Beddington Park talks and other events at Honeywood Museum




I’m pleased to send you the Beddington Park What’s On guide for

February which can be viewed here:

What’s On February 2017
The design team for the HLF project are busy pulling together

final drawings and specifications to procure the relevant contractors

to deliver this exciting project. There’s information available on site

and on the Council website and the next newsletter edition is coming soon.

For now, there’s plenty going on including talks, an exhibition and half term

activities. See a snap shot of what’s on offer below, but don’t forget to

view the full listings, above!

Best wishes,


Sarah Price
Project Support and Volunteer Coordinator,
Beddington Park HLF Project

Exhibition at Honeywood Museum
Beginning this Saturday you can view our exhibition on Beddington Park;

Then, now and next. Learn about the park’s history, discover more about

the project plans and view the winning photographs from last year’s

photography competition.

The exhibition runs for most of February, including half-term when there

are two opportunities to drop in and ask me questions about the project.

See the What’s On guide for more info.

Admission is Free.


Don’t miss these two great talks on the park’s history, delivered by Sutton Heritage Service as part of our exhibition.

Tickets are just £3.50 and can be booked by calling Honeywood Museum, where these talks will be held.

8th and 15th Feb, 7.30pm.
Call 020 8770 4297 to book.

Scavenger Hunt

Get hands on with nature this half-term on this self-led family fun
scavenger hunt. Pick up your pack from ‘scavenger HQ’ by the Pavilion any time between 10am and 1pm and begin hunting!

Tuesday 14th Feb, 10am – 1pm, free


St. Mary’s church are introducing regular “quiet” events offering relaxation and mindfulness activities plus a labyrinth. Their introductory event runs on the 11th March, 11am – 3pm, with subsequent sessions on the third Thursday of the month from April. A great, inclusive opportunity to escape the hectic regime of daily life and retreat to a calming environment.


Planning News: Sutton Council’s Draft Local Plan due for consultation in January

sutton-council-logo-10_jpg_displayFollowing the Sutton 2031 consultation earlier this year the feedback has been reviewed and incorporated into a final draft that will go out for formal consultation this month i.e. in January. 

Please click on the draft local plan link below:

The Plan seeks to preserve and protect the borough’s character, green spaces and heritage, whilst appropriately responding to the demand to provide much needed extra housing for local residents. It demonstrates the council’s ambition to grow the borough and secure future prosperity, whilst preserving what makes Sutton special. It goes for a medium growth target, and aims to focus development in town and district centres so that the suburban areas are protected. 

In response to the feedback and evidence the plans for new Traveller sites have been dropped and instead the council believes it can meet its duties by expanding the existing site. Although this does encroach onto Greenbelt, it is the only greenbelt take that is proposed in the Plan with other proposals dropped. Metropolitan Open Land and other open spaces are protected with some additional green space protection added. 

Two additional secondary schools are required within the 15 year period of the Plan, one on the Sutton Hospital site and one on the Rosehill Park site. Sadly the Rosehill Park school footprint will reduce some open land available for the community, but having looked very hard, this was the only other site suitable and available for a secondary school. The site will still retain its MOL status to prevent its development for anything other than a school.

There are new policies intended to restrict the proliferation of hot food takeaways, protect pubs and ensure our district centres continue to flourish.

There is a Masterplan to stimulate new business and development in Sutton Town Centre, that has attracted a lot of developer interest and which the council is busy promoting and working on to ensure it delivers. Also forming part of the Local Plan is the London Cancer Hub development framework which seeks to ensure that our world class cancer diagnosis, treatment and drug discovery collaboration between the Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research has the space to maximise its potential and develop a campus worthy of its global acclaim, attracting investment and jobs to the borough.

The Local Plan will be presented at all the local committees between 9th January and 24th February so that residents can find out more, including how to feedback on the plan. The documents will also all be available on the council’s website.

Open House as Sutton heritage buildings open their doors to public


There are lots of interesting buildings that will be open to the public Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September.

Sutton residents will have the chance to explore some of the borough’s more unusual buildings during Open House London 2016.

The annual event, which takes place on the weekend of 17 and 18 September, will see the doors of heritage buildings in London opened to the public so that they can learn more about their fascinating histories.

Several Sutton Council-owned properties will be taking part in Open House London 2016. These include Carshalton’s Honeywood Museum, Russettings Register Office in central Sutton, and the state-of-the-art Sutton Life Centre on Alcorn Close, off Oldfields Road.

In addition, a number of privatelyowned properties around the borough, including Carshalton House at St Philomena’s School, Sutton Police Station, and the pioneering bedZED eco-village in Hackbridge, will also be open for the public to enjoy.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The Open House events are a really important way to connect residents with the histories of their local areas. It’s a great chance to explore some buildings that aren’t usually open to the public, and learn more about them and the roles they have played in their communities. We’re really excited that Carshalton House and Sutton Police Station will be taking part in this year’s Open House London events. I encourage everyone to get out and visit at least one of the Open House venues – you won’t regret it.”

A full list of properties that will be open for the public to enjoy in the borough can be found on the Sutton Council website here. You can also find out what’s going on across the capital on the Open House London website here.

Enjoy golden memories of Sutton on the silver screen

On Thursday 18th August Sutton residents have a unique opportunity to enjoy seeing rare archive footage and home movies of the borough from the last century.

A Sutton Street Party from times past

A Sutton Street Party from times past

Inspired by the travelling cinemas that used to rove the country during the 1920s, the Film London KinoVan will be on Sutton High Street from 4.30pm until 6.30pm showing the films, many of which have not been seen for decades.

On the same afternoon passers-by will also have the opportunity to share their Stories of Sutton with us as we preview plans for an art & light installation for the alley between Princess Alice hospice and H&T Pawnbrokers.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“The Film London KinoVan will give Sutton residents a fascinating insight into the history of the borough as we unveil exciting plans for the future. The outdoor cinema showing is just one of the events we’re holding at the northern end of the High Street that will introduce our Market Place Sutton vision.”

Film London aim to sustain, promote and develop London as a production hub and encourage the development of emerging filmmaking talent. It is funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, and also receives support Arts Council England, Creative Skillset and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In addition to the outdoor cinema event Sutton High Street will also play host to a Crafternoon arts & crafts session and Pop-up book exchange in September, and DJ workshops in October. You can find out more about these events and the Market Place Sutton vision on the Sutton Council website here.

Sutton Council secures £3m Lottery grant to restore and improve Beddington Park

Flint Bridge in Beddington Park

Beddington Park is to be extensively restored to make it even more welcoming to residents and borough visitors alike after Sutton Council secured a grant of just over £3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.

After four years of planning and development Sutton Council has successfully been granted £3,009,400 from the HLF and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People programme to restore, improve and interpret the 58-hectare park that stretches across Beddington, Hackbridge and Wallington. The works will total £3.7m.

Thanks to hard work from key stakeholders, local residents and the project team the plans will now become a reality. Work due to commence in late 2016 will see a number of visual improvements and new features created including:

  • Enlarging the children’s playground and introducing more equipment to encourage children of all backgrounds to use the facilities.
  • Dredging of the lake to create a sustainable solution to the ongoing build-up of silt.
  • Restoring the Grange Gardens to include a new community orchard.
  • Improve entrances and signage, including new interpretation boards and materials.
  • Improve parking and access.
  • Creating a new garden in the Churchyard Extension.
  • Habitat improvement to wetlands, woodlands and the stock pond.

A three-year activities and events programme will begin later this year and include children’s activities, fitness opportunities, walks, talks, and a range of volunteering opportunities.

There will be an ambitious programme of repairs to existing footpaths, as well as replacement shrubs and herbaceous planting.

Beddington Park was originally a deer park in the 14th century for the noble Carew family, whose manor house still stands in today. The River Wandle runs through the park and culminates in the lake in the Grange Gardens.

The National Lottery grant will enable the improvement of the park’s lakes and waterways, and the Grange Gardens layout.

The project aims to restore and promote Beddington Park’s historic and nature conservation values, allowing visitors and surrounding communities to actively engage with this fantastic open space.

The improvements to Beddington Park will support the council’s One Planet Living targets around cutting carbon emissions and waste, value the natural environment and support healthy communities through active participation, and provide opportunities for the community to enjoy the park’s open space and heritage.

Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration at Sutton Council, said:

“We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this financial support. The redevelopment of Beddington Park through the HLF and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People programme is of major significance to the borough. To secure a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of just over £3m is a magnificent achievement for everyone involved in submitting the grant bid, particularly our residents. This will make Beddington Park more popular than ever with residents and borough visitors. It will showcase how Sutton is a great place for green open spaces.”

The funding for Beddington Park comes as part of an announcement of £30.7m for 16 parks across the UK.

Sir Peter Luff, HLF’s Chair, said on behalf of HLF and Big lottery Fund:

“It’s clear that our parks are important to us in countless ways – from physical and mental wellbeing to a connection with nature and our heritage. It’s also clear, however, that public parks must work in new ways to respond to the funding challenges they face and this investment, thanks to National Lottery players, will help them to do this. We’re delighted to announce this funding today, especially in time for the tenth Love Parks Week, and look forward to a bright future for these parks. In 2014 the Beddington Park HLF and Big Lottery Fund Stage One bid successfully gained £251,000 of funding to develop the Parks for People project. The HLF and Big Lottery Fund grant covers £3,009,400 of the Phase Two project costs of £3,706,788″.

The Beddington Park project has five key themes to improve the environment:

  • Access, safety and infrastructure. Work will be undertaken at various entrances to the park, including new gates, railings, planted areas, welcome and visitor information and direction signs. The park boundary will be enhanced, more trees will be planted and succession planning for historic trees, and new noticeboards will have information on the park’s history, wildlife and diversity. The park’s playground will also be made larger and have more play equipment installed.
  • Activities and events. A project co-ordinator will be employed to support and develop volunteer activities in the park.
  • Improvements to the large amount of wildlife, plant and animal life within the park, including improvements to the Carew Manor wetland. There will also be activities organised through the volunteer co-ordinator and with other stakeholder groups to improve and understand the park’s biodiversity.
  • Repairs to existing footpaths, replacement shrubs and herbaceous planting, and changes to the Grange garden layout including an orchard with a meadow. The aim is to use some of the plants and schemes that would have been in the garden when it was created in the 1870s.
  • Lakes and waterways. Silt will be removed from the stock pond and the main Grange Lake, and there will be river improvements in line with the River Wandle catchment plan, including a newly created separate river channel through the lake. This will ensure there will be no need to de-silt the lake again for many years and meets the sustainability requirements of Sutton Council, the HLF and the Environment Agency.

One Planet Sutton is a vision for the borough where people lead happy, healthy lives with a fair share of the Earth’s resources. Sutton Council has committed to becoming a One Planet Borough by 2025. The council is working in partnership with a wide range of local voluntary and community groups to deliver this vision under the themes of cutting carbon emissions, cutting waste, valuing our natural environment, supporting healthy communities and supporting the local economy. Find out more about the One Planet Sutton initiative here.

About the Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery

The Parks for People programme uses money raised by National Lottery players to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks and cemeteries. In England the two Lottery Funds have been working in partnership from 2006 to deliver a multi-million pound investment in public parks.  Find out more about how to apply at

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme Commemoration 1st July 2016

Union JackThere is a lot happening in Sutton to mark the centenary of the First World War. Sutton Council’s World War One Steering Group meet regularly to decide ways the borough should remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice all those years ago.

July 1 2016 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. July 1 1916 was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army – on the first day of the Somme Offensive alone the British Army suffered over 60,000 casualties.

Groups from across the borough are combining to deliver a unique act of remembrance for those that died in the Somme Offensive. In the days running up to Friday July 1 2016 and on the day itself a range of commemoration events will acknowledge the sacrifice of those from across the borough and nationwide who died or were injured.

At 8pm on Friday 1 July 2016 an act of remembrance organised by Carshalton and Wallington Royal British Legion will take place at Carshalton War Memorial. The event begins at 8pm and is open to ex-service personnel and the public. During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of fallen and stricken soldiers. The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will already have signalled this event by earlier in the week ringing their own tribute.

The event is open to the ex-service personnel and the public. The Mayor and other local dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion will pay tribute with a short act of remembrance at 8pm. During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of the fallen and stricken soldiers.

The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will signal the commemoration by ringing their own tribute. As darkness descends attention will turn to the facia of St. Helier Hospital where the borough’s unique collection of glass plate images of soldiers who left from this area to go to war will be projected. The projection will start at 9.30pm and will run for one hour. Photographer David Knights-Whittome’s shop was at 18 High St, Sutton and the complete Past On Glass collection can be viewed by clicking here.

A special exhibition featuring works by local artists will be on display at Carshalton’s Honeywood Museum from Wednesday 22 June honouring the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the fields of Picardy a century ago. Acid Drop Copse was a wood in the battlefields of the Somme, destroyed by the war and named by the soldiers after the boiled sweet they knew from home. The art collection was inspired by this name and, like the confection, is a complex mixture of bitter and sweet surprises, promising to make for a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition. Sculpture, metal casting, encaustic art, oil painting, print-making, ceramics, floristry, collage, and contemporary jewellery are all represented in this extensive and thought-provoking collection. Learn more about this exhibition on the Honeywood Museum website here.

Sutton vows it will never stand by

Sutton Council marks Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January with special event at Sutton Grammar School

– Holocaust survivor Mrs. Eve Gill gives moving speech to attendees

– Theme of 2016’s event was ‘Don’t Stand By’

– 27 January marks anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945

Sutton Council marked this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day with a special commemorative event featuring a moving speech from Holocaust survivor and Cheam resident Mrs. Eve Gill.

Among those present at Sutton Grammar School on 27 January to hear Mrs. Gill’s story unfold were the deputy leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Simon Wales, and the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Muhammad Sadiq, as well as schoolchildren and religious representatives from the borough.

Eve Gill was born in Vienna, Austria and lived there until 1938 when the Nazis annexed her country. Her father was soon interned in the notorious Dachau concentration camp as the atmosphere grew ever tenser.

Eve managed to get a place on one of the Kindertransports, the trains that carried thousands of child refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in occupied Europe to sanctuary in the UK, and was given a home in Glasgow. Eve’s father survived his internment and eventually moved to the UK to rejoin his family.


Mrs. Eve Gill speaks at the Holocaust Memorial Day event on Wednesday 27 January.

Eve Gill said:

“It was a frightening time. I was fortunate. I got out. Many others did not. We must make sure to never to be complacent. This must never happen again. Britain is my home and I love it here. Recent stories about anti-Semitism here and in Europe worry me. We must never be the ones to stand by.”

Eve married an Englishman and has remained in the UK ever since arriving. However her experiences during the darkest hours of European history have never left her.

Cllr Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is itself an example of not standing by – it enables us all to lead the way in resolving not to be bystanders. Anti-Semitism, racism and hate crime have not gone away, but every one of us can make a difference in our own communities. We can all challenge prejudice and discrimination if we see and hear it in our schools, workplaces or civic spaces. The next big challenge will be for us not to stand by when Syrians and others displaced by war and strife come to us for help. After Mrs. Gill’s speech, a short series of presentations from students at Sutton Grammar School highlighted the effects of more recent genocides, including those in Rwanda and Darfur.”

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no-one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemöller, victim of Nazi persecution, quoted at the event.

Historic Carshalton deeds return to Sutton thanks to generosity of local historical society

Members of the Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society (CADHAS) inspect the borough deeds they helped purchase with borough archivist Kath Shawcross (far left) at the Sutton Archive in Central Library.

More than 60 rare historical deeds documenting 100 years of Sutton history have returned to the borough thanks to the generosity of the Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society (CADHAS).

CADHAS funded three-quarters of the cost of the 64 deeds, which cover more than 100 years of the Barrow Hedges Estate in Carshalton in the 18th and 19th centuries, to enable Sutton Archives to afford the purchase cost of £500. The deeds were sold to Sutton Archives by a private dealer.

Before this acquisition the Archive had only nine deeds of the Barrow Hedges Estate in its possession.

Kath Shawcross, Borough archivist at Sutton Council, said:

“A few months ago we were offered the deeds for purchase by an historian looking to sell the documents. We want to thank CADFAS for their generously funding of three-quarters of the £500 price to enable us to purchase the documents for the borough.

“The 64 deeds will really help us understand the development of the Barrow Hedges Estate area south of Carshalton Road. The earliest deed we have is 1783 and the most recent 1928.

“We only had nine deeds in our possession before, so this additional purchase is of immense value and will enable us to learn more about the history of the borough. Without the generous assistance of CADHAS we would have been able to bring these precious documents back to Sutton.”

CADHAS members have visited the library to view the deeds.

Richard Fitch, CADHAS Secretary, said:

“We are delighted to assist Sutton Archive with the purchase of these fascinating historical documents and bring them back to the borough. We are pleased to do our part in bringing back these deeds to the borough as they will enable us to learn more of Sutton’s history.

“The deeds will be kept safely in the library and made available to anyone who wants to view them. It’s great to bring some of Sutton’s heritage back home.”

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We want to thank CADHAS for their generous financial gift that has enabled us to bring together more of Sutton’s history under one roof. These deeds will prove invaluable to historians or anyone in the borough wanting to learn more about life in Carshalton more than 200 years ago.”

The documents can be viewed by appointment in Sutton Central Library by telephoning Sutton Archives on 020 8770 4747.

Lest we forget: Sutton residents invited to identify long-lost relatives from World World I in astonishing collection of vintage photographs

Private Harold Dickman Mims of the 4th Battalion, Dorset Regiment lived at Bosworth, Egmont Road, Sutton and was killed in action on 27 September 1918, at the age of 22. Harold is buried in Sains-Les-Marquion British Cemetery and is commemorated on the Sutton War Memorial.

Sutton residents are being invited to go online and see if they can spot any of their relatives from World War I in an amazing collection of Edwardian and pre-war photographic glass-plate negatives.

Run by Sutton Council’s Archives Service, the Sutton Archives project, can be seen here and hereIt is an astonishing collection of more than 10,000 glass-plate negatives by local photographer David Knights-Whittome, who owned shops in Sutton and Epsom from around 1904 until 1918, that was rescued from the basement of a high-street shop, having been untouched for 100 years, that is now stored at Sutton Library.

The collection contains hundreds – or perhaps thousands – of WW1 soldiers in uniform, a lost generation of men and boys who either lived in the area or were stationed locally before their postings. Work to date has already uncovered images of a number of men whose names are listed on local war memorials.

The Sutton Archives project has had some really positive reactions to its research. On seeing the image of Private George Leonard Ingram of the 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers, his family contacted the Archives project and said:

“Thank you for posting this. George is my maternal grandfather. My mother, Nora (known as May) sadly died three years ago, aged 96. She would have been so pleased to have seen your blog.”

Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The Sutton Archives is an extraordinary historical record of local and national importance. Finding these plate-glass negatives must have been like discovering Egyptian King Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings as the riches of history are etched upon them.

“We hope that Sutton residents will visit the archives project online and see if they recognise a great, great, great grandfather or grandmother, uncles and aunts, and relatives who lost their lives in the Great War but whose images have been captured for posterity by David Knights-Whittome a century ago.”

In March 2014 Sutton Archives was awarded £95,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the cleaning, digitisation, research and cataloguing of the vast collection of glass-plate negatives.

Work began last December and around 3,500 plates have been cleaned, rehoused, digitised and catalogued. More than 200 of the individuals depicted have been researched. The work is largely done by a team of dedicated volunteers who have put more than 1,200 hours of their own time into rescuing and rediscovering this material. Without their help, it would be impossible to make the material available.

As well as documenting thousands of local residents, the glass-plate photographs depict local and regional schools, colleges and theatre groups, social events such as weddings and house parties, grand country houses and other institutions from across the UK and the Continent.

David Knights-Whittome also held a Royal Warrant and photographed the Royal family, including Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII, in formal portraits and at house parties. He also photographed royalty in Portugal and Copenhagen.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the project should contact Project Officer Abby Matthews at or phone 020 8770 4746

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Dr. W. S. Danks lived in York Lodge, York Road, Sutton. He enlisted at the beginning of the war and was taken as a German prisoner of war while attending wounded soldiers on the battleground and survived the war after drawing lots among fellow prisoners for release.

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Flight Lieutenant Charles Anstey Narbeth RNAS lived at Ferndale, Grove Road, Sutton. He was photographed on 9 February 1917.

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Private Victor Douglas Alexander Deuchar
 of the East Surrey Regiment lived at 9 Weihurst Gardens, Carshalton.

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Lieutenant Kenneth R. D. Fawcett of the Royal Navy lived at Camden House, Benhill Wood Road, Sutton. He was mentioned in despatches “for valuable service during operations in Petrograd Bay” in 1919 aboard HMS Voyager.

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Private George Leonard Ingram of 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers (formerly of the Royal West Kent Regiment) lived at 4 Bell Cottages, Ewell Road, Cheam. He was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917 and is commemorated on the Cheam War Memorial.

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G. Merheim Esq
 lived in Carshalton Park Road, Carshalton. He served with the Royal Fusiliers and later the Royal Engineers.

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Nurse Rose Letitia Berkley
 lived at “Harcourt”, Christchurch Park, Sutton and was a VAD Nurse for the Red Cross.

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