Our wonderful Wallington Arms Public House is hosting a free Christmas Dinner for senior Wallington residents.
Small Business Saturday is an initiative that supports small local businesses by encouraging their communities to ‘shop local’. It is an opportunity for small businesses to showcase themselves and to grow by demonstrating the quality and value that it can give to its customers and how it differentiates itself from its larger competitors.
This year to support Small Business Saturday Sutton Council is offering free parking in locations throughout the Borough to encourage shoppers to shop locally and support their local high streets including Gibson Road, Wallington Library, Carshalton High Street, Kingsway Road Carpark Cheam.
There are 7,400 SMEs in Sutton and they rely on your support. Show them some love on Saturday 5th December.
And if you are a small business looking for help and advice the Sutton Chamber of Commerce run 121 Business Clinics offering just that. See their website for more details. Or check out the Council’s Opportunity Sutton website for details of its Business Rate Relief scheme for small businesses and other support and information.
The local people who brought us Wallington’s first Festive Switch-on promised it would be back for a second year, so aided and abetted by the Wallington North and South ward councillors the big night is set for 3rd December.
Chief organiser Ric Adams was keen to ensure that it is bigger and better than last year and thanks especially to Thea and Andy of The Brook it will be. Having got the party started at the Wallington Music Festival they have booked the Harry Satcher Band to do a session at our switch-on, as well as another Festival favourite Firehorse, and the Big Mack Band who are regulars (playing) in the Wallington Arms.
The festivities start at 5.30pm and focus on the Old Town Hall where Sutton Mayor Muhammad Sadiq will be joined by Tom Brake MP and the young winner of Tom’s Christmas Card competition to perform the official switching on of the Wallington lights at 6.30pm.
Wallington Square will play host to local traders with stalls full of goodies including mulled wine and mince pies.
There will also be performances from local school choirs and even Morris Dancers!
Last year was fantastic fun so please show your support again for this community organised, Wallington-focussed festive celebration.
Wallington High School for Girls are holding an event for residents seeking your views on their proposals to extend the use of their Sports Hall to make it available for community use. This will enable the school to promote sporting activities in the local area, as well as generating vital revenues for the school.
The school appreciates that local residents may have some concerns about the impacts of these plans and so want to hear from you what would be acceptable conditions of the extended use before they submit an application to the council.
As your local ward councillors we fully support this early discussion with affected local residents and will be chairing the meeting on Monday 23rd November 2015 at 7.30pm at the school.
Please do come along to find out more about what the school wants to do and why, and to help shape the proposals.
I was very pleased to be shown around the new serviced offices in the St Nicholas Business Centre, Sutton by James Hale, the Managing Director of City Skyline.
City Skyline are a boutique operator of high quality fully serviced office centres with established suites in Epsom and New Malden. They have now refurbished 9,000 sq ft of Chancery House to provide high quality contemporary office suites in a prime Sutton town centre location.
This not only represents a positive new business venture for Sutton, but provides a great offer for new or established businesses looking for a professional and hassle-free environment.
We have received this appeal from the local Police Team:
All three Wallington South ward councillors attended this special event for over 50s to celebrate International Older People’s Day 2015. Muhammad officiated as Mayor, whilst Steve and I attended to meet with local people and update ourselves about the information and advice available for older people in Sutton.
Organisations attending the event included Sutton Libraries, Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Sutton Vision, Sutton Shopmobility, LiveWell, SCILL, Neighbourhood Watch, the local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team, Sutton Age UK, Sutton South Hello, Sutton College and The Oaks Way Centre.
A fantastic lunch was provided as well as entertainment and an opportunity to practice your rhythm with the Gary Mason Drumming Charity.
See the programme below for what’s on in Sutton for older people.
Steve recently helped out at the Digital Tea Party where residents were invited to discuss any queries they had about IT and the latest digital communications.
This involved introduction and advice on the use of computers, emailing, internet, installing Apps, on-line security, Face-Time, Skype, mobile and smart phones.
Our MP Tom Brake was there and he performed a demonstration Skype call to Bradford showing how IT could help residents keep in touch with their friends and family.
The event was held by Sutton Council in partnership with Age UK Sutton.
The event was very well attended and Steve was on the Face-Time and Skype desk and had the pleasure of meeting people across all age groups interested in finding out about using these devices to speak to their friends and relatives across the globe for little or no cost. It was fantastic event, one that Age UK plan to repeat regularly.
Transport for London is formally consulting on the re-routing of the 463 bus route. The proposal is to direct the bus via Maldon Road, Montagu Gardens and Demesne Road in Wallington.
There has been considerable concern expressed about this re-routing by local residents, and in response it is being formally opposed by the relevant ward councillors, Tom Brake MP, and the council’s lead member for Transport.
However, Transport for London have advised that they will not accept views sent in to your MP or Councillors as part of their consultation process. This means that residents need to visit the web-site to register their concerns with TfL directly.
We would therefore urge anyone with views on the proposal to visit the website and make their comments through this formal survey: http://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/route-463
This is a consultation, and TfL will make their decision on whether the 463 route should be altered or not, based on the responses that they receive. The consultation is open until 9th October 2015.