Sutton’s annual summer festival returns for another year

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Sutton’s summer-long community  festival is back for another year.

Up until late September, the warmer months will be jam-packed with entertainment, much of which is ideal for the whole family. There are fairs and community events, activities at our libraries and the Ecology Centre, new stand-up comedy at the Charles Cryer Theatre, and much more.The Take Part, Take Pride festival, co-ordinated by Sutton Council, aims to bring local residents together through a diverse range of activities across the borough.

This very weekend, locals can enjoy the first ever Carshalton-on-Sea event, including seaside-inspired activities across four venues – Honeywood Museum, All Saint’s Church, Charles Cryer Theatre and Carshalton Village Market and Stage.From Friday afternoon to late Sunday, there will be a programme of performances ranging from jazz musicians to magicians, market stalls, street food, workshops and more.This is just one of hundreds of activities happening in the borough this summer.You can even host your own event and the council will help you to publicise it.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council said:“This summer-long festival always proves to be very popular with our residents, which explains why it gets better  every year.“The whole idea behind Take Part Take Pride is to bring people in Sutton together and provide plenty of things for the whole family to get involved in and enjoy.“There are some fantastic and diverse events going on over the coming months. I urge everyone to come along, have fun, and really take part and take pride in our borough.”

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Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend

Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend

The magic and majesty of Sutton’s heritage will be open to the public this month as part of the capital’s annual Open House Weekend. Twelve historic or innovative buildings will be open for free to the public for the annual event which takes place on Saturday, 20th September and Sunday, 21st September 2014.

Honeywood in full bloom on 22nd September

Honeywood Museum

Residents can explore historic buildings, see exhibitions and discover more about sustainable architecture.Among the buildings taking part this year are The Circle Library in Carshalton, Whitehall in Cheam, BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge and Little Holland House in Carshalton. The Sutton Life Centre will be hosting kids activities and tours on Saturday, 20th September. Two guided walks have also been organised on Sunday, 21st September 2014. One is ‘A Look at Old Carshalton’, led by local historian Andrew Skelton. The other is a 75-minute tour of sustainable buildings in the borough, starting in Sutton.

More information can be found by visiting and check if you need to book in advance.

Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“We have a rich heritage right here on our doorstep and Open House weekend is a great chance to uncover the borough’s past. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the kind of modern buildings we all see on TV and look at the technology behind sustainable buildings. Not only that but there are special activities going on for all the family so there is something for everyone.”

Sutton Life Centre

Sutton Life Centre

Buildings in Sutton taking part are:

The Circle Library, Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton (Sat only)

Sutton Life Centre, Alcorn Close, Sutton (Sat only)

All Saints Church, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Whitehall, 1 Malden Road, Cheam (Sat & Sun)

St Nicholas Church, Gibson Road, Sutton (Sun only)

BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge, 24 Helios Road, Wallington (Sat only)

Carshalton Water Tower & Historic Gardens, West Street, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Lumley Chapel, St Dunstan’s Churchyard, Cheam (Sat & Sun)

Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton (Sat only)

Russettings, 25 Worcester Road, Sutton (Sun only)


The Camerata Vocale of Hanover Germany visit All Saints Carshalton – at 730pm on Tuesday 2nd September

This highly regarded and awarded choir will be making one of its rare appearances in the UK on Tuesday 2nd September at All Saints Carshalton at 7:30 pm.

Founded in 1982 by its director Hans–Dieter Reinecke and comprising over 35 talented singers, they have gained a reputation for excellence Europe wide. The choir’s repertoire includes sacred and secular choral music of all styles. The choral music of the 20th Century are given a particular weight. Several composers have written works exclusively for this highly talented choir from Hanover, Germany.

Having previously toured extensively in Russia, Hungary, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Italy, the USA and Turkey, they will come to Carshalton for one special night only.Together with the North German Radio Company, they have made several best selling CDs .

Please register for your tickets now.

The programme will include works from Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, James MacMillan, Buchenberg and Brahms.

This is a free event with a request for a donation to the church on departure.

Carshalton All Saints' Church

Carshalton All Saints’ Church



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.


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

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

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.

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.”

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.”

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.