Archive for October, 2013


Sutton’s a no-go area for underage firework sales

Shopkeepers around Sutton have won praise from Trading Standards for refusing to sell fireworks to underage customers. Sutton Trading Standards sent volunteer police cadets to buy fireworks in 17 premises around the borough – and were delighted that in every case the trader asked for ID and refused the sale when it was not produced. […]


Expert advice on making your business grow

Ambitious entrepreneurs are invited to a special event where experts will be on hand to offer advice for businesses looking to grow, including pointing the way to securing vital funding. The GrowthAccelerator launch is at MetroBank in the High Street, Sutton from 5.30-7.30pm on 28 November and all budding business leaders are invited to come […]


Winter is coming and Sutton is ready

Almost 42 tonnes of free grit was collected during October by forward-thinking residents thanks to a council initiative. The scheme saw the council giving residents and businesses free grit for a fourth consecutive year in order to help combat icy conditions when winter sets in. In total, 4,186 bags of grit were given out to […]


Sutton jobs plan gets the green light

Sutton businesses, schools and the local council are working together on a groundbreaking partnership to bring more jobs into the borough. At a meeting on the 8th October, councillors agreed the Sutton Skills Match programme which aims to help residents acquire the right skills and training to compete for new jobs. Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair […]


Sutton Compact shortlisted for a Compact Award 2013

A groundbreaking collaboration between Sutton Council, the voluntary sector and public sector partners has resulted in the council being shortlisted for a prestigious award The Sutton Compact, which works to assist the work of voluntary and community groups in the borough, has been recognised for its achievements by making the shortlist for the Compact Awards […]


Apprenticeships giving Sutton youth the chance to explore their potential

A budding engineer has received his first foot on the employment ladder thanks to a council apprenticeship scheme. Cheam based Joshua Flat, 18, was selected out of five applicants competing for the Transport for London Civil Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme and has been given his first foray into the world of work. Transport for London has […]


Men Behaving Dadly for St Helier cause

Footy-mad dads did their best Messi and Ronaldo impression as they took to the field for a children’s centre’s fourth annual Men Behaving Dadly Football Tournament. The competition saw local dads team up to raise £318.79 for St Helier Hospital’s Neonatal Unit and help buy new life saving equipment for vulnerable children at the hospital. […]


Manor Park Primary clowning around at fundraising event

Clowns, acrobats and other daredevil acts laid on an evening of high-jinx at a borough primary school as the circus came to town. Over 500 parents and children filled the big top and were entertained by Happy and Pip the clowns, as well as a daring aerialist, jugglers, hula-hoopers and a sword balancing act. The […]


Chelsea health and fitness scheme ‘a huge success’

The £60,000 Chelsea Football Club Foundation project to boost health, fitness and social inclusion has been branded ‘a huge success’ by councillors. The scheme, which launched in October last year, has provided more than 7,000 positive outcomes for children who have learned valuable health and fitness lessons. The pilot programme has reduced pupil absenteeism while […]

Generous gift gives insight into borough’s past

A book, given as a gift to a Sutton head teacher when she retired over 35 years ago, has been donated to the borough’s archive service. The presentation book – which provides a glimpse into the borough’s recent past – was made for Barrow Hedges Primary School’s first head teacher Miss Dorothy Hadingham when she […]