What's Happening in Sutton blog

Which is the tallest tree?

Two trees have gone to war in a debate over the UK’s largest plane tree. The two trees, in Cheam and Carshalton, are both contenders for the title of the tallest in the country. The plane tree in the Ecology Centre grounds, in Carshalton, has been considered the biggest tree for years, but now it is being challenged by a tree in the formal gardens in front of the Nonsuch Mansion House, in Cheam.

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Rally driver visits racing fan

It was a dream come true for seven-year-old James Bradley when he was visited by a British Rally Championship driver. Driver Louise Cook paid a visit to the Cheam youngster to unveil his newly decorated rally-themed bedroom after he won a national competition. James, a big racing fan, also got to sit behind the wheel of the leading female rally driver’s Fiesta ST car.

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Sutton gets supernatural airing

A programme about the supernatural brought Sutton to the small screen once again. An episode of Tony Robinson’s new series Gods and Monsters was filmed in Bawtree House, a former old people’s home in Worcester Road, and aired on December 10. The series, which is being hosted by the star of Blackadder and Time Team, looks at our ancestors’ paranormal explanations for death and disease, including fairy abductions, sickness-spreading elves and cannibal cures.

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History lesson in town centre

Visitors to Sutton town centre can now enjoy a quick history lesson thanks to a new plaque. The plaque, in Trinity Square, has been set up to explain stories behind a mosaic of historic images that has been in the town since 1994. The mosaic, opposite the Waterstone’s bookshop, contains 19 intricate panels illustrating relevant stories in the town’s rich history, but many people did not know anything about each of the pictures.

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A chair for tired shoppers

Tired shoppers are being given a much-needed sit down in a scheme to help people use Sutton town centre. Shops in the town have signed up to a Sit Stop scheme, which offers a seat to anyone who is elderly, disabled, pregnant or just really needs a rest. Shops taking part in the scheme so far include Starbucks, The Body Shop, Millets and Linen Direct. The aim is that people who need a seat will be offered one without any …

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