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Easter egg hunt and chance for rare glimpse inside Dovecote – all in Beddington Park

Just some of the activities to take place on Beddington Park this Easter

Easter Egg Hut
Thursday 18th 11am – 1pm
Hunt for the colourful bird eggs and successfully decode the hidden message to be in with the chance of a chocolatey prize.
Drop-in to the Grange Garden to take part. Free!

Dovecote Opening
Good Friday, 19th April, 10am – 1pm 
Drop by this beautiful brick octagonal building, located on Church Road, for a rare glimpse inside! View the original rotating ladder and nest boxes plus a Roman stone coffin!
Free entry

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Model Railway Club arranges talk by wagon historian and author

The Carshalton and Sutton Model Railway Club has arranged an illustrated talk by David Larkin, wagon historian enthusiast and author of many books on the subject of Brake Vans of British Railways.

The talk will be illustrated in black and white mostly using David’s own photographs taken over the many years of travel around the UK.

The talk will look at many examples of Brake Van used on British Railways including both BR Built and pre nationalisation types.

The event will take place on May 20 and 8pm at the rear hall of St Barnabas church.

Booking is essential. Go to

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Do you know a fantastic nurse? Nominate them for an award at the ESTH Nurses and Midwives Day

If you have been cared for by an amazing nurse, a magnificent midwife or want to shout about a nursing support worker at Epsom and St Helier, now is the time to let us know!

The Trust will be marking Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife on Wednesday 8 May, and as part of the celebrations will be hosting a special award ceremony to recognise the efforts of staff who have gone above and beyond for the people they care for.

Chief Nurse, Arlene Wellman, said: “Nurses and midwives up and down the country do an amazing job every day – whether that’s in a life-saving, emergency situation or in a quiet moment trying to make a patient more comfortable, we sign up to make a difference – and that’s what makes our jobs so worthwhile.

“That’s why, for our award ceremony this year, we want to hear from you! Voting has been opened up to public in the form of our ‘patient’s choice’ award – which allows member of the public who have been treated by one of our fantastic nurses or midwives (please also note this includes healthcare assistants and staff from community roles and therapies) to nominate them for a special award!

“At Epsom and St Helier, we really value the input of our patients, and are constantly working to make our Trust one of the best in country for patient experience. This is why we want to include our patients in these awards – our staff would be so happy to hear that they made such a lasting impact on someone they have cared for – suffice to say the patient’s choice award will certainly be very sought after!” Please visit this page: to nominate your choice and for further information.

There will also be awards given for a number of other categories, including:

Mentor of the year

Rising star

Going above and beyond

Valuing and promoting diversity

Nurse of the Year

Midwife of the Year

Healthcare assistant of the year

Team of the Year

Patient’s choice award

Chief Nurses Award

Outstanding contribution to Nursing at Epsom & St Helier (Lifetime achievement)

Student of the Year

Living our values (RESPECT)

Most supportive nurse/midwife/HCA.

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Arts Network Sutton determined to support borough’s vibrant and thriving arts scene

Arts Network Sutton re-launched at the end of last year with new branding a brand-new website and a new, improved membership scheme. With the re-launched scheme the main benefits for members are:

Annual Membership:

Open to professional and semi-professional individual artists, crafts people and creatives.

Benefits include:

·  Individual members are entitled to a personal member’s page on the ANS website for posting details and information on their creative practice. Each page allows a

   maximum of six images

·  Individual members can post relevant arts and cultural events on the ANS website, receive newsletters and will be invited to all networking events

·  Individual members will be able to apply for grants of up to £1000

·  Individual members will be entitled to a free ticket to all ANS paid events such as workshops

·  Individual members will be entitled to vote on constitutional issues and the election of committee members at AGM.

“We’d love to see you back as a member if you were one in the past or if you haven’t been a member before, now’s the time to join and become an essential part of the Network. It’s only £25 per year and we think that it’s very good value for money,” said a spokesperson.

“If full membership is not for you, for just £5 you can become a Friend of the Network and play a part in supporting the arts in Sutton.

“We’re at: so, go and have a look around – we think you’ll like what you see. There’s a “How To Join” page and it’s very easy to become a member and help build the arts network in the borough for the benefit of all.

“As it says in our name, we are a network and the facilitating of networking between artists and creatives in the borough is probably the most important thing we do. To prove how vital it is for the arts, attached is a case study that shows how meeting someone at one of our networking events, can lead to collaboration between two creative artists who probably wouldn’t have met if they hadn’t been able to network via ANS.

“We feel that Sutton has the potential to have a vibrant and thriving arts scene, but it needs to be supported and promoted. We at ANS know we can do that, but we really need your help, so please become a member and become part of the network.”

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Nickel Support – community interest company is to join CAOS for 2019

Carshalton Artists Open Studios HQ are proud to announce Nickel Support have joined CAOS for 2019 and they discussed with us their involvement in CAOS today:
“Nickel Support is a community interest company based in Carshalton working with adults with learning disabilities. 
We work alongside our trainees to create social enterprises and in turn open up job opportunities. It is important for us that people with learning disabilities become an integral part of their community, as opposed to being marginalised and on the fringes.
We currently run our enterprises all under the project Interestingly Different. We upcycle tired unwanted furniture and turn the pieces into wonderful works of art in their own right. We also create cushions using unwanted fabrics. Our trainees learn various craft skills throughout the creative process of making our products. We also have a strong environmental ethos and are passionate about saving things from the landfill.
Our products are sold in Interestingly Different, our community shop on Beynon Road, in which the trainees gain retail employment skills, with all profits go to paying our trainees a wage.
We will be showcasing the work our trainees do and giving more information about our service throughout CAOS weekend’.
I am sure you will join us in welcoming this fabulous community interest company to the trail and you can find out more about them at:

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Thinking of keeping chickens then this day course will tell you all you need to know

Keeping Chickens: Saturday 13th July 2019

Saturday 13th July 2019, 10am-1pm at Benhill Allotments, Sutton

This one day workshop is led by local, experienced tutors, who will introduce you to and help you to learn the basics for keeping your own chickens.  The venue of the course will allow you to see different ways chickens can be housed, the maintenance needed to keep them and what they need to eat for their health and wellbeing.

The course also offers you the chance to handle and meet a range of breeds so you can decide what suits you.  The day is an informal way to find out more and speak those in the know, to help you find out more.

All welcome and no experience needed.

Cost: £30

To book:

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Carshalton and Wallington Morning Townswomen’s Guild celebrates first birthday

Carshalton and Wallington Lib MP Tom Brake was on hand to wield the knife and cut the cake at the Carshalton and Wallington Morning Townswomen’s Guild celebratory meeting on the occasion of their 1st birthday last Thursday at the Scout Hall in Woodcote Road, Wallington.

Tom Brake said:
“The members of the Morning TG have made an influential impact on local residents over the last year. They are actively raising funds both in Carshalton and Wallington and in the Borough for countless important causes.
“I have been pleased both to have watched the TG flourish over the past year and to have been a part of their first big milestone, and am looking forward to many years of their influence and service to come.”
The Guild plays a pivotal role in the community, bringing together townswomen to influence local residents on important national issues and to improve the livelihoods of women, just as the overarching Townswomen’s Guilds have been doing across England since their inception in 1929. 

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Developer will pay stamp duty on remaining new Hackbridge homes

Homebuyers looking to buy a brand new home in Hackbridge in the London Borough of Sutton will have to move fast, as only five new family homes remain at David Wilson Homes’ popular New Mill Quarter development.

For a limited time, David Wilson Homes will pay stamp duty on all remaining new homes, saving homebuyers thousands of pounds in tax charges.

Now over ninety per cent sold, a collection of three- and four-bedroom family homes are now remaining for purchase and interest has already been expressed in the final homes for sale. New Mill Quarter offers an appealing location for a young family looking for excellent connections to London, with the benefit of a brand new home as well as a range of schools nearby. Potential homebuyers can enjoy open-plan living spaces, generous ceiling heights, and floor to ceiling windows maximising natural light.

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director at David Wilson Homes, comments: “New Mill Quarter has proven to be extremely popular with commuters looking for a spacious new family home which offers fast access into London. With many of the new homes available with Help to Buy, we expect the remaining properties to sell fast, and would encourage potential homebuyers to visit us to find out about securing one of the remaining homes.”

New Mill Quarter is part of the Hackbridge Gardens regeneration project, transforming the million-square foot former Felnex trading estate in Hackbridge, South London, into stylish new homes. With a range of schools, shops and entertainment venues, alongside the woods and fields of nearby Beddington Park, the development offers a balance of modern city living with a taste of the countryside.

Hackbridge Rail Station is in Zone 4, offering public transport connections to London Victoria in 26 minutes, while London St Pancras International can be reached in 43 minutes. New Mill Quarter is well positioned for reaching key destinations by car, with the A23 and A217 providing easy access to the M25, placing Gatwick Airport and Heathrow Airport both less than an hour away.

Prices start from £592,995 for a three-bedroom family home with a spacious garden, private balcony and car port.

To find out more about the new homes available at New Mill Quarter, visit or call 0333 355 8503.

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MP Tom is guest of Palace star Wilfried at Man City game

After raising in Parliament the issue of football discrimination and praising Wilfried Zaha for his work with the foundation, Football for Peace, Carshalton and Wallington Lib Dem MP Tom Brake was invited to watch the Crystal Palace vs. Man City game with Zaha’s family and friends.

Tom enjoyed the game from Zaha’s box, despite the game’s disappointing result (3 -1 to Man City).

Following the game, he met with Wilf to hear about his plans for a charitable foundation.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said: “As a season ticket holder, I have spent many a happy Saturday afternoon chanting “He’s just too good for you” as Zaha runs rings around opposition defenders, so it was a great pleasure to get to know him and his family. “He needs to be recognised, not just for the wizardry he displays on the pitch, but also for the charitable work that he contributes to uniting communities. Zaha truly is a star on and off the field.”