Waltham Forest.
  • Migrant Resource Centre – working across Brent, Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Haringey, Waltham Forest to help all EU Londoners, through training volunteers and staff and holding IT and practical support sessions.
  • Refugees in Active and Effective Partnership (REAP) – working with EU refugees primarily in Hillingdon, Harrow, Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, including training 15 staff to run multi-lingual info sessions.
  • Bulgarian Centre for Social Integration and Culture – Working with Bulgarian and Roma communities, and other Eastern European communities in Edmonton and Enfield, including drop-in sessions and events.  
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Theatre announces latest season of top productions

Richmond Theatre today announces a new season of shows brimming with classic comedy, spine-chilling thrillers, magnificent dance and delightful children’s shows. This jam-packed season comes just before extensive renovations ahead of the Theatre’s 120th Anniversary in September of this year.

The internationally lauded dance company, BalletBoyz, are back at Richmond Theatre in a new production, THEM/US. THEM is the work of the company’s very own in-house talent and set to a score by emerging composer Charlotte Harding. US is inspired by the critically acclaimed Christopher Wheeldon duet featured in 2017’s show Fourteen Days, with an extended score by cult singer/songwriter, Keaton Henson.

Following the success of Not Dead Enough (2017), Dead Simple (2015) and The Perfect Murder (2014), multi-million selling author Peter James returns to Richmond Theatre with THE HOUSE ON COLD HILLThis new adaptation stars Rita Simons (I’m A Celebrity 2018, EastEnders)and Joe McFadden (BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2017, Holby City)in a nail-biting story based on the author’s own real-life experience in a haunted house. The story follows the Harcourt family as they move into the house of their dreams. However their dreams quickly turn to nightmares as they realise they are not the only residents at Cold Hill…

After a sell-out run in the West End comes Sam Yates’ unmissable production of David Mamet’s darkly funny classic, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS starring Mark Benton (Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private InvestigatorsStrictly Come Dancing) and Nigel Harman (Shrek the Musical, Downton Abbey)The stakes are high in this cutting story of four Chicago salesmen who will do anything, legal or otherwise, to seal the deal.

After a compelling adaptation of Great Expectations in 2018, Tilted Wig Productions return to Richmondin collaboration with Malvern Theatres and Churchill Theatre to present Oscar Wilde’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Starring Jonathan Wrather (Emmerdale), this bold new production of the classic novel looks set to thrill audiences and cleverly questions the real cost of youth and beauty. 

Get ready to meet the man behind the nose and discover the side-splitting comedy behind EDMOND DE BERGERAC. Edmond, played by Freddie Fox, is a struggling playwright, until he helps his best friend Leo woo a girl called Jeanne by writing romantic letters to her as if from him…and has a brilliant idea for the plot of his brand new play, Cyrano De Bergerac. With the help of a celebrated actor called Coquelin (Henry Goodman), a theatrical legend called Sarah (Josie Lawrence), and a faded star called Maria (Chizzy Akudolu), Edmond starts writing again. But will the play be a hit?

Little ones can have their first taste of the magical world of ballet in MY FIRST BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY. This new version from the English National Ballet has been created especially for children aged 3 and above. With a narrator to help young audiences follow the story and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, this show makes for a perfect introduction to ballet as well as a great day out for all the family!

Direct from New York and the West End, comes the award-winning comedy, ADMISSIONS, starring Alex Kingston and Sarah Hadland. Sherri (Kingston) is Head of Admissions at a private school and is fighting to diversify the student intake. However, when her son is deferred from his university of choice and his best friend – who ‘ticks more boxes’ – is accepted, Sherri’s personal ambition collides with her progressive values.From the writer of Bad Jews, ADMISSIONS is both piercing and provocative, leaving audiences debating the topic late into the night.

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes another BAFTA Award-winning television animation live on stage! BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM is a charming, magical musical adventure packed with games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!

This season boasts plenty of shows to keep audiences toes tapping such as, THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY, BLAKE, WALK RIGHT BACK – THE EVERLY BROTHERS STORY, LES MUSICALS, THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS – MOTOWN MISSION, THE ILLEGAL EAGLES and PAUL YOUNG ’35 YEARS OF NO PARLEZ’ PT 2.

From comedy to controversy, there’s plenty more special events lined up including FRANCIS ROSSI – I TALK TOO MUCH, JASON MANFORD – MUDDLE CLASS, THE DREAMBOYS, JIMMY CARR – TERRIBLY FUNNY, PAUL MERTON’S IMPRO CHUMS, REMEMBERING THE MOVIES, THE GUILTY FEMINIST, AN EVENING WITH RANULPH FIENNES and REGINALD D HUNTER – FACING THE BEAST.

Richmond Theatre is dedicated to making sure people of all ages and abilities can take part in theatre and the arts, and our Creative Learning Department has various workshops and courses that are inclusive and fun for all! For further information regarding workshops and creative learning bookings, please contact richmondadmin@theambassadors.com.E

Click to view the full brochure: HERE

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Sutton Community Farm details its wide range of activities and plans for the future

It has been a busy time for one of the borough’s most successful community enterprises. Here is a blog from Sutton Community Farm which outlines all of the activities and plans for the coming year

Hi, it’s Rachel here. We’ve had an exciting March on the farm, with some wild contrasts in the weather (as can often happen at the beginning of spring), from bizarrely high temperatures at the end of February, to high winds for a big chunk of March threatening to blow away our marquee/temporary shed extension. The wet weather meant some much needed time repairing infrastructure and our hardy beloved tractor: Rosa. 

Now, as the season begins, we welcome our new apprentice Will – making the growing team up to 5 of us! Will will be working with Nick primarily on vegbox production, but with some overlap of jobs between all of us so we get the experience of different areas of production. We are really excited to have him on the team!

Winter has seen some exciting developments of some areas of the farm, mainly due to our neighbour Chris leaving the land we have shared with him since the farm began. We have taken over one of his glasshouses which is a brilliant addition to our covered cropping area. This summer it will be filled with tomatoes and aubergines, some of our high value crops that are in demand from our restaurant wholesale customers.

In the winter and into the hungry gap, this extra area increases our ability to supply the vegbox with greens such as spinach, pak choi, chard and spring shallots, and hopefully some more novel crops such as coriander that we have started to trial this year. For now read my blog about the impact of the hungry gap on our vegboxes on our website here

Responding to demand from restaurants, this year we will also be growing more salad and summer tunnel crops, which brings in the revenue to allow me to stay on at the farm. This is an amazing opportunity for me to learn on the farm for another season, and meets one of the farm’s central aims of providing fairly paid land-based employment

Our Wednesday volunteers have been grafting to clear and prepare an area which was formerly a bonfire area, small christmas tree forest, 2 reservoirs, a dubious sculpture, and  years of build up of our neighbours’ equipment. Since our neighbour has left, we have been able to drain and fill in the reservoirs he formerly used to irrigate his carnivorous plants. We spent a good few Wednesdays pulling the layers of carpet and black plastic that were lining these reservoirs, and in the process rescuing and relocating many frogs into our various ponds around the site. We then cleared the area of all the debris and a digger came in to dig pits for the barn and level the ground. 

As part of the changes and developments, we want to make an effort to increase biodiversity on site. While we had the digger on site, we had 2 more much larger ponds dug which will be brilliant for attracting frogs (great for slug control!), and beneficial insects. We have also been preparing various areas around the farm to sow a mix of wildflowers to attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects like ground beetles too. Sonia’s Monday volunteer group will be helping us out by sowing these flowers, some direct sown and others sown in propagation and transplanted. This means we can have some focused areas of specific flowers, and some areas of a diverse mix, and Sonia’s volunteers can experience different methods of raising and planting flowers.

The Monday crew have also been hard at work giving the rhubarb some care and attention by weeding, composting, wood-chipping to give it a boost of nutrients for the year ahead. It is looking really healthy, and hopefully we will harvest our first crop next week to go into the vegboxes.

Sonia led a group of volunteers battling the weather on a stormy open day weekend to relocate the raspberries from where the barn will be built, to a new spot next to the biodiversity area where they can re-establish. Last week we celebrated the Gaia Foundation‘s #seedweek. Nick was busy sowing seeds with the volunteers. Our film showing on Wednesday 27 March will be Seed: The Untold Story which is well worth a watch. More details below.

Our false spring at the end of February, although disturbingly warm, allowed us to take the tractor onto the beds unseasonably early. We can only begin tractor cultivation once the soil has dried up enough after the winter rains, and this year the early week of warm weather did this for us. This has meant that Nick has managed to get his shallots in (the first spring crop), and me and Sam have planted our first generation of outdoor salad. Beds for other early crops are ready and waiting for planting! Next to go in, in the next couple of weeks will be our first beetroots and lots of weird and wonderful salad leaves for our mixed salad.

Please feel free to come and visit on any of our volunteering days. Either out in the fields helping with crop production, or in our lovely Veg Shed helping with weighing and packing fruit and veg for our VegBox scheme. Email Sonia if you are thinking of visiting. Read 10 reasons why you should grow food (and get down to your local community garden to do so) here. A note from Sarah – We are delighted to announce that the Croydon Volunteer Centre (part of Croydon Voluntary Action) will be joining our community of VegBox Pick up Points from April 2019. Based conveniently in the Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon customers will be able to collect their VegBoxes from the Volunteer Centre from 12pm on Thursday 4th April. More information here

We are always on the look out for drivers to undertake vegbox deliveries as cover every now and again when our drivers are away. Please contact Sarah if you are interested.

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Sutton Community Fund workshop will help you to try and access funds

24 June 2019 
10:00 – 12:00
Granfers Community Centre, 73-79 Oakhill Road, Sutton, SM1 3AA  
Bring your project idea to this session and we will help you to make a
start on your application. The session will also cover ways to gather
evidence using different sources and the reasons why some funding
applications fail.

Click here to book your place 
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MP seeks Mayoral support for Sutton Tramlink plan

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is again seeking Mayoral support, in a letter to the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, for the Sutton Tramlink.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
“For years, I have been campaigning with my colleagues on Sutton Council to bring the tram to Sutton. Not only will the Sutton Link provide reliable transport for our area, it will also cut traffic pollution, create jobs, and connect residents to Merton and Central London.


“Mayor Khan’s support and influence is essential for delivering Tramlink. He must not go cold on the tram as he has done before. Rather, I urge him to throw his weight and Transport for London’s expertise behind the scheme.

The Sutton Link will provide benefits to the community, including the creation of 10,000 new jobs, regeneration of Sutton Town Centre and a reliable link between the borough and the London Cancer Hub.

In addition, the tram will improve air quality by providing an alternative means of transport to cars for many residents, an assessment that was recently supported by the Minister of State for Transport.

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Warrenders celebrate success of recent charity jewellery cleaning event

Warrenders Jewellers in Sutton is delighted to announce the success of its recent Charity Jewellery Cleaning Event which raised over £650 for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 


The event, which took place over two days on the 8th and 9th of March, encouraged more than 50 people to visit the Cheam Road store to have their favourite jewellery pieces cleaned and raise money for the hospital. 


Warrenders Store Manager, John Kitchener, comments. “We have been overwhelmed by the wonderful response to our Charity Jewellery Cleaning Event and how generously our customers have donated. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is a cause close to our hearts and we are pleased to do our bit to help continue their important work.”


The Royal Marsden Hospital is dedicated to pioneering cancer research, diagnosis and treatment. All money donated to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity funds the outstanding care provided at the hospital and also aids research which is used in hospitals across the world. 


A team from Warrenders was also due to take part in the Banham Marsden March on Sunday 10th March, which was unfortunately postponed due to poor weather. They have already raised over £1,300 in sponsorship for the walk, and are currently waiting for a new date to be announced. 
To sponsor Warrenders and make a donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thesuttonsparklers
For more information on Warrenders Jewellers please visit www.warrenders.co.uk