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Published May 25th, 2014

Carshalton’s Heritage Signs recently restored…

Cllr. Hamish Pollock took these pictures of the recently-restored heritage signs for the All Saints’ Church, Carshalton, IMG-20140506-01079Ann Boleyn’s Well by the Church and The Orangery of the former Carshalton Park House at the corner of The Square with Brookside. 

These signs were some of many similar signs restored as part of the council’s recent Environmental Improvements Programme, masterminded by Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead in her role as Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee and council officers.


Published April 17th, 2014

All Saints Church Carshalton – Easter Services

Maundy Thursday 17 April 2014 8:00 pm Mass of the Last Supper followed by silent vigil before the Altar of Repose until 5.00 am

Good Friday 18 April 2014 9:30 am Stations of the Cross (suitable for children) 10:30 am Veneration of the Cross and Mass of the Presanctified 11:45 am Silent Procession of Witness through Carshalton High Street 12:00 noon outdoor Ecumenical Service, usually at the War Memorial, but in the grounds of The Grove in 2014

Easter Eve 19 April 2014 9:00 pm Lighting of the New Fire and Paschal Proclamation

Easter Day 20 April 2014 Sunday services as usual

Published February 16th, 2014

All Saints Carshalton has a Canon!

Our sincerest congratulations to Dr. John Charles Thewlis (as pictured), Rector of Carshalton Parish Church which covers the bulk of the central Carshalton area. 

Canon Thewlis of Carshalton All Saints Church

Canon Thewlis of Carshalton All Saints Church

Dr. Thewlis, who was made an Honorary Canon recently, has been in charge of a now-thriving local parish since late 2001 following the departure of Rev. Leigh Cameron Edwards, who retired in his eighties after over 40 years in the post of Rector. Here is a picture of the sunny south side of All Saints’ Church taken today 16th February by Hamish. 

The church’s organ also pictured below is being restored by Henry Willis & Sons Limited of Liverpool and is stunningly decorated.

All Saints' Church - south side on 16th February 2014

All Saints’ Church – south side on 16th February 2014

Published November 6th, 2013

Carshalton All Saints Church and Remembrance Sunday 10th November

British-Legion-Poppy[1]Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women. Remembrance Sunday will fall on Sunday 10 November in 2013.

This coming Sunday, 10th November, the High Mass at Carshalton All Saints’ Church by Carshalton Ponds is at 9:30am, followed by an open-air remembrance service right by the War Memorial by the Ponds lasting till past a short while 11am.

Published September 25th, 2013

Tragic Accident at The Ponds in Carshalton Village

The High Street, Pound Street, Carshalton Road etc. and the rest of the A232 road through our area is a Red Route and since 1999 the road is completely owned and controlled by Transport for London and not Sutton Council.

From a story in the local “Sutton Guardian”:

A 54-year-old man was hit by a goods lorry as he tried to cross Pound Street near Carshalton Ponds at 9.30am on Monday, 16th September 2013.

Carshalton Ponds scene of the tragic accident

Carshalton Ponds scene of the tragic accident

Jill Whitehead Carshalton Central councillor said: “The council has no control over what happens on a TFL red route, which we find frustrating. 

“However, this is a dangerous corner and it is where there have been some incidents of cars going into the ponds on occasions. The ward councillors welcome ideas for road safety in the red route area, which we can take to TFL who run this stretch of road.

“I have also asked council officers to urgently look into the incident and make suggestions to TFL for road improvements in this area.”

Politicians have been contacting Transport for London (TfL), who own the road, while people on social networking sites have been calling for a road safety petition.

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said: “It is clearly a very tragic case and I will be talking to Sutton Council and Transport for London about whether there are road safety improvements that can be made at that point.

“Some residents may be keen to introduce a one way system although that was tried in the past as one of the concerns was that it was traffic speed.

“From a road safety point of view it doesn’t necessarily provide the perfect solution but anything that could improve road safety in that area I will be pushing for.”

Published September 18th, 2013

Sutton opens buildings for Open House weekend: 21st and 22nd September

Fans of fine buildings and architecture will get the chance to explore various venues across Sutton in this year’s Open House weekend. Open House London is an annual event in which buildings throw open their doors to the public so they can experience the finest of ancient and modern architecture.

imagesCAQ64T1NA local treasure is Honeywood, a chalk and flint house dating to the 17th Century. This house in Carshalton is our local museum and was reopened following a £900,000 renovation scheme.

Other local “open houses” are Carshalton Park Grotto, off Ruskin Road, All Saints Church by the Ponds, The Water Tower in West Street, The Charles Cryer Studio Theatre in Carshalton High Street, and Little Holland House in Beeches Avenue, Carshalton.

Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead, who is Chair of Sutton’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “This event is a great way to encourage the community to interact with the buildings around them.”

“It offers a fascinating insight to both modern and traditional architecture.”

Published April 3rd, 2012

Olympics 2012 and Carshalton

Cllrs. Jill Whitehead and Alan Salter recently attended a meeting with Cllr. Graham Tope, Executive Member for Leisure, Libraries, Arts and Heritage and Dick Bower, Chair of Sutton Arts Council to discuss plans for celebrating the passing of the Olympic Torch Relay through Carshalton on the afternoon of Monday 23rd July 2012.

Mr Bower is inviting local community groups in Carshalton to attend a meeting in April (details as yet are to be confirmed) to discuss how local people can take part in and contribute to a community event in Carshalton. It is suggested that this event should take apace in the Ponds area in and around the War Memorial Gardens and the shortly to be reopened Heritage Centre at Honeywood. Ideas such as community group stalls and a jazz band with other entertainment have been mooted. We understand that already Carshalton Mums, Carshalton Methodist Church and All Saints’ Church have expressed interest. Watch this space for more news.

Published March 2nd, 2012

Women’s World Day of Prayer 2012

Hamish reports: “As Deputy Mayor, I was most honoured and privileged to be invited to attend three church services on Friday, 2nd March in support of the Women’s World Day of Prayer. The services were being held all over the borough. I attended those in South Beddington, Wrythe Green and finally at All Saints’ Church, Carshalton

Women's World Day of Prayer

A most memorable day for me, and it made me think very hard about the injustices in the World, particularly amongst women, that still take place.”

Details can be found on:

Published December 12th, 2011

Carshalton Parish Church


Carshalton All Saints' Parish Church

Hamish reports: “I attended Sunday morning service at All Saints’ Church, Carshalton as I do very occasionally after delivering some FOCUS leaflets in the area and as a former resident of the Parish of Carshalton. My deceased wife Josephine (d. 2007) and I were married there in 1991. It is really a fabulous church, particularly the interior which has improved immeasurably under the auspices of the current incumbent Father John Thewlis and his excellent, hard-working team, and I think it is one of the loveliest interiors of any Parish Church. Photographs of the church appear in the newly-published book by Sir John Betjeman on “Best British Churches“. According to a display, the church itself is apprently in need of extra funds and looking to raise at least £50,000 extra per year just to balance the books. Please click on the link to the Carshalton Parish Church on this web page for details. Please give generously to our parish church.”

The Newly-Published Edition of Betjeman's Best British Churches Book featuring Carshalton All Saints' Church