There’s plenty going on in May and we thought you might be interested in progress on the Hyperloop rapid transport system under development…..Plant Sale at Wallington
It’s Wallington Farmers’ Market this Saturday 14th 9am-1pm. As well as the usual range of local quality produce, Bessborough Farm will be bringing the first of the English summer strawberries!
Plus EcoLocal will be holding a plant sale stall outside the front of the Old Town Hall. We’ll have Cornflowers, Forget-me-nots, Sunflowers, mint, oregano, strawberry plants, peas, onions, garlic, Crown Prince squash, lettuce, chicory, heritage tomato varieties (Black Russian, Ryders Midday Sun, Yellow Currant, Orange Heart, Snow Cherry), unusual spinach (Seabeet, Red orach) as well as gooseberry and loganberry. All at amazing prices, and funds raised go to Carshalton Community Allotment activities.
Easy cycling for all
During half term we have a special family cycling session on Wednesday 1 June 12-1pm for families with children aged 7+. No need to book – just drop in
Speedy Green Travel!
And for those interested in more down to earth transport technology, www.pedelecs.co.uk has interesting reading. The use of electric assist bikes is becoming ever more popular in the UK having become a huge thing in China. If you can’t afford one of the fancy new electric bikes on the market, why not look on ebay for kits to convert your existing bike. Could this be part of the solution to London’s problems with air pollution?
Enjoy Sutton Farmers’ and Artisan Market
School Allotment sessions
A Peace Symposium
Volunteer at People’s Kitchen
PS – whilst we are keen to include a variety of activities that we consider are worth covering in our e-newsletters, EcoLocal does not take responsibility for the content of other websites or activities being run by other organisations and individuals.
Sutton Council is reminding residents they can still take part in the public consultation on the future of the borough’s library service.
Around 2,200 people already have voiced their opinions in the 12-week consultation, which runs until Wednesday 16 December 2015. A public meeting at Sutton Central Library on Saturday 14 November saw residents discuss issues with councillors and find out more about the proposals.
Sutton Council is being forced to look at changes to the library service due to unprecedented government cuts to its annual budget. As a result, it has to save £74m from its annual budget between 2011 and 2019. The council’s annual revenue budget is currently £148.4m (2015/16).
So far the council has saved £43m from its annual budget, with a further £31m to go.
As part of the cost-cutting measures, the council has identified £1m of savings from the annual libraries, heritage and art budget, which currently stands at £4.4m. It launched the campaign through its Sutton’s Future campaign to ensure that residents can have their say in the future of the service.
Options for consultation include the closure of Beddington Library and the discontinuation of the Mobile Library service, considering a community library model that increases the number of volunteers and volunteer roles, and sharing services with a neighbouring borough.
An enhanced housebound library service to cater for vulnerable residents is already being provided in partnership with Sutton’s Old People’s Welfare Committee, who provide Meals on Wheels services for the council.
Carshalton Central Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:
“We have had a tremendous response to our consultation so far and there is still time to have your say. While we have to reshape our library service because of Government cuts to our budget, we want to maintain the quality and customer standards that people expect.”
The library consultation is through the council’s Sutton’s Future campaign, which was launched last year to involve residents in helping to make savings due to unprecedented government cuts. It includes an online survey, available here, and an independent telephone survey of 1,000 residents.
In January 2015 Sutton Council adopted a Library Strategy for the borough’s library service, setting out the strategic and operational direction for the service to 2019. It has four key aims:
- Literacy: growing the readers of the future.
- Meeting the needs of an aging population.
- Narrowing the digital divide.
- Creating a viable, sustainable and quality service within available budgets.
Sutton has become the second London borough recognised by Social Enterprise UK as a Social Enterprise Place – one of only fourteen boroughs or town areas nationwide to gain that honour.
Sutton Council, Successful Sutton and Sutton Social Enterprise worked together to bid for recognition from Social Enterprise UK and received confirmation that they had been successful in July 2015.
Social enterprises – valuable organisations which work to tackle social problems and improve people’s life chances or the environment – bring many benefits to their communities which include providing services, investment and support for local people. Social Enterprise Places are areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. These involve local councils, businesses, charities, consumers and budding social entrepreneurs working together to grow their social enterprise communities.
Sutton’s status as a Social Enterprise Place was confirmed with an official launch event attended by local dignitaries in Sutton town centre on Monday 24 August.
Cllr Simon Wales, Sutton Council’s Deputy Leader and social enterprise champion, said:
“The lively social enterprise activity in our borough again shows what a wonderful place Sutton is to live and work. I am delighted that Sutton has received this formal recognition, which will go towards ensuring social enterprises will continue to get the support they need and deserve to thrive now and in the future.”
Sutton Mayor Muhammad Sadiq was present for the event at the Midtown Hub alongside Social Enterprise UK CEO Peter Holbrook and Social Enterprise Sutton Chair Amanda Edge. Also in attendance were a range of Sutton businesses and organisations including Successful Sutton, The Vine Project, Sutton Community Farm, Sutton Voice CIC, Transitions UK, Sutton Sports Village, Sutton College and Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector.
Social Enterprise Sutton was established in 2011 and comprises of a number of local businesses and organisations who seek to identify all social enterprises across Sutton and their support individual needs. The network co-ordinates a steering group which includes the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector, the London Borough of Sutton, SCOLA and the Sutton Business Chamber.
Amanda Edge, Chair of Social Enterprise Sutton, said:
“This is fantastic achievement for the borough. In developing a Social Enterprise Place here in Sutton we are national pioneers for a sector which is beginning to gain recognition and is poised to take its rightful place as a distinct and recognisable part of the business community. I look forward to taking the initiative and reaching out to social businesses in the borough and welcoming them to Sutton Social Enterprise Place.”
One of the organisations involved in securing Sutton’s bid to become a Social Enterprise Place is Sutton Community Farm. It is a community-owned farm with the purpose of providing access to fresh, sustainable food and advice on healthy eating to Sutton borough residents.
Samuel Smith, Managing Director of Sutton Community Farm, said:
“For us, social enterprise is about doing business with the purpose of creating a more healthy, collaborative and connected community. Social enterprises are not driven solely by profit. We feel that this is more important than ever as our communities face increasing inequality and our planet is under heavy stresses. Social enterprises play a unique and vital role in making the world a better place and therefore we are thrilled that Sutton has been named a Social Enterprise Place.”
The borough’s flagship historic house and museum reopened at the end of May 2012. It has been beautifully refurbished and renovated as a result of an investment of almost £1m which has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£635,000), the council (£260,000), and Sutton Arts Council (£15,000).
The Grade II listed building next to Carshalton Ponds dates from the 17th century, but was extended in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The house has beautifully restored to show how it would have looked when it was a family home. The Edwardian era billiards room, drawing room, bathroom and kitchen will let visitors step into the past and see for themselves how the residents of Honeywood would have lived.
There is a programme of changing interactive exhibitions. This gives visitors more opportunity to see a wider range of museum artifacts and learn about life in Sutton in the past.
There are lots of activities for families and children throughout the year as well as an extensive programme of workshops for schools.
There is a newly refurbished shop, and currently the tea room is open at weekends.
Museum opening hours
Monday and Tuesday: closed
Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am – 5pm.
Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 3NX
Tel: (020) 8770 4297(020) 8770 4297, email: email@example.com
Around 150 young Sutton athletes aged between nine and 17 took part in many different sports at the finals weekend of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, held at Crystal Palace National Sports on 4 and 5 July.The Sutton athletes joined thousands of other young athletes from all the London boroughs in the annual mini-Olympics-style sports festival.
Sutton’s entry into the competition was co-ordinated by Sutton Council, working in partnership with local schools, club groups and individuals involved in sport across the borough. All the sports teams were managed and trained by an army of volunteer sport coaches from across Sutton’s local sports clubs.
Despite the blistering heat, there were many outstanding team and individual performances by Sutton athletes. Among the highlights for Sutton were the mixed Badminton team, who finally pulled off the amazing victory they have been hoping for, having come second for the past two years. Sutton beat Havering in a very tense final, with the result hinging on the Boys singles match, which lasted over an hour and was won by Sutton by a few close points.
Also victorious was the Sutton Girls Squash team who took home the Girls Squash trophy for a record fourth year in a row. The Boys Squash Team was not far behind, coming away with the bronze team medal, the team’s first-ever medal.
Most of the players in both squash teams are members of Sutton Tennis & Squash Club. Star of the show was Leon Griffiths who helped secured the trophy and gold team medal for the Sutton team by winning his single Badminton match on Saturday, then followed this up on Sunday by helping the Boys Squash bronze medal-winning performance.
Other teams in action included the Netball Team, who matched their best ever performance with a fifth team place. The Girls Athletics Team also matched this sixth place result – a huge 18-place improvement from last year. The mixed Cycling team also fared well by finishing eighth – up 10 places on last year, and finished off with an individual silver medal in the gruelling Road race.
Individual medals were also won by Sutton competitors in the Athletics, Aquathlon, Girls Swimming and Sailing competitions.
The annual London Youth Games competition kicked off in November with the Cross Country event, all the way through to Sunday evening, 5 July – with Sutton finishing in 19th place in the overall championship, out of all 33 London Boroughs. More than 300 young individual athletes have represented Sutton this year in 29 different sports event across London.
Throughout the year there were weeks and months of open sports trials and training sessions at various venues in Sutton, leading up to the Games’ finals. Last month the Girls Judo team regained the Girls Judo Trophy and other teams who fared well were the Boys Paragames Swimming, who won a whole clutch of individual medals as well as the bronze team medal.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:
“We want to congratulate all of our young athletes who took part in the London Youth Games as well as those who came away with medals. This was a fantastic achievement and one that the borough should be proud of. Sutton is undoubtedly a hotbed of sporting talent and we look forward to further achievements in the coming months.”