The Men of The Wrythe Memorial Event, Saturday, 15th July 2017

One of the largest community events to be staged in the borough this year will take place in the Wrythe area of Carshalton on Saturday July 15. It marks the unveiling of a new memorial to commemorate the local men that sacrificed their lives in The Great War.

Everyone is invited to attend a unique remembrance event to honour ‘The Men of the Wrythe’.
“This will be a fitting tribute to the 245 soldiers that signed up to serve in WW1 from just four streets on the Wrythe: St Andrew’s Road, St James Road, St John’s Road and William Street,” said Chair of Wrythe Memorial Events, Dick Bower. “In those days, the Wrythe was an ‘outlying portion’ of Carshalton village with 195 tiny cottages, occupied by very large and poor working families. They had no running water and had to use a communal pump. There were five small shops, one public house and two beer houses and cows grazed in the fields where the petrol station now stands.”

Many of the men did not return and 45 of those who died will be commemorated by a new cross to be unveiled on the Wrythe at a public ceremony on the morning of 15th July, thanks to the initiative and commitment of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee.

“The event has been arranged by members of your local community. We should like to thank all the performers and stallholders for their support. We want to pay tribute to the men whose names appear on the cross. Please help us to honour their memory and make this a day to remember,” Dick added.

Programme of the day’s events
All the events will start at 12 noon and finish at 5pm.

Join us in the marquee on Wrythe Recreation Ground for:
o 12:00 Band of the Surrey Yeomanry
o 12:45 Songs from around 1917, performed by ‘Songs on Wheels’
o 13:30 A talk by local author and WW1 researcher, Andrew Arnold
o 14:15 Retro tunes from twin singers, Rob and Anthony Scales
o 15:00 A big band from the Surrey Yeomanry
o 15:45 The Impromptu Choir
o 16:30 Musicians playing tunes popular 100 years ago

On the Rec you will also find the Carshalton Charter Fair for 2017, a traditional-style Punch and Judy show for children and vintage children’s games run by the Circle Residents’ Association near to the children’s playground at the top of the park.

Other must-see attractions are: an exhibition of the Circle Library’s Research on the Men of the Wrythe, and a specially commissioned sculpture of a war veteran and display of poppies by Hackbridge Primary School.

Also on offer are free guided walks round the Wrythe, led by local historian John Phillips, to point out sites of historical interest. Ask at the marquee for further details.

Refreshments will be on sale. A special attraction is a vintage beer, brewed for The Hope according to a genuine 1914 recipe from Page and Overton, the brewery that supplied The Cricketers, the pub that used to stand on The Wrythe.

At Carshalton High School for Girls you can see the world première of The Roughs of the Wrythe, a new play by Ann Pattison (Chair of Sutton Writers), based on research carried out at the Circle Library and directed by Dick Bower (President of Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club). Performances will be held in the school hall at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Tickets for the play, price £2, are available on-line at tickets for the show are available at or from The Hope, Wrythe Newsagents and, on the day, a stall on the Rec. The ticket price includes a souvenir programme.

At Carshalton Athletic Football Club, there is a tea dance in The Robins’ Nest from 12-3pm, followed at 3pm, by a retro-style football match between a Carshalton Athletic Youth Team and a team from Carshalton High School for Boys.

Parks News


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Dear Hamish,

Last week was an important one for those of us interested in the UK’s parks and green spaces.

On Saturday the long-awaited report from the Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Committee’s Public parks inquiry was published, setting out a series of recommendations for government and calling for clear leadership of the sector.

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC Breakfast TV and Sky News to respond to the report and champion our parks and playing fields. The report came just days after the publication of the Housing White Paper which could open the door to increased housing development on recreational land. We will be monitoring these policy developments over the forthcoming months and publishing our own research findings.

The CLG Committee’s report recommends recognising the wider value of parks to contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities; our new research report focussed on Centenary Park, Rugby illustrates, in microcosm, the value that access to green space provides for communities across the UK.

Also this month, our ezine highlights some funding opportunities that may be available for green space community projects and shares information about the Great British Spring Clean, a campaign we are supporting.

Remember, between ezine updates you can keep in touch with Fields in Trust via social media: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Parliamentary Inquiry reveal our parks are at a “tipping point”

Over the last few months the Communities and Local Government Committee has been reviewing the future of Public Parks, examining the impact of reduced local authority budgets on our open spaces and considering their future. The Inquiry report warns that parks face a period of decline from their current tipping point with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognised.

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths appeared on radio and TV to respond to the report and champion our parks and recreation spaces.

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Centenary Park, Rugby – A Case Study

The creation of a new public park on derelict land in Newbold, Rugby has resulted in local residents feeling healthier, happier and becoming more active.

The findings in a newly published research report focussed on Centenary Park, Rugby illustrates, in microcosm, the recommendations of the CLG Parliamentary report and demonstrates the value that access to green space provides for communities across the UK.

Our case study of this newly opened park shows the positive impact on the local community that has resulted from having local access to open space.

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New Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play

Our new Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play has been published in versions which take account of the devolved planning administrations in Scotland and in Wales, including a Welsh language version. These new benchmark guidelines for the design of spaces for outdoor sport and play and will provide a crucial tool for local planning authorities, developers, planners, urban designers and landscape architects in the design of outdoor sport, play and informal open space.

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Since the 1930s the Six Acre Standard has provided valuable information to planners and designers creating and maintaining sports and play infrastructure.

These new, updated versions are available as free to use interactive PDFs on the Fields in Trust website.

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The Great British Spring Clean

Fields in Trust is supporting the Great British Spring Clean, a UK-wide campaign with one simple ambition – to bring together like-minded people from all walks of life to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

The campaign aims to get half a million people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us, over the weekend of 3-5 March 2017. By bringing people together organisers hope to create new community bonds and inspire volunteers to take further action to improve their neighbourhoods. Community groups, Friends of Parks, schools, charities, sports clubs, and Housing Associations are all invited to sign up and take part.

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Focus on Funding

As well as legally protecting sites for play, sport and recreation, Fields in Trust is also keen to see these facilities supported and improved. It can be difficult to secure funding for improvement projects; to help identify sources we have upgraded our advice note detailing a wide variety of external funding sources available for parks and playing fields, which is available on the Fields in Trust website.

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Update on Sutton Council’s Parks, Cemeteries and Grounds Maintenance

150803 carsh parkThe following is a statement the councillors have recently received from Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration at Sutton Council.

“I am pleased to report that the contract with idverde to provide parks, cemeteries and grounds maintenance services on behalf of Merton and Sutton Councils has now been signed. idverde will formally take on responsibility for delivering these services from Wednesday 1 February 2017.  Over the last few months, the Council (through the South London Waste Partnership) has been fine tuning the details of the new contract with idverdeidverde has been meeting with Friends of Parks Groups in the borough to help identify priorities and reassure Friends Groups that they can continue to play a key role in their parks going forward.  idverde is an award-winning horticultural specialist with 100 years of experience under its belt. I have no doubt that they will continue to provide a very high quality of service for local residents at a reduced cost to the council.” 


Parks and Open Spaces

Sutton’s parks and open spaces offer some 1,500 acres of picturesque and tranquil oases in this busy London suburb. Find out more about parks, playgrounds & park activities here…

The Parks Service manages and maintains two cemeteries, one burial ground, five closed churchyards and 36 allotments. We also manage 66,000 council owned trees and various woodlands, including 22,000 street trees.

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Carshalton Place canal’s waterfall earlier this year!

The Safer Parks Teams, as part of the Safer Sutton Partnership, provide mobile security in the parks. Their aim is to help prevent crime, reduce vandalism and fear of crime, reduce litter, dog fouling and graffiti. Telephone Number 020 8721 2268.

Carshalton’s Parks

We have of course a lot of green space within the Carshalton Central neighbourhood…The Grove Park, Carshalton Park, Carshalton Place Canal, The Wrythe Recreation Ground and The Warren Park, plus Benhill Recreation Ground right on our western borders, plus Erskine Village Green on Erskine Road and so on.

There are 420 hectares of green space and more than 80 parks and open spaces in the borough as a whole.

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Carshalton Place Canal Looking South towards Ruskin Road

Sutton is one of the greenest boroughs in London. There are SIX Green Flag parks (including The Grove Park in Carshalton) and Sutton has achieved a number of awards including the Silver Gilt award in 2013 for its overall entry in the competition for the fifth year running; a Silver Gilt award for Sutton Manor Park (near the police station); a Gold Award for Oaks Park and 1st place for the Floral Display award in the London in Bloom Awards.

We also have 75,000 trees in the borough’s streets, parks and other council properties and in addition there are many hectares of woodlands.

Not at all bad for a “small” London borough!

Poets Estate – 10 Big Actions by the FOCUS Team

Some things we’ve done for you in the Poets’ Estate:-

1) Benhill Rec. We installed new play facilities, planted lavender beds and removed the old skateboard ramp.

2) Westmead Road/Carshalton Grove. We asked the Council to investigate and prevent future floods in this area.

3) Colston Avenue/Coleridge Avenue/Court Drive. We installed new yellow lines to reduce commuter parking.

4) Free Grit. We installed new grit bins in many locations in the Poets’ Estate/Westmead area of the Carshalton Central ward, including at the junction of Sutton Grove/Waterloo Road.

5) Street Trees. We have got planted 81 street trees in Carshalton Central ward many of them in the Poets’ Estate.

6) Mead Crescent. Road was resurfaced.

7) Shirley Avenue. Road and pavements were resurfaced.

8) Westmead Allotments. Better secure fencing installed.

9) Shorts Road/West Street Footpath. We asked the council to clear dog mess and asked police to monitor the area.

10) Wrythe Rec. We installed new play facilities in the rec. We asked that the railings are refurbished and work is underway.

And….We have also kept residents informed and supported residents in the various planning applications affecting our area. Examples are the Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s applications for 3G plastic surface for the football pitch and extended hours of lighting both of which were unanimously refused by Sutton Council’s planning / development control committee.

The Wrythe Recreation Ground

Following receipt of complaints from a local resident, Cllr. Jill Whitehead raised the issue of the lighting in Brookfield Avenue. Sutton Council installed new lighting in the road only two years ago as part of its rolling programme to replace the time-expired and worn out concrete columns in the Borough.  It has been confirmed that all the newish street lights are working as planned. There is a lighting column situated directly opposite the park gates to the Wrythe Recreation Ground at the junction with Wrythe Lane that provides adequate lighting to the park entrance. There isn’t any lighting within the park itself.

Wrythe Rec returns to former glory!

The former old public lavatories block and changing rooms at Wrythe Recreation Ground in Brookfield Avenue have now been demolished, following the decision at a recent Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee. The concrete plinths have now had soil laid over them and grass seed planted to return them to green land again. Local resident Cllr. Jill Whitehead says “The removal of the eyesore buildings should remove problems with grafitti and vandalism and will provide much needed extra green space in the park again.”

Wrythe Recreation Ground Pavilion & Lavatory Block

Pavilion/Lavatory Block in its Derelict State

The Council’s contractor has started work on the demolition of the long-abandoned Wrythe Recreation Ground toilets and pavilion, on Wrythe Lane earlier this week. This demolition is necessary owing to its long-term derelict state and the lack of funds ever being likely to be available to overhaul the building and restore it, and no realistic alternative use could be found despite many years of the Council trying to find a suitable use.  Residents may recall that in late 2007 planning approval was sought to use the building as an artist’s studio but despite approval being given, the artist’s studio scheme sadly never went ahead.

Jill, Alan and Hamish have had a complaint from some local residents  about the demolition of the toilets/pavilion at Wrythe Rec Ground on the grounds that they did not receive official house-to-house notification from the council that demolition work was going to be carried out, nor did they see any notices locally (e.g. on lamp-posts, notice boards) that this would be happening. We have therefore asked the council’s parks department whether or not we normally notify residents in this way, and if so how far away from the structures affected?  We are also concerned about what is likely to be left behind after the demolition and we have asked that rubble would be removed carefully and any dangerous areas made safe? We have asked if the area would be grassed over to maintain the integrity of the park. More in a future posting…