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50 Years in the Making... Chessington Garden Centre are celebrating their 50th year of business... From its founding by Alex & Ruth Martin in 1967, the Chessington Garden Centre story has grown from a young man with a love of growing Roses to a family business dedicated to providing visitors with inspiration and expertise for their home and garden. From plants, pet care and gifts to hard landscaping and garden design, Chessington Garden Centre has grown into an exciting and diverse retail destination. Alex and Ruth Martin and the family would like to thank everyone who has been a part of the Chessington Garden Centre story over the last 50 years and helped to make it such a growing success. Here’s to the next 50...



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Editor’s Tips Fancy running in your PJs? You now can Health Awareness Pull your weeds, not your back Sutton Voice New charitable venture aspires to make Sutton better Coffee Page Schools Ace your exam revision Sutton Chamber update


Summer of Music Win tickets to see your favourite stars with The Jockey Club Live 8 The power of light Unlock the secrets to rejuvenated skin 10 Business Spotlight on Cheam Smith & Byford 14 Open Studios Take a journey of discovery around Carshalton 16 80s revival Culture Club come to Epsom

20 18 By royal charter Cheam Charter Fair 20 Curtains up Sutton Theatre Company 21 Dig deep for farm Invest in future of community venture 27 Earn while you learn Gain workplace skills as an apprentice 30 Sutton Festival of Business Showcase your business at the inaugural Sutton Expo in June


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EDITOR’S TIPS Made in Dagenham

It is nearly 50 years since a group of female machinists from Ford’s Dagenham car plant marched on Whitehall, bearing a placard that read ‘We want sex’.

The missing word — equality — was the reason they walked out on strike and brought the fight for equal pay to national attention. Female workers at the car plant were classed as unskilled while their male colleagues were classed as skilled workers and paid a higher wage. Their case ultimately led to the introduction of the 1970 Equal Pay Act. Based on the 2010 film and book by Richard Bean, Banstead and Nork Operatic Society’s production of the stage musical runs for four nights this May. Made in Dagenham, May 17-20, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm, Adrian Mann Theatre, Nescot, Reigate Road, Ewell www.banaos.org.uk


Ditch the lycra and sportswear for your pyjamas and take part in a unique run round Nonsuch Park. Choose from a 4km route to an ultra-marathon distance, runners can complete as many laps as they like of a looped course around the grounds of the park within the six-hour time limit. Open to runners of all abilities, everyone who completes a lap receives a medal. PJs in the Park, May 14, 10.30am-4.30pm, Nonsuch Park, Cheam, SM3 8AJ. Visit www.phoenixrunning.co.uk for more details.

Big Lunch

Pack a picnic and head to Beddington Park on June 4 for its Big Lunch event which promises family activities and immersive theatre.

WELCOME May is here, a month that promises the onset of summer and its warmer weather, and comes with the added bonus of two bank holiday weekends. We have nearly reached the halfway point in the year, hard to believe, but the longer days and lighter evenings are perfect for getting out exploring. In this edition we meet Neal and Helena Vaughan – the husband and wife team behind the inaugural Carshalton Artists' Open Studios. Taking place over two weekends in June and July, the event has captured the imagination of the village’s close-knit artistic community and brought together two artists who have studios in the same street but who, until recently, had not known about each other's work. We delve into the history of Cheam Charter Fair — thought to have been established by royal charter 758 years ago. And we look ahead to Sutton’s first Festival of Business, organised by Sutton Chamber of Commerce and FHW Events & Marketing, publishers of out&about magazine. The one-day expo provides businesses of all types and sizes the opportunity to showcase their products and services, to network and get an insight into how to grow in 2017. Turn to page 30 to find out more. Plus, as gardeners look forward to harvesting crops of salad and summer fruits, we hear how Sutton Community Farm is sowing seeds for its future — and how you can be part of it by supporting its crowdfunding appeal. Happy reading.

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Win tickets to see top acts perform at Epsom and Sandown Park racecourses A summer of live music lies ahead as a host of top name acts take to the stage as part of the Jockey Club Live’s season of open-air concerts. Pop sensation Olly Murs, The Voice judge Sir Tom Jones and Grammy Award-winning trio Clean Bandit, supported by X Factor winner Louisa Johnson, are among the line-up of stars to perform at Sandown Park. While iconic 80s band Culture Club will headline Epsom racecourse on July 20. The concerts round off an evening of racing featuring a sixrace card. Tickets, including a range of VIP packages, are on sale now. 8th June Sandown Park Racecourse Clean Bandit & Louisa Johnson 19th July Sandown Park Racecourse Tom Jones 20th July Epsom Downs Racecourse Culture Club 10th August Sandown Park Racecourse Olly Murs

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We have teamed up with Jockey Club Live to run an exclusive ticket giveaway to this summer’s open-air concerts at Epsom and Sandown Park racecourses. You can win tickets to see Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones, Culture Club and Clean Bandit & Louisa Johnson as part of the Evening at the Races. Simply visit and like our Facebook page


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The X Factor

Pop’s self-styled cheeky chappie Olly Murs is back with a new album and a series of summer gigs. Since his big break on The X Factor, Olly Murs has gone on to score a string of number one singles and four multiplatinum selling albums, including his latest chart-topping album, 24 Hrs. We chatted to the singer ahead of his appearance at Sandown Park racecourse this August. Your new album 24 Hrs is your fourth consecutive number one album. That must be a great feeling?

“Amazing. I’m very proud of that, you know to have four consecutive number one albums is brilliant. I never expected in my wildest dreams that I would’ve got this far, so absolutely delighted." You mention this is your most honest album to date, do you feel you are constantly progressing as an artist and songwriter through your albums?

“Yes, 50/50. I wanted to do something different and I felt with this album I just didn’t know where to go next. I felt writing about what’s been actually, genuinely happening was the right thing to do. I’m just really happy that I did this album and the fact that it went to number one and people really like it.” Is there a particular track on this album that you’re most proud of and that you really want people to hear?

I think 24 Hrs and Flaws are the two songs on the album that I’m really proud of. For me 24 Hrs, the song was something I’ve never done before, both production wise and the feel of the song. ‘Flaws’ I feel is one of the best songs that I’ve written with the guys. It was really sad but I think you have to listen to the songs to kinda get the idea of what I mean. I love writing really happy feel-good songs but at the same time it’s nice to show people a different side to me and show some emotion and that’s what this album was about.” In the summer you’ve got a huge run of outdoor shows that will see you come to Sandown Park on August 10

“It’s really fun being outside and the show that we’re doing at Sandown Park is a different gig for me, I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve done racecourse gigs in the past, but not this sort of size. I’m really proud to do it and it gives me the chance to go to different places in the UK that I haven’t been before. I can’t wait, I mean, what’s better? Go to a racecourse, I can go there during the day, I can have a little flutter on a couple of the races and then do a gig in the evening. Perfect.” To read the full interview and win tickets to see Olly Murs visit our Facebook page







Each light has a different effect on the skin. Red LED light helps rejuvenate the skin by boosting the production of collagen and elastin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and evening skin tone.


Blue LED light targets the bacteria that causes acne, reducing the appearance of spots and helping to prevent future breakouts. It is also effective on skin conditions like psoriasis and ec-zema. The clear infrared light can be used to reduce skin pigmentation as well as helping heal the skin and reduce pain and inflammation.

It was scientists from NASA who first struck upon the idea of harnessing the power of light to treat skin conditions.

The award-winning Dermalux system can combine all three wavelength treatments to target multiple concerns in one session.

They had been using LED – light-emitting diode – lights to help grow plants in space and discovered that when red LED lights shone on astronauts, wounds started to heal more quickly.

Khadra says while the benefits can be seen after one or two sessions, for long-term results a course of treatment is required.

Research revealed that LED light works on a cellular level. Wavelengths of light stimulate skin cells, increasing the rate of cellular renewal and repair and fuelling the manufacture of collagen and elastin. Khadra McVay, a qualified acupuncturist and Dermalux therapist, at the Chiltern Health Centre in Sutton, says LED light therapy is becoming increasingly popular as people seek more natural, non-invasive skin treatments. She said: “It is also really calming. Most of the time people fall asleep under the light. It can help promote well-being and can be used to counter seasonal affective disorder.” How does it work?

LED lights come in different spectrums, including red, blue and infrared. Exposure to controlled therapeutic levels of LED lights, which contain no harmful UV, has been shown to be beneficial.


She also offers Medical Micro-derabrasion and Dermaroller therapy along with Cosmetic Acupuncture as part of a wider clinical treatment. A full consultation is taken prior to any treatment. Khadra takes a holistic approach and will look at lifestyle factors, such as diet, hydration, work stresses and environmental conditions, as well as taking any medical history into consideration before suggesting treatment. “A big part of acupuncture is that we teach patients to listen to their body and to think about what they are doing with their face. We forget how to relax and that often shows on our faces.” Specific acupuncture points on the body tailored to your physical and emotional health needs are worked on as well as the face.

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Spring is finally here, the leaves are shooting, the bulbs are sprouting and many people are spending more time outside getting their gardens ready for summer. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting and pulling, take time to prepare your body for strenuous exercise of the garden variety. Raking leaves, planting, digging and putting out the garden furniture are common reasons why many people come to see a chiropractor or an osteopath. To help avoid this type of back injury, here are just a few useful tips: • Warm-up before starting your gardening by gently stretching your muscles and moving your joints. • Try and reduce the need to bend down. Raised flowerbeds can provide great relief for chronic back pain sufferers and wearing a tool belt to hold your secateurs is not only time saving but has less stress on the spine. • Greenhouse workbenches should be built to the correct height about 2-4 inches below your elbow. • Avoid staying in one position for too long and take plenty of breaks. • Use a wheelbarrow to lift heavy objects and if you are pulling up weeds or shrubs, keep your back straight, take the strain with your legs and pull your tummy muscles in. • Don’t use heavy watering cans – only fill it half way. Alternatively, use a hose reel or an automatic irrigation system.


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• Don’t over-reach. Use tools with long or extendable handles to avoid your need to stretch. • Don’t over dig and spend hours raking leaves or lawns! Over-enthusiastic digging or raking by unprepared out of condition gardeners accounts for a high number of ‘horticultural bad backs’. • Get fit to garden! See a chiropractor or osteopath to have your spine checked and imbalances corrected before problems occur. To help you through the gardening season, the Chiltern Health Centre (Sutton Chiropractic Clinic) is offering a consultation, physical examination including a bone density scan and X-rays (if required) or a treatment for only £40. This offer is valid until 16th June 2017, so call now to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors or osteopaths. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Please quote out&about when booking.

Call 0208 661 1613 for further information or to book an appointment. Chiltern Health Centre, Sutton Chiropractic Clinic, 137 Brighton Road, Sutton, SM2 5SW






Find out how to save money on your heating bills

Whenever you find yourself at home, you want to feel comfortable and relaxed. The temperature inside your home, warm showers and hot water can often be taken for granted. So what better time to check that your boiler and heating system are working efficiently? Smith & Byford, based in Cheam, are one of the largest installers of central heating in the South East of England, whose reputation has been established through more than 50 years’ experience in the delivery of a quality service to thousands of local customers. They are committed to helping you every step of the way to ensure you get the right heating for your home in a timely efficient way. Their Gas Safety registered engineers will advise you on the most energy and cost-efficient heating appliances, which will help to keep your bills down, and will always recommend the best and

most efficient option for you in your home. All of Smith & Byford’s engineers are knowledgable and trained on energy efficiency and able to relay this back to the customer, teaching you how to use your heating appliances efficiently to save money on heating bills. Each new boiler they install comes with a warranty of up to 10 years, dependent on the manufacturer of the boiler and subject to an annual service. This will provide full cover against any material or manufacturing faults. This means if your boiler develops a fault during the guarantee period, it will be repaired free of charge, including parts and labour.

The cost of heating your home, particularly during the colder winter months, makes up about 60% of energy bills. You can keep heating costs down by making smart heating choices. To find out more, pop into our showroom in Cheam and speak to one of our advisors. Smith & Byford, 36 The Broadway Cheam Village SM3 8BD 0208 722 3439


Smith & Byford also offer a 12-month workmanship guarantee in addition to every manufacturer’s warranty. This means that all work is fully guaranteed, giving you complete peace of mind. Working with Worcester Bosch as accredited installers and Hitachi Capital has allowed Smith & Byford Limited to offer our customers easy payment options for new boilers and heating systems. Buying a new boiler is a major investment for any household. So we have put in place a 10-month interest free credit easy payment plan to spread the cost over a number of manageable payments.




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Take a journey of discovery and meet Carshalton’s vibrant artistic community

Discover a wealth of artistic talent on your doorstep as artists and crafts people across Carshalton open their doors to the public.

Four bitesize walking trails, taking in sights and attractions, and linking up a series of studios have been drawn up for visitors.

Over two weekends in June and July, 30 artists will open the doors to their workshops or studios, enabling the public to see works in progress, learn about the techniques employed and even try their hand at making their own piece of art.

There will also be workshops, family activities and demonstrations at art galleries, venues and businesses across the village, as well as a rare opportunity to see art works from the borough’s archives at an exhibition at Honeywood Museum, which will have a special connection to Carshalton. The Carshalton Artists' Open Studios


(CAOS) event has been almost a year in the planning, sparked by a conversation down the pub. Festival organisers Neal and Helena Vaughan hope the inaugural open studios will become an annual event. “We plan to establish this as an annual event that will increasingly benefit the community and local heritage centres. Our aim is to refresh community spirits through regular creative interaction.”



CARSHALTON ARTISTS' OPEN STUDIOS “Maybe it’s in the water,” said Neal jokingly, “but Carshalton does seem to have a long history of attracting artists.” Neal currently works predominately with charcoal, creating abstract, natural scenes, while Helena has created a series of popular vintage travel-style posters of scenic Carshalton. CAOS brings together a highly talented community of artists, from a rich diversity of backgrounds, using a wide range of artistic expression and includes artists that have exhibited at the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Show and Mall Galleries. The Open Studios event will run over the weekends of June 24 and 25 and July 1 and 2.

The Corner Gallery, Carshalton Beeches, is known for its original exhibitions and workshops. The gallery will be running a programme of events on both weekends of CAOS17.

July 1, 10am-4pm Tessa Spanton and Gavin Mundy Gavin Mundy will create portraits of the public, live! Gavin is SAA Artist of the Year 2016 and his portrait work includes portraits of people, pets, vehicles and even childhood toys. To be part of this unique opportunity visit him at at the Corner Gallery. A small charge will be payable on any portraits.


July 2, 11am-4pm Sutton Mental Health Foundation exhibition A chance to see the work of Sutton Mental Health Foundation, the Mayor of Sutton’s charity for 201213 and 2013-14. The foundation has evolved from providing a traditional drop-in service to offering a wider range of services for people who have experienced mental distress. This exhibition will show the artwork produced by people who have had

Squirrels Community Scrap Scheme will be holding free workshops on both weekends. Participants will be able to make their own original artwork from recycled materials. Exhibitions:

June 24, 10am-4pm, June 25, 11am-4pm See works by Samia Khalaf Tossio and Hana Horack



Find out more about who’s exhibiting, what’s on and when at www.carshaltonartists.com

connections to the art and craft activities the foundation runs. The Corner Gallery, 11a Beeches Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 3LB

Oaks Parks Studios Free demonstrations

Simon Burder will be inviting the public to experience first hand how he makes his print work. An ever popular part of Simon’s studio experience will be the collaborative print he invites the public to make. The studios will be staging exhibitions showcasing the work of a number of artists over the course of the festival. Oaks Park Studios, The Old Stables, Oaks Park, Croydon Lane, Sutton, SM7 3BA



80S REVIVAL Enjoy an evening of racing and live music from Culture Club at Epsom racecourse Iconic 80s band Culture Club will be headlining at Epsom Downs racecourse this July – one of three UK shows they will perform this year. The band, led by flamboyant frontman Boy George, racked up seven Top 10 hits in the UK, as well as a string of hit singles in America, including the number one track Karma Chameleon. Selling over 50million records worldwide, and with multiple awards, the band will be performing at Epsom on July 20. Tickets priced £42 adults, £25 children on sale at


Are your business motoring costs driving you up the wall? Rothmans can help you make the right decision on the most tax-efficient way to organise your business motoring. For more information and advice, call Graham at Rothmans Accountants, Sutton. Call: 020 8642 1048 Email: Sutton@rothmansllp.com


SUTTON GIVING New charitable venture aspires to make Sutton a better place, writes Roger Mills Sutton Voice constantly reflects and tries to reinforce the phenomenal level of volunteer support which is given to all aspects of our community. A wonderful new initiative called Sutton Giving has been launched which hopes to bring all sides of the community together. It is well summed up with the phrase – ‘A boroughwide initiative for positive change’. Sutton Giving, a local charitable venture with a simple aspiration of making Sutton a better place to be, launched recently within the borough. Proceedings were opened by the Mayor of Sutton, alongside representatives from Sutton businesses, the voluntary sector and Sutton Council. Sutton Centre for Voluntary Sector is the driving force behind Sutton Giving, supported by City Bridge Trust. Hot on the heels of similar initiatives within London boroughs, Sutton Giving will tackle local issues in a collaborative manner by bringing communities, residents and business together. As a local ‘place-based’ initiative, Sutton Giving has local at its very core and offers an opportunity to see the difference that donations can make closer to home. Sutton is one of the more prosperous boroughs in London, but for some members of the community opportunities aren’t as readily available. Some of the borough’s richest and poorest residents exist side by side living entirely different lives. Sutton Giving will raise awareness of the issues that result from this deprivation and strive to highlight these disparities and work collaboratively to provide the right support. In addition to identifying and highlighting needs that exist within our community, Sutton Giving will strive to establish

a successful fundraising venture and distribute funds to causes in the borough that meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Working in close association with the Volunteer Centre, Sutton Giving will actively encourage members of the community to donate time and skills and will also act as a focal point for those wanting to donate to good causes within the borough of Sutton. A truly cross-sector collaboration, Sutton Giving has a skilled and energetic steering group who will help set the strategic direction for the venture – a shared vision which crucially complements the borough’s Sutton Plan. Sutton Giving’s initial area of focus will be upon young people, the future of our borough. Sutton Giving will be working with leaders from our community to improve lives that are falling through the gaps. The focus will be reviewed after an initial period and, as the funding grows, it will support a larger number of Sutton community groups and residents.

For further information please visit www.suttongiving.org.uk or email info@suttongiving.org.uk





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Steeped in tradition, Cheam’s historic Charter Fair is believed to date back more than 700 years

While the origins of Cheam’s Charter Fair remain unclear it is believed the event dates back to the reign of Henry III.

In 1906, newspaper reports state that the people of Cheam were divided about whether the fair should continue.

In 1259 the king is said to have granted Cheam a charter making it a town. No historical record of the charter has been found to corroborate the story, but what is known is that the fair must be held annually in May or else the right to hold it is forfeited.

Continue it did, through two world wars, but in a much smaller and simpler form.

Early references suggest that the fair was, at some point in the late 1800s, under threat of disappearing, saved by a resident setting up a stall selling produce outside their home.

There was something of a revival in the fair’s fortunes in the post-war years, with the 1951 event hailed “an unqualified success”. The souvenir programme for the 1952 Charter Fair sheds light on the attractions and entertainment on offer with mention of a Mumming play and a dancing bear. There may be no bears any more but some traditions of the fair are upheld. Stall holders are not issued with a spot but instead mark out their stalls with chalk in advance. Some 70 stalls selling a variety of gifts and wares will be taking part in the fair, which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Richard Clifton, along with the with the choir of St Dunstan’s Church and children from St Dunstan’s School at 9am on May 20. There will also be performances by the Pennyroyal Clog Dancers and Chatsworth Studio in the morning, rounding off a week of activities as part of Cheam Charter Week.

Cheam Charter Fair, May 20, Park Road, Cheam www.cheamcharterfair.org.uk images by Richard Marston.









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2 The New World (7) 3 Nestled together (7) 4 Charges (5) 5 Space surrounding an altar (7) 6 Argument (3-2) 7 Vows (5) 12 North American deer (3) 14 Cereal grass (3) 15 Bedtime lingerie (7) 17 Responsive to drugs (7) 18 Marry (7) 20 White heron (5) 21 More recent (5) 22 Circular (5)

SUMMER OF SPORT QUIZ 1. In which town on the Thames is a Royal regatta held every summer? 2. In the Tour de France who wears a white jersey with red polka dots? 3. Only two players other than the Williams sisters have won the Wimbledon Ladies Singles title in the 21st century. Who are they? 4. In 2014, who became the first horse trainer to have three consecutive winners of the Epsom Derby? 5. The Oval is the home of which county cricket club? 6. Where is the 'home of golf'? 7. Which cyclist won the Tour de France in 2013? 8. Who was the first jockey to win both the Epsom and Kentucky Derbies? 9. Which international cricket teams contest The Ashes? 10. On a football pitch, how many yards should the penalty spot be from the goal line?

Turn to Pg 32 for the answers







The show will go on as Sutton Theatre Company bring new musical comedy to life

The Earl of Ederidge has harboured a lifelong dream to tread the boards. So in a bid to tick off the final item on his bucket list he invests his money in a musical – on the proviso he can have a part in the show. But then fate steps in and on the eve of the show’s opening night the Earl dies. Will the show go on? Richard Sykes’ musical comedy is Sutton Theatre Company's latest production, which is at Coulsdon’s Hillcrest Halls for a four-night run this May. The show’s director, Mary Watkins, said: “As a director I am really pleased to have such a talented cast for Curtains. As a new musical comedy it has wonderfully stereotyped characters, catchy music and great one-liners.

Casting call

Sutton Theatre Company’s next show will be a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global smash hit CATS – and you can be part of it. The company is looking for extra dancers and male singers to join the cast for the show, which will run from November 8-11 at Epsom Playhouse. Tickets will be on sale from May 8, call the box office on 07963 803434.

If you would like to be involved in the show, visit www.suttontheatrecompany.com.

“We are all really excited to return to Hillcrest Halls in Coulsdon. With other theatres in Sutton currently closed, we hope audiences will join us for this ‘dead funny’ musical and support local theatre.” Writer Richard Sykes said: “There are elements of everything that makes me smile in Curtains. It has farce, wordplay, stupidity and uplifting songs. It doesn't pretend to be subtle, it just makes me smile and I hope it does the same for you.” Curtains, May 11-14, Hillcrest Halls, The Mount, 42 Fryston Avenue, Coulsdon, CR5 2PT. Tickets £12, call 07963 803404 or visit www.suttontheatrecompany.com





SOWING THE SEEDS FOR GROWTH Farm crowdfunding for new barn to expand its VegBox scheme Sutton Community Farm is inviting people to buy shares in the farm, sowing seeds for its future growth. Raising funds for a new, bigger barn, it hopes to expand its VegBox scheme from 240 to 400 customers, and plough everything back into community programmes at the farm. Currently operating out of a shed built in 2010, the space is now too small to accommodate the growth of the VegBox scheme and the thriving community of 2,500 volunteers that help plant, pick, weigh and pack the salad leaves and vegetables each year. Thirty varieties of salad leaves and eight varieties of tomato are among the diverse range of organic produce grown on the farm’s 7.5-acre site in Wallington, which was transformed from an unused plot of land seven years ago. Last year it produced nearly 15 tonnes of produce and customers for the VegBox scheme increased by more than 50%.

Joris Gunawardena, head of production, said: “All grown from seed, 10,000 plants now come through our polytunnels and make their way out in to the fields with the help of the regular staff, apprentices and local volunteers. With more than 120 products, we offer a great variety for our VegBox customers. Picked on Wednesday and delivered on Thursday and Friday, it’s very fresh and tastes so sweet.” But the farm doesn’t just need extra space for its team of volunteers, but also to accommodate schools, businesses and groups who visit to learn and become involved in the process of growing, cooking and eating locally produced food. Charlotte Steel, general manager at the farm, said: “Our work with schools has become very popular and we’re receiving more and more requests to host groups. The space we have is inadequate and we are having to turn some requests down as on certain days we simply do not have the room to work with schools as well as

run our farm and VegBox scheme. “A new barn will change all that - with dedicated space for groups and an adequate kitchen for cooking and eating all together in comfort. “We are not asking for a donation, we are asking for an investment in the farm. Local people can become a Member, feel a part of the community and have a say in how things are run. With the money we raise, we can extend our reach in the community providing more people with fresh local produce to the door step thereby helping the community we support to thrive and grow.” Sutton Community Farm has secured the support of the Booster Programme, which is funded by Power to Change and run by the Community Shares Unit. Under this programme up to £68,575 is available to match applications for shares from the public. This means that for every £1 invested, up to £68,575, another £1 will be invested in shares by the Booster Programme. A range of benefits are on offer to everyone who buys share in the farm.

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Exam season is looming. Minimise stress levels in the weeks ahead by following these tips for exam success

May is just around there corner, and for thousands of students across the land it means one thing — exams.

Break up revision into chunks

It can be hard to stay focused and motivated when it comes to revision, especially if you are feeling under pressure. Here are some strategies for getting the most out of your revision time from the team at Southern Tutors: Make a timetable

Use the exam timetable to help you to make your own revision timetable. Carve up the time available and ensure that there is some free time each day. Successful students often build in physical exercise to the timetable — this relieves stress and improves circulation and brain functioning. Free time

If time allows, have one day completely free of revision. This allows you to relax properly and come back to your books feeling refreshed. Be prepared

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Parents can help in several ways. Send your child to a revision course if possible. Having a different qualified teacher, with a fresh approach, to explain topics can help make everything fall into place. Parents can also ensure the student has the time needed for study and a quiet space for this and should provide listening support, avoiding too much pressure. Southern Tutors prepare children for the 11-plus and SATs and run intensive holiday revision courses at Rosebery School, Epsom. After-school and Saturday classes are also offered. Tutors are also available to help children individually. All staff are experienced teachers and exam results are excellent.


Make sure you know what is needed for the exam. Check syllabuses online, at school or with your tutors or teachers if you are in any way unsure. Double check

If something is unclear in your school notes or textbook look it up in another book. Often when something is explained in a different way it all falls into place. Key words

Make short notes on all material for the exams. Then have key words written near the notes (in the margin is good — some students use sticky notes). Regularly look at the key words to remind yourself of the notes.




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Apprenticeships at Carshalton College Carshalton College offer the following Apprenticeships:

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Accountancy Beauty Therapy Childcare & Early Years Catering & Hospitality Construction • Bricklaying • Carpentry • Electrical • Maintenance Operations • Plastering • Plumbing Hairdressing Health & Social Care Motor Vehicle Sport Teaching Assistant

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For Apprentices To find out more, please call 020 8268 2857 or email: apprenticeships@carshalton.ac.uk

Carshalton College is pleased to be a proud partner of the Sutton Festival of Business event being held at the College on Thursday 29 June. Please see our website for details.

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EARN WHILE YOU LEARN Gain workplace skills and qualifications while undertaking an apprenticeship at Carshalton College Apprentices work towards National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and other nationally recognised qualifications, which enable them to continue their education and gain skills required by employers. We offer the following apprenticeships: accountancy; beauty therapy; catering & hospitality; childcare & early years; construction – bricklaying; carpentry; electrical; maintenance operations; plastering; plumbing; hairdressing; health & social care; motor vehicle; sport and teaching assistant.

An apprenticeship is a real job, with real training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a qualification. They are available to anyone over the age of 16, with different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. Carshalton College is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the south London region. We have a long standing experience of working with apprentices who learn on the job, build up knowledge and skills and gain qualifications, all while earning a wage at the same time.


If you are an employer and would like to find out more, please contact our apprenticeship team on 0208 544 3027 or email apprenticeships@carshalton.ac.uk. If you are a potential apprentice and would like to find out more, please call 0208 268 2857 or email apprenticeships@carshalton.ac.uk.





CREATING THE RIGHT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Foreword from David Duncan As chairman of the Chamber of Commerce I am often asked for my views on current political issues and events. My answer is always the same – as a Chamber we are politically neutral; our aims and objectives are to support the interests and prosperity of businesses in Sutton. Brexit, however, is always a topic of conversation, and the Prime Minister’s decision to call an early general election has generated what seems like a never ending round of discussions about what is best for our economy. Whether talking to our elected members of parliament, or to regional or local politicians, I continue to press the case for businesses in Sutton to have the opportunity to trade in a competitive market, with reduced bureaucracy and access to business support. Whilst we must leave the negotiations on Brexit to Messrs Davis, Fox and Johnson there is still plenty that your Chamber of Commerce can do to support you. On 16th May we are jointly hosting a Sutton Business Leaders Forum with Carshalton College. The event, which is sponsored by Sutton Council, will provide an open forum for discussion of the Sutton Plan. The Plan sets out the priorities for services across the borough for the next 5 – 10 years involving public, voluntary and private sector partners. Whether you are a member or not, if your business is based in Sutton your views matter and we hope you will be part of the conversation. Topics for discussion include extending the tram network and the London Cancer Hub. To attend this event please email

(29th June – Carshalton College) as we hope this event becomes a must-attend event on the business calendar. The event will kick-off with a VIP breakfast before the expo officially opens at 10am. We expect over 50 exhibitors to attend the event, networking with like-minded businesses from across Sutton and south London. Finally, we continue to offer business support with our partners, Branduin Business Support, to any business in the borough looking for help and guidance with the next stage of their business journey. For more information on how to access this support please visit our website.


Membership from £72.00 per year

Benefits of Joining: Make and meet new clients Promotion and marketing opportunities Share Business best practice to ensure success Access to training and workshop opportunities Access to Local Authority officials and elected members Discounted rates of advertising in new



I am also delighted to confirm we’re teaming up with Carshalton College and FHW Events & Marketing (both Chamber members) to host the inaugural Sutton Expo – a one day business expo and all round festival of business for the borough of Sutton. You can read more about the expo overleaf, but please put the date in your diary now


Building Local Business | Networking | Opportunities To find out more information call 020 8770 3173 or visit: www.suttonchamber.co.uk






From Nigel Davey at Branduin Business Support Marketing Automation can be a bad thing

Marketing automation promises much as it helps you talk to your target audience quickly and easily. Tools such as MailChimp and Hootsuite can make controlling your email and social media much easier. As you move away from tools which manage a specific aspect of your marketing, your expectations go up as the cost of the automation tools increases. What you also need to think carefully about is the increase in other pressures on your business. Time

Setting up a marketing automation tool such as Salesforce, Infusionsoft or Hubspot takes careful planning and therefore time. If you are looking for marketing automation to save you time, you have to be prepared to invest a considerable amount of time up front. Data

The old adage “rubbish in, rubbish out” is so true when looking at these tools. Gone are the days when first name, last name and an email address will do. If you want to personalise

your communication to ensure maximum engagement, you have to collate that information. Budget

With Infusionsoft and Salesforce starting at $200 per month, you have to be sure you are going to get value, particularly as Brexit’s impact on exchange rates has meant a £28 per month increase since June. If you are primarily using these tools for email management, you may be better off with MailChimp, starting at $10 per month for up to 500 leads. Our recommendation

Think carefully about what you want marketing automation to deliver. The big tools promise much but they need a lot of resource to be effective. Think carefully, consider your options and be honest about the time you have available to maintain the tools you choose. By doing this, you will get far better value.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS Members and non-members are welcome to join us at any or all of our forthcoming events: 16th May

11.30am – 1.30pm

Sutton Business Leaders Forum (Free Event)

29th June

8am - 10am

Sutton Expo VIP breakfast (Free to Chamber members/£10 + VAT non-members).

The Sutton Plan is the product of work across the public and voluntary sectors in Sutton. The Plan sets out the priorities for services across the borough over the next 5-10 years. Your views matter; join the conversation.

Join us at Carshalton College for a special pre-Expo Breakfast networking event and priority entry to the Expo itself.

29th June

10am – 4pm

Sutton Expo (Free entry)

See overleaf for more information on this event.

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Love your business this summer!

As the summer approaches it can mean only one thing – festival season. Not to be outdone in 2017, Sutton Chamber of Commerce is organising its own festival – the Sutton Expo, Sutton’s Festival of Business. Hosted, and sponsored by Carshalton College, on 29th June, the inaugural festival is a business-to-business expo for companies across Sutton and South London. Sutton Chamber’s Chairman, David Duncan said: “We are delighted to be launching the Sutton Festival of Business as an exciting new initiative to promote business in Sutton. We have hundreds and hundreds of brilliant companies in Sutton and we want to give them the opportunity to meet one another, showcase their products and services and provide valuable opportunities for supply chain development.” “The Festival, which is an all-day event, won’t be a soulless expo with rows of badly thought out stands. What you will find is a hive of creativity, ideas and inspiration to help grow your business. If you’re a fully-fledged business, in the early stages of starting one, or are a buyer for a company you will find a wealth of reputable and highly-skilled suppliers all under one roof.” The festival begins with a VIP breakfast, followed by the formal opening of the expo at 10am. Keynote speakers will be on hand throughout the day to inspire visitors as they


share their stories for success. The Festival of Business is being organised in partnership with FHW Events & Marketing, the publishers of out&about. Isabella Harding, FHW’s Events Director, said: “We hope businesses across Sutton will visit the Festival of Business; stands are available from just £195 + VAT, and it is free to attend as a visitor. Put the date in your diary now and come and see us in June.” To book a stand or register for free admission please visit

www.suttonexpo.biz What you need to know about the festival ✔✔ VIP Breakfast 8.30am – 10am ✔✔ Free general admission 10am – 4pm ✔✔ Over 50 exhibition stands ✔✔ Workshops & Advice sessions ✔✔ Free Parking



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The 2017 Sutton Expo is designed to support Sutton and south London’s vibrant economy. Hosted by Carshalton College, this year’s expo provides an opportunity to showcase your products and services, as well as a great opportunity to network and make valuable connections.

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WHAT MAKES A GREAT HOME CARE HERO? Lucinda and I believe that all clients deserve to be cared for by the best carers. The best carers result in the best care being delivered and this is the reason we established Home Counties Carers. We have learnt that it is more effective to attract carers rather than search for them. Attracting the best carers isn’t easy but with a business that has strong beliefs and ethics, a friendly and professional working environment, a flexible and inclusive approach to carer’s rotas and a naturally supportive and attentive office team it makes it possible. If someone is friendly, reliable, trustworthy and competent they are on the right track to becoming a Home Care Hero. We specifically look for carers who naturally live and work by traditional values such as being polite and well mannered, timely, well presented, have good and clear communication skills and can demonstrate common sense. We are very proud of all carers and I think it would be safe to say that our carers are proud to be part of Home Counties Carers! If you would like to be part of Home Counties Carers please call Matthew or Lucinda for a chat on 01483 224 985.







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