Four Seasons of Success for Carshalton’s Calladoodles!

Calladoodles Shop, High Street, Carshalton

Calladoodles Shop, High Street, Carshalton

Jill, Hamish and Alan received this message from Carshalton High Street’s Calladoodles which may be of interest to Carshalton residents…

Christmas is coming and it’s a busy time for the team at award-winning gift shop Calladoodles in Carshalton. But they’re not just busy preparing for the festive season, they’re also celebrating the unprecedented success of their very own ‘celebrity’ artist, Helena Vaughan, whose bestselling vintage posters of local scenes have proven such a hit, they’re selling faster than she can deliver them!

Helena’s colourful collection celebrating Carshalton through the seasons has been selling like hotcakes ever since making its debut at unique concept store Calladoodles, which champions independent designers, makers and publishers. Helena designed the images after Calladoodles’ founder and manager Clare Callanan bought her a calendar of vintage posters for Christmas last year and (over a glass of wine!) suggested she create a Carshalton in Winter poster. Helena quickly got to work on conceiving her masterpiece, delivered her design, and within just five minutes of the first stunning picture being placed in the shop window it was snapped up and her hot-off-the-press prints began flying off the shelves!

“I revamped a view that I’d previously done of Carshalton High Street and bingo! I thought I might sell just a few and so wasn’t at all prepared for the demand – it took me completely by surprise,” explains Carshalton resident and sixth form art teacher Helena, who, along with her husband Neal, also an art teacher, has been exhibiting in the area since moving here over 10 years ago.

“I’ve been constantly amazed by the feedback about my artwork. I knew this was an area to be proud of and this is the proof that the locals here love where they live,” Helena continues. “I’m so proud to live here myself and phenomenally proud that my designs are on the walls of so many local homes. Calladoodles have been great in supporting me. They listen to their customers and, together, we try to deliver what they need.”

The exclusive series of timeless designs, reminiscent of a romantic bygone age, was inspired by vintage transport posters, encouraging travel to places of interest and beauty to escape the increasing urban sprawls. Helena’s bestselling poster set is available in framed or unframed prints and boasts spring, summer and autumn editions, while the winter version is set for a re-release next week. The coveted Carshalton prints illustrate the high street at its very best, looking down to All Saints Church, past Calladoodles itself, displaying different colours for each changing season. A brand new, much-requested design, Carshalton 4 Seasons will celebrate a year of posters.

“We’re very proud to showcase Helena’s work here at Calladoodles,” says Clare. “We’re exclusive stockists for her designs in the area and are overrun with interest and orders for her work… so much so there’s now a waiting list for her prints!”

Alongside the vintage-style posters for Carshalton, Helena’s Beddington and Wallington By Bus Or Rail posters, greeting cards and postcards are also selling fast, and keep an eye out for her new special edition Christmas card collection, due in store in December, featuring a delightful night-time, snowy view of Carshalton high street illuminated with Christmas lights.

Beautiful boutique-with-a-twist Calladoodles plays an important, credible role in the community, working closely with local and regional small businesses to provide high-quality, unique gifts with a focus on affordable, cutting-edge design. As a specialist in top-quality cards and paper products, the stunning shop and popular community hub recently received a prestigious national award for ‘Best Non-Specialist Independent.

Retailer of Greeting Cards’ at The RETAS 2015, which celebrate the very finest greeting card retail stockists in the UK.

Clare and her team are currently working on their famous, dazzling winter wonderland window display, which never fails to enchant passersby. As your one-stop-shop for the best of British giftware, décor and cards, the shop is already bursting with baubles and other sparkling decorations, stocking fillers, secret Santa gifts and gorgeous luxury items. “As always, we try to offer a selection of Christmas products that customers won’t find elsewhere,” Clare continues, “encouraging people to shop local!”





3 things to remember: Stronger Economy and Fairer Society

1) Lib Dems have given a tax cut of £700 to 87,000 people in Sutton. Nobody now pays any Income Tax on the first £10,000 that they earn.

2) We have launched “Opportunity Sutton” attracting new business to the borough, creating jobs and apprenticeships.

3) Our Pupil Premium has given thousands of pounds to local schools to help disadvantaged children.

Debt Advice

Sutton Council recently took the decision to block access to websites of pay-day lenders such as Wonga and Quick Quid across our main computer network. This includes PCs in libraries and in the civic buildings in Sutton town centre.

We did this because of concerns that some people, who borrow from pay-day lenders, end up in even more financial trouble given the high interest rates and penalties charged for missed or late loan repayments.

Rather than these lenders being the default choice for people who need access to extra cash, we want to promote the alternatives available and provide information about the various organisations that offer advice and help.

Managing your money

On our website, there’s information about the basics of managing your money. It focuses on the “five Bs”: budgeting, benefits, bills, banking and borrowing.

You could also look at some of the online training that’s available to help you manage your finances efficiently. CAP UK is one of a number of providers. You can also call CAP on 01274 760720 to speak to one of its advisors.

The Croydon, Merton and Sutton Credit Union

CMSU may be able to provide you with a loan if you have no other access to borrowing or don’t have a bank account. It’s much more affordable than using a pay-day or doorstop lender. CMS can also provide a savings account.

“I’ve got money worries – what should I do?”

The answer is: don’t panic.

But, the sooner you ask for help the better. We know that admitting you’re having financial problems can be difficult, but asking for assistance earlier is so much better in the long run. Here is a list of the many organisations which can help:

Sutton Citizens Advice Bureau
020 8405 3552

The Money Advice Service
0300 500 5000

Is an independent service, set up by government, to help people make the most of their money. It gives free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face-to-face.

National Debt Helpline
0808 808 4000

The helpline provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. It offers debt advice for people living in different parts of the country.

Debt Support Trust
0800 085 0226

The Debt Support Trust is a not-for-profit debt advice charity with trained, friendly debt advisors who can advise you on suitable debt solutions. It is a national debt advice charity helping people across the UK.

Useful websites – 020 8405 3552

Sutton Borough CABx Service is a registered charity that provides information and advice on issues such as housing, welfare benefits, employment, debt and relationship breakdown etc. We are members of Citizens Advice – the national citizens advice organisation. – 0300 500 5000

We are an independent service, set up by government to help people make the most of their money, we give free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face.

www.capmoney.org0800 328 0006

CAP Money is a revolutionary money management course that teaches people budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that really works.

This course will help anyone to get more in control of their finances, so they can save, give and prevent debt. CAP Money is a course devised by the award winning debt counselling charity, Christians Against Poverty. 808 4000

The helpline that provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. We offer debt advice for people living in different parts of the country. This is because the law concerning debt varies depending on whether you live in England and Wales or Scotland. You can be confident that the advice we offer is targeted to you. – 0800 280 2816

Payplan is funded in a unique way: rather than charging their clients, they receive donations from the credit industry. But don’t worry they remain completely impartial and deal with creditors to find you a solution that is affordable and sustainable. – 0800 085 0226

Debt Support Trust is a not-for-profit debt advice charity with trained, friendly debt advisors who can advise you on suitable debt solutions. We are a national debt advice charity helping people across the UK, whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland we can help you with debt advice. 8760 5711

The Croydon, Merton and Sutton Credit Union can offer affordable loans for Sutton residents.

Local Post Office Closures – Public Meeting in Sutton on Friday 14th June 2013 6-8pm

post-office-logo-colourJill, Alan and Hamish have been advised that the local Post Office would seem to have plans to close down the branch in the St Nicholas Centre, Sutton sometime next year. Cllr. Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council has already spoken to the staff and they are understandably very concerned.

Cllr. Ruth Dombey has been asked to speak at a public meeting at the Salvation Army Hall in Benhill Avenue, Sutton this Friday, 14th June 6-8pm. She haven’t been involved in the organisation or the publicity for the meeting but as we are concerned that not many people know about it so we thought we would post the details.

We think it would be a huge mistake for this post office to close. There are already long queues at both our main post offices and this would just make it worse. It is quite a long uphill walk from the bottom of the High Street to Grove Road and the idea that this would be the only post office for central Sutton is just crazy.

Please feel free to attend the meeting. It is being organised by the Post Office staff union (CWU) and is open to the public.

Wallington McDonalds Planning Application


We occasionally post Wallington-related items where there is bound to be wider interest.  Residents have raised concerns after plans were submitted for a McDonald’s “drive-through” in Wallington Town Centre.

The plans include a two-storey restaurant, a drive-through, external seating and 44 car parking spaces in Stafford Road – on a site which used to hold a car-wash and backs on to a residential area. The consultation officially closed on Friday 7th June 2013 but you can still write in and object (if you wish!) and some residents have written to Sutton’s development and control committee objecting to the proposals with multiple concerns.

A council spokesman said: “The application is currently being examined and any representations received will be carefully considered by officers. No date has yet been set for the formal determination of the application by the council’s Development Control Committee.”

To let the council know your views on building a McDonald’s in Stafford Road visit the online planning register, email, or write to Development Services, Environment and Leisure, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, SM5 2JG.

Source: this is Local London

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Link to Wallington Residents Information:

Rhubarb & Bramley Opens in Beacon Grove/Carshalton High Street & Costa Coffee Shop

New Greengrocers & Fruiterers Opens iN Carshalton High Street

New Greengrocers & Fruiterers Opens in Carshalton High Street

Beacon Grove: Costa Coffee's Proposed New Premises

Rhubarb and Bramley, the new Greengrocers & Fruiterers opened recently in Carshalton High Street.  This is a very welcome development and Alan, Jill and Hamish wish the owners well with their enterprise.

Costa Coffee’s two planning applications for the site of the two empty shops to the left of the new greengrocers have yet to be determined by Sutton Council.  The empty shops were formerly occupied by Johnsons the dry cleaners and the Country Harvest (greengrocers).

For previous postings on this topic, please click on:-

For updates you can click on the council’s own web site: and review the planning applications register. The two relevant planning applications numbers 67056 and 67100 are as listed in our web posting.

Local ward councillors Alan, Jill and Hamish will do our best to ensure that local residents’ views are taken into account should this planning application come to the Council’s development control committee – it meets every fortnight or so for a decision.  The “trigger” for planning officers to place the application on the list of those applications coming to the committee is usually about 10 letters or more of objection. We are not sure how many letters of objection there have been, but Alan, Jill and Hamish have seen several dozen to date.

Smarter Business Development 2012

Why should you visit Smarter Business Development on 26th September?

The local councillors received this message today, 12th September about a business advice day on Wednesday, 26th September, a fortnight’s time.

As the government has removed the 1-2-1 advisors from Business Link, Sutton Chamber has arranged the Smarter Business Development advice day for all Sutton businesses and residents looking to start their own business. It takes place on Wednesday 26th September at the Holiday Inn, Sutton, Surrey.

Details of the 20 Specialist Business Advisors, 6 high profile speakers and how you can register can be found by clicking on:  The morning session starts at 8.00am with a networking breakfast followed by 3 speakers and 1-2-1 advice from the specialists. The afternoon continues at 12.00 noon with networking lunch followed by 3 more speakers and 1-2-1 advice from the specialists. This will be an extremely beneficial day for all delegates and will include several high value prizes which will be presented on the day. Morning delegate price £30.00 – includes breakfast – But Earlybird booking only £20.00 Afternoon delegate price £30.00 – includes lunch – But Earlybird booking only £20.00 All Day delegate price £50.00 – But Earlybird booking only £40.00 Evening Social Networking – FREE Earlybird discounts are available! Register NOW!