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Honeywood book club to meet on February 9

The Honeywood museum book club meets monthly to discuss a new book each time. The next meeting is on February 9 when the book being discussed is the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Please bring your own copy of the book, admission and refreshements are free. If you wish to join the club ring 0208 241 5679

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Cycle sessions for all of the family over the February half term

Cycle sessions for families of all abilities are taking place over the half term at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Wednesday 19th February, 12pm-1pm.

Provided are bikes and cycle helmets
 Lots of fun
 Disability access cycles
 Develop cycling skills
 Safe off-road environment

No booking needed.
£4 per session per person (cash only)
Suitable for age 7+ accompanied by adult.

EcoLocal @ecolocalcycling 020 8404 1522
No booking needed.
£4 per session per person (cash only)
Suitable for age 7+ accompanied by adult.

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Charities and community groups in the borough invited to apply for £1,000 donation

CHARITIES and community groups in Sutton are being invited to apply for a £1,000 donation from the UK’s largest housebuilder. The Barratt London Community Fund, part of the nationwide Barratt Homes and David Wilson Community Fund, has been set up to offer donations to both registered charities and community groups that are trying to make life better for local residents.

Barratt London has been giving £1,000 every month to a local organisation that is improving the quality of life for those living in the vicinity of one of its developments or offices, across the capital. “We are looking for charities and community groups that are really making a difference at a local level,” explains Karly Williams, Regional Sales Director at Barratt London. “It could be a conservation group that wants to improve the local public spaces and create habitats for wildlife, a plan for a new piece of play equipment in a community playground, or a lunch club for the elderly wanting to expand – every application will be very carefully considered by senior members of our team.”

Local groups and charities are encouraged to apply for the donation via Barratt London’s charity email address Applicants should make clear where their charity is based and what the £1,000 will be used for. One of Barratt London’s charity representatives will then be in touch if the application is successful.

Karly Williams explained why Barratt Group launched the Community Fund: “As the country’s largest housebuilder we are committed to creating a positive legacy. As we move into the new decade, we want to lead the industry not just in the quality of the homes and developments we build but also in our work with charities and good causes throughout the UK.”

The fund aims to donate £1 million to local good causes over the course of three years in addition to the considerable amount of charitable work already being undertaken by the company. Karly Williams added: “The Barratt London Community Fund has so far given us the opportunity to support numerous causes across London, including Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Resources for Autism, Inspire Charity and Downs Syndrome Association. We are proud to support the work of these groups and recognise the important role they are playing in local communities.”

Barratt London is currently building New Mill Quarter in Hackbridge Road, SM6 7AX. The development is ideally located for those who work in central London as Hackbridge Station, in Zone 4, is just outside the development, providing regular services to London Victoria in just 27 minutes.

Overall, New Mill Quarter will feature a total of 805 new homes, including 440 private one, two and three-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom houses, and 119 affordable and assisted living units built by Barratt London. A further 246 homes have been built by David Wilson Homes, a division of the Barratt Group. The development will also include a medical centre, and is adjacent to Hackbridge Primary School, rated as Good by Ofsted.

For more information about Barratt London and to find your nearest development or local office, visit

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Speak Up and make care better for everyone in the borough

“We all value social care support but it can’t improve without your help.”

That’s why Sutton Healthwatch is launching a campaign asking residents to share their views about social care in Sutton, to help make support better for you and your loved ones.

Give your opinion NOW

It only takes five minutes to speak up about your experiences, but by sharing the changes you want to see to local services, you are helping to improve social care for everyone. It’s that simple.

“We know social care is a top priority for local people. That’s why we have decided to look closer at the issue. If you have an experience of social care, we want to know what was good about the support you received, and what could have been better,” said a spokesperson

Local services can learn from your experiences and ideas, so please share them by giving feedback online or by getting in touch with us at 020 8641 9540.

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Ofsted praises Orchard Hill College as it continues to be Outstanding.

Orchard Hill College (OHC) is a specialist college for students aged 16+ with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. OHC was first graded ‘Outstanding’ in 2013, and it has continued to maintain this high standard. The college was graded ‘Outstanding’ in four judgement areas during its inspection recently. OHC offers social and vocational opportunities to students in the heart of their communities.

Students gain life and work skills to prepare for life after college. The report stated; “Since the previous inspection governors, leaders, managers and staff have maintained their exceptional standards to provide an outstanding experience for their students. They hold extremely high aspirations for students”.

The report went on to praise the curriculum, which is carefully designed and bespoke to individual students and ensures they are successful and independent in their lives after college. Students receive excellent support and a “high proportion of students….gain employment or move into voluntary work”.

The report also acknowledged the “robust safeguarding processes in place that ensure students are safe in and out of college”.

Commenting on the inspection, Mrs Kelly Phillips, college Principal, stated; “I am so proud of all our students and staff who have worked so hard to maintain an ‘Outstanding’ judgement. Our students truly deserve this and it represents the continued dedication of the entire
college community.”

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Have your say on proposals for St Helier Hospital – now

Sutton Healthwatch is encouraging as many residents as possible to get involved in the consultation focussing on the future of St Helier Hospital.

“Your local NHS is consulting on proposals to invest in both Epsom & St Helier hospitals and build a new specialist emergency care hospital at Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital,” says a statement

“We are encouraging you to get involved in this consultation, which is being led by NHS Surrey Downs, NHS Sutton and NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). They are responsible for planning local healthcare services.

“This public consultation takes place from 8th January to 1st April 2020.

“Please see Improving Healthcare Together’s website for more information on how you can have your say and to read their summary and full consultation documents.”

“As an organisation who is independent from the formal consultation, you can share your views directly with us if your prefer. We are gathering feedback on the proposals and following the consultation, we will draw themes from your feedback and formally ask Improving Healthcare Together to respond. Talk to us.