2012 Paralympian David Weir CBE meets Cllr. Jill Whitehead

2012 Paralympic Games champion David Weir met Cllr. Jill Whitehead recently at the renaming on Thursday 16th May 2013 of the Sutton Arena as the David Weir Leisure Centre.

Jill is chair of the Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee that oversees the running of all the municipal leisure centres in the borough.


Fancy a sneak preview of the transformation of the Olympic Park?

Olympic 2012Part of the Olympic Park will reopen on 27 July 2013.  If you can’t wait until then you can take a tour of the Olympic Park site to see how the park is being transformed into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  The visit includes a bus trip into the park and a journet up the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
To book tickets visit http://noordinarypark.co.uk/events/

Westcroft Centre, Carshalton: Thousands attend £11m leisure centre’s opening

Almost 5,000 flocked to Carshalton over the weekend to witness the opening of Sutton Council’s brand new £11m state-of-the-art leisure centre.

Dancing at Westcroft!

Dancing at Westcroft!

In total, 4,670 visitors came to the new Westcroft Leisure Centre on
Saturday 26th January and Sunday 27th January to get a first glimpse of the new centre, try its new equipment and meet stars from popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing and last summer’s Olympics.

During the day Olympic bronze medal winning gymnast, Kristian Thomas
demonstrated the skills that secured him his place in gymnastic history while silver medallist rower Mark Hunter met with the public to show his medal from the London Games.

Later in the day, Strictly judges Kristina Rihanoff and Ian Waite
quickstepped guests to a dance workshop before donning their judging caps
again to evaluate a Strictly Come Dancing style competition involving 16
children from Everyone Active School of Dance in Fareham.

Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “The day was fantastic and I was so pleased to see so many people turn up to see what we have been developing. The stars really made the day complete and I’m sure that everyone who came really enjoy meeting them and taking part in the various activities.

“We now want to see those same faces, and many more, coming back week in,
week out to use the centre and take advantage of the wonderful equipment and facilities we have here in Sutton.”

Work to the centre has seen the development of a 160 station gym, two
different sized swimming pools, an eight badminton court sized multi-use
sports hall, a day spa, dance and spinning studios, crèche, café and

The centre was closed in October 2010 to enable refurbishment work to begin.

Calling all long-distance runners

Mo Farah’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres Golden Double at the London Olympics led the way – and now you’ve got the chance to emulate him.

Sutton Sports Development is looking for boys and girls aged from 11 to 17 years old to take part in the London Youth Games Cross Country Championships on 17 November.

The races, ranging from 2,000 to 4,500 metres, take place at Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath and are part of the London Youth Games in which young athletes from every London borough compete in a range of sports.

Entry is free and every competitor is provided with transport to and from the competition and a Sutton T-shirt to compete in and keep.

To apply visit www.sutton.gov.uk and download an application form, or contact the Sutton Sports Development Team direct on 020 8770 4667 or sportsdevelopment@sutton.gov.uk.

London 2012: The Olympic Games Legacy

Olympic Legacy

Earlier this year the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) was established to deliver the physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding area after the 2012 Games.  The new mayoral body takes over from a number of organisations and will have planning powers from October 2012.

Much work has been carried out to ensure that there is a future for each of the permanent venues in the park. 

The Stadium has received four bids: from West Ham United, Intelligent Transport Services in association with Formula One, UCFB College of Football Business and Leyton Orient.  They are now being evaluated ahead of negotiations.  These bids would add to the legacy uses already secured for the Stadium such as host to the IAAF 2017 World Athletics Championships.

The Aquatics Centre will be operated by Greenwich Leisure Limited and will cater for all levels of swimming ability and aquatic disciplines for the community and training athletes.  Similarly the Handball Arena LINK will be transformed into a multi-use arena used for a wide range of indoor sports training and competitions as well as cultural and business events.

The Velodrome will be owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and will be known as the Lee Valley VeloPark.  The velodrome will need very little transformation and will become the hub of the VeloPark.  The BMX track will remain, but be reconfigured, and a road cycle circuit and mountain bike courses will be added.

The Press and Broadcast Centre now has a preferred bidder iCITY to become the long term tenant.  iCITY aims to create a leading centre for technology, design and research with the potential to generate more than 4,000 jobs.  The digital hub would harness innovation and creativity in east London.  The iCITY vision also has a community focus including a conference centre and a pedestrian square for broadcasting major sporting events, along with cafes, restaurants and bars.

After the 2012 Games, the park will be closed and works will start to take down temporary venues and to adapt some of the existing venues for future use, as well as building more housing.  The park will be re-opening in phases starting in 2013. This link shows the timeline for the next stages at the Park.

Families encouraged to Get Active!

Local MP Tom Brake is encouraging local residents to get active with Games4 Life, a campaign to inspire the nation and get moving during London’s summer of sport.

Tom Brake said. ‘The London Olympics have proved a real inspiration to what sport can achieve this summer and local heroes such as London 2012 Gold Medalist Joanna Roswell have brought the message home. Games4Life is great tool to transfer that inspiration into action!’.

Games4Life have produced fun interactive children’s summer adventure packs to get you and your family started this summer. The Change4Life website has information on fun and free ways for people to get moving and the Fun Generator smartphone app has over 100 indoor and outdoor activity ideas for kids.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/Change4Life.

Gold letter box now red again!

The Post Office in their infinite wisdom have repainted Carshalton Road’s gold letter box red again…! 

This is because apparently the Post Office are now going to be honouring Cheam the town of abode, and not Carshalton, the birthplace of the Olympic athlete Joanna Rowsell… the box in Carshalton Road is on the north side between Alma Road and Shorts Road and it’s nearly opposite the busy junction with Cambridge Road.

Carshalton Road's briefly-golden letter box returns to red!

Sutton High Street is the place for a special weekend of sport on 18 & 19 August 11am – 3pm.

Sutton High Street is the place for a special weekend of sport on 18 & 19 August 11am – 3pm.
Just as the Olympics ends and everyone is inspired to have a go, the sports clubs in Sutton are coming to you!

If you can’t make it to the event, then check out the sports clubs on our website https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=950many . They can provide coaching sessions for all levels from beginner to advanced level.

Find out about the huge variety of sports clubs in Sutton from tennis and trampolining to Kung Fu and Korfball.  Watch demos and have a go at mini tennis and the Everyone Active rowing challenge.

Carshalton Road’s “Olympic” Golden Letter Box

Here is a picture of the Carshalton Road letter box newly-repainted gold by the Post Office to celebrate the success in the 2012 Olympics of a Carshalton-born competitor.   

Joanna Rowsell, who was born in Carshalton, is now a Cheam resident, and she has won a Gold Medal as an Olympic Cyclist. Our heartiest congratulations to Joanna!

Carshalton's Gold Letter Box

At the time of writing with just two days of competition to go the Team GB had attained a total of no less than 25 Gold Medals, an unprecedented achievement for this country in the modern era of the Olympic Games ranking behind the United States and China.

The letter box is located on the north side of the road between Alma Road and Shorts Road and is quite close to Carter House, the new flats development at 229-245 Carshalton Road.

Joanna Rowsell

Carshalton’s Olympic Day



Carshalton High Street – just a tad crowded

At last the Olympic Torch came to Carshalton on Monday, 23rd July 2012.


Hamish says: “I was dressed in tee-shirt and shorts in the great heat of a lovely summer afternoon to watch the Olympic Torch procession through our special area. There was a really huge gathering in Carshalton High Street and around the Ponds as well.”