Sutton People’s Kitchen cooks up a great summer line-up of events

A selection of fresh-grown local produce on display in Sutton for the People’s Kitchen.

Sutton Community Farm and Sutton Council are serving up a treat this summer – a range of great People’s Kitchen pop-up stalls will be appearing across the borough and bring people together to celebrate great food.

The pop-up stalls will offer activities including cooking demonstrations, food tasting, recipe cards, and games and activities, as well as tips on growing food and healthy living.

The summer schedule starts on Saturday 18 June at the Sutton Farmers’ and Artisan Market on Sutton High Street.

Cllr Colin Stears, Head of the Adult Social Services & Health Committee, said:

“Last year’s People’s Kitchen events proved an overwhelming success with nearly 600 residents taking part in cooking demos over eight roadshow events. I’m really proud to see that the People’s Kitchen is back for 2016. I hope we can beat last year’s impressive figures and reach even more Sutton residents with our message that eating healthily needn’t be a chore and it needn’t be expensive – we can all look at ways to cook healthy meals on a reasonable budget.”

The full line-up of People’s Kitchen pop-up events during summer 2016 and information about the great work the Sutton Community Farm does is on the Sutton People’s Kitchen website.

Veryan Wilkie-Jones, Project Manager of Sutton People’s Kitchen at Sutton Community Farm, said:

“The People’s Kitchen project is one of our highlights of our year here at Sutton Community Farm. It’s a great chance to get out and about and spread our healthy-eating message far and wide across the borough. Last year was fantastic and this year is set to be even better. We look forward to meeting lots of Sutton residents at our pop-up stalls.”

School athletes run for Sutton in London Mini-Marathon

Sutton’s London Mini-Marathon runners at the David Weir Centre in Carshalton are, back row, from left to right: Gianluca Ercolano (top of his head only), Mohamed-Amin Fatah, Sam Sheppard, Ben Clark, Ricky Lutakome, Alex Galvin, Ryan Galvin, Samuel Hansen; second row, from left to right: Deborah Cotton, Georgia Bell, Emily Higgs, Lily Kyle, Fiona Wilson, Oliva Stillman, Hana Fatah, Alice Banfield, Mary-Kate Flynn, Li-Norah Flynn, Rachel Moran, Morgan Taylor Wells, Mariel Bastello-Kennedy, Georgia Hope; front row, from left to right: Jonas Zimmann, Jack Simpson, Adam Hudson, William Berry, Joseph Seal. The runners not in the photograph are Joseph Palmer, Callum Hockley, Dominque Corradi, Maisie Collis, Elsa Palmer, Amelia Stiff, Dario Kan, Nathan Sellick, Ryan Galvin.

Thirty-six borough athletes aged 11 to 17 represented Sutton at the Virgin Money Giving Mini-London Marathon last month.

On Sunday 24 April the Sutton runners competed against runners from all other 32 London boroughs and ran the last five km (three miles) of the famous London Marathon course from Blackfriars then along the Thames to the Marathon’s finish line in Pall Mall.

The runners, all of whom either live in Sutton and/or attend a Sutton school, were selected via trials in February organised by the London Borough of Sutton in partnership with Roundshaw Downs Park Run.

About half of the Sutton runners train regularly with Sutton & District Athletics Club at the David Weir Centre in Carshalton. For some of the athletes, this was their first year and first opportunity to run in a big high-profile race, whereas others had taken part in the London Mini-Marathon for several years in succession.

Sutton had some fantastic individual and team results. Maisie Collis came fourth in the Under-13 Girls London Boroughs Challenge (all 33 London Boroughs) and 12th in the overall race (which includes UK Regional teams) out of nearly 250 runners.

Ricky Lutakome came second in the boroughs’ Under-17 Boys challenge race, and 35th overall out of more than 200 runners.

The top team for Sutton was the Under-15 Girls. The team – Olivia Stillman, Elsa Palmer, Dominque Corradi and Alice Banfield – put in a very strong and tightly-placed team performance, coming in fourth, seventh, 12th and 48th individually and in fourth team place out of the 33 London boroughs.

Carshalton Central’s Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment & Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We want to congratulate all of the runners for doing so well and doing Sutton proud by representing the borough in front of crowds of thousands of people. We hope the occasion continues to inspire them and that as many as can will take part again next year.”

The runners attend the following 11 Sutton schools:

  • Sutton Grammar
  • Wallington Grammar
  • Stanley Park High
  • John Fisher
  • Wilson’s
  • Glenthorne High
  • Cheam High
  • St Philomena’s
  • Westbourne Primary
  • Nonsuch High School
  • Wallington High School for Girls

The six age categories were:

  • Under-13 Girls
  • Under-15 Girls
  • Under-17 Girls
  • Under-13 Boys
  • Under-15 Boys
  • Under-17 Boys

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May News

Dear All
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
Do you like the idea of cycling, but not been on a bike for years and want to cycle in a safe environment? We have the perfect solution. Come to our Gear-Up cycling sessions on the athletics track at the David Weir Leisure Centre. We have an array of cycles you can try out; ladies and men’s two wheelers, adult trikes, side-by-sides where two people cycle together, recumbent bikes and lots of other fun cycles which are also helpful for those who might have limited mobility. Sessions are aimed at adults but 14+ year olds are welcome. For dates and price see www.ecolocalcycling.org.uk

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!
SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk put forward proposals a while back for a new rapid transit train system. Called the Hyperloop it will travel at the ‘speed of sound’ and will be solar powered. The plan is that the system will eventually export energy to the grid. Tests are underway

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
Following the successful launch of this new market last month, the Enjoy Sutton market returns on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May to Sutton High Street outside Waterstones. New this month will be Julian’s Artisan Bakery, Wrights Originals ginger preserves, Cocoa Jones chocolatier, Jennifer’s Passion Flowers and Herbs, Fair Trade clothing, plus lots more quality food and craft. EcoLocal are working with Successful Sutton to bring you this market.

School Allotment sessions
EcoLocal have launched a new school allotment programme. Available in summer after half term, Key Stage 2 classes can visit Carshalton Community Allotment to get hands on food growing experience and go on a quiz trail around the allotment plot. Download a flyer for more information.

A Peace Symposium
Held on Saturday 21st May 6.30pm, Thomas Wall Centre, Benhill Avenue, Sutton, this Peace Symposium aims to create awareness about many local, national and international issues, including extremism, prejudice, human rights abuse and wars. There will be plenty of well-known speakers. Click here for more information.

Volunteer at People’s Kitchen
Sutton People’s Kitchen are looking for volunteers to help set up and run their healthy eating promotion market stalls and assist with banquets; setting up, cooking, serving or welcoming people. Click here to find out more.

Regards

Trevor

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One Planet Sutton report shows borough continues to make good progress in key areas

Sutton Council is continuing to make steady progress in ensuring the borough meets its environmental, social and economic sustainability targets.

The One Planet Sutton Progress Report for 2014-15 published today (Wednesday) shows the council is continuing to meet key priority targets under five themes:

  • Cutting carbon emissions
  • Cutting waste
  • Valuing our natural environment
  • Supporting healthy communities
  • Supporting the local economy

The 24-page progress report says that of Sutton’s 32 targets, 21 targets have been exceeded, met or are on target to be met, seven are not on target and the remaining four targets do not apply to 2014-15.

Key target findings are:

  • Cutting carbon emissions
    • The council’s Carbon Management Plan has saved the council an estimated £1.9m in energy costs since 2010-11.
  • Cutting waste
    • Total household waste in the borough has decreased since the baseline from 77,045 tonnes in 2009-10 to 73,350 tonnes in 2014-15, representing a 4.8 per cent decrease. This is above the national average of 2 per cent waste reduction per household.
  • Valuing our natural environment
    • The Sutton Food Forum was formed in December 2014 to drive delivery of local and sustainable food targets. The Sutton Food Forum has achieved Sustainable Food Cities Status and Sutton is one of only seven London boroughs to have achieved this standard.
    • During 2014-15 a number of improvement projects were undertaken along the River Wandle to enhance habitats and biodiversity, and reduce river pollution, including a Silt n SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) project in Hackbridge to alleviate flooding.
  • Supporting healthy communities
    • During autumn 2014 the council and its partners ran 47 free One Planet Sutton-themed events across 20 venues as part of the Imagine Festival 2014.
    • Fourteen parks across the borough have outdoor gyms, nine of which were installed in 2014. These outdoor gyms give adults access to free exercise equipment aimed at all levels of fitness and deliver health improvements.
    • In March 2015 a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £1.52m was submitted to improve Whitehall Museum in Cheam and bring the heritage of Whitehall to life in the community.
  • Supporting the local economy
    • Opportunity Sutton, Sutton Council’s economic development arm, has attracted £330m investment into the borough and has contributed to the continued positive progress towards the Supporting the Local Economy targets.
    • On 1 April 2014 the council commenced payment of the London Living Wage for all employees, recognising the minimum income required for employees to meet their basic living needs.

However, the One Planet targets are ambitious and there are short- and medium-term goals of 2017 and 2025 respectively. Although all goals may not be reached by 2017, the overarching aim is for Sutton to become a One Planet Borough by 2025.

For example, while between 2007 and 2013 there was a 14.4 per cent reduction in CO2, which is on track to meet the 20 per cent target by 2017, the council has only been able to reduce carbon emissions from council buildings by 15 per cent between 2010/11 and 2014/2015 when the target was 50 per cent.

This is mainly because of an increase in the use of more CO2 intensive fuels by the UK power grid, however overall Sutton has the third lowest CO2 emissions out of the 32 London boroughs.

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

“Sutton prides itself on being a green borough and I am delighted we are meeting the majority of the One Planet Sutton targets. We are one of the best London council’s for low carbon emissions and our carbon management plan has saved £1.9m in energy costs over the past five years. There is no question that these targets are ambitious, and the work to meet them is made even harder in the current financial climate where our budgets are being cut by government.  However, we will continue to look for ways to innovate and improve our performance and the One Planet Sutton report is a useful guide to benchmark where we are and see which areas we are succeeding in and which require more work by the council and our partners.”

The council committed to One Planet Living in 2009, creating a set of challenging sustainability targets to enable Sutton to become a One Planet Borough by 2025. But targets have twice been revised since 2009 to reflect changes in national policy and funding to local government.

Over the coming year Sutton will continue to deliver a wide variety of projects to help the borough meet its One Planet Sutton targets. These include the start of renovation of Whitehall Museum to make it into a historical and cultural hub, holding recycling roadshows and workshops across the borough, and continue progress towards creating a low-carbon energy network.

  • The One Planet Sutton report can be found here.

Borough’s young athletes invited to run for Sutton in the Mini-London Marathon 2016

It could be you – Sutton athletes are invited to try out for the Mini-London Marathon

Sutton Council is offering young athletes the opportunity to represent the borough in the Virgin Money Giving Mini-London Marathon in April.

Anyone aged 11 to 17 who lives or goes to school in Sutton can take part for free but must pre-register by Friday 19 February.

To compete in the five-kilometre race against all 32 other London Boroughs, the runners will need to qualify in the local Sutton Trials on Saturday 27 February.

The trials take place at the Roundshaw ‘Park Run’, Roundshaw Downs, off Purley Way, and the athletes must turn up on the day to register there from 10.30 to 11.00am, with the race starting at 11.30am

The age categories are:

  • Girls under 13 (born between 1 September 2002 and 24 April 2005 – and must be at least 11 years old on 24 April 2016)
  • Girls under 15 (born between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2002).
  • Girls under 17 (born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 2000).
  • Boys under 13 (born between 1 September 2002 and 24 April 2005 – and must be at least 11 years old on 24 April 2016)
  • Boys under 15 (born between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2002).
  • Boys under 17 (born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 2000).

The first four runners to reach the finish in each age range at the trials will be selected to represent Sutton in the young people’s event, which takes place on the final stretch of the famous London Marathon route in central London on London Marathon day, Sunday 24 April.

The five-kilometre route will see the athletes run from Blackfriars, along the Thames to the Marathon’s finish line in Pall Mall.

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

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our top runners to enjoy the buzz of the London Marathon and represent Sutton in front of crowds of thousands of people. We hope as many of young Sutton athletes as possible register to take part in this exciting event.”

To enter the Sutton Trials, go to the London Borough of Sutton website and the Mini-London Marathon page and complete the Sutton online application form by clicking here.

Diners urged to check food hygiene ratings before eating out over Christmas

A restaurant interior, with glasses and plates laid out on the table.

Check the Food Hygiene Rating tool before eating out to ensure you dine in cleanliness and safety.

Sutton Council and the Food Standards Agency are encouraging residents to check the hygiene rating of dining establishments and restaurants before choosing where to eat.

Sutton has a great range of restaurants and eateries to enjoy, but diners can be doubly sure they have made the right choice by checking the Food Standards Agency’s website and using their Food Hygiene Rating Scheme toolkit.

753 establishments in Sutton are rated by the toolkit and over 320 of them have achieved the maximum score of 5 stars, with another 200 receiving a ‘Very good’ 4 star rating. Nearly 85% scored a ‘Good’ 3 star rating or higher.

Enforcement Officers aim to protect public health and work with establishments that receive lower ratings to help them improve hygiene standards. A food business operator can also request a re-rating visit after three months.

Click here to see the full breakdown of eating establishments in Sutton borough.

Cllr Nick Emmerson, Lead Councillor of Trading Standards at Sutton Council, said: 

“As we move toward the festive season more and more people will take the opportunity to enjoy a meal out with loved ones and friends. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool which the public can use to plan their visits to restaurants and eateries, safe in the knowledge the venue they choose will be clean and hygienic. “

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been running for five years and provides diners with an impartial guide about how clean an establishment is.  The scheme covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland with over 455,000 ratings listed. Establishments are rated from 0, meaning ‘Urgent improvement necessary’, to 5 meaning ‘Very good’. The Food Standards Agency consider several criteria when assigning a rating. Hygienic handling of food, cleanliness of facilities, and business management are all taken into account before an establishment receives a grade.

In 2013, more than 500,000 people suffered from food poisoning in the UK. Poultry was the biggest cause of illness, accounting for nearly half of the cases.

Still time for Sutton residents to have their say on future of library services

 

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’s Mayor Sadiq celebrates official launch of Sutton as a Social Enterprise Place

Sutton's Mayor Muhammad Sadiq

Sutton’s Mayor Muhammad Sadiq

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.” 

Honeywood Museum, Carshalton Ponds

The New Honeywood History by local historian John Phillips
The New Honeywood History by local historian John Phillips

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: honeywoodmuseum@sutton.gov.uk

Sutton athletes go for gold at London Youth Games

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.”